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This paper proposes a framework for detecting the suspected abnormal region of the bladder wall via magnetic resonance (MR) cystography. Volume-based features are used. First, the bladder wall is divided into several layers, based on which a path from each voxel on the inner border to the outer border is found. By using the path length to measure the wall(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether cadmium-induced oxidative stress in the kidney is influenced by zinc and selenium. METHODS Five groups of rats were maintained: (A) Cd (CdCl2, 400 micrograms.kg-1.day-1 intraperitoneal injection); (B) Cd + Zn (ZnCl2, 20 mg.kg-1.day-1 hypodermic injection); (C) Cd + Se (Na2SeO3, 350 micrograms.kg-1.day-1 via a stomach(More)
A series of alkyl gallates (3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoates) was found to show antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains. For example, dodecyl (C(12)) gallate (1) exhibited bactericidal activity against MRSA ATCC 33591 strain with the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of 25(More)
It has been evidenced that plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase (PMCA) is localized at caveolae. However, the caveolar function of PMCA in living cells has never been demonstrated. In the present study, PMCA is exclusively localized at caveolae from ECV 304 cells demonstrated by sucrose gradient fractionation and the co-localization of PMCA with caveolin-1 was(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the changes and clinical significance of saliva urea, creatinine (Cr), uric acid (UA) in both healthy people and chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, and to provide a noninvasive, quick, accurate and reliable test to diagnose kindey disease. METHODS Urea, Cr and UA in the saliva and serum collected from both healthy people and the(More)
Nano-sized hydroxyapatite (HA) powders were produced by a hydrothermal method and a precipitation method. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) was used to fabricate nanostructured HA (NHA) using nano-sized HA powders as a precursor. Conventional sintering was employed to produce microstructured HA (MHA). Characteristics of HA powders and HA bulk ceramics after(More)
INTRODUCTION The most reliable liver safety signal in a clinical trial is considered to be 'Hy's Law cases' defined as subjects experiencing hepatocellular injury and serum bilirubin elevations with no more likely cause than study drug. However, there is little published data to support the current biochemical criteria for Hy's Law cases or their use to(More)
BACKGROUND Non-small cell lung cancer is the most frequently cause of cancer-related death in the world. To explore the technical feasibility, we detected aberrant promoter methylation of P16 in exhaled breath condensate which was a new, non-invasive tool for diagnosis and screening program of NSCLC. METHODS We analyzed aberrant promoter methylation of(More)
The present study aimed to evaluate the mid-term outcomes of total colonic aganglionosis (TCA) after transanal rectal mucosectomy and partial internal anal sphincterectomy (TRM–PIAS), proctocolectomy and ileoanal anastomosis. From 2012 to 2014, 12 patients (7 boys; 58.3 %) diagnosed with TCA and treated with the TRM–PIAS, proctocolectomy and ileoanal(More)