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In normal pregnancy, all women displayed a significant elevation of serum triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), low density cholesterol (LDL-C) and high density cholesterol (HDL-C) during parturition. To study the quantitative changes in serum levels of lipids and their biological relevances during and after pregnancy, blood samples were collected from(More)
The susceptibilities to three organophosphate (OP) insecticides (malathion, chlorpyrifos, and phoxim), responses to three metabolic synergists [triphenyl phosphate (TPP), piperonyl butoxide (PBO), and diethyl maleate (DEM)], activities of major detoxification enzymes [general esterases (ESTs), glutathione S-transferases (GSTs), and cytochrome P450(More)
Down's syndrome results from the production of three copies of chromosome 21 within a cell. We have devised a method termed the homologous gene quantitative polymerase chain reaction (HGQ-PCR), which uses one pair of primers and which can directly identify the additional copy of chromosome 21 by simultaneously amplifying two highly homologous genes of the(More)
STUDY DESIGN Lithium has attracted much attention as a neuroregenerative agent for spinal cord injury in animal models. We hypothesized that the lithium can be beneficial to patients with spinal cord injury. The safety and pharmacokinetics of lithium has been studied in our earlier phase I clinical trial, indicating its safety. This is a phase II clinical(More)
We evaluated 61 patients with two screening tests for alpha-thalassemia traits on the basis of endonuclease gene mapping. Comparing these two methods--the osmotic fragility test of the red cell and modified hemoglobin H inclusion staining for the sensitivity--we found that the latter was much superior to the former with 100% sensitivity in detecting(More)
A Duplex Color apparatus equipped with real-time imaging and Doppler sector scanner was used to scan fetal hearts, ranging from 17 to 41 weeks gestational age. A total of 323 normal fetuses were studied. The four-chamber view was obtained in a horizontal section just above the level of the fetal diaphragm. Five variables of the Chinese fetal heart in(More)
BACKGROUND Because the reported frequency of pre-eclampsia in Taiwan varies significantly, the aims of this study were to measure the current incidence of pre-eclampsia and its correlated morbidity and mortality for both mothers and fetuses in Taiwan. METHODS We retrospectively studied all reported cases of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia from January 1, 1993(More)
BACKGROUND This study was performed in order to assess the surgical effects and characteristics of ovarian tumors during pregnancy and analyze their prognosis. METHODS Between 1982 and 1993, 121 patients who had undergone ovarian surgery during pregnancy or puerperium were reviewed at the Veterans General Hospital-Taipei. These patients were analyzed with(More)
OBJECTIVE Spinal cord edema contributes to the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying spinal cord injury (SCI) and is associated with functional recovery after SCI. Early myelotomy may be a promising surgical intervention for reducing SCI-induced edema. However, it remains unclear whether myelotomy can reduce SCI-induced edema. In addition, aquaporin-4(More)