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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150529/impact-of-the-2013-national-rollout-of-cms-competitive-bidding-program-the-disruption-continues
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Gary A Puckrein, Irl B Hirsch, Christopher G Parkin, Bruce T Taylor, Liou Xu, David G Marrero
OBJECTIVE: Use of glucose monitoring is essential to the safety of individuals with insulin-treated diabetes. In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) in nine test markets. This resulted in a substantial disruption of beneficiary access to self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) supplies and significant increases in the percentage of beneficiaries with either reduced or no acquisition of supplies. These reductions were significantly associated with increased mortality, hospitalizations, and costs...
November 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150079/mechanism-hypotheses-for-the-electrophysiological-manifestations-of-two-cases-of-endplate-acetylcholinesterase-deficiency-related-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
#2
Qingyun Ding, Dongchao Shen, Yi Dai, Youfang Hu, Yuzhou Guan, Mingsheng Liu, Liying Cui
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the electrophysiological characteristics of two cases of endplate acetylcholinesterase deficiency (EAD) related congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) caused by COLQ mutation and to discuss the possible mechanism of these electrophysiological phenomena. METHODS: Electrophysiological examinations were conducted including nerve conduction studies, routine electromyography (EMG), repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) and single fiber EMG (SFEMG)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149537/multifunctional-cellular-materials-based-on-2d-nanomaterials-prospects-and-challenges
#3
REVIEW
Ling Qiu, Zijun He, Dan Li
Recent advances in emerging 2D nanomaterial-based cellular materials (2D-CMs) open up new opportunities for the development of next generation cellular solids with exceptional properties. Herein, an overview of the current research status of 2D-CMs is provided and their future opportunities are highlighted. First, the unique features of 2D nanomaterials are introduced to illustrate why these nanoscale building blocks are promising for the development of novel cellular materials and what the new features of 2D nanoscale building blocks can offer when compared to their 0D and 1D counterparts...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149139/reversal-of-growth-of-utilization-of-interventional-techniques-in-managing-chronic-pain-in-medicare-population-post-affordable-care-act
#4
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Amol Soin, Dharam P Mann, Sanjay Bakshi, Vidyasagar Pampati, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Over the past 2 decades, the increase in the utilization of interventional techniques has been a cause for concern. Despite multiple regulations to reduce utilization of interventional techniques, growth patterns continued through 2009. A declining trend was observed in a previous evaluation; however, a comparative analysis of utilization patterns of interventional techniques has not been performed showing utilization before and after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148921/a-predictive-model-for-readmissions-among-medicare-patients-in-a-california-hospital
#5
Ian Duncan, Nhan Huynh
Predictive models for hospital readmission rates are in high demand because of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). The LACE index is one of the most popular predictive tools among hospitals in the United States. The LACE index is a simple tool with 4 parameters: Length of stay, Acuity of admission, Comorbidity, and Emergency visits in the previous 6 months. The authors applied logistic regression to develop a predictive model for a medium-sized not-for-profit community hospital in California using patient-level data with more specific patient information (including 13 explanatory variables)...
November 17, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144434/the-role-of-non-coding-rnas-in-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-flowering-plants
#6
REVIEW
Helena Štorchová
The interactions between mitochondria and nucleus substantially influence plant development, stress response and morphological features. The prominent example of a mitochondrial-nuclear interaction is cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS), when plants produce aborted anthers or inviable pollen. The genes responsible for CMS are located in mitochondrial genome, but their expression is controlled by nuclear genes, called fertility restorers. Recent explosion of high-throughput sequencing methods enabled to study transcriptomic alterations in the level of non-coding RNAs under CMS biogenesis...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142773/suprasellar-and-third-ventricular-cavernous-malformation-lessons-learned-in-differential-diagnosis-and-surgical-planning
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Kay O Kulason, Julia R Schneider, Ralph Rahme, Fanni Ratzon, Todd A Anderson, Deborah R Shatzkes, Christopher G Filippi, Peter D Costantino, David J Langer, John A Boockvar
Background: While craniopharyngiomas (CPs) are the most common cystic suprasellar lesions in adults, cavernous malformations (CMs) only exceptionally occur in this location and are seldom considered in the differential diagnosis of such lesions. However, unlike CPs, suprasellar CMs are not typically approached via an endoscopic endonasal approach. Case Description: We present a unique clinical case of suprasellar and third ventricular CM mimicking a CP, posing a major decision-making dilemma at the levels of both preoperative diagnosis and surgical planning...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142174/evaluation-system-for-arrhythmogenic-potential-of-drugs-using-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-and-gene-expression-analysis
