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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784606/associated-with-ischemic-stroke-risk-reduction-after-endoscopic-thoracic-sympathectomy-for-palmar-sweating
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Chun-Gu Cheng, Chun-An Cheng, Wu-Chien Chien, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Jiunn-Tay Lee
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) was performed to cure palmar hyperhidrosis (PH). After ETS, blood pressure decreased, and cerebral flow velocity increased within 1 month. However, no studies distinguish between subsequent ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke following ETS for PH. The association between stroke type and PH after ETS must be evaluated. METHODS: We surveyed newly diagnosed patients with PH using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnostic code 708...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782526/decreased-risk-of-pneumonia-in-stroke-patients-receiving-acupuncture-a-nationwide-matched-pair-retrospective-cohort-study
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Chuen-Chau Chang, Ta-Liang Chen, Chao-Shun Lin, Chi-Li Chung, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Chaur-Jong Hu, Hsin-Long Lane, Chien-Chang Liao, Chun-Chuan Shih
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture treatment is common among stroke patients, but there is limited information available on whether acupuncture effectively prevents post-stroke pneumonia. The aim of this study was to analyze the differential risk of pneumonia after stroke between patients who did and did not receive acupuncture after discharge. METHODS: We used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to conduct a retrospective cohort study using propensity score matched-pairs of new stroke patients in 2000-2004 who did and did not receive acupuncture post-stroke...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778776/identification-and-medical-utilization-of-incident-cases-of-alcohol-dependence-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Chun-Hung Pan, Min-Shan Li, Tien-Wey Yang, Ming-Chyi Huang, Sheng-Shiang Su, Yen-Ni Hung, Chiao-Chicy Chen, Chian-Jue Kuo
BACKGROUND: Patients with alcohol dependence (AD) often seek help from medical professionals due to alcohol-related diseases, but the overall distribution of medical specialties identifying new AD cases is unclear. We investigated how such cases were identified and how medical resources were utilized before the identification of AD in a nationwide cohort. METHODS: We enrolled a population-based cohort (N = 1,000,000) using the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan; 8181 cases with incident AD were retrieved between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2010...
May 5, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778548/risk-factors-of-the-peptic-ulcer-bleeding-in-aging-uremia-patients-under-regular-hemodialysis
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Xi-Hsuan Lin, Chung-Chi Lin, Yuan-Jen Wang, Jiing-Chyuan Luo, Shih-Hao Young, Ping-Hsien Chen, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that uremia patients under hemodialysis (HD) have a significantly higher occurrence of peptic ulcer bleeding (PUB) than healthy controls and that elderly patients remain at high risk of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) and PUB. Here we aimed to identify the risk factors for PUB in aging (≥65-years-old) uremic patients under regular HD. METHODS: Using data from the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan, we compared 18,252 aging regular HD patients and 17,883 age-, gender-, and medication-matched patients without kidney disease (control group)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777536/periodontitis-and-dental-scaling-associated-with-pyogenic-liver-abscess-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Y-T Yeh, B-Y Wang, C-W Lin, S-F Yang, S-W Ho, H-W Yeh, J-Y Huang, Y-C Chang, C-B Yeh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between periodontitis, dental scaling (DS) and pyogenic liver abscesses (PLAs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A nationwide population-based case-control study was applied using data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We identified and enrolled 691 PLA patients, who were individually matched by age and sex to 2764 controls. RESULTS: Conditional logistic regression was applied to estimate adjusted odds ratios (aORs) in patients with exposure to periodontitis and DS before PLA...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771866/bipolar-disorder-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-sexually-transmitted-infections-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Shih-Fen Chen, Ling-Yi Wang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Yu-Chih Shen
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested that sexually transmitted infections (STI) tend to increase in patients with bipolar disorder during a manic or hypomanic episode. However, in the long-term course of this disease, it is unclear whether patients with bipolar disorder have a higher risk of incident STI. METHODS: Using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan, 3,721 patients with bipolar disorder and 14,884 controls without bipolar disorder matched by gender and age were enrolled between 2000 and 2010 and followed until the end of 2013...
