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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207744/utilization-of-smoking-cessation-medication-benefits-among-medicaid-fee-for-service-enrollees-1999-2008
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Jennifer Kahende, Ann Malarcher, Lucinda England, Lei Zhang, Paul Mowery, Xin Xu, Varadan Sevilimedu, Italia Rolle
OBJECTIVE: To assess state coverage and utilization of Medicaid smoking cessation medication benefits among fee-for-service enrollees who smoked cigarettes. METHODS: We used the linked National Health Interview Survey (survey years 1995, 1997-2005) and the Medicaid Analytic eXtract files (1999-2008) to assess utilization of smoking cessation medication benefits among 5,982 cigarette smokers aged 18-64 years enrolled in Medicaid fee-for-service whose state Medicaid insurance covered at least one cessation medication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196071/how-green-are-the-streets-an-analysis-for-central-areas-of-chinese-cities-using-tencent-street-view
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Ying Long, Liu Liu
Extensive evidence has revealed that street greenery, as a quality-of-life component, is important for oxygen production, pollutant absorption, and urban heat island effect mitigation. Determining how green our streets are has always been difficult given the time and money consumed using conventional methods. This study proposes an automatic method using an emerging online street-view service to address this issue. This method was used to analyze street greenery in the central areas (28.3 km2 each) of 245 major Chinese cities; this differs from previous studies, which have investigated small areas in a given city...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195029/the-problem-of-epistemic-jurisdiction-in-global-governance-the-case-of-sustainability-standards-for-biofuels
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David E Winickoff, Matthieu Mondou
While there is ample scholarly work on regulatory science within the state, or single-sited global institutions, there is less on its operation within complex modes of global governance that are decentered, overlapping, multi-sectorial and multi-leveled. Using a co-productionist framework, this study identifies 'epistemic jurisdiction' - the power to produce or warrant technical knowledge for a given political community, topical arena or geographical territory - as a central problem for regulatory science in complex governance...
February 2017: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190670/assessing-the-concordance-between-illicit-drug-laws-on-the-books-and-drug-law-enforcement-comparison-of-three-states-on-the-continuum-from-decriminalised-to-punitive
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Vendula Belackova, Alison Ritter, Marian Shanahan, Caitlin E Hughes
BACKGROUND: Variations in drug laws, as well as variations in enforcement practice, exist across jurisdictions. This study explored the feasibility of categorising drug laws "on the books" in terms of their punitiveness, and the extent of their concordance with "laws in practice" in a cross-national comparison. METHODS: "Laws on the books", classified with respect to both cannabis and other drug offences in the Czech Republic, NSW (AU) and Florida (USA) were analysed in order to establish an ordinal relationship between the three states...
February 9, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186102/cancer-cell-secreted-igf2-instigates-fibroblasts-and-bone-marrow-derived-vascular-progenitor-cells-to-promote-cancer-progression
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Wen Wen Xu, Bin Li, Xin Yuan Guan, Sookja K Chung, Yang Wang, Yim Ling Yip, Simon Y K Law, Kin Tak Chan, Nikki P Y Lee, Kwok Wah Chan, Li Yan Xu, En Min Li, Sai Wah Tsao, Qing-Yu He, Annie L M Cheung
Local interactions between cancer cells and stroma can produce systemic effects on distant organs to govern cancer progression. Here we show that IGF2 secreted by inhibitor of differentiation (Id1)-overexpressing oesophageal cancer cells instigates VEGFR1-positive bone marrow cells in the tumour macroenvironment to form pre-metastatic niches at distant sites by increasing VEGF secretion from cancer-associated fibroblasts. Cancer cells are then attracted to the metastatic site via the CXCL5/CXCR2 axis. Bone marrow cells transplanted from nude mice bearing Id1-overexpressing oesophageal tumours enhance tumour growth and metastasis in recipient mice, whereas systemic administration of VEGFR1 antibody abrogates these effects...
February 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177102/-central-purchasing-bodies-and-spending-review-in-health-sector
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Luigi Spampinato
The aim of this paper is to analyze the new model of centralization of purchases in Italy after the approval of the 2016 Stability Law, with particular reference to the health sector. In fact, the spending review process in Italy in the health sector has had a strong evolution with the 2016 Stability Law, which has introduced the obligation for the institutions of the National Health Service to obtain supplies, exclusively, from aggregators subjects, for certain product categories of the health sector. The legislature, over the years, was mainly characterized by measures to reduce the spending limits for purchases of goods and services or by resetting the fees, including the provision of an obligation for the renegotiation of health goods and services contracts, in order to ensure the effective implementation of the expenditure rationalization by aggregation of goods and services...
