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  1. Reavaliação taxonômica de Colletotrichum guaranicola Albuq. agente causal da antracnose do guaranazeiro Taxonomic reavaluation of Colletotrichum guaranicola Albuq. causal agent of guarana anthracnose

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    Jânia Lília da Silva Bentes

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizada uma reavaliação morfológica de estruturas reprodutivas e de infecção do agente causal da antracnose do guaranazeiro (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis, visando confirmar a identidade do patógeno. Os resultados reforçam o reconhecimento da espécie Colletotrichum guaranicola Albuq., como um novo taxon dentro do gênero Colletotrichum.A morphological study of reproductive and infection structures of the anthracnosis fungus of guaranazeiro (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis, has confirmed the pathogen identity as Colletotrichum guaranicola Albuq., a new specie in the Colletotrichum genera.

  2. ITS-rDNA phylogeny of Colletotrichum spp. causal agent of apple Glomerella leaf spot Filogenia por ITS-rDNA de Colletotrichum spp., agente causal da mancha foliar da Gala em macieira

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    Diorvania Ribeiro Giaretta

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Several diseases have affected apple production, among them there is Glomerella leaf spot (GLS caused by Colletotrichum spp. The first report of this disease in apple was in plants nearby citrus orchards in São Paulo State, Brazil. The origin of this disease is still not clear, and studies based on the molecular phylogeny could relate the organisms evolutionarily and characterize possible mechanisms of divergent evolution. The amplification of 5.8S-ITS (Internal Transcribed Spacer of rDNA of 51 pathogenic Colletotrichum spp. isolates from apples, pineapple guava and citrus produced one fragment of approximately 600 bases pairs (bp for all the isolates analyzed. The amplified fragments were cleaved with restriction enzymes, and fragments from 90 to 500bp were obtained. The sequencing of this region allowed the generation of a phylogenetic tree, regardless of their hosts, and 5 isolated groups were obtained. From the "in silico" comparison, it was possible to verify a variation from 93 to 100% of similarity between the sequences studied and the Genbank data base. The causal agent of GLS is nearly related (clustered to isolates of pineapple guava and to the citrus isolates used as control.A produção de maçã vem sendo comprometida pela ocorrência de muitas doenças, entre as quais se destaca a Mancha Foliar de Glomerella (MFG, causada por Colletotrichum spp. O primeiro relato dessa doença em maçã foi registrado em plantas próximas a pomares de citrus no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. A origem da MFG ainda não está bem clara, e estudos baseados na filogenia permitirão relacionar o organismo evolutivamente, possibilitando caracterizar possíveis mecanismos divergentes de evolução. A amplificação da região 5.8S-ITS (espaçador interno transcrito do rDNA de 51 isolados de Colletotrichum patogênicos em de maçã, goiabeira serrana e citrus produziu um fragmento de aproximadamente 600 pares de bases (pb para todos os isolados analisados

  3. Genes diferencialmente expressos em cana-de-açúcar inoculada com Xanthomonas albilineans, o agente causal da escaldadura da folha Diferential gene expression in sugar cane infected with Xanthomonas albilineans, causal agent of leaf scald

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    Karina Maia Dabbas

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available A escaldadura da folha, causada pela bactéria Xanthomonas albilineans colonizadora do xilema, é uma das principais doenças da cana-de-açúcar. A sintomatologia na fase crônica é caracterizada principalmente pelo aparecimento de uma faixa branca paralela à nervura central da folha, que evolui até queimar totalmente, sendo também observado brotação de gemas laterais no colmo. Neste trabalho, a técnica de macroarranjos de cDNA foi empregada para o estudo da expressão de 3.575 ESTs (espressed sequence tags em folhas de cana-de-açúcar. Foram utilizadas duas variedades, uma resistente (SP82-1176 e outra suscetível (SP78-4467 a Xanthomonas albilineans as quais foram infectadas mecanicamente por ferimentos. As membranas dos macroarranjos foram confeccionadas a partir de ESTs de bibliotecas de folha e cartucho de cana-de-açúcar provenientes do projeto SUCEST e hibridizadas contra sondas de cDNA de plantas infectadas e controle marcadas com isótopos radioativos. Analisando os resultados dos macroarranjos foi possível verificar um comportamento diferenciado para cada variedade durante o ataque do patógeno. Após realizadas análises estatísticas identificamos na variedade resistente ESTs com expressão induzida relacionadas com biossíntese de isoprenoides, proteínas LRR transmembrânica, "ziper" de leucina, lignificação, tolerância ao frio, diferenciação de plastídeos, sistemas de defesa e de adaptação da planta ao meio ambiente. As ESTs reprimidas na variedade resistente foram àquelas relacionadas com genes responsáveis pela síntese de proteínas do controle da expansão da parede celular, detoxificação e transporte de auxina. Na variedade susceptível foram reprimidas ESTs relacionadas a genes de proteínas das respostas de defesa da planta, biossíntese de Etileno e regulação da transcrição.The leaf scald disease, caused by the xylem-invading pathogen Xanthomonas albilineans, is one of the most devastating

  4. Diversidade fenotípica e patogênica de Colletotrichum, agente causal da antracnose em mangueira, e identificação de espécie

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    I.M.R.S. Serra

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo estudar a diversidade fenotípica e patogênica de 40 isolados de Colletotrichum obtidos de mangueira no Nordeste do Brasil e identificar diferentes espécies desse fitopatógeno, agente causal de antracnose, através da análise da seqüência da região ITS do rDNA. Quanto à caracterização morfológica e cultural, as colônias dos isolados apresentaram diversidade em relação à cor e aspecto, sendo mais comum à cor branco-cinza, característica de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. Não foram observadas variações expressivas na morfologia dos 40 isolados. Os conídios apresentaram-se, predominantemente, hialinos e unicelulares, com formato variando de bastonete para cilíndrico. Todos os isolados produziram apressórios variados em formato e quantidade e apenas 10 isolados apresentaram setas. Para efeito do crescimento micelial e taxa de crescimento foi possível classificar os isolados em sete grupos. Vinte e dois isolados exibiram taxa de crescimento >10mm/dia, considerada típica da espécie C. gloeosporioides. Os isolados foram patogênicos em folhas destacadas de mangueira, induzindo sintomas de antracnose, na forma de manchas escuras levemente deprimidas, e apresentando variações quanto à agressividade. Na identificação específica, baseada na análise da seqüência ITS do DNA ribossomal, 36 isolados amplificaram com o oligonucleotídeos CgInt, específico para C. gloeosporioides e o ITS4, Os isolados CM1, CM4, CM5 e CM10, não amplificaram produtos para nenhum dos oligonucleotídeos específicos, sendo identificados como Colletotrichum spp. Os resultados desse trabalho demonstraram que isolados de Colletotrichum, obtidos de mangueira, apresentam ampla variabilidade morfofisiológica e patogênica. E que, possivelmente, existe mais de uma espécie de Colletotrichum que causa antracnose em mangueira no Nordeste do Brasil.

  5. Controle alternativo de Colletotrichum acutatum agente causal da queda prematura dos frutos cítricos Alternative control of Colletotrichum acutatum, causal agent of postbloom fruit drop of citrus

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    Katia Cristina Kupper

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A queda prematura dos frutos cítricos (QPFC, causada por Colletotrichum acutatum, dados os grandes prejuízos que têm causado aos produtores, constitui-se numa doença de grande importância econômica. O controle da doença é feito predominantemente mediante uso de fungicidas, que eleva o custo de produção e afeta negativamente o meio ambiente. Diante disso, este trabalho teve por objetivo buscar um método alternativo de controle da QPFC, mediante o uso de agentes de biocontrole ou de biofertilizantes. Diferentes concentrações de biofertilizantes (originários de duas fontes distintas e denominados de Bio1 e Bio 2; três isolados de Bacillus subtilis (ACB-69; 72 e 77 e três isolados de Trichoderma spp. (ACB-14; 37 e 39 foram testados, isoladamente ou em combinação, sob condições de laboratório, quanto à capacidade inibitória da germinação de conídios de C. acutatum. Estudaram-se, ainda, a produção de metabólitos termoestáveis por B. subtilis e o efeito sobre a germinação do patógeno. Quinze isolados de B. subtilis foram testados quanto à capacidade de prevenir a infecção por C. acutatum em flores destacadas de lima- ácida 'Tahiti' e, no campo, foram instalados dois experimentos, visando a testar ACBs e biofertilizantes no controle da doença. Verificou-se que o isolado ACB-72 (B. subtilis e ACB-37 (T. pseudokoningii foram os que mais inibiram a germinação do patógeno. Quanto à produção de metabólitos termoestáveis, ACB-69 e 77 foram os mais eficientes em produzir substâncias antifúngicas, e em quantidades suficientes para inibirem a germinação do patógeno. A mistura dos quatro isolados de Bacillus (ACBs: 69; 72; 77 e AP3 foi o que apresentou maior porcentagem de inibição (73%. Os biofertilizantes (Bio1 e Bio2, em concentrações acima de 10% e, quando em associação com isolados de Trichoderma spp., promoveram maiores inibições na germinação de C. acutatum. Em testes com flores destacadas

  6. Resistência de variedades comerciais de cana-de-açúcar ao agente causal do raquitismo-da-soqueira Resistance of sugarcane commercials cultivars to causal agent of ratoon stunting disease

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    Paulo Roberto Gagliardi

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O raquitismo-da-soqueira (RSD, causado pela bactéria Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli, é uma das mais importantes doenças da cana-de-açúcar nas regiões produtoras do mundo. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o grau de resistência de 10 variedades comerciais RB de cana-de-açúcar mais a variedade CB 49-260, a qual foi incluída como padrão suscetível. O trabalho visou avaliar os danos amostrados em campo pelo peso das parcelas em função da relação entre a produtividade de parcelas inoculadas e não inoculadas artificialmente com a bactéria. Os resultados mostraram que as variedades RB 72 454, RB 83 5486, RB 86 7515, RB 92 5211, RB 92 5268, RB 92 5345, RB 92 8064 e a variedade padrão CB 49-260 comportaram-se como variedades suscetíveis. A variedade RB 85 5156 comportou-se como de resistência intermediária e apenas as variedades RB 85 5453 e RB 85 5536 comportaram-se como tolerantes.Ratoon stunting disease (RSD caused by bacteria Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli is one of the most economically important disease of sugarcane worldwide. The present survey had objective to evaluate the resistance of 10 RB commercial cultivars of sugarcane including CB 49-260 as a susceptible standard. The study evaluated the correlating the damages presented for overhauls productivity of inoculate and non inoculate parcels with the bacteria. The results showed that varieties RB 72 454, RB 83 5486, RB 86 7515, RB 92 8064, RB 92 5211, RB 92 5345 and RB 92 5268 were susceptible. RB 85 5156 had a intermediary resistance and varieties RB 85 5453 and RB 85 5536 both showed tolerant behavior.

  7. Botrytis cinerea: Causal agent of small fruit grey mould

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    Tanović, Brankica

    2012-01-01

    Small fruits growing in Serbia is an important and profitable business. However, disease causal agents, pests and weeds often threaten production profitability. A common problem in production of most important small fruit species is a polyfagous, phytopathogenic fungal species Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of grey mould disease of fruits. Present knowledge on the causal agent, its morphological, ecological and epidemiological characteristics are systematized in the paper. Infection proce...

  8. Efeito de extratos de plantas medicinais no controle de Colletotrichum acutatum, agente causal da flor preta do morangueiro Effect of plant extract on control of Colletotrichum acutatum the causal agent of the black spot of strawberry

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    Taís Ferreira Almeida

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A flor preta do morangueiro, causada por Colletotrichum acutatum, acarreta sérios problemas à cultura. Com o objetivo de verificar a utilização de extratos vegetais no controle da doença, testes "in vitro" foram realizados com 11 extratos vegetais hidroalcoólicos produzidos de plantas utilizadas na medicina popular. Os extratos foram preparados a partir de diferentes partes da planta, de acordo com a espécie, utilizando água e álcool no processo de extração por maceração. Foi verificada a influência dos extratos no crescimento micelial, esporulação e germinaç��o de esporos de C. acutatum, e também no controle do patógeno em folhas e frutos destacados. De acordo com a metodologia utilizada, os extratos vegetais que apresentaram maior eficiência foram os de folha e ramos de Ruta graveolens, Artemisia absinthium e bulbos de Allium sativum, indicando ter essas plantas potencial fungitóxico para o controle de C. acutatum.The black spot of strawberry plants caused by Colletotrichum acutatum, causes serious problems to the culture. To control the disease and minimize the use of fungicides, in vitro assays were accomplished with 11 different plant hydroalcoholic extract from plants species used in the popular medicine. The extracts were produced from plant parts (according to the species using water and alcohol in the extraction process for infusion. The influence of the extracts was verified in the micelial growth, esporulation and germination of the pathogen, besides a test with leaves and outstanding fruits. In agreement with the methodology used in this study, the extracts that showed the highest efficiency were the ones from Ruta graveolens, Artemisia absinthium and Allium sativum, which indicate such plants as potential fungitoxics for the control of C. acutatum.

  9. [Antibibiotic resistance by nosocomial infections' causal agents].

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    Salazar-Holguín, Héctor Daniel; Cisneros-Robledo, María Elena

    2016-01-01

    Introducción: la resistencia a antimicrobianos por agentes causales de infección nosocomial (IN) constituye un grave problemática global que involucra al HGR 1 del IMSS en Chihuahua, México; si bien con particularidades que requirieron especificarla y evaluarla, a fin de concretar una terapéutica eficaz. Métodos: estudio observacional, descriptivo y prospectivo; se llevó a cabo mediante vigilancia activa durante 2014 para la detección de infecciones nosocomiales, su estudio epidemiológico, cultivo y antibiograma para identificar al agente causal y su resistencia a los antibióticos. Resultados: de 13527 egresos hospitalarios, 1079 presentaron IN (8 por 100 egresos) y de ellas destacaron: de líneas vasculares, quirúrgicas, neumonía y de vías urinarias; sumando dos tercios del total. Se realizó cultivo y antibiograma en 300 de ellas (27.8 %); identificando 31 especies bacterianas, siendo siete las principales (77.9 %): Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus y epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae y Enterobacter cloacae; mostrando multirresistencia a 34 antibióticos probados, excepto en siete con baja o nula resistencia: vancomicina, teicoplanina, linezolid, quinupristina-dalfopristina, piperacilina–tazobactam, amikacina y carbapenémicos. Conclusiones: al contrastar tales resultados ante las recomendaciones de las guías de práctica clínica, surgieron contradicciones; por lo que deben tomarse con reserva y ser probadas en cada hospital, mediante cultivos y antibiogramas en prácticamente todos los casos de infección nosocomial.

  10. Reação de cultivares de batata a Streptomyces scabies, agente causal da sarna comum profunda Reaction of potato cultivars to Streptomyces scabies, causal agent of deep common scab

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    Ivan Herman Fischer

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho visou caracterizar quanto a critérios morfológicos e fisiológicos isolados de Streptomyces causadores de sarna comum profunda em batata; avaliar o comportamento de cultivares em relação à doença e a variação na agressividade entre os isolados da bactéria. Os isolados de Streptomyces apresentaram coloração cinza em meio extrato de levedura e malte e cadeias de esporos espiraladas, produzidas sobre um micélio aéreo. Ocorreu produção de melanina em meio de tirosina-ágar e a utilização de oito fontes de carbono recomendadas, propriedades estas que correspondem às descritas para S. scabies. Batatas-semente sadias de seis cultivares foram plantadas em substrato infestado com seis isolados de S. scabies separadamente e as plantas cultivadas em vasos e ambiente aberto. A severidade da doença foi estimada com auxílio de uma escala diagramática e avaliou-se o rendimento de tubérculos (g/planta. As cvs. Mondial e Jaete Bintje foram as mais resistentes à sarna comum com severidade média nos dois experimentos de 10,5% e 14,0%, respectivamente, seguidas por Asterix (17,4%, Ágata (21,8%, Monalisa (23,0% e Cupido (23,3%. A agressividade dos isolados variou quantitativamente, com severidade maior para o isolado M4 (34,7% e menor para o isolado M1 (6,2%. Redução da produção de tubérculos foi verificada na cv. Jaete Bintje, no primeiro experimento, e quando as cultivares foram infectadas pelos isolados A1, M2 e M3, no primeiro experimento, e pelo isolado M4, no segundo experimento.This work aimed to characterize the isolates of Streptomyces, responsible for deep common scab symptoms in potato, according to morphological and physiological criteria; to evaluate the resistance of potato cultivars to the disease and the aggressiveness of bacterium isolates. The Streptomyces isolates presented gray coloration on yeast extract and malt medium and spiral spore chains, produced on aerial hyphae. Production of melanina occurred

  11. In vivo sensitivity reduction of Puccinia triticina races, causal agent of wheat leaf rust, to DMI and QoI fungicides Redução da sensibilidade de raças de Puccinia triticina, agente causal da ferrugem da folha do trigo, aos fungicidas DMI e QoI, in vivo

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    Gisele da Silva Arduim

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Experiments were carried out to determine in vivo the IC50 and the IC90 for demethylation-inhibitor fungicides (DMIs, triazoles and quinone outside inhibitors (QoIs, strobilurins to the five most frequent races of Puccinia triticina in 2007 growing season in Southern Brazil. The tests were done in a greenhouse with wheat seedlings. DMI fungicides were tested at the concentrations, in mg/L, 0.0; 0.02; 0.2; 2.0; 20.0; 100.0 and 200.0, and QoIs at the concentrations 0.0; 0.0001; 0.001; 0.01; 0.1; 1 and 10.0 mg of active ingredient/L water. Fungicides were preventively applied at 24 hours before the inoculation of seedlings with the fungal spores. The effect of treatments was assessed based on the number of uredia/cm². The lowest IC50 (inhibitory concentration for DMI fungicides determined for MCG-MN, sensitive race, ranged from 0.33 to 0.91 mg/L, while the highest values for MDP-MR, MDT-MR, MDK-MR, MFH-HT races, varied from 9.63 to 85.64 mg/L (suspected insensitivity. QoI fungicide presented an IC50 varying from 0.0018 to 0.14 mg/L. The sensitivity reduction factor for DMIs varied from 8.8 to 238.8, and for QoIs from 0.3 to 1.5 mg/L. Sensitivity reduction was confirmed for the races MDP-MR, MDT-MR, MDK-MR, MFH-HT to DMIs, as well as their sensitivity to QoI fungicides.Experimentos foram conduzidos para determinar, in vivo a IC50 e CI90 para fungicidas inibidores da demetilação (IDM(triazois e inibidores da quinona externa (IQe (estrobilurinas a cinco raças de Puccinia triticina mais frequentes na safra 2007, no Sul do Brasil. Os experimentos foram realizados em câmara de crescimento com plântulas de trigo. Os fungicidas IDMs foram testados nas concentrações em mg/L de 0,0; 0,02; 0,2; 2,0; 20,0; 100,0 e 200,0 e os IQes nas concentrações de 0,0; 0,0001; 0,001; 0,01; 0,1, 1 e 10,0 mg de ingrediente activo/L de água. Os fungicidas foram aplicados preventivamente 24 horas antes da inoculação das plântulas com os esporos do fungo. O efeito

  12. Caracterização molecular e patogênica de isolados de Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby) Dowson, agente causal da escaldadura das folhas da cana-de-açúcar Molecular and pathogenic characterization of isolates of Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby) Dowson, causal agent of sugarcane leaf scald

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    Mariana de Souza e Silva; Ivan Paulo Bedendo; Marcos Virgílio Casagrande

    2007-01-01

    A escaldadura das folhas, causada pela bactéria Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby) Dowson, é uma das cinco doenças mais importantes da cana-de-açúcar e sua ocorrência reduz o rendimento e a longevidade da cultura. Variedades resistentes têm sido usadas para o controle, porém há evidências da ocorrência de variantes do patógeno. Em campos comerciais do Estado de São Paulo, tem sido observado que a mesma variedade de cana se apresenta como resistente em uma região e suscetível em outra, sugerindo ...

  13. Novas raças de Bremia lactucae, agente causador do míldio da alface, identificadas no estado de São Paulo New races of Bremia lactucae, causal agent of lettuce downy mildew, identified in São Paulo state, Brazil

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    Jean de O Souza

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi relatar o surgimento de raças de Bremia lactucae, agente causal do míldio nas principais regiões produtoras de alface do estado de São Paulo. O estudo foi realizado no Laboratório de Melhoramento Genético de Hortaliças do Departamento de Produção Vegetal da UNESP, Campus de Jaboticabal. No período de 2006 e 2007, foram coletados 36 isolados de B. lactucae de diferentes regiões produtoras de alface no estado. Para identificação das raças foram utilizadas as cultivares diferenciadoras conforme o código "Sextet". Foram identificadas três novas raças, SPBl:02, SPBl:03 e SPBl:04 com os referidos comportamentos do fungo: (63/31/19/00, (63/63/19/00 e (63/63/03/00. Os genes Dm-14, Dm-17, Dm-18, Dm-37 e Dm-38 conferem resistência a essas novas raças identificadas.The objective of this paper was to report new races of lettuce downy mildew causal agent Bremia lactucae in São Paulo State. The study was carried out in the laboratory of Crop Genetics in the Department of Crop Science at the college of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Jaboticabal campus. A total of 36 isolates of B. lactucae was collected in different regions. The identification of races was based on compatibility reaction on the differential cultivars of the "Sextet". Three new races of B. lactucae, SPBl:02 (63/31/19/00, SPBl:03 (63/63/19/00 and SPBl:04 (63/63/03/00 were identified according to "Sextet" code. Genes Dm-14, Dm-17, Dm-18, Dm-37 and Dm-38 confer resistance to these new races identified.

  14. Caracterização molecular e patogênica de isolados de Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby) Dowson, agente causal da escaldadura das folhas da cana-de-açúcar

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    Mariana de Souza e Silva; Bedendo,Ivan Paulo; Casagrande,Marcos Virgílio

    2007-01-01

    A escaldadura das folhas, causada pela bactéria Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby) Dowson, é uma das cinco doenças mais importantes da cana-de-açúcar e sua ocorrência reduz o rendimento e a longevidade da cultura. Variedades resistentes têm sido usadas para o controle, porém há evidências da ocorrência de variantes do patógeno. Em campos comerciais do Estado de São Paulo, tem sido observado que a mesma variedade de cana se apresenta como resistente em uma região e suscetível em outra, sugerindo ...

  15. Caracterização molecular e patogênica de isolados de Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby Dowson, agente causal da escaldadura das folhas da cana-de-açúcar Molecular and pathogenic characterization of isolates of Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby Dowson, causal agent of sugarcane leaf scald

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    Mariana de Souza e Silva

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available A escaldadura das folhas, causada pela bactéria Xanthomonas albilineans (Ashby Dowson, é uma das cinco doenças mais importantes da cana-de-açúcar e sua ocorrência reduz o rendimento e a longevidade da cultura. Variedades resistentes têm sido usadas para o controle, porém há evidências da ocorrência de variantes do patógeno. Em campos comerciais do Estado de São Paulo, tem sido observado que a mesma variedade de cana se apresenta como resistente em uma região e suscetível em outra, sugerindo a ocorrência de variantes na população do patógeno. Assim, o objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar a presença de diversidade genética da bactéria em áreas comerciais. Um total de 50 isolados foram obtidos em cultura pura a partir de plantas sintomáticas coletadas em Piracicaba (SP, Jaú (SP, região de Ribeirão Preto (SP e Iturama (MG. Os isolados foram confirmados como pertencentes à espécie X. albilineans por meio de características de colônias, serologia e PCR com 'primers' específicos. Para caracterização da diversidade genética, foi usado o método de Rep-PCR, a partir do DNA extraído de cada isolado. Oito isolados, provenientes dos diferentes grupos identificados por rep-PCR, foram usados em testes de patogenicidade, por meio de inoculação em duas variedades de cana. Os resultados confirmaram todos os isolados como pertencentes à espécie X. albilineans. Por meio de rep-PCR, foi demonstrada diversidade genética entre os isolados, os quais foram separados em três grupos: um grupo composto somente pelos isolados de Piracicaba; um segundo, contendo todos os isolados amostrados em Jaú e na região de Ribeirão Preto, e um isolado de Iturama; e, no terceiro, somente dois isolados coletados em Iturama. Os testes de patogenicidade revelaram diferenças na agressividade entre isolados, porém sem relação com sua região de origem. Este trabalho revelou a ocorrência de diversidade genética e de agressividade dentro da

  16. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: a new potential biocontrol agent of Ralstonia solanacearum, causal agent of potato brown rot

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    Messiha, N.A.S.; Diepeningen, van A.D.; Farag, N.S.; Abdallah, S.A.; Janse, J.D.; Bruggen, van A.H.C.

    2007-01-01

    Stenotrophomonas maltophilia was isolated from the rhizosphere of eggplant in the Nile Delta of Egypt, and its antagonistic potential against Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2, the causal agent of potato brown rot, was in vitro evaluated on KB agar medium and in vivo on potato plants. In vitro,

  17. Papular urticaria: A review of causal agents in Colombia.

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    Lozano, Ana Milena; López, Juan Felipe; Zakzuk, Josefina; García, Elizabeth

    2016-12-01

    Papular urticaria is a chronic allergic reaction induced by insect bites, which is common in the tropics. The objective of this review was to deepen on epidemiological and immunological aspects of this disease, focused on data published in Latin American countries.We conducted a non-systematic review of the literature through electronic search on the epidemiology of papular urticaria, the entomological characteristics of the causative agents and associated immunological mechanisms.Several reports from medical centers suggest that papular urticaria is common in Latin America. Only one epidemiological survey designed to estimate prevalence of papular urticaria has been published, reporting that about a quarter of children under six years of age is affected by this condition in Bogotá. There is evidence on the causal relationship among exposure to indoor fleas, poverty and papular urticaria in Bogotá, a representative city of the Andean altitudes. Information about causal insects in tropical warmer areas is scarce, although from clinical reports Aedes aegypti and Culex quienquefasciatus appear to be the most common. Th2 cellular-mediated mechanisms are involved in its pathogenesis, which explains its delayed hypersensitivity. The role of immunoglobulin E is not clear in this disease. Insect-derived antigens directly involved in papular urticaria etiology are unknown. However, it is possible that common molecules among causal insects mediate cross-reactive reactions, such as Cte f 2 allergen, found in cat fleas, and its counterparts in mosquitoes.Papular urticaria is a frequent disease in Latin America that should be further investigated. Immunological characterization of the molecular components that cause this condition may solve questions about its pathogenesis.

  18. Causality

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    Making correct causal claims is important for research and practice. This article explains what causality is, and how it can be established via experimental design. Because experiments are infeasible in many applied settings, researchers often use "observational" methods to estimate causal models. In these situations, it is likely that model estimates are compromised by endogeneity. The article discusses the conditions that engender endogeneity and methods that can eliminate it.

  19. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: a new potential biocontrol agent of Ralstonia solanacearum, causal agent of potato brown rot

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    Messiha, N.A.S.; Diepeningen, van, A.D.; Farag, N.S.; Abdallah, S.A.; Janse, J.D.; Bruggen, van, A.S.

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    Stenotrophomonas maltophilia was isolated from the rhizosphere of eggplant in the Nile Delta of Egypt, and its antagonistic potential against Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2, the causal agent of potato brown rot, was in vitro evaluated on KB agar medium and in vivo on potato plants. In vitro, four isolates of S. maltophilia (PD3531, PD3532, PD3533, and PD3534) appeared antagonistic. The isolate (PD3533) was screened as the most promising antagonist for the in vivo tests. In the greenho...

  20. Causality

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    Pearl, Judea

    2000-03-01

    Written by one of the pre-eminent researchers in the field, this book provides a comprehensive exposition of modern analysis of causation. It shows how causality has grown from a nebulous concept into a mathematical theory with significant applications in the fields of statistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, cognitive science, and the health and social sciences. Pearl presents a unified account of the probabilistic, manipulative, counterfactual and structural approaches to causation, and devises simple mathematical tools for analyzing the relationships between causal connections, statistical associations, actions and observations. The book will open the way for including causal analysis in the standard curriculum of statistics, artifical intelligence, business, epidemiology, social science and economics. Students in these areas will find natural models, simple identification procedures, and precise mathematical definitions of causal concepts that traditional texts have tended to evade or make unduly complicated. This book will be of interest to professionals and students in a wide variety of fields. Anyone who wishes to elucidate meaningful relationships from data, predict effects of actions and policies, assess explanations of reported events, or form theories of causal understanding and causal speech will find this book stimulating and invaluable.

  1. JOHN SEARLE SOBRE A IDENTIDADE E A EFICÁCIA CAUSAL DA CONSCIÊNCIA

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    Tárik de Athayde Prata

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O texto discute os problemas em que se envolve o naturalismo biológico deJohn Searle ao defender (a a eficácia causal da consciência, (b a identidade dascapacidades causais da consciência e das capacidades causais dos processos cerebrais e(c a irredutibilidade ontológica da consciência. Essas três teses parecem implicar que aconsciência é e não é idêntica à atividade cerebral. Uma solução poderia ser encontradase o autor discutisse mais cuidadosamente a noção de identidade.

  2. Econometric causality

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    Heckman, James J.

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    This paper presents the econometric approach to causal modeling. It is motivated by policy problems. New causal parameters are defined and identified to address specific policy problems. Economists embrace a scientific approach to causality and model the preferences and choices of agents to infer subjective (agent) evaluations as well as objective outcomes. Anticipated and realized subjective and objective outcomes are distinguished. Models for simultaneous causality are developed. The paper ...

  3. Is diabetes a causal agent for colorectal cancer? Pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms

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    Olga Giouleme; Michael D Diamantidis; Marios G Katsaros

    2011-01-01

    The possible relationship between diabetes mellitus (DM) and colorectal cancer (CRC), concerning pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms is highlighted in this review. The most recent and complete articles and developments in this particular field were thoroughly reviewed. Common risk factors, such as obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and Western diet between DM and CRC, led to the theory that DM might be a causal agent for CRC development. Various studies have connected type 2 DM and CRC, either proximal or distal, in both sexes. Additionally, chronic insulin treatment has been linked with increased colorectal tumor risk among type 2 diabetic patients. Interestingly, elevated hemoglobin A1c has been proven to be an independent predictor of aggressive clinical behavior in CRC patients. These mechanisms include the insulin-like growth factor-hyperinsulinemia theory and the participation of oncogenic intracellular signaling pathways. Furthermore, it has been proposed that Cox-2 inhibitors might have a role in decreasing the incidence of CRC. Finally, the use of statins to reduce the risk for colon cancer in patients with diabetes has remained controversial. Diabetic patients over 50 should receive counseling regarding their elevated risk for CRC, and screening colonoscopy should be recommended before initiating insulin therapy. However, there are no current guidelines, and this strategy is not yet applicable to some countries, as the corresponding risk would not allow screening colonoscopy to be adopted. There is strong evidence to indicate that DM is a causal agent for CRC development. This conclusion provides new impetus for re-evaluating CRC screening worldwide.

  4. ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’, Causal Agent of Citrus Huanglongbing, Is Reduced by Treatment with Brassinosteroids

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    Hernández, Ingrid; Portieles, Roxana; Rodríguez García, Mayra; López, Yunior; Aranguren, Miguel; Alonso, Eugenio; Delgado, Roger; Luis, Maritza; Batista, Lochy; Paredes, Camilo; Rodríguez, Meilyn; Pujol, Merardo; Ochagavia, María Elena; Falcón, Viviana; Terauchi, Ryohei; Matsumura, Hideo; Ayra-Pardo, Camilo; Llauger, Raixa; Pérez, María del Carmen; Núñez, Mirian; Borrusch, Melissa S.; Walton, Jonathan D.; Silva, Yussuan; Pimentel, Eulogio; Borroto, Carlos; Borrás-Hidalgo, Orlando

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    Huanglongbing (HLB) constitutes the most destructive disease of citrus worldwide, yet no established efficient management measures exist for it. Brassinosteroids, a family of plant steroidal compounds, are essential for plant growth, development and stress tolerance. As a possible control strategy for HLB, epibrassinolide was applied to as a foliar spray to citrus plants infected with the causal agent of HLB, ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’. The bacterial titers were reduced after treatment with epibrassinolide under both greenhouse and field conditions but were stronger in the greenhouse. Known defense genes were induced in leaves by epibrassinolide. With the SuperSAGE technology combined with next generation sequencing, induction of genes known to be associated with defense response to bacteria and hormone transduction pathways were identified. The results demonstrate that epibrassinolide may provide a useful tool for the management of HLB. PMID:26731660

  5. 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus', Causal Agent of Citrus Huanglongbing, Is Reduced by Treatment with Brassinosteroids.

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    Eduardo Canales

    Full Text Available Huanglongbing (HLB constitutes the most destructive disease of citrus worldwide, yet no established efficient management measures exist for it. Brassinosteroids, a family of plant steroidal compounds, are essential for plant growth, development and stress tolerance. As a possible control strategy for HLB, epibrassinolide was applied to as a foliar spray to citrus plants infected with the causal agent of HLB, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus'. The bacterial titers were reduced after treatment with epibrassinolide under both greenhouse and field conditions but were stronger in the greenhouse. Known defense genes were induced in leaves by epibrassinolide. With the SuperSAGE technology combined with next generation sequencing, induction of genes known to be associated with defense response to bacteria and hormone transduction pathways were identified. The results demonstrate that epibrassinolide may provide a useful tool for the management of HLB.

  6. Role of Amblyomma lepidum in the transmission of Mycobacterium farcinogenes, the causal agent of Bovine farcy

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    Eltayib Badowi Hasabelrasoul

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    Full Text Available The present study was conducted to investigate the role of Amblyomma lepidum in the transmission of Mycobacterium farcinogenes, the causal agent of bovine farcy in Sudan. A total of 22 samples comprising of prescapular, submaxillary, mediastinal, parotid, retropharengeal and pulmonary lymph nodes, and subcutaneous nodules were collected for this study. M. farcinogenes was successfully isolated from the specimens by following traditional bacteriological techniques, and the bacteria were identified using standard biochemical assays, lipid analysis using Thin Layer Chromatography, and duplex Polymerase Chain Reaction. Larvae and nymphs of A. lepidum acquired M. farcinogenes from experimentally infected rabbits, and subsequently transmitted the infection to fresh rabbits within a maximum period of ten weeks. In contrast, adult A. lepidum failed to contract the organism from the infected rabbits; so, trans-ovarian transmission could be ruled out. In conclusion, this study confirmed the trans-stadial transmission of M. farcinogenes through larvae and nymphs of A. lepidum.

  7. Integrated Management of Causal Agents of Postharvest Fruit Rot of Apple

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    Mila Grahovac

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the major causes of poor quality and fruit loss (during storage and transportare diseases caused by phytopathogenic fungi. Economic losses which are the consequenceof the phytopathogenic fungus activity after harvest exceed the losses in the field.Themost important postharvest fungal pathogens of apple fruits are: Botrytis cinerea Pers. exFr., Penicillium expansum (Lk. Thom., Cryptosporiopsis curvispora (Peck. Grem., Colletotrichumgloeosporioides (Penz. Sacc., Monilinia sp., Gloeosporium album Osterw, Alternaria alternata(Fr. Keissler, Cladosporium herbarium Link., Cylindrocarpon mali (Alles. Wollenw., Stemphyliumbotryosum Wallr. The use of available protection technologies can significantly reducelosses caused by pathogens in storage. The concept of integrated pest management (IPMin apple fruits i.e. sustainable approach in control of causal agents of postharvest fruit rot,using cultural, physical, biological and chemical measures, to minimize economic, healthand risks to consumers and environment, is presented in the paper.

  8. Prevalencia de Chlamydia Trachomatis como agente causal de Leucorrea único o en asociación con otros agentes en Mujeres Embarazadas

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    Benavides, María Dolores; Téllez, Aleyda; Matus, Gregorio; Baltodano Martínez, Yubelka Susana; Centeno Cárdenas, Nora María

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    El objetivo del presente estudio fue, identificar la prevalencia de Chlamydia Trachomatis como agente causal único o en asociación con otros agentes causales de Leucorrea en mujeres embarazadas ingresadas en el servicio de ARO del HEODRA, en el período de Agosto de 2007 a Enero de 2008. El estudio es descriptivo, de corte transversal. Se trabajó con fuentes primarias, a través de la entrevista y exploración ginecológica de las pacientes, y secundarias, a través de la revisión de los resultado...

  9. Complete genome sequence of Spiroplasma citri strain R8-A2T, causal agent of stubborn disease in Citrus spp.

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    Spiroplasma citri is the causal agent of stubborn disease in Citrus spp., as well as the cause of diseases in numerous other plant genera. Here we report the nucleotide sequence of the 1,599,709 bp circular chromosome and two plasmids of strain R8-A2T. This information will facilitate comparative ...

  10. White rot of garlic and onion (Causal agent, Sclerotium cepivorum): A status report from the Pacific Northwest

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    There is evidence from literature, state department of agriculture documents, and recent diagnoses that Sclerotium cepivorum, causal agent of white rot of garlic and onion, is spreading and/or becoming more established in the Pacific Northwest. Previously documented distributions are summarized, an...

  11. Morphological and molecular characterization of the causal agent of downy mildew on Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa).

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    Choi, Young-Joon; Danielsen, Solveig; Lübeck, Mette; Hong, Seung-Beom; Delhey, Rolf; Shin, Hyeon-Dong

    2010-05-01

    Downy mildew is an economically important and widespread disease in quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) growing areas. Although in many studies Peronospora farinosa is most commonly regarded as the causal agent of the disease, identification and classification of the pathogen remain still uncertain due to its taxonomic confusion. Thirty-six Peronospora isolates from quinoa with different geographic origins including Argentina, Bolivia, Denmark, Ecuador, and Peru were morphologically and molecularly compared with Peronospora species from other Chenopodium species. The morphology of three herbarium specimens was similar to that of P. variabilis, which originated from C. album, characterized by flexuous to curved ultimate branchlets and pedicellated conidia. Phylogenetic analysis based on ITS rDNA sequences also placed the quinoa pathogen within the same clade as P. variabilis. Within the ITS rDNA sequences of the quinoa pathogens, two base substitutions were found, which separated the majority of the Danish isolates from isolates from South America, but no sequence difference was found among the isolates from different cultivars of quinoa. The present results indicate that the pathogen responsible for the quinoa downy mildew is identical to Peronospora variabilis and that it should not be lumped with P. farinosa as claimed previously by most studies.

  12. Potential of Pest and Host Phenological Data in the Attribution of Regional Forest Disturbance Detection Maps According to Causal Agent

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    Spruce, Joseph; Hargrove, William; Norman Steve; Christie, William

    2014-01-01

    Near real time forest disturbance detection maps from MODIS NDVI phenology data have been produced since 2010 for the conterminous U.S., as part of the on-line ForWarn national forest threat early warning system. The latter has been used by the forest health community to identify and track many regional forest disturbances caused by multiple biotic and abiotic damage agents. Attribution of causal agents for detected disturbances has been a goal since project initiation in 2006. Combined with detailed cover type maps, geospatial pest phenology data offer a potential means for narrowing the candidate causal agents responsible for a given biotic disturbance. U.S. Aerial Detection Surveys (ADS) employ such phenology data. Historic ADS products provide general locational data on recent insect-induced forest type specific disturbances that may help in determining candidate causal agents for MODIS-based disturbance maps, especially when combined with other historic geospatial disturbance data (e.g., wildfire burn scars and drought maps). Historic ADS disturbance detection polygons can show severe and extensive regional forest disturbances, though they also can show polygons with sparsely scattered or infrequent disturbances. Examples will be discussed that use various historic disturbance data to help determine potential causes of MODIS-detected regional forest disturbance anomalies.

  13. Overwintering form of the causal agent of shot hole disease in Khorasan Razavi, Iran.

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    Panjehkeh, N; Yosefi, A

    2011-01-01

    Shot hole disease of stone fruit trees caused by some plant pathogenic fungi is a major constraint to stone fruit production worldwide where the trees are grown. Identification of the causal agents of the disease and their overwintering forms in stone fruit trees of Khorasan Razavi was necessary for disease management programs. Buds, twigs, fallen leaves and fruits were collected from the infected peach, apricot, nectarine and almond trees in winter 2007. The samples were superficially disinfested in 1% sodium hypochlorite for 2-3 min and then in 70% ethanol for 45 sec. Two to three fragments of 4x4 mm from each tissue were separately cultured on 2% water agar and potato dextrose agar (PDA), and purified on PDA. Just a pathogenic fungal species, Wilsonomyces corpophilus was isolated from the infected buds and twigs. No microorganism was isolated from the fallen leaves and fruits collected from underneath of the infested stone fruit trees. Pathogenicity of the fungus was examined on detached shoots of current year of four varieties of stone fruit trees. Fungal discs were placed under the bark of the bud base. Control shoots were similarly treated with sterile PDA discs. Inoculated shoots were placed in a humid growth chamber at 25 degrees C. Fungal hyphae appeared at 30 days post inoculation. Control shoots were asymptomatic. Pathogenicity intensities or lesion lengths were significantly different among the four varieties tested. A completely randomised design with five replicates was employed to measure the number of spores in infested buds and twigs of each variety of stone fruit tree. The samples were sliced and placed into a glass tube of centrifuge containing 3 ml of sterile distilled water. They were mixed on a vortex mixer for 30-40 min and centrifuged at 3000 rpm for 5 min. Pelleted material from each sample was suspended in 500 microl of sterile distilled water and the spores were counted using a hemocytometre. Results revealed that the fungus overwinters

  14. Murcha do manjericão (Ocimum basilicum no Brasil: agente causal, círculo de plantas hospedeiras e transmissão via semente Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum wilt in Brazil: causal agent, host range and seed transmission

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    Ailton Reis

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    Full Text Available O manjericão (Ocimum basilicum L. é uma hortaliça da família Lamiaceae, utilizada na culinária ou como matéria prima para a indústria de fármacos e óleos essenciais. Amostras de plantas de manjericão apresentando sintomas de murcha, seca de hastes e podridão de colo foram coletadas na área rural de Brazlândia (DF durante a estação chuvosa de 2005. Outras duas amostras foram coletadas em plantas cultivadas em campo aberto e casas de vegetação na região de Ponte Alta (DF. Isolados de um fungo, identificado como Fusarium oxysporum, foram obtidos em todas as amostras. Testes de patogenicidade foram conduzidos com mudas das cultivares O. basilicum 'Dark Opal' e 'Italian Large Leaf', e de acessos das espécies O. americanum L. (manjericão de folha miúda, O. campechianum Mill. (alfavaca, Origanum manjorana L. (manjerona, Origanum vulgare L. (orégano, Mentha arvensis L. (menta, Coleus blumei Benth. (tapete, Leonorus sibiricus L. (rubim e Leonotis nepetaefolia (L. W.T. Aiton (cordão-de-frade. Todos os isolados fúngicos mostraram-se altamente virulentos sobre as duas cultivares de manjericão. Em O. campechianum e O. americanum os isolados causaram apenas suave escurecimento vascular e leve redução de crescimento, sendo avirulentos sobre acessos das espécies O. manjorana, O. vulgare, M. arvensis, C. blumei, L. sibiricus e L. nepetaefolia. Este conjunto de dados indicou que o agente causal da doença é o fungo F. oxysporum f. sp. basilici, constituindo-se no primeiro registro formal deste patógeno no Brasil. Os lotes de sementes utilizados nas áreas de ocorrência da doença foram submetidos a um teste de sanidade visando verificar a presença do patógeno. O fungo F. oxysporum f. sp. basilici foi detectado em quatro dos seis lotes e os isolados obtidos das sementes contaminadas mostraram similar sintomatologia e um idêntico perfil de virulência aos verificados em campo e casa de vegetação, sugerindo que as sementes

  15. Host range of Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal agent of soybean rust

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    Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal organism of soybean rust, was first described in 1903 from leaves of Glycine max subsp. soja, or wild soybean, in Japan. Since that time, there have been numerous reports of the pathogen on various leguminous species around the world, first in Asia, followed by Aust...

  16. Molecular characterization and pathogenicity assays of Colletotrichum acutatum, causal agent for lime anthracnose in Texas

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    Several distorted Mexican lime [Citrus aurantiifolia (Christm). Swingle] fruit, leaf, and twig samples with lime anthracnose symptoms were collected from three trees in residential areas of Brownsville, Texas. The causal fungal organism, Colletotrichum acutatum J. H. Simmonds was isolated from leave...

  17. ANTAGONISTIC EFFECT OF FOUR FUNGAL ISOLATES TO GANODERMA BONINENSE, THE CAUSAL AGENT OF BASAL STEM ROT OF OIL PALM

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    Full Text Available Four fungal isolates from soils obtained from three sites of the oil palm plantations in North Sumatra were found antagonistic to Ganoderma boninense, the causal agent of basal stem rot of oil palm. Penicillium citrinum inhibited the growth of the pathogen and formed a zone of inhibition on the agar media. Trichoderma harzianum BIO - 1 as well as BIO - 2 and T. viride not only repressed the growth of the pathogen but also caused lysis of the hyphae, and the colony was totally overgrown by the antagonists.

  18. Monitoring of Soft Fruit Mother Plantings Aimed at Control of Phytophthora fragariae, Causal Agent of Root Rot

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    Slobodan Milenković

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    Full Text Available Phytophthora fragariae was first detected in the Republic of Serbia in 2002, and it has been included in A2 quarantine list of damaging organisms since 2003. The project titled ‘Monitoring of soft fruit mother plantings aimed at the control of Phytophthora fragariae, causal agent of root rot’ was realized over 2004 – 2005 aiming at determination of population rate of the pathogen and the control of raspberry planting material. Over that period, the total 388 samples were tested. Collected samples were analyzed by PCR. The presence of Phytophthora fragariae was detected in 156 samples.

  19. Agentes indutores da síntese de hemoglobina fetal

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    Anemia falciforme é uma doença heterogênea caracterizada por uma grande variabilidade clínica. Desde as primeiras observações desta doença, foi visto que aumento no nível de hemoglobina fetal (HbF) estava associado com manifestações clínicas mais brandas, já que a HbF interfere na polimerização da HbS. A hidroxiuréia é um agente citotóxico que causa vários efeitos nos pacientes com anemia falciforme, tais como: aumento da produção de HbF, aumento do volume corpuscular médio, aumento da hidrat...

  20. Species-specific detection and identification of fusarium species complex, the causal agent of sugarcane pokkah boeng in China.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Pokkah boeng disease caused by the Fusarium species complex results in significant yield losses in sugarcane. Thus, the rapid and accurate detection and identification of the pathogen is urgently required to manage and prevent the spreading of sugarcane pokkah boeng. METHODS: A total of 101 isolates were recovered from the pokkah boeng samples collected from five major sugarcane production areas in China throughout 2012 and 2013. The causal pathogen was identified by morphological observation, pathogenicity test, and phylogenetic analysis based on the fungus-conserved rDNA-ITS. Species-specific TaqMan real-time PCR and conventional PCR methods were developed for rapid and accurate detection of the causal agent of sugarcane pokkah boeng. The specificity and sensitivity of PCR assay were also evaluated on a total of 84 isolates of Fusarium from China and several isolates from other fungal pathogens of Sporisorium scitamineum and Phoma sp. and sugarcane endophyte of Acremonium sp. RESULT: Two Fusarium species (F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum that caused sugarcane pokahh boeng were identified by morphological observation, pathogenicity test, and phylogenetic analysis. Species-specific TaqMan PCR and conventional PCR were designed and optimized to target their rDNA-ITS regions. The sensitivity of the TaqMan PCR was approximately 10 pg of fungal DNA input, which was 1,000-fold over conventional PCR, and successfully detected pokkah boeng in the field-grown sugarcane. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This study was the first to identify two species, F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum, that were causal pathogens of sugarcane pokkah boeng in China. It also described the development of a species-specific PCR assay to detect and confirm these pathogens in sugarcane plants from mainland China. This method will be very useful for a broad range of research endeavors as well as the regulatory response and management of sugarcane pokkah boeng.

  1. The potato dry rot causal agent and severity in Ardabil storages and the resistance of cultivars to the disease

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    Leila Khoshnevis

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Dry rot is one of the most important diseases of potato in storages. The aim of this study was to determine dry rot severity in potato storages of Ardabil, identify the disease causal agents and evaluate some potato cultivars resistance to the disease. Materials and methods: Totally 150 infected samples were collected from thirty nine studied storages in Ardabil. Dry rot severity and the prevalence of infected tubers were determined by surveying three 50 kg bags of potato in the storages. Fungi isolated and purified from the tubers with dry rot symptoms. A factorial design with four replications was applied in order to evaluate the reaction of five potato cultivars to four Fusarium species and determining the resistant one to dry rot. Potato tuber slices were inoculated by conidial suspension of Fusarium species. Four days after inoculation and maintaining in darkness and 25oC, the cultivars susceptibility was  identified. Results: Four species of Fusarium were identified as dry rot causal agents in Ardabil as follows: F. oxysporum, F. poae, F. solani and F. sporotrichioides. There was no significant difference between Fusarium species in pathogenicity. The reaction of cultivars to various Fusarium species was different. Boren had the lowest infection (12.5% and Sabalan showed the highest (98.87 %. Sabalan ،Khavaran ،Agria and hybrid line 3970093 displayed the highest susceptibility to various studied Fusarium species. Discussion and conclusion: Based on the results, Boren is introduced as the most resistant cultivar to Fusarium dry rot and Sabalan, Agria and hybrid line 3970093 as the susceptible ones.

  2. Estabilidade da polpa de morango atomizada utilizando diferentes agentes carreadores

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar o efeito de diferentes agentes carreadores (Maltodextrina 5DE, Maltodextrina 10DE, Goma arábica e Capsul® nas características físico-químicas (umidade, densidade, solubilidade, teor de antocianinas e atividade antioxidante da polpa de morango desidratada por atomização e armazenada à temperatura ambiente por 90 dias. A utilização dos diferentes agentes carreadores resultou em pós com valores de densidade aparente entre 0,40 e 0,52 g/cm³ e umidade menor do que 2,5%. Todas as amostras foram altamente solúveis, mas os pós obtidos com a Maltodextrina 5DE e com a Goma arábica apresentaram menor higroscopicidade. As isotermas de sorção obtidas foram do tipo III e o modelo de GAB foi o que melhor se ajustou aos dados experimentais. A amostra produzida com goma arábica apresentou a maior concentração de antocianinas e, consequentemente, maior valor de atividade antioxidante, tanto imediatamente após a secagem como ao longo de 90 dias de armazenamento. Os resultados obtidos indicaram que a goma arábica foi o agente carreador mais adequado para a produção de polpa de morango em pó.

  3. Brown rot on nuts of Castanea sativa Mill: an emerging disease and its causal agent

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    Maresi G

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    Full Text Available The quality and quantity of nut production are fundamental to the economic viability of chestnut cultivation, yet recent reports indicate that severe damage due to moulds represents a significant problem for growers. We carried out an investigation of the agents of chestnut rot and internal fruit damage in three orchards in Italy. Black and brown rot, as well as insect damage, were found in all the areas examined. Brown rot appeared to be the main cause of damage, affecting 8% to 49% and 2% to 24% of nuts collected from the ground and from burrs, respectively. With respect to morphology and DNA sequencing analyses, fungal isolates obtained from brown rot were homologous with Gnomoniopsis sp. obtained from Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Yasumatsu galls and with Gnomoniopsis castanea and Gnomoniopsis smithogilvyi described on chestnut in Italy and Australia, respectively. The same fungus was also isolated from the bark of one- and two-years-old healthy shoots at each site, supporting the endophytic behaviour of this rot agent. Brown rot symptoms on nuts associated with Gnomoniopsis sp. corresponded with those previously described by several authors and referred to as Phoma or Phomopsis endogena, suggesting a relationship between these fungi and Gnomoniopsis sp. It is to notice that the escalation of brown rot damage in Italy followed several periods of drought and probably the recent invasion of D. kuriphilus, both stress factors for chestnut trees.

  4. Variable Number of Tandem Repeat Markers in the Genome Sequence of Mycosphaerella Fijiensis, the Causal Agent of Black Leaf Streak Disease of Banana (Musa spp.)

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    Mycosphaerella fijiensis, the causal agent of banana leaf streak disease (commonly known as black Sigatoka), is the most devastating pathogen attacking bananas (Musa spp). Recently the whole genome sequence of M. fijiensis became available. This sequence was screened for the presence of Variable Num...

  5. Isolation and characterization of the mating type locus of Mycosphaerella fijiensis, the causal agent of black leaf streak disease of banana

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    Conde-Ferráez, L.; Waalwijk, C.; Canto-Canché, B.B.; Kema, G.H.J.; Crous, P.W.; James, A.C.; Abeln, E.C.A.

    2007-01-01

    Idiomorphs mat1-1 and mat1-2 from Mycosphaerella fijiensis, the causal agent of black leaf streak disease of banana, were isolated. Degenerate oligos were used to amplify the HMG box of the mat1-2 idiomorph from M. fijiensis, showing homology with the HMG box of Mycosphaerella graminicola. Using a D

  6. Agentes morais e a identidade da filosofia de Hume

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    Flavio Williges

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A interpretação padrão da filosofia de Hume o apresenta como um cético radical acerca das pretensões da razão em fundamentar adequadamente nosso sistema de crenças e, ao mesmo tempo, como um naturalista que procurou sustentar que nossas crenças, embora racionalmente infundadas, não podem ser abandonadas na vida comum, em função da ação de sentimentos e impulsos naturais. Este trabalho pretende mostrar que o naturalismo de Hume pode e deve ser interpretado como uma metodologia de abordagem de conceitos filosóficos (ideias e crenças, no vocabulário de Hume que incorpora elementos irrefletidos da vida comum (como sentimentos e impulsos naturais e atribui a tais elementos o mesmo estatuto teórico que processos abstratos como raciocínios e argumentos. Uma filosofia que legitima mecanismos não-reflexivos no tratamento de problemas filosóficos é chamada por Hume de "filosofia verdadeira". Tal espécie de filosofia é incompatível com formas radicais de ceticismo, pois mecanismos irrefletidos que originam ideias são imunes à dúvida. Para exemplificar as teses aqui defendidas e tornar minha caracterização do naturalismo mais convincente, faço uma rápida descrição, ao final do artigo, da abordagem abrangente dos agentes morais por Hume.The standard interpretion of Hume's philosophy presents him both as a radical skeptic regarding rational claims about the adequate foundation of our belief system and as a naturalist who maintained that our beliefs (though rationally ungrounded cannot be given up in ordinary life, due to natural drives and sentiments. This paper purports to show that Hume's naturalism can and should be interpreted as a method for addessing philosophical concepts (ideas and beliefs,to use Hume's jargon that incorporates unreflected elements ofordinary life (such as natural sentiments and drives and assigns to them the same theoretical status that abstract processes such as reasons and arguments have. A

  7. Caracterização morfocultural e infecção cruzada de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides agente causal da antracnose de frutos e hortaliças em pós-colheita / Morfocultural characterization and cross infection Colletotrichum gloeosporioides causes anthracnose in fruits and vegetables post-harvested

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    Lucimar Pereira Bonett

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O fungo Colletotrichum gloeosporioides infecta uma grande variedade de plantas em regiões tropicais, subtropicais e temperadas ocasionando consideráveis perdas econômicas em doenças pré e pós-colheita. O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar a morfologia e a infecção cruzada de isolados de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides obtidos de frutos e hortaliças em pós-colheita. Os isolados foram obtidos de lesões de frutos com sintomas de antracnose e cultivados em meio de cultivo BDA, sendo a avaliação do crescimento micelial realizada por meio de duas leituras diárias do diâmetro das colônias pelo período de quatorze dias e a caracterização morfológica das colônias realizada no final deste período. Para a realização do experimento, utilizou-se o delineamento experimental inteiramente casualisado com três repetições por tratamento. Para o experimento da infecção cruzada foram realizados dois ferimentos em frutos sadios nos quais foram depositados blocos de meio de cultura com 6 mm2 contendo os isolados. O delineamento experimental foi em esquema fatorial de 8 x 8, com quatro repetições. As médias de ambos os experimentos foram analisadas por meio do teste de Scott-Knott com 5% de probabilidade. A maioria dos isolados de C. gloeosporioides possuem grande potencial de infecção cruzada, já que foram capazes de causar lesões em frutos de mamão, manga, abacate, chuchu, jiló, pimentão verde e pimenta. Os isolados de frutos de mamão e abacate apresentaram o maior índice de crescimento micelial e os isolados provenientes do chuchu apresentaram o menor. Quanto ao desenvolvimento de lesões, o mamão apresentou-se mais suscetível, com lesões maiores, enquanto que a pimenta cambuci demonstrou-se a mais resistente, apresentando as menores lesões.

  8. Rapid discrimination of the causal agents of urinary tract infection using ToF-SIMS with chemometric cluster analysis

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    Fletcher, John S.; Henderson, Alexander; Jarvis, Roger M.; Lockyer, Nicholas P.; Vickerman, John C.; Goodacre, Royston

    2006-07-01

    Advances in time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) have enabled this technique to become a powerful tool for the analysis of biological samples. Such samples are often very complex and as a result full interpretation of the acquired data can be extremely difficult. To simplify the interpretation of these information rich data, the use of chemometric techniques is becoming widespread in the ToF-SIMS community. Here we discuss the application of principal components-discriminant function analysis (PC-DFA) to the separation and classification of a number of bacterial samples that are known to be major causal agents of urinary tract infection. A large data set has been generated using three biological replicates of each isolate and three machine replicates were acquired from each biological replicate. Ordination plots generated using the PC-DFA are presented demonstrating strain level discrimination of the bacteria. The results are discussed in terms of biological differences between certain species and with reference to FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy and pyrolysis mass spectrometric studies of similar samples.

  9. Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae the Causal Agent of Bacterial Leaf Blight of rice: Isolation, Characterization, and Study of Transposon Mutagenesis

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    Abdjad Asih Nawangsih

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Xanthomonas oryzae pv oryzae the Causal Agent of Bacterial Leaf Blight of rice: Isolation, Characterization, and Study of Transposon Mutagenesis. X. oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo causes bacterial leaf blight (BLB of rice (Oryza sativa L., a major disease that constrains production of the staple crop in many countries of the world. Identification of X. oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo was conducted based on the disease symptoms, pathogenicity, morphological, physiological, and genetic characteristics of bacterial cultures isolated from the infected plants. Fifty bacterial isolates predicted as Xoo have been successfully isolated. They are aerobic, rod shaped, and Gram negative bacteria. The isolates were evaluated for their hypersensitivity in tobacco and pathogenicity in rice plant. Fifty isolates induced hypersensitive reaction in tobacco and showed pathogenicity symptom in rice in different length. Based on physiological test, hypersensitivity and pathogenicity reactions, three bacterial isolates strongly predicted as Xoo, i.e. STG21, STG42, and STG46, were non indole formation, non pigment fluorescent, hydrolyzed casein, catalase activity positive, but negative oxidase. Partial sequencing of 16S rRNA genes of STG21 and STG42 showed 80% and 82% homology with X. oryzae, respectively, while STG46 showed 84% homology with X. campestris. Mini-Tn5 transposon mutagenesis of STG21 generated one of the mutants (M5 lossed it’s ability to induce hypersensitive reaction in tobacco plant and deficient in pathogenicity on rice. The lesion length of rice leaf caused by the mutant M5 decreased up to 80%.

  10. Presencia de Blastocystis Hominis como agente causal de enfermedades gatrointestinales en la comuna 7 (Gaira del Distrito de Santa Marta

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    Sonja Liliana Lozano Socarras

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    Full Text Available La Blastocystis hominis es un protozoo que causa cuadros diarreicos. Es altamente prevalente en poblaciones que no cuentan con servicios adecuados de higiene, alcantarillado y salud pública. La infección con Blastocystis hominis frecuentemente concomita con otros enteropatógenos de reconocida patogenicidad, además se ha reportado como parásito oportunista en pacientes con VIII SIDA. El objetivo del presente estudio es determinar la presencia de Blastocystis hominis en pacientes de consulta externa con síntomas asociados a enfermedades gastrointestinales, en la comuna 7 del distrito de Santa Marta, Colombia, durante el mes de Enero a Diciembre de 2004. El método de diagnóstico utilizado fue examen coproparasitológico seriado y el número de pacientes analiza-dos fue de 291. Los resultados muestran una alta presencia de Blastocystis hominken pacientes con enfermedad diarreica residentes en Gaira. Un alto porcentaje de la población parasitada (62,6% presento como único agente causal de la enfermedad diarreica al Blastocystis hominis lo que sugiere la presencia de otras enfermedades que pueden involucrar un compromiso inmunológico, el efecto será una respuesta inmune débil contra el parásito.

