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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933568/healthcare-costs-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-comparison-of-costs-between-matched-decedent-and-survivor-cohorts
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Engels N Obi, Jason P Swindle, Stuart J Turner, Patricia A Russo, Aylin Altan
INTRODUCTION: Prior research suggests increased costs during the final months of life, yet little is known about healthcare cost differences between patients with heart failure (HF) who die or survive. METHODS: A retrospective claims study from a large US health plan [commercial and Medicare Advantage with Part D (MAPD)] was conducted. Patients were ≥18 years old with two non-inpatient or one inpatient claim(s) with HF diagnosis code(s). The earliest HF claim date during 1 January 2010-31 December 2011 was the index date...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933233/isolation-and-characterisation-of-crude-oil-sludge-degrading-bacteria
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Linda U Obi, Harrison I Atagana, Rasheed A Adeleke
BACKGROUND: The use of microorganisms in remediating environmental contaminants such as crude oil sludge has become a promising technique owing to its economy and the fact it is environmentally friendly. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as the major components of oil sludge, are hydrophobic and recalcitrant. An important way of enhancing the rate of PAH desorption is to compost crude oil sludge by incorporating commercial surfactants, thereby making them available for microbial degradation...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932905/macrofaunal-assemblages-associated-with-the-sponge-sarcotragus-foetidus-schmidt-1862-porifera-demospongiae-at-the-coasts-of-cyprus-and-greece
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Christina Pavloudi, Magdalini Christodoulou, Michalis Mavidis
BACKGROUND: This paper describes a dataset of macrofaunal organisms associated with the sponge Sarcotragus foetidus Schmidt, 1862, collected by scuba diving from two sampling sites: one in Greece (North Aegean Sea) and one in Cyprus (Levantine Sea). NEW INFORMATION: This dataset includes macrofaunal taxa inhabiting the demosponge Sarcotragus foetidus and contributes to the ongoing efforts of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) which aims at filling the gaps in our current knowledge of the world's oceans...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923551/absorbed-dose-and-image-quality-of-varian-truebeam-cbct-compared-with-obi-cbct
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Daisuke Kawahara, Shuichi Ozawa, Takeo Nakashima, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Masato Tsuneda, Sodai Tanaka, Yoshimi Ohno, Yuji Murakami, Yasushi Nagata
PURPOSE: Nowadays, patient positioning and target localization can be verified by using kilovolt cone beam computed tomography (kV-CBCT). There have been various studies on the absorbed doses and image qualities of different kV-CBCT systems. However, the Varian TrueBeam CBCT (TB CBCT) system has not been investigated so far. We assess the image quality and absorbed dose of TB CBCT through comparison with those of on-board imager (OBI) CBCT. METHODS: The image quality was evaluated using two phantoms...
December 3, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917495/usefulness-of-nucleic-acid-testing-to-reduce-risk-of-hepatitis-b-virus-transfusion-transmitted-infection-in-argentina-high-rate-of-recent-infections
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Sebastián Blanco, Marcos César Balangero, Mildre Cledy Valle, Oscar Luis Montini, Luis Horacio Carrizo, Sandra Verónica Gallego
BACKGROUND: Results from 10-year experience using nucleic acid test (NAT) screening in a blood bank of Córdoba are presented, showing the first data on prevalence of recent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections and occult HBV infections (OBIs) in Argentina. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Molecular screening was performed by COBAS AmpliScreen human immunodeficiency virus Type 1 (HIV-1) test Version 1.5 and COBAS AmpliScreen hepatitis C virus (HCV) test Version 2.0 and COBAS TaqScreen MPX and MPX Version 2...
December 4, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917196/five-years-retrospective-cohort-analysis-of-treatment-outcomes-of-tb-hiv-patients-at-a-pepfar-dots-centre-in-south-eastern-nigeria
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Omotowo I Babatunde, Ekwueme O Christiandolus, Eke C Bismarck, Obi I Emmanuel, Agunwa C Chike, Eyisi I Gabriel
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) associated tuberculosis (TB) remains a major global public health challenge, with an estimated 1.4 million patients worldwide. Co-infection with HIV leads to challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess treatment outcomes of a cohort of smear positive TB-HIV co-infected patients over a five-year study period. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of 600 smear-positive tuberculosis patients registered at the chest unit of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu from January 2008 to December 2012 was done...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906164/early-sigmoidoscopy-or-colonoscopy-is-associated-with-improved-hospital-outcomes-in-ulcerative-colitis-related-hospitalization
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Kenneth Obi, Alice Hinton, Lindsay Sobotka, Razvan Arsenescu, Somashekar G Krishna, Edward J Levine, Cheng Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Performing a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is recommended for assessment of disease activity, excluding infection, and guiding medical treatment during ulcerative colitis (UC)-related hospitalizations. However, it is unknown whether the timing of endoscopy impacts clinical outcomes. The objective of our study was to determine the impact of timing of endoscopy on hospital outcomes in patients with UC-related hospitalizations. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database (2006-2013)...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898390/novel-concentrated-insulin-delivery-devices-developments-for-safe-and-simple-dose-conversions
#8
REVIEW
Jeremy L Johnson, Jessica M Downes, Cassandra K Obi, Nana B Asante
To aid the burden of large dosing volumes, concentrated insulin products have been available in some form since the 1950s, albeit requiring significant and cumbersome detail in prescribing, converting doses from other products, and educating patients on how to administer. In 2015 and 2016, new concentrated products have been introduced that are available exclusively in pen devices that perform the conversion automatically, and thus, help to bypass the necessity for confusing calculations or administration. Providers and patients accustomed to traditional methods must recognize the differences and utility of these products to avoid dosing errors, as there are major differences in dosing procedures as well as their role in clinical practice...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895964/half-fan-based-intensity-weighted-region-of-interest-imaging-for-low-dose-cone-beam-ct-in-image-guided-radiation-therapy
#9
Boyeol Yoo, Kihong Son, Rizza Pua, Jinsung Kim, Alexander Solodov, Seungryong Cho
OBJECTIVES: With the increased use of computed tomography (CT) in clinics, dose reduction is the most important feature people seek when considering new CT techniques or applications. We developed an intensity-weighted region-of-interest (IWROI) imaging method in an exact half-fan geometry to reduce the imaging radiation dose to patients in cone-beam CT (CBCT) for image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). While dose reduction is highly desirable, preserving the high-quality images of the ROI is also important for target localization in IGRT...
