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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437321/medical-expenditures-associated-with-diabetes-among-youth-with-medicaid-coverage
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Sundar S Shrestha, Ping Zhang, Theodore J Thompson, Edward W Gregg, Ann Albright, Giuseppina Imperatore
BACKGROUND: Information on diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth is important to understand the magnitude of financial burden and to plan the health care resources needed for managing diabetes. However, diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth covered by Medicaid program have not been investigated recently. OBJECTIVE: To estimate excess diabetes-related medical expenditures among youth aged below 20 years enrolled in Medicaid programs in the United States...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437122/childhood-family-characteristics-and-prescription-drug-misuse-in-a-national-sample-of-latino-adults
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Ellen L Vaughan, Mary Waldron, Marcel A de Dios, James Richter, Miguel Ángel Cano
Prescription drug misuse is a growing public health concern and has been understudied in Latino populations. The current study tests the relationships between childhood and family characteristics and prescriptions drug misuse among adult Latinos. A subsample of 8,308 Latinos from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) were examined. Logistic regression analyses tested associations between parental alcoholism, parental divorce before age 18, and parental death before age 18 and prescription drug misuse and prescription drug use disorder...
April 24, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436486/muscle-wasting-and-cachexia-in-heart-failure-mechanisms-and-therapies
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REVIEW
Stephan von Haehling, Nicole Ebner, Marcelo R Dos Santos, Jochen Springer, Stefan D Anker
Body wasting is a serious complication that affects a large proportion of patients with heart failure. Muscle wasting, also known as sarcopenia, is the loss of muscle mass and strength, whereas cachexia describes loss of weight. After reaching guideline-recommended doses of heart failure therapies, the most promising approach to treating body wasting seems to be combined therapy that includes exercise, nutritional counselling, and drug treatment. Nutritional considerations include avoiding excessive salt and fluid intake, and replenishment of deficiencies in trace elements...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434855/health-care-use-before-a-first-demyelinating-event-suggestive-of-a-multiple-sclerosis-prodrome-a-matched-cohort-study
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José M A Wijnands, Elaine Kingwell, Feng Zhu, Yinshan Zhao, Tanja Högg, Karen Stadnyk, Okechukwu Ekuma, Xinya Lu, Charity Evans, John D Fisk, Ruth Ann Marrie, Helen Tremlett
BACKGROUND: Degenerative processes in neurodegenerative diseases can start years before clinical manifestation. We aimed to establish whether a multiple sclerosis prodromal period exists by examining patterns of health-care use before a first demyelinating event. METHODS: In this matched cohort study, we used data from linked health administrative and clinical databases from four Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia) to compare hospital, physician, and prescription use data from people with multiple sclerosis and matched general population controls in the 5 years before the first demyelinating disease claim (health administrative index date) or clinically reported symptom onset (clinical index date)...
April 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432600/potentially-inappropriate-antihypertensive-prescriptions-to-elderly-patients-results-of-a-prospective-observational-study
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Paola H Ponte Márquez, Olga H Torres, Anonio San-José, Xavier Vidal, Antonia Agustí, Francesc Formiga, Alfonso López-Soto, Nieves Ramírez-Duque, Antonio Fernández-Moyano, Juana Garcia-Moreno, Juan A Arroyo, Domingo Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies of antihypertensive treatment of older patients have focused on blood pressure control, cardiovascular risk or adherence, whereas data on inappropriate antihypertensive prescriptions to older patients are scarce. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess inappropriate antihypertensive prescriptions to older patients. METHODS: An observational, prospective multicentric study was conducted to assess potentially inappropriate prescription of antihypertensive drugs, in patients aged 75 years and older with arterial hypertension (HTN), in the month prior to hospital admission, using four instruments: Beers, Screening Tool of Older Person's Prescriptions (STOPP), Screening Tool to Alert Doctors to the Right Treatment (START) and Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders 3 (ACOVE-3)...
April 21, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432185/exogenous-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-a-chinese-herbalist-s-prescription-of-ointment-containing-dexamethasone
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Viola Franke, Winnie Francien Scholtens, Ines Alexandra von Rosenstiel, Marie Jose Walenkamp
Eczema in children is a chronic disabling condition. The impact of this condition on the lives of families is often underestimated by conventional physicians. As a consequence parents may investigate complementary treatment options. Close monitoring by a paediatrician is essential, considering that a variety of adverse effects can occur during the use of complementary treatment. We present a 5-year-old girl with eczema. She visited a Chinese herbalist who prescribed an ointment. The parents noticed that the eczema resolved fast, itching decreased and she was finally sleeping well...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431157/agreement-between-renal-prescribing-references-and-determination-of-prescribing-appropriateness-in-hospitalised-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#7
Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Allen, John O'Regan, Edwina Payne-Danson, Lise Mentre, Dawn Davin, Peter Lavin, Tamasine Grimes
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for adverse drug events. The clinical significance of discordance between renal prescribing references is unknown. Aim: We determined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in CKD, measured agreement between two prescribing references, and assessed potential for harm consequent to PIP. Design: Single-centre observational study. Methods: A random sample of hospitalised patients with CKD were grouped according to baseline CKD stage (3, 4, or 5)...
