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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102985/medicare-program-changes-to-the-medicare-claims-and-entitlement-medicare-advantage-organization-determination-and-medicare-prescription-drug-coverage-determination-appeals-procedures-final-rule
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This final rule revises the procedures that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) follows at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level for appeals of payment and coverage determinations for items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries, enrollees in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other Medicare competitive health plans, and enrollees in Medicare prescription drug plans, as well as appeals of Medicare beneficiary enrollment and entitlement determinations, and certain Medicare premium appeals...
17, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102937/re-implementation-of-an-evidence-based-acute-tonsillitis-protocol-our-experience-in-one-hundred-and-twenty-six-patients
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Guled M Jama, Mahmoud Nosseir, Julian Danino, James Barraclough
The 'Portsmouth Tonsillitis Protocol' by Bird et al. (October 2013 issue)([1]) provides the first published treatment algorithm for use in patients with acute tonsillitis presenting to secondary care. Following introduction of the protocol at their centre the authors demonstrate an improved delivery of tonsillitis treatment as well as a reduction in hospital admission rates and inpatient services leading to significant cost savings. The financial implications are particularly relevant to health services facing economic pressures...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102877/feasibility-acceptability-and-construct-validity-of-eq-5d-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Roberta Gualtierotti, Francesca Ingegnoli, Luciana Scalone, Paolo Cortesi, Eleonora Bruschi, Maria Gerosa, Pier Luigi Meroni
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis is a chronic disabling disease that is often associated with severe physical and psychological impairment. Nonetheless, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with systemic sclerosis is often left behind in clinical practice and research. One of the reasons for this lack of evaluation is the current use of tools, such as the short form-36 (SF-36) questionnaire, that are complete but complicated to use in everyday routine. Other self-reported outcome measures such as the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) are simple, but specifically designed for physical disability...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102815/assessment-of-the-characteristics-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-uremic-peripheral-neuropathy%C3%A2
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Xiu-Zhi Yu, Shi Lu, Wei Gou, Wei Wang, Shui-Hong Zou, Yin-Xia Han, Wei-Wei Wang, Jin-Yuan Zhang
OBJECTIVES: This study seeks to examine the characteristics and health-related quality of life (HRQL) of patients with uremic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: Uremic patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) at our hospital were enrolled in this study. Data collection began in January 2011 and ended in June 2011. The patients were divided into two groups, the lesion group (110 cases) and the non-lesion group (168 cases), based on the presence or absence of peripheral neuropathy...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102648/2016-rural-enrollment-in-health-insurance-marketplaces-by-state
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Abigail R Barker, Kelsey A Huntzberry, Timothy D McBride, Leah M Kemper, Keith J Mueller
Purpose. In this brief, cumulative county-level enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces (HIMs) through March 2016 is presented for state HIMs operated as Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) and for those operated as Federally Supported State-Based Marketplaces (FS-SBMs). Enrollment rates in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of each state, defined as the percentage of “potential market” participants selecting plans, are presented. Monitoring annual enrollment rates provides a gauge of how well state outreach and enrollment efforts are proceeding and helps identify states with strong non-metropolitan enrollment as models for other states to emulate...
2017: Rural Policy Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102580/the-sliding-context-of-health-the-challenges-faced-by-patients-with-heart-failure-from-the-perspective-of-patients-health-care-providers-and-family-members
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Parvin Mangolian Shahrbabaki, Esmat Nouhi, Majid Kazemi, Fazlollah Ahmadi
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to understand the challenges faced by patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that is increasing across the globe. People affected with it, encounter various problems that reduce their quality of life and well-being. Therefore, identifying the challenges faced by patients with heart failure is necessary for health care and treatment plans. DESIGN: This study was performed using the qualitative research approach and content analysis method...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102525/environmental-chemicals-and-aging
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Brandon L Pearson, Dan Ehninger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Innovations in agriculture and medicine as well as industrial and domestic technologies are essential for the growing and aging global population. These advances generally require the use of novel natural or synthetic chemical agents with the potential to affect human health. Here, we attempt to highlight environmental chemicals and select drugs with the potential to exacerbate aging by directly affecting molecular aging cascades focusing particular attention on the brain...
