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Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi

Hsien-Tzung Liao, Tzu-Hao Li, Chun-Hsiung Chen, Hung-An Chen, Wei-Sheng Chen, Chien-Chih Lai, Chung-Tei Chou, Chang-Youh Tsai
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To investigate the Janus kinase-1 and 3 (JAK-1 and 3) expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: The levels of JAK-1 and JAK-3 mRNA in PBMCs, CD3+ T cells and CD14+ monocytes were measured by RT-PCR in 52 AS patients and 31 healthy controls (HCs). The demographic features, BASDAI, BASFI, HLA-B27, ESR, CRP and serum immunoglobulin A (IgA) level were recorded and correlated with the JAK-1 & JAK-3 transcripts in patients and HCs as appropriate...
March 9, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
You-Ning Gao, Yun-Chun Wu, Shih-Ying Lin, Jenny Zwei-Chieng Chang, Yu-Kang Tu
Many treatments have been proposed for adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but no comprehensive comparison of all interventions has been performed. We aimed to compare and rank the effectiveness of all minimally invasive treatments for adult OSA in a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Literature was searched within Ovid MedLine, EMBASE Classic+Embase, Cochrane library, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from inception to Aug 9th, 2016 for randomized controlled trials comparing minimally invasive treatments for adult OSA...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Kuo-How Huang, Chih-Chin Yu, Ya-Hui Hu, Chin-Chen Chang, Chieh-Kai Chan, Shih-Cheng Liao, Yao-Chou Tsai, Shih-Chieh Jeff Chueh, Vin-Cent Wu, Yen-Hung Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Even with the increasing recognition of primary aldosteronism (PA) as a cause of refractory hypertension and an issue of public health, the consensus of its optimal surgical or medical treatment in Taiwan has not been reached. Our objective was to develop a clinical practice guideline that is feasible for real-world management of PA patients in Taiwan. METHODS: The Taiwan Society of Aldosteronism (TSA) Task Force recognized the above-mentioned issues and reached this Taiwan PA consensus at its inaugural meeting, in order to provide updated information of internationally acceptable standards, and also to incorporate our local disease characteristics and constraints into PA management...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Wen-Chu Hsiao, Tai-Horng Young
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Cell behaviors in three-dimensional spheroids are known to be different from those in monolayer cultures; however, very few studies have compared the characteristics of cell spheroids formed through different biomaterial-induced processes. This study investigated the mechanism of melanocyte spheroid formation by using membranes composed of two hydrophilic polymer-based biomaterials, namely chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Our findings revealed that different spheroid-forming processes occurred on the two biomaterials...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Wei-Kai Wu, Chieh-Chang Chen, Suraphan Panyod, Rou-An Chen, Ming-Shiang Wu, Lee-Yan Sheen, Shan-Chwen Chang
Although great interest has been displayed by researchers in the contribution of gut microbiota to human health, there is still no standard protocol with consensus to guarantee the sample quality of metagenomic analysis. Here we reviewed existing methodology studies and present suggestions for optimizing research pipeline from fecal sample collection to DNA extraction. First, we discuss strategies of clinical metadata collection as common confounders for microbiome research. Second, we propose general principles for freshly collected fecal sample and its storage and share a DIY stool collection kit protocol based on the manual procedure of Human Microbiome Project (HMP)...
February 25, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Yi-Chih Lin, Yu-Hsing Chang, Shao-Yu Yang, Kwan-Dun Wu, Tzong-Shinn Chu
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus and the leading cause of end-stage renal disease in the world. The most characteristic marker of DKD is albuminuria, which is associated with renal disease progression and cardiovascular events. Renal hemodynamics changes, oxidative stress, inflammation, hypoxia and overactive renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) are involved in the pathogenesis of DKD, and renal fibrosis plays the key role. Intensified multifactorial interventions, including RAAS blockades, blood pressure and glucose control, and quitting smoking, help to prevent DKD development and progression...
February 24, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Sheng-Fu Chen, Yuan-Hong Jiang, Hann-Chorng Kuo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in urothelial dysfunction protein expressions in bladder after onabotulinumtoxin injection and correlate that with clinical outcomes in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. METHODS: Twenty-six patients with neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) and urinary incontinence due to suprasacral SCI were treated with onabotulinumtoxinA 200U detrusor injection. Urodynamic studies and bladder biopsies were obtained at baseline, 3, and 6 months after treatment...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Rai-Hseng Hsu, Wei-De Lin, Mei-Chyn Chao, Hui-Pin Hsiao, Siew-Lee Wong, Pao-Chin Chiu, Shao-Yin Chu, Yu-Yuan Ke, Beng-Huat Lau, Yin-Hsiu Chien, Wuh-Liang Hwu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Chung-Hsing Wang, Ni-Chung Lee
BACKGROUND: Congenital generalized lipodystrophy (CGL) is a rare disorder characterized by scarce adipose tissue. This disease is distributed worldwide, but little is known about these patients in the Chinese population. Here, we delineate the phenotype and prognosis of CGL in our cohort. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with CGL from 8 medical centers were reviewed. The initial presentation, laboratory findings, and molecular testing were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: A total of 16 patients were analyzed, and the current median age was 3...
February 22, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Yi-Hsin Lin
Sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors are the newest class of oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs), approved to be a second-line OAD for type 2 diabetes in Taiwan since 2016. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had both released statements associating the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors may increase the risk of eu-glycemic diabetic ketoacidosis (euDKA). This review reveals the possible pathophysiology with a chain of metabolic adaptions to decrease plasma glucose and increase plasma ketone bodies through pancreas, kidney, liver and adipose tissue...