April 18, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431089/the-impact-of-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-and-prescribing-guidelines-on-opioid-prescribing-behaviors-a-time-for-institutional-and-regulatory-changes
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Martin D Cheatle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430388/associations-between-childhood-maltreatment-and-non-medical-use-of-prescription-drugs-among-chinese-adolescents
#9
Lan Guo, Yan Xu, Jianxiong Deng, Xue Gao, Guoliang Huang, Jinghui Huang, Xueqing Deng, Wei-Hong Zhang, Ciyong Lu
AIMS: To test, among Chinese adolescents: (1) whether childhood maltreatment is associated with non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD), (2) whether there are interaction effects of childhood maltreatment and depressive symptoms on NMUPD. DESIGN: A secondary analysis of the cross-sectional data collected from 7(th) and 12(th) graders who were sampled using a multistage, stratified cluster, random sampling method in the 2015 School-based Chinese Adolescents Health Survey (SCAHS)...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429844/a-comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-older-adults-treated-with-antidepressants-in-general-and-psychiatric-hospitals-in-asia
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Yuan-Yuan Wang, Yu-Tao Xiang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Helen F K Chiu, Larina C L Yim, Tian-Mei Si, Kok-Yoon Chee, Ajit Avasthi, Sandeep Grover, Mian-Yoon Chong, Kang Sim, Shigenobu Kanba, Yan-Ling He, Min-Soo Lee, Shu-Yu Yang, Pichet Udomratn, Roy A Kallivayalil, Andi J Tanra, Margarita M Maramis, Winston W Shen, Norman Sartorius, Rathi Mahendran, Jia-Ying Teng, Chay-Hoon Tan, Naotaka Shinfuku
AIM: This study compared the demographics, clinical characteristics, and antidepressant prescription patterns between Asian patients aged 50 years and older attending psychiatric hospitals and those attending general hospitals. METHODS: In total, 955 patients (604 in general hospitals, 351 in psychiatric hospitals) aged 50 years or older treated with antidepressants in 10 Asian countries and territories were examined. Patients' demographics, clinical features, and prescriptions of psychotropic drugs were recorded using a standardized protocol and data collection procedure...
April 21, 2017: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429612/a-unique-database-for-gathering-data-from-a-mobile-app-and-medical-prescription-software-a-useful-data-source-to-collect-and-analyse-patient-reported-outcomes-of-depression-and-anxiety-symptoms
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Yoshinori Watanabe, Yoko Hirano, Yuko Asami, Maki Okada, Kazuya Fujita
A unique database named 'AN-SAPO' was developed by Iwato Corp. and Japan Brain Corp. in collaboration with the psychiatric clinics run by Himorogi Group in Japan. The AN-SAPO database includes patients' depression/anxiety score data from a mobile app named AN-SAPO and medical records from medical prescription software named 'ORCA'. On the mobile app, depression/anxiety severity can be evaluated by answering 20 brief questions and the scores are transferred to the AN-SAPO database together with the patients' medical records on ORCA...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429577/investigating-general-medication-prescription-by-general-practitioners-during-a-12-month-randomized-controlled-weight-loss-trial
#12
N R Fuller, N S Lau, T P Markovic, I D Caterson
Much healthcare expenditure is on pharmaceutical drugs. Expenditure on medications has increased both in absolute terms, and as a proportion of total health expenditure. No previous studies have investigated the prescribing costs by general practitioners when managing patients during a weight loss intervention. This study evaluated the medication costs by individual class during a 1-year study in which 268 participants were randomized to one of two weight loss programmes, either standard care (SC) as defined by national guidelines, or a commercial provider (Weight Watchers) (CP)...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429460/automated-t-wave-analysis-can-differentiate-acquired-qt-prolongation-from-congenital-long-qt-syndrome
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Alan Sugrue, Peter A Noseworthy, Vaclav Kremen, J Martijn Bos, Bo Qiang, Ram K Rohatgi, Yehu Sapir, Zachi I Attia, Peter Brady, Pedro J Caraballo, Samuel J Asirvatham, Paul A Friedman, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Prolongation of the QT on the surface electrocardiogram can be due to either genetic or acquired causes. Distinguishing congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) from acquired QT prolongation has important prognostic and management implications. We aimed to investigate if quantitative T-wave analysis could provide a tool for the physician to differentiate between congenital and acquired QT prolongation. METHODS: Patients were identified through an institution-wide computer-based QT screening system which alerts the physician if the QTc ≥ 500 ms...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429077/-implementation-of-the-german-s3-guidelines-on-dementia-in-clinical-practice-wish-or-reality
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H Lohmann, F Kulessa, H Holling, A Johnen, S Reul, G Lueg, T Duning
BACKGROUND: Published in 2009, the German S3 guidelines on dementia define a milestone in quality improvement of the diagnostics and treatment of dementia. In clinical practice patients suffering from dementia are primarily treated by physicians in private practice; therefore, this study examined how the guidelines are implemented in outpatient clinical settings. Furthermore, it aimed at the identification of behavioral determinants that govern the actual diagnostic and therapeutic approach in clinical practice...
