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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646806/potential-of-probiotics-in-hypercholesterolemia-a-review-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-findings
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Smriti Sharma, Seema Puri, Anura V Kurpad
Context • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major public health problem in developing and developed countries. Elevated cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and the emergence of CHD, have been positively correlated in many clinical and epidemiological studies. The health benefits of probiotics have received a great deal of attention, including their blood cholesterol-lowering effects on humans. Objective • The research team intended to determine the current state of research examining the effects of various probiotic strains on lipid profiles, including measures in serum of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646717/comprehending-the-multiple-values-of-green-infrastructure-valuing-nature-based-solutions-for-urban-water-management-from-multiple-perspectives
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T C Wild, J Henneberry, L Gill
The valuation of urban water management practices and associated nature-based solutions (NBS) is highly contested, and is becoming increasingly important to cities seeking to increase their resilience to climate change whilst at the same time facing budgetary pressures. Different conceptions of 'values' exist, each being accompanied by a set of potential measures ranging from calculative practices (closely linked to established market valuation techniques) - through to holistic assessments that seek to address wider concerns of sustainability...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646375/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-in-esa-biosimilars-vs-originators-in-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Laura Amato, Antonio Addis, Rosella Saulle, Francesco Trotta, Zuzana Mitrova, Marina Davoli
BACKGROUND: Several Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are available to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Questions about the comparability of such therapeutic options are not purely a regulatory or economical matter. Appropriate use of originator or biosimilar in these patients need to be supported by clinical data. Regarding the prevention of blood transfusion, reduction of fatigue, breathlessness and mortality or cardiovascular events, a summary of the comparative efficacy and safety data of these drugs is lacking...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646307/a-step-by-step-selection-method-for-the-location-and-the-size-of-a-waste-to-energy-facility-targeting-the-maximum-output-energy-and-minimization-of-gate-fee
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Efstathios Kyriakis, Constantinos Psomopoulos, Panagiotis Kokkotis, Athanasios Bourtsalas, Nikolaos Themelis
This study attempts the development of an algorithm in order to present a step by step selection method for the location and the size of a waste-to-energy facility targeting the maximum output energy, also considering the basic obstacle which is in many cases, the gate fee. Various parameters identified and evaluated in order to formulate the proposed decision making method in the form of an algorithm. The principle simulation input is the amount of municipal solid wastes (MSW) available for incineration and along with its net calorific value are the most important factors for the feasibility of the plant...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645986/feasibility-study-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-effectiveness-of-using-a-humanoid-robot-to-improve-the-social-skills-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-kaspar-rct-a-study-protocol
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Silvana E Mengoni, Karen Irvine, Deepshikha Thakur, Garry Barton, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Karen Guldberg, Ben Robins, David Wellsted, Shivani Sharma
INTRODUCTION: Interventions using robot-assisted therapy may be beneficial for the social skills development of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); however, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are lacking. The present research aims to assess the feasibility of conducting an RCT evaluating the effectiveness of a social skills intervention using Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics (Kaspar) with children with ASD. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Forty children will be recruited...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645862/seroprevalence-and-susceptibility-to-hepatitis-a-in-the-european-union-and-european-economic-area-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Paloma Carrillo-Santisteve, Lara Tavoschi, Ettore Severi, Sandro Bonfigli, Michael Edelstein, Emma Byström, Pierluigi Lopalco
Most of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) is considered a region of very low hepatitis A virus (HAV) endemicity; however, geographical differences exist. We did a systematic review with the aim of describing seroprevalence and susceptibility in the general population or special groups in the EU and EEA. We searched databases and public health national institutes websites for HAV seroprevalence records published between Jan 1, 1975, and June 30, 2014, with no language restrictions. An updated search was done on Aug 10, 2016...
June 20, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645707/syndemic-factors-mediate-the-relationship-between-sexual-stigma-and-depression-among-sexual-minority-women-and-gender-minorities
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Carmen H Logie, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Tonia Poteat, Anne C Wagner
INTRODUCTION: Stigma and discrimination contribute to elevated depression risks among sexual minority women (SMW) and gender minority (GM) people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or queer. Syndemics theory posits that adverse psychosocial outcomes cluster to negatively impact health and mental health outcomes among sexual minorities. We tested whether a syndemic condition composed of low social support, low self-rated health, low self-esteem, and economic insecurity mediated the relationship between sexual stigma and depressive symptoms among SMW/GM...
June 20, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645605/emergency-reoperations-in-cranial-neurosurgery
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Borys M Kwinta, Roger M Krzyżewski, Kornelia M Kliś, Paulina Donicz, Małgorzata Gackowska, Jarosław Polak, Krzysztof Stachura, Marek Moskała
BACKGROUND: Complications after neurosurgical procedures which lead to reoperation are associated with poor outcome and economic costs. Therefore the aim of our study was to establish predictors of reoperation due to complications after cranial neurosurgery. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 875 patients who underwent a cranial neurosurgical procedure. We used univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis to determine the possible predictors of reoperation...
