Chih-Hung Ku

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the effectiveness of uterotonics misoprostol and oxytocin on reducing blood loss during laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH). DESIGN Randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. SETTING University hospital. POPULATION One hundred and seventy-three women underwent LAVH for symptomatic uterine myomas and were(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies showed that serum tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b (TRACP5b) activity was increased in 70% to 94% of breast cancer (BC) patients with bone metastasis (BM). This study aims to determine whether serum TRACP5b is useful for identifying limited or extensive BM in BC patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Serum TRACP5b activity was(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of nicotine-patch therapy for smoking cessation in patients with schizophrenia. This was a longitudinal study and sixty-eight schizophrenic patients were assigned to 8 weeks of a nicotine-patch therapy program or a control group. The generalized estimating equation analysis revealed that there(More)
BACKGROUND Identification and monitoring of active tuberculosis (TB) and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are the key steps to prevent transmission during a TB outbreak. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of QuantiFERON-TB-Gold In Tube assay (QFT-GIT) in the investigation of active TB and LTBI cases during a TB outbreak in a university. (More)
Serum amyloid A (SAA) is a useful biomarker for gastric cancer in an animal model. We investigated the potential of SAA as a biomarker for gastric cancer in humans. Serum levels of SAA from 96 gastric cancer patients were measured before and after curative gastrectomy; 32 patients with gastric ulcers and 52 healthy subjects were the control groups. The(More)
BACKGROUND Most parents are very concerned about the height of their children. Biochemical markers of bone formation and resorption may provide useful clinical predictors for bone growth. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b (TRAcP 5b) has been advocated as a biomarker of osteoclast activity and bone resorption. However, the TRAcP 5b levels of children at(More)
This study examined the effect of conversation and assertive skills training on social skills of schizophrenic patients. Patients who met the study criteria were randomly assigned to the experimental or control group. The experimental group received eight group training sessions and the control group received routine nursing care treatment. Data were(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis and follow-up of bone metastasis (BMet) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients usually rely on symptoms and image studies. A serum marker of bone resorption may improve the quality of treatment in such patients. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b (TRACP5b) is a specific marker for osteoclasts and we proposed it can be used(More)
OBJECTIVES Under a constant inspired concentration, the uptake of a volatile anesthetic into the arterial blood should mainly be governed by alveolar ventilation, according to the assumption that the patient's cardiac output remains stable during anesthesia. We investigated whether ventilation volume affects the rate of desflurane uptake by examining(More)
BACKGROUND Activation of platelets, which plays an important role in inflammation, has recently been reported to enhance platelet P-selectin expression and form platelet-leukocyte aggregation (PLA). Platelet P-selectin expression and PLA formation have been reported to be potential markers of inflammatory diseases such as sepsis, thrombosis, myocardial(More)