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Arisa Higa, Hirotaka Hoshi, Yuka Yanagisawa, Emi Ito, Gaku Morisawa, Jun-Ichi Imai, Shinya Watanabe, Motoki Takagi
In recent years, human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPS-CMs) have been widely used to develop evaluation systems for drug cardiotoxicity, including the arrhythmia caused by QT prolongation. To accurately assess the arrhythmogenic potential of drugs, associated with QT prolongation, we developed an evaluation system using hiPS-CMs and gene expression analysis. hiPS-CMs were treated with 8 arrhythmogenic and 17 non-arrhythmogenic drugs at several concentrations for 24 hr to comprehensively analyze gene expression...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142038/more-consistent-antimalarial-intake-in-first-5-years-of-disease-is-associated-with-better-prognosis-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Rattapol Pakchotanon, Dafna D Gladman, Jiandong Su, Murray B Urowitz
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether more consistent use of antimalarial agents (AM) leads to better results in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: From a longitudinal cohort study, we identified inception patients with a minimum of 5 years of followup. They were divided into 3 groups: patients who took AM > 60% of the time (group A), those who took AM < 60% of the time (group B), and those who did not receive AM (group C) during the first 5 years of followup...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141446/myocardial-reparative-functions-of-exosomes-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-are-enhanced-by-hypoxia-treatment-of-the-cells-via-transferring-microrna-210-in-an-nsmase2-dependent-way
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Jinyun Zhu, Kai Lu, Ning Zhang, Yun Zhao, Qunchao Ma, Jian Shen, Yinuo Lin, Pingping Xiang, Yaoliang Tang, Xinyang Hu, Jinghai Chen, Wei Zhu, Keith A Webster, Jian'an Wang, Hong Yu
Hypoxia treatment enhances paracrine effect of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). The aim of this study was to investigate whether exosomes from hypoxia-treated MSCs (Exo(H)) are superior to those from normoxia-treated MSCs (Exo(N)) for myocardial repair. Mouse bone marrow-derived MSCs were cultured under hypoxia or normoxia for 24 h, and exosomes from conditioned media were intramyocardially injected into infarcted heart of C57BL/6 mouse. Exo(H) resulted in significantly higher survival, smaller scar size and better cardiac functions recovery...
November 16, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140569/single-cell-functional-analysis-of-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-on-micropatterned-flexible-substrates
#11
Jan David Kijlstra, Dongjian Hu, Peter van der Meer, Ibrahim J Domian
Human pluripotent stem-cell derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) hold great promise for applications in human disease modeling, drug discovery, cardiotoxicity screening, and, ultimately, regenerative medicine. The ability to study multiple parameters of hPSC-CM function, such as contractile and electrical activity, calcium cycling, and force generation, is therefore of paramount importance. hPSC-CMs cultured on stiff substrates like glass or polystyrene do not have the ability to shorten during contraction, making them less suitable for the study of hPSC-CM contractile function...
November 15, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138823/mechanical-strain-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-ovariectomized-rats-via-the-phosphoinositide-3%C3%A2-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway
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Ningjuan Ouyang, Peng Zhang, Runqing Fu, Guofang Shen, Lingyong Jiang, Bing Fang
Osteoporosis has become an overwhelming public health problem worldwide. As an elementary physiological factor to regulate bone formation and regeneration, mechanical strain may be used as a non‑invasive intervention in osteoporosis prevention and treatment. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of continuous mechanical strain (CMS) on osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) from ovariectomized rats (OVX BMSCs)...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138199/electrosclerotherapy-for-capillary-malformations-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-within-patient-controlled-pilot-trial
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Sophie E R Horbach, Albert Wolkerstorfer, Daniel Martijn de Bruin, Chantal M A M van der Horst
INTRODUCTION: The current state-of-the-art treatment modality for hypertrophic capillary malformations (CMs), laser therapy, has a considerable rate of non-responders and recurrence. Intralesional bleomycin injections (or 'sclerotherapy') are commonly used to treat venous and lymphatic malformations with an excellent effect, but these intravascular injections are not possible in CMs due to the small diameter of the vessels. Electroporation-an electric field applied to the tissue-could increase the permeability of endothelial cells, which could theoretically facilitate targeted localised bleomycin delivery...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137339/meta-analysis-of-differences-in-constant-murley-scores-for-three-mid-shaft-clavicular-fracture-treatments