October 2016: Healthcare Informatics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895431/occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-is-not-associated-with-disease-progression-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
#10
Junhyeon Cho, Sang Soo Lee, Yun Suk Choi, Yejoo Jeon, Jung Wha Chung, Joo Yeong Baeg, Won Keun Si, Eun Sun Jang, Jin-Wook Kim, Sook-Hyang Jeong
AIM: To clarify the prevalence of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (OBI) and the association between OBI and liver disease progression, defined as development of liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), worsening of Child-Pugh class, or mortality in cases of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. METHODS: This prospective cohort study enrolled 174 patients with chronic HCV infection (chronic hepatitis, n = 83; cirrhosis, n = 47; HCC, n = 44), and evaluated disease progression during a mean follow-up of 38...
November 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885815/changes-in-urine-volume-and-serum-albumin-in-incident-hemodialysis-patients
#11
Rieko Eriguchi, Yoshitsugu Obi, Connie M Rhee, Jason A Chou, Amanda R Tortorici, Anna T Mathew, Taehee Kim, Melissa Soohoo, Elani Streja, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Introduction Hypoalbuminemia is a predictor of poor outcomes in dialysis patients. Among hemodialysis patients, there has not been prior study of whether residual kidney function or decline over time impacts serum albumin levels. We hypothesized that a decline in residual kidney function is associated with an increase in serum albumin levels among incident hemodialysis patients. Methods In a large national cohort of 38,504 patients who initiated hemodialysis during 1/2007-12/2011, we examined the association of residual kidney function, ascertained by urine volume and renal urea clearance, with changes in serum albumin over five years across strata of baseline residual kidney function, race, and diabetes using case-mix adjusted linear mixed effects models...
November 25, 2016: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882835/health-care-costs-for-patients-with-heart-failure-escalate-nearly-3-fold-in-final-months-of-life
#12
Engels N Obi, Jason P Swindle, Stuart J Turner, Patricia A Russo, Aylin Altan
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a severe chronic disease with growing prevalence and health care burden as well as high mortality. End-of-life cost data for patients with HF may inform disease and medication therapy management. OBJECTIVES: To (a) characterize a real-world sample of patients with HF who died; (b) estimate health care costs for 6 months and semiannually for 24 months, before death; and (c) examine associations between patient characteristics and predeath health care costs...
December 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882070/serological-patterns-and-molecular-characterization-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-blood-donors
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Hong Lin, Hong Zhao, Xinyi Tang, Wenjia Hu, Nizheng Jiang, Shaowen Zhu, Chengyin Huang
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B infections, characterized by the presence of a viral genome without detectable hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg; Occult hepatitis B infection [OBI]), have been reported recently. OBJECTIVES: We performed serological and molecular characterization of OBI among blood donors at Jiangsu province blood center during years 2013 and 2014. METHODS: All donor samples were routinely screened by double enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Treponema pallidum (TP), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT)...
