Min-Kuang Tsai

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BACKGROUND Smoking is known to aggravate tuberculosis (TB), but such information has been ignored in clinical practice, as it was not thought to be relevant. The aim of this study is to assess the benefits of smoking cessation on TB mortality reduction. METHODS The study attempts to quantify smokers' risks on subsequent TB mortality and the change in such(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Although the effect of exercise on health is well established, nephrologists seldom consider physical activity in the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or CKD in the presence of diabetes mellitus (DM/CKD). The aim of the present study was to analyze the benefits of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in DM/CKD. METHODS A total of(More)
AIM To estimate the national prevalence, mortality risk and population mortality burden of metabolic syndrome, and compare the values with those of its individual components. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 486,341 apparently healthy adults who went through a screening programme in Taiwan were recruited from 1994 onwards. As of 2007, 15,268 deaths had(More)
OBJECTIVE Even with the 2008 physical activity guidelines for Americans and the strong epidemiological evidence, physicians are not routinely emphasizing the importance of exercise. We try to explore an innovative way to communicate the benefits of physical activity in a term familiar to patients. METHODS AND RESULTS A cohort of 470, 163 adults from a(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS We aimed at developing a novel risk prediction model for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) for Chinese individuals, based upon a large cohort from Taiwan. METHODS This Chinese cohort came from Taiwan, with 381,963 individuals free from CVD, recruited from a private health surveillance program. With a median follow-up of 8.8(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Osteoporosis has been linked to an increased fracture risk and subsequent mortality in the later life. Previous prediction models have focused on osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; however, a prediction tool for osteopenia is needed. Our objective was to establish a prediction model for osteopenia risk in women aged 40-55 years. (More)
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