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INTRODUCTION Erythropoietin (EPO) enhances the circulating level of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which has been reported to be associated with prognostic outcome in ischemic stroke (IS) patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the time course of circulating EPC level and the impact of EPO therapy on EPC level and clinical outcome in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that leukocyte ROCK activity is elevated in patients after ischemic stroke, but it is unclear whether leukocyte ROCK activity is associated with clinical outcomes following acute stroke events. The objective of this study is to investigate if leukocyte ROCK activity can predict the outcomes in patients with acute ischemic(More)
Currently, no data on the optimal time point after acute ischemic stroke (IS) at which high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) level is most predictive of unfavorable outcome. We tested the hypothesis that hs-CRP levels during both acute (48 h after IS) and convalescent (21 days after IS) phases are equally important in predicting 90-day clinical(More)
The ability of the robot to negotiate the terrain strongly depends on its morphology and control strategy. Wheeled morphology is extremely good on the flat terrain, and the legged morphology has great mobility on the rough terrain, as proved by the legged animals. Thus, as the terrain nowadays is highly mixed with natural rough terrain, artificial rough(More)
We report on the model-based approach to dynamic trotting and pronking gait generation for a leg-wheel transformable robot. The rolling spring-loaded inverted pendulum (R-SLIP) model served as the template for robot locomotion by programming the robot's motion according to the stable fixed-point trajectories of the model. Two strategies are developed to(More)
OBJECTIVES Cheiro-oral syndrome is characterized by sensory impairment confined to perioral area and ipsilateral fingers/hand. It results from an involvement of the ascending sensory tracts above the pons. However, a crossed pattern of perioral and acral paresthesia was rarely reported before. PATIENTS AND METHODS This study reports the neuroanatomic(More)
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a potent cytokine that plays an important role in the regulation of immune responses. Polymorphisms including five- to eight-repeat CATT variants ((CATT)(5-8)) and G-173C in the promoter region of the MIF gene are associated with altered levels of MIF gene(More)
PURPOSE Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for ischemic stroke treatment since 1996 at the United States of America and also 2002 at Taiwan. Since after it is strongly advertised for a promising benefit to early thrombolysis that is further echoed by a recommendation in clinical guidelines from multiple(More)
PURPOSE Use Taiwanese version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in evaluating patients in different stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and correlate with white matter change. METHODS Ninety-seven normal controls (NC), 52 very-mild AD (clinical dementia rating [CDR] = 0.5), 48 mild AD (CDR = 1) and 38 moderate AD (CDR = 2) patients were enrolled(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Nigrostriatal hypodopaminergism is the fundamental basis in parkinsonism. It may arise secondarily from a variety of disorders but is rarely mentioned shortly after surgery. METHODS AND PROCEDURES To report the clinical course of five patients who had had symptomatic parkinsonism developed shortly after surgery (lumbar laminectomy,(More)