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Formosan Russell's viper (Daboia russelli siamensis) is the sixth most frequent cause of snakebites in Taiwan. Its bite induces greater kidney injury than other Russell's vipers in Southeast Asia. Poor availability of antivenom might be the major reason. To enhance treatment, we supplied the antivenom to the teaching hospitals that are near the areas where(More)
Three phenotypes of paraoxonase (PON) have been found in population studies. The B type gene frequency varies among different populations. The Singaporean Chinese gene frequency is trimodal. The gene frequency of British Chinese populations was neither bimodal nor trimodal. We conducted a study to determine the frequency distribution of PON in the Minnan(More)
BACKGROUND Codeine is a lawfully permitted ingredient of over-the-counter cold and cough medicines readily available to the public in Taiwan. Drug abusers often use it as a substitute for morphine and heroin, attributing the morphine in the urine test to therapeutic cough medicine. In the literature, several criteria for taking codeine, using a single(More)
Paraoxonase (PON) is structurally associated with the high-density lipoprotein fraction of serum, suggesting a role for this enzyme in lipoprotein metabolism. In Chinese Singaporeans, triglycerides (TG) had significant positive correlation with PON but high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) did not. Our paper investigates the influence of PON on serum(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to numerically investigate the feasibility of employing a spherical-section ultrasound phased array for transrib thermal ablation of liver tumors. METHODS Based on CT images, the authors performed a 3D reconstruction of the ribs and the surrounding soft tissues. A 3D pseudospectral time-domain (PSTD) solver was used to(More)
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