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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726267/day-length-constrains-the-time-budget-of-aphid-predators
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Jens Joschinski, Tim Kiess, Jochen Krauss
Phenology shifts and range expansions cause organisms to experience novel day length - temperature correlations. Depending on the temporal niche, organisms may benefit or suffer from changes in day length, thus potentially affecting phenological adaptation. We assessed the impact of day length changes on larvae of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens) and Episyrphus balteatus (De Geer), both of which prey on aphids. Larvae of E. balteatus are night-active, whereas those of C. carnea appear to be crepuscular. We subjected both species in climate chambers to day lengths of 16 : 8 LD and, to circumvent diapause responses, 20 : 4 LD...
July 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720133/developing-a-questionnaire-to-determine-the-impact-of-self-management-in-diabetes-giving-people-with-diabetes-a-voice
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J Carlton, J Elliott, D Rowen, K Stevens, H Basarir, K Meadows, J Brazier
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing dramatically, placing considerable financial burden on the healthcare budget of each country. Patient self-management is crucial for the control of blood glucose, which largely determines the chances of developing diabetes-related complications. Self-management interventions vary widely, and a method is required for assessing the impact of self-management. This paper describes the development of a questionnaire intended for use to measure the impact of self-management in diabetes...
July 18, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715855/assessing-long-term-impact-of-land-use-change-on-hydrological-ecosystem-functions-in-a-mediterranean-upland-agro-forestry-catchment
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Paolo Nasta, Mario Palladino, Nadia Ursino, Antonio Saracino, Angelo Sommella, Nunzio Romano
During the second half of the 20th century farming systems in hilly and mountainous areas of Mediterranean Europe were progressively abandoned and the forest cover subsequently re-expanded. This paper investigates the environmental impacts of land-use/land-cover (LULC) changes on hydrological ecosystem functions (HEFs) in the Upper Alento River Catchment (UARC) in southern Italy. We document the human-driven post-war landscape in 1955 with its maximum expansion of pasture and crops. By 1998 forest cover had doubled and cropland had roughly halved due to decades of land abandonment and reduction in human pressure...
July 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714137/austerity-new-public-management-and-missed-nursing-care-in-australia-and-new-zealand
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Eileen Willis, Jenny Carryer, Clare Harvey, Maria Pearson, Julie Henderson
AIMS: To outline the way in which the culture of austerity arising from the Global Financial Crisis has been used by Australian and New Zealand governments to maintain and extend health care budget cuts, through new public management strategies leading to missed nursing care. BACKGROUND: Ten years on the cost of the Global Financial Crisis continues to be borne by tax payers and those employed by the welfare state, yet analysis shows clearly that it was caused by a failure to adequately regulate markets, particularly the banks and multinational corporations...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714129/coevolution-between-flight-morphology-vertical-stratification-and-sexual-dimorphism-what-can-we-learn-from-tropical-butterflies
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M B Graça, P A C L Pequeno, E Franklin, J W Morais
Occurrence patterns are partly shaped by the affinity of species with habitat conditions. For winged organisms, flight-related attributes are vital for ecological performance. However, due to the different reproductive roles of each sex, we expect divergence in flight energy budget, and consequently different selection responses between sexes. We used tropical frugivorous butterflies as models to investigate coevolution between flight morphology, sex dimorphism and vertical stratification. We studied 94 species of Amazonian fruit-feeing butterflies sampled in seven sites across 3341 ha...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707260/historical-effects-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-export-and-land-management-decisions-on-the-watershed-scale-forest-carbon-budget-of-a-coastal-british-columbia-douglas-fir-dominated-landscape
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B P Smiley, J A Trofymow
BACKGROUND: To address how natural disturbance, forest harvest, and deforestation from reservoir creation affect landscape-level carbon (C) budgets, a retrospective C budget for the 8500 ha Sooke Lake Watershed (SLW) from 1911 to 2012 was developed using historical spatial inventory and disturbance data. To simulate forest C dynamics, data was input into a spatially-explicit version of the Carbon Budget Model-Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). Transfers of terrestrial C to inland aquatic environments need to be considered to better capture the watershed scale C balance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705160/tracking-development-assistance-and-government-health-expenditures-for-35-malaria-eliminating-countries-1990-2017
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Rima Shretta, Brittany Zelman, Maxwell L Birger, Annie Haakenstad, Lavanya Singh, Yingying Liu, Joseph Dieleman
BACKGROUND: Donor financing for malaria has declined since 2010 and this trend is projected to continue for the foreseeable future. These reductions have a significant impact on lower burden countries actively pursuing elimination, which are usually a lesser priority for donors. While domestic spending on malaria has been growing, it varies substantially in speed and magnitude across countries. A clear understanding of spending patterns and trends in donor and domestic financing is needed to uncover critical investment gaps and opportunities...
