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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081164/economic-evaluation-of-pcsk9-inhibitors-in-reducing-cardiovascular-risk-from-health-system-and-private-payer-perspectives
#1
Alejandro Arrieta, Timothy F Page, Emir Veledar, Khurram Nasir
The introduction of Proprotein covertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors has been heralded as a major advancement in reducing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels by nearly 50%. However, concerns have been raised on the added value to the health care system in terms of their costs and benefits. We assess the cost-effectiveness of PCSK9 inhibitors based on a decision-analytic model with existing clinical evidence. The model compares a lipid-lowering therapy based on statin plus PCSK9 inhibitor treatment with statin treatment only (standard therapy)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073425/hypertension-in-germany
#2
Hannelore Neuhauser, Claudia Diederichs, Heiner Boeing, Stephan B Felix, Claus Jünger, Roberto Lorbeer, Christine Meisinger, Annette Peters, Henry Völzke, Cornelia Weikert, Philipp Wild, Marcus Dörr
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is a key risk factor. However, population data based on blood pressure measurements in Germany are scarce. METHODS: Standardized blood pressure (BP) measurements and medication data from seven population-based studies conducted in Germany between 1994 and 2012 (66 845 participants, 25-74 years) were analyzed: the EPICPotsdam study (1994-1998, EPIC), the KORA-S4 Study (1999-2001) in Augsburg, and the Gutenberg Health Study (2007-2012, GHS) in Mainz/Mainz-Bingen provided data for descriptive comparisons...
December 2, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073204/who-apparently-more-spends-in-reality-spends-less-spending-a-little-more-for-the-rental-of-the-extracorporeal-lithotripter-can-save-a-lot-about-the-days-of-hospitalization-for-urinary-stones
#3
Giuseppe Albino, Francesco Albergo
OBJECTIVE: The right to health (according to the Article 32 of the Italian Republic Constitution) is financially conditioned; for this reason the National Health System (NHS) has the objective of rationalize health expenditure according to the criteria of efficiency, effectiveness and economy. This paper is an example of rationalization concerning the extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hospital admissions for urinary stones were taken into account...
December 30, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072503/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-cognitive-function-in-a-large-cohort-of-middle-aged-women
#4
Jennifer A Sumner, Kaitlin Hagan, Fran Grodstein, Andrea L Roberts, Brian Harel, Karestan C Koenen
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been linked to cognitive decline, but research in women is generally lacking. We examined whether trauma and elevated PTSD symptoms were associated with worse cognitive function in middle-aged civilian women. A secondary objective was to investigate the possible role of depression in the relation of PTSD symptoms to cognitive function. METHODS: The sample comprised 14,029 middle-aged women in the Nurses' Health Study II...
January 10, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070707/value-based-assessment-of-radiology-reporting-using-radiologist-referring-physician-two-way-feedback-system-a-design-thinking-based-approach
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Faiq Shaikh, Kenneth Hendrata, Brian Kolowitz, Omer Awan, Rasu Shrestha, Christopher Deible
In the era of value-based healthcare, many aspects of medical care are being measured and assessed to improve quality and reduce costs. Radiology adds enormously to health care costs and is under pressure to adopt a more efficient system that incorporates essential metrics to assess its value and impact on outcomes. Most current systems tie radiologists' incentives and evaluations to RVU-based productivity metrics and peer-review-based quality metrics. In a new potential model, a radiologist's performance will have to increasingly depend on a number of parameters that define "value," beginning with peer review metrics that include referrer satisfaction and feedback from radiologists to the referring physician that evaluates the potency and validity of clinical information provided for a given study...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069290/classical-swine-fever-vaccines-state-of-the-art
#6
Sandra Blome, Claudia Moß, Ilona Reimann, Patricia König, Martin Beer
Due to its impact on animal health and pig industry, classical swine fever (CSF) is still one of the most important viral diseases of pigs. To control the disease, safe and highly efficacious live attenuated vaccines exist for decades. These vaccines have usually outstanding efficacy and safety but lack differentiability of infected from vaccinated animals (DIVA or marker strategy). In contrast, the first generation of E2 subunit marker vaccines shows constraints in efficacy, application, and production. To overcome these limitations, new generations of marker vaccines are developed...
January 3, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069063/the-ribosomal-transcription-units-of-haplorchis-pumilio-and-h-taichui-and-the-use-of-28s-rdna-sequences-for-phylogenetic-identification-of-common-heterophyids-in-vietnam
#7
Thanh Hoa Le, Khue Thi Nguyen, Nga Thi Bich Nguyen, Huong Thi Thanh Doan, Do Trung Dung, David Blair
BACKGROUND: Heterophyidiasis is now a major public health threat in many tropical countries. Species in the trematode family Heterophyidae infecting humans include Centrocestus formosanus, Haplorchis pumilio, H. taichui, H. yokogawai, Procerovum varium and Stellantchasmus falcatus. For molecular phylogenetic and systematic studies on trematodes, we need more prospective markers for taxonomic identification and classification. This study provides near-complete ribosomal transcription units (rTU) from Haplorchis pumilio and H...
