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"Population management"

Clemens Scott Kruse, Rishi Goswamy, Yesha Raval, Sarah Marawi
BACKGROUND: Big data analytics offers promise in many business sectors, and health care is looking at big data to provide answers to many age-related issues, particularly dementia and chronic disease management. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review was to summarize the challenges faced by big data analytics and the opportunities that big data opens in health care. METHODS: A total of 3 searches were performed for publications between January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2016 (PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Google Scholar), and an assessment was made on content germane to big data in health care...
November 21, 2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
Joanna Mitri, Robert Gabbay
A chronic and progressive illness, diabetes requires early diagnosis, effective coordination of care, and self-management to stem its progression. Population health management strategies hold promise to improve outcomes by focusing on reducing the frequency of acute and chronic complications of chronic disease, lowering the cost per service through an integrated care delivery team approach, and promoting patient engagement. This will ultimately result in a better patient experience. The chronic care model targets fragmentation of our health care delivery system and provides a framework for effective care of diabetes and other chronic diseases...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
Amy J Davis, Mevin B Hooten, Ryan S Miller, Matthew L Farnsworth, Jesse Lewis, Michael Moxcey, Kim M Pepin
Evaluation of the progress of management programs for invasive species is crucial for demonstrating impacts to stakeholders and strategic planning of resource allocation. Estimates of abundance before and after management activities can serve as a useful metric of population management programs. However, many methods of estimating population size are too labor intensive and costly to implement, posing restrictive levels of burden on operational programs. Removal models are a reliable method for estimating abundance before and after management using data from the removal activities exclusively, thus requiring no work in addition to management...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Christina Jiun-Yu Tan, Grant E Sklar
INTRODUCTION: Paracetamol is the most common pharmaceutical agent implicated in toxic exposure in Singapore. This study aimed to describe the characteristics of paracetamol overdose in the adult population managed at a tertiary healthcare facility in Singapore. METHODS: Medical records of adult patients hospitalised with a diagnosis of paracetamol overdose at National University Hospital, Singapore, over a three-year period from January 2011 to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 18, 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
Anthony P Nunes, Jing Yang, Larry Radican, Samuel S Engel, Karen Kurtyka, Kaan Tunceli, Shengsheng Yu, Kristy Iglay, Michael C Doherty, David D Dore
AIMS: Accurate measures of hypoglycemia within electronic health records (EHR) can facilitate clinical population management and research. We quantify the occurrence of serious and mild-to-moderate hypoglycemia in a large EHR database in the US, comparing estimates based only on structured data to those from structured data and natural language processing (NLP) of clinical notes. METHODS: This cohort study included patients with type 2 diabetes identified from January 2009 through March 2014...
September 21, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
M Constanza Mannino, Máximo Rivarola, Alejandra C Scannapieco, Sergio González, Marisa Farber, Jorge L Cladera, Silvia B Lanzavecchia
BACKGROUND: Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) is a solitary parasitoid of Tephritidae (Diptera) fruit flies of economic importance currently being mass-reared in bio-factories and successfully used worldwide. A peculiar biological aspect of Hymenoptera is its haplo-diploid life cycle, where females (diploid) develop from fertilized eggs and males (haploid) from unfertilized eggs. Diploid males were described in many species and recently evidenced in D. longicaudata by mean of inbreeding studies...
October 12, 2016: BMC Genomics
Nicolas Bajeux, Frédéric Grognard, Ludovic Mailleret
Intraspecific interactions such as Allee effects are key properties that can guide population management. This contribution considers component Allee effects that are elementary mechanisms leading to declines of fitness at the population scale, i.e. demographic Allee effects. It especially focuses on the consequences of such properties in predator populations, and investigates their repercussions in a biological control context. A modelling framework able to account for reproductive and/or foraging component Allee effects is proposed...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Lisa E Ishii
Facial nerve paralysis, although uncommon in the pediatric population, occurs from several causes, including congenital deformities, infection, trauma, and neoplasms. Similar to the adult population, management of facial nerve disorders in children includes treatment for eye exposure, nasal obstruction/deviation, smile asymmetry, drooling, lack of labial function, and synkinesis. Free tissue transfer dynamic restoration is the preferred method for smile restoration in this population, with outcomes exceeding those of similar procedures in adults...
November 2016: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Russell A McWilliam, Kye R Adams, Todd E Minchinton, David J Ayre
Black Drummer (Girella elevata) is a long-lived fish species that experiences considerable recreational fishing pressure, although managers lack a clear understanding of stock structure and dispersal patterns that are essential for the design, implementation, and administration of fisheries stock management. We used 454 sequencing to identify and develop 11 microsatellite primer pairs from 31 G. elevata All loci were found to be polymorphic, with the number of alleles detected ranging from 4 to 8 and observed heterozygosity ranging from 0...
2016: Journal of Heredity
Laura Cummins Meals, Stephen R Ross, Curtis Eng, Kathryn C Gamble
Hepatitis B virus causes horizontally transmitted infectious hepatopathy of primates and may progress to hepatocellular carcinoma. Historically, a small number of chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes ) living in accredited North American zoos have been confirmed with positive hepatitis B serology consistent with exposure. However, the overall status for this population and the interpretation of these individual test results have not been established previously. The current U.S. zoo-housed population (n = 259) was assessed serologically for hepatitis B by surface protein antigen (HbsAg) and surface antibodies (anti-Hbs)...
