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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647862/investigating-the-relationship-between-costs-and-outcomes-for-english-mental-health-providers-a-bi-variate-multi-level-regression-analysis
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Valerie Moran, Rowena Jacobs
Provider payment systems for mental health care that incentivize cost control and quality improvement have been a policy focus in a number of countries. In England, a new prospective provider payment system is being introduced to mental health that should encourage providers to control costs and improve outcomes. The aim of this research is to investigate the relationship between costs and outcomes to ascertain whether there is a trade-off between controlling costs and improving outcomes. The main data source is the Mental Health Minimum Data Set (MHMDS) for the years 2011/12 and 2012/13...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647334/test-characteristics-of-milk-amyloid-a-elisa-somatic-cell-count-and-bacteriological-culture-for-detection-of-intramammary-pathogens-that-cause-subclinical-mastitis
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S Jaeger, F Virchow, P R Torgerson, M Bischoff, B Biner, S Hartnack, S R Rüegg
Bovine mastitis is an important disease in the dairy industry, causing economic losses as a result of withheld milk and treatment costs. Several studies have suggested milk amyloid A (MAA) as a promising biomarker in the diagnosis of mastitis. In the absence of a gold standard for diagnosis of subclinical mastitis, we estimated the diagnostic test accuracy of a commercial MAA-ELISA, somatic cell count (SCC), and bacteriological culture using Bayesian latent class modeling. We divided intramammary infections into 2 classes: those caused by major pathogens (e...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647262/development-of-a-hybrid-photo-bioreactor-and-nanoparticle-adsorbent-system-for-the-removal-of-co2-and-selected-organic-and-metal-co-pollutants
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Andrea A Rocha, Christian Wilde, Zhenzhong Hu, Oleg Nepotchatykh, Yevgen Nazarenko, Parisa A Ariya
Fossil fuel combustion and many industrial processes generate gaseous emissions that contain a number of toxic organic pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) which contribute to climate change and atmospheric pollution. There is a need for green and sustainable solutions to remove air pollutants, as opposed to conventional techniques which can be expensive, consume additional energy and generate further waste. We developed a novel integrated bioreactor combined with recyclable iron oxide nano/micro-particle adsorption interfaces, to remove CO2, and undesired organic air pollutants using natural particles, while generating oxygen...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645582/improved-pfastbac%C3%A2-donor-plasmid-vectors-for-higher-protein-production-using-the-bac-to-bac%C3%A2-baculovirus-expression-vector-system
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Hui Shang, Tyler A Garretson, C M Senthil Kumar, Robert F Dieter, Xiao-Wen Cheng
The Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV)-based Bac-to-Bac(®) expression system consists of a bacmid and five pFastBac™ donor transfer vectors. It has been widely used for eukaryotic gene expression in insect cells to elucidate gene function in biotechnology laboratories. The pFastBac™ vectors contain a 50bp AcMNPV polyhedrin (polh) promoter and a 127bp SV40 polyadenylation (pA) signal for cloning a gene of interest into the bacmid, resulting in unsolved lower gene expression levels than the wild type (wt) AcMNPV in insect cells...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645493/sprayable-carbopol-hydrogel-with-soluble-beta-1-3-1-6-glucan-as-an-active-ingredient-for-wound-healing-development-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Jostein Grip, Rolf Einar Engstad, Ingrid Skjæveland, Nataša Škalko-Basnet, Ann Mari Holsæter
Chronic wounds represent a significant health problem worldwide. There is a need for advanced- and cost-efficient wound healing products able to increase patient comfort and reduce the healing time. The aim of this study was to develop a sprayable hydrogel dressing with beta-glucan (βG) as the active ingredient, targeting future application in the treatment of both chronic and burn wounds. The βG was chosen as an active ingredient because of its promising wound healing capabilities, whereas Carbopol 971P NF (Carbopol) was chosen as the thickening agent in the formulation due to several attractive characteristics such as its low viscosity, low toxicity, high transparency and good ion tolerance...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644930/trends-in-open-and-endoscopic-cubital-tunnel-release-in-the-medicare-patient-population
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Tsun Yee Law, Zachary S Hubbard, Lee Onn Chieng, Harvey W Chim
BACKGROUND: Cubital tunnel syndrome (CUT) is the second most common peripheral neuropathy with an annual incidence of 24.7 per 100 000, affecting nearly twice as many men as women. With increasing focus on cost-effectiveness and cost-containment in medicine, a critical understanding of utilization of health care resources for open and endoscopic approaches for cubital tunnel release is of value. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the costs and utilization trends of open and endoscopic cubital tunnel release...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644723/performance-evaluation-of-mobile-downflow-booths-for-reducing-airborne-particles-in-the-workplace
