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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821915/risk-and-outcomes-of-fracture-in-peripheral-arterial-disease-patients-two-nationwide-cohort-studies
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F-L Liu, C-S Lin, C-C Yeh, C-C Shih, Y-G Cherng, C-H Wu, T-L Chen, C-C Liao
Using national insurance claims data of Taiwan, we found that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) had increased risk of fracture during the follow-up period of 2000-2013. History of PAD was also associated with adverse outcomes in hospitalized fracture patients. Prevention strategies were needed in this susceptible population. INTRODUCTION: Limited information was available on the association between PAD and fracture. The purpose of this study is to evaluate fracture risk and post-fracture outcomes in patients with PAD...
August 18, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821529/antibiotic-susceptibility-profiles-of-ocular-and-nasal-flora-in-patients-undergoing-cataract-surgery-in-taiwan-an-observational-and-cross-sectional-study
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Yun-Hsuan Lin, Yu-Chuan Kang, Chiun-Ho Hou, Yhu-Chering Huang, Chih-Jung Chen, Jwu-Ching Shu, Pang-Hsin Hsieh, Ching-Hsi Hsiao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the conjunctival and nasal flora and the antibiotic susceptibility profiles of isolates from patients undergoing cataract surgery. DESIGN: Observational and cross-sectional study. SETTING: A single-centre study in Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS: 128 consecutive patients precataract surgery. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES METHODS: Conjunctival and nasal cultures were prospectively obtained from 128 patients on the day of cataract surgery before instillation of ophthalmic solutions in our hospital...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820099/hymenobacter-pallidus-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-freshwater-fish-culture-pond
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Shih-Yi Sheu, Yi-Shu Li, Chiu-Chung Young, Wen-Ming Chen
A bacterial strain designated LYH-12T was isolated from a freshwater fish culture pond in Taiwan, ROC and characterized by taking a polyphasic taxonomy approach. Phylogenetic analyses based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that strain LYH-12T belonged to the genus Hymenobacter and was most closely related to Hymenobacter xinjiangensis X2-1gT and Hymenobacter rigui WPCB131T with a sequence similarity of 96.6 % and less than 96.5 % with other members of the genus. Cells of strain LYH-12T were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, non-motile rods that were covered by large capsules and formed light pink-coloured colonies...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818761/the-effect-of-disability-and-depression-on-cognitive-function-and-screening-factors
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Chun-Min Chen, Li-Fan Liu
INTRODUCTION: There is increasing evidence that subtle losses in cognitive function may be symptomatic of a transition to early dementia. The objectives of this study were to: 1) test the effect of depressive symptoms and/or disability on cognitive impairment, 2) explore the interaction between depression and disability and the association with cognitive impairment, and 3) evaluate risk factors of health assessment to discriminate between elderly people with or without cognitive impairment...
July 31, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818681/sanction-changes-and-drunk-driving-injuries-deaths-in-taiwan
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Yun-Shan Chan, Chin-Shyan Chen, Lanying Huang, Yu-I Peng
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the major causes of traffic accidents in Taiwan. About 5% of injuries involve DUI, and nearly 20% of deaths are due to alcohol-related crashes. During early 2006 to the end of 2014, the authorities in Taiwan increased the severity of fine and jail penalties for DUI offenders three times. At the same time, the monthly drunk-driving injures decreased nearly 40% and the monthly alcohol-related traffic death dropped more than 80%. In this paper, we examine the effects of sanction changes on the reduction of drunk-driving casualties during this period...
August 14, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818069/path-modeling-of-knowledge-attitude-and-practice-toward-palliative-care-consultation-service-among-taiwanese-nursing-staff-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hsueh-Hsing Pan, Hsiu-Ling Shih, Li-Fen Wu, Yu-Chun Hung, Chi-Ming Chu, Kwua-Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: The Taiwanese government has promoted palliative care consultation services (PCCS) to support terminally ill patients in acute ward settings to receive palliative care since 2005. Such an intervention can enhance the quality of life and dignity of terminally ill patients. However, research focusing on the relationship between the knowledge, attitude and practice of a PCCS using path modelling in nursing staff is limited. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the effect of path modeling on the knowledge, attitude and practice toward PCCS in Taiwanese nursing staff...
