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Cho-Kai Wu, Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Jiun-Yang Chiang, Yi-Heng Li, Chia-Ti Tsai, Fu-Tien Chiang
Taiwanese heart registries for the main cardiovascular diseases have been conducted in the past 10 years, with the goal of examining the quality of cardiovascular patient care, which cannot be guaranteed by the universal Taiwan National Health Insurance. The results show suboptimal adherence to guideline recommendations. Door-to-balloon time and dual antiplatelet therapy use in acute coronary syndrome, standard medications for management of heart failure, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in dyslipidemia, anticoagulant agent use in atrial fibrillation, and the understanding of sudden arrhythmia death syndrome were all found to be inadequate...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Pei-Hsun Sung, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Yao-Hsu Yang, John Y Chiang, Chi-Jen Chen, Hon-Kan Yip, Mel S Lee
PURPOSE: Endothelial dysfunction is a risk factor for osteonecrosis of femoral head (ONFH) and venous thromboembolism (VTE) [defined as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)]. However, the risk of unprovoked VTE in non-traumatic ONFH patients remains unclear. METHODS: We investigated the relationship between ONFH and VTE using Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Between 1997 and 2010, a total of 1514 non-traumatic ONFH patients were identified from 1,000,000 general populations after excluding initially concomitant diagnoses of DVT and PE, and subjects undergoing lower limb surgery within one year since enrollment...
March 14, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Jin-Ming Wu, Te-Wei Ho, Ching-Yao Yang, Po-Huang Lee, Yu-Wen Tien
Background: This population-based study evaluated changes in glucose metabolism after distal pancreatectomy (DP). Methods: Data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database was collected from 2001 to 2010. Of 1,980 patients who underwent DP, 507 had diabetes and 1,410 did not. Results: Of the 1,410 non-diabetic pre-DP patients, 312 (22.1%) developed newly-diagnosed diabetes after DP. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that dyslipidemia [hazard ratio = 1...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Yefei Jiang, Shuangge Ma, Ben-Chang Shia, Tian-Shyug Lee
In "classic" biomedical research, diseases have usually been studied individually. The pioneering human disease network (HDN) studies jointly consider a large number of diseases, analyse their interconnections, and provide a more comprehensive description of diseases. However, most of the existing HDN studies are based on molecular information and can only partially describe disease interconnections. Building on the unique Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), in this study, we construct the epidemiological HDN (eHDN), where two diseases are concluded as interconnected if their observed probability of co-occurrence deviating that expected under independence...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ti-Yuan Yang, Marcelo Chen, Wun-Rong Lin, Chung-Yi Li, Wei-Kung Tsai, Allen W Chiu, Ming-Chung Ko
OBJECTIVES: To assess the associations between preoperative treatment with 5-alpha reductase inhibitors and the risks of blood transfusion during transurethral resection of the prostate and blood clot evacuation or emergency department visits for hematuria within 1 month after surgery. METHODS: We used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database in this population-based cohort study. A total of 3,126 patients who underwent first-time transurethral resection of the prostate from 2004 to 2013 were identified...
March 12, 2018: Clinics
Po-Chi Chan, Wei-Lun Chang, Min-Hsien Hsu, Chung-Hsin Yeh, Chih-Hsin Muo, Ko-Shih Chang, Chung Y Hsu, Bor-Tsang Wu, Ching-Hsiang Lai, Ching-Hsiao Lee, Hua Ting, Fung-Chang Sung
No study has investigated the role of pancreatic cancer in the stroke risk using population data. We used claims data obtained from a universal health insurance program of Taiwan to evaluate the stroke risk in pancreatic cancer patients.From the catastrophic disease registry of the insurance, we identified 7479 patients with pancreatic malignancy without stroke history from 2000 to 2009. The comparison cohort consisted of 29,916 individuals identified from 1 million insured people without cancer and stroke history, matching with the cancer cohort by propensity score...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Si-Huei Lee, Tzu-Chun Hsu, Meng-Tse Gabriel Lee, Christin Chihh-Ting Chao, Wan-Chien Lee, Chi-Cheng Lai, Chien-Chang Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the sepsis incidence, mortality rates, and primary sites of infection among adult, elderly, and octogenarian patients with sepsis. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: The entire health insurance claims data of Taiwan, which enrolled 99.8% of the 23 million Taiwanese population. PATIENTS: Sepsis patients were identified by International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification codes for both infection and organ dysfunction from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2012...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Hao-Ming Li, Ying-Kai Huang, Yuan-Chih Su, Chia-Hung Kao
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a severe neurologic complication of dengue fever, described in only a few case reports. The incidence and risk factors for stroke in patients with dengue remain unclear. We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study to investigate the risk of stroke in patients with dengue. METHODS: Using data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, we included a total of 13 787 patients with dengue newly diagnosed between 2000 and 2012...
