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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926778/korean-immigrants-don-t-buy-health-insurance-the-influences-of-culture-on-self-employed-korean-immigrants-focusing-on-structure-and-functions-of-social-networks
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Hyunsung Oh, Chung Hyeon Jeong
Culture has been pinpointed as a culprit of disparities in health insurance coverage between Korean immigrants and other ethnic groups. This study explored specific mechanisms by which culture influences a decision to buy health insurance among self-employed Korean immigrants living in ethnic enclaves by focusing on the structure and functions of social networks. Between March and June 2015, we recruited 24 Korean immigrant adults (aged 18 or older) who identified as self-employed and being uninsured for substantial periods before 2014 in Southern California...
September 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926508/racial-ethnic-variation-in-emergency-department-care-for-children-with-asthma
#2
Heather G Zook, Nathaniel R Payne, Susan E Puumala, Katherine M Ziegler, Anupam B Kharbanda
OBJECTIVE: To assess the variation between racial/ethnic groups in emergency department (ED) treatment of asthma for pediatric patients. METHODS: This study was a cross-sectional analysis of pediatric (2-18 years) asthma visits among 6 EDs in the Upper Midwest between June 2011 and May 2012. We used mixed-effects logistic regression to assess the odds of receiving steroids, radiology tests, and returning to the ED within 30 days. We conducted a subanalysis of asthma visits where patients received at least 1 albuterol treatment in the ED...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926481/disparities-in-health-care-utilization-of-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injuries-are-related-to-insurance-race-and-ethnicity-a-systematic-review
#3
Shiyao Gao, Raj G Kumar, Stephen R Wisniewski, Anthony Fabio
OBJECTIVE: To characterize racial/ethnic and insurance disparities in the utilization of healthcare services among US adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: The PubMed database was used to search for articles that directly examined the association between race/ethnicity and insurance disparities and healthcare utilization among patients with TBI. Eleven articles that met the criteria and were published between June 2011 and June 2016 were finally included in the review...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924623/the-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-provided-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-on-emergency-department-utilization-in-home-health-patients
#4
Stephanie A Gernant, Margie E Snyder, Heather Jaynes, Jason M Sutherland, Alan J Zillich
BACKGROUND: Preventable emergency department (ED) use may be targeted with interventions for improving the medication use process, as medication misadventures and non-adherence frequently cause preventable ED utilization. One intervention that could prevent ED visits is Medication Therapy Management (MTM). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) service on reducing emergency department utilization within a Medicare insured home health population...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Technology: JPT: Official Publication of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924527/hepatitis-c-screening-the-downstream-dissemination-of-evolving-guidelines-in-a-resident-continuity-clinic
#5
Kamraan Madhani, Ali Aamar, David Chia
Background In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published guidelines supporting one-time screening for hepatitis C (HCV) in all persons born between 1945 and 1965. It is estimated that 75% of adults infected with HCV fall within this cohort. Furthermore, it is projected that this preventative health intervention would lead to the diagnosis of 800,000 unknown cases and the prevention of 120,000 deaths. Objectives The primary objectives are to measure adherence to HCV screening in a continuity practice staffed by internal medicine residents and attending physicians and to measure the effect of educational interventions to enhance HCV screening...
July 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924298/impressions-and-attitudes-of-adult-residents-of-karachi-towards-a-possible-public-health-insurance-scheme
#6
Vishal Farid Raza, Mustafa Iftikhar, Asma Gulab, Javeria Anwar, Maryam Tetlay, Sara Atif, Zoya Butt, Muhammad Hamza Khan, Asad Moiz, Marium Nadeem, Sarah Saleem
OBJECTIVE: To gauge the general population's knowledge and attitude towards a possible public health insurance scheme. METHODS: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from April to May 2015, and comprised permanent residents of the city. Convenience sampling was used. Data was collected via questionnaires. SPSS 22 was used for data analysis. RESULTS: There were 340 participants in the study with an overall mean age of 32...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923816/-finding-the-right-fit-rural-patient-preferences-for-fecal-immunochemical-test-fit-characteristics
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Robyn Pham, Suzanne Cross, Bianca Fernandez, Kathryn Corson, Kristen Dillon, Coco Yackley, Melinda M Davis
PURPOSE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, yet 1 in 3 Americans have never been screened for CRC. Annual screening using fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) is often a preferred modality in populations experiencing CRC screening disparities. Although multiple studies evaluate the clinical effectiveness of FITs, few studies assess patient preferences toward kit characteristics. We conducted this community-led study to assess patient preferences for FIT characteristics and to use study findings in concert with clinical effectiveness data to inform regional FIT selection...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923774/endotoxin-adsorption-direct-hemoperfusion-with-the-polymyxin-b-immobilized-fiber-column-pmx
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REVIEW
Tomoharu Shimizu, Toru Miyake, Naomi Kitamura, Masaji Tani, Yoshihiro Endo
Toraymyxin(®) is a medical device developed to adsorb circulating endotoxins in the blood using direct hemoperfusion therapy for patients with septic shock. In 1994, the Japanese National Health Insurance system approved the use of Toraymyxin for the treatment of endotoxemia and septic shock. Since then, Toraymyxin has been safely used in more than 100,000 cases in emergency and intensive care units in Japan. Toraymyxin is currently available for use in the clinical setting in 14 countries worldwide. In this study, we reviewed and introduced the development, clinical use, and efficacy of Toraymyxin and commented on its anticoagulant use and cartridge clotting issue in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock...
