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BACKGROUND Severe and widespread atopic dermatitis often fails to respond adequately to topical steroids and oral antihistamines and requires immunomodulatory drugs which, although effective, have undesirable toxic effects. METHODS In this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, 71 patients with severe intractable atopic(More)
Heart puncture-induced hemopericardium is a serious complication of the pericardiocentesis. Two-dimensional echocardiographic examination performed in two patients just before and after the development of hemopericardium revealed a unique image in which pericardial bleeding manifested itself by an echodensity thrombus appearance adjacent to the cardiac(More)
Uncaria rhynchophylla (Miq) Jack (UR) is one of many Chinese herbs. Our previous studies have shown that UR has both anticonvulsive and free radical-scavenging activities in kainic acid (KA)-treated rats. The aim of the present study was to use the effect of UR on activated microglia, nitric oxide synthase, and apoptotic cells to investigate its function in(More)
Our previous studies found that segmental effect of spinal nerve plays an important role in acupuncture stimulation (AS) on nail-fold microcirculation. Calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP) is a potent endogenous vasodilator. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of AS on skin blood flow (SBF) and skin temperature (ST), and(More)
The underlying theory of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) considers that Yin and Yang are in the opposition with each other and play different roles in physiological responses. Several studies have reported that electroacupuncture (EA) produces a greater effect than manual acupuncture (MA), and that the effect of EA is similar to transcutaneous electric(More)
The echocardiogram of the interatrial septum (IAS) was examined using the right-sided parasternal approach. The IAS can be detected in 56% of patients with heart disease and in 24% of normal subjects. In this study, we analyzed 15 normal subjects and 35 patients with right (RA) or left (LA) atrial overloading. The normal IAS shows anterior motion during(More)
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