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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944752/a-randomised-controlled-study-of-the-effectiveness-of-breathing-retraining-exercises-taught-by-a-physiotherapist-either-by-instructional-dvd-or-in-face-to-face-sessions-in-the-management-of-asthma-in-adults
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Mike Thomas, Anne Bruton, Paul Little, Stephen Holgate, Amanda Lee, Lucy Yardley, Steve George, James Raftery, Jennifer Versnel, David Price, Ian Pavord, Ratko Djukanovic, Michael Moore, Sarah Kirby, Guiqing Yao, Shihua Zhu, Emily Arden-Close, Manimekalai Thiruvothiyur, Frances Webley, Mark Stafford-Watson, Elizabeth Dixon, Lynda Taylor
BACKGROUND: Asthma control is suboptimal, resulting in quality of life (QoL) impairment and costs. Breathing retraining exercises have evidence of effectiveness as adjuvant treatment, but are infrequently used. OBJECTIVES: To transfer the contents of a brief (three-session) physiotherapist-delivered breathing retraining programme to a digital versatile disc (DVD) and booklet format; to compare the effectiveness of the self-guided intervention with that of 'face-to-face' physiotherapy and usual care for QoL and other asthma-related outcomes; to perform a health economic assessment of both interventions; and to perform a process evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methods...
September 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944732/patient-centered-drug-approval-the-role-of-patient-advocacy-in-the-drug-approval-process
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T Joseph Mattingly, Linda Simoni-Wastila
Recent approval of eteplirsen for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare disease with few treatment alternatives, has reignited the debate over the U.S. drug approval process. The evolution of legal and regulatory restrictions to the marketing and sale of pharmaceuticals has spanned more than a century, and throughout this history, patient advocacy has played a significant role. Scientific evidence from clinical trials serves as the foundation for drug approval, but the patient voice has become increasingly influential...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943267/the-effect-of-physical-activity-on-mortality-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-130%C3%A2-000-people-from-17-high-income-middle-income-and-low-income-countries-the-pure-study
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Scott A Lear, Weihong Hu, Sumathy Rangarajan, Danijela Gasevic, Darryl Leong, Romaina Iqbal, Amparo Casanova, Sumathi Swaminathan, R M Anjana, Rajesh Kumar, Annika Rosengren, Li Wei, Wang Yang, Wang Chuangshi, Liu Huaxing, Sanjeev Nair, Rafael Diaz, Hany Swidon, Rajeev Gupta, Noushin Mohammadifard, Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo, Aytekin Oguz, Katarzyna Zatonska, Pamela Seron, Alvaro Avezum, Paul Poirier, Koon Teo, Salim Yusuf
BACKGROUND: Physical activity has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in high-income countries, where physical activity is mainly recreational, but it is not known if this is also observed in lower-income countries, where physical activity is mainly non-recreational. We examined whether different amounts and types of physical activity are associated with lower mortality and CVD in countries at different economic levels. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, we recruited participants from 17 countries (Canada, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, China, Colombia, Iran, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe)...
September 21, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942692/the-role-of-tele-medicine-in-patients-with-respiratory-diseases
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Nicolino Ambrosino, Claudio Fracchia
Tele-medicine is a clinical application connecting a patient with specialized care consultants by means of electronic platforms, potentially able to improve patients' self-management and allow for the care of patients with limited access to health services. This article summarizes the use of tele-medicine as a tool in managing patients suffering from some pathological respiratory conditions. Areas covered: We searched papers published between 1990 and 2017 dealing with tele-medicine and respiratory diseases, COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, chronic respiratory failure, neuromuscular diseases, critical illness, home mechanical ventilation, and also legal and economic issues...
September 25, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942287/the-costs-of-crime-associated-with-stimulant-use-in-a-canadian-setting
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Benjamin Enns, Emanuel Krebs, Kora DeBeck, Kanna Hayashi, M-J Milloy, Lindsey Richardson, Evan Wood, Bohdan Nosyk
BACKGROUND: Costs attributable to criminal activity are a major component of the economic burden of substance use disorders, yet there is a paucity of empirical evidence on this topic. Our aim was to estimate the costs of crime associated with different forms and intensities of stimulant use. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study, including individuals from three prospective cohorts in Vancouver, Canada, measured biannually (2011-2015), reporting stimulant use at baseline assessment...
September 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941608/economic-evaluation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure-who-are-ineligible-for-cardiac-transplantation
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Derek S Chew, Braden Manns, Robert J H Miller, Nakul Sharma, Derek V Exner
BACKGROUND: Continuous flow (CF) left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) improve survival in end-stage heart failure patients who are ineligible for cardiac transplantation. Their use in this population (referred to as destination therapy) is increasing in many countries, yet they are not routinely funded for this indication in Canada. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of destination therapy CF-LVADs from the perspective of the Canadian health care payer. METHODS: A Markov model was used to project the outcomes and costs of 2 treatment pathways, CF-LVAD implantation and medical management alone, in an end-stage heart failure patient cohort ineligible for transplantation...
