Chih-Hsin Muo

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OBJECTIVES Using population-based representative insurance claims data, the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) among diabetes mellitus (DM) patients, as well as whether DM medications alter the risk of developing HCC were investigated. METHODS From the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, 19,349 newly diagnosed DM patients 20(More)
Most studies associated diabetes mellitus (DM) with risk of cancer have focused on the Caucasian population and only a few types of cancer. Therefore, a large and comprehensive nationwide retrospective cohort study involving an Asian population was conducted to evaluate the risk of several major types of cancer among Type 2 DM patients. The study analyzed(More)
BACKGROUND Western breast cancer survivors have an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture. Breast cancer occurs 10 to 20 years earlier in Asian women than in Western women. We investigated if younger Asian women with breast cancer also have increased risk of fracture. METHODS We used the universal insurance claims data from 2000 to 2003 to(More)
The objective of this study was to explore the association between statins use and risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We used the research database of the Taiwan National Health Insurance program to conduct a population-based case–control study. Cases were 3,480 patients with newly diagnosed HCC identified during 2000 and 2009. Controls were(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate a possible association between malignancy and anxiety disorders (AD) in Taiwan. METHODS We employed data from the National Health Insurance system of Taiwan. The AD cohort contained 24,066 patients with each patient randomly frequency matched according to age and sex with 4 individuals from the general(More)
BACKGROUND The air pollution caused by vehicular emissions is associated with cognitive decline. However, the associations between the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) exposure and dementia remain poorly defined and have been addressed in only a few previous studies. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this study, we obtained data on 29547(More)
Antibodies to B. melitensis were detected by agglutination by using the Rose Bengal and Brucella Wright tests (both from BioRad, Hercules, CA, USA). Of the 63 patients, 9 had a positive antibody response against a tested antigen (Table): 1 to phase I C. burnetii and 8 to Bartonella spp. (IgG >200). Of these, 7 had a 1-fold dilution higher titer to B.(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to assess the risk of acute pancreatitis among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and identify the roles of co-morbidities and anti-diabetic drugs. METHODS From claims data of one million enrollees randomly sampled from a population covered by the Taiwan National Health Insurance, 19,518 adults with type(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Stroke is a known cerebrovascular complication in lung cancer patients; however, whether lung cancer patients are at elevated risk of developing stroke relative to the noncancer population remains unclear. METHODS The present study used population-based claims data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance, which identified 52,089(More)
INTRODUCTION Given one third of the human population have been infected with tuberculosis, it is important to delineate the relationship between tuberculosis and lung cancer. This study explored whether contracting pulmonary tuberculosis is associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancers. METHODS In a cohort of 716,872 insured subjects, free(More)