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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350627/data-staff-and-money-leadership-reflections-on-the-future-of-public-health-informatics
#1
Jonathon P Leider, Gulzar H Shah, Karmen S Williams, Akrati Gupta, Brian C Castrucci
CONTEXT: Health informatics can play a critical role in supporting local health departments' (LHDs') delivery of certain essential public health services and improving evidence base for decision support. However, LHDs' informatics capacities are below an optimum level. Efforts to build such capacities face ongoing challenges. Moreover, little is known about LHD leaders' desires for the future of public health informatics. OBJECTIVES: Conduct a qualitative analysis of LHDs' future informatics plans, perceived barriers to accomplishing those plans, and potential impact of future advances in public health informatics on the work of the public health enterprise...
May 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346691/reproductive-status-affects-the-feeding-ecology-and-social-association-patterns-of-female-squirrel-monkeys-saimiri-collinsi-in-an-amazonian-rainforest
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Luana V P Ruivo, Anita I Stone, Matthew Fienup
When making foraging decisions, female primates may follow specific behavioral strategies that reflect their reproductive state. Lactation is considered the most energetically costly phase for females, but we argue that gestation is also energetically expensive for squirrel monkeys. In this study, we examined whether female squirrel monkeys (a seasonally breeding primate) in different reproductive phases showed significant differences in their foraging ecology. We sampled two wild groups of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri collinsi) using the focal animal method, during 12 months (June 2014 to May 2015)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346519/views-of-senior-health-personnel-about-quality-of-emergency-obstetric-care-a-qualitative-study-in-nigeria
#3
Friday Okonofua, Abdullahi Randawa, Rosemary Ogu, Kingsley Agholor, Ola Okike, Rukayat Adeola Abdus-Salam, Mohammed Gana, Eghe Abe, Adetoye Durodola, Hadiza Galadanci
BACKGROUND: Late arrival in hospital by women experiencing pregnancy complications is an important background factor leading to maternal mortality in Nigeria. The use of effective and timely emergency obstetric care determines whether women survive or die, or become near-miss cases. Healthcare managers have the responsibility to deploy resources for implementing emergency obstetric care. OBJECTIVES: To determine the nature of institutional policies and frameworks for managing obstetric complications and reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345498/the-effects-of-payments-for-pharmaceuticals-a-systematic-literature-review
#4
Katarzyna Kolasa, Marta Kowalczyk
The existence of different forms of out-of-pocket payments (OOPs) for pharmaceuticals across the globe provokes the question whether they can achieve more negative or positive consequences. A systematic literature review was conducted to assess the association between drug cost sharing and health care services utilization, health care costs as well as health outcomes. Studies published in The Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase were searched with such keywords as: drug, pharmaceutical, cost sharing, out of pocket, co-payments paired with the following: impact, health outcomes, health care costs and utilization...
March 27, 2017: Health Economics, Policy, and Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345444/budgetary-impact-of-cabazitaxel-use-after-docetaxel-treatment-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#5
Kyle Flannery, Ed Drea, Louis Hudspeth, Shelby Corman, Xin Gao, Mei Xue, Raymond Miao
BACKGROUND: With the approval of several new treatments for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), budgetary impact is a concern for health plan decision makers. Budget impact models (BIMs) are becoming a requirement in many countries as part of formulary approval or reimbursement decisions. Cabazitaxel is a second-generation taxane developed to overcome resistance to docetaxel and is approved for the treatment of patients with mCRPC previously treated with a docetaxel-containing regimen...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343979/proposed-us-government-budget-cuts-would-devastate-cancer-research
#6
Bryant Furlow
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343810/policy-objective-of-generic-medicines-from-the-investment-perspective-the-case-of-clopidogrel
#7
Péter Elek, András Harsányi, Tamás Zelei, Kata Csetneki, Zoltán Kaló
The objective of generic drug policies in most countries is defined from a disinvestment perspective: reduction in expenditures without compromising health outcomes. However, in countries with restricted access of patients to original patented drugs, the objective of generic drug policies can also be defined from an investment perspective: health gain by improved patient access without need for additional health budget. This study examines the investment aspect of generic medicines by analyzing clopidogrel utilization in European countries between 2004 and 2014 using multilevel panel data models...
