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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101709/distributed-mixed-integer-fuzzy-hierarchical-programming-for-municipal-solid-waste-management-part-i-system-identification-and-methodology-development
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Guanhui Cheng, Guohe Huang, Cong Dong, Ye Xu, Xiujuan Chen, Jiapei Chen
Due to the existence of complexities of heterogeneities, hierarchy, discreteness, and interactions in municipal solid waste management (MSWM) systems such as Beijing, China, a series of socio-economic and eco-environmental problems may emerge or worsen and result in irredeemable damages in the following decades. Meanwhile, existing studies, especially ones focusing on MSWM in Beijing, could hardly reflect these complexities in system simulations and provide reliable decision support for management practices...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100464/six-month-market-exclusivity-extensions-to-promote-research-offer-substantial-returns-for-many-drug-makers
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Aaron S Kesselheim, Benjamin N Rome, Ameet Sarpatwari, Jerry Avorn
To incentivize pharmaceutical manufacturers to invest in areas of unmet medical need, policy makers frequently propose extending the market exclusivity period of desired drugs. Some such proposals are modeled after the pediatric exclusivity patent extension program, which since 1997 has provided six additional months of market exclusivity for drugs studied in children. The most recent proposal would encourage rare disease research by providing six months of extended exclusivity for any existing drug that is granted subsequent FDA approval for a new rare disease indication...
January 18, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100278/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-undernutrition-among-schoolchildren-in-the-plateau-central-and-centre-ouest-regions-of-burkina-faso
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Séverine Erismann, Astrid M Knoblauch, Serge Diagbouga, Peter Odermatt, Jana Gerold, Akina Shrestha, Grissoum Tarnagda, Boubacar Savadogo, Christian Schindler, Jürg Utzinger, Guéladio Cissé
BACKGROUND: Multiple factors determine children's nutritional status, including energy and nutrient intake, recurrent infectious diseases, access (or lack thereof) to clean water and improved sanitation, and hygiene practices, among others. The "Vegetables go to School: improving nutrition through agricultural diversification" (VgtS) project implements an integrated school garden programme in five countries, including Burkina Faso. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of undernutrition and its risk factors among schoolchildren in Burkina Faso before the start of the project...
January 19, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100165/genomic-predictions-for-economically-important-traits-in-brazilian-braford-and-hereford-beef-cattle-using-true-and-imputed-genotypes
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Mario L Piccoli, Luiz F Brito, José Braccini, Fernando F Cardoso, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Flávio S Schenkel
BACKGROUND: Genomic selection (GS) has played an important role in cattle breeding programs. However, genotyping prices are still a challenge for implementation of GS in beef cattle and there is still a lack of information about the use of low-density Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP) chip panels for genomic predictions in breeds such as Brazilian Braford and Hereford. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of using imputed genotypes in the accuracy of genomic predictions for twenty economically important traits in Brazilian Braford and Hereford beef cattle...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099208/the-upside-down-world-of-diabetes-care-medical-economics-and-what-we-might-do-to-improve-it
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David M Harlan, Irl B Hirsch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Increasingly over the past generation, the American healthcare delivery system has received consistently poor marks with regard to public health outcomes and costs. This review by two seasoned diabetes care providers is intended to shed light on the fundamental flaws we believe to underlie that poor performance, and suggest options for better outcomes and cost efficiencies. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite major advances in diabetes management medications and tools, overall public health with regard to diabetes outcomes remains poor...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098813/reverse-vaccinology-an-approach-for-identifying-leptospiral-vaccine-candidates
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REVIEW
Odir A Dellagostin, André A Grassmann, Caroline Rizzi, Rodrigo A Schuch, Sérgio Jorge, Thais L Oliveira, Alan J A McBride, Daiane D Hartwig
Leptospirosis is a major public health problem with an incidence of over one million human cases each year. It is a globally distributed, zoonotic disease and is associated with significant economic losses in farm animals. Leptospirosis is caused by pathogenic Leptospira spp. that can infect a wide range of domestic and wild animals. Given the inability to control the cycle of transmission among animals and humans, there is an urgent demand for a new vaccine. Inactivated whole-cell vaccines (bacterins) are routinely used in livestock and domestic animals, however, protection is serovar-restricted and short-term only...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097913/cost-consequence-analysis-of-different-active-flowable-hemostatic-matrices-in-cardiac-surgical-procedures
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D Makhija, M Rock, Y Xiong, J D Epstein, M R Arnold, O M Lattouf, D Calcaterra
