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Progranulin is the precursor of granulins, and its downregulation may lead to neurodegeneration. The single-nucleotide polymorphism rs5848 increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We explored the association between alleles of rs5848 and the risk of AD in the Taiwanese population. The frequency of the homozygous TT genotype (16.4 vs. 10.0%) increased(More)
Impaired sensory gating and memory function were reported in a study of 10 schizophrenic patients and 10 age- and sex-matched normal subjects. The P50 component of the auditory evoked potential was used as an index of gating. Explicit memory was tested with the Wechsler Memory Scale and implicit memory by artificial grammar learning. The schizophrenic(More)
The affective meaning of words can be quantified statistically by the 'semantic differential technique'. We studied a total of 55 Chinese adults in two experiments: first, 210 nouns were rated by 32 subjects. Factor analysis on these data yielded three independent semantic dimensions. Semantically unique words were used in electrophysiological experiments(More)
Three hundred palmar hyperhidrosis (PH) patients have been treated with video endoscopic laser sympathectomy during the last 2 years. Monitoring the palmar skin perfusion (PSP) and palmar skin temperature (PST) has been used intraoperatively to aid the confirmation of the correct sympathetic segment for laser ablation. The preoperative and postoperative PSP(More)
An automated method for detecting and eliminating electrocardiograph (ECG) artifacts from electroencephalography (EEG) without an additional synchronous ECG channel is proposed in this paper. Considering the properties of wavelet filters and the relationship between wavelet basis and characteristics of ECG artifacts, the concepts for selecting a suitable(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease and is caused by an accumulation of A beta plaque deposits in the brains. Evidence is increasing that green tea flavonoids can protect cells from A beta-mediated neurotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we used a human neuronal cell line MC65 conditional(More)
Conventional model-based or statistical analysis methods for functional MRI (fMRI) suffer from the limitation of the assumed paradigm and biased results. Temporal clustering methods, such as fuzzy clustering, can eliminate these problems but are difficult to find activation occupying a small area, sensitive to noise and initial values, and computationally(More)
BACKGROUND Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disorder with diverse presentations. The current and the proposed DSM-V diagnostic system remains phenomenologically based, despite the fact that several neurobiological and neuropsychological markers have been identified. A multivariate approach has better diagnostic utility than a single marker method. In this(More)
Our aim in this study was to explore the neural substrates of executive function in frontal and nonfrontal white matter using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). We studied the relationship between executive dysfunction and DTI measurements on 13 subjects with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), 11 subjects with early Alzheimer's disease (AD), and 16(More)
A highly sensitive immunoassay, the immunomagnetic reduction, is used to measure several biomarkers for plasma that is related to Alzheimer's disease (AD). These biomarkers include Aβ-40, Aβ-42, and tau proteins. The samples are composed of four groups: healthy controls (n=66), mild cognitive impairment (MCI, n=22), very mild dementia (n=23), and(More)