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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821075/rapid-fabrication-of-transparent-film-directly-from-wood-fibers-with-microwave-assisted-ionic-liquids-technology
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Pengbo Lu, Fan Cheng, Yanghao Ou, Meiyan Lin, Lingfeng Su, Size Chen, Xilang Yao, Detao Liu
Presently flexibly transparent film or nanopaper from all cellulose was mostly fabricated by assembling cellulose nanofibers disintegrated from macroscopic wood fibers which mostly suffers from potential environmental toxicity or high cost. In this work, we firstly reported an all-cellulose transparent film fabricated by a novel microwave-assisted ionic liquids technology (MILT). The use of MILT for treating the original all-cellulose paper brings nearly 2.6 fold-increases in optical transmission, and 2.0 fold-increases in tensile property compared to those without microwave assistance...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818599/a-new-cost-and-time-effective-method-for-multilocus-microsatellite-typing-mlmt-studies-application-of-leishmania-tropica-isolates-and-clinical-samples-from-turkey
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Mehmet Karakuş, Bahtiyar Yılmaz, Yusuf Özbel, Seray Töz
Molecular techniques are widely used in the field of parasitology to identify the genetic profile of the microbiological agents. Microsatellite typing studies are comprised of the amplification of polymorphic markers to analyze the fragment sizes using bioinformatics tools. Current methods need fluorescently labeled primers and size markers to obtain fragment peaks in ABI PRISM® systems and due to low discrimination power of gel-electrophoresis, it is not possible to differentiate primer-dimers from small fragments In the present study, we designed a new method for fragment analysis studies, which reduce the time by eliminating the classical PCR, the gel-electrophoresis and the preparation steps of fragment analysis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818277/economics-of-self-measured-blood-pressure-monitoring-a-community-guide-systematic-review
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Verughese Jacob, Sajal K Chattopadhyay, Krista K Proia, David P Hopkins, Jeffrey Reynolds, Anilkrishna B Thota, Christopher D Jones, Daniel T Lackland, Kimberly J Rask, Nicolaas P Pronk, John M Clymer, Ron Z Goetzel
CONTEXT: The health and economic burden of hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is substantial. This systematic review evaluated the economic evidence of self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring interventions to control hypertension. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The literature search from database inception to March 2015 identified 22 studies for inclusion with three types of interventions: SMBP used alone, SMBP with additional support, and SMBP within team-based care (TBC)...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817779/the-price-may-not-be-right-the-value-of-comparison-shopping-for-prescription-drugs
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Sanjay Arora, Neeraj Sood, Sophie Terp, Geoffrey Joyce
OBJECTIVES: To measure variations in drug prices across and within zip codes that may reveal simple strategies to improve patients' access to prescribed medications. STUDY DESIGN: We compared drug prices at different types of pharmacies across and within local markets. In-store prices were compared with a Web-based service providing discount coupons for prescription medications. Prices were collected for 2 generic antibiotics because most patients have limited experience with them and are less likely to know the price ranges for them...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817621/re-evaluation-of-the-cost-effectiveness-and-effects-of-childhood-rotavirus-vaccination-in-norway
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Christina Hansen Edwards, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio, Beatriz Valcárcel Salamanca, Elmira Flem
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccination was included into the Norwegian childhood immunisation programme in 2014. Before implementation, rotavirus vaccination was found to be cost-effective from a societal perspective, but not from a healthcare perspective. Since introduction, new data on the incidence and economic effects of rotavirus disease have become available. We assessed early epidemiological effects of the rotavirus vaccination programme and re-evaluated its cost-effectiveness in Norway for the years 2015-2019...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817444/strategies-for-reducing-population-surgical-costs-in-medicare-local-referrals-to-low-cost-hospitals
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Hari Nathan, Jyothi R Thumma, Edward C Norton, Justin B Dimick
OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess hospital cost variation for elective inpatient surgical procedures within small geographic areas. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Previous studies have documented cost variation for inpatient surgical procedures on a national basis, suggesting opportunities for savings. Cost variation within small geographic areas is more relevant to policymakers, providers, and patients, but it has not been studied. METHODS: Using Medicare payment data, we identified elderly patients undergoing 1 of 7 elective inpatient surgical procedures during 2010-2012...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817296/patients-views-on-price-shopping-and-price-transparency
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Hannah L Semigran, Rebecca Gourevitch, Anna D Sinaiko, David Cowling, Ateev Mehrotra
OBJECTIVES: Driven by the growth of high deductibles and price transparency initiatives, patients are being encouraged to search for prices before seeking care, yet few do so. To understand why this is the case, we interviewed individuals who were offered access to a widely used price transparency website through their employer. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative interviews. METHODS: We interviewed individuals enrolled in a preferred provider organization product through their health plan about their experience using the price transparency tool (if they had done so), their past medical experiences, and their opinions on shopping for care...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816650/evidence-for-more-cost-effective-surveillance-options-for-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-bse-and-scrapie-in-great-britain
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Ben A Wall, Mark E Arnold, Devi Radia, Will Gilbert, Angel Ortiz-Pelaez, Katharina Dc Stärk, Ed Van Klink, Javier Guitian
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are an important public health concern. Since the emergence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) during the 1980s and its link with human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, active surveillance has been a key element of the European Union's TSE control strategy. Success of this strategy means that now, very few cases are detected compared with the number of animals tested. Refining surveillance strategies would enable resources to be redirected towards other public health priorities...
