Month: June 2014

Should Governments Invest in Specialist Care for Periodontitis?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Chronic oral diseases such as periodontitis are usually symptomless until pain sets in and then the condition is no longer “curable.” More widespread than commonly known, periodontitis is associated with systemic conditions like diabetes, and can lead

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One More Brick On The Back Of Drowning National Health Care System

Taichung, Taiwan – Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) have created 4.3 times more medical expenditures, accounting for 11.5% of the Taiwanese total health care cost, in 2001.

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Interferon-Alfa Therapy Is Associated With A High Adverse Event Burden Among Hepatitis C Patients In Japan

New York, NY, USA & Tokyo, Japan – The hepatitis C virus (HCV) affects an estimated 170 million people globally, including 2 million people in Japan. Patients with HCV can go on to develop chronic infections, increasing their risk of hepatocellular carcinoma

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Sentinel Node Biopsy: The Future For Early Breast Cancer

Bangkok, Thailand – The incidence of breast cancer in Thailand has increased over the last decade. Although advanced treatments have resulted in the improvement in survival rates and quality of life, surgery has caused morbidity in breast cancer patients. Even though

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Partially Hydrolyzed Formula (PHF-W) Predicted To Reduce The Burdens Of Atopic Dermatitis

Manila, the Philippines – Proteins found in standard cow’s milk baby formula (CMF) have been linked to increased risk of atopic dermatitis, one of the most common inflammatory disorders in infants and young children. In cases where breast feeding is not

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Can HIV Patients Assess Their Own Quality of Life?

Bangkok, Thailand – The treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with medicines, so-called “Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART),” can prolong patients’ lives, but may affect their daily activities due to side-effects, drug interactions, or strict dosing schedules. As patients need to

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Models To Predict Cardiovascular Disease Risk In Vietnam

Thai Nguyen, Vietnam & Groningen, the Netherlands – The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is increasing worldwide, including in Vietnam. To make the best use of limited resources, planning of health care interventions is important. Predictive modeling of the risk of CVD

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Pros And Cons Of Vietnamese Socialization Of Health Care

Alberta, Canada & Hanoi, Vietnam – Until 1989, health care in Vietnam was publically funded, but faced with a limited health care budget, the health care system has since undergone a process of “socialization,” or mobilization of society’s resources towards health care. Socialization

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What Does the Future of Health Technology Assessment Hold for Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan?

Indianapolis, IN, USA – Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with significant economic and humanistic burden. The condition presents a real challenge in Asia, which accounts for more than 60% of individuals with DM, globally.

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A Cost-Effective Antibiotic For Hospital Acquired Pneumonia

Beijing, China – Linezolid is a relatively new approved antibiotic in China for the treatment of hospital-acquired pneumonia.  As linezolid has been shown to be a cost-effective alternative in comparison to vancomycin in many countries such as the USA, Germany and

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