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OBJECTIVE To compare the treatment outcomes of intensity-modulated radiotherapy with simultaneous integrated boost (IMRT-SIB) alone to concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) for locoregionally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS From November 2001 to December 2009, 333 patients with pathologically diagnosed, locoregionally advanced NPC were(More)
Auricular acupuncture has been used for various autonomic disorders in clinical practice. It has been theorized that different auricular areas have distinct influence on autonomic functions. The present study aims to examine the effects of acupuncture stimulation at different auricular areas on cardiovascular and gastric responses. In male Sprague-Dawley(More)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are often prescribed based on individuals' pattern diagnoses. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials in Chinese and English literatures on TCM pattern-based treatment for depression has therefore been conducted. A total of 61 studies, 2504 subjects, and 27 TCM patterns were included. Due to the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Serotonin is known to play an important role in the pathogenesis of migraine, but individual genetic association studies that examine the relationship between polymorphisms of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) gene and migraine have yielded inconsistent results. This study aimed to evaluate the association between 5-HTT gene variants (including(More)
BACKGROUND Acupuncture and moxibustion have widely been used to treat lateral elbow pain (LEP). A comprehensive systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) including both English and Chinese databases was conducted to assess the efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of LEP. METHODS Revised STRICTA (2010) criteria were used(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the clinical features, treatment results, prognostic factors and late toxicities of nasopharyngeal carcinoma in children and adolescents. METHODS Between January 1990 and January 2011, 158 NPC patients younger than 20 years old were treated in our institution, and the patient's clinical characteristics, treatment modalities,(More)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments are often prescribed based on individuals' pattern diagnoses. A systematic review of Chinese and English literatures on TCM pattern differentiation, treatment principle, and pattern-based treatment for insomnia has therefore been conducted. A total of 227 studies, 17916 subjects, and 87 TCM patterns were(More)
A systematic review was conducted to examine traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) patterns commonly diagnosed in subjects with insomnia and clinical features associated with the TCM patterns, and an insomnia symptom checklist for TCM diagnostic purpose was developed based on the review. Two independent researchers searched the China Academic Journals(More)
Our previous study has shown that both electroacupuncture (EA) and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can inhibit cortical epileptiform activities induced by pentylenetetrazole (PTZ). The current study compared the effects of EA and VNS on thalamic neuronal responses to PTZ-induced epileptiform activities. Under general anesthesia, extracellular single unit(More)
The current study investigates whether visceral nociceptive inputs affect tactile processing in the thalamic ventroposterior lateral nucleus in anesthetized rats by means of extracellular single unit recordings. Twenty out of the 44 neurons had their response to tactile stimulation increased by preceding nociceptive colorectal distension (CRD), and this(More)