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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923102/pain-treatment-continues-to-be-inaccessible-for-many-patients-around-the-globe-second-phase-of-opioid-price-watch-a-cross-sectional-study-to-monitor-the-prices-of-opioids
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Tania Pastrana, Roberto Wenk, Lukas Radbruch, Ebtesam Ahmed, Liliana De Lima
BACKGROUND: Strong opioids are a cornerstone of pain treatment, of which morphine is considered an essential analgesic by the World Health Organization. Access to opioids is limited, due to restrictive laws, limited education, and high prices. This is the second phase of a global project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids with the specific aim to expand and increase the information and allow further analysis of the challenges in their availability and affordability...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922797/potential-obstacles-in-the-acquisition-of-oral-anticancer-medications
#2
Jennifer L Niccolai, Danielle L Roman, Justin M Julius, Rachelle W Nadour
PURPOSE: To determine the amount of time elapsed between prescriber order and patient receiving oral anticancer medication. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Adult patients with a diagnosis of cancer were prospectively identified in three outpatient oncology clinics when oral anticancer agents were prescribed during a 4-month observation period. For each patient, time to obtain medication was analyzed by the following time points: date of prescription, date of submission to insurance, date prior authorization was obtained, date financial assistance was received, date prescription was processed by pharmacy, and date patient received medication...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922660/combined-vision-and-wearable-sensors-based-system-for-movement-analysis-in-rehabilitation
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Sofija Spasojević, Tihomir V Ilić, Slađan Milanović, Veljko Potkonjak, Aleksandar Rodić, José Santos-Victor
BACKGROUND: Traditional rehabilitation sessions are often a slow, tedious, disempowering and non-motivational process, supported by clinical assessment tools, i.e. evaluation scales that are prone to subjective rating and imprecise interpretation of patient's performance. Poor patient motivation and insufficient accuracy are thus critical factors that can be improved by new sensing / processing technologies. OBJECTIVES: We aim to develop a portable and affordable system, suitable for home rehabilitation, which combines vision-based and wearable sensors...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921378/origin-of-the-excellent-performance-of-ru-on-nitrogen-doped-carbon-nanofibers-for-co2-hydrogenation-to-ch4
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Laura Roldán, Yanila Marco, Enrique García-Bordejé
Carbon materials have rarely been used as support for CO2 methanation, which is usually carried out using catalysts supported on metal oxides. Here, it is shown that Ru nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibers (NCNF) provide competitive CH4 production rate and stability compared to Al2 O3 -supported catalysts. Contrary to the general belief about the inert nature of carbon supports, it is demonstrated that NCNF is a non-innocent spectator in CO2 methanation due to its ability to store a high amount of COad reaction intermediates...
December 6, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921329/preventive-dental-visiting-a-critical-interpretive-synthesis-of-theory-explaining-how-inequalities-arise
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Rebecca V Harris, Andrew Pennington, Margaret Whitehead
BACKGROUND: In many countries, those with lower socioeconomic status are disproportionately affected by poor oral health. This can be attributed, at least in part, to differences in preventive dental visiting. While several theories have been applied to the area, they generally fail to capture the recursive nature of dental visiting behaviour, and fall short of informing the design of complex interventions to tackle inequalities. OBJECTIVE: To undertake a systematic review and synthesis of theory in order to provide an overview of the pathways which bring about socioeconomic inequalities in early dental visiting, and identify possible intervention points...
December 6, 2016: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921234/simultaneous-virus-identification-and-characterization-of-severe-unexplained-pneumonia-cases-using-a-metagenomics-sequencing-technique
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Xiaohui Zou, Guangpeng Tang, Xiang Zhao, Yan Huang, Tao Chen, Mingyu Lei, Wenbing Chen, Lei Yang, Wenfei Zhu, Li Zhuang, Jing Yang, Zhaomin Feng, Dayan Wang, Dingming Wang, Yuelong Shu
Many viruses can cause respiratory diseases in humans. Although great advances have been achieved in methods of diagnosis, it remains challenging to identify pathogens in unexplained pneumonia (UP) cases. In this study, we applied next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology and a metagenomic approach to detect and characterize respiratory viruses in UP cases from Guizhou Province, China. A total of 33 oropharyngeal swabs were obtained from hospitalized UP patients and subjected to NGS. An unbiased metagenomic analysis pipeline identified 13 virus species in 16 samples...
