Muh-Han Shen

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Leptin, an adipose tissue-derived of gene product, is important in energy metabolism. However, the role of leptin in the metabolism of lipids is still not clear in humans. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of plasma leptin concentrations and lipid profiles among school children in Taiwan. After multistage sampling of 85 junior high(More)
OBJECTIVE Adiponectin, a novel adipokine with antiinflammatory and insulin-sensitizing properties, has an important role in glucose metabolism and is negatively correlated with body fat amount in adults. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of plasma adiponectin level with metabolic risk profiles and insulin resistance status among(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate cigarette smoking prevalence and to examine the clustering of adverse behaviors among young military conscripts in Taiwan. METHODS Cross-sectional screening was conducted among conscripts in southern and eastern sections of Taiwan from August 1 to December 31, 2001. A total of 7,931 conscripts who had > 1 month of service were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the degree of obesity and plasma high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels in relation to insulin resistance status among school children in Taiwan. METHODS After multistage sampling, we randomly selected 1438 children (701 boys and 737 girls) with the mean age of 13.4 years (from 12 to 16) in Taipei in 2003. Anthropometric(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to examine the association of plasma Hcy, folate and vitamin B(12) levels on CVD risk factors among children in Taiwan. METHODS After multistage sampling, we selected randomly 1,235 children (609 boys and 626 girls) aged 12 to 15 yr. Plasma Hcy levels was measured using ABBOTT Imx analyzer, while plasma folate and(More)
C-reactive protein (CRP), a nonspecific marker of inflammatory status, is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and the late occurrence of heart disease in adults. However, few studies assess the plasma CRP levels in healthy children. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between plasma CRP levels and anthropometric(More)
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