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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239984/cost-effectiveness-of-extended-release-naltrexone-to-prevent-relapse-among-criminal-justice-involved-persons-with-a-history-of-opioid-use-disorder
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Sean M Murphy, Daniel Polsky, Joshua D Lee, Peter D Friedmann, Timothy W Kinlock, Edward V Nunes, Richard J Bonnie, Michael Gordon, Donna T Chen, Tamara Y Boney, Charles P O'Brien
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Criminal-justice-involved persons are highly susceptible to opioid relapse and overdose-related deaths. In a recent randomized trial, we demonstrated the effectiveness of extended release naltrexone (XR-NTX; Vivitrol®) in preventing opioid relapse among criminal-justice-involved U.S. adults with a history of opioid use disorder. The cost of XR-NTX may be a significant barrier to adoption. Thus, it is important to account for improved quality of life, and downstream cost-offsets...
February 26, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239666/making-the-most-of-rna-seq-pre-processing-sequencing-data-with-opossum-for-reliable-snp-variant-detection
#2
Laura Oikkonen, Stefano Lise
Identifying variants from RNA-seq (transcriptome sequencing) data is a cost-effective and versatile alternative to whole-genome sequencing. However, current variant callers do not generally behave well with RNA-seq data due to reads encompassing intronic regions. We have developed a software programme called Opossum to address this problem. Opossum pre-processes RNA-seq reads prior to variant calling, and although it has been designed to work specifically with Platypus, it can be used equally well with other variant callers such as GATK HaplotypeCaller...
January 17, 2017: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239651/profiling-of-circulating-micrornas-in-children-with-recent-onset-of-type-1-diabetes
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Suheda Erener, Ashish Marwaha, Rusung Tan, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, Timothy J Kieffer
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that is clinically silent until the majority of β cells are destroyed. There is an unmet need for reliable and cost-effective biomarkers to predict and diagnose diabetes at an early stage. A number of stable microRNAs (miRNAs) have been reported in serum and plasma and are now being investigated as biomarkers of different diseases. We measured the levels of 745 miRNAs in sera of children with recent-onset T1D and age-matched controls using locked nucleic acid-enhanced (LNA-enhanced) quantitative PCR profiling...
February 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239334/micropet-outperforms-beta-microprobes-in-determining-neuroreceptor-availability-under-pharmacological-restriction-for-cold-mass-occupancy
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Dorien Glorie, Stijn Servaes, Jeroen Verhaeghe, Tine Wyckhuys, Leonie Wyffels, Olivier Vanderveken, Sigrid Stroobants, Steven Staelens
Both non-invasive micro-positron emission tomography (μPET) and in situ beta-microprobes have the ability to determine radiotracer kinetics and neuroreceptor availability in vivo. Beta-microprobes were proposed as a cost-effective alternative to μPET, but literature revealed conflicting results most likely due to methodological differences and inflicted tissue damage. The current study has three main objectives: (i) evaluate the theoretical advantages of beta-microprobes; (ii) perform μPET imaging to assess the impact of (beta-micro)probe implantation on relative tracer delivery (R1) and receptor occupancy (non-displaceable binding potential, BPND) in the rat brain; and (iii) investigate whether beta-microprobe recordings produce robust results when a pharmacological restriction for cold mass dose (tracer dose condition) is imposed...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239296/cost-effectiveness-of-a-nurse-led-intervention-to-optimise-implementation-of-guideline-concordant-continence-care-study-protocol-of-the-cocon-study
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Aaltje P D Jansen, Maaike E Muntinga, Judith E Bosmans, Bary Berghmans, Janny Dekker, Jacqueline Hugtenburgh, Giel Nijpels, Paul van Houten, Miranda G H Laurant, Huub C H van der Vaart
BACKGROUND: Guidelines on urinary incontinence recommend that absorbent products are only used as a coping strategy pending definitive treatment, as an adjunct to ongoing therapy, or for long-term management after all treatment options have been explored. However, these criteria are rarely met and a significant share of long-term product users could still benefit from therapeutic interventions recommended in guidelines for urinary incontinence. Better implementation of these guidelines can potentially result in both health benefits for women and long-term cost savings for society...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239220/incentivizing-cost-effective-reductions-in-hospital-readmission-rates
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James C Cox, Vjollca Sadiraj, Kurt E Schnier, John F Sweeney
The recent regulatory changes enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have identified hospital readmission rates as a critical healthcare quality metric. This research focuses on the utilization of pay-for-performance (P4P) mechanisms to cost effectively reduce hospital readmission rates and meet the regulatory standards set by CMS. Using the experimental economics laboratory we find that both of the P4P mechanisms researched, bonus and bundled payments, cost-effectively meet the performance criteria set forth by CMS...
