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Epidemiology and Health

Kazumasa Yamagishi, Hiroyasu Iso
Two major definitions of metabolic syndrome have been proposed. One focuses on accumulation of risk factors such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) criteria; and the other focuses on abdominal obesity such as the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Japanese criteria. The latter consider waist circumference as an obligatory component, whereas the former does not. In 2009, the IDF, NHLBI, AHA and the other organizations attempted to unify these criteria, and waist circumference is no longer an obligatory component...
January 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
Mahshid Nasehi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Amin Doosti-Irani, Saeed Sharafi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Objectives: The risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from patients to health-care workers (HCWs) is a neglected problem in many countries including Iran. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and related risk factors among TB laboratory staff in Iran. Methods: All TB laboratory staff (689 individual) who were working in TB laboratories of 50 Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences and a random sample consisted of 317 participants from low risk HCWs, were included in this cross sectional study...
December 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Berihun Assefa Dachew, Getachew Mebrahtu Welay, Kefyalew Addis Alene
Background: Poor treatment outcomes of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) are responsible for a high mortality rate in resource limited setting like Ethiopia. This study aimed at evaluating the magnitude and identifying determinants of poor VL treatment outcome in Kahsay Abera Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: A hospital based retrospective follow up study was conducted among 595 VL patients who were admitted to Kahsay Abera Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia from October 2010 to April 2013...
December 28, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Byoug-Hak Jeon, Jinseob Kim, GangHyun Kim Kim, Soo Chul Park, SangYun Kim, Hae-Kwan Cheong
Purpose: This study estimated the overall magnitude of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (iCJD) based on dura graft cases in Korea using a mathematical model. Methods: We estimated the number of annual cases of dura grafts performed between 1980 and 1995 by applying the proportion of dura grafts recorded by the Health Insurance Review Agency claim dataset in Korea to the number of nationwide neurosurgery cases. The distribution of the incubation period was assumed to fall under a Weibull distribution with density function or a log-logistic distribution with density function...
December 19, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Kajori Banerjee, Laxmi Kant Dwivedi
Purpose: In India, diseases, communicable or non-communicable, are argued to be biased in affecting a certain socio-economic strata of the population. Using 60th (2004) and 71st (2014) National Sample Survey rounds, this study assesses the pressure of infectious diseases against cardio-vascular diseases (CVD) and alteration of disease burden over various socio-economic, demographic sub-population for 2004-2014. Methods: To assess the burden of diseases over the two time points separated by a decade prevalence rates, hospitalization rates, case fatality rates, mortality burden is estimated...
December 14, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Mehdi Darabi, Mohsen Asadi Lari, Abbas Motevalian, Ali Motlagh, Shahram Arsang-Jang, Maryam Karimi Jaberi
OBJECTIVES: The main purpose of this study is to consider changes in time trends of stomach, colorectal, and esophageal cancers during the past decade in Iran. METHODS: Cancer incidence data during the years 2001 to 2010 obtained from cancer registration in Health ministry. In order to recognize significant changes in time trends, we made use of Joint point analysis. Then, the annual percent change for each segment of the trend was calculated. RESULTS: Incidence rate for stomach cancer increased from 4...
December 5, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
V G Ramachandran, Priyamvada Roy, Shukla Das, Narendra Singh Mogha, Ajay Kumar Bansal
Purpose: Aedes mosquito is responsible for transmitting dengue virus. Mosquito lifecycle is known to be influenced by temperature, rainfall and relative humidity. This retrospective study was planned to investigate if climatic factors can be used to predict occurrence of dengue cases in our area. Methods: Number of monthly dengue cases reported for a period of 19 years was obtained. Monthly data of rainfall, temperature and humidity collected from local Weather Station was correlated with number of monthly reported dengue cases...
November 27, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Aghbabak Maheri, Roya Sedeghi, Davoud Shojaeezadeh, Azar Tol, Mehdi Yaseri, Mojtaba Ebrahimi
Objectives: Health promoting lifestyle (HPL) is one of the factors affecting the quality of life (QoL) among patients with beta-thalassemia (β-thalassemia). Due to the lack of studies in this field, this study aimed at determining" the association between HPL and QoL among adults with β-thalassemia ". Methods: This cross-sectional (descriptive-analytic )study conducted among 389 adult patients with β-thalassemia in Tehran, Iran. The research instrument included a questionnaire consisting of three parts; demographic items, Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) and Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP-II)...
November 15, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Rajabali Daroudi, Arash Rashidian, Hojjat Zeraati, Alireza Oliyaeemanesh, Ali Akbari Sari
Background: There is increasing interest in the use of subjective well-being (SWB) as a development indicator and for evaluation of public policies. The aim of this study was to assess life and health satisfaction and their determinants in the adult population of Iran. Methods: We conducted a survey on a sample of 3,150 adults, aged 18 and over, in Iran's capital (Tehran city). The subjects were selected using a stratified random sampling method, and were interviewed face-to-face at their usual residence by trained interviewers...