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Li-Ming Lo, Braden Hocker, Austin E Steltz, John Kremer, H Amy Feng
Compared to other common control measures, the downflow booth is a costly engineering control used to contain airborne dust or particles. The downflow booth provides unidirectional filtered airflow from the ceiling, entraining released particles away from the workers' breathing zone, and delivers contained airflow to a lower level exhaust for removing particulates by filtering media. In this study, we designed and built a mobile downflow booth that is capable of quick assembly and easy size change to provide greater flexibility and particle control for various manufacturing processes or tasks...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644617/dynamic-covalent-chemistry-of-carbon-dioxide-opportunities-to-address-environmental-issues
#8
Jean Septavaux, Geoffroy Germain, Julien Leclaire
Extraction and purification of basic chemicals from complex mixtures has been a persistent issue throughout the development of the chemical sciences. The chemical industry and academic research have grown over the centuries by following a deconstruction-reconstruction approach, reminiscent of the metabolism process. Chemists have designed and optimized extraction, purification, and transformation processes of molecules from natural deposits (fossil fuels, biomass, ores), in order to reassemble them into complex adducts...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642285/state-dependent-tms-reveals-representation-of-affective-body-movements-in-the-anterior-intraparietal-cortex
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Noemi Mazzoni, Christianne Jacobs, Paola Venuti, Juha Silvanto, Luigi Cattaneo
In humans, recognition of others' actions involves a cortical network that comprises, among other cortical regions, the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS), where biological motion is coded and the anterior intraparietal suclus (aIPS), where movement information is elaborated in terms of meaningful goal-directed actions. This action observation system (AOS) is thought to encode neutral voluntary actions, and possibly some aspects of affective motor repertoire, but the role of the AOS' areas in processing affective kinematic information has never been examined...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639871/an-innovative-streaming-video-system-with-a-point-of-view-head-camera-transmission-of-surgeries-to-smartphones-and-tablets-an-educational-utility
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Rafael Oliveira Chaves, Pedro Armando Valente de Oliveira, Luciano Chaves Rocha, Joacy Pedro Franco David, Sanmari Costa Ferreira, Alex de Assis Santos Dos Santos, Rômulo Müller Dos Santos Melo, Edson Yuzur Yasojima, Marcus Vinicius Henriques Brito
PURPOSE: In order to engage medical students and residents from public health centers to utilize the telemedicine features of surgery on their own smartphones and tablets as an educational tool, an innovative streaming system was developed with the purpose of streaming live footage from open surgeries to smartphones and tablets, allowing the visualization of the surgical field from the surgeon's perspective. The current study aims to describe the results of an evaluation on level 1 of Kirkpatrick's Model for Evaluation of the streaming system usage during gynecological surgeries, based on the perception of medical students and gynecology residents...
June 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639543/rapid-detection-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-blood-cultures-using-the-esbl-ndp-test-in-cotonou-benin
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Dissou Affolabi, Fredéric Sogbo, Gracieux Laleye, Jeanne Orekan, Faridath Massou, Aderemi Kehinde, Séverin Anagonou
PURPOSE: Rapid and inexpensive tests for detecting extended-spectrum-β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae are needed, particularly in low-resource countries where infections with these bacteria constitute a major public health issue. The recently described ESBL NDP test performed well in developed countries. This study was designed to assess performance, cost and feasibility of this test in positive blood cultures, in Cotonou, Benin (West Africa). METHODOLOGY: The test was performed on 175 positive Bactec broth blood cultures containing Enterobacteriaceae, and blindly compared with the double-disc synergy test (DDST) for the phenotypic detection of ESBL producers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639040/mobile-gastrointestinal-and-endoscopic-surgery-in-rural-ecuador-20%C3%A2-years-experience-of-cinterandes
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H T Shalabi, M D Price, S T Shalabi, E B Rodas, A L Vicuña, B Guzhñay, R R Price, E Rodas
INTRODUCTION: Five billion people worldwide do not have timely access to surgical care. Cinterandes is one of the only mobile surgical units in low- and middle-income countries. This paper examines the methodology that Cinterandes uses to deliver mobile surgery. METHODS: Founding and core staff were interviewed, four missions were participated in, and internal documents and records were analysed between 1 May and 1 July 2014. RESULTS: Cinterandes performed 7641 operations over the last 20 years (60% gastrointestinal/laparoscopic), travelling 300,000 km to remote areas of Ecuador...
