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Paula Bernasconi, Stefan Blumentrath, David N Barton, Graciela M Rusch, Ademar R Romeiro
The recently launched Brazilian "forest certificates" market is expected to reduce environmental compliance costs for landowners through an offset mechanism, after a long history of conservation laws based in command-and-control and strict rules. In this paper we assessed potential costs and evaluated the cost-effectiveness of the instrument when introducing to this market constraints that aim to address conservation objectives more specifically. Using the conservation planning software Marxan with Zones we simulated different scopes for the "forest certificates" market, and compared their cost-effectiveness with that of existing command-and-control (C&C), i...
2016: PloS One
Lis Alban
Free movement of safe and wholesome food is an essential aspect of any society. This article contains an updated description of the regulatory issues associated with preharvest food safety within the European Union. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Trichinella, antimicrobial resistance, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy are dealt with in detail. Moreover, Cysticercus bovis/Taenia saginata, Toxoplasma, Yersinia, verotoxigenic/shigatoxigenic Escherichia coli, Listeria, and foodborne viruses are briefly covered. The article describes how the focus in the European Union is changing to involve a supply chain view with a focus on cost-effectiveness...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Mark Hoppé, Ottmar F Hueter, Andy Bywater, Philip Wege, Peter Maienfisch
Malaria is a vector-borne and life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. The vector control insecticide market represents a small fraction of the crop protection market and is estimated to be valued at up to $500 million at the active ingredient level. Insecticide resistance towards the current WHOPES-approved products urgently requires the development of new tools to protect communities against the transmission of malaria...
October 2016: Chimia
Maryna Lapotka, María Ruz, Alberto Salamanca Ballesteros, Olga Ocón Hernández
PURPOSE: This study describes a new methodology-the cold pressor gel test (CPGT)-for delivering an accessible experimental pain stimulus, which is reproducible and safe for functional MRI (fMRI). METHODS: The cold pressor test was modified to put safety precautions into the CPGT. The material used is cool gelled water with a thickening product, which provides a stable temperature at 0.2 °C. Thirteen women with chronic pelvic pain were scanned using a 3 Tesla (T) MR scanner equipped with a 12-channel head coil...
October 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Lawrence Tim Goodnough, Josep Comin-Colet, Santiago Leal-Noval, Sherri Ozawa, Jacqueline Takere, David Henry, Mazyar Javidroozi, Benjamin Hohmuth, Elvira Bisbe, Irwin Gross, Aryeh Shander
Anemia is an independent risk factor for adverse patient outcomes. There are no guidelines for management of anemia in patients withcongestive heart failure (CHF), despite itshigh incidence. Four objectives were defined by the International Anemia Management and Clinical Outcomes Expert Panel (AMCO), a multinational group of interdisciplinary experts identified by the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) to: determine the prevalence of anemia in outpatients; to determine the prevalence of hospital-acquired anemia; to assess the impact of anemia management on clinical outcomes such as quality of life and functional status; and to provide recommendations for primary care physicians and specialists for the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of anemia in patients with CHF...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Jan Liliemark, Lars Lööf, Gustaf Befrits, Stefan Back, Lars Sandman
The County Council's board for new therapies (the NT Council) provides recommendations on the use of new drugs based on the ethical platform of priorities, founded by the Swedish parliament. The Council has formulated a policy that interprets the parliamentary ethical platform and operationalize its need and solidarity principle and cost effectiveness principle in four dimensions. The NT Council weighs the health economic evaluation of the drug and the four dimensions: the severity of the condition, the rarity of the condition, the effect size and the data reliability to determine the willingness to pay level and whether the platform allows a recommendation for using of the drug...
October 18, 2016: Läkartidningen
Fady Y Hijji, Dustin H Massel, Benjamin C Mayo, Ankur S Narain, William W Long, Krishna D Modi, Rory M Burke, Jeff Canar, Kern Singh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To compare perioperative costs and outcomes of patients undergoing single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusions (ACDF) at both a service (orthopedic versus neurosurgical) and individual surgeon level. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hospital systems are experiencing significant pressure to increase value of care by reducing costs while maintaining or improving patient-centered outcomes...
