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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437647/comparison-of-landfarming-amendments-to-improve-bioremediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-in-niger-delta-soils
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David M Brown, Samson Okoro, Juami van Gils, Rob van Spanning, Matthijs Bonte, Tony Hutchings, Olof Linden, Uzoamaka Egbuche, Kim Bye Bruun, Jonathan W N Smith
Large scale landfarming experiments, using an extensive range of treatments, were conducted in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria to study the degradation of oil in contaminated soils. In this work the effect of nutrient addition, biosurfactant, Eisenia fetida (earthworm) enzyme extract, bulking and sorption agents and soil neutralization were tested. It was found that these treatments were successful in removing up to 53% of the total petroleum hydrocarbon in the soil within 16 weeks. A comparison between treatments demonstrated that most were no more effective than agricultural fertilizer addition alone...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437556/inheritance-of-bacterial-spot-resistance-in-capsicum-annuum-var-annuum
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L R A Silva, R Rodrigues, S Pimenta, J W S Correa, M S B Araújo, C S Bento, C P Sudré
Since 2008, Brazil is the largest consumer of agrochemicals, which increases production costs and risks of agricultural products, environment, and farmers' contamination. Sweet pepper, which is one of the main consumed vegetables in the country, is on top of the list of the most sprayed crops. The bacterial spot, caused by Xanthomonas spp, is one of the most damaging diseases of pepper crops. Genetic resistant consists of a suitable way of disease control, but development of durable resistant cultivars as well as understanding of plant-bacterium interaction is being a challenge for plant breeders and pathologists worldwide...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437321/medical-expenditures-associated-with-diabetes-among-youth-with-medicaid-coverage
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Sundar S Shrestha, Ping Zhang, Theodore J Thompson, Edward W Gregg, Ann Albright, Giuseppina Imperatore
BACKGROUND: Information on diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth is important to understand the magnitude of financial burden and to plan the health care resources needed for managing diabetes. However, diabetes-related excess medical expenditures for youth covered by Medicaid program have not been investigated recently. OBJECTIVE: To estimate excess diabetes-related medical expenditures among youth aged below 20 years enrolled in Medicaid programs in the United States...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437317/dementia-comorbidity-and-physical-function-in-the-program-of-all-inclusive-care-for-the-elderly
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Jason R Falvey, Allison M Gustavson, Lisa Price, Lucine Papazian, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley
BACKGROUND: Participants in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are a unique clinical population of medically complex and highly disabled older adults who qualify for nursing home level care but receive services in the community. A main goal of PACE programs is to prevent further declines in physical function that may necessitate costly institutionalization. This study evaluates how multimorbidity and dementia impact both self-selected gait speed and Timed Up and Go (TUG) in this population...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437313/enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-for-noncolorectal-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-major-abdominal-surgery
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Anthony Visioni, Rupen Shah, Emmanuel Gabriel, Kristopher Attwood, Moshim Kukar, Steven Nurkin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols across noncolorectal abdominal surgical procedures. BACKGROUND: ERAS programs have been studied extensively in colorectal surgery and adopted at many centers. Several studies testing such protocols have shown promising results in improving postoperative outcomes across various surgical procedures. However, surgeons performing major abdominal procedures have been slower to adopt these ERAS protocols...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437115/development-and-implementation-of-advanced-fitting-methods-for-the-calculation-of-accurate-molecular-structures
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Marco Mendolicchio, Emanuele Penocchio, Daniele Licari, Nicola Tasinato, Vincenzo Barone
The determination of accurate equilibrium molecular structures plays a fundamental role for understanding many physical-chemical properties of molecules, ranging from the precise evaluation of the electronic structure to the analysis of dynamical and environmental effects in tuning their overall behavior. For this purpose the so-called semi-experimental approach, based on a non-linear least-squares fit of the moments of inertia associated to a set of available isotopologues, allows one to obtain very accurate results, without the unfavorable computational cost characterizing high-level quantum chemical methods...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436978/association-of-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-specific-comorbidity-index-with-resource-utilization-after-allogeneic-transplantation
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L Decook, Y-H Chang, J Slack, D Gastineau, J Leis, P Noel, J Palmer, L Sproat, M Sorror, N Khera
Comorbidities affect clinical outcomes and costs in medicine. The hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT)-specific comorbidity index (HCT-CI) predicts mortality risk after HCT. Its association with resource utilization (RU) is unknown. In this single-center, retrospective study, we examined the association of HCT-CI with RU (readmissions, length of hospital stay (LOS) and days out of hospital alive (DOHA)) in first 100 days (n=328) and 1 year (n=226) in allogeneic HCT patients from January 2010 to June 2014...
