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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742116/sutureless-microvascular-anastomosis-assisted-by-an-expandable-shape-memory-alloy-stent
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Noriko Saegusa, Shunji Sarukawa, Kunihiro Ohta, Kensuke Takamatsu, Mitsuhiro Watanabe, Takashi Sugino, Masahiro Nakagawa, Yasuto Akiyama, Masatoshi Kusuhara, Kazuo Kishi, Keita Inoue
Vascular anastomosis is the highlight of cardiovascular, transplant, and reconstructive surgery, which has long been performed by hand using a needle and suture. However, anastomotic thrombosis occurs in approximately 0.5-10% of cases, which can cause serious complications. To improve the surgical outcomes, attempts to develop devices for vascular anastomosis have been made, but they have had limitations in handling, cost, patency rate, and strength at the anastomotic site. Recently, indwelling metal stents have been greatly improved with precise laser metalwork through programming technology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741873/cost-effectiveness-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure-analysis-of-the-french-hospital-discharge-database
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Abir Tadmouri, Josefin Blomkvist, Cécile Landais, Jerome Seymour, Alexandre Azmoun
AIMS: Although left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are currently approved for coverage and reimbursement in France, no French cost-effectiveness (CE) data are available to support this decision. This study aimed at estimating the CE of LVAD compared with medical management in the French health system. METHODS AND RESULTS: Individual patient data from the 'French hospital discharge database' (Medicalization of information systems program) were analysed using Kaplan-Meier method...
July 25, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741420/outreach-syncope-clinic-managed-by-a-nurse-practitioner-outcome-and-cost-effectiveness
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Mohamed H Hamdan, Kathleen E Walsh, Michele Brignole, Jamie Key
Introduction The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical and financial outcomes of a novel outreach syncope clinic. Methods We compared the clinical outcome of the Faint and Fall Clinic at the American Center (January-June 2016) with that of the University of Wisconsin Health and Clinics Faint and Fall Clinic (January 2013-December 2014). The American Center-Faint and Fall Clinic is run solely by a nurse practitioner, assisted by online faint-decision software and consultancy of a faint specialist through video-conferencing...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740765/lipoabdominoplasty-with-progressive-traction-sutures
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Javier Vera Cucchiaro, Horacio Lostia, Patricia Velazquez, Elizabeth Liska
BACKGROUND: Proactively preserving Scarpa's fascia and thus its intrinsic lymphatic drainage and tensile strength for suture placement can eliminate the need for drains after lipoabdominoplasty and therefore reduce the rate of seroma development. In this article, we describe the effectiveness of a modified progressive traction suture (PTS) technique, which enables us to lessen the most common complications and avoid hospital readmission; these sutures take 3-5 minutes of additional surgery time...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739464/prophylactic-groin-wound-vacuum-assisted-therapy-in-vascular-surgery-patients-at-enhanced-risk-for-postoperative-wound-infection
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Luke O Pesonen, Brian G Halloran, Abdulhameed Aziz
OBJECTIVE: Vascular groin wounds have higher than expected surgical site infection (SSI) rates and some patients are at enhanced risk. The Wiseman et al. paper suggests an objective scoring system that identifies patients at enhanced risk of postdischarge SSI. We hypothesize that prophylactic groin wound vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) therapy in enhanced risk patients will decrease SSI and readmission and the Wiseman model provides potential evidence that enhanced risk patients can be objectively identified...
July 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739301/a-new-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-and-differentiation-of-babesia-canis-and-babesia-vogeli
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Giada Annoscia, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Cinzia Cantacessi, Emanuela Olivieri, Maria Teresa Manfredi, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto
Babesia spp. are globally distributed tick-borne protozoan parasites that infect the red blood cells of a wide range of vertebrate hosts, including humans. Diagnosis of babesiosis is often impeded by the transient presence of the parasites in peripheral blood, as well as by their pleomorphic nature. Given the reports of an expanding and, in some cases, sympatric geographical distribution of Babesia canis and Babesia vogeli in dogs and associated vectors, in Europe, the development of time-efficient and cost-effective diagnostic tools to detect and differentiate these two species is warranted...
July 8, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738951/evaluation-of-cardiopulmonary-complication-rates-after-port-insertion-is-a-postoperative-x-ray-needed
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Justin G Vaughan, Allison B Cauthen, Ahkeel Allen, Paul Dale
It is customary for a postoperative chest radiograph to be obtained after fluoroscopic guided port insertion to exclude acute complications. In this review, we provide a cost-benefit analysis by examination of acute postoperative complications detected by postoperative port insertion chest films at our institution. We conducted a retrospective chart review of complications associated with port insertion procedures performed over a 5-year period. Our study included only ultrasound-assisted internal jugular venous or landmark guided subclavian ports placed with the assistance of fluoroscopy...
