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Infections are among the leading causes of death in spinal cord-injured patients, and are associated with hampered wound healing, prolonged hospitalization and impaired neurological recovery. We have analysed fluctuations of immune cell populations in an experimental rat model of spinal cord injury (SCI) by FACS analysis compared with sham-operated controls(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a meta-analysis to compare the short-term outcomes of robotic thyroidectomy and conventional open thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer. METHODS Medline, Embase, Science Citation Index Expanded and the Cochrane Library databases were searched for relevant literature. The evaluated endpoints were intra-operative and(More)
To investigate the problem of inter- and intraspecific differences on the mirror test, we conducted two experiments on cotton-top tamarins. Experiment 1 employed a technique similar to one used recently on chimpanzees, and provided no evidence of mirror-mediated touching of the marked area. In a control condition, involving colored dye applied to one arm,(More)
INTRODUCTION The slow component of the delayed rectifier K+ current IKs modulates repolarization of the cardiac action potential (AP), and the loss of IKs is known to cause long QT1 (LQT1) syndrome by prolonging action potential duration (APD). In this study, we generated a guinea pig LQT1 syndrome model using the IKs blocker chromanol 293B and then assayed(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidences have indicated that there are gender differences in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome(MS), but the mechanism is uncertain. METHODS A total of 711 subjects aged 35-65 years accepted health examinations both in 1992 and 2007. Since 114 subjects had MS and 7 had heart disease at baseline, they were excluded from the(More)
1. Decreasing heart rate during development is known to be the result of parasympathetic nervous system maturation that depresses the pacemaker current (If) by acetylcholine (ACh). However, a direct effect of ACh on If has been ruled out and the involvement of other secondary messengers, such as cAMP, was verified in previous studies. Therefore, we(More)
Obejective. To examine the discriminatory power of triglyceride (TG) and triglyceride to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio (TG/HDL-C) for insulin resistance (IR) in a normoglycaemic Chinese population. Methods. The data were collected from 711 individuals. The normoglycaemic individuals were eventually included in the study (n = 533, age: 62.8 ±(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF) is often accompanied by vascular dysfunction in the elderly. The influencing factors in the development of AF are unclear. The aim of this study was to identify links between arterial stiffness and AF to provide new directions for the prevention of AF. METHODS We recruited 132 patients with both hypertension(More)