October 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941065/an-economic-model-of-professional-doula-support-in-labor-in-british-columbia-canada
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Gillian E Hanley, Lily Lee
INTRODUCTION: Spending on care in childbirth represents a sizable portion of health care budgets. This has engendered a growing interest in potential clinical tools that could be used to improve patient experience and population health at a lower cost. A possible such tool is continuous support in labor from a trained doula, as doula care can decrease the likelihood of cesarean birth, epidural analgesia, and assisted vaginal birth. In addition, there is some emerging evidence suggesting that involving doulas in prenatal care can reduce rates of preterm birth...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939578/is-the-salut-programme-an-effective-and-cost-effective-universal-health-promotion-intervention-for-parents-and-their-children-a-register-based-retrospective-observational-study
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Jenny Häggström, Filipa Sampaio, Eva Eurenius, Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brännström, Anneli Ivarsson, Marie Lindkvist, Inna Feldman
OBJECTIVES: This study investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Salut Programme, a universal health promotion intervention, compared with care-as-usual, over the periods of pregnancy, delivery and the child's first 2 years of life. METHOD: We adopted a register-based retrospective observational design using existing data sources with respect to both exposures and outcomes. Health outcomes and costs were compared between geographical areas that received care-as-usual (non-Salut area) and areas where the programme was implemented (Salut area)...
September 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937986/household-costs-of-hospitalized-dengue-illness-in-semi-rural-thailand
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Yesim Tozan, Pitcha Ratanawong, Maquines Odhiambo Sewe, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Pattamaporn Kittayapong
BACKGROUND: Dengue-related illness is a leading cause of hospitalization and death in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, imposing a major economic burden on households, health systems, and governments. This study aims to assess the economic impact of hospitalized dengue cases on households in Chachoengsao province in eastern Thailand. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cost-of-illness study of hospitalized pediatric and adult dengue patients at three public hospitals...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935212/the-value-of-anticoccidials-for-sustainable-global-poultry-production
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REVIEW
Stefanie Kadykalo, Tara Roberts, Michelle Thompson, Jeff Wilson, Marcelo Lang, Olivier Espeisse
Coccidiosis is a self-limiting disease that is universally present in poultry operations, causing extensive damage to the intestinal lining of the bird. Global economic losses from coccidiosis are estimated to be $3 billion per year. In-feed anticoccidial use has been the predominant form of coccidiosis control. However, due to widespread emergence of antimicrobial resistance, concerns have been raised regarding the safety of anticoccidials and potential impact on human, animal, and environmental health. To investigate the alternatives, risks, and benefits to anticoccidial use, a comprehensive review of recent literature was conducted...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934786/long-term-cost-utility-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-patients-with-failed-back-surgery-syndrome
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S Harrison Farber, Jing L Han, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Qasim Hussaini, Siyun Yang, Promila Pagadala, Beth Parente, Jichun Xie, Shivanand P Lad
BACKGROUND: Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a cause of significant morbidity for up to 40% of patients following spine surgery, and is estimated to cost almost $20 billion. Treatment options for these patients currently include conventional medical management (CMM), repeat operation, or spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Much of the published data regarding cost effectiveness of SCS comprise smaller scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) rather than large databases capturing practices throughout the US...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934232/economic-costs-and-health-related-quality-of-life-for-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-hfmd-patients-in-china
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Yaming Zheng, Mark Jit, Joseph T Wu, Juan Yang, Kathy Leung, Qiaohong Liao, Hongjie Yu
BACKGROUND: Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common illness in China that mainly affects infants and children. The objective of this study is to assess the economic cost and health-related quality of life associated with HFMD in China. METHOD: A telephone survey of caregivers were conducted in 31 provinces across China. Caregivers of laboratory-confirmed HFMD patients who were registered in the national HFMD enhanced surveillance database during 2012-2013 were invited to participate in the survey...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934127/removal-of-phenolic-compounds-from-water-using-sewage-sludge-based-activated-carbon-adsorption-a-review
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REVIEW
Nuhu Dalhat Mu'azu, Nabeel Jarrah, Mukarram Zubair, Omar Alagha
Due to their industrial relevance, phenolic compounds (PC) are amongst the most common organic pollutants found in many industrial wastewater effluents. The potential detrimental health and environmental impacts of PC necessitate their removal from wastewater to meet regulatory discharge standards to ensure meeting sustainable development goals. In recent decades, one of the promising, cost-effective and environmentally benign techniques for removal of PC from water streams has been adsorption onto sewage sludge (SS)-based activated carbon (SBAC)...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933010/economic-evaluation-of-dupilumab-for-the-treatment-of-moderate-to-severe-atopic-dermatitis-in-adults
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Andreas Kuznik, Gaëlle Bégo-Le-Bagousse, Laurent Eckert, Abhijit Gadkari, Eric Simpson, Christopher N Graham, LaStella Miles, Vera Mastey, Puneet Mahajan, Sean D Sullivan
INTRODUCTION: Dupilumab significantly improves signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis (AD), including pruritus, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and health-related quality of life versus placebo in adults with moderate-to-severe AD. Since the cost-effectiveness of dupilumab has not been evaluated, the objective of this analysis was to estimate a value-based price range in which dupilumab would be considered cost-effective compared with supportive care (SC) for treatment of moderate-to-severe AD in an adult population...
