Yung-Rung Lai

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N-Acetylcysteine (Nac) is an antioxidant administered in both oral and injectable forms. In this study, we used Nac topically to treat burn wounds in vitro and in vivo to investigate mechanisms of action. In vitro, we monitored glutathione levels, cell proliferation, migration, scratch-wound healing activities and the epithelialization-related proteins,(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies have investigated the bidirectional relationship between asthma and anxiety; we sought to investigate asthma and anxiety in a large national sample. METHODS Cases were identified from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database with a new primary diagnosis of asthma (ICD-9:493) aged more than 15 years between 2000 and 2007.(More)
BACKGROUND The risks of thyroid dysfunction after iodinated contrast media exposure in patients with euthyroid nodular goiter are largely unknown. METHODS This observational, retrospective cohort study included a random selection of one million people in Taiwan. All patients with iodinated contrast media exposure during this study period were selected.(More)
CONTEXT The risks of thyroid dysfunction after iodinated contrast media (ICM) exposure are largely unknown, especially in Asian populations. OBJECTIVE The objective was to determine whether ICM exposure in patients with normal thyroid would increase the risk of thyroid dysfunction, including hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. DESIGN This was a(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined the relationship of cognitive function and benzodiazepine/nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics (BZD/nonBZD) and other risk factors in a national sample of Taiwan's elderly diabetic patients. METHODS Data were drawn from the "2005 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)", a population-based study of a national sample of adults(More)
PURPOSE Low-dose aspirin is commonly used for preventing cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes, but its association with cancer remains controversial. This study used a nationwide population-based reimbursement database to investigate the relationship between low-dose aspirin use and breast cancer incidence in women with diabetes. METHODS This(More)
BACKGROUND This study examined the relationship between depression, benzodiazepine (BZD)/nonbenzodiazepine hypnotics (non-BZD), and other risk factors in a national sample of Taiwan's elderly diabetic patients. METHODS Data were drawn from the 2005 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey and adults aged 65 years and older. A total of 1331 subjects were(More)
AIMS Continuity of care (COC) and potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) can affect the elderly healthcare outcome. We evaluated the COC and PIM effects in older diabetes mellitus (DM) patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS The Longitudinal Health Insurance Database of 2005 was multiple-year claim data collected from 2005 to 2010 in Taiwan. There(More)
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