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SETTING Tainan city, Tainan county and 13 townships of Kaohsiung county, Southern Taiwan. OBJECTIVE To measure delays in the diagnosis and treatment of sputum-positive tuberculosis (TB) and to determine factors associated with delays in seeking health care (patient delay) and in starting anti-tuberculosis treatment (health system delay). DESIGN A(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the Goldeneye 20A system (containing 19 short tandem repeats) can avert the shortage of duo parentage tests. Among routine cases typed by the Identifiler system, we identified 42 motherless cases, 2 fatherless cases, and 34 trio cases containing 1 locus mismatch and 4 motherless cases with 2 locus mismatches.(More)
OBJECTIVE Abnormal maturation and ossification of the endplate chondrocytes play a central role in the pathogenesis of degenerative disorders of the cervical spine. It is widely held that insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) stimulates chondrocyte proliferation and inhibits chondrocyte terminal differentiation both in vitro and in vivo. However, the(More)
OBJECTIVE General anesthesia impairs spatial learning and memory in neonatal rats. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the Wnt pathway was involved in neonatal isoflurane and sevoflurane exposure-induced neurocognitive impairment. MATERIALS AND METHODS Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to administration isoflurane or sevoflurane for(More)
OBJECTIVE Kinesin family member 14 (KIF14) is a mitotic kinesin and plays an important role in tumor progression. KIF14 overexpression has been observed in multiple cancers and has been correlated with a poor prognosis. However, its protein expression and prognostic significance in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remain unclear. In this research, we aimed(More)
The sex-linked short tandem repeats (STR), Y-STR and X-STR, are important for autosomal STRs in forensic paternity testing. We evaluated the forensic parameters of 19 Y-STRs and 16 X-STRs in the Han population of Shandong province, China. A Goldeneye 20Y kit (DYS391, DYS389I, DYS390, DYS389II, DYS348, DYS456, Y-GATA-H4, DYS447, DYS19, DYS392, DYS393,(More)
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