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BACKGROUND Many patients with advanced cancer will develop physical and psychological symptoms related to their disease. These symptoms are infrequently treated by conventional care. Palliative care programs have been developed to fill this gap in care. However, there are limited beds in hospice units. To allow more terminal cancer patients to receive care(More)
Sixty-two cases of peritonitis due to peptic ulcer perforation were diagnosed between January 2000 and December 2000. Of these 62 cases, 23 isolates of Candida in 23 cases (CP) were cultured from peritoneal fluid. Cultures of peritoneal fluid of 10 (BP) of the remaining 39 cases was positive for bacteria only. Cultures of peritoneal fluid of the remaining(More)
PURPOSE We aimed to investigate the association of body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) with cardiometabolic risk. METHODS In this cross-sectional study, 21,038 men and 15,604 women who participated in a health check-up were included. RESULTS In both men and women, the area under the curve (AUC) of WHtR was(More)
BACKGROUND Seizures are important neurological complications of ischemic stroke. There is a need to further clarify the risk factors of seizures following ischemic stroke and predict those who will require treatment. METHODS One hundred and forty-three (143) first-time ischemic stroke patients were enrolled in this one-year (2002) retrospective study.(More)
BACKGROUND Decisions for the type of palliative care are affected by multiple factors. Currently, most patients die without palliative care, and hospice patients receive only a brief period of services before death. OBJECTIVE This study aimed to compare palliative terminal cancer care in inpatient hospice and nonhospice care units in Taiwan for type of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of homocysteine and C-reactive protein (CRP) as potential markers for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults in Taiwan, and to identify associations between these factors and CKD, stratifying by gender. METHODS This cross-sectional study analyzed multi-center data retrospectively. Data were(More)
AIM To investigate whether erosive esophagitis is correlated with metabolic syndrome and its components, abnormal liver function, and lipoprotein profiles. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional, case control study of subjects who underwent upper endoscopy during a health examination at the Health Management and Evaluation Center of a tertiary medical(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated uncertainty regarding the effect of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on bone. In the present work, we investigated the association between MetS, its components, and decreased bone mineral density (BMD) in a cross-sectional study of patients who underwent BMD measurement by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry during a health(More)
BACKGROUND To examine nurse-physician inter-observer agreement on triage categorization and analyze their differences for future reference. METHODS A retrospective observational study was performed. Patients entering a 3500-bed medical center emergency department (ED) from July 1 to 31, 1998 were randomly selected. We compared triage assignments made by(More)
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