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  1. Fibrillation auriculaire et activité physique

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    Bosomworth, N. John

    2015-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Examiner les données probantes portant sur les effets de divers niveaux d’activité physique sur l’incidence de fibrillation auriculaire (FA) dans la population générale et chez les athlètes d’endurance. Sources des données Une recherche a initialement été menée sur PubMed à l’aide des titres MeSH ou des mots-de-texte anglais (avec descripteur de zone de recherche TIAB [title and abstract]) atrial fibrillation et exercise ou physical activity ou athlet* ou sport*, sans filtre additionnel. Le système GRADE (grading of recommendations, assessment, development, and evaluation) a été utilisé pour tirer les conclusions au sujet de la qualité et du niveau de preuve. Sélection des études Aucune étude d’intervention n’est ressortie de la recherche. Les études d’observation ont alors été jugées acceptables et, bien que des études prospectives de cohortes à long terme de plus grande envergure auraient été préférables, des essais cas-témoins ou transversaux ont aussi été inclus dans cette révision. Synthèse Les données disponibles laissent croire à un lien proportionnel à la dose entre l’exercice plus intense et l’incidence réduite de FA chez les femmes. Il en va de même pour les hommes dont le niveau d’activité physique est de faible à modéré. Chez les hommes seulement, l’activité intense est associée à un risque accru de FA et ce, dans la plupart des études, mais pas la totalité d’entre elles. Ce risque est modéré, le rapport de risque instantané étant de 1,29 dans l’une des études de meilleure qualité. Le risque de FA chez la plupart des personnes régulièrement actives est plus faible que le risque observé dans la population sédentaire appariée. Conclusion La fibrillation auriculaire est probablement moins fréquente à mesure que le niveau d’activité physique augmente, la relation dose-réponse étant démontrable. À toutes les intensités, l’exercice doit être

  2. Evaluation du niveau d'activité physique dans un service Marocain d'hémodialyse chronique

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    Karimi, Ilham; Benabdellah, Nawal; Bentata, Yassamine; Yacoubi, Hicham; Haddiya, Intissar

    2013-01-01

    Introduction L'activité physique est souvent réduite chez le patient hémodialysé chronique. Plusieurs études ont montré l'intérêt du maintien ou de la reprise d'une activité physique sur l’état de santé des patients. Le but de notre travail est d'analyser le niveau d'activité physique chez nos patients hémodialysé chronique. Méthodes Nous avons réalisé une étude transversale au centre d'hémodialyse de l'hôpital Al Farabi d'Oujda. Nous avons évalué l'activité physique de nos patients à l'aide du Questionnaire de Baecke traduit en dialectal Marocain et adapté au contexte socioculturel Marocain. Nous avons relevé les paramètres démographiques et clinico-biologiques ainsi que le niveau d'activité physique. L'analyse statistique est réalisée par le logiciel SPSS 11.5. Résultats Notre étude a inclus 83 patients. L’âge moyen était de 47,3±13,2 ans, avec une prédominance masculine. 15,6% déclarent n'avoir aucune activité physique. 68% des patients rapportent des difficultés à effectuer des efforts physiques importants (courir, soulever un objet lourd). 16,4% des patients déclarent avoir une activité physique et sportive régulière (marche, foot-ball etc..). La diminution de l'activité physique est corrélée de façon significative à l’âge avancée, l'indice de masse corporelle bas, l'ancienneté en hémodialyse et les affections cardio-vasculaires. Conclusion Un programme d'activité physique adapté à notre population d'hémodialysés et élaboré en concertation pluridisciplinaire (cardiologues, orthopédistes, rhumatologues, kinésithérapeutes) paraît intéressant dans le cadre d'une prise en charge globale du patient hémodialysé chronique. PMID:24198881

  3. Impacts of Gender Differences on Conducting Operational Activities (Impact des diffrenes homme/femme sur la conduite des activites oprationnelles)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-10-01

    MP-HFM-158 Impacts of Gender Differences on Conducting Operational Activities (Impact des différences homme/ femme sur la conduite des activités...harassment should also be dealt with on a multicultural basis. ES - 2 RTO-MP-HFM-158 Impact des différences homme/ femme sur la...conduite des activités opérationnelles (RTO-MP-HFM-158) Synthèse L’intégration des femmes dans les armées, se fait à un rythme variable dans les

  4. Une vie saine et active : des directives en matière d’activité physique chez les enfants et les adolescents

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    Lipnowski, Stan; LeBlanc, Claire MA

    2012-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ L’épidémie d’obésité juvénile augmente partout dans le monde. Même si les facteurs de risque d’obésité sont multifactoriels, bon nombre sont liés au mode de vie et se prêtent à une intervention. Ces facteurs incluent le comportement sédentaire et la thermogenèse sans activité physique, de même que la fréquence, l’intensité, la quantité et le type d’activité physique. Les dispensateurs de soins de première ligne sont en position idéale pour surveiller le taux d’activité physique des enfants, des adolescents et de leur famille, évaluer les choix liés au mode de vie et offrir des conseils pertinents. Le présent document de principes contient des directives visant à réduire le comportement sédentaire et à accroître le taux d’activité physique au sein de la population pédiatrique. Des recommandations d’activités physiques adaptées au développement et visant les nourrissons, les tout-petits, les enfants d’âge préscolaire, les enfants et les adolescents sont présentées. Des stratégies de promotion d’une vie saine et active sur les scènes locale, municipale, provinciale, territoriale et fédérale sont proposées.

  5. Analyse de la motivation pour les mathematiques d'eleves du secondaire participant a une activite de programmation informatique

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    Ouellette, Jean-Michel

    Au Quebec, le decrochage scolaire cause par un manque de motivation de la part des eleves est une preoccupation actuelle. Dans une societe de savoirs ou les technologies prennent une place de plus en plus grande, il apparait important d'explorer toutes les pistes de travail quant a l'amelioration de la motivation scolaire des jeunes. Plus precisement, sachant qu'il existe des liens concrets entre la programmation informatique et les mathematiques, nous avons analyse l'apport possible de l'apprentissage de la programmation informatique a la motivation pour l'apprentissage des mathematiques. Trois eleves de troisieme secondaire ont participe a cette etude multicas. Selon les resultats d'analyse, tous les eleves ont vecu une amelioration de leur motivation a apprendre les mathematiques. A la lumiere de l'analyse de ces resultats, nous proposons une explication relativement aux liens possibles entre la participation des eleves a une activite parascolaire de programmation informatique et l'amelioration de leur motivation pour l'apprentissage des mathematiques.

  6. [Study on antiplatelet and antithrombin activitives and effective components variation of Puhuang-Wulingzhi before and after compatibility].

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    Su, Shu-lan; Xue, Ping; Ouyang, Zhen; Zhou, Wei; Duan, Jin-ao

    2015-08-01

    The changes of bioactive constituents were analyzed for Puhuang-Wulingzhi before and after compatibility and the antiplatelet and antithrombin activitives were evaluated in order to elucidate the scientific and reasonable of Puhuang-Wulingzhi compatibility. UPLC-QTOF-MA-Markerlynx, principal component analysis (PCA) and orthogonal partial least-squares discriminant analysis were used for data analysis and tracking changes of chemical composition during the decocting process. In vitro platelet aggregation induced by ADP, thrombin time(TT) and prothrombin time (PT) were investigated for Puhuang-Wulingzhi before and after compatibility. The results showed that significant differences were found between the mixed decoction and codecoction of Wulingzhi and Puhuang. Five compounds changed obviously were identified as typhaneoside, naringenin, isorhamnetin-3-O-ruinoside, quercetin-3-O-neohesperidoside, kaempferol-3-O-neohesperidoside. The codecoction, comparing with the single decoction, was more significant in antiplatelet aggregation and could prolong thrombin time. In the same crude drug dose, the thrombin time (TT) elongation were greater. These data could provide references for elucidation of bioactive components for this herb pair.

  7. Activités physiques libres ou encadrées et condition physique liée à la santé chez des adultes burundais: étude transversale

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    Bizimana, Jean Berchmans; Lawani, Mansourou Mohamed; Akplogan, Barnabé; Gaturagi, Charles

    2016-01-01

    Introduction l’activité physique régulière a un impact positif sur la santé. Cette étude a pour objet de comparer la condition physique liée à la santé des adultes qui s’exercent librement avec celle des adultes bénéficiant d’un encadrement professionnel. Elle tente aussi d’établir une relation entre le niveau d’activité physique et les paramètres de la condition liée à la santé. Méthodes nous avons évalué le niveau d’activité physique et les paramètres de la condition physique liée à la santé. Par le test t pour échantillons indépendants, nous avons comparé les moyennes et avons par le calcul du coefficient de corrélation r de Pearson analysé la relation entre le niveau d’activité physique et les paramètres de la condition physique. Résultats des écarts significatifs (p < 0,05) de niveau d’activité physique, de souplesse, de V˙O2max et de la FC de repos ont été enregistrés en faveur du groupe encadré. Le niveau d’activité physique est positivement corrélé (p < 0,05) au V˙O2max et à la force de préhension mais négativement corrélé à la FC de repos et au cholestérol LDL. La prévalence des facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire n’est pas élevée excepté pour le cholestérol HDL. Conclusion les résultats de cette étude montrent que l’activité physique libre est aussi efficace que l’activité physique encadrée dans le maintien des profils lipidique et physiologique favorables à la santé chez l’adulte burundais. Cependant, l’activité physique encadrée apporte des bénéfices supplémentaires pour le V˙O2max, la fréquence cardiaque de repos, la souplesse antérieure et la détente verticale PMID:28203315

  8. Development and validation of the 'Echelle de Motivation envers l'Activité Physique en contexte de Santé': A motivation scale towards health-oriented physical activity in French.

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    Boiché, Julie; Gourlan, Mathieu; Trouilloud, David; Sarrazin, Philippe

    2016-11-21

    This article presents the validation of the 'Echelle de Motivation envers l'Activité Physique en contexte de Santé' including the six forms of motivation underlined by self-determination theory. Study 1 underlines the content validity of a pool of 30 items (N = 20). Study 2 supports the six-factor structure validity of the 18-item Echelle de Motivation envers l'Activité Physique en contexte de Santé (N = 309). Study 3 (N = 191) confirms structure validity, as well as concurrent validity and 2-week temporal reliability. The Echelle de Motivation envers l'Activité Physique en contexte de Santé can be considered as a valid and reliable tool to use in prevention or rehabilitation contexts.

  9. Activite locomotrice de souris isolees, de deux lignees consanguines, dans un environnement semi-naturel ou en cages d'elevage.

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    Le Pape, G; Lassalle, J M

    1979-10-01

    Des enregistrements continus d'activité locomotrice ont été effectués sur des souris mâles isolées des lignées Balb/c et C57bl/6, vivant en cages d'élevage ou en milieu semi- naturel. Les résultats montrent que les différences entre ces deux situations ne sont pas perçues de la même façon par les animaux des deux lign'ees: alors qu'en cages d'élevage les souris des deux lignées experiment la même quantité totale d'activaté, en milieu semi-naturel les souris Balb/c sont plus actives que les C57bl/6. En outre, l≐s différences observées entre les lignées pour la repartition de l'activité au cours du nycthèmere s'inversent lorsque l'on passe d'une situation à l'autre. L'étude de la variabilité fait aparaître une dispersion plus grande des performances dans la lignée C57bl/6 en cages d'élevage, alors qu'en milieu semi-naturel la dispersion est plus chez Bal/c. Copyright © 1979. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. La membrane ancestrale : barrière asymétrique à l'origine de l'activité optique dans les milieux vivants ?

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    Spach, Gérard; Merle, Liliane

    Since the discovery of the optical activity of the biomolecules, the early origin of the biopolymer asymmetry (Nucleic acids and proteins) of the living cells is the subject of many speculations. In some simple instances, asymmetric amplification has been shown experimentally to occur at the molecular level. Following some authors, its origins can be found at the subatomatic level. In this article, the early asymmetric enclosing of prebiotic moieties is stressed, by refering especially to the presence of chiral compounds of lipidic nature in the vesicle membranes and to ancestral pores or channels able to select optically active constituents of the "primordial soup", a few billion years ago. L'origine ancestrale de l'asymétrie des biopolymères, acides nucléiques et protéines, de la cellule vivante suscite depuis la découverte de l'activité optique des biomolécules une vive discussion et la recherche d'une explication rationnelle. Dans des cas relativement simples, une amplification certaine de l'asymétrie a été montrée expérimentalement au niveau moléculaire, et selon certains, elle pourait trouver sa source au niveau subatomique. Dans cet article, le rôle précoce du confinement asymétrique de la matière prébiotique est souligné, notamment en se référant à la présence de pores ou de cannaux capables de sélectionner des constituants optiquements actifs de la "soupe primordiale", il y a quelques milliards d'années.

  11. Dépistage des maladies cardiovasculaires chez des étudiants de l'Université de Douala et influence des activités physiques et sportives

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    Ewane, Marielle Epacka; Mandengue, Samuel Honoré; Priso, Eugene Belle; Tamba, Stéphane Moumbe; Ahmadou; Fouda, André Bita

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Les maladies cardiovasculaires (MCV) constituent l'une des principales causes de mortalité dans les pays en développement. Le dépistage de ces dernières chez des jeunes est un défi dans la lutte contre leur expansion. Le but de cette étude était de dépister ces maladies au sein d'une population jeunes d’étudiants camerounais. Methodes Deux mille six cent cinquante-huit étudiants de l'Université de Douala (23,6 ± 2,9 ans, sex-ratio H/F = 0,9) ont en Avril - Mai 2011 participé à une campagne de dépistage gratuit du diabète, de l'hypertension artérielle (HTA) et de l'obésité. Ils ont également été soumis à une d'enquête évaluant leur niveau en activités physiques et sportives (APS). Resultats 12,7% des participants avaient une pression artérielle (PA) ≥ 140/90 mmHg, 3,6% étaient obèses et 0,9% avaient une glycémie ≥1,26 g/L. Des corrélations ont été trouvées entre certains facteurs de risque (diabète, hypertension et obésité) et le niveau académique d'une part (r =0,366; p < 0,0001) et le temps passé devant la télévision d'autres part (r = 0,411; p < 0,0001). L‘APS était inversement corrélée à l‘âge (r =-0,015; p < 0,0001) et au temps passé devant la télévision (r = -0,059; p = 0,002). Conclusion La présence des MCV et leurs facteurs de risque mis en évidence dans cette étude réalisée en milieu estudiantin camerounais interpelle à une prévention et une éducation dans la lutte contre ces dernières. PMID:22655111

  12. Usability and Workflow Evaluation of "RhEumAtic Disease activitY" (READY). A Mobile Application for Rheumatology Patients and Providers.

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    Yen, Po-Yin; Lara, Barbara; Lopetegui, Marcelo; Bharat, Aseem; Ardoin, Stacy; Johnson, Bernadette; Mathur, Puneet; Embi, Peter J; Curtis, Jeffrey R

    2016-11-02

    RhEumAtic Disease activitY (READY) is a mobile health (mHealth) application that aims to create a shared platform integrating data from both patients and physicians, with a particular emphasis on arthritis disease activity. We made READY available on an iPad and pilot implemented it at a rheumatology outpatient clinic. We conducted 1) a usability evaluation study to explore patients' and physicians' interactions with READY, and 2) a time motion study (TMS) to observe the clinical workflow before and after the implementation. A total of 33 patients and 15 physicians participated in the usability evaluation. We found usability problems in navigation, data entry, pain assessment, documentation, and instructions along with error messages. Despite these issues, 25 (75,76%) patients reported they liked READY. Physicians provided mixed feedback because they were concerned about the impact of READY on clinical workflow. Six physicians participated in the TMS. We observed 47 patient visits (44.72 hours) in the pre-implementation phase, and 42 patient visits (37.82 hours) in the post-implementation phase. We found that patients spent more time on READY than paper (4.39mins vs. 2.26mins), but overall, READY did not delay the workflow (pre = 52.08 mins vs. post = 45.46 mins). This time difference may be compensated with READY eliminating a workflow step for the staff. Patients preferred READY to paper documents. Many found it easier to input information because of the larger font size and the ease of 'tapping' rather than writing-out or circling answers. Even though patients spent more time on READY than using paper documents, the longer usage of READY was mainly due to when troubleshooting was needed. Most patients did not have problems after receiving initial support from the staff. This study not only enabled improvements to the software but also serves as good reference for other researchers or institutional decision makers who are interested in implementing such a

  13. Obésité, activité physique et temps de sédentarité chez des adolescents scolarisés, âgés de 15 à 18 ans de la ville de Sfax (Tunisie)

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    Regaieg, Sofien; Charfi, Nadia; Elleuch, Mouna; Mnif, Fatma; Marrakchi, Rim; Yaich, Sourour; Jammousi, Kamel; Damak, Jamel; Abid, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Le but de notre étude était d’évaluer la prévalence du surpoids et de l'obésité chez des adolescents scolarisés dans la ville de Sfax mais aussi, d’étudier son association avec le temps de sédentarité et l'activité physique (AP). Méthodes La population étudiée était composée de 1695 adolescents âgés de 15-18 ans. Tous les participants avait rempli un questionnaire porté sur leurs activités physiques et temps de sédentarité, donné lors d'un entretien direct. Le niveau d'AP était évalué avec l'International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) version courte. Résultats Notre étude comportait 43,7% de garçons et 56,3% de filles. L’âge moyen était de 16,78 ± 1, 1 an. Dans notre échantillon, 23,4% des adolescents étaient en surpoids ou obèses. Le score de l'IPAQ nous a montré que le niveau d'AP de nos participants était faible dans 6,4%, modéré dans 65,4% et élevé dans 28,2% des cas. Nos résultats avaient démontré que l'augmentation du temps de sédentarité (plus de 2 h / jour) est associée à une augmentation significative de l'indice de masse corporelle (IMC) et du tour de taille (TT) (P <0,001). Alors qu'un niveau d'AP élevé et/ou la participation aux séances d'AP structurées dans le cadre scolaire et hors scolaire est accompagnée par une diminution significative de l'IMC et du TT (P <0,001). Conclusion Nos résultats apportent une preuve supplémentaire sur la nécessité de promouvoir la vie active chez les jeunes Tunisiens. PMID:27022430

  14. Detection de fuite dans les barrages en remblai par la methode de polarisation spontanee et par tomographie electrique: Cas de la jonction de deux barrages en remblai

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    Nzumotcha Tchoumkam, Linda Armelle

    The infiltration through the core of foundation of embankment dams is a problem which is worrying for safety and economical dams. The mechanism of infiltration can be progressive and can disturb the stability or the durability of the structures. Consequently, its evolution can undermine public security. Statistics made for 11192 embankment dams through the world showed that until 1986, 48% of damages have been caused by internal erosion. This internal erosion was generated by infiltration through the core or the foundation of embankment dam. Electrical, electromagnetic and thermometric methods are usually considered as investigation methods. The goal of this work is to study the sensibility of the self-potential method (S.P.) to detect seepage for the case of embankment dams. We used S.P jointly with electrical resistance tomography (ERT). To attain this objective, we acquired self-potential and resistivity data with periodic changes of the water level in the reservoir. These changes were made every spring (in November) and every summer (in April) at the emptying and impounding of the reservoir. For this project, measures have been conducted over a period of two years (2008-2010). Before that, thermometry, self-potential and magnetic methods were applied on the site to acquire information about seepage and its approximate position. Flow rate was also measured. In April 2010, injection of grout was used to clog seepage. The measurements allowed to represent the variation of potential with time and space. That permitted to make a distinction between different sources of self-potential signal. The mapping of the electric potential during the emptying and the impounding of the reservoir showed a negative anomaly which correlate to an outflow located in the upstream of the dam. The monitoring of the S.P. signal permitted to dissociate an anomaly zone which can be related to the site of injection of grout. The gradient of self-potential decreased with the increase of pressure gradient. We have computed the effective electro kinetic (EK) coupling coefficient of the dam from the variation of the potential with water level. Time-lapse ERT is used to control the variation of electrical conductivity of the material together with changes in water level. The anomaly in the time-lapse represented agrees with the outflow. We also propose a 3D numerical model to interpret the measurements in a semi-quantitative manner. Comparing between results of modeling and the survey data, differences are noted that can be explained in different ways. More work would be needed to elucidate those differences, in particular with the measurement strategy and the estimation of coupling coefficients. Nevertheless, the proposed approach allowed to underline different variations under the ground. These results have also been used to discuss the limitations of the self-potential method applied to detect seepage in the dam.

  15. Examples of digital activites in tomorrow's Science classroom

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    Lardé, Arnaud

    2017-04-01

    Nowadays, Digital skills are very important for several reasons; First, almost any studies or works will need to master these skills; then, they are a new way to stimulate and motivate the pupils; You will find here examples of apps, ideas with tablets to use in your class keeping in mind that the most important is not to teach FOR the digital but BY the digital. Examples that will be exposed: - plickers - anatomy 4d - QR cod - edmodo - skitch

  16. Activites to Support and Assess Student Understanding of Earth Data

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    Prothero, W. A.; Regev, J.

    2004-12-01

    In order to use data effectively, learners must construct a mental model that allows them to understand and express spatial relationships in data, relationships between different data types, and relationships between the data and a theoretical model. Another important skill is the ability to identify gross patterns and distinguish them from details that may require increasingly sophisticated models. Students must also be able to express their understanding, both to help them frame their understanding for themselves, and for assessment purposes. Research in learning unequivocally shows that writing about a subject increases understanding of that subject. In UCSB's general education oceanography class, a series of increasingly demanding activities culminates in two science papers that use earth data. These activities are: 1) homework problems, 2) in-class short writing activities, 3) lab section exploration activities and presentations, and 4) the science paper. The subjects of the two papers are: Plate Tectonics and Ocean and Climate. Each student is a member of a group that adopts a country and must relate their paper to the environment of their country. Data are accessed using the "Our Dynamic Planet" and "Global Ocean Data Viewer" (GLODV) CD's. These are integrated into EarthEd Online, a software package which supports online writing, review, commenting, and return to the student. It also supports auto-graded homework assignments, grade calculation, and other class management functions. The writing assignments emphasize the construction of a scientific argument. This process is explained explicitly, requiring statements that: 1) include an observation or description of an observation (e.g. elevation profiles, quakes), 2) name features based on the observation (e.g. trench, ridge), 3) describe of features (e.g. trends NW, xxxkm long), 4) describe relationships between features (e.g. quakes are parallel to trench), 5) describe a model or theory (e.g. cartoon type representation of a subduction zone), and 6) describe the relationship between the model/theory and the data. Students generate and select data representations with the appropriate data display software, which seamlessly uploads each generated image to the student's personal storage area (on the class server). There they are available to be linked to the writing text. The assignment is "handed in" online, where it is commented, graded according to a rubric, and returned. Students rate the writing assignment as one of the most effective activities that contributes to their learning in the course.

  17. Natural insect repellents: activitity against mosquitoes and cockroaches

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    Gretchen Schultz; Chris Peterson; Joel Coats

    2006-01-01

    Recent research has focused on the repellent properties of extracts from the catnip plant (Nepeta cataria) and the Osage orange (Maclura pornifera) fruit. This chapter includes results on German cockroach (Blattella germanica), and house fly (Musca domestics) contact irritancy to catnip...

  18. Recent activites on electromagnetic processing of materials in Japan

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    Asai, Shigeo

    1995-01-01

    Application of electromagnetic forces to materials processing, so-called {open_quotes}electromagnetic processing of materials (EPM){close_quotes} has been recognized as cutting edge technology, especially in the fields of steelmaking and advanced materials processing in Japan. The history of EPM in Japan is mentioned and the background to promote EPM is described. The current status of research and development of EPM is shown briefly introducing several examples. Regarding the application of high-frequency magnetic field, two topics are dealt with. The first is the improvement of the surface quality of cast steel where an alternating magnetic field is imposed on the molten steel from the outside of the mold, and the second is the induction cold crucible where a considerably large amount of molten intermetallic compound is levitated. Examples of the application of DC magnetic field are the control of molten steel flow in a mold and the suppression of the mixing of steel in the strand of continuous casters. A model experiment to eliminate non-metallic inclusions in molten tin is conducted by imposing DC magnetic and electric fields.

  19. USEPA ORD TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ACTIVITES ON MERCURY RESEARCH

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    Key scientific questions have compelled ORD, in support of the Agency's mission, to develop a Mercury Research Strategy (1999). This strategy was to enable ORD to take a more proactive stance in identifying and implementing research programs designed to meet out-year goals in pro...

  20. Passive wireless sensor systems can recognize activites of daily living.

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    Urwyler, Prabitha; Stucki, Reto; Muri, Rene; Mosimann, Urs P; Nef, Tobias

    2015-08-01

    The ability to determine what activity of daily living a person performs is of interest in many application domains. It is possible to determine the physical and cognitive capabilities of the elderly by inferring what activities they perform in their houses. Our primary aim was to establish a proof of concept that a wireless sensor system can monitor and record physical activity and these data can be modeled to predict activities of daily living. The secondary aim was to determine the optimal placement of the sensor boxes for detecting activities in a room. A wireless sensor system was set up in a laboratory kitchen. The ten healthy participants were requested to make tea following a defined sequence of tasks. Data were collected from the eight wireless sensor boxes placed in specific places in the test kitchen and analyzed to detect the sequences of tasks performed by the participants. These sequence of tasks were trained and tested using the Markov Model. Data analysis focused on the reliability of the system and the integrity of the collected data. The sequence of tasks were successfully recognized for all subjects and the averaged data pattern of tasks sequences between the subjects had a high correlation. Analysis of the data collected indicates that sensors placed in different locations are capable of recognizing activities, with the movement detection sensor contributing the most to detection of tasks. The central top of the room with no obstruction of view was considered to be the best location to record data for activity detection. Wireless sensor systems show much promise as easily deployable to monitor and recognize activities of daily living.

  1. The antioxidant activitives of mango peel among different cultivars

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    Liu, Yu-Ge; Zhang, Xiu-Mei; Ma, Fei-Yue; Fu, Qiong

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the contents of total phenol and total flavonoid of 8 mango cultivars were determined. Their antioxidant abilities were also evaluated by 1,1-diphenyl-2-pireyhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging, trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity (TEAC) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). Correlations between total phenol, total flavonoid and FRAP as well as TEAC were also analyzed. Results showed that mango peels were rich in natural antioxidant compounds the antioxidant abilities were different among different cultivars. The correlations between total phenol, total flavonoid and FRAP indicated phenolics represent a major part of antioxidant capacity in mango peels. This was also useful in the utilization of mango processing waste.

  2. Astronomy Outreach Activites through the University of California, Irvine

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    Thornton, Carol E.; Smecker-Hane, T.

    2006-06-01

    We discuss our efforts to bring astronomy to local schools and classrooms through the UCI Astronomy Outreach program. This is part of a faculty-led outreach program entitled Outreach in Astronomy & Astrophysics with the UCI Observatory, funded by an NSF FOCUS grant to the University of California, Irvine. We primarily schedule visits with K-12 teachers in the Compton, Newport/Mesa and Santa Ana Unified School Districts, but often see scout troops and classes from other nearby schools. Often these schools don’t have the funding needed to bring their students to us, so we take small, portable telescopes to the schools, for both day and night visits, to give the students a chance to not only see a telescope, but to use one as well. For the schools that can find transportation to bring their students to campus, we include a tour of our observatory dome housing a 24-inch telescope used for outreach events and undergraduate research. In addition, we give interactive lectures and demonstrations to involve the students and get them excited about careers in science and science in general. We find that we help stimulate discussions before and after our visits, which can often help start or end a unit of astronomy within the schools’ curricula. We show feedback from teachers we have visited including the strengths of the program and suggestions/improvements for the future. For more information, see http://www.physics.uci.edu/%7Eobservat/tour_program.htmlFunding provided by NSF grant EHR-0227202 (PI: Ronald Stern).

  3. TRIAL BURN RESULTS AND FUTURE ACTIVITES OF THE EPA MOBILE INCINERATOR

    EPA Science Inventory

    The EPA Mobile Incinerator has demonstrated its ability to successfully destroy dioxin. A trial burn conducted in 1987 demonstrated the incinerator's ability to destroy a wide variety of compounds. The destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of carbon tetrachloride, hexachloro...

  4. Astronaut Sally Ride records some pre-launch activites at KSC

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1993-01-01

    Astronaut Sally K. Ride, mission specialist for STS-7, records some of the prelaunch activity for STS-6 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Astronaut William B. Lenoir, STS-5 mission specialist, is at left. Others pictured include Richard W. Nygren (center), Chief of the Vehicle Integration Section of the Operations Division at JSC; and Astronaut William F. Fisher, second right.

  5. [Geotechnical Board activities and funding]. [Annual] activites report, July 1, 1992--June 30, 1993

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    Smeallie, P.H.

    1993-07-23

    The Geotechnical Board, a part of the US National Research Council, which is the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, serves to advise the federal government and others on issues where geotechnology can have an impact, such as environmental remediation and infrastructure development. The board met three times during the reporting period to review current projects and to initiate activities that move the knowledge base of geotechnology forward. The board operates with two long-standing national committees, the US National Committee for Rock Mechanics and the US National Committee on Tunneling Technology. It also conducts special studies at the request of the government. A list of attachments is given.

  6. Correlation of anthropometric variables, conditional and exercise habits in activite olders

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    Ramos Bermúdez, Santiago; Parra Sánchez, José H

    2012-01-01

    Objective: This study sought to correlate the anthropometric and functional variables, and exercise habits in a group of elderly adults who regularly attend exercise programs. Method: Participation of 217 subjects between 60 and 85 years of age, from 13 regions of Colombia. Anthropometric and functional assessment was conducted as a questionnaire on exercise habits. Results: Negative correlations were shown between exercise habits and body fat and positive correlations between hand strength and VO2 max. (r = 0.4), age was negatively associated to functional variables. Conclusions: The functional capacity is influenced by increased age and body fat. With higher frequencies of physical exercise, VO2 max. and strength improved, but less body fat was observed. PMID:24893195

  7. Astronaut Sally Ride records some pre-launch activites at KSC

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    1993-01-01

    Astronaut Sally K. Ride, mission specialist for STS-7, records some of the prelaunch activity for STS-6 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Astronaut William B. Lenoir, STS-5 mission specialist, is at left. Others pictured include Richard W. Nygren (center), Chief of the Vehicle Integration Section of the Operations Division at JSC; and Astronaut William F. Fisher, second right.

  8. Activitivities of Japanese EMTP Committee (JEC) and EMTP Development Coordination Group Project (EMTP-DCG Project)

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    Nagaoka, Naoto; Motoyama, Hideki; Funabashi, Toshihisa

    The Electromagnetic Transients Program (EMTP) is a common software for analyzing the electromagnetic transient phenomena, the electromechanical dynamics, and the control system transients in electric power systems and electronic circuits. Since the late 1960's, the EMTP has been developed by many contributors, and various capabilities, functions and auxiliary programs have been added to the EMTP. In the first half of the paper, history of Japanese EMTP Committee (JEC) and its activity is described. The basic policy of the JEC is “neutral” and “public domain”. The objectives, members, recent workshops and publications are introduced in this report. The activity of the JEC covers any EMTP version, such as ATP- and DCG-EMTP, derived from the BPA-EMTP. The second part of this paper presents the history and products of the EMTP Development Coordination Group Project (EMTP-DCG Project), which is organized to rationalize the development of the EMTP.

  9. Body mass index and body fat status of men involved in sports, exercise, and sedentary activites.

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    Wan Nudri, Wan Daud; Wan Abdul Manan, Wan Muda; Mohamed Rusli, Abdullah

    2009-04-01

    A cross-sectional study was carried out in Kota Bharu on three groups of men with ages ranging from 18 to 44 years. The study groups included 83 athletes representing various types of sports and levels of participation (athlete group), 80 active men who exercised a minimum of 30 minutes per day at least 3 times per week (exercise group), and 80 inactive men (sedentary group). The objectives of the study were to compare the body mass indices (BMIs) and body fat statuses among the three groups with different physical activity levels. The height and weight of respondents were measured using the Seca weighing balance with height attachment. Skinfold thickness of biceps, triceps, subscapular regions, and suprailiac regions of each respondent were measured using Harpenden skinfold calipers. Percentage body fat was calculated as the sum of the four measurements of skinfold thickness. The results showed that the mean (± SD) BMIs in the athlete, exercise, and sedentary groups were 22.6 ± 2.9, 23.4 ± 3.5, and 24.3 ± 4.6 kg/m(2), respectively. The combined prevalence of pre-obese (BMI 25.029.9) and obese (BMI ³ 30.0) subjects was 21.7% in the athlete group, 29.9% in the exercise group, and 47.5% in the sedentary group. The mean (± SD) percentage of body fat in athletes was 15.7 ± 5.4%, which was lower than in the exercise (18.9 ± 5.5%) and sedentary (20.6 ± 5.8%) groups. The study revealed that individuals who are actively involved in physical activity, particularly in sport activities, have lower BMIs and percentage body fat values compared to sedentary people. Therefore, to prevent obesity, all individuals are encouraged to perform regular physical activity, particularly sports activities.

  10. Nitric oxide therapies for local inhibition of platelets' activitation on blood-contacting surfaces

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    Amoako, Kagya Agyeman

    Blood-contacting devices interact with blood during their function much like the endothelium that modulates hemostasis. The surfaces of these devices however, lack endothelial-like properties, and consequently, upon blood contact, activate clotting factors to form clots. Systemic heparinization for inhibiting clot formation can cause bleeding and surface coatings show insignificant benefits. This research investigated nitric oxide (NO) production mimicry of the endothehum on artificial lungs (ALs) and pediatric catheters. Their surfaces were functionalized either by (1) entrapping NO donors inside their bulk, (2) incorporating catalysts to generate NO from NO-donors or (3) supplementing NO into sweep gas of artificial lungs. Pediatric catheters functionalized with NO-donor thin coats using method 1 is limited by short NO release duration. Method 2 has not been applied to large surface-area, low-flow devices like the AL. In this work NO-generating silicone membranes were synthesized and characterized to determine the relationship between surface properties, NO flux, and blood clotting time. These outcomes helped develop and optimize NO-generating gas-exchange silicone fibers that represent the majority of ALs surface area. The first NO-generating AL prototypes, using those fibers, were manufactured, incorporated into NO-generating circuits and tested for their non-thrombogenicity. To test for NO-release duration and non-thrombogenicity, catheters were fabricated to incorporate NO-donors inside their walls, characterized for NO flux and release duration by chemilumincscence, and tested for patency using a thrombogenicity model in rabbits. Methods 1-2 involve material modification using complicated and expensive chemical formulations and/or manufacturing. Method 3 however, functionalizes ALs by only adding NO into sweep gas. Decade-long anti-clotting testing using a wide range of NO concentrations has been conducted without knowledge of what concentration yields endothelial NO flux levels in the AL. This concentration was determined for the MC3 Biolung and the Terumo capiox rx25 ALs in vitro. All these ideas have shown positive results in short-term studies, and each may play a necessary role in inhibiting clot formation in future ALs. The sufficiency however, of each idea or of a combination for clot inhibition in long-term ALs remains to be determined.

  11. Conformations and "nictinic" activites of cyclic analogues of choline aryl ether.

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    Clark, E R; Hughes, I E; Smith, C F

    1976-05-01

    The synthesis of cis and trans isomers of N,N-N-trimethyl-2-phenoxycyclohexylammonium bromide, cis-N,N,-N-trimethyl-2(2',6'-xylyloxy)cyclohexylammonium bromide, and N,N-dimethyl-3-phenoxypiperidinium bromide is described. Their structures and conformations were determined by NMR and uv absorption spectroscopy, the minimum torsional angles about the aryl-oxygen gond geing 20, 20, 80, and 27 degrees, respectively. Since the piperidinium compound stimulates ganglia, it is concluded the either planarity of the aryl--O--C system is not essential for this type of activity or receptor interaction can involve appreciable bond distortion. The absence of ganglion-stimulant activity in the remaining compounds indicates the need for a transoid arrangement of the O--C--C--N+ system.

  12. TRIAL BURN RESULTS AND FUTURE ACTIVITES OF THE EPA MOBILE INCINERATOR

    EPA Science Inventory

    The EPA Mobile Incinerator has demonstrated its ability to successfully destroy dioxin. A trial burn conducted in 1987 demonstrated the incinerator's ability to destroy a wide variety of compounds. The destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of carbon tetrachloride, hexachloro...

  13. Haemolytic and Antimicrobial Activites of Saponin-Rich Extracts from Guar Meal

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    Saponin-rich GM extract was prepared by refluxing 25 g of GM with 250 ml of EtOH/H2O (1:1, v/v) for 3 h then filtering and distilling EtOH at 50oC. The refluxed extract was partitioned with equal volume of BuOH obtaining crude saponin-rich GM extract with 4.8 ± 0.6% DM of GM that was purified by RP...

  14. 78 FR 15682 - Foreign-Trade Zone 84-Houston, Texas, Authorization of Production Activit, Mitsubishi Caterpillar...

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    2013-03-12

    ..., Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (Forklift Trucks), Houston, TX On November 2, 2012, the Port of... Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board on behalf of Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc., in...

  15. Katimavik Participant's Manual, Book VII, Socio-Cultural Activities = Katimavik manuel du participant, cahier VII, activites socio-culturelles.

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    OPCAN, Montreal (Quebec).

    The bilingual student manual, devoted to the socio-cultural learning activity portion of Katimavik (a nine-month volunteer community service and experiential learning program for 17 to 21 year old Canadians), contains sections on learning program objectives and trimester guidelines, optional activities, resume recordkeeping, general topic…

  16. Federal Aviation Administration Activites in the Agency’s 50th Year. An In-Depth Report.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-01-01

    ensure its safe and efficient use; develop and operate a common system of air navigation and air traffic control for both civil and military aviation...airspace is put to efficient and equitable use, and that a common system of air navigation and air traffic control for both civil and military...beacon interrogation system for use with transponder-equipped aircraft. Instrumented to speak an identical language , the computers in all the en route

  17. Katimavik Participant's Manual, Book VII, Socio-Cultural Activities = Katimavik manuel du participant, cahier VII, activites socio-culturelles.

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    OPCAN, Montreal (Quebec).

    The bilingual student manual, devoted to the socio-cultural learning activity portion of Katimavik (a nine-month volunteer community service and experiential learning program for 17 to 21 year old Canadians), contains sections on learning program objectives and trimester guidelines, optional activities, resume recordkeeping, general topic…

  18. Schoolympic Activities, 75-76. (Activites Ecolympiques, 75-76.) The Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, February 1975.

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    Hutton, Lee, Comp.; And Others

    Compiled by the Curriculum Department of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal, this French and English guide is intended to aid teachers to capitalize upon the Olympic Games to promote educationally sound activities. The objective is to develop an interest in the students of the aims of the Olympic Movement and to develop a sound mind…

  19. L'archivage des activités humaines par les neiges et glaces polaires : le cas du plomb

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    Boutron, Claude; Rosman, Kevin; Barbante, Carlo; Bolshov, Michael; Adams, Freddy; Hong, Sungmin; Ferrari, Christophe

    2004-07-01

    The investigation of the occurrence of lead in dated snow and ice from Greenland and Antarctica has played a major role in our understanding of the history of the pollution of the atmosphere of our planet by this metal. Such studies have however proved to be very demanding, mainly because of the extreme purity of polar snow and ice. Reliable measurements can be obtained only if ultra-clean and highly sensitive procedures are used, as pioneered by Clair Patterson. The Greenland data show evidence of large-scale pollution of the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere for lead as early as two millennia ago during Greco-Roman times, especially because of mining and smelting activities in southern Spain. It peaked at the end of the 1960s, with lead concentrations in snow about 200 times higher than natural values, before declining during recent times because of the fall in the use of leaded gasoline. Lead pollution in Antarctica was already significant at the end of the 19th century as a consequence of whaling activities, the traffic of coal-powered ships crossing the Cape Horn, and mining activities in South America, South Africa and Australia. After declining because of the opening of the Panama Canal, the great economic depression and World War II, it reached a maximum during the 1980s, with lead concentrations 20 times higher than natural values. Other studies focus on past natural variations of lead in ancient ice dated from the last climatic cycles. To cite this article: C. Boutron et al., C. R. Geoscience 336 (2004).

  20. PHARMACEUTICALS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: AN OVERVIEW - POLLUTION FROM PERSONAL ACTIONS, ACTIVITES, AND BEHAVIORS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perhaps more so than with any other class of pollutants, the occurrence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment highlights the immediate, intimate, and inseparable connection between the personal activities of individual citizens and their environ...

  1. PHARMACEUTICALS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: AN OVERVIEW - POLLUTION FROM PERSONAL ACTIONS, ACTIVITES, AND BEHAVIORS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perhaps more so than with any other class of pollutants, the occurrence of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment highlights the immediate, intimate, and inseparable connection between the personal activities of individual citizens and their environ...

  2. [Nicotinamidase and the so-called pyrazinamidase in mycobacteria; the simultaneous occurrence of both activites (author's transl)].

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    Tarnok, I; Pechmann, H; Krallmann-Wenzel, U; Röhrscheidt, E; Tarnok, Z

    1979-07-01

    Nicotin- and the so-called pyrazinamidase (in the following: "pyrazinamidase") have been found in strains of four mycobacteria species, M. fortuitum, M. gastri, M. bovis and M. microti. These findings are in contradiction to those summarized in Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology (1974). The reason for the discrepancies is that the original method (Bönicke, 1961) for amidase determination has not taken the following aspects into consideration: a) The inducibility of the nicotin- and "pyrazinamidase" (example: M. fortuitum); b) The temperature sensitivity of these enzymes (M. gastri); c) The light sensitivity of nicotinamidase (in photochromogenic M. gastri strains); d) The optimal substrate concentration which must be at least 4 mM instead of 0,8 mm. The following consequences can be drawn for the taxonomy and biochemistry of the tested organisms: e) The species status of M. gastri should be annuled. The main difference between M. gastri and M. kansasii consists only of the non-agglutinability of M. gastri by anti-M. kansasii serum. "Pyrazinamidase" and also nitrate reductase (Tarnok et al., in press) are positive in strains of both species; f) M. bovis possesses nicotin- and "pyrazinamidase" as M. tuberculosis too. Thus, these two species are more closely related than suggested earlier; g) Till now, no Mycobacterium has been found showing nicotinamidase without "pyrazinamidase" activity (or vice versa). It seems to be very probable that nicotinamidase, an enzyme of low substrate specificity, is able to hydrolyze several compounds with a nicotinamide-like structure such as pyrazinamide. Thus, we suggest the annulment of the term pyrazinamidase or the employment of quotation marks ("pyrazinamidase") to show the fictitious value of this designation.

  3. A Year of Transitions: 1995 AUCC Activities = Une annee de transitions: 1995 Activites de l'AUCC.

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    Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).

    This publication in English and French versions describes the activities of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) for 1995; particularly activities in the areas of public policy and advocacy, member services, and contract management. The section on public policy and advocacy describes how deficit reduction and national…

  4. Investigation of Button Size and Spacing for Underwater Controls (Etude sur la Taille et L’Espacement des Boutons de Commandes Utilisees dans des Activites Sous-Marines)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-04-01

    ergonomic design improvements. It is concluded that keypads designed for use in air are not optimal for use underwater. Résumé La présente étude...impractical without ergonomic design improvements. It is concluded that keypads designed for use in air are not optimal for use underwater. This...subject’s hands were immersed in a 4 water filled glass tank (0.3 m width x 0.9 m length x 0.3 m depth). The subject was seated on a high stool and

  5. La Ruralisation de l'enseignement fondamental au Mali: Des techniques et des activites pratiques (Ruralization of Basic Education in Mali: Practical Techniques and Activities).

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    McCabe, Michael; Fafaran, Keita, Ed.

    This instructional guide is designed for use by Peace Corps volunteers in teaching basic skills to rural residents of Mali through practical activities on school grounds. Four instructional units provide background information, definitions, illustrated descriptions of procedures, data tables, and suggested exercises for teaching in these areas:…

  6. Séparation de radionucléides à vie longue des déchets nucléaires de haute activité

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    Madic, Charles; Lecomte, Michaël; Baron, Pascal; Boullis, Bernard

    2002-10-01

    The management of vitrified high activity waste issued from the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel is often made questionable by the presence within this waste of long-lived radionuclides (LLRNs). New management scenarios of this waste are under study at the CEA since the beginning of the 1990s, involving the development of separation processes for some LLRNs. Six LLRNs are the targets of these studies; they are: (i) the minor actinides: neptunium, americium and curium; (ii) the fission products: technetium, iodine and caesium. The present paper highlights the main achievements of the research performed at the CEA in this field. To cite this article: C. Madic et al., C. R. Physique 3 (2002) 797-811.

  7. Le Congres de Nice 1974: Encouragement des Activites des Ecrivains at Traducteurs (The Nice Congress 1974: Encouraging the Activities of Writers and Translators)

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    De Azaola, M.

    1974-01-01

    A representative from Unesco offers some suggestions supporting writers and translators, including: strong writers' organizations, literature prizes, encouraging writers from oral traditions to record work on tape, diversification of production by publishers, financial rewards to writers from both government and publishers, and adherence to…

  8. [Distribution characteristics and risk assessment of heavy metals in farming domestic muscovy duck originated from Au/Cu mining and smelting activites].

    PubMed

    Hang, Xiao-Shuai; Liang, Bin; Wang, Wen-Lin; Wang, Xia; Li, Wei-Xin

    2012-09-01

    To investigate the impacts of mining and spilling activities on domestic fowl raising, ten muscovy duck (Cairna moschata) samples were collected in 2010 from farms in different villages located at the banks of the river originated from an Au/Cu mine. Concentrations of Cu, Hg and As in muscle, liver and blood of the muscovy duck samples were determined. According to relative national standards of China, the health safety of heavy metals in muscovy duck was evaluated. The results indicated that content of Cu was higher than those of Hg and As in the same tissue of the duck. The average content (17.20 mg x kg(-1)) of Cu in liver of the duck was higher than those in other tissues, but the concentrations of Hg and As had no significant difference among three tissues of the duck. There was no significant spatial distribution pattern of Cu, Hg and As in three tissues of the duck samples collected from the farms in different villages located at the banks of the river, indicating no significant impacts of mining and spilling activities on the ducks samples. The contents of Cu, Hg and As in the tissues of the duck samples fell in normal level ranges, and the ducks didn't show abnormal physical symptoms. According to the tolerance limits of heavy metals in foods of China, Cu in livers of the duck samples exceeded the standard by 100%, and the highest value of Cu in the liver was 1.74 times higher than its maximum allowable concentration in foods. Moreover, Hg contents in some muscle, blood and liver tissues of the duck samples were relatively high.

  9. Chalcogénures à clusters de molybdène: Stabilité et réactivité des phases à l'argent

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boulanger, C.; Lecuire, J. M.

    1988-08-01

    The standard potential of Ag +, {Z tMoyX z}/{AgxZ tMoyX z} redox systems has been obtained using potentiometric measurements in an aqueous medium. Thermodynamic data for intercalation reaction of silver into host materials are given. Iodine oxidizing properties allow the topotactic deinsertion reaction of silver to take place leading to the synthesis of new compounds: o- and h-Mo 9Se 11, Mo 6Te 6, Cs xMo 9Se 11, Cl xMo 9Se 11.

  10. Le cycle de l'eau et les activités au sein de l'espace rural. Enjeux globaux, solutions locales et régionales

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    Perrier, Alain; Tuzet, Andrée

    2005-02-01

    The analysis of the water cycle emphasizes the weight of surface evaporation compared to rain and the weight of water availability compared to evaporation. The ocean is a huge machine producing water vapour contrary to the continents, where evaporation is limited by plants that must shield themselves from drying and particularly by bare soils where the surface drying slows down the water losses. The availability of water for the biosphere depends on the difference between rain and evaporation. This difference, often called 'net supply', can be modified by anthropogenic actions on the vegetation; for example, the anthropogenic actions such as drying climate (reducing evapotranspiration) increases the net supply; on the opposite, the large development of more and more covering vegetation (arboreous system, bocages, savannah...) decreases the net supply (larger surface evapotranspiration all over the year). Moreover, the feedback between climate and continental interface can modify the rainfall pattern and the thermal equilibrium, leading ecosystems to extreme situations such as drying climate and desertification (ET lower and lower) or equilibrium situations corresponding to large development of vegetation (ET close to EP). The anthropogenic pressure and the human food requirements lead human beings to keep nearly the whole available water of the biosphere, particularly to practise irrigated agriculture. This practise is on average two times more efficient than the rainy agriculture (which is why it is attractive); moreover, its water efficiency decreases according to the environment and its aridity. Except for arboreous systems and agroforestry, agriculture is always a system that leads more or less towards aridity, but we have to bring it under control and to make it sustainable. A good management of the whole rain requires an efficient organization of the territory to optimise the water consumption in order to protect the environment and its biodiversity, to increase the agricultural production, to avoid pollutions and to reduce everywhere it is possible the natural degradation (deforestation-aridification-desertification), even to reverse it. It is the reason why, in situations nearly always unstable and very often difficult, water is inseparable from environment, and any approach on water management cannot be imagined and evaluated out of the context defined by the triptych 'anthroposphere-biosphere-technosphere'. To cite this article: A. Perrier, A. Tuzet, C. R. Geoscience 337 (2005).

  11. A propos d'activites musculaires locales contemporaines de la realisation phonatoire d'intentions differentes (Using Specific Speech Muscles to Realize Phonatory Intentions of the Speaker)

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    Wuilmart, Claude

    1970-01-01

    Study attempts to compare variations of certain acoustic parameters with those of electromyographic recordings of the digastric, orbicularis oris, and internal intercostal muscles in the case of three subjects using three different modes of expression. (DS)

  12. activité du laitier de hauts fourneaux d'Annaba (Algérie) en substitution partielle du ciment

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    Behim, M.; Redjel, B.; Jauberthie, R.

    2002-07-01

    Iron industry provides blast-furnace slag production as waste. Blast-furnace slag are made of non ironic elements, flux and coke ash. These elements might have binding properties such as cement. Usually, only blastfurnace slag chemical composition is considered to evaluate its quality as a binder. Other properties such as crystal phases amount, grading, specific area or temperature are not considered Some studies have shown that binding properties exist when the blast-furnace slag is quenched and crushed in very fine grains, and that an increase of the temperature has a benefit aspect on the kinetic of the reaction. We have used X ray diffraction, SEM observations with micro analysis on different samples of blast-furnace slag that undergone different cure modes. At low temperature, only non complete crystal phases appear. At room temperature, calcium sulphate and hydrated aluminium sulphate (ettringite) exist such as for Portland cement while setting. Under a steam curing mode, there is very few lime in the blast-furnace slag because lime has reacted with silicate, therefore there is much more CSH in the binder. No ettringite can be detected, on the other hand, the steam curing mode produce formation of hydrated calcium aluminate. Les laitiers de haut fourneau sont des sous produit de l'élaboration de la fonte. lis sont formés de constituants non ferreux, des fondants et des cendres de coke. Leur composition chimique laisse présager des propriétés liantes comme celles que l'on obtient avec les ciments. Les qualités hydrauliques de ces matériaux sont actuellement estimées par des calculs basés sur leur composition chimique. Elles ne tiennent pas compte d'autres paramètres tels que le caractère vitreux ou cristallin, la granulométrie ou la surface spécifique, la température entre autres. Les propriétés liantes apparaissent lorsque le laitier est trempé et broyé très finement, la température augmentant la cinétique. Les produits formés analysés par diffraction X et observés au MEB couplé à une micro analyse sont, pour des températures faibles, des phases semi cristallines. Dans les produits étuvés, la chaux est en plus faible quantité, elle a réagi avec la silice: les CSH sont en plus grande quantité. Le sulfate de calcium et d'aluminium hydraté (ettringite) apparaît à température ambiante comme dans le cas de la prise des ciments Portland mais est absente dans le ciment au laitier étuvé. A l'inverse, la formation de l'aluminate de calcium hydraté est favorisée par l'étuvage.

  13. Contribution à l'analyse des inter-relations entre activités humaines et variabilité climatique : cas du Sud forestier ivoirien

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    Yao, Télésphore Brou; Servat, Eric; Paturel, Jean-Emmanuel

    1998-12-01

    The South Ivorian Forest has suffered a large rainfall deficit for 25 years. At the same time, it has been noticed that the movement of the coffee and cocoa production seems concomitant with that of the isohyets during recent decades. The variations in albedo and rainfall gradient seem to be linked to the significant changes to the forest cover. These could affect precipitation locally.

  14. Origine physique du contraste entre activité électrique au dessus des terres et des océans

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    Williams, Earle; Stanfill, Sharon

    2002-12-01

    New tests and older ideas are explored to understand the origin of the pronounced contrast in lightning between land and sea. The behavior of islands as miniature continents with variable area supports the traditional thermal hypothesis over the aerosol hypothesis for lightning control. The substantial land-ocean contrast in updraft strength is supported globally by TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) radar comparisons of mixed phase radar reflectivity. The land-ocean updraft contrast is grossly inconsistent with the land-ocean contrast in CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy), from the standpoint of parcel theory. This inconsistency is resolved by the scaling of buoyant parcel size with cloud base height, as suggested by earlier investigators. Strongly electrified continental convection is then favored by a larger surface Bowen ratio, and by larger, more strongly buoyant boundary layer parcels which more efficiently transform CAPE to kinetic energy of the updraft in the moist stage of conditional instability. To cite this article: E. Williams, S. Stanfill, C. R. Physique 3 (2002) 1277-1292.

  15. Le resume de texte: une activite de production en langue etrangere assistee par ordinateur (Abstracting: A Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Production Activity).

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    Janitza, Jean

    1985-01-01

    A productive language exercise that uses the computer and a variation on the cloze procedure by deleting every third word and requiring the student to insert a grammatically and thematically acceptable term is described. (MSE)

  16. Micellisation et activité de surface des bromures de n-alkyltriméthylammonium en milieu eau-acide orthophosphorique

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    Ouni, S.; Hafiane, A.; Dhahbi, M.

    1998-05-01

    Measurements of superficial tension of n-alkyltrimethylammonium bromides in air/water-orthophosphoric acid interface have been made by “stripping method". Data were evaluated by approximation to the Von Szyszkowski equation. Thermodynamic parameters as (Γmax, F, A, B, Δ G^circ_A, Δ GM and CMC) at different concentrations of orhophosphoric acid (0 at 3 M) are calculted. The CMC values of the homologous series in relation to the chain length were determined. They showed a good correlation with the Klevens equation. A minimum of CMC and (-ΔGM) was observed for the n-octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, which has been attributed to the cosolvant effect and the change of medium properties. L'adsorption, de bromure de n-alkyltriméthylammonium à l'interface air/eau-acide orthophosphorique, a été étudiée par la mesure de tension superficielle en fonction du nombre d'atomes de carbone du groupement alkyle et de la concentration en acide orthophosphorique (0 à 3 M). L'analyse des résultats a été effectuée à l'aide de l'équation de Von Szyszkowski. Les grandeurs et paramètres thermodynamiques (Γmax, F, A, B, Δ G^circ_A, Δ GM and CMC) ont été déterminés et discutés selon l'équilibre de forces de répulsion électrostatique entre les têtes polaires et d'attraction hydrophobe des chaînes aliphatiques. Les valeurs des CMC obéissent à l'équation de Klevens. Dans le cas du bromure de n-octadécyltriméthylammonium les valeurs de la CMC et de (-ΔGM) présentent un minimum, attribué au changement des propriétés du binaire eau-acide orthophosphorique.

  17. "Bonjour History": Materials and Ideas for Teaching Louisiana's Cajun History = "Bonjour l'Histoire": Quelques Idees, Deux ou Trois Activites, et Plusieurs Materiaux pour l'Enseignement de l'Histoire des Cadiens en Louisiane.

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    Mounier, Brenda

    The goals of this teacher's guidebook and videotape are designed to incorporate Acadian (Cajun) history into the 4th grade social studies curriculum and the 4th and 5th grade Louisiana 30-minute daily French programs and French immersion programs. Another goal is to create an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Acadian history in…

  18. Activite succino-deshydrogenasique des microsomes et mode d'incorporation du succinate 2,3-(14)C dans les acides gras des microsomes de foie de rat in vitro.

    PubMed

    Rous, S; Aubry, L; Bonini, F

    1970-03-16

    The incorporations of 2,3-(14)C-succinate 2-(14)C-acetate into fatty acids of different cellular fractions of rat liver were studied. Acetate was incorporated mainly into supernatant and succinate into microsomal fatty acids. Mitochondria only could intensively decarboxylate pyruvate. Avidine inhibited fatty acid synthesis from succinate mainly in the supernatant. It is suggested that succinate is an important physiological precursor of fatty acids in the liver and that an active succino-dehydrogenase is present in microsomes.

  19. Photopolymérisation des monomères multifonctionnels dans une matrice polymère Effet de différents paramètres sur la réactivité des monomères

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    Bendaikha, T.; Boussaad, S.; Boutamdja, M.

    2005-05-01

    Un matériau polymère semi-interpénétré a été obtenu par polymérisation d'un monomère diacrylate, le tripropylène glycol diacrylate (TPGDA) ou le 1,6-hexanediol diacrylate (HDDA) dispersé dans une matrice organique qui est le polystyrène ou le copolymère élastomérique SBS. L'amorçage de la réaction se fait par voie photochimique en utilisant des photoamorceurs qui se décomposent rapidement sous l'action des radiations UV émises par une lampe à vapeur de mercure. La cinétique de la réaction a été suivie quantitativement par spectroscopie IR. Les effets de plusieurs paramètres sur la vitesse de la polymérisation ont été étudiés.

  20. "Bonjour History": Materials and Ideas for Teaching Louisiana's Cajun History = "Bonjour l'Histoire": Quelques Idees, Deux ou Trois Activites, et Plusieurs Materiaux pour l'Enseignement de l'Histoire des Cadiens en Louisiane.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mounier, Brenda

    The goals of this teacher's guidebook and videotape are designed to incorporate Acadian (Cajun) history into the 4th grade social studies curriculum and the 4th and 5th grade Louisiana 30-minute daily French programs and French immersion programs. Another goal is to create an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of Acadian history in…

  1. Les Sciences Physiques À L'école Maternelle: Un Cadre Sociocognitif Pour La Construction Des Connaissances ET/OU LE Développement Des Activités Didactiques

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ravanis, Konstantinos

    2005-05-01

    NATURAL SCIENCES IN KINDERGARTEN: A SOCIO-COGNITIVE FRAMEWORK FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING - The present study presents a socio-cognitive framework for the construction of the scientific knowledge of natural phenomena among pre-school children and for the development of science activities at kindergarten. It involves elements from theories of social interaction; social psychology of development and cognitive functioning; and research in natural-science teaching methods which acknowledge the importance and fundamental role of social interaction in the development of cognitive operations and learning. The study also presents some of the more significant results of the research carried out on different aspects of this topic. The discussion unfolded here supports the hypothesis that the construction of natural-scientific knowledge at the pre-school age and corresponding scholastic activities are necessary and effective.

  2. État des connaissances et incertitudes sur le changement climatique induit par les activités humainesScientific basis and uncertainties of human induced climate change

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    Duplessy, Jean-Claude

    2001-12-01

    During the 20th century, the mean temperature of the air at the ground level has increased by 0.6±0.2 °C and the warmest air temperatures occurred after 1980. These were significantly warmer than those of the last millennium. Simultaneously, rain and drought, cold and heat wave frequencies have changed, mountain glaciers retreated and the sea-level increased by ˜10 cm. This warming was at least in part induced by human activities and will continue during the next decades. Its amplitude will depend on the rate of greenhouse gas and sulphate aerosols emissions, i.e. on energetic scenarios. Pending scientific uncertainties include cloud variations and interactions between the physical parts of the climate system and the biogeochemical cycles and the biosphere.

  3. Activité optique non linéaire des molécules chirales : génération de second harmonique en surface et dichroïsme circulaire non linéaire

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    Hache, François; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire; Mesnil, Hugues; Alexandre, Magali; Lemercier, Gilles; Andraud, Chantal

    Nonlinear optical activity in chiral molecules is investigated. We first examine the importance of the nonlocality of the light-matter interaction in optical activity and extend this concept to second-order (surface second harmonic generation) and third-order (nonlinear circular dichroism) nonlinear optical phenomena. Microscopic models are also discussed. Various phenomena derived from these considerations are demonstrated experimentally with specially-synthesized chiral molecules. To cite this article: F. Hache et al., C. R. Physique 3 (2002) 429-437.

  4. The Effect of Prolonged Military Activities in Man. Physiological and Biochemical Changes. Possible Means of Rapid Recuperation (les Effets d’activites mi1itaires prolongees sur l’homme. Changements physiologiques et biochimiques. Moyens possibles de recuperation rapide.)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-03-01

    possible interventions was the most significant issue to be addressed in further studies. The methodological problems with field models and how to...cadets were not allowed any significant exercise just before testing or blood sampling. The problem withe this experimental procedure is that the...disturbance, problems with straight walking along the roads, later with pseudo- or real illusions and hallucinations. In the beginning of the course the

  5. International Congress: Physical Activities--Sport--Development (Nabeul, Tunisia, February 24-26, 1992). Final Report. = Congres International: Activites physiques--Sport--Developpement (Nabeul, Tunisie, 24-26 fevrier 1992). Rapport final.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).

    The aim of this international congress was to strengthen international cooperation in the field of physical education and sport and to promote practical measures based on partnership among government authorities, volunteer organizations, and private national or multinational corporations, by pointing out the contribution that the rational practice…

  6. 75 FR 19969 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Advisory Council on...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-04-16

    ... Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/2nd%20Prospective%20812%20... Council Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/812%20-%202nd... information on this advisory activity is available on the Council Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab...

  7. Étude expérimentale de la réactivité du CO 2 supercritique vis-à-vis de phases minérales pures. Implications pour la séquestration géologique de CO 2

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    Regnault, Olivier; Lagneau, Vincent; Catalette, Hubert; Schneider, Hélène

    2005-11-01

    Carbon dioxide sequestration in deep aquifers and depleted oilfields is a potential technical solution for reducing green-house gas release to the atmosphere: the gas containment relies on several trapping mechanisms (supercritical CO 2, CO 2(sc), dissolution together with slow water flows, mineral trapping) and on a low permeability cap-rock to prevent CO 2(sc), which is less dense than the formation water, from leaking upwards. A leakproof cap-rock is thus essential to ensure the sequestration efficiency. It is also crucial for safety assessment to identify and assess potential alteration processes that may damage the cap-rock properties: chemical alteration, fracture reactivation, degradation of injection borehole seals, etc. The reactivity of the host-rock minerals with the supercritical CO 2 fluid is one of the potential mechanisms, but it is altogether unknown. Reactivity tests have been carried out under such conditions, consisting of batch reactions between pure minerals and anhydrous supercritical CO 2, or a two-phase CO 2/H 2O fluid at 200 °C and 105/160 bar. After 45 to 60 days, evidence of appreciable mineral-fluid reactivity was identified, including in the water-free experiments. For the mixed H 2O/CO 2 experiments, portlandite was totally transformed into calcite; anorthite displayed many dissolution patterns associated with calcite, aragonite, tridymite and smectite precipitations. For the anhydrous CO 2 experiments, portlandite was totally carbonated to form calcite and aragonite; anorthite also displayed surface alteration patterns with secondary precipitation of fibrous calcite. To cite this article: O. Regnault et al., C. R. Geoscience 337 (2005).

  8. Register of Education and Training Activities in Librarianship, Information Science and Archives = Inventaire des activites de formation dans le domaine de la bibliotheconomie, des sciences de l'information et de l'archivistique = Inventario de las actividades de formacion en la esfera de la bibliotecologia, las ciencias de la informacion y la archivologia.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    de Grolier, Eric, Comp.

    This register provides information on information science, librarianship, documentation, and archival science training activities conducted outside regular university courses organized by specialized schools. Based on a December 1980 UNESCO questionnaire survey, the register includes seminars, refresher courses, continuing education courses, and…

  9. Volcanisme, activité anthropique et circulation des masses océaniques : leur influence respective sur la distribution des populations d'ostracodes dans la baie de Kagoshima (île de Kyushu, Japon)Impact of volcanism, human activities, and water mass circulation on the distribution of ostracod populations in Kagoshima Bay (Kyushu Island, southern Japan)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bodergat, Anne-Marie; Oki, Kimihiko; Ishizaki, Kunihiro; Rio, Michel

    2002-11-01

    The distribution of ostracod populations in Kagoshima Bay (Japan) is analysed with reference to different environmental parameters. The bay is an area of volcanic activity of Sakurajima volcano under the influence of the Kuroshio Current. Most of the Head environment is occupied by an acidic water mass. Numbers of individual and species decrease from the Mouth of the bay towards the Basin and Head environments. In this latter, acidic water mass has a drastic effect on ostracod populations, whereas volcanic ashes and domestic inputs are not hostile. Ostracod distribution is influenced by the quality and structure of water masses. To cite this article: A.-M. Bodergat et al., C. R. Geoscience 334 (2002) 1053-1059.

  10. Edutex-Eduserve: Deux serveurs dedies a l'education. Utilisation pedagogique d'outils telematiques: Rapport d'activites et temoignages (EduTex-EduServe: Two Servers Dedicated to Education. Pedagogical Use of Telecommunications Tools: Report of Activities and Findings).

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Inglin, Therese; Girod, Daniel

    The educational activities using school telecommunications that are detailed in this document emanate from two participants in the EduTex Project, which has been carried out for almost four years by the Institut Romand de Recherches et de Documentation Pedagogiques (IRDP) at the mandatory schooling level. For several years these two teachers have…

  11. Register of Education and Training Activities in Librarianship, Information Science and Archives = Inventaire des activites de formation dans le domaine de la bibliotheconomie, des sciences de l'information et de l'archivistique = Inventario de las actividades de formacion en la esfera de la bibliotecologia, las ciencias de la informacion y la archivologia.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    de Grolier, Eric, Comp.

    This register provides information on information science, librarianship, documentation, and archival science training activities conducted outside regular university courses organized by specialized schools. Based on a December 1980 UNESCO questionnaire survey, the register includes seminars, refresher courses, continuing education courses, and…

  12. Dynamique d'un laser a colorant a pompage synchrone avec cavite couplee et applications aux ondes terahertz breves et intenses

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baribault, Robert

    Nous presentons deux methodes de generation de battements de frequences terahertz pouvant servir a illuminer des antennes photoconductrices afin d'obtenir une emission a spectre etroit et une grande plage d'accordabilite dans l'infrarouge lointain (IRL). Nous discutons des differentes applications dans l'IRL, et presentons plusieurs techniques de generation d'IRL. Parmi ces methodes, nous choisissons celle qui depend de l'illumination incidente, basee sur un deplacement de charges dans un semi-conducteur soumis a une tension a ses bornes, l'antenne photoconductrice. Nous etudions l'emission d'ondes terahertz par cette antenne photoconductrice pour quatre types d'illumination, l'impulsion ultrabreve, l'impulsion ultrabreve modelee, le pseudo-battement par decalage d'impulsions avec glissement en frequence, et le battement. Nous presentons des resultats experimentaux d'illumination d'une antenne photoconductrice en silicium sur saphir endommage par radiation (rd-SOS) avec une impulsion breve et un battement. Un accroissement de l'efficacite est demontre pour le battement. Nous simulons la dynamique d'un laser a colorant a pompage synchrone (LACPS) afin de comprendre ses conditions optimales d'utilisation. Deux LACPS, pompes par le meme laser Nd:YAG, sont synchronises temporellement et spatialement et permettent d'obtenir un battement stable par le controle des delais optiques. Les durees a mi-hauteur des impulsions des deux LACPS doivent demeurer identiques en fonction de la longueur d'onde. La section efficace d'emission du milieu de gain est critique dans la dynamique de ce laser. La duree a mi-hauteur de l'impulsion varie peu avec la section efficace d'emission. Pour controler les fluctuations dues a l'emission spontanee, on ajoute une cavite couplee qui minimise l'effet de l'emission spontanee dans la dynamique du LACPS. Nous montrons les battements obtenus avec deux LACPS, de 0.5 THz et 18 THz, dont deux, a 0.85 THz et 9.36 THz sont amplifies jusqu'a une energie

  13. Co-operative Production and Technical Education in the Basque Country.

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    Ornelas, Carlos

    1982-01-01

    This article focuses on the role of the technical school within the overall framework of Basque cooperatives. The school organization, curriculum, and its integration with the co-op's productive activites are described. (AM)

  14. Fission products of superheavy elements. An investigation of the naturally occurring fission products of elements heavier than uranium

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Marti, K.

    1972-01-01

    Fission mass yields in different structural elements and mineral separates were studied for the element X. The fission component for Pu-244, and the element X are discussed along with radiogenic Xe-129 and neutron activitation.

  15. Apparatus: The Beginning of Inquiry.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Horak, Willis

    1980-01-01

    Illustrated and described is a convection box for classroom use to stimulate concept development in elementary school children. Other equipment and apparatus that may be used in open-ended science activites are listed. (CS)

  16. Daily energy expenditure and physical activity measured in Parkinson's disease patients with and without weight loss

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) commonly exhibit weight loss, which investigators attribute to various factors, including elevated resting energy expenditure. We tested the hypothesis that daily energy expenditure (DEE) and its components, resting energy expenditure (REF) and physical activit...

  17. A Planning Revolution

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Heneghan, C.

    1999-01-01

    The traditional centralized planning and scheduling of complex fast moving projects are value-added activites. However, centralized scheduling has some severe deficiencies that have plagued managers since the Polaris project when PERT analysis was invented.

  18. Apparatus: The Beginning of Inquiry.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Horak, Willis

    1980-01-01

    Illustrated and described is a convection box for classroom use to stimulate concept development in elementary school children. Other equipment and apparatus that may be used in open-ended science activites are listed. (CS)

  19. Linking science and policy to prevent the spread of invasive species from the ballast water discharge of ships

    EPA Science Inventory

    Huamn activites are causing the global redistribution of species at a historically unprecedented rates. In marine environments, a major vector of nonindigenous species introduction is commercial shipping, including the ballast water of ocean going vessels. The introduction of n...

