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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734126/german-estsmoke-estimating-adult-smoking-related-costs-and-consequences-of-smoking-cessation-for-germany
#1
Diana Sonntag, Simon Gilbody, Winkler Volker, Shehzad Ali
AIMS: We compared predicted lifetime health care costs for current, never and ex-smokers in Germany under the current set of tobacco control polices. We compared these economic consequences of the current situation with an alternative in which Germany were to implement more comprehensive tobacco control policies consistent with the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) guidelines. DESIGN: German EstSmoke, an adapted version of the UK EstSmoke simulation model, applies the Markov modelling approach...
July 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717859/estimated-costs-of-clinical-and-surgical-treatment-of-severe-obesity-in-the-brazilian-public-health-system
#2
Paula Rosales Zubiaurre, Luciana Ribeiro Bahia, Michelle Quarti Machado da Rosa, Roberto Pereira Assumpção, Alexandre Vontobel Padoin, Samanta Pereira Sussembach, Everton Nunes da Silva, Claudio Corá Mottin
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major global epidemic and a burden to society and health systems. This study aimed to estimate and compare the anual costs of clinical and surgical treatment of severe obesity from the perspective of the Brazilian Public Health System. METHODS: An observational and cross-sectional study was performed in three reference centers. Data collection on health resources utilization and productivity loss was carried out through an online questionnaire...
July 17, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714815/an-introduction-to-the-blockchain-and-its-implications-for-libraries-and-medicine
#3
Matthew B Hoy
The blockchain is a relatively new technology used to verify and store transaction records for online cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The system is redundant and distributed, making it difficult for transactions to be rescinded, duplicated, or faked. Beyond online currencies, the blockchain has potential uses in health care, education, and many other fields. This column will briefly describe what the blockchain is and how it is being used, potential future uses that may be of interest to librarians and medical practitioners, and some of the problems with the system...
July 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698466/multi-national-banknote-classification-based-on-visible-light-line-sensor-and-convolutional-neural-network
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Tuyen Danh Pham, Dong Eun Lee, Kang Ryoung Park
Automatic recognition of banknotes is applied in payment facilities, such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and banknote counters. Besides the popular approaches that focus on studying the methods applied to various individual types of currencies, there have been studies conducted on simultaneous classification of banknotes from multiple countries. However, their methods were conducted with limited numbers of banknote images, national currencies, and denominations. To address this issue, we propose a multi-national banknote classification method based on visible-light banknote images captured by a one-dimensional line sensor and classified by a convolutional neural network (CNN) considering the size information of each denomination...
July 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696576/nad-p-h-and-flavin-autofluorescence-correlation-with-atp-in-rat-livers-with-different-metabolic-steady-state-conditions
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Anna C Croce, Andrea Ferrigno, Laura G Di Pasqua, Clarissa Berardo, Giovanni Bottiroli, Mariapia Vairetti
The monitoring of NAD(P)H and flavin autofluorescence (AF) is at the basis of numerous investigations on energy metabolism. Nevertheless, the ability of these AF biomarkers to accurately represent the energy currency, ATP, is poorly explored. Here we focused on the AF/ATP correlation in lean and fatty livers with different steady-state metabolic conditions, achieved after organ isolation, preservation and recovery, in a likely dependence on both liver intrinsic metabolic features and externally induced perturbations...
July 11, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675578/a-time-series-analysis-of-the-effects-of-financial-incentives-and-mandatory-clinical-applications-as-interventions-to-improve-spontaneous-adverse-drug-reaction-reporting-by-hospital-medical-staff-in-china
#6
Feng Chang, Yue Xi, Jie Zhao, Xiaojian Zhang, Yun Lu
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in hospitals is often under-reported, which may lead to problems in patient management. This study was aimed to assess the effectiveness of a financial intervention based on a fine and a bonus for improving spontaneous reporting of ADRs by physicians in a hospital setting. METHODS: This study was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University (China). Starting in 2009, a bonus of 20 RMB (Chinese currency) was given for each spontaneous ADR report, and a fine of 50 RMB was given for any withheld ADR report...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670678/the-economic-burden-of-opioid-prescription-by-dentists-a-12-month-survey-of-consumer-expenditure-in-brazil
#7
Tulio Eduardo Nogueira, Patrícia Azevedo Lino, Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras Martins, Maria Elisa Souza Silva, Claudio Rodrigues Leles, Mauro Henrique Nogueira Guimarães Abreu
OBJECTIVES: To describe consumer expenditure on opioids prescribed by dentists in Brazil during a 12-month period. METHODS: We surveyed individual dispensed prescriptions of opioids in private pharmacies from October 2012 to September 2013. A descriptive analysis of costs included a calculation of the overall and mean maximum price to consumers. Monetary costs were converted from local currency units (Brazilian Real - BRL) to international dollars using purchasing power parity (PPP) exchanging rates...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663823/sequencing-a-piece-of-history-complete-genome-sequence-of-the-original-escherichia-coli-strain
#8
Karl A Dunne, Roy R Chaudhuri, Amanda E Rossiter, Irene Beriotto, Douglas F Browning, Derrick Squire, Adam F Cunningham, Jeffrey A Cole, Nicholas Loman, Ian R Henderson
In 1885, Theodor Escherich first described the Bacillus coli commune, which was subsequently renamed Escherichia coli. We report the complete genome sequence of this original strain (NCTC 86). The 5 144 392 bp circular chromosome encodes the genes for 4805 proteins, which include antigens, virulence factors, antimicrobial-resistance factors and secretion systems, of a commensal organism from the pre-antibiotic era. It is located in the E. coli A subgroup and is closely related to E. coli K-12 MG1655. E...
