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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646717/comprehending-the-multiple-values-of-green-infrastructure-valuing-nature-based-solutions-for-urban-water-management-from-multiple-perspectives
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T C Wild, J Henneberry, L Gill
The valuation of urban water management practices and associated nature-based solutions (NBS) is highly contested, and is becoming increasingly important to cities seeking to increase their resilience to climate change whilst at the same time facing budgetary pressures. Different conceptions of 'values' exist, each being accompanied by a set of potential measures ranging from calculative practices (closely linked to established market valuation techniques) - through to holistic assessments that seek to address wider concerns of sustainability...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646526/adamts13-test-and-or-plasmic-clinical-score-in-management-of-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-a-cost-effective-analysis
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Chong H Kim, Sierra C Simmons, Lance A Williams Iii, Elizabeth M Staley, X Long Zheng, Huy P Pham
BACKGROUND: The ADAMTS13 test distinguishes thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) from other thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs). The PLASMIC score helps determine the pretest probability of ADAMTS13 deficiency. Due to inherent limitations of both tests, and potential adverse effects and cost of unnecessary treatments, we performed a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) investigating the benefits of incorporating an in-hospital ADAMTS13 test and/or PLASMIC score into our clinical practice...
June 23, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646169/improving-dialysis-adherence-for-high-risk-patients-using-automated-messaging-proof-of-concept
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A Som, J Groenendyk, T An, K Patel, R Peters, G Polites, W R Ross
Comorbidities and socioeconomic barriers often limit patient adherence and self-management with hemodialysis. Missed sessions, often associated with communication barriers, can result in emergency dialysis and avoidable hospitalizations. This proof of concept study explored using a novel digital-messaging platform, EpxDialysis, to improve patient-to-dialysis center communication via widely available text messaging and telephone technology. A randomized controlled trial was conducted through Washington University-affiliated hemodialysis centers involving ESRD patients with poor attendance, defined as missing 2-6 sessions over the preceding 12 weeks...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645642/ngs-and-blood-group-systems-state-of-the-art-and-perspectives
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Y Fichou, C Férec
Molecular analysis, or genotyping, of genes involved in the expression of blood group antigens has been a standard strategy used in immunohaematology laboratories routinely. For the past ten years, next-generation sequencing (NGS), or second-generation sequencing, has become the reference method in genetics. Extensive study of distinct targets, large genomic regions, and even whole genome is henceforth possible by this approach at minimal cost. Blood group genotyping has thus taken advantage of this technological advent...
June 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645605/emergency-reoperations-in-cranial-neurosurgery
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Borys M Kwinta, Roger M Krzyżewski, Kornelia M Kliś, Paulina Donicz, Małgorzata Gackowska, Jarosław Polak, Krzysztof Stachura, Marek Moskała
BACKGROUND: Complications after neurosurgical procedures which lead to reoperation are associated with poor outcome and economic costs. Therefore the aim of our study was to establish predictors of reoperation due to complications after cranial neurosurgery. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 875 patients who underwent a cranial neurosurgical procedure. We used univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis to determine the possible predictors of reoperation...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645509/a-fast-and-reliable-method-for-daily-quality-assurance-in-spot-scanning-proton-therapy-with-a-compact-and-inexpensive-phantom
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Nicola Bizzocchi, Francesco Fracchiolla, Marco Schwarz, Carlo Algranati
In a radiotherapy center, daily quality assurance (QA) measurements are performed to ensure that the equipment can be safely used for patient treatment on that day. In a pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton therapy center, spot positioning, spot size, range, and dose output are usually verified every day before treatments. We designed, built, and tested a new, reliable, sensitive, and inexpensive phantom, coupled with an array of ionization chambers, for daily QA that reduces the execution times while preserving the reliability of the test...
June 20, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645446/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-two-treatment-strategies-for-chronic-hepatitis-c-before-and-after-access-to-direct-acting-antivirals-in-spain
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Juan Turnes, Raquel Domínguez-Hernández, Miguel Ángel Casado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a strategy based on direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) following the marketing of simeprevir and sofosbuvir (post-DAA) versus a pre-direct-acting antiviral strategy (pre-DAA) in patients with chronic hepatitis C, from the perspective of the Spanish National Health System. METHODS: A decision tree combined with a Markov model was used to estimate the direct health costs (€, 2016) and health outcomes (quality-adjusted life years, QALYs) throughout the patient's life, with an annual discount rate of 3%...
