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  1. Evaluation of Retrievability of the Gunther Tulip Vena Cava Filter

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    Yamagami, Takuji Kato, Takeharu; Hirota, Tatsuya; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2007-04-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the feasibility and safety of withdrawal of a Gunther tulip retrievable vena cava filter (GTF). Methods. Between June 2001 and December 2005, at our institution 86 GTFs were implanted for temporary caval filtration in 59 patients (37 women, 22 men; mean age 59.3 years, range 18-87 years). For GTFs retrieved thereafter, we retrospectively reviewed the following parameters: rate of success in retrieval, degree of trapped thrombus in the filter, and complications during retrieval. Results. Worsening of or new development of pulmonary embolism after filter implantation did not occur in any patient. Of the 86 GTFs implanted, retrieval of 80 was attempted. Among those 80 filters, 77 (96%) were successfully retrieved (with the standard method, n = 72; with the modified method, n = 5) without any complication. The period of implantation of the retrieved filters was 13.4 {+-} 4.2 days. In the 5 filters that were filled to a height of {>=} 1/4 with trapped thrombus, retrieval was performed after attempts were made to decrease trapped thrombi. In addition, a temporary filter or another GTF was temporarily placed at the cephalad level of the GTF during this removal procedure. Conclusion. GTFs can be retrieved in the majority of cases. Even when encountering situations in which the filter could not be removed using the standard method, withdrawal was possible in a high frequency of cases through various trials using modified methods.

  2. A Discussion of Gunther Schuller's Approach to Conducting: Implications for the Instrumental Music Classroom

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    Waldron, Janice

    2008-01-01

    What professional musicians say and do affects the attitudes and actions of music educators in the classroom. One example comes from influential conductor/composer, Gunther Schuller, who, in his controversial 1997 book, "The Compleat Conductor", defines, espouses, and recommends his own "philosophy of conducting." An examination of his ideas and,…

  3. Attenuating Growth: A More Humane Alternative--A Response to Gunther and Diekema

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    Romer, Lyle T; Crocker, Allen C.

    2006-01-01

    An astonishing tract has been published that involves a plan for the modification of the growth of children with severe developmental disabilities by administering hormonal treatments designed to arrest growth at an early age (Gunther & Diekema, 2006). The schema put forth is based upon the concern of the authors for the burdensome effect families…

  4. Growth Attenuation and Due Process: "A Response to Gunther and Diekema (2006)"

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    Turnbull, Rud; Wehmeyer, Michael; Turnbull, Ann; Stowe, Matt

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the authors' response to Gunther and Diekema's argument about growth attenuation and due process. As a case study, growth attenuation raises complicated issues. The authors address some issues that have not been sufficiently addressed. Those involve family support, assistive technology, constitutional rights to "self," the…

  5. Growth Attenuation and Due Process: "A Response to Gunther and Diekema (2006)"

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    Turnbull, Rud; Wehmeyer, Michael; Turnbull, Ann; Stowe, Matt

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the authors' response to Gunther and Diekema's argument about growth attenuation and due process. As a case study, growth attenuation raises complicated issues. The authors address some issues that have not been sufficiently addressed. Those involve family support, assistive technology, constitutional rights to "self," the…

  6. Safety and Efficacy of the Gunther Tulip Retrievable Vena Cava Filter: Midterm Outcomes

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    Hoffer, Eric K. Mueller, Rebecca J.; Luciano, Marcus R.; Lee, Nicole N.; Michaels, Anne T.; Gemery, John M.

    2013-08-01

    PurposeTo evaluate of the medium-term integrity, efficacy, and complication rate associated with the Gunther Tulip vena cava filter.MethodsA retrospective study was performed of 369 consecutive patients who had infrarenal Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava filters placed over a 5-year period. The mean patient age was 61.8 years, and 59 % were men. Venous thromboembolic disease and a contraindication to or complication of anticoagulation were the indications for filter placement in 86 % of patients; 14 % were placed for prophylaxis in patients with a mean of 2.3 risk factors. Follow-up was obtained by review of medical and radiologic records.ResultsMean clinical follow-up was 780 days. New or recurrent pulmonary embolus occurred in 12 patients (3.3 %). New or recurrent deep-vein thrombosis occurred in 53 patients (14.4 %). There were no symptomatic fractures, migrations, or caval perforations. Imaging follow-up in 287 patients (77.8 %) at a mean of 731 days revealed a single (0.3 %) asymptomatic fracture, migration greater than 2 cm in 36 patients (12.5 %), and no case of embolization. Of 122 patients with CT scans, asymptomatic perforations were identified in 53 patients (43.4 %) at a mean 757 days.ConclusionThe Gunther Tulip filter was safe and effective at 2-year follow-up. Complication rates were similar to those reported for permanent inferior vena cava filters.

  7. Safety and efficacy of the Gunther Tulip retrievable vena cava filter: midterm outcomes.

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    Hoffer, Eric K; Mueller, Rebecca J; Luciano, Marcus R; Lee, Nicole N; Michaels, Anne T; Gemery, John M

    2013-08-01

    To evaluate of the medium-term integrity, efficacy, and complication rate associated with the Gunther Tulip vena cava filter. A retrospective study was performed of 369 consecutive patients who had infrarenal Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava filters placed over a 5-year period. The mean patient age was 61.8 years, and 59% were men. Venous thromboembolic disease and a contraindication to or complication of anticoagulation were the indications for filter placement in 86% of patients; 14% were placed for prophylaxis in patients with a mean of 2.3 risk factors. Follow-up was obtained by review of medical and radiologic records. Mean clinical follow-up was 780 days. New or recurrent pulmonary embolus occurred in 12 patients (3.3%). New or recurrent deep-vein thrombosis occurred in 53 patients (14.4%). There were no symptomatic fractures, migrations, or caval perforations. Imaging follow-up in 287 patients (77.8%) at a mean of 731 days revealed a single (0.3%) asymptomatic fracture, migration greater than 2 cm in 36 patients (12.5%), and no case of embolization. Of 122 patients with CT scans, asymptomatic perforations were identified in 53 patients (43.4%) at a mean 757 days. The Gunther Tulip filter was safe and effective at 2-year follow-up. Complication rates were similar to those reported for permanent inferior vena cava filters.

  8. Lumbar artery pseudoaneurysm caused by a Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava filter.

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    Skeik, Nedaa; McEachen, James C; Stockland, Andrew H; Wennberg, Paul W; Shepherd, Roger F J; Shields, Raymond C; Andrews, James C

    2011-11-01

    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are widely used to decrease the risk of pulmonary embolism in patients with contraindications to anticoagulation. Complications include local hematoma, access site deep venous thrombosis (DVT), filter migration and embolization, leg penetration through the IVC wall, IVC occlusion, and filter fracture with embolization. Other rare complications include leg penetration into adjacent organs including duodenum and ureter. Lumbar artery pseudoaneurysms are rare and may be spontaneous, iatrogenic, or traumatic. To date, there have been 3 case reports of lumbar artery pseudoaneurysms caused by IVC filters. We present an additional case of a lumbar artery pseudoaneurysm caused by a Gunther Tulip IVC filter treated successfully with selective embolization.

  9. Gunther Tulip Retrievable Inferior Vena Caval Filters: Indications, Efficacy, Retrieval, and Complications

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    Looby, S.; Given, M.F.; Geoghegan, T.; McErlean, A.; Lee, M.J.

    2007-02-15

    Purpose. We evaluated the Gunther Tulip (GT) retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter with regard to indications, filtration efficacy, complications, retrieval window, and use of anticoagulation. Method. A retrospective study was performed of 147 patients (64 men, 83 women; mean age 58.8 years) who underwent retrievable GT filter insertion between 2001 and 2005. The indications for placement included a diagnosis of pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis with a contraindication to anticoagulation (n = 68), pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis while on anticoagulation (n = 49), prophylactic filter placement for high-risk surgical patients with a past history of pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis (n = 20), and a high risk of pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis (n = 10). Forty-nine of the 147 patients did not receive anticoagulation (33.7%) while 96 of 147 patients did, 82 of these receiving warfarin (56.5%), 11 receiving low-molecular weight heparins (7.58%), and 3 receiving antiplatelet agents alone (2.06%). Results. Filter placement was successful in 147 patients (100%). Two patients had two filters inserted. Of the 147 patients, filter deployment was on a permanent basis in 102 and with an intention to retrieve in 45 patients. There were 36 (80%) successful retrievals and 9 (20%) failed retrievals. The mean time to retrieval was 33.6 days. The reasons for failed retrieval included filter struts tightly adherent to the IVC wall (5/9), extreme filter tilt (2/9), and extensive filter thrombus (2/9). Complications included pneumothorax (n = 4), failure of filter expansion (n = 1), and breakthrough pulmonary embolism (n = 1). No IVC thrombotic episodes were recorded. Discussion. The Gunther Tulip retrievable filter can be used as a permanent or a retrievable filter. It is safe and efficacious. GT filters can be safely retrieved at a mean time interval of 33.6 days. The newly developed Celect filter may extend the retrieval interval.

  10. Factors affecting Cook Gunther Tulip and Cook Celect inferior vena cava filter retrieval success.

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    Glocker, Roan J; Novak, Zdenek; Matthews, Thomas C; Patterson, Mark A; Jordan, William D; Pearce, Benjamin J; Passman, Marc A

    2014-01-01

    Success rates vary for the retrieval of inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs). The optimal retrieval time and factors influencing retrieval success remain unproven. This study aims to determine optimal time and evaluate factors related to successful IVCF retrieval. An institutional prospectively maintained database was reviewed for all IVCF retrieval attempts from 2006 to 2012. Patient demographics, comorbidities, indications for procedure, placement technique, IVCF type, presence of angulation, and time to retrieval were evaluated with respect to success or failure of retrieval. Statistical analyses (t-test, χ(2), correlations, and Kaplan-Meier plots) were performed comparing successful and unsuccessful retrievals. Of 121 attempted IVCF retrievals, 92 (76%) were successful and 29 (24%) were unsuccessful. There were no significant differences between the successful and unsuccessful attempts in terms of patient demographics, comorbidities, indications for procedure, placement technique, or IVCF type, which included 93 Celect (77%) and 28 Gunther Tulip (23%). Time since IVCF placement was significantly different (P = .025) between the successful and unsuccessful retrieval groups (medians were 105 [7-368] and 162 [43-379] days, respectively). Time since IVCF placement greater than 117 days correlated significantly with unsuccessful IVCF retrieval (R = 0.218; P = .017; odds ratio, 2.88; P = .02). Angulation greater than 20 degrees on anteroposterior radiograph was noted in seven of 29 (24%) unsuccessful retrievals compared with seven of 92 (8%) successful retrievals and was significant (P = .012). Cook Gunther Tulip and Celect IVCF retrieval is most likely to be successful within 3 to 4 months of placement. Unsuccessful retrieval attempts are more likely to occur when IVCF position is angulated. Copyright © 2014 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Successful removal of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter with wall-embedded hook and migration during a retrieval attempt.

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    Yamagami, Takuji; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2013-01-01

    Retrieval of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter implanted in a patient with inferior vena cava and right common iliac vein thrombosis was attempted by the standard method. Because the filter was tilted, the hook became attached to the vena cava wall and could not be snared. During attempts at removal by an alternative method, the filter migrated toward the right atrium. However, it was finally successfully removed.

  12. Successful removal of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter with wall-embedded hook and migration during a retrieval attempt

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    Yamagami, Takuji; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2013-01-01

    Retrieval of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter implanted in a patient with inferior vena cava and right common iliac vein thrombosis was attempted by the standard method. Because the filter was tilted, the hook became attached to the vena cava wall and could not be snared. During attempts at removal by an alternative method, the filter migrated toward the right atrium. However, it was finally successfully removed. PMID:23986855

  13. Le risque de détresse morale dans la pratique contemporaine des soins de santé.

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    Austin, Wendy

    2016-05-01

    Les professionnels de la santé sont des agents moraux dont la relation fiduciaire avec le public est animée par la responsabilité et la promesse de puiser dans leurs connaissances et leurs habiletés pour aider les personnes sous leurs soins. Lorsque leur capacité à tenir cette promesse est freinée ou compromise, ils risquent de souffrir de détresse morale. Le concept de détresse morale est défini et mis en contexte dans le milieu de la santé. Les contraintes et les facteurs qui en sont à l'origine sont présentés, de même que les moyens utilisés par les professionnels de la santé et les organisations de santé pour la soulager. Un changement transformateur s'impose pour vaincre la culture du silence et maintenir un système de santé où il est possible de vivre avec sa conscience.

  14. Retrievable Gunther Tulip inferior vena cava filter: experience in 317 patients.

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    Given, M F; McDonald, B C; Brookfield, P; Niggemeyer, L; Kossmann, T; Varma, D K; Thomson, K R; Lyon, S M

    2008-10-01

    The aim of our study was to assess our experience with the retrievable Gunther Tulip (GT) inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, with regard to its insertion, efficacy, ease of placement and retrieval, and associated complications. Between November 2001 and October 2005, 322 GT filters were placed in 317 patients. Insertion indications included the following: pulmonary embolus (PE) prophylaxis in trauma patients (n = 232), PE prophylaxis in perioperative patients (n = 27), PE prophylaxis in moribund intensive care unit patients (n = 22), recent PE (n = 48), extensive deep venous thrombosis (n = 66), contraindication to anticoagulation (n = 63), anticoagulation complication (n = 8) and deep venous thrombosis with failed anticoagulation (n = 8). Some patients had more than one indication for caval filter placement. Two hundred and five attempted retrievals have been carried out, with 15 failures. Our successful retrieval rate is 92%. Nineteen filters were originally inserted permanently. There have been three minor complications associated with insertion and five with retrieval. The mean time from filter insertion to attempted retrieval was 76.95 days. The ideal filter implantation time gives the patient the benefit of PE protection, while avoiding the long-term risks associated with caval filters. Although GT retrieval times have lengthened considerably, our data suggest that this is at the expense of successful retrieval rates.

  15. Gunther von Hagens and Body Worlds part 2: The anatomist as priest and prophet.

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    Moore, Charleen M; Brown, C Mackenzie

    2004-03-01

    Part 1 of this two-part series highlighted tensions between the anatomical quest for scientific knowledge about the human interior and artistic representations of the anatomized body, contrasting the roles of Goethe's scientific Prosektor and humanistic Proplastiker-roles disturbingly fused in Gunther von Hagens. Part 2 first examines religious interpretations of the human body that fuel the tensions manifest in anatomy art. The body in Western cultures is a sacred text amenable to interpretation as handiwork of God, habitation for the soul, and vehicle for resurrection. As handiwork of God the body beckons the anatomist's scalpel, helping establish dissection as the hallmark of Western medicine. The body as divinely designed machine encompasses the idea of an indwelling soul expressing its will in actions mediated through the intricate network of muscles-an understanding reflected in the oft occurring muscle men of early anatomical textbooks. Interconnections of body and soul in medieval somatic spirituality are examined with reference to ideas of resurrection and their impact on anatomical illustration. Part 2 concludes with consideration of von Hagens as priest and prophet, culminating in the Promethean impulse that recognizes not God but ourselves as proper owners and molders of our destiny, embodied in the plastinator's visionary quest to create the superhuman.

  16. Development Of Electro-Spark Alloying (ESA) And Thermo-Reactive Electro-Spark Surface Strengthening (TRESS) Technologies And Set Of Equipment With Attachments For Mechanization

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    2006-05-11

    main goal of the project is to develop advanced ESA and TRESS coating technologies for application on Ti and superalloys substrates to resist high...cycle fatigue failure initiated at the blade roots. The bar and disc electrodes will be manufactured by self-propagating high temperature synthesis...applied to Ti and superalloy blade roots in turbine engines to resist wear and fatigue. The main goal of the project is to develop advanced Electro

  17. Retrieval of gunther tulip vena cava filter with thrombosed hook and a leg incorporated into the vena cava wall.

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    Yamagami, Takuji; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2009-01-01

    A Gunther tulip vena cava filter was implanted in a patient with pulmonary embolism from deep venous thrombosis. The filter became unnecessary after therapy. However, retrieval by the standard method employing a vascular sheath placed via the transjugular approach in combination with a snare device was impossible. A thrombus occupying the apical hook made it difficult to snare the hook, also one filter leg was incorporated into the inferior vena cava wall. Therefore we modified an existing method to withdraw the filter. As the first step, the filter cone was snared using the snare-over-guide wire loop technique, and the cephalad site of the filter was introduced into the sheath. Then, a 12-French sheath was advanced from the femoral vein and, using a pusher, the distal legs of the filter were pushed, which resulted the filter leg that was incorporated into the inferior vena cava wall became detached. Finally the filter was successfully retrieved.

  18. Retrieval of Gunther Tulip Vena Cava Filter with Thrombosed Hook and a Leg Incorporated into the Vena Cava Wall

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    Yamagami, Takuji; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2009-01-01

    A Gunther tulip vena cava filter was implanted in a patient with pulmonary embolism from deep venous thrombosis. The filter became unnecessary after therapy. However, retrieval by the standard method employing a vascular sheath placed via the transjugular approach in combination with a snare device was impossible. A thrombus occupying the apical hook made it difficult to snare the hook, also one filter leg was incorporated into the inferior vena cava wall. Therefore we modified an existing method to withdraw the filter. As the first step, the filter cone was snared using the snare-over-guide wire loop technique, and the cephalad site of the filter was introduced into the sheath. Then, a 12-French sheath was advanced from the femoral vein and, using a pusher, the distal legs of the filter were pushed, which resulted the filter leg that was incorporated into the inferior vena cava wall became detached. Finally the filter was successfully retrieved. PMID:23555355

  19. Gunther Tulip Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement During Treatment for Deep Venous Thrombosis of the Lower Extremity

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    Yamagami, Takuji Kato, Takeharu; Iida, Shigeharu; Hirota, Tatsuya; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2005-05-15

    Purpose. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of Gunther tulip retrievable vena cava filter (GTF) implantation to prevent pulmonary embolism during intravenously administered thrombolytic and anticoagulation therapy and interventional radiological therapy for occlusive or nonocclusive deep venous thrombosis (DVT) of the lower extremity. Methods. We evaluated placement of 55 GTFs in 42 patients with lower extremity DVT who had undergone various treatments including those utilizing techniques of interventional radiology. Results. Worsening of pulmonary embolism in patients with existing pulmonary embolism or in those without pulmonary embolism at the time of GTF insertion was avoided in all patients. All attempts at implantation of the GTF were safely accomplished. Perforation and migration experienced by one patient was the only complication. Mean period of treatment for DVT under protection from pulmonary embolism by the GTF was 12.7 {+-} 8.3 days (mean {+-} SD, range 4-37 days). We attempted retrieval of GTFs in 18 patients in whom the venous thrombus had disappeared after therapy, and retrieval in one of these 18 cases failed. GTFs were left in the vena cava in 24 patients for permanent use when the DVT was refractory to treatment. Conclusion. The ability of the GTF to protect against pulmonary embolism during treatment of DVT was demonstrated. Safety in both placement and retrieval was clarified. Because replacement with a permanent filter was not required, use of the GTF was convenient when further protection from complicated pulmonary embolism was necessary.

  20. Endovascular repair of a perforation of the vena caval wall caused by the retrieval of a Gunther Tulip filter after long-term implantation.

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    Morishita, Hiroyuki; Yamagami, Takuji; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Takeuchi, Yoshito; Sato, Osamu; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2011-02-01

    Symptomatic penetration of the inferior vena cava (IVC) wall reportedly occurs in 0.3% of patients in whom a filter has been implanted, and it causes injury to the adjacent structures (Bogue et al. in Pediatr Radiol 39(10):1110-1113, 1; Brzezinski et al. in Burns 32(5):640-643, 2). We succeeded in the endovascular repair of perforation of the IVC wall occurring during the retrieval of a penetrated Gunther tulip vena cava filter (Cook, Bjaeverskov, Denmark) after long-term implantation.

  1. Endovascular Repair of a Perforation of the Vena Caval Wall Caused by the Retrieval of a Gunther Tulip Filter After Long-Term Implantation

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    Morishita, Hiroyuki; Yamagami, Takuji; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Takeuchi, Yoshito; Sato, Osamu; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2011-02-15

    Symptomatic penetration of the inferior vena cava (IVC) wall reportedly occurs in 0.3% of patients in whom a filter has been implanted, and it causes injury to the adjacent structures (Bogue et al. in Pediatr Radiol 39(10):1110-1113, 1; Brzezinski et al. in Burns 32(5):640-643, 2). We succeeded in the endovascular repair of perforation of the IVC wall occurring during the retrieval of a penetrated Gunther tulip vena cava filter (Cook, Bjaeverskov, Denmark) after long-term implantation.

  2. Hair breakage during combing. III. The effects of bleaching and conditioning on short and long segment breakage by wet and dry combing of tresses.

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    Robbins, Clarence; Kamath, Yash

    2007-01-01

    A recent publication (1), provided evidence for two types of hair breakage during combing, short segment breakage (approximately less than 1.27 cm) and longer segment breakage. We have confirmed these results and refined the separation distance between short and long segment breakage at about 2.54 cm. Furthermore, chemical bleaching increased both short and long segment breakage while a commercial hair conditioner decreased both types of breakage. Whether the hair is chemically bleached or conditioned, for dry combing, short segment breakage increases with increasing comb strokes, that is, short segment breakage increases as combing damages the ends of the hair, however, long segment breakage does not increase with increasing comb strokes. Wet combing provided a decrease in short segment breakage and an increase in long segment breaks, but no increase in breakage with increasing comb strokes. Mechanical combing of tresses shows similar results qualitatively, however the variance was too large and adjustments need to be made to provide for a larger number of broken hairs to bring the mechanical and hand combing results in line. For dry combing, as the comb descends through the hair, hairs above it are made parallel and those beneath are either made parallel or knot by, hairs looping around other hairs or hairs looping around comb teeth and other hairs several cm between the comb and the hair tips. As the comb advances through the looped/knotted hairs long breaks occur or as the comb descends near the tips wrapped ends can result. End wrapping by inertia & possibly static charge produces short segment breaks which are more severe if the hair is cut at 90 degrees versus a tapered cut. For wet combing, clumping of hairs by a capillary action produces fewer short segment breaks, by reducing end wrapping: however, crossed hair interactions occur & because of higher friction more severe snags arise higher up in the tress, and lower hair breaking load due to plasticization

  3. Interview with Gunther Kress

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    Bearne, Eve

    2005-01-01

    Developments in technology inevitably influence social, cultural, and communicative practices. Dominant language-based practices are giving way to a "new communications landscape" (Kress, 1997, 2003b) which is inherently multimodal. The forms and functions of text are in the process of a radical change which dislodges conventional notions of what…

  4. Le rôle du soutien parental dans la relation entre la victimisation homophobe, l’homophobie intériorisée et la détresse psychologique chez les jeunes de minorités sexuelles (JMS) : une approche de médiation modérée

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    Bergeron, Félix-Antoine; Blais, Martin; Hébert, Martine

    2016-01-01

    Résumé Cet article explore le rôle modérateur du soutien parental dans les relations entre la victimisation homophobe, l’homophobie intériorisée et la détresse psychologique chez des jeunes de minorités sexuelles (JMS), que l’on dit aussi lesbiennes, gais, bisexuels ou en questionnement. Il vise à 1) documenter la prévalence des différentes formes de victimisation homophobe vécue par les JMS, et ce, selon le genre et l’âge et 2) à explorer l’effet modérateur du soutien parental dans la relation entre la victimisation homophobe, l’homophobie intériorisée et la détresse psychologique. Un échantillon de 228 JMS âgés de 14 à 22 ans, non exclusivement hétérosexuels, recrutés en milieu communautaire dans le cadre de l’enquête sur le Parcours Amoureux des Jeunes (PAJ) du Québec a été analysé. L’impact de la victimisation homophobe, du soutien parental, de l’homophobie intériorisée sur la détresse psychologique est exploré par un modèle de régression linéaire avec effets de médiation modérée. Le rôle modérateur du soutien parental est confirmé dans la relation entre la victimisation homophobe et la détresse psychologique. Ces variables peuvent constituer des leviers pour prévenir les effets négatifs des préjudices homophobes sur la santé mentale des JMS. PMID:26966851

  5. Transfert et transport des nouveau-nés en situation de détresse vitale à Yaoundé, Cameroun: analyse situationnelle dans un hôpital de référence

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    Nlend, Anne Esther Njom; Zeudja, Cécile; Nsoa, Lydie

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Notre objectif était de décrire les caractéristiques du transfert des nouveau-nés en situation de détresse vitale vers le Centre Hospitalier d’ESSOS à Yaoundé, Cameroun. Méthodes Nous avons réalisé une étude transversale prospective d’Octobre 2014 à Janvier 2015. La collecte des données était faite à l’aide d’un questionnaire court auprès de l’opérateur du transfert. Principaux paramètres: moyen de transport, motif du transfert, délai du transfert, nombre de décours (itinéraire avant l’admission) prévalence de l’hypothermie, taux de mortalité néonatale. Résultats Nous avons enregistré 73 transferts durant la période Près de 1/5 (22%) étaient nés au sein du district de santé de la structure de référence. Les nouveau-nés référés venaient de structures tertiaires dans 24/73 (33%). Le principal motif de transfert était la grande prématurité (40%) suivi de l’asphyxie néonatale (26%). Le transfert était médicalisé dans 5/73 (7%) des cas et infirmier interhospitalier dans 10/73 (13,6%) des cas. Le délai moyen de transfert était de 17 heures, 60% avaient été transférés dans les 6 premières heures de vie et 22% (16/73) dans les deux heures. Pour plus de la moitié des nouveau-nés, un détour dans une autre structure avait été réalisé avant l’admission. L’hypothermie (température centrale inférieure à 36°) à l’arrivée était notée dans 20% des cas. 15/73(20,5%) des nouveau-nés transférés sont décédés. la température moyenne à l’arrivée des nouveau-nés décédés étaient de 35°5C vs 37°C chez les non-décédés (p=0,006). Le pourcentage de nouveau-nés ayant subi plus de 2 détours était de 57% chez les décédés versus 30% chez les non-décédés (p=0,02). Conclusion A Yaoundé, les conditions de transferts des nouveau-nés précaires grèvent le pronostic néonatal immédiat à cause d’un itinéraire erratique qui majore le risque d’hypothermie et de d

  6. Commentary: County of Washington v. Gunther.

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    Buckley, Nancy C.

    1981-01-01

    In court litigation in which women prison guards' claim of pay discrimination was rejected at the local level, the Supreme Court ruled that the case could be debated based on workers'"comparable worth" instead of "equal work," the traditional argument. Further litigation on the comparable worth issue is anticipated. (MSE)

  7. [Rapid prediction of annual ring density of Paulownia elongate standing tress using near infrared spectroscopy].

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    Jiang, Ze-Hui; Wang, Yu-Rong; Fei, Ben-Hua; Fu, Feng; Hse, Chung-Yun

    2007-06-01

    Rapid prediction of annual ring density of Paulownia elongate standing trees using near infrared spectroscopy was studied. It was non-destructive to collect the samples for trees, that is, the wood cores 5 mm in diameter were unthreaded at the breast height of standing trees instead of fallen trees. Then the spectra data were collected by autoscan method of NIR. The annual ring density was determined by mercury immersion. And the models were made and analyzed by the partial least square (PLS) and full cross validation in the 350-2 500 nm wavelength range. The results showed that high coefficients were obtained between the annual ring and the NIR fitted data. The correlation coefficient of prediction model was 0.88 and 0.91 in the middle diameter and bigger diameter, respectively. Moreover, high coefficients of correlation were also obtained between annual ring density laboratory-determined and the NIR fitted data in the middle diameter of Paulownia elongate standing trees, the correlation coefficient of calibration model and prediction model were 0.90 and 0.83, and the standard errors of calibration (SEC) and standard errors of prediction(SEP) were 0.012 and 0.016, respectively. The method can simply, rapidly and non-destructively estimate the annual ring density of the Paulownia elongate standing trees close to the cutting age.

  8. A Survival Model for Shortleaf Pine Tress Growing in Uneven-Aged Stands

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    Thomas B. Lynch; Lawrence R. Gering; Michael M. Huebschmann; Paul A. Murphy

    1999-01-01

    A survival model for shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata Mill.) trees growing in uneven-aged stands was developed using data from permanently established plots maintained by an industrial forestry company in western Arkansas. Parameters were fitted to a logistic regression model with a Bernoulli dependent variable in which "0" represented...

  9. Conception, analyse et caracterisation des proprietes mecaniques de ressorts composites a renfort tresse

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    Zebdi, Oussama

    High performance composites reinforced by woven or braided fabrics have several different applications in various fields such as in the aerospace, automobile and marine industry. This research project was carried out at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in collaboration with an industrial sponsor, the company Composites Atlantic Ltd. Composite springs often represent an interesting alternative, given the reduction in weight that they allow with equal mechanical performance compared to metallic springs. Their good resistance to fatigue and corrosion bring additional benefits in several industrial applications. Moreover, the use of the composites increases safety by avoiding the risks of brutal rupture because of the low propagation velocity of cracks in this type of material. Lastly, in electrotechnics, another significant advantage comes into play because of the electrical insulation capability of composite springs. Few research results can be found on composite springs in the scientific literature. The first part of this thesis studies the problems connected with the design of composite springs. The results are promising, because it was confirmed that composite springs can be devised with the same mechanical performance in term of stiffness as metallic ones. Two solutions were found to replace the metallic springs of the suspension of a four wheel drive: the first spring was in carbon-epoxy, and the second one in glass-epoxy. In the second part, software was developed in order to devise a new approach to predict the mechanical properties of woven or braided composites. This work shows how an inverse method based on plate laminate theory allows creating, from experimental results on braided composites, a virtual basic ply that includes the effect of fiber architecture (undulation and braiding angle). Using this model, the properties of the composite can be predicted for any braid angle. The comparison with the experimental results shows a good correlation with numerical predictions. In third part, an experimental study on creep was conducted on composite plates manufactured with the same constitutive materials as the composite springs. Creep tests in three point bending were carried out with Q800 DMA machine. The results showed that creep behavior depends primarily on the polymer matrix. However, rigidity is a function of the fiber-matrix mixture. The braiding angle of 35° corresponds to a characteristic threshold for braided composites: beyond this value, rigidity falls in a creep test at a temperature higher than Tg. It represents also a critical angle in bending or in tensile tests. Above 35°, the failure mode of the composite goes from fragile (rupture of fibers) to a mixed mode, in which the polymer matrix comes also into play with fibers. A good stability was observed for the composites with a braiding angle lower than +/- 35° or higher than +/-60°. Long-term tests were also carried out for two braided composites at +/- 45° and +/- 55° in order to check the predictive model of the DMA. The shift factors obtained from the short and long term tests are roughly equal. This thesis has set the ground for the future development on industrial applications of composite springs. The design software predicts the mechanical effectiveness of helical composite springs. The software developed to predict the elastic properties of braided composites accelerates the preparation of characterization results for the design stage. This numerical tool could be generalized for other fiber architectures. It represents a practical tool for further investigations. Finally, the study on creep, although preliminary, provides a first evaluation of the life cycle of composite springs. It would be interesting to proceed now to the design of a first industrial application.

  10. Stand density guides for predicting growth of forest tress of southwest Idaho

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    Douglas D. Basford; John Sloan; Joy Roberts

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a method for estimating stand growth from stand density and average diameter in stands of pure and mixed species in Southwest Idaho. The methods are adapted from a model developed for Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and lodgepole pine on the Salmon National Forest. Growth data were derived from ponderosa pine increment cores taken from sample plots on...

  11. Introducer curving technique to reduce tilting of transfemoral Gunther Tulip IVC filter: in vitro study.

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    Xiao, Liang; Wang, Man; Huang, De-Sheng; Shen, Jing; Tong, Jia-Jie

    2012-09-01

    Severe tilting of Günther Tulip filter (GTF) may be associated with difficulty in retrieval. To determine if an introducer curving technique of GTF can decrease the tilting degree of GTF in a caval model. The model was constructed by placing Dacron grafts in bifurcated glass tubes. The study included three groups: Right Straight Group (G(1)), Left Straight Group (G(2)), and Left Curved Group (G(3)). In G(3), a 10-20° angle was curved on the metal introducer before insertion to decrease the angle between inferior vena cava axes and metal introducer (A(CM)). Before GTF was released, the distance between the caval right wall and the apical hook (D(CH1)), and A(CM) were measured. The tilt angle of GTF (A(CF)) was also measured. In G(1), GTF apex tended to center compared to G(2) (59% vs. 36%, P < 0.01). In G(3), GTF apex tended to center compared to G(2) (71% vs. 36%, P < 0.01). The differences of A(CF) between G(1) and G(2) (2.66 ± 1.80 vs. 4.13 ± 2.07, P < 0.01) and between G(2) and G(3) (4.13 ± 2.07 vs. 2.39 ± 1.79, P < 0.01) were statistically significant. There were significant positive correlations between A(CM) and A(CF), whereas significant negative correlations were detected between D(CH1) and A(CF) in each group. The oblique course of GTF delivery system relative to the axis of the cava causes filter tilt, and thus, curving the introducer prior to its introduction helps to reduce the filter tilt. We recommend a clinical study to determine whether the introducer curving technique improves filter centering and its retrievability.

  12. VizieR Online Data Catalog: YSOVAR: infrared photometry in Lynds 1688 (Gunther+, 2014)

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    Gunther, H. M.; Cody, A. M.; Covey, K. R.; Hillenbrand, L. A.; Plavchan, P.; Poppenhaeger, K.; Rebull, L. M.; Stauffer, J. R.; Wolk, S. J.; Allen, L.; Bayo, A.; Gutermuth, R. A.; Hora, J. L.; Meng, H. Y. A.; Morales-Calderon, M.; Parks, J. R.; Song, I.

    2014-11-01

    We present a Spitzer/IRAC monitoring campaign of the star-forming region L1688 in the mid-infrared. Lynds 1688 (L1688) is a subcloud of the {rho} Ophiuchus star-forming region. Three fields in L1688 were observed with Spitzer in four observing windows from 2010 April 12 to 2010 May 16 (visibility window 1), 2010 September 22 to 2010 October 27 (visibility window 2), 2011 April 20 to 2011 May 23 (visibility window 3), and 2011 October 1 to 2011 November 6 (visibility window 4). These windows are consecutive visibility periods dictated by the Spitzer orbit (Werner et al., 2004ApJS..154....1W). Table1 lists the time of each observation. They can be found under Program Identification number (PID) 61024 in the Spitzer Heritage Archive (http://sha.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Spitzer/SHA). L1688 was observed by Chandra on 2000 April 13 for 100ks exposure time in the FAINT mode with the ACIS instrument (ObsID 635 in the Chandra Data Archive, http://cda.harvard.edu/chaser/). We found auxiliary data from the literature. L1688 was observed with Spitzer in the cryogenic mission phase with all four IRAC channels and the 24μm channel of the Multiband Imaging Photometer for Spitzer (MIPS). We augment our own Spitzer data reduction with values from the catalog published by the c2d project (c2d = "From Cores to Disks"; Evans et al. 2003, cat. II/332). Near-infrared data are taken from 2MASS (cat. II/246). Additionally, we take detections from the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS; cat. II/319) Galactic cluster survey, data release 9. UKIDSS uses the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) Wide Field Camera. The YSOVAR data is also cross-matched with data from the SIMBAD (http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/) service to provide an identification with known objects from the literature. (4 data files).

  13. Skeletal muscle atrophy occurs slowly and selectively during prolonged aestivation in Cyclorana alboguttata (Gunther 1867).

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    Mantle, Beth L; Hudson, Nicholas J; Harper, Gregory S; Cramp, Rebecca L; Franklin, Craig E

    2009-11-01

    We investigated the effect of prolonged immobilisation of six and nine months duration on the morphology and antioxidant biochemistry of skeletal muscles in the amphibian aestivator Cyclorana alboguttata. We hypothesised that, in the event of atrophy occurring during aestivation, larger jumping muscles were more likely to be preserved over smaller non-jumping muscles. Whole muscle mass (g), muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) (microm(2)), water content (%) and myofibre number (per mm(2)) remained unchanged in the cruralis muscle after six to nine months of aestivation; however, myofibre area (microm(2)) was significantly reduced. Whole muscle mass, water content, myofibre number and myofibre CSA remained unchanged in the gastrocnemius muscle after six to nine months of aestivation. However, iliofibularis dry muscle mass, whole muscle CSA and myofibre CSA was significantly reduced during aestivation. Similarly, sartorius dry muscle mass, water content and whole muscle CSA was significantly reduced during aestivation. Endogenous antioxidants were maintained at control levels throughout aestivation in all four muscles. The results suggest changes to muscle morphology during aestivation may occur when lipid reserves have been depleted and protein becomes the primary fuel substrate for preserving basal metabolic processes. Muscle atrophy as a result of this protein catabolism may be correlated with locomotor function, with smaller non-jumping muscles preferentially used as a protein source during fasting over larger jumping muscles. Higher levels of endogenous antioxidants in the jumping muscles may confer a protective advantage against oxidative damage during aestivation; however, it is not clear whether they play a role during aestivation or upon resumption of normal metabolic activity.