  11. Podredumbres basales de Gypsophila paniculata (Caryophyllaceae: Agentes causales y su patogenicidad potencial sobre Dianthus caryophyllus (Caryophyllaceae Basal rots of Gypsophila paniculata (Caryophyllaceae: Causal agents and its potential pathogenicity on Dianthus caryophyllus (Caryophyllaceae

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    Full Text Available Los objetivos del trabajo fueron identificar a los agentes causales de las podredumbres basales de Gypsophila paniculata en la Argentina y probar su posible patogenicidad sobre Dianthus caryophyllus . A partir de plantas con síntomas de «podredumbre de la corona» (la más importante se aislaron en orden decreciente: Fusarium solani , F. oxysporum , Phytophthora nicotianae , Rhizoctonia solani , F. graminearum , F. verticillioides, F. equiseti y Pythium sp. y de plantas con «podredumbre basal del tallo» F. graminearum , F. oxysporum y F. solani . Con distintas cepas de cada hongo se hicieron pruebas de patogenicidad mediante la infestación del suelo y el depósito de inóculo en heridas producidas en los tallos. En la «podredumbre de la corona» fueron patógenos P. nicotianae causando decaimiento rápido de la parte aérea y podredumbre blanda de la corona y R. solani causando una pudrición más lenta y tejidos desintegrados. F. graminearum fue el patógeno de la «podredumbre basal del tallo» de gipsofila, que se describe por primera vez en este hospedante , comprobando que el hongo penetra sólo por heridas del tallo. En condiciones de inoculación se confirmó que algunas cepas de R. solani y de F. graminearum aisladas de gipsofila pueden ser patógenas de clavel mientras que sólo algunas de P. nicotianae resultaron patógenas débiles.The aims of the paper were to determine the causal agents of basal rots of Gypsophila paniculata in Argentina, and to evaluate its possible pathogenicity on Dianthus caryophyllus. Fusarium solani, F. oxysporum , Phytophthora nicotianae , Rhizoctonia solani , F. graminearum , F. verticilloides, F. equiseti and Pythium sp. were isolated in decreasing order from plants with symptoms of «crown rot» (the major basal rot. F. graminearum , F. oxysporum and F. solani were isolated from plants with «basal stem rot». Inoculations of gypsophila were performed by soil infestation and by placing inoculum on

  12. Erwinia chrysanthemi Burkholder, McFadden and Dimock and other Phytobacteria Causal Agents of Onion (Allium cepa L.) Bulb Decay, and their Detection

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    María de Jesús Yáñez; Leopold Fucikovsky; James W. Lorbeer; Armando González; Sergio Aranda

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    For the first time, a severe soft rot of onion bulbs in commercial fields was detected in southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi States, Mexico, in 1989. To identify the causal agent, 50 rotten bulbs were analyzed. Commercial seed lots, soil, and irrigation water were also investigated as a potential sources of inoculum. Pathogenic bacteria isolated from bulbs were identified by the biolog microplate system (BMS), Ouchterlony double diffusion serology, physiological tests, and only b...

  13. Evidence Suggesting that Fasciola gigantica Might be the Most Prevalent Causal Agent of Fascioliasis in Northern Iran

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    out and all trematodes recovered at necropsy, 8 weeks post-exposure, appeared to be F. gigantica based on morphology. The high temperature, moisture and rainfall during the year, especially in Bandar-Anzali, support the establishment and transmission of the disease in the zone. Although the species involved in human infections in endemic areas of Gilan has been usually referred to as F. hepatica, the results of this study as well as some interesting epidemiological evidences related to the disease, support that Fasciola gigantica might be the main causal agent of fascioliasis in this important endemic zone.

  14. Causality in Classical Electrodynamics

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    Causality in electrodynamics is a subject of some confusion, especially regarding the application of Faraday's law and the Ampere-Maxwell law. This has led to the suggestion that we should not teach students that electric and magnetic fields can cause each other, but rather focus on charges and currents as the causal agents. In this paper I argue…

  15. Identificación del agente causal de la pudrición blanca en Morelos, México

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    Ernesto Hernández Mendieta

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    Full Text Available Título en ingles: Identification of the white rot agent in Morelos, MexicoTítulo corto: Agente causal de la pudrición blanca en Morelos, MéxicoResumen: Cepas aisladas de Trametes versicolor (L.:Fr. Pilát causando pudrición blanca en especies arbóreas de amate amarillo (Ficus petiolaris, cirián o cuatecomate (Crescentia alata, guayaba (Psidium guajava y sauce colorado (Salix humboltiana en los municipios de Ayala, Cuautla, Cuernavaca, Jojutla, Tepalcingo, Tlaltizapán, Tlaquiltenango y Zacatepec de Hidalgo en el estado de Morelos, México se desarrollaron en medio de cultivo agua-agar enriquecido con 2,4-D amina en concentraciones de 0, 50, 100, 150, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 y 5000 ppm, con el objetivo de conocer su desarrollo en esta sal. Los mejores resultados se obtuvieron en un intervalo de 50 a 1000 ppm con un óptimo de 500 a 1000 ppm.L, las concentraciones de 2000 a 5000 ppm inhiben el desarrollo del hongo. Se confirma que las cepas aisladas de T. versicolor pueden emplearse como herramienta potencial de biorremediación de aguas contaminadas por ácido 2,4-D que es empleado como herbicida para el control de malezas de hoja ancha en cultivos de maíz, arroz, caña de azúcar y sorgo en la región de estudio.Palabras clave: Trametes versicolor, identificación, ácido 2,4-diclorofenoxiacetico, 2,4-D.Abstract: Trametes versicolor (L.: Fr Pilát was identified causing white rot of hardwood tree species of amate amarillo (Ficus petiolaris, cuatecomate or cirián (Crescentia alata, guayava (Psidium guajava and sauce colorado (Salix humboltiana in municipalities of Ayala, Cuautla, Cuernavaca, Jojutla Tepalcingo Tlaltizapan, Tlaquiltenango and Zacatepec de Hidalgo in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Collected strains were grown in water-agar culture medium with 2,4-D amine at concentrations of 0, 50, 100, 150, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 ppm with the aim of know their growth in this salt. The best results were found

  16. The hygienic hypothesis and transformations in etiological knowledge: from causal ontology to ontogenesis of the body A hipótese higiênica e transformações etiológicas: da ontologia causal à ontogênese do corpo

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    Full Text Available The objective of this article is to systematize the principal recent research results pertaining to the so-called hygienic hypothesis, which establishes an etiological link between the increasing incidence of allergic diseases and the decreasing incidence of infectious diseases in the industrialized countries of the Western world. The author contends that the current debate on the hygienic hypothesis indicates significant transformations in the understanding of disease etiology, perhaps even as important as the transformations in the 19th century during the process leading to the constitution of modern medicine and the identification of infectious disease causal agents.O objetivo deste artigo é de sistematizar os principais achados de pesquisa em relação à chamada hipótese higiênica, que estabelece um elo etiológico entre o aumento de incidência de doenças alérgicas e a incidência decrescente de doenças infecciosas nos países industrializados do Ocidente. O autor afirma que o debate atual sobre a hipótese higiênica revela transformações significativas na compreensão da etiologia das doenças, talvez tão importantes quanto as mudanças no século XIX que levaram à constituição da medicina moderna e à identificação dos agentes causais das doenças infecciosas.

  17. A novel fungal hyperparasite of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, the causal agent of wheat stripe rust.

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    Full Text Available Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst, the causal fungus of wheat stripe rust, was previously reported to be infected by Lecanicillium lecanii, Microdochium nivale and Typhula idahoensis. Here, we report a novel hyperparasite on Pst. This hyperparasitic fungus was identified as Cladosporium cladosporioides (Fresen. GA de Vries based on morphological characteristics observed by light and scanning electron microscopy together with molecular data. The hyperparasite reduced the production and viability of urediniospores and, therefore, could potentially be used for biological control of wheat stripe rust.

  18. Efecto depresivo de los agentes causales de las pudriciones secas en plantas producidas in vitro de malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium

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    Ernesto Espinosa Cuellar

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    Full Text Available Título en ingles: Depressive effect of the causative agents of dry rot in plants grown in vitro from malanga (Xanthosoma sagittifolium Resumen Se determinó el efecto depresivo sobre plantas de malanga producidas in vitro del cultivar “Amarilla Especial”, de los hongos Fusarium oxysporum Schlecht, Rhizoctonia solani  Kühn y Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc  aislados de plantas infectadas que presentaban síntomas de escaso desarrollo, clorosis, necrosis foliar y pudrición de las raíces. Los tratamientos consistieron en el aislamiento de los tres hongos por separado, la mezcla de los tres hongos y un control sin inocular. Se plantaron plantas previamente aclimatizadas en cámaras que tenían una dimensión de 0,90 x 0,90 x 0,90 m, en bloque completamente al azar con cuatro réplicas. Se inocularon 100 plantas por cada tratamiento y como control se dejaron igual número de plantas sin inocular, se evaluó en cada caso la altura de la planta, el número de raíces por planta y el número de raíces enfermas, y posteriormente se determinó el peso fresco y seco de las raíces y el follaje. Se cosechó a los 10 meses después de la plantación y se evaluaron algunos componentes del rendimiento, como el número de cormos y cormelos y su peso fresco, al igual que la intensidad de los daños en el momento de la cosecha. Los resultados mostraron que los hongos fitopatógenos Fusarium oxysporum Schlecht, Rhizoctonia solani  Kühn y Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc asociados a las pudriciones secas, ocasionaron un efecto depresivo en las plantas de malanga producidas in vitro cultivadas en cámaras. La mezcla de estos tres hongos resultó muy agresiva, lo que provocó en las plantas una disminución en la altura, el peso fresco del follaje y en el número de raíces, cormos y cormelos. Palabras clave: malanga, pudriciones secas, hongos, Abstract Depressive effect was determined on plants produced in vitro taro cultivar 'Amarilla Especial', fungi Fusarium

  19. Causality in Europeanization Research

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    2012-01-01

    Discourse analysis as a methodology is perhaps not readily associated with substantive causality claims. At the same time the study of discourses is very much the study of conceptions of causal relations among a set, or sets, of agents. Within Europeanization research we have seen endeavours...... to develop discursive institutional analytical frameworks and something that comes close to the formulation of hypothesis on the effects of European Union (EU) policies and institutions on domestic change. Even if these efforts so far do not necessarily amount to substantive theories or claims of causality......, it suggests that discourse analysis and the study of causality are by no means opposites. The study of Europeanization discourses may even be seen as an essential step in the move towards claims of causality in Europeanization research. This chapter deals with the question of how we may move from the study...

  20. In vitro antibacterial activity of sphaeropsidins and chemical derivatives toward Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, the causal agent of rice bacterial blight.

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    Evidente, Antonio; Venturi, Vittorio; Masi, Marco; Degrassi, Giuliano; Cimmino, Alessio; Maddau, Lucia; Andolfi, Anna

    2011-12-27

    Sphaeropsidin A, the main phytotoxin produced by Diplodia cupressi, as well as the two natural analogues sphaeropsidins B and C and 14 derivatives obtained by chemical modifications were assayed for antibacterial activity against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, Pseudomonas fuscovaginae, and Burkholderia glumae, the causal agents of severe bacterial rice diseases. The results showed a strong and specific activity of sphaeropsidin A against X. oryzae pv. oryzae, while no activity was observed against the other two pathogens. The results of structure-activity relationship studies showed that structural features important to impart this antibacterial activity are the presence of the C-7 carbonyl group and the hemiketalic lactone functionality. The C-13 vinyl group, the double bond of ring C, and/or the tertiary C-9 hydroxy group, as well as the pimarane arrangement of the tricylic carbon skeleton, were also important for the antibacterial activity. These findings may be useful in designing novel compounds for practical applications in agriculture.

  1. K-causality coincides with stable causality

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    2008-01-01

    It is proven that K-causality coincides with stable causality, and that in a K-causal spacetime the relation K^+ coincides with the Seifert's relation. As a consequence the causal relation "the spacetime is strongly causal and the closure of the causal relation is transitive" stays between stable causality and causal continuity.

  2. Glucanases and chitinases as causal agents in the protection of Acacia extrafloral nectar from infestation by phytopathogens.

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    González-Teuber, Marcia; Pozo, María J; Muck, Alexander; Svatos, Ales; Adame-Alvarez, Rosa M; Heil, Martin

    2010-03-01

    Nectars are rich in primary metabolites and attract mutualistic animals, which serve as pollinators or as an indirect defense against herbivores. Their chemical composition makes nectars prone to microbial infestation. As protective strategy, floral nectar of ornamental tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorffii x Nicotiana sanderae) contains "nectarins," proteins producing reactive oxygen species such as hydrogen peroxide. By contrast, pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins were detected in Acacia extrafloral nectar (EFN), which is secreted in the context of defensive ant-plant mutualisms. We investigated whether these PR proteins protect EFN from phytopathogens. Five sympatric species (Acacia cornigera, A. hindsii, A. collinsii, A. farnesiana, and Prosopis juliflora) were compared that differ in their ant-plant mutualism. EFN of myrmecophytes, which are obligate ant-plants that secrete EFN constitutively to nourish specialized ant inhabitants, significantly inhibited the growth of four out of six tested phytopathogenic microorganisms. By contrast, EFN of nonmyrmecophytes, which is secreted only transiently in response to herbivory, did not exhibit a detectable inhibitory activity. Combining two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis with nanoflow liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis confirmed that PR proteins represented over 90% of all proteins in myrmecophyte EFN. The inhibition of microbial growth was exerted by the protein fraction, but not the small metabolites of this EFN, and disappeared when nectar was heated. In-gel assays demonstrated the activity of acidic and basic chitinases in all EFNs, whereas glucanases were detected only in EFN of myrmecophytes. Our results demonstrate that PR proteins causally underlie the protection of Acacia EFN from microorganisms and that acidic and basic glucanases likely represent the most important prerequisite in this defensive function.

  3. Effect of Two Biological Formulations Based on Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas fluorescens on Control of Didymella applanata, the Causal Agent of Red Raspberry Cane Spur Blight

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    Margarita Shternshis

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    Full Text Available In vitro and in vivo studies were conducted to estimate the efficacy of the two microbial formulations based on Bacillus subtilis Cohn. and Pseudomonas fluorescens Mig. on the fungus Didymella applanata (Niessl. Sacc., the causal agent of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L. spur blight. In vitro, both bacteria reduced the growth of D. applanata. In inoculation experiments with raspberry canes in two cultivars with different susceptibility to D. applanata, these antagonistic bacteria suppressed fungal development by reducing the lesions area and the number of D. applanata fruiting bodies. Field trials of two biological formulations under natural conditions showed a significant suppression of the disease. B. subtilis and P. fluorescens included in the formulations revealed antagonistic activity towards D. applanata that depended on the red raspberry cultivar and weather conditions. In all cases, B. subtilis showed better results than P. fluorescens in biocontrol of the raspberry spur blight. This study demonstrated for the first time the ability of the biocontrol agents B. subtilis and P. fluorescens to suppress red raspberry cane spur blight, a serious worldwide disease.

  4. Cladosporium cladosporioides and Cladosporium pseudocladosporioides as potential new fungal antagonists of Puccinia horiana Henn., the causal agent of chrysanthemum white rust

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    Guevara-Fefer, Patricia; Márquez-Guzmán, G. Judith; Pérez-Martínez, Carolina

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    Puccinia horiana Hennings, the causal agent of chrysanthemum white rust, is a worldwide quarantine organism and one of the most important fungal pathogens of Chrysanthemum × morifolium cultivars, which are used for cut flowers and as potted plants in commercial production regions of the world. It was previously reported to be controlled by Lecanicillium lecanii, Cladosporium sphaerospermum, C. uredinicola and Aphanocladium album, due to their antagonistic and hyperparasitic effects. We report novel antagonist species on Puccinia horiana. Fungi isolated from rust pustules in a commercial greenhouse from Villa Guerrero, México, were identified as Cladosporium cladosporioides and Cladosporium pseudocladosporioides based upon molecular analysis and morphological characters. The antagonism of C. cladosporioides and C. pseudocladosporioides on chrysanthemum white rust was studied using light and electron microscopy in vitro at the host/parasite interface. Cladosporium cladosporioides and C. pseudocladosporioides grew towards the white rust teliospores and colonized the sporogenous cells, but no direct penetration of teliospores was observed; however, the structure and cytoplasm of teliospores were altered. The two Cladosporium spp. were able to grow on media containing laminarin, but not when chitin was used as the sole carbon source; these results suggest that they are able to produce glucanases. Results from the study indicate that both Cladosporium species had potential as biological control agents of chrysanthemum white rust. PMID:28141830

  5. Diversity of endophytic fungal community of cacao (Theobroma cacao L. and biological control of Crinipellis perniciosa, causal agent of Witches' Broom Disease

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    Full Text Available The basidiomycete fungus Crinipellis perniciosa (Stahel Singer is the causal agent of Witches' Broom Disease of Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. which is the main factor limiting cacao production in the Americas. Pod losses of up to 90% are experienced in affected areas as evidenced by the 50% drop in production in Bahia province, Brazil following the arrival of the C. perniciosa in the area in 1989. The disease has proven particularly difficult to control and many farmers in affected areas have given up cacao cultivation. In order to evaluate the potential of endophytes as a biological control agent of this phytopathogen, the endophytic fungal community of resistant and susceptible cacao plants as well as affected branches was studied between 2001 and 2002. The fungal community was identified by morphological traits and rDNA sequencing as belonging to the genera Acremonium, Blastomyces, Botryosphaeria, Cladosporium, Colletotrichum, Cordyceps, Diaporthe, Fusarium, Geotrichum, Gibberella, Gliocladium, Lasiodiplodia, Monilochoetes, Nectria, Pestalotiopsis, Phomopsis, Pleurotus, Pseudofusarium, Rhizopycnis, Syncephalastrum, Trichoderma, Verticillium and Xylaria. These fungi were evaluated both in vitro and in vivo by their ability to inhibit C. perniciosa. Among these, some were identified as potential antagonists, but only one fungus (Gliocladium catenulatum reduced the incidence of Witches' Broom Disease in cacao seedlings to 70%.

  6. Causal universe

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    Ellis, George FR; Pabjan, Tadeusz

    2013-01-01

    Written by philosophers, cosmologists, and physicists, this collection of essays deals with causality, which is a core issue for both science and philosophy. Readers will learn about different types of causality in complex systems and about new perspectives on this issue based on physical and cosmological considerations. In addition, the book includes essays pertaining to the problem of causality in ancient Greek philosophy, and to the problem of God's relation to the causal structures of nature viewed in the light of contemporary physics and cosmology.

  7. Causal and causally separable processes

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    Oreshkov, Ognyan; Giarmatzi, Christina

    2016-09-01

    The idea that events are equipped with a partial causal order is central to our understanding of physics in the tested regimes: given two pointlike events A and B, either A is in the causal past of B, B is in the causal past of A, or A and B are space-like separated. Operationally, the meaning of these order relations corresponds to constraints on the possible correlations between experiments performed in the vicinities of the respective events: if A is in the causal past of B, an experimenter at A could signal to an experimenter at B but not the other way around, while if A and B are space-like separated, no signaling is possible in either direction. In the context of a concrete physical theory, the correlations compatible with a given causal configuration may obey further constraints. For instance, space-like correlations in quantum mechanics arise from local measurements on joint quantum states, while time-like correlations are established via quantum channels. Similarly to other variables, however, the causal order of a set of events could be random, and little is understood about the constraints that causality implies in this case. A main difficulty concerns the fact that the order of events can now generally depend on the operations performed at the locations of these events, since, for instance, an operation at A could influence the order in which B and C occur in A’s future. So far, no formal theory of causality compatible with such dynamical causal order has been developed. Apart from being of fundamental interest in the context of inferring causal relations, such a theory is imperative for understanding recent suggestions that the causal order of events in quantum mechanics can be indefinite. Here, we develop such a theory in the general multipartite case. Starting from a background-independent definition of causality, we derive an iteratively formulated canonical decomposition of multipartite causal correlations. For a fixed number of settings and

  8. Comparison of antifungal activities of various essential oils on the Phytophthora drechsleri, the causal agent of fruit decay

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    Ali Mohammadi

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: The efficacy of Mentha piperita L, Zataria multiflora Boiss and Thymus vulgaris L essential oils (EOs was evaluated for controlling the growth of Phytophthora drechsleri, the causative agent of damage to many crops that is consumed directly by humans.Materials and Methods: The EOs used in this study was purchased from Magnolia Co, Iran. The pour plate method in petri dishes containing Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA was used to evaluate the antifungal properties of EOs. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MIC, minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC as well as mycelial growth inhibition (MGI were measured. The IC50 value (the concentration inhibited 50% of the mycelium growth was calculated by probit analysis.Results and Conclusion: The fungal growth was significantly reduced by increasing concentrations of tested EOs. The complete reduction was obtained with Shirazi thyme at all concentrations, whereas the complete reduction for peppermint and thyme was observed at 0.4% and 0.8% (v/v concentrations, respectively. Meanwhile, the minimum inhibition wasobserved when 0.1% peppermint (MGI values of 9.37% was used. The IC50, MIC and MFC values of Shirazi thyme was 0.053, 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively. Similarly, MIC and MFC values of peppermint and thyme were recorded 0.4% and 0.8%, respectively. The results obtained from this study may contribute to the development of new antifungal agents to protect the crops from this pathogenic fungus and many agricultural plant pathogens causing drastic crop losses.

  9. Actividad antifúngica del quitosano y aceites esenciales sobre Rhizopus stolonifer (Ehrenb.:Fr. Vuill., agente causal de la pudrición blanda del tomate

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    Alejandra María Alvarado Hernández

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Título en ingles: Antifungal activity of chitosan and essential oils on Rhizopus stolonifer (Ehrenb.:Fr. Vuill causal agent of soft rot of tomato ResumenRhizopus stolonifer es el agente causal de la pudrición blanda, enfermedad poscosecha que ocasiona pérdidas económicas importantes. Se han empleado fungicidas sintéticos como el dicloran para controlar a este microorganismo, sin embargo, se ha demostrado que los fungicidas representan un riesgo para el ambiente y la salud humana. Actualmente se buscan alternativas naturales para el control de las pudriciones poscosecha. Se evaluó in vitro e in situ el efecto antifúngico del quitosano y de los aceites esenciales de canela (Cinnamomum zeylanicum, clavo (Syzygium aromaticum y tomillo (Thymus vulgaris y dicloran sobre Rhizopus stolonifer. Los tratamientos más efectivos para inhibir in vitro a Rhizopus stolonifer fueron obtenidos con quitosano a 10 mg mL-1, con los tres aceites esenciales probados a la concentración de  0,3 mg mL-1, las mezclas de quitosano a 10 mg mL-1 con los aceites a 0,3 mg mL-1 y el dicloran a 1 mg mL-1. Los experimentos in situ mostraron que el tratamiento individual con quitosano fue el mejor para reducir el porcentaje de infección de los frutos de tomate (Lycopersicon esculentum inoculados con Rhizopus stolonifer y que la mezcla de quitosano con aceites esenciales no mejora la actividad antifúngica. El quitosano y el dicloran fueron los mejores tratamientos para reducir la pérdida de peso de los frutos. Los tratamientos individuales con quitosano representan una alternativa natural para controlar la pudrición blanda en frutos de tomate. Palabras clave: quitosano; aceites esenciales; Rhizopus stolonifer; podredumbre blanda. AbstractRhizopus stolonifer is the causal agent of soft rot, postharvest disease that causes important economic losses. Synthetic fungicides such as dichloran have been used to control this microorganism; however, it has been shown that

  10. Causal mapping

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    Rasmussen, Lauge Baungaard

    2006-01-01

    The lecture note explains how to use the causal mapping method as well as the theoretical framework aoosciated to the method......The lecture note explains how to use the causal mapping method as well as the theoretical framework aoosciated to the method...

  11. A review of the Mycrocylus ulei Ascomycetes fungus, causative agent of South American rubber-leaf blight Revisión sobre el hongo Microcyclus ulei, agente causal del mal suramericano de la hoja del caucho

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    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The Microcyclus ulei Ascomycetes fungus is the causal agent of south-American leaf blight (SALB, this being one of the most important diseases affecting the natural rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis in Latina-America and has been responsible for numerous economic losses. This fungus has presented high physiological variability, suggesting its great adaptability. HCN tolerance has been described as being one of the mechanisms associated with its virulence. Resistant Hevea clones have been obtained by genetic improvement; however, the mechanisms associated with this are still not well known. Greater knowledge of this pathogen will lead to developing new control strategies and better understanding of the mechanisms associated with host resistance. Key words: Microcyclus ulei, SALB, Hevea brasiliensis.El hongo ascomycete Microcyclus ulei es el agente causal del SALB que es una de las enfermedades más importan­tes del árbol de caucho natural (Hevea brasiliensis en América Latina y ha sido responsable de numerosas pérdidas económicas. Este hongo ha presentado alta variabilidad fisiológica y se sugiere su alta adaptabilidad, dentro de los mecanismos asociados a su virulencia se ha descrito la tolerancia al HCN. Se han obtenido clones de Hevea resistentes mediante mejoramiento genético, sin embargo, aun no son bien conocidos los mecanismos asociados a ésta. Un mayor conocimiento de este patógeno permitirá el desarrollo de nuevas estrategias de control así como el mayor entendimiento de los mecanismos asociados a resistencia del hospedero. Palabras clave: Microcyclus ulei, SALB, Hevea brasiliensis.

  12. Rickettsia typhi IN RODENTS AND R. felis IN FLEAS IN YUCATÁN AS A POSSIBLE CAUSAL AGENT OF UNDEFINED FEBRILE CASES

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    Gaspar PENICHE-LARA

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    Full Text Available Rickettsia typhi is the causal agent of murine typhus; a worldwide zoonotic and vector-borne infectious disease, commonly associated with the presence of domestic and wild rodents. Human cases of murine typhus in the state of Yucatán are frequent. However, there is no evidence of the presence of Rickettsia typhi in mammals or vectors in Yucatán. The presence of Rickettsia in rodents and their ectoparasites was evaluated in a small municipality of Yucatán using the conventional polymerase chain reaction technique and sequencing. The study only identified the presence of Rickettsia typhi in blood samples obtained from Rattus rattus and it reported, for the first time, the presence of R. felis in the flea Polygenis odiosus collected from Ototylomys phyllotis rodent. Additionally, Rickettsia felis was detected in the ectoparasite Ctenocephalides felis fleas parasitizing the wild rodent Peromyscus yucatanicus. This study’s results contributed to a better knowledge of Rickettsia epidemiology in Yucatán.

  13. In vitro antibacterial effect of exotic plants essential oils on the honeybee pathogen Paenibacillus larvae, causal agent of American foul brood

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    Fuselli, S. R.; Garcia de la Rosa, S. B.; Eguaras, M. J.; Fritz, R.

    2010-07-01

    Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of exotic plants essential oils to potentially control Paenibacillus larvae, the causal agent of American foul brood disease (AFB) were determined. AFB represents one of the main plagues that affect the colonies of honeybees Apis mellifera L. with high negative impact on beekeepers worldwide. Essential oils tested were niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) and tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) from Myrtaceae, and citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) and palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii) from Gramineae. The components of the essential oils were identified by SPME-GC/MS analysis. The antimicrobial activity of the oils against P. larvae was determined by the broth micro dilution method. In vitro assays of M. viridiflora and C. nardus oils showed the inhibition of the bacterial strains at the lowest concentrations tested, with minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) mean value about 320 mg L{sup -}1 for both oils, respectively. This property could be attributed to the kind and percentage of the components of the oils. Terpinen-4-ol (29.09%), {alpha}-pinene (21.63%) and limonene (17.4%) were predominant in M. viridiflora, while limonene (24.74%), citronelal (24.61%) and geraniol (15.79%) were the bulk of C. nardus. The use of these essential oils contributes to the screening of alternative natural compounds to control AFB in the apiaries; toxicological risks and other undesirable effects would be avoided as resistance factors, developed by the indiscriminate use of antibiotics. (Author) 40 refs.

  14. Fowl adenovirus Group I as a causal agent of inclusion body hepatitis/hydropericardium syndrome (IBH/HPS outbreak in brazilian broiler flocks

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    Full Text Available Commercial broiler flocks from a farm located in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, presented diarrhea, depression, increased mortality and poor weight gain. Upon post-mortem examination, classical signs of Inclusion Body Hepatitis/Hydropericardium Syndrome (IBH/HPS were observed, including enlarged pale yellow-colored livers and straw-colored liquid in the pericardial sac. In addition, gross lesions were also observed in the kidneys, pancreas, thymus, intestines and gallbladder. Samples of these organs were analyzed by PCR for the detection of the hexon gene of the Fowl Adenovirus (FAdVs Group I. The results were positive for both flocks (A and B assayed by PCR. The macroscopic lesions associated with the detection of FAdV Group I by PCR in several of these affected organs allowed for the identification of IBH/HPS. In fact, this is the first report in Brazil of IBH/HPS in broilers, which identifies FAdVs group I as a causal agent of the disease. These findings may contribute to the worldwide epidemiology of the adenovirus-mediated hepatitis/hydropericardium syndrome.

  15. Causality Networks

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    Ishanu Chattopadhyay

    2014-01-01

    While correlation measures are used to discern statistical relationships between observed variables in almost all branches of data-driven scientific inquiry, what we are really interested in is the existence of causal dependence. Designing an efficient causality test, that may be carried out in the absence of restrictive pre-suppositions on the underlying dynamical structure of the data at hand, is non-trivial. Nevertheless, ability to computationally infer statistical prima facie evidence of...

  16. Frequent development of inflammatory lesions and lymphoid foci in the kidneys of Japanese wild crows (Corvus macrorhynchos and Corvus corone) as a result of the entry of causal agents via the renal portal blood.

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    Hirata, Akihiro; Yonemaru, Kayoko; Kubo, Masahito; Murakami, Mami; Sakai, Hiroki; Yanai, Tokuma; Masegi, Toshiaki

    2010-03-01

    Although the increase in the number of wild crows is causing social problems in urban areas, crows play an increasingly important role in monitoring serious infectious diseases, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza and West Nile fever. To gain a better understanding of normal conditions and common disorders in crows, we conducted a retrospective study of wild crows captured in central Japan in the 1990s and examined the necropsy findings from 166 jungle crows (Corvus macrorhynchos) and 74 carrion crows (Corvus corone). We found frequent development of lymphoid foci and inflammatory lesions in the kidneys of both species of crows. These findings were unrelated to place or date of capture, indicating the universality of renal lesion developments in the Corvus species. In the kidneys, suppurative granulomas were concentrated in the renal cortex and the vein wall, indicating the haematoegenous spread of causal agents. However, the glomeruli remained intact, unlike the spreading of causal agents via arterial blood, which strongly suggested the renal portal blood as a possible entry route of causal agents. The renal lymphoid foci showed the same distribution as the granulomas, supporting the possibility of external agents entering through renal portal blood. We also identified types of parasites in Japanese wild crows by means of histopathological analysis. We hope that our data will contribute to the appropriate evaluation and a better understanding of pathological conditions in Japanese wild crows.

  17. Relação causal da vacinação e o fibrossarcoma vacinal felino

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    Os Fibrossarcomas dos felinos domésticos estão reconhecidos desde há 10 anos e têm vindo a alertar os Veterinários, os proprietários e os fabricantes de vacinas, devido à possível ligação do acto de vacinação ao desenvolvimento deste sarcoma. A partir da década de 90, registou-se o aumento dos casos deste tumor na região cervical e interescapular dos gatos, locais frequentemente utilizados para a inoculação de vacinas e outros fármacos injetáveis. Existem relatos da ocorrência de fibro...

  18. Pharmacokinetics of chlorogenic acid and corydaline in DA-9701, a new botanical gastroprokinetic agent, in rats.

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    Jung, Ji Won; Kim, Ju Myung; Jeong, Jin Seok; Son, Miwon; Lee, Hye Suk; Lee, Myung Gull; Kang, Hee Eun

    2014-07-01

    1.Few studies describing the pharmacokinetic properties of chlorogenic acid (CA) and corydaline (CRD) which are marker compounds of a new prokinetic botanical agent, DA-9701, have been reported. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the pharmacokinetic properties CA and CRD following intravenous and oral administration of pure CA (1-8 mg/kg) or CRD (1.1-4.5 mg/kg) and their equivalent dose of DA-9701 to rats. 2.  Dose-proportional AUC and dose-independent clearance (10.3-12.1 ml/min/kg) of CA were observed following its administration. Oral administration of CA as DA-9701 did not influence the oral pharmacokinetic parameters of CA. Incomplete absorption of CA, its decomposition in the gastrointestinal tract, and/or pre-systemic metabolism resulted in extremely low oral bioavailability (F) of CA (0.478-0.899%). 3.  CRD showed greater dose-normalized AUC in the higher dose group than that in lower dose group(s) after its administration due to saturation of its metabolism via decreased non-renal clearance (by 51.3%) and first-pass extraction. As a result, the F of CRD following 4.5 mg/kg oral CRD (21.1%) was considerably greater than those of the lower dose groups (9.10 and 13.8%). However, oral administration of CRD as DA-9701 showed linear pharmacokinetics as a result of increased AUC and F in lower-dose groups (by 182% and 78.5%, respectively) compared to those of pure CRD. The greater oral AUC of CRD for DA-9701 than for pure CRD could be due to decreased hepatic and/or GI first-pass extraction of CRD by other components in DA-9701.

  19. Assimetria causal: um estudo

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    Full Text Available Neste artigo, examinamos o aspecto assimétrico da relação causal, confrontando-o com o ponto de vista humiano e neo-humiano. Seguindo Hausman e Ehring, favorecemos uma abordagem situacional para a assimetria causal. Nós exploramos a análise do famoso exemplo do mastro (Flagpole, esclarecendo as conexões entre causação e explicação. Nosso diagnóstico geral é que a tradição neo-humiana supõe, equivocadamente, que as relações nômicas, com exceção de pequenos detalhes, exaurem as relações causais.This paper examines the asymmetrical aspect of causal relation, confronting it to Humean and Neo-Humean's view. Following Hausman and Ehring, we favor a situational approach to causal asymmetry. We explore the Hausman's analysis of flagpole's example, clearing the connexions between causation and explanation. Our general diagnosis is that the Neo-humean tradition wrongly supposes that nomic relations, with the exception of minor details, exhaust the causal relations.

  20. O PRINCÍPIO DA LEGALIDADE ADMINISTRATIVA E O ABUSO DO PODER PELOS AGENTES PÚBLICOS

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    Silva, Marco Aurélio da

    2011-01-01

    Nesta pesquisa analisa-se o Princípio da Legalidade em sua vertente administrativa e a sua ofensa decorrente do abuso de poder praticado pelos agentes públicos. Passa-se a analisar os agentes públicos qualificados como representantes do Estado e, enquanto ostentam essa qualidade, possuidores de poderes próprios a fim de concretizar os fins da Administração Pública. Estabelecem-se os limites da atuação legítima e ilegítima do administrador público, efetuando a distinção entre o ato realizado n...

  1. Epidemiological causality.

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    Morabia, Alfredo

    2005-01-01

    Epidemiological methods, which combine population thinking and group comparisons, can primarily identify causes of disease in populations. There is therefore a tension between our intuitive notion of a cause, which we want to be deterministic and invariant at the individual level, and the epidemiological notion of causes, which are invariant only at the population level. Epidemiologists have given heretofore a pragmatic solution to this tension. Causal inference in epidemiology consists in checking the logical coherence of a causality statement and determining whether what has been found grossly contradicts what we think we already know: how strong is the association? Is there a dose-response relationship? Does the cause precede the effect? Is the effect biologically plausible? Etc. This approach to causal inference can be traced back to the English philosophers David Hume and John Stuart Mill. On the other hand, the mode of establishing causality, devised by Jakob Henle and Robert Koch, which has been fruitful in bacteriology, requires that in every instance the effect invariably follows the cause (e.g., inoculation of Koch bacillus and tuberculosis). This is incompatible with epidemiological causality which has to deal with probabilistic effects (e.g., smoking and lung cancer), and is therefore invariant only for the population.

  2. Almanaque da Dengue: leituras e narrativas de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde

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    Helena Maria Scherlowski Leal David

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se um estudo de leitura e apropriação como metodologia de aproximação ao universo narrativo de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS, usando um dispositivo de informação e comunicação - o Almanaque da Dengue (AD. O objetivo foi o de perceber as formas de construção e apropriação de saberes sobre dengue e saúde por parte dos ACS, além de avaliar a serventia do AD como um dispositivo info-comunicacional. Foram realizadas oficinas com agentes do Rio de Janeiro, com vistas à desconstrução e leitura relacional do AD. A análise das narrativas gerou três categorias temáticas: abundância informacional nos ciclos epidêmicos; culpabilização da vítima; contradições e ambiguidades no trabalho dos ACS como mediadores. O AD mostrou-se um instrumento útil na discussão e apropriação de informações sobre a saúde, devido ao caráter textual relacional e não linear dos seus conteúdos, e ao seu formato interativo e não impositivo de formulações sobre a dengue e saúde.

  3. Almanaque da Dengue: leituras e narrativas de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde

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    Helena Maria Scherlowski Leal David

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se um estudo de leitura e apropriação como metodologia de aproximação ao universo narrativo de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS, usando um dispositivo de informação e comunicação - o Almanaque da Dengue (AD. O objetivo foi o de perceber as formas de construção e apropriação de saberes sobre dengue e saúde por parte dos ACS, além de avaliar a serventia do AD como um dispositivo info-comunicacional. Foram realizadas oficinas com agentes do Rio de Janeiro, com vistas à desconstrução e leitura relacional do AD. A análise das narrativas gerou três categorias temáticas: abundância informacional nos ciclos epidêmicos; culpabilização da vítima; contradições e ambiguidades no trabalho dos ACS como mediadores. O AD mostrou-se um instrumento útil na discussão e apropriação de informações sobre a saúde, devido ao caráter textual relacional e não linear dos seus conteúdos, e ao seu formato interativo e não impositivo de formulações sobre a dengue e saúde.

  4. Effect of DA-9701, a Novel Prokinetic Agent, on Post-operative Ileus in Rats

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    Lee, Sang Pyo; Lee, Oh Young; Lee, Kang Nyeong; Lee, Hang Lak; Choi, Ho Soon; Yoon, Byung Chul; Jun, Dae Won

    2017-01-01

    Background/Aims Post-operative ileus (POI) is a common complication of abdominal surgery. DA-9701, an extract of Pharbitis Semen and Corydalis Tuber, is a new prokinetic agent that also alleviates visceral pain. The aim of this study was to investigate whether DA-9701 can ameliorate POI in rats. Methods A total of 32 rats were divided into 4 groups: no surgery/no medication (NSNM), no surgery/medication (NSM), surgery/no medication (SNM), and surgery/medication (SM). Gastrointestinal transit (GIT), which is assessed by migration of charcoal, and cumulative stool weight were measured at 24 hours after surgery. Results GIT was significantly more delayed in the SNM group than in the other groups (SNM vs NSNM, P < 0.001; SNM vs NSM, P < 0.001; SNM vs SM, P = 0.005). Cumulative stool weight in that group was also lower than in the no surgery groups (SNM vs NSNM, P = 0.007; SNM vs NSM, P = 0.033), and there was no significant difference between the SM group and the no surgery groups (SM vs NSM, P = 0.703; SM vs NSNM, P = 0.347). Conclusion DA-9701 can ameliorate POI by reducing delayed GIT and improving defecation in a rat model of POI. PMID:27832682

  5. Causality Principle

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    Chi, Do Minh

    2001-01-01

    We advance a famous principle - causality principle - but under a new view. This principle is a principium automatically leading to most fundamental laws of the nature. It is the inner origin of variation, rules evolutionary processes of things, and the answer of the quest for ultimate theories of the Universe.

  6. 枇杷花疫病病原菌鉴定%Identification of causal agent of blossom blight of loquat in Zhejiang Province,China

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    孙虎; 张丽丽; 张敬泽; 胡东维

    2009-01-01

    The blossom blight of loquat occurred severely in 2007 in loquat orchards in Deqing County,Jiaxing District,Zhejiang Province of China,causing the flower spike wilt and death of loquat.To identify the causal agent,six Botrytis sp.isolates were obtained from the diseased flower spikes of loquat.Based on morphological and cultural characters,the isolates were identified as Botrytis cinerea Pers,and its teleomorph is Botryotinia fuckeliana Whetzel.By analysis of nucleotide sequences of the ITS regions of ribosomal DNA (ITS1 and ITS2) and the 5.8S RNA gene,the sequences of isolates were 100% identical to that of B.fuckeliana,further confirming that the pathogen was B.cinerea.Pathogenicity test showed that B.cinerea isolates were able to infect the flower spikes of loquat,causing the symptoms to be similar to natural hosts.%枇杷花疫病于2007年在浙江省德清县严重发生,造成枇杷花穗枯萎和死亡.为了鉴定其病原菌,从受害枇杷花穗上分离到6个病原菌菌株.依据病原菌的形态学和培养特征,该病原菌被鉴定为灰葡萄孢菌(Botrytis cinerea),其有性态为富氏葡萄孢盘菌(Botryotinia fuckeliana Whetzel.).通过核糖体DNA ITS序列分析,分离菌株序列与富氏葡萄孢盘菌序列100%同源,进一步证明侵染枇杷花穗的病原菌是灰葡萄孢菌(Botrytis cinerea).致病性试验结果表明,B.cinerea 能侵染枇杷花穗,可引起与自然寄主上相似的病害症状.

  7. Functional and biophysical studies on four ceratoplatanins from the fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, causal agent of the Witche's broom disease

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    Barsottini, M.; Zaparoli, G.; Garcia, O.; Pereira, G.A.G. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil); Oliveira, J.F.; Tiezzi, H.O.; Ambrosio, A.L.B.; Dias, S.M.G. [Laboratorio Nacional de Biociencias - LNBIO, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: Ceratoplatanin (CP) is a secreted protein of 12.4 kDa initially identified in culture filtrates of the disease ascomycete Ceratocystis fimbriata f. sp. platani, etiological agent of the canker stain disease. CP is also the founding member of the namesake protein family, which contains fungal-secreted proteins involved in various stages of the host-fungus interaction and may act as phytotoxins or elicitors of defense response. Besides the low molecular weight, CPs have a high percentage of hydrophobic residues and share two conserved intramolecular disulfide bonds. It has been suggested that CPs have important physiological functions, including interaction with cell wall or cell membrane and manipulation of the host's defense system. Furthermore, a recent work showed that the ceratoplatanin from C. fimbriata has some degree of affinity for the saccharide 4-N-acetylglucosamine. However, its precise molecular function remains elusive. Five putative CPs have been identified in Moniliophthora perniciosa a basidiomycete fungus responsible for great economic losses in cocoa industry in the form of Witches' broom disease (WBD) , four of which had their crystal structures resolved by our group. In this work we report biophysical and functional studies on these MpCPs aiming at understanding their role and importance during the WBD progression. (author)

  8. How prescriptive norms influence causal inferences.

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    Samland, Jana; Waldmann, Michael R

    2016-11-01

    Recent experimental findings suggest that prescriptive norms influence causal inferences. The cognitive mechanism underlying this finding is still under debate. We compare three competing theories: The culpable control model of blame argues that reasoners tend to exaggerate the causal influence of norm-violating agents, which should lead to relatively higher causal strength estimates for these agents. By contrast, the counterfactual reasoning account of causal selection assumes that norms do not alter the representation of the causal model, but rather later causal selection stages. According to this view, reasoners tend to preferentially consider counterfactual states of abnormal rather than normal factors, which leads to the choice of the abnormal factor in a causal selection task. A third view, the accountability hypothesis, claims that the effects of prescriptive norms are generated by the ambiguity of the causal test question. Asking whether an agent is a cause can be understood as a request to assess her causal contribution but also her moral accountability. According to this theory norm effects on causal selection are mediated by accountability judgments that are not only sensitive to the abnormality of behavior but also to mitigating factors, such as intentionality and knowledge of norms. Five experiments are presented that favor the accountability account over the two alternative theories.

  9. Qualidade e segurança de vegetais minimamente processados: proposta de estruturas de governança entre os agentes da cadeia e os sinais da qualidade

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    André Luis Bonnet Alvarenga

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A adequada gestão da qualidade e da segurança dos alimentos é essencial para o alcance de vantagens competitivas para as empresas de processamento mínimo de vegetais. Para essa gestão, são necessários controles preventivos, específicos e sistemáticos durante as etapas de produção dos alimentos para que os produtos atinjam os atributos desejados de qualidade. A cadeia de vegetais minimamente processados (VMP é composta de produtores rurais, empresa processadora, transportadores de produtos finais e empresas varejistas e mercado institucional. Nesta cadeia, as transações entre seus agentes, apesar da alta frequência, são caracterizadas por grande assimetria de informações e diferenças nas especificidades dos ativos destes agentes, promovendo a possibilidade de ações oportunistas entre eles, principalmente nas relações entre produtores rurais e empresa processadora. Isto gera impactos negativos para a qualidade e a segurança do produto final e, como consequência, pode promover a seleção adversa pelo mercado consumidor e risco moral para as empresas processadoras. O objetivo deste trabalho foi definir e propor as estruturas de governança, entre os agentes desta cadeia, que minimizem os impactos negativos para a qualidade e segurança dos VMP, a partir da análise das especificidades do ativo entre estes agentes e dos atributos das transações. Adotou-se como método de pesquisa o estudo de casos múltiplos compreendendo 18 unidades de análise em duas cadeias de VMP localizadas nos estados de São Paulo e do Rio de Janeiro. Verificou-se que a empresa processadora lidera as transações entre os agentes em função da alta especificidade do seu ativo, em detrimento dos demais agentes. Propõem-se as estruturas de governança híbrida e hierárquica entre esses agentes, cujas formas de contratação dependem do agente e do tipo de matéria-prima transacionado.

  10. Causal Selection and Counterfactual Reasoning

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    William Jiménez-Leal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo defiende la posición según la cual el pensamiento contrafactual depende de nuestra representación causal del mundo y, en este sentido, argumenta que existe una estrecha relación entre el razonamiento causal y el contrafactual. Se lleva a cabo una crítica a la teoría de la disociación de juicios de Mandel (Mandel, 2003b, que defiende la independencia funcional entre el proceso de selección causal y el razonamiento contrafactual en el contexto de la selección causal. En los experimentos realizados se manipularon algunos elementos de la semántica de la tarea con el fin de ilustrar aquellos casos en los que no se da la disociación entre el razonamiento causal y el contrafactual. En el Experimento 1, el nivel de descripción del evento objetivo se manipuló en una tarea de generación de listas y evaluación. El Experimento 2 replicó los hallazgos del Experimento 1 utilizando un sistema de codificación alternativo, mientras que el Experimento 3 realizó lo mismo utilizando un formato de respuesta alternativo. Los resultados de los experimentos apoyan la concepción del entendimiento causal propuesta por los modelos mentales causales.

  11. Clasificación de daños producidos por agentes de biodeterioro en la madera

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    Berrocal-Jiménez, Alexander; Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Escuela de Ingeniería Forestal; Cartago, Costa Rica

    2012-01-01

    Para madera procesada y elaborada, la clasificación de daños causados por agentes de biodeterioro que más se ha utilizado, es la que toma en cuenta el grupo al que pertenecen dichos organismos. Esta clasificación se ve complementada con el conocimiento de los requerimientos en cuanto al contenido de humedad de la madera, que tienen dichos agentes biológicos de deterioro. Mamíferos, aves, crustáceos, moluscos, insectos, bacterias y hongos constituyen los principales grupos de agentes de biodeg...

  12. Jogo da Minoria: um modelo baseado em agentes aplicado ao mercado financeiro Minority Game: an agent-based model applied to financial market

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    Antonio Fernando Crepaldi

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos houve uma contribuição significativa dos físicos para a construção de um tipo de modelo baseado em agentes que busca reproduzir, em simulação computacional, o comportamento do mercado financeiro. Esse modelo, chamado Jogo da Minoria consiste de um grupo de agentes que vão ao mercado comprar ou vender ativos. Eles tomam decisões com base em estratégias e, por meio delas, os agentes estabelecem um intrincado jogo de competição e coordenação pela distribuição da riqueza. O modelo tem demonstrado resultados bastante ricos e surpreendentes, tanto na dinâmica do sistema como na capacidade de reproduzir características estatísticas e comportamentais do mercado financeiro. Neste artigo, são apresentadas a estrutura e a dinâmica do Jogo da Minoria, bem como as contribuições recentes relacionadas ao Jogo da Minoria denominado de Grande Canônico, que é um modelo mais bem ajustado às características do mercado financeiro e reproduz as regularidades estatísticas do preço dos ativos chamadas fatos estilizados.Over the past ten years physicists have made a significant contribution to the building of an agent-based model to reproduce the behavior of financial markets using computer simulation. This model, called the Minority Game, consists of a group of agents that buy or sell assets. They make decisions based on strategies, and through them the agents establish an intricate game of competition and coordination resulting in the distribution of wealth. The model has shown outstanding surprising results concerning both the dynamics of the system and the ability to reproduce statistical and behavior characteristics of the financial market. In this study, the structure and dynamics of the Minority Game and the recent contributions related to the Grand Canonical Minority game, a model which is better adapted to the characteristics of the financial market and reproduce the statistical regularities of asset prices (called

  13. 麻疯树根腐病的病原鉴定%Identification of the Causal Agent of Root Rot Disease of Jatropha curcas L.in Luodian County

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    吴跃开; 欧国腾; 朱秀娥; 余金勇

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The aim was to identify the causal agent of root rot disease of Jatropha curcas L. In Luodian County. [ Method ] Typical root rot samples were collected from different planting areas of Jatropha curcas L. In Luodian County, and then pathogens of the root rot samples were isolated, cultured, made a pathogenic test and observed under the microscope. [Result] The causal agent of root rot disease of Jatropha curcas L. Was Fusarium solani ( Martius) Appel & Wollenweber. [ Conclusion] The research provides reference for the effective prevention and control of root rot disease of Jatropha curcas L. In Luodian County.%[目的]鉴定麻疯树根腐病的病原.[方法]从罗甸县境内的不同麻疯树种植地点采集典型的根腐病病根标本,并对其病原物进行了分离培养、致病性测试以及形态特征观察.[结果]最终确认麻疯树根腐病病原菌为腐皮镰孢菌(Fusarium solani).[结论]为贵州罗甸县境内麻疯树根腐病的有效防治提供了参考.

  14. A rede de causalidade da insegurança alimentar e nutricional de comunidades quilombolas com a construção da rodovia BR-163, Pará, Brasil The causality of nutrition and food insecurity of quilombola communities with the construction of the BR-163, highway, Pará, Brazil

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    Denise Oliveira e Silva

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Trata-se da descrição de resultados baseados na elaboração de um modelo de determinação causal de forma participativa e abrangente, realizada em seis comunidades quilombolas no município de Santarém, no Estado do Pará, sobre a rede de causalidade da insegurança alimentar e nutricional com a abertura da Rodovia BR-163. MÉTODOS: O processo investigativo utilizou métodos de abordagem sócio-antropológica tendo como base o desenvolvimento de um modelo de causalidade construído por meio da realização de grupos focais com representantes da comunidade. RESULTADOS: Os resultados do estudo demonstraram que a utilização de abordagens participativas estimula a auto-estima da comunidade e o empoderamento sobre os fatores que determinam seus problemas. O modelo causal construído revela que a insegurança alimentar e nutricional, para as comunidades, estabelece que fatores históricos relacionados à posse da terra e ao seu uso atual baseado em práticas predatórias, são os aspectos fundamentais na compreensão da rede de determinação causal da insegurança alimentar e nutricional. CONCLUSÃO: O racismo e suas nuances sociais têm contribuído para a invisibilidade social dessas comunidades nas políticas públicas brasileiras. As comunidades quilombolas se consideram em insegurança alimentar e nutricional e indicam que a abertura da Rodovia BR-163 pode ser uma ameaça ao etno-desenvolvimento sustentável na região. E referem que o desenvolvimento econômico esperado com a abertura desta rodovia, se não for realizado com base na participação da comunidade, pode aumentar a fome, a miséria e o racismo.OBJECTIVE: This work describes results based on the participative and encompassing development of a model of causal determination done in six quilombola communities of Santarém, Pará State, regarding the causality of food and nutrition insecurity with the construction of the BR-163 highway. METHODS: The research process

  15. Acción inhibitoria de una cepa de Zymomonas mobilis mobilis aislada de caña de azúcar sobre Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri, agente causal de la cancrosis de los cítricos Inhibition of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri, causal agent of citrus canker, by a strain of Zymomonas mobilis mobilis isolated from sugarcane

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    a wide range of microorganisms pathogenic to man, animals, and plants. An important problem to solve with antimicrobial treatments is the development of resistance in these microorganisms, including phytopathogenic bacteria, to the currently used active ingredients. In this study, antagonism tests with cells (cross-streaking and cell-free culture supernatants (CCS (agar diffusion test from Zm cultures, isolated from sugarcane juice in Tucumán, were carried out, measuring activity against Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc, the causal agent of citrus canker. Xcc isolates sensitive (Xc and resistant (Xcr to copper pesticides were included in these tests. Results showed that indicator bacteria were completely inhibited by cells of Zm, which had a bactericide effect. Both Xc and Xcr were sensitive to the CCS in the agar diffusion method. Previous studies had revealed the deleterious effects of metabolites from Zm on cell membranes of E. coli AB1133, inhibiting the respiration of the bacteria inmediately after CCS addition. On the basis of these results, the effects of CCS on Xcc respiration were studied, verifyng a similar response. This would indicate that the site of action of these antimicrobial compounds is also located at the cell membrane of the bacteria under study. Based on these results, additional studies are suggested to evaluate Zm-derived products on the control of diseases that affect economically important crops, such as citrus canker.

  16. Os agentes sociais da rede de proteção e atendimento no enfrentamento da exploração sexual comercial Social agents from protection networks in fighting commercial sexual exploitation

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    Maria de Fátima Pereira Alberto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, apresentam-se dados de pesquisa sobre a percepção dos Agentes Sociais que atuam no enfrentamento da exploração sexual comercial de crianças e adolescentes. As entidades caracterizam-se por Organizações Governamentais, Organizações Não-Governamentais, Sistema de Justiça e Instâncias de Direitos. Compõem uma Rede de 15 instituições e foram entrevistados 31 Agentes Sociais de 12 delas. Utilizou-se um questionário composto de questões abertas e fechadas sobre: Conhecimento do Sistema de Proteção; Percepção da ESCCA; Formas de Enfrentamento da ESCCA; Procedimentos e Medidas em casos de suspeitas, identificações, denúncias e notificações. A maioria dos Agentes Sociais tem conhecimento do papel da instituição, embora alguns desconheçam parte da Legislação e as formas de se efetivar na prática o papel daquelas e a articulação interinstitucional.This article shows the data collected in a research regarding the perception of Social Agents who act in fighting children and adolescents' commercial sexual exploitation. The networking is composed by Governmental Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Justice System and Human Rights entities. They compose a network of 15 institutions, and 31 Social Agents who belonged to 12 of them were interviewed. It was used a questionnaire composed by open and closed questions about protection systems knowledge; perception of children and adolescents' commercial sexual exploitation; forms of fighting children and adolescents' commercial sexual exploitation; procedures and actions in case of suspicion, identification, denunciation and notification. Most of the Social Agents who make part of the network know the role of the institution where they work, although some of them do not know part of the Legislation which deals with this problematic and they also do not know the forms to effectuate in practice the purpose of the Legislation and its inter

  17. O trabalho do agente comunitário na promoção da saúde: revisão integrativa da literatura

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    Iara Cristina Pereira

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo é uma revisão integrativa que teve como objetivo avaliar as evidências disponíveis na literatura sobre o desenvolvimento de estratégias operacionalizadas pelos agentes comunitários de saúde em prol da promoção da saúde. Para a seleção dos estudos foram usadas três bases de dados: BDTD, LILACS e SciELO. Foram encontradas 2.179 publicações, das quais 58 foram selecionadas para análise. Os resultados foram sistematizados em três categorias empíricas: A promoção da saúde: desafios na reorientação do modelo assistencial, A prática educativa no cotidiano de trabalho dos ACS e A formação profissional na perspectiva da Atenção Primária em Saúde. Concluiu-se que a construção de um modelo assistencial baseado na promoção da saúde requer a incorporação de novas práticas formativas, assistenciais e institucionais.

  18. Causal Effect Estimation Methods

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    Relationship between two popular modeling frameworks of causal inference from observational data, namely, causal graphical model and potential outcome causal model is discussed. How some popular causal effect estimators found in applications of the potential outcome causal model, such as inverse probability of treatment weighted estimator and doubly robust estimator can be obtained by using the causal graphical model is shown. We confine to the simple case of binary outcome and treatment vari...

  19. Atividade in vitro do extrato de própolis contra agentes bacterianos da mastite bovina In vitro activity of propolis extract against bovine mastitis bacterial agents

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    Andrea Pinto Loguercio

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de avaliar a atividade in vitro do extrato alcoólico de própolis, contra agentes da mastite bovina, comparando-o aos principais antimicrobianos utilizados no tratamento convencional. Foram utilizados 36 isolados coagulase-positivos de Staphylococcus sp. e 27 isolados de Streptococcus sp.; 94,4% dos Staphylococcus sp. e 85,2% dos Streptococcus sp. foram susceptíveis ao extrato de própolis.The present study aimed to determine the in vitro activity of propolis extract, comparing it to the most common antibacterial drugs against bovine mastitis bacterial agents. Thirty-six isolates of coagulase-positive Staphylococcus sp. and twenty-seven of Streptococcus sp. were analyzed. Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus (94.4% and Streptococcus sp. (85.2% showed susceptibility to propolis extract.

  20. Circular causality.

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    Thomas, R

    2006-07-01

    The problem of disentangling complex dynamic systems is addressed, especially with a view to identifying those variables that take part in the essential qualitative behaviour of systems. The author presents a series of reflections about the methods of formalisation together with the principles that govern the global operation of systems. In particular, a section on circuits, nuclei, and circular causality and a rather detailed description of the analytic use of the generalised asynchronous logical description, together with a brief description of its synthetic use (OreverseO logic). Some basic rules are recalled, such as the fact that a positive circuit is a necessary condition of multistationarity. Also, the interest of considering as a model, rather than a well-defined set of differential equations, a variety of systems that differ from each other only by the values of constant terms is emphasised. All these systems have a common Jacobian matrix and for all of them phase space has exactly the same structure. It means that all can be partitioned in the same way as regards the signs of the eigenvalues and thus as regards the precise nature of any steady states that might be present. Which steady states are actually present, depends on the values of terms of order zero in the ordinary differential equations (ODEs), and it is easy to find for which values of these terms a given point in phase space is steady. Models can be synthesised first at the level of the circuits involved in the Jacobian matrix (that determines which types and numbers of steady states are consistent with the model), then only at the level of terms of order zero in the ODE's (that determines which of the steady states actually exist), hence the title 'Circular casuality'.

