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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
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Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545094/economic-evaluation-of-policy-options-for-dialysis-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-under-the-universal-health-coverage-in-indonesia
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Afiatin, Levina Chandra Khoe, Erna Kristin, Lusiana Siti Masytoh, Eva Herlinawaty, Pitsaphun Werayingyong, Mardiati Nadjib, Sudigdo Sastroasmoro, Yot Teerawattananon
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess the value for money and budget impact of offering hemodialysis (HD) as a first-line treatment, or the HD-first policy, and the peritoneal dialysis (PD) first policy compared to a supportive care option in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in Indonesia. METHODS: A Markov model-based economic evaluation was performed using local and international data to quantify the potential costs and health-related outcomes in terms of life years (LYs) and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545048/a-distribution-model-of-functional-connectome-based-on-criticality-and-energy-constraints
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Kosuke Takagi
The analysis of the network structure of the functional connectivity data constructed from fMRI images provides basic information about functions and features of the brain activity. We focus on the two features which are considered as relevant to the brain activity, the criticality and the constraint regarding energy consumptions. Within a wide variety of complex systems, the critical state occurs associated with a phase transition between distinct phases, random one and order one. Although the hypothesis that human brain activity is also in a state of criticality is supported by some experimental results, it still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545038/assessing-the-facilitators-and-barriers-of-interdisciplinary-team-working-in-primary-care-using-normalisation-process-theory-an-integrative-review
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Pauline O'Reilly, Siew Hwa Lee, Madeleine O'Sullivan, Walter Cullen, Catriona Kennedy, Anne MacFarlane
BACKGROUND: Interdisciplinary team working is of paramount importance in the reform of primary care in order to provide cost-effective and comprehensive care. However, international research shows that it is not routine practice in many healthcare jurisdictions. It is imperative to understand levers and barriers to the implementation process. This review examines interdisciplinary team working in practice, in primary care, from the perspective of service providers and analyses 1 barriers and facilitators to implementation of interdisciplinary teams in primary care and 2 the main research gaps...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544824/sutureless-valves-reduce-hospital-costs-compared-to-traditional-valves
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François Laborde, Thierry Folliguet, Gabriel Ghorayeb, Konstantinos Zannis
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to assess differences in clinical outcome, safety, and associated costs between sutureless and aortic isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) with a standard bioprosthesis. METHODS: A retrospective comparative study was conducted to investigate 65 patients, each of whom had undergone isolated AVR with a traditional aortic valve (T) or a Perceval S sutureless aortic prosthesis (P) between January 2010 and December 2012. Cost data were drawn from the proprietary cost accounting system of the hospital, excluding acquisition costs of the devices...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544822/the-cost-effectiveness-of-tight-control-of-inflammation-in-early-psoriatic-arthritis-economic-analysis-of-the-ticopa-trial
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John L O'Dwyer, David M Meads, Claire T Hulme, Lucy McParland, Sarah Brown, Laura C Coates, Anna R Moverley, Paul Emery, Philip G Conaghan, Philip S Helliwell
OBJECTIVE: Treat-to-target approaches have proved to be effective in rheumatoid arthritis, but have not been studied in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). This study was undertaken to examine the cost effectiveness of tight control (TC) of inflammation in early psoriatic arthritis compared to standard care (SC). METHODS: Cost effectiveness analyses were undertaken alongside a UK-based, open-label, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Taking the perspective of the healthcare sector, effectiveness was measured using EQ-5D-3L which allows the calculation of quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
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Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544646/evaluating-the-accuracy-and-economic-value-of-a-new-test-in-the-absence-of-a-perfect-reference-test
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Xuanqian Xie, Alison Sinclair, Nandini Dendukuri
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) pneumonia is often treated empirically as diagnosis is challenging because of the lack of a perfect test. Using BinaxNOW-SP, a urinary antigen test, as an add-on to standard cultures may not only increase diagnostic yield but also increase costs. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the sensitivity and specificity of BinaxNOW-SP and subsequently estimate the cost-effectiveness of adding BinaxNOW-SP to the diagnostic work-up. DESIGN: We fit a Bayesian latent-class meta-analysis model to obtain estimates of BinaxNOW-SP accuracy that adjust for the imperfect accuracy of culture...
