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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545129/direct-and-indirect-costs-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-mali-a-case-control-study
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Clara Bermudez-Tamayo, Stéphane Besançon, Mira Johri, Sidibe Assa, Jonathan Betz Brown, Kaushik Ramaiya
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most burdensome chronic diseases and is associated with shorter lifetime, diminished quality of life and economic burdens on the patient and society as a result of healthcare, medication, and reduced labor market participation. We aimed to estimate the direct (medical and non-medical) and indirect costs of DM and compare them with those of people without DM (ND), as well as the cost predictors. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Observational retrospective case-control study performed in Mali...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544679/sima-a-simplified-migration-assay-for-analyzing-neutrophil-migration
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Markus Weckmann, Tim Becker, Gyde Nissen, Martin Pech, Matthias V Kopp
In lung inflammation, neutrophils are the first leukocytes migrating to an inflammatory site, eliminating pathogens by multiple mechanisms. The term "migration" describes several stages of neutrophil movement to reach the site of inflammation, of which the passage of the interstitium and basal membrane of the airway are necessary to reach the site of bronchial inflammation. Currently, several methods exist (e.g., Boyden Chamber, under-agarose assay, or microfluidic systems) to assess neutrophil mobility. However, these methods do not allow for parameterization on single cell level, that is, the individual neutrophil pathway analysis is still considered challenging...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544582/evaluation-by-medical-students-of-the-educational-value-of-multi-material-and-multi-colored-three-dimensional-printed-models-of-the-upper-limb-for-anatomical-education
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Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali, Wai Yee Yeong, Heang Kuan Joel Tan, Gerald Jit Shen Tan, Peter H Abrahams, Nabil Zary, Naomi Low-Beer, Michael Alan Ferenczi
For centuries, cadaveric material has been the cornerstone of anatomical education. For reasons of changes in curriculum emphasis, cost, availability, expertise, and ethical concerns, several medical schools have replaced wet cadaveric specimens with plastinated prosections, plastic models, imaging, and digital models. Discussions about the qualities and limitations of these alternative teaching resources are on-going. We hypothesize that three-dimensional printed (3DP) models can replace or indeed enhance existing resources for anatomical education...
May 19, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544396/current-trends-in-racial-ethnic-and-healthcare-disparities-associated-with-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-outcomes
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Jennifer K Peterson, Yanjun Chen, Danh V Nguyen, Shaun P Setty
OBJECTIVE: Despite overall improvements in congenital heart disease outcomes, racial and ethnic disparities have continued. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of race and ethnicity, as well as other risk factors on congenital heart surgery length of stay and in-hospital mortality. DESIGN: From the 2012 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids Inpatient Database (KID), we identified 13 130 records with Risk Adjustment in Congenital Heart Surgery complexity score-eligible procedures...
May 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544391/the-experience-sampling-method-as-an-mhealth-tool-to-support-self-monitoring-self-insight-and-personalized-health-care-in-clinical-practice
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Jim van Os, Simone Verhagen, Anne Marsman, Frenk Peeters, Maarten Bak, Machteld Marcelis, Marjan Drukker, Ulrich Reininghaus, Nele Jacobs, Tineke Lataster, Claudia Simons, Richel Lousberg, Sinan Gülöksüz, Carsten Leue, Peter C Groot, Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Philippe Delespaul
BACKGROUND: The experience sampling method (ESM) builds an intensive time series of experiences and contexts in the flow of daily life, typically consisting of around 70 reports, collected at 8-10 random time points per day over a period of up to 10 days. METHODS: With the advent of widespread smartphone use, ESM can be used in routine clinical practice. Multiple examples of ESM data collections across different patient groups and settings are shown and discussed, varying from an ESM evaluation of a 6-week randomized trial of mindfulness, to a twin study on emotion dynamics in daily life...