June 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645428/cost-effectiveness-of-laparoscopy-as-diagnostic-tool-before-primary-cytoreductive-surgery-in-ovarian-cancer
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Roelien van de Vrie, Hannah S van Meurs, Marianne J Rutten, Christiana A Naaktgeboren, Brent C Opmeer, Katja N Gaarenstroom, Toon van Gorp, Henk G Ter Brugge, Ward Hofhuis, Henk W R Schreuder, Henriette J G Arts, Petra L M Zusterzeel, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, Maarten van Haaften, Mirjam J A Engelen, Erik A Boss, M Caroline Vos, Kees G Gerestein, Eltjo M J Schutter, Gemma G Kenter, Patrick M M Bossuyt, Ben Willem Mol, Marrije R Buist
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a diagnostic laparoscopy prior to primary cytoreductive surgery to prevent futile primary cytoreductive surgery (i.e. leaving >1cm residual disease) in patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer. METHODS: An economic analysis was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial in which patients suspected of advanced stage ovarian cancer who qualified for primary cytoreductive surgery were randomized to either laparoscopy or primary cytoreductive surgery...
June 20, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644939/an-economic-analysis-of-mac-versus-walant-a-trigger-finger-release-surgery-case-study
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Jason L Codding, Suneel B Bhat, Asif M Ilyas
BACKGROUND: There has been recent interest in wide awake hand surgery, also referred to as "wide awake local anesthesia with no tourniquet" (WALANT) surgery. Using a model of single trigger finger release (TFR) surgery, a hypothesis was made that WALANT would result in decreased hospital time and cost than patients receiving sedation with monitored anesthetic care (MAC). METHODS: Consecutive cases of single TFR surgery with MAC were compared with WALANT. All surgeries were performed in the same manner, at the same facility, and by the same surgeon...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644890/drivers-of-coral-reef-marine-protected-area-performance
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Venetia Alexa Hargreaves-Allen, Susana Mourato, Eleanor Jane Milner-Gulland
Coral reefs are severely threatened and a principal strategy for their conservation is marine protected areas (MPAs). However the drivers of MPA performance are complex and there are likely to be trade-offs between different types of performance (e.g. conservation or welfare related outcomes). We compiled a global dataset from expert knowledge for 76 coral reef MPAs in 33 countries and identified a set of performance measures reflecting ecological and socio-economic outcomes, achievement of aims and reduction of threats, using spatial or temporal comparisons wherever possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644196/cebranopadol-a-novel-first-in-class-analgesic-drug-candidate-first-experience-in-patients-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Annette Christoph, Marie-Henriette Eerdekens, Maurits Kok, Gisela Volkers, Rainer Freynhagen
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a common condition, usually with involvement of nociceptive and neuropathic pain components, high economic burden and impact on quality of life. Cebranopadol is a potent, first-in-class drug candidate with a novel mechanistic approach, combining nociceptin/orphanin FQ peptide and opioid peptide receptor agonism. We conducted the first Phase II, randomized, doubleblind, placebo- and active-controlled trial, evaluating the analgesic efficacy, safety, and tolerability of cebranopadol in patients with moderate to severe chronic LBP with and without neuropathic pain component...
June 21, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644115/evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-lightweight-fibreglass-heel-casts-in-the-management-of-ulcers-of-the-heel-in-diabetes-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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William Jeffcoate, Frances Game, Vivienne Turtle-Savage, Alison Musgrove, Patricia Price, Wei Tan, Lucy Bradshaw, Alan Montgomery, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Angela Farr, Thomas Winfield, Ceri Phillips
BACKGROUND: Ulcers of the foot in people with diabetes mellitus are slow to heal and result in considerable cost and patient suffering. The prognosis is worst for ulcers of the heel. OBJECTIVE: To assess both the clinical effectiveness and the cost-effectiveness of lightweight fibreglass casts in the management of heel ulcers. DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, parallel, observer-blinded randomised controlled trial. A central randomisation centre used a computer-generated random number sequence to allocate participants to groups...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643322/difficulties-in-funding-of-va-ecmo-therapy-for-patients-with-severe-accidental-hypothermia
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Sylweriusz Kosiński, Tomasz Darocha, Anna Jarosz, Aleksandra Czerw, Paweł Podsiadło, Tomasz Sanak, Robert Gałązkowski, Jacek Piątek, Janusz Konstanty-Kalandyk, Mirosław Ziętkiewicz, Krzysztof Kusza, Łukasz J Krzych, Rafał Drwiła
BACKGROUND: Severe accidental hypothermia is defined as a core temperature below 28 Celsius degrees. Within the last years, the issue of accidental hypothermia and accompanying cardiac arrest has been broadly discussed and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines underline the importance of Extracorporeal Rewarming (ECR) in treatment of severely hypothermic victims. The study aimed to evaluate the actual costs of ECR with VA-ECMO and of further management in the Intensive Care Unit of patients admitted to the Severe Accidental Hypothermia Centre in Cracow, Poland...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643178/economic-evaluation-of-tobramycin-inhalation-powder-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pulmonary-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Srilekha Panguluri, Praveen Gunda, Laurie Debonnett, Kamal Hamed
