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To investigate the pattern of age-related and sex-dependent bone mineral density (BMD) changes in the six skeletal regions in healthy Chinese, total-body and regional BMD were measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in 310 women and 387 men aged 20-80 years. In women, a five-phase change was discernible in the axial bones: (1) gradual bone(More)
This prospective study aimed to delineate the association between the serum levels of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and the risks of early mortality in 112 patients who presented with clinically severe sepsis. Previous studies showed that elevated serum MIF levels on the first day are associated with an increased risk of 28-day mortality.(More)
Kala-azar (KA) used to be highly prevalent in Shandong Province in China and, according to the survey made in 1950, the average prevalence rate was 350 per million. Through mass treatment and sandfly control, the prevalence rate was brought down to 3 per 100,000 in 1958 and the disease was basically eliminated. Since 1972, only 18 residual patients have(More)
Since 1990, the replantation of hands severed at multiple levels has been carried out successfully for 22 patients. In each case the motor and sensory functions of the hand were recovered satisfactorily. We suggest that such wounds should be named 'multi-level severances' and should be classified into five groups according to the wound localities. In order(More)
The purpose of this study was to explore the safe sex behavior and related factors of junior college students with sexual experience in southern Taiwan. This study used a cross-sectional design, in which data from a sample of 187 junior college students with sexual experience were collected by an anonymous and self-administered questionnaire. For a(More)
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