Chien-Chun Kuo

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BACKGROUND Cardiovascular calcification, including arterial intimal and medial calcification (AIC and AMC) and valvular calcification (VC) are important predictors of outcome in chronic dialysis patients. We aimed to compare their prevalence and analyze respective risk factors in hemodialysis (HD) patients. METHODS A total of 81 HD patients were enrolled.(More)
AIMS chronic inflammation contributes significantly to the morbidity and mortality of chronic hemodialysis patients. A recent research has shown that adipokines were associated with inflammation in these patients. We aim to investigate whether biomarkers of inflammation, adipokines, and clinical features can predict the outcome of hemodialysis patients. (More)
BACKGROUND There are no prior studies that have estimated the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) among the dialysis population relative to the general population. The aim of this study was to examine the risk of UGIB among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients during a 6-year period following their initiation of hemodialysis (HD) therapy in(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that the quality of life of patients with chronic kidney disease can be improved by dialysis. While previous studies have used retrospective designs and adhered to a standard target prescribed by clinical guidelines, our study prospectively investigates the association between the adequacy of peritoneal dialysis (PD) and measures(More)
AIMS Our study investigated the role of circadian rhythm in the pathogenesis of sleep disturbance in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) based on an animal model. MAIN METHODS Sixteen Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (eight from 5/6 nephrectomized CKD group and eight from control group) were used for electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG)(More)
AIM Uremic hyperparathyroidism (UHPT) has been shown to contribute to the development and progression of chronic kidney disease-mineral bone disorder. UHPT is frequently observed in chronic dialysis patients, and patients with UHPT are associated with increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Cinacalcet is a novel agent that increases(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of the sex of a deceased child on maternal suicide has not been studied. We examined whether the death of a child, especially a son, increased the risk of suicide among parous Taiwanese women. METHODS This matched case-control study was done within a cohort of 1 292 462 Taiwanese women who experienced a first and singleton childbirth(More)
In this paper, a vision-based real-time exercise instruction system is proposed. The purposes of the system are to increase the exercise efficiency and to prevent users from being injured. This system uses a stereo-vision method to compute the 3D user information, and a vision-based pose estimation method to analyze the user's postures. The response time of(More)
In recent years, the studies of digital content engineering confront us with massive amounts of data for classification and analysis, such as, thousands of news videos, surveillance records, motion capture data, images of animals and plants, etc. For these studies, the relationships between each data point are often hidden in a multi-dimensional space. For(More)
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