January 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169144/the-legal-status-of-cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabidiol-cbd-under-u-s-law
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Alice Mead
In the United States, federal and state laws regarding the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids are in conflict and have led to confusion among patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Currently, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in 50% of the states, and another seventeen states allow products that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) for medical use. Many of these artisanal products are sold in dispensaries or over the internet. However, none of these products has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
February 3, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159824/novel-thrombolytic-drug-based-on-thrombin-cleavable-microplasminogen-coupled-to-a-single-chain-antibody-specific-for-activated-gpiib-iiia
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Thomas Bonnard, Zachary Tennant, Be'Eri Niego, Ruchi Kanojia, Karen Alt, Shweta Jagdale, Lok Soon Law, Sheena Rigby, Robert Lindsay Medcalf, Karlheinz Peter, Christoph Eugen Hagemeyer
BACKGROUND: Thrombolytic therapy for acute thrombosis is limited by life-threatening side effects such as major bleeding and neurotoxicity. New treatment options with enhanced fibrinolytic potential are therefore required. Here, we report the development of a new thrombolytic molecule that exploits key features of thrombosis. We designed a recombinant microplasminogen modified to be activated by the prothrombotic serine-protease thrombin (HtPlg), fused to an activation-specific anti-glycoprotein IIb/IIIa single-chain antibody (SCE5), thereby hijacking the coagulation system to initiate thrombolysis...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154816/assistance-dogs-historic-patterns-and-roles-of-dogs-placed-by-adi-or-igdf-accredited-facilities-and-by-non-accredited-u-s-facilities
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Sandra Walther, Mariko Yamamoto, Abigail Paige Thigpen, Anaissa Garcia, Neil H Willits, Lynette A Hart
Dogs' roles to support people with disabilities are increasing. Existing U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to the use of dogs for people with disabilities are only minimally enforced. Pushback legislation against some aspects of uses of assistance dogs currently is being passed or proposed in several states. Further, the U.S. Department of the Army and the Veterans' Administration support only dogs trained by an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) or International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) accredited facility...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152891/with-quality-and-safety-for-all-risking-optimal-care-with-vip-patients
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(no author information available yet)
: 142 Background: The person deemed a VIP is generally considered differentiated from the average person by virtue of fame, notoriety (positive or negative), or success through talent, tenacity or simple luck. Because society often views VIPs as special, this can generate strong feelings ranging from excitement and awe to resentment in those who encounter a VIP. VIPs and/or their entourage may request or demand special attention. The unique factors associated with caring for a VIP can jeopardize patient safety and optimal care of the VIP patient...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152535/the-blood-retinal-barrier-in-the-management-of-retinal-disease-euretina-award-lecture
#11
José Cunha-Vaz
Retinal diseases are the main causes of blindness in the Western world. Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration continue to increase in prevalence and as main causes of vision loss. Intravitreal anti-VEGF and steroid injections have raised new expectations for their successful treatment. These agents act by stabilizing the blood-retinal barrier (BRB). Our group defined the BRB by identifying for the first time the tight junctions that unite retinal endothelial cells and are the basis for the inner BRB, an observation later confirmed in retinal pigment epithelial cells and in brain vessels...
February 3, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150254/-the-new-era-of-the-nurse-practitioner
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Hui-Ju Chiu, Shiow-Luan Tsay, Heng-Hsin Tung
The scope of practice of nurse practitioners is not defined by law but by the administrative directives of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Prior to promulgation of Article 24, Paragraphs 3 and 4 of the "Nursing Personnel Act" and of the "Regulation of the Scope of Practice of Nurse Practitioners", the scope of practice of nurse practitioners was defined in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Since promulgation, nurse practitioners have been authorized to practice medical interventions under the supervision of physicians and in accordance with physician-established protocols...
