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House dust mites have been reported as one of the most important allergens in Taiwan especially in asthmatic patients. This study was conducted to determine the allergenicity of Blomia tropicalis and sensitization of asthmatic patients in Taiwan. Serial dust samples were collected every month between July 1993 and June 1994 from 13 houses of mite-allergic(More)
OBJECTIVES Interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been shown to be associated with cancer development. However, its role in gastric cancer patients has never been investigated. Our intent was to investigate this role. METHODS Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we determined the IL-6 levels in sera of patients with gastric cancer (n = 218), benign gastric lesions(More)
The test-retest reliability of both the head-to-neutral head position (NHP) and head-to-target repositioning tests in three cardinal planes has been examined in this study. Twenty young adults underwent both head repositioning tests and retests with 10 min rest intervals. Root mean square error (RMSE, total error), constant error (CE, directional bias),(More)
Previous research has shown that there is no significant relationship between the degree of structural degeneration of the cervical spine and neck pain. We therefore sought to investigate the potential role of sensory dysfunction in chronic neck pain. Cervicocephalic kinesthetic sensibility, expressed by how accurately an individual can reposition the head,(More)
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) infections can lead to devastating clinical outcomes in children, with an increasing number of severe cases worldwide. The genetic and antigenic variability of EV71 strains isolated in Taiwan in 1998-2005 was evaluated using partial nucleotide sequence analysis of the VP1 gene and the neutralisation assay. Phylogenetic analyses(More)
BACKGROUND Aspergillus species are common indoor airborne fungi and have been considered as causative agents of human allergic disorders. However, allergens of different Aspergillus species have not been effectively characterized. The object of this study was to identify and characterize IgE-binding components of Aspergillus oryzae. METHODS Allergens of(More)
BACKGROUND Aspergillus species are prevalent indoor airborne fungi and have been identified to be a causative agent of human allergic disorders. In the present study, we identified, purified and characterized the allergen(s) from Aspergillus flavus, a predominant airborne Aspergillus species in the Taipei area. METHODS The IgE-binding components of A.(More)
An increased serum concentration of lactoferrin is associated with inflammatory disease, but there are few reported data on this aspect for lactating sows. Samples of blood and milk were collected from 17 lactating sows under minimum stress conditions and analysed for lactoferrin. Lactoferrin concentrations in serum and milk were positively correlated,(More)