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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346786/changing-trends-in-brain-imaging-technique-for-pediatric-patients-with-ventriculoperitoneal-shunts
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Margaret J Trost, Nathan Robison, Dean Coffey, Mary Rose Mamey, R Aaron Robison
BACKGROUND: Children with ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VPS) undergoing brain computed tomography (CT) for shunt malfunction evaluation are at risk for later malignancy due to radiation exposure. We aimed to determine if and how hospitals have adopted radiation-avoiding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database. Children with VPS presenting to acute wards at 31 PHIS hospitals between January 1, 2007 and January 2, 2015 and receiving noncontrast neuroimaging on day of service 0/1 were included...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346641/uncovering-behavioural-diversity-amongst-high-strength-pseudomonas-spp-surfactants-at-the-limit-of-liquid-surface-tension-reduction
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Kamaluddeen Kabir, Yusuf Y Deeni, Simona M Hapca, Luke Moore, Andrew J Spiers
Bacterial bio-surfactants have a wide range of biological functions and biotechnological applications. Previous analyses had suggested a limit to their reduction of aqueous liquid surface tensions (γMin), and here we confirm this in an analysis of 25 Pseudomonas spp. strains isolated from soil which produce high-strength surfactants that reduce surface tensions to 25.2 ± 0.1-26.5 ± 0.2 mN.m-1 (the surface tension of sterile growth medium and pure water was 52.9 ± 0.4 mN.m-1 and 72.1 ± 1.2 mN.m-1, respectively)...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346472/a-revised-estimate-of-costs-associated-with-routine-preoperative-testing-in-medicare-cataract-patients-with-a-procedure-specific-indicator
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Catherine L Chen, Theodore H Clay, Stephen McLeod, Han-Ying Peggy Chang, Adrian W Gelb, R Adams Dudley
Importance: Routine preoperative medical testing is not recommended for patients undergoing low-risk surgery, but testing is common before surgery. A 30-day preoperative testing window is conventionally used for study purposes; however, the extent of routine testing that occurs prior to that point is unknown. Objective: To improve on existing cost estimates by identifying all routine preoperative testing that takes place after the decision is made to perform cataract surgery...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346412/a-comparative-analysis-of-preservation-techniques-for-the-optimal-molecular-detection-of-hookworm-dna-in-a-human-fecal-specimen
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Marina Papaiakovou, Nils Pilotte, Ben Baumer, Jessica Grant, Kristjana Asbjornsdottir, Fabian Schaer, Yan Hu, Raffi Aroian, Judd Walson, Steven A Williams
BACKGROUND: Proper collection and storage of fecal samples is necessary to guarantee the subsequent reliability of DNA-based soil-transmitted helminth diagnostic procedures. Previous research has examined various methods to preserve fecal samples for subsequent microscopic analysis or for subsequent determination of overall DNA yields obtained following DNA extraction. However, only limited research has focused on the preservation of soil-transmitted helminth DNA in stool samples stored at ambient temperature or maintained in a cold chain for extended periods of time...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346256/causes-preventability-and-cost-of-unplanned-rehospitalizations-within-30-days-of-discharge-following-lung-transplantation
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Andrew M Courtwright, Derek Zaleski, Lisa Gardo, Vivek N Ahya, Jason D Christie, Maria Crespo, Denis Hadjiliadis, James Lee, Maria Molina, Namrata Patel, Mary Porteous, Edward E Cantu, Christian Bermudez, Joshua M Diamond
BACKGROUND: Unplanned rehospitalizations (UR) within 30 days of discharge are common following lung transplantation. It is unknown whether UR represent preventable gaps in care or necessary interventions for complex patients. The objective of this study was to assess the incidence, causes, risk factors, and preventability of UR following initial discharge after lung transplantation. METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study. Subjects completed a modified Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) to assess frailty at listing and at initial hospital discharge after transplantation and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) at discharge...
January 18, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346226/preparing-physiotherapy-students-for-clinical-placement-student-perceptions-of-low-cost-peer-simulation-a-mixed-methods-study
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Narelle Dalwood, Stephen Maloney, Narelle Cox, Prue Morgan
INTRODUCTION: Simulation is increasingly used in health care education, yet the organizational and financial costs can be prohibitive. This study aimed to investigate whether peer simulation is perceived by third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students as valuable for clinical placement preparation. METHODS: Third-year undergraduate physiotherapy students participated in a 9-week peer simulation program, using each other as patients, and were invited to complete two surveys evaluating perceptions of the program...
