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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343238/visualization-of-endothelial-barrier-damage-prior-to-formation-of-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Heike Bömmel, Florian Kleefeldt, Alma Zernecke, Sharang Ghavampour, Nicole Wagner, Stefanie Kuerten, Süleyman Ergün
En-face fat staining is frequently used to visualize atherosclerotic lesions. This method, however, is not suitable to visualize endothelial barrier damage prior to microscopically detectable morphological alterations of the arterial wall such as sub-endothelial lipid deposition. To enable the investigation of early endothelial barrier damage and in particular the initial steps of atherosclerosis, a new method has to fulfill three requirements: (i) easy and fast to perform, (ii) low cost of applicability without requirement for highly sophisticated technical equipment, and (iii) reliable reproducibility of valid results...
March 25, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343208/legal-features-of-the-drug-advertising
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Vitalii M Pashkov, Andrii A Olefir, Oleksiy Y Bytyak
INTRODUCTION: In the article discribed current trends of advertising in the pharmaceutical market and foreign experience of legal regulation of these relations. As for the advertising of medicines identified it's symptoms, types, basic rules and prohibitions. Modern pharmaceutical companies can not successfully carry out economic activities without advertising. Besides we can mention some fundamental changes in society (information overload, universal access to internet, social media, freedom of movement of goods, labor and finance), also self-medication becomes more popular...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343197/-skin-cancers-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Anna Bieryło, Szymon Brzósko, Elżbieta Laudańska, Beata Naumnik
Kidney transplantation is the best treatment for end-stage renal failure. It prolongs the patient's life, improves quality of life and reduces costs associated with renal replacement therapy. Increasingly, newer immunosuppressive regimens allow for the proper functioning of the transplanted organ for many years. The progress in transplantation, qualification patients in older age for the procedure and longer survival of kidney graft lead to an increase in the number of patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343102/acoustic-and-hybrid-3d-printed-electrochemical-biosensors-for-the-real-time-immunodetection-of-liver-cancer-cells-hepg2
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Samar Damiati, Seta Küpcü, Martin Peacock, Christoph Eilenberger, Mazin Zamzami, Ishtiaq Qadri, Hani Choudhry, Uwe B Sleytr, Bernhard Schuster
This study presents an efficient acoustic and hybrid three-dimensional (3D)-printed electrochemical biosensors for the detection of liver cancer cells. The biosensors function by recognizing the highly expressed tumor marker CD133, which is located on the surface of liver cancer cells. Detection was achieved by recrystallizing a recombinant S-layer fusion protein (rSbpA/ZZ) on the surface of the sensors. The fused ZZ-domain enables immobilization of the anti-CD133 antibody in a defined manner. These highly accessible anti-CD133 antibodies were employed as a sensing layer, thereby enabling the efficient detection of liver cancer cells (HepG2)...
March 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342891/cost-utility-of-group-acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-for-fibromyalgia-versus-recommended-drugs-an-economic-analysis-alongside-a-6-month-randomised-controlled-trial-conducted-in-spain-effigact-study
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Juan V Luciano, Francesco D'Amico, Albert Feliu-Soler, Lance M McCracken, Jaume Aguado, María T Peñarrubia-María, Martin Knapp, Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Javier García-Campayo
The aim of this study was to analyse the cost-utility of a group-based form of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (GACT) in patients with fibromyalgia (FM) compared to patients receiving recommended pharmacological treatment (RPT) or on a waiting list (WL). The data were derived from a previously published study, an RCT that focused on clinical outcomes. Health economic outcomes included health-related quality of life and healthcare use at baseline and at 6-month follow-up using the EuroQol (EQ-5D-3L) and the Client Service Receipt Inventory (CSRI), respectively...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340198/reasons-to-wait-or-to-treat-naive-patients-affected-by-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-low-fibrosis-stage-and-genotypes-2-or-3
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Lucio Boglione, Jessica Cusato, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
New interferon (IFN)-free therapies are not currently available for all patients with chronic hepatitis C due to higher costs; in Italy, patients with genotype 2 (GT2) or GT3 without severe fibrosis can choose between wait or treatment with pegylated (PEG)-IFN and ribavirin. This study wants to examine the real rate of patients that accept or refused this therapy and the reasons related to decision. This prospective, observational analysis was performed at our centre between January 2014 and June 2015. Epidemiological, social and clinical data were collected in medical records; reasons for treatment acceptance/refusal were recorded through a questionnaire...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340013/implications-of-thoracic-epidural-analgesia-on-hospital-charges-in-rib-fracture-patients
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Courtney D Jensen, Jamie T Stark, Lewis E Jacobson, Jan M Powers, Kathy L Leslie, Jeffrey M Kinsella-Shaw, Michael F Joseph, Craig R Denegar
Objective.:  Rib fractures are present in more than 150,000 patients admitted to US trauma centers each year. Those who fracture two or more ribs are typically treated with oral analgesic drugs and are discharged with few complications. The cost of this care generally reflects its brevity. When a patient fractures three or more ribs, there is an elevated risk of complication. In response, treatments are often broadened and their durations prolonged; this affects cost. While health, function, and survival have been widely explored, patient billing has not...
