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Is Insomnia Linked to Cognitive Decline and Dementia?【2018.04.02】

Source : Adriano Vissa, PhD
Published : 2018-04-02

A Taiwanese study analyzed medical records to identify the risk of developing dementia for people diagnosed with primary insomnia.

Insomnia is a disorder that is characterized by a difficulty initiating and maintaining a state of sleeping through the night. Insomnia can be a product of factors such as medical or mental illnesses, or the use and abuse of substances such as drugs and alcohol. However, primary insomnia is a condition which has no external or environmental cause. The inability to sleep properly can severely affect a person's daily functioning, but primary insomnia can also be an indicator of other potential medical problems. For example, it has been associated with a higher risk of hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.
 
Sleep Disorders and Dementia
Several lines of research have drawn some connections between sleep disorders and dementia. Dementia is a general term used to refer to a group of neurological diseases which can lead to a breakdown of motor, sensory, and cognitive abilities. Most of the studies in this area have focused on the correlation of another sleep disorder called sleep apnea with dementia, however, links between primary insomnia and dementia have not been as thoroughly characterized.
 
A possible mechanism for the association of primary insomnia and dementia features a group of proteins involved in neurodegeneration. Proteins such as amyloid beta and tau accumulate and form aggregates in several neurological diseases. These proteins are present in the fluid surrounding brain cells, and during sleep, their clearance from these areas is increased. Therefore, the lack of a routine sleep-and-wake cycle may favour the buildup of these proteins and possibly lead to the faster onset of cognitive decline.
 
A team of researchers from Taiwan recently performed a nationwide population-based, case-control study to look at connections between primary insomnia and dementia. The paper, published in BMC Psychiatry, used information from a national health insurance database to identify individuals diagnosed with primary insomnia and track their future medical outcomes. They excluded any patients that were diagnosed with insomnia due to specific medical conditions or substance abuse and followed the medical history of these individuals for three years after their sleep disorder diagnosis to determine if any had developed signs of dementia. For comparison, they followed the same process for a control group of patients from the records who had not been diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
 
Insomnia in Young People Associated with Later Dementia
The results showed that during the three-year follow-up period, 2.54% of patients with primary insomnia developed dementia compared to 1.34% of patients without primary insomnia. They statistically adjusted the data for age, sex, region and concurrent illnesses, and found that overall those diagnosed with primary insomnia were about twice as likely to be at risk for dementia. They also looked at how this compared across different age groups and rather surprisingly found that younger patients diagnosed with primary insomnia were more likely to develop dementia. This may support other research suggesting that changes in sleep patterns earlier in life have a more profound impact on a person's health.
 
The authors noted that they did not have access to information such as smoking habits, alcohol consumption, socioeconomic status, and family medical history and as such were not able to include these factors in their analysis. In addition, a three-year follow-up period may not have been enough time to detect the onset of dementia in a number of cases. However, this study adds to the body of research linking sleep disorders with other medical conditions, and provides a wide-ranging analysis of the links between primary insomnia and dementia, possibly leading to the development of more tailored strategies for managing this condition.
 
(Source: Medical news bulletin, Written by Adriano Vissa, PhD)
 

Taiwan's I-Shou School of Medicine accredited by List of International Medical Schools【2018.04.03】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-04-03

World Directory of Medical Schools is a comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide

Taiwan Medical Teams Traveled Halfway across The World to offer aid to Peruvian Tribes【2018.04.03】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-04-03

Taiwan International Training Center promotes Global Health Care Development【2018.04.01】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-04-01

Taiwan's National Health Insurance advances WHO Goal【2018.03.26】

Source : Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Published : 2018-03-26

Bedtime Routine might be better than Medication for Insomniacs: Taiwan Doctor【2018.03.20】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2018-03-20

Taiwan, One of The Top 10 Medical Tourism Destinations around The World【2018.03.13】

Source : Medical Tourism Magazine
Published : 2018-03-13

Taiwan boasts as the first in kidney transplant in Asia. The National Taiwan University Hospital, where the procedure was performed, provides affordable and high-quality treatment for medical tourists.

