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Dr. Nancy Chen Md

743 Spring St Ne
Gainesville GA 30501
770 327-7179
Medical School: Boston University School Of Medicine - 1994
Accepts Medicare: Yes
Participates In eRX: No
Participates In PQRS: Yes
Participates In EHR: No
License #: 50872
NPI: 1356392856
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HCPCS Code:00790 Description:Anesth surg upper abdomen Average Price:$1,358.46 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:00810 Description:Anesth low intestine scope Average Price:$573.41 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:00740 Description:Anesth upper gi visualize Average Price:$555.95 Average Price Allowed
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HCPCS Code:36620 Description:Insertion catheter artery Average Price:$227.50 Average Price Allowed
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Coastal sea level projections with improved accounting for vertical land motion. - Scientific reports
Regional and coastal mean sea level projections in the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) account only for vertical land motion (VLM) associated with glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA), which may significantly under- or over-estimate sea level rise. Here we adjust AR5-like regional projections with the VLM from Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) measurements and/or from a combination of altimetry and tide-gauge data, which include both GIA and non-GIA VLM. Our results at selected tide-gauge locations on the North American and East Asian coasts show drastically different projections with and without non-GIA VLM being accounted for. The present study points to the importance of correcting IPCC AR5 coastal projections for the non-GIA VLM in making adaptation decisions.
Eye care services for the populations of remote districts in eastern Taiwan: a practical framework using a Mobile Vision Van Unit. - Rural and remote health
To put a blindness prevention program into practice in remote districts of Eastern Taiwan, a Mobile Vision Van Unit (MVVU) was established to work as a community eyecare station. The aim of this study was to describe the operation and challenges encountered with this unit and its efficacy in expanding eyecare services.A population-based primary eyecare model was applied to a population in remote regions of eastern Taiwan. An MVVU, equipped with an autorefractometer, a non-contact tonometer, a slit-lamp biomicroscope, a retinoscope, an ophthalmoscope and a mini optician workshop was taken into remote areas of eastern Taiwan to provide comprehensive eyecare services. An integrated vertical referral system for further diagnosis and treatment was also employed. Data including the services provided, spectacles dispensed, health promotion activities conducted and the effectiveness of the model were collected and analysed. The main outcome measures were practicability of a primary eyecare model, prevalence of visual impairment and the major causes in middle-aged and elderly patients.Between 2002 and 2008, a total of 600 primary eyecare services were delivered to 28 indigenous villages and remote townships in eastern Taiwan. The MVVU screened a total of 35 275 inhabitants. The ages of those screened ranged from preschool children to the elderly, and 2073 patients were referred to secondary or tertiary centres in the middle-aged and elderly blindness prevention program. On-site dispensing of low-cost spectacles and the rapid delivery of more complex prescriptions were provided without charge to 1816 participants who could not afford glasses. In addition, 118 eye health educational programs and training courses for paramedical personnel and volunteers were conducted.An MVVU model for blindness prevention is highly feasible in its efficiency and cost-effectiveness in communities with deficient medical resources.
Maternal vitamin D₃ supplementation at 50 μg/d protects against low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in infants at 8 wk of age: a randomized controlled trial of 3 doses of vitamin D beginning in gestation and continued in lactation. - The American journal of clinical nutrition
Vitamin D supplementation is recommended for breastfed infants. Maternal supplementation beginning in gestation is a potential alternative, but its efficacy in maintaining infant 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration after birth is unknown.We determined the effect of 3 doses of maternal vitamin D supplementation beginning in gestation and continued in lactation on infant serum 25(OH)D and compared the prevalence of infant serum 25(OH)D cutoffs (>30, >40, >50, and >75 nmol/L) by dose at 8 wk of age.Pregnant women (n = 226) were randomly allocated to receive 10, 25, or 50 μg vitamin D₃/d from 13 to 24 wk of gestation until 8 wk postpartum, with no infant supplementation. Mother and infant blood was collected at 8 wk postpartum.At 8 wk postpartum, mean [nmol/L (95% CI)] infant 25(OH)D at 8 wk was higher in the 50-μg/d [75 (67, 83)] than in the 25-μg/d [52 (45, 58)] or 10-μg/d [45 (38, 52)] vitamin D groups (P < 0.05). Fewer infants born to mothers in the 50-μg/d group had a 25(OH)D concentration <30 nmol/L (indicative of deficiency) than infants in the 25- and 10-μg/d groups, respectively (2% compared with 16% and 43%; P < 0.05). Fewer than 15% of infants in the 10- or 25-μg/d groups achieved a 25(OH)D concentration >75 nmol/L compared with 44% in the 50-μg/d group (P < 0.05). Almost all infants (∼98%, n = 44) born to mothers in the 50-μg/d group achieved a 25(OH)D concentration >30 nmol/L. At 8 wk postpartum, mean maternal 25(OH)D concentration was higher in the 50-μg/d [88 (84, 91)] than in the 25-μg/d [78 (74, 81)] or 10-μg/d [69 (66, 73)] groups (P < 0.05).Maternal supplementation beginning in gestation with 50 μg vitamin D₃/d protects 98% of unsupplemented breastfed infants against 25(OH)D deficiency (<30 nmol/L) to at least 8 wk, whereas 10 or 25 μg vitamin D/d protects only 57% and 84% of infants, respectively.© 2015 American Society for Nutrition.
