Hui-Fen Chiu

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Many studies have reported increases in daily cardiovascular mortality and hospital admissions associated with increases in levels of air pollutants. However, little is known about the relationship between hospital admissions for stroke and air pollution. This study was undertaken to determine whether there is an association between(More)
OBJECTIVES Experimental studies have shown that statins have potential protective effects against cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the use of statins was associated with liver cancer risk. METHODS We conducted a population-based case–control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National Health(More)
This study was undertaken to determine whether there was an association between air pollutant levels and emergency room (ER) visits for cardiac arrhythmia in Taipei, Taiwan. ER visits for cardiac arrhythmia and ambient air pollution data for Taipei were obtained for the period 2000-2006. The relative risk of ER visits was estimated using a case-crossover(More)
Arsenic has been well documented as the major risk factor for development of blackfoot disease (BFD), a unique peripheral vascular disease that was once endemic to the southwestern coast of Taiwan, where residents imbibed artesian well water containing high concentrations of arsenic for more than 50yr. Long-term arsenic exposure has also been reported to be(More)
OBJECTIVES Experimental studies have shown that statins have potential protective effects against cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the use of statins was associated with gastric cancer risk. METHODS We conducted a population-based case-control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National health(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental studies have shown that statins have potential protective effects against cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the use of statins was associated with prostate cancer risk. METHODS We conducted a population-based case-control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National health(More)
In spring, windblown dust storms originating in the deserts of Mongolia and China make their way to Taipei city. These occurrences are known as Asian dust storm (ADS) events. The objective of this study was to assess the possible associations of ADS on the hospital stroke admissions of residents in Taipei, Taiwan, during the period from 1996 to 2001. We(More)
This study was undertaken to determine whether there is an association between air pollutants levels and hospital admissions for asthma in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Hospital admissions for asthma and ambient air pollution data for Kaohsiung were obtained for the period from 1996 through 2003. The relative risk of hospital admission was estimated using a(More)
Three new eudesmanolide sesquiterpenes, neolitacumone A-C (1-3), and one new benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, neolitacumonine (5), along with 27 known compounds were isolated from the stem bark of Neolitsea acuminatissima. The structures of compounds 1-3 and 5 were established on the basis of spectral and chemical evidence. Compounds 2, 3, and 20 were(More)
AIM To investigate whether the use of statins is associated with colorectal cancer risk. METHODS We conducted a population-based case-control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Cases consisted of all patients who were aged 50 years and older and had a first-time diagnosis of(More)