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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of music therapy on stress, anxiety and depression in Taiwanese pregnant women. BACKGROUND The value of music therapy is slowly being realized by nurses in various clinical areas, including obstetrics. Previous studies have demonstrated a high prevalence of psychological stress(More)
OBJECTIVE Human umbilical cord blood cells (HUCBCs) are effective in the treatment of conventional stroke in experimental models. In the study described herein, we administered HUCBCs into the femoral vein or directly into the cerebral ventricular system and assessed their effects on circulatory shock, cerebral ischemia, and damage during heatstroke. (More)
BACKGROUND The posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) procedure allows restoration of the weight-bearing capacity to a more physiological ventral position and maintenance of disc space height. However, the procedure can be technically difficult and may cause complications. It has always been performed bilaterally with paired cages; a single central cage(More)
The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of pain during labor with and without massage. Sixty primiparas in labor were randomly assigned to either a massage or control group and tested using the self-reported Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) at 3 phases of cervical dilation: phase 1 dilation (3-4 cm), phase 2 dilation (5-7(More)
BACKGROUND Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), a life-threatening soft tissue infection, requires early diagnosis, prompt and repeated surgical intervention, and broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy. The aim of this study was to identify the independent predictors of mortality among patients with NF in Taiwan. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records(More)
Purpose: In this study, the method of employing pre-retrieval vaginal douching with aqueous povidone iodine is examined to see if it can decrease the incidence of pelvic abscess without compromising the clinical outcome of IVF-ET. Methods: Patients with ovarian endometrioma and received IVF-ET treatment were retrospectively classified into two groups(More)
A design for the fabrication of metallic nanoparticles is presented by thermal dewetting with a chemically heterogeneous nano-template. For the template, we fabricate a nanostructured polystyrene-b-polydimethylsiloxane (PS-b-PDMS) film on a Si|SiO2 substrate, followed by a thermal annealing and reactive ion etching (RIE) process. This gives a template(More)
Shiunko is a traditional botanic formula (ointment) which is used clinically for the treatment of wounded skin caused by cuts, abrasions, frost or burn. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Shiunko on epithelization of wounded skin. Experimental cutting wounds on the back skin of Sprague-Dawley rats were induced. Different bacterial(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical outcomes of intravenous (IV) infusion of zoledronic acid (ZOL) for lumbar interbody fusion surgery (LIFS) remain unknown. We investigated the efficacy of IV ZOL on clinical outcome and bone fusion after LIFS. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively analyzed 64 patients with both degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis and osteoporosis(More)