January 19, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102207/drosophila-fit-is-a-protein-specific-satiety-hormone-essential-for-feeding-control
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Jinghan Sun, Chang Liu, Xiaobing Bai, Xiaoting Li, Jingyun Li, Zhiping Zhang, Yunpeng Zhang, Jing Guo, Yan Li
Protein homeostasis is critical for health and lifespan of animals. However, the mechanisms for controlling protein feeding remain poorly understood. Here we report that in Drosophila, protein intake-induced feeding inhibition (PIFI) is specific to protein-containing food, and this effect is mediated by a fat body (FB) peptide named female-specific independent of transformer (FIT). Upon consumption of protein food, FIT expression is greatly elevated. Secreted FIT peptide in the fly haemolymph conveys this metabolic message to the brain, thereby promoting the release of Drosophila insulin-like peptide 2 (DILP2) and suppressing further protein intake...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102115/can-probiotics-modulate-human-disease-by-impacting-intestinal-barrier-function
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Peter A Bron, Michiel Kleerebezem, Robert-Jan Brummer, Patrice D Cani, Annick Mercenier, Thomas T MacDonald, Clara L Garcia-Ródenas, Jerry M Wells
Intestinal barrier integrity is a prerequisite for homeostasis of mucosal function, which is balanced to maximise absorptive capacity, while maintaining efficient defensive reactions against chemical and microbial challenges. Evidence is mounting that disruption of epithelial barrier integrity is one of the major aetiological factors associated with several gastrointestinal diseases, including infection by pathogens, obesity and diabetes, necrotising enterocolitis, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102097/familiar-auditory-sensory-training-in-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury-a-case-study
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Emily Galassi Sullivan, Ann Guernon, Brett Blabas, Amy A Herrold, Theresa L-B Pape
PURPOSE: The evaluation and treatment for patients with prolonged periods of seriously impaired consciousness following traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as a vegetative or minimally conscious state, poses considerable challenges, particularly in the chronic phases of recovery. METHOD: This blinded crossover study explored the effects of familiar auditory sensory training (FAST) compared with a sham stimulation in a patient seven years post severe TBI. Baseline data were collected over 4 weeks to account for variability in status with neurobehavioral measures, including the Disorders of Consciousness scale (DOCS), Coma Near Coma scale (CNC), and Consciousness Screening Algorithm...
January 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102030/impact-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-on-nonglycemic-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Jennifer M Trujillo, Wesley A Nuffer
The efficacy of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin in reducing hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes is well documented. In addition, positive effects have been observed with these agents on nonglycemic variables, such as reductions in body weight and blood pressure, which may confer additional health benefits. SGLT2 inhibitors are also associated with evidence of renal-protecting benefits. Furthermore, during the landmark Empagliflozin, Cardiovascular Outcomes, and Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) trial, a substantial reduction in major adverse cardiovascular outcomes was demonstrated with empagliflozin therapy...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101968/defined-daily-doses-ddd-do-not-accurately-reflect-opioid-doses-used-in-contemporary-chronic-pain-treatment
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Suzanne Nielsen, Natasa Gisev, Raimondo Bruno, Wayne Hall, Milton Cohen, Briony Larance, Gabrielle Campbell, Marian Shanahan, Fiona Blyth, Nicholas Lintzeris, Sallie Pearson, Richard Mattick, Louisa Degenhardt
OBJECTIVE: To assess how well the defined daily dose (DDD) metric reflects opioid utilisation among chronic non-cancer pain patients. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study, utilising a 7-day medication diary. SETTING: Community-based treatment settings, Australia. SUBJECTS: A sample of 1101 people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. METHODS: Opioid dose data was collected via a self-completed 7-day medication diary capturing names, strengths and doses of each medication taken in the past week...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101838/renal-consequences-of-preterm-birth
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REVIEW
Amelie Stritzke, Sumesh Thomas, Harish Amin, Christoph Fusch, Abhay Lodha
BACKGROUND: The developmental origin of health and disease concept identifies the brain, cardiovascular, liver, and kidney systems as targets of fetal adverse programming with adult consequences. As the limits of viability in premature infants have been pushed to lower gestational ages, the long-term impact of prematurity on kidneys still remains a significant burden during hospital stay and beyond. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to summarize available evidence, mechanisms, and short- and long-term renal consequences of prematurity and identify nephroprotective strategies and areas of uncertainty...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101758/applying-collaborative-learning-and-quality-improvement-to-public-health-lessons-from-the-collaborative-improvement-and-innovation-network-coiin-to-reduce-infant-mortality
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Reem M Ghandour, Katherine Flaherty, Ashley Hirai, Vanessa Lee, Deborah Klein Walker, Michael C Lu
OBJECTIVES: Infant mortality remains a significant public health problem in the U.S. The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) model is an innovative approach, using the science of quality improvement and collaborative learning, which was applied across 13 Southern states in Public Health Regions IV and VI to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. We provide an in-depth discussion of the history, development, implementation, and adaptation of the model based on the experience of the original CoIIN organizers and participants...
