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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324921/epidemiology-of-intracranial-metastases-in-korea-a-national-cohort-investigation
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Tackeun Kim, Changhoon Song, Jung Ho Han, In-Ah Kim, Yu Jung Kim, Se Hyun Kim, Jee Hyun Kim, Chae-Yong Kim
Purpose: To investigate the epidemiologic features of intracranial metastases (ICMET) in Korea, we performed a cohort study using the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort database, which comprised healthcare usage information of approximately 1 million Korean individuals over 12 years. Materials and Methods: We enrolled 998,602 subjects, after excluding 18,218 subjects diagnosed with any cancer during the washout period (2002-2004). The observation period was 9 years (2005-2013; 8,725,438 person-years)...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324221/insuring-care-paperwork-insurance-rules-and-clinical-labor-at-a-u-s-transgender-clinic
#2
Marieke van Eijk
What is a clinician to do when people needing medical care do not have access to consistent or sufficient health insurance coverage and cannot pay for care privately? Analyzing ethnographically how clinicians at a university-based transgender clinic in the United States responded to this challenge, I examine the U.S. health insurance system, insurance paperwork, and administrative procedures that shape transgender care delivery. To buffer the impact of the system's failure to provide sufficient health insurance coverage for transgender care, clinicians blended administrative routines with psychological therapy, counseled people's minds and finances, and leveraged the prestige of their clinic in attempts to create space for gender nonconforming embodiments in gender conservative insurance policies...
March 21, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324149/-outpatient-care-and-disease-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a%C3%A2-linkage-of-claims-data-and-a%C3%A2-survey-of-insured-persons
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K Albrecht, A Luque Ramos, J Callhoff, F Hoffmann, K Minden, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Healthcare of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Germany has mainly been evaluated in the past in RA cohorts from specialized arthritis centers. This study investigated rheumatological care on a population basis, using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (BARMER GEK) in combination with patient-reported outcomes from a questionnaire survey of insured persons with RA. METHODS: Data from insurants aged 18-79 years with M05 (seropositive RA) or M06 (other RA, ICD-10) diagnoses were analyzed concerning diagnostics, medication and prescribing physician...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324080/why-i-favor-compulsory-health-insurance
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March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324032/risk-of-diabetes-treated-in-early-adulthood-following-growth-hormone-treatment-for-short-stature-in-childhood
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Amélie Poidvin, Alain Weill, Emmanuel Ecosse, Joel Coste, Jean-Claude Carel
Context.: Growth hormone (GH) is known to be diabetogenic, but the risk of diabetes in individuals treated with GH in childhood has been little evaluated and conflicting results have been obtained. Objective.: To investigate the prevalence of diabetes and gestational diabetes in a population-based cohort of French patients treated with GH for short stature in childhood. Design, Setting and Participants.: Population-based cohort of 5100 children with idiopathic isolated GH deficiency, idiopathic short stature, or short stature in children born short for gestational age who started GH treatment between 1985 and 1996...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323701/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-for-osteoporotic-compression-fractures
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Tomoyuki Takura, Misako Yoshimatsu, Hiroki Sugimori, Kenji Takizawa, Yoshiyuki Furumatsu, Hirotaka Ikeda, Hiroshi Kato, Yukihisa Ogawa, Shingo Hamaguchi, Atsuko Fujikawa, Toshihiko Satoh, Yasuo Nakajima
STUDY DESIGN: Single-center, single-arm, prospective time-series study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cost-effectiveness and improvement in quality of life (QOL) of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PVP is known to relieve back pain and increase QOL for osteoporotic compression fractures. However, the economic value of PVP has never been evaluated in Japan where universal health care system is adopted. METHODS: We prospectively followed up 163 patients with acute vertebral osteoporotic compression fractures, 44 males aged 76...
