Sin Lau Hospital

Tainan, Taiwan

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Tainan, Taiwan
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Chen H.-Y.,Sin Lau Hospital | Chiu L.-C.,Taipei Veterans General Hospital | Yek Y.-L.,Sin Lau Hospital | Chen Y.-L.,Shin Kong Medical Center
Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences | Year: 2012

A premature infant is a baby born before 37 weeks of gestation. Rickets is a bone disease characterized by growth retardation due to the expansion of the hypertrophic chondrocyte layer of the growth plate and a failure to mineralize bone. Consequently, the bone is soft and permits marked bending and distortion. Although the incidence of rickets in preterm infants is lower due to improvements in health care and nutrition, there are still infants at high risk for this disease. However, few reports are available regarding the treatment of rickets in premature infants. Furthermore, published case studies on experiences with using calcitriol as a potential therapeutic for rickets in premature infants are very rare. Herein, we describe the detection of rickets in premature infants and our experience with calcitriol treatment in two premature infants. We recommended the use of oral calcitriol at a dose of 0.03-0.125 μg/kg/day, in addition to an appropriate formula that provides an adequate amount of calcium and phosphate intake. One patient was prescribed calcitriol for 40 days and the other for 37 days. The two infants gradually recovered and were discharged without any obvious side effects. It is recommended that alkaline phosphatase levels be monitored within 1 month after birth in premature infants with a birth weight of <1000 g. Infants presenting with high alkaline phosphatase levels are candidates for a long bone survey.


Li C.-Y.,National Cheng Kung University | Li C.-Y.,China Medical University at Taichung | Liu C.-C.,Bureau of Health Promotion | Chang Y.-H.,National Cheng Kung University | And 2 more authors.
Science of the Total Environment | Year: 2012

This population-based case-control study in Taiwan considered incident cases aged 15years or less and admitted in 2003 to 2007 for all neoplasm (ICD-9-CM: 140-239) (n=2606), including 939 leukemia and 394 brain neoplasm cases. Controls were randomly selected, with a case/control ratio of 1:30 and matched on year of birth, from all non-neoplasm children insured in the same year when the index case was admitted. Annual summarized power (ASP, watt-year) was calculated for each of the 71,185 mobile phone base stations (MPBS) in service between 1998 and 2007. Then, the annual power density (APD, watt-year/km2) of each township (n=367) was computed as a ratio of the total ASP of all MPBS in a township to the area of that particular township. Exposure of each study subject to radio frequency (RF) was indicated by the averaged APD within 5years prior to the neoplasm diagnosis (cases) or July 1st of the year when the index case was admitted (controls) in the township where the subject lived. Unconditional logistic regression model with generalized estimation equation was employed to calculate the covariate-adjusted odds ratio [AOR] of childhood neoplasm in relation to RF exposure. A higher than median averaged APD (approximately 168WYs/km2) was significantly associated with an increased AOR for all neoplasms (1.13; 1.01 to 1.28), but not for leukemia (1.23; 0.99 to 1.52) or brain neoplasm (1.14, 0.83 to 1.55). This study noted a significantly increased risk of all neoplasms in children with higher-than-median RF exposure to MPBS. The slightly elevated risk was seen for leukemia and brain neoplasm, but was not statistically significant. These results may occur due to several methodological limitations. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


PubMed | Chung Shan Medical University, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Cardinal Tien Hospital Yung Ho Branch, Chu Shang Show Chwan Hospital and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta Cardiologica Sinica | Year: 2016

Hyperuricemia is closely linked to hypertension and may be a marker of susceptibility or an intermediate step in the development of metabolic syndrome. However, recently, there have been conflicting conclusions regarding the independent role of uric acid as a risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The specific role of serum uric acid (SUA) in relation to CVD remains controversial, and there are limited reports utilizing Asian data available on this issue. Therefore, this study investigated the association between SUA and cardiovascular disease in Taiwanese patients with essential hypertension.There were 3472 participants from 55-80 years of age (1763 males, 1709 females) from 38 sites across Taiwan in this hospital-based cross-sectional study, covering the period November 2005 to December 2006. The CVD included diagnosed angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and stroke.Hyperuricemia is positively associated with CVD in both sexes when a unified cut-off SUA level of 7 mg/dl was used. However, the odds ratios (ORs) for all CVD were greater in magnitude in hypertensive women than in men when there was co-morbidity of diabetes. The ORs of all CVD in the diabetes subgroup were statistically significantly (p = 0.01 for women, p = 0.07 for men). By multivariate analysis, hyperuricemia did not confer an increased risk of CVD.Hyperuricemia may be associated with increased risk of CVD, but is not an independent risk factor of CVD in essential hypertensive Taiwanese patients.Cardiovascular disease; Hypertension; Hyperuricemia; Uric acid.


