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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149339/human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-increases-the-risk-of-incident-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yung-Feng Yen, Yu-Ching Lan, Chun-Teng Huang, I-An Jen, Marcelo Chen, Chun-Yuan Lee, Pei-Hung Chuang, Yun Lee, Donalde E Morisky, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
Background: Currently, the association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and subsequent development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) remains unclear. This nationwide population-based cohort study aimed to determine the association between incident AIHA and HIV infection in Taiwan. Methods: During 2000-2012, we identified people aged ≧15 years living with HIV (PLWH) from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control HIV Surveillance System. Individuals were considered to be infected with HIV on the basis of positive results of an HIV type 1 Western blot...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146760/blepharitis-as-an-early-sign-of-metabolic-syndrome-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Chia-Yi Lee, Hung-Chi Chen, Hui-Wen Lin, Jing-Yang Huang, Shih-Chun Chao, Chao-Bin Yeh, Hung-Yu Lin, Shun-Fa Yang
BACKGROUND: To investigate the relationship between blepharitis and metabolic syndrome (MetS) by using the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (LHID) of Taiwan. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted using data collected from the LHID for the period from 2009 to 2013. This study enrolled patients who received a diagnosis of blepharitis according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, diagnostic code. The exclusion criteria were legal blindness, eyeball removal, ocular tumours prior to the diagnosis of blepharitis, and patients diagnosed with blepharitis and initiated antibiotic treatment concurrently...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142034/cumulative-burden-of-glucocorticoid-related-adverse-events-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-findings-from-a-12-year-longitudinal-study
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Hung-Lin Chen, Li-Jiuan Shen, Ping-Ning Hsu, Chieh-Yu Shen, Susan A Hall, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this population-based study is to examine the adverse events (AE) associated with longitudinal systemic glucocorticoid (GC) use among an ethnic Chinese systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cohort. METHODS: Our study subjects were patients with newly diagnosed SLE aged 18 and older who received at least 1 prescription of systemic GC between 2001 and 2012 from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). The earliest prescription date of systemic GC for each subject was defined as the index date...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141875/cognitive-enhancers-associated-with-decreased-risk-of-injury-in-patients-with-dementia-a-nationwide-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Pei-Chun Chao, Wu-Chien Chien, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Ching-Wen Chu, Chin-Bin Yeh, San-Yuan Huang, Ru-Band Lu, Hsin-An Chang, Yu-Chen Kao, Hui-Wen Yeh, Wei-Shan Chiang, Yu-Ching Chou, Nian-Sheng Tzeng
This study aimed to investigate the associations among dementia, psychotropic medications and the risk of overall injuries. In this nationwide matched cohort study, a total of 144 008 enrolled patients ≥age of 50, with 36 002 study subjects who suffered from dementia and 108 006 controls matched for sex and age, from the Inpatient Dataset, for the period 2000-2010 in Taiwan were selected from the National Health Insurance Research Database, according to International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137082/trends-in-the-prevalence-of-periodontitis-in-taiwan-from-1997-to-2013-a-nationwide-population-based-retrospective-study
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Hui-Chieh Yu, Ni-Yu Su, Jing-Yang Huang, Shiuan-Shinn Lee, Yu-Chao Chang
Periodontitis is one of the most prevalent oral diseases. In this study, we probed the nationwide registered database to assess the time trends of prevalence of periodontitis in Taiwan.A retrospective study was conducted to analyze the registered database compiled by the National Health Insurance provided by the Department of Health, Taiwan, from 1997 to December 2013.We found that the prevalence of periodontitis significantly increased from 11.5% in 1997 to 19.59% in 2013 (P for trend < .0001). The mean age ± standard deviation with periodontitis from 1997 to 2013 was 54...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136662/protective-effect-of-metformin-against-retinal-vein-occlusions-in-diabetes-mellitus-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Tai-Chi Lin, De-Kuang Hwang, Chih-Chien Hsu, Chi-Hsien Peng, Mong-Lien Wang, Shih-Hwa Chiou, Shih-Jen Chen
Previous studies have found that metformin can reduce cardiovascular risk, but its association with retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is unknown. In this population-based cohort study using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), we demonstrated the protective effect of metformin against RVO in diabetes mellitus (DM) and explored the incidence rate and factors associated with RVO development in general and diabetic populations. One million patients were randomly selected from the registry files of the NHIRD, and all their claims data were collected for the 1996-2011 period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136234/non-apnoea-sleep-disorder-increases-the-risk-of-subsequent-female-infertility-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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I-Duo Wang, Yung-Liang Liu, Chung-Kan Peng, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Shan-Yueh Chang, Chang-Huei Tsao, Wu-Chien Chien
Study Objectives: Non-apnoea sleep disorder (NASD) increases the risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), chronic kidney disease (CKD), cardiovascular disease and stroke. However, the risk and the time interval of NASD to female infertility has not been thoroughly understood. Our study aimed to determine whether NASD increases subsequent risk of female infertility. Methods: This study utilized outpatient and inpatient data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (LHID) between 2000 and 2010 in Taiwan...
