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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214237/knowledge-attitudes-and-preferences-of-advance-decisions-end-of-life-care-and-place-of-care-and-death-in-hong-kong-a%C3%A2-population-based-telephone-survey-of-1067-adults
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Roger Yat-Nork Chung, Eliza Lai-Yi Wong, Nicole Kiang, Patsy Yuen-Kwan Chau, Janice Y C Lau, Samuel Yeung-Shan Wong, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Jean W Woo
OBJECTIVES: According to the 2015 Quality of Death Index published by the Intelligence Unit of the Economist, Hong Kong is ranked 22nd in terms of quality of palliative care in the world, behind many other major developed countries in Asia, including Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. The objectives of the present study were to describe the knowledge, attitude, and preferences of the general Hong Kong adult population across different age groups regarding end-of-life (EOL) care decisions, place of care and death, as well as advance directive (AD)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214192/land-use-regression-with-long-term-satellite-based-greenness-index-and-culture-specific-sources-to-model-pm2-5-spatial-temporal-variability
#2
Chih-Da Wu, Yu-Cheng Chen, Wen-Chi Pan, Yu-Ting Zeng, Mu-Jean Chen, Yue Leon Guo, Shih-Chun Candice Lung
This study utilized a long-term satellite-based vegetation index, and considered culture-specific emission sources (temples and Chinese restaurants) with Land-use Regression (LUR) modelling to estimate the spatial-temporal variability of PM2.5 using data from Taipei metropolis, which exhibits typical Asian city characteristics. Annual average PM2.5 concentrations from 2006 to 2012 of 17 air quality monitoring stations established by Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan were used for model development...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214178/validation-of-the-university-of-washington-quality-of-life-chinese-version-uwqol-c-for-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-in-taiwan
#3
Yun-Hsiang Lee, Yeur-Hur Lai, Bevan Yueh, Pen-Yuan Chu, Yen-Ju Chen, Shu-Ching Chen, Cheng-Ping Wang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purposes of this three-phase study were to: (1) translate and evaluate the burden, content, and face validity of the Chinese version of the University of Washington Quality of Life Scale, version 4 (UWQOL-v4-C); and (2) examine the psychometric properties of the UWQOL-v4-C in oral cancer and laryngeal cancer patients in Taiwan. METHODS: This instrument translation and validation study was part of a major research project. The first phase of this study developed and validated the content of the UWQOL-v4-C...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213305/risk-of-suicide-according-to-the-level-of-psychiatric-contact-in-the-older-people-analysis-of-national-health-insurance-databases-in-taiwan
#4
Shin-Ting Yeh, Yee-Yung Ng, Shiao-Chi Wu
PURPOSE: Suicide in the older people is a serious problem worldwide; however the effect of psychiatric contact on the risk of suicide has not been fully explored. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between psychiatric contact and suicide in the older people in Taiwan. METHODS: A population-based database was used in this national case-control study. Propensity score matching was used to match older people who did and did not commit suicide from 2010 to 2012 by calendar year, gender, age, and area of residence...
February 1, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213123/risk-of-depression-in-patients-with-uterine-leiomyoma-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#5
Te-Chun Shen, Chih-Yi Yang, Yu-Jhen Huang, Cheng-Li Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
BACKGROUND: Population-based cohort study investigating the depression risk for patients with uterine leiomyoma (UL) is unavailable. This study investigated the subsequent risk of depression among patients with UL in an Asian population. METHODS: Using data from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan, we established a cohort with 21,168 patients diagnosed with UL between 2000 and 2010, and a non-UL cohort of 82,108 women without UL matched by age and year of diagnosis...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213110/effect-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-on-stroke-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Fuu-Jen Tsai, Tsung-Jung Ho, Chi-Fung Cheng, Xiang Liu, Hsinyi Tsang, Ting-Hsu Lin, Chiu-Chu Liao, Shao-Mei Huang, Ju-Pi Li, Cheng-Wen Lin, Jaung-Geng Lin, Jung-Chun Lin, Chih-Chien Lin, Wen-Miin Liang, Ying-Ju Lin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D) include stroke, which is a cerebrovascular disturbance characterized by reduced blood flow in the brain, leading to death or physical disability. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) has been widely used in ancient China for the treatment of diabetes and stroke by supplementing Qi and activating blood circulation. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to investigate the frequencies and patterns of CHM treatment for stroke patients with T2D and the outcomes of long-term use in Taiwan...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212644/assessment-of-educational-needs-and-quality-of-life-of-chronic-hepatitis-patients
#7
Ming-Chuan Chen, Hung-Chang Hung, Hsiu-Ju Chang, Sheng-Shun Yang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Shu-Chuan Chang
BACKGROUND: Patient education is crucial in improving the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients. At the same, understanding the concerns and needs of patients is essential in providing appropriate education. This study assessed the educational needs and HRQOL experienced by chronic hepatitis patients. METHODS: We developed structured questionnaires with satisfactory validity and reliability to assess the educational needs of patients. HROQL was measured using a generic Short Form 36 (SF-36) and a liver disease-specific Chronic Liver Disease Questionnaire (CLDQ)...
