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  1. Asthma and Risk of Prostate Cancer: A Population-Based Case-Cohort Study in Taiwan.

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    Su, Yu-Li; Chou, Ching-Lan; Rau, Kun-Ming; Lee, Charles Tzu-Chi

    2015-09-01

    Several epidemiologic studies in Western countries have examined the association between asthma and prostate cancer risk, but the results have been inconclusive. We investigated this association in a large, nationwide, population-based case-cohort study. Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database from 1997 to 2008, we collected data from 12,372 men, including 4124 with asthma and 8248 age-, residence-, and insurance premium-matched control subjects, who were never diagnosed with asthma. Competing risk-adjusted Cox proportional hazards regression was used to calculate the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for determining the association between prostate cancer and asthma. During a mean follow-up of 5.05 years (standard deviation, 2.10), there were 74 cases of prostate cancer. The incidence of prostate cancer was 163.0/100,000 person-years (95% CI: 113.0-228.0) in the asthma patients. Asthma was significantly associated with prostate cancer (HR: 2.36; 95% CI: 1.22-4.57; P = 0.011) after adjusting for age, residential area, insurance premium, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, duration of hospitalization, and mortality. In the subgroup analysis, independent risk factors for prostate cancer among men with asthma were age (HR: 1.09; 95% CI: 1.05-1.21; P risk of prostate cancer. PMID:26356691

  2. A general semiparametric Z-estimation approach for case-cohort studies

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    Nan, Bin

    2012-01-01

    Case-cohort design, an outcome-dependent sampling design for censored survival data, is increasingly used in biomedical research. The development of asymptotic theory for a case-cohort design in the current literature primarily relies on counting process stochastic integrals. Such an approach, however, is rather limited and lacks theoretical justification for outcome-dependent weighted methods due to non-predictability. Instead of stochastic integrals, we derive asymptotic properties for case-cohort studies based on a general Z-estimation theory for semiparametric models with bundled parameters using modern empirical processes. Both the Cox model and the additive hazards model with time-dependent covariates are considered.

  3. Risk ratio estimation in case-cohort studies.

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    Sato, T

    1994-01-01

    In traditional (cumulative-incidence) case-control studies, the exposure odds ratio can be used as an estimator of the risk ratio only when the disease under study is rare. The case-cohort study is a recently developed useful modification of the case-control study. This design allows direct estimation of the risk ratio from a fixed cohort, but does not require any rare-disease assumption. This article reviews recent developments in risk ratio estimation procedures for the analysis of case-coh...

  4. A population-based case-cohort study of the risk of myocardial infarction following radiation therapy for breast cancer

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    Objective: To describe the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) after radiation therapy (RT) for breast cancer (BrCa) in an exposed population. Methods: We identified and validated cases of AMI (vAMI), by electrocardiographic or enzyme criteria, among all 6680 women who received post-operative RT following lumpectomy or mastectomy, within 12 months following diagnosis of BrCa between 1982 and 1988 in Ontario, Canada. We identified women without vAMI whose death certification was ascribed to AMI (dAMI). We abstracted risk factors and treatment exposures for a random sample of women from the 6680, and for all with vAMI or dAMI. The hazards of vAMI and of dAMI were estimated using multivariate Cox proportional hazards models, corrected for study design. Results: We validated 121 cases of vAMI and identified 92 cases of dAMI. The risk of vAMI associated with RT to the left breast HR = 1.96 (1.09, 3.54) among women at age ≥ 60 at time of RT, adjusted for history of smoking and prior MI. The adjusted HR dAMI = 1.90 (1.08, 3.35) for exposure to anterior internal mammary node (IMC) RT. Among women who received anterior left breast boost RT, increasing area of the boost is associated with adjusted HR vAMI = 1.02 (1.00, 1.03)/cm2, and adjusted HR dAMI = 1.02 (1.01, 1.03)/cm2. Conclusion: The risks of vAMI and dAMI following RT for BrCa are related to anatomic sites of RT (left breast, area of anterior left breast boost field, and anterior IMC field)

  5. Cerebral palsy and placental infection: a case-cohort study

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    Khong T Yee

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The association between cerebral palsy in very preterm infants and clinical, histopathologic and microbiological indicators of chorioamnionitis, including the identification of specific micro-organisms in the placenta, was evaluated in a case-cohort study. Methods Children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy at five years of age were identified from amongst participants in a long-term follow-up program of preterm infants. The comparison group was a subcohort of infants randomly selected from all infants enrolled in the program. The placentas were examined histopathologically for chorioamnionitis and funisitis, and the chorioamnionic interface was aseptically swabbed and comprehensively cultured for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and genital mycoplasmas. Associations between obstetric and demographic variables, indicators of chorioamnionitis and cerebral palsy status were examined by univariate analysis. Results Eighty-two infants with cerebral palsy were compared with the subcohort of 207 infants. Threatened preterm labor was nearly twice as common among the cases as in the subcohort (p E. coli was cultured from the placenta in 6/30 (20% of cases as compared with 4/85 (5% of subcohort (p = 0.01. Group B Streptococcus was more frequent among the cases, but the difference was not statistically significant. Conclusions The association between E. coli in the chorioamnion and cerebral palsy in preterm infants identified in this study requires confirmation in larger multicenter studies which include microbiological study of placentas.

  6. Plasma enterolactone and incidence of endometrial cancer in a case-cohort study of Danish women

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    Aarestrup, Julie; Kyrø, Cecilie; Knudsen, Knud E B; Weiderpass, Elisabete; Christensen, Jane; Kristensen, Mette; Würtz, Anne M L; Johnsen, Nina Føns; Overvad, Kim; Tjønneland, Anne; Olsen, Anja

    2013-01-01

    The phyto-oestrogen enterolactone has been hypothesised to protect against hormone-dependent cancers, probably through its anti-oestrogenic potential. We investigated whether a higher level of plasma enterolactone was associated with a lower incidence of endometrial cancer in a case-cohort study in...

  7. A pilot case-cohort study of brain cancer in poultry and control workers.

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    Gandhi, S; Felini, M J; Ndetan, H; Cardarelli, K; Jadhav, S; Faramawi, M; Johnson, E S

    2014-01-01

    We conducted an exploratory study to investigate which exposures (including poultry oncogenic viruses) are associated with brain cancer in poultry workers. A total of 46,819 workers in poultry and nonpoultry plants from the same union were initially followed for mortality. Brain cancer was observed to be in excess among poultry workers. Here we report on a pilot case-cohort study with cases consisting of 26 (55%) of the 47 brain cancer deaths recorded in the cohort, and controls consisting of a random sample of the cohort (n = 124). Exposure information was obtained from telephone interviews, and brain cancer mortality risk estimated by odds ratios. Increased risk of brain cancer was associated with killing chickens, odds ratio (OR) = 5.8 (95% confidence interval, 1.2-28.3); working in a shell-fish farm, OR = 13.0 (95% CI, 1.9-84.2); and eating uncooked fish, OR = 8.2 (95% CI, 1.8-37.0). Decreased risks were observed for chicken pox illness, OR = 0.2 (95% CI, 0.1-0.6), and measles vaccination, OR = 0.2 (95% CI, 0.1-0.6). Killing chickens, an activity associated with the highest occupational exposure to poultry oncogenic viruses, was associated with brain cancer mortality, as were occupational and dietary shellfish exposures. These findings are novel. PMID:24564367

  8. Kernel machine testing for risk prediction with stratified case cohort studies.

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    Payne, Rebecca; Neykov, Matey; Jensen, Majken Karoline; Cai, Tianxi

    2016-06-01

    Large assembled cohorts with banked biospecimens offer valuable opportunities to identify novel markers for risk prediction. When the outcome of interest is rare, an effective strategy to conserve limited biological resources while maintaining reasonable statistical power is the case cohort (CCH) sampling design, in which expensive markers are measured on a subset of cases and controls. However, the CCH design introduces significant analytical complexity due to outcome-dependent, finite-population sampling. Current methods for analyzing CCH studies focus primarily on the estimation of simple survival models with linear effects; testing and estimation procedures that can efficiently capture complex non-linear marker effects for CCH data remain elusive. In this article, we propose inverse probability weighted (IPW) variance component type tests for identifying important marker sets through a Cox proportional hazards kernel machine (CoxKM) regression framework previously considered for full cohort studies (Cai et al., 2011). The optimal choice of kernel, while vitally important to attain high power, is typically unknown for a given dataset. Thus, we also develop robust testing procedures that adaptively combine information from multiple kernels. The proposed IPW test statistics have complex null distributions that cannot easily be approximated explicitly. Furthermore, due to the correlation induced by CCH sampling, standard resampling methods such as the bootstrap fail to approximate the distribution correctly. We, therefore, propose a novel perturbation resampling scheme that can effectively recover the induced correlation structure. Results from extensive simulation studies suggest that the proposed IPW CoxKM testing procedures work well in finite samples. The proposed methods are further illustrated by application to a Danish CCH study of Apolipoprotein C-III markers on the risk of coronary heart disease. PMID:26692376

  9. Association between urinary prostaglandin E2 metabolite and breast cancer risk: a prospective, case-cohort study of postmenopausal women

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    Kim, Sangmi; Taylor, Jack A.; Milne, Ginger L.; Sandler, Dale P.

    2013-01-01

    Overweight or obese women are at increased risk of developing and dying from breast cancer. Obesity-driven inflammation may stimulate prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)-mediated aromatase activation and estrogen biosynthesis in breast tissues. We hypothesized that increased production of PGE2 would contribute to elevated breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. We carried out a case-cohort study with 307 incident breast cancer cases and 300 subcohort members from the Sister Study cohort. Hazard ratio...

  10. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in IL1B and the Risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Danish Case-Cohort Study

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    Stegger, Jakob Gerhard; Schmidt, Erik Berg; Tjonneland, Anne;

    2012-01-01

    syndrome (ACS) have not been thoroughly investigated. The aims of this study were to examine the associations between individual SNPs in and SNP haplotypes of the promoter region of IL1B and incident ACS in a prospective study. Furthermore, we wanted to explore potential interactions with other risk...... and 234 women). All cases were validated by review of medical records, and information on covariates was collected by study technicians. The study was conducted according to a case-cohort study design including ACS cases and a sex-stratified sub cohort of 1663 participants drawn randomly from the entire...... cohort. Weighted Cox proportional hazard models with age as time axis were used in the statistical analyses. Individual IL1B SNPs, SNP haplotypes, or haplotype combinations were not significantly associated with incident ACS, and, likewise, we found no evidence of interaction on an additive scale between...

  11. Case -cohort design in practice - experiences from the MORGAM Project

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    Kulathinal, S.; Karvanen, J.; Saareka, O.; K. Kuulasmaa; Evans, Alun; Yarnell, John

    2007-01-01

    When carefully planned and analysed, the case-cohort design is a powerful choice for follow-up studies with multiple event types of interest. While the literature is rich with analysis methods for case-cohort data, little is written about the designing of a case-cohort study. Our experiences in designing, coordinating and analysing the MORGAM case-cohort study are potentially useful for other studies with similar characteristics. The motivation for using the case-cohort design in the MORGAM g...

  12. Tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabetes in Europe: the EPIC-InterAct case-cohort study.

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    Geertruida J van Woudenbergh

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In previous meta-analyses, tea consumption has been associated with lower incidence of type 2 diabetes. It is unclear, however, if tea is associated inversely over the entire range of intake. Therefore, we investigated the association between tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabetes in a European population. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The EPIC-InterAct case-cohort study was conducted in 26 centers in 8 European countries and consists of a total of 12,403 incident type 2 diabetes cases and a stratified subcohort of 16,835 individuals from a total cohort of 340,234 participants with 3.99 million person-years of follow-up. Country-specific Hazard Ratios (HR for incidence of type 2 diabetes were obtained after adjustment for lifestyle and dietary factors using a Cox regression adapted for a case-cohort design. Subsequently, country-specific HR were combined using a random effects meta-analysis. Tea consumption was studied as categorical variable (0, >0-<1, 1-<4, ≥ 4 cups/day. The dose-response of the association was further explored by restricted cubic spline regression. Country specific medians of tea consumption ranged from 0 cups/day in Spain to 4 cups/day in United Kingdom. Tea consumption was associated inversely with incidence of type 2 diabetes; the HR was 0.84 [95%CI 0.71, 1.00] when participants who drank ≥ 4 cups of tea per day were compared with non-drinkers (p(linear trend = 0.04. Incidence of type 2 diabetes already tended to be lower with tea consumption of 1-<4 cups/day (HR = 0.93 [95%CI 0.81, 1.05]. Spline regression did not suggest a non-linear association (p(non-linearity = 0.20. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: A linear inverse association was observed between tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabetes. People who drink at least 4 cups of tea per day may have a 16% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-tea drinkers.

  13. Lactate and risk of incident diabetes in a case-cohort of the atherosclerosis risk in communities (ARIC study.

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    Stephen P Juraschek

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Oxidative capacity is decreased in type 2 diabetes. Whether decreased oxidative capacity is a cause or consequence of diabetes is unknown. Our purpose is to evaluate whether lactate, a marker of oxidative capacity, is associated with incident diabetes. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a case-cohort study in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC study at year 9 of follow-up. We evaluated lactate's association with diabetes risk factors at baseline and estimated the hazard ratio for incident diabetes by quartiles of plasma lactate in 544 incident diabetic cases and 533 non-cases. Plasma lactate showed a graded positive relationship with fasting glucose and insulin (P<0.001. The relative hazard for incident diabetes increased across lactate quartiles (P-trend ≤0.001. Following adjustment for demographic factors, medical history, physical activity, adiposity, and serum lipids, the hazard ratio in the highest quartile was 2.05 times the hazard in the lowest quartile (95% CI: 1.28, 3.28. After including fasting glucose and insulin the association became non-significant. CONCLUSIONS: Lactate, an indicator of oxidative capacity, predicts incident diabetes independent of many other risk factors and is strongly related to markers of insulin resistance. Future studies should evaluate the temporal relationship between elevated lactate and impaired fasting glucose and insulin resistance.

  14. Gastrointestinal symptoms among endometriosis patients—A case-cohort study

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    Ek, Malin; Roth, Bodil; Ekström, Per; Valentin, Lil; Bengtsson, Mariette; Ohlsson, Bodil

    2015-01-01

    Background Women with endometriosis often experience gastrointestinal symptoms. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs are used to treat endometriosis; however, some patients develop gastrointestinal dysmotility following this treatment. The aims of the present study were to investigate gastrointestinal symptoms among patients with endometriosis and to examine whether symptoms were associated with menstruation, localization of endometriosis lesions, or treatment with either opioids or ...

  15. Gene-lifestyle interaction and type 2 diabetes: the EPIC interact case-cohort study.

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    Claudia Langenberg

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Understanding of the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes (T2D has progressed rapidly, but the interactions between common genetic variants and lifestyle risk factors have not been systematically investigated in studies with adequate statistical power. Therefore, we aimed to quantify the combined effects of genetic and lifestyle factors on risk of T2D in order to inform strategies for prevention. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The InterAct study includes 12,403 incident T2D cases and a representative sub-cohort of 16,154 individuals from a cohort of 340,234 European participants with 3.99 million person-years of follow-up. We studied the combined effects of an additive genetic T2D risk score and modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors using Prentice-weighted Cox regression and random effects meta-analysis methods. The effect of the genetic score was significantly greater in younger individuals (p for interaction  = 1.20×10-4. Relative genetic risk (per standard deviation [4.4 risk alleles] was also larger in participants who were leaner, both in terms of body mass index (p for interaction  = 1.50×10-3 and waist circumference (p for interaction  = 7.49×10-9. Examination of absolute risks by strata showed the importance of obesity for T2D risk. The 10-y cumulative incidence of T2D rose from 0.25% to 0.89% across extreme quartiles of the genetic score in normal weight individuals, compared to 4.22% to 7.99% in obese individuals. We detected no significant interactions between the genetic score and sex, diabetes family history, physical activity, or dietary habits assessed by a Mediterranean diet score. CONCLUSIONS: The relative effect of a T2D genetic risk score is greater in younger and leaner participants. However, this sub-group is at low absolute risk and would not be a logical target for preventive interventions. The high absolute risk associated with obesity at any level of genetic risk highlights the importance of universal

  16. Association between urinary prostaglandin E2 metabolite and breast cancer risk: a prospective, case-cohort study of postmenopausal women.

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    Kim, Sangmi; Taylor, Jack A; Milne, Ginger L; Sandler, Dale P

    2013-06-01

    Overweight or obese women are at increased risk of developing and dying from breast cancer. Obesity-driven inflammation may stimulate prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)-mediated aromatase activation and estrogen biosynthesis in breast tissues. We hypothesized that increased production of PGE2 would contribute to elevated breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. We carried out a case-cohort study with 307 incident breast cancer cases and 300 subcohort members from the Sister Study cohort. HRs and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated for the association between urinary levels of a major PGE2 metabolite (PGE-M) and breast cancer risk using Prentice's pseudo-likelihood approach. Several lifestyle factors were associated with urinary levels of PGE-M: smoking, high-saturated fat diet, and obesity increased urinary PGE-M, and use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAID) decreased urinary PGE-M. Although there was no association between urinary PGE-M and postmenopausal breast cancer risk in the overall analysis or among regular users of NSAIDs, there was a positive association among postmenopausal women who did not regularly use NSAIDs with HRs of 2.1 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.0-4.3]; 2.0 (95% CI: 1.0-3.9); and 2.2 (95% CI: 1.1-4.3) for the second, third, and highest quartiles of PGE-M. Our findings suggest a link between systemic PGE2 formation and postmenopausal breast cancer, and a possible modification of the association by lifestyle and pharmacologic interventions. If confirmed in larger studies, these results may have useful implications for the development of preventive strategies. PMID:23636050

  17. Retrospective benzene exposure assessment for a multi-center case-cohort study of benzene-exposed workers in China.

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    Portengen, Lützen; Linet, Martha S; Li, Gui-Lan; Lan, Qing; Dores, Graça M; Ji, Bu-Tian; Hayes, Richard B; Yin, Song-Nian; Rothman, Nathaniel; Vermeulen, Roel

    2016-05-01

    Quality of exposure assessment has been shown to be related to the ability to detect risk of lymphohematopoietic disorders in epidemiological investigations of benzene, especially at low levels of exposure. We set out to build a statistical model for reconstructing exposure levels for 2898 subjects from 501 factories that were part of a nested case-cohort study within the NCI-CAPM cohort of more than 110,000 workers. We used a hierarchical model to allow for clustering of measurements by factory, workshop, job, and date. To calibrate the model we used historical routine monitoring data. Measurements below the limit of detection were accommodated by constructing a censored data likelihood. Potential non-linear and industry-specific time-trends and predictor effects were incorporated using regression splines and random effects. A partial validation of predicted exposures in 2004/2005 was performed through comparison with full-shift measurements from an exposure survey in facilities that were still open. Median cumulative exposure to benzene at age 50 for subjects that ever held an exposed job (n=1175) was 509 mg/m(3) years. Direct comparison of model estimates with measured full-shift personal exposure in the 2004/2005 survey showed moderate correlation and a potential downward bias at low (<1 mg/m(3)) exposure estimates. The modeling framework enabled us to deal with the data complexities generally found in studies using historical exposure data in a comprehensive way and we therefore expect to be able to investigate effects at relatively low exposure levels. PMID:26264985

  18. A shared frailty model for case-cohort samples: parent and offspring relations in an adoption study

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    Petersen, Liselotte; Sørensen, Thorkild I A; Andersen, Per Kragh

    The Danish adoption register contains data on the 12 301 Danish nonfamilial adoptions during 1924-1947. From that register a case-cohort sample was selected consisting of all case adoptees, that is those adoptees dying before age 70 years, and a random sample of 1683 adoptees. The survival data o...... rate, especially from all causes of death and vascular causes, and we found no effect of familial environment....

  19. RANTES/CCL5 and risk for coronary events: results from the MONICA/KORA Augsburg case-cohort, Athero-Express and CARDIoGRAM studies.

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    Christian Herder

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The chemokine RANTES (regulated on activation, normal T-cell expressed and secreted/CCL5 is involved in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in mice, whereas less is known in humans. We hypothesised that its relevance for atherosclerosis should be reflected by associations between CCL5 gene variants, RANTES serum concentrations and protein levels in atherosclerotic plaques and risk for coronary events. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a case-cohort study within the population-based MONICA/KORA Augsburg studies. Baseline RANTES serum levels were measured in 363 individuals with incident coronary events and 1,908 non-cases (mean follow-up: 10.2±4.8 years. Cox proportional hazard models adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, metabolic factors and lifestyle factors revealed no significant association between RANTES and incident coronary events (HR [95% CI] for increasing RANTES tertiles 1.0, 1.03 [0.75-1.42] and 1.11 [0.81-1.54]. None of six CCL5 single nucleotide polymorphisms and no common haplotype showed significant associations with coronary events. Also in the CARDIoGRAM study (>22,000 cases, >60,000 controls, none of these CCL5 SNPs was significantly associated with coronary artery disease. In the prospective Athero-Express biobank study, RANTES plaque levels were measured in 606 atherosclerotic lesions from patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy. RANTES content in atherosclerotic plaques was positively associated with macrophage infiltration and inversely associated with plaque calcification. However, there was no significant association between RANTES content in plaques and risk for coronary events (mean follow-up 2.8±0.8 years. CONCLUSIONS: High RANTES plaque levels were associated with an unstable plaque phenotype. However, the absence of associations between (i RANTES serum levels, (ii CCL5 genotypes and (iii RANTES content in carotid plaques and either coronary artery disease or incident coronary events in

  20. No Association between HMOX1 and Risk of Colorectal Cancer and No Interaction with Diet and Lifestyle Factors in a Prospective Danish Case-Cohort Study

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    Vibeke Andersen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Red meat is a risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC. We wanted to evaluate whether a functional polymorphism in the HMOX1 gene encoding heme oxygenase modifies risk of CRC or interacts with diet or lifestyle factors because this would identify heme or heme iron as a risk factor of CRC. The HMOX1 A-413T (rs2071746 was assessed in relation to risk of colorectal cancer (CRC and interactions with diet (red meat, fish, fiber, cereals, fruit and vegetables and lifestyle (use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and smoking status were assessed in a case-cohort study of 928 CRC cases and a comparison group of 1726 randomly selected participants from a prospective study of 57,053 persons. No association between HMOX1 A-413T and CRC risk was found (TT vs. AA + TA; IRR = 1.15, 95% CI: 0.98–1.36, p = 0.10 for the adjusted estimate. No interactions were found between diet or lifestyle and HMOX1 A-413T. HMOX1 A-413T was not associated with CRC risk and no interactions with diet or lifestyle were identified in this large, prospective cohort with high meat intake. The results reproduced the previous findings from the same cohort and did not support a link between heme or heme iron and colorectal cancer. These results should be sought and replicated in other well-characterized cohorts with high meat intake.

  1. No Association between HMOX1 and Risk of Colorectal Cancer and No Interaction with Diet and Lifestyle Factors in a Prospective Danish Case-Cohort Study

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    Andersen, Vibeke; Kopp, Tine Iskov; Tjønneland, Anne;

    2015-01-01

    A-413T (rs2071746) was assessed in relation to risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) and interactions with diet (red meat, fish, fiber, cereals, fruit and vegetables) and lifestyle (use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and smoking status) were assessed in a case-cohort study of 928 CRC cases and a......Red meat is a risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC). We wanted to evaluate whether a functional polymorphism in the HMOX1 gene encoding heme oxygenase modifies risk of CRC or interacts with diet or lifestyle factors because this would identify heme or heme iron as a risk factor of CRC. The HMOX1...... comparison group of 1726 randomly selected participants from a prospective study of 57,053 persons. No association between HMOX1 A-413T and CRC risk was found (TT vs. AA + TA; IRR = 1.15, 95% CI: 0.98-1.36, p = 0.10 for the adjusted estimate). No interactions were found between diet or lifestyle and HMOX1 A...

  2. Comparison of the effectiveness of two mumps vaccines during an outbreak in Switzerland in 1999 and 2000: A case-cohort study

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    In two recent nation-wide outbreaks of mumps in Switzerland two-thirds of young children with clinical mumps had a history of primary vaccination. On average, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination coverage is 80%. Two types of vaccine are commonly used: Jeryl-Lynn and Rubini. The effectiveness of the latter has been questioned in several publications. The authors therefore compared Rubini to Jeryl-Lynn in a case-cohort study. The study included 111 young children with clinical mumps who had been reported to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) by primary care physicians of the Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network (SSSN) between January 1999 and May 2000. Sentinel physicians also sampled 661 children from the same birth cohort as the cases. While we found no evidence for the effectiveness of the Rubini strain, vaccination with the Jeryl-Lynn strain was 70% effective against clinical mumps. Furthermore, children vaccinated with the Rubini strain attended primary health care more frequently with clinical mumps than those who had received Jeryl-Lynn (odds ratio: 2.4; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.3, 4.7). Restricting the analysis to laboratory confirmed cases increased the odds ratio to 18.4 (95% CI: 2.5, 811.2). Our study confirms the low effectiveness of the Rubini strain vaccine in the field. This vaccine should therefore be considered inappropriate for the control and elimination of mumps and its use should be discontinued. As other vaccines with comparable quality and safety standards and a substantially higher effectiveness are available the MMR vaccination program in Switzerland will not be compromised if the use of Rubini is no longer recommended

  3. Perinatal vitamin D levels are not associated with later risk of developing pediatric-onset inflammatory bowel disease: a Danish case-cohort study.

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    Thorsen, Steffen U; Jakobsen, Christian; Cohen, Arieh; Lundqvist, Marika; Thygesen, Lau C; Pipper, Christian; Ascherio, Alberto; Svensson, Jannet

    2016-08-01

    Objective Basic and epidemiologic studies on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have suggested an association between vitamin D and IBD risk. Though, the literature on IBD - especially pediatric-onset IBD - and vitamin D is still in its cradle. We therefore wanted to examine if levels of 25(OH)D at birth were associated with increased risk of developing pediatric-onset IBD. Material and methods A case-cohort study composed of cases diagnosed with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate/unclassified colitis and healthy controls. Cases and controls were matched on date of birth and were born in the period 1981-2004. Cases were diagnosed before the age of 18 years. The concentration of 25(OH)D was assessed from neonatal dried blood spots using a highly sensitive liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Odds ratios (OR) were calculated using conditional logistic regression and two-way ANOVA were used to test for season and birth year 25(OH)D variations. A total of 384 matched pairs were included in the statistical analyses. Results No significant association were found between levels of 25(OH)D and IBD risk in the adjusted model (OR [95% CI] (per 25 nmol/L increase), 1.12 [0.88; 1.42], p = 0.35). 25(OH)D levels were found to fluctuate significantly with season (p < 0.001) and year (p < 0.001). Median/Q1-Q3 values for 25(OH)D were 27.1/16.5-39.5 nmol/L for cases and 25.7/16.1-39.4 nmol/L for controls. Conclusion Our study do not suggest that a window of vulnerability exist around time of birth in regards to 25(OH)D levels and later pediatric-onset IBD risk. PMID:26872831

  4. Microsomal triglyceride transfer protein -164 T > C gene polymorphism and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from the EPIC-Potsdam case-cohort study

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    di Giuseppe Romina

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTTP is encoded by the MTTP gene that is regulated by cholesterol in humans. Previous studies investigating the effect of MTTP on ischemic heart disease have produced inconsistent results. Therefore, we have tested the hypothesis that the rare allele of the -164T > C polymorphism in MTTP alters the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD, depending on the cholesterol levels. Methods The -164T > C polymorphism was genotyped in a case-cohort study (193 incident myocardial infarction (MI and 131 incident ischemic stroke (IS cases and 1 978 non-cases nested within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC–Potsdam study, comprising 27 548 middle-aged subjects. The Heinz Nixdorf Recall study (30 CVD cases and 1 188 controls was used to replicate our findings. Results Genotype frequencies were not different between CVD and CVD free subjects (P = 0.79. We observed an interaction between the -164T > C polymorphism and total cholesterol levels in relation to future CVD. Corresponding stratified analyses showed a significant increased risk of CVD (HRadditve = 1.38, 95% CI: 1.07 to 1.78 for individuals with cholesterol levels additive was 1.06, 95% CI: 0.33 to 3.40 for individuals in the Heinz Nixdorf Recall study. A borderline significant decrease in CVD risk was observed in subjects with cholesterol levels ≥200 mg/dL (HRadditve = 0.77, 95% CI: 0.58 to 1.03 in the EPIC-Potsdam study. A similar trend was observed in the independent cohort (HRadditve = 0.60, 95% CI: 0.29 to 1.25. Conclusions Our study suggests an interaction between MTTP -164T > C functional polymorphism with total cholesterol levels. Thereby risk allele carriers with low cholesterol levels may be predisposed to an increased risk of developing CVD, which seems to be abolished among risk allele carriers with high cholesterol levels.

  5. Long-term risk of incident type 2 diabetes and measures of overall and regional obesity: the EPIC-InterAct case-cohort study.

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    Claudia Langenberg

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Waist circumference (WC is a simple and reliable measure of fat distribution that may add to the prediction of type 2 diabetes (T2D, but previous studies have been too small to reliably quantify the relative and absolute risk of future diabetes by WC at different levels of body mass index (BMI. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The prospective InterAct case-cohort study was conducted in 26 centres in eight European countries and consists of 12,403 incident T2D cases and a stratified subcohort of 16,154 individuals from a total cohort of 340,234 participants with 3.99 million person-years of follow-up. We used Prentice-weighted Cox regression and random effects meta-analysis methods to estimate hazard ratios for T2D. Kaplan-Meier estimates of the cumulative incidence of T2D were calculated. BMI and WC were each independently associated with T2D, with WC being a stronger risk factor in women than in men. Risk increased across groups defined by BMI and WC; compared to low normal weight individuals (BMI 18.5-22.4 kg/m(2 with a low WC (102/88 cm. Among the large group of overweight individuals, WC measurement was highly informative and facilitated the identification of a subgroup of overweight people with high WC whose 10-y T2D cumulative incidence (men, 70 per 1,000 person-years; women, 44 per 1,000 person-years was comparable to that of the obese group (50-103 per 1,000 person-years in men and 28-74 per 1,000 person-years in women. CONCLUSIONS: WC is independently and strongly associated with T2D, particularly in women, and should be more widely measured for risk stratification. If targeted measurement is necessary for reasons of resource scarcity, measuring WC in overweight individuals may be an effective strategy, since it identifies a high-risk subgroup of individuals who could benefit from individualised preventive action.

  6. Oral clefts and life style factors - a case-cohort study based on prospective Danish data

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    Bille, Camilla; Olsen, Jørn; Vach, Werner; Knudsen, Vibeke Kildegaard; Olsen, Sjurdur Frodi; Rasmussen, Kirsten; Murray, Jeffrey C; Andersen, Anne Marie Nybo; Christensen, Kaare

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    % confidence interval (CIs): 1.05, 2.14). Although not statistically significant, we also saw associations with first trimester consumption of alcohol (OR: 1.11; CIs: 0.79, 1.55), tea (OR: 1.31; CIs: 0.93, 1.86), and drinking more than 1 l of cola per week (OR: 1.40; CIs: 0.92, 2.12). Furthermore...

  7. Stratified case-cohort analysis of general cohort sampling designs

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    We first point out that variance estimates for regression coefficients in exposure stratified case-cohort studies (Borgan et al., 2000) can easily be obtained from influence terms routinely calculated in standard software for Cox regression. We also place the estimators proposed by Chen (2001) for a general class of cohort sampling designs within the Borgan et al. framework by allowing for post-stratification on outcome. This facilitates simple variance estimation for this class of cohort sam...

  8. A haplotype of polymorphisms in ASE-1, RAI and ERCC1 and the effects of tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption on risk of colorectal cancer: a danish prospective case-cohort study

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    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most frequent type of genetic variation in the human genome, and are of interest for the study of susceptibility to and protection from diseases. The haplotype at chromosome 19q13.2-3 encompassing the three SNPs ASE-1 G-21A, RAI IVS1 A4364G and ERCC1 Asn118Asn have been associated with risk of breast cancer and lung cancer. Haplotype carriers are defined as the homozygous carriers of RAI IVS1 A4364GA, ERCC1 Asn118AsnT and ASE-1 G-21AG. We aimed to evaluate whether the three polymorphisms and the haplotype are associated to risk of colorectal cancer, and investigated gene-environment associations between the polymorphisms and the haplotype and smoking status at enrolment, smoking duration, average smoking intensity and alcohol consumption, respectively, in relation to risk of colorectal cancer. Associations between the three individual polymorphisms, the haplotype and risk of colorectal cancer were examined, as well as gene-environment interaction, in a Danish case-cohort study including 405 cases and a comparison group of 810 persons. Incidence rate ratio (IRR) were estimated by the Cox proportional hazards model stratified according to gender, and two-sided 95% confidence intervals (CI) and p-values were calculated based on robust estimates of the variance-covariance matrix and Wald's test of the Cox regression parameter. No consistent associations between the three individual polymorphisms, the haplotype and risk of colorectal cancer were found. No statistically significant interactions between the genotypes and the lifestyle exposures smoking or alcohol consumption were observed. Our results suggest that the ASE-1 G-21A, RAI IVS1 A4364G and ERCC1 Asn118Asn polymorphisms and the previously identified haplotype are not associated with risk of colorectal cancer. We found no evidence of gene-environment interaction between the three polymorphisms and the haplotype and smoking intensity and alcohol consumption

  9. Increased health care utilization by survivors of childhood lymphoblastic leukemia is confined to those treated with cranial or total body irradiation: a case cohort study

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    Previous studies have indicated that survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have an increased morbidity measured in terms of health care utilization. However, earlier studies have several potentially important limitations. To overcome some of these, we investigated hospital contact rates, and predictors thereof, among 5-year survivors of ALL in a population-based setting, and compared them to a control cohort regarding outcome measures from a comprehensive nation-wide health register. All individuals diagnosed with ALL before the age of 18 in Southern Sweden during 1970–1999 and alive January 2007 (n = 213; male = 107) were identified through the Swedish Cancer Register. Each subject was matched to fifty controls, identified in the Swedish Population Register. All study subjects were linked to the National Hospital Register and detailed information was obtained on all hospital contacts (hospital admissions and outpatients visits) starting five years after cancer diagnosis, and the corresponding date for the controls, until 2009. The median follow-up among the 5-year survivors of ALL was 16 years (range 5–33), accruing a total of 3,527 person-years. Of the 213 5-year survivors, 105 (49.3%) had at least one hospital contact compared to 3,634 (34.1%) of the controls (p < 0.001). Survivors had more hospital contacts (3 [1–6] vs. 2 [1–4] contacts, p < 0.001) and more total days in hospital (6 [2–18] vs. 3 [1–7] days, p < 0.001) than the controls during the study period. Logistic regression analysis showed that survivors treated with cranial irradiation and/or total body irradiation (45% and 7%, respectively) had an increased risk of at least one hospital contact (OR 2.3, 95%CI; 1.5–3.6 and OR 11.0, 95%CI; 3.2–50.7, respectively), while there was no significant difference between the non-irradiated survivors and controls. We show that irradiated survivors of childhood ALL have an increased morbidity measured in terms of hospital

  10. Risk of lymphoma and leukaemia after bacille Calmette-Guérin and smallpox vaccination: a Danish case-cohort study

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    Villumsen, Marie; Sørup, Signe; Jess, Tine;

    2009-01-01

    Vaccines may have non-specific effects as suggested mainly in mortality studies from low-income countries. The objective was to examine the effects of BCG and smallpox vaccinations on subsequent risk of lymphoma and leukaemia in a Danish population experiencing rapid out-phasing of these vaccines.......31-2.16); smallpox vaccination HR=1.32 (0.49-3.53)). The present study with very reliable vaccine history information indicates a beneficial effect of BCG vaccination on the risk of lymphomas.......Vaccines may have non-specific effects as suggested mainly in mortality studies from low-income countries. The objective was to examine the effects of BCG and smallpox vaccinations on subsequent risk of lymphoma and leukaemia in a Danish population experiencing rapid out-phasing of these vaccines....... In a background cohort (N=47,622) from the Copenhagen School Health Records Register, cases of leukaemia (N=20) and lymphoma (N=51) were identified through the Danish Cancer Registry. The vaccination status of the cases was compared with the vaccination status of a 5% random sample (N=2073) of the...

  11. Polymorphisms in the xenobiotic transporter Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1) and interaction with meat intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in a Danish prospective case-cohort study

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    The xenobiotic transporters, Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1/ABCB1) and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (BCRP/ABCG2) may restrict intestinal absorption of various carcinogens, including heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) derived prostaglandins promote gastrointestinal carcinogenesis, affecting angiogenesis, apoptosis, and invasiveness. The aim of this study was to investigate if polymorphisms in these genes were associated with risk of colorectal cancer (CRC), and to investigate possible interactions with lifestyle factors such as smoking, meat consumption, and NSAID use. The following polymorphisms were analyzed; a synonymous MDR1 C3435T (rs1045642) in exon26, G-rs3789243-A in intron3, the functional BCRP C421A (rs2231142), the two COX-2 A-1195G (rs689466) and G-765C (rs20417) in the promoter region, and the COX-2 T8473C (rs5275) polymorphisms in the 3'-untranslated region. The polymorphisms were assessed together with lifestyle factors in a nested case-cohort study of 359 cases and a random cohort sample of 765 participants from the Danish prospective Diet, Cancer and Health study. Carriers of the variant allele of MDR1 intron 3 polymorphism were at 1.52-fold higher risk of CRC than homozygous wild type allele carriers (Incidence rate ratio (IRR) = 1.52, 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 1.12-2.06). Carriers of the variant allele of MDR1 C3435T exon 26 had a lower risk of CRC than homozygous C-allele carriers (IRR = 0.71 (CI:0.50-1.00)). There was interaction between these MDR1 polymorphisms and intake of red and processed meat in relation to CRC risk. Homozygous MDR1 C3435T C-allele carriers were at 8% increased risk pr 25 gram meat per day (CI: 1.00-1.16) whereas variant allele carriers were not at increased risk (p for interaction = 0.02). COX-2 and BCRP polymorphisms were not associated with CRC risk. There was interaction between NSAID use and MDR1 C3435T and COX-2 T8473C (p-values for interaction 0

  12. Polymorphisms in the xenobiotic transporter Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1 and interaction with meat intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in a Danish prospective case-cohort study

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    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The xenobiotic transporters, Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1/ABCB1 and Breast Cancer Resistance Protein (BCRP/ABCG2 may restrict intestinal absorption of various carcinogens, including heterocyclic amines (HCA and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 derived prostaglandins promote gastrointestinal carcinogenesis, affecting angiogenesis, apoptosis, and invasiveness. The aim of this study was to investigate if polymorphisms in these genes were associated with risk of colorectal cancer (CRC, and to investigate possible interactions with lifestyle factors such as smoking, meat consumption, and NSAID use. Methods The following polymorphisms were analyzed; a synonymous MDR1 C3435T (rs1045642 in exon26, G-rs3789243-A in intron3, the functional BCRP C421A (rs2231142, the two COX-2 A-1195G (rs689466 and G-765C (rs20417 in the promoter region, and the COX-2 T8473C (rs5275 polymorphisms in the 3'-untranslated region. The polymorphisms were assessed together with lifestyle factors in a nested case-cohort study of 359 cases and a random cohort sample of 765 participants from the Danish prospective Diet, Cancer and Health study. Results Carriers of the variant allele of MDR1 intron 3 polymorphism were at 1.52-fold higher risk of CRC than homozygous wild type allele carriers (Incidence rate ratio (IRR = 1.52, 95% Confidence Interval (CI: 1.12-2.06. Carriers of the variant allele of MDR1 C3435T exon 26 had a lower risk of CRC than homozygous C-allele carriers (IRR = 0.71 (CI:0.50-1.00. There was interaction between these MDR1 polymorphisms and intake of red and processed meat in relation to CRC risk. Homozygous MDR1 C3435T C-allele carriers were at 8% increased risk pr 25 gram meat per day (CI: 1.00-1.16 whereas variant allele carriers were not at increased risk (p for interaction = 0.02. COX-2 and BCRP polymorphisms were not associated with CRC risk. There was interaction between NSAID use and MDR1 C3435T and COX-2 T

  13. Interactions between diet, lifestyle and IL10, IL1B, and PTGS2/COX-2 gene polymorphisms in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in a prospective Danish case-cohort study.

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    Vibeke Andersen

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND & AIMS: Diet contributes to colorectal cancer development and may be potentially modified. We wanted to identify the biological mechanisms underlying colorectal carcinogenesis by assessment of diet-gene interactions. METHODS: The polymorphisms IL10 C-592A (rs1800872, C-rs3024505-T, IL1b C-3737T (rs4848306, G-1464C (rs1143623, T-31C (rs1143627 and PTGS2 (encoding COX-2 A-1195G (rs689466, G-765C (rs20417, and T8473C (rs5275 were assessed in relation to risk of colorectal cancer (CRC and interaction with diet (red meat, fish, fibre, cereals, fruit and vegetables and lifestyle (non-steroid-anti-inflammatory drug use and smoking status was assessed in a nested case-cohort study of nine hundred and seventy CRC cases and 1789 randomly selected participants from a prospective study of 57,053 persons. RESULTS: IL1b C-3737T, G-1464C and PTGS2 T8473C variant genotypes were associated with risk of CRC compared to the homozygous wildtype genotype (IRR=0.81, 95%CI: 0.68-0.97, p=0.02, and IRR=1.22, 95%CI: 1.04-1.44, p=0.02, IRR=0.75, 95%CI: 0.57-0.99, p=0.04, respectively. Interactions were found between diet and IL10 rs3024505 (P-value for interaction (P(int; meat=0.04, fish=0.007, fibre=0.0008, vegetables=0.0005, C-592A (P(int; fibre=0.025, IL1b C-3737T (Pint; vegetables=0.030, NSAID use=0.040 and PTGS2 genotypes G-765C (P(int; meat=0.006, fibre=0.0003, fruit 0.004, and T8473C (P(int; meat 0.049, fruit=0.03 and A-1195G (P(int; meat 0.038, fibre 0.040, fruit=0.059, vegetables=0.025, and current smoking=0.046. CONCLUSIONS: Genetically determined low COX-2 and high IL-1β activity were associated with increased risk of CRC in this northern Caucasian cohort. Furthermore, interactions were found between IL10, IL1b, and PTGS2 and diet and lifestyle factors in relation to CRC. The present study demonstrates that gene-environment interactions may identify genes and environmental factors involved in colorectal carcinogenesis.

  14. CASE-COHORT STUDY OF STYRENE EXPOSURE AND ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE INVESTIGATORS

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    Investigators examined workers exposed to styrene while working in styrene-butadiene polymer manufacturing plants between 1943 and 1982. Workers who had died from ischemic heart disease were compared to a subgroup of all men employed in two styrene-butadiene polymer manufac...

  15. Colorectal cancer risk and dyslipidemia: a case-cohort study nested in an Italian multicentre cohort

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    Agnoli, C.; Grioni, S.; Sieri, S.; Sacerdote, C.; Vineis, P.; Tumino, R.; Giurdanella, M.C.; Pala, V.; Mattiello, A.; Chiodini, P.; Iacoviello, L.; Curtis, de A.; Cattaneo, L.; Duijnhoven, van F.J.B.

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    Background: Dyslipidemia is an established risk factor for many diseases, but its effect on colorectal cancer risk is less clear. We investigated the association of colorectal cancer risk with plasma triglycerides, total, HDL, and LDL cholesterol in four Italian EPIC centers. Methods: We conducted a

  16. Interstitial pneumonitis caused by everolimus : a case-cohort study in renal transplant recipients

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    Baas, Marije C.; Struijk, Geertrude H.; Moes, Dirk-Jan A. R.; van den Berk, Inge A. H.; Jonkers, Rene E.; de Fijter, Johan W.; van der Heide, Jaap J. Homan; van Dijk, Marja; ten Berge, Ineke J. M.; Bemelman, Frederike J.

    2014-01-01

    The use of inhibitors of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTORi) in renal transplantation is associated with many side effects, the potentially most severe being interstitial pneumonitis. Several papers have reported on sirolimus-induced pneumonitis, but less is published on everolimus-induced pne

  17. Tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabetes in Europe: the EPIC-InterAct case-cohort study

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    Feskens, E.J.M.; Groenendijk-van Woudenbergh, G.J.; Kuijsten, A.

    2012-01-01

    Background In previous meta-analyses, tea consumption has been associated with lower incidence of type 2 diabetes. It is unclear, however, if tea is associated inversely over the entire range of intake. Therefore, we investigated the association between tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabet

  18. Tea Consumption and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in Europe : The EPIC-InterAct Case-Cohort Study

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    van Woudenbergh, Geertruida J.; Kuijsten, Anneleen; Drogan, Dagmar; van der A, Daphne L.; Romaguera, Dora; Ardanaz, Eva; Amiano, Pilar; Barricarte, Aurelio; Beulens, Joline W. J.; Boeing, Heiner; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. Bas; Dahm, Christina C.; Chirlaque, M-Doleres; Clavel, Fran-coise; Crowe, Francesca L.; Eomois, Piia-Piret; Fagher-azzi, Guy; Franks, Paul W.; Halkjaer, Jytte; Khaw, Kay T.; Masala, Giovanna; Mattiello, Amalia; Nilsson, Peter; Overvad, Kim; Quiros, J. Ramon; Rolandsson, Olov; Romieu, Isabelle; Sacerdote, Carlotta; Sanchez, Maria-Jose; Schulze, Matthias B.; Slimani, Nadia; Sluijs, Ivonne; Spijkerman, Annemieke M. W.; Tagliabue, Giovanna; Teucher, Birgit; Tjonneland, Anne; Tumino, Rosario; Forouhi, Nita G.; Sharp, Stephen; Langenberg, Claudia; Feskens, Edith J. M.; Riboli, Elio; Wareham, Nicholas J.