March 7, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339528/the-utility-of-comprehensive-autoantibody-testing-to-differentiate-connective-tissue-disease-associated-and-idiopathic-interstitial-lung-disease-subgroup-cases
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Caroline V Cotton, Lisa G Spencer, Robert P New, Robert G Cooper
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises many heterogeneous disease groups, the largest being CTD-associated and those labelled as idiopathic out of necessity. The mechanisms causing ILD are poorly understood, but most CTD- and idiopathic-ILD cases can respond to immunosuppression, clearly suggesting a pathological role for inflammation. By contrast, corticosteroid immunosuppression causes harm without benefit in the feared idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, suggesting that inflammation plays little pathological role, and where ILD progresses rapidly to lethal outcome even with anti-fibrotic drug use...
October 20, 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339376/long-term-stability-of-vancomycin-hydrochloride-in-glucose-5-polyolefin-bags-the-brand-name-versus-a-generic-product
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Sophie Huvelle, Marie Godet, Jean-Daniel Hecq, Patricia Gillet, Jacques Jamart, Laurence M Galanti
The objectives of this study were to determine if the preparation of vancomycin hydrochloride in advance of infusion could improve the quality of the drug, time management of drug delivery, cost savings of drug delivery, and to investigate the long-term stability of vancomycin hydrochloride (brand name Vancocin®) infusion in glucose 5% polyolefin bags versus the generic (Vancomycine®) at 5°C ± 3°C. Five bags of each infusion 1 g/100 mL vancomycin hydrochloride in 5% glucose (Vancocin ® and Vancomycine®) were stored up to 57 days at 5°C ± 3°C...
September 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337092/patronage-and-cost-of-malaria-treatment-in-private-hospitals-in-ibadan-north-l-g-a-south-western-nigeria
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A T Salawu, O I Fawole, M D Dairo
BACKGROUND: Malaria accounts for about 60% of all clinic attendance in Nigeria. About 300,000 children die of malaria annually while an estimated 4,500 pregnant women are lost annually on account of malaria in Nigeria alone. High cost of treatment is a barrier to the uptake of health services in low resource settings, therefore an exploration of the cost of malaria management will reveal possible components that may benefit from intervention and thus reveal important clues for improving access to malaria treatment...
December 2016: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336312/old-antibiotics-for-emerging-multidrug-resistant-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-mdr-xdr-tb
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Philippe Brouqui, Fanny Quenard, Michel Drancourt
Recently, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has become a therapeutic challenge. In addition to drug resistance, drug adverse events, intravenous delivery, cost and availability of some antibiotics in low-income countries have led to a look back to old drugs, especially those efficient against closely related organisms such as Mycobacterium leprae. Here we review the available drugs that respect the conditions above and could be upgraded to first-line therapy for treating MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB)...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336072/microneedle-enzyme-sensor-arrays-for-continuous-in-vivo-monitoring
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Anthony E G Cass, Sanjiv Sharma
Microneedle enzyme sensors by virtue of their minimally invasive and hence pain-free penetration of skin allow for the measurement of metabolites, biomarkers, and drugs in the interstitial fluid that bathes the dermal tissue. Such devices if they are to be adopted widely into clinical practice need to be capable of delivering reliable measurements over extended periods of time (days) and to be fabricated by low-cost, scalable methods. Using injection molding of the base structures in polycarbonate, metal film deposition by sputtering and enzyme immobilization by electrodeposition can meet these requirements...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335885/policy-and-priorities-for-national-cancer-control-planning-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-lessons-from-the-association-of-southeast-asian-nations-asean-costs-in-oncology-prospective-cohort-study
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BACKGROUND: Evidence to guide policymakers in developing affordable and equitable cancer control plans are scarce in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). METHODS: The 2012-2014 ASEAN Costs in Oncology Study prospectively followed-up 9513 newly diagnosed cancer patients from eight LMIC in Southeast Asia for 12 months. Overall and country-specific incidence of financial catastrophe (out-of-pocket health costs ≥ 30% of annual household income), economic hardship (inability to make necessary household payments), poverty (living below national poverty line), and all-cause mortality were determined...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335764/health-care-cost-associated-with-the-use-of-enzyme-inducing-and-non-enzyme-active-antiepileptic-drugs-in-the-uk-a-long-term-retrospective-matched-cohort-study
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Simon Borghs, Solène Thieffry, Matthias Noack-Rink, Peter Dedeken, Lai San Hong, Laura Byram, John Logan, Jane Chan, Victor Kiri
BACKGROUND: Some antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) induce expression of hepatic enzymes. This can contribute to comorbidities via interference with metabolic pathways and concomitant drug metabolization, thereby increasing the likelihood of health care interventions. Using medical records, we compared the direct health care cost in patients initiating epilepsy therapy with enzyme-inducing AEDs (EIAEDs) vs non-enzyme-active AEDs (nEAAEDs) over up to 12 years. METHODS: Patients with untreated epilepsy were indexed in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink and Hospital Episode Statistics database when prescribed a new EIAED or nEAAED between January 2001 and December 2010...