62-year-old Taiwanese Woman successfully gives Birth【2018.03.09】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-03-09

62-year-old woman ties the record for being the oldest to ever give birth in Taiwan

Varicose veins tied to higher odds for blood clots 【2018.02.28】

Source : Medical Xpress
Published : 2018-02-28

Taiwanese Doctors offer Telehealth Services to Compatriot Businessmen in Thailand【2018.02.12】

Source : Central News Agency
Published : 2018-02-12

A group from Changhua Christian Hospital visited Thailand on Saturday Feb. 10

World Academy of Sciences selects three Taiwanese as fellows【2018.02.06】

Source : The Central News Agency
Published : 2018-02-06

Taiwan Researchers find Key Substance for Brain Cell Regeneration【2018.02.06】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-02-07

Treatment Outcomes of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis in Taiwan【2018.02.06】

Source :
Published : 2018-02-06

Of the 692 MDR-TB patients, 570 (82.4%) were successfully treated. Taiwan's TMTC has been a highly effective model of care in the management of MDR-TB.

Study reveals Rising Burden of Atrial Fibrillation among Asian Patients【2018.02.06】

Source : News Medical
Published : 2018-02-06

First large-scale investigation of AF in Taiwan shows increasing risks, according to a new study in the journal CHEST®

Taiwan's National Health Insurance enters New Era of Cloud-based Records Management【2018.01.31】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2018-01-31

Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) system is entering a new era of efficiency and upgraded services following the recent launch of a cloud-based medical records management platform, according to the NHI Administration under the Ministry of Health and Welfare Jan. 30.

Taiwan reports its 1st Liver Transplant for Newborn【2018.01.24】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2018-01-24

The boy was only 52 days old when he was given a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a rare maternal-fetal autoimmune disease

Taiwan to Increase Hospitals and Pharmacies for HIV Care【2017.12.26】

Source : Focustaiwan
Published : 2017-12-26

Taiwan is expected to increase the number of designated hospitals and pharmacies that provide medical care and medicine for HIV and AIDS patients in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Friday. At a press conference to announce the move, CDC Director-General Chou Jih-haw said Taiwan is expected to see an additional four designated hospitals that provide medical care to HIV and AIDS patients next year, bringing the total number to 73.

Taiwan's Medical Programs recognized as Comparable to Those of The USA【2017.12.26】

Source : Taiwannews
Published : 2017-12-26

The Ministry of Education received a notice on Dec. 25 from the US National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), under the US Department of Education.

Mistreating ADHD might Worsen Condition: Group【2017.11.20】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-20

BREAKING STIGMA:Symptoms of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder include severe, disproportionate tempers and a constantly irritable mood, a physician said

Taiwan Government Hopes to Reduce Unnecessary Healthcare Expenditure by Introduce More Information Technology【2017.11.14】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-14

EXPENSIVE TREATMENT:The premier said cancer medication cost the nation NT$32.2 billion last year, about 38 percent of treatment costs, and he hoped to bring this down

Taiwanese Delegation Hopes to Establish a Patient Transfer System in Malaysia【2017.11.14】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-14

A delegation of medical experts from nine Taiwanese hospitals and clinics is visiting Malaysia, hoping to establish a patient transfer system with Malaysian medical institutes and introduce more patients to Taiwan.

Breast Cancer Cells Empowered in Tumor-draining Lymph Nodes by Tregs【2017.11.07】

Source : Academia Sinica
Published : 2017-11-07

When breast cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes, it is considered an important prognostic predictor for patient survival. However, whether tumor-draining lymph nodes (TDLNs) take parts in the course of breast cancer metastasis has never been thoroughly looked at.

Taiwan, Marshall Islands sign health care agreement【2017.11.07】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-11-07

Taiwan's Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital signed an agreement with the Marshall Islands' Ministry of Health and Human Services last Monday to continue a medical internship program as well as establish a Hospital Information System (HIS) to enhance the quality of health care in the Pacific island country.

‘Taiwan-made' Test-tube Babies Hold Reunion【2017.11.06】

Source : INQUIRER.net
Published : 2017-11-06

More than 500 Filipino test-tube babies have been born with the help of Lee's hospital in Taichung, Taiwan.

The Global Health Forum in Taiwan, Drawing an International Crowd【2017.10.23】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-10-23

The Global Health Forum in Taiwan, organized by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened in Taipei yesterday, attracting 58 experts from 35 nations and hundreds of participants.