April 20, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428922/the-cost-benefit-balance-of-statins-in-hawai-i-a-moving-target
#15
Corey J Lum, Kazuma Nakagawa, Ralph V Shohet, Todd B Seto, Deborah A Taira
Statins are lipid-lowering medications used for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic disease and represent a substantial portion of drug costs in the United States. A better understanding of prescribing patterns and drug costs should lead to more rational utilization and help constrain health care expenditures in the United States. The 2013 Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Part D Prescriber Public Use File for the State of Hawai'i was analyzed. The number of prescriptions for statins, total annual cost, and daily cost were calculated by prescriber specialty and drug...
April 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428748/resting-state-neuroimaging-and-neuropsychological-findings-in-opioid-use-disorder-during-abstinence-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Hada Fong-Ha Ieong, Zhen Yuan
Dependence to opiates, including illicit heroin and prescription pain killers, and treatment of the opioid use disorder (OUD) have been longstanding problems over the world. Despite intense efforts to scientific investigation and public health care, treatment outcomes have not significantly improved for the past 50 years. One reason behind the continuing use of heroin worldwide despite such efforts is its highly addictive nature. Brain imaging studies over the past two decades have made significant contribution to the understanding of the addictive properties as to be due in part to biological processes, specifically those in the brain structure and function...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427112/acute-encephalopathy-in-a-2-year-old-pot-bellied-pig-following-accidental-intoxication-with-clonazepam
#17
Emilie L Setlakwe, Amy L Johnson
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of successful management of clonazepam toxicity causing encephalopathy in a pot-bellied pig. CASE SUMMARY: A 2-year-old female pot-bellied pig weighing 13.5 kg was presented for evaluation of clinical signs of acute encephalopathy. Based on the animal's history and clinical signs, a tentative diagnosis of benzodiazepine (BZP) intoxication was made. The results of a urinary drug screening test designed to detect illicit substances in human urine indicated benzodiazepine exposure...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425296/medium-to-long-term-persistence-with-non-vitamin-k-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-australian-experience
#18
Leon A Simons, Michael Ortiz, S Ben Freedman, Benjamin J Waterhouse, David Colquhoun
OBJECTIVE: Long-term anticoagulant therapy with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential to prevent thromboembolic complications, especially ischemic stroke. This study examines medium-term persistence in AF patients using a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant drug (NOAC). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We assessed national Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme records December 2013 through September 2016 for initial prescription of a NOAC in a 10% random sample of concessional patients...
April 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424738/protective-effects-of-li-fei-xiao-yan-prescription-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-via-inhibition-of-oxidative-stress-and-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#19
Lie-Qiang Xu, Xiu-Ting Yu, Shu-Hua Gui, Jian-Hui Xie, Xiu-Fen Wang, Zu-Qing Su, Yu-Cui Li, Xiao-Ping Lai, Janis Ya-Xian Zhan, You-Liang Xie
Li-Fei-Xiao-Yan prescription (LFXY) has been clinically used in China to treat inflammatory and infectious diseases including inflammatory lung diseases. The present study was aimed at evaluating the potential therapeutic effects and potential mechanisms of LFXY in a murine model of lipopolysaccharide- (LPS-) induced acute lung injury (ALI). In this study, the mice were orally pretreated with LFXY or dexamethasone (positive drug) before the intratracheal instillation of LPS. Our data indicated that pretreatment with LFXY enhanced the survival rate of ALI mice, reversed pulmonary edema and permeability, improved LPS-induced lung histopathology impairment, suppressed the excessive inflammatory responses via decreasing the expression of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6) and chemokine (MIP-2) and inhibiting inflammatory cells migration, and repressed oxidative stress through the inhibition of MPO and MDA contents and the upregulation of antioxidants (SOD and GSH) activities...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424215/medical-marijuana-laws-may-be-associated-with-a-decline-in-the-number-of-prescriptions-for-medicaid-enrollees
#20
Ashley C Bradford, W David Bradford
In the past twenty years, twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of medical marijuana law. Using quarterly data on all fee-for-service Medicaid prescriptions in the period 2007-14, we tested the association between those laws and the average number of prescriptions filled by Medicaid beneficiaries. We found that the use of prescription drugs in fee-for-service Medicaid was lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without such laws in five of the nine broad clinical areas we studied...
April 19, 2017: Health Affairs
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