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Ethics And Issues At The Sunset Of Life, Jane Gervasio, Dick Mcgowan, Priscilla Ryder Jan 2015

Ethics And Issues At The Sunset Of Life, Jane Gervasio, Dick Mcgowan, Priscilla Ryder

Priscilla T. Ryder

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Empowering Patient Safety Outreach Through Interprofessional Partnerships: Educating Our Communities, Chris Childs, A. Faltinek, L. Heinz, Linda Walton, L. Zipperer Jul 2012

Empowering Patient Safety Outreach Through Interprofessional Partnerships: Educating Our Communities, Chris Childs, A. Faltinek, L. Heinz, Linda Walton, L. Zipperer

Linda J. Walton

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Changes In Weight Loss, Body Composition And Cardiovascular Disease Risk After Altering Macronutrient Distributions During A Regular Exercise Program In Obese Women, C. M. Kerksick, J. Bunn, D. Fogt, A. Thomas, L. Taylor, B. Campbell, C. Wilborn, T. Harvey, P. Roberts, P. Labounty, M. Galbreath, B. Marcello, C. Rasumussen, R. Kreider Dec 2009

Changes In Weight Loss, Body Composition And Cardiovascular Disease Risk After Altering Macronutrient Distributions During A Regular Exercise Program In Obese Women, C. M. Kerksick, J. Bunn, D. Fogt, A. Thomas, L. Taylor, B. Campbell, C. Wilborn, T. Harvey, P. Roberts, P. Labounty, M. Galbreath, B. Marcello, C. Rasumussen, R. Kreider

Physical Therapy

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Quantitative Analysis Of Bladder Compliance In Healthy Subjects, Su-Ju Tsai, Tsung-Ho Ying, Yu-Lin Kao, Yu-Hui Huang, Chun-Yao Yu, Liu-Ing Bih Dec 2009

Quantitative Analysis Of Bladder Compliance In Healthy Subjects, Su-Ju Tsai, Tsung-Ho Ying, Yu-Lin Kao, Yu-Hui Huang, Chun-Yao Yu, Liu-Ing Bih

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Bladder compliance expresses the relationship between bladder volume and detrusor pressure and is generally regarded as a measure of bladder stiffness or distensibility. Based on the varied selection criteria during the urodynamic study, differences in bladder compliance often exist. The objective of this study was to provide reference ranges for ”normal” variability in bladder compliance among healthy subjects.A total of twenty-four healthy subjects, twelve men and twelve women with mean age of 25.2 years and estimated maximal capacity (EMC) of 393 ml, were enrolled in this study. During the standardized procedures of urodynamic study, pairs of data on bladder volume …


Bilateral Upper Limb Loading Exercise In Hemiplegic Patients: Immediate Effects On Nerve Conduction Characteristics, Lin-Chien Lee, Yung-Cheng Huang, Hsing-Kuo Wang, Sheng-Chu Su, Kuang-Ping Hsieh, Fu-Kong Lieu Dec 2009

Bilateral Upper Limb Loading Exercise In Hemiplegic Patients: Immediate Effects On Nerve Conduction Characteristics, Lin-Chien Lee, Yung-Cheng Huang, Hsing-Kuo Wang, Sheng-Chu Su, Kuang-Ping Hsieh, Fu-Kong Lieu

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

The aim of this study was to investigate the immediate effects of upper extremity loading exercises on conduction in the median and ulnar nerves in the wrists of hemiplegic patients. Seventeen hemiplegic patients without past history of carpal tunnel syndrome or other confounding diseases and seventeen healthy and physically-matched control subjects were recruited. Nerve conduction tests of the median and ulnar nerves were performed in both arms of patients and healthy controls before and after a set of 30-minute bilateral loading exercise. Significant reductions (p<0.05) were found in median compound motor action potential, median sensory nerve action potential and ulnar …


The Recovery Index Of Oxygen Saturation From Orthostatic Syncope In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury, David S. Liu, Alice M. K. Wong, Shih-Ching Chen, Kang-Ping Lin, Chien-Hung Lai, Walter H. Chang Dec 2009

