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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646811/alternative-therapy-for-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome-a-1-year-single-blind-randomized-trial-of-tui-na
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Cheng-Nan Lu, Michael Friedman, Hsin-Ching Lin, Kuo-Wei Bi, Tun-Pin Hsueh, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Mao-Chang Su, Meng-Chih Lin
Context • Obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is among the most prevalent of sleep-related breathing disorders. No long-term follow-up studies have documented the continued success of lifestyle changes in treatment; oral appliances have an approximate 50% success rate; compliance with continuous positive airway pressure is poor, ranging from 50% to 89%; and the success rate of upper-airway surgery is only 66.4%. Therefore, some OSAHS patients seek alternative treatments. Objectives • The study intended to examine the efficacy of traditional Chinese therapeutic massage (tui na) for patients with OSAHS...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646578/the-impact-of-a-novel-transendometrial-approach-for-caesarean-myomectomy-on-obstetric-outcomes-of-subsequent-pregnancy-a-longitudinal-panel-study
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S Y Huang, S W Shaw, S Y Su, W F Li, H H Peng, P J Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the obstetric and surgical outcomes of a novel transendometrial approach for myomectomy during caesarean section in subsequent pregnancies. DESIGN: Longitudinal panel study. SETTING: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, with approximately 5000 births per annum. POPULATION: Pregnant women complicated with uterine myoma. METHOD: Sixty-three pregnant women who received transendometrial myomectomy during the first caesarean delivery reported a subsequent live pregnancy and planned an elective repeat caesarean delivery...
June 24, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646083/does-depression-increase-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Tzung-Yi Tsai, Ming-Chi Lu, Hanoch Livneh, Shan-Yun Chiu, Ning-Sheng Lai, How-Ran Guo
OBJECTIVES: Comorbid depression is common and undertreated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It remains uncertain whether comorbid depression provoked the risk of poor clinical outcome, stroke in particular, among patients with RA. This work aimed to determine if depression onset during the treatment process increases stroke risk for patients with RA as compared with those with (1) neither RA nor depression, (2) RA only and (3) depression only. DESIGN: A nationwide, population-based cohort study...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645973/effect-of-ultrasonography-surveillance-in-patients-with-liver-cancer-a-population-based-longitudinal-study
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Jui-Kun Chiang, Lin Chih-Wen, Yee-Hsin Kao
OBJECTIVE: Liver cancer is a growing global public health problem. Ultrasonography is an imaging tool widely used for the early diagnosis of liver cancer. However, the effect of ultrasonography surveillance (US) on the survival of patients with liver cancer is unknown. Therefore, this study examined the association between survival and US frequency during the 2 years preceding patients' liver cancer diagnosis. METHODS: This population-based longitudinal study was conducted in Taiwan, a region with high liver cancer incidence, by using the National Health Insurance Research Database...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645971/association-between-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-increased-risk-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-retrospective-nationwide-cohort-study
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Yi-Hao Peng, Chien-Wen Huang, Wei-Chih Liao, Hsuan-Ju Chen, Ming-Chien Yin, Yu-Ming Huang, Trong-Neng Wu, Wen-Chao Ho
OBJECTIVE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are common disorders in ageing male populations. Nevertheless, the relationship between the two diseases has rarely been explored. The objective of this study was to examine whether patients with COPD are at an increased risk of BPH. DESIGN: Retrospective nationwide cohort study. SETTING: Data retrieved from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645935/liver-cirrhosis-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-would-oral-anticoagulation-have-a-net-clinical-benefit-for-stroke-prevention
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Ling Kuo, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver cirrhosis have been excluded from randomized clinical trials of oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. We hypothesized that patients with liver cirrhosis would have a positive net clinical benefit for oral anticoagulation when used for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study used the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Among 289 559 atrial fibrillation patients aged ≥20 years, there were 10 336 with liver cirrhosis, and 9056 of them having a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2 were divided into 3 groups, that is, no treatment, antiplatelet therapy, and warfarin...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645114/association-of-type-2-diabetes-with-liver-cirrhosis-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Ping-Hsin Hsieh, Jing-Yang Huang, Oswald Ndi Nfor, Chia-Chi Lung, Chien-Chang Ho, Yung-Po Liaw
BACKGROUND: The link between the subcategories of liver cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes is not well known. We investigated the association of type 2 diabetes mellitus with alcoholic cirrhosis and cirrhosis without alcohol. METHODS: This nationwide cohort study used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Cirrhotic individuals and their matched controls were identified from 2001-2008. In all, 9 313 cirrhotic patients aged 20 years or older were matched by age, sex, and index date with the non-cirrhotic individuals (n = 37 252)...
