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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448587/collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-genomic-analysis-of-solid-tumors-in-a-clinical-laboratory-setting
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Christopher K Raymond, Jennifer Hernandez, Reynold Karr, Kay Hill, Mark Li
The breadth of diagnostic procedures that utilize cell free DNA (cfDNA) from human plasma has increased dramatically in recent years. Here, we confirm that tumor-derived cfDNA fragments are similar in size distribution to cfDNA derived from normal tissues. Therefore, collection procedures optimized with healthy donor specimens are likely to be applicable to the diagnosis and monitoring of many different cancer types. We verify that the distribution and DNA sequences of fragmentation sites in cfDNA from both normal-germline and tumor-derived cfDNA are non-random...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446193/liver-morphometrics-and-metabolic-blood-profile-across-divergent-phenotypes-for-feed-efficiency-in-the-bovine
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Yuri Regis Montanholi, Livia Sadocco Haas, Kendall Carl Swanson, Brenda Lee Coomber, Shigeto Yamashiro, Stephen Paul Miller
BACKGROUND: Feed costs are a major expense in the production of beef cattle. Individual variation in the efficiency of feed utilization may be evident through feed efficiency-related phenotypes such as those related to major energetic sinks. Our objectives were to assess the relationships between feed efficiency with liver morphometry and metabolic blood profile in feedlot beef cattle. METHODS: Two populations (A = 112 and B = 45) of steers were tested for feed efficiency...
April 26, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445566/variation-in-outcomes-at-bariatric-surgery-centers-of-excellence
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Andrew M Ibrahim, Amir A Ghaferi, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick
Importance: In the United States, reports about perioperative complications associated with bariatric surgery led to the establishment of accreditation criteria for bariatric centers of excellence and many bariatric centers obtaining accreditation. Currently, most bariatric procedures occur at these centers, but to what extent they uniformly provide high-quality care remains unknown. Objective: To describe the variation in surgical outcomes across bariatric centers of excellence and the geographic availability of high-quality centers...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442900/identification-of-subtypes-in-subjects-with-mild-to-moderate-airflow-limitation-and-its-clinical-and-socioeconomic-implications
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Jin Hwa Lee, Chin Kook Rhee, Kyungjoo Kim, Jee-Ae Kim, Sang Hyun Kim, Kwang Ha Yoo, Woo Jin Kim, Yong Bum Park, Hye Yun Park, Ki-Suck Jung
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify subtypes in patients with mild-to-moderate airflow limitation and to appreciate their clinical and socioeconomic implications. METHODS: Subjects who were aged ≥20 years and had forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) ≥60% predicted and FEV1/forced vital capacity <0.7 were selected from the fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) in 2007-2012. The data were merged to the National Health Insurance reimbursement database during the same period...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442181/hospitalizations-for-mitochondrial-disease-across-the-lifespan-in-the-u-s
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Shana E McCormack, Rui Xiao, Todd J Kilbaugh, Michael Karlsson, Rebecca D Ganetzky, Zarazuela Zolkipli Cunningham, Amy Goldstein, Marni J Falk, Scott M Damrauer
IMPORTANCE: Mitochondrial disease is being diagnosed with increasing frequency. Although children with mitochondrial disease often have severe, life-limiting illnesses, many survive into adulthood. There is, however, limited information about the impact of mitochondrial disease on healthcare utilization in the U.S. across the lifespan. OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of inpatient hospitalizations related to mitochondrial disease in the U.S., to identify patient-level clinical factors associated with in-hospital mortality, and to estimate the burden of hospitalizations on individual patients...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440578/developing-social-marketed-individual-preconception-care-consultations-which-consumer-preferences-should-it-meet
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Sabine F van Voorst, Chantal A Ten Kate, Lieke C de Jong-Potjer, Eric A P Steegers, Semiha Denktaş
AIMS: Preconception care (PCC) is care that aims to improve the health of offspring by addressing risk factors in the pre-pregnancy period. Consultations are recognized as a method to promote perinatal health. However, prospective parents underutilize PCC services. Uptake can improve if delivery approaches satisfy consumer preferences. Aim of this study was to identify preferences of women (consumers) as a first step to social marketed individual PCC consultations. METHODS: In depth, semi-structured interviews were performed to identify women's views regarding the four components of the social marketing model: product (individual PCC consultation), place (setting), promotion (how women are made aware of the product) and price (costs)...
