Chih-Chun Tsai

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Step-stress accelerated degradation test (SSADT) is a useful tool for assessing the lifetime distribution of highly reliable products (under a normal-use condition) when the available test items are very few. Recently, an optimal SSADT plan has been proposed in the literature which is based on the assumption that the underlying degradation path follows a(More)
BACKGROUND We noted only rare reports of cirrhotic patients with bacterial endocarditis (BE). There is insufficient data on the risk of BE in liver cirrhosis. This is the first national population-based study evaluating the risk of BE in cirrhotic patients. METHODS We used the National Health Insurance Database, which is derived from the Taiwan National(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The effects of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on the mortality of patients with cirrhosis and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) have not been determined. METHODS We collected data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Database on 2592 patients with cirrhosis who were hospitalized with SBP from January 1 to December 31, 2004.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Cellulitis is a common infectious disease. However, the risk of cellulitis in cirrhotic patients is not well established, and whether liver cirrhosis is a risk factor for cellulitis remains unknown. This study evaluated the relationship between cellulitis and liver cirrhosis. METHODS The National Health Insurance Database, which was(More)
Burn-in test is a manufacturing process applied to products to eliminate latent failures or weak components in the factory before the products reach customers. The traditional burn-in test over a short period of time to collect time-to-failure or go/no-go data is rather inefficient. This decision problem can be solved if there exists a suitable quality(More)
BACKGROUND Cirrhotic patients with ascites are prone to develop various infectious diseases. This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence and effect of major infectious diseases on the mortality of cirrhotic patients with ascites. METHODS We reviewed de-identified patient data from the National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National(More)
BACKGROUND The relationship between osteonecrosis of the femoral head (OFH) and liver cirrhosis is controversial. The aim of this study was to determine whether liver cirrhosis is associated with the occurrence of OFH. METHODS We used the National Health Insurance Database, derived from the Taiwan National Health Insurance program. The study cohort(More)
Kidney is an important organ to clear neurotoxic substance in circulation. However, it is still unknown about the effect of renal function impairment (RFI) on the mortality of cirrhotic patients with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). We used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database to identify 4932 cirrhotic patients with HE, hospitalized between January 1,(More)