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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806775/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-the-cost-effectiveness-of-depscreen-info
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Christian Brettschneider, Sebastian Kohlmann, Benjamin Gierk, Bernd Löwe, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Although depression is common in patients with heart disease, screening for depression is much debated. DEPSCREEN-INFO showed that a patient-targeted feedback in addition to screening results in lower depression level six months after screening. The purpose of this analysis was to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of DEPSCREEN-INFO. METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension were included. Participants in both groups were screened for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806673/preservation-and-reactivation-of-candidatus-jettenia-asiatica-and-anammoxoglobus-propionicus-using-different-preservative-agents
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A Viancelli, M C Pra, L A Scussiato, M Cantão, A M G Ibelli, A Kunz
Anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) bacteria have peculiar characteristics that make them difficult to cultivate. The conservation of these microorganisms in culture collections or laboratories requires successful preservation and reactivation techniques. Furthermore, studies have shown that successful reactivation may be preservative dependent. Considering this, the present study aimed to evaluate the preservation and reactivation of anammox consortia enriched from swine manure treatment lagoons, by using different preservative agents at different temperatures: KNO3 (at 4 °C), glycerol (-20 °C, -80 °C), and skimmed cow milk (-20 °C, -80 °C, -200 °C)...
July 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806672/a-novel-approach-for-rapidly-and-cost-effectively-assessing-toxicity-of-toxic-metals-in-acidic-water-using-an-acidophilic-iron-oxidizing-biosensor
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Shih-Hung Yang, Kuo-Chih Cheng, Vivian Hsiu-Chuan Liao
Contamination by heavy metals and metalloids is a serious environmental and health concern. Acidic wastewaters are often associated with toxic metals which may enter and spread into agricultural soils. Several biological assays have been developed to detect toxic metals; however, most of them can only detect toxic metals in a neutral pH, not in an acidic environment. In this study, an acidophilic iron-oxidizing bacterium (IOB) Strain Y10 was isolated, characterized, and used to detect toxic metals toxicity in acidic water at pH 2...
August 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806196/the-costs-of-hiv-treatment-and-care-in-ghana-a-longitudinal-multi-site-analysis
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Evelinn Mikkelsen, Jan Hontelez, Justice Nonvignon, Sam Amon, Felix A Asante, Moses K Aikins, Julie van de Haterd, Rob Baltussen
OBJECTIVE: To determine cost-functions that describe the dynamics of costs of HIV treatment and care in Ghana by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and over time on antiretroviral therapy (ART). DESIGN: We used detailed longitudinal healthcare utilization data from clinical health records of HIV-infected patients at seven Ghanaian ART clinics to estimate cost-functions of treatment and care by CD4 cell count at treatment initiation and time on ART. METHODS: We developed two linear regression models; one with individual random effects to determine the relationship between CD4 cell count at ART initiation and costs of treatment and care, and one with individual fixed effects to determine the causal effect of time in care on costs of treatment and care...
August 12, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805882/plant-array-chip-for-the-germination-and-growth-screening-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Youn-Hee Park, Nayoung Lee, Giltsu Choi, Je-Kyun Park
A screening process for the germination and growth of seed is generally required for plant research. Such a repetitive screening process is costly and time-consuming, and its bulky setup requires a lot of space. In particular, the control of the variables, such as light, nutrients, hormones and temperature, is difficult due to the limited space for incubation. In addition, small seeds such as Arabidopsis thaliana are difficult to handle as they are hundreds of microns in diameter and require a more precisely controllable screening environment...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805729/systems-biology-approach-to-bioremediation-of-nitroaromatics-constraint-based-analysis-of-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene-biotransformation-by-escherichia-coli
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Maryam Iman, Tabassom Sobati, Yunes Panahi, Meysam Mobasheri
Microbial remediation of nitroaromatic compounds (NACs) is a promising environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to the removal of these life-threating agents. Escherichia coli (E. coli) has shown remarkable capability for the biotransformation of 2,4,6-trinitro-toluene (TNT). Efforts to develop E. coli as an efficient TNT degrading biocatalyst will benefit from holistic flux-level description of interactions between multiple TNT transforming pathways operating in the strain. To gain such an insight, we extended the genome-scale constraint-based model of E...
