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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445835/economic-consequences-of-legal-and-illegal-drugs-the-case-of-social-costs-in-belgium
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Delfine Lievens, Freya Vander Laenen, Nick Verhaeghe, Koen Putman, Lieven Pauwels, Wim Hardyns, Lieven Annemans
BACKGROUND: Legal and illegal drugs impose a considerable burden to the individual and to society. The misuse of addictive substances results in healthcare and law enforcement costs, loss of productivity and reduced quality of life. METHODS: A social cost study was conducted to estimate the substance-attributable costs of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and psychoactive medication to Belgian society in 2012. The cost-of-illness framework with prevalence-based and human capital approach was applied...
April 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445256/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-ultrasonography-screening-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-metabolic-syndrome-patients
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Pochamana Phisalprapa, Siripen Supakankunti, Phunchai Charatcharoenwitthaya, Piyaporn Apisarnthanarak, Aphinya Charoensak, Chaiwat Washirasaksiri, Weerachai Srivanichakorn, Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can be diagnosed early by noninvasive ultrasonography; however, the cost-effectiveness of ultrasonography screening with intensive weight reduction program in metabolic syndrome patients is not clear. This study aims to estimate economic and clinical outcomes of ultrasonography in Thailand. METHODS: Cost-effectiveness analysis used decision tree and Markov models to estimate lifetime costs and health benefits from societal perspective, based on a cohort of 509 metabolic syndrome patients in Thailand...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445253/micro-rna-screening-and-prediction-model-construction-for-diagnosis-of-salt-sensitive-essential-hypertension
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Han Qi, Zheng Liu, Bin Liu, Han Cao, Weiping Sun, Yuxiang Yan, Ling Zhang
Commonly used tests for diagnosis of salt-sensitive hypertension (SSH) are complex and time-consuming, so new methods are required. Many studies have demonstrated roles for miRNAs in hypertension; however, the diagnostic value of miRNAs has yet to be determined for human SSH. In this study, we examined miRNA expression profiles by initial high-throughput miRNA sequencing of samples from patients with salt-sensitive and salt-resistant hypertension (SSH and SRH, respectively; n = 6, both groups), followed by validation by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in a larger cohort (n = 91)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445050/involvement-of-wrky-transcription-factors-in-aba-induced-cold-tolerance-of-banana-fruit
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Dong-Lan Luo, Liang-Jie Ba, Wei Shan, Jian-Fei Kuang, Wang-Jin Lu, Jian-Ye Chen
Phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) and plant-specific WRKY transcription factors (TFs) have been implicated to play important roles in various stress responses. The involvement of WRKY TFs in ABA-mediated cold tolerance of economical fruits, such as banana fruit, however remains largely unknown. Here, we reported that ABA application could induce expressions of ABA biosynthesis-related genes MaNCED1 and MaNCED2, increase endogenous ABA contents and thereby enhance cold tolerance in banana fruit. Four banana fruit WRKY TFs, designated as MaWRKY31, MaWRKY33, MaWRKY60, and MaWRKY71, were identified and characterized...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444910/characterization-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-expression-in-neonatal-and-adult-pig-pancreatic-islets
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Nizar I Mourad, Claire Crossan, Victoria Cruikshank, Linda Scobie, Pierre Gianello
BACKGROUND: Pig islets represent an alternative to the current modes of treatment for patients with diabetes. However, the concerns over pathogen transmission including that of PERV limit their immediate, widespread usage in humans. It has been previously demonstrated that PERV copy number and particularly expression levels can vary considerably between individuals and within different tissues of a single animal. In general, expression levels have been found to be particularly low in the pancreas compared to other porcine tissues suggesting a reduced risk associated with the use of this tissue...
April 26, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444552/income-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-prostate-cancer-patients-over-a-one-year-period-after-radical-prostatectomy-a-linear-mixed-model-analysis
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Jens Klein, Daniel Lüdecke, Kerstin Hofreuter-Gätgens, Margit Fisch, Markus Graefen, Olaf von dem Knesebeck
PURPOSE: To examine income-related disparities in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) over a one-year period after surgery (radical prostatectomy) and its contributory factors in a longitudinal perspective. Evidence of associations between income and HRQOL among patients with prostate cancer (PCa) is sparse and their explanations still remain unclear. METHODS: 246 males of two German hospitals filled out a questionnaire at the time of acute treatment, 6 and 12 months later...
