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Chen Y.J.,National Taiwan University | Tsai K.S.,National Taiwan University Hospital | Chiu C.Y.,National Taiwan University | Yang T.H.,National Taiwan University Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Orthopaedic Research | Year: 2013

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease involving a combination of cartilage degradation and inflammation. EGb761, a standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba leaves, holds an anti-inflammatory potency. Here, we determined whether EGb761 could inhibit lipopolysaccharide (LPS)- and IL-1β-induced inflammatory responses in human articular chondrocytes and apply the chondroprotection in OA rats. We found that LPS markedly induced the productions of PGE2 and NO and the protein expressions of COX-2 and iNOS in human chondrocytes. LPS was also seen to up-regulate the expressions of toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4), its downstream signal TNF receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6), and nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling. These LPS-induced inflammatory responses were efficaciously reversed by EGb761 and its active components quercetin and kampferol. The similar results could be observed by using IL-1β as an in vitro model to mimic an inflammatory response. In an OA rat model, PGE2 and NO levels in blood, the histological alterations, and COX-2 and nitrotyrosine expressions in cartilages were markedly increased, which were effectively reversed by EGb761. Our results suggested that EGb761 exerts the anti-inflammatory effects on human articular chondrocytes and OA rats. © 2013 Orthopaedic Research Society.

Chang L.-L.,Center for Advancement of Nursing Education | Schneider S.M.,Duke University | Chiang S.-C.,Sun Yat Sen Cancer Center | Horng C.-F.,Clinical Research
Cancer Nursing | Year: 2013

Background: Several studies have documented the efficacy of prophylactic granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in reducing rates of infections and risk of febrile neutropenia. An appropriate risk assessment model is pivotal to identify high-risk patients who would require granulocyte colony-stimulating factor prophylaxis. Objective: The objectives of the study were to develop, implement, and evaluate a risk assessment model for neutropenic events in breast cancer patients who were receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy. METHODS: During the study period, neutropenia risk was assessed for breast cancer patients by using an innovative risk model before the first cycle of chemotherapy. A stepwise logistic regression model was performed to determine significant factors for the prediction. RESULTS: A total of 119 patients were evaluated for neutropenia risk between August 2010 and December 2010. Twenty-nine percent (35/119) of the patients have experienced at least 1 neutropenic event during the initial 3 cycles of chemotherapy. Based on the logistic regression model, only the risk score was retained as the significant predictor; the probability of an individual patient developing neutropenic events increased 1.24 times by increasing 1 score number (odds ratio, 1.24; with 95% confidence interval, 1.063-1.457). CONCLUSIONS: Based on the examination of different cutoff points, the performance of the risk model is best when the risk threshold is set at 6, which was found to have a sensitivity of 0.49 and a specificity of 0.69; the misclassification rate was 0.37, with a positive predictive value of 0.40 and a negative predictive value of 0.76. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The results of this project support incorporating the discussed risk assessment model into routine nursing assessments to prevent neutropenic complications.Copyright © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited.

Sun J.-H.,Chang Gung University | Tsai J.-S.,Sun Yat Sen Cancer Center | Huang C.-H.,Chang Gung University | Lin C.-H.,Chang Gung University | And 5 more authors.
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice | Year: 2012

Aims: To elucidate the risk factors for lower extremity amputation (LEA) in patients of diabetic foot disease with different Wagner gradings. Methods: This study was conducted in a multidisciplinary diabetic foot care center. Demographic characteristics, laboratory data, disease history, ankle brachial pressure index (ABI) and Wagner classification were considered as independent variables to predict the therapeutic outcome (major LEA, minor LEA, and non-amputation). Risk factors for LEA in different Wagner grades were further analyzed. Multivariate stepwise ordinal logistic regression was performed. Results: Of 789 study subjects, 19.9% received major LEA and 22.9% received minor LEA. Higher Wagner grade, lower ABI, serum albumin and hemoglobin, and elevated white blood cell (WBC) count were significantly associated with an increased risk of LEA. When stratified by Wagner classification, most of the above predictors and estimated glomerular filtration (eGFR) were detected only in grade 3. While in grades 2 and 4, WBC count was identified as primary predictor positively associated with an increased risk of LEA. Conclusions: Wagner classification remarkably influenced the potential risk factors for LEA, showing different predictors in different grades. The traditionally recognized predictors for diabetic foot amputation such as lower ABI, albumin or eGFR were almost exclusively found in patients with Wagner grade 3. © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Liu C.-Y.,Far Eastern Memorial Hospital | Liu C.-Y.,National Yang Ming University | Lin C.-S.,National Yang Ming University | Liu C.-C.,Sun Yat Sen Cancer Center
Wideochirurgia I Inne Techniki Maloinwazyjne | Year: 2015

It has been reported that single-incision thoracoscopic surgery can reduce postoperative pain without compromising the main surgical steps required for treating patients affected by primary spontaneous pneumothorax. However, all the reported thoracoscopic surgery cases with a single-incision procedure were via the intercostal route for unilateral pulmonary lesions. We present a novel single-incision thoracoscopic technique via a subxiphoid route to perform onestage bilateral thoracoscopic surgery for bilateral spontaneous pneumothorax. Reduced postoperative pain, shorter operative time, and better cosmetic results are potential benefits of this technique in selected patients. The subxiphoid single-incision procedure may be indicated in patients with bilateral pulmonary lesions requiring surgical resections.

Peng H.-C.,Tamkang University | Wang Y.-H.,Sun Yat Sen Cancer Center | Wen C.-C.,Tamkang University | Wang W.-H.,Tamkang University | And 2 more authors.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - C Toxicology and Pharmacology | Year: 2010

We used a green fluorescent kidney line, Tg(wt1b:GFP), as a model to access the acetaminophen (AAP)-induced nephrotoxicity dynamically. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos at different developmental stages (12-60 hpf) were treated with different dosages of AAP (0-45 mM) for different time courses (12-60 h). Results showed that zebrafish embryos exhibited no evident differences in survival rates and morphological changes between the mock-treated control (0 mM) and 2.25 mM AAP-exposure (12-72 hpf) groups. In contrast, after higher doses (22.5 and 45 mM) of exposure, embryos displayed malformed kidney phenotypes, such as curved, cystic pronephric tube, pronephric duct, and a cystic and atrophic glomerulus. The percentages of embryos with malformed kidney phenotypes increased as the exposure dosages of AAP increased. Interestingly, under the same exposure time course (12 h) and dose (22.5 mM), embryos displayed higher percentages of severe defects at earlier developmental stage of exposure (12-24 hpf), whereas embryos displayed higher percentages of mild defects at later exposure (60-72 hpf). With an exposure time course less than 24 h of 45 mM AAP, no embryo survived by the developmental stage of 72 hpf. These results indicated that AAP-induced nephrotoxicity depended on the exposure dose, time course and developmental stages. Immunohistochemical experiments showed that the cells' morphologies of the pronephric tube, pronephric duct and glomerulus were disrupted by AAP, and consequently caused cell death. Real-time RT-PCR revealed embryos after AAP treatment decreased the expression of cox2 and bcl2, but increased p53 expression. In conclusion, AAP-induced defects on glomerulus, pronephric tube and pronephric duct could be easily and dynamically observed in vivo during kidney development in this present model. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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