  14. Stem Sinuosity, Tree Size, and Pest Injury of Machine-Planted Tress with and without Bent Taproots: A Comparison of Loblolly and Slash Pine

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    Jason A. Gatch; Timothy B. Harrington; Terry S. Price; M. Boyd Edwards

    1999-01-01

    Twenty-four maohine-planted stands each of slash (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) (between ages 3 to 10 years) were randomly selected in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont of Georgia, respectively. Ten points per site were located along a transect and two planted trees within a 10-m radius of each point were...

  15. Effects of different spawning agents on serum levels of reproductive steroid hormones and cortisol level in adult female Barbus sharpeyi (Gunther, 1874).

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    Mohammadian, Takavar; Malekpouri, Pedram; Zare, Mojtaba; Zainodini, Mohammad Anwar

    2015-12-01

    The question of whether, as hormone therapies, spawning agents differ from each other to induce physiological pathways of gametogenesis and oocyte maturation in fish remains important, because it could modify undesirable changes, regulated by endocrine systems of individual fish. A series of experimental treatments were applied to investigate the underlying mechanism(s) in which female bunnei (Barbus sharpeyi) fish respond differently to hormone therapies. Female broodstocks were injected twice (with 12 h interval) by three different treatments namely A, B and C. The treatment A received carp pituitary extract (CPE) + luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogs (LHRHα2) (0.5 mg CPE kg(-1) BW for first injection and 2 mg CPE kg(-1) BW + 10 µg LHRHα2 kg(-1) for second injection), treatment B received CPE (0.5 and 3.5 mg kg(-1) BW), and treatment C received ovaprim (0.1 and 0.15 ml kg(-1) BW). Blood samples were collected at four different time intervals, including prior to injections, 6 h after first injection, 6 h after second injection and at the time of spawning, and serum steroid hormones, including testosterone, progesterone and estradiol-17β as well as cortisol, were measured. Results showed significant increases in serum estradiol-17β following all treatments, but the most profound response was found in treatments A and B. Testosterone was higher in larger broodfish than in small-sized broodfish (>1.5 vs. <1.5 kg) in all treatments. CPE led to higher concentration of testosterone rather than two other treatments. CPE also increases the progesterone following first injection and approximately remains unchanged till the end of experiment. Change in progesterone level was only significant after second injection of ovaprim as well as after spawning compared with previous time. Linear regression analyses indicated that cortisol had adverse effects on progesterone and testosterone levels of weight group <1.5 kg. These results suggest that among inducing agents, applied here, CPE can provide more reasonable response in reproduction of female B. sharpeyi.

  16. ?La Maétresse dit que je suis lent?: Représentation de l'école française dans le discours d'élèves immigrés

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    Vasquez, Ana; Proux, Michelle B.

    1984-06-01

    The difficulties of immigrant children at school have generally been studied with the emphasis either on their deficiencies or on the schemes which they devise to enable them to adapt. The study which is presented here, however, aims at a radically different approach by viewing the problem within the theoretical framework of transculturation and by examining the way in which the pupils themselves perceive the French school system. A study is made of the outcome of 101 interviews which were conducted in their mother tongue with Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking boys and girls aged between 10 and 17 years old. On the basis of statistical analysis by computer, indices were formulated with the intention of establishing (a) the relationship between the researcher and the subject during the interview; (b) the links between the subject as an individual and his/her peer-group (`me' — `us'); (c) his/her perception of `others'; and (d) the way in which he/she relates to his/her experience (as something to be positively accepted — or to be suffered; `active' or `passive'). Keywords illustrate and underline the difficulties encountered both by pupils and by the school to grasp the idea of time norms as a cultural shaping and to perceive how relative they are.

  17. Poloxamer 188 (P188) as an Adjunct in Prolonged Hypotensive Resuscitation

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    2009-06-01

    resuscitation. Lancet 363:1988-1996. 4. Hymes , A. C., M. H. Safavian, and T. Gunther. 1971. The influence of an industrial surfactant Pluronic F-68...8. Hymes AC, Safavian MH, Gunther T. The influence of an industrial surfactant Pluronic F-68, in the treatment of hem- orrhagic shock. J Surg Res...2002. 11. Hymes AC, Safavian MH, Gunther T: The influence of an industrial surfactant Pluronic F-68, in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock. J Surg Res

  18. Wallinia chavarriae n. sp. (Trematoda: Macroderoididae) in Astyanax aeneus (Gunther, 1860) and Bryconamericus scleroparius (Regan, 1908) (Osteichthyes: Characidae) from the Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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    Choudhury, Anindo; Daverdin, Rita Hartvigsen; Brooks, Daniel R

    2002-02-01

    Wallinia chavarriae n. sp. is described from the small-bodied characids Astyanax aeneus and Bryconamericus scleroparius in the Area de Conservación Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica. The species differs from W. valenciae in possessing an acetabulum that is smaller than the oral sucker and vitelline follicles that are ovoid or rounded rather than elongate and tubular. Detailed comparison between these 2 species is handicapped by the less than satisfactory condition of the type and only museum specimen of W. valenciae. Wallinia chavarriae and W. valenciae belong to a subfamily of trematodes, Walliniinae, that arguably includes Creptotrematina spp., Magnivitellum simplex, and possibly Margotrema. The morphology of walliniines suggests that they are macroderoidids, but a clearer understanding of their classification could be gained from their larval morphology or from molecular systematic studies. The host associations of a monophyletic Walliniinae would indicate diversification within 2 groups of freshwater fishes: the neotropical characids for species of Wallinia, Creptotrematina, and Magnivitellum and the endemic central Mexican goodeids for those of Margotrema. The biogeography and host associations of these parasites provide a system for studies of potential host switching and vicariance, involving the middle-American and neotropical regions.

  19. A Musing on Schuller's "Musings"

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    Asia, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    For many years Gunther Schuller was at the center of the classical music world, as a player, composer, conductor, writer, record producer, polemicist and publisher for new music and jazz, educator, and president of New England Conservatory. His book, entitled, "Musings: The Musical Worlds of Gunther Schuller: A Collection of His…

  20. A Musing on Schuller's "Musings"

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    Asia, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    For many years Gunther Schuller was at the center of the classical music world, as a player, composer, conductor, writer, record producer, polemicist and publisher for new music and jazz, educator, and president of New England Conservatory. His book, entitled, "Musings: The Musical Worlds of Gunther Schuller: A Collection of His…

  1. Ice Damage in a Georgia Planting of Loblolly Pine from Different Seed Sources

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    Earle P. Jones; Osborn O. Wells

    1969-01-01

    After a severe ice storm in south-central Georgia, the degree of ice damage in a provenance test planting of 11-year-old loblolly pines varied considerably among the nine widely seperated seed sources represented. Damage was less among tress from the colder, more inland locations than among tress from coastal areas where the climate is more moderate. In terms of...

  2. Poloxamer 188 (P188) as an Adjunct in Prolonged Hypotensive Resuscitation

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    2008-06-01

    McKinley, and E. E. Moore. 2004. The next generation in shock resuscitation. Lancet 363:1988-1996. 4. Hymes , A. C., M. H. Safavian, and T. Gunther. 1971...rat, rabbit, dog and man. Biopharm Drug Dispos 2002;23:87-103. 8. Hymes AC, Safavian MH, Gunther T. The influence of an industrial surfactant Pluronic F...188, in rats, dogs, and humans. J Pharm Sci 91:1936Y1947, 2002. 11. Hymes AC, Safavian MH, Gunther T: The influence of an industrial surfactant

  3. Turkish Influence in the South Caucasus and Levant: The Consequences for NATO and the EU

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    2013-09-01

    Security in Transition, ed. Gunther Hauser and Franz Kernic (Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006), 165. 17 Igor Torbakov and Hanna Ojanen, “Looking for a New...International Studies, March 2009), 62. 21 Alexander Ghaleb, “Natural Gas as an Instrument of Russian State Power,” The Letort Papers- Strategic...Interest, and the Access to Energy Resources,” in European Security in Transition, ed. Gunther Hauser and Franz Kernic (Burlington, VT: Ashgate) 2006

  4. Analytical Calculations of Fatigue Loading of Submarine Hulls

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    1990-11-01

    INTRODUCTION 7 2 . CURRENT RELEVANCE 11 3. SIMPLE STRUCTURES 11 4. YIELDING, BUCKLING AND SUBMARINE DESIGN 12 5. ELASTIC STRESS ANALYSIS OF SUBMARINE HULLS 17...CONCLUSION 58 8. REFERENCES 59 APPENDIX I - Von Sanden and Gunther (Ignoring End Pressure) 65 APPENDIX 2 - Von Sanden and Gunther (Including End Pressure) 67...transitions), at hull penetrations, and at other structural discontinuities such as bulkhead locations. I S ,- (a) German Type XXJ U-boat (b) British Oberon

  5. Army Attack Helicopters: Can They Survive on the Airland Battlefield?

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    1987-06-05

    p: 459. 43. Gunther E . Rothenberg. The Anatomy of the Israeli Army, (1979), p: 198. 44. Tony LoPresti. "Electronic Warfare: The Invisible War", Air...Palmer. Summons of the Trumpet -- US-Vietnam in Perspective, Novato, Calif: Presidio Press, 1978. Gunther E . Rothenburg. The Anatomy of the Israeli Army...CLAI5WICATION OF THIS PAGE REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE Is. REPORT SECURITY CLASSIFICATION lb. RESTRICTIVE MARKINGS E Uncla&s s if ied______________________

  6. A Guide to the Insect Borers, Pruners, and Girdlers of Pecan and Hickory

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    J.D. Solomon; J.A. Payne

    1986-01-01

    The importance, identification, biology and indirect control of insects attacking shoots, branches, trunks, and roots of tress are presented. Damage due to and control of the yellow-bellied sapsucker is discussed.

  7. Quand le malheur frappe les bénéficiaires de la sécurité du revenu. Sur qui peuvent-ils s’appuyer ?

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    Tousignant, Michel; Caron, Jean

    2013-01-01

    Cette étude analyse les conditions de réalisation du soutien social dans les quartiers de Saint-Henri et de la Pointe Saint-Charles, en comparant un groupe de 61 prestataires de la sécurité du revenu avec un échantillon de 21 personnes de la population vivant au-dessus du seuil de la pauvreté, et en fonction du degré de détresse dans chaque groupe. Elle vise également à décrire comment une adversité vécue par les prestataires avec ou sans détresse vient briser ou modifier le réseau de soutien. Les résultats indiquent que le réseau social est moins fiable en présence de détresse qu’en son absence, que les personnes en détresse se sont vues plus fréquemment refuser du soutien ou être abandonnées et qu’elles ont davantage de personnes nuisibles dans leur entourage. De plus, les événements vécus comportent souvent une atteinte à leur réputation, des menaces, des trahisons et des refus à un droit légitime. Les personnes en détresse sont aussi davantage isolées. PMID:16505926

  8. Pictures from a Rocket: English and the Semiotic Take

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    Burn, Andrew

    2005-01-01

    In this interview, Gunther Kress proposes how English needs to expand beyond its traditional linguistic frame into a semiotic frame which recognizes not only the visual but other modes. He argues also for a shift to forms of production in which the acts of reflection and meaning-making are fused, rather than separating the production of new…

  9. Unjustifiable Non-Therapy: Response to the Issue of Growth Attenuation for Young People on the Basis of Disability

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    Bersani, Hank, Jr.; Rotholz, David A.; Eidelman, Steven M.; Pierson, Joanna L.; Bradley, Valerie J.; Gomez, Sharon C.; Havercamp, Susan M.; Silverman, Wayne P.; Yeager, Mark H.; Morin, Diane; Wehmeyer, Michael L.; Carabello, Bernard J.; Croser, M. Doreen

    2007-01-01

    Gunther and Diekema (2006) have described a controversial intervention they provided to Ashley, a 6-year-old girl with profound and multiple impairments, which they refer to as "growth-attenuation therapy." This intervention, approved and apparently promoted by the parents, consisted of high doses of estrogen to bring about a permanent attenuation…

  10. Development of Toxicity Benchmarks and Bioaccumulation Data for N-based Organic Explosives for Terrestrial Plants and Soil Invertebrates

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    2012-11-01

    Sci. Technol. : 1569- 1577. 32 Dawel, G., Kastner, M., Michels , J., Poppitz, W., Gunther, W., and Fritsche, W. 1997. Structure of a laccase-mediated...Chromatogr A 1025:125–132. 19. Barron MG. 1995. Bioaccumulation and bioconcentration in aquatic organisms. In Hoffman DJ, Rattner BA, Burton GA Jr

  11. Training within Industry as Short-Sighted Community Literacy-Appropriate Training Program: A Case Study of Worker-Centered Training and Its Implications

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    Remley, Dirk

    2009-01-01

    This essay presents a case study of the modes used in training employees at a munitions plant in Ohio between 1940 and 1945. Theories of multimodal discourse and learning advanced by The New London Group (1996), Gunther Kress and Theo Van Leeuwen (2001) and Richard Mayer (2001) inform this analysis. With an unskilled labor force and many workers…

  12. IFLA General Conference, 1987. Division of General Research Libraries. National Libraries Section. University Libraries and Other General Research Libraries Section. Papers.

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

    Of the 11 papers in this collection, three are in German and in English translation; one is in French with an English translation and two are in French only; one is in Spanish with an English translation; and four are in English. The papers include: (1) "Europaische Bibliotheksinitiativen = European Library Initiatives" (Gunther Pflug); (2) "Die…

  13. Training within Industry as Short-Sighted Community Literacy-Appropriate Training Program: A Case Study of Worker-Centered Training and Its Implications

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    Remley, Dirk

    2009-01-01

    This essay presents a case study of the modes used in training employees at a munitions plant in Ohio between 1940 and 1945. Theories of multimodal discourse and learning advanced by The New London Group (1996), Gunther Kress and Theo Van Leeuwen (2001) and Richard Mayer (2001) inform this analysis. With an unskilled labor force and many workers…

  14. Zines in the Classroom: Reading Culture

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    Buchanan, Rebekah

    2012-01-01

    Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen assert that language-based pedagogy is not sufficient reading in the technology-driven society. Educators need to incorporate ways for students to read other signs and symbols and redefine what it means to be literate in a digital age. Still, there are many ways in which print-based texts can be used effectively…

  15. Language and Literacies. Selected Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (University of Manchester, England, United Kingdom, September 1998). British Studies in Applied Linguistics 14.

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    O'Brien, Teresa, Ed.

    This monograph offers papers presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics. After an introduction entitled "The Pluralisation of Literacy" (Teresa O'Brien), the papers are: (1) "National Literacy Strategies: A Debate" (Jill Bourne, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, and Alison Sealey); (2)…

  16. Unjustifiable Non-Therapy: Response to the Issue of Growth Attenuation for Young People on the Basis of Disability

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    Bersani, Hank, Jr.; Rotholz, David A.; Eidelman, Steven M.; Pierson, Joanna L.; Bradley, Valerie J.; Gomez, Sharon C.; Havercamp, Susan M.; Silverman, Wayne P.; Yeager, Mark H.; Morin, Diane; Wehmeyer, Michael L.; Carabello, Bernard J.; Croser, M. Doreen

    2007-01-01

    Gunther and Diekema (2006) have described a controversial intervention they provided to Ashley, a 6-year-old girl with profound and multiple impairments, which they refer to as "growth-attenuation therapy." This intervention, approved and apparently promoted by the parents, consisted of high doses of estrogen to bring about a permanent attenuation…

  17. The National Curriculum and Enabling Creativity

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    Sawyer, Wayne

    2008-01-01

    Gunther Kress's call for a curriculum based on textual creation in a global era of instability is particularly appropriate to the present historical moment. Here I argue the need for a notion of creativity as the basis for a national curriculum in English. The kind of creativity envisaged issues out of a systems theory approach which sees…

  18. Zines in the Classroom: Reading Culture

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    Buchanan, Rebekah

    2012-01-01

    Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen assert that language-based pedagogy is not sufficient reading in the technology-driven society. Educators need to incorporate ways for students to read other signs and symbols and redefine what it means to be literate in a digital age. Still, there are many ways in which print-based texts can be used effectively…

  19. ANALYSIS OF SERLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CRYPTOSPORIDIUM ANTIGEN AMONG NHANES III PARTICIPANTS

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    Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico (F.J.F., T.B.M.); National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (R.L.C.); and Gunther F. Craun and Associates, Staunton, Virginia (G...

  20. Relationships between Children's Drawing and Accompanying Peer Interaction in Teacher-Initiated Drawing Sessions

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    Hopperstad, Marit Holm

    2008-01-01

    In this article the author focuses on drawing-related interaction among 5-6-year-old children in two Year One classes in Norwegian primary schools as they engage in teacher-initiated learning activities involving drawing. Inspired in particular by Gunther Kress' semiotic perspective on drawing, the author presents four interaction categories to…

  1. Strategic Communications for School Leaders

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    Gunther, Vicki; McGowan, James; Donegan, Kate

    2011-01-01

    Gunther, McGowan and Donegan draw on their own experiences and those of others in the field, to explain the importance of communication in school leadership. In focusing on the communication process--why it's critical for schools, and how it can be executed well--they make the case that communication must be a primary emphasis for leaders, not an…

  2. Lipopolysaccharide Antigens of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Design of Novel Vaccines.

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    1987-09-01

    Hydrochlorides and Their Tetraacetyl Derivatives, Carboh-dr.. 47 (1976) 326-331. 2. Derek Horton, Gunther Rodemeyer, and Theordore H. Haskell, Analytical...III. Acid Reversion of 2-Acetamido-2-deoxy-D-glucose (N-Acetyl-D- glucosamine )," J. Chem. Soc., (1958), 1890-1894. 42. 0. Westphal and H. Feier

  3. IFLA General Conference, 1987. Division of General Research Libraries. National Libraries Section. University Libraries and Other General Research Libraries Section. Papers.

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

    Of the 11 papers in this collection, three are in German and in English translation; one is in French with an English translation and two are in French only; one is in Spanish with an English translation; and four are in English. The papers include: (1) "Europaische Bibliotheksinitiativen = European Library Initiatives" (Gunther Pflug); (2) "Die…

  4. ANALYSIS OF SERLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CRYPTOSPORIDIUM ANTIGEN AMONG NHANES III PARTICIPANTS

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    Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico (F.J.F., T.B.M.); National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (R.L.C.); and Gunther F. Craun and Associates, Staunton, Virginia (G...

  5. Language and Literacies. Selected Papers from the Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (University of Manchester, England, United Kingdom, September 1998). British Studies in Applied Linguistics 14.

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    O'Brien, Teresa, Ed.

    This monograph offers papers presented at the 1998 annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics. After an introduction entitled "The Pluralisation of Literacy" (Teresa O'Brien), the papers are: (1) "National Literacy Strategies: A Debate" (Jill Bourne, Gunther Kress, Brian Street, and Alison Sealey); (2)…

  6. "Doing Gender" at "Body Worlds": Embodying Field Trips as Affective Educational Experience

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    Davidson, Joyce; Huff, Leah; Bridgen, Jen; Carolan, Andrea; Chang, Ashley; Ennis, Katherine; Loynes, Kathryn; Miller, Jen

    2009-01-01

    This paper discusses the background, experience and outcomes of an explicitly feminist field trip to Gunther von Hagen's "Body Worlds 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies". The cultural landscape of this exhibition materialized gendered geographies very powerfully, facilitating observation and analysis of embodied and emotional,…

  7. The Value of a Woman: Comparable Worth or Equal Pay for Equal Work.

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    Thomas, Stephen B.; Weisbaum, Renee E.

    1983-01-01

    A recent United States Supreme Court Case, County of Washington v. Gunther, examined issues related to sex-based wage discrimination, as defined by federal statutes. The positions of the respondent and petitioner and majority and minority views of the court are presented. (PP)

  8. "Doing Gender" at "Body Worlds": Embodying Field Trips as Affective Educational Experience

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Davidson, Joyce; Huff, Leah; Bridgen, Jen; Carolan, Andrea; Chang, Ashley; Ennis, Katherine; Loynes, Kathryn; Miller, Jen

    2009-01-01

    This paper discusses the background, experience and outcomes of an explicitly feminist field trip to Gunther von Hagen's "Body Worlds 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies". The cultural landscape of this exhibition materialized gendered geographies very powerfully, facilitating observation and analysis of embodied and emotional,…

  9. Materials on the brink: unprecedented transforming materials

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    2013-09-10

    Gunther Eggeler, Alfred Ludwig. Identification of quaternary shape memory alloys with near zero thermal hysteresis and unprecedented functional...and highlighted by Nature Nanotechnology, NSF News, and many other media. Karen Rabe, 2008 David Adler Lecturership Award of the American Physical

  10. Strategic Communications for School Leaders

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    Gunther, Vicki; McGowan, James; Donegan, Kate

    2011-01-01

    Gunther, McGowan and Donegan draw on their own experiences and those of others in the field, to explain the importance of communication in school leadership. In focusing on the communication process--why it's critical for schools, and how it can be executed well--they make the case that communication must be a primary emphasis for leaders, not an…

  11. 27. Photocopy of historic photograph (provided by Wilma F. Koenig, ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    27. Photocopy of historic photograph (provided by Wilma F. Koenig, photographer unknown, 1929) QUINAULT DERBY DAY, 1929. FLOATING DANCEHALL AND BOATHOUSES. RANGER'S RESIDENCE ROOF VISIBLE ABOVE TRESS AND BOATHOUSE IN BACKGROUND. - Quinault Ranger's Residence, Quinault Recreation Area, Quinault, Grays Harbor County, WA

  12. Evaluating Teaching in Higher Education. A Collection of Conference Papers.

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    London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.

    Some of the difficult problems related to introducing greater accountability for teaching were assessed and tentative policies considered at a British conference on higher education held in April 1975. R.C. Tress, Peter Kennedy, R. Rickett, Tom Driver, Marcus Merriman, and Alastair Stewart are the authors of the first set of papers entitled…

  13. Estimating Slash Quantity from Standing Loblolly Pine

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    Dale D. Wade

    1969-01-01

    No significant difference were found between variances of two prediction equations for estimating loblolly pine crown weight from diameter breast height (d.b.h). One equation was developed from trees on the Georgia Piedmont and the other from tress on the South Carolina Coastal Plain. An equation and table are presented for estimating loblolly pine slash weights from...

  14. Diary of a Tree.

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    Srulowitz, Frances

    1992-01-01

    Describes an activity to develop students' skills of observation and recordkeeping by studying the growth of a tree's leaves during the spring. Children monitor the growth of 11 tress over a 2-month period, draw pictures of the tree at different stages of growth, and write diaries of the tree's growth. (MDH)

  15. Psychological Stress, Neutropenia, and Infectious Disease in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer.

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    1997-07-01

    according to WHO [3], as reactions with one or more of the following: angioedema , hypotension (SBP < 80 mmHg), respiratory dis- tress requiring...bronchodilators or generalized urticaria . If any of these symptoms occurred, paclitaxel infusion was stopped and treatment for anaphylaxis with additional

  16. Clustering at High Redshift

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    Le Fèvre, O.; Mazure, A.

    1999-12-01

    Conference was held in Marseille, France, from 1999 June 29 to July 7. The Proceedings will be edited by O. Le Fèvre and A. Mazure and published in the ASP Conference Series. We thank H. J. McCracken for his suggestions and language proofing of the manuscript and L. Tresse and M. A. Treyer for useful comments.

  17. Structure Dynamic Theories of Fracture Diagnosis.

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    1986-03-03

    spring constant of a fracture hinge (subscriped ’or the ith crack g, / Aj v Poisson’s ratio p Lineal mass density x i o tr-ess S sensitivity number for...of modal shapes become algebraic and are mathematically equivalent to the Kirchhoff’s circuit theory equations. Oetails were reported in [11]. The

  18. Pollination ecology of the rare orchid, Spiranthes diluvialis: Implications for conservation

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    Kim Pierson; Vincent J. Tepedino; Sedonia Sipes; Kim Kuta

    2001-01-01

    We examined the pollination ecology of Spiranthes diluvialis Sheviak, Ute ladies-tresses, a federally listed, threatened orchid species known only from small, isolated populations in the western United States. The pollinator composition, male and female reproductive success, and demography of S. diluvialis populations were examined in 1995,1997, and 1999. Spiranthes...

  19. Metabolism, Mass Spectral Analysis and Mode of Action of Trichothecene Mycotoxins

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    1988-10-12

    AD --------------- METABOLISM, MASS SPECTRAL ANALYSIS AND MODE OF ACTION OF TRICHOTHECENE MYCOTOXINS W ANNUAL REPORT 12 OCTOBER 1988 CHESTER J...Trichothecene Mycotoxins 12. PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) . Chester J. Mirocha, Robert J. Pawlosky, and Roland Gunther 13a. TYPE OF REPORT 13b. TIME COVERED 14...SUBJECT TERMS (Continue on reverse if necessary and identify by block number) FIELD GROUP SUB-GROUP RA 1, Mycotoxins , T-2 toxin, Mass spectra, metabolism 06

  20. Laser Integration on Silicon Photonic Circuits Through Transfer Printing

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    2017-03-10

    AFRL-AFOSR-UK-TR-2017-0019 Laser integration on silicon photonic circuits through transfer printing Gunther Roelkens UNIVERSITEIT GENT VZW Final...TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 15 Sep 2015 to 14 Sep 2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Laser integration on silicon photonic circuits through...parallel integration of III-V lasers on silicon photonic integrated circuits . The report discusses the technological process that has been developed as

  1. Psychophysics of Complex Auditory and Speech Stimuli.

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    1996-10-01

    detection theory and multidimensional scaling. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 97, 553-562. Pastore, R-E. Liberto , J.W., & Crawley, E. J...BM, MA, MM Edward Crawley, MA James Liberto , BS Lisa Gunther, BA, MA C. Former Graduate Students who Worked on Project Michael D. Hall, Ph.D...Hall, M.D., & Pastore, R1E. Effects of stimulus complexity on the perceptual organization of musical tones. Perception & Psychophysics. Liberto , J.W

  2. Keyhole Fracture of the Skull

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    2008-12-01

    gunshot wounds to the skull and direction of fire. J Forensic Sci 1982;27:555-66. 3. Berryman HE, Gunther WM. Keyhole defect production in tubular bone.J...Keyhole Fracture of the Skull Radiology Corner Keyhole Fracture of the Skull Guarantor...abbreviated answer in the December 2008 issue. 1 The authors present the case of a soldier wounded in Iraq with a gunshot wound to the skull

  3. Demonstration and Commercialization of the Sediment Ecosystem Assessment Protocol: Project ER-201130 Environmental Restoration Project

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    2017-01-01

    Sustainability Branch (Code 71760) of the Advanced Systems and Applied Sciences Branch (71700), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego CA...Certification Program (ESTCP), project #ER-201130. Collaborators on this project were Gunther Rosen, PI; Dr. Bart Chadwick, Co-PI ( Space and Naval Warfare...Standard Operating Procedure SPAWAR Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command SPME Solid phase microextraction SPI Sediment Profile Imaging SWI

  4. KSC-03PD-1314

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Gunther Wendt (left), NASA retiree, shakes hands with NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe during the annual Congressional Dinner hosted by the Florida Space Business Roundtable. The dinner kicked off the annual Space Congress, held April 28-May 1, 2003, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The theme for the event was 'Linking the Past to the Future: A Celebration of Space' and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Center and the Centennial of Flight.

  5. Support for the Resident Research Associateship Program With the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

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    2005-02-01

    Manuscripts in preparation, manuscripts submitted Identification of Ebola Virus Epitopes Recognized by CD8 + Cytotoxic T cells . G. G. Olinger, R. J...July 14-16 2003. Domestic Identification of Ebola Virus Epitopes recognized by CD8 + Cytotoxic T cells . G. G. Olinger, R. J. Hogan, M. A. Bailey, R...Gilmore, L., Gunther, V., Peachman, K.K., Rao, M., Barvir, D. Sun, W., and Palmer, D.R. (2004). Modulation of Dengue Virus Infection of Dendritic Cells by

  6. Prospects of Nanodispersive Powder Applications in Surface Engineering Technologies

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    Levashov, E. A.; Kudryashov, A. E.; Vakaev, P. V.

    General potentials of UDD (ultra dispersive diamond), NbC, WC, W, WC-Co, ZrO2, Al2O3, Si3N4, Co, nanosized powders in determining structure and properties of composite electrodes and coatings deposited by electrospark alloying (ESA) and thermoreactive electrospark surface strengthening (TRESS) techniques were considered. It was shown that an addition of refractory compound nanosized powder to the electrode material positively effects microstructure and tribological characteristic of ESA-coatings. Nanoparticles incorporated in the coating on grains boundaries serve as a lubricant for friction pairs. Wear resistant W-C-Co coatings with a friction coefficient below 0.15 were deposited by TRESS using nanopowders of Co and W. Nano- or microstructural coatings on the base of cemented carbides can be formed, depending on pulse discharge energy and frequency. Examples of beneficial industrial application of the coatings strengthened by nanosized particles were presented.

  7. 19. 80 foot pony truss view of upper chord ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    19. 80 foot pony truss - view of upper chord pin connection at the end post, typical of the five 80 foot trusses and similar to the 64 foot tress. There are two pair per pony truss for a total of 24. Shown are the vertical lace post, end post, top chord member, and a diagonal member. - Weidemeyer Bridge, Spanning Thomes Creek at Rawson Road, Corning, Tehama County, CA

  8. Final Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Antenna Construction at the Existing ADF Remote Terminal Facility, Buckley, Air Force Base, Colorado

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    2004-09-01

    of Colorado as threatened or endangered species are protected from take of the animal itself. This includes nests or eggs , but generally does not...dominated riparian areas/habitat loss T SC Yes PLANTS Colorado butterfly plant** (Gaura neomexicana coloradensis) Sub-irrigated, alluvial soils of...expansion T R/S1 No Ute ladies ’-tresses** (Spiranthes diluvialis) Open wetland and riparian areas with permanent sub-irrigation; early successional

  9. Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) to the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Mission Control Station for Defense Support Program Consolidation

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    2001-03-01

    Plants Colorado butterfly plant Gaura neomexicana ssp. coloradensis FT, S1 Ute ladies ’-tresses Spiranthes diluvialis FT, S2 Amphibians Northern leopard...Kilowatts per square centimeter LBP Lead-based paint LEO Low Earth Orbit MBtu Million British thermal units Acronyms Supplemental Environmental Assessment...effects to the IRP are anticipated and are not addressed further in this supplemental EA. Lead-based Paint (LBP) The Proposed Action would not include the

  10. The Aqualon SLT: a novel device for measuring hair stiffness and lubricity.

    PubMed

    Vaynberg, K Abraham; Nall, M

    2009-01-01

    The ability to quantify hair property changes in response to treatment is essential to the successful development of new formulations and benefiting agents. In the attempt to expand the toolbox of hair tress testing tools, we developed a device that allows hair scientists to measure hair tress changes in stiffness and lubricity. The tool is based on a system of pins mounted on free rotating bearings and is operated in two modes: rotating and stationary. The hair attributes are measured by threading a hair tress through the pin assembly and measuring the total work of pulling through in rotational and stationary modes (the latter mode is obtained by immobilizing pins by a retaining plate). The data thus obtained is de-convoluted into the work of apparent stiffness (rotational mode) and the work of the friction-on-pins or lubricity (stationary mode minus the apparent stiffness). The data can be further reduced to produce an apparent friction coefficient defined as a ratio of the apparent lubricity to the apparent stiffness. This work demonstrates the utility of the parameters measured by the Aqualon SLT and illustrates how the device can be used to predict and understand the impacts of various hair treatments.

  11. Measurements of hair volume by laser stereometry.

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    McMullen, Roger; Zisa, Franco; Jachowicz, Janusz

    2009-01-01

    A three-dimensional laser stereometer was constructed utilizing an x-y two-dimensional translational stage and a laser device, which provides distance information in the z-direction. The distance data is obtained by triangulation of the reflecting red laser beam from the surface of the measured object, in this case hair. Since hair fiber assemblies do not have a continuous solid surface, each z-dimension reading is obtained as an average of measurements obtained from multiple reflections corresponding to fibers at various depths below the outermost hair surface. We demonstrate the utility of this technique to perform the analysis of either an entire hair tress or relatively short sections of tresses prepared from straight, curly, and frizzy hair and subjected to cosmetic treatments such as washing, conditioning, dyeing, etc. An interpretation is provided for the three-dimensional images of hair assemblies as well as for the calculated volume of space occupied by a hair tress. In addition, we investigated various strategies for testing the volume retention of styling polymers.

  12. 18-MEA and hair appearance.

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    Tanamachi, Hiroto; Tokunaga, Shinichi; Tanji, Noriyuki; Oguri, Masashi; Inoue, Shigeto

    2010-01-01

    The effects of the removal of 18-MEA on the dynamic contact angle (advancing contact angle and receding contact angle) and friction force (friction force microscopy (FFM)) were examined in the present study. Chemically untreated hair tresses formed more finely ordered bundles, with the fibers aligned more parallel to each other, in the wet state, and lying flat and aligned parallel to each other in the dry state. Hair tresses in which 18-MEA had been removed by potassium t-butoxide treatment formed coarser tangled bundles and were aligned in a disorderly manner in the wet state, causing the hair to become entangled and disorderly in the dry state. This was because the 18-MEA-removed hair fibers adhered to each other and were not easy to realign in the wet state. The distorted part of the bundle dried faster and the tress shape was eventually fixed in the entangled shape. One role of 18-MEA is to allow hair fibers to lie flat and parallel with respect to each other in the wet state by providing relatively high receding contact angles and low surface friction. Hair alignment in the dry state is directly affected by hair alignment in the wet environment, particularly in the case of damaged hair.

  13. Photoluminescence Study of Copper Selenide Thin Films

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    Urmila, K. S.; Asokan, T. Namitha; Pradeep, B.

    2011-10-01

    Thin films of Copper Selenide of composition of composition Cu7Se4 with thickness 350 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 498 K±5 K and pressure of 10-5 mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting material. The deposited film is characterized structurally using X-ray Diffraction. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density; number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are evaluated. Photoluminescence of the film is analyzed at room temperature using Fluoro Max-3 Spectrofluorometer.

  14. Superiority of Hypertonic Saline/Dextran Over Hypertonic Saline during the First 30 Minutes of Resuscitation Following Hemorrhagic Hypotension in Conscious Swine

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    1989-06-01

    Comole:ion. :mediately after nerorrhage, zne swine were aarnin stereo nyoer:cn c sal ine/dextran or hyper~onc saline at 4 mi/kg, and 4finCtiona; variac as... C , Ho HS, Gunther RA, Boyle WA, Holcroft JW. Small-volume resuscitation with hypertonic saline dextran solution. Surg 1986;100(No. 2):239-246. 2...concept. J Trauma 1985;25:65-70. 11. Border JR, Lewis FR, Aprahamian C , Haller JA, Jacobs LM, Luterman A. Prehospital trauma care--stabilize or scoop and

  15. Multifunctional ZnO Nanomaterials for Efficient Energy Conversion and Sensing

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-12-02

    Films 553, 132 (2014) 2. R.S. Aga Jr, D. Gunther,A. Ueda, Z. Pan, W.E. Collins, R. Mu and K. Singer, “ Hybrid Solar Cell Based on ZnO Nanowires...photovoltaics, they are used as a component within solar cells designed to enhance light- absorption efficiency 31 . In all of the applications of...Avanesyan, Hee K. Park, Richard R. Mu, Richard F. Haglund. Resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation of TiO2 nanoparticle films

  16. KSC-03PD-1315

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Gunther Wendt (left), NASA retiree, holds the attention of NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe (center) and Center Director Roy Bridges Jr. (right) at the annual Congressional Dinner hosted by the Florida Space Business Roundtable. The dinner kicked off the annual Space Congress, held April 28-May 1, 2003, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The theme for the event was 'Linking the Past to the Future: A Celebration of Space' and commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Space Center and the Centennial of Flight.

  17. Retrievable Vena Cava Filters in Major Trauma Patients: Prevalence of Thrombus Within the Filter

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    Mahrer, Arie; Zippel, Douglas; Garniek, Alexander; Golan, Gil; Bensaid, Paul; Simon, Daniel; Rimon, Uri

    2008-07-15

    The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence of thrombus within a retrievable vena cava filter inserted prophylactically in major trauma patients referred for filter extraction. Between November 2002 and August 2005, 80 retrievable inferior vena cava filters (68 Optease and 12 Gunther-Tulip) were inserted into critically injured trauma patients (mean injury severity score 33.5). The filters were inserted within 1 to 6 (mean 2) days of injury. Thirty-seven patients were referred for filter removal (32 with Optease and 5 with Gunther-Tulip). The indwelling time was 7 to 22 (mean 13) days. All patients underwent inferior vena cavography prior to filter removal. There were no insertion-related complications and all filters were successfully deployed. Forty-three (54%) of the 80 patients were not referred for filter removal, as these patients continued to have contraindications to anticoagulation. Thirty-seven patients (46%) were referred for filter removal. In eight of them (22%) a large thrombus was seen within the filters and they were left in place, all with the Optease device. The other 29 filters (36%) were removed uneventfully.We conclude that the relatively high prevalence of intrafilter thrombi with the Optease filter may be explained by either spontaneous thrombus formation or captured emboli.