  20. Linking science and policy to prevent the spread of invasive species from the ballast water discharge of ships

    EPA Science Inventory

    Huamn activites are causing the global redistribution of species at a historically unprecedented rates. In marine environments, a major vector of nonindigenous species introduction is commercial shipping, including the ballast water of ocean going vessels. The introduction of n...

  1. A Planning Revolution

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Heneghan, C.

    1999-01-01

    The traditional centralized planning and scheduling of complex fast moving projects are value-added activites. However, centralized scheduling has some severe deficiencies that have plagued managers since the Polaris project when PERT analysis was invented.

  2. ASPEN: EO-1 Mission Activity Planning Made Easy

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sherwood, Rob; Govindjee, Anita; Yan, David; Rabideau, Gregg; Chien, Steve; Fukunaga, Alex

    1997-01-01

    This paper describes the application of an automated planning and scheduling system to the NASA Earth Orbitin 1 (EO-1) missions. The planning system, ASPEN, is used to autonomously schedule the daily activites of the satellite.

  3. Progress in Military Airlift (Les Progres Realises dans le Domaine du Transport Aerien Militaire)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-05-01

    300 S ECTE flJ UN 2 7 1991 411 Technical Evaluation Report C on the Flight Mechanics Panel Symposium on Progress in Military Airlift (Les Progres...been reproduced directly from material supplied by AGARD or the authors. Published May 1991 Copyright C AGARD 1991 All Rights Reserved ISBN 92-835-0619-7...fournit des commentaires appropri~s, c -- tire les conclusions qui s’imposent et soumet des recommondations concernant des activit~s futures dans ce

  4. Technical Memorandum: A Training Evaluation Framework for PSTC MilObs Course

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-09-01

    préparent à partir en mission en tant qu’observateurs militaires des Nations Unies (UNMO ou Ob mil) entreprennent un certain nombre d’activités...un certain nombre de processus psychologiques au cours de ce scénario, tels que les aspects de l’intensité morale (proximité physique de la victime...entreprennent un certain nombre d’activités d’entraînement destinées à améliorer et développer les compétences propres aux Opérations de paix des

  5. Three Dimensional Structure and Time Development of Radio Emission from Solar Active Regions.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-01-15

    1950), Contribution a l’tude des emissions radloelectriques solaires , Ann. d’Ap. 13:181-202. 17. Gelfreikh, G., Korol’kov, D., Rishkov, N. and...1959a),Structures et proprit’ts des sources d’activit solaire our ondes centimtriques, Ann. dAp. 22:1-100. 24. Kundu, M.R. (1959b), Etude...interferometrique des sources d’activit solaire sur 3 cm de longueur d’onde, Paris Symposium on Radio Astronomy, R.N. Bracewell, Ed., Stanford University Press

  6. Modelling the Sea King Helicopter in the Integrated Performance Modelling Environment (IPME)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2004-03-01

    scientifique (AS), des experts de Humansystems en matikre d’IPME et de facteurs humains ainsi que des experts en la mati ~ re (EM) de TopAces ayant une certaine...nmoddle de performance humaine pour les activit&s des pilotes li~es A l’hdlicopt& re Sea King. Plus particulikrement, RDDC Toronto voulait que le moddle de...moddle servirait A contr6ler un h6licopt& re Sea King simul6. L’application de mod6lisation de la performance humaine utilis6e pour ce projet 6tait

  7. Les granitoïdes de la couverture protérozoïque de la bordure nord du craton du Congo (Sud-Est du Cameroun et Sud-Ouest de la République centrafricaine), témoins d'une activité magmatique post-kibarienne à pré-panafricaineGranitoids of the Proterozoic cover of the Congo craton northern edge (South-East of Cameroon and South-West of the Central African Republic), witnesses of a post-Kibarian to pre-Pan-African magmatic activity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vicat, Jean-Paul; Moloto-A-Kenguemba, Gaétan; Pouclet, André

    2001-02-01

    Granitoid bodies dated from the Late Mesoproterozoic intrude the Palaeoproterozoic cover of the northern edge of the Congo craton. They line up a north-south left-lateral shear zone related to the Late Kibaran tectonics. They originated from crustal melting, may be due to the thermal anomalies, that were responsible of the large basaltic production during the pre-Pan-African extension of the Central Africa rift system.

  8. Outdoor Education: Opening and Closing Activities.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mingie, Walter, Comp.

    Opening activites (to create an atmosphere of cooperation and a desire to work, explore, and learn together) and closing activities (to summarize what has happened or been learned) for outdoor education programs are described. All activities are intended to incite enthusiasm to learn and make the learning activity a desired, joyful experience.…

  9. Careful logging, partial cutting and the protection of terrestrial and aquatic habitats

    Treesearch

    Daniel C. Dey

    1994-01-01

    Stand management activites influence (1) tree growth and quality; (2) stand structure, stocking and composition; (3) wildlife and aquatic habitat quality; and (4) long-term site productivity. The cumulative impacts of stand-level treatments affect ecosystem structure and function at the landscape level.

  10. Chapter Four - Shoot apical meristem form and function. In:

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    The shoot apical meristem (SAM) generates above-ground aerial organs throughout the lifespan of higher plants. In order to fulfill this function, the meristem must maintain a balance between the self-renewal of a reservoir of central stem cells and organ initiation from peripheral cells. The activit...

  11. Localization of two post-proline cleaving peptidases in the midgut of Tenebrio molitor larvae

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Two soluble post-proline cleaving peptidase activities, PPCP1 and PPCP2, were demonstrated in the midgut of Tenebrio molitor larvae with the substrate benzyloxycarbonyl-L-alanyl-L-proline p-nitroanilide. Both activities were serine peptidases. PPCP1 was active in acidic buffers, with maximum activit...

  12. Revegetation practices on the Santa Rita Experimental Range

    Treesearch

    Bruce D. Munda; Mark J. Pater

    2003-01-01

    This paper discusses the revegetation activites on the Santa Rita Experimental Range since 1903. Revegetation research includes experiments to evaluate adaptation, seedbed preparation, and sowing methods. We also discuss criteria used to determine if a site has the potential for a successful revegetation. Successful revegetation was initially based on plant emergence...

  13. Health Information in French (français): MedlinePlus

    MedlinePlus

    ... insulines - français (French) Bilingual PDF Health Information Translations Diabetes Type 1 How to Use a Glucose Meter Comment utiliser ... Amniocentèse - français (French) Bilingual PDF Health Information Translations Non-Stress Test in Pregnancy Examen de réactivité foetale ...

  14. Early fire history near Papineau lake, Ontario

    Treesearch

    Daniel C. Dey; Richard P. Guyette

    1996-01-01

    Research that defines the role of fire in upland red oak-pine ecosystems in central Ontario is being conducted by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Silviculture program. Site-specific fire histories are being developed that document fire frequency, fire behavior, fire effects on forest regeneration and grwoth, and the influnce of human activites on fire disturbances. This...

  15. Length and Rate of Individual Participation in Various Activities on Recreation Sites and Areas

    Treesearch

    Gary L. Tyre; George A. James

    1971-01-01

    While statistically reliable methods exist for estimating recreation use on large areas, they often prove prohibitively expensive. Inexpensive alternatives involving the length and rate of individual participation in specific activites are presented, together with data and statistics on the recreational use of three large areas on the National Forests. This...

  16. PREDICTION OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT TRANSPORT IN THE MAURICE RIVER-UNION LAKE, NEW JERSEY, USA

    EPA Science Inventory

    A sediment and contaminant transport model and its application to the Maurice River-Union Lake system in southern New Jersey, USA is described. The application is meant to characterize and forecast sediment and arsenic (As) distributions before and after proposed dredging activit...

  17. Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for RMS training for STS-2

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1981-01-01

    Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for remote manipulator system (RMS) training for STS-2 in bldg 9A. Views include Ride, Hart and Robert R. Kain of the Flight Activites Branch reviewing procedures for RMS training (34262); Ride and Hart stand beside the RMS control center looking down at the payload bay mock-up (34263).

  18. USDA, ARS Soft Wheat Quality Laboratory, Annual Report 2011

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    The report describes new activities for the lab including the a transitions in the laboratory and activites on the USDA, NIFA-funded Triticeae CAP project. Recent research on milling and quality evaluations, data management, molecular evaluations, stem rust resistance from the lab are highlighted, ...

  19. 40 CFR 721.538 - Phenol, 4-(1,1-dimethyl- ethyl)-, homopolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... if the average number molecular weight of the substance is greater than 1,000 and the low molecular..., commercial, and consumer activites. Requirements as specified in § 721.80(q). (iii) Release to water. Requirements as specified in § 721.90 (a)(4) and (b)(4) (N = 9). When calculating the surface...

  20. Cadmium Telluride Detectors for Gamma Dose-Rate Meters,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-03-01

    comptes/ (mm2 gray); ceci correspond ä la reponse obtenue avec un detecteur au silicium d’une epaisseur equivalente. Les mesures avec un detecteur CdTe...CYLTRAN COMPUTER PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS ORIGINATING ACTIVIT> Eniei organization issuing the doi ument name dim address ot ihe 2A

  1. Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for RMS training for STS-2

    NASA Image and Video Library

    1981-07-17

    Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for remote manipulator system (RMS) training for STS-2 in bldg 9A. Views include Ride, Hart and Robert R. Kain of the Flight Activites Branch reviewing procedures for RMS training (34262); Ride and Hart stand beside the RMS control center looking down at the payload bay mock-up (34263).

  2. Assessment of Activity Priorities and Design Preferences of Elderly Residents in Public Housing: A Case Study.

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    Nasar, Jack L.; Farokhpay, Mitra

    1985-01-01

    Presents a technique for assessing elderly residents' priorities and desired environmental characteristics for in-unit activities. Considered three components in design priority for activities: time spent, unit adequacy, and importance. Residents' high priority activites were sleeping, watching television, preparing food, resting, and eating. (NRB)

  3. A Plan to Improve School and Library Environments.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu. Office of Planning and Budget.

    A framework of goals, policy statements, and implementing activites is set forth aimed at integrating the different kinds of environment improvement activities now underway in the Hawaii Department of Education; expanding and improving those activities in orderly ways in the future; and suggesting new directions. Five areas are targeted for…

  4. Aquatic Habitats, Level 4-9.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Weigel, Margaret

    Designed to acquaint students in grades 4-9 with aquatic plants and animals, this guide provides materials which can be used in preparation for field trips or laboratory work, for individual projects, as supplemental activities for a unit, or for learning center projects. Teacher background notes and an answer key for the student activites are…

  5. The Antimicrobial effects of Glucosinolates Hydrolysis compounds on E. Coli O157:H12 into field soil

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Introduction: Soil can be a source of pre-harvest contamination of produce by pathogens. Natural antimicrobials such as glucosinolate-hydrolyzed products (GHP) found in Brassicaceae family crops can be used as a green manure to control enteric pathogens in soil. Purpose: The antimicrobial activit...

  6. Foreign-Language Pedagogy: Practical Applications to Theoretical Concerns. Selected Papers from the Loyola College Conference Entitled "Bridging Theory and Practice in the Foreign-Language Classroom" (Baltimore, Maryland, October 18-20, 1991).

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Wieczorek, Joseph A., Ed.

    1993-01-01

    Papers from the conference include the following: "Activites orales et motivation dans l'etude du vocabulaire d'une langue etrangere (Oral Activities and Motivation in the Study of Vocabulary in a Foreign Language)" (M. Guisset); "Bridging High School and College Classes through the Multicultural Approach: The Case of Francophone…

  7. Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Cohen, Lawrence E.; Felson, Marcus

    1979-01-01

    It is hypothesized that the dispersion of activites away from households and families increases the opportunity for crime and thus generates higher crime rates. Data on changes in such variables as labor force participation and household composition are used to support the hypothesis. (Author/RLV)

  8. 77 FR 1932 - Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Committee on Science...

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    ..., 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (FACA), notice is hereby given that the SAB Committee on Science Integration for.../ fedrgstr--activites/Science%20Integration?OpenDocument. Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and... public teleconference will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Interested parties should contact...

  9. 75 FR 68787 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Advisory...

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    2010-11-09

    ...: Background: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2, notice is hereby given... http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/2nd%20Prospective%20812%20Study?Open... be limited to three minutes per speaker, with no more than a total of one-half hour for all...

  10. 76 FR 22101 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Teleconference of the Chartered...

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    ...), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB will hold a... site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Lead%20Paint%20Hazard%20Standards... will be limited to three minutes. Interested parties should contact Mr. Aaron Yeow, DFO, in...

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    ... teleconference will be held on March 24, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time). ADDRESSES: The public... Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (FACA), notice is hereby given that the EPA Science Advisory Board will hold... site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/MRA%20Protocol?OpenDocument ....

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    ... Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2.../sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Dioxin%20Reasst%20-%202008-2011?OpenDocument . Availability of Meeting... requesting an oral presentation will be limited to five minutes. Those interested in being placed on...

  13. 40 CFR 721.538 - Phenol, 4-(1,1-dimethyl- ethyl)-, homopolymer.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-, homopolymer (PMN P-95-243; CAS No. 30813-81-1) is subject to reporting under..., commercial, and consumer activites. Requirements as specified in § 721.80(q). (iii) Release to water. Requirements as specified in § 721.90 (a)(4) and (b)(4) (N = 9). When calculating the surface water...

  14. Beyond School Walls. A Study of Non-Formal Education in the SEAMEO Region. 1973-1974.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Nathalang, Ekavidya; And Others

    Nonformal education in the SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) Region was studied to gather information on significant ongoing programs/projects in nonformal education and to identify problems as well as potentials of the broad spectrum of nonformal education activites in the region (SEAMEO countries are Indonesia, Khmer…

  15. Visit CD

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    Le DG H.Schopper souhaite la bienvenue aux ambassadeurs des pays membres et aux représentants des pays avec lesquels le Cern entretient des relations proches et fait un exposé sur les activités au Cern

  16. Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for RMS training for STS-2

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1981-01-01

    Astronauts Sally Ride and Terry Hart prepare for remote manipulator system (RMS) training for STS-2 in bldg 9A. Views include Ride, Hart and Robert R. Kain of the Flight Activites Branch reviewing procedures for RMS training (34262); Ride and Hart stand beside the RMS control center looking down at the payload bay mock-up (34263).

  17. Aquatic Habitats, Level 4-9.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Weigel, Margaret

    Designed to acquaint students in grades 4-9 with aquatic plants and animals, this guide provides materials which can be used in preparation for field trips or laboratory work, for individual projects, as supplemental activities for a unit, or for learning center projects. Teacher background notes and an answer key for the student activites are…

  18. Commercial Cellular Systems Architecture for Dismounted Battle Command

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-08-27

    vicinity of Objective Raven. They will travel to this location via Route Thunder, Route Lightning, and Route Flash . They proceed down Route Thunder and...compagnie et le 2nd PLT sur l’activité ENI dans et autour EA Oscar 1. EMD: Mettre en place un dispositif de surveillance face au Nord et à l’Est à

  19. PREDICTION OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT TRANSPORT IN THE MAURICE RIVER-UNION LAKE, NEW JERSEY, USA

    EPA Science Inventory

    A sediment and contaminant transport model and its application to the Maurice River-Union Lake system in southern New Jersey, USA is described. The application is meant to characterize and forecast sediment and arsenic (As) distributions before and after proposed dredging activit...

  20. IFLA General Conference, 1991. Division of Bibliographic Control: Open Forum of Division of Bibliographic Control; Section of Cataloguing; Section of Bibliography; Section of Classification and Indexing. Booklet 4.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague (Netherlands).

    The 11 reports and papers in this booklet were presented at meetings of 4 sections within the Division of Bibliographic Control: (1) "Report of the Section on Cataloguing--Review of the Work 1990/1991" (Inger Cathrine Spangen, Norway); (2) "Les fichiers d'autorite auteurs: Rapport d'activite 1990-1991 (Author Authority Lists: Report…

  1. Outdoor Education: Opening and Closing Activities.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Mingie, Walter, Comp.

    Opening activites (to create an atmosphere of cooperation and a desire to work, explore, and learn together) and closing activities (to summarize what has happened or been learned) for outdoor education programs are described. All activities are intended to incite enthusiasm to learn and make the learning activity a desired, joyful experience.…

  2. Big Map Skills for Little Students.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Dever, Cindy; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Describes a map skills unit used in a second grade classroom in which teachers and students engaged in activites that moved from the concrete to the abstract and from trips around the school neighborhood to a "trip" to Europe. An insert includes two map study ideas for use in intermediate grades. (SM)

  3. Effects of polyamine biosynthesis inhibitors on S-adenosylmethionine synthetase and S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase activities in carrot cell cultures

    Treesearch

    S.C. Minocha; R. Minocha; A. Komamine

    1991-01-01

    Changes in the activites of S-adcnosylmethionine (SAM) synthetase (methionine adenosyltransferase, EC 2.5.1.6.) and SAM decarboxylase (EC 4.1.1.50) were studied in carrot (Daucus carota) cell cultures in response to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and several inhibitors of polyamine biosynthesis. Activity of SAM synthetase increased...

  4. 283-E and 283-W Hazards Assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Sutton, L.N.

    1995-09-08

    This document establishes the technical basis in support of Emergency Planning Activites for the 283-E and 283-W Facilities on the Hanford Site. Through this document, the technical basis for the development of facility specific Emergency Action Levels and the Emergency Planning Zone is demonstrated.

  5. Colloquy to Paul Musset

    SciTech Connect

    2007-12-13

    En honneur de Paul Musset il a été décidé de faire plutôt un colloque scientifique à la place d'une cérémonie. Plusieurs personnes temoignent de leurs estime et amitié pour ce physicien et ses activités

  6. Visit CD

    SciTech Connect

    2008-04-03

    Le DG H.Schopper souhaite la bienvenue aux ambassadeurs des pays membres et aux représentants des pays avec lesquels le Cern entretient des relations proches et fait un exposé sur les activités au Cern

  7. IFLA General Conference, 1989. Division of Management and Technology. Section on Conservation; Section on Information Technology; Section on Library Buildings and Equipment; Section on Statistics; Round Table on Audiovisual Media; Round Table for the Management of Library Associations. Booklet 60.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).

    There are 15 papers in this collection from the Division of Management and Technology: (1) "Les Activites de formation dans les centres regionaux du Programme PAC" (Training Activities in the Regional Centers of the Preservation and Conservation Program) (Jean-Marie Arnoult); (2) "Professional Education for Preservation: An Overview" (John…

  8. Activity Patterns of Campers

    Treesearch

    David A. King

    1966-01-01

    Families camping in auto campgrounds on the Huron-Manistee National Forests were studied in 1962. Among other questions, the campers were asked how much time they had spend in various activites on the day prior to the interview. This is a report on the replies to this question.

  9. 49 CFR Appendix B to Part 234 - Alternate Methods of Protection Under 49 CFR 234.105(c), 234.106, and 234.107(c)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... pair of lights designed to flash alternatively, one light does not work (and back-lights from other... that portion had held a gate arm flashing light. **Activitation failure includes—if more than 50% of the flashing lights on any approach lane not functioning; or if an approach lane has two or more pairs...

  10. 49 CFR Appendix B to Part 234 - Alternate Methods of Protection Under 49 CFR 234.105(c), 234.106, and 234.107(c)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... pair of lights designed to flash alternatively, one light does not work (and back-lights from other... that portion had held a gate arm flashing light. **Activitation failure includes—if more than 50% of the flashing lights on any approach lane not functioning; or if an approach lane has two or more pairs...

  11. 49 CFR Appendix B to Part 234 - Alternate Methods of Protection Under 49 CFR 234.105(c), 234.106, and 234.107(c)

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... of lights designed to flash alternatively, one light does not work (and back-lights from other side... portion had held a gate arm flashing light. **Activitation failure includes—if more than 50% of the flashing lights on any approach lane not functioning; or if an approach lane has two or more pairs of...

  12. IFLA General Conference, 1989. Division of Management and Technology. Section on Conservation; Section on Information Technology; Section on Library Buildings and Equipment; Section on Statistics; Round Table on Audiovisual Media; Round Table for the Management of Library Associations. Booklet 60.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).

    There are 15 papers in this collection from the Division of Management and Technology: (1) "Les Activites de formation dans les centres regionaux du Programme PAC" (Training Activities in the Regional Centers of the Preservation and Conservation Program) (Jean-Marie Arnoult); (2) "Professional Education for Preservation: An Overview" (John…

  13. Middle Atmosphere Program: Handbook for MAP, volume 26

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Edwards, Belva

    1988-06-01

    Middle Atmosphere Program activites conducted during 1986 and 1987 were reported by the various committees. Topics addressed include: GLOBUS NOx; the Stratospheric Winter; MAC/SINE; Middle Atmospheric Electrodynamics; New International Equatorial Observatory; SUPERCAMP; MAP/MAC activities; and noctilucent clouds.

  14. GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE--THE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, have led to increasing atmospheric concentrations which are at least partly responsible for the roughly 0.7% degree C global warming earth has experienced since the industrial revolution. With industrial activit...

  15. GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE--THE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, have led to increasing atmospheric concentrations which are at least partly responsible for the roughly 0.7% degree C global warming earth has experienced since the industrial revolution. With industrial activit...

  16. Reexamination of the Coronal Index of Solar Activity

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-08-25

    de la couronne solaire en dehors des 6clipses, 1965) data at Lomnický’ Stit tracks the standard measures of Z Astrophys., 5, 73. photospheric activity...Astrophys., 35, 213. Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-3010, USA. (edward.cliver@hanscom.af.mil) d’Azambuja, H. L. (1947), Donn6es Nouvelles sur I’Activit6 Solaire , L

  17. Secondary School Students' Enjoyment of Outdoor Adventure Experiences.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hastie, Peter A.

    1992-01-01

    Questionnaires assessed anticipation and actual enjoyment of various adventure activites by 60 New Zealand secondary schools students before and after a school-sponsored adventure week. White water rafting was rated most preferred on both occasions. Pre- and posttour comparisons showed a significant increase in enjoyment ranking for horse trekking…

  18. Implementation Strategies for Emerging Materials and Biotechnology

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-12-01

    at DRES. Resume Une strategie d’executwn est proposee pour l’activite Materiaux nouveaux et biotechnologie , l’une des vingt et une nouvelles...de fabncation moleculaire, et le theme D - Biotechnologie pour la protectiOn du personnel des FC. Le chmx des themes a ete base sur une enquete

  19. Black American Literature, Grades 10-12. Experimental.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Gunn, Evelyn, Ed.

    This black American literature course for grades 10-12 is designed to introduce students to the unique contribution that the black American has made to American life. The course guide is divided into four units--Slave Narrative and Autobiography, Poetry, Short Story, Drama--with suggested activites, including class discussions, small group…

  20. Children's Collective Activities and Peer Culture in Early Literacy in American and Italian Preschools.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Corsaro, William A.; Nelson, Elizabeth

    2003-01-01

    Examines American and Italian children's early literacy awareness and activities in preschools. Reveals that children take literacy activities and knowledge from formal lessons and then use, refine, and extend these activites with peers. Considers implications of these findings for theoretical work on children's peer cultures and development of…

  1. 75 FR 65480 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Clean Air...

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    2010-10-25

    ... secondary NAAQS review for NO X & SO X can be found on the CASAC Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab...://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/NOx%2FSOx%20Secondary%20NAAQS%20Review?OpenDocument...

  2. 29 CFR 783.19 - Commerce activities of enterprises in which employee is employed.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Commerce activities of enterprises in which employee is...'s Provisions § 783.19 Commerce activities of enterprises in which employee is employed. Under... their personal engagement in interstate commerce activites, as explained in § 783.18, are...

  3. Molecular cloning and characterization of multidomain xylanase from manure library

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    The gene (manf-x10) encoding xylanase from an environmental genomic DNA library was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The encoded enzyme was predicted to be 467 amino acids with a molecular mass of 50.3 kD. The recombinant ManF-X10 was purified by HisTrap affinity column and showed activit...

  4. Production of Biologically Active 7,10-dihydroxy-8(E)-octadecenoic Acid from Korean Pine Seed Oil by Pseudomonas aeruginosa PR3.

    USDA-ARS?s Scientific Manuscript database

    Hydroxyl group of hydroxyl fatty acid (HFA) cause HFA to carry special properties such as higher viscosity and reactivity compared with other non-hydroxy fatty acids. Microbial conversion of oleic acid into 7,10-dihydroxy-8(E)-octadecenoic acid (DOD) caused DOD to carry strong antibacterial activit...

  5. Physical Activity Participation and Preferences: Developmental and Oncology-Related Transitions in Adolescents Treated for Cancer.

    PubMed

    Wright, Marilyn

    2015-08-01

    Objet: Décrire la fonction motrice, la participation, les obstacles et les préférences en matière d'activité physique chez les adolescents avant et après un traitement du cancer et discuter de la promotion de l'activité physique dans le contexte des transitions du développement et du cancer. Méthode: Une étude transversale a utilisé les échelles d'autodéclaration et de déclaration par les parents du questionnaire Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) et des questions sur la participation et les préférences en matière d'activité physique afin de recueillir des données sur la mobilité des transferts, la mobilité de base, le fonctionnement dans les sports et le fonctionnement physique auprès de 80 adolescents et de 63 parents. Résultats: Les résultats du questionnaire PODCI pour les adolescents recevant un traitement étaient plus variables et considérablement plus bas que pour les adolescents qui avaient terminé leur traitement il y a plus de deux ans. La fatigue, la douleur, la santé en général et les recommandations du médecin étaient fréquemment désignées comme étant des obstacles à l'activité physique chez les adolescents qui reçoivent un traitement. Bon nombre d'entre eux n'atteignaient pas les niveaux d'activité physique recommandés. Les adolescents ont exprimé des préférences pour l'activité physique pratiquée avec des amis ou en famille, à la maison ou à l'école, dans l'après-midi ou le soir et dans des loisirs et des sports que les adolescents choisissent habituellement. Conclusions: Les capacités physiques, la participation et les obstacles en matière d'activité physique varient au cours du parcours du cancer. Les interventions devraient tenir compte de la variabilité ainsi que des préférences et des environnements des individus au cours des trajectoires et des transitions du traitement du cancer et du développement du jeune pour que ce dernier puisse adopter de saines habitudes de vie

  6. Une porte optique intensificatrice picoseconde a gain eleve: Caracterisation et application potentielle en imagerie de petits objets places dans des milieux diffusants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marengo, Stephanie

    Dans cette etude, nous avons developpe un amplificateur a colorant possedant ces deux caracteristiques. Le colorant choisi, l'iodure de 3,3'-dimethyloxatricarbocyanine (methyl-DOTCI), possede un epaulement dans la bande d'absorption a 620 nm ce qui convient bien a notre pompe femtoseconde. De plus, son maximum de fluorescence est a 720 nm ce qui est particulierement interessant dans le cas des etudes avec des tissus biologiques humains. En effet, la fenetre dite "therapeutique" se situe dans les longueurs d'onde rouge et proche infrarouge. Le phenomene d'amplification, qui se produit dans des conditions experimentales precises, est en fait une emission stimulee du colorant qui est largement favorisee par rapport a sa fluorescence naturelle (emission spontanee). L'arrivee du signal incident, dont la longueur d'onde correspond au saut energetique entre l'etat fondamental et l'etat excite ou se trouvent les molecules, provoque une avalanche coherente de celles-ci vers l'etat fondamental generant ainsi l'emission stimulee. Une des conditions necessaires pour l'obtention d'un gain eleve est que la duree de l'impulsion de pompe soit inferieure au temps de relaxation des molecules ainsi qu'inferieure au temps requis pour effectuer un trajet dans la cellule de colorant. Ceci nous a permis d'amplifier un signal incident par un facteur entre 103 et 104. De plus, ce gain eleve n'est observe qu'a l'interieur d'une fenetre temporelle d'environ 10 picosecondes. Nous avons integre cet amplificateur a notre montage de transillumination afin d'acquerir des images d'un patron de lignes opaques immerge dans un milieu diffusant liquide. Des images de lignes ayant une resolution spatiale de 200 mum ont ete obtenues. La cible etait placee au centre d'un melange contenant des proportions variables de lait et d'eau. Deux longueurs de trajet optique dans la solution ont ete utilisees: 30 et 50 mm. Pour determiner les proprietes optiques de notre milieu diffusant, nous avons mis au point

  7. Controle modal des diodes laser a large fenetre d'emission

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lepage, Jean-Francois

    'un laser opere en cavite externe. Nous presentons egalement des simulations numeriques du systeme laser. Ces simulations sont basees sur les equations d'evolution, qui sont derivees pour le cas d'un laser a cavites couplees avec retroaction pour deux longueurs d'onde. Nous y mettons en evidence l'influence de phenomenes tels que la saturation spatiale inhomogene, l'emission spontanee et les pertes intracavite sur le comportement du regime d'operation a deux longueurs d'onde.

  8. Propriétés magnéto-optiques des diastéréoisomères

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruchon, T.; Thépot, J.-Y.; Vallet, M.; Le Floch, A.

    2006-10-01

    Les molécules énantiomères présentent des activités optiques opposées, mais des rotations Faraday égales. Nous démontrons, par une mesure différentielle, que les stéréoisomères méso, qui, par compensation interne, n'ont pas d'activité optique, présentent au contraire des effets Faraday différents de leurs stéréoisomères chiraux. Ce résultat, obtenu sur l'acide tartrique, est en accord avec les valeurs théoriques issues d'un modèle d'interaction dipolaire.

  9. Structure-Activity Relationship Study on Isothiocyanates: Comparison of TRPA1-Activating Ability between Allyl Isothiocyanate and Specific Flavor Components of Wasabi, Horseradish, and White Mustard.

    PubMed

    Terada, Yuko; Masuda, Hideki; Watanabe, Tatsuo

    2015-08-28

    Allyl isothiocyanate (ITC) (4) is the main pungent component in wasabi, and it generates an acrid sensation by activating TRPA1. The flavor and pungency of ITCs vary depending on the compound. However, the differences in activity to activate TRPA1 between ITCs are not known except for a few compounds. To investigate the effect of carbon chain length and substituents of ITCs, the TRPA1-activiting ability of 16 ITCs was measured. Since most of the ITCs showed nearly equal TRPA1-activiting potency, the ITC moiety is likely the predominant contributor to their TRPA1-activating abilities, and contributions of other functional groups to their activities to activate TRPA1 are comparatively small.

  10. CF Procedures and Practices Involving Information Aggregation

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-03-01

    paix, de conflit et de guerre, elles exercent une série de sous-activités qu’elles confient à des experts, à des systèmes automatisés et à des groupes...décision agrégée finale. Les FC s’adonnent à des activités liées à l’agrégation d’informations . En temps de paix, de conflit et de guerre, elles exercent...courants de doctrine ont été étudiés : la planification opérationnelle, le renseignement interarmées, la gestion des risques, les opérations

  11. CF Training for Moral and Ethical Decision Making in an Operational Context

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2006-08-16

    témoin composé de six officiers commissionnés et sous-officiers actifs. Ces participants avaient été choisis parce que chacun d’eux avait déjà...de décompression post-mission. Ces activités ont été jugées des compléments naturels à l’instruction pré-déploiement sur la PDME dans un contexte

  12. Antibodies to Meningococcal H.8 (Lip) Antigen Fail to Show Bactericidal Activity

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-01-01

    monoclonaux n’avaient pas non plus d’activit6 bactericide contre ces souches. La faible activitt bactdricide associee aux anticorps monoclonaux et...MENINGOCOCCAL H.8 (Lip) ANTIGEN FAILTO SHOW BACTERICIDAL ACTIVITY. 12. PERSONAL. DUTHOR(S AK BHATTACHARJEE, EE MORAN, & WD ZOLLINGER. lb. TMP OP REPORT DATE...isotypes. An anti-Lip mouse monoclonal ascites (2-1-CA2) had 28 400 ELISA units of antibody. Bactericidal assays were performed using three different

  13. [The film library of Sandoz].

    PubMed

    Lefebvre, Thierry

    2014-10-01

    During nearly forty years, the Cinémathèque Sandoz helped the initial formation of students and the training of doctors and pharmacists. Half a century after the produc tion of one of his most memorable films, Le Horla (Jean-Daniel Pollet), the author provides a brief history of those cultural sponsorship activites. It presents the main leaders of the cinémathèque et some of its iconic projets.

  14. Colloquy to Paul Musset

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    En honneur de Paul Musset il a été décidé de faire plutôt un colloque scientifique à la place d'une cérémonie. Plusieurs personnes temoignent de leurs estime et amitié pour ce physicien et ses activités

  15. 65th birthday Jack Steinberger

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    Laudatio pour Jack Steinberger né le 25 mai 1921, à l'occasion de son 65me anniversaire et sa retraite officielle, pour sa précieuse collaboration au Cern. Néanmoins son principal activité continuera comme avant dans sa recherche au Cern. Plusieurs orateurs prennent la parole (p.ex. E.Picasso) pour le féliciter et lui rendre hommage

  16. Recent developments for tax-exempt healthcare organizations.

    PubMed

    Hyatt, T K

    1993-01-01

    Significant developments in the law of tax-exempt healthcare organizations occurred during the early 1990s. The span of developments includes a seminal Seventh Circuit case, Living Faith v. Commissioner, as well as an Internal Revenue Service determination letter recognizing the charitable tax status of integrated delivery systems, showing the recent activitism of the IRS in the healthcare arena. In addition, the federal and state courts have struggled to define and apply concepts of community benefit and charity to modern healthcare organizations.

  17. Orbiting Debris: a Space Environmental Problem. Background Paper

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    Artificial debris, deposited in a multitude of orbits about the Earth as the result of the exploration and use of the space environment, poses a growing hazard to future space operations. Unless nations sharply reduce the amount of orbital debris they produce, future space activites could suffer loss of capability, loss of income, and even loss of life as a result of collisions between spacecraft and debris. This background paper discusses the sources of debris and how they can be greatly reduced.

  18. Defence Food Research Activities Report.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-01-01

    7 7115618 DEFENCE FOOD RESEARCH ACTIVITES REPORTWU ARMED)FORCES 1/ FOOD SCIENCE ESTARLISHMENT SCOTTSDALE (ADSTRA L A 1983 DLASFIED F/G6/8 *EEL A...681 1)epartment of I)efence I)efence Science and Technology Organization Armed Forces Food Science Establishment Scottsdale, Tasmania AFFSE REPORT 2/83...DEFENCE FOOD RESEARCH ACTIVITIES REPORTI [UI C) COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, 1983 DTICELECTE Approved For Public Release 1978-83 ItC FILE COPY 83 .9 o

  19. The Synthesis and Evaluation of 15-Keto-PGB1 Analogs.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-03-01

    properties, would be eliminated. Analog 7 itself is unlikel’ ’. r be of value as a precursor to an oligomeric mixture having activit i Ut protection of...bC. N. Serhan , H. M. Korchak, and G. Weissmann. PGBx, a piostaglandin derivative, mimics the action of the calcium ionophore A23187 on human...quenching. Physiol. Chem. Phys., 8o, 558 (1981). 4. E. T. Angelokos, R . I. Riley, and B. D. Polis. Recovery of monkeys after myocardial infarction with

  20. 75 FR 2542 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-01-15

    ...: The meeting dates are February 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 11, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to... Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (FACA), notice is hereby given that the SAB Committee on Science.../sab/sabproduct.nsf/fedrgstr_activites/Science%20Integration?OpenDocument . At the upcoming...

  1. 75 FR 9895 - Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-03-04

    .... DATES: The meeting dates are March 30, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 31, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 1... Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2, notice is hereby given that the SAB Committee on Science..._activites/Science%20Integration?OpenDocument . Availability of Meeting Materials: The agenda and...

  2. Senior Staff Meeting

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    Herbert Lengler fait l'introduction et remercie le DG, les directeurs et le vice président de l'association du personnel pour leur présence. Il parlera des activités depuis la dernière réunion et fera des commentaires sur l'"Abragam Commitee Final Report". Une discussion suivra sur plusieurs points importants.

  3. Why do wellhead protection. Issues and answers in protecting public drinking water supply systems

    SciTech Connect

    McCormack, K.

    1995-05-01

    Protection of public water supply wells through wellhead protection (WHP) activities is also considered an important component of a Comprehensive State Ground-Water Protection Program (CSGWPP). EPA has established a set of ground-water protection principles which recognizes that the primary role of ground-water protection should be vested with the states. EPA is providing funds to states to undertake necessary WHP activites and programs as a critical component of a CSGWPP.

  4. Design Modification of Electrophoretic Equipment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Reddick, J. M.; Hirsch, I.

    1973-01-01

    The improved design of a zone electrophoretic sampler is reported that can be used in mass screening for hemoglobin S, the cause of sickle cell anemia. Considered is a high voltage multicell cellulose acetate device that requires 5 to 6 minutes electrophoresis periods; cells may be activitated individually or simultaneously. A multisample hemoglobin applicator standardizes the amount of sample applied and transfers the homolysate to the electrical wires.

  5. The role of the Organization of American States in the development of seismology in Latin America

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Quesada, A.

    1982-01-01

    Seismological studies in Latin America were initiated at the beginning of the 20th century, when the first seismological stations were deployed by certain scientific associations. These efforts provided an incentive to the professional community for further activites. Until this date, the only seismic records that existed were historical accounts of catastrophes caused by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This type of information of course, leads to "fantasy" and incorrect descriptions of what has taken place. 

  6. Advances in nickel hydrogen technology at Yardney Battery Division

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bentley, J. G.; Hall, A. M.

    1987-01-01

    The current major activites in nickel hydrogen technology being addressed at Yardney Battery Division are outlined. Five basic topics are covered: an update on life cycle testing of ManTech 50 AH NiH2 cells in the LEO regime; an overview of the Air Force/industry briefing; nickel electrode process upgrading; 4.5 inch cell development; and bipolar NiH2 battery development.

  7. Orbiting Debris: a Space Environmental Problem. Background Paper

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    Artificial debris, deposited in a multitude of orbits about the Earth as the result of the exploration and use of the space environment, poses a growing hazard to future space operations. Unless nations sharply reduce the amount of orbital debris they produce, future space activites could suffer loss of capability, loss of income, and even loss of life as a result of collisions between spacecraft and debris. This background paper discusses the sources of debris and how they can be greatly reduced.

  8. Research and Technology annual report FY-1981

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1981-01-01

    Space transportation systems are summarized: space shuttle enhancement, a space operations center, the space platform, and geostationary activites are discussed. Aeronautics and space technology are summarized: experiments, energy systems, propulsion technology, synthetic aperture radar, large space systems, and shuttle-launched vehicles are discussed. Space sciences are summarized: lunar, planetary, and life sciences are discussed. Space and terrestrial applications are summarized. The AgRISTARS program, forest and wildland resource, and Texas LANDSAT applications are discussed.

  9. A Strong Three-Factor Authentication Device: Trusted DAVE and the New Generic Content-Based Information Security (CBIS) Architecture

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2004-11-01

    activity could be used. The last is to analyse , study, and compare different types of network/system architectures. The activity involved the development...demonstrator produced under this activity could be used. The last is to analyse , study, and compare different types of network/system architectures...could be useful. Résumé Ce rapport a trois objectifs. Le premier est de donner une description/ analyse de l’activité Trusted DAVE fait par RDDC

  10. Design Modification of Electrophoretic Equipment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Reddick, J. M.; Hirsch, I.

    1973-01-01

    The improved design of a zone electrophoretic sampler is reported that can be used in mass screening for hemoglobin S, the cause of sickle cell anemia. Considered is a high voltage multicell cellulose acetate device that requires 5 to 6 minutes electrophoresis periods; cells may be activitated individually or simultaneously. A multisample hemoglobin applicator standardizes the amount of sample applied and transfers the homolysate to the electrical wires.

  11. Functional Modeling, Scenario Development, and Options Analysis to Support Optimized Crewing for Damage Control. Phase 2: Scenario Development

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-03-31

    foulée de sa récente activité de planification stratégique, la Marine canadienne planifie actuellement une restructuration importante de ses...recently, Kim Vicente and his colleagues have performed a large body of research about human adaptation in a process control micro-world that treats...control loops and the processes that they control. All four of these design factors are likely to contribute to human-automation challenges in

  12. Functional Modelling, Scenario Development, and Options Analysis to Support Optimized Crewing for Damage Control. Phase 2: Scenario Development

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-03-31

    foulée de sa récente activité de planification stratégique, la Marine canadienne planifie actuellement une restructuration importante de ses...recently, Kim Vicente and his colleagues have performed a large body of research about human adaptation in a process control micro-world that treats...control loops and the processes that they control. All four of these design factors are likely to contribute to human-automation challenges in

  13. Environmental Assessment for Boston Harbor Maintenance Dredging, Boston, Massachusetts.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1981-12-01

    1) daily activities in terms of schooling and burrowing, (2) their food source, and (3) reproductive habitat. Most of the daily activites of the...bloassay indicated no toxicity to the copepod, Acartia clausi, and therefore, should not be a problem. Few studies on the reproductive habitat of sand lances...Burns, K. A. and J. M. Teal. 1973. Hydrocarbons in the Peglagic Sargassum Community. Deep Sea Research. 20:207-211. Butman, B. 1973. Hydrography and

  14. 65th birthday Jack Steinberger

    SciTech Connect

    2007-12-04

    Laudatio pour Jack Steinberger né le 25 mai 1921, à l'occasion de son 65me anniversaire et sa retraite officielle, pour sa précieuse collaboration au Cern. Néanmoins son principal activité continuera comme avant dans sa recherche au Cern. Plusieurs orateurs prennent la parole (p.ex. E.Picasso) pour le féliciter et lui rendre hommage

  15. Activity-Modifying Behaviour Mediates the Relationship between Pain Severity and Activity Limitations among Adults with Emergent Knee Pain.

    PubMed

    Hamilton, Clayon B; Maly, Monica R; Clark, Jessica M; Speechley, Mark; Petrella, Robert J; Chesworth, Bert M

    2013-01-01

    Objectif : Déterminer si un comportement modifiant les activités peut influer sur la relation entre la sévérité d'une douleur au genou et chacune des fonctions physiques et la qualité de vie associée au genou. Méthode : Au total, 105 participants avec douleur au genou interne et aucun diagnostic d'arthrose du genou (âge moyen de 52,2 ans; écart type de 6,7 ans) ont rempli deux questionnaires d'auto-évaluation. Le questionnaire pour déterminer les symptômes au genou (Questionnaire to Identify Knee Symptoms, QuIKS) visait à évaluer les comportements qui modifient les activités; le pointage obtenu au questionnaire sur les blessures au genou et l'arthrose (Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score, KOOS) permettait d'évaluer la sévérité de la douleur, la fonction physique et la qualité de vie associée au genou. Une analyse de médiation simple a été réalisée à l'aide d'un modèle de régression linéaire. Résultats : Le coefficient de régression non normalisé (±erreur type) du comportement modifiant l'activité a révélé une réduction partielle de l'effet de la sévérité de la douleur sur la fonction physique (0,31±0,09, p<0,001) et sur la qualité de vie associée au genou (0,24±0,07, p<0,001). Après la mise en place d'un comportement modifiant l'activité, la variation de la fonction physique causée par la douleur est passée de 45 % à 15 %, et la variation dans la qualité de vie associée au genou provoquée par la douleur est passée de 64 % à 25 %. Conclusion : Un comportement qui modifie l'activité réduit partiellement la relation entre la sévérité de la douleur et la fonction physique et entre la sévérité de la douleur et la qualité de vie associée au genou. On a donc recours à une modification de l'activité chez les personnes aux prises avec une douleur émergente au genou, et cette modification pourrait contrer les effets de la douleur au genou sur la fonction physique et sur la qualité de

  16. Systemes Fermioniques a Basse Dimension D'espace: Supraconductivite, Effet Hall Quantique et Statistique Fractionnaire

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sakhi, Said

    Cette these est constituee de trois sujets de recherche distincts. Les deux premiers articles traitent du phenomene de supraconductivite dans un modele bidimensionnel, dans le troisieme article on etudie l'action effective d'un systeme electronique soumis a l'effet d'un champ magnetique (systeme de Hall) et le dernier article examine la quantification d'un systeme de particules identiques en deux dimensions d'espace et la possibilite des anyons. Le modele qu'on analyse dans les deux premiers articles est un systeme fermionique dont les particules chargees et de masse nulle interagissent entre elles avcc un couplage attractif et fort. L'analyse de l'action effective decrivant la physique a basse energie nous permet d'examiner la structure de l'espace de phase. A temperature nulle, le parametre d'ordre du systeme prend une valeur moyenne non nulle. Consequemment, la symetrie continue U(1) du modele est spontanement brisee et il en resulte l'apparition d'un mode de Goldstone. En presence d'un champ electromagnetique externe, ce mode disparait et le champ de jauge acquiert une masse donc l'effet Meissner caracteristique d'un supraconducteur. Bien que le modele ne soit pas renormalisable dans le sens perturbatif, on montre qu'il l'est dans le cadre du developpement en 1/N ou N est le nombre d'especes fermioniques. En outre, on montre que l'inclusion des effets thermiques change radicalement le mecanisme de supraconductivite. En effet, on montre que la brisure spontanee de la symetrie U(1) n'est plus possible a temperature finie a cause de tres severes divergences infrarouges. Par contre, la dynamique des tourbillons (vortex) existant dans le plan devient essentielle. On montre que le phenomene de supraconductivite resulte du confinement de ces objets topologiques et que la temperature critique s'identifie a celle de Kosterlitz -Thouless. Ce mecanisme de supraconductivite presente l'avantage d'aboutir a un rapport gap a la temperature critique plus eleve que celui du

  17. Etude de lasers a fibre emettant a 480 nm et du phenomene de coloration dans la fibre de ZBLAN dopee au thulium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Laperle, Pierre

    Cet ouvrage porte sur l'etude experimentale et theorique du laser a fibre de ZBLAN dopee au thulium pompe a 1112 nm par un laser Nd:YAG et emettant a 480 nm, ainsi que du phenomene de coloration causant la photodegradation du laser a fibre. Le rendement du laser a fibre depend de l'efficacite de la conversion de photons infrarouges en photons visibles par un mecanisme d'excitation en palier des ions trivalent thulium (Tm3+). Toutefois, cette efficacite est reduite par les transferts d'energie entre les ions Tm3+. De plus, le gain net est limite par l'absorption induite a la longueur d'onde laser pendant le pompage de la fibre a 1112 nm. Cette absorption induite s'avere etre le probleme le plus important a surmonter pour le developpement d'un laser a fibre a 480 nm qui soit stable et de haute puissance. La spectroscopie de l'ion Tm3+ dans la fibre de ZBLAN a ete realisee afin de determiner experimentalement les parametres essentiels a la modelisation theorique du laser a fibre. Les sections efficaces d'absorption et d'emission de l'ion Tm3+ ont ete calculees a partir des equations de Fuchtbauer-Ladenburg et des spectres d'intensite d'absorption et d'emission spontanee mesures experimentalement par excitation selective. Cette methode d'excitation a permis de resoudre spectralement certaines des transitions d'absorption mal connues dues a la difficulte de mesurer celles-ci de facon directe. L'identification des transferts d'energie (relaxation croisee et excitation cooperative en palier) dominants entre ions Tm 3+ a ete faite en comparant la probabilite d'interaction dipole-dipole electriques entre une paire d'ion Tm 3+. Les taux de transferts d'energie, quant a eux, ont ete mesures par excitation selective et la mesure du temps de vie des niveaux d'energie de l'ion Tm3+. La sensibilite de la fibre de ZBLAN a la lumiere et a la chaleur est decrite habituellement par leurs effets sur la transparence de la fibre, par exemple, photonoircissement, photoblanchiment et

  18. Gestion de la douleur chronique par les infirmières des Groupes de médecine de famille

    PubMed Central

    Bergeron, Dave A; Bourgault, Patricia; Gallagher, Frances

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION : Des milliers de personnes souffrent actuellement de douleur chronique (DC) pour laquelle la prise en charge s’avère souvent inadéquate. Au Québec, les infirmières qui oeuvrent dans les Groupes de médecine de famille (GMF) jouent un rôle clé dans le suivi des personnes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé chroniques dont la DC. OBJECTIFS : Cette étude a pour objectifs de décrire les activités réalisées par les infirmières œuvrant en GMF en lien avec la gestion de la douleur chez la clientèle souffrant de DC, ainsi que les barrières à ces activités. MÉTHODE : Un dispositif descriptif corrélationnel transversal de type enquête postale a été utilisé. La population accessible à l’étude comprend les infirmières qui figurent sur la liste des membres de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec travaillant en GMF. L’ensemble des infirmières figurant sur cette liste ayant consenti à être contactées à leur domicile pour des fins de recherche ont été contactées. Un questionnaire postal auto-administré (Pain Management Activities Questionnaire) a été complété par 53 infirmières travaillant en GMF. RÉSULTATS : Les trois activités le plus souvent réalisées par les infirmières sont d’établir une relation thérapeutique avec le client; de discuter avec le médecin de l’efficacité des mesures thérapeutiques et de faire un enseignement personnalisé au client. Les infirmières ont la perception qu’elles rencontrent en moyenne 2,68 personnes par semaine qui souffrent de DC. La méconnaissance des interventions possibles en douleur (71,7%) et la non-disponibilité de l’information sur la gestion de la douleur (52,8%) constituent les principales barrières selon les infirmières sondées. CONCLUSION : Les infirmières au sein des GMF font actuellement peu d’activités en gestion de la DC probablement en raison du manque de reconnaissance de la DC. PMID:25848847

  19. Seasat. Volume 3: Ground systems

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Pounder, E. (Editor)

    1980-01-01

    The Seasat Project was a feasibility demonstration of the use of orbital remote sensing for global ocean observation. The satellite was launched in June of 1978 and was operated successfully until October 1978. A massive electrical failure occurred in the power system, terminating the mission prematurely. The ground systems using during the mission life are discussed. Descriptions of the operating organization, the system elements, and the testing program are included. The various phases of the mission: launch and orbit insertion; cruise; and calibration are discussed. A special section is included on the orbit maneuver activites. Operations during the satellite failure are reviewed and summarized.

  20. Surveys of research in the Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory

    SciTech Connect

    Grazis, B.M.

    1992-11-01

    Research reports are presented on reactive intermediates in condensed phase (radiation chemistry, photochemistry), electron transfer and energy conversion, photosynthesis and solar energy conversion, metal cluster chemistry, chemical dynamics in gas phase, photoionization-photoelectrons, characterization and reactivity of coal and coal macerals, premium coal sample program, chemical separations, heavy elements coordination chemistry, heavy elements photophysics/photochemistry, f-electron interactions, radiation chemistry of high-level wastes (gas generation in waste tanks), ultrafast molecular electronic devices, and nuclear medicine. Separate abstracts have been prepared. Accelerator activites and computer system/network services are also reported.

  1. Surveys of research in the Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory

    SciTech Connect

    Grazis, B.M.

    1992-01-01

    Research reports are presented on reactive intermediates in condensed phase (radiation chemistry, photochemistry), electron transfer and energy conversion, photosynthesis and solar energy conversion, metal cluster chemistry, chemical dynamics in gas phase, photoionization-photoelectrons, characterization and reactivity of coal and coal macerals, premium coal sample program, chemical separations, heavy elements coordination chemistry, heavy elements photophysics/photochemistry, f-electron interactions, radiation chemistry of high-level wastes (gas generation in waste tanks), ultrafast molecular electronic devices, and nuclear medicine. Separate abstracts have been prepared. Accelerator activites and computer system/network services are also reported.

  2. Littoral Infrared Ship Self Defence Technology Studies (Autodefense cotiere infrarouge des navires etudes technologiques)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2014-05-01

    SET-088) Synthèse Ce groupe de travail a traité des aspects suivants de l’autodéfense côtière infrarouge : 1) La détection des missiles antinavires...recherche sur la propagation infrarouge a été un autre sujet d’intérêt pour le groupe de travail . Les activités principales de la recherche sur la...propagation IR ont concerné l’essai VAMPIRA avec le groupe de travail SET-056 (Intégration du Radar et de l’Autodéfense Infrarouge des Navires), l’analyse

  3. Results of a Workshop on Health Effects of Crude Oil Exposures Related to Operation Desert Storm.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-02-01

    aromatic hydrocarbons and aflatoxins . Mutat. Res. 46:27-44. Lacassagne. A., N. P. Buu-Hoi, F. Zaidela, D. Lavit-Lamy, and 0. Chalvet. 1963. Activite...z o -0. S.c = ’% - to 6C ’coo 0 0 0 0 c I Z ~ t 4 z . ~~ * Oq- an t- -C E E * 𔃾- 4o b1 .- E Z> 0 Q v I E . o c Cps _ x .2 . . OtC =*~ M 0~ 0 9oc Z

  4. Computed tomography of stress fracture

    SciTech Connect

    Murcia, M.; Brennan, R.E.; Edeiken, J.

    1982-06-01

    An athletic young female developed gradual onset of pain in the right leg. Plain radiographs demonstrated solid periosteal reaction in the tibia compatible with stress fracture. She stopped sport activites but her pain continued. Follow-up radiographs of the tibia revealed changes suspicious for osteoid osteoma. Computed tomography (CT) scan demonstrated periosteal reaction, but in addition, lucent fracture lines in the tibial cortex were evident. CT obviated the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures in this patient. In selected cases CT may be useful to confirm the diagnosis of stress fracture when plain radiographic or routine tomographic studies are not diagnostic.

  5. Que peut-on dire du prochain cycle solaire?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Simon, P.

    1997-01-01

    Avant me^me que soit complètement terminé le cycle des taches en cours, on peut déjà annoncer que le suivant aura des caractéristiques très proches de celui qui s'achève. En effet, depuis déjà trois à quatre ans, l'activité géomagnétique en cours appartient à la première phase de ce nouveau cycle.

  6. Establishment of a Separate Psychology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-07-01

    UNITED STATES ARMY HEALTH CARE STUDIES ___ I, AND & CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY ESTABLISHMENT OF A SEPARATE PSYCIIOLOGY SERVICE AT WALTER REED...AMY MEDICAL CENTER A. DAVID MANGESDOIFF, Ph.D., M.P.H. S9_oo DTI( y 9LECT July 1989 AUG 1 G 19 ,, i -" "L )’* -i UNITED STATES ARMY HEALTH SERVICES...OFFICE SYMBOL 7 a NAME OF MONITORING ORGANIZATION US ArmTy Health Care Studies & (If applicable) Clinical lvestigation Activit HSHN-T HQDA 6c

  7. Risk factors for falls in older adults with lower extremity arthritis: a conceptual framework of current knowledge and future directions.

    PubMed

    Arnold, Cathy M; Gyurcsik, Nancy C

    2012-01-01

    Objectif : Le nombre de Canadiens de 65 ans et plus augmentera au cours des 20 prochaines années et la prévalence des maladies chroniques, dont l'arthrite, sera en hausse, tout comme le nombre de chutes. Bien que des facteurs de risques de chute connus soient associés à l'arthrose du genou ou de la hanche, une somme minimale de recherches a évalué les risques ou les taux de chutes et de fractures chez ce segment de la population. En conséquence, l'objectif de cette étude était de dresser un résumé des recherches réalisées sur les risques de chute ou de fracture chez les adultes plus âgés aux prises avec de l'arthrose au genou ou à la hanche, et d'élaborer un cadre conceptuel pour le dépistage et l'évaluation des risques de chute. Méthode : La Classification internationale du fonctionnement, du handicap et de la santé (CIF), qui forme les directives cliniques pour le dépistage des risques de chute, et une revue documentaire sélective ont été utilisées. Résultats : Il existe des lacunes dans nos connaissances relatives aux risques de chute et de fracture au sein de ce segment de la population. La dégradation de la performance musculaire, de l'équilibre et de la mobilité a été établie, mais on sait peu de choses en ce qui a trait aux répercussions possibles de facteurs contextuels personnels ou environnementaux sur les risques de chute ou de fracture. L'activité physique peut aider à prévenir les chutes, mais la non-adhésion des patients à un programme d'activité physique pose problème. Conclusion : Une évaluation des risques de chute chez les adultes plus âgés souffrant d'arthrose du genou ou de la hanche est nécessaire. La promotion de l'activité physique régulière, en se concentrant sur les facteurs contextuels personnels propres à la maladie ou à l'activité, pourrait aider directement la planification du traitement.

  8. Assessment of industrial activity in the utilization of biomass for energy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1980-09-01

    Federal programs in biomass energy are defined by identifying the status and objectives of private sector activity in the biomass field as of mid 1979. The industry's perceptions of government activites are characterized. Findings and conclusions are based principally on confidential interviews with executives in 95 companies. These included forest products companies, agricultural products companies, equipment manufacturers, electric and gas utilities, petroleum refiners and distributors, research and engineering firms, and trade organizations. The study focused on four key questions: (1) what is the composition of the biomass industry? (2) what are the companies doing? (3) what are their objectives and strategies? (4) what are the implications for government policy?

  9. PubMed Central

    Beaulieu, Marie-Dominique

    1984-01-01

    The general approach to prevention in elderly patients differs from that for younger patients. In the elderly, most of the preventive activites performed by family physicians are tertiary. Prevention and cure of disease often overlap. The major health problem in elderly patients is the development of progressive incapacity. The evaluation of risk factors for this condition is the principal purpose of the periodic health examination of these patients. This article summarizes the principal recommendations for the periodic health examination of the elderly and discusses barriers to their implementation. PMID:21279078

  10. IPME and External Clients: Enhancing Performance by Offloading Simulation Workload to External Clients; Explaining and Simplifying the Process

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-12-01

    Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence, 2007 © Sa Majesté la Reine (en droit du Canada), telle que représentée par le...clients aide à la réalisation de cette activité. Perspectives : La version 4 de l’EIMP est en cours de développement et elle devrait être plus puissante...dispositif améliorant les performances ira en diminuant, ils continueront d’aider à assurer la modularité des modèles de l’EIMP. La démarche qui fait

  11. Wakening Substances: Caffeine (Substance eveillante: la cafeine)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2002-11-01

    dans l’effet stimulant central de la caffine: compares A des sujets reposes, les sujets priv~s de sommeil pr~sentaient apr~s la prise de 200 mg de...tremblements, agitation, irritabilit6, depression, tr~mulations, tachypn~e, tachycardie, palpitations, anorexie, troubles du sommeil et diverses plaintes...de missions militaires. Lors d’op~rations continues (activit6 op~rationnelle avec des opportunit~s de sommeil qui peuvent etre br~ves et dispers~es

  12. Coalition Battle Management Language (C-BML) (Language de gestion du champ de bataille (C-BML)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2012-02-01

    MSG-048 Coalition Battle Management Language (C-BML) (Langage de gestion du champ de bataille (C-BML)) NMSG-048 Final Report. This document...BML) (Langage de gestion du champ de bataille (C-BML)) NMSG-048 Final Report. This document contains information authorized by NATO RTA for... bataille (C-BML) (RTO-TR-MSG-048) Synthèse Le groupe modélisation et simulation de l’OTAN 048 (MSG-048) a été chargé de conduire une activité

  13. A Metric for Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) - Probability of Identification

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-09-01

    combinant les renseignements obtenus des nouvelles technologies des capteurs et d’autres ministres, les données étant partagées par le biais...opérationnel estime que l’identification visuelle est la forme de renseignement de surveillance la plus digne de confiance, même si des capteurs peuvent...l’efficacité des activités RSR maritimes pendant une période définie. Recherche future : Avec l’ajout constant de nouveaux capteurs et d’outils de fusion

  14. RTO Highlights 2000

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-05-01

    histoire , sa période de retraite a été plus longue que ses années d’activité … Le service des Retraites de l’OTAN n’est pas prêt de m’oublier! Je me...mais le temps passe Les voilà grandis Et devant la glace On fait la grimace des mamans vieillie Oui, la terre est ronde On en fait le tour Sous les...mers profondes Et les cieux qui grondent En quatre vingts jours Mais la belle histoire C’est celle du futur D’un voyage de gloire En quittant un soir

  15. Investigation et riposte à une épidémie de poliovirus sauvage à Kinshasa

    PubMed Central

    Nsambu, Muriel Nzazi; Bazira, Léodegal; Coulibaly, Tiekoura; Mbule, Albert; Wilmet, Michèle Dramaix; Likwela, Joris Losimba

    2013-01-01

    Introduction La République Démocratique du Congo a été considérée comme un pays à circulation rétablie de poliovirus sauvage (PVS). Cet article décrit l’épidémie de PVS qui a sévit dans la province de Kinshasa de 2010 à 2011. Méthodes Les analyses ont porté sur les cas de paralysie flasque aigüe (PFA) enregistrés de décembre 2010 à décembre 2011, les données de surveillance des PFA, les données de couverture vaccinale et celles du monitorage indépendant des activités de vaccination supplémentaires. Résultats Entre décembre 2010 à décembre 2011, 298 cas de PFA ont été enregistrés par les zones de santé parmi lesquels 34 cas de PVS confirmés. 58% des cas de PVS avaient plus de 15 ans avec plus d'hommes que de femmes. 10 passages d'activités de vaccination supplémentaires ont été mis en œuvre dont 4 avaient ciblé toute la population de Kinshasa. Il n'y a plus eu de cas de PVS après le 3e passage. Le monitorage des activités de vaccination a montré une proportion de sujets non vaccinés allant de 4 à 13%. La performance du système de surveillance était globalement bonne. Conclusion La prédominance des adultes parmi les cas notifiés traduit leur susceptibilité alors qu'ils ne sont généralement pas concernés lors des campagnes de vaccination supplémentaires. Ceci devrait engager les autorités sanitaires à envisager des activités vaccinales supplémentaires ciblant les adultes afin de casser plus rapidement la chaîne de transmission. Les faiblesses subsistant dans le système de surveillance pourraient être jugulées par le renforcement de la surveillance à base communautaire. PMID:24062866

  16. Light Scattering Theory for Bubbles in Water: Inverse Scattering, Coated Bubbles and Statistics.

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    1986-11-17

    deconvolution procedure but the details have not been examined. 55 Report Distribution List R. Hollman I copy Code 3 31 Naval Ocean Research and Development...ADDRESS (Cty, State, and ZIPCode) 7b. ADDRESS (City, State, and ZIP Code ) 10 Pullman, WA 99164-2814 1107 N.E. 45th Street C; Seattle, WA 98105-4631 "l...Activit, NORDA N00014-86-K-0242 ’UL 8c. ADDRESS (City, State, and ZIP Code ) 10. SOURCE OF FUNDING NUMBERS l Code 331 PROGRAM PROJECT TASK WORK UNIT

  17. Final Project Report Project 10749-4.2.2.1 2007-2009

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    Zacher, Alan H.; Holladay, Johnathan E.; Frye, J. G.; Brown, Heather M.; Santosa, Daniel M.; Oberg, Aaron A.

    2009-05-11

    This is the final report for the DOE Project 10749-4.2.2.1 for the FY2007 - FY2009 period. This report is non-proprietary, and will be submitted to DOE as a final project report. The report covers activities under the DOE Project inside CRADA 269 (Project 53231) as well as project activites outside of that CRADA (Project 56662). This is the final report that is summarized from the non-proprietary quarterlies submitted to DOE over the past 2.5 years, which in turn are summaries from the proprietary technical reporting to UOP.

  18. APP FY 1980 Task I and II Report.

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    1980-09-30

    AD-A 24 096 APP p Y80 TASK IAND ITREPORMU NAVAL fCEAN RESEARCH I AND DEVEL OPMENT ACTIVIT NST STATION MS E HASHIMOT0 30 S EP 80 NORDA-TN-69...Station, Mississippi 39529 APP FY-80 Task I and 11 Report LUU E.HLhmto. F: 17 OcaCcec-)dTcn~gyLbrtr *Present Address: Nuernic ad DivihionoyLbrtr...Ocean Doto Systems, Inc. NmrclModeling Dvso 3255 Wing Street Son Diego, CA 92110O September 1980 Diistribultion ’Unlirijited I I I APP FY-80 TASK I and II

  19. Report of the Hydrographic Service Royal Australian Navy for the Year Ended 30th June 1990. Issue Number 26

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    1990-06-30

    Wostorni Autralia . olArnheml land. orCirl s, offAdOl d in tIh Torrea Strolit in Antarctica and in the outlh eastern waters orP pua Stirm) areas cnpmie...provided an escort to a berth at the Great irrtier Reef vonderland. and the ship’s companY visited al, township of Paluma. PALUtMA finally arrived in...rectIfy a stem tube misalignment. Further survoy Activites were then progressed to the south of Cooklown from Bee Reef to Endeavour Beef. The progrm

  20. Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy of Gold Nanoparticle-Coated Substrates: Use as an Indicator of Exposure to Chemical Warfare Simulants

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    2005-08-01

    plasmonique de surface est une technique sensible pouvant être utilisée pour exploiter les propriétés optiques de nanoparticules de métal ainsi que leur... optiques des pellicules de nanoparticules d’or qui en résultent sont très compatibles avec de nombreux systèmes de solvants. De plus, la réactivité des...cables are the optic fibres connected to the Ocean Optics spectrometer. The cell is wrapped in heating tape for temperature control although this

  1. Departure Roger Anthoine

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    None

    2016-07-12

    Remerciements et discours du D.G. H.Schopper à l'occasion du départ de Roger Anthoine (attaché de presse), qui travaillait dans la communication et quitte le Cern après 27 ans de service. Il gardait des relations avec des médias internationaux et la presse locale; remise des cadeaux: album photo avec images des musés de Genève et un radio aviation; R.A. fait un résumé de ses activités et souvenirs et remercie ses collaborateurs

  2. Toward the Development of a Canadian Less Lethal Weapon Approval Process: A Study of Contemporary Process Models

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    2011-10-01

    l’inventaire des intervenants, des rôles et responsabilités, du cadre de gouvernance , des processus de haut niveau et des documents pertinents utilisés...leurs rôles et responsabilités, la gouvernance de ces processus, la séquence des activités au sein de chaque processus et de répertorier les documents... gouvernance qui reprend les éléments clés du modèles du Royaume-Uni, l’incorporation d’un processus de gestion du risque, un énoncé des besoins

  3. Sources et impacts potentiels des micropolluants chimiques sur un écosystème littoral exploité: l'exemple des côtes des Charente-Maritime

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    Miramand, P.; Guyot, T.; Pigeot, J.

    2003-06-01

    Le littoral picto-charentais est une zone à fortes activités économiques liées à l'aquaculture, à la pêche et au tourisme. Toutes ces activités demandent une très bonne qualité des eaux et de l'environnement en général. Or, cette zone littorale est soumise à de nombreux apports de micropolluants: métaux lourds, phytosanitaires, hydrocarbures, organochlorés.... Les sources en sont nombreuses: apports fluviatiles et atmosphériques, rejets diffus et rejets directs. Les risques dus à cette pollution sont multiples que ce soit au niveau dcs organismes, au niveau des écosystèmes ou des consommateurs. De ce fait, les contaminants majeurs (métaux lourds, organochlorés. hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques) et leurs impacts éventuels sur les écosystèmes font l'objet de veille environnementale (réseaux de surveillance ou d'observatoires de l'environnement) et de mesures de prévention se traduisant par la définition de normes de rejets ou de contamination décidées à l'échelle européenne.

  4. Substorm Onset and the Possible Role of O+ IONS Flowing out during Pseudo-Breakup Auroras

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    Parks, G. K.; Lee, E.; Fillingim, M. O.; Fu, S.; Cui, Y.; Hong, J.

    2014-12-01

    An isolated substorm onset event that occurred on 14 February 2001 was recorded by the WIC on IMAGE. WIC observed an enhanced electron precipitation region that grew out of a pseudo-breakup auroral spot at the poleward boundary that moved southward and activitated an aurora. An isolated substorm onset was triggered when the pseudo-breakup region connected to the activitated aurora at the lower boundary. This observation is a global scale phenomenon, whose behavior is similar but also different from observations of north-south motion at smaller localized scales that precede the onset of substorms (Nishimura et al., 2010). Fortuitously, Cluster during this pseudo-break auroral activity, detected escape of low energy (20-50 eV) field-aligned O+ ions. The triggered onset was accompanied by the escape of more energetic O+ (80 eV -300 eV) ions. Our observations suggest that the escaping O+ ions during pseudo-breakup auroras may be the seed for the onset of isolated substorms needed in some simulation models (Winglee and Harnett, 2010).

  5. La participation des enfants et des adolescents à la boxe

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    Purcell, Laura K; LeBlanc, Claire MA

    2012-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ Des milliers de garçons et de filles de moins de 19 ans font de la boxe en Amérique du Nord. Même si la boxe comporte des avantages pour ceux qui y participent, y compris l’exercice, l’autodiscipline et la confiance en soi, le sport lui-même favorise et récompense des coups délibérés à la tête et au visage. Les personnes qui font de la boxe risquent de subir des blessures à la tête, au visage et au cou, y compris des traumatismes neurologiques chroniques et même fatals. Les commotions cérébrales sont l’une des principales blessures causées par la boxe. En raison du risque de blessures crâniennes et faciales, la Société canadienne de pédiatrie et l’American Academy of Pediatrics s’opposent vigoureusement à la boxe comme activité sportive pour les enfants et les adolescents. Ces organismes recommandent que les médecins s’élèvent contre la boxe auprès des jeunes et les encouragent à participer à d’autres activités dans lesquelles les coups intentionnels à la tête ne constituent pas un élément essentiel du sport.

  6. [Processing mechanism of calamine].

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    Zhou, Lingjun; Xu, Chunlei; Zhang, Li; Ding, Anwei

    2010-06-01

    The aim of this study is to analyze the processing mechanism of calamine. XRD, TEM and IR were adopted to analyze the structures and the components of original and calcined calamine. Their antibacterial activities were also determined. The results indicated that zinc carbonate in original calamine was decomposed into zinc oxide after processing at 700 degrees C for 1 hour using original calamine of 40 mesh, and the particle size was smaller than before processing. All of ZnO, ZnCO3 and Zn5 (CO3) 2 (OH) 6 had antibacterial activitives. Original calamine is deposed to ZnO after being calcined for 1 h at 700 degrees C and wet milling. The content of ZnO and antibacterial activity of calcined calamine are better than those of original calamine, moreover, the particle size diminishes and become dimensional uniformity, and the contents of dissolved impurities is decreased. The antibacterial activitives of original and calcined calamine are decided by zinc.

