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GOOD NEWS FOR SUFFERERS OF CHRONIC AIRWAY DISEASE

Auckland, New Zealand – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), resulting usually from long term tobacco smoking and/or severe air pollution, is a major health issue in most countries, and

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Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment Can Reliably Express Their Preferences for Health Care Using Discrete Choice Experiments

Adelaide, South Australia – Researchers from Flinders University found that mild cognitive impairment did not affect the ability of older adults to reliably respond to questions about their preferred rehabilitation services following hip fracture.

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Subgrouping Practice in Early Benefit Assessment in Germany Risks Misusing Evidence-based Medicine

Hannover, Germany – Since 2011, the German AMNOG (Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products) legislation regulates drug reimbursement in an attempt to reduce national health care costs. The Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) and the Institute for Quality

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Meta-Analysis Is Not Appropriate for Burden of Disease Estimates

Brisbane, Australia – In burden of disease studies, decisions about the pooling of estimates, such as prevalence across countries, are largely made using conventional meta-analysis models. However, when there is true diversity and dissimilarity of effects, meta-analysis is not recommended. If

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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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