February 21, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Yu-Nong Gong, Kuo-Chien Tsao, Guang-Wu Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Influenza A/H3N2 viruses are characterized by highly mutated RNA genomes. In this study, we focused on tracing the phylodynamics of Taiwanese strains over the past four decades. METHODS: All Taiwanese H3N2 HA1 sequences and references were downloaded from public database. A Bayesian skyline plot (BSP) and phylogenetic tree were used to analyze the evolutionary history, and Bayesian phylogeographic analysis was applied to predict the spatiotemporal migrations of influenza outbreaks...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Chun-Pin Chiang, Julia Yu-Fong Chang, Yi-Ping Wang, Yu-Hsueh Wu, Shin-Yu Lu, Andy Sun
Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory oral mucosal disease that occurs more frequently in middle-aged and elderly female patients. Previous studies indicate that OLP is a T-cell dysfunction-induced localized autoimmune disease. Clinically, six types of OLP, namely reticular, papular, plaque-like, atrophic/erosive, ulcerative, and bullous types, can be identified. OLP more commonly affects buccal mucosa, tongue, and gingiva. It always has a bilateral and symmetric distribution of the oral lesions...
February 19, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Chun-Chou Tsai, Chia-Hua Lin, Yung-Chih Wang, Feng-Yee Chang
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February 16, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Qasim Khan, Mohammad Ismail, Iqbal Haider, Zahid Ali
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Medical inpatients are at increased risk of QT interval prolongation due to multiple risk actors and QT prolonging drugs. This study aimed to identify the prevalence of risk factors for QT prolongation; QT prolonging medications; associated drug-drug interactions (QT-DDIs); their predictors; and TdP (torsades de pointes) risks of drugs. METHODS: This cohort study was carried out in medical wards of two tertiary hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Chao-Wei Hsu, Wei-Wen Su, Chuan-Mo Lee, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Wan-Long Chuang, Jia-Horng Kao, Heng-Cheng Chu, Yi-Hsiang Huang, Rong-Nan Chien, Yun-Fan Liaw
BACKGROUND: Efficacy of sequential therapy with nucleos(t)ide analogues and interferons versus monotherapy in patients with hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unexplored. We aimed to assess efficacy and safety of sequential therapy with adefovir (ADV) or entecavir (ETV) followed by peginterferon (PEG-IFN) alfa-2a in Taiwanese patients with HBeAg-positive. METHODS: This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial was conducted at nine sites in Taiwan from April 2010 to October 2013...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Jui-Hsing Chang, Chyong-Hsin Hsu, Kao-Inn Tsou, Wai-Tim Jim
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal and neonatal care have increased the survival of extremely preterm infants, but the viability limit is still debated. Here we assess the survival, neonatal morbidity, and neurodevelopmental outcomes at 2 years of age of infants born at 22-26 weeks of gestation in Taiwan between 2007 and 2011. METHODS: This is a prospective longitudinal multicenter cohort study on extremely preterm infants registered in the Taiwan Premature Infant Developmental Collaborative Study Group from 2007 to 2011, including 22 neonatal care centers...
February 14, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Yin-Lin Wang, Hao-Hueng Chang, Yu-Chih Chiang, Yu-Chen Lu, Chun-Pin Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Fluoride and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) have been proven to prevent dental caries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of fluoride and EGCG on soft-drink-induced dental erosion in vitro. METHODS: Forty enamel and dentin specimens were prepared from extracted human teeth. The specimens were divided into 4 groups and treated separately with distilled water (as control), 0.5 M sodium fluoride (NF), 400 μM EGCG (EG), and a solution containing 0...
February 12, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
He-Yuan Hsieh, Jin-Wen Huang, Chien-Hsing Lu, Jin-Ching Lin, Lily Wang
BACKGROUND: To compare the treatment outcomes of different treatment modalities for International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage IB2 cervical cancer. METHODS: From January 2002 to July 2016, 91 patients with FIGO stage IB2 squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma or adenosquamous carcinoma of the cervix were enrolled. All of them received one of the following treatment modalities, including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with concurrent platinum-based chemotherapy (CCRT group, n = 27), radical surgery with or without adjuvant treatment (RH group, n = 25), or neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by radical surgery with or without adjuvant treatment (NACT group, n = 39)...
February 8, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Po-Wei Chiu, Chih-Hao Lin, Chen-Long Wu, Pin-Hui Fang, Chien-Hsin Lu, Hsiang-Chin Hsu, Chih-Hsien Chi
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Ambulance traffic accidents (ATAs) are the leading cause of occupation-related fatalities among emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. We aim to use the Taiwan national surveillance system to analyze the characteristics of ATAs and to assist EMS directors in developing policies governing ambulance operations. METHODS: A retrospective, cross-sectional and largely descriptive study was conducted using Taiwan national traffic accidents surveillance data from January 1, 2011 to October 31, 2016...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Tung-Yuan Wang, Yu-Wei Chiu, Yi-Tzu Chen, Yu-Hsun Wang, Hui-Chieh Yu, Chuan-Hang Yu, Yu-Chao Chang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Oral leukoplakia (OL) is one of the clinically diagnosed oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs) with an increased risk of oral cancer development. In this study, we investigated the malignant transformation of OL in Taiwanese population. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was analyzed from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. A comparison cohort was randomly frequency-matched with the OL cohort according to age, sex, and index year...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Po-Kai Yang, Ming-Yih Wu, Kuang-Han Chao, Chin-Hao Chang, Mei-Jou Chen, Shee-Uan Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The role of LH during controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) in the general population remains contentious. There is no consensus on the indications for LH supplementation during COS. The purpose of this study is to determine whether menotropin supplement is associated with decreases in early pregnancy loss rates in patients exhibiting low endogenous LH during COS. METHOD: This is a single-center, retrospective cohort from a university-affiliated hospital...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
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