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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550494/cost-effectiveness-of-combined-serum-anti-helicobacter-pylori-igg-antibody-and-serum-pepsinogen-concentrations-for-screening-for-gastric-cancer-risk-in-japan
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Shota Saito, Motoi Azumi, Yusuke Muneoka, Katsuhiko Nishino, Takashi Ishikawa, Yuichi Sato, Shuji Terai, Kouhei Akazawa
BACKGROUND: A combination of assays for the presence of serum anti-Helicobacter pylori IgG antibody (HPA) and serum pepsinogen (PG) concentrations can be used to screen for gastric cancer risk. In Japan, this "ABC method" is considered an effective means of stratifying gastric cancer risk. This study aimed to ascertain its cost-effectiveness for assessing gastric cancer risk. METHODS: A Markov model was constructed to compare the cost-effectiveness of two strategies for gastric cancer-risk screening over a 30-year period: the ABC method, which uses a combination of assessing the presence of HPA and measuring serum PG concentrations and scheduling endoscopies accordingly, and annual endoscopic screening...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547735/the-burden-of-headache-disorders-in-ethiopia-national-estimates-from-a-population-based-door-to-door-survey
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Mehila Zebenigus, Redda Tekle-Haimanot, Dawit K Worku, Hallie Thomas, Timothy J Steiner
BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are the third-highest cause of disability worldwide, with migraine and medication-overuse headache (MOH) the major contributors. In Ethiopia we have shown these disorders to be highly prevalent: migraine 17.7%, TTH 20.6%, probable MOH (pMOH) 0.7%, any headache yesterday (HY) 6.4%. To inform local health policy, we now estimate disability and other burdens attributable to headache in this country. METHODS: In a cross-sectional survey using cluster-randomized sampling, we visited households unannounced in four diverse regions (urban and rural) of Ethiopia...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546686/infectious-uveitis-an-enigma
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Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Avirupa Ghosh, Jyotirmay Biswas
Infectious uveitis accounts for majority of the cases of uveitis in developing countries. It also encompasses an array of various microorganisms and their clinical presentations. Some of these infectious uveitic entities are familiar, while others are newly emerging in the global ophthalmic world. Many of these entities are also a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and appropriate, timely management is required to save not the eye, but life of the patient. This review highlights the ocular manifestations of various infectious uveitic entities, relevant to the ophthalmologist...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546508/stable-carbon-isotopes-in-breath-reveal-fast-incorporation-rates-and-seasonally-variable-but-rapid-fat-turnover-in-the-common-shrew-sorex-araneus
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Lara Keicher, M Teague O'Mara, Christian C Voigt, Dina K N Dechmann
Small non-migratory mammals with Northern distribution ranges apply a variety of behavioural and physiological wintering strategies. A rare energy saving strategy is Dehnel's phenomenon, involving a reduction and later regrowth of the body, several organs and parts of the skeleton in red-toothed shrews (Soricidae). The size extremes coincide with major life stages. Yet, the physiological consequences for the shrews' metabolism remain poorly understood. In keeping with the energetic limitations that may induce the size changes, we hypothesized that metabolic incorporation rates should remain the same across the shrews' lifetime...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542194/using-g6pd-tests-to-enable-the-safe-treatment-of-plasmodium-vivax-infections-with-primaquine-on-the-thailand-myanmar-border-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Angela Devine, Minnie Parmiter, Cindy S Chu, Germana Bancone, François Nosten, Ric N Price, Yoel Lubell, Shunmay Yeung
BACKGROUND: Primaquine is the only licensed antimalarial for the radical cure of Plasmodium vivax infections. Many countries, however, do not administer primaquine due to fear of hemolysis in those with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. In other settings, primaquine is given without G6PD testing, putting patients at risk of hemolysis. New rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) offer the opportunity to screen for G6PD deficiency prior to treatment with primaquine. Here we assessed the cost-effectiveness of using G6PD RDTs on the Thailand-Myanmar border and provide the model as an online tool for use in other settings...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539541/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-heart-failure%C3%A3-a-therapeutic-dilemma
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Nobuhiko Haruki, John S Floras
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) occurs in approximately 50% of patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction receiving contemporary heart failure (HF) therapies. Obstructive (OSA) and central sleep apneas (CSA) interrupt breathing by different mechanisms but impose qualitatively similar autonomic, chemical, mechanical, and inflammatory burdens on the heart and circulation. Because contemporary evidence-based drug and device HF therapies have little or no mitigating effect on the acute or long-term consequences of such stimuli, there is a sound mechanistic rationale for targeting SDB to reduce cardiovascular event rates and prolong life...
