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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923207/comparing-the-risks-of-hospitalized-heart-failure-associated-with-glinide-sulfonylurea-and-acarbose-use-in-type-2-diabetes-a-nationwide-study
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Yen-Chieh Lee, Chia-Hsuin Chang, Yaa-Hui Dong, Jou-Wei Lin, Li-Chiu Wu, Jing-Shiang Hwang, Lee-Ming Chuang
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that certain newer anti-diabetic drugs are associated with an increased risk of hospitalized heart failure (HHF). However, the potential risks associated with the use of sulfonylurea and glinide have not been carefully evaluated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using the Taiwan National Health Insurance claims database was conducted to examine the risks of HHF among newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients who initiated glinide, sulfonylurea, or acarbose therapy during 2006-2012...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922923/fear-of-recurrence-as-a-predictor-of-care-needs-for-long-term-breast-cancer-survivors
#2
Su-Ying Fang, Susan Jane Fetzer, Kuo-Ting Lee, Yao-Lung Kuo
BACKGROUND: The improved survival rate for breast cancer has increased the number of women living with the diagnosis for more than 5 years. Limited studies have focused on the care needs for long-term healthy survivors of breast cancer. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to understand the care needs of long-term breast cancer survivors and identify related factors that influence these needs. METHODS: A convenience sampling with a correlational study design was used...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922921/the-effects-of-muscle-relaxation-and-therapeutic-walking-on-depression-suicidal-ideation-and-quality-of-life-in-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
#3
Fan-Ko Sun, Chao-Ming Hung, YuChun Yao, Chu-Yun Lu, Chun-Ying Chiang
BACKGROUND: The suicide rate of cancer patients is high in Taiwan. Breast cancer has a high incidence rate and is the leading cause of cancer in women. There is a lack of research examining breast cancer-related depression, suicidal ideation, and quality of life. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the effects of muscle relaxation and therapeutic walking on depression, suicidal ideation, and quality of life in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. METHODS: An experimental approach was adopted...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920420/treatment-effectiveness-of-amantadine-against-dengue-virus-infection
#4
Chieh-Cheng Lin, Wen-Ching Chen
BACKGROUND About 400 million cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, are reported annually, but no drug is yet available for treatment. In 1988, at Feng Lin Clinic, Taiwan, we encountered about 10,000 cases and tested various drugs before confirming an antiviral effect of amantadine against dengue virus in vitro. After we administered amantadine to patients for 1-2 days, most achieved full remission. None experienced potentially life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. Herein, we present 34 cases from recent clinical experience that show amantadine's unusual effect against dengue virus infection...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920245/underlying-influence-of-perception-of-management-leadership-on-patient-safety-climate-in-healthcare-organizations-a-mediation-analysis-approach
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Shao-Jen Weng, Seung-Hwan Kim, Chieh-Liang Wu
OBJECTIVE: We aim to draw insights on how medical staff's perception of management leadership affects safety climate with key safety related dimensions-teamwork climate, job satisfaction and working conditions. DESIGN/SETTING: A cross-sectional survey using Safety Attitude Questionnaire (SAQ) was performed in a medical center in Taichung City, Taiwan. The relationships among the dimensions in SAQ were then analyzed by structural equation modeling with a mediation analysis...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919654/american-brachytherapy-society-brachytherapy-treatment-recommendations-for-locally-advanced-cervix-cancer-for-low-income-and%C3%A2-middle-income-countries
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Gita Suneja, Derek Brown, Amy Chang, Beth Erickson, Elena Fidarova, Surbhi Grover, Umesh Mahantshetty, Subir Nag, Kailash Narayan, Memory Bvochora-Nsingo, Celia Viegas, Akila N Viswanathan, Ming Yin Lin, David Gaffney
PURPOSE: Most cervix cancer cases occur in low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC), and outcomes are suboptimal, even for early stage disease. Brachytherapy plays a central role in the treatment paradigm, improving both local control and overall survival. The American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) aims to provide guidelines for brachytherapy delivery in resource-limited settings. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A panel of clinicians and physicists with expertise in brachytherapy administration in LMIC was convened...
