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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352666/handling-processing-and-disposal-of-stem-cell-products-in-europe-a-survey-by-the-cellular-therapy-and-immunobiology-working-party-of-the-european-society-for-blood-and-marrow-transplantation
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Andreas Holbro, Helen Baldomero, Francesco Lanza, Christian Chabannon, John A Snowden, Andreas Buser, Laura Infanti, Nina Worel, Anna Sureda, Manuela Badoglio, Jakob Passweg, Chiara Bonini
BACKGROUND: There is considerable heterogeneity in processing of stem cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation across Europe. The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)-Joint Accreditation Committee International Society for Cellular Therapy and European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) (JACIE) standards provide minimum guidelines that, however, leave room for significant variations in practices at the individual transplantation center (TC)...
January 15, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352641/can-you-do-health-disparities-research-with-publicly-available-datasets
#2
Danny R Hughes
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Given the growing importance of identifying and reducing health disparities, it is important for radiologist researchers to engage in this space to promote evidence-based imaging disparities policy. However, researchers are often hindered by access to appropriate data to perform quality research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This paper reviews existing publicly available data sets that may be useful for performing imaging disparities research...
January 15, 2018: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352529/measuring-and-improving-the-quality-of-mental-health-care-a-global-perspective
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Amy M Kilbourne, Kathryn Beck, Brigitta Spaeth-Rublee, Parashar Ramanuj, Robert W O'Brien, Naomi Tomoyasu, Harold Alan Pincus
Mental disorders are common worldwide, yet the quality of care for these disorders has not increased to the same extent as that for physical conditions. In this paper, we present a framework for promoting quality measurement as a tool for improving quality of mental health care. We identify key barriers to this effort, including lack of standardized information technology-based data sources, limited scientific evidence for mental health quality measures, lack of provider training and support, and cultural barriers to integrating mental health care within general health environments...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352437/cost-effectiveness-of-treatments-for-chronic-constipation-a-systematic-review
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Dolly Han, Nicolas Iragorri, Fiona Clement, Diane Lorenzetti, Eldon Spackman
BACKGROUND: Chronic constipation (CC) has a significant impact on patients' quality of life and imposes an economic burden on individuals and the healthcare system. Treatment options include dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, fibre supplements, stool softeners, and laxatives. OBJECTIVE: We undertook this systematic review to comprehensively evaluate the cost effectiveness of treatments for CC. METHODS: We searched ten common databases to identify economic evaluations published to 13 June 2017...
January 19, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352358/daily-fantasy-sports-players-gambling-addiction-and-mental-health-problems
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Lia Nower, Kyle R Caler, Dylan Pickering, Alex Blaszczynski
Studies point to a relationship between fantasy sports/daily fantasy sports (DFS) play and gambling behavior. However, little is known about the nature of those relationships, particularly regarding the development of gambling problems. This study investigates the nature, frequency, and preferences of gambling behavior as well as problem gambling severity and comorbid conditions among DFS players. Data were collected from an epidemiologic survey of 3634 New Jersey residents on gambling and leisure activities...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352147/pre-conception-maternal-erythrocyte-saturated-to-unsaturated-fatty-acid-ratio-predicts-pregnancy-after-natural-cycle-frozen-embryo-transfer
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Christopher C Onyiaodike, Heather M Murray, Ruiqi Zhang, Barbara J Meyer, Fiona Jordan, E Ann Brown, Robert J B Nibbs, Helen Lyall, Naveed Sattar, Scott M Nelson, Dilys J Freeman
The environment for embryo implantation and fetal growth and development is affected by maternal nutritional, metabolic and health status. The aim of this prospective, cohort study was to test whether plasma metabolic and inflammatory biomarkers can predict pregnancy resulting from in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Women with a natural menstrual cycle undergoing frozen embryo transfer (FET) were recruited and fasting baseline blood samples were collected a mean of 3.4 days prior to the luteinising hormone (LH) surge and a non-fasting blood sample was taken on the day of FET...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352083/polyphosphate-accumulating-bacteria-potential-contributors-to-mineral-dissolution-in-the-oral-cavity
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Ashley A Breiland, Beverly E Flood, Julia Nikrad, John Bakarich, Matthew Husman, TaekHyun Rhee, Robert S Jones, Jake V Bailey
Bacteria that accumulate polyphosphate have previously been shown to dynamically influence the solubility of phosphatic minerals in marine settings and wastewater. Here we show that dental plaque, saliva, and carious lesions, all contain abundant polyphosphate-accumulating bacteria. Saturation state modeling results, informed by phosphate uptake experiments using the model organism Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which is known to inhabit advanced carious-lesions, suggest that polyphosphate accumulation can lead to undersaturated conditions with respect to hydroxyapatite under some oral cavity conditions...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352072/sex-and-race-differences-in-lifetime-risk-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Ambarish Pandey, Wally Omar, Colby Ayers, Michael LaMonte, Liviu Klein, Norrina Allen, Lewis H Kuller, Philip Greenland, Charles Eaton, John S Gottdiener, Donald Lloyd-Jones, Jarett D Berry
Background -Lifetime risk of heart failure has been estimated to range from 20% to 46% in diverse sex and race groups. However, lifetime risk estimates for the two HF phenotypes, HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), is not known. Methods -Participant-level data from 2 large prospective cohort studies, the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS) and the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), were pooled excluding individuals with prevalent HF at baseline...