  18. Hair Shaft Damage from Heat and Drying Time of Hair Dryer

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Yoonhee; Kim, Youn-Duk; Hyun, Hye-Jin; Pi, Long-quan; Jin, Xinghai

    2011-01-01

    Background Hair dryers are commonly used and can cause hair damage such as roughness, dryness and loss of hair color. It is important to understand the best way to dry hair without causing damage. Objective The study assessed changes in the ultra-structure, morphology, moisture content, and color of hair after repeated shampooing and drying with a hair dryer at a range of temperatures. Methods A standardized drying time was used to completely dry each hair tress, and each tress was treated a total of 30 times. Air flow was set on the hair dryer. The tresses were divided into the following five test groups: (a) no treatment, (b) drying without using a hair dryer (room temperature, 20℃), (c) drying with a hair dryer for 60 seconds at a distance of 15 cm (47℃), (d) drying with a hair dryer for 30 seconds at a distance of 10 cm (61℃), (e) drying with a hair dryer for 15 seconds at a distance of 5 cm (95℃). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and lipid TEM were performed. Water content was analyzed by a halogen moisture analyzer and hair color was measured with a spectrophotometer. Results Hair surfaces tended to become more damaged as the temperature increased. No cortex damage was ever noted, suggesting that the surface of hair might play a role as a barrier to prevent cortex damage. Cell membrane complex was damaged only in the naturally dried group without hair dryer. Moisture content decreased in all treated groups compared to the untreated control group. However, the differences in moisture content among the groups were not statistically significant. Drying under the ambient and 95℃ conditions appeared to change hair color, especially into lightness, after just 10 treatments. Conclusion Although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally. PMID:22148012

  19. Hair shaft damage from heat and drying time of hair dryer.

    PubMed

    Lee, Yoonhee; Kim, Youn-Duk; Hyun, Hye-Jin; Pi, Long-Quan; Jin, Xinghai; Lee, Won-Soo

    2011-11-01

    Hair dryers are commonly used and can cause hair damage such as roughness, dryness and loss of hair color. It is important to understand the best way to dry hair without causing damage. The study assessed changes in the ultra-structure, morphology, moisture content, and color of hair after repeated shampooing and drying with a hair dryer at a range of temperatures. A standardized drying time was used to completely dry each hair tress, and each tress was treated a total of 30 times. Air flow was set on the hair dryer. The tresses were divided into the following five test groups: (a) no treatment, (b) drying without using a hair dryer (room temperature, 20℃), (c) drying with a hair dryer for 60 seconds at a distance of 15 cm (47℃), (d) drying with a hair dryer for 30 seconds at a distance of 10 cm (61℃), (e) drying with a hair dryer for 15 seconds at a distance of 5 cm (95℃). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and lipid TEM were performed. Water content was analyzed by a halogen moisture analyzer and hair color was measured with a spectrophotometer. Hair surfaces tended to become more damaged as the temperature increased. No cortex damage was ever noted, suggesting that the surface of hair might play a role as a barrier to prevent cortex damage. Cell membrane complex was damaged only in the naturally dried group without hair dryer. Moisture content decreased in all treated groups compared to the untreated control group. However, the differences in moisture content among the groups were not statistically significant. Drying under the ambient and 95℃ conditions appeared to change hair color, especially into lightness, after just 10 treatments. Although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally.

  20. Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture: A Literature Review

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-07-01

    correlation. Brown and Miller 571 determined the biaxial eycli" stress-strai cures f’r a I% Cr-Mo-V steel and an AISI 316 stainless steel at various...Multiaxial Low-Cycle Fatigue BLASS, J. J. and ZAMRIK. S. Y. Multiaxial low-cycle fatigue of type 304 stainless steel . Proc. Symposium on Creep-Fatigue...the tensile strength of the metal. T + Saim-cOF Direct tr~ess due. bo bendrx" tos/m FIG. 2. FATIGUE LIMITS OF THREE STEELS UNDER COMBINED BENDING AND

  1. Improvements to the materials characterization and fatigue life prediction methods of the Texas rigid pavement overlay design procedure

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    Taute, A.; McCullough, B. F.; Hudon, W. R.

    1981-11-01

    Certain improvements to the Texas Rigid Pavement Overlay Procedure (RPOD2) with regard to materials characterization and fatigue life predictions are presented. Suggestions are made for characterizing rigid pavement layers from Dynaflect deflections and material tests, and some guidelines for selecting design sections along the length of a road are presented. Finite element analysis is used to quantify the effect of pavement discontinuities on the tresses obtained from layered theory. Further finite element analysis is used in an attempt to relate the critical reflection stresses in an ac overlay to deflection measurements obtained before overlaying.

  2. Development of molecular tests for the detection of ILAR and latent viruses in fruit trees.

    PubMed

    Roussel, S; Kummert, J; Dutrecq, O; Lepoivre, P; Jijakli, M H

    2004-01-01

    The detection throughout the year of latent and ILAR viruses in fruit tress by classical serological tests appear to be unreliable. We have developed RT-PCR tests for a reliable detection of latent and ILAR viruses in fruit trees. These assays were then simplified to allow the direct use of crude plant extracts instead of total RNA preparations, and the analyses of pooled samples. In this way, such RT-PCR protocols are suitable for a routine diagnosis of latent and ILAR viruses in fruit tree certification.

  3. Adaptive Sampling using Support Vector Machines

    SciTech Connect

    D. Mandelli; C. Smith

    2012-11-01

    Reliability/safety analysis of stochastic dynamic systems (e.g., nuclear power plants, airplanes, chemical plants) is currently performed through a combination of Event-Tress and Fault-Trees. However, these conventional methods suffer from certain drawbacks: • Timing of events is not explicitly modeled • Ordering of events is preset by the analyst • The modeling of complex accident scenarios is driven by expert-judgment For these reasons, there is currently an increasing interest into the development of dynamic PRA methodologies since they can be used to address the deficiencies of conventional methods listed above.

  4. Heat-Resistant Alloys for Ordnance Materiel and Aircraft and Naval Engine Parts (N-102): Part 1 - Heat Resistant Alloys of the 21%Cr:9%Ni Type

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1945-06-29

    26&r:12£Ni Alloy 29 Stress -Strain- Rupture Data From 1200°F Tests . . 29 Stross-Strain- Rupture Data From IA00°F Tests 30 Stross-Strain- Rupture ...ample for most industrial applications. Stress -strain- rupture and creep *?" ^^^^^"ffiS? „tress values and guilty cbaractcristies at ^\\^J’&M ?.? . 10.5...TT, Table 4 Comparative Elevated Temperature Ductility Heat Composition -US*, a SS B2 ——Elongation During Stress - Rupture Tests - % in 2"— —-1200

  5. Stress Relaxation of High-Copper Amalgam Alloys,

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1978-03-10

    Unlimited ~~~ 17. DISTRIBUTION STA ~~EMENT (of th. ab.traci .nt. r.d In Block 20. i di f ferent from Report) 1$. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES IS. KEY WORDS...Contlnu• on r.v.,a. aid. SI n.c...ay aid Id.ntlfy by block niaib. r) Amalgam alloys; high—copper amalgam alloys; viscoelastic properties and stress...relaxation. 20. ABSTRACT (Ge.~~~j . ai r, ,.,.. .i~~ II ne.ma y d Sd.nsSfr by block n~~~)5 tress relaxation of sevenhigh— copper dental amalgam alloys was

  6. Emphysème segmentaire géant congénital compressif: diagnostic et traitement

    PubMed Central

    Ouattara, Moussa Abdoulaye; Togo, Seydou; Kané, Bourama; Yena, Sadio

    2016-01-01

    L'emphysème lobaire géant congénital est une pathologie malformative rare du nourrisson. Les auteurs rapportent un cas similaire qui se distingue par son siège segmentaire encore plus rare et son caractère compressif chez qui une segmentectomie a été réalisée en urgence avec succès pour lever la détresse respiratoire dans un pays en développement. PMID:27303589

  7. Respiratory Stress, Visual Function and Moderation by Chemotherapy

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1977-12-23

    set of results from the lost type of experiment we conducted are shown in Fig. 9. In this experiment, we produced first a respiratory alkalosis by...and PaCO2 respiratory alkalosis with both procedures, but produced a change in visual system function only under the metabolic alkalosis condition. Note...AD________ RESPIRATORY jTRESS, VISUAL FUNCTrON AND MODERATION BY CH1EMOTHERAPY, F~ INAL R E P* J:, ~ ~ 7.~3 4 -~ * By (/) C) Dr. Calvin K./Adams I C

  8. Visual attention to and perception of undamaged and damaged versions of natural and colored female hair.

    PubMed

    Fink, Bernhard; Neuser, Frauke; Deloux, Gwenelle; Röder, Susanne; Matts, Paul J

    2013-03-01

    Female hair color is thought to influence physical attractiveness, and although there is some evidence for this assertion, research has yet not addressed the question if and how physical damaging affects the perception of female hair color. Here we investigate whether people are sensitive (in terms of visual attention and age, health and attractiveness perception) to subtle differences in hair images of natural and colored hair before and after physical damaging. We tracked the eye-gaze of 50 men and 50 women aged 31-50 years whilst they viewed randomized pairs of images of 20 natural and 20 colored hair tresses, each pair displaying the same tress before and after controlled cuticle damage. The hair images were then rated for perceived health, attractiveness, and age. Undamaged versions of natural and colored hair were perceived as significantly younger, healthier, and more attractive than corresponding damaged versions. Visual attention to images of undamaged colored hair was significantly higher compared with their damaged counterparts, while in natural hair, the opposite pattern was found. We argue that the divergence in visual attention to undamaged colored female hair and damaged natural female hair and associated ratings is due to differences in social perception and discuss the source of apparent visual difference between undamaged and damaged hair.

  9. Efficacy of Punica granatum L. hydroalcoholic extract on properties of dyed hair exposed to UVA radiation.

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    Dario, Michelli Ferrera; Pahl, Richard; de Castro, Jordana Rodrigues; de Lima, Fernando Soares; Kaneko, Telma Mary; Pinto, Claudinéia A S O; Baby, André Rolim; Velasco, Maria Valéria Robles

    2013-03-05

    The solar radiation promotes color fading of natural and dyed hair by free radical generation, which oxidize the pigments, and it has been proposed the incorporation of antioxidants in order to reduce the alterations of hair color. Due to its high content of polyphenols and tannins, which are potent antioxidants, the hydroalcoholic extract of Punica granatum L. (pomegranate) was used in this research. Hair care formulations containing pomegranate extract were applied to red dyed hair tresses, and these were exposed to UVA radiation. Non-ionic silicone emulsion presenting color protection properties were also used for comparison purpose between the results obtained with different treatments, including silicone in combination with the pomegranate extract. The pomegranate extract at 5.0% and 10.0%w/w was effective in preventing the hair color fading in 37.6% and 60.8%, respectively, but the association of hydroalcoholic extract and non-ionic silicone emulsion is not encouraged. Mechanical properties were not affected by UVA radiation, since significant differences in breaking strength were not observed. Considering the conditions which the tresses have been exposed, it was concluded that the pomegranate extract at 10.0% w/w in hair care formulations are effective in reducing color fading of red dyed hair.

  10. Protective factors for mental disorders and psychological distress in female, compared with male, service members in a representative sample.

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    Mota, Natalie P; Medved, Maria; Whitney, Debbie; Hiebert-Murphy, Diane; Sareen, Jitender

    2013-10-01

    Objectif : Quoique l’intérêt militaire pour la promotion de la résilience psychologique va en grandissant, les ressources protectrices contre la psychopathologie ont été sous-étudiées chez les membres féminins des forces armées. À l’aide d’un échantillon représentatif du personnel des Forces canadiennes, nous avons recherché si la pratique religieuse, la spiritualité, l’adaptation, et le soutien social étaient liés aux troubles mentaux et à la détresse psychologique chez le personnel féminin des Forces, et si des différences selon le sexe survenaient dans ces associations. Méthode : La pratique religieuse et la spiritualité étaient auto-déclarées. Les items d’adaptation étaient tirés de 3 échelles et produisaient 3 facteurs (actif, évitement, et automédication). Le soutien social était évalué par le Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey. Les troubles mentaux de l’année précédente ont été diagnostiqués au moyen du World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview. L’Échelle de détresse psychologique de Kessler a évalué la détresse. Des modèles de régression multivariée ont servi à rechercher les liens entre les corrélats et les résultats psychologiques de chaque sexe. Pour les associations qui n’étaient statistiquement significatives que pour un sexe, les interactions des sexes par corrélat ont été calculées. Résultats : Chez les membres féminins des forces, des relations inverses ont été constatées entre le soutien social et le trouble dépressif majeur (TDM), tout TDM ou trouble anxieux, l’idéation suicidaire, et la détresse. Aucune association n’a été détectée entre la pratique religieuse et les résultats, et la spiritualité était associée à la probabilité accrue de certains résultats. L’adaptation active était liée à moins de détresse psychologique, tandis que l’adaptation par évitement et l’automédication étaient liées à la

  11. "Modern medical science and the divine providence of god": rethinking the place of religion in postwar U.S. medical history.

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    Golden, Janet; Abel, Emily K

    2014-10-01

    Drawing on a large cache of letters to John and Frances Gunther after the death of their son as well as memoirs and fiction by bereaved parents, this essay challenges the assumptions of secularization that infuse histories of twentieth-century American medicine. Many parents who experienced the death of children during the postwar period relied heavily on religion to help make sense of the tragedies medicine could not prevent. Parental accounts included expression of belief in divine intervention and the power of prayer, gratitude for God's role in minimizing suffering, confidence in the existence of an afterlife, and acceptance of the will of God. Historians seeking to understand how parents and families understood both the delivery of medical care and the cultural authority of medical science must integrate an understanding of religious experiences and faith into their work. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  12. Experiencing Body Worlds: voyeurism, education, or enlightenment?

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    Moore, Charleen M; Brown, C Mackenzie

    2007-12-01

    Until the advent of plastinated cadavers, few outside the medical professions have had firsthand experience with human corpses. Such opportunities are now available at the Body Worlds exhibits of Gunther von Hagens. After an overview of these exhibits, we explore visitor responses as revealed in comment books available upon exiting the exhibit. Cultural, philosophical, and religious issues raised in the comments serve as a microcosm of society at large. The conclusion considers the challenge of such exhibits in introducing the public to science education, notes the image of the body as machine-so prevalent in the West-reflected in visitor comments, and finds hope that the exhibits promote, for many visitors, a sense of community among all humankind.

  13. Authenticity in Anatomy Art.

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    Adkins, Jessica

    2017-01-12

    The aim of this paper is to observe the evolution and evaluate the 'realness' and authenticity in Anatomy Art, an art form I define as one which incorporates accurate anatomical representations of the human body with artistic expression. I examine the art of 17th century wax anatomical models, the preservations of Frederik Ruysch, and Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds plastinates, giving consideration to authenticity of both body and art. I give extra consideration to the works of Body Worlds since the exhibit creator believes he has created anatomical specimens with more educational value and bodily authenticity than ever before. Ultimately, I argue that von Hagens fails to offer Anatomy Art 'real human bodies,' and that the lack of bodily authenticity of his plastinates results in his creations being less pedagogic than he claims.

  14. Experimentally induced pigment changes in small African 'Barbus' (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): Synonymy of 'Barbus' amphigramma and 'Barbus' taitensis with 'Barbus' paludinosus

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    Farm, Brian P.

    2001-01-01

    Pigmentation in fishes is known to be variable both among individuals of a species and within individuals over time. Use of pigment characters for taxonomic diagnoses must, therefore, be carefully considered. I present experimental evidence showing that pigment characters previously considered diagnostic for three small African 'Barbus' species may differ between living and preserved specimens and that lasting changes in these characters can be induced experimentally by placing fishes in a different, less turbid environment. Lateral line pigmentation and presence of a spot on the caudal peduncle showed significant changes that resulted in different species identifications before and after the experiment. These pigment patterns are thereby shown to be labile, nontrenchant characters having little or no diagnostic utility. 'Barbus' amphigramma Boulenger, 1903, and 'Barbus' taitensis Gu??nther, 1894, are thus shown to be junior synonyms of 'Barbus' paludinosus Peters, 1852.

  15. Address the Major Societal Challenges

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    Laubichler, Manfred

    In his famous historical account about the origins of molecular biology Gunther Stent introduced a three phase sequence that turns out to be characteristic for many newly emerging paradigms within science. New ideas, according to Stent, follow a sequence of romantic, dogmatic, and academic phases. One can easily see that complex systems science followed this path. The question now is whether we are in an extended academic phase of gradually expanding both theoretical and practical knowledge, or whether we are entering a new transformation of complex systems science that might well bring about a new romantic phase. I would argue that complexity science, indeed, is at the dawn of a new period - let's call it complexity 3.0. The last academic phase has seen the application of complex systems ideas and methods in a variety of different domains. It has been to a large extent business as usual...

  16. Toward an Optimal Position for IVC Filters: Computational Modeling of the Impact of Renal Vein Inflow

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    Wang, S L; Singer, M A

    2009-07-13

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate the hemodynamic effects of renal vein inflow and filter position on unoccluded and partially occluded IVC filters using three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics. Three-dimensional models of the TrapEase and Gunther Celect IVC filters, spherical thrombi, and an IVC with renal veins were constructed. Hemodynamics of steady-state flow was examined for unoccluded and partially occluded TrapEase and Gunther Celect IVC filters in varying proximity to the renal veins. Flow past the unoccluded filters demonstrated minimal disruption. Natural regions of stagnant/recirculating flow in the IVC are observed superior to the bilateral renal vein inflows, and high flow velocities and elevated shear stresses are observed in the vicinity of renal inflow. Spherical thrombi induce stagnant and/or recirculating flow downstream of the thrombus. Placement of the TrapEase filter in the suprarenal vein position resulted in a large area of low shear stress/stagnant flow within the filter just downstream of thrombus trapped in the upstream trapping position. Filter position with respect to renal vein inflow influences the hemodynamics of filter trapping. Placement of the TrapEase filter in a suprarenal location may be thrombogenic with redundant areas of stagnant/recirculating flow and low shear stress along the caval wall due to the upstream trapping position and the naturally occurring region of stagnant flow from the renal veins. Infrarenal vein placement of IVC filters in a near juxtarenal position with the downstream cone near the renal vein inflow likely confers increased levels of mechanical lysis of trapped thrombi due to increased shear stress from renal vein inflow.

  17. Les expériences de victimisation, la santé mentale et le bien-être de jeunes trans au Québec

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    Raymond, Guillaume; Blais, Martin; Bergeron, Félix-Antoine; Hébert, Martine

    2016-01-01

    Résumé Les normes traditionnelles de genre prescrivent l’adéquation de l’expression de la masculinité et de la féminité au sexe anatomique de naissance. Les personnes qui présentent des variations dans l’expression de genre sont sujettes à diverses formes de réactions sociales suggérant la réprobation (des regards désapprobateurs aux violences physiques) susceptibles d’influencer négativement leur santé mentale. Trente-sept (37) jeunes se décrivant comme trans ou en questionnement sur leur identité de genre ont été recrutés dans le cadre de l’enquête sur les Parcours Amoureux des Jeunes de minorités sexuelles du Québec. Leurs expériences de victimisation parentale et de victimisation basée sur la non-conformité de genre ainsi que des indicateurs de santé mentale (détresse psychologique, estime de soi) ont été mesurés. Afin de comparer les expériences de victimisation et l’état de santé mentale des jeunes trans, ils ont été appariés à 37 garçons et 37 filles cisgenres sur la base de leurs caractéristiques sociodémographiques. Des analyses de prévalence et un modèle acheminatoire ont été réalisés. Les résultats mettent en évidence que les jeunes trans sont plus susceptibles de présenter des scores cliniques de détresse psychologique et de faible estime d’eux-mêmes que leurs pairs cisgenres. La violence verbale parentale et la victimisation basée sur la non-conformité de genre influencent négativement l’estime de soi, ce qui en retour augmente la probabilité de vivre de la détresse psychologique. Les résultats appuient l’importance des interventions de soutien à la diversité sexuelle et de genre. PMID:26966849

  18. FTIR investigation of the damage produced on human hair by weathering and bleaching processes: implementation of different sampling techniques and data processing.

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    Signori, V; Lewis, D M

    1997-02-01

    Untreated and bleached hair samples were analysed by FTIR spectroscopy. Cysteic acid and cysteine-S-thiosulphate were analysed by different data manipulations and various sampling techniques. Single-fibre analysis was achieved using the IR-microscope attachment to the FTIR instrument (transmission mode). An ATR diamond crystal was also used for both single fibres and tresses; this sampling technique was compared to a contact sample ATR cell based on a ZnSe crystal. The microscope was found to be very useful for the analysis of small portions of hair fibres; the effect of weathering along the length of the fibres and the extent of variability among the single fibres was assessed by this technique. The results clearly show a trend in the cysteic acid content increasing from the mid-point to the tip; it was found that hair samples are very heterogeneous. A standard variation of up to 11% is reported for the mean value of the intensity of absorption of cysteic acid in untreated fibres belonging to the same tress sample. The value of the variation decreases when the tress is bleached -- the longer the bleaching process the lower the value of the standard variation (4.5% for hair fibres bleached for 60 min using hydrogen peroxide). The contact sample ATR cell gave poor reproducibility as only poor sample-crystal contact was achieved and the level of noise recorded was too high to allow accurate detection. However the ATR diamond crystal was found to give sensitive and reproducible spectra since much higher levels of transmittance were achieved (better sample-crystal contact); this technique allowed measurements of groups of seven to nine hair fibres at once, but did not provide reproducible spectra of single fibres. Different data manipulations have been assessed; these include derivatization and calculation of peak heights and areas (ratioed by the intensity of absorption of the peaks chosen as internal standards to the amide III 1232--1242 cm-1 and CH2 stretching 1451

  19. Huygens, Mackintosh, Dalí, and Medusa: Polarization engineering (and more?)

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    Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2010-08-01

    As Christiaan Huygens must have felt in his bones but could not have articulated with a mathematical theory, engineering of the polarization state of light is easily accomplished with anisotropic materials. Examine a crystal to see that its capabilities are quite restricted by its rigid Cartesian morphology reminiscent of the straitened designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. But let loose the genius of Salvador Dalí to transform straight rods into the flowing tresses of Medusa, and you begin to appreciate what all can be done to the polarization state by nanoengineering morphology such that it is locally cartesian but globally curvilinear. If you exclaim "What rot!," a few simple examples may suffice to convince you that engineering of both the polarization state and the operating frequency band can be accomplished by nanoengineering the morphology of complex substances called sculptured thin films (STFs). These nanoengineered metamaterials offer other promises too.

  20. Romantic Joseph Lenné Landscape Park in Zatonie Near Zielona Góra as a Relic of Garden Art - Modern-Day Transformations and Threats

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    Kochańska, Agnieszka

    2016-09-01

    The romantic landscape park was established in 1824 by order of one of the best-known aristocrats at the time, Princess Dorothea Talleyrand Perigold, Dutchess of Dino. The park is an example of amenity horticulture of artistic value that has survived to this day. The creator of the park was the talented landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné. In its current state, the park differs significantly from the image on lithographs of the past. Upon carrying out field investigations and comparative studies, it was established that the maintained stand of tress holds high compositional value. The conclusions of the article define the current threats to the longevity of the park as well as highlighting the plan of revalorization works.

  1. The Effect of As-Large-As (ALA) Grains on the High-Temperature Fatigue Life of Waspaloy

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    2006-12-01

    10,000 100,000 1,000,000 10,000,000 Cycles to Failure St re ss ( M Pa ) Edge MidRad Figure 1. Previous Waspaloy fatigue data, 650ºC, R=0.05, 10 Hz, [1...used to select the stress range in which the fatigue tests were performed. Tensile Data-24 C 0 500 1000 1500 2000 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 Strain ( m / m ) S tre...ss ( M P Edge Mid-Rad Figure 2. Room temperature tensile data, [1]. Tensile Data-649 C 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 Strain

  2. Sarcome épithélioide pleural, à propos d'un cas avec revue de la littérature

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    Ouahbi, Hajar; Akasbi, Youssra; Oualla, Karima; Amara, Bouchra; Chatar, Achraf; Tizniti, Siham; Fatemi, Hind; Lemrabet, Fatima Zahra; Arifi, Samia; Mellas, Nawfal

    2016-01-01

    Le sarcome épithélioide proximal d'origine pleural révélé par un épanchement pleural reste rare dans la littérature, nous rapportons le cas d’une jeune patiente, admise au service d’oncologie médicale pour prise en charge d’un sarcome épithélioide pleural proximal métastatique. A la fin du premier cycle de chimiothérapie, la patiente est décédée dans un tableau de détresse respiratoire aiguë. Notre observation illustre le caractère potentiellement trompeur et agressif du sarcome épithélioide présentant un piège clinique pouvant mettre en jeu le pronostic vital et dont le diagnostic positif est strictement anatomopathologique. PMID:28250889

  3. Computer-controlled 22-channel stimulator for limb movement.

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    Davis, R; Eckhouse, R; Patrick, J F; Delehanty, A

    1987-01-01

    The Nucleus multichannel implantable hearing prosthesis (Nucleus Ltd., Sydney, Australia) has been modified by computer programming (MOCO, Inc., Scituate, Mass.) into a 22-channel neural stimulator for use in functional electrical stimulation (FES). Individual or multiple channels can be sequenced and adjusted for their individual pulse amplitude, width and frequency so that activation of single and multiple nerves can be achieved. Anesthetized rabbits' sciatic nerve branches (lateral and medial) were stimulated to produce single, or co-contraction at the ankle and simultaneous bilateral joint movements. The spiral (helix) electrode was also found suitable in these experiments. In planning for the stimulator's use in paraplegic subjects, information was obtained for human lower extremity peripheral nerves. In 9 patients undergoing lower extremity amputation, threshold and maximal levels of stimulation plus nerve diameters were obtained on 21 nerves. The design for the wearable ambulation unit to control the 22-channel stimulator and electrode tresses with helix electrodes has been completed.

  4. Silicones used in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes to reduce the fading and color change process of dyed hair occurred by wash-out or UV radiation.

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    Schlosser, Arndt

    2004-01-01

    Different kinds of silicones were incorporated directly into permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes. To ensure that the silicone was deposited to the hair fibers Si deposition was measured. Hair treated with a silicone free control or the silicone modified hair dyes was tested for color and lightness change (fading) by washing the treated tresses several times and measuring the color change. In a second experiment, hair treated with permanent hair dye was treated with UV radiation to show if silicones can reduce the color change initiated by UV light. The influence of the silicones to dry combing forces of permanent dyed hair untreated and treated with UV was also investigated. The tests showed that dimethiconol/dimethicone mixtures can reduce the washout of hair colorant clearly and silicone resins like trimethylsiloxysilcate or propylphenylsilsesquioxane are able to decrease the color change occurred by UV radiation in dyed hair.

  5. The Chanute histoplasmosis epidemic. New variations of urban histoplasmosis.

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    Byrd, R B; Leavey, R; Trunk, G

    1975-12-01

    An epidemic of acute histoplasmosis occurred in a long-established residential neighborhood in central Illinois. Ten of the 28 individuals living in the five duplex buildings comprising the housing project had evidence of acute infection. The epidemic was unusual in that the infections apparently occurred as the result of adults tending their gardens and children playing under and about the tress of the area. No specific event, such as a construction project or the demolishing of an old building, was involved as a point source, as has usually been observed in past epidemics. The infections occurred sporadically over a summer and probably resulted from exposure to any one of several sites where the fungal organisms were shown to exist in the housing area.

  6. Paraconformal structures, ordinary differential equations and totally geodesic manifolds

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    Kryński, Wojciech

    2016-05-01

    We construct point invariants of ordinary differential equations of arbitrary order that generalise the Tresse and Cartan invariants of equations of order two and three, respectively. The vanishing of the invariants is equivalent to the existence of a totally geodesic paraconformal structure which consists of a paraconformal structure, an adapted GL(2 , R) -connection and a two-parameter family of totally geodesic hypersurfaces on the solution space. The structures coincide with the projective structures in dimension 2 and with the Einstein-Weyl structures of Lorentzian signature in dimension 3. We show that the totally geodesic paraconformal structures in higher dimensions can be described by a natural analogue of the Hitchin twistor construction. We present a general example of Veronese webs that generalise the hyper-CR Einstein-Weyl structures in dimension 3. The Veronese webs are described by a hierarchy of integrable systems.

  7. The direct measurement of the shock yield strength of LY-12AL with manganin gauges

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    Wu, W.; Xiaogang, J.

    1995-12-31

    One of the most important issues in the field of dynamic response of materials is the exact determination of the lateral stresses in shock loaded solids. The only direct technique to measure the stresses is by using piezoresistance stress gauges. In this paper we present the results of planar impact experiments with LY-12AL specimen, using parallel and transverse manganin gauges to measure the longitudinal and lateral tresses in the targets, respectively. The experimental records showed the invalidity of the present calibration curves for transverse gauges. We developed a modified model for the transverse gauges based on the elasto-plastic properties of the gauges. At last we obtained a reasonable shock yield strength curve for Ly-12 AL in the stress range of 0.8-8 GPa.

  8. Hybrid data mining ensemble for predicting osteoporosis risk.

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    Wang, Wenjia; Richards, Graeme; Rea, Sarah

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents the research in developing data mining ensembles for predicting the risk of osteoporosis prevalence in women. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that commonly occurs among postmenopausal women and no effective treatments are available at the moment, except prevention, which requires early diagnosis. However, early detection of the disease is very difficult. This research aims to devise an intelligent diagnosis support system by using data mining ensemble technology to assist General Practitioners assessing patient's risk at developing osteoporosis. The paper describes the methods for constructing effective ensembles through measuring diversity between individual predictors. Hybrid ensembles are implemented by neural networks and decision tress. The ensembles built for predicting osteoporosis are evaluated by the real-world data and the results indicate that the hybrid ensembles have relatively high-level of diversity and thus are able to improve prediction accuracy.

  9. La victimisation homophobe et liée à la non-conformité de genre et l’adaptation scolaire et psychosociale chez les 14–22 ans : Résultats d’une enquête québécoise

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    Boucher, Kathleen; Blais, Martin; Hébert, Martine; Gervais, Jesse; Banville-Côté, Christine; Bédard, Isabelle; Dragieva, Nataliya

    2017-01-01

    Résumés Cet article étudie la victimisation homophobe et liée à la non-conformité de genre et ses effets sur l’adaptation scolaire et psychosociale de jeunes Québécois. Un échantillon non probabiliste de 262 jeunes (173 filles, 89 garçons), âgés de 14 à 22 ans (M = 17,9 ans) a été constitué. Des comparaisons bivariées et un modèle d’équations structurales ont été réalisés. Les jeunes LGBTQ affichent un sentiment de sécurité à l’école et une réussite scolaire autoévaluée plus faibles et un niveau de détresse psychologique plus élevé. Les résultats montrent que la victimisation homophobe, le soutien social des amis, la détresse psychologique et le sentiment de sécurité à l’école jouent un rôle médiateur important dans la réussite scolaire autoévaluée des jeunes LGBTQ. Ces constats appuient l’importance de mettre en place des interventions pour réduire l’homophobie dans les écoles et soulignent le rôle central des pairs dans cet effort. PMID:28191287

  10. Optical properties of hair: effect of treatments on luster as quantified by image analysis.

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    McMullen, R; Jachowicz, J

    2003-01-01

    Image analysis has been employed to measure the luster of hair simulated by light reflected from a curved hair tress. Hair samples (up to four) were mounted side-by-side in a special sample holder in the form of a cylinder and illuminated by a uniform beam of white light. Digital images of hair tresses were captured with a high-resolution camera and were analyzed by scanning across highlighted and dark areas of the resultant image using image analysis software with developed macros. Plots, similar to goniophotometric scattering curves, were used to calculate luster values according to previously published work by Nickerson, Stamm, and Reich-Robbins. Both the Stamm and Reich-Robbins approaches were found to give similar results, while the Nickerson gloss parameter exhibited less sensitivity to hair modification with cosmetic ingredients. The procedure was employed to assess the luster of natural white, light blonde, light brown, medium brown, and dark brown hair, and revealed an increase in luster indices in proportion to an increase in fiber pigmentation. Cosmetic oils such as phenyl trimethicone, amodimethicone, and castor oil were also found to increase the luster of hair as a result of the change in contrast between specular and diffuse reflection. Styling resins such as butyl ester of PVM/MA copolymer, vinyl caprolactam/PVP/dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate copolymer, and isobutylene/ethylmaleimide/hydroxyethylmaleimide copolymer were shown to increase hair gloss by a similar mechanism, as evidenced by calculated higher values of the Stamm and Reich-Robbins luster parameters. An effect of hair dulling by deposition of micronized ZnO at various concentrations, as well as by synthetic sebum, is also discussed.

  11. The Body Worlds Exhibits and Juvenile Understandings of Death: Do We Educate Children to Science or to Voyeurism?

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    Bianucci, R; Soldini, M; Di Vella, G; Verzé, L; Day, J

    2015-01-01

    Gunther von Hagens' development of plastination as a method for preserving human remains has enabled his public display of skinless, dissected bodies in a series of popular international exhibitions entitled Body Worlds. These spectacular displays claim to be educative, democratizing the study of anatomy and liberating it from the traditional confines of professional medical study. However, Body Worlds has raised various ethical objections to its commercial purpose, sourcing of some bodies and arrangement of bodies in poses or dissections that some viewers find offensive. Here we consider a different, often overlooked ethical conundrum raised by these exhibitions: the likelihood that the viewing of plastinates posed in 'frozen motion' is ill‑suited to the psychological development of young children (5-10 years old) whose understanding of death is still in formation. Often young children mistake corpses for models, even for living beings if they are posed in arrested motion. The educative value of Body Worlds for younger viewers is questionable and the display may even interfere with their understanding of death. If the exhibition of human remains can be justified where their authenticity can be made known to viewers and the remains invested by them with sympathetic emotional meaning, it may be pointless if not unethical to show quasi‑lifelike posed plastinates to young children in lieu of replica models.

  12. Quark Matter 2011 (QM11) Quark Matter 2011 (QM11)

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    2011-12-01

    International Advisory Committee Antinori, FedericoPaic, Guy Braun-Munzinger, PeterPajares, Carlos Cifarelli, LuisaPeitzmann, Thomas Erazmus, BarbaraRedlich, Krzysztof Eskola, KariRiccati, Lodovico Gaardhøje, Jens JørgenRoland, Gunther Gale, CharlesRoy, Christelle Gelis, FrancoisSchukraft, Jürgen Giubellino, PaoloSinha, Bikash Greiner, CarstenSrivastava, Dinesh Gyulassy, MiklosStachel, Johanna Harris, JohnSteinberg, Peter Hatsuda, TetsuoStroth, Joachim Heinz, UlrichSugitate, Toru Jacak, BarbaraTserruya, Itzhak Karsch, FrithjofVelkovska, Julia Kharzeev, DimaWang, Enke Kodama, TakeshiWang, Xin, Nian Lévai, PéterWessels, Johannes Manko, VladislavXu, Nu Müller, BerndtZajc, William Ollitrault, Jean-Yves Organizing Committee Arleo, FrancoisDupieux, Pascal Bastid, NicoleFurget, Christophe Bourgeois, Marie-LaureGranier de Cassagnac, Raphael Bregant, MarcoGuernane, Rachid Carminati, FedericoHervet, Carnita Castillo, JavierKuhn, Christian Cheynis, BrigitteOlivier, Nathalie Conesa, DelValle, Zaida Connor, MichelleRenshall, Lucy Crochet, PhilippeSuire, Christophe Delagrange, HuguesTihinen, Ulla Program Committee Schutz, Yves (Chair)Baldisseri, Alberto Wiedemann, Urs (co-Chair)Safarik, Karel Aurenche, Patrick

  13. Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule Exhibit previews at Visitor Complex

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2000-01-01

    The Discovery Channel's Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule Exhibit, which opens to the public at the KSC Visitor Complex on Saturday, June 17, had a preview for the press today. Liberty Bell 7 launched U.S. Air Force Captain Virgil 'Gus' Grissom July 21, 1961, on a mission that lasted 15 minutes and 37 seconds before sinking. The capsule lay undetected for nearly four decades before a Discovery Channel expedition located it and recovered it. Standing in front of the restored Liberty Bell 7 capsule are (left to right) KSC's Deputy Director Jim Jennings; Gunther Wendt, who worked on the Liberty Bell 7 before its launch; Jim Lewis, who piloted the Hunt Club 1 helicopter that rescued Gus Grissom; and Larry Grissom, brother of Gus Grissom. The space capsule, now restored and preserved, is part of an interactive exhibit touring science centers and museums in 12 cities throughout the United States until 2003. The exhibit also includes hands-on elements such as a capsule simulator, a centrifuge, and ROV pilot.

  14. Review of the crevalle jacks, Caranx hippos complex (Teleostei: Carangidae), with a description of a new species from West Africa

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    Smith-Vaniz, W.F.; Carpenter, K.E.

