Jeffrey Zhang

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IL-17 is one of the most potent and most actively investigated proinflammatory cytokines. In this study, we examined the effect of IL-17 on mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) under the influence of inflammatory cytokines. Ironically, IL-17 dramatically enhanced the immunosuppressive effect of MSCs induced by IFNγ and TNFα, revealing a novel role of IL-17 in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate efficacy and safety of ramelteon (MT1/MT2-receptor [corrected] agonist) in subjects with chronic primary insomnia. METHODS Randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of nightly ramelteon treatment (8 mg or 16 mg) in adults (N=405) with primary chronic insomnia (DSM-IV-TR). Latency to persistent sleep (LPS), TST,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the long-term safety and subjective sleep effects of ramelteon in adults with chronic insomnia. METHOD Subjects with primary insomnia (DSM-IV-TR criteria) for >or= 3 months received ramelteon nightly for 1 year; a 3-day placebo run out followed. Subjects aged >or=65 years received open-label ramelteon 8 mg (N = 248); those aged 18 to(More)
Obtaining a digital model of a real-world 3D scene is a challenging task pursued by computer vision and computer graphics. Given an initial approximate 3D model, a popular refinement process is to perform a bundle adjustment of the estimated camera position, camera orientation, and scene points. Unfortunately, simultaneously solving for both camera position(More)
BACKGROUND Double-blind, randomized clinical trials are the preferred approach to demonstrating the effectiveness of one treatment against another. The comparison is, however, made on the average group effects. While patients and clinicians have always struggled to understand why patients respond differently to the same treatment, and while much hope has(More)
Spatial neglect is a devastating disorder in 50-70% of right-brain stroke survivors, who have problems attending to, or making movements towards, left-sided stimuli, and experience a high risk of chronic dependence. Prism adaptation is a promising treatment for neglect that involves brief, daily visuo-motor training sessions while wearing optical prisms.(More)
The patients with false immune diagnosis of hydatid disease were investigated for the humoural immune response to analyse the possible reasons and mechanism leading to false immune diagnosis. Two hundred and thirty-nine patients with nature-unknown cysts and 30 healthy controls were detected by immunological assays (four hydatid antigen-based immunogold(More)
In treating children with mongolism (Down's syndrome) with electroacupuncture, the latent period of P3 is shortened, which shows that the cerebral reaction to external stimulus in classification, encoding and recognition is accelerated. Along with the elevated P3 amplitude, the cerebrum is more capable of processing the external information, showing(More)
Bioelectricity of the affected muscles at acute stage, recovery stage and sequel state in 93 cases of peripheral facial paralysis was observed with EMG. Pathological potential or motor potential was found to be reduced to varying degrees in all the affected muscles. After treatment by point-through-point acupuncture, myodynamia recovered fairly rapidly, EMG(More)
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