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Editor-in-Chief of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Osamu Yokosuka is an Emeritus Professor of Chiba University, Japan. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine in 1975 then worked as a trainee under Professor K. Okuda in Chiba University Hospital till 1978. Dr. Yokosuka was a research fellow worked under Professor S. Scherlock and Professor B. H. Billing in Royal Free Hospital, London, UK from 1978 to 1980; under Professor M. Omata in Chiba University from 1980 to 1985; and under Dr. J Summers in Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA, USA in 1984. In 1985, he received a Degree of Doctor of Medical Science, and served as an Assistant Professor in Chiba University till 1994, then as Lecturer in Medicine till 2006 when he was appointed as Director and Professor of Medicine. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Dean of Chiba University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yokosuka was the Secretary General of APASL (2008-2014). In 2016, he was elected as the President of APASL Tokyo, the President of 52nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Hepatology, and the President of Funabashi Central Hospital. Dr. Yokosuka’s research mainly focuses on Hepatitis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. So far, he has published more than 700 original papers.


The Associate Editor of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Tatsuo Kanda received a medical degree in 1991 at Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan, and his PhD in 1999 at Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. He had post-doctor training for 3 years under Prof. Ratna Ray and Prof. Ranjit Ray at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. In Dec. 2008, Tatsuo Kanda became a Tenure-track Associate Professor at Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In Feb. 2013, Tatsuo Kanda was nominated a permanent Associate Professor at Department of Gastroenterology and Nephrology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In 2017, Tatsuo Kanda became an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Nihon University School of Medicine. For ~25 years, he has focused his scientific interests on the topics related to liver diseases including acute liver failure, viral hepatitis and autoimmune liver diseases, and worked with Prof. Osamu Yokosuka. Tatsuo Kanda is also an expert for hepatitis A virus (HAV), HBV and HCV, and translation and replication of these viruses, and hepatocarcinogenesis. With his expertise in antiviral therapies and hepatitis virus research, Tatsuo Kanda also sees a lot of patients in clinical daily practice. Tatsuo Kanda has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed Journal.

Special Issue

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Nervous System Conditions

Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018(Open)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

James D. Adams, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
E-mails: [email protected]
Research Interests: California Indian healing; traditional healing; medicinal plants; phytochemistry; pharmacology; pain; stroke

About This Topic

The peripheral and central nervous systems are involved in many diseases, such as pain, hypertension, stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. Standard medicine does not adequately treat many of these conditions. Traditional medicine can offer complementary and alternative treatments that may be helpful.

Pain is usually treated with dangerous oral medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids. These drugs have major adverse reactions and kill many patients. Acupuncture and other skin centered therapies are more effective at treating pain, with fewer adverse reactions.

Hypertension is, in part, caused by excessive sympathetic activity that can be blocked with sympathetic antagonists. These drugs all have major adverse reactions and do not cure hypertension. Patients must stay on these drugs for the rest of their lives, like an addiction. The chances of patients suffering drug toxicity is probably 100% over their lifetimes. Traditional medicine offers the concept of balance that can help prevent and cure hypertension through avoiding toxic lifestyles.

Stroke results in paralysis of the limbs in many patients. Standard medicine is inadequate at helping with stroke recovery and paralysis. Traditional medicine offers medicines and physical therapy techniques that can greatly aid stroke patients. This issue will help expose the standard healthcare community to traditional medicines that can be helpful in treating nervous system conditions. Patient centered healthcare should emphasize prevention through avoiding toxic lifestyles and avoiding the use of standard drugs as much as possible.

Planned Papers

Title: Healthcare Clowning: Application of a Specific Complementary and Alternative Medicine on Hospitalized Children
Author: Dr. Alberto Dionigi, PhD
Affiliation: Psychologist - Psychotherapist, Clown Doctor, Psychologist - Psychotherapist, Clown Doctor

Title: What is the current evidence to support the use of herbs and supplements to treat mood and anxiety disorders?
Authors: Megan Berberich and Bettina Bernstein
Affiliation: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia Campus, PA, USA

Title: How Can Acupuncture Be Used in Treating Dementia?
Author: Fung Kei Cheng, PhD
Location: Hong Kong

Title: Habilitation of post-stroke patients with unique permanent acupuncture
Author: Prof. Dr. Hegyi Gabriella, PhD
Affiliation: Professor, PTE ETK Dietary, Chair of CAM Department, TCM Confucius Institute, Pecs University, 1196 Budapest, Hungary

Title: Facial pain and facialis paralysis - differentiation between 2 facial diseases - differentiation between Shao Yang and Yang Ming
Author: Ulrike Ausweger

Title: Chronic Pain Two Cures
Author: James David Adams, Jr
Affiliation: University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 90089-9121.

Title: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) nomenclature prevents the acceptance of acupuncture in mainstream medicine
Authors: Ted Priebe1, Steven H. Stumpf 2
1. Healthpointe, Medical Group La Mirada, La Mirada, CA 90638, USA
2. Department of Health Administration, California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA 90638, USA