The Recovery Index Of Oxygen Saturation From Orthostatic Syncope In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury, David S. Liu, Alice M. K. Wong, Shih-Ching Chen, Kang-Ping Lin, Chien-Hung Lai, Walter H. Chang

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common clinical problem for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) at the cervical or high thoracic level when they move from the supine position to the upright position. Patients with severe SCI frequently suffer from symptoms of OH during head-up tilt, ranging from slight lightheadedness to full syncope. Tilt-table training is commonly used in clinical physiotherapy to overcome OH syncope, but this also relies on carefully manual control of the tilt angle and training time by the therapist during training. Up till now, it still has no method to estimate the recovery process of OH …


Treatment Of Piriformis Myofascial Pain Syndrome Related To Lumbar Facet Lesion: A Casereport, Nai-Phon Wang, Fang-Chuan Kuo, Yueh-Ling Hsieh, Shyi-Kuen Wu, Chang-Zern Hong Dec 2009

Treatment Of Piriformis Myofascial Pain Syndrome Related To Lumbar Facet Lesion: A Casereport, Nai-Phon Wang, Fang-Chuan Kuo, Yueh-Ling Hsieh, Shyi-Kuen Wu, Chang-Zern Hong

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

This casereport describes a patient with chronic pain due to piriformis myofascial pain syndrome related to lumbar facet joint lesion. The purpose is to demonstrate the elimination of the underlying etiological lesion by lumbar facet joint injection with steroid suspension for a complete and effective treatment of piriformis myofascial pain syndrome in order to obtain a permanent pain relief. A 46 year-old male patient had chronic pain in the right gluteal region and right leg (with tingling) for many years. Initially, he had been treated as piriformis syndrome with oral medicine, physical therapy and local injection, and had only temporary …


Effects Of Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy Versus Bilateral Movement Training On Upper Extremity Performance In Patients With Chronic Stroke: A Kinematic Analysis, Ya-Fen Chang, Wen-Chung Tsai, Chia-Ying Chung, Yin-Chou Lin, Yueh-Tsen Chen, Ching-Yi Wu, Ken-Chung Lin Dec 2009

Effects Of Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy Versus Bilateral Movement Training On Upper Extremity Performance In Patients With Chronic Stroke: A Kinematic Analysis, Ya-Fen Chang, Wen-Chung Tsai, Chia-Ying Chung, Yin-Chou Lin, Yueh-Tsen Chen, Ching-Yi Wu, Ken-Chung Lin

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Background and Objective: Several evidence-based treatment programs for improving upper extremity functions such as constraint-induced therapy (CIT)/modified CIT (mCIT) and bilateral movement training (BMT) have been developed recently. The mCIT program combines restraint of the unaffected hand with intensive training of the affected hand, and BMT involves intensive bilateral training with symmetrical functional training. In this study, the relative efficacy of mCIT vs. BMT was compared by a kinematic analysis that quantitatively assessed motor control in high functioning stroke patients when performing unilateral and bilateral functional tasks.Methods: In a pretest-posttest, randomized controlled trial, twenty-three stroke patients were randomly allocated to …


Acute Renal Failure After Ingestion Of Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Lavage Solution For Bowel Preparation In A Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Patient: A Casereport, Ping-Hsin Ko, Ya-Ling Huang, Yen-Ho Wang, Huey-Wen Liang, Shin-Liang Pan Dec 2009

Acute Renal Failure After Ingestion Of Polyethylene Glycol Electrolyte Lavage Solution For Bowel Preparation In A Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Patient: A Casereport, Ping-Hsin Ko, Ya-Ling Huang, Yen-Ho Wang, Huey-Wen Liang, Shin-Liang Pan

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Intravenous pyelography (IVP) is a common tool for evaluating the upper urinary tract in spinal cord injury patients. To obtain a proper image, bowel preparation is required. Among the regimens for bowel preparation, polyethylene glycol (PEG) electrolyte lavage solution has a good cleansing quality and fewer side effects. Nonetheless, adverse effects of the regimen, though rare, have been reported. We describe a spinal cord injury patient who suffered from acute renal failure as a result of PEG-related toxicity, after taking oral PEG electrolyte lavage solution for bowel preparation. A 57-year-old woman who had sustained spinal cord injury for 11 years …


