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Soil bacterial composition is used as one of the important indicators of negative effects of the use of pesticides in agriculture. Very little is known on the effects of fungicides, particularly carbendazim and pencycuron on soil bacterial community. In this study, laboratory experiments were conducted to examine the effects of various concentrations of(More)
This one-year follow-up study determined the incidence and risk factors of workplace violence against nursing staff in a psychiatric hospital. The cohort members had a website to report events whenever they came across violence. A total of 971 events were reported. The incidence rates of physical violence, verbal abuse, bullying/mobbing, sexual harassment,(More)
BACKGROUND Disorders of sleep behavior and sleep-related breathing disorders are common in hemodialysis patients. Most such evidence is based on studies involving small numbers of patients. METHODS We undertook a large multicenter analysis of sleep behavior in more than 700 Taiwanese patients on maintenance hemodialysis therapy for 6 months to 20-plus(More)
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment for many psychiatric conditions. However, using ECT to treat epilepsy is controversial. We present this case of a patient who had epilepsy and combined psychiatric symptoms, including irritable mood, aggressiveness, refusal of food intake and non-cooperation with medical care. Her brain CT revealed(More)
Astaxanthin has been demonstrated to exhibit a wide range of beneficial effects, including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. However, the molecular mechanism of astaxanthin-induced cytotoxicity in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells has not been identified. Rad51 plays a central role in homologous recombination, and studies show that(More)
Due to the complex nature of landfill leachates, the leachate treatment plants have difficulty to meet the current Taiwan EPA's effluent standards. Three typical types of landfills, closed landfill A, mixed landfill B (disposal of MSW with bottom ashes from MSW incinerators) and direct MSW landfill C, (disposal of MSW only), are investigated in this(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Neuropsychologic deficits are prevalent among schizophrenic patients and are closely associated with pathogenesis and outcome. The pattern, extent, severity and contributing factors to such deficits remain to be examined in Taiwanese schizophrenic patients. METHODS A total of 122 schizophrenic patients and 94 healthy subjects for(More)
Workplace violence, a possible cause of job stress, has recently become an important concern in occupational health. This study determined the prevalence of workplace violence and its risk factors for employees at a psychiatric hospital in Taiwan. A questionnaire developed by ILO/ICN/WHO/PSI was first translated and validated. It was then used to survey the(More)
The composition of culture-independent microbial communities and the change of nitrogenase activities under the application of butachlor in paddy soil were investigated. Nitrogen-fixation ability was expressed by the amount of acetylene reduction, and changes of microbial communities were studied by using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)(More)
It has been noted that workplace violence most frequently occurs in psychiatric settings. The purpose of this study was to explore the workplace violence, including violence situation, victims' feeling, and the prevention strategies, on workers caring for long-term institutionalized schizophrenic patients in Taiwan. We conducted a face-to-face, in-depth,(More)