  7. DataSheets: Making Geoscience Data Easier to Find and Use

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    Manduca, C. A.; Fox, S.; Rissler, H.

    2006-12-01

    Faculty and teachers are enthusiastic about teaching with data. In workshop conversations they report that activities that explore data can effectively engage students interest in learning science. Data rich activites are seen as an effective mechanism for teaching scientific concepts and methods, quantitative skills and other higher order thinking skills. Data rich activites can help students learn to evaluate the validity of data and the strengh of conclusions. However, faculty and teachers indicate that finding the appropriate data is often a challenge and designing activities can be time consuming. To address these needs, we have developed, tested and piloted a new format, DataSheets, for sharing information about data sets, their use in teaching, and teaching materials that employ them. A DataSheet concisely describes a particular scientific data set in a way that is useful to educators interested in teaching with the data set. DataSheets highlight the connections between data sets and specific topics in science; they explicate how to acquire the data, and include links to scientific references and classroom activities that use the data. The format is designed to provide the information recognized as essential to educators by the DLESE Data Services Working Group in their recommendations regarding datasets that effectively support educational use. An initial collection of DataSheets, created through interviews with data providers is available at http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/browse_sheets.html.

  8. Protease activity, localization and inhibition in the human hair follicle

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    Bhogal, R K; Mouser, P E; Higgins, C A; Turner, G A

    2014-01-01

    ène, est censé se produire indépendamment des autres phases du cycle de cheveux. Bien que les mécanismes réels impliqués dans la perte de cheveux ne soient pas entièrement connus, il a été émis l'hypothèse que les processus conduisant à l'étape finale de la perte de cheveux peuvent être modulés par des protéases et/ou l'activité d'inhibiteurs de protéase. Dans cette étude, nous avons étudié la présence de protéases et de l'activité des protéases dans les cheveux humains perdus naturellement et évalué l'activité inhibitrice d'enzyme de différents matériaux. Méthodes Nous avons mesuré l'activité enzymatique en utilisant un dosage basé sur la fluorescence et la localisation des protéines par immunohistochimie indirecte (IHC). Nous avons également développé un modèle de peau ex vivo pour mesurer la force nécessaire pour extraire les fibres capillaires de la peau. Résultats Nos données démontrent la présence d'une activité de la protéase dans le matériau de tissu entourant les racines du bulbe. Nous avons également démontré la localisation de l'expression des protéines de la sérine protéase spécifique du follicule pileux humain par IHC. Ces données fournissent des éléments de preuve démontrant la présence de protéases autour des racines du bulbe de cheveux qui peuvent jouer un rôle durant la phase exogène. Nous avons également testé l'hypothèse selon laquelle un nouveau système inhibiteur de protéase (combinaison de Trichogen ® et climbazole) pouvait inhiber l'activité de la protéase dans les extraits des bulbes de la racine des cheveux, recueillies à partir d'un éventail de groupes ethniques (Royaume-Uni, Brésil, Chine, 1ère génération Mexicains aux États-Unis, Thaïlande et Turquie) dans les deux sexes, mâles et les femelles. En outre, nous avons démontré que cette combinaison est capable d'augmenter la force nécessaire pour enlever les poils dans un système de modèle de peau ex vivo. Conclusion

  9. Rapport d’évaluation des besoins de formation de l’Association canadienne de gastro-entérologie 2009

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    Rostom, Alaa; Daniels, Sandra

    2009-01-01

    C’est en avril 2009 que l’Association canadienne de gastroentérologie a mené son plus récent sondage annuel en ligne auprès de ses membres afin de connaître leurs besoins en matière de formation. En tout, 261 personnes ont répondu au sondage. Comme lors des années précédentes, les sujets entourant les maladies inflammatoires de l’intestin (MII) et plus particulièrement, les traitements pour la maladie de Crohn et la colite ulcéreuse (CU), de même que les cas de MII rebelles, ont été les plus en demande pour les activités de formation à venir. Parmi les autres thèmes populaires, mention-nons les techniques et les traitements endoscopiques, la maladie cœliaque, la prise en charge des infections gastro-intestinales (IGI) et l’endoscopie en direct. Les deux types d’activités de formation les plus attrayantes ont été les conférences et les présentations en Webdiffusion et le portail didactique de l’ACG offrant des liens vers des présentations en ligne, des tests d’auto-évaluation et le suivi des crédits de maintien du certificat (MainCert).

  10. Relation between "terra rossa" from the Apulia aquifer of Italy and the radon content of groundwater: Experimental results and their applicability to radon occurrence in the aquifer

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    Tadolini, T.; Spizzico, M.

    The radon-222 (222Rn) activity in groundwater of the Apulian karstic aquifer in southern Italy is as great as 500 Becquerel per liter (Bq/L) locally. Normal radium-226 (226Ra) activity in the limestone and calcareous dolomites of the aquifer is not enough to explain such a high level. Laboratory investigations identified high 226Ra activity in the "terra rossa," the residuum occupying fissures and cavities in the bedrock, and also the relation between (1) 226Ra-bearing bedrock and "terra rossa" and (2) 222Rn in water. The "terra rossa" is the primary source of the radon in the groundwater. The experimental results show the need to characterize the "terra rossa" of Apulia on the basis of 226Ra activity and also to study the distribution and variations in 222Rn activity over time in the aquifer. Résumé L'activité du radon-222 (222Rn) dans les eaux souterraines de l'aquifère karstique des Pouilles, dans le sud de l'Italie, atteint localement 500 Becquerel par litre (Bq/L). L'activité normale du radium-226 (226Ra) dans les calcaires et dans les calcaires dolomitiques de l'aquifère n'est pas assez élevée pour expliquer des valeurs aussi élevées. Des analyses de laboratoire ont mis en évidence une forte activité en 226Ra dans la terra rossa, remplissage de fissures et de cavités de la roche, ainsi qu'une relation entre (1) la roche et la terra rossa contenant du 226Ra et (2) le 222Rn dans l'eau. La terra rossa est la source primaire de radon dans l'eau souterraine. Les résultats expérimentaux montrent qu'il est nécessaire de caractériser la terra rossa des Pouilles par son activité en 226Ra et d'étudier la distribution et les variations de l'activité en 222Rn au cours du temps dans l'aquifère. Resumen La actividad del radon-222 (222Rn) en el agua subterránea del acuífero cárstico de Apulia, al sur de Italia, alcanza localmente los 500Bq/L. La actividad normal del radio-226 (226Ra) en las calcitas y dolomitas del acuífero no es suficiente para

  11. Cardiovascular responses to millet pounding activity among women in a rural community in Northeastern Nigeria.

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    Oyeyemi, Adetoyeje Y; Jajimaji, Fati; Oyeyemi, Adewale L; Jabbo, Abdul-Hameed A

    2017-01-01

    la dépense énergétique au cours de cette activité et si l'activité peut être considérée comme une activité légère, modérée ou vigoureuse Intensité est inconnue. Objectif: La présente étude visait à mieux comprendre les dépenses énergétiques au cours de la Les réponses cardiovasculaires à l'activité battue du mil, et d'explorer les différences possibles dans la réponse entre les femmes qui pound millet comme leur (Millet pounders habituels) et ceux qui pound millet seulement pour leur propre cuisine à la maison, mais pas comme un emploi (pounders nonhabituel). Méthodes: Un total de quarante femmes apparemment saines ont effectué une activité de pilage du mil en position debout pendant 15 min de durée, et leurs Les paramètres cardiovasculaires, y compris la fréquence cardiaque (FC), la pression artérielle systolique (PAS) et les pressions artérielles diastoliques (PAD) (RPE) au repos, et immédiatement après l'activité de pilonnage ont été évalués. Résultats: Augmentation significative des taux de On a observé des paramètres situés dans la plage des valeurs de 7-12, 1-5 et 19-21 points au-dessus des niveaux de repos pour la PAS, la PAD et la HR respectivement. On a également observé une PAS significativement plus élevée pour les pounders habituels que pour les pounders non habituels, alors que la PPE était Significativement plus élevé pour les pounders non habituels que pour les pounders habituels en réponse à pounding. Cette étude suggère Que le broyage du millet souligne sensiblement suffisamment le système cardiovasculaire pour placer l'activité dans la catégorie d'intensité modérée. D'autres études sur le coût de l'énergie de cette corvée maison, en utilisant une instrumentation qui est capable de mesure directe de la consommation d'oxygène, est justifiée.

  12. Boys, Transitions, and Physical (In)activity: Exploring the Socio-Behavioural Mediators of Participation.

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    Jachyra, Patrick; Gibson, Barbara E

    2016-01-01

    Objet: Explorer les mécanismes sociocomportementaux qui poussent les garçons à faire de l'activité physique (AP) ou les en dissuade à l'aube de l'adolescence et les répercussions sur le plan de la physiothérapie. Méthodes: Cette étude qualitative critique comportait des entrevues en profondeur basées sur des techniques de « l'entrevue active » de 15 garçons adolescents. La génération et l'analyse des données ont été propulsées par les techniques de la théorie à base empirique et la sociologie de la pratique de Bourdieu. Résultats: L'analyse a dégagé des relations intersectionnelles entre les émotions, les plaisirs inhérents au mouvement et un sentiment de lien avec l'AP, dont chacune a agi comme facteur de motivation incitant à faire de l'AP. De façon analogue, l'insatisfaction à l'égard de leur corps, des perceptions de soi négatives et des cas répétés d'intimidation explicite et symbolique ont convergé pour dissuader de faire de l'AP et susciter de l'apathie à cet égard. Conclusion: La détermination de mécanismes sociocomportementaux qui motivent et découragent l'activité physique aide à produire de nouvelles connaissances qui aident à comprendre l'attrition de l'AP chez les garçons à l'aube de l'adolescence. En tant que promoteurs de la santé et experts du mouvement, les physiothérapeutes ont un rôle important à jouer en aidant les adolescents, sans égard à leurs aptitudes, à participer à des activités qui leur donnent un sens, de l'inclusivité et un sentiment de lien avec l'AP.

  13. What happens after participants complete a Union-MSF structured operational research training course?

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    Guillerm, N; Tayler-Smith, K; Berger, S D; Bissell, K; Kumar, A M V; Ramsay, A; Reid, A J; Zachariah, R; Harries, A D

    2014-06-21

    Contexte : Huit cours de recherche opérationnelle (OR) structurée achevés de L'Union et Médecins sans Frontières pour des participants de pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire. On ignore si les participants continuent à pratiquer la recherche opérationnelle après avoir suivi le cours.Objectifs : Déterminer 1) les activités de recherche des participants et de leurs institutions après la fin du cours ; 2) l'influence des bourses de recherche sur ces activités ; et 3) les activités des collègues n'ayant pas assisté au cours, stratifiées par sexe, région et statut professionnel.Schéma : Une enquête par questionnaire auto-administré envoyée par e-mail.Résultats : Sur 83 participants qui ont terminé le cours, 76 (92%) ont répondu au questionnaire. Après la fin du cours, 47 (62%) participants ont réalisé de nouveaux projets de recherche, 38 (50%) ont publié des articles (comparés à 25 [33%] qui en avaient publié avant le cours), 42 (55%) ont exposé des affiches ou présenté des résumés oraux lors de conférences, 33 (43%) ont été facilitateurs lors de cours suivants, 29 (38%) ont revu des articles scientifiques, 25 (33%) ont obtenu un financement ultérieur pour le recherche opérationnelle et 55 (72%) ont affirmé que leurs institutions étaient impliquées dans la mise en œuvre de recherche ou de renforcement des capacités. Les participants au cours ont eu une meilleure performance que les autres. Parmi ces derniers, les hommes et les participants venant d'Asie ont eu de meilleurs résultats que les femmes et les participants venant d'Afrique (P < 0,05).Conclusion : Une proportion significative de participants a continué à réaliser des recherches opérationnelles après la fin du cours. Ces constatations sont encourageantes en termes d'impact à long terme de ce modèle de renforcement des capacités.

  14. Sensibilité aux antibiotiques des souches destaphylococcus aureus communautaires dans la région de Nouakchott (Mauritanie)

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    Salem, Mohamed Lemine Ould; Ghaber, Sidi Mohamed; Baba, Sidi El Wafi Ould; Maouloud, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Staphylocoque aureus reste un pathogène majeur de l'homme causant des infections très diverses, cutanées, urinaires, pulmonaires ainsi que des septicémies. L'objectif de ce travail est d'évaluer la sensibilité des souches communautaires de Staphylococcus aureus isolées dans différents produits pathologiques vis-à-vis des principaux antibiotiques utilisés, dans la région de Nouakchott (Mauritanie). Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective réalisée sur 281 souches de Staphylococus aureus isolées entre Janvier 2014 et Août 2015 au laboratoire du Centre Hospitalier National et aux deux laboratoires privés de la ville de Nouakchott, dans différents produits pathologiques des patients non hospitalisés. La sensibilité aux antibiotiques a été déterminée par la méthode de diffusion de disques en milieu gélosé de Mueller Hinton selon les recommandations du CA-SFM. Résultats Le taux de résistance à la pénicilline G était élevé (96 à 100%). Le taux de SARM communautaires se situe entre 25 et 26% dans les suppurations, de 34,3% dans les ECBU et de 28% dans les spermocultures. La résistance aux Macrolides-Lincosamyne-Streptogramines (MLS), donnant le phénotype MLSb inductible, était retrouvée dans 6% des souches urinaires et 27% des souches isolées à partir des suppurations. L'activité des aminosides est variable, l'amikacine était active sur toutes les souches. L'activité du cotrimoxazol est faible (77% de résistance) et aucune résistance à la vancomycine n'a été notée. Conclusion L'activité de la Pénicilline G sur les souches de Staphylococcus aureus isolées dans la région de Nouakchott est quasi nulle et le taux de SARM communautaire est important atteignant jusqu'à 34%. Ceci pourrait être expliqué par l'usage anarchique de ces molécules dans notre pays. PMID:28154631

  15. Oxydation catalytique du Phénol par le peroxyde d'hydrogène en présence d'argiles pontées par des espèces mixtes [Al-Cu

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    Abdellaoui, M.; Barrault, J.; Bouchoule, C.; Srasra, N. F.; Bergaya, F.

    1999-03-01

    Various processes can be used for the treatment of wastewater, but the one we feel to be important and more promising is the wet peroxide oxidation (WPO), in the presence of a solid catalyst, at atmospheric pressure and at room temperature. Different types of materials can be used as catalysts for such reactions, but as shown in previous studies dealing with phenol oxidation clays-based catalysts seem to be attractive. It is well known that natural clays are inactive in the phenol oxidation, but the intercalation of polymeric species changes their properties. When the clay is pillared with pure aluminum oxyhydroxides species, the d{001} spacing and the surface area increase, but the activity is very low. When the clay is pillared with mixed [Al-Cu] species, there is a strong increase of the phenol conversion. Nevertheless W (Wyoming) based solids are more active than H (Haîdoudi) or L (Laponite) based catalysts. The stability, the activity and the percentage of copper depend on the preparation method. Différentes techniques de traitements des eaux usées peuvent être utilisées, et l'une des plus prometteuses est l'oxydation voie humide par le peroxyde d'hydrogène en milieu aqueux dilué (WPO), en présence de catalyseurs supportés, à pression atmosphérique et à 25 ° C. Lors de cette étude, il a été montré que les argiles brutes sont inactives en oxydation du phénol. L'intercalation d'espèces hydroxyaluminiques conduit à une augmentation de la surface spécifique et de l'espace interlamellaire, mais la conversion du phénol reste faible. En revanche, l'insertion d'espèces mixtes [Al-Cu] confère au catalyseur une importante activité. En outre, la quantité de cuivre intercalé est très faible (< 0.5 soient la nature de l'argile et la méthode de préparation. Néanmoins, la comparaison des divers catalyseurs, montre que l'utilisation de l'argile Wyoming (W), conduit à une activité supérieure à celle des argiles moins bien définies (Ha

  16. Critical early mission design considerations for lunar data systems architecture

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    Hei, Donald J., Jr.; Stephens, Elaine

    1992-01-01

    This paper outlines recent early mission design activites for a lunar data systems architecture. Each major functional element is shown to be strikingly similar when viewed in a common reference system. While this similarity probably deviates with lower levels of decomposition, the sub-functions can always be arranged into similar and dissimilar categories. Similar functions can be implemented as objects - implemented once and reused several times like today's advanced integrated circuits. This approach to mission data systems, applied to other NASA programs, may result in substantial agency implementation and maintenance savings. In today's zero-sum-game budgetary environment, this approach could help to enable a lunar exploration program in the next decade. Several early mission studies leading to such an object-oriented data systems design are recommended.

  17. Consumer hazards of plastics.

    PubMed Central

    Wiberg, G S

    1976-01-01

    The modern consumer is exposed to a wide variety of plastic and rubber products in his day to day life: at home, work, school, shopping, recreation and play, and transport. A large variety of toxic sequellae have resulted from untoward exposures by many different routes: oral, dermal, inhalation, and parenteral. Toxic change may result from the plastic itself, migration of unbound components and additives, chemical decomposition or toxic pyrolysis products. The type of damage may involve acute poisoning, chronic organ damage, reproductive disorders, and carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic episodes. Typical examples for all routes are cited along with the activites of Canadian regulatory agencies to reduce both the incidence and severity of plastic-induced disease. PMID:1026409

  18. The Onset Of Fluctuations In The Ferroin-Catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinski Reaction

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    Hastings, Harold M.; Sobel, Sabrina G.; Fenton, Flavio H.; Chaterpaul, Stephen; Frank, Claudia; Pekor, Jordan; Russell, Elizabeth

    2003-08-01

    We report on an experimental study of the onset of target waves in the ferroin-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinski (BZ) reaction. In the cardiac electrical system, another excitable medium, spontaneous activity can initiate ventricular tachycardia by interacting with normal or other spontaneous electrical activity to generate spiral waves. In normal hearts, these spiral waves generally break down to cause ventricular fibrillation (VF), leading to sudden cardiac death. Our results for the BZ reaction: (1) centers of target waves are spatially correlated, with the correlation likely due to mixing effects and long range modes arising in the "clocking phase", (2) activitations begin after concentrations track an equilibrium through a Hopf bifurcation into an unstable "supercritical" state, (3) allowing very small fluctuations can generate targets.

  19. Generation and injection of e.m. waves in space plasma by means of a long orbiting tether

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1980-01-01

    The generation and injection of electromagnetic waves in space plasma by means of a long orbiting tether are considered. The objectives include an estimation of the portions of the primary electrodynamic power developed by the tether that goes to excite each of various wave generation and injection mechanisms expected to be present during a tether's orbital flight, an evaluation of the signal levels associated with each one of the mechanisms above, and verification of their detectability with state-of-the-art instrumentation on the Earth surface or elsewhere. The generation and injection of Alfven waves and electron whistler waves were identified as the most relevant mechanisms activited by the electrodynamic tether. The physical mechanisms that govern these two families of phenomena were investigated and the ratio between the power that goes in Alfven waves and in whistlers was derived. The analysis of the possible production of accelerated electrons by the electrodynamic tether was initiated.

  20. Visiting nursery, kindergarten and after-school day care as astronomy for development

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    Tomita, Akihiko

    2015-08-01

    One of the frontiers of astronomy for development is astronomy education for young children. Note that it is not too-much-going-ahead education nor education for so-called gifted children. It is for all children in various situations. As an example, I present "Uchu no O-hanashi," a visiting activity which includeds slide show, story telling, and enjoying pictures on large sheets for children. Not only just for young children, but this activity also aims at intercultural understanding. Sometimes guest educator from abroad join the activity. Video letter exchange was successful even though there is a language barrier. For assessment of the activity, I have recorded the voice of children. I will present various examples of written records and their analysis of activites, at nursery, kindergarten, preschool, after-school day care for primary school children, and other sites. I hope exchanging the record will make a worldwide connection among educators for very young children.

  1. Exploring older adults' patterns and perceptions of exercise after hip fracture.

    PubMed

    Gorman, Erin; Chudyk, Anna M; Hoppmann, Christiane A; Hanson, Heather M; Guy, Pierre; Sims-Gould, Joanie; Ashe, Maureen C

    2013-01-01

    Objectif : Déterminer, chez les aînés, les modèles, les obstacles, les éléments facilitateurs et les facteurs de motivation à l'activité physique à la suite d'une fracture de la hanche. Méthode : Des entrevues téléphoniques ont été réalisées auprès d'adultes de 62 à 97 ans dans l'année qui a suivi leur fracture de la hanche. On a demandé aux participants des renseignements démographiques de base, leur degré de mobilité au moment de l'entrevue ainsi que les obstacles, les éléments qui facilitaient chez eux l'activité physique et ce qui les motivait à demeurer actifs. Résultats : Au total, 32 personnes ayant bien récupéré à la suite d'une fracture de la hanche ont répondu à l'entrevue téléphonique. Les participants ont fait part de légers problèmes de mobilité et tous faisaient de l'exercice. Peu d'obstacles à la pratique d'activité physique ont été signalés; les plus courants avaient trait à leur état de santé (douleur, fatigue, maladie ou blessure). Les éléments facilitateurs le plus souvent évoqués étaient des facteurs intrinsèques (détermination, perception d'une amélioration et exercice bien intégré aux habitudes quotidiennes); plus particulièrement, l'élément de motivation le plus courant relatif à l'exercice était le fait qu'il permettait de retrouver sa fonction afin d'améliorer sa mobilité, d'accomplir des tâches quotidiennes et de participer à des activités de loisir. Conclusions : Cette étude vient mettre en lumière les réponses d'un groupe d'aînés qui reprennent des forces à la suite d'une fracture de la hanche. Les aînés font de l'exercice malgré les limites possibles associées à une telle fracture. Les réponses des participants venaient souligner l'importance de facteurs intrinsèques et suggéraient des avenues d'investigation future.

  2. Crystallization and characterization of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from eight plant species.

    PubMed

    Johal, S; Bourque, D P; Smith, W W; Suh, S W; Eisenberg, D

    1980-09-25

    Ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase was isolated and crystallized from eight plant species. Crystals grew from either of two similar sets of crystallizing conditions: crystals of the enzyme from alfalfa, corn, cotton, potato, spinach, tobacco, and tomato grew from solutions containing phosphate and polyethylene glycol 6000 as a precipitant, and those from potato, tobacco (both Nicotiana sylvestris and Nicotiana tabacum), and tomato grew from a mixture of ammonium sulfate and phosphate. Crystals of the enzyme from potato and both species of tobacco were large enough to characterize by x-ray diffraction and were found to have the Form III structure, previously reported for crystals of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase from N. tabacum. For crystalline material from several species, both carboxylase and oxygenase activites have been assayed and copper and iron contents have been determined. The possible significance of the observed general conditions of crystallization of this enzyme is discussed.

  3. Arrachements des épines iliaques antéro-supérieures et antéro-inférieures chez l'adolescent sportifs: à propos de deux cas

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    Louaste, Jamal; Cherrad, Taoufik; Rachid, Khalid

    2015-01-01

    Les arrachements des épines iliaques antéro-supérieures et antéro-inférieures sont des entités rares qui touchent surtout l'enfant et l'adolescent. Elles se voient généralement lors d'une activité sportive. Le tableau clinique est dominé par une douleur brutale et importante de la hanche de type mécanique. Alors que le diagnostic est confirmé par les examens radiologiques. Nous rapportons deux cas de fractures arrachement des épines iliaques l'une antéro-supérieure et l'autre antéro-inférieure. PMID:26985274

  4. Les aspects psychosociaux de l’obésité chez les enfants et les adolescents

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    Nieman, Peter; LeBlanc, Claire MA

    2012-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ En plus de donner des conseils aux familles au sujet de l’activité physique régulière et d’une saine alimentation, les cliniciens doivent déterminer les facteurs psychosociaux qui contribuent à l’obésité des enfants ou des adolescents et les aider à y faire face. Les personnes touchées peuvent souffrir de dépression, de mauvaise estime de soi, d’intimidation et de préjugés liés au poids, qui sont tous des expériences qui peuvent compliquer l’obtention des résultats de santé souhaités. Les cliniciens devraient tenter de déterminer les facteurs stressants sous-jacents et s’assurer de la mise en œuvre de conseils pertinents.

  5. Contrôle de l'orientation et de l'alignement moléculaire par un train d'impulsions soudaines

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    Sugny, D.

    2006-10-01

    Les récents progrès technologiques dans le domaine des Lasers permettent d'envisager le contrôle de nombreux processus quantiques jouant un rôle dans une variété de problèmes s'étendant de la réactivité chimique à l'information quantique. Dans ce contexte, nous nous sommes intéressés au contrôle de l'orientation ou de l'alignement moléculaire en utilisant un train d'impulsions soudaines. Nous avons défini des états cibles qui maximisent à la fois l'orientation ou l'alignement et sa durée dans le temps et montré comment atteindre ces états à l'aide de stratégie systématique ou optimisée

  6. Development of a sorbent-based technology for control of mercury in flue gas

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Jiann M.; Huang, Hann S.; Livengood, C.D.

    1996-03-01

    This paper presents results of research being, conducted at Argonne National Laboratory on the capture of elemental mercury in simulated flue gases by using dry sorbents. Experimental results from investigation of various sorbents and chemical additives for mercury control are reported. Of the sorbents investigated thus far, an activited-carbon-based sorbent impregnated with about 15% (by weight) of sulfur compound provided the best results. The key parameters affecting mercury control efficiency in a fixed-bed reactor, such as reactor loading, reactor temperature, sorbent size distribution, etc., were also studied, and the results ire presented. In addition to activated-carbon-based sorbents, a non-carbon-based sorbent that uses an inactive substrate treated with active chemicals is being developed. Preliminary, experimental results for mercury removal by this newly developed sorbent are presented.

  7. A high-throughput, multiplexed kinase assay using a benchtop orbitrap mass spectrometer to investigate the effect of kinase inhibitors on kinase signaling pathways.

    PubMed

    Kunz, Ryan C; McAllister, Fiona E; Rush, John; Gygi, Steven P

    2012-07-17

    Protein phosphorylation is an important and ubiquitous post-translational modification in eukaryotic biological systems. The KAYAK (Kinase ActivitY Assay for Kinome profiling) assay measures the phosphorylation rates of dozens of peptide substrates simultaneously, directly from cell lysates. Here, we simplified the assay by removing the phosphopeptide enrichment step, increasing throughput while maintaining similar data quality. We term this new method, direct-KAYAK, because kinase activities were measured directly from reaction mixtures after desalting. In addition, new peptides were included to profile additional kinase pathways and redundant substrate peptides were removed. Finally, the method is now performed in 96-well plate format using a benchtop orbitrap mass spectrometer and the Pinpoint software package for improved data analysis. We applied the new high-throughput method to measure IC(50) values for kinases involved in monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation, a process important for inflammation and the immune response.

  8. Spectral reflectance and morphologic correlations in eastern Terra Meridiani, Mars.

    PubMed

    Arvidson, R E; Poulet, F; Bibring, J-P; Wolff, M; Gendrin, A; Morris, R V; Freeman, J J; Langevin, Y; Mangold, N; Bellucci, G

    2005-03-11

    The Mars Express Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activité (OMEGA) hyperspectral image data covering eastern Terra Meridiani indicate the ubiquitous presence of molecular water in etched terrain materials that disconformably overlie heavily cratered terrains and underlie the hematite-bearing plains explored by the Opportunity rover. Identification of crystalline water in kieserite (MgSO4.H2O) is linked to materials exposed in a valley and plateau to the north of hematite-bearing plains. The mineralogical similarities between the etched terrain deposits examined with OMEGA data and the layered rocks examined by Opportunity imply that the ancient aqueous environments inferred from analyses of the rover data extend over regional scales.

  9. Mars surface diversity as revealed by the OMEGA/Mars Express observations.

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    Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Langevin, Yves; Gendrin, Aline; Gondet, Brigitte; Poulet, François; Berthé, Michel; Soufflot, Alain; Arvidson, Ray; Mangold, Nicolas; Mustard, John; Drossart, P

    2005-03-11

    The Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activité (OMEGA) investigation, on board the European Space Agency Mars Express mission, is mapping the surface composition of Mars at a 0.3- to 5-kilometer resolution by means of visible-near-infrared hyperspectral reflectance imagery. The data acquired during the first 9 months of the mission already reveal a diverse and complex surface mineralogy, offering key insights into the evolution of Mars. OMEGA has identified and mapped mafic iron-bearing silicates of both the northern and southern crust, localized concentrations of hydrated phyllosilicates and sulfates but no carbonates, and ices and frosts with a water-ice composition of the north polar perennial cap, as for the south cap, covered by a thin carbon dioxide-ice veneer.

  10. Research and Technology 1990, Langley Research Center

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1991-01-01

    The mission of NASA-Langley is to increase the knowledge and capability of the U.S. in a full range of aeronautics disciplines and in selected space disciplines. This mission will be executed by performing innovative research relevant to national needs and agency goals, transferring technology to users in a timely manner, and providing development support to other U.S. government agencies, industry, and other NASA centers. Highlights are presented of the major accomplishments and applications that were made during the past year. The highlights illustrate both the broad range of the research and technology activitives at NASA-Langley and the contributions of this work toward maintaining U.S. leadership in aeronautics and space research.

  11. Meeting Jentschke

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    None

    2016-07-12

    Après une introduction des dernières recherches et nouvelles au Cern, le DG W.Jentschke parle du futur management du Cern avec deux nouv directeurs générales, responsables pour les 5 ans prochains: le Dr.J.B.Adams qui s'occupera de l'administration du Cern et aussi de la construction des bâtiments et équipements et Le Dr.L.van Hove qui sera responsable pour les activités de la recherche. Le DG parle des changes et structures prévus, des services communs, des différentes divisions et leurs chefs etc...

  12. Cables and connectors for Large Space System Technology (LSST)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Dunbar, W. G.

    1980-01-01

    The effect of the environment and extravehicular activity/remote assembly operations on the cables and connectors for spacecraft with metallic and/or nonmetallic structures was examined. Cable and connector philosophy was outlined for the electrical systems and electronic compartments which contain high-voltage, high-power electrical and electronic equipment. The influence of plasma and particulates on the system is analyzed and the effect of static buildup on the spacecraft electrical system discussed. Conceptual cable and connector designs are assessed for capability to withstand high current and high voltage without danger of arcs and electromagnetic interference. The extravehicular activites required of the space station and/or supply spacecraft crew members to join and inspect the electrical system, using manual or remote assembly construction are also considered.

  13. Les noyaux actifs de galaxies

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    Camenzind, Max; Boucher, A.

    Découverts il y a plus de 30 ans, les quasars et les radiogalaxies sont des galaxies particulières qui manifestent en leur centre une activité intense. Cet ouvrage se consacre aux principales questions de la physique des noyaux actifs en les illustrant par de récentes données. Y sont traités les domaines suivants: les noyaux des galaxies actives, la théorie des trous noirs en rotation et de leurs disques d'accrétion, l'origine des raies d'émission et les jets des galaxies actives. Fournissant une introduction génerale à la terminologie, cet ouvrage s'adresse aussi bien aux étudiants en astronomie qu'aux astrophysiciens.

  14. Chemical constituents of marine medicinal mangrove plant Sonneratia caseolaris

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    Tian, Minqing; Dai, Haofu; Li, Xiaoming; Wang, Bingui

    2009-05-01

    Twenty-four compounds including eight steroids ( 1-8), nine triterpenoids ( 9-16, 24), three flavonoids ( 20-22), and four benzenecarboxylic derivatives ( 17-19, 23) were isolated and identified from stems and twigs of medicinal mangrove plant Sonneratia caseolaris. The structures of the isolated compounds were determined by extensive analysis of their spectroscopic data. Among these metabolites, compounds 1, 4-20 and 22-24 were isolated and identified for the first time from S. caseolaris. In the in vitro cytotoxic assay against SMMC-7721 human hepatoma cells, compound 21 (3',4',5,7-tetrahydroxyflavone) exhibited significant activity with IC50 2.8 μg/mL, while oleanolic acid ( 14), 3,3'-di- O-methyl ether ellagic acid ( 18), and 3,3',4- O-tri- O-methyl ether ellagic acid ( 19) showed weak activity. None of these compounds displayed significant antibacterial activites.

  15. Auger electron spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy studies on hydrogenation of graphite in the presence of nickel and tungsten

    SciTech Connect

    Bliznakov, G.M.; Kiskinova, M.P.; Surnev, L.N.

    1983-05-01

    Hydrogenation of polycrystalline graphite in the presence of nickel and tungsten was studied by means of Auger electron spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy at temperatures up to 850K and a hydrogen pressure ranging from 1.10/sup -8/ to 5.10/sup -6/ Torr. The changes in the carbon Auger lineshape with increasing metal surface concentration revealed a tendency to formation of a carbide phase, the latter being much stabler in the case of tungsten. The mass spectrometric studies of the interaction of hydrogen with the metal graphite systems showed the formation of CH/sub 4/ methane at temperatures higher than 750K. The electronic and adsorption properties of the metal-graphite systems and the formation of active surface carbide carbon were considered in explaining the different catalytic activites of nickel and tungsten. 6 figures.

  16. Novel Paths to Relevance: How Clinical Ethics Committees Promote Ethical Reflection.

    PubMed

    Magelssen, Morten; Pedersen, Reidar; Førde, Reidun

    2016-09-01

    How may clinical ethics committees (CECs) inspire ethical reflection among healthcare professionals? How may they deal with organizational ethics issues? In recent years, Norwegian CECs have attempted different activites that stretch or go beyond the standard trio of education, consultation, and policy work. We studied the novel activities of Norwegian CECs by examining annual reports and interviewing CEC members. Through qualitative analysis we identified nine categories of novel CEC activities, which we describe by way of examples. In light of the findings, we argue that some novel working methods may be well suited to promote ethical reflection among clinicians, and that the CEC may be a suitable venue for discussing issues of organizational ethics.

  17. DNA-graphene interactions during translocation through nanogaps

    PubMed Central

    Patel, Hiral N.; Carroll, Ian; Lopez, Rodolfo; Sankararaman, Sandeep; Etienne, Charles; Kodigala, Subba Ramaiah; Paul, Mark R.

    2017-01-01

    We study how double-stranded DNA translocates through graphene nanogaps. Nanogaps are fabricated with a novel capillary-force induced graphene nanogap formation technique. DNA translocation signatures for nanogaps are qualitatively different from those obtained with circular nanopores, owing to the distinct shape of the gaps discussed here. Translocation time and conductance values vary by ∼ 100%, which we suggest are caused by local gap width variations. We also observe exponentially relaxing current traces. We suggest that slow relaxation of the graphene membrane following DNA translocation may be responsible. We conclude that DNA-graphene interactions are important, and need to be considered for graphene-nanogap based devices. This work further opens up new avenues for direct read of single molecule activitities, and possibly sequencing. PMID:28158244

  18. Diffusion incohérente des neutrons : modèles analytiques pour la dynamique interne des protéines

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    Bicout, D. J.

    2005-11-01

    La dynamique interne des protéines joue un rôle central dans la stabilité, la fonction et l'activité biologique de ces biomolécules. Il est maintenant établi que les fluctuations d'états conformationnels des protéines influencent fortement la plupart des réactions biochimiques et s'accompagnent d'une augmentation brutale des déplacements carrés moyens des atomes au dessus de la température de la transition dynamique. Dans cette contribution, nous présentons une revue critique de quelques modèles théoriques couramment utilisés dans la littérature pour l'analyse des mouvements internes des protéines et la description de la transition dynamique.

  19. Summer evolution of the north polar cap of Mars as observed by OMEGA/Mars Express.

    PubMed

    Langevin, Y; Poulet, F; Bibring, J-P; Schmitt, B; Douté, S; Gondet, B

    2005-03-11

    The Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activité (OMEGA) visible-infrared imaging spectrometer extensively observed regions of Mars with latitudes above 70 degrees N in late 2004 (heliocentric longitude from Ls 93 degrees to Ls 127 degrees ). The extent of water ice at the surface and the size of ice grains were monitored as a function of time. Bright, small-grained frost, which initially covered a large fraction of the polar cap, waned in favor of large-grained ice. In outlying regions, dominated by large-grained ice, the albedo increased over the period. Evaluating the dust content was model dependent. However, contamination of ice by dust was low.

  20. Critical early mission design considerations for lunar data systems architecture

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hei, Donald J., Jr.; Stephens, Elaine

    1992-01-01

    This paper outlines recent early mission design activites for a lunar data systems architecture. Each major functional element is shown to be strikingly similar when viewed in a common reference system. While this similarity probably deviates with lower levels of decomposition, the sub-functions can always be arranged into similar and dissimilar categories. Similar functions can be implemented as objects - implemented once and reused several times like today's advanced integrated circuits. This approach to mission data systems, applied to other NASA programs, may result in substantial agency implementation and maintenance savings. In today's zero-sum-game budgetary environment, this approach could help to enable a lunar exploration program in the next decade. Several early mission studies leading to such an object-oriented data systems design are recommended.

  1. NATO HLA Certification

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2002-06-01

    les M&S (NMSG), a été implantée au sein de l’organisation de recherche et technologie (RTO). Les activités du NMSG sont organisées selon un plan...le cadre de son plan d’action, le NMSG a décidé la création d’un groupe de travail chargé de comparer différentes possibilités pour implanter ... une capacité de certification de conformité au standard HLA des simulations développées et utilisées par l’OTAN. Ce groupe de travail (le MSG-011

  2. Debt collection project report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1980-05-01

    In October 1979 the Office of Management and Budget initiated a review of debt collection within the Federal Government. A DOE Debt Collection Project Team was established, and seven activites were selected for review. These were Albuquerque Operations Office; Bonneville Power Administration; Chicago Operations and Regional Office; Naval Petroleum Reserves, California; Oak Ridge Operations Office; Washington Financial Services Division; and Western Area Power Administration. The team visited each of these activities to collect data on the size, age, and types of receivables managed and procedures for billing, aging, and handling overdue accounts. Various deficiencies were found to exist at several of the DOE entities that are not consistent with good management practices in the performance of their debt collection functions. Also, the Debt Collection Project Team identified a wide variation in the procedures followed by DOE activities in the management of accounts receivable, and a wide variation in the effectiveness of the debt management functions. 1 figure, 17 tables. (RWR)

  3. Mosquitocidal properties of Solanum trilobatum L. (Solanaceae) leaf extracts against three important human vector mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae).

    PubMed

    Premalatha, Selvaraj; Elumalai, Kuppusamy; Jeyasankar, Alagarmalai

    2013-11-01

    To determine the larvicidal and pupicidal activites of Solanum trilobatum (S. trilobatum) leaf extracts against Aedes aegypti (Ae. aegypti), Culex quinquefasciatus (Cx. quinquefasciatus) and Anopheles stephensi (An. stephensi). The larvicidal and pupucidal was determined at five different concentrations of 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 ppm. Percentage of larval mortality was assessed after 48 h. Methanol extracts of S. trilobatum was found to be more susceptible against the larvae of Ae. aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and An. stephensi at 250 ppm with a LC50 value of 125.43, 127.77 and 116.64 ppm respectively. Leaf methanol extracts of S. trilobatum also exhibited pupicidal and adult emergence properties. These results suggested that the leaf extracts of S. trilobatum showed potential to be used as an ideal ecofriendly approach for the control of the Ae. Aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and An. stephensi. Copyright © 2013 Hainan Medical College. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Empirical Analysis on the Human Dynamics of a Large-Scale Short Message Communication System

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    Zhao, Zhi-Dan; Xia, Hu; Shang, Ming-Sheng; Zhou, Tao

    2011-06-01

    Research on human behavior has attracted increasing attention recently because of its scientific significance and potential applications. Some empirical results have indicated that the timing of many human activities follows non-Poisson statistics. We analyze a real-life huge dataset of short message communication with 6326713 users and 37577781 records during the 2006 Chinese New Year. The results show that the number of short message sendings, the interevent time between two consecutive short message sendings and the response time all follow heavy-tailed distribution. We further observe a strongly positive correlation between the activity and the power-law exponent of the interevent time distribution. In addition, the short message communication system displays a bursty property yet no memory effects, which is in particular different from some well-studied human-activited systems such as email-sending, library-loaning and file printing.

  5. Spectral Reflectance and Morphologic Correlations in Eastern Terra Meridiani, Mars

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    Arvidson, R. E.; Poulet, F.; Bibring, J.-P.; Wolff, M.; Gendrin, A.; Morris, R. V.; Freeman, J. J.; Langevin, Y.; Mangold, N.; Bellucci, G.

    2005-03-01

    The Mars Express Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activité (OMEGA) hyperspectral image data covering eastern Terra Meridiani indicate the ubiquitous presence of molecular water in etched terrain materials that disconformably overlie heavily cratered terrains and underlie the hematite-bearing plains explored by the Opportunity rover. Identification of crystalline water in kieserite (MgSO4.H2O) is linked to materials exposed in a valley and plateau to the north of hematite-bearing plains. The mineralogical similarities between the etched terrain deposits examined with OMEGA data and the layered rocks examined by Opportunity imply that the ancient aqueous environments inferred from analyses of the rover data extend over regional scales.

  6. Marginally Stable Swarms Are Flexible and Efficient

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    Bonabeau, Eric

    1996-02-01

    A simple model of cooperative food retrieval in ants is introduced to illustrate how a many-body biological system such as a swarm can exhibit an efficient and flexible behavior if it is close to an instability, but in a region where structured patterns of activity can grow and be maintained. Un modèle simplifié de fourragement coopératif chez les fourmis est introduit pour illustrer l'idée qu'un système biologique collectif tel qu'un essaim peut être à la fois flexible et efficace si les paramètres comportementaux qui le caractérisent se situent au voisinage d'une zone d'instabilité, mais dans une région où une activité structurée peut se développer et se maintenir.

  7. Quality assurance program requirements (Supplement to ANSI/ASME NQA-1)

    SciTech Connect

    Cooper, W.L. Jr.

    1985-08-22

    ANSI/ASME NOA-1 is the preferred genetic quality assurance program standard for all new licensed, licensable, and unlicensed nuclear facilities and associated development and data acquistion activites under the cognizance of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy (NE). This standard, NE F 2-10, has been developed to amplify or modify the requirements of ANSI/ASME NQA-1, and is intended to be used in conjunction with that standard for programs under NE cognizance. Sandard NE F 2-10 incorporates those requirements of RDT F 2-2 that are not covered by ANSI/ASME NQA-1, as well as new or modified requirements, which are considered appropriate and necessary for NE nuclear facilities and associated development and data acquisition activities.

  8. Appalachian Clean Coal Technology Consortium. Technical progress report, October 10, 1994--December 31, 1994

    SciTech Connect

    Feeley, T.J. III

    1995-06-26

    The Appalachian Clean Coal Technology Consortium (ACCTC) has been established to help U.S. Coal producers, particularly those in the Appalachian region, increase the production of lower-sulfur coal. The cooperative research conducted as part of the consortium activities will help utilities meet the emissions standards established by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, enhance the competitiveness of U.S. coals in the world market, create jobs in economically-depressed coal producing regions, and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy supplies. The consortium has three charter members, including Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Kentucky. The Consortium also includes industry affiliate members that form an Advisory Committee. Affiliate members currently include AMVEST Minerals; Arch Minerals Corp.; A.T. Massey Coal Co.; Carpco, Inc.; CONSOL Inc.; Cyprus Amax Coal Co.; Pittston Coal Management Co.; and Roberts & Schaefer Company. First year activites are focused on dewatering and modeling of spirals.

  9. Arrêt cardiocirculatoire par accidents d’électrisations: intérêt du défibrillateur semi-automatique

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    Siah, S.; Fouadi, F.E.; Ababou, K.; Ihrai, I.; Drissi, N.K.

    2011-01-01

    Summary Les brûlures par accidents électriques sont graves car elles peuvent entraîner le décès par arrêt cardiocirculatoire. Les arrêts cardiocirculatoires induits par le courant de basse tension sont en règle générale dûs à une fibrillation ventriculaire, plutôt de bon pronostic si la chaîne des secours est efficace. Il faut donner la priorité à la défibrillation systématique d’emblée en utilisant un défibrillateur semi-automatique. La défibrillation électrique est susceptible de procurer immédiatement une restauration de l’activité circulatoire spontanée. PMID:21991238

  10. Identification of volatile components in Phyllanthus emblica L. and their antimicrobial activity.

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    Liu, Xiaoli; Zhao, Mouming; Luo, Wei; Yang, Bao; Jiang, Yueming

    2009-04-01

    The volatile components and in vitro antimicrobial activities of Emblica (Phyllanthus emblica L.) essential oils (EOs) obtained by hydrodistillation (HD-EO) and supercritical fluid extraction (SFE-EO) were investigated. The compositions of volatile compounds in these oils were tentatively determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The antimicrobial activites of these two extracts were investigated with microbiological tests against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and three pathogenic fungi. The main components of both oils were beta-caryophyllene, beta-bourbonene, 1-octen-3-ol, thymol, and methyleugenol. Both essential oils showed a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity against all the tested microorganisms. Gram-positive bacteria were more sensitive to the investigated oils than Gram-negative bacteria. SFE-EO exhibited a higher antifungal activity compared to HD-EO.

  11. Death, democracy and public ethical choice.

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    Cushman, Reid; Holm, Soren

    1990-07-01

    The Danish Council of Ethics...believed that the brain-death criterion should not be accepted without public education and debate. Following the introduction of a spectrum of educational and related activites, a Gallup poll found that 98% of the survey population was aware of the debate over brain-vs-heart criteria and that 80% favoured the adoption of a supplemental brain-death standard... This raises the fundamental question of decisionmaking in pluralist democratic societies, of the limits of democratic involvement in such choices, and of the role of bodies like the Danish Council of Ethics... It must be part of the mission of a governmental bioethical body to use its peculiar expertise to teach and to lead -- to build a popular consensus out of confusion. But in doing so, such a Commission will be steering a dangerous course....

  12. Use of antioxidant enzymes of clam Ruditapes philippinarum as biomarker to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon pollution

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    Zhu, Lin; Tang, Xuexi; Wang, Ying; Sui, Yadong; Xiao, Hui

    2016-03-01

    The typical organic pollutant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) anthracene was selected as a contaminant to investigate its effects on the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in the clam Ruditapes philippinarum. The results show that SOD, CAT and GSH-Px had diff erent induction and inhibition reactions to anthracene stress, and that three diff erent organs in R. philippinarum (visceral mass, muscle tissue and mantle) had diff erent sensitivities to anthracene stress. This study suggest that SOD activities of the visceral mass, CAT activitities of the mantle and the visceral mass, and GSH-Px activity of the muscle tissue could be used as sensitive indicators of anthracene stress in R. philippinarum.

  13. Matériaux pour la combustion catalytique

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    Lunot, C.

    2002-04-01

    La combustion catalytique est l'une des technologies les plus prometteuses pour réaliser une combustion ultra-propre des hydrocarbures et notamment du gaz naturel. Aujourd'hui, cependant, les produits commerciaux utilisant cette technologie sont peu nombreux et le plus souvent réservés à des applications basse température (500-700°C) à cause de la limitation liée à la durée de vie des catalyseurs utilisés (métaux précieux). Le développement de cette technologie est donc intimement lié à des défis “matériaux”, et notamment à l'obtention de catalyseurs actifs et durables au moins plusieurs milliers d'heures à des températures comprises entre 700 et 1 100°C. Or les catalyseurs de type métaux précieux, très actifs y compris à basse température, ont une durée de vie (maintien de leur activité catalytique dans le temps) d'autant plus limitée que la température de l'application est élevée. A l'inverse, les catalyseurs de type pérovskite ou hexaaluminate, dont la durée de vie à haute température est satisfaisante, présentent une activité plus faible qui rend notamment l'amorçage de la combustion catalytique délicate. C'est pourquoi les solutions potentielles sont à rechercher non seulement du côté matériaux de catalyseurs mais aussi du côté ingénierie et conception des matériels associés.

  14. Salicylic acid alleviates decreases in photosynthesis under heat stress and accelerates recovery in grapevine leaves

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    2010-01-01

    Background Although the effect of salicylic acid (SA) on photosynthesis of plants including grapevines has been investigated, very little is yet known about the effects of SA on carbon assimilation and several components of PSII electron transport (donor side, reaction center and acceptor side). In this study, the impact of SA pretreatment on photosynthesis was evaluated in the leaves of young grapevines before heat stress (25°C), during heat stress (43°C for 5 h), and through the following recovery period (25°C). Photosynthetic measures included gas exchange parameters, PSII electron transport, energy dissipation, and Rubisco activation state. The levels of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in the chloroplast were also investigated. Results SA did not significantly (P < 0.05) influence the net photosynthesis rate (Pn) of leaves before heat stress. But, SA did alleviate declines in Pn and Rubisco activition state, and did not alter negative changes in PSII parameters (donor side, acceptor side and reaction center QA) under heat stress. Following heat treatment, the recovery of Pn in SA-treated leaves was accelerated compared with the control (H2O-treated) leaves, and, donor and acceptor parameters of PSII in SA-treated leaves recovered to normal levels more rapidly than in the controls. Rubisco, however, was not significantly (P < 0.05) influenced by SA. Before heat stress, SA did not affect level of HSP 21, but the HSP21 immune signal increased in both SA-treated and control leaves during heat stress. During the recovery period, HSP21 levels remained high through the end of the experiment in the SA-treated leaves, but decreased in controls. Conclusion SA pretreatment alleviated the heat stress induced decrease in Pn mainly through maintaining higher Rubisco activition state, and it accelerated the recovery of Pn mainly through effects on PSII function. These effects of SA may be related in part to enhanced levels of HSP21. PMID:20178597

  15. Modeling microbial processes in porous media

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    Murphy, Ellyn M.; Ginn, Timothy R.

    'un changement dans l'activité métabolique modifie les taux de fixation/libération de bactéries des surfaces, soit en facilitant, soit en retardant le transport bactérien dans le panache de polluant de l'eau souterraine. Des changements de l'activité métabolique peuvent en retour être contrôlés par le temps d'exposition des microbes à des donneurs ou à des accepteurs d'électrons et à d'autres composés affectant cette activité. De façon similaire, l'activité métabolique peut affecter la réversibilité de la fixation, en fonction du temps de séjour des microbes actifs. Ainsi, les améliorations de l'analyse quantitative des organismes souterrains nécessitent d'établir des liens directs entre les possibilités du substrat, l'activité métabolique, la croissance et les taux de fixation/libération. Cette liaison nécessite à la fois une compréhension détaillée des processus biologiques et des représentations quantitatives robustes de ces processus qui puissent être testées expérimentalement. Cet article présente une revue des approches courantes utilisées pour représenter les processus physio-chimiques et biologiques en milieu poreux, en même temps que de nouvelles approches conceptuelles qui associent l'activité métabolique à la répartition des micro-organismes entre les phases aqueuse et solide. Resumen La incorporación de los procesos microbianos en los modelos de transporte reactivos ha procedido tradicionalmente a lo largo de dos líneas de investigación independientes: (1) el transporte de bacterias como coloides inertes en el medio poroso, y (2) la biodegradación de los contaminantes disueltos por una fase estacionaria de bacterias. En los últimos años se ha comprobado que estos dos procesos están muy interrelacionados. En concreto, un cambio en la actividad metabólica puede alterar la relación de adsorción/desorción de las bacterias, favoreciendo o retardando el transporte bacteriano en un penacho de contaminación. A su vez

  16. Fructose 1,6-biphosphate aldolase in the sera of Simmental young bulls Connection with the fattening capacity, muscle quantity and protein content.

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    Križanović, D; Karadjole, I

    1993-01-12

    diaria media durante el último mes de la ceba. Tras una análisis regresiva se ha probado que los terneros con una actividad mayor del ALD en el suero a principios del proceso de su ceba tienen más músculos en total en la parte de costillas y m. longissimus dorsi mientras que tienen menos huesos. A base de la actividad del ALD durante el primer mes de la ceba es posible estimar el contenido de proteinas y grasa en m. long, dorsi. RÉSUMÉ: Fructose 1.6-biphosphate aldolase dans le sérum des taurillons de Simmental. Le rapport entre l'aptitude à l'angraissement, la proportion des muscles et la teneur en protéines On a déterminé l'activité de l'enzyme aldolase (ALD) dans le sérum des taurillons de Simmental afin de vérifier s'il existait un rapport entre l'activité des enzymes et l'aptitude à l'engraissement et si l'ALD pouvait être indicatrice de la proportion de muscles et de la teneur en protéines. A la base de l'activité initiale de l'ALD, il est possible d'évaluer le poids de la carcasse et le gain quotidien moyen au cours du dernier mois d'engrais. Par analyse régressive, il a été établi que les taurillons à l'activité supérieure de l'ALD dans le sérum avaient au début de l'engrais plus de muscles au total dans la région costale et le m. longissimus dorsi et moins d'os. A la base de l'activité de l'ALD au cours du premier mois d'engrais il est possible d'évaluer la teneur en protéines et en graisse dans le muscle longissimus dorsi. 1993 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  17. Une nouvelle théorie de la cinétique des réactions radical-radical

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    Green, N. J. B.; Rickerby, A. G.

    1999-01-01

    Radical recombination reactions are of central importance in radiation chemistry. In general such reactions are slower than diffusion-controlled because of the radical spins. The rate constant is corrected by a multiplicative spin statistical factor, which represents the probability that the radicals encounter one another in a reactive state. However, this method does not account for the possibility that the reactivity of a pair may recover following an unreactive encounter, for example by spin relaxation or by a coherent evolution of the spin function. In this paper we show how the spin statistical factor can be corrected for the recovery of reactivity. The new theory covers a large range of mechanisms for the recovery of reactivity, and gives simple analytical results. Both steady-state and transient solutions are presented and the former are tested against experiment for the reaction between the hydrated electron and oxygen, and for the magnetic field effect on the rate constant of an elementary reaction. Les réactions de recombinaison entre deux radicaux libres ont une grande importance en chimie sous rayonnement. En général, du fait du spin des radicaux, de telles réactions sont moins rapides que celles qui sont contrôlées par la diffusion. Les constantes de vitesse sont corrigées par un facteur multiplicatif, le facteur statistique de spin, qui représente la probabilité pour que les radicaux se rencontrent, l'un avec l'autre, dans un état réactif. Cependant, cette méthode ne tient pas compte de la possibilité pour que la même paire se rencontre plusieurs fois en raison de rencontres non-réactives. Ensuite la réactivité de cette paire peut se rétablir par exemple par relaxation de spins, ou par évolution cohérente d'une superposition des états de spin. Dans cet article on démontre comment on peut corriger le facteur statistique de spin pour le rétablissement de la réactivité. La nouvelle théorie couvre un large domaine de m

  18. Recherche et Analyse de Galaxies Brilliantes EN Exces EN Ultraviolet

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    Coziol, Roger

    Dans ce travail, nous decrivons et presentons les resultats du sondage Montreal Blue Galaxy (MBG) visant la recherche de galaxies emettant en exces en ultraviolet. Cette recherche utilise le materiel photographique du sondage MCT (Montreal-Cambridge-Tololo) qui par son etendue correspond a un des plus importants sondages de l'hemisphere austral. Le sondage MBG est presentement le seul dans cet hemisphere a employer la technique de poses multiples pour la selection de ses candidats. Grace a cette technique, nous avons l'occasion d'etudier un echantillon de galaxies ayant des caracteristiques quelque peu differentes de celles des echantillons analyses auparavant. Deux phenomenes peuvent expliquer l'exces d'ultraviolet observe dans ces galaxies. Le premier suppose la presence dans leur noyau d'un trou noir massif. Toutes les galaxies sujettes a ce type d'activite sont regroupees sous le nom de galaxies avec noyau actif (AGN). Le deuxieme phenomene est relie a une periode de formation intense d'etoiles, ou sursaut de formation d'etoiles ("starburst"). L'exces d'ultraviolet trahit ici la presence d'un grand nombre d'etoiles massives recemment creees au sein de ces galaxies. En plus d'augmenter le nombre d'AGN connues, les sondages de galaxies brillantes en ultraviolet permettent aussi d'approfondir les questions specifiques suivantes: combien y a-t'il de galaxies starbursts differentes? Quelle est l'origine possible de leur activite? Quel est le role des sursauts de formation d'etoiles dans la vie d'une galaxie? Quel est le lien entre les galaxies starbursts et les AGN?. L'analyse de notre echantillon de galaxies se fait par l'entremise de plusieurs methodes. La premiere consiste a obtenir des spectres optiques de nos candidats. L'etude de ces spectres nous permet de distinguer entre les AGN et les galaxies starbursts et de deduire plusieurs parametres physiques importants. Notre deuxieme methode consiste a obtenir des images. Ceci nous permet d'avoir une idee de la

  19. Fréquence, implication clinique et valeur pronostique de la lymphopénie au cours du lupus érythémateux systémique: étude cas témoin

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    Ha-ou-nou, Fatima Zahra; Essaadouni, Lamiaa

    2015-01-01

    Le lupus érythémateux systémique (LES) est une maladie auto-immune dotée d'un grand polymorphisme clinique et caractérisée par la production d'une grande variété d'autoanticorps. Sa définition repose sur les critères de l'ACR dont fait partie la lymphopénie. Afin de déterminer s'il existe une corrélation entre la présence de la lymphopénie d'une part et les manifestations cliniques, immunologiques et l'activité du lupus érythémateux systémique d'autre part, nous avons réalisé une étude rétrospective, comparative portant sur 148 cas de LES colligés dans un service de médecine interne entre 2006 et 2012. Ces patients ont été subdivisés en 2 groupes: Groupe 1 avec lymphopénie (taux de lymphocytes < 1500/mm3) et groupe 2 sans lymphopénie (taux de lymphocytes ≥ 1500/mm3). Les 2 groupes ont été comparés en fonction de la présentation clinique et immunologique et l'activité de la maladie mesurée par le SLEDAI (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index). L’âge moyen des patients (134 femmes et 14 hommes) était de 35,64 ans. L'atteinte hématologique était présente dans 81,1% des cas avec une lymphopénie dans 69,2% des cas. Une association statistiquement significative était notée entre la lymphopénie et l'atteinte rénale (p = 0,025), l'atteinte cardiaque (p = 0,004), l'anémie hémolytique (p = 0,020), la présence d'anticorps anti DNA (p = 0,046), le traitement par cyclophosphamide (p = 0.035) et l'activité de la maladie (p < 0,01). En revanche il n'y avait pas de corrélation entre la présence de lymphopénie et les atteintes cutanées, articulaires et neuropsychiatriques. La lymphopénie est une manifestation fréquente du lupus systémique. Notre étude a démontré que sa présence est associée à plusieurs manifestations cliniques graves dont les atteintes cardiaque et rénale. Ceci pourrait faire d'elle un outil utile dans l’évaluation du pronostic de la maladie. PMID:26401197

  20. Antenatal depression in a multi-ethnic, community sample of Canadian immigrants: psychosocial correlates and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function.

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    Peer, Miki; Soares, Claudio N; Levitan, Robert D; Streiner, David L; Steiner, Meir

    2013-10-01

    Objectifs : Les femmes immigrantes habitant le Canada présentent des taux plus élevés de symptomatologie dépressive prénatale que les femmes canadiennes de naissance; cependant, les corrélats psychosociaux associés demeurent sous-étudiés. La dépression prénatale et le stress influent négativement sur la santé maternelle et le développement du bébé, en partie à cause de changements d’activité de l’axe hypothalamo-hypophyso-surrénalien (HHS) maternel. Nous cherchions à examiner les facteurs associés aux symptômes dépressifs prénataux, notamment la fonction altérée de l’axe HHS, dans un échantillon communautaire ethniquement diversifié de femmes immigrantes canadiennes. Méthodes : Soixante-dix-huit immigrantes enceintes ont été recrutées dans la communauté à 19 semaines de gestation et ont reçu de l’information sur la santé, l’humeur, les événements stressants de la vie (ESV), et le soutien social. Cinquante-sept d’entre elles ont aussi fourni des échantillons de salive afin de mesurer la réponse du cortisol à l’éveil et les niveaux de cortisol le soir. Résultats : Dix-sept pour cent de l’échantillon avait un taux élevé de symptômes dépressifs prénataux, et ces femmes déclaraient avoir plus de stress perçu, plus de symptômes somatiques, un soutien social plus faible, et elles travaillaient ou allaient à l’école moins souvent durant la grossesse. Après contrôle pour la durée de l’éveil, pour la parité, et la région d’origine, les niveaux élevés de symptômes dépressifs prénataux étaient associés aux taux élevés de cortisol le soir, alors que les ESV n’étaient associés à aucune mesure de l’activité de l’axe HHS. Conclusions : Les niveaux élevés de symptômes dépressifs prénataux sont communs chez les femmes immigrantes habitant le Canada, et ils sont associés à des facteurs identifiables. Les données probantes préliminaires suggèrent un modèle semblable d’activit

  1. Cardiovascular risk reduction and weight management at a hospital-based postpartum preeclampsia clinic.

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    Janmohamed, Rahim; Montgomery-Fajic, Erin; Sia, Winnie; Germaine, Debbie; Wilkie, Jodi; Khurana, Rshmi; Nerenberg, Kara A

    2015-04-01

    Objectif : Les femmes qui en viennent à connaître une prééclampsie pendant la grossesse sont exposées à un risque élevé d’en venir par la suite à présenter des maladies chroniques, dont la maladie cardiovasculaire prématurée. Nous avons mis sur pied une clinique interdisciplinaire qui vise à prévenir la maladie cardiovasculaire par l’offre de services de counseling pédagogique axés sur les modifications à apporter au mode de vie aux débuts de la période postpartum. Cette étude avait pour objectif d’évaluer les modifications du poids et des facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire chez les participantes, après six mois de consultations à la clinique. Méthodes : Nous avons mené une analyse rétrospective des dossiers des femmes dont la grossesse avait été compliquée par la prééclampsie et qui avaient par la suite fréquenté la Postpartum Preeclampsia Clinic. Pour déterminer les paramètres de départ, les participantes à l’étude ont été soumises à des évaluations du mode de vie, à des examens physiques et à des analyses de laboratoire. Des objectifs personnalisés en matière de réduction du risque cardiovasculaire et de modification du mode de vie ont été établis, le tout étant axé sur l’activité physique et les modifications du régime alimentaire. La modification du poids constituait le critère d’évaluation principal. Résultats : Au cours de la période d’étude, 21 femmes ont fait l’objet d’un suivi d’une durée minimale de six mois. À 4,4 ± 1,4 mois postpartum en moyenne (± σ), les participantes présentaient une amélioration non significative en matière de poids (perte pondérale moyenne de 0,4 ± 4,5 kg) et d’IMC (diminution moyenne de l’IMC de 0,1 ± 1,7 kg/m2). Le niveau d’activité physique a connu une amélioration significative, passant de 14 % des participantes pratiquant des activités physiques avant la grossesse à 76 % après 4,4 mois postpartum en moyenne

  2. Le renforcement de l'interface entre les services de santé publique et de première ligne : enjeux et pistes de solution

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    Paquette, Daniel; Reinharz, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    Le développement de liens étroits entre la santé publique et les services cliniques, notamment ceux offerts par les médecins de famille œuvrant en première ligne, est prôné dans tous systèmes de santé occidentaux. On suppose que les collaborations formant une telle interface ont des impacts positifs à la fois sur la qualité des soins, sur le fardeau des maladies et sur l'équité dans le système de santé. Si les acteurs des deux domaines admettent le bien-fondé de l'interface et favorisent en principe son développement, plusieurs barrières nuisent aux collaborations dans la réalité. Or, peu est connu sur ces barrières dans le système de santé québécois. Cette étude vise à répondre à ce manque d'information en étudiant l'interface à partir d'une perspective organisationnelle. Deux cadres conceptuels ont été utilisés, soit la typologie de Lasker (1997) et les archétypes de Hinings et Greenwood (1988). L'analyse met en évidence deux des six formes de collaboration proposées par la typologie utilisée, soit la coordination des services aux individus et la mise à profit des rencontres cliniques pour les fins de la santé publique. Les activités associées à ces formes de collaboration, qui sont importantes eu égard au mandat de la santé publique, comportent un intérêt essentiellement pour la santé publique et sont déterminées en pratique unilatéralement par cette dernière. En outre, le manque de coordination des activités qui impliquent une collaboration avec les médecins constitue un obstacle au développement de telles activités en créant des irritants pour les médecins. Il y a donc, dans le système de santé québécois, des possibilités de développement de l'interface là où la collaboration se fait également au profit du travail clinique et là où elle tient compte des contraintes du milieu clinique. PMID:20436801

  3. Le conflit fémoro-acétabulaire et la coxarthrose

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    Zhang, Charlie; Li, Linda; Forster, Bruce B.; Kopec, Jacek A.; Ratzlaff, Charles; Halai, Lalji; Cibere, Jolanda; Esdaile, John M.

    2015-01-01

    Objectif Expliquer la présentation clinique, les observations à l’examen physique, les critères diagnostiques et les options de prise en charge du conflit fémoroacétabulaire (CFA). Sources des données Une recherche documentaire a été effectuée dans PubMed pour trouver des articles pertinents sur la pathogenèse, le diagnostic, le traitement et le pronostic du CFA. Message principal Depuis les dernières années, on reconnaît de plus en plus que le CFA est un précurseur potentiel et une étiologie importante des douleurs à la hanche dans la population adulte et de la coxarthrose idiopathique plus tard dans la vie. Le conflit fémoro-acétabulaire désigne un ensemble d’anomalies morphologiques osseuses de l’articulation de la hanche qui se traduit par un contact anormal durant le mouvement. Le CFA par effet came concerne une proéminence osseuse non sphérique du col fémoral proximal ou de la jonction tête-col. Le CFM par effet tenaille désigne une couverture acétabulaire excessive par-dessus la tête du fémur, qui peut se produire en raison de diverses variantes morphologiques. Les patients qui ont un CFA présentent une douleur inguinale antérieure chronique, profonde ou lancinante, le plus souvent en position assise, durant ou après une activité. Les patients peuvent aussi ressentir des douleurs occasionnelles aiguës durant l’activité. Il faut procéder à une anamnèse approfondie portant notamment sur l’incidence de traumatismes ou la fréquence de l’exercice. Il faut aussi faire un examen physique complet des hanches, de la région lombaire et de l’abdomen pour évaluer d’autres causes de douleurs inguinales antérieures. Le diagnostic de CFA est confirmé par radiographie. Le conflit fémoro-acétabulaire peut être pris en charge selon une approche conservatrice comportant du repos, la modification des activités, des médicaments et de la physiothérapie ou encore être traité par intervention chirurgicale. Conclusion

  4. Age Differences in Reaction Times and a Neurophysiological Marker of Cholinergic Activity.

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    Young-Bernier, Marielle; Tanguay, Annick N; Tremblay, François; Davidson, Patrick S R

    2015-12-01

    RÉSUMÉ La détérioration du système cholinergique lors du vieillissement normal semble contribuer au déclin de l'attention avec l'âge. Nous avons examiné l'effet potentiel de l'âge sur la performance au « Attention Network Test » (ANT) ainsi que sur la variabilité intra-individuelle dans la vitesse des réponses à une tâche go/no-go et à une tâche de temps de réaction (TR) à choix multiples chez un groupe de jeunes adultes et de personnes âgées en santé. Nous avons ensuite examiné si un marqueur neurophysiologique de l'activité cholinergique dérivé de la stimulation magnétique transcrânienne (i.e., inhibition afférente à courte latence; IACL) était associé à la performance. Les personnes âgées montraient un ralentissement au ANT ainsi qu'une plus grande variabilité intra-individuelle que les jeunes adultes à la tâche de TR à choix multiples, mais il n'y avait pas de différence liée à l'âge dans les scores reflétant les réseaux attentionnels du ANT (vigilance, orientation aux stimuli et contrôle exécutif). Les niveaux de IACL étaient diminués chez les personnes âgées, mais ils n'étaient pas associés à la performance. Il est possible que des relations entre le marqueur de l'activité cholinergique et l'attention émergent seulement en cas de déficits de neurotransmission sévères. D'autres mécanismes corticaux pourraient aussi être plus fortement associés aux fonctions liées à l'attention.

  5. La pubalgie du sportif: mise au point à propos d'une étude rétrospective de 128 joueurs

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    Mahmoudi, Ammar; Frioui, Samia; Jemni, Sonia; Khachnaoui, Faycel; Dahmene, Younes

    2015-01-01

    La pubalgie du sportif de haut niveau représente une entité nosologique à part entière, tant en raison du mécanisme à l'origine de la pathologie que des lésions objectivables au niveau de la paroi abdominale. C'est un syndrome douloureux de la région inguino-pubienne qui touche particulièrement les footballeurs. Son étiologie est attribuée à la répétition de mouvements des membres inférieurs et du tronc associant rotation et adduction forcées. Son incidence est nettement plus élevée chez les hommes. Après avoir écarté une pathologie d'organe, le patient devrait bénéficier tout au début de son traitement conservateur d'une IRM afin d'effectuer un bilan lésionnel complet qui, selon les situations, permet d’écourter le traitement conservateur et de proposer un traitement chirurgical optimal. Le traitement doit être résolument conservateur pendant 3 mois. La rééducation est le plus souvent le traitement de première intention. Les patients présentant une persistance des symptômes sont candidats à la chirurgie. L'intervention de Nesovic est le traitement de choix chez les sportifs de haut niveau et qui permet, dans la très grande majorité des cas, une reprise sans aucune limitation de l'activité sportive antérieure. La technique de Bassini semble être moins lourde que celle de Nesovic, puisqu'elle est moins invasive. Une prise en charge multidisciplinaire centrée sur l'athlète avant et après l'intervention permet un retour aux activités physiques après quelques mois. Nous rapportons l'expérience de la prise en charge de 128 joueurs opérés selon la technique de Bassini et nous comparons nos résultats avec celles de la littérature. PMID:26966484

  6. Submarine landslides: advances and challenges

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    Locat, Jacques; Lee, Homa J.

