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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914229/clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-beta-interferon-and-glatiramer-acetate-for-treating-multiple-sclerosis-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
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G J Melendez-Torres, Peter Auguste, Xavier Armoiry, Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Rachel Court, Jason Madan, Alan Kan, Stephanie Lin, Carl Counsell, Jacoby Patterson, Jeremy Rodrigues, Olga Ciccarelli, Hannah Fraser, Aileen Clarke
BACKGROUND: At the time of publication of the most recent National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance [technology appraisal (TA) 32] in 2002 on beta-interferon (IFN-β) and glatiramer acetate (GA) for multiple sclerosis, there was insufficient evidence of their clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. OBJECTIVES: To undertake (1) systematic reviews of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of IFN-β and GA in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) compared with best supportive care (BSC) and each other, investigating annualised relapse rate (ARR) and time to disability progression confirmed at 3 months and 6 months and (2) cost-effectiveness assessments of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for CIS and RRMS compared with BSC and each other...
September 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851818/rapid-expansion-of-pigmentation-genes-in-penaeid-shrimp-with-absolute-preservation-of-function
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Alyssa M Budd, Tracey M Hinton, Mark Tonks, Sue Cheers, Nicholas M Wade
Crustaceans form their distinct patterns and colors through the interaction of the carotenoid astaxanthin with a protein called crustacyanin (CRCN). Presently, the expression of just two CRCN genes is thought to provide the protein subunits that combine to form the crustacyanin complex and associated carotenoid colour change from red to blue. This study aimed to explore the genetic complexity underlying the production of pigmentation and camouflage in penaeid shrimp. We isolated 35 new CRCN genes from 12 species, and their sequence analysis indicated that this gene family has undergone significant expansion and diversification in this lineage...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806842/clowns-in-paediatric-surgery-less-anxiety-and-more-oxytocin-a-pilot-study
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Tabea Scheel, Dorothea Hoeppner, Anne Grotevendt, Winfried Barthlen
Background Hospital stays and medical interventions are accompanied by worries and anxiety in children and parents. Recent studies show that hospital clowns may reduce anxiety and enhance well-being. However, so far studies are based solely on subjective measures and clowns are usually not integrated in medical routine. With this pilot study, we aim to provide both psychological and physiological evidence of positive effects of clowns' interventions in hospitalized children. Patients/Method In a consecutive randomized intervention-control group design with 31 children aged 4 to 13 years, 17 patients were accompanied by a clown prior to surgery or during ward round (intervention group) and 14 were not (control group)...
August 14, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790947/the-high-five-associations-of-the-five-positive-factors-with-the-big-five-and-well-being
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Alejandro C Cosentino, Alejandro Castro Solano
The study of individual differences in positive characteristics has mainly focused on moral traits. The objectives of this research were to study individual differences in positive characteristics from the point of view of the layperson, including non-moral individual characteristics, and to generate a replicable model of positive factors. Three studies based on a lexical approach were conducted. The first study generated a corpus of words which resulted in a refined list of socially shared positive characteristics...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770641/evidence-on-the-cost-effectiveness-of-lifelong-antiretroviral-therapy-for-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv-implications-for-resource-limited-countries-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Peslie G Ngambi, Aubrey C Kalungia, Michael R Law, Francis Kalemeera, IIse Truter, Brian Godman, Derick Munkombwe
The 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) consolidated guideline recommends lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT). Ambiguity remains about the cost-effectiveness of this strategy in resource-limited developing countries. Areas covered: We reviewed model-based studies on the cost-effectiveness of lifelong ART (formerly Option B+) relative to previous WHO guidelines for PMTCT. Our search using PubMed, Medline and Google Scholar for articles on Option B+ resulted in the final inclusion of seven studies published between 2012 and 2016...
August 11, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764473/combining-the-remote-microphone-technique-with-head-tracking-for-local-active-sound-control
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Woomin Jung, Stephen J Elliott, Jordan Cheer
This paper describes practical integration of the remote microphone technique with a head-tracking device in a local active noise control system. The formulation is first reviewed for the optimized observation filter and nearfield pressure estimation. The attenuation performance and stability of an adaptive active headrest system combined with the remote microphone technique are then studied. The accuracy of the nearfield estimation and the effect of the head-tracking on the control performance are investigated in real-time experiments...
