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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933543/integrative-analysis-of-genetic-genomic-and-phenotypic-data-for-ethanol-behaviors-a-network-based-pipeline-for-identifying-mechanisms-and-potential-drug-targets
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James W Bogenpohl, Kristin M Mignogna, Maren L Smith, Michael F Miles
Complex behavioral traits, such as alcohol abuse, are caused by an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, producing deleterious functional adaptations in the central nervous system. The long-term behavioral consequences of such changes are of substantial cost to both the individual and society. Substantial progress has been made in the last two decades in understanding elements of brain mechanisms underlying responses to ethanol in animal models and risk factors for alcohol use disorder (AUD) in humans...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933516/costs-of-diabetes-medication-among-male-former-elite-athletes-in-later-life
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M K Laine, R Kujala, J G Eriksson, H Kautiainen, S Sarna, U M Kujala
AIMS: Regular physical activity plays a major role, in both prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. Less is known whether vigorous physical activity during young adulthood is associated with costs of diabetes medication in later life. The aim of this study is to evaluate this question. METHODS: The study population consisted of 1314 former elite-class athletes and 860 matched controls. The former athletes were divided into three groups based on their active career sport: endurance, mixed and power sports...
December 8, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933508/patterns-of-diabetes-care-in-slovenia-croatia-serbia-bulgaria-and-romania-an-observational-non-interventional-cross-sectional-study
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Miro Cokolic, Nebojsa M Lalic, Dragan Micic, Gorana Mirosevic, Sanja Klobucar Majanovic, Ivaylo N Lefterov, Mariana Graur
BACKGROUND: National guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes in the Balkans generally follow European guidelines. The current study was undertaken to estimate the rate of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurements and level of HbA1c control in diabetic patients treated in regular clinical practice settings in the Balkans and to evaluate if providing HbA1c measurements improves adherence to treatment guidelines. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled type 2 diabetic patients treated by 79 primary care physicians and 102 specialists...
December 8, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932786/state-medicaid-expansion-tobacco-cessation-coverage-and-number-of-adult-smokers-enrolled-in-expansion-coverage-united-states-2016
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Anne DiGiulio, Meredith Haddix, Zach Jump, Stephen Babb, Anna Schecter, Kisha-Ann S Williams, Kat Asman, Brian S Armour
In 2015, 27.8% of adult Medicaid enrollees were current cigarette smokers, compared with 11.1% of adults with private health insurance, placing Medicaid enrollees at increased risk for smoking-related disease and death (1). In addition, smoking-related diseases are a major contributor to Medicaid costs, accounting for about 15% (>$39 billion) of annual Medicaid spending during 2006-2010 (2). Individual, group, and telephone counseling and seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications are effective treatments for helping tobacco users quit (3)...
December 9, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932263/long-term-disease-and-economic-outcomes-of-prior-authorization-criteria-for-hepatitis-c-treatment-in-pennsylvania-medicaid
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Mina Kabiri, Jagpreet Chhatwal, Julie M Donohue, Mark S Roberts, A Everette James, Michael A Dunn, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: Several highly effective but costly therapies for hepatitis C virus (HCV) are available. As a consequence of their high price, 36 state Medicaid programs limited treatment coverage to patients with more advanced HCV stages. States have only limited information available to predict the long-term impact of these decisions. METHODS: We adapted a validated hepatitis C microsimulation model to the Pennsylvania Medicaid population to estimate the existing HCV prevalence in Pennsylvania Medicaid and estimate the impact of various HCV drug coverage policies on disease outcomes and costs...