Conversion Paraplegia: A Casereport, Chin-Feng Yu Cheng, Shih-Ching Chen, Jiunn-Horng Kang Dec 2009

Conversion Paraplegia: A Casereport, Chin-Feng Yu Cheng, Shih-Ching Chen, Jiunn-Horng Kang

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

A 21-year-old man had progressive weakness and numbness of bilateral lower extremities and sphincter dysfunction after a traffic accident. The image and electrodiagnostic study showed no significant abnormal findings. Conversion paraplegia was suspected due to unusual clinical presentation, which cannot be explained by neuropathologic lesions. After intensive rehabilitation, patient's functional performance improved significantly and he could walk independently without device. But later, a fibrous dysplasia lesion was found at left sphenoid greater wing. He received an operation to remove it. The relationship between his benign brain tumor and conversion disorder is unknown, but the tumor that compressed temporal lobe might …


The Wilson Disease: A Casereport, Nai-Chiung Huang, Ta-Sen Wei, Yen-Chung Chen, Wei-Chen Liang, Peng-Ta Liu Dec 2009

The Wilson Disease: A Casereport, Nai-Chiung Huang, Ta-Sen Wei, Yen-Chung Chen, Wei-Chen Liang, Peng-Ta Liu

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Wilson disease is a rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder of copper metabolism. The genetic defect, localized to chromosome arm 13q, has been shown to affect the copper-transporting adenosine triphosphatase gene. The major pathology is excessive deposition of copper in the liver, brain, and other tissues. The most common presenting neurological features are tremor, dystonia and ataxia that influence the motor control and gait. The diagnosis is confirmed by measurement of serum ceruloplasmin, urinary copper excretion and hepatic copper content as well as the detection of Kayser-Fleischer rings.The subject in our case study is a 25-year-old, female patient with Wilson disease. …


Huge Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma As The Initial Presentation Of Sciatica: A Casereport, Li-Ling Lin, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Chi-Lun Rau, Shin-Liang Pan, Yu-Wen Tien Dec 2009

Huge Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma As The Initial Presentation Of Sciatica: A Casereport, Li-Ling Lin, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Chi-Lun Rau, Shin-Liang Pan, Yu-Wen Tien

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Background: Retroperitoneal liposarcoma is one of the common soft-tissue tumors that occur in the retroperitoneal cavity. It often invades adjacent structures and causes symptoms of gastrointestinal or urinary tract infection. However, it rarely causes sciatica by compressing the lumbosarcral nerve roots. A recent reviewarticle of the domestic literatures revealed that this is the first casereport on sciatica caused by retroperitoneal liposarcoma.Case: We present the case of a 29-year-old man who complained of left knee pain for half a year. The pain gradually progressed to his left lateral calf. Sciatica was suspected based on his clinical symptoms and electrodiagnostic studies. However, …


The Effect Of A Health Promotion Program On Overweight Polio Survivors, Yen-Nung Lin, Chi-Yang Hsu, Chyan-Yeong Wang, Kwang-Hwa Chang, Tsan-Hon Liou Dec 2009

The Effect Of A Health Promotion Program On Overweight Polio Survivors, Yen-Nung Lin, Chi-Yang Hsu, Chyan-Yeong Wang, Kwang-Hwa Chang, Tsan-Hon Liou

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Although health promotion issues specific to people with physical disabilities have received much attention in the last ten years, related clinical trials studying the efficacy and viability of these programs are lacking. In this pilot study, we implemented a short-term health promotion intervention for overweight/obese post-polio survivors. The study design included a three-month intervention containing exercise, diet education and health behavior modification, a before-and-after comparison, and a 12-month follow-up.Thirty one subjects were enrolled. They were divided into three groups by their mobility ability. Group 1 was comprised of those who could walk independently without an orthosis; group 2 subjects walked …


Assessment Of Individual Activities Of Daily Living And Its Association With Self-Rated Health Status In Elderly People, Yu-Ning Hu, Chin-Ching Li, Chia Lee, Rung-Huei Lin, Gwo-Chi Hu Dec 2009

