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Mirjana Miskovic, Dragan Ravanic, Dragic Bankovic, Nera Zivlak-Radulovic, Visnja Banjac, Tatjana Dragisic
INTRODUCTION: Cloninger's psychological model of temperament and character confirms that the personality development is influenced by biological and psychological processes. The aim of this study is to examine personality dimensions and to determine which variable separates the healthy from the ill in the best way and could be a possible psychological marker for the presence of the illness. METHODS: This research included 152 subjects, 76 patients with schizophrenia and 76 healthy controls, selected on the basis of medical interviews, random population sampling model from a wider social community using the independent T-Tests...
March 2018: Psychiatria Danubina
Yuyan Gao, Li Li, David C Schwebel, Peishan Ning, Peixia Cheng, Guoqing Hu
Social medical insurance schemes are crucial for realizing universal health coverage and health equity. The aim of this study was to investigate whether and how reimbursement for injury-induced medical expenses is addressed in Chinese legislative documents relevant to social medical insurance. We retrieved legislative documents from the China National Knowledge Infrastructure and the Lawyee databases. Four types of social medical insurance schemes were included: urban employee basic medical insurance, urban resident basic medical insurance, new rural cooperative medical system, and urban and rural resident medical insurance...
2018: PloS One
Siddharth A Mahure, Joseph A Bosco, James D Slover, Jonathan Vigdorchik, Richard Iorio, Ran Schwarzkopf
BACKGROUND: Individuals coinfected with both hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV represent a unique and growing population of patients undergoing orthopaedic surgical procedures. Data regarding complications for HCV monoinfection or HIV monoinfection are robust, but there are no data available, to our knowledge, on patients who have both HCV and HIV infections. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We sought to determine whether patients with coinfection differed in terms of baseline demographics and comorbidity burden as compared with patients without coinfection and whether these potential differences were translated into varying levels of postoperative complications, mortality, and hospital readmission risk...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Afaf AlBlooshi, Alia AlKalbani, Hassib Narchi, Sania Al-Hamad, Mohammed Al-Houqani, Ghaya AlBadi, Abdul-Kader Souid, Graham L Hall
BACKGROUND: The forced oscillation technique (FOT) allows the quantification of respiratory function, does not require active cooperation and as such is ideally suited for use in young children. The application of the FOT in non-Caucasian populations is limited and it remains unclear if current reference ranges for the FOT in Caucasian children are appropriate for children in the Arabian Peninsula. This study explored the use of the FOT in healthy school-aged children in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Rohan Ramakrishna, Wei-Chun Hsu, Jialin Mao, Art Sedrakyan
OBJECTIVE: Surgeon volume has been previously shown to impact patient outcomes. However, data related to neuro-oncologic surgery is limited and does not include neurologic morbidities as an outcomes measure. In this study, we aimed to determine if 5-year surgeon cumulative and annual volumes predict early postoperative outcomes in patients following brain tumor surgery. METHODS: A population-based cohort of patients (n=10, 258) undergoing brain tumor resection between 2005 and 2014 were included for study utilizing the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperation System...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Shuang Liu, Jing Wang, Liang Zhang, Xiang Zhang
BACKGROUND: In China, increases in both the caesarean section (CS) rates and delivery costs have raised questions regarding the reform of the medical insurance payment system. Case payment is useful for regulating the behaviour of health providers and for controlling the CS rates and excessive increases in medical expenses. New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) agencies in Xi County in Henan Province piloted a case payment reform (CPR) in delivery for inpatients. We aimed to observe the changes in the CS rates, compare the changes in delivery-related variables, and identify variables related to delivery costs before and after the CPR in Xi County...
