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BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome has been shown to be associated with lower levels of plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) in the general population. We sought to elucidate the relationship between Nt-proBNP and components of metabolic syndrome in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS Fasting blood samples were(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) have postural changes and increased risk of falling. The aim of this study is to compare balance characteristics between patients with OVCF and healthy control subjects. METHODS Patients with severe OVCF and control subjects underwent computerised dynamic posturography (CDP) in(More)
The value of a developed prediction model depends on its performance outside the development sample. The key is therefore to externally validate the model on a different but related independent data. In this study, we propose a permutation method to assess heterogeneity in external validation for risk prediction models. The permutation p value measures the(More)
BACKGROUND Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) is associated with nosocomial infections worldwide. Here, we used phage as a potential agent to evaluate the efficacy of daily cleaning practices combined with a bacteriophage-containing aerosol against CRAB. METHODS A two-phase prospective intervention study was performed at a 945-bed public(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to evaluate the still unknown factors correlating with the degree of nerve involvement in early Bell's palsy. METHODS This retrospective chart review study of newly diagnosed cases of Bell's palsy was conducted over a three-year period. Information on age, sex, day of onset, comorbidities, corticosteroid use, and(More)
The role of Slit/Robo signaling has extended from initial axon repulsion in the developing nervous system to organ morphogenesis, cancer development and angiogenesis. Slit/Robo signaling regulates similar pathways within these processes. Slit/Robo ensures the homeostasis of the dynamic interaction between cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. The(More)
This paper presents a novel algorithm design of 18-band quasi-class-2 ANSI S1.11 1/3 octave filter bank with the advantages of low group delay and low complexity. The proposed method utilizes a simple low-pass filter (LPF) and discrete cosine transform (DCT) modulation to generate a uniform 9-band filter bank first, and then transfer all element of z-1 into(More)