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BACKGROUND The aims of this study were to understand the molecular epidemiology of integron-associated gene cassettes in Acinetobacter baumannii across four hospitals in northern Taiwan and to clarify the relationship between the presence of integrons and antibiotic-resistant phenotypes. METHODS Sixty-five A. baumannii isolates, collected from the(More)
Tigecycline resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii is primarily acquired through overexpression of the AdeABC efflux pump. Besides AdeRS, other two-component regulatory systems (TCSs) involving the regulation of this transporter have not been clarified. In this study, we found that the TCS genes baeR and baeS are co-transcribed and function as stress(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate disordered eating among female college students. The study sought to establish a predictive model for the risk of eating disorders in young female university students in Taiwan. A group of 336 student participants were recruited with the results showing that more than one third (43.2%) of the college women(More)
BACKGROUND The distribution and characterization of OXA-type carbapenemases in Acinetobacter sp in Taiwan has less been reported. The aim of the study was to investigate the molecular epidemiology and OXA-type carbapenemase genes in a regional hospital in Taiwan. METHODS Imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter sp were collected between 2005 and 2007 in a(More)
Energy overuse has caused many environmental and economic issues, so energy saving for household is challenging and important for a smart home. For home energy saving based on context-awareness, human activity is critical information since knowing what activities are undertaken is important for judging if energy consumed by appliances is well spent by(More)
BACKGROUND A substantial amount of evidence suggests that dysfunction of the dopamine transporter may be involved in the pathophysiology of amphetamine dependence (AD). The aim of this study was to examine whether the dopamine transporter gene (DAT1, SLC6A3) is associated with development of AD and whether this gene influences personality traits in patients(More)
Human activity is among the critical information for a context-aware energy saving system since knowing what activities are undertaken is important for judging if energy is well spent. Most of the prior works on energy saving do not make the best of context-awareness especially in a multiuser environment to assist the energy saving system. In addition, they(More)
Energy saving has become an important issue in recent years due to the problems relating to energy shortage and global warming. However, most prior works in a domestic environment often ignore users' perception of the deployed technologies, let alone users' high-level contexts such as on-going activities and preferences. Without the high-level contexts, an(More)
OBJECTIVES Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a bacterial pathogen associated with health-care associated infections, particularly in immunocompromised patients. Members of the fluoroquinolone drug class are frequently used to treat S. maltophilia infection; however, S. maltophilia resistance to fluoroquinolones, especially levofloxacin, has been increasing.(More)
BACKGROUND We conducted a study using a case-crossover design to clarify the risk of acute effects of zolpidem and benzodiazepine on all-sites of fractures in the elderly. DESIGN OF STUDY Case-crossover design. METHODS AND MATERIALS Elderly enrollees (n = 6010) in Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database with zolpidem or benzodiazepine use(More)