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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635362/costs-and-effectiveness-of-fingolimod-versus-alemtuzumab-in-the-treatment-of-highly-active-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-in-the-uk-retreatment-discount-and-disutility
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Stephen M Montgomery, Jeanette Kusel, Richard Nicholas, Nicholas Adlard
OBJECTIVE: Patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) treated with disease modifying therapies (DMTs) who continue to experience disease activity may be considered for escalation therapies such as fingolimod or may be considered for alemtuzumab. Previous economic modelling used Markov models; applying one alternative technique, discrete event simulation (DES) modelling, allows retreatment and long-term adverse events (AEs) to be included in the analysis. METHODS: A DES was adapted to model relapse-triggered retreatment with alemtuzumab and the effect of including ongoing quality-adjusted life year (QALY) decrements for AEs that extend beyond previous one year Markov cycles...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633625/on-the-inability-to-ignore-useless-advice
#2
Thomas Schultze, Andreas Mojzisch, Stefan Schulz-Hardt
Research in the judge-advisor-paradigm suggests that advice is generally utilized less than it should be according to its quality. In a series of four experiments, we challenge this widely held assumption. We hypothesize that when advice quality is low, the opposite phenomenon, namely overutilization of advice, occurs. We further assume that this overutilization effect is the result of anchoring: advice serves as an anchor, thus causing an adjustment toward even useless advice. The data of our four experiments support these hypotheses...
May 2017: Experimental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631497/cost-effectiveness-of-blinatumomab-versus-salvage-chemotherapy-in-relapsed-or-refractory-philadelphia-chromosome-negative-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-from-a-us-payer-perspective
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Thomas E Delea, Jordan Amdahl, Diana Boyko, May Hagiwara, Zachary F Zimmerman, Janet L Franklin, Ze Cong, Guy Hechmati, Anthony Stein
Objective To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of blinatumomab (Blincyto) versus standard of care (SOC) chemotherapy in adults with relapsed or refractory (R/R) Philadelphia-chromosome-negative (Ph-) B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) based on the results of the phase 3 TOWER study from a US healthcare payer perspective. Methods The Blincyto Global Economic Model (B-GEM), a partitioned survival model, was used to estimate the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of blinatumomab versus SOC. Response rates, event free survival (EFS), overall survival (OS), numbers of cycles of blinatumomab and SOC, and transplant rates were estimated from TOWER...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629461/cost-effectiveness-of-lung-cancer-screening-and-treatment-methods-a-systematic-review-of-systematic-reviews
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Farbod Ebadifard Azar, Saber Azami-Aghdash, Fatemeh Pournaghi-Azar, Alireza Mazdaki, Aziz Rezapour, Parvin Ebrahimi, Negar Yousefzadeh
BACKGROUND: Due to extensive literature in the field of lung cancer and their heterogeneous results, the aim of this study was to systematically review of systematic reviews studies which reviewed the cost-effectiveness of various lung cancer screening and treatment methods. METHODS: In this systematic review of systematic reviews study, required data were collected searching the following key words which selected from Mesh: "lung cancer", "lung oncology", "lung Carcinoma", "lung neoplasm", "lung tumors", "cost- effectiveness", "systematic review" and "Meta-analysis"...
June 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627925/will-delay-discounting-predict-intention-to-quit-smoking
#5
Liqa N Athamneh, Jeffrey S Stein, Warren K Bickel
Intention to quit cigarette smoking is significantly associated with making quitting attempts and actual quitting. Delay discounting is significantly associated with smoking initiation and success in quitting. To our knowledge, no studies have investigated the relationship between delay discounting and intention to quit smoking. In 2 separate observational, cross-sectional studies, the current investigation examines the relationship between delay discounting and intention to quit smoking within groups of smokers...
June 19, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625506/long-term-cost-effectiveness-of-two-glp-1-receptor-agonists-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-italian-setting-liraglutide-versus-lixisenatide
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Barnaby Hunt, Nana Kragh, Ceilidh C McConnachie, William J Valentine, Maria C Rossi, Roberta Montagnoli
PURPOSE: Maintaining glycemic control is the key treatment target for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In addition, the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists may be associated with other favorable treatment characteristics, such as reduction in body weight and reduced risk of hypoglycemia compared with traditional diabetes interventions. The aim of the present analysis was to compare the long-term cost-effectiveness of 2 GLP-1 receptor agonists, liraglutide 1.8 mg and lixisenatide 20 μg (both administered once daily), in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes failing to achieve glycemic control with metformin monotherapy in the Italian setting...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625225/legionella-longbeachae-detected-in-an-industrial-cooling-tower-linked-to-a-legionellosis-outbreak-new-zealand-2015-possible-waterborne-transmission
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C N Thornley, D J Harte, R P Weir, L J Allen, K J Knightbridge, P R T Wood
A legionellosis outbreak at an industrial site was investigated to identify and control the source. Cases were identified from disease notifications, workplace illness records, and from clinicians. Cases were interviewed for symptoms and risk factors and tested for legionellosis. Implicated environmental sources were sampled and tested for legionella. We identified six cases with Legionnaires' disease and seven with Pontiac fever; all had been exposed to aerosols from the cooling towers on the site. Nine cases had evidence of infection with either Legionella pneumophila serogroup (sg) 1 or Legionella longbeachae sg1; these organisms were also isolated from the cooling towers...