Human adenovirus type 8 epidemic keratoconjunctivitis with large corneal epithelial full-layer detachment: an endemic outbreak with uncommon manifestations. - Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, N.Z.)
Epidemic viral conjunctivitis is a highly contagious disease that is encountered year-round. The causative agents are mainly adenoviruses and enteroviruses. It occurs most commonly upon infection with subgroup D adenoviruses of types 8, 19, or 37. For common corneal involvement of human adenovirus type 8 epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, full-layer epithelial detachment is rarely seen. Herein, we report three cases of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis during an outbreak which manifested as large corneal epithelial full-layer detachment within a few days. The lesions healed without severe sequelae under proper treatment. The unique manifestation of this outbreak may indicate the evolution of human adenovirus type 8.
Patient-appropriate health literacy educational materials in ophthalmology. - Canadian journal of ophthalmology. Journal canadien d'ophtalmologie
To evaluate the literacy level of patients with glaucoma in a tertiary care teaching centre compared with a rural community centre and to assess comprehension of and preference for educational material written at different reading levels.Prospective, randomized, double-blinded study.Patients with glaucoma presenting for routine examination or referral at a tertiary care academic centre in southwestern Ontario and a single general ophthalmology clinic located in a moderately sized suburban community in Ontario, Canada, were invited to participate in this study. Patients aged 19 to 90 with sufficient visual acuity to read the pamphlets were recruited.Eligible and consenting participants underwent a validated literacy study, and their literacy levels were classified as adequate, barely adequate, marginal, or inadequate. They were then randomized to receive educational pamphlets written at either a grade 5 (intervention group) or grade 10 (control group) reading level. Comprehension of and preference for the material were determined by analysis of cloze testing and a feedback questionnaire.Of 199 participants, 179 were included in the analysis. The literacy testing found that 35% of patients in the community practice and 30% in the tertiary care academic centre had "marginal" or "inadequate" literacy skills, but there was no significant difference between sites (p = 0.77). Comprehension of the educational material was higher in the intervention group versus the control group (p = 0.0057), with a mean cloze score of 57.9% in the intervention group and 48.3% in the control group. The intervention group spent significantly less time reading the pamphlets (p < 0.0001), with an average of 2.52 minutes compared with 4.51 minutes. The feedback survey indicated that patients found the pamphlet with the lower reading level easier to read (p = 0.02), which was reflected in their comments as well.In both academic and community practice settings, about 30% of patients with glaucoma have marginal or inadequate literacy skills. However, regardless of practice, all patients better comprehend, and were more receptive to, educational material written at grade 5 reading level with illustrations, regardless of initial literacy level.Copyright © 2015 Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Effectiveness of a fotonovela for reducing depression and stress in Latino dementia family caregivers. - Alzheimer disease and associated disorders
The clinical need to address stress and depression in Latino dementia caregivers (CGs) combined with low health literacy and less accurate knowledge of dementia motivated the development of a pictorial tool [called a fotonovela (FN)] to teach (a) coping skills for caregiver (CG) stress; (b) self-assessment of depression; and (c) encourage improved utilization of available resources. To test the effectiveness of the FN, 110 of 147 Latino CGs, who were randomly assigned to the Fotonovela Condition (FNC) or the Usual Information Condition (UIC), were included in the final analyses. Self-report measures were given at baseline and post intervention. Results showed that FNC CGs demonstrated significantly greater reductions in level of depressive symptoms than UIC CGs. A significant decrease in level of stress due to memory and behavioral problems exhibited by their loved ones was similar in both groups. The FNC CGs reported that the FN was more helpful and that they referred to it more often than the UIC CGs did with regard to the informational materials they were provided about dementia. In conclusion, a culturally tailored FN can be an effective tool for Latino CGs given their high unmet needs for assistance and various barriers in accessing resources.
