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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535467/molecular-approaches-to-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-production-diseases-in-pigs
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Timothy A Giles, Aouatif Belkhiri, Paul A Barrow, Neil Foster
Production disease in pigs is caused by a variety of different pathogens, mainly enteric and respiratory and can result in significant economic loss. Other factors such as stress, poor husbandry and nutrition can also contribute to an animal's susceptibility to disease. Molecular biomarkers of production disease could be of immense value by improving diagnosis and risk analysis to determine best practice with an impact on increased economic output and animal welfare. In addition to the use of multiplex PCR or microarrays to detect individual or mixed pathogens during infection, these technologies can also be used to monitor the host response to infection via gene expression...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535447/application-of-a-life-cycle-assessment-to-compare-environmental-performance-in-coal-mine-tailings-management
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Joni Safaat Adiansyah, Nawshad Haque, Michele Rosano, Wahidul Biswas
This study compares coal mine tailings management strategies using life cycle assessment (LCA) and land-use area metrics methods. Hybrid methods (the Australian indicator set and the ReCiPe method) were used to assess the environmental impacts of tailings management strategies. Several strategies were considered: belt filter press (OPT 1), tailings paste (OPT 2), thickened tailings (OPT 3), and variations of OPT 1 using combinations of technology improvement and renewable energy sources (OPT 1A-D). Electrical energy was found to contribute more than 90% of the environmental impacts...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535200/the-draft-genome-of-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-reveals-the-development-of-intermuscular-bone-and-adaptation-to-herbivorous-diet
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Han Liu, Chunhai Chen, Zexia Gao, Jiumeng Min, Yongming Gu, Jianbo Jian, Xiewu Jiang, Huimin Cai, Ingo Ebersberger, Meng Xu, Xinhui Zhang, Jianwei Chen, Wei Luo, Boxiang Chen, Junhui Chen, Hong Liu, Jiang Li, Ruifang Lai, Mingzhou Bai, Jin Wei, Shaokui Yi, Huanling Wang, Xiaojuan Cao, Xiaoyun Zhou, Yuhua Zhao, Kaijian Wei, Ruibin Yang, Bingnan Liu, Shancen Zhao, Xiaodong Fang, Manfred Schartl, Xueqiao Qian, Weimin Wang
Background: The blunt snout bream, Megalobrama amblycephala , is the economically most important cyprinid fish species. As an herbivore, it can be grown by eco-friendly and resource-conserving aquaculture. However, the large number of intermuscular bones in the trunk musculature is adverse to fish meat processing and consumption. Results: As a first towards optimizing this aquatic livestock, we present a 1.116-Gb draft genome of M. amblycephala , with 779.54 Mb anchored on 24 linkage groups...
May 23, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535113/quality-of-life-of-the-elderly-on-old-age-pension-in-lesotho
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Eltony Mugomeri, Peter Chatanga, Ts'ele Khetheng, Jotham Dhemba
The southern African country of Lesotho introduced an old age pension scheme in 2004 with the aim of enhancing the quality of life (QoL) of the nation's elderly population. This study is the first to assess the physical, psychological, social and environmental aspects of the health-related QoL of the elderly in Lesotho since the pension scheme was adopted. Data for this study was gathered using the World Health Organization QoL-Bref questionnaire. Mean QoL scores were compared across demographic, socio-economic and clinical variables using analysis of variance (ANOVA), T-test and regression analysis...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535106/value-tools-in-managed-care-decision-making-current-hurdles-and-future-opportunities
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Jeremy Schafer, Dominic Galante, Jason Shafrin
BACKGROUND: Organizations such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, and Memorial Sloan Kettering have created distinct tools to help different stakeholders assess the value of oncology treatments. However, the oncology value tools were not necessarily created for payers, and it is unclear whether payers are using these tools as part of their drug management process. OBJECTIVE: To understand what value tools payers are using in oncology management and what benefits and shortcomings the tools may have from the payer perspective...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535105/the-importance-of-economic-perspective-and-quantitative-approaches-in-oncology-value-frameworks-of-drug-selection-and-shared-decision-making
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A Reginald Waldeck, Marc F Botteman, Richard E White, Ben A van Hout
