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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150418/immune-enhancing-formulas-for-patients-with-cancer-undergoing-esophagectomy-systematic-review-protocol
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Astrid Naranjo, Elizabeth Isenring, Laisa Teleni
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with an esophageal cancer can potentially be compromised with postoperative leaks or fistulae if patients' nutritional status is in a vulnerable stage. Currently in Australia, there is a growing need for clinicians to know whether use of immune-enhancing formulas (IEFs) containing Arg, omega-3, and RNA are a cost-effective approach compared with isonitrogenous-isocaloric formulas to reduce postoperative infectious complications in esophagectomy patients. Since IEFs may carry higher costs, this has led to inconsistencies in practice among clinicians and hospitals...
November 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150316/low-threshold-extended-release-naltrexone-for-high-utilizers-of-public-services-with-severe-alcohol-use-disorder-a-pilot-study
#2
Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Chris Rowe, Emily Behar, Michelle Geier, Stuart Washington, Glenn-Milo Santos, Jason Euren, Judith Martin, Alice Gleghorn, Phillip O Coffin
Extended-release naltrexone (XRNTX) is an effective treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). We sought to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of XRNTX delivered as a stand-alone service to persons with severe AUD who are high utilizers of multiple urgent and emergency medical services (HUMS). Of 15 HUMS persons with severe AUD selected based on chart review, 11 agreed to participate. Participants received a mean of 4.5 injections (range 2-7). Modest benefits from XRNTX were observed in terms of patients' Urge-to-Drink Score and the costs of emergency medical services utilized...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149882/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-the-introduction-of-s-1-therapy-for-first-line-metastatic-breast-cancer-treatment-in-japan-results-from-the-randomized-phase-iii-select-bc-trial
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Takeru Shiroiwa, Takashi Fukuda, Kojiro Shimozuma, Mitsuko Mouri, Yasuhiro Hagiwara, Takuya Kawahara, Shozo Ohsumi, Yasuo Hozumi, Yoshiaki Sagara, Yasuo Ohashi, Hirofumi Mukai
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of replacing standard intravenous therapy (taxane) with oral S-1 therapy for first-line metastatic breast cancer treatment. METHODS: This cost-effectiveness analysis was based on data from a randomized phase III trial (SELECT BC). As cost-effectiveness was a secondary endpoint of the SELECT BC trial, some of the randomized patients participated in an EQ-5D survey (N = 391) and health economic survey (N = 146)...
November 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149792/case-management-for-people-with-dementia-and-its-translations-a-discussion-paper
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Steve Iliffe, Jane Wilcock, Michal Synek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová, Iva Holmerová
Case management is generally seen as a way to provide efficient, cost-saving person-centred care for people with dementia by connecting together fragmented services, but the available evidence in favour of its merits is often considered inconclusive, unclear and sketchy. This discussion paper investigates the evidence of the benefit of case management for people with dementia and explores the complexity of the concept and the experiences of its implementation. It offers a comprehensive framework for conceptualising various types of case management and asks the question: who can be a case manager? Building on examples from three European countries it addresses the problem of the expansion and adoption of the case management method...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149735/carbamazepine-lamotrigine-levetiracetam-and-valproic-acid-in-dried-blood-spots-with-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-development-and-validation
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Camilla Linder, Anna Hansson, Sara Sadek, Lars L Gustafsson, Anton Pohanka
Monitoring of antiepileptic drugs in children with epilepsy require multiple visits at a clinic for blood collection. Dried blood spot sampling is an alternative way of collection, performed at home by self-collection and can save time and costs for patients and family members. The aim was to develop and validate an LC-MS/MS dried blood spot method for carbamazepine, lamotrigine, levetiracetam and valproic acid with the requirements of using standard equipment and material in a routine laboratory setting. Whatman-903 filter paper was utilized, and discs were punched into a 96 well plate with an automated puncher and barcode reading...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
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REVIEW
Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149078/comfort-energy-efficiency-and-adoption-of-personal-cooling-systems-in-warm-environments-a-field-experimental-study
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Yingdong He, Nianping Li, Xiang Wang, Meiling He, De He
It is well known that personal cooling improves thermal comfort and save energy. This study aims to: (1) compare different personal cooling systems and (2) understand what influences users' willingness to adopt them. A series of experiments on several types of personal cooling systems, which included physical measurements, questionnaires and feedback, was conducted in a real office environment. The obtained results showed that personal cooling improved comfort of participants in warm environments. Then an improved index was proposed and used to compare different types of personal cooling systems in terms of comfort and energy efficiency simultaneously...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148354/case-managers-for-high-risk-high-cost-patients-as-agents-and-street-level-bureaucrats
#8
Jeffrey Swanson, William G Weissert
Case management programs often designate a nurse or social worker to take responsibility for guiding care when patients are expected to be expensive or risk a major decline. We hypothesized that though an intuitively appealing idea, careful program design and faithful implementation are essential if case management programs are to succeed. We employed two theory perspectives, principal-agent framework and street-level bureaucratic theory to describe the relationship between program designers (principals) and case managers (agents/street-level bureaucrats) to review 65 case management studies...