    2002-01-01

    Due to the recent development of well-integrated surveying techniques of the sea floor, significant improvements were achieved in mapping and describing the morphology and architecture of submarine mass movements. Except for the occurrence of turbidity currents, the aquatic environment (marine and fresh water) experiences the same type of mass failure as that found on land. Submarine mass movements, however, can have run-out distances in excess of 100 km, so their impact on any offshore activity needs to be integrated over a wide area. This great mobility of submarinemass movements is still not very well understood, particularly for cases like the far-reaching debris flows mapped on the Mississippi Fan and the large submarine rock avalanches found around many volcanic islands. A major challenge ahead is the integration of mass movement mechanics in an appropriate evaluation of the hazard so that proper risk assessment methodologies can be developed and implemented for various human activities offshore, including the development of natural resources and the establishment of reliable communication corridors. Key words : submarine slides, hazards, risk assessment, morphology, mobility, tsunami. Le dveloppement rcent de techniques de levs hydrograhiques pour les fonds marins nous a permis d'atteindre une qualit ingale dans la cartographie et la description des glissements sous marins. l'exception des courants de turbidit, on retrouve dans le domaine aquatique les mmes types de mouvements de terrain que sur terre. Par contre, les glissements sous-marins peuvent atteindre des distances excdant 100 km de telle sorte que leur impact sur les activits offshore doit tre pris en compte sur degrandes tendues. La grande mobilit des glissements sous-marins n'est pas encore bien comprise, comme pour le cas des coules dedbris cartographies sur le cne du Mississippi ainsi que pour les grandes avalanches rocheuses sous-marines retrouves au pourtour des les volcaniques. Un dfi majeur

  7. Identification des risques professionnels dans l'industrie textile en République Démocratique du Congo

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    Kitronza, Panda Lukongo

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Le but de cette étude est de mettre en évidence les facteurs de risques professionnels liés aux conditions de travail. Méthodes Cette étude qualitative basée sur les entretiens de groupe a été réalisée par une équipe pluridisciplinaire dans l'industrie textile de la région du Est de la RDC; comprenant un médecin de travail, un médecin de santé publique, un toxicologue, deux infirmiers du centre hospitalier de l'usine, un représentant du comité d'hygiène et un technicien de prévention. La démarche méthodologique a consisté en des entretiens en groupe, des observations et visites guidées de lieux de travail de l'entreprise. Résultats Dans la culture du coton, les effets d'une forte exposition aux pesticides peuvent entraîner des intoxications aiguës, chroniques et voire le décès. Les autres risques sont les accidents de travail, les maladies professionnelles, les troubles psychologiques. Dans l'industrie, les travailleurs sont exposés aux risques liés à l'empoussiérage des fibres de coton, aux facteurs des risques traumatiques, physiques (bruits, vibration) et chimiques (acides forts, bases fortes, solvants et colorants minéraux), ainsi qu'aux risques psychosociaux. La pollution de l'environnement et l’écotoxicité inhérente à ces activités restent l'effet de l'usage des grandes quantités d'intrants agricoles, engrais et produits phytosanitaires. Conclusion Cette étude a permis de mettre en évidence les différents facteurs de risques auxquelles sont soumis les travailleurs textiles; ainsi que les risques environnementaux liés à cette activité. Cela est de nature à permettre la mise sur pied d'une stratégie efficace de prévention et de protection des travailleurs. PMID:25977736

  8. Realisation d'un detecteur de radioactivite pour un systeme microfluidique

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    Girard Baril, Frederique

    Pour etablir le comportement pharmacocinetique de nouveaux radiotraceurs en imagerie moleculaire, il est necessaire d'approfondir l'analyse realisee a partir d'une image par l'ajout d'une mesure dynamique de la radioactivite dans le sang. L'Universite de Sherbrooke developpe presentement une plateforme microfluidique d'echantillonnage et d'analyse permettant la mesure de la radioactivite du plasma en temps reel. L'objectif du present projet de maitrise etait de realiser le composant optoelectronique responsable de la detection des positrons et de l'integrer a la puce microfluidique. L'option retenue a ete l'utilisation de photodiodes PIN en silicium. Un procede de fabrication, ainsi qu'une serie de photomasques ont ete developpes afin de produire une premiere iteration de prototypes. Les detecteurs ont ete concus de maniere a optimiser leur sensibilite en fonction du type de rayonnement a detecter. En effet, la region de detection doit etre suffisamment epaisse et sensible pour absorber le maximum de particules energetiques. Egalement, il est essentiel de minimiser le courant de fuite en noirceur afin d'obtenir un photocourant directement proportionnel a l'energie des radiations incidentes. Les caracteristiques electriques obtenues avec les premiers detecteurs ont ete demontrees proches des performances de detecteurs commerciaux similaires. De plus, il a ete possible d'integrer un canal microfluidique au substrat contenant les photodiodes et d'en realiser l'encapsulation sans alterer les performances electriques initiales des detecteurs. Une courbe de l'activite radioactive du 18F a ete mesuree, celle-ci se comparant a l'activite theorique associee a ce radioisotope communement utilise en TEP. Enfin, un spectre en energie des emissions radiatives du 18F a ete mesure et compare aux performances de systemes utilisant des photodiodes commerciales. Il a ete demontre que le prototype offrait un rapport signal sur bruit similaire aux systemes bases sur des photodiodes

  9. Diagnostic et prévalence du syndrome métabolique chez les diabétiques suivis dans un contexte de ressources limitées: cas du Burkina-Faso

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    Marceline, Yaméogo Téné; Issiaka, Sombié; Gilberte, Kyélem Carole; Nadège, Rouamba; Macaire, Ouédraogo Sampawindé; Arsène, Yaméogo Aimé; Djingri, Lankoandé; Apollinaire, Sawadogo; Joseph, Drabo Youssouf

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Les conséquences du syndrome métabolique impliquent son diagnostic effectif pour une prise en charge globale des comorbidités dépistées. Objectif: Déterminer la capacité à diagnostiquer le syndrome métabolique en routine, sa prévalence chez les diabétiques, leurs connaissances et pratiques vis-à-vis du risque cardio-métabolique. Méthodes Il s'est agi d'une étude transversale auprès de 388 diabétiques au CHU de Bobo-Dioulasso. Les critères de la fédération internationale du diabète (2009) ont été utilisés. Résultats l’âge moyen était de 53,5±13,5 ans, le sex ratio de 0,7. L'obésité abdominale était présente dans 61,9% des cas; L'HTA l’était dans 56,4% des cas. La prescription du bilan lipidique a été documentée dans 55,4% des cas pour le HDL et 56,2% pour les triglycérides pour un taux de réalisation de 49,3% et 62,9%. Le taux de dépistage des critères lipidiques était de 26,8%. Un taux de HDL bas a été noté dans 46 cas (43,4%) et une hypertriglycéridémie dans 24 cas (17,6%). In fine, la prévalence du syndrome métabolique était de 48,9% (n = 190). Seuls 27,4% savaient que d'autres facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire pouvaient être associés au diabète et seulement 6,7% pratiquaient une activité physique régulière. Conclusion Malgré la faible contribution du laboratoire, le syndrome métabolique est fréquent parmi nos diabétiques. Les patients sont peu sensibilisés sur le risque vasculaire et la pratique d'une activité physique régulière reste faible. Un programme d’éducation adaptée contribuerait à un meilleur dépistage et à une prise en charge optimale des cas. PMID:25932077

  10. Obstacles au don bénévole de sang dans la population de Kisangani en République Démocratique du Congo

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    Agasa, Salomon Batina; Likwela, Joris Losimba

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Plusieurs facteurs font obstacles au don de sang dans les pays en développement. La présente étude avait pour objectifs d'analyser les connaissances, attitudes et pratiques de la population de Kisangani relatives au don de sang et d'identifier les obstacles au don de sang afin de guider la planification des activités de promotion du don de sang. Méthodes L’ enquête a été réalisée du 4 février au 27 août 2008 sur un échantillon de 1067 sujets par entretien. Résultats Sur 1067 sujets interviewés, 1002 (93.9%) sujets ont accepté de répondre. La plupart de nos enquêtés (81.5%, n=1002) avait connaissance de la pratique du don bénévole de sang à Kisangani. Quoique la majorité des sujets approuvent la pratique du don de sang, 57.9% (n=416) parmi eux n'ont jamais fait un don de sang. La raison principale avancé par ceux qui n'ont jamais fait un don de sang était qu'ils n'avaient pas été sollicités tandis que 35% (n=144), quoique sollicités, avaient refusés de faire un don de sang pour diverses raisons. Conclusion Cette enquête met en lumière le fait qu'il y a maintenant dans la population de Kisangani une attitude favorable au don de sang. Mais plusieurs obstacles empêchent encore le passage à l'acte. Des activités de promotion qui s'appuient sur la communication interpersonnelle devraient être mises sur pieds afin de passer des messages personnalisés aux donneurs potentiels de sang. PMID:25328602

  11. Cellular effects produced by internal contamination of rats with tritiated water

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    Savu, D.; Moisoi, N.; Petcu, I.

    1999-01-01

    The activity of the erythrocyte glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH) and the thymidine (TdR) incorporation in the bone marrow cells have been investigated in rats internally contaminated with tritiated water (HTO). The total doses (4.2cGy; 19.4cGy and respectively 5cGy; 20cGy) were delivered as chronic (100days) and acute (5 days) contamination. It was observed a significant increase of Glucose-6-Phosphate- Dehydrogenase (G6PDH) activity for 4.2cGy (0.4mGy/day). Both types of contamination produced the reduced incorporation of TdR in the bone marrow cells. These results would allow us to speculate that the reduction of the TdR incorporation could be determined by the changes at the level of membrane transport functions for the lower doses (4.2cGy; 5cGy), and by radiation induced phenomena at the intracellular level for the larger doses (19.4cGy; 20cGy). Nous avons etudié les effets de l'irradiation des rats par contamination interne à l'eau tritiée, sur l'activité enzymatique de glucose-6-phosphate deshydrogénase (G6PDH) érytrocytaire et sur l'incorporation de thymidine (TdR) dans des cellules de la moelle osseuse. Les doses accumulées par contamination chronique (100 jours) sont 4.2 cGy et 19.4 cGy et par contamination aiguë (5 jours) sont 5 cGy et 20 cGy. Nous avons observé une augmentation significative de l'activité de la Glucose-6-Phosphate-Dehydrogenase (G6PDH) pour la dose d'irradiation de 4.2 cGy (0.04 cGy/jour). Les deux types de contamination ont induit la diminution de l'incorporation de TdR dans les cellules de la moelle osseuse. Ces résultats suggèrent que la diminution de l'incorporation de TdR peut être liée à des modifications au niveau du transport transmembranaire pour des irradiations chronique de 4.2 cGy et aiguë de 5 cGy. Des phénomènes radioinduites intracellulaires sont probablement à l'origine de la diminution de l'incorporation de TdR pour les doses de 19.4 cGy et 20 cGy.

  12. Caracterisation environnementale des emissions atmospheriques d'une source fixe et creation d'un outil de gestion dynamique =

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    Fournier, Marie-Claude

    moyen pour sensibiliser le personnel a leur consommation energetique ainsi qu'a leur role dans la lutte contre les emissions polluantes et les gaz a effets de serre. En outre, ce type d'outil a pour principale fonction de generer des rapports dynamiques pouvant s'adapter a des besoins precis. Le decoupage coherent de l'information associe a un developpement par modules offre la perspective d'application de l'outil pour d'autres types d'activites. Dans ce cas, il s'agit de definir la part commune avec les modules existants et planifier les activites de developpement specifiques selon la meme demarche que celle presentee dans le present document.

  13. Suivi après le traitement du cancer du sein

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    Sisler, Jeffrey; Chaput, Geneviève; Sussman, Jonathan; Ozokwelu, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Offrir aux médecins de famille un résumé des recommandations fondées sur les données probantes pour guider les soins aux survivantes traitées pour le cancer du sein. Qualité des données Une recherche documentaire a été effectuée dans MEDLINE entre 2000 et 2016 à l’aide des mots-clés anglais suivants : breast cancer, survivorship, follow-up care, aftercare, guidelines et survivorship care plans, en se concentrant sur la revue des lignes directrices publiées récemment par les organismes nationaux de cancérologie. Les données étaient de niveaux I à III. Message principal Les soins aux survivantes comportent 4 facettes : surveillance et dépistage, prise en charge des effets à long terme, promotion de la santé et coordination des soins. La surveillance des récidives ne se traduit que par une mammographie annuelle, et le dépistage d’autres cancers doit suivre les lignes directrices basées sur la population. La prise en charge des effets à long terme du cancer et de son traitement aborde des problèmes courants tels la douleur, la fatigue, le lymphœdème, la détresse et les effets indésirables des médicaments, de même que les préoccupations à long terme comme la santé du cœur et des os. La promotion de la santé met en relief les bienfaits de l’activité chez les survivantes du cancer, avec l’accent mis sur l’activité physique. Les soins aux survivantes sont de meilleure qualité lorsque divers services et professionnels de la santé participent aux soins, et le médecin de famille joue un rôle important dans la coordination des soins. Conclusion Les médecins de famille sont de plus en plus souvent les principaux fournisseurs de soins de suivi après le traitement du cancer du sein. Le cancer du sein doit être considéré comme une affection médicale chronique, même chez les femmes en rémission, et les patientes profitent de la même approche que celle utilisée pour les autres affections chroniques en

  14. Antioxidant activity of phenolic acids and esters present in red wine on human Low-Density Lipoproteins

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    Urizzi, P.; Monje, M.-C.; Souchard, J.-P.; Abella, A.; Chalas, J.; Lindenbaum, A.; Vergnes, L.; Labidalle, S.; Nepveu, F.

    1999-01-01

    To evaluate the antioxidant activity of different phenolic acids and their esters, three types of experiments have been used. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) quantitative analysis was carried out using the acetaldehyde/xanthine oxidase system and Fenton's reaction to generate superoxide and hydroxyl radicals, respectively. In a second test, hydroperoxides generated by Cu2+-catalysed oxidation of low density lipoproteins (LDL) were quantified by a modified iodometric method. In a third assay, LDL were oxidized with Esterbauer's method and modified LDL species were quantified by HPLC. The results show that the esterified phenolic derivatives present a better antioxidant activity, on the lipoperoxidation of LDL, than the corresponding phenolic acids. Trois expériences ont été menées afin d'évaluer l'activité antioxydante de différents acides et de leurs esters. Une analyse quantitative par résonance paramagnétique électronique (RPE) a été réalisée en utilisant le système acétaldéhyde/xanthine oxydase et la réaction de Fenton générant, respectivement, les radicaux superoxyde et hydroxyle. Dans un second test, les hydroperoxydes générés par une réaction d'oxydation des lipoprotéines de basse densité (LDL) catalysée par Cu2+ ont été quantifiés par une méthode iodométrique modifiée. Dans une troisième étude, les LDL ont été oxydées par la méthode d'Esterbauer et les espèces oxydées ont été quantifiées par HPLC. Les résultats montrent que les dérivés estérifiés présentent une activité antioxydante contre la lipoperoxydation des LDL bien plus importante que celle des acides phénoliques correspondants.

  15. La contribution de la diversité des expériences littéraires préscolaires aux habiletés émergentes en littéracie

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    PARENT, Sophie; MONTÉSINOS-GELET, Isabelle; SÉGUIN, Jean R.; ZELAZO, Philip David; TREMBLAY, Richard E.

    2017-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ Les études antérieures montrent que les facteurs langagiers et cognitifs chez le jeune enfant ne suffisent pas pour expliquer les différences individuelles dans l’acquisition des compétences relatives à la langue écrite (Sénéchal et LeFevre, 2002). S’inspirant de l’éthologie et de la sociologie, Pellegrini (2001) propose que l’exposition à une plus grande variété d’interlocuteurs et de contextes sociaux pour l’exercice des compétences liées à l’écrit favorise l’acquisition du langage littéraire et des compétences en lecture/écriture. La présente étude a pour but de vérifier cette contribution de la variété des opportunités sociales reliées à l’écrit à l’acquisition des compétences émergentes en littéracie à 5 ans. Cette contribution est examinée de concert avec les ressources financières familiales, l’éducation parentale, la fréquence des activités mère-enfant de lecture/écriture et les compétences verbales et mnémoniques de l’enfant. Les résultats confirment partiellement l’hypothèse de Pellegrini et appuient la pertinence de considérer plusieurs dimensions des expériences sociales préscolaires. La contribution unique de la diversité des activités littéraires de l’enfant à 48 mois s’avère de taille similaire à celle du vocabulaire réceptif évalué à 42 mois et de la mémoire à court terme à 42 mois. La diversité des interlocuteurs n’ajoute toutefois pas au modèle. PMID:28566801

  16. D'une olivine naturelle à un catalyseur industriel au nickel pour la production d'hydrogène à partir de biomasse

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    Świerczyński, D.; Courson, C.; Guille, J.; Kiennemann, A.

    2004-11-01

    L'olivine naturelle ((Mg,Fe){2}SiO{4}) présente un double intérêt comme catalyseur de gazéification de la biomasse en lit fluidisé circulant : son activité catalytique supérieure à la silice et sa grande dureté lui conférant une résistance à l'attrition. L'addition de nickel à l'olivine naturelle permet d'obtenir un catalyseur de reformage du méthane et des goudrons répondant aux exigences liées au procédé, à savoir une utilisation en lit fluidisé circulant alternativement en phase réductrice et oxydante et une association forte nickel-olivine. Le rôle des différentes phases présentes dans l'olivine est mis en évidence par DRX, TPR, MEB et spectroscopie Mössbauer. Cette étude permet d'identifier les interactions nickel-support du catalyseur créées à différentes températures de calcination et d'expliquer les mécanismes de formation du catalyseur actif. Un rejet de fer sous forme d'oxyde est observé. Il peut être expliqué soit par à un échange avec le nickel, sans modification de la structure olivine initiale, conduisant à la formulation ((Mg,Ni){2}SiO{4}), soit par la précipitation d'une phase MgO avec formation d'une solution solide NiO-MgO. La deuxième hypothèse est privilégiée car la présence de cette phase est cohérente avec l'existence d'interactions fortes nickel-olivine et avec les rapports Ni/Mg {=} 1 à la surface des grains sur l'échantillon Ni/olivine calciné à 1100circC. Elle explique la grande activité catalytique de cet échantillon en reformage du méthane.

  17. "Any movement at all is exercise": a focused ethnography of rural community-dwelling older adults' perceptions and experiences of exercise as self-care.

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    Graham, Laura J; Connelly, Denise M

    2013-01-01

    Objectif : Comprendre les valeurs, les croyances et les comportements partagés des participants adultes âgés vivant dans des logements communautaires en ce qui concerne l'exercice comme soins autodirigés. Méthode : Nous avons procédé à une ethnographie convergente constructiviste comportant des entrevues semi-structurées et l'observation de participants, qui a porté sur 17 personnes de 65 ans et plus. Les entrevues ont été transcrites et codées de façon inductive de façon à dégager des thèmes liés à l'exercice, aux soins autodirigés et à l'exercice comme soins autodirigés. On a comparé les notes pratiques aux entrevues de suivi et au dialogue entre les auteurs afin d'améliorer l'interprétation. Résultats : Les participants ont décrit l'exercice de façon générale comme le fait de bouger et non un comportement central des soins autodirigés. La sensibilisation à l'importance de l'exercice et à ses bienfaits pour la santé a toutefois augmenté après un événement important lié à la santé personnelle. Les participants préféraient un exercice agréable et qu'ils connaissaient déjà. Conclusions : Il peut être particulièrement efficace de prescrire des exercices à des adultes âgés si l'on vise une activité physique agréable et déjà connue et si l'activité consiste aussi à interpréter des lignes directrices sur l'exercice et des principes d'entraînement par rapport à des problèmes chroniques et à des bienfaits possibles pour la santé.

  18. Etude des aspects cliniques, échographiques et nutritionnels du syndrome des ovaires micropolykystiques (SOMPK) à Mbuji-Mayi, RD du Congo

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    Kalenda, Louis Mbuyamba Ntobo; Mikenji, Justin Biayi; Nkoy, Albert Mwembo-Tambwe; Kayamba, Prosper Kalenga Muenze

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Le Syndrome des Ovaires Micropolykystiques (SOMPK) est polymorphe. L'objectif de cette étude était de déterminer la prévalence et rechercher les facteurs nutritionnels éventuellement associés. Méthodes Chez 300 patientes atteintes de SOMPK faisant l'objet de cette étude, les données anamnestiques, cliniques et échographiques, et les habitudes alimentaires ont été analysées. Les statistiques usuelles et les mesures d'association ont été utilisées pour analyser les résultats. Résultats La prévalence de SOMPK était de 23,6%. L’âge moyen des patientes avec SOMPK était 24 ± 7 ans et chez celles sans SOMPK 36 ± 7 ans (P < 0,05). Le risque de développer le SOMPK en présence d'un niveau de vie élevé était de 2,03 (RR = 2,03; IC à 95%: 1,73-2,38; P = 0,00). Le risque de développer le SOMPK en exerçant une activité légère est de 2,15 (RR = 2,15; IC à 95%: 1,87-2,87; P= 0,00). La proportion des patientes avec SOMPK ayant accumulé plus de 2400 kcal était de 59% vs 36% (P < 0,05) et le risque de développer le SOMPK lorsque l’énergie accumulée était supérieure à 2400 kcal était de 1,57 (RR = 1,57; IC à 95%: 1,33-1,85; P= 0,00). Conclusion Dans notre milieu la prévalence de SOMPK était de 23,6%. Les facteurs associés au SOMPK étaient l’âge, l’énergie accumulée de plus de 2400 Kcal, le niveau socio-économique élevé et l'activité physique légère. Des études analytiques plus poussées sont nécessaires, pour évaluer la force du risque que représentent ces différents facteurs étudiés. PMID:25870722

  19. La stimulation magnétique transcrânienne (SMT) dans la recherche fondamentale et clinique en neuroscience

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    Valero-Cabré, Antoni; Pascual-Leone, Alvaro; Coubard, Olivier A.

    2011-01-01

    Introduction Les méthodes de stimulation cérébrale non invasives telles que la Stimulation Magnétique Transcrânienne (SMT) sont largement utilisées pour établir des inférences causales sur les relations entre cerveau et comportement. Des applications cliniques basées sur la SMT ont également été développées pour traiter des affections neurologiques ou psychiatriques comme la dépression, la dystonie, la douleur, les acouphènes ou les séquelles d’accident vasculaire cérébral. État des connaissances La SMT fonctionne en induisant de manière non invasive et de manière focale des courants électriques dans des régions corticales, modulant ainsi leur niveau d’activité de façon variable suivant la fréquence, le nombre d’impulsions, les intervalles et la durée de stimulation utilisés. S’agissant du cortex moteur, on sait par exemple que les patterns d’impulsions de SMT à basse fréquence ou ceux délivrées de manière continue tendent à déprimer l’activité locale, tandis que la SMT à haute fréquence et discontinus tend à la potentialiser. Outre ses effets locaux, la SMT peut aussi avoir des effets à distance sur les régions cérébrales, véhiculés par les connections anatomiques et qui dépendent de l’efficacité et du signe de ces connexions. Perspectives Dans le domaine de la recherche fondamentale et des applications thérapeutiques, l’utilisation efficace de la SMT requiert, cependant, la compréhension approfondie de ses principes opérationnels, de ses risques, de ses potentialités et de ses limites. Dans cet article, nous présentons les principes par lesquels opèrent les méthodes de stimulation cérébrale non invasive, et en particulier la SMT. Conclusion À l’issue de sa lecture, le lecteur sera en mesure de discuter de façon critique les études scientifiques et cliniques utilisant la SMT, ainsi que de concevoir des applications SMT suivant une hypothèse a priori dans le domaine de la recherche en

  20. Le changement comme tradition dans la recherche et la formation a la recherche en biotechnologie et en peripherie Etude de cas en sciences de la sante, sciences naturelles et genie

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    Bourque, Claude Julie

    Le champ de la recherche scientifique et de la formation a la recherche est traverse depuis quelques dizaines d'annees par plusieurs courants et discours associes au changement, mais peu de travaux empiriques permettent de comprendre ce qui change concretement. C'est la contribution originale de cette these au champ de l'education, plus specifiquement a l'etude sociologique de l'enseignement superieur ou sont concentrees les activites liees a la triade thematique du programme doctoral dans lequel elle a ete produite : recherche, formation et pratique. L'enquete-terrain a ete realisee en 2009 et 2010 aupres de 808 repondants affilies a 60 etablissements au Quebec et a produit un vaste materiau de nature mixte (donnees quantitatives et qualitatives). Un portrait de la nebuleuse biotechnologique qui touche les secteurs des sciences de la sante, des sciences naturelles et du genie a ete realise. Ce domaine concerne des dizaines de disciplines et se revele de nature transdisciplinaire, mais les pratiques n'y sont pas davantage marquees par le changement que celles d'autres domaines connexes. Les dynamiques sociales ont fait l'objet d'analyses comparatives dans quatre contextes: le choix des programmes, des objets et des methodes, le financement, la diffusion et la planification de la carriere. Les resultats indiquent que les echanges entre les agents traditionnellement situes au coeur des activites de recherche dominent ces dynamiques dans tous les contextes etudies. L'etude des representations au fondement des pratiques a revele l'existence de trois ecoles de pensee qui coexistent dans le champ scientifique: academique, pragmatique et economiste. Ces ecoles permettent de categoriser les agents en fonction des zones de fractures qui marquent leurs oppositions tout en identifiant ce qu'ils ont en commun. Les representations et les pratiques liees a la formation temoignent d'un habitus plutot homogene, alors que les contradictions semblent plus souvent ancrees dans des

  1. Le groupe de recherches transfusionnelles d’Afrique francophone: bilan des cinq premières années

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    Tagny, Claude Tayou; Murphy, Edward L.; Lefrère, Jean-Jacques

    2016-01-01

    Les travaux de recherches sur la sécurité transfusionnelle en Afrique sub-saharienne sont peu nombreux, souvent limités à des initiatives locales avec des conclusions difficilement représentatives de cette région. Le Groupe de recherches transfusionnelles en Afrique sub-saharienne francophone a été créé en mai 2007 avec pour objectif de développer des stratégies globales d’amélioration de la sécurité transfusionnelle mais adaptables à la situation de chaque pays. Les activités du Groupe à ce jour ont porté essentiellement sur l’obtention de données épidémiologiques et de laboratoire sur la transfusion sanguine et à proposer des stratégies de sécurité transfusionnelle dans le domaine des infections transmissibles par la transfusion. Pour mener à bien ces activités de recherche, le Groupe travaille en étroite collaboration avec les Centres nationaux de transfusion sanguine (CNTS), les Centres régionaux de transfusion sanguine (CRTS), les banques de sang hospitalières (BSH) et les postes de collecte de sang. Pour les 5 premières années, quatre priorités de recherche ont été identifiées: (i) des études descriptives sur les caractéristiques des donneurs de sang et des centres de transfusion; (ii) une estimation du risque résiduel post-transfusionnel des principales infections virales transmissibles par la transfusion; (iii) une analyse des stratégies de sélection médicale des donneurs de sang; et (iv) une description des stratégies de dépistage des ITT et une description du système d’assurance qualité externe existant. Durant cette période, sept projets ont été mis en œuvre au niveau national et publiés et cinq études multicentriques ont été réalisées et publiées. La présente étude rapporte les principales observations et recommandations de ces études. PMID:24360798

  2. Biological activity of Pinus nigra terpenes--evaluation of FtsZ inhibition by selected compounds as contribution to their antimicrobial activity.

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    Sarac, Zorica; Matejić, Jelena S; Stojanović-Radić, Zorica Z; Veselinović, Jovana B; Džamić, Ana M; Bojović, Srdjan; Marin, Petar D

    2014-11-01

    In the current work, in vitro antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal activites of the needle terpenes of three taxa of Pinus nigra from Serbia (ssp. nigra, ssp. pallasiana, and var. banatica) were analyzed. The black pine essential oils showed generally weak antioxidative properties tested by two methods (DPPH and ABTS scavenging assays), where the highest activity was identified in P. nigra var. banatica (IC50=25.08 mg/mL and VitC=0.67 mg (vitamin C)/g when tested with the DPPH and ABTS reagents, respectively). In the antimicrobial assays, one fungal (Aspergilus niger) and two bacterial strains (Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus) showed sensitivity against essential oils of all three P. nigra taxa. The tested oils have been shown to possess inhibitory action in the range from 20.00 to 0.62 mg/mL, where var. banatica exhibited the highest and ssp. nigra the lowest antimicrobial action. In order to determine potential compounds that are responsible for alternative mode of action, molecular docking simulations inside FtsZ (a prokaryotic homolog of tubulin) were performed. Tested compounds were the most abundant terpenoid (germacrene D-4-ol) and its structurally similar terpene (germacrene D), both present in all three essential oils. It was determined that the oxygenated form of the molecule creates stable bonds with investigated enzyme FtsZ, and that this compound, through this mechanism of action participates in the antimicrobial activity. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. High resolution telescope

    DOEpatents

    Massie, Norbert A.; Oster, Yale

    1992-01-01

    A large effective-aperture, low-cost optical telescope with diffraction-limited resolution enables ground-based observation of near-earth space objects. The telescope has a non-redundant, thinned-aperture array in a center-mount, single-structure space frame. It employs speckle interferometric imaging to achieve diffraction-limited resolution. The signal-to-noise ratio problem is mitigated by moving the wavelength of operation to the near-IR, and the image is sensed by a Silicon CCD. The steerable, single-structure array presents a constant pupil. The center-mount, radar-like mount enables low-earth orbit space objects to be tracked as well as increases stiffness of the space frame. In the preferred embodiment, the array has elemental telescopes with subaperture of 2.1 m in a circle-of-nine configuration. The telescope array has an effective aperture of 12 m which provides a diffraction-limited resolution of 0.02 arc seconds. Pathlength matching of the telescope array is maintained by an electro-optical system employing laser metrology. Speckle imaging relaxes pathlength matching tolerance by one order of magnitude as compared to phased arrays. Many features of the telescope contribute to substantial reduction in costs. These include eliminating the conventional protective dome and reducing on-site construction activites. The cost of the telescope scales with the first power of the aperture rather than its third power as in conventional telescopes.

  4. Applications of remote-sensing data in Alaska

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Miller, J. M. (Principal Investigator)

    1977-01-01

    Public and private agencies were introduced to the use of remotely sensed data obtained by both satellite and aircraft, and benefitted from facilities for data processing enhancement and interpretation as well as from the institute's data library. Cooperative ventures involving the performance of operational activities included assistance to the Bureau of Land Management in the suppression of wildfires; the selection of sites for power line right-of-way; the mapping of leads in sea ice; determination of portions of public lands to be allocated for small scale farming; the identification of areas for large scale farming of barley; the observation of coastal processes and sediment transport near Prudhoe Bay; the establishment of a colar infrared file of the entire state; and photomapping for geological surveys. Monitoring of the outer continental shelf environment and reindeer herds was also conducted. Institutional constraints to full utilization of satellite remote sensing in the state are explored and plans for future activites include the generation of awareness by government agencies, the training of state personnel, and improving coordination and communication with users.

  5. Science at your school: spreading science and technology in previous educational levels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loya-Hernandez, Jorge-Edson; Nava-Vega, Adriana; Gomez-Franco, Julio-Cesar; Gonzalez-Vazquez, Jose-Luis

    2007-03-01

    This paper presents results obtained in the "Science at your school" project made at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. In this Project, science spreading activities were developed by undergraduate engineering students and were oriented to previous educational levels. This activities included basic science or engineering science concepts and applicated engineering prototypes. The work shows the operational structure in which the program was conceived and approved. Ten prototype activites were developed to spread scientific knowledge. These prototypes included electronic instrumentation application to characterize a sphere's trayectory on a inclined plane using optical sensors. This first stage of the project settles the basis to continue (a) promoting to previous educational levels the interest by the science and engineering, (b) motivating primary level and secondary level students adequate information about some specific engineering fields that they want to study in a future and (c) to link physical and human resource highly specialized in the UABC with previous educational level, and in consequence, to achieve the university to play a bigger role in teaching basic sciences.

  6. Salton Sea Scientific Drilling Program

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Sass, J.H.

    1988-01-01

    The Salton Sea Scientific Drilling Program (SSSDP) was the first large-scale drilling project undertaken by the U.S Continental Scientific Drilling Program. The objectives of the SSSDP were (1) to drill a deep well into the Salton Sea Geothermal Field in the Imperial Valley of California, (2) to retrieve a high percentage of core and cuttings along the entire depth of the well, (3) to obtain a comprehensive suite of geophysical logs, (4) to conduct flow tests at two depths  (and to take fluid samples therefrom), and (5) to carry out several downhole experiments. These activites enabled the U.S Geological Survey and cooperating agencies to study the physical and chemical processes involved in an active hydrothermal system driven by a molten-rock heat source. This program, orginally conceived by Wilfred A. Elders, professor of geology at the University of California at Riverside, was coordinated under an inter-agency accord among the Geological Survey, the U.S Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. 

  7. Acute ammonia toxicity in crucian carp Carassius auratus and effects of taurine on hyperammonemia.

    PubMed

    Ren, Qianyan; Li, Ming; Yuan, Lixia; Song, Meize; Xing, Xiaodan; Shi, Ge; Meng, Fanxing; Wang, Rixin

    2016-12-01

    The four experimental groups were carried out to test the response of crucian carp Carassius auratus to ammonia toxicity and taurine: group 1 was injected with NaCl, group 2 was injected with ammonium acetate, group 3 was injected with ammonium acetate and taurine, and group 4 was injected with taurine. Fish in group 2 had the highest ammonia and glutamine contents, and the lowest glutamate content in liver and brain. Serum superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH) activities, red cell count (RBC), white cell count (WBC), lysozyme (LYZ) activity, complement C3 content of fish in group 2 reflected the lowest, but malondialdehyde content was the highest. Importantly, serum SOD and GSH activites, RBC, WBC, and LYZ activity, C3, C4 and total immunoglobulin contents of fish in group 3 were significantly higher than those of fish in group 2. This study indicates that ammonia exerts its toxic effects by interfering with amino acid transport, inducing ROS generation, leading to malondialdehyde accumulation and immunosuppression of crucian carp. The exogenous taurine could mitigate the adverse effect of high ammonia level on fish physiological disorder. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Forsythoside B protects against experimental sepsis by modulating inflammatory factors.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Wang-Lin; Yong-Xu; Zhang, Shu-Ping; Zhu, Hai-Bo; Jian-Hou

    2012-07-01

    The present study investigated the effects of Forsythoside B on an experimental model of sepsis induced by caecal ligation and puncture (CLP) in rats and elucidated the potential mechanism in cultured RAW 264.7 cells. Results showed that Forsythoside B concentration-dependently down-regulated the levels of TNF-α, IL-6 and high-mobility group-box 1 protein (HMGB1) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells, inhibited the IκB kinase (IKK) pathway and modulated nuclear factor (NF)- κB. Intravenous injection (i.v.) of Forsythoside B alone or plus Imipenem reduced serum levels of TNF-α, IL-6, HMGB1, triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM-1) and endotoxin, while the serum level of IL-10 was up-regulated and myeloperoxidase (MPO) in lung, liver and small intestine was reduced. Meanwhile, i.v. of Forsythoside B alone or plus Imipenem reduced CLP-induced lethality in rats. These data indicated that the antisepsis effect of Forsythoside B is mediated by decreasing local and systemic levels of a wide spectrum of inflammatory mediators. Its antisepsis mechanism may be that Forsythoside B binds to LPS and reduces the biological activity of serum LPS, and inhibits NF-κB activition. Our studies enhance the case for the use of Forsythoside B in sepsis. Forsythoside B itself has promise as a therapy for the treatment of sepsis in humans.

  9. The neutral current sheet and its radiation pairs of side sources in coronal mass ejections

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ji, Shu-Chen

    Using the data observed with the soft X-ray telescope, hard X-ray telescope aboard on Yohkoh and the Nobeyama Radioheliograph on 1998 April 23, a comprehensive study on soft X-ray coronal mass ejection (SXRCME) and radio Type IV burst is carried out and some significant results are obtained as follows: A magnetic capacity belt (MCB) between two magnetic dipole sources (MDSs) was found and there were only a few activitation sources (ASs). During the MCB changed into a magnetic energy belt (MEB) by the ASs, activating energy and shining material both concentrated to the neutral current sheet (NCS) in the course of its formation. When two MDSs were put through by the MEB, the NCS formed and the SXRCME occurred. The matter ejected not only from the NCS, but also from the whole MEB. The expanding loop of the SXRCME had two foot points, both were just two MDSs. The head of the expanding loop always tended to the foot point of the weak source, because it was equilibrium point of magnetic pressures coming from two foot points. For this reason, its locus was neutral line. From this, the neutral line can also determine the position of NCS. Finally, the radiation pairs of side sources of NCS on the MEB are found.

  10. Bowman-Birk inhibitor attenuates dystrophic pathology in mdx mice.

    PubMed

    Morris, C A; Selsby, J T; Morris, L D; Pendrak, K; Sweeney, H L

    2010-11-01

    Bowman-Birk inhibitor concentrate (BBIC), a serine protease inhibitor, has been shown to diminish disuse atrophy of skeletal muscle. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) results from a loss of dystrophin protein and involves an ongoing inflammatory response, with matrix remodeling and activation of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β(1) leading to tissue fibrosis. Inflammatory-mediated increases in extracellular protease activity may drive much of this pathological tissue remodeling. Hence, we evaluated the ability of BBIC, an extracellular serine protease inhibitor, to impact pathology in the mouse model of DMD (mdx mouse). Mdx mice fed 1% BBIC in their diet had increased skeletal muscle mass and tetanic force and improved muscle integrity (less Evans blue dye uptake). Importantly, mdx mice treated with BBIC were less susceptible to contraction-induced injury. Changes consistent with decreased degeneration/regeneration, as well as reduced TGF-β(1) and fibrosis, were observed in the BBIC-treated mdx mice. While Akt signaling was unchanged, myostatin activitation and Smad signaling were reduced. Given that BBIC treatment increases mass and strength, while decreasing fibrosis in skeletal muscles of the mdx mouse, it should be evaluated as a possible therapeutic to slow the progression of disease in human DMD patients.

  11. Reliability and validity of the Iranian version of the QAPACE in adolescents.

    PubMed

    Amiri, Parisa; Jalali-Farahani, Sara; Zarkesh, Maryam; Barzin, Maryam; Kaviani, Robabeh; Ahmadizad, Sajad

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the Iranian version of the Quantification de l'Activite Physique en Altitude Chez les Enfants (QAPACE) in adolescents. After linguistic validation, the Iranian version of the QAPACE was completed by 359 (52.4 % girls) schoolchildren, aged 15-18 years. Test-retest reliability of the questionnaire was determined by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). For validation purposes, two methods were used for (1) the correlation between VO2peak and the DEE and (2) known-group validity, which was examined by comparing the normal weight adolescents and those who were overweight/obese. ICCs for test-retest ranged from 0.79 to 0.98. The mean scores in test-retest surveys for total score and all of the subscores were significant (p < 0.05). Sex-specific analysis showed a significant correlation between VO2peak and DEE over 12-month, school, and vacation periods in girls (p < 0.05). The mean values for all activities except for transportation, other activities in school, personal artistic activities, sport competition, and home activities were significantly lower in overweight/obese group than normal group. Our results support the initial reliability and validity of the Iranian version of QAPACE as a daily physical activity measure in adolescents.

  12. Appraisal of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of various extracts from the fruiting bodies of Pleurotus florida.

    PubMed

    Im, Kyung Hoan; Nguyen, Trung Kien; Shin, Do Bin; Lee, Kyung Rim; Lee, Tae Soo

    2014-03-18

    Pleurotus florida has been widely used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. The present study was conducted to evaluate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the fruiting bodies of P. florida extracted with acetone, methanol, and hot water. The antioxidant activities of the acetone and methanol extracts of P. florida showed stronger inhibition of β-carotene-linoleic acid compared to that of the hot water extract. The acetone extract (8 mg/mL) showed a high reducing power of 1.86. The acetone and methanol extracts showed more effective DPPH radical scavenging activities than the hot water extract. The chelating effect of the extracts at lower concentrations was significantly effective compared to that of the positive control. Thirteen phenolic compounds were detected from acetonitrile and hydrochloric acid solvent extracts. Nitric oxide (NO) production and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression in lipolysaccahride (LPS) stimulated RAW 264.7 cells, a murine macrophage cell line, were inhibited significantly by the mushroom extracts in a concentration dependent manner. The anti-inflammatory activity on carrageenan-induced edema in the rat hind-paw reduced significantly by the mushroom extracts. Therefore, we have demonstrated that P. florida fruiting bodies possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activites related to their inhibitory activities on NO production, iNOS protein expression, and carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats. The results suggest that the fruiting bodies of P. florida are a good source of natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents.

  13. Tazerka multiwell FPSU the design of production facilities

    SciTech Connect

    Rietveld, R.J.C.; Biss, N.C.; Gelderblom, D.

    1983-09-01

    This paper will review the problems and the solutions associated with the design of the production facilities on the Multiwell Floating-Production and Storage Unit (FPSU) operated by Shell Tunirex in the Tazerka field, offshore Tunisia, on behalf of a joint venture with AGIP (Africa) and Enterprise Tunisienne d'Activites Petrolieres. Economics and product specification dictated the application of special techniques in the production of, and utility of, designs as regards process flexibility, gas disposal, power generation and pollution prevention. The field, containing estimated reserves of 8-10 million barrels of recoverable oil, is located in deep water (140-300m). To be economic, a novel application of multi-well floating-production and storage concept was developed. It was desirable to use a single process train with as near a 100% on-stream factor as possible. While not the first application of a flow station on a weather-vaning unit, it is believed to be the first to process crude directly from several subsea wells.

  14. Regulation and action of the bacterial enhancer-binding protein AAA+ domains

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Baoyu; Sysoeva, Tatyana A.; Chowdhury, Saikat; Nixon, B. Tracy

    2009-01-01

    Bacterial EBPs (enhancer-binding proteins) play crucial roles in regulating cellular responses to environmental changes, in part by providing efficient control over σ54-dependent gene transcription. The AAA+ (ATPase associated with various cellular activites) domain of the EBPs, when assembled into a ring, uses energy from ATP binding, hydrolysis and product release to remodel the σ54–RNAP (RNA polymerase) holoenzyme so that it can transition from closed to open form at promoter DNA. The assembly, and hence activity, of these ATPases are regulated by many different signal transduction mechanisms. Recent advances in solution scattering techniques, when combined with high-resolution structures and biochemical data, have enabled us to obtain mechanistic insights into the regulation and action of a subset of these σ54 activators: those whose assembly into ring form is controlled by two-component signal transduction. We review (i) experimental considerations of applying the SAXS (small-angle X-ray scattering)/WAXS (wide-angle X-ray scattering) technique, (ii) distinct regulation mechanisms of the AAA+ domains of three EBPs by similar two-component signal transduction receiver domains, and (iii) major conformational changes and correlated σ54-binding activity of an isolated EBP AAA+ domain in the ATP hydrolysis cycle. PMID:18208392

  15. Des agents de santé communautaires pour la promotion de la santé des pasteurs nomades au Mali.

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    Ag Ahmed, Mohamed Ali

    2016-12-01

    Au Mali, les nomades (des Maures, Touaregs et Peulhs) représentent environ 1,25 million de personnes. Les services de santé leur sont peu accessibles en raison de leur mobilité, liée à leur activité d'élevage. La question que se posent plusieurs intervenants en santé publique des pays où vivent ces nomades est de savoir comment améliorer leur santé. Dans ce commentaire, après un bref exposé des problèmes liés à l'accès aux services de santé, nous proposons une approche innovante et holistique de la santé, qui soutient que des agents de santé communautaires (ASC) pourraient contribuer à améliorer la santé des nomades en offrant conjointement des services de santé aux nomades et à leurs animaux (le concept « One Health » [d'Une Seule Santé]). Des pistes de réflexion sont dégagées, quant aux principaux défis pour leur efficacité et durabilité, qui sont la conception et gestion du programme, leur soutien par les communautés et leur intégration aux services de santé publique et vétérinaire.

  16. Sclérodermie systémique associée à l’exposition à la silice survenant après une exposition professionnelle à la soudure à l’arc

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    Alaya, Zeineb; Kalboussi, Houda; Osman, Walid; Naouar, Nader; Zeglaoui, Héla; Bouajina, Elyès

    2016-01-01

    La sclérodermie systémique liée à l’exposition à la silice cristalline peut apparaître chez les personnes utilisant la soudure à l’arc. Une forme diffuse de sclérodermie a été diagnostiquée chez un plombier-soudeur de 57 ans, qui présentait des polyarthralgies inflammatoires, un phénomène de Raynaud, une sclérodactylie, une sclérose cutanée diffuse, des télangiectasies, une atteinte œsophagienne, une hypertension artérielle pulmonaire et une fibrose pulmonaire associées à la présence d’anticorps anti-nucléosomes. Au cours de son activité professionnelle, le patient était fréquemment exposé à des concentrations atmosphériques élevées de silice cristalline lors de la soudure à l’arc. Le diagnostic d’un syndrome d’Erasmus avec une association d’une sclérodermie systémique à une silicose pulmonaire était retenu. Une déclaration en maladie professionnelle au titre du tableau n°17 en Tunisie a été réalisée. PMID:28292033

  17. Coordinated analyses of orbital and spirit rover data to characterize surface materials on the cratered plains of Gusev Crater, Mars

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Lichtenberg, K.A.; Arvidson, R. E.; Poulet, F.; Morris, R.V.; Knudson, A.; Bell, J.F.; Bellucci, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Farrand, W. H.; Johnson, J. R.; Ming, D. W.; Pinet, P.C.; Rogers, A.D.; Squyres, S. W.

    2007-01-01

    Comparison of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's Pancam (0.4 to 1.0 ??m) and Mars Express Observatoire pour la Mineralogie l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activite?? (OMEGA) (0.4 to 2.5 ??m) spectral reflectance data over Spirit's traverses shows that Gusev cratered plains are dominated by nanophase ferric-oxide-rich dust covering weakly altered basaltic sands. This interpretation is also consistent with both observations from OMEGA data covering plains beyond the traverse region and interpretations of data from the other payload instruments on the Spirit Rover. OMEGA observations of relatively low albedo regions where dust has presumably been stripped by dust devils show negative spectral reflectance slopes from 1.5 to 2.5 ??m and moderately masked spectral features which are indicative of olivine or pyroxene. High-albedo regions north and south of the Spirit landing site have flat spectral reflectance slopes and few spectral features, although all spectra have a nanophase ferric-oxide absorption edge between 0.4 and 0.75 ??m. Comparison of THEMIS-derived thermal inertia values with OMEGA-derived spectral parameters shows that although the dust cover can be optically thick (0.4 to 2.5 ??m wavelength region) in some areas, it is not thick enough (???1 cm) to mask the thermal inertia of the underlying substrate for areas included in this study. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  18. The Romanian contribution to the COST action TU0801 "Semantic enrichment of 3D city models for sustainable urban development"

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Armas, Iuliana; Bostenaru Dan, Maria

    2010-05-01

    The COST action TU0801 "Semantic enrichment of 3D city models for sustainable urban development" aims at using ontologies to enrich three dimensional models of cities. Such models can be used for various purposes, one of them being disaster management. COST actions are European networks of nationally funded projects, the European Science Foundation funding the networking activities. Romania adhered to the above mentioned COST action in 2009, the nationally funded project being concerned with the use of GIS for the vulnerability to hazards of the city of Bucharest. Among the networking activites Romanian representatives participated in are a training school on 3D GIS for disaster management (with two trainees) and a working group and management committee meeting. It is aimed to further develop the issues of usability and guidance of semantically enriched city models as task from the working group within the Action for the nationally funded project. In this contribution there will be shown how it is aimed to achieve this. One of the issues is on how to extrude GIS to achieve a simple 3D representation for a pilot area in the historic centre of Bucharest. Another one is on how to use this for the study of urbanism aspects, ranging from visual urban composition to the complex 3D aspects in restoration projects, including addition of new floors to buildings.

  19. Diffusion Raman polarisée dans des systèmes orientés

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bréhamet, Lionel; Vandevyver, Michel

    On calcule pour la diffusion Raman les activités observables <αlm2> pour un système orienté uniaxialement, dans des conditions geométriques générales jamais examinées jusqu'ici. Le tenseur de polarisabilité Raman est arbitraire, la direction de l'axe directeur par rapport à un repère lié à l'échantillon est également arbitraire et le faisceau d'excitation arrive sur l'échantillon avec une incidence quelconque. Les résultats trouvés mettent en évidence des symétries fondamentales où les paramètres d'ordre sont simplement multipliés par d'autres polynômes de Legendre Pk dont l'argument reflète les conditions géométriques. Certaines situations particulières sont discutées.

  20. Ringed-seal monitoring: Relationships of distribution and abundance to habitat attributes and industrial activities. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Frost, K.J.; Lowry, L.F.; Gilbert, J.R.; Burns, J.J.

    1988-09-01

    The 3-year study intended to develop a program for monitoring the abundance of ringed seals in Alaska through aerial surveys. The report presents the results of aerial surveys of ringed seals on the shorefast ice of the eastern Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea in May-June 1987 and compares them with the results of similar surveys conducted in 1985 and 1986. Ringed seals (Phoca hispida) are a major ecological component of the arctic and subarctic marine fauna. In recognition of the ecological importance of ringed seals and the possibility that they may be impacted by human activites, the Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program sponsored studies of the biology and ecology of ringed seals in Alaska. Ringed-seal aerial surveys based upon the 1985 research protocol were flown during May and June of 1985, 1986, and 1987. The surveys were satisfactorily completed and the data was analyzed to determine: factors affecting survey counts; regional and temporal trends in ringed-seal abundance; habitat factors affecting distribution and abundance; and the effects of industrial activities on seal density.

  1. Fibre optique à la maison en Pays de Gex et de Bellegarde

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2016-07-12

    Le Syndicat Intercommunal d’Electricité de l’Ain(SIEA) déploie un réseau FTTH (Fiber To The Home) de fibres optiques dans le département de l’Ain vers l’ensemble des habitations. Le déploiement sur la zone pilote du Pays de Gex et du Bassin Bellegardien arrive dans la phase terminale vers les habitations. Le SIEA présentera ses activités, l’état du développement du réseau, les implications d’une connexion fibre optique et les procédures d’abonnement. La présentation sera donnée en Français. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Public conference "Optical fiber To The Home in Pays de Gex et de Bellegarde" Michel Chanel et Jean Paul Goy (SIEA) Wednesday, 19th May at 11.30 hrs., Council Chamber, CERN The ‘’ Syndicat Intercommunal d’Electricité de l’Ain’’(SIEA) is deploying an optical fiber network FTTH (Fiber To The Home) in the Ain department towards the ensemble of houses. The installation on the pilot areas of Pays de Gex and Bassin Bellegardien is arriving in the phase of connecting houses. The SIEA will show its activities, the state of the network development, the implications of an optical fiber connection and the contract procedures. The presentation will be given in French

  2. The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program

    SciTech Connect

    Robyn Ready

    2011-12-31

    The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program conducted education and outreach activities and used the competition's technical goals and vehicle demonstrations as a means of attracting students and the public to learn more about advanced vehicle technologies, energy efficiency, climate change, alternative fuels, and the science and math behind efficient vehicle development. The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Education Program comprised three integrated components that were designed to educate the general public and create a multi-tiered initiative to engage students and showcase the 21st century skills students will need to compete in our global economy: teamwork, creativity, strong literacy, math and science skills, and innovative thinking. The elements included an Online Experience, a National Student Contest, and in person education events and activites. The project leveraged online connections, strategic partnerships, in-classroom, and beyond-the-classroom initiatives, as well as mainstream media. This education program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also funded the specification of vehicle telemetry and the full development and operation of an interactive online experience that allowed internet users to follow the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE vehicles as they performed in real-time during the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition events.

  3. Differential influence of physical activity on lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density in the elderly population.

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    Vuillemin, A; Guillemin, F; Jouanny, P; Denis, G; Jeandel, C

    2001-06-01

    This study investigates the relationship between lifetime physical activity and bone mineral density (BMD) at various sites in 129 healthy men and women aged 72.1 +/- 6.5 years. BMD was measured by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, and physical activity was assessed by using the QUANTAP system (Quantification de l'Activité Physique), a standardized and structured computer-assisted interview tool designed to assess lifetime physical activity. Linear regression models controlling for age, gender, height, body mass, lean mass, and smoking habits were performed. Higher levels of sporting activity during youth were associated with greater lumbar spine BMD ( p < .001). Similarly, femoral neck BMD was greatest in subjects who reported regularly taking part in sports over the previous 20 years ( p <. 05) and during their whole lifetime ( p < 0.05). Sporting activity at the time of bone mass development increases subsequent lumbar spine BMD, and more recent sporting activity contributes to the preservation of femoral neck BMD. These results suggest that physical activity has a differential influence on BMD at different sites and at different ages, possibly related to the processes of bone construction and bone aging taking place at the time.

  4. Active Astronomy Roadshow Haiti

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    Laycock, Silas; Oram, Kathleen; Alabre, Dayana; Douyon, Ralph; UMass Lowell Haiti Development Studies Center

    2016-01-01

    College-age Haitian students working with advisors and volunteers from UMass Lowell in 2015 developed and tested an activity-based K-8 curriculum in astronomy, space, and earth science. Our partner school is located in Les Cayes, Haiti a city where only 65% of children attend school, and only half of those will complete 6th grade. Astronomy provides an accessible and non-intimidating entry into science, and activity-based learning contrasts with the predominant traditional teaching techniques in use in Haiti, to reach and inspire a different cohort of learners. Teachers are predominantly women in Haiti, so part of the effort involves connecting them with scientists, engineers and teacher peers in the US. As a developing nation, it is vital for Haitian (as for all) children to grow up viewing women as leaders in science. Meanwhile in the US, few are aware of the reality of getting an education in a 3rd world nation (i.e. most of the world), so we also joined with teachers in Massachusetts to give US school children a peek at what daily life is like for their peers living in our vibrant but impoverished neighbor. Our Haitian partners are committed to helping their sister-schools with curriculum and educator workshops, so that the overall quality of education can rise, and not be limited to the very few schools with access to resources. We will describe the activites, motivation, and and the lessons learned from our first year of the project.

  5. Photovoltaics program plan, FY 1991--FY 1995

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    Not Available

    1991-10-01

    This program plan describes the goals and philosophy of DOE National Photovoltaics Program and its major research and development activities for fiscal years (FY) 1991 through 1995. The plan represents a consensus among researchers and manufacturers, as well as current and potential users of photovoltaics (PV). It defines the activites that we believe are necessary to continue the rapid progress toward acceptance of photovoltaics as a serious candidate for cost-competitive electric power generation by the utility, transportation, buildings, and industrial sectors. A succesful National Photovoltaics Program will help achieve many of our national priorities. The mission of the National Photovoltaics Program is to help US industry to develop photovoltaic technology for large-scale generation of economically competitive electric power in the United States, making PV a significant part of our national energy mix. To fully achieve this, we must continue to work toward the long-term goals established in our previous program plan: reducing the price of delivered electricity to 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), increasing lifetimes to 30 years, and increasing module efficiencies to 15% for flat-plate and 25% for concentrator technologies. If progress continues at its current pace, we expect that the PV industry will have installed at least 1000 megawatts (MW) of capacity in the United States and 500 MW internationally by the year 2000.

  6. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Ce-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays via Anodic Oxidation

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    Kong, Junhan; Wang, Yongqian; Sun, Qimeng; Meng, Dawei

    2017-08-01

    Ce-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were prepared successfully through one-step anodic oxidation methods. The structural and morphological features of the TNAs were monitored by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra showed the light absorption performances of TiO2 nanotubes in both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light regions. Also, the photocatalytic activities of these samples were measured by the photodegradation rate of methylene blue (MB). The result indicated that doping a moderate amount of cerium ions into TNAs increased the absorption of both ultraviolet light and visible light obviously. However, the excess amount of doping ions would destroy the tubular structure severely and decrease the specific surface area of TNAs sharply. It could directly lead to the decreasing of photocatalytic activitity of TNAs. Furthermore, the best photodegradation rate of the Ce-doped TNAs on MB reached to 95.6%, which had a huge improvement comparing with pure TNAs.

  7. A computer-assisted assessment of lifetime physical activity: reliability and validity of the QUANTAP software.

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    Vuillemin, A; Guillemin, F; Denis, G; Huot, J; Jeandel, C

    2000-04-01

    This study investigated the reliability and the validity of the QUANTAP (QUANTification de l'Activité Physique) interview-administered survey, a new computer-assisted tool designed to determine physical activity over a lifetime. The tool was used to assess lifetime exercise habits in four dimensions (sport at school, leisure sport, occupation, daily activities) in 419 men and women aged 13-90 years. Physical activity indicators (time spent and energy expenditure) were calculated for 20-year periods. The inter-observer and intra-observer reliability of the tool was studied in two subgroups of 30 subjects. Intraclass correlation coefficients for intra-observer and inter-observer reliability varied from 0.56 to 0.96 and from 0.42 to 0.99 respectively according to the dimensions and indicators considered. Energy expenditure was not statistically significantly different from recommended nutritional intake in either males or females. Percent body fat at the time of the survey correlated with leisure sport (particularly in recent periods of practice): age-adjusted correlation coefficients varied from - 0.23 to - 0.45 among males, and from - 0.19 to - 0.31 among females. The results indicate that QUANTAP is reliable and valid to assess lifetime physical activity. It therefore provides a tool with which the long-term effects of physical activity on current health may be studied.

  8. Reducing Sedentary Behavior Versus Increasing Moderate-to-Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults.

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    Barone Gibbs, Bethany; Brach, Jennifer S; Byard, Tom; Creasy, Seth; Davis, Kelliann K; McCoy, Stephanie; Peluso, Anna; Rogers, Renee J; Rupp, Kristie; Jakicic, John M

    2017-03-01

    To compare the effects of behavioral interventions targeting decreased sedentary behavior versus increased moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) in older adults. Inactive older adults ( N = 38, 68 ± 7 years old, 71% female) were randomized to 12-week interventions targeting decreased sedentary behavior ( Sit Less) or increased MVPA ( Get Active). The SenseWear armband was used to objectively assess activity in real time. Assessments included a blinded armband, the Community Health Activites Model Program for Senior (CHAMPS) questionnaire, 400-meter walk, and the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). Objectively measured MVPA increased in Get Active (75 ± 22 min/week, p < .001); self-reported MVPA increased in both groups ( p < .05). Sedentary behavior did not change in either group (all p > .05). Only the Sit Less group improved the SPPB score (0.5 ± 0.3, p = .046). Targeting reduced sedentary behavior had a greater effect on physical function among inactive but high functioning older adults over 12 weeks. Future studies of longer duration and combining increased MVPA with reduced sedentary behavior are needed.

  9. A preliminary study on the potency of nanofluids as the electro-active materials for nanoelectrofuel flow batteries

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    Kristiawan, B.; Wijayanta, A. T.; Juwana, W. E.

    2016-03-01

    This study presents a characterization of nanofluids as electroactive materials with dispersing metal oxide nanoparticles into aqueous polyelectrolytes of 20 wt.%, in particular, their electrochemical activites. The fundamental characterizations including X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier ttransform iinfrared measurement were performed to ensure metal oxide component used in this work. Alumina (Al2O3) and copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles of 0.5 vol.% in volume fraction were dispersed into Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) solution (PDADMAC) and Poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), respectively. Alumina and copper oxide nanoparticles were dispersed into ionic solution with volume fraction of 0.5 vol.% by using two-step method. The general cyclic voltammetry measurement was used to analyze electrochemical behavior within three-electrode cell setup. The results show that PSS-based nanofluids demonstrate redox process. However, unclearly redox phenomenon was depicted PDADMAC-based nanofluids. Dispersing nanoparticles could shift pure ionic solution's cyclic profile. It is clear that a significant impact on electrochemical behavior can be provided because of the existence metal oxide nanoparticles into polyelectrolyte solution.

  10. Interventions to improve real-world walking after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Stretton, Caroline M; Mudge, Suzie; Kayes, Nicola M; McPherson, Kathryn M

    2017-03-01

    This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of current interventions to improve real-world walking for people with stroke and specifically whether benefits are sustained. EBSCO Megafile, AMED, Cochrane, Scopus, PEDRO, OTSeeker and Psychbite databases were searched to identify relevant studies. Proximity searching with keywords such as ambulat*, walk*, gait, mobility*, activit* was used. Randomized controlled trials that used measures of real-world walking were included. Two reviewers independently assessed methodological quality using the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool and extracted the data. Nine studies fitting the inclusion criteria were identified, most of high quality. A positive effect overall was found indicating a small effect of interventions on real-world walking (SMD 0.29 (0.17, 0.41)). Five studies provided follow-up data at >3-6 months, which demonstrated sustained benefits (SMD 0.32 (0.16, 0.48)). Subgroup analysis revealed studies using exercise alone were not effective (SMD 0.19 (-0.11, 0.49)), but those incorporating behavioural change techniques (SMD 0.27 (0.12, 0.41)) were. A small but significant effect was found for current interventions and benefits can be sustained. Interventions that include behaviour change techniques appear more effective at improving real-world walking habits than exercise alone.

  11. Folie à Trois à Lubumbashi: à propos d’un cas

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    Bugeme, Marcellin; Mukuku, Olivier; Mobambo, Pitchou; Koba, Bora; Muyumba, Emmanuel

    2013-01-01

    Le trouble psychotique partagé est une entité psychiatrique rare caractérisée par la transmission des idées délirantes d’un patient dit “inducteur”, à un autre dit “induit”, tous vivant en association proche, dans un milieu clos et isolé, partageant des idées délirantes sur le même thème. Nous vous rapportons un cas clinique de “folie à trois” mettant en jeu un délire de persécution à mécanisme hallucinatoire et interprétatif par trois soeurs de même famille biologique, orphelines de père, vivant ensemble, ayant un niveau socio-économique bas après la mort de leur père. Elles ont des relations étroitement liéeset font leurs activités ensemble. L’aînée étant parvenue à partager ses idées délirantes avec ses soeurs et toutes troisse sont retrouvées dans un état d’excitation psychomotrice. PMID:23560130

  12. General pharmacological properties of a new non-opiate antitussive: zipeprol (3024 CERM). II. Actions on the cardiovascular system, intestinal transit and central nervous system.

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    Cosnier, D; Hache, J; Labrid, C; Rispat, G

    1976-01-01

    The effects of 1-(2-methoxy-2-phenyl)-ethyl-4-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxy-3-phenyl)-propyl-piperazine-dihydrochloride (zipeprol, 3024 CERM, Respilene), a new nonopiate antitussive agent, have been studied on the cardiovascular system, intestinal function and the central nervous system. Most of these studies were performed comparatively with reference antitussives, particularly codeine, whose activites in these fields are the basis of its undesirable side effects. In the dog, zipeprol showed no hypotensive or cardiac-depressant activity. It did not alter pulmonary arterial pressure. An important antiarrhythmic action was apparent in studies on rhythm disturbances induced by ouabain and coronary ligation. Intestinal function, measured by the recording of peristaltic movements in the dog and the speed of intestinal transit in the rat, was not modified by the product. Zipeprol showed no characteristic action on the central nervous system. Analgesic activity was seen only at doses just below toxic levels. Finally in the rat and the mouse, no evidence of physical dependence was seen after prolonged treatment. This together with the absence of chemical similarity to the morphinics, leads to exclude the possibility of zipeprol treatment leading to addiction. The results of these studies allow zipeprol to be clearly distinguished from the opiate antitussives.

  13. Organelle membranes from germinating castro bean endosperm

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    Donaldson, R.P.; Tully, R.E.; Young, O.A.; Beevers, H.

    1981-01-01

    Glyoxysome ghosts were isolated from germinating castor bean endosperms using established methods. Electron microscopic examination showed that some matrix material was retained within the glyoxysomal membrane. Two cytochrome reductases and phosphorylcholine glyceride transferase co-sedimented with the alkaline lipase, a known component of the glyoxysome membrane, in sucrose gradient centrifugation of osmotically shocked glyoxysomes. The activities of these enzymes in the glyoxysome membranes were compared to those in the endoplasmic reticulum relative to phospholipid content. On this basis, the phosphorylcholine glyceride transferase was 10-fold more active in the endoplasmic reticulum, whereas the lipase was 50-fold more active in the glyoxysome membrane. The cytochrome reductases were only 2-fold more active in the endoplasmic reticulum, indicating that they are components of the two membranes. Difference spectroscopy of the glyoxysome membrane suspension revealed the presence of a b5-type cytochrome similar to that found in the endoplasmic reticulum. Since the glyoxysome membrane is apparently derived from the endoplasmic reticulum, components of the endoplasmic reticulum such as these are likely to be incorporated into the glyoxysome membrane during biogenesis. Enzyme activites involving the cofactors NADH or CoA were measurable in broken, but not in intact, glyoxysomes. Thus, it appears that cofactors for enzymes within the organelle cannot pass through the membrane.

  14. Severe generalized glutathione reductase deficiency after antitumor chemotherapy with BCNU" [1,3-bis(chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea].

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    Frischer, H; Ahmad, T

    1977-05-01

    Patients receiving BCNU [1,3-bis(2 chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea] acquire a profound deficiency of erythrocytic oxidized glutathione reductase (GSSG-R) within minutes after the first intravenous injection of a single therapeutic dose (75 mg/M.2) of the drug. This effect is not accompanied by changes in the activites of 19 additional erythrocytic enzymes tested, is reproducible in vitro in a dose-related manner, and is not caused by the antitumor agents administered concurrently with the nitrosourea. The inactivation of erythrocytic GSSG-R results in decreased levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), marked GSH instability and disturbed hydrogen peroxide removal with a positibe ascorbate cyanide test and leads to increased susceptibility to oxidative hemolysis, particularly in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-D)-deficient patients. BCNU inhibits GSSG-R irreversibly, probably through alkylation rather than carbamylation, and the reappearance of enzyme activity in vivo after each chemotherapy pulse depends on the capacity of the marrow to release erythrocytes with normal activity formed during the drug-free interval. BCNU inhibits GSSG-R not only in erythrocytes but also in human leukocytes and platelets, as well as in yeast, monkey erythrocytes, and all the organs tested in the mouse. This generalized, severe, and specific GSSG-R deficiency caused by therapeutic doses of BCNU may enhance or mediate the toxic and antitumor effects of the nitrosourea and provides a simple yet sensitive biochemical means of monitoring bone marrow reserve in patients receiving multiple courses of chemotherapy with this agent.

  15. Une formation à la recherche en médecine transfusionnelle dans le monde francophone

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    Shiboski, C.; Fontanet, A.; Murphy, E.L.

    2010-01-01

    Un enseignement accéléré et francophone de formation à la recherche en médecine transfusionnelle a été récemment instauré à l’Institut Pasteur de Paris, sous la codirection de membres hospitalo-universitaires de l’université de Californie San Francisco (UCSF), du Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) et de l’Institut national de la transfusion sanguine (INTS). Le but est de former des professionnels de la transfusion des pays en voie de développement à mener une activité de recherche dont les résultats peuvent contribuer à un renforcement de la qualité des soins transfusionnels et de la sécurité transfusionnelle dans leur pays. Le cours enseigne les méthodes de recherche clinique et épidémiologique, et leurs applications transfusionnelles potentielles. Chaque étudiant élabore au cours du stage un protocole personnel de recherche, qu’il lui sera loisible de mettre ensuite en pratique dans le centre de transfusion ou l’hôpital où il exerce. PMID:19640755

  16. Assessment of Local HOx and ROx Measurement Techniques: Achievements, Challenges, and Future Directions - Outcomes from the International HOx Workshop 2015

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    Hofzumahaus, Andreas; Heard, Dwayne

    2016-04-01

    Measurements of HOx radicals are an important tool for the investigation of tropospheric chemistry in field campaigns and simulation chamber experiments. The measured data allow us to test chemical models simulating the atmospheric concentrations of OH, HO2 and RO2, and help to improve chemical mechanisms used in regional and global models for predictions of the atmospheric chemical composition. In Spring 2015, an international, IGAC-endorsed workshop took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, to assess the performance and reliability of current HOx measurement techniques. Fifteen international groups from Germany, UK, Ireland, France, Finland, USA, China and Japan came together to discuss achievements, challenges and future directions of laser-based, mass-spectrometry based, and chemical techniques. Following the discussions, a working group was established to guide the community in the near future in making progress on continued improvement in HOx measurements. Three goals will be persued: the development of a common calibration unit, the development of procedures to investigate and, if necessary, eliminate possible measurement artefacts, and planning for future instrumental intercomparisons. This poster contribution will give an overview of the workshop, its outcome and planned activites.

  17. Assessment of Local HOx and ROx Measurement Techniques: Achievements, Challenges, and Future Directions - Outcome From the International HOx Workshop 2015

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    Hofzumahaus, A.; Heard, D. E.

    2015-12-01

    Measurements of HOx radicals are an important tool for the investigation of tropospheric chemistry in field campaigns and simulation chamber experiments. The measured data allow us to test chemical models simulating the atmospheric concentrations of OH, HO2 and RO2, and help to improve chemical mechanisms used in regional and global models for predictions of the atmospheric chemical composition. In Spring 2015, an international, IGAC-endorsed workshop took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, to assess the performance and reliability of current HOx measurement techniques. Fifteen international groups from Germany, UK, Ireland, France, Finland, USA, China and Japan came together to discuss achievements, challenges and future directions of laser-based, mass-spectrometry based, and chemical techniques. Following the discussions, a working group was established to guide the community in the near future in making progress on continued improvement in HOx measurements. Three goals will be persued: the development of a common calibration unit, the development of procedures to investigate and, if necessary, eliminate possible measurement artefacts, and planning for future instrumental intercomparisons. This contribution will give an overview of the workshop, its outcome and planned activites.

