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Hydroxyhydroquinone or 1,2,4-benzenetriol (BT) detected in the beverages has a structure that coincides with the water-soluble form of a sesame lignan, sesamol. We previously showed that sesame antioxidants had neuroprotective abilities due to their antioxidant properties and/or inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibition. However, studies show that(More)
We report herein a case of a male newborn with a sacrococcygeal fetiform teratoma (FT). The baby presented with a large coccygeal teratoma. The preoperative diagnosis of FT was made by plain radiography, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging. The baby was successfully treated by complete excision and pelvic floor reconstruction. Postoperative(More)
The authors developed a preputial skin flap technique to correct the buried penis which was simple and practical. This simple procedure can be applied to most boys with buried penis. In the last 3 years, we have seen 12 boys with buried penis and have been treated by using preputial flaps. The mean age is about 5.1 (from 3 to 12). By making a longitudinal(More)
BACKGROUND The variations in central corneal thickness can influence intraocular pressure measurement. The aim of our study was to determine whether there is a difference in the central corneal thickness between normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and non-glaucoma populations. METHODS This prospective study included 33 consecutive patients with NTG and 33 age-(More)
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate pH-responsive chitosan is able to control cell behavior in response to small changes in environmental pH, which is at useful pH suitable for recovering cultured cells without additional enzymatic treatment and extensive washing steps. HeLa cells attached and spread well on chitosan at pH 6.99 and 7.20. When the pH(More)
Corneal keratocytes have been reported to be able to form spheroids that can preserve their phenotypes after being seeded back onto tissue culture plate in specific culture media. In this study, we found that keratocytes could also form spheroids on a bioengineered material, chitosan-coated surface, with 10% horse serum and Dulbecco's modified Eagle's(More)
Corneal wound healing is one of the major issues in ocular surface reconstruction and ocular surface diseases. Amniotic membrane (AM) transplantation is an excellent treatment modality to promote corneal wound healing and treat corneal diseases. It is interesting and valuable to search for another synthetic and biocompatible substitute for the study of(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the predictive value of CHADS2 (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke) scores for stroke risk in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). PATIENTS AND METHODS From Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified a total of 479 participants with non-atrial fibrillation(More)
In this study, biomaterials with different hydrophobic properties including polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL), tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS), and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were examined in the bovine corneal endothelial cells (BCECs) culture system to elucidate their possible impact on clinical demand and scientific(More)