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    Background: In previous meta-analyses, tea consumption has been associated with lower incidence of type 2 diabetes. It is unclear, however, if tea is associated inversely over the entire range of intake. Therefore, we investigated the association between tea consumption and incidence of type 2 diabe

  19. Dietary protein intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes in Europe: the EPIC-InterAct Case-Cohort Study

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    Nielen, van M.; Feskens, E.J.M.; Mensink, M.R.; Sluijs, van der I.; Molina, E.; Amiano, P.; Ardanaz, E.; Balkau, B.; Beulens, J.W.J.; Boeing, H.; The InterAct Consortium, A.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The long-term association between dietary protein and type 2 diabetes incidence is uncertain. We aimed to investigate the association between total, animal, and plant protein intake and the incidence of type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The prospective European Prospective Inves

  20. Maternal use of fertility drugs and risk of cancer in children--a nationwide population-based cohort study in Denmark

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    Hargreave, Marie; Jensen, Allan; Nielsen, Thor Schütt Svane;

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    and follicle-stimulating hormone], gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs, human chorionic gonadotropins, progesterone and other fertility drugs). We found no statistically significant association between maternal use of fertility drugs and risk for overall cancer in childhood or young adulthood......Large population-based studies are needed to examine the effect of maternal use of fertility drugs on the risk of cancer in children, while taking into account the effect of the underlying infertility. A cohort of 123,322 children born in Denmark between 1964 and 2006 to 68,255 women who had been...... evaluated for infertility was established. We used a case-cohort design and calculated hazard ratios (HRs) for cancer in childhood (0-19 years) and in young adulthood (20-29 years) associated with maternal use of six groups of fertility drugs (clomiphene, gonadotropins [i.e., human menopausal gonadotropins...

  1. Data base management study

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    1976-01-01

    Data base management techniques and applicable equipment are described. Recommendations which will assist potential NASA data users in selecting and using appropriate data base management tools and techniques are presented. Classes of currently available data processing equipment ranging from basic terminals to large minicomputer systems were surveyed as they apply to the needs of potential SEASAT data users. Cost and capabilities projections for this equipment through 1985 were presented. A test of a typical data base management system was described, as well as the results of this test and recommendations to assist potential users in determining when such a system is appropriate for their needs. The representative system tested was UNIVAC's DMS 1100.

  2. Practical experience of ustekinumab in the treatment of psoriasis: experience from a multicentre, retrospective case cohort study across the U.K. and Ireland.

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    2012-02-01

    Background There are limited data on the use of ustekinumab outside of clinical trials. Objectives To assess the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in patients with severe psoriasis attending 10 dermatology centres in the U.K. and Ireland. Methods A retrospective case-note review of 129 patients with psoriasis treated with ustekinumab. Results Baseline Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) was 22.9 +\\/- 10.1 (mean +\\/- SD). After 16 weeks of treatment with ustekinumab PASI 75 (75% reduction in PASI) was observed in 63.0% (n = 80\\/127) of patients, although four patients required concomitant therapy at the 16-week time point. Previous biologic use did show a small, non-significant trend towards treatment failure. A PASI 75 response was seen in 29.4% (n = 5\\/17) of individuals weighing 90-100 kg and treated with the standard 45 mg ustekinumab dose compared with PASI 75 of 70.3%, 71.4%, 75.0% and 55.6% for weight groups < 80, 80-90, 100-110 and > 110 kg, respectively (P = 0.024). Ustekinumab therapy was well tolerated; serious adverse events were observed in 2.3% (n = 3\\/129) of patients. Conclusions Ustekinumab is a novel biologic agent for psoriasis. When used in everyday clinical practice it demonstrates high levels of short-term therapeutic efficacy with an acceptable short-term safety profile.

  3. Angiotensin-converting enzyme and angiotensin II receptor subtype 2 genotypes in type 1 diabetes and severe hypoglycaemia requiring emergency treatment: a case cohort study

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    Pedersen-Bjergaard, Ulrik; Nielsen, Søren L; Akram, Kamran;

    2009-01-01

    AIMS: In type 1 diabetes, individual susceptibility to severe hypoglycaemia is likely to be influenced by genetic factors. We have previously reported an association of the deletion (D-) allele of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism and the A-allele of th...

  4. Interaction between interleukin-10 (IL-10) polymorphisms and dietary fibre in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in a Danish case-cohort study

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    Andersen, Vibeke; Egeberg, Rikke; Tjonneland, Anne; Vogel, Ulla Birgitte

    2012-01-01

    Background: More than 50% of the colorectal cancer (CRC) etiology has been attributed to diet. Established or suspected dietary factors modifying risk of CRC are red meat, cereals, fish, and fibre. Diet and lifestyle may be linked to cancer through inflammation. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an anti...

  5. PPAR gamma Pro(12)Ala polymorphism and risk of acute coronary syndrome in a prospective study of Danes

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    Vogel, Ulla Birgitte; Segel, Stine; Dethlefsen, Claus;

    2009-01-01

    investigate if the polymorphism PPAR gamma 2 Pro(12)Ala, which encodes a less efficient transcription factor, was associated with risk of acute coronary disease and if there were interactions between this polymorphism and factors that modify PPAR gamma activity, such as alcohol intake, smoking, and use of non......-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. Methods: A case-cohort study including 1031 ACS cases and a sub-cohort of 1703 persons was nested within the population-based prospective study Diet, Cancer and Health of 57,053 individuals. Results: Homozygous male variant allele carriers of PPAR gamma 2 Pro(12)Ala were at...

  6. Body iron stores and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Potsdam study

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    Montonen, J.; Boeing, H; Steffen, A.; R. Lehmann; Fritsche, A.; Joost, H. G.; Schulze, M. B.; Pischon, T.

    2012-01-01

    AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to prospectively examine the association between body iron stores and risk of type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We designed a case-cohort study among 27,548 individuals within the population-based European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Potsdam study. During 7 years of follow-up, 849 incident cases of type 2 diabetes were identified. Of these, 607 remained for analyses after exclusion of participants with missing data or abnormal ...

  7. Setting priorities for environmental sanitation interventions based on epidemiological criteria: a Brazilian study.

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    Heller, Léo; Colosimo, Enrico A; Antunes, Carlos M F

    2005-09-01

    The present study addresses the use of analytical epidemiologic approaches to subsidize the establishment of priorities in environmental sanitation interventions. An epidemiological investigation was carried out in 1993 in the urban area of Betim, a southeast Brazilian City of 160,000 inhabitants. The case-control 'inclusive' (or case-cohort) design, with a sample of 997 cases and 999 controls, was employed. Cases were defined as children of less than five years of age presenting diarrhoea episodes, while controls were randomly selected among children of the same age, living in the study area. After logistic regression adjustment, 11 of several exposure variables analysed were significantly associated with diarrhoea. Four different criteria, using as risk measures the relative risk, the attributable risk, the standardized coefficient of the logistic regression and the cost standardized coefficient, were used in order to define intervention priorities. PMID:16209031

  8. Studying Sensing-Based Systems

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    Kjærgaard, Mikkel Baun

    2013-01-01

    Recent sensing-based systems involve a multitude of users, devices, and places. These types of systems challenge existing approaches for conducting valid system evaluations. Here, the author discusses such evaluation challenges and revisits existing system evaluation methodologies.......Recent sensing-based systems involve a multitude of users, devices, and places. These types of systems challenge existing approaches for conducting valid system evaluations. Here, the author discusses such evaluation challenges and revisits existing system evaluation methodologies....

  9. Brain-Science Based Cohort Studies

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    Koizumi, Hideaki

    2011-01-01

    This article describes a number of human cohort studies based on the concept of brain-science and education. These studies assess the potential effects of new technologies on babies, children and adolescents, and test hypotheses drawn from animal and genetic case studies to see if they apply to people. A flood of information, virtual media,…

  10. Representativeness in population-based studies

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    Drivsholm, Thomas Bo; Eplov, Lene Falgaard; Davidsen, Michael;

    2006-01-01

    Decreasing rates of participation in population-based studies increasingly challenge the interpretation of study results, in both analytic and descriptive epidemiology. Consequently, estimates of possible differences between participants and non-participants are increasingly important for the...... interpretation of study results and generalization to the background population....

  11. Register-based studies of healthcare costs

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    Kruse, Marie; Christiansen, Terkel

    2011-01-01

    comprehensive data material, often in the form of time series, which is very useful in health economic analyses. The disadvantage of register-based data is the use of tariffs, charges, or market prices as proxies for costs in the computation of healthcare costs.......Introduction: The aim of this paper is to provide an overview and a few examples of how national registers are used in analyses of healthcare costs in Denmark. Research topics: The paper focuses on health economic analyses based on register data. For the sake of simplicity, the studies are divided...... into three main categories: economic evaluations of healthcare interventions, cost-of-illness analyses, and other analyses such as assessments of healthcare productivity. Conclusion: We examined a number of studies using register-based data on healthcare costs. Use of register-based data renders a...

  12. The Conceptual Bases of Study Strategy Inventories

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    Entwistle, Noel; McCune, Velda

    2004-01-01

    This article describes the historical origins and development of a series of well-known study strategy inventories and seeks to identify their conceptual bases. The theories and evidence influencing the development of 6 contrasting instruments are considered before examining empirical evidence of similarities and differences between the…

  13. Design Study: Rocket Based MHD Generator

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    1997-01-01

    This report addresses the technical feasibility and design of a rocket based MHD generator using a sub-scale LOx/RP rocket motor. The design study was constrained by assuming the generator must function within the performance and structural limits of an existing magnet and by assuming realistic limits on (1) the axial electric field, (2) the Hall parameter, (3) current density, and (4) heat flux (given the criteria of heat sink operation). The major results of the work are summarized as follows: (1) A Faraday type of generator with rectangular cross section is designed to operate with a combustor pressure of 300 psi. Based on a magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla, the electrical power output from this generator is estimated to be 54.2 KW with potassium seed (weight fraction 3.74%) and 92 KW with cesium seed (weight fraction 9.66%). The former corresponds to a enthalpy extraction ratio of 2.36% while that for the latter is 4.16%; (2) A conceptual design of the Faraday MHD channel is proposed, based on a maximum operating time of 10 to 15 seconds. This concept utilizes a phenolic back wall for inserting the electrodes and inter-electrode insulators. Copper electrode and aluminum oxide insulator are suggested for this channel; and (3) A testing configuration for the sub-scale rocket based MHD system is proposed. An estimate of performance of an ideal rocket based MHD accelerator is performed. With a current density constraint of 5 Amps/cm(exp 2) and a conductivity of 30 Siemens/m, the push power density can be 250, 431, and 750 MW/m(sup 3) when the induced voltage uB have values of 5, 10, and 15 KV/m, respectively.

  14. Korean Clinic Based Outcome Measure Studies

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    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Evidence based medicine has become main tools for medical practice. However, conducting a highly ranked in the evidence hierarchy pyramid is not easy or feasible at all times and places. There remains a room for descriptive clinical outcome measure studies with admitting the limit of the intepretation. Aims: Presents three Korean clinic based outcome measure studies with a view to encouraging Korean clinicians to conduct similar studies. Methods: Three studies are presented briefly here including 1 Quality of Life of liver cancer patients after 8 Constitutional acupuncture; 2 Developing a Korean version of Measuring yourself Medical Outcome profile (MYMOP; and 3 Survey on 5 Shu points: a pilot In the first study, we have included 4 primary or secondary liver cancer patients collecting their diagnostic X-ray film and clinical data f개m their hospital, and asked them to fill in the European Organization Research and Treatment of Cancer, Quality of Life Questionnaire before the commencement of the treatment. The acupuncture treatment is set up format but not disclosed yet. The translation and developing a Korean version of outcome measures that is Korean clinician friendly has been sought for MYMOP is one of the most appropriate one. The permission was granted, the translation into Korean was done, then back translated into English only based on the Korean translation by the researcher who is bilingual in both languages. The back translation was compared by the original developer of MYMOP and confirmed usable. In order to test the existence of acupoints and meridians through popular forms of Korean acupuncture regimes, we aim at collecting opinions from 101 Korean clinicians that have used those forms. The questions asked include most effective symptoms, 5 Shu points, points those are least likely to use due to either adverse events or the lack of effectiveness, theoretical reasons for the above proposals, proposing outcome measures

  15. Studies of anisotropy of iron based superconductors

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    Murphy, Jason A. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2013-01-01

    To study the electronic anisotropy in iron based superconductors, the temperature dependent London penetration depth, Δλ(T), have been measured in several compounds, along with the angular dependent upper critical field, Hc2(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 with x=0.108 and x=0.127, in the overdoped range of the doping phase diagram, characterized by notable modulation of the superconducting gap. Heavy ion irradiation with matching field doses of 6 T and 6.5 T respectively, were used to create columnar defects and to study their effect on the temperature Δλ(T). The variation of the low-temperature penetration depth in both pristine and irradiated samples was fitted with a power-law function Δλ(T) = ATn. Irradiation increases the magnitude of the pre-factor A and decreases the exponent n, similar to the effect on the optimally doped samples. This finding supports the universal s ± scenario for the whole doping range.

  16. Feasibility Studies on Si-Based Biosensors

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    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paperis to summarize the efforts carried out so far in the fabrication of Si-based biosensors by a team of researchers in Catania, Italy. This work was born as a collaboration between the Catania section of the Microelectronic and Microsystem Institute (IMM of the CNR, the Surfaces and Interfaces laboratory (SUPERLAB of the Consorzio Catania Ricerche and two departments at the University of Catania: the Biomedical Science and the Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology Departments. The first goal of our study was the definition and optimization of an immobilization protocol capable of bonding the biological sensing element on a Si-based surface via covalent chemical bonds. We chose SiO2 as the anchoring surface due to its biocompatibility and extensive presence in microelectronic devices. The immobilization protocol was tested and optimized, introducing a new step, oxide activation, using techniques compatible with microelectronic processing. The importance of the added step is described by the experimental results. We also tested different biological molecule concentrations in the immobilization solutions and the effects on the immobilized layer. Finally a MOS-like structure was designed and fabricated to test an electrical transduction mechanism. The results obtained so far and the possible evolution of the research field are described in this review paper.

  17. Genetic polymorphisms in the hypothalamic pathway in relation to subsequent weight change - the DIOGenes Study

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    Huaidong, D.U.; Vimaleswaran, K.S.; Angquist, L.; Hansen, R.D.; A, van der D.L.; Holst, C.; Tjonneland, A.; Overvad, K.; Uhre Jakobsen, M.; Boeing, H.; Meidtner, K.; Palli, D.; Masala, G.; Bouatia-Naji, N.; Saris, W.H.M.; Feskens, E.J.M.; Wareham, N.J.; Sorensen, T.I.A.; Loos, R.J.F.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding the components involved in the hypothalamic pathway may influence weight gain and dietary factors may modify their effects. \\\\ Aim: We conducted a case-cohort study to investigate the associations of SNPs in candidate genes with we

  18. Case Studies for Contract-based Systems

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    Jakob, Michal; Pěchouček, Michal; Chábera, Jiří; Miles, Simon; Luck, Michael; Oren, Nir; Kollingbaum, Martin; Holt, Camden; Vazquez, Javier; Storms, Patrick; Dehn, Martin

    2008-01-01

    Of the ways in which agent behaviour can be regulated in a multi-agent system, electronic contracting - based on explicit representation of different parties' responsibilities, and the agreement of all parties to them - has significant potential for modern industrial applications. Based on this assumption, the CONTRACT project aims to develop and apply electronic contracting and contract-based monitoring and verification techniques in real world applications. This paper presents results from ...

  19. Studies of anisotropy of iron based superconductors

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    Murphy, Jason [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2013-01-01

    To study the electronic anisotropy in iron based superconductors, the temperature dependent London penetration depth, Δλ (T), have been measured in several compounds, along with the angular dependent upper critical field, Hc2(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 with x=0.108 and x=0.127, in the overdoped range of the doping phase diagram, characterized by notable modulation of the superconducting gap. Heavy ion irradiation with matching field doses of 6 T and 6.5 T respectively, were used to create columnar defects and to study their effect on the temperature Δλ (T). The variation of the low-temperature penetration depth in both pristine and irradiated samples was fitted with a power-law function Δλ (T) = ATn. Irradiation increases the magnitude of the pre-factor A and decreases the exponent n, similar to the effect on the optimally doped samples. This finding supports the universal s± scenario for the whole doping range. Knowing that the s± gap symmetry exists across the superconducting dome for the electron doped systems, we next looked at λ (T), in optimally - doped, SrFe2(As1-xPx)2, x =0.35. Both, as-grown (Tc ~ 25 K) and annealed (Tc ~ 35 K) single crystals of SrFe2(As1-xPx)2 were measured. Annealing decreases the absolute value of the London penetration depth from λ(0) = 300 ± 10 nm in as-grown samples to λ (0) = 275±10 nm. At low temperatures, λ (T) ~ T indicates a superconducting gap with line nodes. Analysis of the full-temperature range superfluid density is consistent with the line nodes, but differs from the simple single-gap d-wave. The observed behavior is very similar to that of BaFe2(As1-xPx)2, showing that isovalently substituted pnictides are inherently different from

  20. Polymorphisms in ATP-binding cassette transporter genes and interaction with diet and life style factors in relation to colorectal cancer in a Danish prospective case-cohort study

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    Kopp, Tine Iskov; Andersen, Vibeke; Tjonneland, Anne;

    2015-01-01

    with IL10/rs3024505 interacted with fiber intake in relation to risk of CRC (Pint = 0.0007 and 0.009). Our results suggest that the ABC transporters P-glycoprotein/multidrug resistance 1 and BRCP, in cooperation with IL-10, are involved in the biological mechanism underlying the protective effect of...... polymorphisms were associated with CRC, but ABCB1 and ABCG2 haplotypes were associated with risk of CRC. ABCB1/rs1045642 interacted with intake of cereals and fiber (p-Value for interaction (Pint) = 0.001 and 0.01, respectively). In a three-way analysis, both ABCB1/rs1045642 and ABCG2/rs2231137 in combination...

  1. Polymorphisms in the xenobiotic transporter Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1) and interaction with meat intake in relation to risk of colorectal cancer in a Danish prospective case-cohort study

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    Andersen, Vibeke; Østergaard, Mette; Christensen, Jane;

    2009-01-01

    smoking, meat consumption, and NSAID use. Methods The following polymorphisms were analyzed; a synonymous MDR1 C3435T (rs1045642) in exon26, G-rs3789243-A in intron3, the functional BCRP C421A (rs2231142), the two COX-2 A-1195G (rs689466) and G-765C (rs20417) in the promoter region, and the COX-2 T8473C...... (IRR = 0.71 (CI:0.50-1.00)). There was interaction between these MDR1 polymorphisms and intake of red and processed meat in relation to CRC risk. Homozygous MDR1 C3435T C-allele carriers were at 8% increased risk pr 25 gram meat per day (CI: 1.00-1.16) whereas variant allele carriers were not at...... there was interaction between these polymorphisms and meat intake in relation to CRC risk. Our results suggest that MDR1 polymorphisms affect the relationship between meat and CRC risk....

  2. A Study on SSVEP-Based BCI

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    Zheng-Hua Wu; De-Zhong Yao

    2009-01-01

    Brain-computer interface (BCI) can help the deformity person finish some basic activities.In this paper,we concern some critical aspects of SSVEP based BCI,including stimulator selection,method of SSVEP extracting in a short time,stimulating frequency selection,and signal electrode selection.The conclusion is that the stimulator type should be based on the complexity of the BCI system,the method based on wavelet analysis is more valid than the power spectrum method in extracting the SSVEP in a short period,and the selections of stimulating frequency and electrode are important in designing a BCI system.These contents are meaningful for implementing a real SSVEP-based BCI.

  3. Study on Case-Based Fixture Design

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    2002-01-01

    Fixture is an important manufacturing activity. A fixture design system based on case-based reasoning (CBR) is proposed in this paper. A new method of case representation on the basis of fixture function is presented, where the case representation is constituted of workpiece knowledge, processing feature knowledge, and fixture feature knowledge. Running the prototype system shows that the knowledge representation method, using cases, is a better way to transform and explain the design knowledge.

  4. Market based consumer adaptation. Preliminary study

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    This report is a foundation for further research in the project ''Market based consumer adaptation'', project period 2005-2008. The report describes characteristics of shortage periods for both energy and effects, low priority consumption, power products and network tariffs that may contribute to increased flexibility in consumption and limitations in the IT-systems of today and discusses what problems would be of interest for further studies. The reduction of low priority consumption and the activation of price elasticity would be challenges both for effect and energy shortages. Private consumption would however, partly be different due to the time perspective. It is expected that periods of effect shortages would be of only a few hours and the challenge would be to obtain sufficient response at an hourly basis at load disconnection. The energy shortage is expected to last longer which results in problems in obtaining sufficient and real consumer reduction over time in order to reduce the danger of critical shortage. Important elements in order to supply new power products and network tariffs which contributes to increased flexibility in the consumption, are technology for current registration and remote control of consumption, contracts between the involved parties and the framework conditions that gives incentives for establishing new network/power products. When several parties shall use the same measurements for accounting it would be necessary for all the figures to arrive in time and that corrections are avoided as much as possible. It would also be challenging for the parties whether new products satisfy the regulations. Pricing in network tariffs is subject to more legal public regulations than developing a power product. This may make it difficult to produce ''correct'' network tariffs due to regulation and at the same time interest more customers to making deals with such tariffs. Even if the power suppliers to a certain extent, are more free to develop

  5. Mediterranean diet and type 2 diabetes risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study: the InterAct project

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    Feskens, E.J.M.

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the association between adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) and risk of developing type 2 diabetes, across European countries. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We established a case-cohort study including 11,994 incident type 2 diabetic case subjects and a stratified s

  6. Mechanism-based drug exposure classification in pharmacoepidemiological studies

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    Verdel, B.M.

    2010-01-01

    Mechanism-based classification of drug exposure in pharmacoepidemiological studies In pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance, the relation between drug exposure and clinical outcomes is crucial. Exposure classification in pharmacoepidemiological studies is traditionally based on pharmacotherapeu

  7. Report of the Expanded Tax Base Study.

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    Lamitie, Robert E.; And Others

    The partial financing of New York State's public schools with a state-mandated tax coupled with state aid based upon county or regional wealth rather than local district wealth would provide greater equalization of both revenues and expenditures of school districts than does the present law. A comparable increase in state aid appropriations under…

  8. Feasibility Studies on Si-Based Biosensors

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    Marcella Renis; Fulvia Sinatra; Antonino Scandurra; Venera Aiello; Sebania Libertino; Salvatore Lombardo

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this paperis to summarize the efforts carried out so far in the fabrication of Si-based biosensors by a team of researchers in Catania, Italy. This work was born as a collaboration between the Catania section of the Microelectronic and Microsystem Institute (IMM) of the CNR, the Surfaces and Interfaces laboratory (SUPERLAB) of the Consorzio Catania Ricerche and two departments at the University of Catania: the Biomedical Science and the Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology De...

  9. Viscosity studies of water based magnetite nanofluids

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    Anu, K.; Hemalatha, J.

    2016-05-01

    Magnetite nanofluids of various concentrations have been synthesized through co-precipitation method. The structural and topographical studies made with the X-Ray Diffractometer and Atomic Force Microscope are presented in this paper. The density and viscosity studies for the ferrofluids of various concentrations have been made at room temperature. The experimental viscosities are compared with theoretical values obtained from Einstein, Batchelor and Wang models. An attempt to modify the Rosensweig model is made and the modified Rosensweig equation is reported. In addition, new empirical correlation is also proposed for predicting viscosity of ferrofluid at various concentrations.

  10. HOSPITAL BASED STUDY ON CHILDHOOD PSORIASIS

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Childhood psoriasis is a distressing condition with significant social and psychological consequences. Childhood psoriasis being less reported entity, this study was undertaken to study the incidence, pattern and prevalence of childhood psoriasis. MATERIALS & METHODS: In this retrospective epidemiologic study, a complete analysis of OP Records of patients with psoriasis who attended the Psoriasis Clinic of dermatology OPD, during the period of 1 year from June 2014- June 2015 were taken. The age at presentation, duration of psoriasis, pattern of involvement, h/o treatment, h/o preceeding infections were all recorded. RESULTS: The incidence of childhood psoriasis was observed to be (1.16%. The incidence of psoriasis in male (43% children and female (57% children was-. The mean age of onset of childhood psoriasis was -, positive family history seen in 5% of patients. Psoriasis vulgaris is the most common type of psoriasis followed by palmoplantar psoriasis. Nail involvement was seen in 30% of cases. Arthropathy was seen in 1% of patients. Preceeding infection was seen in 155 of patients. CONCLUSION: The rising trends in incidence of childhood psoriasis in recent times may mirror the evolving lifestyle and psychosocial environment in society. The evolving patterns of childhood psoriasis has significant avenues for research & further follow-up. Larger, coordinated multicentric long term studies to determine their course in adulthood may be required in future.

  11. Thrombocytopenia during pregnancy: an institutional based study

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    Rajshree Dayanand Katke

    2014-08-01

    Methods: The study was conducted in this tertiary institute over a period of two years and three months. 103 pregnant patients with a platelet count of or less than 100000/mL were included. The course of pregnancy was studied and the investigation profile was monitored. Results: Out of 103 cases of thrombocytopenia, 73 (70.9% patients had moderate, 30 (29.1% patients had severe thrombocytopenia. In this study 35% cases were primigravidas, 32% cases were gravida 2, 33% cases were gravida 3 to 5. Gestational thrombocytopenia was the most common etiological factor with 30.1% cases, 27.2% cases due to hypertensive disorders, 18.4% cases due to malaria followed by 12.6% cases due to dengue. In the study group the mean gestational age was 33 +/- 5.139, maximum cases belonged to gestational age 30 to and #8805;40. 14 patients (14.1% had still births. 9 patients (8.7% had Neonatal deaths (NNDs. Conclusions: The challenge to the clinician is to weigh the risks of maternal and fetal bleeding complications against the benefits of diagnostic tests and interventions. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2014; 3(4.000: 947-951

  12. Register-based studies of cardiovascular disease

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    Abildstrøm, Steen Z; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Madsen, Mette

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: The use of the unique personal identification number in the Nordic database systems enables the researchers to link the registers at the individual level. The registers can be used for both defining specific patient populations and to identify later events during follow-up. This rev...... the hospitalisation rate and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The risk of unmeasured factors affecting the results calls for cautious interpretation of the results.......-up. This review gives three examples within cardiovascular epidemiology to illustrate the use of the national administrative registers available to all researchers upon request. Research topics: The hospitalisation rate of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was expected to be increased and case-fatality rate......-based treatment increased significantly over time and adherence to treatment was high. Finally, use of specific nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs by healthy subjects was associated with a dose-dependent increase in cardiovascular risk. CONCLUSION: The nationwide registers have proven very useful in monitoring...

  13. Studying space plasmas from a lunar base

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    During the late 1960s and early 1970s, space plasma physics research on and near the moon thrived, with several satellites operating in lunar orbit and several sets of instruments arrayed on the lunar surface. The moon was found to be a uniquely ''clean'' plasma physics observatory when compared with all other celestial bodies that have been visited by spacecraft. Having no atmosphere and no intrinsic magnetic field and having no induced magnetic field because of its very poor electrical conductivity, it provides no advance warning of its presence to approaching space plasmas which therefore impinge directly on its surface. Magnetic lines of force from external sources thread through the moon in a rectilinear manner as though it did not exist. It is anticipated that space plasma physics will remain an active discipline when a lunar base becomes possible and that the moon will be the site of much important research whose exact nature it is impossible to foresee today

  14. Studies based on the Danish Adoption Register

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    Petersen, Liselotte; Sørensen, Thorkild I A

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The genetic and familial environmental influences making up familial correlations in traits and familial aggregation of diseases may be disentangled by adoption studies. Thus, resemblance between the adoptee and the biological relatives indicates a contribution of the segregating gene....... RESEARCH TOPICS: To illustrate the adoption study approach in research, we present results achieved in schizophrenia, body fatness, smoking, and mortality. Significantly higher prevalence of schizophrenia and related conditions were found in biological relatives to adoptees with schizophrenia than among...... biological relatives to adoptees without schizophrenia. Clear trends in body mass index of biological relatives and the weight of adoptees were found in several settings. A genetic influence on smoking habits were found within a generation. A moderate genetic influence on the mortality rate has been found...

  15. Study on aluminium-based single films.

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    Vinod Kumar, G S; García-Moreno, F; Babcsán, N; Brothers, A H; Murty, B S; Banhart, J

    2007-12-28

    In the present paper the authors studied isolated metallic films made from the same material used for making metallic foams, and then characterised their properties. Metal films were made from a liquid aluminium alloy reinforced with ceramic particles of known concentration. Melts without such particles were also investigated. It is shown that stable films could not be made from Al-Si alloy having no particles, and just extremely thin and fragile films could be made from commercially-pure Al. In contrast, aluminium alloys containing particles such as SiC and TiB(2) allowed pulling thin, stable films, which did not rupture. Significant thinning of films was observed when the particle concentration in the melt decreased. By in situ X-ray monitoring of liquid films during pulling, film thickness and drainage effects within the liquid film could be studied. The morphology and microstructure of films was characterised after solidification. Our work shows that the question of how foams are stabilised can be studied using a simplified system such as a film, instead of having to deal with the multitude of different structural elements present in a foam. PMID:18060172

  16. Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test

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    ... 158388.html Small Study Supports New Stool-Based Colon Cancer Test Cologuard may help spot tumors, but researcher, ... more evidence that a recently approved, stool-based colon cancer test may be effective for certain patients. Still, ...

  17. DYSELECTROLYTEMIA IN ELDERLY: A HOSPITAL BASED STUDY

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Dyselectrolytemia is a common problem affecting elderly hospitalised patients. Although hypo/hypernatremia is the most common electrolyte abnormality found in elderly, abnormalities in other electrolytes may also occur in various settings. Information regarding the pattern of electrolyte abnormalities in elderly is lacking in this part of the country. With this background the following case control study was taken up with the following aims and objectives. OBJECTIVES • To study the various patterns of dyselectrolytemia in elderly and compare them with young. • To evaluate and compare the various aetiological factors and comorbid conditions involved in the occurrence of electrolyte abnormalities in these groups of patients. RESULTS The mean age of the study population was 66.174 years (SD- 6.512 years and of the control group was 41.94 years (SD - 10.924 years. Hyponatraemia was the most common electrolyte abnormality encountered in both the groups (57% vs. 60%, p- 0.61. The incidence of hyperkalaemia was significantly higher in the older age group (19.5% vs. 11.5%, p-0.03. Also, in the elderly, the presence of abnormalities in more than one electrolyte level was significantly higher than the young (25.5% vs. 14%, p -0.005. The average length of hospital stay in the elderly was 10.05 days (SD- 4.40 days whereas in the young was 6.35 days (SD- 3.27 days, p <0.0001. The mortality rate was also significantly higher in the elderly group (16% vs. 3.5%, p<0.0001. CONCLUSION Dyselectrolytemia is a common pathological condition encountered in the elderly population which is associated with a very high morbidity and mortality when compared with the young. Hence, elderly patients particularly with associated comorbid conditions should be screened routinely for the presence of associated electrolyte disturbances.

  18. STUDY& ANALYSIS OF CLOUD BASED ERP SERVICES

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    Rajeev Sharma; Bright Keswani

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this research paper is to explore the knowledge of the existing studies related to cloud computing current trend. The outcome of my work will be demonstrated in the form of diagram which will exemplify the ERP integration process for in-house and cloud eco-system. It will provide a conceptual view to the new client or entrepreneurs using ERP services and explain them how to deal with two stages of ERP systems (cloud and in-house). Also suggest how to improve knowledge ...

  19. Stochastic Optimization Based Study of Dimerization Kinetics

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    Talukder, Srijeeta; Metzler, Ralf; Banik, Suman K; Chaudhury, Pinaki

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the potential of numerical algorithms to decipher the kinetic parameters involved in multi-step chemical reactions. To this end we study a dimerization kinetics of protein as a model system. We follow the dimerization kinetics using a stochastic simulation algorithm and combine it with three different optimization techniques (Genetic Algorithm, Simulated Annealing and Parallel Tempering) to obtain the rate constants involved in each reaction step. We find good convergence of the numerical scheme to the rate constants of the process. We also perform a sensitivity test on the reaction kinetic parameters to see the relative effects of the parameters for the associated profile of the monomer/dimer distribution.

  20. DFT studies of iron-based superconductors

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    Boeri, Lilia; Dolgov, Oleg V.; Krogh Andersen, Ole [MPI-FKF, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Golubov, Alexander A. [Faculty of Science and Technology, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente,7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2009-07-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in iron pnicticides has generated considerable interest. So far, however, not only the pairing mechanism, but even the basic electronic structure of these materials is not well understood. We use Density Functional Theory to understand the electronic and vibrational properties of LaOFeAs, which can be considered a prototype for iron pnictides. First, we calculate the phonon dispersions and electron-phonon coupling using linear response and show that standard Migdal-Eliashberg theory cannot explain the experimental T{sub c}. Then we derive ab-initio an accurate tight-binding Hamiltonian, which allows us to elucidate the origin of the complicated band structure of iron pnicticides. As a first application of our model, we study itinerant magnetism.

  1. Studies on recycled aggregates-based concrete.

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    Rakshvir, Major; Barai, Sudhirkumar V

    2006-06-01

    Reduced extraction of raw materials, reduced transportation cost, improved profits, reduced environmental impact and fast-depleting reserves of conventional natural aggregates has necessitated the use of recycling, in order to be able to conserve conventional natural aggregate. In this study various physical and mechanical properties of recycled concrete aggregates were examined. Recycled concrete aggregates are different from natural aggregates and concrete made from them has specific properties. The percentages of recycled concrete aggregates were varied and it was observed that properties such as compressive strength showed a decrease of up to 10% as the percentage of recycled concrete aggregates increased. Water absorption of recycled aggregates was found to be greater than natural aggregates, and this needs to be compensated during mix design. PMID:16784165

  2. STUDY& ANALYSIS OF CLOUD BASED ERP SERVICES

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    Rajeev Sharma

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research paper is to explore the knowledge of the existing studies related to cloud computing current trend. The outcome of my work will be demonstrated in the form of diagram which will exemplify the ERP integration process for in-house and cloud eco-system. It will provide a conceptual view to the new client or entrepreneurs using ERP services and explain them how to deal with two stages of ERP systems (cloud and in-house. Also suggest how to improve knowledge about ERP services and implementation process for both stages. The work recommends which ERP services can be outsourced over the cloud. Cloud ERP is a mix of standard ERP services along with cloud flexibility and low cost to afford these services. This is a recent phenomenon in enterprise service offering. For most of non IT background entrepreneurs it is unclear and broad concept, since all the research work related to it are done in couple of years. Most of cloud ERP vendors describe their products as straight forward tasks. The process and selection of Cloud ERP Services and vendors is not clear. This research work draws a framework for selecting non-core business process from preferred ERP service partners. It also recommends which ERP services outsourced first over the cloud, and the security issues related to data or information moved out from company premises to the cloud eco-system.

  3. Sorption data bases and mechanistic sorption studies

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    In common with many other countries with a nuclear programme, the Swiss concept for the disposal of radioactive waste is focused on deep burial in specially constructed repositories in geologically stable host rocks. Under such conditions, the most likely means whereby radionuclides might return to the biosphere involves their transport in slowly moving groundwater. The sorption of radionuclides by solid phases in the engineered barriers within the repository, and in the surrounding geological media, limits their release and retards their movement. Performance assessment studies for disposal concepts are carried out by Nagra, the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste, in which various release scenarios are examined, and 'doses to man' calculated. The uptake of radionuclides by immobile phases is one of the pillars upon which the safety case rests. Hence, sorption databases are very important data sets for performance assessments. The methodology lying behind the construction of sorption databases, and some aspects of the supporting experimental work, are briefly described in this report. Flexible, long-term, focused research programmes are required to properly understand the radionuclide/rock/groundwater system, and this is an essential pre-requisite for producing robust state-of-the-art sorption databases. (author)

  4. Accelerator-based studies of intercombination transitions

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    Intercombination transitions in multiply-charged few-electron ions have been studied for a number of years now by a number of methods, including beam-foil spectroscopy. Only very recently it has been realized that the intrinsic properties of the beam-foil light source, in particular the time resolution, offer means to single out and measure such transitions from the multiline spectra of many-electron ions where the exploitation of other light sources has been less successful. Wavelengths and transition rates of these lines provide both a test of many-electron atomic theory and tools for plasma diagnostics. As examples, data on Mg-, Al- and Si-like ions of elements Ti-Zn are presented and compared with tokamak, laser-produced plasma and solar flare data. It turns out that the level of adequacy reached by the various theoretical approaches for predictions of wavelengths and transition probabilities in the individual isoelectronic sequences is very different. However, even calculational schemes which are successful for one sequence are much worse for others. The variety of isoelectronic sequences and the ranges of ionic charge for each of the sequences which are accessible at typical heavy-ion accelerator laboratories are outlined in order to encourage the use of existing facilities for this type of spectroscopy. (orig.)

  5. ANALISIS KESIAPAN PROGRAM STUDI DALAM PRODUCTION BASED EDUCATION: STUDI PADA PROGRAM STUDI D3 AKUNTANSI POLINES

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    Muhammad Noor Ardiansah

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available There has been no clear studies to identify, verify and analyze readiness program resources in order to study the implementation of PBE resulted in initial position (existing point is not clear that the priority programs and activities that are carried out per year tend to be responsive and not directed priorities. These conditions resulted in analysis of resource readiness courses in the management of production-based learning pattern PBE draw conducted This study aims to identify and verify and analyze readiness resources management courses in the pattern of production based learning, particularly in the Accounting Studies Program. This research is expected to be used to increase the effectiveness of learning and vocational education to improve the quality and relevance of polytechnic graduates. Total score was 33 the existence of resources from the scale of 12-60. The average score is 2.75. The average score was shown the position of Prodi's resources have been used, but its role is unclear (repeatable tend to have clearly defined functions, communicated and documented (defined. Resources have been managed, monitored and evaluated well (managed are: curriculum resources, networking courses, lab facilities, ISO-based management. Resources have been used but not optimal role: resources module practice, the formulation of an internship, practice material / TA, the performance of IC-based lecturer

  6. A comparison of gastroenteritis in a general practice-based study and a community-based study.

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    Wit, M.A.S. de; Kortbeek, L.M.; Koopmans, M.P.G.; Jager, C.J. de; Wannet, W.J.B.; Bartelds, A.I.M.; Duynhoven, Y.T.H.P. van

    2001-01-01

    We compared gastroenteritis cases that consulted a general practitioner (GP) with those who did not in a community-based study and also with those in a GP-based study. We aimed to identify factors associated with consultation, and with inclusion of cases by GPs, and secondly to study the effects on

  7. Logistics case study based research: Towards higher quality

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    Pedrosa, Alex; Näslund, Dag; Jasmand, Claudia

    2012-01-01

    analysis of 134 case study based articles published in six leading logistics and supply chain management (SCM) journals between 1998 and 2010 is used to assess and evaluate the quality of the case study based research approach as documented in these publications. Findings – This research provides an...... overview of the quality of the case study based research approach. Results show that the quality is generally low, supporting the ongoing, but empirically unsupported criticism on the quality of case study based research. The results also highlight which specific aspects authors and reviewers need to...... address to ensure high quality of the case study based research approach in published articles. Research limitations/implications – This study is limited to the analysis of published articles in six logistics and SCM journals. Further research should investigate different journals in logistics and other...

  8. Feasibility Study of Processing Estane-based LOVA Gun Propellant

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    M.A.R. Shaikh; R. R. Sanghavi; S. D. Shelar; T. K. Chakraborthy; Amarjit Singh

    2007-01-01

    Low vulnerability ammunition (LOVA) propellant are currently being developed globally toreplace all types of single-base, double-base and triple-base gun propellants, because LOVApropellants possess advantage like low vulnerability without compromising on ballistic properties.The objective of present study is to establish processing of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE);estane-based LOVA gun propellant in cord/heptatubular geometry.  Keeping in view variousadvantages of TPE such as simple processi...

  9. Laminar Diffusion Flame Studies (Ground- and Space-Based Studies)

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    Dai, Z.; El-Leathy, A. M.; Lin, K.-C.; Sunderland, P. B.; Xu, F.; Faeth, G. M.; Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Laminar diffusion flames are of interest because they provide model flame systems that are far more tractable for analysis and experiments than more practical turbulent diffusion flames. Certainly, understanding flame processes within laminar diffusion flames must precede understanding these processes in more complex turbulent diffusion flames. In addition, many properties of laminar diffusion flames are directly relevant to turbulent diffusion flames using laminar flamelet concepts. Laminar jet diffusion flame shapes (luminous flame boundaries) have been of particular interest since the classical study of Burke and Schumann because they are a simple nonintrusive measurement that is convenient for evaluating flame structure predictions. Thus, consideration of laminar flame shapes is undertaken in the following, emphasizing conditions where effects of gravity are small, due to the importance of such conditions to practical applications. Another class of interesting properties of laminar diffusion flames are their laminar soot and smoke point properties (i.e., the flame length, fuel flow rate, characteristic residence time, etc., at the onset of soot appearance in the flame (the soot point) and the onset of soot emissions from the flame (the smoke point)). These are useful observable soot properties of nonpremixed flames because they provide a convenient means to rate several aspects of flame sooting properties: the relative propensity of various fuels to produce soot in flames; the relative effects of fuel structure, fuel dilution, flame temperature and ambient pressure on the soot appearance and emission properties of flames; the relative levels of continuum radiation from soot in flames; and effects of the intrusion of gravity (or buoyant motion) on emissions of soot from flames. An important motivation to define conditions for soot emissions is that observations of laminar jet diffusion flames in critical environments, e.g., space shuttle and space station

  10. Ontology-Based Federated Data Access to Human Studies Information

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    Sim, Ida; Carini, Simona; Tu, Samson W.; Detwiler, Landon T; Brinkley, James; Mollah, Shamim A.; Burke, Karl; Lehmann, Harold P.; Chakraborty, Swati; Wittkowski, Knut M.; Pollock, Brad H.; Johnson, Thomas M.; Huser, Vojtech

    2012-01-01

    Human studies are one of the most valuable sources of knowledge in biomedical research, but data about their design and results are currently widely dispersed in siloed systems. Federation of these data is needed to facilitate large-scale data analysis to realize the goals of evidence-based medicine. The Human Studies Database project has developed an informatics infrastructure for federated query of human studies databases, using a generalizable approach to ontology-based data access. Our ap...

  11. SCHIFF BASES: FACILE SYNTHESIS, SPECTRAL CHARACTERIZATION AND BIOCIDAL STUDIES

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    Kalaivani, S.; N. Padma Priya; S. Arunachalam

    2013-01-01

    A family of Schiff bases was synthesized by the reactions of o-aminobenzoic acid and Knovenegal condensate of β-ketoesters in 1:1 ratio. The newly synthesized Schiff bases were characterized by Elemental analyses and spectral (FT-IR, UV–Vis and 1H-NMR) studies and the structures have been proposed tentatively. These compounds were subjected to study their biocidal efficacy against S. epidermidis, E. coli, B. cinerea and A. niger.

  12. SCHIFF BASES: FACILE SYNTHESIS, SPECTRAL CHARACTERIZATION AND BIOCIDAL STUDIES

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    S. Kalaivani

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A family of Schiff bases was synthesized by the reactions of o-aminobenzoic acid and Knovenegal condensate of β-ketoesters in 1:1 ratio. The newly synthesized Schiff bases were characterized by Elemental analyses and spectral (FT-IR, UV–Vis and 1H-NMR studies and the structures have been proposed tentatively. These compounds were subjected to study their biocidal efficacy against S. epidermidis, E. coli, B. cinerea and A. niger.

  13. Cardiovascular outcomes associated with use of clarithromycin: population based study

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    Wong, AY; Root, A.; Douglas, IJ; Chui, CS; Chan, EW; Ghebremichael-Weldeselassie, Y.; Siu, CW; Smeeth, L; Wong, IC

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    STUDY QUESTION:  What is the association between clarithromycin use and cardiovascular outcomes? METHODS:  In this population based study the authors compared cardiovascular outcomes in adults aged 18 or more receiving oral clarithromycin or amoxicillin during 2005-09 in Hong Kong. Based on age within five years, sex, and calendar year at use, each clarithromycin user was matched to one or two amoxicillin users. The cohort analysis included patients who received clarithromycin (n=108 988) or ...

  14. Pharmacogenetic studies related to cyclophosphamide-based therapy

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    Pinto, Navin; Ludeman, Susan M.; Dolan, M. Eileen

    2009-01-01

    Cyclophosphamide is a cornerstone in the treatment of many pediatric and adult malignancies, as well as in the treatment of refractory autoimmune conditions. Genetic factors are thought to play a role in the interindividual variation in both response and toxicities associated with cyclophosphamide-based therapies. This drug focus reviews the most compelling studies conducted on the pharmacogenetics of cyclophosphamide-based therapies. Broader pharmacogenomic studies are needed and may reveal ...

  15. Study on Knowledge -based Intelligent Fault Diagnosis of Hydraulic System

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    Xuexia Liu

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A general framework of hydraulic fault diagnosis system was studied. It consisted of equipment knowledge bases, real-time databases, fusion reasoning module, knowledge acquisition module and so on. A tree-structure model of fault knowledge was established. Fault nodes knowledge was encapsulated by object-oriented technique. Complete knowledge bases were made including fault bases and diagnosis bases. It could describe the fault positions, the structure of fault, cause-symptom relationships, diagnosis principles and other knowledge. Taking the fault of left and right lifting oil cylinder out of sync for example, the diagnostic results show that the methods were effective.

