Kuo-Hsien Wang

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Allopurinol, a commonly prescribed medication for gout and hyperuricemia, is a frequent cause of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), which include the drug hypersensitivity syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis. The adverse events are unpredictable and carry significant morbidity and mortality. To identify genetic markers(More)
Background Systemic inflammation and dysregulated immune function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is hypothesized to predispose patients to development of herpes zoster. However, the risk of herpes zoster among patients with COPD is undocumented. We therefore aimed to investigate the risk of herpes zoster among patients with COPD. Methods We(More)
Because tyrosinase catalyzes melanin synthesis, tyrosinase inhibitors are important in cosmetic skin-whitening. Oxidative stress contributes to skin aging and can adversely affect skin health, which means antioxidants active in skin cells may support skin health. We examined 25 traditional Chinese herbal medicines that might be useful for skin-whitening and(More)
BACKGROUND No previous study has investigated the incidence or risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) developing after the diagnosis of psoriasis in Asian populations. OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the association between psoriasis and subsequent AMI during a 5-year follow-up period, using a nationwide Taiwanese population-based claims database, and(More)
The effect of three lasers (i.e., the ruby, erbium:YAG, and CO2) on the ability to enhance and control skin permeation of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) was studied in vitro. Light microscopic and ultrastructural (scanning electron microscopic) changes in the nude mouse skin were also compared for these lasers. The histological observations and permeation profiles(More)
Hesperetin, a selective phosphodiesterase (PDE)4 inhibitor, is present in the traditional Chinese medicine, "Chen Pi." Therefore, we were interested in investigating its effects on ovalbumin- (OVA-) induced airway hyperresponsiveness, and clarifying its rationale for ameliorating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hesperetin was(More)
BACKGROUND Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is a standard treatment for Bowen's disease. However, its efficacy may be limited by the presence of stratum corneum. The Er:YAG laser has shown a dramatic enhancement effect on the delivery of 5-FU in vitro by ablation of the stratum corneum. The efficacy of laser-assisted delivery of 5-FU has not been tested in(More)
Keloids is a fibroproliferative disease. The incidence of keloids among Asians has not been thoroughly studied. The objective of this study is to determine the incidence of keloids in Taiwan, which mainly consists of ethnic Chinese. Furthermore, we want to determine the comorbidity rate of other fibrosis-related diseases among keloid patients. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Milium-like syringoma is a variant of syringoma first described in 1987. Only few cases have been reported in the literature. It may be misleading clinically, and its histogenesis has not been clarified. CASE REPORT We present a case of periorbital milium-like syringoma, with studies on the histopathologic, histochemical, and(More)