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OBJECTIVES Critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency can adversely influence the prognosis of critically ill patients. However, its impact on the outcomes of patients with cirrhosis and acute gastroesophageal variceal bleeding remains unknown. We evaluated adrenal function using short corticotropin stimulation test in patients with cirrhosis and(More)
We have searched three hot molecular cores for submillimeter emission from the nucleic acid building-block pyrimidine. We obtain upper limits to the total pyrimidine (beam-averaged) column densities towards Sgr B2(N), Orion KL and W51 e1/e2 of 1.7 × 10 14 cm −2 , 2.4 × 10 14 cm −2 and 3.4 × 10 14 cm −2 , respectively. The associated upper limits to the(More)
UNLABELLED Nogo-B, also known as Reticulon 4B, plays important roles in vascular injuries. Its function in the liver is not understood. The aim of this study was to characterize Nogo-B in liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Nogo-B distribution was assessed in normal and cirrhotic human liver sections. We also determined the levels of liver fibrosis in wild-type(More)
AIMS The objective was to investigate the prognostic value of T-wave morphology in systolic heart failure patients. T-wave morphology descriptors on standard 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG) have been shown to have prognostic importance concerning the arrhythmic susceptibility of patients with previous myocardial infarction. However, these descriptors have(More)
AIMS To evaluate the effectiveness of a brief intervention in hospitalized Taiwanese men to reduce unhealthy alcohol consumption. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Medical/surgical wards of a medical centre in Taipei, Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS Of 3669 consecutive adult male in-patients, 616 were identified as unhealthy alcohol users (>14(More)
— In this letter, we introduced hydrogen ions into titanium metal doped into SiO 2 thin film as the insulator of resistive random access memory (RRAM) by supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO) 2 fluid treatment. After treatment, low resistance state split in to two states, we find the insert RRAM, which means it has an operating polarity opposite from normal(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to validate the Mandarin Chinese version of different screening instruments and compare their performances for identifying hazardous drinkers in Taiwan. METHODS We compared the performance of the Mandarin Chinese versions of AUDIT, AUDIT-C (AUDIT items 1, 2 and 3), AUDIT-4 (AUDIT items 1, 2, 3 and 10), AUDIT-3 (AUDIT item 3),(More)
We report a case of polycythemia vera with chorea in which the brain metabolism and dopamine system were investigated using 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) and (99m)Tc-labeled tropane dopamine transporter ((99m)Tc-TRODAT-1) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Along with normalization of the hematocrit(More)
OBJECTIVE Common mental disorders (CMD) are prevalent high-impact illnesses seen in general medical settings worldwide. There has been no investigation on the efficacy of enhanced care in Chinese societies. The aim of this study was to compare the outcome of three interventions for treating CMD: usual care (UC), problem-solving therapy plus UC (PST-UC), and(More)
Results regarding the effects of methylphenidate and atomoxetine on executive functions were inconsistent and no study has directly compared the efficacy of these two medications in improving executive functions in adults with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We conducted an 8-10 wk, open-label, head-to-head, randomized clinical trial(More)