August 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805606/detection-of-sea-type-%C3%AE-thalassemia-in-embryo-biopsies-by-digital-pcr
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Ta-Hsien Lee, Ya-Chiung Hsu, Chia Lin Chang
OBJECTIVE: Accurate and efficient pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) based on the analysis of single or oligo-cells is needed for timely identification of embryos that are affected by deleterious genetic traits in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the backbone of modern genetic diagnoses, and a spectrum of PCR-based techniques have been used to detect various thalassemia mutations in prenatal diagnosis (PND) and PGD. Among thalassemias, SEA-type α-thalassemia is the most common variety found in Asia, and can lead to Bart's hydrops fetalis and serious maternal complications...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805362/how-the-affordable-care-act-has-helped-women-gain-insurance-and-improved-their-ability-to-get-health-care-findings-from-the-commonwealth-fund-biennial-health-insurance-survey-2016
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Munira Z Gunja, Sara R Collins, Michelle M Doty, Sophie Beautel
ISSUE: Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one-third of women who tried to buy a health plan on their own were either turned down, charged a higher premium because of their health, or had specific health problems excluded from their plans. Beginning in 2010, ACA consumer protections, particularly coverage for preventive care screenings with no cost-sharing and a ban on plan benefit limits, improved the quality of health insurance for women. In 2014, the law’s major insurance reforms helped millions of women who did not have employer insurance to gain coverage through the ACA’s marketplaces or through Medicaid...
August 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805012/increasing-the-accuracy-and-precision-of-relative-telomere-length-estimates-by-rt-qpcr
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Justin R Eastwood, Ellis Mulder, Simon Verhulst, Anne Peters
Since attrition of telomeres, DNA caps that protect chromosome integrity, is accelerated by various forms of stress, telomere length (TL) has been proposed as an indicator of lifetime accumulated stress. In ecological studies it has been used to provide insights into aging, life-history trade-offs, the costs of reproduction and disease. qPCR is a high throughput and cost effective tool to measure relative TL (rTL) that can be applied to newly-collected and archived ecological samples. However, qPCR is susceptible to error both from the method itself and pre-analytical steps...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804787/burden-of-paediatric-respiratory-syncytial-virus-disease-and-potential-effect-of-different-immunisation-strategies-a-modelling-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis-for-england
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Deborah Cromer, Albert Jan van Hoek, Anthony T Newall, Andrew J Pollard, Mark Jit
BACKGROUND: Vaccines and prophylactic antibodies against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are in development and likely to be available in the next 5-10 years. The most efficient way to use these products when they become available is an important consideration for public health decision makers. METHODS: We performed a multivariate regression analysis to estimate the burden of RSV in children younger than 5 years in England (UK), a representative high-income temperate country, and used these results to assess the potential effect of different RSV immunisation strategies (targeting vaccination for infants, or pregnant women, or prophylactic antibodies for neonates)...
August 2017: Lancet. Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804701/application-of-methanol-and-sweet-potato-vine-hydrolysate-as-enhancers-of-citric-acid-production-by-aspergillus-niger
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Daobing Yu, Yanke Shi, Qun Wang, Xin Zhang, Yuhua Zhao
BACKGROUND: Agricultural waste is as an alternative low-cost carbon source or beneficial additives which catch most people's eyes. In addition, methanol and sweet potato vine hydrolysate (SVH) have been reported as the efficient enhancers of fermentation according to some reports. The objective of the present study was to confirm SVH as an efficient additive in CA production and explore the synergistic effects of methanol and SVH in fermentation reactions. RESULTS: The optimal fermentation conditions resulted in a maximum citric acid concentration of 3...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803706/health-policy-in-times-of-austerity-a-conceptual-framework-for-evaluating-effects-of-policy-on-efficiency-and-equity-illustrated-with-examples-from-europe-since-2008
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Martin Wenzl, Huseyin Naci, Elias Mossialos
The objective of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluation of changes in health policy against overarching health system goals. We propose a categorisation of policies into seven distinct health system domains. We then develop existing analytical concepts of insurance coverage and cost-effectiveness further to evaluate the effects of policies in each domain on equity and efficiency. The framework is illustrated with likely effects of policy changes implemented in a sample of European countries since 2008...
July 19, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803540/preparation-of-highly-multiplexed-small-rna-sequencing-libraries
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Helena Persson, Rolf Søkilde, Anna Chiara Pirona, Carlos Rovira
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are ~22-nucleotide-long small non-coding RNAs that regulate the expression of protein-coding genes by base pairing to partially complementary target sites, preferentially located in the 3´ untranslated region (UTR) of target mRNAs. The expression and function of miRNAs have been extensively studied in human disease, as well as the possibility of using these molecules as biomarkers for prognostication and treatment guidance. To identify and validate miRNAs as biomarkers, their expression must be screened in large collections of patient samples...