  16. Feasibility Study of Processing Estane-based LOVA Gun Propellant

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    M.A.R. Shaikh

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Low vulnerability ammunition (LOVA propellant are currently being developed globally toreplace all types of single-base, double-base and triple-base gun propellants, because LOVApropellants possess advantage like low vulnerability without compromising on ballistic properties.The objective of present study is to establish processing of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE;estane-based LOVA gun propellant in cord/heptatubular geometry.  Keeping in view variousadvantages of TPE such as simple processing, greater dimensional stability, lower productionlosses, superior insensitivity, and mechanical properties of the propellants, estane 5731(polyurethane-ester-MDI, aromatic polyester is selected for feasibility study as a binder inLOVA-based gun propellant composition, processed by solvent and semi-solvent methods andcompared feasibility of processing as well as their evaluation wrt ballistics, vulnerability, andmechanical properties. The results indicate that gun propellants processed by semi-solventmethod and extruded at elevated temperatures exhibit better ballistics, mechanical, andvulnerability properties.

  17. Image based 3D city modeling : Comparative study

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    Singh, S. P.; Jain, K.; Mandla, V. R.

    2014-06-01

    3D city model is a digital representation of the Earth's surface and it's related objects such as building, tree, vegetation, and some manmade feature belonging to urban area. The demand of 3D city modeling is increasing rapidly for various engineering and non-engineering applications. Generally four main image based approaches were used for virtual 3D city models generation. In first approach, researchers were used Sketch based modeling, second method is Procedural grammar based modeling, third approach is Close range photogrammetry based modeling and fourth approach is mainly based on Computer Vision techniques. SketchUp, CityEngine, Photomodeler and Agisoft Photoscan are the main softwares to represent these approaches respectively. These softwares have different approaches & methods suitable for image based 3D city modeling. Literature study shows that till date, there is no complete such type of comparative study available to create complete 3D city model by using images. This paper gives a comparative assessment of these four image based 3D modeling approaches. This comparative study is mainly based on data acquisition methods, data processing techniques and output 3D model products. For this research work, study area is the campus of civil engineering department, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India). This 3D campus acts as a prototype for city. This study also explains various governing parameters, factors and work experiences. This research work also gives a brief introduction, strengths and weakness of these four image based techniques. Some personal comment is also given as what can do or what can't do from these softwares. At the last, this study shows; it concluded that, each and every software has some advantages and limitations. Choice of software depends on user requirements of 3D project. For normal visualization project, SketchUp software is a good option. For 3D documentation record, Photomodeler gives good result. For Large city

  18. Arts-Based Learning and Leadership Development: A Case Study

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    Brenner, Michael Yoel

    2010-01-01

    This qualitative case study was designed to explore how participants in an arts-based leadership development program learned to draw on their right brain capabilities in order to develop the creative competencies required to solve complex modern-day problems in new and different ways. The rationale for this study emerges from the researcher's…

  19. A simulation based engineering method to support HAZOP studies

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    Enemark-Rasmussen, Rasmus; Cameron, David; Angelo, Per Bagge;

    2012-01-01

    HAZOP is the most commonly used process hazard analysis tool in industry, a systematic yet tedious and time consuming method. The aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of process dynamic simulations to facilitate the HAZOP studies. We propose a simulation-based methodology to complement...

  20. INTEGRATED GENOME-BASED STUDIES OF SHEWANELLA ECOPHYSIOLOGY

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    TIEDJE, JAMES M; KONSTANTINIDIS, KOSTAS; WORDEN, MARK

    2014-01-08

    The aim of the work reported is to study Shewanella population genomics, and to understand the evolution, ecophysiology, and speciation of Shewanella. The tasks supporting this aim are: to study genetic and ecophysiological bases defining the core and diversification of Shewanella species; to determine gene content patterns along redox gradients; and to Investigate the evolutionary processes, patterns and mechanisms of Shewanella.

  1. A simulation based engineering method to support HAZOP studies

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    Enemark-Rasmussen, Rasmus; Cameron, David; Angelo, Per Bagge; Sin, Gürkan

    HAZOP is the most commonly used process hazard analysis tool in industry, a systematic yet tedious and time consuming method. The aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of process dynamic simulations to facilitate the HAZOP studies. We propose a simulation-based methodology to complement...

  2. ATOM PROBE STUDY OF TITANIUM BASE ALLOYS : PRELIMINARY RESULTS

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    Menand, A.; Chambreland, S.; Martin, C

    1986-01-01

    Two different titanium base alloys, Ti46 Al54 and Ti88.8 Cu2.3, Al8.9, have been studied by atom probe microanalysis. A precipitate of Ti2 Al was analysed in the binary alloys. Micro-analysis of Ti Cu Al alloy revealed the presence of Copper enriched zones. The study has also exhibited a penetration of Hydrogen in the samples, probably due to preparation technique. The results demonstrate the feasibility of studies on titanium base alloys by mean of atom probe.

  3. Retinal Detachment in Southwest Ethiopia: A Hospital Based Prospective Study

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    Asaminew, Tsedeke; Gelaw, Yeshigeta; Bekele, Sisay; Solomon, Berhan

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The incidence of retinal detachment in Blacks is generally considered to be low though there are few supporting studies in Africa. This study, thus, aimed at describing the clinical profile of patients with retinal detachment in Southwest Ethiopia. Methods A hospital-based study was done on all consecutive retinal detachment patients who presented to Jimma University Hospital over six months period. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect patients’ sociodemographic charact...

  4. Study and Implementation of MUX Based FPGA in QCA Technology

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    E.N.Ganesh

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a simple Multiplexer based Field programmable gate arrays with interconnectsbased on quantum cellular automata technology. Quantum cellular automata (QCA technology is apromising nanotechnology of the future. QCA based 4:1 Multiplexer are designed and constructed as amodule in a FPGA. Multiplexer based designs are used to implement complex Boolean functions andeach module can act as a logic element or simple Multiplexer. We have studied here, NOR based logic toimplement Sum function of an adder in a QCA FPGA. Finally we have designed and simulated the MUXbased logic elements to construct QCA FPGA. This study can be useful for building complexConfigurable logic blocks to design a complete FPGA.

  5. A Study of Region-Based and Contourbased Image Segmentation

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    Fari Muhammad Abubakar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In computer vision, segmentation refers to the process of partitioning a digital image into multiplesegments (sets of pixels, also known as super-pixels. This paper attempts to undertake a study of twocategories of image segmentation which are Contour- Base and Region-Base. In the first category,Contour- Based image segmentation, the study is on some edge detection techniques which include Sobel,Canny and Robert Cross edge detection techniques and for the Region- based image segmentation, thestudy is on image thresholding. These two categories of image segmentation will be performed usingMATLAB Version 7.12.0.635 (R2011a and the experimental results obtained are discussed

  6. Epilepsy in Children With ADHD: A Population-Based Study

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    Davis, Shanlee M.; Katusic, Slavica K.; Barbaresi, William J.; Killian, Jill; Weaver, Amy L.; Ottman, Ruth; Wirrell, Elaine C.

    2010-01-01

    Prior studies suggest a higher incidence of symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children with epilepsy, but few have investigated epilepsy in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Our objective was to compare the incidence and characteristics of epilepsy among population-based, research identified cohorts of children with (N=358) and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (N=728), based on medical record review to age 20. Data abstracted include...

  7. Anxiety disorders in young people: a population-based study

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    Thaíse Campos Mondin; Caroline Elizabeth Konradt; Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso; Luciana de Avila Quevedo; Karen Jansen; Luciano Dias de Mattos; Ricardo Tavares Pinheiro; Ricardo Azevedo da Silva

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To assess the prevalence of anxiety disorders and associated factors in young adults. Methods: Cross-sectional population-based study of individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 years randomly selected from 89 census-based sectors to ensure an adequate sample size. Household selection within the sectors was performed according to a systematic sampling process. Anxiety disorders were assessed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI). The final sample compris...

  8. Study of Emergency Power Based on Solar Battery Charging

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    Wang Lei; Zhu Mengfu; Chen Ping; Deng Cheng; Liu Zhimeng; Wang Yanan

    2016-01-01

    To study an emergency power based on solar battery charging. Based on the electric-generation principle of solar panel, solar energy is changed into electrical energy. Through voltage conversion circuit and filter circuit, electrical energy is stored in the energy storage battery. The emergency power realizes the conversion from solar energy to electrical energy. The battery control unit has the function of PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) charging, overcharging protection, over-discharging prote...

  9. Dynamic 1H NMR Studies of Schiff Base Derivatives

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    Köylü, M. Z.; Ekinci, A.; Böyükata, M.; Temel, H.

    2016-01-01

    The spin-lattice relaxation time T 1 and the spin-spin relaxation time T 2 of two Schiff base derivatives, N,N'-ethylenebis(salicylidene)-1,2-diaminoethane (H2L1) and N,N'-ethylenebis (salicylidene)-1,3-diaminopropane (H2L2), in DMSO-d6 solvent were studied as a function of temperature in the range of 20-50°C using a Bruker Avance 400.132 MHz 1H NMR spectrometer. Based on the activation energy ( E a) and correlation time (τc), we believe that the Schiff base derivatives perform a molecular tumbling motion.

  10. A Study of Knowledge Mining in Web Based Learning Environment

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    A.Nithya Rani,M.C.A.,M.Phil., M.B.A

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available For the past several years data mining fields hasbeen rapidly increasing and attract many researchers andusers. This reason for such rapid growth is essential need toderive the useful knowledge automatically from volume of datawhich is accumulated and shared worldwide. From thatstorage education, a web based learning environment maydevelop to offer a practical tool for instructors and learners touse the knowledge for teaching and learning. Web based openand dynamic learning environment to be personalized supportfor learners. In this paper we give a study of knowledge miningin web based learning environments

  11. Study of systems and techniques for data base management

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    1976-01-01

    Data management areas were studied to identify pertinent problems and issues that will affect future NASA data users in terms of performance and cost. Specific topics discussed include the identifications of potential NASA data users other than those normally discussed, consideration affecting the clustering of minicomputers, low cost computer system for information retrieval and analysis, the testing of minicomputer based data base management systems, ongoing work related to the use of dedicated systems for data base management, and the problems of data interchange among a community of NASA data users.

  12. Register-based studies of cancer screening effects

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    Von Euler-Chelpin, My; Lynge, Elsebeth; Rebolj, Matejka

    INTRODUCTION: There are two organised cancer screening programmes in Denmark, against cervical and breast cancers. The aim with this study was to give an overview of the available register-based research regarding these two programmes, to demonstrate the usefulness of data from the national...... registers. RESEARCH TOPICS: The register-based studies on cancer screening in Denmark could be grouped into research concerning effectiveness, in terms of mortality and incidence reduction, short-term indicators, e.g. in relation to recommended quality assurance indicators, and side effects, e.g. as false...

  13. Earth & Space-Based Power Generation Systems - A Comparison Study

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    Zerta, M.; Blandow, V.; Collins, P.; Guillet, J.; Nordmann, Thomas; Schmidt, Patrick; Weindorf, Werner; Zittel, Werner

    2004-12-01

    The objective of the study [1] is to comparatively assess the economic viability, energy investment, risk and reliability issues of broad-scale introduction of terrestrial and space based solar power systems for a European power supply in 2030 at various scenario power levels. The scenario design in terms of base load and non-base load cases is only suited to gain principle knowledge about both terrestrial and space-based solar power system architectures. The comparative cost, energy, risk and reliability discussions and evaluations are based on highly asymmetrical input data due to different magnitudes of practical experiences. However, under the study assumptions given, space- based solar power systems may potentially provide a firm power supply and could be economically competitive to terrestrial solar power systems if space transportation costs in the lower hundreds EUR/kg payload are achieved. The energy payback time could be in the range of other solar power technologies far below their operational lifetimes. Risks attributed with SPS are mainly in the field of health and public acceptance of microwave power transmission, the general R&D risk and geopolitical implications.

  14. Ab initio Study of Naptho-Homologated DNA Bases

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    Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Alvaro [ORNL; Huertas, Oscar [Universitat de Barcelona; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A [ORNL; Orozco, Modesto [Institut de Recerca Biomedica, Parc Cientific de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain; Luque, Javier [Universitat de Barcelona

    2008-01-01

    Naptho-homologated DNA bases have been recently used to build a new type of size expanded DNA known as yyDNA. We have used theoretical techniques to investigate the structure, tautomeric preferences, base-pairing ability, stacking interactions, and HOMO-LUMO gaps of the naptho-bases. The structure of these bases is found to be similar to that of the benzo-fused predecessors (y-bases) with respect to the planarity of the aromatic rings and amino groups. Tautomeric studies reveal that the canonical-like form of naptho-thymine (yyT) and naptho-adenine (yyA) are the most stable tautomers, leading to hydrogen-bonded dimers with the corresponding natural nucleobases that mimic the Watson-Crick pairing. However, the canonical-like species of naptho-guanine (yyG) and naptho-cytosine (yyC) are not the most stable tautomers, and the most favorable hydrogen-bonded dimers involve wobble-like pairings. The expanded size of the naphto-bases leads to stacking interactions notably larger than those found for the natural bases, and they should presumably play a dominant contribution in modulating the structure of yyDNA duplexes. Finally, the HOMO-LUMO gap of the naptho-bases is smaller than that of their benzo-base counterparts, indicating that size-expansion of DNA bases is an efficient way of reducing their HOMO-LUMO gap. These results are examined in light of the available experimental evidence reported for yyT and yyC.

  15. Combined thermodynamic study of nickel-base alloys. Progress report

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    Achievements during this period are the following: (1) initiation of a high-temperature study of the Ni-Ta system using the galvanic cell technique, (2) emf study of high-temperature thermodynamics in the Ni-Mo system, (3) measured heat capacity data on ordered and disordered Ni4Mo, (4) heat capacities of Ni and disordered Ni3Fe, and (5) computer correlation of thermodynamic and phase diagram data in binary Ni-base alloys

  16. Miniaturized analytical systems for mass spectrometry-based protein studies

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    Abonnenc, Mélanie

    2009-01-01

    Current proteomic strategies depend strongly on the development of analytical methodologies and instrumentation. In parallel to the development of mass spectrometry (MS) - based proteomic workflows, microfluidic devices emerged in this field as a flexible tool for rapid and sensitive protein studies. In this context, the present work focuses on the development of miniaturized analytical systems for protein studies, especially by electrospray ionization mass spectrometric detection. Several ap...

  17. A Stylistic Study of Translator Based on Western Translation Theory

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    Wu; Jing

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on the historic development of the stylistic study of translator in light of western translation theory,and analyzes its features on each phase and current emphasis of research,by which knowledge of the development of western theory and translators’ style can be shown.After that,we can research its problems existing in the stylistic study of translator based on western theory so than we can provide a panoramic analysis in this field.

  18. A Stylistic Study of Translator Based on Western Translation Theory

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    Wu Jing

    2015-01-01

    This paper focuses on the historic development of the stylistic study of translator in light of western translation theory,and analyzes its features on each phase and current emphasis of research,by which knowledge of the development of western theory and translators' style can be shown.After that,we can research its problems existing in the stylistic study of translator based on western theory so than we can provide a panoramic analysis in thisfield.

  19. Cytohistopathological correlation of Papanicolaou smears: a hospital based study

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    Purwa Rangrao Patil

    2016-06-01

    Conclusions: The study provides good cytohistopathological correlation especially for high grade lesions. So we believe that the success of screening for cervical cancer is based on collection of adequate materials and correct interpretation of abnormal cells. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2016; 5(6.000: 1695-1699

  20. A Usability Study of Interactive Web-Based Modules

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    Girard, Tulay; Pinar, Musa

    2011-01-01

    This research advances the understanding of the usability of marketing case study modules in the area of interactive web-based technologies through the assignment of seven interactive case modules in a Principles of Marketing course. The case modules were provided for marketing students by the publisher, McGraw Hill Irwin, of the "Marketing"…

  1. Ontology-based federated data access to human studies information.

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    Sim, Ida; Carini, Simona; Tu, Samson W; Detwiler, Landon T; Brinkley, James; Mollah, Shamim A; Burke, Karl; Lehmann, Harold P; Chakraborty, Swati; Wittkowski, Knut M; Pollock, Brad H; Johnson, Thomas M; Huser, Vojtech

    2012-01-01

    Human studies are one of the most valuable sources of knowledge in biomedical research, but data about their design and results are currently widely dispersed in siloed systems. Federation of these data is needed to facilitate large-scale data analysis to realize the goals of evidence-based medicine. The Human Studies Database project has developed an informatics infrastructure for federated query of human studies databases, using a generalizable approach to ontology-based data access. Our approach has three main components. First, the Ontology of Clinical Research (OCRe) provides the reference semantics. Second, a data model, automatically derived from OCRe into XSD, maintains semantic synchrony of the underlying representations while facilitating data acquisition using common XML technologies. Finally, the Query Integrator issues queries distributed over the data, OCRe, and other ontologies such as SNOMED in BioPortal. We report on a demonstration of this infrastructure on data acquired from institutional systems and from ClinicalTrials.gov. PMID:23304360

  2. Predictive Software Measures based on Z Specifications - A Case Study

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    Andreas Bollin

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Estimating the effort and quality of a system is a critical step at the beginning of every software project. It is necessary to have reliable ways of calculating these measures, and, it is even better when the calculation can be done as early as possible in the development life-cycle. Having this in mind, metrics for formal specifications are examined with a view to correlations to complexity and quality-based code measures. A case study, based on a Z specification and its implementation in ADA, analyzes the practicability of these metrics as predictors.

  3. Space-Based Gravitational-wave Mission Concept Studies

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    Livas, Jeffrey C.

    2012-01-01

    The LISA Mission Concept has been under study for over two decades as a spacebased gravitational-wave detector capable of observing astrophysical sources in the 0.0001 to 1 Hz band. The concept has consistently received strong recommendations from various review panels based on the expected science, most recently from the US Astr02010 Decadal Review. Budget constraints have led both the US and European Space agencies to search for lower cost options. We report results from the US effort to explore the tradeoffs between mission cost and science return, and in particular a family of mission concepts referred to as SGO (Space-based Gravitational-wave Observatory).

  4. Aspect-based video browsing - a user study

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    Hopfgartner, F.; Urruty, T.; Hannah, D.; Elliott, D.; Jose, J.M.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, we present a user study on a novel video search interface based on the concept of aspect browsing. We aim to confirm whether automatically suggesting new aspects can increase the performance of an aspect-based browser. The proposed strategy is to assist the user in exploratory video search by actively suggesting new query terms and video shots. We use a clustering technique to identify potential aspects and use the results to propose suggestions to the user to help them in thei...

  5. A review of studies on community based early warning systems

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    Margaret Macherera

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Community-based early warning systems involve community driven collection and analysis of information that enable warning messages to help a community to react to a hazard and reduce the resulting loss or harm. Most early warning systems are designed at the national or global level. Local communities’ capacity to predict weather conditions using indigenous knowledge has been demonstrated in studies focusing on climate change and agriculture in some African countries. This review was motivated by successes made in non-disease specific community-based early warning systems with a view to identify opportunities for developing similar systems for malaria. This article reviewed the existing community-based early warning systems documented in literature. The types of disasters that are addressed by these systems and the methodologies utilised in the development of the systems were identified. The review showed that most of the documented community-based early warning systems focus on natural disasters such as floods, drought, and landslides. Community-based early warning systems for human diseases are very few, even though such systems exist at national and regional and global levels. There is a clear gap in terms of community-based malaria early warning systems. The methodologies for the development of the community-based early warning systems reviewed mainly derive from the four elements of early warning systems; namely risk knowledge, monitoring, warning communication and response capability. The review indicated the need for the development of community based early warning systems for human diseases.Keywords: community; early warning; disaster; hazards

  6. AUV-Based Plume Tracking: A Simulation Study

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    Awantha Jayasiri

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a simulation study of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV navigation system operating in a GPS-denied environment. The AUV navigation method makes use of underwater transponder positioning and requires only one transponder. A multirate unscented Kalman filter is used to determine the AUV orientation and position by fusing high-rate sensor data and low-rate information. The paper also proposes a gradient-based, efficient, and adaptive novel algorithm for plume boundary tracking missions. The algorithm follows a centralized approach and it includes path optimization features based on gradient information. The proposed algorithm is implemented in simulation on the AUV-based navigation system and successful boundary tracking results are obtained.

  7. A Study of Mathematics Web-Based Learning in Schools

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    Mansoor A.A Ali

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Teaching Mathematics to intermediate school boys is a challenging process which can greatly benefit from software technology and web-based learning. In this research we study the difficulties and opportunities of using this technology in teaching Mathematics to 13 year old boys studying Mathematics at school. For students' we identify the basic requirements at home, e.g., Mathematics computer software packages, availability of internet access and ability of the parents to provide computers, software and the internet for their sons. We assess the expected improvement in grades, motivation and communication between home and school. For the teaches', we assess the expected improvement in teachers' productivity, teachers' experience, qualifications in computing and Mathematics packages and their anticipated expectations such as improvement in problem solving, grades of students. Our main objective is to determine the expected results resulting from applying computer software and web-based learning in teaching Mathematics.

  8. Photophysical studies of poly-isocyanopeptide based photovoltaic blends

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    We report a photophysical study of photovoltaic blends containing perylene-substituted polyisocyanide (pery-PIC) materials, using time-correlated single photon counting and photo-induced absorption spectroscopy, and compare the key characteristics with analogous perylene-diimide (PDI) monomer blends with polythiophene- and polyfluorene-based conjugated polymers. Pery-PIC consists of semiconducting perylene units, which self-stack in a regular fashion around a rigid helical poly-isocyanopeptide backbone. In particular, the charged state lifetimes in pery-PIC blends are found to be of order tens of microseconds, this being typically less than half those of the perylene anion in the corresponding PDI blends. We consider the influence of photophysical factors on the superior photovoltaic device performance of the pery-PIC blends, relative to the corresponding PDI-based devices, in addition to the morphological effects described in earlier studies.

  9. Case Studies in Agnotology-Based Learning (Invited)

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    Cook, J.; Bedford, D. P.; Mandia, S. A.

    2013-12-01

    Agnotology is the study of how and why ignorance or misconceptions exist. While misconceptions are a challenge for educators, they also present an opportunity to improve climate literacy through agnotology-based learning. This involves refutational lessons that challenge misconceptions while teaching scientific concepts. I will summarize two decades of research that find refutational texts are among the most effective forms of reducing misconceptions. I will present case studies in improving climate literacy through agnotology-based learning, both in the college classroom and in public outreach promoted through mainstream and social media. I will also explore how content from the SkepticalScience.com website is being used by educators as a teaching resource. These real-world examples demonstrate effective ways to reduce misperceptions and improve climate literacy.

  10. Fuzzy-based HAZOP study for process industry.

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    Ahn, Junkeon; Chang, Daejun

    2016-11-01

    This study proposed a fuzzy-based HAZOP for analyzing process hazards. Fuzzy theory was used to express uncertain states. This theory was found to be a useful approach to overcome the inherent uncertainty in HAZOP analyses. Fuzzy logic sharply contrasted with classical logic and provided diverse risk values according to its membership degree. Appropriate process parameters and guidewords were selected to describe the frequency and consequence of an accident. Fuzzy modeling calculated risks based on the relationship between the variables of an accident. The modeling was based on the mean expected value, trapezoidal fuzzy number, IF-THEN rules, and the center of gravity method. A cryogenic LNG (liquefied natural gas) testing facility was the objective process for the fuzzy-based and conventional HAZOPs. The most significant index is the frequency to determine risks. The comparison results showed that the fuzzy-based HAZOP provides better sophisticated risks than the conventional HAZOP. The fuzzy risk matrix presents the significance of risks, negligible risks, and necessity of risk reduction. PMID:27318726

  11. Burning Rate Studies of Energetic Double Base Propellants

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    V. K. Bhat

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available A systematic study was carried out on the combustion characteristics of CMDB propellants containing ammonium nitrate, ammonium perchlorate, potassium nitrate, potassium perchlorate, RDX and PETN. While ammonium and potassium perchlorates increased burning rates, other additives maintained either the same burning rate or reduced burning rates marginally. Propellants containing these additives showed marginally higher peak temperatures, indicating interaction among the species of double base propellant decomposition and those of additives.

  12. Study of Teacher Development Based on the Ecological Perspective

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    Liu Bo; Xiao Qianyin; Xiong Feng

    2014-01-01

    Based on the understanding of the ecology background, the ecological system of Teacher Development (TD) is constructed and the influential factors, such as the natural, social environment, regulatory environment and the physiological and psychological environment, which have an effect on TD, are analyzed in the present study. Besides, with the combination of the ecological characteristics of TD, The sustainable model for TD is proposed. In accordance with the ecological principles of TD and w...

  13. Sleep and Multisystem Biological Risk: A Population-Based Study

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    Carroll, Judith E.; Irwin, Michael R.; Merkin, Sharon Stein; Seeman, Teresa E

    2015-01-01

    Background Short sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and mortality. This study examines the contribution of sleep duration and sleep quality on a multisystem biological risk index that is known to be associated with morbidity and mortality. Methods Analyses include a population-based sample from the Midlife Development in the United States survey recruited to the Biomarker substudy. A total of 1,023 participants aged 54.5 years (S...

  14. The Study of Target Tracking Based on ARM Embedded Platform

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    Xiaoming Liu

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This article explored a solution of target tracking based on the ARM embedded platform, which gave a design and realization of removable image processing equipment to detect and track the pedestrian in the video. The integration level of embedded platform is very high, embedded platform supports real-time multitasking operating system, and comply with the requirements of real-time and miniaturization. Studying how to combine embedded platform with target tracking, it has instructional significance for robot development applications.

  15. Expressive writing and posttraumatic growth: an Internet-based study

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    Stockton, Hannah; Joseph, Stephen; Hunt, Nigel

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the effects of Internet-based expressive writing on posttraumatic growth. Expressive (n = 14) and control writing (n = 10) participants wrote for 15 min on 3 occasions spaced 3 days apart. Measures of intrusive and avoidant thoughts and posttraumatic growth were administered at baseline and 2- and 8-week postintervention follow-ups. Results showed that posttraumatic growth significantly increased from baseline to 8-week follow-up in the expressive writing group, while ther...

  16. Cyberbullying among Finnish adolescents – a population-based study

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    Lindfors Pirjo L; Kaltiala-Heino Riittakerttu; Rimpelä Arja H

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Cyberbullying, threatening or harassing another via the internet or mobile phones, does not cause physically harm and thus the consequences are less visible. Little research has been performed on the occurrence of cyberbullying among adolescents or the perception of its seriousness. Only a few population-based studies have been published, none of which included research on the witnessing of cyberbullying. Here, we examined exposure to cyberbullying during the last year, an...

  17. Study on Medical Image Processing Technologies Based on DICOM

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    Peijiang Chen

    2012-01-01

    DICOM is an international standard for the storage and transmission of medical image. With the popularity of pictorial and computerized medical equipments and the development of hospital management information system, the standard is widely used. The technologies of medical image display and processing based on DICOM standard are studied. On the basis of analyzing the DICOM standards and file formats, the general idea of converting between the DICOM format and BMP format is brought forward, a...

  18. Photophysical studies of poly-isocyanopeptide based photovoltaic blends

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    Finlayson, C E; Whitney, A D

    2010-01-01

    Abstract We report a photophysical study of photovoltaic blends containing perylene-substituted polyisocyanide (pery-PIC) materials, using time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) and photo-induced absorption spectroscopy, and compare the key characteristics to analogous perylene-diimide (PDI) monomer blends with polythiophene- and polyfluorene-based conjugated polymers. Pery-PIC consists of semiconducting perylene units, which self-stack in a regular fashion around a rigid helical p...

  19. Screening and cervical cancer cure: population based cohort study

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    Andrae, B.; Andersson, T. M.-L.; Lambert, P C; Kemetli, L.; Silfverdal, L.; Strander, B.; Ryd, W; Dillner, J; Tornberg, S; Sparen, P

    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine whether detection of invasive cervical cancer by screening results in better prognosis or merely increases the lead time until death. Design Nationwide population based cohort study. Setting Sweden. Participants All 1230 women with cervical cancer diagnosed during 1999-2001 in Sweden prospectively followed up for an average of 8.5 years. Main outcome measures Cure proportions and five year relative survival ratios, stratified by screening history, mode of detection, age...

  20. A study on the effect of performance based budgeting using activity based cost method

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    Rahmatollah Mohammadipour

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, management of funds in different governmental organizations plays essential role in accessing desirable objectives and in controlling operations efficiently and effectively. Performance-based budgeting (PBB is the practice of developing budgets based on the relationship between planned funding levels and anticipated results from the plan. The performance-based budgeting process is a technique where the administrators can apply to manage more cost-efficient and effective budgeting programs. In this paper, we present an empirical investigation to find out whether it is possible to apply PBB in various Iranian municipalities or not. The proposed study detects different barriers in terms of strategy, execution and monitoring through a questionnaire and investigations whether removing the important trouble making issues could help management team apply PBB with an adaptation of activity based cost method or net. The results indicate that management of some Iranian municipalities could successfully implement PBB within organization when major barriers are removed.

  1. A comprehensive family-based replication study of schizophrenia genes

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    Aberg, Karolina A; Liu, Youfang; Bukszár, Jozsef;

    2013-01-01

     768 control subjects from 6 databases and, after quality control 6298 individuals (including 3286 cases) from 1811 nuclear families. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Case-control status for SCZ. RESULTS Replication results showed a highly significant enrichment of SNPs with small P values. Of the SNPs with...... independent family-based replication study that, after quality control, consisted of 8107 SNPs. SETTING Linkage meta-analysis, brain transcriptome meta-analysis, candidate gene database, OMIM, relevant mouse studies, and expression quantitative trait locus databases. PATIENTS We included 11 185 cases and 10...

  2. Discrete Surface Modeling Based on Google Earth: A Case Study

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    Mei, Gang; Tipper, John C.; Xu, Nengxiong

    2012-01-01

    Google Earth (GE) has become a powerful tool for geological, geophysical and geographical modeling; yet GE can be accepted to acquire elevation data of terrain. In this paper, we present a real study case of building the discrete surface model (DSM) at Haut-Barr Castle in France based on the elevation data of terrain points extracted from GE using the COM API. We first locate the position of Haut-Barr Castle and determine the region of the study area, then extract elevation data of terrain at...

  3. Zirconia based inert matrix fuel: fabrication concepts and feasibility studies

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    The internal gelation process has traditionally been applied to fabricate standard fuel based on uranium, typically UO2 and MOX. To meet the recent aim to destroy plutonium in the most effective way, a uranium free fuel was evaluated. The fuel development programme at PSI has been redirected toward a fuel based on zirconium oxide or a mixture of zirconia and a conducting material to form ceramic/metal (CERMET) or ceramic/ceramic (CERCER) combinations. A feasibility study was carried out to demonstrate that microspheres based on zirconia and spinel can be fabricated with the required properties. The gelation parameters were investigated to optimise compositions of the starting solutions. Studies to fabricate a composite material (from zirconia and spinel) are ongoing. If the zirconia/spinel ratio is chosen appropriately, the low thermal conductivity of pure zirconia can be compensated by the higher thermal conductivity of spinel. Another solution to offset the low thermal conductivity of zirconia is the development of a CERMET, which consists of fine particles bearing plutonium in a cubic zirconia lattice dispersed in a metallic matrix. The fabrication of such a CERMET is also being studied. (author)

  4. Cyanoacetamide based Barbiturates, Thiobarbiturates and their Biological Studies

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    Various cyanoacetamide based Knoevenagel adducts were coupled with barbituric acid / thiobarbituric acid and triethylorthoformate via a one pot three component reaction in 2-butanol availing the desired compound in excellent yields. All the synthesized compounds (2-15) were extensively characterized by 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, Mass spectrometry and elemental analysis and were screened for antibacterial, antiurease, antioxidant, cytotoxicity and chymotrypsin inhibition studies. In case of antibacterial studies 2 was found appreciably active against the six selected strains whereas the rest of the compounds were moderately active. The urease inhibition studies revealed compound 5 and 12 as potent whereas the rest were found inactive where thiourea was used as control. Antioxidant activity results exhibited with 2 as the most active and rest of compounds showed good activity. In case of chymotrypsin inhibition studies all the synthesized compounds were found inactive with the exception of 6 which was moderately active. (author)

  5. Adherence to predefined dietary patterns and incident type 2 diabetes in European populations: EPIC-InterAct Study

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    Kröger, J.; Schulze, M.B.; Romaguera, D; Feskens, E.J.M.

    2014-01-01

    Aims/hypothesis - Few studies have investigated the relationship between predefined dietary patterns and type 2 diabetes incidence; little is known about the generalisability of these associations. We aimed to assess the association between predefined dietary patterns and type 2 diabetes risk in European populations. Methods - From among a case-cohort of 12,403 incident diabetes cases and 16,154 subcohort members nested within the prospective European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and...

  6. Simulation Based Studies in Software Engineering: A Matter of Validity

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Despite the possible lack of validity when compared with other science areas, Simulation-Based Studies (SBS in Software Engineering (SE have supported the achievement of some results in the field. However, as it happens with any other sort of experimental study, it is important to identify and deal with threats to validity aiming at increasing their strength and reinforcing results confidence. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential threats to SBS validity in SE and suggest ways to mitigate them. METHOD: To apply qualitative analysis in a dataset resulted from the aggregation of data from a quasi-systematic literature review combined with ad-hoc surveyed information regarding other science areas. RESULTS: The analysis of data extracted from 15 technical papers allowed the identification and classification of 28 different threats to validity concerned with SBS in SE according Cook and Campbell’s categories. Besides, 12 verification and validation procedures applicable to SBS were also analyzed and organized due to their ability to detect these threats to validity. These results were used to make available an improved set of guidelines regarding the planning and reporting of SBS in SE. CONCLUSIONS: Simulation based studies add different threats to validity when compared with traditional studies. They are not well observed and therefore, it is not easy to identify and mitigate all of them without explicit guidance, as the one depicted in this paper.

  7. Study of anthropological base line (ABL) and orbitomeatal base line (OMBL)

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    Standard base lines in skull radiography are important technical factors for high quality reproduction of a radiogram. However, in current textbooks of radiology and radiography, at least 11 base lines have been described for skull radiography. The definition of these base lines has been by no means uniform or precise among the various authors. In our attempt for some standardization, two fundamental base lines, the ABL and the OMBL were chosen and upon a study of their histological development, the present status of their clinical use in various countries were analyzed. We also investigated about the reference point considered in those base lines. The difference in the angle taken for the ABL and the OMBL estimation has been described in the literature, as being 10 degree, but we found that this angle measured over the skin surface varied widely among individuals ranging from 9 to 16 degree. Thus, we concluded that accurate standardization of radiographic base lines are essential for an improvement of skull radiography. Our results indicated the need to recognize existing differences on reference points or lines taken on the skin surface or over the bone position. (author)

  8. Clinical TVA-based studies: a general review

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    Thomas eHabekost

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In combination with whole report and partial report tasks, the Theory of Visual Attention (TVA can be used to estimate individual differences in five basic attentional parameters: The visual processing speed, the storage capacity of visual short-term memory, the perceptual threshold, the efficiency of top-down selectivity, and the spatial bias of attentional weighting. TVA-based assessment has been used in about 30 studies to investigate attentional deficits in a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions: (a neglect and simultanagnosia, (b reading disturbances, (c aging and neurodegenerative diseases, and most recently (d neurodevelopmental disorders. The article introduces TVA based assessment, discusses its methodology and psychometric properties, and reviews the progress made in each of the four research fields. The empirical results demonstrate the general usefulness of TVA-based assessment for many types of clinical neuropsychological research. The method’s most important qualities are cognitive specificity and theoretical grounding, but it is also characterized by good reliability and sensitivity to minor deficits. The review concludes by pointing to promising new areas for clinical TVA-based research.

  9. Study of operational risk-based configuration control

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    This report studies aspects of a risk-based configuration control system to detect and control plant configurations from a risk perspective. Configuration control, as the term is used here, is the management of component configurations to achieve specific objectives. One important objective is to control risk and safety. Another is to operate efficiently and make effective use of available resources. PSA-based evaluations are performed to study configuration to core-melt frequency and core-melt probability for two plants. Some equipment configurations can cause large core-melt frequency and there are a number of such configurations that are not currently controlled by technical specifications. However, the expected frequency of occurrence of the impacting configurations is small and the core-melt probability contributions are also generally small. The insights from this evaluation are used to develop the framework for an effective risk-based configuration control system. The focal points of such a system and the requirements for tools development for implementing the system are defined. The requirements of risk models needed for the system, and the uses of plant-specific data are also discussed. 18 refs., 25 figs., 10 tabs

  10. Study of operational risk-based configuration control

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    Vesely, W E [Science Applications International Corp., Dublin, OH (United States); Samanta, P K; Kim, I S [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)

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    This report studies aspects of a risk-based configuration control system to detect and control plant configurations from a risk perspective. Configuration control, as the term is used here, is the management of component configurations to achieve specific objectives. One important objective is to control risk and safety. Another is to operate efficiently and make effective use of available resources. PSA-based evaluations are performed to study configuration to core-melt frequency and core-melt probability for two plants. Some equipment configurations can cause large core-melt frequency and there are a number of such configurations that are not currently controlled by technical specifications. However, the expected frequency of occurrence of the impacting configurations is small and the core-melt probability contributions are also generally small. The insights from this evaluation are used to develop the framework for an effective risk-based configuration control system. The focal points of such a system and the requirements for tools development for implementing the system are defined. The requirements of risk models needed for the system, and the uses of plant-specific data are also discussed. 18 refs., 25 figs., 10 tabs.

  11. Study of fuel properties of rubber seed oil based biodiesel

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • This article presents the comparative studies of the fuel properties of rubber seed oil based biodiesel. • The design expert has been adopted for the optimization of the process variables. • The FTIR, cold flow properties and oxidation stability are the findings of present study. • All the fuel properties met the standards such as ASTM D6751 and EN 14214. • Present study reveals that rubber seed oil as a non-edible source potentially contributes for esters production. - Abstract: The scarcity of the fossil fuel, environmental pollution and food crisis are the world’s major issues in current era. Biodiesel is an alternative to diesel fuel, environment friendly and biodegradable and is produced from either edible or non-edible oils. In this study, a non-edible rubber seed oil (RSO) with high free fatty acid (FFA) content of 45% were used for the production of biodiesel. The process comprises of two steps. The first step is the acid esterification to reduce the FFA value and the second step is the base transesterification. The response surface methodology (RSM) was used for parametric optimization of the two stage processes i.e. acid esterification and base transesterification. The yield of biodiesel was analyzed using gas chromatography. The FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-Red) spectrum was also determined to confirm the conversion of fatty acid to methyl esters. The fuel properties were analyzed according to the ASTM D6751 and EN14214 and were compared with the previous finding of researchers. All analyzed properties fulfilled the biodiesel standard criteria

  12. Study on Performance of Remanufactured Engine Based on EMD

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    ZHANG Ying-feng

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available According to the non-stationary property of vibration signal, the vibration signal is decomposed by empirical mode decomposition (EMD. And this method is applied to study the remanufacturing level of engine. Based on the decomposition of vibration signal, correlation coefficient is introduced to study the correlation between IMF (Intrinsic Mode Function components and original signal, and dynamic structure of IMF components is analyzed by correlation dimension. In order to study the remanufacturing level of engine, correlation coefficient and correlation dimension are considered in the function of IMF, and an index of vibration intensity is proposed. A corresponding relationship is established between remanufacturing level and vibration intensity. This method has been proved that the running state of engine can be reflected by vibration intensity, and this index can be used to evaluate the remanufacturing level of engine.

  13. Market-Based Indian Grid Integration Study Options: Preprint

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    Stoltenberg, B.; Clark, K.; Negi, S. K.

    2012-03-01

    The Indian state of Gujarat is forecasting solar and wind generation expansion from 16% to 32% of installed generation capacity by 2015. Some states in India are already experiencing heavy wind power curtailment. Understanding how to integrate variable generation (VG) into the grid is of great interest to local transmission companies and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. This paper describes the nature of a market-based integration study and how this approach, while new to Indian grid operation and planning, is necessary to understand how to operate and expand the grid to best accommodate the expansion of VG. Second, it discusses options in defining a study's scope, such as data granularity, generation modeling, and geographic scope. The paper also explores how Gujarat's method of grid operation and current system reliability will affect how an integration study can be performed.

  14. Discrete Surface Modeling Based on Google Earth: A Case Study

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    Mei, Gang; Xu, Nengxiong

    2012-01-01

    Google Earth (GE) has become a powerful tool for geological, geophysical and geographical modeling; yet GE can be accepted to acquire elevation data of terrain. In this paper, we present a real study case of building the discrete surface model (DSM) at Haut-Barr Castle in France based on the elevation data of terrain points extracted from GE using the COM API. We first locate the position of Haut-Barr Castle and determine the region of the study area, then extract elevation data of terrain at Haut-Barr, and thirdly create a planar triangular mesh that covers the study area and finally generate the desired DSM by calculating the elevation of vertices in the planar mesh via interpolating with Universal Kriging (UK) and Inverse Distance Weighting (IDW). The generated DSM can reflect the features of the ground surface at Haut-Barr well, and can be used for constructingthe Sealed Engineering Geological Model (SEGM) in further step.

  15. Neural bases for anticipation skill in soccer: an FMRI study.

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    Bishop, Daniel T; Wright, Michael J; Jackson, Robin C; Abernethy, Bruce

    2013-02-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the neural bases for perceptual-cognitive superiority in a soccer anticipation task using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Thirty-nine participants lay in an MRI scanner while performing a video-based task in which they predicted an oncoming opponent's movements. Video clips were occluded at four time points, and participants were grouped according to in-task performance. Early occlusion reduced prediction accuracy significantly for all participants, as did the opponent's execution of a deceptive maneuver; however, high-skill participants were significantly more accurate than their low-skill counterparts under deceptive conditions. This perceptual-cognitive superiority was associated with greater activation of cortical and subcortical structures involved in executive function and oculomotor control. The contributions of the present findings to an existing neural model of anticipation in sport are highlighted. PMID:23404883

  16. Study of Energetic Nitramine Extruded Double-Base Propellants

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    G. K. Gautam

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    Full Text Available This paper gives the results of an experimental study on nitramine extruded double-base (EDBfonnulationscontaining up to 25 percent RDXin low and high calorimetric value double-base(DBpropellants. The effect of ballistic modifiers on the burn rate and pressure exponent ( 11 of promisingfonnulations has also been investigated. The data generated on various parameters reveal that ( initraniine EDB propellants exhibit relatively superior thennal stability,' (ii tensile strength andpercentage elongation are drastically altered if RDX concentration exceeds 15 per cent, (iii 11 islowered significantly in the presence of ballistic modifiers, (iv characteristic velocity (C* values arehigher to that for the control tonnulation, and ( v temperature sensitivity of burn rate is on the lowerside (0,20 -0.25 % / °C as against 0.40 % / °C in the presence of ballistic modifiers.

  17. Carrying capacity based regional EIA in Orissa- a case study

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    The development of an industrial complex in Orissa for iron and steel sector along with associated infrastructure may lead to all round development in the region with significant impact on the environment. Hence, carrying capacity based regional EIA is conducted to assess whether the environment is able to sustain such development activities. To assess the sustainability, release analysis is needed both from physical and living system. Whenever major industries are located in a region necessary secondary development also result including network of roads, railways with the transport load and all these have combined effect due to the releases and its consequences. The impact evaluation is dependent on the size, type of major industries with secondary developments. In the study region detailed base line data is generated and recommended methodology is followed to estimate supportive capacity and assimilative capacity

  18. STUDY PAPER ON TEST CASE GENERATION FOR GUI BASED TESTING

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    Isabella

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available With the advent of WWW and outburst in technology and software development, testing the softwarebecame a major concern. Due to the importance of the testing phase in a software development lifecycle,testing has been divided into graphical user interface (GUI based testing, logical testing, integrationtesting, etc.GUI Testing has become very important as it provides more sophisticated way to interact withthe software. The complexity of testing GUI increased over time. The testing needs to be performed in away that it provides effectiveness, efficiency, increased fault detection rate and good path coverage. Tocover all use cases and to provide testing for all possible (success/failure scenarios the length of the testsequence is considered important. Intent of this paper is to study some techniques used for test casegeneration and process for various GUI based software applications.

  19. Study Paper on Test Case generation for GUI Based Testing

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    Isabella, A

    2012-01-01

    With the advent of WWW and outburst in technology and software development, testing the software became a major concern. Due to the importance of the testing phase in a software development life cycle, testing has been divided into graphical user interface (GUI) based testing, logical testing, integration testing, etc.GUI Testing has become very important as it provides more sophisticated way to interact with the software. The complexity of testing GUI increased over time. The testing needs to be performed in a way that it provides effectiveness, efficiency, increased fault detection rate and good path coverage. To cover all use cases and to provide testing for all possible (success/failure) scenarios the length of the test sequence is considered important. Intent of this paper is to study some techniques used for test case generation and process for various GUI based software applications.

