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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779055/economic-evaluation-of-the-pcsk9-inhibitors-in-prevention-of-the-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Parth Shah
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to explore and summarize the current literature on the cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare burden and determine the cost-effectiveness of the PCSK9 inhibitors. RECENT FINDINGS: The CVD remain the largest cause of mortality in the USA presenting substantial healthcare cost burden reaching $555 billion in 2016 and projected to rise to $1.1 trillion by 2035. The PCSK9 inhibitors have shown strong efficacy in LDLC lowering, but its price of ~ 14,000-14,600 per patient per year coupled with ~ 2...
May 19, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778667/cardiovascular-risk-factors-is-the-metabolic-syndrome-related-to-aging-epidemiology-in-a-portuguese-population
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Armindo Sousa Ribeiro, Rui Seixas, Juan Manuel Gálvez, Vicente Climent
AIMS: The primary objective of our study is to determine the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in the population. The secondary objective is to determine the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, anthropometric alterations and the prevalence of target organ damage and their relationship with aging. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The sample for the study was obtained by means of a consecutive population-based demonstration in 803 adults over 18 years of age belonging to the labor force of the company Grupo Delta SA...
May 16, 2018: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778607/cost-effectiveness-of-gastric-cancer-screening-according-to-race-and-ethnicity
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Monica Saumoy, Yecheskel Schneider, Nicole Shen, Michel Kahaleh, Reem Z Sharaiha, Shailja C Shah
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There are marked racial and ethnic differences in noncardia gastric cancer prevalence within the United States (US). Although gastric cancer screening is recommended in regions of high prevalence, screening is not routinely performed in the US. Our objective was to determine whether selected noncardia gastric cancer screening for high-risk races and ethnicities within the US is cost effective. METHODS: We developed a decision analytic Markov model with the base case of a 50-year-old person of non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, or Asian race or ethnicity...
May 17, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778259/five-questions-concerning-managing-hepatitis-c-in-the-justice-system-finding-practical-solutions-for-hepatitis-c-virus-elimination
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REVIEW
Anne C Spaulding, Madeline G Adee, Robert T Lawrence, Jagpreet Chhatwal, William von Oehsen
An estimated 30% of Americans with hepatitis C virus (HCV) pass through a jail or prison annually. One in 7 incarcerated persons is viremic. Screening and treatment is cost-effective and beneficial to society as a whole. Yet at current (2018) levels of funding for HCV management, prisons are not aggressively seeking cases; few incarcerated persons with HCV actually receive treatment. This article explores barriers to screening for and treating hepatitis C in state prisons, and ways that states may overcome these barriers, such as nominal pricing...
June 2018: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777849/non-invasive-diagnostic-methods-for-better-screening-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
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REVIEW
Neelamshobha Nirala, R Periyasamy, Awanish Kumar
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to extremities usually legs. It does not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain while walking which is known as claudication. It is a common manifestation of type II Diabetes, but the relationship between other vascular diseases and lower limb (LL)-PAD has been poorly understood and investigated. METHODS: When assessing a patient with clinically LLPAD, two questions are in order to establish a diagnosis: one is non-invasive testing and other is invasive...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777729/pharmacogenetic-tests-to-guide-drug-treatment-in-depression-comparison-of-the-available-testing-kits-and-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Chiara Fabbri, Joseph Zohar, Alessandro Serretti
The empirical approach to drug choice and dosing in depression often results into inadequate response and side effects. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing appears a promising way to implement personalized treatments. A systematic review was performed to identify available PGx tests, compare the genes they include with clinical guidelines and drug labels, and assess the quality of published clinical studies. ~40 commercial PGx tests are available and potential benefits were estimated for nine of them by clinical studies...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777628/allergy-in-the-elderly-case-note-review
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N J Gray, E L Redshaw, D Isaacs, M D Tarzi, H E Smith, A J Frew
The prevalence of IgE-mediated disease increased significantly during the 20th century. In developed countries, about 20% of people have atopic disease, which consumes significant amounts of healthcare funding. For example, in UK general practice, allergic conditions account for 6% of consultations and ~10% of prescribing costs [1]. Whilst most studies of allergy focus on children and adolescents, relatively little has been written about allergy in older people, although food allergy may be increasingly common in this group [2]...
