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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346363/rapid-and-low-cost-crp-measurement-by-integrating-a-paper-based-microfluidic-immunoassay-with-smartphone-crp-chip
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Meili Dong, Jiandong Wu, Zimin Ma, Hagit Peretz-Soroka, Michael Zhang, Paul Komenda, Navdeep Tangri, Yong Liu, Claudio Rigatto, Francis Lin
Traditional diagnostic tests for chronic diseases are expensive and require a specialized laboratory, therefore limiting their use for point-of-care (PoC) testing. To address this gap, we developed a method for rapid and low-cost C-reactive protein (CRP) detection from blood by integrating a paper-based microfluidic immunoassay with a smartphone (CRP-Chip). We chose CRP for this initial development because it is a strong biomarker of prognosis in chronic heart and kidney disease. The microfluidic immunoassay is realized by lateral flow and gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric detection of the target protein...
March 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345729/medication-adherence-among-cardiac-patients-in-khartoum-state-sudan-a-cross-sectional-study
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Abdelmoneim Awad, Nahid Osman, Siham Altayib
INTRODUCTION: Non-adherence to medication among cardiac patients is often the major risk factor for poor clinical outcomes, increased mortality rates and higher healthcare costs. The literature evaluating the prevalence of and reasons for non-adherence in resource-poor settings is extremely limited compared to resource-rich settings. There is a scarcity of data about medication adherence in Sudan hence this study was performed to identify prevalence, predictors and barriers of non-adherence to medication among cardiac patients in Khartoum State...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344735/parental-influences-and-the-relationship-to-their-children-s-physical-activity-levels
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Nathan A Chiarlitti, Angela M Kolen
Engaging in a physically active lifestyle relates positively to current health and reduces chances of chronic diseases in the future. Given escalating health care costs, it is paramount to reduce illnesses associated with a lack of physical activity and thus critical to identify factors that influence physical activity - especially in children, with the opportunity for a lifetime impact. One of these influencing factors may be parents/guardians. The intent of this study was to examine the relationship between children's physical activity levels and parental factors including parental physical activity, support/encouragement, restrictiveness, and self-reported participation...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343902/stepwise-strategies-to-successfully-recruit-diabetes-patients-in-a-large-research-study-in-mexican-population
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Niels H Wacher, Mario Reyes-Sánchez, Héctor Raúl Vargas-Sánchez, Mireya Gamiochipi-Cano, Ramón Alberto Rascón-Pacheco, Rita A Gómez-Díaz, Svetlana V Doubova, Adán Valladares-Salgado, Martha Catalina Sánchez-Becerra, Araceli Méndez-Padrón, Leticia A Valdez-González, Rafael Mondragón-González, Miguel Cruz, Ana María Salinas-Martinez, María Guadalupe Garza-Sagástegui, Jaime Hernández-Rubí, Arturo González-Hermosillo, Víctor H Borja-Aburto
AIMS: Describe stepwise strategies (electronic chart review, patient preselection, call-center, personnel dedicated to recruitment) for the successful recruitment of >5000 type 2 diabetes patients in four months. METHODS: Twenty-five family medicine clinics from Mexico City and the State of Mexico participated: 13 usual care, 6 specialized diabetes care and 6 chronic disease care. Appointments were scheduled from 11/3/2015 to 3/31/2016. Phone calls were generated automatically from an electronic database...
March 23, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343559/hospital-associated-costs-of-chronic-pelvic-pain-in-canada-a-population-based-descriptive-study
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Innie Chen, Kednapa Thavorn, Minxue Shen, Yvette Goddard, Paul Yong, George S MacRae, Corrine Nishi, Ayah Matar, Catherine Allaire
OBJECTIVE: To determine the hospital-related costs incurred by women requiring surgery or inpatient admission for chronic pelvic pain in Canada. METHODS: We conducted a population-based, cross-sectional study, focusing on women ages 15-59 with a most responsible International Classification of Diseases diagnosis of pelvic and perineal pain, dysmenorrhea, or dyspareunia who had surgery or inpatient admission with a discharge date between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2012...
March 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343459/a-retrospective-analysis-of-a-societal-experiment-among-the-danish-population-suggests-that-exposure-to-extra-doses-of-vitamin-a-during-fetal-development-may-lower-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-t2dm-risk-later-in-life
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Amélie Keller, Lars Ängquist, Ramune Jacobsen, Allan Vaag, Berit L Heitmann
Vitamin A deficiency has been associated with impaired fetal pancreatic development and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). In 1962, mandatory margarine fortification with vitamin A was increased by 25 % in Denmark. We aimed to determine whether offspring of mothers who had been exposed to the extra vitamin A from fortification during pregnancy had a lower risk of developing T2DM in adult life, compared with offspring of mothers exposed to less vitamin A. Individuals from birth cohorts with the higher prenatal vitamin A exposure (born 1 December 1962-31 March 1964) and those with lower prenatal exposure (born 1 September 1959-31 December 1960) were followed up with regard to development of T2DM before 31 December 2012 in the Danish National Diabetes Registry and National Patient Register...
