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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to investigate outdoor hazards and their relationship to conjunctival disorders experienced by postmen. METHODS Three hundred and ninety-four employees (248 postmen and 146 officers) working in 11 post offices in central Taiwan were recruited and participated in the 1994 annual labor health examination. Pinguecula(More)
BACKGROUND The objectives of this study were to assess the accuracy of cause-of-death coding, determine the extent to which coders follow the selection rules of coding set out in the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9), and the effects of miscoding on mortality statistics in Taiwan. METHOD A systematic sample of 5621 death(More)
To identify characteristics of certifying physicians and the deceased that are associated with errors in death certificate completion in Taiwan, we retrospectively reviewed 4123 systematically sampled death certificates issued in 1994. Multivariate analyses were used to assess the associations of various characteristics of the certifying physicians and the(More)
Sixty-seven cases of small cell lung carcinoma (SCLA) in Tri-Service General Hospital (TSGH) during the past 16 years were studied. For patients with extensive stage of disease, the mean survival time and 2-year survival rate were 7.2 months and 3.1% versus 13.4 months and 16.7% for patients with limited stage. A better prognosis was obtained by treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy or sympathicotomy of the lower part of the stellate ganglion is an efficient method for the treatment of craniofacial hyperhidrosis, but postoperative compensatory sweating may be troublesome in some patients. Needlescopic thoracic sympathetic block by clipping may achieve a similar effect as well as providing a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Risk-taking behavior has been shown to be associated with adolescent pregnancy or childbearing. However, the specific risk-taking behavioral factors and the extent to which they are associated with adolescent childbearing is less clear. The purpose of this study was to determine the risk-taking behavioral factors associated with(More)
The helpfulness of 18F-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in restaging non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has not been extensively evaluated. A total of 156 patients referred for restaging of NSCLC were retrospectively evaluated. According to the classification of American Joint Committee on Cancer, stages I and II were defined as(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have indicated an increase in young adulthood Hodgkin's disease incidence, particularly among females, since 1970. However, no studies have examined the long term trends and period-cohort patterns of Hodgkin's disease incidence. METHODS The current study reported time trends and age-period-cohort patterns of Hodgkin's disease(More)
BACKGROUND It is well-known that pregnancy in adolescence has an increased risk of adverse reproductive outcomes. It remains unclear whether this association is due mainly to the unfavourable sociodemographic status or due solely to biological immaturity of pregnant adolescents. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the association of(More)
To determine the seasonal variation of childhood infectious diseases in Taiwan, the incidence rates of chickenpox, mumps and rubella were studied by analyzing patient's records collected from pediatric clinics in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1993. The study revealed that a chickenpox outbreak was most(More)