May 1, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770625/risks-of-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-grade-3-or-invasive-cancers-in-ascus-women-with-different-management-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Yi Jou Tai, Yun Yuan Chen, Huang Cheng Hsu, Chun Ju Chiang, San Lin You, Chi An Chen, Wen Fang Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the progression risk of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) with different clinical managements. METHODS: Women with their first diagnosis of ASCUS cytology were retrieved from the national cervical cancer screening database and linked to the national health insurance research database to identify the management of these women. The incidences of developing cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 and invasive cervical cancer (CIN3+) were calculated, and the hazard ratios (HRs) were estimated using a Cox proportional hazards model...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769253/effectiveness-of-23-valent-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-on-elderly-long-term-cancer-survivors-a-population-based-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
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Wen-Yen Chiou, Moon-Sing Lee, Shih-Kai Hung, Hon-Yi Lin, Yuan-Chen Lo, Feng-Chun Hsu, Shiang-Jiun Tsai, Chung-Yi Li
OBJECTIVE: The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in 2012 recommended the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) for adults with high risk of pneumonia. However, its effectiveness in cancer survivors has not been investigated. Our aim was to investigate the effectiveness of PPSV23 in these patients. DESIGN: Population-based matched cohort study. SETTING: Claim data were obtained from 1 million people registered with the National Health Insurance Research Database in 1996, and followed to 2010...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761323/effect-of-glucocorticoid-use-on-survival-in-patients-with-stage-i-iii-breast-cancer
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Ching-Hung Lin, Po-Ya Chuang, San-Lin You, Chun-Ju Chiang, Chiun-Sheng Huang, Ming-Yang Wang, Ming Chao, Yen-Shen Lu, Ann-Lii Cheng, Chao-Hsiun Tang
PURPOSE: Glucocorticoids (GCs) are commonly used in breast cancer patients to ameliorate emesis induced by chemotherapy. Some preclinical studies have suggested that systemic GCs might promote survival of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer cells. This study aims to clarify their clinical effect on patient survival. METHODS: A total of 18,596 women with newly diagnosed stage I-III breast cancer in 2002-2006 were identified from the Taiwan Cancer Database and drug treatment was examined from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Claims Database...
May 14, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757810/changes-in-ocular-hypotensive-drug-usage-for-glaucoma-treatment-after-cataract-surgery-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-taiwan
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Pei-Yao Chang, Jiun-Yi Wang, Shu-Wen Chang, Yu-Chia Chang
PURPOSE: To observe the changes in the demand for prescriptions of ocular hypertensive drug (OHD) after cataract surgery, to investigate patterns of change in the required OHD amount in open-angle glaucoma (OAG) and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) cases and to determine the associated factors related to the change. METHODS: This population-based cohort study using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database enrolled patients with glaucoma who underwent bilateral cataract surgeries within 2 years between 2001 and 2012...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753054/psoriatic-patients-with-chronic-viral-hepatitis-do-not-have-an-increased-risk-of-liver-cirrhosis-despite-long-term-methotrexate-use-real-world-data-from-a-nationwide-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Kuo-Tung Tang, Yi-Ming Chen, Shih-Ni Chang, Ching-Heng Lin, Der-Yuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is commonly used in the treatment of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study to investigate the impact of long-term MTX use on the risk of chronic viral hepatitis-related cirrhosis among psoriatic patients in Taiwan. METHODS: This study obtained data from the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We identified 2417 psoriatic patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) (370 MTX users and 2047 MTX non-users) and 1127 psoriatic patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) (174 MTX users and 953 MTX non-users) from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010...
May 9, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748599/real-world-use-of-ranibizumab-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-taiwan
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Yi-Sheng Chang, Wan-Ju Lee, Chen-Chee Lim, Shih-Hao Wang, Sheng-Min Hsu, Yi-Chian Chen, Chia-Yi Cheng, Yu-Ti Teng, Yi-Hsun Huang, Chun-Chieh Lai, Sung-Huei Tseng
This study investigated the "real-world" use of ranibizumab for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) in Taiwan and assessed the visual outcome. We reviewed the medical records at National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan, during 2012-2014 for 264 consecutive eyes of 229 patients with nAMD, who applied for ranibizumab covered by national health insurance. A total of 194 eyes (73.5%) in 179 patients (65.5% men; mean ± standard deviation age 69.4 ± 10.7 years) were pre-approved for treatment...
