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Low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem and many LBP are caused by lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). ADAMTS-4 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease with thrombospondin motifs-4), also known as aggrecanse-1, plays a core role in degeneration of extracellular matrix in LDD. To investigate the association between ADAMTS-4 genetic polymorphism and LDD, we(More)
Tea consumption reduces the incidence of gallbladder cancer based on a meta-analysis of epidemio-logic studies. Gallbladder cancer comprises mostly of biliary tract malig-nancy which is the seventh most common digestive system cancers. The prognosis of gallbladder cancer is poor, whose five-year survival was reported 5%–10%. Many risk factors for(More)
Congenital scoliosis (CS) is a three-dimensional deformity of the spine affecting quality of life. We have demonstrated TBX6 haploinsufficiency is the most important contributor to CS. However, the pathophysiology at the protein level remains unclear. Therefore, this study was to explore the differential proteome in serum of CS patients with TBX6(More)
Isolated pulmonary valve endocarditis (IPE) is an uncommon clinical entity. We reported 4 cases of IPE without underlying heart diseases that required surgical interventions. Two of the present patients had predisposing factors that included a history of abdominal surgery in Case 1 and intravenous drug abuse in Case 3. All four patients presented with(More)
INTRODUCTION Surgical safety has emerged as a crucial global health issue in the past two decades. Although several safety-enhancing tools are available, the pace of large-scale improvement remains slow, especially in developing countries such as China. The present project (Modern Surgery and Anesthesia Safety Management System Construction and Promotion)(More)
Tethered-sonde measurements of atmospheric profiles were performed at Urumuqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, from 29 December 2008 to 14 January 2009. The data were used to examine the boundary layer structure during this severe air pollution period. Diurnal evolution of local wind flow near Urumqi was simulated using the(More)
A portion of osteoarthritis (OA) patients with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) had monocondylar destruction in medial femoral condyle, but healthy-appearant cartilage in lateral side. However, there is limited information concerning functional differences of cartilage derived mesenchymal stem cell (CMSC) between these two locations in the same donor and its(More)
This paper designs a fuzzy incremental hierarchical sliding mode controller for a class of under actuated systems. By capturing the physical structure of the class, the hierarchical sliding surfaces with incremental structure are designed as follows. The first-layer sliding surface is firstly defined. Then, the first-layer sliding surface and one of the(More)
RATIONALE Gastric cancer patient with cold agglutinin syndrome (CAS) is an extremely rare entity. This kind of patients is very sensitive to the environment, and they always need scrupulous perioperative treatment, however the experience of perioperative treatment for these patients has been seldom reported. PATIENT CONCERNS The patient was a 54-year-old(More)
STUDY DESIGN A case-control association study was performed to investigate the relationship between ladybird homeobox (LBX1) and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) in northern Chinese Han population. OBJECTIVE To explore the prevalence and functional importance of LBX1 polymorphisms in patients with AIS within the northern Chinese Han population. (More)