April 25, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439973/intracardiac-versus-transesophageal-echocardiography-to-guide-transcatheter-closure-of-interatrial-communications-nationwide-trend-and-comparative-analysis
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Fahad Alqahtani, Ashwin Bhirud, Sami Aljohani, James Mills, Akram Kawsara, Ashok Runkana, Mohamad Alkhouli
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess current temporal trends in utilization of ICE versus TEE guided closure of interatrial communications, and to compare periprocedural complications and resource utilization between the two imaging modalities. BACKGROUND: While transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has historically been used to guide percutaneous structural heart interventions, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is being increasingly utilized to guide many of these procedures such as closure of interatrial communications...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436978/association-of-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-specific-comorbidity-index-with-resource-utilization-after-allogeneic-transplantation
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L Decook, Y-H Chang, J Slack, D Gastineau, J Leis, P Noel, J Palmer, L Sproat, M Sorror, N Khera
Comorbidities affect clinical outcomes and costs in medicine. The hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT)-specific comorbidity index (HCT-CI) predicts mortality risk after HCT. Its association with resource utilization (RU) is unknown. In this single-center, retrospective study, we examined the association of HCT-CI with RU (readmissions, length of hospital stay (LOS) and days out of hospital alive (DOHA)) in first 100 days (n=328) and 1 year (n=226) in allogeneic HCT patients from January 2010 to June 2014...
April 24, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436256/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435100/montreal-accord-on-patient-reported-outcomes-use-series-paper-5-patient-reported-outcomes-pro-can-be-linked-to-epidemiologic-measures-to-monitor-populations-and-inform-public-health-decisions
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Hiroshi Mamiya, Lisa M Lix, William Gardner, Susan J Bartlett, Sara Ahmed, David Buckeridge
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive picture of population health status can be captured by the incorporation of patient reported outcome measures into population health monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To identify current state, opportunities, and future research related to the utilization of patient reported outcome measures for population health monitoring in Canada. DISCUSSIONS: Patient reported outcome measures can help to identify community health needs in public health topics including injury, chronic disease, and communicable disease...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433383/screening-for-chronic-kidney-disease-in-canadian-indigenous-peoples-is-cost-effective
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Thomas W Ferguson, Navdeep Tangri, Zhi Tan, Matthew T James, Barry D A Lavallee, Caroline D Chartrand, Lorraine L McLeod, Allison B Dart, Claudio Rigatto, Paul V J Komenda
Canadian indigenous (First Nations) have rates of kidney failure that are 2- to 4-fold higher than the non-indigenous general Canadian population. As such, a strategy of targeted screening and treatment for CKD may be cost-effective in this population. Our objective was to assess the cost utility of screening and subsequent treatment for CKD in rural Canadian indigenous adults by both estimated glomerular filtration rate and the urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio. A decision analytic Markov model was constructed comparing the screening and treatment strategy to usual care...
April 19, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430952/a-strategy-for-helicobacter-immunohistochemistry-utilization-in-pediatric-practice-%C3%A2-insights-from-morphologic-and-cost-benefit-analyses
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Miriam R Conces, Christina A Arnold, Peter B Baker, Christopher M Carter, Bonita Fung, Vinay Prasad, Michael A Arnold
Objectives: Recent studies in adults have examined the utility of immunohistochemistry (IHC) in detecting Helicobacter in gastric biopsy specimens and reached differing conclusions. Dedicated cost-benefit analysis of Helicobacter IHC in pediatric gastric biopsy specimens has not been performed. Methods: From 1,955 pediatric gastric biopsies in a 1-year period, we identified 63 Helicobacter -positive and 120 Helicobacter -negative biopsy specimens. All cases were scored according to the Updated Sydney System for the severity of inflammation...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430557/utilization-management-of-high-cost-imaging-in-an-outpatient-setting-in-a-large-stable-patient-and-provider-cohort-over-7-years
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Jeffrey B Weilburg, Christopher L Sistrom, Daniel I Rosenthal, Markus B Stout, Keith J Dreyer, Helaine R Rockett, Jason M Baron, Timothy G Ferris, James H Thrall
Purpose To quantify the effect of a comprehensive, long-term, provider-led utilization management (UM) program on high-cost imaging (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear imaging, and positron emission tomography) performed on an outpatient basis. Materials and Methods This retrospective, 7-year cohort study included all patients regularly seen by primary care physicians (PCPs) at an urban academic medical center. The main outcome was the number of outpatient high-cost imaging examinations per patient per year ordered by the patient's PCP or by any specialist...