August 17, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817703/quality-of-life-of-inguinal-hernia-patients-in-taiwan-the-application-of-the-hernia-specific-quality-of-life-assessment-instrument
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Chi-Cheng Huang, Feng-Chuan Tai, Tzung-Hsin Chou, Heng-Hui Lien, Jaan-Yeh Jeng, Thien-Fiew Ho, Ching-Shui Huang
BACKGROUND: With the development of prosthetic mesh and tension free techniques, the recurrence rate following inguinal hernia repair has been reduced, and hernia outcomes research should focus on post-operative quality of life and potential complications. STUDY DESIGN: A novel hernia quality of life assessment instrument, HERQL, was developed. The HERQL questionnaire comprises a 4-item summative pain score measuring pain and discomfort resulting from various strenuous activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817684/correction-the-learning-curve-of-endoscopic-total-mastectomy-in-taiwan-a-multi-center-study
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Chin-Sheng Hung, Sheng-Wei Chang, Li-Min Liao, Cheng-Chiao Huang, Shih-Hsin Tu, Shou-Tung Chen, Dar-Ren Chen, Shou-Jen Kuo, Hung-Wen Lai, Ting-Mao Chou, Yao-Lung Kuo
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178251.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817654/investigating-spousal-concordance-of-diabetes-through-statistical-analysis-and-data-mining
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Jong-Yi Wang, Chiu-Shong Liu, Chi-Hsuan Lung, Ya-Tun Yang, Ming-Hung Lin
OBJECTIVE: Spousal clustering of diabetes merits attention. Whether old-age vulnerability or a shared family environment determines the concordance of diabetes is also uncertain. This study investigated the spousal concordance of diabetes and compared the risk of diabetes concordance between couples and noncouples by using nationally representative data. METHODS: A total of 22,572 individuals identified from the 2002-2013 National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan constituted 5,643 couples and 5,643 noncouples through 1:1 dual propensity score matching (PSM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816634/disability-benefits-as-an-incentive-for-hysterectomy-uterine-fibroid-patients-in-taiwan
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Ya-Lee Ho, Chu-Shiu Li, Chwen-Chi Liu, Che-Chen Lin, Chih-Jen Hung, Chia-Hung Kao
OBJECTIVE: Worker compensation insurance in Taiwan ensures that a woman under the age of 45 years who has her uterus removed can receive disability compensation benefits. The present study investigated whether such a compensation policy was related to a woman's inclination to have a hysterectomy. METHODS: We extracted the records of 16,030 women diagnosed with uterine fibroids (UF) between 2000 and 2010 from the Longitudinal Taiwan Health Insurance Database. RESULTS: Each younger and older age group had a significantly lower hysterectomy rate compared to that of the 44-year-old age group...
August 17, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815803/validity-of-cancer-diagnosis-in-the-national-health-insurance-database-compared-with-the-linked-national-cancer-registry-in-taiwan
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Wei-Heng Kao, Ji-Hong Hong, Lai-Chu See, Huang-Ping Yu, Jun-Te Hsu, I-Jun Chou, Wen-Chi Chou, Meng-Jiun Chiou, Chun-Chieh Wang, Chang-Fu Kuo
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the validity of cancer diagnosis in the National Health Insurance (NHI) database, which has routinely collected the health information of almost the entire Taiwanese population since 1995, compared with the Taiwan National Cancer Registry (NCR). METHODS: There were 26,542,445 active participants registered in the NHI database between 2001 and 2012. National Cancer Registry and NHI database records were compared for cancer diagnosis; date of cancer diagnosis; and 1, 2, and 5 year survival...
August 16, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815788/association-between-radioiodine-treatment-for-thyroid-cancer-and-risk-of-stroke
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Chun-Yi Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Yi-Chen Lo, Chia-Hung Kao
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between radioiodine (I-131) therapy for thyroid cancer and the risk of stroke in Taiwan. METHODS: A total of 10 104 of the patients aged 20 years or older, who were newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer during 2000-2010, were recruited and classified into 2 cohorts according to whether they received I-131 therapy through 1:1 propensity score matching. The cumulative Kaplan-Meier curves for the incidence of stroke in the 2 cohorts were compared using the log-rank test...
August 16, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815716/characterization-of-h5n6-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-isolated-from-wild-and-captive-birds-in-the-winter-season-of-2016-2017-in-northern-japan
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Takahiro Hiono, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Keita Matsuno, Atsushi Haga, Ritsuko Iwata, Lam Thanh Nguyen, Mizuho Suzuki, Yuto Kikutani, Hiroshi Kida, Manabu Onuma, Yoshihiro Sakoda
On November 15, 2016, a suspected case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a dead black swan was reported from a zoo in Akita prefecture, northern Japan, and an HPAI virus (HPAIV) belonging to the H5N6 subtype was isolated from specimens taken from the bird. After the initial report, 230 cases of HPAI caused by H5N6 viruses were reported from wild birds, captive birds, and domestic poultry farms throughout the country during the winter season. In the present study, we further characterized 66 H5N6 HPAIVs isolated from northern Japan...