July 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738897/food-assistance-is-associated-with-decreased-nursing-home-admissions-for-maryland-s-dually-eligible-older-adults
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Sarah L Szanton, Laura J Samuel, Rachel Cahill, Ginger Zielinskie, Jennifer L Wolff, Roland J Thorpe, Charles Betley
BACKGROUND: Although it has long been known that a broad range of factors beyond medical diagnoses affect health and health services use, it has been unclear whether additional income can decrease health service use. We examined whether Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receipt is associated with subsequent nursing home entry among low income older adults. METHODS: We examined the 77,678 older adults dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare in Maryland, 2010-2012...
July 24, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738015/observational-study-to-estimate-the-changes-in-the-effectiveness-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-with-time-since-vaccination-for-preventing-tuberculosis-in-the-uk
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Punam Mangtani, Patrick Nguipdop-Djomo, Ruth H Keogh, Lucy Trinder, Peter G Smith, Paul Em Fine, Jonathan Sterne, Ibrahim Abubakar, Emilia Vynnycky, John Watson, David Elliman, Marc Lipman, Laura C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Until recently, evidence that protection from the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination lasted beyond 10 years was limited. In the past few years, studies in Brazil and the USA (in Native Americans) have suggested that protection from BCG vaccination against tuberculosis (TB) in childhood can last for several decades. The UK's universal school-age BCG vaccination programme was stopped in 2005 and the programme of selective vaccination of high-risk (usually ethnic minority) infants was enhanced...
July 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737994/impact-of-a-patient-support-program-on-patient-adherence-to-adalimumab-and-direct-medical-costs-in-crohn-s-disease-ulcerative-colitis-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
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David T Rubin, Manish Mittal, Matthew Davis, Scott Johnson, Jingdong Chao, Martha Skup
BACKGROUND: AbbVie provides a free-to-patient patient support program (PSP) to assist adalimumab-treated patients with medication costs, nurse support, injection training, pen disposal, and medication reminders. The impact of these services on patient adherence to adalimumab and direct medical costs associated with autoimmune disease has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between participation in a PSP and outcomes (adalimumab adherence, persistence, and direct medical costs) in patients initiating adalimumab treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737989/incremental-effect-of-the-addition-of-prescriber-restrictions-on-a-state-medicaid-s-pharmacy-only-patient-review-and-restriction-program
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Shellie L Keast, Timothy Pham, Ashley Teel, Nancy J Nesser
BACKGROUND: Patient review and restriction programs (PRRPs), used by state Medicaid programs to limit potential abuse and misuse of opioids and related controlled medications, often restrict members to a single pharmacy for controlled medications. While most states use a restricted pharmacy access model, not all states include restricted prescriber access. Oklahoma Medicaid (MOK) added a restricted prescriber access feature to its PRRP in July 2014. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incremental effect that the addition of a prescriber restriction to MOK's pharmacy-only PRRP had on the pharmacy and resource utilization of the enrolled members...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737987/factors-associated-with-patient-preferences-for-disease-modifying-therapies-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Ana L Hincapie, Jonathan Penm, Craig F Burns
BACKGROUND: Treatment adherence in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) is essential to reduce the rate of acute neurological attacks, severity of relapses, and hospitalizations and to slow its progression. Adherence rates in MS patients have been shown to be affected by multiple factors, including physical or cognitive difficulties, perceived lack of treatment efficacy, treatment-related adverse events, injection anxiety, and frequency of administration. OBJECTIVE: To elicit the preferences of MS patients for noneconomic and economic attributes of current disease-modifying therapies (DMTs)...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737983/advancing-patient-care-through-specialty-pharmacy-services-in-an-academic-health-system
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Autumn Bagwell, Tara Kelley, Alicia Carver, Jennifer B Lee, Brandon Newman
BACKGROUND: With the rapid growth of specialty pharmacies, including those within academic health systems, pharmacists have the opportunity to improve patient care through the management of specialty medications. Specialty pharmacists within academic health systems are uniquely positioned to overcome restrictions to medication access, financial constraints, and provider burdens that often lead to obstacles for patients to start and maintain necessary treatments. The Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy (VSP) model at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) provides an example of a patient-centered, collaborative care prototype that places pharmacists directly into specialty clinics to assist with comprehensive management of patients on specialty medications...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737929/enhanced-degradation-of-tce-on-a-superfund-site-using-endophyte-assisted-poplar-tree-phytoremediation
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Sharon Lafferty Doty, John Leonard Freeman, Christopher M Cohu, Joel Gerard Burken, Andrea Firrincieli, Andrew Simon, Zareen Khan, Jud G Isebrands, Joseph Lukas, Michael J Blaylock
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a widespread environmental pollutant common in groundwater plumes associated with industrial manufacturing areas. We had previously isolated and characterized a natural bacterial endophyte, Enterobacter sp. strain PDN3, of poplar trees, that rapidly metabolizes TCE, releasing chloride ion. We now report findings from a successful three-year field trial of endophyte-assisted phytoremediation on the Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman Superfund Study Area TCE plume in the Silicon Valley of California...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734529/ultrasound-based-differentiation-of-malignant-and-benign-thyroid-nodules-an-extreme-learning-machine-approach
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Jianfu Xia, Huiling Chen, Qiang Li, Minda Zhou, Limin Chen, Zhennao Cai, Yang Fang, Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is important to be able to accurately distinguish between benign and malignant thyroid nodules in order to make appropriate clinical decisions. The purpose of this study was to improve the effectiveness and efficiency for discriminating the malignant from benign thyroid cancers based on the Ultrasonography (US) features. METHODS: There were 114 benign nodules in 106 patients (82 women and 24 men) and 89 malignant nodules in 81 patients (69 women and 12 men) included in this study...
