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The emergence of Web 2.0 technology provides more opportunities to foster online communication and sharing in an e-learning environment. The purpose of this study was to develop a Web 2.0 annotation system, MyNote, based on the Web 2.0 core concepts which emphasize ease of access and active sharing and then to gain an understanding about people's(More)
Obesity is frequently accompanied by peripheral hyperandrogenism, which may be associated with increased sebum production and the development of severe acne. Body mass index (BMI) is one of the most accurate ways to measure and determine obesity. The aim of the present study was to study the correlation between obesity and the point prevalence and patterns(More)
RNA interference is a form of post-transcriptional gene silencing mediated by small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), and it provides a powerful new means to specifically inhibit viral infection. In this study, three siRNAs (ps-PA496, ps-PA1116, and ps-PA1473) targeting the polymerase A (PA) gene of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) H5N1 were(More)
BACKGROUND Prurigo pigmentosa is a rare inflammatory dermatosis of unknown etiology. It is characterized by a recurrent pruritic rash and net like pigmentation. Most of the reported cases have been from Japan; however, here we report on several cases from Taiwan. METHODS This was a single hospital-based retrospective study conducted in a tertiary medical(More)
During 2014-2015, an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) swept across parts of West Africa. The China Mobile Laboratory Testing Team was dispatched to support response efforts; during September 28-November 11, 2014, they conducted PCR testing on samples from 1,635 suspected EVD patients. Of those patients, 50.4% were positive, of whom 84.6% lived within a(More)
A novel Ebola virus (EBOV) first identified in March 2014 has infected more than 25,000 people in West Africa, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths. Preliminary analyses of genome sequences of 81 EBOV collected from March to June 2014 from Guinea and Sierra Leone suggest that the 2014 EBOV originated from an independent transmission event from its natural(More)
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease with a profound effect on quality of life and psychosocial stress. The relationship between clinical improvement and psycho-social impact after treatment is complex. The objective of this study was to compare changes in quality of life and psychosocial distress, and overall cost-effectiveness, in patients(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Skin diseases are common in children. Epidemiologic studies of skin diseases in schoolchildren performed by direct inspection by dermatologists are limited in Taiwan. The current study surveyed the prevalence of selected childhood dermatoses in Magong City, Penghu, the largest offshore island of Taiwan. METHODS A cross-sectional study(More)
H5N1 avian influenza virus (AIV) causes widespread infections in poultry and wild birds, and has the potential to emerge as a pandemic threat to human. Antisense oligonucleotides (AS ODNs) are highly effective at inhibiting gene replication. Antibody-mediated delivery is a novel approach to target specific cells and tissues. In this study, we designed and(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we aimed to elucidate the restorative effects of olfactory epithelium neural stem cells (oe-NSCs) implantation on noise-induced hearing loss and establish their mechanism of action. METHODS To model hearing loss, rats were subjected to consecutive seven-day noise exposure. Then, oe-NSCs were implanted into cochlear tissue by(More)