November 9, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124846/prevalence-mechanisms-and-genetic-relatedness-of-the-human-pathogenic-fungus-aspergillus-fumigatus-exhibiting-resistance-to-medical-azoles-in-the-environment-of-taiwan
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Hsuan-Chen Wang, Jui-Chang Huang, Yong-Hong Lin, Yu-Hsin Chen, Ming-I Hsieh, Pui-Ching Choi, Hsiu-Jung Lo, Wei-Lun Liu, Ching-Shan Hsu, Hsin-I Shih, Chi-Jung Wu, Yee-Chun Chen
Emerging azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus poses a serious threat to human health. This nationwide surveillance study investigated the prevalence and molecular characteristics of azole-resistant A. fumigatus environmental isolates in Taiwan, an island country with increasing use of azole fungicides. Of the 2,760 air and soil samples screened from 2014-2016, 451 A. fumigatus isolates were recovered from 266 samples, and 34 isolates from 29 samples displayed resistance to medical azoles (itraconazole, voriconazole, or posaconazole)...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121517/suicide-risk-reduction-in-youths-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-prescribed-methylphenidate-a-taiwan-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Sophie Hsin-Yi Liang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Ting-Yu Kuo, Yin-To Liao, Tzu-Chin Lin, Yena Lee, Roger S McIntyre, Brent A Kelsen, Tsu-Nai Wang, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) youths have increased suicide risk. Nevertheless, the beneficial effects of methylphenidate (MPH) on suicide attempt have received relatively little attention. AIMS: To investigate the MPH usage and the risk of suicide attempt among ADHD youths. METHODS: We identified 84,898 youths less than 18 years old with ADHD diagnosis between 1997 and 2013 from National Health Insurance, and examined whether MPH use affected suicide attempt risk using Cox proportional-hazards models...
November 6, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113391/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)...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112198/co-aggregation-of-major-psychiatric-disorders-in-individuals-with-first-degree-relatives-with-schizophrenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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C-M Cheng, W-H Chang, M-H Chen, C-F Tsai, T-P Su, C-T Li, S-J Tsai, J-W Hsu, K-L Huang, W-C Lin, T-J Chen, Y-M Bai
A previous genetic study has suggested that schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share common disease-associated genes. However, whether individuals with first-degree relatives (FDRs) with schizophrenia have a higher risk of these major psychiatric disorders requires further investigation. This study used Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database and identified 151 650 patients with schizophrenia and 227 967 individuals with FDRs with schizophrenia...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108967/impact-of-rehabilitation-intensity-on-mortality-risk-after-stroke
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Cheng-Yang Hsieh, Hsiu-Chen Huang, Darren Philbert Wu, Chung-Yi Li, Meng-Jun Chiu, Sheng-Feng Sung
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between rehabilitation intensity and post-stroke mortality. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nationwide claims data. PARTICIPANTS: From Taiwan's National Health Insurance claims databases, a total of 6737 patients (mean age 66.9 years; 40.3% women) hospitalized between 2001 and 2013 for a first-ever stroke who had mild to moderate stroke and survived the first 90 days of stroke were enrolled...