January 17, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346103/wavedec-a-wavelet-approach-to-identify-both-shared-and-individual-patterns-of-copy-number-variations
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Hongmin Cai, Peihua Chen, Jiazhou Chen, Jiulun Cai, Yan Song, Guoqiang Han
Copy-number variations (CNVs) are associated with complex diseases and particular tumor types. Array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) is a common approach for the detection of CNVs. Traditional CNV detection methods for multiple aCGH samples mainly use batch samples to find common variations, not accounting for the individual characteristics of each sample. Accurately differentiating both the commonly shared and the individual CNV patterns is pivotal to identify cell populations, or to distinguish cell growth (as in cancer) from invasion of new cells...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345999/cost-effectiveness-of-capping-freeways-for-use-as-parks-the-new-york-cross-bronx-expressway-case-study
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Sooyoung Kim, Zafar Zafari, Martine Bellanger, Peter Alexander Muennig
OBJECTIVES: To examine health benefits and cost-effectiveness of implementing a freeway deck park to increase urban green space. METHODS: Using the Cross-Bronx Expressway in New York City as a case study, we explored the cost-effectiveness of implementing deck parks. We built a microsimulation model that included increased exercise, fewer accidents, and less pollution as well as the cost of implementation and maintenance of the park. We estimated both the quality-adjusted life years gained and the societal costs for 2017...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345933/large-scale-functional-group-symmetry-adapted-perturbation-theory-on-graphical-processing-units
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Robert M Parrish, Keiran C Thompson, Todd J Martínez
Symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) is a valuable method for analyzing intermolecular interactions. The functional group SAPT partition (F-SAPT) has been introduced to provide additional insight into the origins of noncovalent interactions. Until now, SAPT analysis has been too costly for large ligand-protein complexes where it could provide key insights for chemical modifications that might improve ligand binding. In this paper, we present a large-scale implementation of F-SAPT which is especially efficient when one of the interacting monomers is significantly larger than the other, as is usually the case for drug-protein interactions...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345848/economic-evaluation-of-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-and-internet-based-guided-self-help-for-binge-eating-disorder
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Hans-Helmut König, Florian Bleibler, Hans-Christoph Friederich, Stephan Herpertz, Tony Lam, Andreas Mayr, Frauke Schmidt, Jennifer Svaldi, Stephan Zipfel, Christian Brettschneider, Anja Hilbert, Martina de Zwaan, Nina Egger
OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of individual face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) compared to therapist guided Internet-based self-help (GSH-I) in overweight or obese adults with binge-eating disorder (BED). METHOD: Analysis was conducted alongside the multicenter randomized controlled INTERBED trial. CBT (n = 76) consisted of up to 20 individual therapy sessions over 4 months. GSH-I (n = 71) consisted of 11 modules combining behavioral interventions, exercises including a self-monitoring food diary, psychoeducation, and 2 face-to-face coaching sessions over 4 months...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345540/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-asymptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease-screening-with-the-abi-test
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Nathan K Itoga, Hataka R Minami, Meenadachi Chelvakumar, Keon Pearson, Matthew M Mell, Eran Bendavid, Douglas K Owens
Screening for asymptomatic peripheral artery disease (aPAD) with the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test is hypothesized to reduce disease progression and cardiovascular (CV) events by identifying individuals who may benefit from early initiation of medical therapy. Using a Markov model, we evaluated the cost effectiveness of initiating medical therapy (e.g. statin and ACE-inhibitor) after a positive ankle-brachial index (ABI) screen in 65-year-old patients. We modeled progression to symptomatic PAD (sPAD) and CV events with and without ABI screening, evaluating differences in costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
January 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345529/effects-of-telestroke-on-thrombolysis-times-and-outcomes-a-meta-analysis
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Alireza Baratloo, Leila Rahimpour, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Saeed Safari, Chung Wing Lee, Ali Abdalvand
OBJECTIVE: Telestroke systems are tools, used to provide an advanced stroke care in regions without sufficient neurologic services. We performed this meta-analysis to assess the effects of telemedicine on treatment times and clinical outcomes of acute stroke care. METHODS: A literature search of PubMed, SCOPUS, and Cochrane CENTRAL was conducted for original studies investigating telemedicine applications in acute stroke care. Dichotomous data on treatment outcomes were pooled as odds ratios (ORs), while continuous data on thrombolysis times were pooled as mean differences (MDs) with 95% confidence interval (CI), using RevMan software (version 5...
January 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344950/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-left-ventricular-endocardial-pacing-in-advanced-heart-failure-clinically-efficacious-but-at-what-cost
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Adam Graham, Rui Providenica, Shohreh Honarbakhsh, Neil Srinivasan, Vinit Sawhney, Ross Hunter, Pier Lambiase
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac resynchronization using a left ventricular (LV) epicardial lead placed in the coronary sinus is now routinely used in management of heart failure patients. LV endocardial pacing is an alternative when this is not feasible, with outcomes data sparse. OBJECTIVE: To review the available evidence on the efficacy and safety of endocardial LV pacing via meta-analysis. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE and COCHRANE databases with the search term "endocardial biventricular pacing" or "endocardial cardiac resynchronization" or "left ventricular endocardial" or "endocardial left ventricular"...
