Chien-Hui Kao

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OBJECTIVE Cytokines play important roles in angiogenesis, inflammation, and cell growth. The present study aimed to investigate the correlation between cytokine changes and clinical characteristics in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients receiving transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). METHODS Forty-one TACE-näive HCC patients receiving 73(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND Colorectal cancer is one of the most common malignancies in the world, and irinotecan (CPT-11) is useful in its treatment. However, the safety and pharmacokinetics of irinotecan in dialysis patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are unclear. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 74-year-old man receiving chronic hemodialysis who had(More)
Reading is one of the best well-practiced visual tasks for modern people. We investigated how the visual cortex analyzes spatial configuration in written words by studying the inversion effect in Chinese character processing. We measured the psychometric functions and brain activations for upright real-characters and non-characters and their inverted(More)
The issue of reading on electronic devices is getting important as the popularity of mobile devices, such as cell phones or PDAs, increases. In this study, we used the spatial summation paradigm to measure the spatial constraints for text detection. Four types of stimuli (real characters, non-characters, Jiagu and scrambled lines) were used in the(More)
BACKGROUND Inpatient palliative care is important for patients with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, the differences between inpatient palliative care and acute hospital care for inpatients with pancreatic cancer have not been explored in a population-based study. METHODS This population-based nationwide study was conducted using data from the Taiwan(More)
We investigated observers' performance in detecting and discriminating visual word forms as a function of target size and retinal eccentricity. The contrast threshold of visual words was measured with a spatial two-alternative forced-choice paradigm and a PSI adaptive method. The observers were to indicate which of two sides contained a stimulus in the(More)
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