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BACKGROUND This study aims to analyze the risk factors for anastomotic leakage after low anterior resection with the technique of total mesorectal excision (TME). METHODS From September 1993 to November 1998, 196 patients with rectal cancer from 3 to 12 cm from the anal verge were treated with low anterior resection with TME. The data were entered in a(More)
BACKGROUND Few cancer specific quality-of-life (QoL) measures from the West have been translated for use with Chinese-speaking patients, and no substantial validation of these translations with adequately large cohorts has been published previously, to the authors' knowledge. The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) is a well-validated(More)
To investigate the dimensions and determinants of posttraumatic growth among Chinese cancer survivors, 188 participants were asked to complete a Chinese posttraumatic growth inventory, translated from the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI; J Trauma Stress 1996; 9: 455-471), together with the Chinese versions of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale,(More)
The aims of this study were: (1) to present the time trend of suicide rate among people aged 15 or above in China over the period 2002–2011 and (2) to examine the current profile of completed suicides during 2009–2011. Data on suicide rate in 2002–2011 were provided by the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH). The trends of region-, gender-, and age-specific(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the newly described G1502 to A1502 mutation in exon 3 of the LH beta-subunit gene, causing the amino acid substitution of Ser102 for Gly102, is related to female infertility. DESIGN Screening of fertile and infertile women for the G1502 to A1502 mutation in the LH beta-subunit gene. SETTING Clinics and laboratories of(More)
Background: The aim of this study was to explore the characteristics and efficacy of psychoeducational family intervention for persons with schizophrenia in rural China. Methods: A cluster randomised controlled trial of psychoeducational family intervention for families experiencing schizophrenia (three groups, 326 cases) was conducted in Xinjin County,(More)
BACKGROUND Deaths of celebrities, especially by suicide, can be followed by an increase in population suicide rates, particularly where there is extensive media reporting. We have examined the impact on suicides following the death of a famous Hong Kong pop singer whose death from suicide by jumping from a height, occurred on 1st April 2003, and resulted in(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the inter-relationships between sleeping hours, working hours and obesity in subjects from a working population. RESEARCH DESIGN A cross-sectional observation study under the 'Better Health for Better Hong Kong' Campaign, which is a territory-wide health awareness and promotion program. SUBJECTS 4793 subjects (2353 (49.1%) men and(More)
STUDY DESIGN Bone biopsies from iliac crest and spinous process of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients were obtained intraoperatively for histology and histomorphometric analysis. OBJECTIVES To study the histologic features of cancellous bone and to correlate the histomorphometric variables with preoperative bone mineral density in patients with(More)
Many studies have suggested that unexpected death of a loved one is an important risk factor of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among disaster survivors, but few have examined the magnitude of psychiatric morbidities among bereaved survivors. This study examined the prevalence rates of clinically significant PTSD and depressive symptoms(More)