  20. A simulation based case study for control of DSTATCOM.

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Kumar, Niranjan; Akella, A K

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents a distribution static compensator (DSTATCOM) for power quality improvements in terms of harmonics and power factor correction in a three-phase four-wire distribution system. The DSTATCOM is implemented with PWM current controlled six-leg voltage source converter (VSC) and the switching patterns are generated through a novel synchronous reference frame controller (SRFC). The insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) based VSC is supported by a capacitor and is controlled for the required compensation of the load current. The DSTATCOM is connected to the power system feeding nonlinear loads. Nonlinear loads include either current-source type or voltage-source type. Harmonic spectrum of the source current is compared in between without DSTATCOM and with DSTATCOM by considering both types of nonlinear loads. The SRFC based DSTATCOM system is validated through extensive simulation for diode-rectifier and unbalanced R-L loads with a case study. PMID:24656282

  1. Accrual-based accounting system versus cash-based accounting: An empirical study in municipality organization

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    Mahbobeh Arab

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available There are many cases, where we may wish to choose a good accounting system and would like to learn how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of each so we can choose the better one for a business. In this paper, we present an empirical survey to understand whether we can choose accrual or cash accounting system. The proposed study designs a questionnaire among 220 experts in area of accounting affairs. The survey considers four sub hypotheses and one main hypothesis to see whether there are reliable rules and regulations in accrual-based accounting compared with cash accounting or not. Similarly, the survey investigates whether accrual-based accounting is more informative, comprehensive and provides better comparative results compared with cash accounting. The results indicate that accrual-based account performs better in terms of all mentioned criteria and it is a better method for managing accounting affairs compared with cash accounting systems.

  2. Plasma-Based Studies on 4th Generation Light Sources

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    Lee, R W; Baldis, H A; Cauble, R C; Landen, O L; Wark, J S; Ng, A; Rose, S J; Lewis, C; Riley, D; Gauthier, J-C; Audebert, P

    2000-11-28

    The construction of a short pulse tunable x-ray laser source will be a watershed for plasma-based and warm dense matter research. The areas we will discuss below can be separated broadly into warn dense matter (WDM) research, laser probing of near solid density plasmas, and laser-plasma spectroscopy of ions in plasmas. The area of WDM refers to that part of the density-temperature phase space where the standard theories of condensed matter physics and/or plasma statistical physics are invalid. Warm dense matter, therefore, defines a region between solids and plasmas, a regime that is found in planetary interiors, cool dense stars, and in every plasma device where one starts from a solid, e.g., laser-solid matter produced plasma as well as all inertial fusion schemes. The study of dense plasmas has been severely hampered by the fact that laser-based methods have been unavailable. The single most useful diagnostic of local plasma conditions, e.g., the temperature (T{sub e}), the density (n{sub e}), and the ionization (Z), has been Thomson scattering. However, due to the fact that visible light will not propagate at electron densities, n{sub e}, {ge} 10{sup 22} cm{sup -3} implies dense plasmas can not be probed. The 4th generation sources, LCLS and Tesla will remove these restrictions. Laser-based plasma spectroscopic techniques have been used with great success to determine the line shapes of atomic transitions in plasmas, study the population kinetics of atomic systems embedded in plasmas, and look at redistribution of radiation. However. the possibilities end for plasmas with n{sub e} {ge} 10{sup 22} since light propagation through the medium is severely altered by the plasma. The entire field of high Z plasma kinetics from laser produced plasma will then be available to study with the tunable source.

  3. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

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    Ruhela, Ankur [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010, India and Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India); Kanchan, Reena, E-mail: reena.kanchan1977@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Jiwaji University, Gwalior-474001 (India); Srivastava, Anurag [Advanced Materials Research Group, Computational Nanoscience and Technology Lab (CNTL), ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior -474010 (India); Sinha, O. P. [Amity Institute of Nanotechnology, Amity University, Noida-201303 (India)

    2014-04-24

    In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties.

  4. Ab-initio study of napthelene based conducting polymer

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    In this paper, we have identified structural and electronic properties of conducting polymers by using DFT based ATK-VNL ab-initio tool. Naphthalene derivative structures were stabilized by varying the bond length between two atoms of the molecule C-N and C-C. We have also studied the molecular energy spectrum of naphthalene derivatives and found the HOMOLUMO for the same. A comparison of structural and electronic properties of naphthalene derivatives by attaching the functional group of amine, have been performed and found that they show good semi conducting properties

  5. Study of ionization losses in He-based gas mixtures

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    Borsato, E; Dal Corso, F; Morandin, M; Posocco, M; Stroili, R; Voci, C; Buccheri, A; Ferroni, F; Lacava, F; Lamanna, E; Mazzoni, M A; Morganti, S; Pastore, F C; Piredda, G; Pontecorvo, L

    1999-01-01

    Helium based gas mixtures are particularly interesting since they have a good tracking resolution because of the reduced multiple scattering. We have studied the differential energy loss dE/dx in several mixtures, He-isobutane and He-ethane. We present results from measurements performed with electrons, pions and protons in the momentum range between 1 and 5 GeV/c obtained in a prototype drift chamber with a 3 cm cell. The results show that helium performs well in measuring energy losses for charged particles.

  6. Methodical Base of Experimental Studies of Collinear Multibody Decays

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    Kamanin, D. V.; Zhuchko, V. E.; Kondtatyev, N. A.; Alexandrov, A. A.; Alexandrova, I. A.; Kuznetsova, E. A.; Strekalovsky, A. O.; Strekalovsky, O. V.; Pyatkov, Yu. V.; Jacobs, N.; Malaza, V.; Mulgin, S. I.

    2013-06-01

    Our recent experiments dedicated to study of the CCT of 252Cf (sf) were carried out at the COMETA setup based on the mosaics of PIN diodes and special array of 3He filled neutron counters. Principal peculiarity of the experiment consists in measuring of the heavy ions masses in the frame of the TOF-E (time-of-flight vs. energy) method in the wide range of masses and energies and almost collinear recession of the decay partners. The methodical questions of such experiment are under discussion here.

  7. Synthesis and study of new oxazoline-based ligands

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    Tilliet, Mélanie

    2008-01-01

    This thesis deals with the study of oxazoline-based ligands in metal-catalyzed asymmetric reactions. The first part describes the synthesis of six new bifunctinal pyridine-bis(oxazoline) ligands and their applications in asymmetric metal-catalysis. These ligands, in addition to a Lewis acid coordination site, are equipped with a Lewis basic part in the 4-position of the oxazoline rings. Dual activation by means of this system was probed in cyanide addition to aldehydes. The second part is con...

  8. A Specification—Based Case Study from Test Class Framework

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    LIULing; MIAOHuai-kou

    2001-01-01

    Testing is a standard method for verification of software performance.Producing efficinet and appropriate test case is an important aspect in testing.Specification-based testing presents a method to derive test data from software specification.Because of the precision and concision of specification.the test data derived from specification can test the software efficiently and entirely.This paper demonstrates a test class framework(TCF) on a file reading case study,specifiec using Z notation,This class framework defines test case sets,providing structure to the testing process.Flexbility is preserved so that many testing strategies can be used.

  9. Game Mechanic based E-Learning : A case study

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    Gåsland, Magne Matre

    2011-01-01

    This thesis presents a case study of Game Mechanic based E-Learning. This is put forward as a new approach to E-Learning that tries to mimic games to harness some of their motivational properties. A prototype system was developed as a web application, using an Agile and Lean development approach.The system was evaluated with a class at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.This was done to give an indication of the system's ability to make work with exercises more engaging a...

  10. Usability study of a risk based inspection software

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    Balestrand, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Usability, or the “ease of use” of a software application, is important in order to allow for a user to carry out the intended task in an efficient and effective manner. For a technical software, as the risk based inspection (RBI) software studied in this thesis, such aspects is equally important. But in order to ensure a software which is “easy to use” there must be carried out usability activities in relation to the software’s development. The goal of the thesis was to carry ...

  11. STUDY OF CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS ON MICROCHIP BASED ON MEMS

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    WangMing; LiWei; 等

    2002-01-01

    Using a standard photolithographical procedure,chenmical wet etching and thermal diffusion bonding technology,a chemical analysis device for Capillary Electrophoresis(CE) has been microfabricated on a planar glass substrate with a cross-column geometry.The channels on the microchip substrate are about 50um deep and 150um wide.By employing amino acids derived from 2,4-DiNitroFluoroBenzen(DNFB) on CE chip channels,the sample manipulating system is studied based on the principle of electrodynamics.

  12. Feasibility study of a soil-based rubberized CLSM.

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    Wu, Jason Y; Tsai, Mufan

    2009-02-01

    The development of beneficial uses of recycled scrap tires is always in great demand around the world. The disposal of on-site surplus excavated soil and the production of standard engineering aggregates have also been facing increasing environmental and ecological challenges in congested islands, such as Taiwan. This paper presents an experimental study using recycled crumb rubber and native silty sand to produce a lightweight, soil-based, rubberized controlled low strength material (CLSM) for a bridge approach repair. To assess the technical feasibility of this material, the effects of weight ratios of cement-to-water (C/W) and water-to-solid (W/S), and of rubber content on the engineering properties for different mixtures were investigated. The presented test results include flowability, unit weight, strength, settlement potential, and bearing capacity. Based on the findings, we conclude that a soil-based rubberized CLSM with 40% sand by weight and an optimal design ratio of 0.7 for C/W and 0.35 for W/S can be used for the proposed bridge approach repair. Such a mixture has demonstrated acceptable flowability, strength, and bearing capacity. Its lower unit weight, negligible compressibility, and hydrocollapse potential also help ensure that detrimental settlement is unlikely to occur. The results illustrate a novel scheme of CLSM production, and suggest a beneficial alternative for the reduction of scrap tires as well as conservation of resources and environment. PMID:18678479

  13. Sitewide feasibility study Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska

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    Last, G.V.; Lanigan, D.C.; Josephson, G.B.; Bagaasen, L.M.

    1995-09-01

    The Sitewide Feasibility Study (FS) is required under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the National Contingency Plan (NCP), and the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA) for Eielson Air Force Base (AFB). It is based on findings presented in the Sitewide Remedial Investigation (RI) Report (USAF 1995a), and the Sitewide Baseline Risk Assessment (BLRA) Report (USAF 1995b). Under the FFA, 64 potential source areas were placed in one of six operable units, based on similar contaminant and environmental characteristics, or were included for evaluation under a Source Evaluation Report (SER). The sitewide RI was directed at contamination that was not confined to an operable unit (OU) or SER source area. The objectives of the sitewide RI were to: Provide information about site characteristics to support individual OU RI/FS efforts and the sitewide RI/FS, including site hydrogeology and determination of background soil and groundwater characteristics; identify and characterize contamination that is not confined or attributable to a specific source area through sitewide monitoring of groundwater and surface water; evaluate cumulative risks to human health and the environment from contamination on a sitewide basis; and provide a mechanism for continued cohesive sitewide monitoring.

  14. Studying inflation with future space-based gravitational wave detectors

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    Motivated by recent progress in our understanding of the B-mode polarization of cosmic microwave background (CMB), which provides important information about the inflationary gravitational waves (IGWs), we study the possibility to acquire information about the early universe using future space-based gravitational wave (GW) detectors. We perform a detailed statistical analysis to estimate how well we can determine the reheating temperature after inflation as well as the amplitude, the tensor spectral index, and the running of the inflationary gravitational waves. We discuss how the accuracies depend on noise parameters of the detector and the minimum frequency available in the analysis. Implication of such a study on the test of inflation models is also discussed

  15. A STUDY OF THE INVESTMENT BEHAVIOR BASED ON BEHAVIORAL FINANCE

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    Yu Zhang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Behavior finance introduces psychology, sociology and other research methods into the study of investment behavior to explain how investors handle the information and take actions. This paper presents the literatures as theoretical solutions to the market anomalies of the traditional market theories. The behavioral psychology is examined through the study on the questionnaire of Chinese security investors. The results show that the investors are not always adopt rational behaviors as traditional finance theory assumed, but make a lot of irrational decisions based on individual cognitive and prejudices, even institutional investors often show the characteristic of irrational. In the guidance of the behavioral finance theory, the research will be closer to the reality and give more significant insight to the selection of investment strategy and psychology characteristic used to explain market anomalies.

  16. Study of Biometric Identification Method Based on Naked Footprint

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The scale of deployment of biometric identity-verification systems has recently seen an enormous increase owing to the need for more secure and reliable way of identifying people. Footprint identification which can be defined as the measurement of footprint features for recognizing the identity of a user has surfaced recently. This study is based on a biometric personal identification method using static footprint features viz. friction ridge / texture and foot shape / silhouette. To begin with, naked footprints of users are captured; images then undergo pre processing followed by the extraction of two features; shape using Gradient Vector Flow (GVF) snake model and minutiae extraction respectively. Matching is then effected based on these two features followed by a fusion of these two results for either a reject or accept decision. Our shape matching feature is based on cosine similarity while the texture one is based on miniature score matching. The results from our research establish that the naked footprint is a credible biometric feature as two barefoot impressions of an individual match perfectly while that of two different persons shows a great deal of dissimilarity. Normal 0 false false false IN X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Doi: 10.12777/ijse.5.2.29-35 How to cite this article: King

  17. Feasibility study of multipoint based laser alignment system for CLIC

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    Stern, G; Mainaud-Durand, H; Piedigrossi, D; Geiger, A

    2012-01-01

    CLIC (Compact LInear Collider) is a study for a future electron-positron collider that would allow physicists to explore a new energy region beyond the capabilities oftoday’s particle accelerators. Alignment is one of the major challenges within the CLIC study in order to achieve the high requirement of a multi-TeV center of mass colliding beam energy range (nominal 3 TeV). To reach this energy in a realistic and cost efficient scenario all accelerator components have to be aligned with an accuracy of 10 μm over a sliding window of 200 m. The demand for a straight line reference is so far based on stretched wires coupled with Wire Positioning Sensors (WPS). These solutions are currently further developed inorder to reduce the drawbacks which are mainly given by their costs and difficult implementation. However, it should be validated through inter-comparison with a solution ideally based on a different physical principle. Therefore, a new metrological approach is proposed using a laser beam as straight lin...

  18. STUDIES ON CANDY BASED KETOCONAZOLE PEDIATRIC TABLET LOZENGES

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    Nagoba S.N.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Ketoconazole was formulated as a tablet lozenge to provide slow release medicament for the treatment of oral thrush in pediatric patients. There are dosage forms like syrups, tablets in the market but still there is a need for new dosage forms which acts effectively and locally. So the present investigation aims to design, prepare and evaluate tablet lozenge of Ketoconazole. The benefits of these prepared lozenges are increased bioavailability, reduction in gastric irritation by passing first pass metabolism. The lozenges were prepared by heating and congealing method in a candy based industry on request using sucrose as base. All the formulations prepared were subjected to various physico-chemical parameters like hardness, content uniformity, friability, weight variation etc. The prepared formulations have a hardness of 12-13 Kg./cm², free from gritty particles, and good taste. Stability studies of selected formulations were also carried out at 35ºC for a period of six months. Selected formulations were tested for drug excipient interactions subjecting to IR Spectral analysis. In-vitro drug dissolution studies showed 81.12% for F1 and 72.43% for F2 release of drug in 30 minutes, 95.01% in 7 minutes from F0 formulation. The tablet lozenges can provide an attractive alternative formulation in the treatment of oral thrush in pediatric patients.

  19. A population-based study of the stratum corneum moisture

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    de Farias Pires, Thiago; Azambuja, Ana Paula; Horimoto, Andrea Roseli Vançan Russo; Nakamura, Mary Sanae; de Oliveira Alvim, Rafael; Krieger, José Eduardo; Pereira, Alexandre Costa

    2016-01-01

    Background The stratum corneum (SC) has important functions as a bound-water modulator and a primary barrier of the human skin from the external environment. However, no large epidemiological study has quantified the relative importance of different exposures with regard to these functional properties. In this study, we have studied a large sample of individuals from the Brazilian population in order to understand the different relationships between the properties of SC and a number of demographic and self-perceived variables. Methods One thousand three hundred and thirty-nine individuals from a rural Brazilian population, who were participants of a family-based study, were submitted to a cross-sectional examination of the SC moisture by capacitance using the Corneometer® CM820 and investigated regarding environmental exposures, cosmetic use, and other physiological and epidemiological measurements. Self-perception-scaled questions about skin conditions were also applied. Results We found significant associations between SC moisture and sex, age, high sun exposure, and sunscreen use frequency (Peffects. Dry skin self-perception was also found to be highly correlated with the objective measurement of the skin. Other environmental effects on SC moisture are also reported. PMID:27143945

  20. Graphene base heterojunction transistor: An explorative study on device potential, optimization, and base parasitics

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    Di Lecce, Valerio; Grassi, Roberto; Gnudi, Antonio; Gnani, Elena; Reggiani, Susanna; Baccarani, Giorgio

    2015-12-01

    The Graphene-Base Heterojunction Transistor (GBHT) is a novel device concept with a high potential for analog high-frequency RF operation, in which the current is due to both thermionic emission and tunneling. In this paper we study through numerical simulations the influence of previously uninvestigated aspects of Si- and Ge-based GBHTs-namely, crystallographic orientation and doping density values-on the device performance; a comparison with an aggressively scaled HBT structure is then reported. The simulations are carried out with an in-house developed code based on a 1-D quantum transport model within the effective mass approximation and the assumptions of ballistic transport with non-parabolic corrections and ideal semiconductor-graphene interface. We show that crystallographic orientation has a negligible effect on the GBHT performance. The doping density values in the GBHT emitter and collector regions can be tailored to maximize the device performance: the Si device shows better overall performance than the Ge one, yielding a peak cut-off frequency fT higher than 4 THz together with an intrinsic voltage gain above 10, or even higher fT at the cost of a lower gain. The Si-based GBHT can potentially outperform the SiGe HBT by a 2.8 higher fT . For a Si-based GBHT with a circular active region of diameter 50-100 nm, a theoretical balanced value for fT and fmax above 2 THz can be achieved, provided the base parasitics are carefully minimized.

  1. Laboratory-Based Studies of Eating among Children and Adolescents.

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    Tanofsky-Kraff, Marian; Haynos, Ann F; Kotler, Lisa A; Yanovski, Susan Z; Yanovski, Jack A

    2007-01-01

    The prevalence of pediatric overweight has increased dramatically over the past three decades, likely due to changes in food intake as well as physical activity. Therefore, information examining eating patterns among children and adolescents is needed to illuminate which aspects of eating behavior require modification to prevent and treat pediatric overweight. Because child self-report and parent-report of children's eating habits are often inconsistent and limited by recall and other biases, laboratory-based studies in which food intake is observed and monitored have increased in number. Such studies offer objective and controlled methods of measuring and describing eating behaviors. However, to our knowledge, no publication exists that consolidates, reviews, and provides critical commentary on the literature to date in pediatric samples. In this paper, we review the literature of studies utilizing laboratory methods to examine eating behavior in samples ranging from birth through adolescence. Our review includes all relevant articles retrieved from the PubMed, Medline and PsychInfo search engines. Specifically, we examine meal-feeding studies conducted during the various developmental stages (infancy, preschool, middle childhood, and adolescence), with a focus on methodology. Included in our review are feeding studies related to dietary regulation, exposure and preference, as well as paradigms examining disordered eating patterns and their relationship to body composition. We have structured this review so that both consistent and inconsistent findings are presented by age group, and innovative methods of assessment are discussed in more detail. Following each section, we summarize findings and draw potential conclusions from the available data. We then discuss clinical implications of the research data and suggest directions for the next generation of studies of feeding behavior in children. PMID:19030122

  2. EBSD study of a hot deformed nickel-based superalloy

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    Lin, Y.C., E-mail: yclin@csu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Light Alloy Research Institute of Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of High Performance Complex Manufacturing, Changsha 410083 (China); Wu, Xian-Yang; Chen, Xiao-Min [School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Light Alloy Research Institute of Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Chen, Jian [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Key Laboratory of Efficient and Clean Energy Utilization, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha 410114 (China); Wen, Dong-Xu; Zhang, Jin-Long; Li, Lei-Ting [School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Light Alloy Research Institute of Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • Isothermal compressive deformation behaviors of a nickel-based superalloy are studied. • Fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the increase of temperature. • Fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the decrease of strain rate. • Continuous and discontinuous dynamic recrystallizations take place in hot deformation. • Discontinuous dynamic recrystallization is the dominant nucleation mechanism. - Abstract: Hot deformation behaviors of a typical nickel-based superalloy are investigated by isothermal compression tests under the deformation temperature range of 920–1040 °C and strain rate range of 0.001–1 s{sup −1}. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are employed to study the evolution of hot deformed microstructures. It is found that the fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the increase of deformation temperature or the decrease of strain rate. This is related to the decrease of dynamic recrystallization degree under the low deformation temperature or high strain rate. The fraction of low angle grain boundaries shows a rapid increase at the relatively small deformation degree, and then a significant decrease due to the progress of dynamic recrystallization (DRX). The microstructural changes indicate that both continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX) and discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) take place during hot deformation. However, the small fraction of low angle boundaries with 10–15° misorientation indicates that the CDRX plays a minor role on the nucleation of dynamic recrystallization. Discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) characterized by grain boundary bulging is the dominant nucleation mechanism for the studied superalloy.

  3. Young adults' trajectories of Ecstasy use: a population based study.

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    Smirnov, Andrew; Najman, Jake M; Hayatbakhsh, Reza; Plotnikova, Maria; Wells, Helene; Legosz, Margot; Kemp, Robert

    2013-11-01

    Young adults' Ecstasy use trajectories have important implications for individual and population-level consequences of Ecstasy use, but little relevant research has been conducted. This study prospectively examines Ecstasy trajectories in a population-based sample. Data are from the Natural History Study of Drug Use, a retrospective/prospective cohort study conducted in Australia. Population screening identified a probability sample of Ecstasy users aged 19-23 years. Complete data for 30 months of follow-up, comprising 4 time intervals, were available for 297 participants (88.4% of sample). Trajectories were derived using cluster analysis based on recent Ecstasy use at each interval. Trajectory predictors were examined using a generalized ordered logit model and included Ecstasy dependence (World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Instrument), psychological distress (Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale), aggression (Young Adult Self Report) and contextual factors (e.g. attendance at electronic/dance music events). Three Ecstasy trajectories were identified (low, intermediate and high use). At its peak, the high-use trajectory involved 1-2 days Ecstasy use per week. Decreasing frequency of use was observed for intermediate and high-use trajectories from 12 months, independently of market factors. Intermediate and high-use trajectory membership was predicted by past Ecstasy consumption (>70 pills) and attendance at electronic/dance music events. High-use trajectory members were unlikely to have used Ecstasy for more than 3 years and tended to report consistently positive subjective effects at baseline. Given the social context and temporal course of Ecstasy use, Ecstasy trajectories might be better understood in terms of instrumental rather than addictive drug use patterns. PMID:23899430

  4. EBSD study of a hot deformed nickel-based superalloy

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    Highlights: • Isothermal compressive deformation behaviors of a nickel-based superalloy are studied. • Fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the increase of temperature. • Fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the decrease of strain rate. • Continuous and discontinuous dynamic recrystallizations take place in hot deformation. • Discontinuous dynamic recrystallization is the dominant nucleation mechanism. - Abstract: Hot deformation behaviors of a typical nickel-based superalloy are investigated by isothermal compression tests under the deformation temperature range of 920–1040 °C and strain rate range of 0.001–1 s−1. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are employed to study the evolution of hot deformed microstructures. It is found that the fraction of low angle grain boundaries decreases with the increase of deformation temperature or the decrease of strain rate. This is related to the decrease of dynamic recrystallization degree under the low deformation temperature or high strain rate. The fraction of low angle grain boundaries shows a rapid increase at the relatively small deformation degree, and then a significant decrease due to the progress of dynamic recrystallization (DRX). The microstructural changes indicate that both continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX) and discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) take place during hot deformation. However, the small fraction of low angle boundaries with 10–15° misorientation indicates that the CDRX plays a minor role on the nucleation of dynamic recrystallization. Discontinuous dynamic recrystallization (DDRX) characterized by grain boundary bulging is the dominant nucleation mechanism for the studied superalloy

  5. Antimicrobial, thermoanalytical and viscometric studies of metal based schiff base polymer

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    This study examines the synthesis, characterization, viscosity, thermal behavior and antimicrobial studies of copper(II) and nickel(II), complexes of a synthesized monomer 5,5-methylene bis(2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde) (MBPC) and a Schiff base polymer poly-5,5-methylene bis (2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde) 1,3-propylenedimine (PMBPCPR). The monomer, polymeric ligand and poly metal complexes (PMBPCPRCu) and (PMBPCPRNi) were characterized by C.H.N analysis, FT-IR, UV - Vis spectroscopy, viscometery thermogravimetric (TGA) and differential thermogravimetry (DTA). The monomer MBPC was prepared by the reaction of 2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde with 1, 3, 5-trioxane in the presence of acetic acid and sulphuric acid. The polymeric ligand was prepared by polycondensation of monomer with 1,3-propylenediamine. The biological studies of compounds revealed that they possessed significant antibacterial and antifungal properties, against Micrococcus flavus, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus Cirroflgellosus, Shigella flexneri, Escherichia Coli, Candida albicans, Aspergillus flavus, and A. Niger. (author)

  6. Lack of association between the tagging SNP A+930-->G of SOCS3 and type 2 diabetes mellitus: meta-analysis of four independent study populations.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The suppressor of cytokine signalling 3 (SOCS3 provides a link between cytokine action and their negative consequences on insulin signalling. Thus SOCS3 is a potential candidate gene for type 2 diabetes (T2DM. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Based on HapMap we identified the polymorphism A+930-->G (rs4969168 as a haplotype tagging SNP (htSNP sufficiently covering the genetic variation of the whole gene. We therefore examined the association between rs4969168 within SOCS3 and T2DM in three independent study populations; one prospective case-cohort study and two cross-sectional study populations. Due to the low frequency of individuals being homozygous for the polymorphism a dominant model of inheritance was assumed. The case-cohort study with 2,957 individuals (764 of them with incident T2DM showed no effect of the polymorphism on diabetes risk (hazard ratio (95%CI: 0.86 (0.66-1.13; p = 0.3. Within the MeSyBePo-study population 325 subjects had T2DM from a total of 1,897 individuals, while the second cross-sectional cohort included 851 cases of T2DM within a total of 1653 subjects. According to the results in the prospective study, no association with T2DM was found (odds ratio (95%CI: 0.78 (0.54-1.12 for MesyBepo and 1.13 (0.90-1.42 for the Leipzig study population. There was also no association with metabolic subtraits such as insulin sensitivity (p = 0.7, insulin secretion (p = 0.8 or the hyperbolic relation of both, the disposition index (p = 0.7. In addition, no evidence for interaction with BMI or sex was found. We subsequently performed a meta-analysis, additionally including the publicly available data from the T2DM-subcohort of the WTCCC (n = 4,855. The overall odds ratio within that meta-analysis was 0.96 (0.88-1.06. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: There is no strong effect of the common genetic variation within the SOCS3 gene on the development of T2DM.

  7. The Empirical Study on Chinese Style Dual System Basing on Foxconn Training Base Program

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    Guo Nan

    2012-01-01

      So far many existing papers have made study on dual system.While most scholars take the opinion that dual system can give obviously positive effect to skilled talent training, some theorists argue that the precondition of dual system performs excellently is dual system should be localized according to the reality of a country or a district.This paper analyzes dual system practice in China from an example of Foxconn Training Base,the conclusion is that in Foxconn Training Base Program,dual system has been localized successfully and evolved into trian-gle system,and this program management pattern can be used in other areas of China as a mature,standard Chinese dual system pattern for skil ed talent training.

  8. PROFILE OF OCULAR TRAUMA IN UTTARAKHAND, A HOSPITAL BASED STUDY.

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    Renu Dhasmana

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Although ocular trauma is preventable public health problem throughout the world it is still one of the common causes of ophthalmic morbidity and monocular blindness. There are no published studies on pattern and severity of ocular trauma in Uttarakhand. The present study analyzes the pattern and visual outcome of ocular trauma in this region. Methods: Study design: Prospective hospital-based study. Settings: Patients of ocular trauma presenting to Ophthalmology OPD and emergency department of Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun. Participants: All ocular injury patients seen for the first time during the period January to December 2008. Results: A total of 88 patients, and 103 eyes, were studied. Men had two fold higher rate of ocular injury than women. The mean age of presentation was 31.2 + 13.6 years (range: 6 - 80 years. The predominant age group of patients was 21-40 years, 55.29 % (n = 47. Eye injuries related to road traffic accident were seen in 37.86% of eyes. Industrial workers were more frequently involved in ocular trauma (23.86%. Closed globe injuries were noted in 55 eyes (53.39% and open globe injuries were noted in 40 eyes (38.83%. Eight eyes (7.76% suffered from chemical injuries. The initial presenting visual acuity of patients with blunt ocular trauma was better than penetrating injury. Eye with better visual acuity at presentation had better visual prognosis at 6 months. Conclusion: Ocular injuries were common in young males. Road traffic accidents related eye injuries were noted in significant number of cases. Strict implementation of traffic rules, health education and preventive strategies may help to decrease the occurrence of ocular injuries.

  9. A population-based study of the stratum corneum moisture

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    Pires TF

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Thiago de Farias Pires,1 Ana Paula Azambuja,2 Andrea Roseli Vançan Russo Horimoto,1 Mary Sanae Nakamura,2 Rafael de Oliveira Alvim,1 José Eduardo Krieger,1 Alexandre Costa Pereira1 1Laboratory of Genetics and Molecular Cardiology, Heart Institute, University of São Paulo Medical School, 2Natura Innovation and Product Technology Ltd., Cajamar, SP, Brazil Background: The stratum corneum (SC has important functions as a bound-water modulator and a primary barrier of the human skin from the external environment. However, no large epidemiological study has quantified the relative importance of different exposures with regard to these functional properties. In this study, we have studied a large sample of individuals from the Brazilian population in order to understand the different relationships between the properties of SC and a number of demographic and self-perceived variables. Methods: One thousand three hundred and thirty-nine individuals from a rural Brazilian population, who were participants of a family-based study, were submitted to a cross-sectional examination of the SC moisture by capacitance using the Corneometer® CM820 and investigated regarding environmental exposures, cosmetic use, and other physiological and epidemiological measurements. Self-perception-scaled questions about skin conditions were also applied. Results: We found significant associations between SC moisture and sex, age, high sun exposure, and sunscreen use frequency (P<0.025. In specific studied sites, self-reported race and obesity were also found to show significant effects. Dry skin self-perception was also found to be highly correlated with the objective measurement of the skin. Other environmental effects on SC moisture are also reported. Keywords: investigative dermatology, stratum corneum moisture, Corneometer, sun exposure, familial data modeling

  10. An Evaluation of Web-Based Case Studies in Microscopy

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    Susan M. Merkel

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available It is often difficult to provide students in introductory science courses with opportunities that mimic the investigative learning experience of doing research. This is particularly true in microbiology courses where advanced microscopy techniques are expensive and difficult to do. To that end, we developed three computer-based case studies around real-life scenarios. Our goals were to: (i improve students’ understanding of advanced microscopic techniques, (ii give students practice analyzing and interpreting data, and (iii model a scientific approach to how these techniques are applied to current issues in microbiology. Each case requires students to use references and interpret actual microscopic images, thus giving them a more realistic experience than we could previously provide. We analyzed student learning and perceptions to these case studies. After doing the case studies, students were more able to apply microscopic methods to a realistic problem, thus demonstrating an understanding of how the methods are used. Students appreciated the intellectual challenges presented by having to interpret and analyze actual microscopic images. This approach has allowed us to introduce new areas of content to our course and to stimulate critical thinking skills, a difficult task in a large introductory microbiology course.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial studies of Schiff base complexes

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    Zafar, Hina; Ahmad, Anis; Khan, Asad U.; Khan, Tahir Ali

    2015-10-01

    The Schiff base complexes, MLCl2 [M = Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)] have been synthesized by the template reaction of respective metal ions with 2-acetylpyrrole and 1,3-diaminopropane in 1:2:1 M ratio. The complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, ESI - mass, NMR (1H and 13C), IR, XRD, electronic and EPR spectral studies, magnetic susceptibility and molar conductance measurements. These studies show that all the complexes have octahedral arrangement around the metal ions. The molar conductance measurements of all the complexes in DMSO indicate their non-electrolytic nature. The complexes were screened for their antibacterial activity in vitro against Gram-positive (Streptococcus pyogenes) and Gram-negative (Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria. Among the metal complexes studied the copper complex [CuLCl2], showed highest antibacterial activity nearly equal to standard drug ciprofloxacin. Other complexes also showed considerable antibacterial activity. The relative order of activity against S. Pyogenes is as Cu(II) > Zn(II) > Co(II) = Fe(II) > Ni(II) and with K. Pneumonia is as Cu(II) > Co(II) > Zn(II) > Fe(II) > Ni(II).

  12. Morphological study of maxillary canine region based on CT

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    The maxilla is generally known as a site where anatomical limitations make it difficult to obtain sufficient bone volume. A large amount of bone exists in the canine region between the anterior margin of the maxillary sinus and the piriform aperture margin. Although this region is crucial for implant treatments, there have not been any reports on morphological studies of the region. In this study, we investigated the morphology of the canine region based on CT, and also the morphology and position of the maxillary sinus located posterior to the canine region. The results were as follows: In the area above the anterior nasal spine, the higher the level, the smaller the mesio-distal length and the bucco-lingual width tended to become. In the area above the anterior nasal spine, the mesio-distal length and the bucco-lingual width tended to be smaller in female patients than in male patients. In the area above the anterior nasal spine, no significant differences in mesio-distal length and bucco-lingual width were observed between dentulous and edentulous jaws. The morphology of the maxillary sinus was mainly of an inverse-trapezoidal, circular, or triangular form. The position of the anterior wall of the maxillary sinus was most frequently found at the site corresponding to the second premolar. Through this study, we have reconfirmed that the canine region is vital for implant treatments in the maxilla. (author)

  13. Clinicians adopting evidence based guidelines: a case study with thromboprophylaxis

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    Fry Margaret

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Venous Thromboembolism (VTE is a cause of hospital mortality and managing its morbidity is associated with significant expenditure. Uptake of evidenced based guideline recommendations intended to prevent VTE in hospital settings is sub-optimal. This study was conducted to explore clinicians' attitudes and the clinical environment in which they work to understand their reluctance to adopt VTE prophylaxis guidelines. Methods Between February and November 2009, 40 hospital employed doctors from 2 Australian metropolitan hospitals were interviewed in depth. Qualitative data were analysed according to thematic methodology. Results Analysis of interviews revealed that barriers to evidence based practice include i the fragmented system of care delivery where multiple members of teams and multiple teams are responsible for each patient's care, and in the case of VTE, where everyone shares responsibility and no-one in particular is responsible; ii the culture of practice where team practice is tailored to that of the team head, and where medicine is considered an 'art' in which guidelines should be adapted to each patient rather than applied universally. Interviewees recommend clear allocation of responsibility and reminders to counteract VTE risk assessment being overlooked. Conclusions Senior clinicians are the key enablers for practice change. They will need to be convinced that guideline compliance adds value to their patient care. Then with the support of systems in the organisation designed to minimize the effects of care fragmentation, they will drive practice changes in their teams. We believe that evidence based practice is only possible with a coordinated program that addresses individual, cultural and organisational constraints.

  14. A comparative study of linear and region based diagrams

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    Björn Gottfried

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available There are two categories of objects spatial information science investigates: actual objects and their spatial properties, such as in geography, and abstract objects which are employed metaphorically, as for visual languages. A prominent example of the latter are diagrams that model knowledge of some domain. Different aspects of diagrams are of interest, including their formal properties or how human users work with them, for example, with diagrams representing sets. The literature about diagrammatic systems for the representation of sets shows a dominance of region-based diagrams like Euler circles and Venn diagrams. The effectiveness of these diagrams, however, is limited because region-based diagrams become quite complex for more then three sets. By contrast, linear diagrams are not equally prevalent but enable the representation of a greater number of sets without getting cluttered. Cluttered diagrams exhibit inherent complexity due to overlapping objects, irrelevant details, or other reasons that impinge upon their legibility. This study contrasts both types of diagrammatic systems and investigates whether the performance of users differs for both kinds of diagrams. A significant difference can be shown regarding the number of diagrams that can be drawn within a fixed period of time and regarding the number of errors made. The results indicate that linear diagrams are more effective by being more restrictive and because region based diagrams show much clutter due to overlapping, coincident, and tangentially touching contours, as well as an overwhelming number of empty zones. Linear diagrams are less prone to errors and do not suffer from clutter.

  15. A missing variable in the data-based substorm studies

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    Sergeev, Viktor; Angelopoulos, Vassilis; Sormakov, Dmitry

    Nowadays the quantitative characterization of the magnetospheric activity is predominantly based on the amplitude of auroral zone magnetic perturbations (e.g., AL index value). This approach ignores the long-established fact that ground magnetic perturbations are basically formed by the Hall currents (Fukushima theorem), which depend critically on the Hall conductivity and, therefore, are sensitive to the plasma sheet electron parameters (Te and Ne, which also control the production of energetic electrons by their field-aligned acceleration). Observational confirmation of such influence is difficult because of many complicating factors, main of which are the inhomogeneity of Te, Ne parameters in the magnetotail and, especially, the reconnection-induced production of low-density and high-temperature electrons during substorms in the magnetotail. In this study, based on long-term monitoring of plasma sheet electrons by THEMIS spacecraft, we (a) demonstrate a strong variation of auroral zone currents (by an order of magnitude depending on the plasma sheet Te/Ne value) under the conditions of the substorm growth phase (when substorm-related acceleration is weak), (b) compare the average behaviors of Te, Ne during substorms under very large (very small) Te/Ne conditions and (c) briefly discuss a number of ’phantom problems’ which arise due to the ignorance of this dependence (incl. the problem of pseudobreakups, etc).

  16. Novel dipodal Schiff base compounds: Synthesis, characterization and spectroscopic studies

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    Obali, Aslihan Yilmaz; Ucan, Halil Ismet

    2015-02-01

    Two novel dipodal Schiff base compounds 1,2-benzyloxy-bis-[2-(benzylideneamino)phenol, L1 and 1,2-benzyloxy-bis[3-(benzylideneamino)pyridine], L2 were synthesized. Their sensing actions were confirmed by UV-Vis absorbance and emission spectroscopic studies in presence of Cr(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Sn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II) in methanol medium (1 × 10-4 M). It was found that the dipodal compounds can selectively bind to Cu(II) and Pb(II) metal ions with a significant change in its emission and absorption spectra, while the addition of other metal ions (Cr(III), Mn(II), Fe(III), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Sn(II), Cd(II) and Pb(II)) produces insignificant or minor changes. The host-guest complexes formed were determined by Job's plot method. As a chemosensor, L1 and L2 dipodal Schiff base compounds shows a specific selectivity towards Cu(II) and Pb(II) ions in according to all spectroscopic data.

  17. Smart Travel Based on Space-Time Behavior Study

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    Chai; Yanwei; Shen; Yue; Ta; Na; Qian; Fang

    2015-01-01

    In view of the significant demands and development trends of urbanization during the 12 th Five-Year Plan period, "smart city" has attracted wide attention as an advanced city development concept in China. Under the circumstance of rapid urbanization, traffic congestion and accessibility defi ciency become major challenges to many Chinese cities, as transportation and travel are closely related to the effi ciency of a city’s operation and the quality of people’s life. As essential part of smart city planning and management, smart travel offers an effective behavior planning countermeasure to reduce the amount of urban traffi c and optimize the space-time distribution of travels and provides an effective technology to enrich the theories and methodologies of urban and transportation planning. Orienting at the practical demand of citizens and focusing on their travel behavior, this paper carries out a discussion on the smart travel framework based on space-time behavior study and analyzes smart travel planning and its policy route from multiple perspectives, including a prediction on travel demand, transportation planning, public policy-making, and urban planning. What’s more, the paper suggests travel services for citizens based on space-time behavior analysis, such as providing personalized information, smart decision-making support, and individual behavior planning.

  18. Numerical study on the perception-based network formation model

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    Jo, Hang-Hyun

    2015-01-01

    In order to understand the evolution of social networks in terms of perception-based strategic link formation, we numerically study a perception-based network formation model. Here each individual is assumed to have his/her own perception of the actual network, and use it to decide whether to create a link to other individual. An individual with the least perception accuracy can benefit from updating his/her perception using that of the most accurate individual via a new link. This benefit is compared to the cost of linking in decision making. Once a new link is created, it affects the accuracies of other individuals' perceptions, leading to a further evolution of the actual network. The initial actual network and initial perceptions are modeled by Erd\\H{o}s-R\\'enyi random networks but with different linking probabilities. Then the stable link density of the actual network is found to show discontinuous transitions or jumps according to the cost of linking. The effect of initial conditions on the complexity o...

  19. Space-based laser-driven MHD generator: Feasibility study

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    Choi, S. H.

    1986-01-01

    The feasibility of a laser-driven MHD generator, as a candidate receiver for a space-based laser power transmission system, was investigated. On the basis of reasonable parameters obtained in the literature, a model of the laser-driven MHD generator was developed with the assumptions of a steady, turbulent, two-dimensional flow. These assumptions were based on the continuous and steady generation of plasmas by the exposure of the continuous wave laser beam thus inducing a steady back pressure that enables the medium to flow steadily. The model considered here took the turbulent nature of plasmas into account in the two-dimensional geometry of the generator. For these conditions with the plasma parameters defining the thermal conductivity, viscosity, electrical conductivity for the plasma flow, a generator efficiency of 53.3% was calculated. If turbulent effects and nonequilibrium ionization are taken into account, the efficiency is 43.2%. The study shows that the laser-driven MHD system has potential as a laser power receiver for space applications because of its high energy conversion efficiency, high energy density and relatively simple mechanism as compared to other energy conversion cycles.

  20. Ability-Based View in Action: A Software Corporation Study

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    Farley Simon Nobre

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This research investigates antecedents, developments and consequences of dynamic capabilities in an organization. It contributes by searching theoretical and empirical answers to the questions: (a What are the antecedents which can provide an organization with dynamic and ordinary capabilities?; (b How do these antecedents contribute to create capabilities in an organization?; (c How do they affect an organization’s competitive advantage?; (d Can we assess and measure the antecedents and consequences to an organization? From a first (theoretical perspective, this paper searches answers to the first, second and third questions by reviewing concepts of an ability-based view of organizations that involves the abilities of cognition, intelligence, autonomy, learning and knowledge management, and which contributes to explain the dynamic behavior of the firm in the pursuit of competitive advantage. From a second (empirical perspective, this paper reinforces and delivers findings to the second, third and fourth questions by presenting a case study that evidences the ability-based view in action in a software corporation, where it contributes by investigating: (a the development of organizational capabilities; (b the effects of the new capabilities on the organization; and (c the assessment and measurement of the abilities and consequences.

  1. Comparative study, based on metamodels, of methods for controlling performance

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    Aitouche Samia

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The continuing evolution of technology and human behavior puts the company in an uncertain and evolving environment. The company must be responsive and even proactive; therefore, control performance becomes increasingly difficult. Choosing the best method of ensuring control by the management policy of the company and its strategy is also a decision problem. The aim of this paper is the comparative study of three methods: the Balanced Scorecard, GIMSI and SKANDIAs NAVIGATOR for choosing the best method for ensuring the orderly following the policy of the company while maintaining its durability. Our work is divided into three parts. We firstly proposed original structural and kinetic metamodels for the three methods that allow an overall view of a method. Secondly, based on the three metamodels, we have drawn a generic comparison to analyze completeness of the method. Thirdly, we performed a restrictive comparison based on a restrictive set of criteria related to the same aspect example organizational learning, which is one of the bricks of knowledge management for a reconciliation to a proactive organization in an environment disturbed and uncertain, and the urgent needs. We note that we applied the three methods are applied in our precedent works. [1][23

  2. Dynamics of IGBT based PWM Converter A Case Study

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    Vijay Shukla

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Optimizing the efficiency and dynamics of power converters is a critical tradeoff in power electronics. The increase of switching frequency can improve the dynamics of power converters, but theefficiency may be degraded as well as the switching losses. As power semiconductor devices like diodes, MOSFETS, IGBTs, Thyristors, BJTs have their own characterstics and dynamic responses. It is desired toanalyze and observe the dynamics of different semiconductor devices before they actually employed in the model. Inclusion of different PWM techniques help in the removal of power line interferences like harmonic losses, unwanted ripples, chopped frequencies, spikes. In this paper, we have studied and analyzed the dynamics of IGBT based PWM converter with subjected to different conditions like transient state, steady state feeding the RLC load. Snubber circuits are used to reduce the switching losses. The IGBT based PWM converter reflects the better dynamics with improved efficiency and reduced harmonics as compared to some other power semiconductor devices when FFT is performed and subjected to standard parameterized RLC load understeady state and transient analysis.

  3. Complexation study of cadmium with a schiff base vanillin trisbuffer

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    Polarographic study of complexation of cadmium with a Schiff base derived from vanillin and trisbuffer was carried out in DMF-water media of three different compositions (viz. 0%, 30% and 50% v/v of DMF). 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 complex species are present in the solution. Overall stability constants were calculated using DeFord and Hume treatment at three different temperatures (viz. 300, 400 and 500). Free energy change ΔG, enthalpy change ΔH and entropy change ΔS were also calculated for all the three media. A new, methamatical model, recently developed by Mihailov, to calculate stability constants from nbar values was used to check the data obtained from DeFord and Hume method. (author)

  4. Treatability study of pesticide-based industrial wastewater.

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    Shah, Kinnari; Chauhan, L I; Galgale, A D

    2012-10-01

    This paper finds out appropriate treatment methods for wastewater of an Organophosphorus viz, chloropyrifos pesticide manufacturing industry. The characterization of wastewater generated during trial production of chloropyrifos was carried out. Based on the characterization of wastewater, various treatability studies were conducted. The most desirable results were obtained with treatment scheme employing acidification, chlorination with NaOCl, suspended growth biological treatment, chemical precipitation for phosphorous removal and activated carbon treatment. Acidification of wastewater helps in by-product recovery as well as reduction in COD upto 36.26%. Chlorination followed by biological treatment was found to be effective to reduce the COD level by 62.06%. To comply with permissible limits prescribed by Effluent Channel Project Ltd.(ECPL)* and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) for discharge of industrial effluent into channel, further treatment in the form of chemical precipitation (for phosphorous removal) and granular activated carbon is suggested. PMID:25151721

  5. Study of LCP based flexible patch antenna array

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    Ghaffar, Farhan A.