April 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428734/defining-a-staged-based-process-for-economic-and-financial-evaluations-of-mhealth-programs
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Amnesty E LeFevre, Samuel D Shillcutt, Sean Broomhead, Alain B Labrique, Tom Jones
Mobile and wireless technology for health (mHealth) has the potential to improve health outcomes by addressing critical health systems constraints that impede coverage, utilization, and effectiveness of health services. To date, few mHealth programs have been implemented at scale and there remains a paucity of evidence on their effectiveness and value for money. This paper aims to improve understanding among mHealth program managers and key stakeholders of how to select methods for economic evaluation (comparative analysis for determining value for money) and financial evaluation (determination of the cost of implementing an intervention, estimation of costs for sustaining or expanding an intervention, and assessment of its affordability)...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428148/plasma-ctdna-analysis-for-detection-of-the-egfr-t790m-mutation-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Suzanne Jenkins, James C-H Yang, Suresh S Ramalingam, Karen Yu, Sabina Patel, Susie Weston, Rachel Hodge, Mireille Cantarini, Pasi A Jänne, Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Glenwood D Goss
INTRODUCTION: Tumor biopsies for detecting epidermal growth factor receptor mutations (EGFRm) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are invasive, costly and not always feasible for patients with late-stage disease. The clinical utility of the cobas(®) EGFR Mutation Test v2 with plasma samples from patients with NSCLC at disease progression following previous EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy was investigated to determine osimertinib treatment eligibility. METHODS: Matched tumor tissue and plasma samples from patients screened for AURA extension and AURA2 phase II studies were tested for EGFRm using tissue- and plasma-based cobas(®) EGFR Mutation Tests v2...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427336/protocol-for-the-home-hazards-removal-program-harp-study-a-pragmatic-randomized-clinical-trial-and-implementation-study
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Susan Stark, Emily Somerville, Marian Keglovits, Jane Conte, Melody Li, Yi-Ling Hu, Yan Yan
BACKGROUND: Falls remain the leading cause of injury, long-term disability, premature institutionalization, and injury-related mortality in the older adult population. Home modifications, when delivered by occupational therapists, can reduce falls among high-risk community-dwelling older adults by 39%. However, home-modification implementation is not standard practice in the United States. The goal of the Home Hazard Removal Program (HARP) study is to implement an evidence-based home modification intervention for older adults designed to reduce the incidence of falls through an aging services network...
April 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426561/unfractionated-heparin-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparin-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-trauma
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Benjamin N Jacobs, Anne H Cain-Nielsen, Jill L Jakubus, Judy N Mikhail, John J Fath, Scott E Regenbogen, Mark R Hemmila
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in trauma patients. Pharmacologic prophylaxis is utilized in trauma patients to reduce their risk of a VTE event. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma guidelines recommend use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) as the preferred agent in these patients. However, there is literature suggesting that unfractionated heparin (UFH) is an acceptable, and less costly, alternative VTE prophylaxis agent with equivalent efficacy in trauma patients...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424063/clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-early-detection-of-patients-at-nutrition-risk-during-their-hospital-stay-through-the-new-screening-method-cipa-a-study-protocol
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José Pablo Suárez-Llanos, Néstor Benítez-Brito, Laura Vallejo-Torres, Irina Delgado-Brito, Adriá Rosat-Rodrigo, Carolina Hernández-Carballo, Yolanda Ramallo-Fariña, Francisca Pereyra-García-Castro, Juan Carlos-Romero, Nieves Felipe-Pérez, Jennifer García-Niebla, Eduardo Mauricio Calderón-Ledezma, Teresa de Jesús González-Melián, Ignacio Llorente-Gómez de Segura, Manuel Ángel Barrera-Gómez
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is highly prevalent in hospitalized patients and results in a worsened clinical course as well as an increased length of stay, mortality, and costs. Therefore, simple nutrition screening systems, such as CIPA (control of food intake, protein, anthropometry), may be implemented to facilitate the patient's recovery process. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of implementing such screening tool in a tertiary hospital, consistent with the lack of similar, published studies on any hospital nutrition screening system...
April 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422253/3d-printed-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-carbon-nanotube-composites-as-a-tunable-low-cost-chemical-vapour-sensing-platform
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Z C Kennedy, J F Christ, K A Evans, B W Arey, L E Sweet, M G Warner, R L Erikson, C A Barrett
We report the production of flexible, highly-conductive poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composites as filament feedstock for 3D printing. This account further describes, for the first time, fused deposition modelling (FDM) derived 3D-printed objects with chemiresistive properties in response to volatile organic compounds. The typically prohibitive thermal expansion and die swell characteristics of PVDF were minimized by the presence of MWCNTs in the composites enabling straightforward processing and printing...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420358/healthcare-utilization-in-older-patients-using-personal-emergency-response-systems-an-analysis-of-electronic-health-records-and-medical-alert-data-brief-description-a-longitudinal-retrospective-analyses-of-healthcare-utilization-rates-in-older-patients-using
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Stephen Agboola, Sara Golas, Nils Fischer, Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Jorn Op den Buijs, Linda Schertzer, Joseph Kvedar, Kamal Jethwani
BACKGROUND: Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are traditionally used as fall alert systems for older adults, a population that contributes an overwhelming proportion of healthcare costs in the United States. Previous studies focused mainly on qualitative evaluations of PERS without a longitudinal quantitative evaluation of healthcare utilization in users. To address this gap and better understand the needs of older patients on PERS, we analyzed longitudinal healthcare utilization trends in patients using PERS through the home care management service of a large healthcare organization...
April 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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