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We present the complete mitochondrial genome of the three-spot grouper Epinephelus trimaculatus (16,761 bp) in this study. The gene order and orientation in E. trimaculatus were the same as the typical vertebrates. The COI and ND4 genes started with the GTG codon and the ATP6 gene started with the CTG codon, the remaining protein-coding genes started with(More)
Objective. To compare ultrasound-guided miniscalpel-needle (UG-MSN) release versus ultrasound-guided dry needling (UG-DN) for chronic neck pain. Methods. A total of 169 patients with chronic neck pain were randomized to receive either UG-MSN release or UG-DN. Before treatment and at 3 and 6 months posttreatment, pain was measured using a 10-point visual(More)
This paper proposes a low-power inverter-based chopper instrumentation amplifier (IA) for ECG applications. A capacitively-coupled topology with chopper is employed while a two-stage inverter-based amplifier serves as the gain stage. Pseudo resistors are introduced to stabilize the output common-mode voltage of the amplifier and an improved switch-capacitor(More)
Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain is a common symptom in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Palisade sacroiliac joint radiofrequency neurotomy (PSRN) is a novel treatment for the SIJ pain. In the current clinical trial, we treated AS patients with significant SIJ pain using PSRN under computed tomography guidance and compared the results with the celecoxib treatment.(More)
OBJECTIVE The treatment of plantar heel pain is highly challenging. We report ultrasound-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment (UG-PRF) in the gastrocnemius to treat plantar heel pain and minimize the safety issues. DESIGN This study compared UG-PRF with sham treatment in 100 patients with plantar heel pain. Primary outcome measures include the pain(More)
BACKGROUND This study sought to statistically map the neck disability index (NDI) to the six-dimension health state short form (SF-6D) to estimate algorithms for use in economic analyses in patients with chronic neck pain (CNP). METHODS The relationships between NDI and SF-6D scores were estimated by using data from a cohort of patients with chronic neck(More)