  1. Causally nonseparable processes admitting a causal model

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    Feix, Adrien; Araújo, Mateus; Brukner, Časlav

    2016-08-01

    A recent framework of quantum theory with no global causal order predicts the existence of ‘causally nonseparable’ processes. Some of these processes produce correlations incompatible with any causal order (they violate so-called ‘causal inequalities’ analogous to Bell inequalities) while others do not (they admit a ‘causal model’ analogous to a local model). Here we show for the first time that bipartite causally nonseparable processes with a causal model exist, and give evidence that they have no clear physical interpretation. We also provide an algorithm to generate processes of this kind and show that they have nonzero measure in the set of all processes. We demonstrate the existence of processes which stop violating causal inequalities but are still causally nonseparable when mixed with a certain amount of ‘white noise’. This is reminiscent of the behavior of Werner states in the context of entanglement and nonlocality. Finally, we provide numerical evidence for the existence of causally nonseparable processes which have a causal model even when extended with an entangled state shared among the parties.

  2. O agente de serviço social na fusão da Eletronuclear: discurso e ação

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    Vilchez de Rabanal, Sissiliana Behania Del Rochio

    2000-01-01

    Este estudo desvelou, através da abordagem hermenêutica fenomenológica, a polissemia do fenômeno da fusão da empresa pública Eletronuclear. Destaca-se o sentido técnico e humano do processo de fusão da área nuclear de Furnas e Nuclen. Descreve-se o vivido pelas pessoas, durante os momentos da fusão: antecipação, anúncio, transição e formação da nova Empresa. A compreensão da singularidade do caso enfocado, dependeu do discurso da ação do agente de Serviço Social da Eletronuclear. ...

  3. Use of the montmorillonite as crosslink agents for chitosan; Uso da montmorilonita como agente de reticulacao para a quitosana

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    Barbosa, Rossemberg C.; Lima, Rosemary S. Cunha; Braga, Carla R. Costa [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Fook, Marcus V. Lia; Silva, Suedina M. Lima [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

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    The montmorillonite (the main constituent of bentonite) has been the most commonly used inorganic load in the formation of nanocomposites chitosan / layered silicate. To evaluate its effect as an agent for the reticulation of chitosan, a sodium montmorillonite, Cloisite Na{sup +}, supplied by Southern Clay Products, Texas, USA, was used. For the reticulation of chitosan dispersions of chitosan / Cloisite Na{sup +} were prepared in different proportions and the obtained films characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The results indicated that the Cloisite Na{sup +} was for efficient and the reticulation of the chitosan and can be used in place of sulfuric acid, which is one of the most common reticulants for chitosan. (author)

  4. Principais características da raiz de cenoura na perspectiva de agentes da cadeia produtiva Main carrot root attributes based on stake holders perceptions

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    Silvia S Onoyama

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Procurou-se verificar quais são as características mais importantes da raiz de cenoura sob a ótica dos agentes da cadeia produtiva de cenoura. Para tanto, foram realizadas visitas e entrevistas com produtores, empresas de semente, vendedores de insumos, lavadores, processadores, atacadistas e gerentes de supermercados, comparando-se esses resultados com os da pesquisa de percepção de consumidores de supermercados do Distrito Federal. Em ambos os casos, utilizou-se questionário estruturado com perguntas fechadas nas quais os entrevistados classificaram os atributos segundo notas que variaram de 1 (nenhuma importância a 5 (muito importante. Para verificar a ordenação de importância dos atributos e os contrastes das médias, utilizou-se o método estatístico de análise de dados categóricos. O resultado da pesquisa indicou que os consumidores estão preocupados com valores nutricionais, textura, cor externa e sabor da cenoura. Já os demais agentes da cadeia atentaram mais para as características relacionadas com a padronização, com a coloração externa e com o ombro verde. Foram detectadas diferenças de percepção entre os agentes da cadeia, em especial dos consumidores, para os quais foram observadas diferenças nas respostas em função do gênero, idade, grau de escolaridade, estado civil e localização do supermercado. Estes resultados são muito importantes para o direcionamento de projetos de pesquisa com cenoura, que precisa atender as exigências tanto do setor produtivo quanto dos consumidores.The present investigation aimed at elucidating the carrot attributes which stake holders view as the most important. A research was carried out with carrot growers, seed companies, supplier salespersons, washers, food processors, wholesalers and supermarket managers and was compared to the perception of consumers from supermarkets located in the Federal District of Brazil. Data sets were collected through structured interviews

  5. Avaliação de genótipos tetraploides de bananeira cultivados em área infestada pelo agente causal do mal-do-Panamá

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    Sebastião de Oliveira e Silva

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O mal-do-Panamá é uma doença que causa grandes prejuízos à bananicultura no Brasil, uma vez que as principais cultivares em uso são suscetíveis ao Fusarium. Este trabalho teve como objetivos avaliar características agronômicas e resistência ao mal-do-Panamá de híbridos tetraploides de bananeira. O experimento foi conduzido no campo experimental da Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura Tropical, em delineamento casualizado, com 14 tratamentos e 10 repetições, nos anos de 2000 e 2001. Foram avaliados 14 tetraploides (FHIA-03, PV03-44, PC42-01, PV42-53, PV42-68, PV42-81, PV42-85, PV42-129, PV42-142, PV42-143, SH3640, ST12-31, ST42-08 e YB42-21 e a cultivar Maçã, usada como testemunha. Avaliaram-se as características altura da planta (m e diâmetro do pseudocaule (cm a 30 cm do solo, peso da massa do cacho (kg, penca (kg e fruto (g, número de pencas por cacho, de frutos por penca e de dias do florescimento à colheita, e a incidência do mal-do-Panamá. As médias dos genótipos foram agrupadas pelo teste de Scott e Knott, a 5% de probabilidade. Observa-se uma ampla variação genética nos caracteres avaliados. Os genótipos FHIA 03, ST12-31, SH3640, PV42-142, PV42-53 e PV42-68apresentam boas características agronômicas e resistência ao mal-do-Panamá.

  6. Restriction enzyme improves the efficiency of genetic transformations in Moniliophthora perniciosa, the causal agent of witches’ broom disease in Theobroma cacao

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available The presence of restriction enzymes in the transformation mixture improved the efficiency of transformation in Moniliophthora perniciosa. The influence of the vector shape (linear or circular, the patterns of plasmid integration in genomic sites and the influence of the promoter used to express the gene marker were also analyzed. The addition of BamHI or NotI increased the number of transformants by 3-10-fold and 3-fold, respectively, over the control without added enzyme. The use of pre-linearized plasmid did not increase the transformation efficiency in comparison with the circular plasmid. However, the frequency of multi-copy transformants increased significantly. The transformation procedure here reported resulted in better production of protoplasts and transformation efficiency. In addition, the time necessary for the detection of the first transformants and the number of insertions were reduced.A presença de enzima de restrição na mistura de transformação aumentou a eficiência da transformação em Moniliophthora perniciosa. A influência da forma do vetor (linear ou circular, o padrão de integração do plasmídeo nos sítios genômicos e a influência do promotor usado para expressar o gene marcador foram também analisados. A adição de BamHI ou NotI aumentou o número de transformantes 3-10 vezes e 3 vezes, respectivamente, em relação ao controle sem a adição da enzima. O uso de plasmídeos pré-linearizados não aumentou a eficiência da transformação quando comparado à eficiência obtida com plasmídeos circulares. No entanto, a freqüência de transformantes multi-cópias aumentou significativamente. Juntos os procedimentos reportados aqui resultaram em processos mais eficientes de produção de protoplastos e transformação, onde o tempo necessário para o aparecimento dos transformantes e o número de inserções múltiplas foi reduzido.

  7. Theories of Causality

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    Jones, Robert

    2010-03-01

    There are a wide range of views on causality. To some (e.g. Karl Popper) causality is superfluous. Bertrand Russell said ``In advanced science the word cause never occurs. Causality is a relic of a bygone age.'' At the other extreme Rafael Sorkin and L. Bombelli suggest that space and time do not exist but are only an approximation to a reality that is simply a discrete ordered set, a ``causal set.'' For them causality IS reality. Others, like Judea Pearl and Nancy Cartwright are seaking to build a complex fundamental theory of causality (Causality, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000) Or perhaps a theory of causality is simply the theory of functions. This is more or less my take on causality.

  8. Causal reasoning in physics

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    Frisch, Mathias

    2014-01-01

    Much has been written on the role of causal notions and causal reasoning in the so-called 'special sciences' and in common sense. But does causal reasoning also play a role in physics? Mathias Frisch argues that, contrary to what influential philosophical arguments purport to show, the answer is yes. Time-asymmetric causal structures are as integral a part of the representational toolkit of physics as a theory's dynamical equations. Frisch develops his argument partly through a critique of anti-causal arguments and partly through a detailed examination of actual examples of causal notions in physics, including causal principles invoked in linear response theory and in representations of radiation phenomena. Offering a new perspective on the nature of scientific theories and causal reasoning, this book will be of interest to professional philosophers, graduate students, and anyone interested in the role of causal thinking in science.

  9. Causality in Science

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    Cristina Puente Águeda

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Causality is a fundamental notion in every field of science. Since the times of Aristotle, causal relationships have been a matter of study as a way to generate knowledge and provide for explanations. In this paper I review the notion of causality through different scientific areas such as physics, biology, engineering, etc. In the scientific area, causality is usually seen as a precise relation: the same cause provokes always the same effect. But in the everyday world, the links between cause and effect are frequently imprecise or imperfect in nature. Fuzzy logic offers an adequate framework for dealing with imperfect causality, so a few notions of fuzzy causality are introduced.

  10. Astrovirus (HAstV) como agente causal de diarrea en niños Colombianos: Siete años de estudio

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    Gutiérrez, María Fernanda; Matiz, Adriana; Alvarado, Mónica; Ulloa, Juan Carlos

    2005-01-01

    Con el objeto de determinar el comportamiento de los Astrovirus como agentes causantes de diarrea en algunas regiones colombianas, se colectaron 1147 muestras de diarrea de niños menores de 5 años que acudieron a los servicios de consulta externa de cuatro centros de salud de regiones de Bogotá, Facatativa, Cartagena y Quibdo durante el periodo comprendido entre 1996 y el año 2002. La determinación de la presencia viral se realizó por medio de pruebas de ELISA encontrando una prevalencia glob...

  11. Secretion of five extracellular enzymes by strains of chromoblastomycosis agents Secreção de cinco enzimas extracelulares por amostras de agentes da cromoblastomicose

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    Thais Furtado de Souza

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The gelatinase, urease, lipase, phospholipase and DNase activities of 11 chromoblastomycosis agents constituted by strains of Fonsecaea pedrosoi, F. compacta, Phialophora verrucosa, Cladosporium carrionii, Cladophialophora bantiana and Exophiala jeanselmei were analyzed and compared. All strains presented urease, gelatinase and lipase activity. Phospholipase activity was detected only on five of six strains of F. pedrosoi. DNase activity was not detected on the strains studied. Our results indicate that only phospholipase production, induced by egg yolk substrate, was useful for the differentiation of the taxonomically related species studied, based on their enzymatic profile.As atividades gelatinase, urease, lipase, fosfolipase e DNase de 11 agentes da cromoblastomicose constituídos por amostras de Fonsecaea pedrosoi, F. compacta, Phialophora verrucosa, Cladosporium carrionii, Cladophialophora bantiana e Exophiala jeanselmei foram analisadas e comparadas. Todas as amostras apresentaram atividade urease, gelatinase e lipase. A atividade fosfolipase foi detectada apenas em cinco das seis amostras de F. pedrosoi. A atividade DNase não foi detectada nas amostras estudadas. Os resultados indicam que para a diferenciação entre espécies taxonomicamente relacionadas estudadas, baseado no seu perfil enzimático, apenas a produção de fosfolipase, induzida pelo substrato com gema de ovo, foi útil.

  12. Bayesian Causal Induction

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    Ortega, Pedro A

    2011-01-01

    Discovering causal relationships is a hard task, often hindered by the need for intervention, and often requiring large amounts of data to resolve statistical uncertainty. However, humans quickly arrive at useful causal relationships. One possible reason is that humans use strong prior knowledge; and rather than encoding hard causal relationships, they encode beliefs over causal structures, allowing for sound generalization from the observations they obtain from directly acting in the world. In this work we propose a Bayesian approach to causal induction which allows modeling beliefs over multiple causal hypotheses and predicting the behavior of the world under causal interventions. We then illustrate how this method extracts causal information from data containing interventions and observations.

  13. Brominated and radioiodinated derivatives of methylphenidate (MP): Potential imaging agents for the dopamine (DA) transporter

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    Pan, D.; Gatley, S.J.; Dewey, S.L. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)] [and others

    1994-05-01

    MP (Ritalin) is a psychomotor stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The therapeutic properties of MP are thought to be mediated by its binding to a site on the DA transporter, resulting in inhibition of DA reuptake and enhanced levels of synaptic dopamine. MP also inhibits reuptake of norepinephrine (NE) in vitro. MP has two chiral centers, but its pharmacological activity is believed due solely to the d-threo isomer. We have found that d,l-threo-C-11 MP has favorable properties for PET studies, and therefore examined the effects of incorporating halogen atoms into the phenyl ring of MP, with a view to preparing C-11 and I-123 MP analogs as potential PET/SPECT tracers. We synthesized the 2-, 3- and 4-bromo MP analogs from the corresponding bromophenylacetonitriles by modification of the original synthesis of MP. In in vitro binding assays all three d,l-threo bromo compounds had higher affinities than MP for DA transporter sites labeled with tritiated WIN 35,428 (3->4-, 2->MP). They also showed high activity with NE reuptake sites labeled with tritiated nisoxetine. They were active in vivo as demonstrated by inhibition of heart uptake of tritiated NE in the mouse, and elevation of striatal extracellular DA (microdialysis) and stimulation of locomotor activity in the rat.

  14. Predictors for dioxin accumulation in residents living in Da Nang and Bien Hoa, Vietnam, many years after Agent Orange use.

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    Pham, Diem T; Nguyen, Hang M; Boivin, Thomas G; Zajacova, Anna; Huzurbazar, Snehalata V; Bergman, Harold L

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    Agent Orange (AO) was the main defoliant used by the US in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971; AO was contaminated with dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, or TCDD). Three major dioxin “hot spots” remain from previous AO storage and use at former US bases at Bien Hoa, Da Nang, and Phu Cat, posing potential health risks for Vietnamese living on or near these hot spots. We evaluated potential risk factors contributing to serum TCDD levels in Vietnamese residents at and near contaminated sites in Da Nang and Bien Hoa, Vietnam. We used multiple linear regression to analyze possible associations of blood dioxin concentrations with demographic, socioeconomic, lifestyle, and dietary risk factors for residents living on or near these hot spots. For the Da Nang study, fish farming on the site, living on property flooded from monsoon rains, and age were among the factors showing significant positive associations with serum TCDD concentrations. For the Bien Hoa study, fish farmers working at this site and their immediate family members had significantly higher serum TCDD concentrations. Our results suggest that water-related activities, especially fish-farming, at the hot spots increased the risk of exposure to dioxin.

  15. Biocontrol traits and antagonistic potential of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain NJZJSB3 against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a causal agent of canola stem rot.

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    Wu, Yuncheng; Yuan, Jun; Raza, Waseem; Shen, Qirong; Huang, Qiwei

    2014-10-01

    Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain NJZJSB3 has shown antagonism of several phytopathogens in vitro, especially Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Both the broth culture and cell suspension of strain NJZJSB3 could completely protect the detached leaves of canola (Brassica napus) from S. sclerotiorum infection. In pot experiments, the application of strain NJZJSB3 cell suspension (10(8) CFU/ml) decreased the disease incidence by 83.3%, a result similar to commercially available fungicide (Dimetachlone). In order to investigate the potential biocontrol mechanisms of strain NJZJSB3, the nonvolatile antifungal compounds it produces were identified as iturin homologs using HPLC-ESI-MS. Antifungal volatile organic compounds were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The detected volatiles toluene, phenol, and benzothiazole showed antifungal effects against S. sclerotiorum in chemical control experiments. Strain NJZJSB3 also produced biofilm, siderophores and cell-wall-degrading enzymes (protease and β-1,3-glucanase). These results suggest that strain NJZJSB3 can be a tremendous potential agent for the biological control of sclerotinia stem rot.

  16. Causality for nonlocal phenomena

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    Eckstein, Michał

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    Drawing from the theory of optimal transport we propose a rigorous notion of a causal relation for Borel probability measures on a given spacetime. To prepare the ground, we explore the borderland between causality, topology and measure theory. We provide various characterisations of the proposed causal relation, which turn out to be equivalent if the underlying spacetime has a sufficiently robust causal structure. We also present the notion of the 'Lorentz-Wasserstein distance' and study its basic properties. Finally, we discuss how various results on causality in quantum theory, aggregated around Hegerfeldt's theorem, fit into our framework.

  17. Biocontrol of Botrytis allii Munn the Causal Agent of Neck Rot, the Post Harvest Disease in Onion, by use of a New Iranian Isolate of Streptomyces

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    M. Jorjandi

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: Soil actinomycetes particularly Streptomyces spp. showed antagonistic activity against wide range of plant pathogens. In the recent decades they have attracted high interests as biocontrol agents. Onion neck rot or gray mold caused by Botrytis allii have imposed economic post harvest damages to onion bulbs and decreased its storage durability and market value. Approach: To investigate for biocontrol means against the pathogen, antagonistic activity of 50 isolates of soil Actinomycetes were assayed through agar disk method and dual culture bioassays. Active isolates were exposed to chloroform for detection of antibiotic. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC value and solubility of active crude extract in organic solvents were determined for Streptomyces isolate No. 347 which showed a unique and stable property of inhibiting Botrytis allii. To investigate the antagonistic effect of Streptomyces isolate No. 347 on control of onion gray mold, 4 different treatments were tested by means of Tukey HSD test. Results: From the tested isolates, 13 showed anti gray mold activities. Exposure of active isolates to chloroform revealed that Streptomyces isolates No. 347, 263 and 350 retained their antifungal activities. The active metabolite(s of Streptomyces isolate No. 347 was polar, soluble in H2O but insoluble in chloroform and methanol. MIC of the crude was determined as 0.05 mg mL-1 against B. allii. Stability of the active crude in distilled water at room temperature (12-30°C was about 6 months. Statistical studies indicated that Streptomyces isolates No. 347 can decrease losses of neck rot with significant level (pConclusion: The future goals include investigation of the antifungal genes in active isolates as candidates for genetic engineering of onion for increased tolerance against B. allii.

  18. Custo da produção de Orius insidiosus como agente de controle biológico Production cost of Orius insidiosus as biological control agent

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    Simone Martins Mendes

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar o custo de produção por indivíduo do predador Orius insidiosus (Say, levando-se em consideração um modelo de criação em laboratório. Nos cálculos, considerou-se uma produção de 33.000 percevejos mês-1, dos quais 14,5% foram para manutenção da criação e o restante, ou seja, 28.272 indivíduos, para comercialização. Os preços dos materiais e equipamentos utilizados na criação foram cotados em dólares americanos na proporção de R$ 2,84 por US$ 1,00. O custo estimado de cada percevejo predador foi da ordem de US$ 0,069, levando-se em consideração custos fixos e variáveis. Este custo é um parâmetro decisivo na criação massal de Orius insidiosus e em sua utilização como agente de controle em programas de controle biológico de tripes.The objective of this work was to estimate the individual production cost of the predator Orius insidiosus (Say in laboratory. A rearing model of O. insidiosus in laboratory was used to reach production of 33,000 individuals month-1, using 14.5% to maintain the predator rearing in the laboratory and 28,272 individuals for commercialization. The prices of different materials and equipments used on predator rearing were fixed at US$ 1.00 = R$ 2.84. The estimated cost for production of each adult predator was US$ 0.069, taking all the fixed and variable costs. This parameter is crucial to support O. insidiosus mass rearing, and to use this predator as biocontrol agent in biological control program of thrips.

  19. Incorporação das atividades de controle da dengue pelo agente comunitário de saúde

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    Luiza Helena de Oliveira Cazola

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO : Avaliar o desempenho do agente comunitário de saúde após incorporação do controle da dengue nas suas atribuições. MÉTODOS : Comparou-se a evolução de indicadores selecionados da Estratégia Saúde da Família e do Programa Nacional de Controle da Dengue do município São Gabriel do Oeste com o de Rio Verde de Mato Grosso, município vizinho com características populacionais, socioeconômicas e estrutura de serviços de saúde semelhantes de 2002 a 2008. Os dados foram coletados dos bancos de dados municipais do Sistema de Informação da Febre Amarela e Dengue e do Sistema de Informação da Atenção Básica da Secretaria Estadual de Saúde de Mato Grosso do Sul. As variáveis selecionadas para as atividades dos agentes na Estratégia Saúde da Família foram: visitas domiciliares mensais, gestantes com o pré-natal iniciado no primeiro trimestre, crianças menores de um ano com vacinas em dia e hipertensos. Para o Programa Nacional de Controle da Dengue foram: imóveis inspecionados com Aedes aegypti e imóveis existentes não inspecionados. RESULTADOS : Os dois municípios mantiveram evolução semelhante nos indicadores do controle da dengue no período. São Gabriel do Oeste apresentava melhor situação em relação à Estratégia Saúde da Família em 2002 em três dos quatro indicadores estudados. No entanto, esta situação se inverteu no final do período, quando o município foi superado por Rio Verde de Mato Grosso em três dos quatro indicadores analisados, entre os quais a média mensal de visitas de agente comunitário de saúde por família cadastrada, principal atividade de um agente da Estratégia Saúde da Família. CONCLUSÕES : A incorporação do Programa Nacional de Controle da Dengue na Estratégia Saúde da Família é viável e se desenvolveu sem prejuízo das atividades do controle da dengue, excetuando as atividades da saúde da família em São Gabriel do Oeste. A carga adicional de trabalho

  20. Endophytic bacteria from Piper tuberculatum Jacq.: isolation, molecular characterization, and in vitro screening for the control of Fusarium solani f. sp piperis, the causal agent of root rot disease in black pepper (Piper nigrum L.).

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    Nascimento, S B; Lima, A M; Borges, B N; de Souza, C R B

    2015-07-06

    Endophytic bacteria have been found to colonize internal tissues in many different plants, where they can have several beneficial effects, including defense against pathogens. In this study, we aimed to identify endophytic bacteria associated with roots of the tropical piperaceae Piper tuberculatum, which is known for its resistance to infection by Fusarium solani f. sp piperis, the causal agent of black pepper (Piper nigrum) root rot disease in the Amazon region. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, we isolated endophytes belonging to 13 genera: Bacillus, Paenibacillus, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Rhizobium, Sinorhizobium, Agrobacterium, Ralstonia, Serratia, Cupriavidus, Mitsuaria, Pantoea, and Staphylococcus. The results showed that 56.52% of isolates were associated with the phylum Proteobacteria, which comprised α, β, and γ classes. Other bacteria were related to the phylum Firmicutes, including Bacillus, which was the most abundant genus among all isolates. Antagonistic assays revealed that Pt12 and Pt13 isolates, identified as Pseudomonas putida and Pseudomonas sp, respectively, were able to inhibit F. solani f. sp piperis growth in vitro. We describe, for the first time, the molecular identification of 23 endophytic bacteria from P. tuberculatum, among which two Pseudomonas species have the potential to control the pathogen responsible for root rot disease in black pepper in the Amazon region.

  1. TRABALHO DO AGENTE COMUNITÁRIO DE SAÚDE NO CONTROLE DA HANSENÍASE

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    Olga Maria de Alencar

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    Full Text Available El objetivo fue describir el proceso de trabajo de los Agentes Comunitarios de Salud en el acompañamiento a las personas con lepra. La profesión es nueva, con actuación en el Sistema Único de Salud y se centra en la prevención de enfermedades y promoción de la salud. Estudio cuantitativo (n = 331, en Maranhão, Pará, Tocantins y Piauí, entre agosto/2009 y julio/2010. Los datos fueron analizados con el EPI-INFO. 93% de Agentes son mujeres, edad media 25 años; 84,2% concluyeron la escuela secundaria; 87,1% acompañan los casos de lepra; 55,3% utilizan herramienta para registrar los casos; 82,2% encaminan los casos sospechosos a la unidad básica de salud; 43,0% orientan sobre la lepra; 53,2% tienen formación en lepra. Grupo predominante de mujeres adultas jóvenes, con educación secundaria. A pesar de la baja disponibilidad de capacitación en las acciones de control de la lepra, los Agentes monitoran los pacientes en su territorio.

  2. Energetic Causal Sets

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    Cortês, Marina

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    We propose an approach to quantum theory based on the energetic causal sets, introduced in Cort\\^{e}s and Smolin (2013). Fundamental processes are causal sets whose events carry momentum and energy, which are transmitted along causal links and conserved at each event. Fundamentally there are amplitudes for such causal processes, but no space-time. An embedding of the causal processes in an emergent space-time arises only at the semiclassical level. Hence, fundamentally there are no commutation relations, no uncertainty principle and, indeed, no hbar. All that remains of quantum theory is the relationship between the absolute value squared of complex amplitudes and probabilities. Consequently, we find that neither locality, nor non locality, are primary concepts, only causality exists at the fundamental level.

  3. Análise de causalidade da relação entre sangramento e letalidade de Síndromes Coronarianas Agudas Causality analysis of the relationship between bleeding and lethality in Acute Coronary Syndromes

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    Luis Cláudio Lemos Correia

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Eventos hemorrágicos em Síndromes Coronarianas Agudas (SCA apresentam associação independente com óbito em registros multicêntricos internacionais. No entanto, essa associação não foi testada em nosso meio e a verdadeira relação causal entre sangramento e óbito não está plenamente demonstrada. OBJETIVO: Testar as hipóteses de que: (1 sangramento maior é preditor independente de óbito hospitalar em SCA; (2 a relação entre esses dois desfechos é causal. MÉTODOS: Incluídos pacientes com critérios pré-definidos de angina instável, infarto sem supradesnivelamento do ST ou infarto com supradesnivelamento do ST. Sangramento maior durante o internamento foi definido de acordo com os tipos 3 ou 5 da Classificação Universal de Sangramento. Regressão logística e análise da sequência de eventos foram utilizadas para avaliar a associação entre sangramento e óbito. RESULTADOS: Dentre 455 pacientes estudados, 29 desenvolveram sangramento maior (6,4%; 95%IC = 4,3-9,0%. Esses indivíduos apresentaram mortalidade hospitalar de 21%, comparados a 5,6% nos pacientes sem sangramento (RR = 4,0; 95%IC = 1,8-9,1; P = 0,001. Após ajuste para escore de propensão, sangramento maior permaneceu preditor de óbito hospitalar (OR = 3,34; 95%IC = 1,2-9,5; P = 0,02. Houve 6 óbitos dentre 29 pacientes que sangraram. No entanto, análise detalhada da sequência de eventos demonstrou relação causal em apenas um caso. CONCLUSÃO: (1 Sangramento maior é preditor independente de óbito hospitalar em SCA; (2 O papel do sangramento como marcador de risco predomina sobre seu papel de fator de risco para óbito. Essa conclusão deve ser vista como geradora de hipótese a ser confirmada por estudos de maior tamanho amostral. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2012; [online].ahead print, PP.0-0BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic events in Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS have been independently associated with death in international multicenter registries. However, that

  4. Causal Decision Trees

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    Uncovering causal relationships in data is a major objective of data analytics. Causal relationships are normally discovered with designed experiments, e.g. randomised controlled trials, which, however are expensive or infeasible to be conducted in many cases. Causal relationships can also be found using some well designed observational studies, but they require domain experts' knowledge and the process is normally time consuming. Hence there is a need for scalable and automated methods for c...

  5. How to be causal

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    Kinsler, Paul

    2011-01-01

    I explain a simple definition of causality in widespread use, and indicate how it links to the Kramers Kronig relations. The specification of causality in terms of temporal differential eqations then shows us the way to write down dynamical models so that their causal nature in the sense used here should be obvious to all. In particular, I apply this reasoning to Maxwell's equations, which is an instructive example since their casual properties are sometimes debated.

  6. Os agentes públicos e a fome nos primeiros séculos da Idade Média

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    Marcelo Cândido da Silva

    Full Text Available Resumo A Alta Idade Média foi um período marcado por sucessivas crises alimentares. De acordo com um levantamento nas histórias, anais, crônicas, hagiografias etc., feito no início do século XX pelo historiador alemão Fritz Curschmann, há 68 menções a crises alimentares entre os anos 700 e 1100. No entanto, esses textos dizem mais sobre as reações à fome do que sobre as circunstâncias ou causas das mesmas. O objetivo deste artigo é analisar comparativamente as ações dos agentes públicos em face de situações de crise alimentar, tanto na Gália quanto na Itália, entre o final do século V e o final do século VI. Para tanto, utilizar-se-ão cartas de Cassiodoro († c.585 e de Sidônio Apolinário († 486, bem como as Histórias de Gregório de Tours († 594 e um poema de Venâncio Fortunato († c.609. A análise desses textos permite que se coloque em xeque a ideia da crise da autoridade pública com o advento dos reinos bárbaros.

  7. Avaliação "in vitro" do comportamento de dois agentes termicos e da influencia da espessura amelo-dentinaria na variação de temperatura em dentes humanos

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    Bittencourt, Adgar Zeferino

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    Dissertação (Mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ciencias da Saude Este estudo determinou as variações de temperatura na face externa da coroa e na junção dentina/polpa correspondente, provocadas pela aplicação de dois agentes térmicos - bastão de gelo e diclorodifluorometano - em dentes incisivos inferiores e canino superiores; avaliou também, a influência da espessura de tecidos duros - esmalte e dentina - sobre essa variação térmica. Abstract : This researc...

  8. Editorial: Causal cognition

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    Blaisdell, A.P.; Beckers, T.

    2009-01-01

    The article discusses various reports published within the issue, including one on psychological approaches to causal discovery in humans, one on the representational and reasoning capacities that underlie causal cognition in rats and one on the generality of knowledge of Great Ape.

  9. Causality and Lifshitz Holography

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    Koroteev, Peter [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, 116 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States)

    2011-07-15

    We study signal propagation in theories with Lifshitz scaling using the gravity dual and show that backgrounds with z<1 are incompatible with causality of the strongly coupled theory. We argue that causality violations in z<1 theories show up in boundary correlation functions as superluminal modes.

  10. Causality in demand

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    Nielsen, Max; Jensen, Frank; Setälä, Jari;

    2011-01-01

    This article focuses on causality in demand. A methodology where causality is imposed and tested within an empirical co-integrated demand model, not prespecified, is suggested. The methodology allows different causality of different products within the same demand system. The methodology is applied...... to fish demand. On the German market for farmed trout and substitutes, it is found that supply sources, i.e. aquaculture and fishery, are not the only determinant of causality. Storing, tightness of management and aggregation level of integrated markets might also be important. The methodological...... implication is that more explicit focus on causality in demand analyses provides improved information. The results suggest that frozen trout forms part of a large European whitefish market, where prices of fresh trout are formed on a relatively separate market. Redfish is a substitute on both markets...

  11. Agency, time and causality

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    Thomas eWidlok

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Cognitive Scientists interested in causal cognition increasingly search for evidence from non-WEIRD people but find only very few cross-cultural studies that specifically target causal cognition. This article suggests how information about causality can be retrieved from ethnographic monographs, specifically from ethnographies that discuss agency and concepts of time. Many apparent cultural differences with regard to causal cognition dissolve when cultural extensions of agency and personhood to non-humans are taken into account. At the same time considerable variability remains when we include notions of time, linearity and sequence. The article focuses on ethnographic case studies from Africa but provides a more general perspective on the role of ethnography in research on the diversity and universality of causal cognition.

  12. Regression to Causality

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    Bordacconi, Mats Joe; Larsen, Martin Vinæs

    2014-01-01

    Humans are fundamentally primed for making causal attributions based on correlations. This implies that researchers must be careful to present their results in a manner that inhibits unwarranted causal attribution. In this paper, we present the results of an experiment that suggests regression...... models – one of the primary vehicles for analyzing statistical results in political science – encourage causal interpretation. Specifically, we demonstrate that presenting observational results in a regression model, rather than as a simple comparison of means, makes causal interpretation of the results...... of equivalent results presented as either regression models or as a test of two sample means. Our experiment shows that the subjects who were presented with results as estimates from a regression model were more inclined to interpret these results causally. Our experiment implies that scholars using regression...

  13. Community health agent: a literature review Agente comunitario de salud: una revisión de literatura O agente comunitário de saúde: uma revisão da literatura

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    Ana Cláudia Garabeli Cavalli Kluthcovsky

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    Full Text Available Study of the review literature regarding brazilian Community Health Agent. The methodology was descriptive and exploratory study, using the LILACS database (1982 to march/2005 and MEDLINE (1966 to 2005. The analysis resulted 153 publications, from which 97 had been excluded. About type of production, of the 56 references (100%, 53,6% were books, 32,1% periodic articles, 7,1% Master's Theses and remains 7,2%, doctoral dissertations and specialization monographs. It was observed that 59% of the references had been enclosed in the database in 2000. Considering only periodic articles, specialization monographs, Master's Theses and doctoral dissertations, an amount of 26 studies, the experimental design predominated (73%, being the objectives most frequent: characterization of the agents and their functions, process work and results. The data suggest increasing interest on the subject, however, these workers still consist a population little studied.Estudio de literatura de revisión sobre Agente Comunitario de Salud brasileiro. La metodología era estudio descriptivo y exploratório, en base de datos LILACS (1982 a 2005 y MEDLINE (1966 a 2005. El análisis resultó 153 publicaciones, 97 excluidos. De las 56 referencias (100%, 53,6% eran los libros, 32,1% artículos de periódicos, 7,1% eran disertaciones de maestría y del resto 7,2%, las tesis de doctorado y monografías de especialización. El 59% de las referencias habían sido incluidos en la base de datos en 2000. Considerando los artículos periódicos, las monografías de especialización, dissertaciones de maestría y tesis de doctorado (26 estudios, el diseño experimental predominó (73%, siendo los objetivos más frecuentes: caracterización de los agentes y de sus funciones, evaluaciónes del proceso y de los resultados del trabajo. Los datos sugieren interés de aumento en el tema, estos trabajadores todavía consisten una población poco estudiada.Este é um estudo de revisão da

  14. Causally symmetric spacetimes

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    Tipler, F.J.

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    Causally symmetric spacetimes are spacetimes with J/sup +/(S) isometric to J/sup -/(S) for some set S. We discuss certain properties of these spacetimes, showing for example that, if S is a maximal Cauchy surface with matter everywhere on S, then the spacetime has singularities in both J/sup +/(S) and J/sup -/(S). We also consider totally vicious spacetimes, a class of causally symmetric spacetimes for which I/sup +/(p) =I/sup -/(p) = M for any point p in M. Two different notions of stability in general relativity are discussed, using various types of causally symmetric spacetimes as starting points for perturbations.

  15. Almanaque da Dengue: leituras e narrativas de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde Almanaque de Dengue: lecturas y narraciones de Agentes Comunitarios de Salud Dengue Almanac: readings and narratives of Community Health Agents

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    Helena Maria Scherlowski Leal David

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Apresenta-se um estudo de leitura e apropriação como metodologia de aproximação ao universo narrativo de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS, usando um dispositivo de informação e comunicação - o Almanaque da Dengue (AD. O objetivo foi o de perceber as formas de construção e apropriação de saberes sobre dengue e saúde por parte dos ACS, além de avaliar a serventia do AD como um dispositivo info-comunicacional. Foram realizadas oficinas com agentes do Rio de Janeiro, com vistas à desconstrução e leitura relacional do AD. A análise das narrativas gerou três categorias temáticas: abundância informacional nos ciclos epidêmicos; culpabilização da vítima; contradições e ambiguidades no trabalho dos ACS como mediadores. O AD mostrou-se um instrumento útil na discussão e apropriação de informações sobre a saúde, devido ao caráter textual relacional e não linear dos seus conteúdos, e ao seu formato interativo e não impositivo de formulações sobre a dengue e saúde.Presentase un estudio de lectura y apropiación como método de acercamiento al universo narrativo de los agentes comunitarios de salud (ACS, utilizando un dispositivo de información y comunicación, el Almanaque de Dengue (AD. Objetivó-se ampliar la comprensión acerca de las formas de construcción y apropiación de conocimientos sobre dengue y salud, y evaluar el Almanac como un dispositivo info-comunicacional. La metodología cualitativa se desarrolló por medio de talleres con ACS de Río de Janeiro, para la deconstrucción y lectura relacional del AD. Los resultados se clasificaron en tres temas: la abundancia de información en ciclos epidémicos, culpa de la víctima, las contradicciones y ambigüedades en la labor de la ACS. El AD ha demostrado ser una herramienta útil para el debate y la propiedad de la información de salud, debido al carácter relacional y no lineal de su contenido y su formato interactivo, no prescriptivo sobre dengue y

  16. Modelagem baseada em agentes para a simulação da dispersão de poluentes em cursos d'água

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    Full Text Available RESUMO A atividade antrópica em bacias hidrográficas frequentemente gera efluentes que poluem cursos d'água e tendem a gerar problemas ambientais diversos. Uma ferramenta muito útil para auxiliar a avaliação desses problemas é a modelagem matemática. Uma classe específica de modelos matemáticos com aplicações promissoras na área de recursos hídricos e controle da poluição são os modelos baseados em agentes. Neste trabalho se demonstrou como um modelo baseado em agentes pode ser desenvolvido e utilizado para a simulação de plumas de constituintes conservativos e não conservativos em cursos d'água. Foram apresentadas as suposições feitas para a representação dos fenômenos de advecção, dispersão e decaimento de primeira ordem no modelo. Posteriormente, foi feita uma comparação entre os resultados do modelo e a solução analítica unidimensional da equação de advecção-dispersão. Os resultados das comparações apontaram boa representação dos processos pelo modelo baseado em agentes e evidenciaram a importância da definição da discretização da massa dos constituintes lançados para essa classe de modelo. As soluções desenvolvidas e apresentadas mostram-se promissoras para a aplicação de modelos baseados em agentes na simulação de impactos de despejos em cursos d'água, bem como o modelo desenvolvido consiste atualmente em uma ferramenta educacional simples para o entendimento desses fenômenos.

  17. Causal Newton Gravity Law

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    Zinoviev, Yury M

    2012-01-01

    The equations of the relativistic causal Newton gravity law for the planets of the solar system are studied in the approximation when the Sun rests at the coordinates origin and the planets do not iteract between each other.

  18. Causal spin foams

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    Immirzi, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    I discuss how to impose causality on spin-foam models, separating forward and backward propagation, turning a given triangulation to a 'causal set', and giving asymptotically the exponential of the Regge action, not a cosine. I show the equivalence of the prescriptions which have been proposed to achieve this. Essential to the argument is the closure condition for the 4-simplices, all made of space-like tetrahedra.

  19. 柑桔黄龙病的鉴定和柯赫氏定理%"Candidatus Liberibacter Species": Without Koch's Postulates Completed, Can the Bacterium be Considered as the Causal Agent of Citrus Huanglongbing (Yellow Shoot Disease) ?

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    Chen J; Deng X; Civerolo E L; Lee R F; Jones J B; Zhou C; Hartung J S; Manjunath K L; Brlansky R H

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    Huanglongbing (HLB, yellow shoot disease) has been a destructive disease of citrus around the world for over a century, yet the etiology of the disease has not been definitively established. Based mainly on assays for 16S rRNA gene sequences, fastidious bacteria known as "Candidatus Liberibacter species" have been .ssociated with HLB. We are concerned that some current literature frequendy refers to "Ca. Liberibacter spp." as the causal or etiological agent of HLB. However, Koch' s postulates, either sensu stricto or modified, have not yet been completely fulfilled to establish that "Ca. Liberibacter spp." are the cause of HLB.Direct pathological interactions between the bacteria and citrus host have not been conclusively documented.We suggest there is a need for the literature to be precise on this point until the etiology of HLB is firmly established.%黄龙(梢)病被认为是世界柑橘生产上的毁灭性病害已超过一个世纪,但该病害的病原学至今还没有清晰地建立起来.根据16S rRNA基因序列分析,一组被称为"Candidatus Liberibacter species"的难培养细菌被认为与黄龙病相关.然而,要确定"Ca.Liberibacter spp."是黄龙病病原的柯赫氏定理并没有真正完成.令我们担忧的是,近年来有些文献频频指出"Ca.Liberibacter spp."是黄龙病的病原,其实该细菌与柑橘寄主的直接病理反应还没有完全确定.我们建议,在黄龙病病原学清楚之前,文献报道在这方面需要有准确的阐述.

  20. Quantum Causal Graph Dynamics

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    Arrighi, Pablo

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    Consider a graph having quantum systems lying at each node. Suppose that the whole thing evolves in discrete time steps, according to a global, unitary causal operator. By causal we mean that information can only propagate at a bounded speed, with respect to the distance given by the graph. Suppose, moreover, that the graph itself is subject to the evolution, and may be driven to be in a quantum superposition of graphs---in accordance to the superposition principle. We show that these unitary causal operators must decompose as a finite-depth circuit of local unitary gates. This unifies a result on Quantum Cellular Automata with another on Reversible Causal Graph Dynamics. Along the way we formalize a notion of causality which is valid in the context of quantum superpositions of time-varying graphs, and has a number of good properties. Keywords: Quantum Lattice Gas Automata, Block-representation, Curtis-Hedlund-Lyndon, No-signalling, Localizability, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Graphity, Causal Dynamical Triangula...

  1. Ação de produtos químicos in vitro e in vivo sobre Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis, agente causal do cancro bacteriano do tomateiro In vitro and in vivo action of chemicals on Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis, causal agent of the bacterial canker of tomato

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    Gustavo de Faria Theodoro

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a sensibilidade in vitro e in vivo de um isolado de Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm aos produtos cloridrato de kasugamicina, fulusulfamide e oxitetraciclina. Para o teste in vitro, foram avaliados os halos de inibição formados ao redor de discos de papel de filtro umedecidos com os produtos, nas concentrações de 0, 1, 10, 100 e 1000 mig mL-1, 24 h após a instalação do ensaio. Quanto à avaliação dos produtos in vivo, dois ensaios foram instalados sob condições de casa-de-vegetação, com plantas de tomateiro cultivar Ângela Hiper, através da inoculação das plantas por dois métodos: pulverização foliar e ferimento no caule. Nos dois ensaios, as plantas foram pulverizadas com os produtos cloridrato de kasugamicina a 0,06 mL L-1, fulusulfamide a 0,025, 0,05 e 0,075 mL L-1 e oxitetraciclina a 0,40 g L-1, duas vezes antes e duas vezes após a inoculação, em intervalos médios de 5-7 dias. Foram avaliados a incidência de folíolos doentes (inoculação foliar e a severidade dos sintomas nas plantas inoculadas por ferimento no caule. Verificou-se que o isolado de Cmm foi sensível in vitro ao cloridrato de kasugamicina, ao fulusulfamide e à oxitetraciclina, respectivamente a partir das concentrações de 1000, 100 e 10 mig mL-1. Com relação aos ensaios in vivo, apenas oxitetraciclina propiciou menor incidência de folíolos doentes nas plantas inoculadas através de pulverização foliar; nenhum produto teve êxito em controlar a doença nas plantas inoculadas por ferimento no caule. O fulusulfamide, em todas as concentrações, foi fitotóxico aos folíolos das plantas de tomateiro.An experiment was carried out to evaluate the in vivo and in vitro sensibility of a Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis isolate (Cmm to the products kasugamicyn cloridrate, fulusulfamide and oxytetracicline. In the in vitro tests, the inhibition formed around the discs of

  2. Study design in causal models

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    The causal assumptions, the study design and the data are the elements required for scientific inference in empirical research. The research is adequately communicated only if all of these elements and their relations are described precisely. Causal models with design describe the study design and the missing data mechanism together with the causal structure and allow the direct application of causal calculus in the estimation of the causal effects. The flow of the study is visualized by orde...

  3. O turismo como agente indutor da preservação do patrimônio ambiental urbano: uma discussão contemporânea

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    O turismo como agente indutor da preservação do patrimônio ambiental urbano propõe uma discussão contemporânea acerca das possibilidades de intervenção do turismo nas questões preservacionistas. Tendo o objetivo de abordar o conceito de patrimônio ambiental urbano no contexto da contemporaneidade, e de relacioná-lo com as ações de preservação despertadas pelo turismo, realizou-se um estudo bibliográfico de caráter descritivo. O estudo expõe as contribuições da atividade turística para a manut...

  4. Biased causal inseparable game

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    Bhattacharya, Some Sankar

    2015-01-01

    Here we study the \\emph{causal inseparable} game introduced in [\\href{http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v3/n10/full/ncomms2076.html}{Nat. Commun. {\\bf3}, 1092 (2012)}], but it's biased version. Two separated parties, Alice and Bob, generate biased bits (say input bit) in their respective local laboratories. Bob generates another biased bit (say decision bit) which determines their goal: whether Alice has to guess Bob's bit or vice-verse. Under the assumption that events are ordered with respect to some global causal relation, we show that the success probability of this biased causal game is upper bounded, giving rise to \\emph{biased causal inequality} (BCI). In the \\emph{process matrix} formalism, which is locally in agreement with quantum physics but assume no global causal order, we show that there exist \\emph{inseparable} process matrices that violate the BCI for arbitrary bias in the decision bit. In such scenario we also derive the maximal violation of the BCI under local operations involving tracele...

  5. Causality discovery technology

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    Chen, M.; Ertl, T.; Jirotka, M.; Trefethen, A.; Schmidt, A.; Coecke, B.; Bañares-Alcántara, R.

    2012-11-01

    Causality is the fabric of our dynamic world. We all make frequent attempts to reason causation relationships of everyday events (e.g., what was the cause of my headache, or what has upset Alice?). We attempt to manage causality all the time through planning and scheduling. The greatest scientific discoveries are usually about causality (e.g., Newton found the cause for an apple to fall, and Darwin discovered natural selection). Meanwhile, we continue to seek a comprehensive understanding about the causes of numerous complex phenomena, such as social divisions, economic crisis, global warming, home-grown terrorism, etc. Humans analyse and reason causality based on observation, experimentation and acquired a priori knowledge. Today's technologies enable us to make observations and carry out experiments in an unprecedented scale that has created data mountains everywhere. Whereas there are exciting opportunities to discover new causation relationships, there are also unparalleled challenges to benefit from such data mountains. In this article, we present a case for developing a new piece of ICT, called Causality Discovery Technology. We reason about the necessity, feasibility and potential impact of such a technology.

  6. Causal inference in econometrics

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    Kreinovich, Vladik; Sriboonchitta, Songsak

    2016-01-01

    This book is devoted to the analysis of causal inference which is one of the most difficult tasks in data analysis: when two phenomena are observed to be related, it is often difficult to decide whether one of them causally influences the other one, or whether these two phenomena have a common cause. This analysis is the main focus of this volume. To get a good understanding of the causal inference, it is important to have models of economic phenomena which are as accurate as possible. Because of this need, this volume also contains papers that use non-traditional economic models, such as fuzzy models and models obtained by using neural networks and data mining techniques. It also contains papers that apply different econometric models to analyze real-life economic dependencies.

  7. Causal graph dynamics

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    Arrighi, Pablo

    2012-01-01

    We generalize the theory of Cellular Automata to arbitrary, time-varying graphs. In other words we formalize, and prove theorems about, the intuitive idea of a labelled graph which evolves in time - but under the natural constraint that information can only ever be transmitted at a bounded speed, with respect to the distance given by the graph. The notion of translation-invariance is also generalized. The definition we provide for these `causal graph dynamics' is simple and axiomatic. The theorems we provide also show that it is robust. For instance, causal graph dynamics are stable under composition and under restriction to radius one. In the finite case some fundamental facts of Cellular Automata theory carry through: causal graph dynamics admit a characterization as continuous functions and they are stable under inversion. The provided examples suggest a wide range of applications of this mathematical object, from complex systems science to theoretical physics. Keywords: Dynamical networks, Boolean network...

  8. Desafios e perspectivas da Educação Popular em Saúde na constituição da práxis do Agente Comunitário de Saúde

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    Vera Joana Bornstein

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo problematiza as práticas do Agente Comunitário de Saúde no Brasil, especialmente no que se refere ao seu exercício como educador no contexto das políticas de saúde e de sua atuação profissional. Para a sua construção, considerou-se a experiência das autoras na formação técnica de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde na EPSJV/Fiocruz e a realização de revisão de literatura sobre o tema. Os resultados encontrados indicam possíveis contradições entre as prescrições legais do trabalho do ACS, as expectativas dos serviços em relação à ação desse trabalhador e a possibilidade de ele se constituir como um educador popular. Por fim, apresenta perspectivas e desafios da Educação Popular em Saúde para as mudanças necessárias e possíveis nas práticas dos ACSs, em direção à efetivação da integralidade, da participação popular e do diálogo com o saber popular no âmbito da Atenção Básica.

  9. Avaliação da efetividade da promoção da atividade física por agentes comunitários de saúde em visitas domiciliares

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    Evelyn Fabiana Costa

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Este estudo verificou a efetividade da promoção de atividade física realizada por agentes comunitários de saúde (ACS em visitas domiciliares. Trata-se de um ensaio controlado não randomizado com duração de seis meses, com um grupo de ACS que passou por um processo educativo para promover atividade física nas visitas domiciliares para intervir em usuários do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS e um grupo controle. Foram avaliados a prática de atividade física e os estágios de mudança de comportamento em 176 adultos (n = 90 do grupo intervenção e n = 86 do grupo controle atendidos pelos ACS. Foram realizadas análises de associação, razões de prevalência e equações de estimativas generalizadas para verificar diferenças entre os grupos. Não foram observadas evidências de diferenças nos níveis de atividade física e nos estágios de mudança de comportamento entre os usuários dos dois grupos. Os ACS do grupo intervenção realizaram mais visitas domiciliares para promover atividade física aos idosos, pessoas com baixa escolaridade, que não trabalhavam e que tinham doenças crônicas. É importante que os modos de trabalho e prioridades dos ACS sejam repensados para ampliar a promoção da atividade física no SUS.

  10. Complementarity, causality, and explanation

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    Losee, John

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    Prior to the work of Niels Bohr, discussions on the relationship of cause and effect presupposed that successful causal attribution implies explanation. The success of quantum theory challenged this presupposition. In this succinct review of the history of these discussions, John Losee presents the philosophical background of debates over the cause-effect relation. He reviews the positions of Aristotle, René Descartes, Isaac Newton, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. He shows how nineteenth-century theories in physics and chemistry were informed by a dominant theory of causality

  11. Causal premise semantics.

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    Kaufmann, Stefan

    2013-08-01

    The rise of causality and the attendant graph-theoretic modeling tools in the study of counterfactual reasoning has had resounding effects in many areas of cognitive science, but it has thus far not permeated the mainstream in linguistic theory to a comparable degree. In this study I show that a version of the predominant framework for the formal semantic analysis of conditionals, Kratzer-style premise semantics, allows for a straightforward implementation of the crucial ideas and insights of Pearl-style causal networks. I spell out the details of such an implementation, focusing especially on the notions of intervention on a network and backtracking interpretations of counterfactuals.

  12. Understanding Causal Coherence Relations

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    2008-01-01

    The research reported in this dissertation focuses on the cognitive processes and representations involved in understanding causal coherence relations in text. Coherence relations are the meaning relations between the information units in the text, such as Cause-Consequence. These relations can be m

  13. Causality: Physics and Philosophy

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    Chatterjee, Atanu

    2013-01-01

    Nature is a complex causal network exhibiting diverse forms and species. These forms or rather systems are physically open, structurally complex and naturally adaptive. They interact with the surrounding media by operating a positive-feedback loop through which, they adapt, organize and self-organize themselves in response to the ever-changing…

  14. Causal diagrams for physical models

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    Kinsler, Paul

    2015-01-01

    I present a scheme of drawing causal diagrams based on physically motivated mathematical models expressed in terms of temporal differential equations. They provide a means of better understanding the processes and causal relationships contained within such systems.

  15. Qualidade e segurança de vegetais minimamente processados: proposta de estruturas de governança entre os agentes da cadeia e os sinais da qualidade

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    A adequada gestão da qualidade e da segurança dos alimentos é essencial para o alcance de vantagens competitivas para as empresas de processamento mínimo de vegetais. Para essa gestão, são necessários controles preventivos, específicos e sistemáticos durante as etapas de produção dos alimentos para que os produtos atinjam os atributos desejados de qualidade. A cadeia de vegetais minimamente processados (VMP) é composta de produtores rurais, empresa processadora, transportadores de produtos fi...

  16. Análise da rugosidade superficial de materiais restauradores estéticos: efeito de agentes clareadores e tempo = Analysis of roughness surface of aesthetic restoring materials: effect of bleaching agentes and time

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    Pozzobon, Roselaine Terezinha

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    Full Text Available Este estudo in vitro avaliou o efeito de agentes clareadores na rugosidade superficial (Ra de materiais restauradores estéticos, com o passar do tempo. Foram utilizadas duas resinas compostas, Z100 (M1 e Silux-Plus (M2, um compômero, Dyract (M3 e um ionômero de vidro modificado por resina, Vitremer (M4, que foram expostos a dois agentes clareadores: Opalescence (C1, peróxido de carbamida 10%, e Hi-Lite (C2, peróxido de hidrogênio 35% e como meio de imersão foi utilizada saliva artificial (Co. Foram confeccionados 120 corpos de prova, sendo a Ra avaliada após 1 hora de confecção; e antes da imersão em saliva artificial (T0, após 1dia (T1, 7 (T2, 15 (T3 e 30 (T4 dias de exposição aos agentes clareadores. No grupo controle, os corpos-de-prova ficaram somente imersos em saliva artificial. Após análise estatística de variância ANOVA (a = 5%, teste de Tukey, e método da decomposição da soma de quadrados, foi possível concluir que: 1 – a Ra dos materiais restauradores estéticos, de forma geral, alterou-se após exposição aos diferentes agentes clareadores e ao longo do tempo; 2 – em função do material restaurador, M2 apresentou a maior média de Ra, seguido em ordem decrescente por M4, M3 e M1; 3 – C1 e C2 exerceram ação sobre a superfície dos materiais restauradores aumentando a Ra para todos os materiais avaliados, principalmente em M2 e M4; 4 – em função do fator tempo, observou-se influência estatisticamente significativa sobre a Ra, pois quanto maior o tempo de exposição ao agente clareador, maiores os valores médios de Ra

  17. Information causality and noisy computations

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    Hsu, Li-Yi [Department of Physics, Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-li 32023, Taiwan (China); Yu, I-Ching; Lin, Feng-Li [Department of Physics, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 116, Taiwan (China)

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    We reformulate the information causality in a more general framework by adopting the results of signal propagation and computation in a noisy circuit. In our framework, the information causality leads to a broad class of Tsirelson inequalities. This fact allows us to subject information causality to experimental scrutiny. A no-go theorem for reliable nonlocal computation is also derived. Information causality prevents any physical circuit from performing reliable computations.

  18. Caracterização morfofisiológica e identificação molecular de isolados de Guignardia citricarpa, agente patogênico da mancha preta dos citros = Morphophysiological characterization and molecular identification of isolates of Guignardia citricarpa, a pathogenic agent of the citrus black spot

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    Marilda Pereira Caixeta

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo identificar 11 isolados de Guignardia citricarpa, agente causal da mancha preta dos citros (MPC, obtidos de frutas cítricas sintomáticas de diferentes regiões geográficas, por meio da PCR e caracterização morfofisiológica das estruturas propagativas, esporulação e crescimento micelial emdiferentes meios de cultura, temperaturas e regimes de luz, nas condições de laboratório. Pelo teste de PCR, todos os isolados foram identificados como o patógeno G. citricarpa. Os isolados caracterizados foram submetidos às temperaturas de 20, 25 e 30ºC, em regime de luz contínua, escuro contínuo e fotoperíodos de 12 horas, durante 24 dias. Utilizaram-se os meios de cultura aveia-ágar (AA, batata-dextrose-ágar (BDA e cenoura-dextrose-ágar (CDA. Os resultados mostraram que ocorreu interação entre os diferentes meios de cultura, temperaturas e fotoperíodos. O meio de cultura que melhor estimulou o crescimento micelial foi o CDA a 25ºC sob o fotoperíodo de 12h. A maior produção de esporos (conídios foi verificada no meio BDA a 20ºC, no fotoperíodo de 12 horas. No meio CDA, não ocorreu esporulação de nenhum isolado. Sob a temperatura de 30ºC, foiverificada apenas a produção de hifas e picnídios para a maioria dos isolados, em todos os meios de cultura e fotoperíodo testados.Thepresent work aims to identify 11 isolates of Guignardia citricarpa, the causal agent of the citrus black spot (CBS, obtained from affected fruit in different geographical regions, through PCR and morphophysiological characterization of propagative structures, sporing and mycelial growth in different means of culture, temperatures and photoperiods, under laboratory conditions. Through the PCR test, all isolates were identified as being the G.citricarpa pathogen. The characterized isolates were subjected to evaluations at temperatures of 20, 25 and 30ºC, in continuous light, continuous darkness, and alternating 12

  19. Trygve Haavelmo and the Emergence of Causal Calculus

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    Econometric Theory, 2014, Page 1 of 28. doi:10.1017/S0266466614000231 TRYGVE HAAVELMO AND THE EMERGENCE OF CAUSAL CALCULUS JUDEA PEARL University of...Emergence of Causal Calculus 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK...definition of a (Pearl, 1994): a = ∂ ∂x E(Y |do(x)) (3) HAAVELMO AND CAUSAL CALCULUS 3 which refers to a controlled experiment in which an agent (e.g

  20. O projeto cultural de PLE como agente da interculturalidade num contexto de não-­imersão

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa foi investigar os aspectos interculturais no processo de ensino/ aprendizagem de Português Língua Estrangeira, no contexto de não-imersão. Através da introdução de tarefas comunicativas e da abordagem comunicativa procurou-­se determinar o que é cultura (Mendes, 2010 e qual cultura deve ser ensinada durante o processo de ensino/ aprendizagem de uma língua estrangeira (Khramsch, 2013, entre outros. Os resultados nos mostraram, a percepção da interculturalidade tida pelo aprendente durante a realização do projeto cultural, relacionando a sua cultura com a cultura do outro e minimizando as ideias esteriotipadas anteriormente tidas sobre a cultura da língua-­alvo.

  1. Impacto de uma intervenção dirigida à capacitação de agentes comunitários da saúde em aleitamento materno

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    Machado, Maria Cristina Heinzle da Silva [UNESP

    2008-01-01

    O agente comunitário da saúde (ACS), por suas atribuições e processo de trabalho, encontra-se em posição privilegiada para se envolver com a promoção e o apoio ao aleitamento materno (AM). Reconhecendo a necessidade de qualificá-los para esse papel, avaliou-se o impacto de uma ação educativa (AE) sobre conhecimentos e práticas relativos ao AM de ACS do município de Botucatu/SP. Trata-se de um estudo de intervenção, com comparação da situação antes e depois, sem grupo controle. Não houve cálcu...

  2. Spectral Geometry and Causality

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    Kopf, T

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    For a physical interpretation of a theory of quantum gravity, it is necessary to recover classical spacetime, at least approximately. However, quantum gravity may eventually provide classical spacetimes by giving spectral data similar to those appearing in noncommutative geometry, rather than by giving directly a spacetime manifold. It is shown that a globally hyperbolic Lorentzian manifold can be given by spectral data. A new phenomenon in the context of spectral geometry is observed: causal relationships. The employment of the causal relationships of spectral data is shown to lead to a highly efficient description of Lorentzian manifolds, indicating the possible usefulness of this approach. Connections to free quantum field theory are discussed for both motivation and physical interpretation. It is conjectured that the necessary spectral data can be generically obtained from an effective field theory having the fundamental structures of generalized quantum mechanics: a decoherence functional and a choice of...

  3. Quantum information causality

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    Pitalúa-García, Damián

    2012-01-01

    How much information can a transmitted physical system fundamentally communicate? We introduce the principle of quantum information causality, which states the maximum amount of quantum information that a quantum system can communicate as a function of its dimension, independently of any previously shared quantum physical resources. We present a new quantum information task, whose success probability is upper bounded by the new principle, and show that an optimal strategy to perform it combin...