May 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777556/electrophysiology-and-structural-interventions-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-comparison-of-combined-versus-separate-procedures
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Ian Lindsay, Farnoosh Nik-Ahd, Jamil A Aboulhosn, Jeremy P Moore
BACKGROUND: Electrophysiologic (EP) and structural interventions in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) are typically completed during separate hospital encounters. With planning/coordination, these cases can be combined. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that this integrated approach would yield patient and health system benefits. METHODS: Consecutive ACHD patients undergoing combined interventions were matched to controls with identical but separate procedures...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777519/combination-glucose-lowering-therapy-plans-in-t2dm-case-based-considerations
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REVIEW
Lawrence Blonde, Susana Dipp, Daniel Cadena
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a complex disease, and while lifestyle interventions remain the cornerstone of therapy, most patients will also require pharmacotherapy. Current diabetes treatment guidelines and algorithms recommend an individualized approach to setting glycemic goals and selecting treatment. Although a single antihyperglycemic agent may be appropriate as the initial T2DM pharmacotherapy, the progressive nature of the disease due to declining pancreatic β-cell function will result in the vast majority of T2DM patients eventually requiring two or more antihyperglycemic agents...
May 18, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776920/determinants-of-return-at-work-of-breast-cancer-patients-results-from-the-optisoins01-french-prospective-study
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Alexandra Arfi, Sandrine Baffert, Anne-Laure Soilly, Cyrille Huchon, Fabien Reyal, Bernard Asselain, Souhir Neffati, Roman Rouzier, Delphine Héquet
INTRODUCTION: Return to work (RTW) after breast cancer (BC) is still a new field of research. The factors determining shorter sick leave duration of patients with BC have not been clearly identified. The aim of this study was to describe work during BC treatment and to identify factors associated with sick leave duration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational, prospective, multicentre study was conducted among women with operable BC. A logbook was given to all working patients to record sociodemographic and work-related data over a 1-year period...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776919/behaviour-modification-interventions-to-optimise-red-blood-cell-transfusion-practices-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lesley J J Soril, Thomas W Noseworthy, Laura E Dowsett, Katherine Memedovich, Hannah M Holitzki, Diane L Lorenzetti, Henry Thomas Stelfox, David A Zygun, Fiona M Clement
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of behaviour modification interventions to promote restrictive red blood cell (RBC) transfusion practices. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, INTERVENTIONS: Seven electronic databases were searched to January 2018. Published randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or non-randomised studies examining an intervention to modify healthcare providers' RBC transfusion practice in any healthcare setting were included...
May 18, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776444/mediastinal-staging-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-endobronchial-and-endoscopic-ultrasonography-with-or-without-additional-surgical-mediastinoscopy-mediastrial-study-protocol-of-a-multicenter-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jelle E Bousema, Marcel G W Dijkgraaf, Nicole E Papen-Botterhuis, Hermien W Schreurs, Jos G Maessen, Erik H van der Heijden, Willem H Steup, Jerry Braun, Valentin J J M Noyez, Fieke Hoeijmakers, Naomi Beck, Martijn van Dorp, Niels J M Claessens, Birgitta I Hiddinga, Johannes M A Daniels, David J Heineman, Harmen R Zandbergen, Ad F T M Verhagen, Paul E van Schil, Jouke T Annema, Frank J C van den Broek
BACKGROUND: In case of suspicious lymph nodes on computed tomography (CT) or fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), advanced tumour size or central tumour location in patients with suspected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), Dutch and European guidelines recommend mediastinal staging by endosonography (endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)) with sampling of mediastinal lymph nodes. If biopsy results from endosonography turn out negative, additional surgical staging of the mediastinum by mediastinoscopy is advised to prevent unnecessary lung resection due to false negative endosonography findings...
