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OBJECTIVES To study the efficacy of the tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure for patients with recurrent genuine stress incontinence. METHODS Forty-one women, including 11 with urethral sphincter incompetence (mean age 49.6 years, range 37 to 66), were treated for recurrent genuine stress incontinence with TVT procedure under local or regional(More)
The paper is concerned with analysing what makes a great journal great in the sciences, based on quantifiable Research Assessment Measures (RAM). Alternative RAM are discussed, with an emphasis on the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science database (hereafter ISI). Various ISI RAM that are calculated annually or updated daily are defined and analysed, including(More)
Neuromedin U (NMU) was originally named based on its strong uterine contractile activity, but little is known regarding its signaling/functions in utero. We identified that NMU and one of its receptors, NMUR2, are not only present in normal uterine endometrium but also co-expressed in endometrial cancer tissues, where the NMU level is correlated with the(More)
Adiponectin is a peptide hormone secreted exclusively by adipocytes, and obesity is an established risk factor for breast cancer. We have, thus, evaluated the associations of anthropometric measures of adiposity and adiponectin with the development of breast cancer in a case-control study. Questionnaire information, anthropometric measures, and blood(More)
BACKGROUND The DNA repair gene XRCC4, a member of NHEJ for double strand breaks, is very important in maintaining the overall genome stability, and may play an important role in carcinogenesis. To reveal the relationship between XRCC4 and bladder cancer, seven polymorphic variants of XRCC4, including C-1622T (rs7727691), G-1394T (rs6869366), G-652T(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the present study was to investigate the correlation between inhibin B and estradiol levels in follicular fluid (FF) with the quality of subsequent embryo development from in-vitro fertilized oocytes aspirated from the same follicle. METHODS A total of 156 infertile women undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF and(More)
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), a life-threatening complication occurring in stimulated ovarian cycles, arises from treatment with gonadotropin for induction of follicular maturation in infertile women. Clinical characteristics of OHSS include ascites and pleural effusion induced by increased vascular permeability, where vascular endothelial(More)
Dibenzo[a,c]cyclooctadiene lignans of Schisandra chinensis Baill are well known because of their hepatoprotective activity, antioxidant activity, and anticancer effect. For the isolation of the dibenzo[a,c]cyclooctadiene lignans of Schisandra chinensis Baill two extraction methods were used: modified-ultrasonic extraction and supercritical fluid extraction.(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the efficacy of the tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) procedure for elderly patients. METHODS Forty-five women, 65 years old or older (mean 69.1; range 65 to 85), were treated for genuine stress incontinence with the tension-free vaginal tape procedure under intravenous anesthesia with heavy sedation. Urodynamic studies and 1-hour pad(More)