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This study aimed to evaluate the survival rate of women with breast cancer (BC) comparing persistence versus interruption and adherence versus non-adherence to adjuvant hormonal therapy (HT) in Asian population. Newly-diagnosed BC women from 2003 to 2010 were retrospectively identified from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. HT(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to use a competing risk approach to evaluate the probability of the occurrence of hormone therapy (HT) interruption and to assess its associated predictors in Asian women with breast cancer. METHODS This retrospective cohort study used the Taiwan Health Insurance Research Database from 2003 to 2011. Reimbursement data for women(More)
Cutaneous wounds are prompt to be contaminated by bacteria, but the clinical benefits of applying antibiotics and antiseptics in wound management have not been proven. Statins are 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors commonly used to lower cholesterol levels. Studies indicated that statins, especially simvastatin, promote(More)
The aim of this study was to quantify the hormone therapy (HT) nonadherence patterns and to assess the associated risk factors in Asian women with breast cancer. This retrospective cohort study used the Taiwan Health Insurance Research Database from 2003 to 2011. Data from women with newly diagnosed primary breast cancer were identified, and persistence(More)
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the severe complications of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The incidence of VTE could be reduced if preventive antithrombotic medicines are used; however, the incidence of bleeding may increase. Rivaroxaban is a factor Xa inhibitor that prevents VTE after THA or TKA. This study is(More)
We investigated the association between antipsychotic medications and the risk of dental caries in patients with schizophrenia. We enroled a nationwide cohort of patients with newly diagnosed schizophrenia within 1 year of dental caries development. Exposure to antipsychotics and other medications was categorised according to their type and duration, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, few studies have been performed to explore the risk factors for pneumonia development in patients with PD. METHODS We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study of patients with PD to identify the risk factors for these patients developing(More)
A field-amplified sample stacking-sweeping micellar electrokinetic chromatography with short-end injection was established for determination of deferasirox (DFX) in plasma. DFX was extracted from plasma and reconstituted with deionized water (lower conductivity solution). Capillary (effective length, 10cm) was filled with background electrolyte (40mM(More)
BACKGROUND Lithium inhibits glycogen synthase kinase-3, which is an enzyme involved in the pathogenesis of cancer. AIMS To investigate the association between lithium and cancer risk in patients with bipolar disorder. METHOD A retrospective cohort study was designed using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan. Patients using(More)
Tuberculosis (TB) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection contribute to major disease mortality and morbidity worldwide. However, the causal link between HCV infection and TB risk remains unclear. We conducted a population-based cohort study to elucidate the association between HCV infection and TB disease by analyzing Taiwan National Health Insurance(More)