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Kristin M Mills, Scott Sadler, Karen Peterson, Lorrin Pang
BACKGROUND: Falls in the elderly represent a public health crisis. Effective prevention programs need to conduct economic analyses. The Move With Balance program showed a 65% reduction in falls in institutionalized elderly. METHODS: We evaluated the return on investment (ROI) of Move With Balance. We calculated the ROI for 2 situations: first, using data from the current study (N = 27); second, extrapolating the data to an "intended" annual program (N = 45) where training costs can be spread over 6 years...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Javier de Miguel-Diez, Ana Lopez-de-Andres, Valentin Herandez-Barrera, Isabel Jimenez-Trujillo, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Cerezo-Lajas, Rodrigo Jimenez-Garcia
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability and death worldwide. Consequently, COPD patients are frequent users of health and social resources. Therefore, they are highly vulnerable to decreases in investment in healthcare services. We aimed to describe the utilization of health and home care services among Spanish COPD patients during the economic crisis to identify factors independently associated with changes in the utilization of these services and to study the time trends from 2009 to 2014...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Ruiqiang Xie, Xiaohua Douglas Zhang, Qi Zhao, Bo Peng, Jun Zheng
Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most challenging nosocomial pathogens due to the emergence and widespread of antibiotic resistance. We aimed to provide the first analysis of global prevalence of antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii infections, by synthesizing data and knowledge through a systematic review. We searched studies reporting antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii infections using the Medline, Embase, Web of Science, and Cochrane databases from January 2000 to December 2016. Studies were eligible if they investigated and reported antibiotic resistance in A...
March 14, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Yanhua Chen, Rosario N Mantegna, Athanasios A Pantelous, Konstantin M Zuev
In this study, we assess the dynamic evolution of short-term correlation, long-term cointegration and Error Correction Model (hereafter referred to as ECM)-based long-term Granger causality between each pair of US, UK, and Eurozone stock markets from 1980 to 2015 using the rolling-window technique. A comparative analysis of pairwise dynamic integration and causality of stock markets, measured in common and domestic currency terms, is conducted to evaluate comprehensively how exchange rate fluctuations affect the time-varying integration among the S&P 500, FTSE 100 and EURO STOXX 50 indices...
2018: PloS One
Antonios Paraschakis, Ioannis Michopoulos, Vasiliki Efstathiou, Christos Christodoulou, Ilias Boyokas, Athanassios Douzenis
We investigated all cases of completed suicide in the city area of Piraeus -the largest port in Greece- for the years 2006 up to 2015. We searched, among others, parameters regarding the victims' psychiatric medication intake and drug and alcohol use that -to the best of our knowledge- had never been investigated before by a study on suicides in Greece within the crisis' years. We documented variations before (2006-2010) and during (2011-2015) crisis. Information was provided by the victims' forensic records at the Piraeus Department of Forensic Medicine...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Daphne Halikiopoulou
Speed and Mannion make a good case that the rise of populism poses significant challenges for health policy. This commentary suggests that the link between populism and health policy should be further nuanced in four ways. First, a deconstruction of the term populism itself and a focus on the far right dimension of populist politics; second, a focus on the supply side and more specifically the question of nationalism and the 'national preference'; third, the dynamics of party competition during economic crisis; and fourth the question of policy, and more specifically the extent to which certain labour market policies are able to mediate demand for the far right...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Iro Evlampidou, Manolis Kogevinas
OBJECTIVE: Until 2016, around 3 million persons had limited access to health care in Greece due to the economic crisis. We describe a massive solidarity movement of community clinics and pharmacies in Greece. METHOD: We conducted a survey in 2014-15 and describe the characteristics of community clinics and pharmacies spontaneously established all over Greece after 2008. RESULTS: A characteristic of the 92 active solidarity clinics is autonomous collective functioning, free services, and funding from non-governmental sources...
March 6, 2018: Gaceta Sanitaria
Maria João Gregório, Ana M Rodrigues, Pedro Graça, Rute Dinis de Sousa, Sara S Dias, Jaime C Branco, Helena Canhão
Background: Food insecurity is a limited or uncertain access to the adequate food and is a significant public health problem. We aimed to assess determinants of food insecurity and the corresponding health impact in Portugal, a southern European country that faced a severe economic crisis. Methods: Data were derived from the Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases Cohort Study (EpiDoC), a population-based cohort of 10,661 individuals that were representative of the Portuguese adult population and followed since 2011...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
R Mezzina
AIM: Italy pioneered deinstitutionalisation over the past 60 years and enforced a famous mental health (MH) reform law in 1978. Deinstitutionalisation has been completed with the very closure of all psychiatric hospitals over two decades. METHODS: After 40 years of implementation, this article presents the main achievements and challenges of the Italian MH reform law, including its long-term effect and impact in Italy and abroad. RESULTS: The Legislation of 1978 was based on the discovery of rights as a key tool in mental healthcare...
March 6, 2018: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
A C Reichelt, L E Stoeckel, L P Reagan, C A Winstanley, K A Page
Obesity is a world-wide crisis with profound healthcare and socio-economic implications and it is now clear that the central nervous system (CNS) is a target for the complications of metabolic disorders like obesity. In addition to decreases in physical activity and sedentary lifestyles, diet is proposed to be an important contributor to the etiology and progression of obesity. Unfortunately, there are gaps in our knowledge base related to how dietary choices impact the structural and functional integrity of the CNS...
