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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988665/the-epidemiology-of-non-typhoidal-salmonella-gastroenteritis-and-campylobacter-gastroenteritis-in-pediatric-inpatients-in-northern-taiwan
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Chien-Fang Tseng, Nan-Chang Chiu, Ching-Ying Huang, Daniel Tsung-Ning Huang, Lung Chang, Yen-Hsin Kung, Fu-Yuan Huang, Hsin Chi
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter and Non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) are the two most common bacterial pathogens associated with acute gastroenteritis in children. This study aims to elucidate the epidemiology of Campylobacter and NTS gastroenteritis and develop a scoring system to differentiate them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled 886 children ≤18 years of age, hospitalized due to acute gastroenteritis with stool culture-proven Campylobacter or NTS infection from July 2012 to December 2015...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988664/epidemiology-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-in-otitis-media-in-taiwanese-children
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Ying-Chun Cho, Nan-Chang Chiu, Fu-Yuan Huang, Daniel Tsung-Ning Huang, Lung Chang, Ching-Ying Huang, Yen-Hsin Kung, Kuo-Sheng Lee, Hsin Chi
BACKGROUND: Concerns about non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) in otitis media (OM) have grown after the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). We aim to better understand the clinical role of NTHi in pediatric OM. METHODS: Middle ear fluid samples from children <18 years with OM were obtained from 2010 to 2015. For culture-positive episodes (Streptococcus pneumoniae, H. influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and Streptococcus pyogenes), patients' demographic and clinical information were reviewed and analyzed...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962182/gypenosides-induce-cell-death-and-alter-gene-expression-in-human-oral-cancer-hsc-3-cells
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Kung-Wen Lu, Yi-Shih Ma, Fu-Shun Yu, Yi-Ping Huang, Yung-Lin Chu, Rick Sai-Chuen Wu, Ching-Lung Liao, Fu-Shin Chueh, Jing-Gung Chung
Gypenosides (Gyp), the primary components of Gynostemma pentaphyllum Makino, have long been used as a Chinese herbal medicine. In the present study, the effects of Gyp on cell viability, the cell cycle, cell apoptosis, DNA damage and chromatin condensation were investigated in vitro using human oral cancer HSC-3 cells. The results of the present study indicated that Gyp induces cell death, G2/M phase arrest and apoptosis in HSC-3 cells in a dose-dependent manner. It was also demonstrated that Gyp decreased the depolarization of mitochondrial membrane potential in a time-dependent manner...
September 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944643/injury-rates-in-martial-art-athletes-anthropometric-parameters-and-training-volume-but-not-foot-morphology-indexes-are-predictive-risk-factors-for-lower-limb-injuries
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Jacopo A Vitale, Tito Bassani, Fabio Galbusera, Alberto Bianchi, Nicolò Martinelli
BACKGROUND: Previous studies attempted to identify possible risk factors for acute and overuse injuries in several sports disciplines such as running, gymnastics or team sports. Given the lack of scientific works focused on risk factors for lower limb injuries in martial arts, the present study was aimed to investigate foot anatomy, anthropometric measures, and other background information as possible risk factors of injury in barefoot athletes practicing judo, karate, kung fu, thai boxe, or aikido...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918242/predictive-value-of-thomsen-friedenreich-antigen-activation-for-streptococcus-pneumoniae-infection-and-severity-in-pediatric-lobar-pneumonia
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Chia-Jung Chang, Nan-Chang Chiu, Fu-Yuan Huang, Daniel Tsung-Ning Huang, Lung Chang, Ching-Ying Huang, Yen-Hsin Kung, Hsin Chi
BACKGROUND: Most cases of complicated pneumonia in children are caused by pneumococcal infections. Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (TA) is present on erythrocytes, platelets and glomeruli, and it can be activated during pneumococcal infection. The aim of this study was to investigate the predictive value of TA activation for pneumococcal infection and association with the severity of complicated pneumonia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with lobar pneumonia were routinely tested for TA at the Department of Pediatrics, Mackay Memorial Hospital from January 2010 to December 2015...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900621/using-a-cloud-computing-system-to-reduce-door-to-balloon-time-in-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-transferred-for-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Chi-Kung Ho, Fu-Cheng Chen, Yung-Lung Chen, Hui-Ting Wang, Chien-Ho Lee, Wen-Jung Chung, Cheng-Jui Lin, Shu-Kai Hsueh, Shin-Chiang Hung, Kuan-Han Wu, Chu-Feng Liu, Chia-Te Kung, Cheng-I Cheng