July 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733341/activity-limitations-and-subjective-well-being-after-stroke
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Darin B Zahuranec, Lesli E Skolarus, Chunyang Feng, Vicki A Freedman, James F Burke
OBJECTIVE: As limitations in activities of daily living are major components of many stroke outcome scales, we examined how well activity limitations predicted subjective well-being among stroke survivors in a nationally representative survey. METHODS: Individuals with a self-reported history of stroke were identified from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. Subjective well-being (primary outcome) was assessed with a validated 7-item measure (higher = greater well-being) assessing emotions (cheerful, bored, full of life, and upset) and self-realization (purpose in life, self-acceptance, and environmental mastery)...
August 29, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730705/-those-who-care-much-understand-much-maternal-perceptions-of-children-s-appetite-perspectives-from-urban-and-rural-caregivers-of-diverse-parenting-experience-in-bangladesh
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Nurun Naila, Baitun Nahar, Monica Lazarus, Gaelen Ritter, Muttaquina Hossain, Mustafa Mahfuz, Tahmeed Ahmed, Donna Denno, Judd Walson, Scott Ickes
Appetite in children is an important determinant of nutritional intake and growth. The information used by caregivers to understand children's appetite can help inform infant and young child feeding promotion and appetite assessment. We conducted a qualitative study to (a) explore maternal perceptions and responses to children's appetite and (b) to identify how these factors differ by type of caregiver, level of maternal experience, and urban versus rural context. We used purposive sampling to recruit mothers and alternate caregivers into 14 total focus group discussions (six to eight participants in each group; N = 95) in both urban and rural settings in Bangladesh...
July 21, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723754/an-economic-analysis-of-high-dose-imatinib-dasatinib-and-nilotinib-for-imatinib-resistant-chronic-phase-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-in-china-a-cheers-compliant-article
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Bin Wu, Maobai Liu, Te Li, Houwen Lin, Hua Zhong
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to test the cost-effectiveness of dasatinib compared to high-dose imatinib and nilotinib in Chinese patients who were diagnosed with imatinib-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia in the chronic phase (CML-CP). METHODS: A Markov model combined with clinical effectiveness, utility, and cost data was used. The sensitivity analyses were conducted to determine the robustness of the model outcomes. The impact of patient assistance programs (PAPs) was assessed...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694099/a-new-dawn-in-cannabinoid-neurobiology-the-road-from-molecules-to-therapeutic-discoveries
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EDITORIAL
Joseph F Cheer, Yasmin L Hurd
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 8, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690562/trait-cheerfulness-does-not-influence-switching-costs-but-modulates-preparation-and-repetition-effects-in-a-task-switching-paradigm
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Raúl López-Benítez, Hugo Carretero-Dios, Alberto Acosta, Juan Lupiáñez
Many studies have shown the beneficial effect of positive emotions on various cognitive processes, such as creativity and cognitive flexibility. Cheerfulness, understood as an affective predisposition to sense of humor, has been associated with positive emotions. So far, however, no studies have shown the relevance of this dimension in cognitive flexibility processes. The aim of this research was to analyze the relationship between cheerfulness and these processes. To this end, we carried out two studies using a task-switching paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674846/reporting-and-analysis-of-trial-based-cost-effectiveness-evaluations-in-obstetrics-and-gynaecology
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REVIEW
Mohamed El Alili, Johanna M van Dongen, Judith A F Huirne, Maurits W van Tulder, Judith E Bosmans
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim was to systematically review whether the reporting and analysis of trial-based cost-effectiveness evaluations in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology comply with guidelines and recommendations, and whether this has improved over time. DATA SOURCES AND SELECTION CRITERIA: A literature search was performed in MEDLINE, the NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) and the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) database to identify trial-based cost-effectiveness evaluations in obstetrics and gynaecology published between January 1, 2000 and May 16, 2017...
