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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823114/prescription-pattern-of-urate-lowering-therapy-in-korean-gout-patients-data-from-the-national-health-claims-database
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Ji-Won Kim, Sang Gyu Kwak, Sung-Hoon Park
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August 21, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823011/guidelines-versus-reality-is-coronary-stent-application-in-three-vessel-disease-standard-or-the-exception
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Roland Linder, J Zeidler, F Verheyen, J-M Graf von der Schulenburg, A Haverich, T Schilling
The national guidelines for treatment of chronic coronary heart disease (CHD) recommend surgical coronary aortic bypass grafting (CABG) rather than percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with a coronary three-vessel disease. The epidemiology of three-vessel CHD and data about the application of different revascularisation strategies raise suspicion of deviation from the guidelines in the treatment of those patients. Claims data containing records of almost 10 million patients of the largest German statutory health insurance fund (Techniker Krankenkasse) were utilised to measure adherence to the guidelines for treatment of groups of patients with one-, two-, and three-vessel CHD, respectively...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821915/risk-and-outcomes-of-fracture-in-peripheral-arterial-disease-patients-two-nationwide-cohort-studies
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F-L Liu, C-S Lin, C-C Yeh, C-C Shih, Y-G Cherng, C-H Wu, T-L Chen, C-C Liao
Using national insurance claims data of Taiwan, we found that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) had increased risk of fracture during the follow-up period of 2000-2013. History of PAD was also associated with adverse outcomes in hospitalized fracture patients. Prevention strategies were needed in this susceptible population. INTRODUCTION: Limited information was available on the association between PAD and fracture. The purpose of this study is to evaluate fracture risk and post-fracture outcomes in patients with PAD...
August 18, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820611/nutrient-content-claims-how-they-impact-perceived-healthfulness-of-fortified-snack-foods-and-the-moderating-effects-of-nutrition-facts-labels
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Irina A Iles, Xiaoli Nan, Linda Verrill
Nutrient content claims (NCCs) may inflate perceived healthfulness of nutritionally poor foods. The aim of this study is to experimentally test the effects of NCCs on consumers' perceptions of fortified snack foods in terms of the presence of both healthful and less healthful nutrients, as well as their intentions to consume such products. It also explores the potential moderating effects of reading Nutrition Facts Labels (NFL) on the influence of NCCs. Data for this study were collected through a web-based experiment (N = 5,076)...
August 18, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819675/pharmacoepidemiology-resources-in-ireland-an-introduction-to-pharmacy-claims-data
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Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Kathleen Bennett, Caitriona Cahir
INTRODUCTION: Administrative health data, such as pharmacy claims data, present a valuable resource for conducting pharmacoepidemiological and health services research. Often, data are available for whole populations allowing population level analyses. Moreover, their routine collection ensures that the data reflect health care utilisation in the real-world setting compared to data collected in clinical trials. SETTING AND METHODS: The Irish Health Service Executive-Primary Care Reimbursement Service (HSE-PCRS) community pharmacy claims database is described...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819505/use-of-validated-community-based-trachoma-trichiasis-tt-case-finders-to-measure-the-total-backlog-and-detect-when-elimination-threshold-is-achieved-a-tt-methodology-paper
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Jefitha Karimurio, Hillary Rono, Doris Njomo, John Sironka, Catherine Kareko, Michael Gichangi, Ernest Barasa, Alice Mwangi, Kefa Ronald, Francis Kiio
INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization recommends TT surveys to be conducted in adults aged 15+ years (TT 15 survey) and certifies elimination of TT as a public health problem when there is less than 1 unknown case per 1,000 people of all ages. There is no standard survey method to accurately confirm this elimination prevalence threshold of 0.1% because rare conditions require large and expensive prevalence survey samples. The aim of this study was to develop an accurate operational research method to measure the total backlog of TT in people of all ages and detect when the elimination threshold is achieved...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817319/medicaid-reimbursement-for-the-female-condom
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Susan S Witte, Colleen MacPhee, Natalie Ginsburg, Neha Deshmukh
OBJECTIVES: To examine state-level female condom use through Medicaid from 2004 to 2014, because in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed for expanded Medicaid coverage in many states, extending requirements for contraceptive care to more of the poorest women in the United States and to most women with private insurance. METHODS: We collected data via brief survey of Medicaid offices in all 50 states between March 2015 and March 2016...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817302/comparative-effectiveness-and-costs-of-insulin-pump-therapy-for-diabetes
