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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914259/city-scale-analysis-of-water-related-energy-identifies-more-cost-effective-solutions
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Ka Leung Lam, Steven J Kenway, Paul A Lant
Energy and greenhouse gas management in urban water systems typically focus on optimising within the direct system boundary of water utilities that covers the centralised water supply and wastewater treatment systems, despite a greater energy influence by the water end use. This work develops a cost curve of water-related energy management options from a city perspective for a hypothetical Australian city. It is compared with that from the water utility perspective. The curves are based on 18 water-related energy management options that have been implemented or evaluated in Australia...
November 26, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913331/lamb-wave-multitouch-ultrasonic-touchscreen
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Kamyar Firouzi, Amin Nikoozadeh, Thomas E Carver, Butrus Pierre T Khuri-Yakub
Touchscreen sensors are widely used in many devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops with diverse applications. We present the design, analysis, and implementation of an ultrasonic touchscreen system that utilizes the interaction of transient Lamb waves with objects in contact with the screen. It attempts to improve on the existing ultrasound technologies, with the potential of addressing some of the weaknesses of the dominant technologies, such as the capacitive or resistive ones. Compared with the existing ultrasonic and acoustic modalities, among other advantages, it provides the capability of detecting several simultaneous touch points and also a more robust performance...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912966/structure-related-related-new-approach-in-the-gc-ms-analysis-of-cathinone-type-synthetic-drugs
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Borbála Molnár, Blanka Fodor, Antal Csámpai, Előd Hidvégi, Ibolya Molnár-Perl
A novel, structure-related derivatization principle has been developed in order to quantify cathinone-type synthetic drugs (CTSDs), focusing on the most common pentedrone (PENT), including also 4-fluoromethcathinone (4-FMC), methcathinone (MCTN), 4-methylethcathinone (4-MEC), 3,4-dimethylmethcathinone (3,4-DMMC), and 4-ethylmethcathinone (4-EMC). Firstly, oximated and, secondly, trimethylsilylated CTSD derivatives were characterized by mass fragmentation patterns using GC/MS that led to the development of a harmonized, quantitative, two-steps derivatization methodology...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909482/the-cost-effectiveness-of-laa-exclusion
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REVIEW
Bahij Kreidieh, Moisés Rodríguez-Mañero, Sergio H Ibarra-Cortez, Paul Schurmann, Miguel Valderrábano
Left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion strategies are increasingly utilized for stroke prevention in lieu of oral anticoagulants. Reductions in bleeding risk and long-term compliance issues bundled with comparable stroke prevention benefits have made these interventions increasingly attractive. Unfortunately, healthcare funding remains limited. Comparative cost economic analyses are therefore critical in optimizing resource allocation. In this review we seek to discourse the cost economics analysis of LAA exclusion over available therapeutic alternatives (warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs))...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908286/cost-analysis-of-large-scale-implementation-of-the-helping-babies-breathe-newborn-resuscitation-training-program-in-tanzania
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Sumona Chaudhury, Lauren Arlington, Shelby Brenan, Allan Kaijunga Kairuki, Amunga Robson Meda, Kahabi G Isangula, Victor Mponzi, Dunstan Bishanga, Erica Thomas, Georgina Msemo, Mary Azayo, Alice Molinier, Brett D Nelson
BACKGROUND: Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) has become the gold standard globally for training birth-attendants in neonatal resuscitation in low-resource settings in efforts to reduce early newborn asphyxia and mortality. The purpose of this study was to do a first-ever activity-based cost-analysis of at-scale HBB program implementation and initial follow-up in a large region of Tanzania and evaluate costs of national scale-up as one component of a multi-method external evaluation of the implementation of HBB at scale in Tanzania...
December 1, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906004/a-quantitative-evidence-base-for-population-health-applying-utilization-based-cluster-analysis-to-segment-a-patient-population
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Sabine I Vuik, Erik Mayer, Ara Darzi
BACKGROUND: To improve population health it is crucial to understand the different care needs within a population. Traditional population groups are often based on characteristics such as age or morbidities. However, this does not take into account specific care needs across care settings and tends to focus on high-needs patients only. This paper explores the potential of using utilization-based cluster analysis to segment a general patient population into homogenous groups. METHODS: Administrative datasets covering primary and secondary care were used to construct a database of 300,000 patients, which included socio-demographic variables, morbidities, care utilization, and cost...
November 25, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904863/recent-updates-in-the-endoscopic-diagnosis-of-barrett-s-oesophagus
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REVIEW
Neel Sharma, Khek Yu Ho
BACKGROUND: Barrett's oesophagus (BO) is a premalignant condition associated with the development of oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC). Despite the low risk of progression per annum, OAC is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, with an estimated 5-year survival of 10%. Furthermore, the incidence of OAC continues to rise globally. Therefore, it is imperative to detect the premalignant phase of BO and follow up such patients accordingly. SUMMARY: The mainstay diagnosis of BO is endoscopy and biopsy sampling...
