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Cigarette smoking is one of the most important public health concerns in Korea and worldwide. A number of studies have been conducted to measure the health and economic burden of smoking, but these did not reflect recent changes such as the decrease in smoking rate and the increase in the incidence of cancer. The purpose of this study was to provide(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess changes in the temperament and character patterns in subjects with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) following the treatment for obsessive/compulsive and accompanying depressive symptoms. METHOD Study subjects were 35 patients who met the DSM-IV criteria for OCD. All subjects were assessed with the(More)
The aim of this study was to represent the trend of early menarche and to assess the association of age at menarche with anthropometric profiles of Korean children and adolescents. A cross sectional survey was conducted with 13,371 girls aged 10 to 18 yr, recruited nationwide from April, 2005 to March, 2006. Height, weight and waist circumference of the(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the importance of obesity and its association with socioeconomic status, little is known about this condition in Korean adolescents. We examined the relationship between obesity in Korean adolescents and several socioeconomic variables and compared the association of obesity with conventional and subjective indicators of socioeconomic(More)
OBJECTIVES The object of this study was to determine the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and early menarche in adolescent girls in Seoul. METHODS A retrospective study was conducted with 144 middle school students in Seoul who provided informed consent. We measured their body composition, and used the questionnaire survey method for data(More)
The prevalence of Clostridium difficile infection and the associated burden have recently increased in many countries. While the main risk factors for C. difficile infection include old age and antibiotic use, the prevalence of this infection is increasing in low-risk groups. These trends highlight the need for research on C. difficile infection. This study(More)
Purpose: The " standardization " of standardized patients (SP) is one of the most crucial factors for a successful clinical performance examination (CPX). This study aimed to examine the inter-rater reliability among SPs who portrayed the same case during a CPX. Methods: The context was a CPX conducted under the supervision of CPX Seoul-Gyeonggi Consortium(More)
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