  4. Causality between time series

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    Liang, X San

    2014-01-01

    Given two time series, can one tell, in a rigorous and quantitative way, the cause and effect between them? Based on a recently rigorized physical notion namely information flow, we arrive at a concise formula and give this challenging question, which is of wide concern in different disciplines, a positive answer. Here causality is measured by the time rate of change of information flowing from one series, say, X2, to another, X1. The measure is asymmetric between the two parties and, particularly, if the process underlying X1 does not depend on X2, then the resulting causality from X2 to X1 vanishes. The formula is tight in form, involving only the commonly used statistics, sample covariances. It has been validated with touchstone series purportedly generated with one-way causality. It has also been applied to the investigation of real world problems; an example presented here is the cause-effect relation between two climate modes, El Ni\\~no and Indian Ocean Dipole, which have been linked to the hazards in f...

  5. ATUAÇÃO DOS AGENTES DE COMUNICAÇÃO DA INDÚSTRIA FONOGRÁFICA NA REDE SOCIAL FACEBOOK: UM ESTUDO DE CASO DA GLOBAL RECORDS

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    Holbein Oliveira de Menezes Filho

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa teve como objetivo investigar as influências dos agentes de comunicação da indústria fonográfica atuantes no Facebook no estimulo ao consumo do produto fonográfico, identificando os efeitos das estratégias de comunicação nesse ambiente e sua influência na construção de significados e consumo. Baseada em um estudo de caso de abordagem qualitativa, a coleta de dados foram utilizados entrevistas semiestruturadas, conduzidas individualmente face a face com os sujeitos selecionados. O publico alvo, ficou restrito aos moradores das Zonas Sul e Oeste da cidade do Rio de Janeiro, na faixa etária de 20 a 50 anos. A análise dos dados utilizou-se Gollner e Goulart (2013, adotando a análise do conteúdo e reagrupamento das mensagens em categorias temáticas, visando buscar elementos que expressem os conceitos: Institucional; Mercadológica e Relacional. Como conclusão ficou a importância da divulgação do produto fonográfico no Facebook, devido em parte ao enfraquecimento dos efeitos na criação de significados dos produtos por meio da divulgação na imprensa, no rádio e na TV, demonstrando o potencial desse canal, que não vem sendo bem explorado.

  6. A biblioteca pública como agente de inclusão social : um estudo de caso da Biblioteca Demonstrativa de Brasília

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    Marília Augusta de Freitas

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    Este trabalho tem como objetivo, por meio de um estudo de caso da Biblioteca Demonstrativa de Brasília, avaliar se os projetos de incentivo à leitura e ações culturais podem ser um diferencial para a biblioteca pública se tornar um agente de inclusão social. A pesquisa foi estruturada de forma a comparar a Biblioteca Demonstrativa com as demais bibliotecas públicas do Distrito Federal que possuíam, no momento do estudo, bibliotecários coordenando seus serviços. De 26 (vinte e seis) biblioteca...

  7. A biblioteca pública como agente de inclusão social: um estudo de caso da Biblioteca Demonstrativa de Brasília

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    Freitas, Marília Augusta de

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    Este trabalho tem como objetivo, por meio de um estudo de caso da Biblioteca Demonstrativa de Brasília, avaliar se os projetos de incentivo à leitura e ações culturais podem ser um diferencial para a biblioteca pública se tornar um agente de inclusão social. A pesquisa foi estruturada de forma a comparar a Biblioteca Demonstrativa com as demais bibliotecas públicas do Distrito Federal que possuíam, no momento do estudo, bibliotecários coordenando seus serviços. De 26 (vinte e seis) biblioteca...

  8. Revisiting Causality in Markov Chains

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    Shojaee, Abbas

    2016-01-01

    Identifying causal relationships is a key premise of scientific research. The growth of observational data in different disciplines along with the availability of machine learning methods offers the possibility of using an empirical approach to identifying potential causal relationships, to deepen our understandings of causal behavior and to build theories accordingly. Conventional methods of causality inference from observational data require a considerable length of time series data to capture cause-effect relationship. We find that potential causal relationships can be inferred from the composition of one step transition rates to and from an event. Also known as Markov chain, one step transition rates are a commonly available resource in different scientific disciplines. Here we introduce a simple, effective and computationally efficient method that we termed 'Causality Inference using Composition of Transitions CICT' to reveal causal structure with high accuracy. We characterize the differences in causes,...

  9. A Causal Model for Fluctuating Sugar Levels in Diabetes Patients

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    Kinzang Chhogyal

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background Causal models of physiological systems can be immensely useful in medicine as they may be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. Aims In this paper we investigate how an agent may use the theory of belief change to rectify simple causal models of changing blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. Method We employ the semantic approach to belief change together with a popular measure of distance called Dalal distance between different state descriptions in order to implement a simple application that simulates the effectiveness of the proposed method in helping an agent rectify a simple causal model. Results Our simulation results show that distance-based belief change can help in improving the agent’s causal knowledge. However, under the current implementation there is no guarantee that the agent will learn the complete model and the agent may at times get stuck in local optima. Conclusion Distance-based belief change can help in refining simple causal models such as the example in this paper. Future work will include larger state-action spaces, better distance measures and strategies for choosing actions.

  10. Electrochemical and calorimetric investigation of interaction of novel biscationic anticancer agents with DNA; Investigacao eletroquimica e calorimetrica da interacao de novos agentes antitumorais biscationicos com DNA

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    Silva, Lauris Lucia da; Donnici, Claudio Luis; Lopes, Julio Cesar Dias, E-mail: cdonnici@terra.com.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Quimica; Goulart, Marilia Oliveira Fonseca; Abreu, Fabiane Caxico de; Paula, Francine Santos de [Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Maceio, AL (Brazil). Campus A.C. Simoes. Inst. de Quimica e Biotecnologia; Bravo, Carlos E. Salas; Santoro, Marcelo Matos [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Bioquimica e Imunologia; Denadai, Angelo Marcio Leite [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica, Timoteo, MG (Brazil). Campus VII; Santos, Alexandre Martins Costa [Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, ES (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencias Fisiologicas; Montanari, Carlos Alberto [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2012-07-01

    Biscationic amidines bind in the DNA minor groove and present biological activity against a range of infectious diseases. Two new biscationic compounds (bis-{alpha}-{omega}-S-thioureido, amino and sulfide analogues) were synthesized in good yields and fully characterized, and their interaction with DNA was also investigated. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) was used to measure the thermodynamic properties of binding interactions between DNA and these ligands. A double stranded calf thymus DNA immobilized on an electrode surface was used to study the possible DNA-interacting abilities of these compounds towards dsDNA in situ. A remarkable interaction of these compounds with DNA was demonstrated and their potential application as anticancer agents was furthered. (author)

  11. Addition of a hypoxic cell selective cytotoxic agent (mitomycin C or porfiromycin) to Fluosol-DA/carbogen/radiation

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    Holden, S.A.; Teicher, B.A. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston (USA)); Herman, T.S. (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston (USA) Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, Boston (USA))

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    In an effort to develop effictive combination treatments for use with radiation against solid tumors, the cytotoxic effects of the addition of mitomycin C or porfiromycin on treatment with Fluosol-DA/carbogen breathing and radiation in the FSaIIC tumor system were studied. In vitro mitomycin C and porfiromycin were both preferentially cytotoxic toward hypoxic FSaIIC cells. After in vivo exposure, however, the cytotoxicity of mitomycin C toward single cell tumor suspensions obtained from whole tumors was exponential over the dose range studied, but for porfiromycin a plateau in cell killing was observed. With Fluosol-DA/carbogen breathing and single dose radiaiton, addition of either mitomycin C or porfiromycin increased the tumor cell kill achieved at 5 Gy by approximately 1.2 and 1.0 logs, respectively. Less effect was seen with addition of the drugs at the 10 and 15 Gy radiation doses. In tumor growth delay experiments, the addition of either mitomycin C or porfiromycin to Fluosol-DA/carbogen breathing and radiation resulted in primarily an additive increase in tumor growth delay. The survival of Hoechst 33342 dye-selected tumor cell subpopulations indicated that Fluosol-DA/carbogen breathing increased the cytotoxicity of radiation (10 Gy) more in the bright cell subpopulation (4-fold) than in the dim cell subpopulation (2-fold) resulting in an overall 4-fold sparing of the dim subpopulation. Mitomycin C and porfiromycin were both more toxic toward the dim cell subpopulations. Addition of mitomycin C or porfiromycin to Fluosol-DA/carbogen breathing and radiation (10 Gy) resulted in a primarily additive effect of the drugs and radiation killing in both tumor cell subpopulations. Thus, with mitomycin C/Fluosol-DA/carbogen and radiation there was a 2-fold sparing of dim cells and with profiromycin in the combined treatment a 1.6-fold sparing of the dim cell population. (Abstract Truncated)

  12. Quantum Fields on Causal Sets

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    Johnston, Steven

    2010-01-01

    Causal set theory provides a model of discrete spacetime in which spacetime events are represented by elements of a causal set---a locally finite, partially ordered set in which the partial order represents the causal relationships between events. The work presented here describes a model for matter on a causal set, specifically a theory of quantum scalar fields on a causal set spacetime background. The work starts with a discrete path integral model for particles on a causal set. Here quantum mechanical amplitudes are assigned to trajectories within the causal set. By summing these over all trajectories between two spacetime events we obtain a causal set particle propagator. With a suitable choice of amplitudes this is shown to agree (in an appropriate sense) with the retarded propagator for the Klein-Gordon equation in Minkowski spacetime. This causal set propagator is then used to define a causal set analogue of the Pauli-Jordan function that appears in continuum quantum field theories. A quantum scalar fi...

  13. Entropy of Causal Horizons

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    Howard, Eric M

    2016-01-01

    We analyze spacetimes with horizons and study the thermodynamic aspects of causal horizons, suggesting that the resemblance between gravitational and thermodynamic systems has a deeper quantum mechanical origin. We find that the observer dependence of such horizons is a direct consequence of associating a temperature and entropy to a spacetime. The geometrical picture of a horizon acting as a one-way membrane for information flow can be accepted as a natural interpretation of assigning a quantum field theory to a spacetime with boundary, ultimately leading to a close connection with thermodynamics.

  14. Quantum information causality.

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    Pitalúa-García, Damián

    2013-05-24

    How much information can a transmitted physical system fundamentally communicate? We introduce the principle of quantum information causality, which states the maximum amount of quantum information that a quantum system can communicate as a function of its dimension, independently of any previously shared quantum physical resources. We present a new quantum information task, whose success probability is upper bounded by the new principle, and show that an optimal strategy to perform it combines the quantum teleportation and superdense coding protocols with a task that has classical inputs.

  15. Causality and Micro-Causality in Curved Spacetime

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    Hollowood, Timothy J.; Shore, Graham M.

    2007-01-01

    We consider how causality and micro-causality are realised in QED in curved spacetime. The photon propagator is found to exhibit novel non-analytic behaviour due to vacuum polarization, which invalidates the Kramers-Kronig dispersion relation and calls into question the validity of micro-causality in curved spacetime. This non-analyticity is ultimately related to the generic focusing nature of congruences of geodesics in curved spacetime, as implied by the null energy condition, and the exist...

  16. Causal events enter awareness faster than non-causal events

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    Wagemans, Johan; de-Wit, Lee

    2017-01-01

    Philosophers have long argued that causality cannot be directly observed but requires a conscious inference (Hume, 1967). Albert Michotte however developed numerous visual phenomena in which people seemed to perceive causality akin to primary visual properties like colour or motion (Michotte, 1946). Michotte claimed that the perception of causality did not require a conscious, deliberate inference but, working over 70 years ago, he did not have access to the experimental methods to test this claim. Here we employ Continuous Flash Suppression (CFS)—an interocular suppression technique to render stimuli invisible (Tsuchiya & Koch, 2005)—to test whether causal events enter awareness faster than non-causal events. We presented observers with ‘causal’ and ‘non-causal’ events, and found consistent evidence that participants become aware of causal events more rapidly than non-causal events. Our results suggest that, whilst causality must be inferred from sensory evidence, this inference might be computed at low levels of perceptual processing, and does not depend on a deliberative conscious evaluation of the stimulus. This work therefore supports Michotte’s contention that, like colour or motion, causality is an immediate property of our perception of the world. PMID:28149698

  17. Estudo das representações sociais da maconha entre agentes comunitários de saúde Study of the social representations of the marijuana among communitarian health's agents

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    Ludgleydson Fernandes de Araújo

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Tendo em vista o aumento do uso abusivo de substâncias psicoativas, em particular a maconha, na realidade brasileira, a presente pesquisa teve como objetivo verificar as representações sociais de agentes comunitários de saúde (ACS's acerca do uso da maconha. Participaram 70 ACS's, de ambos os sexos, com média de idade de 26 anos. Foram utilizados como instrumentos: entrevistas semi-estruturadas e o Teste de Associação Livre de Palavras (Talp. Os dados das entrevistas foram categorizados pela análise de conteúdo temática de Bardin (1977 e os Talp foram processados pelo software Tri-Deux-Mots, por meio da Análise Fatorial de Correspondência. Os resultados sugeriram representações da maconha como planta e droga alucinógena que pode alterar o metabolismo humano. No que se refere às conseqüências na vida do usuário os ACS's objetivaram, de forma majoritária, atitudes de violência que ocasionam problemas relacionados à saúde e à família, contribuindo para iniciação a outras drogas e dependência. Concluiu-se pela importância da intervenção dos ACS's na educação preventiva em saúde, com o intuito de diminuir o uso indevido de drogas.In view of the increasing excessive use of psychoactive substances, in particular the marijuana in the Brazilian reality, the current research had as objective to verify the social representations of communitarian health's agents (ACS's regarding the marijuana's use. Seventy ACS's, including both male and female genders; with average age of 26 years participated in this study. It was utilized as instruments semi-structured interviews and the Test of Free Association of Words (TALP. The data acquired by the interviews was categorized by the Bardin's analysis of thematic content (1977 whereas the data from the TALP was processed by the Tri-Deux-Mots software through the factorial analysis of correspondence. The obtained results suggested representations of the marijuana as a hallucinogen

  18. Educative practice of community health agents analyzed through the category of praxis La práctica educativa de los agentes comunitários de salud a la luz de la categoria praxis A prática educativa dos agentes comunitários de saúde à luz da categoria práxis

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    Carla Andrea Trapé

    2007-02-01

    ", reproduciendo tareas planeadas por otros.Este estudo teve como objetivos: analisar as concepções de educação em saúde que norteiam as práticas educativas dos agentes comunitários de saúde do Programa de Saúde da Família da Coordenadoria de Saúde da Subprefeitura do Butantã da cidade de São Paulo, e analisar o caráter dessas atividades educativas. A coleta de dados ocorreu por meio de grupos focais e entrevistas individuais com 39 agentes. Os procedimentos de análise seguiram as recomendações da análise temática, tendo a práxis como categoria de análise. Em relação à atividade teórica, componente da práxis, constatou-se que grande parte das concepções de educação em saúde se pautava na transmissão de informações normativas aprendidas com os técnicos de saúde. Essa atividade teórica acabou por guiar uma atividade prática característica da práxis reiterativa em que os agentes não participam do planejamento do processo de trabalho em saúde e não dominam o "objeto ideal", reproduzindo tarefas planejadas por outros.

  19. Dynamic causal modelling.

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    Friston, K J; Harrison, L; Penny, W

    2003-08-01

    In this paper we present an approach to the identification of nonlinear input-state-output systems. By using a bilinear approximation to the dynamics of interactions among states, the parameters of the implicit causal model reduce to three sets. These comprise (1) parameters that mediate the influence of extrinsic inputs on the states, (2) parameters that mediate intrinsic coupling among the states, and (3) [bilinear] parameters that allow the inputs to modulate that coupling. Identification proceeds in a Bayesian framework given known, deterministic inputs and the observed responses of the system. We developed this approach for the analysis of effective connectivity using experimentally designed inputs and fMRI responses. In this context, the coupling parameters correspond to effective connectivity and the bilinear parameters reflect the changes in connectivity induced by inputs. The ensuing framework allows one to characterise fMRI experiments, conceptually, as an experimental manipulation of integration among brain regions (by contextual or trial-free inputs, like time or attentional set) that is revealed using evoked responses (to perturbations or trial-bound inputs, like stimuli). As with previous analyses of effective connectivity, the focus is on experimentally induced changes in coupling (cf., psychophysiologic interactions). However, unlike previous approaches in neuroimaging, the causal model ascribes responses to designed deterministic inputs, as opposed to treating inputs as unknown and stochastic.

  20. Relationship of causal effects in a causal chain and related inference

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    GENG Zhi; HE Yangbo; WANG Xueli

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the relationship among the total causal effect and local causal effects in a causal chain and identifiability of causal effects. We show a transmission relationship of causal effects in a causal chain. According to the relationship, we give an approach to eliminating confounding bias through controlling for intermediate variables in a causal chain.

  1. Experimental test of nonlocal causality.

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    Ringbauer, Martin; Giarmatzi, Christina; Chaves, Rafael; Costa, Fabio; White, Andrew G; Fedrizzi, Alessandro

    2016-08-01

    Explaining observations in terms of causes and effects is central to empirical science. However, correlations between entangled quantum particles seem to defy such an explanation. This implies that some of the fundamental assumptions of causal explanations have to give way. We consider a relaxation of one of these assumptions, Bell's local causality, by allowing outcome dependence: a direct causal influence between the outcomes of measurements of remote parties. We use interventional data from a photonic experiment to bound the strength of this causal influence in a two-party Bell scenario, and observational data from a Bell-type inequality test for the considered models. Our results demonstrate the incompatibility of quantum mechanics with a broad class of nonlocal causal models, which includes Bell-local models as a special case. Recovering a classical causal picture of quantum correlations thus requires an even more radical modification of our classical notion of cause and effect.

  2. Experimental test of nonlocal causality

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    Ringbauer, Martin; Giarmatzi, Christina; Chaves, Rafael; Costa, Fabio; White, Andrew G.; Fedrizzi, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    Explaining observations in terms of causes and effects is central to empirical science. However, correlations between entangled quantum particles seem to defy such an explanation. This implies that some of the fundamental assumptions of causal explanations have to give way. We consider a relaxation of one of these assumptions, Bell’s local causality, by allowing outcome dependence: a direct causal influence between the outcomes of measurements of remote parties. We use interventional data from a photonic experiment to bound the strength of this causal influence in a two-party Bell scenario, and observational data from a Bell-type inequality test for the considered models. Our results demonstrate the incompatibility of quantum mechanics with a broad class of nonlocal causal models, which includes Bell-local models as a special case. Recovering a classical causal picture of quantum correlations thus requires an even more radical modification of our classical notion of cause and effect. PMID:27532045

  3. Causal inference based on counterfactuals

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    Höfler M

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The counterfactual or potential outcome model has become increasingly standard for causal inference in epidemiological and medical studies. Discussion This paper provides an overview on the counterfactual and related approaches. A variety of conceptual as well as practical issues when estimating causal effects are reviewed. These include causal interactions, imperfect experiments, adjustment for confounding, time-varying exposures, competing risks and the probability of causation. It is argued that the counterfactual model of causal effects captures the main aspects of causality in health sciences and relates to many statistical procedures. Summary Counterfactuals are the basis of causal inference in medicine and epidemiology. Nevertheless, the estimation of counterfactual differences pose several difficulties, primarily in observational studies. These problems, however, reflect fundamental barriers only when learning from observations, and this does not invalidate the counterfactual concept.

  4. VANTAGENS E DESVANTAGENS DAS ALIANÇAS ESTRATÉGICAS: UMA ANÃ LISE SOB A ÓTICA DOS AGENTES DA CADEIA PRODUTIVA DA CARNE BOVINA

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    Ferreira, Gabriela Cardozo; Barcellos,Marcia Dutra de

    2006-01-01

    This paper proposes to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of strategic alliances in agri-food chains, based on the perceptions of participating agents from a specific beef productive chain. The analysis is therefore based on the alliance’s main partners’ view: retail, abattoir and beef producers. Their objective was to produce a differentiated product and to develop a beef brand to be commercialized at retail level. In addition, this study also proposes to identify the main factors ...

  5. Causal evolution of wave packets

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    Eckstein, Michał

    2016-01-01

    Drawing from the optimal transport theory adapted to the relativistic setting we formulate the principle of a causal flow of probability and apply it in the wave packet formalism. We demonstrate that whereas the Dirac system is causal, the relativistic-Schr\\"odinger Hamiltonian impels a superluminal evolution of probabilities. We quantify the causality breakdown in the latter system and argue that, in contrast to the popular viewpoint, it is not related to the localisation properties of the states.

  6. Granger causality for circular variables

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    Angelini, Leonardo; Pellicoro, Mario [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bari (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Bari (Italy); Stramaglia, Sebastiano, E-mail: sebastiano.stramaglia@ba.infn.i [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bari (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, University of Bari (Italy)

    2009-06-29

    In this Letter we discuss the use of Granger causality to the analyze systems of coupled circular variables, by modifying a recently proposed method for multivariate analysis of causality. We show the application of the proposed approach on several Kuramoto systems, in particular one living on networks built by preferential attachment and a model for the transition from deeply to lightly anaesthetized states. Granger causalities describe the flow of information among variables.

  7. Causality Statistical Perspectives and Applications

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    Berzuini, Carlo; Bernardinell, Luisa

    2012-01-01

    A state of the art volume on statistical causality Causality: Statistical Perspectives and Applications presents a wide-ranging collection of seminal contributions by renowned experts in the field, providing a thorough treatment of all aspects of statistical causality. It covers the various formalisms in current use, methods for applying them to specific problems, and the special requirements of a range of examples from medicine, biology and economics to political science. This book:Provides a clear account and comparison of formal languages, concepts and models for statistical causality. Addr

  8. AVALIAÇÃO DE PROGÊNIES DERIVADAS DO HÍBRIDO DE TIMOR COM RESISTÊNCIA AO AGENTE DA FERRUGEM

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    SILVAROLLA MARIA BERNADETE

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available A ferrugem alaranjada das folhas (Hemileia vastatrix Berk. & Br. é a principal moléstia do cafeeiro (Coffea arabica no Brasil. Numerosos híbridos portadores de fatores genéticos que conferem resistência às raças desse fungo foram sintetizados e testados no Centro de Investigação das Ferrugens do Cafeeiro (CIFC em Oeiras, Portugal. Dentre esses híbridos, destacam-se os derivados do cruzamento entre as variedades Caturra Vermelho x Híbrido de Timor (CV x HT e Vila Sarchi x Híbrido de Timor (VS x HT. A partir de 1968, progênies de Caturra Vermelho x Híbrido de Timor e Vila Sarchi x Híbrido de Timor foram enviadas pelo CIFC ao Instituto Agronômico e, posteriormente, a vários outros centros experimentais para fins de seleção. Em 1982, instalou-se no Centro Experimental de Campinas um experimento (EP299, contendo 30 progênies de CV x HT, 12 de VS x HT e 15 de `Catuaí', sendo 9 de `Catuaí Amarelo' e 6 de `Catuaí Vermelho'. Nenhum tratamento fitossanitário foi feito para controlar o agente da ferrugem. O mate-rial foi avaliado quanto à produção, colhendo-se as plantas individualmente em 1984-89, e quanto ao aspecto vegetativo associado à produção, maturação dos frutos, altura e diâmetro da copa e incidência da ferrugem. A progênie de Catuaí Vermelho LCH2077-2-5-81-2 foi utilizada como testemunha. Verificou-se a existência de alta correlação positiva entre todas as variáveis estudadas. Os tratamentos puderam ser classificados em dois grupos, segundo a análise em componentes principais (ACP. O primeiro grupo é representado pelas linhagens dos cultivares Catuaí Vermelho e Catuaí Amarelo e o segundo grupo, pelos derivados de CV x HT e VS x HT. As plantas pertencentes ao primeiro grupo são mais produtivas, têm maior índice de avaliação visual (IAV, são mais tardias e suscetíveis ao agente da ferrugem, são mais altas e apresentam maior diâmetro da copa do que as do segundo grupo. Material bastante promissor

  9. Structural Equations and Causal Explanations: Some Challenges for Causal SEM

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    Markus, Keith A.

    2010-01-01

    One common application of structural equation modeling (SEM) involves expressing and empirically investigating causal explanations. Nonetheless, several aspects of causal explanation that have an impact on behavioral science methodology remain poorly understood. It remains unclear whether applications of SEM should attempt to provide complete…

  10. The Cradle of Causal Reasoning: Newborns' Preference for Physical Causality

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    Mascalzoni, Elena; Regolin, Lucia; Vallortigara, Giorgio; Simion, Francesca

    2013-01-01

    Perception of mechanical (i.e. physical) causality, in terms of a cause-effect relationship between two motion events, appears to be a powerful mechanism in our daily experience. In spite of a growing interest in the earliest causal representations, the role of experience in the origin of this sensitivity is still a matter of dispute. Here, we…

  11. Identifiability of causal effect for a simple causal model

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    郑忠国; 张艳艳; 童行伟

    2002-01-01

    Counterfactual model is put forward to discuss the causal inference in the directed acyclic graph and its corresponding identifiability is thus studied with the ancillary information based on conditional independence. It is shown that the assumption of ignorability can be expanded to the assumption of replaceability,under which the causal efiects are identifiable.

  12. Inferring deterministic causal relations

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    Daniusis, Povilas; Mooij, Joris; Zscheischler, Jakob; Steudel, Bastian; Zhang, Kun; Schoelkopf, Bernhard

    2012-01-01

    We consider two variables that are related to each other by an invertible function. While it has previously been shown that the dependence structure of the noise can provide hints to determine which of the two variables is the cause, we presently show that even in the deterministic (noise-free) case, there are asymmetries that can be exploited for causal inference. Our method is based on the idea that if the function and the probability density of the cause are chosen independently, then the distribution of the effect will, in a certain sense, depend on the function. We provide a theoretical analysis of this method, showing that it also works in the low noise regime, and link it to information geometry. We report strong empirical results on various real-world data sets from different domains.

  13. O direito à vida no contexto do aborto e da pesquisa com células-tronco embrionárias: disputas de agentes e valores religiosos em um estado laico

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    Naara Luna

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    Full Text Available O artigo aborda o debate público sobre o direito à vida no contexto da autorização da pesquisa com células-tronco embrionárias e no debate sobre o aborto, enfocando a participação de atores religiosos e seus valores. Serão examinados o debate legislativo e judiciário da Lei de Biossegurança e a audiência pública da ADPF 54, referente à antecipação de parto de anencéfalo. Esta pesquisa documental analisa a transcrição da audiência pública da ADPF 54, e os registros do processo legislativo no Congresso Nacional e da ADI 3510 no Supremo Tribunal Federal. Os resultados revelam, além da centralidade do argumento do valor da vida, a diversidade na atuação dos agentes religiosos, com hegemonia da Igreja Católica e a emergência de evangélicos e espíritas.

  14. O contexto da formação dos agentes comunitários de saúde no Brasil

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio tuvo como objetivo identificar y describir el proceso histórico de la formación profesional de los agentes comunitarios de salud, mediante el análisis de documentos relativos a la formación técnica en salud. Es una investigación documental realizada en documentos normativos e instrumentales en los registros administrativos y de gestión del Departamento de Atención Primaria, con investigación bibliográfica en las bases de datos Medline y LILACS, de publicaciones orientadas a la política de formación profesional, en el período de 1986 a 2006, y de lectura con análisis temático. En respuesta a las demandas políticas y económicas, el agente comunitario de salud se convirtió en profesión en 2002. Sus funciones fueron ampliadas, motivo por el cual, en 2006 ya había en Brasil más de 200 mil profesionales trabajando según el nuevo reglamento: la Ley 11.350, que revocó la ley anterior. El agente comunitario se convirtió en un elemento importante para la promoción de cambios en el modelo asistencial y el fortalecimiento de la atención primaria en salud.

  15. Automatic Reasoning about Causal Events in Surveillance Video

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    Reid IanD

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a new method for explaining causal interactions among people in video. The input to the overall system is video in which people are low/medium resolution. We extract and maintain a set of qualitative descriptions of single-person activity using the low-level vision techniques of spatiotemporal action recognition and gaze-direction approximation. This models the input to the "sensors" of the person agent in the scene and is a general sensing strategy for a person agent in a variety of application domains. The information subsequently available to the reasoning process is deliberately limited to model what an agent would actually be able to sense. The reasoning is therefore not a classical "all-knowing" strategy but uses these "sensed" facts obtained from the agents, combined with generic domain knowledge, to generate causal explanations of interactions. We present results from urban surveillance video.

  16. Neural Correlates of Causal Power Judgments

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    Denise Dellarosa Cummins

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Causal inference is a fundamental component of cognition and perception. Probabilistic theories of causal judgment (most notably causal Bayes networks derive causal judgments using metrics that integrate contingency information. But human estimates typically diverge from these normative predictions. This is because human causal power judgments are typically strongly influenced by beliefs concerning underlying causal mechanisms, and because of the way knowledge is retrieved from human memory during the judgment process. Neuroimaging studies indicate that the brain distinguishes causal events from mere covariation, and between perceived and inferred causality. Areas involved in error prediction are also activated, implying automatic activation of possible exception cases during causal decision-making.

  17. Theory-Based Causal Induction

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    Griffiths, Thomas L.; Tenenbaum, Joshua B.

    2009-01-01

    Inducing causal relationships from observations is a classic problem in scientific inference, statistics, and machine learning. It is also a central part of human learning, and a task that people perform remarkably well given its notorious difficulties. People can learn causal structure in various settings, from diverse forms of data: observations…

  18. Expert Causal Reasoning and Explanation.

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    Kuipers, Benjamin

    The relationship between cognitive psychologists and researchers in artificial intelligence carries substantial benefits for both. An ongoing investigation in causal reasoning in medical problem solving systems illustrates this interaction. This paper traces a dialectic of sorts in which three different types of causal resaoning for medical…

  19. Introduction to causal dynamical triangulations

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    Görlich, Andrzej

    2013-01-01

    The method of causal dynamical triangulations is a non-perturbative and background-independent approach to quantum theory of gravity. In this review we present recent results obtained within the four dimensional model of causal dynamical triangulations. We describe the phase structure of the mode...

  20. Re-thinking local causality

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    Friederich, Simon

    2015-01-01

    There is widespread belief in a tension between quantum theory and special relativity, motivated by the idea that quantum theory violates J. S. Bell's criterion of local causality, which is meant to implement the causal structure of relativistic space-time. This paper argues that if one takes the es

  1. Causal Inference and Developmental Psychology

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    Foster, E. Michael

    2010-01-01

    Causal inference is of central importance to developmental psychology. Many key questions in the field revolve around improving the lives of children and their families. These include identifying risk factors that if manipulated in some way would foster child development. Such a task inherently involves causal inference: One wants to know whether…

  2. Etiological agents of diarrhea in patients infected by the human immunodeficiency virus-1: a review Agentes etiológicos da diarréia em pacientes infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência tipo-1: revisão

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    Andréa Regina Baptista Rossit

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Despite the importance of understanding the epidemiology of agents responsible for infectious diarrhea in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS population, the number of articles about this subject is relatively few. The current article summarizes published data on bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic enteropathogens in the HIV/AIDS seropositive subjects in different countries, regions and localities. In general, there is a great difference in the frequencies of etiological agents due to factors which include immune status, geographical location, climate and socioeconomic conditions. It is important to stress that a great prevalence of infection by emergent agents has been reported in the more advanced stages of AIDS. Therefore, to establish specific treatment depends directly on knowledge of these agents and risk factors associated to their distribution. Moreover, the colonization by potential pathogenic agents verified in these individuals is high thus implicating that they act as carriers. Finally, public health measures of control and prevention must take into consideration the regional previously identified enteropathogens, especially in areas where HIV prevalence is high.Muito embora a importância do conhecimento sobre a epidemiologia dos agentes responsáveis pela diarréia infecciosa nos portadores do vírus da imunodeficiência humana (HIV e/ou doentes pela síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (SIDA, o número de artigos científicos sobre o tema é relativamente pequeno. Este artigo resume os dados já publicados sobre os enteropatógenos bacterianos, fúngicos, virais e parasitários que acometem os indivíduos soropositivos para o HIV e/ou doentes pela SIDA em diferentes países, regiões e localidades. Em geral, existe uma grande diferença nas freqüências dos agentes etiológicos, devido a fatores que incluem status imunológico, localização geográfica, clima e condições socioecon

  3. Assessing statistical significance in causal graphs

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    Chindelevitch Leonid

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Causal graphs are an increasingly popular tool for the analysis of biological datasets. In particular, signed causal graphs--directed graphs whose edges additionally have a sign denoting upregulation or downregulation--can be used to model regulatory networks within a cell. Such models allow prediction of downstream effects of regulation of biological entities; conversely, they also enable inference of causative agents behind observed expression changes. However, due to their complex nature, signed causal graph models present special challenges with respect to assessing statistical significance. In this paper we frame and solve two fundamental computational problems that arise in practice when computing appropriate null distributions for hypothesis testing. Results First, we show how to compute a p-value for agreement between observed and model-predicted classifications of gene transcripts as upregulated, downregulated, or neither. Specifically, how likely are the classifications to agree to the same extent under the null distribution of the observed classification being randomized? This problem, which we call "Ternary Dot Product Distribution" owing to its mathematical form, can be viewed as a generalization of Fisher's exact test to ternary variables. We present two computationally efficient algorithms for computing the Ternary Dot Product Distribution and investigate its combinatorial structure analytically and numerically to establish computational complexity bounds. Second, we develop an algorithm for efficiently performing random sampling of causal graphs. This enables p-value computation under a different, equally important null distribution obtained by randomizing the graph topology but keeping fixed its basic structure: connectedness and the positive and negative in- and out-degrees of each vertex. We provide an algorithm for sampling a graph from this distribution uniformly at random. We also highlight theoretical

  4. Causal Model of Stress and Coping: Women in Management.

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    Long, Bonita C.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Tested model of managerial women's (n=249) stress. Model was developed from Lazarus's theoretical framework of stress/coping and incorporated causal antecedent constructs (demographics, sex role attitudes, agentic traits), mediating constructs (environment, appraisals, engagement coping, disengagement coping), and outcomes (work performance,…

  5. On causality of extreme events

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    Massimiliano Zanin

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Multiple metrics have been developed to detect causality relations between data describing the elements constituting complex systems, all of them considering their evolution through time. Here we propose a metric able to detect causality within static data sets, by analysing how extreme events in one element correspond to the appearance of extreme events in a second one. The metric is able to detect non-linear causalities; to analyse both cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets; and to discriminate between real causalities and correlations caused by confounding factors. We validate the metric through synthetic data, dynamical and chaotic systems, and data representing the human brain activity in a cognitive task. We further show how the proposed metric is able to outperform classical causality metrics, provided non-linear relationships are present and large enough data sets are available.

  6. On causality of extreme events

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    2016-01-01

    Multiple metrics have been developed to detect causality relations between data describing the elements constituting complex systems, all of them considering their evolution through time. Here we propose a metric able to detect causality within static data sets, by analysing how extreme events in one element correspond to the appearance of extreme events in a second one. The metric is able to detect non-linear causalities; to analyse both cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets; and to discriminate between real causalities and correlations caused by confounding factors. We validate the metric through synthetic data, dynamical and chaotic systems, and data representing the human brain activity in a cognitive task. We further show how the proposed metric is able to outperform classical causality metrics, provided non-linear relationships are present and large enough data sets are available. PMID:27330866

  7. CausalTrail: Testing hypothesis using causal Bayesian networks.

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    Stöckel, Daniel; Schmidt, Florian; Trampert, Patrick; Lenhof, Hans-Peter

    2015-01-01

    Summary Causal Bayesian Networks are a special class of Bayesian networks in which the hierarchy directly encodes the causal relationships between the variables. This allows to compute the effect of interventions, which are external changes to the system, caused by e.g. gene knockouts or an administered drug. Whereas numerous packages for constructing causal Bayesian networks are available, hardly any program targeted at downstream analysis exists. In this paper we present CausalTrail, a tool for performing reasoning on causal Bayesian networks using the do-calculus. CausalTrail's features include multiple data import methods, a flexible query language for formulating hypotheses, as well as an intuitive graphical user interface. The program is able to account for missing data and thus can be readily applied in multi-omics settings where it is common that not all measurements are performed for all samples. Availability and Implementation CausalTrail is implemented in C++ using the Boost and Qt5 libraries. It can be obtained from https://github.com/dstoeckel/causaltrail.

  8. Biocontrol of Botrytis allii Munn the Causal Agent of Neck Rot, the Post Harvest Disease in Onion, by use of a New Iranian Isolate of Streptomyces

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    Jorjandi, M.; G. H.S. Bonjar; A. Baghizadeh; G. R. S. Sirchi; H. Massumi; F. Baniasadi; S. Aghighi; P. R. Farokhi

    2009-01-01

    Problem statement: Soil actinomycetes particularly Streptomyces spp. showed antagonistic activity against wide range of plant pathogens. In the recent decades they have attracted high interests as biocontrol agents. Onion neck rot or gray mold caused by Botrytis allii have imposed economic post harvest damages to onion bulbs and decreased its storage durability and market value. Approach: To investigate for biocontrol means against the pathogen, antagonisti...

  9. O trabalho no cárcere: reflexões acerca da saúde do agente penitenciário

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    Caroline Raquele Jaskowiak

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: conhecer as condições de trabalho de agentes penitenciários e os reflexos do exercício da atividade laboral em sua saúde. Método: pesquisa descritiva, qualitativa. Os dados foram coletados por meio de entrevista aberta com agentes de um presídio regional e submetidos a análise de conteúdo na modalidade temática. Resultados: os resultados revelaram condições de trabalho insatisfatórias por deficiência de recursos materiais e descaso do poder público com as questões inerentes à ressocialização do apenado, resultando em exposição aos riscos psicossociais, insatisfação e desgaste emocional dos trabalhadores. Conclusão: investimentos na segurança dos trabalhadores podem contribuir para a promoção de sua saúde.

  10. Controle biológico da murcha bacteriana do tomateiro, por Pseudomonas spp. fluorescentes

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    Peixoto, Ana Rosa

    1997-01-01

    Esta revisão bibliográfica teve como objetivo avaliar o potencial de antagonismo de espécies de Pseudomonas fluorescentes a Pseudomonas solanacearum, agente causal da murcha bacteriana do tomateiro. Devido a dificuldade encontrada nas estratégias utilizadas para o controle da Murcha Bacteriana por meio de métodos convencionais, alguns outros tem sido estudados, como o uso de microrganismos benéficos. As rizobactérias vem proporcionando solução viável a algumas doenças consideradas de difícil ...

  11. Clear message for causality

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    Steinberg, Aephraim M. [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria)

    2003-12-01

    Experiment confirms that information cannot be transmitted faster than the speed of light. Ever since Einstein stated that nothing can travel faster than light, physicists have delighted in finding exceptions. One after another, observations of such 'superluminal' propagation have been made. However, while some image or pattern- such as the motion of a spotlight projected on a distant wall - might have appeared to travel faster than light, it seemed that there was no way to use the superluminal effect to transmit energy or information. In recent years, the superluminal propagation of light pulses through certain media has led to renewed controversy. In 1995, for example, Guenther Nimtz of the University of Cologne encoded Mozart's 40th Symphony on a microwave beam, which he claimed to have transmitted at a speed faster than light. Others maintain that such a violation of Einstein's speed limit would wreak havoc on our most fundamental ideas about causality, allowing an effect to precede its cause. Relativity teaches us that sending a signal faster than light would be equivalent to sending it backwards in time. (U.K.)

  12. History, causality, and sexology.

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    Money, John

    2003-08-01

    In 1896, Krafft-Ebing published Psychopathia Sexualis. Popularly defined as hereditary weakness or taintedness in the family pedigree, degeneracy was called upon as a causal explanation for perversions of the sexual instinct. Although Krafft-Ebing accepted Karl Ulrichs proposal that homosexuality could be innate and probably located in the brain, he paid little attention to neuropathological sexology. Alfred Binet challenged Krafft-Ebing's orthodoxy by explaining fetishism in terms of associative learning, to which Krafft-Ebing's response was that only those with a hereditary taint would be vulnerable. Thus did the venerable nature-nurture antithesis maintain its rhetoric, even to the present day. Krafft-Ebing died too soon to meet the Freudian challenge of endopsychic determinism, and too soon also to encounter the idea of a developmental multivariate outcome of what I have termed the lovemap. Like other brain maps, for example the languagemap, the lovemap requires an intact human brain in which to develop. The personalized content of the lovemap has access to the brain by way of the special senses.

  13. Classical planning and causal implicatures

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    Blackburn, Patrick Rowan; Benotti, Luciana

    In this paper we motivate and describe a dialogue manager (called Frolog) which uses classical planning to infer causal implicatures. A causal implicature is a type of Gricean relation implicature, a highly context dependent form of inference. As we shall see, causal implicatures are important...... to generate clarification requests"; as a result we can model task-oriented dialogue as an interactive process locally structured by negotiation of the underlying task. We give several examples of Frolog-human dialog, discuss the limitations imposed by the classical planning paradigm, and indicate...

  14. Avaliação da vanilina como agente antimicrobiano em abacaxi 'Pérola' minimamente processado Evaluation of vanillin as an antimicrobial agent on fresh-cut 'Pérola' pineapple

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    Lucimara Rogéria Antoniolli

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Procurou-se avaliar os efeitos da vanilina como agente antimicrobiano, bem como o nível de injúria física como fator de contaminação inicial em abacaxi (Ananas comosus (L. Meer cv. Pérola minimamente processado. Fatias e cubos foram obtidos a partir de frutos sanitizados, descascados e fatiados mecanicamente. Os dois tipos de corte foram imersos, separadamente, em água (controle ou soluções de vanilina 3000 ou 5000mg.L-1, durante 30 segundos. Após período de repouso, para drenagem do excesso de líquido, foram acondicionados em embalagens de polietileno tereftalato e mantidos à temperatura de 4 ± 1°C durante 12 dias. As análises microbiológicas, realizadas em intervalos de 3 dias, envolveram a contagem de microrganismos aeróbios mesófilos e de bolores e leveduras e a determinação de coliformes totais e fecais. A utilização de vanilina mostrou-se ineficiente no controle do crescimento da população de microrganismos aeróbios mesófilos e de bolores e leveduras em abacaxi 'Pérola' minimamente processado. O maior nível de injúrias físicas efetuado nos cubos parece favorecer a contaminação inicial do produto.The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effects of vanillin as an antimicrobial agent, as well as the relationship between the injury degree and initial contamination in fresh-cut pineapple (Ananas comosus (L. Meer cv. Pérola. Slices and cubes were obtained from whole fruits that were mechanically peeled and sliced after sanitization. Both kinds of cutting were dipped in pure water (control or vanillin solutions 3000 or 5000mg.L-1, for 30 seconds. After that, the liquid was drained, slices and cubes were placed in polyethylene terephtalate packages and stored at 4 ± 1°C during 12 days. Microbiological analyses were carried out every 3 days and involved mesophile aerobic counts, molds and yeasts and total and fecal coliforms determination. The use of vanillin was inefficient for the control of mesophile

  15. Os biomarcadores e sua aplicação na avaliação da exposição aos agentes químicos ambientais Biomarkers for evaluating exposure to chemical agents present in the environment

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    Leiliane Coelho André Amorim

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    Full Text Available A Saúde Ambiental tem como um de seus objetivos, a prevenção dos danos à saúde causados por contaminantes químicos presentes no meio ambiente, fazendo com que os níveis desta exposição sejam mantidos em valores que não constituam um risco inaceitável. Para isso, tornam-se necessárias a identificação e quantificação deste risco através da avaliação biológica da exposição humana. Este é um artigo de revisão que busca apresentar conceitos e concepções que abrangem o uso dos parâmetros biológicos com a finalidade de avaliar a exposição às substâncias químicas e estimar o risco das populações expostas. Os biomarcadores podem ser usados para vários propósitos, dependendo da finalidade do estudo e do tipo da exposição e podem ser classificados em três tipos: de exposição, de efeito e de suscetibilidade, os quais são instrumentos que possibilitam identificar a substância tóxica ou uma condição adversa antes que sejam evidenciados danos à saúde. Novos parâmetros são apresentados, como os biomarcadores de neurotoxicidade (ou marcadores substitutos, que têm como desafio detectar ações precoces de agente químicos que agem no sistema nervoso central através da identificação de indicadores presentes no sistema periférico, que são equivalentes aos parâmetros presentes no tecido nervoso.One of goals of environmental health is to prevent disease and injuries caused by chemical pollutants present in the environment. The main objective is to keep chemical exposure to an acceptable level that does not imply in risk. In order to accomplish that, it is necessary to identify and quantify chemical risk through biological assessment of human exposure. In this review, we present concepts and principles covering the utilization of biological indicators in order to evaluate exposure to chemicals and risk to human health. The use of biomarkers with different purposes may be classified in to three types: of

  16. Efeito do extrato de alho na quebra de dormência de gemas de videiras e no controle in vitro do agente causal da antracnose (Elsinoe ampelina Shear Effect of garlic extract on bud break of grapevines and in vitro control of causal agent of antracnose (Elsinoe ampelina Shear

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    Renato Vasconcelos Botelho

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    Full Text Available Considerando a redução ou eliminação do uso de substâncias sintéticas que preconizam os sistemas sustentáveis de produção de frutas, este trabalho teve como objetivo a busca de novas alternativas para a quebra de dormência e o controle de doenças em videiras. Estacas de videira contendo uma gema foram pulverizadas com os seguintes tratamentos: 1 testemunha; 2 OV (óleo vegetal 1%; 3 extrato de alho (EA 3%; 4 EA 3% + OV 1%. Posteriormente, as estacas foram mantidas em câmara de crescimento (25±2.5ºC por 56 dias. O único tratamento que estimulou a brotação das estacas de videira cv. Isabel Precoce foi o EA 3% + OV 1%, que atingiu 35% de brotação, diferindo estatisticamente dos tratamentos- testemunha (12,5%, OV 1% (17,5% e EA 3% (15,0%. Provavelmente, o estádio de endodormência profunda das gemas, após apenas 90 horas de frio ( Considering the reduction or elimination of synthetic compounds used in sustainable fruit production systems, this work aimed to search for new alternatives for bud break dormancy and diseases control in grapevines. Single-bud cuttings of grapevines were sprayed with the following treatments: 1 control, 2 1% SO (soybean oil, 3 3% GE (garlic extract, 4 3% GE + 1% SO. After that, the cuttings were kept in a growth chamber (25±2.5ºC for 56 days. The unique treatment that stimulated sprouting of grapevines cv. Isabel Precoce was 3% GE + 1% S, that reached 35% sprouting, differing statistically from the control (12.5%, 1% SO (17.5% and 3% GE (15.0%. Probably, the stage of deep endodormancy of buds, after only 90 chilling hours (< 7.0ºC, avoided better results of bud breaks treatments. Three experiments were carried out in vitro, with different garlic extract doses aiming to evaluate the control of the fungus Elsinoe ampelina. In all trials, there were quadratic effects on mycelial growth, without differences between garlic extract treatments, evidencing its fungicide effect, even for the lowest dose of 0.0615% GE.

  17. On causality of extreme events

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    Zanin, Massimiliano

    2016-01-01

    Multiple metrics have been developed to detect causality relations between data describing the elements constituting complex systems, all of them considering their evolution through time. Here we propose a metric able to detect causality within static data sets, by analysing how extreme events in one element correspond to the appearance of extreme events in a second one. The metric is able to detect both linear and non-linear causalities; to analyse both cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets; and to discriminate between real causalities and correlations caused by confounding factors. We validate the metric through synthetic data, dynamical and chaotic systems, and data representing the human brain activity in a cognitive task.

  18. Fluctuations in Relativistic Causal Hydrodynamics

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    Kumar, Avdhesh; Mishra, Ananta P

    2013-01-01

    The formalism to calculate the hydrodynamics fluctuation using the quasi-stationary fluctuation theory of Onsager to the relativistic Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics is already known. In this work we calculate hydrodynamic fluctuations in relativistic causal theory of Muller, Israel and Stewart and other related causal hydrodynamic theories. We show that expressions for the Onsager coefficients and the correlation functions have form similar to the ones obtained by using Navier-Stokes equation. However, temporal evolution of the correlation functions obtained using MIS and the other causal theories can be significantly different than the correlation functions obtained using the Navier-Stokes equation. Finally, as an illustrative example, we explicitly plot the correlation functions obtained using the causal-hydrodynamics theories and compare them with correlation functions obtained by earlier authors using the expanding boost-invariant (Bjorken) flows.

  19. Correlation Measure Equivalence in Dynamic Causal Structures

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    Gyongyosi, Laszlo

    2016-01-01

    We prove an equivalence transformation between the correlation measure functions of the causally-unbiased quantum gravity space and the causally-biased standard space. The theory of quantum gravity fuses the dynamic (nonfixed) causal structure of general relativity and the quantum uncertainty of quantum mechanics. In a quantum gravity space, the events are causally nonseparable and all time bias vanishes, which makes it no possible to use the standard causally-biased entropy and the correlation measure functions. Since a corrected causally-unbiased entropy function leads to an undefined, obscure mathematical structure, in our approach the correction is made in the data representation of the causally-unbiased space. We prove that the standard causally-biased entropy function with a data correction can be used to identify correlations in dynamic causal structures. As a corollary, all mathematical properties of the causally-biased correlation measure functions are preserved in the causally-unbiased space. The eq...

  20. Tolerância a agente curarizante provocada pela administração repetida da droga

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    Full Text Available Baseados em teoria discutível segundo a qual a miastenia grave é provocada pela presença no sangue de substância curarizante liberada pelo timo, tentou-se reproduzir um modelo experimental. Foram utilizados 40 ratos, criados nas mesmas condições, nascidos no mesmo dia, pesando ao redor de 350 g e divididos em 4 grupos: o Grupo I não foi manuseado; no Grupo II foi injetada solução fisiológica, 1 ml i.p. durante 6 semanas; no Grupo III foi injetada a dimetil tubocurarina (DMT 2,8 mcg/kg i.p., durante o mesmo tempo; no Grupo IV 14 mcg/kg da mesma droga foram injetados i.p. Uma semana após a última injeção i.p. os ratos, anestesiados, foram preparados para registro neuromuscular. O nervo ciático foi estimulado nas freqüências de 0,33 pulsos/seg, 70 pulsos/seg (séries de 10 pulsos a intervalos de 3 seg, 70 pulsos/seg (mantidos por 15 seg e novamente 0,33 pulsos/seg logo após a tetanização. A dose curarizante de DMT foi determinada por uma "terceira parte cega" quando 80% do bloqueio era alcançado. Quando apenas 10 estímulos em alta freqüência foram aplicados ao nervo, foi observada diferença significativa (p<0.05 na resposta: Grupo I, 46,50 ± 20,00 g+; Grupo II, 55,25 ± 11,33 g+; Grupo III, 37,25 ± 10,77 g+; Grupo IV 37,00 ± 12,74 g+. Diferenças significantes de força muscular foram também observadas após a tetanização mantida: Grupo I, 79,00 ± 16,21 g+; Grupo II, 76,75 ± 15,23 g+; Grupo III, 59,12 ± 17,38 g+; Grupo IV, 61,62 ± 14,74 g. Doses significamente mais altas de curare i.v. foram necessárias no grupo injetado diariamente com a maior dose de curare do que em qualquer dos outros grupos (p < 0,01: Grupo I, 3,62 ± 1,17 mcg/kg; Grupo II, 3,69 ± 1,21 mcg/kg; Grupo III, 4,01 ± 0,80 mcg/kg; Grupo IV, 5,48 ± 1,40 mcg/kg. Tais resultados mostram que a administração crônica do curare leva ao enfraquecimento físico e hiposensibilidade à droga. Isto sugere que embora a existência de subst

  1. Causality constraints on TMD PDF

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    Efremov, A V

    2013-01-01

    In this short note, we discuss constraints on the transverse momentum dependent factorization formulae coming from the causality properties for the hadronic tensor. We show that the range of definition of the TMD PDFs in the transverse coordinate plane is wider that it is allowed by the causality. It indicates the presents of the large compensating corrections for the TMD PDF factorization theorem and/or overestimation of the transverse component dependence of TMD PDF.

  2. Avaliação de genótipos tetraploides de bananeira cultivados em área infestada pelo agente causal do mal-do-Panamá Evaluation of tetraploid banana genotypes cultivated in fusarium infested area

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    Sebastião de Oliveira e Silva

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available O mal-do-Panamá é uma doença que causa grandes prejuízos à bananicultura no Brasil, uma vez que as principais cultivares em uso são suscetíveis ao Fusarium. Este trabalho teve como objetivos avaliar características agronômicas e resistência ao mal-do-Panamá de híbridos tetraploides de bananeira. O experimento foi conduzido no campo experimental da Embrapa Mandioca e Fruticultura Tropical, em delineamento casualizado, com 14 tratamentos e 10 repetições, nos anos de 2000 e 2001. Foram avaliados 14 tetraploides (FHIA-03, PV03-44, PC42-01, PV42-53, PV42-68, PV42-81, PV42-85, PV42-129, PV42-142, PV42-143, SH3640, ST12-31, ST42-08 e YB42-21 e a cultivar Maçã, usada como testemunha. Avaliaram-se as características altura da planta (m e diâmetro do pseudocaule (cm a 30 cm do solo, peso da massa do cacho (kg, penca (kg e fruto (g, número de pencas por cacho, de frutos por penca e de dias do florescimento à colheita, e a incidência do mal-do-Panamá. As médias dos genótipos foram agrupadas pelo teste de Scott e Knott, a 5% de probabilidade. Observa-se uma ampla variação genética nos caracteres avaliados. Os genótipos FHIA 03, ST12-31, SH3640, PV42-142, PV42-53 e PV42-68apresentam boas características agronômicas e resistência ao mal-do-Panamá.Fusarium wilt is one of the major diseases leading to great losses in banana crop in Brazil since most cultivars used are susceptible. The objective of the present work was to evaluate agronomical characteristics and resistance to Fusarium wilt in tetraploid banana hybrids. The experiment was carried out in the experimental field at Embrapa Cassava and Tropical Fruits in complete randomized design with 10 replicates of one plant each in the years 2000 and 2001. Fourteen tetraploids were evaluated: FHIA-03, PV03-44, PC42-01, PV42-53, PV42-68, PV42-81, PV42-85, PV42-129, PV42-142, PV42-143, SH3640, ST12-31, ST42-08 and YB42-21 and the Silk cultivar used as the control. The following

  3. An introduction to causal inference.

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    Pearl, Judea

    2010-02-26

    This paper summarizes recent advances in causal inference and underscores the paradigmatic shifts that must be undertaken in moving from traditional statistical analysis to causal analysis of multivariate data. Special emphasis is placed on the assumptions that underlie all causal inferences, the languages used in formulating those assumptions, the conditional nature of all causal and counterfactual claims, and the methods that have been developed for the assessment of such claims. These advances are illustrated using a general theory of causation based on the Structural Causal Model (SCM) described in Pearl (2000a), which subsumes and unifies other approaches to causation, and provides a coherent mathematical foundation for the analysis of causes and counterfactuals. In particular, the paper surveys the development of mathematical tools for inferring (from a combination of data and assumptions) answers to three types of causal queries: those about (1) the effects of potential interventions, (2) probabilities of counterfactuals, and (3) direct and indirect effects (also known as "mediation"). Finally, the paper defines the formal and conceptual relationships between the structural and potential-outcome frameworks and presents tools for a symbiotic analysis that uses the strong features of both. The tools are demonstrated in the analyses of mediation, causes of effects, and probabilities of causation.

  4. The good, the bad, and the timely: how temporal order and moral judgment influence causal selection.

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    Reuter, Kevin; Kirfel, Lara; van Riel, Raphael; Barlassina, Luca

    2014-01-01

    Causal selection is the cognitive process through which one or more elements in a complex causal structure are singled out as actual causes of a certain effect. In this paper, we report on an experiment in which we investigated the role of moral and temporal factors in causal selection. Our results are as follows. First, when presented with a temporal chain in which two human agents perform the same action one after the other, subjects tend to judge the later agent to be the actual cause. Second, the impact of temporal location on causal selection is almost canceled out if the later agent did not violate a norm while the former did. We argue that this is due to the impact that judgments of norm violation have on causal selection-even if the violated norm has nothing to do with the obtaining effect. Third, moral judgments about the effect influence causal selection even in the case in which agents could not have foreseen the effect and did not intend to bring it about. We discuss our findings in connection to recent theories of the role of moral judgment in causal reasoning, on the one hand, and to probabilistic models of temporal location, on the other.

  5. Influência do agente de união na resistência ao cisalhamento da interface titânio/polímero de vidro Bonding agent influence on shear bond strength of titanium/polyglass interface

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    Denise Kanashiro Oyafuso

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Há poucas informações em relação à efetividade da união entre compósitos e superfícies metálicas. Este estudo avaliou a influência de dois agentes de união na resistência ao cisalhamento da interface formada pelo titânio comercialmente puro (Ti cp e um compósito (Artglass/ Heraeus Kulzer. Vinte estruturas metálicas (4mm de diâmetro e 5mm de altura de titânio grau 1 foram fundidas, jateadas com partículas de óxido de alumínio (250ìm e separadas em dois grupos. Para cada grupo foi utilizado um agente de união (Sistema Siloc-Pre ou Retention Flow como procedimento anterior à aplicação do material opaco. Sobre este foram aplicados camadas do polímero referente à dentina com o auxílio de uma matriz de teflon. A manipulação e polimerização foram realizadas de acordo com as recomendações do fabricante. Os corpos-de-prova foram armazenados em água destilada por 24 horas à 37ºC e termociclados (5º e 55ºC/ 500ciclos. O teste de resistência ao cisalhamento foi realizado em uma máquina de ensaios universal (Instron com velocidade de 5mm/min. Os dados foram tratados estatisticamente pela Análise de Variância one-way (á=0,5. Os resultados indicaram que o sistema adesivo Retention Flow foi estatisticamente melhor do que o Siloc, com médias de 20,74MPa e 11,65MPa, respectivamente. Foi possível concluir que o sistema de união influenciou na adesão entre o titânio grau I e o polímero de vidro estudado.There is little information regarding bond strengths of polyglass to metal alloys. This study evaluated the influence of bonding system on shear bond strength of a composite resin (Artglass/Heraeus Kulzer to cast titanium (Ti. Twenty metallic structures (4mm in diameter, 5mm thick of titanium grade I were cast shaped and abraded with 250mm aluminum oxide and separated into two groups. For each group was applied one bonding system (Siloc or Retention Flow before opaque and dentin polymer superposition. This procedure

  6. Identification on Causal Agent of Dragonfruit Stem Rot and Indoor Determination of Fungicide Toxicity%火龙果茎腐病病原鉴定及室内药剂毒力测定

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    梁秋玲; 韦健; 李孝云; 王力前

    2011-01-01

    The stem rot disease of dragon fruit was diagnosed and the casual pathogen was isolated and identified. Dragonfruit varietal differences in resistance to the disease were investigated. The results showed that the casual agent was Bipolaris cactivora. White dragonfruit with yellow peel showed the highest resistance to the fungus, followed, in sequence, by white dragonfruit with red peel, and red dragonfruit with red peel. Eight fungicides were screened, and the result showed that propiconazole (25%EC) had the best control effect.%对火龙果茎腐病进行诊断和鉴定,观察其病原菌形态及培养性状,并初步测定不同火龙果品种的抗病性及几种药剂对该病害的室内毒力.鉴定结果表明,火龙果茎腐病病原为Bipolaris cactivora,30℃为该菌菌丝生长最适温度.初步发现黄皮白肉火龙果对该菌的抗病性最强,红皮白肉火龙果次之,红皮红肉火龙果抗病性最差.供试药剂中25%丙环唑的效果最好.