March 12, 2018: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Yu-Tang Chang, Hsiang-Lin Tsai, Ya-Ting Kung, Yung-Sung Yeh, Ching-Wen Huang, Cheng-Jen Ma, Herng-Chia Chiu, Jaw-Yuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Increasing bodies of evidence suggest that metformin may be beneficial in the primary prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC), and a dose-response relationship has been reported. However, long-term epidemiological observations between the treatment period, cumulative dose, and intensity of metformin and CRC are rarely reported. The aim of this study was to identify the association between the effect of metformin and CRC development in a nationwide cohort study. METHODS: This nationwide population-based study examined a cohort of 1,000,000 patients randomly sampled from individuals enrolled in the Taiwan National Health Insurance system...
March 7, 2018: Translational Oncology
Shu-Ruei Wu, Hsiao-Ching Kuo, Wei-Chun Huang, Yung-Feng Huang, Yee-Hsuan Chiou, Yu-Hsiang Chang, Bao-Ren Nong
INTRODUCTION: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an immune-mediated disease; it has been reported to be associated with several diseases. The data on ITP in patients with hepatitis B, tuberculosis, or thyroid diseases are relatively scarce. In addition, these diseases are not rare in Taiwan, together with hepatitis C and Helicobacter pylori which are also related to ITP. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We identified 1223 ITP patients and characterized these patients between 2000 and 2013 from the National Health Insurance Research Database...
March 2, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Chih-Ching Yeh, Fu-Hsiung Su, Chii-Ruey Tzeng, Chih-Hsin Muo, Wen-Chang Wang
OBJECTIVE: Both adenomyosis and endometriosis are characterized by the presence of ectopic endometrial glands and stroma and have been suggested to share some characteristics with malignant tumors. Although accumulating evidence indicates that endometriosis is associated with some cancer types, the cancer risks in patients with adenomyosis have been rarely examined. In this study, we investigated the relationship between adenomyosis and risks of common cancers. METHODS: This study included a cohort of 12,447 women with adenomyosis but not endometriosis, born in 1951-1984, and a cohort of 124,470 adenomyosis-free women matched by birth year...
2018: PloS One
Shih-Yi Lin, Der-Cherng Chen, Cheng-Li Lin, Han-Chung Lee, Tsung-Chih Lin, I-Kuan Wang, Chung-Y Hsu, Chia-Hung Kao
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cervical spondylosis (CS) is reported to be associated with increased sympathetic activity and hypertension. However, the cardiovascular (CV) outcomes of patients with CS are largely unknown. METHODS: A national insurance claims dataset of 22 million enrollees in Taiwan during 1999-2010 was used as the research database. We identified 27,948 patients with CS and age-, sex-, and comorbidity-matched controls. By using multivariate logistic regression analysis after adjustment for potential cardiovascular (CV) confounders, we calculated odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) to quantify the association between CS and acute coronary syndrome (ACS)...
