Seong-Chul Hong

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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)
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)
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)
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)
Chitosan has been widely used as a key biomaterial for the development of drug delivery systems intended to be administered via oral and parenteral routes. In particular, chitosan-based microparticles are the most frequently employed delivery system, along with specialized systems such as hydrogels, nanoparticles and thin films. Based on the progress made(More)
PURPOSE To define the prevalence of distorted body image in 10-24-year-old Koreans and determine its relationship with sex, age, body weight status, and disordered eating behaviors. METHODS A total of 3,227 young Koreans were recruited from elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as from universities. The participants completed a self-reported(More)
OBJECTIVE The primary goals of the present study were to assess intellectual function in participants with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (BD) and to investigate the relationships between cognitive decline and the severity of each type of psychopathology. METHODS The present study included 51 patients with schizophrenia and 42 with BD who were(More)