Fang-Chih Chang

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While the cause of Parkinson's disease (PD) remains unknown, recent evidence suggests certain environmental factors, such as well water drinking, herbicides and pesticides exposure, and neurotoxins, may trigger the chain of oxidative reactions culminating in the death of dopaminergic neurons in substantia nigra to cause parkinsonism. Most studies to date(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of atypical teratoid tumor/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) of the central nervous system (CNS). MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty cases of CNS AT/RT have been found over the past 23 years in our hospital; these involving 11 boys and 9 girls whose mean age at diagnosis was 5.5(More)
The relationship between apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and clinical manifestations of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has not been investigated in non-Caucasian populations. This prospective study was conducted in an ethnic Chinese population to evaluate the correlations of ApoE genotype, cognitive performance, medial temporal structure volumes, and clinical(More)
The pharmacological properties of synaptic responses in rat basolateral amygdaloid (BLA) neurons were studied using intracellular recording techniques. Three distinct types of synaptic potential were evoked by stimulation of the adjacent ventral endopyriform nucleus: 1) a fast excitatory postsynaptic potential (f-EPSP); 2) a late EPSP (1-EPSP) following the(More)
EAF-dust containing metal oxides can be regarded as an important source for zinc and iron. In this study, the reduction behavior of zinc ferrite with CO gas as a reducing agent under different temperatures was investigated to develop a new process for the recovery of zinc and iron from EAF-dust. The results of the phase studies with synthetic franklinite(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the association of minor anomalies and breech-presenting newborns with breech deformation complex. STUDY DESIGN A total of 3,345 newborns with singleton, term delivery were examined based on a list of 67 items of major and minor anomalies. All infants were divided into two groups: group 1, vertex presentation (3,107 infants);(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate changes in height and wedge angle of treated vertebral bodies and kyphosis angle 1 year after vertebroplasty. MATERIAL AND METHODS We reviewed radiographs of 95 vertebral bodies treated with vertebroplasty in 60 patients with osteoporosis. Only vertebral bodies with imaging evidence of a new fracture or avascular necrosis received(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess and compare the ejection fraction (EF) and shortening fraction (SF) of both ventricles through pregnancy. MATERIALS Uncomplicated singleton pregnancies, of between 10 and 40 weeks' gestation, were recruited. Transabdominal two-dimensional M-mode imaging of the right ventricular EF (REF), right ventricular SF (RSF), left ventricular EF(More)
An in vitro slice preparation of rat amygdala was used to study the long-term modifications of synaptic efficacy following high-frequency stimulation of the ventral endopyriform nucleus. Delivery of brief tetani to the afferent fibers led to a long-term potentiation (LTP) of the amplitude and the initial slope of excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP).(More)
This study employed Jatropha curcas (bioenergy crop plant) to assist in the removal of heavy metals from contaminated field soils. Analyses were conducted on the concentrations of the individual metals in the soil and in the plants, and their differences over the growth periods of the plants were determined. The calculation of plant biomass after 2 years(More)