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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228140/should-co-payments-for-financially-deprived-patients-be-lowered-primary-care-physicians-perspectives-using-a-mixed-methods-approach-in-a-survey-study-in-tokyo
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Machiko Inoue, Yuko Kachi
BACKGROUND: Japan's stagnant economy has produced increasing income disparities, and the effect of poverty on health and health-care utilization is a significant issue. Co-payments could be a trade-off for patients when seeking medical care and limit health-care utilization. We sought primary care physicians' experiences in dealing with financially deprived patients and their perspectives about reducing co-payments by low-income patients. METHODS: We used a convergent mixed-methods approach in a mail survey; it was distributed to 1989 primary care physicians practicing in areas with the highest proportions of socially disadvantaged individuals in Tokyo...
February 22, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225546/making-travel-to-cuba-work-for-health-and-sustainable-development
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Conner Gorry
In 2015, a record-breaking 3.5 million visitors-1 million from Canada alone-traveled to Cuba to explore its history, culture, natural splendor, and visit family. That same year, US President Barack Obama relaxed travel restrictions, giving general authorization for a dozen categories of legal travel by US citizens and residents. As a result, US visitors to the island ballooned by 80% between January 2015 and June 2016. And the numbers keep growing: the latest data show that foreign arrivals reached 4 million in 2016...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222850/blurred-lines-emergency-preparedness-resilience-and-response-within-local-authorities-compared-with-organisations-within-the-wider-health-economy
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Laura Drew
This paper looks at the integration of local authorities within the emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR) system for health. The experience of the author, who works within this field for a local authority, is that current guidance is unclear and has affected integration of local authorities into the EPRR system. This paper therefore aims to identify why these issues exist and to assist in driving changes to current guidance, documentation and procedures.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219424/health-risk-assessment-of-china-s-main-air-pollutants
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Jian Sun, Tiancai Zhou
BACKGROUND: With the rapid development of China's economy, air pollution has attracted public concern because of its harmful effects on health. METHODS: The source apportioning of air pollution, the spatial distribution characteristics, and the relationship between atmospheric contamination, and the risk of exposure were explored. The in situ daily concentrations of the principal air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, SO2, NO2, CO and O3) were obtained from 188 main cities with many continuous air-monitoring stations across China (2014 and 2015)...
February 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219381/transformation-of-the-released-asbestos-carbon-fibers-and-carbon-nanotubes-from-composite-materials-and-the-changes-of-their-potential-health-impacts
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REVIEW
Jing Wang, Lukas Schlagenhauf, Ari Setyan
Composite materials with fibrous reinforcement often provide superior mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties than the matrix. Asbestos, carbon fibers and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been widely used in composites with profound impacts not only on technology and economy but also on human health and environment. A large number of studies have been dedicated to the release of fibrous particles from composites. Here we focus on the transformation of the fibrous fillers after their release, especially the change of the properties essential for the health impacts...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217574/india-in-search-of-right-universal-health-coverage-uhc-model-the-risks-of-implementing-uhc-in-the-absence-of-political-demand-by-the-citizen
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EDITORIAL
Raman Kumar, Pritam Roy
Amid the global push for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the agenda is being set for India's health care. In the absence of a constitutional mandate, a national policy and citizen-led political demand for UHC, there exist specific risks in rushing toward its implementation in India. As the debate of UHC continues, the health-care delivery system in India is at cross roads. UHC in India could take two different trajectories. The first one takes India toward becoming "Global Bazaar" of morbidity and ill health, founded on the pillars of a vibrant rapidly multiplying healthcare industry...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216296/cyclodextrin-modified-plla-parietal-reinforcement-implant-with-prolonged-antibacterial-activity
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G Vermet, S Degoutin, F Chai, M Maton, C Flores, C Neut, P E Danjou, B Martel, N Blanchemain
: The use of textile meshes in hernia repair is widespread in visceral surgery. Though, mesh infection is a complication that may prolong the patient recovery period and consequently presents an impact on public health economy. Such concern can be avoided thanks to a local and extended antibiotic release on the operative site. In recent developments, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) has been used in complement of polyethyleneterephthalate (Dacron(®)) (PET) or polypropylene (PP) yarns in the manufacture of semi-resorbable parietal implants...
