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A significant number of HIV-2 infections have been reported in China using Western blot as per current guidelines for HIV-2 diagnosis in China. However, most specimens were also positive on HIV-1 Western blot suggesting cross-reactivity and possible overestimation. We carried out the current study to evaluate a strategy to diagnose the HIV-2 infections in(More)
OBJECTIVE Animals underwent combined general-epidural anesthesia (EGA) is reported to have better long-time outcome than general anesthesia (GA). This study aimed to make overall evaluation of the association between these two anesthetic techniques and prognosis of cancer patients undergoing surgery. METHODS Related databases such as PubMed and EMbase(More)
OBJECTIVES The contribution of ultrasound-assisted thoracic paravertebral block to postoperative analgesia remains unclear. We compared the effect of a combination of ultrasound assisted-thoracic paravertebral block and propofol general anesthesia with opioid and sevoflurane general anesthesia on volatile anesthetic, propofol and opioid consumption, and(More)
The HIV-1 BED incidence assay was adopted in China in 2005 for HIV-1 incidence surveillance. A proficiency testing (PT) program was established in 2006 to provide quality assurance services. The BED PT program consisted of two components, an international program provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 and a domestic(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the correlation between three viral load assays for circulating recombinant form (CRF)_BC. DESIGN Recent studies in HIV-1 molecular epidemiology, reveals that CRF_BC is the dominant subtype of HIV-1 virus in mainland China, representing over 45% of the HIV-1 infected population. The performances of nucleic acid sequence-based(More)
BACKGROUND More than half of intravenous drug users (IDUs) in China suffer from the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus is also more prevalent in non-injection drug users (NIDUs) than in the general population. However, not much is known about HCV subtype distribution in these populations. METHODS Our research team conducted a cross-sectional study in four(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the characteristics of difficult intubation and identify novel efficient predictors in patients with acromegaly. METHODS Patients with either untreated acromegaly or non-functional pituitary adenomas were enrolled. Patients with acromegaly underwent hormone assays, upper airway computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging(More)
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