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Aeginetia indica Linn. (Guan-Jen-Huang, GJH), a traditional Chinese herb, has the potential to be an immunomodulatory agent. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of GJH in the treatment of renal cancer. Concentration-effect curves for the influence of GJH on cellular proliferation showed a biphasic shape. Besides, GJH had a synergistic effect(More)
BACKGROUND Better depicting the relationship between antibiotic consumption and evolutionary healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli (MDR-GNB) may help highlight the importance of antibiotic stewardship. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The correlations between antibiotic consumption and MDR-GNB HAIs at a(More)
Due to the high complexity of modern circuit designs, verification has become the major bottleneck of the entire design process. There is an emerging need for a practical solution to reduce the verification time. In manufacturing test, a well-known technique, "design-for-testability", is often used to reduce the testing time. By inserting some extra (More)
BACKGROUND Both uremia and metabolic syndrome (MetS) affect heart rate variability (HRV) which is a risk factor of poor prognoses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of MetS on HRV among chronic hemodialysis patients. METHODS This cross-sectional study was carried out in a teaching hospital in Northern Taiwan from June to August, 2010. Adult(More)
In this paper, we present the power estimation methodologies for the development of a low-power security processor that contains significant amount of logic and memory. For the logic part, we present a highly accurate tool, called PowerMixer. This tool is a refinement of the so-called mixed-level methodology that combines the accuracy of quick SPICE and the(More)
In this paper, we present the power estimation methodologies for the development of a low-power security processor that contains significant amount of logic and memory. For the logic part, we present a highly accurate tool, called <i>PowerMixer</i>. This tool is a refinement of the so-called mixed-level methodology that combines the accuracy of quick SPICE(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular access (VA) is the lifeline of hemodialysis patients. Although the autonomic nervous system might be associated with VA failure (VAF), it has never been addressed in previous studies. This study aimed to evaluate the predictive values of the heart rate variability (HRV) indices for long-term VA outcomes. METHODS This retrospective(More)
Osteoporosis is a common bone disease in the elderly, which often causes back pain and kyphosis. In Taiwan, 51.9 percent of the elderly over 45 years old need rehabilitation and the demand of wearing orthoses aids in the aging of society has increased significantly. Physicians don't know the rehabilitation effectiveness and the patient compliance behaviors(More)