    2007-01-01

    The Caranx hippos species complex comprises three extant species: crevalle jack (Caranx hippos) (Linnaeus, 1766) from both the western and eastern Atlantic oceans; Pacific crevalle jack (Caranx caninus) Gu??nther, 1868 from the eastern Pacific Ocean; and longfin crevalle jack (Caranx fischeri) new species, from the eastern Atlantic, including the Mediterranean Sea and Ascension Island. Adults of all three species are superficially similar with a black blotch on the lower half of the pectoral fin, a black spot on the upper margin of opercle, one or two pairs of enlarged symphyseal canines on the lower jaw, and a similar pattern of breast squamation. Each species has a different pattern of hyperostotic bone development and anal-fin color. The two sympatric eastern Atlantic species also differ from each other in number of dorsal- and anal-fin rays, and in large adults of C. fischeri the lobes of these fins are longer and the body is deeper. Caranx hippos from opposite sides of the Atlantic are virtually indistinguishable externally but differ consistently in the expression of hyperostosis of the first dorsal-fin pterygiophore. The fossil species Caranx carangopsis Steindachner 1859 appears to have been based on composite material of Trachurus sp. and a fourth species of the Caranx hippos complex. Patterns of hyperostotic bone development are compared in the nine (of 15 total) species of Caranx sensu stricto that exhibit hyperostosis.

  15. Grizzly bear nutrition and ecology studies in Yellowstone National Park

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    Robbins, Charles T.; Schwartz, Charles C.; Gunther, Kerry A.; Servheen, Christopher

    2006-01-01

    T HE CHANCE TO SEE a wild grizzly bear is often the first or second reason people give for visiting Yellow - stone National Park. Public interest in bears is closely coupled with a desire to perpetuate this wild symbol of the American West. Grizzly bears have long been described as a wilderness species requiring large tracts of undisturbed habitat. However, in today’s world, most grizzly bears live in close proximity to humans (Schwartz et al. 2003). Even in Yellowstone National Park, the impacts of humans can affect the long-term survival of bears (Gunther et al. 2002). As a consequence, the park has long supported grizzly bear research in an effort to understand these impacts. Most people are familiar with what happened when the park and the State of Montana closed open-pit garbage dumps in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when at least 229 bears died as a direct result of conflict with humans. However, many may not be as familiar with the ongoing changes in the park’s plant and animal communities that have the potential to further alter the park’s ability to support grizzly bears.

  16. Liberty Bell 7 is retrieved from Atlantic Ocean

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    1999-01-01

    Gunther Wendt takes a turn at the podium after viewing the recovered Liberty Bell 7 Project Mercury capsule, seen in the background. At right is Curt Newport who led the expedition to find and retrieve the capsule. The expedition was sponsored by the Discovery Channel. Wendt worked on the Liberty Bell 7 before its launch July 21, 1961. After its successful 16-minute suborbital flight, the Liberty Bell 7, with astronaut Virgil 'Gus' Grissom aboard, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. A prematurely jettisoned hatch caused the capsule to flood and a Marine rescue helicopter was unable to lift it. It quickly sank to a three-mile depth. Grissom was rescued but his spacecraft remained lost on the ocean floor, until now. An underwater salvage expert, Newport located the capsule through modern technology, and after one abortive attempt, successfully raised it and brought it to Port Canaveral. The recovery of Liberty Bell 7 fulfilled a 14-year dream for the expedition leader. The capsule is being moved to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, where it will be restored for eventual public display. Newport has also been involved in salvage operations of the Space Shuttle Challenger and TWA Flight 800 that crashed off the coast of Long Island, N.Y.

  17. The CIRSE Retrievable IVC Filter Registry: Retrieval Success Rates in Practice.

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    Lee, M J; Valenti, D; de Gregorio, M A; Minocha, J; Rimon, U; Pellerin, O

    2015-12-01

    CIRSE established a registry of retrievable filter use with the primary aim of determining the success of IVC Filter retrieval and associated complications. Secondary endpoints included filter indications, imaging strategies before retrieval, filter dwell times, and anticoagulation status. A web-based electronic registry was hosted between 01/12/2010 and 30/06/2012. Data entry occurred at the date of IVC filter retrieval and included items such as filter type, indication for filter insertion, access route, dwell time, retrieval success, complications, reasons for failed retrieval, and anticoagulation status. 671 filter retrievals were entered (male:female 333:295, mean age 55, median 57). Retrieval data were not entered in 43/671 leaving 628 patients for analysis. The 4 commonest retrievable filters used were the Celect in 182 patients, the OPTEASE in 161, ALN in 120, and Gunther Tulip in 98. Filters were inserted for absolute indications 40%, relative indications in 31%, and prophylactic in 24%, with 5% missing. Mean filter dwell time was 90 days. Filters were successfully retrieved in 576/628 patients (92%). The mean dwell time for successful retrievals was 85 days versus 145 days for unsuccessful retrievals (p = 0.001). Major complications occurred in 2 patients (0.03%). In summary, the CIRSE retrievable filter registry demonstrates a retrieval rate of 92% across a range of filter types, with a low major complication rate, reflecting current practice. There is an increase in trend of retrievable filter use for relative and prophylactic indications.

  18. Liberty Bell 7 is retrieved from Atlantic Ocean

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    1999-01-01

    Gunther Wendt takes a turn at the podium after viewing the recovered Liberty Bell 7 Project Mercury capsule, seen in the background. At right is Curt Newport who led the expedition to find and retrieve the capsule. The expedition was sponsored by the Discovery Channel. Wendt worked on the Liberty Bell 7 before its launch July 21, 1961. After its successful 16-minute suborbital flight, the Liberty Bell 7, with astronaut Virgil 'Gus' Grissom aboard, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. A prematurely jettisoned hatch caused the capsule to flood and a Marine rescue helicopter was unable to lift it. It quickly sank to a three-mile depth. Grissom was rescued but his spacecraft remained lost on the ocean floor, until now. An underwater salvage expert, Newport located the capsule through modern technology, and after one abortive attempt, successfully raised it and brought it to Port Canaveral. The recovery of Liberty Bell 7 fulfilled a 14-year dream for the expedition leader. The capsule is being moved to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, where it will be restored for eventual public display. Newport has also been involved in salvage operations of the Space Shuttle Challenger and TWA Flight 800 that crashed off the coast of Long Island, N.Y.

  19. Dr. Leary's Concord Prison Experiment: a 34-year follow-up study.

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    Doblin, R

    1998-01-01

    This study is a long-term follow-up to the Concord Prison Experiment, one of the best-known studies in the psychedelic psychotherapy literature. The Concord Prison Experiment was conducted from 1961 to 1963 by a team of researchers at Harvard University under the direction of Timothy Leary. The original study involved the administration of psilocybin-assisted group psychotherapy to 32 prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism rates. This follow-up study involved a search through the state and federal criminal justice system records of 21 of the original 32 subjects, as well as personal interviews with two of the subjects and three of the researchers: Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Gunther Weil. The results of the follow-up study indicate that published claims of a treatment effect were erroneous. This follow-up study supports the emphasis in the original reports on the necessity of embedding psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy with inmates within a comprehensive treatment plan that includes post-release, nondrug group support programs. Despite substantial efforts by the experimental team to provide post-release support, these services were not made sufficiently available to the subjects in this study. Whether a new program of psilocybin-assisted group psychotherapy and post-release programs would significantly reduce recidivism rates is an empirical question that deserves to be addressed within the context of a new experiment.

  20. Phylogenetic analysis of uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) gene.

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    Shaik, Abjal Pasha; Alsaeed, Abbas H; Sultana, Asma

    2012-01-01

    The uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) enzyme (also known as hydroxymethylbilane hydrolyase) catalyzes the cyclization of hydroxymethylbilane to uroporphyrinogen III during heme biosynthesis. A deficiency of this enzyme is associated with the very rare Gunther's disease or congenital erythropoietic porphyria, an autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism. The current study investigated the possible role of UROS (Homo sapiens [EC: 4.2.1.75; 265 aa; 1371 bp mRNA; Entrez Pubmed ref NP_000366.1, NM_000375.2]) in evolution by studying the phylogenetic relationship and divergence of this gene using computational methods. The UROS protein sequences from various taxa were retrieved from GenBank database and were compared using Clustal-W (multiple sequence alignment) with defaults and a first-pass phylogenetic tree was built using neighbor-joining method as in DELTA BLAST 2.2.27+ version. A total of 163 BLAST hits were found for the uroporphyrinogen III synthase query sequence and these hits showed putative conserved domain, HemD superfamily (as on 14(th) Nov 2012). We then narrowed down the search by manually deleting the proteins which were not UROS sequences and sequences belonging to phyla other than Chordata were deleted. A repeat phylogenetic analysis of 39 taxa was performed using PhyML and TreeDyn software to confirm that UROS is a highly conserved protein with approximately 85% conserved sequences in almost all chordate taxons emphasizing its importance in heme synthesis.

  1. A novel deployment design of vena cava filters might be the solution to their blockage problem.

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    Chen, Zengsheng; Fan, Yubo; Deng, Xiaoyan

    2011-12-01

    The blockage of a vena cava filter (VCF) by the captured blood clots presents a serious problem to the patients. Commercially available cone-shaped VCFs such as the Gunther Tulip filter has an inherent structural flaw that leads the captured blood clots to be trapped in their front spire areas where the flow-induced shear stress is relatively low so that the clots cannot dissolve fast enough and will accumulate, gradually block the central passages of the filters. It is well known that for a Hagen-Poiseuille flow in a circular tube, the flow-induced shear stress is highest at the wall of the tube and lowest along its axis. Herein, we hypothesize that by reversely deploying a cone-shaped filter in the vena cava, the filter's blockage problem might be prevented. First of all, this kind of deployment scenario can force the captured blood clots to stay in the peripheral areas of the vena cava and keep the central passage of the filter unblocked. Secondly, this scenario can expose the captured blood clots to relatively high shear stress that may dissolve the clots faster. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. New and already known acanthocephalans from amphibians and reptiles in Vietnam, with keys to species of Pseudoacanthocephalus Petrochenko, 1956 (Echinorhynchidae) and Sphaerechinorhynchus Johnston and Deland, 1929 (Plagiorhynchidae).

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    Amin, Omar M; Ha, Ngyuen Van; Heckmann, Richard A

    2008-02-01

    Adults of 2 new species in 2 orders of acanthocephalans obtained from the intestines of terrestrial amphibians and reptiles collected between 1998 and 2004 in Vietnam are described here. Pseudoacanthocephalus nguyenthileae n. sp. (Palaeacnthocephala: Echinorhynchidae) was collected from 5 species of terrestrial amphibians: (1) the common Sunda toad Bufo melanostictus Schneider (Bufonidae); (2) Paa verucospinosa (Bourret); (3) Gunther's Amoy frog Rana guentheri Boulenger; (4) Taipei frog R. taipehensis Denburgh (Ranidae), and (5) the Burmese whipping frog Polypedates mutus (Smith) (Racophoridae); as well as from the Chinese cobra Naja atra Cantor (Reptilia: Elapidae) and house gecko Hemidactylus frenatus Dumeril and Bibron (Reptilia: Gekkonidae). Sphaerechinorhynchus maximesospinus n. sp. (Plagiorhynchidae: Sphaerechinorhynchinae) was isolated from a king cobra Ophiophagus hannah (cantor) (Reptilia: Elapidae). Cystacanths of Porrorchis houdemeri (Joyeux and Baer, 1935) Schmidt and Kuntz, 1967 (Plagiorhynchidae: Porrorchinae) obtained from the mesenteries of banded krait Bungarus fasciatus (Schneider) (Reptilia: Elapidae), a paratenic host, are reported for the first time. Keys to the species of Pseudoacanthocephalus and Sphaerechinorhynchus are included. Characteristic features distinguishing the new species from related taxa include: P. nguyenthileae has 15-19 (usually 16-18) proboscis hook rows, each with 5-6 hooks that progressively increase in length and size posteriorly. The largest, intermediate, and smallest proboscis hooks of S. maximesospinus are the middle, anterior, and posterior hooks, respectively; the proboscis and neck are enclosed in a membrane. Morphometric characteristics of P. nguyenthileae show host-related variability.

  3. Proceedings of the First All-USGS Modeling Conference, November 14-17, 2005

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    Frondorf, Anne

    2007-01-01

    Preface: The First All-USGS Modeling Conference was held November 14-17, 2005, in Port Angeles, Washington. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) participants at the conference came from USGS headquarters and all USGS regions and represented all four science disciplines-Biology, Geography, Geology, and Water. The conference centered on selected oral case study presentations and posters on current USGS scientific modeling capabilities and activities. Abstracts for these case study presentations and posters are presented here. On behalf of all the participants of the First All-USGS Modeling Conference, we appreciate the support of Dee Ann Nelson and the staff of the Olympic Park Institute in providing the conference facilities; Dr. Jerry Freilich and Dr. Brian Winter of the National Park Service, Olympic National Park, for organizing and leading the conference field trip; and Debra Becker and Amy Newman, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, Washington, and Tammy Hansel, USGS Geospatial Information Office, Reston, Virginia, for providing technical support for the conference. The organizing committee for the conference included Jenifer Bracewell, Jacoby Carter, Jeff Duda, Anne Frondorf, Linda Gundersen, Tom Gunther, Pat Jellison, Rama Kotra, George Leavesley, and Doug Muchoney.

  4. Successful match-unrelated donor bone marrow transplantation for congenital erythropoietic porphyria (Günther disease).

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    Dupuis-Girod, Sophie; Akkari, Véronique; Ged, Cécile; Galambrun, Claire; Kebaïli, Kamila; Deybach, Jean-Charles; Claudy, Alain; Geburher, Lucette; Philippe, Noël; de Verneuil, Hubert; Bertrand, Yves

    2005-02-01

    Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP; Gunther disease; OMIM 263700) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder caused by a deficiency of uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS). The deficiency of this enzyme is associated with lifelong overproduction of series I porphyrins which circulate and are deposited in many tissues, causing light-sensitisation and severe damage to skin beginning in childhood. Blistering and scarring of exposed areas may lead to mutilating deformities. We describe two cases: a 4-year-old boy and his first cousin who were cured of CEP by matched unrelated donor bone marrow transplants. Both are alive and disease-free 3 and 2 years post-transplant, respectively. Cutaneous lesions improved dramatically. The correction of the enzyme deficiency was confirmed by measuring erythrocyte UROS activity and urinary porphyrin excretion. Chimerism was complete for both children. Both patients were homoallelic for a novel mutation of the UROS gene, the missense mutation A69T. Considering the severity of the disease, if HLA-matched sibling donor is not available, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation using a matched unrelated donor should be strongly considered for treating congenital erythropoietic porphyria since this is currently the only known curative therapy.

  5. Scalability of parallel finite element algorithms on multi-core platforms

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    Kopysov, S. P.; Novikov, A. K.; Nedozhogin, N. S.; Rychkov, V. N.

    2016-11-01

    The speedup of element-by-element FEM algorithms depends not only on peak processor performance but also on access time to shared mesh data. Eliminating memory boundness would significantly speed up unstructured mesh computations on hybrid multi-core architectures, where the gap between processor and memory performance continues to grow. The speedup can be achieved by ordering unknowns so that only those elements are processed in parallel which do not have common nodes. Therefore, memory conflicts are minimized. FEM assembly is performed with respect to the ordering, which defines how to compose vectors. Mesh can be partitioned into disjoint subdomains by using different layer-by-layer schemes. In this work, we evaluated several partitioning schemes (block, odd, even, and their modifications) on multi-core platforms, using Gunther's Universal Law of Computational Scalability. We performed numerical experiments with element-by-element matrix-vector multiplication on unstructured meshes on multi-core processors accelerated by MIC and GPU. With ordering, we achieved 5-times speedup on CPU, 40-times speedup on MIC, and 200- times speedup on GPU.

  6. Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule Exhibit previews at Visitor Complex

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    2000-01-01

    The Discovery Channel's Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule Exhibit, which opens to the public at the KSC Visitor Complex on Saturday, June 17, had a preview for the press today. Liberty Bell 7 launched U.S. Air Force Captain Virgil 'Gus' Grissom July 21, 1961, on a mission that lasted 15 minutes and 37 seconds before sinking. The capsule lay undetected for nearly four decades before a Discovery Channel expedition located it and recovered it. Standing in front of the restored Liberty Bell 7 capsule are (left to right) KSC's Deputy Director Jim Jennings; Gunther Wendt, who worked on the Liberty Bell 7 before its launch; Jim Lewis, who piloted the Hunt Club 1 helicopter that rescued Gus Grissom; and Larry Grissom, brother of Gus Grissom. The space capsule, now restored and preserved, is part of an interactive exhibit touring science centers and museums in 12 cities throughout the United States until 2003. The exhibit also includes hands-on elements such as a capsule simulator, a centrifuge, and ROV pilot.

  7. "Skinless wonders": Body Worlds and the Victorian freak show.

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    Durbach, Nadja

    2014-01-01

    In 2002, Gunther von Hagens's display of plastinated corpses opened in London. Although the public was fascinated by Body Worlds, the media largely castigated the exhibition by dismissing it as a resuscitated Victorian freak show. By using the freak show analogy, the British press expressed their moral objection to this type of bodily display. But Body Worlds and nineteenth-century displays of human anomalies were linked in more complex and telling ways as both attempted to be simultaneously entertaining and educational. This essay argues that these forms of corporeal exhibitionism are both examples of the dynamic relationship between the popular and professional cultures of the body that we often erroneously think of as separate and discrete. By reading Body Worlds against the Victorian freak show, I seek to generate a fuller understanding of the historical and enduring relationship between exhibitionary culture and the discourses of science, and thus to argue that the scientific and the spectacular have been, and clearly continue to be, symbiotic modes of generating bodily knowledge.

  8. Mysterious Roving Rocks of Racetrack Playa

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    2010-06-23

    This group photo of the LPSA interns and trip leaders was taken at Tea Kettle Junction in Death Valley, Calif. (Standing on left side, left to right): Kristopher Schwebler, Valerie Fox, Emily Kopp, Kyle Yawn, Dan Burger, Ian Schoch, Devon Miller; (left to right, sitting) Justin Wilde, Jessica Marbourg, Maggie McAdam (a trip leader), Leva McIntire, Ann Parsons (a trip leader), Mindy Krzykowski, Emma McKinney, Cynthia Cheung (LPSA principal investigator and a trip leader), George Fercana; (standing on right side): Kynan Rilee, Gregory Romine, Clint Naquin, Gunther Kletetschka (a trip leader), Andrew Ryan, and in the very back, Brian Jackson (a trip leader). Photo credit: NASA/GSFC/ Leva McIntire/LPSA intern NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe. Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook

  9. COMMITTEES: SQM2009 - 14th International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter SQM2009 - 14th International Conference on Strangeness in Quark Matter

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    2008-04-01

    Local Organizing Committee Takeshi Kodama Chair, UFRJ Jun Takahashi Co-chair, UNICAMP Ignácio Bediaga e Hickman CBPF Eduardo Fraga UFRJ Frederique Grassi USP Yogiro Hama USP Gastão Krein IFT Erasmo Madureira Ferreira UFRJ Marcelo G. Munhoz USP Fernando Navarra USP Sandra Padula IFT Alejandro Szanto de Toledo USP César Augusto Zen Vasconcellos UFRGS International Advisory Committee Jörg Aichelin Nantes Federico Antinori Padova Tamás Biró Budapest Peter Braun-Munzinger GSI Jean Cleymans Cape Town Láaszló Csernai Bergen Timothy Hallman BNL Huan Zhong Huang UCLA Takeshi Kodama Rio de Janeiro Yu-Gang Ma Shanghai Jes Madsen Aarhus Ágnes Mócsy Pratt University Berndt Müller Duke University Grazyna Odyniec LBNL Helmut Oeschler Darmstadt Johann Rafelski Arizona Hans Georg Ritter LBNL Gunther Rolland MIT Karel Šafařík CERN Ladislav Sandor Kosice University Jack Sandweiss Yale University George S F Stephans MIT Horst Stöcker Frankfurt Larry McLerranBNL Helmut Satz Universitä Bielefeld Nu Xu LBNL Fuqiang Wang Purdue University William A. Zajc Columbia University Pengfei Zhuang Tsinghua University

  10. Investigation of mercury occurrence in the benthic environment of the continental shelf along the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

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    Steffy, D. A.; Nichols, A.

    2010-12-01

    An investigation is being conducted on the occurrence of mercury in fish and sediments collected from the sea bottom of the continental shelf in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Samples were collected during a cruise of the NOAA R/V Gordon Gunther during the Fall 2009 from eight sites chosen along a transect from Pascagoula to the Tortoga Islands. Six sediment samples are gray, calcareous medium-grained sand and two samples were gravelly sand, both with varying amounts of biogenic material. In addition, pore water quality was measured immediately upon retrieval of the sample. Triplicate sediment samples of each site were then processed for mercury content using a cold vapor mercury analyzer. Mercury concentrations ranged from 0.007 ± 0.004 mg/g to 0.054 ± 0.023 mg/g. Scad mackerel were collected at sites scattered across the same investigative area. Mercury levels in fish tissue ranged from 0.0133 ± 0.0175 to 0.3117 ± 0.1129 mg/Kg.

  11. Engaging with plastination and the Body Worlds phenomenon: a cultural and intellectual challenge for anatomists.

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    Jones, D Gareth; Whitaker, Maja I

    2009-09-01

    Body Worlds, the international plastination phenomenon, has proved immensely popular with audiences worldwide. Never before has the human body been exposed to public gaze in such an accessible and intriguing manner. Dissected body parts feature alongside whole-body plastinates with their life-like poses ranging from those with Renaissance motifs to others with highly contemporary themes. However, the exhibitions and their creator, Gunther von Hagens, have astounded many, including anatomists, some of whom find the unconventional display of human bodies unethical and offensive. The voyeuristic nature of Body Worlds and the uneasy balance between entertainment and education have proved problematic for anatomists. Von Hagens himself is a polarizing figure, pursuing his dream of "democratizing anatomy" with little regard for the conventions of academia. While valid ethical objections can be raised against some aspects of the exhibitions, we argue that wholesale rejection of them is unwarranted. In arriving at this conclusion we assess the ethical and educational issues involved. We divide the whole-body plastinates into four categories, ranging from those illustrating structural and functional relationships to those with artistic and humanistic aspirations rather than anatomical ones. We conclude that anatomists need to face up to the opportunities and challenges posed by the Body Worlds phenomenon, utilizing what is being presented to the general public and adapting this in teaching and research.

  12. Optimization of in vitro HBV replication and HBsAg production in HuH7 cell line.

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    Cavallone, Daniela; Moriconi, Francesco; Colombatto, Piero; Oliveri, Filippo; Bonino, Ferruccio; Brunetto, Maurizia Rossana

    2013-04-01

    The Gunther's vector-free method (GM), using PCR-amplified full length HBV-DNA (fl-HBV-DNA), is currently the best in vitro HBV replication system despite the low intracellular HBV-DNA production. The replication efficiency and HBsAg secretion of 12 isolates from HBsAg/HBeAg positive sera by GM, Monomer-Linear-Sticky-Ends-DNA (MLSE) and Monomer-Circular-Closed (MCC) were compared in HuH7 cells. Eight of twelve genomes (67%) were replication competent by GM; however direct sequencing (DS) showed that more than 80% of input DNA was undigested in spite of SapI treatment. Replication Intermediates (RI) were detected earlier (24 vs. 48h) and in higher amounts (2.51±0.32 and 6.43±0.43 fold) by MCC than GM or MLSE. By MCC 10 of 12 genomes (83%) were replication competent and 7 produced high RI levels. RI and HBsAg kinetics correlated positively in MCC (R=0.696, p=0.017 overall; R=0.928, p=0.008), but not in GM (R=-0.437, p=0.179 overall; R=-0.395, p=0.439) in genotype D isolates. In conclusion, HBV-DNA circularization prior transfection improves in vitro viral replication and replication competent HBsAg production, mimicking better the in vivo conditions.

  13. KSC-99pp1031

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    1999-07-21

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Gunther Wendt takes a turn at the podium after viewing the recovered Liberty Bell 7 Project Mercury capsule, seen in the background. At right is Curt Newport who led the expedition to find and retrieve the capsule. The expedition was sponsored by the Discovery Channel. Wendt worked on the Liberty Bell 7 before its launch July 21, 1961. After its successful 16-minute suborbital flight, the Liberty Bell 7, with astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom aboard, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. A prematurely jettisoned hatch caused the capsule to flood and a Marine rescue helicopter was unable to lift it. It quickly sank to a three-mile depth. Grissom was rescued but his spacecraft remained lost on the ocean floor, until now. An underwater salvage expert, Newport located the capsule through modern technology, and after one abortive attempt, successfully raised it and brought it to Port Canaveral. The recovery of Liberty Bell 7 fulfilled a 14-year dream for the expedition leader. The capsule is being moved to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas, where it will be restored for eventual public display. Newport has also been involved in salvage operations of the Space Shuttle Challenger and TWA Flight 800 that crashed off the coast of Long Island, N.Y

  14. Psychological distress among female spouses of male at-risk drinkers.

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    Tempier, Raymond; Boyer, Richard; Lambert, Jean; Mosier, Karen; Duncan, C Randy

    2006-08-01

    The consequences of alcoholism on the mental health of spouses of lifetime at-risk drinkers are only known from studies on alcoholics already in treatment. A retrospective analysis was conducted using data from a Quebec community health survey. The purpose of this study was twofold. First, our goal was to ascertain the mental health of female spouses living with a male lifetime at-risk drinker. Secondly, we wanted to examine the relationship between male lifetime at-risk drinkers (aged 30-54 years) and the psychological distress of their nondrinking female spouses. Lifetime at-risk drinking, for the purposes of this study, was defined as having at least two positive answers to the CAGE questionnaire. Couples wherein both spouses were deemed not at-risk for problem drinking by the CAGE instrument (0 or 1 positive answer) formed the control group. Psychological distress was measured using the Indice de Détresse Psychologique de l'Enquête Santé Québec (Préville, M., Boyer, R., Potvin, L., Perreault, C., & Légaré, G. (1992). La détresse psychologique: détermination de la fiabilité et de la validité de la mesure utilisée dans l'enquête Santé Québec. Cahier de recherches #7, Montréal, Santé Québec.). It measures symptoms of anxiety, depression, aggressivity, and cognitive impairments. Scores of >or=22 (out of 100) were indicative of a high level of psychological distress. This study confirmed higher levels of psychological distress in female spouses of male lifetime at-risk drinkers in the general population. An exploratory study examined the association between the psychological distress of female spouses and each of the following nine independent variables: male partner lifetime at-risk drinker, stressful life events, job situation, socioeconomic status, perceived health status, presence of children less than 15 years, length of the marital relationship, presence of a confidant, and availability of social support. Lifetime at-risk drinking is a risk

  15. Examining interrater reliability and validity of a paediatric cardiopulmonary physiotherapy discharge tool.

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    Lati, Jamil; Pellow, Vanessa; Sproule, Jeannine; Brooks, Dina; Ellerton, Cindy

    2014-01-01

    Objectif : Déterminer la fiabilité entre évaluateurs des six questions contenues dans le questionnaire sur le départ du service de physiothérapie cardiopulmonaire (PTC) pédiatrique qui détermine six éléments critiques dont les physiothérapeutes doivent tenir compte lorsqu'il s'agit de déterminer si un patient en pédiatrie est prêt à quitter le service de PTC après une chirurgie thoracique, cardiaque ou au haut de l'abdomen: saturation en oxygène, mobilité, rétention des sécrétions, préparation du départ, auscultation et signes de détresse respiratoire. Méthodes : Deux évaluateurs désignés ont évalué au total 33 patients en pédiatrie (âgés de 2 à <19 ans) qui ont reçu au moins une journée de PTC à la suite d'une chirurgie cardiaque, thoracique ou au haut de l'abdomen au moyen du questionnaire sur le départ du service de PTC pédiatrique. Les deux évaluateurs ont évalué chaque patient à moins de quatre heures d'intervalle. Résultats : Les six questions du questionnaire sur le départ du service de PTC pédiatrique ont révélé la convergence suivante à la suite d'une analyse kappa: saturation en oxygène, excellente (κ=0,80); mobilité, importante (κ=0,62); dégagement des sécrétions, modéré (κ=0,39); préparation du départ, moyenne (κ=0,37); et auscultation et détresse respiratoire, médiocre (κ=0,24 et κ=−0,08, respectivement). Conclusion : Plusieurs des questions du questionnaire sur le départ du service de PTC pédiatrique démontrent une bonne fiabilité entre évaluateurs. L'outil est prêt à soumettre à d'autres tests psychométriques et en particulier des tests de validité.

  16. Le paludisme grave d’importation chez l’adulte: étude rétrospective de treize cas admis en réanimation à Marrakech

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    El Mezouari, El Mostafa; Belhadj, Ayoub; Ziani, Mohamed; Boughanem, Mohamed; Moutaj, Redouane

    2016-01-01

    Le paludisme d’importation est une affection de plus en plus fréquente en zone non endémique. Les formes graves représentent 10 % des cas de paludisme à Plasmodium falciparum. Au Maroc, plus de 50 cas de paludisme sont enregistrés chaque année dont 83 % à P. falciparum. Ont été inclus dans l’étude tous les patients ayant développé un paludisme grave, admis au service de réanimation durant la période comprise entre le 1er Novembre 2009 et le 31 décembre 2015. Les principales données épidémiologiques, les motifs d’admission, la prise en charge et l’évolution ont été étudiés. Treize patients sont retenus. L’âge moyen est de 31 ans. Tous les patients ont séjourné en afrique subsaharienne et étaient non-immuns. La chimioprophylaxie était adéquate dans 33% des cas. Le délai moyen entre le début des symptômes et l’instauration du traitement était de six jours. La parasitémie moyenne initiale était de 12 %. Les motifs d’admission en réanimation étaient un coma (15%), une convulsion (07%), une détresse respiratoire (07%), une prostration (07%), une insuffisance rénale (07%), un choc associé à un ictère et une acidose (07%) et enfin une insuffisance rénale conjuguée à un coma (07%). Tous les patients ont reçu un traitement par la quinine intraveineuse avec une dose de charge dans 100 % des cas. Le taux de mortalité était de 23 %. Les causes du décès étaient dues à la défaillance multi viscérale et au syndrome de détresse respiratoire aigu. La mortalité des formes graves du paludisme reste élevée. L’adéquation de la chimioprophylaxie associée à la précocité du diagnostic et du traitement permettrait d’améliorer significativement le pronostic de cette parasitose. PMID:28292141

  17. The influence of liming on soil chemical properties and on the alleviation of manganese and copper toxicity in Juglans regia, Robinia pseudoacacia, Eucalyptus sp. and Populus sp. plantations.

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    Chatzistathis, T; Alifragis, D; Papaioannou, A

    2015-03-01

    Juglans regia, Robinia pseudoacacia, Eucalyptus sp. and Populus sp. plantations, suffering from Mn and Cu toxicity, were limed in order to reduce Cu and Mn solubility in soil. The purposes of the present work were: i) to study the changes in soil chemical properties after the addition of CaCO3, ii) to investigate the influence of liming on the reduction of Mn and Cu toxicity. After the addition of CaCO3 (three applications, during three successive years), pH and CaCO3 content were significantly increased, while organic C and N were significantly reduced. Exchangeable Ca concentrations have been slightly, or significantly, increased, while those of Mg have been decreased; in addition, ratios Ca/Mg and C/N have been significantly increased after liming. Impressive reductions of DTPA extractable Cu and Mn concentrations (more than 10 times in most cases) were recorded. It was also found that trees without Mn and Cu toxicity symptoms (healthy tress) before liming did not have, in many cases, significantly greater leaf Mn, Cu and Fe concentrations, than trees after soil liming (all the trees were healthy). This probably happened because excess Mn and Cu quantities had been accumulated into their root system. Finally, leaf Mn, Cu and Zn concentrations of trees suffering from toxicity were significantly decreased after soil liming, while leaf Fe concentrations, in all the plant species studied, were increased.

  18. The visibility of using water boxes and mulch in dryland revegetation

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    Alhamad, Mohammad Noor; Alrababah, Mohammad; Athamneh, Hanaa

    2017-04-01

    Drylands cover more than 41% of the world's surface area and are homeland for about one-third of the world's population, 90% of them in developing countries. Land degradation in the drylands is hot environmental topic as it impacts environmental quality and jeopardizes food security in developing countries. The climate of Jordan varies from dry sub-humid Mediterranean in northwestern areas to desert conditions over a distance of 100 km, where more than 90 % of the county's area receives annual rainfall of less than 200 mm. In Jordan revegetation programs are rainfed; rainfall in Jordan is characterized by variable nature, thus, these programs faces a major challenge of the low survival rate of transplanted seedlings. The present study ought to explore the visibility of using water boxes and plastic mulch as an innovative approach to enhance seedling survival and establishment of four forest tress species ( Carob, Cupressus, Quercus, and Pinus). The experiment results showed that Cupressus, and Pinus seedlings expressed the highest survival rate of 88% and 84 % respectively, flowed by Crob (64%) and Querrcus (16%). The plastic mulch significantly enhanced the seedling survival rate b y40 % over the control while the water boxes resulted in an increase of 32 % over the control.

  19. Estimation of the Distribution of Tabebuia guayacan (Bignoniaceae) Using High-Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery

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    Sánchez-Azofeifa, Arturo; Rivard, Benoit; Wright, Joseph; Feng, Ji-Lu; Li, Peijun; Chong, Mei Mei; Bohlman, Stephanie A.

    2011-01-01

    Species identification and characterization in tropical environments is an emerging field in tropical remote sensing. Significant efforts are currently aimed at the detection of tree species, of levels of forest successional stages, and the extent of liana occurrence at the top of canopies. In this paper we describe our use of high resolution imagery from the Quickbird Satellite to estimate the flowering population of Tabebuia guayacan trees at Barro Colorado Island (BCI), in Panama. The imagery was acquired on 29 April 2002 and 21 March 2004. Spectral Angle Mapping via a One-Class Support Vector machine was used to detect the presence of 422 and 557 flowering tress in the April 2002 and March 2004 imagery. Of these, 273 flowering trees are common to both dates. This study presents a new perspective on the effectiveness of high resolution remote sensing for monitoring a phenological response and its use as a tool for potential conservation and management of natural resources in tropical environments. PMID:22163825

  20. Protein loss in human hair from combination straightening and coloring treatments.

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    França-Stefoni, Simone Aparecida; Dario, Michelli Ferrera; Sá-Dias, Tânia Cristina; Bedin, Valcinir; de Almeida, Adriano José; Baby, André Rolim; Velasco, Maria Valéria R

    2015-09-01

    Hair chemical treatments, such as dyeing and straightening products, are known to cause damage that can be assessed by protein loss. The aim of this study was to evaluate the hair protein loss caused by combined chemical treatments (dye and relaxer) using the validated bicinchoninic acid (BCA) method. Three kinds of straighteners, based on ammonium thioglycolate, guanidine hydroxide and sodium hydroxide, were evaluated and the least harmful combination indicated. Caucasian virgin dark brown hair tresses were treated with developed natural brown color oxidative hair dyeing and/or straightening commercial products based on ammonium thioglycolate, sodium hydroxide, or guanidine hydroxide. Protein loss quantification was assessed by the validated BCA method which has several advantages for quantifying protein loss in chemically treated hair. When both treatments (straightening and dyeing) were combined, a higher negative effect was observed, particularly for dyed hair treated with sodium hydroxide. In this case, a 356% increase in protein loss relative to virgin hair was observed and 208% in relation to only dyed hair. The combination of dying and relaxers based on ammonium thioglycolate or guanidine hydroxide caused a small increase in protein loss, suggesting that these straightening products could be the best alternatives for individuals wishing to combine both treatments. These results indicated that when application of both types of products is desired, ammonium thioglycolate or guanidine hydroxide should be chosen for the straightening process. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Influence of chemical straightening on the stability of drugs of abuse in hair.

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    Pritchett, Jeanita S; Phinney, Karen W

    2015-01-01

    Chemical straightening, also known as a relaxer, is ubiquitously used among African American women to obtain straighter hair compared with their natural tresses. This study focused on the stability of drugs of abuse in hair after a single application of the relaxer. Commercially available 'Lye' or 'No-Lye' chemical straightening products (Silk Elements™) were applied in vitro to drug-fortified hair (standard reference materials (SRM) 2379 and 2380) and hairs clipped from established drug users. Target analytes (cocaine (COC), benzoylecgonine (BZE), cocaethylene (CE), phencyclidine and tetrahydrocannabinol) were isolated using solid-phase extraction and then analyzed with isotope dilution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with selective ion monitoring. After either treatment, drug concentrations were significantly (P < 0.05) decreased in both the SRM sample and the hair from authentic abusers. In the SRM groups, 6-67% of the original concentration remained after a single chemical treatment. Similarly, only 5-30% of the original concentration remained in authentic drug hairs that had formerly tested positive for COC, BZE and CE. Published by Oxford University Press 2014. This work is written by (a) US Government employee(s) and is in the public domain in the US.

  2. [Effects of ectomycorrhizal fungi on alleviating the decline of Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica plantations on Keerqin sandy land].

