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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) starter set of quality measures for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in an actual patient cohort that preceded publication of the quality measures. METHODS We retrospectively applied the 2006 ACR quality criteria to a prospectively studied cohort of 568 patients with RA treated by 1,932 unique(More)
OBJECTIVE To construct quality measures with measurement validity and meaning for clinicians. METHODS We conducted a prospective cohort study of rates of change in disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) and/or systemic corticosteroid drug or dose for 568 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) across 6,159 clinical encounters within 12 months to(More)
Event-related potentials (ERPs) are very small voltages recorded from the scalp which originate in the brain structures in response to specific events or stimuli. They appear as a series of peaks and troughs interspersed in the Electroencephalogram (EEG) waves. The exact neural origins and neuropsychological meaning of the P300 are imprecisely known, even(More)
OBJECTIVE To discuss the expression features of serum cystatin C, and homocysteine in patients of Parkinson's disease (PD) with mild cognitive impairment. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with PD from the neurology department of the Central Hospital of Xuzhou from august 2012 to august 2014 were enrolled in this study. The Hoehn-Yahr (H&Y) grading rating(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the characteristic changes in serum estradiol and leptin levels in patients with cerebral-cardiac syndrome (CCS) induced by subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). PATIENTS AND METHODS Ninety-six female patients with early stage of SAH (within 48 h of onset), who were admitted in our department between February 2008 and February 2014, were(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical significance of the change of the level of hs-CRP, interleukin-10 (IL-10) and tumor necrosis factors (TNF-α) for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) during the active and the relieving period. PATIENTS AND METHODS 36 patients with MS during the active stage and the relieving stage after therapy (experimental group)(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifaceted disorder, characterized by the failure of memory and dementia. AD affects mostly elder above 65 years of age and is confirmed by post-mortem detection in the brain, of extracellular senile plaques of amyloid-beta (Aβ) and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles. These pathological hallmarks appear in the brain when(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the effects of oral administration of enteric coated aspirin (ASA) on blood pressure and blood pressure variability of hypertension patients before sleep. PATIENTS AND METHODS We observed 150 hypertension cases, classified as Grade 1-2, from September 2006 to March 2008. They are divided into a control group with 30 cases, ASA I(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the effects of ANSON NANOTECH on the healing of cutaneous chronic wounds. METHODS Thirty-four cases with 44 wounds were locally treated with ANSON NANOTECH in the wounds after debridement. Among them, there were 15 cases with traumatic ulcer (23 wounds), 9 cases with pressure ulcer(11 wounds), 5 cases with diabetes ulcer, and 5 cases(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the difference between myocardial injuries caused by nonaneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) or aneurysmal SAH. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 92 inpatients with SAH at early stage (within 48h), who were treated in our hospital from 2008 to 2014 were enrolled in this study. Differences in cerebral-cardiac syndrome seen in(More)