June 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644894/northward-dispersal-of-sea-kraits-laticauda-semifasciata-beyond-their-typical-range
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Jaejin Park, Il-Hun Kim, Jonathan J Fong, Kyo-Soung Koo, Woo-Jin Choi, Tein-Shun Tsai, Daesik Park
Marine reptiles are declining globally, and recent climate change may be a contributing factor. The study of sea snakes collected beyond their typical distribution range provides valuable insight on how climate change affects marine reptile populations. Recently, we collected 12 Laticauda semifasciata (11 females, 1 male) from the waters around southern South Korea-an area located outside its typical distribution range (Japan, China including Taiwan, Philippines and Indonesia). We investigated the genetic origin of Korean specimens by analyzing mitochondrial cytochrome b gene (Cytb) sequences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644832/parent-child-discrepancies-in-the-report-of-adolescent-emotional-and-behavioral-problems-in-taiwan
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Ying-Yeh Chen, Suk-Yin Ho, Pei-Chen Lee, Chia-Kai Wu, Susan Shur-Fen Gau
The majority of studies on parent-child discrepancies in the assessment of adolescent emotional and behavioral problems have been conducted in Western countries. It is believed that parent-adolescent agreement would be higher in societies with a strong culture of familism. We examined whether parent-adolescent discrepancies in the rating of adolescent emotional and behavioral problems are related to parental and family factors in Taiwan. Participants included 1,421 child-parent pairs of 7th-grade students from 12 middle schools in Northern Taiwan and their parents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644132/risk-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-patients-receiving-radical-nephroureterectomy-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Shih-Yi Lin, Cheng-Li Lin, Chao-Hsiang Chang, His-Chin Wu, I-Kuan Wang, Che-Yi Chou, Ji-An Liang
BACKGROUND: The outcomes of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) receiving radical nephroureterectomy were usually limited to small sample size, case-control studies, and often focused on cancer progression. Risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in these patients was never investigated. RESULTS: The overall incidences of AMI were 3.39, 1.44, and 1.70 per 10,000 person-years in the radical nephroureterectomy, nonnephroureterectomy, and non-UTUC cohorts, respectively...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643571/adaptation-of-the-activity-measure-post-acute-care-am-pac-from-english-to-mandarin-using-the-dual-panel-translation-approach
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Feng-Hang Chang, Tsan-Hon Liou, John Brodersen, Jonathan D Comins
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to translate and adapt the Activity Measure Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) from US English to Mandarin using the dual-panel method, and to assess its psychometric properties in an outpatient rehabilitation setting. METHODS: The AM-PAC outpatient short forms were translated using the dual-panel method. The translated AM-PAC was tested in 550 Chinese-speaking rehabilitation outpatients. Floor and ceiling effects were evaluated and internal consistency was assessed using Cronbach's alpha...
June 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643470/the-association-of-hospital-governance-with-innovation-in-taiwan
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Chen-Wei Yang, Yu-Hua Yan, Shih-Chieh Fang, Syeda Noorein Inamdar, Hsien-Cheng Lin
Hospitals in Taiwan are facing major changes and innovation is increasingly becoming a critical factor for remaining competitive. One determinant that can have a significant impact on innovation is hospital governance. However, there is limited prior research on the relationship between hospital governance and innovation. The purpose of this study is to propose a conceptual framework to hypothesize the relationship between governance mechanisms and innovation and to empirically test the hypotheses in hospital organizations...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643435/interventions-for-enhancing-the-distribution-of-dental-professionals-a-concise-systematic-review
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Ralf Jäger, Neeltje van den Berg, Falk Schwendicke
BACKGROUND: A spatially unequal distribution of dentists or dental care professionals (D/DCPs), such as therapists or hygienists, could reduce the quality of health services and increase health inequities. This review describes the interventions available to enhance this spatial distribution and systematically assesses their effectiveness. METHODS: Electronic databases (Cochrane CENTRAL, Medline, Embase, CINAHL) were searched and cross-referencing was performed using a standardised searching algorithm...
