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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806829/-lundborg-s-resection-arthroplasty-vs-pyrocarbon-spacer-pyrocardan%C3%A2-for-the-treatment-of-trapeziometacarpal-joint-osteoarthritis-a-two-centre-study
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Holger C Erne, Daniel Schmauß, Michael Cerny, Verena Schmauss, Denis Ehrl, Steffen Löw, Stefan Deiler
Background Various operative approaches exist for osteoarthritis of the trapeziometacarpal joint. The aim of this two-centre study was to compare the results of Lundsborg's resection arthroplasty with the implantation of the Pyrocardan(®) spacer. Patients and methods We treated 20 patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the trapeziometacarpal joint in stage III / IV (Eaton-Littler classification). Twelve patients received Lundsborg's resection arthroplasty (centre 1), and in 8 patients a Pyrocardan(®) spacer was implanted (centre 2)...
August 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806786/an-economic-evaluation-of-vector-control-in-the-age-of-a-dengue-vaccine
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Christopher Fitzpatrick, Alexander Haines, Mathieu Bangert, Andrew Farlow, Janet Hemingway, Raman Velayudhan
INTRODUCTION: Dengue is a rapidly emerging vector-borne Neglected Tropical Disease, with a 30-fold increase in the number of cases reported since 1960. The economic cost of the illness is measured in the billions of dollars annually. Environmental change and unplanned urbanization are conspiring to raise the health and economic cost even further beyond the reach of health systems and households. The health-sector response has depended in large part on control of the Aedes aegypti and Ae...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806775/depression-screening-with-patient-targeted-feedback-in-cardiology-the-cost-effectiveness-of-depscreen-info
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Christian Brettschneider, Sebastian Kohlmann, Benjamin Gierk, Bernd Löwe, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: Although depression is common in patients with heart disease, screening for depression is much debated. DEPSCREEN-INFO showed that a patient-targeted feedback in addition to screening results in lower depression level six months after screening. The purpose of this analysis was to perform a cost-effectiveness analysis of DEPSCREEN-INFO. METHODS: Patients with coronary heart disease or arterial hypertension were included. Participants in both groups were screened for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806728/costing-evidence-for-health-care-decision-making-in-austria-a-systematic-review
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Susanne Mayer, Noemi Kiss, Agata Łaszewska, Judit Simon
BACKGROUND: With rising healthcare costs comes an increasing demand for evidence-informed resource allocation using economic evaluations worldwide. Furthermore, standardization of costing and reporting methods both at international and national levels are imperative to make economic evaluations a valid tool for decision-making. The aim of this review is to assess the availability and consistency of costing evidence that could be used for decision-making in Austria. It describes systematically the current economic evaluation and costing studies landscape focusing on the applied costing methods and their reporting standards...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806724/one-star-rating-for-a-five-star-program-evaluating-hospital-compare
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J M Shapiro
OBJECTIVES: For healthcare systems of any size, it is important to minimize costs while maximizing outcomes. One idea of how to achieve these goals has been the reduction in hospital-related complications, including infection and surgical complications, among others. In the United States, policy makers recently adopted the 'Hospital Compare' program as a way to encourage consumers and improve hospitals. This article evaluates the effectiveness of this policy. STUDY DESIGN: This article uses an observed cohort study of most US hospitals across four different indices...
August 11, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806717/efficient-construction-of-sparse-radial-basis-function-neural-networks-using-l1-regularization
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Xusheng Qian, He Huang, Xiaoping Chen, Tingwen Huang
This paper investigates the construction of sparse radial basis function neural networks (RBFNNs) for classification problems. An efficient two-phase construction algorithm (which is abbreviated as TPCLR1 for simplicity) is proposed by using L1 regularization. In the first phase, an improved maximum data coverage (IMDC) algorithm is presented for the initialization of RBF centers and widths. Then a specialized Orthant-Wise Limited-memory Quasi-Newton (sOWL-QN) method is employed to perform simultaneous network pruning and parameter optimization in the second phase...
July 27, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806716/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-external-globus-pallidus-oscillation-system-and-its-dynamics-investigation
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Shuangming Yang, Xile Wei, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Chen Liu, Haitao Yu, Huiyan Li
Modeling and implementation of the nonlinear neural system with physiologically plausible dynamic behaviors are considerably meaningful in the field of computational neuroscience. This study introduces a novel hardware platform to investigate the dynamical behaviors within the nonlinear subthalamic nucleus-external globus pallidus system. In order to reduce the implementation complexities, a hardware-oriented conductance-based subthalamic nucleus (STN) model is presented, which can reproduce accurately the dynamical characteristics of biological conductance-based STN cells...