March 2017: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658424/east-german-medical-aid-to-nicaragua-the-politics-of-solidarity-between-biomedicine-and-primary-health-care
#9
Iris Borowy
Between 1979 and 1989 the government of the German Democratic Republic provided health assistance to Sandinista Nicaragua. After initial relief aid, the Sandinista embrace of a primary health care-based health system made East German health support difficult. The non-convertible currency, the repressive quality of the East German leadership, and the lack of experience with primary health care processes all limited its potential to provide support. After 1985, when implementation of this system stalled, East German health assistance was revitalized with the donation of the Hospital Carlos Marx...
April 2017: História, Ciências, Saúde—Manguinhos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650967/author-contributions-to-ecological-publications-what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-author-in-modern-ecological-research
#10
John M Logan, Sarah B Bean, Andrew E Myers
Authorship is a central element of scientific research carrying a variety of rewards and responsibilities, and while various guidelines exist, actual author contributions are often ambiguous. Inconsistent or limited contributions threaten to devalue authorship as intellectual currency and diminish authors' responsibility for published content. Researchers have assessed author contributions in the medical literature and other research fields, but similar data for the field of ecological research are lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649110/bitcoin-and-potos%C3%A3-silver-historical-perspectives-on-cryptocurrency
#11
Zac Zimmer
Bitcoin, the digital cryptocurrency, has been celebrated as the future of money on the Internet. Although Bitcoin does present several forward-looking innovations, it also integrates a very old concept into its digital architecture: the mining of precious metals. Even though Bitcoin explicitly invokes mining as a metaphor and gold as an example for understanding the cryptocurrency, there has been little critical work on the connections between Bitcoin and previous metalist currency regimes. The following essay proposes a historical comparison with colonial South American silver mining and the global currency regime based on the New World silver peso it created as a way to interrogate Bitcoin...
2017: Technology and Culture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648094/visualization-of-nicotine-adenine-dinucleotides-redox-homeostasis-with-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-sensors
#12
YuZheng Zhao, Zhuo Zhang, Yejun Zou, Yi Yang
SIGNIFICANCE: Beyond their roles as redox currency in living organisms, pyridine dinucleotides (NAD+/NADH and NADP+/NADPH) are also precursors or co-substrates of great significance in various physiologic and pathologic processes. Recent Advances: For many years, it was challenging to develop methodologies for monitoring pyridine dinucleotides in situ or in vivo. Recent advances in fluorescent protein-based sensors provide a rapid, sensitive, specific, and real-time read-out of pyridine dinucleotide dynamics in single cells or in vivo, thereby opening a new era of pyridine dinucleotide bioimaging...
June 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643592/the-burden-of-multiple-sclerosis-2015-methods-of-data-collection-assessment-and-analysis-of-costs-quality-of-life-and-symptoms
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Gisela Kobelt, Jennifer Eriksson, Glenn Phillips, Jenny Berg
INTRODUCTION: This article describes the methods used to perform this large European-wide burden-of-illness study on multiple sclerosis (MS) using individual patient data. METHODS: The study collected all MS-related resource consumption, workforce participation, prevalent disease symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Patients were recruited by national patient associations and, after informed consent, completed a specific questionnaire either on-line or on paper...
