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Quality of life encompasses the net effects that a patient perceives an illness to have on his or her life. Quality of life commonly includes symptoms, physical functioning, work ability, social interaction, psychological functioning, treatment side effects, and financial costs. In ankylosing spondylitis, although symptoms of pain, stiffness, and fatigue(More)
Human erythropoietin (hEPO) has multiple actions in non-hematopoietic tissues, including neurotrophic, anti-oxidant, anti-apoptotic, and anti-inflammatory effects. To examine the effect of EPO in an vitro model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), we stably overexpressed wild SOD1 and a mutant form, SOD1/G93A, in NSC-34 motoneuron-like cells.(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the pain-reducing effect of forest bathing alone versus forest bathing in combination with stretching and strengthening exercises in patients with chronic posterior neck pain. METHODS Sixty-four subjects with posterior neck pain that had lasted more than 3 months were enrolled. They were randomly divided into a forest bathing alone(More)
OBJECTIVE To reveal the relationship between depression and WMSD. METHOD Five physiatrists participated in the workplace musculoskeletal survey and diagnosed 724 office workers with WMSD by performing detailed history taking and physical examination. All subjects were asked to answer the Korean version of the Beck depressive inventory (K-BDI), and to(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the potential effects of a 308-km ultra-marathon on bone and cartilage biomarkers. METHOD Venous blood samples were collected at pre-race, 100 km, 200 km, and 308 km checkpoints. The following markers of cartilage damage and bone metabolism were studied: osteocalcin (OC), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and calcium, phosphorous, and cartilage(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate disparities in the fear of falling between urban and rural communities in relation to socio-demographics, health status, and functional level. METHODS A total of 974 subjects aged 40 years or older participated in this study (335 urban residents and 639 rural). They completed a questionnaire about socio-demographics,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the fear of falling, physical performance, and physical characteristics in an elderly population. DESIGN This study is a cross-sectional study with 883 community dwellers 60 yrs or older from a rural area. They completed surveys and evaluations including demographics, the Korean(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical utility of the electrically calculated quantitative pain degree (QPD) and to correlate it with subjective assessments of pain degree including a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ). METHODS We recruited 25 patients with low back pain. Of them, 21 patients suffered from low back pain for(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of an arm sling on gait speed and energy efficiency of patients with hemiplegia. DESIGN A randomized crossover design. SETTING A rehabilitation department of a university hospital. SUBJECTS Thirty-seven outpatients with hemiplegia were included in this study. INTERVENTIONS All patients walked on a 20-m walkway twice(More)
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) D2 flexion and breathing exercises in a patient with lymphedema (LE). [Subject] This report describes a 57-year-old woman with LE in whom a short-stretch compression bandage (SSCB) could not be used for treatment because of skin itching and(More)