March 7, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343037/concentration-and-sources-of-atmospheric-nitrous-acid-hono-at-an-urban-site-in-western-china
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Ru-Jin Huang, Lu Yang, Junji Cao, Qiyuan Wang, Xuexi Tie, Kin-Fai Ho, Zhenxing Shen, Renjian Zhang, Guohui Li, Chongshu Zhu, Ningning Zhang, Wenting Dai, Jiamao Zhou, Suixin Liu, Yang Chen, Jun Chen, Colin D O'Dowd
Highly time-resolved measurements of nitrous acid (HONO) were carried out with a highly sensitive long path absorption photometer (LOPAP) at an urban site of Xi'an in Western China from 24 July to 6 August 2015 to investigate the atmospheric variations, sources, and formation pathways of HONO. The concentrations of HONO vary from 0.02 to 4.3ppbv with an average of 1.12ppbv for the entire measurement period. The variation trends of HONO and NO2 are very similar and positively correlated which, together with the similar diurnal profiles of HONO/NO2 ratio and HONO, suggest the importance of heterogeneous conversion of HONO from NO2...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342891/cost-utility-of-group-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-for-fibromyalgia-versus-recommended-drugs-an-economic-analysis-alongside-a-6-month-randomised-controlled-trial-conducted-in-spain-effigact-study
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Juan V Luciano, Francesco D'Amico, Albert Feliu-Soler, Lance M McCracken, Jaume Aguado, María T Peñarrubia-María, Martin Knapp, Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Javier García-Campayo
The aim of this study was to analyse the cost-utility of a group-based form of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (GACT) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM) compared to patients receiving recommended pharmacological treatment (RPT) or on a waiting list (WL). The data were derived from a previously published study, an RCT that focused on clinical outcomes. Health economic outcomes included health-related quality of life and healthcare use at baseline and at 6-month follow-up using the EuroQol (EQ-5D-3L) and the Client Service Receipt Inventory (CSRI), respectively...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342775/the-cash-and-counseling-model-of-self-directed-long-term-care-effectiveness-with-young-adults-with-disabilities
#10
Melissa L Harry, Kevin J Mahoney, Ellen K Mahoney, Ce Shen
BACKGROUND: Young adults with disabilities face numerous barriers to independence and achieving markers of adulthood. Qualitative evidence suggests that flexible, self-directed budgets for purchasing home and community-based services might help fill an identified service gap and help improve the transition to adulthood for this group. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Cash and Counseling model of self-directed budgets for young adults with long-term care disabilities by analyzing secondary data from the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation randomized control trial...
March 10, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342604/economic-considerations-of-breeding-for-polled-dairy-cows-versus-dehorning-in-the-united-states
#11
Nathanael M Thompson, Nicole Olynk Widmar, Michael M Schutz, John B Cole, Christopher A Wolf
This paper examines the costs and benefits of selecting for polled dairy heifers versus traditional dehorning practices. Stochastic budgets were developed to analyze the expected costs (EC) associated with polled dairy genetics. The economic assessment was expanded beyond on-farm cash costs by incorporating cost and benefit estimates to generate industry-wide discussion, and preliminary economic evaluations, surrounding the public acceptance and attitude toward polled genetics versus dehorning calves. Triangular distributions, commonly used to represent distributions with limited data, were used to represent labor costs for dehorning, the likelihood of treatment of calf, and the cost of veterinary treatment...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341767/the-effect-of-excise-tax-increases-on-cigarette-prices-in-south-africa
#12
Daniel J Linegar, Corne van Walbeek
INTRODUCTION: The effectiveness of excise tax increases as a tool for reducing tobacco consumption depends largely on how the tax increases impact the retail price. We estimate this relationship in South Africa for 2001-2015. DATA: Statistics South Africa provided disaggregated cigarette price data, used in the calculation of the Consumers' Price Index. Data on the excise tax per cigarette were obtained from Budget Reviews prepared by the National Treasury of South Africa...
March 24, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340619/operational-and-implementation-research-within-global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria-grants-a-situation-analysis-in-six-countries
#13
Sabine Kiefer, Astrid M Knoblauch, Peter Steinmann, Tanja Barth-Jaeggi, Mahnaz Vahedi, Dermot Maher, Jürg Utzinger, Kaspar Wyss
BACKGROUND: Operational/implementation research (OR/IR) is a key activity to improve disease control programme performance. We assessed the extent to which malaria and tuberculosis (TB) grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ("Global Fund") include support for OR/IR, and discuss the implications of the current Global Fund operating mechanisms for OR/IR support. METHODS: The situation analysis focussed on malaria and TB, while HIV was excluded...
