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PURPOSE To investigate the impacts of the first phase of Taiwan's Bureau of National Health Insurance (TBNHI) smart card project on existing hospital information systems. SETTING TBNHI has launched a nationwide project for replacement of its paper-based health insurance cards by smart cards (or NHI-IC cards) since November 1999. The NHI-IC cards have been(More)
A variety of environmental factors were identified to be associated with the risk of esophageal cancer. The variation in capacity of DNA repair might influence environmental chemical-associated carcinogenesis. We hypothesized that the polymorphic XRCC1 genes might modify cancer susceptibility of the esophagus. To investigate the effect of XRCC1 genetic(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Skin diseases are common in children. Epidemiologic studies of skin diseases in schoolchildren performed by direct inspection by dermatologists are limited in Taiwan. The current study surveyed the prevalence of selected childhood dermatoses in Magong City, Penghu, the largest offshore island of Taiwan. METHODS A cross-sectional study(More)
Nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (NAF), occurring mostly in young men, is a histologically benign tumor with aggressive clinical behavior that includes repeated epistaxis and intractable nasal obstruction. This paper reviews our recent experience at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), and compares the results with those of a previous study (1955-1980) at(More)
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty has been introduced as an alternative to uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for treatment of snoring and potentially of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Between July 1994 and June 1996, 192 patients underwent 227 laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty procedures. Loud habitual snoring was evaluated in 42 women (21.8%) and 150 men (78.2%),(More)
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