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OBJECTIVE To evaluate our experience with the diagnosis and treatment of Cesarean scar pregnancy. METHODS During a 6-year period, 12 cases of Cesarean scar pregnancy were diagnosed using transvaginal color Doppler sonography and treated conservatively to preserve fertility. Incidence, gestational age, sonographic findings, beta-human chorionic(More)
A prospective, double-blind, randomized study of the role of corticosteroids in the treatment of tuberculous pleurisy was performed in 40 patients. All patients received adequate antituberculosis chemotherapy (isoniazid, 300 mg/day; rifampin, 450 mg/day; ethambutol, 20 mg/kg/day) for more than nine months. They were randomly assigned to take prednisolone(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Short-chain fatty acids, such as butyric acid and propionic acid, are metabolic by-products generated by periodontal microflora such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, and contribute to the pathogenesis of periodontitis. However, the effects of butyrate on the biological activities of gingival fibroblasts (GFs) are not well elucidated. (More)
This investigation sought to determine the effects of splenectomy, devascularization and esophageal transection on portal venous pressure and portal perfusion in cirrhotic patients with a previous history of hemorrhage from esophageal varices. From June 1988 to June 1991, 54 patients with liver cirrhosis underwent this nonshunting procedure for esophageal(More)
Shellfish (Niotha clathrata) were collected in both July and November from three locations in Taiwan (Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Chiai Prefecture) and assayed for anatomical distribution of tetrodotoxin (TTX) and aerobic heterotrophic bacteria. Pingtung specimens showed higher toxicity than those from Kaohsiung and Chiai, and did not show much seasonal(More)
Six fishermen were victims (including one death) of food poisoning from unknown fish on their boat in central Taiwan Strait, in April 2001. The symptoms were like those of tetrodotoxin (TTX) poisoning. As there was no remaining fish, a new protocol was developed to determine TTX in the urine and blood of the victims. The urine and blood samples were(More)
Zinc status in patients with Type I diabetes is significantly lower than healthy controls. Whether zinc supplementation can prevent the onset of Type I diabetes is unknown. Recent studies have suggested that the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a cause of beta cell death leading to Type I diabetes. In addition, we found that activation of(More)
The skin permeation of estradiol from various proniosome gel formulations across excised rat skin was investigated in vitro. The encapsulation efficiency and size of niosomal vesicles formed from proniosomes upon hydration were also characterized. The encapsulation (%) of proniosomes with Span surfactants showed a very high value of about 100%. Proniosomes(More)
The effectiveness of norfloxacin as an antibacterial agent in ophthalmology is limited by poor drug delivery and limited ocular bioavailability. Liposomes containing norfloxacin have been prepared from different phospholipids using a novel technique with an encapsulation efficiency sixteen times greater than that of a conventional film method. The in-vitro(More)
Ceruloplasmin, metallothionein, and ferritin are metal-binding proteins with potential antioxidant activity. Despite evidence that they are upregulated in pulmonary tissue after oxidative stress, little is known regarding their influence on trace metal homeostasis. In this study, we have used copper- and zinc-containing superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn SOD)(More)