The debate around value in oncology drug selection has been prominent in recent years, and several professional bodies have furthered this debate by advocating for so-called value frameworks. Herein, we provide a viewpoint on these value frameworks, emphasizing the need to consider 4 key aspects: (1) the economic underpinnings of value; (2) the importance of the perspective adopted in the valuation; (3) the importance of the difference between absolute and relative measures of risk and measuring patient preferences; and (4) the recognition of multiple quality-of-life (QoL) domains, and the aggregation and valuation of those domains, through utilities within a multicriteria decision analysis, may allow prioritization of QoL above the tallying of safety events, particularly in a value framework focusing on the individual patient...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535102/why-value-framework-assessments-arrive-at-different-conclusions-a-multiple-myeloma-case-study
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Kimberly Westrich, Lisabeth Buelt, Robert W Dubois
As the United States transitions from a volume-based health care system to one that rewards value, new frameworks are emerging to help patients, providers, and payers assess the value of medical services and biopharmaceutical products. These value assessment frameworks are intended to support various types of health care decision making. They have the potential to substantially affect patients, whether as tools for shared decision making with their doctors, as an input to care pathways used by providers, or through payer use of the frameworks to make coverage or reimbursement decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534627/highly-stable-and-regenerative-metal-organic-framework-designed-by-multi-walled-divider-installation-strategy-for-detection-of-co-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-ions-and-organic-aromatics-in-water
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Kai Xing, Ruiqing Fan, Jiaqi Wang, Siqi Zhang, Kai Feng, Xi Du, Yang Song, Ping Wang, Yulin Yang
MOF-based sensors capable of effectively and stably detecting toxic species in water have attracted huge attention in terms of improving environmental monitoring levels and water quality. Combining the flexibility of structure and modifying of pore surface, a multi-walled divider installation (MWDI) strategy is proposed and used for property enhancement. We herein report three metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) 1-3 based on a C3 symmetry organic phosphonic ligand with topology increased from 3,6-connected to 3,8-connected...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534268/impact-of-thyme-powder-thymus-vulgaris-l-supplementation-on-gene-expression-profiles-of-cytokines-and-economic-efficiency-of-broiler-diets
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Fardos A M Hassan, Ashraf Awad
This study was conducted in an attempt to evaluate the impact of thyme powder supplementation on broiler diets with respect to cytokine and mucin2 gene expressions. It was also our aim to evaluate the growth performance, blood biochemical and hematological profiles, and economic efficiency of the diet. A total of 120 1-day old chicks (Cobb 500) were divided into four groups on the basis of the diet. One group received a basal diet (control) while the others received a basal diet supplemented with 2, 5, or 8 g/kg of thyme powder...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533923/clinical-and-economic-impact-of-infliximab-one-hour-infusion-protocol-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-multicenter-study
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Anna Viola, Giuseppe Costantino, Antonino Carlo Privitera, Fabrizio Bossa, Angelo Lauria, Laurino Grossi, Maria Beatrice Principi, Nicola Della Valle, Maria Cappello
AIM: To assess the impact of short infliximab (IFX) infusion on hospital resource utilization and costs. METHODS: All inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) patients who received IFX 1 h infusion from March 2007 to September 2014 in eight centers from Southern Italy were included in the analysis. Demographic, clinical and infusion related data were collected. The potential benefits related to the short infusion protocol were assessed both in terms of time saving and increased infusion unit capacity...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533568/leveraging-geotagged-twitter-data-to-examine-neighborhood-happiness-diet-and-physical-activity
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Quynh C Nguyen, Suraj Kath, Hsien-Wen Meng, Dapeng Li, Ken Robert Smith, James A VanDerslice, Ming Wen, Feifei Li
OBJECTIVES: Using publicly available, geotagged Twitter data, we created neighborhood indicators for happiness, food and physical activity for three large counties: Salt Lake, San Francisco and New York. METHODS: We utilize 2.8 million tweets collected between February-August 2015 in our analysis. Geo-coordinates of where tweets were sent allow us to spatially join them to 2010 census tract locations. We implemented quality control checks and tested associations between Twitter-derived variables and sociodemographic characteristics...