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the impact on clinical outcomes using a cloud computing system to reduce percutaneous coronary intervention hospital door-to-balloon (DTB) time for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS: A total of 369 patients before and after implementation of the transfer protocol were enrolled. Of these patients, 262 were transferred through protocol while the other 107 patients were transferred through the traditional referral process...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882583/clinical-and-epidemiological-characteristics-in-hospitalized-young-children-with-acute-gastroenteritis-in-southern-taiwan-according-to-major-pathogens
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Ning Chung, Shih-Min Wang, Ching-Fen Shen, Fu-Chun Kuo, Tzong-Shiann Ho, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Jung-Jung Mu, Fang-Tzy Wu, Li-Min Huang, Yi-Chuan Huang, Yhu-Chering Huang, Hsin Chi, Hsiao-Chuan Lin, Ching-Chuan Liu
BACKGROUND: Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) can be caused by a wide array of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. A prospective study to investigate the epidemiology and clinical presentation in young children hospitalized with AGE was conducted in a medical center in southern Taiwan. METHODS: Patients aged less than 5 years who was hospitalized due to AGE in National Cheng Kung University Hospital were enrolled from July 2014 to June 2016. The demographic information, clinical features and laboratory data were collected by chart reviews, and stool samples were sent to Centers of Disease Control, Taiwan (Taiwan CDC) for a panel of pathogen identification consisting of two viruses, nine bacteria, and five parasites...
August 31, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802057/high-mobility-group-box-1-released-by-autophagic-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-maintains-the-stemness-of-luminal-breast-cancer-cells
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Xi-Long Zhao, Yong Lin, Jun Jiang, Zhuo Tang, Shuai Yang, Lu Lu, Yan Liang, Xue Liu, Jiao Tan, Xu-Gang Hu, Qin Niu, Wen-Juan Fu, Ze-Xuan Yan, De-Yu Guo, Yi-Fang Ping, Ji Ming Wang, Xia Zhang, Hsiang-Fu Kung, Xiu-Wu Bian, Xiao-Hong Yao
Cancer stem cells/cancer-initiating cells (CICs) and their microenvironmental niche play a vital role in malignant tumour recurrence and metastasis. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are major components of the niche of breast cancer-initiating cells (BCICs), and their interactions may profoundly affect breast cancer progression. Autophagy has been considered to be a critical process for CIC maintenance, but whether it is involved in the cross-talk between CAFs and CICs to affect tumourigenesis and pathological significance has not been determined...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757867/factors-related-to-significant-improvement-of-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rates-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-receiving-telbivudine-therapy
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Te-Fu Lin, Ping-I Hsu, Kung-Hung Lin, Feng-Woei Tsay, Tzung-Jiun Tsai, Yan-Hua Chen, Hsien-Chung Yu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The improvement of estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs) in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients receiving telbivudine therapy is well known. The aim of this study was to clarify the kinetics of eGFRs and to identify the significant factors related to the improvement of eGFRs in telbivudine-treated CHB patients in a real-world setting. METHODS: Serial eGFRs were calculated every 3 months using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731516/mir-181d-regulates-human-dendritic-cell-maturation-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xian Wei Su, Gang Lu, Chi Kwan Leung, Qiang Liu, Yi Li, Kam Sze Tsang, Shi Dou Zhao, Danny Tat Ming Chan, Hsiang Fu Kung, Wai Sang Poon
OBJECTIVES: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are considered as the cellular regulators which post-transcriptionally modulate gene expression in diverse biological processes including cell development and immunity. In this study, we investigated functions of miR-181d in dendritic cells (DCs) maturation, and the underlying mechanisms were also explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here we did the miRNA screening in human DCs in response to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
