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BACKGROUND Growing evidence suggests that white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are implicated in stroke recurrence and mortality, and their location can be a critical factor. This study evaluated the impact of periventricular WMHs (PVWMHs) and subcortical WMHs (SWMHs) on poststroke functional outcomes. METHODS Brain MRI was performed on 187 acute ischemic(More)
Since the 1990s, brown root rot caused by Phellinus noxius (Corner) Cunningham has become a major tree disease in Taiwan. This fungal pathogen can infect more than 200 hardwood and softwood tree species, causing gradual to fast decline of the trees. For effective control, we must determine how the pathogen is disseminated and how the new infection center of(More)
The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system is widely used as a strategy in the search for the etiology of infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. During the Taiwan epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), many health care workers were infected. In an effort to establish a screening program for high risk personal, the distribution of HLA(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-"Mi(a)" is one of the most important irregular red blood cell antibodies found in Taiwan. The aim of this study was to investigate whether specific HLA-DRB1 alleles are associated with anti-"Mi(a)" production. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A case-control retrospective study was performed on 68 patients showing presence of anti-"Mi(a)" and 219(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmune neutropenia in children is caused by granulocyte-specific autoantibodies. These antibodies react to the patient's own neutrophils but disappear when the neutropenia spontaneously remits. This study reviewed our experience with autoimmune neutropenia in children and investigated possible associations with HLA-DR and HLA-DQ alleles. (More)
Host factors play an important role in determining the immune response and development of leprosy. The human leukocyte antigen system (HLA) has repeatedly been found to be associated with the pathogenesis of leprosy. This study analyzes the polymorphism of the HLA class I and II antigens in multibacillary leprosy patients and a healthy control group to(More)
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