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This study aimed at a systematic review and meta-analysis of all available randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using acupuncture to treat tinnitus. Five electronic databases, in both English and Chinese, were searched. All studies in our review and meta-analysis included parallel RCTs of tinnitus patients which compared subjects receiving acupuncture (or(More)
Currently, the main approach to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treatment is radiotherapy (RT), but for many NPC patients, RT is not effective. Increasing RT sensitivity of NPC cells would provide a significant treatment advance for NPC patients. While γ-secretase inhibitors (GSIs) have gained recent attention as novel anticancer drugs, the mechanism of(More)
AIM To investigate the protective effect of triptolide (TRI) on ischemia/reperfusion-induced injury of transplanted rabbit lungs and to investigate the mechanisms underlying the actions of TRI. METHODS We established the rabbit lung transplantation model and studied lung injury induced by ischemia/reperfusion and the inhibitory effect of TRI on NF-kappaB.(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing recent evidence has implicated osteoporosis as a risk factor for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). We conducted a systematic review to examine the association between osteoporosis and BPPV. METHODS Four electronic databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and the China Network Knowledge Infrastructure) were searched to(More)
The prognosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is still poor. Trichosanthin (TCS) has abortifacient, anti-virus, immunoregulation and various anti-tumor pharmacological activities, but there are no reports about its effect on NPC and the exact mechanisms that TCS inhibits tumor are not well known. In this study, the proliferation, apoptosis and soft agar(More)
The cancer stem cell (CSC) is responsible for the initiation, proliferation and radiation resistance. Side population (SP) cells are a rare subset of cells enriched with CSCs. The targeting of key signaling pathways that are active in CSCs is a therapeutic approach to treating cancer. Notch signaling is important(More)
Studies investigating the association between interleukin-13 (IL-13) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1800925 and allergic rhinitis risk have reported conflicting results. The aim of the present study was to conduct a meta-analysis assessing the possible association of IL-13 SNP rs1800925 with allergic rhinitis risk. The relevant studies were(More)
BACKGROUND It is known that hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) is associated with the risk of restenosis after angioplasty. Folate can lower plasma homocysteine (Hcy) level and alleviate the Hhcy-induced neointima formation after balloon injury. This study aims to explore the mechanisms of folate in inhibiting neointima formation. METHODS 24 New Zealand White(More)
Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) has been widely used to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders. Hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) is associated with the risk of atherosclerosis and restenosis after angioplasty. The objective of this study was to investigate whether GBE could attenuate the Hhcy-induced intimal thickening after balloon injury in rabbit(More)