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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Arterial stiffness is a precursor to premature cardiovascular disease. The augmentation index (AI) and pulse pressure (PP) are cardiovascular risk factors. The aim of this study was to define the diagnostic values of the AI and PP from the peripheral arterial and central aortic waveforms in healthy subjects. SUBJECTS AND METHODS(More)
Myocardial infarction is diagnosed when blood levels of biomarkers are increased in the clinical setting of acute myocardial ischemia. Among the biomarkers, troponin I is the preferred biomarker indicative of myocardial necrosis. It is tissue specific for the heart. Myocardial infarction is rarely reported following seizure. We report a case of elevated(More)
BACKGROUND Changes in levels of trace elements have been proposed to underlie febrile seizures. Particularly, low zinc levels have been proposed as related factor of febrile seizure. In this study, we investigated whether mean serum zinc levels differed between children with febrile seizure and afebrile seizure. METHODS Using inductively coupled plasma(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Inappropriately high left ventricular mass (iLVM) is known to be related to cardiovascular prognosis. A non-dipper pattern has a greater mean left ventricular (LV) mass than the dipper pattern in hypertensive patients. However, the appropriateness of LV mass in dipper or non-dipper patterns has not been adequately investigated. The(More)
In this study, vertical nanowire arrays of MoO(3-x) grown on metallic substrates with diameters of ~90 nm show high-capacity retention of ~630 mAhg(-1) for up to 20 cycles at 50 mAg(-1) current density. Particularly, they exhibit a capacity retention of ~500 mAhg(-1) in the voltage window of 0.7-0.1 V, much higher than the theoretical capacity of graphite.(More)
A hybrid technique for the selective growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on wanted areas of thin cover glass substrates was developed without the use of seed layer of ZnO. This method utilizes electron-beam lithography for pattern transfer on seedless substrate, followed by solution method for the bottom-up growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on the patterned substrates.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) is well known as a predictor of cardiovascular mortality in hypertensive patients. Mathematically, AASI reflect the standard deviation (SD) of blood pressure (BP) variation. AASI is measured higher levels in non-dipper than dipper. Thus, AASI has a possibility of not only reflecting(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The structural significance of the inappropriateness of left ventricular mass (iLVM) is known to be an important prognostic factor for cardiovascular events; however, the functional changes associated with iLVM have not been established. This study was performed to determine if diastolic dysfunction is associated with iLVM using a(More)
Penile augmentation by the injection of mineral oil provokes many serious, undesirable effects. Although there are reports of complications such as deformity, ulceration, necrosis, and erectile dysfunction, Fournier's gangrene resulting from the injection of petroleum jelly into the penis has not been reported. Here, we present a 42-year-old man with penile(More)
Active surveillance (AS) is now an accepted management strategy for men with low-risk localized prostate cancer (PCa). However, detecting disease progression in a patient selected for AS remains a challenge. It is crucial to know what will serve as the best parameter to correctly identify tumors that progress to a more aggressive phenotype so as not to miss(More)