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Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte-macrophage-CSF (GM-CSF) are the principal cytokines in granulopoiesis and differentiation of granulocytic precursors. Their physiologic effects are mediated by binding to specific cell surface receptors (G-CSFr and GM-CSFr, respectively), which are widely expressed from immature bone marrow cells(More)
Osteoporosis is a major health problem worldwide, and is projected to increase exponentially due to the aging of the population. The absolute fracture risk in individual subjects is calculated by the use of algorithms which include bone mineral density (BMD), age, gender, history of prior fracture and other risk factors. This review describes the laboratory(More)
The ASAN Easy Test H. pylori is a newly developed rapid test for Helicobacter pylori that uses a stool antigen immunochromatographic assay (S-ICT). The aim of this study was to evaluate this kit for the diagnosis of H. pylori under various histological conditions. We enrolled 266 consecutive patients undergoing a routine health checkup and endoscopy with(More)
BACKGROUND The performance of Bactec Fx Plus Aerobic/F (PA), Mycosis IC/F (MF), Myco/F Lytic (ML) media and BacT/Alert 3D FA (FA) media in detecting 15 Candida isolates in blood cultures to which fluconazole had been added was investigated. METHODS PA with resin, MF, ML media (n = 360), and FAmedia (n = 120) were tested against Candida albicans, C.(More)
BACKGROUND Total IgE levels in allergic patients tend to be higher than those in healthy individuals. We evaluated the usefulness of total IgE levels in predicting positive results of allergen specific IgEs in multiple allergen simultaneous tests. METHODS A total of 133 patients with allergic symptoms were evaluated. Allergen specific IgEs were detected(More)
In this paper, we present a visual pose tracking algorithm based on Monte Carlo sampling of special Euclidean group SE(3) and knowledge of a 3D model. In general, the relative pose of an object in 3D space can be described by sequential transformation matrices at each time step. Thus, the objective of this work is to find a transformation matrix in SE(3) so(More)
The bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is the causative agent of enzootic bovine leucosis. This study investigated the presence of the BLV in leukemia (179 acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 292 acute myeloid leukemia and 46 chronic myelogenous leukemia cases) and 162 lung cancer patients (139 adenocarcinoma, 23 squamous cell carcinoma) to determine if the BLV is a(More)
The diagnosis and prognosis of sepsis after antimicrobial therapy among systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) patients were evaluated with the biomarkers procalcitonin (PCT), interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and white blood cell counts. Among 177 consecutive SIRS patients, 78 exhibited sepsis, with(More)
This note introduces a model-free and marker-less approach for human body tracking based on a dynamic color model and geometric information of a human body from a monocular video sequence. A multivariate Gaussian distribution is learned online from sequential frames to represent the non-stationary color distribution. Images are first filtered according to(More)
This preliminary study assessed the association between ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) and the transforming growth factor β receptor type 2 (TGFBR2) gene, with autoimmune disease examined as a possible underlying factor. Twenty-one patients diagnosed with OPLL and 42 control patients without OPLL (non-OPLL) were enrolled in the(More)