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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454485/cheminformatics-based-anticoagulant-study-of-traditionally-used-medicinal-plants
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Mahdi Alikhani Pour, Soroush Sardari, Ali Eslamifar, Abid Azhar, Mohammad Rezvani, Milad Nazari
Backgroung: Medicinal plants, as a complementary medicine, have been used to treat various diseases since ancient times. These plants have numerous beneficial applications and are the source of certain conventional drugs. In diseases such as stroke and ischemia, which are caused by several factors, abnormal coagulation is an important causative factor. Accordingly, novel and effective therapies such as herbal remedies should be practiced to prevent such lethal diseases. Methods: Using the available databases such as Google Scholar and PubMed, the previously reported anticoagulant compounds and plants possessing anticoagulant activity were identified and collected in two separate lists...
April 29, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444187/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-pcsk9-inhibitors-vs-ezetimibe-through-ldl-c-reductions-in-a-norwegian-setting
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Max Korman, Torbjørn Wisløff
Aims: Despite the success of statins, there remains unmet clinical need in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. New proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 55-65%. Two PCSK9 inhibitors, evolocumab and alirocumab, were approved for use in Norway but not yet for reimbursement through public national insurance. We aim to explore the cost-effectiveness of these compared to available treatments in a Norwegian setting...
April 21, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432954/fully-automatic-left-ventricular-segmentation-from-long-axis-cardiac-cine-mr-scans
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Rahil Shahzad, Qian Tao, Oleh Dzyubachyk, Marius Staring, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Rob J van der Geest
With an increasing number of large-scale population-based cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging studies being conducted nowadays, there comes the mammoth task of image annotation and image analysis. Such population-based studies would greatly benefit from automated pipelines, with an efficient CMR image analysis workflow. The purpose of this work is to investigate the feasibility of using a fully-automatic pipeline to segment the left ventricular endocardium and epicardium simultaneously on two orthogonal (vertical and horizontal) long-axis cardiac cine MRI scans...
April 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431633/greater-healthcare-utilization-and-costs-among-black-persons-compared-to-white-persons-with-aphasia-in-the-north-carolina-stroke-belt
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Charles Ellis, Rose Y Hardy, Richard C Lindrooth
PURPOSE: To examine racial differences in healthcare utilization and costs for persons with aphasia (PWA) being treated in acute care hospitals in North Carolina (NC). METHODS: NC Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Database (HCUP-SID) data from 2011-2012 were analyzed to examine healthcare utilization and costs of care for stroke patients with aphasia. Analyses emphasized length of stay, charges and cost of general hospital services. Generalized linear models (GLM) were constructed to determine the impact of demographic characteristics, stroke/illness severity, and observed hospital characteristics on utilization and costs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430735/sodium-tetradecyl-sulfate-a-review-of-clinical-uses
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Helena A Jenkinson, Kelly M Wilmas, Sirunya Silapunt
BACKGROUND: Sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) is Food and Drug Administration approved for treatment of varicose veins, but numerous other off-label applications have been reported. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical uses of STS, as well as efficacy and adverse effects. METHODS: Review of studies searchable on PubMed from 1938 to 2016 describing clinical uses of STS to determine efficacy and adverse effects associated with various applications...
April 19, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427070/practical-lessons-from-protocol-t-for-the-management-of-diabetic-macular-edema
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Lekha Mukkamala, Neelakshi Bhagat, Marco Zarbin
PURPOSE: To review the results of Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network Protocol T, as applied to clinical practice. METHODS: Review of major publications reporting the results of Protocol T, a randomized single-masked (in year-1 only), multicenter clinical trial comparing aflibercept, bevacizumab, and ranibizumab as treatment option for center-involving diabetic macular edema (DME). The main outcome measures were change in visual acuity (VA), central subfield thickness (CST) on optical coherence tomography, cost effectiveness, burden of care, and safety...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426345/economic-evaluation-of-ezetimibe-treatment-in-combination-with-statin-therapy-in-the-united-states
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Glenn M Davies, Ami Vyas, Carl A Baxter
AIMS: This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of ezetimibe with statin therapy versus statin monotherapy from a United States (US) payer perspective, assuming the impending patent expiration of ezetimibe. METHODS: A Markov-like economic model consisting of 28 distinct health states was used. Model population data were obtained from US linked claims and electronic medical records, with inclusion criteria based on diagnostic guidelines. Inputs came from recent clinical trials, meta-analyses, and cost-effectiveness analyses...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410110/portable-and-reconfigurable-wrist-robot-improves-hand-function-for-post-stroke-subjects
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Kang Xiang Khor, Patrick Jun Hua Chin, Che Fai Yeong, Eileen Lee Ming Su, Aqilah Leela T Narayanan, Hisyam Abdul Rahman, Qamer Iqbal Khan
Rehabilitation robots have become increasingly popular for stroke rehabilitation. However, the high cost of robots hampers their implementation on a large scale. This study implements the concept of a modular and reconfigurable robot, reducing its cost and size by adopting different therapeutic end effectors for different training movements using a single robot. The challenge is to increase the robot's portability and identify appropriate kinds of modular tools and configurations. Because literature on the effectiveness of this kind of rehabilitation robot is still scarce, this paper presents the design of a portable and reconfigurable rehabilitation robot and describes its use with a group of post-stroke patients for wrist and forearm training...