May 23, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544608/screening-for-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-children-do-guidelines-provide-enough-guidance
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REVIEW
B G P Koot, V Nobili
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver disease in the industrialized world in children. Its high prevalence and important health risks make NAFLD highly suitable for screening. In practice, screening is widely, albeit not consistently, performed. AIM: To review the recommendations on screening for NAFLD in children. METHOD: Recommendations on screening were reviewed from major paediatric obesity guidelines and NAFLD guidelines...
May 25, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544553/dna-barcoding-meets-nanotechnology-development-of-a-smart-universal-tool-for-food-authentication
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Paola Valentini, Andrea Galimberti, Valerio Mezzasalma, Fabrizio De Mattia, Maurizio Casiraghi, Massimo Labra, Pier Paolo Pompa
Food trade globalization and the growing demand for selected food varieties have led to the intensification of adulteration cases, especially in the form of species substitution/mixing with cheaper taxa. This phenomenon acquired huge economic impact and sometimes even public health implications. DNA barcoding represents a well-proven molecular tool to assess the authenticity of food items, although its diffusion is hampered by analytical constraints and timeframes that are often prohibitive for food market...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544551/electronic-based-lifestyle-interventions-in-overweight-or-obese-perinatal-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Y Lau, P Klainin-Yobas, T P Htun, S N Wong, K L Tan, S T Ho-Lim, C Chi, C Tsai, K W Ong, S Shorey, W S W Tam
Electronic-based (e-based) lifestyle interventions provide potential and cost-effective delivery of remote interventions for overweight and obese perinatal women. To date, no meta-analysis has reported the efficacy of maternal and neonatal outcomes. Seven electronic databases were searched from inception up to July 13, 2016, including the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, PsycINFO, PubMed and Scopus. Among the 1,145 studies retrieved, 14 randomized controlled trials were selected among 17 publications...
May 22, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544504/the-impact-of-telephone-delivered-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-and-befriending-on-mood-disorders-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Colleen Doyle, Sunil Bhar, Marcia Fearn, David Ames, Debra Osborne, Emily You, Alex Gorelik, David Dunt
OBJECTIVES: The main objectives of this pragmatic randomized controlled trial were to investigate the impact of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and an active social control (befriending) on depression and anxiety symptoms in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: Eligible participants were randomly allocated to receive eight weekly telephone interventions of CBT (n = 54) or befriending (n = 56). Repeated-measures ANOVA was used to assess changes in scores and Cohen's d was used to assess effect sizes...
May 22, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544497/cell-tracking-using-gold-nanoparticles-and-computed-tomography-imaging
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REVIEW
Rinat Meir, Rachela Popovtzer
Cell-based therapies utilize transplantation of living cells with therapeutic traits to alleviate numerous diseases and disorders. The use of such biological agents is an attractive alternative for diseases that existing medicine cannot effectively treat. Although very promising, translating cell therapy to the clinic has proven to be challenging, due to inconsistent results in preclinical and clinical studies. To examine the underlying cause for these inconsistencies, it is crucial to noninvasively monitor the accuracy of cell injection, and cell survival and migration patterns...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544425/free-standing-holey-ni-oh-2-nanosheets-with-enhanced-activity-for-water-oxidation
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Xiangkai Kong, Changlin Zhang, Sang Youp Hwang, Qianwang Chen, Zhenmeng Peng
Electrochemical water oxidation is the key technology in water-splitting reactions and rechargeable metal-air batteries, which is very attractive for renewable energy conversion and storage. Replacement of precious catalysts with cost-effective and highly active alternatives is still a great challenge. Herein, based on theoretical predictions, holey structures are designed and fabricated on the free-standing conventional 2D OER catalyst. By well-controlled defects engineering, uniform tiny holes are created on the free-standing Ni(OH)2 nanosheets via a sol-gel method, with the embedded Zn components as the template for holes production...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543914/the-effectiveness-of-an-intervention-to-reduce-alcohol-related-violence-in-premises-licensed-for-the-sale-and-on-site-and-consumption-of-alcohol-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Simon C Moore, M Fasihul Alam, Marjukka Heikkinen, Kerenza Hood, Chao Huang, Laurence Moore, Simon Murphy, Rebecca Playle, Jonathan Shepherd, Claire Shovelton, Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam, Anne Williams
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Premises licensed for the sale and consumption of alcohol can contribute to levels of assault-related injury through poor operational practices that, if addressed, could reduce violence. We tested the real-world effectiveness of an intervention designed to change premises operation, whether any intervention effect changed over time, the effect of intervention dose and cost effectiveness of the intervention. DESIGN: A parallel randomised controlled trial with the unit of allocation and outcomes measured at the level of individual premises...