August 16, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815092/zinc-chloride-smoke-inhalation-induced-severe-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-first-survival-in-the-united-states-with-extended-duration-five-weeks-therapy-with-high-dose-corticosteroids-in-combination-with-lung-protective-ventilation
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Hafiz Mahboob, Robert Richeson Iii, Robert McCain
Zinc chloride smoke bomb exposure is frequently seen in military drills, combat exercises, metal industry works, and disaster simulations. Smoke exposure presents with variety of pulmonary damage based on the intensity of the exposure. Smoke induced severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is often fatal and there are no standard treatment guidelines. We report the first survival of smoke induced severe ARDS in the United States (US) with prolonged use of high dose steroids (five weeks) and lung protective ventilation alone...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814838/post-acute-care-for-stroke-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Chung-Liang Lai, Ming-Miau Tsai, Jia-Yuan Luo, Wan-Chun Liao, Pi-Shan Hsu, Han-Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: Stroke often causes functional decline in patients. Therefore, after the acute phase, many patients require post-acute care (PAC) to maximize their functional progress, reduce disability, and make it possible for them to return to their home and community. PAC can be provided in different settings. Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) proposed a PAC pilot program, effective since 2014, for stroke patients that allowed patients with the potential for functional improvement to receive PAC rehabilitation in regional or community hospitals...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814359/the-risk-of-autoimmune-connective-tissue-diseases-in-patients-with-atopy-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Yi-Chun Hou, Hsiao-Yun Hu, I-Lin Liu, Yun-Ting Chang, Chen-Yi Wu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between autoimmune connective tissue disease (ACTD) and atopy is controversial. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the risks of ACTDs in patients with atopic triad diseases, including atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, by using a nationwide data base. METHODS: A cohort of 155,311 patients newly diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, or asthma in 2002-2011 was obtained from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
September 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814278/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-endophthalmitis-in-chronic-dialysis-patients-a-13-year-experience-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-in-taiwan
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George Kuo, Yueh-An Lu, Wei-Chiao Sun, Chao-Yu Chen, Huang-Kai Kao, YuJr Lin, Chia-Hui Lee, Cheng-Chieh Hung, Ya-Chung Tian, Hsiang-Hao Hsu
BACKGROUND: Endophthalmitis is a severe eye infection leading to disabling outcome. Because there were only a few case report illustrating endophthalmitis in chronic dialysis patient, we would like to investigate the epidemiology and clinical features of endophthalmitis in chronic dialysis patient in a tertiary referral center. METHODS: We searched the health information system in the study hospital with ICD9 encoding endophthalmitis during Jan. 2002 to Dec. 2015...
August 16, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814273/add-on-neurological-benefits-of-antiviral-therapy-in-hcv-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Ming-Shyan Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Wey-Yil Lin, Chi-Hung Liu, Yung-Yu Hsieh, Wen-Nan Chiu, Chih-Hsiang Chang, Mei-Yen Chen, Chang-Min Chung, Yu-Sheng Lin
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have rarely been studied because they rarely accept interferon-based therapy (IBT) and have been difficult to follow up. We investigated long-term outcomes of IBT on the population. METHODS: This population-based cohort study used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database as its data source. HCV patients diagnosed with CKD between Jan. 1, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2013, were selected...
August 16, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813508/increased-risk-of-tinnitus-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Cheng-Ping Shih, Hung-Che Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Po-Jen Hsiao, Chih-Hung Wang, Jih-Chin Lee, Wu-Chien Chien
Tinnitus mostly results from central and peripheral auditory pathology. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major risk factor for cerebrovascular disease. However, no studies have evaluated the association between tinnitus and CKD. The aim of this study is to investigate the risk of tinnitus in patients with CKD. This retrospective cohort study was conducted using Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database from 2000 to 2010. We established a CKD group (n = 185,430) and a non-CKD comparison group (n = 556,290) to investigate the incidence of tinnitus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813495/establishing-failure-predictors-for-the-planned-extubation-of-overweight-and-obese-patients
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Ai-Chin Cheng, Shyh-Ren Chiang, Wei-Lun Liu, Chung-Han Ho, Shu-Chen Hsing, Chin-Ming Chen, Kuo-Chen Cheng
We investigated failure predictors for the planned extubation of overweight (body mass index [BMI] = 25.0-29.9) and obese (BMI ≥ 30) patients. All patients admitted to the adult intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary hospital in Taiwan were identified. They had all undergone endotracheal intubation for > 48 h and were candidates for extubation. During the study, 595 patients (overweight = 458 [77%]); obese = 137 [23%]) with planned extubation after weaning were included in the analysis; extubation failed in 34 patients (5...
2017: PloS One
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