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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944729/using-performance-based-risk-sharing-arrangements-to-address-uncertainty-in-indication-based-pricing
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Kai Yeung, Meng Li, Josh J Carlson
BACKGROUND: The rise in pharmaceutical expenditures in recent years has increased health care payer interest in ensuring good value for the money. Indication-based pricing (IBP) sets separate, indication-specific prices paid to the manufacturer according to the expected efficacy of a drug in each of its indications. IBP allows payers to consistently pay for value across indications. While promising, a limitation of IBP as originally conceived is that efficacy estimates are typically based on clinical trial data, which may differ from real-world effectiveness...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943747/african-american-and-black-caribbean-feelings-of-closeness-to-africans
#2
Michael C Thornton, Robert Joseph Taylor, Linda M Chatters, Ivy Forsythe-Brown
African American and Black Caribbean relations dominate research on interactions across black ethnic divides. Using National Survey of American Life data, we explore a different aspect of black interethnic attitudes: how close these groups feel toward Africans. African Americans and Black Caribbeans were largely similar in their feelings of closeness to Africans. For Black Caribbeans, younger and male respondents, those reporting higher levels of financial strain, living in the northeast and persons who immigrated to the United States at least 11 years ago, report feeling especially close to Africans...
2017: Identities (Yverdon)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943255/keratin-14-positive-precursor-cells-spawn-a-population-of-migratory-corneal-epithelia-that-maintain-tissue-mass-throughout-life
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Alexander Richardson, Erwin P Lobo, Naomi C Delic, Mary R Myerscough, J Guy Lyons, Denis Wakefield, Nick Di Girolamo
The dynamics of epithelial stem cells (SCs) that contribute to the formation and maintenance of the cornea are poorly understood. Here, we used K14CreER(T2)-Confetti (Confetti) mice, sophisticated imaging, and computational modeling to trace the origins and fate of these cells during embryogenesis and adult life. We show that keratin-14 (K14(+))-expressing progenitors are defined and widely distributed across the E16.5 cornea, after which they undergo cycles of proliferation and dispersal prior to eyelid opening...
September 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943112/update-on-food-safety-of-monosodium-l-glutamate-msg
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REVIEW
Helen Nonye Henry-Unaeze
OBJECTIVE: This evidence-based safety review of the flavor enhancer monosodium l-glutamate (MSG) was triggered by its global use and recent studies expressing some safety concerns. METHODOLOGY: This article obtained information through search of evidence-based scientific databases, especially the US National Library of Medicine NIH. RESULTS: (A) MSG is a water-soluble salt of glutamate, a non-essential amino acid, normally synthesized in the body and prevalent in protein foods...
September 18, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941333/-origin-of-new-genes-from-evolution-to-design
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Qian Wang, Jian Cheng, Huifeng Jiang
Life system has created rich and colorful genes, to protect the inheritance and prosperity after more than 4 billion years of natural evolution. However, the natural evolution is an extremely slow process, and the origin and evolution of new gene with new function often takes millions of years. Therefore, natural evolution alone cannot meet the rapid development of industrial biotechnological production needs. Using synthetic biology techniques, researchers can design and synthesize new genes based on the known enzyme catalysis mechanism and protein structure according to industrial production requirements, and create various biochemical reactions that cannot be catalyzed by natural living organisms...
March 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940845/emerging-roles-of-syndecan-2-in-epithelial-and-mesenchymal-cancer-progression
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Maria Mytilinaiou, Dragana Nikitovic, Aikaterini Berdiaki, Antonis Kostouras, Antonis Papoutsidakis, Aristidis M Tsatsakis, George N Tzanakakis
Syndecan 2 (SDC2) belongs to a four-member family of evolutionary conserved small type I transmembrane proteoglycans consisting of a protein core to which glycosaminoglycan chains are covalently attached. SDC2 is a cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycan, which is increasingly drawing attention for its distinct characteristics and its participation in numerous cell functions, including those related to carcinogenesis. Increasing evidence suggests that the role of SDC2 in cancer pathogenesis is dependent on cancer tissue origin rendering its use as a biomarker/therapeutic target feasible...
September 23, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939921/pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-pediatric-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Nadine Khouzam, Katherine Wesseling-Perry
Life expectancy in patients with all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) falls far short of that in the general population. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in pediatric patients with CKD. In contrast to the intimal atherosclerotic lesions that characterize cardiovascular disease in the general population, vascular endothelial dysfunction, medial arterial calcification, and cardiac dysfunction contribute to cardiovascular pathological conditions in CKD. The pathogenesis of these lesions, the origins of which can be identified in the absence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, is incompletely understood...