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    Zhu, Jiao-Jun; Kang, Hong-Zhang; Xu, Mei-Ling; Wu, Xiang-Yun; Wang, Wei

    2007-12-01

    Based on the observations of air temperature, soil temperature, and root systems of Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica plantations on southeastern Keerqin sandy land, the decline mechanisms of the plantations were analyzed from the aspect of the effects of temperature on the growth and survival of ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM). The results indicated that ECM could hardly survive with in 0-5 cm soil layer because of its high temperature environment, but the temperature condition in 20-40 cm soil layer was suitable for the survival and growth of ECM. 78% of the roots of 13-42 years old P. sylvestris var. mongolica tress were distributed in 20-40 cm soil layer, which suggested that the existence of ECM in this soil layer inhibited or alleviated the decline of the P. sylvestris var. mongolica plantations, and was not the inducing factor of the plantations' top withering, low growth rate, and tree death. The lack of ECM in surface soil layer (0-5 cm) could be one of the main reasons leading to the death of seedlings root systems, and thus, the failure of P. sylvestris var. mongolica plantations' regeneration.

  3. Interstitial fluid flow: simulation of mechanical environment of cells in the interosseous membrane

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    Yao, Wei; Ding, Guang-Hong

    2011-08-01

    In vitro experiments have shown that subtle fluid flow environment plays a significant role in living biological tissues, while there is no in vivo practical dynamical measurement of the interstitial fluid flow velocity. On the basis of a new finding that capillaries and collagen fibrils in the interosseous membrane form a parallel array, we set up a porous media model simulating the flow field with FLUENT software, studied the shear stress on interstitial cells' surface due to the interstitial fluid flow, and analyzed the effect of flow on protein space distribution around the cells. The numerical simulation results show that the parallel nature of capillaries could lead to directional interstitial fluid flow in the direction of capillaries. Interstitial fluid flow would induce shear stress on the membrane of interstitial cells, up to 30 Pa or so, which reaches or exceeds the threshold values of cells' biological response observed in vitro. Interstitial fluid flow would induce nonuniform spacial distribution of secretion protein of mast cells. Shear tress on cells could be affected by capillary parameters such as the distance between the adjacent capillaries, blood pressure and the permeability coefficient of capillary's wall. The interstitial pressure and the interstitial porosity could also affect the shear stress on cells. In conclusion, numerical simulation provides an effective way for in vivo dynamic interstitial velocity research, helps to set up the vivid subtle interstitial flow environment of cells, and is beneficial to understanding the physiological functions of interstitial fluid flow.

  4. The relation between isolated tree brightness temperature and grass background brightness temperature

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    Krusinger, A. E.

    1983-08-01

    This study involves thermal infrared measurement for the determination of the diurnal and seasonal aspects of the relations between isolated evergreen tress and a cut grass background and between a large truck brightness temperature and cut grass, uncut grass, and bare soil backgrounds. Seasonal changes in the tree brightness temperature-background brightness temperature contrast ranged from 4 to 5 C in February and March to 1 to 2 C in July. At night, the thermal contrast between trees and background was found to vary inversely with long wave incoming radiation, which is a measure of cloudiness. A study of the change in the thermal contrast during the night showed that, during clear weather, the contrast was at a peak a few hours after sundown and decreased the rest of the night. In overcast conditions, a reduced contrast peak occurred at sundown and very gradually diminished through the night. Isothermal conditions were found to occur in the early mornings, and the time of these occurrences changed seasonally, in a systematic manner.

  5. Runoff responses to afforestation in a watershed of the Loess Plateau, China

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    Huang, M.; Zhang, L.; Gallichand, J.

    2003-04-01

    Afforestation has been suggested as a means of imroving soil and water conservation in Northwestern China, especially in the Loess Plateau. Understanding of the hydrological responses to afforestation will help us develop sustainable watershed management strategies. A study was conducted during the period of 1956 to 1995 to evaluated runoff responses to afforestation in a watershed in the Loess Plateau, using a paired watershed approach. Deciduoud tress, including locust, apricot and elm, were planted on about 80% of a treated watershed, while a natural grassland watershed remained unchanged. It was estimated that cumulative runoff yield in the treated watershed was reduced by 32% as a result of afforestation. Asignificant trend was also observed that shows annual runoff reduction increases with the age of the trees planted. Reduction in monthly runoff occurred mainly from June to September, which was ascribed to greater rainfall and utilization by trees during this period. Afforeststion also resulted in reduction in the volume and peak flow of storm runoff events in treated watershed with greater reduction in peak flow.

  6. Safety knowledge and risk behaviour of injured and uninjured young skiers and snowboarders

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    Macnab, Andrew J; Cadman, Robert E; Greenlaw, Julia V

    1998-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Earlier studies of ski injury indicated that youths were at increased risk of injury, that males were most likely to injure the head or face, and that females were most likely to injure the knee. OBJECTIVE: To obtain information about safety knowledge and risk behaviour that might contribute to injury among young skiers and snow-boarders. DESIGN: Survey of knowledge and behaviour in injured and noninjured cohorts. SETTING: Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, British Columbia. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 863 noninjured and 118 injured skiers and snowboarders aged five to 17 years using Blackcomb during 1993/94. INTERVENTION: Skier Knowledge Inventory Questionnaire. RESULTS: The injured cohort had less knowledge of the Skiers Responsibility Code. In both groups, almost half had had no lessons, 31% had had bindings adjusted by nonprofessionals and chair lift safety bars were used one ride in four by children age 13 to 17 years. The injuried cohort wore helmets slightly less often. Both groups regularly skied through the trees (60% to 70%), and one-thirds had skied on closed runs. Excessive speed was identified as the major cause of injury. Skiers did not recognize jumping as contributing to injury. CONCLUSIONS: Lack of knowledge of safety rules was more prevalent among the injured cohort. Skiing without due care – including skiing through tress, skiing on closed runs, skiing with excessive speed and jumping, particularly by snowboarders – were identified as potential causes of injury. PMID:20401273

  7. Consequence of social isolation on blood pressure, cardiovascular reactivity and design in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Hallbäck, M

    1975-04-01

    Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), which inherently display exaggerated cardiovascular defence reactions to environmental stimuli (Hallbäck and Folkow 1974), and normotensive control rats (NCR) were kept isolated after they were weaned to reduce such environmental influences which normally induce psychological activation. Mean arterial pressure was followed until 7 months of age, when the cardiovascular defence reactions to acute mental stress were compared and an analysis of cardiovascular design was made. The isolated SHR but no the isolated NCR, had significantly lower pressures than their unisolated controls. Likewise, judged by the relative weight of the left ventricle and the hemodynamically evaluated design of the hindquarter resistance vessels, the structural cardiovascular adaptation was about proportionally less pronounced in isolated than in control SHR. However, their cardiovascular responses to acute "psychological stress" were equally intense, and clearly exaggerated when compared with NCR. Thus, a prolonged reduction of excitatory environmental influences implies a relatively less pronounced development of hypertension in SHR, even though an inherent hyperreactivity concerning neurohormonal pressor responses to alerting stimuli is present. These findings tress the importance of interacting intrinsic-hereditary and extrinsic neurogenic influences for the initiation of primary hypertension.

  8. Nur77 exacerbates PC12 cellular injury in vitro by aggravating mitochondrial impairment and endoplasmic reticulum stress

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    Gao, Huimin; Chen, Zhaoyu; Fu, Yongmei; Yang, Xiaoyan; Weng, Ruihui; Wang, Rui; Lu, Jianjun; Pan, Mengqiu; Jin, Kunlin; McElroy, Chris; Tang, Beisha; Xia, Ying; Wang, Qing

    2016-01-01

    The nuclear orphan receptor, Nur77 plays important roles in neuroimflammation, apoptosis, and dopaminergic neurodegeneration. We conducted a further mechanistic investigation into the association of Nur77 with cell death. Cytosporone B (Csn-B), an agonist for Nur77, and Nur77 knockdown were adopted in the 6-hydroxydopamine (OHDA)-lesioned PC12 cells to investigate the mechanisms underlying Nur77-mediated injury. The 6-OHDA incubation caused Nur77 translocation from the nucleus to cytosol and Endoplasm reticulum (ER) and induced co-localization of Tom20/Nur77 and Protein Disulfide Isomerase (PDI)/Nur77. Nur77 activation further decreased cell viability, aggravated intracellular LDH release, intracellular Ca2+, ROS levels, apoptosis, ER tress and, mitochondrial transmembrane potential (ΔΨm) decline. In addition, Nur77 activation significantly enhanced the efficiency of autophagy as indicated by an up-regulation of Beclin-1/LC-3 and downregulation of p62, and aggravated mitochondrial dysfunctions and ER stress as shown by increased HSP60/Cytochrome C (Cyt C) and CHOP-ATF3 levels respectively. These changes could be partially reversed by Nur77 knockdown. Moreover, Nur77 activation upregulated PINK1 and downregulated Parkin levels. We conclude that Nur77 exacerbates PC12 cell death at least partially by aggravating the mitochondrial impairment and ER stress and enhancing autophagy. We propose that Nur77 is likely a critical target in the PD therapy. PMID:27679973

  9. The use of x-ray fluorescent spectroscopy to study the influence of cationic polymers on silicone oil deposition from shampoo.

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    Gruber, J V; Lamoureux, B R; Joshi, N; Moral, L

    2001-01-01

    In this study, x-ray fluorescent spectroscopy was employed, in a non-destructive way, to analyze the influence that water-soluble, cationic hydroxyethylcellulose (i.e., polyquaternium-10) has on the deposition of silicone oil (dimethicone) onto hair. Virgin brown hair tresses were washed with various model shampoos that contained emulsified dimethicone. The shampoos were modified only by the addition or absence of polyquaternium-10. The results indicate that the cationic polymers do influence silicone oil deposition onto hair during the shampooing process. In the absence of cationic polymer, the silicone oils deposit readily, but appear to show "build-up" phenomena upon repeated washings. When a cationic polymer is present in the continuous phase of the shampoo, the build-up phenomena is significantly diminished, and silicone oil deposition remains relatively constant in repeated washings. In addition, we have noted that the molecular weight of the cationic polymer can have a strong effect on silicone oil deposition. It appears that the higher the molecular weight of the polyquaternium-10, the greater the amount of silicone deposition onto the surface of the hair. To demonstrate that the analysis technique has potential applications in commercial shampoos, we examined a commercial "2-in-1" shampoo that contains dimethicone and polyquaternium-10 and found that the data for our simple model shampoos and the commercial shampoo correlated closely.

  10. Oxidative Modification in Human Hair: The Effect of the Levels of Cu (II) Ions, UV Exposure and Hair Pigmentation.

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    Grosvenor, Anita J; Marsh, Jennifer; Thomas, Ancy; Vernon, James A; Harland, Duane P; Clerens, Stefan; Dyer, Jolon M

    2016-01-01

    Protein oxidative degradation is implicated in a wide range of deleterious effects. For human hair, this oxidative damage can lead to significant observable changes in fiber physical and visual properties. A redox proteomic approach was applied to map molecular modification in human hair proteins and correlate this modification with the abundance of copper (II) ions, the levels of UV exposure and the general level of hair pigmentation. An increase in oxidative modification was observed with increasing copper (II) ion levels, regardless of the pigmentation level. Significantly, increased protein oxidative modification was also observed to occur in both lightly and darkly pigmented hair tresses even in the absence of irradiation, albeit at lower relative levels. Modification levels increased with increased copper (II) ion concentration. This new finding indicates that the level of copper (II) ions in human hair plays a key role in mediating protein oxidation, with or without exposure to UV light. Overall, these results strongly suggest that minimization of the level of copper (II) ions in human hair will mitigate and/or slow protein oxidative modification and therefore lower overall hair damage. © 2015 The American Society of Photobiology.

  11. Embolie de liquide amniotique: à propos de deux cas

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    Elbahraoui, Houda; Bouziane, Hanane; Elghanmi, Adil; Lakhdar, Amina; Elhanchi, Zaki; Ferhati, Driss

    2012-01-01

    L’embolie de liquide amniotique (ELA) est une complication imprévisible de l’accouchement, souvent fatale, associant un collapsus cardiovasculaire sévère, un syndrome de détresse respiratoire aiguë et une hémorragie avec coagulation intra vasculaire disséminée (CIVD). Dès l’évocation du diagnostic, la prise en charge doit être multidisciplinaire et intensive. ELA est responsable d’une mortalité maternelle et néonatale importante, son incidence est extrêmement variable selon les études et le taux de mortalité maternelle varie entre 26 et 86 % selon les études. Ces dix dernières années, le pronostic materno-fœtal semble en amélioration grâce aux progrès de prise en charge standardisée multidisciplinaire sur les lieux d’accouchement. Nous rapportons deux cas d’embolie de liquide amniotique. Le premier cas s’est manifesté au cours du travail et le deuxième cas est survenu dans les suites immédiates de l’accouchement. PMID:22655108

  12. Predicting the response of a temperate forest ecosystem to atmospheric CO{sub 2} increase. Final report, 1984--1995

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    Bazzaz, F.A.

    1995-12-31

    This document describes the most recent progress made in several areas of the project. Details of individual experiments in the following areas are provided: (1) the impact of soil volume on the physiological acclimation of temperate deciduous trees in elevated CO{sub 2}; (2) growth under elevated CO{sub 2}: the shape as well as the size of pots is important; (3) a survey of growth responses of temperate deciduous trees to elevated CO{sub 2}; (4) a survey of closely related birch species; (5) the response of temperate deciduous tress to CO{sub 2} in variable light and nutrients conditions; (6) elevated CO{sub 2} differentially alters the response of birch and maple seedlings to a moisture gradient; (7) population dynamics; (8) heat shock in elevated CO{sub 2}: is there a change in temperature sensitivity; (9) response of temperate deciduous trees to CO{sub 2} in variable light and nutrient conditions; (10) changes in tree community composition and their consequences to ecosystem productivity; and (11) species diversity and ecosystem response to carbon dioxide fertilization.

  13. Technology transfer by means of fault tree synthesis

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    Batzias, Dimitris F.

    2012-12-01

    Since Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) attempts to model and analyze failure processes of engineering, it forms a common technique for good industrial practice. On the contrary, fault tree synthesis (FTS) refers to the methodology of constructing complex trees either from dentritic modules built ad hoc or from fault tress already used and stored in a Knowledge Base. In both cases, technology transfer takes place in a quasi-inductive mode, from partial to holistic knowledge. In this work, an algorithmic procedure, including 9 activity steps and 3 decision nodes is developed for performing effectively this transfer when the fault under investigation occurs within one of the latter stages of an industrial procedure with several stages in series. The main parts of the algorithmic procedure are: (i) the construction of a local fault tree within the corresponding production stage, where the fault has been detected, (ii) the formation of an interface made of input faults that might occur upstream, (iii) the fuzzy (to count for uncertainty) multicriteria ranking of these faults according to their significance, and (iv) the synthesis of an extended fault tree based on the construction of part (i) and on the local fault tree of the first-ranked fault in part (iii). An implementation is presented, referring to 'uneven sealing of Al anodic film', thus proving the functionality of the developed methodology.

  14. Preliminary raptor surveys in western Mongolia

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    Ellis, D.H.; Ellis, Merlin H.; Tsengeg, Pu

    1995-01-01

    Raptors were observed on a 5200 km expedition from Ulaan Baatar through the Hangay Mountains to the Russian Altay Mountains with return through the Gobi Altay Mountains. The focus of the expedition was on nesting ecology of the Saker (Falco cherrug) and Altay falcons (F. altaicus) (25 eyries were located), but nests were also found for seven other species including more than 30 nests found of the upland buzzard (Buteo hemilasius). We conducted 21 day-long counts and 10 more formal raptor road counts. Raptors were concentrated in areas where perches were common and where food was most abundant. Western Mongolia remains a vast undeveloped land where camel trains and yak carts are normal. No developed highway network exists. Raptor work in the interior must be supported by four-wheel drive vehicles traveling cross country. Food and fuel for a research team are difficult to procure, but raptor populations are largely unexploited. Raptors frequently nest on the ground or on very low cliffs and tress, and often nest in close proximity of pairs of their own and other species. Several areas of special significance to raptors are discussed including the Taleen Ulaan (Red Steppe) areas of granite dells which we recommend for status as an international reserve.

  15. On cosmetically treated hair--aspects and pitfalls of interpretation.

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    Skopp, G; Pötsch, L; Moeller, M R

    1997-01-17

    Popular hair cosmetic treatments like bleaching or permanent waving were found to affect the stability of incorporated drugs and to cause alterations of the fibers at an ultrastructural level. This may result in a partial or complete loss of drug substances, depending on the particular drug molecule and on its concentration prior to the cosmetic treatment. Moreover, from literature, there is some evidence that drug molecules are not only incorporated into the growing fiber by passive diffusion from blood into the matrix cells and melanocytes, but that the substances enter the hair also via perspiration such as sweat and sebum. Since permed and bleached hair shows an enhanced sorption capacity, the risk of false positives or an unusually high drug concentration in cosmetically treated hair was under investigation. Virgin, permed, mildly as well as severely bleached tresses were exposed to artificial sweat or sebum containing cocaine, benzoylecgonine, 6-acetylmorphine, morphine and codeine (500 ng/g). Except codeine, the concentrations measured by GC/MS were very small and quite close to the detection limit indicating a minor importance of drug uptake into hair fiber from the endogenous-exogenous shunt via sebum or sweat. From the results it is concluded that an increased risk of false positive results in hair analysis on bleached and permanent waved hair fibers does exist, but is not particularly severe.

  16. Design of Stress-Strain Measuring System for Bulldozing Plate Based on Virtual Instrument Technology

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    Xu, S. C.; Li, J. Q.; Zhang, R.

    2006-10-01

    Soil is a kind of discrete, multiphase compound that is composed of soil particles, liquid and air. When soil is disturbed by bulldozing plate, the mechanical behavior of the soil will become very complex. Based on the law of action and reaction, the dynamic mechanical behavior of disturbed soil was indirectly analyzed by measuring and studying the forces on the bulldozing plate by soil currently, so a stress-strain virtual measuring system for bulldozing plate, which was designed by the graphical programming language DASYLab, was used to measure the horizontal force Fz acting on the bulldozing plate. In addition, during the course of design, the experimental complexities and the interferential factors influencing on signal logging were analyzed when bulldozing plate worked, so the anti-jamming methods of hardware and software technology were adopted correlatively. In the end, the horizontal force Fz was analyzed with Error Theory, the result shown that the quantificational analysis of Fz were identical to the qualitative results of soil well, and the error of the whole test system is under 5 percent, so the tress-strain virtual measuring system was stable and credible.

  17. Forest succession in the Upper Rio Negro of Colombia and Venezuela

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    Saldarriaga, J.G.; West, D.C.; Tharp, M.L.

    1986-11-01

    Woody vegetation from 23 forest stands along the Upper Rio Negro of Venezuela and Colombia was sampled in 1982 to examine the hypothesis that the Amazon forest has been largely undisturbed since the Pleistocene, to quantify vegetation development during different stages of succession following agricultural development, and to determine the time required for a successional stand to become a mature forest. The ubiquitousness of charcoal in the tierra firme forest indicated the presence of fire associated with extreme dry periods and human disturbances. Changes in species composition, vegetation structure, and woody biomass were studied on 19 abandoned farms and four mature forest stands. Living and dead biomass for the tress and their components was determined by regression equations developed from measurements of harvested trees. The rate of recovery of floristic composition, structure, and biomass following disturbance is relatively slow. Aboveground dead biomass remained high 14 years after the forest was disturbed by the agricultural practices. The lowest dead biomass is reached 20 years after abandonment, and the largest values are found in mature forests. Data analysis of 80-year-old stands showed that the species composition approached that of a mature forest. Approximately 140 to 200 years was required for an abandoned farm to attain the basal area and biomass values comparable to those of a mature forest. The results of this study indicate that recovery is five to seven times longer in the Upper Rio Negro than it is in other tropical areas in South America.

  18. L’œdème aigue post chirurgical: complication redoutable

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    Bouhabba, Najib; Bensghir, Mustapha; Fjouji, Salaheddine; Azendour, Hicham; Haimeur, Charki

    2015-01-01

    L’œdème aigu pulmonaire (OAP) post-obstructif est une complication respiratoire grave qui doit être reconnue par les anesthésistes et les réanimateurs a fin de permettre une prise en charge diagnostique et thérapeutique précoce. Nous rapportons un cas survenu chez un jeune patient en postopératoire d'une appendicectomie. Immédiatement après l'extubation le patient a développé une détresse respiratoire, une désaturation et des signes auscultatoires et radiologiques évoquant un œdème aigu du poumon. Un bilan étiologique, notamment cardiaque, est revenu normal et l’évolution était favorable dans les heures qui suivent après reintubation et traitement par diurétiques. Le diagnostic de l'OAP post-obstructif était alors retenu. A travers ce cas et une revue de la littérature, les auteurs mettent en relief cette complication redoutable nécessitant une prise en charge précoce. PMID:26140072

  19. Longitudinal Relationship between Self-efficacy and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms 8 Years after a Violent Assault: An Autoregressive Cross-Lagged Model.

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    Nygaard, Egil; Johansen, Venke A; Siqveland, Johan; Hussain, Ajmal; Heir, Trond

    2017-01-01

    Self-efficacy is assumed to promote posttraumatic adaption, and several cross-sectional studies support this notion. However, there is a lack of prospective longitudinal studies to further illuminate the temporal relationship between self-efficacy and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Thus, an important unresolved research question is whether posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms affect the level of self-efficacy or vice versa or whether they mutually influence each other. The present prospective longitudinal study investigated the reciprocal relationship between general self-efficacy (GSE) and posttraumatic stress symptoms in 143 physical assault victims. We used an autoregressive cross-lagged model across four assessment waves: within 4 months after the assault (T1) and then 3 months (T2), 12 months (T3) and 8 years (T4) after the first assessment. Stress symptoms at T1 and T2 predicted subsequent self-efficacy, while self-efficacy at T1 and T2 was not related to subsequent stress symptoms. These relationships were reversed after T3; higher levels of self-efficacy at T3 predicted lower levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms at T4, while posttraumatic tress symptoms at T3 did not predict self-efficacy at T4. In conclusion, posttraumatic stress symptoms may have a deteriorating effect on self-efficacy in the early phase after physical assault, whereas self-efficacy may promote recovery from posttraumatic stress symptoms over the long term.

  20. Longitudinal Relationship between Self-efficacy and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms 8 Years after a Violent Assault: An Autoregressive Cross-Lagged Model

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    Nygaard, Egil; Johansen, Venke A.; Siqveland, Johan; Hussain, Ajmal; Heir, Trond

    2017-01-01

    Self-efficacy is assumed to promote posttraumatic adaption, and several cross-sectional studies support this notion. However, there is a lack of prospective longitudinal studies to further illuminate the temporal relationship between self-efficacy and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Thus, an important unresolved research question is whether posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms affect the level of self-efficacy or vice versa or whether they mutually influence each other. The present prospective longitudinal study investigated the reciprocal relationship between general self-efficacy (GSE) and posttraumatic stress symptoms in 143 physical assault victims. We used an autoregressive cross-lagged model across four assessment waves: within 4 months after the assault (T1) and then 3 months (T2), 12 months (T3) and 8 years (T4) after the first assessment. Stress symptoms at T1 and T2 predicted subsequent self-efficacy, while self-efficacy at T1 and T2 was not related to subsequent stress symptoms. These relationships were reversed after T3; higher levels of self-efficacy at T3 predicted lower levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms at T4, while posttraumatic tress symptoms at T3 did not predict self-efficacy at T4. In conclusion, posttraumatic stress symptoms may have a deteriorating effect on self-efficacy in the early phase after physical assault, whereas self-efficacy may promote recovery from posttraumatic stress symptoms over the long term. PMID:28620334

  1. Steering a simulated unmanned aerial vehicle using a head-slaved camera and HMD

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    de Vries, Sjoerd C.; Padmos, Pieter

    1997-06-01

    Military use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is gaining importance. Video cameras in these devices are often operated with joysticks and their image is displayed on a CRT. In this experiment, the simulated camera of a simulated UAV was slaved to the operator's head movements and displayed using a helmet mounted display (HMD). The task involved maneuvering a UAV along a winding course marked by tress. The influence of several parameters of the set-up on a set of flight handling characteristics was assessed. To enable variation of FOV and to study the effect of the HMD optics, a simulated HMD consisting of a head slaved window, was projected on a screen. One of the FOVs, generated in this way, corresponded with the FOV of the real HMD, enabling a comparison. The results show that the simulated HMD yields a significantly better performance that the real HMD. Performance with a FOV of 17 degrees is significantly lower than with 34 or 57 degrees. An image lag of 50 ms, typical of pan-and-tilt servo motor systems, has a small but significant influence on steering accuracy. Monocular and stereoscopic presentation did not result in significant performance differences.

  2. Redox proteomic evaluation of bleaching and alkali damage in human hair.

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    Dyer, J M; Bell, F; Koehn, H; Vernon, J A; Cornellison, C D; Clerens, S; Harland, D P

    2013-12-01

    Protein modification and damage in human hair, resulting from environmental, cosmetic and grooming stresses, create changes to visual and tactile characteristics and correlates with consumer perception of quality. This study outlines molecular-level evaluation of modification resulting from peroxide (bleaching) and alkaline straightening (relaxing) treatments. Redox proteomic profiling of virgin, bleached and relaxed hair tresses was performed, with comprehensive qualitative characterization of modification and semi-quantitative evaluation of damage through adaptation of a new damage scoring system. Modifications were mapped to specific locations in the hair proteome and a range of potential damage marker peptides identified. Virgin hair contained a baseline level of modification, consistent with environmental oxidative insult during hair growth. Hydrogen peroxide bleaching resulted in significantly increased levels of oxidative damage observable at the molecular level. This treatment also resulted in enhanced levels of dehydroalanine and dehydration products; modifications typically associated with alkali or thermal treatment and not previously been reported as a product of hair bleaching. Relaxation treatment with sodium hydroxide increased the formation of dehydroalanine and dehydration products and moderately enhanced the levels of oxidation. Cysteine was the predominant modification site for both bleaching and alkali damage. This study validates the utility and power of redox proteomic-based approaches to characterizing hair modification. This offers potential application to a wide range of damage types, as well as evaluation of new damage mitigation and repair technologies. © 2013 Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the Société Française de Cosmétologie.

  3. Effects of ultra violet radiation on the soluble proteins of human hair.

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    Fedorkova, M V; Smolina, N V; Mikhalchik, E V; Balabushevich, N G; Ibragimova, G A; Gadzhigoroeva, A G; Dmitrieva, E I; Dobretsov, G E

    2014-11-01

    Exposure of hair fibers from healthy volunteers to Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR) under laboratory conditions enhanced protein elution from the hair tresses into a buffer solution (pH 10.5). At the same time the UVR decreased the intensity of tryptophan fluorescence in the eluted proteins. After mechanical homogenization of these hair samples, the increase of soluble protein was registered for UVR treated hair as well as the rise in sulfhydryl group content of these proteins. Analysis of soluble proteins from hair samples homogenized before and after protein elution has shown that mainly proteins rich in sulfhydryl groups were eluted and as a result sulfhydryl content of proteins in hair shaft decreased. The hypothesis concerning the effects of environmental factors on the properties of hair shaft proteins was examined, the proximal and distal parts of normal hair (0-5 cm and 15-20 cm from hair root) were compared. In the distal parts there was a higher quantity of soluble proteins registered after homogenization, with decreased sulfhydryl group content and tryptophan fluorescence. It could be supposed that this difference results from the steady rupture of cystine in sulfur bridges and tryptophan under exposure to environmental factors (mainly, UVR), followed by elution of the resulting peptides.

  4. Impairment of hair mechanical properties by sun exposure and bleaching treatments.

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    Nogueira, Ana Carolina Santos; Nakano, Adelino Kaoru; Joekes, Inées

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the effects of sun exposure and bleaching treatments on hair mechanical properties. Tresses of virgin dark-brown hair were initially washed with lauryl sodium sulfate solution. Sun irradiation was simulated with xenon (full radiation) or mercury-vapor (full or UVB-filtered radiation) lamps. Hair was bleached using a commercial persulfate-peroxide solution. Stress/strain data were obtained from 20 fibers of each sample using a universal test machine. Breaking elongation and breaking strength were the main parameters affected by both treatments. Reduction in the breaking strength was observed for the photo-oxidized and bleached hair (compared to untreated samples). A reduction in the breaking elongation was also observed for the photo-oxidized samples. On the other hand, an increased tendency in this parameter was observed for the bleached hair. In relation to the radiation source, similar results were achieved with much less exposure time to a xenon lamp compared to a mercury-vapor lamp. When UVB radiation was filtered, no breaking strength reduction was observed, indicating that changes in hair mechanical properties are mainly related to that range of the solar spectrum.

  5. Non-invasive evaluation of hair interior morphology by X-ray microscope.

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    Kim, Beom Joon; Kwon, Oh Sang; Park, Won Seok; Youn, Hwa Shik; Choi, Chong Won; Kim, Kyu Han; Eun, Hee Chul

    2006-11-01

    Lots of trials have been performed to obtain better microscopic images of hair structure. Although scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provide detailed images of hair, artificial processing may modify the original images during sample preparation. To overcome this limitation, we applied newly-developed X-ray microscopy with an 80-100 nm spatial resolution to produce a detailed view of the morphological change of hair interior. This X-ray microscopy permits us to penetrate a hair shaft without any artificial change and also provides precise images of hair interior with fine resolution. We evaluated the interior morphological change of Japanese standard hair tress No. 8 by various treatments such as ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, heating, hair dyeing, decolorizing bleaching agents and permanent waving. Internal morphological images were relatively similar in both heated and UV-irradiated hair. They revealed coarsening of cuticles and dehydration of cortex and medulla. When compared with TEM, X-ray microscopy provides more intact images in the cuticle and may be a useful tool in observing fine cracks of hair cortex. Additionally, X-ray images were intact and not influenced by any processing procedures. In observing the external and internal structure of hair, its resolution seems to be somewhat lesser than TEM and there are also several remaining weaknesses to be improved. Hopefully, forthcoming technology will solve these problems in the near future.

  6. Salinity Tolerance Mechanism of Economic Halophytes From Physiological to Molecular Hierarchy for Improving Food Quality

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    Xu, Chongzhi; Tang, Xiaoli; Shao, Hongbo; Wang, Hongyan

    2016-01-01

    Soil salinity is becoming the key constraints factor to agricultural production. Therefore, the plant especially the crops possessing capacities of salt tolerance will be of great economic significance. The adaptation or tolerance of plant to salinity stress involves a series of physiological, metabolic and molecular mechanisms. Halophytes are the kind of organisms which acquire special salt tolerance mechanisms to respond to the salt tress and ensure normal growth and development under saline conditions in their lengthy evolutionary adaptation, so understanding how halophytes respond to salinity stress will provide us with methods and tactics to foster and develop salt resistant varieties of crops. The strategies in physiological and molecular level adopted by halophytes are various including the changes in photosynthetic and transpiration rate, the sequestration of Na+ to extracellular or vacuole, the regulation of stomata aperture and stomatal density, the accumulation and synthesis of the phytohormones as well as the relevant gene expression underlying these physiological traits, such as the stress signal transduction, the regulation of the transcription factors, the activation and expression of the transporter genes, the activation or inhibition of the synthetases and so on. This review focuses on the research advances of the regulating mechanisms in halophytes from physiological to molecular, which render the halophytes tolerance and adaption to salinity stress. PMID:27252587

  7. Cavitation in confined water: ultra-fast bubble dynamics

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    Vincent, Olivier; Marmottant, Philippe

    2012-02-01

    In the hydraulic vessels of trees, water can be found at negative pressure. This metastable state, corresponding to mechanical tension, is achieved by evaporation through a porous medium. It can be relaxed by cavitation, i.e. the sudden nucleation of vapor bubbles. Harmful for the tree due to the subsequent emboli of sap vessels, cavitation is on the contrary used by ferns to eject spores very swiftly. We will focus here on the dynamics of the cavitation bubble, which is of primary importance to explain the previously cited natural phenomena. We use the recently developed method of artificial tress, using transparent hydrogels as the porous medium. Our experiments, on water confined in micrometric hydrogel cavities, show an extremely fast dynamics: bubbles are nucleated at the microsecond timescale. For cavities larger than 100 microns, the bubble ``rings'' with damped oscillations at MHz frequencies, whereas for smaller cavities the oscillations become overdamped. This rich dynamics can be accounted for by a model we developed, leading to a modified Rayleigh-Plesset equation. Interestingly, this model predicts the impossibility to nucleate bubbles above a critical confinement that depends on liquid negative pressure and corresponds to approximately 100 nm for 20 MPa tensions.

  8. Association atrésie de l'oesophage type 3 - microcéphalie: Un syndrome de Feingold incomplet?

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    Shongo, Mick Yapongombo; Lubala, Toni Kasole; Mbuyi, Sébastien Musanzayi; Makinko, Paul Ilunga; Ngwej, Dieudonné Tshikwej; Kabange, Felix Numbi

    2012-01-01

    L'atrésie de l'oesophage est une des malformations digestive les plus fréquentes en néonatologie. Il existe 5 types anatomiques, selon la présence et le siège de la fistule oeso-trachéale. Le diagnostic anténatal est difficile. A la naissance, le diagnostic est suspecté en salle de travail, devant l’échec du passage systématique d'une sonde digestive jusque dans l'estomac. Des trouble de la déglutition, une hyper sialorrhée, une détresse respiratoire sont ensuite retrouvés. Une fistule oeso-trachéale peut être isolée et suspectée devant des épisodes de cyanose et de dyspnée lors des tétées ou en cas de survenue d'une pneumopathie d'inhalation. Dans notre cas, nous avons observé une microcéphalie primaire. Une association microcéphalie et malformation digestive et des membres a été décrite sous le nom de syndrome de Feingold. Chez notre patient, aucune malformation des membres n'a été observée. PMID:23396887

  9. Hernie diaphragmatique post-traumatique de l’enfant: à propos d’un cas au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Pédiatrique Charles de Gaulle de Ouagadougou

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    Kabore, Rawéléguinbasba Armel Flavien; Bandre, Emile; Tapsoba, Toussaint; Ouedraogo, Isso; Traore, Ibrahim Alain; Ouedraogo, Nazinigouba; Wandaogo, Albert

    2013-01-01

    La hernie diaphragmatique post-traumatique est une urgence chirurgicale rare chez l’enfant mais pouvant mettre rapidement en jeu le pronostic vital. Les auteurs rapportent le cas d’un garçon de 04 ans admis aux urgences pour douleur abdominale suite à une contusion thoraco-abdominale par accident de la voie publique. Le bilan radiologique initial a consisté en une échographie abdominale qui a révélé un hémopéritoine de petite abondance sans lésion focale. Douze heures après son admission, le patient a présenté une détresse respiratoire avec tableau clinique de pneumothorax gauche qui a nécessité une exsufflation en urgence. Le diagnostic de hernie diaphragmatique gauche a été posé à la radiographie du thorax réalisée après la ponction. L’enfant a bénéficié d’une cure chirurgicale. L’évolution a été favorable. La hernie diaphragmatique post traumatique, bien que rare chez l’enfant, devrait être systématiquement recherchée par une radiographie thoracique ou un scanner thoraco-abdominal devant tout traumatisme abdominal avec hyper pression. Son traitement est chirurgical. PMID:24672626

  10. Biomass Estimates for Five Western States.

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    Howard, James O.

    1990-10-01

    The purpose of this report is to describe the woody biomass resource within US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest and Alaska Regional Biomass Program, comprised of southeast Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. In addition to the regional forest biomass assessment, information will be presented for logging residue, which represents current energy conversion opportunities. The information presented in the report is based on data and relationships already published. Regionally applicable biomass equations are generally not available for species occurring in the west. Because of this, a number of assumptions were made to develop whole-tree biomass tables. These assumptions are required to link algorithms from biomass studies to regional timber inventory data published by the Forest Inventory and Analysis Research Units (FIA), of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain Research Stations, US Forest Service. These sources and assumptions will be identified later in this report. Tabular biomass data will be presented for 11 resource areas, identified in the FS inventory publications. This report does not include information for the vast area encompassing interior Alaska. Total tress biomass as defined in the report refers to the above ground weight of a tree above a 1.0 foot stump, and exclusive of foliage. A glossary is included that defines specific terms as used in the report. Inventory terminology is derived from forest inventory reports from Forest Inventory and Analysis units at the Intermountain and Pacific Northwest Research Stations. 39 refs., 15 figs., 23 tabs.

  11. Sediment chemical contamination of a shallow water area close to the industrial zone of Porto Marghera (Venice Lagoon, Italy).