  18. MicroRNA-127 targeting of mitoNEET inhibits neurite outgrowth, induces cell apoptosis and contributes to physiological dysfunction after spinal cord transection

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    He, Qin-Qin; Xiong, Liu-Lin; Liu, Fei; He, Xiang; Feng, Guo-Ying; Shang, Fei-Fei; Xia, Qing-Jie; Wang, You-Cui; Qiu, De-Lu; Luo, Chao-Zhi; Liu, Jia; Wang, Ting-Hua

    2016-01-01

    Neuroregeneration and apoptosis are two important pathophysiologic changes after spinal cord injury (SCI), but their underlying mechanisms remain unclear. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in the regulation of neuroregeneration and neuronal apoptosis, research areas that have been greatly expanded in recent years. Here, using miRNA arrays to profile miRNA transcriptomes, we demonstrated that miR-127-3p was significantly down-regulated after spinal cord transection (SCT). Then, bioinformatics analyses and experimental detection showed that miR-127-3p exhibited specific effects on the regulation of neurite outgrowth and the induction of neuronal apoptosis by regulating the expression of the mitochondrial membrane protein mitoNEET. Moreover, knockdown of MitoNEET leaded to neuronal loss and apoptosis in primary cultured spinal neurons. This study therefore revealed that miR-127-3p, which targets mitoNEET, plays a vital role in regulating neurite outgrowth and neuronal apoptosis after SCT. Thus, modificatioin of the mitoNEET expression, such as mitoNEET activition may provide a new strategy for the treatment of SCI in preclinical trials. PMID:27748416

  19. Organo-Selenium (Sel-Plex) decreases amyloid burden and RNA and DNA oxidative damage in APP/PS1 mice

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    Lovell, Mark A.; Xiong, Shuling; Lyubartseva, Ganna; Markesbery, William R.

    2009-01-01

    To evaluate potential antioxidant characteristics of organic selenium (Se), double knock-in transgenic mice expressing human mutations for the amyloid precursor protein (APP) and human presenilin-1 (PS-1) were provided a Se-deficient diet, a Se-enriched (Sel-Plex), or a control diet from 4 to 9 months of age followed by a control diet until 12 months of age. Levels of DNA, RNA, and protein oxidation as well as lipid peroxidation markers were determined in all mice and amyloid beta peptide (Aβ) plaques were quantified. APP/PS1 mice provided Sel-Plex showed significantly (P < 0.05) lower levels of Aβ plaque deposition and significantly decreased levels of DNA and RNA oxidation. Sel-Plex-treated mice showed no significant differences in levels of lipid peroxidation or protein oxidation compared to APP/PS1 mice on a control diet. To determine if diminished oxidative damage was associated with increased antioxidant enzyme activities, brain glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), glutathione reductase, and glutathione transferase activites were measured. Sel-Plex-treated mice showed a modest but significant increase in GSH-Px activity compared to mice on a normal diet (P< 0.5). Overall, these data suggest that organic Se can reduce Aβ burden and minimize DNA and RNA oxidation and support a role for it as a potential therapeutic agent in neurologic disorders with increased oxidative stress. PMID:19303433

  20. A near-Infrared reflectance data cube of the Martian surface

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    Riu, Lucie; Poulet, François; Carter, John; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Gondet, Brigitte; Langevin, Yves

    2016-04-01

    OMEGA ("Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité") the hyperspectral VIS-NIR imager on board Mars Express, has acquired a global coverage of Mars, with major outcomes in terms of surface and atmospheric properties. The image-cubes acquired within the last 10 years have enabled in particular the building of global maps of key minerals using independent OMEGA observations for each pixel. Following those previous global studies, a new approach consists in deriving a 3-D global image cube of Mars by merging atmospheric- and aerosol-corrected NIR data cubes. The aerosol correction is performed using a radiative transfer model developed by Vincendon et al. (2007). The final product is a global cube containing 0.97μm to 2.5μm spectra at a resolution of 32pix per degree with a surface coverage of ~90% from 60S to 60N. It allows the extraction of spectrum from any location of Mars, and global maps can directly constructed. We will present global maps of new spectral criteria giving global mineral distributions. The application of surface radiative transfer model to each spectrum will enable the retrieve of quantitative mineral abundance distributions. A comparison with global maps of mineral abundances by TES (Thermal Emission Spectrometer) is foreseen.

  1. Choline Synthesis in Spinach in Relation to Salt Stress.

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    Summers, P. S.; Weretilnyk, E. A.

    1993-01-01

    Choline metabolism was examined in spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) plants growing under nonsaline and saline conditions. In spinach, choline is required for phosphatidylcholine synthesis and as a precursor for the compatible osmolyte glycine betaine (betaine). When control (nonsalinized) leaf discs were incubated for up to 2 h with [1,2-14C]ethanolamine, label appeared in the N-methylated derivatives of phosphoethanolamine including phosphomono-, phosphodi-, and phosphotri- (i.e. phosphocholine) methyl-ethanolamine, as well as in choline and betaine, whereas no radioactivity could be detected in the mono- and dimethylated derivatives of the free base ethanolamine. Leaf discs from salinized plants showed the same pattern of labeling, although the proportion of label that accumulated in betaine was almost 3-fold higher in the salinized leaf discs. Enzymes involved in choline metabolism were assayed in crude leaf extracts of plants. The activites of ethanolamine kinase and of the three S-adenosylmethionine:phospho-base N-methyltransferase enzymes responsible for N-methylating phosphoethanolamine to phosphocholine were all higher in extracts of plants salinized step-wise to 100, 200, or 300 mM NaCI compared with controls. In contrast, choline kinase, phosphocholine phosphatase, and cytidine 5[prime]-triphosphate: phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase activities showed little variation with salt stress. Thus, the increased diversion of choline to betaine in salt-stressed spinach appears to be mediated by the increased activity of several key enzymes involved in choline biosynthesis. PMID:12232019

  2. Fiabilité des structures mécaniques adaptatives: effet de la panne des actionneurs ou des capteurs sur la stabilité

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    Fall, H.; Charon, W.; Kouta, R.

    2002-12-01

    Ces dernières décennies, des activités significatives dans le monde étaient dirigées autour du contrôle actif. Le but de ces recherches était essentiellement d'améliorer les performances, la fiabilité et la sécurité des systèmes. Notamment dans le cas des structures soumises à des vibrations aléatoires. D'importants travaux ont été consacré à l'utilisation des “matériaux intelligents” comme capteurs et actionneurs. Cette article propose l'analyse de la fiabilité des systèmes mécaniques en étudiant les pannes des actionneurs ou des capteurs. L'effet de ces pannes sur la stabilité et la performance du système y est démontré. Les méthodologies de conception y sont rappelées. Des exemples numériques sont fournis à travers le contrôle d'un panneau sous chargement dynamique pour illustrer la méthode proposée.

  3. Malformations congénitales à Lubumbashi (République Démocratique du Congo): à propos de 72 cas observés et plaidoyer en faveur du développement d'un Registre National des Malformations Congénitales et d'un Centre National de Référence de Génétique Humaine

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    Lubala, Toni Kasole; Shongo, Mick Yapongombo; Munkana, Arthur Ndundula; Mutombo, Augustin Mulangu; Mbuyi, Sébastien Musanzayi; wa Momat, Félix Kitenge

    2012-01-01

    En République Démocratique du Congo, les malformations congénitales constituent un véritable problème de santé publique. En effet, elles relancent le débat sur les effets de l'intensification de l'activité minière sur la santé de la reproduction. De 2009 à 2010, nous avons calculé une prévalence de 5.84 pour 1000 naissances. Les malformations du système nerveux central étaient les plus fréquentes (2.029 pour 1000) suivies des malformations des membres (1.055 pour 1000), et des fentes oro-faciales (0.811 pour 1000). Ces données sont certainement largement sous-estimées et les causes y relatives en République Démocratique du Congo ne sont ni surveillées, ni prévenues dans le cadre d'une politique gouvernementale. La mise en place d'un registre national et d'un centre national de génétique humaine de référence pourrait constituer un cadre rigoureux, organisé et structuré de surveillance et de prévention des malformations congénitales. PMID:23396951

  4. US monkey and rat experiments flown on the Soviet Satellite Cosmos 1514

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    Mains, R. C. (Editor); Gomersall, E. W. (Editor)

    1986-01-01

    On December 14, 1983, the U.S.S.R. launched Cosmos 1514, an unmanned spacecraft carrying biological and radiation physics experiments from nine countries, including five from the United States. This was the fourth flight with U.S. experiments aboard one of the Soviet unmanned spacecraft. The Cosmos 1514 flight was limited to five days duration because it was the first nonhuman primate flight. Cosmos 1514 marked a significant departure from earlier flights both in terms of Soviet goals and the degree of cooperation between the U.S.S.R. and the United States. This flight included more than 60 experiments on fish, crawfish eggs, plants and seeds, 10 Wistar pregnant rats, and 2 young adult rhesus monkeys as human surrogates. United States specialist participated in postflight data transfer and specimen transfer, and conducted rat neonatal behavioral studies. An overview of the mission is presented focusing on preflight, on-orbit, and postflight activites pertinent to the five U.S. experiments aboard Cosmos.

  5. Conditions of the cosmic ray exposure of the Jilin chondrite

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    Heusser, G.; Ouyang, Z.; Kirsten, T.; Herpers, U.; Englert, P.

    1985-02-01

    Nine documented samples from the main mass, Jilin 1, and three samples from different locations of the strewn field have been analyzed for cosmogenic Al-29 (T-1/2 = 0.716 Myr), Co-60 (T-1/2 = 5.27 yr) and Na-22 = 2.6 yr). Mn-53 (T-1/2 = 3.7 Myr) has been determined in seven of the same documented samples and in two further documented samples. The preatmospheric size of Jilin was reconstructed from the documented sample positions and from the measured Co-60 activites. Jilin was almost spherical and had a preatmospheric radius of about 85 cm. The cosmogenic nuclides in Jilin can be explained by a two-stage exposure history. The first stage occurred near the surface of the parent body in 2-Pi geometry and lasted about 10 Myr. Jilin was then expelled from its parent body and exposed to cosmic rays in a second (4-Pi) stage lasting approximately 0.4 Myr. The measured concentration profiles of spallogenic nuclides are compared to calculated production rates.

  6. Assessing cumulative impacts to wintering Bald Eagles and their habitats in western Washington

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    Witmer, G.W.; O'Neil, T.A.

    1988-01-01

    Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) of Washington, the largest wintering population in the lower 48 states, are subject to numerous pressures and impacts from human activites. An evaluative method potential cumulative impacts of multiple hydroelectric development and logging activities on known and potential eagle use areas. Four resource components include food supply, roost sites, mature riparian forest, and disturbance. In addition to actual estimates of losses in food supply (fish biomass in kg) and habitat (km/sup 2/) in one river basin, impact levels from 0 (none) to 4 (high) were assigned for each development and for each component based on the impacts anticipated and the estimated value of the site to eagles. Midwinter eagle surveys, aerial photography, topographic and forest stand maps, and site visits were used in the analysis. Impacts were considered additive for all but the disturbance component, which was adjusted for potential synergism between developments. Adjustments were made for mitigation before the impacts were aggregated into a single, dimensionless cumulative impact score. 50 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  7. Padus, Sandalus, Gens Fadiena. Underwater Surveys in Palaeo-Watercourses (ferrara District - Italy)

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    Bucci, G.

    2015-04-01

    In the ambit of our program of researches on ancient rivers in Ferrara hinterland (Italy), we have been joining a Scientific - Didactic Project between Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Emilia Romagna, Comune di Portomaggiore Assessorato alla Cultura, CMAS A.CDCI. - Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques Federation ITA F07 - Associazione CMAS Diving Center Italia. The Project is focused on underwater archaeological surveys in ex quarry lakes, following the Rivers Padus and Sandalus between Voghiera, Gambulaga and Portomaggiore (Ferrara District). Here we are going to introduce our most recent results, after the last immersions and a 3D bathymetrical survey completed by echo-side scan sonar in Tramonto Lake at Gambulaga, explaining the connection with remote sensing investigations and direct surveys applied to underwater archaeology of the inland water. The main submerged structure individuated is a part of wooden dock on the left side of Padus, in front of the Necropolis of Fadieni (1st-3rd cent. A.D.). Thanks to the study of 183 finds coming from the lake, involving students and young collaborators of the Archaeological National Museum of Ferrara, we are reconstructing the ancient landscape between Proto-Imperial Age and Late Antique.

  8. Tétraparésie révélant un adénome de Conn chez une femme enceinte

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    Assoufi, Naoufal; Bahadi, Nessrine; Omri, Nawal EL; Sekkach, Youssef; Ameziane, Taoufiq; Ghafir, Driss

    2016-01-01

    Nous rapportons le cas d’un adénome de Conn révélé par une tétraparésie chez une femme de 33 ans, enceinte à 16 semaines d’aménorhées. La patiente a présenté une tension artérielle à 147/87 mmHg qui paraissait normale haute avec une hypokaliémie à 1,1 mmo/l. Le diagnostic a été confirmé par le dosage hormonal qui a montré une élévation de l’aldostérone plasmatique et une baisse de l’activité rénine plasmatique. L’imagerie par résonance magnétique a mis en évidence un nodule surrénalien gauche de 1,5 centimètre de diamètre pouvant être compatible avec un adénome surrénalien. Une surrénalectomie gauche a été pratiquée avec des suites opératoires simples, normalisation de la kaliémie et de la tension artérielle. PMID:28154716

  9. [Being online without a purpose -- study of background variables of problematic internet use].

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    Prievara, Dóra Katalin; Pikó, Bettina

    2016-01-01

    These days, use of the Internet is unavoidable for the younger generations. The online world is the primary source of infomation and quick communication, and these activities can take many hours per day. The main goal of the present study was to examine the correlations among problematic internet use, social factors, stress and life satisfaction. Data collection was going online during the first semester of the year 2014 (N= 386 girls). The anonymous questionnaire contained items on perceived social support and the amount of online activites beyond sociodemographics. After descriptive statistics, factor, correlation and multiple linear regression analyses were applied to detect interrelationships. According to our data, 78% of the participants spent daily at least 2 hours, 40% more than 4 hours online. Using factor analysis, four factors of online activities were identified: Social networking-surfing, News-information, Risky and Lonely game factors. Only the News-information factor was not related to the problematic internet use. Based on multiple regression analyses, we may conclude that shyness, stress, loneliness and two factors, the Social networking-surfing and the Risky factors acted as background variables for problematic internet use. As a summary we may conclude that the internet has an important role in the everyday life of the participants. In case of the direct aim of the online activities the problematic use did not appear. These activities were mostly searching for information and news. In introduction of prevention, education about the correct use of the internet may be reasonable as early as possible.

  10. Assessing Pb,Zn,Cd contamination in stream sediments of south east Tehran (Iran)

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    Shahdadi, S.; Fayazi, F.; Yaghoobpour, A.; Rahmani, F.; Moslempour, M.

    2009-04-01

    Assessing Pb,Zn,Cd contamination in stream sediments of south east Tehran (Iran) 31 sediment samples collected from south east of Tehran around cement plant (Bibi shahrbanoo mountain) were analyzed by ICP for Pb, Zn, Cd. The samples were also investigated for mineralogy using X-ray analysis.The clay mineral assemblage encountered in the analyzed samples is composed of vermiculite, dickite, montmorillonite and kaolinite.The non-clay minerals of the mud-sized fraction are composed mainly of quartz and calcite and dolomite as major minerals with albite, hematite, muscovite as minor minerals. The measured metals correlated positively with the determined physiochemical factors such as pH, clay content, organic matter content, and carbonate content. According to the index of geoaccumulation, the sediments of the study area are considered to be strongly to very strongly polluted with respect to Pb, strongly polluted with respect to Zn, and moderatly to strongly polluted with recpect to Cd.The calculation of enrichment factors shows that the source of Pb and Zn is from antropogenic activites such as cement plant and vehicle exhausts and Cd from natural source.

  11. [Changes of physiological and biochemical characteristics of rat erythrocytes after blood loss].

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    Maslova, M N; Kazennov, A M; Katiukhin, L N; Novozhilov, A V; Skverchinskaia, E A; Tavrovskaia, T V

    2007-01-01

    In experiments of Wistar male rats, changes are studied of erythrocyte hematological, biochemical (activitities of transport ATPases), and rheological properties (capability for aggregation and deformability) 7 days after bloodletting of 12-15 % of the total blood mass. It has been shown that alongside with an elevation of erythrocyte volume and of the number of immature cells - reticulocytes, there was a statistically significant increase of Na,K-ATPase and Ca-ATPase activities in the whole erythrocytes and their membrane preparations - ghosts, the increment of activity in the case of Na,K-ATPase being essentially higher in the whole cells. This indicates the appearance of an enzyme activator inside the erythrocytes. There are also revealed a decrease of firmness of erythrocyte aggregates, a deceleration of spontaneous aggregation, and an increase of index of erythrocyte deformability. The conclusion is made that changes of erythrocyte rheological properties are interconnected with changes of the Na,K-ATPase activity and are directed to optimization of blood circulation in large vessels and capillary network.

  12. The RNA-world and co-evolution hypothesis and the origin of life: Implications, research strategies and perspectives

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    Lahav, Noam

    1993-01-01

    The applicability of the RNA-world and co-evolution hypothesis to the study of the very first stages of the origin of life is discussed. The discussion focuses on the basic differences between the two hypotheses and their implications, with regard to the reconstruction methodology, ribosome emergence, balance between ribozymes and protein enzymes, and their major difficultites. Additional complexities of the two hypotheses, such as membranes and the energy source of the first reactions, are not treated in the present work. A central element in the proposed experimental strategies is the study of the catalytic activites of very small peptides and RNA-like oligomers, according to existing, as well as to yet-to-be-invented scenarios of the two hypothesis under consideration. It is suggested that the novel directed molecular evolution technology, and molecular computational modeling, can be applied to this research. This strategy is assumed to be essential for the suggested goal of future studies of the origin of life, namely, the establishment of a `Primordial Darwinian entity'.

  13. Chitin extraction from shrimp shell using enzymatic treatment. Antitumor, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of chitosan.

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    Younes, Islem; Hajji, Sawssen; Frachet, Véronique; Rinaudo, Marguerite; Jellouli, Kemel; Nasri, Moncef

    2014-08-01

    Chitin was recovered through enzymatic deproteinization of the shrimp processing by-products. Different microbial and fish viscera proteases were tested for their deproteinization efficiency. High levels of protein removal of about 77±3% and 78±2% were recorded using Bacillus mojavensis A21 and Balistes capriscus proteases, respectively, after 3h of hydrolysis at 45°C using an enzyme/substrate ratio of 20U/mg. Therefore, these two crude proteases were used separately for chitin extraction and then chitosan preparation by N-deacetylation. Chitin and chitosan samples were then characterized by 13 Cross polarization magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (CP/MAS)-NMR spectroscopy and compared to samples prepared through chemical deproteinization. All chitins and chitosans showed identical spectra. Chitosans prepared through enzymatic deproteinization have practically the same acetylation degree but higher molecular weights compared to that obtained through chemical process. Antimicobial, antioxidant and antitumoral activitities of chitosan-M obtained by treatment with A21 proteases and chitosan-C obtained by alkaline treatment were investigated. Results showed that both chitosans inhibited the growth of most Gram-negative, Gram-positive bacteria and fungi tested. Furthermore, both chitosans exhibited antioxidant and antitumor activities which was dependent on the molecular weight. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Orthopedics coding and funding.

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    Baron, S; Duclos, C; Thoreux, P

    2014-02-01

    The French tarification à l'activité (T2A) prospective payment system is a financial system in which a health-care institution's resources are based on performed activity. Activity is described via the PMSI medical information system (programme de médicalisation du système d'information). The PMSI classifies hospital cases by clinical and economic categories known as diagnosis-related groups (DRG), each with an associated price tag. Coding a hospital case involves giving as realistic a description as possible so as to categorize it in the right DRG and thus ensure appropriate payment. For this, it is essential to understand what determines the pricing of inpatient stay: namely, the code for the surgical procedure, the patient's principal diagnosis (reason for admission), codes for comorbidities (everything that adds to management burden), and the management of the length of inpatient stay. The PMSI is used to analyze the institution's activity and dynamism: change on previous year, relation to target, and comparison with competing institutions based on indicators such as the mean length of stay performance indicator (MLS PI). The T2A system improves overall care efficiency. Quality of care, however, is not presently taken account of in the payment made to the institution, as there are no indicators for this; work needs to be done on this topic. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  15. MiR-328 targeting PIM-1 inhibits proliferation and migration of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells in PDGFBB signaling pathway

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    Qian, Zhengjiang; Zhang, Limin; Chen, Jidong; Li, Yanjiao; Kang, Kang; Qu, Junle; Wang, Zhiwei; Zhai, Yujia; Li, Li; Gou, Deming

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been recognized to mediate PDGF-induced cell dysregulation, but their exact functions remain to be elucidated. By using a sensitive S-Poly(T) Plus qRT-PCR method, the expression profiling of 1,078 miRNAs were investigated in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) with or without PDGFBB stimulation. MiR-328 was found as a prominent down-regulated miRNA, displaying a specific dose- and time-dependent downregulation upon PDGFBB exposure. Functional analyses revealed that miR-328 could inhibit PASMCs proliferation and migration both with and without PDGFBB treatment. The Ser/Thr-protein kinase-1 (PIM-1) was identified as a direct target of miR-328, and functionally confirmed by a rescue experiment. In addition, the decrease of miR-328 by PDGFBB might be due to the increased expression of DNA methylation transferase 1 (DNMT1) and DNA methylation. Finally, serum miR-328 level was downregulated in PAH patients associated with congenital heart disease (CHD- PAH). Overall, this study provides critical insight into fundamental regulatory mechanism of miR-328 in PDGFBB-activited PASMCs via targeting PIM- 1, and implies the potential of serum miR-328 level as a circulating biomarker for CHD- PAH diagnosis. PMID:27448984

  16. The Context of Bénard Scientific Work and Nonlinear Science

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    Mutabazi, Innocent; Wesfreid, José Eduardo; Guyon, Etienne

    The last thirty years have seen intense development of research activites in cellular structures in physicochemical systems. Although the work of Henri Bénard received rather little recognition for a long period, particularly in France, it became seminal in the 1970's. Beginning with the experiments of Pierre Bergé and Monique Dubois in Saclay and theoretical support from Pierre Gilles de Gennes and Yves Pomeau, French researchers displayed a renewed interest in the thermal convection problem. New teams in Paris (A. Libchaber in the Ecole Normale Suprieure known as "ENS"), Orsay (Orsay group on liquid crystals), and other research centers all over the country started to work intensively on this subject and related topics. In different countries (Belgium, Germany, the Soviet Union, USA, Spain, Italy), Bénard convection became a table-top physical system that gave rise to many important results using theoretical, numerical, and experimental tools. In fact, Bénard convection stimulated the development of new tools of investigation as Laser light scattering and Laser Doppler anemometry, chaotic signal processing, spatio-temporal diagrams technique, and so on.

  17. Faut-il préférer une technique chirurgicale dans le traitement des ruptures du tendon d'Achille?

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    Hani, Redouane; Kharmaz, Mohammed; Berrada, Mohammed Saleh

    2015-01-01

    La rupture du tendon d'Achille est de plus en plus fréquente dans le monde et dans notre pays en raison du développement considérable des activités sportives, de l'accroissement de leur intensité et de l'absence de moyens de prévention. Notre travail porte sur une étude concernant 58 cas de rupture du tendon d'Achille, avec un recul moyen compris entre 5 mois et 80 mois. L’âge moyen était de 36 ans, tous les patients inclus ont tous bénéficier d'un traitement chirurgical. Le but de notre étude étant de souligner la supériorité d'une technique chirurgicale par rapport à une autre dans la prise en charge, ainsi qu'une mise au point sur les différents aspects épidémiologiques, cliniques, thérapeutiques et post-thérapeutiques de cette lésion. PMID:26161208

  18. Ostéochondrome de fémur révélé par une lésion itérative du muscle vaste latéral: à propos d'un cas

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    Sonia, Jemni; Samia, Frioui; Sahbi, Elmtawa; Walid, Osman; Fayçal, Khachnaoui

    2015-01-01

    Nous rapportons le cas d'un jeune homme de 32 ans présentant un ostéochondrome de fémur droit révélé par une lésion itérative du vaste externe. Le patient consulte pour des épisodes récidivants de douleur de la cuisse droite avec impotence fonctionnelle, survenant lors d'une activité sportive et imposant son arrêt. L’échographie a montré une déchirure du vaste latéral, avec un hématome témoignant d'une lésion récente et présence de fragments osseux à proximité évoquant un arrachement osseux. Un bilan radiologique standard a montré une exostose pédiculaire à la partie supérieure de la diaphyse fémorale compliquée d'une fracture. La tomodensitométrie était en faveur d'une exostose fémorale antérieure dont les limites étaient régulières et bien corticalisées. La résection chirurgicale de la tumeur et l'examen anatomo-pathologique ont permis de confirmer le diagnostic d'un ostéochondrome. PMID:26309461

  19. Modulation of the oxidative stress by metformin in the cerebrum of rats exposed to global cerebral ischemia and ischemia/reperfusion.

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    Abd-Elsameea, A A; Moustaf, A A; Mohamed, A M

    2014-08-01

    Oxidative stress plays a major role in the pathogenesis of ischemic and reperfusion injury to many organs, including the brain. Chronic metformin treatment is associated with a lower risk of stroke in clinical populations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of metformin on the oxidative stress induced in experimental model of incomplete global cerebral ischemia and ischemia/reperfusion in adult male Wistar rats. Metformin was administered to rats orally by gavage 500 mg/kg once daily for one week before induction of cerebral ischemia (rats were subjected to 30 min of ischemia before decapitation) and ischemia/reperfusion (rats were subjected to 30 min of ischemia then 60 minutes of reperfusion before decapitation). The selected parameters for oxidative stress were the activities of the antioxidant enzymes: glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase as well as malondialdehyde (MDA) levels. Metformin reduced the elevated activites of GSHPx, SOD and catalase as well as MDA levels in cerebrum of rats exposed to ischemia and ischemia/reperfusion injures. Metformin improved the oxidative stress induced by ischemia and ischemia/reperfusion injuries. This may be a mechanism that explains the cerebroprotective effect of the drug.

  20. Mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake controls actin cytoskeleton dynamics during cell migration

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    Prudent, Julien; Popgeorgiev, Nikolay; Gadet, Rudy; Deygas, Mathieu; Rimokh, Ruth; Gillet, Germain

    2016-01-01

    Intracellular Ca2+ signaling regulates cell migration by acting on cytoskeleton architecture, cell directionality and focal adhesions dynamics. In migrating cells, cytosolic Ca2+ pool and Ca2+ pulses are described as key components of these effects. Whereas the role of the mitochondrial calcium homeostasis and the Mitochondria Cacium Uniporter (MCU) in cell migration were recently highlighted in vivo using the zebrafish model, their implication in actin cystokeleton dynamics and cell migration in mammals is not totally characterized. Here, we show that mcu silencing in two human cell lines compromises their migration capacities. This phenotype is characterized by actin cytoskeleton stiffness, a cell polarization loss and an impairment of the focal adhesion proteins dynamics. At the molecular level, these effects appear to be mediated by the reduction of the ER and cytosolic Ca2+ pools, which leads to a decrease in Rho-GTPases, RhoA and Rac1, and Ca2+-dependent Calpain activites, but seem to be independent of intracellular ATP levels. Together, this study highlights the fundamental and evolutionary conserved role of the mitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis in cytoskeleton dynamics and cell migration. PMID:27827394

  1. Diffusion and Electrical Activation After a Rapid Thermal Annealing of an As and B-Co-Implanted Polysilicon Layer

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    Gontrand, C.; Sellitto, P.; Tabikh, S.; Latreche, S.; Kaminski, A.

    1997-01-01

    This work provides an experimental insight into the physical mechanisms involved in the co-diffusion of arsenic and boron in polysilicon/monocrystalline Si bilayers, during the formation of shallow N^+ emitters for the BiCMOS technology. The RTA-induced redistribution of As and B successively implanted in a 380 nm LPCVD polysilicon layer is studied by SIMS measurements. Hall effect, as well as sheet resistance measurements, show that the electrical activation of dopants in the co-implanted structures is satisfactory from a RTA temperature of 1100 °C. Nous présentons ici un travail expérimental mettant en évidence les mécanismes physiques intervenant dans la co-diffusion de l'arsenic et du bore dans une bicouche polysilicium sur silicium polycrystallin, durant la formation des émetteurs étroits N^+ destinés à la technologie BiCMOS. La redistribution de As et B induite par un RTA, successivement implantés dans une couche de polysilicium de 380 nm, est appréhendée par des mesures SIMS. Des mesures par effet Hall et par résistances par carrés mettent en évidence que l'activité électrique des dopants dans les structures implantées est satisfaisante à partir d'une température de 1100 °C.

  2. A preliminary study on the potency of nanofluids as the electro-active materials for nanoelectrofuel flow batteries

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    Kristiawan, B. Wijayanta, A. T. Juwana, W. E.

    2016-03-29

    This study presents a characterization of nanofluids as electroactive materials with dispersing metal oxide nanoparticles into aqueous polyelectrolytes of 20 wt.%, in particular, their electrochemical activites. The fundamental characterizations including X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier ttransform iinfrared measurement were performed to ensure metal oxide component used in this work. Alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles of 0.5 vol.% in volume fraction were dispersed into Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) solution (PDADMAC) and Poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS), respectively. Alumina and copper oxide nanoparticles were dispersed into ionic solution with volume fraction of 0.5 vol.% by using two-step method. The general cyclic voltammetry measurement was used to analyze electrochemical behavior within three-electrode cell setup. The results show that PSS-based nanofluids demonstrate redox process. However, unclearly redox phenomenon was depicted PDADMAC-based nanofluids. Dispersing nanoparticles could shift pure ionic solution’s cyclic profile. It is clear that a significant impact on electrochemical behavior can be provided because of the existence metal oxide nanoparticles into polyelectrolyte solution.

  3. Building capacity for national carbon measurements for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation

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    Goetz, S. J.; Laporte, N.; Horning, N.; Pelletier, J.; Jantz, P.; Ndunda, P.

    2014-12-01

    Many tropical countries are now working on developing their strategies for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, including activities that result in conservation or enhancement of forest carbon stocks and sustainable management of forests to effectively decrease atmospheric carbon emissions (i.e. REDD+). A new international REDD+ agreement is at the heart of recent negotiations of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). REDD+ mechanisms could provide an opportunity to not only diminish an important source of emissions, but also to promote large-scale conservation of tropical forests and establish incentives and opportunities to alleviate poverty. Most tropical countries still lack basic information for developing and implementing their forest carbon stock assessments, including the extent of forest area and the rate at which forests are being cleared and/or degraded, and the carbon amounts associated with these losses. These same countries also need support to conduct integrated assessments of the most promising approaches for reducing emissions, and in identifying those policy options that hold the greatest potential while minimizing potential negative impacts of REDD+ policies. The WHRC SERVIR project in East Africa is helping to provide these data sets to countries via best practice tools and methods to support cost effective forest carbon monitoring solutions and more informed decision making processes under REDD+. We will present the results of our capacity building activites in the region and planned future efforts being coordinated with the NASA-SERVIR Hub in Kenya to support to REDD+ decision support.

  4. Une approche du temps et des fréquences. Vers le mètre et la seconde

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    Granveaud, Suzanne DéBarbat Et Michel

    1998-04-01

    A l'occasion du "Second Paris Cosmology Colloquium" tenu à l'Observatoire de Paris en 1994 (2-4 juin), une visite de l'Observatoire de Paris a fait connaître aux participants les richesses de l'Etablissement dont la première pierre fut posée le 21 juin 1667, et où une activité de recherche n'a pas cessé d'y être menée. Le descriptif de la visite conduite par l'un d'entre nous (S. Débarbat) est paru aux pages 528 à 531 des Actes du Colloque (World Scientific, 1995). Plusieurs des photographies reproduites aux pages 533 à 543 permettent d'apprécier "l'état des lieux", tandis que la page IV de couverture représente la pendule "astronomique" de 1710 qui orne l'une des salles du Bâtiment Perrault⋯

  5. Fibre optique à la maison en Pays de Gex et de Bellegarde

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    2010-05-19

    Le Syndicat Intercommunal d’Electricité de l’Ain(SIEA) déploie un réseau FTTH (Fiber To The Home) de fibres optiques dans le département de l’Ain vers l’ensemble des habitations. Le déploiement sur la zone pilote du Pays de Gex et du Bassin Bellegardien arrive dans la phase terminale vers les habitations. Le SIEA présentera ses activités, l’état du développement du réseau, les implications d’une connexion fibre optique et les procédures d’abonnement. La présentation sera donnée en Français. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Public conference "Optical fiber To The Home in Pays de Gex et de Bellegarde" Michel Chanel et Jean Paul Goy (SIEA) Wednesday, 19th May at 11.30 hrs., Council Chamber, CERN The ‘’ Syndicat Intercommunal d’Electricité de l’Ain’’(SIEA) is deploying an optical fiber network FTTH (Fiber To The Home) in the Ain department towards the ensemble of houses. The installation on the pilot areas of Pays de Gex and Bassin Bellegardien is arriving in the phase of connecting houses. The SIEA will show its activities, the state of the network development, the implications of an optical fiber connection and the contract procedures. The presentation will be given in French

  6. A role of fluoride on free radical generation and oxidative stress in BV-2 microglia cells.

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    Shuhua, Xi; Ziyou, Liu; Ling, Yan; Fei, Wang; Sun, Guifan

    2012-01-01

    The generation of ROS and lipid peroxidation has been considered to play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic fluoride toxicity. In the present study, we observed that fluoride activated BV-2 microglia cell line by observing OX-42 expression in immunocytochemistry. Intracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH), malondialdehyde (MDA), reactive oxygen species (ROS), superoxide anions (O(2)(∙-)), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), nitrotyrosine (NT) and nitric oxide (NO), NOS in cell medium were determined for oxidative stress assessment. Our study found that NaF of concentration from 5 to 20 mg/L can stimuli BV-2 cells to change into activated microglia displaying upregulated OX-42 expression. SOD activities significantly decreased in fluoride-treated BV-2 cells as compared with control, and MDA concentrations and contents of ROS and O(2)(∙-) increased in NaF-treated cells. Activities of NOS in cells and medium significantly increased with fluoride concentrations in a dose-dependent manner. NT concentrations also increased significantly in 10 and 50 mg/L NaF-treated cells compared with the control cells. Our present study demonstrated that toxic effects of fluoride on the central nervous system possibly partly ascribed to activiting of microglia, which enhanced oxidative stress induced by ROS and reactive nitrogen species.

  7. Regulation and action of the bacterial enhancer-binding protein AAA+ domains

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    Chen, Baoyu; Sysoeva, Tatyana A.; Chowdhury, Saikat; Nixon, B. Tracy

    2008-08-04

    Bacterial EBPs (enhancer-binding proteins) play crucial roles in regulating cellular responses to environmental changes, in part by providing efficient control over {sigma}{sup 54}-dependent gene transcription. The AAA+ (ATPase associated with various cellular activites) domain of the EBPs, when assembled into a ring, uses energy from ATP binding, hydrolysis and product release to remodel the {sigma}{sup 54}-RNAP (RNA polymerase) holoenzyme so that it can transition from closed to open form at promoter DNA. The assembly, and hence activity, of these ATPases are regulated by many different signal transduction mechanisms. Recent advances in solution scattering techniques, when combined with high-resolution structures and biochemical data, have enabled us to obtain mechanistic insights into the regulation and action of a subset of these {sigma}{sup 54} activators: those whose assembly into ring form is controlled by two-component signal transduction. We review (i) experimental considerations of applying the SAXS (small-angle X-ray scattering)/WAXS (wide-angle X-ray scattering) technique, (ii) distinct regulation mechanisms of the AAA+ domains of three EBPs by similar two-component signal transduction receiver domains, and (iii) major conformational changes and correlated {sigma}{sup 54}-binding activity of an isolated EBP AAA+ domain in the ATP hydrolysis cycle.

  8. The RNA-world and co-evolution hypothesis and the origin of life: Implications, research strategies and perspectives

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    Lahav, Noam

    1993-01-01

    The applicability of the RNA-world and co-evolution hypothesis to the study of the very first stages of the origin of life is discussed. The discussion focuses on the basic differences between the two hypotheses and their implications, with regard to the reconstruction methodology, ribosome emergence, balance between ribozymes and protein enzymes, and their major difficultites. Additional complexities of the two hypotheses, such as membranes and the energy source of the first reactions, are not treated in the present work. A central element in the proposed experimental strategies is the study of the catalytic activites of very small peptides and RNA-like oligomers, according to existing, as well as to yet-to-be-invented scenarios of the two hypothesis under consideration. It is suggested that the novel directed molecular evolution technology, and molecular computational modeling, can be applied to this research. This strategy is assumed to be essential for the suggested goal of future studies of the origin of life, namely, the establishment of a `Primordial Darwinian entity'.

  9. Microbial short-chain fatty acid production and extracellular enzymes activities during in vitro fermentation of polysaccharides from the seeds of Plantago asiatica L. treated with microwave irradiation.

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    Hu, Jie-Lun; Nie, Shao-Ping; Li, Chang; Fu, Zhi-Hong; Xie, Ming-Yong

    2013-06-26

    Effects of microwave irradiation on microbial short-chain fatty acid production and the activites of extracellular enzymes during in vitro fermentation of the polysaccharide from Plantago asiatica L. were investigated in this study. It was found that the apparent viscosity, average molecular weight, and particle size of the polysaccharide decreased after microwave irradiation. Reducing sugar amount increased with molecular weight decrease, suggesting the degradation may derive from glycosidic bond rupture. The polysaccharide surface topography was changed from large flakelike structure to smaller chips. FT-IR showed that microwave irradiation did not alter the primary functional groups in the polysaccharide. However, short-chain fatty acid productions of the polysaccharide during in vitro fermentation significantly increased after microwave irradiation. Activities of microbial extracellular enzymes xylanase, arabinofuranosidase, xylosidase, and glucuronidase in fermentation cultures supplemented with microwave irradiation treated polysaccharide were also generally higher than those of untreated polysaccharide. This showed that microwave irradiation could be a promising degradation method for the production of value-added polysaccharides.

  10. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Ce-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays via Anodic Oxidation

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    Kong, Junhan; Wang, Yongqian; Sun, Qimeng; Meng, Dawei

    2017-03-01

    Ce-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were prepared successfully through one-step anodic oxidation methods. The structural and morphological features of the TNAs were monitored by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra showed the light absorption performances of TiO2 nanotubes in both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light regions. Also, the photocatalytic activities of these samples were measured by the photodegradation rate of methylene blue (MB). The result indicated that doping a moderate amount of cerium ions into TNAs increased the absorption of both ultraviolet light and visible light obviously. However, the excess amount of doping ions would destroy the tubular structure severely and decrease the specific surface area of TNAs sharply. It could directly lead to the decreasing of photocatalytic activitity of TNAs. Furthermore, the best photodegradation rate of the Ce-doped TNAs on MB reached to 95.6%, which had a huge improvement comparing with pure TNAs.

  11. Lung Adenocarcinomas and Lung Cancer Cell Lines Show Association of MMP-1 Expression With STAT3 Activation1

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    Schütz, Alexander; Röser, Katrin; Klitzsch, Jana; Lieder, Franziska; Aberger, Fritz; Gruber, Wolfgang; Mueller, Kristina M.; Pupyshev, Alexander; Moriggl, Richard; Friedrich, Karlheinz

    2015-01-01

    Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is constitutively activated in the majority of lung cancer. This study aims at defining connections between STAT3 function and the malignant properties of non–small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) cells. To address possible mechanisms by which STAT3 influences invasiveness, the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) was analyzed and correlated with the STAT3 activity status. Studies on both surgical biopsies and on lung cancer cell lines revealed a coincidence of STAT3 activation and strong expression of MMP-1. MMP-1 and tyrosine-phosphorylated activated STAT3 were found co-localized in cancer tissues, most pronounced in tumor fronts, and in particular in adenocarcinomas. STAT3 activity was constitutive, although to different degrees, in the lung cancer cell lines investigated. Three cell lines (BEN, KNS62, and A549) were identified in which STAT3 activitation was inducible by Interleukin-6 (IL-6). In A549 cells, STAT3 activity enhanced the level of MMP-1 mRNA and stimulated transcription from the MMP-1 promoter in IL-6–stimulated A549 cells. STAT3 specificity of this effect was confirmed by STAT3 knockdown through RNA interference. Our results link aberrant activity of STAT3 in lung cancer cells to malignant tumor progression through up-regulation of expression of invasiveness-associated MMPs. PMID:25926075

  12. Une lombalgie révélatrice d'un syndrome de l'homme raide

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    Ajili, Faida; Mckeon, Andrew; Najeh, Boussetta; Leila, Metoui; Imen, Gharsallah; Bassem, Louzir; Salah, Othmani

    2013-01-01

    Le syndrome de l'homme raide est une pathologie neurologique rare. Son diagnostic est souvent très retardé à cause de sa présentation trompeuse. L′expression clinique est purement motrice, progressive avec une hypertonie axiale et des racines des membres, une hyperlordose souvent douloureuse, et un examen neurologique normal en dehors d'une augmentation des réflexes ostéotendineux. Le diagnostic est confirmé par l'examen électromyographique des muscles para-spinaux lombaires avec persistance d'une activité au repos de potentiel d'unité motrice d'allure normale, et une augmentation des anticorps anti acide glutamique décarboxylase (GAD). Le traitement de référence est le diazépam. Les immunoglobulines intraveineuses ont amélioré la qualité de vie des patients. L′évolution est longue et, si l′aggravation peut être stoppée, l′amélioration est souvent incomplète. Nous rapportons une observation de syndrome de l'homme raide, découvert à l'occasion de lombalgies mécaniques chroniques résistantes aux antalgiques améliorées par des cures d'immunoglobulines intraveineuses. PMID:24778753

  13. Radiation injury in rat lung. IV. Modification by d-penicillamine

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    Ward, W.F.; Molteni, A.; Ts'ao, C.; Solliday, N.H.

    1984-05-01

    To determine whether d-penicillamine, known to reduce fibrosis in irradiated rat lung, also ameliorates radiation injury in the pulmonary endothelium, the authors measured angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity, plasminogen activator (PLA) activity, and prostacyclin (PGI/sub 2/) production in the lungs of penicillamine-treated and untreated rats from 2 weeks to 6 months after a single dose of 25 Gy of /sup 60/Co ..gamma.. rays to the right hemithorax. Both ACE and PLA activity in the irradiated right lung of untreated rats decreased dramatically between the 1st and 2nd months after exposure, then reached a plateau through 6 months at approximately 25 and 50% of the normal level, respectively. For the first 2 months after irradiation, penicillamine-treated animals exhibited significantly higher activites of both ACE and PLA than did untreated rats. From 3 to 6 months after irradiation, however, the only significant drug effect on these enzymes was a 25% increase in PLA activity at 6 months. PGI/sub 2/ production by the irradiated lung of untreated rats increased continuously, and at 6 months was approximately 10 times higher than normal. Penicillamine significantly reduced this hypersecretion, and at 6 months after irradiation, PGI/sub 2/ production by the lungs of drug-treated rats was only half that of untreated animals. Thus the antifibrotic agent d-penicillamine delays the onset of radiation-induced enzyme dysfunction in the pulmonary endothelium.

  14. [Antagonistic activity of novel green microalgae strain].

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    Selivanova, E A; Ignatenko, M E; Nemtseva, N V

    2014-01-01

    Screening of novel microalgae strains for the presence of pronounced antagonistic (antibacterial) activity against opportunistic bacteria. 11 pure cultures of green unicellular algae isolated from fresh and salt basins of Orenburg region were studied for the presence of antagonistic activity against 4 test-strains of opportunistic bacteria by a photometric method. The effect of water extracts of microalgae Astermonas gracilis on the speed of self-purification of brine from Escherichia coli as well as antibacterial activity of peloid were evaluated under co-cultivation conditions. Pure cultures of green unicellular algae Scenedesmus obliquus (Turpin) Kütz, Scenedesmus magnus Meyen var. magnus, Pediastru duplex Meyen var. duplex, Chlorella vulgaris Bory, Monoraphidium arcuatum (Korschikov) Hindak (=Ankistrodesmus arcuatus Korschikov), Dictyosphaerium sp. had the most pronounced antagonistic activit against opportunistic bacteria. Water extract ofA. gracilis microalgae accelerated brine self-purification fro E. coli due to antibacterial effect. Peloid containing extracts of microorganism cells had a pronounced antibacterial effect against opportunistic bacteria. Antagonistic substances localized inside cells of microalgae increased the speed of allochthonic microorganism elimination that is one of the mechanisms of self-purification of a basin and antibacterial effect of peloid. The novel green microalgae strains studied due to the presence of pronounced antagonistic activity may have a wide practical application.

  15. Tazerka multiwell FPSU: design of production facilities integrated with the tanker

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    Rietveld, R.J.C.; Biss, N.C.; Gelderblom, D.

    1985-06-01

    This paper reviews the design of the production facilities on the multiwell floating production and storage unit (FPSU) operated by Shell Tunirex in the Tazerka field, offshore Tunisia, on behalf of a joint venture with AGIP (Africa) and Entreprise Tunisienne d'Activites Petrolieres. Economics and product specification dictated the application of special techniques in the production and utility designs regarding process flexibility, gas disposal, power generation, and pollution prevention. The field, containing estimated reserves of 8 to 10 million bbl (1.3x10/sup 6/ to 1.6x10/sup 6/ m/sup 3/) of recoverable oil, is located in deep water (459 to 984 ft (140 to 300 m)). It was desirable to use a single-process train with as near a 100% on-stream factor as possible. While this is not the first application of a flow station on a weathervaning unit, it is believed to be the first to process crude directly from several subsea wells.

  16. Solar wind composition from the Moon;

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    Bochsler, P.

    1994-06-01

    The lunar regolith contains the best accessible record of the solar wind composition of the past few billion years. Interpreting this record crucially depends on our understanding of the implantation mechanisms, potential alternative sources other than the solar wind, storage and degradation processes, and transport- and loss-mechanisms of trapped particles in the regolith. We therefore suggest that a future mission to the Moon should contain the following objectives: (1) A thorough in-situ investigation of the contemporary solar wind composition by means of long-duration exposure experiments with various techniques as baseline for investigation of the historic and ancient solar wind. (2) A multidisciplinary program, involving an experimental investigation of implantation-, storage- and loss-processes of solar particles at the conditions of the lunar environment. This program is complementary to an elaborated systematic sampling of all layers of the lunar regolith, based on the experience from the Apollo- and the Luna-missions. Difficulties with the interpretation of the lunar record are illuminated in the case of surface correlated nitrogen. (3) A complementary goal for the extensive sampling of the lunar surface is the documentation of the lunar regolith for future generations, prior to extended human activites which could have detrimental effects to the lunar environment.

  17. Investigation des correlations existant entre la perception de qualite audio et les reactions physiologiques d'un auditeur

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    Baudot, Matthias

    Les tests d'ecoute subjectifs permettent d'evaluer la fiabilite de reproduction des systemes de codage audio (codecs). Le projet presente ici vise a evaluer la possibilite d'utiliser les reactions physiologiques (activite electrodermale, cardiaque, musculaire et cerebrale) a la place d'une note donnee par l'auditeur, afin de caracteriser la performance d'un codec. Ceci permettrait d'avoir une methode d'evaluation plus proche de la perception reelle de qualite audio du sujet. Des tests d'ecoute mettant en oeuvre des degradations audio bien connues en concours avec la mesure des reactions physiologiques ont ete realises pour 4 auditeurs. L'analyse des resultats montre que certaines caracteristiques physiologiques permettent d'avoir une information fiable sur la qualite audio percue, et ce de maniere repetable pour pres de 70% des signaux audio testes chez un sujet, et pres de 60% des sequences audio testees chez tous les sujets. Ceci permet de postuler sur la faisabilite d'une telle methode d'evaluation subjective des codecs audio. Mots-cles : test d'ecoute subjectif, evaluation des codecs audio, mesures physiologiques, qualite audio percue, conductance electrodermale, photoplethysmographie, electromyogramme, electroencephalogramme

  18. Autre cause de mort subite du nourrisson: à propos d'un cas clinique de syndrome du QT long congenital

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    Seka, Zena; Mols, Pierre; Gobin, Eric; Ngatchou, William

    2014-01-01

    Le syndrome du QT long congénital est une maladie rythmique liée à une mutation génétique et caractérisée par un espace QT allongé sur l’électrocardiogramme, des arythmies malignes type torsade de pointe et fibrillation ventriculaire entraînant une mort subite. Les gènes impliqués dans ces mutations codent pour des sous unités des canaux ioniques responsables de l'activité électrique cardiaque. Le diagnostic est basé sur l’électrocardiogramme, une enquête familiale et l’étude génétique. Le traitement repose sur les bêtabloquants, la sympathectomie et le stimulateur cardiaque. Nous rapportons le cas d'un nourrisson de 2 ans retrouvé en état de mort apparente. Nous discutons de sa prise en charge initiale, de l'enquête familiale et de son suivi ultérieur. PMID:25667708

  19. Acquisition of Predictable Vertical Visual Targets: Eye-Head Coordination and the Triggering Effect.

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    Kolev, Ognyan I; Reschke, Millard F

    2016-01-01

    The study was designed to investigate target acquisition in the vertical plane with emphasis on establishing strategy differences associated with acquisition triggering methods. Eight subjects were tested. Measurements consisted of target acquisition time, eye-head latency differences, velocity of gaze, eyes and head, and head amplitude. Using 3-way repeated measures analyses of variance the results show that the strategy for acquisition of predictable visual targets in vertical plane with the head unrestrained significantly depended on (a) the direction of the gaze motion with respect to the gravity vector (i.e., there is significant up-down asymmetry), (b) the angular distance of the target, and (c) the method of triggering the command to acquire the target-external versus internal. The data also show that when vertical acquisition is compared with triggering methods in the horizontal plane there is a difference in overall strategy for the acquisition of targets with the same spatial distances from straight ahead gaze when both the eyes and head are used. Among the factors contributing to the difference in strategy for vertical target acquisition are the gravitational vector, the relationship of target displacement and vestibular activitation, biomechanical and neural control asymmetries, and the difference in the vertical field of view.

  20. Modélisation 2D par Eléments Finis de phénomènes micro-ondes en milieu ouvert

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    Nicolas, L.; Connor, K. A.; Salon, S. J.; Ruth, B. G.; Libelo, L. F.

    1992-11-01

    We present in this paper the modelization of open boundaries microwave problems using Finite Element method, for the design of antennas or for the study of electromagnetic scattering: Finite Element formulation, coupling with Boundary Element Method or with Absorbing Boundary Conditions, modelization of current sources, calculation of far field. In a second part, we show the results concerning a high power microwave launcher. Nous présentons ici notre activité dans le domaine de la modélisation bidimensionnelle de problèmes de de micro-ondes en milieu ouvert, pour la conception d'antennes ou l'étude de problèmes de diffraction électromagnétique: formulation par la méthode des Eléments Finis, prise en compte de l'infini par la méthode des Equations Intégrales de Frontière ou par des conditions aux limites absorbantes, modélisation des sources de courant, calcul du champ lointain. Dans une seconde partie, nous illustrons ces différentes méthodes par la modélisation d'une antenne haute puissance.

  1. Environmental Regulatory Compliance Plan for site: Draft characterization of the Yucca Mountain site:Draft

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    1988-01-01

    The objective of the EMMP is to document compliance with the NWPA. To do so, a summary description of site characterization activites is provided, based on the consultation draft of the SCP. Subsequent chpaters identify those technical areas having the potential to be impacted by site characterization activities and the monitoring plans proposed to identify whether those impacts acutally occur. Should monitoring confirm the potential for significant adverse impact, mitigative measures will be developed. In the context of site characterization, mitigation is defined as those changes in site characterization activities that serve to avoid or minimize, to the maximum extent practicle, any significant adverse environmental impacts. Although site characterization activies involve both surface and subsurface activities, it is the surface-based aspect of site characterization that is addressed in detailed by the EMMP. The schedule and duration of these activities is given in the consultation draft of the SCP. A breif summary of all proposed activities is given in the EMMP. 10 refs., 8 figs.

  2. Factors influencing human-grizzly bear interactions in a backcountry setting

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    Chester, James M.

    1980-01-01

    Interactins between humans and 7 species of wildlife, including grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis), were investigated in backcountry areas of the Gallatin Range, Yellowstone National Park, during the summers of 1973 and 1974. Grizzly bear distribution, movements, and behavior and human behavior were examined. Because grizzlies utilized areas with elevations much in excess of the study area's average trail elevation, he likelihood of the off-trail party observing a grizzly bear was 3-4 times greater than that of a trail-traveling party. During the hiking season, grizzliess exhibited an elevational migration. The frequencies of on-trail and combined on- and off-trail observations and sign discoveries per party tended to peak during those periods that grizzlies were found at low elevations. Activitiy patterns of grizzlies at the point of first observation or after the bears had become aware of the human presence did not indicate behavioral traits likely to accentuate the possibilities of human-bear confrontations. Some backcountry travelers engaged in activites that could increase detrimental encounters with grizzly bears.

  3. Crow Education Partnership: Science in a Cultural Context

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    Kelly, S. B.; NASA Astrobiology Institute Icy Worlds Science Team; Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (Wissard) Science Team

    2011-12-01

    Join us to learn more about a developing science education partnership on the Crow Indian Reservation, in South Central Montana. Through this partnership we are designing culturally-relevant STEM science enrichment activites that focus on extreme environments for the Upper Elementary grades in the Hardin School District. The district encompasses three intermediate schools in a rural setting, with a largely Native American student body. Intermediate School teachers from Hardin, scientists and graduate students at Montana State University, and Crow tribal members are working together to develop inquiry-based science activities for students and teachers. Through the use of hands-on interactions, online technologies and field experiences, we are providing monthly science interaction for the classroom, and modeling inquiry-based activities for the teachers and community members. In addition to developing activities, we are working with Crow tribal members and teachers to tie science activities to the national standards and school district curriculum, while at the same time connecting science activities to Crow history and culture. Our blended education model which utilizes face to face interactions and video-conferencing, engages MSU graduate students in the teaching process. Graduate students are developing science communication skills and learning the importance of cross-cultural communication, while the teachers and intermediate students are gaining science content knowledge and direct interactions with authentic science experiences. We are developing a true partnership and community of learning through our efforts.

  4. Impacte des maladies immunitaires sur la grossesse expérience du Service de Gynécologie Obstétrique de l'hôpital Militaire Moulay Ismail

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    Laghzaoui, Omar

    2016-01-01

    L'influence du statut hormonal au cours des maladies auto-immunes est clairement établie, avec une prévalence maximale pendant la période d'activité génitale d'où l'intérêt de notre étude rétrospective de 32 dossiers de patientes enceintes présentant des pathologies auto-immunes. Les rechutes de la maladie au cours de la grossesse sont surtout observées chez les gestantes présentant le Lupus érythémateux disséminé et la maladie de Behçet alors qu'en poste partum les complications sont observées en cas de polyarthrite rhumatoïde, sclérose en plaque et la sclérodermie. Les complications fœtales dépendent du stade et du type de la maladie auto immune ainsi que l'association à d'autres pathologies. La prise en charge multi disciplinaire et l'ajustement du traitement abouti à stabiliser la maladie auto immune et améliore le pronostique fœtale. PMID:27648118

  5. Observational and Modeling-based Study of Electrified Thunderstorms in Corsica

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    Defer, Eric; Pinty, Jean-Pierre; Coquillat, Sylvain; Prieur, Serge; Lambert, Dominique; Pedeboy, Stéphane

    2017-04-01

    To demonstrate the strong synergy between instrumentation and modeling tools to support the interpretation of lightning optical data of up-coming space-based geostationary missions, the temporal and spatial evolution of two thunderstorms in Corsica, one with a regular polarity (25 July 2014) and one with an inverted polarity (13 June 2015), were investigated through a detailed analysis of concurrent observations and numerical simulations. The electrical activity was simultaneously documented with the Lightning Mapping Array SAETTA (Suivi de l'Activité Electrique Tridimensionnelle Totale de l'Atmosphère; this conference) operated in Corsica since July 2014 and with the French operational lightning detection network Météorage. The cloud resolving model MesoNH and its explicit electrification and lightning schemes, successively simulated the spatial and temporal locations of the storms but also the number of flashes and the storm polarity. Both SAETTA and Meteorage networks, and MesoNH electrification and lightning modules will be first introduced. Then, observations and simulations will be discussed for the two studied storms with an emphasis on the causes of the different storm polarities. Acknowledgments: ANR-16-CE04-005 EXAEDRE project; the MISTRALS/HyMeX Program; Collectivité Territoriale de Corse through the Fonds Européen de Développement Régional of the European Operational Program 2007-2013 and the Contrat de Plan Etat Région;

  6. Structure of human cytoplasmic dynein-2 primed for its powerstroke

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    Urnavicius, Linas; Carter, Andrew P.

    2014-01-01

    Members of the dynein family, consisting of cytoplasmic and axonemal isoforms, are motors that move towards the minus ends of microtubules. Cytoplasmic dynein-1 (dynein-1) plays roles in mitosis and cellular cargo transport1, and is implicated in viral infections2 and neurodegenerative diseases3. Cytoplasmic dynein-2 (dynein-2) carries out intraflagellar transport4 and is associated with human skeletal ciliopathies5. Dyneins share a conserved motor domain that couples cycles of ATP hydrolysis with conformational changes to produce movement6-9. Here we present the crystal structure of the human cytoplasmic dynein-2 motor bound to the ATP-hydrolysis transition state analogue ADP.vanadate (ADP.Vi)10. The structure reveals a closure of the motor’s ring of six AAA+ domains (ATPases associated with various cellular activites: AAA1-AAA6). This induces a steric clash with the linker, the key element for the generation of movement, driving it into a conformation that is primed to produce force. Ring closure also changes the interface between the stalk and buttress coiled-coil extensions of the motor domain. This drives helix sliding in the stalk that causes the microtubule binding domain (MTBD) at its tip to release from the microtubule. Our structure answers the key questions of how ATP hydrolysis leads to linker remodelling and microtubule affinity regulation. PMID:25470043

  7. Economic impact of minimally invasive lumbar surgery

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    Hofstetter, Christoph P; Hofer, Anna S; Wang, Michael Y

    2015-01-01

    Cost effectiveness has been demonstrated for traditional lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy as well as for instrumented and noninstrumented arthrodesis. While emerging evidence suggests that minimally invasive spine surgery reduces morbidity, duration of hospitalization, and accelerates return to activites of daily living, data regarding cost effectiveness of these novel techniques is limited. The current study analyzes all available data on minimally invasive techniques for lumbar discectomy, decompression, short-segment fusion and deformity surgery. In general, minimally invasive spine procedures appear to hold promise in quicker patient recovery times and earlier return to work. Thus, minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery appears to have the potential to be a cost-effective intervention. Moreover, novel less invasive procedures are less destabilizing and may therefore be utilized in certain indications that traditionally required arthrodesis procedures. However, there is a lack of studies analyzing the economic impact of minimally invasive spine surgery. Future studies are necessary to confirm the durability and further define indications for minimally invasive lumbar spine procedures. PMID:25793159

  8. Autochthonous Gut Bacteria in Two Indian Air-breathing Fish, Climbing Perch (Anabas testudineus) and Walking Catfish (Clarias batrachus): Mode of Association, Identification and Enzyme Producing Ability.

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    Banerjee, Goutam; Dan, Suhas K; Nandi, Ankita; Ghosh, Pinki; Ray, Arun K

    2015-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to define the location of epithelium-associated bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of two Indian air-breathing fish, the climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) and walking catfish (Clarias batrachus). The SEM examination revealed substantial numbers of rod shaped bacterial cells associated with the microvillus brush borders of enterocytes in proximal (PI) and distal regions (DI) of the GI tract of both the fish species. Ten (two each from the PI and DI of climbing perch and three each from the PI and DI of walking catfish) isolated bacterial strains were evaluated for extracellular protease, amylase and cellulase production quantitatively. All the bacterial strains exhibited high cellulolytic activity compared to amylolytic and proteolytic activites. Only two strains, CBH6 and CBH7, isolated from the DI of walking catfish exhibited high proteolytic activity. Maximum cellulase activity was exhibited by the strain, CBF2, isolated from the PI of climbing perch. Six most promising enzyme-producing adherent bacterial strains were identified by 16S rDNA gene sequence analysis. The strain ATH1 (isolated from climbing perch) showed high similarity fo Bacillus amyloliquefaciens whereas, the remaining five strains (isolated from walking catfish) were most closely related to Bacillus licheniformis.

  9. Identification of a suitable and selective inhibitor towards aldehyde oxidase catalyzed reactions.

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    Nirogi, Ramakrishna; Kandikere, Vishwottam; Palacharla, Raghava Choudary; Bhyrapuneni, Gopinadh; Kanamarlapudi, Vijaya Bhargava; Ponnamaneni, Ranjith Kumar; Manoharan, Arun Kumar

    2014-03-01

    1. Aldehyde oxidase (AO) is a liver cytosolic molybdoflavoprotein enzyme whose importance in drug metabolism is gaining in the recent. The objective of this work is to find a potent and selective inhibitor for AO activity using phthalazine oxidation as a marker reaction. 2. Among organic solvents tested, it was identified that methanol was not a suitable choice for AO activity even at concentrations less than 0.2% v/v. Acetonitrile and DMSO did not show any effect till 0.5% v/v but thereafter activites tend to decrease. 3. For selectivity, 23 compounds were selected and evaluated for their effects on AO and nine CYP450 enzymes. Among the tested compounds chlorpromazine, estradiol, hydralazine, quetiapine and raloxifene were selected based on their potency of inhibition towards AO activity. 4. Raloxifene was found to be a non-specific inhibitor of all major tested CYP450 enzymes and was excluded as a selective inhibitor for AO. Quetiapine also showed a degree of inhibition towards the major CYP450 tested. Hydralazine used as a specific inhibitor during the past for AO activity demonstrated a stimulation of AO activity at high and low concentrations respectively and the inhibition noted to be time dependent while inhibiting other enzymes like monoamine oxidase. 5. Estradiol showed no inhibition towards the tested CYP450 enzymes and thus proved to be a selective and specific inhibitor for AO activity with an uncompetitive mode of inhibition.

  10. Retrieval of the Martian surface reflectance by means of Principal Component analysis and Target Transformation using OMEGA/Mex data

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    Geminale, A.; Grassi, D.; Altieri, F.; Serventi, G.; Carli, C.; Carrozzo, F. G.; Sgavetti, M.; Orosei, R.; D'Aversa, E.; Bellucci, G.; Frigeri, A.

    The aim of this work is to extract the surface contribution in the Martian visible/near-infrared spectra removing the atmospheric components by means of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and target transformation (TT). The developed technique is suitable for separating spectral components in a data set large enough to enable an effective usage of statistical methods, in support to the more common approaches to remove the gaseous component. Data collected by imaging spectrometers, such as the OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité) instrument on board the ESA mission Mars Express (MEx), are particularly suitable for this purpose since it includes in the same session of observation a large number of spectra with different content of aerosols, gases and mineralogy. The methodology presented in this work has been applied to the analysis of OMEGA sessions over Nili Fossae and Mawrth Vallis regions, which have been already widely studied because of the presence of hydrated minerals. Once the surface reflectance, free from atmospheric contributions, has been obtained, the Modified Gaussian Model (MGM) has been applied to spectra showing the hydrated phase. Silicates and iron-bearing hydrated minerals have been identified by means of the electronic transitions of Fe2+ between 0.8-1.2 mu m, while at longer wavelengths the hydrated mineralogy is identified by overtones of the OH group.

  11. Stratigraphic mapping of hydrated phases in Western Ius Chasma, Mars

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    Cull, S.; McGuire, P. C.; Gross, C.; Dumke, A.

    2013-12-01

    Recent mapping with the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) and Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité (OMEGA) has revealed a wide range of hydrated minerals throughout Valles Marineris. Noctis Labyrinthus has interbedded polyhydrated and monohydrated sulfates, with occasional beds of nontronite (Weitz et al. 2010, Thollot et al. 2012). Tithonium Chasma has interbedded poly- and monohydrated sulfates (Murchie et al. 2012); Juventae has poly- and monohydrated sulfates and an anhydrous ferric hydroxysulfate-bearing material (Bishop et al. 2009); and Melas and Eastern Candor contain layers of poly- and monohydrated sulfates (e.g., Roach et al. 2009). Though each chasm displays its own mineralogy, in general, the eastern valles tend to be dominated by layered sequences with sulfates; whereas, the far western valles (Noctis Labyrinthus) has far more mineral phases, possibly due to a wider variety of past environments or processes affecting the area. Ius Chasma, which is situated between Noctis Labyrinthus and the eastern valles and chasmata, also displays a complex mineralogy, with polyhydrated sulfates, Fe/Mg smectites, hydrated silica, and kieserite (e.g. Roach et al. 2010). Here, we present mapping of recently acquired CRISM observations over Ius Chasma, combining the recent CRISM cubes with topographic terrains produced using High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) data from the Mars Express spacecraft. Stratigraphic columns are produced along the length of Ius Chasma, and compared to stratigraphic columns produced throughout the Valles Marineris

  12. Diallyl disulfide ameliorates isoproterenol induced cardiac hypertrophy activating mitochondrial biogenesis via eNOS-Nrf2-Tfam pathway in rats.

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    Khatua, Tarak Nath; Dinda, Amit K; Putcha, Uday K; Banerjee, Sanjay K

    2016-03-01

    The beneficial effect of garlic on cardiovascular disease is well known. However, the use of raw garlic against cardiac hypertrophy is not established. In the present study we explored whether raw garlic and its compound, diallyl disulfide (DADS) could inhibit hypertrophy through H2S and/or mitochondrial biogenesis. Cardiac hypertrophy was induced in rat by giving isoproterenol at the dose of 5 mg/kg/day subcutaneously for 14 days through alzet minipump. Aqueous garlic homogenate, DADS and NaHS (liberate H2S) were fed to third, forth and fifth group of rats for 14 days at a dose of 250 mg/kg/day, 50 mg/kg/day, 14 µM/kg/day respectively. Garlic and DADS reduced cardiac hypertrophy markers and normalized mitochondrial ETC-complex activities, mitochondrial enzyme activites and mitochondrial biogenetic and apoptotic genes expression. Garlic and DADS enhanced eNOS and p-AKT level in rat heart along with increased NRF2 protein level and Tfam gene expression. However, normalization was not observed after administration of NaHS which generates H2S in-vivo. In conclusion, garlic and DADS induces mitochondrial biogenesis and ameliorates cardiac hypertrophy via activation of eNOS-Nrf2-Tfam pathway in rats.

  13. Indoor and Outdoor Mobility following Total Knee Arthroplasty.

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    Storey, Ava S T; Myrah, Ainslie M; Bauck, Robyn A; Brinkman, Danielle M; Friess, Shawn N; Webber, Sandra C

    2013-01-01

    Objectifs : En premier lieu, établir la relation entre la capacité de mobilité à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur chez les aînés qui ont subi une arthroplastie unilatérale totale du genou (TKA); en second lieu, évaluer l'intensité de la marche chez les mêmes individus et comparer tous les résultats à l'aide d'un groupe de contrôle composé d'aînés n'ayant aucune pathologie du genou. Méthodologie : Dans le cadre d'une étude transversale, les participants (TKA=16, moyenne de 22,9 [écart-type 9,7] mois après TKA; groupe de contrôle=22) ont effectué des tests de marche à l'intérieur et ont marché sur un parcours extérieur de 580 m sur divers types de surfaces (p. ex. bordure de chaussée, gazon, trottoir), avec changements de direction fréquents. La capacité de marche a été évaluée à l'aide de montres chronomètres, de GPS et d'accéléromètres. Résultats : Le temps de marche à l'extérieur était modérément corrélé (p<0,05) avec un test TUG (timed up-and-go); (r=0,65), un test de l'escalier (stair-climb test, SCT) (r=0,67 en montée, r=0,79 en descente), un test de marche de 10 mètres (10 mWT); (r=0,73), et un test de marche de 6 minutes (6 MWT); (r=−0,75). En fonction du décompte des activités, les niveaux d'intensité pendant la marche pour les participants des deux groupes étaient modérés (marche à l'extérieur et 6 MWT). Il n'y a pas eu de différence significative dans la capacité de marche entre les deux groupes (pour le TUG, le SCT, le 10 mWT, le 6 MWT, et la marche à l'extérieur). Conclusions : Les tests de marche cliniques habituellement utilisés sont corrélés de façon modérée avec la mobilité à l'extérieur. La capacité de mobilité chez les personnes post-TKA était similaire aux participants du groupe de contrôle à l'intérieur comme à l'extérieur, et les participants des deux groupes sont parvenus à un niveau d'activité physique modérée grâce à la marche.