Assessment Of Individual Activities Of Daily Living And Its Association With Self-Rated Health Status In Elderly People, Yu-Ning Hu, Chin-Ching Li, Chia Lee, Rung-Huei Lin, Gwo-Chi Hu

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Health-related quality-of-life in the elderly generally encompasses freedom from disease, good physical and psycho-social well-being, and preventing the loss of function in activities of daily living (ADL). Some indices of ADL, such as basic ADL and instrumental ADL, are considered to be measures of functional status in the elderly. However, in most studies, functional status is evaluated by either the summed ADL score or disability score in one or more ADLs. No studies have investigated the association between an individual's ADL function and self-rated health status. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of functional status (i.e., …


Aphasia In A Congenital Deaf Man: A Casereport, Shu-Yi Wang, Jin-Cherng Chen, Huei-Ting Chen Dec 2009

Aphasia In A Congenital Deaf Man: A Casereport, Shu-Yi Wang, Jin-Cherng Chen, Huei-Ting Chen

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Congenitally deaf persons don't have the ability to communicate verbally due to profound hearing impairment. Thus, they rely on words and sign language to communicate with others. Physicians tend to pay less attention to people who can't communicate verbally. We report the case of a 45-year-old congenitally deaf man who developed a left frontotemporal brain tumor. He was right-handed. As a result of the tumor, he lost both the ability to form words and the sign language he had relied upon to communicate with others. He recovered some ability to communicate 6 months after surgery. He was able to use …


Transient Osteoporosis Of The Hip During Pregnancy: A Casereport, Wen-Chuan Pai, Ching-Yang Lin, Mu-Jung Kao, Fong-Cheng Lin Dec 2009

Transient Osteoporosis Of The Hip During Pregnancy: A Casereport, Wen-Chuan Pai, Ching-Yang Lin, Mu-Jung Kao, Fong-Cheng Lin

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Transient osteoporosis, also called ”bone marrow edema syndrome”, is a rare disorder of unknown etiology. It primarily affects women in the third trimester of pregnancy as well as middle-aged, overweight men, and the hip joint is most commonly involved. The main symptom of transient osteoporosis of the hip is a sudden onset of pain at the lateral aspect of the hip. Mild limitation of hip range of motion is often present. A 36-year-old woman presented to our outpatient department 5 weeks after cesarean section with bilateral hip pain, which had begun suddenly during her eighth month of pregnancy. Magnetic resonance …


Dislocation With Locking Of The Bilateral Facet Joints Followed By Spontaneous Rapid Reduction In An Elderly Lady With Cervical Spine Injury: A Casereport, Yih-Tsen Lai, Dar-Ming Lai, Huey-Wen Liang Dec 2009

Dislocation With Locking Of The Bilateral Facet Joints Followed By Spontaneous Rapid Reduction In An Elderly Lady With Cervical Spine Injury: A Casereport, Yih-Tsen Lai, Dar-Ming Lai, Huey-Wen Liang

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

The main causes of cervical spine injury vary among different age groups. Elderly people have a tendency to sustain injuries due to falls, which is a low energy mechanism of injury. Here, we report a case of a 76-year-old woman who fell down from sitting and suffered severe dislocation of the C5 on the C6 vertebra and locking of the bilateral facet joints. She showed spontaneous reduction of the dislocation on a magnetic resonance image taken 3 h after the injury. After surgical fixation of the dislocated cervical spine, she was transferred for rehabilitation therapy. Gradually neurological and functional improvement …


Electric Stimulation For The Bladder Dysfunction In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury, Chao-Min Wang, Yen-Ho Wang Dec 2009

Electric Stimulation For The Bladder Dysfunction In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury, Chao-Min Wang, Yen-Ho Wang

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Bladder dysfunction makes huge impact on the patients with spinal cord injury. It not only causes inconvenience in daily living, but also leads to many complications, including life-threatening renal failure. Traditional methods had been brought into greater use for the management of bladder dysfunction, such as indwelling catheter, clean intermittent catheterization, external condom catheter, bladder augmentation and so on. Electric stimulation is an effective treatment for both bladder voiding and storage dysfunction and it can be used in many different location. The electrodes can be placed on spinal cord, nerve root, peripheral nerve, bladder and skin by surgical implantation, needle …


