Increased energy costs have led to expanded research into alternative energy systems, including solar heat, earth heat and storage in earth and rock. Long term planning for these systems requires information on a number of geoparameters and other factors and parameters. Conditions for the extraction and storage of energy in the earth are largely controlled by geological circumstances. Thermal and hydraulic parameters are important in determining heat loss, storage capacity, etc. Chemical conditions are important in judging operation, functioning and maintenance of systems. Geotechnical data is important in analyzing the risk of settlement and tendency to crack with temperature changes. The report contains chapters on energy-geology applications of geological mapping, thermal parameters, natural variations of ground water temperature in Swedish friction earth, calculation of thermal diffusivity in earth based on temperature measurements in ground water observation pipes, energy wells, energy storage, energy-geology mapping and radioactive heat production by the decay of radioactive isotopes in the earth's crust. Numerous tables and charts, plus bibliographical listings following most chapters.
Pankowski, Rafal; Dziegiel, Krzysztof; Roclawski, Marek; Smoczynski, Andrzej; Ceynowa, Marcin; Kloc, Wojciech; Wasilewski, Wojciech; Jende, Piotr; Liczbik, Wieslaw; Beldzinski, Piotr; Libionka, Witold; Pierzak, Olaf; Adamski, Stanislaw; Niedbala, Miroslaw
Even among skilled spinal deformity surgeons, neurologic deficits are inherent potential complications of spine surgery. The aim was to assess the meaning of changes and to evaluate the critical rates of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SEP) and Motor Evoked Potentials (MEP) for Neurologic Deficit (ND) occurrence associated with scoliosis surgery. A Group of 30 patients with idiopathic scoliosis treated surgically by posterior correction and stabilisation were included. Patients were matched by age, sex, aetiology, Cobb angle, and surgical criteria. Data on three planar scoliosis correction and concomitant (INM) alarms were compared. Radiographic assessment was performed from radiographs taken before surgery and just after it. The (INM) was performed with the use of ISSIS (Inomed) in every patients the same fashion. The average thoracic curve correction was 69.7% and lumbar 69.8%. The average preoperative Apical Vertebral Rotation was 23.5° for thoracic and 27.9° for lumbar curves and postoperatively 10.9° and 14.3° respectively. There was a significant variability of SEP during surgery with only 7 (23%) patients with stable SEP. 15(50%) patients had a decrease of SEP below 50% and 8(27%) had severe decrease of SEP below 50% what caused us to stop surgery or to decrease correction of curves. There was a MEP decrease in 11(37%) patients and in 6 (20%) directly after correction up to 50% of normal value. In 5 of 30 (17%) patients there was a significant decrease of MEP below 50% and we immediately released the implant. The SEP decrease up to 50% without any MEP change did not influenced the outcome. There was no correlation between flexibility and correction of the curve and SEP and MEP decrease. The safe level for MEP was not determined but its meaning for the outcome was more important than SEP value. The need of (INM) during scoliosis surgery to avoid (ND) was confirmed. PMID:22744519
Lee, Albert; Chua, Hoi-wai; Chan, Mariana; Leung, Patrick W. L.; Wong, Jasmine W. S.; Chuh, Antonio A. T.
Background The socioeconomic inequalities in child health continue to widen despite improved economy. Objective To investigate the correlation between socio-economic factors and health risk behaviors and psychosocial well-being of children in Hong Kong. Hypothesis The null hypothesis is that for this particular developed region, there exists little or no correlation between social-economic factors and health risk behaviors and psychosocial well-being of children. Design Cross sectional territory wide survey. Participants Caregivers of 7,000 children in kindergartens in Hong Kong. Measuring tools Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance questionnaire, health-related knowledge and hygienic practice questionnaire, and Children Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Results Children were less likely to have somatic complaints and anxiety/depression as reflected by CBCL scores coming from families of higher income, not being recipients of social assistance, with fathers in employment, and with higher parental education. Children with only mother or father as caretakers had lower odds ratios (ORs) 0.71 (95% CI 0.58-0.89) and 0.53 (95% CI 0.33-0.84) respectively to have the habit of eating breakfast, whilst parental education at post-secondary level and higher family income had higher ORs 1.91 (95% CI 1.31-2.78), and 1.63 (95% CI 1.11-2.39). Fathers unemployed, relatives as main caretakers and living in districts with low median household inome incurred higher ORs, as 1.46 (95% CI 1.10-1.94),1.52 (95% CI 1.27-1.83) and 1.17 (95% CI 1.02-1.34) respectively, of watching television over two hours daily, whilst children with parental education at secondary level or above incurred lower OR 0.33 (95% CI 0.24-0.45). Children with parental education at post-secondary level and higher family income had lower ORs of 0.32 (95% CI 0.48-0.97) and 0.52 (95% CI 0.34-0.79) respectively, with regard to exposing to passive smoking, and reversed for those living in districts with lower median household income