BACKGROUND: A recent retrospective comparative effectiveness study found that use of FLOSEAL® Hemostatic Matrix in cardiac surgery was associated with significantly lower risks of complications, blood transfusions, surgical revisions and shorter length of surgery than use of SURGIFLO(®) Hemostatic Matrix. These outcome improvements in cardiac surgery procedures may translate to economic savings for hospitals and payers. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-consequence of two flowable hemostatic matrices (FLOSEAL or SURGIFLO) in cardiac surgeries for US hospitals...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097904/estimated-burden-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-value-based-price-range-for-evolocumab-in-a-high-risk-secondary-prevention-population-in-the-us-payer-context
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Peter P Toth, Mark Danese, Guillermo Villa, Yi Qian, Anne Beaubrun, Armando Lira, Jeroen P Jansen
AIM: To estimate real-world cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden and value-based price range of evolocumab for a US-context, high-risk, secondary-prevention population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Burden of CVD was assessed using the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) in order to capture complete CV burden including CV mortality. Patients on standard of care (SOC; high-intensity statins) in CPRD were selected based on eligibility criteria of FOURIER, a phase 3 CV outcomes trial of evolocumab, and categorized into 4 cohorts: high-risk prevalent atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) cohort (N = 1448), acute coronary syndrome (ACS) (N = 602), ischemic stroke (IS) (N = 151), and heart failure (HF) (N = 291) incident cohorts...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097760/benefits-of-quitting-smoking-on-work-productivity-and-activity-impairment-in-the-united-states-the-european-union-and-china
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Christine L Baker, Natalia M Flores, Kelly H Zou, Marianna Bruno, Vannessa J Harrison
BACKGROUND: Smoking has important health and economic consequences for individuals and society. This study expands the understanding of work-related burden associated with smoking and benefit of smoking cessation across the US, European Union (EU) and China using large-scale, representative survey methodology. METHODS: Data utilised the 2013 National Health and Wellness Survey in United States (US), EU5 (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) and China. Working-aged respondents 18-64 were used in the analyses (US N=58 500; EU5 N=50 417; China N=17 987) and were categorised into: current smokers, trying to quit, former smokers and never smokers...
January 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097178/antecedents-of-coping-with-the-disease-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-qualitative-content-analysis
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Ali Dehghani, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Abbas Ebadi
BACKGROUND: Due to many physical and mental disorders that occur in multiple sclerosis patients, identifying the factors affecting coping based on the experiences of patients using qualitative study is essential to improve their quality of life. This study was conducted to explore the antecedents of coping with the disease in patients with multiple sclerosis. METHODS: This is a qualitative study conducted on 11 patients with multiple sclerosis in 2015 in Tehran, Iran...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096251/healthcare-resource-consumption-for-intermittent-urinary-catheterisation-cost-effectiveness-of-hydrophilic-catheters-and-budget-impact-analyses
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Carla Rognoni, Rosanna Tarricone
OBJECTIVES: This study presents a cost-effectiveness analysis comparing hydrophilic coated to uncoated catheters for patients performing urinary intermittent catheterisation. A national budget impact analysis is also included to evaluate the impact of intermittent catheterisation for management of bladder dysfunctions over a period of 5 years. DESIGN: A Markov model (lifetime horizon, 1 year cycle length) was developed to project health outcomes (life years and quality-adjusted life years) and economic consequences related to patients using hydrophilic coated or uncoated catheters...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095942/association-of-neighbourhood-food-availability-with-the-consumption-of-processed-and-ultra-processed-food-products-by-children-in-a-city-of-brazil-a-multilevel-analysis
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Fernanda Helena Marrocos Leite, Elena de Carvalho Cremm, Débora Silva Costa de Abreu, Maria Aparecida de Oliveira, Nadine Budd, Paula Andrea Martins
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between neighbourhood food availability and the consumption of ready-to-consume products (RCP), either processed or ultra-processed, and unprocessed/minimally processed foods (UF-MPF) by children. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. 24 h Dietary recalls were collected from children from January 2010 to June 2011. Neighbourhood food availability data were collected from 672 food stores located within 500 m of participants' homes, using an adapted and validated instrument...
January 18, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095776/genetic-and-economic-benefits-of-selection-based-on-performance-recording-and-genotyping-in-lower-tiers-of-multi-tiered-sheep-breeding-schemes
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Bruno F S Santos, Julius H J van der Werf, John P Gibson, Timothy J Byrne, Peter R Amer
BACKGROUND: Performance recording and genotyping in the multiplier tier of multi-tiered sheep breeding schemes could potentially reduce the difference in the average genetic merit between nucleus and commercial flocks, and create additional economic benefits for the breeding structure. METHODS: The genetic change in a multiple-trait breeding objective was predicted for various selection strategies that included performance recording, parentage testing and genomic selection...
