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PURPOSE Previous reports have suggested that polymorphism in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene is associated with sporadic breast cancer, but there is controversy among different authors and ethnic groups. The purpose of this study was to determine whether polymorphism in the VDR gene might also influence breast cancer risk in Taiwan, a country with a low(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to clarify the relationship between the expression of MUC1 and MUC5AC mucins and the clinicopathological features in human gastric carcinomas using the mouse monoclonal antibodies VU-4H5 and Clone 45M1, respectively. Furthermore, the possibility of using phenotypes (MUC1+/MUC5AC+, MUC1+/MUC5AC-,(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, several reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) techniques have been proven to be useful in the detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in cancer patients. We attempted to detect CTCs in patients with gastric cancer (GC) using a RT-PCR assay for c-Met and MUC1 and to evaluate their clinical value. METHODS Using a(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes between the LigaSure vessel sealing system and the conventional closed Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy procedure performed by diathermy. METHODS A series of 84 patients with grades III and IV hemorrhoids were randomized into two groups: (1) LigaSure hemorrhoidectomy with submucosal dissection (42(More)
Recommended surveillance for screening breast cancer, which includes regular mammography and clinical breast examination, has long been established in Western countries. This strategy may be too costly and unnecessary for countries with low incidences of breast cancer. The purpose of the present study is to compare breast mammography, sonography and(More)
The objectives of this prospective, randomized study were to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the short-term use of medium-chain triglyceride/long-chain triglyceride (MCT/LCT) fat emulsions, and to compare the hematologic and biochemical effects of MCT/LCT fat emulsions with LCT fat emulsions in gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer patients following(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS In patients with advanced gastric carcinoma (tumor infiltrating beyond submucosal layer), distal pancreatectomy has been frequently performed simultaneously with gastrectomy for complete removal of the lymph nodes along the splenic artery. However, the possibility of a negative impact has also been reported. To evaluate the effects of distal(More)
The three-layered electronic health record (EHR) template is built to assist the Telecare services information sharing across the long term care spectrum. Based on the urgency of the information needs, providers can access the most important and updated health information at the first layer of the EHR. The single health encounter summary and the history of(More)