August 31, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923773/plasma-separation-using-a-membrane
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REVIEW
Ryuichiro Hirano, Kenichiro Namazuda, Junsuke Suemitsu, Tetsuro Harashima, Noriko Hirata
Plasma separation using a membrane is clinically used as plasmapheresis therapy, such as plasma exchange (PE), double-filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP), or plasma adsorption (PA) modalities. Plasma separation is performed either by centrifugation or by filtration, which involves a permeable hollow fiber membrane. A plasma separator with a hollow fiber membrane was first developed in Japan in the 1980s. It has been used for more than 30 years with continuous technical modifications. Treatment with a membrane-type plasma separator is a safe and well-established modality for many drug-resistant and/or refractory diseases...
August 31, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923411/hormone-replacement-therapy-after-treatment-for-cervical-cancer-are-we-adhering-to-standard-of-care
#10
Lisa A Rauh, Aaron F Pannone, Leigh A Cantrell
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bone care health maintenance practices for cervical cancer patients with iatrogenic menopause, and, secondarily, to investigate the potential impact of specific demographic and clinical factors. METHODS: Women diagnosed with iatrogenic menopause due to cervical cancer treatment between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2015 were identified from the University of Virginia's tumor registry...
September 16, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923106/impact-of-nursing-home-admission-on-health-care-use-and-disease-status-elderly-dependent-people-one-year-before-and-one-year-after-skilled-nursing-home-admission-based-on-2012-2013-sniiram-data
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A Atramont, I Bourdel-Marchasson, D Bonnet-Zamponi, I Tangre, A Fagot-Campagna, P Tuppin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare disease status and health care use 1 year before and 1 year after skilled nursing home (SNH) admission. METHODS: People over the age of 65 years admitted to SNH during the first quarter of 2013, covered by the national health insurance general scheme (69% of the population of this age), and still alive 1 year after admission were identified (n = 14,487, mean age: 86 years, women: 76%). Their reimbursed health care was extracted from the Système National d'Information Interrégimes de l'Assurance Maladie (SNIIRAM) [National Health Insurance Information System]...
September 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922715/pm2-5-components-and-outpatient-visits-for-asthma-a-time-stratified-case-crossover-study-in-a-suburban-area
#12
Chau-Ren Jung, Li-Hao Young, Hui-Tsung Hsu, Ming-Yeng Lin, Yu-Cheng Chen, Bing-Fang Hwang, Perng-Jy Tsai
The effects of fine particles (PM2.5) on asthma have been widely confirmed by epidemiological research studies. However, a limited number of studies have investigated the relationship between exposure to different PM2.5 components and asthma. We characterized the PM2.5 components in a suburban site of central Taiwan and conducted a time-stratified case-crossover study to elaborate the effects of daily concentration of each PM2.5 component on asthma outpatient visits. We retrieved asthma outpatient claims for individuals less than 20 years old with a residential address in the Shalu district, Taiwan, from the National Health Insurance Research Database during 2000-2010...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921053/herbs-used-for-the-treatment-of-hypertension-and-their-mechanism-of-action
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REVIEW
Steven G Chrysant, George S Chrysant
There is great interest lately, in the use of herbs for the treatment of hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Herbs and plants contain many phytochemicals that have been effective in the treatment of CVD and hypertension. Accumulating scientific evidence provides a reason for the use of herbs by health practitioners for treating their patients. The rationale for this expanding use of herbs is the belief of patients in a "holistic medicine" and that herbs are natural, safe, and effective. However, there are reasons of concern with the use of herbs, because they are not regulated or supervised carefully and their use could lead to serious complications or interactions with their combination with traditional medicines...
