Wei-Chun Huang

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OBJECTIVE Indwelling urinary catheters are the most common source of infections in intensive care units (ICUs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of nurse-generated daily reminders to physicians to remove unnecessary urinary catheters 5 days after insertion. DESIGN A time-sequence nonrandomized intervention study. SETTING Adult ICUs(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies revealed that multidetector computed tomography late enhancement (MDCT-LE) is a reliable technique for detecting necrotic and scarred myocardial tissue. The aims of the study were to identify infarcted myocardium using MDCT-LE protocol in patients after myocardial infarction (MI) and assess viability in resting wall motion(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) production from monocyte/macrophages is implicated in matrix remodelling and modulation of inflammation. However, knowledge of the patterns and mechanisms of gene regulation of MMPs and their endogenous tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) is fragmentary. MMP up-regulation may be a target for cyclooxygenase (COX)(More)
Remodelling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cell surface by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) is an important function of monocytes and macrophages. Recent work has emphasised the diverse roles of classically and alternatively activated macrophages but the consequent regulation of MMPs and their inhibitors has not been studied comprehensively.(More)
BACKGROUND Real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) makes possible the simultaneous visualization of changes in perfusion imaging and wall motion. OBJECTIVES To assess the accuracy of real-time MCE for detecting the presence and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD), and to evaluate the correlation between wall motion and myocardial(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase-14 (MMP-14) promotes vulnerable plaque morphology in mice, whereas tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-3 (TIMP-3) overexpression is protective. MMP-14(hi) TIMP-3(lo) rabbit foam cells are more invasive and more prone to apoptosis than MMP-14(lo) TIMP-3(hi) cells. We investigated the implications of these findings for human(More)
Understanding of principles governing selective and sensitive cancer targeting is critical for development of chemicals for cancer diagnostics and treatment. We determined the underlying mechanisms of how a novel fluorescent small organic molecule, 3,6-bis(1-methyl-4-vinylpyridinium)carbazole diiodide (BMVC), selectively labels cancer cells but not normal(More)
BACKGROUND Although E/e' (the ratio of early diastolic mitral inflow velocity to early diastolic mitral annular velocity) is widely used to measure left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP), its accuracy is questionable in coronary artery disease patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Echocardiograms and LVFP were obtained from 174 patients with stable angina(More)
Because left atrial (LA) volume plays a critical role in determining cardiovascular outcomes, it was hypothesized that this might be related to the distensibility of the left atrium and how this relates to left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP). Echocardiographic estimates of LVFP were compared to cardiac catheterization measurements in 521 consecutive(More)