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BACKGROUND Alopecia areata (AA) may be related to stress and has been reported to be associated with psychiatric disorders. Nevertheless, a nationwide study of the relationship between AA and comorbid psychiatric diseases has not been conducted, and the effect of onset age has rarely been reported. OBJECTIVES To analyse the associations between AA and(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) in three different ethnic groups in eastern Taiwan. The study was performed among Han Chinese, aboriginal Ami and aboriginal Atayal in six rural villages. Inhabitants aged 40 years and over were invited to participate. A 75-g oral glucose(More)
OBJECTIVES H5N1 is one of the avian influenza virus subtypes that has the potential to evolve into a global pandemic that could cause millions of human deaths and great economic losses. Cases involving humans have occurred in 15 countries. Costly interventions have been used by governments and health organisations. Thus, a challenging question arises(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate effects of platelet-rich plasma on tendon cell proliferation and the underlying molecular mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS Platelet-rich plasma was prepared manually by two-step centrifugation. Proliferation was evaluated in cultured rat tendon cells by the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay. Cell(More)
OBJECTIVES This article aims to quantify the risk factors associated with the human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in South-east Asian countries and China; a dangerous region for this disease that has the potential for a pandemic outbreak. STUDY DESIGN A statistical model with time and spatial dimensions was built to capture the international spread(More)