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To explore any gender-related differences in the prevalence of conditions-associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among Taiwanese taxi drivers in Taipei, Taiwan. We studied 1635 healthy taxi drivers (1541 males and 94 females) who volunteered for physical check-ups in 2006. Blood samples and ultrasound fatty liver sonography results were(More)
Transverse (T)-tubules make-up a specialized network of tubulated muscle cell membranes involved in excitation-contraction coupling for power of contraction. Little is known about how T-tubules maintain highly organized structures and contacts throughout the contractile system despite the ongoing muscle remodeling that occurs with muscle atrophy, damage and(More)
Focused ultrasound (FUS) is a recently discovered noninvasive technique for local and temporal enhancement of vascular permeability, which facilitates drug delivery from the vessels into the surrounding tissue. However, exposure to FUS at a high intensity may cause permanent damage. To investigate the effects of the FUS treatment on blood vessels, we(More)
This study points out that a malicious communicant in Hwang et al.’s probabilistic quantum key distribution (PQKD) protocol can manipulate the secret key without being detected by using the unitary operation attack. Accordingly, the security requirements of a PQKD protocol, i.e., unpredictability and fairness, cannot be satisfied in their protocol. A(More)
We report on the development of a multi-axis force/torque sensor that is also a motor bracket, mounting between the motor and the frame. The shape of the bracket was designed to be sensitive to the two-axis forces and one-axis motor torque applied in the plane perpendicular to the direction of the motor shaft. By using four strain gauges, the described(More)
When watching a Pixar movie, we are always amused by the cute and sprightly lamp hopping up and down to replace the letter “I” of the word “PIXAR” before the movie starts. A simple movement, but a touching one. Here, motivated by wondering what other functionality a lamp can have, we report on the design and development of an(More)
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