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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449343/cost-effectiveness-of-the-highly-effective-direct-acting-antivirals-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-hong-kong
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Angeline Oi-Shan Lo, Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Grace Lai-Hung Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In Asia-Pacific where cost is a major concern, peginterferon plus ribavirin (PR) often remain as the standard of care in chronic hepatitis C (CHC) treatment, while the direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) are commonly recommended as retreatment. Newer DAAs can achieve a sustained virological response (SVR) of nearly 100% with pan-genotypic coverage, that is "Highly Effective DAAs." We aimed to investigate the most desirable cost range for the Highly Effective DAAs using Hong Kong as an example...
May 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444415/-conventional-radiological-diagnosis-of-benign-none-neoplasms
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A Bücker, G Schneider
BACKGROUND: Benign bone tumors are of special clinical importance because they might be confused with malignant bone tumors. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article it to present the characteristics of benign bone tumors. The focus is orientated towards conventional x‑ray as the essential pillar for primary diagnosis. Consequently, the description of signal intensities of benign bone tumors in magnetic resonance images or less helpful clues like male-female ratios are deliberately omitted...
April 25, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440790/large-scale-modeled-contemporary-and-future-water-temperature-estimates-for-10774-midwestern-u-s-lakes
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Luke A Winslow, Gretchen J A Hansen, Jordan S Read, Michael Notaro
Climate change has already influenced lake temperatures globally, but understanding future change is challenging. The response of lakes to changing climate drivers is complex due to the nature of lake-atmosphere coupling, ice cover, and stratification. To better understand the diversity of lake responses to climate change and give managers insight on individual lakes, we modelled daily water temperature profiles for 10,774 lakes in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin for contemporary (1979-2015) and future (2020-2040 and 2080-2100) time periods with climate models based on the Representative Concentration Pathway 8...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440751/validation-in-daily-clinical-situations-of-diascope-%C3%A2-a-software-developed-to-help-healthcare-professionals-individualize-antidiabetic-treatment-in-type-2-diabetes
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Francisco Javier Ampudia-Blasco, Francisco Javier García-Soidán, Manuela Rubio Sánchez, Tra-Mi Phan
INTRODUCTION: DiaScope(®) is a software to help in individualized prescription of antidiabetic treatment in type 2 diabetes. This study assessed its value and acceptability by different professionals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: DiaScope(®) was developed based on the ADA-EASD 2012 algorithm and on the recommendation of 12 international diabetes experts using the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method. The current study was performed at a single session. In the first phase, 5 clinical scenarios were evaluated, selecting the most appropriated therapeutic option among 4 possibilities (initial test)...
March 2017: Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437587/relationship-type-affects-the-reliability-of-dispersal-distance-estimated-using-pedigree-inferences-in-partially-sampled-populations-a-case-study-involving-invasive-american-mink-in-scotland
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Y Melero, M K Oliver, X Lambin
Estimating dispersal - a key parameter for population ecology and management - is notoriously difficult. The use of pedigree assignments, aided by likelihood-based softwares, has become popular to estimate dispersal rate and distance. However, the partial sampling of populations may produce false assignments. Further, it is unknown how the accuracy of assignment is affected by the genealogical relationships of individuals and is reflected by software-derived assignment probabilities. Inspired by a project managing invasive American mink (Neovison vison), we estimated individual dispersal distances using inferred pairwise relationships of culled individuals...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433826/data-summarization-method-for-chronic-disease-tracking
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Dejan Aleksić, Petar Rajković, Dušan Vučković, Dragan Janković, Aleksandar Milenković
OBJECTIVES: Bearing in mind the rising prevalence of chronic medical conditions, the chronic disease management is one of the key features required by medical information systems used in primary healthcare. Our research group paid a particular attention to this specific area by offering a set of custom data collection forms and reports in order to improve medical professionals' daily routine. The main idea was to provide an overview of history for chronic diseases, which, as it seems, had not been properly supported in previous administrative workflows...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429876/iodine-131-meta-iodobenzylguanidine-therapy-for-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-high-risk-neuroblastoma