June 23, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643400/a-study-of-regulatory-policies-and-relevant-issues-concerning-electronic-cigarette-use-in-taiwan
#14
Tzuu Hwa Jiang, Li Min Cheng, Matthew A Hawkins
Recent technological innovations have increased the amount of tobacco products available to smokers. In particular, electronic cigarettes, sometimes call e-cigarettes, have received substantial attention as their sales have rapidly increased. Electronic cigarettes were invented in China and now have become prevalent worldwide. Electronic cigarettes can be considered fashionable and come in numerous flavors; accordingly, many young adults and students have begun to use e-cigarettes. However, like traditional tobacco products, e-cigarettes have negative influences on human health...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642790/therapeutic-outcomes-of-patients-with-multifocal-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinomas-and-larger-tumors
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Soh-Ching Ng, Sheng-Fong Kuo, Szu-Tah Chen, Chuen Hsueh, Bie-Yu Huang, Jen-Der Lin
A retrospective review of 626 patients with multifocal papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) including 147 patients (23.5%) with multifocal papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) from a total of 2,536 patients with PTC who visited the Chang Gung Medical Center in Linkou, Taiwan, was performed. A comparison of the clinical features between 626 multifocal and 1,910 solitary PTC cases showed that patients in the multifocal PTC group were older and had a smaller mean tumor size, a more advanced tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) stage, and a higher percentage of nonremission status compared to patients in the solitary PTC group...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642220/low-pulse-pressure-after-acute-ischemic-stroke-is-associated-with-unfavorable-outcomes-the-taiwan-stroke-registry
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Sung-Chun Tang, Jiu-Haw Yin, Chung-Hsiang Liu, Ming-Hui Sun, Jiunn-Tay Lee, Yu Sun, Chih-Shan Hsu, Mu-Chien Sun, Ching-Huang Lin, Chih-Hung Chen, Li-Ming Lien, Chih-Hsin Muo, Jiann-Shing Jeng, Chung Y Hsu
BACKGROUND: Pulse pressure (PP) is related to cardiac function, arterial stiffness, fluid status, and vascular events. This study aimed to explore the prognostic role of PP upon admission in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) based on a nation-wide stroke registry. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the association between PP upon admission and outcomes 3 months after a stroke in patients who had an AIS registered in the Taiwan Stroke Registry, including 56 academic and community hospitals between 2006 and 2013...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642157/genome-comparisons-of-two-taiwanese-community-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-st59-clones-support-the-multi-origin-theory-of-ca-mrsa
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Ye Feng, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Chih-Jung Chen, Chyi-Liang Chen, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
Sequence type (ST) 59 is an epidemic lineage of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in Asia. Two ST59 clones are prevalent in Taiwan: the Taiwan clone (TW) causes severe infections, whereas the Asian-Pacific clone (AP) is usually commensal. In this study, we sequenced the genome and transcriptome of the representative strains of these two clones and found their differences to focus on three mobile genetic elements: TW carries SCCmec Type VT, Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL)-encoding prophage ΦSa2, whereas AP carries SCCmec Type IV and staphylokinase (SAK)-encoding prophage ΦSa3...
June 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640796/erratum-vol-66-no-22
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In the report "Japanese Encephalitis Surveillance and Immunization - Asia and Western Pacific Regions, 2016," on page 581, in the table "Characteristics of Japanese encephalitis (JE) surveillance in countries with JE virus transmission risk, 2016," and on page 582, in the table "Characteristics of Japanese encephalitis (JE) immunization programs in countries with JE virus transmission risk, 2016," Taiwan should have been indented beneath China. The corrected tables with added indents can be found at http://apps...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640130/impact-of-hysterosalpingography-after-operative-treatment-for-ectopic-pregnancy-in-taiwan-a-16-year-nationwide-population-based-analysis
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Nai-Chi Chiu, Chi-Hong Ho, Shu-Huei Shen, Yu-Chuan Tsuei, Kang-Lung Lee, Chen-Yu Huang, Hsin-Yang Li, Tzeng-Ji Chen
By retrieving records from Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) system's database, the current study aimed to investigate the impacts of hysterosalpingography (HSG) to patients after ectopic pregnancy (EP) operations in Taiwan.In this retrospective cohort study, insurance claims data from 1997 to 2013, derived from a cohort of 1 million people randomly sampled to represent all NHI beneficiaries, were analyzed. Patients after ectopic pregnancy (EP) operations were identified via the inclusion of the corresponding NHI procedure codes...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640118/high-normotension-is-associated-with-future-metabolic-syndrome-but-not-cardiovascular-disease-a-10-year-longitudinal-study
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Yen-Lin Chen, Chun-Hsien Hsu, Chang-Hsun Hsieh, Chung-Ze Wu, Jiunn-Diann Lin, Jin-Biou Chang, Yao-Jen Liang, Yi-Ting Tsai, Te-Lin Hsia, Dee Pei
Hypertension and prehypertension can increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. However, whether the harmful effects of high blood pressure (BP) are also seen with high normotension remains unknown. This 10-year longitudinal follow-up study aimed to investigate the relationships among normal-range BP, metabolic syndrome (MetS), and CVD.A total of 9133 nonmedicated normotensive participants, 4634 males and 4499 females, aged 60 years or older were enrolled in a standard health examination program at 2 academic hospitals and a health screening center in Taiwan...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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