July 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806708/predictive-simulation-of-diabetic-gait-individual-contribution-of-ankle-stiffness-and-muscle-weakening
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Gilmar F Santos, Aline A Gomes, Isabel C N Sacco, Marko Ackermann
Diabetic neuropathic individuals present massive muscle strength reduction at the ankle plantar- and dorsiflexors and increased joint stiffness. Our aim is to investigate the adaptation strategies to these musculoskeletal alterations during walking by means of predictive simulations. We used a seven segment planar musculoskeletal model actuated by eight Hill-type muscles in each leg. The effect of all passive tissue in muscles and other joint structures was modeled by net passive joint moment curves. The predictive simulations were generated by solving an optimal control problem that minimized a cost function, including effort and tracking terms, using direct collocation and a commercial optimal control package...
August 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806673/preservation-and-reactivation-of-candidatus-jettenia-asiatica-and-anammoxoglobus-propionicus-using-different-preservative-agents
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A Viancelli, M C Pra, L A Scussiato, M Cantão, A M G Ibelli, A Kunz
Anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) bacteria have peculiar characteristics that make them difficult to cultivate. The conservation of these microorganisms in culture collections or laboratories requires successful preservation and reactivation techniques. Furthermore, studies have shown that successful reactivation may be preservative dependent. Considering this, the present study aimed to evaluate the preservation and reactivation of anammox consortia enriched from swine manure treatment lagoons, by using different preservative agents at different temperatures: KNO3 (at 4 °C), glycerol (-20 °C, -80 °C), and skimmed cow milk (-20 °C, -80 °C, -200 °C)...
July 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806672/a-novel-approach-for-rapidly-and-cost-effectively-assessing-toxicity-of-toxic-metals-in-acidic-water-using-an-acidophilic-iron-oxidizing-biosensor
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Shih-Hung Yang, Kuo-Chih Cheng, Vivian Hsiu-Chuan Liao
Contamination by heavy metals and metalloids is a serious environmental and health concern. Acidic wastewaters are often associated with toxic metals which may enter and spread into agricultural soils. Several biological assays have been developed to detect toxic metals; however, most of them can only detect toxic metals in a neutral pH, not in an acidic environment. In this study, an acidophilic iron-oxidizing bacterium (IOB) Strain Y10 was isolated, characterized, and used to detect toxic metals toxicity in acidic water at pH 2...
August 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806668/combination-of-electrochemical-biosensor-and-textile-threads-a-microfluidic-device-for-phenol-determination-in-tap-water
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F R Caetano, E A Carneiro, D Agustini, L C S Figueiredo-Filho, C E Banks, M F Bergamini, L H Marcolino-Junior
Microfluidic devices constructed using low cost materials presents as alternative for conventional flow analysis systems because they provide advantages as low consumption of reagents and samples, high speed of analysis, possibility of portability and the easiness of construction and maintenance. Herein, is described for the first time the use of an electrochemical biosensor for phenol detection combined with a very simple and efficient microfluidic device based on commercial textile threads. Taking advantages of capillary phenomena and gravity forces, the solution transportation is promoted without any external forces or injection pump...
July 29, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806661/low-cost-and-non-fluoride-flowerlike-superhydrophobic-particles-fabricated-for-both-emulsions-separation-and-dyes-adsorption
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Fei Guo, Qiuying Wen, Zhiguang Guo
Green fluoride-free superhydrophobic hierarchical flowerlike iron-containing MnO2 particles were synthesized by a simple one-pot approach and subsequently modified by stearic acid. The special selective wettability toward water and oil makes the particle can be used in oil-in-water emulsion separation. In addition, the particle also can be applied as absorption material to remove dyes which are serious water contaminants. More importantly, as for the mixture of emulsion and dye, the particles also have the ability to remove both oil and dye, making the particles potential for wastewater purification in the future...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806650/floating-rice-culture-system-for-nutrient-remediation-and-feed-production-in-a-eutrophic-lake
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Ankita Srivastava, Seong-Jun Chun, So-Ra Ko, Junhwan Kim, Chi-Yong Ahn, Hee-Mock Oh
The increased inputs of nutrients have been demonstrated to be a major contributing factor to the eutrophication of lakes and reservoirs which can lead to the production of harmful algal/cyanobacterial blooms and deleteriously affect the aesthetics of water-bodies. Floating plant-culture systems have been widely used for the ecological remediation of eutrophic water in a cost-effective manner. We investigated the applicability of Korean japonica rice variety 'Nampyeong' in a floating-culture system in a eutrophic lake for nutrient uptake and biomass production...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806649/firm-performance-and-the-role-of-environmental-management
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Tommy Lundgren, Wenchao Zhou
