Kuan-ju Chen

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Folate status was inversely associated with plasma homocysteine concentration, a potential risk factor of cardiovascular disease. However, it is uncertain whether folate is causally associated with risk of ischemic stroke (IS). We aimed to examine the association between IS incidence and folate intake, biochemical folate status, and(More)
To investigate ten year trends in folate status in Taiwanese aged >=19 yrs by three Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT) in 1993-1996, 1999-2000 and 2005-2008. Women had higher blood folate levels than men in all three surveys. The prevalence of folate deficiency (5.2% <3 ng/mL) and insufficiency (34.1% <=6 ng/mL) in men was highest in 2005-2008.(More)
PurposeTo document the etiology, clinical presentation, and visual prognosis of optic neuritis in Taiwanese children.MethodsRetrospectively reviewed children younger than 18 years old with optic neuritis in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung Children’s Hospital from 1998 to 2009.ResultsThere were 24 children (38 eyes) with optic neuritis in that(More)
We have combined short-column ion chromatographic separation and on-line photocatalyst-assisted vapor generation (VG) techniques with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry to develop a simple and sensitive hyphenated method for the determination of aqueous Hg(2+) and MeHg(+) species. The separation of Hg(2+) and MeHg(+) was accomplished on a(More)
Although nutrient deficiencies are thought to play roles in the development of depression, observational studies have yielded inconsistent results. This study aimed to investigate whether multiple marginal nutrient deficiencies are associated with symptoms of depression in community-dwelling older Taiwanese. Data from 1371 elderly adults recruited from the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the relative validity and reproducibility of the quantitative FFQ used in the Tzu Chi Health Study (TCHS). DESIGN The reproducibility was evaluated by comparing the baseline FFQ with the 2-year follow-up FFQ. The validity was evaluated by comparing the baseline FFQ with 3 d dietary records and biomarkers (serum folate and vitamin B12).(More)
To investigate the relationship between homocysteine (Hcy) and B vitamins status in the Taiwanese elderly population, an analysis was made of the plasma Hcy levels in elderly persons. The study sample was taken from the Elderly Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (1999-2000) (Elderly NAHSIT) and included 1094 males and 1135 females aged 65-90 years. The(More)
A multicenter, randomized, investigator-masked, parallel-group trial compared bimatoprost and latanoprost for efficacy and safety in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Patients received bimatoprost 0.03% (n = 119) or latanoprost 0.005% (n = 113) once daily in the evening for 3 months. Visits were at prestudy, baseline (day 0), week 1, and months(More)
PurposeTo compare the short-term visual and morphological results of intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide vsintravitreal bevacizumab for eyes with macular oedema secondary to branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO).DesignRetrospective interventional consecutive case series.MethodsWe reviewed the clinical records of 29 patients (29 eyes) who had macular oedema(More)