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Poisoning due to organophosphate pesticides is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although standard treatments involving the administration of atropine and oximes have been used, there remain many controversial areas concerning organophosphate poisoning (OPP). Herein, we present our 10 years of experience in assessing the severity of(More)
In spring, windblown dust storms originating in the deserts of Mongolia and China make their way to Taipei city. These occurrences are known as Asian dust storm (ADS) events. These ADS events lead to enhanced PM(10) levels over those generated by the usual local sources. The objective of this study was to assess the possible associations of PM(10) with(More)
This study was undertaken to determine whether there is an association between air pollutants levels and hospital admissions for asthma in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Hospital admissions for asthma and ambient air pollution data for Kaohsiung were obtained for the period from 1996 through 2003. The relative risk of hospital admission was estimated using a(More)
This study was undertaken to determine whether there was a correlation between fine particles (PM2.5) levels and hospital admissions for asthma in Taipei, Taiwan. Hospital admissions for asthma and ambient air pollution data for Taipei were obtained for the period of 2006-2010. The relative risk of hospital admissions for asthma was estimated using a(More)
OBJECTIVE The potential difficulty in doing initial dilation in the percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT) with the Ciaglia Blue Rhino (CBR) technique has been reported by others and encountered in our clinical practice. To resolve this problem, we developed a modified CBR technique by using a guidewire dilating forceps (GWDF) to facilitate initial(More)
This study was undertaken to determine whether there was an association between air pollutant levels and hospital admissions for pneumonia in Taipei, Taiwan. Hospital admissions for pneumonia and ambient air pollution data for Taipei were obtained for the period from 1996-2004. The relative risk of hospital admission was estimated using a case-crossover(More)
To investigate the relationship between air pollution and female lung cancer, the authors conducted a matched case-control study using female deaths that occurred in Taiwan from 1994 through 2003. Data on all eligible female lung cancer deaths were obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the Taiwan Provincial Department of Health. The control group(More)
In our previous studies, we demonstrated that 2,6-bis-(2-chloroacetamido) anthraquinone (B1) showed a highly significant cytotoxic effect. However, its influence in the cell cycle and apoptotic induction effects has not been investigated yet. Here we report the antiproliferative effect of B1, for which IC50 values were 0.57 μmol/l for lung cancer A549(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate whether the use of statins was associated with lung cancer risk. We conducted a population-based case-control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National health Insurance Research Database. Cases consisted of all female patients who were aged 50 years and older and had a first-time(More)
AIM To investigate whether the use of statins is associated with colorectal cancer risk. METHODS We conducted a population-based case-control study in Taiwan. Data were retrospectively collected from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Cases consisted of all patients who were aged 50 years and older and had a first-time diagnosis of(More)