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Isabelle Yee Shan Chan, Mei-Yung Leung, Qi Liang
Driven by fast-growing economies worldwide, the number of international construction projects is booming, and employing expatriates has inevitably become a strategy used by construction firms. However, stress arising from expatriate assignments can lead to early return, assignment failure, and staff turnover, causing in significant losses to an organisation. Extensive research has focused on the effectiveness of coping behaviours in relation to stress. However, studies investigating the antecedents of coping are rare...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Yi Lu, Zhonghua Gou, Yang Xiao, Chinmoy Sarkar, John Zacharias
A sharp drop in physical activity and skyrocketing obesity rate has accompanied rapid urbanization in China. The urban planning concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) has been widely advocated in China to promote physical activity, especially walking. Indeed, many design features thought to promote walking-e.g., mixed land use, densification, and well-connected street network-often characterize both TODs and established urban neighborhoods. Thus, it is often assumed that TODs have similar physical activity benefits as established urban neighborhoods...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Darren M C Poon, Kuen Chan, Siu H Lee, Tim W Chan, Henry Sze, Eric K C Lee, Daisy Lam, Michelle F T Chan
Background: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of abiraterone acetate (AA) versus docetaxel (T) as first-line treatment in chemo-naïve metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients with or without the ineligible factors of the COU-AA-302 study (presence of visceral metastases, symptomatic disease, and/or Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status ≥ 2). Materials and methods: The clinical records of chemo-naïve mCRPC patients who received AA in six public oncology centers or T in two of these centers between 2003 and 2014 were reviewed...
March 2018: Prostate International
Ulrike Grienke, Christina E Mair, Johannes Kirchmair, Michaela Schmidtke, Judith M Rollinger
In this work, an integrated approach for the identification of new antiviral agents from natural sources for the treatment of acute respiratory infections is presented. The approach comprises (i) the selection of starting material based on traditional knowledge, (ii) phenotypic screening of extracts for antiviral activity, and (iii) the implementation of in silico predictions to identify antiviral compounds and derive the molecular mechanism underlying their biological activity. A variety of starting materials from plants and fungi was selected for the production of 162 extracts...
March 19, 2018: Planta Medica
Bin Zhang, Wei Guo, Chao Sun, Hui-Quan Duan, Bing-Bing Yu, Kun Mu, Yue-Yan Guan, Yan Li, Shen Liu, Yang Liu, De-Xiang Ban, Wen-Dong Ruan, Xiao-Hong Kong, Cong Xing, Guang-Zhi Ning, Shi-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Low back pain has become one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. Studies have shown that intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is an important factor leading to low back pain, but the mechanisms underlying IDD remain largely unknown. Research over the past decade has suggested critical roles for microRNAs (miRNAs) in natural growth and disease progression. However, it remains poorly understood whether circular RNAs participate in IDD. METHODS: Clinical IDD samples were collected from 20 patients who underwent discectomy...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Xin-Yu Tian, Chun-Hong Liu, De-Xiang Wang, Xiu-Li Ji, Hui Shi, Chun-Yan Zheng, Meng-Shuang Xie, Wei Xiao
Background: The interpretation of spirometry varies on different reference values. Older people are usually underrepresented in published predictive values. This study aimed at developing spirometric reference equations for elderly Chinese in Jinan aged 60-84 years and to compare them to previous equations. Methods: The project covered all of Jinan city, and the recruitment period lasted 9 months from January 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, 434 healthy people aged 60-84 years who had never smoked (226 females and 208 males) were recruited to undergo spirometry...