October 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876952/gastrointestinal-helminth-parasites-of-local-chickens-from-selected-communities-in-nsukka-region-of-south-eastern-nigeria
#14
I K Idika, C F Obi, I O Ezeh, C N Iheagwam, I N Njoku, C O Nwosu
The prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths of local chickens in Nsukka region of Southeastern Nigeria was studied using 125 free range local birds purchased from four communities in Nsukka zone namely, Obollo-afor, Orba, Nsukka urban and Owerre Eze-orba. The birds were sacrificed humanely and their oesophagus, crop, proventriculus, gizzard, small intestine and caecum examined for the presence of gastrointestinal helminths. Worms when present were isolated and identified using standard parasitological procedures...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855117/comparison-of-the-duo-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-1-alpha-fetoprotein-amnioquick-duo-%C3%A2-and-traditional-clinical-assessment-for-diagnosing-premature-rupture-of-fetal-membranes
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George Uchenna Eleje, Euzebus Chinonye Ezugwu, Ahizechukwu Chigoziem Eke, Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Ikechebelu, Chukwudi Celestine Obiora, Nnabuike Okechukwu Ojiegbe, Ifeanyichukwu Uzoma Ezebialu, Chukwuemeka Okwudili Ezeama, Betrand Obi Nwosu, Gerald Okanandu Udigwe, Charles Ikechukwu Okafor, Frank Okechukwu Ezugwu
PURPOSE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1/alpha fetoprotein (Amnioquick duo+®) compared with traditional clinical assessment (TCA) of nitrazine, ferning and pooling for the diagnosis of prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM). METHODS: A double-blinded, multicenter clinical study was conducted between February 2015 and August 2015 among pregnant women presenting with symptoms or features suggestive of PROM between 24 and 42 weeks gestation...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852128/antagonistic-effects-of-gingko-biloba-and-sophora-japonica-on-cerebral-vasoconstriction-in-response-to-histamine-5-hydroxytryptamine-u46619-and-bradykinin
#16
Ha Thi Thanh Nguyen, Hai Thanh Nguyen, Md Zahorul Islam, Takeshi Obi, Pitchaya Pothinuch, Thanh Van Nguyen, Tuong Manh Nguyen, Cuong Van Dao, Mitsuya Shiraishi, Atsushi Miyamoto
The aim of this study was to evaluate, for the first time, the antagonistic effects of Gingko biloba leaf (GB) and Sophora japonica L. flower bud (SJ) extracts on cerebral vasoconstriction in response to KCl, extracellular Ca[Formula: see text], histamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 9,11-dideoxy-9[Formula: see text],11[Formula: see text]-methanoepoxy prostaglandin (PG) F[Formula: see text](U46619) and bradykinin (BK), in order to explain their traditional application for diseases associated with cerebral vasospasm...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835694/occult-hbv-infection-in-immunized-neonates-born-to-hbsag-positive-mothers-a-prospective-and-follow-up-study
#17
Ying Lu, Ya-Lin Liu, Jing-Jing Nie, Xiao-Feng Liang, Ling Yan, Fu-Zhen Wang, Xiang-Jun Zhai, Jian-Xun Liu, Feng-Cai Zhu, Zhan-Jun Chang, Jie Li
OBJECTIVE: Occult HBV infection (OBI) has been reported in infants born to HBsAg-positive mothers despite immunization. This study aims to determine the maintenance of this status in a prospective birth cohort. METHODS: A total of 158 neonates born to HBsAg-positive mothers were enrolled. All received passive-active immunization against HBV according to a 0-1-6 schedule. Sera were collected at 7 months of age. Those diagnosed with OBI were serially followed up at 12, 24 and 36 months of age...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822238/efficacy-of-repeated-doses-of-diminazene-aceturate-dinazene-%C3%A2-in-the-treatment-of-experimental-trypanosoma-brucei-infection-of-albino-rats
#18
I O Ezeh, E N Ugwu, O V Enemuo, C F Obi, C N Iheagwam, R C Ezeokonkwo, D N Onah
The efficacy of repeated doses of Dinazene(®) in Albino rats experimentally infected with Trypanosoma brucei (Gboko strain) was investigated. A total of 30 adult female Albino rats weighing 130-190 g were used for the study. They were assigned to six groups (groups A-F) of five rats each. Groups A-D were infected intraperitoneally with 1.0 × 10(6) trypanosomes in 400 µL of PBS diluted blood while groups E (uninfected treated) and F (uninfected untreated) served as controls. The rats in the groups A-D as well as those in group E were treated with 7...
2016: Iranian journal of veterinary research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819161/performance-of-the-pegfilgrastim-on-body-injector-as-studied-with-placebo-buffer-in-healthy-volunteers
#19
Rajeshree S Joshi, Ogo I Egbuna, Alex S Cairns, Michael J Friedman, Bassam Abosaleem, Maureen T Reiner, Phuong Khanh Morrow
OBJECTIVE: The pegfilgrastim on-body injector (OBI) is a single-use, disposable, battery-powered injector that is designed to automatically deliver a single subcutaneous dose of pegfilgrastim beginning approximately 27 hours after activation and continuing over approximately 45 minutes. In this open-label study, we assessed performance of the OBI delivering placebo buffer in healthy volunteers. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Healthy men and women aged 18-55 years, with a body mass index of 18-35 kg/m(2), were enrolled...
December 2, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818588/update-on-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#20
REVIEW
Manoochehr Makvandi
The event of mutations in the surface antigen gene of hepatitis B virus (HBV) results in undetectable hepatitis B surface antigen with positive/negative anti-hepatitis B core (anti-HBc) antibody status in serum and this phenomenon is named occult hepatitis B infection (OBI). The presence of anti-HBc antibody in serum is an important key for OBI tracking, although about 20% of OBI cases are negative for anti-HBc antibody. The diagnosis of OBI is mainly based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR assays...
October 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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