January 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068991/multiple-lifestyle-behaviours-and-mortality-findings-from-a-large-population-based-norwegian-cohort-study%C3%A2-the-hunt-study
#8
Steinar Krokstad, Ding Ding, Anne C Grunseit, Erik R Sund, Turid Lingaas Holmen, Vegar Rangul, Adrian Bauman
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle risk behaviours are responsible for a large proportion of disease burden and premature mortality worldwide. Risk behaviours tend to cluster in populations. We developed a new lifestyle risk index by including emerging risk factors (sleep, sitting time, and social participation) and examine unique risk combinations and their associations with all-cause and cardio-metabolic mortality. METHODS: Data are from a large population-based cohort study in a Norway, the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT), with an average follow-up time of 14...
January 10, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068904/long-term-kinetics-of-zika-virus-rna-and-antibodies-in-body-fluids-of-a-vasectomized-traveller-returning-from-martinique-a-case-report
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Guenter Froeschl, Kristina Huber, Frank von Sonnenburg, Hans-Dieter Nothdurft, Gisela Bretzel, Michael Hoelscher, Lothar Zoeller, Matthias Trottmann, Francisco Pan-Montojo, Gerhard Dobler, Silke Woelfel
BACKGROUND: The magnitude of the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has led to a declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO. Findings of viable viral particles in semen for several weeks are corroborating reports of sexual transmission of ZIKV. Serious consequences of a positive diagnostic result particularly in the pregnant patient are calling for precise diagnostic tools also at later time points after infection. Currently, recommendations suggest a diagnostic period of direct viral detection of 5 to 7 days after onset of symptoms in serum or plasma, and up to 3 weeks in urine samples...
January 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066918/implementation-of-the-redesigned-community-health-fund-in-the-dodoma-region-of-tanzania-a-qualitative-study-of-views-from-rural-communities
#10
Albino Kalolo, Lara Gautier, Ralf Radermacher, Manfred Stoermer, Albrecht Jahn, Menoris Meshack, Manuela De Allegri
The need to understand how an intervention is received by the beneficiary community is well recognised and particularly neglected in the micro-health insurance (MHI) domain. This study explored the views and reactions of the beneficiary community of the redesigned Community Health Fund (CHF) implemented in the Dodoma region of Tanzania. We collected data from focus group discussions with 24 groups of villagers (CHF members and nonmembers) and in-depth interviews with 12 key informants (enrolment officers and health care workers)...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065893/pan-azole-resistant-candida-tropicalis-carrying-homozygous-erg11-mutations-at-position-k143r-a-new-emerging-superbug
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Mariana I D S Xisto, Rita D F Caramalho, Débora A S Rocha, Antonio Ferreira-Pereira, Bettina Sartori, Eliana Barreto-Bergter, Maria L Junqueira, Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Michaela Lackner
OBJECTIVES: Candidaemia is a public health problem mainly in hospitalized individuals worldwide. In Brazil, Candida albicans is the most prevalent species that causes candidaemia, followed by Candida tropicalis and Candida parapsilosis Few data on the abundance of antifungal resistance are available for Latin America. METHODS: We analysed the frequency of azole and echinocandin resistance in Candida isolates (n = 75) collected between 2012 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil)...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063462/going-digital-a-narrative-overview-of-the-clinical-and-organisational-impacts-of-ehealth-technologies-in-hospital-practice
#12
Justin Keasberry, Ian A Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib, Richard Ashby
Objective The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of hospital-based eHealth technologies on quality, safety and efficiency of care and clinical outcomes.Methods Systematic reviews and reviews of systematic reviews of eHealth technologies published in PubMed/Medline/Cochrane Library between January 2010 and October 2015 were evaluated. Reviews of implementation issues, non-hospital settings or remote care or patient-focused technologies were excluded from analysis. Methodological quality was assessed using a validated appraisal tool...
January 9, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061783/improving-the-knowledge-of-labour-and-delivery-nurses-in-india-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-mentoring-and-case-sheets-in-primary-care-centres
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Janet Bradley, Krishnamurthy Jayanna, Souradet Shaw, Troy Cunningham, Elizabeth Fischer, Prem Mony, B M Ramesh, Stephen Moses, Lisa Avery, Maryanne Crockett, James F Blanchard
BACKGROUND: Birthing in health facilities in India has increased over the last few years, yet maternal and neonatal mortality rates remain high. Clinical mentoring with case sheets or checklists for nurses is viewed as essential for on-going knowledge transfer, particularly where basic training is inadequate. This paper summarizes a study of the effect of such a programme on staff knowledge and skills in a randomized trial of 295 nurses working in 108 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Karnataka, India...
