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BACKGROUND C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin (IL)-6 are important risk factors for atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. In the present study, we examined serum levels of CRP and IL-6, IL-6 production by monocytes, and the effect of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). (More)
—In the zero-emission electric power generation system, a multiple-input dc–dc converter is useful to obtain the regulated output voltage from several input power sources such as a solar array, wind generator, fuel cell, and so forth. A new multiple-input dc–dc converter is proposed and analyzed. As a result, the static and dynamic characteristics are(More)
BACKGROUND Nebulized lidocaine enables dosages of oral corticosteroids to be tapered in the treatment of severe asthma. OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate the effect of lidocaine on T cells from patients with allergic asthma. METHODS PBMCs and CD4(+) T cells were isolated from 6 patients with asthma and house dust mite allergy. PBMCs were cultured with(More)
Because of rapid evolution in product and process technology, many operations in the manufacturing and service industries in recent years require workers to acquire and maintain more extensivè`knowledge stock'' than before. In this paper, we address the human resource planning in these knowledge-intensive operations. We focus on the management of knowledge(More)