Shin-Tsu Chang

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BACKGROUND As an estrogen derivative, estriol is rather effective in the relief of climacteric symptoms due to estrogen deficiency. When given one dose a day, it will not provoke endometrial proliferation and shedding. Thus, it is suitable for postmenopausal women who no longer want to have uterine bleeding and for those with comparatively higher risk of(More)
Physalis peruviana L. (PP) is a medicinal herb widely used in folk medicine. In this study, supercritical carbon dioxide (SFE-CO2) method was employed to obtain three different PP extracts, namely SCEPP-0, SCEPP-4 and SCEPP-5. The total flavonoid and phenol concentrations, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of these extracts were(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical effects of piroxicam-beta-cyclodextrin (PBC) in sachet form have been surveyed in patients with osteoarthritic or acute pain in western countries, but scarcely studied in those with chronic low back pain (LBP), and never investigated in the field of postural sway. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical effects of PBC in(More)
BACKGROUND The safety and efficacy of tibolone (Livial) were compared with the traditional cyclic, sequential conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone acetate (Premarin/Provera; PP) regimen for the treatment of climacteric symptoms, prevention of postmenopausal bone loss, endometrial stimulation and influence on lipid profile. METHODS Forty women, one to(More)
MELAS (mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic aci-dosis, and stroke-like episodes), a form of mitochondrial disorder, may present as recurrent stroke-like episodes, seizures, myopathy, and optic atrophy. Reports of tech-nitium-99m-ethylene cysteine dimer (99m Tc-ECD) brain single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies in patients with MELAS(More)
Functional imaging in patients with movement disorders has suggested abnormalities of regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF). We describe a patient with thoracic cord lesion with subsequent severe neuropathic pain. Right hemichorea developed and was related to adjunctive therapy with gabapentin. The patient's hemichorea decreased gradually after cessation of(More)
Methylprednisolone (MP) is the only neuroprotective medication currently in widespread use for the treatment of spinal cord injury. Increasingly, published studies challenge its clinical effects in view of its serious side-effects including wound infection, pneumonia, sepsis and steroid myopathy. Most cases with spontaneous spinal epidural haematoma (SSEH)(More)
During trophoblast invasion, luminal and glandular endometrial epithelial cells (EEC) have been found to undergo apoptosis through undetermined mechanisms. We postulate that nitric oxide (NO) and progesterone may mediate apoptosis in EEC because they are produced by trophoblasts at concentrations that can cause apoptosis in non-uterine cells. Using a(More)
Acute stroke patients commonly suffer from hyperglycemia. However, the relationship between hyperglycemia and poor outcome after discharge of patients with acute cerebellar hemorrhage (CH) had not been hitherto investigated. Sixty-two patients with acute spontaneous CH were retrospectively analyzed. The consciousness level, blood glucose/sugar (BS) on(More)