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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164048/a-retrospective-mid-and-long-term-follow-up-study-on-the-changes-in-hematologic-parameters-in-the-highly-exposed-residents-of-the-hebei-spirit-oil-spill-in-taean-south-korea
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Young-Hyun Choi, Jee-Young Hong, Moo-Sik Lee
Objectives: This study aimed to analyze changes in hematologic parameters in the residents of the areas highly contaminated by the Hebei Spirit Oil Spill in 2007 and those who participated in the clean-up activities. Methods: According to demographic characteristics, health status and behavior, and level of exposure to oil, we compared the hematologic results in 2009 and 2012 among 701 residents. The hematologic parameters were composed of white blood cell (WBC) count, and levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit (Hct), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine (Cr), total cholesterol (T-chol), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglyceride (TG)...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164047/cost-of-tuberculosis-treatment-evidence-from-iran-s-health-system
#2
Vahid Bay, Payam Tabarsi, Aziz Rezapour, Sima Marzban, Ehsan Zarei
Objectives: This study aimed to estimate the cost of smear-positive drug-susceptible pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) treatment of the patients in the Azadshahr district, Golestan Province, Iran. Methods: In this retrospective study, all new smear positive pulmonary TB patients who had been registered at the district's health network between April, 2013 and December, 2015 and had successfully completed their treatment were entered into the study (45 patients). Treatment costs were estimated from the provider's perspective using an activity-based costing (ABC) method...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164046/comparative-analysis-of-the-trends-in-medical-utilization-of-cancer-inpatients-in-korea
#3
Hyun-Ju Lee, Sung-Soo Kim
Objectives: Cancer has attracted worldwide attention. The incidence and prevalence are increasing, and it is the main cause of death. The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of hospitalized cancer patients. Methods: This study is a secondary data study using the Korean National Hospital Discharge In-depth Injury Survey Data conducted annually by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using these data, we extracted inpatients who principal diagnosis is cancer for nine years from 2005 to 2013...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164045/factors-related-to-healthcare-service-quality-in-long-term-care-hospitals-in-south-korea-a-mixed-methods-study
#4
Minsung Sohn, Mankyu Choi
Objectives: The environment of long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) is critical to the management of the quality of their services and to patient safety, as highlighted by international studies. However, there is a lack of evidence on this topic in South Korea. This study aimed to examine the factors affecting healthcare quality in LTCHs and to explore the effectiveness of their quality management. Methods: This study used a mixed methods approach with quantitative data collected in a national survey and qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with practice-based managers...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164044/characterization-of-clostridium-difficile-strains-isolated-from-patients-with-c-difficile-associated-disease-in-korea
#5
Seung-Hak Cho, Jung-Whan Chon, Kun-Ho Seo, Young Kwon Kim, Jung-Beom Kim, Young-Seok Bak, Woon-Won Jung, Cheorl-Ho Kim, Jong Tae Choi
Objectives: Studies on Clostridium difficile are rare in Korea. We investigated the epidemiological characteristics of C. difficile isolates from patients with C. difficile-associated disease (CDAD) in Korea. Methods: Multiplex polymerase chain reaction was performed to detect the presence of tcdA and tcdB toxin genes. Antimicrobial susceptibility test was carried out by the disk-dilution method. C. difficile strains were subtyped by automated repetitive-element palindromic PCR (rep-PCR)...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164043/antiviral-activity-of-itraconazole-against-echovirus-30-infection-in-vitro
#6
Jae-Sug Lee, Hwa-Jung Choi, Jae-Hyoung Song, Hyun-Jeong Ko, Kyungah Yoon, Jeong-Min Seong
Objectives: Echovirus 30 is a major cause of meningitis in children and adults. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the antifungal drug itraconazole could exhibit antiviral activity against echovirus 30. Methods: The cytopathic effect and viral RNA levels were assessed in RD cells as indicators of viral replication. The effects of itraconazole were compared to those of two known antiviral drugs, rupintrivir and pleconaril. The time course and time-of-addition assays were used to approximate the time at which itraconazole exerts its activity in the viral cycle...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164042/different-effects-of-cognitive-and-non-exercise-physical-leisure-activities-on-cognitive-function-by-age-in-elderly-korean-individuals
#7
Mi Sook Jung, Hyunli Kim, Yeji Lee, Mijung Kim, Eunyoung Chung
Objectives: We aimed to examine the effects of various leisure activities on cognitive impairment in young-old (aged 65-74 years) and old-old (aged ≥ 75 years) adults. Methods: In total, 10,279 elderly Korean individuals from the 2014 Korean National Survey on Older Adults' cohort were enrolled in our study. Cognitive impairment was assessed using the standardized score of the Mini-Mental State Examination for Dementia Screening, whereas leisure activities were recorded via self-reporting of the extent and type of leisure activity the subjects involved in over the past year...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164041/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-intestinal-parasite-infection-among-schoolchildren-in-the-peripheral-highland-regions-of-huanuco-peru
#8
Byungjin Choi, Bongyoung Kim
Objectives: Schoolchildren in developing countries are at greater risk of intestinal parasitic infections. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence and assess the risk factors of intestinal parasite infection among schoolchildren in rural areas of Peru. Methods: A volunteer team from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) conducted a campaign for parasite eradication called "Chao parasitos" at five schools in the peripheral highland regions of Huanuco in October 2013...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164040/regional-disparity-and-factors-influencing-unmet-medical-needs-a-study-based-on-the-sixth-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2015
#9
Ji Hye Lim
Objectives: This study aimed to determine regional differences and the factors that affect unmet medical needs. Methods: Data from the 6th Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2015) were used, and 4,946 health survey participants who provided responses on medical utilization and health behavior were included in the study. Results: A statistically significant difference was observed in the incidence rate of unmet medical needs in terms of region...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164039/not-one-for-all
