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BACKGROUND The long-term use of methamphetamine (MAMP) can result in psychosis but it is not clear why some individuals develop psychotic symptoms, while others use MAMP regularly over long periods and remain unscathed. We set out to characterize MAMP users and to examine the relationship of pre-morbid personality, pre-morbid social function and other(More)
BACKGROUND The duration and vigour of physical exercise are widely considered to be critical elements that may positively or negatively affect physical health and immune response. OBJECTIVES To investigate the effect of a 12 week programme of regular tai chi chuan exercise (TCC) on functional mobility, beliefs about benefits of exercise on physical and(More)
Lipoblastomatous lesions are mesenchymal tumors of embryonal white fat and are classified into two forms: a superficial, well-defined mass (lipoblastoma) or a deep, infiltrative lesion (lipoblastomatosis). We report an unique case of mediastinal lipoblastoma in a 17-month-old boy which harbored a dual nature and exhibited the characteristics of both forms,(More)
Rhabdomyosarcoma, a common soft tissue sarcoma in children, is rarely reported. The head and neck are the most common sites of occurrence. A case of embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the nasopharynx is presented. The patient, a five-year-old boy, presented with a two-monthly history of epistaxis. Ear-Nose-Throat examination revealed a mass at the hard palate.(More)
BACKGROUND Exercise has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM); its benefit to immune function, however, remains to be determined. OBJECTIVE This study investigated the effect of a 12-week course of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) exercise on T cell helper (Th) reaction in patients with type 2 DM. METHODS A case-control study(More)
From 1991 to 1995, we reviewed the medical records of 200 pediatric patients with systemic malignancies to study the occurrence of neurologic complications and their treatment. A total of 25 patients with neurologic complications were found. Complications included intracranial metastasis (one patient), intraspinal metastasis (one), spinal epidural(More)
Chest radiography, CT, and MR imaging were performed in a 3-year-old girl who had posterior mediastinal fibromatosis with transforaminal intraspinal and chest wall extension. Chest radiographs and CT scans showed a slow-growing, noncalcified but locally aggressive left paravertebral mass. The mass was slightly hyperintense relative to muscle on both(More)
To improve treatment results for children with de novo acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we introduced a novel protocol, Taiwan Pediatric Oncology Group-AML-97A, for AML other than acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), for which modified conventional protocols were used. From January 1, 1997, to December 31, 2002, 141 children younger than 17 years old with de(More)
BACKGROUND Dementia is an irreversible illness. The caregiver is expected to assume increased responsibility as the condition of the person with dementia declines. It is important to explore the factors constituting caregiver burden on the informal caregivers of people with dementia. AIMS The purpose of this article is to identify the factors constituting(More)
Empathy is central to a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. Valid and reliable Chinese instruments to assess nursing students' empathy are lacking. The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Chinese version of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Health Profession Students (C-JSE-HPS) among Taiwanese undergraduate nursing students.(More)