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Kathelijne Cjm Kraal, Elvira C van Dalen, Godelieve Am Tytgat, Berthe Lf Van Eck-Smit
BACKGROUND: Patients with newly diagnosed high-risk (HR) neuroblastoma (NBL) still have a poor outcome, despite multi-modality intensive therapy. This poor outcome necessitates the search for new therapies, such as treatment with (131)I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine ((131)I-MIBG). OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and adverse effects of (131)I-MIBG therapy in patients with newly diagnosed HR NBL. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following electronic databases: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; the Cochrane Library 2016, Issue 3), MEDLINE (PubMed) (1945 to 25 April 2016) and Embase (Ovid) (1980 to 25 April 2016)...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426442/amniotic-membrane-use-for-management-of-corneal-limbal-stem-cell-deficiency
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Alfonso L Sabater, Victor L Perez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews the most recent surgical techniques for management of corneal limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) using amniotic membrane tissue. RECENT FINDINGS: Early successes with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) for the treatment of ocular surface disorders have encouraged clinicians to investigate new applications. The use of AMT as a temporary patch in emergency cases in which LSCD may develop has considerably improved the prognosis of these patients...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426345/economic-evaluation-of-ezetimibe-treatment-in-combination-with-statin-therapy-in-the-united-states
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Glenn M Davies, Ami Vyas, Carl A Baxter
AIMS: This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of ezetimibe with statin therapy versus statin monotherapy from a United States (US) payer perspective, assuming the impending patent expiration of ezetimibe. METHODS: A Markov-like economic model consisting of 28 distinct health states was used. Model population data were obtained from US linked claims and electronic medical records, with inclusion criteria based on diagnostic guidelines. Inputs came from recent clinical trials, meta-analyses, and cost-effectiveness analyses...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426293/identifying-thermal-breakdown-products-of-thermoplastics
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Marianne Guillemot, Benoît Oury, Sandrine Melin
Polymers processed to produce plastic articles are subjected to temperatures between 150°C and 450°C or more during overheated processing and breakdowns. Heat-based processing of this nature can lead to emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the thermoplastic processing shop. In this study, laboratory experiments, qualitative and quantitative emissions measurement in thermoplastic factories were carried out. The first step was to identify the compounds released depending on the thermoplastic nature, the temperature and the type of process...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425128/understanding-the-effects-of-different-social-data-on-selecting-priority-conservation-areas
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Azadeh Karimi, Ayesha I T Tulloch, Greg Brown, Marc Hockings
Conservation success is contingent on assessing social as well as environmental factors so that cost-effective implementation of strategies and actions can be placed in a broad social-ecological context. Until now, the focus has been on how to include spatially-explicit social data in conservation planning, whereas the value of different kinds of social data has received limited attention. In a regional systematic conservation planning case study in Australia, we examined the spatial concurrence of a range of spatially-explicit social values and preferences collected using public participation GIS (PPGIS) methods with biological data...
April 20, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424839/reirradiation-of-recurrent-node-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-after-previous-stereotactic-radiotherapy-for-stage%C3%A2-i-disease-a%C3%A2-multi-institutional-treatment-recommendation
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Carsten Nieder, Dirk De Ruysscher, Laurie E Gaspar, Matthias Guckenberger, Minesh P Mehta, Patrick Cheung, Arjun Sahgal
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines have been developed for early-stage and locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, many common clinical scenarios still require individualized decision making. This is true for locoregional relapse after initial stereotactic radiotherapy (stereotactic body radiation therapy or stereotactic ablative radiotherapy; SBRT or SABR), an increasingly utilized curative treatment option for stage I NSCLC. METHODS: A consortium of expert radiation oncologists was established with the aim of providing treatment recommendations...