Chou L.-P.,Sin Lau Hospital | Chou L.-P.,Chang Jung Christian University | Chou L.-P.,National Cheng Kung University | Tsai C.-C.,Chang Jung Christian University | And 3 more authors.
BMJ Open | Year: 2016

Objectives: To explore the prevalence and associated factors of cardiovascular health as defined by the AHA among different job categories in health settings. Methods: This is a cross-sectional and hospital-based survey. A total of 1329 medical professionals with a mean age of 38 years in a regional hospital in Taiwan were recruited. Information for seven combined indicators including blood pressure, fasting sugar, blood cholesterol, body mass index, time of physical activity, dietary pattern and smoking status was obtained from the employees' health profiles and questionnaires. Degree of job strain was evaluated by the Chinese version of the Job Content Questionnaire, which was derived from Karasek's demand-control model. Three types of cardiovascular health were identified as poor, intermediate and ideal. Results: Prevalence of cardiovascular health in this study's population was ideal in 0.2% of the sample, intermediate in 20.6% and poor in 79.2%. There was a significantly higher percentage of poor health in workers with high strain (85.1%), and in the professions of nurse (85.3%) and physician assistant (83.1%). In the multivariate analysis, the only significant factor correlated with job strain was physical inactivity. After being adjusted, workers with high strain exhibit a higher prevalence of physical inactivity compared to those with low strain (OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.38 to -2.81). Conclusions: Physical inactivity is the only significant factor correlated with job strain and is associated with a work situation characterised by high strain and the professions of nurse and physician assistant. Strategies for workplace health promotion should focus on employee health literacy and motivation to exercise regularly.


Chou L.-P.,Sin Lau Hospital | Chou L.-P.,National Cheng Kung University | Li C.-Y.,National Cheng Kung University | Li C.-Y.,China Medical University at Taichung | Hu S.C.,National Cheng Kung University
BMJ Open | Year: 2014

Objectives: To explore the prevalence and associated factors of burnout among five different medical professions in a regional teaching hospital. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Hospital-based survey. Participants: A total of 1329 medical professionals were recruited in a regional hospital with a response rate of 89%. These voluntary participants included 101 physicians, 68 physician assistants, 570 nurses, 216 medical technicians and 374 administrative staff. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Demographic data included gender, age, level of education and marital status, and work situations, such as position, work hours and work shifts, were obtained from an electronic questionnaire. Job strain and burnout were measured by two validated questionnaires, the Chinese version of the Job Content Questionnaire and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory. Results: Among the five medical professions, the prevalence of high work-related burnout from highest to lowest was nurses (66%), physician assistants (61.8%), physicians (38.6%), administrative staff (36.1%) and medical technicians (31.9%), respectively. Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that job strain, overcommitment and low social support explained the most variance (32.6%) of burnout. Conclusions: Physician assistant is an emerging high burnout group; its severity is similar to that of nurses and far more than that of physicians, administrative staff and medical technicians. These findings may contribute to the development of feasible strategies to reduce the stress which results in the burnout currently plaguing most hospitals in Taiwan.


Hsieh C.-Y.,Sin Lau Hospital | Chiou N.-J.,National Cheng Kung University | Wu Y.-J.,National Cheng Kung University | Tsai J.-J.,National Cheng Kung University | Huang C.-W.,National Cheng Kung University
Neurological Sciences | Year: 2011

Somatosensory rub reflex epilepsy, evoked by prolonged or repetitive cutaneous contact of a circumscribed body area, is an unusual form of reflex epilepsy. The peculiar complaints and the negative interictal electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings make it difficult to identify the epileptic origin. Here we report an unusual case whose seizures would be evoked by a touch or rub on a unilateral arm and shoulder, with a contralateral temporal lobe origin, demonstrated in immediate postictal single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Hsieh C.-Y.,Sin Lau Hospital | Hsieh C.-Y.,National Cheng Kung University | Sung P.-S.,National Cheng Kung University | Tsai J.-J.,National Cheng Kung University | Huang C.-W.,National Cheng Kung University
Clinical Neuropharmacology | Year: 2010