April 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323603/how-medicine-may-save-the-life-of-us-immigration-policy-from-clinical-and-educational-encounters-to-ethical-public-policy
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Mark G Kuczewski
Medicine has a conceptual contribution to make to the immigration debate. Our nation has been unable to move forward with meaningful immigration reform because many citizens seem to assume that immigrants are in the United States to access benefits to which they are not entitled. In contrast, when medicine encounters undocumented immigrants in the health care or medical education setting, it is obvious that their contributions to our health care system are denied by exclusionary laws. When the system is amended to be inclusive, immigrants become contributors to the systems that they access...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323586/home-cervical-traction-to-reduce-neck-pain-in-fighter-pilots
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Eric M Chumbley, Nicole O'Hair, Adrienne Stolfi, Christopher Lienesch, James C McEachen, Bruce A Wright
INTRODUCTION: Most fighter pilots report cervical pain during their careers. Recommendations for remediation lack evidence. We sought to determine whether regular use of a home cervical traction device could decrease reported cervical pain in F-15C pilots. METHODS: An institutional review board-approved, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant, controlled crossover study was undertaken with 21 male F-15C fighter pilots between February and June 2015...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323472/the-affordable-care-act-insurance-coverage-and-health-care-utilization-of-previously-incarcerated-young-men-2008-2015
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Tyler N A Winkelman, HwaJung Choi, Matthew M Davis
OBJECTIVES: To estimate health insurance and health care utilization patterns among previously incarcerated men following implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Medicaid expansion and Marketplace plans in 2014. METHODS: We performed serial cross-sectional analyses using data from the National Survey of Family Growth between 2008 and 2015. Our sample included men aged 18 to 44 years with (n = 3476) and without (n = 8702) a history of incarceration...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323465/costs-and-financial-burden-of-initial-hospitalizations-for-firearm-injuries-in-the-united-states-2006-2014
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Sarabeth A Spitzer, Kristan L Staudenmayer, Lakshika Tennakoon, David A Spain, Thomas G Weiser
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the inflation-adjusted costs associated with initial hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries in the United States. METHODS: We used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample to identify patients admitted for firearm-related injuries from 2006 to 2014. We converted charges from hospitalization to costs, which we inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars. We used survey weights to create national estimates. RESULTS: Costs for the initial inpatient hospitalization totaled $6...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320119/giant-cell-arteritis-following-varicella-zoster-vaccination
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Itay Lotan, Israel Steiner
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a form of large-vessel vasculitis affecting patients older than 50years old. Recent reports have suggested that the condition is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV). If that is indeed the case, a vaccine that prevents VZV reactivation should reduce the incidence of GCA. To further test that hypothesis, we assessed the incidence of GCA among patients older than 50years of age who were vaccinated against VZV and compared it to GCA incidence in the general population...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319907/the-impact-of-welfare-reform-on-the-health-insurance-coverage-utilization-and-health-of-low-education-single-mothers
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Kimberly Narain, Marianne Bitler, Ninez Ponce, Gerald Kominski, Susan Ettner
The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 imposed time limits on the receipt of welfare cash benefits and mandated cash benefit sanctions for failure to meet work requirements. Many studies examining the health implications of PRWORA have found associated declines in health insurance coverage and healthcare utilization among single mothers but no impact of PRWORA on health outcomes. A limitation of this literature is that most studies cover a time period before time limits were implemented in all states and also before individuals began actually timing out...