December 2, 2016: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918463/parity-age-at-first-birth-and-risk-of-death-from-bladder-cancer-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Hui-Fen Chiu, Brian K Chen, Chun-Yuh Yang
The evidence is limited on the relationship between reproductive factors and bladder cancer (BC). We studied 1,292,462 women who had a first and singleton delivery between 1 January 1978 and 31 December 1987. Each woman in the study cohort was tracked from their first childbirth to 31 December 2009. Vital status of the women was determined by crosswalking records with a computerized mortality database. We used Cox proportional hazard regression models to estimate the hazard ratios (HRs) of death from BC associated with maternal age at first birth and parity...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918460/indoor-air-quality-in-the-metro-system-in-north-taiwan
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Ying-Yi Chen, Fung-Chang Sung, Mei-Lien Chen, I-Fang Mao, Chung-Yen Lu
Indoor air pollution is an increasing health concern, especially in enclosed environments such as underground subway stations because of increased global usage by urban populations. This study measured the indoor air quality of underground platforms at 10 metro stations of the Taipei Rapid Transit system (TRTS) in Taiwan, including humidity, temperature, carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO₂), formaldehyde (HCHO), total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), ozone (O₃), airborne particulate matter (PM10 and PM2...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918380/genetic-susceptibility-to-norovirus-gii-4-sydney-strain-infections-in-taiwanese-children
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Li-Tzu Tu, Fu-Ping Liu, Yhu-Chering Huang, Chung-Guei Huang, Shuan Yang, Kuo-Chien Tsao, Ming-Wei Lai, Chih-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive evaluation of associations between the susceptibility to norovirus infections and histo-blood group antigens is not available in the Taiwanese population, in which the non-secretor phenotype is absent. METHODS: A 1:1 matched case-control study was conducted in northern Taiwan from February, 2013 to December, 2014 when an epidemic of norovirus infection occurred. Cases were children < 18 years old who were hospitalized because of diarrhea and were found to have laboratory-confirmed norovirus infections...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916786/high-prevalence-of-caprine-arthritis-encephalitis-virus-caev-in-taiwan-revealed-by-large-scale-serological-survey
#10
Wei-Cheng Yang, Hui-Yu Chen, Chi-Young Wang, Hung-Yu Pan, Cheng-Wei Wu, Yun-Hsiu Hsu, Jui-Chuan Su, Kun-Wei Chan
In this study, a large-scale serological survey of caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV) infection was conducted between March 2011 and October 2012. 3,437 goat blood or milk samples were collected from 65 goat farms throughout Taiwan. A commercial ELISA kit was used to detect antibodies against CAEV. The overall seropositive rate was 61.7% (2,120/3,437) in goats and in 98.5% (64/65) of goat farms. These results provide the first large-scale serological evidence for the presence of CAEV infection, indicating that the disease is widespread in Taiwan...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915403/a-simple-approach-for-the-development-of-urban-climatic-maps-based-on-the-urban-characteristics-in-tainan-taiwan
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Yu-Cheng Chen, Tzu-Ping Lin, Chien-Ting Lin
Motivated by the increasing thermal load in urban environment, this work established Urban Climatic map (UCmap) focusing on thermal environment issues based on urban development factors, e.g., land cover and building characteristics, representing thermal load of human body and ventilation path in the urban structures. In the established process of UCmap in this work, Tainan city, which is a highly developed city in southern Taiwan, is selected as the research area. A 50-m resolution grid is used to capture urban development factors and the climate data based on 1 year of mobile and fix-point measurements, from which the thermal load and the wind environment map are constructed...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913980/complete-nucleotide-sequences-and-construction-of-full-length-infectious-cdna-clones-of-cucumber-green-mottle-mosaic-virus-cgmmv-in-a-versatile-newly-developed-binary-vector-including-both-35s-and-t7-promoters
#12
Chan-Hwan Park, Hye-Kyoung Ju, Jae-Yeong Han, Jong-Seo Park, Ik-Hyun Kim, Eun-Young Seo, Jung-Kyu Kim, John Hammond, Hyoun-Sub Lim
Seed-transmitted viruses have caused significant damage to watermelon crops in Korea in recent years, with cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) infection widespread as a result of infected seed lots. To determine the likely origin of CGMMV infection, we collected CGMMV isolates from watermelon and melon fields and generated full-length infectious cDNA clones. The full-length cDNAs were cloned into newly constructed binary vector pJY, which includes both the 35S and T7 promoters for versatile usage (agroinfiltration and in vitro RNA transcription) and a modified hepatitis delta virus ribozyme sequence to precisely cleave RNA transcripts at the 3' end of the tobamovirus genome...
