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Incidence and Direct Medical Cost of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Korea: Based on National Health Insurance Service Claims Data from 2011 to 2017

Kim SY, Yang K, Oh IH, Park S, Cheong HK, Hwang JW

Background: We aimed to investigate the annual incidence of trauma and stress-related mental disorder including acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using the National Health Insurance Service...
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Compliance of Antihypertensive Medication and Risk of Coronavirus Disease 2019: a Cohort Study Using Big Data from the Korean National Health Insurance Service

Kim J, Kim DW, Kim Ki, Kim HB, Kim JH, Lee YG, Byeon KH, Cheong HK, the Korean Society of Hypertension

Background: There is a controversy whether it is safe to continue renin-angiotensin system blockers in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We analyzed big data to investigate whether angiotensin-converting enzyme...
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Adverse Effect of Exposure to Ambient Particular Matter on Neuropsychiatric Disorder

Lim MH, Kim JH, Kwon HJ, Cheong HK

Particular matter is steadily increasing due to environmental factors at domestic and abroad such as industry and economy. Recently, the exposure particular matters has been reported to increase the risk...
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Malaria Incidence of the Regions Adjacent to the Demilitarized Zone in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 2004–2016

Kim JH, Lim AY, Cheong HK

BACKGROUND: Vivax malaria reemerged in the Korean peninsula in 1990s beginning from the western border area and spread across both Koreas rapidly with its peak incidences reported on the early...
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Epidemiologic Trends and Seasonality of Scabies in South Korea, 2010–2017

Kim JH, Cheong HK

Scabies is a parasitic skin infection with intense itching. Scabies infection seriously impairs quality of life, while outbreaks in medical institutions cause financial losses. This study aimed to present the...
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Health Indicators Related to Disease, Death, and Reproduction

Choi J, Ki M, Kwon HJ, Park B, Bae S, Oh CM, Chun BC, Oh GJ, Lee YH, Lee TY, Cheong HK, Choi BY, Park JH, Park SK

One of the primary goals of epidemiology is to quantify various aspects of a population’s health, illness, and death status and the determinants (or risk factors) thereof by calculating health...
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Premature Deaths Attributable to Long-term Exposure to Ambient Fine Particulate Matter in the Republic of Korea

Kim JH, Oh IH, Park JH, Cheong HK

BACKGROUND: Ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is the major environmental health risk factor in Korea. Exposure to PM2.5 has been a growing public concern nationwide. With the rapid aging of...
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Estimation of Cancer Incidence and Mortality Risks Attributed to Diagnostic Medical Radiation Exposure in Korea, 2013

Lim H, Choi J, Kim JH, Cheong HK, Ha M

BACKGROUND: Radiation exposure from medical procedures has been rapidly increasing. We purposed to estimate the fraction of cancer incidence and mortality attributed to diagnostic medical radiation exposure in Korea. METHODS: Using...
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Estimation of the National Burden of Disease and Vulnerable Population Associated with Natural Disasters in Korea: Heavy Precipitation and Typhoon

Han HJ, Kim JH, Chung SE, Park JH, Cheong HK

BACKGROUND: Despite its growing significance, studies on the burden of disease associated with natural disasters from the perspective of public health were few. This study aimed at estimating the national...
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Burden of Disease Attributable to Inadequate Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Korea

Kim JH, Cheong HK, Jeon BH

BACKGROUND: Diarrheal and intestinal infectious disease caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is not only a great concern in developing countries but also a problem in low-income...
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Ambient air quality and subjective stress level using Community Health Survey data in Korea

Hwang MJ, Cheong HK, Kim JH, Koo YS, Yun HY

OBJECTIVES: Air pollution causes various disease in exposed populations, and can lead to premorbid health effects manifested as both physical and psychological functional impairment. The present study investigated the subjective...
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Asymptomatic Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus infection using a serologic survey in Korea

Song YJ, Yang JS, Yoon HJ, Nam HS, Lee SY, Cheong HK, Park WJ, Park SH, Choi BY, Kim SS, Ki M

OBJECTIVES: The rates of asymptomatic infection with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus vary. A serologic study was conducted to determine the asymptomatic MERS infection rate in healthcare workers and...
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Affecting Factors of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Korea: Focused on Different Exposure Locations

Sun LY, Cheong HK, Lee EW, Kang KJ, Park JH

Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) not only can cause serious illness, but is also an economic and social burden. Contextual and individual factors of non-smoker exposure to SHS depend on...
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Estimating the Prevalence of Treated Epilepsy Using Administrative Health Data and Its Validity: ESSENCE Study

Lee SY, Chung SE, Kim DW, Eun SH, Kang HC, Cho YW, Yi SD, Kim HD, Jung KY, Cheong HK, Committee on Epidemiology of Korean Epilepsy Society

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Few of the epidemiologic studies of epilepsy have utilized well-validated nationwide databases. We estimated the nationwide prevalence of treated epilepsy based on a comprehensive medical payment database...
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Time trend of malaria in relation to climate variability in Papua New Guinea

Park JW, Cheong HK, Honda Y, Ha M, Kim H, Kolam J, Inape K, Mueller I

OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to describe the regional malaria incidence in relation to the geographic and climatic conditions and describe the effect of altitude on the expansion of malaria...
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Estimation of the size of the iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease outbreak associated with cadaveric dura mater grafts in Korea

Jeon BH, Kim J, Kim G, Park S, Kim S, Cheong HK

OBJECTIVES: This study estimated the overall incidence of iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (iCJD) based on dura graft cases in Korea using a mathematical model. METHODS: We estimated the number of annual dura...
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Preventive behaviors by the level of perceived infection sensitivity during the Korea outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2015

Lee SY, Yang HJ, Kim G, Cheong HK, Choi BY

OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to investigate the relationship between community residents’ infection sensitivity and their levels of preventive behaviors during the 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in...
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Evaluation report on the causal association between humidifier disinfectants and lung injury

Ha M, Lee SY, Hwang SS, Park H, Sheen S, Cheong HK, Choi BY

OBJECTIVES: As of November 2011, the Korean government recalled and banned humidifier disinfectants (HDs) from the market, because four case-control studies and one retrospective epidemiological study proved the association between...
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The prevalence and risk factors of allergic rhinitis from a nationwide study of Korean elementary, middle, and high school students

Kim Y, Seo JH, Kwon JW, Lee E, Yang SI, Cho HJ, Ha M, Burm E, Lee KJ, Kim HC, Lim S, Kang HT, Son M, Kim SY, Cheong HK, Kim YM, Oh GJ, Sakong J, Lee CG, Kim SJ, Beak YW, Hong SJ

PURPOSE: We investigated the prevalence and risk factors of allergic rhinitis (AR), nationwide in random children and adolescents of Korea. METHODS: A modified International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood...
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Community mental health status six months after the Sewol ferry disaster in Ansan, Korea

Yang HJ, Cheong HK, Choi BY, Shin MH, Yim HW, Kim DH, Kim G, Lee SY

OBJECTIVES: The disaster of the Sewol ferry that sank at sea off Korea's southern coast of the Yellow Sea on April 16, 2014 was a tragedy that brought grief and...
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