  7. Levantamento de raças do agente causador do míldio da alface no Estado de São Paulo em 2012 e 2013

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    Renata de Castro Nunes

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    Full Text Available RESUMO A alface é, entre as hortaliças folhosas, a mais importante economicamente para o Brasil. No inverno, com baixas temperaturas e com molhamento foliar, o míldio da alface, doença causada pelo agente etiológico Bremia lactucae, ocorre em praticamente todas as regiões de cultivo desta hortaliça, sendo considerada uma das doenças foliares mais severas da cultura. O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar as raças de B. lactucae no ano de 2012 e 2013 que ocorreram nas principais regiões produtoras do Estado de São Paulo, como: Ribeirão Preto, Jaboticabal, Pirangi, Catanduva, São José do Rio Preto, Atibaia, Salesópolis, Biritiba Mirim, Mogi das Cruzes, Campinas, Itapira, Mogi Mirim, Cândido Mota, Presidente Prudente, Echaporã, Assis, Marília, Botucatu e Bauru. Durante o mês de julho/agosto de 2012 e 2013, coletaram-se amostras de folhas de alface com sintomas de míldio, sendo que, em cada amostra coletada, as estruturas do patógeno referiram-se a um isolado. Os esporângios foram multiplicados na cultivar suscetível Solaris, com posterior inoculação nas cultivares diferenciadoras, realizando-se as avaliações no 12º dia do aparecimento da primeira esporulação na cultivar suscetível ‘Green Tower’ (Dm-0, conforme o código “Sextet”. Em 2012, foi determinado dois novos códigos, identificando duas novas raças, SPBl:10 (63/31/02/00 e SPBl:11 (63/63/18/00. Em 2013, uma nova codificação foi determinada (63/31/18/00, à qual propôs a denominação de SPBl:12. Os genes Dm-14 e Dm-15, e os fatores de resistência FR-17, FR-18, FR-36, FR-37 e FR-38 conferem resistência a essas novas raças identificadas. Recomenda-se, portanto, em programas de melhoramento genético de alface, a utilização dos fatores FR-17, FR-18 e FR-38 como fontes de resistência para novas cultivares desenvolvidas para cultivo no Estado de São Paulo, por conferirem resistência a todas as 12 raças já identificadas.

  8. Causality and Tense - two temporal structure builders

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    Oversteegen, E.

    2005-01-01

    By force of causes precede effects, causality contributes to the temporal meaning of discourse. In case of semantic causal relations, this contribution is straightforward, but in case of epistemic causal relations, it is not. In order to gain insight into the semantics of epistemic causal relations,

  9. Causal Stability Conditions for General Relativistic Spacetimes

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    Howard, E M

    2016-01-01

    A brief overview of some open questions in general relativity with important consequences for causality theory is presented, aiming to a better understanding of the causal structure of the spacetime. Special attention is accorded to the problem of fundamental causal stability conditions. Several questions are raised and some of the potential consequences of recent results regarding the causality problem in general relativity are presented. A key question is whether causality violating regions are locally allowed. The new concept of almost stable causality is introduced; meanwhile, related conditions and criteria for the stability and almost stability of the causal structure are discussed.

  10. Identificacion de marcadores genéticos del agente causal del marchitamiento del clavel fusarium oxysporum f.sp. dianthi mediante amplificacion arbitraria de fragmentos polimórficos de adn

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    Arbeláez G.

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    Full Text Available La técnica de Amplificación Arbitraria de Fragmentos Polimórficos de ADN (RAPD fue utilizada para identificar marcadores genéticos útiles para el desarrollo de un método diagnóstico para Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. dianthi, el agente etiológico de la enfermedad del marchitamiento del clavel. Con el fin de identificar fragmentos genéticos característicos de este patógeno, un total de 18 aislados diferentes, provenientes de diferentes lugares del mundo y 17 cepas de F. oxysporum de otras formas especiales fueron amplificadas utilizando 15 iniciadores diferentes. Aunque ninguno de los iniciadores empleados en este estudio amplificó una banda común a todas las formas especiales dianthi, el iniciador OPA 17 mostró un patrón de RAPD que permitió la identificación de cuatro grupos polimórficos dentro de este grupo taxonómico. Este mismo iniciador, permitió la discriminación entre aislados de Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. dianthi y cepas de F. oxysporum de otras formas especiales. No se observó una correlación directa entre el patrón de RAPD y las razas reportadas para F. oxysporum f.sp. dianthi, previamente determinadas mediante ensayos biológicos por otros grupos de investigadores. Los análisis de hibridación molecular con fragmentos escogidos de estos patrones de RAPD, permitieron el reconocimiento selectivo de los cuatro grupos descritos. Los fragmentos genómicos identificados, son candidatos para el desarrollo de un  sistema diagnóstico por PCR para este patógeno del clavel.

  11. Causality in physiological signals.

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    Müller, Andreas; Kraemer, Jan F; Penzel, Thomas; Bonnemeier, Hendrik; Kurths, Jürgen; Wessel, Niels

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    Health is one of the most important non-material assets and thus also has an enormous influence on material values, since treating and preventing diseases is expensive. The number one cause of death worldwide today originates in cardiovascular diseases. For these reasons the aim of understanding the functions and the interactions of the cardiovascular system is and has been a major research topic throughout various disciplines for more than a hundred years. The purpose of most of today's research is to get as much information as possible with the lowest possible effort and the least discomfort for the subject or patient, e.g. via non-invasive measurements. A family of tools whose importance has been growing during the last years is known under the headline of coupling measures. The rationale for this kind of analysis is to identify the structure of interactions in a system of multiple components. Important information lies for example in the coupling direction, the coupling strength, and occurring time lags. In this work, we will, after a brief general introduction covering the development of cardiovascular time series analysis, introduce, explain and review some of the most important coupling measures and classify them according to their origin and capabilities in the light of physiological analyses. We will begin with classical correlation measures, go via Granger-causality-based tools, entropy-based techniques (e.g. momentary information transfer), nonlinear prediction measures (e.g. mutual prediction) to symbolic dynamics (e.g. symbolic coupling traces). All these methods have contributed important insights into physiological interactions like cardiorespiratory coupling, neuro-cardio-coupling and many more. Furthermore, we will cover tools to detect and analyze synchronization and coordination (e.g. synchrogram and coordigram). As a last point we will address time dependent couplings as identified using a recent approach employing ensembles of time series. The

  12. Human causal discovery from observational data.

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    Utilizing Bayesian belief networks as a model of causality, we examined medical students' ability to discover causal relationships from observational data. Nine sets of patient cases were generated from relatively simple causal belief networks by stochastic simulation. Twenty participants examined the data sets and attempted to discover the underlying causal relationships. Performance was poor in general, except at discovering the absence of a causal relationship. This work supports the poten...

  13. The Geometry of Small Causal Cones

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    Jubb, Ian

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    We derive a formula for the spacetime volume of a small causal cone. We use this formula within the context of causal set theory to construct causal set expressions for certain geometric quantities relating to a spacetime with a spacelike hypersurface. We also consider a scalar field on the causal set, and obtain causal set expressions relating to its normal derivatives with respect to the hypersurface.

  14. The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HOT as an otoprotection agent against cisplatin ototoxicity Efeito otoprotetor da oxigenoterapia hiperbárica na toxicidade causada pela cisplatina

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    Camila C. Yassuda

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    Medicina de Ribeirao Preto da Universidade de São Paulo nos anos de 2005 e 2006. Objetivo: Avaliar o papel da Oxigenoterapia Hiperbárica como agente otoprotector contra a toxicidade de drogas. MÉTODOS: Cobaias albinas divididas em 2 grupos Grupo A: com 5 cobaias (10 cócleas que receberam cisplatina 8,0 mg/kg/dia, via intraperitoneal por 3 dias, submetidas posteriormente a OHB. Grupo B: com 3 cobaias (6 cócleas que receberam cisplatina 8,0 mg/kg/dia, via intraperitoneal por 3 dias. As cobaias foram avaliadas através de otoemissões acústicas (OEA e por microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV. Resultados: Encontramos no grupo B perda da função auditiva medida pela OEA e distorção das células ciliares externas a MEV. No grupo A, a MEV as células ciliares externas foram preservadas em sua grande maioria. CONCLUSÃO: Assim podemos supor que a Oxigenoterapia Hiperbárica tem um efeito otoprotetor contra a ototoxicidade induzida pela cisplatina.

  15. Formação de Agentes Comunitárias de Saúde para o enfrentamento da violência de gênero: contribuições da Educação Popular e da pedagogia feminista

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    Sônia Maria Dantas Berger

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    Full Text Available Apresentam-se resultados parciais de uma pesquisa-ação que investigou a violência de gênero na Estratégia Saúde da Família, com especial atenção sobre as Agentes Comunitárias de Saúde (ACSs, atores estratégicos na atenção a mulheres em situação de violência. Dentre as atividades de pesquisa e intervenção desenvolvidas, incluem-se oficinas com as ACSs para a discussão dialogada dos resultados da pesquisa. Tomando-se como referência os pressupostos da Educação Popular e da pedagogia feminista, conclui-se que as oficinas representaram um valioso recurso político-pedagógico, permitindo uma fecunda interação dialógica entre academia e serviços de saúde e oferecendo visibilidade e reconhecimento às vozes e às ricas experiências de vida e trabalho das ACSs contribuindo, assim, para uma construção compartilhada do conhecimento que fortalece práxis comprometidas com transformações na assistência à saúde e nas relações sociais mais amplas.

  16. Causality and Primordial Tensor Modes

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    We introduce the real space correlation function of $B$-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) as a probe of superhorizon tensor perturbations created by inflation. By causality, any non-inflationary mechanism for gravitational wave production after reheating, like global phase transitions or cosmic strings, must have vanishing correlations for angular separations greater than the angle subtended by the particle horizon at recombination, i.e. $\\theta \\gtrsim 2^\\circ$. Since ordinary $B$-modes are defined non-locally in terms of the Stokes parameters $Q$ and $U$ and therefore don't have to respect causality, special care is taken to define `causal $\\tilde B$-modes' for the analysis. We compute the real space $\\tilde B$-mode correlation function for inflation and discuss its detectability on superhorizon scales where it provides an unambiguous test of inflationary gravitational waves. The correct identification of inflationary tensor modes is crucial since it relates directly to the energy s...

  17. Causal reasoning with mental models.

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    Khemlani, Sangeet S; Barbey, Aron K; Johnson-Laird, Philip N

    2014-01-01

    This paper outlines the model-based theory of causal reasoning. It postulates that the core meanings of causal assertions are deterministic and refer to temporally-ordered sets of possibilities: A causes B to occur means that given A, B occurs, whereas A enables B to occur means that given A, it is possible for B to occur. The paper shows how mental models represent such assertions, and how these models underlie deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning yielding explanations. It reviews evidence both to corroborate the theory and to account for phenomena sometimes taken to be incompatible with it. Finally, it reviews neuroscience evidence indicating that mental models for causal inference are implemented within lateral prefrontal cortex.

  18. Causal reasoning with mental models

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    Full Text Available This paper outlines the model-based theory of causal reasoning. It postulates that the core meanings of causal assertions are deterministic and refer to temporally-ordered sets of possibilities: A causes B to occur means that given A, B occurs, whereas A enables B to occur means that given A, it is possible for B to occur. The paper shows how mental models represent such assertions, and how these models underlie deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning yielding explanations. It reviews evidence both to corroborate the theory and to account for phenomena sometimes taken to be incompatible with it. Finally, it reviews neuroscience evidence indicating that mental models for causal inference are implemented within lateral prefrontal cortex.

  19. Causal Models for Risk Management

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    Neysis Hernández Díaz

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    Full Text Available In this work a study about the process of risk management in major schools in the world. The project management tools worldwide highlights the need to redefine risk management processes. From the information obtained it is proposed the use of causal models for risk analysis based on information from the project or company, say risks and the influence thereof on the costs, human capital and project requirements and detect the damages of a number of tasks without tribute to the development of the project. A study on the use of causal models as knowledge representation techniques causal, among which are the Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (DCM and Bayesian networks, with the most favorable MCD technique to use because it allows modeling the risk information witho ut having a knowledge base either itemize.

  20. Gravitation, Causality, and Quantum Consistency

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    Hertzberg, Mark P

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    We examine the role of consistency with causality and quantum mechanics in determining the properties of gravitation. We begin by constructing two different classes of interacting theories of massless spin 2 particles -- gravitons. One involves coupling the graviton with the lowest number of derivatives to matter, the other involves coupling the graviton with higher derivatives to matter, making use of the linearized Riemann tensor. The first class requires an infinite tower of terms for consistency, which is known to lead uniquely to general relativity. The second class only requires a finite number of terms for consistency, which appears as a new class of theories of massless spin 2. We recap the causal consistency of general relativity and show how this fails in the second class for the special case of coupling to photons, exploiting related calculations in the literature. In an upcoming publication [1] this result is generalized to a much broader set of theories. Then, as a causal modification of general ...

  1. Statistics, Causality and Bell's theorem

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    Gill, Richard D

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    Bell's (1964) theorem is popularly supposed to establish the non-locality of quantum physics as a mathematical-physical theory. Building from this, observed violation of Bell's inequality in experiments such as that of Aspect and coworkers (1982) is popularly supposed to provide empirical proof of non-locality in the real world. This paper reviews recent work on Bell's theorem, linking it to issues in causality as understood by statisticians. The paper starts with a new proof of a strong (finite sample) version of Bell's theorem which relies only on elementary arithmetic and (counting) probability. This proof underscores the fact that Bell's theorem tells us that quantum theory is incompatible with the conjunction of three cherished and formerly uncontroversial physical principles, nicknamed here locality, realism, and freedom. The first, locality, is obviously connected to causality: causal influences need time to propagate spatially. Less obviously, the other two principles, realism and freedom, are also fo...

  2. Introductive remarks on causal inference

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    Full Text Available One of the more challenging issues in epidemiological research is being able to provide an unbiased estimate of the causal exposure-disease effect, to assess the possible etiological mechanisms and the implication for public health. A major source of bias is confounding, which can spuriously create or mask the causal relationship. In the last ten years, methodological research has been developed to better de_ne the concept of causation in epidemiology and some important achievements have resulted in new statistical models. In this review, we aim to show how a technique the well known by statisticians, i.e. standardization, can be seen as a method to estimate causal e_ects, equivalent under certain conditions to the inverse probability treatment weight procedure.

  3. Influência da temperatura do ar de secagem e da concentração de agente carreador sobre as propriedades físico-químicas do suco de açaí em pó Influence of drying air temperature and carrier agent concentration on the physicochemical properties of açai juice powder

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    Full Text Available A influência da temperatura do ar de secagem e da concentração de agente carreador sobre as propriedades físico-químicas do suco de açaí em pó produzido por spray drying foi avaliada. O processo foi realizado em um mini spray dryer de bancada e maltodextrina 10DE foi utilizada como agente carreador. A temperatura do ar de secagem variou de 138 a 202 °C e a concentração de maltodextrina variou de 10 a 30%. As características analisadas foram: umidade, higroscopicidade, retenção de antocianinas, cor, distribuição do tamanho de partículas e morfologia. O aumento da temperatura resultou em partículas maiores, menos úmidas, mais higroscópicas e com menor retenção de antocianinas, além de provocar uma diminuição do parâmetro de cor L* e do ângulo de tom H*. O aumento na concentração de maltodextrina resultou em partículas maiores e menos higroscópicas, com maior luminosidade (L*, menores valores de C* e maiores valores de H*. Em relação à morfologia, o aumento da temperatura levou à formação de uma maior quantidade de partículas com superfície lisa, fato atribuído à maior transferência de calor e, consequentemente, à formação mais rápida de uma membrana ao redor da gota atomizada.The objective of this work was to study the influence of inlet air temperature and maltodextrin concentration on the physicochemical properties of açai juice powder produced by spray drying. The process was carried out in a mini spray dryer and the maltodextrin 10DE was used as carrier agent. Inlet air temperature varied from 138 to 202 °C and maltodextrin concentration varied from 10 to 30%. The characteristics analyzed were: moisture content, hygroscopicity, anthocyanin retention, color, particle size distribution, and morphology. The increase in the temperature resulted in particles with larger size, less moisture content, more hygroscopy and with lower anthocyanin retention, besides promoting a reduction in the color

  4. Vulnerabilidade e sofrimento no trabalho do agente comunitário de saúde no Programa de Saúde da Família Vulnerabilidad y sufrimiento en el trabajo del agente comunitario de salud en el Programa Salud de la Familia Vulnerability and suffering in the work of a community health agent in the Family Health Program

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    Wânia Regina Veiga Martines

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    Full Text Available A pesquisa, de natureza qualitativa, teve como núcleo de interesse investigativo as representações e as significações que um grupo de Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACSs possui acerca das vulnerabilidades para o sofrimento no trabalho a que estão expostos, assim como as próprias manifestações deste sofrimento ao desempenharem suas ações relativas ao Programa de Saúde da Família (PSF.A entrevista semi-estruturada com um grupo de ACSs, explorou o significado de ser ACS e a percepção da organização do trabalho; a análise foi embasada no referencial teórico-metodológico da hermenêutica e nas teorias relacionadas à psicodinâmica do trabalho. Os achados mostram a existência de uma importante vulnerabilidade ao sofrimento, gerada principalmente pela ideação idealizada da própria prática e pela escassa perspectiva de rearranjo dos ingredientes constitutivos da organização do trabalho, já que este profissional depende de fatores alheios ao seu espectro de alcance, que inclui as limitações do modelo assistencial proposto pelo PSF.La investigación, de naturaleza cualitativa, tuvo como centro de interés un grupo de Agentes Comunitarios de Salud (ACSs sobre las vulnerabilidades para el sufrimiento en el trabajo a que están expuestos, al desempeñar sus acciones profesionales en el Programa Salud de la Familia (PSF.La entrevista semi estructurada exploró el significado de ser ACS y la percepción de la organización del trabajo; el análisis fue efectuado con base al referencial teórico-metodológico de la hermenéutica y de las teorías relacionadas a la psicodinámica del trabajo.Los descubrimientos muestran la existencia de una importante vulnerabilidad al sufrimiento, generada principalmente por la creación de las ideas idealizadas de la propia práctica y por la escasa perspectiva de la disposición de los ingredientes constitutivos de la organización del trabajo, siendo que el profesional depende de factores

  5. On Causality in Dynamical Systems

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    Harnack, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Identification of causal links is fundamental for the analysis of complex systems. In dynamical systems, however, nonlinear interactions may hamper separability of subsystems which poses a challenge for attempts to determine the directions and strengths of their mutual influences. We found that asymmetric causal influences between parts of a dynamical system lead to characteristic distortions in the mappings between the attractor manifolds reconstructed from respective local observables. These distortions can be measured in a model-free, data-driven manner. This approach extends basic intuitions about cause-effect relations to deterministic dynamical systems and suggests a mathematically well defined explanation of results obtained from previous methods based on state space reconstruction.

  6. Cohomology with causally restricted supports

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    Khavkine, Igor

    2014-01-01

    De Rham cohomology with spacelike compact and timelike compact supports has recently been noticed to be of importance for understanding the structure of classical and quantum field theories on curved spacetimes. We compute these cohomology groups for globally hyperbolic spacetimes in terms of their standard de Rham cohomologies. The calculation exploits the fact that the de Rham-d'Alambert wave operator can be extended to a chain map that is homotopic to zero and that its causal Green function fits into a convenient exact sequence. This method extends also to the Calabi (or Killing-Riemann-Bianchi) complex and possibly other differential complexes. We also discuss generalized causal structures and functoriality.

  7. Kolmogorov Complexity, Causality And Spin

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    Shayda, Dara O

    2012-01-01

    A novel topological and computational method for 'motion' is described. Motion is constrained by inequalities in terms of Kolmogorov Complexity. Causality is obtained as the output of a high-pass filter, passing through only high values of Kolmogorov Complexity. Motion under the electromagnetic field described with immediate relationship with Subscript[G, 2] Holonomy group and its corresponding dense free 2-subgroup. Similar to Causality, Spin emerges as an immediate and inevitable consequence of high values of Kolmogorov Complexity. Consequently, the physical laws are nothing but a low-pass filter for small values of Kolmogorov Complexity.

  8. Information thermodynamics on causal networks.

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    Ito, Sosuke; Sagawa, Takahiro

    2013-11-01

    We study nonequilibrium thermodynamics of complex information flows induced by interactions between multiple fluctuating systems. Characterizing nonequilibrium dynamics by causal networks (i.e., Bayesian networks), we obtain novel generalizations of the second law of thermodynamics and the fluctuation theorem, which include an informational quantity characterized by the topology of the causal network. Our result implies that the entropy production in a single system in the presence of multiple other systems is bounded by the information flow between these systems. We demonstrate our general result by a simple model of biochemical adaptation.

  9. Local Causality, Probability and Explanation

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    Healey, Richard A

    2016-01-01

    In papers published in the 25 years following his famous 1964 proof John Bell refined and reformulated his views on locality and causality. Although his formulations of local causality were in terms of probability, he had little to say about that notion. But assumptions about probability are implicit in his arguments and conclusions. Probability does not conform to these assumptions when quantum mechanics is applied to account for the particular correlations Bell argues are locally inexplicable. This account involves no superluminal action and there is even a sense in which it is local, but it is in tension with the requirement that the direct causes and effects of events are nearby.

  10. Granger Causality and Unit Roots

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    Rodríguez-Caballero, Carlos Vladimir; Ventosa-Santaulària, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    The asymptotic behavior of the Granger-causality test under stochastic nonstationarity is studied. Our results confirm that the inference drawn from the test is not reliable when the series are integrated to the first order. In the presence of deterministic components, the test statistic diverges......, eventually rejecting the null hypothesis, even when the series are independent of each other. Moreover, controlling for these deterministic elements (in the auxiliary regressions of the test) does not preclude the possibility of drawing erroneous inferences. Granger-causality tests should not be used under...

  11. Causality and micro-causality in curved spacetime

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    Hollowood, Timothy J. [Department of Physics, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom)], E-mail: t.hollowood@swansea.ac.uk; Shore, Graham M. [Department of Physics, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom)], E-mail: g.m.shore@swansea.ac.uk

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    We consider how causality and micro-causality are realised in QED in curved spacetime. The photon propagator is found to exhibit novel non-analytic behaviour due to vacuum polarization, which invalidates the Kramers-Kronig dispersion relation and calls into question the validity of micro-causality in curved spacetime. This non-analyticity is ultimately related to the generic focusing nature of congruences of geodesics in curved spacetime, as implied by the null energy condition, and the existence of conjugate points. These results arise from a calculation of the complete non-perturbative frequency dependence of the vacuum polarization tensor in QED, using novel world-line path integral methods together with the Penrose plane-wave limit of spacetime in the neighbourhood of a null geodesic. The refractive index of curved spacetime is shown to exhibit superluminal phase velocities, dispersion, absorption (due to {gamma}{yields}e{sup +}e{sup -}) and bi-refringence, but we demonstrate that the wavefront velocity (the high-frequency limit of the phase velocity) is indeed c, thereby guaranteeing that causality itself is respected.

  12. Diagnóstico ambiental do município de Sinimbu (RS: a ação dos agentes transformadores na construção da paisagem

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    Anderson Luís Ruhoff

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    Full Text Available O trabalho teve por objetivo interpretar a formaçãodo atual espaço geográfico no município de Sinimbu(RS, tendo por base o estudo da interrelação entreas ações antrópicas e o suporte físico-biótico na formação da atual paisagem. Buscou-se o entendimento da paisagem através da relação homem x naturezae dos elementos contidos nessa relação para determinar a estrutura e a dinâmica do sistema ambientalque funciona e evolui em conjunto. Identificaramse os principais agentes transformadores da paisagem e, com a interpretação de imagens de satélite,caracterizaram-se as diversidades da paisagem. Porfim, evidenciou-se a correlação entre os elementosdo quadro natural com as ações antrópicas.

  13. The argumentative impact of causal relations

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    Nielsen, Anne Ellerup

    1996-01-01

    such as causality, explanation and justification. In certain types of discourse, causal relations also imply an intentional element. This paper describes the way in which the semantic and pragmatic functions of causal markers can be accounted for in terms of linguistic and rhetorical theories of argumentation.......The semantic relations between and within utterances are marked by the use of connectors and adverbials. One type of semantic relations is causal relations expressed by causal markers such as because, therefore, so, for, etc. Some of these markers cover different types of causal relations...

  14. Causality problem in Economic Science

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    JOSÉ LUIS RETOLAZA

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The main point of the paper is the problem of the economy to be consider like a science in the most strict term of the concept. In the first step we are going to tackle a presentation about what we understand by science to subsequently present some of the fallacies which have bring certain scepticism about the scientific character of the investigation in economy, to know: 1 The differences between hard and weak sciences -physics and social; 2 The differences between paradigm, —positivist and phenomenological— 3 The differences between physic causalityand historic causality. In the second step we are going to talk about two fundamental problems which are questioned: 1 the confusion between ontology and gnoseology and, 2 the erroneous concept of causality that commonly is used. In the last step of the paper we are going over the recent models of «causal explanation» and we suggest the probabilistic casualty development next with a more elaborated models of causal explanation, like a way to conjugate the scientific severity with the possibility to tackle complex economic realities.

  15. Causal Categories: Relativistically Interacting Processes

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    Coecke, Bob; Lal, Raymond

    2013-04-01

    A symmetric monoidal category naturally arises as the mathematical structure that organizes physical systems, processes, and composition thereof, both sequentially and in parallel. This structure admits a purely graphical calculus. This paper is concerned with the encoding of a fixed causal structure within a symmetric monoidal category: causal dependencies will correspond to topological connectedness in the graphical language. We show that correlations, either classical or quantum, force terminality of the tensor unit. We also show that well-definedness of the concept of a global state forces the monoidal product to be only partially defined, which in turn results in a relativistic covariance theorem. Except for these assumptions, at no stage do we assume anything more than purely compositional symmetric-monoidal categorical structure. We cast these two structural results in terms of a mathematical entity, which we call a causal category. We provide methods of constructing causal categories, and we study the consequences of these methods for the general framework of categorical quantum mechanics.

  16. Causal feedbacks in climate change

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    Nes, van E.H.; Scheffer, M.; Brovkin, V.; Lenton, T.M.; Ye, H.; Deyle, E.; Sugihara, G.

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    The statistical association between temperature and greenhouse gases over glacial cycles is well documented1, but causality behind this correlation remains difficult to extract directly from the data. A time lag of CO2 behind Antarctic temperature—originally thought to hint at a driving role for tem

  17. An Introduction to Causal Inference

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    legitimize causal inference, has removed causation from its natural habitat, and distorted its face beyond recognition. This exclusivist attitude is...In contrast, when the mediation problem is approached from an exclusivist potential-outcome viewpoint, void of the structural guidance of Eq. (28

  18. Breaking the arrows of causality

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    Valsiner, Jaan

    2014-01-01

    Theoretical models of catalysis have proven to bring with them major breakthroughs in chemistry and biology, from the 1830s onward. It can be argued that the scientific status of chemistry has become established through the move from causal to catalytic models. Likewise, the central explanatory...

  19. Learning a Theory of Causality

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    Goodman, Noah D.; Ullman, Tomer D.; Tenenbaum, Joshua B.

    2011-01-01

    The very early appearance of abstract knowledge is often taken as evidence for innateness. We explore the relative learning speeds of abstract and specific knowledge within a Bayesian framework and the role for innate structure. We focus on knowledge about causality, seen as a domain-general intuitive theory, and ask whether this knowledge can be…

  20. Free Fermions on causal sets

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    Noldus, Johan

    2013-01-01

    We construct a Dirac theory on causal sets; a key element in the construction being that the causet must be regarded as emergent in an appropriate sense too. We further notice that mixed norm spaces appear in the construction allowing for negative norm particles and "ghosts".

  1. Avaliação da sensibilidade da cultura de leite do tanque para isolamento de agentes contagiosos da mastite bovina Evaluation of the sensitivity of bulk tank milk cultures for the isolation of contagious bovine mastitis pathogens

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    Maria Aparecida V. P. Brito

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Amostras de leite total (leite do tanque de 33 rebanhos foram coletadas na plataforma de recepção da indústria laticinista e cultivadas para detectar patógenos específicos (contagiosos da mastite. Foi feita a contagem de células somáticas (CCS das amostras utilizando o equipamento Fossomatic 90. Em 13 e 12 rebanhos avaliaram-se duas e três amostras semanais consecutivas, respectivamente, e em oito avaliou-se apenas uma. Foram também examinadas três amostras diárias consecutivas do leite do tanque e amostras dos quartos mamários individuais, coletadas na própria fazenda, de todas as vacas em lactação de quatro rebanhos (A, B, C e D. As amostras de leite dos quartos mamários individuais foram cultivadas em ágar sangue e as amostras do tanque, em placas de TKT, Sal Manitol, MacConkey e Sabouraud contendo cloranfenicol. Dos 33 rebanhos cujas amostras foram obtidas na plataforma de recepção da indústria, isolou-se Staphylococcus aureus de 26, nove desses em associação com Streptococcus agalactiae e em três rebanhos isolou-se somente S. agalactiae. Nove rebanhos tiveram CCS acima de 500.000 ml-1 e 21, abaixo de 400.000 ml-1. Em cinco dos nove rebanhos com CCS acima de 500.000 ml-1 foram isolados S. aureus e S. agalactiae, em três, apenas S. aureus e em um, apenas S. agalactiae. Seis rebanhos apresentaram CCS abaixo de 200.000 ml-1; de um deles foram isolados S. aureus e S. agalactiae, de três, S. aureus e os outros dois foram negativos para estes dois patógenos. Os resultados encontrados nos quatro rebanhos cujas amostras foram coletadas na própria fazenda mostraram que S. aureus foi isolado nas seguintes porcentagens dos animais: 1,8%, 19,2%, 17,0% e 8,4% e dos quartos mamários: 0,9%, 5,9%, 5,4% e 2,2%, respectivamente, para os rebanhos A, B, C e D. S. agalactiae foi isolado dos rebanhos A, C e D. Nestes três rebanhos, as porcentagens de isolamento foram, respectivamente, 1,8%, 10,6% e 8,4% para as vacas e 0,46%, 3,8% e 3

  2. Entanglement, holography and causal diamonds

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    de Boer, Jan; Haehl, Felix M.; Heller, Michal P.; Myers, Robert C.

    2016-08-01

    We argue that the degrees of freedom in a d-dimensional CFT can be reorganized in an insightful way by studying observables on the moduli space of causal diamonds (or equivalently, the space of pairs of timelike separated points). This 2 d-dimensional space naturally captures some of the fundamental nonlocality and causal structure inherent in the entanglement of CFT states. For any primary CFT operator, we construct an observable on this space, which is defined by smearing the associated one-point function over causal diamonds. Known examples of such quantities are the entanglement entropy of vacuum excitations and its higher spin generalizations. We show that in holographic CFTs, these observables are given by suitably defined integrals of dual bulk fields over the corresponding Ryu-Takayanagi minimal surfaces. Furthermore, we explain connections to the operator product expansion and the first law of entanglemententropy from this unifying point of view. We demonstrate that for small perturbations of the vacuum, our observables obey linear two-derivative equations of motion on the space of causal diamonds. In two dimensions, the latter is given by a product of two copies of a two-dimensional de Sitter space. For a class of universal states, we show that the entanglement entropy and its spin-three generalization obey nonlinear equations of motion with local interactions on this moduli space, which can be identified with Liouville and Toda equations, respectively. This suggests the possibility of extending the definition of our new observables beyond the linear level more generally and in such a way that they give rise to new dynamically interacting theories on the moduli space of causal diamonds. Various challenges one has to face in order to implement this idea are discussed.

  3. Causal inference in obesity research.

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    Franks, P W; Atabaki-Pasdar, N

    2017-03-01

    Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine. Addressing this is important, as the prevention and treatment of any disease requires that interventions focus on causal risk factors. Disease prediction, although not dependent on knowing the causes, is nevertheless enhanced by such knowledge. Here, we provide an overview of some of the barriers to causal inference in obesity research and discuss analytical approaches, such as Mendelian randomization, that can help to overcome these obstacles. In a systematic review of the literature in this field, we found: (i) probable causal relationships between adiposity and bone health/disease, cancers (colorectal, lung and kidney cancers), cardiometabolic traits (blood pressure, fasting insulin, inflammatory markers and lipids), uric acid concentrations, coronary heart disease and venous thrombosis (in the presence of pulmonary embolism), (ii) possible causal relationships between adiposity and gray matter volume, depression and common mental disorders, oesophageal cancer, macroalbuminuria, end-stage renal disease, diabetic kidney disease, nuclear cataract and gall stone disease, and (iii) no evidence for causal relationships between adiposity and Alzheimer's disease, pancreatic cancer, venous thrombosis (in the absence of pulmonary embolism), liver function and periodontitis.

  4. Articulação das ações e interação dos Agentes Comunitários de Saúde na equipe de Saúde da Família

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    Karen Namie Sakata

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo de abordagem qualitativa teve como objetivo compreender as relações sociais entre o Agente Comunitário de Saúde (ACS e a equipe de Saúde da Família (SF, nesse sentido, destaca-se a articulação das ações e a interação entre trabalhadores. Foram realizadas 23 observações participantes e 11 entrevistas semiestruturadas com uma equipe de SF em um município do interior de São Paulo, Brasil. Identificou-se que o ACS, como elo, desenvolve ações operacionais para agilizar o trabalho da equipe. Como laços de ligação, desempenham ações articuladas ao trabalho da equipe, interagindo com os trabalhadores, construindo planos assistenciais em comum, aproximando equipe e comunidade, adequando ações de cuidado às necessidades das pessoas. Na prática comunicativa, ao falarem de si, falam da própria comunidade, pois é seu representante e porta-voz na equipe. Concluiu-se que o Agente Comunitário de Saúde pode ser um trabalhador estratégico se suas ações compreenderem uma dimensão mais política e social do trabalho em saúde.

  5. Estratégia Saúde da Família em Cena: a Formação Bioética dos Agentes Comunitários de Saúde, em Três Atos

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    Selma Vaz Vidal

    Full Text Available RESUMO Este artigo expõe e discute os resultados da I Oficina de Formação em Bioética e Estratégia Saúde da Família (ESF – dirigida aos Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS –, espaço criado com o intuito de proporcionar oportunidades para o (reconhecimento e a argumentação sobre problemas éticos na Atenção Primária à Saúde (APS, permitindo a incorporação da bioética na construção de competências para o trabalho na ESF. O método utilizado abrangeu uma abordagem quanti-qualitativa e descritiva. Cinquenta e três ACS participantes da ESF – residentes e atuantes no município de Magé – assinaram o Termo de Consentimento Livre e Esclarecido, e, destes, 43 devolveram o questionário de avaliação da oficina. Para efeitos de exposição, apresenta-se a trajetória em três atos organizativos: 1º ato – preparação; 2º ato – realização; 3º ato – visões. Os resultados e a discussão se iniciaram com a construção do perfil dos ACS. Emergiram das respostas dos participantes da I Oficina três quadros demonstrativos e uma categoria de análise. Nas conclusões, destaca-se a bioética, como caixa de ferramentas capaz de propiciar aos ACS conceitos, teorias e métodos éticos para o pleno exercício do cuidado no âmbito da Estratégia Saúde da Família.

  6. Representações do envelhecimento em agentes comunitários da saúde e profissionais da enfermagem comunitária: aspectos psicológicos do processo saúde-doença Representations of aging for community health agents and nursing professionals: psychological aspects of the health-disease process

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    Rochele Paz Fonseca

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available No âmbito do tema saúde pública e envelhecimento, o objetivo desse estudo foi averiguar quais são as representações do processo de envelhecimento para profissionais da saúde pública e como essas se expressam na atenção à saúde, no bem-estar e no cuidado do idoso. Participaram 27 profissionais (dez agentes comunitários de saúde e dezessete profissionais de enfermagem. Utilizaram-se dois instrumentos, um questionário sociocultural e um questionário sobre as representações do envelhecimento. Os dados foram analisados qualitativa e quantitativamente (teste qui-quadrado. As palavras mais representativas para expressar o envelhecimento foram aposentadoria e descanso. O fator que mais influenciou o bem-estar e o cuidado do indivíduo idoso foi uma boa rede familiar. Quanto à definição de cuidado, os aspectos biológicos foram os mais freqüentes. A amostra apresentou noções sobre a doença de Alzheimer. Assim sendo, os dados encontrados trazem implicações para a capacitação de recursos humanos. Os agentes de saúde e os profissionais de enfermagem devem ser auxiliados no processo de construção de uma melhor compreensão do contexto biopsicossocial em que o envelhecimento está inserido.This paper addresses the aging process in the context of public health, with emphasis to human resources and to how aging is perceived by the public health professionals. The aim of this study was to identify the representations of the aging process for public health professionals and how these representations are expressed in health care, well-being and elderly care. The sample included 27 public health professionals, 10 community health agents and 17 nursing professionals. Two instruments were used, a sociocultural questionnaire and a questionnaire about aging representations. Data analysis included qualitative and quantitative procedures (Chi-square test. Among the main findings, the most representative words used in relation to aging were

  7. Causal inference in economics and marketing.

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    Varian, Hal R

    2016-07-05

    This is an elementary introduction to causal inference in economics written for readers familiar with machine learning methods. The critical step in any causal analysis is estimating the counterfactual-a prediction of what would have happened in the absence of the treatment. The powerful techniques used in machine learning may be useful for developing better estimates of the counterfactual, potentially improving causal inference.

  8. Exploring Individual Differences in Preschoolers' Causal Stance

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    Alvarez, Aubry; Booth, Amy E.

    2016-01-01

    Preschoolers, as a group, are highly attuned to causality, and this attunement is known to facilitate memory, learning, and problem solving. However, recent work reveals substantial individual variability in the strength of children's "causal stance," as demonstrated by their curiosity about and preference for new causal information. In…

  9. Representing Personal Determinants in Causal Structures.

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    Bandura, Albert

    1984-01-01

    Responds to Staddon's critique of the author's earlier article and addresses issues raised by Staddon's (1984) alternative models of causality. The author argues that it is not the formalizability of causal processes that is the issue but whether cognitive determinants of behavior are reducible to past stimulus inputs in causal structures.…

  10. Designing Effective Supports for Causal Reasoning

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    Jonassen, David H.; Ionas, Ioan Gelu

    2008-01-01

    Causal reasoning represents one of the most basic and important cognitive processes that underpin all higher-order activities, such as conceptual understanding and problem solving. Hume called causality the "cement of the universe" [Hume (1739/2000). Causal reasoning is required for making predictions, drawing implications and…

  11. Designing Effective Supports for Causal Reasoning

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    Jonassen, David H.; Ionas, Ioan Gelu

    2008-01-01

    Causal reasoning represents one of the most basic and important cognitive processes that underpin all higher-order activities, such as conceptual understanding and problem solving. Hume called causality the "cement of the universe" [Hume (1739/2000). Causal reasoning is required for making predictions, drawing implications and inferences, and…

  12. Decomposing Granger Causality over the Spectrum

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    A. Lemmens (Aurélie); C. Croux (Christophe); M.G. Dekimpe (Marnik)

    2004-01-01

    textabstractWe develop a bivariate spectral Granger-causality test that can be applied at each individual frequency of the spectrum. The spectral approach to Granger causality has the distinct advantage that it allows to disentangle (potentially) di®erent Granger- causality relationships over di®ere

  13. Expectations and Interpretations during Causal Learning

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    Luhmann, Christian C.; Ahn, Woo-kyoung

    2011-01-01

    In existing models of causal induction, 4 types of covariation information (i.e., presence/absence of an event followed by presence/absence of another event) always exert identical influences on causal strength judgments (e.g., joint presence of events always suggests a generative causal relationship). In contrast, we suggest that, due to…

  14. Influência do tipo de agente de partição da borracha nitrílica na obtenção de blendas PVC/NBR Influence of the partitioning agent on the preparation of PVC/NBR Blends

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    Fábio R. Passador

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Borrachas nitrílicas para utilização em misturas com PVC são fornecidas em forma de pó, que são recobertas com um agente de partição para evitar compactação do produto no transporte e armazenamento, além de garantir alta fluidez e livre escoamento. Neste trabalho, buscou-se estudar a influência do tipo de agente de partição da borracha nitrílica (resina de PVC e CaCO3 na obtenção de blendas PVC/NBR. As propriedades mecânicas das blendas foram avaliadas por ensaios de tração, rasgo e dureza. As blendas com NBR com agente de partição de PVC apresentaram maior tensão na ruptura e módulo elástico que as blendas em que utilizaram NBR com agente de partição de CaCO3. A morfologia foi avaliada por microscopia eletrônica de varredura sendo bastante afetada pelo tipo de agente de partição.Nitrile rubbers used in mixture with PVC resin are supplied in powder. This kind of nitrile rubber has a partitioning agent to avoid agglomeration in the particles during the transport and storage. In this study, the influence of the partitioning agent on the preparation of PVC/NBR blends was investigated. The mechanical properties of the blends were evaluated by tensile properties, tear strength and hardness. The PVC/NBR blends with partitioning agent of PVC showed an increase in the tensile stress and Young's modulus compared to the PVC/NBR blends with partitioning agent of CaCO3. The morphology of the blends examined by scanning electron microscopy demonstrated the influence of the partitioning agent.

  15. Partial chemical characterization of antigenic preparations of chromoblastomycosis agents Caracterização química parcial de preparações antigênicas de agentes da cromoblastomicose

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    Full Text Available Antigenic preparations (saline, methylic, metabolic and exoantigens of four agents of chromoblastomycosis, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Phialophora verrucosa, Cladophialophora (Cladosporium carrionii and Rhinocladiella aquaspersa were obtained. Partial chemical characterization of these antigenic preparations was obtained by determination of the levels of total lipids, protein, and carbohydrates, and identification of the main sterols and carbohydrates. Methylic antigens presented the highest lipid contents, whereas metabolic antigens showed the highest carbohydrate content. Total lipid, protein, and carbohydrate levels were in the range of 2.33 to 2.00mg/ml, 0.04 to 0.02 mg/ml and 0.10 to 0.02 mg/ml, respectively, in the methylic antigens and in the range of 0.53 to 0.18mg/ml, 0.44 to 0.26mg/ml, and 1.82 to 1.02 mg/ml, respectively, in saline antigens. Total lipid, protein, and carbohydrate contents were in the range of 0.55 to 0.20mg/ml, 0.69 to 0.57mg/ml and 10.73 to 5.93mg/ml, respectively, in the metabolic antigens, and in the range of 0.55 to 0.15mg/ml, 0.62 to 0.20mg/ml and 3.55 to 0.42mg/ml, respectively, in the exoantigens. Phospholipids were not detected in the preparations. Saline and metabolic antigens and exoantigens presented hexose and the methylic antigen revealed additional pentose units in their composition. The UV light absorption spectra of the sterols revealed squalene and an ergosterol fraction in the antigens. The characterization of these antigenic preparations may be useful for serological evaluation of patients of chromoblastomycosis.Preparações antigênicas (antígenos salinos, metílicos, metabólicos e exoantígenos de quatro agentes da cromoblastomicose, Fonsecaea pedrosoi, Phialophora verrucosa, Cladophialophora (Cladosporium carrionii e Rhinocladiella aquaspersa foram obtidos e foi determinada a caracterização química parcial dos mesmos. Os antígenos metílicos apresentaram os maiores teores de lípides enquanto os

  16. Psicoterapia de grupo e considerações sobre o paciente como agente da própria mudança Psicoterapia de grupo y consideraciones sobre el paciente como agente del propio cambio Group psychotherapy and considerations concerning the patient as an agent for his own change

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    Luiz Paulo de C. Bechelli

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Nas últimas décadas a psicoterapia de grupo tem merecido considerável atenção por parte dos pesquisadores. Tendo por base publicações recentes, os autores tecem considerações sobre a indicação, a necessidade de se adotar critérios de seleção, os resultados esperados e o prognóstico, bem como o processo de mudança. A revisão da literatura evidencia tendência de se reconhecer o cliente como agente de sua própria mudança, e é colocada em relevo a forma particular que este processo assume na psicoterapia de grupo.En las últimas décadas, la psicoterapia de grupo ha merecido considerable atención por parte de los investigadores. Teniendo como base publicaciones recientes, los autores hacen consideraciones sobre la indicación, la necesidad de adoptar criterios de selección, los resultados esperados y el pronóstico, así como también el proceso de cambio. La revisión de la literatura evidencia la tendencia de reconocer el cliente como agente de su proprio cambio, siendo enfatizada la forma particular que este proceso asume en la psicoterapia de grupo.In the last few decades, group psychotherapy has deserved considerable attention from researchers. Based on recent publications, the authors of this work make considerations concerning the indication, the need to adopt a selection criteria, expected results and prognoses as well as the change process. Literature review shows a tendency to recognize the client as an agent for his own change. The particular shape which is taken by this process in group psychotherapy is pointed out.

  17. Velocity requirements for causality violation

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    Modanese, Giovanni

    2013-01-01

    It is known that the hypothetical existence of superluminal signals would imply the logical possibility of active causal violation: an observer in relative motion with respect to a primary source could in principle emit secondary superluminal signals (triggered by the primary ones) which go back in time and deactivate the primary source before the initial emission. This is a direct consequence of the structure of the Lorentz transformations, sometimes called "Regge-Tolman paradox". It is straightforward to find a formula for the velocity of the moving observer required to produce the causality violation. When applied to some recent claims of slight superluminal propagation, this formula yields a required velocity very close to the speed of light; this raises some doubts about the real physical observability of such violations. We re-compute this velocity requirement introducing a realistic delay between the reception of the primary signal and the emission of the secondary. It turns out that for -any- delay it...

  18. Painless causality in defect calculations

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    Cheung, C; Cheung, Charlotte; Magueijo, Joao

    1997-01-01

    Topological defects must respect causality, a statement leading to restrictive constraints on the power spectrum of the total cosmological perturbations they induce. Causality constraints have for long been known to require the presence of an under-density in the surrounding matter compensating the defect network on large scales. This so-called compensation can never be neglected and significantly complicates calculations in defect scenarios, eg. computing cosmic microwave background fluctuations. A quick and dirty way to implement the compensation are the so-called compensation fudge factors. Here we derive the complete photon-baryon-CDM backreaction effects in defect scenarios. The fudge factor comes out as an algebraic identity and so we drop the negative qualifier ``fudge''. The compensation scale is computed and physically interpreted. Secondary backreaction effects exist, and neglecting them constitutes the well-defined approximation scheme within which one should consider compensation factor calculatio...

  19. Controle biológico da murcha bacteriana do tomateiro, por Pseudomonas spp. fluorescentes Biological control of bacterial wilt of tomato by fluorescent Pseudomonas spp

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    Ana Rosa Peixoto

    1997-01-01

    Esta revisão bibliográfica teve como objetivo avaliar o potencial de antagonismo de espécies de Pseudomonas fluorescentes a Pseudomonas solanacearum, agente causal da murcha bacteriana do tomateiro. Devido a dificuldade encontrada nas estratégias utilizadas para o controle da Murcha Bacteriana por meio de métodos convencionais, alguns outros tem sido estudados, como o uso de microrganismos benéficos. As rizobactérias vem proporcionando solução viável a algumas doenças consideradas de difícil ...

  20. Resistência à ferrugem da folha e potencial produtivo em genótipos de trigo Leaf rust resistance and grain yield potential in wheat genotypes

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    João Carlos Felicio; Carlos Eduardo de Oliveira Camargo; Márcia Soares Chaves; Jairo Lopes de Castro

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    Foram avaliados 18 genótipos de trigo provenientes de cruzamentos entre a linhagem BH1146//AA"S"/WIN"S", oriunda de cruzamentos interespecíficos entre Triticum aestivum L. e Triticum durum L., e as cultivares IAC 289 e IAC 1004, em experimentos instalados em condições de sequeiro em Manduri (Zona A); Capão Bonito e Itapeva (Zona B) e Paranapanema (Zona C), no período de 2003 a 2005. As avaliações dos genótipos ao agente causal da ferrugem da folha foram feitas no estádio de plântulas em casa ...

  1. Confounding Equivalence in Causal Inference

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    Pearl, Judea

    2012-01-01

    The paper provides a simple test for deciding, from a given causal diagram, whether two sets of variables have the same bias-reducing potential under adjustment. The test re- quires that one of the following two condi- tions holds: either (1) both sets are admis- sible (i.e., satisfy the back-door criterion) or (2) the Markov boundaries surrounding the manipulated variable(s) are identical in both sets. Applications to covariate selection and model testing are discussed.

  2. Phenomenology of Causal Dynamical Triangulations

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    Mielczarek, Jakub

    2015-01-01

    The four dimensional Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT) approach to quantum gravity is already more than ten years old theory with numerous unprecedented predictions such as non-trivial phase structure of gravitational field and dimensional running. Here, we discuss possible empirical consequences of CDT derived based on the two features of the approach mentioned above. A possibility of using both astrophysical and cosmological observations to test CDT is discussed. We show that scenarios which can be ruled out at the empirical level exist.

  3. Causality and primordial tensor modes

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    Baumann, Daniel; Zaldarriaga, Matias, E-mail: dbaumann@physics.harvard.edu, E-mail: mzaldarriaga@cfa.harvard.edu [Department of Physics, Harvard University, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A. and Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2009-06-01

    We introduce the real space correlation function of B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) as a probe of superhorizon tensor perturbations created by inflation. By causality, any non-inflationary mechanism for gravitational wave production after reheating, like global phase transitions or cosmic strings, must have vanishing correlations for angular separations greater than the angle subtended by the particle horizon at recombination, i.e. θ ∼> 2°. Since ordinary B-modes are defined non-locally in terms of the Stokes parameters Q and U and therefore don't have to respect causality, special care is taken to define 'causal B-tilde -modes' for the analysis. We compute the real space B-tilde -mode correlation function for inflation and discuss its detectability on superhorizon scales where it provides an unambiguous test of inflationary gravitational waves. The correct identification of inflationary tensor modes is crucial since it relates directly to the energy scale of inflation. Wrongly associating tensor modes from causal seeds with inflation would imply an incorrect inference of the energy scale of inflation. We find that the superhorizon B-tilde -mode signal is above cosmic variance for the angular range 2° < θ < 4° and is therefore in principle detectable. In practice, the signal will be challenging to measure since it requires accurately resolving the recombination peak of the B-mode power spectrum. However, a future CMB satellite (CMBPol), with noise level Δ{sub P} ≅ 1μK-arcmin and sufficient resolution to efficiently correct for lensing-induced B-modes, should be able to detect the signal at more than 3σ if the tensor-to-scalar ratio isn't smaller than r ≅ 0.01.

  4. Modeling of causality with metamaterials

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I.

    2013-02-01

    Hyperbolic metamaterials may be used to model a 2 + 1-dimensional Minkowski space-time in which the role of time is played by one of the spatial coordinates. When a metamaterial is built and illuminated with a coherent extraordinary laser beam, the stationary pattern of light propagation inside the metamaterial may be treated as a collection of particle world lines, which represents a complete ‘history’ of this 2 + 1-dimensional space-time. While this model may be used to build interesting space-time analogs, such as metamaterial ‘black holes’ and a metamaterial ‘big bang’, it lacks causality: since light inside the metamaterial may propagate back and forth along the ‘timelike’ spatial coordinate, events in the ‘future’ may affect events in the ‘past’. Here we demonstrate that a more sophisticated metamaterial model may fix this deficiency via breaking the mirror and temporal (PT) symmetries of the original model and producing one-way propagation along the ‘timelike’ spatial coordinate. The resulting 2 + 1-dimensional Minkowski space-time appears to be causal. This scenario may be considered as a metamaterial model of the Wheeler-Feynman absorber theory of causality.

  5. Entanglement, Holography and Causal Diamonds

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    de Boer, Jan; Heller, Michal P; Myers, Robert C

    2016-01-01

    We argue that the degrees of freedom in a d-dimensional CFT can be re-organized in an insightful way by studying observables on the moduli space of causal diamonds (or equivalently, the space of pairs of timelike separated points). This 2d-dimensional space naturally captures some of the fundamental nonlocality and causal structure inherent in the entanglement of CFT states. For any primary CFT operator, we construct an observable on this space, which is defined by smearing the associated one-point function over causal diamonds. Known examples of such quantities are the entanglement entropy of vacuum excitations and its higher spin generalizations. We show that in holographic CFTs, these observables are given by suitably defined integrals of dual bulk fields over the corresponding Ryu-Takayanagi minimal surfaces. Furthermore, we explain connections to the operator product expansion and the first law of entanglement entropy from this unifying point of view. We demonstrate that for small perturbations of the va...

  6. A avaliação da pressão arterial por agentes comunitários pode ser uma estratégia útil para o cuidado da saúde? Community Health Agents taking blood pressure: a useful primary care strategy?

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    Leonardo Vieira Targa

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação da pressão arterial integra a prática semiológica de médicos e a rotina dos cuidados de enfermagem. Recentemente, essa ação ressurgiu em nosso país como polêmica assim que se cogitou a possibilidade de uma nova categoria profissional inserida profundamente nas comunidades, a dos Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS, praticá-la. Tanto as vantagens alegadas quanto as críticas são analisadas, bem como revisada a literatura sobre o tema. Detectou-se forte demanda populacional para que essa prática fosse implantada, inclusive nos conselhos municipal e local de saúde.Geraram-se dados que avaliam o treinamento de ACS para realizar medidas de pressão arterial e atividades educacionais nos domicílios com a criação e aplicação de um protocolo específico, tendo como resultados: a reprodutibilidade da técnica, o número de usuários que nunca tenham medido pressão arterial antes, o número de medidas consideradas limítrofes e altas, o número de hipertensos mal controlados e a adesão dos usuários às orientações das ACS.For many years, measuring the blood pressure was part of the routine of doctors and nurses. Lately, since the idea of a new professional category deeply involved with community work taking the blood pressure – the Community Health Agents -, this practice has become controversial in our country. In this paper we analyze the favorable opinions and criticisms regarding this proposal and study the literature dealing with the topic. We verified a strong demand of the public for this practice, including from the local and municipal health councils. The training of the CHA in blood pressure taking and educational actions in households was evaluated and specific schedules and guidelines were created and applied. The results obtained were: reproducibility of the technique used by the CHA, the number of people, who never before had their blood pressure measured, the number of cases considered high or

  7. Tratamento sistêmico da psoríase - Parte II: Imunomoduladores biológicos Systemic treatment of psoriasis - Part II: Biologic immunomodulator agents

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    Lúcia Arruda

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    Full Text Available Em continuidade ao capítulo da edição anterior dos Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, nesta segunda parte da EMC-D serão discutidas as novas drogas, os imunomoduladores biológicos, que agem em determinadas fases da imunopatogênese da doença, modificando fenotipicamente sua evolução. Também serão discutidos alguns aspectos imunológicos que, atualmente, são responsáveis pelo desencadeamento da doençaAs part of its continued studies of psoriasis, this second part of the Continuing Medical Education in Dermatology segment of the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia introduces biological immunomodulators. Also known as "biologics", these drugs act on the immunopathogenetic steps of psoriasis by changing its features and progression. This paper also reviews some of the immunologic aspects of psoriasis.

  8. Experimental verification of an indefinite causal order

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    Rubino, Giulia; Rozema, Lee A.; Feix, Adrien; Araújo, Mateus; Zeuner, Jonas M.; Procopio, Lorenzo M.; Brukner, Časlav; Walther, Philip

    2017-01-01

    Investigating the role of causal order in quantum mechanics has recently revealed that the causal relations of events may not be a priori well defined in quantum theory. Although this has triggered a growing interest on the theoretical side, creating processes without a causal order is an experimental task. We report the first decisive demonstration of a process with an indefinite causal order. To do this, we quantify how incompatible our setup is with a definite causal order by measuring a “causal witness.” This mathematical object incorporates a series of measurements that are designed to yield a certain outcome only if the process under examination is not consistent with any well-defined causal order. In our experiment, we perform a measurement in a superposition of causal orders—without destroying the coherence—to acquire information both inside and outside of a “causally nonordered process.” Using this information, we experimentally determine a causal witness, demonstrating by almost 7 SDs that the experimentally implemented process does not have a definite causal order.

  9. Influência dos agentes clareadores e um refrigerante a base de cola na microdureza do esmalte dental e a ação da saliva na superfície tratada = Influence of bleaching agents and a carbonated soft drink on dental enamel microhardness as well as the artificial saliva effect on the treated surface

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    Araújo, Rodrigo Maximo de

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os efeitos de três agentes clareadores e uma bebida carbonatada, à base de cola, sobre a microdureza do esmalte dental, assim como os efeitos da saliva artificial sobre o esmalte tratado com estes agentes. Foram utilizados quarenta dentes incisivos bovinos embutidos em resina acrílica. As amostras foram avaliadas em microdurômetro (Future Tech FM 700 após a divisão em quatro grupos, uma leitura inicial da microdureza serviu como controle do experimento: Grupo 1: peróxido de carbamida a 10% (Whiteness Perfect – FGM; Grupo 2: refrigerante Coca-Cola; Grupo 3: peróxido de carbamida a 37% (Whiteness Super – FGM; Grupo 4: peróxido de hidrogênio a 35% (Whiteness HP – FGM. Os dados foram submetidos aos testes estatísticos ANOVA e Tukey. Conclui-se que os agentes clareadores não diminuíram a microdureza do esmalte; a exposição à Coca-Cola diminuiu significantemente a microdureza do esmalte; o tempo de exposição aos agentes foi significante apenas para a Coca- Cola; o armazenamento em saliva aumentou a microdureza do esmalte exposto ao peróxido de carbamida a 37%; à Coca-Cola e ao peróxido de hidrogênio à 35%

  10. Identificação de agentes infecciosos pulmonares em autópsias de pacientes com a síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida Identification of infectious agents in the lungs in autopsies of patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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    Sanivia Aparecida de Lima Pereira

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available As afecções pulmonares são freqüentes em indivíduos infectados pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana. Neste trabalho, procurou-se identificar através de histoquímica e imunohistoquímica, agentes infecciosos nos pulmões de indivíduos portadores da síndrome da imunodeficiência adquirida (SIDA, autopsiados entre março de 1990 e julho de 2000 na FMTM. Fragmentos de pulmão de 40 indivíduos com SIDA autopsiados foram analisados histologicamente. Foram identificados agentes infecciosos em 34 (85% casos dos 40 analisados, sendo que bactérias foram encontradas em 22 (55% casos. Entre os agentes fúngicos o Pneumocystis carinii foi encontrado em oito (19,1% casos; Cryptococcus sp em quatro (9,5%, Histoplasma sp em dois (4,8% e Candida sp em um (2,4% caso. Detectou-se também associação entre Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus e Cryptococcus sp; CMV e Toxoplasma gondii. Em cinco casos, Candida sp, CMV e Pneumocystis carinii estiveram associados a bactérias. Entre as infecções não bacterianas, os fungos foram os agentes infecciosos mais isolados dos pulmões em autópsias de indivíduos com SIDA, sendo o Pneumocystis carinii o mais freqüente.Lung diseases are frequently observed in individuals infected with HIV. The aim of this study was to identify infectious agents in the lungs in the autopsied individuals with AIDS performed between march 1990 and july 2000 at the school of medicine (Uberaba- Brazil, using histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques. Analysis was made on lungs obtained from 40 individuals with AIDS. Infectious agents were observed in 34 (85% cases of the 40 analyzed. Regarding fungis, Pneumocystis carinii was found in 8 (19.1%cases; Cryptococcus sp in 4 (9.5%cases, Histoplasma sp in 2 (4.8%cases and Candida sp in 1 (2.4%case. Association of Pneumocystis carinii, Citomegalovirus and Cryptococcus sp, was observed in one case, and in another, the association of CMV, and Toxoplasma gondii. There were 5 cases

  11. Norms and customs: causally important or causally impotent?

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    Jones, Todd

    2010-01-01

    In this article, I argue that norms and customs, despite frequently being described as being causes of behavior in the social sciences and ordinary conversation, cannot really cause behavior. Terms like "norms" and the like seem to refer to philosophically disreputable disjunctive properties. More problematically, even if they do not, or even if there can be disjunctive properties after all, I argue that norms and customs still cannot cause behavior. The social sciences would be better off without referring to properties like norms and customs as if they could be causal.

