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The objectives of this study were (1) to investigate the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes among the epileptic and general populations, including small for gestational age (SGA), low birth weight (LBW) and preterm delivery, using two large-scale nationwide population-based databases, and (2) to compare the risk of these adverse pregnancy outcomes(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the risk of stroke development following a diagnosis of herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO). METHODS Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The study cohort comprised all patients with a diagnosis of HZO (ICD-9-CM code 053.2) in 2003 and 2004 (n = 658). The comparison cohort(More)
The protection of patients' health information is a very important concern in the information age. The purpose of this study is to ascertain what constitutes an effective legal framework in protecting both the security and privacy of health information, especially electronic medical records. All sorts of bills regarding electronic medical data protection(More)
Bladder calculus is associated with chronic irritation and inflammation. As there is substantial documentation that inflammation can play a direct role in carcinogenesis, to date the relationship between stone formation and bladder cancer (BC) remains unclear. This study aimed to examine the association between BC and prior bladder calculus using a(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether seizures in women with epilepsy during pregnancy contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes. DESIGN A retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING Taiwan. Patients This study linked 2 nationwide population-based data sets: Taiwan's birth certificate registry and the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Data set. A total of(More)
OBJECTIVE Some studies suggest that hospitalizations for certain conditions, called ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs), are potentially avoidable. However, almost no study has addressed the risk of ACSC hospitalizations specifically for patients with severe mental illness. Our study examines the risk of ACSC hospitalizations among patients with(More)
The etiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) is still not well known. Previous data show conflicting results regarding the association between MS and prior brain trauma. This study aims to investigate the risk for MS following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a large-scale cohort study design. This study used data from the National Health Insurance Research(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine prospectively the relationship between a diagnosis of panic disorder and the risk of acute myocardial infarction within 1 year of follow-up. Panic disorder is associated prospectively with coronary artery disease, but the risk of acute myocardial infarction associated with panic disorder has not been specifically investigated. METHOD(More)
OBJECTIVE This study compared the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome-including preterm births, low birth weight (LBW), large-gestational-age (LGA), and small-gestational-age (SGA)-among mothers with schizophrenia receiving typical, atypical, and no antipsychotics during pregnancy. They were all compared with control subjects. METHODS We used(More)
BACKGROUND While an association between zolpidem use and fracture and road accident was previously proposed, this study aimed to further explore the frequency and risk of a wide spectrum of injuries in subjects prescribed with zolpidem in Taiwan. METHODS We identified 77,036 subjects who received Zolpidem treatment between 2005 and 2007. We randomly(More)