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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102988/medicaid-program-the-use-of-new-or-increased-pass-through-payments-in-medicaid-managed-care-delivery-systems-final-rule
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This rule finalizes changes to the pass-through payment transition periods and the maximum amount of pass-through payments permitted annually during the transition periods under Medicaid managed care contract(s) and rate certification(s). This final rule prevents increases in pass-through payments and the addition of new pass-through payments beyond those in place when the pass-through payment transition periods were established, in the final Medicaid managed care regulations effective July 5, 2016.
18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072465/splicing-regulation-and-dysregulation-of-cholinergic-genes-expressed-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
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REVIEW
Kinji Ohno, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Mohammad Nazim, Farhana Nasrin, Yingni Lin, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Akio Masuda
We humans have evolved by acquiring diversity of alternative RNA metabolisms including alternative means of splicing and transcribing non-coding genes, and not by acquiring new coding genes. Tissue-specific and developmental stage-specific alternative RNA splicing is achieved by tightly regulated spatiotemporal regulation of expressions and activations of RNA-binding proteins that recognize their cognate splicing cis-elements on nascent RNA transcripts. Genes expressed at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are also alternatively spliced...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054037/gene-expression-alterations-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-blood-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-depression-during-menopause
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Shigeo Miyata, Masashi Kurachi, Noriko Sakurai, Yuchio Yanagawa, Yasuki Ishizaki, Masahiko Mikuni, Masato Fukuda
AIMS: The prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD) is higher in women than in men, and this may be due to the decline in estrogen levels that occurs during the menopausal transition. We studied the biological alterations in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), which is a region that is highly implicated in the neurobiology of MDD, and the blood cells (BCs) of ovariectomized (OVX) mice subjected to chronic mild stress (CMS), which represents a mouse model of depression during menopause...
December 2016: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042345/biomimetic-microstructure-morphology-in-electrospun-fiber-mats-is-critical-for-maintaining-healthy-cardiomyocyte-phenotype
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Rutwik Rath, Jung Bok Lee, Truc-Linh Tran, Sean F Lenihan, Cristi L Galindo, Yan Ru Su, Tarek Absi, Leon M Bellan, Douglas B Sawyer, Hak-Joon Sung
Despite recent advances in biomimetic substrates, there is still only limited understanding of how the extracellular matrix (ECM) functions in the maintenance of cardiomyocyte (CM) phenotype. In this study, we designed electrospun substrates inspired by morphologic features of non-failing and failing human heart ECM, and examined how these substrates regulate phenotypes of adult and neonatal rat ventricular CMs (ARVM and NRVM, respectively). We found that poly(ε-caprolactone) fiber substrates designed to mimic the organized ECM of a non-failing human heart maintained healthy CM phenotype (evidenced by cell morphology, organized actin/myomesin bands and expression of β-MYH7 and SCN5A...
March 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018757/trends-in-usage-and-outcomes-for-expanded-criteria-donor-kidney-transplantation-in-the-united-states-characterized-by-kidney-donor-profile-index
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Aparna Rege, Bill Irish, Anthony Castleberry, Deepak Vikraman, Scott Sanoff, Kadiyala Ravindra, Bradley Collins, Debra Sudan
There has been increasing concern in the kidney transplant community about the declining use of expanded criteria donors (ECD) despite improvement in survival and quality of life. The recent introduction of the Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI), which provides a more granular characterization of donor quality, was expected to increase utilization of marginal kidneys and decrease the discard rates. However, trends and practice patterns of ECD kidney utilization on a national level based on donor organ quality as per KDPI are not well known...
November 22, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012396/antidepressant-like-effects-of-hydrolysable-tannins-of-terminalia-catappa-leaf-extract-via-modulation-of-hippocampal-plasticity-and-regulation-of-monoamine-neurotransmitters-subjected-to-chronic-mild-stress-cms
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Y Chandrasekhar, E M Ramya, K Navya, G Phani Kumar, K R Anilakumar
Terminalia catappa L. belonging to Combretaceae family is a folk medicine, known for its multiple pharmacological properties, but the neuro-modulatory effect of TC against chronic mild stress was seldom explored. The present study was designed to elucidate potential antidepressant-like effect of Terminalia cattapa (leaf) hydro-alcoholic extract (TC) by using CMS model for a period of 7 weeks. Identification of hydrolysable tannins was done by using LC-MS. After the CMS exposure, mice groups were administered with imipramine (IMP, 10mg/kg, i...