June 19, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624294/patient-decision-aids-for-patients-considering-total-joint-replacement-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis-alongside-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Logan Trenaman, Dawn Stacey, Stirling Bryan, Monica Taljaard, Gillian Hawker, Geoff Dervin, Peter Tugwell, Nick Bansback
BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making (SDM) is a key priority to improve patient-centred care, and can play an important role in helping patients decide whether to undergo total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Patient decision aids can support SDM; however, they may incur an upfront cost. We aimed to estimate the health and economic effects of patient decision aids for TJA. METHODS: A cost-effectiveness analysis of a randomised controlled trial with 2-year follow-up. 343 patients were recruited from two orthopedic screening clinics in Ottawa, Canada...
June 14, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623028/impact-and-cost-effectiveness-of-rotavirus-vaccination-in-bangladesh
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Clint Pecenka, Umesh Parashar, Jacqueline E Tate, Jahangir A M Khan, Devin Groman, Stephen Chacko, Md Shamsuzzaman, Andrew Clark, Deborah Atherly
INTRODUCTION: Diarrheal disease is a leading cause of child mortality globally, and rotavirus is responsible for more than a third of those deaths. Despite substantial decreases, the number of rotavirus deaths in children under five was 215,000 per year in 2013. Of these deaths, approximately 41% occurred in Asia and 3% of those in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has yet to introduce rotavirus vaccination, the country applied for Gavi support and plans to introduce it in 2018. This analysis evaluates the impact and cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccination in Bangladesh and provides estimates of the costs of the vaccination program to help inform decision-makers and international partners...
June 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621556/exposure-to-sexual-stimuli-induces-greater-discounting-leading-to-increased-involvement-in-cyber-delinquency-among-men
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Wen Cheng, Wen-Bin Chiou
People frequently encounter sexual stimuli during Internet use. Research has shown that stimuli inducing sexual motivation can lead to greater impulsivity in men, as manifested in greater temporal discounting (i.e., a tendency to prefer smaller, immediate gains to larger, future ones). Extant findings in crime research suggest that delinquents tend to focus on short-term gains while failing to adequately think through the longer-term consequences of delinquent behavior. We experimentally tested the possibility that exposure to sexual stimuli is associated with the tendency to engage in cyber delinquency among men, as a result of their overly discounting remote consequences...
June 16, 2017: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620848/cost-effectiveness-of-pembrolizumab-vs-standard-of-care-chemotherapy-as-first-line-treatment-for-metastatic-nsclc-that-expresses-high-levels-of-pd-l1-in-the-united-states
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Min Huang, Yanyan Lou, James Pellissier, Thomas Burke, Frank Xiaoqing Liu, Ruifeng Xu, Vamsidhar Velcheti
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to evaluate the cost effectiveness of pembrolizumab compared with standard-of-care (SoC) platinum-based chemotherapy as first-line treatment in patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that expresses high levels of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) [tumour proportion score (TPS) ≥50%], from a US third-party public healthcare payer perspective. METHODS: We conducted a partitioned-survival model with a cycle length of 1 week and a base-case time horizon of 20 years...
June 15, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620302/adoption-of-biosimilar-infliximab-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-in-the-eu5-a-budget-impact-analysis-using-a-delphi-panel
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Tim A Kanters, Jelena Stevanovic, Isabelle Huys, Arnold G Vulto, Steven Simoens
Introduction: Introducing biosimilar infliximab for the treatment in rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) may reduce treatment costs associated with biologics. This study aimed to investigate the budget impact of adopting biosimilar infliximab in five European countries, considering that the budget impact includes the adoption of biosimilar infliximab and the availability of biologic alternatives such as vedolizumab, biosimilar etanercept, biosimilar rituximab, and other relevant factors...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620273/state-dependent-decoding-algorithms-improve-the-performance-of-a-bidirectional-bmi-in-anesthetized-rats
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Vito De Feo, Fabio Boi, Houman Safaai, Arno Onken, Stefano Panzeri, Alessandro Vato
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) promise to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from sensory and motor disabilities by creating a direct communication channel between the brain and the external world. Yet, their performance is currently limited by the relatively small amount of information that can be decoded from neural activity recorded form the brain. We have recently proposed that such decoding performance may be improved when using state-dependent decoding algorithms that predict and discount the large component of the trial-to-trial variability of neural activity which is due to the dependence of neural responses on the network's current internal state...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619076/effectiveness-and-equity-of-the-tanzania-national-voucher-scheme-for-mosquito-nets-over-10%C3%A2-years-of-implementation
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Karen Kramer, Renata Mandike, Rose Nathan, Ally Mohamed, Matthew Lynch, Nick Brown, Ally Mnzava, Wilhelmina Rimisho, Christian Lengeler
BACKGROUND: The Tanzania National Voucher Scheme (TNVS) was a public private partnership managed by the Ministry of Health that provided pregnant women and infants with highly subsidized (long-lasting) insecticide-treated nets between 2004 and 2014. It was implemented in the context of the National Insecticide Treated Nets (NATNETS) Programme and was the main keep up strategy for vulnerable populations. CASE DESCRIPTION: The programme design was adjusted considerably over time to incorporate new evidence, shifting public health policies, and changing donor priorities...