August 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803497/exploring-the-potential-value-of-improved-care-for-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-with-a-novel-calcimimetic-therapy
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Björn Stollenwerk, Sergio Iannazzo, Kerry Cooper, Vasily Belozeroff
AIMS: This study explored the use of a value-based pricing approach for the new calcimimetic etelcalcetide indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients receiving hemodialysis. It used the US payer perspective and applied the cost-effectiveness framework. Because etelcalcetide is an intravenous therapy that can be titrated for individual patients, and because its utilization is yet to be assessed in real world settings, a range of plausible doses were estimated for etelcalcetide to define a range of prices...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803337/production-of-rhamnolipids-by-semi-solid-state-fermentation-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-rg18-for-heavy-metal-desorption
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Jianrong Wu, Jingbo Zhang, Panpan Wang, Li Zhu, Minjie Gao, Zhiyong Zheng, Xiaobei Zhan
Foaming problem and cost of substrate limit the commercial application of rhamnolipids, a potential biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We explored the production of rhamnolipids by a semi-solid-state (SSS) fermentation strategy with glycerol as carbon source and rapeseed/wheat bran as matrix, along with the capacity of the produced rhamnolipids to solubilize lead and cadmium in aqueous solution. Structural analysis by MALDI-TOF MS indicated the increased proportion of mono-rhamnolipids from SSS fermentation...
August 12, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803117/phenolics-from-rubus-fairholmianus-induces-cytotoxicity-and-apoptosis-in-human-breast-adenocarcinoma-cells
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Blassan P George, Heidi Abrahamse, Nanjundaswamy M Hemmaragala
Herbal medicine is an important part of health care system in most of the countries. Rubus fairholmianus is an unexplored berry in folkloric medicine. In this study, we aimed to understand the importance of R. fairholmianus in pharmaceutical industry for the development of cost-effective cancer therapeutic drugs using in vivo and in vitro analysis. Chemical characterisation, antioxidant, antiproliferative and apoptosis inducing properties of R. fairholmianus root methanolic column subfraction (RFM) were investigated...
August 9, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803076/palliative-care-in-vietnam-long-term-partnerships-yield-increasing-access
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Eric L Krakauer, Dang Huy Quoc Thinh, Quach Thanh Khanh, Hoang Thi Mong Huyen, Tran Diep Tuan, Than Ha Ngoc The, Do Duy Cuong, Tran Van Thuan, Nguyen Phi Yen, Pham Van Anh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Kathleen P Doyle, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Luong Ngoc Khue
Palliative care began in Vietnam in 2001, but steady growth in palliative care services and education commenced several years later when partnerships for ongoing training and technical assistance by committed experts were created with the Ministry of Health (MoH), major public hospitals, and medical universities. An empirical analysis of palliative care need by the MoH in 2006 was followed by national palliative care clinical guidelines, initiation of clinical training for physicians and nurses, and revision of opioid prescribing regulations...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803054/decolorization-of-reactive-azo-dyes-using-a-sequential-chemical-and-activated-sludge-treatment
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Ken Meerbergen, Sam Crauwels, Kris A Willems, Raf Dewil, Jan Van Impe, Lise Appels, Bart Lievens
Textile wastewater contains high concentrations of organic substances derived from diverse dyes and auxiliary chemicals, some of which are non-biodegradable and/or toxic. Therefore, it is essential that textile wastewater is treated and that these substances are removed before being discharged into the environment. A combination of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) to obtain partial dye degradation followed by a biological treatment has been suggested as a promising method for cost-effective decolorization of wastewater...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802778/cryotherapy-treatment-after-unicompartmental-and-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-review
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Morad Chughtai, Nipun Sodhi, Michael Jawad, Jared M Newman, Anton Khlopas, Anil Bhave, Michael A Mont
BACKGROUND: Cryotherapy is widely utilized to enhance recovery after knee surgeries. However, the outcome parameters often vary between studies. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to compare (1) no cryotherapy vs cryotherapy; (2) cold pack cryotherapy vs continuous flow device cryotherapy; (3) various protocols of application of these cryotherapy methods; and (4) cost-benefit analysis in patients who had unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS: A search for "knee" and "cryotherapy" using PubMed, EBSCO Host, and SCOPUS was performed, yielding 187 initial reports...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802757/the-typhoid-vaccine-acceleration-consortium-tyvac-vaccine-effectiveness-study-designs-accelerating-the-introduction-of-typhoid-conjugate-vaccines-and-reducing-the-global-burden-of-enteric-fever-report-from-a-meeting-held-on-26-27-october-2016-oxford-uk
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James E Meiring, Malick Gibani
Typhoid fever is estimated to cause between 11.9-26.9 million infections globally each year with 129,000-216,510 deaths. Access to improved water sources have reduced disease incidence in parts of the world but the use of efficacious vaccines is seen as an important public health tool for countries with a high disease burden. A new generation of Vi typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs), licensed for use in young children and expected to provide longer lasting protection than previous vaccines, are now available...
August 9, 2017: Vaccine
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