November 2016: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238953/cost-effectiveness-of-screening-patients-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-for-barrett-s-esophagus-with-a-minimally-invasive-cell-sampling-device
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Curtis R Heberle, Amir-Houshang Omidvari, Ayman Ali, Sonja Kroep, Chung Yin Kong, John M Inadomi, Joel H Rubenstein, Angela C Tramontano, Emily C Dowling, William D Hazelton, E Georg Luebeck, Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar, Chin Hur
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is important to identify patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), the precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Patients with BE are usually identified by endoscopy, which is expensive. The cytosponge, which collects tissue from the esophagus non-invasively, could be a cost-effective tool for screening individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), who are at increased risk for BE. We developed a model to analyze the cost effectiveness of using cytosponge in first-line screening of patients with GERD for BE with endoscopic confirmation, compared to endoscopy screening only, METHODS: We incorporated data from a large clinical trial of cytosponge performance into 2 validated microsimulation models of EAC progression (the esophageal adenocarcinoma model from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the microsimulation screening analysis model from Erasmus University Medical Center)...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238755/application-of-a-stir-bar-sorptive-extraction-sample-preparation-method-with-hplc-for-soil-fungal-biomass-determination-in-soils-from-a-detrital-manipulation-study
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Áron Beni, Kate Lajtha, János Kozma, István Fekete
Ergosterol is a sterol found ubiquitously in cell membranes of filamentous fungi. Although concentrations in different fungal species span the range of 2.6 to 42μg/ml of dry mass, many studies have shown a strong correlation between soil ergosterol content and fungal biomass. The analysis of ergosterol in soil therefore could be an effective tool for monitoring changes in fungal biomass under different environmental conditions. Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) is a new sample preparation method to extract and concentrate organic analytes from liquid samples...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238638/critical-review-on-biosurfactant-analysis-purification-and-characterization-using-rhamnolipid-as-a-model-biosurfactant
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REVIEW
Sunita J Varjani, Vivek N Upasani
Surfactants are one of the most versatile group of chemicals used in various industrial processes. Their market is competitive, and manufacturers will have to expand surfactant production in ecofriendly and cost effective manner. Increasing interest in biosurfactants led to an intense research for environment friendly and cost-efficient production of biosurfactant. Structural diversity and functional properties of biosurfactants make them an attractive group of compounds for potential use in wide variety of industrial, environmental and biotechnological applications...
February 16, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238633/early-neonatal-death-a-challenge-worldwide
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REVIEW
Liisa Lehtonen, Ana Gimeno, Anna Parra-Llorca, Máximo Vento
Early neonatal death (ENND), defined as the death of a newborn between zero and seven days after birth, represents 73% of all postnatal deaths worldwide. Despite a 50% reduction in childhood mortality, reduction of ENND has significantly lagged behind other Millennium Developmental Goal achievements and is a growing contributor to overall mortality in children aged <5 years. The etiology of ENND is closely related to the level of a country's industrialization. Hence, prematurity and congenital anomalies are the leading causes in high-income countries...