February 12, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212686/validity-of-a-simplified-screening-instrument-for-assessing-overweight-children-in-a-dental-setting-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amir Azarpazhooh, Anoushe Sekhavat, Michael J Sigal
BACKGROUND: Obesity, with its rising prevalence among Canadians and its estimated cost of $2 billion annually in Canada, is no longer considered a cosmetic issue, but a major health issue that imposes a great burden on the healthcare system and economy. This cross sectional study aims to evaluate the feasibility of identifying the weight status of 6 to 11 year-old children in a university dental clinic using a simplified overweight screening instrument. METHODS: One hundred sixty eight healthy children were enrolled...
February 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209551/sero-prevalence-risk-factors-and-distribution-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-in-ethiopia
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REVIEW
Nejash Abdela
Foot and mouth disease (FMD), world's most important highly infectious and contagious trans-boundary animal diseases, is responsible for huge global losses of livestock production as well as severe impacts on international trade. This vesicular disease is caused by foot and mouth disease virus of the genus Aphthovirus, family Picornaviridae. Currently FMD is major global animal health problem and endemic in Africa including Ethiopia. This paper systematically reviewed the sero-prevalence reports, associated risk factors and distribution of FMD in Ethiopia with the main aim of making compressive document on prevalence, risk factor and distribution of the disease thus helping as a basis for designing effective control strategies...
February 14, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203120/international-lessons-in-new-methods-for-grading-and-integrating-cost-effectiveness-evidence-into-clinical-practice-guidelines
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REVIEW
Kathryn M Antioch, Michael F Drummond, Louis W Niessen, Hindrik Vondeling
Economic evidence is influential in health technology assessment world-wide. Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) can enable economists to include economic information on health care provision. Application of economic evidence in CPGs, and its integration into clinical practice and national decision making is hampered by objections from professions, paucity of economic evidence or lack of policy commitment. The use of state-of-art economic methodologies will improve this. Economic evidence can be graded by 'checklists' to establish the best evidence for decision making given methodological rigor...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202501/national-health-expenditure-projections-2016-25-price-increases-aging-push-sector-to-20%C3%A2-percent-of-economy
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Sean P Keehan, Devin A Stone, John A Poisal, Gigi A Cuckler, Andrea M Sisko, Sheila D Smith, Andrew J Madison, Christian J Wolfe, Joseph M Lizonitz
Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent for 2016-25 and represent 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. For 2016, national health expenditure growth is anticipated to have slowed 1.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent, as a result of slower Medicaid and prescription drug spending growth. For the rest of the projection period, faster projected growth in medical prices is partly offset by slower projected growth in the use and intensity of medical goods and services, relative to that observed in 2014-16 associated with the Affordable Care Act coverage expansions...
February 15, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202426/integrated-platform-for-home-services-using-new-products-and-services-for-senior-citizens-call-cnav-carsat-2015
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Michel Noguès, Daniel Laune, Delphine Paccard, Anne-Laure Coupet, Justine Millot-Keurinck, Narjis Bototo, Marine Bertrand, Jean Bousquet
This project is part of: i) the risks of ageing prevention policy of the French retirement and occupational health insurance agency of Languedoc Roussillon (Carsat-LR) and ii) the European innovation partnership on active and healthy ageing (EIP on AHA). It aims to support senior citizens who live independently and have been identified at risk of frailty on a social or health level. The purpose is to increase legibility as well as technical and financial access to innovations for vulnerable seniors who are remote from the digital era, through a multiservice user-friendly platform...
February 15, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195244/health-technology-assessment-introducing-a-vacuum-based-preservation-system-for-biological-materials-in-the-anatomic-pathology-workflow
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R Saliceti, E Nicodemo, A Giannini, A Cortese
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this work is to assess the implementation of a newly introduced medical equipment technology for the vacuum-based preservation of biological materials within an Anatomic Pathology service. METHODS: The approach selected for the analysis is the Health Technology Assessment (HTA ), a comprehensive evaluation method based on relevant scientific evidence and designed to support healthcare decision makers in purchasing, replacing or disposing of technologies...
March 2016: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194503/inequalities-by-immigrant-status-in-depressive-symptoms-in-europe-the-role-of-integration-policy-regimes
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Davide Malmusi, Laia Palència, Umar Z Ikram, Anton E Kunst, Carme Borrell
PURPOSE: We aimed to study whether country integration policy models were related to inequalities by immigrant status in depressive symptoms in Europe. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study using data from 17 countries in the sixth wave of the European Social Survey (2012), comparing subjects born either in the country of residence (non-immigrants, N = 28,333) or in a country not classified as "advanced economy" by the IMF (immigrants, N = 2041). Depressive symptoms were assessed with the eight-item version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale...