May 23, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539216/cost-effectiveness-of-using-recombinant-human-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-before-radioiodine-ablation-for-thyroid-cancer-treatment-in-spanish-hospitals
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J A Vallejo, M A Muros
OBJECTIVES: In thyroid cancer treatment, the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) must be elevated before radioiodine ablation, either by exogenous (with recombinant human thyrotropin [rhTSH]) or endogenous stimulation by thyroid hormone withdrawal (THW). The use of rhTSH avoids hypothyroidism and favours the subsequent elimination of radioiodine, but involves the cost of the product. For this reason, a cost-effectiveness analysis was performed, taking into account all costs involved and the benefits associated with the use of this therapy...
May 20, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537021/life-cycle-energy-use-costs-and-greenhouse-gas-emission-of-broiler-farms-in-different-production-systems-in-iran-a-case-study-of-alborz-province
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Seyyed Hassan Pishgar-Komleh, Asadollah Akram, Alireza Keyhani, Rosalie van Zelm
In order to achieve sustainable development in agriculture, it is necessary to quantify and compare the energy, economic, and environmental aspects of products. This paper studied the energy, economic, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission patterns in broiler chicken farms in the Alborz province of Iran. We studied the effect of the broiler farm size as different production systems on the energy, economic, and environmental indices. Energy use efficiency (EUE) and benefit-cost ratio (BCR) were 0.16 and 1.11, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536893/neurologic-recovery-after-cardiac-arrest-a-multifaceted-puzzle-requiring-comprehensive-coordinated-care
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REVIEW
Carolina B Maciel, Mary M Barden, David M Greer
Surviving cardiac arrest (CA) requires a longitudinal approach with multiple levels of responsibility, including fostering a culture of action by increasing public awareness and training, optimization of resuscitation measures including frequent updates of guidelines and their timely implementation into practice, and optimization of post-CA care. This clearly goes beyond resuscitation and targeted temperature management. Brain-directed physiologic goals should dictate the post-CA management, as accumulating evidence suggests that the degree of hypoxic brain injury is the main determinant of survival, regardless of the etiology of arrest...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536219/-all-that-glitters-is-not-gold-when-hyperammonaemia-is-not-from-hepatic-aetiology
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Abubaker A I Hassan, Walid Ibrahim, Ahmed Subahi, Abdelaziz Mohamed
Hyperammonaemia is often caused by decompensated liver disease. However, non-hepatic causes can sometimes result in hyperammonaemia, severe enough to cause symptoms.We report a case of a 65-year-old man with a history of hypertension and bilateral peripelvic renal cyst who presented with acute confusion. Laboratory investigations revealed hyperammonaemia and normal liver function test. The abdominal ultrasound did not reveal any finding of liver disease or portal-systemic shunting but demonstrated bilateral peripelvic cysts with no hydronephrosis...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535730/palliative-endovascular-techniques-for-management-of-peripheral-vascular-blowout-syndrome-in-end-stage-malignancies
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Lauren A Huntress, Samuel Kogan, Khanjan Nagarsheth, Naiem Nassiri
Vascular blowout syndrome (VBOS) secondary to neoplastic erosion is a dreadful complication of advanced stage malignancies that can compromise quality of life and overall prognosis in a fragile patient population. Endovascular therapy can offer minimally invasive, life-saving maneuvers both acutely and prophylactically. Four patients with end-stage malignancies eroding into various peripheral vascular beds with impending, threatened, and acute VBOS underwent successful endovascular management. Technical success was achieved in all patients with no perioperative morbidity or mortality...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533923/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-infliximab-one-hour-infusion-protocol-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-multicenter-study
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Anna Viola, Giuseppe Costantino, Antonino Carlo Privitera, Fabrizio Bossa, Angelo Lauria, Laurino Grossi, Maria Beatrice Principi, Nicola Della Valle, Maria Cappello
AIM: To assess the impact of short infliximab (IFX) infusion on hospital resource utilization and costs. METHODS: All inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) patients who received IFX 1 h infusion from March 2007 to September 2014 in eight centers from Southern Italy were included in the analysis. Demographic, clinical and infusion related data were collected. The potential benefits related to the short infusion protocol were assessed both in terms of time saving and increased infusion unit capacity...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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REVIEW
J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532194/cost-effectiveness-of-ceftolozane-tazobactam-plus-metronidazole-compared-with-piperacillin-tazobactam-as-empiric-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-complicated-intra-abdominal-infections-based-on-the-in-vitro-surveillance-of-bacterial-isolates-in-the-uk
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Vimalanand Prabhu, Jason Foo, Harblas Ahir, Eric Sarpong, Sanjay Merchant
