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A variety of serovars of the food-borne pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus normally cause infection. Since 1996, the O3:K6 strains of this pathogen have caused pandemics in many Asian countries, including Taiwan. For a better understanding of these pandemic strains, the recently isolated clinical O3:K6 strains from India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan were(More)
1. Study of memory traces in higher animals requires experimental models possessing well-localized and technically accessible memory traces--plasticity responsible for behavioral change, not dependent on control from elsewhere, and open to detailed investigation. Our purpose has been to develop such a model based on the wholly spinal, largely monosynaptic(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the role of pretreatment surgical staging for locally advanced cervical carcinoma. METHODS A two-step randomized trial was conducted to compare clinical staging (arm A) versus surgical staging (arm B) and to compare the laparoscopic (LAP) with the extraperitoneal (EXP) approach in previously untreated locally advanced cervical(More)
From August 2010 to June 2011, 10 consecutive patients underwent transvaginal NOTES of the adnexa, including tubal sterilization in 3, salpingectomy because of ectopic pregnancy in 3, and ovarian tumor enucleation in 4. The mean (SD; 95% CI) age of the patients was 34.8 (9.7; 27.9-41.8) years, and their body mass index was 21.6 (2.8; 19.4-23.8). In 9 of the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To evaluate the feasibility and safety of hysterectomy in benign disease using transvaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). DESIGN Prospective observational study (Canadian Task Force classification II-3). SETTING Tertiary referral medical center. PATIENTS From May 2010 to August 2011, consecutive patients who(More)
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an important foodborne pathogen in Taiwan and many other Asian countries. A total of 371 isolates of V. parahaemolyticus collected from patients involved in foodborne illness outbreaks in Taiwan from 1992 to 1995 were characterized. These isolates had typical biochemical characteristics and only 4% were urease positive. The most(More)
OBJECTIVE To find the risk factors of torsion and malignancy for adnexal tumors during pregnancy. DESIGN Retrospective, historical cohort study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENT(S) Patients from 1990 to 2004 with adnexal tumors >or=4 cm during pregnancy. INTERVENTION(S) Surgery undertaken antepartum, concurrently with cesarean delivery, or(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to determine the long-term disease-free and overall survival outcomes of laparoscopic treatment of early-stage cervical cancer. STUDY DESIGN This was a longitudinal study of prospectively registered patients of cervical cancer undergoing laparoscopic surgery from June 1994 to December 2005. RESULTS A total of 139(More)