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Ronald T Ackermann, Amisha Wallia, Raymond Kang, Andrew Cooper, Theodore A Prospect, Lewis G Sandy, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVES: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or "insulin pump" therapy, is an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) for management of diabetes. This study evaluates patterns of healthcare utilization, costs, and blood glucose control for patients with diabetes who initiate CSII. STUDY DESIGN: Pre-post with propensity-matched comparison design involving commercially insured US adults (aged 18-64 years) with insulin-requiring diabetes who transitioned from MDII to CSII between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012 ("CSII initiators"; n = 2539), or who continued using MDI (n = 2539)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817301/patients-views-of-a-behavioral-intervention-including-financial-incentives
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Judy A Shea, Aderinola Adejare, Kevin G Volpp, Andrea B Troxel, Darra Finnerty, Karen Hoffer, Thomas Isaac, Meredith Rosenthal, Thomas D Sequist, David A Asch
OBJECTIVES: Clinical trials are increasingly testing the effectiveness of paying patients' financial incentives for achieving desired clinical outcomes. Some researchers and providers are concerned that patient financial incentives will harm the doctor-patient relationship. How patients feel about these approaches, and these trials, is largely unknown. This study examined patients' perceptions of a compound behavioral and financial incentive intervention used in a large multicenter trial to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), including their perceptions of benefits and challenges and the study's effect on patients' relationship with their primary care physicians (PCPs)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817296/patients-views-on-price-shopping-and-price-transparency
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Hannah L Semigran, Rebecca Gourevitch, Anna D Sinaiko, David Cowling, Ateev Mehrotra
OBJECTIVES: Driven by the growth of high deductibles and price transparency initiatives, patients are being encouraged to search for prices before seeking care, yet few do so. To understand why this is the case, we interviewed individuals who were offered access to a widely used price transparency website through their employer. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative interviews. METHODS: We interviewed individuals enrolled in a preferred provider organization product through their health plan about their experience using the price transparency tool (if they had done so), their past medical experiences, and their opinions on shopping for care...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817294/heterogeneity-of-nonadherent-buprenorphine-patients-subgroup-characteristics-and-outcomes
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Charles Ruetsch, Joseph Tkacz, Vijay R Nadipelli, Brenna L Brady, Naoko Ronquest, Hyong Un, Joseph Volpicelli
OBJECTIVES: To examine patient characteristics and outcomes associated with nonadherence to buprenorphine and to identify specific patterns of nonadherent behavior. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional, retrospective analysis of health claims data. METHODS: Aetna's administrative claims data were used to categorize incident opioid use disorder (OUD) patients based on buprenorphine medication possession ratio (MPR) into adherent (n = 172) and nonadherent (n = 305) groups...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816532/comparing-clinical-outcomes-and-costs-for-different-treatment-intensification-approaches-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-uncontrolled-on-basal-insulin-adding-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-vs-adding-rapid-acting-insulin-or-increasing-basal-insulin
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Philip Levin, Tao Fan, Xue Song, Damion Nero, Brian Davis, Bong-Chul Chu
Objective-Not all patients with type 2 diabetes achieve the recommended glycated hemoglobin A1c (A1C) levels after adequate titration of basal insulin (BI). Current intensification approaches include addition of rapid-acting insulin (RAI) or a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA), but it is not clear which strategy results in better long-term outcomes. Methods-This retrospective analysis of health insurance claims data in the US MarketScan database compared glycemic control and healthcare resource utilization and costs 12 months after adding GLP-1 RA to BI vs adding RAI or increasing BI doses...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816518/balancing-between-prejudice-and-fact-for-gaming-disorder-does-the-existence-of-alcohol-use-disorder-stigmatize-healthy-drinkers-or-impede-scientific-research
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Seung-Yup Lee, Hyekyung Choo, Hae Kook Lee
The inclusion of Gaming Disorder (GD) criteria in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) beta draft was recently criticized, and an argument was made for its removal to "avoid a waste of public resources." However, these misleading statements are believed to be based on under estimation of this ever-growing problem. Such claims may endanger public health and the psychosocial well-being of affected individuals. Thus, the seriousness of the problem was briefly emphasized in our response paper...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815799/characterization-of-opioid-use-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Jin Han, Jifang Zhou, Santosh L Saraf, Victor R Gordeuk, Gregory S Calip
PURPOSE: Opioid analgesics are commonly used to treat vaso-occlusive pain episodes in sickle cell disease (SCD), but comprehensive evidence characterizing opioid use in this patient population is limited. Our objective was to characterize opioid use patterns among SCD patients using a large nationwide database. METHODS: A large, US medical claims database was utilized to identify a cohort of 3882 SCD patients, and characteristics of opioid use were analyzed. Clinical variables including age, gender, medication use, health care utilization, and medical history were evaluated for correlations with opioid use...