September 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Alana L Jacobson, Brian A Nault, Edward L Vargo, George G Kennedy
Knowledge of the relative influence of population- versus species-level genetic variation is important to understand patterns of phenotypic variation and ecological relationships that exist among and within morphologically indistinguishable cryptic species and subspecies. In the case of cryptic species groups that are pests, such knowledge is also essential for devising effective population management strategies. The globally important crop pest Thrips tabaci is a taxonomically difficult group of putatively cryptic species...
2016: PloS One
Divya Chaturvedi, Vinay Kumar Singh
Fasciolosis is a water and food-borne disease caused by the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica. This disease is widespread in different parts of the world. Lymnaeidae and Planorbidae snails are the intermediate hosts of these flukes. Snail population management is a good tool to control fasciolosis because gastropods represent the weakest link in the life-cycle of trematodes. Chlorophyll can be extracted from any green plant. Chlorophyllin was prepared from spinach in 100% ethanol by using different types of chemicals...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
Guillaume Souchay, Michael Schaub
Understanding effects of harvest on population dynamics is of major interest, especially for declining species. European lapwing Vanellus vanellus populations increased from the 1960s until the 1980s and declined strongly thereafter. About 400,000 lapwings are harvested annually and it is thus of high conservation relevance to assess whether hunting was a main cause for the observed changes in lapwing population trends. We developed a multi-event cause-specific mortality model which we applied to a long-term ring-recovery data set (1960-2010) of > 360,000 records to estimate survival and cause-specific mortalities...
2016: PloS One
M Cronin, H Gerritsen, D Reid, M Jessopp
Seals and humans often target the same food resource, leading to competition. This is of mounting concern with fish stocks in global decline. Grey seals were tracked from southeast Ireland, an area of mixed demersal and pelagic fisheries, and overlap with fisheries on the Celtic Shelf and Irish Sea was assessed. Overall, there was low overlap between the tagged seals and fisheries. However, when we separate active (e.g. trawls) and passive gear (e.g. nets, lines) fisheries, a different picture emerged. Overlap with active fisheries was no different from that expected under a random distribution, but overlap with passive fisheries was significantly higher...
2016: PloS One
H Le Liepvre, A Dinh, B Idiard-Chamois, E Chartier-Kastler, V Phé, A Even, G Robain, P Denys
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective observational study. OBJECTIVE: To describe specificities of pregnancy in a traumatic spinal cord-injured (SCI) population managed by a coordinated medical care team involving physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians, urologists, infectious diseases' physicians, obstetricians and anaesthesiologists. SETTING: NeuroUrology Department in a University Hospital, France. METHODS: All consecutive SCI pregnant women managed between 2001 and 2014 were included...
September 27, 2016: Spinal Cord
Nathália F Brito, Monica F Moreira, Ana C A Melo
Detection of chemical signals from the environment through olfaction is an indispensable mechanism for maintaining an insect's life, evoking critical behavioral responses. Among several proteins involved in the olfactory perception process, the odorant binding protein (OBP) has been shown to be essential for a normally functioning olfactory system. This paper discusses the role of OBPs in insect chemoreception. Here, structural aspects, mechanisms of action and binding affinity of such proteins are reviewed, as well as their promising application as molecular targets for the development of new strategies for insect population management and other technological purposes...
December 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Michael J McCarthy, Wendi S Craddock, Shauna P Acquavita, Kalyn Black
Although cigarette smoking is a major contributor to continued health problems after stroke, the majority of stroke survivors do not quit smoking. This may be due in part to the high rate of smoking among committed partners of stroke survivors. This study investigated the experiences of 11 dual-smoker stroke survivor-caregiver dyads, identifying themes which may be useful for understanding this entrenched population: managing the addiction as a dyad; conflicting feelings about whether smoking is an individual versus mutual concern; and dyad-level barriers and facilitators of quitting...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
Emrah Celtikci, A Memduh Kaymaz, Gulsah Akgul, Burak Karaaslan, O Hakan Emmez, Alp Borcek
AIM: Meningioma literature has many large surgical case series which have been references of text books and neurosurgical practice. Many of those series were investigated before stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) practice were not so often or were in terms of WHO 2000 classification. In this study we aimed an update to the current literature by using WHO 2007 classification. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 488 intracranial meningioma patients underwent open surgery. All pathological specimens re-evaluated in terms of WHO 2007 classification...
August 5, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
Karen J Coleman, Tani Hemmila, Mark D Valenti, Nasya Smith, Rachel Quarrell, Lynnice K Ruona, Emily Brandenfels, Barbara Hann, Todd Hinnenkamp, Margarita D Parra, Jeyn Monkman, Sue Vos, Rebecca C Rossom
OBJECTIVE: To understand how care managers implemented COMPASS and if this was related to patient health outcomes. METHODS: A total of 96 COMPASS care managers were approached to participate in the online survey and 93 (97%) provided responses. Correlations were generated between key survey responses and the average number of care management contacts, patient depression, blood pressure and glycosylated hemoglobin outcomes. RESULTS: Patients of care managers who reported spending more time on COMPASS-related tasks had higher rates of depression improvement (r=0...
August 18, 2016: General Hospital Psychiatry
Matthew F Bouchonville, Margaret M Paul, John Billings, Jessica B Kirk, Sanjeev Arora
Worldwide increases in diabetes prevalence in the face of limited medical resources have prompted international interest in innovative healthcare delivery models. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a "telementoring" program which has been shown to increase capacity for complex disease management in medically underserved regions. In contrast to a traditional telemedicine model which might connect a specialist with one patient, the ECHO model allows for multiple patients to benefit simultaneously by building new expertise...
October 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
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