    2012-07-01

    Wrapping of a two element LCP based patch antenna array is studied in this work. For the first time, the designed array is bent in both E and H planes to observe the effect on the radiation and impedance performance of the antenna. The 38 GHz simulation results reveal better performance for H plane bending as compared to E plane bending. A 100 um thick substrate is used for the design which is best suited for flexible antenna applications. Gain variations of 1.1 dB and 1.4 dB are observed for the two orientations while a significantly increased impedance bandwidth of 3 % is obtained with H plane wrapping. The design is highly suitable for broadband micro-cellular backhaul applications. © 2012 IEEE.

  6. Study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin

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    Mössbauer and X-ray diffraction study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin (PC) was carried out involving magnetization measurements. The concentrations of PC in nanocomposites varied from 0 to 10%. Mössbauer investigations of nanocomposites were carried out in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. Many-state superparamagnetic relaxation model was used for spectra fitting. The magnetization, M(T,H), was measured in the temperature interval of 80-300 K and magnetic field up to 10 kOe. Formation of the 'iron-polymer' interface was not observed. Particle sizes were estimated using the Mössbauer and X-ray powder diffraction data

  7. Study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin

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    Chistyakova, Nataliya I.; Shapkin, Alexey A.; Sirazhdinov, Ruslan R.; Gubaidulina, Tatiana V.; Kiseleva, Tatiana Yu.; Kazakov, Alexander P.; Rusakov, Vyacheslav S.

    2014-10-01

    Mössbauer and X-ray diffraction study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin (PC) was carried out involving magnetization measurements. The concentrations of PC in nanocomposites varied from 0 to 10%. Mössbauer investigations of nanocomposites were carried out in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. Many-state superparamagnetic relaxation model was used for spectra fitting. The magnetization, M(T,H), was measured in the temperature interval of 80-300 K and magnetic field up to 10 kOe. Formation of the "iron-polymer" interface was not observed. Particle sizes were estimated using the Mössbauer and X-ray powder diffraction data.

  8. Study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin

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    Chistyakova, Nataliya I., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Shapkin, Alexey A., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Sirazhdinov, Ruslan R., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Gubaidulina, Tatiana V., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Kiseleva, Tatiana Yu., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Kazakov, Alexander P., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru; Rusakov, Vyacheslav S., E-mail: nchistyakova@yandex.ru [M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Physics, Leninskie gory, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)

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    Mössbauer and X-ray diffraction study of nanocomposites based on iron oxides and pectin (PC) was carried out involving magnetization measurements. The concentrations of PC in nanocomposites varied from 0 to 10%. Mössbauer investigations of nanocomposites were carried out in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. Many-state superparamagnetic relaxation model was used for spectra fitting. The magnetization, M(T,H), was measured in the temperature interval of 80-300 K and magnetic field up to 10 kOe. Formation of the 'iron-polymer' interface was not observed. Particle sizes were estimated using the Mössbauer and X-ray powder diffraction data.

  9. A CASE STUDY IN PROJECT BASED LEARNING USING FLOW VISUALISATION

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    Full Text Available Engineering Design modules, usually introduced in the first and second year’s undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses, present a unique platform to practice the Project Based Learning (PBL. PBL is a widely accepted technique that can be used to achieve two major educational goals; affirming the theoretical principles studied in other modules and developing the professional skill essential for graduates such as team working and effective communication skills. In this paper we describe the use of PBL to enhance the understanding of turbulence, a classical problem in fluid mechanics. The project is carried out in the “Mechanical Engineering Design & Professional Skills” Module, which requires the students to construct the Prandtl recirculating water channel. The skills and knowledge involved not only fluid mechanics, but design, material selections and engineering mechanics, making it a truly multi-disciplinary project.

  10. Predictors of Childhood Anxiety: A Population-Based Cohort Study.

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    Full Text Available Few studies have explored predictors of early childhood anxiety.To determine the prenatal, postnatal, and early life predictors of childhood anxiety by age 5.Population-based, provincial administrative data (N = 19,316 from Manitoba, Canada were used to determine the association between demographic, obstetrical, psychosocial, medical, behavioral, and infant factors on childhood anxiety.Risk factors for childhood anxiety by age 5 included maternal psychological distress from birth to 12 months and 13 months to 5 years post-delivery and an infant 5-minute Apgar score of ≤7. Factors associated with decreased risk included maternal age < 20 years, multiparity, and preterm birth.Identifying predictors of childhood anxiety is a key step to early detection and prevention. Maternal psychological distress is an early, modifiable risk factor. Future research should aim to disentangle early life influences on childhood anxiety occurring in the prenatal, postnatal, and early childhood periods.

  11. Design studies for a long base-line neutrino beam

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    Ball, A E; Vassilopoulos, N

    1995-01-01

    Strong interest has recently been shown in very long base-line neutrino beams, directed at existing or planned massive detector facilities, in order to extend the search for neutrino oscillations. Among such possibilities are beams from CERN pointing towards the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the Peloponnese. In order to establish the basic parameters, a number of possible configurations for such beams have been studies covering a range of neutrino energy bands, estimates of the neutrino fluxes, event rates and backgrounds at typical detectors are reported. Considerations have been gioven to the optimum lenght and radius of the decay tunnels. It is shown that with one year of operation, a neutrino oscillation search down to limits of sin2 Ø = 0.01 and m2 = 0.001eV2 could be made with currently proposed detectors.

  12. Expanded fluid based viscosity correlation : diluted heavy oil case study

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    Yarranton, H.; Satyro, M.A.; Schoeggl, F. [Calgary Univ., AB (Canada). Dept. of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

    2009-07-01

    The viscosity of pure hydrocarbons has been correlated using a simple function involving fluid density, low pressure gas viscosity and pressure. The correlation was developed based on measured densities from the NIST database. The correlation has been refit to use densities predicted from the Advanced Peng-Robinson equation of state. The usefulness of the correlation was shown for pure hydrocarbons such as n-alkanes, branched alkanes, alkenes, cyclics and aromatics as well as binary mixtures of pure hydrocarbons. This presentation included a case study on the viscosity of heavy oil diluted with solvent. The newly proposed, simple and quick method for calculating liquid and vapour viscosities was found to be suitable for incorporation into process and reservoir simulators. tabs., figs.

  13. Behavioral Modeling Based on Probabilistic Finite Automata: An Empirical Study.

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    Tîrnăucă, Cristina; Montaña, José L; Ontañón, Santiago; González, Avelino J; Pardo, Luis M

    2016-01-01

    Imagine an agent that performs tasks according to different strategies. The goal of Behavioral Recognition (BR) is to identify which of the available strategies is the one being used by the agent, by simply observing the agent's actions and the environmental conditions during a certain period of time. The goal of Behavioral Cloning (BC) is more ambitious. In this last case, the learner must be able to build a model of the behavior of the agent. In both settings, the only assumption is that the learner has access to a training set that contains instances of observed behavioral traces for each available strategy. This paper studies a machine learning approach based on Probabilistic Finite Automata (PFAs), capable of achieving both the recognition and cloning tasks. We evaluate the performance of PFAs in the context of a simulated learning environment (in this case, a virtual Roomba vacuum cleaner robot), and compare it with a collection of other machine learning approaches. PMID:27347956

  14. Studying Satellite Image Quality Based on the Fusion Techniques

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    Al-Wassai, Firouz Abdullah; Al-Zaky, Ali A

    2011-01-01

    Various and different methods can be used to produce high-resolution multispectral images from high-resolution panchromatic image (PAN) and low-resolution multispectral images (MS), mostly on the pixel level. However, the jury is still out on the benefits of a fused image compared to its original images. There is also a lack of measures for assessing the objective quality of the spatial resolution for the fusion methods. Therefore, an objective quality of the spatial resolution assessment for fusion images is required. So, this study attempts to develop a new qualitative assessment to evaluate the spatial quality of the pan sharpened images by many spatial quality metrics. Also, this paper deals with a comparison of various image fusion techniques based on pixel and feature fusion techniques.

  15. Sensitivity studies for a space-based methane lidar mission

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Methane is the third most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere after water vapour and carbon dioxide. A major handicap to quantify the emissions at the Earth's surface in order to better understand biosphere-atmosphere exchange processes and potential climate feedbacks is the lack of accurate and global observations of methane. Space-based integrated path differential absorption (IPDA lidar has potential to fill this gap, and a Methane Remote Lidar Mission (MERLIN on a small satellite in polar orbit was proposed by DLR and CNES in the frame of a German-French climate monitoring initiative. System simulations are used to identify key performance parameters and to find an advantageous instrument configuration, given the environmental, technological, and budget constraints. The sensitivity studies use representative averages of the atmospheric and surface state to estimate the measurement precision, i.e. the random uncertainty due to instrument noise. Key performance parameters for MERLIN are average laser power, telescope size, orbit height, surface reflectance, and detector noise. A modest-size lidar instrument with 0.45 W average laser power and 0.55 m telescope diameter on a 506 km orbit could provide 50-km averaged methane column measurement along the sub-satellite track with a precision of about 1% over vegetation. The use of a methane absorption trough at 1.65 μm improves the near-surface measurement sensitivity and vastly relaxes the wavelength stability requirement that was identified as one of the major technological risks in the pre-phase A studies for A-SCOPE, a space-based IPDA lidar for carbon dioxide at the European Space Agency. Minimal humidity and temperature sensitivity at this wavelength position will enable accurate measurements in tropical wetlands, key regions with largely uncertain methane emissions. In contrast to actual passive remote sensors, measurements in Polar Regions will be possible and biases due to aerosol

  16. Solderability study of RABiTS-based YBCO coated conductors

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    Zhang Yifei [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6305 (United States); Duckworth, Robert C., E-mail: duckworthrc@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6305 (United States); Ha, Tam T.; Gouge, Michael J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6305 (United States)

    2011-08-15

    Study examines the implication of solder and flux selection in YBCO splice joints. Focus is on commercially available RABiTS-based YBCO coated conductors. Solderability varied with solder and flux for three different stabilizations tested. Resistivity of stabilizer was dominant factor in splice joint resistance. Solder materials affected splice joint resistance when solderability was poor. The solderability of commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) coated conductors that were made from Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS)-based templates was studied. The coated conductors, also known as second-generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires (in the geometry of flat tapes about 4 mm wide), were laminated with copper, brass, or stainless steel strips as stabilizers. To understand the factors that influence their solderability, surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the wire surfaces. The solderability of three solders, 52In48Sn, 67Bi33In, and 100In (wt.%), was evaluated using a standard test (IPC/ECA J-STD-002) and with two different commercial fluxes. It was found that the solderability varied with the solder and flux but the three different wires showed similar solderability for a fixed combination of solder and flux. Solder joints of the 2G wires were fabricated using the tools and the procedures recommended by the HTS wire manufacturer. The solder joints were made in a lap-joint geometry and with the superconducting sides of the two wires face-to-face. The electrical resistances of the solder joints were measured at 77 K, and the results were analyzed to qualify the soldering materials and evaluate the soldering process. It was concluded that although the selection of soldering materials affected the resistance of a solder joint, the resistivity of the stabilizer was the dominant factor.

  17. Sensitivity studies for a space-based methane lidar mission

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    C. Kiemle

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Methane is the third most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere after water vapour and carbon dioxide. A major handicap to quantify the emissions at the Earth's surface in order to better understand biosphere-atmosphere exchange processes and potential climate feedbacks is the lack of accurate and global observations of methane. Space-based integrated path differential absorption (IPDA lidar has potential to fill this gap, and a Methane Remote Lidar Mission (MERLIN on a small satellite in Polar orbit was proposed by DLR and CNES in the frame of a German-French climate monitoring initiative. System simulations are used to identify key performance parameters and to find an advantageous instrument configuration, given the environmental, technological, and budget constraints. The sensitivity studies use representative averages of the atmospheric and surface state to estimate the measurement precision, i.e. the random uncertainty due to instrument noise. Key performance parameters for MERLIN are average laser power, telescope size, orbit height, surface reflectance, and detector noise. A modest-size lidar instrument with 0.45 W average laser power and 0.55 m telescope diameter on a 506 km orbit could provide 50-km averaged methane column measurement along the sub-satellite track with a precision of about 1 % over vegetation. The use of a methane absorption trough at 1.65 μm improves the near-surface measurement sensitivity and vastly relaxes the wavelength stability requirement that was identified as one of the major technological risks in the pre-phase A studies for A-SCOPE, a space-based IPDA lidar for carbon dioxide at the European Space Agency. Minimal humidity and temperature sensitivity at this wavelength position will enable accurate measurements in tropical wetlands, key regions with largely uncertain methane emissions. In contrast to actual passive remote sensors, measurements in Polar Regions will be possible and biases due to aerosol

  18. A population-based study of birth defects in Malaysia.

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    Thong, M K; Ho, J J; Khatijah, N N

    2005-01-01

    Birth defects are one of the leading causes of paediatric disability and mortality in developed and developing countries. Data on birth defects from population-based studies originating from developing countries are lacking. One of the objectives of this study was to determine the epidemiology of major birth defects in births during the perinatal period in Kinta district, Perak, Malaysia over a 14-month period, using a population-based birth defect register. There were 253 babies with major birth defects in 17,720 births, giving an incidence of 14.3/1000 births, a birth prevalence of 1 in 70. There were 80 babies with multiple birth defects and 173 with isolated birth defects. The exact syndromic diagnosis of the babies with multiple birth defects could not be identified in 18 (22.5%) babies. The main organ systems involved in the isolated birth defects were cardiovascular (13.8%), cleft lip and palate (11.9%), clubfeet (9.1%), central nervous system (CNS) (including neural tube defects) (7.9%), musculoskeletal (5.5%) and gastrointestinal systems (4.7%), and hydrops fetalis (4.3%). The babies with major birth defects were associated with lower birth weights, premature deliveries, higher Caesarean section rates, prolonged hospitalization and increased specialist care. Among the cohort of babies with major birth defects, the mortality rate was 25.2% during the perinatal period. Mothers with affected babies were associated with advanced maternal age, birth defects themselves or their relatives but not in their other offspring, and significantly higher rates of previous abortions. The consanguinity rate of 2.4% was twice that of the control population. It is concluded that a birth defects register is needed to monitor these developments and future interventional trials are needed to reduce birth defects in Malaysia. PMID:16096215

  19. A Brief Study on Autonomous Learning Mode in Self-study Center Based on Web

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    Tian, Xian Zhi

    In the paper, the author has studied the autonomous learning ability and its reform of linguistic-major students. All of the studies are based on web in self-study center. As for the author, she has used the method of comparison and at the same time, she also used showing examples. In order to show the views clearly, the author has made investigation in English major and law major students. Thus she thinks that teaching reform is necessary for development of students and some effective ways can be used in improving teaching efficiency.

  20. THE SEISMICITY MIGRATION STUDY BASED ON SPACE-TIME DIAGRAMS

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    E. A. Levina

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    Full Text Available Seismicity migration is studied by a new method based on space-time diagrams and a combination of cluster and regression analyses. Data from the global and Baikal regional earthquake catalogues are analysed with the application of the specially designed geographic information system (GIS in order to establish parameters and mechanisms of seismicity migration in space and time. We study the migration of seismic events in the following geostructural systems: the Baikal rift zone (BRZ, the area between BRZ and the Indo-Eurasian interplate collision zone, the area between BRZ and the West-Pacific seismic foci Benoiff zone, and two segments of the Middle Atlantic ridge.As evidenced by the obtained results, studying regimes of seismic migration provides for analyses of space-time distribution of seismic energy in the fault-block structure of the lithosphere and facilitates more detailed studies of the origin of deformation waves and mechanisms of the seismotectonic regime of the Earth. Forward (from the equator and backward (towards the equator migration of seismic events are established in all the regions under study. It is assumed that this phenomenon may result from regular changes of the polar compression of the Earth due to variations of its rotation regime. Besides, it is revealed that energy clusters of migration are regularly generated, and the regularity may be related to the 11-year cycle of the solar activity which impacts the seismic regime. We discuss the need to study the interference of wave deformations in the lithosphere which are initiated by several external energy sources. It is proposed to consider the regimes of planetary seismicity migration as a reflection of redistribution of endogenic (primarily heat energy of the Earth during the destruction of its lithospheric shell under the impacts of cosmogenic factors via triggering mechansms. With reference to our positive experiences of applying the proposed concept to BRZ, we

  1. A Web-Based Geovisual Analytical System for Climate Studies

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    Zhenlong Li

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Climate studies involve petabytes of spatiotemporal datasets that are produced and archived at distributed computing resources. Scientists need an intuitive and convenient tool to explore the distributed spatiotemporal data. Geovisual analytical tools have the potential to provide such an intuitive and convenient method for scientists to access climate data, discover the relationships between various climate parameters, and communicate the results across different research communities. However, implementing a geovisual analytical tool for complex climate data in a distributed environment poses several challenges. This paper reports our research and development of a web-based geovisual analytical system to support the analysis of climate data generated by climate model. Using the ModelE developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS as an example, we demonstrate that the system is able to (1 manage large volume datasets over the Internet; (2 visualize 2D/3D/4D spatiotemporal data; (3 broker various spatiotemporal statistical analyses for climate research; and (4 support interactive data analysis and knowledge discovery. This research also provides an example for managing, disseminating, and analyzing Big Data in the 21st century.

  2. Multiplex component-based allergen microarray in recent clinical studies.

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    Patelis, A; Borres, M P; Kober, A; Berthold, M

    2016-08-01

    During the last decades component-resolved diagnostics either as singleplex or multiplex measurements has been introduced into the field of clinical allergology, providing important information that cannot be obtained from extract-based tests. Here we review recent studies that demonstrate clinical applications of the multiplex microarray technique in the diagnosis and risk assessment of allergic patients, and its usefulness in studies of allergic diseases. The usefulness of ImmunoCAP ISAC has been validated in a wide spectrum of allergic diseases like asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, food allergy and anaphylaxis. ISAC provides a broad picture of a patient's sensitization profile from a single test, and provides information on specific and cross-reactive sensitizations that facilitate diagnosis, risk assessment, and disease management. Furthermore, it can reveal unexpected sensitizations which may explain anaphylaxis previously categorized as idiopathic and also display for the moment clinically non-relevant sensitizations. ISAC can facilitate a better selection of relevant allergens for immunotherapy compared with extract testing. Microarray technique can visualize the allergic march and molecular spreading in the preclinical stages of allergic diseases, and may indicate that the likelihood of developing symptomatic allergy is associated with specific profiles of sensitization to allergen components. ISAC is shown to be a useful tool in routine allergy diagnostics due to its ability to improve risk assessment, to better select relevant allergens for immunotherapy as well as detecting unknown sensitization. Multiplex component testing is especially suitable for patients with complex symptomatology. PMID:27196983

  3. A case study of the residual-based cointegration procedure

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    Riccardo Biondini

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of long-run equilibrium processes is a significant component of economic and finance theory. The Johansen technique for identifying the existence of such long-run stationary equilibrium conditions among financial time series allows the identification of all potential linearly independent cointegrating vectors within a given system of eligible financial time series. The practical application of the technique may be restricted, however, by the pre-condition that the underlying data generating process fits a finite-order vector autoregression (VAR model with white noise. This paper studies an alternative method for determining cointegrating relationships without such a pre-condition. The method is simple to implement through commonly available statistical packages. This ‘residual-based cointegration’ (RBC technique uses the relationship between cointegration and univariate Box-Jenkins ARIMA models to identify cointegrating vectors through the rank of the covariance matrix of the residual processes which result from the fitting of univariate ARIMA models. The RBC approach for identifying multivariate cointegrating vectors is explained and then demonstrated through simulated examples. The RBC and Johansen techniques are then both implemented using several real-life financial time series.

  4. StudySearch: a web-based application for posting and searching clinical research studies.

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    Gonsenhauser, Blair; Hallarn, Rose; Carpenter, Daniel; Para, Michael F; Reider, Carson R

    2016-03-01

    Participant accrual into research studies is critical to advancing clinical and translational research to clinical care. Without sufficient recruitment, the purpose of any research study cannot be realized; yet, low recruitment and enrollment of participants persist. StudySearch is a web-based application designed to provide an easily readable, publicly accessible, and searchable listing of IRB-approved protocols that are accruing study participants. The Regulatory, Recruitment and Biomedical Informatics Cores of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at The Ohio State University developed this research study posting platform. Postings include basic descriptive information: study title, purpose of the study, eligibility criteria and study personnel contact information. Language concerning benefits and/or inducements is not included; therefore, while IRB approval for a study to be listed on StudySearch is required, IRB approval of the posted language is not. Studies are listed by one of two methods; one automated and one manual: (1). Studies registered on ClinicalTrials.gov are automatically downloaded once a month; or (2). Studies are submitted directly by researchers to the CCTS Regulatory Core staff. In either case, final language is a result of an iterative process between researchers and CCTS staff. Deployed in January 2011 at OSU, this application has grown to approximately 200 studies currently posted and 1500 unique visitors per month. Locally, StudySearch is part of the CCTS recruitment toolkit. Features continue to be modified to better accommodate user behaviors. Nationally, this open source application is available for use. PMID:26912012

  5. A population-based cohort study of oral health in South Brazil: The Porto Alegre Study.

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    Haas, Alex Nogueira; Gaio, Eduardo José; Wagner, Marcius Comparsi; Rios, Fernando Silva; Costa, Ricardo dos Santos Araujo; Rösing, Cassiano Kuchenbecker; Oppermann, Rui Vicente; Albandar, Jasim; Susin, Cristiano

    2015-01-01

    Few population-based cohort studies have been established in Dentistry and this is especially true for Latin America. We conducted a population-based prospective study focusing on oral health in Porto Alegre, south Brazil, and herein we describe its methodology and discuss directions for further research. The cohort was established in 2001 using a multistage probability sample of 1,465 toothed and 121 edentulous subjects. A 5-year follow-up was performed in 2006 that included 755 individuals. The main aim of this study was to determine the pattern and risk factors for periodontal disease progression and tooth loss incidence. A full-mouth protocol was used including periodontal assessments at six sites per tooth. Primary outcomes were periodontal attachment loss and tooth loss. Oral mucosal lesions, dental plaque, gingivitis, supragingival calculus, probing depths, gingival recession, and dental caries were also assessed. This is the first population-based cohort study to focus on periodontal disease in Latin America. Findings will contribute to our understanding of the epidemiology of periodontal disease and provide valuable data for the planning and implementation of preventive and therapeutic strategies. PMID:26083520

  6. A population-based cohort study of oral health in South Brazil: The Porto Alegre Study

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    Alex Nogueira Haas

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Few population-based cohort studies have been established in Dentistry and this is especially true for Latin America. We conducted a population-based prospective study focusing on oral health in Porto Alegre, south Brazil, and herein we describe its methodology and discuss directions for further research. The cohort was established in 2001 using a multistage probability sample of 1,465 toothed and 121 edentulous subjects. A 5-year follow-up was performed in 2006 that included 755 individuals. The main aim of this study was to determine the pattern and risk factors for periodontal disease progression and tooth loss incidence. A full-mouth protocol was used including periodontal assessments at six sites per tooth. Primary outcomes were periodontal attachment loss and tooth loss. Oral mucosal lesions, dental plaque, gingivitis, supragingival calculus, probing depths, gingival recession, and dental caries were also assessed. This is the first population-based cohort study to focus on periodontal disease in Latin America. Findings will contribute to our understanding of the epidemiology of periodontal disease and provide valuable data for the planning and implementation of preventive and therapeutic strategies.

  7. Study of Mechanical Product Rapid Design Based on Knowledge Engineering

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    TAI Li-gang; ZHONG Ting-xiu

    2005-01-01

    This paper proposes a mechanical product intelligent rapid design approach based on integrated technologies. Adopting knowledge based engineering to reuse and manage product design knowledge, and combining feature modeling and parametric design based on existing CAD/CAE/CAM system and technology of product family modeling and engineering database, the system establishes a product family knowledge base, which mainly including product family case base and rule base. The system also utilizes WEB technology to let customers to individually customize products remotely through internet. And an applicable example is given in the end.

  8. Light based techniques for improving health care: studies at RRCAT

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    The invention of Lasers in 1960, the phenomenal advances in photonics as well as the information processing capability of the computers has given a major boost to the R and D activity on the use of light for high resolution biomedical imaging, sensitive, non-invasive diagnosis and precision therapy. The effort has resulted in remarkable progress and it is widely believed that light based techniques hold great potential to offer simpler, portable systems which can help provide diagnostics and therapy in a low resource setting. At Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) extensive studies have been carried out on fluorescence spectroscopy of native tissue. This work led to two important outcomes. First, a better understanding of tissue fluorescence and insights on the possible use of fluorescence spectroscopy for screening of cancer and second development of diagnostic systems that can serve as standalone tool for non-invasive screening of the cancer of oral cavity. The optical coherence tomography setups and their functional extensions (polarization sensitive, Doppler) have also been developed and used for high resolution (∼10 µm) biomedical imaging applications, in particular for non-invasive monitoring of the healing of wounds. Chlorophyll based photo-sensitisers and their derivatives have been synthesized in house and used for photodynamic therapy of tumors in animal models and for antimicrobial applications. Various variants of optical tweezers (holographic, Raman etc.) have also been developed and utilised for different applications notably Raman spectroscopy of optically trapped red blood cells. An overview of these activities carried out at RRCAT is presented in this article. (author)

  9. Behavior-based safety on construction sites: a case study.

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    Choudhry, Rafiq M

    2014-09-01

    This work presents the results of a case study and describes an important area within the field of construction safety management, namely behavior-based safety (BBS). This paper adopts and develops a management approach for safety improvements in construction site environments. A rigorous behavioral safety system and its intervention program was implemented and deployed on target construction sites. After taking a few weeks of safety behavior measurements, the project management team implemented the designed intervention and measurements were taken. Goal-setting sessions were arranged on-site with workers' participation to set realistic and attainable targets of performance. Safety performance measurements continued and the levels of performance and the targets were presented on feedback charts. Supervisors were asked to give workers recognition and praise when they acted safely or improved critical behaviors. Observers were requested to have discussions with workers, visit the site, distribute training materials to workers, and provide feedback to crews and display charts. They were required to talk to operatives in the presence of line managers. It was necessary to develop awareness and understanding of what was being measured. In the process, operatives learned how to act safely when conducting site tasks using the designed checklists. Current weekly scores were discussed in the weekly safety meetings and other operational site meetings with emphasis on how to achieve set targets. The reliability of the safety performance measures taken by the company's observers was monitored. A clear increase in safety performance level was achieved across all categories: personal protective equipment; housekeeping; access to heights; plant and equipment, and scaffolding. The research reveals that scores of safety performance at one project improved from 86% (at the end of 3rd week) to 92.9% during the 9th week. The results of intervention demonstrated large decreases in

  10. Study of Non-Specific Symptoms of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease: A Population-based Study

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    Bijan Moghimi-Dehkordi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD is a common gastrointestinal disorder all over the world. Some patients with GERD have no symptoms while others may have non-specific symptoms. The aim of this study was to define the frequency of non- specific symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux and to determine the association of these symptoms with GERD in a population- based study. Methods: This cross-sectional and population- based study was conducted on 782 subjects who were randomly selected from 2 cities of Firoozkooh and Damavand in the northeast of Tehran province. The relationship between non-specific symptoms and GERD was assessed through Chi-square and the odds ratios (OR with 95% of certainty levels were calculated for each symptom. Results: In this study 228 persons (29.2% with GERD were diagnosed. The most common non-specific symptom in the subjects was abdominal pain with a distinct female preponderance. Globus sensation cough and dyspnea and halitosis were among the other symptoms having a direct relationship with GERD. No significant relationship was observed between age and non-specific symptoms of GERD . Conclusion: In sum this study showed the prevalence of non-specific symptoms which are strongly related to gastro esophageal reflux disease. Therefore considering these symptoms in diagnosis course of the disease seems necessary

  11. Gender-based education during clerkships: a focus group study

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Lotte van Leerdam, Lianne Rietveld, Doreth Teunissen, Antoine Lagro-JanssenDepartment of Primary and Community Care, Gender and Women's Health, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The NetherlandsObjectives: One of the goals of the medical master's degree is for a student to become a gender-sensitive doctor by applying knowledge of gender differences in practice. This study aims to investigate, from the students’ perspective, whether gender medicine has been taught in daily practice during clerkship.Methods: A focus group study was conducted among 29 medical students from Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, who had just finished either their internal medicine or surgical clerkships. Data were analyzed in line with the principles of constant comparative analysis.Results: Four focus groups were conducted with 29 participating students. Clinical teachers barely discuss gender differences during students’ clerkships. The students mentioned three main explanatory themes: insufficient knowledge; unawareness; and minor impact. As a result, students feel that they have insufficient competencies to become gender-sensitive doctors.Conclusion: Medical students at our institution perceive that they have received limited exposure to gender-based education after completing two key clinical clerkships. All students feel that they have insufficient knowledge to become gender-sensitive doctors. They suppose that their clinical teachers have insufficient knowledge regarding gender sensitivity, are unaware of gender differences, and the students had the impression that gender is not regarded as an important issue. We suggest that the medical faculty should encourage clinical teachers to improve their knowledge and awareness of gender issues.Keywords: medical education, clerkship, gender, hidden curriculum, clinical teachers

  12. Technology base studies of long-term MCFC performance

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    Selman, J.R.

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    Cathode dissolution into the electrolyte matrix and endurance of current collector/separator plate materials are the main life-limiting factors of the state-of-the art MCFC. These components are also major contributors to the total system cost. Therefore, to reduce capital cost, it is necessary to minimize hardware corrosion and increase cell life. This study consists of experimental evaluation of corrosion processes with the objective to further practical; understanding of corrosion behavior of alloys and alloy components under cathodic gas conditions. Nickel, iron, cobalt and stainless steels 310 and 316L are analyzed. The experimental study consists of (1) Observation of open circuit potential (OCP) changes. Surface reactions occurring without net passage of current are proposed based on this measurement. (2) Applying cyclic voltammetry, which provides information about the possible electrode reactions at different stages of polarization. (3) Applying AC impedance to support the result of tasks 1 and 2 at different stages of oxidation, and data analysis by means of equivalent circuits. Open circuit conditions as well as positive and negative polarization are used in the impedance measurements. (4) Surface analysis of the electrodes by SEM-EDX and X-ray diffraction. To obtain more information from electrochemical measurements a novel approach has been applied in cell design. In this two-electrode approach, one electrode is fully immersed, and the other is wetted by carbonate melt via an alumina tube which has a thin film on it. While camera observation of these two different electrode conditions will identify the effect of carbonate wetting on the state of the surface, electrochemical measurements enable a quantitative comparison between complete submersion and wetting by a film of carbonate.

  13. Success Factors in Offset Deals: A Case Study Based Examination

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    Heinz Kirchwehm

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The requests for offset obligations occurs primarily in the area of arms imports and covers the full range of industrial and commercial benefits that companies provide to foreign governments as inducements or conditions for the purchase of military goods and services. Increasingly, all major contracts ask for offset obligations. They are now key differentiators in major contracts and it is a fast growing market. For the suppliers, offsets are a key differentiator in earning new business and therefore should be accepted that much accurateness is put on the successful execution of the offset projects. Nevertheless, it comes to problems during the project phase and sometimes we’ve the situation that a offset project failed. The aim of this paper is to exam which success- giving factors are exists in the offset related interaction between buyer, seller and participating industry. The data for this investigation were obtained from secondary sources which were mainly accessible via internet. After data collection, an analysis was performed which was based on the context of this paper and also in connection with the chosen case study: Saudi Arabia. As a result of this analysis can be derived several success factors, which could be also seen as the foundation for an optimized execution of offset obligations. The paper concludes with a reflection of the investigation approach and as well with a classification of the subject offset. Furthermore the results of the analyzes are summarized and an outlook for further researches is given.

  14. Structural studies of enzyme-based microfluidic biofuel cells

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    Togo, Makoto; Takamura, Akimasa; Asai, Tatsuya; Kaji, Hirokazu; Nishizawa, Matsuhiko [Department of Bioengineering and Robotics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aoba 6-6-01, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

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    An enzyme-based glucose/O{sub 2} biofuel cell was constructed within a microfluidic channel to study the influence of electrode configuration and fluidic channel height on cell performance. The cell was composed of a bilirubin oxidase (BOD)-adsorbed O{sub 2} cathode and a glucose anode prepared by co-immobilization of glucose dehydrogenase (GDH), diaphorase (Dp) and VK{sub 3}-pendant poly-L-lysine. The consumption of O{sub 2} at the upstream cathode protected the downstream anode from interfering O{sub 2} molecules, and consequently improved the cell performance (maximum cell current) ca. 10% for the present cell. The cell performance was also affected by the channel height. The output current and power of a 0.1 mm-height cell was significantly less than those of a 1 mm-height cell because of the depletion of O{sub 2}, as determined by the shape of the E-I curve at the cathode. On the other hand, the volume density of current and power was several times higher for the narrower cell. (author)

  15. Structural studies of enzyme-based microfluidic biofuel cells

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    Togo, Makoto; Takamura, Akimasa; Asai, Tatsuya; Kaji, Hirokazu; Nishizawa, Matsuhiko

    An enzyme-based glucose/O 2 biofuel cell was constructed within a microfluidic channel to study the influence of electrode configuration and fluidic channel height on cell performance. The cell was composed of a bilirubin oxidase (BOD)-adsorbed O 2 cathode and a glucose anode prepared by co-immobilization of glucose dehydrogenase (GDH), diaphorase (Dp) and VK 3-pendant poly- L-lysine. The consumption of O 2 at the upstream cathode protected the downstream anode from interfering O 2 molecules, and consequently improved the cell performance (maximum cell current) ca. 10% for the present cell. The cell performance was also affected by the channel height. The output current and power of a 0.1 mm-height cell was significantly less than those of a 1 mm-height cell because of the depletion of O 2, as determined by the shape of the E- I curve at the cathode. On the other hand, the volume density of current and power was several times higher for the narrower cell.

  16. Electrochemical studies of calcium chloride-based molten salt systems

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    Conductance and EMF studies of CaCl2-based melts were performed in the temperature range 790--990 C. Conductivity data collected using magnesia tubes and capillaries showed deviations from the data recommended by the National Bureau of Standards. These deviations are attributed to the slow dissolution of magnesia by the CaCl2-CaO melt. Conductivity data for molten CaCl2 using a pyrolytic boron nitride capillary were in reasonable agreement with the recommended data; however, undissolved CaO in CaCl2 may have caused blockage of the pyrolytic boron nitride capillary, resulting in fluctuations in the measured resistance. The utility of the AgCl/Ag reference electrode in CaCl2-AgCl and CaCl2-CaO-AgCl melts, using asbestos diaphragms and Vycor glass as reference half-cell membranes, was also investigated. Nernstian behavior was observed using both types of reference half-cell membranes in CaCl2-AgCl melts. The AgCl/Ag reference electrode also exhibited Nernstian behavior in CaCl2-CaO-AgCl melts using a Vycor reference half-cell membrane and a magnesia crucible. The use of CaCl2 as a solvent is of interest since it is used in plutonium metal purification, as well as various other commercial applications. 97 refs., 33 figs., 13 tabs

  17. Theoretical study of impurity effects in iron-based superconductors

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    Navarro Gastiasoro, Maria; Hirschfeld, Peter; Andersen, Brian

    2013-03-01

    Several open questions remain unanswered for the iron-based superconductors (FeSC), including the importance of electronic correlations and the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. Motivated by recent STM experiments which show a fascinating variety of resonant defect states in FeSC, we adopt a realistic five-band model including electronic Coulomb correlations to study local effects of disorder in the FeSC. In order to minimize the number of free parameters, we use the pairing interactions obtained from spin-fluctuation exchange to determine the homogeneous superconducting state. The ability of local impurity potentials to induce resonant states depends on their scattering strength Vimp; in addition, for appropriate Vimp, such states are associated with local orbital- and magnetic order. We investigate the density of states near such impurities and show how tunneling experiments may be used to probe local induced order. In the SDW phase, we show how C2 symmetry-breaking dimers are naturally formed around impurities which also form cigar-like (pi,pi) structures embedded in the (pi,0) magnetic bulk phase. Such electronic dimers have been shown to be candidates for explaining the so-called nematogens observed previously by QPI in Co-doped CaFe2As2.

  18. A study of combined evaluation of suppliers based on correlation

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    Heting Qiu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The Selection of logistics service providers is an important issue in supply chain management. But different evaluation methods may lead to different results, which could cause inconsistent conclusions. This paper makes use of a new perspective to combine with a variety of methods to eliminate the deviation of different single evaluation methods. Design/methodology/approach: This paper expounds the application of the combined evaluation method based on correlation. Entropy method, factor analysis, grey colligation evaluation and AHP have been used for research. Findings: According to the evaluate result, the ranking of suppliers obtained by each method have obvious differences. The result shows that combined evaluation method can eliminate the deviation of different single evaluation methods. Originality/value: The combined evaluation method makes up for the defects of single evaluation methods and obtains a result that is more stable and creditable with smaller deviation. This study can provide the enterprise leaders with more scientific method to select their cooperative companies. 

  19. Satellite-Based Study of Glaciers Retreat in Northern Pakistan

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    Munir, Siraj

    Glaciers serve as a natural regulator of regional water supplies. About 16933 Km 2 area of glaciers is covered by Pakistan. These glaciers are enormous reservoirs of fresh water and their meltwater is an important resource which feed rivers in Pakistan. Glacier depletion, especially recent melting can affect agriculture, drinking water supplies, hydro-electric power, and ecological habitats. This can also have a more immediate impact on Pakistan's economy that depends mainly on water from glacier melt. Melting of seasonal snowfall and permanent glaciers has resulted not only in reduction of water resources but also caused flash floods in many areas of Pakistan. With the advent of satellite technology, using optical and SAR data the study of glaciers, has become possible. Using temporal data, based on calculation of snow index, band ratios and texture reflectance it has been revealed that the rate of glacier melting has increased as a consequent of global warming. Comparison of Landsat images of Batura glacier for October 1992 and October 2000 has revealed that there is a decrease of about 17 sq km in Batura glaciers. Although accurate changes in glacier extent cannot be assessed without baseline information, these efforts have been made to analyze future changes in glaciated area.

  20. A voxel-based MRI morphometric study of Alzheimer's disease

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    Objective: To assess the diagnostic value of voxel-based Morphometry (VBM) in studying Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: Graymatter density were comprehensive assessed by means of VBM on T1-weighted MRI volume sets in 19 patients with AD and 15 healthy subjects of similar age and gender ratio, 15 healthy adults. The data were collected on Siemens 1.5 T Sonata MRI systems and analyzed by SPM 99 to generate gray matter density map. Results: Relative to healthy controls, significant clusters of reduced gray matter density were found to affect medial temporal lobe ( hippocampus) (P<0.001). For hippocampus, reduced gray matter density were 1529 in the right and 1281 in the left with right-sided predominance. Moreover, atrophy of right caudate head and left medial thalamus were showed. We demonstrate global asymmetrical cortical atrophy with sparing of the sensorimotor cortex, occipital lobe and cerebellum. Conclusion: The results from VBM are in perfect agreement with those of earlier neuroimaging, which confirmed its value in demonstrating neuroanatomy of AD. VBM, the simple and automatic approach providing a full-brain assessment of AD morphology, has a good clinical perspective. (authors)

  1. Study on seismic base isolation of LWR plants

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    In general, laminated rubber bearings, while required to possess functions as base isolation devices, are also required to demonstrate functions as supportive structural materials for building superstructures. Accordingly, laminated rubber bearings are required to be durable for numbers of years about the same degrees as the service lives of the superstructures, and further, need to maintain their original functions. In this study, therefore, durability tests using small reduced models were performed to ascertain the durability of laminated natural rubber bearings. In evaluating durability of laminated rubber bearings, it is important to confirm how the functions as laminated rubber bearings (spring constant, breaking characteristics) will change with the environment and use over a long period of time. Therefore, experiments to confirm the items below were conducted for evaluation of the durability of laminated rubber bearings. 1) Influence of temperature of the environment in which laminated rubber bearings are used on the mechanical characteristics of the bearings; confirmation tests for temperature-dependent characteristics. 2) Influence of aging of rubber resulting from long-term use on mechanical characteristics (including breaking characteristics) of laminated rubber bearings; confirmation tests of time-dependent aging characteristics of laminated rubber bearings, excessive displacement loading test (including breaking tests) of laminated rubber bearings subjected to time-dependent aging. (J.P.N.)

  2. Studies of the activity of catalysts based on heteropolyacids

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    The catalytic activity of samples such as PPy(H4SiW12O40), PPy(H5PMo10V2O40), PPy(H2Fe(III)PMo10V2O40), PPy(H3Cu(II)PMo10V2O40) has been examined in two different test reactions. The acid-base and oxidation-reduction properties were studied using the conversion of isopropyl alcohol to propene and acetone. Redox ability of catalysts was examined in the reaction of oxidation of allyl alcohol to glycidol. It was found that the activity of catalysts in the oxidation of allyl alcohol increases as the oxidation properties determined from the conversion of isopropyl alcohol increase. It was also observed that stronger oxidation-reduction properties of the catalyst result in a high rate of the consecutive reaction of glycidol to 3-hydroxypropanone. The phase composition of catalysts was determined by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD)

  3. Evaluating a problem based learning course: an action research study.

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    Walker, J; Bailey, S; Brasell-Brian, R; Gould, S

    2001-03-01

    Problem based learning (PBL) has been widely used in the United States, United Kingdom and Australasia in undergraduate nursing education to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. PBL has been used since 1996 in a Bachelor of Nursing course at a New Zealand tertiary institution, and several modifications have been made to foster effective learning. The 'pure' PBL process has been adapted to move students gradually from teacher direction to taking responsibility for their learning. This has provided the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, information retrieval and evaluation skills, and group process skills over an 18-week period. Because rigorous evaluation of these changes had not been formally undertaken, the purpose of this study was to evaluate how the current format was developing students' understanding and integration of knowledge. Two cycles of the action research method (Cardno and Piggot-Irvine, 1994) were used, involving 4 lecturers and 17 students. Data was collected both quantitatively and qualitatively over a 16-week period. Findings indicated the importance of: explaining the purpose and process of PBL; communicating in detail the role of both students and lecturers; keeping communication lines open; addressing timetabling issues and valuing this method of learning for nursing practice. Implications for nursing education are addressed. PMID:11855017

  4. Study of relevant parameters of GEM-based detectors

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    Croci, Gabriele; Sauli, Fabio; Ragazzi, S

    2007-01-01

    The Gas Electron Multiplier consist of a thin Kapton insulating (50 $\\mu$m) foil copper-clad on both sides and perforated by a high density, regular matrix of holes (around 100 per square millimeter). Typically the distance between holes (pitch) is 140 $\\mu$m and diameters of about 70 $\\mu$m. The mesh is realised by conventional photolitographic methods as used for the fabrication of multi-layer board. Upon application of a potential difference between the GEM electrodes, a high dipole field develops in the holes focusing the field lines between the drift electrode and the readout element. Electron drift along the channel and the charge is amplified by a factor that depends on the field density and the length of the channel. Owing to their excellent position resolution and rate capability GEM-based detector are very suitable to be used in different applications: from the high energy physics to the medical field. The GEM temporal and rate gain stability was studied and it was discovered that the gain variation...

  5. Design studies for a long base-line neutrino beam

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    Ball, A.E. [European Lab. for Particle Physics (CERN), Geneva (Switzerland); Katsanevas, S. [University of Athens, 104 Solonos, GR-106 80 Athens (Greece); Vassilopoulos, N. [University of Athens, 104 Solonos, GR-106 80 Athens (Greece)

    1996-12-11

    Strong interest has recently been shown in very long base-line neutrino beams, directed at existing or planned massive detector facilities, in order to extend the search for neutrino oscillations. Among such possibilities are beams from CERN pointing towards the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory in Italy and the NESTOR Underwater Laboratory in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the Peloponnese. In order to establish the basic parameters, a number of possible configurations for such beams have been studied covering a range of neutrino energy bands; estimates of the neutrino fluxes, event rates and backgrounds at typical detectors are reported. Considerations have been given to the optimum length and radius of the decay tunnels. It is shown that with one year of operation, a neutrino oscillation search down to limits of sin{sup 2} 2{theta}=1.1 x 10{sup -2} and {Delta}m{sup 2}=3.5 x 10{sup -4} eV{sup 2} could be made with currently proposed detectors. (orig.).

  6. Design studies for a long base-line neutrino beam

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    Strong interest has recently been shown in very long base-line neutrino beams, directed at existing or planned massive detector facilities, in order to extend the search for neutrino oscillations. Among such possibilities are beams from CERN pointing towards the Gran Sasso Underground Laboratory in Italy and the NESTOR Underwater Laboratory in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of the Peloponnese. In order to establish the basic parameters, a number of possible configurations for such beams have been studied covering a range of neutrino energy bands; estimates of the neutrino fluxes, event rates and backgrounds at typical detectors are reported. Considerations have been given to the optimum length and radius of the decay tunnels. It is shown that with one year of operation, a neutrino oscillation search down to limits of sin2 2θ=1.1 x 10-2 and Δm2=3.5 x 10-4 eV2 could be made with currently proposed detectors. (orig.)