September 20, 2017: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933002/mepolizumab-for-treating-severe-eosinophilic-asthma-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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REVIEW
Iñigo Bermejo, Matt Stevenson, Katy Cooper, Sue Harnan, Jean Hamilton, Mark Clowes, Christopher Carroll, Tim Harrison, Shironjit Saha
As part of its single technology appraisal (STA) process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the company (GlaxoSmithKline) that manufactures mepolizumab (Nucala(®)) to submit evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of mepolizumab for the treatment of severe eosinophilic asthma. The School of Health and Related Research Technology Appraisal Group (ScHARR-TAG) at the University of Sheffield was commissioned to act as the independent evidence review group (ERG). The ERG produced a review of the evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of mepolizumab as add-on to standard of care (SoC) compared with SoC and omalizumab, based upon the company's submission to NICE...
September 20, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932314/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-treatment-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis-in-clinic-of-vascular-surgery-sarajevo
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Haris Vukas, Samra Kadić-Vukas, Adis Salihbegović, Muhamed Djedović, Dragan Totić, Haris Vranić, Amel Hadžimehmedagić
AIM: To compare hospital costs of acute deep vein thrombosis (ADVT) treatment in two periods of time. Evidence of repercussions on reducing costs during successful treatment. Attention was given to the necessity, costs and effectiveness of diagnostic procedures, treatment and complications. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data obtained from patients medical history in a period from 2000 to 2016. Model management and safe practice of ADVT care consisted of clinical examination, laboratory, colour Doppler and invasive diagnostics...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932235/zika-virus-congenital-syndrome-experimental-models-and-clinical-aspects
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REVIEW
Carolina Manganeli Polonio, Carla Longo de Freitas, Nagela Ghabdan Zanluqui, Jean Pierre Schatzmann Peron
Viral infections have long been the cause of severe diseases to humans, increasing morbidity and mortality rates worldwide, either in rich or poor countries. Yellow fever virus, H1N1 virus, HIV, dengue virus, hepatitis B and C are well known threats to human health, being responsible for many million deaths annually, associated to a huge economic and social cost. In this context, a recently introduced flavivirus in South America, called Zika virus (ZIKV), led the WHO to declare in February 1st 2016 a warning on Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931383/evaluation-of-caregiver-friendly-workplace-policy-cfwps-interventions-on-the-health-of-full-time-caregiver-employees-ces-implementation-and-cost-benefit-analysis
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Allison M Williams, Emile Tompa, Donna S Lero, Janet Fast, Amin Yazdani, Isik U Zeytinoglu
BACKGROUND: Current Canadian evidence illustrating the health benefits and cost-effectiveness of caregiver-friendly workplace policies is needed if Canadian employers are to adopt and integrate caregiver-friendly workplace policies into their employment practices. The goal of this three-year, three study research project is to provide such evidence for the auto manufacturing and educational services sectors. The research questions being addressed are: What are the impacts for employers (economic) and workers (health) of caregiver-friendly workplace policy intervention(s) for full-time caregiver-employees? What are the impacts for employers, workers and society of the caregiver-friendly workplace policy intervention(s) in each participating workplace? What contextual factors impact the successful implementation of caregiver-friendly workplace policy intervention(s)? METHODS: Using a pre-post-test comparative case study design, Study A will determine the effectiveness of newly implemented caregiver-friendly workplace policy intervention(s) across two workplaces to determine impacts on caregiver-employee health...
September 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929899/nutrition-as-a-component-of-dementia-risk-reduction-strategies
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Carol E Greenwood, Matthew D Parrott
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, within the next generation, Canada will experience a more than doubling of individuals living with dementia and a potentially economically crippling 10-fold increase in costs to Canadians. Up to 50% of cases with dementia can be attributed to seven modifiable, predominantly vascular and/or lifestyle-associated, risk factors. Multi-modal dementia risk reduction strategies, targeting diet, exercise, mental stimulation, and vascular risk monitoring, are likely to be the most successful...
January 2017: Healthcare Management Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928192/a-pragmatic-group-sequential-placebo-controlled-randomised-trial-to-determine-the-effectiveness-of-glyceryl-trinitrate-for-retained-placenta-got-it-a-study-protocol
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Fiona C Denison, John Norrie, Julia Lawton, Jane E Norman, Graham Scotland, Gladys C McPherson, Alison McDonald, Mark Forrest, Jemma Hudson, Jane Brewin, Mathilde Peace, Cynthia Clarkson, Sheonagh Brook-Smith, Susan Morrow, Nina Hallowell, Laura Hodges, Kathryn F Carruthers
INTRODUCTION: A retained placenta is diagnosed when the placenta is not delivered following delivery of the baby. It is a major cause of postpartum haemorrhage and treated by the operative procedure of manual removal of placenta (MROP). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The aim of this pragmatic, randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind UK-wide trial, with an internal pilot and nested qualitative research to adjust strategies to refine delivery of the main trial, is to determine whether sublingual glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) is (or is not) clinically and cost-effective for (medical) management of retained placenta...
September 18, 2017: BMJ Open
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