January 17, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095408/patient-safety-incidents-involving-sick-children-in-primary-care-in-england-and-wales-a-mixed-methods-analysis
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Philippa Rees, Adrian Edwards, Colin Powell, Peter Hibbert, Huw Williams, Meredith Makeham, Ben Carter, Donna Luff, Gareth Parry, Anthony Avery, Aziz Sheikh, Liam Donaldson, Andrew Carson-Stevens
BACKGROUND: The UK performs poorly relative to other economically developed countries on numerous indicators of care quality for children. The contribution of iatrogenic harm to these outcomes is unclear. As primary care is the first point of healthcare contact for most children, we sought to investigate the safety of care provided to children in this setting. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We undertook a mixed methods investigation of reports of primary care patient safety incidents involving sick children from England and Wales' National Reporting and Learning System between 1 January 2005 and 1 December 2013...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094785/high-resolution-african-population-projections-from-radiative-forcing-and-socio-economic-models-2000-to-2100
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Niklas Boke-Olén, Abdulhakim M Abdi, Ola Hall, Veiko Lehsten
For its fifth assessment report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change divided future scenario projections (2005-2100) into two groups: Socio-Economic Pathways (SSPs) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs). Each SSP has country-level urban and rural population projections, while the RCPs are based on radiative forcing caused by greenhouse gases, aerosols and associated land-use change. In order for these projections to be applicable in earth system models, SSP and RCP population projections must be at the same spatial scale...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094239/performance-variation-due-to-stiffness-in-a-tuna-inspired-flexible-foil-model
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Mariel-Luisa N Rosic, Patrick J M Thornycroft, Kara L Feilich, Kelsey N Lucas, George V Lauder
Tuna are fast, economical swimmers in part due to their stiff, high aspect ratio caudal fins and streamlined bodies. Previous studies using passive caudal fin models have suggested that while high aspect ratio tail shapes such as a tuna's generally perform well, tail performance cannot be determined from shape alone. In this study, we analyzed the swimming performance of tuna-tail-shaped hydrofoils of a wide range of stiffnesses, heave amplitudes, and frequencies to determine how stiffness and kinematics affect multiple swimming performance parameters for a single foil shape...
January 17, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094155/sustainable-options-for-the-utilization-of-solid-residues-from-wine-production
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Nansen Zhang, Andrew Hoadley, Jim Patel, Seng Lim, Chao'en Li
The efficient use of solid organic waste materials is an issue of particular importance for the wine industry. This paper focuses on the valorization of grape marc, the major component of winery organic waste (60-70%). Two methods were designed and compared: combustion to generate electricity, and the pyrolysis for the production of bio-char, bio-oil, and bio-gas. Each of these processes was analysed to determine their economic and environmental viability. The flow-sheeting software, ASPEN PLUS, was used to model the two cases...
January 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094118/receipt-of-public-assistance-during-childhood-and-hypertension-risk-in-adulthood
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Debbie S Barrington, Sherman A James
PURPOSE: We examined if receipt of public assistance during childhood lowered risk for hypertension by mid-life in a cohort of African Americans in the Southeastern United States. METHODS: We used multiple logistic regression models to assess the relationship between receipt of public assistance during childhood and adult hypertension among 405 male and 737 female adult participants enrolled between 1988 and 2001 in the Pitt County Study, a community-based prospective cohort study of African Americans in North Carolina...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093728/meta-analysis-of-the-potential-economic-impact-following-introduction-of-absorbable-antimicrobial-sutures
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REVIEW
D J Leaper, C E Edmiston, C E Holy
BACKGROUND: Despite several randomized trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses that have demonstrated the effectiveness of antimicrobial (triclosan-coated or -impregnated) sutures (TCS), the clinical and economic impact of using these sutures compared with conventional non-antimicrobial-coated absorbable sutures (NCS) remains poorly documented. METHODS: An independent systematic review and meta-analysis of all published evidence from January 2005 to September 2016 comparing TCS with NCS was conducted...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093062/derivation-of-economic-values-for-production-traits-in-aquaculture-species
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Kasper Janssen, Paul Berentsen, Mathieu Besson, Hans Komen
BACKGROUND: In breeding programs for aquaculture species, breeding goal traits are often weighted based on the desired gains but economic gain would be higher if economic values were used instead. The objectives of this study were: (1) to develop a bio-economic model to derive economic values for aquaculture species, (2) to apply the model to determine the economic importance and economic values of traits in a case-study on gilthead seabream, and (3) to validate the model by comparison with a profit equation for a simplified production system...
January 5, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
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