July 14, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703092/pharmaceutical-benefits-advisory-committee-recommendations-in-australia
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Erika Turkstra, Emilie Bettington, Maria L Donohue, Merehau C Mervin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine submissions made to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and assess whether the predicted financial impact was associated with a recommendation. The second objective was to assess whether the financial and utilization estimates for listing the proposed medicine were reliable. METHODS: Data were extracted from public summary documents of major submissions considered by the PBAC from 2012 to 2014. Information collected included whether submissions were accepted, rejected, or deferred; estimated use; and financial impact...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703084/case-study-on-an-ipilimumab-cost-containment-strategy-in-an-italian-hospital
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Alberto Russi, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Vera Damuzzo, Francesca Di Sarra, Jacopo Pigozzo, Angelo Claudio Palozzo
OBJECTIVES: Ipilimumab is the first licensed immune checkpoint inhibitor for treatment of melanoma. The promising results of the registration clinical study need confirmation in real practice and its clinical success comes together with a relevant budget impact due to the high price of this drug. The aim of this work is to describe a new model of economical sustainability of ipilimumab developed in an Italian reference center for melanoma treatment. METHODS: This retrospective, observational, and monocentric study was carried out at the Veneto Institute of Oncology...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702875/private-health-insurance-incentives-in-australia-in-search-of-cost-effective-adjustments
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P Marcin Sowa, Sam Kault, Joshua Byrnes, Shu-Kay Ng, Tracy Comans, Paul A Scuffham
BACKGROUND: The appropriate structure, scope and cost of government incentives in the private health insurance (PHI) market is a matter of ongoing debate. OBJECTIVE: In order to inform policy decisions we designed a two-stage study to (1) model the uptake of PHI covering hospital treatment in Australia, and (2) identify the costs of various policy scenarios to the government. METHODS: Using a microsimulation with a cost-benefit component, we modelled the insurance decisions made by individuals who collectively represented the Australian insurance population in the financial year 2014-15...
July 12, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702174/costs-of-implementing-integrated-community-case-management-iccm-in-six-african-countries-implications-for-sustainability
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Emmanuelle Daviaud, Donnela Besada, Natalie Leon, Sarah Rohde, David Sanders, Nicholas Oliphant, Tanya Doherty
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa still reports the highest rates of under-five mortality. Low cost, high impact interventions exist, however poor access remains a challenge. Integrated community case management (iCCM) was introduced to improve access to essential services for children 2-59 months through diagnosis, treatment and referral services by community health workers for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. This paper presents the results of an economic analysis of iCCM implementation in regions supported by UNICEF in six countries and assesses country-level scale-up implications...
June 2017: Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699542/community-cost-benefit-discussions-that-launched-the-camino-verde-intervention-in-nicaragua
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Carlos Hernandez-Alvarez, Jorge Arosteguí, Harold Suazo-Laguna, Rosa Maria Reyes, Josefina Coloma, Eva Harris, Neil Andersson, Robert J Ledogar
BACKGROUND: Recent literature on community intervention research stresses system change as a condition for durable impact. This involves highly participatory social processes leading to behavioural change. METHODS: Before launching the intervention in the Nicaraguan arm of Camino Verde, a cluster-randomised controlled trial to show that pesticide-free community mobilisation adds effectiveness to conventional dengue controls, we held structured discussions with leaders of intervention communities on costs of dengue illness and dengue control measures taken by both government and households...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693549/equity-in-hta-what-doesn-t-get-measured-gets-marginalised
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Richard Cookson, Andrew J Mirelman
When making recommendations about the public funding of new health technologies, policy makers typically pay close attention to quantitative evidence about the comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness and budget impact of those technologies - what we might call "efficiency" criteria. Less attention is paid, however, to quantitative evidence about who gains and who loses from these public expenditure decisions, and whether those who gain are better or worse off than the rest of the population in terms of their health - what we might call "equity" criteria...