December 2, 2016: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913699/risk-and-association-of-hla-with-oxcarbazepine-induced-cutaneous-adverse-reactions-in-asians
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Chun-Bing Chen, Yi-Hsin Hsiao, Tony Wu, Mo-Song Hsih, Wichittra Tassaneeyakul, Teekayu P Jorns, Chonlaphat Sukasem, Chien-Ning Hsu, Shih-Chi Su, Wan-Chun Chang, Rosaline Chung-Yee Hui, Chia-Yu Chu, Yi-Ju Chen, Ching-Ying Wu, Chao-Kai Hsu, Tsu-Man Chiu, Pei-Lun Sun, Hua-En Lee, Chin-Yi Yang, Pei-Han Kao, Chih-Hsun Yang, Hsin-Chun Ho, Jing-Yi Lin, Ya-Ching Chang, Ming-Jing Chen, Chun-Wei Lu, Chau Yee Ng, Kang-Ling Kuo, Chien-Yio Lin, Ching-Sheng Yang, Ding-Ping Chen, Pi-Yueh Chang, Tsu-Lan Wu, Yu-Jr Lin, Yi-Ching Weng, Tseng-Tong Kuo, Shuen-Iu Hung, Wen-Hung Chung
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk and genetic association of oxcarbazepine-induced cutaneous adverse reactions (OXC-cADRs), including Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN), in Asian populations (Chinese and Thai). METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients with OXC-cADRs in Taiwan and Thailand from 2006 to 2014, and analyzed the clinical course, latent period, drug dosage, organ involvement, complications, and mortality. We also investigated the carrier rate of HLA-B*15:02 and HLA-A*31:01 of patients with OXC-cADRs and compared to OXC-tolerant controls...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912872/anti-allergic-potential-of-typhonium-blumei-inhibition-of-degranulation-via-suppression-of-pi3k-plc%C3%AE-2-phosphorylation-and-calcium-influx
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Michal Korinek, Kuan-Ming Chen, Yu-Han Jiang, Mohamed El-Shazly, Joel Stocker, Chon-Kit Chou, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yang-Chang Wu, Bing-Hung Chen, Fang-Rong Chang
BACKGROUND: Typhonium blumei Nicolson & Sivadasan (Araceae) is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb possessing detumescent, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory activities. It is used in Taiwan as a folk medicine to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases. Typhonium blumei is usually not distinguished from Typhonium roxburghii Schott and they are commonly used interchangeably. PURPOSE: To evaluate and compare the anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties of T...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911937/an-investigation-of-the-outcomes-of-pgy-students-cognition-of-and-persistent-behavior-in-learning-through-the-intervention-of-the-flipped-classroom-in-taiwan
#15
Sheng-Der Hsu, Cheng-Jueng Chen, Wei-Kuo Chang, Yih-Jin Hu
The Postgraduate Year (PGY) Program allows doctors-in-training to learn about the diagnosis, treatment and nursing of various common, general diseases. These items form the core curriculum and are mostly learned through caring for patients and clinical teaching. Doctors-in-training are evaluated for their knowledge through written tests or assignments, based on which the effectiveness of their training is also assessed; however, this generally produces a negative learning attitude among them. So we introduced the flipped classroom into PGY training program to change PGY students' learning behavior...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910867/effects-of-annual-influenza-vaccination-on-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Chi-Ching Chang, Yu-Sheng Chang, Wei-Sheng Chen, Yi-Hsuan Chen, Jin-Hua Chen