December 5, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931985/impact-of-regulatory-measures-on-antipsychotics-drug-consumption-in-castilla-y-le%C3%A3-n-spain
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L H Martín Arias, C Treceño Lobato, S Pérez García, P García Ortega, M Sáinz Gil, R Sanz Fadrique, A Carvajal García-Pando
OBJECTIVES: Antipsychotics are currently used to treat different diseases; even some off-labelled conditions are treated with this medication. Consumption and cost of antipsychotic drugs sharply increased in Spain after second-generation drugs were marketed; several regulatory measures were adopted to curb this trend. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of these measures upon the use and cost of antipsychotics. STUDY DESIGN: Study of drug use (SDU) from 1995 to 2012...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931689/rapid-drug-susceptibility-testing-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-clinical-isolates-to-first-line-antitubercular-drugs-by-nitrate-reductase-assay-a-comparison-with-proportion-method
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Amrish Kohli, Gulnaz Bashir, Akeela Fatima, Abiroo Jan, Nayeem-U-Din Wani, Junaid Ahmad
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Early initiation of therapy in patients with tuberculosis is imperative for its control. Conventional methods of susceptibility testing such as the proportion method (PM) require visual detection and counting of colonies that takes up to 6weeks. Rapid and simple phenotypic methods that have been endorsed by the World Health Organization can serve as alternatives. METHODS: In this study, we evaluated the colorimetric nitrate reductase assay, which utilizes the detection of nitrate reduction as an indicator of growth much earlier compared with PM (within 7-14days)...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931678/diagnosing-tuberculosis-in-the-21st-century-dawn-of-a-genomics-revolution
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REVIEW
Christopher Jeanes, Justin O'Grady
Tuberculosis (TB) ranks alongside HIV as the leading cause of death worldwide, killing 1.5million people in 2014. Traditional laboratory techniques do not provide sufficiently rapid results to inform clinicians on appropriate treatment, especially in the face of increasingly prevalent drug-resistant TB. Rapid molecular methods such as PCR and LAMP are vital tools in the fight against TB, however, rapid advances in next generation sequencing (NGS) technology are allowing increasingly rapid and accurate sequencing of entire bacterial genomes at ever decreasing cost, providing unprecedented depth of information...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930473/association-between-exercise-frequency-and-health-care-costs-among-employees-at-a-large-university-and-academic-medical-center
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David C Caretto, Truls Ostbye, Marissa Stroo, Dennis J Darcey, John Dement
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between exercise frequency and health care costs associated with medical and pharmacy claims among a 10-year employee cohort. METHODS: The relationship between self-reported exercise (days/week) and health care costs was analyzed with negative binomial regression, using an integrated database involving 32,044 person-years and linking employee demographics, health risk appraisal information, and health insurance claims...
December 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930403/has-the-phasing-out-of-stavudine-in-accordance-with-changes-in-who-guidelines-led-to-a-decrease-in-single-drug-substitutions-in-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-for-hiv-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Alana T Brennan, Mary-Ann Davies, Jacob Bor, Gilles Wandeler, Kathryn Stinson, Robin Wood, Hans Prozesky, Frank Tanser, Geoffrey Fatti, Andrew Boulle, Izukanji Sikazwe, Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Constantin Yiannoutsos, Valériane Leroy, Nathalie de Rekeneire, Matthew P Fox
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the relationship between phasing out stavudine in first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) in accordance with WHO 2010 policy and single-drug substitutions (SDS) (substituting the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor in first-line ART) in sub-Saharan Africa. DESIGN: Prospective cohort analysis (International epidemiological Databases to Evaluate AIDS-Multiregional) including ART-naive, HIV-infected patients aged at least 16 years, initiating ART between January 2005 and December 2012...
January 2, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929743/knowledge-behaviors-and-practices-of-community-and-hospital-pharmacists-towards-biosimilar-medicines-results-of-a-french-web-based-survey
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Morgane Beck, Bruno Michel, Marie-Christine Rybarczyk-Vigouret, Dominique Levêque, Christelle Sordet, Jean Sibilia, Michel Velten
This study's aims were: 1) to extract a comprehensive overview of the knowledge, experience and opinions of both community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists regarding biosimilar medicines in France; and 2) to identify the perceived problems and solutions to promoting their prescription. A 2015 web-based survey was conducted by the Observatoire des Médicaments, des Dispositifs Médicaux et de l'Innovation Thérapeutique of Alsace. A total of 802 pharmacists responded to the survey. Many (536, 66.8%, [95% confidence interval (CI) 63...
December 8, 2016: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928968/rationale-for-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-drug-candidates-alone-and-in-combination-with-medical-devices-the-case-study-of-spinalontm
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Pierre A Guertin
The aim of this review is to describe the rationale and main underlying reasons for undertaking, during clinical development, the study of drug candidates used separately and/or in combination with other technologies. To ease comprehension, reference will be made to the case of SpinalonTM, a new fixed-dose combination (FDC) product composed of levodopa/carbidopa/buspirone. This drug is capable of triggering, within minutes after a single administration orally, 45 minute- episodes of basic involuntary 'reflex' walking in paraplegic animals...
December 7, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928875/is-it-all-about-price-why-requests-for-government-subsidy-of-anticancer-drugs-were-rejected-in-australia
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Deme John Karikios, Lesley Chim, Andrew Martin, Adnan Nagrial, Kirsten Howard, Glenn Salkeld, Martin Richard Stockler
BACKGROUND: Australians access anticancer drugs predominantly through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). We aimed to determine why the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) rejects submissions to list anticancer drugs on the PBS. METHODS: We reviewed publicly available information about submissions made to the PBAC for PBS listing of anticancer drugs from 2005 to 2014. Submission characteristics including clinical and economic evidence, PBAC recommendations, and the reasons offered for rejection were recorded...
