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To understand the prevalence of Cryptosporidium infection in rodents in China and to assess the potential role of rodents as a source for human cryptosporidiosis, 723 specimens from 18 rodent species were collected from four provinces of China and examined between August 2007 and December 2008 by microscopy after using Sheather's sugar flotation and(More)
STUDY DESIGN A cohort study. OBJECTIVE To clarify the risk factors for the subsidence of the titanium mesh cage (TMC) after anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion, and to discuss their clinical correlations. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Fusion with TMC after anterior cervical corpectomy has become popular as an established treatment for cervical(More)
To identify susceptibility loci for ankylosing spondylitis, we performed a two-stage genome-wide association study in Han Chinese. In the discovery stage, we analyzed 1,356,350 autosomal SNPs in 1,837 individuals with ankylosing spondylitis and 4,231 controls; in the validation stage, we analyzed 30 suggestive SNPs in an additional 2,100 affected(More)
Intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) apoptosis contributes to the development of ulcerative colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the colon and rectum. Therapies that target the inflammatory cytokine TNF have been found to inhibit IEC apoptosis in patients with IBD, although the mechanism of IEC apoptosis remains unclear. We therefore(More)
BACKGROUND CONTEXT The cervical disc arthroplasty has emerged as a promising alternative to the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in patients with radiculopathy or myelopathy with disc degeneration disease. The advantages of this technique have been reported to preserve the cervical mobility and possibly reduce the adjacent segment(More)
STUDY DESIGN Original article. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to analyze the primary efficacy and safety of a new zero-profile implant named Zero-P in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in Chinese population. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA ACDF has become the preferred treatment for single-level or multilevel cervical degenerative disk(More)
PURPOSE IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is an increasingly recognized clinicopathological disorder with immune-mediated inflammatory lesions mimicking malignancies. A cohort study was prospectively designed to investigate the value of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in characterizing IgG4-RD. METHODS(More)
Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide public health concern. Conjugative transfer between closely related strains or species of bacteria is an important method for the horizontal transfer of multidrug-resistance genes. The extent to which nanomaterials are able to cause an increase in antibiotic resistance by the regulation of the conjugative transfer of(More)
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective comparative study was performed in patients with 3-level cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). OBJECTIVE To compare the clinical outcomes, radiological parameters, and complication incidence of 3 reconstructive techniques after the anterior decompression of multilevel CSM. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA There has been growing(More)