February 14, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186926/impact-of-screen-time-on-mental-health-problems-progression-in-youth-a-1-year-follow-up-study
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Xiaoyan Wu, Shuman Tao, Shichen Zhang, Yukun Zhang, Kaihua Chen, Yajuan Yang, Jiahu Hao, Fangbiao Tao
OBJECTIVES: We examined the relationships between screen time (ST) and mental health problems and also increment of ST and progression of mental health problems in a college-based sample of Chinese youth. METHODS: We assessed 2521 Chinese college freshmen from October 2013 to December 2014. At baseline, the mean age of participants was 18.43 years (SD 0.96 years), and 1215 (48.2%) participants reported ST >2 h/day. We estimated multivariable-adjusted ORs by using logistic regression models for the risk of developing mental health problems (anxiety, depression and psychopathological symptoms) and/or progression of these problems, according to baseline ST exposure and changes in exposure at follow-up...
November 9, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184309/plans-hopes-and-ideas-for-mental-health
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EDITORIAL
John R Ashton
Mental health and the failings of the mental health services are in the spotlight as never before. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the often dire situation with regard to child and adolescent mental health. At the same time, there is a renewed interest in the scope for prevention of mental illness and distress, and in population approaches to mental well-being. It may come as a surprise to some that others have given such serious consideration to strategic approaches to public mental health as long ago as the 1950s...
February 2017: BJPsych Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165407/prevalence-of-breastfeeding-findings-from-the-first-health-service-household-interview-in-hunan-province-china
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Hong Qin, Lin Zhang, Lingling Zhang, Wei Zhang, Li Li, Xin Deng, Danping Tian, Jing Deng, Guoqing Hu
Background: With the development of economy and urbanization, methods of child-feeding have significantly changed in China over the past three decades. However, little is known about breastfeeding in China since 2009. This study aims to update information on the prevalence of breastfeeding in China. Methods: Data were obtained from the first Health Service Household Interview Survey of Hunan Province, China. Of 24,282 respondents, 1659 were aged five years or younger. We ran multivariable logistic regression to examine the impact of urban/rural setting, gender, age and household income per capita on the use of breastfeeding...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155787/-demedicalisation-of-8220-medical-prescription-of-sport-8221-the-strasbourg-programme-as-viewed-by-sports-educators
#18
Christelle Marsault
<ce:para>Promoting health by sport has now gone one step further. Integrated into the 2015 Health Act, medical prescription of sport activities is organized locally, as illustrated by the Strasbourg “sport-health prescription” programme, which promotes physical activity for patients with stable chronic diseases within local sports structures. Observation of the real functioning of this programme, based on the practices and descriptions of six sports educators in various structures, reveals demedicalisation in favour of sportification, as sports educators translate the prescription according to their specific institution and policies...
June 8, 2016: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148292/economies-of-scale-and-scope-in-publicly-funded-biomedical-and-health-research-evidence-from-the-literature
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REVIEW
Karla Hernandez-Villafuerte, Jon Sussex, Enora Robin, Sue Guthrie, Steve Wooding
BACKGROUND: Publicly funded biomedical and health research is expected to achieve the best return possible for taxpayers and for society generally. It is therefore important to know whether such research is more productive if concentrated into a small number of 'research groups' or dispersed across many. METHODS: We undertook a systematic rapid evidence assessment focused on the research question: do economies of scale and scope exist in biomedical and health research? In other words, is that research more productive per unit of cost if more of it, or a wider variety of it, is done in one location? We reviewed English language literature without date restriction to the end of 2014...
February 2, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144801/a-brief-and-critical-review-on-hydrofluorosis-in-diverse-species-of-domestic-animals-in-india
#20
REVIEW
Shanti Lal Choubisa
India is one of the fluoride-endemic countries where the maximum numbers of ground or drinking water sources are naturally fluoridated. In India, a total of 23, out of 36 states and union territories have drinking water contaminated with fluoride in varying concentration. In the present scenario, especially in rural India, besides the surface waters (perennial ponds, dams, rivers, etc.), bore wells and hand pumps are the principal drinking water sources for domestic animals such as cattle (Bos taurus), water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis), sheep (Ovis aries), goats (Capra hircus), horses (Equus caballus), donkeys (Equus asinus) and dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius)...
January 31, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
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