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    Zonta, Roberto; Botter, Margherita; Cassin, Daniele; Pini, Roberto; Scattolin, Mario; Zaggia, Luca

    2007-01-01

    The industrial zone of Porto Marghera is one the most important "contaminated sites of national interest" (SIN) in Italy, being identified as an area of high environmental risk. The site includes a wide shallow water area of the Venice Lagoon extending toward the city of Venice, which was investigated in order to acquire information on the pollutant level and distribution. Grain-size, heavy metal, nutrient, and organic micropollutant concentrations were determined in the surface sediment layers (0-5 and 5-10 cm depths) of 51 sites. A generally low contamination was found, except for Hg concentration, which increases the toxicological risk in most of the sites of the area, according to the results of a comparison with Sediment Quality Guidelines. A heavy pollution fingerprint (Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb, and Zn up to 15.2, 257, 11.9, 248, and 3010 mg/kg d.w., respectively) was instead found near the Tresse Island, which is ascribed to the spill of pollutants from the contaminated sediment disposed therein. Grain-size and heavy metal profiles down to a depth of 40 cm in eight selected sites, finally show a probable decrease of the pollution affecting the area in recent years.

  12. Adapting coastal structures to a moving relative sea level: Roman Time geoarchaeological evidence from Posillipo promontory (Naples, Italy).

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    Aucelli, Pietro; Cinque, Aldo; Giordano, Francesco; Mattei, Gaia; Pappone, Gerardo; Rizzo, Angela

    2016-04-01

    The Posillipo promontory belongs to the southern periphery the active volcanic complex called Campi Flegrei. Especially the central caldera of CF is well known for offering a rich geoarchaeological record of the vertical ground movements it has been suffering since Roman times; which includes the ruins of Portus Julius (built in 37 BC) presently found between 10 and 5 m bsl and the Middle Ages Lithophaga perforations at about 7m asl on the marble columns of the Serapeo building (Morhange, 2006 and references therein). In order to better constraint the vertical movements suffered by the Posillipo promontory during the last two millennia, we selected three geoarcaeolgical coastal sites (Nisida Roman port, Marechiaro Roman port and Villa Robery) and we studied them by means of both geomorphological observations and geophysical surveys (Side Scan Sonar and Single Beam echo-sounder). Within the submerged Roman port of Nisida, built in the 1st AD, we found two pilae of the ancient pier. The submersion measuring of the well-preserved one provided a palaeo-sea level at 3.1±0.30 m bsl. In the submerged Roman port of Marechiaro, we recognized a still preserved breakwater connected to the tuffaceous sea cliff, and submerged foundations of a 1st century small sea-side villa. Nearby there is also a two-storeyed Roman building (Palazzo degli Spiriti), built in the 1st cent. BC and later restructured to adapt to a phase of subsidence (Gunther 1908). From our submersion measurements, two different paleo-sea levels can be deduced: one for the 1st cent. BC at -4.4 + -0.50 m and another for the 1st cent. AD at -3 + - 0.30 m. Finally, in front of the modern Villa Rosebery the sea bottom shows a sub-horizontal element at -3m to -3.5m bsl, emerged during the 1st BC century. In fact, at least three houses were erected there during said century (Gunther, 1908). As the area was very little elevated, an alignment of pilae was also constructed to protect those houses from the breakers. By

  13. PREFACE: First International Congress of the International Association of Inverse Problems (IPIA): Applied Inverse Problems 2007: Theoretical and Computational Aspects

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    Uhlmann, Gunther

    2008-07-01

    This volume represents the proceedings of the fourth Applied Inverse Problems (AIP) international conference and the first congress of the Inverse Problems International Association (IPIA) which was held in Vancouver, Canada, June 25 29, 2007. The organizing committee was formed by Uri Ascher, University of British Columbia, Richard Froese, University of British Columbia, Gary Margrave, University of Calgary, and Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington, chair. The conference was part of the activities of the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Collaborative Research Group on inverse problems (http://www.pims.math.ca/scientific/collaborative-research-groups/past-crgs). This event was also supported by grants from NSF and MITACS. Inverse Problems (IP) are problems where causes for a desired or an observed effect are to be determined. They lie at the heart of scientific inquiry and technological development. The enormous increase in computing power and the development of powerful algorithms have made it possible to apply the techniques of IP to real-world problems of growing complexity. Applications include a number of medical as well as other imaging techniques, location of oil and mineral deposits in the earth's substructure, creation of astrophysical images from telescope data, finding cracks and interfaces within materials, shape optimization, model identification in growth processes and, more recently, modelling in the life sciences. The series of Applied Inverse Problems (AIP) Conferences aims to provide a primary international forum for academic and industrial researchers working on all aspects of inverse problems, such as mathematical modelling, functional analytic methods, computational approaches, numerical algorithms etc. The steering committee of the AIP conferences consists of Heinz Engl (Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria), Joyce McLaughlin (RPI, USA), William Rundell (Texas A&M, USA), Erkki Somersalo (Helsinki University of Technology

  14. Photoconductivity in reactively evaporated copper indium selenide thin films

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    Urmila, K. S. Asokan, T. Namitha Pradeep, B.; Jacob, Rajani; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2014-01-28

    Copper indium selenide thin films of composition CuInSe{sub 2} with thickness of the order of 130 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 423 ±5 K and pressure of 10{sup −5} mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%), Indium (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies shows that the films are polycrystalline in nature having preferred orientation of grains along the (112) plane. The structural type of the film is found to be tetragonal with particle size of the order of 32 nm. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are also evaluated. The surface morphology of CuInSe{sub 2} films are studied using 2D and 3D atomic force microscopy to estimate the grain size and surface roughness respectively. Analysis of the absorption spectrum of the film recorded using UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 2500 nm to cutoff revealed that the film possess a direct allowed transition with a band gap of 1.05 eV and a high value of absorption coefficient (α) of 10{sup 6} cm{sup −1} at 570 nm. Photoconductivity at room temperature is measured after illuminating the film with an FSH lamp (82 V, 300 W). Optical absorption studies in conjunction with the good photoconductivity of the prepared p-type CuInSe{sub 2} thin films indicate its suitability in photovoltaic applications.

  15. Influence of magnesium sulfate on HCO3/Cl transmembrane exchange rate in human erythrocytes.

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    Chernyshova, Ekaterina S; Zaikina, Yulia S; Tsvetovskaya, Galina A; Strokotov, Dmitry I; Yurkin, Maxim A; Serebrennikova, Elena S; Volkov, Leonid; Maltsev, Valeri P; Chernyshev, Andrei V

    2016-03-21

    Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is widely used in medicine but molecular mechanisms of its protection through influence on erythrocytes are not fully understood and are considerably controversial. Using scanning flow cytometry, in this work for the first time we observed experimentally (both in situ and in vitro) a significant increase of HCO3(-)/Cl(-) transmembrane exchange rate of human erythrocytes in the presence of MgSO4 in blood. For a quantitative analysis of the obtained experimental data, we introduced and verified a molecular kinetic model, which describes activation of major anion exchanger Band 3 (or AE1) by its complexation with free intracellular Mg(2+) (taking into account Mg(2+) membrane transport and intracellular buffering). Fitting the model to our in vitro experimental data, we observed a good correspondence between theoretical and experimental kinetic curves that allowed us to evaluate the model parameters and to estimate for the first time the association constant of Mg(2+) with Band 3 as KB~0.07mM, which is in agreement with known values of the apparent Mg(2+) dissociation constant (from 0.01 to 0.1mM) that reflects experiments on enrichment of Mg(2+) at the inner erythrocyte membrane (Gunther, 2007). Results of this work partly clarify the molecular mechanisms of MgSO4 action in human erythrocytes. The method developed allows one to estimate quantitatively a perspective of MgSO4 treatment for a patient. It should be particularly helpful in prenatal medicine for early detection of pathologies associated with the risk of fetal hypoxia.

  16. Photoconductivity in reactively evaporated copper indium selenide thin films

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    Urmila, K. S.; Asokan, T. Namitha; Pradeep, B.; Jacob, Rajani; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2014-01-01

    Copper indium selenide thin films of composition CuInSe2 with thickness of the order of 130 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 423 ±5 K and pressure of 10-5 mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%), Indium (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies shows that the films are polycrystalline in nature having preferred orientation of grains along the (112) plane. The structural type of the film is found to be tetragonal with particle size of the order of 32 nm. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are also evaluated. The surface morphology of CuInSe2 films are studied using 2D and 3D atomic force microscopy to estimate the grain size and surface roughness respectively. Analysis of the absorption spectrum of the film recorded using UV-Vis-NIR Spectrophotometer in the wavelength range from 2500 nm to cutoff revealed that the film possess a direct allowed transition with a band gap of 1.05 eV and a high value of absorption coefficient (α) of 106 cm-1 at 570 nm. Photoconductivity at room temperature is measured after illuminating the film with an FSH lamp (82 V, 300 W). Optical absorption studies in conjunction with the good photoconductivity of the prepared p-type CuInSe2 thin films indicate its suitability in photovoltaic applications.

  17. Respiratory-Induced Haemodynamic Changes: A Contributing Factor to IVC Filter Penetration.

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    Laborda, Alicia; Kuo, William T; Ioakeim, Ignatios; De Blas, Ignacio; Malvè, Mauro; Lahuerta, Celia; De Gregorio, Miguel A

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of the study is to evaluate the influence of respiratory-induced vena caval hemodynamic changes on filter migration/penetration. After placement of either a Gunther Tulip or Celect IVC filter, 101 consecutive patients scheduled for filter retrieval were prospectively enrolled in this study. Pre-retrieval CT scans were used to assess filter complications and to calculate cross-sectional area in three locations: at level of filter strut fixation, 3 cm above and 3 cm below. A 3D finite element simulation was constructed on these data and direct IVC pressure was recorded during filter retrieval. Cross-sectional areas and pressures of the vena cava were measured during neutral breathing and in Valsalva maneuver and identified filter complications were recorded. A statistical analysis of these variables was then performed. During Valsalva maneuvers, a 60 % decrease of the IVC cross-sectional area and a fivefold increase in the IVC pressure were identified (p < 0.001). There was a statistically significant difference in the reduction of the cross-sectional area at the filter strut level (p < 0.001) in patient with filter penetration. Difficulty in filter retrieval was higher in penetrated or tilted filters (p < 0.001; p = 0.005). 3D computational models showed significant IVC deformation around the filter during Valsalva maneuver. Caval morphology and hemodynamics are clearly affected by Valsalva maneuvers. A physiological reduction of IVC cross-sectional area is associated with higher risk of filter penetration, despite short dwell times. Physiologic data should be used to improve future filter designs to remain safely implanted over longer dwell times.

  18. Water loss and nitrogen excretion in sharp-nosed reed frogs (Hyperolius nasutus: anura, Hyperoliidae).

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    Withers, P C; Hillman, S S; Drewes, R C; Sokol, O M

    1982-04-01

    Sharp-nosed African reed frogs, Hyperolius nasutus Gunther, are small (0.4 g) hyperoliids which have minimal rates of evaporative water loss (4.5 mg g-1 h-1; 0.3 mg cm-2 h-1) that are only 1/10 to 1/20 that of a typical frog, Hylaregilla, of comparable size (171 mg g-1 h-1, 4.8 mg cm-2 h-1). The surface-area-specific resistance to water flux of H. nasutus dorsal skin (96-257 sec cm-1) is similar to that of other 'waterproof' frogs (300-400), of cocooned frogs (40-500), and of desert reptiles (200-1400). However, H. nasutus can greatly increase the rate of evaporative water loss during radiative heat stress by mucous gland discharge, and by exposing the ventral skin. Urea is the principal nitrogenous waste product of H. nasutus and uric acid comprises less than 1% of the total nitrogen excretion for both H. nasutus and H. regilla. Other 'waterproof' frogs, in contrast, are uricotelic. Lethal dehydration requires less than two weeks in H. nasutus, despite its low surface-area-specific rate of water loss, because of its small size and concomitantly high surface-to-volume ratio. The rate of urea accumulation during dehydration was 23 mM g-1 day-1, which is sufficiently low that urea accumulation would not be lethal before the frog had succumbed to dehydrational death. Consequently, there appears to be little or no selective advantage for uricotely in small 'waterproof' frogs, such as H. nasutus.

  19. Online Standard Additions Technique for La-ICP-MS Using a Desolvating Nebulizer System

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    Roy, J.; Asogan, D.; Moody, S.; Clarke, D.

    2014-12-01

    Historically, quantification with laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) has been limited to the ability to matrix match both standards and samples. This can prove problematic when a particular matrix matched standard is not readily available. Liquid standard addition has been shown1-4 as an alternative technique for quantification that does not require matrix matching; however, further fundamental study is needed especially considering the different mass flow rates delivered to the plasma from traditional pneumatic nebulizers and laser ablation itself. In this work, the authors combine a specialized low-flow desolvating nebulizer system with LA-ICP-MS. This nebulizer system efficiently removes water vapour, thereby significantly reducing oxide based mass spectral interferences. For the instrument setup, the output from the laser is combined with the dried aerosol from the nebulizer system prior to entering the ICP-MS source. By using two sources of dry aerosol, mixing efficiency is improved whilst minimising plasma power lost to solvent (water vapour) processing. The method was applied to both USGS Green River Shale and an Arkansas Womble Shale. The results showed a number of elements that were correctly quantified using the technique as compared to reference values. References Gunther, D., Cousin, H., Magyar, B., Leopold, I., J. Anal. Atom. Spectrom., 1997, 12, 165 - 170. Leach, J.J., Allen, L. A., Aeschliman, D.B., Houk, R.S., Anal. Chem., 1999, 71, 440 - 445. O'Conner, C.J.P., Sharp, B.L, Evans, P.J., Anal. Atom. Spectrom., 2006, 21, 556. Yang, C.K., Chi, P.H., Lin, Y.C., Sun, Y.C., Yang, M.H., Talanta, 2010, 80, 1222 - 1227.

  20. Proceedings of the Second All-USGS Modeling Conference, February 11-14, 2008: Painting the Big Picture

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    Brady, Shailaja R.

    2009-01-01

    The Second USGS Modeling Conference was held February 11-14, 2008, in Orange Beach, Ala. Participants at the conference came from all U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) regions and represented all four science discipline - Biology, Geography, Geology, and Water. Representatives from other Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies and partners from the academic community also participated. The conference, which was focused on 'painting the big picture', emphasized the following themes: Integrated Landscape Monitoring, Global Climate Change, Ecosystem Modeling, and Hazards and Risks. The conference centered on providing a forum for modelers to meet, exchange information on current approaches, identify specific opportunities to share existing models and develop more linked and integrated models to address complex science questions, and increase collaboration across disciplines and with other organizations. Abstracts for the 31 oral presentations and more than 60 posters presented at the conference are included here. The conference also featured a field trip to review scientific modeling issues along the Gulf of Mexico. The field trip included visits to Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. On behalf of all the participants of the Second All-USGS Modeling Conference, the conference organizing committee expresses our sincere appreciation for the support of field trip oganizers and leaders, including the managers from the various Reserves and Refuges. The organizing committee for the conference included Jenifer Bracewell, Sally Brady, Jacoby Carter, Thomas Casadevall, Linda Gundersen, Tom Gunther, Heather Henkel, Lauren Hay, Pat Jellison, K. Bruce Jones, Kenneth Odom, and Mark Wildhaber.

  1. Susceptibility of a number of Australian freshwater fishes to dwarf gourami iridovirus (Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus).

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    Rimmer, A E; Whittington, R J; Tweedie, A; Becker, J A

    2017-03-01

    Megalocytiviruses cause high mortality diseases that have seriously impacted aquaculture, with the most frequent outbreaks occurring in East and South-East Asia. The international trade of juvenile fish for food and ornamental aquaculture has aided the spread of these viruses, which have spread to Europe and Australia and other regions. Australian freshwater fishes were examined for susceptibility to infection with the exotic megalocytivirus, dwarf gourami iridovirus (DGIV), which belongs to a group with the type species, Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV). Fish were held at 23 ± 1 °C and challenged by intraperitoneal (IP) injection or by cohabitation with Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii (Mitchell) infected with DGIV. A species was deemed to be susceptible to DGIV based on evidence of viral replication, as determined by qPCR, and megalocytic inclusion bodies observed histologically. Horizontal transmission occurred between infected Murray cod and golden perch, Macquaria ambigua (Richardson), Macquarie perch, Macquaria australasica (Cuvier) and Murray cod. This indicated that DGIV shed from infected fish held at 23 °C can survive in fresh water and subsequently infect these naïve fish. Further, DGIV administered IP was highly pathogenic to golden perch, Macquarie perch and Murray cod. Compared to these species, the susceptibility of southern pygmy perch, Nannoperca australis (Gunther) was lower. Freshwater catfish (dewfish), Tandanus tandanus (Mitchell), were not susceptible under the experimental conditions based on the absence of clinical disease, mortality and virus replication. This study showed the potential risks associated with naïve and DGIV-infected fish sharing a common water source.

  2. Respiratory-Induced Haemodynamic Changes: A Contributing Factor to IVC Filter Penetration

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    Laborda, Alicia; Kuo, William T.; Ioakeim, Ignatios; De Blas, Ignacio; Malvè, Mauro; Lahuerta, Celia De Gregorio, Miguel A.

    2015-10-15

    PurposeThe purpose of the study is to evaluate the influence of respiratory-induced vena caval hemodynamic changes on filter migration/penetration.Materials and MethodsAfter placement of either a Gunther Tulip or Celect IVC filter, 101 consecutive patients scheduled for filter retrieval were prospectively enrolled in this study. Pre-retrieval CT scans were used to assess filter complications and to calculate cross-sectional area in three locations: at level of filter strut fixation, 3 cm above and 3 cm below. A 3D finite element simulation was constructed on these data and direct IVC pressure was recorded during filter retrieval. Cross-sectional areas and pressures of the vena cava were measured during neutral breathing and in Valsalva maneuver and identified filter complications were recorded. A statistical analysis of these variables was then performed.ResultsDuring Valsalva maneuvers, a 60 % decrease of the IVC cross-sectional area and a fivefold increase in the IVC pressure were identified (p < 0.001). There was a statistically significant difference in the reduction of the cross-sectional area at the filter strut level (p < 0.001) in patient with filter penetration. Difficulty in filter retrieval was higher in penetrated or tilted filters (p < 0.001; p = 0.005). 3D computational models showed significant IVC deformation around the filter during Valsalva maneuver.ConclusionCaval morphology and hemodynamics are clearly affected by Valsalva maneuvers. A physiological reduction of IVC cross-sectional area is associated with higher risk of filter penetration, despite short dwell times. Physiologic data should be used to improve future filter designs to remain safely implanted over longer dwell times.

  3. Reliability of algorithmic somatic copy number alteration detection from targeted capture data.

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    Rieber, Nora; Bohnert, Regina; Ziehm, Ulrike; Jansen, Gunther

    2017-09-15

    Whole exome and gene panel sequencing are increasingly used for oncological diagnostics. To investigate the accuracy of SCNA detection algorithms on simulated and clinical tumor samples, the precision and sensitivity of four SCNA callers were measured using 50 simulated whole exome and 50 simulated targeted gene panel datasets, and using 119 TCGA tumor samples for which SNP array data were available. On synthetic exome and panel data, VarScan2 mostly called false positives, whereas Control-FREEC was precise (>90% correct calls) at the cost of low sensitivity (<40% detected). ONCOCNV was slightly less precise on gene panel data, with similarly low sensitivity. This could be explained by low sensitivity for amplifications and high precision for deletions. Surprisingly, these results were not strongly affected by moderate tumor impurities; only contaminations with more than 60% non-cancerous cells resulted in strongly declining precision and sensitivity. On the 119 clinical samples, both Control-FREEC and CNVkit called 71.8% and 94%, respectively, of the SCNAs found by the SNP arrays, but with a considerable amount of false positives (precision 29% and 4.9%). Whole exome and targeted gene panel methods by design limit the precision of SCNA callers, making them prone to false positives. SCNA calls cannot easily be integrated in clinical pipelines that use data from targeted capture-based sequencing. If used at all, they need to be cross-validated using orthogonal methods. Scripts are provided as supplementary information. gunther.jansen@molecularhealth.com. Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

  4. Supplement Analysis for the Watershed Management Program EIS--Tapteal Bend Riparian Corridor Restoration Project

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    2004-08-11

    The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the restoration of approximately 500 feet of streambank along the Yakima River at river mile 8, upstream of the Van Giesen Bridge on SR 224, in and between Richland and West Richland, Washington. This project will also result in the acquisition of Fox Island, a 12-acre island directly across the river from the restoration area. There is no development planned for the island. The proposed project includes: The installation of a bio-engineered streambank that incorporates barbs to capture silt and deflect flow, roughened rock or log toes, a riparian buffer, soil reinforcement, and bank grading. Long-term photo-point and plot sampling will also be implemented to evaluate the effectiveness and success of the restoration project. The NEPA compliance checklist for this project was completed by Darrel Sunday, a contractor with Sunday and Associates, Inc. (April 4, 2004), and meets the standards and guidelines for the Watershed Management Program Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). The Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species that may occur in the general vicinity of the project area are the pygmy rabbit, bald eagle, bull trout, Ute ladies'-tresses, and mid-Columbia Steelhead. The pygmy rabbit, bald eagle, and Ute ladies'Tresses are not known to occur in the immediate project vicinity, and it was determined that the proposed restoration project would have no effect on these species. It is difficult to determine if bull trout occur within the Tapteal project area and Dave Carl of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife was contacted and concurred with this assumption. It was determined that the project may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect bull trout, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has concurred with that determination (July 28, 2004). For the mid-Columbia Steelhead, an anadromous fish species, BPA has determined that if conducted in accordance with the

  5. Supplement Analysis for the Watershed Management Program EIS --Idaho Model Watershed Habitat Projects - Pahsimeroi Fence Crossing

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    N /A

    2004-08-11

    The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to fund the installation of a fenced stream crossing over the Pahsimeroi River to enhance a livestock riparian enclosure. This structure would include up to four wood fence posts and two deadman anchors buried in the ground. The goal of this project is to enhance salmon and steelhead rearing and migration habitat by preventing livestock from entering the riparian area via the river. The NEPA compliance checklist for this project was completed by Carl Rudeen with the Custer Soil and Water Conservation District (August 4, 2004) and meets the standards and guidelines for the Watershed Management Program Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD). The Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species that may occur in the general vicinity of the project area are gray wolf, Canada lynx, bald eagle, Ute ladies'Tresses, Snake River chinook salmon, Snake River steelhead trout, and Columbia River Basin bull trout. It was determined that the proposed fence crossing construction project would have no effect on these species. Bald eagle, gray wolf and Canada lynx are not known to occur in the immediate project vicinity. Since the site is used primarily as livestock pasture it does not lend itself to the presence of Ute ladies'Tresses. ESA listed fish may be present in the project vicinity but will not be affected because the project does not involve instream work. Soil disturbance will be limited to the livestock pasture and to two holes that will be used to bury anchors for the suspended portion of the fence. Required river crossings will be made on foot. Requirements associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act were handled by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with staff from the U.S. Forest Service (Boise National Forest), under their existing Programmatic Agreement with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). A description of the Pahsimeroi

  6. Reconstruction of Benguela Current Ocean Productivity and West African Vegetation During Oxygen Isotope Stages 100 and 101.

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    Maslin, M.; Denison, S.; Ettwein, V.; Boot, C.; Pancost, R.; Evershed, R.; Platzman, E.; Murray, R.; Rosell-Mele, A.

    2002-12-01

    The Intensification of the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation (3.2 to 2.5 Ma) is a key climatic transition in Earth History. Deep-sea sediments recovered from ODP Leg 175 Site 1083 cover this important time period. Site 1083 has the advantage that it monitors both changes in the Benguela Current Upwelling system as well as the adjacent African continent. In this study we have focused on the interglacial (OIS 101) and glacial (OIS 100) periods that make up the final intensification step in this climatic transition. With a resolution of approximately 1 ka, we have reconstructed the following climatic parameters: Global ice volume (benthic foraminifera oxygen isotopes), wind strength and land aridity (HIRM, MS, Al/Ti ratios), upwelling intensity (UK37'-SSTs), surface water productivity (TOC, Chaetoceros resting spores, alkenone abundance, pigments, Ba), surface water nutrient availability (organic nitrogen isotopes), nutrient source (diatom species abundance), and land vegetation type (n-alkane abundance and carbon isotopes). Two conclusions have been drawn from this unique data set: 1. Surface water productivity peaks during glaciation, but is in fact lower during the full glacial than the previous interglacial. It is suggested that this is caused by the antagonistic effects of upwelling intensity and nutrient supply to this area. 2. The carbon isotopic record of n-alkanes, which monitors the relative abundance of C3 (tress and higher plants) vs C4 (tropical grasses) plants, clearly shows that the vegetation of South West Africa during this time period co-varies with precession and is independent of glacial-interglacial cycles. We suggest that this is due to the strong influence of precession on the penetration of the ITCZ-driven North-Central African monsoons (and resultant moisture availability) into the Congo Basin and the rest of SW Africa.

  7. Bisdemethoxycurcumin-induced S phase arrest through the inhibition of cyclin A and E and induction of apoptosis via endoplasmic reticulum stress and mitochondria-dependent pathways in human lung cancer NCI H460 cells.

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    Yang, Su-Tso; Huang, An-Cheng; Tang, Nou-Ying; Liu, Hsin-Chung; Liao, Ching-Lung; Ji, Bin-Chuan; Chou, Yu-Cheng; Yang, Mei-Due; Lu, Hsu-Feng; Chung, Jing-Gung

    2016-12-01

    Curcuminoids are the major natural phenolic compounds found in the rhizome of many Curcuma species. Curcuminoids consist of a mixture of curcumin, demethoxycurcumin (DMC), and bisdemethoxycurcumin (BDMC). Although numerous studies have shown that curcumin induced cell apoptosis in many human cancer cells, however, mechanisms of BDMC-inhibited cell growth and -induced apoptosis in human lung cancer cells still remain unclear. Herein, we investigated the effect of BDMC on the cell death via the cell cycle arrest and induction of apoptosis in NCI H460 human lung cancer cells. Flow cytometry assay was used to measure viable cells, cell cycle distribution, the productions of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and Ca(2+) , mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm ) and caspase-3, -8 and -9 activity. DNA damage and condension were assayed by Comet assay and DAPI staining, respectively. Western blotting was used to measure the changes of cell cycle and apoptosis associated protein expressions. Results indicated that BDMC significantly induced cell death through induced S phase arrest and induced apoptosis. Moreover, DMC induced DNA damage and condension, increased ROS and Ca(2+) productions and decreased the levels of ΔΨm and promoted activities caspase-3, -8, and -9. Western blotting results showed that BDMC inhibited Cdc25A, cyclin A and E for causing S phase arrest, furthermore, promoted the expression of AIF, Endo G and PARP and the levels of Fas ligand (Fas L) and Fas were also up-regulated. Results also indicated that BDMC increased ER stress associated protein expression such as GRP78, GADD153, IRE1α, IRE1β, ATF-6α, ATF-6β, and caspase-4. Taken together, we suggest that BDMC induced cell apoptosis through multiple signal pathways such as extrinsic, intrinsic and ES tress pathway. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Environ Toxicol 31: 1899-1908, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Visible injury and nitrogen metabolism of rice leaves under ozone stress, and effect on sugar and protein contents in grain

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    Huang, Y. Z.; Sui, L. H.; Wang, W.; Geng, C. M.; Yin, B. H.

    2012-12-01

    Effect of ozone on the visible injury, nitrogen metabolism of rice leaves, and sugar and protein contents in rice grain was carried out by the open-top chamber. The results indicated that ozone stress caused obvious injury in rice leaves. The increase in ozone concentration had significant influence on the nitrate reductase activity in rice leaves. At the ozone concentration of 40, 80 and 120 nL L-1, the nitrate reductase activities in rice leaves in the tillering stage, the jointing stage, the heading stage and milk stage were separately reduced by 25.3-86.3%, 57.4-97.8%, 91.0-99.3% and 89.5-96.7% compared with those in the control treatment. As ozone concentration increased, the contents of ammonium nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen in rice leaves were obviously reduced. Ozone stress also had an influence on the contents of sugar and protein in rice grain. The stress of high ozone concentration (120 nL L-1) caused the starch content in grain to reduce by 15.8% than that in the control treatment, but total soluble sugars in grain was actually enhanced by 47.5% compared to that in the control treatment. The contents of albumin and glutenin in rice grain increased with increasing the ozone concentration, and prolamin and crude protein contents in rice grain increased only at the higher ozone concentration. Under ozone concentration of 120 nL L-1, the contents of albumin, glutenin and crude protein in rice grain were increased respectively by 23.1%, 21.0% and 21.1% compared with those in the control treatment. The result suggested that ozone tress has an influence on nitrogen metabolism of rice leaves and grain quality.

  9. Effects of dietary chlorogenic acid on growth performance, antioxidant capacity of white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei under normal condition and combined stress of low-salinity and nitrite.

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    Wang, Yun; Li, Zheng; Li, Jian; Duan, Ya-Fei; Niu, Jin; Wang, Jun; Huang, Zhong; Lin, Hei-Zhao

    2015-04-01

    An eight-week feeding trial followed by an acute combined stress test of low-salinity and nitrite were performed to evaluate effects of chlorogenic acid (CGA) on growth performance and antioxidant capacity of white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Shrimp were randomly allocated in 12 tanks (30 shrimp per tank) and triplicate tanks were fed with a control diet or diets containing different levels of CGA (100, 200 and 400 mg kg(-1) feed) as treatment groups. Growth performance including weight gain (WG), biomass gain (BG), feed conversion ratio (FCR), and feed intake were determined after feeding for 56 days. Antioxidant capacity were evaluated by determining the activity of total antioxidant status (TAS), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), catalase (CAT) as well as the gene expression of GSH-Px and CAT in the hepatopancreas of shrimp at the end of feeding trial and again at the end of the combined stress test. The results indicated that supplemention of CGA had no significant effects on the growth performance and the activities of TAS, SOD, GSH-Px and CAT in hepatopancreas of shrimp cultured under normal conditions for 56 days. However, compared with the control group, CGA (200, 400 mg kg(-1) feed) significantly improved the resistance of L. vannamei against the combined stress of low-salinity and nitrite, as indicated by the significant (P < 0.05) higher survival, higher activities of TAS, GSH-Px and CAT, as well as higher transcript levels of GPx and CAT gene in shrimp treated with CGA in the combined tress test. Our findings suggested that CGA possessed dual-modulatory effects on antioxidant capacity of L. vannamei and could be a potential feed additive that can enhance shrimp resistance against environmental stresses. The recommended application dosage is 200 mg kg(-1) and further studies are needed to clarify the action model of CGA efficiency.

  10. Species distribution modelling for conservation of an endangered endemic orchid.

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    Wang, Hsiao-Hsuan; Wonkka, Carissa L; Treglia, Michael L; Grant, William E; Smeins, Fred E; Rogers, William E

    2015-04-21

    Concerns regarding the long-term viability of threatened and endangered plant species are increasingly warranted given the potential impacts of climate change and habitat fragmentation on unstable and isolated populations. Orchidaceae is the largest and most diverse family of flowering plants, but it is currently facing unprecedented risks of extinction. Despite substantial conservation emphasis on rare orchids, populations continue to decline. Spiranthes parksii (Navasota ladies' tresses) is a federally and state-listed endangered terrestrial orchid endemic to central Texas. Hence, we aimed to identify potential factors influencing the distribution of the species, quantify the relative importance of each factor and determine suitable habitat for future surveys and targeted conservation efforts. We analysed several geo-referenced variables describing climatic conditions and landscape features to identify potential factors influencing the likelihood of occurrence of S. parksii using boosted regression trees. Our model classified 97 % of the cells correctly with regard to species presence and absence, and indicated that probability of existence was correlated with climatic conditions and landscape features. The most influential variables were mean annual precipitation, mean elevation, mean annual minimum temperature and mean annual maximum temperature. The most likely suitable range for S. parksii was the eastern portions of Leon and Madison Counties, the southern portion of Brazos County, a portion of northern Grimes County and along the borders between Burleson and Washington Counties. Our model can assist in the development of an integrated conservation strategy through: (i) focussing future survey and research efforts on areas with a high likelihood of occurrence, (ii) aiding in selection of areas for conservation and restoration and (iii) framing future research questions including those necessary for predicting responses to climate change. Our model could also

  11. Using Global Sensitivity Analysis to Understand the Implications of Epistemic Uncertainty in Earth Systems Modelling

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    Wagener, T.; Pianosi, F.; Almeida, S.; Holcombe, E.

    2016-12-01

    We can define epistemic uncertainty as those uncertainties that are not well determined by historical observations. This lack of determination can be because the future is not like the past, because the historical data is unreliable (imperfectly recorded from proxies or missing), or because it is scarce (either because measurements are not available at the right scale or there is simply no observation or network available). This kind of uncertainty is typical for earth system modelling, but our approaches to address it are poorly developed. Because epistemic uncertainties cannot easily be characterised by probability distributions, traditional uncertainty analysis techniques based on Monte Carlo simulation and forward propagation of uncertainty are not adequate. Global Sensitivity Analysis (GSA) can provide an alternative approach where, rather than quantifying the impact of poorly defined or even unknown uncertainties on model predictions, one can investigate at what level such uncertainties would start to matter and whether this level is likely to be reached within the relevant time period analysed. The underlying objective of GSA in this case lies in mapping the uncertain input factors onto critical regions of the model output, e.g. when the output exceeds a certain thresholds. Methods to implement this mapping step have so far received less attention and significant improvement is needed. We will present an example from landslide modelling - a field where observations are scarce, sub-surface characteristics are poorly constrained, and potential future rainfall triggers can be highly uncertain due to climate change. We demonstrate an approach that combines GSA and advanced Classification and Regression Tress (CART) to understand the risk of slope failure for an application in the Caribbean. We close with a discussion of opportunities for further methodological advancement.

  12. Pratique de l’analgésie péridurale auprès de 20 parturientes au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sylvanus Olympio de Lomé (Togo)

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    Egbohou, Pilakimwé; Mouzou, Tabana; Sama, Hamza Doles; Tchétike, Pikabalo; Assénouwé, Sarakawabalo; Akala-Yoba, Gnimdou; Tomta, Kadjika

    2017-01-01

    Etude prospective et descriptive sur la pratique de l’analgésie péridurale (APD) obstétricale au CHU Sylvanus Olympio (CHU SO) de Lomé. Etude menée de février à juin 2014. Après accord des gestantes choisies au hasard et en l’absence de contre-indication à l’issue de la consultation d’anesthésie, faite au 8ème mois de la grossesse, des femmes ont été retenues pour l’étude. Sur 29 gestantes retenues, 20 (69%) ont bénéficiées de l’APD. Age moyen 30,6±6,6 ans, primigestes : 35%, multipares 50%, Obèses (BMI>30): 25%. Nombre moyen de ponctions: 1,2±0,5; reflux de sang dans le cathéter: 5%, brèche dure-mérienne : 0. Délai moyen d’installation: 8,5 ±2,2mn. Quantité moyenne de bupivacaine isobare à 0,125%: 28,8±8ml; Echelle Numérique à T10min < 3 pour toutes les parturientes. Bloc moteur: 0. Hypotension: 1cas (5%). Mode d’accouchement: voie basse: 19 (95%), césarienne: 1 (5%). Détresse respiratoire à la naissance du nouveau né: 0. Note de satisfaction: 9,8±0,5 /10. L’APD obstétricale est possible au CHU Sylvanus Olympio de Lomé. En attendant sa vulgarisation à toutes les parturientes par la disponibilité des moyens humains et matériels, la réaliser pour ses indications médicales serait un premier pas. PMID:28451033

  13. Using integrated research and interdisciplinary science: Potential benefits and challenges to managers of parks and protected areas

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    van Riper, Charles; Powell, Robert B.; Machlis, Gary; van Wagtendonk, Jan W.; van Riper, Carena J.; von Ruschkowski, Eick; Schwarzbach, Steven E.; Galipeau, Russell E.

    2012-01-01

    Our purpose in this paper is to build a case for utilizing interdisciplinary science to enhance the management of parks and protected areas. We suggest that interdisciplinary science is necessary for dealing with the complex issues of contemporary resource management, and that using the best available integrated scientific information be embraced and supported at all levels of agencies that manage parks and protected areas. It will take the commitment of park managers, scientists, and agency leaders to achieve the goal of implementing the results of interdisciplinary science into park management. Although such calls go back at least several decades, today interdisciplinary science is sporadically being promoted as necessary for supporting effective protected area management(e.g., Machlis et al. 1981; Kelleher and Kenchington 1991). Despite this history, rarely has "interdisciplinary science" been defined, its importance explained, or guidance provided on how to translate and then implement the associated research results into management actions (Tress et al. 2006; Margles et al. 2010). With the extremely complex issues that now confront protected areas (e.g., climate change influences, extinctions and loss of biodiversity, human and wildlife demographic changes, and unprecedented human population growth) information from more than one scientific discipline will need to be brought to bear in order to achieve sustained management solutions that resonate with stakeholders (Ostrom 2009). Although interdisciplinary science is not the solution to all problems, we argue that interdisciplinary research is an evolving and widely supported best practice. In the case of park and protected area management, interdisciplinary science is being driven by the increasing recognition of the complexity and interconnectedness of human and natural systems, and the notion that addressing many problems can be more rapidly advanced through interdisciplinary study and analysis.

