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Journal of Health Science and Alternative Medicine
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ISSN (Online) 2673-0294
Published by Mae Fah Luang University Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Public Health in the Digital Era: An Overlooked Public Health Issue

    • Authors: Samlee Plianbangchang
      Pages: 1 - 3
      Abstract: Public health in the digital era is a significant aspect and important challenge for all public health professionals. Public health innovation, technology, and information are accelerating the advanced technique to improve the understanding of social, economic and political determinants of health; and these technologies are used for a population’s health improvement. Today, several modified/improved technologies are used to support public health professionals to achieve the availability, affordability, inter-activity, accessibility and portability of access to health care systems of a population.  Therefore, in digital 4.0 era, we as public health professionals need to improve our perspective and skill to use these advanced and suitable technologies to support our missions to maximize population health utilization and benefit.
      PubDate: 2019-04-29
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
  • Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model: Theoretical Lens for a
           Community-Based Research

    • Authors: Rachanee Sunsern, Wannarat Lawang
      Pages: 4 - 7
      Abstract: A community-based research is used for addressing a complex situation in a community. It focuses on a people as a central of the development and also concerns all surrounding factors to move forward to achieve a better life of a person and a community as its ultimate goal. Bronfenbrenner’s model has been developed to improve the research method conducting in a community. The model involves person, process, context, and time to make change of a person by interaction with people and other environment in certain community.  The model is used as a major of research method to improve community health today.
      PubDate: 2019-04-29
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
  • Adaptation to Thai Citizenship: A Case Study of Thai-Chinese Yunnan, Mae
           Fah Laung District, Chiang Rai, Thailand

    • Authors: Phitnaree Thutsanti, Tawatchai Apidechkul, Chadaporn Inta, Panupong Upala, Ratipark Tamornpark
      Pages: 8 - 13
      Abstract: Introduction: Chinese Yunnan migrated into Thailand through Myanmar for different reasons, and have settled in mountainous areas in northern Thailand especially Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Objective: The study aimed to understand the development and adaptation to the new environment and obtaining Thai citizenship among the Chinese Yunnan. Methods: A validated question guideline was used for gathering the information and an in-depth interview was done with 24 key informants including male and female of different age categories. Results: We found that after passing through the 3rd generation, Chinese Yunnan have become Thai-Chinese Yunnan completely, integrated aspects of Thai culture, education, politics, trade and enjoy the same rights as Thai people. Currently, they feel themselves Thai and pound of to be Thai. However, most of Thai-Chinese Yunnan still maintain some Chinese identity through local language, local food, traditional and cultural patterns. Conclusion: After passing for years, the Thai-Chinese Yunnan are completely become Thai but still maintain their cultures and some life styles.
      PubDate: 2019-04-29
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
  • The Influence of Proprioceptive Training in Foot and Ankle Disability with
           Chronic Ankle Sprain

    • Authors: Nur Azis Rohmansyah, Ashira Hiruntrakul
      Pages: 14 - 19
      Abstract: Introduction: Chronic ankle sprain is an injury to the lateral complex ligament long lasting with complaints of pain. The chronic inflammation and instability in carrying out activities are caused by ligamentous weakness and decreased function including sensorimotor deficits. It can cause a decrease in proprioception and disability. Meanwhile, foot and ankle disability are characterized by inability to carry out movements and functional activities. Objective: This study is aimed at comparing the effect of proprioception exercise with wobble board that has the same effect with elastic resistance band and to strengthen the ankle muscle in decreasing foot and ankle disability caused by chronic ankle sprain condition. Methods: The study design is true experimental with randomized pre and post test group design for 20 patients (12 men, 8 women, age 21.70±4.90, weight 56.20±5.43, height 158.90±5.15, BMI 20.761±1.86), the training group was done 18 times over 6 weeks using Foot And Ankle Disability Index (FADI) for its measurement. Results: This study reported parametric between statistical analysis and paired sample-test. Hypothesis test showed that the two groups had significant results in decreasing foot and ankle disability, the pre-A group result is 25.90±15.56 and the post group 6.60±5.03. Meanwhile, pre B group averaged 44.90±18.80 and the post group 13.10±10.304 with p-value=0.001 and p-value<0.05. Different test with independent sample t-test produced significant differences from the two groups which are in A group 19.30±12.59, B group 31.10±12.19 and p-value=0.047 in p-value<0.05. Conclusion: In order to provide appropriate treatment, clinicians can use any of the two significant measures with their associated Foot And Ankle Disability Index scores to identify those who could benefit from rehabilitation of chronic ankle sprain according to needs with regards to age, network conditions, workload, and position at work.
      PubDate: 2019-04-29
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
  • Quality of Life Among HIV/AIDs Patients in a Secondary Thailand Border
           Hospital: A Cross-Sectional Study