August 2016: Applied Geography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532992/assessment-of-concurrent-infection-with-bovine-viral-diarrhoea-virus-bvdv-and-mycobacterium-bovis-a-herd-level-risk-factor-analysis-from-northern-ireland
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A W Byrne, M Guelbenzu-Gonzalo, S A J Strain, S McBride, J Graham, A Lahuerta-Marin, R Harwood, D A Graham, S McDowell
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is a significant pathogen of cattle, leading to severe economic and animal-welfare impacts. Furthermore, the pathogen has been associated with impacting the progression or spread of other pathogens (e.g. Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine tuberculosis (bTB)). During this study we investigated (i) risk factors for BVDV at a herd-level and (ii) whether there was any association between BVDV and herd-level bTB risk. The data for this study were gathered from a voluntary BVDV control programme in Northern Ireland (2013-2015) based on the identification of virus positive animals through tissue tag testing of calves...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532596/costs-and-cost-efficacy-analysis-of-the-2017-gesida-spanish-national-aids-plan-recommended-guidelines-for-initial-antiretroviral-therapy-in-hiv-infected-adults
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Antonio Rivero, José Antonio Pérez-Molina, Antonio Javier Blasco, José Ramón Arribas, Víctor Asensi, Manuel Crespo, Pere Domingo, José Antonio Iribarren, Pablo Lázaro, José López-Aldeguer, Fernando Lozano, Esteban Martínez, Santiago Moreno, Rosario Palacios, Juan Antonio Pineda, Federico Pulido, Rafael Rubio, Jesús Santos, Javier de la Torre, Montserrat Tuset, Josep M Gatell
INTRODUCTION: GESIDA and the Spanish National AIDS Plan panel of experts have recommended preferred (PR), alternative (AR) and other regimens (OR) for antiretroviral therapy (ART) as initial therapy in HIV-infected patients for 2017. The objective of this study was to evaluate the costs and the efficiency of initiating treatment with PR and AR. METHODS: Economic assessment of costs and efficiency (cost-efficacy) based on decision tree analyses. Efficacy was defined as the probability of reporting a viral load <50copies/mL at week 48, in an intention-to-treat analysis...
May 19, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532521/animal-board-invited-review-sheep-birth-distribution-in-past-herds-a-review-for-prehistoric-europe-6th-to-3rd-millennia-bc
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M Balasse, A Tresset, A Bălăşescu, E Blaise, C Tornero, H Gandois, D Fiorillo, É Á Nyerges, D Frémondeau, E Banffy, M Ivanova
In temperate latitudes sheep have a seasonal reproductive behaviour, which imposes strong constraints on husbandry in terms of work organization and availability of animal products. During the last 50 years, researchers have focused on understanding the mechanisms driving small ruminants' reproduction cycles and finding ways to control them. This characteristic is inherited from their wild ancestor. However, the history of its evolution over the 10 millennia that separates present day European sheep from their Near Eastern ancestors' remains to be written...
May 23, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532513/barriers-to-utilisation-of-antenatal-care-services-in-south-sudan-a-qualitative-study-in-rumbek-north-county
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Calistus Wilunda, Chiara Scanagatta, Giovanni Putoto, Francesca Montalbetti, Giulia Segafredo, Risa Takahashi, Serge André Mizerero, Ana Pilar Betrán
BACKGROUND: Access to adequate antenatal care (ANC) is critical in ensuring a good maternal health and in preventing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. South Sudan has one of the world's poorest health indicators due to a fragile health system and a combination of socio-cultural, economic, and political factors. This study was conducted to identify barriers to utilisation of ANC services in Rumbek North County. METHODS: Using a qualitative design, data were collected through 14 focus group discussions with 169 women and 45 men and 12 key informant interviews with community leaders, staff working in health facilities, and the staff of the County Health Department...
