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This paper presents a computational-intelligence-based model to predict the survival rate of critically ill patients who were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). The prediction input variables were based on the first 24 h admission physiological data of ICU patients to forecast whether the final outcome was survival or not. The prediction model was(More)
UNLABELLED Abstract Background: Carbamazepine, which was developed primarily for the treatment of epilepsy, is now also useful for the treatment of non-epileptic disorders and inflammatory hyperalgesia. However, the mechanism of its anti-neuroinflammatory action remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE This study elucidates the anti-neuroinflammatory capacity(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Epidemiology data of medical adverse events (MAEs) are crucial for patient safety policymaking. However, no epidemiological data on MAE exist in Taiwan. In this study, we aimed to investigate the incidence of MAEs at a major medical center in northern Taiwan. METHODS The Harvard Medical Practice Study methodology was modified using a(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we attempted to determine the efficacy and toxicity of decreasing dosage of irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin (LV) in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. METHODS A total of 250 mg/m2 Irinotecan (CPT-11) intravenous infusion for 90 minutes was administered every 3 weeks. A 24-hour intravenous infusion(More)
Aristolochic acid (AA)-associated nephropathy was described as being characterized by a rapid progressive enhancement of interstitial renal fibrosis. Renal tissue fibrosis occurs because of an imbalance of extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activation. Much evidence indicates that inflammatory renal disease including(More)
BACKGROUND This randomized trial was conducted to compare the efficacy and side effects of intravesical mitoxantrone instillation with those of doxorubicin in superficial bladder cancer following transurethral resection. METHODS Sixty-three patients were randomized into mitoxantrone and doxorubicin groups. Most of the patients enrolled were elderly people(More)
OBJECTIVE Otitis media (OM), as a common infectious disease, is a major cause of hearing impairment among the general population. OM remains a major public health threat in the Pacific islands, but the risks of OM have not been thoroughly explored in this region. The objective of this study is to investigate the prevalence, clinical features, and(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to characterize changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in patients who experienced carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and subsequently developed severe delayed neuropsychiatric sequelae (DNS) with akinetic mutism. We determined whether these changes were reversible in parallel with improvements in neuropsychological function in(More)
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