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This study used finite element simulation to investigate the load transfer mechanisms within the screw/vertebra complex under different interface conditions, and under varying screw lengths. Both bonded and contact conditions were employed to demonstrate the interface between the screw and vertebra. Loadings were applied at the superior surface of the(More)
BACKGROUND Pruritus is very common in uraemic patients, but the treatment remains challenging. Studies regarding narrowband ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) phototherapy for uraemic pruritus are rare. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether or not NB-UVB phototherapy is an effective treatment for uraemic pruritus. METHODS We conducted a single-blind, randomized,(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is prevalent in dialysis patients, and standard interferon monotherapy is the current standard of care for such patients. AIM To investigate whether pegylated interferon has a better therapeutic efficacy and safety profile than standard interferon in dialysis patients with chronic hepatitis C. METHODS(More)
variants of OCTN cation transporter genes are associated with Crohn disease. Nat Genet 2004;36:471–5. 4. Hampe J, Franke A, Rosenstiel P, et al. A genomewide association scan of nonsynonymous SNPs identifies a susceptibility variant for Crohn disease in ATG16L1. Nat Genet 2007;39:207–11. 5. Ey J, Schomig E, Taubert D. Dietary sources and antioxidant effects(More)
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