August 10, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816578/cost-analysis-of-telerehabilitation-after-arthroscopic-subacromial-decompression
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Jose Manuel Pastora-Bernal, Rocío Martín-Valero, Francisco Javier Barón-López
Background Subacromial impingement syndrome poses a substantial socioeconomic burden, leading to significant consumption of healthcare. Health systems are calling for greater evidence of economic impacts of particular healthcare services. Telerehabilitation programmes have the potential to reduce costs and improve patient access as an alternative to traditional care. Cost analysis has been traditionally included in study protocols and results, although the reliability and research methodology have frequently been under debate...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815699/application-of-the-condensed-protocol-for-the-nia-aa-guidelines-for-the-neuropathologic-assessment-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-an-academic-clinical-practice
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Rajnish Bharadwaj, Patrick J Cimino, Margaret E Flanagan, Caitlin S Latimer, Luis F Gonzalez-Cuyar, Gordana Juric-Sekhar, Thomas J Montine, Desiree A Marshall, C Dirk Keene
AIMS: In response to concerns regarding resource expenditures required to fully implement the 2012 NIA-AA Sponsored Guidelines for the neuropathologic assessment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), we previously developed a sensitive and cost-reducing Condensed Protocol (CP) at the University of Washington (UW) Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) that consolidated the recommended NIA-AA protocol into fewer cassettes requiring fewer immunohistochemical stains. The CP was not designed to replace NIA-AA protocols, but instead to make the NIA-AA criteria accessible to clinical and forensic neuropathology practices where resources limit full implementation of NIA-AA guidelines...
August 16, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815602/efficacy-and-safety-of-amphotericin-b-formulations-a-network-meta-analysis-and-a-multicriteria-decision-analysis
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Fernanda S Tonin, Laiza M Steimbach, Helena H Borba, Andreia C Sanches, Astrid Wiens, Roberto Pontarolo, Fernando Fernandez-Llimos
OBJECTIVES: Despite its broad spectrum, conventional amphotericin B (AB) is associated with serious adverse events. Lipid-based formulations may offer safer options. We aimed to synthesize the evidence of efficacy and safety of AB formulations. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) to compare all available formulations: conventional AB; lipid complex or ABLC; colloidal dispersion or ABCD; liposomal or LAB; AB in Intralipid. Randomized controlled trials were searched in four databases...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814583/does-use-of-point-of-care-testing-improve-cost-effectiveness-of-the-nhs-health-check-programme-in-the-primary-care-setting-a-cost-minimisation-analysis
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Austen El-Osta, Maria Woringer, Elena Pizzo, Talitha Verhoef, Claire Dickie, Melody Z Ni, Jeremy R Huddy, Michael Soljak, George B Hanna, Azeem Majeed
OBJECTIVE: To determine if use of point of care testing (POCT) is less costly than laboratory testing to the National Health Service (NHS) in delivering the NHS Health Check (NHSHC) programme in the primary care setting. DESIGN: Observational study and theoretical mathematical model with microcosting approach. SETTING: We collected data on NHSHC delivered at nine general practices (seven using POCT; two not using POCT). PARTICIPANTS: We recruited nine general practices offering NHSHC and a pathology services laboratory in the same area...
August 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814379/are-routine-radiographs-needed-the-day-after-open-reduction-and-internal-fixation-surgery-for-distal-radius-and-ankle-fractures-study-protocol-for-a-prospective-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
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Florian Oehme, Annika Rühle, Julia Mühlhäusser, Lana Fourie, Björn-Christian Link, Reto Babst, Frank Jp Beeres
BACKGROUND: Distal radius and ankle fractures are one of the most common operatively treated fractures. To date, there is no consensus concerning the need for a standard postoperative radiograph. This leads to undesirable practice variations. A standardized radiograph in the department of radiology would theoretically be more reproducible and operator independent than an intraoperatively obtained fluoroscopic image. However, if adequate intraoperative radiographs have been obtained, it is questionable if these postoperative radiographs are necessary and will lead to changes in the treatment strategy...