May 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543755/comparison-of-two-formulations-of-topical-timolol-for-the-treatment-of-infantile-hemangiomas
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Michelle Si Ying Ng, Yong-Kwang Tay, Shanna Shan-Yi Ng, Alice Yee Wah Foong, Mark Jean-Aan Koh
This report compares the efficacy of timolol maleate 0.5% eyedrops (TM) with that of timolol maleate 0.5% ophthalmic gel-forming solution in the treatment of infantile hemangiomas (IHs). Sixty-six patients undergoing treatment with topical timolol were retrospectively reviewed; our results revealed similar therapeutic efficacies for both types of timolol formulations. Early treatment initiation (<3 mos) and superficial lesions correlated with better treatment response. TM eyedrops may be a more cost effective, equally efficacious modality of treatment for IHs...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543698/adoptive-t-cell-therapy-an-overview-of-obstacles-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Erez Nissim Baruch, Amy Lauren Berg, Michal Judith Besser, Jacob Schachter, Gal Markel
The therapeutic potential of adoptive cell therapy (ACT) in cancer patients was first acknowledged 3 decades ago, but it was an esoteric approach at the time. In recent years, technological advancements have transformed ACT into a viable therapeutic option that can be curative in some patients. In fact, current ACT response rates are 80% to 90% for hematological malignancies and 30% for metastatic melanoma refractory to multiple lines of therapy. Although these results are encouraging, there is still much to be done to fulfill ACT's potential, specifically with regard to improving clinical efficacy, expanding clinical indications, reducing toxicity, and increasing production and cost-effectiveness...
June 1, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543566/preventing-recurrent-ankle-sprains-is-the-use-of-an-app-more-cost-effective-than-a-printed-booklet-results-of-a-rct
#18
M Van Reijen, I Vriend, W van Mechelen, E A Verhagen
OBJECTIVES: Recurrent ankle sprains can be reduced by following a neuromuscular training (NMT) program via a printed Booklet or a mobile application. Regarding the high incidence of ankle sprains, cost-effectiveness regarding implementation can have a large effect on total societal costs. DESIGN: In this economic analysis we evaluated whether the method of implementing a proven effective NMT program by using an App or a Booklet resulted in differences in injury incidence rates leading to costs and hence to differences in cost-effectiveness...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543355/nurse-versus-physician-led-care-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-trials
#19
REVIEW
Fengqiu Gong, Xiaojun Chen, Yaoye Wu, Dianye Yao, Lihong Xie, Qiuyi Ouyang, Ping Wang, Gang Niu
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of nurse-led care for obstructive sleep apnoea compared with physician-led care. BACKGROUND: The incidence of obstructive sleep apnoea is increasing worldwide. There is a need for cost-effective care models to ease off the pressure on tertiary care centres and divert care to the community. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: We searched major electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, HMIC, PsycINFO, Health Business Elite and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials CENTRAL) from inception till December 2016 using a structured search strategy for all randomised trials evaluating nurse-led treatment interventions for adults with obstructive sleep apnoea compared with physician-led ones...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543086/allergen-immunotherapy-for-allergic-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Sangeeta Dhami, Artemisia Kakourou, Felix Asamoah, Ioana Agache, Susanne Lau, Jutel Marek, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Cezmi A Akdis, Matteo Bonini, Ozlem Cavkaytar, Breda Flood, Pawel Gajdanowicz, Kenji Izuhara, Ömer Kalayci, Ralph Mosges, Oscar Palomares, Oliver Pfaar, Sylwia Smolinska, Milena Sokolowska, Miqdad Asaria, Gopal Netuveli, Hader Zaman, Ather Akhlaq, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: To inform the development of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunonology's (EAACI) Guidelines on Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for allergic asthma, we assessed the evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of AIT. METHODS: We performed a systematic review, which involved searching nine databases. Studies were screened against pre-defined eligibility criteria and critically appraised using established instruments. Data were synthesized using random-effects meta-analyses...
May 19, 2017: Allergy
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