October 24, 2016: Spine
Alexander Chern, Jacob B Hunter, Marc L Bennett
OBJECTIVE: To determine if cranioplasty techniques following translabyrinthine approaches to the cerebellopontine angle are cost-effective. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PATIENTS: One hundred eighty patients with available financial data who underwent translabyrinthine approaches at a single academic referral center between 2005 and 2015. INTERVENTION: Cranioplasty with a dural substitute, layered fat graft, and a resorbable mesh plate secured with screws Main Outcome Measures: billing data was obtained for each patient's hospital course for translabyrinthine approaches and postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks...
October 21, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Yiwen Ouyang, Jingyi Li, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
We recently defined a magnetic bead-based assay that exploited an agglutination-like response for DNA and applied it to DNA-containing cell enumeration using inexpensive benchtop hardware [ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 , 134 ( 12 ), 5689 - 96 ]. Although cost-efficient, the open-well format assay required numerous manual steps, and the magnetic field actuation scheme was not readily adaptable for integration. Here, we demonstrate a low-cost (<$2 in-lab), higher-throughput "pinwheel assay" platform that relies on a combination of a disposable rotation-driven microdisc (RDM), and a simple bidirectional rotating magnetic field (bi-RMF)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Tianran Lin, Yarong Wu, Zhihong Li, Zhiping Song, Liangqia Guo, FengFu Fu
Colorimetric detection of biogenic amines, well-known indicators of food spoilage, plays an important role for monitoring of food safety. However, common colorimetric sensors for biogenic amines suffer from low color resolution or complicated design and intricate output for the end-users. Herein, we explored a simple but effective strategy for visual monitoring of biogenic amines with multiple color change based on hydrolysis-induced silver metallization reaction to tune the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) adsorption of Au nanorods (NRs)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
N Vos de Wael
There is a growing interest in the cost-effectiveness of psychiatry in general. How do client organisations regard this growing interest?<br/> AIM: To discuss the cost-effectiveness of psychiatry in general seen from the perspective of the patient/civilian and his or her environment.<br/> METHOD: A critical appraisal of cost-effectiveness in psychiatry on the basis of a case-study and relevant developments in society.<br/> RESULTS: The increasing interest in the cost-effectiveness of psychiatry should be seen as a positive development, but we must be aware of the complexity of the factors involved and of the complications that are linked to this increased interest...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
R M Vermeiren, J van der Meer
Research into cost-effectiveness of treatment of child psychiatric disorders is extremely limited. There are two main reasons for this: it's a new field and the type of research required is intrinsically complicated.<br/> AIM: To review selected articles that reveal the prevalence of child psychiatric disorders, demonstrate the complexity of cost-efficiency research in child psychiatry and point to the possible benefits of appropriate treatment.<br/> METHOD: We provide an overview of a selected number of articles dealing with the prevalence of child psychiatric disorders and the costs involved, we stress the diffulty of assessing whether current treatment is cost-effective and we describe the possible benefits of treatment...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
P Wetzelaer, J Lokkerbol, A Arntz, A van Asselt, S Evers
So far, there has not been a complete overview of the cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for patients with a personality disorder.<br/> AIM: To provide an overview of scientific literature on the cost-effectiveness of psychotherapy for patients with a personality disorder.<br/> METHOD: We reviewed the literature systematically, searching the NHS EED, PubMed and PsycINFO databases. We concentrated solely on full economic evaluations of treatments in which all patients had a personality disorder...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
M Blankers
One of the main reasons for treating patients using internet interventions is that this modality is considered highly efficient. However, little is known about the actual cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for alcohol use disorders (aud).<br/> AIM: To provide insight in the cost-effectiveness of internet interventions for the treatment of aud.<br/> METHOD: Review of the relevant literature in this area.<br/> RESULTS: A considerable amount of research has been performed on the effectiveness of internet interventions for aud, with mostly positive findings...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