Using Mendelian inheritance to improve high-throughput SNP discovery. - Genetics
Restriction site-associated DNA sequencing or genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approaches allow for rapid and cost-effective discovery and genotyping of thousands of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in multiple individuals. However, rigorous quality control practices are needed to avoid high levels of error and bias with these reduced representation methods. We developed a formal statistical framework for filtering spurious loci, using Mendelian inheritance patterns in nuclear families, that accommodates variable-quality genotype calls and missing data--both rampant issues with GBS data--and for identifying sex-linked SNPs. Simulations predict excellent performance of both the Mendelian filter and the sex-linkage assignment under a variety of conditions. We further evaluate our method by applying it to real GBS data and validating a subset of high-quality SNPs. These results demonstrate that our metric of Mendelian inheritance is a powerful quality filter for GBS loci that is complementary to standard coverage and Hardy-Weinberg filters. The described method, implemented in the software MendelChecker, will improve quality control during SNP discovery in nonmodel as well as model organisms.Copyright © 2014 by the Genetics Society of America.
Helicobacter pylori associated chronic gastritis, clinical syndromes, precancerous lesions, and pathogenesis of gastric cancer development. - World journal of gastroenterology
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is well known to be associated with the development of precancerous lesions such as chronic atrophic gastritis (AG), or gastric intestinal metaplasia (GIM), and cancer. Various molecular alterations are identified not only in gastric cancer (GC) but also in precancerous lesions. H. pylori treatment seems to improve AG and GIM, but still remains controversial. In contrast, many studies, including meta-analysis, show that H. pylori eradication reduces GC. Molecular markers detected by genetic and epigenetic alterations related to carcinogenesis reverse following H. pylori eradication. This indicates that these changes may be an important factor in the identification of high risk patients for cancer development. Patients who underwent endoscopic treatment of GC are at high risk for development of metachronous GC. A randomized controlled trial from Japan concluded that prophylactic eradication of H. pylori after endoscopic resection should be used to prevent the development of metachronous GC, but recent retrospective studies did not show the tendency. Patients with precancerous lesions (molecular alterations) that do not reverse after H. pylori treatment, represent the "point of no return" and may be at high risk for the development of GC. Therefore, earlier H. pylori eradication should be considered for preventing GC development prior to the appearance of precancerous lesions.
The effect of the neonatal Fc receptor on human IgG biodistribution in mice. - mAbs
The neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) plays a pivotal role in IgG homeostasis, i.e., it salvages IgG antibodies from lysosomal degradation following fluid-phase pinocytosis, thus preventing rapid systemic elimination of IgG. Recombinant therapeutic antibodies are typically composed of human or humanized sequences, and their biodistribution, or tissue distribution, is often studied in murine models, although, the effect of FcRn on tissue distribution of human IgG in rodents has not been investigated. In this report, an (125)I-labeled human IgG1 antibody was studied in both wild type C57BL/6 (WT) and FcRn knockout (KO) mice. Total radioactivity in both plasma and tissues (0-96hr post-dose) was measured by gamma-counting. Plasma exposure of human IgG1 were significantly lower in FcRn KO mice, which is consistent with the primary function of FcRn. Differences in biodistribution of human IgG to selected tissues were also observed. Among the tissue examined, the fat, skin and muscle showed a decrease in tissue-to-blood (T/B) exposure ratio of human IgG1 in FcRn KO mice comparing to the WT mice, while the liver, spleen, kidney, and lung showed an increase in the T/B exposure ratio in FcRn KO mice. A time-dependent change in the T/B ratios of human IgG1 was also observed for many tissues in FcRn KO mice. These results suggest that, in addition to its role in IgG elimination, FcRn may also play a role in antibody biodistribution.
Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva. - Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma is a distinct variant of squamous cell carcinoma, and it is more aggressive and has a poorer prognosis than conventional squamous cell carcinoma. Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma has been reported to arise from many organs, mainly in the upper aerodigestive tract. Herein, the authors present a 77-year-old woman with a basaloid squamous cell carcinoma over her limbal conjunctiva in the OD.

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