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BACKGROUND Little is known on the effectiveness of influenza vaccine in ESRD patients. This study compared the incidence of hospitalization, morbidity, and mortality in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) between cohorts with and without influenza vaccination. METHODS We used the insurance claims data from 1998 to 2009 in(More)
Lovastatin, a hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, was found to block the synthesis of cholesterol and to affect posttranslational modification or isoprenylation, which is essential for membrane localization and biological activity of several proteins including Ras in the signal transduction pathway. Ras activates a multitude of downstream(More)
PURPOSE Studies regarding the clinical benefits of influenza vaccination in diabetic patients are limited. This study evaluated if the elderly diabetic patients who have had influenza vaccination would have benefits such as reduced medical care and mortality. METHODS We used the universal insurance claims data from 2001 to 2009 in Taiwan to identify(More)
BACKGROUND Cohort study on the association between hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) and postpartum diabetes is limited. This retrospective cohort study investigated the incidence of diabetes mellitus after delivery among women with HDP using claims data of a universal insurance system. METHODS We defined the HDP group as women aged 19-40 years(More)
Lovastatin, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, was found to suppress growth and induce apoptosis in culture human promyelocytic leukaemic cell, HL-60. However, the mechanisms of lovastatin-induced apoptosis are still unclear. In this study, we attempted to elucidate the signal transduction pathway for lovastatin-induced apoptosis in HL-60 cells in a dose- and(More)
In this report, we present 3 cases of abscess caused by Citrobacter koseri. All infected patients recovered after initial empirical antibiotic treatment and percutaneous drainage of the abscess. We reviewed the literature and found 9 adult cases of C. koseri abscess. Most of these patients recovered after timely antibiotic treatment and drainage.
The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of flavonoid-induced apoptosis in HL-60 leukaemic cells. Thus, the effect of structurally related flavonoids on cell viability, DNA fragmentation and caspase activity was assessed. Loss of membrane potential and reactive oxygen species generation were also monitored by flow cytometry. The structurally(More)
This longitudinal study investigated whether renal survival can affect the course and outcome of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients treated with chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD). Thirty-five SLE patients, out of 1115 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients treated with chronic PD, were seen between 1990 and 2007 at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.(More)
AIM It remains unclear whether long-term daily icodextrin use can decrease technique failure and improve survival in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether icodextrin use, once daily, can decrease technique failure and prolong patient survival in incident PD patients. METHODS Incident PD patients who(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of extrapulmonary tuberculosis is higher in dialysis than general population. The aim of the study was to characterize clinical picture in dialysis patients, who developed extrapulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS We retrospectively investigated the hemodialysis patients with extrapulmonary tuberculosis. 2208 hemodialysis patients were(More)