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Hypnic headache is rarely reported in Asians, and the proposed International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)-2 criteria have never been field-tested. We studied 17 consecutive Taiwanese patients (M/F: 9/8, mean age at onset 69.6 years) with hypnic headache from a headache clinic. Fifteen patients (88%) reported >15 headache attack days per(More)
This study determined PCDD/F and PCB levels in human milk, examined factors associated with levels of contamination, and assessed the infant body burden from breast-feeding. The congeners of PCDD/Fs, dioxin-like PCBs, and indicator PCBs were analyzed by HRGC/HRMS for 36 human milk samples from healthy women, aged 20-35 years, from December 2000 to November(More)
BACKGROUND Tacrolimus (Tac) in combination with mycophenolate mofetil is widely used after heart transplantation (HT). Everolimus (EVR), a new potent proliferation signal inhibitor can be used with a carcineurin inhibitor to reduce the occurrence of rejection. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Tac combined with EVR in de(More)
BACKGROUND Although primary graft failure (PGF) after heart transplantation is a feared complication, most reports have come from Western countries. We analyzed the incidence in our hospital and tried to determine the predictive risk factors for PGF that require mechanical circulatory support or high dosage of inotropic agents after heart transplantation.(More)
Cardiac transplantation is currently the only established surgical approach to the treatment of refractory heart failure. Heart transplantation because of amyloid cardiomyopathy continues to generate controversy because of donor shortage and concerns about disease recurrence in the allograft. We reviewed the medical records for all patients who underwent(More)
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest and most versatile superfamily of cell membrane proteins, which mediate various physiological processes including reproduction, development and behaviour. The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), is one of the most notorious insect pests, preferentially feeding on cruciferous(More)
INTRODUCTION Survival in patients with refractory heart failure greatly improves after heart transplantation (HTx). OBJECTIVE To evaluate the rate of unplanned readmission within the first year post-HTx and the causes of such readmission. PATIENTS AND METHODS From January 2005 to June 2008, the 112 patients who underwent HTx were regularly followed up(More)
SETTING The prognosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is linked to early diagnosis and prescription of adequate treatment. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of the rpoB nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing assay to detect and identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) strains and strains resistant to rifampicin (RMP) in(More)
BACKGROUND Heart transplantation is the ultimate treatment for end-stage heart failure. Cardiac sarcoidosis has rarely been reported in heart transplantation worldwide. Their long-term prognosis after heart transplantation is unknown. Herein we have presented clinical and pathological observations among heart transplantation patients with isolated cardiac(More)
AIM To investigate the effects of Olmesartan Medoxomil (OM) on left ventricle hypertrophy (LVH) and inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-10 levels in renovascular hypertensive rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS Qualified 30 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups: sham-operation group (SO, n=10), model control group (MC, n=10), and Olmesartan(More)