April 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444543/cost-analysis-of-incisional-hernia-repair-with-synthetic-mesh-and-biological-mesh-an-italian-study
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Sabrina Rampado, Andrea Geron, Giovanni Pirozzolo, Angelica Ganss, Elisa Pizzolato, Romeo Bardini
Repair of an incisional hernia (IH) generates costs on several levels and domains of society. The aim of this study was to make a complete cost analysis of incisional hernia repair (IHR) with synthetic and biological mesh and to compare it with financial reimbursement. Patients were grouped into three levels to determine the complexity of their care, and hence, the costs involved. Group 1 included patients without comorbidities, who underwent a "standard" incisional hernia repair (SIHR), with synthetic mesh...
April 25, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444354/easy-assessment-of-levofloxacin-and-minocycline-in-relevant-biomimetic-media-by-hplc-uv-analysis
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Ana C Matos, Rosana V Pinto, Ana F Bettencourt
Simple, economic and environmental friendly high-performance liquid chromatography methods for levofloxacin and minocycline quantification in biomimetic media were developed and validate including their stability at body temperature, an often neglected evaluation parameter. Both methods are similar only differing in the wavelength setting, i.e., for levofloxacin and minocycline quantification the UV detection was set at 284 and at 273 nm, respectively. The separation of both antibiotics was achieved using a reversed-phase column and a mobile phase consisting of acetonitrile and water (15:85) with 0...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444324/fitness-trade-off-associated-with-spinosad-resistance-in-frankliniella-occidentalis-thysanoptera-thripidae
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Xiaoyu Li, Yanran Wan, Guangdi Yuan, Sabir Hussain, Baoyun Xu, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Youjun Zhang, Qingjun Wu
Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) is an economically important pest of agricultural crops. High resistance has been detected in field populations of F. occidentalis against the insecticide spinosad. In this study, we compared life history traits, body sizes, and feeding behaviors (recorded via an electrical penetration graph) of spinosad-susceptible (Ivf03) and spinosad-resistant (NIL-R) near-isogenic lines of F. occidentalis. Life table analysis showed that NIL-R had reduced female longevity and reduced fecundity...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444302/draft-genome-of-the-lined-seahorse-hippocampus-erectus
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Qiang Lin, Ying Qiu, Ruobo Gu, Meng Xu, Jia Li, Chao Bian, Huixian Zhang, Geng Qin, Yanhong Zhang, Wei Luo, Jieming Chen, Xinxin You, Mingjun Fan, Min Sun, Pao Xu, Byrappa Venkatesh, Junming Xu, Hongtuo Fu, Qiong Shi
Background: The lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus , is an Atlantic species and mainly inhabits shallow sea-beds or coral reefs. It has become very popular in China for its wide use in traditional Chinese medicine. In order to improve the aquaculture yield of this valuable fish species, we are trying to develop genomic resources for assistant selection in genetic breeding. Here, we provide whole genome sequencing, assembly and gene annotation of the lined seahorse, which can enrich genome resource and further application for its molecular breeding...
April 22, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444043/challenges-for-ensuring-availability-and-accessibility-toin-health-care-services-under-brazil-s-unified-health-system-sus
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Ana Paula Cavalcante de Oliveira, Mariana Gabriel, Mario Roberto Dal Poz, Gilles Dussault
Shortages and imbalances in the distribution of the health workforce, are social and political problems that, along with the socio-economic inequality, reduce the access of the population to the health services. This study aims to understand the challenges of SUS policy-makers and managers to ensure the availability and geographical accessibility to health service providers. The analysis was guided by a framework of the health labour market and health policy interventions. Two main problems have been identified: shortage of doctors and maldistribution of professionals between levels of health care and between geographical areas...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444036/theoretical-reflections-on-governance-in-health-regions
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Nilo Bretas, Helena Eri Shimizu
This article analyzes governance in health regions, through the contributions of two studies: one on a governance model and the other on duties in the management of public policies networks. The former conducted a meta-analysis of 137 case studies in the literature on collaborative governance aimed at preparing an explanatory and analytical model. Authors identified critical variables that will influence the results: a previous history of conflict or cooperation, incentives for participation, power imbalances, leadership and institutional design...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444034/brazilian-healthcare-in-the-context-of-austerity-private-sector-dominant-government-sector-failing
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Nilson do Rosário Costa
This paper presents the arguments in favor of government intervention in financing and regulation of health in Brazil. It describes the organizational arrangement of the Brazilian health system, for the purpose of reflection on the austerity agenda proposed for the country. Based on the literature in health economics, it discusses the hypothesis that the health sector in Brazil functions under the dominance of the private sector. The categories employed for analysis are those of the national health spending figures...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444033/regional-health-inequalities-changes-observed-in-brazil-from-2000-2016
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Mariana Vercesi de Albuquerque, Ana Luiza d'Ávila Viana, Luciana Dias de Lima, Maria Paula Ferreira, Edgard Rodrigues Fusaro, Fabíola Lana Iozzi
Advances in reducing poverty and inequalities in the 2000s had a paradoxical effect in Brazil. This article examines how socioeconomic transformations, and the complexity of health services, are expressed in the regions established for planning purposes and the inter-governmental management of the Brazilian Unified Health System. An effort was made to identify and explain differences in the compositions of the 438 existing health regions and their spatial distribution by comparing situations observed in 2016 with those in 2000...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444002/-analysis-of-proximate-determinants-and-impact-of-type-of-employment-on-fertility-in-peruvian-women
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Yordanis Enríquez-Canto, Katherine Ortiz-Romaní, Yonathan Ortiz-Montalvo
Objective: To estimate the predictive capacity of proximate determinants and type of employment with respect to reduced fertility in Peruvian women of childbearing age. Methods: Secondary analysis of Peru's Demographic and Family Health Survey (ENDES) for 2014. The sample consisted of 20 396 women aged 15 to 49 years who had been sexually active during the four-week period immediately before the interview. The dependent variable was the total number of live births, and the main independent variables were type of employment, ideal number of offspring, highest educational level attained, and wealth quintile...