August 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148019/a-prospective-randomised-comparison-of-2-skin-closure-techniques-in-primary-total-hip-arthroplasty-surgery
#9
Min Rui, Xin Zheng, Shao-Song Sun, Cheng-Yu Li, Xing-Chen Zhang, Kai-Jin Guo, Feng-Chao Zhao, Yong Pang
INTRODUCTION: As an essential step of total hip arthroplasty (THA), an effective and secure skin closure technique after primary THA is important. Metallic staples closure and subcuticular suture are the 2 common techniques for skin closure. However, which closure technique is the optimal skin-closure method remains unclear. The purpose of this prospective randomised clinical study was to compare the clinical outcomes and costs between staples and subcuticular suture techniques. METHODS: In this clinical study, 165 patients who underwent primary unilateral THA through a posterolateral approach from August 2014 to May 2015 were included...
November 13, 2017: Hip International: the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Research on Hip Pathology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146652/dynamic-treatment-selection-and-modification-for-personalised-blood-pressure-therapy-using-a-markov-decision-process-model-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Sung Eun Choi, Margaret L Brandeau, Sanjay Basu
OBJECTIVE: Personalised medicine seeks to select and modify treatments based on individual patient characteristics and preferences. We sought to develop an automated strategy to select and modify blood pressure treatments, incorporating the likelihood that patients with different characteristics would benefit from different types of medications and dosages and the potential severity and impact of different side effects among patients with different characteristics. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We developed a Markov decision process (MDP) model to incorporate meta-analytic data and estimate the optimal treatment for maximising discounted lifetime quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) based on individual patient characteristics, incorporating medication adjustment choices when a patient incurs side effects...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146589/impact-of-increasing-tobacco-taxes-on-working-age-adults-short-term-health-gain-health-equity-and-cost-savings
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Christine L Cleghorn, Tony Blakely, Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Frederieke S van der Deen, Nhung Nghiem, Linda J Cobiac, Nick Wilson
OBJECTIVE: The health gains and cost savings from tobacco tax increase peak many decades into the future. Policy-makers may take a shorter-term perspective and be particularly interested in the health of working-age adults (given their role in economic productivity). Therefore, we estimated the impact of tobacco taxes in this population within a 10-year horizon. METHODS: As per previous modelling work, we used a multistate life table model with 16 tobacco-related diseases in parallel, parameterised with rich national data by sex, age and ethnicity...
November 16, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145978/outpatient-management-of-ankle-fractures
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REVIEW
Charles Qin, Robert G Dekker, Mia M Helfrich, Anish R Kadakia
Interest in outpatient orthopedic surgery has been fueled by provider desire to control costs and development of rapid recovery protocols. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a commonly elected treatment strategy for ankle fracture that may be performed in an outpatient setting. Lessons on cost-savings of the outpatient model in orthopedics can be learned in total joint replacement and spine surgery. Moreover, in properly selected patients, outpatient ORIF has been shown to be comparably safe. Reasons for admission of the surgically managed patient with ankle fractures, including concern for surgical delay and additional social factors, warrant further investigation...