January 19, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352023/monoamine-abnormalities-in-the-sapap3-knockout-model-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-related-behaviour
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Jesse Wood, Zoe LaPalombara, Susanne E Ahmari
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a leading cause of illness-related disability, but the neural mechanisms underlying OCD symptoms are unclear. One potential mechanism of OCD pathology is monoamine dysregulation. Because of the difficulty of studying monoamine signalling in patients, animal models offer a viable alternative to understanding this aspect of OCD pathophysiology. We used HPLC to characterize post-mortem monoamine levels in lateral orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), medial OFC, medial prefrontal cortex and dorsal and ventral striatum of SAPAP-3 knockout (KO) mice, a well-validated model of compulsive-like behaviours in OCD...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351899/web-based-survey-application-to-collect-contextually-relevant-geographic-data-with-exposure-times-application-development-and-feasibility-testing
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Abby Rudolph, Karin Tobin, Jonathan Rudolph, Carl Latkin
BACKGROUND: Although studies that characterize the risk environment by linking contextual factors with individual-level data have advanced infectious disease and substance use research, there are opportunities to refine how we define relevant neighborhood exposures; this can in turn reduce the potential for exposure misclassification. For example, for those who do not inject at home, injection risk behaviors may be more influenced by the environment where they inject than where they live...
January 19, 2018: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351630/prevalence-and-trends-of-transfusion-transmittable-infections-among-blood-donors-in-southwest-china
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Ting Xu, Zhong-Mei Yi, Jun-Mei Luo, He-Lian Yu, Ya-Han Fan, Hua Lu, Shu-Ming Zhao, Tian-Lun Jiang
Background: The high prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs) is causing serious harm to human health worldwide. The aim of this research was to assess the prevalence and influencing factors of TTIs in Southwest China. Methods: A retrospective study of blood donor records from January 2008 to December 2015 was conducted. All samples were screened for HBV, HCV, HIV and syphilis. The donor's data was recorded and analyzed statistically using SPSS software...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351607/sector-wide-or-disease-specific-implications-of-trends-in-development-assistance-for-health-for-the-sdg-era
#12
Anne L Buffardi
The record of the Millennium Development Goals broadly reflects the trade-offs of disease-specific financing: substantial progress in particular areas, facilitated by time-bound targets that are easy to measure and communicate, which shifted attention and resources away from other areas, masked inequalities and exacerbated fragmentation. In many ways, the Sustainable Development Goals reflect a profound shift towards a more holistic, system-wide approach. To inform responses to this shift, this article builds upon existing work on aggregate trends in donor financing, bringing together what have largely been disparate analyses of sector-wide and disease-specific financing approaches...
January 16, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351604/evaluation-of-results-based-financing-in-the-republic-of-the-congo-a-comparison-group-pre-post-study
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Wu Zeng, Donald S Shepard, Jean de Dieu Rusatira, Aaron P Blaakman, Bernice M Nsitou
Results-based financing (RBF) has been advocated and increasingly scaled up in low- and middle-income countries to increase utilization and quality of key primary care services, thereby reducing maternal and child mortality rates. This pilot RBF study in the Republic of the Congo from 2012 to 2014 used a quasi-experimental research design. The authors conducted pre- and post-household surveys and gathered health facility services data from both intervention and comparison groups. Using a difference-in-differences approach, the study evaluated the impact of RBF on maternal and child health services...