April 20, 2017: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443373/association-between-women-s-empowerment-and-maternal-and-child-nutrition-in-kalal%C3%A3-district-of-northern-benin
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Halimatou Alaofè, Min Zhu, Jennifer Burney, Rosamond Naylor, Taren Douglas
BACKGROUND: Evidence on effectiveness of women's empowerment (WE) to reduce undernutrition is limited in sub-Sahara Africa, and few studies incorporate multidimensional measures of WE. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a WE status, in sum and across leadership, decision-making, mobility, economic security, male involvement in housework, and nonfamily group domains, is associated with women and their children nutritional status in Kalalé district of northern Benin. METHODS: Data were obtained from the 2014 Solar Market Garden baseline study: 767 paired reproductive-age women aged 15 to 49 years and children 6 to 59 months old...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443367/preventing-risky-behaviours-among-young-adolescents-in-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo-a-qualitative-study
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Anjalee Kohli, Mitima Mpanano Remy, Arsene Kajabika Binkurhorhwa, Clovis Murhula Mitima, Alfred Bacikenge Mirindi, Nadine Bufole Mwinja, Jean Heri Banyewesize, Gisele Mushengezi Ntakwinja, Nancy A Perrin, Nancy Glass
This qualitative study explores and describes adolescent risk behaviours, specifically consumption of alcohol and use of violence; the perceived consequences of these behaviours on future well-being and relationships; and collaboratively identifies the essential components of a prevention intervention for risk behaviours (alcohol use, violence) among young adolescents while strengthening the protective individual and relationship factors in post-conflict Democratic Republic of Congo. One-on-one in-depth interviews were conducted with 28 male and female youth, 20 parents/guardians and 20 stakeholders in three rural villages of South Kivu Province...
April 26, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443225/analysis-of-factors-affecting-women-of-childbearing-age-to-screen-using-visual-inspection-with-acetic-acid
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Sondang Sidabutar, Santi Martini, Chatarina Umbul Wahyuni
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate patient factors such as knowledge, attitude, motivation, perception, socio-economic status and travel time to health facilities and assess how these factors affected patients' decision to pursue cervical cancer screening with visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). METHODS: A total of 80 women of childbearing age who visited Kenjeran and Balongsari Public Health Centers for health assessments were involved in this study...
February 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443222/analysis-of-hospital-volume-and-factors-influencing-economic-outcomes-in-cancer-surgery-results-from-a-population-based-study-in-korea
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Jung-A Lee, So-Young Kim, Keeho Park, Eun-Cheol Park, Jong-Hyock Park
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate associations between hospital volume, costs, and length of stay (LOS), and clinical and demographic outcome factors for five types of cancer resection. The main dependent variables were cost and LOS; the primary independent variable was volume. METHODS: Data were obtained from claims submitted to the Korean National Health Insurance scheme. We identified patients who underwent the following surgical procedures: pneumonectomy, colectomy, mastectomy, cystectomy, and esophagectomy...
February 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443206/estimation-of-lung-cancer-burden-in-australia-the-philippines-and-singapore-an-evaluation-of-disability-adjusted-life-years
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Suman Morampudi, Neha Das, Arun Gowda, Anand Patil
OBJECTIVE: Lung cancer is one of the leading cancers and major causes of cancer mortality worldwide. The economic burden associated with the high mortality of lung cancer is high, which accounts for nearly $180 billion on a global scale in 2008. This paper aims to understand the economic burden of lung cancer in terms of disability adjusted life years (DALY) in Australia, the Philippines, and Singapore. METHODS: The years of life lost (YLL) and years lost due to disability (YLD) were calculated using the formula developed by Murray and Lopez in 1996 as part of a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability for diseases, injuries and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
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