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Wei Jiang, Hua Wang, Yu-Sheng Li, Tian-Jian Zhou, Xin-Jia Hu
There is no consensus on the optimal treatment for mid-shaft clavicular fracture. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare the effectiveness of non-operative treatment, plate fixation, and intramedullary pin fixation in terms of the Constant-Murley Score (CMS) for treatment of mid-shaft clavicular fracture. Comprehensive search of the Embase, Cochrane Library and PubMed was conducted to retrieve relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). A random-effect network meta-analysis was conducted within a Bayesian framework using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) in OpenBUGS 3...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135676/physician-owned-hospitals-down-but-not-out-the-evidence-versus-the-hype-commentary-on-an-article-by-p-maxwell-courtney-md-et-al-reconsidering-the-affordable-care-act-s-restrictions-on-physician-owned-hospitals-analysis-of-cms-data-for-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty
#15
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135661/reconsidering-the-affordable-care-act-s-restrictions-on-physician-owned-hospitals-analysis-of-cms-data-on-total-hip-and-knee-arthroplasty
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P Maxwell Courtney, Brian Darrith, Daniel D Bohl, Nicholas B Frisch, Craig J Della Valle
BACKGROUND: Concerns about financial incentives and increased costs prompted legislation limiting the expansion of physician-owned hospitals in 2010. Supporters of physician-owned hospitals argue that they improve the value of care by improving quality and reducing costs. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether physician-owned and non-physician-owned hospitals differ in terms of costs, outcomes, and patient satisfaction in the setting of total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135584/concomitant-medication-polypharmacy-interactions-and-imperfect-adherence-are-common-in-australian-adults-on-suppressive-art
#17
Krista J Siefried, Limin Mao, Lucette A Cysique, John Rule, Michelle L Giles, Don E Smith, James Mcmahon, Tim R Read, Catriona Ooi, Ban K Tee, Mark Bloch, John de Wit, Andrew Carr
OBJECTIVES: We quantified concomitant medication (CM) polypharmacy, pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions, adverse effects and adherence in Australian adults on effective ART. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. METHODS: Patients recruited into a nation-wide cohort and assessed for prevalence and type of CM (including polypharmacy, defined as ≥5 CMs), PK or PD interactions, potential CM adverse effects and CM adherence. Factors associated with CM polypharmacy and with imperfect adherence were identified using multivariable logistic regression...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133340/effects-of-hawthorn-crataegus-pentagyna-leaf-extract-on-electrophysiologic-properties-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-cardiac-arrhythmia-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#18
Sara Pahlavan, Marziyeh Shalchi Tousi, Mahdi Ayyari, Abolfazl Alirezalu, Hassan Ansari, Tomo Saric, Hossein Baharvand
Cardiac arrhythmias are major life-threatening conditions. The landmark discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells has provided a promising in vitro system for modeling hereditary cardiac arrhythmias as well as drug development and toxicity testing. Nowadays, nutraceuticals are frequently used as supplements for cardiovascular therapy. Here we studied the cardiac effects of hawthorn (Crataegus pentagyna) leaf extract using cardiomyocytes (CMs) differentiated from healthy human embryonic stem cells, long QT syndrome type 2 (LQTS2), and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia type 1 (CPVT1) patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells...
November 13, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131117/significant-hemorrhage-rate-reduction-after-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-in-symptomatic-cavernous-malformations-long-term-outcome-in-95-case-series-and-literature-review
#19
Remedios López-Serrano, Nuria E Martínez, M Elena Kusak, Alicia Quirós, Roberto Martínez
BACKGROUND: The natural history of cavernous malformations (CMs) has remained unclear. This lack of knowledge has made treatment decisions difficult. Indeed, the use of stereotactic radiosurgery is nowadays controversial. The purpose of this paper is to throw light on the effectiveness of Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) therapy. METHODS: The authors reviewed data collected from a prospectively maintained database. A total of 95 patients (57 female and 38 male) underwent GKRS for high-surgical-risk CMs...
November 4, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130269/medicare-advantage-and-fee-for-service-performance-on-clinical-quality-and-patient-experience-measures-comparisons-from-three-large-states
#20
Justin W Timbie, Andy Bogart, Cheryl L Damberg, Marc N Elliott, Ann Haas, Sarah J Gaillot, Elizabeth H Goldstein, Susan M Paddock
OBJECTIVE: To compare performance between Medicare Advantage (MA) and Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicare during a time of policy changes affecting both programs. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Performance data for 16 clinical quality measures and 6 patient experience measures for 9.9 million beneficiaries living in California, New York, and Florida. STUDY DESIGN: We compared MA and FFS performance overall, by plan type, and within service areas associated with contracts between CMS and MA organizations...
December 2017: Health Services Research
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