  7. Microbiota-based Signature of Gingivitis Treatments: A Randomized Study.

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    Huang, Shi; Li, Zhen; He, Tao; Bo, Cunpei; Chang, Jinlan; Li, Lin; He, Yanyan; Liu, Jiquan; Charbonneau, Duane; Li, Rui; Xu, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Plaque-induced gingivitis can be alleviated by various treatment regimens. To probe the impacts of various anti-gingivitis treatments on plaque microflora, here a double blinded, randomized controlled trial of 91 adults with moderate gingivitis was designed with two anti-gingivitis regimens: the brush-alone treatment and the brush-plus-rinse treatment. In the later group, more reduction in both Plaque Index (TMQHI) and Gingival Index (mean MGI) at Day 3, Day 11 and Day 27 was evident, and more dramatic changes were found between baseline and other time points for both supragingival plaque microbiota structure and salivary metabonomic profiles. A comparison of plaque microbiota changes was also performed between these two treatments and a third dataset where 50 subjects received regimen of dental scaling. Only Actinobaculum, TM7 and Leptotrichia were consistently reduced by all the three treatments, whereas the different microbial signatures of the three treatments during gingivitis relieve indicate distinct mechanisms of action. Our study suggests that microbiota based signatures can serve as a valuable approach for understanding and potentially comparing the modes of action for clinical treatments and oral-care products in the future. PMID:27094556

  8. Spectrophotometric study of some metal ions using some Schiff's bases

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    In this work two schiff bases namely N,N Bis(benzoyl acetone)-o-phenylene diamine (NNBBPD) and N,N Bis(benzoyl acetone)-isopropylene diamine (NNBBAID) were prepared by direct coupling of benzoyl acetone with o-phenylene and isopropylene diamine respectively. The two reagents were identified by IR spectra, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and determination of the percentage of nitrogen contents (N%). It is found that the two reagents form coloured chelates with Fe (II), Fe (III), Cu (II), U (VI), Ni (II) and Co (II). The two reagents were used for the determination of Fe (II), Fe (III) and U (VI). The formulate of these metal ion complexes were obtained using continuous variations, mole ratio and slope ratio methods. Effect of two micelles, namely sodium n-dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and hexadecyl pyridinum broinide monohydrate (HPB) on metal ion complexes were studied. It is found that both of them increase the solubility and the absorbances of the metal ion complexes with variable effects of the absorption maxima. Calibration curves for Fe (II), Fe (II) and U (VI) were obtained in optimum conditions of pH and micelles solutions. (Author)

  9. Implementing evidence-based medicine in general practice: a focus group based study

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    Aertgeerts Bert

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Over the past years concerns are rising about the use of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM in health care. The calls for an increase in the practice of EBM, seem to be obstructed by many barriers preventing the implementation of evidence-based thinking and acting in general practice. This study aims to explore the barriers of Flemish GPs (General Practitioners to the implementation of EBM in routine clinical work and to identify possible strategies for integrating EBM in daily work. Methods We used a qualitative research strategy to gather and analyse data. We organised focus groups between September 2002 and April 2003. The focus group data were analysed using a combined strategy of 'between-case' analysis and 'grounded theory approach'. Thirty-one general practitioners participated in four focus groups. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit participants. Results A basic classification model documents the influencing factors and actors on a micro-, meso- as well as macro-level. Patients, colleagues, competences, logistics and time were identified on the micro-level (the GPs' individual practice, commercial and consumer organisations on the meso-level (institutions, organisations and health care policy, media and specific characteristics of evidence on the macro-level (policy level and international scientific community. Existing barriers and possible strategies to overcome these barriers were described. Conclusion In order to implement EBM in routine general practice, an integrated approach on different levels needs to be developed.

  10. Epidemiological study of prostate cancer (EPICAP): a population-based case–control study in France

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    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in male in most Western countries, including France. Despite a significant morbidity and mortality to a lesser extent, the etiology of prostate cancer remains largely unknown. Indeed, the only well-established risk factors to date are age, ethnicity and a family history of prostate cancer. We present, here, the rationale and design of the EPIdemiological study of Prostate CAncer (EPICAP), a population-based case–control study specifically designed to investigate the role of environmental and genetic factors in prostate cancer. The EPICAP study will particularly focused on the role of circadian disruption, chronic inflammation, hormonal and metabolic factors in the occurrence of prostate cancer. EPICAP is a population-based case–control study conducted in the département of Hérault in France. Eligible cases are all cases of prostate cancers newly diagnosed in 2012-2013 in men less than 75 years old and residing in the département of Hérault at the time of diagnosis. Controls are men of the same age as the cases and living in the département of Hérault, recruited in the general population. The sample will include a total of 1000 incident cases of prostate cancer and 1000 population-based controls over a 3-year period (2012-2014). The cases and controls are face-to-face interviewed using a standardized computed assisted questionnaire. The questions focus primarily on usual socio-demographic characteristics, personal and family medical history, lifestyle, leisure activities, residential and occupational history. Anthropometric measures and biological samples are also collected for cases and controls. The EPICAP study aims to answer key questions in prostate cancer etiology: (1) role of circadian disruption through the study of working hours, chronotype and duration/quality of sleep, (2) role of chronic inflammation and anti-inflammatory drugs, (3) role of hormonal and metabolic factors through a detailed questionnaire

  11. Cyberbullying among Finnish adolescents – a population-based study

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    Lindfors Pirjo L

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cyberbullying, threatening or harassing another via the internet or mobile phones, does not cause physically harm and thus the consequences are less visible. Little research has been performed on the occurrence of cyberbullying among adolescents or the perception of its seriousness. Only a few population-based studies have been published, none of which included research on the witnessing of cyberbullying. Here, we examined exposure to cyberbullying during the last year, and its frequency and perceived seriousness among 12 to 18-year-old adolescents in Finland. We studied four dimensions of cyberbullying: being a victim, bully, or both victim and bully of cyberbullying, and witnessing the cyberbullying of friends. Methods Self-administered questionnaires, including four questions on cyberbullying, were mailed to a representative sample of 12-, 14-, 16-, and 18-year-old Finns in 2009 (the Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey. The respondents could answer via the internet or paper questionnaire. Results The number of respondents was 5516 and the response rate was 56%. Girls more often than boys reported experiencing at least one dimension of cyberbullying during the last year. The proportion was highest among 14-year-olds and lowest among 18-year-olds of both sexes. Among girls, the most commonly encountered dimension was witnessing the cyberbullying of friends (16%; and being a victim was slightly more common than being a bully (11% vs. 9%. Among boys, an equal proportion, approximately 10%, had been a victim, a bully, or had witnessed cyberbullying. The proportion of bully-victims was 4%. Serious and disruptive cyberbullying was experienced by 2% of respondents and weekly cyberbullying by 1%; only 0.5% of respondents had been bullied weekly and considered bullying serious and disruptive. Conclusions Adolescents are commonly exposed to cyberbullying, but it is rarely frequent or considered serious or disruptive. Cyberbullying

  12. Retinal detachment in southwest Ethiopia: a hospital based prospective study.

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    Tsedeke Asaminew

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: The incidence of retinal detachment in Blacks is generally considered to be low though there are few supporting studies in Africa. This study, thus, aimed at describing the clinical profile of patients with retinal detachment in Southwest Ethiopia. METHODS: A hospital-based study was done on all consecutive retinal detachment patients who presented to Jimma University Hospital over six months period. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect patients' sociodemographic characteristics and clinical history. Comprehensive anterior and posterior segment eye examinations were done and risk factors were sought for. Statistical tests were considered significant if P < 0.05. RESULTS: A total of 94 eyes of 80 patients (1.5% had retinal detachment (RD and about 69% of patients were symptomatic for over a month before presentation. The mean age was 41.4 years (SD ±16.5. Fourteen patients (17.5% had bilateral RD. At presentation, 61 eyes (64.9% were blind from RD and 11 (13.8% patients were bilaterally blind from RD. Rhegmatogenous RD was seen in 55 eyes (58.5% and tractional RD in 22 eyes (23.4%. The most common risk factors were ocular trauma (32 eyes, 34.0%, myopia (23 eyes, 24.5%, posterior uveitis (13 eyes, 13.8% and diabetic retinopathy (9 eyes, 9.6%. Most retinal breaks (25 eyes, 43.1% were superotemporal and horse-shoe tear was the most common (19 eyes, 20.2%. Macula was off in 77 eyes (81.9% and 38 eyes (69.1% of RRD eyes had grade C proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR. Macular status was significantly associated with PVR (P=0.011, and duration of symptoms (RR=1.25, 95%CI: 1.059-1.475, P=0.040. CONCLUSIONS: A significant numbers of patients with ocular problem had retinal detachment, and nearly two third of the patients presented late. Trauma and myopia were the most important risk factors. People should be educated to improve their health seeking behavior and use eye safety precautions to prevent ocular trauma.

  13. Retinal Detachment in Southwest Ethiopia: A Hospital Based Prospective Study

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    Asaminew, Tsedeke; Gelaw, Yeshigeta; Bekele, Sisay; Solomon, Berhan

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The incidence of retinal detachment in Blacks is generally considered to be low though there are few supporting studies in Africa. This study, thus, aimed at describing the clinical profile of patients with retinal detachment in Southwest Ethiopia. Methods A hospital-based study was done on all consecutive retinal detachment patients who presented to Jimma University Hospital over six months period. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect patients’ sociodemographic characteristics and clinical history. Comprehensive anterior and posterior segment eye examinations were done and risk factors were sought for. Statistical tests were considered significant if P < 0.05. Results A total of 94 eyes of 80 patients (1.5%) had retinal detachment (RD) and about 69% of patients were symptomatic for over a month before presentation. The mean age was 41.4 years (SD ±16.5). Fourteen patients (17.5%) had bilateral RD. At presentation, 61 eyes (64.9%) were blind from RD and 11 (13.8%) patients were bilaterally blind from RD. Rhegmatogenous RD was seen in 55 eyes (58.5%) and tractional RD in 22 eyes (23.4%). The most common risk factors were ocular trauma (32 eyes, 34.0%), myopia (23 eyes, 24.5%), posterior uveitis (13 eyes, 13.8%) and diabetic retinopathy (9 eyes, 9.6%). Most retinal breaks (25 eyes, 43.1%) were superotemporal and horse-shoe tear was the most common (19 eyes, 20.2%). Macula was off in 77 eyes (81.9%) and 38 eyes (69.1% of RRD eyes) had grade C proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR). Macular status was significantly associated with PVR (P=0.011), and duration of symptoms (RR=1.25, 95%CI: 1.059-1.475, P=0.040). Conclusions A significant numbers of patients with ocular problem had retinal detachment, and nearly two third of the patients presented late. Trauma and myopia were the most important risk factors. People should be educated to improve their health seeking behavior and use eye safety precautions to prevent ocular trauma. PMID:24086614

  14. A population-based study of glioblastoma multiforme

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    Purpose: To describe (1) the use of surgery and radiotherapy (RT) in the treatment of patients with glioblastoma (GBM) in Ontario, (2) survival, and (3) proportion of survival time spent in the hospital after diagnosis. Methods and Materials: We performed a population-based cohort study of all Ontario Cancer Registry (OCR) cases of GBM diagnosed between 1982 and 1994. We linked OCR records, hospital files containing surgical procedure codes from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and province-wide RT records. We studied the odds of treatment using multivariate logistic regression. We expressed the time spent in the hospital as the mean number of days per case, and as a proportion of the interval between diagnosis and death, or 24 months following diagnosis, whichever came first. We used the life-table method and Cox proportional hazards regression to describe survival. Results: The proportion of patients with GBM undergoing any surgery directed at the tumor varied with age (p<0.0001) and region of residence (p<0.0001). The proportion undergoing RT varied with age (p<0.0001), region of residence (p<0.0001), and year of diagnosis (p=0.01). RT dose ≥53.5 Gy varied with age (p<0.0001), region of residence (p<0.0001), and year of diagnosis (p=0.0002). Median survival was 11 months among patients receiving RT and 3 months among those not receiving RT. The percentage of survival time spent in the hospital was similar among those who received from 49.5 to <53.5 Gy, compared to ≥53.5 Gy. Overall survival and the adjusted relative risk of death varied with age and region of residence. Conclusion: We observed practice variation in the treatment of patients with GBM according to age, region of residence, and year of diagnosis. Survival did not increase during the study period. The variation in RT dose between those receiving from 49.5 to <53.5 Gy compared to ≥53.5 Gy was not paralleled by variation in survival between regions where one or the other of the

  15. A Thematic Review of Studies into the Effectiveness of Context-Based Chemistry Curricula

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    Ultay, Neslihan; Calik, Muammer

    2012-01-01

    Context-based chemistry education aims at making connections between real life and the scientific content of chemistry courses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate context-based chemistry studies. In looking for the context-based chemistry studies, the authors entered the keywords "context-based", "contextual learning" and "chemistry…

  16. An Empirical Study on Testing of SOA based Services

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    Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) removed the gap between software and business. Today, there is a business transformation among enterprises and they adopt a service based information technology (IT) model. So, testing is necessary for SOA based applications. This paper investigates different type of approaches and techniques that address the testing problems of SOA based services. Here we also investigate the differences between SOA and web services and traditional testing and SOA testing....

  17. An Empirical Study on Testing of SOA based Services

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    Full Text Available Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA removed the gap between software and business. Today, there is a business transformation among enterprises and they adopt a service based information technology (IT model. So, testing is necessary for SOA based applications. This paper investigates different type of approaches and techniques that address the testing problems of SOA based services. Here we also investigate the differences between SOA and web services and traditional testing and SOA testing. Various testing levels are also discussed in detail. This paper also expresses various testing perspectives, challenges of SOA testing and review the many testing approaches and identify the problems that improve the testability of SOA based services.

  18. A Numerical Study of Quantization-Based Integrators

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    Full Text Available Adaptive step size solvers are nowadays considered fundamental to achieve efficient ODE integration. While, traditionally, ODE solvers have been designed based on discrete time machines, new approaches based on discrete event systems have been proposed. Quantization provides an efficient integration technique based on signal threshold crossing, leading to independent and modular solvers communicating through discrete events. These solvers can benefit from the large body of knowledge on discrete event simulation techniques, like parallelization, to obtain efficient numerical integration. In this paper we introduce new solvers based on quantization and adaptive sampling techniques. Preliminary numerical results comparing these solvers are presented.

  19. Experimental and Theoretical Study of Microturbine-Based BCHP System

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    On-site and near-site distributed power generation (DG), as part of a Buildings Cooling, Heating and Power (BCHP) system, brings both electricity and waste heat from the DG sources closer to the end user's electric and thermal loads. Consequently, the waste heat can be used as input power for heat-activated air conditioners, chillers, and desiccant dehumidification systems; to generate steam for space heating; or to provide hot water for laundry, kitchen, cleaning services and/or rest rooms. By making use of what is normally waste heat, BCHP systems meet a building's electrical and thermal loads with a lower input of fossil fuel, yielding resource efficiencies of 40 to 70% or more. To ensure the success of BCHP systems, interactions of a DG system-such as a microturbine and thermal heat recovery units under steady-state modes of operation with various exhaust back pressures-must be considered. This article studies the performance and emissions of a 30-kW microturbine over a range of design and off-design conditions in steady-state operating mode with various back pressures. In parallel with the experimental part of the project, a BCHP mathematical model was developed describing basic thermodynamic and hydraulic processes in the system, heat and material balances, and the relationship of the balances. to the system configuration. The model can determine the efficiency of energy conversion both for an individual microturbine unit and for the entire BCHP system for various system configurations and external loads. Based on actual data Tom a 30-kW microturbine, linear analysis was used to obtain an analytical relationship between the changes in the thermodynamic and hydraulic parameters of the system. The actual data show that, when the backpressure at the microturbine exhaust outlet is increased to the maximum of 7 in. WC (0.017 atm), the microturbine's useful power output decreases by from 3.5% at a full power setting of 30 kW to 5.5% at a one-third power setting (10

  20. Algae Based Carbon Capture and Utilization feasibility study : - initial analysis of carbon capture effect based on Zhoushan case pre-study in China

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    Sen, Cong

    2012-01-01

    This pre-feasibility study was taken out by the co-operation with Zhejiang University, the CEU lab in Zhejiang University is taking researches of the algae based carbon dioxide capture technology, this report mainly aims to evaluate the GHG mitigation effect of this technology and give suggestions.   This study was carried out at Zhejiang University based on the Zhoushan islands waste incineration power plant project, the report presents the initial feasibility study for the algae based carbo...

  1. Recurrent Wheezing in Infants: A Population-Based Study.

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    Belhassen, Manon; De Blic, Jacques; Laforest, Laurent; Laigle, Valérie; Chanut-Vogel, Céline; Lamezec, Liliane; Brouard, Jacques; Fauroux, Brigitte; de Pouvourville, Gérard; Ginoux, Marine; Van Ganse, Eric

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    Recurrent wheezing (RW) has a significant impact on infants, caregivers, and society, but morbidity and related medical resource utilization (MRU) have not been thoroughly explored. The burden of RW needs to be documented with population-based data. The objective was to assess the characteristics, medical management, and MRU of RW infants identified from national claims data.Infants aged from 6 to 24 months, receiving ≥2 dispensations of respiratory drugs within 3 months, and presenting a marker of poor control (index date), were selected. During the 6 months after index date, MRU was described in the cohort and among 3 subgroups with more severe RW, defined as ≥4 dispensations of respiratory drugs, ≥3 dispensations of oral corticosteroids (OCS), or ≥1 hospitalization for respiratory symptoms.A total of 115,489 infants had RW, corresponding to 8.2% of subjects in this age group. During follow-up, 68.7% of infants received inhaled corticosteroids, but only 1.8 U (unit) were dispensed over 6 months, suggesting discontinuous use. Control was mostly inadequate: 61.7% of subjects received OCS, 80.2% antibiotics, and 71.2% short-acting beta-agonists, and medical/paramedical visits were numerous, particularly for physiotherapy. Severe RW concerned 39.0% of the cohort; 32.8% and 11.7% of infants had repeated use of respiratory drugs and OCS, respectively, and 5.5% were hospitalized for respiratory symptoms.In this real-life nation-wide study, RW was common and infants had poor control and high MRU. Interventions are needed to support adequate use of controller therapy, and to improve medical care. PMID:27082618

  2. Soil Studies: Applying Acid-Base Chemistry to Environmental Analysis.

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    West, Donna M.; Sterling, Donna R.

    2001-01-01

    Laboratory activities for chemistry students focus attention on the use of acid-base chemistry to examine environmental conditions. After using standard laboratory procedures to analyze soil and rainwater samples, students use web-based resources to interpret their findings. Uses CBL probes and graphing calculators to gather and analyze data and…

  3. Feasibility Study of EO SARs as Opportunity Illuminators in Passive Radars: PAZ-Based Case Study

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    Jose-Luis Bárcena-Humanes

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Passive radars exploit the signal transmitted by other systems, known as opportunity illuminators (OIs, instead of using their own transmitter. Due to its almost total invulnerability to natural disasters or physical attacks, satellite OIs are of special interest. In this line, a feasibility study of Earth Observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (EO SAR systems as OIs is carried out taking into consideration signal waveform, availability, bistatic geometry, instrumented coverage area and incident power density. A case study based on the use of PAZ, the first Spanish EO SAR, is presented. PAZ transmitted waveform, operation modes, orbit characteristics and antenna and transmitter parameters are analyzed to estimate potential coverages and resolutions. The study concludes that, due to its working in on-demand operating mode, passive radars based on PAZ-type illuminators can be proposed as complementing tools during the sensor commissioning phase, for system maintenance and for improving its performance by providing additional information about the area of interest and/or increasing the data updating speed, exploiting other sensors during the time PAZ is not available.

  4. Multimodal navigated skull base tumor resection using image-based vascular and cranial nerve segmentation: A prospective pilot study

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    Parviz Dolati

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Image-based preoperative vascular and neural element segmentation with 3D reconstruction is highly informative preoperatively and could increase the vigilance of neurosurgeons for preventing neurovascular injury during skull base surgeries. Additionally, the accuracy found in this study is superior to previously reported measurements. This novel preliminary study is encouraging for future validation with larger numbers of patients.

  5. Studies of zeolite-based artificial photosynthetic systems

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    Zhang, Haoyu

    Y were obtained. The Ru complexes were anchored on the surface of zeolites via ion-exchange or "ship-in-bottle" synthesis. The spectroscopic properties of the NanoY-entrapped species including methyl viologen (MV2+), RuL were measured via transmission techniques. The zeolite-encapsulated species were found to have red-shift absorption and emission bands and longer MLCT life times. By incorporating both donors Ru complexes and acceptors MV2+ in NanoY, electron transfer kinetics was examined. LFP study showed a slower back-electron-transfer rate as compared to forward electron transfer. Photochemically generated long-lived charge separation is the key step in processes that aim for conversion of solar energy into chemical energy. We incorporated RuL complex on the surface of a pinhole-free zeolite membrane by quaternization of L and surrounded with intrazeolitic bipyridinium ions (N,N'-trimethyl-2,2'-bipyridinium ion, 3DQ2+). Visible-light irradiation of the Ru complex side of the membrane in the presence of a sacrificial electron donor led to formation of PVS-· on the other side. Pore-blocking disilazane-based chemistry allows for Na+ to migrate through the membrane to maintain charge balance, while keeping the 3DQ2+ entrapped in the zeolite. These results provided encouragement that the zeolite membrane based architecture has the necessary features for not only incorporating molecular assemblies with long-lived charge separation but also for ready exploitation of the spatially separated charges to store visible light energy in chemical species. The pore-narrowing strategy applied under mild conditions can be used in control-release of active substances such as drug, pesticides, and herbicides. Methyl viologen (MV2+) was chosen as the guest molecule, since it is widely used as an herbicide and its release is of interest in agricultural applications. To explore the controlled-release capability of the surface-modified zeolite, MV2+-encapsulated zeolite Y particles were

  6. Study on Visualization of Virtual City Model Based on Internet

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    JIN Baoxuan; BIAN Fuling; ZUO Xiaoqing; WANG Fangxiong

    2005-01-01

    With the rapid development of computer graphics, distributed-computing and Internet, it is possible to achieve Internet-based virtual city.This paper dwells on the method of the terrain and its feature modeling and complex entity modeling in the virtual city.Then, discusses the method for Internet-based virtual city 3D visualization and the design of the Browser/Server architecture of the system of virtual city in the network environment.Finally, Java and Java 3D are used to show an experiment example, and the related conclusion about Internet-based virtual city 3D displaying and the client-side interactive operation is given.

  7. Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: A Hong Kong Study

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    Lau, Holning; Stotzer, Rebecca L.

    2010-01-01

    Various parties have called on Hong Kong to pass legislation proscribing sexual orientation-based employment discrimination. The government has suggested that data on discrimination should inform debate on this matter. This survey of 792 self-identified sexual orientation minorities in Hong Kong examined (1) the prevalence of sexual orientation-based discrimination, (2) risk factors associated with experiencing discrimination, and (3) the relationship between experiencing employment discrimin...

  8. Study of Internet-based Open Remote Diagnostic System

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    2002-01-01

    With the wide application of information technologi es , Internet-based remote diagnosis (IRD) of plant will surely become the main se rvice mode of corporations in the future. Therefore, it has received a great dea l recognition from academia and the industry. The IRD technology, which is based upon database, computer, and network technologies is the focus of correlative r esearch all over the world. Although some scientific institutions have developed primary IRD systems, their functions are quite narro...

  9. A Study on Subject-based English for College Students

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    BuYukun

    2004-01-01

    Subject-Based English is an effective way to help college students to complete the transition from language learning to its practical application. According to the requirement of SubjectBased English for college students from Educational Ministry Of China, this paper approaches the development of teaching material, content of the courses, teaching model and teaching method by using the advanced EAP teaching theories of other countries for reference.

  10. A Study of Knowledge Mining in Web Based Learning Environment

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    A.Nithya Rani,M.C.A.,M.Phil., M.B.A; Dr. Antony Selvdoss Davamani

    2012-01-01

    For the past several years data mining fields hasbeen rapidly increasing and attract many researchers andusers. This reason for such rapid growth is essential need toderive the useful knowledge automatically from volume of datawhich is accumulated and shared worldwide. From thatstorage education, a web based learning environment maydevelop to offer a practical tool for instructors and learners touse the knowledge for teaching and learning. Web based openand dynamic learning environment to be ...

  11. Study on Chart Based on Short Production Run

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    2001-01-01

    High intellectual, high flexible automatic manufacturing system based on low volume production is the trend in the future, but the traditional control charts whose control limits are based on at least 20~25 subgroups of five observations each are not suitable in this environment. The paper presents variance control chart used in small batch production in which there are not sufficient observations. The control limits are set reliably without restriction of the number of samples.

  12. Study of Teaching Model based on Cooperative Learning

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    Jing-qin SU; Fei-xue HUANG

    2010-01-01

    Cooperative learning is a popular teaching method now in the world. This paper first discusses the teaching model based on cooperative learning, then analyzes the advantages of cooperative learning and at last proposes the steps of carrying out cooperative learning. It is necessary to introduce the teaching model based on cooperative learning into the teaching for training software talents of China.
    Key words: Cooperative Learning; Training Model; Teach...

  13. A design-based study of Citizen Inquiry for geology

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    Aristeidou, Maria; Scanlon, Eileen; Sharples, Mike

    2013-01-01

    Citizen Inquiry forms a new method of informal science learning and aims to enable the engagement of citizens in online scientific investigations. Citizen Inquiry combines aspects from Citizen Science and Inquiry-based learning and is implemented through a community of practice where people having a shared interest interact and exchange knowledge and methods supported and guided by online systems and tools within a web-based inquiry environment. To explore the potential of Citizen Inquiry, a ...

  14. Performance study on Gossip-based group key distribution protocal

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    Yao Yan; Ma Jiaqing; Zhong Yiping; Zhang Shiyong

    2006-01-01

    Group key distribution is faced with two important problems, i.e. reliability and scalability, to support security multicast for large and dynamic groups. With group member increasing, traditional reliable multicast protocol can not deal with them fully. Gossip-based group key distribution idea for wide-area dissemination was provided. It is based on an gossip-based loss recovery control mechanism. It can provide a probabilistic reliable guarantee for a information dissemination to reach every group member, which can achieve scalability and reliability. To achieve full reliability, three layers protocol model in group key distribution was provided. One is best effect layer, which provides unreliable dissemination. Other is gossip-based loss recovery layer, which provides probabilistic reliable guarantee. Last is vsync-based layer, which provide deterministic loss recovery. We integrate probabilistic loss recovery method with deterministic one. The model possess scalability that probabilistic method has and full reliability prosthesis by vsync-based. To evaluate the effectiveness of gossip technique in scalable and reliable multicast protocols. We have compared gossip protocol with other reliable multicast protocols. Experimental result shows that gossip protocol has better scalability than other.

  15. Prospects of Source-Separation-Based Sanitation Concepts: A Model-Based Study

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Separation of different domestic wastewater streams and targeted on-site treatment for resource recovery has been recognized as one of the most promising sanitation concepts to re-establish the balance in carbon, nutrient and water cycles. In this study a model was developed based on literature data to compare energy and water balance, nutrient recovery, chemical use, effluent quality and land area requirement in four different sanitation concepts: (1 centralized; (2 centralized with source-separation of urine; (3 source-separation of black water, kitchen refuse and grey water; and (4 source-separation of urine, feces, kitchen refuse and grey water. The highest primary energy consumption of 914 MJ/capita(cap/year was attained within the centralized sanitation concept, and the lowest primary energy consumption of 437 MJ/cap/year was attained within source-separation of urine, feces, kitchen refuse and grey water. Grey water bio-flocculation and subsequent grey water sludge co-digestion decreased the primary energy consumption, but was not energetically favorable to couple with grey water effluent reuse. Source-separation of urine improved the energy balance, nutrient recovery and effluent quality, but required larger land area and higher chemical use in the centralized concept.

  16. Study of biomaterials by ion-beam based methods

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    The extension lifetime of prosthetic devices, dental materials and orthodontic devices is one main goal of the international medical supply community. In the frame of an interdisciplinary national project, IFIN-HH has started experimentation on some alternative procedures to study the wear/corrosion phenomena of biological materials by using ion-beam based techniques. Since joint prostheses are mechanical bearings there are concerns over friction and wear just as there are with any bearing. These concerns date back to the early introduction of total hip prostheses and were shown to be justified by the early failures due to wear. Subsequently, changes in materials and designs reduced the incidence of wear failure to a low level at which failures due to other mechanisms became dominant. Interest turned to preventing femoral component fracture, reducing the rates of infection, and reducing the rates of loosening. Attention to wear as a mechanism of failure has recently increased. The failure rate for joint replacement at the hip or knee has been progressively reduced. The biologic effects of wear debris have been recognized; wearing out of the prosthesis is no longer a prerequisite for an adverse outcome. There is an active search for new materials with increased wear resistance. In the case of metallic component from hip, knee prostheses and dental alloys, we present the optimum nuclear reactions according with the main parameters of our U-120 Cyclotron (p, d, Emax = 13 MeV and α particle, Emax = 26 MeV). In the case of polymers, one of an articulating couple of the prosthetic devices, direct activation causes severe changes in its surface morphology and its structure (formation of defects and free radicals). We have developed an indirect activation mode using the principle of recoil ion implantation, applied to 56Co radioactive ions generated by proton particle beams on a Fe target (thickness ∼ 10 mm). A thin target of elementary composition A is bombarded by the

  17. Synthesis and study of novel silicon-based unsaturated polymers

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    Novel unsaturated polymers have been synthesized and studied as precursors to silicon carbide and third order nonlinear optical materials. X ray structures were obtained. Kinetic and mechanistic studies of the unique thermal isomerization of dimethylenedisilacyclobutane to a carbene were conducted.

  18. A computational study of nodal-based tetrahedral element behavior.

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    Gullerud, Arne S.

    2010-09-01

    This report explores the behavior of nodal-based tetrahedral elements on six sample problems, and compares their solution to that of a corresponding hexahedral mesh. The problems demonstrate that while certain aspects of the solution field for the nodal-based tetrahedrons provide good quality results, the pressure field tends to be of poor quality. Results appear to be strongly affected by the connectivity of the tetrahedral elements. Simulations that rely on the pressure field, such as those which use material models that are dependent on the pressure (e.g. equation-of-state models), can generate erroneous results. Remeshing can also be strongly affected by these issues. The nodal-based test elements as they currently stand need to be used with caution to ensure that their numerical deficiencies do not adversely affect critical values of interest.

  19. Experimental study of Internet telerobotics based on virtual guides

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    GAO Sheng; ZHAO Jie; CAI He-gao

    2006-01-01

    For the virtual environment (VE) to control remote robots through Internet, this paper proposes an operational idea based on virtual guides (VGs). The VGs consist of three types, line VG, plane VG, and body VG, which can greatly enhance the safety and flexibility of the man-machine system. Through the analysis of several common cases, the idea of the VGs are first introduced and described. Second, detailed descriptions of the three VGs are given, and then a uniform representation of all VGs is given. Finally, a typical experiment is designed and implemented according to the modes of video feedback, video&VE feedback, and video&VE&VG feedback. Experimental results show that the operation based on VEs and VGs have significant advantages over that based on video feedback, and VGs can greatly improve the ability of the VE to control remote robots, thus obtaining high and efficient man-machine cooperation.

  20. Epidemiological study of road traffic accident cases in Greater Noida: Hospital Based Study

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    Rupali Roy

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Road accidents are associated with numerous problems each of which needs to be addressed separately [1]. Accidents, therefore, can be studied in terms of agent, host and environmental factors and epidemiologically classified into time, place and person distribution [2]. Objectives: 1.To assess the prevalence of RTAs coming to hospital and 2.To know the epidemiological factors related to RTAs and associated prevalence in hospital based study. Methodology: This cross sectional study was conducted at SMSR, Gr Noida, in 2012. The study group consisted of all the RTA victims reporting to casualty in the last one year. The victims of the accidents were interviewed on a pretested semi structured performa. Results: In that one year period total number of reported accident cases was 144. The age groups of the study subjects were between 13-65 years. Out of total study subjects, only 16 were female. Again out of the total accident cases 45% were attended by police and of all injured, 45.8% were driver by occupation (7% without driving license. Among these drivers, 11% were not attentive during driving because of various reasons. Ambulance services had reached in 46.5% cases. Fracture was the most common type (60% of injury among all types of injuries. Among the applicable population only 33% wore helmet or seat belts. Conclusions: Only half of the total accident cases were attended by police and again only half of them received ambulance services. One third injuries were because of not wearing seat belt and helmets.

  1. A study on the effect of performance based budgeting using activity based cost method

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    Rahmatollah Mohammadipour

    2014-01-01

    Nowadays, management of funds in different governmental organizations plays essential role in accessing desirable objectives and in controlling operations efficiently and effectively. Performance-based budgeting (PBB) is the practice of developing budgets based on the relationship between planned funding levels and anticipated results from the plan. The performance-based budgeting process is a technique where the administrators can apply to manage more cost-efficient and effective budgeting p...

  2. Medication adherence in type 2 diabetes: the ENTRED study 2007, a French Population-Based Study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Adherence to prescribed medications is a key dimension of healthcare quality. The aim of this large population-based study was to evaluate self-reported medication adherence and to identify factors linked with poor adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes in France. METHODOLOGY: The ENTRED study 2007, a French national survey of people treated for diabetes, was based on a representative sample of patients who claimed reimbursement for oral hypoglycaemic agents and/or insulin at least three times between August 2006 and July 2007, and who were randomly selected from the database of the two main National Health Insurance Systems. Medication adherence was determined using a six-item self-administered questionnaire. A multinomial polychotomous logistic regression model was used to identify factors associated with medication adherence in the 3,637 persons with type 2 diabetes. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Thirty nine percent of patients reported good medication adherence, 49% medium adherence and 12% poor adherence. The factors significantly associated with poor adherence in multivariate analysis were socio-demographic factors: age 8% and existing diabetes complications; and health care-related factors: difficulties for taking medication alone, decision making by the patient only, poor acceptability of medical recommendations, lack of family or social support, need for information on treatment, reporting no confidence in the future, need for medical support and follow-up by a specialist physician. CONCLUSIONS: In a country with a high level of access to healthcare, our study demonstrated a substantial low level of medication adherence in type 2 diabetic patients. Better identification of those with poor adherence and individualised suitable recommendations remain essential for better healthcare management.

  3. Radiolysis studies of kappa carrageenan for bio based materials development

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    Kappa (κ-) carrageenan oligomers are known to have several biological activities such as anti-HIV, anti-herpes, anti tumor and antioxidant properties. Recent progress in the development of radiation modified κ-carrageenan has resulted in new applications such as plant growth promoter, radiation dose indicator and hydrogels for wound dressing. This study would investigate on the changes in chemical structure, gelation and conformational transition behavior and molecular size of κ-carrageenan at doses from 0 to 200 kGy and would be correlated to these functions for the development of bio-based materials. Pulse radiolysis studies on κ-carrageenan was carried out to determine what transient species directly affects the degradation rate of κ-carrageenan in aqueous solution. The results reveal that there is no seeming reaction of the hydrated electron with κ-carrageenan. OH reacts with κ-carrageenan at a fast rate of approximately 1.2 x 109M-1a-1. This value was influenced by conformational change from helix to coil by the addition of the metal ion Na+, reduction of molecular weight by the hydrolysis reaction and reduction of reactive sites by seasonally or irradiation. Most applications from the radiation degradation of polysaccharides started with the use of the ''hit and miss'' process where polysaccharides were irradiated at a certain dose range and finding out which dose is suitable for a specific function. Measurement of the radiation degradation yield (Gd) at different conditions can give an approximation of the Mw at an absorbed dose. This will allow the production of oligomers with a specified Mw. With the use of the Gd both in solid and in aqueous solution, one can also make a rough calculation whether it is more economical to irradiateκ-carrageenan in solid r in aqueous solution. Results of this experiment reveal that the radiation yields (Gd) of κ-carrageenan in solid and in aqueous (1%) were as follows: 2.5, 1.7 and 1.2 x 10-7 mol J-1 for solid in

  4. INTEGRATED GENOME-BASED STUDIES OF SHEWANELLA ECOPHYSIOLOGY

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    NEALSON, KENNETH H.

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    laboratories. Applications: 1. Corrosion: Electron flow is often part of the corrosive process, and several studies were done in concert with this proposal with regard to the ability of EET-capable bacteria to enhance, inhibit, or detect corrosion. These included using EET-capable bacteria to detect corrosion in its earliest stages [5], to use corrosion-causing bacteria for the study of the microbe/mineral interface during corrosion [1], and to study the groups of microbes involved with corrosion of natural systems [19]. 2. Bioenergy and microbial fuel cells: The production of electricity by Shewanella was shown early in this program (several years ago) to be dependent on the genes for extracellular electron transport (EET), and applied work involved the testing of various strains and conditions for the optimization of current production by the shewanellae [11,14,16]. 3. Identification of shewanellae strains: Based on similarities seen in genomic comparisons, a rapid method was employed for distinguishing between shewanellae strains [17]. Interactions with other laboratories: This grant was an extension of a grant involving the so-called ?Shewanella Federation?, and as such, a number of our publications were joint with other members of this group. The groups included: 1. Pacific Northwest Laboratories ? 2. Oak Ridge National Labs 3. Michigan State University 4. University of Oklahoma 5. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC 6. Burnham Medical Research Institute, San Diego 7. J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego Education: Graduate Students: Michael Waters, Ph.D. ? at NIST, Washington D.C. Lewis Hsu, Ph.D. ? at NRL, San Diego Howard Harris, Ph.D. ? Postdoc at University, France Everett Salas, Ph.D. ? Scientist at Chevron McLean, Jeffrey, Ph.D. ? Scientist at J. Craig Venter Institute McCrow, John, Ph.D. ? Scientist at J. Craig Venter Institute Postdocs: Mohamed El-Naggar ? Professor of Physics, USC Jinjun Kan ? Senior Researcher at Undergraduatges: During this year, we had

  5. Integrated genome-based studies of Shewanella ecophysiology

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    Segre Daniel; Beg Qasim

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    This project was a component of the Shewanella Federation and, as such, contributed to the overall goal of applying the genomic tools to better understand eco-physiology and speciation of respiratory-versatile members of Shewanella genus. Our role at Boston University was to perform bioreactor and high throughput gene expression microarrays, and combine dynamic flux balance modeling with experimentally obtained transcriptional and gene expression datasets from different growth conditions. In the first part of project, we designed the S. oneidensis microarray probes for Affymetrix Inc. (based in California), then we identified the pathways of carbon utilization in the metal-reducing marine bacterium Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, using our newly designed high-density oligonucleotide Affymetrix microarray on Shewanella cells grown with various carbon sources. Next, using a combination of experimental and computational approaches, we built algorithm and methods to integrate the transcriptional and metabolic regulatory networks of S. oneidensis. Specifically, we combined mRNA microarray and metabolite measurements with statistical inference and dynamic flux balance analysis (dFBA) to study the transcriptional response of S. oneidensis MR-1 as it passes through exponential, stationary, and transition phases. By measuring time-dependent mRNA expression levels during batch growth of S. oneidensis MR-1 under two radically different nutrient compositions (minimal lactate and nutritionally rich LB medium), we obtain detailed snapshots of the regulatory strategies used by this bacterium to cope with gradually changing nutrient availability. In addition to traditional clustering, which provides a first indication of major regulatory trends and transcription factors activities, we developed and implemented a new computational approach for Dynamic Detection of Transcriptional Triggers (D2T2). This new method allows us to infer a putative topology of transcriptional dependencies

  6. Association between 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine excretion and risk of lung cancer in a prospective study

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    Loft, Steffen; Svoboda, Peter; Kawai, Kazuaki;

    2012-01-01

    in a population-based cohort of 25,717 men and 27,972 women aged 50-64 years with 3-7 years follow-up. We included 260 cases with lung cancer and a subcohort of 263 individuals matched on sex, age, and smoking duration for comparison. Urine collected at entry was analysed for 8-oxoGua by HPLC with...... in the steady state. The aim of this study was to investigate urinary 8-oxoGua as a risk factor for lung cancer. In a nested case-cohort design we examined associations between urinary excretion of 8-oxoGua and risk of lung cancer as well as potential interaction with the OGG1 Ser326Cys polymorphism...... electrochemical detection. There was no significant effect of smoking or OGG1 genotype on the excretion of 8-oxoGua. Overall the incidence rate ratio (IRR) (95% confidence interval) of lung cancer was 1.06 (0.97-1.15) per doubling of 8-oxoGua excretion. The association between lung cancer risk and 8-oxo...

  7. Study on Equipment Selective Maintenance Strategy Based on Performance

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    In this paper, an equipment selective maintenance strategy based on performance is brought forward according to the situation in China, in which reliability, computer technology,condition monitoring and management theory is applied. The theory points of the strategy are put forward. The maintenance strategy has been applied in.mine hoist system.

  8. Study of novel lithium salt-based, plasticized polymer electrolytes

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    Silva, Maria Manuela; Barros, Sandra Cerqueira; Smith, Michael J.; MacCallum, James R.

    The results of a preliminary investigation of a series of polymer electrolytes based on a novel polymer host, poly(trimethylene carbonate) (p(TMC)), with lithium triflate or lithium perchlorate and various plasticizing additives, are described in this presentation. Electrolytes with lithium salt compositions of about n=10 (where n represents the molar ratio of (OCOCH 2CH 2CH 2O) units per lithium ion) and additive compositions between 5 and 15 wt.% (with respect to p(TMC)), were prepared by co-dissolution of salt and polymer in anhydrous solvent with a controlled amount of additive. The homogeneous solutions obtained were evaporated within a preparative glovebox and under a dry argon atmosphere to form thin films of electrolyte. The solvent-free electrolyte films produced were characterized by measurements of total ionic conductivity, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry. In general the triflate-based electrolytes were found to show moderate ionic conductivity and good thermal stability while perchlorate-based electrolytes showed higher levels of conductivity but lower thermal stability. Electrolytes based on this host polymer, with both lithium salts, were obtained as very flexible, transparent, completely amorphous films.

  9. Studies on GaN-based laser devices make progress

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    @@ A research team led by YANG Hui and CHEN Lianghui with the CAS Institute of Semiconductors (ISCAS) has made breakthrough progress in addressing key technological problems for the GaN-based laser diodes development. The research results were spoken highly at a panel meeting of experts held on 26 November, 2007 in Beijing.

  10. In Vivo RNAi-Based Screens: Studies in Model Organisms

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available RNA interference (RNAi is a technique widely used for gene silencing in organisms and cultured cells, and depends on sequence homology between double-stranded RNA (dsRNA and target mRNA molecules. Numerous cell-based genome-wide screens have successfully identified novel genes involved in various biological processes, including signal transduction, cell viability/death, and cell morphology. However, cell-based screens cannot address cellular processes such as development, behavior, and immunity. Drosophila and Caenorhabditis elegans are two model organisms whose whole bodies and individual body parts have been subjected to RNAi-based genome-wide screening. Moreover, Drosophila RNAi allows the manipulation of gene function in a spatiotemporal manner when it is implemented using the Gal4/UAS system. Using this inducible RNAi technique, various large-scale screens have been performed in Drosophila, demonstrating that the method is straightforward and valuable. However, accumulated results reveal that the results of RNAi-based screens have relatively high levels of error, such as false positives and negatives. Here, we review in vivo RNAi screens in Drosophila and the methods that could be used to remove ambiguity from screening results.

  11. Hydrogen Adsorption in Carbon-Based Materials Studied by NMR

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    Wu, Yue; Kleinhammes, Alfred; Anderson, Robert; Mao, Shenghua

    2007-03-01

    Hydrogen adsorption in carbon-based materials such as boron-doped graphite and boron-doped single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). ^1H NMR is shown to be a sensitive and quantitative probe for detecting adsorbed gas molecules such as H2, methane, and ethane. NMR measurements were carried out in-situ under given H2 pressure up to a pressure of over 100 atm. From such ^1H NMR measurement, the amount of adsorbed H2 molecules was determined versus pressure. This gives an alternative method for measuring the adsorption isotherms where the H2 signature is identified based on spin properties rather than weight or volume as in gravimetric and volumetric measurements. The measurement shows that boron doping has a favorable effect on increasing the adsorption enthalpy of H2 in carbon-based systems. This work was done in collaboration with NREL and Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, within the DOE Center of Excellence on Carbon-based Hydrogen Storage Materials and is supported by DOE.

  12. Impact of MR based attenuation correction on neurological PET studies

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    Su, Yi; Rubin, Brian B.; McConathy, Jonathan; Laforest, Richard; Qi, Jing; Sharma, Akash; Priatna, Agus; Benzinger, Tammie L.S.