  12. Efeito de agentes anti-hiperestésicos à base de oxalato de potássio na permeabilidade da dentina humana. Estudo In vitro.

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    Angela Destefani Segala

    2000-01-01

    O oxalato de potássio tem sido utilizado no tratamento da hiperestesia dentinária através da precipitação de cristais de oxalato de cálcio intra e extracanaliculares, obstruindo os túbulos dentinários e reduzindo o deslocamento de fluido. O objetivo desse estudo foi analisar in vitro quantitativa e qualitativamente a permeabilidade da dentina tratada com três diferentes formulações à base de oxalato de potássio e um gel fluoretado, sob cinco diferentes pré-ratamentos superficiais. O grau de o...

  13. Atividades de controle do dengue na visão de seus agentes e da população atendida, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brasil Dengue control as viewed by agents and the target population in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

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    Virgínia Baglini

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo foi identificar, no contexto da atuação dos agentes responsáveis pelo controle do dengue e na sua relação com moradores, situações vivenciadas no dia-a-dia de suas funções. Realizou-se estudo transversal com aplicação de questionários à população dos agentes de controle de vetores (ACV, à dos agentes comunitários de saúde (ACS e a uma amostra de mulheres. As respostas dadas pelos agentes foram agrupadas nos âmbitos do trabalho, particular e coletivo. As mulheres foram abordadas sobre a relação mantida com os agentes. As dificuldades citadas nos âmbitos particular e trabalho pelos ACV diferiram das citadas pelos ACS. No coletivo foram coincidentes e mostraram que ambos não estão preparados para lidar com estas questões. Das mulheres entrevistadas, 87,0% afirmaram estar bem ou muito bem informadas sobre dengue, 84,0% afirmaram que os trabalhos dos agentes ajudam sempre e 54,0% apontaram como dificuldade o horário impróprio da visita realizada pelo agente. Identificou-se a necessidade de um novo profissional que reconheça e respeite as particularidades dos locais onde atua e desenvolva suas atividades de forma integrada às questões sócio-ambientais da comunidade.The aim of this article was to identify daily situations experienced by dengue control agents in their relationship to local residents. A cross-sectional study applied questionnaires among vector control agents, community health workers, and a sample of local women. The answers by the dengue control agents and community health workers were grouped in the categories of work, private life, and community. The women were asked about the relationship with the vector control and community health workers. The difficulties cited in the private and work areas by the vector control agents were different from those reported by community health workers. At the community level they coincided and showed that neither group is adequately prepared to deal with these

  14. Independence and dependence in human causal reasoning.

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    Rehder, Bob

    2014-07-01

    Causal graphical models (CGMs) are a popular formalism used to model human causal reasoning and learning. The key property of CGMs is the causal Markov condition, which stipulates patterns of independence and dependence among causally related variables. Five experiments found that while adult's causal inferences exhibited aspects of veridical causal reasoning, they also exhibited a small but tenacious tendency to violate the Markov condition. They also failed to exhibit robust discounting in which the presence of one cause as an explanation of an effect makes the presence of another less likely. Instead, subjects often reasoned "associatively," that is, assumed that the presence of one variable implied the presence of other, causally related variables, even those that were (according to the Markov condition) conditionally independent. This tendency was unaffected by manipulations (e.g., response deadlines) known to influence fast and intuitive reasoning processes, suggesting that an associative response to a causal reasoning question is sometimes the product of careful and deliberate thinking. That about 60% of the erroneous associative inferences were made by about a quarter of the subjects suggests the presence of substantial individual differences in this tendency. There was also evidence that inferences were influenced by subjects' assumptions about factors that disable causal relations and their use of a conjunctive reasoning strategy. Theories that strive to provide high fidelity accounts of human causal reasoning will need to relax the independence constraints imposed by CGMs.

  15. Space and time in perceptual causality

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    Benjamin Straube

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Inferring causality is a fundamental feature of human cognition that allows us to theorize about and predict future states of the world. Michotte suggested that humans automatically perceive causality based on certain perceptual features of events. However, individual differences in judgments of perceptual causality cast doubt on Michotte’s view. To gain insights in the neural basis of individual difference in the perception of causality, our participants judged causal relationships in animations of a blue ball colliding with a red ball (a launching event while fMRI-data were acquired. Spatial continuity and temporal contiguity were varied parametrically in these stimuli. We did not find consistent brain activation differences between trials judged as caused and those judged as non-caused, making it unlikely that humans have universal instantiation of perceptual causality in the brain. However, participants were slower to respond to and showed greater neural activity for violations of causality, suggesting that humans are biased to expect causal relationships when moving objects appear to interact. Our participants demonstrated considerable individual differences in their sensitivity to spatial and temporal characteristics in perceiving causality. These qualitative differences in sensitivity to time or space in perceiving causality were instantiated in individual differences in activation of the left basal ganglia or right parietal lobe, respectively. Thus, the perception that the movement of one object causes the movement of another is triggered by elemental spatial and temporal sensitivities, which themselves are instantiated in specific distinct neural networks.

  16. Primordial Magnetic Fields and Causality

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    Durrer, R; Durrer, Ruth; Caprini, Chiara

    2003-01-01

    In this letter we discuss the implications of causality on a primordial magnetic field. We show that the residual field on large scales is much stronger suppressed than usually assumed and that a helical component is even suppressed even more than the parity even part. We show that due to this strong suppression, even maximal primordial fields generated at the electroweak phase transition can just marginally seed the fields in galaxies and clusters, but they cannot leave any detectable imprint on the cosmic microwave background.

  17. Random number generators and causality

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    Larrondo, H.A. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Juan B. Justo 4302, 7600 Mar del Plata (Argentina)]. E-mail: larrondo@fi.mdp.edu.ar; Martin, M.T. [Instituto de Fisica (IFLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Argentina' s National Council (CONICET), C.C. 727, 1900 La Plata (Argentina)]. E-mail: mtmartin@venus.unlp.edu.ar; Gonzalez, C.M. [Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Juan B. Justo 4302, 7600 Mar del Plata (Argentina)]. E-mail: cmgonzal@fi.mdp.edu.ar; Plastino, A. [Instituto de Fisica (IFLP), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Argentina' s National Council (CONICET), C.C. 727, 1900 La Plata (Argentina)]. E-mail: plastino@venus.unlp.edu.ar; Rosso, O.A. [Chaos and Biology Group, Instituto de Calculo, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pabellon II, Ciudad Universitaria, 1428 Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)]. E-mail: oarosso@fibertel.com.ar

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    We advance a prescription to randomize physical or algorithmic Random Number Generators (RNG's) that do not pass Marsaglia's DIEHARD test suite and discuss a special physical quantifier, based on an intensive statistical complexity measure, that is able to adequately assess the improvements produced thereby. Eight RNG's are evaluated and the associated results are compared to those obtained by recourse to Marsaglia's DIEHARD test suite. Our quantifier, which is evaluated using causality arguments, can forecast whether a given RNG will pass the above mentioned test.

  18. Random number generators and causality

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    Larrondo, H. A.; Martín, M. T.; González, C. M.; Plastino, A.; Rosso, O. A.

    2006-04-01

    We advance a prescription to randomize physical or algorithmic Random Number Generators (RNG's) that do not pass Marsaglia's DIEHARD test suite and discuss a special physical quantifier, based on an intensive statistical complexity measure, that is able to adequately assess the improvements produced thereby. Eight RNG's are evaluated and the associated results are compared to those obtained by recourse to Marsaglia's DIEHARD test suite. Our quantifier, which is evaluated using causality arguments, can forecast whether a given RNG will pass the above mentioned test.

  19. A implementação dos programas Bolsa-Família e oportunidades sob a perspectiva da condicionalidade educacional: uma análise a partir dos agentes públicos de base

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    Breynner Ricardo de Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Este estudo analisa o processo de implementação dos Programas Bolsa-Família e Oportunidades a partir dos agentes públicos de implementação (street-level bureaucrats), sob a perspectiva da condicionalidade educacional. Ambos são programas que conferem um benefício monetário para as famílias que se encontram em situação de pobreza, vinculando a oferta deste benefício à condição de que as famílias cumpram com co-responsabilidades nas áreas da educação e saúde. O trabalho de Lipsky (1980) é consi...

  20. Distribuição Espacial e Rotas de Disseminação dos Agentes e da Infecção da Leishmaniose Visceral Americana em Humanos e Animais do Estado de São Paulo | Spatial Distribution and Means of Dissemination of the Agents and Infection of American Visceral Leish

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    Lourdes Aparecida Zampieri D'Andrea

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false PT-BR X-NONE X-NONE Introdução: A Leishmaniose Visceral Americana (LVA caracteriza-se hoje como a principal endemia parasitária do Estado de São Paulo e de diversas outras regiões brasileiras. Hoje a autoctonia da LVA com casos humanos e/ou caninos está identificada nas regiões abrangidas pelos Departamentos Regionais de Saúde de Araçatuba, Bauru, Marília, Presidente Prudente, São José do Rio Preto, Campinas, Sorocaba e Região Metropolitana da Grande São Paulo. Muito pouco se conhece sobre a diversidade das leishmânias circulantes em São Paulo. Considerando-se o arsenal de técnicas e metodologias hoje disponíveis para a identificação específica e mesmo de subpopulações dos protozoários do gênero Leishmania, seja para o esclarecimento de áreas silenciosas, ou de importância epidemiológica; melhoria do diagnóstico laboratorial; na prospecção de fatores ambientais associados a transmissão, torna-se imprescindível conhecer a distribuição espacial e as rotas de disseminação de leishmanias circulantes no estado e suas interações escalares, com base na infecção em humanos e animais. Ao enfrentar estes desafios, o trabalho nos remete a uma questão maior: em que medida a categoria espaço é fundamental para se compreender o processo saúde-doença? O presente projeto tem como proposta o desenvolvimento de uma visão integrada das condições socio-ambientais do ciclo de transmissão da Leishmaniose Viceral Americana (LVA no estado de São Paulo. Metodologia/Desenvolvimento: Para isto fará uso de conhecimentos geoepidemiológicos e de ferramentas de geoprocessamento e análise espacial para analisar as rotas de disseminação dos agentes e da infecção da doença na população canina e humana. Para entender o contexto da área, será realizado o levantamento ambiental, que constitui a criação de bases cartográficas que tenham sido elencadas como explicativas do fen

  1. Modeling of causality with metamaterials

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I

    2012-01-01

    Hyperbolic metamaterials may be used to model a 2+1 dimensional Minkowski spacetime in which the role of time is played by one of the spatial coordinates. When a metamaterial is built and illuminated with a coherent extraordinary laser beam, the stationary pattern of light propagation inside the metamaterial may be treated as a collection of particle world lines, which represents a complete history of this 2+1 dimensional spacetime. While this model may be used to build interesting spacetime analogs, such as metamaterial black holes and big bang, it lacks causality: since light inside the metamaterial may propagate back and force along the timelike spatial coordinate, events in the future may affect events in the past. Here we demonstrate that a more sophisticated metamaterial model may fix this deficiency via breaking the mirror and temporal (PT) symmetries of the original model and producing one-way propagation along the timelike spatial coordinate. Resulting 2+1 Minkowski spacetime appears to be causal. Th...

  2. Causal viscous cosmology without singularities

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    Laciana, Carlos E

    2016-01-01

    An isotropic and homogeneous cosmological model with a source of dark energy is studied. That source is simulated with a viscous relativistic fluid with minimal causal correction. In this model the restrictions on the parameters coming from the following conditions are analized: a) energy density without singularities along time, b) scale factor increasing with time, c) universe accelerated at present time, d) state equation for dark energy with "w" bounded and close to -1. It is found that those conditions are satified for the following two cases. i) When the transport coefficient ({\\tau}_{{\\Pi}}), associated to the causal correction, is negative, with the aditional restriction {\\zeta}|{\\tau}_{{\\Pi}}|>2/3, where {\\zeta} is the relativistic bulk viscosity coefficient. The state equation is in the "phantom" energy sector. ii) For {\\tau}_{{\\Pi}} positive, in the "k-essence" sector. It is performed an exact calculation for the case where the equation of state is constant, finding that option (ii) is favored in r...

  3. Spin foam models as energetic causal sets

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    Cortês, Marina

    2014-01-01

    Energetic causal sets are causal sets endowed by a flow of energy-momentum between causally related events. These incorporate a novel mechanism for the emergence of space-time from causal relations. Here we construct a spin foam model which is also an energetic causal set model. This model is closely related to the model introduced by Wieland, and this construction makes use of results used there. What makes a spin foam model also an energetic causal set is Wieland's identification of new momenta, conserved at events (or four-simplices), whose norms are not mass, but the volume of tetrahedra. This realizes the torsion constraints, which are missing in previous spin foam models, and are needed to relate the connection dynamics to those of the metric, as in general relativity. This identification makes it possible to apply the new mechanism for the emergence of space-time to a spin foam model.

  4. Causal structure and hierarchies of models.

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    Hoover, Kevin D

    2012-12-01

    Economics prefers complete explanations: general over partial equilibrium, microfoundational over aggregate. Similarly, probabilistic accounts of causation frequently prefer greater detail to less as in typical resolutions of Simpson's paradox. Strategies of causal refinement equally aim to distinguish direct from indirect causes. Yet, there are countervailing practices in economics. Representative-agent models aim to capture economic motivation but not to reduce the level of aggregation. Small structural vector-autoregression and dynamic stochastic general-equilibrium models are practically preferred to larger ones. The distinction between exogenous and endogenous variables suggests partitioning the world into distinct subsystems. The tension in these practices is addressed within a structural account of causation inspired by the work of Herbert Simon's, which defines cause with reference to complete systems adapted to deal with incomplete systems and piecemeal evidence. The focus is on understanding the constraints that a structural account of causation places on the freedom to model complex or lower-order systems as simpler or higher-order systems and on to what degree piecemeal evidence can be incorporated into a structural account.

  5. Causal inference in economics and marketing

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    Varian, Hal R.

    2016-01-01

    This is an elementary introduction to causal inference in economics written for readers familiar with machine learning methods. The critical step in any causal analysis is estimating the counterfactual—a prediction of what would have happened in the absence of the treatment. The powerful techniques used in machine learning may be useful for developing better estimates of the counterfactual, potentially improving causal inference. PMID:27382144

  6. Linear causal modeling with structural equations

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    Mulaik, Stanley A

    2009-01-01

    Emphasizing causation as a functional relationship between variables that describe objects, Linear Causal Modeling with Structural Equations integrates a general philosophical theory of causation with structural equation modeling (SEM) that concerns the special case of linear causal relations. In addition to describing how the functional relation concept may be generalized to treat probabilistic causation, the book reviews historical treatments of causation and explores recent developments in experimental psychology on studies of the perception of causation. It looks at how to perceive causal

  7. Identifying Causal Effects with Computer Algebra

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    García-Puente, Luis David; Sullivant, Seth

    2010-01-01

    The long-standing identification problem for causal effects in graphical models has many partial results but lacks a systematic study. We show how computer algebra can be used to either prove that a causal effect can be identified, generically identified, or show that the effect is not generically identifiable. We report on the results of our computations for linear structural equation models, where we determine precisely which causal effects are generically identifiable for all graphs on three and four vertices.

  8. Scalar Curvature of a Causal Set

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    Benincasa, Dionigi M. T.; Dowker, Fay

    2010-05-01

    A one parameter family of retarded linear operators on scalar fields on causal sets is introduced. When the causal set is well approximated by 4 dimensional Minkowski spacetime, the operators are Lorentz invariant but nonlocal, are parametrized by the scale of the nonlocality, and approximate the continuum scalar D’Alembertian □ when acting on fields that vary slowly on the nonlocality scale. The same operators can be applied to scalar fields on causal sets which are well approximated by curved spacetimes in which case they approximate □-(1)/(2)R where R is the Ricci scalar curvature. This can used to define an approximately local action functional for causal sets.

  9. Análise da interface adesiva entre pinos de fibra de vidro e dentina intrarradicular submetida à irrigação com diferentes agentes condicionantes

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    Suzuki, Thaís Yumi Umeda [UNESP

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interaction of conditioning agents and resin cements in the luting procedure of glass fiber posts in different thirds of intra-root dentin, through the bond strength test, mechanical properties and sealing ability of the adhesive interface. Ninety single-rooted premolares human teeth were used in this study. After endodontic filling and mechanical preparation of root canal, teeth were divided into five groups according to the conditioning agents (...

  10. Causal ubiquity in quantum physics. A superluminal and local-causal physical ontology

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    Neelamkavil, Raphael

    2014-07-01

    A fixed highest criterial velocity (of light) in STR (special theory of relativity) is a convention for a layer of physical inquiry. QM (Quantum Mechanics) avoids action-at-a-distance using this concept, but accepts non-causality and action-at-a-distance in EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Paradox) entanglement experiments. Even in such allegedly [non-causal] processes, something exists processually in extension-motion, between the causal and the [non-causal]. If STR theoretically allows real-valued superluminal communication between EPR entangled particles, quantum processes become fully causal. That is, the QM world is sub-luminally, luminally and superluminally local-causal throughout, and the Law of Causality is ubiquitous in the micro-world. Thus, ''probabilistic causality'' is a merely epistemic term.

  11. Efeito do micoplasma e do agente removedor de micoplasma (MRA) sobre a medida da atividade de hidrolases lisossômicas, em culturas de fibroblastos humanos

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    A contaminação por micoplasma em culturas celulares pode causar consideráveis interferências no metabolismo celular, acarretando em um sério problema para os laboratórios de cultura de células. Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da contaminação por micoplasma e do tratamento com o antibiótico removedor de micoplasma (MRA), sobre a medida da atividade de hidrolases lisossômicas, foram cultivadas culturas de fibroblastos de indivíduos normais para realização destas medidas. Para tanto, foram se...

  12. The gut microbiota and obesity: from correlation to causality.

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    Zhao, Liping

    2013-09-01

    The gut microbiota has been linked with chronic diseases such as obesity in humans. However, the demonstration of causality between constituents of the microbiota and specific diseases remains an important challenge in the field. In this Opinion article, using Koch's postulates as a conceptual framework, I explore the chain of causation from alterations in the gut microbiota, particularly of the endotoxin-producing members, to the development of obesity in both rodents and humans. I then propose a strategy for identifying the causative agents of obesity in the human microbiota through a combination of microbiome-wide association studies, mechanistic analysis of host responses and the reproduction of diseases in gnotobiotic animals.

  13. Comparison theorems for causal diamonds

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    Berthiere, Clement; Solodukhin, Sergey N

    2015-01-01

    We formulate certain inequalities for the geometric quantities characterizing causal diamonds in curved and Minkowski spacetimes. These inequalities involve the red-shift factor which, as we show explicitly in the spherically symmetric case, is monotonic in the radial direction and it takes its maximal value at the centre. As a byproduct of our discussion we re-derive Bishop's inequality without assuming the positivity of the spatial Ricci tensor. We then generalize our considerations to arbitrary, static and not necessarily spherically symmetric, asymptotically flat spacetimes. In the case of spacetimes with a horizon our generalization involves the so-called {\\it domain of dependence}. The respective volume, expressed in terms of the duration measured by a distant observer compared with the volume of the domain in Minkowski spacetime, exhibits behaviours which differ if $d=4$ or $d>4$. This peculiarity of four dimensions is due to the logarithmic subleading term in the asymptotic expansion of the metric nea...

  14. Further properties of causal relationship: causal structure stability, new criteria for isocausality and counterexamples

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    Garcia-Parrado, Alfonso [Departamento de Fisica Teorica, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apartado 644, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Sanchez, Miguel [Departamento de Geometria y Topologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, Avenida Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain)

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    Recently (Garcia-Parrado and Senovilla 2003 Class. Quantum Grav. 20 625-64) the concept of causal mapping between spacetimes, essentially equivalent in this context to the chronological map defined in abstract chronological spaces, and the related notion of causal structure, have been introduced as new tools to study causality in Lorentzian geometry. In the present paper, these tools are further developed in several directions such as (i) causal mappings-and, thus, abstract chronological ones-do not preserve two levels of the standard hierarchy of causality conditions (however, they preserve the remaining levels as shown in the above reference), (ii) even though global hyperbolicity is a stable property (in the set of all time-oriented Lorentzian metrics on a fixed manifold), the causal structure of a globally hyperbolic spacetime can be unstable against perturbations; in fact, we show that the causal structures of Minkowski and Einstein static spacetimes remain stable, whereas that of de Sitter becomes unstable, (iii) general criteria allow us to discriminate different causal structures in some general spacetimes (e.g. globally hyperbolic, stationary standard); in particular, there are infinitely many different globally hyperbolic causal structures (and thus, different conformal ones) on R{sup 2} (iv) plane waves with the same number of positive eigenvalues in the frequency matrix share the same causal structure and, thus, they have equal causal extensions and causal boundaries.

  15. The Power of Causal Beliefs and Conflicting Evidence on Causal Judgments and Decision Making

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    Garcia-Retamero, Rocio; Muller, Stephanie M.; Catena, Andres; Maldonado, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    In two experiments, we investigated the relative impact of causal beliefs and empirical evidence on both decision making and causal judgments, and whether this relative impact could be altered by previous experience. 2. Selected groups of participants in both experiments received pre-training with either causal or neutral cues, or no pre-training…

  16. O bibliotecário como agente socializador na disseminação da informação sobre Meio Ambiente: relato de experiência

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    Maritza Silveira Martins

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    Full Text Available A preocupação com o meio ambiente está inserida em várias áreas do conhecimento e presente no cotidiano de diferentes tipos de profissionais. Fornecer informações, com o intuito de alcançar um comportamento ecologicamente correto, gerandopensamentos críticos e atitudes conscientes com relação ao ecossistema, também são tarefas do profissional bibliotecário.Colocar em prática tais atividades biblioteconômicas, através de métodos não-convencionais, foi o fator motivador que impulsionou o desenvolvimento deste trabalho, no qual crianças da 1º a 4º série da Escola Barão de Cerro Largo, localizada no município de Rio Grande, RS, pudessem participar de uma Trilha Ecológica e visualizar a natureza devastada e a natureza protegida, através da montagem de cenários e da narração de uma história infantil.

  17. Uso de bovinos e de ovinos como agentes de controle da vegetação nativa sob três populações de eucalipto

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    Alexandre Costa Varella

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar cinco sistemas de controle da vegetação nativa e os danos provocados por bovinos e ovinos em três populações de eucalipto. O delineamento experimental foi em parcelas subdivididas, com dois blocos completos. Os tratamentos foram: a três densidades de Eucalyptus saligna Smith. (204, 400 e 816 árvores/ha nas parcelas principais e b cinco sistemas de controle da vegetação nativa (sem controle, herbicida pré-emergente, herbicidas pré e pós-emergentes, pastejo com bovinos e com ovinos nas subparcelas. O pastejo com bovinos ou ovinos foi mais eficiente na redução da vegetação nativa que nos demais tratamentos. Os bovinos danificaram mais as árvores que os ovinos. Existe estreita relação entre a altura das mudas de eucalipto e os danos causados pelos bovinos e ovinos no momento da introdução destes animais no sub-bosque.

  18. Efetividade de programa de agentes comunitários na promoção da saúde bucal Efectividad del programa de agentes comunitarios en la promoción de la salud bucal Effectiveness of a community health worker program on oral health promotion

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    Paulo Frazão; Débora Marques

    2009-01-01

    OBJETIVO:Avaliar mudanças em conhecimentos, atitudes e acesso/utilização de serviços odontológicos decorrentes de um programa de promoção da saúde bucal com agentes comunitários de saúde. MÉTODOS:Um projeto de capacitação combinando ensino-aprendizagem, apoio e supervisão, foi desenvolvido entre os meses de julho de 2003 a agosto de 2004. As mudanças foram avaliadas por meio de entrevistas estruturadas em que participaram 36 agentes comunitários de saúde e uma amostra de 91 mulheres e mães, r...

  19. As escolhas públicas orçamentárias federais no PPA 2008-2011: uma análise da perspectiva do modelo principal-agente

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    Giovanni Pacelli Carvalho Lustosa da Costa

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo é analisar o comportamento assumido pelo Executivo e pelo Legislativo durante a gestão do PPA 2008-2011 da perspectiva do modelo principal-agente. Por meio da aplicação dos testes de Friedman, Kendall e Spearman e tendo como objeto empírico todos os programas constantes no PPA 2008-2011, observou-se que entre 2008 e 2011: as etapas de Elaboração e de Execução Orçamentária e Financeira da Lei Orçamentária Anual, cujo ator principal é o Poder Executivo, apresentaram concordância muito forte; enquanto a etapa de Discussão, Votação e Aprovação, cujo ator principal é o Poder Legislativo, apresentou concordância moderada. Quando se considerou a interação no mesmo ciclo entre todas as etapas, a concordância foi menor. Além disso, como resultado mais expressivo do estudo, identificou-se que a relação externa (entre governo e cidadãos possui concordância maior que a relação interna (entre políticos e burocratas.

  20. "Comments on Slavin": Synthesizing Causal Inferences

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    Briggs, Derek C.

    2008-01-01

    When causal inferences are to be synthesized across multiple studies, efforts to establish the magnitude of a causal effect should be balanced by an effort to evaluate the generalizability of the effect. The evaluation of generalizability depends on two factors that are given little attention in current syntheses: construct validity and external…

  1. Structural intervention distance for evaluating causal graphs

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    Peters, Jonas; Bühlmann, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Causal inference relies on the structure of a graph, often a directed acyclic graph (DAG). Different graphs may result in different causal inference statements and different intervention distributions. To quantify such differences, we propose a (pre-)metric between DAGs, the structural interventi...... implementation with software code available on the first author's home page....

  2. On the spectral formulation of Granger causality.

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    Chicharro, D

    2011-12-01

    Spectral measures of causality are used to explore the role of different rhythms in the causal connectivity between brain regions. We study several spectral measures related to Granger causality, comprising the bivariate and conditional Geweke measures, the directed transfer function, and the partial directed coherence. We derive the formulation of dependence and causality in the spectral domain from the more general formulation in the information-theory framework. We argue that the transfer entropy, the most general measure derived from the concept of Granger causality, lacks a spectral representation in terms of only the processes associated with the recorded signals. For all the spectral measures we show how they are related to mutual information rates when explicitly considering the parametric autoregressive representation of the processes. In this way we express the conditional Geweke spectral measure in terms of a multiple coherence involving innovation variables inherent to the autoregressive representation. We also link partial directed coherence with Sims' criterion of causality. Given our results, we discuss the causal interpretation of the spectral measures related to Granger causality and stress the necessity to explicitly consider their specific formulation based on modeling the signals as linear Gaussian stationary autoregressive processes.

  3. Causal Moderation Analysis Using Propensity Score Methods

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    Dong, Nianbo

    2012-01-01

    This paper is based on previous studies in applying propensity score methods to study multiple treatment variables to examine the causal moderator effect. The propensity score methods will be demonstrated in a case study to examine the causal moderator effect, where the moderators are categorical and continuous variables. Moderation analysis is an…

  4. Quasi-Experimental Designs for Causal Inference

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    Kim, Yongnam; Steiner, Peter

    2016-01-01

    When randomized experiments are infeasible, quasi-experimental designs can be exploited to evaluate causal treatment effects. The strongest quasi-experimental designs for causal inference are regression discontinuity designs, instrumental variable designs, matching and propensity score designs, and comparative interrupted time series designs. This…

  5. Causal Mediation Analysis: Warning! Assumptions Ahead

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    Keele, Luke

    2015-01-01

    In policy evaluations, interest may focus on why a particular treatment works. One tool for understanding why treatments work is causal mediation analysis. In this essay, I focus on the assumptions needed to estimate mediation effects. I show that there is no "gold standard" method for the identification of causal mediation effects. In…

  6. Campbell's and Rubin's Perspectives on Causal Inference

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    West, Stephen G.; Thoemmes, Felix

    2010-01-01

    Donald Campbell's approach to causal inference (D. T. Campbell, 1957; W. R. Shadish, T. D. Cook, & D. T. Campbell, 2002) is widely used in psychology and education, whereas Donald Rubin's causal model (P. W. Holland, 1986; D. B. Rubin, 1974, 2005) is widely used in economics, statistics, medicine, and public health. Campbell's approach focuses on…

  7. Essays on Causal Inference for Public Policy

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    Zajonc, Tristan

    2012-01-01

    Effective policymaking requires understanding the causal effects of competing proposals. Relevant causal quantities include proposals' expected effect on different groups of recipients, the impact of policies over time, the potential trade-offs between competing objectives, and, ultimately, the optimal policy. This dissertation studies causal…

  8. Causal random geometry from stochastic quantization

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    Ambjørn, Jan; Loll, R.; Westra, W.

    2010-01-01

     in this short note we review a recently found formulation of two-dimensional causal quantum gravity defined through Causal Dynamical Triangulations and stochastic quantization. This procedure enables one to extract the nonperturbative quantum Hamiltonian of the random surface model including the...

  9. The causal order on the ambient boundary

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    Antoniadis, Ignatios; Papadopoulos, Kyriakos

    2016-01-01

    We analyse the causal structure of the ambient boundary, the conformal infinity of the ambient (Poincar\\'e) metric. Using topological tools we show that the only causal relation compatible with the global topology of the boundary spacetime is the horismos order. This has important consequences for the notion of time in the conformal geometry of the ambient boundary.

  10. mediation: R Package for Causal Mediation Analysis

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    Dustin Tingley

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we describe the R package mediation for conducting causal mediation analysis in applied empirical research. In many scientific disciplines, the goal of researchers is not only estimating causal effects of a treatment but also understanding the process in which the treatment causally affects the outcome. Causal mediation analysis is frequently used to assess potential causal mechanisms. The mediation package implements a comprehensive suite of statistical tools for conducting such an analysis. The package is organized into two distinct approaches. Using the model-based approach, researchers can estimate causal mediation effects and conduct sensitivity analysis under the standard research design. Furthermore, the design-based approach provides several analysis tools that are applicable under different experimental designs. This approach requires weaker assumptions than the model-based approach. We also implement a statistical method for dealing with multiple (causally dependent mediators, which are often encountered in practice. Finally, the package also offers a methodology for assessing causal mediation in the presence of treatment noncompliance, a common problem in randomized trials.

  11. Causal Indicators Can Help to Interpret Factors

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    Bentler, Peter M.

    2016-01-01

    The latent factor in a causal indicator model is no more than the latent factor of the factor part of the model. However, if the causal indicator variables are well-understood and help to improve the prediction of individuals' factor scores, they can help to interpret the meaning of the latent factor. Aguirre-Urreta, Rönkkö, and Marakas (2016)…

  12. O equívoco no discurso da inclusão: o funcionamento do conceito de diferença no depoimento de agentes educacionais The mistake in the inclusive discourse: the functioning of the concept of difference within the educational agents' statements

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    Juliana Santana Cavallari

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    Full Text Available Este estudo se propõe a analisar o modo como o discurso da inclusão produz efeitos de verdade em nosso meio sócio-histórico, ao evocar outros domínios discursivos. Ancorada na perspectiva discursiva, perpassada pela psicanálise lacaniana, foram destacadas algumas regularidades nos depoimentos proferidos por agentes educacionais, durante palestras realizadas em um congresso sobre "inclusão e diversidade". Partindo da questão: como os conceitos de inclusão e diferença colocam os dizeres de agentes educacionais em funcionamento?, a análise do corpus discursivo evidenciou a aparente "necessidade" de aplicação do discurso da inclusão como eliminador das diferenças (físicas ou não, o que, imaginariamente, possibilitaria uma prática pedagógica mais justa e igualitária. Trata-se, portanto, de um equívoco de ordem ideológica, tendo em vista que a prática discursiva em questão não visa a incluir as diferenças ou tratá-las de modo singular, mas a criar identidades fixas, conservadoras e repetitivas.The purpose of this study is to analyze the way the discourse upon inclusive practices produces some effects of truth within our social and historical environment, by evoking other discursive domains. Through a discursive perspective, affected by the psychoanalysis, some regularities enunciated by educational agents, during speeches given at a Congress concerning inclusion and diversity, were pointed out. The analysis of the data was based on the following question: to what extent the concepts of difference and inclusion make the talk of educational agents meaningful? The results have stressed the "necessity" felt by the educational agents of applying the inclusive discourse to promote a fair and equal pedagogical practice. Taking into account that this kind of practice tends not to treat the differences in a singular way, it's possible to state that repetitive, traditional and permanent identities have been built within the

  13. Influência do agente de cloração do catalisador à base de veodímio e da razão molar Cl: Nd na polimerização do butadieno Influence of the chlorinating agent of neodymium based catalysts and Cl: Nd molar ratio on butadiene polymerization

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    Cintia N. Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi utilizado um sistema catalítico composto por hidreto de diisobutilalumínio (DIBAH, versatato de neodímio (NdV e um agente de cloração para avaliar a influência da fonte de cloro e da razão molar Cl:Nd nas características da reação de polimerização (conversão e constante de velocidade de propagação e do polibutadieno (massa molecular e microestrutura. Os agentes de cloração estudados foram cloreto de t-butila (t-BuCl, sesquicloreto de etilalumínio (EASC e cloreto de dietilalumínio (DEAC. As razões molares Cl:Nd utilizadas foram: 1:1, 3:1 e 5:1 para o t-BuCl; 0,5:1, 1:1 e 3:1 para o EASC e 1:1, 1,5:1, 3:1 e 5:1 para o DEAC. Foi observada a existência, para cada agente de cloração, de um valor ótimo de razão molar Cl:Nd para o qual a conversão foi máxima. O DEAC apresentou uma maior conversão em relação aos outros agentes de cloração; em contrapartida, o t-BuCl produziu polibutadienos com maior teor de unidades 1,4-cis e maior massa molecular (n e wIn this work catalyst systems consisting of diisobutylaluminium hydride (DIBAH, neodymium versatate (NdV and a chlorinating agent were employed to study the influence of the chloride source and Cl:Nd molar ratio on 1,3-butadiene polymerization and polybutadiene's characteristics (molecular weight and microstructure. The chloride sources studied were t-butyl chloride, ethylaluminium sesquichloride (EASC and diethylaluminium chloride (DEAC. The Cl:Nd molar ratios used were 1:1, 3:1 e 5:1 for t-butyl chloride; 0.5:1, 1:1 and 3:1 for EASC and 1:1, 1.5:1, 3:1 and 5:1 for DEAC. A maximum value of Cl:Nd molar ratio exists. Moreover, DEAC showed to be more reactive than EASC and t-BuCl but t-BuCl produced higher molecular weight and cis-1,4 units contents.

  14. Quantum-coherent mixtures of causal relations

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    MacLean, Jean-Philippe W; Spekkens, Robert W; Resch, Kevin J

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the causal influences that hold among the parts of a system is critical both to explaining that system's natural behaviour and to controlling it through targeted interventions. In a quantum world, understanding causal relations is equally important, but the set of possibilities is far richer. The two basic ways in which a pair of time-ordered quantum systems may be causally related are by a cause-effect mechanism or by a common cause acting on both. Here, we show that it is possible to have a coherent mixture of these two possibilities. We realize such a nonclassical causal relation in a quantum optics experiment and derive a set of criteria for witnessing the coherence based on a quantum version of Berkson's paradox. The interplay of causality and quantum theory lies at the heart of challenging foundational puzzles, such as Bell's theorem and the search for quantum gravity, but could also provide a resource for novel quantum technologies.

  15. A Causal Alternative to Feynman's Propagator

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    Koksma, Jurjen F

    2010-01-01

    The Feynman propagator used in the conventional in-out formalism in quantum field theory is not a causal propagator as wave packets are propagated virtually instantaneously outside the causal region of the initial state. We formulate a causal in-out formalism in quantum field theory by making use of the Wheeler propagator, the time ordered commutator propagator, which is manifestly causal. Only free scalar field theories and their first quantization are considered. We identify the real Klein Gordon field itself as the wave function of a neutral spinless relativistic particle. Furthermore, we derive a probability density for our relativistic wave packet using the inner product between states that live on a suitably defined Hilbert space of real quantum fields. We show that the time evolution of our probability density is governed by the Wheeler propagator, such that it behaves causally too.

  16. Causality, Bell's theorem, and Ontic Definiteness

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    Henson, Joe

    2011-01-01

    Bell's theorem shows that the reasonable relativistic causal principle known as "local causality" is not compatible with the predictions of quantum mechanics. It is not possible maintain a satisfying causal principle of this type while dropping any of the better-known assumptions of Bell's theorem. However, another assumption of Bell's theorem is the use of classical logic. One part of this assumption is the principle of "ontic definiteness", that is, that it must in principle be possible to assign definite truth values to all propositions treated in the theory. Once the logical setting is clarified somewhat, it can be seen that rejecting this principle does not in any way undermine the type of causal principle used by Bell. Without ontic definiteness, the deterministic causal condition known as Einstein Locality succeeds in banning superluminal influence (including signalling) whilst allowing correlations that violate Bell's inequalities. Objections to altering logic, and the consequences for operational and...

  17. A Brief Introduction to Temporality and Causality

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    Karimi, Kamran

    2010-01-01

    Causality is a non-obvious concept that is often considered to be related to temporality. In this paper we present a number of past and present approaches to the definition of temporality and causality from philosophical, physical, and computational points of view. We note that time is an important ingredient in many relationships and phenomena. The topic is then divided into the two main areas of temporal discovery, which is concerned with finding relations that are stretched over time, and causal discovery, where a claim is made as to the causal influence of certain events on others. We present a number of computational tools used for attempting to automatically discover temporal and causal relations in data.

  18. Towards Spectral Geometry for Causal Sets

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    Yazdi, Yasaman K

    2016-01-01

    We show that the Feynman propagator (or the d'Alembertian) of a causal set contains the complete information about the causal set. Intuitively, this is because the Feynman propagator, being a correlator that decays with distance, provides a measure for the invariant distance between pairs of events. Further, we show that even the spectra alone (of the self-adjoint and anti-self-adjoint parts) of the propagator(s) and d'Alembertian already carry large amounts of geometric information about their causal set. This geometric information is basis independent and also gauge invariant in the sense that it is relabeling invariant (which is analogue to diffeomorphism invariance). We provide numerical evidence that the associated spectral distance between causal sets can serve as a measure for the geometric similarity between causal sets.

  19. Causality Violation, Gravitational Shockwaves and UV Completion

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    Hollowood, Timothy J

    2015-01-01

    The effective actions describing the low-energy dynamics of QFTs involving gravity generically exhibit causality violations. These may take the form of superluminal propagation or Shapiro time advances and allow the construction of "time machines", i.e. spacetimes admitting closed non-spacelike curves. Here, we discuss critically whether such causality violations may be used as a criterion to identify unphysical effective actions or whether, and how, causality problems may be resolved by embedding the action in a fundamental, UV complete QFT. We study in detail the case of photon scattering in an Aichelburg-Sexl gravitational shockwave background and calculate the phase shifts in QED for all energies, demonstrating their smooth interpolation from the causality-violating effective action values at low-energy to their manifestly causal high-energy limits. At low energies, these phase shifts may be interpreted as backwards-in-time coordinate jumps as the photon encounters the shock wavefront, and we illustrate h...

  20. Da gesta????o ao resguardo: a fala social de agentes de sa??de de um assentamento do MST em Alagoas, Nordeste do Brasil

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    Este ?? um estudo de caso que teve como objetivo compreender as representa????es sociais das agentes de sa??de sobre as pr??ticas referentes ao ciclo grav??dico-puerperal em um Assentamento Rural de Alagoas organizado pelo MST. Especificamente identificamos as principais concep????es das agentes de sa??de sobre os cuidados no ciclo gesta????o-parto-puerp??rio, eselecendo as representa????es sociais sobre esses cuidados, refletindo sobre os sentidos que estas representa????es t??m para as pr??...

  1. Causal ubiquity in quantum physics a superluminal and local-causal physical ontology

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    Neelamkavil, Raphael

    2014-01-01

    A fixed highest criterial velocity (of light) in STR (special theory of relativity) is a convention for a layer of physical inquiry. QM (Quantum Mechanics) avoids action-at-a-distance using this concept, but accepts non-causality and action-at-a-distance in EPR (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen-Paradox) entanglement experiments. Even in such allegedly non-causal processes, something exists processually in extension-motion, between the causal and the non-causal. If STR theoretically allows real-valued superluminal communication between EPR entangled particles, quantum processes become fully causal. That

  2. Causal Cones, Cone Preserving Transformations and Causal Structure in Special and General Theory of Relativity

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    Janardhan, Sujatha

    2012-01-01

    We present a short review of geometric and algebraic approach to causal cones and describe cone preserving transformations and their relationship with causal structure related to special and general theory of relativity. We describe Lie groups, especially matrix Lie groups, homogeneous and symmetric spaces and causal cones and certain implications of these concepts in special and general theory of relativity related to causal structure and topology of space-time. We compare and contrast the results on causal relations with those in the literature for general space-times and compare these relations with K-causal maps. We also describe causal orientations and their implications for space-time topology and discuss some more topologies on space-time which arise as an application of domain theory.

  3. Causal systems categories: differences in novice and expert categorization of causal phenomena.

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    Rottman, Benjamin M; Gentner, Dedre; Goldwater, Micah B

    2012-07-01

    We investigated the understanding of causal systems categories--categories defined by common causal structure rather than by common domain content--among college students. We asked students who were either novices or experts in the physical sciences to sort descriptions of real-world phenomena that varied in their causal structure (e.g., negative feedback vs. causal chain) and in their content domain (e.g., economics vs. biology). Our hypothesis was that there would be a shift from domain-based sorting to causal sorting with increasing expertise in the relevant domains. This prediction was borne out: the novice groups sorted primarily by domain and the expert group sorted by causal category. These results suggest that science training facilitates insight about causal structures.

  4. Bioprospecting endophytic bacteria for biological control of coffee leaf rust Bioprospecção de bactérias endofíticas como agentes de biocontrole da ferrugem do cafeeiro

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    Humberto Franco Shiomi

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    Full Text Available Suppression of plant diseases due to the action of endophytic microorganisms has been demonstrated in several pathosystems. Experiments under controlled conditions involving endophytic bacteria isolated from leaves and branches of Coffea arabica L and Coffea robusta L were conducted with the objective of evaluating the inhibition of germination of Hemileia vastatrix Berk. & Br., race II, urediniospores and the control of coffee leaf rust development in tests with leaf discs, detached leaves, and on potted seedling of cv. Mundo Novo. The endophytic bacterial isolates tested proved to be effective in inhibiting urediniospore germination and/or rust development, with values above 50%, although the results obtained in urediniospore germination tests were inferior to the treatment with fungicide propiconazole. Endophytic isolates TG4-Ia, TF2-IIc, TF9-Ia, TG11-IIa, and TF7-IIa, demonstrated better coffee leaf rust control in leaf discs, detached leaves, and coffee plant tests. The endophytic isolates TG4-Ia and TF9-Ia were identified as Bacillus lentimorbus Dutky and Bacillus cereus Frank. & Frank., respectively. Some endophytic bacterial isolates were effective in controlling the coffee leaf rust, although some increased the severity of the disease. Even though a relatively small number of endophytic bacteria were tested, promising results were obtained regarding the efficiency of coffee leaf rust biocontrol. These selected agents appears to be an alternative for future replacement of chemical fungicide.Supressão de doenças de plantas por microrganismos endofíticos tem sido demonstrada em diversos patossistemas. Neste trabalho foram selecionados isolados de bactérias endofíticas de folhas e ramos de cafeeiro com potencial para o controle biológico da ferrugem do cafeeiro, pois é conhecido que esses microrganismos podem possuir essa característica. Bactérias endofíticas isoladas previamente de folhas e ramos de Coffea arabica L e Coffea

  5. Um projeto de intervenção social visto pelos seus agentes: estudo psicossocial do Programa de Saúde da Família

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    Ana Maria Blanques

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    Full Text Available O Programa de Saúde da Família (PSF foi escolhido como objeto deste estudo por ser um projeto de intervenção social que pretende promover maior autonomia da população para resolver problemas relativos à saúde no território. O material obtido em entrevistas com os profissionais foi analisado por meio de categorias agrupadas em dois blocos temáticos: concepção do trabalho - aquelas que se referem às atividades, e de sujeito - em que se reúnem as ideias sobre as pessoas envolvidas. Os conteúdos revelam que o programa não atinge as mudanças previstas. O conceito de território é incipiente, a participação é precária e as doenças se mantêm em lugar privilegiado. As pessoas da população são referidas num conjunto que é caracterizado por faltas, carências, necessidades e, em muitos casos, são identificadas aos próprios entrevistados. A ajuda mobiliza as ações e é o eixo a partir do qual os atores compreendem sua própria atuação.

  6. Trabalhador de enfermagem: agente colaborador no cumprimento da missão institucional Trabajador de enfermería: agente colaborador del cumplimento de la misión institucional Worker of nursing: collaborating agent in the execution of the institutional mission

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    Diana Cecagno

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    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como propósito investigar estratégias que podem ser utilizadas, pelas instituições de saúde, sob ao olhar do enfermeiro, para motivar/valorizar e promover a capacitação do trabalhador de enfermagem, enquanto agente colaborador da instituição em busca do cumprimento de sua missão. Para a concretização do mesmo, investimos em uma metodologia qualitativa, descritiva e exploratória, cujo instrumento de pesquisa, semi-estruturado, foi aplicado a 15 enfermeiros, sendo garantido, aos mesmos, os preceitos éticos e legais cabíveis nesse estudo. Ao concluirmos este estudo constatamos que as principais estratégias que podem ser utilizadas, sob a ótica do enfermeiro, para motivar/valorizar e promover a capacitação do trabalhador de enfermagem, dizem respeito à necessidade de diálogo e a promoção do crescimento profissional.Esto estudio tuve como propósito investigar las estratégicas que puede usarse, pelas instituciones de salud, conforme la mirada de la enfermera, para motivar/valorizar y promover la capacitación del trabajador de enfermería, mientras agente colaborador de la institución en busca del cumplimento de misión. Para la concretización del mismo, nosotros invertimos en una metodología de carácter cualitativo, descriptivo y exploratorio cuyo instrumento de pesquisa, semi-estructurado, fue aplicado a 15 enfermeras, siendo garantido, al los mismos, los mandatos éticos y legales caviléis en ese estudio. Al concluirmos este estudio verificamos que las estrategias principales que pueden usarse, pelas instituciones de salud, conforme la mirada de los enfermeros, para el motivar/valorizar y promover la capacitación del trabajador de enfermería, dicen repecho a la necesidad del diálogo y la promoción del crecimiento profesional.The study aimed to investigate the strategy that can be used by health institutions, with respect to the nurse's optics, to motivate/value and to promote the nursing worker

  7. Stress ocupacional em profissionais de segurança pública: um estudo com militares da Guarda Nacional Republicana Occupational stress in professionals of public security: a study with military agents of the Republican National Guard

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    Jorge M. P. Afonso

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa o "stress" ocupacional em 95 militares da Guarda Nacional Republicana Portuguesa. Para tal, utilizámos um protocolo de avaliação com medidas do "stress" global, "burnout", "coping" proactivo, comprometimento organizacional, satisfação com a vida e satisfação/realização profissional. Os indicadores de fidelidade e validade dos instrumentos foram muito aceitáveis. Os resultados de "burnout" por dimensão apontaram níveis apreciáveis de exaustão emocional (12%, seguidos do cinismo (10% e da baixa eficácia profissional (8% (mas nenhum participante registou valores de "burnout" nas três dimensões, em simultâneo, observando-se também variáveis distintas na predição destas três áreas. A análise discriminante entre subgrupos da amostra permitiu verificar dois aspectos principais: (a menores níveis de comprometimento organizacional e maior utilização de "coping" proactivo nos militares mais novos e/ou inexperientes e (b maior desejo de abandonar o emprego/trabalho bem como maior cinismo parecem identificar os profissionais mais velhos e/ou mais experientes. No final, os autores discutem a importância de a investigação futura analisar os efeitos da maior tendência para o cinismo com o aumento da idade dos participantes e os efeitos do menor comprometimento organizacional por parte dos mais novos em termos da sua eficácia profissional.This work analyzes occupational stress in 95 Portuguese military agents of the Republican National Guard. We applied an evaluation protocol with measures of global stress, burnout, proactive coping, organizational commitment, satisfaction with life, and professional satisfaction/accomplishment. The fidelity and validity results of the instruments were very acceptable. The results of burnout pointed out a remarkable level of emotional exhaustion (12% followed by cynicism (10% and low professional effectiveness (8% (but we have not found any participant with burnout values

  8. Comunicação no Programa Saúde da Família: o agente de saúde como elo integrador entre a equipe e a comunidade Communication in the Family Health Program: the health agent as an integrating link between the team and the community

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    Andréia dos Santos Cardoso

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo é parte do projeto "Avaliação da Estratégia da Saúde da Família no Município do Rio de Janeiro", desenvolvido na Universidade Estácio de Sá com apoio do Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq. Buscou identificar e analisar a percepção dos agentes comunitários de saúde (ACS quanto aos seus principais interlocutores, o grau de impacto destes interlocutores e as formas de comunicação predominantes no seu processo de trabalho. É um estudo descritivo, de abordagem qualitativa, com base em categorias teórico-metodológicas da educação popular e do modelo de comunicação do mercado simbólico. Os dados foram coletados em quatro equipes, de duas unidades do Programa Saúde da Família. Os mapas de comunicação elaborados com os ACS identificam o grupo de apoio técnico, a equipe técnica, os próprios ACS e os moradores antigos da comunidade como seus principais interlocutores. A comunicação com os demais profissionais da equipe é percebida de forma predominantemente verticalizada e com traços de autoritarismo. Os resultados revelam a importância de ampliação do diálogo e da negociação na comunicação estabelecida no interior da equipe e com a comunidade.This study is part of the project Evaluation of the Family Health Strategy in Rio de Janeiro, developed at Estácio de Sá University with support of the National Advice of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq. The study aimed to identify and analyze the perception of the health communitarian agents (HCA about their main interlocutors, the impact of these interlocutors and the predominant communication forms in their work process. It is a descriptive study, with a qualitative approach, based on theoretical-methodological categories of the popular education and the symbolic market communication model. The data was collected in four teams of the Family Health Program. The results show the communication maps elaborated

  9. Spread of entanglement and causality

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    Casini, Horacio; Mezei, Márk

    2015-01-01

    We investigate causality constraints on the time evolution of entanglement entropy after a global quench in relativistic theories. We first provide a general proof that the so-called tsunami velocity is bounded by the speed of light. We then generalize the free particle streaming model of arXiv:cond-mat/0503393 to general dimensions and to an arbitrary entanglement pattern of the initial state. In more than two spacetime dimensions the spread of entanglement in these models is highly sensitive to the initial entanglement pattern, but we are able to prove an upper bound on the normalized rate of growth of entanglement entropy, and hence the tsunami velocity. The bound is smaller than what one gets for quenches in holographic theories, which highlights the importance of interactions in the spread of entanglement in many-body systems. We propose an interacting model which we believe provides an upper bound on the spread of entanglement for interacting relativistic theories. In two spacetime dimensions with multi...

  10. Spread of entanglement and causality

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    Casini, Horacio; Liu, Hong; Mezei, Márk

    2016-07-01

    We investigate causality constraints on the time evolution of entanglement entropy after a global quench in relativistic theories. We first provide a general proof that the so-called tsunami velocity is bounded by the speed of light. We then generalize the free particle streaming model of [1] to general dimensions and to an arbitrary entanglement pattern of the initial state. In more than two spacetime dimensions the spread of entanglement in these models is highly sensitive to the initial entanglement pattern, but we are able to prove an upper bound on the normalized rate of growth of entanglement entropy, and hence the tsunami velocity. The bound is smaller than what one gets for quenches in holographic theories, which highlights the importance of interactions in the spread of entanglement in many-body systems. We propose an interacting model which we believe provides an upper bound on the spread of entanglement for interacting relativistic theories. In two spacetime dimensions with multiple intervals, this model and its variations are able to reproduce intricate results exhibited by holographic theories for a significant part of the parameter space. For higher dimensions, the model bounds the tsunami velocity at the speed of light. Finally, we construct a geometric model for entanglement propagation based on a tensor network construction for global quenches.

  11. Entanglement Entropy in Causal Set Theory

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    Sorkin, Rafael D

    2016-01-01

    Entanglement entropy is now widely accepted as having deep connections with quantum gravity. It is therefore desirable to understand it in the context of causal sets, especially since they provide in a natural manner the UV cutoff needed to render entanglement entropy finite. Defining entropy in a causal set is not straightforward because the type of canonical hypersurface-data on which definitions of entanglement typically rely is not available in a causal set. Instead, we will appeal to a more global expression given in arXiv:1205.2953 which, for a gaussian scalar field, expresses the entropy of a spacetime region in terms of the field's correlation function within that region. Carrying this formula over to the causal set, one obtains an entanglement entropy which is both finite and of a Lorentz invariant nature. Herein we evaluate this entropy for causal sets of 1+1 dimensions, and specifically for order-intervals ("causal diamonds") within the causal set, finding in the first instance an entropy that obey...

  12. Causal localizations in relativistic quantum mechanics

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    Castrigiano, Domenico P. L., E-mail: castrig@ma.tum.de; Leiseifer, Andreas D., E-mail: andreas.leiseifer@tum.de [Fakultät für Mathematik, TU München, Boltzmannstraße 3, 85747 Garching (Germany)

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    Causal localizations describe the position of quantum systems moving not faster than light. They are constructed for the systems with finite spinor dimension. At the center of interest are the massive relativistic systems. For every positive mass, there is the sequence of Dirac tensor-localizations, which provides a complete set of inequivalent irreducible causal localizations. They obey the principle of special relativity and are fully Poincaré covariant. The boosters are determined by the causal position operator and the other Poincaré generators. The localization with minimal spinor dimension is the Dirac localization. Thus, the Dirac equation is derived here as a mere consequence of the principle of causality. Moreover, the higher tensor-localizations, not known so far, follow from Dirac’s localization by a simple construction. The probability of localization for positive energy states results to be described by causal positive operator valued (PO-) localizations, which are the traces of the causal localizations on the subspaces of positive energy. These causal Poincaré covariant PO-localizations for every irreducible massive relativistic system were, all the more, not known before. They are shown to be separated. Hence, the positive energy systems can be localized within every open region by a suitable preparation as accurately as desired. Finally, the attempt is made to provide an interpretation of the PO-localization operators within the frame of conventional quantum mechanics attributing an important role to the negative energy states.

  13. Mining Causality for Explanation Knowledge from Text

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    Chaveevan Pechsiri; Asanee Kawtrakul

    2007-01-01

    Mining causality is essential to provide a diagnosis. This research aims at extracting the causality existing within multiple sentences or EDUs (Elementary Discourse Unit). The research emphasizes the use of causality verbs because they make explicit in a certain way the consequent events of a cause, e.g., "Aphids suck the sap from rice leaves. Then leaves will shrink. Later, they will become yellow and dry.". A verb can also be the causal-verb link between cause and effect within EDU(s), e.g., "Aphids suck the sap from rice leaves causing leaves to be shrunk" ("causing" is equivalent to a causal-verb link in Thai). The research confronts two main problems: identifying the interesting causality events from documents and identifying their boundaries. Then, we propose mining on verbs by using two different machine learning techniques, Naive Bayes classifier and Support Vector Machine. The resulted mining rules will be used for the identification and the causality extraction of the multiple EDUs from text. Our multiple EDUs extraction shows 0.88 precision with 0.75 recall from Na'ive Bayes classifier and 0.89 precision with 0.76 recall from Support Vector Machine.

  14. A Simple Test for Causality in Volatility

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available An early development in testing for causality (technically, Granger non-causality in the conditional variance (or volatility associated with financial returns was the portmanteau statistic for non-causality in the variance of Cheng and Ng (1996. A subsequent development was the Lagrange Multiplier (LM test of non-causality in the conditional variance by Hafner and Herwartz (2006, who provided simulation results to show that their LM test was more powerful than the portmanteau statistic for sample sizes of 1000 and 4000 observations. While the LM test for causality proposed by Hafner and Herwartz (2006 is an interesting and useful development, it is nonetheless arbitrary. In particular, the specification on which the LM test is based does not rely on an underlying stochastic process, so the alternative hypothesis is also arbitrary, which can affect the power of the test. The purpose of the paper is to derive a simple test for causality in volatility that provides regularity conditions arising from the underlying stochastic process, namely a random coefficient autoregressive process, and a test for which the (quasi- maximum likelihood estimates have valid asymptotic properties under the null hypothesis of non-causality. The simple test is intuitively appealing as it is based on an underlying stochastic process, is sympathetic to Granger’s (1969, 1988 notion of time series predictability, is easy to implement, and has a regularity condition that is not available in the LM test.

  15. Causal inference, probability theory, and graphical insights.

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    Baker, Stuart G

    2013-11-10

    Causal inference from observational studies is a fundamental topic in biostatistics. The causal graph literature typically views probability theory as insufficient to express causal concepts in observational studies. In contrast, the view here is that probability theory is a desirable and sufficient basis for many topics in causal inference for the following two reasons. First, probability theory is generally more flexible than causal graphs: Besides explaining such causal graph topics as M-bias (adjusting for a collider) and bias amplification and attenuation (when adjusting for instrumental variable), probability theory is also the foundation of the paired availability design for historical controls, which does not fit into a causal graph framework. Second, probability theory is the basis for insightful graphical displays including the BK-Plot for understanding Simpson's paradox with a binary confounder, the BK2-Plot for understanding bias amplification and attenuation in the presence of an unobserved binary confounder, and the PAD-Plot for understanding the principal stratification component of the paired availability design.

  16. Diagnosis and causal explanation in psychiatry.

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    Maung, Hane Htut

    2016-12-01

    In clinical medicine, a diagnosis can offer an explanation of a patient's symptoms by specifying the pathology that is causing them. Diagnoses in psychiatry are also sometimes presented in clinical texts as if they pick out pathological processes that cause sets of symptoms. However, current evidence suggests the possibility that many diagnostic categories in psychiatry are highly causally heterogeneous. For example, major depressive disorder may not be associated with a single type of underlying pathological process, but with a range of different causal pathways, each involving complex interactions of various biological, psychological, and social factors. This paper explores the implications of causal heterogeneity for whether psychiatric diagnoses can be said to serve causal explanatory roles in clinical practice. I argue that while they may fall short of picking out a specific cause of the patient's symptoms, they can nonetheless supply different sorts of clinically relevant causal information. In particular, I suggest that some psychiatric diagnoses provide negative information that rules out certain causes, some provide approximate or disjunctive information about the range of possible causal processes, and some provide causal information about the relations between the symptoms themselves.

  17. Comparação da superfície do esmalte antes e após clareamento com dois diferentes agentes: estudo clínico

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    Virgínia Teichmann Espina

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to compare of enamel surface before and after bleaching with two different agents. Twenty subjects were selected and divided in two groups: Group 1- treated with the night guard vital bleaching using 10% carbamide peroxide (Whiteness Perfect and Group 2- treated with the in-offi ce technique using 35% hydrogen peroxide (Whiteness HP. Epoxi resin replicas obtained from the maxillary central incisors, before, immediately after and thirty days after the bleaching procedure. All replicas were photography in scanning electron microscopy and examined for one expert and blind examiner taken in scores: 1- surface without alteration 2- surface with alteration. This study demonstrated that bleaching treatment using both agents causes effect on namel surface, but these are partially reverted in thirty days.

  18. Scalar Field Green Functions on Causal Sets

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    Ahmed, S. Nomaan; Dowker, Fay; Surya, Sumati

    2017-01-01

    We examine the validity and scope of Johnston's models for scalar field retarded Green functions on causal sets in 2 and 4 dimensions. As in the continuum, the massive Green function can be obtained from the massless one, and hence the key task in causal set theory is to first identify the massless Green function. We propose that the 2-d model provides a Green function for the massive scalar field on causal sets approximated by any topologically trivial 2 dimensional spacetime. We explicitly ...