February 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211312/olivibacter-composti-sp-nov-isolated-from-compost-collected-at-a-greenhouse
#8
Shih-Yao Lin, Asif Hameed, Kai-Yeh Chiu, You-Cheng Liu, Yi-Han Hsu, Wei-An Lai, Chiu-Chung Young
A polyphasic approach was used to characterize a presumably novel bacterium, designated strain CC-KYC063T, isolated from a compost sample collected at a greenhouse facility within Taiwan. Strain CC-KYC063T was Gram-stain-negative and aerobic, able to grow at 15-37 °C (optimal 30 °C), at pH 7.0-9.0 (optimal pH 7.0) and with 0-2 % (w/v) NaCl. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain CC-KYC063T showed highest similarity to Olivibacter ginsengisoli Gsoil 060T (96.2 %) and Olivibacter terrae Jip13T (95.5 %)...
January 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210843/updated-results-from-gest-study-a-randomized-three-arm-phase-iii-study-for-advanced-pancreatic-cancer
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Takuji Okusaka, H Miyakawa, H Fujii, S Nakamori, T Satoh, Y Hamamoto, T Ito, H Maguchi, S Matsumoto, H Ueno, T Ioka, N Boku, S Egawa, T Hatori, J Furuse, K Mizumoto, S Ohkawa, T Yamaguchi, K Yamao, A Funakoshi, J S Chen, A L Cheng, A Sato, Y Ohashi, M Tanaka
PURPOSE: The GEST study showed non-inferiority of S-1 but not superiority of gemcitabine plus S-1 (GS) to gemcitabine alone for overall survival with the data by the cut-off date of 31st July in 2010 for chemo-naïve patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. We considered it important to determine whether S-1 maintains non-inferiority after a long-term follow-up in the GEST study and to obtain a firm positive conclusion. In addition, it may be an interesting challenge to explore the efficacious profile of GS in the long-term follow-up study...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209468/characteristics-of-nontyphoidal-salmonella-gastroenteritis-in-taiwanese-children-a-9-year-period-retrospective-medical-record-review
#10
Yeh-Ting Hung, Chorng-Jang Lay, Chun-Lung Wang, Malcolm Koo
Nontyphoidal Salmonella is among the most common causes of acute pediatric gastroenteritis in Taiwan. It is important to study antibiotic resistance patterns in nontyphoidal Salmonella isolated from children. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of serogroups and susceptibility to antimicrobial nontyphoidal Salmonella isolated from Taiwanese children with gastroenteritis. A retrospective review of the medical records of patients aged under 18 years with a diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis at a regional hospital located in southern Taiwan from August 2000 to August 2009 was conducted...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209383/expression-pattern-of-heat-shock-protein-90-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-northern-taiwan
#11
W-C Chang, P-T Tsai, C-K Lin, Y-S Shieh, Y-W Chen
Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90), which is expressed in cancer cells, profoundly affects progression, invasion, and metastasis. However, to our knowledge, in East Asia, the correlation between the expression of HSP90 and clinicopathological variables has seldom been discussed. We therefore investigated this and its prognostic value in 36 patients newly diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in northern Taiwan. Samples of tumour and normal samples from the patients were compared immunohistochemically...
