Chi-Chang Chen

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OBJECTIVE Bariatric surgery is one of the fastest growing hospital procedures. Our objective is to examine the safety outcomes and utilization of resources in the 6 months after bariatric surgery using a nationwide, population-based sample. DATA/DESIGN: We examine insurance claims for 2522 bariatric surgeries, at 308 hospitals, among a population of 5.6(More)
Fusion of mesophyll protoplasts of haploid Nicotiana plumbaginifolia (P) and N. sylvestris (S) resulted in the production of somatic hybrid plants of various ploidy levels. Analysis of the restriction fragment patterns of chloroplast DNA from 118 plants belonging to genome constitutions PS, PPS, PSS, and PPSS revealed that two had a pattern corresponding to(More)
Two tandemly repeated telomere-associated sequences, NP3R and NP4R, have been isolated from Nicotiana plumbaginifolia. The length of a repeating unit for NP3R and NP4R is 165 and 180 nucleotides respectively. The abundance of NP3R, NP4R and telomeric repeats is, respectively, 8.4 × 104, 6 × 103 and 1.5 × 106 copies per haploid genome of N. plumbaginifolia.(More)
OBJECTIVE With the advent of interventional neuroradiology and stereotactic radiosurgery, dural arteriovenous fistulae are less often managed with open surgery. We evaluated the outcome of dural arteriovenous fistulae of the cavernous sinus treated with a combination of radiosurgery and embolization. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty dural arteriovenous(More)
The extent of use of bariatric surgery and weight-loss medications is unknown. Using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, we estimate that the number of bariatric surgeries grew 400 percent between 1998 and 2002; such surgeries were performed on 0.6 percent of the 11.5 million adults clinically eligible in 2002. Hospital costs for bariatric surgery grew sixfold(More)
This study was conducted to evaluate the treatment outcomes associated with common second-line targeted therapies given after first-line sunitinib for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). The sample comprised patients with mRCC (n = 257) who were receiving second-line everolimus, sorafenib, or temsirolimus between April 1, 2008, and February 29, 2011,(More)
This paper present a low-cost yet effective localization scheme for the wireless sensor networks. There are many studies in the literature of locating the sensors in the wireless sensor networks. Most of them require either installing extra hardware or having a certain amount of sensor nodes with known positions. The localization scheme we propose in this(More)
We compared the preliminary outcomes of cervical fusion performed using radiolucent cages containing either cancellous bone or hydroxyapatite graft. From July 2004 to June 2006, 45 consecutive patients presented with a total of 109 levels of degenerative disc disease between the C2 and C7 levels. Each patient underwent anterior cervical discectomy and(More)