May 23, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544284/the-national-healthcare-system-claims-databases-in-france-sniiram-and-egb-powerful-tools-for-pharmacoepidemiology
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Julien Bezin, Mai Duong, Régis Lassalle, Cécile Droz, Antoine Pariente, Patrick Blin, Nicholas Moore
The French health care system is based on universal coverage by one of several health care insurance plans. The SNIIRAM database merges anonymous information of reimbursed claims from all these plans, linked to the national hospital-discharge summaries database system (PMSI) and the national death registry. It now covers 98.8% of the French population, over 66 million persons, from birth (or immigration) to death (or emigration), making it possibly the world's largest continuous homogeneous claims database...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544197/body-mass-index-and-healthcare-costs-a-systematic-literature-review-of-individual-participant-data-studies
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Seamus Kent, Francesco Fusco, Alastair Gray, Susan A Jebb, Benjamin J Cairns, Borislava Mihaylova
Excess weight is associated with increased total healthcare costs, but it is less well known how the associations between excess weight and costs vary across different types of healthcare service. We reviewed studies using individual participant data to estimate associations between body mass index and healthcare costs, and summarized how annual healthcare costs for overweight (body mass index 25 to <30 kg/m(2) ) and obese (≥30 kg/m(2) ) individuals compared with those for healthy weight individuals (18...
May 22, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544081/direct-medical-costs-of-severe-hypoglycaemic-events-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-in-england-a-retrospective-database-study
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Tim Holbrook, Yuexin Tang, Romita Das, R Ravi Shankar, Kaan Tunceli, Jean Williams, Larry Radican, Sarah E Holden, Chris Ll Morgan, James Piercy, Craig J Currie
AIMS: Hypoglycaemia in patients with diabetes can be induced by insulins and sulfonylureas. We assessed the real-world impact of specific monotherapy and combination regimens on hypoglycaemic events requiring hospitalisation and related secondary costs to the English healthcare system. METHODS: This retrospective observational study used the Clinical Practice Research Datalink with linked hospital admission data during 2008-2012. Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) using antihyperglycaemic agents (AHAs) were assigned to mutually exclusive subgroups (insulin- and non-insulin-containing regimens; treatment groups of interest; age group) based on treatment at index date (date of first AHA prescription)...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543813/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-for-management-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-placement-and-cardiac-transplantation
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Leah A Sabato, David M Salerno, Jeremy D Moretz, Douglas L Jennings
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac transplant (CTX) or implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) is associated with significant post-operative morbidity and mortality. A variety of modalities have been used to treat post-operative RVF, including management of volume status, intravenous inotropes and vasodilators, and right-sided mechanical support. Inhaled vasodilator agents are a unique treatment option aimed at minimizing systemic absorption by delivering therapy directly to the pulmonary vasculature...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543736/a-rapid-expression-and-purification-condition-screening-protocol-for-membrane-protein-structural-biology
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Dan Sjöstrand, Riccardo Diamanti, Camilla A K Lundgren, Benjamin Wiseman, Martin Högbom
Membrane proteins control a large number of vital biological processes and are often medically important - not least as drug targets. However, membrane proteins are generally more difficult to work with than their globular counterparts, and as a consequence comparatively few high-resolution structures are available. In any membrane protein structure project, a lot of effort is usually spent on obtaining a pure and stable protein preparation. The process commonly involves the expression of several constructs and homologs, followed by extraction in various detergents...
May 20, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543086/allergen-immunotherapy-for-allergic-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Sangeeta Dhami, Artemisia Kakourou, Felix Asamoah, Ioana Agache, Susanne Lau, Jutel Marek, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Cezmi A Akdis, Matteo Bonini, Ozlem Cavkaytar, Breda Flood, Pawel Gajdanowicz, Kenji Izuhara, Ömer Kalayci, Ralph Mosges, Oscar Palomares, Oliver Pfaar, Sylwia Smolinska, Milena Sokolowska, Miqdad Asaria, Gopal Netuveli, Hader Zaman, Ather Akhlaq, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: To inform the development of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunonology's (EAACI) Guidelines on Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for allergic asthma, we assessed the evidence on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of AIT. METHODS: We performed a systematic review, which involved searching nine databases. Studies were screened against pre-defined eligibility criteria and critically appraised using established instruments. Data were synthesized using random-effects meta-analyses...
May 19, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543019/the-burden-of-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-is-substantial-real-world-evidence-from-assure-csu
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Marcus Maurer, Mohamed Abuzakouk, Frédéric Bérard, Walter Canonica, Hanneke Oude Elberink, Ana Giménez-Arnau, Clive Grattan, Kelly Hollis, André Knulst, Jean-Philippe Lacour, Charles Lynde, Alexander Marsland, Doreen McBride, Alla Nakonechna, Javier Ortiz de Frutos, Christina Proctor, Gordon Sussman, Carolyn Sweeney, Haijun Tian, Karsten Weller, Daniel Wolin, Maria-Magdalena Balp
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) can be debilitating, difficult to treat, and frustrating for patients and physicians. Real-world evidence for the burden of CSU is limited. The objective of this study was to document disease duration, treatment history, and disease activity, as well as impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and work among patients with inadequately controlled CSU, and to describe its humanistic, societal, and economic burden. METHODS: This international observational study assessed a cohort of 673 adult patients with CSU whose symptoms persisted for ≥12 months despite treatment...
