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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)
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)
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)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to report our experience of treating acute humoral rejection with plasmapheresis in heart transplant (HT) recipients. PATIENTS AND METHODS From May 1996 to December 2005, 238 HTs were performed using therapy with cyclosporine or tacrolimus, azathioprine or mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisolone as well as(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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The most serious complication after heart transplantation is allograft dysfunction. Patients presenting with compromised hemodynamics show a high incidence of mortality. The most common reason for allograft dysfunction is rejection. We have employed steroid pulse therapy combined with plasmapheresis for hemodynamically compromised patients after(More)
UNLABELLED Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) remains one of the leading causes of late graft failure and death. Cyclosporine microemulsion Neoral (CsA) had been used in heart transplantation (HTx) recipients. Meanwhile, Everolimus (EVL; Certican, Norvatis Pharmaceuticals; Basel, Switzerland) or mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) have been combined with CsA for(More)