February 23, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238529/innovations-in-endovascular-treatment-strategies-for-large-carotid-cavernous-aneurysms-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-flow-diverter
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Shigeru Miyachi, Hiroyuki Ohnishi, Ryo Hiramatsu, Takashi Izumi, Noriaki Matsubara, Toshihiko Kuroiwa
BACKGROUND: The efficacy for the treatment of large carotid cavernous aneurysms (CCAs) was compared between conventional endovascular treatments, stent-assisted coiling (SAC), parent artery occlusion (PAO), and the flow diverter (FD). METHODS: Between January 2001 and December 2015, 49 patients with large, broad-necked, unruptured CCA underwent endovascular treatment at our institution. We performed PAO in 22 patients, SAC in 18 patients, and FD in 9 patients. Safety and efficacy were assessed in all patients by periodic clinical and radiological examinations during a 6-month follow-up...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238084/development-of-a-highly-efficient-oil-degumming-process-using-a-novel-phosphatidylinositol-specific-phospholipase-c-enzyme
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Sebastián Cerminati, Florencia Eberhardt, Claudia E Elena, Salvador Peirú, María E Castelli, Hugo G Menzella
Enzymatic degumming using phospholipase C (PLC) enzymes may be used in environmentally friendly processes with improved oil recovery yields. In this work, phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C (PIPLC) candidates obtained from an in silico analysis were evaluated for oil degumming. A PIPLC from Lysinibacillus sphaericus was shown to efficiently remove phosphatidylinositol from crude oil, and when combined with a second phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine-specific phospholipase C, the three major phospholipids were completely hydrolyzed, providing an extra yield of oil greater than 2...
February 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237866/cost-effectiveness-of-capecitabine-and-bevacizumab-maintenance-treatment-after-first-line-induction-treatment-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer
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M D Franken, E M van Rooijen, A M May, H Koffijberg, H van Tinteren, L Mol, A J Ten Tije, G J Creemers, A M T van der Velden, B C Tanis, C A Uyl-de Groot, C J A Punt, M Koopman, M G H van Oijen
AIM: Capecitabine and bevacizumab (CAP-B) maintenance therapy has shown to be more effective compared with observation in metastatic colorectal cancer patients achieving stable disease or better after six cycles of first-line capecitabine, oxaliplatin, bevacizumab treatment in terms of progression-free survival. We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of CAP-B maintenance treatment. METHODS: Decision analysis with Markov modelling to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of CAP-B maintenance compared with observation was performed based on CAIRO3 study results (n = 558)...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237754/one-pot-electrochemical-synthesis-of-poly-melamine-entrapped-gold-nanoparticles-composite-for-sensitive-and-low-level-detection-of-catechol
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Selvakumar Palanisamy, Sayee Kannan Ramaraj, Shen-Ming Chen, Te-Wei Chiu, Vijayalakshmi Velusamy, Thomas C K Yang, Tse-Wei Chen, Sonadevi Selvam
A simple and cost effective synthesis of nanomaterials with advanced physical and chemical properties have received much attention to the researchers, and is of interest to the researchers from different disciplines. In the present work, we report a simple and one pot electrochemical synthesis of poly(melamine) entrapped gold nanoparticles (PM-AuNPs) composite. The PM-AuNPs composite was prepared by a single step electrochemical method, wherein the AuNPs and PM were simultaneously fabricated on the electrode surface...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237648/risk-factors-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-the-korean-population
#15
Sang-Ah Han, Jin Hyun Joh, Ho-Chul Park
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound screening shows a clinical benefit in reducing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)-related mortality. However, its cost-effectiveness remains unclear. Understanding the relationship between risk factors and AAA is important to maximize the benefit of AAA screening. However, risk factors for AAA have not been reported in Korea. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for AAA among the Korean population. METHODS: The study population consisted of patients >50 years of age who consented for AAA screening...