  14. Developpement d'un catalyseur nickel-alumine efficace pour le reformage de diesel a la vapeur d'eau et etude du systeme reactionnel

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    Fauteux-Lefebvre, Clemence

    Le developpement de sources d'energie alternatives fiables et efficaces est aujourd'hui une necessite. L' interet dans le reformage d'hydrocarbures liquides est ainsi croissant puisqu'il s'agit d'une voie pour l'alimentation des piles a combustible. Les piles a combustible ont une efficacite pour la conversion d'energie en electricite plus grande que celle des moteurs a combustion et font ainsi partie de la recherche de solution en efficacite energetique. Ces piles consomment de l'hydrogene comme combustible pour produire de l'electricite, d'ou l'interet pour le reformage. En effet, cette reaction permet de produire de l'hydrogene et du monoxyde de carbone (un autre combustible des piles a combustible a electrolyte solide) a partir d'hydrocarbure liquide, notamment le diesel. Les piles pourraient donc etre integrees avec une unite de reformage leur fournissant directement le combustible necessaire a partir de diesel. Dans ce projet de recherche, un nouveau catalyseur de nickel sous forme de spinelle nickel-alumine (spinelle NiAl2O4 sur support d'alumine et de zircone stabilisee avec yttria) a ete developpe et teste en laboratoire pour du reformage de propane, d'hydrocarbures liquides et de diesel, a la vapeur d'eau. Par ailleurs, une methode d'ajout des reactifs novatrice a ete utilisee afin de diminuer la pyrolyse precedant le reformage, en utilisant une emulsion. Les resultats de reformage d'hydrocarbures purs ont montre des concentrations tres pres de l'equilibre thermodynamique et une activite constante sans desactivation du catalyseur ni formation de carbone, et ce avec des ratios H2O/C de moins de 2.5 et des temperatures d'operation variant entre 630 °C et 750 °C. Lors de tests effectues en utilisant du diesel fossile, a 705°C, avec un debit volumique des reactifs de plus de 50 000 cm3gcat-1h-1 et un ratio H2O/C de moins de 2.5, l'activite a ete maintenue pendant plus de 15 heures, malgre une operation en cycles. L'analyse du catalyseur apres cette

  15. Social network intervention in patients with schizophrenia and marked social withdrawal: a randomized controlled study.

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    Terzian, Emanuela; Tognoni, Gianni; Bracco, Renata; De Ruggieri, Edoardo; Ficociello, Rita Angela; Mezzina, Roberto; Pillo, Giuseppe

    2013-11-01

    Objectif : Évaluer l’efficacité et la faisabilité de mesures destinées à mettre en œuvre ou à améliorer le réseau social des patients au sein des services de santé mentale du Service national de la santé communautaire italien. Méthodes : Nous avons mené un essai clinique randomisé dans un réseau de 47 services de santé mentale communautaires avec des patients ayant un diagnostic du spectre de la schizophrénie (F20 dans la Classification internationale des maladies, 10e révision), qui étaient jeunes (moins de 45 ans), et dont le réseau social était médiocre (moins de 5 relations). Outre les traitements réguliers, pour le groupe expérimental, le personnel a cerné des champs d’intérêt possibles pour les patients individuels et proposé des activités sociales qui avaient lieu en dehors des ressources des services, avec les membres de la communauté. Le résultat principal a été l’amélioration du réseau social des patients; les indicateurs de résultats secondaires étaient un résultat clinique, les aptitudes à la vie quotidienne et le travail. Résultats : Les résultats à 1 an et 2 ans, de 345 et 327 respectivement, sur les 357 patients randomisés ont été analysés selon le principe de vouloir traiter. Une amélioration du réseau social a été observée à l’an 1 chez 25 % des patients affectés au traitement régulier et chez 39,9 % de ceux affectés au volet expérimental (RC 2,0; IC à 95 % 1,3 à 3,1; RC corrigé 2,4; IC à 95 % 1,4 à 3,9). La différence demeurait statistiquement significative à l’an 2. Aucune différence significative n’est apparue pour aucun des autres indicateurs de résultats. Cependant, les patients ayant amélioré 1 ou plusieurs domaines à l’an 1 et 2 présentaient une amélioration statistiquement significative de leur réseau social. Conclusions : L’activation des réseaux sociaux comme activité intégrée dans des soins psychiatriques standards est réalisable, sans frais

  16. Hydrodésazotation de la pyridine sous pression atmosphérique catalysée par des oxynitrures de Ni, Mo, et des oxynitrures mixtes MoNi, MoPNi, AlNi et AlPNi

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    Elkamel, K.; Elidrissi, M.; Yacoubi, A.; Nadiri, A.; Abouarnadasse, S.

    1998-11-01

    Hydrodenitrogenation of pyridine has been realised, under atmospheric pressure, in the presence of oxynitride catalysts of molybdenum, nickel and their solid solutions as well as on mixed catalysts MoNi, MoPNi, AlNi and AlPNi. In all cases, the main reaction products are n-pentane and N-pentylpiperidine, at any conversion. Kinetic results suggest that the conversion of pyridine, on nickel oxynitride, proceeds through successive steps with hydrogenation as rate-limiting. Molybdenum oxynitride and Mo-Ni-N solid solutions tested in the temperature range 500 circC-450 circC, showed a good structural and catalytic stability, but a low catalytic activity. On the other hand, nickel oxynitride catalyst yielded higher activity at much lower temperatures (190 circC-250 circC). X-rays analysis indicates that the used catalyst was entirely reduced to metallic nickel, which is the active phase. Under the same experimental conditions, mixed catalysts are relatively less active but more selective than nickel oxynitride into n-pentane formation. La réaction d'hydrodésazotation de la pyridine a été réalisée, sous pression atmosphérique, en présence de catalyseurs oxynitrures de molybdène, de nickel et leurs solutions solides ainsi que sur les catalyseurs mixtes MoNi, MoPNi, AlNi et AlPNi. Dans tous les cas, les principaux produits de réaction observés sont le n-pentane et la N- pentylpipéridine, quel que soit le taux de conversion. Les résultats cinétiques obtenus en régime intégral, en présence de l'oxynitrure de nickel, suggèrent un schéma réactionnel successif où l'hydrogénation de la pyridine serait l'étape limitante. L'oxynitrure de molybdène et les solutions solides Mo-Ni-N, testés à des températures supérieures ou égales à 500 circC, ont montré une bonne stabilité catalytique et structurale mais une faible activité catalytique. En revanche, l'oxynitrure de nickel présente une activité catalytique plus importante à des températures de r

  17. Quantitative electron spin resonance (ESR) analysis of antioxidative properties using the acetaldehyde/xanthine oxidase system

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    Souchard, J.-P.; Nepveu, F.

    1998-05-01

    We present a method for the quantitative ESR analysis of the antioxidant properties of drugs using the acetaldhehyde/xanthine oxidase (AC/XOD) superoxide generating system and 5,5-dimethyl-l-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as spin trap. In stoichiometric conditions (AC/XOD, 60 mM/0.018 U), the resulting paramagnetic DMPO adduct disappeared with superoxide dismutase and remained when catalase or DMSO were used. That adduct was dependent only on superoxide and resulted from the trapping of a carboxyl radical by DMPO (aN = 15.2 G, aH = 18.9 G). Similar results were obtained using 4-pyridyl-l-oxide-N-t-butyl nitrone (POBN) as spin trap. The ESR signal of the DMPO-CO2- adduct was very stable and allowed quantitative analysis of the antioxidative activity of redox molecules from an IC{50} value representing the concentration causing 50% inhibition of its intensity. Among the tested compounds, manganese(II), complexes were the most effective, 25 times as active as ascorbic acid or (+)catechin and 500-fold more antioxidative than Trolox^R. Nous présentons une méthode d'analyse quantitative de l'activité antioxydante de composés d'intérêt pharmaceutique basée sur le système acétaldéhyde/xanthine oxydase (AC/XOD), l'utilisation de la RPE et du piégeage de spin avec le 5,5-diméthyl-l-pyrroline-N-oxyde (DMPO). Dans les conditions stoechiométriques {AC/XOD, 60 mM/0,018 U/ml}, l'adduit radicalaire résultant de ce système disparaît en présence de superoxyde dismutase et persiste en présence de catalase ou de DMSO. Cet adduit ne dépend que de la présence de l'anion superoxyde et provient du piégeage d'un radical carboxyle CO2- sur le DMPO (aN = 15.2 G, aH = 18.9 G). Des résultats similaires ont été obtenus avec le piégeur de spin 4-pyridyl-l-oxyde-N-t-butyl nitrone (POBN). Le signal RPE de l'adduit DMPO-CO2- est très stable et permet la quantification de l'activité antioxydante de pharmacophores redox par la détermination de la CI{50}, concentration qui

  18. Génération interfaciale des transistors NMOS implantes et naturels, à drain simple et doublement diffusé

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    Oualid, J.; Dugas, J.; Jérisian, R.; Bouassis, A.; Labrunye, D.; Mirabel, J. M.

    1991-03-01

    We have compared the true interfacial generation velocities (S_0) and the diffusion lengths near the vicinity of the Si-SiO2 interface (L_s) on implanted and natural NMOS transistors with single diffused drain (SDD) or double diffused drain (DDD). An iterative procedure is proposed which allows the determination of both these electronic parameters by means of the measurement of the apparent interfacial velocities S'_0 on two transistors with different gate lengths. S'_0 values are deduced from the leakage current variation with gate polarization of the transistors used as gate controlled diodes (GCD). We show that the ionic implantation of boron for threshold voltage adjustment has a negligible influence on the true interfacial generation velocity, but it reduces L_s and consequently S'_0 when the gate length is greater than L_s. We attribute the reduction of the true interfacial generation velocity observed on DDD transistors to the gettering effect due to phosphorus which is not homogeneous along the channel. Nous avons comparé les vitesses de génération interfaciale (S_0) et les longueurs de diffusion au voisinage de l'interface Si-SiO2 (L_s) dans les transistors NMOS implantés et naturels, à drain simple (SDD) et doublement diffusé (DDD). Nous avons proposé une procédure itérative qui permet la détermination de ces deux grandeurs, qui caractérisent l'activité électronique au voisinage de l'interface, à partir des vitesses apparentes de génération interfaciale (S'_0) de deux transistors voisins, de longueurs de canal différentes, utilisés comme des diodes contrôlées par grille (DCG) en reliant la source et le drain. Nous avons montré que l'implantation ionique de bore, d'ajustement de la tension de seuil, a une influence pratiquement négligeable sur la vitesse de génération interfaciale S_0. Par contre, l'implantation ionique réduit notablement la longueur de diffusion au voisinage de l'interface, L_s, et par conséquent la vitesse

  19. Taking Account of Gender Differences When Designing Interventions in Occupational Health? Lessons from a Study of the "Healthy Enterprise" Standard in Québec: Les différences de genre sont-elles prises en compte lors de la conception des interventions de prévention en santé au travail? Résultats d une étude sur la norme "Entreprises en Santé" dans les entreprises au Québec.

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    Sultan-Taïeb, Hélène; St-Hilaire, France; Lefebvre, Rébecca; Biron, Caroline; Vézina, Michel; Brisson, Chantal

    2017-01-01

    The literature shows substantial differences in occupational exposures between men and women, both between and within occupations, but remains very sparse on whether interventions are tailored to gender differences in the workplace. Our objective was to determine whether gender differences are taken into account when designing prevention interventions. This study is part of a project on the evaluation of interventions implemented in the framework of the "Healthy Enterprise" standard in Quebec organizations. Three sets of quantitative and qualitative data were collected in seven organizations and triangulated. Our results show that in the process of elaborating and implementing activities, the main objectives were to reach a maximum number of workers and meet the needs identified in a health and risk diagnosis. Activities were not tailored to the needs of specific subgroups of employees, such as gender or age. Not distinguishing men's and women's situations in this diagnosis may play a role in intervention design. Résumé La littérature montre des différences d'exposition au travail importantes entre les hommes et les femmes, y compris à catégories d'emploi identiques. Les études sur l'adaptation des interventions de prévention aux différences de genre dans les milieux de travail sont quasiment inexistantes dans la littérature. Notre objectif était de déterminer dans quelle mesure les différences de genre sont prises en compte lors de la conception des interventions de prévention. Cette étude fait partie d'un projet d'évaluation des interventions mises en œuvre dans le cadre de la norme «Entreprises en santéé au Québec. Trois séries de données quantitatives et qualitatives ont été collectées auprès de sept organisations et analysées par triangulation. Nos résultats montrent que lors du processus d'élaboration des activités, les principaux objectifs étaient d'atteindre un nombre maximal de travailleurs et de remplir les besoins identifi

  20. Integration des sciences et de la langue: Creation et experimentation d'un modele pedagogique pour ameliorer l'apprentissage des sciences en milieu francophone minoritaire

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    Cormier, Marianne

    Les faibles resultats en sciences des eleves du milieu francophone minoritaire, lors d'epreuves au plan national et international, ont interpelle la recherche de solutions. Cette these avait pour but de creer et d'experimenter un modele pedagogique pour l'enseignement des sciences en milieu linguistique minoritaire. En raison de la presence de divers degres de francite chez la clientele scolaire de ce milieu, plusieurs elements langagiers (l'ecriture, la discussion et la lecture) ont ete integres a l'apprentissage scientifique. Nous avions recommande de commencer le processus d'apprentissage avec des elements langagiers plutot informels (redaction dans un journal, discussions en dyades...) pour progresser vers des activites langagieres plus formelles (redaction de rapports ou d'explications scientifiques). En ce qui a trait a l'apprentissage scientifique, le modele preconisait une demarche d'evolution conceptuelle d'inspiration socio-constructiviste tout en s'appuyant fortement sur l'apprentissage experientiel. Lors de l'experimentation du modele, nous voulions savoir si celui-ci provoquait une evolution conceptuelle chez les eleves, et si, simultanement, le vocabulaire scientifique de ces derniers s'enrichissait. Par ailleurs, nous cherchions a comprendre comment les eleves vivaient leurs apprentissages dans le cadre de ce modele pedagogique. Une classe de cinquieme annee de l'ecole de Grande-Digue, dans le Sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick, a participe a la mise a l'essai du modele en etudiant les marais sales locaux. Lors d'entrevues initiales, nous avons remarque que les connaissances des eleves au sujet des marais sales etaient limitees. En effet, s'ils etaient conscients que les marais etaient des lieux naturels, ils ne pouvaient pas necessairement les decrire avec precision. Nous avons egalement constate que les eleves utilisaient surtout des mots communs (plantes, oiseaux, insectes) pour decrire le marais. Les resultats obtenus indiquent que les eleves ont

  1. Impact of Chloroquine on Viral Load in Breast Milk

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    Semrau, Katherine; Kuhn, Louise; Kasonde, Prisca; Sinkala, Moses; Kankasa, Chipepo; Shutes, Erin; Vwalika, Cheswa; Ghosh, Mrinal; Aldrovandi, Grace; Thea, Donald M.

    2006-01-01

    Summary The anti-malarial agent chloroquine has activity against HIV. We compared the effect of chloroquine (n = 18) to an anti-malarial agent without known anti-HIV-activity, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (n = 12), on breast milk HIV RNA levels among HIV-infected breastfeeding women in Zambia. After adjusting for CD4 count and plasma viral load, chloroquine was associated with a trend towards lower levels of HIV RNA in breast milk compared with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (P 0.05). Higher breastmilk viral load was also observed among women receiving presumptive treatment = for symptomatic malaria compared with asymptomatic controls and among controls reporting fever in the prior week. Further research is needed to determine the potential role of chloroquine in prevention of HIV transmission through breastfeeding. Impacte de la chloroquine sur la charge virale dans le lait maternelle La chloroquine, agent antimalarique, a une activité contre le VIH. Nous avons comparé l’effet de la chloroquine à celui d’un autre agent antimalarique, la sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, dont l’activité sur le VIH n’est pas connue, en mesurant les taux d’ARN de VIH dans le lait maternel de femmes allaitantes infectées par le VIH en Zambie. Après ajustement pour les taux de CD4 et la charge virale dans le plasma, la chloroquine comparée à la sulfadoxine pyrimethamine était associée à une tendance vers des teneurs plus bas en ARN de VIH dans le lait maternel (P = 0,05). Des charges virales plus élevées dans le lait maternel étaient aussi observées chez des femmes recevant un traitement présomptif pour des symptômes de malaria par rapport aux contrôles asymptomatiques et par rapport à des contrôles rapportant de la fièvre durant la première semaine. Des études supplémentaires sont nécessaires pour déterminer le rôle potentiel de la chloroquine dans la prévention de la transmission du VIH par l’allaitement maternel. mots clésVIH, malaria, allaitement maternel

  2. La ténorraphie percutanée dans les ruptures fraîches du tendon calcanéen: à propos de 67 cas

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    Bessam, Aman; Hassani, Zouhir Ameziane; Kharmaz, Mohamed; Steinmetz, Alain

    2014-01-01

    La rupture du tendon calcanéen est une des lésions les plus fréquentes en pathologie du sport, les deux options thérapeutiques classiques sont le traitement orthopédique et la chirurgie à ciel ouvert. Dans le but de minimiser ces complications, des techniques mini-invasives de ténorraphie percutanée ont été proposées dont les résultats sont encourageants. Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective d'une série de cas de rupture sous cutanée du tendon d'Achille s’étalant de Avril 2005 au Juin 2012 concernant 67 patients; 11 femmes et 56 hommes avec un âge moyen de 41 ans. La cause principale était un accident de sport dans 45 cas. Le diagnostic était évident à l'examen chez tous les patients. Dans deux cas il s'agissait d'une rerupture survenant à 1 et 5 ans d'un traitement orthopédique. Dans un cas il s'agissait d'une rerupture survenant après une ténorraphie percutanée. Dans deux cas il s'agissait d'une rupture sur tendinopathie chronique. Tous les patients avaient bénéficié d'une radio de la cheville qui avait montré une horizontalisation du calcanéum chez 5 patients et surtout elle n'avait pas montré de fracture associée, alors que 15 patients avaient bénéficié d'une échographie qui a confirmé le diagnostic. Tous les patients avaient été opérés dans un délai de moins de 48 heures Une ténorraphie percutanée a été pratiqué chez tous les patients. Le recul moyen est de 43 mois, trois patients ont été perdus de vue Nous avons noté une reprise des activités professionnelle effective en moyen 90 jours après l'intervention et celle des activités sportive à 6 mois en moyenne L’état cutané local a été jugée bon dans 63 cas. Par ailleurs les complications ont été marquées par un seul cas d'infection ayant nécessité une reprise chirurgical a été noté mise à plat, trois cas de rerupture repris par suture à ciel ouvert, un cas d'algodystrophie et un cas de tendinopathie Il n'y a eu aucune complication

  3. Screening for Acute Childhood Malnutrition during the National Nutrition Week in Mali Increases Treatment Referrals

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    Nyirandutiye, Daniele H.; Ag Iknane, Akory; Fofana, Amadou; Brown, Kenneth H.

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate a pilot intervention designed to integrate mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) screening for acute malnutrition into the semi-annual Child Nutrition Week (Semaine d'Intensification des Activités de Nutrition, or “SIAN”) activities carried out in June 2008. Design A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Kolokani and Nara, two health districts in the Koulikoro region of Mali, 4–5 months after the SIAN, using a population-proportionate, multi-stage random sample of: 1) health centers, and 2) households in communities linked to each of the selected health centers. Caregivers of 1543 children who were 6–59 months of age at the time of the SIAN, 17 community-based volunteers and 45 health center staff members were interviewed. Results A total of 1278 children 6–59 months (83% of those studied) reportedly participated in SIAN. Of the participating children, 1258 received vitamin A (98% of SIAN participants; 82% of all eligible children), 945 received anti-helminth tablets (84% of participants; 71% of eligibles), and 669 were screened for acute malnutrition (52% of participants; 43% of eligibles). 186 of the children screened (27%) were reportedly identified as acutely malnourished. SIAN screening covered a significantly greater proportion of children than were examined in both community-based (22% of children) and health center-based screening activities (5% of children) combined during the 4-5 months after the SIAN (P<0.0001). In general, community volunteers and health personnel positively evaluated their experience adding MUAC screening to SIAN. Conclusion Integrating MUAC screening for acute malnutrition in SIAN permits the assessment of a large number of children for acute malnutrition, and should be continued. PMID:21731602

  4. Minapolitan region development analysis at Penajam Paser Utara using blue economy concept

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    Mawarsari, P. M.; Dewanti, A. N.; Nurrahman, F.

    2017-06-01

    Penajam Paser Utara (PPU) Region in East Kalimantan was assigned as one of Minapolitan area in Indonesia focusing on aquaculture based on Indonesia Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Decision Number 35 in 2013. Unfortunately, it is shown from PPU region statistics data that decreasing fisheries production in PPU region was occur especially for land fisheries from 2013 until 2015. The aim of this study is to formulate development strategies of Minapolitan in PPU Region by the Blue Economy concept. Several variables such as fisheries and aquaculture aspects, processing and marketing, incomes and workers, also sustainability and economic paradigm is evaluated in this study. Firstly it needs to identify the potential of character and problem by reviewing Minapolitan area in PPU Region with descriptive comparative analysis. Secondly, the fruitfulness of Minapolitan activity in PPU Region impact factors was identified by using internal and external factor (IFAS and EFAS) analysis. Then some of strategic considerations was formulated by using the successful development indicator in Minapolitan area that associate to the Blue Economy concept with SWOT analysis. The result of IFAS analysis show the highest score of strength that is production and commodity productivity. Contrarily, the income level factor is become the highest score at weakness. Then, the EFAS analysis declare that marketing system is the highest factor in opportunity. The position of SWOT quadrant indicate that the Minapolitan area of PPU region is in quadrant I /or first quadrant which means progressive. Therefore, the Minapolitan in PPU have a great chance to increase the cultivation optimally. The results of SWOT matrix is to increase its product and productivity by upgrading the quality and quantity production facilities, raising the control of production activites and also increasing the supervision of processing business with sustainable management business principle.

  5. Reduced miR-126 expression facilitates angiogenesis of gastric cancer through its regulation on VEGF-A

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    Ge, Qi; Lv, Nonghua; Zhou, Xiaodong; Chen, Changyan

    2014-01-01

    miR-126 is an endothelial-specific microRNA essential for governing vascular integrity and angiogenesis. Its role in tumor angiogenesis of gastric cancer (GC) is unclear. This study aimed at determining the role of miR-126 in GC angiogenesis. Down-regulation of miR-126 was found to inversely correlate with an increased microvessel density (MVD) and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) expression in gastric cancer tissues. Bioinformatics analysis and luciferase reporter assay revealed that miR-126 directly targeted the 3′-untranslated region (3′-UTR) of VEGF-A mRNA. In addition, the restoration of miR-126 expression by lentivirus-miR-126 (Lenti-miR-126) transfection obviously reduced the expression of VEGF-A and the activition of its downstream genes, Akt, mTOR and Erk1/2 in gastric cancer cell lines SGC-7901, MKN-28 and MKN-45. In contrast, the down-regulation of miR-126 expression by lentivirus-anti-miR-126 (Lenti-anti-miR-126) transfection obviously up-regulated the expression of VEGF-A and its downstream signaling pathways. In vivo xenograft mice model experiments clarified the down-regulation of VEGF-A and MVD as well as inhibition of tumor growth by up-regulation of miR-126. Overall, the results from our study suggested that miR-126 could suppress tumor growth and tumor angiogenesis of GC through VEGF-A signaling, and it is a novel potential therapeutic target for GC. PMID:25428912

  6. Influence du débit et de la répartition de dose sur l'incidence des cancers pulmonaires après inhalation d'émetteurs

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    Fritsch, P.; Dudoignon, N.; Morlier, J. P.; Monchaux, G.; Morin, M.

    1998-04-01

    We have discussed experimental results reported on the influence of dose rate and dose distribution on the incidence of lung tumors after inhalation exposure to α emitters. New experiments have been carried out to characterize the range of tumor risk which could vary over more than a factor 20 depending on the α activity of the inhaled particles. Long term effects induced in rats after inhalation of poorly soluble 237NpO2 and industrial PuO2 with a similar granulometry will be compared, the specific activities of which varying within a factor 500. Nous avons rapporté les différentes données expérimentales de cancérogenèse pulmonaire qui montrent une variation du risque d'induction des tumeurs après inhalation de radionucléides émetteurs α selon le débit et la répartition de dose. De nouvelles expérimentations ont été initiées afin de préciser ces variations qui s'étalent sur plus d'un facteur 20. Elles consistent à comparer les effets induits chez le rat après exposition à des aérosols de 237NpO2 et de PuO2 d'origine industrielle peu solubles et de granulométrie analogue dont les activités spécifiques diffèrent d'un facteur 500.

  7. Constitutively Active Acetylcholine-Dependent Potassium Current Increases Atrial Defibrillation Threshold by Favoring Post-Shock Re-Initiation.

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    Bingen, Brian O; Askar, Saïd F A; Neshati, Zeinab; Feola, Iolanda; Panfilov, Alexander V; de Vries, Antoine A F; Pijnappels, Daniël A

    2015-10-21

    Electrical cardioversion (ECV), a mainstay in atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment, is unsuccessful in up to 10-20% of patients. An important aspect of the remodeling process caused by AF is the constitutive activition of the atrium-specific acetylcholine-dependent potassium current (IK,ACh → IK,ACh-c), which is associated with ECV failure. This study investigated the role of IK,ACh-c in ECV failure and setting the atrial defibrillation threshold (aDFT) in optically mapped neonatal rat cardiomyocyte monolayers. AF was induced by burst pacing followed by application of biphasic shocks of 25-100 V to determine aDFT. Blocking IK,ACh-c by tertiapin significantly decreased DFT, which correlated with a significant increase in wavelength during reentry. Genetic knockdown experiments, using lentiviral vectors encoding a Kcnj5-specific shRNA to modulate IK,ACh-c, yielded similar results. Mechanistically, failed ECV was attributed to incomplete phase singularity (PS) removal or reemergence of PSs (i.e. re-initiation) through unidirectional propagation of shock-induced action potentials. Re-initiation occurred at significantly higher voltages than incomplete PS-removal and was inhibited by IK,ACh-c blockade. Whole-heart mapping confirmed our findings showing a 60% increase in ECV success rate after IK,ACh-c blockade. This study provides new mechanistic insight into failing ECV of AF and identifies IK,ACh-c as possible atrium-specific target to increase ECV effectiveness, while decreasing its harmfulness.

  8. Interannual observations and quantification of summertime H2O ice deposition on the Martian CO2 ice south polar cap

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    Brown, Adrian J.; Piqueux, Sylvain; Titus, Timothy N.

    2014-01-01

    The spectral signature of water ice was observed on Martian south polar cap in 2004 by the Observatoire pour l'Mineralogie, l'Eau les Glaces et l'Activite (OMEGA) ( Bibring et al., 2004). Three years later, the OMEGA instrument was used to discover water ice deposited during southern summer on the polar cap ( Langevin et al., 2007). However, temporal and spatial variations of these water ice signatures have remained unexplored, and the origins of these water deposits remains an important scientific question. To investigate this question, we have used observations from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft of the southern cap during austral summer over four Martian years to search for variations in the amount of water ice. We report below that for each year we have observed the cap, the magnitude of the H2O ice signature on the southern cap has risen steadily throughout summer, particularly on the west end of the cap. The spatial extent of deposition is in disagreement with the current best simulations of deposition of water ice on the south polar cap (Montmessin et al., 2007). This increase in water ice signatures is most likely caused by deposition of atmospheric H2O ice and a set of unusual conditions makes the quantification of this transport flux using CRISM close to ideal. We calculate a ‘minimum apparent‘ amount of deposition corresponding to a thin H2O ice layer of 0.2 mm (with 70% porosity). This amount of H2O ice deposition is 0.6–6% of the total Martian atmospheric water budget. We compare our ‘minimum apparent’ quantification with previous estimates. This deposition process may also have implications for the formation and stability of the southern CO2 ice cap, and therefore play a significant role in the climate budget of modern day Mars.

  9. Interannual observations and quantification of summertime H2O ice deposition on the Martian CO2 ice south polar cap

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    Brown, Adrian J.; Piqueux, Sylvain; Titus, Timothy N.

    2014-11-01

    The spectral signature of water ice was observed on Martian south polar cap in 2004 by the Observatoire pour l'Mineralogie, l'Eau les Glaces et l'Activite (OMEGA) (Bibring et al., 2004). Three years later, the OMEGA instrument was used to discover water ice deposited during southern summer on the polar cap (Langevin et al., 2007). However, temporal and spatial variations of these water ice signatures have remained unexplored, and the origins of these water deposits remains an important scientific question. To investigate this question, we have used observations from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft of the southern cap during austral summer over four Martian years to search for variations in the amount of water ice. We report below that for each year we have observed the cap, the magnitude of the H2O ice signature on the southern cap has risen steadily throughout summer, particularly on the west end of the cap. The spatial extent of deposition is in disagreement with the current best simulations of deposition of water ice on the south polar cap (Montmessin et al., 2007). This increase in water ice signatures is most likely caused by deposition of atmospheric H2O ice and a set of unusual conditions makes the quantification of this transport flux using CRISM close to ideal. We calculate a 'minimum apparent' amount of deposition corresponding to a thin H2O ice layer of 0.2 mm (with 70% porosity). This amount of H2O ice deposition is 0.6-6% of the total Martian atmospheric water budget. We compare our 'minimum apparent' quantification with previous estimates. This deposition process may also have implications for the formation and stability of the southern CO2 ice cap, and therefore play a significant role in the climate budget of modern day Mars.

  10. Characteristics utilization of public space in Padang City based on good public space index

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    Eriawan, T.

    2017-06-01

    Padang is a metropolitan city which has 40 units of open space like plansum park, playground, and sports park with 10,88 hectar of total area. These open spaces are publics’, but not all of them are able to use as active public open spaces it caused by some of the parks are dormant parks beacuse they only for planted ground not for public activites.This study conducted to assess the quality of public space that exsist in Padang; Imam Bonjol park (representing of city open space (go-green)), H. Agus Salim sport center ( representing of sports park) and Pantai Muaro Padang area (representing of recreation/tourism).The method of this research conducted in several stages, first was the identification toward space’s function (Carmona,2008) and assess the space utilization index based approach to public space index (Metha,2007). The spaced quality is measured based on variable in Good Public Space Index which is the intensity of use, social activities, duration of activities, variation and pattern of use. The urgency of this research related to the effort to evaluate the policy of space arrangement and space control through the assessment of the use of existed spaces, until it can be references to Padang goverment in improving and increasing the quality of space thorugh development of spaces that have high quality.The assesment of quality of public open spaces in Padang conducted by assessed five space quality variables, result of analysis, utilization of public space was 0.69. based on the result it can be concluded the quality of public space in some parks in Padang has moderate index quality. This is caused by the time differentiation of the society, there is no interaction among society, and short time duration of the society in visiting the public space.

  11. [Calcium absorption by the rat from various milks in relation to their total phosphorus and lactose contents].

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    Fournier, P; Dupuis, Y; Fournier, A

    1976-01-01

    The absorption of calcium corresponds to a strictly determined mechanism inhibited by phosphates and activited by carbohydrates. We investigate in what extent the absorption of milk calcium from various species has the same proceeding. 4 months old rats are given orally solutions of CaCl2 alone or in combination with sodium dihydrogen phosphate or lactose or these both compounds. We compare calcium absorption of these solutions to that of milk from woman, cow or sow, or to dilutions of these two latter milks. All these fluids are dosed so that they correspond each other by their respective content in total calcium, total phosphorus and lactose. Each solution contains 45Ca. Blood samples 1,30, 4, 6 and 24 hours after ingestion allow establishing the variations of plasma radioactivity. Rats are sacrified after 24 hours. In certain cases, samples from digestive tube contents and feces provide a coefficient of calcium absorption. The osseous retention is obtained from femur radioactivity. In breif, we may consider that milks from cow and sow provide calcium the absorption of which is settled after their respective content of total phosphorus and lactose. Opposed effects of these inhibitors and activators of calcium absorption compensate so that calcium from these milks is just a little better utilized by adult rat than calcium from an isocalcic solution of CaCl2. Calcium from woman milk, rich in carbohydrates, poor in total phosphorus is better absorbed than that from the two latters, however less than we might expect from its high lactose content. We may wonder that calcium utilization from cow milk is as moderate as that of a solution of CaCl2. But skeleton mineralization which may be fulfilled by milk is made better because of that: it is not chloride but calcium phosphate which ensures this mineralization, a phosphate which alone would impair this mineralization without the compensative role of lactose.

  12. Nuclear glycogen and glycogen synthase kinase 3.

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    Ragano-Caracciolo, M; Berlin, W K; Miller, M W; Hanover, J A

    1998-08-19

    Glycogen is the principal storage form of glucose in animal cells. It accumulates in electron-dense cytoplasmic granules and is synthesized by glycogen synthase (GS), the rate-limiting enzyme of glycogen deposition. Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a protein kinase that phosphorylates GS. Two nearly identical forms of GSK-3 exist: GSK-3 alpha and GSK-3 beta. Both are constitutively active in resting cells and their activity can be modulated by hormones and growth factors. GSK-3 is implicated in the regulation of many physiological responses in mammalian cells by phosphorylating substrates including neuronal cell adhesion molecule, neurofilaments, synapsin I, and tau. Recent observations point to functions for glycogen and glycogen metabolism in the nucleus. GSK-3 phosphorylates several transcription factors, and we have recently shown that it modifies the major nuclear pore protein p62. It also regulates PK1, a protein kinase required for maintaining the interphase state and for DNA replication in cycling Xenopus egg extracts. Recently, glycogen was shown to be required for nuclear reformation in vitro using ovulated Xenopus laevis egg lysates. Because neither glycogen nor GSK-3 has been localized to the nuclear envelope or intranuclear sites, glycogen and GSK-3 activites were measured in rat liver nuclei and nuclear reformation extracts. Significant quantities of glycogen-like material co-purified with the rat-liver nuclear envelope. GSK-3 is also highly enriched in the glycogen pellet of egg extracts of Xenopus that is required for nuclear assembly in vitro. Based on the finding that enzymes of glycogen metabolism copurify with glycogen, we propose that glycogen may serve a structural role as a scaffold for nuclear assembly and sequestration of critical kinases and phosphatases in the nucleus. Copyright 1998 Academic Press.

  13. Constitutively Active Acetylcholine-Dependent Potassium Current Increases Atrial Defibrillation Threshold by Favoring Post-Shock Re-Initiation

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    Bingen, Brian O.; Askar, Saïd F. A.; Neshati, Zeinab; Feola, Iolanda; Panfilov, Alexander V.; de Vries, Antoine A. F.; Pijnappels, Daniël A.

    2015-01-01

    Electrical cardioversion (ECV), a mainstay in atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment, is unsuccessful in up to 10–20% of patients. An important aspect of the remodeling process caused by AF is the constitutive activition of the atrium-specific acetylcholine-dependent potassium current (IK,ACh → IK,ACh-c), which is associated with ECV failure. This study investigated the role of IK,ACh-c in ECV failure and setting the atrial defibrillation threshold (aDFT) in optically mapped neonatal rat cardiomyocyte monolayers. AF was induced by burst pacing followed by application of biphasic shocks of 25–100 V to determine aDFT. Blocking IK,ACh-c by tertiapin significantly decreased DFT, which correlated with a significant increase in wavelength during reentry. Genetic knockdown experiments, using lentiviral vectors encoding a Kcnj5-specific shRNA to modulate IK,ACh-c, yielded similar results. Mechanistically, failed ECV was attributed to incomplete phase singularity (PS) removal or reemergence of PSs (i.e. re-initiation) through unidirectional propagation of shock-induced action potentials. Re-initiation occurred at significantly higher voltages than incomplete PS-removal and was inhibited by IK,ACh-c blockade. Whole-heart mapping confirmed our findings showing a 60% increase in ECV success rate after IK,ACh-c blockade. This study provides new mechanistic insight into failing ECV of AF and identifies IK,ACh-c as possible atrium-specific target to increase ECV effectiveness, while decreasing its harmfulness. PMID:26487066

  14. Widespread Weathered Glass on the Surface of Mars

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    Horgan, Briony; Bell, James F., III

    2012-01-01

    Low albedo sediments cover >10(exp 7) sq km in the northern lowlands of Mars, but the composition and origin of these widespread deposits have remained ambiguous despite many previous investigations. Here we use near-infrared spectra acquired by the Mars Express OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activite') imaging spectrometer to show that these sediments exhibit spectral characteristics that are consistent with both high abundances of iron-bearing glass and silica-enriched leached rinds on glass. This interpretation is supported by observations of low-albedo soil grains with possible rinds at the Phoenix Mars Lander landing site in the northern lowlands. By comparison with the extensive glass-rich dune fields and sand sheets of Iceland, we propose an explosive volcanic origin for these glass-rich sediments. We also propose that the glassy remnant rinds on the sediments are the result of post-depositional alteration, as these rinds are commonly formed in arid terrestrial volcanic environments during water-limited, moderately acidic leaching. These weathered, glass-rich deposits in the northern lowlands are also colocated with the strongest concentrations of a major global compositional surface type previously identified in mid-infrared spectra, suggesting that they may be representative of global processes. Our results provide potential confirmation of models suggesting that explosive volcanism has been widespread on Mars, and also raise the possibilities that glass-rich volcaniclastics are a major source of eolian sand on Mars and that widespread surficial aqueous alteration has occurred under Amazonian climatic conditions.

  15. Importance of the regulation of nuclear receptor degradation.

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    Dennis, A P; Haq, R U; Nawaz, Z

    2001-08-01

    Nuclear hormone receptors (NHRs) represent a superfamily of structurally related ligand-activated transcription factors, which regulate diverse biological activities like growth, development, and homeostasis. Recently, it has been demonstrated that certain members of the NHR superfamily are degraded through the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in a ligand-dependent manner. Though the signal for the down-regulation via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is not yet known, phosphorylation at specific amino acid residues or coactivator binding to receptors could lead to their degradation by the 26S proteasome. Activation and degradation seems to be an engineered cyclic mechanism, which provides tight control over diverse cellular processes. The degradation process involves extensive loss of proteins and requires expenditure of cellular ATP. That seems to be inevitable for a more important aim, that is efficient and appropriate regulation of transcription. Down-regulation of receptors would lead to an attenuated transcriptional response because the number of receptor molecules available to activate transcription would decrease over time. One of the obvious reasons for down-regulating NHRs thus seems to be to prevent the cell from overstimulation by the hormones or other activating signals. Nuclear receptor turnover may also reset the transcriptional apparatus in preparation for a subsequent response. Since inhibition of the ubiquitin-proteasome degradation pathway disturbs the transcriptional activitity of some of the nuclear receptors such as estrogen (ER) and progesterone (PR) receptors, it is also possible that the degradation of NHRs may enable recycling of components of receptor-cofactor complexes and general transcriptional machinary. Understanding the mechanism of nuclear hormone receptor degradation and its relation to transcription may lead to novel insights of therapuetic intervention.

  16. Amur tiger conservation education program: A pilot study on program effectiveness.

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    Mukhacheva, Anna S; Derugina, Vasilissa V; Maksimova, Galina D; Soutyrina, Svetlana V

    2015-07-01

    Anthropogenic impacts are the primary threats to Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) and their habitat. Villagers living in proximity to tigers tend to view them negatively and, often, as a source of revenue on black markets. We aim to reduce human-tiger conflict by working with young students of Ternei County in the heart of tiger habitat in Primorskii Krai (Province). To inform and influence Ternei County's future decision-makers, we developed "Safe Conduct", a year-long education program held in 6 villages, culminating in a multi-school conference. We tested the efficacy of Safe Conduct as a potential model for tiger conservation educational programs. We measured levels of student knowledge about tiger ecology, their attitude towards tigers, and their willingness to engage in tiger conservation activites prior to, immediately after and 6 months following the completion of our program. Results supported the fundamental premise of Safe Conduct that knowledge and attitude towards tigers are correlated. Knowledge of tiger ecology and attitude towards tigers increased by the project's completion; both remained high after 6 months. However, commitment to participation in conservation efforts rose temporarily post-program and then dropped. Results varied by village. We recommend that the reasons for the high performance measures of students in 2 villages be investigated, and that lessons learned be applied to villages that underperformed. Safe Conduct represents a potential model for environmental education programs in Ternei County and elsewhere to educate future generations, to eventually develop a strong commitment to Amur tiger conservation at the community level. © 2015 International Society of Zoological Sciences, Institute of Zoology/Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  17. Linking Microbial Enzymatic Activities and Functional Diversity of Soil around Earthworm Burrows and Casts

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    Lipiec, Jerzy; Frąc, Magdalena; Brzezińska, Małgorzata; Turski, Marcin; Oszust, Karolina

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of earthworms (Lumbricidae) on the enzymatic activity and microbial functional diversity in the burrow system [burrow wall (BW) 0–3 mm, transitional zone (TZ) 3–7 mm, bulk soil (BS) > 20 mm from the BW] and cast aggregates of a loess soil under a pear orchard. The dehydrogenase, β-glucosidase, protease, alkaline phosphomonoesterase, and acid phosphomonoesterase enzymes were assessed using standard methods. The functional diversity (catabolic potential) was assessed using the Average Well Color Development and Richness Index following the community level physiological profiling from Biolog Eco Plates. All measurements were done using soil from each compartment immediately after in situ sampling in spring. The enzymatic activites including dehydrogenase, protease, β-glucosidase and alkaline phosphomonoesterase were appreciably greater in the BW or casts than in BS and TZ. Conversely, acid phosphomonoesterase had the largest value in the BS. Average Well Color Development in both the TZ and the BS (0.98–0.94 A590 nm) were more than eight times higher than in the BWs and casts. The lowest richness index in the BS (15 utilized substrates) increased by 86–113% in all the other compartments. The PC1 in principal component analysis mainly differentiated the BWs and the TZ. Utilization of all substrate categories was the lowest in the BS. The PC2 differentiated the casts from the other compartments. The enhanced activity of a majority of the enzymes and increased microbial functional diversity in most earthworm-influenced compartments make the soils less vulnerable to degradation and thus increases the stability of ecologically relevant processes in the orchard ecosystem. PMID:27625645

  18. Reward processing in male adults with childhood ADHD--a comparison between drug-naïve and methylphenidate-treated subjects.

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    Stoy, Meline; Schlagenhauf, Florian; Schlochtermeier, Lorna; Wrase, Jana; Knutson, Brian; Lehmkuhl, Ulrike; Huss, Michael; Heinz, Andreas; Ströhle, Andreas

    2011-06-01

    Dysfunctional reward processing has been proposed as a main deficit in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which could be modulated by treatment with methylphenidate (MPH). We examined differences in reward processing in adulthood (independent of actual ADHD) depending on MPH treatment during childhood. Eleven males with childhood ADHD treated with MPH, 12 drug-naïve males with childhood ADHD, and 12 controls matched by age, handedness, and smoking behavior were studied drug-free using functional magnetic resonance imaging. BOLD-responses were compared during a monetary incentive delay task using an ANOVA design focusing on the ventral striatum during anticipation and the orbitofrontal cortex during outcome. Controls, drug-naïve, and treated subjects did not differ significantly in their activations in the ventral striatum and orbitofrontal cortex. Explorative analyses revealed decreased insula activation during outcome of loss avoidance in drug-naïve subjects in comparison to both groups, while treated subjects did not differ from controls. Insula activation correlated significantly positive with harm avoidance in the treated group. Furthermore, comparing subjects with actual ADHD symptoms, remitters and controls we observed decreased putamen activition in ADHD persisters. Basal ganglia reward processing seemed to be unrelated to MPH pretreatment, but was related to remission. On the other hand, the revealed differences between treated and drug-naïve subjects with childhood ADHD, i.e., in the insula, give evidence for more pronounced abnormal activation in reward-associated brain regions in untreated subjects with childhood ADHD and underpin the need of prospective studies on long-term effects of psychostimulant treatment.

  19. Synthesis of Triazole Schiff's Base Derivatives and Their Inhibitory Kinetics on Tyrosinase Activity.

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    Yu, Feng; Jia, Yu-Long; Wang, Hui-Fang; Zheng, Jing; Cui, Yi; Fang, Xin-Yu; Zhang, Lin-Min; Chen, Qing-Xi

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, new Schiff's base derivatives: (Z)-4-amino-5-(2-(3- fluorobenzylidene)hydrazinyl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (Y1), (Z)-3-((2-(4-amino-5- mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y2), (Z)-2-((2-(4-amino-5- mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y3) and 3-((Z)-(2-(4- (((E)-3-hydroxybenzylidene)amino)-5-mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y4) were synthesized and their structures were characterized by LC-MS, IR and 1H NMR. The inhibitory effects of these compounds on tyrosinase activites were evaluated. Compounds Y1, Y2 and Y3 showed potent inhibitory effects with respective IC50 value of 12.5, 7.0 and 1.5 μM on the diphenolase activities. Moreover, the inhibition mechanisms were determined to be reversible and mixed types. Interactions of the compounds with tyrosinase were further analyzed by fluorescence quenching, copper interaction, and molecular simulation assays. The results together with the anti-tyrosinase activities data indicated that substitution on the second position of benzene ring showed superior ant-ityrosinase activities than that on third position, and that hydroxyl substitutes were better than fluorine substitutes. In addition, two benzene rings connecting to the triazole ring would produce larger steric hindrance, and affect the bonding between tyrosinase and inhibitors to decrease the inhibitory effects. The anti-tyrosinase effects of these compounds were in contrast to their antioxidant activities. In summary, this research will contribute to the development and design of antityrosinase agents.

  20. Enquête entomologique dans le foyer historique de trypanosomose humaine africaine de Bendjé (Gabon)

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    Kohagne Tongué, L.; Gounoue Kamkuimo, R.; Mengue M’eyi, P.; Kaba, D.; Louis, F.J.; Mimpfoundi, R.

    2011-01-01

    La situation de la maladie du sommeil est très peu connue au Gabon. De nombreux foyers historiques n’ont pas été prospectés depuis plus de 15 ans. Le foyer historique de Bendjé fournit régulièrement quelques cas, dépistés passivement, qui concernent le plus souvent des pêcheurs dont il est a priori difficile de déterminer le lieu probable de contamination du fait de leur grande mobilité au cours de leurs activités. La présence des hommes infectés dans ce foyer historique pourrait favoriser son réveil s’il existe un contact étroit entre les différents éléments potentiellement présents du cycle épidémiologique (homme, vecteur, trypanosome). Afin de vérifier l’existence éventuelle d’un risque trypanosomien dans ce foyer, nous y avons mené une enquête entomologique. Des pièges ont été posés dans des biotopes fréquentés par l’homme et laissés en place pendant quatre jours. Trois espèces de glossines (Glossina palpalis palpalis, G. pallicera newsteadi et G. caliginea) ont été capturées et deux espèces de trypanosomes (Trypanosoma vivax et T. brucei s.l.) identifiées par PCR. Ces résultats suggèrent l’existence d’un cycle de transmission animal. Le contact entre les hommes et les glossines est particulièrement étroit dans tous les types de site prospectés, à l’exception de la mangrove. PMID:22091460

  1. Screening breeding sites of the common toad (Bufo bufo) in England and Wales for evidence of endocrine disrupting activity.

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    Pickford, Daniel B; Jones, Alexandra; Velez-Pelez, Alejandra; Orton, Frances; Iguchi, Taisen; Mitsui, Naoko; Tooi, Osamu

    2015-07-01

    Anuran amphibians are often present in agricultural landscapes and may therefore be exposed to chemicals in surface waters used for breeding. We used passive accumulation devices (SPMD and POCIS) to sample contaminants from nine breeding sites of the Common toad (Bufo bufo) across England and Wales, measuring endocrine activity of the extracts in a recombinant yeast androgen screen (YAS) and yeast estrogen screen (YES) and an in vitro vitellogenin induction screen in primary culture of Xenopus laevis hepatocytes. We also assessed hatching, growth, survival, and development in caged larvae in situ, and sampled metamorphs for gonadal histopathology. None of the SPMD extracts exhibited estrogen receptor or androgen receptor agonist activity, while POCIS extracts from two sites in west-central England exhibited concentration-dependent androgenic activity in the YAS. Three sites exhibited significant estrogenic activity in both the YES and the Xenopus hepatocyte. Hatching rates varied widely among sites, but there was no consistent correlation between hatching rate and intensity of agricultural activity, predicted concentrations of agrochemicals, or endocrine activity measured in YES/YAS assays. While a small number of intersex individuals were observed, their incidence could not be associated with predicted pesticide exposure or endocrine activitity measured in the in vitro screens. There were no significant differences in sex ratio, as determined by gonadal histomorphology among the study sites, and no significant correlation was observed between proportion of males and predicted exposure to agrochemicals. However, a negative correlation did become apparent in later sampling periods between proportion of males and estrogenic activity of the POCIS sample, as measured in the YES. Our results suggest that larval and adult amphibians may be exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals in breeding ponds, albeit at low concentrations, and that chemical contaminants other than

  2. Nitrogen-doped carbon dots originating from unripe peach for fluorescent bioimaging and electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction.

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    Atchudan, Raji; Edison, Thomas Nesakumar Jebakumar Immanuel; Lee, Yong Rok

    2016-11-15

    This paper reports the robust hydrothermal synthesis of nitrogen doped carbon dots (N-CDs) using the unripe fruit of Prunus persica (peach) as the carbon precursor and aqueous ammonia as the nitrogen source. The optical properties of synthesized N-CDs were characterized by ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. The synthesized N-CDs were emitted blue light when excitated with a portable UV lamp. The materials with the optical properties were characterized further by high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The mean size of the N-CDs was approximately 8nm, as calculated from the HRTEM image. The d-spacing of N-CDs, calculated using Bragg law, was approximately 0.21nm, which was consistent with the interlayer distance calculated from the HRTEM image. FT-IR spectroscopy and XPS revealed the presence of the phytoconstituents functionalities of peach fruit over the N-CDs surface and a high level of nitrogen doping on carbon dots (CDs) was confirmed by XPS studies. These results suggest that the unripe fruit extract of peach is an ideal candidate for the preparation of N-CDs. The resulting N-CDs showed excellent optical properties in water. The synthesized N-CDs exhibited a high fluorescence quantum yield and low cytotoxicity, and can be used as fluorescence imaging probes. In addition, the N-CDs were catalytically activite towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The N-CDs exhibited good catalytic activity in an alkaline medium (0.1M KOH) with a remarkable ORR of approximately 0.72V vs reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE), and O2 reduction follows mainly a 2 electron pathway by being reduced to hydrogen peroxide. The 2-electron reduction pathway is used in industry for H2O2 production.

  3. Synthesis of Triazole Schiff’s Base Derivatives and Their Inhibitory Kinetics on Tyrosinase Activity

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    Wang, Hui-Fang; Zheng, Jing; Cui, Yi; Fang, Xin-Yu; Zhang, Lin-Min; Chen, Qing-Xi

    2015-01-01

    In the present study, new Schiff’s base derivatives: (Z)-4-amino-5-(2-(3- fluorobenzylidene)hydrazinyl)-4H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (Y1), (Z)-3-((2-(4-amino-5- mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y2), (Z)-2-((2-(4-amino-5- mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y3) and 3-((Z)-(2-(4- (((E)-3-hydroxybenzylidene)amino)-5-mercapto-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)hydrazono)methyl)phenol (Y4) were synthesized and their structures were characterized by LC-MS, IR and 1H NMR. The inhibitory effects of these compounds on tyrosinase activites were evaluated. Compounds Y1, Y2 and Y3 showed potent inhibitory effects with respective IC50 value of 12.5, 7.0 and 1.5 μM on the diphenolase activities. Moreover, the inhibition mechanisms were determined to be reversible and mixed types. Interactions of the compounds with tyrosinase were further analyzed by fluorescence quenching, copper interaction, and molecular simulation assays. The results together with the anti-tyrosinase activities data indicated that substitution on the second position of benzene ring showed superior ant-ityrosinase activities than that on third position, and that hydroxyl substitutes were better than fluorine substitutes. In addition, two benzene rings connecting to the triazole ring would produce larger steric hindrance, and affect the bonding between tyrosinase and inhibitors to decrease the inhibitory effects. The anti-tyrosinase effects of these compounds were in contrast to their antioxidant activities. In summary, this research will contribute to the development and design of antityrosinase agents. PMID:26422245

  4. Emodin Combined with Nanosilver Inhibited Sepsis by Anti-inflammatory Protection.

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    Li, Hong; Yang, Tian; Zhou, Hong; Du, Juan; Zhu, Bo; Sun, Zhongmin

    2016-01-01

    Background: Emodin is the main active component of rhubarb, which has demonstrated many beneficial effects against inflammation. Nanosilver is an effective antimicrobial agent. The present study was designed to observe the effects of Emodin combined with silver nanoparticles (E/S) on sepsis protection and related mechanism. Methods: E/S was prepared by loading different concentrations of Emodin on nanosilver and cytotoxicity of E/S were determined by suphorhodamine B assays. Anti-microbial activities of E/S were assayed by direct interaction with various common pathogens and anti-adhesive activites of E/S on leukocytes with endothelial cells were assayed by biochemical analysis. Next, inflammatory cell enumeration, inflammatory mediators in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and endothelial cell function were analyzed on a clinically relevant model of sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) after E/S administration. The effects of E/S on NF-κB and p38 were also examined by western blot. Results: E/S exhibited little cytotoxicity action on endothelial cells and significant inhibitory activities against all tested common microorganisms and adherence between leukocyte and endothelial cells. E/S induced anti-sepsis protection mainly mediated by inhibition of inflammatory cells infiltration, down-regulation of TNF-alpha, IL-8 and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), and inhibition of NF-κB and p38 pathways in mice 24 h post-CLP. Conclusion: Our data suggest that E/S has strong anti-sepsis effects, which was related with anti-inflammatory protection and thereby promote survival following sepsis challenge.

  5. Emodin Combined with Nanosilver Inhibited Sepsis by Anti-inflammatory Protection

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    Li, Hong; Yang, Tian; Zhou, Hong; Du, Juan; Zhu, Bo; Sun, Zhongmin

    2017-01-01

    Background: Emodin is the main active component of rhubarb, which has demonstrated many beneficial effects against inflammation. Nanosilver is an effective antimicrobial agent. The present study was designed to observe the effects of Emodin combined with silver nanoparticles (E/S) on sepsis protection and related mechanism. Methods: E/S was prepared by loading different concentrations of Emodin on nanosilver and cytotoxicity of E/S were determined by suphorhodamine B assays. Anti-microbial activities of E/S were assayed by direct interaction with various common pathogens and anti-adhesive activites of E/S on leukocytes with endothelial cells were assayed by biochemical analysis. Next, inflammatory cell enumeration, inflammatory mediators in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and endothelial cell function were analyzed on a clinically relevant model of sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) after E/S administration. The effects of E/S on NF-κB and p38 were also examined by western blot. Results: E/S exhibited little cytotoxicity action on endothelial cells and significant inhibitory activities against all tested common microorganisms and adherence between leukocyte and endothelial cells. E/S induced anti-sepsis protection mainly mediated by inhibition of inflammatory cells infiltration, down-regulation of TNF-alpha, IL-8 and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), and inhibition of NF-κB and p38 pathways in mice 24 h post-CLP. Conclusion: Our data suggest that E/S has strong anti-sepsis effects, which was related with anti-inflammatory protection and thereby promote survival following sepsis challenge. PMID:28119611

  6. Linking Microbial Enzymatic Activities and Functional Diversity of Soil around Earthworm Burrows and Casts.

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    Lipiec, Jerzy; Frąc, Magdalena; Brzezińska, Małgorzata; Turski, Marcin; Oszust, Karolina

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of earthworms (Lumbricidae) on the enzymatic activity and microbial functional diversity in the burrow system [burrow wall (BW) 0-3 mm, transitional zone (TZ) 3-7 mm, bulk soil (BS) > 20 mm from the BW] and cast aggregates of a loess soil under a pear orchard. The dehydrogenase, β-glucosidase, protease, alkaline phosphomonoesterase, and acid phosphomonoesterase enzymes were assessed using standard methods. The functional diversity (catabolic potential) was assessed using the Average Well Color Development and Richness Index following the community level physiological profiling from Biolog Eco Plates. All measurements were done using soil from each compartment immediately after in situ sampling in spring. The enzymatic activites including dehydrogenase, protease, β-glucosidase and alkaline phosphomonoesterase were appreciably greater in the BW or casts than in BS and TZ. Conversely, acid phosphomonoesterase had the largest value in the BS. Average Well Color Development in both the TZ and the BS (0.98-0.94 A590 nm) were more than eight times higher than in the BWs and casts. The lowest richness index in the BS (15 utilized substrates) increased by 86-113% in all the other compartments. The PC1 in principal component analysis mainly differentiated the BWs and the TZ. Utilization of all substrate categories was the lowest in the BS. The PC2 differentiated the casts from the other compartments. The enhanced activity of a majority of the enzymes and increased microbial functional diversity in most earthworm-influenced compartments make the soils less vulnerable to degradation and thus increases the stability of ecologically relevant processes in the orchard ecosystem.

  7. In vitro antiviral activity of red alga, Polysiphonia morrowii extract and its bromophenols against fish pathogenic infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus and infectious pancreatic necrosis virus.

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    Kim, Su-Yeun; Kim, Seok Ryel; Oh, Myung-Joo; Jung, Sung-Ju; Kang, So Young

    2011-02-01

    Our previous investigation revealed that 80% methanolic extract of the red alga Polysiphonia morrowii has significant antiviral activities against fish pathogenic viruses, infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) and infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV). The present study was conducted to identify compounds attributed for its antiviral activities and investigate their antiviral activities against IHNV and IPNV. Activity-guided fractionation for 80% methanolic extract of Polysiphonia morrowii using a cell-based assay measuring virus-induced cytopathic effect (CPE) on cells yielded a 90% methanolic fraction, which showed the highest antiviral activity against both viruses among fractions yielded from the extract. From the fraction, two bromophenols were isolated and identified as 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzyl methyl ether (1) and 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (2) based on spectroscopic analyses. For both compounds, the concentrations to inhibit 50% of flounder spleen cell (FSP cell) proliferation (CC(50)) and each viral replication (EC(50)) were measured. In the pretreatment test, 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzyl methyl ether (1) and 3-bromo-4,5-dihy-droxybenzaldehyde (2) exhibited significant antiviral activities showing selective index values (SI = CC(50)/EC(50)) of 20 to 42 against both IHNV and IPNV. In direct virucidal test, 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzyl methyl ether (1) showed significant antiviral activités against both viruses while 3-bromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (2) was significantly effective against only IHNV. Although antiviral efficacies of both compounds against IHNV and IPNV were lower than those of ribavirin used as a positive control, our findings suggested that the red alga Polysiphonia morrowii and isolated two bromophenols may have potential as a therapeutic agent against fish viral diseases.

  8. Ischaemic heart disease-related knowledge, behaviours, and beliefs of indo-canadians and euro-canadians: implications for physical therapists.

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    Rodrigues, Giselle; Jongbloed, Lyn; Li, Zhenyi; Dean, Elizabeth

    2014-01-01

    Objectif : Étudier les connaissances, les comportements et les croyances qui ont trait à la cardiopathie ischémique (CPI) chez les Indo-Canadiens (IC) pour aider ainsi à cibler des stratégies d'éducation en santé. Méthodes : Lors d'une étude descriptive/comparative transversale, 102 Indo-Canadiens (IC) d'origine indienne et 102 Euro-Canadiens (EC) d'origine canadienne ont rempli un questionnaire normalisé sur leurs connaissances relatives à la CPI et leurs comportements et croyances portant sur les habitudes de vie. Résultats : Comparativement aux EC, les IC connaissaient moins les facteurs de risque de CPI. Les pratiques et les croyances des IC au sujet des habitudes de vie correspondaient au fait qu'ils croyaient avoir moins de contrôle de leur santé que les EC. Ils ont signalé plus de stress provenant de diverses sources. Ils faisaient moins d'exercice pour soulager le stress et s'en remettaient davantage aux activités religieuses ou spirituelles. Conclusions : Conformément à la théorie des croyances en santé, il faudra peut-être aborder l'éducation des immigrants de cultures collectivistes comme l'Inde, qui vise à les amener à assumer la responsabilité de leur santé personnelle de façon distincte de celle des EC, qui met l'accent sur l'autoprise en charge. Ces programmes devront peut-être mettre l'accent sur les connaissances et les croyances relatives aux habitudes de vie dans le domaine de la santé comme base des changements de comportement en santé.

  9. Water ice cloud property retrievals at Mars with OMEGA:Spatial distribution and column mass

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    Olsen, Kevin S.; Madeleine, Jean-Baptiste; Szantai, Andre; Audouard, Joachim; Geminale, Anna; Altieri, Francesca; Bellucci, Giancarlo; Montabone, Luca; Wolff, Michael J.; Forget, Francois

    2017-04-01

    Spectral images of Mars recorded by OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité) on Mars Express can be used to deduce the mean effective radius (r_eff) and optical depth (τ_i) of water ice particles in clouds. Using new data sets for a priori surface temperature, vertical profiles of atmospheric temperature, dust opacity, and multi-spectral surface albedo, we have analyzed over 40 OMEGA image cubes over the Tharsis, Arabia, and Syrtis Major quadrangles, and mapped the spatial distribution of r_eff, τ_i, and water ice column mass. We also explored the parameter space of r_eff and τ_i, which are inversely proportional, and the ice cloud index (ICI), which is the ratio of the reflectance at 3.4 and 3.52 μm, and indicates the thickness of water ice clouds. We found that the ICI, trivial to calculate for OMEGA image cubes, can be a proxy for column mass, which is very expensive to compute, requiring accurate retrievals of surface albedo, r_eff, and τ_i. Observing the spatial distribution, we find that within each cloud system, r_eff varies about a mean of 2.1 μm, that τi is closely related to r_eff, and that the values allowed for τ_i, given r_eff, are related to the ICI. We also observe areas where our retrieval detects very thin clouds made of very large particles (mean of 12.5 μm), which are still under investigation.

  10. Mars surface thermal inertia and heterogeneities from OMEGA/MEX

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    Audouard, J.; Poulet, F.; Vincendon, M.; Bibring, J.-P.; Forget, F.; Langevin, Y.; Gondet, B.

    2014-05-01

    The thermophysical structure of the martian surface is the result of various processes that have shaped the martian surface through time. Previous dedicated heliosynchronous measurements of the thermal infrared (IR) flux of the martian surface have revealed the diversity of martian surface thermal properties, as well as its complexity linked to the heterogeneous nature of terrains. We present the first retrieval of thermophysical properties of the martian surface using near-infrared (NIR) Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l’Eau, les Glaces et l’Activité (OMEGA) onboard Mars Express (MEX) thermal measurements from 5 to 5.1 μm. MEX orbit around Mars is elliptical and therefore OMEGA has performed surface temperature measurements at various local times and seasons over more than 4 full martian years. We have developed a method to exploit these unprecedented measurements using a one-dimensional energy balance code derived from a Global Climate Model that allows retrieval of the thermal properties of the martian surface using OMEGA data. Regional maps of the thermal inertia at a resolution up to 32 pixels per degree and a global map at 4 pixels per degree are presented. OMEGA-derived thermal inertia values agree with previous mappings by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) onboard Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Thermal Emission Imaging Spectrometer (THEMIS) onboard Mars Odyssey and highlight the key role of dust for the thermal behavior of the martian surface. OMEGA directly reveals for the first time some diurnal variations of apparent TI attributable to surface heterogeneities at macroscopic scale and enables to quantify these heterogeneities. In Nili Patera and Tharsis, local surface heterogeneities are modeled with layering and horizontal admixture of divergent slopes respectively.

  11. Screening of promising chemotherapeutic candidates from plants against human adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (III).

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    Nakano, Daisuke; Ishitsuka, Kenji; Kamikawa, Mio; Matsuda, Michika; Tsuchihashi, Ryota; Okawa, Masafumi; Okabe, Hikaru; Tamura, Kazuo; Kinjo, Junei

    2013-10-01

    Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) is a malignancy of mature peripheral T lymphocytes caused by human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I). In our previous paper, 214 extracts from 162 plants were screened to elucidate the anti-proliferative principles against HTLV-I-infected T-cell lines. In this study, 245 extracts from 182 plants belonging to 61 families were further tested against two HTLV-I-infected T-cell lines (MT-1 and MT-2). Potent anti-proliferative effects were exhibited against MT-1 and MT-2 cells by 52 and 60 of the 245 extracts tested, respectively. Of these, two extracts showed strong inhibitory activity (EC₅₀ values 0.1-1 μg/mL; +++) against both cells, 7 extracts showed moderate inhibitory activity (EC5₅₀ values 1-10 μg/mL; ++), and 43 extracts showed weak inhibitory activity (EC₅₀ values 10-100 μg/mL; +), whereas the remaining extracts did not show any activity (EC₅₀ values >100 μg/mL; -) against MT-1 cells. On the other hand, 10 extracts showed moderate inhibitory activit and, 48 extracts showed weak inhibitory activity, whereas the remaining extracts did not show any activity against MT-2 cells. Extracts from the aerial parts of Annona reticulata and A. squamosa showed the most potent inhibitory activity and three aporphine alkaloids were isolated from their extracts as the active principles by activity-guided fractionation.

  12. Occupational exposures and symptoms among firefighters and police during the carmel forest fire: the Carmel cohort study.

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    Amster, Eric D; Fertig, Shahar S; Baharal, Uri; Linn, Shai; Green, Manfred S; Lencovsky, Zvi; Carel, Rafael S

    2013-06-01

    From 2 to 5 December 2010, Israel experienced the most severe forest fire In its history, resulting in the deaths of rescue workers. Little research exists on the health risks to emergency responders during forest fires, and there is no published research to date on occupational health among firefighters in Israel. To describe the exposures experienced by emer gency responders to smoke, fire retardants and stress; the utilization of protective equipment; and the frequency of corresponding symptoms during and following the Carmel Forest fire. A cohort of 204 firfighers and 68 police who took part in rescue and fire-abating activites during the Carmel Forest fire were recruited from a representative sample of participating stations throughout the country and interviewed regarding their activities during the fire and their coinciding symptoms. Unpaired two-sample t-test compared mean exposures and symptom frequency for firefighters and police. Chi-square estimates of OR and 95%CI are provided for odds of reporting symptoms, incurring injury or being hospitalied for various risk factors Of the study participants, 87% reported having at least one symptom during rescue work at the Carmel Forest fire,with eye irritation (77%) and fatigue (71%) being the most comon. Occupational stress was extremely high during the fire; the average length of time working without rest was 18.4 hours among firefighters. Firefighter and police were exposed to smoke and ocupational stress prolonged periods during the fire. Further research is needed on the residual health effects from exposure to forest fires among emergency responders, and to identify areas for improvement in health preparedness.

  13. Digital-simulation and projection of head changes in the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy aquifer system, coastal plain, New Jersey

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    Luzier, James E.

    1980-01-01

    (1) no increase in ground-water extractions; (2) continued growth in ground-water extractions at the rate of 1.7 and 3 percent annually; and (3) continued growth in ground-water extractions at the rate of 3 percent annually, in conjunction with the activitation of a freshwater head barrier in the fresh-salty transition zone. Under the first set of conditions, further head reduction would cease over very large regions within two years. Under the second set of conditions involving a 3 percent growth rate similar to that experienced during the simulation period, the broad cone of depression already encompassing most of the New Jersey Coastal Plain would broaden and deepen. Heads would range from 60 to 160 feet below National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929. The reduction of head after 1973 would approach 90 feet in some areas. The resultant steeper hydraullic gradients would accelerate the rate of movement of salty ground water toward the pumping centers. A freshwater head barrier could be established in the transition zone to prevent migration of salty ground water across a 35-mile stretch in Gloucester, Camden, and Burlington Counties. A line of injection wells would be required, with total rates of injection to the head barrier ranging from about 56 cubic feet per second in 1984 to about 95 cubic feet per second in 2000. Barrier recharge rates would be equivalent to about 20 percent of the ground water pumped in the fine-grid area in any particular year for a 3 percent increase in extractions.

  14. Facteurs prédictifs du fonctionnement chez les patients bipolaires de type 1 en période de rémission

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    Fekih-Romdhane, Feten; Homri, Wided; Mrabet, Ali; Labbane, Raja

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Les études récentes indiquent que le trouble bipolaire est associé à une déficience profonde dans presque tous les domaines de fonctionnement. La présente étude vise à évaluer le fonctionnement au sein d'une population de patients bipolaires type I en rémission. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude transversale réalisée auprès des patients bipolaires type I euthymiques et suivis en ambulatoire. Ont été utilisés l'échelle de dépression de Hamilton, l'échelle de manie de Young, l'Echelle d'Estime de Soi de Rosenberg, et le Functioning Assessment Short Test. Résultats Plus de la moitié de la population (53,3%) avaient une déficience fonctionnelle globale. Le fonctionnement global était associé à l'âge, au niveau scolaire, à l'activité professionnelle, au nombre d'épisodes maniaques et dépressifs, au nombre d'hospitalisations, à un score HDRS plus élevé, ainsi qu'aux deux sous-scores d'estime de soi « confiance en soi » et « autodépréciation ». Conclusion Nos résultats suggèrent qu'un changement de paradigme dans le traitement des troubles bipolaires devrait se produire, et que les objectifs de la thérapie devraient être modifiés d'une rémission symptomatique à une rémission fonctionnelle. PMID:28292029

  15. L'evaluation des risques d'explosions en phase gazeuse dans l'industrie de production d'électricité

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    Lannoy, A.

    1991-08-01

    This paper briefly presents work which has been carried out by Electricité de France (EDF), in the frame of safety analysis of nuclear power plants, with the objective of assessing accidental explosion risks. These risks can be due either to an operation incident leading to the formation of a confined flammable mixture or to an external event from human activity in the vicinity of the nuclear site leading to the drift and the explosion of a vapour cloud. The paper describes the actual methodologies and proposes some themes which should be developed in a near future. Cet article présente très brièvement les travaux qui ont été menés à Electricité de France (EDF), dans le cadre de l'analyse de la sûreté des centrales nucléaires, en vue d'estimer les risques d'explosion accidentelle. Ces risques peuvent être consécutifs soit à un incident interne de fonctionnement conduisant à la formation d'un mélange inflammable confiné, soit à une agression externe liée à l'activité humaine s'exerçant au voisinage du site nucléaire, due à la dérive d'un nuage de gaz et à son explosion. L'article fait le point des méthodologies actuelles et évoque les thèmes qu'il conviendrait de développer.