March 23, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335525/the-history-of-clotting-factor-concentrates-pharmacokinetics
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REVIEW
Massimo Morfini
Clotting factor concentrates (CFCs) underwent tremendous modifications during the last forty years. Plasma-derived concentrates made the replacement therapy feasible not only in the hospital but also at patients' home by on-demand or prophylactic regimen. Virucidal methods, implemented soon after hepatitis and AIDS outbreak, and purification by Mabs made the plasma-derived concentrates safer and purer. CFCs were considered equivalent to the other drugs and general rules and methods of pharmacokinetics (PK) were applied to their study...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334460/social-costs-of-illegal-drugs-alcohol-and-tobacco-in-the-european-union-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Pablo Barrio, Jillian Reynolds, Anna García-Altés, Antoni Gual, Peter Anderson
ISSUES: Drug use accounts for one of the main disease groups in Europe, with relevant consequences to society. There is an increasing need to evaluate the economic consequences of drug use in order to develop appropriate policies. Here, we review the social costs of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the European Union. APPROACH: A systematic search of relevant databases was conducted. Grey literature and previous systematic reviews were also searched. Studies reporting on social costs of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco were included...
March 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334136/a-review-of-network-based-approaches-to-drug-repositioning
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Maryam Lotfi Shahreza, Nasser Ghadiri, Sayed Rasoul Mousavi, Jaleh Varshosaz, James R Green
Experimental drug development is time-consuming, expensive and limited to a relatively small number of targets. However, recent studies show that repositioning of existing drugs can function more efficiently than de novo experimental drug development to minimize costs and risks. Previous studies have proven that network analysis is a versatile platform for this purpose, as the biological networks are used to model interactions between many different biological concepts. The present study is an attempt to review network-based methods in predicting drug targets for drug repositioning...
February 27, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334070/detection-of-drug-drug-interactions-through-data-mining-studies-using-clinical-sources-scientific-literature-and-social-media
#19
Santiago Vilar, Carol Friedman, George Hripcsak
Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) constitute an important concern in drug development and postmarketing pharmacovigilance. They are considered the cause of many adverse drug effects exposing patients to higher risks and increasing public health system costs. Methods to follow-up and discover possible DDIs causing harm to the population are a primary aim of drug safety researchers. Here, we review different methodologies and recent advances using data mining to detect DDIs with impact on patients. We focus on data mining of different pharmacovigilance sources, such as the US Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System and electronic health records from medical institutions, as well as on the diverse data mining studies that use narrative text available in the scientific biomedical literature and social media...
February 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333681/long-term-stability-of-vancomycin-hydrochloride-in-oral-solution-the-brand-name-versus-a-generic-product
#20
Sophie Huvelle, Marie Godet, Jean-Daniel Hecq, Patricia Gillet, Jacques Jamart, Laurence M Galanti
Vancomycin hydrochloride is often used for antibiotherapy in oral solution for hospitalized patients. Preparation of this solution in advance could improve time management or cost savings of drug delivery. Brand and generic products of vancomycin hydrochloride are now commercially available. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term stability of the vancomycin hydrochloride brand name Vancocin versus the generic Vancomycine at 5°C ± 3°C. Five vials of each oral solution of 1.25 g/100 mL Vancocin and Vancomycine were stored up to 57 days at 5°C ± 3°C...
July 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
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