April 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405001/dietary-factors-in-rheumatic-autoimmune-diseases-a-recipe-for-therapy
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Shani Dahan, Yahel Segal, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Today, we are facing a new era of digitization in the health care system, and with increased access to health care information has come a growing demand for safe, cost-effective and easy to administer therapies. Dietary habits have a crucial influence on human health, affecting an individual's risk for hypertension, heart disease and stroke, as well as influencing the risk of developing of cancer. Moreover, an individual's lifestyle choices can greatly influence the progression and manifestation of chronic autoimmune rheumatic diseases...
April 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391913/clinical-and-economic-consequences-of-statin-intolerance-in-the-united-states-results-from-an-integrated-health-system
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Jove H Graham, Robert J Sanchez, Joseph J Saseen, Usha G Mallya, Mary P Panaccio, Michael A Evans
BACKGROUND: Although statins are considered safe and effective, they have been associated with statin intolerance (SI) in clinical and observational studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the clinical and economic consequences of SI through comparison of an SI cohort of patients with matched controls. METHODS: This study used data extracted from an integrated health system's electronic health records from 2008 to 2014...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377155/level-of-need-divertibility-and-outcomes-of-newly-admitted-nursing-home-residents
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Peter Tanuseputro, Amy Hsu, Kerry Kuluski, Mathieu Chalifoux, Melissa Donskov, Sarah Beach, Peter Walker
OBJECTIVES: To describe the level of need and divertibility of newly admitted nursing home residents, describe the factors that drive need, and describe the outcomes of residents across different levels of need. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A total of 640 publicly funded nursing homes (also known as long-term care facilities) in Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: All newly admitted residents between January 1, 2010 and March 1, 2012...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375069/long-term-cost-effectiveness-of-thrombectomy-for-acute-ischaemic-stroke-in-real-life-an-analysis-based-on-data-from-the-swedish-stroke-register-riksstroke
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Katarina Steen Carlsson, Gunnar Andsberg, Jesper Petersson, Bo Norrving
Background Randomised controlled trials have demonstrated substantial clinical benefit for thrombectomy in patients with acute ischaemic stroke and proximal anterior circulation arterial occlusion. Aim We investigated the long-term cost-effectiveness of thrombectomy after thrombolysis versus thrombolysis alone using real-world outcome data on need for health care, home help and nursing home care. Methods We used real-life resource use and survival data from the Swedish Stroke Register and pooled outcomes from five randomised controlled trials published in 2015 in a newly constructed Markov cost-effectiveness model with a societal perspective...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374179/revascularization-for-advanced-coronary-artery-disease-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-choosing-wisely-between-pci-and-surgery
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Louai Razzouk, Frederick Feit, Michael E Farkouh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at an increased risk of systemic atherosclerosis and advanced coronary artery disease (CAD). Herein, we review clinical trials comparing surgical to percutaneous revascularization in the context of the unique pathophysiology in this patient population, and seek to answer the question of optimal strategy of revascularization. RECENT FINDINGS: Early studies showed a signal towards benefit of surgical revascularization over percutaneous revascularization in this group, but there was a paucity of randomized clinical trials (RCT) to directly support this finding...