  14. Accuracy Analysis of Anisotropic Yield Functions based on the Root-Mean Square Error

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    Huh, Hoon; Lou, Yanshan; Bae, Gihyun; Lee, Changsoo

    2010-06-15

    This paper evaluates the accuracy of popular anisotropic yield functions based on the root-mean square error (RMSE) of the yield stresses and the R-values. The yield functions include Hill48, Yld89, Yld91, Yld96, Yld2000-2d, BBC2000 and Yld2000-18p yield criteria. Two kind steels and five kind aluminum alloys are selected for the accuracy evaluation. The anisotropic coefficients in yield functions are computed from the experimental data. The downhill simplex method is utilized for the parameter evaluation for the yield function except Hill48 and Yld89 yield functions after the error functions are constructed. The yield stresses and the R-values at every 15 deg. from the rolling direction (RD) and the yield stress and R-value at equibiaxial tension conditions are predicted from each yield function. The predicted yield stresses and R-values are then compared with the experimental data. The root-mean square errors (RMSE) are computed to quantitatively evaluate the yield function. The RMSEs are calculated for the yield stresses and the R-values separately because the yield stress difference is much smaller that the difference in the R-values. The RMSEs of different yield functions are compared for each material. The Hill48 and Yld89 yield functions are the worst choices for the anisotropic description of the yield stress anisotropy while Yld91 yield function is the last choice for the modeling of the R-value directionality. Yld2000-2d and BBC2000 yield function have the same accuracy on the modeling of both the yield stress anisotropy and the R-value anisotropy. The best choice is Yld2000-18 yield function to accurately describe the yield tress and R-value directionalities of sheet metals.

  15. Uncovering the single top: observation of electroweak top quark production

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    Benitez, Jorge Armando

    2009-01-01

    The top quark is generally produced in quark and anti-quark pairs. However, the Standard Model also predicts the production of only one top quark which is mediated by the electroweak interaction, known as 'Single Top'. Single Top quark production is important because it provides a unique and direct way to measure the CKM matrix element Vtb, and can be used to explore physics possibilities beyond the Standard Model predictions. This dissertation presents the results of the observation of Single Top using 2.3 fb-1 of Data collected with the D0 detector at the Fermilab Tevatron collider. The analysis includes the Single Top muon+jets and electron+jets final states and employs Boosted Decision Tress as a method to separate the signal from the background. The resulting Single Top cross section measurement is: (1) σ(p$\\bar{p}$→ tb + X, tqb + X) = 3.74-0.74+0.95 pb, where the errors include both statistical and systematic uncertainties. The probability to measure a cross section at this value or higher in the absence of signal is p = 1.9 x 10-6. This corresponds to a standard deviation Gaussian equivalence of 4.6. When combining this result with two other analysis methods, the resulting cross section measurement is: (2) σ(p$\\bar{p}$ → tb + X, tqb + X) = 3.94 ± 0.88 pb, and the corresponding measurement significance is 5.0 standard deviations.

  16. Wound repair and anti-oxidative capacity is regulated by ITGB4 in airway epithelial cells.

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    Liu, Chi; Liu, Hui-jun; Xiang, Yang; Tan, Yu-rong; Zhu, Xiao-lin; Qin, Xiao-qun

    2010-08-01

    Integrin beta 4 (ITGB4) is a structural adhesion molecule which engages in maintaining the integrity of airway epithelial cells. Its specific cytomembrane structural feature strongly indicates that ITGB4 may engage in many signaling pathways and physiologic processes. However, in addition to adhesion, the specific biologic significance of ITGB4 in airway epithelial cells is almost unknown. In this article, we investigated the expression and functional properties of ITGB4 in airway epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro. Human bronchial epithelial cell line (16HBE14O-cells) and primary rat tracheal epithelial cells (RTE cells) were used to determine ITGB4 expression under ozone tress or mechanical damage, respectively. An ovalbumin (OVA)-challenged asthma model was used to investigate ITGB4 expression after antigen exposure in vivo. In addition, an ITGB4 overexpression vector and ITGB4 silence virus vector were constructed and transfected into RTE cells. Then, wound repair ability and anti-oxidation capacity was evaluated. Our results demonstrated that, on the edge of mechanically wounded cell areas, ITGB4 expression was increased after mechanical injury. After ozone stress, upregulation expression of ITGB4 was also detected. In the OVA-challenged asthma model, ITGB4 expression was decreased on airway epithelial cells accompanying with structural disruption and damage of anti-oxidation capacity. Besides, our study revealed that upregulation of ITGB4 promotes wound repair ability and anti-oxidative ability, while such abilities were blocked when ITGB4 was silenced. Taken together, these results showed that ITGB4 was a new interesting molecule involved in the regulation of wound repair and anti-oxidation processes for airway epithelial cells.

  17. Outcome of tendon transfer for radial nerve paralysis: Comparison of three methods.

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    Moussavi, Alia Ayatollahi; Saied, Alireza; Karbalaeikhani, Ali

    2011-11-01

    Tendon transfer for radial nerve paralysis has a 100 years history and any set of tendons that can be considered to be useful has been utilized for the purpose. The pronator tress is used for restoration of wrist dorsiflexion, while the flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpiulnaris, and flexor digitorum superficialis are variably used in each for fingers and thumb movements. The present study was a retrospective analysis, designed to compare three methods of tendon transfer for radial nerve palsy. 41 patients with irreversible radial nerve paralysis, who had underwent three different types of tendon transfers (using different tendons for transfer) between March 2005 and September 2009, included in the study. The pronator teres was transferred for wrist extention. Flexor carpi ulnaris (group 1, n=18), flexor carpi radialis (group 2, n=10) and flexor digitorum superficialis (group 3, n=13) was used to achieve finger extention. Palmaris longus was used to achieve thumb extention and abduction. At the final examination, related ranges of motions were recorded and the patients were asked about their overall satisfaction with the operation, their ability, and time of return to their previous jobs, and in addition, disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) Score was measured and recorded for each patient. The difference between the groups with regard to DASH score, ability, and time of return to job, satisfaction with the operation, and range of motions was not statistically significant (P>0.05). All of the patients had experienced functional improvement and overall satisfaction rate was 95%. No complication directly attributable to the operation was noted, except for proximal interphalangeal joint flexion contracture in three patents. The tendon transfer for irreversible radial nerve palsy is very successful and probably the success is not related to type of tendon used for transfer.

  18. Tryptophan and kynurenine determination in human hair by liquid chromatography.

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    Dario, Michelli F; Freire, Thamires Batello; Pinto, Claudinéia Aparecida Sales de Oliveira; Prado, María Segunda Aurora; Baby, André R; Velasco, Maria Valéria R

    2017-09-18

    Tryptophan, an amino acid found in hair proteinaceous structure is used as a marker of hair photodegradation. Also, protein loss caused by several chemical/physical treatments can be inferred by tryptophan quantification. Kynurenine is a photo-oxidation product of tryptophan, expected to be detected when hair is exposed mainly to UVB (290-320nm) radiation range. Tryptophan from hair is usually quantified directly as a solid or after alkaline hydrolysis, spectrofluorimetrically. However, these types of measure are not sufficiently specific and present several interfering substances. Thus, this work aimed to propose a quantification method for both tryptophan and kynurenine in hair samples, after alkali hydrolysis process, by using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorimetric and UV detection. The tryptophan and kynurenine quantification method was developed and validated. Black, white, bleached and dyed (blond and auburn) hair tresses were used in this study. Tryptophan and kynurenine were separated within ∼9min by HPLC. Both black and white virgin hair samples presented similar concentrations of tryptophan, while bleaching caused a reduction in the tryptophan content as well as dyeing process. Unexpectedly, UV/vis radiation did not promote significantly the conversion of tryptophan into its photo-oxidation product and consequently, kynurenine was not detected. Thus, this works presented an acceptable method for quantification of tryptophan and its photooxidation metabolite kynurenine in hair samples. Also, the results indicated that bleaching and dyeing processes promoted protein/amino acids loss but tryptophan is not extensively degraded in human hair by solar radiation. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Species distribution modelling for conservation of an endangered endemic orchid

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    Wang, Hsiao-Hsuan; Wonkka, Carissa L.; Treglia, Michael L.; Grant, William E.; Smeins, Fred E.; Rogers, William E.

    2015-01-01

    Concerns regarding the long-term viability of threatened and endangered plant species are increasingly warranted given the potential impacts of climate change and habitat fragmentation on unstable and isolated populations. Orchidaceae is the largest and most diverse family of flowering plants, but it is currently facing unprecedented risks of extinction. Despite substantial conservation emphasis on rare orchids, populations continue to decline. Spiranthes parksii (Navasota ladies' tresses) is a federally and state-listed endangered terrestrial orchid endemic to central Texas. Hence, we aimed to identify potential factors influencing the distribution of the species, quantify the relative importance of each factor and determine suitable habitat for future surveys and targeted conservation efforts. We analysed several geo-referenced variables describing climatic conditions and landscape features to identify potential factors influencing the likelihood of occurrence of S. parksii using boosted regression trees. Our model classified 97 % of the cells correctly with regard to species presence and absence, and indicated that probability of existence was correlated with climatic conditions and landscape features. The most influential variables were mean annual precipitation, mean elevation, mean annual minimum temperature and mean annual maximum temperature. The most likely suitable range for S. parksii was the eastern portions of Leon and Madison Counties, the southern portion of Brazos County, a portion of northern Grimes County and along the borders between Burleson and Washington Counties. Our model can assist in the development of an integrated conservation strategy through: (i) focussing future survey and research efforts on areas with a high likelihood of occurrence, (ii) aiding in selection of areas for conservation and restoration and (iii) framing future research questions including those necessary for predicting responses to climate change. Our model could also

  20. Validation of artificial neural network models for predicting biochemical markers associated with male infertility.

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    Vickram, A S; Kamini, A Rao; Das, Raja; Pathy, M Ramesh; Parameswari, R; Archana, K; Sridharan, T B

    2016-08-01

    Seminal fluid is the secretion from many glands comprised of several organic and inorganic compounds including free amino acids, proteins, fructose, glucosidase, zinc, and other scavenging elements like Mg(2+), Ca(2+), K(+), and Na(+). Therefore, in the view of development of novel approaches and proper diagnosis to male infertility, overall understanding of the biochemical and molecular composition and its role in regulation of sperm quality is highly desirable. Perhaps this can be achieved through artificial intelligence. This study was aimed to elucidate and predict various biochemical markers present in human seminal plasma with three different neural network models. A total of 177 semen samples were collected for this research (both fertile and infertile samples) and immediately processed to prepare a semen analysis report, based on the protocol of the World Health Organization (WHO [2010]). The semen samples were then categorized into oligoasthenospermia (n=35), asthenospermia (n=35), azoospermia (n=22), normospermia (n=34), oligospermia (n=34), and control (n=17). The major biochemical parameters like total protein content, fructose, glucosidase, and zinc content were elucidated by standard protocols. All the biochemical markers were predicted by using three different artificial neural network (ANN) models with semen parameters as inputs. Of the three models, the back propagation neural network model (BPNN) yielded the best results with mean absolute error 0.025, -0.080, 0.166, and -0.057 for protein, fructose, glucosidase, and zinc, respectively. This suggests that BPNN can be used to predict biochemical parameters for the proper diagnosis of male infertility in assisted reproductive technology (ART) centres. AAS: absorption spectroscopy; AI: artificial intelligence; ANN: artificial neural networks; ART: assisted reproductive technology; BPNN: back propagation neural network model; DT: decision tress; MLP: multilayer perceptron; PESA: percutaneous

  1. Inhibiteurs de la pompe à protons pour les nourrissons irritables

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    Smith, Christine H.; Israel, David M.; Schreiber, Richard; Goldman, Ran D.

    2013-01-01

    Résumé Question Les pleurs sont communs chez les nourrissons; par ailleurs, prendre soin d'un nourrisson dont les pleurs sont inconsolables et qu'on surnommait aussi auparavant des coliques ou un reflux, peut souvent causer une détresse extrême aux parents. Le recours à un agent de suppression de l'acide gastrique (p. ex. les inhibiteurs de la pompe à protons [IPP]) est-il bénéfique chez ces nourrissons? Réponse On utilise de plus en plus les IPP chez les nourrissons et les enfants depuis quelques années. L'efficacité des inhibiteurs de la pompe à protons n'a pas été démontrée dans le traitement de l'irritabilité et des pleurs excessifs chez des enfants autrement en santé de moins de 3 mois. D'autre part, si les IPP sont généralement bien tolérés, il existe certaines données probantes reliant l'utilisation des IPP avec une susceptibilité accrue aux gastroentérites aiguës, à la pneumonie acquise dans la communauté et à des troubles de l'utilisation et de l'absorption des nutriments. Indépendamment des traitements, les pleurs et l'irritabilité durant la tendre enfance s'améliorent généralement avec le temps. Entre-temps, les inhibiteurs de la pompe à protons n'améliorent pas les symptômes.

  2. [Prevalence of dementia among rural elderly in Gushan township, Fuzhou].

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    Li, Hong; Zhang, Hong-Hui; Huang, He; Wang, Yin-Zhou; Huang, Hua-Ling

    2009-08-01

    To study the prevalence of dementia and its related risk factors in people aged 65 years and older in Gushan township. People aged 65 years or older in 22 villages of Gushan township were screened, from July 2007 to November 2007. Face to face interview with mini-mental state examination, and followed by clinical assessment. A series of neuropsychological examination was done on selected subjects based on the results of the screening tests. Clinical diagnosis on dementia was made according to the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder Fourth Edition. Out of the 2913 people 2696 aged 65 years or older, were enrolled. Among the participants, 197 were confirmed of having dementia, accounting for the overall rate as 7.3%. The prevalence rate of dementia was 5.1% in males and 8.9% in females. Prevalence of dementia in the highly educated intellectuals was 9.2%, followed by 5.2%, 3.9% and 2.5% in those having received primary, junior high or senior high school education. Results from logistic regression analysis showed that the major risk factors which influencing the prevalence of dementia would include age, activies of daily living, marital status, monthly income, frequency in watching TV/movie/field show, poker player or tress and taking care of the family etc. The prevalence rate of dementia went up along with age. Factors as watching TV/movie/field show or playing poker/chess more frequently, as well as taking good care on families tend to help reduce or postpone the development of dementia.

  3. Pneumonie varicelleuse du nouveau-né: à propos ďun cas

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    Noubiap, Jean Jacques Nzeale; Tene, Ulrich Gaël; Bongoe, Adamo

    2012-01-01

    La varicelle est une maladie contagieuse fréquente chez ľenfant, mais rare chez la femme enceinte. La survenue de varicelle pendant la grossesse peut entrainer des complications périnatales dont la pneumonie varicelleuse du nouveau-né. Cette atteinte pulmonaire est accompagnée ďun taux élevé de décès. Nous rapportons un cas de pneumonie varicelleuse grave chez un nouveau-né qui a été contaminé par le virus de la varicelle par voie transplacentaire. Le tableau clinique associait un syndrome infectieux, une détresse respiratoire sévère avec coma, des râles sous-crépitants diffus aux deux champs pulmonaires, et une éruption cutanée disséminée faite de macules, vésicules, croûtes, évocatrice de la varicelle. La radiographie du thorax montrait un syndrome interstitiel diffus aux deux poumons. Un traitement par ľaciclovir injectable associé à ľoxygénothérapie continue a permis une évolution vers la guérison. La pneumonie varicelleuse du nouveau-né est situation associée à une forte mortalité mais dont le traitement par ľaciclovir injectable peut permettre la guérison. La prophylaxie par administration intraveineuse ďaciclovir ou ďimmunoglobulines polyvalentes chez le nouveau-né permet de diminuer la sévérité et la mortalité de la varicelle périnatale. PMID:23308330

  4. 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

  5. British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Registry

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    Uberoi, Raman Tapping, Charles Ross; Chalmers, Nicholas; Allgar, Victoria

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR) Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Registry was produced to provide an audit of current United Kingdom (UK) practice regarding placement and retrieval of IVC filters to address concerns regarding their safety. Methods: The IVC filter registry is a web-based registry, launched by the BSIR on behalf of its membership in October 2007. This report is based on prospectively collected data from October 2007 to March 2011. This report contains analysis of data on 1,434 IVC filter placements and 400 attempted retrievals performed at 68 UK centers. Data collected included patient demographics, insertion and retrieval data, and patient follow-up. Results: IVC filter use in the majority of patients in the UK follows accepted CIRSE guidelines. Filter placement is usually a low-risk procedure, with a low major complication rate (<0.5 %). Cook Gunther Tulip (560 filters: 39 %) and Celect (359 filters: 25 %) filters constituted the majority of IVC filters inserted, with Bard G2, Recovery filters, Cordis Trapease, and OptEase constituting most of the remainder (445 filters: 31 %). More than 96 % of IVC filters deployed as intended. Operator inexperience (<25 procedure) was significantly associated with complications (p < 0.001). Of the IVC filters initially intended for temporary placement, retrieval was attempted in 78 %. Of these retrieval was technically successful in 83 %. Successful retrieval was significantly reduced for implants left in situ for >9 weeks versus those with a shorter dwell time. New lower limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and/or IVC thrombosis was reported in 88 patients following filter placement, there was no significant difference of incidence between filter types. Conclusions: This registry report provides interventional radiologists and clinicians with an improved understanding of the technical aspects of IVC filter placement to help improve practice, and the potential consequences of IVC filter

  6. A search for nickel isotopic anomalies in iron meteorites and chondrites

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    Chen, J. H.; Papanastassiou, D. A.; Wasserburg, G. J.

    2009-03-01

    We report Ni isotopic data, for 58,60-62Ni, on (1) FeNi metal and sulfides in different groups of iron meteorites, (2) sulfides and a whole rock sample of the St. Séverin chondrite, and (3) chondrules from the Chainpur chondrite. We have developed improved, Multiple-Collector, Positive ion Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometric (MC-PTIMS) techniques, with Ni + ionization efficiency at 1‰, and chemical separation techniques for Ni which reduce mass interferences to the 1 ppm level, so that no mass interference corrections need be applied, except for 64Ni (from 64Zn, at the 0.1‰ level), for which we do not report results. We normalize the data to 62Ni/ 58Ni to correct for mass dependent isotope fractionation. No evidence was found for resolved radiogenic or general Ni isotope anomalies at the resolution levels of 0.2 and 0.5 ɛu (ɛu = 0.01%) for 60Ni/ 58Ni and 61Ni/ 58Ni, respectively. From the 56Fe/ 58Ni ratios and ɛ( 60Ni/ 58Ni) values, we calculate upper limits for the initial value of ( 60Fe/ 56Fe) 0 of (a) <2.7 × 10 -7 for Chainpur chondrules, (b) <10 -8 for the St. Séverin sulfide, and (c) <4 × 10 -9 for sulfides from iron meteorites. We measured some of the same meteorites measured by other workers, who reported isotopic anomalies in Ni, using Multiple-Collector, Inductively-Coupled Mass Spectrometry. Our results do not support the previous reports of Ni isotopic anomalies in sulfide samples from Mundrabilla by Cook et al. [Cook D. L., Clayton R. N., Wadhwa M., Janney P. E., and Davis A. M. (2008). Nickel isotopic anomalies in troilite from iron meteorites. Geophy. Res. Lett. 35, L01203] and in sulfides from Toluca and Odessa by Quitté et al. [Quitté G., Meier M., Latkoczy C., Halliday A. N., and Gunther D., (2006). Nickel isotopes in iron meteorites-nucleosynthetic anomalies in sulfides with no effects in metals and no trace of 60Fe. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 242, 16-25]. Hence, we find no need for specialized physical-chemical planetary processes

  7. Ethics, transplantation, and the changing role of anatomists.

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    Satyapal, K S

    2005-03-01

    Anatomists are regarded as custodians of cadaveric material donated to science. Almost every facet of medical science has experienced explosive advances. This has impacted directly on anatomists and their role. Increasingly, anatomists are raising concerns with regard to the treatment of human tissue (Jones,2002, Clin. Anat. 15:436-440). The Korperwelten (Bodyworlds) of Gunther von Hagens et al. (1987, Anat. Embryol. 175:411-421) has evoked considerable debate about the treatment of human cadavers. Thus far clinical anatomists have had little role to play in policy formulation, legislation, and ethical imperatives as applied to cadaveric donation for organ transplantation. Anatomists play an even more negligible role in the raging ethical controversy around live related/unrelated organ transplantation. Due to the critical international shortage of cadaveric donors, boundaries are being pushed to meet the needs of potential recipients (Ohler,2001, Prog. Transplant. 11:160-161). Constant reappraisal of these ethical and moral issues is therefore appropriate. Issues that relate to cultural and economic imperialism and pronouncements of international transplant societies may also require re-evaluation. The legislature governing the donation of human tissue in various countries is usually governed by a Human Tissue Act or its equivalent. In general, such acts are congruent with the Human Tissue Act (South Africa: Government Gazette 9, November 2001; No. 22824) that states "It is an offense to charge a fee in relation to the donation of human organs." In many countries, however, various lay press report that "the sale of body parts is now coming of age." Terms such as "rewarded gifting" and "donors" being transformed into "vendors" are opening a Pandora's Box (Nelson et al.,1993, "Financial incentives for organ donation: a report on the UNOS ethics committee payment subcommittee"). Cameron and Hoffenberg (1999, Kidney Int. 55:724-732) feel strongly that arguments in

  8. Nucleation of Magnetization Reversal in Individual Nanosized Particles and Wires

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    Wernsdorfer, W.

    1997-03-01

    described by thermal activation over a single-energy barrier as originally proposed by N=E9el and Brown. Our results have shown the ability of studying the intrinsic magnetization behaviour of a single nanoparticle. The quality of the particles studied makes feasible the search for a possible macroscopic Quantum Tunneling of the Magnetization (E.M. Chudnovsky and L. Gunther, Phys. Rev. Lett., 60, 661 (1988).).

  9. Fine-scale fault structures revealed by earthquake relocations near the Leech River Fault, southern Vancouver Island

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    Li, G.; Liu, Y.; Regalla, C.; Morell, K. D.

    2016-12-01

    We present results of microseismic relocations that delineate potentially seismogenic structures along the Leech River Fault (LRF), southern Vancouver Island. The potential seismic activity of the LRF in particular has been the focus of many recent investigations, given its proximity to Victoria, the capitol of British Columbia. We investigate the seismic evidence of subsurface structures near the LRF by relocating 1528 earthquakes reported by Canadian National Seismograph Network (CNSN) catalog from 1985 to 2015 using the HypoDD [Waldhauser, F., 2001] method. This relocation procedure reveals two general northeast dipping structures representing the subsurface fractured deformation zone beneath the LRF and the San Juan Islands area, respectively. The subsurface structure underlying the LRF extends about 30 km along the LRF strike and has a dip of about 45o, which is generally consistent with fault dip inferred from seismic imaging [Green et al., 1987]. In addition, we use the k-mean++ clustering algorithm [Lloyd, 1982; Arthur et al., 2007] to select 5-subclusters for individual relocations in order to investigate possible finer faulting structures. The relocated sub-cluster seismicity, combined with earthquake focal mechanism solutions from previous studies, delineates the subsurface geometry of minor faults near the LRF. Relocation results also show the eastern segment is seismically active while the western segment lacks seismicity. We suggest two potential explanations for this marked variation in seismic behavior. First, seismicity might reflect variations in the regionals tress field [Balfour et al., 2011]. The orientation of the maximum horizontal compressive stress near the LRF is 10-30° clockwise from the strike of eastern segment, which would promote right lateral slip, but is nearly orthogonal to the strike of the western segment, which would inhibit slip. Second, foliations and mylonitic fabric are generally stronger, more developed, and exist over a

  10. Multi-phenology WorldView-2 imagery improves remote sensing of savannah tree species

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    Madonsela, Sabelo; Cho, Moses Azong; Mathieu, Renaud; Mutanga, Onisimo; Ramoelo, Abel; Kaszta, Żaneta; Kerchove, Ruben Van De; Wolff, Eléonore

    2017-06-01

    Biodiversity mapping in African savannah is important for monitoring changes and ensuring sustainable use of ecosystem resources. Biodiversity mapping can benefit from multi-spectral instruments such as WorldView-2 with very high spatial resolution and a spectral configuration encompassing important spectral regions not previously available for vegetation mapping. This study investigated i) the benefits of the eight-band WorldView-2 (WV-2) spectral configuration for discriminating tree species in Southern African savannah and ii) if multiple-images acquired at key points of the typical phenological development of savannahs (peak productivity, transition to senescence) improve on tree species classifications. We first assessed the discriminatory power of WV-2 bands using interspecies-Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) via Band Add-On procedure and tested the spectral capability of WorldView-2 against simulated IKONOS for tree species classification. The results from interspecies-SAM procedure identified the yellow and red bands as the most statistically significant bands (p = 0.000251 and p = 0.000039 respectively) in the discriminatory power of WV-2 during the transition from wet to dry season (April). Using Random Forest classifier, the classification scenarios investigated showed that i) the 8-bands of the WV-2 sensor achieved higher classification accuracy for the April date (transition from wet to dry season, senescence) compared to the March date (peak productivity season) ii) the WV-2 spectral configuration systematically outperformed the IKONOS sensor spectral configuration and iii) the multi-temporal approach (March and April combined) improved the discrimination of tress species and produced the highest overall accuracy results at 80.4%. Consistent with the interspecies-SAM procedure, the yellow (605 nm) band also showed a statistically significant contribution in the improved classification accuracy from WV-2. These results highlight the mapping opportunities

  11. Morbimortalité périnatale dans les grossesses gémellaires dans une maternité marocaine de niveau 3

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    Boubkraoui, Mohamed El-Mahdi; Aguenaou, Hassan; Mrabet, Mustapha; Barkat, Amina

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Les grossesses gémellaires sont associées à un risque de morbimortalité périnatale plus élevé que les grossesses simples. Le but de cette étude était d’évaluer la morbimortalité périnatale dans les grossesses gémellaires dans une maternité marocaine de niveau 3. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude transversale comparative de la morbimortalité périnatale des nouveau-nés issus de grossesses gémellaires versus grossesses simples ayant accouché à la maternité Souissi de Rabat du 1 janvier au 28 février 2014. Résultats Il y a eu 3297 naissances issues de 65 grossesses gémellaires et 3167 grossesses simples. Les grossesses gémellaires étaient associées à des taux plus élevés de prééclampsie et d’éclampsie (P = 0,046), de HELLP syndrome (P= 0,030), de rupture prématurée des membranes (P < 0,001), de présentation dystocique (P < 0,001), de prématurité (P < 0,001), d'hypotrophie chez les nouveau-nés à terme (P < 0,001), de détresse respiratoire néonatale (P < 0,001), de malformations congénitales (P = 0,015), d'hospitalisation en période néonatale (P = 0,001) et de mortalité périnatale (P = 0,001) par rapport aux grossesses simples. Les jumeaux monochoriaux présentaient des taux plus élevés d'hypotrophie en cas de grossesse menée à terme (P = 0,016) et de mortalité périnatale (P = 0,017) par rapport aux jumeaux bichoriaux. Conclusion Les grossesses gémellaires étaient à risque plus élevé de morbimortalité périnatale par rapport aux grossesses simples en exposant notamment à la prématurité. Les grossesses gémellaires monochoriales étaient plus à risque en exposant notamment à l'hypotrophie chez les nouveau-nés à terme. PMID:27217903

  12. Protection of oxidative hair color fading from shampoo washing by hydrophobically modified cationic polymers.

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    Zhou, Y; Foltis, L; Moore, D J; Rigoletto, R

    2009-01-01

    The fading of oxidative color in hair as a result of daily shampoo washing activities has become a common problem and a source of frequent complaints by consumers. The fading occurs primarily through hair dye solubility in water. One aspect of the current study investigates the physical and chemical factors that influence hair color fading during the washing process. This is accomplished by testing hair dye dissolution in water from dyed hair samples with variation of surfactant type, pH, and hair type. Furthermore, a new approach to preventing color fading is developed aiming to provide an effective barrier function for hair dye from dissolving into water. The preliminary investigation of a series of polymers with various functional groups indicates that polymers with hydrophobically modified and cationic functionalities are most effective in preventing hair dye dissolution in water. It is also evident that a synergistic effect of the polymer's hydrophobic moieties and cationic charges are important on hair color protection during shampoo washing processes. A primary example of a polymer within this category is a cationic terpolymer of vinylpyrrolidone, dimethylaminopropyl methacrylamide, and methacryloylaminopropyl lauryldimonium chloride (INCI: Polyquaternium-55). The color protection benefit of this polymer is evaluated using newly developed methodologies for evaluating hair color changes, such as hair color fading tests through multiple shampoo washes with mannequin heads and hair tresses, both derived from human hair, colorimetry, and quantitative digital image analysis. In addition, new infrared spectroscopic imaging techniques are used to detect the hair dye deposition behavior inside hair fibers both with and without the color protection treatment. Both visual and instrumental measurement results indicate that Polyquaternium-55 provides a high level of color protection when formulated in a hair color protection regimen with up to 50% color protection. This

  13. gidakiimanaaniwigamig (gidaa) science camps for 3-12 students at Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

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    Ito, E.; Kowalczak, C.; Dalbotten, D. M.; Pellerin, H.; Greensky, L.

    2015-12-01

    Gidaa informal science camps have been held in various formats and emphases for over 10 years at Fond du Lac (FDL). These camps provided a safe place for young people to be "nerds" but did not have specific focus. In the last 5 years the camp themes became more focused on environmental issues facing the reservation. From 2009 to 2014 the camps focused on issues surrounding the health of wild rice plants. Since September 2014, we are focusing on climate literacy and how climate changes are affecting tribal environment. We learned from our wild rice themed activities that students are more focused and interested in topics that affect them and their reservation and traditional activities.Each camp has a presentation by a staff from the FDL Resource Management Division. These presentations are sometimes given on Friday evenings after dinner and yet students remain alert, respectful, and actively take notes. The presentation topic is known in advance and camp teachers (local middle and high school teachers who have been with us for 5 to 10 years) plan lessons around that topic. In addition, college students, some of them past camp participants, are on hand to assist the teachers and to provide role models. Students have investigated, for example, possible effects of climate change on the timing of rising of sugar maple sap and whether sugar maple tress will continue to thrive in their area, efforts to bring back sturgeon to local rivers and how the changes in water temperature may affect that effort, possible climate connection to decline of moose and walleye pike population at 5 weekend camps during the last academic year. We have conducted 2 surveys by an outside evaluator and will have the results before the next round of camps starts in fall 2015 to help us tweak the format if necessary. Teachers and planners (PIs) are happy with the way camps are running this year; there is a good balance of camp activities that allow teachers to translate and adapt the

  14. Relational development in children with cleft lip and palate: influence of the waiting period prior to the first surgical intervention and parental psychological perceptions of the abnormality

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    2012-01-01

    Background The birth of a child with a cleft lip, whether or not in association with a cleft palate, is a traumatic event for parents. This prospective, multidisciplinary and multi-centre study aims to explore the perceptions and feelings of parents in the year following the birth of their child, and to analyse parent–child relationships. Four inclusion centres have been selected, differing as to the date of the first surgical intervention, between birth and six months. The aim is to compare results, also distinguishing the subgroups of parents who were given the diagnosis in utero and those who were not. Methods/Design The main hypothesis is that the longer the time-lapse before the first surgical intervention, the more likely are the psychological perceptions of the parents to affect the harmonious development of their child. Parents and children are seen twice, when the child is 4 months (T0) and when the child is one year old (T1). At these two times, the psychological state of the child and his/her relational abilities are assessed by a specially trained professional, and self-administered questionnaires measuring factors liable to affect child–parent relationships are issued to the parents. The Alarme Détresse BéBé score for the child and the Parenting Stress Index score for the parents, measured when the child reaches one year, will be used as the main criteria to compare children with early surgery to children with late surgery, and those where the diagnosis was obtained prior to birth with those receiving it at birth. Discussion The mental and psychological dimensions relating to the abnormality and its correction will be analysed for the parents (the importance of prenatal diagnosis, relational development with the child, self-image, quality of life) and also, for the first time, for the child (distress, withdrawal). In an ethical perspective, the different time lapses until surgery in the different protocols and their effects will be analysed, so

  15. Decoupling structural and environmental determinants of sap velocity

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    Caylor, K. K.; Dragoni, D.

    2007-12-01

    Characterization of transpiration based on the water use of individual tress has the advantage of preserving vital information on the plant-environment functional links and flux partitioning between species and landscape areas. Whole-tree transpiration has been estimated by means of sap velocity probes, which offer the dual advantages of practicality and repeatability. However, the assumptions underlying the technique require careful verification in order to determine total sap flow from point-based estimates of sap velocity. Our work presents a novel theoretical framework for the study of individual tree sap flow that incorporates both spatial and temporal variability in sap velocities. The instantaneous sap velocity at any point in the radial profile of xylem tissue is defined as the product of two components: (1) a time-invariant sap velocity distribution linked to the species- specific anatomical and structural properties of the conducting xylem, and (2) a time-varying term linked to the dynamics of the atmospheric water demand and available soil moisture. The separation of structural and temporal variation in sap velocity observations provides a direct mechanism for investigating how sap flow is governed by variation in environmental conditions as well as a means for comparing characteristic rates of plant water use among individuals of varying size. Most critically, this approach allows for a consistent and physically meaningful method for extrapolating point observations of sap velocity across the entire depth of conducting xylem. Experimental evidence supports our theoretical framework in the case of a population of sugar maples in a mixed deciduous forest, where observations were taken from a wide range of tree sizes, under varying soil water availability and atmospheric transpiration demand. We have also applied our approach to a small homogeneous sample of dwarf apple trees in a managed orchard, with favorable results. While these results require further

  16. Trali ou œdème pulmonaire lésionnel aigu post-transfusionnel: à propos d'un cas avec revue de la literature

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    Serghini, Issam; Nader, Youssef; Qamouss, Youssef; Zoubir, Mohamed; Lalaoui, Jaafar Salim; Boughalem, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    L’œdème pulmonaire lésionnel aigue transfusionnel est une complication classique de la transfusion de produits sanguins labiles, responsable de 17% des décès liés à la transfusion. Il s'agit d'un syndrome de détresse respiratoire aiguë post-transfusionnel qui se présente comme un œdème pulmonaire aigu non cardiogénique survenant dans les six heures suivant la mise en oeuvre d'une transfusion sanguine. Le mot Trali utilisé pour désigner cet œdème est l'acronyme de l'anglais « transfusion-related acute lung injury »; l'incidence des TRALI déclarés en France reste faible à cause de leurs méconnaissances, faute d'une définition précise tant au plan clinique qu'au plan étiologique. La sensibilisation des médecins à l'identification des TRALI et à la déclaration, notamment en réanimation, doit être poursuivie. Des données récentes ont souligné sa relative fréquence et des études cliniques et biologiques plus attentives ont contribué à une meilleure compréhension de ses mécanismes dont deux sont bien défini: un conflit immunologique d'une part, une activation des polynucléaires neutrophiles par des facteurs lipidiquesd'autre part. Il est également admis que le Trali ne se déclenche que dans un contexte favorisant dont le substratum commun pourrait essentiellement être une leucostase préalable. Le traitement du Trali est celui des œdèmes pulmonaires lésionnels, oxygénothérapie et assistance respiratoire. Nous rapportons un cas de Trali survenu à la suite de la transfusion de 08 concentrés de globules rouges chez un jeune homme de 26 ans. PMID:26379812

  17. Atteinte cardiaque au cours de la dystrophie myotonique de Steinert: expérience marocaine, à propos de 18 cas

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    Saghi, Ghita; Bouhouch, Rachida; Salaheddine, Loubna; Birouk, Nezha; Nadifi, Salama; Fellat, Ibtissam; Cherti, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    La maladie de Steinert ou dystrophie myotonique de type 1 (DM1) est une maladie génétique à transmission autosomique dominante caractérisée par une myotonie et une atteinte de plusieurs organes dont le cœur. L'atteinte cardiaque est la plus grave des atteintes systémiques puisqu'elle conditionne le pronostic vital. Ce travail a pour but de déterminer les anomalies cardiaques rencontrées au cours de la DM1 et de mettre en exergue l'intérêt d'un examen cardiaque rigoureux et régulier, indépendamment de la sévérité de l'atteinte neuromusculaire, ainsi que l'apport des examens cardiaques complémentaires et notamment l'exploration électrophysiologique. 18 patients atteints de DM1 ont bénéficiés d'une exploration cardiaque systématique. Il s'agit de 9 hommes et de 9 femmes, d’âge moyen de 41,8 +/- 16,2 ans. 66 p.100 des patients sont symptomatiques sur le plan cardiovasculaire. Les anomalies électrocardiographiques sont dominées par un trouble de la conduction intra-ventriculaire dans 16 p.100 des cas et un BAV de 1er degré dans 16 p.100 des cas. L'Holter ECG objective une hyperexcitabilité à l’étage atrial et/ou ventriculaire dans 50p.100 des cas. L'ETT est normale chez 95 p.100 des patients. L'exploration électrophysiologique, réalisée chez 4 patients symptomatiques, a objectivé un bloc tronculaire dans un cas ayant conduit à l'implantation d'un PM double chambre. Un seul patient est décédé suite à une détresse respiratoire. Enfin, on n'a pas noté de corrélation entre l'atteinte cardiaque et neuromusculaire. Une exploration cardiaque est indispensable chez tout patient atteint de DM1, en dépit de l'absence de symptômes, et un bilan annuel minimal s'impose pour guetter un éventuel trouble rythmique et/ou conductif, fatal en l'absence de traitement adéquat. PMID:26097635

  18. 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

  19. Placental dichotomy: a hint in twin anemia polycythemia sequence.

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    Stritzke, Amelie; Thomas, Sumesh; Somerset, David

    2014-12-01

    Contexte : Les grossesses monochorioniques représentent une partie significative de la charge de travail en imagerie diagnostique et doivent fréquemment faire l’objet d’une évaluation aux fins de la détection du syndrome transfuseur-transfusé. Il est important de reconnaître la présence d’une dichotomie placentaire au cours de la tenue d’une étude Doppler régulière de l’artère cérébrale fœtale, et ce, de façon à pouvoir alerter le clinicien quant à la présence possible d’une séquence anémie polyglobulie gémellaire (un sous-ensemble important du syndrome transfuseur-transfusé). Cas : Une multigravide de 36 ans connaissant une grossesse gémellaire a accouché à 33 semaines de gestation, à la suite de l’identification d’une détresse fœtale. Une séquence anémie polyglobulie gémellaire a été diagnostiquée à la suite de l’accouchement. Les échographies prénatales régulières n’avaient pas détecté la présence d’un oligohydramnios ou d’un polyhydramnios. L’analyse rétrospective des images échographiques du placenta a mis au jour la présence d’une dichotomie marquée, la partie relevant du jumeau anémique y apparaissant comme étant hyperéchogène. Conclusion : L’identification de la dichotomie placentaire (s’ajoutant au dépistage au moyen d’études Doppler cérébrales) pourrait mener à l’identification précoce de la séquence anémie polyglobulie gémellaire et à l’amélioration des issues.