April 24, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436954/optimized-expression-based-microdissection-of-formalin-fixed-lung-cancer-tissue
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Markus Grafen, Thurid R Hofmann, Andreas H Scheel, Julia Beck, Alexander Emmert, Stefan Küffer, Bernhard C Danner, Ekkehard Schütz, Reinhardt Büttner, Andreas Ostendorf, Philipp Ströbel, Hanibal Bohnenberger
Analysis of specific DNA alterations in precision medicine of tumors is crucially important for molecular targeted treatments. Lung cancer is a prototypic example and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. One major technical problem of detecting DNA alterations in tissue samples is cellular heterogeneity, that is, mixture of tumor and normal cells. Microdissection is an important tool to enrich tumor cells from heterogeneous tissue samples. However, conventional laser capture microdissection has several disadvantages like user-dependent selection of regions of interest (ROI), high costs for dissection systems and long processing times...
April 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436583/physical-activity-and-exercise-for-chronic-pain-in-adults-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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Louise J Geneen, R Andrew Moore, Clare Clarke, Denis Martin, Lesley A Colvin, Blair H Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal tissue healing time, generally taken to be 12 weeks. It contributes to disability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, poor quality of life, and healthcare costs. Chronic pain has a weighted mean prevalence in adults of 20%.For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning...
April 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436379/economic-analysis-of-4221-revisions-due-to-periprosthetic-joint-infection-in-poland
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Ireneusz Babiak, Piotr Pędzisz, Jakub Janowicz, Mateusz Kulig, Paweł Małdyk
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is one of the most severe complications of total hip (THA) and total knee (TKA) arthroplasty. The aim of the study is to determine the number and type of hip and knee prosthesis revisions in Poland performed due to infection and reimbursement of the cost of septic revisions and to compare the costs of septic and aseptic revisions in Poland and other countries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The data published for the period 2009-2013 by the National Health Fund (NHF) were analysed and the average cost of septic and aseptic revisions was calculated...
January 26, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436336/cardiovascular-screening-of-young-athletes-a-review-of-economic-evaluations
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Sophie Gerkens, Hans Van Brabandt, Anja Desomer, Christian Leonard, Mattias Neyt
OBJECTIVES: Some experts have promoted preparticipative cardiovascular screening programs for young athletes and have claimed that such programs were cost-effective without performing a critical analysis of studies supporting this statement. In this systematic review, a critical assessment of economic evaluations on these programs is performed to determine if they really provide value for money. METHODS: A systematic review of economic evaluations was performed on December 24, 2014...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436256/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-hyperkalemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-heart-failure
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Anne Kangethe, Lindsay Speicher, Carolyn Farnum, Melanie Brenner, Nina Oestreicher, Paula Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Hyperkalemia (HK) is a concern for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF), and for those receiving treatments that inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAASi). An analysis of 1.7 million medical records of patients in the United States revealed that among individuals with more than 2 potassium values during 2007 to 2012, HK was detected in 34.6% of patients with CKD and 30.0% of patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of HK and use of RAASi therapies at optimal and suboptimal doses in patients with CKD and/or HF with health care resource utilization and overall cost of care in a diverse cohort of commercially insured patients...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435918/cost-analysis-of-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-surgery-early-discharge-decreases-hospital-costs-much-less-than-intraoperative-variables-under-the-control-of-the-surgeon
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Brandon L Raudenbush, David P Gurd, Ryan C Goodwin, Thomas E Kuivila, R Tracy Ballock
BACKGROUND: Spinal fusion surgery for the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is increasing. Health systems and surgeons are decreasing hospital length of stay (LOS) to decrease costs. The purpose of this study was to review the contribution of an accelerated discharge protocol on the total cost of a single episode of care related to the surgical treatment of AIS at a single institution. METHODS: A retrospective cost analysis was performed over an 18-month period, from January 2014 through June 2015, before and after the institution of an accelerated discharge program...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435624/metal-stain-on-monolithic-zirconia-restoration-a-case-report
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Min-Sang Cha, Sang-Woon Lee, Yoon-Hyuk Huh, Lee-Ra Cho, Chan-Jin Park
In restorative treatment using fixed dental prostheses, dentists should select appropriate restoration material among various types of dental materials. The strength, marginal fit, esthetics, wear resistance, biocompatibility, and cost are important factors in the choice of restoration materials. The present case showed a surface stain on a monolithic zirconia restoration that was due to wear between the monolithic zirconia restoration and the base metal alloy restoration. This phenomenon was confirmed by surface roughness measurement and electron probe micro-analysis...