November 3, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108369/nephroureterectomy-increase-5-year-survival-in-patients-on-dialysis-with-upper-urinary-tract-urothelial-carcinoma
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Cih-En Huang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Wen-Cheng Chen, Kuo-Tsai Huang, Pau-Chung Chen, Ying-Huang Tsai, Wei-Yu Lin
Background: There is a high incidence rate of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) in patients on dialysis. However, the studies about nephroureterectomy (NU) in this high surgical risk group are limited. The aim of this study is to investigate the outcomes of NU in this population. Results: There were total 931 patients enrolled and 218, 582, 131 patients were non-NU, unilateral and one-stage bilateral NU, respectively. NU provided better 5-year overall survival (66% versus 51% in non-NU, P = 0...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108240/nationwide-cohort-study-on-the-epidemiology-and-survival-outcomes-of-thyroid-cancer
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Fu-Chao Liu, Huan-Tang Lin, Shu-Fu Lin, Chang-Fu Kuo, Ting-Ting Chung, Huang-Ping Yu
In the past three decades, the thyroid cancer incidence has surged globally. Herein, the Taiwan National Health Insurance database was used to identify thyroid cancer patients and to estimate the prevalence and incidence of thyroid cancer during 1997-2012. The Taiwan Cancer Registry and the National Death Registry databases were crosslinked to obtain information on the histological subtypes and survival rates. Joinpoint regression analysis was used for estimating the average annual percentage changes (APCs) in prevalence, incidence, and survival...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104480/heart-failure-and-mortality-of-adult-survivors-from-acute-myocarditis-requiring-intensive-care-treatment-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Jung-Jung Chang, Ming-Shyan Lin, Tien-Hsing Chen, Dong-Yi Chen, Shao-Wei Chen, Jen-Te Hsu, Po-Chang Wang, Yu-Sheng Lin
Background The correlation between severity and long-term outcomes of pediatric myocarditis have been reported, however this correlation in adults has rarely been studied. Materials and Methods This nationwide population-based cohort study used data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. Patients aged < 75 and > 18 years admitted to an intensive care unit due to acute myocarditis were enrolled and divided into three groups according to mechanical circulatory support (MCS) after excluding major comorbidities...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100501/trends-in-diagnostic-approaches-for-pediatric-appendicitis-nationwide-population-based-study
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Chih-Cheng Luo, Wen-Kuei Chien, Chen-Sheng Huang, Hung-Chieh Lo, Sheng-Mao Wu, Hung-Chang Huang, Ray-Jade Chen, Hsun-Chin Chao
BACKGROUND: To define the benefits of different methods for diagnosis of pediatric appendicitis in Taiwan, a nationwide cohort study was used for analysis. METHODS: We identified 44,529 patients under 18 years old who had been hospitalized with a diagnosis of acute appendicitis between 2003 and 2012. We analyzed the percentages of cases in which ultrasound (US) and/or computed tomography (CT) were performed and non-perforated and perforated appendicitis were diagnosed for each year...
November 3, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100450/meglitinides-increase-the-risk-of-hypoglycemia-in-diabetic-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Pei-Chen Wu, Vin-Cent Wu, Cheng-Jui Lin, Chi-Feng Pan, Chih-Yang Chen, Tao-Min Huang, Che-Hsiung Wu, Likwang Chen, Chih-Jen Wu
The safety of short-acting meglitinides in diabetic patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) has not been widely reported. Diabetic patients with advanced CKD who had a serum creatinine level of > 6 mg/dL a hematocrit level of ≦ 28% and received erythropoiesis-stimulating agent treatment between 2000 and 2010, were included in this nationwide study in Taiwan. The outcomes of interest were defined as hypoglycemia and long-term mortality. The risks of hypoglycemia and death were analyzed using Cox proportional hazards models, with end-stage renal disease and anti-diabetic drugs as time-dependent variables...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096227/an-interesting-phenomenon-in-immigrant-spouses-and-elderly-suicides-in-taiwan
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Ying-Chieh Lai, I-Hui Chen, Nae-Fang Miao, Yu-Ling Hsiao, Hsien-Chang Li
BACKGROUND: Immigration is a global issue. Taiwan has a high proportion of immigrant spouses who take care of the aging parents-in-law at home mainly based on filial piety. Difficulties in communication in many aspects of daily life occur between the elderly and immigrant spouses, and result in the elderly becoming vulnerable and thus, influencing their psychological well-being. Although past studies demonstrated that due to cultural differences, employed foreign care providers negatively influenced elder care quality (e...
October 26, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095939/incident-osteoarthritis-and-osteoarthritis-related-joint-replacement-surgery-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-secondary-cohort-analysis-of-a-nationwide-population-based-health-claims-database
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Ming-Chi Lu, Chien-Hsueh Tung, Chang-Chen Yang, Chun-Lung Wang, Kuang-Yung Huang, Malcolm Koo, Ning-Sheng Lai
BACKGROUND: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) might be associated with an increased risk of secondary osteoarthritis. However, there is a lack of studies assessing its impact on osteoarthritis-related surgery. The aim of this secondary cohort study was to investigate the risk of symptomatic osteoarthritis and osteoarthritis-related surgery, including total hip replacement surgery (THRS) and total knee replacement surgery (TKRS) in patients with AS. METHODS: Using the Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 3,462 patients with AS between 2000 and 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095920/the-association-between-tinnitus-and-the-risk-of-ischemic-cerebrovascular-disease-in-young-and-middle-aged-patients-a-secondary-case-control-analysis-of-a-nationwide-population-based-health-claims-database
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Yung-Sung Huang, Malcolm Koo, Jin-Cherng Chen, Juen-Haur Hwang
BACKGROUND: Tinnitus and ischemic cerebrovascular disease (ICVD) may share common pathophysiologic mechanisms. Nevertheless, no studies have investigated whether tinnitus is associated with a higher risk of ICVD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of ICVD among young and middle-aged patients with tinnitus. METHODS: Using the Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 3,474 patients 20-45 years old with incident ICVD diagnosed between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2010 and 17,370 controls, frequency matched on age interval, sex, and year of the index date...
2017: PloS One
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