Republic of Korea

Publication Title: 
The Korean Journal of Gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The prevalence of colonic diverticulosis in Korea is increasing in conjunction with the adoption of western dietary pattern, extension of lifespan, and advances in diagnostic modalities. The clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis seem to be gradually becoming similar to those of Western societies. Therefore, factors associated with the clinical characteristics of colonic diverticulosis in Korea were investigated.

Author(s): 
Kim, Sun Young
Kim, You Sun
Kim, Hyun Tae
Kwon, Sun Ok
Oh, Myoung Ki
Cha, In Hye
Ok, Kyeong Sam
Kwak, Cheol Hun
Kim, Jin Nam
Moon, Jeong Seop
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Although there is some evidence supporting the existence of an association between prenatal maternal or postnatal child's urine phthalate metabolite concentrations and poor attentional performances, the interaction between urine phthalate metabolite levels and genetic variation for neuropsychological deficit of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has not been examined.

Author(s): 
Park, Subin
Kim, Bung-Nyun
Cho, Soo-Churl
Kim, Yeni
Kim, Jae-Won
Lee, Ju-Young
Hong, Soon-Beom
Shin, Min-Sup
Yoo, Hee Jeong
Im, Hosub
Cheong, Jae Hoon
Han, Doug Hyun
Publication Title: 
Journal of Affective Disorders

Considerable evidence suggests a crucial role for the epigenetic regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the relationship between BDNF DNA methylation and white matter (WM) integrity in MDD has not yet been investigated. In the current study, we examined the association between the DNA methylation status of the BDNF promoter region and WM integrity in MDD.

Author(s): 
Choi, Sunyoung
Han, Kyu-Man
Won, Eunsoo
Yoon, Bong-June
Lee, Min-Soo
Ham, Byung-Joo
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been considered a risk factor for suicidality. BDNF secretion is influenced by epigenetic (DNA methylation) and genetic (val66met polymorphism) profiles. We aimed to investigate the independent effects of BDNF promoter methylation status on suicidal ideation as well as the effects of its interaction with the val66met polymorphism in patients with breast cancer. METHODS: A total of279 patients with breast cancer were evaluated 1 week after breast surgery, and 244 (87%) were followed up 1 year later.

Author(s): 
Kim, Jae-Min
Kang, Hee-Ju
Kim, Seon-Young
Kim, Sung-Wan
Shin, Il-Seon
Kim, Hye-Ran
Park, Min-Ho
Shin, Myung-Geun
Yoon, Jung-Han
Yoon, Jin-Sang
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Communication

This study examined the mediated influence of a celebrated religious hero in South Korea, Cardinal Stephen Kim, through two forms of involvement--parasocial interaction and identification--on intention toward cornea donation and volunteerism, and it investigated how the news media diffused of his death.

Author(s): 
Bae, Hyuhn-Suhck
Brown, William J.
Kang, Seok
Publication Title: 
Geriatrics & Gerontology International

AIM: The main objective of the present study was to examine the quality of life of older adults with cancer and investigate factors associated with it. Some practical problems experienced by older adults with cancer are introduced, such as changes in work situation, availability of caregivers and financial difficulties relative to medical expenditures. METHODS: A total of 339 patients aged 65 years or older who were treated for five major cancer diseases--colorectal, stomach, lung, liver or kidney cancer--participated in the present study.

Author(s): 
Yoon, Hyunsook
Kim, Yojin
Lim, Yeon Ok
Lee, Hyun Joo
Choi, Kyoungwon
Publication Title: 
Telemedicine Journal and E-Health: The Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association

OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study are (1) to establish a ubiquitous healthcare (u-healthcare) center for those who wish to use u-healthcare, allowing them to experience the service, and (2) to evaluate the users' awareness and expectations of the service based on their overall assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To establish the u-healthcare center, a kiosk, devices for health checkup, a body-type examination system, and a physical fitness assessment system were installed. Also, a u-healthcare Web site was developed.

Author(s): 
Youm, Sekyoung
Park, Seung-Hun
Publication Title: 
Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

Korean immigration peaked in the mid-1980s, so that large cohorts of post-1965 immigrants are now approaching or entering retirement. As the baby boomer generation ages, few studies have examined how the lack of retirement savings and eldercare plans combined with cultural expectations such as filial piety may pose challenges for aging Korean immigrants and their adult children. This exploratory study examines attitudes and beliefs among 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean American adults regarding filial expectations and support for aging immigrant parents.

Author(s): 
Yoo, Grace J.
Kim, Barbara W.
Publication Title: 
Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine

BACKGROUND: Gratitude disposition is positively associated with happiness. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to identify influencing factors on gratitude disposition by gender differences in middle school students. METHODS: Cross-sectional study using self-reported questionnaires were administered to participants (n=372) aged between 13 ? 15 years in Seoul and Chungnam Province in Korea. The collected data were analyzed with SPSS18.0 statistical program, and frequency analysis and logistic regression analysis were used in the research.

Author(s): 
Choi, Jung-hyun
Yu, Mi
Publication Title: 
Transfusion

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the knowledge of cord blood (CB) and attitudes toward CB banking among high-potential donors (i.e., well-educated pregnant Koreans) because their voluntary donation is indispensable to the success of unrelated CB transplantation. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Questionnaires examining perspectives on CB were distributed to and completed by 1001 women attending a maternity education program from April to October 2008; 863 women answered that they had heard of CB.

Author(s): 
Shin, Sue
Yoon, Jong Hyun
Lee, Hye Ryun
Kim, Byoung Jae
Roh, Eun Youn

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