April 2017: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435573/the-clinical-effectiveness-of-school-screening-programme-for-idiopathic-scoliosis-in-malaysia
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A S Deepak, J Y Ong, Dsk Choon, C K Lee, C K Chiu, Cyw Chan, M K Kwan
INTRODUCTION: There is no large population size study on school screening for scoliosis in Malaysia. This study is aimed to determine the prevalence rate and positive predictive value (PPV) of screening programme for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 8966 voluntary school students aged 13-15 years old were recruited for scoliosis screening. Screening was done by measuring the angle of trunk rotation (ATR) on forward bending test (FBT) using a scoliometer...
March 2017: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435492/applying-systems-engineering-reduces-radiology-transport-cycle-times-in-the-emergency-department
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Benjamin A White, Brian J Yun, Michael H Lev, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is widespread, and can result in care delays, medical errors, increased costs, and decreased patient satisfaction. Simultaneously, while capacity constraints on EDs are worsening, contributing factors such as patient volume and inpatient bed capacity are often outside the influence of ED administrators. Therefore, systems engineering approaches that improve throughput and reduce waste may hold the most readily available gains. Decreasing radiology turnaround times improves ED patient throughput and decreases patient waiting time...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435323/ambulatory-thyroidectomy-an-anesthesiologist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Benjamin Murray, Sankalap Tandon, Ged Dempsey
Thyroidectomy has been performed on an inpatient basis because of concerns regarding postoperative complications. These include cervical hematoma, bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and symptomatic hypocalcemia. We have reviewed the current available evidence and aimed to collate published data to generate incidence of the important complications. We performed a literature search of Medline, EMBASE and the Cochrane database of randomized trials. One hundred sixty papers were included. Twenty-one papers fulfilled inclusion criteria...
2017: Local and Regional Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435249/detection-of-influenza-viruses-by-coupling-multiplex-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-with-cascade-invasive-reaction-using-nanoparticles-as-a-sensor
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Yiyue Ge, Qiang Zhou, Kangchen Zhao, Ying Chi, Bin Liu, Xiaoyan Min, Zhiyang Shi, Bingjie Zou, Lunbiao Cui
Influenza virus infections represent a worldwide public health and economic problem due to the significant morbidity and mortality caused by seasonal epidemics and pandemics. Sensitive and convenient methodologies for detection of influenza viruses are essential for further disease control. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is the most commonly used method of nucleic acid isothermal amplification. However, with regard to multiplex LAMP, differentiating the ladder-like LAMP products derived from multiple targets is still challenging today...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435100/montreal-accord-on-patient-reported-outcomes-use-series-paper-5-patient-reported-outcomes-pro-can-be-linked-to-epidemiologic-measures-to-monitor-populations-and-inform-public-health-decisions
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Hiroshi Mamiya, Lisa M Lix, William Gardner, Susan J Bartlett, Sara Ahmed, David Buckeridge
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive picture of population health status can be captured by the incorporation of patient reported outcome measures into population health monitoring. OBJECTIVE: To identify current state, opportunities, and future research related to the utilization of patient reported outcome measures for population health monitoring in Canada. DISCUSSIONS: Patient reported outcome measures can help to identify community health needs in public health topics including injury, chronic disease, and communicable disease...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435081/a-multiple-streams-analysis-of-the-decisions-to-fund-gender-neutral-hpv-vaccination-in-canada
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REVIEW
Gilla K Shapiro, Juliet Guichon, Gillian Prue, Samara Perez, Zeev Rosberger
In Canada, the human papillomavirus (HPV.) vaccine is licensed and recommended for females and males. Although all Canadian jurisdictions fund school-based HPV vaccine programs for girls, only six jurisdictions fund school-based HPV vaccination for boys. The research aimed to analyze the factors that underpin government decisions to fund HPV vaccine for boys using a theoretical policy model, Kingdon's Multiple Streams framework. This approach assesses policy development by examining three concurrent, but independent, streams that guide analysis: Problem Stream, Policy Stream, and Politics Stream...
April 20, 2017: Preventive Medicine
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