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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933488/effects-of-economic-recession-on-elderly-patients-perceptions-of-access-to-health-care-and-medicines-in-portugal
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Filipa Alves da Costa, Inês Teixeira, Filipa Duarte-Ramos, Luís Proença, Ana Rita Pedro, Cristina Furtado, José Aranda da Silva, José Cabrita
Background In view of the current financial and demographic situation in Portugal, accessibility to health care may be affected, including the ability to adhere to medication. Objective To evaluate the perceived effects of the crisis on elderly patient's access to medicines and medical care, and its implications on medicine-taking behaviour. Setting Community pharmacy. Method A cross-sectional study was undertaken during April 2013, where elderly patients answered a self-administered questionnaire based on their health-related experiences in the current and previous year...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933383/the-burden-of-rotator-cuff-surgery-in-italy-a-nationwide-registry-study
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Umile Giuseppe Longo, Giuseppe Salvatore, Giacomo Rizzello, Alessandra Berton, Mauro Ciuffreda, Vincenzo Candela, Vincenzo Denaro
PURPOSE: This study aimed to estimate the yearly number of RC surgeries in Italy, a country with universal access to healthcare for its population, from 2001 to 2014, based on official information source as hospitalization records. A secondary aim was to explore geographical variation in equity in access to RC surgery between three macroregions of Italy (North, Center and South). A tertiary aim was to perform statistical projections of the number of RC procedure volumes and rates on the basis of data from 2001 to 2014...
December 8, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932014/tackling-the-burden-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-in-the-uk-characterizing-and-assessing-the-clinical-and-economic-consequences
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T Ward, J Gordon, H Bennett, S Webster, D Sugrue, B Jones, M Brenner, P McEwan
OBJECTIVES: The hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains a significant public health issue. This study aimed to quantify the clinical and economic burden of chronic hepatitis C in the UK, stratified by disease severity, age and awareness of infection, with concurrent assessment of the impact of implementing a treatment prioritization approach. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A previously published back projection, natural history and cost-effectiveness HCV model was adapted to a UK setting to estimate the disease burden of chronic hepatitis C and end-stage liver disease (ESLD) between 1980 and 2035...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931985/impact-of-regulatory-measures-on-antipsychotics-drug-consumption-in-castilla-y-le%C3%A3-n-spain
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L H Martín Arias, C Treceño Lobato, S Pérez García, P García Ortega, M Sáinz Gil, R Sanz Fadrique, A Carvajal García-Pando
OBJECTIVES: Antipsychotics are currently used to treat different diseases; even some off-labelled conditions are treated with this medication. Consumption and cost of antipsychotic drugs sharply increased in Spain after second-generation drugs were marketed; several regulatory measures were adopted to curb this trend. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of these measures upon the use and cost of antipsychotics. STUDY DESIGN: Study of drug use (SDU) from 1995 to 2012...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931772/the-impact-of-depressive-symptoms-on-healthcare-costs-in-late-life-longitudinal-findings-from-the-agemoode-study
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Jens-Oliver Bock, André Hajek, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Michael Wagner, Wolfgang Maier, Anne Stark, Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Birgitt Wiese, Lilia Moor, Janine Stein, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Hans-Helmut König
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether depressive symptoms affect healthcare costs in old age longitudinally. DESIGN: Multicenter prospective observational cohort study (two waves with nt1 = 1,195 and nt2 = 951) in Germany. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Participants aged 75 years and older recruited via general practitioners. MEASUREMENTS: Depressive symptoms were assessed by the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
November 2, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931338/health-care-provider-perspectives-on-tuberculosis-care-for-foreign-born-populations-in-new-york-city
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J R Zelnick, M R O'Donnell, S D Ahuja, A Chua, J Sullivan Meissner
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) in foreign-born patients is a key determinant of TB epidemiology in low-burden settings. In New York City (NYC), foreign-born TB populations are heterogeneous and face diverse challenges in accessing care. OBJECTIVE: To characterize barriers and facilitators to health care services and identify potential mechanisms to improve TB care for foreign-born patients in NYC. DESIGN: Semi-structured interviews with health care providers identified through the NYC TB registry and snowball sampling...
