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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539240/placental-elasticity-on-patients-with-gestational-diabetes-single-institution-experience
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Tevfik Berk Bildacı, Halime Çevik, Güldeniz Aksan Desteli, Birnur Tavaslı, Serdinç Özdoğan
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes is defined as glucose intolerance which is first recognized in pregnancy. Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is the cornerstone in diagnosing gestational diabetes. Placental elasticity evaluation is relatively new concept and is principally used for research purposes. We aimed to find any relation between placental elasticity evaluation and patients of gestational diabetes diagnosed by 75 g OGTT. METHODS: There were 91 patients took part in study, forming two groups as gestational diabetic patients (21 patients) and control group (70 patients)...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529024/voluntary-and-involuntary-smoking-during-pregnancy
#2
EDITORIAL
Yi-Chang, Chang-Chin Yeh, Peng-Hui Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529023/clinical-efficacy-of-transrectal-ultrasound-guided-prostate-biopsy-in-men-younger-than-50-years-old-with-an-elevated-prostate-specific-antigen-concentration-4-0%C3%A2-ng-ml
#3
Chin-Heng Lu, Tzu-Ping Lin, She Huei Shen, Yi-Hsiu Huang, Hsiao-Jen Chung, Junne-Yih Kuo, William J S Huang, Howard H H Wu, Yen-Hwa Chang, Alex T L Lin, Kuang-Kuo Chen
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PCa) is not commonly found in men younger than 50 years of age. However, serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentration has been examined more frequently at a younger age in Asia partially due to an increased awareness of prostate cancer. The purpose of our study was to investigate the efficacy and complication of PSA-triggered transrectal ultrasonography-guided prostate (TRUSP) biopsies. We retrospectively reviewed TRUSP biopsies in young men with elevated PSA concentration in Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529022/effect-of-microgravity-on-the-mesenchymal-stem-cell-characteristics-of-limbal-fibroblasts
#4
Shu-I Pao, Ke-Hung Chien, Hsin-Ting Lin, Ming-Cheng Tai, Jiann-Torng Chen, Chang-Min Liang
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are important for regenerative medicine. Limbal fibroblasts (LFs), present in the corneal limbus, have been shown to possess MSC characteristics, and can differentiate into other cell types. The current study sought to investigate the effect of microgravity on the proliferation and differentiation of LFs, and identify culture conditions to obtain a high proportion of LFs possessing MSC characteristics. METHODS: A rotary cell culture system was used to generate microgravity...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501316/early-initiation-of-gnrh-antagonist-administration-in-a-flexible-protocol-is-it-better
#5
EDITORIAL
Li-Te Lin, Peng-Hui Wang, Kuan-Hao Tsui
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 10, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501315/endovascular-stenting-for-end-stage-lung-cancer-patients-with-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-post-first-line-treatments-a-single-center-experience-and-literature-review
#6
Tzu-Ting Kuo, Po-Lin Chen, Chun-Che Shih, I-Ming Chen
BACKGROUND: Superior vena cava (SVC) syndrome is a major complication that occurs when a growing lung malignancy compresses the SVC extrinsically. Current treatment options include radiotherapy or chemotherapy to shrink the tumor or endovascular stenting of the SVC to restore flow. Herein, we report a case series treated in a single institution to demonstrate the safety, effectiveness, and outcomes of salvage and primary stenting for malignant SVC obstruction. METHODS: A total of 12 male patients with malignant superior vena cava obstruction caused by lung cancer underwent SVC stenting from October 2009 to May 2015...
May 10, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499831/resolution-of-hypertropia-with-correction-of-consecutive-horizontal-deviation
#7
Rui Hao, Kanxing Zhao, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: To study the resolution of hypertropia in patients who undergo horizontal deviation surgery for consecutive esotropia or consecutive exotropia. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 23 patients with consecutive esotropia or exotropia who had concomitant vertical tropia. All patients had had surgery for horizontal deviation that required further surgery to correct consecutive horizontal strabismus and had a minimum of six months of postoperative follow-up...