June 20, 2017: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645428/cost-effectiveness-of-laparoscopy-as-diagnostic-tool-before-primary-cytoreductive-surgery-in-ovarian-cancer
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Roelien van de Vrie, Hannah S van Meurs, Marianne J Rutten, Christiana A Naaktgeboren, Brent C Opmeer, Katja N Gaarenstroom, Toon van Gorp, Henk G Ter Brugge, Ward Hofhuis, Henk W R Schreuder, Henriette J G Arts, Petra L M Zusterzeel, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, Maarten van Haaften, Mirjam J A Engelen, Erik A Boss, M Caroline Vos, Kees G Gerestein, Eltjo M J Schutter, Gemma G Kenter, Patrick M M Bossuyt, Ben Willem Mol, Marrije R Buist
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a diagnostic laparoscopy prior to primary cytoreductive surgery to prevent futile primary cytoreductive surgery (i.e. leaving >1cm residual disease) in patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer. METHODS: An economic analysis was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial in which patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer who qualified for primary cytoreductive surgery were randomized to either laparoscopy or primary cytoreductive surgery...
June 20, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645319/architectural-frameworks-defining-the-structures-for-implementing-learning-health-systems
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Lysanne Lessard, Wojtek Michalowski, Michael Fung-Kee-Fung, Lori Jones, Agnes Grudniewicz
BACKGROUND: The vision of transforming health systems into learning health systems (LHSs) that rapidly and continuously transform knowledge into improved health outcomes at lower cost is generating increased interest in government agencies, health organizations, and health research communities. While existing initiatives demonstrate that different approaches can succeed in making the LHS vision a reality, they are too varied in their goals, focus, and scale to be reproduced without undue effort...
June 23, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645218/wide-awake-anesthesia-in-the-in-office-procedure-room-lessons-learned
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Robert E Van Demark, Hillary A Becker, Matthew C Anderson, Vanessa J S Smith
BACKGROUND: Wide-awake local anesthesia and no tourniquet (WALANT) has become more popular in hand surgery. Without a tourniquet, there is no need for preoperative testing or sedation. The use of lidocaine with epinephrine has allowed a larger variety of cases to be done safely in an outpatient setting instead of the hospital. "Minor field sterility," which uses fewer drapes and tools to accomplish the same procedures, is a concept that is also gaining recognition. METHODS: Investigation of hand surgeons performing a majority of cases using WALANT and minor field sterility was the beginning of seeing its potential at our institution...
June 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645054/computational-analysis-of-the-toxcast-estrogen-receptor-agonist-assays-to-predict-vitellogenin-induction-by-chemicals-in-male-fish
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David A Dreier, Nancy D Denslow, Christopher J Martyniuk
Endocrine disruptors, especially estrogen receptor (ER) agonists, have received considerable research attention. While there are several mechanistic endpoints for ER agonism in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program, there have been growing efforts to develop high-throughput screening assays and computational models to reduce testing cost, time, and animal use. For example, there are 16 ER agonist assays and an integrated computational model in ToxCast. In the present study, we examined the relationship between ToxCast ER agonist assays and model activity to male vitellogenin induction in the Fish-Short Term Reproduction Assay...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644945/complications-and-cost-of-syndactyly-reconstruction-in-the-united-states-analysis-of-the-pediatric-health-information-system
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Maria F Canizares, Lanna Feldman, Patricia E Miller, Peter M Waters, Donald S Bae
BACKGROUND: Syndactyly is one of the most common congenital differences of the upper extremity and offers an exceptional opportunity to evaluate value-based care in pediatric orthopedic surgery. We designed a study to characterize complications and cost associated to syndactyly surgery among US pediatric hospitals. METHODS: A total of 2047 patients were identified for syndactyly surgery at 38 pediatric hospitals from 2009 to 2012 using the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644939/an-economic-analysis-of-mac-versus-walant-a-trigger-finger-release-surgery-case-study
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Jason L Codding, Suneel B Bhat, Asif M Ilyas
BACKGROUND: There has been recent interest in wide awake hand surgery, also referred to as "wide awake local anesthesia with no tourniquet" (WALANT) surgery. Using a model of single trigger finger release (TFR) surgery, a hypothesis was made that WALANT would result in decreased hospital time and cost than patients receiving sedation with monitored anesthetic care (MAC). METHODS: Consecutive cases of single TFR surgery with MAC were compared with WALANT. All surgeries were performed in the same manner, at the same facility, and by the same surgeon...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644843/a-high-density-genetic-map-and-qtl-analysis-of-agronomic-traits-in-foxtail-millet-setaria-italica-l-p-beauv-using-rad-seq