This paper analyzes the interactions between three dimensions of firm performance - productivity, energy efficiency, and environmental performance - and especially sheds light on the role of environmental management. In this context, environmental management is investments to reduce environmental impact, which may also affect firm competitiveness, in terms of change in productivity, and spur more (or less) efficient use of energy. We apply data envelopment analysis (DEA) technique to calculate the Malmquist firm performance indexes, and a panel vector auto-regression (VAR) methodology is utilized to investigate the dynamic and causal relationship between the three dimensions of firm performance and environmental investment...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806592/validation-of-simplified-centre-of-mass-models-during-gait-in-individuals-with-chronic-stroke
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Andrew H Huntley, Alison Schinkel-Ivy, Anthony Aqui, Avril Mansfield
BACKGROUND: The feasibility of using a multiple segment (full-body) kinematic model in clinical gait assessment is difficult when considering obstacles such as time and cost constraints. While simplified gait models have been explored in healthy individuals, no such work to date has been conducted in a stroke population. The aim of this study was to quantify the errors of simplified kinematic models for chronic stroke gait assessment. METHODS: Sixteen individuals with chronic stroke (>6months), outfitted with full body kinematic markers, performed a series of gait trials...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806507/triboelectric-nanogenerator-enabled-body-sensor-network-for-self-powered-human-heart-rate-monitoring
#16
Zhiming Lin, Jun Chen, Xiaoshi Li, Zhihao Zhou, Keyu Meng, Wei Wei, Jin Yang, Zhong Lin Wang
Heart rate monitoring plays a critical role in personal healthcare management. A low-cost, non-invasive and user-friendly heart rate monitoring system is highly desirable. Here, a self-powered wireless Body Sensor Network (BSN) system is developed for heart rate monitoring via integration of a downy-structure based triboelectric nanogenerator (D-TENG), a power management circuit, a heart rate sensor, a signal processing unit and Bluetooth module for wireless data transmission. By converting the inertia energy of human walking into electric power, a maximum power of 2...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806505/co4n-nanowires-noble-metal-free-peroxidase-mimetic-with-excellent-salt-and-temperature-resistant-abilities
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Yu-Zhen Li, Tong-Tong Li, Wei Chen, Yan-Yan Song
Compared to natural enzymes, nanomaterial-based artificial enzymes have attracted immense attention because of their high stability and cost-effectiveness. In this study, cobalt nitride (Co4N) as a noble-metal-free artificial enzyme exhibiting highly intrinsic peroxidase-like activity and good stability was reported. Kinetic studies revealed that the resultant Co4N nanowires (NWs) exhibited a stronger affinity for 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) and H2O2 than HRP. Compared to Co3O4 NWs, Co4N NWs exhibited highly improved catalytic activities, with H2O2 exhibiting an apparent Km approximately 2 orders of magnitude less than that of Co3O4...
August 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806419/effects-of-short-term-dry-immersion-on-bone-remodeling-markers-insulin-and-adipokines
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Marie-Thérèse Linossier, Liubov E Amirova, Mireille Thomas, Myriam Normand, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Arnaud Beck, Marie-Claude Costes-Salon, Christine Bonneau, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud, Laurence Vico
BACKGROUND: Dry immersion (DI), a ground-based model of microgravity previously used in Russia, has been recently implemented in France. The aim of this study was to analyze early events in a short-term DI model in which all conditions are met to investigate who is first challenged from osteo- or adipo-kines and to what extent they are associated to insulin-regulating hormones. METHODS: Twelve healthy men were submitted to a 3-day DI. Fasting blood was collected during pre-immersion phase for the determination of the baseline data collection (BDC), daily during DI (DI24h, DI48H and DI72h), then after recovery (R+3h and R+24h)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806377/the-double-intravenous-catheter-technique-for-single-puncture-arthrocentesis
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Shakil Ahmed Nagori, Probodh K Chattopadhyay, Kamal K Pathey, Gaurav Dua
Traditionally, arthrocentesis involves insertion of 2 needles into the joint space of which one acts as an inflow port and the other as the outflow port. These 2 needles must triangulate and be exactly placed in the upper joint space for the procedure to be effective. Due to the difficulty in maintaining the needle position, single-puncture arthrocentesis is gaining popularity. It is relatively easier to perform and less traumatic to the joint. The authors describe a simple technique of single-puncture arthrocentesis using parts of 2 peripheral intravenous catheters of different gauges...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806376/classification-of-the-residual-cranial-defects-and-selection-of-reconstruction-materials
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Nanda Kishore Sahoo, Mohan Rangan N, Kapil Tomar, Sudarshan Bhat
The cranial defects are complex in nature and are due to various causes. Therefore, there is a need for a common term of reference to these defects. This requirement stood as a prime reason for proposing a classification system for cranial defects. The classification is based on 2 decades of experience in cranioplasty. This efficient and simple way of representation would fill the existing lacunae for a systematic communication on cranial defects. Over the ages the evolution of reconstruction and grafting had undergone a massive progress...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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