January 16, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351318/invasive-bacterial-disease-trends-and-characterization-of-group-b-streptococcal-isolates-among-young-infants-in-southern-mozambique-2001-2015
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Betuel Sigaúque, Miwako Kobayashi, Delfino Vubil, Ariel Nhacolo, Alberto Chaúque, Benild Moaine, Sérgio Massora, Inácio Mandomando, Tacilta Nhampossa, Quique Bassat, Fabiana Pimenta, Clara Menéndez, Maria da Gloria Carvalho, Eusebio Macete, Stephanie J Schrag
BACKGROUND: Maternal group B streptococcal (GBS) vaccines under development hold promise to prevent GBS disease in young infants. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest estimated disease burden, although data on incidence and circulating strains are limited. We described invasive bacterial disease (IBD) trends among infants <90 days in rural Mozambique during 2001-2015, with a focus on GBS epidemiology and strain characteristics. METHODS: Community-level birth and mortality data were obtained from Manhiça's demographic surveillance system...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351277/ex-ante-assessment-of-different-vaccination-based-control-schedules-against-the-peste-des-petits-ruminants-virus-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Pachka Hammami, Renaud Lancelot, Joseph Domenech, Matthieu Lesnoff
BACKGROUND: Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious and widespread viral infection of small ruminants (goats and sheep), causing heavy economic losses in many developing countries. Therefore, its progressive control and global eradication by 2030 was defined as a priority by international organizations addressing animal health. The control phase of the global strategy is based on mass vaccination of small ruminant populations in endemic regions or countries. It is estimated that a 70% post-vaccination immunity rate (PVIR) is needed in a given epidemiological unit to prevent PPR virus spread...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351270/is-mytomicyn-better-than-5-fluorouracil-as-antimetabolite-in-trabeculectomy-for-glaucoma
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Eduardo Pimentel, Jimena Schmidt
INTRODUCTION: Trabeculectomy is considered the standard for glaucoma surgery. Postoperative scarring is one the factors associated with surgery failure. Different antimetabolites have been used in order to reduce this risk, particularly 5-fluorouracil and mitomycin C. Although both are considered effective, it is not clear if they are different in terms of success of trabeculectomy and adverse effects. METHODS: To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others...
January 18, 2018: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351249/utilizing-dietary-micronutrient-ratios-in-nutritional-research-may-be-more-informative-than-focusing-on-single-nutrients
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Owen J Kelly, Jennifer C Gilman, Jasminka Z Ilich
The 2015 US dietary guidelines advise the importance of good dietary patterns for health, which includes all nutrients. Micronutrients are rarely, if ever, consumed separately, they are not tissue specific in their actions and at the molecular level they are multitaskers. Metabolism functions within a seemingly random cellular milieu however ratios are important, for example, the ratio of adenosine triphosphate to adenosine monophosphate, or oxidized to reduced glutathione. Health status is determined by simple ratios, such as the waist hip ratio, or ratio of fat mass to lean mass...
January 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351184/cleft-palate-repair-does-hospital-case-volume-impact-outcomes-or-cost
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Ari M Wes, Daniel Mazzaferro, Sanjay Naran, Scott P Bartlett, Jesse A Taylor
BACKGROUND: How hospital case-volume affects operative outcomes and cost continues to grow in importance. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of case volume with operative outcomes and cost in cleft palate repair. METHODS: Subjects undergoing cleft palate repair between 2004 and 2015 were identified in the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS). Outcomes were compared between two exposure groups, those undergoing treatment at a high-volume institution (>85th percentile; >60 cases per year), and those undergoing treatment at a low-volume institution...
January 12, 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351067/changes-in-the-incidence-of-intestinal-giardiosis-in-mexican-population-during-five-years-2011-2015
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Gabriela Ibáñez-Cervantes, Gloria León-Ávila, Juan Manuel Bello-López, Armando Pérez-Rangel, Gregorio León-García, Benjamín Nogueda-Torres, José Manuel Hernández
Giardiosis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Giardia intestinalis, which is distributed worldwide. Most of the data on the prevalence of giardiosis in Mexico comes from research, but it is also necessary to study the data provided by the Mexican Health Ministry and issued by the General Directorate of Epidemiology. The aim of this work was analyse the national surveillance data for human giardiosis in order to update the epidemiological data of this disease in Mexico. A retrospective observational analysis of giardiosis (from January 2011 to December 2015) was performed in the annual reports emitted by the GDE in Mexico...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351033/closing-the-loop-on-centralization-of-cleft-care-in-the-united-kingdom
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Andrew R Ness, Andrew R Wills, Andrea Waylen, Jackie Smallridge, Amanda J Hall, Debbie Sell, Jonathan R Sandy
OBJECTIVE: We highlight a major study that investigated the impact of reconfigured cleft care in the United Kingdom some 15 years after centralization. We argue that centralization as an intervention has a major impact on outcomes. SETTING: Audit clinics held in Cleft Centers in the United Kingdom. PATIENTS, PARTICIPANTS: Five-year-olds born between April 1, 2005, and March 31, 2007, with nonsyndromic unilateral cleft lip and palate. INTERVENTIONS: Centralization of cleft care...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
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