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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to describe the technical experience and outcome in laparoscopic-assisted total cyst excision of choledochal cyst with Roux-en-Y hepatoenterostomy. METHODS Thirty-five patients with choledochal cyst were studied. Their age ranged from 3 months to 9 years (average age, 3.6 years). The choledochal cysts were cyst type in 33(More)
PURPOSE Cyst excision with hepaticojejunostomy has been the classic procedure for treating choledochal cysts. Recently, laparoscopic treatment of the disease has gained popularity worldwide. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether laparoscopic management of choledochal cysts is as feasible and safe as conventional open surgery in children with this(More)
There is accumulating evidence indicating the role of aldosterone in the pathogenesis of hypertension and renal injury. In this study, we investigated the role of the Rho-kinase dependent signaling pathway in aldosterone-induced myofibroblastic transdifferentiation and collagen gene expression in rat mesangial cells (RMCs). Stimulation with aldosterone (1(More)
Edentulous patients with implant-supported prostheses report improved tactile discriminative capabilities and motor function compared with when they wore complete dentures. 'Osseoperception' is defined as the ability to identify kinesthetic sensation without the input from periodontal mechanoreceptors. This sensation is generated from the temporomandibular(More)
Power control in wireless networks is important to maintain reliable communication links between base stations and nodes, and to maximize the battery life. An energy aware connectivity set based transmission power control protocol is presented in this paper. We augment our distributed protocol with a heuristic that considers energy cost information when(More)
PURPOSE To develop a functional MRI (fMRI) signal based model that can evaluate depression severity in a numeric form; therefore, depressed patients can be identified during the course of illness, independent from symptoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data from 20 medication-free depressed patients and 16 healthy subjects were analyzed. The event-related fMRI(More)
BACKGROUND Overwhelming evidence from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) research indicates that patients harbor quiescent CML stem cells that are responsible for blast crisis. While the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) origin of CML was first suggested over 30 years ago, recently CML-initiating cells beyond HSCs are also being investigated. METHODS Here we(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSES Laparoscopy has been widely accepted as a technique for the excision of choledochal cyst, but there has been little experience using it as a therapeutic modality for hepatic duct stenosis. The aim of this study is to present our experiences in laparoscopic excision of biliary stenosis and Roux-en-Y reconstruction for patients with(More)
The route planning method based on artificial potential field is an important branch and the hot research focus of assignment planning. The traditional artificial potential field method is easy to fall into the local minimum, and the paper analyzed the causes, and then did some research on the improved artificial potential field method, and then proposed a(More)
Accumulating evidences demonstrated that the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) are associated with tumorigenesis, tumor progression, metastasis and relapse in cancers, including chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). We found that miR-320a expression was reduced in K562 and in CML cancer stem cells.(More)