July 3, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670954/predictors-of-patient-satisfaction-in-pediatric-oncology
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Josh Davis, James F Burrows, Bertha Ben Khallouq, Paul Rosen
OBJECTIVE: To understand key drivers of patient satisfaction in pediatric hematology/oncology. METHODS: The "top-box" scores of patient satisfaction surveys from 4 pediatric hematology/oncology practices were collected from 2012 to 2014 at an integrated Children's Health Network. One item, "Likelihood of recommending practice," was used as the surrogate for overall patient satisfaction, and all other items were correlated to this item. RESULTS: A total of 1244 satisfaction surveys were included in this analysis...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653666/endocannabinoid-regulation-of-reward-and-reinforcement-through-interaction-with-dopamine-and-endogenous-opioid-signaling
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J M Wenzel, J F Cheer
The endocannabinoid system (eCB) is implicated in the mediation of both reward and reinforcement. This is evidenced by the ability of exogenous cannabinoid drugs to produce hedonia and maintain self-administration in both human and animal subjects. eCBs similarly facilitate behaviors motivated by reward through interaction with the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) and endogenous opioid systems. Indeed, eCB signaling in the ventral tegmental area stimulates activation of midbrain DA cells and promotes DA release in terminal regions such as the nucleus accumbens (NAc)...
June 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652034/adolescent-mental-health-reasons-to-be-cheerful
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EDITORIAL
The Lancet Psychiatry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631771/-dying-in-the-three-graces-arms-when-ethics-dresses-up-as-aesthetics
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Sandro Spinsanti
The many adjectives usually used to explain the desirable death - painless, decent, human… - do not include the term "graceful". However, this is a way that can be explored, too, if you imagine to die in the Three Graces' arms, namely in a mood that, according to Ugo Foscolo, is "between the exaggerated cheerfulness and the deep pain". The pathway turns out to be much more productive if we allow ourselves to be led by the original names of the Three Graces and by their symbology. Euphrosyne suggests the wisdom through which the mind guides our choices, especially those that show as palliative cures; Aglaea suggests the peace linked to the possibility to keep the death process under control; Talia lets us imagine a death seen as growth, as a pathway that ends at the peak of our own humanity...
June 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602382/value-in-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-a-systematic-review-of-economic-analyses
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Benjamin P Geisler, Yisi D Ji, Zachary S Peacock
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to describe the state of economic analyses in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search of published literature up to 2016 was performed. The inclusion criteria were as follows: English-language articles on economic analyses pertaining to OMS including anesthesia and pain management; dentoalveolar surgery; orthognathic, cleft, and/or obstructive sleep apnea treatment; pathology; reconstruction; temporomandibular disorders; trauma; and other...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580762/static-beam-tomotherapy-as-an-optimisation-method-in-whole-breast-radiation-therapy-wbrt
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Matthew Squires, Yunfei Hu, Mikel Byrne, Ben Archibald-Heeren, Sonja Cheers, Bruno Bosco, Amy Teh, Andrew Fong
INTRODUCTION: TomoTherapy (Accuray, Sunnyvale, CA) has recently introduced a static form of tomotherapy: TomoDirect™ (TD). This study aimed to evaluate TD against a contemporary intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) alternative through comparison of target and organ at risk (OAR) doses in breast cancer cases. A secondary objective was to evaluate planning efficiency by measuring optimisation times. METHODS: Treatment plans of 27 whole-breast radiation therapy (WBRT) patients optimised with a tangential hybrid IMRT technique were replanned using TD...
June 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578712/pharmacoeconomic-studies-in-world-health-organization-eastern-mediterranean-countries-reporting-completeness
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Qais Alefan, Karen Rascati
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent of reporting necessary information in published health economic research in World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Countries (WHO EMC). METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed and Google Scholar to identify pharmacoeconomic studies conducted in WHO EMC. The inclusion criteria for the studies were: (i) original studies, (ii) compared pharmaceutical services or drugs, (iii) conducted in WHO EMC, (iv) manuscript published in English...
June 5, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541078/ensembles-in-medial-and-lateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-construct-cognitive-maps-emphasizing-different-features-of-the-behavioral-landscape
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Nina Lopatina, Brian F Sadacca, Michael A McDannald, Clay V Styer, Jacob F Peterson, Joseph F Cheer, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) has long been implicated in the ability to use the current value of expected outcomes to guide behavior. More recently, this specific role has been conceptualized as a special case of a more general function that OFC plays in constructing a "cognitive map" of the behavioral task space by labeling the current task state and learning relationships among task states. Here, we have used single unit recording data from 2 prior studies to examine whether and how information relating different states within and across trials is represented in medial versus lateral OFC in rats...
June 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
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