  16. Annual incidence of occupational diseases in economic sectors in The Netherlands.

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    van der Molen, Henk F; Kuijer, P Paul F M; Smits, Paul B A; Schop, Astrid; Moeijes, Fred; Spreeuwers, Dick; Frings-Dresen, Monique H W

    2012-07-01

    To report the annual incidence of occupational diseases (ODs) in economic sectors in The Netherlands. In a 5-year prospective cohort study (2009-2013), occupational physicians were asked to participate in a sentinel surveillance system for OD notification. The inclusion criteria for participation were (1) covering a population of employees, (2) reporting the economic sectors and the size of their employee population and (3) willingness to report all diagnosed ODs. In this study, an OD was defined as a disease with a specific clinical diagnosis that was predominantly caused by work-related factors. The economic sectors (n=21) were defined according the NACE (Nomenclature des Activités Économiques dans la Communauté Européenne) classification. In a total working population of 514,590 employees, 1782 ODs were reported over 12 months in 2009. The estimated annual incidence for any OD was 346 (95% CI 330 to 362) per 100,000 worker-years. Of all the ODs, mental diseases were reported most frequently (41%), followed by musculoskeletal (39%), hearing (11%), infectious (4%), skin (3%), neurological (2%) and respiratory (2%) diseases. The four economic sectors with the highest annual incidences per 100,000 workers were construction (1127; 95% CI 1002 to 1253), mining and quarrying (888; 95% CI 110 to 1667), water and waste processing (832; 95% CI 518 to 1146) and transport and storage (608; 95% CI 526 to 690). ODs are reported in all economic sectors in The Netherlands. Up to 91% of all ODs are mental, musculoskeletal and hearing diseases. Efforts to increase the effective assessment of ODs and compliance in reporting activities enhance the usability of incidence figures for the government, employers and workers.

  17. [L'évaluation en ergothérapie pour contribuer à documenter l'aptitude : étude de cas: Contribution of occupational therapy to the assessment of competence: A case study].

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    Blanchet, Marie; Huynh, Tammy; Giroux, Dominique; Bottari, Carolina

    2016-06-01

    Plusieurs ergothérapeutes contribuent à l'évaluation de l'aptitude à prendre soin de sa personne et à gérer ses biens, mais peu de balises encadrent cette pratique auprès d'adultes ayant subi un traumatisme craniocérébral (TCC). BUT: Cette étude explorait la contribution du Profil des activités instrumentales (PAI) à la documentation de l'aptitude suite à un TCC. MÉTHODOLOGIE: La réalisation des tâches du PAI par un homme de 46 ans (ML) ayant été déclaré inapte suite à un TCC sévère a été comparée à celle de huit participants témoins (âge moyen 49,3 ± 4,2 ans). Les scores au PAI, les comportements observables, et les verbalisations ont été comparés en utilisant des statistiques descriptives (moyennes et écarts-types) et des analyses qualitatives. Le niveau d'indépendance de ML est inférieur à celui des témoins pour sept des huit tâches du PAI (p < 0,05), notamment pour préparer un repas chaud et faire un budget. ML se distingue par la généralisation de ses difficultés à plusieurs tâches et de la difficulté à critiquer les résultats obtenus. CONSÉQUENCES: Le PAI pourrait être utilisé lors d'une évaluation fonctionnelle visant à documenter l'aptitude. © CAOT 2016.

  18. CREATION OF FEMALE COMPUTATIONAL PHANTOMS FOR CALIBRATION OF LUNG COUNTERS.

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    Lombardo, Pasquale Alessandro; Lebacq, Anne Laure; Vanhavere, Filip

    2016-09-01

    Plutonium isotopes are of high concern because they lead to high doses. In case of contamination, the activity burden inside the lungs should be assessed accurately. Many studies showed that the presence of breasts has a substantial influence on lung counting efficiencies. Currently, the calibration of most lung counting systems is done by means of physical phantoms representing only male chests. A set of female computational phantoms has been developed in order to provide gender-specific efficiency calibrations for the (241)Am gamma emission (59.54 keV). The phantoms were created starting from a library of female chest phantoms provided by Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) (Farah, J. Amélioration des mesures anthroporadiamétriques personnalisées assistées par calcul Monte Carlo: optimisation des temps de calculs et méthodologie de mesure pour l'établissement de la répartition d'activite. PhD Thesis, 2011). While the IRSN phantoms represent a supine measurement position, the SCK•CEN lung counter set-up requires the persons to be sitting in a chair. Using open-source software, the breast shapes of the original phantoms have been recreated to simulate the drooping of breasts in vertical sitting position. A Monte Carlo approach was chosen for calculating calibration coefficients for female lung counting. The results obtained with MCNPx 2.7 simulations showed a significant decrease in the detection efficiency. For bigger bust and breast sizes, the detection efficiency showed to be up to 10 times lower than the ones measured with the Livermore male torso phantom. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Spatio-temporal characterization imaging of Ca2+ oscillations in rat hippocampal neurons

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    Zhang, Zhihong; Lu, Jinling; Zhou, Wei; Liu, Rengang; Zeng, Shaoqun; Luo, Qingming

    2001-08-01

    Ca2+ is the most common signal transduction element in cells and plays critical rolls in neuronal development and plasticity. Ca2+ signals encode information in their oscillation frequency or amplitude and response time to regular cellular function. In this study, in order to reveal the spatio-temporal characterization of Ca2+ oscillations in rat hippocampal neurons, two kinds of Ca2+ fluorescent probes, yellow cameleons 2.1 (YC2.1) and Fluo-3, were used to monitor the change of the intracellular free Ca2+ concentration (]Ca2+[i). Spontaneous Ca2+ oscillations and glutamate elicited Ca2+ oscillations were observed with multi-photon excitation laser scan microscope (MPELSM) and confocal laser scan microscope (CLSM). The observation showed that the spatio- temporal characterization of either spontaneous or glutamate provoked Ca2+ oscillations had difference between the neurites and somata in individual nerons, especially in some distal end of neurites. The result indicated that Ca2+ oscillations were most important signal transduction pattern in neuronal development and activation. The spatio-temporal characterization of difference of Ca2+ signals between the distal endo of neurites and the somata might be associated with the distribution of ionotropic receptor and metabotropic glutamate receptors, and Ca2+ response mechanism mediated by two kinds of glutamate receptor. Ca2+ signal elicited by glutamate in the distal end of neurites appeared more complex and generated faster than that in the somata. It was suggested that Ca2+ signal in glutamate stimulated hippacamal neurons first generated from the distal end of neurites and then transduted to the somata. The complicated Ca2+ signal characterization in the distal end of neurites might be associated with neuronal activitation, neurotransmitter releasing, and other functions of neurons.

  20. Widespread Weathered Glass on the Surface of Mars

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    Horgan, Briony; Bell, James F., III

    2012-01-01

    Low albedo sediments cover >10(exp 7) sq km in the northern lowlands of Mars, but the composition and origin of these widespread deposits have remained ambiguous despite many previous investigations. Here we use near-infrared spectra acquired by the Mars Express OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activite') imaging spectrometer to show that these sediments exhibit spectral characteristics that are consistent with both high abundances of iron-bearing glass and silica-enriched leached rinds on glass. This interpretation is supported by observations of low-albedo soil grains with possible rinds at the Phoenix Mars Lander landing site in the northern lowlands. By comparison with the extensive glass-rich dune fields and sand sheets of Iceland, we propose an explosive volcanic origin for these glass-rich sediments. We also propose that the glassy remnant rinds on the sediments are the result of post-depositional alteration, as these rinds are commonly formed in arid terrestrial volcanic environments during water-limited, moderately acidic leaching. These weathered, glass-rich deposits in the northern lowlands are also colocated with the strongest concentrations of a major global compositional surface type previously identified in mid-infrared spectra, suggesting that they may be representative of global processes. Our results provide potential confirmation of models suggesting that explosive volcanism has been widespread on Mars, and also raise the possibilities that glass-rich volcaniclastics are a major source of eolian sand on Mars and that widespread surficial aqueous alteration has occurred under Amazonian climatic conditions.

  1. Water in the Martian regolith from OMEGA/Mars Express

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    Audouard, Joachim; Poulet, François; Vincendon, Mathieu; Milliken, Ralph E.; Jouglet, Denis; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Gondet, Brigitte; Langevin, Yves

    2014-08-01

    Here we discuss one of the current reservoirs of water on Mars, the regolith and rocks exposed at the surface. This reservoir is characterized by the presence of H2O- and OH-bearing phases that produce a broad absorption at a wavelength of ~3 µm in near-infrared (NIR) reflectance spectra. This absorption is present in every ice-free spectrum of the Martian surface obtained thus far by orbital NIR spectrometers. We present a quantitative analysis of the global distribution of the 3 µm absorption using the Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité (OMEGA) imaging spectrometer that has been mapping the surface of Mars at kilometer scale for more than 10 years. Based on laboratory reflectance spectra of a wide range of hydrous minerals and phases, we estimate a model-dependent water content of 4 ± 1 wt % in the equatorial and midlatitudes. Surface hydration increases with latitude, with an asymmetry in water content between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The surface hydration is compared to various parameters (albedo, dust, geological units, time, relative humidity, atmospheric water pressure, and in situ measurements performed by Phoenix and Curiosity) to constrain the nature of the reservoir. We conclude that the nature of the surface hydration of the Martian low latitudes is not adsorbed water but rather more tightly bound water molecules and hydroxyl groups in the structure of the materials of the near-top surface. A frost-related process best explains the implementation of water into and onto the first microns of the high-latitude Martian regolith.

  2. Influence of dietary selenium on mouse lung biochemical response and tolerance to ozone inhalation

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    Elsayed, N.M.

    1983-01-01

    This study examined whether altered selenium (Se) intake with or without ozone (O/sub 3/) stress would result in a possible 1) dose-response relationship between lung Se and glutathione peroxidase, 2) influence of Se on other lung parameters, 3) interrelationship between lung Se and vitamin E contents, and 4) alteration of lung sensitivity or tolerance to O/sub 3/. The results showed the following: 1) Omission of dietary Se resulted in a drastic decline in GP activity but did not affect the other enzyme activities studied. 2) A stimulation of the PPC and CAC activites with low-level O/sub 3/ exposure occurred only in Se-supplemented mice. The stimulation was greater in the lungs of mice fed 1.0 ppm Se compared to 0.15 ppm, i.e., the response was Se-dose dependent in this range. 3) Diminished GP activity possibly resulted in a decreased demand for NADPH produced via not only the PPC but also the CAC. 4) An inverse relationship was observed between Se and vitamin E contents in lung tissue, showing that a compensatory relationship existed between the two. 5) After each O/sub 3/ exposure Se content increased in lung tissue of both dietary groups, suggesting a possible mobilization of Se to the lung under O/sub 3/ stress. 6) Decreased GP activity due to Se deficiency and the ensuring lack of stimulated NADPH production in the lung did not alter the animal sensitivity to O/sub 3/, suggesting that GP reaction and NADPH production cycles were not crucial for animal tolerance.

  3. The effect of squat depth on multiarticular muscle activation in collegiate cross-country runners.

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    Gorsuch, Joshua; Long, Janey; Miller, Katie; Primeau, Kyle; Rutledge, Sarah; Sossong, Andrew; Durocher, John J

    2013-09-01

    The squat is a closed-chain lower body exercise commonly performed by many athletes. Muscle activity has been examined during partial and parallel squats in male weightlifters, but not in male and female runners. Therefore, this study measured muscle activity with surface electromyography (EMG) during partial and parallel squats in 20 Division I collegiate cross-country runners (10 males and 10 females) in a randomized crossover design. We hypothesized the parallel squat would increase extensor muscle activitation (i.e. hamstrings and erector spinae). Furthermore, we sought to determine if changes in muscle activity were different between males and females. Participants performed 6 repetitions using their 10 repetition maximum loads for each condition during EMG testing. EMG was performed on the right rectus femoris, biceps femoris, lumbar erector spinae, and lateral head of the gastrocnemius. Rectus femoris activity (0.18 ± 0.01 vs. 0.14 ± 0.01 mV) and erector spinae activity (0.16 ± 0.01 vs. 0.13 ± 0.01 mV) were significantly higher (p < 0.05) during the parallel squat than during the partial squat condition. This increase in muscle activity may be attributed to greater ranges of motion at the hip and knee joints. Biceps femoris and gastrocnemius activity were similar between conditions. No significant differences existed between males and females (squat condition × gender; p > 0.05). During preliminary isokinetic testing, both male and female runners demonstrated deficient hamstrings-to-quadriceps ratios, which would not likely improve by performing parallel squats based on our EMG findings. Despite the reduced load of the parallel squat, rectus femoris and erector spinae activity were elevated. Thus, parallel squats may help runners to train muscles vital for uphill running and correct posture, while preventing injury by using lighter weights through a larger range of motion.

  4. A systematic mapping procedure based on the Modified Gaussian Model to characterize magmatic units from olivine/pyroxenes mixtures: Application to the Syrtis Major volcanic shield on Mars

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    Clenet, Harold; Pinet, Patrick; Ceuleneer, Georges; Daydou, Yves; Heuripeau, Frédérick; Rosemberg, Christine; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Bellucci, Giancarlo; Altieri, Francesca; Gondet, Brigitte

    2013-08-01

    et al. (2011) have developed an adapted version of the Modified Gaussian Model (MGM). The improvements allow the characterization of spectra of olivine-pyroxene(s) mixtures, addressing both modal composition and individual minerals chemical composition. This version of MGM is fully automated and operational with large amounts of hyperspectral imaging data. Two natural cases are considered. The first one is the Sumail massif in the Oman ophiolite (Earth). Based on our approach applied to HyMap data, two contrasted lithologic units are mapped: the mantle, which is harzburgite dominated, and the crust made of gabbros and clinopyroxene-rich cumulates, with spectral variations interpreted in terms of pyroxenes chemical compositions. Once this new MGM mapping approach has been validated on a controlled natural situation, we map the distribution of mafic assemblages across the Syrtis Major volcano on Mars using a visible and near-infrared (VNIR) - short wave infrared (SWIR) Observatoire pour la minéralogie, l'eau, les glaces et l'activité (OMEGA) / Mars Express (MEx) mosaic. Our results are in agreement with previous work but olivine appears to be more abundant than previously estimated in the central part of the volcanic edifice, especially in ternary mafic assemblages (augite, olivine, enstatite). Based on these results, we propose a possible scenario for the igneous (and thus thermal) evolution of the Syrtis Major region. Surrounding terrains have formed first and local heterogeneity can be observed between northern and southern areas of the Noachian crust. We also observe variations in the mineral assemblages within Syrtis Major lavas, which can be interpreted in terms of differentiation from a common parent melt and/or of a progressive evolution of the mantle source composition and temperature.

  5. Isolation and basic characterization of a β-glucosidase from a strain of Lactobacillus brevis isolated from a malolactic starter culture

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    Michlmayr, H.; Schümann, C.; da Silva, N.M. Barreira Braz; Kulbe, K.D.; del Hierro, A.M.

    2011-01-01

    Aims To study glycosidase activities of a Lactobacillus brevis strain and to isolate an intracellular β-glucosidase from this strain. Methods and Results Lactic acid bacteria isolated from a commercially available starter culture preparation for MLF were tested for β-glycosidase activities. A strain of L .brevis showing high intracellular β-d-glucosidase, β-d-xylosidase and α-l-arabinosidase activities was selected for purification and characterization of its β-glucosidase. The pure glucosidase from L. brevis has also side activites of xylosidase, arabinosidase and cellobiosidase. It is a homo-tetramer of 330 kDa and has an isoelectric point at pH 3.5.The Km for p-nitrophenyl-β-d-glucopyranoside and p-nitrophenyl-β-d-xylopyranoside is 0.22 mM and 1.14 mM, respectively. The β-glucosidase activity was strongly inhibited by gluconic acid δ-lactone, partially by glucose and gluconate, but not by fructose. Ethanol and methanol were found to increase the activity up to two fold. The free enzyme was stable at pH 7.0 (t1/2 = 50 d) but not at pH 4.0 (t1/2 = 4 d). Conclusions The β-glucosidase from L. brevis is widely different to that characterized from Lactobacillus casei (Coulon et al. 1998) and Lactobacillus plantarum (Sestelo et al. 2004). The high tolerance to fructose and ethanol, the low inhibitory effect of glucose on the enzyme activity and the good long-term stability could be of great interest for the release of aroma compounds during winemaking. Significance and Impact of the study Although the release of aroma compounds by LAB has been demonstrated by several authors, little information exists on the responsible enzymes. This study contains the first characterization of an intracellular β-glucosidase isolated from a wine related strain of L. brevis. PMID:19702863

  6. Paeoniflorin Potentiates the Inhibitory Effects of Erlotinib in Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines by Reducing ErbB3 Phosphorylation

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    Hao, Jian; Yang, Xue; Ding, Xiu-li; Guo, Lei-ming; Zhu, Cui-hong; Ji, Wei; Zhou, Tong; Wu, Xiong-zhi

    2016-01-01

    Blockade of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) by EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors is insufficient for effective anti-tumor activity because the reactivation of the ErbB3 signaling pathway significantly contributes to activating the consequent phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling pathway. Combinatorial therapies including ErbB3 targeting may ameliorate tumor responses to anti-EGFR therapies. In the present study, we found that in BxPC-3 and L3.6pl cells, which highly expressed the ErbB3 receptor, significant reduction in cell viability, induction of apoptosis were observed when treated with a combination of erlotinib and PF compared to either agent alone. Moreover, in ErbB3-expressing BxPC-3, L3.6pl and S2VP10 cell lines, the inhibition of ErbB3/PI3K/Akt phosphorylation were observed when treated with PF. Most strikingly, both EGFR/MAPK/Erk and ErbB3/PI3K/Akt activitions were substantially suppressed when treated with the combination of PF and erlotinib. However, in the ErbB3-deficient cell line MIAPaCa-2, no such effects were observed with similar treatments. Most importantly, these in vitro results were replicated in nude mouse transplanted tumor models. Taken together, our findings show that PF enhances the effect of erlotinib in ErbB3-expressing pancreatic cancer cells by directly suppressing ErbB3 activation, and PF in combination with erlotinib is much more effective as an antitumor agent compared with either agent alone. PMID:27609096

  7. The spectral variability of kieserite (MgSO4·H2O) with temperature and grain size and its application to the Martian surface

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    Jamieson, C. S.; Noe Dobrea, E. Z.; Dalton, J. B.; Pitman, K. M.; Abbey, W. J.

    2014-06-01

    We spectrally characterize (λ = 0.35-10 µm) the low-humidity polymorph of kieserite (MgSO4·H2O), which is abundant on Mars and likely present on Europa, at various grain sizes and temperatures (100-300 K) relevant to the surfaces of Mars and Europa. Compositional analysis of these surfaces often relies on remote sensing using imaging spectrometers such as Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), Mars Express Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité, and Galileo Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. To estimate surface abundances from these observations, well-characterized laboratory spectra are required for comparison. Several variables, including temperature and grain size, affect the observed spectra and must be quantified in the laboratory to more confidently evaluate the returned data. Certain spectral features of kieserite exhibit predictable variability with changes in temperature and grain size that may be exploited to better understand the nature of kieserite on the surface of Mars. For instance, trends in our spectral analysis suggest that absorption features centered at λ < 3.0 µm were primarily sensitive to temperature changes, while features at λ > 3.0 µm were additionally sensitive to grain size changes. We compare our laboratory spectra with selected CRISM data of suspected Martian kieserite and assess the inherent uncertainty that exists in using band center minima to determine surface composition. Incorporation of these temperature and grain size-specific spectra into linear mixture models of planetary surface spectra will improve the compositional interpretation and contribute to our understanding of surface geochemistry and chemical evolution.

  8. Sparstolonin B inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Wang, Ming; Xiu, Liangchang; Diao, Jianxin; Wei, Lianbo; Sun, Jia

    2015-12-15

    Sparstolonin B (SsnB), an isocoumarin compound isolated from the tubers of both Sparganium stoloniferum and Scirpus yagara, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effects. However, whether SsnB has anti-inflammatory effects on LPS-stimulated 3T3-L1 adipocytes remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of SsnB on adipocyte inflammation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and anti-obesity properties in high fat diet (HFD)-induced obese rats. 3T3-L1 adipocytes were pretreated with SsnB 1h before LPS treatment. The expression of MCP-1, IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-10 were measured by qRT-PCR and ELISA. The expression of PPAR-γ, TLR4 and NF-κB were detected by western blotting. SsnB was administered to HFD-induced obese rats to confirm its effects in vivo. Our results showed that SsnB dose-dependently inhibited LPS-induced MCP-1, IL-6, and TNF-α production. SsnB was found to inhibit LPS-induced TLR4 expression and NF-κB activition. Furthermore, SsnB was found to activate PPAR-γ and the inhibitory effects of SsnB on MCP-1, IL-6, and TNF-α production can be reversed by PPAR-γ antagonist GW9662. In vivo, SsnB was found to reduce the body weight of rats fed with HFD. SsnB also inhibited the levels of serum triglyceride (TG) and cholesterol (TC) induced by HFD. In conclusion, the results suggested that SsnB could reduce HFD-induced obesity in rats and inhibited LPS-induced cytokines production in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by activating PPAR-γ. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. How Well Does Brazil's Environmental Law Work in Practice? Environmental Impact Assessment and the Case of the Itapiranga Private Sustainable Logging Plan.

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    Eve; Arguelles; Fearnside

    2000-09-01

    / The Itapiranga Sustainable Logging Plan provides an example of how Brazil's licensing system functions for logging companies in the state of Amazonas. Two questions need to be dealt with: "How sustainable can logging in the Amazon be?" and "What and how effective are existing legal mechanisms to deal with logging projects?" The environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental impact statement (EIS, known as the RIMA in Brazil), present relatively detailed accounts of biodiversity and the need to adopt conservation strategies to protect it. However, social and health impacts are only superficially addressed. The economic sustainability of the operation over multiple cycles is not demonstrated. The multidisciplinary teams responsible for the EIA and EIS (RIMA) reports are hired by the project proponent, an arrangement inherently carrying the risk of biasing the result. Logging reduces biodiversity, releases greenhouse gases and inflicts social and health costs. These impacts reduce the ability of Amazonian forests to provide environmental services and to supply food and livelihood security to local populations. The reports inflate positive effects such as employment: the estimated number of jobs was cut by more than half in a revision made after the EIA and EIS (RIMA) had been approved. Not only do the reports need to be more realistic in assessing both positive and negative consequences of proposed projects, but better means are needed to ensure that promised mitigatory measures are enforced in practice. Many of the lessons that can be drawn from the Itapiranga Plan are not unique to logging projects and apply to licensing of development activites generally in Brazil and elsewhere.

  10. Design of a randomised controlled trial of adapted physical activity during adjuvant treatment for localised breast cancer: the PASAPAS feasibility study

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    Touillaud, M; Foucaut, A-M; Berthouze, S E; Reynes, E; Kempf-Lépine, A-S; Carretier, J; Pérol, D; Guillemaut, S; Chabaud, S; Bourne-Branchu, V; Perrier, L; Trédan, O; Fervers, B; Bachmann, P

    2013-01-01

    Introduction After a diagnosis of localised breast cancer, overweight, obesity and weight gain are negatively associated with prognosis. In contrast, maintaining an optimal weight through a balanced diet combined with regular physical activity appears to be effective protective behaviour against comorbidity or mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis. The primary aim of the Programme pour une Alimentation Saine et une Activité Physique Adaptée pour les patientes atteintes d'un cancer du Sein (PASAPAS) randomised controlled trial is to evaluate the feasibility of implementing an intervention of adapted physical activity (APA) for 6 months concomitant with the prescription of a first line of adjuvant chemotherapy. Secondary aims include assessing the acceptability of the intervention, compliance to the programme, process implementation, patients’ satisfaction, evolution of biological parameters and the medicoeconomic impact of the intervention. Methods and analysis The study population consists of 60 women eligible for adjuvant chemotherapy after a diagnosis of localised invasive breast cancer. They will be recruited during a 2-year inclusion period and randomly allocated between an APA intervention arm and a control arm following a 2:1 ratio. All participants should benefit from personalised dietetic counselling and patients allocated to the intervention arm will be offered an APA programme of two to three weekly sessions of Nordic walking and aerobic fitness. During the 6-month intervention and 6-month follow-up, four assessments will be performed including blood draw, anthropometrics and body composition measurements, and questionnaires about physical activity level, diet, lifestyle factors, psychological criteria, satisfaction with the intervention and medical data. Ethics and dissemination The study was approved by the French Ethics Committee (Comité de Protection des Personnes Sud-Est IV) and the national agencies for biomedical studies and for privacy

  11. Design of a randomised controlled trial of adapted physical activity during adjuvant treatment for localised breast cancer: the PASAPAS feasibility study.

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    Touillaud, M; Foucaut, A-M; Berthouze, S E; Reynes, E; Kempf-Lépine, A-S; Carretier, J; Pérol, D; Guillemaut, S; Chabaud, S; Bourne-Branchu, V; Perrier, L; Trédan, O; Fervers, B; Bachmann, P

    2013-10-28

    After a diagnosis of localised breast cancer, overweight, obesity and weight gain are negatively associated with prognosis. In contrast, maintaining an optimal weight through a balanced diet combined with regular physical activity appears to be effective protective behaviour against comorbidity or mortality after a breast cancer diagnosis. The primary aim of the Programme pour une Alimentation Saine et une Activité Physique Adaptée pour les patientes atteintes d'un cancer du Sein (PASAPAS) randomised controlled trial is to evaluate the feasibility of implementing an intervention of adapted physical activity (APA) for 6 months concomitant with the prescription of a first line of adjuvant chemotherapy. Secondary aims include assessing the acceptability of the intervention, compliance to the programme, process implementation, patients' satisfaction, evolution of biological parameters and the medicoeconomic impact of the intervention. The study population consists of 60 women eligible for adjuvant chemotherapy after a diagnosis of localised invasive breast cancer. They will be recruited during a 2-year inclusion period and randomly allocated between an APA intervention arm and a control arm following a 2:1 ratio. All participants should benefit from personalised dietetic counselling and patients allocated to the intervention arm will be offered an APA programme of two to three weekly sessions of Nordic walking and aerobic fitness. During the 6-month intervention and 6-month follow-up, four assessments will be performed including blood draw, anthropometrics and body composition measurements, and questionnaires about physical activity level, diet, lifestyle factors, psychological criteria, satisfaction with the intervention and medical data. The study was approved by the French Ethics Committee (Comité de Protection des Personnes Sud-Est IV) and the national agencies for biomedical studies and for privacy. All participants will give written informed consent. The study

  12. Douleurs et conflits : Approche comparative et implications pour la qualité des soins en fin de vie

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    Mpinga, Emmanuel Kabengele; Verloo, Henk; Rapin, Charles-Henri; Chastonay, Philippe

    2009-01-01

    Le conflit serait-il à l’organisation ce que la douleur est à un organisme ? OBJECTIFS: Explorer les similitudes et les differences entre les douleurs et les conflits dans les contextes de soins de fin de vie. Mieux comprendre le rôle des conflits dans la qualité de ces soins. MÉTHODOLOGIE: Méthode comparative et réflexive autour des politiques de prise en charge des douleurs et des conflits dans les systèmes de soins. RÉSULTATS: Les conflits et les douleurs présentent de nombreuses similitudes de par leur identité, leur typologie, leur prévalence, leur fonction d’alerte, leurs coûts économiques et sociaux, le déni ou l’occultation qui les entourent et les obstacles à leur prise en charge adéquate. À l’inverse, des différences apparaissent dans la prise en charge des douleurs comparée à celle des conflits. Ces différences portent sur l’existence des programmes de prévention et de lutte sur les scènes nationale et internationale, la mise en œuvre des activités de recherche et de formation et la visibilité sociale. Pour les conflits, cette mise en œuvre n’existe pas encore. CONCLUSION: Les décideurs en clinique et en santé publique devraient intégrer les conflits comme un indicateur de la qualité des soins et élaborer des politiques pertinentes en matière de santé. PMID:19714268

  13. Identification of hydrated silicate minerals on Mars using MRO-CRISM: Geologic context near Nili Fossae and implications for aqueous alteration

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    Ehlmann, B.L.; Mustard, J.F.; Swayze, G.A.; Clark, R.N.; Bishop, J.L.; Poulet, F.; Des Marais, D.J.; Roach, L.H.; Milliken, R.E.; Wray, J.J.; Barnouin-Jha, O.; Murchie, S.L.

    2009-01-01

    The Noachian terrain west of the Isidis basin hosts a diverse collection of alteration minerals in rocks comprising varied geomorphic units within a 100,000 km2 region in and near the Nili Fossae. Prior investigations in this region by the Observatoire pour l'Min??ralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activit?? (OMEGA) instrument on Mars Express revealed large exposures of both mafic minerals and iron magnesium phyllosilicates in stratigraphic context. Expanding on the discoveries of OMEGA, the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has found more spatially widespread and mineralogically diverse alteration minerals than previously realized, which represent multiple aqueous environments. Using CRISM near-infrared spectral data, we detail the basis for identification of iron and magnesium smectites (including both nontronite and more Mg-rich varieties), chlorite, prehnite, serpentine, kaolinite, potassium mica (illite or muscovite), hydrated (opaline) silica, the sodium zeolite analcime, and magnesium carbonate. The detection of serpentine and analcime on Mars is reported here for the first time. We detail the geomorphic context of these minerals using data from high-resolution imagers onboard MRO in conjunction with CRISM. We find that the distribution of alteration minerals is not homogeneous; rather, they occur in provinces with distinctive assemblages of alteration minerals. Key findings are (1) a distinctive stratigraphy, in and around the Nili Fossae, of kaolinite and magnesium carbonate in bedrock units always overlying Fe/Mg smectites and (2) evidence for mineral phases and assemblages indicative of low-grade metamorphic or hydrothermal aqueous alteration in cratered terrains. The alteration minerals around the Nili Fossae are more typical of those resulting from neutral to alkaline conditions rather than acidic conditions, which appear to have dominated much of Mars. Moreover, the mineralogic

  14. Bilan d’une cure chirurgicale d’aspergillome pulmonaire secondaire a une lesion sequellaire de tuberculose au CHU/JRA

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    Razafimanjato, Narindra Njarasoa Mihaja; Rakotoarisoa, Andriamihaja Jean Claude; Ravoatrarilandy, Manjakaniaina; Rakototiana, Auberlin Felantsoa; Hunald, Francis Allen; Samison, Luc Hervé; Ravalisoa, Agnès Marie Lydia; Rakotovao, Danitrala Jean Louis

    2013-01-01

    La prise en charge d’un aspergillome pulmonaire, dans le cas des lésions limitées accessibles, est une des activités courantes en chirurgie thoracique dans les pays endémique à la tuberculose comme Madagascar. Sur une période allant de janvier 2005 en mars 2010, 15 patients, ancien tuberculeux, atteints d’une aspergillome pulmonaire sont traités par une résection segmentaire ou une lobectomie. La circonstance de découverte repose sur la clinique par des tableaux très polymorphes. L’imagerie garde une place importante. L’examen histologique des pièces d’exérèse chirurgicale confirme le diagnostic. Tous les patients ont été opérés de manière élective. Le résultat a été pour l’ensemble des patients jugés satisfaisant. Ces patients sont suivis pendant 1 à 39 mois. L’étude des résultats à distance est encore en cours et est fondamentale si le traitement chirurgical a un effet bénéfique sur la survie et la qualité de vie des malades. Le but de ce travail a été, à partir de la revue de la littérature et de notre petite expérience, de définir quels éléments pertinents mis en exergue sur le sujet. PMID:23646219

  15. Les psychoses de l’épileptique: approche clinique à propos d'un cas

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    Charfi, Nada; Trigui, Dorsaf; Ben Thabet, Jihène; Zouari, Nasreddine; Zouari, Lobna; Maalej, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Pour discuter les liens entre épilepsie et psychose, les auteurs rapportent l'observation d'une fille âgée de 22 ans, traitée pour épilepsie fronto-temporale, adressée en psychiatrie pour des hallucinations sensorielles et cénesthésiques et un délire mystique et d'influence, apparus secondairement et non améliorés par le traitement antiépileptique. Les symptômes psychotiques, chez l’épileptique, peuvent entrer dans le cadre de psychoses intercritiques, post-critiques ou alternatives. Pour le cas rapporté, les symptômes psychotiques étaient intercritiques et chroniques. Il s'agissait vraisemblablement d'une psychose schizophréniforme. Dans ce type de psychose, une indifférence affective et une restriction des activités sont rarement rencontrés, alors que les fluctuations rapides de l'humeur sont fréquentes. Les thématiques délirantes sont assez souvent mystiques, alimentées par des hallucinations auditives et par des hallucinations visuelles inhabituelles. Les troubles négatifs sont rares. Les psychoses épileptiques n'ont pas été identifiées comme des entités nosographiques dans les systèmes de classification psychiatrique (DSM-IV et CIM-10), ce qui pose un problème de reconnaissance de ces troubles. Une collaboration entre psychiatre et neurologue devient ainsi nécessaire pour mieux comprendre cette comorbidité complexe, éviter les erreurs diagnostiques et optimiser la prise en charge. PMID:25309665

  16. [Rheumatoid arthritis treated by norethynodrel associated with mestranol: clinical aspects and laboratory tests].

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    Demers, R; Blais, J A; Pretty, H

    1966-08-20

    A cause de l'effet favorable de la grossesse sur l'activité de l'arthrite rhumatoïde, on s'est demandé si une pseudo-grossesse, produite par un progestatif de synthèse n'entraînerait pas une rémission du moins partielle de cette maladie.Noréthynodrel associée à mestranol (Enovid), 30 mg./jour, a été administrée à 44 femmes pendant quatre à 24 mois. A cause d'effets secondaires indésirables, 11 patientes furent soustraites de l'investigation. Les résultats s'appuient sur 33 cas. Une rémission apparente complète s'est manifestée chez sept patientes aux stades précoces de la maladie; chez 15, une amélioration objective des signes inflammatoires a été observée; chez quatre, une amélioration subjective seule a été notée; chez sept, il n'y a eu aucune amélioration. Dix-sept femmes sur 36 ont présenté une altération d'un ou plusieurs tests hépatiques. Trois présentèrent un ictère cholestatique. Les 17-OH plasmatiques se sont élevés à trois ou quatre fois la normale.De cette étude il ressort que noréthynodrel associée à mestranol peut produire une atténuation des signes inflammatoires de l'arthrite rhumatoïde. L'effet est palliatif, mitigé et non curatif et ne résulte pas nécessairement de l'état de pseudo-grossesse en soi.

  17. PubMed Central

    Demers, Roger; Blais, J. A.; Pretty, H.

    1966-01-01

    A cause de l'effet favorable de la grossesse sur l'activité de l'arthrite rhumatoïde, on s'est demandé si une pseudo-grossesse, produite par un progestatif de synthèse n'entraînerait pas une rémission du moins partielle de cette maladie. Noréthynodrel associée à mestranol (Enovid), 30 mg./jour, a été administrée à 44 femmes pendant quatre à 24 mois. A cause d'effets secondaires indésirables, 11 patientes furent soustraites de l'investigation. Les résultats s'appuient sur 33 cas. Une rémission apparente complète s'est manifestée chez sept patientes aux stades précoces de la maladie; chez 15, une amélioration objective des signes inflammatoires a été observée; chez quatre, une amélioration subjective seule a été notée; chez sept, il n'y a eu aucune amélioration. Dix-sept femmes sur 36 ont présenté une altération d'un ou plusieurs tests hépatiques. Trois présentèrent un ictère cholestatique. Les 17-OH plasmatiques se sont élevés à trois ou quatre fois la normale. De cette étude il ressort que noréthynodrel associée à mestranol peut produire une atténuation des signes inflammatoires de l'arthrite rhumatoïde. L'effet est palliatif, mitigé et non curatif et ne résulte pas nécessairement de l'état de pseudo-grossesse en soi. PMID:5943196

  18. Effects of pharmaceutical formulations containing thyme on carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury in rats.

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    Rašković, Aleksandar; Pavlović, Nebojša; Kvrgić, Maja; Sudji, Jan; Mitić, Gorana; Čapo, Ivan; Mikov, Momir

    2015-12-18

    Herbal supplements are widely used in the treatment of various liver disases, but some of them may also induce liver injuries. Regarding the infuence of thyme and its constituents on the liver, conflicting results have been reported in the literature. The objective of this study was to examine the influence of two commonly used pharmaceutical formulations containing thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.), tincture and syrup, on carbon tetrachloride-induced acute liver injury in rats. Chemical composition of investigated formulations of thyme was determined by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Activities of enzyme markers of hepatocellular damage in serum and antioxidant enzymes in the liver homogenates were measured using the kinetic spectrophotometric methods. Liver morphology was characterized by light microscopy using routine hematoxylin and eosin staining. Thymol was found to be predominant active constituent in both tincture and syrup. Investigated thyme preparations exerted antioxidant effects in liver by preventing carbon tetrachloride-induced increase of lipid peroxidation. Furthermore, co-treatment with thyme preparations reversed the activities of oxidative stress-related enzymes xanthine oxidase, catalase, peroxidase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase, towards normal values in the liver. Hepatotoxicity induced by carbon tetrachloride was reflected by a marked elevation of AST and ALT activities, and histopathologic alterations. Co-administration of thyme tincture resulted in unexpected exacerbation of AST and ALT values in serum, while thyme syrup managed to reduce activites of aminotransferases, in comparison to carbon tetrachloride-treated animals. Despite demonstrated antioxidant activity, mediated through both direct free radical scavenging and activation of antioxidant defense mechanisms, thyme preparations could not ameliorate liver injury in rats. Molecular mechanisms of diverse effects of thyme preparations on chemical

  19. Anticholinergiques et hyperactivité vésicale

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    Qarro, Abdelmounaim; Asseban, Mohammed; Bazine, Khalil; Najoui, Mohammed; Samir, Jamaleddine; Ouhbi, Youssef; Beddouch, Amoqrane; Lezrek, Mohammed; Alami, Mohammed

    2014-01-01

    Résumé L’hyperactivité vésicale (HAV) (overactive bladder [OAB]) se caractérise par une urgenturie, avec ou sans incontinence urinaire, associée à une pollakiurie diurne (> 8 épisodes) et à une nycturie (> 1 épisode). Elle touche 27 % des hommes et 43 % des femmes de plus de 40 ans. Elle a d’importantes répercussions sur les activités quotidiennes ainsi que sur le profil psychologique et sexuel. Elle résulte d’une contraction anormale du détrusor liée à une stimulation de certains récepteurs muscariniques. Il existe cinq sous-types de récepteurs muscariniques (M1, M2, M3, M4 et M5) situés dans la vessie, mais aussi dans d’autres organes : le cerveau, les yeux, les ganglions sympathiques, les glandes salivaires et le cœur. Même si les récepteurs M2 sont les plus nombreux, ce sont essentiellement les récepteurs M3 qui interviennent dans la contraction vésicale. Les anticholinergiques constituent la pierre angulaire du traitement de cette affection. Plusieurs molécules sont actuellement sur le marché, mais jusqu’à présent, aucun médicament n’exerce d’action sélective sur la vessie. De plus, ils ont tous des effets secondaires. Il est possible d’en atténuer l’intensité en amorçant un traitement progressif à raison de faibles doses croissantes. PMID:24454599

  20. Association of 4F2hc with light chains LAT1, LAT2 or y+LAT2 requires different domains.

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    Bröer, A; Friedrich, B; Wagner, C A; Fillon, S; Ganapathy, V; Lang, F; Bröer, S

    2001-05-01

    Heterodimeric amino acid transporters are comprised of a type-II membrane protein named the heavy chain (4F2hc or rBAT) that may associate with a number of different polytopic membrane proteins, called light chains. It is thought that the heavy chain is mainly involved in the trafficking of the complex to the plasma membrane, whereas the transport process itself is catalysed by the light chain. The 4F2 heavy chain (4F2hc) associates with at least six different light chains to induce distinct amino acid-transport activites. To test if the light chains are specifically recognized and to identify domains involved in the recognition of light chains, C-terminally truncated mutants of 4F2hc were constructed and co-expressed with the light chains LAT1, LAT2 and y(+)LAT2. The truncated isoform T1, comprised of only 133 amino acids that form the cytosolic N-terminus and the transmembrane helix, displayed only a slight reduction in its ability to promote LAT1 expression at the membrane surface compared with the 529 amino acid wild-type 4F2hc protein. Co-expression of increasingly larger 4F2hc mutants caused a delayed translocation of LAT1. In contrast to the weak effects of 4F2hc truncations on LAT1 expression, surface expression of LAT2 and y(+)LAT2 was almost completely lost with all truncated heavy chains. Co-expression of LAT1 together with the other light chains did not result in displacement of LAT2 and y(+)LAT2. The results suggest that extracellular domains of the heavy chain are responsible mainly for recognition of light chains other than LAT1 and that the extracellular domain ensures proper translocation to the plasma membrane.

  1. Association of 4F2hc with light chains LAT1, LAT2 or y+LAT2 requires different domains.

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    Bröer, A; Friedrich, B; Wagner, C A; Fillon, S; Ganapathy, V; Lang, F; Bröer, S

    2001-01-01

    Heterodimeric amino acid transporters are comprised of a type-II membrane protein named the heavy chain (4F2hc or rBAT) that may associate with a number of different polytopic membrane proteins, called light chains. It is thought that the heavy chain is mainly involved in the trafficking of the complex to the plasma membrane, whereas the transport process itself is catalysed by the light chain. The 4F2 heavy chain (4F2hc) associates with at least six different light chains to induce distinct amino acid-transport activites. To test if the light chains are specifically recognized and to identify domains involved in the recognition of light chains, C-terminally truncated mutants of 4F2hc were constructed and co-expressed with the light chains LAT1, LAT2 and y(+)LAT2. The truncated isoform T1, comprised of only 133 amino acids that form the cytosolic N-terminus and the transmembrane helix, displayed only a slight reduction in its ability to promote LAT1 expression at the membrane surface compared with the 529 amino acid wild-type 4F2hc protein. Co-expression of increasingly larger 4F2hc mutants caused a delayed translocation of LAT1. In contrast to the weak effects of 4F2hc truncations on LAT1 expression, surface expression of LAT2 and y(+)LAT2 was almost completely lost with all truncated heavy chains. Co-expression of LAT1 together with the other light chains did not result in displacement of LAT2 and y(+)LAT2. The results suggest that extracellular domains of the heavy chain are responsible mainly for recognition of light chains other than LAT1 and that the extracellular domain ensures proper translocation to the plasma membrane. PMID:11311135

  2. Influence of dislocations on photovoltaic properties of multicrystalline silicon solar cells

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    El Ghitani, H.; Pasquinelli, M.; Martinuzzi, S.

    1993-10-01

    The photovoltaic properties of large grained polycrystalline silicon solar cells are mainly affected by the presence of dislocations. Both the recombination of carriers at dislocation (which degrades the photocurrent) and the transport of carriers along the dislocation cores crossing the junction (which increases the dark current) are taken into account. The influence of the density N_dis and recombination activity S_d of dislocations on the short circuit current density J_sc, open circuit voltage V_oc, fill factor FF, and efficiency η are computed. The computed values are compared to experimental results. Les propriétés photovoltaïques des cellules solaires au silicium multicristallin à gros grains, sont principalement affectées par la présence de dislocations. Nous nous intéressons plus particulièrement à la recombinaison des porteurs de charges aux dislocations qui affecte en premier lieu le photocourant et au transport des charges le long du cœur des dislocations traversant la jonction et qui est responsable de l'augmentation du courant d'obscurité. Nous avons modélisé l'influence de la densité de dislocations N_dis et de leur activité recombinante S_d sur les principaux paramètres photovoltaïques (le courant de court-circuit J_sc, la tension de circuit ouvert V_oc, le facteur de forme FF, et le rendement η). Le modèle est ensuite confronté aux résultats expérimentaux.

  3. Les ruptures traumatiques du tendon quadricipital: à propos de 3 cas

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    Benyass, Youssef; Chafry, Bouchaib; Koufagued, Kaldadak; Bouabid, Salim; Chagar, Belkacem

    2015-01-01

    Les ruptures traumatiques du tendon quadricipital sont rares, elles surviennent préférentiellement après 40 ans, suite à un traumatisme indirect chez le sportif (flexion contrariée du genou) ou traumatisme banal chez le sédentaire. La tendinopathie préexistante est fréquente. La rupture est le plus souvent totale et siège au corps du tendon 60% des cas ou décallotement quadricipital au bord supérieur de la rotule (40% des cas). Le diagnostic est essentiellement clinique. Les examens complémentaires (échographie et imagerie par résonance magnétique) sont utiles et appuient le diagnostique, mais sont souvent faussement rassurants hormis la radiographie qui montre une rotule basse. Le traitement essentiellement chirurgical associé à la rééducation fonctionnelle donne des résultats largement meilleurs. Le délai d'intervention est un facteur pronostic très important. Les auteurs rapportent 03cas de rupture de tendon quadricipital. L’âge moyen est de 50ans. Ils ont été traités chirurgicalement et revus régulièrement, avec un recul de 16 mois pour apprécier l’évolution. Les résultats ont été très bons chez 02 cas et bon chez 01 cas. L'amélioration a été très nette selon les critères: marche, douleur et reprise d'activité physique. PMID:26985261

  4. A review of mentorship measurement tools.

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    Chen, Yanhua; Watson, Roger; Hilton, Andrea

    2016-05-01

    To review mentorship measurement tools in various fields to inform nursing educators on selection, application, and developing of mentoring instruments. A literature review informed by PRISMA 2009 guidelines. Six databases: CINHAL, Medline, PsycINFO, Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Business premier resource. Search terms and strategies used: mentor* N3 (behav* or skill? or role? or activit? or function* or relation*) and (scale or tool or instrument or questionnaire or inventory). The time limiter was set from January 1985 to June 2015. Extracted data were content of instruments, samples, psychometrics, theoretical framework, and utility. An integrative review method was used. Twenty-eight papers linked to 22 scales were located, seven from business and industry, 11 from education, 3 from health science, and 1 focused on research mentoring. Mentorship measurement was pioneered by business with a universally accepted theoretical framework, i.e. career function and psychosocial function, and the trend of scale development is developing: from focusing on the positive side of mentorship shifting to negative mentoring experiences and challenges. Nursing educators mainly used instruments from business to assess mentorship among nursing teachers. In education and nursing, measurement has taken to a more specialised focus: researchers in different contexts have developed scales to measure different specific aspects of mentorship. Most tools show psychometric evidence of content homogeneity and construct validity but lack more comprehensive and advanced tests. Mentorship is widely used and conceptualised differently in different fields and is less mature in nursing than in business. Measurement of mentorship is heading to a more specialised and comprehensive process. Business and education provided measurement tools to nursing educators to assess mentorship among staff, but a robust instrument to measure nursing students' mentorship is needed. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd

  5. Work and Fatigue Characteristics of Unsuited and Suited Humans During Isolated, Isokinetic Joint Motions

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    Gonzalez, L. Javier; Maida, James C.; Miles, Erica H.; Rajulu, S. L.; Pandya, A. K.; Russo, Dane M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The effects of a pressurized suit on human performance were investigated. The suit is known as an Extra-vehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) and is worn by astronauts while working outside of their space craft in low earth orbit. Isolated isokinetic joint torques of three female and three male subjects (all experienced users of the suit) were measured while working at 100% and 80% of their maximum voluntary torque (MVT). It was found that the average decrease in the total amount of work done when the subjects were wearing the EMU was 48% and 41% while working at 100% and 80% MVT, respectively. There is a clear relationship between the MVT and the time and amount of work done until fatigue. In general the stronger joints took longer to fatigue and did more work than the weaker joints. However, it is not clear which joints are most affected by the EMU suit in terms of the amount of work done. The average amount of total work done increased by 5.2% and 20.4% for the unsuited and suited cases, respectively, when the subject went from working at 100% to 80% MVT. Also, the average time to fatigue increased by 9.2% and 25.6% for the unsuited and suited cases, respectively, when the subjects went from working at 100% to 80% MVT. The EMU also decreased the joint range of motion. It was also found that the experimentally measured torque decay could be predicted by a logarithmic equation. The absolute average error in the predictions was found to be 18.3% and 18.9% for the unsuited and suited subject, respectively, working at 100% MVT, and 22.5% and 18.8% for the unsuited and suited subject, respectively, working at 80% MVT. These results could be very useful in the design of future EMU suits, and planning of Extra-Vehicular Activit). (EVA) for the upcoming International Space Station assembly operations.

  6. Prédiction du comportement à long terme des matériaux polymères

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    Lemaire, J.

    1998-06-01

    Most of the world activity on research, development and control of polymer durability is still based on empirical techniques developed in the early ages of polymer uses. Those techniques should be critically analysed considering the state of the art in the fundamental understanding of these complex phenomena. A more rational approach is described, especially to predict the lifetime of polymeric materials in environmental conditions. That approach is based on the recognition of the chemical evolution mechanisms. Les activités de recherche, développement et contrôle de durabilité des matériaux polymères sont encore, pour une part très importante, basées sur l'emploi de techniques empiriques dont les principes ont été énoncés dès le début de l'exploitation de ces matériaux. Une analyse critique de ces méthodes s'impose aujourd'hui en tenant compte de l'avancement des connaissances. Une approche plus rationnelle est décrite, approche basée sur la reconnaissance des mécanismes d'évolution chimique. A titre d'exemple, le mécanisme d'évolution du PVC sous contraintes conjuguées de l'UV, de la chaleur et de l'oxygène, est décrit. Des études récentes de photooxydation de polymères conducteurs au sein de polyéthylène sont également succinctement rapportées.

  7. Dépression et niveau de fardeau chez les aidants familiaux des sujets déments en Tunisie

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    Ben Thabet, Jihène; Jaoua, Feriel; Charfi, Nada; Zouari, Lobna; Zouari, Nasreddine; Maalej, Mohamed

    2011-01-01

    Introduction La démence peut retentir lourdement sur les aidants familiaux du patient. Les objectifs de notre étude étaient de déterminer le niveau de fardeau et de la dépression chez les aidants familiaux de sujets déments, et d'identifier les facteurs associés à un niveau de fardeau élevé. Méthodes Il s'agissait d'une enquête auprès de 65 aidants tunisiens. Les niveaux de fardeau et de la dépression ont été évalués par, respectivement, l'inventaire de Zarit et l’échelle de Beck. Résultats Le taux des aidants qui avaient un niveau de fardeau élevé était de 52,3 %. Une dépression modérée ou sévère a été relevée chez 46,2 %. Un niveau de fardeau élevé était corrélé, du côté de l'aidant, avec le niveau socio-économique moyen à élevé, la cohabitation avec le patient, le fait d’être son conjoint, la réduction des activités quotidiennes et la sévérité de la dépression, et, du côté du dément, avec l'agressivité. Conclusion Les facteurs corrélés à un niveau de fardeau élevé orientent vers les cibles d'intervention et sont susceptibles d’être améliorés par la prise en charge, ce qui contribuerait à alléger la détresse des aidants. PMID:22384291

  8. ISEES: an institute for sustainable software to accelerate environmental science

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    Jones, M. B.; Schildhauer, M.; Fox, P. A.

    2013-12-01

    Software is essential to the full science lifecycle, spanning data acquisition, processing, quality assessment, data integration, analysis, modeling, and visualization. Software runs our meteorological sensor systems, our data loggers, and our ocean gliders. Every aspect of science is impacted by, and improved by, software. Scientific advances ranging from modeling climate change to the sequencing of the human genome have been rendered possible in the last few decades due to the massive improvements in the capabilities of computers to process data through software. This pivotal role of software in science is broadly acknowledged, while simultaneously being systematically undervalued through minimal investments in maintenance and innovation. As a community, we need to embrace the creation, use, and maintenance of software within science, and address problems such as code complexity, openness,reproducibility, and accessibility. We also need to fully develop new skills and practices in software engineering as a core competency in our earth science disciplines, starting with undergraduate and graduate education and extending into university and agency professional positions. The Institute for Sustainable Earth and Environmental Software (ISEES) is being envisioned as a community-driven activity that can facilitate and galvanize activites around scientific software in an analogous way to synthesis centers such as NCEAS and NESCent that have stimulated massive advances in ecology and evolution. We will describe the results of six workshops (Science Drivers, Software Lifecycles, Software Components, Workforce Development and Training, Sustainability and Governance, and Community Engagement) that have been held in 2013 to envision such an institute. We will present community recommendations from these workshops and our strategic vision for how ISEES will address the technical issues in the software lifecycle, sustainability of the whole software ecosystem, and the critical

  9. The OMEGA Instrument on board Mars Express: First Results

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    Bellucci, G.; Altieri, F.; Bibring, J. P.; OMEGA Team

    OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, le Glace e l'Activité) is a visible and near infrared mapping spectrometer, operating in the spectral range (0.35 - 5.1 μm). Combining imagery and spectrometry, OMEGA is designed to provide the mineralogical and molecular composition of the surface and atmosphere of Mars through the spectral analysis of the diffused solar light and surface thermal emission. OMEGA will provide a global coverage at medium resolution (2 to 5 km) of the entire surface of Mars from altitudes 1500 to 4000 km, and high resolution (< 400 m) spectral images of selected areas, amounting to a few percents of the surface, when observed close to periapsis (< 300 km altitude). OMEGA will address major questions associated to internal structure, geologic and chemical evolution, past activity and present surface variegation. It will greatly contribute to the understanding of the evolution of Mars from geological time scales to seasonal variations. It will in particular give unique clues for understanding the H2O and CO2 cycles over the Mars history. It will play a major role in identifying areas of interest for the future martian in situ explorations. OMEGA is an international collaboration between France, Italy and Russia, involving the following Institutions: IAS (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France), DESPA (Département de Recherches Spatiales, Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France), IFSI (Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario, Rome, Italy) and IKI (Institute for Space Research, Moscow, Russia). In this paper we present the first results after few months from starting of its observations.

  10. Are Canadian postgraduate training programs meeting the health advocacy needs of obstetrics and gynaecology residents?

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    Hakim, Julie; Black, Amanda; Gruslin, Andrée; Fleming, Nathalie

    2013-06-01

    Objectifs : La promotion de la santé (PS) est une compétence de base qui figure dans les programmes canadiens d’études supérieures en obstétrique-gynécologie. Nous avions pour objectif d’évaluer la connaissance et la compréhension du rôle de promoteur de la santé chez les stagiaires, la formation actuellement vouée à la PS et l’exposition des stagiaires à ce concept à l’heure actuelle, ainsi que les souhaits et les besoins pour ce qui est de l’avenir de la formation vouée à la PS. Méthodes : Un questionnaire en ligne, transversal, autodéclaré et anonyme a été distribué aux stagiaires canadiens en obstétrique-gynécologie. Une analyse descriptive a été menée pour toutes les variables à l’étude. Des tests de chi carré, un test de tendance de Cochran-Armitage et un test exact de Fisher ont été menés, lorsque cela s’avérait approprié. Résultats : La plupart des stagiaires (93,9 % des répondants) connaissaient le rôle PS CanMEDS et savaient qu’il s’agissait d’un objectif de formation (92,9 %). Seulement 52,4 % d’entre eux disposaient d’objectifs clairs à ce sujet, tandis que 58,4 % comprenaient les exigences de ce rôle. La plupart des stagiaires (95,1 % des répondants) estimaient que la PS constituait un sujet important à aborder dans le cadre de la formation. Seulement 30,4 % des stagiaires disposaient d’une formation en PS et tout juste 36,3 % d’entre eux estimaient que leurs besoins de formation étaient satisfaits. Dans le cadre de la formation, on trouvait les sessions d’enseignement (11,9 %), l’enseignement clinique (4,7 %) et l’imitation de rôles (4,7 %). Bien que 82,9 % des répondants aient disposé d’occasions de PS auprès des patientes, les occasions de ce genre étaient moins nombreuses aux niveaux communautaire (45,1 %) et sociétal (30,0 %). La connaissance des activités et des groupes communautaires était faible (28,6 %), et peu de répondants (20,0

  11. The role of the Spanish Committee of the International Association of Hydrogeologists in the management and protection of Spain's groundwater resources

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    Custodio, Emilio; Llamas, M.-Ramón; Villarroya, Fermín

    promouvoir des activités de diffusion des sciences, de la technologie et de la gestion de l'eau en Espagne et à l'étranger, surtout en Amérique latine, et pour tenter d'orienter la politique de l'eau à l'égard des eaux souterraines. Ces activités incluent principalement l'organisation de réunions techniques et scientifiques sur des sujets classiques tels que l'eau souterraine dans la nouvelle Loi sur l'Eau, la surexploitation, l'eau souterraine dans la gestion des ressources en eau, la pollution de l'eau souterraine, l'estimation des écoulements naturels, entre autres. Les retombées de ces activités sur la récente politique de l'eau en Espagne paraissent significatives et l'expérience acquise peut être appliquée à d'autres pays. Resumen España es un país relativamente grande (unos 500,000km2) con áreas extensas en las que existe un elevado número de buenos acuíferos. En algunas zonas estos acuíferos son intensamente aprovechados y constituyen el recurso más importante de agua dulce. Sin embargo, el aprovechamiento y la protección de las aguas subterráneas pocas veces han sido debidamente considerados por la Administración hidráulica española, a pesar de la presión ejercida por distintos grupos y por algunos miembros responsables de la propia Administración hidráulica para corregir esta situación. Durante el último decenio el Comité Español de la Asociación Internacional de Hidrogeólogos (AIH) ha sido muy activo en promover reuniones para difundir la ciencia, la tecnología y la adecuada gestión del agua subterránea en España y en el extranjero, especialmente en Ibero-América. También ha intentado que los temas referentes al agua subterránea tuviesen la oportuna consideración en la política hidrológica general. Estas actividades han consistido principalmente en la organización de reuniones científicas y técnicas sobre temas actuales tales como el agua subterránea en la planificación hidrológica, contaminación del agua

  12. Le Laboratoire de Mécanique Appliquée Raymond Chaléat a 40 ans !

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    Comité D'Organisation Du Colloque Ime 2002, Le

    2002-12-01

    Le LMARC a été créé par Raymond Chaléat dans les locaux de l'École Nationale d'Horlogerie (a présent Lycée Technique Jules Haag).L'équipe de recherche était alors constituée de 2 enseignants-chercheurs (Raymond Chaléat et Gérard Lallement) et d'un technicien (Bernard Prêtre). Les travaux de recherche se situaient naturellement dans le domaine de la chronométrie et en particulier dans la mécanique non linéaire analytique inhérente à la montre en fonctionnement. En effet, Raymond Chaléat fut l'élève, puis le collaborateur du Professeur Jules Haag, mathématicien et mécanicien, lui-même élève de Poincarré.Le LMARC a étendu ses activités avec l'arrivée de Claude Oudet, puis de Claude Oytana à la rhéologie des matériaux solides qui est devenue plus tard l'Équipe Propriétés Mécaniques des Matériaux. En parallèle, G. Lallement a créé une équipe Vibrations devenue à ce jour Dynamique des Structures. À ce jour, le Laboratoire compte plus de 110 personnes dont 40 doctorants.Il a depuis diversifié ses activités avec 3 nouvelles équipes tournées vers la Modélisation et la Mise en Forme des Matériaux, les Micromachines et la Biomécanique et les Mécanismes. Il a su également prendre toute sa place au sein de l'Institut des Microtechniques de Franche-Comté en contribuant à plusieurs thèmes.Notre Laboratoire a été l'un des premiers laboratoires associé au CNRS (4ème) et a toujours été rattaché à l'Université de Franche-Comté (Présidence par C. Oytana de 1996 a 2001) par l'entremise de I'UFR Sciences et Techniques. Il a toujours maintenu des liens forts avec I'ENSMM (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques) d'une part par ses enseignants-chercheurs et d'autre part deux de ses directeurs, Raymond Chaléat et actuellement Jean-Claude Gelin.En plus de ses relations constantes avec l'industrie régionale, le LMARC a développé des actions contractuelles avec de grands groupes tels que EDF

  13. A pilot study of the efficacy of wipes containing chlorhexidine 0.3%, climbazole 0.5% and Tris-EDTA to reduce Malassezia pachydermatis populations on canine skin

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    Cavana, Paola; Peano, Andrea; Petit, Jean-Yanique; Tizzani, Paolo; Perrot, Sébastien; Bensignor, Emmanuel; Guillot, Jacques

    2015-01-01

    Background Wipes containing chlorhexidine and azole derivates have been recommended for veterinary use. No study has been published about their activity against Malassezia pachydermatis. Hypothesis/Objectives To evaluate the in vivo and in vitro activity of wipes soaked in a chlorhexidine, climbazole and Tris-EDTA solution against Malassezia pachydermatis. Animals Five research colony shar-pei dogs. Methods Wipes were applied once daily onto the left axilla, left groin and perianal area (protocol A), and twice daily on the right axilla, right groin and umbilical region (protocol B) for 3 days. In vivo activity was evaluated by quantifying Malassezia colonies through contact plates on the selected body areas before and after wipe application. The activity of the solution in which the wipes were soaked was assessed in vitro by contact tests following the European Standard UNI EN 1275 guidelines. Results Samples collected after wipe application showed a significant and rapid reduction of Malassezia yeast CFU. No significant difference in the Malassezia reduction was found between protocols A and B. In vitro assay showed 100% activity against Malassezia yeasts after a 15 min contact time with the wipe solution. Conclusions and clinical importance Wipes containing chlorhexidine, climbazole and Tris-EDTA substantially reduced the M. pachydermatis population on the skin of dogs. The results, although this was an uncontrolled study performed on a small number of dogs, suggest that these wipes may be useful for topical therapy of Malassezia dermatitis involving the lips, paws, perianal area and skin folds. Résumé Contexte Des lingettes contenant de la chlorhexidine et des dérivésazolés ont été recommandés en médicine vétérinaire. Aucune étude n'a été publiée sur leur activité contre Malassezia pachydermatis. Hypothèses/Objectifs Evaluer l'activité in vivo et in vitro de lingettes imprégnées d'une solution de chlorhexidine, climbazole et Tris

  14. Extraterrestrial hydrogeology

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    Baker, Victor R.; Dohm, James M.; Fairén, Alberto G.; Ferré, Ty P. A.; Ferris, Justin C.; Miyamoto, Hideaki; Schulze-Makuch, Dirk

    2005-03-01

    subsurface apparaissent à travers toute leur histoire planétaire. La Terre est particulièrement clémente avec la recharge des réservoirs, avec de amples précipitations, des conditions glaciaires et de fortes chaleurs, comme l'atteste les enregistrements géologiques et paléontologiques. D'un autre côté, Mars se trouve dans une phase essentiellement glaciaire, qui est interrompue par des activités contraintes par les phénomènes endogéniques. Cette activité conduit de manière catastrophique à des cycles hydrologiques et à des perturbations climatiques brutaux. Les aquifères régionaux dans les haute terres martiennes qui se sont formés dans des conditions similaires aux conditions terrestres, alimentent les plaines du Nord. L'eau a également été déplacée vers le Pôle Sud martien durant des changements marqués par une forte activité endogénique et une modification des paramètres de l'orbite de Mars. Venus possèdait vrais emblablement une hydrosphère chaude durant des millions d'année, avant le développement de son atmosphère et sa surface particulièrement chaude. Par après Venus a perdit son hydrosphère alors que la luminosité solaire augmentait et qu'une humidité liée à un effet de serre s'installait. Les océans de subsurface d'eau ou d'eau ammoniacale, induits par les forces de marée et le chauffage radiogénique, apparaissent probablement sur les satellites les plus importants (Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, Triton). Les forces de marée entre les petits corps externes du système solaire peuvent également occasionner la fusion de glace et la stabilité des océans internes d'eau liquide. Los procesos hídricos subsuperficiales son comunes en cuerpos planetarios del sistema solar y son altamente probables para exoplanetas (planetas fuera del sistema solar). Para muchos cuerpos del sistema solar, el agua subsuperficial existe como hielo. Para la Tierra y Marte han ocurrido zonas saturadas subsuperficiales a través de sus

  15. Etude de contacts métal-InP(n) clivé : barrière de Schottky et états d'interface

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    Maaref, H.; Barret, C.

    1991-05-01

    Au, Ag, AI and Pd-InP (n type) interfaces have been obtained by UHV cleavage and in situ metallization. These interfaces have been characterized by electrical methods : I- V, C- V, SCS (Shottky Capacitance Spectroscopy). In spite of great variations in the reactivities of the deposited metals on InP, the Schottky barrier heights are quite similar: 0.37 eV (AI) ; 0.41 eV (An, Pd) ; 0.54 eV (Ag). The study of interface states by SCs shows the presence of two characteristic states whatever the metal localized near E_c - 0,25 eV and E_c - 0,37 eV. The latter could play a significant role in the Fermi level pinning. Des interfaces Au, Ag, AI et Pd-InP de type n ont été réalisées par clivage et métallisation in situ sous ultra-vide. Les caractérisations ont été effectuées par des méthodes électriques I-V, C-V et SCS (Spectroscopie de Capacité Schottky). Malgré les importantes différences de réactivité entre les métaux utilisés et InP les barrières de Schottky varient peu: 0,37 eV pour AI, 0,41 eV pour Au et Pd et 0,54 eV pour Ag. L'analyse des états d'interface par SCS met en évidence deux états communs à toutes les interfaces et localisés au voisinage de E_c - 0,25 eV et E_c - 0,37 eV. Ce dernier pourrait jouer un rôle important dans l'ancrage du niveau de Fermi.

  16. Élaboration de couches minces de carbone par ablation laser femtoseconde pour application aux biomatériaux implantables

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    Loir, A.-S.; Garrelie, F.; Donnet, C.; Subtil, J.-L.; Belin, M.; Forest, B.; Rogemond, F.; Laporte, P.

    2005-06-01

    Des films de tetrahedral amorphous-Carbon (ta-C) ont été déposés, sous vide poussé, par ablation d'une cible de graphite avec un laser Ti : saphir (durée d'impulsion 170 fs, fréquence de répétition 1 kHz, énergie maximale par impulsion 1,5 mJ, longueur d'onde 800 nm) sur substrats standard et sur biomatériaux (acier AISI 316L, polyéthylène à très haut poids moléculaire). Les propriétés de ces couches (structure, propriétés nanomécaniques et tribologiques) ont été caractérisées, en fonction des conditions d'élaboration, en examinant l'intérêt de l'utilisation d'un laser femtoseconde et leur capacité à satisfaire aux exigences spécifiques du domaine biomédical. Les propriétés d'adhérence des films ont été considérablement améliorées lors du dépôt sur des substrats en acier inoxydable préalablement préparés par décapage ionique in situ sous atmosphère d'argon. La surface hémisphérique d'une tête fémorale, en acier inoxydable, de prothèse de hanche de diamètre 22,2 mm a été revêtue d'un film de DLC adhérent et homogène en épaisseur. La résistance à l'usure de ce revêtement sera quantifiée à l'aide d'un simulateur de marche durant un million de cycles (correspondant à une année d'activité physique d'un être humain).