May 9, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487142/risk-factors-for-recurrent-pneumonia-in-post-irradiated-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#8
Jing-Jie Wang, Rong-San Jiang, Ting-Ting Yen, Kai-Li Liang
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common cancer in eastern Asia. Chemoradiotherapy is the main treatment modality for NPC. Dysphagia and aspiration is not uncommon in post-irradiated NPC patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors for recurrent pneumonia and the prognosis. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted from January 2004 to December 2014. NPC patients who had been hospitalized for pneumonia in the study hospital were enrolled...
May 6, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479018/levosimendan-mitigates-coagulopathy-and-organ-dysfunction-in-rats-with-endotoxemia
#9
Hsieh-Chou Huang, Hsin-Jung Tsai, Chao-Chun Wang, Cheng-Ming Tsao, Shuk-Man Ka, Wen-Jinn Liaw, Chin-Chen Wu
BACKGROUND: In patients with severe sepsis, pro-inflammatory cytokines and subsequent activation of tissue factors trigger a cascade of events that lead to coagulation dysfunction and multiple organ failure. It has been shown that levosimendan has protective effects against tissue injury caused by endotoxin. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of levosimendan on consumptive coagulopathy and organ dysfunction in an endotoxemic animal model induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479017/reduced-nosocomial-infection-rate-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-during-a-4-year-surveillance-period
#10
Yong-Chuan Chen, Chen-Fu Lin, Yun-Jiau Fuh Rehn, Juei-Chao Chen, Po-Yen Chen, Chao-Huei Chen, Teh-Ming Wang, Fang-Liang Huang
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The aim of the study was to investigate the change of nosocomial infection rate in a NICU during a 4-year surveillance period. METHODS: We investigated the changes in nosocomial infection rates, infection sites, and microorganism species in a NICU before and after the unit was moved to a new location, extending from November 2008 to October 2012...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476445/characteristic-patterns-of-normal-meridian-acupoint-temperature
#11
Han-Ning Wei, Li-Ping Jiang, Bin Xiong, Si Zhou, Lan Yu, Yan-Mei Huang, Dao-Guang Liu, Wei Ling, Xin-Nan Song, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Hai-Lu Zhao
BACKGROUND: Body temperature is an important indicator of health and illness. However, a single temperature measurement is not always reliable. Such measurements can be made using meridians, which are energy channels with acupoints being the nodes. To date, there is no published reference of meridian acupoint temperatures applicable to human health, and there is no clear digitalized indicator that could be utilized to evaluate human health by way of meridian acupoints up to now. METHODS: Our study recruited 100 healthy medical college students for the measurement of acupoint temperature...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476444/early-and-late-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
#12
EDITORIAL
Kuan-Chin Wang, Wen-Ling Lee, Peng-Hui Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476443/phase-ii-study-of-preoperative-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-with-oxaliplatin-for-locally-advanced-esophageal-cancer
#13
Jing-Wen Huang, Hui-Ling Yeh, Chung-Ping Hsu, Cheng-Yen Chuang, Jin-Ching Lin, Jai-Fu Lin, Chen-Fa Chang
BACKGROUND: We investigated preoperative concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) with oxaliplatin for locally advanced, potentially operative esophageal cancer in this Phase II study. METHODS: Between October 2009 and October 2011, 35 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed esophageal cancer clinical stage T3-4, N0-1, M0 were enrolled into this study. One dose of chemotherapy with oxaliplatin (35 mg/m(2)) on Day 1 and Day 2, leucovorin (200 mg/m(2)) on Day 1, and 5-fluorouracil [5-FU; 2400 mg/m(2) intravenously (i...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465109/learning-curve-for-endoscopic-tympanoplasty-initial-experience-of-221-procedures
#14
Chih-Chieh Tseng, Ming-Tang Lai, Chia-Che Wu, Sheng-Po Yuan, Yi-Fang Ding
BACKGROUND: The learning curve for endoscopic tympanoplasty has never been quantitatively reported. The present study depicted the learning curve for endoscopic tympanoplasty and evaluated how many procedures an otologist requires to attain proficiency in this technique. METHODS: We reviewed the medical charts of consecutive patients who underwent endoscopic tympanoplasty between January 1, 2013 and June 1, 2015. We enrolled patients with simple perforations of the tympanic membrane and excluded those with ossicular chain disease...
