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Although Abl functions in mature neurons, work to date has not addressed Abl's role on Cdk5 in neurodegeneration. We found that beta-amyloid (Abeta42) initiated Abl kinase activity and that blockade of Abl kinase rescued both Drosophila and mammalian neuronal cells from cell death. We also found activated Abl kinase to be necessary for the binding,(More)
This nationwide population-based retrospective cohort study was used to evaluate the association between pneumoconiosis and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). We identified 3374 patients with pneumoconiosis from the catastrophic illness registry who were newly diagnosed from 2000 to 2005; 13,496 patients without pneumoconiosis from Longitudinal Health(More)
Stent implantation has been reported to facilitate liberation from mechanical ventilation in patients with respiratory failure due to central airway disease. The present retrospective cohort study sought to evaluate the risk and benefit of stent implantation via bronchoscopy without fluoroscopic guidance in mechanically ventilated patients. From July 2001(More)
Based on the mechanism of pathophysiology, thalassemia major or transfusion-dependent thalassemia patients may have an increased risk of developing organic erectile dysfunction resulting from hypogonadism. However, there have been few studies investigating the association between erectile dysfunction and transfusion-naive thalassemia populations. We(More)
Previous studies suggest that an association between restless legs syndrome (RLS) and migraine exists. However, population-based data are unavailable in Asian cohorts. Our study thus aims to evaluate the association between migraine and RLS in a nationwide, population-based cohort in Taiwan and to examine the effects of age, sex, migraine subtype, and(More)
Studies on the association between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are scant. This nationwide population-based cohort study assessed the relationship between IBD and further risk of PAD.This nationwide population-based cohort study was based on data obtained from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database from 2000(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE To date, vancomycin is still the standard treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, but minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) creep is becoming a major concern. The aims of this study were to investigate trends in vancomycin use and MIC values over the last decade at our institute and to evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Increased mortality has been reported in patients treated with vancomycin for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia with high minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values within the susceptibility range. However, this finding has not been verified in hemodialysis patients, who have much higher invasive MRSA(More)
Determination of the origin of infectious sacroiliitis (ISI), a rare form of septic arthritis, is often time consuming and clinically difficult owing to its various presentations, which include joint, skin and urinary tract infections. This report describes the diagnosis, determination of infectious origin and treatment of a case of ISI attributed to the(More)