June 15, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613193/classifier-fusion-with-contextual-reliability-evaluation
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Zhunga Liu, Quan Pan, Jean Dezert, Jun-Wei Han, You He
Classifier fusion is an efficient strategy to improve the classification performance for the complex pattern recognition problem. In practice, the multiple classifiers to combine can have different reliabilities and the proper reliability evaluation plays an important role in the fusion process for getting the best classification performance. We propose a new method for classifier fusion with contextual reliability evaluation (CF-CRE) based on inner reliability and relative reliability concepts. The inner reliability, represented by a matrix, characterizes the probability of the object belonging to one class when it is classified to another class...
June 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612049/episodic-tags-enhance-striatal-valuation-signals-during-temporal-discounting-in-pathological-gamblers
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Antonius Wiehler, Frederike Hermi Petzschner, Klaas Enno Stephan, Jan Peters
Similar to many addiction disorders, pathological gambling is associated with an increased preference for immediate rewards (steep temporal discounting). In healthy participants, episodic future thinking has been shown to reduce impulsivity during intertemporal choice. Here, we examine for the first time a modulation of temporal discounting via episodic future thinking in a group of pathological gamblers. We investigated a sample of 24 pathological gamblers and 24 matched healthy controls with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608643/spontaneous-activity-in-the-visual-cortex-is-organized-by-visual-streams
#17
Kun-Han Lu, Jun Young Jeong, Haiguang Wen, Zhongming Liu
Large-scale functional networks have been extensively studied using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). However, the pattern, organization, and function of fine-scale network activity remain largely unknown. Here, we characterized the spontaneously emerging visual cortical activity by applying independent component (IC) analysis to resting state fMRI signals exclusively within the visual cortex. In this subsystem scale, we observed about 50 spatially ICs that were reproducible within and across subjects, and analyzed their spatial patterns and temporal relationships to reveal the intrinsic parcellation and organization of the visual cortex...
June 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608312/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-rivaroxaban-for-treatment-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-in-greece
#18
George Gourzoulidis, Georgia Kourlaba, John Kakisis, Mitiadis Matsagkas, George Giannakoulas, Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis, Theodoros Vassilakopoulos, Nikos Maniadakis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Venous thromboembolism (VTE), comprising deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major healthcare concern that results in substantial morbidity and mortality with great economic burden for healthcare systems. Hence, the need for effective and efficient treatment of patients with VTE is important for both clinical and economic reasons. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost effectiveness of rivaroxaban compared to standard of care (SoC) with enoxaparin followed by dose-adjusted vitamin-K antagonists for the treatment of DVT and PE in Greece...
June 12, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606210/impulsivity-as-a-mechanism-linking-child-abuse-and-neglect-with-substance-use-in-adolescence-and-adulthood
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Assaf Oshri, Steve M Kogan, Josephine A Kwon, K A S Wickrama, Lauren Vanderbroek, Abraham A Palmer, James MacKillop
Emerging developmental perspectives suggest that adverse rearing environments promote neurocognitive adaptations that heighten impulsivity and increase vulnerability to risky behavior. Although studies document links between harsh rearing environments and impulsive behavior on substance use, the developmental hypothesis that impulsivity acts as mechanism linking adverse rearing environments to downstream substance use remains to be investigated. The present study investigated the role of impulsivity in linking child abuse and neglect with adult substance use using data from (a) a longitudinal sample of youth (Study 1, N = 9,421) and (b) a cross-sectional sample of adults (Study 2, N = 1,011)...
June 13, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600199/financing-of-vaccine-delivery-in-primary-care-practices
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Mandy A Allison, Sean T O'Leary, Megan C Lindley, Lori A Crane, Laura P Hurley, Brenda L Beaty, Michaela Brtnikova, Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, Christine Babbel, Stephen Berman, Allison Kempe
OBJECTIVES: Vaccines represent a significant portion of primary care practices' expenses. Our objectives were to determine among Pediatric (Ped) and Family Medicine (FM): 1) relative payment for vaccine purchase and administration and estimated profit margin by payer type, 2) strategies used to reduce vaccine purchase costs and increase payment, and 3) whether practices have stopped providing vaccines due to finances. METHODS: A national survey conducted April-September 2011 among Ped and FM in private, single-specialty practices...
June 6, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
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