December 21, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011860/reprogramming-derived-gene-cocktail-increases-cardiomyocyte-proliferation-for-heart-regeneration
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Yuan-Yuan Cheng, Yu-Ting Yan, David J Lundy, Annie Ha Lo, Yu-Ping Wang, Shu-Chian Ruan, Po-Ju Lin, Patrick Ch Hsieh
Although remnant cardiomyocytes (CMs) possess a certain degree of proliferative ability, efficiency is too low for cardiac regeneration after injury. In this study, we identified a distinct stage within the initiation phase of CM reprogramming before the MET process, and microarray analysis revealed the strong up-regulation of several mitosis-related genes at this stage of reprogramming. Several candidate genes were selected and tested for their ability to induce CM proliferation. Delivering a cocktail of three genes, FoxM1, Id1, and Jnk3-shRNA (FIJs), induced CMs to re-enter the cell cycle and complete mitosis and cytokinesis in vitro More importantly, this gene cocktail increased CM proliferation in vivo and significantly improved cardiac function and reduced fibrosis after myocardial infarction...
December 23, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965254/retrospective-cohort-study-of-usage-patterns-of-epidural-injections-for-spinal-pain-in-the-us-fee-for-service-medicare-population-from-2000-to-2014
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vidyasagar Pampati, Joshua A Hirsch
OBJECTIVE: To assess the usage patterns of epidural injections for chronic spinal pain in the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare population from 2000 to 2014 in the USA. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort. METHODS: The descriptive analysis of the administrative database from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary (PSPS) master data from 2000 to 2014 was performed. The guidance from Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) was applied...
December 13, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931779/complement-and-sepsis-induced-heart-dysfunction
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Fatemeh Fattahi, Peter A Ward
It is well known that cardiac dysfunction develops during sepsis in both humans and in rodents (rats, mice). These defects appear to be reversible, since after "recovery" from sepsis, cardiac dysfunction disappears and the heart returns to its function that was present before the onset of sepsis. Our studies, using in vivo and in vitro models, have demonstrated that C5a and its receptors (C5aR1 and C5aR2) play key roles in cardiac dysfunction developing during sepsis. Use of a neutralizing antibody to C5a largely attenuates cardiac dysfunction and other adverse events developing during sepsis...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910042/direct-cardiac-reprogramming-as-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-for-treatment-of-myocardial-infarction
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Hong Ma, Li Wang, Jiandong Liu, Li Qian
Direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into induced cardiomyocytes (iCMs) holds great promise as a novel therapy for the treatment of heart failure, a common and morbid disease that is usually caused by irreversible loss of functional cardiomyocytes (CMs). Recently, we and others showed that in a murine model of acute myocardial infarction, delivery of three transcription factors, Gata4, Mef2c, and Tbx5 converted endogenous cardiac fibroblasts into functional iCMs. These iCMs integrated electrically and mechanically with surrounding myocardium, resulting in a reduction in scar size and an improvement in heart function...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910018/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe-validation-for-clinical-use
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Jun Gu, Janice L Smith, Patricia K Dowling
In this chapter, we provide a systematic overview of the published guidelines and validation procedures for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes for clinical diagnostic use. FISH probes-which are classified as molecular probes or analyte-specific reagents (ASRs)-have been extensively used in vitro for both clinical diagnosis and research. Most commercially available FISH probes in the United States are strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905888/medicare-program-end-stage-renal-disease-prospective-payment-system-coverage-and-payment-for-renal-dialysis-services-furnished-to-individuals-with-acute-kidney-injury-end-stage-renal-disease-quality-incentive-program-durable-medical-equipment-prosthetics-orthotics
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This rule updates and makes revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for calendar year 2017. It also finalizes policies for coverage and payment for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury. This rule also sets forth requirements for the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, including the inclusion of new quality measures beginning with payment year (PY) 2020 and provides updates to programmatic policies for the PY 2018 and PY 2019 ESRD QIP...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882154/kai-xin-san-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-formulation-exerts-antidepressive-and-neuroprotective-effects-by-promoting-pcreb-upstream-pathways
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Xian-Zhe Dong, Dong-Xiao Wang, Bing-Ying Yu, Ping Liu, Yuan Hu
Kai-Xin-San (KXS) is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been widely used for the treatment of emotion-related disease. However, the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. The present study aimed to examine whether phospho-cAMP response element-binding protein (pCREB) and upstream components, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), phospho-ERK (pERK), phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K), protein kinase B (Akt), glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) and pGSK3β are associated with the antidepressive effect of KXS...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866667/cms-overhauls-nursing-facility-regulations
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Susan A Turner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864915/identification-of-emergency-department-visits-in-medicare-administrative-claims-approaches-and-implications
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Arjun K Venkatesh, Hao Mei, Keith Kocher, Mike Granovsky, Ziad Obermeyer, Erica Spatz, Craig Rothenberg, Harlan Krumholz, Zhenqui Lin
OBJECTIVES: Administrative claims datasets are often used for emergency care research and policy investigations of healthcare resource utilization, acute care practices, and evaluation of quality improvement interventions. Despite the high profile of emergency department (ED) visits in analyses using administrative claims, little work has evaluated the degree to which existing definitions based on claims data accurately captures conventionally defined hospital-based ED services. We sought to construct an operational definition for ED visitation using a comprehensive Medicare dataset and to compare this definition to existing operational definitions used by researchers and policymakers...