February 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237564/cost-utility-analysis-for-bariatric-surgery-compared-with-usual-care-for-the-treatment-of-obesity-in-australia
#16
Robbie James, Ryan Ishmael Salton, Joshua Michael Byrnes, Paul Anthony Scuffham
BACKGROUND: The uptake of bariatric surgery in Australia has been hampered by the lack of funding and lack of evidence on relative value for money. OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness of adjustable gastric banding (AGB), Roux-En-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), and sleeve gastrectomy (SG) versus usual care (UC). SETTING: Perspective of the Australian public healthcare system. METHODS: A Markov model was constructed to simulate the costs and outcomes for 4 approaches to managing obesity...
December 26, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237511/coupling-genetic-code-expansion-and-metabolic-engineering-for-synthetic-cells
#17
REVIEW
Jan-Stefan Völler, Nediljko Budisa
Orthogonal protein translation with noncanonical amino acids (ncAAs) has become a standard method in biosciences. Whereas much effort is made to broaden the chemical space of ncAAs, only few attempts on their systematic low-cost in situ production are reported until now. The main aim is to engineer cells with newly designed biosynthetic pathways coupled with orthogonal aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase/tRNA pairs (o-pairs). These should provide cost-effective solutions to industrially relevant bio-production problems, such as peptide/protein production beyond the canonical set of natural molecules and to expand the arsenal of chemistries available for living cells...
February 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237331/an-optimized-method-for-cryogenic-storage-of-xenopus-sperm-to-maximise-the-effectiveness-of-research-using-genetically-altered-frogs
#18
Esther Pearl, Sean Morrow, Anna Noble, Adelaide Lerebours, Marko Horb, Matthew Guille
Cryogenic storage of sperm from genetically altered Xenopus improves cost effectiveness and animal welfare associated with their use in research; currently it is routine for X. tropicalis but not reliable for X. laevis. Here we compare directly the three published protocols for Xenopus sperm freeze-thaw and determine whether sperm storage temperature, method of testes maceration and delays in the freezing protocols affect successful fertilisation and embryo development in X. laevis. We conclude that the protocol is robust and that the variability observed in fertilisation rates is due to differences between individuals...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237232/economic-consequences-of-paratuberculosis-control-in-dairy-cattle-a-stochastic-modeling-study
#19
R L Smith, M A Al-Mamun, Y T Gröhn
The cost of paratuberculosis to dairy herds, through decreased milk production, early culling, and poor reproductive performance, has been well-studied. The benefit of control programs, however, has been debated. A recent stochastic compartmental model for paratuberculosis transmission in US dairy herds was modified to predict herd net present value (NPV) over 25 years in herds of 100 and 1000 dairy cattle with endemic paratuberculosis at initial prevalence of 10% and 20%. Control programs were designed by combining 5 tests (none, fecal culture, ELISA, PCR, or calf testing), 3 test-related culling strategies (all test-positive, high-positive, or repeated positive), 2 test frequencies (annual and biannual), 3 hygiene levels (standard, moderate, or improved), and 2 cessation decisions (testing ceased after 5 negative whole-herd tests or testing continued)...
March 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237217/outcomes-of-newer-generation-cementless-total-knee-arthroplasty-beaded-periapatite-coated-vs-highly-porous-titanium-coated-implants
#20
Steven F Harwin, Nirav K Patel, Morad Chughtai, Anton Khlopas, Prem N Ramkumar, Martin Roche, Michael A Mont
BACKGROUND: Newer generation cementless total knee arthroplasty (TKA) designs are available and have novel implant coatings. We evaluated and compared beaded periapatite (PA)-coated vs highly porous titanium-coated cementless TKAs. Specifically, we compared: (1) survivorship, (2) Knee Society Scores (KSSs) and range of motion, (3) complications, and (4) radiographic findings. METHODS: There were 805 TKAs with beaded PA-coated tibial and patellar components (PA group; mean age 67 years; range 41-86 years), and 219 TKAs with highly porous titanium-coated tibial and patella components (mean age 66 years; range 34-88 years)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
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