September 18, 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919794/parenteral-nutrition-including-an-omega-3-fatty-acid-containing-lipid-emulsion-for-intensive-care-patients-in-china-a-pharmacoeconomic-analysis
#14
Yufei Feng, Chao Li, Tian Zhang, Lorenzo Pradelli
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Parenteral nutrition (PN) incorporating omega-3 fatty-acid-enriched lipid emulsions has been shown to be cost effective in Western populations. A pharmacoeconomic evaluation was performed within the Chinese intensive care unit (ICU) setting. This assessed whether the additional acquisition cost of PN with omega-3 fatty-acid-enriched lipid emulsion (SMOFlipid) vs standard PN was offset by improved clinical outcomes that can reduce subsequent costs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pharmacoeconomic discrete event simulation model was developed, based on an update to efficacy data from a previous international meta-analysis, with China-specific clinical and economic input parameters...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919184/clinical-significance-of-failure-to-lose-weight-10-years-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Robert B Hawkins, J Hunter Mehaffey, Timothy L McMurry, Jennifer Kirby, Steven K Malin, Bruce Schirmer, Peter T Hallowell
BACKGROUND: Although Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) induces short-term weight loss and co-morbidity amelioration, long-term data suggest that a subset of patients return to their preoperative body mass index (BMI). OBJECTIVES: To identify the clinical implications of 10-year weight loss failure after RYGB. SETTING: An academic teaching hospital. METHODS: Adults undergoing RYGB (1985-2004) were included in this study (n = 1087)...
August 9, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919062/progress-and-challenges-in-anti-obesity-pharmacotherapy
#16
REVIEW
Daniel H Bessesen, Luc F Van Gaal
Obesity is a serious and growing worldwide health challenge. Healthy lifestyle choices are the foundation of obesity treatment. However, weight loss can lead to physiological adaptations that promote weight regain. As a result, lifestyle treatment alone typically produces only modest weight loss that is difficult to sustain. In other metabolic diseases, pharmacotherapy is an accepted adjunct to lifestyle. Several anti-obesity drugs have been approved in the USA, European Union, Australia, and Japan including sympathomimetics, pancreatic lipase inhibitors, GABAA receptor activators, a serotonin 2C receptor agonist, opioid antagonist, dopamine-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists...
September 14, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918401/return-to-work-and-lost-earnings-after-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-5-year-prospective-longitudinal-study-of-long-term-survivors
#17
Biren B Kamdar, Kristin A Sepulveda, Alexandra Chong, Robert K Lord, Victor D Dinglas, Pedro A Mendez-Tellez, Carl Shanholtz, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Till M von Wachter, Peter J Pronovost, Dale M Needham
BACKGROUND: Delayed return to work is common after acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but has undergone little detailed evaluation. We examined factors associated with the timing of return to work after ARDS, along with lost earnings and shifts in healthcare coverage. METHODS: Five-year, multisite prospective, longitudinal cohort study of 138 2-year ARDS survivors hospitalised between 2004 and 2007. Employment and healthcare coverage were collected via structured interview...
September 16, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917333/-nursing-homes-and-fall-in-the-consumption-of-psychotropic-medications
#18
Régis Giet, Claudine Bonet
The consumption of psychotropic drugs in elderly people remains a concern in France, including in nursing homes. A comparative analysis of prescriptions for psychotropic medication in nursing homes in 2013 and 2015 based on the computer system of the French national health insurance scheme shows a significant reduction in the prescribing of these medications. Example of a nursing home in Dijon.
September 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917171/ambient-air-pollution-and-daily-hospital-admissions-for-mental-disorders-in-shanghai-china
#19
Chen Chen, Cong Liu, Renjie Chen, Weibing Wang, Weihua Li, Haidong Kan, Chaowei Fu
Few studies have investigated the associations between ambient air pollution and mental disorders (MDs), especially in developing countries. We conducted a time-series study to explore the associations between six criteria air pollutants and daily hospital admissions for MDs in Shanghai, China, from 2013 to 2015. The MDs data were derived from the Shanghai Health Insurance System. We used over-dispersed, generalized additive models to estimate the associations after controlling for time trend, weather conditions, day of the week, and holidays...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917140/impact-of-medical-subsidy-disqualification-on-children-s-healthcare-utilization-a-difference-in-differences-analysis-from-japan
#20
Atsushi Miyawaki, Haruko Noguchi, Yasuki Kobayashi
Financial support for children's medical expenses has been introduced in many countries. Limited work has been done on price elasticity in children's healthcare demand, especially in countries other than the United States. Moreover, it remains unclear how the effects of a change in the cost sharing rate on healthcare demand would differ by medical condition. We investigated the impact of an increase in the cost sharing rate on medical service utilization among school children as a whole and for each of nine common conditions, applying a difference-in-differences approach...
September 5, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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