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BACKGROUND Few controlled studies have examined social class as a risk factor for suicide in Korea. AIM The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of social class on suicide risk in Korea. METHODS A case-control design was constructed from cause-of-death statistics for the period 1999 to 2001, in Korea, as published by the Korean(More)
BACKGROUND Most studies on caregiver burden have been conducted in Western countries, while few studies on the correlates of caregiver burden have been performed in Korea. OBJECTIVE To suggest better policies for the care of dementia patients by using a nationwide database to identify factors that affect caregiver burden in Korea. METHODS The database(More)
This study examined whether phenidone, a dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX), affects the clinical symptoms of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in the rat, and the expression of both COX-1/-2 and 5-LOX in EAE spinal cords. Oral phenidone (200 mg/kg) significantly suppressed the incidence and clinical severity of EAE(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms in North Korean defectors who have been living in South Korea for more than one year. METHODS We used questionnaires developed by the authors to collect sociodemographic data in addition to the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), the Psychosocial(More)
Equity in health care services has been prioritized on the Korean government's policy agenda since the government-driven national health insurance achieved universal coverage in 1989 along with the final inclusion of the self-employed as beneficiaries. The purpose of this study is to identify disparities in the utilization of health care services,(More)
AIMS This study examined the prevalence of depression and depressive symptoms, and the correlates of depressive symptoms, and proposes some methods for reducing risk of depression in residents of the urban part of Jeju Island in Korea. METHODS In all, 1050 residents were selected using multiphasic cluster sampling to represent each district. Of the 981(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is becoming prevalent in Korean children. Because body image is becoming increasingly important, it is likely that obesity-induced stress has a significant effect on childhood depression. AIMS To examine the correlation between obesity-induced stress and depressive symptoms in Korean elementary school students. METHODS The study(More)
PURPOSE Despite a growing body of knowledge on bipolar spectrum disorder (BSD), relatively little is known about the clinical characteristics of BSD in elderly people. We investigated the prevalence of BSD in elderly patients with recurrent depression. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 65 elderly outpatients (≥60 years of age) who met the Diagnostic and(More)
We investigated the prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms in elementary school children in Jeju Island, Korea. The study participants were 2305 children enrolled in elementary schools in Jeju-si, Seogwipo-si, Namjeju-gun, and Bukjeju-gun and their parents who completed questionnaires about sociodemographics, health habits, family relationship(More)
This study evaluated the moisturizing effect of serine-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (serine-SLN) and polysaccharide-rich reed (Phragmites communis) root extract (RRE) incorporated in hydrogel bases. The hydrogels with serine-SLN and/or RRE were carefully applied on the volar forearm of human volunteers. Their moisturizing efficacy was evaluated by(More)