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PURPOSE To explore the characteristics of rejection of Wuzhishan (WZS) pig-to-rhesus monkey corneal transplants and to evaluate WZS pig corneas as potential donor material for a clinical setting. METHODS Wuzhishan pigs were used as donors and rhesus monkeys as recipients for corneal xenotransplantation. Eighteen rhesus monkeys were divided into three(More)
We study the optimal insurance demand of a riskand ambiguity-averse consumer if contract nonperformance risk is perceived as ambiguous. We find that the consumer’s optimal insurance demand is lower compared to a situation without ambiguity and that his degree of ambiguity aversion is negatively associated with the optimal level of coverage. We also(More)
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a serious cardiovascular disorder worldwide. Several articles have reported the effect of angiotensin I-converting enzyme gene insertion/deletion (ACE I/D) polymorphism in RHD risk. However, the results still remain inconsistent. The objective of the present study was to assess more precise estimations of the relationship(More)
microRNAs exhibit important regulatory roles in tumorigenesis and tumor development, such as in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The present study aimed to investigate the expression and functional roles of microRNA (miR)‑363‑3p in HCC. miR-363-3p expression levels in a number of HCC tissues and cell lines were measured by reverse transcription-quantitative(More)
To evaluate the effects of preoperative highly sensitive C-reactive protein (Hs-CRP) in serum on the prognostic outcomes of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following hepatic resection in Chinese samples.From January 2004 to December 2008, a total of 624 consecutive HCC patients who underwent hepatic resection were incorporated. Serum levels of(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Liver cirrhosis and its complications are important factors contributing to mortality worldwide. Statin use is probably associated with lower risk of hepatic decompensation and mortality, but not with cirrhosis or fibrosis progression according to a recent systematic review. We aimed to evaluate the definite effects of statins on the(More)
The efficacy, safety and health-economic outcomes were compared between corticosteroid and non-corticosteroid treatments in acute gout patients. All electronic literatures comparing the curative effects or full economic evaluations of corticosteroids versus non-corticosteroids on acute pain in acute gout patients and published until June 30, 2017 in any(More)
Objective: This network meta-analysis aims to compare the efficacy and safety of 9 nonoperative regimens (placebo, pregabalin, GM-1 ganglioside, venlafaxine extended-release [venlafaxine XR], fampridine, conventional over-ground training [OT], body-weightsupported treadmill training [BWSTT], robotic-assisted gait training [RAGT]+OT and body-weight-supported(More)
Compounds obtained from natural resources have been the important candidates for the discovery and development of drugs. Over the past few decades, marine resources gradually attracted the attention of the majority of researchers, and a number of compounds with various structures or activities have been obtained from sponge, alga, fungus, mollusks and some(More)
AIM To explore the situation of older nurses approaching retirement with regard to their retirement planning, and the relationship of their retirement planning behaviour with the job environment and job satisfaction under their current employment arrangements and other work-related variables. BACKGROUND Nurse shortage has become a global phenomenon that(More)