December 8, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928769/racial-ethnic-disparities-in-uptake-of-new-hepatitis-c-drugs-in-medicare
#14
Jeah Jung, Roger Feldman
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C is an important public health concern. Recently launched drugs to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are effective but costly. Uptake of innovative and expensive prescription drugs may not be even across patient groups. We examined racial-ethnic disparities in uptake of new HCV drugs in the first year of their use (year 2014) in Medicare. METHODS: The study population was Medicare beneficiaries who had chronic hepatitis C in 2013 or 2014 and who were continuously enrolled in Part D stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans in 2014...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928190/single-center-retrospective-evaluation-of-inhaled-corticosteroid-use-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-exacerbation-patients-receiving-systemic-corticosteroids
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Taylor Steuber, Dane Shiltz
Purpose: To determine the frequency of inappropriate inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy when it is prescribed concurrently with systemic corticosteroids; to identify cost-savings potential in the setting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. Methods: Patients admitted to 1 of 8 hospital locations utilizing an integrated electronic health record within the health system for COPD exacerbations treated with systemic corticosteroids (equivalent to at least 30 mg of oral prednisone) between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 were included in a retrospective chart review...
November 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927183/art-access-related-barriers-faced-by-hiv-positive-persons-linked-to-care-in-southern-ghana-a-mixed-method-study
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Augustine Ankomah, John Kuumuori Ganle, Margaret Yaa Lartey, Awewura Kwara, Priscilla Awo Nortey, Michael Perry Kweku Okyerefo, Amos Kankponang Laar
BACKGROUND: Timely and enduring access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) by HIV-infected individuals has been shown to substantially reduce HIV transmission risk, HIV-related morbidity and mortality. However, there is evidence that in addition to limited supply of antiretrovirals (ARVs) and linkage to ART in many low-income countries, HIV+ persons often encounter barriers in accessing ART-related services even in contexts where these services are freely available. In Ghana, limited research evidence exists regarding the barriers HIV+ persons already linked to ART face...
December 7, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927040/hydroxychloroquine-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle
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C Ponticelli, G Moroni
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is an alkalinizing lysosomatropic drug that accumulates in lysosomes where it inhibits some important functions by increasing the pH. HCQ has proved to be effective in a number of autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Areas covered. In this review the mechanisms of action, the efficacy, and the safety of HCQ in the management of patients with SLE have been reviewed. HCQ may reduce the risk of flares, allow the reduction of the dosage of steroids, reduce organ damage, and prevent the thrombotic effects of anti-phospholipid antibodies...
December 7, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925441/anodized-3d-printed-titanium-implants-with-dual-micro-and-nano-scale-topography-promote-interaction-with-human-osteoblasts-and-osteocyte-like-cells
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Karan Gulati, Matthew Prideaux, Masakazu Kogawa, Luis Lima-Marques, Gerald J Atkins, David M Findlay, Dusan Losic
The success of implantation of materials into bone is governed by effective osseointegration, requiring biocompatibility of the material and the attachment and differentiation of osteoblastic cells. To enhance cellular function in response to the implant surface, micro- and nano-scale topography have been suggested as essential. In this study, we present bone implants based on 3D-printed titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V), with a unique dual topography composed of micron-sized spherical particles and vertically aligned titania nanotubes...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924981/hts-ftir-spectroscopy-allows-the-classification-of-polyphenols-according-to-their-differential-effects-on-the-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cell-line
#19
A Mignolet, V Mathieu, E Goormaghtigh
Breast cancer is a major public health issue among women in the world. Meanwhile new anticancer treatments struggle more and more to be accepted in the pharmaceutical market and research costs still increase. There is therefore a need to find new treatments and new screening methods to test them more quickly and efficiently. Among natural compounds, an increasing interest has been given to polyphenols as they can take action at the different stages of carcinogenesis, from tumour initiation to metastasis formation, by disturbing multiple cellular signalling pathways...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924434/prophylactic-antibiotics-for-percutaneous-endovascular-procedures
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REVIEW
N S Greaves, E Katsogridakis, B Faris, D Murray
Percutaneous endovascular techniques are used increasingly in the vascular armamentarium. Commonly performed as day case procedures under local anaesthetic, they are suited to the highly co-morbid vascular patient population. Furthermore, technological advances have resulted in ever improving outcomes for aneurysmal and occlusive disease. Endovascular procedures such as endovascular aneurysm repair or iliac artery stenting are traditionally associated with reduced infectious complications compared to equivalent open techniques...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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