January 2018: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145935/effectiveness-of-pharmacist-led-anticoagulation-management-on-clinical-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kelu Hou, Hui Yang, Zhikang Ye, Ying Wang, Lihong Liu, Xiangli Cui
OBJECTIVES: We performed this systematic review and meta-analysis to confirm whether patients benefit more from pharmacist-led anticoagulation management than other models. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library and reference lists of yielded results conducted up to April 25, 2017. RCTs and observational cohort studies and case-control studies which compared the percentage of time within the target therapeutic range (TTR), the percentage of time within the expanded therapeutic range (TER), haemorrhage events, thrombosis events, mortality, patient satisfaction and/or medicine cost saving of pharmacist-led anticoagulation management with other models, and species were limited to humans...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145931/in-vitro-and-in-silico-approaches-to-study-cytochrome-p450-mediated-interactions
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Boon Hooi Tan, Yan Pan, Amelia Nathania Dong, Chin Eng Ong
In vitro and in silico models of drug metabolism are utilized regularly in the drug research and development as tools for assessing pharmacokinetic variability and drug-drug interaction risk. The use of in vitro and in silico predictive approaches offers advantages including guiding rational design of clinical drug-drug interaction studies, minimization of human risk in the clinical trials, as well as cost and time savings due to lesser attrition during compound development process. This article gives a review of some of the current in vitro and in silico methods used to characterize cytochrome P450(CYP)-mediated drug metabolism for estimating pharmacokinetic variability and the magnitude of drug-drug interactions...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145470/active-immunization-in-patients-transplanted-for-hepatitis-b-virus-related-liver-diseases-a-prospective-study
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Anli Yang, Zhiyong Guo, Qingqi Ren, Linwei Wu, Yi Ma, Anbin Hu, Dongping Wang, Haidan Ye, Xiaofeng Zhu, Weiqiang Ju, Xiaoshun He
INTRODUCTION: Prophylactic administration of hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) and nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) is the standard treatment for controlling hepatitis B virus (HBV) recurrence after liver transplantation (LT). Since lifelong use of HBIG is expensive and inconvenient and the antibodies level in anti-hepatitis B surface (HBs) is not sustainable and stable, an alternative strategy is to produce anti-HBs antibodies by active immunization. Our present study aimed to prospectively investigate the efficacy and safety of procedural HBV vaccination in transplanted patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145173/a-new-method-for-fast-extraction-and-determination-of-chlorophylls-in-natural-water
#16
Nianwei Qiu, Xiushun Wang, Feng Zhou
Algae collection and chlorophyll extraction are two troublesome steps in the traditional methods used for the determination of chlorophyll concentration in natural water. A new method was established in this study for fast collection and extraction of chlorophyll. Based on our results, the optimum centrifugation condition for collecting algae was determined as: 5000 g for 15 min at 4 °C, and the optimum dilution ratio of dimethyl sulfoxide: 90% acetone was 1:4. The specific steps were as follows: the algae in water samples were collected by centrifugation at 5000 g at 4 °C for 15 min...
November 16, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145024/direct-analysis-of-ethylene-glycol-in-human-serum-on-the-basis-of-analyte-adduct-formation-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#17
Marek Dziadosz
The aim of this work was to develop a fast, cost-effective and time-saving liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analytical method for the analysis of ethylene glycol (EG) in human serum. For these purposes, the formation/fragmentation of an EG adduct ion with sodium and sodium acetate was applied in the positive electrospray mode for signal detection. Adduct identification was performed with appropriate infusion experiments based on analyte solutions prepared in different concentrations...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144720/cost-effectiveness-of-gammacore-non-invasive-vagus-nerve-stimulation-for-acute-treatment-of-episodic-cluster-headache
#18
Mkaya Mwamburi, Eric J Liebler, Andrew T Tenaglia
Cluster headache is a debilitating disease characterized by excruciatingly painful attacks that affects 0.15% to 0.4% of the US population. Episodic cluster headache manifests as circadian and circannual seasonal bouts of attacks, each lasting 15 to 180 minutes, with periods of remission. In chronic cluster headache, the attacks occur throughout the year with no periods of remission. While existing treatments are effective for some patients, many patients continue to suffer. There are only 2 FDA-approved medications for episodic cluster headache in the United States, while others, such as high-flow oxygen, are used off-label...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144535/a-health-economic-outcome-evaluation-of-an-internet-based-mobile-supported-stress-management-intervention-for-employees
#19
David Daniel Ebert, Fanny Kählke, Claudia Buntrock, Matthias Berking, Filip Smit, Elena Heber, Harald Baumeister, Burkhardt Funk, Heleen Riper, Dirk Lehr
Objective This study aimed to estimate and evaluate the cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of a guided internet- and mobile-supported occupational stress-management intervention (iSMI) for employees from the employer's perspective alongside a randomized controlled trial. Methods A sample of 264 employees with elevated symptoms of perceived stress (Perceived Stress Scale, PSS-10 ≥22) was randomly assigned either to the iSMI or a waitlist control (WLC) group with unrestricted access to treatment as usual. The iSMI consisted of seven sessions of problem-solving and emotion-regulation techniques and one booster session...
November 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144113/-can-we-transfer-the-mechanisms-of-the-generics-market-to-biosimilars
#20
Ch O Jacke, F Wild
Personalized medicines such as biologics and their generic equivalents, biosimilars, are pouring onto the pharmaceutical markets. Data of 16 private health insurance companies were used to describe the market shares of selected biosimilars available in 2014 and 2015. The purpose of this study focuses on the question of whether market access of biosimilars will lead to a price competition of the expense of innovation competition. The results show that prescriptions of biosimilars made up 37% of total prescriptions in 2015 compared to 35% in 2014, and that their share of prescription costs went up from 21% to 23% in the same period...
December 15, 2016: Versicherungsmedizin
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