May 18, 2018: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776436/rates-and-causes-of-30-day-readmission-and-emergency-room-utilization-following-head-and-neck-surgery
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Vincent Wu, Stephen F Hall
BACKGROUND: Unplanned returns to hospital are common, costly, and potentially avoidable. We aimed to investigate and characterize reasons for all-cause readmissions to hospital as in-patients (IPs) and visits to the Emergency Department (ED) within 30-days following patient discharge post head and neck surgery (HNS). METHODS: Retrospective case series with chart review. All patients within the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery who underwent HNS for benign and malignant disease from January 1, 2010 to May 31, 2015 were identified...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776029/actin-filaments-growing-against-an-elastic-membrane-effect-of-membrane-tension
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Raj Kumar Sadhu, Sakuntala Chatterjee
We study the force generation by a set of parallel actin filaments growing against an elastic membrane. The elastic membrane tries to stay flat and any deformation from this flat state, either caused by thermal fluctuations or due to protrusive polymerization force exerted by the filaments, costs energy. We study two lattice models to describe the membrane dynamics. In one case, the energy cost is assumed to be proportional to the absolute magnitude of the height gradient (gradient model) and in the other case it is proportional to the square of the height gradient (Gaussian model)...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775958/a-systematic-review-of-community-based-interventions-to-improve-oral-chronic-disease-medication-regimen-adherence-among-individuals-with-substance-use-disorder
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REVIEW
Karen M Clements, Tasmina Hydery, Mark A Tesell, Bonnie C Greenwood, Michael C Angelini
BACKGROUND: Poor medication adherence has been shown to cause medical complications, death, and increased healthcare costs and may be of particular importance in patients with substance use disorder (SUD). Concerns regarding adherence in this population may influence a healthcare provider's decision to prescribe a medication requiring high adherence. Guidance defining best practices that promote adherence among individuals with SUD is lacking. METHODS: A review of English articles in Medline and PsycINFO databases, published between October 1, 1994 and October 31, 2017, was conducted in order to identify studies of interventions intended to improve adherence to oral chronic disease medication regimens among patients with SUD...
May 1, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775820/adoption-of-farm-management-systems-for-cross-compliance-an-empirical-case-in-germany
#16
Ulrike Knuth, T S Amjath-Babu, Andrea Knierim
In Germany, Farm Management Systems (FMS) have been introduced as a support to farmers' compliance with environmental and other regulations, aiming at the increase of farm level performance and sustainable farming practices. Different kinds of FMS were developed and promulgated with various approaches, determined by each federal state's agricultural advisory system. Knowledge on the FMS' uptake and effectiveness has been lacking so far. The overall aim of this paper is to provide an analysis of the implementation process and selected outcomes of the policy-driven instrumental innovation of FMS...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775689/biomarkers-for-checkpoint-inhibition-in-hematologic-malignancies
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REVIEW
Djordje Atanackovic, Tim Luetkens
In the past few years we have seen remarkable paradigm shifts in the treatment of many solid tumors due to the introduction of inhibitors targeting immune checkpoints such as PD-1/PD-L1 and CTLA-4. Recent results indicate that checkpoint inhibition also represents a very promising approach for certain types of hematologic malignancies. Unfortunately, treatment with checkpoint inhibitors is also associated with substantial toxicities and high costs and only a subset of patients appears to derive clinical benefit from these treatments...
May 15, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775604/the-use-of-stitching-and-bioabsorbable-mesh-and-glue-to-combat-prolonged-air-leaks
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Toshiki Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ueda, Junichi Murakami, Kimikazu Hamano
Prolonged postoperative air leaks are associated with extended periods of postoperative hospitalization, increased hospital costs, and an increased incidence of major cardiopulmonary complications. To prevent prolonged air leaks, we used small pieces of polyglycolic acid mesh as a pledget during the stitching of air leak sites. The stitched sites were then covered with mesh and fibrin glue. This novel technique showed the highest airway pressure tolerance in an ex vivo experimental study. There were no incidents of prolonged air leak among the five clinical cases in which this technique was initially applied...
May 15, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774945/the-relationship-between-post-mating-reproductive-isolation-and-reinforcement-in-phlox
#19
Sevan S Suni, Robin Hopkins
The process of speciation involves the accumulation of reproductive isolation (RI) between diverging lineages. Selection can favor increased RI via the process of reinforcement, whereby costs to hybridization impose selection for increased prezygotic RI. Reinforcement results in phenotypic divergence within at least one taxon, as a result of costly hybridization between sympatric taxa. The strength of selection driving reinforcement is determined by the cost of hybridization and the frequency of hybridization...
May 18, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774749/excess-costs-of-non-infectious-comorbidities-among-people-living-with-hiv-estimates-from-denmark-and-sweden
#20
Frida Hjalte, Paul S Calara, Anders Blaxhult, Marie Helleberg, Karoline Wallace, Peter Lindgren
People living with HIV have an increased risk of comorbidities with non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and osteoporotic fractures, compared to the general population. The burden of these comorbidities is expected to rise as the HIV-infected population ages. This development may require additional health care resources and it is relevant to ascertain the costs associated with these comorbidities. The population attributed risk approach was applied to estimate excess costs associated with the higher rates of comorbidities among HIV patients in Denmark and Sweden compared to their respective general populations...
May 18, 2018: AIDS Care
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