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) scanners have become a reality in recent years with the benefits of reduced radiation exposure, reduction of imaging time, and potential advantages in quantification. Appropriate attenuation correction remains a challenge. Biases in PET activity measurements were demonstrated using the current MR based attenuation correction technique. We aim to investigate the impact of using standard MRAC technique on the clinical and research utility of PET/MR hybrid scanner for amyloid imaging. Methods Florbetapir scans were obtained on 40 participants on a Biograph mMR hybrid scanner with simultaneous MR acquisition. PET images were reconstructed using both MR and CT derived attenuation map. Quantitative analysis was performed for both datasets to assess the impact of MR based attenuation correction to absolute PET activity measurements as well as target to reference ratio (SUVR). Clinical assessment was also performed by a nuclear medicine physician to determine amyloid status based on the criteria in the FDA prescribing information for florbetapir. Results MR based attenuation correction led to underestimation of PET activity for most part of the brain with a small overestimation for deep brain regions. There is also an overestimation of SUVR values with cerebellar reference. SUVR measurements obtained from the two attenuation correction methods were strongly correlated. Clinical assessment of amyloid status resulted in identical classification as positive or negative regardless of the attenuation correction methods. Conclusions MR based attenuation correction cause biases in quantitative measurements. The biases may be accounted for by a linear model, although the spatial variation cannot be easily modelled. The quantitative differences however did not affect clinical assessment as positive or negative. PMID:26823562

  13. Videogames, Tools for Change: A Study Based on Activity Theory

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    Méndez, Laura; Lacasa, Pilar

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: The purpose of this study is to provide a framework for analysis from which to interpret the transformations that take place, as perceived by the participants, when commercial video games are used in the classroom. We will show how Activity Theory (AT) is able to explain and interpret these changes. Method: Case studies are…

  14. A population-based study of neuromyelitis optica in Caucasians

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    Asgari, N; Lillevang, S T; Skejoe, H P B;

    2011-01-01

    Epidemiologic studies have suggested different prevalence of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in different ethnic groups. However, data on the incidence and prevalence of NMO in Caucasians are scarce.......Epidemiologic studies have suggested different prevalence of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in different ethnic groups. However, data on the incidence and prevalence of NMO in Caucasians are scarce....

  15. Studying the Multilingual City: A GIS-Based Approach

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    Veselinova, Ljuba Nikolova; Booza, J. C.

    2009-01-01

    Work in two distinct disciplines, urban geography and sociolinguistics, readily points out the multiethnic and multilingual character of metropolitan areas. However, there is still demand for studies which establish the language structure of modern cities. For the purposes of this pilot study, we focus on the Detroit Metropolitan Area (DMA),…

  16. Performance Study of ETX based Wireless Routing Metrics

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    Javaid, Nadeem; Khan, Imran Ali; Djouani, Karim

    2010-01-01

    Being most popular and IETF standard metric, minimum hop count is appropriately used by Ad hoc Networks, as new paths must rapidly be found in the situations where quality paths could not be found in due time due to high node mobility. There always has been a tradeoff between throughput and energy consumption, but stationary topology of WMNs and high node density of WSN's benefit the algorithms to consider quality-aware routing to choose the best routes. In this paper, we analytically review ongoing research on wireless routing metrics which are based on ETX (Expected Transmission Count) as it performs better than minimum hop count under link availability. Performances over ETX, target platforms and design requirements of these ETX based metrics are high-lighted. Consequences of the criteria being adopted (in addition to expected link layer transmissions & retransmissions) in the form of incremental: (1) performance overheads and computational complexity causing inefficient use of network resources and in...

  17. STUDY ON IMAGE EDGE PROPERTY LOCATION BASED ON FRACTAL THEORY

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    2001-01-01

    A novel approach of printed circuit board(PCB)image locating is presentedBased on the rectangle mark image edge of PCB,the featur es is used to describe the image edge and the fractal properby of image edge is analyzedIt is proved that the rectangle mark image edge of PCB has some fracta l featuresA method of deleting unordinary curve noise and compensating the l ength of the fractal curve is put forward,which can get the fractal dimension value from one complex edge fractal property curveThe relation between the dim ension of the fractal curve and the turning angle of image can be acquired from an equation,as a result,the angle value of the PCB image is got exactlyA real image edge analysis result confirms that the method based on the fractal theory is a new powerful tool for angle locating on PCB and related image area

  18. Study on Compensation Control of STATCOM Based on MMC

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduced modular multi-level converter (MMC, which could enhance the voltage and power level by sub-converter modules in series and was easy to extend to any level of output. Its structure and working mechanism were described. By analyzing the energy transfer performance of STATCOM based on MMC working conditions in the compensation, a comprehensive compensation control strategy was proposed based on direct current control mode. By analyzing the higher harmonic components circulation generated by the inconsistencies in the three-phase upper and lower arm voltage, a loop control strategy is proposed for the suppression of the circulation in the arms of the M-STATCOM. The simulation results show the strategy has a better tracking precision and response speed for the compensation control.

  19. A study of Internet-based virtual NC turning system

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    Li, Yue; Li, Shujuan

    2004-03-01

    The virtual machining technique is a key issue of Virtual Manufacturing (VM) system, and the simulation of virtual machining process is a focus research field at the present time. This paper addresses the importance of integrating a virtual manufacturing system with the Internet and proposes a web-based, scalable and distributed architecture for developing a platform-independent virtual NC turning system. A Web-based virtual turning system has been developed using Virtual Reality Modeling Language and Java, and describes the structure of the system and the realization of its main functions. The user can easily setups machining conditions, operates the virtual turning machine in a web browser, and evaluates and optimizes the machining process on the Internet.

  20. Study on pipe wall thinning management based on reliability assessment

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    Pipe wall thinning is sporadically detected in ferritic steel piping in Japanese BWR plants. The suitability for continued service of wall thinning pipe is basically evaluated by using the 'Rules on pipe wall thinning management for BWR power plants.' The probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) analysis was performed in order to confirm the failure probability applied the rule. Based on the result, the issues of the rule which should be solved ware clarified. (author)

  1. Economic Study of Solar Thermal Plant based on Gas Turbines

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    Cabané Fernández, Albert

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this thesis is to carry out an economic analysis of solar thermal plant based on gas turbines. Throughout the project , there is a brief overview of different technologies used today in CSP without going into greater depth in most of them, but emphasizing solar tower technology with solar hybrid gas turbines. Having explained the reason why this technology has been chosen, possible configurations currently found in the solar panorama will be considered. Then, ...

  2. A Study on Internet of Things based Applications

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    Jain, Deeksha; Krishna, P. Venkata; Saritha, V.

    2012-01-01

    This paper gives a detail analysis of various applications based on Internet of Thing (IoT)s. This explains about how internet of things evolved from mobile computing and ubiquitous computing. It emphasises the fact that objects are connected over the internet rather than people. The properties of Internet of Things (IOT) are product information, electronic tag, standard expressed and uploading information. It utilises the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and wireless sensor n...

  3. Study of engine noise based on independent component analysis

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    HAO Zhi-yong; JIN Yan; YANG Chen

    2007-01-01

    Independent component analysis was applied to analyze the acoustic signals from diesel engine. First the basic principle of independent component analysis (ICA) was reviewed. Diesel engine acoustic signal was decomposed into several independent components (Ics); Fourier transform and continuous wavelet transform (CWT) were applied to analyze the independent components. Different noise sources of the diesel engine were separated, based on the characteristics of different component in time-frequency domain.

  4. Register-based studies on migration, ethnicity, and health

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    Norredam, Marie; Kastrup, Marianne; Helweg-Larsen, Karin

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Researchers in Denmark have unique possibilities of register-based research in relation to migration, ethnicity, and health. This review article outlines how these opportunities have been used, so far, by presenting a series of examples. RESEARCH TOPICS: We selected six registers to...... it discriminatory. Although, we do not register ethnicity in relation to use of health care in Denmark, our possibilities of linkage between population registers and registers on diseases and healthcare utilisation appear to render the same potentials....

  5. Development of questioning in inquiry-based pedagogy. Pilot study

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    Sovicová, Miroslava; Šunderlík, Ján; Ceretková, Sona

    2011-01-01

    In our contribution, we analyse the possibilities for professional development within several seminars which were taught using an IBL [Inquiry-Based Learning] material. We focus on the way the material was taught to the prospective teachers of mathematics during the course Methods of Solving Mathematical Problems. We orientate ourselves on the identification of different levels of questioning during the seminar. In the discussion, we suggest the possibilities of using these findings in the pr...

  6. Experimental Study of Castor Oil Based Lubricant for Automotive Applications

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    Amit Suhane; R.M.Sarviya

    2014-01-01

    Vegetable oils due to their better natural propertiescan be used as an alternative to reduce the dependency on the conventional lubricants. With the depletion of conventional resources at faster pace, need of hour is to approach the safer alternatives for ensuring the availability of such resources for longer periods with lesser harm to the mankind and sorroundings.This workevaluates the prospects of Castor oil based lubricant for automotive applications in contrast to the ava...

  7. Studies of urban air quality using electrochemical based sensor instruments

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    Popoola, Olalekan Abdul Muiz

    2012-01-01

    Poor air quality has been projected to be the world?s top cause of environmental premature mortality by 2050 surpassing poor sanitation and dirty water (IGBP / IGAC press release, 2012 ). One of the major challenges of air quality management is how to adequately quantify both the spatial and temporal variations of pollutants for the purpose of implementing necessary mitigation measures. The work described in this thesis aims to address this problem using novel electrochemical based air qualit...

  8. Study of a Quantum Framework for Search Based Software Engineering

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    Wu, Nan; Song, Fangmin; Li, Xiangdong

    2013-06-01

    The Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) is widely used in the software engineering to identify optimal solutions. The traditional methods and algorithms used in SBSE are criticized due to their high costs. In this paper, we propose a rapid modified-Grover quantum searching method for SBSE, and theoretically this method can be applied to any search-space structure and any type of searching problems.

  9. Studies of transport in oxides on Zr-based materials

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    Anghel, Clara

    2004-01-01

    Zr-based materials have found their main application in the nuclear field having high corrosion resistance and low neutron absorption cross-section. The oxide layer that is formed on the surface of these alloys is meant to be the barrier between the metal and the corrosive environment. The deterioration of this protective layer limits the lifetime of these alloys. A better understanding of the transport phenomena, which take place in the oxide layer during oxidation, could be beneficial for t...

  10. Soft-core processor study for node-based architectures.

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    Van Houten, Jonathan Roger; Jarosz, Jason P.; Welch, Benjamin James; Gallegos, Daniel E.; Learn, Mark Walter

    2008-09-01

    Node-based architecture (NBA) designs for future satellite projects hold the promise of decreasing system development time and costs, size, weight, and power and positioning the laboratory to address other emerging mission opportunities quickly. Reconfigurable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based modules will comprise the core of several of the NBA nodes. Microprocessing capabilities will be necessary with varying degrees of mission-specific performance requirements on these nodes. To enable the flexibility of these reconfigurable nodes, it is advantageous to incorporate the microprocessor into the FPGA itself, either as a hardcore processor built into the FPGA or as a soft-core processor built out of FPGA elements. This document describes the evaluation of three reconfigurable FPGA based processors for use in future NBA systems--two soft cores (MicroBlaze and non-fault-tolerant LEON) and one hard core (PowerPC 405). Two standard performance benchmark applications were developed for each processor. The first, Dhrystone, is a fixed-point operation metric. The second, Whetstone, is a floating-point operation metric. Several trials were run at varying code locations, loop counts, processor speeds, and cache configurations. FPGA resource utilization was recorded for each configuration. Cache configurations impacted the results greatly; for optimal processor efficiency it is necessary to enable caches on the processors. Processor caches carry a penalty; cache error mitigation is necessary when operating in a radiation environment.

  11. Study on thermal wave based on the thermal mass theory

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    HU RuiFeng; CAO BingYang

    2009-01-01

    The conservation equations for heat conduction are established based on the concept of thermal mass. We obtain a general heat conduction law which takes into account the spatial and temporal inertia of thermal mass. The general law introduces a damped thermal wave equation. It reduces to the well-known CV model when the spatial inertia of heat flux and temperature and the temporal inertia of temperature are neglected, which indicates that the CV model only considers the temporal inertia of heat flux. Numerical simulations on the propagation and superposition of thermal waves show that for small thermal perturbation the CV model agrees with the thermal wave equation based on the thermal mass theory. For larger thermal perturbation, however, the physically impossible phenomenon pre-dicted by CV model, i.e. the negative temperature induced by the thermal wave superposition, is eliminated by the general heat conduction law, which demonstrates that the present heat conduction law based on the thermal mass theory is more reasonable.

  12. Study on thermal wave based on the thermal mass theory

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2009-01-01

    The conservation equations for heat conduction are established based on the concept of thermal mass.We obtain a general heat conduction law which takes into account the spatial and temporal inertia of thermal mass.The general law introduces a damped thermal wave equation.It reduces to the well-known CV model when the spatial inertia of heat flux and temperature and the temporal inertia of temperature are neglected,which indicates that the CV model only considers the temporal inertia of heat flux.Numerical simulations on the propagation and superposition of thermal waves show that for small thermal perturbation the CV model agrees with the thermal wave equation based on the thermal mass theory.For larger thermal perturbation,however,the physically impossible phenomenon pre-dicted by CV model,i.e.the negative temperature induced by the thermal wave superposition,is eliminated by the general heat conduction law,which demonstrates that the present heat conduction law based on the thermal mass theory is more reasonable.

  13. Aeroelastic Optimization Study Based on X-56A Model

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    Li, Wesley; Pak, Chan-Gi

    2014-01-01

    A design process which incorporates the object-oriented multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization (MDAO) tool and the aeroelastic effects of high fidelity finite element models to characterize the design space was successfully developed and established. Two multidisciplinary design optimization studies using an object-oriented MDAO tool developed at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center were presented. The first study demonstrates the use of aeroelastic tailoring concepts to minimize the structural weight while meeting the design requirements including strength, buckling, and flutter. A hybrid and discretization optimization approach was implemented to improve accuracy and computational efficiency of a global optimization algorithm. The second study presents a flutter mass balancing optimization study. The results provide guidance to modify the fabricated flexible wing design and move the design flutter speeds back into the flight envelope so that the original objective of X-56A flight test can be accomplished.

  14. Integrated Genome-Based Studies of Shewanella Ecophysiology

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    Zhou, Jizhong; He, Zhili

    2014-04-08

    As a part of the Shewanella Federation project, we have used integrated genomic, proteomic and computational technologies to study various aspects of energy metabolism of two Shewanella strains from a systems-level perspective.

  15. Durability Study on High Calcium Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete

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    Ganesan Lavanya; Josephraj Jegan

    2015-01-01

    This study presents an investigation into the durability of geopolymer concrete prepared using high calcium fly ash along with alkaline activators when exposed to 2% solution of sulfuric acid and 5% magnesium sulphate for up to 45 days. The durability was also assessed by measuring water absorption and sorptivity. Ordinary Portland cement concrete was also prepared as control concrete. The grades chosen for the investigation were M20, M40, and M60. The alkaline solution used for present study...

  16. Mortality in Autism: A Prospective Longitudinal Community-Based Study

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    Gillberg, Christopher; Billstedt, Eva; Sundh, Valter; Gillberg, I. Carina

    2010-01-01

    The purposes of the present study were to establish the mortality rate in a representative group of individuals (n = 120) born in the years 1962-1984, diagnosed with autism/atypical autism in childhood and followed up at young adult age (greater than or equal to 18 years of age), and examine the risk factors and causes of death. The study group,…

  17. Graphical Browsing of Email Data: A Usability Based Comparative Study

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    Dimitrios Rigas; Saad Alharbi

    2009-01-01

    Problem statement: With the rapid growth of the number of email messages and the diverse use of email, people have become overwhelmed by the large volumes of email archives. As a result, email tools that facilitate the browsing of email messages are highly required. This study described an empirical study that aimed to investigate whether the usability of email client can be improved by incorporating graphical visualization techniques to browse email data. Approach: Two email visualization ap...

  18. Work based learners’ engagement with the university: an exploratory study

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    Costley, Carol; Shukla, Natasha; Inceoglu, Irem

    2010-01-01

    This exploratory study was carried out in the context of current literature on higher education supporting the critical role of student engagement for retention, quality of learning, achievement and graduation and as such serves as a proxy for quality. Therefore institutional efforts to increase the quality of education provision need to focus on ways in which student engagement can be enriched. This present study adopted a holistic approach to include what the literature regards as the t...

  19. Cement based grouts - longevity laboratory studies: leaching behaviour

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    This report describes a series of laboratory tests carried out to determine the possible leaching behaviour of cement-based grouts in repository environments. A reference high-performance cement-based grout, comprised of Canadian Type 50 (U.S. Type V) Sulphate Resisting Portland Cement, silica fume, potable water and superplasticizer, and a commercially available cement grout were subjected to leaching in distilled water and three simulated groundwaters of different ionic strength. Hardened, monolithic specimens of the grout were leached in static, pulsed-flow and continuous flow conditions at temperatures from 10 degrees C to 150 degrees C for periods of up to 56 days. The changes in concentration of ions in the leachants with time were determined and the changes in the morphology of the surfaces of the grout specimens were examined using electron microscopy. After a review of possible mechanisms of degradation of cement-based materials, the data from these experiments are presented. The data show that the grouts will leach when in contact with water through dissolution of more soluble phases. Comparison of the leaching performance of the two grouts indicates that, while there are some minor differences, they behaved quite similarly. The rate of the leaching processes were found to tend to decrease with time and to be accompanied by precipitation and/or growth of an assemblage of secondary alteration phases (i.e., CaCO3, Mg(OH)2). The mechanisms of leaching depended on the environmental conditions of temperature, groundwater composition and water flow rate. Matrix dissolution occurred. However, in many of the tests leaching was shown to be limited by the precipitated/reaction layers which acted as protective surface coatings. (37 refs.) (au)

  20. SAN virtualization study and implementation based on FC switches

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    Yang, Yi; Cao, Mingcui; Luo, Zhixiang

    2005-11-01

    Currently the mainstream technology of SAN is SAN storage virtualization and its implementation. The switch-based storage virtualization embeds the virtualizer in the core of the storage networking fabric in an "intelligent switch" rather than an appliance or a host. This paper describes the SV-FC SAN switch's hardware and software architecture. The main aid of design and implementation the switch is to give a new way to realize FC-SAN storage virtualization. Storage virtualization modules are embedded in the switches firmware. The switch can provide simple and friendly interfaces for users to configure and manage the FC SAN.

  1. Study on Base Management Pattern of Food Producing Enterprise

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    Zhang, Weibin

    When the food producing enterprises often comply with food safety regulations and industry management system passively, we need to consider can they transform their production and business pattern in order to avoid the food safety incidents completely? The answer is yes. The food producing enterprises can develop to the two directions of material planting and products in circulation through base management pattern substituting for the original operation pattern of in-plant processing and outside sales. The food producing enterprises should establish coordination and safe supervision mechanisms in order to achieve the management objectives of unified production, controllable risks and scale magnitude.

  2. Cooperative Game Study of Airlines Based on Flight Frequency Optimization

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    Wanming Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available By applying the game theory, the relationship between airline ticket price and optimal flight frequency is analyzed. The paper establishes the payoff matrix of the flight frequency in noncooperation scenario and flight frequency optimization model in cooperation scenario. The airline alliance profit distribution is converted into profit distribution game based on the cooperation game theory. The profit distribution game is proved to be convex, and there exists an optimal distribution strategy. The results show that joining the airline alliance can increase airline whole profit, the change of negotiated prices and cost is beneficial to profit distribution of large airlines, and the distribution result is in accordance with aviation development.

  3. FPGA based TL OSL system with EMCCD for luminescence studies

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    An FPGA based hardware system for imaging both Thermoluminescence (TL) and Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) is described. This system allows spatial investigation of luminescent materials as it uses EMCCD which is one of the most sensitive detectors for low level light imaging. User-interface, graphical display of data, and instrument control has been implemented using LabVIEW. The details of this system and the results of its performance tests are enumerated in this paper. Dose recovery tests were done for quartz and feldspar and the results for most of the grains were found to be within ±10% of the real value

  4. Nitrogen Trifluoride-Based Fluoride- Volatility Separations Process: Initial Studies

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    McNamara, Bruce K.; Scheele, Randall D.; Casella, Andrew M.; Kozelisky, Anne E.

    2011-09-28

    This document describes the results of our investigations on the potential use of nitrogen trifluoride as the fluorinating and oxidizing agent in fluoride volatility-based used nuclear fuel reprocessing. The conceptual process uses differences in reaction temperatures between nitrogen trifluoride and fuel constituents that produce volatile fluorides to achieve separations and recover valuable constituents. We provide results from our thermodynamic evaluations, thermo-analytical experiments, kinetic models, and provide a preliminary process flowsheet. The evaluations found that nitrogen trifluoride can effectively produce volatile fluorides at different temperatures dependent on the fuel constituent.

  5. Study on Isomerous CAD Model Exchange Based on Feature

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    SHAO Xiaodong; CHEN Feng; XU Chenguang

    2006-01-01

    A model-exchange method based on feature between isomerous CAD systems is put forward in this paper. In this method, CAD model information is accessed at both feature and geometry levels and converted according to standard feature operation. The feature information including feature tree, dimensions and constraints, which will be lost in traditional data conversion, as well as geometry are converted completely from source CAD system to destination one. So the transferred model can be edited through feature operation, which cannot be implemented by general model-exchange interface.

  6. Study on Resource Management Based on Cloud Computing

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    Fang Fu Gui

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In view of that it is difficult to unify the resources management and the low system security in current cloud computing, the paper designs resource management system. First, it is the definition of cloud computing, architecture description of cloud services and cloud computing; followed by a detailed analysis of ant colony algorithm which is the core task scheduling in cloud computing; finally, it is the design framework and core code of resource management system based on cloud computing. This paper has a positive effect for big data staff and cloud computing researchers.

  7. When Category-based Indices Encounter Non-independent Categories: Solving the Taxonomy Issue in Resource-based Empirical Studies

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    HUO Dong; MOTOHASHI Kazuyuki

    2013-01-01

    Category-based measures such as the cosine index, Herfindahl index, entropy index, Euclidean distance, and Pearson’s correlation coefficient are widely applied in resource-based studies. However, when adopting these indices in empirical studies with respect to the categories of industry, technology, or knowledge, the inherent relatedness between the categories gives rise to a taxonomy issue, as the categories are not naturally inter-independent (as they are supposed to be in the application o...

  8. Challenges in Mentalization–Based Group Therapy (MBT-G) : A Video-based Explorative Case Study

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    Inderhaug, Tryggve Sagen

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a video-based explorative case study of therapeutic challenges in mentalization-based group therapy (MBT-G) for patients with borderline-type problems. Employing qualitative methodology, we explored a MBT group as part of routine psychiatric care at a Psychiatric District Centre (naturalistic study). Several phenomena emerged as important in understanding the therapists’ struggle to construe the group in a manner that foster mentalization. First and foremost, the main chal...

  9. Project Based Learning for Life Skill Building in 12th Grade Social Studies Classrooms: A Case Study

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    Zimmerman, Daniele C.

    2010-01-01

    Based on the assumption that project based learning (PBL) in 12th grade social studies classrooms contributes to the development of life skills for high school seniors in this advanced and globalized time, this research will investigate student experiences with PBL methods for helping them acquire skills along with a case study of a successful PBL…

  10. Studies in market-based electric power trade and regulation

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    This is a compilation of articles written by the author during the last fifteen years. Most of the articles are related to the reform of the Norwegian electric power market. This reform led to the Energy Act of 1990 and to the subsequent development of the power markets. Some of the sections are in Norwegian, some in English. The sections discuss (1) Markets for electricity trade in Norway, (2) Economic incentives and public firm behaviour, (3) Market alternatives to the present forms of occasional power trade, (4) Socio-economic considerations about electricity pricing, (5) Scenarios for market based power trade in Norway, (6) Markets for electricity: economic reform of the Norwegian electricity industry, (7) The Norwegian power market, (8) A common Nordic energy market?, (9) Organization of supply markets for natural gas in Europe, (10) The extent of the central grid, (11) Optimum regulation of grid monopolies in the power trade, (12) Power markets and competition policy, (13) Deregulation of the Norwegian power sector, (14) designing a market based system for the Icelandic electricity industry and (15) regulation regimes for the power sector

  11. Indoor Localisation Based on GSM Signals: Multistorey Building Study

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    Rafał Górak

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Among the accurate indoor localisation systems that are using WiFi, Bluetooth, or infrared technologies, the ones that are based on the GSM rely on a stable external infrastructure that can be used even in an emergency. This paper presents an accurate GSM indoor localisation system that achieves a median error of 4.39 metres in horizontal coordinates and up to 64 percent accuracy in floor prediction (for 84 percent of cases the floor prediction is mistaken by not more than a single floor. The test and reference measurements were made inside a six-floor academic building, with an irregular shape, whose dimensions are around 50 metres by 70 metres. The localisation algorithm uses GSM signal readings from the 7 strongest cells available in the GSM standard (or fewer, if fewer than 7 are available. We estimate the location by a three-step method. Firstly, we propose a point localisation solution (i.e., localisation based on only one measurement. Then, by applying the central tendency filters and the Multilayer Perceptron, we build a localisation system that uses a sequence of estimations of current and past locations. We also discuss major accuracy factors such as the number of observed signals or the types of spaces in the building.

  12. Image preprocessing study on KPCA-based face recognition

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    Li, Xuan; Li, Dehua

    2015-12-01

    Face recognition as an important biometric identification method, with its friendly, natural, convenient advantages, has obtained more and more attention. This paper intends to research a face recognition system including face detection, feature extraction and face recognition, mainly through researching on related theory and the key technology of various preprocessing methods in face detection process, using KPCA method, focuses on the different recognition results in different preprocessing methods. In this paper, we choose YCbCr color space for skin segmentation and choose integral projection for face location. We use erosion and dilation of the opening and closing operation and illumination compensation method to preprocess face images, and then use the face recognition method based on kernel principal component analysis method for analysis and research, and the experiments were carried out using the typical face database. The algorithms experiment on MATLAB platform. Experimental results show that integration of the kernel method based on PCA algorithm under certain conditions make the extracted features represent the original image information better for using nonlinear feature extraction method, which can obtain higher recognition rate. In the image preprocessing stage, we found that images under various operations may appear different results, so as to obtain different recognition rate in recognition stage. At the same time, in the process of the kernel principal component analysis, the value of the power of the polynomial function can affect the recognition result.

  13. Comprehensive Study on Lexicon-based Ensemble Classification Sentiment Analysis

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    Łukasz Augustyniak

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We propose a novel method for counting sentiment orientation that outperforms supervised learning approaches in time and memory complexity and is not statistically significantly different from them in accuracy. Our method consists of a novel approach to generating unigram, bigram and trigram lexicons. The proposed method, called frequentiment, is based on calculating the frequency of features (words in the document and averaging their impact on the sentiment score as opposed to documents that do not contain these features. Afterwards, we use ensemble classification to improve the overall accuracy of the method. What is important is that the frequentiment-based lexicons with sentiment threshold selection outperform other popular lexicons and some supervised learners, while being 3–5 times faster than the supervised approach. We compare 37 methods (lexicons, ensembles with lexicon’s predictions as input and supervised learners applied to 10 Amazon review data sets and provide the first statistical comparison of the sentiment annotation methods that include ensemble approaches. It is one of the most comprehensive comparisons of domain sentiment analysis in the literature.

  14. A study on the cytotoxicity of carbon-based materials.

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    Saha, Dipendu; Heldt, Caryn L; Gencoglu, Maria F; Vijayaragavan, K Saagar; Chen, Jihua; Saksule, Ashish

    2016-11-01

    With an aim to understand the origin and key contributing factors towards carbon-induced cytotoxicity, we have studied five different carbon samples with diverse surface area, pore width, shape and size, conductivity and surface functionality. All the carbon materials were characterized with surface area and pore size distribution, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron microscopic imaging. We performed cytotoxicity study in Caco-2 cells by colorimetric assay, oxidative stress analysis by reactive oxygen species (ROS) detection, cellular metabolic activity measurement by adenosine triphosphate (ATP) depletion and visualization of cellular internalization by TEM imaging. The carbon materials demonstrated a varying degree of cytotoxicity in contact with Caco-2 cells. The lowest cell survival rate was observed for nanographene, which possessed the minimal size amongst all the carbon samples under this study. None of the carbons induced oxidative stress to the cells as indicated by the ROS generation results. Cellular metabolic activity study revealed that the carbon materials caused ATP depletion in cells and nanographene caused the highest depletion. Visual observation by TEM imaging indicated the cellular internalization of nanographene. This study confirmed that the size is the key cause of carbon-induced cytotoxicity and it is probably caused by the ATP depletion within the cell. PMID:27524001

  15. Aeroelastic Optimization Study Based on the X-56A Model

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    Li, Wesley W.; Pak, Chan-Gi

    2014-01-01

    One way to increase the aircraft fuel efficiency is to reduce structural weight while maintaining adequate structural airworthiness, both statically and aeroelastically. A design process which incorporates the object-oriented multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization (MDAO) tool and the aeroelastic effects of high fidelity finite element models to characterize the design space was successfully developed and established. This paper presents two multidisciplinary design optimization studies using an object-oriented MDAO tool developed at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The first study demonstrates the use of aeroelastic tailoring concepts to minimize the structural weight while meeting the design requirements including strength, buckling, and flutter. Such an approach exploits the anisotropic capabilities of the fiber composite materials chosen for this analytical exercise with ply stacking sequence. A hybrid and discretization optimization approach improves accuracy and computational efficiency of a global optimization algorithm. The second study presents a flutter mass balancing optimization study for the fabricated flexible wing of the X-56A model since a desired flutter speed band is required for the active flutter suppression demonstration during flight testing. The results of the second study provide guidance to modify the wing design and move the design flutter speeds back into the flight envelope so that the original objective of X-56A flight test can be accomplished successfully. The second case also demonstrates that the object-oriented MDAO tool can handle multiple analytical configurations in a single optimization run.

  16. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in Northern Jordan: Endoscopy based study

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    Helicobacter pylori infection is considered the most common infection worldwide and is associated with many other disorders. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of this infection among patients undergoing endoscopy in Northern Jordan. Between November 1998 and September 2000, all patients referred from the Gastro-esophageal Clinic to the Endoscopy Unit at Princess Basma Teaching Hospital, Irbid, Northern Jordan were enrolled in this prospective study. For each patient clinical and epidemiological data was collected and endoscopy was performed. At least 3 antral biopsies were obtained from each patient, and these were examined histologically for the presence of gastritis and stained for Helicobacter pylori using modified Giemsa stain. A total of 197 consecutive patients (113 females) with a mean age of 40.2 years (range 15-91 years) were studied. Abdominal pain was the highest presenting symptom. Gastritis 91% and esophagitis 42% were the most frequent endoscopic findings. Gastritis was documented histologically in 183 (93%) of patients. Helicobacter pylori was found in 161 patients (82%), with all of these having histological gastritis. The 11 patients with gastric ulcer, compared to the 51 out of the 59 (86%) patients with duodenal ulcer, showed Helicobacter pylori in their biopsies. The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients subjected to an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in Jordan is high. This study confirms that Helicobacter pylori is significantly associated with gastritis and peptic ulcer. Further studies are needed to determine the types of Helicobacter pylori strains present in Jordan. (author)

  17. Myasthenia Gravis: a population-based epidemiological study.

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    Rutledge, S

    2016-02-01

    Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a disorder affecting components of the neuromuscular junction. Epidemiological studies show rising incidence and prevalence rates. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and prevalence of MG in the Republic of Ireland. Data sources included patient lists from consultant neurologists and ophthalmologists, a neuroimmunology laboratory, general practitioners and the Myasthenia Gravis Association. A total of 1,715 cases were identified, of which 706 definite, probable or possible autoimmune and congenital MG cases were included. The overall prevalence rate from the data obtained is 15.38\\/100,000. The study demonstrated a female preponderance (female:male of 1.3: 1) and some geographical variation within Ireland. The average incidence rate for the years 2000 to 2009 was 11.3 per year; the rate for the current decade is 18 per year. The increasing number of diagnoses may be due to improved access to diagnostic investigations and increasing awareness of the clinical manifestations.

  18. Multiscale entropy based study of the pathological time series

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    This paper studies the multiscale entropy (MSE) of electrocardiogram's ST segment and compares the MSE results of ST segment with that of electrocardiogram in the first time. Electrocardiogram complexity changing characteristics has important clinical significance for early diagnosis. Study shows that the average MSE values and the varying scope fluctuation could be more effective to reveal the heart health status. Particularly the multiscale values varying scope fluctuation is a more sensitive parameter for early heart disease detection and has a clinical diagnostic significance. (general)

  19. Study of base-isolated structures of nuclear power plants

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    The buildings of a nuclear power plant are much heavier than ordinary buildings. For example, the weight of the reactor building for a 4 loops PWR in Japan is about 200,000 tons. Many bearings are needed to support it and it is therefore important to study how to arrange the bearings. The characteristics of the three types of bearings arrangements considered in this study are as follows: an arrangement of 500 ton bearings under walls, a uniformly distributed arrangement of 500 ton bearings, and an arrangement of 1000 ton bearings under walls

  20. Financial Management Reforms in the Health Sector: A Comparative Study Between Cash-based and Accrual-based Accounting Systems

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    ABOLHALLAJE, Masoud; Jafari, Mehdi; Seyedin, Hesam; Salehi, Masoud

    2014-01-01

    Background: Financial management and accounting reform in the public sectors was started in 2000. Moving from cash-based to accrual-based is considered as the key component of these reforms and adjustments in the public sector. Performing this reform in the health system is a part of a bigger reform under the new public management. Objectives: The current study aimed to analyze the movement from cash-based to accrual-based accounting in the health sector in Iran. Patients and Methods: This co...

  1. Integrated Genome-Based Studies of Shewanella Echophysiology

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    Margrethe H. Serres

    2012-06-29

    Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 is a motile, facultative {gamma}-Proteobacterium with remarkable respiratory versatility; it can utilize a range of organic and inorganic compounds as terminal electronacceptors for anaerobic metabolism. The ability to effectively reduce nitrate, S0, polyvalent metals andradionuclides has established MR-1 as an important model dissimilatory metal-reducing microorganism for genome-based investigations of biogeochemical transformation of metals and radionuclides that are of concern to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites nationwide. Metal-reducing bacteria such as Shewanella also have a highly developed capacity for extracellular transfer of respiratory electrons to solid phase Fe and Mn oxides as well as directly to anode surfaces in microbial fuel cells. More broadly, Shewanellae are recognized free-living microorganisms and members of microbial communities involved in the decomposition of organic matter and the cycling of elements in aquatic and sedimentary systems. To function and compete in environments that are subject to spatial and temporal environmental change, Shewanella must be able to sense and respond to such changes and therefore require relatively robust sensing and regulation systems. The overall goal of this project is to apply the tools of genomics, leveraging the availability of genome sequence for 18 additional strains of Shewanella, to better understand the ecophysiology and speciation of respiratory-versatile members of this important genus. To understand these systems we propose to use genome-based approaches to investigate Shewanella as a system of integrated networks; first describing key cellular subsystems - those involved in signal transduction, regulation, and metabolism - then building towards understanding the function of whole cells and, eventually, cells within populations. As a general approach, this project will employ complimentary "top-down" - bioinformatics-based genome functional predictions, high

  2. A Study on Translation Process Based on Relevance Theory

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    吴竞

    2015-01-01

    Relevance theory belongs to the field of pragmatics. Translation is a kind of communicative activity in nature. In the frame of relevance theory, translation is the process of cognition and inference. This paper focuses on the study of trans-lation process on the basis of relevance theory in order to improve the practice of translation.

  3. Feasibility study of algae-based CO2 capture

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    The biomass of microalgae contains approximately 50% carbon, which is commonly obtained from the atmosphere, but can also be taken from commercial sources that produce CO2, such as coal-fired power plants. A study of operational demonstration projects is being undertaken to eval...

  4. A global benchmark study using affinity-based biosensors

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    Rich, Rebecca L.; Papalia, Giusseppe A.; Krishnamoorthy, Ganeshram; Beusink, Bianca; Pak, Brian J.; Myszka, David G.; more, more

    2009-01-01

    To explore the variability in biosensor studies, 150 participants from 20 countries were given the same protein samples and asked to determine kinetic rate constants for the interaction. We chose a protein system that was amenable to analysis using different biosensor platforms as well as by users o

  5. Insect-Based Vision for Autonomous Vehicles: A Feasibility Study

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    Srinivasan, Mandyam V.

    1999-01-01

    The aims of the project were to use a high-speed digital video camera to pursue two questions: (1) To explore the influence of temporal imaging constraints on the performance of vision systems for autonomous mobile robots; (2) To study the fine structure of insect flight trajectories in order to better understand the characteristics of flight control, orientation and navigation.

  6. A global benchmark study using affinity-based biosensors

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    Rich, Rebecca L; Papalia, Giuseppe A; Flynn, Peter J;

    2009-01-01

    To explore the variability in biosensor studies, 150 participants from 20 countries were given the same protein samples and asked to determine kinetic rate constants for the interaction. We chose a protein system that was amenable to analysis using different biosensor platforms as well as by user...

  7. A Study of Multimedia Application-Based Vocabulary Acquisition

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    Shao, Jing

    2012-01-01

    The development of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) has created the opportunity for exploring the effects of the multimedia application on foreign language vocabulary acquisition in recent years. This study provides an overview the computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and detailed a developing result of CALL--multimedia. With the…

  8. Studies based on the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Registry

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    Koch-Henriksen, Nils; Stenager, Egon; Brønnum-Hansen, Henrik

    2011-01-01

    , historical prospective studies identifying some risk factors (e.g. infectious mononucleosis) and refuting others (head trauma and a number of occupational exposures e.g. nurses, utility workers, people exposed to solvents). The most important results are briefly presented. CONCLUSION: The Danish MS register...

  9. Hirschsprung's disease prevalence in Europe. A register based study

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    Best, Kate E; Addor, Marie-Claude; Arriola, Larraitz;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Hirschsprung's disease is a congenital gut motility disorder, characterised by the absence of the enteric ganglion cells along the distal gut. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology of Hirschsprung's disease, including additional congenital anomalies, total prevalence,...

  10. TOURISM FUTURE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BASED ON SOCIO-STATISTICAL STUDIES

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The restructuring the global economy is the main factor of which depends the future of sustainable development, major changes being needed in the human behavior, in the system of values and life style. In order to raise people’s sensitivity regarding the importance of constructing ties between natures and cultures, between different world cultures, cultural and natural heritage must be used as efficiently as possible. The second part of this paper refers to a study made on tourism in Bucovina region. This case study may be considered a useful instrument for identifying malfunction in the touristic sector in the south of Bucovina region, in order to supply all necessary information for further development strategies and policies in the field. The statistics in tourism is used in the study of the most stable features of touristic activity behaviour. This study will allow the configuration of a general outlook, which is necessary in order to take the best decisions when it comes to elaborating forecasts in the field.

  11. Study on Typhoon Characteristic Based on Bridge Health Monitoring System

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    Xu Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Through the wind velocity and direction monitoring system installed on Jiubao Bridge of Qiantang River, Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, China, a full range of wind velocity and direction data was collected during typhoon HAIKUI in 2012. Based on these data, it was found that, at higher observed elevation, turbulence intensity is lower, and the variation tendency of longitudinal and lateral turbulence intensities with mean wind speeds is basically the same. Gust factor goes higher with increasing mean wind speed, and the change rate obviously decreases as wind speed goes down and an inconspicuous increase occurs when wind speed is high. The change of peak factor is inconspicuous with increasing time and mean wind speed. The probability density function (PDF of fluctuating wind speed follows Gaussian distribution. Turbulence integral scale increases with mean wind speed, and its PDF does not follow Gaussian distribution. The power spectrum of observation fluctuating velocity is in accordance with Von Karman spectrum.

  12. Study on the agile supply chain management based on agent

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    The most important task of the agile supply chain management (ASCM) is to reconfigure a supply chain based on the customers' requirement. Without more sophisticated cooperation and dynamic formation in an agile supply chain, it cannot be achieved for mass customization, rapid response and high quality services. Because of its great potential in supporting cooperation for the supply chain management, agent technology can carry out the cooperative work by inter-operation across networked human, organization and machines at the abstractive level in a computational system. A major challenge in building such a system is to coordinate the behavior of individual agent or a group of agents to achieve the individual and shared goals of the participants. In this paper, the agent technology is used to support modeling and coordinating of supply chain management.

  13. Experimental Study on Neutron Radiography Device Based on Reactor

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    LU; Jin; PENG; Dan; HAO; Qian; YU; Bo-xiang; LI; Yi-guo

    2012-01-01

    <正>Neutron radiography is a non-destructive testing developing fast recently, which requires stable and proper neutron source with low γ background. Neutrons from In-hospital Neutron Irradiator (IHNI) could meet this requirement. Based on the neutron beams of IHNI, a collimator is designed and built for neutron radiography. The experiment results show that in the case of IHNI working at normal rated power, the neutron flux at the end of the collimator is 1.43×106 cm-2·s-1; The max collimation ratio (L/D) is 58; the γ dose rate is 6.3×106 mSv/s. In a word, the collimator could be used for neutron radiography.

  14. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    Moya, G. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Li, X.H. [D.R.F.M., S.P.2.M., M.P., C.E.N.G., 38 Grenoble (France); Menai, A. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Kherraz, M. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Amenzou, H. [Lab. de Physique des Materiaux, 13 Marseille (France); Bernardini, J. [Lab. de Metallurgie, 13 Marseille (France); Moser, P. [D.R.F.M., S.P.2.M., M.P., C.E.N.G., 38 Grenoble (France)

    1995-06-01

    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centred at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (orig.)

  15. CHLORIDE ION PERMEABILITY STUDIES OF METAKAOLIN BASED HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCRETE

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    Dr.Vaishali. G.Ghorpade,

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available To increase the applications of HPC in India, greater under standing of HPC produced with locally available materials and indigenously produced mineral admixtures is essential. In the present investigation, HPC has been produced with locally available aggregates and metakaolin as the mineral admixture. Various metakaolin based HPC mixes were attained by absolute volume method. Cubes of 150X150X150 mm size were cast and cured for 28 days and then tested for compressive strength. Chloride ion permeability test as per ASTM C 1202 has been conducted on various HPC mixes to measure the permeability values of HPC produced with metakaolin. The experimental results indicate that metakaolin has the ability to considerably reduce the permeability of high performance concrete. The various details about the chloride ion permeability test have been presented in this paper.

  16. Cointegration-based financial networks study in Chinese stock market

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    Tu, Chengyi

    2014-05-01

    We propose a method based on cointegration instead of correlation to construct financial complex network in Chinese stock market. The network is obtained starting from the matrix of p-value calculated by Engle-Granger cointegration test between all pairs of stocks. Then some tools for filtering information in complex network are implemented to prune the complete graph described by the above matrix, such as setting a level of statistical significance as a threshold and Planar Maximally Filtered Graph. We also calculate Partial Correlation Planar Graph of these stocks to compare the above networks. Last, we analyze these directed, weighted and non-symmetric networks by using standard methods of network analysis, including degree centrality, PageRank, HITS, local clustering coefficient, K-shell and strongly and weakly connected components. The results shed a new light on the underlying mechanisms and driving forces in a financial market and deepen our understanding of financial complex network.

  17. Preliminary scoping studies for nozzle-based coaxial plasma thrusters

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    The ideal steady-state properties of nozzle-based coaxial plasma guns are modelled by means of a magnetic Bernoulli equation. Formulas for thrust, power usage, mass flow rate, and specific impulse using hydrogen are thereby obtained, and are used to approximately assess the mission performance capabilities of such thrusters. Parameters in the range of experience of the Los Alamos spheromak group are addressed within the context of orbit raising, slow (cargo) missions to mars, and fast missions to mars. The various internal atomic and plasma effects on hydrogen plasma thruster performance are approximately estimated or bounded. It is concluded that such devices may be relevant to mission performance at reasonable power levels

  18. Evaluation Model for Experts Social Networks (Based on Case Study

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    Fatemeh Saghafi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Every Social network is considered as a structured Society constitute of individual or organizational group which are associated together within different type of dependency. The most important elements influence the success of such social network is the level of interest for sharing the information. This article addresses the important factors on assessment of Intellectual National Internet Network(ININ. For assessment we propose Enhanced technology acceptance model which we deployed by extending Davis TAM(technology acceptance model.ININ is a web base sites for think thanking of researchers which is acting within a four month at RICT(Research institute of ICT and the number of 214 ICT researchers distribute and delivered their experience. The result shows that in intellectual society, Intelligence has higher values to be disseminated and higher inspiration is needed for its successful sharing in new generation of Information technology.

  19. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centred at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (orig.)

  20. Experimental Study of Castor Oil Based Lubricant for Automotive Applications

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    Amit Suhane,

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Vegetable oils due to their better natural propertiescan be used as an alternative to reduce the dependency on the conventional lubricants. With the depletion of conventional resources at faster pace, need of hour is to approach the safer alternatives for ensuring the availability of such resources for longer periods with lesser harm to the mankind and sorroundings.This workevaluates the prospects of Castor oil based lubricant for automotive applications in contrast to the available commercial servo gear oil. Experimentation has been performed on four ball tester set up.Material used is carbon steel balls. Refined castor and mahua oils are blended in fixed ratios and subjected to friction and wear tests. Experimentation reveals that castor mahua oil blend possess immense potential in contrast to servo gear oil due to good wear reducing traits apart from environmental benefits.

