Journal of the Formosan Medical Association
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Work-related fatigue among medical personnel in Taiwan.
Work-related fatigue among medical personnel is a major concern for patient safety, however heavy on-call duty is common in many hospitals. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported work-related fatigue and its associated factors. A cross-sectional survey of 1833 p...
Second-line pemetrexed treatment in Taiwanese patients with advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer: An open-label single-arm study.
Although global and Asian studies on second-line pemetrexed for the treatment of advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer have confirmed its efficacy and safety, a pivotal postcommitment study to consolidate the evidence regarding the Taiwanese population was warranted. This open-label single-arm study as...
Surgical management and immunohistochemical study of corneal plaques in vernal keratoconjunctivitis.
Two children with shield ulcer in vernal keratoconjunctivitis unresponsive to steroid therapy received plaque removal by superficial keratectomy, followed by amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT). Hematoxylin and eosin staining of the excised corneal specimen revealed a thick layer of eosinophilic...
Attenuating brain inflammation, ischemia, and oxidative damage by hyperbaric oxygen in diabetic rats after heat stroke.
We attempt to assess whether hypothalamic inflammation and ischemic and oxidative damage that occurred during heatstroke (HS) can be affected by hyperbaric oxygen (HBO₂) therapy in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. In this study, anesthetized diabetic rats, immediately after the onset of HS, wer...
Zoonotic atypical pneumonia due to Chlamydophila psittaci: First reported psittacosis case in Taiwan.
We report a 44-year-old male patient displaying atypical pneumonia symptoms of intermittent fever, dry cough, chest pain, dyspnea, headache, hepatitis, and hyponatremia. He had two sick cockatiels, one of which had died a month previously. A microimmunofluorescence test was performed to check the se...
Computational synovial dynamics of a normal temporomandibular joint during jaw opening.
Synovial fluid in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a lubricant and shock absorber, facilitating smooth jaw movements by reducing friction and cushioning the articular cartilage and other tissues in the TMJ. This study investigated the flow pattern of synovial fluid in the articular cavity d...
Increased placenta growth factor mRNA level is significantly associated with progression, recurrence and poor prognosis of oral squamous cel...
We assessed whether the PlGF mRNA level in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) tissue could be used to predict the progression and prognosis of OSCCs in Taiwan. This study used quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (quantitative RT-PCR) to detect the PlGF mRNA levels...
Clinical experience of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome associated with pneumonia in children.
To describe a single center's experience with pediatric patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for respiratory failure due to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) associated with pneumonia and to investigate the factors associated with mortality....
Role of flexible transnasal esophagoscopy and patient education in the management of globus pharyngeus.
We aimed to establish an efficient method to rule out the presence of malignancy in patients with globus pharyngeus and dysphagia. The use of flexible transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE) was evaluated in 30 patients with globus pharyngeus and 6 patients with dysphagia. The patients were i...
Up-regulation of TGF-@b1 mRNA expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
We investigated the mRNA levels of TGF-β1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in patients with CFS. Fluorescent quantitative real time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (FQ-RT-PCR) was performed to test TGF-β1 mRNA expression in PBMCs in 63 cases of CFS, 50...