Hsin Chun Tsai

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BACKGROUND Four serotonin-related genes including guanine nucleotide binding protein beta polypeptide 3 (GNB3), 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 1A (HTR1A; serotonin receptor 1A), 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor 2A (HTR2A; serotonin receptor 2A), and solute carrier family 6 member 4 (SLC6A4; serotonin neurotransmitter transporter) have been suggested to be(More)
BACKGROUND A reciprocal relationship between diabetes risk and depression has been reported. There are few studies investigating glucose-insulin homeostasis before and after short-term antidepressant treatment in drug-naïve major depressive disorder (MDD) patients. METHODS This study included 104 healthy controls and 50 drug-naïve MDD patients diagnosed(More)
Striatal dopaminergic activity is significantly correlated with various cognitive activities, mood regulation, and even metabolic homeostasis, and is modulated by the dopamine transporter (DAT). The availability of DAT could be regulated by presynaptic autoreceptors, which are G-protein coupled receptors; however, whether functional variations in the common(More)
Depression and impaired quality of life (QOL) are frequently observed in patients suffering from a variety of diseases. In addition, it has been reported that an enhanced degradation of the serotonin precursor tryptophan may contribute to QOL deterioration in some diseases. However, it is unclear whether the correlation between the QOL scores and the(More)
BACKGROUND Valproate (VPA) is a mood stabilizer for treating patients with bipolar disorder (BD). It may cause metabolic abnormalities in certain bipolar patients. However, the genetic factors that influence the susceptibility remain unclear. Genetic polymorphism of the G-protein β3 subunit (GNB3) is reported to be associated with metabolic phenotypes. In(More)
OBJECTIVES Oxytocin (OT) has been shown to play a crucial role in the biology of social interaction. Sex differences associated with this neuropeptide system have been reported. OT may serves as an indicator of interpersonal stress, especially in women. The aim of this study was to investigate the sex-specific associations between plasma OT levels and(More)
Dopamine and serotonin have been indirectly found to be associated with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The aims of this study were to examine the availabilities of the striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) and the midbrain serotonin transporter (SERT) in patients with GAD. 12 patients with GAD and 12 sex-matched, age-matched, and smoking status-matched(More)
While methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is beneficial for heroin dependence, there is little information regarding the reductions in monetary cost and gains in productivity following MMT. The aim of this study was to evaluate the changes in the monetary cost of heroin addiction and productivity after one year of MMT. Twenty-nine participants from an MMT(More)
"This study attempts to present demographic characteristics and to analyze factors, problems and policy implications of Chinese migration from Macau, Hong Kong and [the] Chinese Mainland to Taiwan in the last decade. Important demographic characteristics of migration covering the number, age, sex, educational and occupational composition are presented.(More)
This study examines the general characteristics and differentials in the status trends, processes, and consequences of student migration to the US, emphasizing micro analysis. The study uses 2 methods to collect data: 1) examination of secondary statistical data and literature and 2) interviews (in 1987) of 435 family members and close friends of(More)