March 19, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Xiu-Lian Chi, Guang Yang, Shuai Ma, Meng Cheng, Ling Que
Poria cocos is one of medical materials frequently used in China and well marketed at home and abroad. Based on the analysis of exports and imports data of P. cocos, we found that large proportions of P. cocos were exported, while only a small proportions of those were imported in China between 2011 and 2016. During periods of these six years, the annual exporting trade of P. cocos in quantity significantly decreased, but that in dollars tend to increase slightly and the unit-prices of P. cocos significantly increased...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Yao-Chun Hsu, Terry Cheuk-Fung Yip, Hsiu J Ho, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Yen-Tsung Huang, Hashem B El-Serag, Teng-Yu Lee, Ming-Shiang Wu, Jaw-Town Lin, Grace Lai-Hung Wong, Chun-Ying Wu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) during antiviral therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is inadequately predicted by the scores built from untreated patients. We aimed to develop and validate a risk score to predict HCC in CHB patients on entecavir or tenofovir treatment. METHODS: This study analyzed population-wide data from the healthcare databases in Taiwan and Hong Kong to identify CHB patients continuously receiving entecavir or tenofovir...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Christy L M Hui, William G Honer, Edwin H M Lee, Wing Chung Chang, Sherry K W Chan, Emily S M Chen, Edwin P F Pang, Simon S Y Lui, Dicky W S Chung, Wai Song Yeung, Roger M K Ng, William T L Lo, Peter B Jones, Pak Sham, Eric Y H Chen
BACKGROUND: The long-term consequences of discontinuing antipsychotic medication after successful treatment of first-episode psychosis are not well studied. We assess the relation between early maintenance therapy decisions in first-episode psychosis and the subsequent clinical outcome at 10 years. METHODS: This is a 10 year follow-up study, spanning Sept 5, 2003, to Dec 30, 2014, of a randomised, double-blind trial in seven centres in Hong Kong in which 178 patients with first-episode psychosis with full positive symptom resolution after at least 1 year of antipsychotic treatment were given maintenance treatment (n=89; oral quetiapine 400 mg daily) or early treatment discontinuation (n=89; placebo) for 12 months...
March 15, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
S S Chung, J S Zheng, S R Burket, B W Brooks
Though antibiotic resistance (ABR) represents a major global health threat, contributions of landfill leachate to the life cycle of antibiotics and ABR development are poorly understood in rapidly urbanizing regions of developing countries. We selected one of the largest active landfills in Asia and two landfills that have been closed for 20 years to examine antibiotic occurrences in leachates and associated hazards during wet and dry season sampling events. We focused on some of the most commonly used human antibiotics in Hong Kong, one of the most populous Asian cities and the fourth most densely populated cities in the world...
March 15, 2018: Environment International
Wai K Leung, Irene Ol Wong, Ka Shing Cheung, Kar Fu Yeung, Esther W Chan, Angel Ys Wong, Lijia Chen, Ian Ck Wong, David Y Graham
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection reduces the risk of gastric cancer, few data are available on its effects in older subjects. We compared the age-specific risk of gastric cancer in a large cohort of subjects who received H pylori eradication therapy vs a matched general population. METHODS: We searched the Hospital Authority database of Hong Kong to identify individuals with H pylori infection who had received a course of clarithromycin-containing eradication therapy from January 2003 through December 2012...
March 14, 2018: Gastroenterology
Siew Mei Samantha Ng, Jia Mao Yap, Qiu Ying Lau, Fui Mee Ng, Esther Hong Qian Ong, Timothy Barkham, Jeanette Woon Pei Teo, Mohammad Alfatah, Kiat Whye Kong, Shawn Hoon, Prakash Arumugam, Jeffrey Hill, Cheng San Brian Chia
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is a genital fungal infection afflicting approximately 75% of women globally and is primarily caused by the yeast Candida albicans. The extensive use of fluconazole, the first-line antifungal drug of choice, has led to the emergence of fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, creating a global clinical concern. This, coupled to the lack of new antifungal drugs entering the market over the past decade, has made it imperative for the introduction of new antifungal drug classes. Peptides with antifungal properties are deemed potential drug candidates due to their rapid membrane-disrupting mechanism of action...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Saroj Kanta Mishra, Anjali Mishra, Sabaretnam Mayilvagnan, Gyan Chand, Gaurav Agarwal, Amit Agarwal, Ashok Kumar Verma
BACKGROUND: Most of the cases of PHPT in developing countries present in symptomatic stage, some even in very advanced stage but in recent years the trend seems to be changing. This has been corroborated from few recently published literature from developing countries. The scope of this study is to further carry out an in-depth analysis of various clinical and biochemical parameters of PHPT patients at a tertiary care center of northern India. METHODS: In this retrospective analysis, a total of 333 patients with PHPT from the year 1990 to 2016 were studied...
