Yu-Tsan Lin

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) has had a long and difficult problem with classification. It is clearly a heterogeneous and multi-factorial autoimmune disease but all too often the distinctions among subtypes were unclear. In fact, there is now increasing evidence of a distinct pathogenesis of oligo/polyarticular JIA compared to systemic JIA.(More)
BACKGROUND The magnitude of the therapeutic effects of intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid on osteoarthritis of the knee is still in question. The aim of this meta-analysis was to elucidate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid for osteoarthritis of the knee. METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the interleukin-10 (IL-10) gene are associated with allergic diseases in different populations. This study aimed to determine the distribution of two SNPs at -1082A/G and -592A/C (rs1800896 and rs1800872, respectively) in the IL-10 gene promoter of Taiwanese food allergy (FA) patients, and also to(More)
CD4(+) CD25(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical in maintaining self-tolerance and preventing organ-specific autoimmunity. Their role in paediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease characterized by inappropriate regulation of hyperactivated B and T cells, has not been clearly defined. Using flow cytometry to determine cell(More)
IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common glomerulonephritis in the world. The hallmark of IgAN is underglycosylation in the hinge region of IgA1. Increasing evidence supports the underglycosylated IgA-containing immune-complex including IgG antibodies against the glycans of the hinge region of IgA1 are key factors for mesangial deposition and then trigger(More)
Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is an IgA-mediated systemic small vessel vasculitis of childhood. It is characterized by the symptoms including nonthrombocytopenic purpura, abdominal pain, hematuria/proteinuria, and arthargia/arthritis. We conducted a retrospective study of 261 patients diagnosed with HSP from December 1991 to December 2001. Of the 261(More)
Loosening of total hip arthroplasty (THA) caused by periprosthetic osteolysis induced by ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) particles is a major clinical problem. We investigated whether there are differences between loosened THA patients and primary THA patients in (1) receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappaB ligand (RANKL) expression on(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cardiovascular and pulmonary involvement is frequent among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is important that the frequency and characteristics of pulmonary and cardiovascular involvement in childhood-onset SLE are understood. Thus, we conducted a retrospective analysis of childhood-onset SLE at a tertiary medical(More)
The IL-1R/TLR family has been receiving considerable attention as potential regulators of inflammation through their ability to act as either activators or suppressors of inflammation. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness, allergic inflammation, elevated serum total, allergen-specific IgE levels, and increased(More)
Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) belongs to secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) syndrome. It is usually associated with rheumatic diseases. We retrospectively reviewed our hospital's medical records of 102 HLH/MAS patients from the past 20 years. Demographics, clinical data, treatment, and outcomes were analyzed. Among 102 patients, eight(More)