August 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624673/a-geographical-analysis-of-trafficking-on-a-popular-darknet-market
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Julian Broséus, Damien Rhumorbarbe, Marie Morelato, Ludovic Staehli, Quentin Rossy
Cryptomarkets are online marketplaces, located on the darknet, that facilitate the trading of a variety of illegal goods, mostly drugs. While the literature essentially focus on drugs, various other goods and products related to financial or identity fraud, firearms, counterfeit goods, as well as doping products are also offered on these marketplaces. Through the analysis of relevant data collected on a popular marketplace in 2014-2015, Evolution, this research provides an analysis of the structure of trafficking (types and proportions of products, number of vendors and shipping countries)...
June 4, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612187/enhancement-of-energy-production-of-the-intervertebral-disc-by-the-implantation-of-polyurethane-mass-transfer-devices
#15
Yu-Fu Wang, Howard B Levene, Weiyong Gu, C -Y Charles Huang
Insufficient nutrient supply has been suggested to be one of the etiologies for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. We are investigating nutrient transport into the IVD as a potential treatment strategy for disc degeneration. Most cellular activities in the IVD (e.g., cell proliferation and extracellular matrix production) are mainly driven by adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) which is the main energy currency. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of increased mass transfer on ATP production in the IVD by the implantation of polyurethane (PU) mass transfer devices...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605384/analyzing-supercomplexes-of-the-mitochondrial-electron-transport-chain-with-native-electrophoresis-in-gel-assays-and-electroelution
#16
Gisela Beutner, George Arthur Porter
The mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) transduces the energy derived from the breakdown of various fuels into the bioenergetic currency of the cell, ATP. The ETC is composed of 5 massive protein complexes, which also assemble into supercomplexes called respirasomes (C-I, C-III, and C-IV) and synthasomes (C-V) that increase the efficiency of electron transport and ATP production. Various methods have been used for over 50 years to measure ETC function, but these protocols do not provide information on the assembly of individual complexes and supercomplexes...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592621/bevacizumab-for-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-global-cost-effectiveness-analysis
#17
Daniel A Goldstein, Qiushi Chen, Turgay Ayer, Kelvin K W Chan, Kiran Virik, Ariel Hammerman, Baruch Brenner, Christopher R Flowers, Peter S Hall
BACKGROUND: In the U.S., the addition of bevacizumab to first-line chemotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) has been demonstrated to provide 0.10 quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) at an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of $571,000/QALY. Due to variability in pricing, value for money may be different in other countries. Our objective was to establish the cost-effectiveness of bevacizumab in mCRC in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Israel. METHODS: We performed the analysis using a previously established Markov model for mCRC...
June 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578916/telling-different-stories-making-new-realities-the-ontological-politics-of-addiction-biographies
#18
Kiran Pienaar, Ella Dilkes-Frayne
Personal narratives of alcohol and other drug addiction circulate widely in popular culture and they also have currency in professional therapeutic settings. Despite this, relatively little research has explored the conventions operating in these narratives and how they shape people's experiences and identities. While research in this area often proceeds on the premise that addiction biographies are straightforwardly 'true' accounts, in this paper we draw on the insights of critical alcohol and other drug scholarship, and the concept of 'ontological politics' to argue that biographies produce normative ideas about addiction and those said to be experiencing it...
June 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552272/understanding-stakeholders-perspectives-and-experiences-of-general-practice-accreditation
#19
Deborah Debono, David Greenfield, Luke Testa, Virginia Mumford, Anne Hogden, Marjorie Pawsey, Johanna Westbrook, Jeffrey Braithwaite
OBJECTIVE: To examine general practice accreditation stakeholders' perspectives and experiences to identify program strengths and areas for improvements. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Individual (n=2) and group (n=9) interviews were conducted between September 2011-March 2012 with 52 stakeholders involved in accreditation in Australian general practices. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. Member checking activities in April 2016 assessed the credibility and currency of the findings in light of current reforms...
May 19, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541592/cath-lab-costs-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-angioplasty-detailed-analysis-of-consecutive-procedures
#20
Beata Dziki, Izabela Miechowicz, Piotr Iwachów, Michał Kuzemczak, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka, Artur Baszko, Tomasz Siminiak
BACKGROUND: Costs of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) have important impact on health care expenditures. Despite the present stress upon the cost-effectiveness issues in medicine, few comprehensive data exist on costs and resource use in different clinical settings. AIM: To assess catheterization laboratory costs related to use of drugs and single-use devices in patients undergoing PCI due to coronary artery disease. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 1500 consecutive PCIs (radial approach, n=1103; femoral approach, n=397) performed due to myocardial infarction type STEMI (n=345) and NSTEMI (n=426) as well as unstable (UA; n=489) and (SA; n=241) angina was undertaken...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
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