July 10, 2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692951/identifying-critical-steps-towards-improved-access-to-innovation-in-cancer-care-a-european-cancer-organisation-position-paper
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Matti Aapro, Alain Astier, Riccardo Audisio, Ian Banks, Pierre Bedossa, Etienne Brain, David Cameron, Paolo Casali, Arturo Chiti, Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, Daniel Kelly, Denis Lacombe, Per J Nilsson, Martine Piccart, Philip Poortmans, Katrine Riklund, Gunnar Saeter, Martin Schrappe, Riccardo Soffietti, Luzia Travado, Hein van Poppel, Suzanne Wait, Peter Naredi
In recent decades cancer care has seen improvements in the speed and accuracy of diagnostic procedures; the effectiveness of surgery, radiation therapy and medical treatments; the power of information technology; and the development of multidisciplinary, specialist-led approaches to care. Such innovations are essential if we are to continue improving the lives of cancer patients across Europe despite financial pressures on our healthcare systems. Investment in innovation must be balanced with the need to ensure the sustainability of healthcare budgets, and all health professionals have a responsibility to help achieve this balance...
July 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689608/cooking-matters-for-adults-improves-food-resource-management-skills-and-self-confidence-among-low-income-participants
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Jennifer A Pooler, Ruth E Morgan, Karen Wong, Margaret K Wilkin, Jonathan L Blitstein
OBJECTIVE: Determine the impact of Cooking Matters for Adults (CM) on food resource management (FRM) skills and self-confidence 6 months after course completion. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental design with nonequivalent comparison group and 6-month follow-up. SETTING: Cooking Matters for Adults programs in CA, CO, ME, MA, MI, and OR. PARTICIPANTS: Participants in CM attending classes in April to July, 2016 (n = 332); comparison group (n = 336)...
July 2017: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686156/high-titre-inhibitors-in-previously-untreated-patients-with-severe-haemophilia-a-receiving-recombinant-or-plasma-derived-factor-viii-a-budget-impact-analysis
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Andrea Messori, Flora Peyvandi, Sabrina Trippoli, Roberta Palla, Frits R Rosendaal, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci
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May 15, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683554/hidden-oceans-unravelling-the-structure-of-hydrous-defects-in-the-earth-s-deep-interior
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Helen Grueninger, Katherine Armstrong, Dominik Greim, Tiziana Boffa-Ballaran, Daniel J Frost, Jürgen Senker
High-pressure silicates making up the main proportion of the Earth's interior can incorporate a significant amount of water in the form of OH defects. Generally, they are charge balanced by removing low-valent cations such as Mg(2+). By combining high resolution multidimensional single- and double-quantum (1)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy with DFT calculations, we show that for ringwoodite (γ-Mg2SiO4), additionally, Si(4+) vacancies are formed, even at a water content as low as 0.1 wt%. They are charge balanced by either four protons or one Mg(2+) and two protons...
July 7, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680953/the-cost-impact-of-lenalidomide-for-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma-in-the-eu5
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Steve Schey, Luis Felipe Casado Montero, Chloe Stengel-Tosetti, Craig J Gibson, Sujith Dhanasiri
INTRODUCTION: Lenalidomide is an active agent that was approved for use in the EU in 2015 as a first-line therapy for previously untreated, non-transplant eligible multiple myeloma patients. Our objective was to assess the cost impact of lenalidomide when selected as a first-line treatment for transplant-ineligible patients in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom (EU5). METHODS: We developed a cost-impact model of the total costs associated with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma over 5 years in the EU5 based on treatment duration and time to progression (TTP) (taken from trial data)...
2017: Oncology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680427/conservation-agriculture-improves-soil-quality-crop-yield-and-incomes-of-smallholder-farmers-in-north-western-ghana
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Jesse B Naab, George Y Mahama, Iddrisu Yahaya, P V V Prasad
Conservation agriculture (CA) practices are being widely promoted in many areas in sub-Saharan Africa to recuperate degraded soils and improve ecosystem services. This study examined the effects of three tillage practices [conventional moldboard plowing (CT), hand hoeing (MT) and no-tillage (NT)], and three cropping systems (continuous maize, soybean-maize annual rotation, and soybean/maize intercropping) on soil quality, crop productivity, and profitability in researcher and farmer managed on-farm trials from 2010 to 2013 in northwestern Ghana...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680289/budget-impact-analysis-of-a-breast-rapid-diagnostic-unit
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M Elmi, H Hussein, S Nofech-Mozes, B Curpen, A Leahey, N Look Hong
BACKGROUND: The Odette Cancer Centre's recent implementation of a rapid diagnostic unit (rdu) for breast lesions has significantly decreased wait times to diagnosis. However, the economic impact of the unit remains unknown. This project defined the development and implementation costs and the operational costs of a breast rdu in a tertiary care facility. METHODS: From an institutional perspective, a budget impact analysis identified the direct costs associated with the breast rdu...
June 2017: Current Oncology
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