March 1, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Kjetil A van der Wel, Therese Saltkjel, Wen-Hao Chen, Espen Dahl, Knut Halvorsen
This paper investigates the association between the Great Recession and educational inequalities in self-rated general health in 25 European countries. We investigate four different indicators related to economic recession: GDP; unemployment; austerity and a 'crisis' indicator signifying severe simultaneous drops in GDP and welfare generosity. We also assess the extent to which health inequality changes can be attributed to changes in the economic conditions and social capital in the European populations. The paper uses data from the European Social Survey (2002-2014)...
March 2, 2018: Sociology of Health & Illness
Lucas Fievet, Didier Sornette
Since the 2008 financial crisis, agent-based models (ABMs), which account for out-of-equilibrium dynamics, heterogeneous preferences, time horizons and strategies, have often been envisioned as the new frontier that could revolutionise and displace the more standard models and tools in economics. However, their adoption and generalisation is drastically hindered by the absence of general reliable operational calibration methods. Here, we start with a different calibration angle that qualifies an ABM for its ability to achieve abnormal trading performance with respect to the buy-and-hold strategy when fed with real financial data...
2018: PloS One
Maria Sironi
Transition to adulthood has undoubtedly changed in the last few decades. For youth today, an important marker of adulthood is self-actualization in their professional career, and, consequently, also the achievement of stable financial conditions. Economic conditions of youth are greatly subject to fluctuations in the economy, and the subsequent governmental response. Using the Luxembourg Income Study, this work investigates the trends in income from work of young adults before and after the Great Recession of 2008 in five countries-US, UK, Norway, Germany, and Spain...
2018: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Holly P Jones, Peter C Jones, Edward B Barbier, Ryan C Blackburn, Jose M Rey Benayas, Karen D Holl, Michelle McCrackin, Paula Meli, Daniel Montoya, David Moreno Mateos
Given that few ecosystems on the Earth have been unaffected by humans, restoring them holds great promise for stemming the biodiversity crisis and ensuring ecosystem services are provided to humanity. Nonetheless, few studies have documented the recovery of ecosystems globally or the rates at which ecosystems recover. Even fewer have addressed the added benefit of actively restoring ecosystems versus allowing them to recover without human intervention following the cessation of a disturbance. Our meta-analysis of 400 studies worldwide that document recovery from large-scale disturbances, such as oil spills, agriculture and logging, suggests that though ecosystems are progressing towards recovery following disturbances, they rarely recover completely...
February 28, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Jurgen Cornelis, Ansam Barakat, Jack Dekker, Tessy Schut, Sandra Berk, Hans Nusselder, Nikander Ruhl, Jeroen Zoeteman, Rien Van, Aartjan Beekman, Matthijs Blankers
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization is a common method to intensify care for patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis. A short-term, specialised, out-patient crisis intervention by a Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) in the Netherlands, called Intensive Home Treatment (IHT), is a viable intervention which may help reduce hospital admission days. However, research on the (cost-)effectiveness of alternatives to hospitalisation such as IHT are scarce. In the study presented in this protocol, IHT will be compared to care-as-usual (CAU) in a randomized controlled trial (RCT)...
February 27, 2018: BMC Psychiatry
Abdullah Pandor, Matt Stevenson, John Stevens, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Jean Hamilton, Jenny Byrne, Claudius Rudin, Andrew Rawdin, Ruth Wong
As part of its single technology appraisal process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the company that manufactures ponatinib (Inclusig® ; Incyte Corporation) to submit evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness for previously treated chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and Philadelphia-chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ph+ ALL). This paper focusses on the three phases of CML: the chronic phase (CP), the accelerated phase (AP) and the blast crisis phase (BP)...
February 26, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
Beatriz Fornell, Manuel Correa, M Puerto López Del Amo, José J Martín
PURPOSE: We analyze the influence of the dramatic changes in the Spanish labor market during the crisis on the perceived health of the Spanish population. METHODS: We use the longitudinal Living Conditions Survey database and multilevel longitudinal logistic models between 2007 and 2011, before and during the economic crisis in one of the European countries most affected by its consequences. RESULTS: Unemployment (OR 1.75; p < 0.001), job insecurity (OR 1...
February 24, 2018: Quality of Life Research
S Scuri, M Tesauro, F Petrelli, A Peroni, L Kracmarova, I Grappasonni
BACKGROUND: The economic crisis in Italy has led to profound changes in resource management not only at the macro level but also for individual families, causing substantial changes in different habits of Italians. STUDY DESIGN: The purpose of this research was to conduct a study on changes in family eating habits potentially triggered by the economic crisis was conducted in an area of the Marche Region in central Italy. METHODS: The research was conducted in the period 2016 - 2017 by administering a specific and anonymous questionnaire...
March 2018: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
Josep Ferrando, Laia Palència, Mercè Gotsens, Vanessa Puig-Barrachina, Marc Marí-Dell'Olmo, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Xavier Bartoll, Carme Borrell
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the onset of the economic crisis in Spain affected cancer mortality and mortality trends. METHOD: We conducted a longitudinal ecological study based on all cancer-related deaths and on specific types of cancer (lung, colon, breast and prostate) in Spain between 2000 and 2013. We computed age-standardised mortality rates in men and women, and fit mixed Poisson models to analyse the effect of the crisis on cancer mortality and trends therein...
February 13, 2018: Gaceta Sanitaria
Laia Palència, Vanessa Puig-Barrachina, Marc Marí-dell'Olmo, Mercè Gotsens, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Xavier Bartoll, Glòria Pérez
The aim of this study was to evaluate trends in small-for-gestational age covering the period before and after the Spanish economic crisis, taking into account mother's age, nationality and the autonomous community where she resides. We performed a trend study including children born to fertile women in Spain between 2002 and 2013. Poisson mixed models showed that the prevalence of small-for-gestational age increased following the onset of the crisis, and that a previous downward trend was interrupted.
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
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