February 13, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208533/re-prognostic-factors-of-fournier-s-gangrene-in-the-elderly-experiences-of-a-medical-center-in-southern-taiwan
#12
Tomas L Griebling
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208177/feasibility-and-associated-limitations-of-office-based-laryngeal-surgery-using-carbon-dioxide-lasers
#13
Hao-Chun Hu, Shu-Yi Lin, Yi-Ting Hung, Shyue-Yih Chang
Importance: There are few reports evaluating awake, office-based carbon dioxide (CO2) laser surgery for laryngeal lesions. To date, this study was the largest reported case series of office-based laryngeal surgery by fiber delivery CO2 laser. Office-based laryngeal surgical procedures have become increasingly popular. Technical problems and treatment outcomes associated with the use of a CO2 laser for office-based laryngeal surgery have yet to be fully addressed. Objectives: To discuss a single institution's clinical experience with office-based CO2 laser laryngeal surgery and the feasibility and limitations associated with this procedure...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208065/lignocellulosic-butanol-production-from-napier-grass-using-semi-simultaneous-saccharification-fermentation
#15
Chi-Ruei He, Yu-Yuan Kuo, Si-Yu Li
Napier grass is a potential feedstock for biofuel production because of its strong adaptability and wide availability. Compositional analysis has been done on Napier grass which was collected from a local area of Taiwan. By comparing acid- and alkali-pretreatment, it was found that the alkali-pretreatment process is favorable for Napier grass. An overall glucose yield of 0.82g/g-glucosetotal can be obtained with the combination of alkali-pretreatment (2.5wt% NaOH, 8wt% sample loading, 121°C, and a reaction time of 40min) and enzymatic hydrolysis (40FPU/g-substrate)...
January 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207767/osteoporosis-in-adult-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#16
Ching-Ying Wu, Ying-Yi Lu, Chun-Ching Lu, Yu-Feng Su, Tai-Hsin Tsai, Chieh-Hsin Wu
The aim of this study was to investigate osteoporosis risk in atopic dermatitis (AD) patients. This study included patients in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research dataset. The population-based study included all patients aged 20-49 years who had been diagnosed with AD during 1996-2010. In total, 35,229 age and gender-matched patients without AD in a 1:1 ratio were randomly selected as the non-AD group. Cox proportional-hazards regression and Kaplan-Meier analyses were used to measure the hazard ratios and the cumulative incidences of osteoporosis, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207515/herpes-zoster-correlates-with-increased-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-older-people-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
#17
Shih-Wei Lai, Chih-Hsueh Lin, Hsien-Feng Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Kuan-Fu Liao
Little is known on the relationship between herpes zoster and Parkinson's disease in older people. This study aimed to explore whether herpes zoster could be associated with Parkinson's disease in older people in Taiwan.We conducted a retrospective cohort study using the claim data of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program. There were 10,296 subjects aged 65 years and older with newly diagnosed herpes zoster as the herpes zoster group and 39,405 randomly selected subjects aged 65 years and older without a diagnosis of herpes zoster as the nonherpes zoster group from 1998 to 2010...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207513/reduced-risk-of-all-cancer-and-solid-cancer-in-taiwanese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-treated-with-etanercept-a-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibitor
#18
Joung-Liang Lan, Chun-Hung Tseng, Jiunn-Horng Chen, Chi-Fung Cheng, Wen-Miin Liang, Gregory J Tsay
Biologics has been widely used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. We aimed to determine whether etanercept, a TNF-α inhibitor (TNFi) that is used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), affects cancer risk.This retrospective matched cohort study used data in the Registry of Catastrophic Illness Database in Taiwan from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2010. RA, all-cancer, and solid cancer were defined using International Classification of Disease codes (ICD-9-CM 714.X, 140-208, and 140-199, respectively)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205453/how-taiwanese-parents-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-experience-the-process-of-obtaining-a-diagnosis-a-descriptive-phenomenological-analysis
#19
Kuo-Yu Chao, Hsueh-Ling Chang, Wei-Chih Chin, Hsin-Mei Li, Sue-Hsien Chen
An autism spectrum disorder can result in considerable stress and confusion for parents as they attempt to understand their child's problems and obtain a diagnosis. Few studies have explored the parental experience in the context of Chinese culture. The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of parents in Taiwan of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. In total, 15 parents, 1 father and 14 mothers, were recruited by purposive sampling. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews and descriptive phenomenological analysis...
February 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205297/underemployment-among-mothers-of-children-with-intellectual-disabilities
#20
Yueh-Ching Chou, Teppo Kröger, Cheng-Yun Pu
BACKGROUND: Mothers with lifelong care responsibilities might involuntarily be non-employed or work part-time, both of which are defined as "underemployment." This study aimed to investigate who these underemployed mothers are and what are the factors associated with such employment hardship when having a child with intellectual disability (ID). METHOD: An interview survey was conducted in 2011 in two local authorities of Taiwan on 876 working-age mothers with a child with intellectual disability; 514 of them were working part-time/non-employed and chosen as participants of this study...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
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