January 18, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101729/air-pollution-and-successful-aging-recent-evidence-and-new-perspectives
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REVIEW
Gali Cohen, Yariv Gerber
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Worldwide demographic changes occurring in a relatively short period have led to a growing interest in the determinants of aging "successfully" and how to promote a healthier old age. As environmental exposures such as ambient air pollution are believed to play a role in the process of aging, they might represent one of the pathways turning potential successful agers to unsuccessful agers. We aimed to critically review the current epidemiological evidence of the associations between chronic exposure to ambient air pollution and several key determinants of unsuccessful aging and to identify specific populations of unsuccessful agers that are potentially more vulnerable to air pollution's health effects...
January 18, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101714/assessment-of-zinc-status-in-school-age-children-from-rural-areas-in-china-nutrition-and-health-survey-2002-and-2012
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Xiaobing Liu, Jianhua Piao, Yu Zhang, Yuna He, Weidong Li, Lichen Yang, Xiaoguang Yang
Zinc is an essential trace element for growth and development in children, but zinc deficiency is a serious nutritional problem worldwide. Our study aimed to assess the zinc status of school-age children living in rural areas of China and to examine the change of zinc status based on the China Nutrition and Health Survey 2002 and 2012. We used the probability proportional to size sampling method for subject selection, and a total of 3407 school-age children were included in this study. Zinc status was assessed by three items of indicators recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG)...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101651/eslicarbazepine-acetate-its-effectiveness-as-adjunctive-therapy-in-clinical-trials-and-open-studies
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REVIEW
S D Shorvon, E Trinka, B J Steinhoff, M Holtkamp, V Villanueva, J Peltola, E Ben-Menachem
Eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) is a once-daily antiepileptic drug that is approved as adjunctive therapy in adults with focal-onset seizures. Following oral administration, ESL is rapidly metabolized to its active metabolite, eslicarbazepine, which acts primarily by enhancing slow inactivation of voltage-gated sodium channels. The efficacy and safety/tolerability of ESL in the adjunctive setting were established in a comprehensive Phase III program (n = 1702 randomized patients) and this evidence has been supported by several open studies (n = 864)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101560/effectiveness-of-two-vocational-rehabilitation-programmes-in-women-with-long-term-sick-leave-due-to-pain-syndrome-or-mental-illness-1-year-follow-up-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Per Lytsy, Lars Carlsson, Ingrid Anderzén
OBJECTIVE: Mental illness and chronic pain are common reasons for long-term sick leave, typically more so for women. This study investigated the effects on return to work of 2 vocational rehabilitation programmes. METHODS: In this randomized controlled study, 308 women were allocated to treatment with acceptance and commitment therapy, to multidisciplinary assessment and individualized rehabilitation interventions, or to a control group. Return-to-work at 12 months was assessed as: (i) returning to health insurance; (ii) number of reimbursed health insurance days during follow-up; (iii) self-reported change in working hours; (iv) a composite measure of self-reported change in work-related engagement...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101476/psychometric-properties-of-the-persian-version-of-the-quality-of-life-in-epilepsy-inventory-in-the-later-life
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Abdolrahim Asadollahi, Laleh Fani Saberi, Ali Havasi, Mohammad-Hossein Kaveh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The reports indicate on the incidence of seizure disorder about 1.5 per cent of the normal elderly population. The Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory (QOLIE-31) has been pervasive simple tool to screen seizure in the busy neurophysiological settings and monitoring. It was constructed as self-administered tool in two formats, 89 and 31-items. To the reliability and validity of the QOLIE-31 across older adults in the southwest Iran and discuss its role in the detection of health-related quality of elderly patients with epilepsy...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
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