October 2016: Gastrointestinal Tumors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904740/from-substituent-effects-to-applications-enhancing-the-optical-response-of-a-four-component-assembly-for-reporting-ee-values
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Chung-Yon Lin, Michael W Giuliano, Bryan D Ellis, Scott J Miller, Eric V Anslyn
High-throughput screening for asymmetric catalysts has stimulated an interest in optically-based enantiomeric-excess (ee) sensors, primarily for their improved time and cost efficiency when compared to the standard HPLC analysis. We present herein substituent-effect studies on a recently reported Zn(II) multicomponent assembly that is used for chiral, secondary alcohol ee detemination. The systematic altering of assemblies formed from select substituted pyridyl ligands pointed to the conclusion that steric effects dominate the mode of interaction at the pyridyl 3- and 6- positions...
July 1, 2016: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904224/estimation-of-drug-absorption-in-antibiotic-soaked-bone-grafts
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Manish Ramesh Shah, Rukesh R Patel, Randhirsinh V Solanki, Shailendra H Gupta
INTRODUCTION: There is paucity of literature about antibiotic uptake in bone grafts soaked in antibiotic solutions at room temperature in the operation theatre. We hypothesized that if bone grafts are dipped in different strengths of antibiotic solutions for sufficient period, their utilization at the target site helps in localized release of antibiotics in adequate inhibitory concentration to achieve the bacterial regression. The purpose of the study was to find out: (1) Optimum duration, strength, and volume of antibiotic solution required for dipping bone grafts at room temperature prior to the use...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903191/cost-effectiveness-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-versus-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-for-up-to-10-brain-metastases
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Nataniel H Lester-Coll, Arie P Dosoretz, William J Magnuson, Maxwell S Laurans, Veronica L Chiang, James B Yu
OBJECTIVE The JLGK0901 study found that stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a safe and effective treatment option for treating up to 10 brain metastases. The purpose of this study is to determine the cost-effectiveness of treating up to 10 brain metastases with SRS, whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT), or SRS and immediate WBRT (SRS+WBRT). METHODS A Markov model was developed to evaluate the cost effectiveness of SRS, WBRT, and SRS+WBRT in patients with 1 or 2-10 brain metastases. Transition probabilities were derived from the JLGK0901 study and modified according to the recurrence rates observed in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9508 and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22952-26001 studies to simulate the outcomes for patients who receive WBRT...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902537/effect-of-time-of-operation-on-hip-fracture-outcomes-a-retrospective-analysis
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Gonzalo Barinaga, Erik Wright, Paul J Cagle, Afshin A Anoushiravani, Zain Sayeed, Monique C Chambers, Mouhanad M El-Othmani, Khaled J Saleh
INTRODUCTION: Hip fractures are a common source of morbidity, mortality, and cost burden for elderly patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients with hip fracture treated during the day or night at a rural level I academic trauma center and compared the postoperative outcomes and resource utilization for both groups. METHODS: Patients aged ≥55 years with hip fractures treated with definitive surgical fixation from April 2011 to April 2013 were included in this study...
