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Monday, May 19, 2014

Featured Issue: Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research Vol.12 No.6

Stevia rebaudiana
Photo courtesy of hardworkinghippy
Today we are featuring the Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research on the blog. This issue of the Nigeria-based journal includes "Making Antibiotic Choices: Formula Derivation and Usage in the Rational Selection of Antibiotics in the Empirical Treatment of Infections" by Adorka et al., which aims to create a formula to determine treatment of empirical infections. Formulas were found using probability laws to determine cost and effectiveness of antibiotics. The formula was used in a study on the most appropriate treatment of urinary tract infections of patients in hospitals in Lesotho. The results indicated that quantifying antibacterial activities and procedures helped to make choices regarding antibiotics.

Stevia is a sugar substitute derived from the plant Stevia rebaudiana that is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world.

Vol.12 no.6 includes "Influence of Salicylic Acid on the Antimicrobial Potential of Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Asteraceae) Leaf Extracts against Soybean Seed-Borne Pathogens" by Sedgh & Sahar examines the effects of salicylic acid on Stevia leaf extract against soybean seed-borne pathogens. Six weeks after initial planting of the seeds, salicylic acid was applied. Leaf extracts were taken using water, acetone, ethanol and chloroform. The results indicated that salicylic acid can give seeds antimicrobial protection against soybean seed-borne disease. The results also indicated that applying salicylic acid on the plant itself increases antimicrobial protection of the leaf extract.

You can find the complete results of these articles and others from this issue here.

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