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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550935/looped-suture-versus-stapler-device-in-pediatric-laparoscopic-appendectomy-a-comparative-outcomes-and-intraoperative-cost-analysis
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Punam P Parikh, Jun Tashiro, Amy E Wagenaar, Miosotys Curbelo, Eduardo A Perez, Holly L Neville, Anthony R Hogan, Juan E Sola
BACKGROUND: Appendiceal ligation during pediatric laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) may be performed using looped suture versus stapler. Controversy regarding the utility of either method exists. Clinical outcomes and cost analysis of LA with both methods were compared. METHODS: All pediatric LA were performed from fiscal years 2013 and 2014 by two pediatric surgeons. While one surgeon used looped suture, the other used stapler exclusively. chi-Square tests were performed to analyze associations...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550908/discordance-between-surgical-care-improvement-project-adherence-and-postoperative-outcomes-implications-for-new-joint-commission-standards
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Victor Chang, Robert H Blackwell, Talar Markossian, Ryan M Yau, Barbara A Blanco, Matthew A C Zapf, Gerard J Abood, Gopal N Gupta, Paul C Kuo, Anai N Kothari
BACKGROUND: Infectious (INF) and venous thromboembolism (VTE) complication rates are targeted by surgical care improvement project (SCIP) INF and SCIP VTE measures. We analyzed how adherence to SCIP INF and SCIP VTE affects targeted postoperative outcomes (wound complication [WC], deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism [PE]) using all-payer data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review (2007-2011) was conducted using Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Database Florida and Medicare's Hospital Compare...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550610/association-between-patient-centered-medical-home-capabilities-and-outcomes-for-medicare-beneficiaries-seeking-care-from-federally-qualified-health-centers
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Justin W Timbie, Peter S Hussey, Claude M Setodji, Amii Kress, Rosalie Malsberger, Tara A Lavelle, Mark W Friedberg, Suzanne G Wensky, Katherine D Giuriceo, Katherine L Kahn
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models of primary care have the potential to expand access, improve population health, and lower costs. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) were early adopters of PCMH models. OBJECTIVE: We measured PCMH capabilities in a diverse nationwide sample of FQHCs and assessed the relationship between PCMH capabilities and Medicare beneficiary outcomes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, propensity score-weighted, multivariable regression analysis...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549899/utility-of-published-dna-reactivity-alerts
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Alun Myden, Sebastien Guesne, Alex Cayley, Richard V Williams
The identification of impurities with mutagenic potential is required for any potential pharmaceutical. The ICH M7 guidelines state that two complementary in silico toxicity prediction tools may be used to predict the mutagenic potential of pharmaceutical impurities. An expert review of the resulting in silico predictions is required, and numerous publications have been released to guide the expert review process. One such publication suggests that literature-based structural alerts (LBSAs) may provide a suitable aid in the expert review process...
May 23, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
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Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
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Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544579/frizzled7-antibody-functionalized-nanoshells-enable-multivalent-binding-for-wnt-signaling-inhibition-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Rachel S Riley, Emily S Day
Antibodies that antagonize cell signaling pathways specific to their targeted receptor are invaluable tools to study and treat malignancies, but their utility is limited by high production costs and treatment dosages. Researchers have shown that antibodies conjugated to nanoparticles display increased affinity for their target relative to freely delivered antibodies due to multivalency, and this study investigates how this multivalency can enable antibody-nanoparticle conjugates to inhibit oncogenic cell signaling more effectively than freely delivered antibodies...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542184/estimation-of-the-cost-effectiveness-of-hiv-prevention-portfolios-for-people-who-inject-drugs-in-the-united-states-a-model-based-analysis
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Cora L Bernard, Douglas K Owens, Jeremy D Goldhaber-Fiebert, Margaret L Brandeau
BACKGROUND: The risks of HIV transmission associated with the opioid epidemic make cost-effective programs for people who inject drugs (PWID) a public health priority. Some of these programs have benefits beyond prevention of HIV-a critical consideration given that injection drug use is increasing across most United States demographic groups. To identify high-value HIV prevention program portfolios for US PWID, we consider combinations of four interventions with demonstrated efficacy: opioid agonist therapy (OAT), needle and syringe programs (NSPs), HIV testing and treatment (Test & Treat), and oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541871/the-effect-of-comorbidities-on-overall-mortality-in-stevens-johnson-syndrome-an-analysis-of-the-nationwide-inpatient-sample
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Harib Ezaldein, Mariam Totonchy, Christopher Chow, Andre Samuel, Alessandra Ventura
BACKGROUND: Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a life threatening skin condition with an overall mortality rate of 5%. Although the causes and pathology of the disease have been well studied, the factors that significantly contribute to mortality remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine relevant risk factors that increase the likelihood of inpatient mortality after diagnosis of SJS. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the 2010-2011 Healthcare Costs and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide InpatientSample (NIS) database was conducted...