March 9, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Wenpei Fan, Bryant C Yung, Xiaoyuan Chen
Featuring high biocompatibility, the emerging field of gas therapy has attracted extensive attention in the medical and scientific communities. Currently, considerable research has focused on nitric oxide (NO) gasotransmitter due to its unparalleled dual roles in directly killing cancer cells at high concentrations and cooperatively sensitizing cancer cells to other treatments for synergistic therapy. Of particular note, recent state-of-the-art studies have turned our attention to the chemical design of various endogenous/exogenous stimuli-responsive NO releasing nanomedicines and their biomedical applications for on-demand NO-sensitized synergistic cancer therapy, which have been systemically discussed in this minireview...
March 8, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Min Su, Zhongliang Zhou, Yafei Si, Xiaolin Wei, Yongjian Xu, Xiaojing Fan, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: China has three basic health insurance schemes: Urban Employee Basic Medical Insurance (UEBMI), Urban Resident Basic Medical Insurance (URBMI) and New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme (NRCMS). This study aimed to compare the equity of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of residents under any two of the schemes. METHODS: Using data from the 5th National Health Services Survey of Shaanxi Province, China, coarsened exact matching method was employed to control confounding factors...
March 7, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Andreas Hjelm Brandt
This PhD project is based on a longstanding collaboration between physicists and engineers from the Center of Fast Ultrasound Imaging (CFU) at the Technical University of Denmark and medical doctors from the department of Radiology at Rigshospitalet. The intent of this cooperation is to validate new ultrasonic methods for future clinical use. 
Study I compares two B-mode ultrasound methods: the new experimental technique Synthetic Aperture Sequential Beam-forming combined with Tissue Harmonic Imaging (SASB-THI), and a conventional technique combined with THI...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
John Grundy, Kon Mouzakis, Rajesh Vasa, Andrew Cain, Maheswaree Curumsing, Mohamed Abdelrazek, Niroshine Fernando
By the 2050, it is estimated that the proportion of people over the age of 80 will have risen from 3.9% to 9.1% of population of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. A large proportion of these people will need significant help to manage various chronic illnesses, including dementia, heart disease, diabetes, limited physical movement and many others. Current approaches typically focus on acute episodes of illness and are not well designed to provide adequately for daily living care support...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
J Löhler, D Eßer, B Wollenberg, L E Walther
BACKGROUND: Dizziness and vertigo are some of the most common reasons for seeking medical help. Acute dizziness and vertigo require interdisciplinary cooperation. New diagnostic methods (the video head impulse test) and modern algorithms (HINTS: head impulse test/nystagmus [direction changing]/test-of-skew) are increasingly used in case of the acute vestibular syndrome in emergency care. METHODS: In a survey on the management and participation of the ENT specialist area, the authors interviewed 168 German ENT clinics during the spring of 2017 using an online survey...
March 2, 2018: HNO
Crescens Tiu, Annie Wong, Alan Herschtal, Linda Mileshkin
AIM: To characterize the outcomes of patients with nonmelanoma solid tumors receiving anti-PD-1 immunotherapy not funded by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. METHODS: Medical records of patients with metastatic nonmelanoma tumor diagnoses treated with anti-PD-1 (self-funded pembrolizumab or nivolumab through an access program) from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016, at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, were retrospectively reviewed. Events after December 31, 2016, were censored...
March 1, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Jian Zhao, Chang Su, Huijun Wang, Zhihong Wang, Bing Zhan
The obesity rate in China has risen significantly in the past few decades. While a number of causes for the rise in obesity have been explored, little attention has been paid to the role of health insurance per se. This study aims to investigate the impact of health insurance on the risk of obesity in rural China using longitudinal data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS). We employed pooled ordinary least squares (OLS), probit estimation, and pooled two-stage least squares (2SLS) for an instrumental variable (IV)...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Biao Xie, Minghe Huo, Zhiqiang Wang, Yongjie Chen, Rong Fu, Meina Liu, Qun Meng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the trend of catastrophic health expenses (CHE) for inpatient care in relation to the commencement of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) in rural China from 2003 to 2013, and the roles of NCMS in protecting affected households from CHE. METHODS: We assessed the 10-year trend of the incidence and severity of CHE in rural households with hospitalised members using data from the Chinese National Health Services Survey. Generalised estimating equations were used to estimate the OR and 95% CI of the association between incidence rates of CHE ([Formula: see text]) and NCMS reimbursement...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Murray A Raskind, Elaine R Peskind, Bruce Chow, Crystal Harris, Anne Davis-Karim, Hollie A Holmes, Kimberly L Hart, Miles McFall, Thomas A Mellman, Christopher Reist, Jennifer Romesser, Robert Rosenheck, Mei-Chiung Shih, Murray B Stein, Robert Swift, Theresa Gleason, Ying Lu, Grant D Huang
BACKGROUND: In randomized trials, prazosin, an α1 -adrenoreceptor antagonist, has been effective in alleviating nightmares associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans. METHODS: We recruited veterans from 13 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers who had chronic PTSD and reported frequent nightmares. Participants were randomly assigned to receive prazosin or placebo for 26 weeks; the drug or placebo was administered in escalating divided doses over the course of 5 weeks to a daily maximum of 20 mg in men and 12 mg in women...
