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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921257/impact-of-community-health-workers-on-use-of-healthcare-services-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review
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Helen E Jack, Sophia D Arabadjis, Lucy Sun, Erin E Sullivan, Russell S Phillips
BACKGROUND: As the US transitions to value-based healthcare, physicians and payers are incentivized to change healthcare delivery to improve quality of care while controlling costs. By assisting with the management of common chronic conditions, community health workers (CHWs) may improve healthcare quality, but physicians and payers who are making choices about care delivery also need to understand their effects on healthcare spending. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, Embase, and Web of Science from the inception of each database to 22 June 2015...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920895/organosilane-functionalization-of-nanostructured-indium-tin-oxide-films
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R Pruna, F Palacio, M Martínez, O Blázquez, S Hernández, B Garrido, M López
Fabrication and organosilane-functionalization and characterization of nanostructured ITO electrodes are reported. Nanostructured ITO electrodes were obtained by electron beam evaporation, and a subsequent annealing treatment was selectively performed to modify their crystalline state. An increase in geometrical surface area in comparison with thin-film electrodes area was observed by atomic force microscopy, implying higher electroactive surface area for nanostructured ITO electrodes and thus higher detection levels...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
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Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920536/evaluation-of-potential-novel-variations-and-their-interactions-related-to-bipolar-disorders-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-study-data
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Cengizhan Acikel, Yesim Aydin Son, Cemil Celik, Husamettin Gul
BACKGROUND: Multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR) is a nonparametric approach that can be used to detect relevant interactions between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). The aim of this study was to build the best genomic model based on SNP associations and to identify candidate polymorphisms that are the underlying molecular basis of the bipolar disorders. METHODS: This study was performed on Whole-Genome Association Study of Bipolar Disorder (dbGaP [database of Genotypes and Phenotypes] study accession number: phs000017...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920507/men-s-preferences-for-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-associated-with-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Colette Mankowski, Divine Ikenwilo, Sebastian Heidenreich, Mandy Ryan, Jameel Nazir, Cathy Newman, Verity Watson
OBJECTIVE: To explore and quantify men's preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for attributes of medications for lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia using a discrete choice experiment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Men in the UK aged ≥45 years with moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms/benign prostatic hyperplasia (based on self-reported International Prostate Symptom Score ≥8) were recruited. An online discrete choice experiment survey was administered...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920430/biomimetic-antimicrobial-cloak-by-graphene-oxide-agar-hydrogel
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Massimiliano Papi, Valentina Palmieri, Francesca Bugli, Marco De Spirito, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Carlotta Ciancico, Maria Chiara Braidotti, Silvia Gentilini, Luca Angelani, Claudio Conti
Antibacterial surfaces have an enormous economic and social impact on the worldwide technological fight against diseases. However, bacteria develop resistance and coatings are often not uniform and not stable in time. The challenge is finding an antibacterial coating that is biocompatible, cost-effective, not toxic, and spreadable over large and irregular surfaces. Here we demonstrate an antibacterial cloak by laser printing of graphene oxide hydrogels mimicking the Cancer Pagurus carapace. We observe up to 90% reduction of bacteria cells...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919760/proton-therapy-present-and-future
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Radhe Mohan, David Grosshans
In principle, proton therapy offers a substantial clinical advantage over the conventional photon therapy. This is because of the unique depth-dose characteristics of protons, which can be exploited to achieve significant reductions in normal tissue doses proximal and distal to the target volume. These may, in turn, allow escalation of tumor doses, greater sparing of normal tissues, thus potentially improving local control and survival while at the same time reducing toxicity and improving quality of life. Protons, accelerated to therapeutic energies ranging from 70 to 250MeV, typically with a cyclotron or a synchrotron, are transported to the treatment room where they enter the treatment head mounted on a rotating gantry...
