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BACKGROUND The epidemiologic pictures of Kawasaki disease (KD) in Shanghai from 1998 through 2002 were reported, while the current status of KD in the following five years remains unknown. METHODS A questionnaire form and diagnostic guidelines for KD were sent to 50 hospitals providing pediatric medical care in Shanghai, China. All patients with KD(More)
OBJECTIVE Perimembranous ventricular septal defects (PMVSDs) is the most common type of congenital ventricular septal defects (VSD), which accounts for 70% approximately 80% of VSD. The structure of PMVSDs is very complex, it is close to tricuspid valve, mitral valve and aortic valve. The atrioventricular (AV) node is located in the posterior upper(More)
The conformational transition of molecular chains of regenerated silk fibroin (SF) aqueous solution is systematically investigated by circular dichroism, Raman, IR, and UV-vis spectroscopies. It is found that an initial random coil conformation of the SF can be readily changed into an ordered beta-sheet structure by optimizing the solution conditions, such(More)
OBJECTIVE We tested the hypothesis that single-nucleotide polymorphisms of inflammatory genes C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) may exert influence on susceptibility to Kawasaki disease and its arterial sequelae. METHODS We analyzed the CRP +1444 C-->T and TNF-alpha -308 G-->A polymorphisms in 167 patients aged 8.9 +/-(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiologic features of Kawasaki disease in China is still not clear. METHODS A questionnaire form and diagnostic guidelines for Kawasaki disease were sent to hospitals in Shanghai, which provided with pediatric medical care. All patients with Kawasaki disease diagnosed during January 1998 through December 2002 were recruited in this study.(More)
OBJECTIVE To improve the accuracy of diagnosis of heart failure (HF) has been the focus of research for a long time. The diagnosis for HF with congenital heart disease, however, is more difficult. The aim of the study was to evaluate the diagnostic criteria for HF in children and examine the value of plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and NT-proBNP for(More)
OBJECTIVE In children with coronary disease, clinical decision should be based on detailed measurements of the coronary arteries by two-dimensional echocardiography. We aimed to establish coronary artery reference indexed diameter and z scores regression equations in a large cohort of Chinese Han children. METHODS We measured the diameter of the proximal(More)
Novel copolymer nanoparticles were easily synthesized with a polymerization yield of 59.3 % by an oxidative precipitation polymerization of aniline (AN) and m-sulfophenylenediamine (SP) in HCl without any external stabilizer. The polymerization yield, size, morphology, electroconductivity, solubility, solvatochromism, lead and mercury ion adsorbability of(More)
The strong adsorbability of Ag(I) and Hg(II) ions onto fine poly(o-phenylenediamine) (PoPD) microparticles synthesized through a chemically oxidative polymerization of o-phenylenediamine was systematically examined and PoPD/Ag nanocomposites were facilely prepared through the reactive sorption method. The effect of the (NH4)2S2O8 oxidant/o-phenylenediamine(More)