#10
EDITORIAL
Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904853/lyme-disease-and-youtubetm-a-cross-sectional-study-of-video-contents
#11
Corey H Basch, Lindsay A Mullican, Kwanza D Boone, Jingjing Yin, Alyssa Berdnik, Marina E Eremeeva, Isaac Chun-Hai Fung
OBJECTIVES: Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease. People seek health information on Lyme disease from YouTube(TM) videos. In this study, we investigated if the contents of Lyme disease-related YouTube(TM) videos varied by their sources. METHODS: Most viewed English YouTube(TM) videos (n = 100) were identified and manually coded for contents and sources. RESULTS: Within the sample, 40 videos were consumer-generated, 31 were internet-based news, 16 were professional, and 13 were TV news...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904852/seroprevalence-of-brucellosis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-in-hamadan-iran
#12
Fariba Keramat, Mohammad Mehdi Majzobi, Jalal Poorolajal, Zohreh Zarei Ghane, Maryam Adabi
OBJECTIVES: Brucellosis is a systemic disease with a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations. This study aimed to determine the seroprevalence of brucellosis in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients in Hamadan Province in the west of Iran. METHODS: A total of 157 HIV-infected patients were screened through standard serological tests, including Wright's test, Coombs' Wright test, and 2-mercaptoethanol Brucella agglutination test (2ME test), blood cultures in Castaneda media, and CD4 counting...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904851/body-related-perspectives-and-weight-control-methods-of-korean-chinese-nursing-school-students-in-yanbian-china-a-pilot-study
#13
Jounghee Lee, Meixiang Jin, Heejung Son, Wenying Cui
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed at identifying the current nutrition knowledge, body-related perspectives, and weight control behaviors of Korean-Chinese college students. METHODS: We conducted a pilot study by employing a healthy weight education program targeting Korean-Chinese nursing school students at the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in Yanbian, China. RESULTS: This pilot study included 40 participants (38 women and 2 men; mean age, 20...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904850/effects-of-exercise-on-cervical-angle-and-respiratory-function-in-smartphone-users
#14
Na Kyung Lee, Sang In Jung, Do Youn Lee, Kyung Woo Kang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether exercises can change the cervical angle and respiratory function in smartphone users. METHODS: Thirty healthy volunteers were recruited. The subjects were randomly divided into an exercise group and a control group. All participants used a smartphone for 1 hour while maintaining a sitting posture. Then, each group performed their assigned activity. The exercise group performed two types of exercises and the control group maintained routine activities for 20 minutes...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904849/influence-of-socioeconomic-status-comorbidity-and-disability-on-late-stage-cancer-diagnosis
#15
Bo Ram Park, So Young Kim, Dong Wook Shin, Hyung Kook Yang, Jong Hyock Park
OBJECTIVES: Understanding factors affecting advanced stage at diagnosis is vital to improve cancer outcomes and overall survival. We investigated the factors affecting later-stage cancer diagnosis. METHODS: Patients completed self-reported questionnaires. We collected cancer stage data from medical records review. Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify factors associated with later stage cancer at diagnosis by gender. RESULTS: In total, 1,870 cancer patients were included in the study; 55...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904848/aflatoxin-m1-contamination-levels-in-cheeses-sold-in-isfahan-province-iran
#16
Ali Sharifzadeh, Payam Ghasemi-Dehkordi, Mohsen Foroughi, Elham Mardanpour-Shahrekordi, Shahin Ramazi
OBJECTIVES: Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1)-contaminated dairy products pose serious human health risks, causing liver and renal failure if consumed. They are also related to decreased milk and egg production in infected animals. This study investigated the AFM1 contamination levels in cheeses sold in Isfahan province, Iran, by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). METHODS: A total of 100 white cheese samples were randomly collected from supermarkets in Isfahan province and after extraction using dichloromethane were prepared for the ELISA...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904847/correlation-between-scapular-asymmetry-and-differences-in-left-and-right-side-activity-of-muscles-adjacent-to-the-scapula
#17
Seong-Gil Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the correlation between scapular asymmetry in young female adults and differences in left and right side activity of muscles adjacent to the scapula. METHODS: This study included 60 female students from U university in Korea. In order to examine scapular asymmetry, the lateral scapular slide test (LSST) was used. The LSST was performed in 3 different postures (LSST-1, LSST-2, and LSST-3; i.e., 0°, 45°, and 90° of upper limb abduction, respectively)...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904846/analyzing-the-historical-development-and-transition-of-the-korean-health-care-system
#18
Sang-Yi Lee, Chul-Woung Kim, Nam-Kyu Seo, Seung Eun Lee
OBJECTIVES: Many economically advanced countries have attempted to minimize public expenditures and pursue privatization based on the principles of neo-liberalism. However, Korea has moved contrary to this global trend. This study examines why and how the Korean health care system was formed, developed, and transformed into an integrated, single-insurer, National Health Insurance (NHI) system. METHODS: We describe the transition in the Korean health care system using an analytical framework that incorporates such critical variables as government economic development strategies and the relationships among social forces, state autonomy, and state power...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904845/biomarker-for-the-prediction-of-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-non-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#19
REVIEW
Ho Sun Shon, Jang-Whan Bae, Kyoung Ok Kim, Eun Jong Cha, Kyung Ah Kim
N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a well-known biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure, and is directly associated with myocardial dysfunction. We evaluated the prognostic value of NT-proBNP for major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) among patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) from the Korea Acute Myocardial Infarction Registry during their mid-term follow-up period. In this paper, we analyzed NT-proBNP according to various MACE and level of NT-proBNP...
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904844/the-story-of-korean-health-insurance-system
#20
EDITORIAL
Hae-Wol Cho, Chaeshin Chu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
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