January 7, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060582/encoded-exposure-and-social-norms-in-entertainment-education
#14
Amy Henderson Riley, Suruchi Sood, Paramita Dasgupta Mazumdar, Narendra Nath Choudary, Alka Malhotra, Naysan Sahba
Entertainment-education is an effective health communication strategy that combines or embeds educational messages into entertainment programs to bring about social and behavior change. For years, scholars have considered how entertainment-education works. Some contemporary theories posit that entertainment-education does not engender behavior change directly but does so through mediating variables. This study adds to the literature on this topic by exploring the direct relationship between exposure and social norms instead of their relationship through behavior as a mediator...
January 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059618/smokers-with-ms-have-greater-decrements-in-quality-of-life-and-disability-than-non-smokers
#15
Farren Bs Briggs, Douglas D Gunzler, Daniel Ontaneda, Ruth Ann Marrie
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoke plays a pathogenic role in multiple sclerosis (MS) and may accelerate disease progression, yet, some people with MS continue to smoke after disease onset. The average smoker reports diminished health-related quality of life (HRQOL) across many populations. OBJECTIVES: To describe the relationships between smoking status and HRQOL, disease activity, and global disability in a US population with MS. METHODS: We compared smokers to non-smokers in 950 responders to the Spring 2014 update survey completed by North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) registry participants...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056883/marijuana-use-and-sex-with-multiple-partners-among-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual-youth-results-from-a-national-sample
#16
Xiaoyun Zhang, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: Sex with multiple partners (SMP) is one of the important contributing factors for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adolescents and young adults, especially among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) youth. Past studies mainly focus on examining associations of alcohol or club drugs use with unprotected sexual behaviors among adult homo/bisexual men, while little is known about the temporal association between marijuana use (MU) and SMP among LGB youth. METHODS: This study examined the relationship between MU and SMP among LGB adolescents and young adults...
January 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054380/perceived-stress-recurrent-pain-and-aggregate-salivary-cortisol-measures-in-mid-adolescent-girls-and-boys
#17
Petra Lindfors, Lisa Folkesson Hellstadius, Viveca Östberg
Measures of perceived stress have been criticized for theoretical inconsistency. However, the validated pressure activation stress scale has been suggested as a theoretically sound alternative. But it is unclear how pressure and activation stress relate to objective and subjective measures including commonly used aggregate cortisol measures and health complaints respectively. Specifically, this study aimed at investigating how pressure and activation stress were related to aggregate salivary cortisol measures and recurrent pain in mid-adolescent girls and boys...
February 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052841/preventing-depression-in-adults-with-subthreshold-depression-health-economic-evaluation-alongside-a-pragmatic-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-web-based-intervention
#18
Claudia Buntrock, Matthias Berking, Filip Smit, Dirk Lehr, Stephanie Nobis, Heleen Riper, Pim Cuijpers, David Ebert
BACKGROUND: Psychological interventions for the prevention of depression might be a cost-effective way to reduce the burden associated with depressive disorders. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a Web-based guided self-help intervention to prevent major depressive disorder (MDD) in people with subthreshold depression (sD). METHODS: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial was conducted with follow-up at 12 months. Participants were recruited from the general population via a large statutory health insurance company and an open access website...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052295/in-vitro-dermal-absorption-of-hydroquinone-protocol-validation-and-applicability-on-illegal-skin-whitening-cosmetics
#19
Bart Desmedt, Gamze Ates, Patricia Courselle, Jacques O De Beer, Vera Rogiers, Benoit Hendrickx, Eric Deconinck, Kristien De Paepe
In Europe, hydroquinone is a forbidden cosmetic ingredient. It is, however, still abundantly used because of its effective skin-whitening properties. The question arises as to whether the quantities of hydroquinone used become systemically available and may cause damage to human health. Dermal absorption studies can provide this information. In the EU, dermal absorption has to be assessed in vitro since the Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009/EC forbids the use of animals. To obtain human-relevant data, a Franz diffusion cell protocol was validated using human skin...
January 5, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049396/oxidative-stress-and-antioxidant-potential-of-one-hundred-medicinal-plants
#20
Waseem Hassan, Hamsa Noreen, Shakila Rehman, Shehnaz Gul, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Jean Paul Kamdem, Bakht Zaman, Joao B T da Rocha
Reactive species are produced in biological system because of redox reactions. The imbalance in pro-oxidant and antioxidant homeostasis leads to the production of toxic reactive oxygen and nitrogen species like hydrogen peroxide, organic peroxides, hydroxyl radicals, superoxide anion and nitric oxide. Inactivation of metabolic enzymes, oxidation of biomolecules and cellular damage are some of the prominent characteristics of reactive species. Similarly, oxidative stress has been associated with more than one hundred (100) pathologies such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pancreatic and liver diseases, joint disorders, cardiac fibrosis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, neurological diseases (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington's disorder, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease), ageing and cancer etc...
January 2, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
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