August 16, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815008/evaluation-of-medication-adherence-in-chronic-disease-at-a-federally-qualified-health-center
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Alvin B Oung, Emily Kosirog, Benjamin Chavez, Jason Brunner, Joseph J Saseen
BACKGROUND: While medication adherence in chronic disease has been evaluated in the general population, limited data are available among Medicaid recipients, especially within federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). This study determined baseline medication adherence for Medicaid recipients receiving care in an FQHC for first-line medications used in hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Secondary outcomes included baseline adherence for individual patient factors. METHODS: Patients from the Salud Family Health Centers, an FQHC with a large percentage of both Spanish-speaking patients and providers, were included in this study...
August 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814983/honey-propolis-and-royal-jelly-a-comprehensive-review-of-their-biological-actions-and-health-benefits
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Visweswara Rao Pasupuleti, Lakhsmi Sammugam, Nagesvari Ramesh, Siew Hua Gan
BACKGROUND: There are several health benefits that honeybee products such as honey, propolis, and royal jelly claim toward various types of diseases in addition to being food. SCOPE AND APPROACH: In this paper, the effects of honey, propolis, and royal jelly on different metabolic diseases, cancers, and other diseases have been reviewed. The modes of actions of these products have also been illustrated for purposes of better understanding. KEY FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: An overview of honey, propolis, and royal jelly and their biological potentials was highlighted...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814947/preserving-the-anti-scientific-linear-no-threshold-myth-authority-agnosticism-transparency-and-the-standard-of-care
#17
Bill Sacks, Jeffry A Siegel
The linear no-threshold (LNT) assumption is over 70 years old and holds that all ionizing radiation exposure leaves cumulative effects, all of which are harmful regardless of how low the dose or dose rate is. The claimed harm centers on the risk of future radiogenic cancer. This has been shown countless times to be fallacious, and hundreds of scientific studies-both experimental and observational/epidemiological-demonstrate that at low enough doses and dose rates, ionizing radiation stimulates an evolved adaptive response and therefore is beneficial to health, lowering rather than raising the risk of cancer...
July 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814345/hospital-characteristics-related-to-the-hospital-length-of-stay-among-inpatients-receiving-invasive-cervical-discectomy-due-to-road-traffic-accidents-under-automobile-insurance-in-south-korea
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Kyoung Won Shin, Hyo Jung Lee, Chung Mo Nam, Ki Tae Moon, Eun-Cheol Park
BACKGROUND: In South Korea, people injured in road traffic accidents receive compensation for medical costs through their automobile insurance. However, the automobile insurance system appears to manage health care inefficiently. This study aimed to investigate the factors associated with the hospital length of stay (LOS), which was used as an indicator of healthcare utilization, for inpatients covered by automobile insurance and undergoing invasive cervical discectomy. METHODS: Insurance claims data from 158 hospitals were used...
August 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814228/the-effects-and-action-mechanisms-of-phytoestrogens-on-vasomotor-symptoms-during-menopausal-transition-thermoregulatory-mechanism
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Haryati Ahmad Hairi, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Nurul Izzah Ibrahim, Jamia Azdina Jamal, Norazlina Mohamed, Isa Naina Mohamed
Phytoestrogens has recently been claimed to positively influence menopausal discomforts, including hot flashes. However, little is known about the influence of phytoestrogens on core body temperature during estrogen fluctuation at menopause. With many published findings that phytoestrogens could relieve menopausal complaints, the present review was aimed at assessing the effects of phytoestrogens on thermoregulatory mechanism during menopausal transition. Thephytoestrogens of interest in relation to human health include isoflavones, lignans, coumestans and stilbenes, which are widely distributed within nature...
August 16, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814107/real-world-comparison-of-treatment-patterns-and-effectiveness-of-albiglutide-and-liraglutide
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Erin K Buysman, Mirko V Sikirica, Sarah W Thayer, Michael Bogart, Mary C DuCharme, Ashish V Joshi
AIM: To compare medication adherence, discontinuation and glycemic control in patients receiving albiglutide versus liraglutide. PATIENTS & METHODS: Administrative claims data and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) results were analyzed from a sample of adult health plan members with Type 2 diabetes. RESULTS: Patients were matched 1:1 in the albiglutide (n = 2213) and liraglutide (n = 2213) overall cohorts and in 244 patients with HbA1c results from each treatment group...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
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