April 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538655/thermochemical-humidity-detection-in-harsh-or-non-steady-environments
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Devon Bridgeman, Francis Tsow, Xiaojun Xian, Qinan Chang, Yongming Liu, Erica Forzani
We present a new method of chemical quantification utilizing thermal analysis for the detection of relative humidity. By measuring the temperature change of a hydrophilically-modified temperature sensing element vs. a hydrophobically-modified reference element, the total heat from chemical interactions in the sensing element can be measured and used to calculate a change in relative humidity. We have probed the concept by assuming constant temperature streams, and having constant reference humidity (~0% in this case)...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538287/cost-utility-analysis-of-reconstruction-compared-with-primary-amputation-for-patients-with-severe-lower-limb-trauma-in-colombia
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Mateo Ceballos, Carlos Oliver Valderrama, Luis Esteban Orozco, Laura Sánchez, Juan Pablo Valderrama, Luz Helena Lugo
BACKGROUND: To establish, from the health system perspective, the cost-utility relationship of limb reconstruction compared with primary amputation for patients over 32 years with grade IIIB and IIIC severe lower limb trauma in Colombia, S.A. METHODS: A Markov model was built including different short-term and long-term states that represent the main events that a patient could experience after a lower limb amputation or a reconstruction. A 42-year time horizon was considered for the base case...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538028/unnecessary-cost-of-post-mohs-permanent-pathology
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Kelly M MacArthur, Nikki Tang, George J Hruza, Timothy S Wang, Robert G Egbers
BACKGROUND: By providing tumor-free margins, Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) results in high cure rates in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). However, when closure of the post-MMS defect is coordinated with reconstructive surgery, redundant tissue is sometimes submitted for permanent section evaluation. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to investigate the frequency and effect of this practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients (12 years and older) with NMSCs cleared by MMS with coordinated closures from 2014 to 2016 were identified...
May 22, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537806/analytic-and-clinical-validation-of-an-ultrasensitive-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-egfr-mutation-analysis-with-circulating-tumor-dna
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Xiaowei Wang, Yunhua Gao, Bei Wang, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang, Hongxiang Feng, Yongqing Guo, Jiping Da, Minli Mo, Mengyun Zhang, Feng Ding, Zhao Chen, Hui Li, Deruo Liu
CONTEXT: - The mutation analysis of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has become a common test to guide therapeutic decision making for lung cancer. Molecular testing with circulating tumor DNA in plasma allows diagnosis of mutations when tumor tissue is not available as well as monitoring treatment response with repeat biopsies. OBJECTIVES: - To develop a timely and cost-effective assay that can accurately detect EGFR mutations in circulating tumor DNA and to evaluate the analytic and clinical performance of the assay...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537355/safety-and-cost-effectiveness-in-thyroidectomy-using-the-harmonic-scalpel-compared-to-traditional-hemostasis-a-controlled-clinical-assay
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Erich O P Basurto-Kuba, Maybelline Robles-Estrada, Luis Mauricio Hurtado-López, Edgar D Montes E Oca-Duran, Carlos Campos-Castillo, Felipe Rafael Zaldivar-Ramirez, Abraham Pulido-Cejudo
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this clinical control trial is to analyze the cost-effectiveness and to understand the efficacy of the HARMONIC FOCUS®+ (Ethicon Inc., Somerville, New Jersey) scalpel as the only system to cut and coagulate in thyroidectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundered patients of the thyroid clinic of the Mexico City General Hospital were included. All patients underwent surgery and were divided into two randomized groups. In Group 1, the HARMONIC scalpel was the only device used for cut and coagulate (50 patients), and in Group 2 clamp, tie, and electrocautery (50 patients) were used...
