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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
OBJECTIVE This study uses 5-year population data to determine the incidence rate of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) in Taiwan, taking into consideration the age and gender of patients, as well as seasonal variations. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective cross-sectional study. METHOD The data used is from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research(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)
OBJECTIVE Although a body of evidence indicates a link between psychiatric illnesses and allergies, no one has investigated the association between schizophrenia and atopic disorders. The objective of this nationwide population-based study was to examine the prevalence and risk of atopic disorders (asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and atopic(More)