May 19, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542736/understanding-temporal-trends-in-medical-costs-associated-with-progression-to-metastatic-prostate-cancer
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Daniel M Frendl, Aria F Olumi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542734/cost-related-medication-nonadherence-among-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-survivors
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Sapna Kaul, Jaqueline C Avila, Hemalkumar B Mehta, Ana M Rodriguez, Yong-Fang Kuo, Anne C Kirchhoff
BACKGROUND: This study investigated cost-related medication nonadherence among survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer and a comparison group in the United States. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2013 to 2015 National Health Interview Survey was performed. N=953 patients who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39 years were identified, and a comparison group was created using propensity scores. Cost-related medication nonadherence was determined by individuals' report of skipping medication, taking less medication, or delaying filling medication to save money in the previous year...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542732/impact-of-subsequent-metastases-on-costs-and-medical-resource-use-for-prostate-cancer-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-localized-disease
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Tracy T Li, Neal D Shore, Maneesha Mehra, Mary B Todd, Ryan Saadi, Gaetan Leblay, Jyoti Aggarwal, Robert I Griffiths
BACKGROUND: The impact of subsequent metastases on costs and medical resource use (MRU) for prostate cancer (PC) patients initially diagnosed with localized disease was estimated. METHODS: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data, linked to Medicare (1999-2012), were used to identify 7482 patients diagnosed with subsequent metastases 12 months or more after the initial diagnosis of localized PC (cases), and they were matched to 25,709 localized PC patients without subsequent metastases (controls)...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542690/insurance-coverage-and-aid-in-dying-medication-costs-reply
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Veena Shankaran, Richard J LaFrance, Scott D Ramsey
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 25, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542674/insurance-coverage-and-aid-in-dying-medication-costs
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David Grube, Ashley Cardenas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 25, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542552/osteoporosis-associated-vertebral-fractures-health-economic-implications
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Julian Joestl, Nikolaus Lang, Adam Bukaty, Thomas M Tiefenboeck, Patrick Platzer
INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis-associated vertebral fractures represent an increasing clinical and public health problem, one with important socioeconomic effects within western countries. The purpose of this study was to analyse demographic, medical, gender and socioeconomic aspects of osteoporotic vertebral fractures of the thoracic or lumbar spine over a period of at least 10-years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Included for analysis were 694 patients who had suffered a vertebral fracture due to primary or secondary osteoporosis, and who were treated at our Level-I trauma center between 2000 and 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541832/design-and-development-of-the-first-exoskeletal-garment-to-enhance-arm-mobility-for-children-with-movement-impairments
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Martha L Hall, Michele A Lobo
Children with a variety of diagnoses have impairments that limit their arm function. Despite the fact that arm function is important for early learning and activities of daily living, there are few tools to assist movement for these children, and existing devices have challenges related to cost, accessibility, comfort, and aesthetics. In this article, we describe the design process and development of the first garment-based exoskeleton to assist arm movement in young children with movement impairments: the Playskin Lift(TM)...
May 25, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541741/green-approach-for-synthesis-of-gold-nanoparticles-from-nigella-arvensis-leaf-extract-and-evaluation-of-their-antibacterial-antioxidant-cytotoxicity-and-catalytic-activities
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Azam Chahardoli, Naser Karimi, Fatemeh Sadeghi, Ali Fattahi
In the present work, we studied the reduction of gold ions into gold nanoparticles using Nigella arvensis leaf extract in the one-step green synthesis method. The formation of N. arvensis gold nanoparticles (NA-GNPs) was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, FT-IR and TEM analyses. The XRD pattern confirmed the crystal structure of NA-GNPs, and TEM image showed the small size (3-37 nm) and almost spherical shape of NA-GNPs. NA-GNPs have not shown enhanced antioxidant properties compared to the plant extract while they were active against the clinical isolated bacterial strains...
May 25, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
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