March 27, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343208/legal-features-of-the-drug-advertising
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Vitalii M Pashkov, Andrii A Olefir, Oleksiy Y Bytyak
INTRODUCTION: In the article discribed current trends of advertising in the pharmaceutical market and foreign experience of legal regulation of these relations. As for the advertising of medicines identified it's symptoms, types, basic rules and prohibitions. Modern pharmaceutical companies can not successfully carry out economic activities without advertising. Besides we can mention some fundamental changes in society (information overload, universal access to internet, social media, freedom of movement of goods, labor and finance), also self-medication becomes more popular...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342061/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-obinutuzumab-for-previously-untreated-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-in-portuguese-patients-who-are-unsuitable-for-full-dose-fludarabine-based-therapy
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Ana Teresa Paquete, Luís Silva Miguel, Ursula Becker, Catarina Pereira, Carlos Gouveia Pinto
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) mostly affects patients with comorbidities and limited therapeutic options. Obinutuzumab in combination with chlorambucil (GClb) is a new therapeutic option for previously untreated CLL patients who are unsuitable for full-dose fludarabine-based therapy. This combination delays disease progression but incurs additional costs; thus, an assessment of its value for money is relevant. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental cost-utility ratio of GClb in comparison with (i) rituximab in combination with chlorambucil (RClb), and (ii) chlorambucil alone (Clb) from the perspective of the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS)...
March 24, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341617/internet-delivered-health-interventions-that-work-systematic-review-of-meta-analyses-and-evaluation-of-website-availability
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Mary Am Rogers, Kelsey Lemmen, Rachel Kramer, Jason Mann, Vineet Chopra
BACKGROUND: Due to easy access and low cost, Internet-delivered therapies offer an attractive alternative to improving health. Although numerous websites contain health-related information, finding evidence-based programs (as demonstrated through randomized controlled trials, RCTs) can be challenging. We sought to bridge the divide between the knowledge gained from RCTs and communication of the results by conducting a global systematic review and analyzing the availability of evidence-based Internet health programs...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341271/obesity-and-kidney-disease-from-population-to%C3%A2-basic-science-and-the-search-for-new-therapeutic%C3%A2-targets
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REVIEW
Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
The global burden of kidney disease is increasing strikingly in parallel with increases in obesity and diabetes. Indeed, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) coupled with comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension cost the health care system hundreds of billions of dollars in the US alone. The progression to ESRD in patients with obesity and diabetes continues despite widespread use of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) along with aggressive blood pressure and glycemic control in these high-risk populations...
March 21, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339972/factors-associated-with-sickness-absence-among-employees-with-chronic-conditions
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L Meng, K T Robinson, M L Smith
Background: The growing prevalence of chronic conditions in the ageing workforce has been shown to have a negative impact in terms of optimal work performance and quality of life. It is therefore important to understand the factors associated with sickness absence due to health problems. Aims: To examine the socio-demographics, health status indicators, barriers to self-care and social support associated with working adults missing work because of chronic conditions...
March 8, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336937/results-of-the-randomized-phase-iib-arctic-trial-of-low-dose-rituximab-in-previously-untreated-cll
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D R Howard, T Munir, L McParland, A C Rawstron, D Milligan, A Schuh, A Hockaday, D J Allsup, S Marshall, A S Duncombe, J L O'Dwyer, A F Smith, R Longo, A Varghese, P Hillmen
ARCTIC was a multi-center, randomized-controlled, open, phase IIB non-inferiority trial in previously untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Conventional frontline therapy in fit patients is fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR). The trial hypothesized that including mitoxantrone with low-dose rituximab (FCM-miniR) would be non-inferior to FCR. 200 patients were recruited to assess the primary endpoint of complete remission (CR) rates according to IWCLL criteria. Secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), overall response rate, minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity, safety and cost-effectiveness...