October 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723661/decreased-risk-of-dementia-in-migraine-patients-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-use-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Chun-Ting Liu, Bei-Yu Wu, Yu-Chiang Hung, Lin-Yi Wang, Yan-Yuh Lee, Tsu-Kung Lin, Pao-Yen Lin, Wu-Fu Chen, Jen-Huai Chiang, Sheng-Feng Hsu, Wen-Long Hu
Patients with migraine are reportedly at increased risk of developing dementia. We aimed to investigate the association between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use and dementia risk in migraine patients. This longitudinal cohort study used the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to identify 32,386 diagnosed migraine patients aged 20 years and above who received treatment from 1997 to 2010. To balance comparability between TCM users and non-TCM users, we randomly selected equal numbers from each group, and compared subgroups compiled based on combinations of age, sex, index year, and year of migraine diagnosis...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714773/impact-of-martial-arts-judo-karate-and-kung-fu-on-bone-mineral-density-gains-in-adolescents-of-both-genders-9-month-follow-up-martial-arts-and-bone-density
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Igor H Ito, Han C G Kemper, Ricardo R Agostinete, Kyle R Lynch, Diego G D Christofaro, Enio R Ronque, Rômulo A Fernandes
PURPOSE: To compare bone mineral density gains in adolescents of both genders stratified according to different martial art styles in a 9-month follow-up study. METHODS: The longitudinal study consisted of 29 adolescents of both genders and age between 11 and 17 years stratified into control group ([CG] not engaged in any sport) and 50 fighters (Kung-fu / karate-KF / KT, n = 29; Judo, n = 21). All 79 subjects underwent anthropometric measures (weight, height, leg length and height set), dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (Bone Mineral Density [BMD], in g/cm(2)) at two moments, baseline and nine months later...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698024/the-prevalence-and-characteristics-of-cow-s-milk-protein-allergy-in-infants-and-young-children-with-iron-deficiency-anemia
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Fu-Ping Lai, Yao-Jong Yang
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) in children varies. This retrospective study aimed to investigate the prevalence and clinical manifestations of CMPA in young children who visited for evaluation of iron deficiency anemia (IDA). METHODS: Patients aged <4 years who were diagnosed as having IDA (serum ferritin <12 ng/mL) at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan in the period 2005-2015 were reviewed. Their clinical presentations, laboratory data, endoscopy findings, and prognosis were analyzed...
June 30, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696069/hepatocellular-carcinoma-associated-single-nucleotide-variants-and-deletions-identified-by-the-use-of-genome-wide-high-throughput-analysis-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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Wen-Chun Liu, I-Chin Wu, Yen-Chien Lee, Chih-Peng Lin, Ji-Hong Cheng, Yih-Jyh Lin, Chia-Jui Yen, Pin-Nan Cheng, Pei-Fu Li, Yi-Ting Cheng, Pei-Wen Cheng, Koun-Tem Sun, Shu-Ling Yan, Jia-Jhen Lin, Jui-Chu Yang, Kung-Chao Chang, Cheng-Hsun Ho, Vincent S Tseng, Bill Chia-Han Chang, Jaw-Ching Wu, Ting-Tsung Chang
This study investigated hepatitis B virus (HBV) single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) and deletion mutations linked with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Ninety-three HCC patients and 108 non-HCC patients were enrolled for HBV genome-wide next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. A systematic literature review and a meta-analysis were performed to validate NGS-defined HCC-associated SNVs and deletions. The experimental results identified 60 NGS-defined HCC-associated SNVs, including 41 novel SNVs, and their pathogenic frequencies...
October 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668573/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-an-inactivated-cell-culture-derived-h7n9-influenza-vaccine-in-healthy-adults-a-phase-i-ii-prospective-randomized-open-label-trial
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Un-In Wu, Szu-Min Hsieh, Wen-Sen Lee, Ning-Chi Wang, Hsiang-Chi Kung, Tsong-Yih Ou, Fu-Lun Chen, Te-Yu Lin, Yee-Chun Chen, Shan-Chwen Chang
BACKGROUND: We conducted a phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell-grown inactivated H7N9 influenza vaccine for pandemic preparedness purposes. METHODS: Between April 7, 2015 and May 27, 2016, healthy adults aged 20-60years were enrolled sequentially in phase I (n=40) and phase II (n=160) from three hospitals in Taiwan and randomized to receive 2 doses of whole-virus H7N9 vaccine (15 or 30μg hemagglutinin antigen (HA) with or without an aluminum hydroxide adjuvant) at 21-day intervals...