December 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930668/oral-cholera-vaccination-delivery-cost-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-an-analysis-based-on-systematic-review
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Vittal Mogasale, Enusa Ramani, Hyeseung Wee, Jerome H Kim
BACKGROUND: Use of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) is a vital short-term strategy to control cholera in endemic areas with poor water and sanitation infrastructure. Identifying, estimating, and categorizing the delivery costs of OCV campaigns are useful in analyzing cost-effectiveness, understanding vaccine affordability, and in planning and decision making by program managers and policy makers. OBJECTIVES: To review and re-estimate oral cholera vaccination program costs and propose a new standardized categorization that can help in collation, analysis, and comparison of delivery costs across countries...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928758/mapping-chu9d-utility-scores-from-the-pedsql-tm-4-0-sf-15
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Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa, Gang Chen, Remo Russo, Katherine Stevens, Karin Dam Petersen, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ 4.0 Short Form 15 Generic Core Scales (hereafter the PedsQL) and the Child Health Utility-9 Dimensions (CHU9D) are two generic instruments designed to measure health-related quality of life in children and adolescents in the general population and paediatric patient groups living with specific health conditions. Although the PedsQL is widely used among paediatric patient populations, presently it is not possible to directly use the scores from the instrument to calculate quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) for application in economic evaluation because it produces summary scores which are not preference-based...
December 7, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928660/economic-evaluation-of-community-based-case-management-of-patients-suffering-from-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Sabrina Storgaard Sørensen, Kjeld Møller Pedersen, Ulla Møller Weinreich, Lars Ehlers
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the cost effectiveness of community-based case management for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: The study took place in the third largest municipality in Denmark and was conducted as a randomised controlled trial with 12 months of follow-up. A total of 150 patients with COPD were randomised into two groups receiving usual care and case management in addition to usual care. Case management included among other things self care proficiency, medicine compliance, and care coordination...
December 7, 2016: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926678/cost-minimization-analysis-of-open-and-endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release
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Steven Zhang, Molly Vora, Alex H S Harris, Laurence Baker, Catherine Curtin, Robin N Kamal
BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel release is the most common upper-limb surgical procedure performed annually in the U.S. There are 2 surgical methods of carpal tunnel release: open or endoscopic. Currently, there is no clear clinical or economic evidence supporting the use of one procedure over the other. We completed a cost-minimization analysis of open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, testing the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the procedures in terms of cost. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review using a private-payer and Medicare Advantage database composed of 16 million patient records from 2007 to 2014...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925845/economic-studies-applied-to-vaccines-against-invasive-diseases-an-updated-budget-impact-analysis-of-age-based-pneumococcal-vaccination-strategies-in-the-elderly-in-italy
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Sara Boccalini, Angela Bechini, Roberto Gasparini, Donatella Panatto, Daniela Amicizia, Paolo Bonanni
Many evaluations have been carried out on the economic impact of pneumococcal vaccination in older adults (>64 years of age) in several countries, including Italy. However, these studies did not include the new data on the effectiveness of 13-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) in the elderly reported by the CAPiTA Study. The aim of the present study was to update our previous budget impact analysis of multi-cohort PCV13 vaccination in adults in Italy by including new scientific evidence. We also compared single-cohort vaccination strategies per year, in order to identify the cohort with the most favourable economic profile, in the event of the multi-cohort approach not being economically sustainable for the National Health System (NHS)...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924740/so-let-me-find-my-way-whatever-it-will-cost-me-rather-than-leaving-myself-in-darkness-experiences-of-glaucoma-in-nigeria
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Fatima Kyari, Clare I Chandler, Martha Martin, Clare E Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Blindness from glaucoma is associated with socio-economic deprivation, presumed to reflect poor access to care and poor adherence to treatment. OBJECTIVES: To determine why people with glaucoma are presenting late for treatment and to understand access to glaucoma care. Additionally, we sought to identify what patients and the community know, do and think about the condition and why the poor are the most affected with glaucoma blindness. DESIGN: Study participants were from four communities and two hospitals in Abuja-FCT and Kaduna State, Nigeria...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924528/mycotoxins-an-underhand-food-problem
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Antonio Moretti, Antonio F Logrieco, Antonia Susca
Among the food safety issues, the occurrence of fungal species able to produce toxic metabolites on the agro-food products has acquired a general attention. These compounds, the mycotoxins, generally provided of low molecular weight, are the result of the secondary metabolism of the toxigenic fungi. They may have toxic activity toward the plants, but mostly represent a serious risk for human and animal health worldwide, since they can be accumulated on many final crop products and they have a broad range of toxic biological activities...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923343/feasibility-and-cost-effectiveness-of-a-multidisciplinary-home-telehealth-intervention-programme-to-reduce-falls-among-elderly-discharged-from-hospital-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Alessandro Giordano, Gian Pietro Bonometti, Fabio Vanoglio, Mara Paneroni, Palmira Bernocchi, Laura Comini, Amerigo Giordano
BACKGROUND: Fall incidents are the third cause of chronic disablement in elderly according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Recent meta-analyses shows that a multifactorial falls risk assessment and management programmes are effective in all older population studied. However, the application of these programmes may not be the same in all National health care setting and, consequently, needs to be evaluated by cost-effectiveness studies before to plan this intervention in regular care...