August 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814128/effects-of-telemonitoring-on-glycaemic-control-and-healthcare-costs-in-type-2-diabetes-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Robin Warren, Karen Carlisle, Gabor Mihala, Paul A Scuffham
Introduction This study examined the effect of a telehealth intervention on the control of type 2 diabetes and subsequent potential cost-savings to the health system. Methods This prospective randomised controlled trial randomised adults with type 2 diabetes to the intervention (diabetes program) or control (usual care) arm. Key eligibility criteria included an HbA1c level of at least 58 mmol/mol (7.5%) without severe or unstable comorbidities. All participants continued their usual healthcare, but participants in the intervention arm received additional diabetes care from a diabetes care coordinator via a home monitor that captured clinical measures...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813826/autonomous-hip-exoskeleton-saves-metabolic-cost-of-walking-uphill
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Keehong Seo, Jusuk Lee, Young Jin Park
We have developed a hip joint exoskeleton to boost gait function in the elderly and rehabilitation of post-stroke patients. To quantitatively evaluate the impact of the power and mass of the exoskeleton, we measured the metabolic cost of walking on slopes of 0, 5, and 10% grade, once not wearing the exoskeleton and then wearing it. The exoskeleton reduced the metabolic cost by 13.5,15.5 and 9.8% (31.9, 51.6 and 45.6 W) at 0, 5, and 10% grade, respectively. The exoskeleton performance index was computed as 0...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813636/using-systems-science-to-inform-population-health-strategies-in-local-health-departments-a-case-study-in-san-antonio-texas
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Yan Li, Norma A Padrón, Anil T Mangla, Pamela G Russo, Thomas Schlenker, José A Pagán
OBJECTIVES: Because of state and federal health care reform, local health departments play an increasingly prominent role leading and coordinating disease prevention programs in the United States. This case study shows how a local health department working in chronic disease prevention and management can use systems science and evidence-based decision making to inform program selection, implementation, and assessment; enhance engagement with local health systems and organizations; and possibly optimize health care delivery and population health...
January 1, 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813522/surveillance-in-easy-to-access-population-subgroups-as-a-tool-for-evaluating-malaria-control-progress-a-systematic-review
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Sanie S S Sesay, Emanuele Giorgi, Peter J Diggle, David Schellenberg, David G Lalloo, Dianne J Terlouw
BACKGROUND: The need for surveillance systems generating targeted, data-driven, responsive control efforts to accelerate and sustain malaria transmission reduction has been emphasized by programme managers, policy makers and scientists. Surveillance using easy-to-access population subgroups (EAGs) may result in considerable cost saving compared to household surveys as the identification and selection of individuals to be surveyed is simplified, fewer personnel are needed, and logistics are simpler...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812812/a-cost-analysis-of-the-jan-aushadhi-scheme-in-india
#18
Kanchan Mukherjee
Medicines constitute a substantial proportion of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses in Indian households. In order to address this issue, the Government of India launched the Jan Aushadhi (Medicine for the Masses) Scheme (JAS) to provide cheap generic medicines to the patients (http://janaushadhi.gov.in/about_jan_aushadhi.html). These medicines are provided through the Jan Aushadhi stores established across the country. The objective of this study was to do a quick assessment for policy-makers regarding the objective of the JAS...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811987/early-complications-and-outcomes-in-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-an-nsqip-study-based-on-5803-patients
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Nathan J Lee, Parth Kothari, Jun S Kim, John I Shin, Kevin Phan, John Di Capua, Sulaiman Somani, Dante M Leven, Javier Z Guzman, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence, impact, and risk factors for short-term postoperative complications following elective adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery. METHODS: Current Procedural Terminology codes were used to query the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) for adults who underwent spinal deformity surgery from 2010 to 2014...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808915/cost-effectiveness-of-posaconazole-tablets-for-invasive-fungal-infections-prevention-in-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-or-myelodysplastic-syndrome-patients-in-spain
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Rafael Cámara, Irmina Gozalbo, Manuel Jurado, Jaime Sanz, Belén Aragón, Santiago Grau
INTRODUCTION: Posaconazole is superior to fluconazole (FLU) and itraconazole (ITRA) in the prevention of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) in neutropenic patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). A new tablet formulation of posaconazole with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties compared to posaconazole oral solution has recently been approved. The objective of this study is to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly developed posaconazole tablets versus FLU oral suspension or ITRA oral solution for preventing IFDs in high-risk neutropenic patients with AML or MDS and from the perspective of the Spanish National Health System (NHS)...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Therapy
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