  17. Spectral and stratigraphic mapping of hydrated sulfate and phyllosilicate- bearing deposits: Implications for the aqueous history of Sinus Meridiani, Mars

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    Wiseman, Sandra Margot

    2009-09-01

    Data acquired by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) are used in conjunction with additional data sets to perform detailed stratigraphic and spectral analyses with the goal of identifying and mapping the mineralogy and stratigraphy of sedimentary deposits to infer the aqueous history of the Sinus Meridiani region on Mars. Datasets utilized include MRO Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), MRO Context Imager, MRO High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, Mars Express (MEX) Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activite, MEX High Resolution Stereo Camera, Mars Odyssey (ODY) Thermal Emission Imaging System, ODY Mars Orbital Camera, and ODY Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data. Spectral analyses focus on detection, identification, and mapping of hydrated and/or hydroxylated alteration minerals in the near infrared region between ~1.0 and 2.5 mm. An extensive analysis is presented on methods for the retrieval of atmospherically corrected CRISM surface Lambert Albedo spectra using Discrete Ordinate Radiative Transfer modeling. Sedimentary deposits indicative of a complex aqueous history occur in Sinus Meridiani. Fe/Mg phyllosilicate minerals, including Fe/Mg smectites, are detected in ancient Noachian cratered terrains. Fe/Mg smectites also occur in association with layered sedimentary deposits that unconformably overlie the Noachian cratered terrain. Both of these units predate the formation of the sulfate and hematite-bearing unit on which the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity landed. At least one episode of intense erosion acted on the sedimentary deposits. A thick sequence of layered hydrated sulfate deposits that are texturally and spectrally distinct from the sulfate rich bedrock explored by the Opportunity Rover occurs in northern Sinus Meridiani. Detailed stratigraphic analyses indicate that these deposits are not readily explained by a simple layered stratigraphy and an unconformable facies change is inferred to have

  18. La stigmatisation des PVVIH en Afrique: analyse de ses formes et manifestations au Burkina Faso

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    Ky-Zerbo, Odette; Desclaux, Alice; Asmar, Khalil El; Makhlouf-Obermeyer, Carla; Msellati, Philippe; Somé, Jean-François

    2014-01-01

    Résumé Introduction l’impact négatif de la stigmatisation sur la prévention du VIH et la prise en charge a été documenté. La stigmatisation a été analysée au plan qualitatif au Burkina Faso, où la prévalence VIH est faible (1 %). Des mesures quantitatives sont encore nécessaires pour identifier les formes et manifestations majeures de la stigmatisation. Méthodologie dans le cadre de l’étude MATCH (Multi-country African Study on Testing and Counselling for HIV), une étude transversale a été conduite auprès de personnes ayant déjà fait le test VIH. Les personnes séropositives ont été interrogées sur les conséquences du résultat VIH+. Leur vécu de la stigmatisation a été évalué à travers 20 indicateurs de manifestations de la stigmatisation, regroupés en trois formes de stigmatisation/discrimination. Résultats au total 219 PVVIH ont été recrutées. L’autostigmatisation est la forme majeure de stigmatisation. Elle est estimée dans cette étude à 46 % comparativement à la stigmatisation dans les relations interpersonnelles évaluée à 40 % et la stigmatisation dans les services de santé qui est de 11 %. L’expérience de la stigmatisation dans les relations interpersonnelles est davantage rapportée par les PVVIH qui ont partagé leur résultat, celles qui ont un faible niveau de scolarisation, les veufs/veuves ou séparés, et les membres d’association. La stigmatisation dans les services de santé est rapportée plus souvent par les membres d’associations. Conclusion les programmes de prise en charge doivent, parallèlement à l’extension des antirétroviraux, intégrer un volet psychologique plus adapté aux besoins. Les activités d’appui psychosocial ciblant davantage l’individu doivent être développées, surtout au sein des associations. PMID:25291886

  19. Long non-coding RNA MEG3 inhibits NSCLC cells proliferation and induces apoptosis by affecting p53 expression.

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    Lu, Kai-hua; Li, Wei; Liu, Xiang-hua; Sun, Ming; Zhang, Mei-ling; Wu, Wei-qin; Xie, Wei-ping; Hou, Ya-yi

    2013-10-07

    Long non-coding RNAs play an important role in tumorigenesis, hence, identification of cancer-associated lncRNAs and investigation of their biological functions and molecular mechanisms are important for understanding the development and progression of cancer. Recently, the downregulation of lncRNA MEG3 has been observed in various human cancers. However, its role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the expression pattern of MEG3 in NSCLC and to evaluate its biological role and clinical significance in tumor progression. Expression of MEG3 was analyzed in 44 NSCLC tissues and 7 NSCLC cell lines by qRT-PCR. Over-expression approaches were used to investigate the biological functions of MEG3 in NSCLC cells. Bisulfite sequencing was used to investigate DNA methylation on MEG3 expression. The effect of MEG3 on proliferation was evaluated by MTT and colony formation assays, and cell apoptosis was evaluated by Hoechst staining and Flow-cytometric analysis. NSCLC cells transfected with pCDNA-MEG3 were injection into nude mice to study the effect of MEG3 on tumorigenesis in vivo . Protein levels of MEG3 targets were determined by western blot analysis. Differences between groups were tested for significance using Student's t-test (two-tailed). MEG3 expression was decreased in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumor tissues compared with normal tissues, and associated with advanced pathologic stage, and tumor size. Moreover, patients with lower levels of MEG3 expression had a relatively poor prognosis. Overexpression of MEG3 decreased NSCLC cells proliferation and induced apoptosis in vitro and impeded tumorigenesis in vivo. MDM2 and p53 protein levels were affected by MEG3 over-expression in vitro. Our findings indicate that MEG3 is significantly down-regulated in NSCLC tissues that could be affected by DNA methylation, and regulates NSCLC cell proliferation and apoptosis, partially via the activition of p53. Thus, MEG3

  20. Violences conjugales à Antananarivo (Madagascar): un enjeu de santé publique

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    Gastineau, Bénédicte; Gathier, Lucy

    2012-01-01

    Introduction La violence conjugale a été étudiée dans beaucoup de pays développés mais peu en Afrique subsaharienne. Madagascar est un pays où ce phénomène est peu documenté. Méthodes En 2007, une enquête sur la violence conjugale à Antananarivo (ELVICA) a été menée sur la violence conjugale envers les femmes dans la capitale malgache. ELVICA a interrogé 400 femmes en union, de 15 à 59 ans. Des informations sur les caractéristiques démographiques, socioéconomiques des couples ont été collectées ainsi que sur les actes de violences physiques des hommes sur leurs épouses. L’objectif de cet article est d’identifier les facteurs de risques de la violence conjugale grave, celle qui a des conséquences sur la santé physique des femmes. Résultats Trente-cinq pour cent des femmes qui ont déclaré avoir subi au moins une forme de violence physique au cours des 12 mois précédent l’enquête. Presque la moitié (46%) des femmes violentées ont déclaré avoir déjà eu des hématomes, et environ un quart (23%) des plaies avec saignement. Vingt-deux pour cent ont déjà dû consulter un médecin. Parmi les nombreuses variables socioéconomiques et démographiques testées, quelques-unes sont associées positivement au risque de violence conjugale grave: le fait pour une femme d’être en union consensuelle et d’avoir une activité professionnelle. Il y aussi un lien entre la violence subie et l’autonomie des femmes (liberté accordée par le mari de travailler, de circuler, de voir sa famille). Conclusion A Madagascar, comme ailleurs, la lutte contre les violences conjugales est un élément majeur de l’amélioration du statut et de la santé des femmes. PMID:22514757

  1. Détention provisoire des jeunes femmes accusées d'avortement clandestin ou d'infanticide au Sénégal

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    Soumah, Mohamed Maniboliot; Pemba, Liliane Flore

    2012-01-01

    Introduction L'activité sexuelle chez les jeunes les expose à un accroissement du risque de contracter des grossesses non désirées. Le recours à l'avortement clandestin avec son corollaire de complications peut entrainer le décès de la jeune femme. Avortement et infanticide sont interdits et sanctionnés par la loi sénégalaise. Comment ces jeunes femmes vivent-elles leur détention? Existe-il des alternatives à la détention pour éviter leur désocialisation? Méthodes Cette étude rétrospective portait sur la maison d'arrêt des femmes de Dakar située à Liberté 6, un quartier de Dakar. Nous avons procédé à des entretiens avec des femmes détenues à la maison d'arrêt des femmes de Dakar et suspectées d'infanticide ou d'avortement clandestin. Résultats Les femmes de notre échantillon ont une moyenne d’âge inférieure à 25 ans avec parmi elles une fille mineure de 16 ans. Nous avons trouvé 18,51% de femmes suspectées d'infanticide ou d'avortement. Dans notre étude 50% des femmes sont originaires de la périphérie et de la banlieue de Dakar et presque 44% proviennent des autres régions du pays. La durée moyenne de détention provisoire est de neuf mois. Conclusion Malgré leur qualification distincte dans le code pénal: l'infanticide est un crime et l'avortement un délit, les femmes suspectées d'avoir commis ces actes sont soumises à de longues détentions préventives. PMID:22937189

  2. Enquête sur la contrefaçon de quelques anti-infectieux administrés per os commercialisés dans la ville de Lubumbashi

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    Tshilumba, Pierrot Mwamba; Amuri, Salvius Bakari; Kaghowa, Elie Rongorongo; Mbikay, Danny Mukeba; Impele, Alex Bokanya; Duez, Pierre; Ndoumba, Jean Baptiste Kalonji

    2015-01-01

    Introduction La production, la vente et la consommation des médicaments contrefaits sont de sérieux problèmes qui pèsent sur la Santé Publique particulièrement des pays en développement et pour lesquels il existe peu d'informations dans certains pays. Cette étude a été menée en vue de contribuer à la détermination de la prévalence des médicaments contrefaits, particulièrement celle des anti-infectieux consommés dans la ville de Lubumbashi en République Démocratique du Congo. Méthodes L’étude a visé des médicaments anti-infectieux administrés per os commercialisés dans la ville de Lubumbashi. L'inspection visuelle attentive de l'emballage, l'interprétation de l’étiquetage et l'observation attentive du produit ont servi de paramètres d’études. Les échantillons ont été acquis par achat auprès des fournisseurs licites et illicites. Résultats Cinq molécules: ampicilline, amoxycilline, ciprofloxacine, mebendazole et metronidazole ont été colletées. Sur 60 échantillons rassemblés: 31,7% se sont avérés contrefaits. L'ampicilline et le mebendazole sont les produits les plus contrefaits dans cette étude avec 26,3%, suivi de metronidazole avec 21,05%. 78,9% des médicaments contrefaits proviennent du secteur informel. La provenance de 47,4% d'anti-infectieux contrefaits est l'Inde, suivi de la Chine avec 26,3%. Conclusion Cette étude a montré la circulation des médicaments contrefaits dans la ville de Lubumbashi à un taux non négligeable. Une étude des caractéristiques physico-chimiques et de l'activité biologiques permettra d’évaluer l'impact de ces médicaments dans la prise en charge des infections. PMID:26977227

  3. La fin du jeûne?

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    Naugler, Christopher; Sidhu, Davinder

    2014-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Présenter une mise à jour sur l’utilité clinique de ne pas être à jeun par rapport à l’être pour l’analyse des lipides dans le but d’améliorer l’observance par les patients, leur sécurité et l’évaluation clinique dans les tests du cholestérol. Qualité des données Les recommandations sont classées comme étant fondées sur des données probantes fortes, acceptables ou faibles (conflictuelles ou insuffisantes), selon les classifications adoptées par le Groupe d’étude canadien sur les soins de santé préventifs. Message principal Le dépistage de la dyslipidémie comme facteur de risque de coronaropathie et la prescription de médicaments hypolipidémiants sont des activités importantes en soins primaires. De récentes données probantes remettent en question la nécessité d’être à jeun pour la mesure des lipides. Dans des études sur la population, le cholestérol total, le cholestérol à lipoprotéines de haute densité et le cholestérol à lipoprotéines autres qu’à haute densité variaient tous d’en moyenne 2 % à jeun. Pour un dépistage de routine, la mesure du cholestérol sans être à jeun est maintenant une option de rechange raisonnable à l’analyse à jeun. Pour les patients diabétiques, l’exigence d’être à jeun peut représenter un important problème de sécurité en raison des possibilités d’hypoglycémie. Pour la surveillance des triglycérides et du cholestérol à lipoprotéines de basse densité chez les patients qui prennent des médicaments hypolipidémiants, le jeûne devient important. Conclusion Être à jeun pour la détermination routinière des niveaux lipidiques est largement inutile et il est improbable que le jeûne influence la stratification du risque clinique chez le patient, tandis que la mesure sans être à jeun pourrait améliorer l’observance par le patient et sa sécurité.

  4. A Canadian survey of postgraduate education in Aboriginal women's health in obstetrics and gynaecology.

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    Jumah, Naana Afua; Wilson, Don; Shah, Rajiv

    2013-07-01

    Objectif : Évaluer les connaissances des résidents canadiens en obstétrique-gynécologie en matière de santé des femmes autochtones (SFA) et leur expérience dans ce domaine (y compris une auto-évaluation de la compétence), et déterminer la capacité des directeurs de programme de résidence d’offrir un curriculum en SFA et d’évaluer les ressources disponibles en vue de soutenir cette initiative. Méthodes : Des sondages destinés aux résidents et aux directeurs de programme ont été distribués dans tous les programmes de résidence agréés en obstétrique-gynécologie du Canada. Le sondage destiné aux résidents comptait 20 questions à choix multiple couvrant quatre domaines clés : connaissances générales au sujet des peuples autochtones du Canada; les effets du système de pensionnat; l’expérience clinique en SFA; et une auto-évaluation de la compétence en SFA. Le sondage destiné aux directeurs de programme comptait une évaluation du contenu du curriculum en SFA et des ressources disponibles en vue de soutenir ce curriculum. Résultats : Les résidents détiennent peu de connaissances préalables au sujet de la SFA et des déterminants de la santé, et sont conscients de ces lacunes. Ils s’intéressent à la SFA et reconnaissent l’importance de pouvoir disposer d’une formation dans ce domaine pour leurs activités professionnelles à venir. Les directeurs de programme soutiennent l’élaboration d’un curriculum en SFA, mais ne détiennent pas les ressources nécessaires pour offrir un curriculum exhaustif dans ce domaine et tireraient avantage de la disponibilité d’un curriculum standardisé. Conclusion : La mise sur pied d’une initiative nationale en ce qui concerne l’élaboration d’un curriculum pourrait constituer une façon efficace de faciliter l’offre d’une formation en SFA, tout en atténuant la nécessité pour chacun des programmes de chercher à obtenir des ressources à cette fin.

  5. Data Recipes: Toward Creating How-To Knowledge Base for Earth Science Data

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    Shen, Suhung; Lynnes, Chris; Acker, James G.; Beaty, Tammy

    2015-01-01

    overview of the data recipe activites at GES DISC and ESDSWG. We are seeking requirements and input from a broader data user community to establish a strong knowledge base for Earth science data research and application implementations.

  6. La baisse de la densité osseuse au cours des maladies inflammatoires chroniques de l'intestin: prévalence et facteurs de risqué

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    Trabelsi, Aida Ben Slama; Abdellaoui, Faouzi; Ksiaa, Mehdi; Souguir, Ahlem; Zeglaoui, Hela; Rejeb, Mohamed Ben; Brahem, Ahlem; Ajmi, Salem; Jmaa, Ali

    2013-01-01

    Introduction La baisse de la densité minérale osseuse représente la principale manifestation osseuse décrite au cours des maladies inflammatoires chroniques de l'intestin. En Tunisie, très peu d’études ont rapportés sa prévalence et ses facteurs de risque. Le but de ce travail était de déterminer la prévalence de la perte osseuse au cours des maladies inflammatoires chroniques de l'intestin, et rechercher ses facteurs de risque. Méthodes Patients et méthodes: étude ouverte transversale, réalisée de 2007 jusqu’à 2012. Résultats 146 cas étaient colligés, dont 105 avaient une maladie de Crohn (71,9%) et 41 avaient une rectocolite hémorragique (28,1%). Il s'agissait de 62 hommes et 84 femmes. L’âge moyen était de 33,18 ans. La perte osseuse était trouvée chez 85 patients (58,2%). Il s'agissait d'une ostéopénie dans 57 cas et d'ostéoporose dans 28 cas. Les facteurs de risque de perte osseuse étaient une activité physique limitée (p=0,013), un indice de masse corporel ‘20 kg/m2 (p=0,015), une maladie active (p=0,035), l’étendue de l'atteinte intestinale (p=0,006) et une dose cumulée de corticothérapie dépassant 4,5g de Prednisone (p=0,003). Conclusion La déminéralisation osseuse est une complication fréquente mais non constante. Ceci justifie un dépistage précoce chez les patients à risque, qui pourront ainsi bénéficier d'un traitement substitutif. PMID:24198872

  7. Grammaire de l’expérience romantique adolescente au Québec: une analyse sociosémantique des idéaux amoureux

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    Blais, Martin; Hébert-Ratté, Roxanne; Hébert, Martine; Lavoie, Francine

    2016-01-01

    Cette étude vise à décrire, à travers les thèmes qu’évoque la plus belle expérience amoureuse chez de jeunes Québécois âgés de 14 à 19 ans, les formes sémantiques de l’amour contemporain ainsi que les attentes et les paradoxes dont elles témoignent sur le plan communicationnel. Au total, 6 961 jeunes Québécois âgés de 14 à 18 ans recrutés dans les milieux scolaires ont décrit leur plus belle expérience amoureuse vécue ou souhaitée. Une analyse des champs lexicaux, réalisée avec le logiciel Sémato, a permis de dégager six (6) formes sémantiques dominantes: 1) la fidélité, le respect et l’authenticité, 2) les références à la sensualité (embrasser et enlacement), 3) l’ancrage de l’amour idéal dans la compagnie de l’autre et des activités concrètes, 4) l’importance de la passion, de la magie (pour les deux genres) et, surtout pour les garçons, du plaisir, 5) l’ancrage de l’idéal amoureux dans des projets d’union et d’enfants, et 6) l’ancrage du couple dans des lieux précis, dans un quotidien ou des souvenirs tangibles. Ces formes sémantiques sont discutées en fonction des problèmes qu’elles ont pu résoudre et ceux qu’elles font émerger. Les différences de genre sont aussi discutées. PMID:27917004

  8. Health-related quality of life of australians with Parkinson disease: a comparison with international studies.

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    Soh, Sze-Ee; McGinley, Jennifer L; Watts, Jennifer J; Iansek, Robert; Morris, Meg E

    2012-01-01

    Objectif : Cette étude décrit la qualité de vie liée à la santé (QDVS) des Australiens qui vivent avec la maladie de Parkinson (MP) et elle compare les diverses conclusions de rapports internationaux. Méthode : Le questionnaire sur la maladie de Parkinson-39 (Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39, ou PDQ-39) a été utilisé pour mesurer la qualité de vie de 210 personnes aux prises avec la maladie de Parkinson et vivant en Australie. Parallèlement, une recherche documentaire sur mesure a permis de trouver les études déjà réalisées sur la QVDS des personnes aux prises avec cette maladie. Une méta-analyse quantitative avec modèle à effets aléatoires a été utilisée pour comparer la QVDS des individus aux prises avec la maladie de Parkinson qui vivent en Australie ou ailleurs. Résultats : La moyenne de l'indice global du PDQ-39 pour cet échantillon d'Australiens atteints de la maladie de Parkinson était de 20,9 (écart-type de 12,7). Les cotes en ce qui concerne le soutien social et la discrimination étaient considérablement plus faibles que celles touchant l'inconfort physique, la mobilité, les activités de la vie quotidienne, la cognition et le bien-être affectif. La comparaison entre les échantillons de malades australiens et ceux d'ailleurs dans le monde a révélé une hétérogénéité considérable dans la QVDS globale (I(2)=97%). La moyenne des IS du PDQ-39 pour les Australiens était moins élevée, ce qui indique une meilleure QVDS pour les échantillons des autres pays. Conclusions : Dans cet échantillon australien, les personnes aux prises avec la maladie de Parkinson percevaient leur QVDS comme mauvaise, bien que celle-ci ait été beaucoup moins gravement compromise que chez les personnes des échantillons internationaux. Des recherches supplémentaires seraient nécessaires, mais ces constatations peuvent tout de même contribuer au processus de prise de décision des physiothérapeutes.

  9. Computation and brain processes, with special reference to neuroendocrine systems.

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    Toni, Roberto; Spaletta, Giulia; Casa, Claudia Della; Ravera, Simone; Sandri, Giorgio

    2007-01-01

    The development of neural networks and brain automata has made neuroscientists aware that the performance limits of these brain-like devices lies, at least in part, in their computational power. The computational basis of a. standard cybernetic design, in fact, refers to that of a discrete and finite state machine or Turing Machine (TM). In contrast, it has been suggested that a number of human cerebral activites, from feedback controls up to mental processes, rely on a mixing of both finitary, digital-like and infinitary, continuous-like procedures. Therefore, the central nervous system (CNS) of man would exploit a form of computation going beyond that of a TM. This "non conventional" computation has been called hybrid computation. Some basic structures for hybrid brain computation are believed to be the brain computational maps, in which both Turing-like (digital) computation and continuous (analog) forms of calculus might occur. The cerebral cortex and brain stem appears primary candidate for this processing. However, also neuroendocrine structures like the hypothalamus are believed to exhibit hybrid computional processes, and might give rise to computational maps. Current theories on neural activity, including wiring and volume transmission, neuronal group selection and dynamic evolving models of brain automata, bring fuel to the existence of natural hybrid computation, stressing a cooperation between discrete and continuous forms of communication in the CNS. In addition, the recent advent of neuromorphic chips, like those to restore activity in damaged retina and visual cortex, suggests that assumption of a discrete-continuum polarity in designing biocompatible neural circuitries is crucial for their ensuing performance. In these bionic structures, in fact, a correspondence exists between the original anatomical architecture and synthetic wiring of the chip, resulting in a correspondence between natural and cybernetic neural activity. Thus, chip "form

  10. Reflectance Spectra Diversity of Silica-Rich Materials: Sensitivity to Environment and Implications for Detections on Mars

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    Rice, M. S.; Cloutis, E. A.; Bell, J. F., III; Bish, D. L.; Horgan, B. H.; Mertzman, S. A.; Craig, M. A.; Renault, R. W.; Gautason, B.; Mountain, B.

    2013-01-01

    Hydrated silica-rich materials have recently been discovered on the surface of Mars by the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Spirit, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), and the Mars Express Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activite'(OMEGA) in several locations. Having been interpreted as hydrothermal deposits and aqueous alteration products, these materials have important implications for the history of water on the martian surface. Spectral detections of these materials in visible to near infrared (Vis NIR) wavelengths have been based on a H2O absorption feature in the 934-1009 nm region seen with Spirit s Pancam instrument, and on SiOH absorption features in the 2.21-2.26 micron range seen with CRISM. Our work aims to determine how the spectral reflectance properties of silica-rich materials in Vis NIR wavelengths vary as a function of environmental conditions and formation. Here we present laboratory reflectance spectra of a diverse suite of silica-rich materials (chert, opal, quartz, natural sinters and synthetic silica) under a range of grain sizes and temperature, pressure, and humidity conditions. We find that the H2O content and form of H2O/OH present in silica-rich materials can have significant effects on their Vis NIR spectra. Our main findings are that the position of the approx.1.4 microns OH feature and the symmetry of the approx.1.9 microns feature can be used to discern between various forms of silica-rich materials, and that the ratio of the approx.2.2 microns (SiOH) and approx.1.9 microns (H2O) band depths can aid in distinguishing between silica phases (opal-A vs. opal-CT) and formation conditions (low vs. high temperature). In a case study of hydrated silica outcrops in Valles Marineris, we show that careful application of a modified version of these spectral parameters to orbital near-infrared spectra (e.g., from CRISM and OMEGA) can aid in characterizing the

  11. Are physical activity, sedentary behaviors and sleep duration associated with body mass index-for-age and health-related quality of life among high school boys and girls?

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    Jalali-Farahani, Sara; Amiri, Parisa; Chin, Yit Siew

    2016-02-27

    Previous studies reported lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) scores in overweight and obese adolescents compared to their normal weight counterparts; however, few studies investigated the association between obesity-related behaviors including physical activity and sedentary behaviors and HRQOL in adolescents. This study aimed at investigating the relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviors, sleep duration and body mass index-for-age (BMI-for-age) and HRQOL among high school Tehranian students. A total of 465 high school students (48.8 % girls) were recruited from three different socio-economic zones in Tehran. The BMI-for-age was determined and physical activity and HRQOL were assessed using validated questionnaires including Quantification de l'Activite Physique en Altitude Chez les Enfants (QAPACE) and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) respectively. Over one third of students (38.5 %) were either overweight or obese. The means of all self- and parent-reported HRQOL scores were significantly lower in girls, compared to boys, except for the parent-reported social functioning subscale. Mean hours of daily sleeping were significantly higher in girls, compared to boys (8.16 ± 1.27 vs. 7.73 ± 1.22 respectively; p < 0.05). Both girls and boys spent more time on sedentary activities than engaging in sport activities. During school and vacation periods, boys had significantly higher daily energy expenditure (DEE) compared to girls (p < 0.05). Only DEE during school period had a significant inverse correlation with BMI-for-age in boys but not girls (r = -0.14, p < 0.05). In addition, self-reported HRQOL scores were significantly associated with weekly hours adolescents spent on videogames/internet, listening to music and reading, watching TV, sports as well as DEE through sex-specific patterns. However according to parents' perspective only weekly hours spent on listening to music and readings and sport activities were significantly

  12. Imagerie moleculaire de la MMP-2

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    Lebel, Rejean

    metalloproteinases, optical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, activatable contrast agent, activitable fluorescence probe, enhanced permeability and retention (EPR).

  13. The quantity and quality of physical activity among those trying to lose weight.

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    Gordon, P M; Heath, G W; Holmes, A; Christy, D

    2000-01-01

    Regular exercise to elicit caloric expenditure is an important component for achieving weight loss. The Healthy People 2000 objectives recommend regular sustained physical activity lasting 30 minutes, five days per week (Objective 1.3) particularly for weight loss. Moreover, this recommendation has been restated for weight loss and overall health benefits in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / American College of Sports Medicine (CDC/ACSM) statement and Surgeon General's Report (SGR) on Physical ActivitY and Health. Thus, we sought to identify the relative quality, and quantity of physical activity among people trying to lose weight. Cross-sectional self-reported data from the West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) were used. The BRFSS is a state-based telephone survey of adults that uses a multistage cluster design based on the Waksberg method of random-digit dialing. Data froM 2769 men and 4490 women were obtained from the 1992, 1994, and 1996 surveys. Half (49.6%) of individuals trying to lose weight did not engage in any physical activity. Further, only 15% of respondents trying to lose weight reported exercising regularly. Nevertheless, those trying to lose weight were more likely (OR [odds ratio] = 1.3; 95% CI [confidence interval], 1.14, 1.51, p < 0.001) to exercise regularly than those not trying to lose weight. In particular, women trying to lose weight were significantly more likely (OR = 1.45; 95% CI, 1.22,1.74, p < 0.001) to exercise regularly than women not trying to lose weight. Conversely, men trying to lose weight were no more likely to exercise regularly (p = .23) than men not trying to lose weight. Among respondents who were using exercise for weight loss, only 14.7% were expending > or =1000 kcal/week and 18.2% were expending > or =500 kcal/week. Weekly expenditure rates of > or =1000 kcal/week were more likely to occur among men (17%) than women (13.8%), in younger age groups, and among those with higher

  14. Prévalence et facteurs de risque du surpoids et de l'obésité dans une population d'enfants scolarisés en milieu urbain à Sfax, Tunisie

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    Regaieg, Sofien; Charfi, Nadia; Trabelsi, Lobna; Kamoun, Mahdi; Feki, Habib; Yaich, Sourour; Abid, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Introduction L'objectif de ce travail etait d’étudier la prévalence du surpoids et de l'obésité chez un groupe d'enfants d’âge scolaire, habitant la ville de Sfax en Tunisie, et identifier les facteurs favorisant la prise pondérale Méthodes Il s'agossait d'une enquête descriptive transversale était réalisée en 2011 sur un échantillon représentatif d’élèves recrutés dans 11 écoles primaires publiques. Des informations concernant les caractéristiques sociodémographiques, les habitudes alimentaires et le comportement sédentaire pour chaque élève ont été précisées au moyen d'un questionnaire Résultats Nous avons colligé 1529 élèves, âgés entre 9 et 12 ans et se répartissant en 787 garçons (51,14%) et 747 filles (48,86%). Selon les seuils de référence de l'IOTF, la fréquence de l'obésité était de 2,4% et celle du surpoids était de 6,3%. L'obésité était significativement associée à l'obésité parentale, un niveau socioéconomique élevé, la prise de plus de deux goûters par jour et à l'activité sédentaire. Conclusion L'identification des facteurs de risque du surpoids et de l'obésité infantile permettrait de dépister les enfants à risques afin de leur proposer des mesures de prévention adaptées. Ces mesures de prévention devraient inclure non seulement des approches individuelles, mais aussi l'environnement social et physique de l'enfant. PMID:25018807

  15. Mesures en continu de la redistribution de l'oxygène sous gradient thermique dans UO2+ x

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    Ducroux, R.; Fromont, M.; Baptiste, Ph. Jean; Pattoret, A.

    1980-09-01

    RésuméL'objet de ce travail est l'ètude hors-pile sous gradient thermique de la redistribution de l'oxygène dans UO2+x, de façon à expliquer ultèrieurement les profils O/U + Pu obtenus sur du combustible irradiè. Les gradients thermiques ont ètè obtenus à l'aide d'un four à image. La tache focale d'une surface de 0.5 cm2 est amenèe au sommet de l'èchantillon cylindrique d'oxyde dont la partie froide est au contact d'un four à environ 900°C; celui-ci permet de maintenir en conditions isothermes une minijauge à electrolyte solide (Th02-Y203) contenant une rèfèrence chimique Fe/FeO. La minijauge donne à tout instant l'activitè de l'oxygène à la partie froide des èchantillons. Elle a ètè testèe en mesurant les potentiels d'oxygène de diffèrents systèmes chimiques. Les expèriences ont ètè rèalisèes sous atmosphère d'argon purifiè par des pompes èlectrochimiques. Les èchantillons d'UO2+x sont soumis à un gradient thermique modeste de 300°C/cm environ pour limiter en partie chaude les phènomènes d'èvaporation. Après le suivi en continu de la fern les èchantillons sont trempés puis tronçonnès, le rapport O/U de chaque tranche ètant dèterminè. L'oxygène remonte le gradient thermique, de façon importante, bien que la durèe des recuits soit relativement courte et les tempèratures basses. La confrontation des rèsultats obtenus dans UO2+x, avec un calcul èlaborè sur la base de la thermodiffusion en phase solide pour l'oxygène, montre un accord très raisonnable.

  16. Aspects épidémiologiques des accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) aux urgences de l'institut de cardiologie d'Abidjan (ICA)

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    N'goran, Yves N'da Kouakou; Traore, Fatou; Tano, Micesse; Kramoh, Kouadio Euloge; Kakou, Jean-Baptiste Anzouan; Konin, Christophe; Kakou, Maurice Guikahue

    2015-01-01

    Introduction L'objectif de notre étude était de décrire les caractéristiques sociodémographiques et les Facteurs de Risque cardio-Vasculaires (FRV) des patients admis pour accidents vasculaires cérébraux (AVC) dans un service autre que celui de la neurologie. Méthodes Étude transversale rétrospective sur une période de 2 ans (janv. 2010 et déc. 2011), réalisée aux urgences de l'institut de cardiologie d'Abidjan. Résultats Il s'agissait de 176 adultes avec un âge moyen de 60 ans, une prédominance féminine. Les facteurs de risque majeurs retrouvés étaient l'hypertension artérielle dans 86,4% des cas, le diabète dans 11,4% des cas, le tabagisme dans 2,2% des cas. Les motifs de consultation étaient la perte de connaissance dans 36,4% des cas, l'hémiplégie dans 31,8% des cas, les céphalées dans 17,4% des cas, les vertiges dans 10,9% et les palpitations dans 2,2% des cas. La tension artérielle systolique moyenne était à 174 mmHg, la tension artérielle diastolique moyenne était à 105 mmHg et la pression pulsée moyenne était à 70 mmHg. Les AVC étaient associés à une arythmie complète par fibrillation auriculaire dans 11,4% des cas. Les AVC ischémiques représentaient 84,1%. L’évolution aux urgences a été marquée par un décès dans 17% (30) des cas. Conclusion Les AVC constituent un problème majeur de santé publique. Malgré sa prédominance féminine, ils (AVC) touchaient 44% des hommes dans notre étude lorsqu'on sait qu'en Afrique l'activité sociale repose sur les hommes. Ils restent une pathologie grave par la forte létalité. PMID:26327997

  17. Profil épidémiologique des fibromes utérins dans la région de Sidi Bel Abbes, Algérie

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    Chalal, Nourelhouda; Demmouche, Abbassia

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Les léiomyomes ou fibromyomes plus communément dénommés fibromes, sont les tumeurs les plus répandues du tractus génital féminin. Ils affectent 20 à 25% des femmes en activité génitale. Notre étude vise à élucider la réalité de ce type de pathologie dans la région de sidi bel Abbes, nord-ouest d'Algérie. Méthodes A travers une étude rétrospective allant du 1er janvier 2008 au 1 mai 2011 portant sur les patientes opérées pour fibrome au sein de la maternité de Sidi Bel Abbes, nous avons relevé les particularités épidémiologiques et cliniques de cette pathologie. Résultats Au total 323 cas de fibromes ont été recensés. La tranche d'âge la plus touchée varie de 40 à 44 ans dans une fourchette d'âge comprise entre 20 et 74 ans. 37.83% des patientes étaient nullipares. Une prédominance des patientes dont l'âge de la ménarche est précoce, a été retenue (60.3%). 3% des femmes ont présenté un terrain familial prédisposant. La symptomatologie était dominée par les hémorragies génitales (35%). La majorité des patientes (51.70%) présentaient un utérus polymyomateux dont la localisation des fibromes était principalement corporéale (96%), sous séreuse (43%). Le traitement était conservateur dans 71.82% des cas. Conclusion Sur la base des résultats obtenus, la mise au point d'un programme national de sensibilisation et de dépistage précoce, s'impose PMID:23847704

  18. Controlled boiling on Enceladus: Model of the vapor-driven jets

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    Nakajima, M.; Ingersoll, A. P.

    2015-12-01

    Plumes of water vapor and ice particles have been observed from the cracks, the so-called tiger stripes, at the south polar region of the Saturn's satellite Enceladus. The observed high salinity (~ 1%) of the ice particles in the plumes may indicate that the plumes originate from a subsurface liquid ocean. Additionally, intense thermal radiation has been observed near the tiger stripes (within tens of meters). This could indicate that the radiation is associated with the plumes' activitity, but the connection has not been studied in detail. Here, we investigate whether plumes originating from a subsurface liquid ocean can explain the observed vapor mass flux and heat flow. We investigate the fluid dynamics of the flow in the crack as well as interactions between the flow and ice walls. As the flow rises within the crack, some water vapor condenses on to the ice walls and releases latent heat. This heat is conducted through the ice and is eventually emitted to space by thermal radiation. The rest of the flow reaches the surface and is emitted to space as plumes. Furthermore, we consider the possibility that the total length of the cracks can be larger than that of the tiger stripes. We find that our model could explain the observed vapor mass flux and heat flow if the crack width is 0.05-0.075 m and each tiger stripe has ~1.7 fractures on average (the total length of the crack is 1.7× 500 km). The observed intense heat flow near the tiger stripes can be explained by latent heat release through vapor sublimation from the flow to the ice walls near the surface. Additionally, we find that if the flow contains 5-10 % of ice particles at the bottom of the flow (at the liquid-vapor interface), the ice to vapor ratio near the surface could reach 10-30 %. We find that the total mass flux of the plumes becomes larger when the crack width is larger, which is consistent with the observation that the plume mass flux increases near the apocenter where the crack width is

  19. [Ministry of Justice issues circular on sanctions against people who sabotage birth control plans by removing women's intrauterine contraceptive devices].

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    1981-09-10

    The relevant document recently issued by the Ministry of Justice pointed out that to protect women's lives and health and to facilitate birth control, severe punishments should be meted out in accordance with the relevant provisions of the criminal law to those who are guilty of the wicked practice of removing women's intrauterine contraceptive devices to defraud money and belongings, bringing about serious consequences as a result. Recently, the Ministry of Justice received a letter from the birth control office in Fuling Prefecture, Sichuan Province, reporting repeated instances in the prefecture of some people sabotaging the birth control plan by illegally removing women's intrauterine contraceptive devices to defraud the women of their money and belongings, and some women had even died as a result. The letter appealed to the judicial organs to ban these activities. In its document in answer to the letter, the Ministry of Justice pointed out, that out of greed for pecuniary and material gains, some people illicitly made iron wire hooks to remove women's intrauterine contraceptive devices, and serious consequences and even deaths have occurred. These activites have not only seriously sabotaged the birth control plan, but also constituted criminal offenses of fraud, unpremeditated injury, and manslaughter in violation of the criminal law. It called on the judicial departments throughout the country to punish the offenders according to the laws. The document also pointed out that some comrades called the illegal activities of illicitly removing women's intrauterine contraceptive devices "inappropriate removal of intrauterine rings," or said that "there are no concrete provisions about it in the laws," the result being that criminals have been allowed to go scot-free. To protect women's lives and health and to facilitate birth control, the judicial organs at all levels should coordinate with the departments concerned to ban such illegal activities and to carry out

  20. Nanopoudres de dioxyde de cérium dopé au néodyme : étude d'un capteur de gaz

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    Aneflous, L.; Musso, J. A.; Gavarri, J.-R.; Benlhachemi, A.; Benyaich, H.

    2004-12-01

    Les propriétés structurales et microstructurales, électriques et catalytiques de nouvelles céramiques à base d’oxyde de cérium dopé au néodyme Ce1-xNdxO2-5 0≤ x ≤0,30 sont étudiées. Ces céramiques sont synthétisées en deux étapes : une méthode sol-gel (à partir de précurseurs oxalates et acétates) qui permet d’obtenir des mélanges homogènes et nanostructurés (4 nm) suivie d’un frittage à 1600°C. Les échantillons obtenus sont caractérisés par diffraction des rayons X, analyse thermique différentielle couplée à la thermogravimétrie. Les propriétés électriques des échantillons en fonction de la composition, dans un large domaine de température (40-700°C), sont étudiées par spectrométrie d’impédance électrique SIE. Des variations non linéaires des résistances et capacités en fonction de la température et de la composition x sont observées. La conductivité électrique atteint un maximum pour x=10%. Les propriétés catalytiques des échantillons ont été étudiées par spectroscopie infra-rouge IRTF. L’étude porte sur la conversion du méthane CH4 en H2O et CO2. Les résultats montrent, d’une part, que ces catalyseurs sont très actifs à la température utilisée de 350°C et, d’autre part, que leur activité catalytique passe par un maximum pour décroître ensuite.

  1. Measurements of Oxychlorine species on Mars

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    Sutter, B.; Quinn, R. C.; Archer, P. D.; Glavin, D. P.; Glotch, T. D.; Kounaves, S. P.; Osterloo, M. M.; Rampe, E. B.; Ming, D. W.

    2017-07-01

    Mars landed and orbiter missions have instrumentation capable of detecting oxychlorine phases (e.g. perchlorate, chlorate) on the surface. Perchlorate (~0.6 wt%) was first detected by the Wet Chemistry Laboratory in the surface material at the Phoenix Mars Landing site. Subsequent analyses by the Thermal Evolved Gas Analyser aboard the same lander detected an oxygen release (~465°C) consistent with the thermal decomposition of perchlorate. Recent thermal analysis by the Mars Science Laboratory's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument has also indicated the presence of oxychlorine phases (up to 1.2 wt%) in Gale Crater materials. Despite being at detectable concentrations, the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) X-ray diffractometer has not detected oxychlorine phases. This suggests that Gale Crater oxychlorine may exist as poorly crystalline phases or that perchlorate/chlorate mixtures exist, so that individual oxychlorine concentrations are below CheMin detection limits (~1 wt%). Although not initially designed to detect oxychlorine phases, reinterpretation of Viking Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer data also suggest that oxychlorine phases are present in the Viking surface materials. Remote near-infrared spectral analyses by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument indicate that at least some martian recurring slope lineae (RSL) have spectral signatures consistent with the presence of hydrated perchlorates or chlorates during the seasons when RSL are most extensive. Despite the thermal emission spectrometer, Thermal Emission Imaging System, Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activité and CRISM detection of hundreds of anhydrous chloride (~10-25 vol%) deposits, expected associated oxychlorine phases (>5-10 vol%) have not been detected. Total Cl and oxychlorine data sets from the Phoenix Lander and the Mars Science Laboratory missions could be used to develop oxychlorine versus total Cl correlations, which

  2. Developpement de competences de resolution reflexive de problemes environnementaux aupres d'enseignants en formation du Botswana: Apport d'un modele pedagogique base sur une recherche-action participative

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    Gauthier, Benoit

    2000-10-01

    Cette etude s'interesse au developpement de competences de resolution de problemes environnementaux dans un contexte culturel africain. Pour y parvenir, elle elabore un modele pedagogique pouvant se situer dans le cadre theorique de la vision reflexive emergeant presentement en education relative a l'environnement (ERE). Provenant du champ d'etude de la systemique, la methodologie des systemes souples (MSS) s'avere compatible avec le cadre de la reflexivite qui est emergent. Un modele pedagogique preliminaire fut ainsi etabli en transposant et en adaptant plusieurs des principes et des constituantes de la MSS au domaine de l'ERE. Ce modele, s'appuyant sur une strategie de recherche-action, a ete ensuite mis a l'essai aupres d'enseignants du secondaire en formation au Botswana, dans le cadre de leurs activites parascolaires. Cette recherche-developpement de type participatif s'appuie sur une analyse qualitative. Durant sa mise a l'essai, le modele preliminaire a subi plusieurs modifications generees entre autres par les interactions entre les participants et le facilitateur; ces modifications suggerent fortement une prise en charge par les participants de la demarche d'investigation, condition essentielle pour le developpement de competences de resolution de problemes environnementaux. Durant la demarche de resolution du probleme, des competences relatives a l'acquisition de connaissances sur la situation investiguee et a l'action environnementale ont ete sollicitees de maniere repetee. Ceci ne semble pas avoir ete le cas pour les competences associees a la reflexion par les participants sur leurs propres perceptions (metacognition), sur celles des autres ou encore sur la nature de la connaissance (cognition epistemique). En ce qui a trait a la conception de chaque apprenant concernant le probleme environnemental etudie, les observations recueillies tout au long de la demarche suggerent, pour certains des participants, une complexification. Le modele resultant de l

  3. Mars Surface Compositional Units and Some Geological Implications from the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)

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    McCord, T. B.; Combe, J.-P.; Hayne, P. O.

    We are investigating the composition of the Martian surface partly by mapping the small spatial variations of water ice and salt minerals using the spectral images provided by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). In order to identify the main mineral components, high spectral resolution data from the Observatoire pour la Mineralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces et l'Activite (OMEGA) imaging spectrometer are used. The join analysis of these two dataset makes the most of their respective abilities and, because of that, it requires a close agreement of their calibration [1]. The first part of this work is a comparison of HRSC and OMEGA measurements, exploration of atmosphere effects and checks of calibration. Then, an attempt to detect and map quantitatively at high spatial resolution (1) water ice both at the poles and in equatorial regions and (2) salts minerals is performed by exploring the spectral types evidenced in HRSC color data. For a given region, these two materials do or could represent additional endmember compositional units detectable with HRSC in addition to the basic units so far: 1) dark rock (basalt) and 2) red rock (iron oxide-rich material) [1]. Both materials also have been reported detected by OMEGA, but at much lower spatial resolution than HRSC. An ice mapping of the north polar regions is performed with OMEGA data by using a spectral index calibrated to ice fraction by using a set of linear combinations of various categories of materials with ice. In addition, a linear spectral unmixing model is used on HRSC data. Both ice fraction maps produce similar quantitative results, allowing us to interpret HRSC data at their full spatial resolution. Low-latitude sites are also explored where past but recent glacial activities have been reported as possible evidence of current water-ice. This includes looking for fresh frost and changes with time. The salt detection with HRSC firstly focused on the Candor Chasma area, where salt have been reported by using

  4. Dissolution de la matiere lignocellulosique dans les liquides ioniques

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    Rebiere, Jeremy

    De nos jours, avec la raréfaction des ressources fossiles, le développement de procédés entrant dans le cadre de la chimie verte s'accentue. De plus, ces procédés utilisent comme ressources, des matériaux d'origine végétale, abondants et biodégradables. Au cours de ces 20 dernières années, la littérature utilisant les liquides ioniques (LI) connait une importante croissance. Ces solvants sont de plus en plus employés dans des réactions chimiques classiques. Cependant le coût de leur synthèse en fait un solvant réactionnel cher dont l'application en tant que tel dans l'industrie ne peut être raisonnablement envisagée. Ces liquides ioniques permettent la dissolution des matériaux lignocellulosiques (lignine ou cellulose) et possèdent des propriétés physico-chimiques intéressantes. Nous savons également que la dissolution de la cellulose par des procédés d'hydrolyse classique s'effectue dans des conditions dures, dues à la structure cristalline de la cellulose, (fortes concentrations en acide) qui paraissent limitées pour une utilisation à grande échelle. Il est donc nécessaire de rechercher des méthodes moins onéreuses et plus efficaces écologiquement. S'appuyant sur des recherches démontrant que la dissolution de la cellulose dans les LI, diminue la cristallinité de la cellulose, nous allons chercher à démontrer au cours de ces travaux, la possibilité d'utiliser les LI comme moyen de prétraitement pour la dissolution de la cellulose. Nous allons nous attacher à dissoudre la cellulose, et à étudier les proportions pouvant être dissoutes. Puis nous chercherons à récupérer puis à réutiliser ces LI. Enfin nous cherchons à caractériser les modifications apportées à notre cellulose. Mots Clés liquide ionique, cellulose, cristallinité, réactivité, dissolution, régénération, non-solvant, purification, prétraitement, zone amorphe.

  5. Perception des médecins résidents de la prise en charge et de la valorisation de la médecine familiale

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    B-Lajoie, Marie-Renée; Carrier, Johanne

    2012-01-01

    Résumé Objectif Cette recherche visait à documenter la perception de la prise en charge chez les médecins résidents en médecine familiale. Type d’étude Un questionnaire électronique quantitatif bilingue de 10 questions. Contexte Québec. Participants Tous les résidents en médecine familiale au Québec, soit 747 résidents. Principaux paramètres de l’étude Le questionnaire visait à préciser les intentions des médecins résidents quant à leur perception de la prise en charge et son inclusion dans leur pratique, et les moyens qu’ils privilégieraient pour valoriser cet aspect de la pratique. Résultats Au total, 289 médecins résidents ont rempli le questionnaire (38,7 %). De ce nombre, 201 répondants ont indiqué qu’ils anticipaient faire de la prise en charge dans leurs 5 premières années de pratique. Les facteurs inhibitifs les plus soulignés dans la section commentaires sont la difficulté à quitter la pratique, la complexité des cas et les responsabilités face au suivi du patient. Les plans régionaux d’effectifs médicaux et les activités médicales particulières ne sont pas ressortis de manière significative comme facteurs inhibitifs. Selon les répondants, la valorisation de la médecine familiale devrait passer par la promotion auprès des étudiants en médecine, par une modification de la culture institutionnelle et par une augmentation de la visibilité des médecins résidents et des patrons en médecine familiale au sein des équipes dans les milieux de formation. Conclusion Cette étude permet de conclure que les médecins résidents québécois prévoient inclure la prise en charge dans leur pratique. Toutefois, des solutions tangibles doivent être établies pour mitiger le poids de la pratique en cabinet et continuer à promouvoir la prise en charge auprès des jeunes médecins de famille.

  6. Development of tuberculosis infection control guidelines in a pediatric HIV clinic in sub-Saharan Africa.

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    Carlucci, J G; Jin, L; Sanders, J E; Mohapi, E Q; Mandalakas, A M

    2015-03-21

    Contexte : Une consultation pour le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine (VIH) pédiatrique bien établie au Lesotho avec des mesures de lutte initialement dirigées en priorité contre les maladies à transmission sanguine. En accord avec les recommandations internationales, les services se sont élargis pour inclure la prise en charge des patients tuberculeux. L’élaboration de directives complètes de lutte contre les infections (IC), avec un accent particulier sur la tuberculose (TB), est devenue une priorité.Objectif : Fournir un modèle d’élaboration et de mise en œuvre de directives d’IC dans des structures de soins ambulatoires aux ressources limitées mais dans un contexte de prévalence élevée du VIH et de la TB.Activités : Un plan d’IC, qui inclut une guidance couvrant à la fois les mesures d’IC en général et les directives spécifiques à la TB, a été élaboré en intégrant les recommandations locales et internationales et en mettant l’accent sur l’importance des mesures administratives, du contrôle de l’environnement et des précautions spécifiques aux différentes maladies. Un comité interdisciplinaire a été établi afin de superviser sa mise en œuvre, son suivi et son évaluation.Discussion : L’élaboration et la mise en œuvre de directives d’IC dans un contexte de ressources limitées sont faisables et devraient être une priorité dans des zones de prévalence élevée de la TB et du VIH. L’éducation devrait être la pierre angulaire de tels projets. De nombreuses interventions peuvent être mises en œuvre avec une expertise et des ressources matérielles minimales. Le soutien administratif et l’investissement des institutions sont essentiels à la pérennité d’un programme efficace d’IC.

  7. Connaissances des médecins généralistes de Mohammedia (Maroc) concernant le dépistage du cancer du sein

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    Zine, Karima; Nani, Samira; Lahmadi, Imad Ait; Maaroufi, Abderrahmane

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Le cancer du sein représente un problème de santé publique majeur au Maroc. C'est le premier cancer chez la femme. L'objectif de ce travail était d'évaluer les connaissances des médecins généralistes (MG) en matière de dépistage du cancer du sein dans la préfecture de Mohammedia Maroc. Méthodes Nous avons mené une étude transversale, descriptive, exhaustive incluant les 97 MG exerçant dans les établissements de soins de santé de base du secteur public et privé de la province de Mohammedia. Résultats Le taux de participation était de 87%. L'âge moyen des MG était de 49,6 ± 8,1. Quatre-vingt pour cent (n=55) des MG ont donné une incidence incorrecte, 77,6% (n=85) ont reconnu l'existence d'un plan national de prévention et de contrôle du cancer (PNPCC) au Maroc, et 67,1 des MG ont rapporté l'existence d'un registre du cancer au Maroc. Le secteur d'activité était associé significativement avec les connaissances des MG sur le PNPCC et sur l'existence d'un guide de détection précoce du cancer du sein avec respectivement (p=0,003 et p=0,001). Une association significative entre l'ancienneté et l'existence d'un guide de détection précoce du cancer du sein et d'un registre du cancer du sein a été retrouvée avec (respectivement p=0,005 et p=0.002). Conclusion À la lumière de ces résultats il faudra renforcer les connaissances et les pratiques des MG par la promotion de la formation initiale et continue sur le dépistage. PMID:27800098

  8. Cas rare d’un rhabdomyosarcome du col: à propos d’un cas avec revue de la littérature

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    Samlali, Hamza; Jouhadi, Hassan; Attar, Hicham; Sahraoui, Souha; Benider, Abdellatif

    2016-01-01

    Le rhabdomyosarcome du col utérin fait partie des types histologiques rares des cancers du col, qu'on observe généralement chez la jeune fille ou la femme en période d'activité générale. La stratégie thérapeutique se base sur l'association des trois modalités thérapeutiques (chimiothérapie-radiothérapie-chirurgie) vu l'agressivité de la maladie. Nous rapporterons ainsi un cas de rhabdomyosarcome du col utérin chez une fille de 20 ans. Il s'agit d'une patiente âgée de 20 ans, rapportant comme antécédents pathologique particulier la notion d'infection génitale à répétition. Le premier signe rapporté était des métrorragies abondantes avec à l'examen la présence d'une masse cervicale en grappe de raisin. La biopsie était en faveur d'un rhabdomyosarcome du col. Le bilan d'extension montrait une masse localement avancée sans métastase. La patiente a reçu 5 cures de VAC avec une régression du processus tumoral de 90%. Patiente fut opérée et a bénéficié d'une hystérectomie sans conservation des annexes. Puis elle a bénéficié d'une radiothérapie postopératoire sur le pelvis. Le recul était de 13 mois, la patiente est toujours en rémission complète. Le RMS du col utérin est une tumeur rare qui survit essentiellement chez la jeune fille. L'extension est surtout locorégionale. Le traitement consiste en un geste chirurgical allant d'un éventuel traitement conservateur jusqu'au traitement radical associé à une chimiothérapie péri-opératoire. La place de la radiothérapie demeure imprécise. PMID:28292128

  9. Developing Geoscience Students' Quantitative Skills

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    Manduca, C. A.; Hancock, G. S.

    2005-12-01

    Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences website (serc.Carleton.edu/quantskills/). In addition to the teaching activity collection (85 activites), this site contains a variety of resources to assist faculty with the methods they use to teach quantitative skills at both the introductory and advanced levels; information about broader efforts in quantitative literacy involving other science disciplines, and a special section of resources for students who are struggling with their quantitative skills. The site is part of the Digital Library for Earth Science Education and has been developed by geoscience faculty in collaboration with mathematicians and mathematics educators with funding from the National Science Foundation.

  10. Xanthine oxidase and xanthine dehydrogenase from an estivating land snail.

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    Hermes-Lima, M; Storey, K B

    1995-01-01

    During arousal from estivation in land snails, Otala lactea, active metabolic functions are restored within minutes and oxygen consumption increases dramatically. During the transition from the hypoxic conditions of estivation to normoxia it is possible that xanthine oxidase (XO) in hepatopancreas contributes to the observed lipid peroxidation. Using a fluorometric assay that is based on the oxidation of pterin, the activities and some properties of XO and XO+XDH (sum of XO and xanthine dehydrogenase activities) were measured in hepatopancreas extracts. Km values for pterin for XO and XO+XDH were 9 and 6 microM, respectively, and the Km of XDH for methylene blue was 5 microM. Both XO+XDH and XO activities were inhibited by allopurinol (I50 = 2 microM), pre-incubation at 40 degrees C, and by 5 min H2O2 pre-exposure. Inclusion of azide in the reaction promoted a rise of approximately 70-fold in the inactivation power of H2O2 due to inhibition of high endogenous catalase activity. The I50 for H2O2 of XO+XDH and XO activities in the presence of azide was 0.04 and 0.11 mM, respectively. Unlike the situation for mammalian XO, a previous reduction of O. lactea XO (by pterin) was not necessary to make the enzyme susceptible to H2O2 effects. Interestingly, methylene blue partially prevented both heat- and H2O2-induced inactivation of XO+XDH activity. These data indicate that the formation of an enzyme-methylene blue complex induces protection against heat and oxidative damage at the FAD-active site. Both XO and XO+XDH activites were significantly higher in snails after 35 days of estivation compared with active snails 24 h after arousal from dormancy. The ratio of XO/(XO+XDH) activities was also slightly increased in estivating O. lactea (from 0.07 to 0.09; P < 0.025). XO activity was 0.03 nmol.min-1.mg protein-1 in estivating snails. Compared with hepatopancreas catalase, XO activity is probably too low to contribute significantly to the net generation of oxyradicals, and

  11. La manucure et la pédicure dans la ville de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): pratiques et risqué

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    Korsaga-Somé, Nina; Andonaba, Jean Baptiste; Ouédraogo, Muriel Sidnoma; Tapsoba, Gilbert Patrice; Ilboudo, Léopold; Savadogo, Cérina; Barro-Traoré, Fatou; Niamba, Pascal; Traoré, Adama

    2016-01-01

    La manucure-pédicure est l'ensemble des soins esthétiques des mains, des pieds et des ongles. Au Burkina Faso, l'usage des produits de manucure-pédicure, les techniques utilisées ainsi que les risques encourus restent méconnus. L'objectif de notre étude était d’évaluer la pratique de la manucure-pédicure dans la ville de Ouagadougou. Nous avons mené une étude transversale descriptive de décembre 2010 à novembre 2012 incluant tout les praticiens ayant au moins six mois d'expérience dans l'activité et les clients présents sur les lieux au moment de l'enquête. Nous avons interrogé au total 313 praticiens et 313 clients. L’âge moyen des praticiens était de 19 ans et celui des clients de 32,2 ans. Les praticiens fixes étaient en majorité des femmes (96,87%), ceux mobiles surtout des hommes (68,37%), et 64,53% des clients étaient des femmes. Le pourcentage de praticiens n'ayant pas reçu de formation professionnelle était de 93,92%. 29,7% des praticiens faisaient tremper les instruments pendant au moins dix minutes dans de l'eau de javel; 75,71% savaient que l'utilisation de certains outils étaient dangereux et 26,51% étaient avaient présenté des effets secondaires. Parmi les clients, 40,25% savaient que le matériel utilisé comportait des risques et 30,35% avaient été victimes d'accidents. Les soins de manucure et de pédicure se font dans les salons de coiffure par des coiffeuses non formées à l'exercice de la profession La provenance et la composition des produits n'est pas connues. Des produits non recommandés sont utilisés (shampooing pour trempage des pieds, lame de rasoir et ciseaux pour raclage des pieds). Le recours à la manucure et/ou pédicure est parfois nécessaire mais cela ne doit pas faire perdre de vue les risques encourus. Une sensibilisation des clients et une formation des praticiens semblent nécessaires pour minimiser les risques. PMID:27642448

  12. Poor symptomatic tuberculosis screening practices in a quarter of health centres in Amhara Region, Ethiopia.

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    Gebregergs, G B; Alemneh, M; Koye, D N; Kassie, Y; Assefa, M; Ayalew, W; Temesgen, C; Klinkenberg, E; Tadesse, T

    2014-12-21

    Contexte : En 2011, l'Ethiopie a introduit une stratégie de dépistage de la tuberculose (TB) basé sur les symptômes parmi les patients venant en consultation externe afin d'augmenter l'identification de patients suspects de TB.Objectif : Evaluer la mise en œuvre et les facteurs affectant le dépistage symptomatique de la TB en consultation externe dans des centres de santé de la région d'Amhara, Ethiopie.Schéma : Grâce à une étude transversale, 86 centres de santé publics, choisis au hasard et offrant des services DOTS, ont été inclus dans cette étude. Les données ont été recueillies grâce à une revue des registres et à des entretiens avec les personnes clé des services de consultations externes.Résultats : Vingt-huit pour cent des centres de santé (24/86) avaient une pratique médiocre du dépistage symptomatique de la TB, définie comme un dépistage de <80% des consultants externes. Les facteurs associés à un dépistage plus exhaustif comprenaient le fait d'avoir un centre de santé actif et bien fonctionnel, une équipe multidisciplinaire discutant des services liés à la TB (aOR 2,29, IC95% 2,23–30,80) et un soutien d'un partenaire pour les activités liées à la TB (aOR 4,84, IC95% 1,05–22,40) ; par contre, la disponibilité du traitement antirétroviral y était négativement associée. Dans tous les centres de santé combinés, 1,6% des consultants externes ont été identifiés comme suspects de TB.Conclusion : Dans cette étude, un quart des centres de santé avait une pratique de dépistage de la TB médiocre dans ses services de consultation. Il est recommandé de renforcer les équipes multidisciplinaires et d'étendre le soutien par un partenaire afin d'améliorer la pratique du dépistage de la TB dans les services de consultation externe en Ethiopie.

  13. Spectral classification and mineralogical characterization of Nili Fossae for a better understanding of hydrated mineralogies.

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    Serventi, Giovanna; Carli, Cristian; Altieri, Francesca; Geminale, Anna; Sgavetti, Maria; Grassi, Davide; Orosei, Roberto; Bellucci, Giancarlo

    2017-04-01

    The presence of hydrated minerals on Mars provides a record of water-related processes and, in particular, the identification of phyllosilicates puts constraints on the evolution of Mars (Poulet et al., 2005). Even if data from the Observatoire pour la Minèralogie, l'Eau, les Glaces, et l'Activitè (OMEGA) and from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) show the presence of different hydrated minerals, on Mars the spectral regions where hydrated minerals absorb are also affected by atmospheric features due to gaseous components, mostly CO2 and H2O. Among the different methods that have been proposed to separate the atmospheric signatures from the hydrated absorptions, we use the Surface Atmosphere Separation (SAS) method proposed by Geminale et al. (2015) to analyze the Nili Fossae region (in particular, four MEX orbit have been selected and a mosaic have been created). In this work, we spectrally classify the Nili Fossae region using the Spectral Angle Mapping (SAM, Kruse et al., 1993) classification and using a spectral library iteratively built from the image though the Pixel Purity Index (PPI, Boardman, 1995). Mainly, we recognized five spectral regions dominated by: iron-hydroxides, pyroxenes (both orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene), olivine and phyllosilicates, in accordance with the literature. Then, we focused on the hydrated regions: absorptions in the 1.9-2.3 µm are fundamental to recognize a hydrated mineralogy, and to discriminate between phyllosilicates characterized by different cations in the octahedral environment. Comparing our results with maps from Mangold et al. (2007) and Poulet et al (2007), we demonstrated that the SAS+SAM technique permits to identify hydrated regions that cannot be easily recognized using the spectral mapping applied to images corrected with Mons Olympus method (Langevin et al., 2005). Furthermore, applying the MGM algorithm to a set of spectra selected from hydrated regions, we recognized the

  14. L'asthme allergique au centre tunisien

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    Joobeur, Samah; Mhamed, Saousen Cheikh; Saad, Ahmed Ben; Mribah, Hathami; Dekhil, Asma; Rouatbi, Naceur; El Kamel, Ali

    2015-01-01

    L'asthme allergique pose un réel problème de santé publique vu sa prévalence et son coût de prise en charge élevés. Etudier le profil clinique, fonctionnel respiratoire, allergologique, thérapeutique et évolutif de l'asthme allergique dans une région du centre tunisien. Etude rétrospective portant sur 1132 dossiers de patients porteurs d'asthme allergique suivis dans le service de pneumologie et d'allergologie à l'hôpital de Monastir (Tunisie). L’âge moyen est de 27 ± 12,5 ans. 61,1% des patients sont âgés entre 16 et 39 ans. Une prédominance féminine est notée (56,7%). L'identification de l'allergène en cause s'est basée essentiellement sur les tests cutanés allergologiques (99,4%). Les principaux pneumallergènes identifiés sont les acariens (91,2%), suivis par les pollens (22,8%) et les phanères des animaux (12%). La classification selon la sévérité a conclu à un asthme intermittent à persistant léger chez 87.1% de nos patients. Le traitement s'est basé essentiellement sur la corticothérapie inhalée (67,6%). L'asthme dans notre étude a été jugé contrôlé dans 68,3% des cas, partiellement contrôlé dans 24,8% et non contrôlé dans 6,9% des cas. L'asthme allergique est une affection répandue qui touche essentiellement le sujet jeune en pleine activité. Une prise en charge adéquate permet de contrôler la maladie et de réduire ses répercussions sur le patient et la collectivité. PMID:26097637

  15. Dispositifs semi-conducteurs pour biodetection photonique et imagerie hyperspectrale

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    Lepage, Dominic

    La creation d'un microsysteme d'analyse biochimique, capable de livrer des diagnostics preliminaires sur la quantification d'elements pathogenes, est un defi multidisciplinaire ayant un impact potentiel important sur la majorite des activites humaines en sante et securite. En effet, un dispositif integre, peu dispendieux et livrant des resultats facilement interpretables, permettrait une vulgarisation des capacites de biodetection a travers differents domaines d'applications societaires et industriels. Le present document se concentre sur l'integration monolithique d'une methode de biocaracterisation dans le but de generer un transducteur miniaturise et efficace, element central d'un microsysteme de detection. Le projet de recherche ici presente vise l'etude de l'applicabilite d'un capteur plasmonique integre par l'entremise de nanostructures semi-conductrices aux proprietes quantiques et luminescentes. L'approche presentee est globale; c'est-a-dire qu'on vise a repondre aux questions fondamentales impliquant la comprehension des phenomenes photoniques, le developpement et la fabrication des dispositifs, les methodes de caracterisations possibles ainsi que l'application d'un transducteur SPR integre a la biodetection. En d'autres termes : dans quelles circonstances et comment un transducteur plasmonique integre doit-il etre realise pour l'application a la detection delocalisee d'elements pathogenes? Dans le but d'engendrer un instrument simple a l'echelle de l'usager, l'integration de la connaissance a l'echelle du design est donc effectuee. Ainsi, des capteurs plasmoniques monolithiques sont concus a l'aide de modeles theoriques ici presentes. Un instrument de mesure hyperspectrale conjuguee permettant de cartographier directement la relation de dispersion des plasmons diffractes a ete construit et teste. Cet instrument est employe a la cartographie d'elements de diffusion. Finalement, une demonstration du fonctionnement du dispositif, appliquee a la

  16. Effect of gender on the association between weight status and health-related quality of life in adolescents.

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    Bonsergent, Emilie; Benie-Bi, Joseph; Baumann, Cédric; Agrinier, Nelly; Tessier, Sabrina; Thilly, Nathalie; Briançon, Serge

    2012-11-18

    Some studies have investigated the association between body mass index (BMI) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among adolescents, but their results have been discrepant and few paid attention to the role of gender. The present investigation aimed to assess the relationship between weight status and HRQoL in adolescents and to verify whether it was similar in boys and girls. Five thousand two hundred and twenty six adolescents aged 14 to 18 years were included in the PRomotion de l'ALIMentation et de l'Activité Physique (PRALIMAP) trial, a 2x2x2 factorial cluster randomized trial performed in 24 high schools in France. Sociodemographic, anthropometric and HRQoL data were collected. BMI was categorized in four classes (thin, normal-weight, overweight, obese). Linear regression models were used to estimate the association between weight status and HRQoL, adjusting for confounders. The mean age of adolescents was 15.7±0.6 years and their mean BMI was 21.6 ±3.5 kg/m2; 55% were girls. Boys were more often overweight and obese than were girls (overweight: 15.6% vs 14.2%, obese: 4.8% vs 3.3%), and girls were more likely to be thin (5.5% vs 4.5%, p=0.0042). All HRQoL scores were higher for boys (p=<0.0001). Weight status was not associated with physical and social scores neither in boys nor in girls. Conversely, it was associated with mental score, but differently in girls than boys. As compared with normal-weight girls, thin girls had better mental HRQoL (β=+6.17, p=0.0010), and overweight and obese girls had lower mental HRQoL (β=-3.89 and β=-5.90, respectively, p<0.001). Mental HRQoL was lower for thin, overweight and obese boys than for normal-weight boys (β= -4.97, β= -1.68 and β= -3.17, respectively, p<0.0001). Gender can modify the association between weight status and HRQoL in adolescents. Body image could be an important target of public health programs to improve subjective health during adolescence.

  17. The electron paramagnetic resonance of polyradicals

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    Catala, L.; Turek, P.

    1999-10-01

    The chemical synthesis and the characterisation of the organic polyradicals build up a representative part of the research in the field of magnetic molecular materials. For such single molecule units bearing two or more radical spins submitted to magnetic exchange interaction, the knowledge of the spin multiplicity of the magnetic ground state is of crucial interest. The various ways for the EPR techniques, e.g. CW-EPR, FT-EPR (Transient Spin Nutation), and ENDOR, to answer this question and others are reviewed. The basic contributions to the EPR response of an organic polyradical are summarised. Some results have been selected in the literature as illustrating examples, from the primary example of the biradical up to the (semi)infinite systems (dendrimers, polymers) through the oligoradical molecules (triradicals, tetraradicals,...). La synthèse et la caractérisation de polyradicaux organiques constituent une part importante de l'activité de recherche menée dans le domaine des matériaux magnétiques moléculaires. Parmi les problèmes posés par la caractérisation de tels systèmes constitués de plusieurs spins en échange magnétique sur une seule unité moléculaire, la détermination de la multiplicité de spin de l'état fondamental ainsi que la détection d'éventuels amas de spins sont considérées en particulier avec les réponses apportées par les techniques de RPE en onde continue, en onde pulsée (nutation transitoire de spin), et d'ENDOR. Les contributions à la réponse de RPE de polyradicaux organiques en solution fluide et en solution gelée sont rappelées. Une sélection de résultats d'études exposés dans la littérature est présentée : du biradical comme exemple de base étendu aux oligoradicaux (triradicaux, tétraradicaux,...) et aux systèmes multi-spins polyradicalaires d'extension infinie en théorie tels que des polymères ou des dendrimères.

  18. Feasibility of a pedometer-based walking program for survivors of breast and head and neck cancer undergoing radiation therapy.

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    Javaheri, Pantea Amin; Nekolaichuk, Cheryl; Haennel, Robert; Parliament, Matthew B; McNeely, Margaret L

    2015-01-01

    Objet: Cette étude pilote a évalué la faisabilité et l'acceptabilité d'un programme de marche à base de podomètre pour les personnes qui ont un cancer du sein et un cancer de la tête et du cou (CTC), et qui suivent une radiothérapie. Méthodes: Les participants ont reçu un podomètre et on leur a prescrit un programme de marche à domicile comportant un nombre personnalisé de pas par semaine à effectuer au cours de la radiothérapie d'une durée de 3 à 5 semaines. On a déterminé la faisabilité en calculant le taux d'inscription, le taux d'achèvement et le taux d'observation. Les résultats secondaires ont inclus la distance parcourue pendant le test de marche de 6 minutes (TM6M), le nombre de pas, le niveau d'activité physique (AP) et les résultats psychologiques liés à la dépression, au bonheur, à l'estime de soi et à la qualité du sommeil. Résultats: Au total, 21 participants ont été recrutés. Tous les participants ont terminé l'étude et avaient effectué le nombre de pas prescrit dans une proportion de 91% au moment du suivi. L'analyse a révélé une amélioration importante du bonheur mesuré au moyen du questionnaire d'Oxford sur le bonheur (différence moyenne de 0,3, p=0,003) et une amélioration significative limite de la distance parcourue pendant le TM6M (différence moyenne de 35 m, p=0,008). Conclusion: Cette étude pilote a démontré la faisabilité d'un programme de marche à base de podomètre pour les survivants d'un cancer du sein et d'un CTC qui suivent une radiothérapie.

  19. Effet de la concentration du cuivre ou de l'argent sur les propriétés des agrégats de rhodium déposés sur silice amorphe dans l'hydrogénation du 1,3 butadiène

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    Ksibi, Z.; Ghorbel1, A.; Bellamy, B.

    1999-02-01

    Some samples with rhodium, rhodium-copper and rhodium-silver deposited on amorphous silica by vapor deposition of the metallic phase under high-vacuum (P < 5.10-7 Pa) have been prepared. The effect of rhodium cluster size and copper or silver addition on catalytic properties of rhodium in the 1,3 butadiène hydrogenation was studied. Results show that the reaction is sensitive to the size of rhodium aggregates and that there is an important difference between the effect of copper and silver on the rhodium properties. Indeed copper forms an alloy with rhodium and provokes a poison effect on the activity of the noble metal, whereas silver exhibits a mask effect on the rhodium particles without forming alloy with it. Des échantillons mono-métalliques au rhodium et bimétalliques rhodium-cuivre et rhodium-argent déposés sur une silice amorphe par vapodéposition d'une phase métallique dans des conditions ultra-vide (P < 5.10-7 Pa) ont été préparés. L'effet de la taille des agrégats de rhodium ainsi que celui de l'addition du cuivre ou de l'argent sur les propriétés catalytiques du rhodium dans l'hydrogénation du 1,3 butadiène ont été étudiés. Les résultats montrent que la réaction étudiée est sensible à la taille des agrégats de rhodium et nous notons une différence importante entre l'effet du cuivre et de l'argent sur les propriétés du rhodium. En effet le cuivre forme un alliage avec le rhodium et provoque un effet poison d?où une modification de l'activité du métal noble, alors que l'argent exerce un effet de masque sur les particules de rhodium sans toutefois former d'alliage avec ce dernier.

  20. Comparative study of the hail suppression efficiency in Bulgaria and in France

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    Simeonov, P.

    A partir des données normalisées des assurances grêle, on mesure l'efficacité de la lutte contre la grêle de deux expériences différentes en employant un test bivariable habituellement utilisé pour détecter une dérive dans des séries chronologiques pluviométriques. La première expérience est le programme opérationnel bulgare qui met en oeuvre la méthode soviétique d'ensemencement par fusées dans huit régions, appelées polygones, du nord-ouest et du sud de la Bulgarie; l'autre expérience est le programme français développé par l'Association Nationale d'Etude et de Lutte contre les Fléaux Atmosphériques (ANELFA) qui utilise des générateurs au sol de noyaux d'iodure d'argent fonctionnant avant et pendant le développement des orages à grêle. Les données utilisées pour le test sont les pourcentages annuels de pertes aux récoltes dans les zones cibles et contrôles avant et pendant les années d'ensemencement. Lorsqu'un changement de tendance est décelé dans la cible en comparaison de la zone de contrôle, le test bivariable indique la date du changement, son niveau de signification statistique ainsi que son taux. Pour chacun des deux programmes, on trouve une diminution significative des dommages par la grêle dans les zone ensemencées, et la période de cette diminution correspond au développement des activités de suppression de la grêle dans les deux pays.