December 7, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922448/the-second-randomised-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-cost-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-computerised-therapy-reeact-2-trial-does-the-provision-of-telephone-support-enhance-the-effectiveness-of-computer-delivered-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-a-randomised
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Sally Brabyn, Ricardo Araya, Michael Barkham, Peter Bower, Cindy Cooper, Ana Duarte, David Kessler, Sarah Knowles, Karina Lovell, Elizabeth Littlewood, Richard Mattock, Stephen Palmer, Jodi Pervin, David Richards, Debbie Tallon, David White, Simon Walker, Gillian Worthy, Simon Gilbody
BACKGROUND: Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) is an efficient form of therapy potentially improving access to psychological care. Indirect evidence suggests that the uptake and effectiveness of cCBT can be increased if facilitated by telephone, but this is not routinely offered in the NHS. OBJECTIVES: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone-facilitated free-to-use cCBT [e.g. MoodGYM (National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia)] with minimally supported cCBT...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922167/cost-effectiveness-of-primarily-surgical-versus-primarily-conservative-treatment-of-acute-and-subacute-radiculopathies-due-to-intervertebral-disc-herniation-from-the-swiss-perspective
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Zanfina Ademi, Viktoria Gloy, Dominik Glinz, Heike Raatz, Joris Van Stiphout, Heiner C Bucher, Matthias Schwenkglenks
AIMS OF THE STUDY: To assess the cost-effectiveness of primarily surgical treatment (PST) versus primarily conservative treatment (PCT) in adults with intermediate severity, acute or subacute, lumbar radicular syndrome due to intervertebral disc herniation. METHODS: A decision analytic model from healthcare system and societal perspectives was used to compare outcomes and costs of PST with those of PCT (physiotherapy, epidural injection and medication). Treatment pathways and quality of life were obtained from published clinical trials...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921992/the-hubble-trial-haemorrhoidal-artery-ligation-hal-versus-rubber-band-ligation-rbl-for-symptomatic-second-and-third-degree-haemorrhoids-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-and-health-economic-evaluation
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Steven Brown, Jim Tiernan, Katie Biggs, Daniel Hind, Neil Shephard, Mike Bradburn, Allan Wailoo, Abualbishr Alshreef, Lizzie Swaby, Angus Watson, Simon Radley, Oliver Jones, Paul Skaife, Anil Agarwal, Pasquale Giordano, Marc Lamah, Mark Cartmell, Justin Davies, Omar Faiz, Karen Nugent, Andrew Clarke, Angus MacDonald, Phillip Conaghan, Paul Ziprin, Rohit Makhija
BACKGROUND: Optimal surgical intervention for low-grade haemorrhoids is unknown. Rubber band ligation (RBL) is probably the most common intervention. Haemorrhoidal artery ligation (HAL) is a novel alternative that may be more efficacious. OBJECTIVE: The comparison of HAL with RBL for the treatment of grade II/III haemorrhoids. DESIGN: A multicentre, parallel-group randomised controlled trial. PERSPECTIVE: UK NHS and Personal Social Services...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920239/the-regional-comprehensive-economic-partnership-intellectual-property-protection-and-access-to-medicines
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Belinda Townsend, Deborah Gleeson, Ruth Lopert
The inclusion of elevated standards of intellectual property (IP) protection in the recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has raised serious public health concerns regarding access to medicines. A lesser-known trade agreement under negotiation in the Asia-Pacific region is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Framed as an attempt to reassert ASEAN's position in response to the United States-led TPP, RCEP includes key players China and India as well as several low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)...
November 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920194/experimental-validation-of-the-avivet-trap-a-tool-to-quantitatively-monitor-the-dynamics-of-dermanyssus-gallinae-populations-in-laying-hens
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G A Lammers, R G G Bronneberg, J C M Vernooij, J A Stegeman
Dermanyssus gallinae (D.gallinae) infestation causes economic losses due to impaired health and production of hens and costs of parasite control across the world. Moreover, infestations are associated with reduced welfare of hens and may cause itching in humans. To effectively implement control methods it is crucially important to have high quality information about the D.gallinae populations in poultry houses in space and time. At present no validated tool is available to quantitatively monitor the dynamics of all four stages of D...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
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