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The Association Between Barium Examination and Subsequent Appendicitis

The incidence and association between appendicitis and barium examination (BE) remain unclear. Such potential risk may be omitted. We conducted a longitudinal, nationwide, population-based cohort study to investigate the association between BE and appendicitis risk. Methods From the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, a total of 24,885 patients who underwent BE between January 1, […]

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The Impact of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Levels on the Risk of Developing Atherogenic Dyslipidemia

  Low cardiorespiratory fitness has been established as a risk factor for cardiovascular-related morbidity. However, research about the impact of fitness on lipid abnormalities, including atherogenic dyslipidemia, has produced mixed results. The purpose of this investigation is to examine the influence of baseline fitness and changes in fitness on the development of atherogenic dyslipidemia. Methods […]

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Mortality Rates for Black Males

United States Counties with Low Black Male Mortality Rates In only 66 out of 1307 US counties, black men have a lower mortality than white men. What makes these counties different? Abstract Objective In the United States, young and middle-aged black men have significantly higher total mortality than any other racial or ethnic group. We […]

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Recent Trends in the Incidence, Treatment, and Outcomes of Patients with STEMI and NSTEMI

This population-based study revealed decreases in the magnitude of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, as well as increased longevity among ST- and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients. The authors suggest that prevention programs and improved treatment efforts may have contributed to these positive changes. Abstract BackgroundDespite the widespread use of electrocardiographic changes to characterize patients presenting […]

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Prediction of Incident Hypertension Risk in Women with Currently Normal Blood Pressure

Hypertension risk prediction calculated from a few readily available clinical factors—age, blood pressure, ethnicity, and body mass index—offers better calibration than more complicated models and improved risk stratification over blood pressure alone. Abstract Background We examined whether a hypertension risk prediction model based on clinical characteristics and blood biomarkers might improve on risk prediction based […]

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