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BACKGROUND Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in pain relief and anesthesia, and has been suggested for treating various kinds of functional disabilities in traditional Chinese medicine, including knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study aimed to investigate the immediate effects of acupuncture on gait patterns in patients with knee OA. METHODS Twenty(More)
Fifteen elderly subjects with bilateral medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) and 15 healthy elderly subjects walked and crossed obstacles with heights of 10%, 20%, and 30% of their leg lengths while sagittal angles and angular velocities of each joint were measured and their phase angles (phi) calculated. Continuous relative phase (CRP) were also obtained, i.e.,(More)
Early reduction using Pemberton's osteotomy has been suggested for treating DDH but no data on the long-term residual gait changes in such patients are available in the literature. This study aimed to bridge the gap by performing quantitative gait analysis on eleven females (age: 10.6 ± 1.0 years) who were treated for unilateral DDH using open reduction(More)
In addition to adipocytokines, estradiol (E2) and vitamin D have been reported to affect insulin sensitivity, glucose homeostasis and body weight. However, studies about the impact of E2 and vitamin D on metabolic syndrome (MetS) are still limited. The aim of this study is to clarify the roles of circulating E2 and vitamin D on the risk of MetS in(More)
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) confers increased risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Both vitamin D3 and adipocytokines (especially adiponectin and leptin) have a great impact on CVD and MetS. In vitamin D3 metabolism, the vitamin D3 25-hydroxylase (CYP27A1) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 1-alpha-hydroxylase (CYP27B1) are two key enzymes. This study aimed to(More)
Hallux valgus (HV), one of the most common foot pathologies in modern society, affects not only the foot itself, but also the other lower limb joints. The purpose of the study was to investigate the kinematic and kinetic changes in the lower limb joints in patients with bilateral HV during level walking. Twelve female patients with bilateral HV and 12(More)
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