February 2017: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141670/the-impact-of-law-on-syndromic-disease-surveillance-implementation
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Jonathan Purtle, Robert I Field, Thomas Hipper, Jillian Nash-Arott, Esther Chernak, James W Buehler
CONTEXT: Legal environments influence how health information technologies are implemented in public health practice settings. Syndromic disease surveillance (SyS) is a relatively new approach to surveillance that depends heavily on health information technologies to achieve rapid awareness of disease trends. Evidence suggests that legal concerns have impeded the optimization of SyS. OBJECTIVES: To (1) understand the legal environments in which SyS is implemented, (2) determine the perceived legal basis for SyS, and (3) identify perceived legal barriers and facilitators to SyS implementation...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108993/experience-from-a-multi-country-initiative-to-improve-the-monitoring-of-selected-reproductive-health-indicators-in-africa
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Maria Barreix, Özge Tunçalp, Namuunda Mutombo, Ayotunde A Adegboyega, Lale Say
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health remains part of the unfinished business of global development in the Africa. To achieve it, health interventions should be monitored using programmatic indicators. WHO's Strengthening Measurement of Reproductive Health Indicators in Africa initiative, implemented in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, aimed to improve national information systems for routine monitoring of reproductive health indicators. Participating countries developed action plans employing a two-pronged strategy: (1) revising, standardizing, and harmonizing existing information-system reproductive health indicators; and (2) building data-collection capacity through training and supervision at select pilot sites...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102985/medicare-program-changes-to-the-medicare-claims-and-entitlement-medicare-advantage-organization-determination-and-medicare-prescription-drug-coverage-determination-appeals-procedures-final-rule
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(no author information available yet)
This final rule revises the procedures that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) follows at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level for appeals of payment and coverage determinations for items and services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries, enrollees in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other Medicare competitive health plans, and enrollees in Medicare prescription drug plans, as well as appeals of Medicare beneficiary enrollment and entitlement determinations, and certain Medicare premium appeals...
January 17, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075542/considering-marijuana-legalization-carefully-insights-for-other-jurisdictions-from-analysis-for-vermont
#16
Jonathan P Caulkins, Beau Kilmer
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In 2014 the legislature of Vermont, USA passed a law requiring the Secretary of Administration to report on the consequences of legalizing marijuana. The RAND Corporation was commissioned to write that report. This paper summarizes insights from that analysis that are germane to other jurisdictions. METHOD: Translation of key findings from the RAND Corporation report to the broader policy debate. RESULTS: Marijuana legalization encompasses a wide range of possible regimes, distinguished along at least four dimensions: which organizations are allowed to produce and supply the drug, the regulations under which they operate, the nature of the products that can be distributed and taxes and prices...
December 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073688/state-legal-innovations-to-encourage-naloxone-dispensing
#17
Corey Davis, Derek Carr
OBJECTIVES: The opioid overdose epidemic continues to claim the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year. Increased access to the opioid antagonist naloxone can reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality. In this commentary, we describe several recent legal innovations designed to encourage pharmacists to ensure that naloxone is available when and where it is needed, and dispel some common misconceptions regarding potential legal risks associated with pharmacy naloxone dispensing...
January 7, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072508/repealing-federal-health-reform-economic-and-employment-consequences-for-states
#18
Leighton Ku, Erika Steinmetz, Erin Brantley, Brian Bruen
Issue: The incoming Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), likely beginning with the law’s insurance premium tax credits and expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Research shows that the loss of these two provisions would lead to a doubling of the number of uninsured, higher uncompensated care costs for providers, and higher taxes for low-income Americans. Goal: To determine the state-by-state effect of repeal on employment and economic activity...
2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065516/ignition-interlock-laws-effects-on-fatal-motor-vehicle-crashes-1982-2013
#19
Emma E McGinty, Gregory Tung, Juliana Shulman-Laniel, Rose Hardy, Lainie Rutkow, Shannon Frattaroli, Jon S Vernick
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes are a major cause of preventable mortality in the U.S., leading to more than 10,000 fatalities in 2013. Ignition interlocks, or alcohol-sensing devices connected to a vehicle's ignition to prevent it from starting if a driver has a predetermined blood alcohol content (BAC) level, are a promising avenue for preventing alcohol-involved driving. This study sought to assess the effects of laws requiring ignition interlocks for some or all drunk driving offenders on alcohol-involved fatal crashes...
December 27, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040228/the-compulsory-psychiatric-regime-in-hong-kong-constitutional-and-ethical-perspectives
#20
Daisy Cheung
This article examines the compulsory psychiatric regime in Hong Kong. Under section 36 of the Mental Health Ordinance, which authorises long-term detention of psychiatric patients, a District Judge is required to countersign the form filled out by the registered medical practitioners in order for the detention to be valid. Case law, however, has shown that the role of the District Judge is merely administrative. This article suggests that, as it currently stands, the compulsory psychiatric regime in Hong Kong is unconstitutional because it fails the proportionality test...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
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