Yi-Hsiung Lin

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BACKGROUND Liver biopsy-the gold standard in assessing liver histology-is recommended before all antiviral treatment. However, this procedure may cause complications, is costly, and is limited by sampling errors. Hence, noninvasive tests have been proposed to assess the severity of hepatic fibrosis. We propose a novel noninvasive index for predicting liver(More)
AIM To verify the usefulness of FibroQ for predicting fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C, compared with other noninvasive tests. METHODS This retrospective cohort study included 237 consecutive patients with chronic hepatitis C who had undergone percutaneous liver biopsy before treatment. FibroQ, aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/alanine(More)
Patients treated with atypical antipsychotic drugs commonly gain excess weight. Because obesity is associated with considerable morbidity and decreased life expectancy, treatment of weight gain in these patients is critical. Topiramate, a fairly new anticonvulsant, promotes bodyweight loss in healthy obese subjects, patients with bipolar disorder, and(More)
BACKGROUND Typical menopause-related symptoms sometimes mimic cardiovascular illnesses or other physical problems. It is essential to understand the help-seeking behaviors of menopausal women. METHODS A total of 181 subjects were recruited from our menopause-related mood clinic. A questionnaire which included patient data and help-seeking questions was(More)
Female sex hormones have been related to nasal Staphylococcus aureus carriage in healthy individuals; however, whether nasal staphylococcal carriage varies by menstrual cycle phase remains unknown.We sampled anterior nares of female healthcare workers twice per week for 6 consecutive menstrual cycles. We used mixed-effects Poisson regression models to(More)
OBJECTIVES To study the association of premenstrual serum total cholesterol level (TC) with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). METHOD The premenstrual serum cholesterol levels of 34 patients with PMDD and 20 normal controls were measured, and the rates ofhypercholesterolemia in the 2 groups were compared. RESULTS The mean of the premenstrual(More)
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