Voiding Dysfunction In Cerebellar Stroke: A Casereport, Chi-Chung Ho, Yu-Hui Huang, Su-Ju Tsai, Ko-Shin Jian, Yung-Liang Kao, Liu-Ing Bih Dec 2009

Voiding Dysfunction In Cerebellar Stroke: A Casereport, Chi-Chung Ho, Yu-Hui Huang, Su-Ju Tsai, Ko-Shin Jian, Yung-Liang Kao, Liu-Ing Bih

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Animal studies have suggested that the cerebellum plays an inhibitory role in the collecting phase and a facilitatory role in the emptying phase of the voiding reflex in the micturition cycle.A 12 year old girl was admitted who complained of a headache and had a disturbance in consciousness after running in school. An emergent brain computed tomography scan showed massive bleeding over bilateral cerebellum hemispheres, vermis, and ventricles. An occipital craniotomy was performed to remove the hematoma. Simultaneously, an arterio-venous malformation was found and excised. She regained consciousness 3 weeks later, thereafter urine retention was noted as well as trunkal …


Effects Of High Voltage Galvanic Stimulation On Sleep And Health-Related Quality Of Life Among Hemodialysis Patients, Min-Dauw Chung, Mu-Jung Kao, Chiu-Ching Huang, Yu-Wen Cheng, Mei-Wun Tsai Dec 2009

Effects Of High Voltage Galvanic Stimulation On Sleep And Health-Related Quality Of Life Among Hemodialysis Patients, Min-Dauw Chung, Mu-Jung Kao, Chiu-Ching Huang, Yu-Wen Cheng, Mei-Wun Tsai

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Background/Purpose: Disturbances in sleep and health-related quality of life (HRQL) are common in hemodialysis patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of high voltage galvanic stimulation (HVGS) on blood chemistry, sleeping quality and HRQL among hemodialysis patients.Methods: This is an experimental one way repeated measure design. We enrolled 19 patients from a major hemodialysis center. All patients underwent whole body FT-9000 HVGS therapy, 20 minutes per session, three times per week, for 12 weeks. The assessments of therapeutic effectiveness including basic blood cell counts and biochemistry, Short Form-36 (SF-36) health survey, and the Pittsburgh sleep quality …


The Hemineglect And Hemianopia In Right Hemispheric Stroke Patients, Yung-Nan Hsu, Liu-Ing Bih, Chang-Zern Hong Dec 2009

The Hemineglect And Hemianopia In Right Hemispheric Stroke Patients, Yung-Nan Hsu, Liu-Ing Bih, Chang-Zern Hong

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

This study investigated whether a stroke patient with left hemianopsia, which was confirmed by the perimetric test, may also have hemineglect. The relationship between hemineglect and hemianopia in patients with right hemispheric stroke was evaluated. Eleven subjects with left unilateral neglect underwent three testing sessions separated in time. The three test sessions, including cancellation and static perimetric tests, were performed at approximately 3 months, 4 months, and 7 months post the onset of the stroke. For the cancellation test, patients were asked to circle 60 marks on the test paper, and the number of marks correctly circled was scored. For …


The Characteristics Of Visual Perception In Children With Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, Fang-Ling Wang, Ling-Fu Meng, Wan-Ju Tu Dec 2009

The Characteristics Of Visual Perception In Children With Diplegic Cerebral Palsy, Fang-Ling Wang, Ling-Fu Meng, Wan-Ju Tu

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Visual perception is the ability to manipulate and integrate the visual information received by brain. Early damage involving the structures of visual perception in the brain will give rise to visual perceptual impairment. The periventricular area is one of those structures related to visual perception. Nearly all preterm infants with spastic diplegia exhibit cystic periventricular leukomalacia. Therefore, it has been wondered if children with diplegic cerebral palsy were at risk of visual perceptual impairment. In fact, behavioral studies have shown that many children with diplegic cerebral palsy demonstrate weakness in some subtests of visual perceptual evaluation. Visual closure, figure-ground, and …