  20. Une validation de la forme abrégée de l’Échelle de provisions sociales : l’ÉPS-10 items

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    Caron, Jean

    2016-01-01

    L’Échelle de provisions sociales-10 items (ÉPS-10) est une version abrégée de l’Échelle de provisions sociales (Social Provisions Scale) (Cutrona et Russell, 1987) validée en langue française sur une population québécoise (Caron, 1996) et qui permet de mesurer la disponibilité du soutien social. L’ÉPS-10 conserve cinq des six sous-échelles de l’ÉPS (l’attachement ; l’intégration sociale ; la confirmation de sa valeur ; l’aide matérielle et l’orientation), le besoin de se sentir utile et nécessaire ayant été exclu, et ne garde que les items formulés positivement, soit deux items par dimension du soutien. L’article présente la validation de l’EPS-10 sur un échantillon représentatif de 2433 personnes provenant de la population générale du sud-ouest de Montréal. Elle a une forte validité concomitante avec l’Échelle originelle de 24 items (ÉPS). Tous ces items sont fortement corrélés au score total et sa consistance interne est excellente. Des analyses de corrélation entre les sous-échelles et le score global et une analyse factorielle indiquent que l’ÉPS-10 conserve sa validité de construit. L’ÉPS-10 explique 14,1 % de la variance de la détresse psychologique et 25,4 % de la variance de la qualité de vie et conserve un pouvoir prédictif équivalent à l’ÉPS à 24 items. L’ensemble des analyses suggère que l’ÉPS-10 est un instrument fiable et valide pour mesurer la disponibilité du soutien social avec un temps d’administration réduit de moitié. Il s’avère un excellent choix pour les enquêtes épidémiologiques. PMID:24337002

  1. Migration trachéale d'une canule de trachéotomie: complication exceptionnelle

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    Chouikh, Chakib; El Moqaddem, Amine; Benmakhlouf, Anas; Naanaa, Saad; El Koraichi, Alae; El Kettani, Salma; Jahidi, Ali

    2014-01-01

    La trachéotomie est un geste chirurgical de survie largement pratiqué dans les services des urgences et de réanimation. En fonction de l'indication de sa réalisation, elle peut être transitoire ou définitive. Dans ce dernier cas le port d'une canule de trachéotomie de manière prolongée peut exposer à certaines complications qui peuvent s'avérer graves. Nous présentons un cas très rare d'un enfant présentant un syndrome de Guillain Barré, trachéotomisé depuis 4 ans suite à une sténose trachéale par intubation prolongée et portant une canule de trachéotomie métallique de type KRISHABER qui s'est présenté aux urgences dans un tableau de détresse respiratoire suite à la migration trachéale de sa canule. La trachéotomie est l'ouverture à la peau de la trachée cervicale, et à la mise d'une canule qui a pour but de permettre la respiration en court-circuitant les voies aériennes supérieures. De réalisation simple et codifiée le plus souvent, elle présente des risques de complications post opératoires notamment tardives. Les plus décrites sont les granulomes, les sténoses trachéales, les infections, et les fistules. La migration trachéale de la canule de trachéotomie reste exceptionnelle. Elle résulte d'un mauvais entretien qui fragilise la canule et doit être prise en charge en urgence. La trachéotomie définitive nécessite une surveillance régulière, un entretien et des soins de canules rigoureux pour éviter la survenue de complications qui peuvent être graves. Chez l'enfant, l'utilisation de canules souples en PVC ou en silicone doit être préférée aux canules métalliques. PMID:25368730

  2. Les formes graves de la grippe A(H1N1) 2009 chez la femme enceinte: expérience du centre hospitalier universitaire de Fès, Maroc et revue de la littérature

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    Adnane Berdai, Mohamed; Labib, Smael; Harandou, Mustapha

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Le but de cette étude est de décrire les caractéristiques épidémiologiques, cliniques, paracliniques ainsi que l’évolution des femmes enceintes ou en post partum atteintes de formes graves de Grippe A(H1N1) 2009. Méthodes C’est une étude prospective observationnelle monocentrique, menée au sein de notre service de réanimation mère et enfant au centre hospitalier universitaire Hassan II à Fès, sur une période de 3 mois, allant de novembre 2009 à janvier 2010. Résultats L’âge moyen était de 28 ans, dans 85% des cas la grossesse se situaient au troisième trimestre, le syndrome grippal était constant, la SpO2 initiale était en moyenne de 86%. A la radiographie thoracique, un syndrome alvéolaire bilatéral était toujours présent. L’infection virale était confirmée dans tous les cas par la polymerase chain reaction. Chez 3 patientes la PaO2/FiO2 était inférieure à 300. L’Oseltamivir était l’antiviral utilisé chez toutes les parturientes. Un syndrome de détresse respiratoire aigu a été développé chez 28% des parturientes, elles ont été ventilées artificiellement avec des niveaux de pressions expiratoires positives à 14 +/- 1 cmH2O. L’évolution était favorable dans 71% des cas, cependant, 2 décès ont été déplorés. Conclusion Les résultats rejoignent les données de la littérature, à savoir, un risque accru pour la femme enceinte de développer une forme grave, une présentation clinique similaire au reste de la population, l’intérêt de la vaccination et d’un traitement antiviral précoce et le rôle de l’ECMO dans le traitement des hypoxémies réfractaires. PMID:22514770

  3. [Effects of cold-shock on the growth and flower bud differentiation of tomato seedlings under high temperature stress].

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    Li, Sheng-li; Xia, Ya-zhen; Sun, Zhi-qiang

    2016-02-01

    In order to explore the effects of cold-shock on the growth and flower bud differentiation of tomato seedlings under high temperature, tomato seedlings were subjected to cold-shock treat- ments every day with 10 °C for 10 minutes in. an artificial climate chamber. Tomato seedlings were treated with cold-shock at the first true leaf stage and the treatment lasted for 15 days. Tomato seed- lings without cold-shock were used as control. At the fourth true leaf period of tomato seedlings, five plants were randomly sampled and the growth characteristics and the ultrastructure changes of meso- phyll cell of tomato seedlings were examined. The flower bud differentiation process of tomato seed- lings was observed at the periods of the second, fourth and sixth true leaves respectively. Flowering and fruiting of tomato seedlings were also investigated after transplanting. The results showed that the stem diameter and health index of tomato seedlings with cold-shock were enhanced by 7.2% and 55.5% compared with seedlings without cold-shock. Mesophyll cells of the seedlings with cold-shock arranged loosely and various organelles such as chloroplasts and mitochondria were morphologically integrated, while chloroplasts and mitochondria of seedlings mesophyll cells without cold-shock swelled up and thylakoids vacuolized apparently. The flower bud differentiation process of seedlings with cold-shock could be advanced significantly at the early seedling stage compared with the control and the advancement was weakened with the seedling growing. Fruit set number and percentage on the first and second inflorescence of tomato plants transplanted by seedlings with cold-shock were enhanced significantly compared with those of the control. These results indicated that the injury of membrane structure of various organelles, especially chloroplast and mitochondria could be allevia- ted by cold-shock treatment under high temperature tress. Cold-shock treatment could not only im- prove the

  4. Resolving Variations in Continental Weathering Flux From Changes in Continental Source Using Marine Radiogenic Isotope Records

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    Burton, K. W.; Gannoun, A.; Allegre, C. J.; Christensen, J. N.; Hein, J. R.

    2005-12-01

    effects. [1] J.C.G. Walker, P.B. Hays, J.F. Kasting. JGR. 86, 9776-9782 (1981). [2] M. Frank. Rev. Geophys. 40(1), 1001, 1-38 (2002).[3] H.-F. Ling, K.W. Burton, R.K. O'Nions, B.S. Kamber, F. von Blanckenburg. EPSL. 146, 1-12 (1997). [4] J.N. Christensen, A.N. Halliday, L.VC. Godfrey, J.R.Hein, D.K. Rea. Science 277, 913-918 (1997). [5] D.-C. Lee, A.N. Halliday, J.R. Hein, K.W. Burton, J.N. Christensen, D. Gunther. Science 285, 1052-1054 (1999). [6] J. Zachos, M. Pagani, L. Sloan, E. Thomas, K. Billups. Science 292, 686-693 (2001).

  5. The Moon and the U-47 in Scapa Flow

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    Schaefer, B. E.

    2005-12-01

    The skies above affect historical events here on Earth more than is generally realized. Events during wars are often tied to the Moon through operational requirements for illumination (or dark), high tides (or low), and even links to events in lunar calendars. World War II has many famous battles, commando operations, and naval sorties dictated in date by the Moon. Famous examples are D-Day (needing low tides and Full Moon illumination), the amphibious landing on Tarawa (needing but not getting high tides), El Alamein (requiring Full Moon light for the mine-clearers), the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III (chosen for the stealth possible with a New Moon), Mussolini's invasion of Albania (on Good Friday), and even Rudolf Hess' flight to Scotland (timed by a six-planet conjunction and aided in navigation by the Full Moon). This paper will concentrate on one event for which the Moon provided the primary trick for a major Nazi naval victory, while an aurora saved the British from an even worse disaster. The story is set in Scapa Flow, the huge anchorage in the Orkney Islands that was used as a primary base for the British Navy in blockading the North Sea. During World War I, German submarines had twice tried to slip into Scapa Flow but were sunk both times, and the anchorage later became the last resting place of the scuttled German High Seas Fleet. At the outbreak of World War II, then Commodore Karl Doenitz suggested that his ace U-boat captain consider sneaking into Scapa Flow to loose salvos of torpedoes at all the anchored ships. Captain Gunther Prien of the U-47 took up the challenge after realizing that the British had not completely blocked a narrow inlet. His plan was to surface the submarine and go in over the sunken block ships at the highest of spring tides. Spring tides require a syzygy (New or Full Moon), during which the high tides occur near noon or midnight. To be unobserved by onshore guards, the Moon should not be in the sky illuminating the waters

  6. 3d-modelling workflows for trans-nationally shared geological models - first approaches from the project GeoMol

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    Rupf, Isabel

    2013-04-01

    framework model are interpreted seismic lines, 3d-models can be generated either in time or in depth domain. Some partners will build their 3d-model in time domain and convert it after finishing to depth. Other participants will transform seismic information first and will model directly in depth domain. To ensure comparability between the different parts transnational velocity models for time-depth conversion are required at an early stage of the project. The exchange of model geometries, topology, and geo-scientific content will be achieved applying an appropriate cyberinfrastructure called GST. It provides functionalities to ensure semantic and technical interoperability. Within the project GeoMol a web server for the dissemination of 3d geological models will be implemented including an administrative interface for the role-based access, real-time transformation of country-specific coordinate systems and a web visualisation features. The project GeoMol is co-funded by the Alpine Space Program as part of the European Territorial Cooperation 2007-2013. The project integrates partners from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland and runs from September 2012 to June 2015. Further information on www.geomol.eu. The GeoMol 3D-modelling team: Roland Baumberger (swisstopo), Magdalena Bottig (GBA), Alessandro Cagnoni (RLB), Laure Capar (BRGM), Renaud Couëffé (BRGM), Chiara D'Ambrogi (ISPRA), Chrystel Dezayes (BRGM), Gerold Diepolder (LfU BY), Charlotte Fehn (LGRB), Sunseare Gabalda (BRGM), Gregor Götzl (GBA), Andrej Lapanje (GeoZS), Fabio Carlo Molinari (RER-SGSS), Edgar Nitsch (LGRB), Robert Pamer (LfU BY), Sebastian Pfleiderer (GBA), Marco Pantaloni (ISPRA), Uta Schulz (LfU BY), Günter Sokol (LGRB), Gunther Wirsing (LGRB), Heiko Zumsprekel (LGRB)

  7. The summertime plankton community at South Georgia (Southern Ocean): Comparing the historical (1926/1927) and modern (post 1995) records

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    Ward, Peter; Meredith, Michael P.; Whitehouse, Mick J.; Rothery, Peter

    2008-09-01

    The earliest comprehensive plankton sampling programme in the Southern Ocean was undertaken during the early part of last century by Discovery Investigations to gain a greater scientific understanding of whale stocks and their summer feeding grounds. An initial survey was carried out around South Georgia during December 1926 and January 1927 to describe the distribution of plankton during the summer, and to serve as a baseline against which to compare future surveys. We have reanalysed phytoplankton and zooplankton data from this survey and elucidated patterns of community distribution and compared them with our recent understanding of the ecosystem based on contemporary data. Analysis of Discovery data identified five groups of stations with characteristic phytoplankton communities which were almost entirely consistent with the original analysis conducted by [Hardy A.C., Gunther, E.R., 1935. The plankton of the South Georgia whaling grounds and adjacent waters 1926-1927. Discovery Report 11, 1-456]. Major groupings were located at the western end of the island and over the northern shelf where Corethron spp. were dominant, and to the south and east where a more diverse flora included high abundances of Nitzschia seriata. Major zooplankton-station groupings were located over the inner shelf which was characterised by a high abundance of Drepanopus forcipatus and in oceanic water >500 m deep that were dominated by Foraminifera, Oithona spp., Ctenocalanus vanus, and Calanoides acutus. Stations along the middle and outer shelf regions to the north and west, were characterised by low overall abundance. There was some evidence that groupings of stations to the north of the island originated in different water masses on either side of the Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front, the major frontal system in the deep ocean close to South Georgia. However, transect lines during 1926/1927 did not extend far enough offshore to sample this frontal region adequately

  8. Plutons for Every Occasion in the Northern U.S. Cordillera

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    Gaschnig, R. M.; Vervoort, J. D.; Tikoff, B.; Lewis, R.

    2011-12-01

    and translation of outboard terranes in the latest Cretaceous, which may have also triggered crustal thickening. A second, more localized phase of crustal melting occurred between 66 and 54, leading to the formation of the Bitterroot peraluminous suite, possible in response to localized thrusting due to the rotation of the Blue Mountains province. Ultimately, plate boundary conditions changed considerably around 52 Ma, leading to regional extension, which allowed for the invasion of mantle melts into the crust, leading to the formation of the Challis magmatic province and other coeval volcanic fields to the east. The phases of magmatism in Idaho broadly reflect a pattern in which crustal thickening leads to greater crustal melting and extension leads to renewed mantle input. Similar forms of cyclicity have been recognized in other North and South American continental arc systems, emphasizing the important coupling between tectonics and magmatism at continental margins. DeCelles, Ducea, Kapp, and Zandt, 2009, Nature Geosci, v. 2, no. 4, p. 251-257. Haschke, Siebel, Gunther, and Scheuber, 2002, J. Geophys. Res., v. 107, p. 2019.

  9. Greenhouse gas emissions of drained fen peatlands in Belarus are controlled by water table, land use, and annual weather conditions

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    Burlo, Andrei; Minke, Merten; Chuvashova, Hanna; Augustin, Jürgen; Hoffmann, Mathias; Narkevitch, Ivan

    2014-05-01

    Drainage of peatlands causes strong emission of the greenhouse gases (GHG) CO2 and N2O, sometimes combined with a weak CH4 uptake. In Belarus drained peatlands occupy about 1505000 ha or more than 7.2 % of the country area. Joosten (2009) estimates CO2 emission from degraded peatlands in Belarus as 41.3 Mt yr-1 what equals to 47 % of total anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission of country in 2011. However, it could not be checked if these numbers are correct since there are no GHG measurements on these sites up to now. Therefore we studied the GHG emissions with the closed chamber approach in four peatlands situated in central and southern Belarus over a period from August 2010 to August 2012. The measurements comprised eight site types representing different water level conditions, and ranging from grassland and arable land over abandoned fields and peat cuts to near-natural sedge fens. Fluxes of CH4 and N2O were determined using the close-chamber approach every second week in snow free periods and every fourth week during winter time. The annual emissions were calculated based on linear interpolation. Carbon dioxide exchange was measured with transparent and opaque chambers every 3-4 weeks and the annual net ecosystem exchange (NEE) was modeled according to Drösler (2005). Most of the drained sites were sources of CO2 in both years. NEE increased with lower mean annual water table level. The highest NEE value (1263.5 g CO2-C m-1yr-1) was observed at the driest site of the study; an abandoned fen formerly used for agriculture. In contrast, a former peat extraction site with moist peat and small Pinus sylvestris tress were sinks of CO2 with uptake to 389.6 g CO2-C m-1yr-1. The highest N2O emissions were recorded at a drained agricultural fen with mean annual rates of up to 2347 mg N2O-N m-2 yr-1. Significant fluxes of CH4 (15 g CH4C m-2 h-1) were observed only at the near-natural site in the first year of investigation when precipitation and the mean water

  10. Persistent genital arousal in women with pelvic and genital pain.

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    Pink, Leah; Rancourt, Valérie; Gordon, Allan

    2014-04-01

    Objectif : Le syndrome d’excitation génitale persistante (SEGP) a été identifié comme étant une excitation génitale souvent non provoquée qui est associée à un degré de détresse considérable. Le SEGP n’est pas bien compris et aucune cause définitive ne lui a été attribuée. Cette étude avait pour but d’améliorer la compréhension de ce syndrome et de tenter d’établir des points communs entre les cas de SEGP constatés au sein d’une clinique de maîtrise de la douleur chronique. Méthode : Nous avons analysé une cohorte de 15 femmes aux prises avec le SEGP qui ont consulté une clinique de maîtrise de la douleur chronique n’étant pas attribuable au cancer, au sein d’un hôpital universitaire tertiaire urbain de grande envergure qui offre des services de maîtrise de la douleur pelvienne et génitale. Nous avons mené une série d’entrevues visant à examiner les antécédents médicaux, l’historique de la maladie en question et la prise en charge. Nous avons eu recours aux principes de la statistique descriptive pour examiner les données. Résultats : Nos constatations se sont en grande partie inscrites dans la suite logique des résultats obtenus par les efforts de recherche précédents ayant porté sur le SEGP, en ce qui a trait à la symptomatologie et aux facteurs aggravants et atténuants. Des symptômes de douleur génitale, de dépression et de cystite interstitielle ont été constatés chez plus de la moitié des patientes de cette cohorte. Des antécédents en matière d’utilisation d’antidépresseurs, de syndrome des jambes sans repos et de névralgie pudendale ont été constatés dans un certain nombre de cas. Des varices pelviennes et des kystes de Tarlov ont déjà été identifiés comme étant de possibles facteurs contribuant au SEGP; toutefois, leur présence n’a pas été fréquemment signalée au sein de notre cohorte. Conclusion : La tenue d’autres recherches s’avère requise pour enrichir

  11. Implementation of an in-patient pediatric mortality reduction intervention, Gondar University Hospital, Ethiopia.

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    Gordon, D M; Shehibo, A; Tazebew, A; Huddart, M R; Kadir, A; Allen, N; Draper, H; Kokeb, M

    2014-12-21

    Contexte : Le centre hospitalier universitaire de Gondar (GUH) est un hôpital de troisième niveau ayant des ressources limitées dans le nord de l'Ethiopie.Objectif : Evaluer l'effet cumulé de la standardisation des soins, des directives institutionnelles et de la formation basée sur la simulation sur la mortalité pédiatrique dans un hôpital aux ressources limitées.Schéma : Etude pré/post non contrôlée. Les patients hospitalisés au GUH âgés de 30 jours à 14 ans ont été inclus dans l'évaluation du programme (avant l'intervention, 11 septembre–18 novembre 2010 ; après l'intervention, 19 septembre–9 décembre 2011). Les internes attachés au service de pédiatrie du GUH du 6 septembre au 9 décembre 2011 ont été inclus dans l'évaluation de la formation. Des directives de prise en charge spécifiques de cette institution ont été préparées pour les cas de suffocation, détresse respiratoire, déshydratation, septicémie, défaillance cardiaque, coma et convulsions. L'approbation de ces protocoles a été obtenue de chaque membre de la faculté de pédiatrie. Les internes ont bénéficié d'une formation basée sur la simulation de 3 à 5 h en matière de triage, compétences procédurales et utilisation des protocoles. Le résultat principal était le taux global de mortalité (%). Les résultats secondaires étaient le décès dans les 24 h suivant l'admission (%), et les scores médians des tests de prise en charge des urgences avant/après la formation (%).Résultats : Aucune différence n'a été observée en termes de mortalité globale (OR 0,72 ; IC95% 0,40–1,29 ; P = 0,265) ou de mortalité pendant les premières 24 h (OR brut 0,97 ; IC95% 0,37–2,55). Par contre, les scores d'examens de prise en charge des personnes formées sont passés de 33% à 74% (P < 0,001).Conclusion : La combinaison de standardisation des soins, de protocoles de prise en charge et de formation basée sur la simulation n'a pas réduit la mortalité des

  12. A Systematic Review of the Association Between Psychiatric Disturbances and Endometriosis.

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    Pope, Carley J; Sharma, Verinder; Sharma, Sapna; Mazmanian, Dwight

    2015-11-01

    Objectif : Une association entre l’endométriose et des perturbations psychiatriques a été identifiée par certains chercheurs. Cette analyse systématique avait pour but de consolider les constatations empiriques existantes en vue de clarifier l’association entre l’endométriose et des troubles psychiatriques. Sources de données : Nous avons mené des recherches dans trois bases de données électroniques (Medline/PubMed, PsychInfo et ClinicalTrials.gov) au moyen des termes suivants : « endometriosis » en combinaison avec « mood », « bipolar disorder », « major depressive disorder », « anxiety », « psychiatric », « psychosocial », « antidepressants », « antianxiety », « pharmacotherapy » ou « psychotherapy ». Sélection des études : Nous avons inclus tous les articles pertinents publiés en anglais. Nous avons identifié 18 études originales s’étant penchées sur l’association entre l’endométriose et des symptômes psychiatriques (pour un total combiné de 999 cas d’endométriose soumis à une analyse). Extraction et synthèse des données : Parmi les 18 études examinées, 14 ont signalé que l’endométriose était au moins d’une certaine façon associée à une atténuation du fonctionnement psychologique ou de la qualité de vie liée à la santé mentale. La tabulation des fréquences brutes de ces études au moyen de critères diagnostiques cliniques et d’un groupe de comparaison a révélé qu’au moins 56,4 % des femmes (44/78) ayant obtenu un diagnostic d’endométriose et 43,6 % des femmes (48/110) n’ayant pas obtenu un tel diagnostic satisfaisaient aux critères permettant d’établir la présence d’un trouble psychiatrique. Conclusion : Les recherches limitées semblent indiquer que les femmes qui présentent une endométriose sont exposées à des risques de perturbations psychosociales ou de détresse psychiatrique. La question de savoir si de telles perturbations

  13. Epidémiologie et facteurs de risque des complications respiratoires majeures après chirurgie de l'aorte abdominale au CHU Ibn Sina, Maroc

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    Awab, Almahdi; Elahmadi, Brahim; Lamkinsi, Tarik; El Moussaoui, Rachid; El Hijri, Ahmed; Azzouzi, Abderrahim; Alilou, Mustapha

    2013-01-01

    Introduction L'incidence des complications respiratoires postopératoires (CRPO) reste très diversement appréciées selon les critères diagnostiques retenues dans les différentes études, ce qui la fait varier de 5 à plus de 50%. Les CRPO majeurs après chirurgie de l'aorte abdominale sont responsables d'une grande morbi-mortalité pouvant aller jusqu’à 36%, d'une durée d'hospitalisation et d'un coût plus importants. Ainsi dans l'optique d'améliorer notre prise en charge périopératoire de la chirurgie de l'aorte, nous avons décidé de mener une étude pour dresser le profil épidémiologique et déterminer les facteurs de risque des complications respiratoires dans notre contexte Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude de cohorte rétrospective du mois de Janvier 2007 au mois de décembre 2011 portant sur l'ensemble des patients opérés pour pathologie aortique au bloc opératoire central de l'hôpital Ibn Sina de Rabat, Maroc. Résultats Cent vingt cinq patients ont été inclus dans notre étude, 24 patients ont été opérés pour anévrysme de l'aorte abdominale et 101 patients pour lésion occlusive aortoiliaque. Dans notre série 22 malades soit 17,6% ont présenté une complication respiratoire majeure avec, une reventilation dans 4,8% des cas, une difficulté de sevrage de la ventilation artificielle dans 3,2% des cas, une pneumopathie dans 4% des cas, un syndrome de détresse respiratoire aigue (SDRA) dans 4% des cas et une nécessité de fibroaspiration bronchique dans 1,6% des cas. En analyse univariée: l’âge, la présence d'une BPCO avec dyspnée stade 3 ou 4, la présence d'une anomalie à l'EFR préopératoire, la présence d'un stade avancé (III ou IV) de LOAI et la reprise chirurgicale étaient statistiquement associés à la survenue d'une complication respiratoire postopératoire. En analyse multivariée, seule une anomalie à l'EFR en préopératoire constituait un facteur de risque indépendant de survenue d'une complication

  14. EDITORIAL: Focus on Cloaking and Transformation Optics

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    Leonhardt, Ulf; Smith, David R.

    2008-11-01

    multi-frequency cloaking Andrea Alù and Nader Engheta Electromagnetic cloaking devices for TE and TM polarizations Filiberto Bilotti, Simone Tricarico and Lucio Vegni An aberration-free lens with zero F-number D Schurig Transformational optics of plasmonic metamaterials I I Smolyaninov An acoustic metafluid: realizing a broadband acoustic cloak J B Pendry and Jensen Li On the possibility of metamaterial properties in spin plasmas G Brodin and M Marklund A homogenization route towards square cylindrical acoustic cloaks Mohamed Farhat, Sébastien Guenneau, Stefan Enoch, Alexander Movchan, Frédéric Zolla and André Nicolet Transformation optics: approaching broadband electromagnetic cloaking A V Kildishev, W Cai, U K Chettiar and V M Shalaev Generalized field-transforming metamaterials Sergei A Tretyakov, Igor S Nefedov and Pekka Alitalo Electromagnetic beam modulation through transformation optical structures Xiaofei Xu, Yijun Feng and Tian Jiang Superantenna made of transformation media Ulf Leonhardt and Tomáš Tyc Material parameters and vector scaling in transformation acoustics Steven A Cummer, Marco Rahm and David Schurig Isotropic transformation optics: approximate acoustic and quantum cloaking Allan Greenleaf, Yaroslav Kurylev, Matti Lassas and Gunther Uhlmann Transformation optical designs for wave collimators, flat lenses and right-angle bends Do-Hoon Kwon and Douglas H Werner Alternative derivation of electromagnetic cloaks and concentrators A D Yaghjian and S Maci Solutions in folded geometries, and associated cloaking due to anomalous resonance Graeme W Milton, Nicolae-Alexandru P Nicorovici, Ross C McPhedran, Kirill Cherednichenko and Zubin Jacob Finite wavelength cloaking by plasmonic resonance N-A P Nicorovici, R C McPhedran, S Enoch and G Tayeb

  15. Depth averaged wave-current interaction in the multi bank morphology of the southern North Sea

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    Komijani, Homayoon; Osuna, Pedro; Ocampo Torres, Francisco; Monbaliu, Jaak

    2017-04-01

    : Choice of theoretical framework, practical implementation and adiabatic tests". In: Ocean modelling 40.3-4, 260-272.issn: 1463-5003.doi:{10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.09.003}. Garrett, C. (1976). "Generation of Langmuir circulations by surface waves-a feedback mechanism". In: J. Mar. Res.34.117-130. Haas, K.A. and J.C. Warner (2009). "Comparing a quasi-3D to a full 3D nearshore circulation model: SHORECIRC and ROMS". In: Ocean modelling26.1-2, 91-103.issn: 1463-5003.doi:{10.1016/j.ocemod.2008.09.003}. Hasselmann, K. (1971). "On the mass and momentum transfer between short gravity waves and larger-scale motions". In: Journal of Fluid Mechanics50.1, 189205.doi:10.1017/S0022112071002520. Longuet-Higgins, M.S. and R.W. Stewart (1962). "Radiation stress and mass transport in gravity waves, with application to surf beats". In: Journal of fluid mechanics 13.4, 481-504.issn: 0022-1120.doi:{10.1017/S0022112062000877}. Longuet-Higgins, M.S. and R.W. Stewart (1964). "Radiation stresses in water waves - a physical discussion, with applications". In:Deep-sea research 11.4, 529-562.doi:{10.1016/0011-7471(64)90001-4}. Luyten P, Andreu-Burillo I, Norro A, Ponsar S, Proctor R (2005) A new version of the European public domain code COHERENS. In: Proceedings of the fourth international conference on EuroGOOS, pp 474-481. Monbaliu, J., R. Padilla-Hernandez, J.C. Hargreaves, J.C.C. Albiach, W.M. Luo, M. Sclavo, and H. Gunther (2000). "The spectral wave model, WAM, adapted for applications with high spatial resolution". In: Coastal engineering 41.1-3, 41-62.issn: 0378-3839.doi:{10.1016/S0378-3839(00)00026-0}.

  16. Astronomers detect matter torn apart by black hole

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    2008-11-01

    teams at the two telescopes. After several nights waiting at the two observatory sites, they struck lucky. "At the VLT, as soon as we pointed the telescope at Sagittarius A* we saw it was active, and getting brighter by the minute. We immediately picked up the phone and alerted our colleagues at the APEX telescope," says Gunther Witzel, a PhD student from the University of Cologne. Macarena García-Marín, also from Cologne, was waiting at APEX, where the observatory team had made a special effort to keep the instrument on standby. "As soon as we got the call we were very excited and had to work really fast so as not to lose crucial data from Sagittarius A*. We took over from the regular observations, and were in time to catch the flares," she explains. Over the next six hours, the team detected violently variable infrared emission, with four major flares from Sagittarius A* . The submillimetre-wavelength results also showed flares, but, crucially, this occurred about one and a half hours after the infrared flares. The researchers explain that this time delay is probably caused by the rapid expansion, at speeds of about 5 million km/h, of the clouds of gas that are emitting the flares. This expansion causes changes in the character of the emission over time, and hence the time delay between the infrared and submillimetre flares. Although speeds of 5 million km/h may seem fast, this is only 0.5% of the speed of light. To escape from the very strong gravity so close to the black hole, the gas would have to be travelling at half the speed of light - 100 times faster than detected - and so the researchers believe that the gas cannot be streaming out in a jet. Instead, they suspect that a blob of gas orbiting close to the black hole is being stretched out, like dough in a mixing bowl, and this is causing the expansion. The simultaneous combination of the VLT and APEX telescopes has proved to be a powerful way to study the flares at multiple wavelengths. The team hope that

  17. Books Noted

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Walsh, Edward J.

    1999-10-01

    . xxxiii + 426 pp. ISBN 0-471-33135-x. 135.00.

    Surfaces, Interfaces, and Colloids: Principles and Applications, 2nd edition

    Drew Myers. Wiley-VCH: New York, 1999. xx + 501 pp. ISBN 0-471-33060-4. 94.95.

    Onium Ions

    George A. Olah, Kenneth K. Laali, Qi Wang, and G. K. Surya Prakash. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1998. xv + 509 pp. ISBN 0-471-14877-6. 110.00.

    Environmental Soil and Water Chemistry: Principles and Applications V. P. Evangelou. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1998. xix + 564 pp. ISBN 0-471-16515-8. 79.95.

    1001 Chemicals in Everyday Products, 2nd edition

    Grace Ross Lewis. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999. x + 388 pp. ISBN 0-471-29212-5. 39.95.

    Organic Coatings: Science and Technology, 2nd edition

    Zeno W. Wicks Jr., Frank N. Jones, and S. Peter Pappas. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999. xxi + 630 pp. ISBN 0-471-24507-0. 125.00.

    Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 48

    Kenneth D. Karlin, Ed. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999. vi + 603 pp. ISBN 0-471-32623-2. 145.00.

    Occupational Biomechanics, 3rd edition

    Don B. Chaffin, Gunnar B. Andersson, and Bernard J. Martin. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999. xvii + 579 pp. ISBN 0-471-24697-2. 69.95.

    Advances in Photochemistry, Vol. 25

    Douglas C. Neckers, David H. Volman, and Gunther Von Bünau. Wiley-Interscience: New York, 1999. xi + 238 pp. ISBN 0-471-32708-5. 110.00.

    Distillation

    Johann G. Stichlmair and James R. Fair. Wiley-VCH: New York, 1998. xiii + 524 pp. ISBN 0-471-25241-7. 94.95.

    Ammonia - Principles and Industrial Practice

    Maz Appl. Wiley-VCH: New York, 1999. ix + 301 pp. ISBN 3-527-29593-3. 160.00.

    Precursor-Derived Ceramics: Synthesis

  18. PREFACE: International Conference on Inverse Problems 2010

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    Hon, Yiu-Chung; Ling, Leevan

    2011-03-01

    ttingen, GermanyTatsien (Daqian) Li, Fudan University, ChinaGunther Uhlmann, University of Washington, USA Organizing CommitteeJin Cheng, Fudan University, ChinaYiu-Chung Hon (Co-Chair), City University of Hong Kong, HKSARJune-Yub Lee, Ewha Womans University, South KoreaLeevan Ling (Co-Chair), Hong Kong Baptist University, HKSARGui-Rong Liu, University of Cincinnati, USAJenn-Nan Wang, National Taiwan University, TaiwanMasahiro Yamamoto, The University of Tokyo, Japan

  19. Managing menopause.

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    Reid, Robert; Abramson, Beth L; Blake, Jennifer; Desindes, Sophie; Dodin, Sylvie; Johnston, Shawna; Rowe, Timothy; Sodhi, Namrita; Wilks, Penny; Wolfman, Wendy

    2014-09-01

    -2) 2. Bien que la libido, l’excitation, l’orgasme et la satisfaction connaissent un déclin avec l’âge et dans le cadre de la ménopause, la satisfaction sexuelle demeure toujours possible. (II-2) 3. Chez les femmes ayant passé le cap de la quarantaine, la baisse de la libido constitue le problème sexuel le plus courant (elle se manifeste dans jusqu’à 40 % des cas). Toutefois, seulement 12 % des femmes ménopausées en sont personnellement incommodées. (II-2) 4. Chez les femmes, la fonction sexuelle est affectée par la présence ou non d’un ou d’une partenaire (et la santé et la fonction sexuelle que connaît ce dernier ou cette dernière), au fil de l’âge. (II-2) 5. Chez les femmes qui connaissent une ménopause chirurgicale, la baisse de la libido et la détresse présentent une prévalence accrue, par comparaison avec la situation qui est constatée chez les femmes qui connaissent une ménopause naturelle. (II-2) 6. Chez les femmes, la pratique de contacts sexuels satisfaisants améliorent la qualité de vie, au fil de l’âge. (II-2) 7. Certains troubles médicaux et psychologiques (et les traitements visant à les contrer) peuvent affecter la sexualité. (II-2) 8. Les femmes pourraient hésiter à discuter de leur sexualité avec leurs médecins. (II-2) Recommandations 1. Les fournisseurs de soins de santé devraient reconnaître que, bien que les femmes âgées soient toujours des êtres sexuels et qu’elles aient encore des besoins en matière de sexualité, elles pourraient être réticentes à entamer une discussion au sujet des problèmes qu’elles connaissent à cet égard. (III-A) 2. Les fournisseurs de soins de santé devraient être sensibles aux modifications (attribuables à l’âge ou à des maladies) que connaît la sexualité chez les femmes. (III-A) 3. Les femmes et leurs partenaires devraient être sensibilisés aux modifications qui affectent la sexualité chez les femmes, au fil de l’âge. (III-A) 4. Lorsqu