August 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733299/robot-assisted-surgery-in-a-broader-healthcare-perspective-a-difference-in-difference-based-cost-analysis-of-a-national-prostatectomy-cohort
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Vibe Bolvig Hyldgård, Karin Rosenkilde Laursen, Johan Poulsen, Rikke Søgaard
OBJECTIVE: To estimate costs attributable to robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as compared with open prostatectomy (OP) and laparoscopic prostatectomies (LP) in a National Health Service perspective. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Register-based cohort study of 4309 consecutive patients who underwent prostatectomy from 2006 to 2013 (2241 RALP, 1818 OP and 250 LP). Patients were followed from 12 months before to 12 months after prostatectomy with respect to service use in primary care (general practitioners, therapists, specialists etc) and hospitals (inpatient and outpatient activity related to prostatectomy and comorbidity)...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733152/midwifery-student-reactions-to-workplace-violence
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Jesse Shapiro, Malcolm J Boyle, Lisa McKenna
PROBLEM: Workplace violence, incidents against people in their workplaces, is a growing problem in Australia causing untold personal suffering as well as costing Australian businesses in productivity. Midwives have been highlighted as a group particularly at risk, yet in Australia there is little research into workplace violence against midwives and even less into midwifery students. AIM: This study aimed to explore Australian midwifery students' responses to workplace violence as well as to gauge the impact of workplace violence on them...
July 18, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732531/endometrial-scratching-in-women-with-implantation-failure-after-a-first-ivf-icsi-cycle-does-it-lead-to-a-higher-live-birth-rate-the-scratch-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial-ntr-5342
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N E van Hoogenhuijze, H L Torrance, F Mol, J S E Laven, E Scheenjes, M A F Traas, C Janssen, B Cohlen, G Teklenburg, J P de Bruin, R van Oppenraaij, J W M Maas, E Moll, K Fleischer, M H van Hooff, C de Koning, A Cantineau, C B Lambalk, M Verberg, M Nijs, A P Manger, M van Rumste, L F van der Voet, A Preys-Bosman, J Visser, E Brinkhuis, J E den Hartog, A Sluijmer, F W Jansen, W Hermes, M L Bandell, M J Pelinck, J van Disseldorp, M van Wely, J Smeenk, Q D Pieterse, J C Boxmeer, E R Groenewoud, M J C Eijkemans, J C Kasius, F J M Broekmans
BACKGROUND: Success rates of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) are approximately 30%, with the most important limiting factor being embryo implantation. Mechanical endometrial injury, also called 'scratching', has been proposed to positively affect the chance of implantation after embryo transfer, but the currently available evidence is not yet conclusive. The primary aim of this study is to determine the effect of endometrial scratching prior to a second fresh in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) cycle on live birth rates in women with a failed first IVF/ICSI cycle...
July 21, 2017: BMC Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732491/job-retention-vocational-rehabilitation-for-employed-people-with-inflammatory-arthritis-work-ia-a-feasibility-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alison Hammond, Rachel O'Brien, Sarah Woodbridge, Lucy Bradshaw, Yeliz Prior, Kate Radford, June Culley, Diane Whitham, Ruth Pulikottil-Jacob
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory arthritis leads to work disability, absenteeism and presenteeism (i.e. at-work productivity loss) at high cost to individuals, employers and society. A trial of job retention vocational rehabilitation (VR) in the United States identified this helped people keep working. The effectiveness of this VR in countries with different socioeconomic policies and conditions, and its impact on absenteeism, presenteeism and health, are unknown. This feasibility study tested the acceptability of this VR, modified for the United Kingdom, compared to written advice about managing work problems...
July 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731426/ultrahigh-electrical-and-thermal-conductive-hydroxylated-graphene-based-flexible-carbon-film
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Jiheng Ding, Obaid Ur Rahman, Hongran Zhao, Wanjun Peng, Huimin Dou, Hao Chen, Haibin Yu
Graphene based films are widely used in the electronics industry. Present work report surface hydroxylated graphene sheets (HGS) from natural graphite by a rapid and efficient molten hydroxide-assisted exfoliated technique. This method enable preparation of a flexible carbon film from exfoliated graphene with extraodinary production yield (~100%), high electrical (11.5×104 S. m-1) and thermal conductivity (1842 W m-1K -1) withbetter dispersion concentration (~10.0 mg mL-1). As a result, this method is expected to applied for the preparation of large-scale, high-quality and low-cost electrical and thermal conductive graphene based material...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
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