September 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939270/systematic-review-and-evidence-based-recommendations-on-texture-modified-foods-and-thickened-liquids-for-adults-above-17-years-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-an-updated-clinical-guideline
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Anne Marie Beck, Annette Kjaersgaard, Tina Hansen, Ingrid Poulsen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) has significant consequences for both the person with dysphagia and the society. An often-used treatment for OD is the recommendation of the texture of food and liquids. This recommendation seems to be based more on best practice than on evidence from a systematic review of existing scientific evidence. The aim of this paper was to report the result of an up-date of an original national guideline focussing on whether thickened liquids (review question 1) and modified foods (review question 2) are beneficial for adults above 17 years with OD in relation to three critical outcomes (aspiration, pneumonia and death) and seven important outcomes (dehydration, weight loss, mealtime performance, patient preferences, intervention adherence and quality of life)...
September 9, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939209/calcium-and-bone-metabolism-indices
#9
Lu Song
Calcium and inorganic phosphate are of critical importance for many body functions, thus the regulations of their plasma concentrations are tightly controlled by the concerted actions of reabsorption/excretion in the kidney, absorption in the intestines, and exchange from bone, the major reservoir for calcium and phosphate in the body. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D) control calcium homeostasis, whereas PTH, 1,25(OH)2D, and bone-derived fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF 23) control phosphate homeostasis...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939124/daily-air-quality-index-forecasting-with-hybrid-models-a-case-in-china
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Suling Zhu, Xiuyuan Lian, Haixia Liu, Jianming Hu, Yuanyuan Wang, Jinxing Che
Air quality is closely related to quality of life. Air pollution forecasting plays a vital role in air pollution warnings and controlling. However, it is difficult to attain accurate forecasts for air pollution indexes because the original data are non-stationary and chaotic. The existing forecasting methods, such as multiple linear models, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) and support vector regression (SVR), cannot fully capture the information from series of pollution indexes. Therefore, new effective techniques need to be proposed to forecast air pollution indexes...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937298/probing-the-toxicity-of-nanoparticles-a-unified-in-silico-machine-learning-model-based-on-perturbation-theory
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Riccardo Concu, Valeria V Kleandrova, Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natália D S Cordeiro
Nanoparticles (NPs) are part of our daily life, having a wide range of applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, and biomedicine. However, there are serious concerns regarding the harmful effects that NPs can cause to the different biological systems and their ecosystems. Toxicity testing is an essential step for assessing the potential risks of the NPs, but the experimental assays are often very expensive and usually too slow to flag the number of NPs that may cause adverse effects. In silico models centered on quantitative structure-activity/toxicity relationships (QSAR/QSTR) are alternative tools that have become valuable supports to risk assessment, rationalizing the search for safer NPs...
September 22, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937040/surgical-outcomes-of-anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-in-children-an-echocardiography-follow-up
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Yan Gao, Jing Zhang, Guo-Ying Huang, Xue-Cun Liang, Bing Jia, Xiao-Jing Ma
BACKGROUND: Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare but potentially life-threatening congenital heart defect. A retrospective analysis was carried out to elucidate the surgical outcomes of ALCAPA in infants and children using follow-up echocardiography. METHODS: From September 2008 to March 2017, 26 children diagnosed with ALCAPA underwent left coronary re-implantation. All surviving patients received echocardiography during follow-up...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936926/revisiting-the-continuing-bonds-theory-the-cultural-uniqueness-of-the-bei-dao-phenomenon-in-taiwanese-widows-widowers
#13
Wan-Lin Lee, Yi-Chen Hou, Yaw-Sheng Lin
In the present study, we used the phenomenological approach to rediscover the ontological meaning of relationships with the deceased in Taiwanese widows/widowers. We first revised the original Western definitions of grief, bereavement, and mourning to fit Taiwanese culture. We used the word bei dao to indicate the mixed nature of grief and mourning in the Taiwanese bereavement process. Then we reanalyzed data from a previous study, which was conducted in 2006. In the previous qualitative research, each subject was interviewed 3 to 4 times in the mourning state over an 18-month interval that began at the point of the spouse's death...
October 2017: Qualitative Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936106/long-term-psychological-health-among-individuals-pursuing-emerging-adulthood-type-pathways-in-the-1950s-and-1960s
#14
Alan Reifman, Timothy Oblad, Sylvia Niehuis
We analyzed data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (N = 6390) to investigate how common an emerging adulthood-type lifestyle (e.g., delayed marriage and childbearing, pursuit of higher education) was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and what the long-term psychological-health correlates were of such a lifestyle. Cluster analyses of marital, childbearing, educational, and occupational variables from 1957 (high school graduation) to 1964 generated six clusters that we labeled: fast-starters (early marriage and childbearing, little education beyond high school, virtually all employed), very-educated/partnered (mean educational attainment well into graduate school and among the earliest to get married), moderately educated/family oriented (mean years of education somewhat shy of a bachelor's degree, early marriage and childbearing), educated singles (late marriage and childbearing, if at all, averaging a bachelor's degree; most prototypical of emerging adulthood), work/military first (little education past high school, late marriage and childbearing), and military/professional aspiration (envisioning career requiring college education and pursuing one)...
