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Chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients increase erythrocyte susceptibility to hemolysis and impair cell survival. We explored whether electrolyte-reduced water (ERW) could palliate HD-evoked erythrocyte impairment and anemia. Forty-three patients undergoing chronic HD were enrolled and received ERW administration for 6 month. We evaluated oxidative stress in(More)
Chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients manifest anemia and atherosclerosis with associated oxidative stress. We explored whether intravenous infusion of vitamin C (VC) and/or use of vitamin E (VE)-coated dialysis membrane could palliate HD-evoked oxidative stress. Eighty patients undergoing chronic HD were enrolled and randomly assigned into four groups: HD(More)
Vascular access thrombosis (VAT) is an important cause of morbidity for chronic haemodialysis (HD) patients. Some risk factors for VAT have been well-defined for chronic HD patients from western countries. However, only a few such factors have been confirmed for Taiwanese patients. This study attempted to determine the association between(More)
The purpose of this study was to describe the MRI findings of inflammatory pseudotumours (IPTs) involving the nasopharynx and to differentiate IPTs from nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The medical records and imaging studies of 7 patients (6 men, 1 woman; age range, 32-71 years; mean age, 52.4+/-18 years) with IPT involving the nasopharynx were reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND Circadian rhythms tend to change as animals age; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying these are not yet fully understood. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the DNA methylation of clock genes changes with age and contributes to circadian dysfunction in aged animals. METHODS We examined the methylation of clock promoters in the stomach,(More)
BACKGROUND Adverse drug events (ADE) have been studied widely in hospitalised and emergency department (ED) patients. Less is known about the ED visits of drug-related injury in Taiwan. This study seeks to determine the incidence, risk and patient outcomes of ADE in an ED population. METHODS We conducted a prospective observational cohort study of(More)
OBJECTIVE The current study aimed to explore the effect ofcurcumin on androgen receptor (AR) expression in endometrial carcinoma cells, as well as the underlying mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Endometrial carcinoma cells were treated with curcumin (10, 50, and 100 micromol/l) for 12, 24, and 48 hours. Their growth curves were drawn using MTT assays and(More)
Hepatitis C virus causes various extrahepatic immunologic abnormalities. Vascular access thrombosis (VAT) is a major cause of morbidity in chronic haemodialysis (HD) patients. Immunoglobulin-G anticardiolipin antibody (IgG-ACA) is strongly associated with venous and arterial thrombosis in patients with normal renal function. Previous investigations have(More)
BACKGROUND Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is a dangerous chemical that can cause severe cutaneous burns as well as possible systemic toxicity. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed all human HF exposure cases reported to the National Poison Control Center of Taiwan between 1991 and 2010. RESULTS In this 20-year survey, 324 calls were identified, with a majority(More)