Refractory status epilepticus (RSE) is an emergent and difficult neurologic problem that is not uncommon in clinical practice. In this report, we describe a 23-year-old man whose RSE was refractory to standard antiepileptic drugs and barbiturates; it was successfully terminated only with intravenous ketamine. In this report, we evaluated and discuss the clinical and electroencephalographic effects under ketamine. This case and the rare cases of ketamine experience in RSE reported in the literature show that ketamine is potentially effective to use when treating patients with RSE. Further clinical trials are warranted, however. Copyright © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Hung W.-P.,National Cheng Kung University | Wang J.-N.,National Cheng Kung University | Chang H.-K.,Sin Lau Hospital | Wu J.-M.,National Cheng Kung University
International Journal of Cardiology | Year: 2011

Postoperative chylothorax is sometimes difficult to be managed either by conventional therapies or by surgery. Herein, we report the experience of octreotide therapy for intractable postoperative chylothorax in two children (one was severe tetralogy of Fallot received Blalock-Taussing shunt, and the other was a single ventricle received bi-directional Glenn shunt) and review the literature on octreotide efficacy. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Chen Y.-S.,National Cheng Kung University | Lin Y.-L.,National Cheng Kung University | Jan R.-L.,National Cheng Kung University | Jan R.-L.,Chi Mei Medical Center | And 4 more authors.
Pediatric Pulmonology | Year: 2010

Previous studies have suggested that probiotic administration may have therapeutic and/or preventive effects on atopic dermatitis in infants; however, its role in allergic airway diseases remains controversial. To determine whether daily supplementation with specific Lactobacillus gasseri A5 for 8 weeks can improve the clinical symptoms and immunoregulatory changes in school children suffering from asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR). We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on school children (age, 6-12 years) with asthma and AR. The eligible study subjects received either L. gasseri A5 (n=49) or a placebo (n=56) daily for 2 months. Pulmonary function tests were performed, and the clinical severity of asthma and AR was evaluated by the attending physicians in the study period. Diary cards with records of the day- and nighttime peak expiratory flow rates (PEFR), symptoms of asthma, and AR scores of the patients were used for measuring the outcome of the treatment. Immunological parameters such as the total IgE and cytokine production by the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were determined before and after the probiotic treatments. Our results showed the pulmonary function and PEFR increased significantly, and the clinical symptom scores for asthma and AR decreased in the probiotic-treated patients as compared to the controls. Further, there was a significant reduction in the TNF-?, IFN-?, IL-12, and IL-13 production by the PBMCs following the probiotic treatment. In conclusion, probiotic supplementation may have clinical benefits for school children suffering from allergic airway diseases such as asthma and AR. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2010;45:1111-1120. ©2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


Lin W.-H.,National Cheng Kung University | Hsu C.-H.,National Cheng Kung University | Chen H.-F.,Far Eastern Memorial Hospital | Liu C.-C.,Sin Lau Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice | Year: 2015

Aims: This study aims to investigate the distribution of underlying-causes-of-death (UCOD) among deceased patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in Taiwan and assess the influence of socio-demographic characteristics on mortality in type 2 DM patients. Methods: A cohort study on patients who sought medical care for type 2 DM from 2000 to 2008 was conducted on 65,599 type 2 DM patients retrieved from the 1-million beneficiaries randomly selected from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Database. The study cohort was then linked to Taiwan's Mortality Registry to ascertain the patients who died between 2000 and 2009. We examined the distribution of UCOD in the deceased subjects. The hazard ratios of mortality in relation to socio-demographic characteristics were estimated from Cox proportional hazard model. Results: The leading causes of death in type 2 DM included neoplasm (22.68%), cardiovascular diseases (21.46%), and endocrine diseases (20.78%). Male gender and older ages were associated with significantly increased risk of mortality. In addition, lower urbanization and greater co-morbidity score were also significantly associated with an increased risk of mortality with a dose-gradient pattern. Conclusions: Neoplasm accounts for the largest portion (22.68%) of deaths in type 2 DM patients closely followed by with cardiovascular diseases (21.46%). An increased risk of mortality in type 2 DM patients in lower urbanized areas may reflect poor diabetes care in these areas. © 2014 .

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