Ming-chih Chou

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STUDY OBJECTIVE To review our experience in treatment of complicated parapneumonic effusion and pleural empyema by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). DESIGN Retrospective chart review. SETTING Taiwanese medical centers. PATIENTS A total of 234 patients (108 women, 126 men; median age, 51 years; range, 0.75 to 84 years) underwent procedures(More)
OBJECTIVE A novel T-77C polymorphism in the promoter region of the DNA repair gene X-ray cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) may modulate its transcription to increase the risk of lung cancer. Here, we attempt to clarify: (i) whether the XRCC1 T-77C polymorphism was associated with lung cancer risk in Taiwanese and (ii) whether this polymorphism could act(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic polymorphisms in the promoter region of the tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) gene are involved in the regulation of expression levels and have been associated with various inflammatory and malignant conditions. We have investigated two polymorphisms in the promoter region of the TNF-alpha gene (-308 G/A and -238 G/A) for their role(More)
The clinical significance of HPV-16/18 E6 oncoprotein expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is not fully known. A study was undertaken to investigate the association between expression of human papillomavirus 16/18 E6 oncoprotein and survival in patients with stage I NSCLC. We analyzed a series of 217 patients with stage I NSCLC for the presence(More)
Selecting an appropriate antimycotic targeting the pathogens are among the most important factors for successfully treating onychomycosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the pathogens of onychomycosis in southern Taiwan and analyse the association between various factors and the distribution of pathogens. A total of 375 patients with onychomycosis(More)
Most spinal arachnoid cysts are asymptomatic and detected incidentally during magnetic resonance imaging or myelography. The etiology of intraspinal arachnoid cyst is not yet clear. We present two children with three spinal extradural arachnoid cysts and each cyst protruded from a separate dura defect. In both patients, plain radiographs demonstrated(More)
Homocysteine (Hcy), a sulfur-containing amino acid, is eliminated through B vitamins-dependent pathways. Hyperhomocysteinemia has been found to be an independent risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular diseases. Recently, psoriasis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis were reported to be associated with(More)
PURPOSE Our recent report indicates that human papillomavirus (HPV)-16/18 E6 oncoprotein is expressed in lung tumors and is related to p53 inactivation. We further explored whether human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) transcription is up-regulated by E6 and contributes to lung tumor development. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Immunohistochemistry detected(More)
Immunotherapy through oral routes is thought to be a valuable therapeutic option for asthma. The clinical and immunologic effects of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) in children with asthma caused by mites were evaluated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study for 6 months. Patients (aged 6-12 yr) with mild-to-moderate asthma, with single sensitization(More)
The fragile histidine triad (FHIT), located in chromosome region 3p14.2, had been reported to be a frequent allele with loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in smoking lung cancer and HPV-associated cervical cancer. Additionally, FHIT LOH may act as a tumor suppressor gene to involve in smoking-related lung tumorigenesis and HPV-related cervical tumorigenesis,(More)