AIMS: An increase in the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance among gram-negative pathogens has been noted recently.[1] A challenge in empiric treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infection (cIAI) is identifying initial appropriate antibiotic therapy, which is associated with reduced length of stay and mortality compared with inappropriate therapy. The objective of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of ceftolozane/tazobactam+metronidazole compared with piperacillin/tazobactam (commonly used in this indication) in the treatment of patients with cIAI in United Kingdom (UK) hospitals...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527738/life-cycle-assessment-of-sustainable-raw-material-acquisition-for-functional-magnetite-bionanoparticle-production
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Jhuma Sadhukhan, Nimisha Joshi, Mobolaji Shemfe, Jonathan R Lloyd
Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) have several applications, including use in medical diagnostics, renewable energy production and waste remediation. However, the processes for MNP production from analytical-grade materials are resource intensive and can be environmentally damaging. This work for the first time examines the life cycle assessment (LCA) of four MNP production cases: (i) industrial MNP production system; (ii) a state-of-the-art MNP biosynthesis system; (iii) an optimal MNP biosynthesis system and (iv) an MNP biosynthesis system using raw materials sourced from wastewaters, in order to recommend a sustainable raw material acquisition pathway for MNP synthesis...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527730/experiences-of-the-screening-process-and-the-diagnosis-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-among-65-year-old-men-from-invitation-to-a-1-year-surveillance
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Monica Pettersson, Anders Hansson, John Brodersen, Christine Kumlien
The prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is reported to be 2.2%-8% among men >65 years. During recent years, screening programs have been developed to detect AAA, prevent ruptures, and thereby saving lives. Therefore, most men with the diagnosis are monitored conservatively with regular reviews. The objective of the study was to describe how men diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysm <55 mm discovered by screening experience the process and diagnosis from invitation to 1 year after screening...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527687/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-typhoid-conjugate-vaccines-in-five-endemic-low-and-middle-income-settings
#17
Marina Antillón, Joke Bilcke, A David Paltiel, Virginia E Pitzer
BACKGROUND: Typhoid fever remains endemic in low- and middle-income countries. Programmatic use of existing vaccines is limited, but upcoming typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) could warrant wider use. We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of five TCV delivery strategies in three urban areas (Delhi and Kolkata, India and Nairobi, Kenya) and two rural settings (Lwak, Kenya and Dong Thap, Vietnam) with varying incidence. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We evaluated routine infant vaccination with and without catch-up campaigns among older individuals...
May 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527046/on-harm-thresholds-and-living-organ-donation-must-the-living-donor-benefit-on-balance-from-his-donation
#18
Nicola Jane Williams
For the majority of scholars concerned with the ethics of living organ donation, inflicting moderate harms on competent volunteers in order to save the lives or increase the life chances of others is held to be justifiable provided certain conditions are met. These conditions tend to include one, or more commonly, some combination of the following: (1) The living donor provides valid consent to donation. (2) Living donation produces an overall positive balance of harm-benefit for donors and recipients which cannot be obtained in a less harmful manner...
May 19, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524127/-an-acute-subdural-hematoma-caused-by-rupture-of-a-middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysm
#19
R S Dzhindzhikhadze, O N Dreval', V A Lazarev, R L Kambiev
Acute subdural hematoma caused by cerebral aneurysm rupture is rare. We describe a clinical case of an acute subdural hematoma developed due to rupture of an aneurysm at the M1 segment bifurcation of the middle cerebral artery (MCA). The acute subdural hematoma associated with intracranial hypertension and transtentorial herniation resulted in a comatose condition. The patient underwent decompressive craniectomy, hematoma removal, and clipping of the aneurysm. A significant improvement was observed in the postoperative period...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523173/thrombotic-responses-to-coronary-stents-bioresorbable-scaffolds-and-the-kounis-hypersensitivity-associated-acute-thrombotic-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Nicholas G Kounis, Ioanna Koniari, Anastasios Roumeliotis, Grigorios Tsigas, George Soufras, Nicholas Grapsas, Periklis Davlouros, George Hahalis
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty with coronary stent implantation is a life-saving medical procedure that has become, nowadays, the most frequent performed therapeutic procedure in medicine. Plain balloon angioplasty, bare metal stents, first and second generation drug-eluting stents, bioresorbable and bioabsorbable scaffolds have offered diachronically a great advance against coronary artery disease and have enriched our medical armamentarium. Stented areas constitute vulnerable sites for endothelial damage, endothelial dysfunction, flow turbulence, hemorheologic changes, platelet dysfunction, coagulation changes and fibrinolytic disturbances...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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