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Jun Wang, Zhilan Wang, Xiaofen Du, Huiqing Yang, Fang Han, Yuanhuai Han, Feng Yuan, Linyi Zhang, Shuzhong Peng, Erhu Guo
Foxtail millet (Setaria italica), a very important grain crop in China, has become a new model plant for cereal crops and biofuel grasses. Although its reference genome sequence was released recently, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling complex agronomic traits remains limited. The development of massively parallel genotyping methods and next-generation sequencing technologies provides an excellent opportunity for developing single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for linkage map construction and QTL analysis of complex quantitative traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644723/performance-evaluation-of-mobile-downflow-booths-for-reducing-airborne-particles-in-the-workplace
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Li-Ming Lo, Braden Hocker, Austin E Steltz, John Kremer, H Amy Feng
Compared to other common control measures, the downflow booth is a costly engineering control used to contain airborne dust or particles. The downflow booth provides unidirectional filtered airflow from the ceiling, entraining released particles away from the workers' breathing zone, and delivers contained airflow to a lower level exhaust for removing particulates by filtering media. In this study, we designed and built a mobile downflow booth that is capable of quick assembly and easy size change to provide greater flexibility and particle control for various manufacturing processes or tasks...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644586/medical-record-weight-mrw-a-new-reliable-predictor-of-hospital-stay-morbidity-and-mortality-in-the-hip-fracture-population
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P Calpin, K Taheny, J F Baker, J Green, J P McCabe
We sought to compare the weight of patient's medical records (MRW) to that of standardised surgical risk scoring systems in predicting postoperative hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality in patients with hip fracture. Patients admitted for surgical treatment of a newly diagnosed hip fracture over a 3-month period were enrolled. Patients with documented morbidity or mortality had significantly heavier medical records. The MRW was equivalent to the age-adjusted Charlson co-morbidity index and better than the American Society of Anaesthesiologists physical status score (ASA), the Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM,) and Portsmouth-POSSUM score (P-POSSUM) in correlation with length of hospital admission, p = ...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644585/a-cost-minimisation-analysis-of-noacs-compared-to-warfarin-to-attain-therapeutic-anticoagulation-amongst-af-patients-pre-and-post-cardioversion
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M O'Shea, A Murphy, A Kirby, G Allen, S O'Shea, R Curtin
Atrial fibrillation can be managed with anticoagulation and restoration of normal sinus rhythm using direct current cardioversion (DCCV). To reduce the risk of thromboembolism, anticoagulation pre-and-post DCCV is recommended. This study investigates the cost effectiveness of using NOACs compared to warfarin to attain therapeutic anticoagulation amongst AF patients pre-and-post DCCV. Propensity score matching revealed no statistically significant difference in outcomes from using NOACs and Warfarin. A cost minimisation study was performed; demonstrating a cost differential of €209 between those administered NOACs and warfarin pre- and post-DCCV...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644317/group-b-streptococci-screening-before-repeat-cesarean-delivery-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Jianqiong Zheng, Hongping Zhang, Haiying Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644143/the-elevated-nlr-plr-and-plt-may-predict-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-metaanalysis
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Jie Zhang, Hong-Ying Zhang, Jia Li, Xin-Yu Shao, Chun-Xia Zhang
Recently, several studies have reported that inflammatory response and elevated platelet counts may be associated with the poor prognosis of colorectal cancer. This meta-analysis was designed to analyze and evaluate the prognostic role of elevated preoperative or pretreatment neutrophils-to-lymphocytes ratio, platelet-to-lymphocytes ratio or platelet counts in patients with colorectal cancer. We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Web of Science to April, 2016. A total of 23 studies (N = 11762 participants) were included for this meta-analysis...
June 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644119/damage-control-plating-in-open-tibial-shaft-fractures-a-cheaper-and-equally-effective-alternative-to-spanning-external-fixation
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Paul S Whiting, Phillip M Mitchell, Aaron M Perdue, Arnold J Silverberg, Sarah E Greenberg, Rachel V Thakore, Vasanth Sathiyakumar, Hassan R Mir, William T Obremskey, Manish K Sethi
The purpose of this study was to evaluate damage control plating (DCP) as an alternative to external fixation (EF) in the provisional stabilization of open tibial shaft fractures. Through retrospective analysis, the study found 445 patients who underwent operative fixation for tibial shaft fractures from 2008 to 2012. Twenty patients received DCP or EF before intramedullary nailing with a minimum follow-up of 3 months. Charts and radiographs were reviewed for postoperative complications. Hospital charges were reviewed for implant costs...
2017: Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances
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