December 2, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920788/vegetative-and-adaptive-traits-predict-different-outcomes-for-restoration-using-hybrids
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Philip A Crystal, Nathanael I Lichti, Keith E Woeste, Douglass F Jacobs
Hybridization has been implicated as a driver of speciation, extinction, and invasiveness, but can also provide resistant breeding stock following epidemics. However, evaluating the appropriateness of hybrids for use in restoration programs is difficult. Past the F1 generation, the proportion of a progenitor's genome can vary widely, as can the combinations of parental genomes. Detailed genetic analysis can reveal this information, but cannot expose phenotypic alterations due to heterosis, transgressive traits, or changes in metabolism or development...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920320/low-income-working-families-with-employer-sponsored-insurance-turn-to-public-insurance-for-their-children
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Douglas Strane, Benjamin French, Jennifer Eder, Charlene A Wong, Kathleen G Noonan, David M Rubin
Many families rely on employer-sponsored health insurance for their children. However, the rise in the cost of such insurance has outpaced growth in family income, potentially making public insurance (Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan) an attractive alternative for affordable dependent coverage. Using data for 2008-13 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, we quantified the coverage rates for children from low- or moderate-income households in which a parent was offered employer-sponsored insurance...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920318/survey-highlights-differences-in-medicaid-coverage-for-substance-use-treatment-and-opioid-use-disorder-medications
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Colleen M Grogan, Christina Andrews, Amanda Abraham, Keith Humphreys, Harold A Pollack, Bikki Tran Smith, Peter D Friedmann
The Affordable Care Act requires state Medicaid programs to cover substance use disorder treatment for their Medicaid expansion population but allows states to decide which individual services are reimbursable. To examine how states have defined substance use disorder benefit packages, we used data from 2013-14 that we collected as part of an ongoing nationwide survey of state Medicaid programs. Our findings highlight important state-level differences in coverage for substance use disorder treatment and opioid use disorder medications across the United States...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920305/projections-of-dental-care-use-through-2026-preventive-care-to-increase-while-treatment-will-decline
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Chad D Meyerhoefer, Irina Panovska, Richard J Manski
This study provides a forward-thinking assessment of the factors likely to affect future trends in dental care in the United States. We developed a forecasting model based on historical data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to determine how demographic trends and recent health care policies will affect dental care use in the future. Our forecasts suggest that the medical and dental insurance reforms instituted under the Affordable Care Act will increase rates of dental care use and the number of dental visits, with utilization rates reaching 47 percent in 2026 and the number of visits reaching 334 million, under optimistic assumptions about take-up of pediatric dental coverage...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920304/dental-care-presents-the-highest-level-of-financial-barriers-compared-to-other-types-of-health-care-services
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Marko Vujicic, Thomas Buchmueller, Rachel Klein
The Affordable Care Act is improving access to and the affordability of a wide range of health care services. While dental care for children is part of the law's essential health benefits and state Medicaid programs must cover it, coverage of dental care for adults is not guaranteed. As a result, even with the recent health insurance expansion, many Americans face financial barriers to receiving dental care that lead to unmet oral health needs. Using data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, we analyzed financial barriers to a wide range of health care services...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920074/a-critical-appraisal-of-aspirin-in-secondary-prevention-is-less-more
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Giuseppe Gargiulo, Stephan Windecker, Pascal Vranckx, Charles Michael Gibson, Roxana Mehran, Marco Valgimigli
Aspirin represents the sine qua non for antiplatelet pharmacotherapy in patients with cardiovascular diseases because of its well-established role in secondary prevention and its widespread availability and affordability. Historical studies, conducted in an era that bears little resemblance to contemporary clinical practice, demonstrated large reductions in thrombotic risk when aspirin was compared with placebo, thus forming the evidence base promulgated in practice guidelines and recommendations. P2Y12 inhibitors have mostly been studied in addition to aspirin; dual-antiplatelet therapy proved superiority compared with aspirin monotherapy for the prevention of ischemic events, despite increased bleeding risks...
December 6, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919821/specific-micrornas-comparisons-in-hypoxia-and-morphine-preconditioning-against-hypoxia-reoxgenation-injury-with-and-without-heart-failure
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Hai-Juan Zhu, Zheng-Yi Han, Shu-Fang He, Shi-Yun Jin, Shi-Jin Xu, Xiang-Dong Fang, Ye Zhang
AIMS: Ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury is an inevitable event arising during the cardiovascular diseases development and the process of potent surgical treatments. microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical regulators of multiple cell processes including I/R injury. The present study aims to quantify miRNA alterations and regulated genes upon hypoxia-reoxygenation (H/R) injury in a rat heart failure model comparing with normal cardiomyocytes. MAIN METHODS: Chronic heart failure was established by injecting doxorubicin (2mg/kg/week) for 6weeks, then H/R was performed on primary cultured cardiomyocytes isolated from normal and failed heart...