March 1, 2018: Atherosclerosis
J-H Chen, S-C Wu, H-J Chen, C-H Kao, C-H Tseng, C-H Tsai
BACKGROUND: Prior investigations with few cases have disclosed lack of pressure sore (PrS) formation was characteristic in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. However, studies with larger samples are lacking to ascertain this concept. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether patients with ALS have higher risk of PrS. METHODS: Utilizing a Taiwan National Insurance claims dataset with 23 million participants, we extracted 514 ALS patients and 2,056 controls from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2008...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Feng-Kai Chan, Chien-Chin Hsu, Hung-Jung Lin, Jhi-Joung Wang, Shih-Bin Su, Chien-Cheng Huang, Shih-Feng Weng
Physicians in Taiwan have long working hours and are at risk for inappropriate posture when handling patients, which may contribute to lumbar herniated intervertebral disc (L-HIVD). This study was conducted to delineate this issue, which is still unknown. This nationwide population-based cohort study was based on Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. We identified 25,428 physicians, 32,316 nonphysician health care professionals (HCPs), and an identical number of age- and sex-matched individuals from the general population...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ming-Shyan Lin, Chang-Min Chung, Ming-Ling Chang, Mei-Yen Chen, Shih-Tai Chang, Pao-Hsien Chu, Tien-Hsing Chen, Wey-Yil Lin, Tung-Jung Huang, Yu-Sheng Lin
BACKGROUND: Although hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, whether antiviral therapy (AVT) can reduce heart failure (HF) hospitalizations is unknown.Methods and Results:In this population-based cohort study, we used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to evaluate the effect of interferon-based therapy (IBT) on cardiovascular events in patients with chronic HCV infection. Clinical outcomes evaluated included HF hospitalizations; a composite of acute myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke, and peripheral artery disease; all-cause death; and cardiovascular death...
March 2, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Yen-Chun Peng, Cheng-Li Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the risk of pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) in patients receiving endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES). SETTING: A population-based cohort study using data from Taiwans' National Health Insurance Research Database was conducted. Patients aged 20 or older who had undergone an ES were considered as the ES cohort. The dates for the first hospitalisation of the patients receiving ES were defined as the index dates. PARTICIPANTS: Patients in the ES and non-ES cohorts were selected by 1:1 matching ratio based on a propensity score...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Fu-Yu Lin, Yi-Chien Yang, Cheng-Li Lin, Lukas Jyuhn-Hsiarn Lee
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by typical motor impairment. However, lower urinary tract symptoms, including urinary urgency or frequency, which are non-motor phenomena, occur frequently among patients with IPD. In this study, we assess the risk of overactive bladder (OAB) in patients with IPD. METHODS: The National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan was used to identify patients with IPD (IPD cohort) and four-fold controls (non-IPD cohort) from 2000 to 2010...
2018: PloS One
Yu-Lin Lin, Ruey Kuen Hsieh, Chao-Hsiun Tang
AIM: Pain assessment and management have been important criteria in hospital accreditation in Taiwan since 2007. We used a Taiwanese health insurance database to determine factors influencing patterns of strong opioid use in cancer patients in their final 12 months of life. METHODS: Data from patients with cancer in Taiwan outpatient clinics with cancer-related deaths between 2008 and 2011 were included in the analysis. Strong opioid prescription data from the last 12 months of each patient's life, as well as patient, physician, and hospital characteristics, were collected from the National Health Insurance Research Database...
March 2, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Dah-Ching Ding, I-Ju Tsai, Jen-Hung Wang, Shinn-Zong Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
Women with polycystic ovary syndrome are characterized by obesity, menstruation irregularity, hirsutism and infertility, and prevalent with cardiometabolic comorbidities, but population-based studies on the risk of developing coronary artery disease are limited. From claims data of the Taiwan National Health Insurance, we identified 8048 women with polycystic ovary syndrome aged 15-49 years newly diagnosed in 1998-2013, and 32192 women without the syndrome and CAD as controls, frequency matched by age and diagnosis date...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Yu-Hua Chu, Lee Wang, Pei-Chieh Ko, Shou-Jen Lan, Yung-Po Liaw
Background and Aim: The association of betel nut with liver cirrhosis among alcohol drinkers has been clearly shown. However, very few studies have shown such an association among non-alcohol drinkers. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between betel nut chewing and cirrhosis among non-alcohol drinkers. Materials and Methods: This study retrospectively analyzed data retrieved from the 2012 Adult Preventive Medical Services and the National Health Insurance Research Datasets in Taiwan...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
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