January 18, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344794/ticagrelor-for-secondary-prevention-of-atherothrombotic-events-after-myocardial-infarction-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Xavier G L V Pouwels, Robert Wolff, Bram L T Ramaekers, Anoukh Van Giessen, Shona Lang, Steve Ryder, Gill Worthy, Steven Duffy, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen, Manuela A Joore
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited AstraZeneca, the manufacturer of ticagrelor (Brilique®), to submit evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily (BID) in combination with low-dose aspirin [acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)] compared with ASA only for secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and who are at increased risk of atherothrombotic events. Kleijnen Systematic Reviews Ltd (KSR), in collaboration with Maastricht University Medical Centre+, was commissioned as the evidence review group (ERG)...
January 18, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344749/diagnosis-of-sleep-apnea-in-patients-with-stable-chronic-heart-failure-using-a-portable-sleep-test-diagnostic-device
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Inês Araújo, Filipa Marques, Sandra André, Manuel Araújo, Sara Marques, Rita Ferreira, Patrícia Moniz, Margarida Proença, Pedro Borrego, Cândida Fonseca
PURPOSE: ApneaLink is a portable device for the screening of sleep apnea, a prevalent and underdiagnosed comorbidity in heart failure patients. A prospective cross-sectional study in patients with chronic heart failure was carried out to assess the sensitivity and specificity of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) measurements using ApneaLink against the standard polysomnography test. METHODS: Adult patients with a prior hospitalization in an acute heart failure hospital unit were recruited for the study...
January 17, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344632/factors-associated-with-outcomes-and-costs-after-pediatric-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Gileh-Gol Akhtar-Danesh, Aristithes G Doumouras, Cecily Bos, Helene Flageole, Dennis Hong
Importance: The prevalence of pediatric cholelithiasis is increasing with the epidemic of childhood obesity. With this rise, the outcomes and costs of pediatric laparoscopic cholecystectomy become an important public health and economic concern. Objective: To assess patient and health system factors associated with the outcomes and costs after laparoscopic cholecystectomy among Canadian children. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective, population-based study of children 17 years and younger undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy from April 1, 2008, until March 31, 2015...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344380/sex-stratified-analysis-of-national-trends-and-outcomes-in-isolated-tricuspid-valve-surgery
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Pranav Chandrashekar, Erin Amanda Fender, Chad J Zack, Yogesh N V Reddy, Courtney E Bennett, Megha Prasad, Mohammed A Al-Hijji, John M Stulak, Virginia M Miller
Objective: Female sex is a known risk factor for cardiac surgery, and tricuspid valve (TV) disease is more common in women. There are few data on sex-stratified surgical outcomes for isolated TV surgery. An administrative database was used to compare acute in-hospital outcomes between men and women undergoing isolated TV surgery. Methods: Patients aged >18 who underwent TV repair or replacement from 2004 to 2013 were identified using the National Inpatient Sample...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344084/the-strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-sdq-in-africa-a-scoping-review-of-its-application-and-validation
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REVIEW
Nikhat Hoosen, Eugene Lee Davids, Petrus J de Vries, Maylene Shung-King
Background: Child and adolescent mental health in Africa remains largely neglected. Quick and cost-effective ways for early detection may aid early intervention. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is globally used to screen for mental health problems, but little is known about its use in Africa. We set out to perform a scoping review to examine existing studies that have used the SDQ in Africa. Methods: A comprehensive scoping review methodology was used to identify all peer-reviewed studies ever published that have used the SDQ in Africa...
2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343977/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-six-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-due-to-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
#19
James C Ulchaker, Melissa S Martinson
Objective: To conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis from payers' perspectives of six treatments for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and to examine positioning of these modalities in the marketplace for the best use of health care funds and quality-of-life benefits for patients. Methods: The economic analysis was conducted with a Markov model to compare combination prescription drug therapy (ComboRx), minimally invasive therapies (MITs) including convective radiofrequency (RF) water vapor thermal therapy (Rezūm®), conductive RF thermal therapy (Prostiva®), and prostatic urethral lift (UroLift®), and invasive surgical procedures including photovaporization of the prostate (Greenlight® PVP) and transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343731/impact-of-tissue-kinetic-heterogeneity-on-pet-quantification-case-study-with-the-l-1-11c-leucine-pet-method-for-cerebral-protein-synthesis-rates
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Mattia Veronese, Alessandra Bertoldo, Giampaolo Tomasi, Carolyn Beebe Smith, Kathleen C Schmidt
Functional quantification with PET is generally based on modeling that assumes tissue regions are kinetically homogeneous. Even in regions sufficiently small to approach homogeneity, spillover due to resolution limitations of PET scanners may introduce heterogeneous kinetics into measured data. Herein we consider effects of kinetic heterogeneity at the smallest volume accessible, the single image voxel. We used L-[1-11C]leucine PET and compared rates of cerebral protein synthesis (rCPS) estimated voxelwise with methods that do (Spectral Analysis Iterative Filter, SAIF) and do not (Basis Function Method, BFM) allow for kinetic heterogeneity...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
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