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BACKGROUND To assess the recent epidemiologic features of Kawasaki disease (KD) in South Korea from the nationwide survey conducted between 2009 and 2011. METHODS We collected data regarding the incidence, symptoms, treatment and coronary complications associated with acute KD by sending questionnaires to the 100 hospitals that have pediatric residency(More)
Evidence suggests that multiple molecular events, including alteration of cell cycle regulators are involved in the development and progression of gastric carcinoma. Recently, it has been reported that the expression of p21 and p27, integrating the effects of one or more cell cycle regulators, consequently, acting as a single indicator of several possible(More)
Alien Hand Syndrome is defined as unwilled, uncontrollable, but seemingly purposeful movements of an upper limb. Two major criteria for the diagnosis are complaint of a foreign limb and complex, autonomous, involuntary motor activity that is not part of an identifiable movement disorder. After a cerebrovascular accident in the corpus callosum, the parietal,(More)
OBJECTIVES The purposes of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of predicting kidney function using the fetal renal parenchymal volume as determined by prenatal 3-dimensional (3D) sonography and to determine the association among the prenatal renal pelvic diameter, renal parenchymal volume, and postnatal renal function in near-term fetuses with(More)
In the present study, we examined the relationship between average fish consumption, as well as the type of fish consumed and levels of mercury in the blood of pregnant women. We also performed follow-up studies to determine if blood mercury levels were decreased after counseling and prenatal education. To examine these potential relationships, pregnant(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression pattern of CXC chemokine ligand-12 (CXCL12) in the placentae of normal and pre-eclamptic women. STUDY DESIGN Twenty-five women with severe pre-eclampsia and 30 normotensive women, matched for gestational age, were enrolled in the study. Placental tissue from each woman was collected following delivery by caesarean(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence and describe the epidemiological characteristics of Kawasaki disease among children in Korea. METHODS Questionnaires for surveying the epidemiology of Kawasaki disease were distributed to a total of 101 hospitals that conduct pediatric residency programs. Then, we retrospectively obtained the(More)
We performed a retrospective epidemiologic survey on Kawasaki disease (KD) from 1997 to 1999 in Korea. We sent a questionnaire to 111 training hospitals, and summarized the data from 50 hospitals that responded. Data from a total of 3,862 cases were collected, which showed no difference in annual incidence and a seasonal predilection for summer. The(More)
Homing of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) to the neovascular zone is now considered to be an essential step in the formation of vascular networks during embryonic development and also for neovascularization in postnatal life. We report here the prominent role of the insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2)/IGF2 receptor (IGF2R) system in promoting EPC(More)
The impairment of trophoblast invasion associated with preeclampsia may involve matrix metalloproteinase (MMP). Adenosine A3 receptors expression in trophoblast is upregulated in preeclampsia. This study was designed to determine if A3 receptors modulate MMP secretion in villous explants from preeclamptic pregnancies. Villous explants from normal and(More)