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs in approximately 50% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This infection further compromises lung function, and significantly contributes to the increased healthcare costs. OBJECTIVES: Inhaled tobramycin, used to manage P. aeruginosa infection in CF patients, is available as powder (tobramycin inhalation powder, TIP) and solution (tobramycin inhalation solution, TIS). Evidence suggests increased adherence with the use of TIP over TIS...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642589/multiple-origins-and-a-narrow-genepool-characterise-the-african-tea-germplasm-concordant-patterns-revealed-by-nuclear-and-plastid-dna-markers
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Moses Cheloti Wambulwa, Muditha Kasun Meegahakumbura, Samson Kamunya, Alice Muchugi, Michael Möller, Jie Liu, Jian-Chu Xu, De-Zhu Li, Lian-Ming Gao
Despite the highly economic value of tea in Africa, its genetic and geographic origins remain largely unexplored. Here we address this by collecting 439 samples across 11 countries in Africa and Asia to investigate the origin and genepool composition of African tea based on 23 nuclear microsatellites loci (nSSRs) and three cpDNA intergenic spacer regions. Our results indicated that the African tea represents a potpourri originating from multiple introductions over time. The nSSR analysis revealed that the majority (79%) of tea accessions collected in Africa belong to Indian Assam tea which have likely originated from India and/or Sri Lanka...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642208/assessing-the-efficacy-of-imagery-enhanced-cognitive-behavioral-group-therapy-for-social-anxiety-disorder-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Peter M McEvoy, Michelle L Moulds, Jessica R Grisham, Emily A Holmes, David A Moscovitch, Delia Hendrie, Lisa M Saulsman, Ottmar V Lipp, Robert T Kane, Ronald M Rapee, Matthew P Hyett, David M Erceg-Hurn
Cognitive behavior group therapy (CBGT) is effective for social anxiety disorder (SAD), but a substantial proportion of patients do not typically achieve normative functioning. Cognitive behavioral models of SAD emphasize negative self-imagery as an important maintaining factor, and evidence suggests that imagery is a powerful cognitive mode for facilitating affective change. This study will compare two group CBGT interventions, one that predominantly uses verbally-based strategies (VB-CBGT) and another that predominantly uses imagery-enhanced strategies (IE-CBGT), in terms of (a) efficacy, (b) mechanisms of change, and (c) cost-effectiveness...
June 19, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641909/effect-of-the-affordable-care-act-medicaid-expansion-on-emergency-department-visits-evidence-from-state-level-emergency-department-databases
#18
Sayeh Nikpay, Seth Freedman, Helen Levy, Tom Buchmueller
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We assess whether the expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) results in changes in emergency department (ED) visits or ED payer mix. We also test whether the size of the change in ED visits depends on the change in the size of the Medicaid population. METHODS: Using all-capture, longitudinal, state data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Fast Stats program, we implemented a difference-in-difference analysis, which compared changes in ED visits per capita and the share of ED visits by payer (Medicaid, uninsured, and private insurance) in 14 states that did and 11 states that did not expand Medicaid in 2014...
June 11, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641592/conceptualizations-of-the-societal-perspective-within-economic-evaluations-a-systematic-review
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Ruben M W A Drost, Ingeborg M van der Putten, Dirk Ruwaard, Silvia M A A Evers, Aggie T G Paulus
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate how the societal perspective is conceptualized in economic evaluations and to assess how intersectoral costs and benefits (ICBs), that is, the costs and benefits pertaining to sectors outside the healthcare sector, impact their results. METHODS: Based on a search in July 2015 using PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, and PsychINFO, a systematic literature review was performed for economic evaluations which were conducted from a societal perspective...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641362/estimating-the-potential-cost-of-a-high-dose-immune-tolerance-induction-iti-therapy-relative-to-the-cost-of-a-combined-therapy-of-a-low-dose-iti-therapy-with-bypassing-agent-prophylaxis
#20
G Kenet, A Oladapo, J D Epstein, C Thompson, A Novack, D J Nugent
INTRODUCTION: The International Immune Tolerance Study (I-ITI) demonstrated comparable success rates between low (FVIII 50 IU/kg/TIW) and high dose (FVIII 200 IU/kg/day) regimens. While costlier, the high dose ITI regimen achieved shorter time-to-treatment success with fewer bleeding episodes compared to the low dose ITI regimen. Adding bypassing agent prophylaxis (BAP) to a low dose ITI regimen may reduce bleeding while still being less costly than high dose ITI. AIM AND METHODS: An economic model was developed to compare high dose ITI to low dose ITI with BAP...
June 22, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
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