Herbal Remedies Linked to Cases of Liver Cancer across Asia【2017.10.23】

Source : The Japan Times
Published : 2017-10-23

Taiwan and Singapore's researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said last Wednesday.

A Successful Case of Taiwan's First Allogeneic Double Arm Transplant【2017.10.02】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-10-02

A medical team at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital found him a suitable arm donor, and he became the recipient of Taiwan's first allogeneic double arm transplant.

Hereditary and Environmental Factors are Just as Critical as Smoking in Causing Cancer: Taiwan Study【2017.09.25】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-09-25

The study confirms that hereditary and environmental factors are just as critical as smoking in causing cancer, said Yang Pan-chyr, who led the research.

Taiwan and India Eager to Join Hands on Healthcare【2017.09.24】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2017-09-26

Taiwanese delegation visits India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

St Jude Hospital to Receive Medical Specialists from Taiwan【2017.09.22】

Source : St. Lucia New
Published : 2017-09-22

St Jude Hospital (SJH), the main healthcare provider in the south of St Lucia, formally welcomed six medical volunteers from Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan.

NTU Hospital sets Example with Newborn Screening Program【2017.09.17】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-09-17

National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital's Newborn Screening Center has worked with hospitals and clinics across Taiwan, conducting screening for around 120,000 newborns between 2014 and 2016 and finding eight babies with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Taiwan to host World Hospital Congress【2017.09.09】

Source : Taiwan News
Published : 2017-09-12

The event is organised by International Hospital Federation, which works closely with the WHO.

Taiwanese scholar wins global award for cancer breakthrough【2017.09.04】

Source : Wow News
Published : 2017-09-04

Dr Kelvin Tsai is used to acclaim – a press release about his most recent paper inspired some twenty news stories published around the world, and he recently returned from accepting the Breast Journal Award from WISE Blackwell publishers at a Florida ceremony.

19 Healthcare Organizations in Taiwan Make Commitments Toward Zero Preventable Patient Deaths【2017.08.29】

Source : The Patient Safety Movement Foundation
Published : 2017-08-29

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) announced on August 24 that 19 hospitals and healthcare organizations in Taiwan have signed a commitment to implement processes to eliminate preventable patient deaths. The commitments were announced in Taichung City, Taiwan in June 2017.

Taiwan's Government aims to Increase Dementia Care Centers, Diagnosis Rates【2017.08.26】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2017-08-26

The Ministry of Health and Welfare aims to increase the number of dementia care centers and the diagnosis rates of the disease in Taiwan over the next four years, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said Saturday.

Quitting Statins after Stroke may Raise Risk of Another Stroke: Taiwan Study【2017.08.22】

Source : American Heart Association
Published : 2017-08-22

Stroke patients who stopped taking statin drugs three to six months after a first ischemic stroke, the type caused by narrowed arteries, had a higher risk of a having another stroke within a year, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Taiwan Hospital Helps to Develop Microchip for Fetal Testing【2017.08.19】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-08-19

Cathay General Hospital said it has developed a new class of microchips with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) that might be able to help in noninvasive screening of fetuses for genetic disorders.

Taiwanese University Research Team Rewrite Memory Formation Formula【2017.08.16】

Source : Chang Gung University
Published : 2017-08-16

Palau signs MOU with Taiwan Hospital/University【2017.08.16】

Source : I-Shou University
Published : 2017-08-16

Vietnamese Girls Celebrate at The CMUH after Receiving Treatment for Elephantiasis【2017.07.25】

Source : CNA NEWS
Published : 2017-07-25

Taiwan Joins Forces with Insilico Medicine to Apply AI to Biomedical Research【2017.07.05】

Source : DCB, PITDC, TMU
Published : 2017-07-05

The Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB), the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industrial Technology Development Center (PITDC), and Taipei Medical University (TMU), three of Taiwan's premier biomedical institutions, have teamed up with Baltimore-based Insilico Medicine to develop groundbreaking research in applied A.I. for biomedical science. The four parties signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for Cooperation at the BioTaiwan 2017 BioBusiness Asia Conference.