June 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639018/test-of-aerobic-tce-degradation-by-willows-salix-viminalis-and-willows-inoculated-with-tce-cometabolizing-strains-of-burkholderia-cepacia
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Lauge Peter Westergaard Clausen, Mette Martina Broholm, Ulrich Gosewinkel, Stefan Trapp
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a widespread soil and groundwater pollutant and clean-up is often problematic and expensive. Phytoremediation may be a cost-effective solution at some sites. This study investigates TCE degradation by willows (S. viminalis) and willows inoculated with three strains of B. cepacia (301C, PR1-31 and VM1330-pTOM), using chloride formation as an indicator of dehalogenation. Willows were grown in non-sterile, hydroponic conditions for 3 weeks in chloride-free nutrient solution spiked with TCE...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638387/predicting-flowering-behavior-and-exploring-its-genetic-determinism-in-an-apple-multi-family-population-based-on-statistical-indices-and-simplified-phenotyping
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Jean-Baptiste Durand, Alix Allard, Baptiste Guitton, Eric van de Weg, Marco C A M Bink, Evelyne Costes
Irregular flowering over years is commonly observed in fruit trees. The early prediction of tree behavior is highly desirable in breeding programmes. This study aims at performing such predictions, combining simplified phenotyping and statistics methods. Sequences of vegetative vs. floral annual shoots (AS) were observed along axes in trees belonging to five apple related full-sib families. Sequences were analyzed using Markovian and linear mixed models including year and site effects. Indices of flowering irregularity, periodicity and synchronicity were estimated, at tree and axis scales...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638271/proex-c-as-diagnostic-marker-for-detection-of-urothelial-carcinoma-in-urinary-samples-a-review
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Gerardo Botti, Maria Gabriella Malzone, Elvira La Mantia, Micaela Montanari, Daniela Vanacore, Sabrina Rossetti, Vincenzo Quagliariello, Carla Cavaliere, Rossella Di Franco, Luigi Castaldo, Gianluca Ametrano, Francesca Cappuccio, Francesco Jacopo Romano, Raffaele Piscitelli, Maria Filomena Pepe, Carmine D'Aniello, Gaetano Facchini
The gold standard for the detection of urothelial carcinoma is represented by urethro-cystoscopy and biopsy. Both procedures are invasive and expensive and therefore cytology is often used as first approach to investigate on a possible neoplasia, being a safe and cost-effective diagnostic modality of evaluation. Because cytology alone is not highly sensitive for detection of low grade urothelial carcinoma and recurrence of the disease, several adjunct markers and urine based tests for urothelial carcinoma have been developed, which can help in the final diagnosis...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638242/cost-utility-of-a-single-injection-combined-corticosteroid-hyaluronic-acid-formulation-vs-a-2-injection-regimen-of-sequential-corticosteroid-and-hyaluronic-acid-injections
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Etienne L Belzile, Robert T Deakon, Christopher Vannabouathong, Mohit Bhandari, Martin Lamontagne, Robert McCormack
Research has shown early and sustained relief with a combination therapy of a corticosteroid (CS) and hyaluronic acid (HA) in knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. This can be administered via a single injection containing both products or as separate injections. The former may be more expensive when considering only product cost, but the latter incurs the additional costs and time of a second procedure. The purpose of this study was to compare the cost-utility of the single injection with the 2-injection regimen...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637188/the-influence-of-whole-corn-feeding-method-during-the-finishing-stage-on-the-performance-of-overfed-mule-ducks
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J Arroyo, F Lavigne, L Fortun-Lamothe
The aim of this trial was to compare 2 feeding systems based on whole corn, a loose-mix and a free-choice feeding system, during the finishing stage on the performance of ducks. Five hundred sixteen day-old male mule ducks (Muscovy drake × Pekin duck) were divided into 3 groups that differed in the presentation of the diet they received between 58 and 88 d of age: a complete pelleted diet (Control (CON) group; AMEn 12.1 MJ/kg, CP 15.0%) containing 500 g of corn per kg; or whole corn (AMEn 13.9 MJ/kg, CP 7...
June 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636366/oxygenation-via-c-h-c-c-bond-activation-with-molecular-oxygen
#18
Yu-Feng Liang, Ning Jiao
The selective oxidation of organic molecules is a fundamentally important component of modern synthetic chemistry. In the past decades, direct oxidative C-H and C-C bond functionalization has proved to be one of the most efficient and straightforward methods to synthesize complex products from simple and readily available starting materials. Among these oxidative processes, the use of molecular oxygen as a green and sustainable oxidant has attracted considerable attention because of its highly atom-economical, abundant, and environmentally friendly characteristics...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636365/sustainable-elastomers-from-renewable-biomass
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Zhongkai Wang, Liang Yuan, Chuanbing Tang
Sustainable elastomers have undergone explosive growth in recent years, partly due to the resurgence of biobased materials prepared from renewable natural resources. However, mounting challenges still prevail: How can the chemical compositions and macromolecular architectures of sustainable polymers be controlled and broadened? How can their processability and recyclability be enabled? How can they compete with petroleum-based counterparts in both cost and performance? Molecular-biomass-derived polymers, such as polymyrcene, polymenthide, and poly(ε-decalactone), have been employed for constructing thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs)...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636181/identification-of-biomarkers-for-early-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
#20
Wen-Han Ge, Yong Lin, Sen Li, Xuefeng Zong, Zhong-Chun Ge
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a common disease with serious consequences in mortality and cost. Here we aim to screen the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) as biomarkers for early diagnosis of AMI. The microarray data of AMI was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), including two independent types of research GSE66360 and GSE62646. The DEGs between control and processed samples were screened out by using limma package. Meanwhile, we performed functional analysis of GO terms and/or KEGG pathways to observe the enriched pathways of the DEGs...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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