J Lokkerbol, J Nuijen, S Evers, H Knegtering, P Delespaul, H Kroon, R Bruggeman
BACKGROUND People with serious mental illness (SMI) often suffer high healthcare costs and enduring loss of quality of life. Increasing our understanding of the cost-effectiveness of people with SMI is important when striving for optimal health at affordable costs. AIM To describe aspects that can be important for cost-effectiveness research targeting people with SMI. METHOD These aspects are demonstrated by considering pro-active care, rehabilitation and involuntary treatment RESULTS The possible involvement of a large number of stakeholders outside of healthcare requires cost-effectiveness research to also map the costs and benefits outside of healthcare, preferably for each stakeholder specifically...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
M van der Gaag, H Ising, J Lokkerbol, F Smit
Diagnoses have heterogeneous outcomes, varying from good to extremely poor. There is a need to single out an ultra-high-risk group of individuals who have illnesses that might well end unfavourably or who might later develop serious psychopathology.<br/> AIM: To devise a screening instrument that can identify a group of individuals who run a very high risk of developing a first-episode psychosis, and to create a type of intervention that can modify the course of the illness.<br/> METHOD: We developed a short screening instrument (PQ-16) and were able to ascertain its predictive value...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
P P T Jeurissen, B A Ravesteijn, R T J M Janssen, M A C Tanke
After a decade of robust growth in spending, Dutch mental healthcare is on a more stricter budgetary path since 2012. High prevalence of illness and limited spending, imply the need for efficient mental healthcare delivery.<br/> AIM: To advise how mental health care can be managed more efficiently. There will also have to be more differentiation between mild and serious psychiatric illnesses.<br/> METHOD: Review of academic articles and policy studies.<br/> RESULTS: With regard to the treatment of fairly common disorders, more attention needs to be given to integrated basic care and e-health...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
K Ravi, D M Geno, M F Vela, M D Crowell, D A Katzka
BACKGROUND: Baseline impedance measured with ambulatory impedance pH monitoring (MII-pH) and a mucosal impedance catheter detects gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, these tools are limited by cost or patient tolerance. We investigated whether baseline impedance measured during high-resolution impedance manometry (HRIM) distinguishes GERD patients from controls. METHODS: Consecutive patients with clinical HRIM and MII-pH testing were identified. Gastroesophageal reflux disease was defined by esophageal pH <4 for ≥5% of both the supine and total study time, whereas controls had an esophageal pH <4 for ≤3% of the study performed off PPI...
October 24, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Daniel Shu Wei Ting, Kara-Anne Tan, Val Phua, Gavin Siew Wei Tan, Chee Wai Wong, Tien Yin Wong
Diabetic retinopathy (DR), a leading cause of acquired vision loss, is a microvascular complication of diabetes. While traditional risk factors for diabetic retinopathy including longer duration of diabetes, poor blood glucose control, and dyslipidemia are helpful in stratifying patient's risk for developing retinopathy, many patients without these traditional risk factors develop DR; furthermore, there are persons with long diabetes duration who do not develop DR. Thus, identifying biomarkers to predict DR or to determine therapeutic response is important...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Aneta M Białkowska
2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD) is a promising bulk chemical with a potentially wide range of applications e.g., in the manufacture of printing inks, perfumes, synthetic rubber, fumigants, antifreeze agents, fuel additives, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. Its high heating value and ability to increase the octane number of fuels make 2,3-BD a promising drop-in fuel. It can also be converted to methyl-ethyl ketone (MEK), which is considered an effective liquid fuel additive. After combination with MEK and hydrogenation reaction, 2,3-BD can be converted to octane, which is used to produce high-quality aviation fuel...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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