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The effects of the calcium channel blocking agent, verapamil, were studied in a murine model of viral myocarditis. Three groups of 8-wk-old DBA/2 mice (n = 25 each) were inoculated with 10 plaque-forming units of encephalomyocarditis virus and randomized to three treatment regimens. Group 1 mice received verapamil intraperitoneally (5 mg/kg per d) for 7 d(More)
Continued adverse remodeling of myocardium after infarction may lead to progressive ventricular dilation and heart failure. We tested the hypothesis that exercise training in a healed myocardial infarction-dysfunction rat model can favorably modify the adverse effects of ventricular remodeling including attenuation of abnormal myosin gene expression.(More)
BACKGROUND Enteroviruses have been considered as the most common etiologic agents in clinical myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy; however, their pathogenetic role remains unknown. Hence, the relation of viral replication and development of cardiomyopathy has been determined in a murine model of myocarditis by evaluating the persistence of viral genome(More)
The positional accuracy of multileaf collimators (MLC) is crucial in ensuring precise delivery of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). The aim of this planning study was to investigate the dosimetric impact of systematic MLC positional errors on step and shoot IMRT of prostate cancer. A total of 12 perturbations of MLC leaf banks were introduced to six(More)
Portal imaging using electronic portal imaging device (EPID) is a well-established image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) technique for external beam radiation therapy. The aims of this study are threefold; (i) to assess the accuracy of isocentre localization in the fiducial-based stereoscopic image registration, (ii) to investigate the impact of errors in(More)
The advent of computing has exacerbated the problem of overwhelming information. To manage the deluge of information, information extraction systems can be used to automatically extract relevant information from free-form text for update to databases or for report generation. One of the major challenges to the information extraction is the representation of(More)
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