March 16, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Xiaoni Zhan, Atif Adnan, Yuzhang Zhou, Amjad Khan, Kadirya Kasim, Dennis McNevin
The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (XUARC) harbors 47 ethnic groups including the Manchu (MCH: 0.11%), Mongols (MGL: 0.81%), Kyrgyz (KGZ: 0.86%) and Uzbek (UZK: 0.066%). To establish DNA databases for these populations, allele frequency distributions for 15 autosomal short tandem repeat (STR) loci were determined using the AmpFlSTR Identifiler PCR amplification kit. There was no evidence of departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) in any of the four populations and minimal departure from linkage equilibrium (LE) for a very small number of pairwise combinations of loci...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jie Wu, Shigui Yang, Kaijin Xu, Cheng Ding, Yuqing Zhou, Xiaofang Fu, Yiping Li, Min Deng, Chencheng Wang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Lanjuan Li
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We examined temporal trends in liver cancer incidence rates overall and by histological type from the years 1983 through 2007. We predict trends in liver cancer incidence rates through 2030 for selected Eastern and Southeastern Asian countries. METHODS: Data on yearly liver cancer incident cases by age group and sex were drawn from 6 major selected Eastern and Southeastern Asian countries or regions with cancer registries available in the CI5plus database, including China, Japan, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand...
March 13, 2018: Gastroenterology
Alex Y Lo, Shuwen Liu
Many high-density cities struggle to find space for disposing municipal solid waste. Hong Kong is one of these cities, seeking to scale up waste recovery efforts as an alternative to disposal. However, territory-wide recovery initiatives do not account for socio-economic variations across place, leading to mixed outcomes among diverse communities. This study aims to investigate socio-economic effects on recycling behavior in a sample of subsidized rental housing estates. It constitutes an improvement from previous studies by using the entire estate as a unit of analysis and analyzing actual recycling outcomes, which have received limited attention from researchers...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Jun Xi Liu, Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Man Ki Kwok, June Yue Yan Leung, Shi Lin Lin, Lai Ling Hui, Gabriel Matthew Leung, C Mary Schooling
Birth weight (BW) is inversely associated with diabetes and liver function in Mendelian Randomization studies. Observationally, lower BW is usually also associated with poorer liver function. However, these studies could be confounded by socioeconomic position. Here we assessed if BW is associated with liver function in a unique population with little socio-economic patterning of BW, using both instrumental variable and an observational analysis. We used instrumental variable analysis (IVA) to assess the association of BW with liver function (alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, and albumin) at ~17 years with twin status as an instrumental variable in the prospective population-representative "Children of 1997" birth cohort (n = 8327)...
March 13, 2018: Preventive Medicine
Winnie Wing Yan Yuen, Albert Lee, Paul K S Chan, Lynn Tran, Erica Sayko
The present study is aimed at assessing the feasibility of delivering the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to girls through a school-based program in Hong Kong, as well as to examine the facilitators and barriers associated with their participation. We approached 1,229 eligible girls aged 9 to 14 at eight schools in Hong Kong to join the program and then delivered the bivalent HPV vaccine at 0 and 6 months over the course of one school year. The students and their parents completed separate questionnaires to indicate their decision on whether or not to participate, and to assess their knowledge of cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine...
2018: PloS One
Yue Zhang, Jian-Song Ren, Hui-Yao Huang, Ju-Fang Shi, Ni Li, Yawei Zhang, Min Dai
Lung cancer is the commonly diagnosed cancer and one of the most important avoidable causes of death around the world. We conducted the study to investigate the pattern of lung cancer incidence worldwide. Joinpoint analysis was used to extend international lung cancer incidence rates by the latest data from Cancer Incidence in Five Continents over the 35-year period 1973-2007 from 24 populations from Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Age-standardized incidence rates (ASRs) of lung cancer were from 33.3 to 66...
March 14, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Jing Jing Wang, Yang Gao, Patrick W C Lau
Background: Childhood overweight is a crucial public health concern. Recognizing its associated factors can facilitate the establishment of effective prevention strategies. The aim of the present study was to examine the prevalence of overweight in Hong Kong Chinese children and explore its influential factors in relation to family, early-life development and behavior-related issues. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 894 primary school students aged 9-12 years (50...
December 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
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