December 2, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919442/a-rapid-evidence-review-of-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-alcohol-control-policies-an-english-perspective
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Robyn Burton, Clive Henn, Don Lavoie, Rosanna O'Connor, Clare Perkins, Kate Sweeney, Felix Greaves, Brian Ferguson, Caryl Beynon, Annalisa Belloni, Virginia Musto, John Marsden, Nick Sheron
This paper reviews the evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies to reduce alcohol-related harm. Policies focus on price, marketing, availability, information and education, the drinking environment, drink-driving, and brief interventions and treatment. Although there is variability in research design and measured outcomes, evidence supports the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies that address affordability and marketing. An adequate reduction in temporal availability, particularly late night on-sale availability, is effective and cost-effective...
December 1, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919275/rayyan-a-web-and-mobile-app-for-systematic-reviews
#15
Mourad Ouzzani, Hossam Hammady, Zbys Fedorowicz, Ahmed Elmagarmid
BACKGROUND: Synthesis of multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in a systematic review can summarize the effects of individual outcomes and provide numerical answers about the effectiveness of interventions. Filtering of searches is time consuming, and no single method fulfills the principal requirements of speed with accuracy. Automation of systematic reviews is driven by a necessity to expedite the availability of current best evidence for policy and clinical decision-making. We developed Rayyan ( http://rayyan...
December 5, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919249/-the-microbiome-and-the-pathophysiology-of-asthma
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Ashley Sullivan, Eoin Hunt, John MacSharry, Desmond M Murphy
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease whose prevalence is increasing in the western world. Recently research has begun to focus on the role the microbiome plays in asthma pathogenesis in the hope of further understanding this respiratory disorder. Considered sterile until recently, the lungs have revealed themselves to contain a unique microbiota. A shift towards molecular methods for the quantification and sequencing of microbial DNA has revealed that the airways harbour a unique microbiota with apparent, reproducible differences present between healthy and diseased lungs...
December 5, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918787/an-ovine-model-for-exclusive-endoscopic-ear-surgery
#17
Lukas Anschuetz, Marco Bonali, Michael Ghirelli, Francesco Mattioli, Domenico Villari, Marco Caversaccio, Livio Presutti
Importance: With the international spread of exclusive transcanal endoscopic ear surgery, the need for a suitable and affordable surgical training model has grown during the past years. Objective: To develop and validate an ex vivo animal model for exclusive endoscopic ear surgery. Design, Setting, and Animal Models: In an experimental study, we compared ovine and human middle ear anatomy in 4 specimens and assessed the lamb as a model for endoscopic ear surgery...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918408/full-practice-authority-for-nurse-practitioners
#18
Deborah Dillon, Faye Gary
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (2010) enabled more than 30 million people to have new access to primary care services. On the basis of current utilization patterns, demand for primary care providers is expected to grow more rapidly than physician supply. This imbalance is expected to worsen, as the aging population requires more health care resources. In addition, more patients are requiring critical care services and physician numbers are not keeping with this growing need. Restrictions on resident physician practice hours have impacted inpatient care as well...
January 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918400/a-strategic-approach-for-developing-an-advanced-practice-workforce-from-postgraduate-transition-to-practice-fellowship-programs-and-beyond
#19
Dennis A Taylor, Britney S Broyhill, Allison M Burris, Mary Ann Wilcox
The healthcare provider landscape is rapidly changing. Given the imminent retirement of baby boomer physicians, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the increased utilization of health care services by an ever-aging population, the supply of providers cannot keep pace with the demand for services. This has led to an increased utilization of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs). This article shows how one large highly-matrixed health care system approached identifying this workforce, and how thought leaders worked collaboratively with physicians, administrators, and ACPs to meet a growing demand for providers...
January 2017: Nursing Administration Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918177/big-data-in-psychology-introduction-to-the-special-issue
#20
Lisa L Harlow, Frederick L Oswald
The introduction to this special issue on psychological research involving big data summarizes the highlights of 10 articles that address a number of important and inspiring perspectives, issues, and applications. Four common themes that emerge in the articles with respect to psychological research conducted in the area of big data are mentioned, including: (a) The benefits of collaboration across disciplines, such as those in the social sciences, applied statistics, and computer science. Doing so assists in grounding big data research in sound theory and practice, as well as in affording effective data retrieval and analysis...
December 2016: Psychological Methods
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