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PURPOSE To systematically analyze fractures in the extremities that were missed in the initial radiological report, primarily on plain radiographs, in the emergency department (ED). MATERIAL AND METHODS From January 2003 to June 2004, 2407 new patients were confirmed to have fractures in the extremities in the ED. A total of 3081 fractures were confirmed.(More)
UNLABELLED This study examined how depression risk interfaces with health outcomes of hip-fractured patients during the first year after hospital discharge. Physical function recovery and health outcome trajectories were much poorer for hip-fractured elders with persistent depression risk than for those with transitory and no risk for depression. (More)
OBJECTIVE The expression of autoimmunity in mice deficient in programmed death 1 (PD-1) suggests that PD-1 is a candidate gene involved in the development of human autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We therefore tested the potential association between PD-1 and the development of SLE and RA by(More)
Because angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity is implicated widely in biological systems, we aimed to identify its novel quantitative trait loci for the purposes of understanding ACE activity regulation and pharmacogenetics relating to ACE inhibitor (ACEI). We performed a two-stage genome-wide association study: (1) from 400 young-onset hypertension(More)
BACKGROUND Although previous studies proved that the implementation of mentoring program is beneficial for enhancing the nursing skills and attitudes, few researchers devoted to exploring the impact of mentoring functions on job satisfaction and organizational commitment of new nurses. In this research we aimed at examining the effects of mentoring(More)
To investigate the role of inhibitor of kappaBalpha promoter polymorphisms in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 140 patients with RA and 115 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. The IkappaBalpha promoter polymorphisms were determined using the polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphisms method. In comparison(More)
AIMS To examine the expression of extracellular matrix metalloprotease inducer (EMMPRIN) and matriptase in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to correlate this with tumour progression. METHODS AND RESULTS Immunohistochemical analysis of EMMPRIN and matriptase was performed on tissue microarrays of 122 cases of HCC with various histological grades and/or(More)
BACKGROUND An uneven neurocognitive profile is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies focusing on the visual memory performance in ASD have shown controversial results. We investigated visual memory and sustained attention in youths with ASD and typically developing (TD) youths. METHOD We recruited 143 pairs of youths with ASD (males 93.7%;(More)
Cervical cancer is a prevalent cancer among Taiwanese women, and can be effectively cured if diagnosed early. Therefore, cervical cancer is worthy of preventive health screening. Due to physical and psychological barriers, patients with disability may be unable to express their physical complaints accurately, thus reducing their access to health care; some(More)
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide. Few studies have addressed the causes and risks of treatment refusal in a universal health insurance setting. We examined the characteristics and survival associated with treatment refusal in patients with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer in Taiwan during 2004–2008. Treatment refusal(More)