March 24, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339683/addressing-beacon-re-identification-attacks-quantification-and-mitigation-of-privacy-risks
#14
Jean Louis Raisaro, Florian Tramèr, Zhanglong Ji, Diyue Bu, Yongan Zhao, Knox Carey, David Lloyd, Heidi Sofia, Dixie Baker, Paul Flicek, Suyash Shringarpure, Carlos Bustamante, Shuang Wang, Xiaoqian Jiang, Lucila Ohno-Machado, Haixu Tang, XiaoFeng Wang, Jean-Pierre Hubaux
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) created the Beacon Project as a means of testing the willingness of data holders to share genetic data in the simplest technical context-a query for the presence of a specified nucleotide at a given position within a chromosome. Each participating site (or "beacon") is responsible for assuring that genomic data are exposed through the Beacon service only with the permission of the individual to whom the data pertains and in accordance with the GA4GH policy and standards...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339135/integrated-models-to-support-multiobjective-ecological-restoration-decisions
#15
Hannah Fraser, Libby Rumpff, Jian D L Yen, Doug Robinson, Brendan A Wintle
Many objectives motivate ecological restoration including improving vegetation condition, increasing the range and abundance of threatened species, and improving aggregate measures of biodiversity such as richness and diversity. While ecological models have been used to examine the outcomes of ecological restoration, there are few attempts to develop models to account for multiple, potentially competing objectives. We develop the first predictive model that integrates a vegetation-focused state-and-transition model with species distribution models for birds...
March 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337415/a-modification-of-the-constant-head-permeameter-to-measure-saturated-hydraulic-conductivity-of-highly-permeable-media
#16
Jelmer J Nijp, Klaas Metselaar, Juul Limpens, Harm P A Gooren, Sjoerd E A T M van der Zee
The saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks ) is a key characteristic of porous media, describing the rate of water flow through saturated porous media. It is an indispensable parameter in a broad range of simulation models that quantify saturated and/or unsaturated water flow. The constant-head permeameter test is a common laboratory method to determine Ks on undisturbed soil samples collected from the field. In this paper we show that the application of this conventional method may result in a biased Ks in the case of highly permeable media, such as the top layer of Sphagnum peat and gravel...
2017: MethodsX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336614/trump-s-2018-budget-proposal-devalues-science
#17
Jeffrey Mervis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 24, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333652/survivability-modeling-and-resource-planning-for-self-repairing-reconfigurable-device-fabrics
#18
Rashad S Oreifej, Rawad Al-Haddad, Ramtin Zand, Rizwan A Ashraf, Ronald F DeMara
A resilient system design problem is formulated as the quantification of uncommitted reconfigurable resources required for a system of components to survive its lifetime within mission availability specifications. We show that this survivability metric can be calculated according to the residual functionality obtained from pools of dynamically configurable elements constituting the amorphous resource pool (ARP). The ARP is depleted based on the failure rate to replenish the functionality lost in a reconfigurable fabric due to the occurrence of permanent faults during the mission lifetime...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333468/alkyl-chain-length-dependent-structural-and-orientational-transformations-of-water-at-alcohol-water-interfaces-and-its-relevance-to-atmospheric-aerosols
#19
Jahur A Mondal, V Namboodiri, P Mathi, Ajay K Singh
Although the hydrophobic size of an amphiphile plays a key role in various chemical, biological, and atmospheric processes, its effect at macroscopic aqueous interfaces (e.g., air-water, oil-water, cell membrane-water, etc.), which are ubiquitous in nature, is not well understood. Here we report the hydrophobic alkyl chain length dependent structural and orientational transformations of water at alcohol (CnH2n+1OH, n = 1-12)-water interfaces using interface-selective heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (HD-VSFG) and Raman multivariate curve resolution (Raman-MCR) spectroscopic techniques...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333444/host-symbiont-interaction-model-explains-non-monotonic-response-of-soybean-growth-and-seed-production-to-nano-ceo2-exposure
#20
Tin Klanjscek, Erik B Muller, Patricia A Holden, Roger M Nisbet
Recent nanotoxicity studies have demonstrated non-monotonic dose-response mechanisms for planted soybean that have a symbiotic relationship with bacteroids in their root nodules: reduction of growth and seed production was greater for low, as compared to high, exposures. To investigate mechanistic underpinnings of the observed patterns, we formulated an energy budget model coupled to a toxicokinetic module describing bioaccumulation, and two toxicodynamic modules describing respectively toxic effects on host plant and symbionts...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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