March 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319725/antiestrogen-use-in-breast-cancer-patients-reduces-the-risk-of-subsequent-lung-cancer-a-population-based-study
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Sung-Chao Chu, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Tso-Fu Wang, Mun-Kun Hong, Tang-Yuan Chu
BACKGROUND: There is accumulating epidemiological and preclinical evidence that estrogen might be a driver of lung cancer. Breast cancer survivors can offer a unique patient cohort to examine the effect of antiestrogen therapy on lung cancer carcinogenesis because many of these women would have received long-term selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) and/or aromatase inhibitors (AIs) as adjuvant treatment. Our hypothesis is that estrogens play a role in lung cancer development, and that antiestrogen therapy would affect the incidence of subsequent lung cancer among breast cancer survivors...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319416/specifics-in-the-review-of-health-documentation
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K Kacalova, B Havelkova, D Farkasova
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the work was to identify if health documentation management is depending of actually current legislation. Also to review range and consistency records. The work described forms and content of documentation, relating to treat wounds and decubitus. METHODS: A content analysis of 139 health documentation of insurer of General Health Insurance Company, which were treated by 28 home care agencies (hereinafter "HCA") and in the HCA was done directly audit in 2012 and 2014...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319162/risk-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#15
Wei-Yi Lei, Jen-Hung Wang, Shu-Hui Wen, Chih-Hsun Yi, Jui-Sheng Hung, Tso-Tsai Liu, William C Orr, Chien-Lin Chen
OBJECTIVE: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common disease which can cause troublesome symptoms and affect quality of life. In addition to esophageal complications, GERD may also be a risk factor for extra-esophageal complications. Both GERD and coronary artery disease (CAD) can cause chest pain and frequently co-exist. However, the association between GERD and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remain unclear. The purpose of the study was to compare the incidence of acute myocardial infarction in GERD patients with an age-, gender-, and comorbidity matched population free of GERD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318667/paying-medicare-advantage-plans-to-level-or-tilt-the-playing-field
#16
Jacob Glazer, Thomas G McGuire
Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for health insurance through the public option of traditional Medicare (TM) or may join a private Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. Both are highly subsidized but in different ways. Medicare pays for most of costs directly in TM, and subsidizes MA plans based on a "benchmark" for each beneficiary choosing a private plan. The level of this benchmark is arguably the most important policy decision Medicare makes about the MA program. Many analysts recommend equalizing Medicare's subsidy across the options - referred to in policy circles as a "level playing field...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318053/statins-decrease-the-risk-of-decompensation-in-hbv-and-hcv-related-cirrhosis-a-population-based-study
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Fu-Ming Chang, Yen-Po Wang, Hui-Chu Lang, Chia-Fen Tsai, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee, Ching-Liang Lu
BACKGROUND & AIM: Statin decreased the risk of decompensation and mortality in veteran patients with cirrhosis due to hepatitis C virus (HCV). Whether this beneficial effect can be extended to cirrhosis in general population or cirrhosis with other causes, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and alcohol, remains unknown. Statin also decreased the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic HBV and HCV infection. It is unclear whether the effect can be observed in patients already with cirrhosis...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316075/a-case-control-study-of-the-association-between-ulcerative-colitis-and-hyperthyroidism-in-an-asian-population
#18
Ming-Chieh Tsai, Herng-Ching Lin, Cha-Ze Lee
OBJECTIVE: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disease with significant clinical diversity. However, the etiology, pathogenesis, and optimal treatment of UC remain unclear. The purpose of this case-control study was to investigate the association between previously diagnosed hyperthyroidism and UC using a large population-based dataset in Taiwan. METHODS: The data for this population-based case-control study were retrieved from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315481/a-patient-advocate-to-facilitate-access-and-improve-communication-care-and-outcomes-in-adults-with-moderate-or-severe-asthma-rationale-design-and-methods-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrea J Apter, Knashawn H Morales, Xiaoyan Han, Luzmercy Perez, Jingru Huang, Grace Ndicu, Anna Localio, Alyssa Nardi, Heather Klusaritz, Marisa Rogers, Alexis Phillips, Zuleyha Cidav, J Sanford Schwartz
Few interventions to improve asthma outcomes have targeted low-income minority adults. Even fewer have focused on the real-world practice where care is delivered. We adapted a patient navigator, here called a Patient Advocate (PA), a term preferred by patients, to facilitate and maintain access to chronic care for adults with moderate or severe asthma and prevalent co-morbidities recruited from clinics serving low-income urban neighborhoods. We describe the planning, design, methodology (informed by patient and provider focus groups), baseline results, and challenges of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of 312 adults of a PA intervention implemented in a variety of practices...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315288/-socioeconomic-gradients-in-dental-care-accessibility-in-germany
#20
Konrad Alexander Leonhardt, Christian Hirsch
The aim of this study was to determine whether dental care accessibility in Germany from 2002 to 2009 was linked to socioeconomic status (SES) or household net income (HHN). Analysis was based upon a nation-wide cross-sectional survey of German adults from 18 to 79 years (mean 49.1 years; 55% females) which was conducted by the "Bertelsmann Gesundheitsmonitor" from 2002-2009. Patients in Germany visit the dentist 2.4 times per year independently of the SES. Patients with higher income paid per income group 34 € (95%- KI: 6 €-63 €) more for their denture...
March 17, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
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