May 24, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537323/high-prevalence-of-malnutrition-among-elderly-veterans-in-home-based-primary-care
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A Z Win, C Ceresa, K Arnold, T A Allison
INTRODUCTION: Elderly Veterans enrolled in VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) programs suffer from many diseases including malnutrition. Nutrition screening tools exist in the VA system but they are inconsistently utilized across ambulatory care programs and are neither research validated nor comparable with non-VA populations. The Mini-Nutritional Assessment short-form (MNA-SF) has been validated in international studies in a variety of settings. The primary aim of this study was to find the prevalence of malnutrition among Veterans enrolled in HBPC programs...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535970/upper-extremity-deep-venous-thrombosis-after-port-insertion-what-are-the-risk-factors
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Omidreza Tabatabaie, Gyulnara G Kasumova, Tara S Kent, Mariam F Eskander, Ayotunde B Fadayomi, Sing Chau Ng, Jonathan F Critchlow, Nicholas E Tawa, Jennifer F Tseng
BACKGROUND: Totally implantable venous access devices (ports) are widely used, especially for cancer chemotherapy. Although their use has been associated with upper extremity deep venous thrombosis, the risk factors of upper extremity deep venous thrombosis in patients with a port are not studied adequately. METHODS: The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's Florida State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Database was queried between 2007 and 2011 for patients who underwent outpatient port insertion, identified by Current Procedural Terminology code...
May 20, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535546/cost-utility-analysis-of-lumbar-interlaminar-epidural-injections-in-the-treatment-of-lumbar-disc-herniation-central-spinal-stenosis-and-axial-or-discogenic-low-back-pain
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vidyasagar Pampati, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Cost utility or cost effective analysis continues to take center stage in the United States for defining and measuring the value of treatments in interventional pain management. Appropriate cost utility analysis has been performed for caudal epidural injections, percutaneous adhesiolysis, and spinal cord stimulation. However, the literature pertaining to lumbar interlaminar epidural injections is lacking, specifically in reference to cost utility analysis derived from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with a pragmatic approach in a practical setting...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535263/gene-expression-variability-and-the-analysis-of-large-scale-rna-seq-studies-with-the-mdseq
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Di Ran, Z John Daye
Rapidly decreasing cost of next-generation sequencing has led to the recent availability of large-scale RNA-seq data, that empowers the analysis of gene expression variability, in addition to gene expression means. In this paper, we present the MDSeq, based on the coefficient of dispersion, to provide robust and computationally efficient analysis of both gene expression means and variability on RNA-seq counts. The MDSeq utilizes a novel reparametrization of the negative binomial to provide flexible generalized linear models (GLMs) on both the mean and dispersion...
May 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533923/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-infliximab-one-hour-infusion-protocol-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-multicenter-study
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Anna Viola, Giuseppe Costantino, Antonino Carlo Privitera, Fabrizio Bossa, Angelo Lauria, Laurino Grossi, Maria Beatrice Principi, Nicola Della Valle, Maria Cappello
AIM: To assess the impact of short infliximab (IFX) infusion on hospital resource utilization and costs. METHODS: All inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) patients who received IFX 1 h infusion from March 2007 to September 2014 in eight centers from Southern Italy were included in the analysis. Demographic, clinical and infusion related data were collected. The potential benefits related to the short infusion protocol were assessed both in terms of time saving and increased infusion unit capacity...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532488/mitigating-the-heroin-crisis-in-baltimore-md-usa-a-cost-benefit-analysis-of-a-hypothetical-supervised-injection-facility
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Amos Irwin, Ehsan Jozaghi, Brian W Weir, Sean T Allen, Andrew Lindsay, Susan G Sherman
BACKGROUND: In Baltimore, MD, as in many cities throughout the USA, overdose rates are on the rise due to both the increase of prescription opioid abuse and that of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the drug market. Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) are a widely implemented public health intervention throughout the world, with 97 existing in 11 countries worldwide. Research has documented the public health, social, and economic benefits of SIFs, yet none exist in the USA. The purpose of this study is to model the health and financial costs and benefits of a hypothetical SIF in Baltimore...
May 12, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
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