Hsin-Shui Chen

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Thrombin is a key mediator of fibrin deposition, angiogenesis, and proinflammatory processes. Abnormalities in these processes are primary features of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP-13) may contribute to the breakdown of articular cartilage during arthritis. However, the role of thrombin in MMP-13 production in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the inter-relationship among diabetes, urinary tract infection (UTI), and urinary tract calculi (UTC). METHODS This study used Taiwan's National Health Insurance claims data of ambulatory care visits and hospitalizations. A total of 12,257 newly diagnosed diabetes cases in 2000-2002 and 96,781 controls were followed to the end of(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to investigate the remote effect of acupuncture (AcP) on the pain intensity and the irritability of the myofascial trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle. DESIGN Forty-five patients were equally divided into three groups: patients in the placebo control group received sham AcP, those in the simple needling group were(More)
Objective. The purpose of this pilot study is to investigate the effectiveness of the percutaneous soft tissue release for the treatment of recurrent myofascial pain in the forearm due to recurrent lateral epicondylitis. Methods. Six patients with chronic recurrent pain in the forearm with myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) due to chronic lateral(More)
Tendon injury may occur suddenly or progressively, and can be divided into tendon rupture or tendinopathy based on the severity of injury. It is frequently found in professional or nonprofessional people who are making repetitive movements. In aged people, tendon degeneration becomes obvious; their tendon injuries are then frequently evident. No effective(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common problem of middle-aged and older adults. Increased arterial stiffness is a CVD risk factor. Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a simple and convenient exercise for middle-aged and older adults; however, there have been few studies investigating the effect of WBV on arterial stiffness. This study mainly(More)
Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) have two essential characteristics with regard to regenerative medicine: the convenient and efficient generation of large numbers of multipotent cells and in vitro proliferation without a loss of stemness. The implementation of clinical trials has prompted widespread concern regarding safety issues and has shifted(More)
Adult stem cell therapy for the treatment of tendon injuries is a growing area of research. This study is aimed to investigate the efficacy of human adipose-derived stem cell (hADSC) injection on the tendon during its healing process in a rat model of rotator cuff injury. hADSCs were injected 3 days after collagenase-induced rotator cuff injuries in(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The aim of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of lumbar facet joint injection for piriformis myofascial pain syndrome. METHODS Fifty-two patients with chronic myofascial pain in the piriformis muscle each received a lumbar facet injection into the ipsilateral L5-S1 facet joint region, using the multiple insertion(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the results of ultrasonographic examination in a series of patients with chronic wrist pain and to define the proportion of occult carpal ganglion in these patients. DESIGN A retrospective study including 57 patients with wrist pain consecutively referred for sonographic examination. The inclusion criteria for this study were a(More)