May 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370802/spinal-cord-stimulation-for-spasticity-historical-approaches-current-status-and-future-directions
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Sean J Nagel, Saul Wilson, Michael D Johnson, Andre Machado, Leonardo Frizon, Matthieu K Chardon, Chandan G Reddy, George T Gillies, Matthew A Howard
INTRODUCTION: Millions of people worldwide suffer with spasticity related to irreversible damage to the brain or spinal cord. Typical antecedent events include stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury, although insidious onset is also common. Regardless of the cause, the resulting spasticity leads to years of disability and reduced quality of life. Many treatments are available to manage spasticity; yet each is fraught with drawbacks including incomplete response, high cost, limited duration, dose-limiting side effects, and periodic maintenance...
April 2, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368550/home-or-foster-home-care-versus-institutional-long-term-care-for-functionally-dependent-older-people
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Camilla Young, Amanda M Hall, Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley, Terry J Quinn, Lotty Hooft, Barbara C van Munster, David J Stott
BACKGROUND: Changing population demographics have led to an increasing number of functionally dependent older people who require care and medical treatment. In many countries, government policy aims to shift resources into the community from institutional care settings with the expectation that this will reduce costs and improve the quality of care compared. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of long-term home or foster home care versus institutional care for functionally dependent older people...
April 3, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362411/continuous-manual-exchange-transfusion-for-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-an-efficient-method-to-avoid-iron-overload
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Bérengère Koehl, Florence Missud, Laurent Holvoet, Ghislaine Ithier, Oliver Sakalian-Black, Zinedine Haouari, Emmanuelle Lesprit, André Baruchel, Malika Benkerrou
Children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) may be at risk of cerebral vasculopathy and strokes, which can be prevented by chronic transfusion programs. Repeated transfusions of packed red blood cells (PRBCs) is currently the simplest and most used technique for chronic transfusion programs. However, iron overload is one of the major side effects of this therapy. More developed methods exist, notably the apheresis of RBC (erythrapheresis), which is currently the safest and most efficient method. However, it is costly, complicated, and cannot be implemented everywhere, nor is it suitable for all patients...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356750/early-discharge-compared-with-ordinary-discharge-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-safety-and-cost
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REVIEW
Michael Abdelnoor, Jack Gunnar Andersen, Harald Arnesen, Odd Johansen
AIM: We aimed to summarize the pooled effect of early discharge compared with ordinary discharge after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on the composite endpoint of re-infarction, revascularization, stroke, death, and incidence of rehospitalization. We also aimed to compare costs for the two strategies. METHODS: The study was a systematic review and a meta-analysis of 12 randomized controlled trials including 2962 patients, followed by trial sequential analysis...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356241/virtual-reality-for-management-of-pain-in-hospitalized-patients-results-of-a-controlled-trial
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Vartan C Tashjian, Sasan Mosadeghi, Amber R Howard, Mayra Lopez, Taylor Dupuy, Mark Reid, Bibiana Martinez, Shahzad Ahmed, Francis Dailey, Karen Robbins, Bradley Rosen, Garth Fuller, Itai Danovitch, Waguih IsHak, Brennan Spiegel
BACKGROUND: Improvements in software and design and reduction in cost have made virtual reality (VR) a practical tool for immersive, three-dimensional (3D), multisensory experiences that distract patients from painful stimuli. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to measure the impact of a onetime 3D VR intervention versus a two-dimensional (2D) distraction video for pain in hospitalized patients. METHODS: We conducted a comparative cohort study in a large, urban teaching hospital in medical inpatients with an average pain score of ≥3/10 from any cause...
March 29, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355434/economic-analysis-of-apixaban-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-a-us-perspective-results-from-the-aristotle-randomized-clinical-trial
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Patricia A Cowper, Shubin Sheng, Renato D Lopes, Kevin J Anstrom, Judith A Stafford, Linda Davidson-Ray, Sana M Al-Khatib, Jack Ansell, Paul Dorian, Steen Husted, John J V McMurray, P Gabriel Steg, John H Alexander, Lars Wallentin, Christopher B Granger, Daniel B Mark
Importance: The Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation (ARISTOTLE) trial reported that apixaban therapy was superior to warfarin therapy in preventing stroke and all-cause death while causing significantly fewer major bleeds. To establish the value proposition of substituting apixiban therapy for warfarin therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation, we performed a cost-effectiveness analysis using patient-level data from the ARISTOTLE trial...
March 29, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346238/management-of-hypertension-in-2017-targets-and-therapies
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Monica Ahluwalia, Sripal Bangalore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately one-fourth of the adult population is diagnosed with hypertension, which has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, heart failure and stroke. Early detection and treatment is a key and can lead to a significant reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: In this review, we discuss the management and treatment strategies in patients with hypertension in the current era...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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