June 28, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559078/risk-factors-for-ventriculoperitoneal-shunt-dependency-in-patients-with-spontaneous-cerebellar-hemorrhage
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Shih-Yuan Hsu, Hsin-Huan Chang, Fu-Yuan Shih, Yu-Jun Lin, Wei-Che Lin, Ben-Chung Cheng, Yu-Jih Su, Chia-Te Kung, Yu-Ni Ho, Nai-Wen Tsai, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Hung-Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: Hydrocephalus is a common complication after spontaneous cerebellar hemorrhage (CH). This study focused on predicting ventriculoperitorneal (VP) shunt dependency in patients with spontaneous CH. METHODS: Ninety-nine patients with spontaneous CH were evaluated in this retrospective study. A comparison between patients with and those without VP shunt dependency during hospitalization was made. RESULTS: VP shunt-dependent hydrocephalus developed in 19...
September 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523650/ubiquitin-specific-peptidase-5-mediates-histidine-rich-protein-hpn-induced-cell-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-p14-p53-signaling
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Yi Liu, Wei-Mao Wang, Li-Yi Zou, Li Li, Lu Feng, Ming-Zhu Pan, Min-Yi Lv, Ying Cao, Hua Wang, Hsiang-Fu Kung, Jian-Xin Pang, Wei-Ming Fu, Jin-Fang Zhang
Hpn is a small histidine-rich cytoplasmic protein from Helicobacter pylori and has been recognized as a high-risk factor for several cancers including gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, and MALT lymphoma. However, the relationship between Hpn and cancers remains elusive. In this study, we discovered that Hpn protein effectively suppressed cell growth and induced apoptosis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry-based comparative proteomics was performed to find the molecular targets of Hpn in HCC cells...
May 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521278/scaffold-protein-jlp-mediates-tcr-initiated-cd4-t-cell-activation-and-cd154-expression
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Qi Yan, Cheng Yang, Qiang Fu, Zhaowei Chen, Shan Liu, Dou Fu, Rahmat N Rahman, Ryota Nakazato, Katsuji Yoshioka, Sam K P Kung, Guohua Ding, Huiming Wang
CD4(+) T-cell activation and its subsequent induction of CD154 (CD40 ligand, CD40L) expression are pivotal in shaping both the humoral and cellular immune responses. Scaffold protein JLP regulates signal transduction pathways and molecular trafficking inside cells, thus represents a critical component in maintaining cellular functions. Its role in regulating CD4(+) T-cell activation and CD154 expression, however, is unclear. Here, we demonstrated expression of JLP in mouse tissues of lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, and also CD4(+) T cells...
July 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473978/the-association-between-door-to-balloon-time-of-less-than-60-minutes-and-prognosis-of-patients-developing-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Fu-Cheng Chen, Yan-Ren Lin, Chia-Te Kung, Cheng-I Cheng, Chao-Jui Li
Background. The study aimed to verify the effect of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) with <60 min door-to-balloon time on ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients' prognoses. Methods. Outcomes of patients receiving PPCI with door-to-balloon time of <60 min were compared with those of patients receiving PPCI with door-to-balloon time 60-90 min. Result. Totally, 241 STEMI patients (191 with Killip classes I or II) and 104 (71 with Killip classes I or II) received PPCI with door-to-balloon time <60 and 60-90 min, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450703/changes-in-the-prevalence-of-hbsag-and-hbeag-a-study-of-8696-parturients-in-a-well-vaccinated-area
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Chen-Hsuan Wu, Te-Yao Hsu, Fu-Tsai Kung, Chan-Chao ChangChien, Ching-Chang Tsai, Sheng-Nan Lu
To elucidate the impact of a hepatitis B (HB) vaccination program on the prevalence of HB surface antigen (HBsAg) and HB envelope antigen (HBeAg) as well as the success rate of HBeAg clearance among parturients, we collected data on parturients who gave birth between 2000 and 2010, and recorded the HB status postpartum of those with positive HBeAg before birth. A total of 8696 parturients were enrolled, of whom 113 with prenatal positive HBeAg were invited back. The prevalence of HBsAg decreased over the study period, particularly in the vaccinated cohort, while there was no change in the prevalence of HBeAg...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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