May 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746944/increased-risk-of-autoimmune-diseases-in-dengue-patients-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Hao-Ming Li, Ying-Kai Huang, Yuan-Chih Su, Chia-Hung Kao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk of autoimmune diseases in dengue patients. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study by the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, including a total of 12506 newly diagnosed dengue patients and 112554 control subjects between 2000 and 2010, matched by gender, age, income, urbanization, and comorbidities. Both cohorts were followed for a 3-year period to examine the incidence of autoimmune diseases. A Cox proportional hazards regression analysis was applied to calculate the risk of autoimmune diseases between both groups...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746578/seasonal-peaks-and-risk-factors-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infections-related-hospitalization-of-preterm-infants-in-taiwan
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Hsin Chi, Ching-Hu Chung, Yuh-Jyh Lin, Chyi-Her Lin
OBJECTIVES: To assess the nationwide seasonal peaks, risk factors, and utilization of medical resources of respiratory syncytial virus-associated hospitalization (RSVH) in preterm infants in Taiwan. STUDY DESIGN: A Taiwan nationwide birth cohort was extracted from the Birth Certificate Application Database during 2007-2009 and prospectively linked to the National Health Insurance database. We evaluated the seasonal peaks and risk factors (gestational age [GA], chronologic age [CA], and bronchopulmonary dysplasia [BPD]) associated with the RSVH of preterm infants...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743147/incidence-of-sicca-syndrome-is-3-6-fold-higher-in-areas-with-farm-soils-high-in-chromium-and-nickel
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Ie-Bin Lian, Ie-Ran Wen, Che-Chun Su
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Chromium and nickel are important soil pollutants in Taiwan. Previously, we showed that blood chromium levels correlated strongly with soil chromium levels. Our observation that many patients with dry eyes or a dry mouth came from areas where soils contain high chromium levels prompted us to investigate whether incidence and prevalence of SS are higher in areas where soils contain high levels of heavy metals. METHODS: We used a database from national health insurance (NHI) to study the epidemiology of SS...
May 7, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740354/increased-risk-of-psychiatric-disorders-in-allergic-diseases-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Nian-Sheng Tzeng, Hsin-An Chang, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Yu-Chen Kao, Chuan-Chia Chang, Hui-Wen Yeh, Wei-Shan Chiang, Yu-Ching Chou, Shan-Yueh Chang, Wu-Chien Chien
Background/objective: Allergic diseases, such as bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, and psychiatric disorders, are major health issues. There have been reports that allergic diseases were associated with depression or anxiety disorders. This study aimed to investigate the association between these allergic diseases and the risk of developing overall psychiatric disorders in patients from Taiwan. Methods: This cohort study used the database of the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739652/prolonged-length-of-stay-for-acute-hospital-admissions-as-the-increasing-of-age-a-nationwide-population-study-for-taiwan-s-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
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Kuo-Liang Chiang, Chin-Yin Huang, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Fang-Chuan Kuo
BACKGROUND: Studies investigating reasons for the admission and the associated lengths of stay (LOSs) among cerebral palsy (CP) patients are limited. This study determined common reasons for acute hospitalizations and the LOSs among children, adolescents, and young adults with CP. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of data. CP patients aged 4-32.9 years were identified by CP registry in the catastrophic illness patient registry of the 2010 Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
April 12, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736970/preoperative-biliary-drainage-associated-with-biliary-stricture-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy-a-population-based-study
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Chien-Hui Wu, Te-Wei Ho, Jin-Ming Wu, Ting-Chun Kuo, Ching-Yao Yang, Fei-Pei Lai, Yu-Wen Tien
BACKGROUND: The rate of preoperative biliary drainage for pancreaticoduodenectomy has been increasing despite most recent evidence that favors avoiding it. Only a few studies have focused on late surgical complications - biliary stricture after pancreaticoduodenectomy and have produced only inconclusive results. We evaluate the role of preoperative biliary drainage in formation of biliary stricture after pancreaticoduodenectomy. METHODS: The Taiwan National Health Insurance Program is a mandatory health care plan covers nearly the entire population of 23-million in this country...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734978/risk-of-nephrolithiasis-in-patients-with-sleep-apnea-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Sheng-Han Tsai, Marshall L Stoller, Benjamin A Sherer, Zi-Hao Chao, Tao-Hsin Tung
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To delineate the relationship between sleep apnea and subsequent risk of nephrolithiasis. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of a general population sample from Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2012. Patients with sleep apnea without prior diagnosis of nephrolithiasis (n = 7,831) were identified and subsequent development of nephrolithiasis was compared to an age- and sex-matched control group (n = 31,293) without sleep apnea...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734656/association-between-peptic-ulcer-disease-and-periodontitis-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study-in-taiwan
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Hui-Chieh Yu, Tsung-Po Chen, Chia-Yi Wei, Yu-Chao Chang
Previous studies have suggested that peptic ulcer disease (PUD) including stomach and duodenal ulcers might be associated with periodontitis (PD); however, no clear conclusions have been reached thus far. In this retrospective case-control study, we aimed to investigate the association between PUD and PD by using a large population-based dataset in Taiwan. A population-based retrospective case control study was conducted using the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2010 (LHID2010) derived from the National Health Insurance Research database (NHIRD) in Taiwan from 2000 to 2013...
May 4, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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