December 2, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919529/three-step-effluent-chlorination-increases-disinfection-efficiency-and-reduces-dbp-formation-and-toxicity
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Yu Li, Xiangru Zhang, Mengting Yang, Jiaqi Liu, Wanxin Li, Nigel J D Graham, Xiaoyan Li, Bo Yang
Chlorination is extensively applied for disinfecting sewage effluents, but it unintentionally generates disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Using seawater for toilet flushing introduces a high level of bromide into domestic sewage. Chlorination of sewage effluent rich in bromide causes the formation of brominated DBPs. The objectives of achieving a disinfection goal, reducing disinfectant consumption and operational costs, as well as diminishing adverse effects to aquatic organisms in receiving water body remain a challenge in sewage treatment...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919472/the-value-of-a-poison-control-center-in-preventing-unnecessary-emergency-department-visits-and-hospital-charges-a-multi-year-analysis
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Casey R Tak, Marty C Malheiro, Heather K W Bennett, Barbara I Crouch
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the economic value of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) by examining its contribution to the reduction of unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and associated charges across multiple years. METHODS: A multi-year (2009-2014) analysis of cross-sectional data was performed. Callers were asked what they would do for a poison emergency if the UPCC was not available. Healthcare charges for ED visits averted were calculated according to insurance status using charges obtained from a statewide database...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919442/a-rapid-evidence-review-of-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-alcohol-control-policies-an-english-perspective
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Robyn Burton, Clive Henn, Don Lavoie, Rosanna O'Connor, Clare Perkins, Kate Sweeney, Felix Greaves, Brian Ferguson, Caryl Beynon, Annalisa Belloni, Virginia Musto, John Marsden, Nick Sheron
This paper reviews the evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies to reduce alcohol-related harm. Policies focus on price, marketing, availability, information and education, the drinking environment, drink-driving, and brief interventions and treatment. Although there is variability in research design and measured outcomes, evidence supports the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies that address affordability and marketing. An adequate reduction in temporal availability, particularly late night on-sale availability, is effective and cost-effective...
December 1, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919309/cost-utility-analysis-of-primary-prophylaxis-compared-with-on-demand-treatment-for-patients-with-severe-hemophilia-type-a-in-colombia
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Héctor Eduardo Castro Jaramillo, Mabel Moreno Viscaya, Aurelio E Mejia
OBJECTIVES: This article presents a cost-utility analysis from the Colombian health system perspective comparing primary prophylaxis to on-demand treatment using exogenous clotting factor VIII (FVIII) for patients with severe hemophilia type A. METHODS: We developed a Markov model to estimate expected costs and outcomes (measured as quality-adjusted life-years, QALYs) for each strategy. Transition probabilities were estimated using published studies; utility weights were obtained from a sample of Colombian patients with hemophilia and costs were gathered using local data...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918774/cost-effectiveness-of-prophylactic-moisturization-for-atopic-dermatitis
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Shuai Xu, Supriya Immaneni, Gordon B Hazen, Jonathan I Silverberg, Amy S Paller, Peter A Lio
Importance: Emerging evidence suggests that the use of moisturizers on newborns and infants (ie, from birth to 6 months of age) is potentially helpful in preventing the development of atopic dermatitis. Objective: To investigate the cost-effectiveness of using a daily moisturizer as prevention against atopic dermatitis among high-risk newborns. Design, Setting, and Participants: In a cost-effectiveness analysis, the average cost of total-body moisturization using 7 common moisturizers from birth to 6 months of age was determined for male and female infants...
December 5, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918131/a-redox-induced-spin-state-cascade-in-a-mixed-valent-fe3-%C3%AE-3-o-triangle
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Evgen V Govor, Karrar Al-Ameed, Indranil Chakraborty, Carla S Coste, Olena Govor, Yiannis Sanakis, John E McGrady, Raphael G Raptis
One-electron reduction of a pyrazolate-bridged triangular Fe3 (μ3 -O) core induces a cascade wherein all three metal centers switch from high-spin Fe(3+) to low-spin Fe(2.66+) . This hypothesis is supported by spectroscopic data ((1) H-NMR, UV-vis-NIR, infra-red, (57) Fe-Mössbauer, EPR), X-ray crystallographic characterization of the cluster in both oxidation states and also density functional theory. The reduction induces substantial contraction in all bond lengths around the metal centers, along with diagnostic shifts in the spectroscopic parameters...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917307/clinical-and-cost-impact-analysis-of-a-novel-prognostic-test-for-early-detection-of-preterm-birth
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Aaron B Caughey, John A F Zupancic, James M Greenberg, Susan S Garfield, Stephen F Thung, Jay D Iams
Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential impact to the U.S. health care system by adopting a novel test that identifies women at risk for spontaneous preterm birth. Methods A decision-analytic model was developed to assess clinical and cost outcomes over a 1-year period. The use of a prognostic test to predict spontaneous preterm birth in a hypothetical population of women reflective of the U.S. population (predictive arm) was compared with the current baseline rate of spontaneous preterm birth and associated infant morbidity and mortality (baseline care arm)...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916432/the-international-generalisability-of-evidence-for-health-policy-a-cross-country-comparison-of-medication-adherence-following-policy-change
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Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Helen Whelton, Jessica Myers Franklin, Jennifer Milan Polinski
Copayments for prescriptions may increase morbidity and mortality via reductions in adherence to medications. Relevant data can inform policy to minimise such unintended effects. We explored the generalisability of evidence for copayments by comparing two international copayment polices, one in Massachusetts and one in Ireland, to assess whether effects on medication adherence were comparable. We used national prescription data for public health insurance programmes in Ireland and Medicaid data in the U.S. New users of oral anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidaemic and diabetic drugs were included (total n=14,259 in U...