  19. On the origin of Hill's causal criteria.

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    Morabia, A

    1991-09-01

    The rules to assess causation formulated by the eighteenth century Scottish philosopher David Hume are compared to Sir Austin Bradford Hill's causal criteria. The strength of the analogy between Hume's rules and Hill's causal criteria suggests that, irrespective of whether Hume's work was known to Hill or Hill's predecessors, Hume's thinking expresses a point of view still widely shared by contemporary epidemiologists. The lack of systematic experimental proof to causal inferences in epidemiology may explain the analogy of Hume's and Hill's, as opposed to Popper's, logic.

  20. Intrinsic Universality of Causal Graph Dynamics

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    Simon Martiel

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Causal graph dynamics are transformations over graphs that capture two important symmetries of physics, namely causality and homogeneity. They can be equivalently defined as continuous and translation invariant transformations or functions induced by a local rule applied simultaneously on every vertex of the graph. Intrinsic universality is the ability of an instance of a model to simulate every other instance of the model while preserving the structure of the computation at every step of the simulation. In this work we present the construction of a family of intrinsically universal instances of causal graphs dynamics, each instance being able to simulate a subset of instances.

  1. Causal structures of pp-waves

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    Hubeny, V E; Hubeny, Veronika E.; Rangamani, Mukund

    2002-01-01

    We discuss the causal structure of pp-wave spacetimes using the ideal point construction outlined by Geroch, Kronheimer, and Penrose. This generalizes the recent work of Marolf and Ross, who considered similar issues for plane wave spacetimes. We address the question regarding the dimension of the causal boundary for certain specific pp-wave backgrounds. In particular, we demonstrate that the pp-wave spacetime which gives rise to the N = 2 sine-Gordon string world-sheet theory is geodesically complete and has a one-dimensional causal boundary.

  2. Dual Causality and the Autonomy of Biology.

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    Bock, Walter J

    2017-03-01

    Ernst Mayr's concept of dual causality in biology with the two forms of causes (proximate and ultimate) continues to provide an essential foundation for the philosophy of biology. They are equivalent to functional (=proximate) and evolutionary (=ultimate) causes with both required for full biological explanations. The natural sciences can be classified into nomological, historical nomological and historical dual causality, the last including only biology. Because evolutionary causality is unique to biology and must be included for all complete biological explanations, biology is autonomous from the physical sciences.

  3. Causality in 3D Massive Gravity Theories

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    Edelstein, Jose D; Kilicarslan, Ercan; Leoni, Matias; Tekin, Bayram

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    We study the constraints coming from local causality requirement in various 2+1 dimensional dynamical theories of gravity. In Topologically Massive Gravity, with a single parity noninvariant massive degree of freedom, and in New Massive Gravity, with two massive spin-$2$ degrees of freedom, causality and unitarity are compatible with each other and they both require the Newton's constant to be negative. In their extensions, such as the Born-Infeld gravity and the minimal massive gravity the situation is similar and quite different from their higher dimensional counterparts, such as quadratic (e.g., Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet) or cubic theories, where causality and unitarity are in conflict.

  4. Granger causality and contiguity between stochastic processes

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    Triacca, Umberto [Universita di L' Aquila, Roio Poggio, I-67040 L' Aquila (Italy)]. E-mail: triacca@ec.univaq.it

    2007-03-05

    Although according to many econometricians the definition of causality proposed by Granger differs from other definitions of causation in the philosophy of science, in this Letter we argue that it is not completely lacking in philosophical legitimacy. We attempt to shed new light on the nexus between Granger causality and the concept of contiguity. In particular, we prove that the existence of a Granger causal link between two stochastic processes requires that these be 'contiguous' or that there exist a chain of processes, one contiguous to the next, which link the two processes.

  5. Causality and Time in Historical Institutionalism

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    Mahoney, James; Mohamedali, Khairunnisa; Nguyen, Christoph

    2016-01-01

    This chapter explores the dual concern with causality and time in historical institutionalism using a graphical approach. The analysis focuses on three concepts that are central to this field: critical junctures, gradual change, and path dependence. The analysis makes explicit and formal the logic...... underlying studies that use these “causal-temporal” concepts. The chapter shows visually how causality and temporality are linked to one another in varying ways depending on the particular pattern of change. The chapter provides new tools for describing and understanding change in historical- institutional...

  6. Domain-specific perceptual causality in children depends on the spatio-temporal configuration, not motion onset

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    Anne eSchlottmann

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Humans, even babies, perceive causality when one shape moves briefly and linearly after another. Motion timing is crucial in this and causal impressions disappear with short delays between motions. However, the role of temporal information is more complex: It is both a cue to causality and a factor that constrains processing. It affects ability to distinguish causality from non-causality, and social from mechanical causality. Here we study both issues with 3- to 7-year-olds and adults who saw two computer-animated squares and chose if a picture of mechanical, social or non-causality fit each event best. Prior work fit with the standard view that early in development, the distinction between the social and physical domains depends mainly on whether or not the agents make contact, and that this reflects concern with domain-specific motion onset, in particular, whether the motion is self-initiated or not. The present experiments challenge both parts of this position. In Experiments 1 and 2, we showed that not just spatial, but also animacy and temporal information affect how children distinguish between physical and social causality. In Experiments 3 and 4 we showed that children do not seem to use spatio-temporal information in perceptual causality to make inferences about self- or other-initiated motion onset. Overall, spatial contact may be developmentally primary in domain-specific perceptual causality in that it is processed easily and is dominant over competing cues, but it is not the only cue used early on and it is not used to infer motion onset. Instead, domain-specific causal impressions may be automatic reactions to specific perceptual configurations, with a complex role for temporal information.

  7. A Tecnologia da Informação como Agente de Mudança no Perfil do Profissional de Secretariado

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    Francisca Janete Adelino

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Ao longo dos anos, a profissão de secretariado passou por mudanças significativas, desde a perda de seu caráter informal, à regulamentação como profissão. A partir da automação dos escritórios, as antigas ferramentas – tais como o carbono, a máquina de escrever e o telex – foram substituídas por modernas impressoras, computadores, Internet, dentre outras.Assim, o objetivo geral deste trabalho é identificar o impacto da TI nas atividades de rotina do profissional de secretariado para ter uma imagem mais aproximada do quão aquela influenciou na mudança do perfil deste e de que forma essa mudança ocorreu.Para a realização desta pesquisa, foi utilizada a metodologia de caráter descritivo e exploratório. Para tanto, foram utilizados questionários estruturados com questões objetivas e subjetivas a respeito das práticas adotadas no dia a dia do profissional e das influências que a TI exerce sobre seu trabalho. Os resultados apontam que o secretariado de hoje em nada lembra aquele escriba submisso sem poder decisório e reativo. O novo profissional mostra-se proativo, capaz de tomar decisões de forma mais assertiva, rápido e respaldado pela capacidade de liderança quando da ausência de um superior hierárquico, assume o papel de cogestor entre os diferentes públicos envolvidos no processo administrativo.DOI:10.7769/gesec.v3i2.165

  8. Estudo do efeito da radiação ionizante em compósitos de polipropileno/ pó de madeira usando titanato de bário como agente de acoplagem

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    Maritza Eliza Perez Ulloa

    2007-01-01

    Este trabalho teve por objetivo o estudo dos efeitos da radiação ionizante nas propriedades de compósitos de pó de madeira em matriz de polipropileno, utilizando o titanato de bário como agente de acoplagem e o monômero reativo diacrilato de tripropileno glicol (TPDGA). Foi utilizado como fonte de radiação o acelerador de elétrons. Foram investigadas as propriedades físicas dos compostos virgens, bem como do compósito polipropileno/pó de madeira, com e sem a adição de titanato de bário e do m...

  9. Alignment in the decision-making process between agents in biodiesel supply chains; Identificacao dos fatores e motivacoes relacionados ao processo de tomada de decisao dos diferentes agentes da cadeia produtiva do biodiesel do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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    Rathmann, Regis; Santos, Omar Inacio Benedetti [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE). Programa de Planejamento Energetico; Padula, Antonio Domingos [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The aim of the present study is to identify and analyze the factors, motivations and criteria being considered in the decision-making processes of the actors belonging to the biodiesel production chain in RS, and confirm or otherwise, the existence of alignment in the decision-making process. Interviews were carried out with the main agents of the links that comprise the biodiesel chains in RS: 11 agricultural co-operatives, 3 biodiesel production plants and a firm that processes and distributes diesel/biodiesel. With regard the decision-making process of the cooperatives, it is centered on the decision to offer, or otherwise, oil-bearing crops for the production of biodiesel. Their decisions emphasize operational and short-term aspects. In contrast, in the firms producing biodiesel, their decision to produce this fuel is associated with addition of one more product to their market portfolio, and is correlated with a long-term view and the search for economic efficiency. In these firms, the benefits of the tax incentives offered by the public policies strongly influence the decision regarding the alternative oil-bearing crops used in the production of biodiesel. In the distributor, it was seen that the decision-making process was guided by long-term strategies. The decision to mix biodiesel with diesel oil being related to the institutional aspect, whatever the legal obligation to mix the fuels may be. In summary, the results show the existence of different characteristics linked to the decision-making process and a significant lack of synchronicity in the aims and motivations of the agents decisions. This state of decisional mis-alignment, associated with the fragilities of public policy, leads to heightened uncertainty regarding the sustainability of the Brazilian biodiesel production program. (author)

  10. A Causal Model for Diagnostic Reasoning

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    PENG Guoqiang; CHENG Hu

    2000-01-01

    Up to now, there have been many methods for knowledge representation and reasoning in causal networks, but few of them include the research on the coactions of nodes. In practice, ignoring these coactions may influence the accuracy of reasoning and even give rise to incorrect reasoning. In this paper, based on multilayer causal networks, the definitions on coaction nodes are given to construct a new causal network called Coaction Causal Network, which serves to construct a model of neural network for diagnosis followed by fuzzy reasoning, and then the activation rules are given and neural computing methods are used to finish the diagnostic reasoning. These methods are proved in theory and a method of computing the number of solutions for the diagnostic reasoning is given. Finally, the experiments and the conclusions are presented.

  11. The Temporal Logic of Causal Structures

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    Kleinberg, Samantha

    2012-01-01

    Computational analysis of time-course data with an underlying causal structure is needed in a variety of domains, including neural spike trains, stock price movements, and gene expression levels. However, it can be challenging to determine from just the numerical time course data alone what is coordinating the visible processes, to separate the underlying prima facie causes into genuine and spurious causes and to do so with a feasible computational complexity. For this purpose, we have been developing a novel algorithm based on a framework that combines notions of causality in philosophy with algorithmic approaches built on model checking and statistical techniques for multiple hypotheses testing. The causal relationships are described in terms of temporal logic formulae, reframing the inference problem in terms of model checking. The logic used, PCTL, allows description of both the time between cause and effect and the probability of this relationship being observed. We show that equipped with these causal f...

  12. Identifiability of Causal Graphs using Functional Models

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    Peters, Jonas; Janzing, Dominik; Schoelkopf, Bernhard

    2012-01-01

    This work addresses the following question: Under what assumptions on the data generating process can one infer the causal graph from the joint distribution? The approach taken by conditional independence-based causal discovery methods is based on two assumptions: the Markov condition and faithfulness. It has been shown that under these assumptions the causal graph can be identified up to Markov equivalence (some arrows remain undirected) using methods like the PC algorithm. In this work we propose an alternative by defining Identifiable Functional Model Classes (IFMOCs). As our main theorem we prove that if the data generating process belongs to an IFMOC, one can identify the complete causal graph. To the best of our knowledge this is the first identifiability result of this kind that is not limited to linear functional relationships. We discuss how the IFMOC assumption and the Markov and faithfulness assumptions relate to each other and explain why we believe that the IFMOC assumption can be tested more eas...

  13. Selecting appropriate cases when tracing causal mechanisms

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    Beach, Derek; Pedersen, Rasmus Brun

    2016-01-01

    selection guidelines are appropriate for research aimed at making cross-case claims about causal relationships, where case selection is primarily used to control for other causes. However, existing guidelines are not in alignment with case-based research that aims to trace mechanisms, where the goal......The last decade has witnessed resurgence in the interest in studying the causal mechanisms linking causes and outcomes in the social sciences. This article explores the overlooked implications for case selection when tracing mechanisms using in-depth case studies. Our argument is that existing case...... is to unpack the causal mechanism between X and Y, enabling causal inferences to be made because empirical evidence is provided for how the mechanism actually operated in a particular case. The in-depth, within-case tracing of how mechanisms operate in particular cases produces what can be termed mechanistic...

  14. Causality Between Urban Concentration and Environmental Quality

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    Amin Pujiati

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Population is concentrated in urban areas can cause the external diseconomies on environment if it exceeds the carrying capacity of the space and the urban economy. Otherwise the quality of the environment is getting better, led to the concentration of population in urban areas are increasingly high. This study aims to analyze the relationship of causality between the urban concentration and environmental quality in urban agglomeration areas. The data used in the study of secondary data obtained from the Central Bureau of statistics and the City Government from 2000 to 2013. The analytical method used is the Granger causality and descriptive. Granger causality study results showed no pattern of reciprocal causality, between urban concentration and the quality of the environment, but there unidirectional relationship between the urban concentration and environmental quality. This means that increasing urban concentration led to decreased environmental quality.

  15. Risk and causality in newspaper reporting.

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    Boholm, Max

    2009-11-01

    The study addresses the textual representation of risk and causality in news media reporting. The analytical framework combines two theoretical perspectives: media frame analysis and the philosophy of causality. Empirical data derive from selected newspaper articles on risks in the Göta älv river valley in southwest Sweden from 1994 to 2007. News media content was coded and analyzed with respect to causal explanations of risk issues. At the level of individual articles, this study finds that the media provide simple causal explanations of risks such as water pollution, landslides, and flooding. Furthermore, these explanations are constructed, or framed, in various ways, the same risk being attributed to different causes in different articles. However, the study demonstrates that a fairly complex picture of risks in the media emerges when extensive material is analyzed systematically.

  16. The Gravity Dual of Boundary Causality

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    Engelhardt, Netta

    2016-01-01

    In gauge/gravity duality, points which are not causally related on the boundary cannot be causally related through the bulk; this is the statement of boundary causality. By the Gao-Wald theorem, the averaged null energy condition in the bulk is sufficient to ensure this property. Here we proceed in the converse direction: we derive a necessary as well as sufficient condition for the preservation of boundary causality under perturbative (quantum or stringy) corrections to the bulk. The condition that we find is a (background-dependent) constraint on the amount by which light cones can "open" over all null bulk geodesics. We show that this constraint is weaker than the averaged null energy condition.

  17. Synergy, redundancy and unnormalized Granger causality

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    Stramaglia, Sebastiano; Cortés, Jesus M; Marinazzo, Daniele

    2015-01-01

    We analyze by means of Granger causality the effect of synergy and redundancy in the inference (from time series data) of the information flow between subsystems of a complex network. Whilst fully conditioned Granger causality is not affected by synergy, the pairwise analysis fails to put in evidence synergetic effects. We show that maximization of the total Granger causality to a given target, over all the possible partitions of the set of driving variables, puts in evidence redundant multiplets of variables influencing the target, provided that an {\\it unnormalized} definition of Granger causality is adopted. Along the same lines we also introduce a pairwise index of synergy (w.r.t. to information flow to a third variable) which is zero when two independent sources additively influence a common target, differently from previous definitions of synergy.

  18. The Scalar Curvature of a Causal Set

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    Benincasa, Dionigi M T

    2010-01-01

    A one parameter family of retarded linear operators on scalar fields on causal sets is introduced. When the causal set is well-approximated by 4 dimensional Minkowski spacetime, the operators are Lorentz invariant but nonlocal, are parametrised by the scale of the nonlocality and approximate the continuum scalar D'Alembertian, $\\Box$, when acting on fields that vary slowly on the nonlocality scale. The same operators can be applied to scalar fields on causal sets which are well-approximated by curved spacetimes in which case they approximate $\\Box - {{1/2}}R$ where $R$ is the Ricci scalar curvature. This can used to define an approximately local action functional for causal sets.

  19. Vitalistic causality in young children's naive biology.

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    Inagaki, Kayoko; Hatano, Giyoo

    2004-08-01

    One of the key issues in conceptual development research concerns what kinds of causal devices young children use to understand the biological world. We review evidence that children predict and interpret biological phenomena, especially human bodily processes, on the basis of 'vitalistic causality'. That is, they assume that vital power or life force taken from food and water makes humans active, prevents them from being taken ill, and enables them to grow. These relationships are also extended readily to other animals and even to plants. Recent experimental results show that a majority of preschoolers tend to choose vitalistic explanations as most plausible. Vitalism, together with other forms of intermediate causality, constitute unique causal devices for naive biology as a core domain of thought.

  20. Investigating the causal effect of vitamin D on serum adiponectin using a mendelian randomization approach

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    Husemoen, L. L. N.; Skaaby, T.; Martinussen, Torben;

    2014-01-01

    Background/Objectives: The aim was to examine the causal effect of vitamin D on serum adiponectin using a multiple instrument Mendelian randomization approach. Subjects/Methods: Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) and serum total or high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin were measured in two Da...... a causal relationship.......Background/Objectives: The aim was to examine the causal effect of vitamin D on serum adiponectin using a multiple instrument Mendelian randomization approach. Subjects/Methods: Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) and serum total or high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin were measured in two...... doubling of 25(OH)D was 4.78, 95% CI: 1.96, 7.68, Pcausal effect in % was estimated to 61.46, 95% CI: 17.51, 120.28, P=0.003 higher adiponectin per doubling of 25(OH)D. In the MONICA10...

  1. Nanocompósitos de polietileno/argila bentonita nacional: influência da argila e do agente compatibilizante PE-g-MA nas propriedades mecânicas e de inflamabilidade Polyethylene/national bentonite clay nanocomposites: influence of clay and PE-g-MA coupling agent on the mechanical properties and flammability

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    Gustavo F. Brito

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Nanocompósitos de polietileno de alta densidade/argila bentonita nacional foram preparados por intercalação por fusão. A influência da adição da argila sem tratamento e da argila tratada com o sal quaternário de amônio Cetremide e do polietileno graftizado com anidrido maléico (PE-g-MA como agente compatibilizante foi avaliada. Os sistemas obtidos foram caracterizados por inflamabilidade, propriedades mecânicas e reológicas, difração de raios X e microscopia eletrônica de transmissão. Os resultados de difração de raios X e microscopia eletrônica de transmissão indicaram a obtenção de nanocompósitos com estruturas parcialmente esfoliadas e/ou intercaladas que conduziram ao aumento do módulo de elasticidade e do valor do torque. O teste de inflamabilidade mostrou que a adição da argila na matriz polimérica e a presença do PE-g-MA retardaram a velocidade de queima do sistema, ou seja, diminuíram a inflamabilidade do PE puro. Em geral, o sistema contendo o agente compatibilizante (PE-g-MA exibiu melhorias na estabilidade térmica e nanocompósitos parcialmente esfoliados foram formados, quando comparados à matriz de polietileno de alta densidade. O polietileno graftizado com anidrido maléico não apenas promoveu a esfoliação da argila, mas também facilitou a adesão carga-matriz, obtendo-se com isso melhorias nos resultados mecânicos do sistema.High density polyethylene/national bentonite clay nanocomposites were prepared with the melt intercalation technique. The effect of the clay without treatment and clay treated with quaternary ammonium salt Cetremide with polyethylene-graft-maleic anhydride as coupling agent was evaluated. The systems were characterized by flammability, mechanical and rheological properties, X ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. In general, the results of X ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy showed partially exfoliated and/or intercalated structures with

  2. The Causal Foundations of Structural Equation Modeling

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    The Causal Foundations of Structural Equation Modeling Judea Pearl University of California, Los Angeles Computer Science Department Los Angeles, CA...Handbook of Structural Equation Modeling . New York: Guilford Press. TECHNICAL REPORT R-370 February 2012 Report Documentation Page Form...COVERED 00-00-2012 to 00-00-2012 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE The Causal Foundations of Structural Equation Modeling 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT

  3. Locally Causal Dynamical Triangulations in Two Dimensions

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    Loll, Renate

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the universal properties of a new two-dimensional quantum gravity model defined in terms of Locally Causal Dynamical Triangulations (LCDT). Measuring the Hausdorff and spectral dimensions of the dynamical geometrical ensemble, we find numerical evidence that the continuum limit of the model lies in a new universality class of two-dimensional quantum gravity theories, inequivalent to both Euclidean and Causal Dynamical Triangulations.

  4. Causales de ausencia de responsabilidad penal

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    Jaime Sandoval Fernández

    2003-01-01

    Este trabajo se ocupa de las causales de ausencia de responsabilidad penal, especialmente de aquellas que tienen efecto en el injusto. Como subtemas se delimita el concepto de responsabilidad penal y su ausencia. Se estudian las principales teorias a cerca de la relación tipicidad-antijuridicidad y su incidencia en el derecho penal colombiano. Por último contiene una propuesta acerca de cómo deberian agruparse las causales del arto 32 C. PlOO.

  5. Causales de ausencia de responsabilidad penal

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    Jaime Sandoval Fernández

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo se ocupa de las causales de ausencia de responsabilidad penal, especialmente de aquellas que tienen efecto en el injusto. Como subtemas se delimita el concepto de responsabilidad penal y su ausencia. Se estudian las principales teorias a cerca de la relación tipicidad-antijuridicidad y su incidencia en el derecho penal colombiano. Por último contiene una propuesta acerca de cómo deberian agruparse las causales del arto 32 C. PlOO.

  6. Illness causal beliefs in Turkish immigrants

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    Klimidis Steven; Minas Harry; Tuncer Can

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background People hold a wide variety of beliefs concerning the causes of illness. Such beliefs vary across cultures and, among immigrants, may be influenced by many factors, including level of acculturation, gender, level of education, and experience of illness and treatment. This study examines illness causal beliefs in Turkish-immigrants in Australia. Methods Causal beliefs about somatic and mental illness were examined in a sample of 444 members of the Turkish population of Melbo...

  7. Synthesis and preliminary evaluation of N-acylhydrazone compounds as antibacterial and antifungal agents; Sintese e avaliacao preliminar da atividade antibacteriana e antifungica de derivados N-acilidrazonicos

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    Cachiba, Thomas Haruo; Carvalho, Bruno Demartini; Carvalho, Diogo Teixeira [Universidade Federal de Alfenas, MG (Brazil). Fac. de Ciencias Farmaceuticas. Dept. de Alimentos e Medicamentos; Cusinato, Marina; Prado, Clara Gaviao; Dias, Amanda Latercia Tranches, E-mail: diogo.carvalho@unifal-mg.edu.br [Universidade Federal de Alfenas, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Biomedicas

    2012-07-01

    We describe the synthesis and evaluation of N-acylhydrazone compounds bearing different electron-donating groups in one of its aromatic rings, obtained using a four-step synthetic route. IC{sub 50} values against pathogenic fungi and bacteria were determined by serial microdilution. Compounds showed low activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. By contrast, a derivative with a meta-oriented electron-donating group showed significant activity (IC50) against Candida albicans (17 {mu}M), C. krusei (34 {mu}M) and C. tropicalis (17 {mu}M). Results suggest this is a promising lead-compound for synthesis of potent antifungal agents. (author)

  8. Influência da organização do trabalho sobre a prevalência de transtornos mentais comuns dos agentes comunitários de saúde de Belo Horizonte

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    Marcus Alessandro de Alcântara

    Full Text Available Resumo Introdução: à medida que se reconhece o papel dos agentes comunitários de saúde (ACS para os objetivos do sistema de saúde, é evidente a preocupação com a prevalência de sintomas psíquicos entre esses trabalhadores, conclamando a identificação de indicadores passíveis de serem modificados em favor da saúde mental dos ACS. Objetivo: examinar associações entre a prevalência de transtornos mentais comuns (TMC e condições de trabalho entre ACS inseridos nos serviços de atenção básica de Belo Horizonte, MG. Método: a amostra aleatória e representativa incluiu 196 sujeitos. Utilizou-se o Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20 e questionário autopreenchível que continha blocos relacionados às questões sociodemográficas, ocupacionais e hábitos de vida. A análise multivariável adotou entrada hierárquica das variáveis e regressão de Poisson com estimativa da variância robusta. Resultados: a prevalência de TMC de 26,5% foi associada à alta demanda psicológica, relato de agressões contra o trabalhador e insatisfação com as relações pessoais. Conclusão: a significância da associação no tocante à demanda psicológica no trabalho é preocupante, pois seria possível projetar o trabalho dos ACS sem ultrapassar os seus próprios limites. Adequações do modelo organizacional e redesenho das tarefas podem contribuir favoravelmente para a saúde mental dos ACS.

  9. Influência do tratamento químico da fibra de bananeira em compósitos de poli(etileno-co-acetato de vinila com e sem agente de expansão

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    Matheus V. G. Zimmermann

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi avaliada a influência do tratamento alcalino na fibra de bananeira (FB e seu uso como agente de reforço em compósitos expandidos de poli(etileno-co-acetato de vinila - EVA. O processo de mistura dos compósitos ocorreu em um misturador de rolos aberto e após conformados e expandidos em uma prensa aquecida com moldes de volumes variáveis. Os compósitos foram avaliados por suas propriedades mecânicas, térmicas e morfológicas. Os resultados indicam que o tratamento alcalino promove a extração de componentes menos estáveis na FB, tais como a lignina, hemicelulose, ceras e óleos de baixo peso molecular. O uso da FB nos compósitos proporciona um decréscimo das propriedades mecânicas de resistência à tração e rasgo em relação ao EVA puro devido a moderadas propriedades de interface polímero-fibra. Nos compósitos expandidos, as propriedades mecânicas decrescem com a diminuição da densidade em função da maior presença de espaços vazios no interior dos compósitos, porém as propriedades mecânicas específicas de resistência ao rasgo apresentaram melhores resultados com 10 pcr de FB em todos os moldes utilizados.

  10. Causal Structures in Gauss-Bonnet gravity

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    Izumi, Keisuke

    2014-01-01

    We analyze causal structures in Gauss-Bonnet gravity. It is known that Gauss-Bonnet gravity potentially has superluminal propagation of gravitons due to its non-canonical kinetic terms. In a theory with superluminal modes, an analysis of causality based on null curves makes no sense, and thus, we need to analyse them in a different way. In this paper, using the method of the characteristics, we analyze the causal structure in Gauss-Bonnet gravity. We have the result that, on a Killing horizon, gravitons can propagate in the null direction tangent to the Killing horizon. Therefore, a Killing horizon can be a causal edge as in the case of general relativity, i.e. a Killing horizon is the "event horizon" in the sense of causality. We also analyze causal structures on dynamical solutions with $(D-2)$-dimensional maximal symmetry, including spherically symmetric and flat spaces. If the geometrical null energy condition, $R_{AB}N^AN^B \\ge 0$ for any null vector $N^A$, is satisfied, the radial velocity of gravitons ...

  11. Kant on causal laws and powers.

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    Henschen, Tobias

    2014-12-01

    The aim of the paper is threefold. Its first aim is to defend Eric Watkins's claim that for Kant, a cause is not an event but a causal power: a power that is borne by a substance, and that, when active, brings about its effect, i.e. a change of the states of another substance, by generating a continuous flow of intermediate states of that substance. The second aim of the paper is to argue against Watkins that the Kantian concept of causal power is not the pre-critical concept of real ground but the category of causality, and that Kant holds with Hume that causal laws cannot be inferred non-inductively (that he accordingly has no intention to show in the Second analogy or elsewhere that events fall under causal laws). The third aim of the paper is to compare the Kantian position on causality with central tenets of contemporary powers ontology: it argues that unlike the variants endorsed by contemporary powers theorists, the Kantian variants of these tenets are resistant to objections that neo-Humeans raise to these tenets.

  12. Reflexões acerca da atuação do agente comunitário de saúde nas ações de saúde bucal Reflections around the performance of community health agents in oral health strategies

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    Ana Larissa Fernandes de Holanda

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available O agente comunitário de saúde (ACS tradicionalmente esteve mais vinculado ao profissional de enfermagem e ao profissional médico para realização das suas atividades práticas, sendo visto como um elemento de "propriedade" exclusiva desses profissionais da saúde. A saúde bucal historicamente tendeu a trabalhar isoladamente, separando a boca do resto do corpo e o indivíduo do seu meio ambiente. O Programa Saúde da Família (PSF aponta para importantes mudanças na organização dos serviços e no processo de trabalho. Um dos diferenciais é o trabalho de diversos tipos de profissionais em equipe, inclusive a saúde bucal, que até então estava excluída. Este trabalho objetiva mostrar a experiência do curso de qualificação do ACS, que possibilitou a diversidade de categorias profissionais de nível superior, na docência. O curso contou com três docentes odontólogos; nele, foi possível para o ACS reconhecer outros atores como participantes da equipe de saúde, além de ampliar sua visão em relação ao seu papel na saúde bucal. Os docentes também tiveram suas práticas modificadas, uma vez que passaram a entender melhor a angústia e limitações dos ACS, muitas vezes ignoradas.The Community Health Agent (CHA has traditionally been linked to doctors and nurses, being considered exclusive "property" of these professionals. Historically, oral health tended to operate isolated, disconnecting the mouth from the rest of the body and the individual from his environment. The Family Health Program (FHP points to important changes in the organization of services as well as in the work process. One of the differences is the teamwork joining different professionals, including oral health which was previously excluded. The objective of the study is to show the experience of the CHA qualifying course, which allowed the entrance of different professional categories into teaching. The course included three odontologists as lecturers, and CHA

  13. Evaluation of the in vitro activity of six antimicrobial agents against Neisseria gonorrhoeae Avaliação in vitro da atividade de seis drogas antimicrobianas contra Neisseria gonorrhoeae

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    Walter Belda Junior

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    Full Text Available Use of antimicrobials for the treatment of gonorrhea started in 1930 with the utilization of sulfonamides. With the years other drugs were used for its treatment such as penicillin, tetracycline, spectinomycin, and others. Although highly specific in the beginning, these drugs, with time did not show anymore the expected therapeutic results because of aspects of chromosomal and plasmid-mediated resistance. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae strains to six drugs used for its treatment (penicillin, tetracycline, cefoxitin, thiamphenicol, spectinomycin and ofloxacin by the determination of minimal inhibitory concentrations of these drugs. We concluded that drugs, such as cefoxitin, thiamphenicol and spectinomycin still are excellent pharmacological agents for the treatment of gonorrhea. Penicillin, although still efficient, needs more attention regarding its use, as well as ofloxacin, because of the emergence of resistant strains. Tetracycline and its derivatives should be strongly contraindicated for the treatment of gonorrhea.A utilização de antimicrobianos no tratamento da gonorréia iniciou-se em 1930 com a utilização das sulfonamidas. No decorrer dos anos outras drogas passaram a ser utilizadas em seu tratamento como a penicilina, tetraciclina, espectinomicina e outras. Embora altamente eficazes no início, essas drogas, ao longo do tempo, passaram a não mais apresentar o resultado terapêutico esperado em virtude do aparecimento de quadros de resistência cromossômica e plasmidial. Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a sensibilidade de cepas de Neisseria gonorrhoeae a seis drogas utilizadas no seu tratamento (penicilina, tetraciclina, cefoxitina, tianfenicol, espectinomicina e ofloxacina através da concentração inibitória mínima. Concluimos que drogas como a cefoxitina, o tianfenicol e a espectinomicina ainda constituem excelentes fármacos para o tratamento da gonorréia. A

  14. Avaliação da atividade in vitro do cefetamet e outros agentes antimicrobianos diante de bactérias isoladas de infecções do trato respiratório In vitro activity of cefetamet compared with other antimicrobial agents against bacteria isolated from respiratory tract infections

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    Full Text Available O cefetamet pivoxil é uma nova cefalosporina de administração oral, estável à ação de beta-lactamases. A resistência aos antimicrobianos entre os patógenos isolados do trato respiratório tem-se tornado um importante problema tanto para o clínico como para o microbiologista, com os padrões de sensibilidade variando consideravelmente, de acordo com a localização geográfica, daí, também, a importância de sempre se realizar o teste de sensibilidade in vitro dos microrganismos isolados. OBJETIVO. Avaliar a atividade in vitro do cefetamet, o metabólito microbiologicamente ativo da pré-droga cefetamet pivoxil, comparativamente com outros 11 antibióticos, perante 376 bactérias recentemente isoladas de pacientes com infecções do trato respiratório. MÉTODOS. O estudo comparativo da atividade in vitro do cefetamet e outros 11 agentes antimicrobianos foi verificado perante 376 microrganismos isolados de pacientes com infecções do trato respiratório, durante período de estudo de seis meses. Por meio da determinação da concentração inibitória mínima (MIC dos antibióticos testados, verificou-se a sensibilidade das bactérias isoladas. RESULTADOS. O cefetamet mostrou alta atividade in vitro diante das bactérias testadas, possuindo um espectro de atividade semelhante ao de outras cefalosporinas orais recentemente desenvolvidas. A excelente atividade do cefetamet perante bactérias produtoras de beta-lactamase, como a Moraxella catarrhalis, pode ser atribuída à sua estabilidade ante essas enzimas. O cefetamet na concentração de 1,0µg/mL foi capaz de inibir 97% de todas as bactérias testadas. CONCLUSÃO. O estudo realizado nas 376 cepas, em que obtivemos o resultado do MIC90 dos 12 antimicrobianos testados, confirma a excelente atividade do cefetamet diante dos patógenos isolados do trato respiratório.Cefetamet pivoxil is a new ß lactamase orally stable administered cephalosporin. Antimicrobial resistance among

  15. O Agente Comunitário de Saúde: possibilidades e limites para a promoção da saúde El Agente Comunitario de Salud: posibilidades y limitaciones para la promoción de la salud Community Health Aides: possibilities and limits to health promotion

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    Luciana Patriota Gusmão Soares dos Santos

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    Full Text Available A pesquisa teve como objetivo identificar as ações realizadas pelos Agentes Comunitários de Saúde (ACS, analisando-as à luz do paradigma da Promoção da Saúde. Para isto optou-se por uma pesquisa exploratória do tipo quantitativa, com os ACS de São Bernardo do Campo (SP. Como resultado, evidenciou-se que as competências Integração da equipe com a população local, Prevenção e monitoramento de risco ambiental e sanitário, Prevenção e monitoramento a grupos específicos e morbidades são em sua maioria realizadas pelos ACS; enquanto que as competências de Planejamento e avaliação das ações de saúde e Promoção da saúde são realizadas de forma heterogênea no município. Conclui-se pela necessidade de se fortalecer a competência do ACS para a Promoção da Saúde, de forma que esta possa encaminhar para o empowerment da comunidade e para a intersetorialidade.La investigación tuvo como objetivo identificar las acciones realizadas por los Agentes Comunitarios de Salud (ACS, analizándolas a la luz del paradigma de la Promoción de la Salud. Para esto, se optó por una investigación exploratoria del tipo cuantitativo, con los ACS de São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brasil. Como resultado, se evidenció que las competencias: Integración del equipo con la población local, Prevención y monitoreamiento de riesgo ambiental y sanitario, Prevención y monitoreamiento a grupos específicos y morbilidad, son en su mayoría realizados por los ACS, mientras que las competencias de Planeamiento y evaluación de las acciones de salud y Promoción de la salud son realizadas de forma heterogénea en el municipio. Se concluye en la necesidad de fortalecer la competencia del ACS para la Promoción de la Salud, de forma tal que ésta pueda encaminarse hacia el empowerment de la comunidad y para la intersectorialidad.The objective of this study was to identify the actions performed by community health aides (CHA and perform an

  16. Preschoolers prefer to learn causal information

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    Aubry eAlvarez

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    Full Text Available Young children, in general, appear to have a strong drive to explore the environment in ways that reveal its underlying causal structure. But are they really attuned specifically to casual information in this quest for understanding, or do they show equal interest in other types of non-obvious information about the world? To answer this question, we introduced 20 three-year-old children to two puppets who were anxious to tell the child about a set of novel artifacts and animals. One puppet consistently described causal properties of the items while the other puppet consistently described carefully matched non-causal properties of the same items. After a familiarization period in which children learned which type of information to expect from each informant, children were given the opportunity to choose which they wanted to hear describe each of eight pictured test items. On average, children chose to hear from the informant that provided causal descriptions on 72% of the trials. This preference for causal information has important implications for explaining the role of conceptual information in supporting early learning and may suggest means for maximizing interest and motivation in young children.

  17. Causal impressions: predicting when, not just whether.

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    Young, Michael E; Rogers, Ester T; Beckmann, Joshua S

    2005-03-01

    In 1739, David Hume established the so-called cues to causality--environmental cues that are important to the inference of causality. Although this descriptive account has been corroborated experimentally, it has not been established why these cues are useful, except that they may reflect statistical regularities in the environment. One of the cues to causality, covariation, helps predict whether an effect will occur, but not its time of occurrence. In the present study, evidence is provided that spatial and temporal contiguity improve an observer's ability to predict when an effect will occur, thus complementing the utility of covariation as a predictor of whether an effect will occur. While observing Michotte's (1946/1963) launching effect, participants showed greater accuracy and precision in their predictions of the onset of movement by the launched object when there was spatial and temporal contiguity. Furthermore, when auditory cues that bridged a delayed launch were included, causal ratings and predictability were similarly affected. These results suggest that the everyday inference of causality relies on our ability to predict whether and when an effect will occur.

  18. DIREITOS DOS USUÁRIOS DA SAÚDE: ESTRATÉGIAS PARA EMPODERAR AGENTES COMUNITÁRIOS DE SAÚDE E COMUNIDADE

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    Gabriela Marcellino de Melo Lanzoni

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigación Convergente Asistencial bajo el punto de vista teórico de Paulo Freire, cuyo objetivo fue desvelar críticamente la Carta de los Derechos de los Usuarios de la Salud y crear estrategias de poderío de la comunidad mediante la realización de talleres educativos. Participaron 470 Agentes Comunitarios de Salud de Florianópolis/SC, organizados en pequeños grupos de dialogo, que elaboraron cinco estrategias para lograr el cumplimiento de los derechos y obligaciones de los usuarios, a saber: divulgar la importancia del Consejo Local de Salud en las visitas a domicilio; El plan de orientación a los usuarios acerca de los medicamentos; Fijar carteles en la Unidad Local de Salud sobre el primer principio de la Carta; Divulgar otros servicios de apoyo a la salud; y, Divulgación y poderío de la comunidad sobre sus derechos y deberes. Las intervenciones señaladas inspiran el fortalecimiento de las acciones en educación y salud, con miras a la instrumentalización del equipo de salud, sin exigir del Estado demandas en la estructura socio-económica.

  19. Reducing the Bias of Causality Measures

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    Papana, A; Larsson, P G

    2011-01-01

    Measures of the direction and strength of the interdependence between two time series are evaluated and modified in order to reduce the bias in the estimation of the measures, so that they give zero values when there is no causal effect. For this, point shuffling is employed as used in the frame of surrogate data. This correction is not specific to a particular measure and it is implemented here on measures based on state space reconstruction and information measures. The performance of the causality measures and their modifications is evaluated on simulated uncoupled and coupled dynamical systems and for different settings of embedding dimension, time series length and noise level. The corrected measures, and particularly the suggested corrected transfer entropy, turn out to stabilize at the zero level in the absence of causal effect and detect correctly the direction of information flow when it is present. The measures are also evaluated on electroencephalograms (EEG) for the detection of the information fl...

  20. Normalizing the causality between time series

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    Liang, X. San

    2015-08-01

    Recently, a rigorous yet concise formula was derived to evaluate information flow, and hence the causality in a quantitative sense, between time series. To assess the importance of a resulting causality, it needs to be normalized. The normalization is achieved through distinguishing a Lyapunov exponent-like, one-dimensional phase-space stretching rate and a noise-to-signal ratio from the rate of information flow in the balance of the marginal entropy evolution of the flow recipient. It is verified with autoregressive models and applied to a real financial analysis problem. An unusually strong one-way causality is identified from IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) to GE (General Electric Company) in their early era, revealing to us an old story, which has almost faded into oblivion, about "Seven Dwarfs" competing with a giant for the mainframe computer market.

  1. Noncommutative geometry, Lorentzian structures and causality

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    Franco, Nicolas

    2014-01-01

    The theory of noncommutative geometry provides an interesting mathematical background for developing new physical models. In particular, it allows one to describe the classical Standard Model coupled to Euclidean gravity. However, noncommutative geometry has mainly been developed using the Euclidean signature, and the typical Lorentzian aspects of space-time, the causal structure in particular, are not taken into account. We present an extension of noncommutative geometry \\`a la Connes suitable the for accommodation of Lorentzian structures. In this context, we show that it is possible to recover the notion of causality from purely algebraic data. We explore the causal structure of a simple toy model based on an almost commutative geometry and we show that the coupling between the space-time and an internal noncommutative space establishes a new `speed of light constraint'.

  2. Causal binding of actions to their effects.

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    Buehner, Marc J; Humphreys, Gruffydd R

    2009-10-01

    According to widely held views in cognitive science harking back to David Hume, causality cannot be perceived directly, but instead is inferred from patterns of sensory experience, and the quality of these inferences is determined by perceivable quantities such as contingency and contiguity. We report results that suggest a reversal of Hume's conjecture: People's sense of time is warped by the experience of causality. In a stimulus-anticipation task, participants' response behavior reflected a shortened experience of time in the case of target stimuli participants themselves had generated, relative to equidistant, equally predictable stimuli they had not caused. These findings suggest that causality in the mind leads to temporal binding of cause and effect, and extend and generalize beyond earlier claims of intentional binding between action and outcome.

  3. Causal inheritence in plane wave quotients

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    Hubeny, Veronika E.; Rangamani, Mukund; Ross, Simon F.

    2003-11-24

    We investigate the appearance of closed timelike curves in quotients of plane waves along spacelike isometries. First we formulate a necessary and sufficient condition for a quotient of a general spacetime to preserve stable causality. We explicitly show that the plane waves are stably causal; in passing, we observe that some pp-waves are not even distinguishing. We then consider the classification of all quotients of the maximally supersymmetric ten-dimensional plane wave under a spacelike isometry, and show that the quotient will lead to closed timelike curves iff the isometry involves a translation along the u direction. The appearance of these closed timelike curves is thus connected to the special properties of the light cones in plane wave spacetimes. We show that all other quotients preserve stable causality.

  4. Diabetes: the layperson's theories of causality.

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    Mercado-Martinez, Francisco J; Ramos-Herrera, Igor Martin

    2002-07-01

    The authors examine laypersons' perspectives of illness: the content of causal explanations of diabetes and differences in explanations according to gender. Qualitative research was carried out in Guadalajara, Mexico. A nonprobabilistic sample of 20 diabetic individuals participated in interviews, and the content of the interviews was analyzed. On the origin of their condition, participants offered explanations that match neither the biomedical model nor any other formal causal theory. Participants attributed the onset of diabetes to socioemotional circumstances linked to their life experiences and practices. Men attributed causality to work and social circumstances outside the home; women attributed it to family life and domestic circumstances. The authors discuss how lay theories can be useful for the reorganization of health services.

  5. [Clinical research III. The causality studies].

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    Talavera, Juan O; Wacher-Rodarte, Niels H; Rivas-Ruiz, Rodolfo

    2011-01-01

    The need to solve a clinical problem leads us to establish a starting point to address (risk, prognosis or treatment studies), all these cases seek to attribute causality. Clinical reasoning described in the book Clinical Epidemiology. The architecture of clinical research, offers a simple guide to understanding this phenomenon. And proposes three basic components: baseline, maneuver and outcome. In this model, different systematic errors (bias) are described, which may be favored by omitting characteristics of the three basic components. Thus, omissions in the baseline characteristics cause an improper assembly of the population and susceptibility bias, omissions in the application or evaluation of the maneuver provoke performance bias, and omissions in the assessment of out-come cause detection bias and transfer bias. Importantly, if this way of thinking facilitates understanding of the causal phenomenon, the appropriateness of the variables to be selected in the studies to which attribute or not causality, require additional arguments for evaluate clinical relevance.

  6. Causality, initial conditions and inflationary magnetogenesis

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    Tsagas, Christos G

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    The post-inflationary evolution of inflation-produced magnetic fields, conventional or not, can change dramatically when two fundamental issues are accounted for. The first is causality, which demands that local physical processes can never affect superhorizon perturbations. The second is the nature of the transition from inflation to reheating and then to the radiation era, which determine the initial conditions at the start of these epochs. Technically, the latter issue can be addressed by appealing to Israel's junction conditions. Causality implies that inflationary magnetic fields dot not freeze into the matter until they have re-entered the causal horizon. The nature of cosmological transitions and the associated initial conditions, on the other hand, determine the large-scale magnetic evolution after inflation. Put together, the two can slow down the adiabatic decay of superhorizon-sized magnetic fields throughout their post-inflationary life and thus lead to considerably stronger residual strengths. Th...

  7. Metrics and causality on Moyal planes

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    Franco, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Metrics structures stemming from the Connes distance promote Moyal planes to the status of quantum metric spaces. We discuss this aspect in the light of recent developments, emphasizing the role of Moyal planes as representative examples of a recently introduced notion of quantum (noncommutative) locally compact space. We move then to the framework of Lorentzian noncommutative geometry and we examine the possibility of defining a notion of causality on Moyal plane, which is somewhat controversial in the area of mathematical physics. We show the actual existence of causal relations between the elements of a particular class of pure (coherent) states on Moyal plane with related causal structure similar to the one of the usual Minkowski space, up to the notion of locality.

  8. Inferring causality from noisy time series data

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    Mønster, Dan; Fusaroli, Riccardo; Tylén, Kristian;

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    Convergent Cross-Mapping (CCM) has shown high potential to perform causal inference in the absence of models. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of the method by varying coupling strength and noise levels in coupled logistic maps. We find that CCM fails to infer accurate coupling strength...... and even causality direction in synchronized time-series and in the presence of intermediate coupling. We find that the presence of noise deterministically reduces the level of cross-mapping fidelity, while the convergence rate exhibits higher levels of robustness. Finally, we propose that controlled noise...... injections in intermediate-to-strongly coupled systems could enable more accurate causal inferences. Given the inherent noisy nature of real-world systems, our findings enable a more accurate evaluation of CCM applicability and advance suggestions on how to overcome its weaknesses....

  9. Causality bounds for neutron-proton scattering

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    Elhatisari, S.; Lee, D. [North Carolina State University, Department of Physics, Raleigh, NC (United States)

    2012-08-15

    We consider the constraints of causality and unitarity for the low-energy interactions of protons and neutrons. We derive a general theorem that non-vanishing partial-wave mixing cannot be reproduced with zero-range interactions without violating causality or unitarity. We define and calculate interaction length scales which we call the causal range and the Cauchy-Schwarz range for all spin channels up to J=3. For some channels we find that these length scales are as large as 5fm. We investigate the origin of these large lengths and discuss their significance for the choice of momentum cutoff scales in effective field theory and universality in many-body Fermi systems. (orig.)

  10. Hepatites pós-transfusionais na cidade de Campinas, SP, Brasil: I. Incidência, agentes etiológicos e aspectos clínico-epidemiológicos da hepatite por vírus C Post-transfusional hepatitis in the city of Campinas, SP, Brazil: I. Incidence, etiological agents and clinical-epidemiological aspects of hepatitis C virus

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    Fernando Lopes Gonçales Júnior

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    Full Text Available Seguimos ambulatorialmente, por no mínimo 180 dias, 111 receptores de transfusões, para avaliarmos a ocorrência de hepatites pós-transfusionais e os agentes etiológicos envolvidos com esta doença, na cidade de Campinas, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. No final diagnosticamos esta hepatite em 18 (16,2% receptores. Destes, tivemos 16 (89% casos devido ao vírus da hepatite C, 1 (5,5% causado pelo vírus da hepatite B e 1 (5,5% caso restante, sem etiologia determinada, 15 meses após a transfusão. O período de incubação da hepatite por vírus C (HVC foi de 71 dias, em média; e 23% dos indivíduos com esta hepatite permaneceram com aumento de AST/ALT por mais de 6 meses. Observou-se soroconversão tardia para o anti-HCV em 71,4% dos receptores, que ocorreu, em média, 135 dias após a transfusão. Uma dosagem de ALT e uma pesquisa do anti-HCV, aos 3 e 6 meses, após a transfusão, diagnosticariam, respectivamente, 71 e 93% dos casos que desenvolveram HVC pós-transfusionais.We have followed up 111 transfusion receptors in the ambulatory, for at least 180 days, in order to evaluate the occurence of post-transfusional hepatitis and the etiological agents involved in the disease in the city of Campinas, state of São Paulo, Brazil. At the end of the study we have diagnosed this hepatitis in 18 (16.2% subjects. Out of these 18 subjects, 16 (89% were caused by hepatitis C virus, 1 (5.5% caused by hepatitis B virus and 1 (5.5% with undetermined etiology, 15 months after transfusion. The average incubation period of HCV was 71 days and 23% of the HCV positive receptors remained with increased AST/ ALT for more than 6 months. Late serum conversion was observed for anti-HCV in 71.4% of the subjects, averaging 135 days after the transfusion. An ALT dosage and anti-HCV determination, 3 and 6 months after transfusion would diagnose, respectively, 71 and 93% of the cases which developed post-transfusional HCV.

  11. Comparative study of the action of two different types of bleaching agents activated by two different types of irradiation fonts: xenon plasma arc lamp and 960 nm diode laser; Avaliacao da cor e estudo comparativo da acao de dois tipos diferentes de agentes clareadores ativados pelo laser de diodo e lampada xenonio plasmatica, na superficie do esmalte

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    Walverde, Debora Ayala

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    This in vitro study compares two different types of tooth bleaching agents stimulated with two different irradiation fonts. These fonts accelerate the action of the bleaching agents upon the enamel surface by heating up the materials. We used the xenon plasma arc lamp and a 960 nm fiber-coupled diode laser to irradiate the two materials containing 35% of hydrogen peroxide (Opus White and Opalescence extra). The color of the teeth was measured with a spectrophotometer using the CIELAB color system that gives the numeric values of L{sup *}a{sup *}b{sup *}. (author)

  12. Efetividade de programa de agentes comunitários na promoção da saúde bucal Efectividad del programa de agentes comunitarios en la promoción de la salud bucal Effectiveness of a community health worker program on oral health promotion

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    Paulo Frazão

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO:Avaliar mudanças em conhecimentos, atitudes e acesso/utilização de serviços odontológicos decorrentes de um programa de promoção da saúde bucal com agentes comunitários de saúde. MÉTODOS:Um projeto de capacitação combinando ensino-aprendizagem, apoio e supervisão, foi desenvolvido entre os meses de julho de 2003 a agosto de 2004. As mudanças foram avaliadas por meio de entrevistas estruturadas em que participaram 36 agentes comunitários de saúde e uma amostra de 91 mulheres e mães, representativa de donas de casa com 25 a 39 anos de idade, alfabetizadas e residentes em domicílios de três a seis cômodos no município de Rio Grande da Serra (SP. Foram colhidos dados sobre conhecimentos de saúde-doença bucal, práticas e capacidades auto-referidas em relação ao auto-exame, higiene bucal, número de residentes e de escovas dentais individuais e coletivas em cada domicílio e acesso e uso de serviços odontológicos. Por meio do teste t de Student pareado, foram comparadas as médias dos valores obtidos antes e depois do programa para cada um dos grupos estudados. As respostas foram analisadas adotando-se um nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: Foram observadas diferenças estatisticamente significativas para questões relativas ao conhecimento de saúde bucal entre os agentes e entre as mulheres antes e depois da capacitação (pOBJETIVO: Evaluar cambios en conocimientos, actitudes y acceso/utilización de servicios odontológicos productos de un programa de promoción de la salud bucal con agentes comunitarios de salud. MÉTODOS: Un proyecto de capacitación combinando enseñanza-aprendizaje, apoyo y supervisión, fue desarrollado entre los meses de julio de 2003 a agosto de 2004. Los cambios fueron evaluados por medio de entrevistas estructuradas en las que participaron 36 agentes comunitarios de salud y una muestra representativa de 91 mujeres y madres amas de casa con 25 a 39 años de edad, alfabetizadas

  13. Causalities of the Taiwan stock market

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    Ting, Julian Juhi-Lian

    2003-06-01

    Volatility, fitting with first-order Landau expansion, stationarity, and causality of the Taiwan stock market (TAIEX) are investigated based on daily records. Instead of consensuses that consider stock market index change as a random time series we propose the market change as a dual time series consists of the index and the corresponding volume. Therefore, causalities between these two time series are investigated. Our results suggest the volume time series is of second-order importance than the index time series. The index time series receives slightly stronger influence from the previous 67th trading day, while the volume time series is slightly stronger influenced by the previous 62nd trading day.

  14. Dynamics and causality constraints in field theory

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    De Souza, M M

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    We discuss the physical meaning and the geometric interpretation of causality implementation in classical field theories. Causality is normally implemented through kinematical constraints on fields but we show that in a zero-distance limit they also carry a dynamical information, which calls for a revision of our standard concepts of interacting fields. The origin of infinities and other inconsistencies in field theories is traced to fields defined with support on the lightcone; a finite and consistent field theory requires a lightcone generator as the field support.

  15. Cosmic Time Machines: the Causality Issue

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    Felice Fernando de

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    Full Text Available Continued gravitational collapse gives rise to curvature singularities. If a curvature singularity is globally naked then the space-time may be causally future illbehaved admitting closed time-like or null curves which extend to asymptotic distances and generate a Cosmic Time Machine (de Felice (1995 Lecture Notes in Physics 455, 99 [6]. The existence of Cosmic Time Machines makes it plausible the violation of causality. I conjecture that this circumstance is prevented by some, yet unknown, physical process and show that such a mechanism indeed exists in the Kerr spacetime.

  16. Doença da arranhadura do gato por Bartonella quintana em lactente: uma apresentação incomum

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    Azevedo Zina Maria Almeida de

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    Full Text Available Relato de caso de doença da arranhadura do gato (DAG, em um paciente lactente, com história epidemiológica negativa, descrevendo o rastreamento diagnóstico, a imagem ao ultra-som, a evolução clínica e o prognóstico. B. quintana foi identificada em aspirado de secreção ganglionar pelo método de PCR. B. henselae, embora seja o agente causal habitualmente responsável pela DAG, não foi isolada. Os autores concluem que a pesquisa de B. quintana e B. henselae deve ser incluída na investigação de adenites, principalmente quando a evolução é subaguda, mesmo em lactentes e, ainda que a história epidemiológica seja negativa.

  17. Papel dos medicamentos nas intoxicações causadas por agentes químicos em município da Bahia, no período de 2007 a 2010

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    Amanda dos Santos Teles

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available A intoxicação medicamentosa é um problema de grande relevância para a saúde pública. No Brasil, os medicamentos são os principais agentes responsáveis por intoxicações humanas. Este artigo objetivou descrever o perfil e a evolução das intoxicações no município de Feira de Santana, Bahia, nos anos 2007 a 2010, e analisar a morbimortalidade causada por medicamentos. Neste estudo transversal, com caráter descritivo, foram analisados 631 casos registrados no SINAN. As variáveis utilizadas foram: sexo; faixa etária; raça; escolaridade; ocupação; evolução do caso notificado; zona de ocorrência da intoxicação; circunstância determinante para a ocorrência da intoxicação; tipo de exposição; frequência deste agravo; e tipo de unidade notificadora. Constatou-se que a intoxicação por medicamentos representou 33% das intoxicações, seguida de “raticidas” (18%, sendo a “tentativa de suicídio”, circunstância responsável, em 2010, por 81% das notificações. O sexo ‘feminino’ apresentou o maior número de casos registrados, bem como as crianças de 1 a 4 anos e os adultos jovens. A letalidade observada em Feira de Santana foi muito maior do que a média regional e nacional, excetuando-se o ano de 2009. A Vigilância em Saúde deve priorizar ações educativas, preventivas e intersetoriais, que assegurem o uso correto de medicamentos e melhorem seu impacto na saúde, bem como investir na sensibilização continuada dos profissionais da Atenção Básica para melhorar a notificação deste importante agravo.

  18. Causal Factors for The Adoption Innovation Teacher’s Tv for Teachersand Educational Personnel

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    aire for the experts to examine the causal factors for the adoption innovation teacher’s TV for teachers and education personnel model by focus groups, 4 questionnaire to confirm the causal factors to an innovation teacher’s TV model for teachers and educational personnel Committee of the teacher’s TV, 5 the causal factor for the adoption innovation teacher’s TV for teachers and education personnel model, 6 evaluation form of the causal factor for the adoption of the innovation teacher’s TV for teachers and education personnel model from the specialists. The research results were: 1 The causal factors for the adoption innovation teacher’s TV for Teachers and educational personnel Model. Elements and factors are as follows: 1.1 Elements of the causes and factors of innovation teacher’s TV. Teachers and educational personnel The Review of literature and semi-structured questionnaire, interviewing Collecting quality data from in-depth interviews with a total 9 causal as fallow: (1 Characteristics of innovation, included: relative Advantage, Compatibility, Complexity, Trial ability, Observable (2 Communication Channels, included: interpersonal communication, the media as press, radio, television, communication specialized media (3 Innovation-Decision Process, included: Knowledge, Persuasion, Decision, Implementation, Confirmation (4 Economy and Social System, include: compensation and benefits. Social interaction, (5 Attitude, included: understanding the emotions, behavior (6 Motivation, included: Intrinsic motivation. External motivation (7 Support of Administrator, include: support for innovation, the budget support and materials, Academic support (8 Change agent, included: knowledge and ability, Skill-oriented capabilities Ability attitude (9 Opinion Leaders, included: access to others easily, Creative and 1element of the Adoption of the Innovation: TTV, included: the perceived ease of use, and Perceived benefits. The model’s validity of the consistency

  19. Are bruxism and the bite causally related?

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    Lobbezoo, F.; Ahlberg, J.; Manfredini, D.; Winocur, E.

    2012-01-01

    In the dental profession, the belief that bruxism and dental (mal-)occlusion (‘the bite’) are causally related is widespread. The aim of this review was to critically assess the available literature on this topic. A PubMed search of the English-language literature, using the query ‘Bruxism [Majr] AN

  20. Causal interpretation of stochastic differential equations

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    Sokol, Alexander; Hansen, Niels Richard

    2014-01-01

    structural equation models based on the Euler scheme of the original SDE, thus relating our definition to mainstream causal concepts. We prove that when the driving noise in the SDE is a Lévy process, the postintervention distribution is identifiable from the generator of the SDE....

  1. On Measurement Bias in Causal Inference

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    Pearl, Judea

    2012-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of measurement errors in causal inference and highlights several algebraic and graphical methods for eliminating systematic bias induced by such errors. In particulars, the paper discusses the control of partially observable confounders in parametric and non parametric models and the computational problem of obtaining bias-free effect estimates in such models.

  2. Causal Poisson bracket via deformation quantization

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    Berra-Montiel, Jasel; Molgado, Alberto; Palacios-García, César D.

    2016-06-01

    Starting with the well-defined product of quantum fields at two spacetime points, we explore an associated Poisson structure for classical field theories within the deformation quantization formalism. We realize that the induced star-product is naturally related to the standard Moyal product through an appropriate causal Green’s functions connecting points in the space of classical solutions to the equations of motion. Our results resemble the Peierls-DeWitt bracket that has been analyzed in the multisymplectic context. Once our star-product is defined, we are able to apply the Wigner-Weyl map in order to introduce a generalized version of Wick’s theorem. Finally, we include some examples to explicitly test our method: the real scalar field, the bosonic string and a physically motivated nonlinear particle model. For the field theoretic models, we have encountered causal generalizations of the creation/annihilation relations, and also a causal generalization of the Virasoro algebra for the bosonic string. For the nonlinear particle case, we use the approximate solution in terms of the Green’s function, in order to construct a well-behaved causal bracket.

