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PURPOSE The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) on health fitness in older individuals. METHODS Thirty-eight community-dwelling persons aged 58 to 70 yr completed this study. The TCC group included 9 men and 11 women; the control group included 9 men and 9 women. The TCC group practiced TCC for 11.2+/-1.4 months, with(More)
OBJECTIVE To use kinetic assessment of the sit-to-stand movement as a means of sorting out those stroke patients at risk for falling. DESIGN A retrospective study, using a force platform to assess sit-to-stand performance and to determine its correlation with falls in stroke patients. SETTING Hospital-based rehabilitation units. METHODS Thirty-three(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the training effect of a Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) program on knee extensor muscular strength and endurance in elderly individuals. DESIGN Before-after trial. SETTING Community setting. PARTICIPANTS Forty-one community dwelling subjects aged 61.1 +/- 9.8 years undertook a TCC program. Nine dropped out during the study. Pretraining and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate effects of brain lesion profiles that combined sizes and locations on motor recovery and functional outcome after stroke in hemiplegic patients. DESIGN Delimiting sizes (a threshold lesion size) of 5 primary locations were identified to establish brain lesion profiles based on magnetic resonance imaging findings 1 month after(More)
The phenotypic transformation of well-differentiated epithelial carcinoma into a mesenchymal-like state provides cancer cells with the ability to disseminate locally and to metastasise. Different degrees of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) have been found to occur in carcinomas from breast, colon and ovarian carcinoma (OC), among others. Numerous(More)
This epidemiological study analyzed risk factors for low back pain (LBP) in nursing personnel in a 5000-bed medical center in the Republic of China. Of the 3212 eligible nursing personnel, 3159 (98.3 per cent) responded to the mail survey. Risk factors for LBP were age, stature, body weight, duration of work, work habits, and sitting posture. The lifetime(More)
Eighty patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and neurogenic bladder were studied. Among them, 28 (70%) cases in the control group and 32 (80%) cases in the electroacupuncture group achieved ultimately balanced voiding and were selected for further analysis. The acupuncture group received electroacupuncture at four acupoints: Chung Chi (Conception Vessel(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the training effects of Chinese shadow boxing, Tai Chi Chuan (TCC), on the maintenance of cardiorespiratory function in older individuals. DESIGN Prospective study of a cohort of TCC practitioners and a group of sedentary controls examined 2 years after initial examination. SETTING Research project at a hospital-based exercise(More)
BACKGROUND The Nd:YAG laser has recently been used in the treatment of periodontal disease. However, although a clinical reduction of probing depth and gingival inflammation to this new approach has been reported, it has not been fully evaluated. Interleukin-1 beta (IL- 1beta), a potent stimulator of bone resorption, has been identified in gingival(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the health-related fitness of geriatric Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) practitioners. DESIGN Case-control study of a TCC group and a group of sedentary controls. SETTING Research project at a hospital-based exercise physiology laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Seventy-six community-dwelling senior persons (mean age 69.3 +/- 3.9 yr), a TCC group that(More)