November 19, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863480/effects-of-lifestyle-intervention-using-patient-centered-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-among-patients-with-cardio-metabolic-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ying Zhang, Songli Mei, Rui Yang, Ling Chen, Hang Gao, Li Li
BACKGROUND: Cardio-metabolic syndrome (CMS) is a highly prevalent condition. There is an urgent need to identify effective and integrated multi-disciplinary approaches that can reduce risk factors for CMS. METHODS: Sixty-two patients with a history of CMS were randomized 1:1 into two groups: a standard information -only group (control), or a self-regulated lifestyle waist circumference (patient-centered cognitive behavioral therapy) intervention group. A pretest and posttest, controlled, experimental design was used...
November 18, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802884/effects-of-biochars-and-mwnts-on-biodegradation-behavior-of-atrazine-by-acinetobacter-lwoffii-dns32
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Fan Yang, Qun Jiang, Moran Zhu, Lulu Zhao, Ying Zhang
Whether the biodegradation of atrazine by Acinetobacter lwoffii DNS32 can have a difference in the presence of two representative carbon materials (CMs), namely, biochars (BCs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is explored, through investigating the influence of CMs on the biodegradation rate, the viability of bacteria and the expression of atrazine genes in aqueous medium. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), biochars resulted from corn straws (C-BCs) and that made from banana peels (B-BCs) were chosen as the examples...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802444/tissue-derived-signals-for-mesenchymal-stem-cell-stimulation-role-of-cardiac-and-umbilical-cord-microenvironments
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Anny Waloski Robert, Andressa Vaz Schittini, Fabricio Klerynton Marchini, Michel Batista, Marise Brenner Affonso Da Costa, Alexandra Cristina Senegaglia, Paulo Roberto Slud Brofman, Ana Paula Ressetti Abud, Marco Augusto Stimamiglio
The tissue microenvironment regulates such stem cell behaviors as self-renewal and differentiation. Attempts to mimic components of these microenvironments could provide new strategies for culturing and directing the behavior of stem cells. The aim of the present study was to mimic cardiac and umbilical cord tissue microenvironments in vitro and compare the resulting bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) behaviors. We generated tissue microenvironments using conditioned medium (CM) and extracellular matrix (ECM) samples obtained from human heart and umbilical cord tissue explant cultures and by tissue decellularization...
November 2, 2016: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773794/7-8-dihydroxyflavone-reverses-the-depressive-symptoms-in-mouse-chronic-mild-stress
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Min-Wang Zhang, She-Feng Zhang, Zhen-Hua Li, Fang Han
7,8-Dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) is a naturally-occurring flavone which possesses good bioavailability. Due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, previous studies have demonstrated that 7,8-DHF was a potent tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) agonist, and produced antidepressant-like effects in mouse forced swimming test and tail suspension test. However, it has not been evaluated in chronic mild stress (CMS), a classical depression model modulating the processes of major depression in human. In the present study, we not only evaluated the depressive-like behaviors, but also measured the key proteins of TrkB signaling in mice exposed to CMS...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738119/treatment-with-a-low-ph-processing-aid-to-reduce-campylobacter-counts-on-broiler-parts
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M A Landrum, N A Cox, D E Cosby, M E Berrang, S M Russell
New regulations and performance standards for Campylobacter have been implemented by the USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The objective of this study was to evaluate treatment with a low pH processing aid (CMS(1) PoultrypHresh), a formulated low pH processing aid, to reduce numbers of Campylobacter which could help companies meet regulatory requirements. Two experiments (3 replicates each) were conducted. Experiment 1, in each of 3 replicates, skin-on split chicken breasts (n = 15) were obtained from a local grocery and divided into groups of 5...
October 12, 2016: Poultry Science
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