November 29, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900678/a-customized-quantitative-pcr-microrna-panel-provides-a-technically-robust-context-for-studying-neurodegenerative-disease-biomarkers-and-indicates-a-high-correlation-between-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-choroid-plexus-microrna-expression
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Wang-Xia Wang, David W Fardo, Gregory A Jicha, Peter T Nelson
MicroRNA (miRNA) expression varies in association with different tissue types and in diseases. Having been found in body fluids including blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), miRNAs constitute potential biomarkers. CSF miRNAs have been proposed as biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases; however, there is a lack of consensus about the best candidate miRNA biomarkers and there has been variability in results from different research centers, perhaps due to technical factors. Here, we sought to optimize technical parameters for CSF miRNA studies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899693/performance-testing-of-rreb1-myb-and-ccnd1-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-spindle-cell-and-desmoplastic-melanoma-argues-for-a-two-step-test-algorithm
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Stephanie E Weissinger, Manfred Frick, Peter Möller, Basil A Horst, Jochen K Lennerz
Background Diagnostic confirmation of spindle-cell melanoma (SM) or desmoplastic melanoma (DM) as a melanoma can be challenging. In conventional melanoma (CM), a recently established fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay for RREB1, MYB, CCND1 can be helpful. Here, we determined the presence of RREB1, MYB, and CCND1 abnormalities in an SM/DM/mixed cohort. Methods We assembled 49 cases and performed 3 separate hybridizations for RREB1/MYB/CCND1 We assessed clinical utility in diagnostically challenging cases and performed a cost and turnaround time analysis...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899520/is-adherence-to-the-american-college-of-chest-physicians-recommended-anticoagulation-treatment-duration-associated-with-different-outcomes-among-patients-with-venous-thromboembolism
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Alex C Spyropoulos, Ron Preblick, Winghan J Kwong, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Jay Lin
Clinical and economic outcomes associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE) patient adherence to the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) anticoagulant (AC) treatment guidelines are incompletely understood. Patients with ≥1 inpatient or ≥2 separate outpatient claims for deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism, based on International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes, were identified from the IMS PharMetrics Plus database. Patients had continuous insurance coverage for 12 months before (baseline) and after (follow-up) the index event (first VTE claim) but no baseline VTE claims...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897303/-pharmacoeconomic-study-of-the-treatment-of-advanced-parkinson-s-disease
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F Vivancos-Matellano, A J Garcia-Ruiz, N Garcia-Agua Soler
INTRODUCTION: When oral or transdermal drug therapy in Parkinson's disease becomes less effective, there are three therapies using assisted devices that can reduce motor and non-motor complications: subcutaneous apomorphine infusion pump (SAIP), continuous levodopa/carbidopa duodenal infusion (LDI) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). AIM: Conduct a comparative pharmacoeconomic analysis of the use of SAIP, with LDI and DBS. As a secondary objective arises discuss the profile of the ideal candidate for each of the technicals...
December 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896612/why-tu-youyou-makes-less-money-than-zhang-ziyi
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Qinghui Suo, Yang Liu, Daming Zhang
Scientists normally earn less money than many other professions which require a similar amount of training and qualification. The economic theory of marginal utility and cost-benefit analysis can be applied to explain this phenomenon. Although scientists make less money than entertainment stars, the scientists do research work out of their interest and they also enjoy a much higher reputation and social status in some countries.
November 28, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895544/mesoporous-silica-chip-enabled-peptide-profiling-as-an-effective-platform-for-controlling-bio-sample-quality-and-optimizing-handling-procedure
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Kai Liang, Hongmei Wu, Tony Y Hu, Yan Li
BACKGROUND: High quality clinical samples are critical for meaningful interpretation of data obtained in both basic and translational medicine. More specifically, optimized pre-analysis handling to bio-sample is crucial for avoiding biased analysis in a clinical setting. A universally applicable method for the evaluation of sample quality and pre-analysis handling is therefore in great demand. METHODS: The fingerprint pattern of low molecular weight (LMW) peptides in sera is directly associated with sample quality and handling process...
2016: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893648/quantity-and-quality-of-economic-evaluations-in-u-s-nursing-research-1997-2015-a-systematic-review
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Wendy A Cook, Megan L Morrison, Linda H Eaton, Brian R Theodore, Ardith Z Doorenbos
BACKGROUND: The United States has a complex healthcare system that is undergoing substantial reformations. There is a need for high-quality, economic evaluations of nursing practice. An updated review of completed economic evaluations relevant to the field of nursing within the U.S. healthcare system is timely and needed. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate and describe the quantity and quality of economic evaluations in nursing-relevant research performed in the United States between 1997 and 2015...
November 23, 2016: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893020/assessment-of-the-euroqol-5-dimension-questionnaire-for-detection-of-clinically-significant-global-health-related-quality-of-life-improvement-following-functional-septorhinoplasty
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Jennifer C Fuller, Patricia A Levesque, Robin W Lindsay
Importance: Nasal airway obstruction is a common presenting complaint among patients in otolaryngology practices, and its treatment necessitates critical outcomes evaluation and cost-utility analysis. Objective: To evaluate the utility and applicability of the EuroQol 5-Dimension (EQ5D) global health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) questionnaire for the assessment of clinical outcomes in functional septorhinoplasty. Design, Setting, and Participants: Prospective cohort study at a university-based tertiary medical center of patients undergoing functional septorhinoplasty for treatment of nasal obstruction...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891527/the-multimorbidity-index-a-tool-for-assessing-the-prognosis-of-patients-from-their-history-of-illness
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Farrokh Alemi, Cari R Levy, Raya E Kheirbek
BACKGROUND: The Multimorbidity (MM) Index predicts the prognosis of patients from their diagnostic history. In contrast to existing approaches with broad diagnostic categories, it treats each diagnosis as a separate independent variable using individual International Classification of Disease, Revision 9 (ICD-9) codes. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the MM Index, reviews the published data on its accuracy, and provides procedures for implementing the Index within electronic health record (EHR) systems...
2016: EGEMS
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