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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

Experience and activities of the Regional Tuscan Centre for Integrative Medicine

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Guest Editor

Elio Rossi, MD
1. Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine, Region of Tuscany, 50100 Florence, Italy
2. Homeopathic Centre of Lucca, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: infectious diseases; homeopathy; complementary medicine


Sonia Baccetti, MD
Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine
E-mail: [email protected]

Mariella Di Stefano
Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine
E-mail: [email protected]

About This Topic

The integration of complementary medicine (CM) in the regional public health of Tuscany started in the Nineties; it is widely considered the most relevant experience in Italy.

In 2005 based on a sufficient level of evidence, four CM - acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and manual medicine - were included in the regional Essential Levels of Assistance. In the same year, a regional law stipulated to provide CM to Tuscan citizens in the public health system. In 2007, the regional Law n. 9 regulated training and accreditation of professionals and schools in acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy.

This integration in the healthcare public service guarantees safety to citizens, since CM are subject to the same rules of official medicine and must respond to the same criteria of quality and appropriateness.

According to recent regulation, the priority areas where the Tuscan regional health system must provide CM services to Tuscan citizens are cancer care, pain control, promotion of physiological childbirth in low-risk pregnancies, gender medicine, prevention and treatment of upper respiratory infections and atopic diseases in childhood and adulthood.

The last survey (2016) reported that public clinics providing CM in the regional healthcare system of Tuscany were 85 for 36,290 visits in that year.

Planned Papers

Elio Rossi, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

The process of integration of complementary medicines in public healthcare service of Tuscany
Katia Belvedere, Directorate Citizen’s Rights and Social Cohesion, Region of Tuscany

Acupuncture for secondary symptoms of menopause
Valeria Monechi, Local Health Unit Tuscany centre

The experience of the Integrated Medicine Hospital in Pitigliano
Simonetta Bernardini, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Interactions herbs /drugs
Fabio Firenzuoli, Careggi University Hospital Florence

Integrative anesthesia in breast cancer surgery
Filippo Bosco, Pisa University Hospital

Integrative approach to the treatment of diabetes
Rosaria Ferreri, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Acupuncture in palliative care
Franco Cracolici, Local Health Unit Tuscany south-east

Homeopathic treatment of atopic diseases
Elio Rossi, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Homeopathy for paediatric patients
Maria Marchitiello, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in breast cancer: pain and hot flashes
Sonia Baccetti, Local Health Unit Tuscany centre

Complementary medicine and lifestyles. A regional survey
Mariella Di Stefano, Tuscan Regional Centre for Integrative Medicine

Chinese Medicine for breech position
Elena Cerri, Local Health Unit Tuscany north-west

Acupuncture for chemo-related nausea and vomiting
Carmelo Guido, Careggi University Hospital Florence

Complementary medicine in the programs of Tuscan health international cooperation
Maria José Caldés Pinilla, Global Health Centre, Region of Tuscany