    • Authors: Fartima Yeemard, Kamonwan Kunlawat, Ittipol Chaita, Seewan Liumthong, Rungnapha Bunkhlueap, Tawatchai Apidechkul
      Pages: 20 - 24
      Abstract: Introduction: AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) has been long recognized as a major public health threat for humankind. In 2018, there were 36.9 million people living with HIV and 1.8 million people becoming newly infected globally. Purpose: The study aimed to assess the quality of life and determine factors associated with a good quality of life among HIV/AIDS patients in Chiang Sean hospital, Thailand. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted. All HIV/AIDS patients who were attending antiretroviral (ARV) clinic at Chiang Sean hospital in 2017 were invited to participate in the study. A questionnaire and WHO quality of life BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) form were used for collecting data. Chi-square test was used to determine the associations between variables. Results: Totally, 246 HIV/AIDS patients enrolled into the study; 53.3% were females, 44.3% were aged 41-50 years, 92.3% hold Thai nationality. The overall quality of life was in a moderate level (96.3%). Nearly two thirds scored moderately in psychological, social relationship and environment domains. No Thai nationality and low CD4 level had statically significant associations with a low quality of life (p-value<0.05). Conclusion: HIV/AIDS patients at Chiang Sean hospital have moderate quality of life. A specific public health intervention should be developed to improve quality of life among the HIV/AIDS patients.      
      PubDate: 2019-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
  • Quality Evaluation and Pectolinarigenin Contents Analysis of Harak Remedy
           in Thailand

    • Authors: Jitpisute Chunthorng-Orn, Weerachai Pipatrattanaseree, Thana Juckmeta, Bhanuz Dechayont, Pathompong Phuaklee, Arunporn Itharat
      Pages: 25 - 33
      Abstract: Introduction: Harak remedy is a Thai traditional medicine for anti-pyretic treatment. Some researchers reported that crude drugs and capsules of Harak remedy, which were distributed throughout Thailand, have been adulterated with the upper ground parts. Moreover, there is no recent report of quality control of the Harak products after marketed. Objective: Thus, aim of our research was to investigate the quality of marketed Harak capsules following requirements of Thai Herbal Pharmacopoeia (THP). Methods: The hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) and principal component analysis (PCA) reported the similarity of samples to authentic Harak.  The 18 samples were purchased from 6 regions of Thailand, 3 samples in each region (HR01-HR18).  The authentic plants were collected from Surin province and provided as capsule drug (HR19).  In addition, the powder of authentic remedy was extracted by aqueous and ethanol then the chemical constituents were analyzed by GC-MS. Results: As the result of standard specifications, 15 samples were standard medicines (83.33%) while 3 samples had high levels of total aerobic bacteria, total yeast, and molds.  The chemical fingerprint and quantification of pectolinarigenin of 19 samples were investigated by TLC and RP-HPLC. The pectolinarigenin content of HR19 was 25.3±0.31 mg/g drug powder and the most correlated with were 3 samples as HR08, HR10, and HR16. Conclusion: According to HCA and PCA, most of the samples showed similar data patterns except HR17. The result provides essential information for identification of the Harak remedy for the purpose of quality control.
      PubDate: 2019-04-30
      Issue No: Vol. 1, No. 1 (2019)
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