April 19, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424754/considerations-of-temperature-in-the-context-of-the-persistence-classification-in-the-eu
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Michael Matthies, Sabine Beulke
Simulation degradation studies for industrial chemicals, biocidal products and plant protection products are required in the EU to estimate half-lives in soil, water and sediment for the comparison to persistence criteria for hazard (P/vP) assessment, and for use in exposure assessments. There is a discrepancy between European regulatory approaches regarding the temperature at which degradation half-lives should be (1) measured in simulation degradation testing of environmental compartments, and (2) compared to the P/vP criteria...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424529/surface-dependent-scenarios-for-dissolution-driven-motion-of-growing-droplets
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Stefano Curiotto, Frédéric Leroy, Fabien Cheynis, Pierre Müller
Nano-droplets on a foreign substrate have received increasing attention because of their technological possible applications, for instance to catalyse the growth of nanowires. In some cases the droplets can move as a result of a reaction with the substrate. In this work we show that the substrate orientation, the surface morphology and the shape of the pits etched in the substrate by the droplets affect the droplet motion, so that a single mechanism (droplet-induced substrate dissolution) may lead to several unexpected droplet dynamics...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423757/a-medication-reminder-mobile-app-does-it-work-for-different-age-ranges
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Mina Fallah, Mobin Yasini
Successful medication adherence particularly in elderly with chronic diseases will improve their self-management. Medication reminder systems could be useful to improve this adherence. This study consists of two phases, designing a mobile medical app based on Android platform and then its evaluation. To develop this application, first, the use case scenarios have been hypothesized in partnership with health professionals and patients used to take medications daily. Unified Modeling Language was used to model the use cases...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423453/periodontal-treatment-in-private-dental-practice-a-case-based-survey
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I Darby, S-Y Barrow, B Cvetkovic, R Musolino, S Wise, C Yung, D Bailey
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the management and referral patterns of Victorian general dental practitioners based on periodontal diagnosis. METHODS: Following ethics approval, Victorian general dental practitioners were invited to complete five randomised text-based periodontitis scenario questionnaires. Based on their diagnosis respondents were asked for their management options and asked to specify who would perform these treatments. Respondents were also asked about referral procedures...
April 19, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423003/hacdivsel-two-new-methods-haplotype-based-and-outlier-based-for-the-detection-of-divergent-selection-in-pairs-of-populations
#17
Antonio Carvajal-Rodríguez
The detection of genomic regions involved in local adaptation is an important topic in current population genetics. There are several detection strategies available depending on the kind of genetic and demographic information at hand. A common drawback is the high risk of false positives. In this study we introduce two complementary methods for the detection of divergent selection from populations connected by migration. Both methods have been developed with the aim of being robust to false positives. The first method combines haplotype information with inter-population differentiation (FST)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422779/the-utility-of-high-fidelity-simulation-for-training-critical-care-fellows-in-the-management-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-emergencies-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Bishoy M Zakhary, Lily M Kam, Brian S Kaufman, Kevin J Felner
OBJECTIVE: Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation volume has increased, proficiency in the technology requires extensive training. We compared traditional water-drill-based extracorporeal membrane oxygenation training with simulation-based extracorporeal membrane oxygenation training with the hypothesis that simulation-based training is superior. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Academic medical center. SUBJECTS: Pulmonary/critical care fellows...
April 18, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421186/cost-description-and-comparative-cost-efficiency-of-post-exposure-prophylaxis-and-canine-mass-vaccination-against-rabies-in-n-djamena-chad
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Rolande Mindekem, Monique Sarah Lechenne, Kemdongarti Service Naissengar, Assandi Oussiguéré, Bidjeh Kebkiba, Daugla Doumagoum Moto, Idriss Oumar Alfaroukh, Laurent Tinoanga Ouedraogo, Sahidou Salifou, Jakob Zinsstag
Rabies claims approximately 59,000 human lives annually and is a potential risk to 3.3 billion people in over 100 countries worldwide. Despite being fatal in almost 100% of cases, human rabies can be prevented by vaccinating dogs, the most common vector, and the timely administration of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to exposed victims. For the control and prevention of human rabies in N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad, a free mass vaccination campaign for dogs was organized in 2012 and 2013. The campaigns were monitored by parallel studies on the incidence of canine rabies based on diagnostic testing of suspect animals and the incidence of human bite exposure recorded at selected health facilities...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420342/impact-of-correlation-of-predictors-on-discrimination-of-risk-models-in-development-and-external-populations
#20
Suman Kundu, Madhu Mazumdar, Bart Ferket
BACKGROUND: The area under the ROC curve (AUC) of risk models is known to be influenced by differences in case-mix and effect size of predictors. The impact of heterogeneity in correlation among predictors has however been under investigated. We sought to evaluate how correlation among predictors affects the AUC in development and external populations. METHODS: We simulated hypothetical populations using two different methods based on means, standard deviations, and correlation of two continuous predictors...
April 19, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
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