Effect Of Music On Sleep In Young Population, Yu-Yi Chen, Ya-Ju Chang, Hsieh-Ching Chen, Yen-Hsuan Yang, Yu-Ling Chen, Ninc-Hung Chen, Alice M.K. Wong Dec 2009

Effect Of Music On Sleep In Young Population, Yu-Yi Chen, Ya-Ju Chang, Hsieh-Ching Chen, Yen-Hsuan Yang, Yu-Ling Chen, Ninc-Hung Chen, Alice M.K. Wong

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Sleep, a vital ingredient in life, is an active and complex rhythmic state that may affected the health of people. Based on theory, sedative music may induce relaxation and distraction responses. Music also has the effect on the change of muscular energy, heart rate, respiratory rates, blood pressure, and psychological distress. Music intervention could enhance sleep quality. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of music for sleep in young people.Twenty people aged 20-30 years in normal state of sleep were recruited and assigned randomly to different music conditions into this study. Each participant received one night …


Pressure Pain Threshold, Pressure Pain Tolerance, And Compliance At Different Sites On The Biceps Brachii Muscles Prior To And Following Eccentric Exercise, Jo-Tong Chen, Kuo-Wei Su, Ta-Shen Kuan, Yun-Fu Chou, Chang-Zern Hong Dec 2009

Pressure Pain Threshold, Pressure Pain Tolerance, And Compliance At Different Sites On The Biceps Brachii Muscles Prior To And Following Eccentric Exercise, Jo-Tong Chen, Kuo-Wei Su, Ta-Shen Kuan, Yun-Fu Chou, Chang-Zern Hong

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) refers to skeletal muscle pain that follows strenuous and unaccustomed physical activity. The intensity of discomfort peaks at 24 to 48 hours, and subsides within 5 to 7 days post-exercise. It appears that DOMS occurs most frequently following unaccustomed eccentric exercise. However, it is not clear whether sensitivity to pain is uniform over the surface of the muscle, or whether some locations become more sensitive following eccentric exercise. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of DOMS at various sites of muscle following a bout of eccentric exercise.A total of 25 subjects …


Reliability And Validity Of The Iliac Crest Leveling And Paper Thickness Correction Method For Measuring Functional Leg-Length Discrepancy, Chun-Yi Lin, Tzu-Jung Wu, His-Hui Sung, Ke-Shin Jian, Chi-Chung Ho Dec 2009

Reliability And Validity Of The Iliac Crest Leveling And Paper Thickness Correction Method For Measuring Functional Leg-Length Discrepancy, Chun-Yi Lin, Tzu-Jung Wu, His-Hui Sung, Ke-Shin Jian, Chi-Chung Ho

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

The objective of this study is to determine the reliability and validity of a clinical measurement for functional leg-length discrepancy (LLD) using the level and paper thickness correction (LPC) method to determine intra-rater and inter-rater reliability and validity. We induced a simulated LLD (5-30 mm) for each subject twice in a block-simulating group (n=17), none of whom had an apparent LLD. The X-ray group (n=7), who had LLD, were measured using radiographs to measure the LLD. The examiner performed the LPC method in both groups by adjusting the bilateral height of the top iliac crest margin via the level and …


Pre-Operative Localization Of A Chest Wall Needle By Ultrasonography: A Casereport, Jannie Ying-Syuan Chen, Tung-Mao Chiang, Yi-Cheng Wu, Chao-Yi Huang, Chih-Chin Hsu, Wen-Chung Tsai Dec 2009

Pre-Operative Localization Of A Chest Wall Needle By Ultrasonography: A Casereport, Jannie Ying-Syuan Chen, Tung-Mao Chiang, Yi-Cheng Wu, Chao-Yi Huang, Chih-Chin Hsu, Wen-Chung Tsai

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

High-resolution ultrasonography is a useful tool for the localization of non-palpable soft-tissue foreign bodies. A 21-year-old female underwent a routine health examination, during which chest radiography revealed a radio-opaque linear foreign body. The foreign body was located within left posterior chest wall, 4 to 5 cm lateral to the T8 spinous process. The shape indicated a needle. The possible presence of a needle in the chest wall meant that an operation to remove it was imperative. There was no tender point or palpable mass present on the chest wall and, consequently, there was difficulty determining the precise location of the …


