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BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea is strongly associated with obesity, particularly abdominal obesity common in centrally obese males. Previous studies have demonstrated that intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) is increased in morbid obesity, and tracheal traction forces may influence pharyngeal airway collapsibility. This study aimed to investigate that(More)
Brainstorming for keywords is used in retrieving patent documents, but even experienced engineers are irresolute in dealing with this critical issue. The quality of a patent report is usually already determined by the keywords they used in the first step. In order to improve the stumbling stone, this paper demonstrates a newmethod of how to find the(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the feasibility of pulse transit time (PTT) as a quantitative measure of inspiratory effort in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). METHODS Nineteen moderate to severe OSA patients were included to undergo overnight polysomnography simultaneously with esophageal pressure (P(es)) and PTT. The quantitative relationships(More)
Eighteen lignans were isolated from an ethanol extract of Machilus robusta by a combination of various chromatographic techniques including column chromatography over silica gel, Sephadex LH-20 and reversed-phase HPLC. Their structures were identified by spectroscopic data analysis as isolariciresinol-9'-O-beta-D-xylopyranoside (1),(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand how sleep stage and position influence the mechanisms for pharyngeal collapse in different levels of upper airway (UA), overnight state-related changes and postural variation in obstructive sites in obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) patients were studied. METHODS Fifty four OSAHS patients underwent overnight upper(More)
OBJECTIVE The distribution of upper airway obstruction sites can be identified quantitatively and dynamically with continuous airway pressure measurements in obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome ( OSAHS) patients. Its value as a clinical predictor for the outcome of revised uvulopalatopharyngoplasty was evaluated. METHODS The upper airway obstruction(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the characteristics of overnight arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) the first day after upper airway reconstruction surgery in patients with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). METHODS One hundred and thirteen subjects with OSAHS underwent revised uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (H-UPPP), among them, 46 subjects underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the mechanical load of retropalatal airway in obstructive sleep apnea patients, and to investigate the contributions of pharyngeal anatomy to upper airway collapsibility. METHODS Static mechanical load of transpalatal pharynx was determined by opening pressure (Popen) of the segment during general anesthesia in 30 patients and 14(More)
Efficient isolation of embryonic stem (ES) cells from pre-implantation porcine embryos has remained a challenge. Here, we describe the derivation of porcine embryonic stem-like cells (pESLCs) by seeding the isolated inner cell mass (ICM) from in vitro-produced porcine blastocyst into α-MEM with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). The pESL cells kept the(More)