Ba X. Hoang

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Cancer, in general, is considered a disease of genetic mutation. Many questions are, however, unanswered. How exactly do mutations occur in the cells? How do gene mutations interface with the cell microenvironment and macroenvironment to create cancer phenotypes? Is mutation the cause of cancer or the consequence of special adaptive responses to aging;(More)
Mitochondrial research has contributed to two paradigm shifts in oncology--Warburg's glycolytic metabolism and the relationship between mitochondrial function and mutagenesis. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a common phenotype in aging and cancer. Decline in mitochondrial function is due to the accumulation of mutations in mitochondrial DNA. We have(More)
The number of children suffering from atopic eczema has increased over the past 30 years especially in children between the ages of 2 and 5 years. These is a significant group of eczematous children that are resistant to standard therapy. Babies and children with eczema suffer pain, irritation and disfigurement from the dermatitis. In this study, we have(More)
Over the last 20 years, the prevalence of asthma has nearly doubled in industrialized countries. A similar increase has been predicted for the next two decades. Asthma is major illness in terms of morbidity and suffering, asthma is the leading cause of hospitalizations in children under 15 years of age. According to many top experts, asthma is correctly(More)
Pain is a major concern of cancer patients and a significant problem for therapy. Pain can become a predominant symptom in advanced cancers. In this open-label clinical study, the authors have treated 26 cancer patients who have been declared as terminal without the option of conventional treatment. These patients suffered from high levels of pain that was(More)
Melatonin is a neurohormone naturally found in humans. Melatonin plays a role in maintaining sleep-wake rhythms; supplementation may help to regulate sleep disturbance that occur with jet lag, rotating shift-work and depression. Preliminary study of melatonin has shown potential for use in the treatment of epilepsy, tinnitus, migraine and neurodegenerative(More)
Prostate cancer (adenocarcinoma of the prostate) is the most widespread cancer in men. It causes significant suffering and mortality due to metastatic disease. The main therapy for metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) includes androgen manipulation, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and/or radioisotopes. However, these therapeutic approaches are considered(More)
Intractable and untreatable pain from cancer remains a challenge for both patients and clinicians. The pain may be related to the disease itself or the consequences of treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Cancer pain is intense and has a major impact on patients' quality of life and survival. A significant number of patients(More)
The heterogeneous and dynamic tumor microenvironment has significant impact on cancer cell proliferation, invasion, drug response, and is probably associated with entering dormancy and recurrence. However, these complex settings are hard to recapitulate in vitro. In this study, we mimic different restriction forces that tumor cells are exposed to using a(More)
The impact of a herbal extract with excitatory modulator activity in the management of asthma was studied. An open and selective 3-year follow-up of 14 chronic refractory asthmatics aged between 22 and 70 was used. Participants received an extract of Sophora flavescens Ait. Medication use, a diary card of symptoms and respiratory function were recorded. The(More)