Spinal Intramedullary Arteriovenous Malformations With Tetraplegia: A Casereport, Ching-Yao Yang, Shin-Liang Pan, Yen-Ho Wang, Wei-Hwa Liaw Dec 2009

Spinal Intramedullary Arteriovenous Malformations With Tetraplegia: A Casereport, Ching-Yao Yang, Shin-Liang Pan, Yen-Ho Wang, Wei-Hwa Liaw

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Spinal arteriovenous malformations is a rare disease. The initial signs are usually in the forms of nonspecific sensory symptoms such as pains and parasthesia; therefore, it is difficult to conclusively diagnose this disease. Here, we report the case of a 30-year-old woman who suffered from a sudden weakness in the 4 limbs 15 years ago. The symptoms subsided after supportive care; she was discharged from a local hospital without further follow ups. Approximately 5 years ago, she had a sudden attack of pains in her left shoulder. The symptoms rapidly progressed to paralysis of the 4 limbs. She was sent …


Incidence And Risk Factors Analysis Of Lymphedema Secondary To Breast Cancer, Su-Fen Liao, Ya-Fun Lee, Shou-Tung Chen, Shou-Jen Kuo, Wei-Chen Liang, Ta-Sen Wei, Mu-Tai Liu Dec 2009

Incidence And Risk Factors Analysis Of Lymphedema Secondary To Breast Cancer, Su-Fen Liao, Ya-Fun Lee, Shou-Tung Chen, Shou-Jen Kuo, Wei-Chen Liang, Ta-Sen Wei, Mu-Tai Liu

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Lymphedema, the most significant complication of treatment for breast cancer, can result in substantial psychological and physical morbidity. However, no long-term follow-up lymphedema studies yet exist for Taiwanese breast cancer survivors. This study therefore focused on examining frequency and risk factors of lymphedema secondary to breast cancer in Taiwanese patients. Five hundred and seventy patients who received surgical treatment between 1994 and 2000 at Changhua Christian Hospital were retrospectively investigated in October 2002. The incidence of self-reported edema was 28 percent (161/570), and the incidence of lymphedema with circumference difference greater than 2cm was 8.1 percent (46/570). Eighty-four percent of …


The Research And Development Of Foot Pressure Testing Piece, Mu-Jung Kao, Ming-Jor Lo, Cheng-Kung Cheng, Hung-Wen Wei Dec 2009

The Research And Development Of Foot Pressure Testing Piece, Mu-Jung Kao, Ming-Jor Lo, Cheng-Kung Cheng, Hung-Wen Wei

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

The purpose of this study was to design an insole-style testing piece for a quick and easy dynamic foot pressure test. Current commercial foot pressure systems are costly and complicated to operate. These systems are not suitable for extensive evaluations of patient's foot or orthoses, either.The material used in this research is TPE-PS shock absorption foam. This foam has three special features: (1) excellent surface contact with foot contour, soft textures that do not irritate the foot, (2) creates permanent foot pressure imprints after brief walking, (3) the foam material does not crack or break under excessive foot pressure. When …


Associated Study Between Dopamine Drd2 Gene Polymorphism And Finger Tapping Test, Wen-Hsuan Hou, Tai-Jui Chen Dec 2009

Associated Study Between Dopamine Drd2 Gene Polymorphism And Finger Tapping Test, Wen-Hsuan Hou, Tai-Jui Chen

Rehabilitation Practice and Science

Neurotransmitter dopamine has relation with neuro-psychiatric disease, it also has effect on motor function for healthy individuals and also determines the outcome of rehabilitation for neuro-psychiatric disease patients. Finger Tapping Test (FTT), a neuro-psychological test, is thought to be associated with dopamine. Therefore, the goal of this study is to investigate the association relationship between dopamine genes polymorphism (DRD2 TaqI) and FTT. Method: We recruit healthy Han Chinese, age between 20 and 60 years old, having no neuro-psychiatric illness and family history for dopamine genes polymorphism (DRD2 TaqI) and FTT assessment. Result: Total 106 cases were enrolled in the study. …