Year : 2011 | Volume
: 2 | Issue : 2 | Page : 137--138
Milestones, global presence, and scientific progress
Arun H. S. Kumar
Editor in Chief, Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, Ireland
Arun H. S. Kumar
Editor in Chief, Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine
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Kumar AH. Milestones, global presence, and scientific progress.J Nat Sc Biol Med 2011;2:137-138
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I am delighted to inform our readers about indexing of Journal of Natural Science Biology and Medicine (JNSBM) in PubMed, which I believe is an important milestone in the progress of JNSBM in scientific publishing as a multispecialty journal. Collateral to this, JNSBM will from now be published by Medknow - Wolters Kluwer Health, thus further enhancing its global exposure. Nevertheless, these developments are motivation for us to improve and publish the best for our readers.
In this issue, as in the earlier ones, we have included some exciting research and review articles and case reports. Among these articles is a prediction model for estimating the oral bioavailability of drugs. Considering that 40% of all drugs in preclinical development/discovery fail because of poor bioavailability and, on top of it, the enormous cost associated with such screens, availability of such an in-silico tool will be of immense utility in the preclinical drug discovery. We have also included an article on liquid chromatography as an analytical method in evaluating the purity of compounds in chemical synthesis. Continuing our focus on stem cell therapies, in this issue we have included a review article on the role of stem cells in hepatic repair. Although liver has high innate regenerative capabilities, under certain conditions (both genetic and acquired), this regenerative capability is compromised. Nevertheless, stem cell therapy offers an attractive therapeutic approach to combat such conditions, wherein currently liver transplant is the only available option. It will be interesting to follow if the stem cell based therapeutic approach will supersede the liver transplantation based surgical approach in future.
Natural products have continued to provide us with wonderful medicines since time immemorial and the current advancement in scientific research into further understanding of medical utility of natural products has opened new therapeutic options. In the current issue, we include an article on the therapeutic potential of A. p aniculata as anti-venom against snakebites. Further understanding of this therapeutic potential and developing it for clinical use is of immense social value, as snakebites which are very common in rural and remote areas, wherein generally the availability of anti-venoms is scarce due to the requirement of stringent storage conditions. A natural product based anti-venom product will conceptually have significant advantages over storage, availability, and affordability. Yet another article provides state-of-the-art review on the therapeutic utility of phytoestrogens in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Considering that 50% of our aging population will qualify for this therapy, further research and development of the phytoestrogens is highly envisaged. Gynecological problems are highly prevalent not only in older population but also in premarital women, as reported by a study published in this issue. Interestingly, this study covering a small number of subjects in a South Indian state reports prevalence of high menstrual irregularities in premarital women. Further understanding of these health problems is necessary to take suitable prevention measures.
In this issue, we also present basic reviews on voice and the science of speech acoustics. I hope the simplicity of these articles will be of interest to our non-scientific readers and will provide a vital knowledge source to our general population, especially considering the Hollywood's success of "The King's Speech." In addition, we have also included an article highlighting the pollution and community health hazards of using antibiotics and disinfectants in fish farms, which eventually are potential sources of ground water contamination. We also have short articles on the utility of microarrays and PCR-based detection systems in medical diagnosis, which reflects the clinical translation of classical research lab-based techniques. Some non-conventional approaches are reported by two articles in this issue, which emphasize on the use of ozone in the therapy of dental ailments and on the use of oral lesions as a diagnostic approach to HIV. Last but not the least, in this issue, we have included an article on teaching approaches to introductory physics lab using microcomputer-based laboratory, and a range of clinical reports on reactive arthritis, malignant osteoporosis, mandibular talon cusp, Juvenile systemic lupus erythematosus, spectrum of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Indian scenario of HLA association in glioma.
I hope you will continue to gain from the knowledge available from the current issue of JNSBM and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2012.