April 29, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465108/predictors-of-response-to-antiviral-treatment-for-chronic-hepatitis-b
#15
EDITORIAL
Yi-Hsiang Huang, Shou-Dong Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 29, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454791/transesophageal-echocardiography-for-incremental-value-of-amplatezer-cribriform-septal-occluder-for-percutaneous-transcatheter-closure-of-complex-septal-defects-case-series
#16
Shen Kou Tsai, Ming C Hsiung, Jeng Wei, Yang-Tsai Lee, Ho-Ping Yu, Ching-Huei Ou, Wei-Hsian Yin
BACKGROUND: The anatomy of septal defects can be complex and morphologically unpredictable. Balloon sizing of such defects may not be feasible, and an appropriately sized commercial occluder may not be available. Therefore, percutaneous transcatheter closure of such defects can be challenging because of an increased risk of complications. In this study, we have described the efficacy and safety of transcatheter closure of complex septal defects using Amplatzer cribriform occluder devices, assessed by real time three-dimensional (RT 3D) color Doppler transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454790/the-impact-of-hepatitis-b-carrier-on-cardiac-troponin-i-in-100-km-ultramarathon-runners
#17
Li-Hua Li, Chorng-Kuang How, Wei-Fong Kao, Yu-Hui Chiu, Chen Meng, Cheng-Chin Hsu, Yeou-Guang Tsay
BACKGROUND: Prolonged endurance exercise is known to cause elevation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI). Previous studies have reported the correlation of several factors with exercise-induced cTnI release. However, the investigation of the predictors for elevated cTnI and postrace kinetics of cTnI after ultramarathon running is lacking, especially in an Oriental population. METHODS: Twenty-six participants, including eight hepatitis B virus carrier (HBVc) runners, who finished a 100-km ultramarathon in Taiwan were enrolled...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431858/third-trimester-preterm-and-term-premature-rupture-of-membranes-is-there-any-difference-in-maternal-characteristics-and-pregnancy-outcomes
#18
Ivana Chandra, Lizhou Sun
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance and management of preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) remains a topic of a controversy. Although PROM is associated with a low rate of complications, PPROM may lead to significant neonatal and maternal morbidity. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 714 women who presented to Jiangsu Province Hospital with third trimester PPROM or PROM between January and December 2015. The data were analyzed by SPSS; the significance of maternal characteristics, and maternal and neonatal outcomes were tested using Student's t test and the χ(2) test...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411959/implementation-and-outcomes-of-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-effectiveness-of-education
#19
Yea-Yuan Chang, Hsin-Pai Chen, Chia-Wei Lin, Jen-Jen Tang, Ti-Ying Hsu, Yueh-Chun Weng, Yuan-Ming Lee, Wei-Shu Wang, Su-Shun Lo
BACKGROUND: Unnecessary use of antibiotics is a common occurrence in hospitals. Implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) has been shown to reduce both unnecessary antibiotic use and drug-resistant bacteria. Education is a fundamental component of an ASP. However, the effectiveness of proper uses of antibiotics education has not been clearly analyzed. METHODS: In a 520-bed university hospital located in northeastern Taiwan, a significantly increasing prescription of carbapenems, specifically imipenem and meropenem, was observed...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341575/the-use-of-a-colapinto-tips-needle-under-cone-beam-computed-tomography-guidance-for-true-lumen-re-entry-in-subintimal-recanalization-of-chronic-iliac-artery-occlusion
#20
Huei-Lung Liang, Ming-Feng Li, Chia-Ling Chiang, Matt Chiung-Yu Chen, Chieh-Jen Wu, Huay-Ben Pan
BACKGROUND: To report the technique and clinical outcome of subintimal re-entry in chronic iliac artery occlusion by using a Colapinto transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) needle under rotational angiography (cone-beam computed tomography; CT) imaging guidance. METHODS: Patients with chronic iliac artery occlusion with earlier failed attempts at conventional percutaneous recanalization during the past 5 years were enrolled in our study. In these patients, an ipsilateral femoral access route was routinely utilized in a retrograde fashion...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
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