March 24, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336352/accessibility-and-affordability-of-supermarkets-associations-with-the-dash-diet
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Joreintje D Mackenbach, Thomas Burgoine, Jeroen Lakerveld, Nita G Forouhi, Simon J Griffin, Nicholas J Wareham, Pablo Monsivais
INTRODUCTION: It is unknown whether there is an interplay of affordability (economic accessibility) and proximity (geographic accessibility) of supermarkets in relation to having a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)-accordant diet. METHODS: Data (collected: 2005-2015, analyzed: 2016) were from the cross-sectional, population-based Fenland Study cohort: 9,274 adults aged 29-64 years, living in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Dietary quality was evaluated using an index of DASH dietary accordance, based on recorded consumption of foods and beverages in a validated 130-item, semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336050/mortality-risk-disparities-in-children-receiving-chronic-renal-replacement-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-end-stage-renal-disease-across-europe-an-espn-era-edta-registry-analysis
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Nicholas C Chesnaye, Franz Schaefer, Marjolein Bonthuis, Rebecca Holman, Sergey Baiko, Esra Baskın, Anna Bjerre, Sylvie Cloarec, Elisabeth A M Cornelissen, Laura Espinosa, James Heaf, Rosário Stone, Diamant Shtiza, Ilona Zagozdzon, Jérôme Harambat, Kitty J Jager, Jaap W Groothoff, Karlijn J van Stralen
BACKGROUND: We explored the variation in country mortality rates in the paediatric population receiving renal replacement therapy across Europe, and estimated how much of this variation could be explained by patient-level and country-level factors. METHODS: In this registry analysis, we extracted patient data from the European Society for Paediatric Nephrology/European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ESPN/ERA-EDTA) Registry for 32 European countries...
March 20, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335517/state-of-the-art-on-functional-virgin-olive-oils-enriched-with-bioactive-compounds-and-their-properties
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REVIEW
Patricia Reboredo-Rodríguez, María Figueiredo-González, Carmen González-Barreiro, Jesús Simal-Gándara, María Desamparados Salvador, Beatriz Cancho-Grande, Giuseppe Fregapane
Virgin olive oil, the main fat of the Mediterranean diet, is per se considered as a functional food-as stated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-due to its content in healthy compounds. The daily intake of endogenous bioactive phenolics from virgin olive oil is variable due to the influence of multiple agronomic and technological factors. Thus, a good strategy to ensure an optimal intake of polyphenols through habitual diet would be to produce enriched virgin olive oil with well-known bioactive polyphenols...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333708/cost-effectiveness-of-antihypertensive-medication-exploring-race-and-sex-differences-using-data-from-the-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-study
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Gabriel S Tajeu, Stephen Mennemeyer, Nir Menachemi, Robert Weech-Maldonado, Meredith Kilgore
BACKGROUND: Antihypertensive medication decreases risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in adults with hypertension. Although black adults have higher prevalence of hypertension and worse CVD outcomes compared with whites, limited attention has been given to the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive medication for blacks. OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive medication treatment versus no-treatment in white and black adults. RESEARCH DESIGN: We constructed a State Transition Model to assess the costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) associated with either antihypertensive medication treatment or no-treatment using data from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study and published literature...
March 22, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332780/differentiation-of-patented-crystalline-glucosamine-sulfate-from-other-glucosamine-preparations-will-optimize-osteoarthritis-treatment
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REVIEW
Sukit Saengnipanthkul, Saranatra Waikakul, Sattaya Rojanasthien, Kitti Totemchokchyakarn, Attarit Srinkapaibulaya, Tai Cheh Chin, Nguyen Mai Hong, Olivier Bruyère, Cyrus Cooper, Jean-Yves Reginster, Myat Lwin
Symptomatic slow-acting drugs for osteoarthritis (SYSADOAs) are recommended for the medium- to long-term management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) due to their abilities to control pain, improve function and delay joint structural changes. Among SYSADOAs, evidence is greatest for the patented crystalline glucosamine sulfate (pCGS) formulation (Mylan). Glucosamine is widely available as glucosamine sulfate (GS) and glucosamine hydrochloride (GH) preparations that vary substantially in molecular form, pharmaceutical formulation and dose regimen...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332442/ultrasound-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Michael Czihal, Christian Lottspeich, Ulrich Hoffmann
Nowadays noninvasive vascular imaging has an important role in the diagnostic work-up of the large vessel vasculitides (LVV), most importantly giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis. Among the imaging modalities available, ultrasound (US) has several important advantages, including low costs, rapid and repetitive availability without exposure to radiation, and high spatial resolution for assessment of large and medium-sized arteries. Therefore, US can be regarded the first line imaging method in suspected LVV...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332417/cost-effectiveness-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-versus-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-as-first-line-treatment-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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L A Clark, S Whitmire, S Patton, C Clark, C M Blanchette, R Howden
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a rare kidney disorder impacting approximately 1:2500 individuals among the general US population. Hypertension is a significant predictor of ADPKD progression and risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause for mortality among ADPKD patients. Angiotensin-converting enzymes inhibitors (ACE-I) are widely used as first-line treatment in ADPKD for the management of hypertension. However, their cost-effectiveness relative to other hypertensive medications, such as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) has never been assessed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
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