Studies on the clinical efficacy of influenza vaccination on patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are scant. The present study compared the incidence of hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality in patients with SLE between cohorts with and without influenza vaccination. We used the Taiwan's insurance claims data between 2001 and 2012 for identifying annual adult patients with SLE with (N = 1765) and without (N = 8360) influenza vaccination. The incidence rate ratio and hazard ratio (HR) for morbidities and mortality were measured for the vaccine and nonvaccine cohorts...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909816/ecological-and-physical-barriers-shape-genetic-structure-of-the-alpine-porcini-boletus-reticuloceps
#17
Bang Feng, Jian Wei Liu, Jianping Xu, Kuan Zhao, Zai Wei Ge, Zhu L Yang
The Alpine porcini, Boletus reticuloceps, is an ectomycorrhizal mushroom distributed in subalpine areas of Southwest China, central China, and Taiwan Island. This distribution pattern makes it an ideal organism to infer how ectomycorrhizal fungi have reacted to historical tectonic and climatic changes, and to illustrate the mechanism for the disjunction of organisms between Southwest China and Taiwan. In this study, we explored the phylogeographic pattern of B. reticuloceps by microsatellite genotyping, DNA sequencing, ecological factor analysis, and species distribution modeling...
December 1, 2016: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909749/diversity-of-total-bacterial-communities-and-chemoautotrophic-populations-in-sulfur-rich-sediments-of-shallow-water-hydrothermal-vents-off-kueishan-island-taiwan
#18
Li Wang, Man Kit Cheung, Rulong Liu, Chong Kim Wong, Hoi Shan Kwan, Jiang-Shiou Hwang
Shallow-water hydrothermal vents (HTVs) are an ecologically important habitat with a geographic origin similar to that of deep-sea HTVs. Studies on shallow-water HTVs have not only facilitated understanding of the influences of vents on local ecosystems but also helped to extend the knowledge on deep-sea vents. In this study, the diversity of bacterial communities in the sediments of shallow-water HTVs off Kueishan Island, Taiwan, was investigated by examining the 16S ribosomal RNA gene as well as key functional genes involved in chemoautotrophic carbon fixation (aclB, cbbL and cbbM)...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907809/does-exposure-to-phthalates-influence-thyroid-function-and-growth-hormone-homeostasis-the-taiwan-environmental-survey-for-toxicants-test-2013
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Han-Bin Huang, Wen-Harn Pan, Jung-Wei Chang, Hung-Che Chiang, Yue Leon Guo, Jouni J K Jaakkola, Po-Chin Huang
BACKGROUND: Previous epidemiologic and toxicological studies provide some inconsistent evidence that exposure to phthalates may affect thyroid function and growth hormone homeostasis. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relations between exposure to phthalates and indicators of thyroid function and growth hormone homeostasis disturbances both among adults and minors. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cross-sectional study of 279 Taiwanese adults (≥18 years old) and 79 minors (<18 years old) in 2013...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907203/tp53-polymorphisms-and-colorectal-cancer-risk-in-patients-with-lynch-syndrome-in-taiwan-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#20
Abram Bunya Kamiza, Ling-Ling Hsieh, Reiping Tang, Huei-Tzu Chien, Chih-Hsiung Lai, Li-Ling Chiu, Tsai-Ping Lo, Kuan-Yi Hung, Jeng-Fu You, Wen-Chang Wang, Chao A Hsiung, Chih-Ching Yeh
BACKGROUND AND AIM: TP53 encodes p53, which has a crucial role in modulating genes that regulate defense against cancer development. This study investigated whether TP53 polymorphisms are associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) in patients with Lynch syndrome and whether TP53 interacts with lifestyle factors to modify CRC risk. METHODS: We identified 260 MLH1 and MSH2 germline mutation carriers from the Taiwan Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer Consortium...
2016: PloS One
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