February 8, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Gaëlle Vanbutsele, Koen Pardon, Simon Van Belle, Veerle Surmont, Martine De Laat, Roos Colman, Kim Eecloo, Veronique Cocquyt, Karen Geboes, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: The benefit of early integration of palliative care into oncological care is suggested to be due to increased psychosocial support. In Belgium, psychosocial care is part of standard oncological care. The aim of this randomised controlled trial is to examine whether early and systematic integration of palliative care alongside standard psychosocial oncological care provides added benefit compared with usual care. METHODS: In this randomised controlled trial, eligible patients were 18 years or older, and had advanced cancer due to a solid tumour, an European Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0-2, an estimated life expectancy of 12 months, and were within the first 12 weeks of a new primary tumour or had a diagnosis of progression...
February 2, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Yue Wu, Liang Zhang, Xuejiao Liu, Ting Ye, Yongfei Wang
BACKGROUND: Health insurance contributes to reducing the economic burden of disease and improving access to healthcare. In 2016, the Chinese government announced the integration of the New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) and Urban Resident Basic Medical Insurance (URBMI) to reduce system segmentation. Nevertheless, it was unclear whether there would be any geographic variation in health insurance benefits if the two types of insurance were integrated. The aim of this study was to identify the potential geographic variation in health insurance benefits and the related contributing factors...
February 5, 2018: International Journal for Equity in Health
Zhonghua Wang, Xiangjun Li, Mingsheng Chen, Lei Si
BACKGROUND: Although many studies have analyzed health insurance worldwide, most focus on whole populations rather than specific vulnerable groups. There is a lack of studies that compare different schemes. This paper evaluates the impact of different types of social health insurance and other associated factors on healthcare utilization and costs among middle-aged and elderly Chinese adults. METHODS: Data were obtained from a nationally representative middle-aged and elderly household survey, the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, which was conducted in 2015...
February 2, 2018: International Journal for Equity in Health
Yoshiaki Ohashi
 In Japan and overseas, Chugai Pharmaceutical Company handles numerous biopharmaceuticals, molecular targeted therapies and other pharmaceuticals with innovative modes of action. Expert safety evaluation is essential for promoting the appropriate use of these pharmaceuticals around the world and in gaining acceptance from patients and healthcare professionals (HCPs), while speedy decision-making is crucial for the timely collection and provision of safety information and thus ensuring safety. In 2015, we collected safety information on more than 180000 cases and evaluated it from a medical standpoint...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Joshua Jauregui, Steven Bright, Jared Strote, Jamie Shandro
Introduction: Peer-assisted learning (PAL) is the development of new knowledge and skills through active learning support from peers. Benefits of PAL include introduction of teaching skills for students, creation of a safe learning environment, and efficient use of faculty time. We present a novel approach to PAL in an emergency medicine (EM) clerkship curriculum using an inexpensive, tablet-based app for students to cooperatively present and perform low-fidelity, case-based simulations that promotes accountability for student learning, fosters teaching skills, and economizes faculty presence...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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