October 26, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916364/the-cost-of-preventable-comorbidities-on-wound-complications-in-open-ventral-hernia-repair
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Tiffany C Cox, Laurel J Blair, Ciara R Huntington, Paul D Colavita, Tanushree Prasad, Amy E Lincourt, B Todd Heniford, Vedra A Augenstein
BACKGROUND: Patients with complex ventral hernias may benefit from preoperative optimization. This study evaluates the financial impact of preventable comorbidities (PCM) in elective open ventral hernia repair. METHODS: In this single institution prospectively collected data from 2007-2011, hospital charges (included all hernia-related visits, interventions, or readmissions) and wound-related complications in patients with PCM-diabetes, tobacco use, and obesity-were compared to patients without such risks using standard statistical methods...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916004/sugars-and-health-a-review-of-current-evidence-and-future-policy
#17
Charlotte Elizabeth Louise Evans
The automation of the process of extracting sugars in the 1900s reduced cost and increased availability of sugars leading to a dramatic rise in consumption, which reached a peak in the 1970s. There are different definitions for sugars not naturally available in foods, and free sugars is the term used by WHO. The epidemiological evidence of the associations between sugars and obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus is fairly strong and consistent, particularly for sugar sweetened drinks in adults. The Department of Health in the UK and many other countries have recently updated their recommendations for free sugars as a result of this scientific evidence...
December 5, 2016: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915222/exoskeleton-plantarflexion-assistance-for-elderly
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S Galle, W Derave, F Bossuyt, P Calders, P Malcolm, D De Clercq
Elderly are confronted with reduced physical capabilities and increased metabolic energy cost of walking. Exoskeletons that assist walking have the potential to restore walking capacity by reducing the metabolic cost of walking. However, it is unclear if current exoskeletons can reduce energy cost in elderly. Our goal was to study the effect of an exoskeleton that assists plantarflexion during push-off on the metabolic energy cost of walking in physically active and healthy elderly. Seven elderly (age 69.3±3...
November 28, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915082/the-heart-failure-pandemic-the-clinical-and-economic-burden-in-greece
#19
P Stafylas, D Farmakis, G Kourlaba, G Giamouzis, K Tsarouhas, N Maniadakis, J Parissis
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to identify the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of heart failure (HF) patients in Greece as well as the economic burden and the distribution of costs for the management of the disease. METHODS: Eight Greek secondary and tertiary cardiology centres from different cities have participated in a prospective, observational survey, the ESC HF Pilot Survey. 307 patients with HF, 177 hospitalised and 130 outpatients, have been recruited and monitored for 12months...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914022/alkaline-protease-production-from-brevibacterium-luteolum-mtcc-5982-under-solid-state-fermentation-and-its-application-for-sulfide-free-unhairing-of-cowhides
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R Renganath Rao, M Vimudha, N R Kamini, M K Gowthaman, B Chandrasekran, P Saravanan
Enzyme-based unhairing in replacement of conventional lime sulfide system has been attempted as an alternative for tackling pollution. The exorbitant cost of enzyme and the need for stringent process control need to be addressed yet. This study developed a mechanism for regulated release of protease from cheaper agro-wastes, which overcomes the necessity for stringent process control along with total cost reduction. The maximum protease activity of 1193.77 U/g was obtained after 96 h of incubation with 15% inoculum of the actinomycete strain Brevibacterium luteolum (MTCC 5982) under solid-state fermentation (SSF)...
December 2, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
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