June 2017: Journal of Adult Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936087/primary-myxoid-liposarcoma-of-the-upper-thoracic-spine-in-an-elderly-patient
#15
Aristedis Rovlias, Alexia Balanika, Alexandros Nomikos, Savas Melissaris
Liposarcoma, one of the most common soft-tissue sarcomas, originates from primitive mesenchymal cells, and its diagnostic criteria have been well established. Myxoid liposarcoma is the second most common histological subtype, occurring more frequently during the fourth and fifth decades of life. There are only a few sporadic published cases of spinal liposarcomas, whatever primary or metastatic. We describe an unusual case of primary myxoid liposarcoma of the thoracic spine in a 79-year-old male, presented with a 2-month history of intractable dorsal pain and progressive weakness of lower limbs...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935662/adult-disinhibited-social-engagement-in-adoptees-exposed-to-extreme-institutional-deprivation-examination-of-its-clinical-status-and-functional-impact
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Mark Kennedy, Jana Kreppner, Nicky Knights, Robert Kumsta, Barbara Maughan, Dennis Golm, Jonathan Hill, Michael Rutter, Wolff Schlotz, Edmund Sonuga-Barke
BackgroundEarly-life institutional deprivation produces disinhibited social engagement (DSE). Portrayed as a childhood condition, little is known about the persistence of DSE-type behaviours into, presentation during, and their impact on, functioning in adulthood.AimsWe examine these issues in the young adult follow-up of the English and Romanian Adoptees study.MethodA total of 122 of the original 165 Romanian adoptees who had spent up to 43 months as children in Ceau┼čescu's Romanian orphanages and 42 UK adoptees were assessed for DSE behaviours, neurodevelopmental and mental health problems, and impairment between ages 2 and 25 years...
September 21, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935327/anomalous-right-internal-thoracic-artery-terminating-in-the-right-superior-pulmonary-vein
#17
Amer Harky, Hewran A Mohammad, Megan Garner, Mubdir Ali, Muhamed S Alani
Variation in the origin of the internal thoracic arteries has been previously described and reported in the literature; however, there has been no report of an anomalous termination of the right internal thoracic artery (RITA) in the pulmonary vein persisting and presenting in adult life. We report the case of a right internal thoracic artery originating from the first part of the subclavian artery but terminating in the right superior pulmonary vein that presented during the third decade of life.
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934940/human-development-index-hdi-of-the-maternal-country-of-origin-as-a-predictor-of-perinatal-outcomes-a-longitudinal-study-conducted-in-spain
#18
S Garcia-Tizon Larroca, J Arevalo-Serrano, A Duran Vila, M P Pintado Recarte, I Cueto Hernandez, A Solis Pierna, S Lizarraga Bonelli, J De Leon-Luis
BACKGROUND: In an era of worldwide population displacement, recent studies have identified strong associations between social situations and perinatal outcomes among immigrants. Little is known about the effect of maternal social background on pregnancy outcomes. The Human Development Index (HDI) assesses the following dimensions of human development: life expectancy, education level and income. The objective of our study was to determine if maternal HDI may be used to identify women at increased odds of poor pregnancy outcomes...
September 21, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934936/transitional-cell-carcinoma-involving-graft-kidney-in-a-kidney-transplant-recipient-a-case-report
#19
Yu Ah Hong, Hyeon Seok Hwang, Hae Joung Sul, Suk Young Kim, Yoon Kyung Chang
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation (KT) is the treatment option for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) to prolong survival and improve quality of life. Although the use of potent immunosuppressive agents increases graft survival in kidney transplantation recipients (KTRs), it may lead to the development of malignancy, including transitional cell carcinoma (TCC). TCC developing in the pelvis of graft kidney is very rare in KTRs. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old male visited hospital with complaints of nausea, vomiting and gross hematuria...
September 21, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934785/1-year-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-conservative-management-vs-minimally-invasive-surgical-treatment-for-sacroiliac-joint-pain
#20
Julius Dengler Dengler, Djaya Kools, Robert Pflugmacher, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Domenico Prestamburgo, Paolo Gaetani, Eddie van Eeckhoven, Daniel Cher, Bengt Sturesson
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) emanating from the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is a common finding. Devices to fuse the SIJ are now commercially available, but high-quality evidence supporting their effectiveness is limited. OBJECTIVES: To compare the safety and effectiveness of conservative management (CM) to minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion (SIJF) in patients with chronic LBP originating from the SIJ. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, multicenter randomized controlled trial...
September 2017: Pain Physician
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