November 3, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Ali Kazemi Karyani, Arash Rashidian, Sara Emamgholipour Sefidd, Ali Akbari Sari
Objectives: The aim of this study was to measure HRQoL and affecting factors in health insured in Tehran city, Iran. Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study conducted using the EQ-5D-3L questionnaire. In order to estimate the determinants of HRQoL, demographic, socioeconomic and health status were included. Cluster sampling technique was used in data collection - from May to June, 2016. The chi-squared test and weighted least squares (WLS) were employed for data analysis...
October 26, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Inmyung Song, Ju Young Shin
Objectives: This study analyzed the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication users among children and adolescents in Korea between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2011. Methods: Using the Korea National Health Insurance claims database, we identified the patients aged between 1 and 17 years who had at least one medical claim for the diagnosis of ADHD (ICD-10: F90.0). The annual prevalence of ADHD diagnosis was calculated, using national census data from the Statistics Korea on the population aged between 1 and 17 years as the denominator...
October 26, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Schehrazad Selmane, Mohamed L'Hadj
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to highlight some epidemiological aspects of scorpion envenomations, to analyse and interpret the recorded data, and to develop a forecasting model for scorpion sting cases in Biskra province which records the highest number of scorpion stings at national level. METHODS: In addition to the epidemiological profile of scorpion stings that occurred throughout the year 2013, we carried out the Box-Jenkins approach to fit a seasonal autoregressive integrated moving average (SARIMA) model to the monthly recorded scorpion sting cases in Biskra from 2000 to 2012...
October 14, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Delelegn Tsegaye, Leul Deribe, Shambel Wodajo
Objectives: Adherence of HIV positive pregnant and lactating mothers to ART is a central component in PMTCT. Thus, the aim of this study was to measure the level of adherence and identify factors associated with adherence to option B+ PMTCT among pregnant and lactating mothers in selected government health facilities of South Wollo Zone, Amhara region, North East Ethiopia. Methods: An institution based cross sectional quantitative study design was employed from March 1 to April 14, 2016 using standard structured data collection instrument...
October 13, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Krishna Prasad Acharya, Nirajan Niroula, Krishna Kaphle
Brucellosis is an abortifacient zoonotic disease which remains prominent in third world countries like Nepal. Brucellosis possess a public health concern, the incidences of which in livestocks can present substantial economic and health burdens for herders and health professionals. In Nepal, several cases of bovine including human brucellosis have been reported. This paper aims to evaluate the current status of the disease, the mechanism of infection, pathogenesis, zoonotic potential, diagnostic advances, treatment regimens, and the preventive measures that can be adopted in managing human brucellosis in under-developed countries like Nepal...
October 1, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Tantut Susanto, Iis Rahmawati, Emi Wuri Wuryaningsih, Syahrul Syahrul, Ruka Saito, Rumiko Kimura, Akiko Tsuda, Noriko Tabuchi, Junko Sugama
OBJECTIVES: Complex factors related reproductive health (RH) behavior among adolescents based on the social and culture of each countries, especially in Islamic culture of Indonesia. This study examines the prevalence and related factors of active RH behavior among Indonesian adolescents. METHODS: A cross-sectional design was conducted among 1,040 of students who were selected through a multi-stage random sampling technique for completing a questionnaire. A self-administered questionnaire was developed, including the illustrative questionnaire for interview surveys with young people of the WHO, pubertal development scale, and sexual activity scale, modified in accordance with the context of Indonesia...
September 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
Keum Ji Jung, Christina Jeon, Sun Ha Jee
The objectives of this review were to determine whether the smoking paradox still exists and to summarize possible explanations for the smoking paradox. Based on published data, we compared the risk of cigarette smoking for lung cancer in Western and Asian countries. We extracted data from the relevant studies about annual tobacco consumption, lung cancer mortality rates according to smoking status from each country, and possible explanations for the smoking paradox. A significantly greater risk of lung cancer death was found among current smokers in Asian countries than among nonsmokers, with relative risks (RRs) of 4...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
Sungryul Shim, Jiyoung Kim, Wonguen Jung, In-Soo Shin, Jong-Myon Bae
This review aimed to arrange the process of a systematic review of genome-wide association studies in order to practice and apply a genome-wide meta-analysis (GWMA). The process has a series of five steps: searching and selection, extraction of related information, evaluation of validity, meta-analysis by type of genetic model, and evaluation of heterogeneity. In contrast to intervention meta-analyses, GWMA has to evaluate the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) in the third step and conduct meta-analyses by five potential genetic models, including dominant, recessive, homozygote contrast, heterozygote contrast, and allelic contrast in the fourth step...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
Soon Young Lee, Hee Jeong Yang, Gawon Kim, Hae-Kwan Cheong, Bo Youl Choi
OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to investigate the relationship between community residents' infection sensitivity and their levels of preventive behaviors during the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Korea. METHODS: Seven thousands two hundreds eighty one participants from nine areas in Gyeonggi-do including Pyeongtaek, the origin of the outbreak in 2015 agreed to participate in the survey and the data from 6,739 participants were included in the final analysis...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
Hye-Jin Paek
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2016: Epidemiology and Health
Minyoung Sim
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2016: Epidemiology and Health
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