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BACKGROUND & AIMS The relationship between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) development remains unclear. METHODS Health insurance claims data were used to construct a cohort of HCV-infected patients diagnosed during the period 1998-2011. Patients younger than 20 years and those with history of hepatitis B or PAD were(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper presents an innovative technique to address complex multiple hepatic vein (HV) reconstruction in right lobe graft living donor liver transplantation (RL-LDLT). METHODS A patient with hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis underwent RL-LDLT. The graft had seven HVs, including: the right HV (17 mm); one segment VII HV (11 mm); two segment(More)
Small size and multiple ducts, particularly in right lobe liver grafts, are major factors that contribute to biliary complications in living donor liver transplantation. To improve the outcome of biliary reconstruction, further investigation and refinement of reconstruction techniques and management strategies are necessary. From March 2006 to June 2012,(More)
This paper proposes a novel design for a highly area efficient FPGA-based TDC (Time to Digital Converter) IP (Intelligent Property) with resolution less than 30ps. To avoid the unpredictable internal place and route (P&R) delay, a modified ring oscillator is presented. By integrating the gates delay and P&R delay, a design by combining Schematic and VHDL(More)
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide. Few studies have addressed the causes and risks of treatment refusal in a universal health insurance setting. We examined the characteristics and survival associated with treatment refusal in patients with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer in Taiwan during 2004–2008. Treatment refusal(More)
Due to its popularity and competitive prices, the embedded multimedia card (eMMC) has become a popular choice to replace raw flash chips in the design of solid-state drives (SSDs). However, an eMMC-based SSD often encounters its worst-case performance on random accesses. To address such a performance problem, this paper proposes an eMMC-aware strategy to(More)
We describe our early and long-term experience with routine biliary reconstruction via a microsurgical technique in living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). One hundred seventy-seven grafts (including 3 dual grafts) were primarily transplanted into 174 recipients. The minimum follow-up was 44 months. Biliary reconstructions were based on biliary(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) participates in many immune and inflammatory reactions. Its expression and role in severe pneumonia has not fully been understood. This study aimed to investigate the changes of sICAM-1 expression in severe pneumonia and the relationship between sICAM-1 and severe(More)