May 22, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532490/prevalence-and-determinants-of-childhood-mortality-in-nigeria
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Sanni Yaya, Michael Ekholuenetale, Godson Tudeme, Shah Vaibhav, Ghose Bishwajit, Bernard Kadio
BACKGROUND: Childhood mortality has remained a major challenge to public health amongst families in Nigeria and other developing countries. The menace of incessant childhood mortality has been a major concern and this calls for studies to generate new scientific evidence to determine its prevalence and explore predisposing factors associated with it in Nigeria. METHOD: Data was obtained from Nigeria DHS, 2013. The study outcome variable was the total number of children lost by male partners and female partners respectively who were married...
May 22, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532488/mitigating-the-heroin-crisis-in-baltimore-md-usa-a-cost-benefit-analysis-of-a-hypothetical-supervised-injection-facility
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Amos Irwin, Ehsan Jozaghi, Brian W Weir, Sean T Allen, Andrew Lindsay, Susan G Sherman
BACKGROUND: In Baltimore, MD, as in many cities throughout the USA, overdose rates are on the rise due to both the increase of prescription opioid abuse and that of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the drug market. Supervised injection facilities (SIFs) are a widely implemented public health intervention throughout the world, with 97 existing in 11 countries worldwide. Research has documented the public health, social, and economic benefits of SIFs, yet none exist in the USA. The purpose of this study is to model the health and financial costs and benefits of a hypothetical SIF in Baltimore...
May 12, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532419/a-survey-of-the-complex-transcriptome-from-the-highly-polyploid-sugarcane-genome-using-full-length-isoform-sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-from-short-read-sequencing
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Nam V Hoang, Agnelo Furtado, Patrick J Mason, Annelie Marquardt, Lakshmi Kasirajan, Prathima P Thirugnanasambandam, Frederik C Botha, Robert J Henry
BACKGROUND: Despite the economic importance of sugarcane in sugar and bioenergy production, there is not yet a reference genome available. Most of the sugarcane transcriptomic studies have been based on Saccharum officinarum gene indices (SoGI), expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and de novo assembled transcript contigs from short-reads; hence knowledge of the sugarcane transcriptome is limited in relation to transcript length and number of transcript isoforms. RESULTS: The sugarcane transcriptome was sequenced using PacBio isoform sequencing (Iso-Seq) of a pooled RNA sample derived from leaf, internode and root tissues, of different developmental stages, from 22 varieties, to explore the potential for capturing full-length transcript isoforms...
May 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532412/trends-in-healthcare-expenditure-in-united-states-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease-2002-2011
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Mukoso N Ozieh, Kinfe G Bishu, Clara E Dismuke, Leonard E Egede
BACKGROUND: This study examines trends in healthcare expenditure in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other kidney diseases (OKD) in the U.S. from 2002 to 2011. METHODS: One hundred and eighty-seven thousand, three hundred and fourty-one adults aged ≥18 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component were analyzed. CKD and OKD were based on ICD-9 or CCC codes. A novel two-part model was used to estimate the likelihood of any healthcare use and total expenditures...
May 22, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532336/changing-techniques-in-crop-plant-classification-molecularization-at-the-national-institute-of-agricultural-botany-during-the-1980s
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Matthew Holmes
Modern methods of analysing biological materials, including protein and DNA sequencing, are increasingly the objects of historical study. Yet twentieth-century taxonomic techniques have been overlooked in one of their most important contexts: agricultural botany. This paper addresses this omission by harnessing unexamined archival material from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), a British plant science organization. During the 1980s the NIAB carried out three overlapping research programmes in crop identification and analysis: electrophoresis, near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and machine vision systems...
April 2017: Annals of Science
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