Cancer remains No. 1 cause of death in Taiwan in 2016【2017.06.19】

Source : China Post
Published : 2017-06-26

Persistence pays for Taiwan virologist who helped stop SARS【2017.05.24】

Source : Nikkei Asia Review
Published : 2017-05-24

Once ignored, Michael Ming-Chiao Lai's research saved countless lives

110 babies born via donor eggs from Taiwan since 2014【2017.05.09】

Source : The Yomiuri Shimbun
Published : 2017-05-09

Taiwanese egg donors help infertile Japanese couples conceive 110 children in three years

Patient received electronic eyes surgery in Taiwan - Asia's first successful case 【2017.04.21】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-04-21

The procedure is currently only able to restore vision to 0.01, but experts are optimistic about the rapid rate of technological advances

MOST seals medical research agreement with MIT【2017.04.13】

Source :
Published : 2017-04-13

Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology deepens medical research collaboration with MIT

World takes reference from Taiwan's research on H. pylori: scholar 【2017.03.28】

Source : Central News Agency
Published : 2017-03-28

Taiwan new invention makes life easier for kidney disease patients 【2017.03.22】

Source : Taipei Times
Published : 2017-03-22

Top ECMO Center in Asia Region; Providing Life Saving Treatment and High Quality Care【2017.03.10】

Source :
Published : 2017-03-10

According to reports from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), of the 648 cases of applying Extra-Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (ECPR) to adult patients in 2012, 311 of those cases were performed by the ECMO Team at NTUH. Compared to traditional CPR, ECMO is twice as effective. To this day, there are over 2,000 cases of ECPR use on adult patients. -Department of Cardiac Surgery ECMO Team, NTUH

Biological Reconstruction can Give You Back Your Active Life【2017.03.06】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-03-06

In the treatment of highly malignant osteosarcoma in non-metasticizing patients, the Department of Orthropaedics and Traumatology has a 5-year survival rate of 90.4%, and a retention of 95% of appendages. -Therapeutical and Research Center of Musculoskeletal Tumor, Taipei VGH

Radiation-free Cardiac Catheter 3D Stereotactic System for treating Juvenile Arrhythmias【2017.02.24】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-24

Using the radiation-free catheter 3D stereotactic system, complex congenital heart surgery team has helped 8 children to perform electrocautery, 4 children even completed without radiation exposure. -Complex Congenital Heart Surgery Team, NTUH

Saving a life from MI begins in the back of the ambulance【2017.02.21】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-21

Real-time wireless electrocardiogram transmission technology shortens the time for the heart to be without oxygen and reduces the rate of death from 21% to less than 5%. At Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Cardiovascular Medical Center, door-to-balloon time is on average a mere 53 minutes, which is far lower than the international standard of 90 minutes. - Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Cardiovascular Medical Center

Taiwan, a World Leader in Electric Cardioversion【2017.02.18】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2017-02-18

The Division of Cardiology of Taipei Veterans General Hospital was the first in the world to discover the abnormal firing of pulmonary cells. Today, the success rate of electrical cardioversion procedures has reached 90%. -Taipei Veterans General Hospital Division of Cardiology

NTUH-HOPE 2016 Taiwan and Mongolia Medical Exchange Program Completed Successfully【2016.12.06】

Source : National Taiwan University Hospital
Published : 2016-12-06

NTUH dispatched the professional teams to assist Mongolian hospitals to enhance the quality and efficiency in treating and diagnosing complicated cases provide instructions on medical procedures/operations, to co-host case conferences and to assist in the standardization of healthcare protocols and y procedures and completed successfully.

World Leader in Survival Rate for Living-Donor Liver Transplants【2016.10.19】

Source : Taiwan Healthcare+
Published : 2016-10-19

The Liver Transplant Center has developed minimal blood-loss living-donor hepatectomy, has completed more than 1,200 living-donor liver transplants, has reached a five-year survival rate of 98% for biliary atresia sufferers, and 90% for both cirrhosis from hepatitis B and liver cancer.

National Eye bank of Taiwan, Cooperate with SightLife, foreseeing leader in Asia【2016.11.16】

Source : Ministry of Health and Welfare
Published : 2016-11-16

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MoHW), National Eye Bank of Taiwan, and SightLife signed a memorandum of cooperation. It is expected that five years of close cooperation will make the National Eye Bank of Taiwan a dedicated institution for training eye bank professionals in the Greater China Region and a leader in Asian eye bank organizations.
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