  3. A quantum probability model of causal reasoning.

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    Trueblood, Jennifer S; Busemeyer, Jerome R

    2012-01-01

    People can often outperform statistical methods and machine learning algorithms in situations that involve making inferences about the relationship between causes and effects. While people are remarkably good at causal reasoning in many situations, there are several instances where they deviate from expected responses. This paper examines three situations where judgments related to causal inference problems produce unexpected results and describes a quantum inference model based on the axiomatic principles of quantum probability theory that can explain these effects. Two of the three phenomena arise from the comparison of predictive judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of an effect given a cause) with diagnostic judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of a cause given an effect). The third phenomenon is a new finding examining order effects in predictive causal judgments. The quantum inference model uses the notion of incompatibility among different causes to account for all three phenomena. Psychologically, the model assumes that individuals adopt different points of view when thinking about different causes. The model provides good fits to the data and offers a coherent account for all three causal reasoning effects thus proving to be a viable new candidate for modeling human judgment.

  4. Inductive Reasoning about Causally Transmitted Properties

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    Shafto, Patrick; Kemp, Charles; Bonawitz, Elizabeth Baraff; Coley, John D.; Tenenbaum, Joshua B.

    2008-01-01

    Different intuitive theories constrain and guide inferences in different contexts. Formalizing simple intuitive theories as probabilistic processes operating over structured representations, we present a new computational model of category-based induction about causally transmitted properties. A first experiment demonstrates undergraduates'…

  5. Objective reality, causality and the aspect experiment

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    Pegg, D. T.

    1980-08-01

    It is argued that, in the framework of Wheeler-Feynman electrodynamics objective reality and causality in the strict sense are consistent with the outcome of atomic cascade photon correlation experiments, provided this outcome is not altered by the Aspect experimental modification.

  6. Introducing Mechanics by Tapping Core Causal Knowledge

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    Klaassen, Kees; Westra, Axel; Emmett, Katrina; Eijkelhof, Harrie; Lijnse, Piet

    2008-01-01

    This article concerns an outline of an introductory mechanics course. It is based on the argument that various uses of the concept of force (e.g. from Kepler, Newton and everyday life) share an explanatory strategy based on core causal knowledge. The strategy consists of (a) the idea that a force causes a deviation from how an object would move of…

  7. Pride and Prejudice and Causal Indicators

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    Lee, Nick; Chamberlain, Laura

    2016-01-01

    Aguirre-Urreta, Rönkkö, and Marakas' (2016) paper in "Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives" (hereafter referred to as ARM2016) is an important and timely piece of scholarship, in that it provides strong analytic support to the growing theoretical literature that questions the underlying ideas behind causal and…

  8. Catastrophizing and Causal Beliefs in Whiplash

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    Buitenhuis, J.; de Jong, P. J.; Jaspers, J. P. C.; Groothoff, J. W.

    2008-01-01

    Study Design. Prospective cohort study. Objective. This study investigates the role of pain catastrophizing and causal beliefs with regard to severity and persistence of neck complaints after motor vehicle accidents. Summary of Background Data. In previous research on low back pain, somatoform disor

  9. Marriage and Anomie: A Causal Argument

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    Lee, Gary R.

    1974-01-01

    A sample of 394 married couples is employed to test the possibility of an association between marital satisfaction and personal (attitudinal) anomie. The hypothesis is supported. Conclusions are offered relevant to anomie theory, and to utilization of marital and family phenomena as independent variables in causal explanations of nonfamily events.…

  10. Causality and the speed of sound

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    Ellis, G; MacCallum, M; Callum, Malcolm Mac; Ellis, George; Maartens, Roy

    2007-01-01

    A usual causal requirement on a viable theory of matter is that the speed of sound be at most the speed of light. In view of various recent papers querying this limit, the question is revisited here. We point to various issues confronting theories that violate the usual constraint.

  11. A Quantum Probability Model of Causal Reasoning

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    Trueblood, Jennifer S.; Busemeyer, Jerome R.

    2012-01-01

    People can often outperform statistical methods and machine learning algorithms in situations that involve making inferences about the relationship between causes and effects. While people are remarkably good at causal reasoning in many situations, there are several instances where they deviate from expected responses. This paper examines three situations where judgments related to causal inference problems produce unexpected results and describes a quantum inference model based on the axiomatic principles of quantum probability theory that can explain these effects. Two of the three phenomena arise from the comparison of predictive judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of an effect given a cause) with diagnostic judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of a cause given an effect). The third phenomenon is a new finding examining order effects in predictive causal judgments. The quantum inference model uses the notion of incompatibility among different causes to account for all three phenomena. Psychologically, the model assumes that individuals adopt different points of view when thinking about different causes. The model provides good fits to the data and offers a coherent account for all three causal reasoning effects thus proving to be a viable new candidate for modeling human judgment. PMID:22593747

  12. Causality in the Semantics of Esterel: Revisited

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    Mousavi, MohammadReza

    2010-01-01

    We re-examine the challenges concerning causality in the semantics of Esterel and show that they pertain to the known issues in the semantics of Structured Operational Semantics with negative premises. We show that the solutions offered for the semantics of SOS also provide answers to the semantic challenges of Esterel and that they satisfy the intuitive requirements set by the language designers.

  13. Causal Meta-Analysis : Methodology and Applications

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    Bax, L.J.

    2009-01-01

    Meta-analysis is a statistical method to summarize research data from multiple studies in a quantitative manner. This dissertation addresses a number of methodological topics in causal meta-analysis and reports the development and validation of meta-analysis software. In the first (methodological) p

  14. Causal and Teleological Explanations in Biology

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    Yip, Cheng-Wai

    2009-01-01

    A causal explanation in biology focuses on the mechanism by which a biological process is brought about, whereas a teleological explanation considers the end result, in the context of the survival of the organism, as a reason for certain biological processes or structures. There is a tendency among students to offer a teleological explanation…

  15. The metagenomic approach and causality in virology

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    Silvana Beres Castrignano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, the metagenomic approach has been a very important tool in the discovery of new viruses in environmental and biological samples. Here we discuss how these discoveries may help to elucidate the etiology of diseases and the criteria necessary to establish a causal association between a virus and a disease.

  16. Comments: Causal Interpretations of Mediation Effects

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    Jo, Booil; Stuart, Elizabeth A.

    2012-01-01

    The authors thank Dr. Lindsay Page for providing a nice illustration of the use of the principal stratification framework to define causal effects, and a Bayesian model for effect estimation. They hope that her well-written article will help expose education researchers to these concepts and methods, and move the field of mediation analysis in…

  17. Geometry of the Infalling Causal Patch

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    Freivogel, B.; Jefferson, R.A.; Kabir, L.; Yang, I.S.

    2015-01-01

    The firewall paradox states that an observer falling into an old black hole must see a violation of unitarity, locality, or the equivalence principle. Motivated by this remarkable conflict, we analyze the causal structure of black hole spacetimes in order to determine whether all the necessary ingre

  18. Sequential causal learning in humans and rats

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    H. Lu; R.R. Rojas; T. Beckers; A. Yuille

    2008-01-01

    Recent experiments (Beckers, De Houwer, Pineño, & Miller, 2005;Beckers, Miller, De Houwer, & Urushihara, 2006) have shown that pretraining with unrelated cues can dramatically influence the performance of humans in a causal learning paradigm and rats in a standard Pavlovian conditioning paradigm. Su

  19. Spectral Dimension from Causal Set Nonlocal Dynamics

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    Belenchia, Alessio; Marciano, Antonino; Modesto, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the spectral dimension obtained from non-local continuum d'Alembertians derived from causal sets. We find a universal dimensional reduction to 2 dimensions, in all dimensions. We conclude by discussing the validity and relevance of our results within the broader context of quantum field theories based on these nonlocal dynamics.

  20. From causality to time and back

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    2010-05-01

    In this work the problem of the existence of a (semi-)time function on spacetime is investigated together with the problem of recovering the causal structure from the set of time functions allowed by the spacetime. These problems are solved thanks also to a mathematical correspondence with utility theory.

  1. Linear Response Laws and Causality in Electrodynamics

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    Yuffa, Alex J.; Scales, John A.

    2012-01-01

    Linear response laws and causality (the effect cannot precede the cause) are of fundamental importance in physics. In the context of classical electrodynamics, students often have a difficult time grasping these concepts because the physics is obscured by the intermingling of the time and frequency domains. In this paper, we analyse the linear…

  2. The metagenomic approach and causality in virology

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    Castrignano, Silvana Beres; Nagasse-Sugahara, Teresa Keico

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, the metagenomic approach has been a very important tool in the discovery of new viruses in environmental and biological samples. Here we discuss how these discoveries may help to elucidate the etiology of diseases and the criteria necessary to establish a causal association between a virus and a disease. PMID:25902566

  3. A quantum probability model of causal reasoning

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    Jennifer S Trueblood

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available People can often outperform statistical methods and machine learning algorithms in situations that involve making inferences about the relationship between causes and effects. While people are remarkably good at causal reasoning in many situations, there are several instances where they deviate from expected responses. This paper examines three situations where judgments related to causal inference problems produce unexpected results and describes a quantum inference model based on the axiomatic principles of quantum probability theory that can explain these effects. Two of the three phenomena arise from the comparison of predictive judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of an effect given a cause with diagnostic judgments (i.e., the conditional probability of a cause given an effect. The third phenomenon is a new finding examining order effects in predictive causal judgments. The quantum inference model uses the notion of incompatibility among different causes to account for all three phenomena. Psychologically, the model assumes that individuals adopt different points of view when thinking about different causes. The model provides good fits to the data and offers a coherent account for all three causal reasoning effects thus proving to be a viable new candidate for modeling human judgment.

  4. Proposta de uma Arquitetura de Agentes Móveis para Recuperação de Informação Útil e Distribuída no Processo de Gestão do Conhecimento

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    Andréa Sabedra Bordin

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available O processo de gestão do conhecimento no contexto institucional caracteriza-se pela gestão da competência dos seus colaboradores, seus relacionamentos internos e externos. Nesse sentido, abordagens e técnicas computacionais que capturem informações sobre as competências do colaborador de maneira explícita e tácita fazem-se necessárias. A abordagem utilizada neste artigo considera que na maioria das situações o colaborador explicita suas competências na forma de um curriculum vitae, o qual contém informações sobre sua formação escolar, experiência de trabalho, suas aptidões, etc. e o armazena dentro do seu computador pessoal no formato textual. Diante disso, propõe-se a utilização de uma arquitetura de agentes móveis que realize a detecção dessas informações na intranet institucional para formação de uma base textual única e centralizada que será utilizada no processo de gestão do conhecimento.

  5. Tolerância a agente curarizante provocada pela administração repetida da droga Tolerance to curarizing drug induced by chronic administration: an experimental study

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    Antonio Carlos Zanini

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    Full Text Available Baseados em teoria discutível segundo a qual a miastenia grave é provocada pela presença no sangue de substância curarizante liberada pelo timo, tentou-se reproduzir um modelo experimental. Foram utilizados 40 ratos, criados nas mesmas condições, nascidos no mesmo dia, pesando ao redor de 350 g e divididos em 4 grupos: o Grupo I não foi manuseado; no Grupo II foi injetada solução fisiológica, 1 ml i.p. durante 6 semanas; no Grupo III foi injetada a dimetil tubocurarina (DMT 2,8 mcg/kg i.p., durante o mesmo tempo; no Grupo IV 14 mcg/kg da mesma droga foram injetados i.p. Uma semana após a última injeção i.p. os ratos, anestesiados, foram preparados para registro neuromuscular. O nervo ciático foi estimulado nas freqüências de 0,33 pulsos/seg, 70 pulsos/seg (séries de 10 pulsos a intervalos de 3 seg, 70 pulsos/seg (mantidos por 15 seg e novamente 0,33 pulsos/seg logo após a tetanização. A dose curarizante de DMT foi determinada por uma "terceira parte cega" quando 80% do bloqueio era alcançado. Quando apenas 10 estímulos em alta freqüência foram aplicados ao nervo, foi observada diferença significativa (pThe trial is a temptative experimental model of myasthenia gravis based on a doubtful theory whereby this disease is atributed to circulating curare in blood. Forty rats kept under the same conditions, bom on the same day and weighing around 350 g entered the trial, divided in four groups. Group I was not handled, Group II was injected with saline, 1 ml i.p. Group III was submitted to dimethyl tubocurarine iodide (DMT 2,8 mcg/kg i.p. and Group IV received 14 mcg/kg, all solutions being administered daily for a six-week period. One week after the last rats were anesthetized and prepared for cyatic-gastrocnemius neuro-muscular recording. Monopolar pulses were given at frequencies of 0.33 p/sec, 70 p/sec, (trains of 10 pulses at 3 sec intervals, 70 p/sec (kept for 15 sec and again 0.33 p/sec right after tetanus. Curarizing

  6. Fate of Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus, the causal organism of bacterial ring rot in potato, in weeds and field crops.

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    Wolf, van der J.M.; Beckhoven, van J.R.C.M.; Hukkanen, A.; Karjalainen, R.; Muller, P.

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    Crops and weeds were tested for their ability to host Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus (Cms), the causal agent of bacterial ring rot in potato. Ten crops grown in rotation with potato in Europe, namely maize, wheat, barley, oat, bush bean, broad bean, rape, pea and onion and five cultivars

  7. Causal knowledge and the development of inductive reasoning.

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    Bright, Aimée K; Feeney, Aidan

    2014-06-01

    We explored the development of sensitivity to causal relations in children's inductive reasoning. Children (5-, 8-, and 12-year-olds) and adults were given trials in which they decided whether a property known to be possessed by members of one category was also possessed by members of (a) a taxonomically related category or (b) a causally related category. The direction of the causal link was either predictive (prey→predator) or diagnostic (predator→prey), and the property that participants reasoned about established either a taxonomic or causal context. There was a causal asymmetry effect across all age groups, with more causal choices when the causal link was predictive than when it was diagnostic. Furthermore, context-sensitive causal reasoning showed a curvilinear development, with causal choices being most frequent for 8-year-olds regardless of context. Causal inductions decreased thereafter because 12-year-olds and adults made more taxonomic choices when reasoning in the taxonomic context. These findings suggest that simple causal relations may often be the default knowledge structure in young children's inductive reasoning, that sensitivity to causal direction is present early on, and that children over-generalize their causal knowledge when reasoning.

  8. Does Causality Matter More Now? Increase in the Proportion of Causal Language in English Texts.

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    Iliev, Rumen; Axelrod, Robert

    2016-05-01

    The vast majority of the work on culture and cognition has focused on cross-cultural comparisons, largely ignoring the dynamic aspects of culture. In this article, we provide a diachronic analysis of causal cognition over time. We hypothesized that the increased role of education, science, and technology in Western societies should be accompanied by greater attention to causal connections. To test this hypothesis, we compared word frequencies in English texts from different time periods and found an increase in the use of causal language of about 40% over the past two centuries. The observed increase was not attributable to general language effects or to changing semantics of causal words. We also found that there was a consistent difference between the 19th and the 20th centuries, and that the increase happened mainly in the 20th century.

  9. O papel dos antipsicóticos atípicos no tratamento do transtorno bipolar: revisão da literatura The role of atypical antipsychotic agents in the treatment of bipolar disorder: a literature review

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    Acioly LT Lacerda

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    Full Text Available Estudos recentes têm demonstrado que a eficácia do lítio é significativamente inferior à descrita pelos primeiros trabalhos, embora ainda seja a medicação de referência no tratamento do transtorno afetivo bipolar. Apesar de um perfil de segurança desfavorável, os antipsicóticos clássicos sempre apresentaram um papel importante no tratamento desse transtorno psiquiátrico, especialmente como coadjuvante em sua fase maníaca aguda. Os autores, utilizando informação obtida no Medline, fizeram uma revisão acerca do papel dos antipsicóticos atípicos no tratamento dos pacientes bipolares. Baseado nos dados da literatura, a olanzapina mostrou-se bastante eficaz no manejo da mania aguda, quando uma média de 63,5% dos pacientes apresentaram melhora significativa em estudos duplo-cego controlados, apresentando ganho de peso como único efeito colateral relevante. A clozapina e, mais ainda, a risperidona apresentaram dados menos consistentes, grande parte em função de deficiências metodológicas dos poucos estudos conduzidos até o presente estudo. Os dados preliminares relativos à eficácia desse grupo farmacológico nos quadros refratários e nos sintomas depressivos são promissores, mas ainda não definitivos. Em relação a seus efeitos potenciais como estabilizadores do humor, não existem evidências conclusivas oriundas de estudos controlados, mas há interesse considerável para realização de investigações em pacientes bipolares tratados com antipsicóticos atípicos por períodos de tempo mais prolongados. Pesquisas futuras poderão tornar mais claras essas possíveis características terapêuticas.Even though lithium is still the choice drug in the treatment of bipolar disorder, recent studies have shown that it has a significant lower efficacy than previously described in earlier studies. Despite its adverse side effects, typical antipsychotic agents have often had a prominent role in the treatment of this psychiatric

  10. Causal inference algorithms can be useful in life course epidemiology

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    la Bastide-van Gemert, Sacha; Stolk, Ronald P.; van den Heuvel, Edwin R.; Fidler, Vaclav

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: Life course epidemiology attempts to unravel causal relationships between variables observed over time. Causal relationships can be represented as directed acyclic graphs. This article explains the theoretical concepts of the search algorithms used for finding such representations, discu

  11. Exploratory Causal Analysis in Bivariate Time Series Data

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    McCracken, James M.

    Many scientific disciplines rely on observational data of systems for which it is difficult (or impossible) to implement controlled experiments and data analysis techniques are required for identifying causal information and relationships directly from observational data. This need has lead to the development of many different time series causality approaches and tools including transfer entropy, convergent cross-mapping (CCM), and Granger causality statistics. In this thesis, the existing time series causality method of CCM is extended by introducing a new method called pairwise asymmetric inference (PAI). It is found that CCM may provide counter-intuitive causal inferences for simple dynamics with strong intuitive notions of causality, and the CCM causal inference can be a function of physical parameters that are seemingly unrelated to the existence of a driving relationship in the system. For example, a CCM causal inference might alternate between ''voltage drives current'' and ''current drives voltage'' as the frequency of the voltage signal is changed in a series circuit with a single resistor and inductor. PAI is introduced to address both of these limitations. Many of the current approaches in the times series causality literature are not computationally straightforward to apply, do not follow directly from assumptions of probabilistic causality, depend on assumed models for the time series generating process, or rely on embedding procedures. A new approach, called causal leaning, is introduced in this work to avoid these issues. The leaning is found to provide causal inferences that agree with intuition for both simple systems and more complicated empirical examples, including space weather data sets. The leaning may provide a clearer interpretation of the results than those from existing time series causality tools. A practicing analyst can explore the literature to find many proposals for identifying drivers and causal connections in times series data

  12. Avaliação da patogenicidade decorrente da infecção pelo Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907, agente de infecções unissexuais em Mus musculus Assessment of pathogenic effects of infection with Schistosoma mansoni Sambon, 1907, agent of unisexual infection in Mus musculus

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    Eliana Maria Zanotti

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    Full Text Available Estudou-se em camundongos de laboratório, aspectos da patogenicidade decorrentes de infecções unissexuais e bissexuais produzidas por S. mansoni. Verificou-se quantitativamente a deposição de ovos nas fezes, da 1ª a 8ª semana após a infecção. Foram registrados, para análise e correlação, o número de vermes obtidos por necrópsia, o peso corporal dos roedores, o peso do fígado e do baço, o número de granulomas hepáticos, pulmonares, esplênicos e intestinais. Foram observadas reações granulomatosas no pâncreas.The pathogenic action of Schistosoma mansoni in experimental infection produced in mice was studied. The number of eggs per gram of feces from the first to the eighth week was calculed. Liver spleen and total body weight of the mice was also determined; and the hepatic, pulmonary, splenic and intestinal granulomata was studied. The presence of pancreatic granulomata was detected.

  13. Institutional Investors and Stock Market Development: A Causality Study

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    Guler Aras; Alovsat Muslumov

    2008-01-01

    This article examines causality relationships between institutional investors and stock market development based on the panel data compiled from 23 OECD countries for the years 1982 through 2000. In order to test causality relationship, Sims’ causality test based on Granger definition of causality was used in our study. Our empirical results provide evidence that there are statistically significant positive relationship between institutional investors and stock market development. The develop...

  14. Interpretational Confounding or Confounded Interpretations of Causal Indicators?

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    Bainter, Sierra A.; Bollen, Kenneth A.

    2014-01-01

    In measurement theory, causal indicators are controversial and little understood. Methodological disagreement concerning causal indicators has centered on the question of whether causal indicators are inherently sensitive to interpretational confounding, which occurs when the empirical meaning of a latent construct departs from the meaning…

  15. Causal Relations and Feature Similarity in Children's Inductive Reasoning

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    Hayes, Brett K.; Thompson, Susan P.

    2007-01-01

    Four experiments examined the development of property induction on the basis of causal relations. In the first 2 studies, 5-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and adults were presented with triads in which a target instance was equally similar to 2 inductive bases but shared a causal antecedent feature with 1 of them. All 3 age groups used causal relations…

  16. The Effect of Causal Diagrams on Text Learning

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    McCrudden, Matthew T.; Schraw, Gregory; Lehman, Stephen; Poliquin, Anne

    2007-01-01

    We examined the effect of studying a causal diagram on comprehension of causal relationships from an expository science text. A causal diagram is a type of visual display that explicitly represents cause-effect relationships. In Experiment 1, readers between conditions did not differ with respect to memory for main ideas, but the readers who…

  17. Omission of Causal Indicators: Consequences and Implications for Measurement

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    Aguirre-Urreta, Miguel I.; Rönkkö, Mikko; Marakas, George M.

    2016-01-01

    One of the central assumptions of the causal-indicator literature is that all causal indicators must be included in the research model and that the exclusion of one or more relevant causal indicators would have severe negative consequences by altering the meaning of the latent variable. In this research we show that the omission of a relevant…

  18. Rationales in Children's Causal Learning from Others' Actions

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    Sobel, David M.; Sommerville, Jessica A.

    2009-01-01

    Shown commensurate actions and information by an adult, preschoolers' causal learning was influenced by the pedagogical context in which these actions occurred. Four-year-olds who were provided with a reason for an experimenter's action relevant to learning causal structure showed more accurate causal learning than children exposed to the same…

  19. Implications of the Changing Conversation about Causality for Evaluators

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    Gates, Emily; Dyson, Lisa

    2017-01-01

    Making causal claims is central to evaluation practice because we want to know the effects of a program, project, or policy. In the past decade, the conversation about establishing causal claims has become prominent (and problematic). In response to this changing conversation about causality, we argue that evaluators need to take up some new ways…

  20. How to Be Causal: Time, Spacetime and Spectra

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    Kinsler, Paul

    2011-01-01

    I explain a simple definition of causality in widespread use, and indicate how it links to the Kramers-Kronig relations. The specification of causality in terms of temporal differential equations then shows us the way to write down dynamical models so that their causal nature "in the sense used here" should be obvious to all. To extend existing…

  1. A Quantitative Causal Model Theory of Conditional Reasoning

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    Fernbach, Philip M.; Erb, Christopher D.

    2013-01-01

    The authors propose and test a causal model theory of reasoning about conditional arguments with causal content. According to the theory, the acceptability of modus ponens (MP) and affirming the consequent (AC) reflect the conditional likelihood of causes and effects based on a probabilistic causal model of the scenario being judged. Acceptability…

  2. Toward an Intersectional Understanding of Process Causality and Social Context

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    Anderson, Gary L.; Scott, Janelle

    2012-01-01

    Maxwell and Donmoyer both argue in this issue of "Qualitative Inquiry" that narrow definitions of causality in educational research tend to disqualify qualitative research from influence (and funding) among policy makers. They propose a process view of causality that would allow qualitative researchers to make causal claims more grounded in the…

  3. Normalizing the causality between time series

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    Liang, X San

    2015-01-01

    Recently, a rigorous yet concise formula has been derived to evaluate the information flow, and hence the causality in a quantitative sense, between time series. To assess the importance of a resulting causality, it needs to be normalized. The normalization is achieved through distinguishing three types of fundamental mechanisms that govern the marginal entropy change of the flow recipient. A normalized or relative flow measures its importance relative to other mechanisms. In analyzing realistic series, both absolute and relative information flows need to be taken into account, since the normalizers for a pair of reverse flows belong to two different entropy balances; it is quite normal that two identical flows may differ a lot in relative importance in their respective balances. We have reproduced these results with several autoregressive models. We have also shown applications to a climate change problem and a financial analysis problem. For the former, reconfirmed is the role of the Indian Ocean Dipole as ...

  4. Finite quantum electrodynamics the causal approach

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    Scharf, Günter

    2014-01-01

    In this classic text for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of physics, author Günter Scharf carefully analyzes the role of causality in quantum electrodynamics. His approach offers full proofs and detailed calculations of scattering processes in a mathematically rigorous manner. This third edition contains Scharf's revisions and corrections plus a brief new Epilogue on gauge invariance of quantum electrodynamics to all orders. The book begins with Dirac's theory, followed by the quantum theory of free fields and causal perturbation theory, a powerful method that avoids ultraviolet divergences and solves the infrared problem by means of the adiabatic limit. Successive chapters explore properties of the S-matrix — such as renormalizability, gauge invariance, and unitarity — the renormalization group, and interactive fields. Additional topics include electromagnetic couplings and the extension of the methods to non-abelian gauge theories. Each chapter is supplemented with problems, and four appe...

  5. Consistence beats causality in recommender systems

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    Zhu, Xuzhen; Hu, Zheng; Zhang, Ping; Zhou, Tao

    2015-01-01

    The explosive growth of information challenges people's capability in finding out items fitting to their own interests. Recommender systems provide an efficient solution by automatically push possibly relevant items to users according to their past preferences. Recommendation algorithms usually embody the causality from what having been collected to what should be recommended. In this article, we argue that in many cases, a user's interests are stable, and thus the previous and future preferences are highly consistent. The temporal order of collections then does not necessarily imply a causality relationship. We further propose a consistence-based algorithm that outperforms the state-of-the-art recommendation algorithms in disparate real data sets, including \\textit{Netflix}, \\textit{MovieLens}, \\textit{Amazon} and \\textit{Rate Your Music}.

  6. Localizing epileptic seizure onsets with Granger causality

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    Adhikari, Bhim M.; Epstein, Charles M.; Dhamala, Mukesh

    2013-09-01

    Accurate localization of the epileptic seizure onset zones (SOZs) is crucial for successful surgery, which usually depends on the information obtained from intracranial electroencephalography (IEEG) recordings. The visual criteria and univariate methods of analyzing IEEG recordings have not always produced clarity on the SOZs for resection and ultimate seizure freedom for patients. Here, to contribute to improving the localization of the SOZs and to understanding the mechanism of seizure propagation over the brain, we applied spectral interdependency methods to IEEG time series recorded from patients during seizures. We found that the high-frequency (>80 Hz) Granger causality (GC) occurs before the onset of any visible ictal activity and causal relationships involve the recording electrodes where clinically identifiable seizures later develop. These results suggest that high-frequency oscillatory network activities precede and underlie epileptic seizures, and that GC spectral measures derived from IEEG can assist in precise delineation of seizure onset times and SOZs.

  7. A new spin on causality constraints

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    Hartman, Thomas; Jain, Sachin; Kundu, Sandipan

    2016-10-01

    Causality in a shockwave state is related to the analytic properties of a four-point correlation function. Extending recent results for scalar probes, we show that this constrains the couplings of the stress tensor to light spinning operators in conformal field theory, and interpret these constraints in terms of the interaction with null energy. For spin-1 and spin-2 conserved currents in four dimensions, the resulting inequalities are a subset of the Hofman-Maldacena conditions for positive energy deposition. It is well known that energy conditions in holographic theories are related to causality on the gravity side; our results make a connection on the CFT side, and extend it to non-holographic theories.

  8. A New Spin on Causality Constraints

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    Hartman, Thomas; Kundu, Sandipan

    2016-01-01

    Causality in a shockwave state is related to the analytic properties of a four-point correlation function. Extending recent results for scalar probes, we show that this constrains the couplings of the stress tensor to light spinning operators in conformal field theory, and interpret these constraints in terms of the interaction with null energy. For spin-1 and spin-2 conserved currents in four dimensions, the resulting inequalities are a subset of the Hofman-Maldacena conditions for positive energy deposition. It is well known that energy conditions in holographic theories are related to causality on the gravity side; our results make a connection on the CFT side, and extend it to non-holographic theories.

  9. Confounding and Collapsibility in Causal Inference

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    Greenland, Sander; Robins, James M; Pearl, Judea

    1999-01-01

    Consideration of confounding is fundamental to the design and analysis of studies of causal effects. Yet, apart from confounding in experimental designs, the topic is given little or no discussion in most statistics texts. We here provide an overview of confounding and related concepts based on a counterfactual model for causation. Special attention is given to definitions of confounding, problems in control of confounding, the relation of confounding to exchangeability and ...

  10. A Study of Causality in Military Planning

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    2012-06-08

    Regional and local governance established Establish police forces training Counter organized crime Integrate trained police into operations...richer way to think about causality in military planning and operations. Uncovering an ontology has become an increasingly employed tactic in...political theory.21 In this context, an ontology is simply a way in which the world is viewed, “the most basic conceptualizations of self, other, and

  11. Consistence beats causality in recommender systems

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    Zhu, Xuzhen; Tian, Hui; Hu, Zheng; Zhang, Ping; Zhou, Tao

    2015-01-01

    The explosive growth of information challenges people's capability in finding out items fitting to their own interests. Recommender systems provide an efficient solution by automatically push possibly relevant items to users according to their past preferences. Recommendation algorithms usually embody the causality from what having been collected to what should be recommended. In this article, we argue that in many cases, a user's interests are stable, and thus the previous and future prefere...

  12. Isocausal spacetimes may have different causal boundaries

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    Flores, J L; Herrera, J [Departamento de Algebra, Geometria y Topologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Malaga, Campus Teatinos, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Sanchez, M, E-mail: floresj@agt.cie.uma.es, E-mail: jherrera@uma.es, E-mail: sanchezm@ugr.es [Departamento de Geometria y Topologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, Avenida Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain)

    2011-09-07

    We construct an example which shows that two isocausal spacetimes, in the sense introduced recently in GarcIa-Parrado and Senovilla (2003 Class. Quantum Grav. 20 625-64), may have c-boundaries which are not equal (more precisely, not equivalent, as no bijection between the completions can preserve all the binary relations induced by causality). This example also suggests that isocausality can be useful for the understanding and computation of the c-boundary.

  13. Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sample Selection Bias

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    Breen, Richard; Choi, Seongsoo; Holm, Anders

    2015-01-01

    The role of education in the process of socioeconomic attainment is a topic of long standing interest to sociologists and economists. Recently there has been growing interest not only in estimating the average causal effect of education on outcomes such as earnings, but also in estimating how cau......, and we illustrate our arguments and our method using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) data....

  14. Assessing Causality in a Complex Security Environment

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    2015-01-01

    Fidel Castro popular revolt. Of course, the Bay of Pigs invasion was a disastrous failure, one that humiliated the new President. The NIE went as...and place great reliance on it. The Castro regime is steadily losing popularity. . . . housewives and servants must stand in line for hours to...was evaluating the possibility of an anti- Castro uprising. What is the causal connection between soap lines and a readiness to spontane- ously

  15. Waves and causality in higher dimensions

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    Wesson, Paul S

    2015-01-01

    We give a new, wave-like solution of the field equations of five-dimensional relativity. In ordinary three-dimensional space, the waves resemble de Broglie or matter waves, whose puzzling behaviour can be better understood in terms of one or more extra dimensions. Causality is appropriately defined by a null higher-dimensional interval. It may be possible to test the properties of these waves in the laboratory.

  16. Imposing causality on a matrix model

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    Benedetti, Dario [Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 31 Caroline St. N, N2L 2Y5, Waterloo ON (Canada)], E-mail: dbenedetti@perimeterinstitute.ca; Henson, Joe [Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 31 Caroline St. N, N2L 2Y5, Waterloo ON (Canada)

    2009-07-13

    We introduce a new matrix model that describes Causal Dynamical Triangulations (CDT) in two dimensions. In order to do so, we introduce a new, simpler definition of 2D CDT and show it to be equivalent to the old one. The model makes use of ideas from dually weighted matrix models, combined with multi-matrix models, and can be studied by the method of character expansion.

  17. Waves and causality in higher dimensions

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    Wesson, Paul S., E-mail: psw.papers@yahoo.ca [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1 (Canada); Overduin, James M., E-mail: joverduin@towson.edu [Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, Towson, MD, 21252 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD, 21218 (United States)

    2015-11-12

    We give a new, wave-like solution of the field equations of five-dimensional relativity. In ordinary three-dimensional space, the waves resemble de Broglie or matter waves, whose puzzling behaviour can be better understood in terms of one or more extra dimensions. Causality is appropriately defined by a null higher-dimensional interval. It may be possible to test the properties of these waves in the laboratory.

  18. A developmental approach to learning causal models for cyber security

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    Mugan, Jonathan

    2013-05-01

    To keep pace with our adversaries, we must expand the scope of machine learning and reasoning to address the breadth of possible attacks. One approach is to employ an algorithm to learn a set of causal models that describes the entire cyber network and each host end node. Such a learning algorithm would run continuously on the system and monitor activity in real time. With a set of causal models, the algorithm could anticipate novel attacks, take actions to thwart them, and predict the second-order effects flood of information, and the algorithm would have to determine which streams of that flood were relevant in which situations. This paper will present the results of efforts toward the application of a developmental learning algorithm to the problem of cyber security. The algorithm is modeled on the principles of human developmental learning and is designed to allow an agent to learn about the computer system in which it resides through active exploration. Children are flexible learners who acquire knowledge by actively exploring their environment and making predictions about what they will find,1, 2 and our algorithm is inspired by the work of the developmental psychologist Jean Piaget.3 Piaget described how children construct knowledge in stages and learn new concepts on top of those they already know. Developmental learning allows our algorithm to focus on subsets of the environment that are most helpful for learning given its current knowledge. In experiments, the algorithm was able to learn the conditions for file exfiltration and use that knowledge to protect sensitive files.

  19. Structure and Connectivity Analysis of Financial Complex System Based on G-Causality Network

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    Xu, Chuan-Ming; Yan, Yan; Zhu, Xiao-Wu; Li, Xiao-Teng; Chen, Xiao-Song

    2013-11-01

    The recent financial crisis highlights the inherent weaknesses of the financial market. To explore the mechanism that maintains the financial market as a system, we study the interactions of U.S. financial market from the network perspective. Applied with conditional Granger causality network analysis, network density, in-degree and out-degree rankings are important indicators to analyze the conditional causal relationships among financial agents, and further to assess the stability of U.S. financial systems. It is found that the topological structure of G-causality network in U.S. financial market changed in different stages over the last decade, especially during the recent global financial crisis. Network density of the G-causality model is much higher during the period of 2007-2009 crisis stage, and it reaches the peak value in 2008, the most turbulent time in the crisis. Ranked by in-degrees and out-degrees, insurance companies are listed in the top of 68 financial institutions during the crisis. They act as the hubs which are more easily influenced by other financial institutions and simultaneously influence others during the global financial disturbance.

  20. Bayesian Discovery of Linear Acyclic Causal Models

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    Hoyer, Patrik O

    2012-01-01

    Methods for automated discovery of causal relationships from non-interventional data have received much attention recently. A widely used and well understood model family is given by linear acyclic causal models (recursive structural equation models). For Gaussian data both constraint-based methods (Spirtes et al., 1993; Pearl, 2000) (which output a single equivalence class) and Bayesian score-based methods (Geiger and Heckerman, 1994) (which assign relative scores to the equivalence classes) are available. On the contrary, all current methods able to utilize non-Gaussianity in the data (Shimizu et al., 2006; Hoyer et al., 2008) always return only a single graph or a single equivalence class, and so are fundamentally unable to express the degree of certainty attached to that output. In this paper we develop a Bayesian score-based approach able to take advantage of non-Gaussianity when estimating linear acyclic causal models, and we empirically demonstrate that, at least on very modest size networks, its accur...

  1. [Causality in cardiology: concepts in evolution].

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    Méndez, Gustavo F

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes several concepts about causality from Empedocles, Aristoteles and Galeno, to Koch and Hill and the evolution of these concepts related to cardiovascular diseases. Also defines cause and risk, and the philosophical theories about scientific knowledge: inductive versus refutation analysis. On these basis, the study of cardiovascular disease's causality, especially coronary heart disease, allows us the identification of several risk factors involved in its development. However, even with the presently coronary heart disease risk charts (from Framingham and European studies) the higher probability for the development of a cardiovascular ischemic event is around 40%, establishing an important degree of uncertainty. With the improvement in molecular biology techniques, genetics have attempted to analyse several genetic polymorphisms in search of the origin of coronary heart disease. Unfortunately, less than 10% of these polymorphisms have had a positive correlation with coronary heart disease being of minor risk that those obtained for having the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus or hypercholesterolemia. On these basis, the requirement of new population research projects in which clinical and genetic risk factors are to be studied for the appropriate understanding of the causality process of cardiovascular diseases must be a worldwide priority.

  2. A causal dispositional account of fitness.

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    Triviño, Vanessa; Nuño de la Rosa, Laura

    2016-09-01

    The notion of fitness is usually equated to reproductive success. However, this actualist approach presents some difficulties, mainly the explanatory circularity problem, which have lead philosophers of biology to offer alternative definitions in which fitness and reproductive success are distinguished. In this paper, we argue  that none of these alternatives is satisfactory and, inspired by Mumford and Anjum's dispositional theory of causation, we offer a definition of fitness as a causal dispositional property. We argue that, under this framework, the distinctiveness that biologists usually attribute to fitness-namely, the fact that fitness is something different from both the physical traits of an organism and the number of offspring it leaves-can be explained, and the main problems associated with the concept of fitness can be solved. Firstly, we introduce Mumford and Anjum's dispositional theory of causation and present our definition of fitness as a causal disposition. We explain in detail each of the elements involved in our definition, namely: the relationship between fitness and the functional dispositions that compose it, the emergent character of fitness, and the context-sensitivity of fitness. Finally, we explain how fitness and realized fitness, as well as expected and realized fitness are distinguished in our approach to fitness as a causal disposition.

  3. [Uricosuric agent].

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    Ohno, Iwao

    2008-04-01

    Urate lowering treatment is indicated in patients with recurrent acute attacks, tophi, gouty arthropathy, radiographic changes of gout, multiple joint involvement, or associated uric acid nephrolithiasis. Uricosuric agents like benzbromarone and probenecid are very useful to treat hyperuricemia as well as allopurinol (xanthine oxidase inhibitor). Uricosuric agents act the urate lowering effect through blocking the URAT1, an urate transporter, in brush border of renal proximal tubular cells. In order to avoid the nephrotoxicity and urolithiasis due to increasing of urinary urate excretion by using uricosuric agents, the proper urinary tract management (enough urine volume and correction of aciduria) should be performed.

  4. The effect of antioxidant properties of aqueous garlic extract and Nigella sativa as anti-schistosomiasis agents in mice O efeito das propriedades antioxidantes do extrato aquoso do alho e da Nigella sativa como agentes anti-esquistossômicos no camundongo

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    Nahla S. EL Shenawy

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the antioxidant and anti-schistosomal activities of the garlic extract (AGE and Nigella sativa oil (NSO on normal and Schistosoma mansoni-infected mice. AGE (125 mg kg-1, i.p. and NSO (0.2 mg kg-1, i.p. were administrated separately or in combination for successive 28 days, starting from the 1st day post infection (pi. All mice were sacrificed at weeks 7 pi. Hematological and biochemical parameters including liver and kidney functions were measured to assess the progress of anemia, and the possibility of the tissue damage. Serum total protein level, albumin, globulin and cholesterol were also determined. Malondialdehyde (MDA and glutathione (GSH levels were determined in the liver tissues as biomarkers for oxidative and reducing status, respectively. The possible effect of the treatment regimens on Schistosoma worms was evaluated by recording percentage of the recovered worms, tissue egg and oogram pattern. Result showed that, protection with AGE and NSO prevented most of the hematological and biochemical changes and markedly improved the antioxidant capacity of schistosomiasis mice compared to the infected-untreated ones. In addition, remarkable reduction in worms, tissue eggs and alteration in oogram pattern were recorded in all the treated groups. The antioxidant and antischistosomal action of AGE and NSO was greatly diverse according to treatment regimens. These data point to these compounds as promising agents to complement schistosomiasis specific treatment.O propósito deste estudo foi verificar os efeitos anti-oxidantes e anti-esquistossômicos do extrato de alho (AGE e do óleo da Nigella sativa (NSO em camundongos normais e infectados com S. mansoni. AGE (125 mg/kg, i.p. e NSO (0,2 mg/kg, i.p. foram administrados separadamente ou em combinação por 28 dias sucessivos começando do primeiro dia pós infecção (p.i.. Todos os camundongos foram sacrificados sete semanas p.i. Parâmetros hematol

  5. Information causality from an entropic and a probabilistic perspective

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    Al-Safi, Sabri W.; Short, Anthony J. [DAMTP, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA (United Kingdom)

    2011-10-15

    The information causality principle is a generalization of the no-signaling principle which implies some of the known restrictions on quantum correlations. But despite its clear physical motivation, information causality is formulated in terms of a rather specialized game and figure of merit. We explore different perspectives on information causality, discussing the probability of success as the figure of merit, a relation between information causality and the nonlocal ''inner-product game,'' and the derivation of a quadratic bound for these games. We then examine an entropic formulation of information causality with which one can obtain the same results, arguably in a simpler fashion.

  6. Antibiotic Agents

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    ... Superbugs and Drugs" Home | Contact Us General Background: Antibiotic Agents What is an antibacterial and how are ... with the growth and reproduction of bacteria. While antibiotics and antibacterials both attack bacteria, these terms have ...

  7. Cirurgia conservadora da endocardite bacteriana aguda da valva tricúspide Conservative operation for bacterial endocardites of the tricuspide valve

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    Iseu Affonso da Costa

    1988-08-01

    Full Text Available É relatado o caso de 1 paciente que apresentou endocardite aguda da valva tricúspide pós-aborto, cujo agente causal era o S. aureus. Como não houvesse resposta favorável ao tratamento antibiótico (gentamicina, vancomicina e oxacilina, optou-se pela intervenção, vinte dias após a internação. Foi praticada excisão de uma vegetação única e do tecido valvar adjacente, na comissura ântero-posterior e plicatura anular. O resultado foi favorável, com cura clínica. O exame ecocardiográfico confirmou a presença da vegetação no pré-operatório e o funcionamento conservado da valva, após a plastia. O tratamento cirúrgico, com retirada do tecido infectado e preservação da valva constitui uma alternativa aplicável a certos casos de endocardite aguda das valvas atrioventriculares.One case of acute bacterial endocarditis of the tricuspid valve caused by S. aureus and following a septic abortion is presented. Surgical treatment was indicated after failure of antibiotics. Operation consisted of excision of a large vegetation adherent to the anterior and posterior cusps at the commisure and of the affected valvar tissue. Annular plicature at the segment corresponding to the posterior cuspid was employed to maintain competence. Clinical result was very satisfactory with resolution of sepsis. Dopplerecocardiography revealed the presence of the vegetation before the operation and showed a small regurgitation after valvoplasty. Conservative operation upon the atrioventricular valves must be kept in mind as an alternative in the treatment of acute bacterial endocarditis.

  8. Vasoactive Agents

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    Husedzinovic, Ino; Bradic, Nikola; Goranovic, Tanja

    2006-01-01

    This article is a short review of vasoactive drugs which are in use in todays clinical practice. In the past century, development of vasoactive drugs went through several phases. All of these drugs are today divided into several groups, depending on their place of action, pharmacological pathways and/or effects on target organ or organ system. Hence, many different agents are today in clinical practice, we have shown comparison between them. These agents provide new directions in the treatmen...

  9. Carbon Emissions and Economic Growth: Causality Testing in Heterogenous Panels

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    David Maddison; Katrin Rehdanz [Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham (United Kingdom)

    2008-09-30

    Numerous papers have examined data on energy and GDP for evidence of Granger causality. Using time series techniques these analyses not infrequently reach differing conclusions concerning the existence and direction of Granger causality. This paper presents a heterogenous panel approach to Granger causality testing. This technique is used to examine a panel of data for evidence of a causal relationship between GDP and carbon emissions per capita allowing for heterogeneity in short run dynamics and even the long run cointegrating vector. This technique is compared to the standard fixed dynamic effects approach to pooling individual error correction models. In one important case the heterogenous panel test for Granger causality reaches conclusions quite different to those from conventional tests of Granger causality. Except for Asia there is strong evidence for the existence of a bidirectional causal relationship between GDP per capita and CO{sub 2} emissions per capita.

  10. Efeito de fungicidas no controle in vitro de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, agente etiológico da antracnose do mamoeiro (Carica papaya l. Effects of fungicides on the in vitro control of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, the anthracnosis etiologic agent of the Papaya tree (Carica papaya L.

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    Giltembergue Macedo Tavares

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar a eficiência de alguns fungicidas sobre Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, agente etiológico da antracnose do mamoeiro (Carica papaya L., testes in vitro foram conduzidos no Laboratório de Epidemiologia/UFLA. Para tanto, utilizou-se o método de incorporação do fungicida ao meio de cultura BDA para avaliação da inibição do crescimento micelial e lâmina escavada contendo água com fungicida para germinação de conídios. Os fungicidas testados foram: azoxystrobin, chlorotalonil, hipoclorito de sódio, imazalil, oxicloreto de cobre, prochloraz, propiconazol, tebuconazol, thiabendazol e tiofanato metílico, nas concentrações de 0, 1, 10, 100, 500 e 1.000 ppm para avaliar a inibição do crescimento do micélio e 0, 1, 10, 50 e 100 ppm para testar inibição da germinação de conídios. Os fungicidas azoxystrobin, chlorotalonil, imazalil, prochloraz, propiconazol e tebuconazol apresentaram alta eficiência na inibição do crescimento micelial. Os fungicidas dos grupos dos benzimidazóis (thiabendazol e tiofanato metílico mostraram baixa eficiência e ineficiência, respectivamente, no controle do patógeno, demonstrando uma tolerância do isolado em estudo a estes produtos. O hipoclorito de sódio também apresentou baixa eficiência no controle do crescimento micelial do fungo. Quanto à inibição da germinação dos conídios, os fungicidas que demonstraram maior eficiência em baixas concentrações foram: chlorotalonil e hipoclorito de sódio.The efficiency of fungicides on Colletotrichum gloeosporioides was evaluated in vitro in the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Diseases Management of the Department of Phytopathology /UFLA. The fungicides were applied either in BDA medium or in glass slide chambers, the latter to assess the effects on conidial germination. The fungicides tested were: azoxystrobin, chlorothalonil, sodium hypochloride, imazalil, copper oxychloride, prochloraz, propiconazol, tebuconazol

  11. Toxicology and epidemiology: improving the science with a framework for combining toxicological and epidemiological evidence to establish causal inference.

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    Adami, Hans-Olov; Berry, Sir Colin L; Breckenridge, Charles B; Smith, Lewis L; Swenberg, James A; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios; Weiss, Noel S; Pastoor, Timothy P

    2011-08-01

    Historically, toxicology has played a significant role in verifying conclusions drawn on the basis of epidemiological findings. Agents that were suggested to have a role in human diseases have been tested in animals to firmly establish a causative link. Bacterial pathogens are perhaps the oldest examples, and tobacco smoke and lung cancer and asbestos and mesothelioma provide two more recent examples. With the advent of toxicity testing guidelines and protocols, toxicology took on a role that was intended to anticipate or predict potential adverse effects in humans, and epidemiology, in many cases, served a role in verifying or negating these toxicological predictions. The coupled role of epidemiology and toxicology in discerning human health effects by environmental agents is obvious, but there is currently no systematic and transparent way to bring the data and analysis of the two disciplines together in a way that provides a unified view on an adverse causal relationship between an agent and a disease. In working to advance the interaction between the fields of toxicology and epidemiology, we propose here a five-step "Epid-Tox" process that would focus on: (1) collection of all relevant studies, (2) assessment of their quality, (3) evaluation of the weight of evidence, (4) assignment of a scalable conclusion, and (5) placement on a causal relationship grid. The causal relationship grid provides a clear view of how epidemiological and toxicological data intersect, permits straightforward conclusions with regard to a causal relationship between agent and effect, and can show how additional data can influence conclusions of causality.

  12. [Inotropic agents].

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    Sasayama, Shigetake

    2003-05-01

    Depression of myocardial contractility plays an important role in the development of heart failure and many inotropic agents were developed to improve the contractile function of the failing heart. Agents that increase cyclic AMP, either by increasing its synthesis or reducing its degradation, exerted dramatic short-term hemodynamic benefits, but these acute effects were not extrapolated into long-term improvement of the clinical outcome of heart failure patients. Administration of these agents to an energy starved failing heart would be expected to increase myocardial energy use and could accelerate disease progression. The role of digitalis in the management of heart failure has been controversial, however, the recent large scale clinical trial has ironically proved that digoxin reduced the rate of hospitalization both overall and for worsening heart failure. More recently, attention was paid to other inotropic agents that have a complex and diversified mechanism. These agents have some phosphodiesterase-inhibitory action but also possess additional effects, including cytokine inhibitors, immunomodulators, or calcium sensitizers. In the Western Societies these agents were again shown to increase mortality of patients with severe heart failure in a dose dependent manner with the long-term administration. However, it may not be the case in the Japanese population in whom mortality is relatively low. Chronic treatment with inotropic agent may be justified in Japanese, as it allows optimal care in the context of relief of symptoms and an improved quality of life. Therefore, each racial group should obtain specific evidence aimed at developing its own guidelines for therapy rather than translating major guidelines developed for other populations.

  13. Infraestrutura de biossegurança para agentes biológicos em hospitais do sul do Estado da Bahia, Brasil Infraesctructura de bioseguridad para los agentes biológicos en hospitales del sur del Estado de Bahia, Brasil Biosecurity infrastructure for biological agents in hospitals from the south of Bahia State, Brazil

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    Maridalva de Souza Penteado; Tânia Cristina Oliveira

    2010-01-01

    O objetivo do estudo foi descrever a infraestrutura de biossegurança em hospitais localizados na Região Sul do Estado da Bahia, Brasil. Tratou-se de um estudo descritivo-exploratório realizado em comissões de controle de infecções hospitalares e comissão institucional de prevenção a acidentes quanto à existência de normas escritas, realização de treinamentos para essas mesmas preconizações, existência de registros institucionais concernentes à biossegurança e existência de práticas de atenção...

  14. Sunscreening Agents

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    Martis, Jacintha; Shobha, V; Sham Shinde, Rutuja; Bangera, Sudhakar; Krishnankutty, Binny; Bellary, Shantala; Varughese, Sunoj; Rao, Prabhakar; Naveen Kumar, B.R.

    2013-01-01

    The increasing incidence of skin cancers and photodamaging effects caused by ultraviolet radiation has increased the use of sunscreening agents, which have shown beneficial effects in reducing the symptoms and reoccurrence of these problems. Many sunscreen compounds are in use, but their safety and efficacy are still in question. Efficacy is measured through indices, such as sun protection factor, persistent pigment darkening protection factor, and COLIPA guidelines. The United States Food and Drug Administration and European Union have incorporated changes in their guidelines to help consumers select products based on their sun protection factor and protection against ultraviolet radiation, whereas the Indian regulatory agency has not yet issued any special guidance on sunscreening agents, as they are classified under cosmetics. In this article, the authors discuss the pharmacological actions of sunscreening agents as well as the available formulations, their benefits, possible health hazards, safety, challenges, and proper application technique. New technologies and scope for the development of sunscreening agents are also discussed as well as the role of the physician in patient education about the use of these agents. PMID:23320122

  15. Emergent Geometry from Entropy and Causality

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    Engelhardt, Netta

    In this thesis, we investigate the connections between the geometry of spacetime and aspects of quantum field theory such as entanglement entropy and causality. This work is motivated by the idea that spacetime geometry is an emergent phenomenon in quantum gravity, and that the physics responsible for this emergence is fundamental to quantum field theory. Part I of this thesis is focused on the interplay between spacetime and entropy, with a special emphasis on entropy due to entanglement. In general spacetimes, there exist locally-defined surfaces sensitive to the geometry that may act as local black hole boundaries or cosmological horizons; these surfaces, known as holographic screens, are argued to have a connection with the second law of thermodynamics. Holographic screens obey an area law, suggestive of an association with entropy; they are also distinguished surfaces from the perspective of the covariant entropy bound, a bound on the total entropy of a slice of the spacetime. This construction is shown to be quite general, and is formulated in both classical and perturbatively quantum theories of gravity. The remainder of Part I uses the Anti-de Sitter/ Conformal Field Theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence to both expand and constrain the connection between entanglement entropy and geometry. The AdS/CFT correspondence posits an equivalence between string theory in the "bulk" with AdS boundary conditions and certain quantum field theories. In the limit where the string theory is simply classical General Relativity, the Ryu-Takayanagi and more generally, the Hubeny-Rangamani-Takayanagi (HRT) formulae provide a way of relating the geometry of surfaces to entanglement entropy. A first-order bulk quantum correction to HRT was derived by Faulkner, Lewkowycz and Maldacena. This formula is generalized to include perturbative quantum corrections in the bulk at any (finite) order. Hurdles to spacetime emergence from entanglement entropy as described by HRT and its quantum

  16. Foundational perspectives on causality in large-scale brain networks.

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    Mannino, Michael; Bressler, Steven L

    2015-12-01

    A profusion of recent work in cognitive neuroscience has been concerned with the endeavor to uncover causal influences in large-scale brain networks. However, despite the fact that many papers give a nod to the important theoretical challenges posed by the concept of causality, this explosion of research has generally not been accompanied by a rigorous conceptual analysis of the nature of causality in the brain. This review provides both a descriptive and prescriptive account of the nature of causality as found within and between large-scale brain networks. In short, it seeks to clarify the concept of causality in large-scale brain networks both philosophically and scientifically. This is accomplished by briefly reviewing the rich philosophical history of work on causality, especially focusing on contributions by David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Bertrand Russell, and Christopher Hitchcock. We go on to discuss the impact that various interpretations of modern physics have had on our understanding of causality. Throughout all this, a central focus is the distinction between theories of deterministic causality (DC), whereby causes uniquely determine their effects, and probabilistic causality (PC), whereby causes change the probability of occurrence of their effects. We argue that, given the topological complexity of its large-scale connectivity, the brain should be considered as a complex system and its causal influences treated as probabilistic in nature. We conclude that PC is well suited for explaining causality in the brain for three reasons: (1) brain causality is often mutual; (2) connectional convergence dictates that only rarely is the activity of one neuronal population uniquely determined by another one; and (3) the causal influences exerted between neuronal populations may not have observable effects. A number of different techniques are currently available to characterize causal influence in the brain. Typically, these techniques quantify the statistical

  17. Foundational perspectives on causality in large-scale brain networks

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    Mannino, Michael; Bressler, Steven L.

    2015-12-01

    A profusion of recent work in cognitive neuroscience has been concerned with the endeavor to uncover causal influences in large-scale brain networks. However, despite the fact that many papers give a nod to the important theoretical challenges posed by the concept of causality, this explosion of research has generally not been accompanied by a rigorous conceptual analysis of the nature of causality in the brain. This review provides both a descriptive and prescriptive account of the nature of causality as found within and between large-scale brain networks. In short, it seeks to clarify the concept of causality in large-scale brain networks both philosophically and scientifically. This is accomplished by briefly reviewing the rich philosophical history of work on causality, especially focusing on contributions by David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Bertrand Russell, and Christopher Hitchcock. We go on to discuss the impact that various interpretations of modern physics have had on our understanding of causality. Throughout all this, a central focus is the distinction between theories of deterministic causality (DC), whereby causes uniquely determine their effects, and probabilistic causality (PC), whereby causes change the probability of occurrence of their effects. We argue that, given the topological complexity of its large-scale connectivity, the brain should be considered as a complex system and its causal influences treated as probabilistic in nature. We conclude that PC is well suited for explaining causality in the brain for three reasons: (1) brain causality is often mutual; (2) connectional convergence dictates that only rarely is the activity of one neuronal population uniquely determined by another one; and (3) the causal influences exerted between neuronal populations may not have observable effects. A number of different techniques are currently available to characterize causal influence in the brain. Typically, these techniques quantify the statistical

  18. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: mechanisms, interactions, and causality.

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    Gillman, P Ken

    2010-09-15

    This review focuses on new data from recent publications concerning how compounding interactions between different thermoregulatory pathways influence the development of hyperthermia and/or neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), and the fundamental issue of the presumed causal role of antipsychotic drugs. The formal criteria for substantiating cause-effect relationships in medical science, established by Hill, are applied to NMS and, for comparison, also to malignant hyperthermia and serotonin toxicity. The risk of morbidities related to hyperthermia is reviewed from human and experimental data: temperatures in excess of 39.5°C cause physiological and cellular dysfunction and high mortality. The most temperature-sensitive elements of neural cells are mitochondrial and plasma membranes, in which irreversible changes occur around 40°C. Temperatures of up to 39°C are "normal" in mammals, so, the term hyperthermia should be reserved for temperatures of 39.5°C or greater. The implicitly accepted presumption that NMS is a hypermetabolic and hyperthermic syndrome is questionable and does not explain the extensive morbidity in the majority of cases, where the temperature is less than 39°C. The thermoregulatory effects of dopamine and acetylcholine are outlined, especially because they are probably the main pathways by which neuroleptic drugs might affect thermoregulation. It is notable that even potent antagonism of these mechanisms rarely causes temperature elevation and that multiple mechanisms, including the acute phase response, stress-induced hyperthermia, drugs effects, etc., involving compounding interactions, are required to precipitate hyperthermia. The application of the Hill criteria clearly supports causality for drugs inducing both MH and ST but do not support causality for NMS.

  19. Causal Loop Analysis of coastal geomorphological systems

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    Payo, Andres; Hall, Jim W.; French, Jon; Sutherland, James; van Maanen, Barend; Nicholls, Robert J.; Reeve, Dominic E.

    2016-03-01

    As geomorphologists embrace ever more sophisticated theoretical frameworks that shift from simple notions of evolution towards single steady equilibria to recognise the possibility of multiple response pathways and outcomes, morphodynamic modellers are facing the problem of how to keep track of an ever-greater number of system feedbacks. Within coastal geomorphology, capturing these feedbacks is critically important, especially as the focus of activity shifts from reductionist models founded on sediment transport fundamentals to more synthesist ones intended to resolve emergent behaviours at decadal to centennial scales. This paper addresses the challenge of mapping the feedback structure of processes controlling geomorphic system behaviour with reference to illustrative applications of Causal Loop Analysis at two study cases: (1) the erosion-accretion behaviour of graded (mixed) sediment beds, and (2) the local alongshore sediment fluxes of sand-rich shorelines. These case study examples are chosen on account of their central role in the quantitative modelling of geomorphological futures and as they illustrate different types of causation. Causal loop diagrams, a form of directed graph, are used to distil the feedback structure to reveal, in advance of more quantitative modelling, multi-response pathways and multiple outcomes. In the case of graded sediment bed, up to three different outcomes (no response, and two disequilibrium states) can be derived from a simple qualitative stability analysis. For the sand-rich local shoreline behaviour case, two fundamentally different responses of the shoreline (diffusive and anti-diffusive), triggered by small changes of the shoreline cross-shore position, can be inferred purely through analysis of the causal pathways. Explicit depiction of feedback-structure diagrams is beneficial when developing numerical models to explore coastal morphological futures. By explicitly mapping the feedbacks included and neglected within a

  20. Bianchi-I cosmology from causal thermodynamics

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    Bittencourt, Eduardo; Klippert, Renato

    2016-01-01

    We investigate diagonal Bianchi-I spacetimes in the presence of viscous fluids by using the shear and the anisotropic pressure components as the basic variables, where the viscosity is driven by the (second-order) causal thermodynamics. A few exact solutions are presented, among which we mention the anisotropic versions of de Sitter/anti-de Sitter geometries as well as an asymptotically isotropic spacetime presenting an effective constant cosmic acceleration without any cosmological constant. The qualitative analysis of the solutions for barotropic fluids with linear equations of state suggests that the behaviour is quite general.