  1. Study of a thiophene-based polymer for optoelectronic applications

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    Cheylan, S. [ICFO, Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Edificio NEXUS II, c. Jordi Girona 29, 08034 Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: Stephanie.cheylan@icfo.es; Fraleoni-Morgera, A. [Department of Industrial and Materials Chemistry, University of Bologna, V. Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna (Italy); Puigdollers, J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Electronica, Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna, UPC, Campus Nord Edifici C4, c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Voz, C. [Departamento de Ingenieria Electronica, Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna, UPC, Campus Nord Edifici C4, c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Setti, L. [Department of Industrial and Materials Chemistry, University of Bologna, V. Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna (Italy); Alcubilla, R. [Departamento de Ingenieria Electronica, Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna, UPC, Campus Nord Edifici C4, c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Badenes, G. [ICFO, Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Edificio NEXUS II, c. Jordi Girona 29, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Costa-Bizzarri, P. [Department of Industrial and Materials Chemistry, University of Bologna, V. Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna (Italy); Lanzi, M. [Department of Industrial and Materials Chemistry, University of Bologna, V. Risorgimento 4, 40136 Bologna (Italy)

    2006-02-21

    A thiophene-based conjugated polymer bearing a cyano group (-CN) as a side chain substituent was successfully synthesized. The polymer evidences an excellent film ability from various organic solvents as well as an enhanced photoluminescence. The polymer has been characterized optically (Fourier Transformed Infrared spectroscopy, absorption and photoluminescence) in solution and in film, while X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD) of thin films were performed to investigate its bulk morphological features. From the absorption edge of the spectrum of a thin polymer film, the optical band gap of the polymer is estimated to be 2.0 eV, which corresponds to orange emission. Furthermore, a single layer light emitting diode (LED) was fabricated. The device produced bright stable electroluminescence at room temperature. All of the results indicate that this polymer is a promising emissive material for application in polymeric LEDs.

  2. Study on attitude determination based on discrete particle swarm optimization

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    VU; Khuong

    2010-01-01

    Attitude determination is a key technology in aerospace, sailing and land-navigation etc. In the method of double difference phase measurement, it is a crucial topic to solve the carrier phase integer ambiguity, which is shown to be a combination optimization problem, and thus efficient heuristic algorithms are needed. In this paper, we propose a discrete particle swarm optimization (DPSO)-based solution which aims at searching for the optimal integer ambiguity directly without decorrelation of ambiguity, and computing the baseline vector consequently. A novel flat binary particle encoding approach and corresponding revision operation are presented. Furthermore, domain knowledge is incorporated to significantly improve the convergence rate. Through extensive experiments, we demonstrate that the proposed algorithm outperforms a classic algorithm by up to 80% in time efficiency with solution quality guaranteed. The experiment results show that this algorithm is efficient, robust, and suitable for dynamic attitude determination.

  3. A comparative study of semiconductor-based plasmonic metamaterials

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    Naik, Gururaj V; 10.1016/j.metmat.2010.11.001

    2011-01-01

    Recent metamaterial (MM) research faces several problems when using metal-based plasmonic components as building blocks for MMs. The use of conventional metals for MMs is limited by several factors: metals such as gold and silver have high losses in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) ranges and very large negative real permittivity values, and in addition, their optical properties cannot be tuned. These issues that put severe constraints on the device applications of MMs could be overcome if semiconductors are used as plasmonic materials instead of metals. Heavily doped, wide bandgap oxide semiconductors could exhibit both a small negative real permittivity and relatively small losses in the NIR. Heavily doped oxides of zinc and indium were already reported to be good, low loss alternatives to metals in the NIR range. Here, we consider these transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) as alternative plasmonic materials for many specific applications ranging from surface-plasmon-polariton waveguides to MMs with hype...

  4. Study of a thiophene-based polymer for optoelectronic applications

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    A thiophene-based conjugated polymer bearing a cyano group (-CN) as a side chain substituent was successfully synthesized. The polymer evidences an excellent film ability from various organic solvents as well as an enhanced photoluminescence. The polymer has been characterized optically (Fourier Transformed Infrared spectroscopy, absorption and photoluminescence) in solution and in film, while X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD) of thin films were performed to investigate its bulk morphological features. From the absorption edge of the spectrum of a thin polymer film, the optical band gap of the polymer is estimated to be 2.0 eV, which corresponds to orange emission. Furthermore, a single layer light emitting diode (LED) was fabricated. The device produced bright stable electroluminescence at room temperature. All of the results indicate that this polymer is a promising emissive material for application in polymeric LEDs

  5. Positron lifetime study in dilute electron irradiated lead based alloys

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    The recovery of defects in two dilute solute-lead based alloys (Pb-Au, Pb-Cd) has been followed by positron lifetime measurements after a 3 MeV electron irradiation at 20 K. Two distinct isochronal annealing stages, the first centered at about 150 K and the other around 275 K, are to be observed as exactly the same in both the pure Pb and dilute alloys but the vacancy clustering over the second stage seen in lead and Pb-Au is completely suppressed in the Pb-Cd alloy. The results are discussed in terms of a high interaction between the cadmium atoms and vacancies in agreement with a probable presence of atomic excitons. (authors). 3 figs., 9 refs

  6. Smartphone-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: Feasibility Study.

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    Chung, Heewon; Ko, Hoon; Thap, Tharoeun; Jeong, Changwon; Noh, Se-Eung; Yoon, Kwon-Ha; Lee, Jinseok

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a cardiac rehabilitation program (CRP) that utilizes only a smartphone, with no external devices. As an efficient guide for cardiac rehabilitation exercise, we developed an application to automatically indicate the exercise intensity by comparing the estimated heart rate (HR) with the target heart rate zone (THZ). The HR is estimated using video images of a fingertip taken by the smartphone's built-in camera. The introduced CRP app includes pre-exercise, exercise with intensity guidance, and post-exercise. In the pre-exercise period, information such as THZ, exercise type, exercise stage order, and duration of each stage are set up. In the exercise with intensity guidance, the app estimates HR from the pulse obtained using the smartphone's built-in camera and compares the estimated HR with the THZ. Based on this comparison, the app adjusts the exercise intensity to shift the patient's HR to the THZ during exercise. In the post-exercise period, the app manages the ratio of the estimated HR to the THZ and provides a questionnaire on factors such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and leg pain during exercise, as objective and subjective evaluation indicators. As a key issue, HR estimation upon signal corruption due to motion artifacts is also considered. Through the smartphone-based CRP, we estimated the HR accuracy as mean absolute error and root mean squared error of 6.16 and 4.30bpm, respectively, with signal corruption due to motion artifacts being detected by combining the turning point ratio and kurtosis. PMID:27551969

  7. Biochemical studies on weaning foods based legumes and carrots

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    Attempts were made to utilize available food sources in formulation of weaning foods. Common legumes (chick pea and pigeon pea ) were used as protein source. While dehydrated carrots powder were used as a vitamin A source. Addition of 25% chick pea increased the protein content of the weaning foods to 16.7% and 14.4%,respectively ,while Cerelac and Riri gave protein content of 15.3% and 7.3%,respectively. In corporation of carrots at 10% level gave a vitamin A content of 564 RE/100 g material. Weaning food containing chick pea recorded higher preference among panelists and significantly better (p≤0.05)than samples containing pigeon pea. The bulk density of newly developed based formulae CP3, PP3 (0.7 g/ml, 0.8 g/ml, respectively ) was higher than the market weaning food Cerelac and Riri (0.6 g/ml and 0.5 g/ml,respectively )The formula CP3 recorded lower hot paste viscosity (3500 cp.) than both values obtained for Cerelac (4500 cp.) and Riri (extremely viscous). The lysine content of CP3 (3.9 g/100 g protein) was higher than respective values in market foods and for better when calculated per weaning material (0.65 g/100 g material) compared to the other products (0.57; 0.28 g/100 material of Cerelac and Riri, respectively). Chick pea-based formula (CP3) was also found to possess higher in vitro protein didestibility (95.2%) compared to Cerelac (94.2%) and Riri (88.5%). The calculated protein efficiency ratio (C-PER) of CP3 (1.7) was higher than that of Riri (1.6) and lower than that of cerelac (2.7). (Author)

  8. A Physics-Based Modeling Framework for Prognostic Studies

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    Kulkarni, Chetan S.

    2014-01-01

    Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) methodologies have emerged as one of the key enablers for achieving efficient system level maintenance as part of a busy operations schedule, and lowering overall life cycle costs. PHM is also emerging as a high-priority issue in critical applications, where the focus is on conducting fundamental research in the field of integrated systems health management. The term diagnostics relates to the ability to detect and isolate faults or failures in a system. Prognostics on the other hand is the process of predicting health condition and remaining useful life based on current state, previous conditions and future operating conditions. PHM methods combine sensing, data collection, interpretation of environmental, operational, and performance related parameters to indicate systems health under its actual application conditions. The development of prognostics methodologies for the electronics field has become more important as more electrical systems are being used to replace traditional systems in several applications in the aeronautics, maritime, and automotive fields. The development of prognostics methods for electronics presents several challenges due to the great variety of components used in a system, a continuous development of new electronics technologies, and a general lack of understanding of how electronics fail. Similarly with electric unmanned aerial vehicles, electrichybrid cars, and commercial passenger aircraft, we are witnessing a drastic increase in the usage of batteries to power vehicles. However, for battery-powered vehicles to operate at maximum efficiency and reliability, it becomes crucial to both monitor battery health and performance and to predict end of discharge (EOD) and end of useful life (EOL) events. We develop an electrochemistry-based model of Li-ion batteries that capture the significant electrochemical processes, are computationally efficient, capture the effects of aging, and are of suitable

  9. A Comparison of Traditional Teaching Methods and Problem-Based Learning in an Addiction Studies Class.

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    Sevening, Diane; Baron, Mark

    2002-01-01

    Study compared students' achievement gains and attitudes using traditional (lecture-based) teaching methods and problem-based learning (PBL) techniques in an addiction studies class. Results showed students did not respond well to PBL and preferred a lecture-based format. Pretest mean scores indicated the PBL group entered the course at a higher…

  10. A Population-based study of dementia in the oldest old: the Monzino 80-plus Study

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    Pasina Luca

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite being the fastest growing and the most cognitively impaired age group, the oldest olds are under-represented in clinical research. The purpose of this study was to describe the design, methods, and baseline characteristics of the survey population and investigate possible differences in demographic, cognitive, functional, and behavioral characteristics between oldest old with and without any performance on cognitive tests and between oldest old alive and those deceased prior to the interview. Methods The Monzino 80-plus Study is a prospective door-to-door population-based survey among 80 years or older residents in the municipalities in the province of Varese, Italy. Dementia cases were identified with a one-phase design. Trained psychologists interviewed both the subject and a proxy informant. The interview included a comprehensive standardized questionnaire together with an array of rating scales and a multidomain cognitive battery to assess cognitive and functional ability, behavioral disturbances and mood. Results Information was available for 2,139 of the 2,428 registered individuals aged 80 years or older. Main baseline characteristics of the population are reported and discussed. In comparison with those living, elderly persons who had died before the first visit were older, had twice the rate of institutionalization, poorer cognitive performance and competence, and significantly greater instrumental and basic functional disability. The percentage of elderly persons, alive at baseline, without Mini-Mental State Examination rose rather evenly with age. Moreover, they had significantly worse cognitive competence and functional ability, and reported higher prevalences of depressive symptoms and problem behaviors than those with Mini-Mental State Examination. Conclusions Prospective investigation of a large population of oldest old can contribute significantly to understanding the relations between age, cognitive

  11. Coastal wind study based on Sentinel-1 and ground-based scanning lidar

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    Ahsbahs, Tobias Torben; Badger, Merete; Pena Diaz, Alfredo;

    fields from the Sentinel-1A satellite using APL/NOAA’s SAROPS system with GFS model wind directions as input. For the presented cases CMOD5.n is used. Ground-based scanning lidar located on land can also cover near shore areas. In order to improve wind farm planning for near-shore coastal areas, the...

  12. Post stroke rehabilitation based on SMART goals: a case study

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    Amir-ur Rehman

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Post stroke rehabilitation has been consistently reported in physiotherapy as being difficult to manage and limiting to rehabilitation outcome. It is reported that the first few months post stroke are crucial for rehabilitation to reach a maximum potential. However, after this period further recovery is unlikely. Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed (SMART goals are used for goal setting for rehabilitation. They can provide coordination between a multidisciplinary team to develop a plan for the individual needs of patients. This case study explored the use of SMART goals, which are often not used in a rehabilitation setting due to being time-consuming and difficult to create. This case report provides the first evidence that SMART goals may serve as a powerful tool for rehabilitation following stroke. The case study illustrates the clinical role of physiotherapists in the management of a patient with stroke. [J Exp Integr Med 2014; 4(1.000: 71-73

  13. FEASIBILITY STUDY II OF A MUON BASED NEUTRINO SOURCE.

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    GALLARDO,J.C.; OZAKI,S.; PALMER,R.B.; ZISMAN,M.

    2001-06-30

    The concept of using a muon storage ring to provide a well characterized beam of muon and electron neutrinos (a Neutrino Factory) has been under study for a number of years now at various laboratories throughout the world. The physics program of a Neutrino Factoryis focused on the relatively unexplored neutrino sector. In conjunction with a detector located a suitable distance from the neutrino source, the facility would make valuable contributions to the study of neutrino masses and lepton mixing. A Neutrino Factory is expected to improve the measurement accuracy of sin{sup 2}(2{theta}{sub 23}) and {Delta}m{sup 2}{sub 32} and provide measurements of sin{sup 2}(2{theta}{sub 13}) and the sign of {Delta}m{sup 2}{sub 32}. It may also be able to measure CP violation in the lepton sector.

  14. Rosacea and gastrointestinal disorders - a population-based cohort study

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    Egeberg, A; Weinstock, L B; Thyssen, E P;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Rosacea is a common inflammatory facial skin condition. Recent genetic and epidemiologic studies have suggested pathogenic links between rosacea and gastrointestinal disorders, but data are limited. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to investigate the association between rosacea and celiac...... disease (CeD), Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), Helicobactor pylori (HP) infection, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), respectively. METHODS: We performed a nationwide cohort study. A total of 49,475 patients with rosacea, and 4,312,213 general...... population controls were identified using nationwide administrative registers. We established the prevalence of the aforementioned disorders, and used Cox regression to obtain hazard ratios (HRs) of the risk of new-onset CeD, CD, UC, HP infection, SIBO, and IBS, respectively, in patients with rosacea...

  15. A computerized data base system for medical diagnostic studies (Diastu).

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    Rosen, I I; Hall, T C; Mettler, F; Wicks, J; Kelsey, C A; Gustafson, D E

    1980-12-01

    A computerized database system (DIASTU) has been developed for the storage and selective retrieval of the results of medical diagnostic studies. The system is being used to analyze the disease process and the efficacy and yield of selected diagnostic studies. The system runs on a DEC PDP-11/60 computer. It consists of three FORTRAN IV programs linked to a general-purpose assembly language database handler. One program, DSENT, interactively modifies the information in the database. The second, DSLIST, prints all or portions of the database. The third program, DSTAT, interactively assembles the parameters for selective searches of the database and executes them. A query language is used that allows the use of time and size specifications and Boolean operators in nested loops. PMID:7249603

  16. Dilatometer study of rapidly solidified aluminium-silicon based alloys

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    Varga, B [University TRANSILVANIA, B-dul Eroilor nr. 29, 500036, Brasov (Romania); Fazakas, E; Hargitai, H [Inst. for Materials Science and Technology, Bay Z. Foundation, Fehervari ut, 130., H-1116 Budapest (Hungary); Varga, L K, E-mail: varga@szfki.h

    2009-01-01

    Aluminum-Silicon alloys are sought in a large number of automotive and aerospace applications due to their low coefficient of thermal expansion and high wear resistance. The present study focused on structural transformations as a function of the temperature of rapidly solidified hypereutectic Al{sub 100-x}Si{sub x} (x = 12, 22 and 40) alloys. Different structures out of equilibrium have been obtained after casting in sand, graphite and copper moulds and by melt spinning. The retained Si content in supersaturated alpha Al and the precipitation of Si is discussed in the light of the dilatometer studies [1, 2, 3] complemented by metallographic microscopy, XRD and DSC [4] measurements. A Kissinger analysis was used to determine the activation energy for the precipitation of supersaturated Si content.

  17. Biologically based epidemiological studies of electric power and cancer.

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    Stevens, R G

    1993-01-01

    As societies industrialize, the health profile of the population changes; in general, acute infectious disease declines and chronic disease increases. Use of electricity is a hallmark of the industrialization process, but there has been no suspicion that electricity could increase the risk of cancer. Recently, however, a number of epidemiologic studies have suggested that electromagnetic fields (EMF) may do just that. Although few cancer experiments have been done yet, there are a number of b...

  18. Study of solar cells based on upgraded metallurgical grade silicon

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    Schlosser, V.; Kuchar, F.; Seeger, K.

    A study is presented on the applicability of diffused solar cells when cast upgraded metallurgical grade silicon (UMG-Si) is used. Cells have been prepared from differently processed UMG-Si and for comparison from high purity FZ-Si. The material was characterized by the minority carrier diffusion length, which was obtained from spectral response measurements. A two-diode equivalent circuit model was used in order to evaluate pn-junction characteristics under illumination and in the dark.

  19. Tonsilar haemorrhage and re-admission: a questionnaire based study.

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    Sarny, Stephanie; Habermann, Walter; Ossimitz, Guenther; Schmid, Christoph; Stammberger, Heinz

    2011-12-01

    The aim of our study was to investigate the accuracy of haemorrhage rate in the community (i.e., actual rate versus hospital recorded rate) for tonsil operations. Bleeding episodes were investigated for 695 consecutive patients undergoing tonsillectomy, adenotonsillectomy and tonsillotomy at the Department of ORL, H&NS, MU of Graz, Austria, between January 1 2007 and June 30 2008 by questionnaire. Main purposes of our study were the evaluation of the incidence of postoperative haemorrhage, need for revision surgery, medical care of patients experiencing postoperative bleeding and multiple bleeding episodes. Haemorrhage was defined as any bleeding, be it minimal or significant, after extubation. The study group comprised 407 patients who answered the questionnaire: 61.7% adults, 22.1% school children between 6 and 15 years and 16.2% children aged less than 6 years. Exactly 100 patients (24.6% of 407) showed some kind of postoperative bleeding, but only 79 of them (19.4% of 407) were recorded at hospital. A return to theatre due to haemorrhage was required in 4.7% of all 407 cases. Combining hospital records and data from the questionnaire allowed us to estimate an overall haemorrhage rate of 21.4% for all 695 patients. Every fifth patient experiencing postoperative haemorrhage did not return to the hospital he or she was operated in. We would have missed 21.0% of all bleeding episodes by assessing re-admitting patients suffering postoperative bleeding only. We conclude that haemorrhage rate is considerably higher than assumed by investigating hospital records only and strongly related to the definition of postoperative bleeding and to the study design. PMID:21373896

  20. Services for children with learning disabilities – questionnaire based study

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    Beard, Maria

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Aims - This study aimed to explore parents’ experiences and opinions of accessing current services for children with learning disabilities, including direct payments. Background – Current government policy and legislation emphasises that children with disabilities are a priority area. In particular policy indicates a need to empower parent’s choice and control over the services they receive by promoting the use of direct payments and short breaks. Despite this very little is...

  1. THE STUDY OF CORE SAND MIXTURES BASED ON POLYMERIC BINDERS

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    Ms. Natalia V. Zakharova

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The possibility of using foamed polystyrene waste as the binder in manufacturing core sand mixtures. The article provides experimental data obtained by studying the core sand mixtures properties depending on the methods of addition, foamed polystyrene solution amount, its viscosity and the method of drying. The author investigates the ways of using foamed polystyrene as the binder and as the polymeric additive.

  2. Buckled graphene: A model study based on density functional theory

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    Khan, Mohammad A.

    2010-09-01

    We make use of ab initio calculations within density functional theory to investigate the influence of buckling on the electronic structure of single layer graphene. Our systematic study addresses a wide range of bond length and bond angle variations in order to obtain insights into the energy scale associated with the formation of ripples in a graphene sheet. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Persistent nocturnal cough in childhood: a population based study.

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    Ninan, T. K.; Macdonald, L; Russell, G.

    1995-01-01

    A cross sectional epidemiological study was carried out to investigate the validity of persistent nocturnal cough (PNC) as an independent marker of childhood asthma. A screening questionnaire on respiratory symptoms was applied to 4003 children attending primary schools in Aberdeen, after which 799 symptomatic children and a random selection of 229 asymptomatic children were invited to attend for a diagnostic interview. Six hundred and seven (359 boys and 248 girls) symptomatic children and 1...

  4. Study on Magnesium based Pyrotechnic Composition as a Priming Charge

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    A.S. Redkar; V. A. Mujumdar; Singh, S. N.

    1996-01-01

    A new pyrotechnic composition containing Mg/KNO3/phenolic resin has been formulated and studied in detail for its sensitivity, mechanical and thermal properties, moisture and environmental effects and performance in a closed vessel. The data generated reveal that this composition shows superior performance, better mechanical properties and less susceptibility to moisture as compared to gunpowder. In addition, performance of the composition under extreme hot (45 degree centigrade) and c...

  5. A case study of the residual-based cointegration procedure

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    Biondini, Riccardo; Lin, Yan-Xia; Mccrae, Michael

    2003-01-01

    The study of long-run equilibrium processes is a significant component of economic and finance theory. The Johansen technique for identifying the existence of such long-run stationary equilibrium conditions among financial time series allows the identification of all potential linearly independent cointegrating vectors within a given system of eligible financial time series. The practical application of the technique may be restricted, however, by the pre-condition that the underlying data ge...

  6. Normalisation in translation: a corpus-based study of 'take'

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    Bergstad, Jørgen Vik

    2009-01-01

    This study attempts to find an answer to whether normalisation is a feature of translation by using corpora-technology. Normalisation has existed as a proposed universal feature of translation for almost two decades, but so far, little research has been done on this issue. Some attempts have been made to provide evidence for (or against) the existence of such a universal, but these have failed in coming up with unquestionable evidence. The phenomenon of normalisation can be described as a ten...

  7. A study on image-based music generation

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    Wu, Xiaoying

    2008-01-01

    Visual and auditory forms have noticeable associations that can inspire similar cognitive and aesthetical experiences. This study investigates the possibility of applying various visual-auditory associations in music generation. Several algorithms are proposed in order to create music segments from image features such as contour, colour and texture. Test results show that the algorithms can produce interesting and pleasant music segments in many cases. Integrating the generated segments toget...

  8. Reproducibility in echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function in a population based study (the STANISLAS Cohort study.

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    Zied Frikha

    Full Text Available There is limited evidence regarding intra-observer and inter-observer variations in echocardiographic measurements of diastolic function. This study aimed to assess this reproducibly within a population-based cohort study.Sixty subjects in sinus rhythm were randomly selected among 4th visit participants of the STANISLAS Cohort (Lorraine region, France. This 4th examination systematically included M-mode, 2-dimensional, DTI and pulsed-wave Doppler echocardiograms. Reproducibility of variables was studied by intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC and Bland Altman plots.Our population was on average middle-aged (50 ± 14 y, overweight (BMI = 26 ± 6 kg/m2 and non-smoking (87% with a quarter of the participants having self-declared hypertension or treated with anti-hypertensive medication(s. Intra-observer ICC were > 0.90 for all analyzed parameters except for left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF which was 0.89 (0.81-0.93. The mean relative intra-observer differences were small and limits of agreement of relative differences were narrow for all considered parameters ( 0.90 for all analyzed parameters except for LVEF (ICC = 0.87 and both mitral and pulmonary A wave duration (0.83 and 0.73 respectively. The mean relative inter-observer differences were <5% for all parameters except for pulmonary A wave duration (mean difference = 6.5%. Limits of agreement of relative differences were narrow (<15%, except for mitral A wave duration and velocity (both <20% as well as left ventricular mass and pulmonary A wave duration (both <30%. Intra-observer agreements with regard to the presence and severity of diastolic dysfunction were excellent (Kappa = 0.93 (0.83-1.00 and 0.88 (0.75-0.99, respectively.In this validation study within the STANISLAS cohort, diastolic function echocardiographic parameters were found to be highly reproducible. Diastolic dysfunction consequently appears as a highly effective clinical and research tool.

  9. Oviposition behaviour of Phlebotomus argentipes - A laboratory-based study

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    Vijay Kumar

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The breeding habitat of sandflies is a little studied and poorly understood phenomenon. More importantly, oviposition behaviour is a largely neglected aspect of sandfly biology and this knowledge gap further undermines our understanding of the biology of sandflies. Pheromones released by the eggs play an important role in identifying good sites for oviposition by female insects. Several recent studies have examined the oviposition pheromone. The present study provides a preliminary report on the oviposition behaviour of Phlebotomus argentipes, the only vector of kala-azar (or visceral leishmaniasis on the Indian sub-continent. Sandflies prefer to oviposit their eggs on surfaces that contain organic substances, especially substances with an odour of decaying animal products and the remains of conspecific eggs. The results presented here suggest that the odour released by the organic substances of old sandfly colony remains that contain dead flies, old unhatched eggs, larval food containing vertebrate faeces, frass and other organic matter serves as an attractant for the ovipositing females of P. argentipes and hence greatly increases the number of oviposited eggs compared to eggs deposited in controlled oviposition pots. This result will be helpful in maintaining an efficient colony of P. argentipes and may be a promising tool for monitoring and controlling the target insect as part of a synergistic approach.

  10. Detection of electronically equivalent tautomers of adenine base: DFT study

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • DFT calculations have been performed on adenine and its rare tautomer Cu2+ complexes. • Interaction of A-Cu2+ and rA-Cu2+ complexes with AlN modified fullerene (C60) have been studied briefly. • It is found that AlN modified C60 could be used as a nanoscale sensor to detect these two A-Cu2+ and rA-Cu2+ complexes. - Abstract: In the present study, quantum chemical calculations were carried out to investigate the electronic structures and stabilities of adenine and its rare tautomer along with their Cu2+ complexes. Density Functional Theory (B3LYP method) was used in all calculations. The two Cu2+ complexes of adenine have almost similar energies and electronic structures; hence, their chemical differentiation is very difficult. For this purpose, interactions of these complexes with AlN modified fullerene (C60) have been studied. Theoretical investigations reveal that AlN-doped C60 may serve as a potentially viable nanoscale sensor for detection of the two Cu2+ complexes of adenine

  11. CLINICOHAEMATOLOGICAL SPECTRUM OF HAEMOGLOBINOPATHIES A HOSPITAL BASED STUDY

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Thalassaemia and other structural haemoglobinopathies are the major genetic disorders prevalent in certain parts of the world including India. This study presents the pattern of haemoglobinopathies amongst the referred patients of anaemia in an one year period. OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical spectrum of Haemoglobinopathies in all patients above 12yrs of age attending the Medicine Department. METHODS: A total of 100 patients were studied during a one-year period for anaemia investigation. Haematological indices, sickling test, haemoglobin electrophoresis with quantification of the bands and serum iron study was done in all cases. RESULTS: Out of 100 cases, 53(53% were normal and 47(47% cases had abnormal haemoglobin pattern. Of the 47 abnormal cases, 24(51% were males and 23(49% were females. Amongst the cases of hemoglobinopathies, there was a high incidence of HbE, (47% of which 54 % cases were HbE trait and 46% cases were of HbE disease. Apart from Hb E Variants, 21% cases of thalassemia minor, 15% cases of HbS were found of which 28% were HbS traits and 72% were HbS disease, 17% cases of HbE thalassemia was also found. CONCLUSION: It is suggested that haemoglobin electrophoresis should be carried out in all the high-risk groups with anaemia. There should be an initiative towards population screening, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis to counter the magnitude of problem.

  12. Epidemiological studies on syncope--a register based approach

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    Ruwald, Martin Huth

    2013-01-01

    The epidemiology and prognosis of ‘fainting’ or syncope has puzzled physicians over the years. Is fainting dangerous? This is a question often asked by the patient--and the answer is ‘it depends on a lot of things’. The diverse pathophysiology of syncope and the underlying comorbidites of the pat......The epidemiology and prognosis of ‘fainting’ or syncope has puzzled physicians over the years. Is fainting dangerous? This is a question often asked by the patient--and the answer is ‘it depends on a lot of things’. The diverse pathophysiology of syncope and the underlying comorbidites...... from smaller studies from different clinical settings with wide differences in patient morbidity. Through the extensive Danish registries we examined the characteristics and prognosis of the patients hospitalized due to syncope in a nationwide study. The aims of the present thesis were to investigate...... thesis demonstrated that the ICD-10 discharge diagnosis could reliably identify a cohort of patients admitted for syncope and that the discharge code carried a high number of unexplained cases despite use of numerous tests. The last studies showed that syncope is a common cause for hospital contact...

  13. Electroresistance and field effect studies on manganite based heterostructure

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    Solanki, P. S.; Khachar, Uma; Vagadia, Megha; Ravalia, Ashish; Katba, Savan; Kuberkar, D. G., E-mail: dgkuberkar@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, Saurashtra University, Rajkot 360 005 (India)

    2015-04-14

    Electronic properties of manganites are significantly important for various spintronic applications such as microelectronics, magnetic data storage, communication technologies, and memory devices. Influence of applied electric field on the room temperature charge transport in ZnO/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/SrNb{sub 0.002}Ti{sub 0.998}O{sub 3} (SNTO) heterostructure has been investigated using field effect studies. Large negative and positive electroresistance has been observed in heterostructure under various possible circuit geometries. Field effect studies have been carried out using three different circuit geometries, namely: (i) ZnO as a control electrode (E{sub LZ}), (ii) SNTO as a control electrode (E{sub LS}), and (iii) shorted ZnO and SNTO as control electrodes (E{sub LZS}). For this, channel electric field (E{sub CH}) dependent variation in channel resistance (R{sub C}) (of manganite channel) and I-V (across manganite channel) under various control fields (E{sub C}) have been studied. Variation in barrier height (Φ{sub B}) with control field (E{sub C}) for different geometries has been discussed.

  14. Provider communication on perinatal depression: a population-based study.

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    Farr, Sherry L; Ko, Jean Y; Burley, Kim; Gupta, Seema

    2016-02-01

    Women's lack of knowledge on symptoms of perinatal depression and treatment resources is a barrier to receiving care. We sought to estimate the prevalence and predictors of discussing depression with a prenatal care provider. We used the 2011 population-based data from 24 sites participating in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (n = 32,827 women with recent live births) to examine associations between maternal characteristics and report that a prenatal care provider discussed with her what to do if feeling depressed during or after pregnancy. Overall, 71.9 % of women reported discussing perinatal depression with their prenatal care provider (range 60.7 % in New York City to 85.6 % in Maine). Women were more likely to report a discussion on perinatal depression with their provider if they they were 18-29 years of age than over 35 years of age compared to older (adjusted prevalence ratio [aPR] 18 to 19 y = 1.08, 20 to 24 y = 1.10, 25 to 29 y = 1.09), unmarried (aPR = 1.07) compared to married, had 12 years, and had no previous live births (aPR = 1.03) compared to ≥ 1 live births. Research is needed on effective ways to educate women about perinatal depression and whether increased knowledge on perinatal depression results in higher rates of treatment and shorter duration of symptoms. PMID:25578631

  15. Study of vertical breakwater reliability based on copulas

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    Dong, Sheng; Li, Jingjing; Li, Xue; Wei, Yong

    2016-04-01

    The reliability of a vertical breakwater is calculated using direct integration methods based on joint density functions. The horizontal and uplifting wave forces on the vertical breakwater can be well fitted by the lognormal and the Gumbel distributions, respectively. The joint distribution of the horizontal and uplifting wave forces is analyzed using different probabilistic distributions, including the bivariate logistic Gumbel distribution, the bivariate lognormal distribution, and three bivariate Archimedean copulas functions constructed with different marginal distributions simultaneously. We use the fully nested copulas to construct multivariate distributions taking into account related variables. Different goodness fitting tests are carried out to determine the best bivariate copula model for wave forces on a vertical breakwater. We show that a bivariate model constructed by Frank copula gives the best reliability analysis, using marginal distributions of Gumbel and lognormal to account for uplifting pressure and horizontal wave force on a vertical breakwater, respectively. The results show that failure probability of the vertical breakwater calculated by multivariate density function is comparable to those by the Joint Committee on Structural Safety methods. As copulas are suitable for constructing a bivariate or multivariate joint distribution, they have great potential in reliability analysis for other coastal structures.

  16. Implementation of anaphylaxis management guidelines: a register-based study.

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    Linus Grabenhenrich

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Anaphylaxis management guidelines recommend the use of intramuscular adrenaline in severe reactions, complemented by antihistamines and corticoids; secondary prevention includes allergen avoidance and provision of self-applicable first aid drugs. Gaps between recommendations and their implementation have been reported, but only in confined settings. Hence, we analysed nation-wide data on the management of anaphylaxis, evaluating the implementation of guidelines. METHODS: Within the anaphylaxis registry, allergy referral centres across Germany, Austria and Switzerland provided data on severe anaphylaxis cases. Based on patient records, details on reaction circumstances, diagnostic workup and treatment were collected via online questionnaire. Report of anaphylaxis through emergency physicians allowed for validation of registry data. RESULTS: 2114 severe anaphylaxis patients from 58 centres were included. 8% received adrenaline intravenously, 4% intramuscularly; 50% antihistamines, and 51% corticoids. Validation data indicated moderate underreporting of first aid drugs in the Registry. 20% received specific instructions at the time of the reaction; 81% were provided with prophylactic first aid drugs at any time. CONCLUSION: There is a distinct discrepancy between current anaphylaxis management guidelines and their implementation. To improve patient care, a revised approach for medical education and training on the management of severe anaphylaxis is warranted.

  17. Study of turbine simulation model based on RELAP5

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    The turbine model which can represent accurately non-isentropic process in the stage of turbine and system dynamic characteristics was developed and added into RELAP5 code, and the improvement of the turbine model of RELAP5 was implemented. The improved turbine model is based on the characteristics of steam flow and work transfer in the stage of turbine and considers adequately the impact of internal configuration parameters and oblique shock which is developed by non-equilibrium condensation of wet steam in turbine. Through building internal coupling interface and the modifying input processing subroutines, turbine model was developed as a part of RELAP5 hydro dynamic model. Taking the turbine of Qinshan 300 MW Nuclear Power Plant as an example, the simulation calculation and comparative analysis were performed for both stead and dynamic cases respectively by both the original and the modified turbine models in RELAP5 code. The results show that the modified turbine model can represent more accurately the dynamic operation characteristics of the turbine. (authors)

  18. A method for MREIT-based source imaging: simulation studies

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    Song, Yizhuang; Jeong, Woo Chul; Woo, Eung Je; Seo, Jin Keun

    2016-08-01

    This paper aims to provide a method for using magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (MREIT) to visualize local conductivity changes associated with evoked neuronal activities in the brain. MREIT is an MRI-based technique for conductivity mapping by probing the magnetic flux density induced by an externally injected current through surface electrodes. Since local conductivity changes resulting from evoked neural activities are very small (less than a few %), a major challenge is to acquire exogenous magnetic flux density data exceeding a certain noise level. Noting that the signal-to-noise ratio is proportional to the square root of the number of averages, it is important to reduce the data acquisition time to get more averages within a given total data collection time. The proposed method uses a sub-sampled k-space data set in the phase-encoding direction to significantly reduce the data acquisition time. Since the sub-sampled data violates the Nyquist criteria, we only get a nonlinearly wrapped version of the exogenous magnetic flux density data, which is insufficient for conductivity imaging. Taking advantage of the sparseness of the conductivity change, the proposed method detects local conductivity changes by estimating the time-change of the Laplacian of the nonlinearly wrapped data.

  19. Molecular dynamics study of surfactant-like peptide based nanostructures.

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    Colherinhas, Guilherme; Fileti, Eudes

    2014-10-23

    Surfactant-like peptide (SLP) based nanostructures are investigated using all-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We report structure properties of nanostructures belonging to the ANK peptide group. In particular, the mathematical models for the two A3K membranes, A6K nanotube, and A9K nanorod were developed. Our MD simulation results are consistent with the experimental data, indicating that A3K membranes are stable in two different configurations: (1) SLPs are tilted relative to the normal membrane plane; (2) SLPs are interdigitated. The former configuration is energetically more stable. The cylindrical nanostructures feature a certain order of the A6K peptides. In turn, the A9K nanorod does not exhibit any long-range ordering. Both nanotube and nanorod structure contain large amounts of water inside. Consequently, these nanostructures behave similar to hydrogels. This property may be important in the context of biotechnology. Binding energy analysis-in terms of Coulomb and van der Waals contributions-unveils an increase as the peptide size increases. The electrostatic interaction constitutes 70-75% of the noncovalent attraction energy between SLPs. The nanotubular structures are notably stable, confirming that A6K peptides preferentially form nanotubes and A9K peptides preferentially form nanorods. PMID:25264942

  20. An Analysis of Excavation Support Safety Based on Experimental Studies

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    Gorska Karolina

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of inclinometric measurements and numerical analyses of soldier-pile wall displacements. The excavation under investigation was made in cohesive soils. The measurements were conducted at points located at the edge of the cantilever excavation support system. The displacements of the excavation support observed over the period of three years demonstrated the pattern of steady growth over the first two months, followed by a gradual levelling out to a final plateau. The numerical analyses were conducted based on 3D FEM models. The numerical analysis of the problem comprise calculations of the global structural safety factor depending on the displacement of the chosen points in the lagging and conducted by means of the φ/c reduction procedure. The adopted graphical method of safety estimation is very conservative in the sense that it recognizes stability loss quite early, when one could further load the medium or weaken it by further strength reduction. The values of the Msf factor are relatively high. This is caused by the fact that the structure was designed for excavation twice as deep. Nevertheless, the structure is treated as a temporary one.

  1. An Analysis of Excavation Support Safety Based on Experimental Studies

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    Gorska, Karolina; Wyjadłowski, Marek

    2015-09-01

    The article presents the results of inclinometric measurements and numerical analyses of soldier-pile wall displacements. The excavation under investigation was made in cohesive soils. The measurements were conducted at points located at the edge of the cantilever excavation support system. The displacements of the excavation support observed over the period of three years demonstrated the pattern of steady growth over the first two months, followed by a gradual levelling out to a final plateau. The numerical analyses were conducted based on 3D FEM models. The numerical analysis of the problem comprise calculations of the global structural safety factor depending on the displacement of the chosen points in the lagging and conducted by means of the φ/c reduction procedure. The adopted graphical method of safety estimation is very conservative in the sense that it recognizes stability loss quite early, when one could further load the medium or weaken it by further strength reduction. The values of the Msf factor are relatively high. This is caused by the fact that the structure was designed for excavation twice as deep. Nevertheless, the structure is treated as a temporary one.

  2. A comparative study of Image Region-Based Segmentation Algorithms

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Image segmentation has recently become an essential step in image processing as it mainly conditions the interpretation which is done afterwards. It is still difficult to justify the accuracy of a segmentation algorithm, regardless of the nature of the treated image. In this paper we perform an objective comparison of region-based segmentation techniques such as supervised and unsupervised deterministic classification, non-parametric and parametric probabilistic classification. Eight methods among the well-known and used in the scientific community have been selected and compared. The Martin’s(GCE, LCE, probabilistic Rand Index (RI, Variation of Information (VI and Boundary Displacement Error (BDE criteria are used to evaluate the performance of these algorithms on Magnetic Resonance (MR brain images, synthetic MR image, and synthetic images. MR brain image are composed of the gray matter (GM, white matter (WM and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF and others, and the synthetic MR image composed of the same for real image and the plus edema, and the tumor. Results show that segmentation is an image dependent process and that some of the evaluated methods are well suited for a better segmentation.

  3. Extremity fractures in children: a hospital based study in Tehran

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    Ali Khaji; Mousa Zargar; Mojgan Karbakhsh

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Although long bone fracture in children is not life-threatening, it may cause major disability, loss of working days and severe psychological distress. We conducted this study to determine the pattern of extremity fracture due to trauma in children.Methods: During one year in six general hospitals in Tehran, trauma patients who were hospitalized for more than 24 hours and sustained injuries within seven days before admission were included in the study. The records of children (≤16 years old) hospitalized in six general hospitals in Tehran due to trauma were reviewed prospectively.Results: During the study period, 1274 children had sustained extremity fractures. Male to female ratio was 3.6/1, with the mean age of (10.3±4.2) years. Falls and traffic crashes were the main causes of injuries, with the percentages of 57.3% and 37.1%, respectively. Simple fall (falling on the ground) consisted 60% of patients that sustained fall-related injuries. Pedestrians and bicycle riders comprised most of the cases that were injured due to traffic crashes. Of our cases, 56.8% sustained fractures in the upper extremities and 43.2% in the lower extremities. Forearm was the most common fracture site (34.1%). Comparing our results in preschool and school-age children, falls were the main cause of injuries in both groups, but fractures of lower extremities were significantly more common in preschool children.Conclusions:Improvement of physical condition of sidewalks and crossings in roads will be necessary for prevention of injuries. More attention to safety of home environment should be paid for control of preschools' injury at home. Education of children and adults is necessary to reduce injuries resulting from road traffic crashes.

  4. Resolution studies of a GEM-based TPC

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    Currently there are four different concept studies trying to optimise the detector for the requirements at the ILC. In three of these detector concepts a time projection chamber (TPC) is foreseen as the main tracking device. To achieve the intended spatial resolution of 100 μm, micro pattern gas detectors (MPGD) are considered for gas amplification. The two different MPGDs discussed for the ILC TPC are Micro-Mesh Gaseous Detectors (Micromegas) and Gas Electron Multiplier foils (GEMs). The current thesis shows resolution studies with a TPC prototype equipped with a triple GEM readout structure. A hodoscope made up of silicon strip sensors gives a precision reference track, allowing an unbiased measurement of the spatial resolution. High statistics measurements have been conducted at the DESY test beam facility, which provides positrons with a tunable energy between 1 GeV and 6 GeV. Using the independent measurement of the hodoscope allows systematic studies of the homogeneity of the TPC's electric field. The fluctuations of the field in the chamber's central region were found to be ΔE/E=8.10-3. Field distortions have been determined and corrected, reducing the remaining deviations to a level well below the spatial resolution of the TPC. One important task is to reduce the number of ions drifting back into the sensitive volume. Special GEM settings with minimised ion backdrift have been examined with respect to their influence on the spatial resolution and it was found that the spatial resolution is not degraded using these special settings. The TPC prototype has been operated in a 4 T magnetic field, provided by a superconducting solenoid located at DESY Hamburg. Again the spatial resolution measured with the ion backdrift optimised settings is compared to that achieved with nonoptimised settings. In both cases the measured resolution is approximately 130 μm. (orig.)

  5. Resolution studies of a GEM-based TPC

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    Killenberg, M.

    2006-12-15

    Currently there are four different concept studies trying to optimise the detector for the requirements at the ILC. In three of these detector concepts a time projection chamber (TPC) is foreseen as the main tracking device. To achieve the intended spatial resolution of 100 {mu}m, micro pattern gas detectors (MPGD) are considered for gas amplification. The two different MPGDs discussed for the ILC TPC are Micro-Mesh Gaseous Detectors (Micromegas) and Gas Electron Multiplier foils (GEMs). The current thesis shows resolution studies with a TPC prototype equipped with a triple GEM readout structure. A hodoscope made up of silicon strip sensors gives a precision reference track, allowing an unbiased measurement of the spatial resolution. High statistics measurements have been conducted at the DESY test beam facility, which provides positrons with a tunable energy between 1 GeV and 6 GeV. Using the independent measurement of the hodoscope allows systematic studies of the homogeneity of the TPC's electric field. The fluctuations of the field in the chamber's central region were found to be {delta}E/E=8.10{sup -3}. Field distortions have been determined and corrected, reducing the remaining deviations to a level well below the spatial resolution of the TPC. One important task is to reduce the number of ions drifting back into the sensitive volume. Special GEM settings with minimised ion backdrift have been examined with respect to their influence on the spatial resolution and it was found that the spatial resolution is not degraded using these special settings. The TPC prototype has been operated in a 4 T magnetic field, provided by a superconducting solenoid located at DESY Hamburg. Again the spatial resolution measured with the ion backdrift optimised settings is compared to that achieved with nonoptimised settings. In both cases the measured resolution is approximately 130 {mu}m. (orig.)

  6. Demographic pattern of male breast cancer: an institutional based study

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    Background: Male breast cancer incidence rises with age with peak in the sixth and seventh decade. It is one of the rare diseases and accounts for less than 1% of all malignancies worldwide. It is usually diagnosed in the late stage with poor prognosis. Objective: The purpose of this study was to know the demographic pattern and tumour characteristic of breast cancer in men reported at Institute of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine (IRNUM), Peshawar. Methods: Retrospective data was collected from the (IRNUM), Peshawar for a period of three years (2006-2008). The evaluation was done from the histopathological reports of mastectomy and biopsy specimens. All male patients in the age group 26 -86 year with breast cancer were included in the study. The age of the patients and tumour characteristics recorded were size, grade, type, skin involvement and stage. Results: Total number of male patients with breast cancer were 31 (2.1%) out of the total patients with breast malignancy during the study period with the mean age of 58.3 years. Tumour size ranged from 2 to 12 Cm. with average of 3.6 Cm. Invasive ductal carcinoma was found in 87% , papillary carcinoma in 6.5%, each of malignant fibrous histocytoma and sarcoma in 3.2% cases. Maximum number of patients was of grade II (41%). Patients in whom stage of the disease was know n were 22 cases with 45.5% had stage III disease and 32% had stage IV disease. Skin involvement was found positive in 8 (25.8%). Conclusion: Due to poor health care system breast cancer is diagnosed in a late stage of the disease and prognosis is poor. (author)

  7. Histopathological Evaluation of Lymph Node Biopsies: A Hospital Based Study

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    Syeda Tasfia Siddika

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Lymphadenopathy is a common manifestation of a large variety of disorders,both benign and malignant. It is essential to define the pattern of disorders presenting primarily as lymph node enlargement in a particular environment. Histopathological examination of the lymph node biopsies is a gold standard test in the distinction between reactive and malignant lymphoid proliferations as well as for detailed subtyping oflymphomas. We designed this study in our population for histopathological evaluation of lymph nodes that might be helpful for clinical management of these lesions. Objective: Histopathological evaluation of lymphadenopathy from excised specimen, in relation to ageand sex of the patients, and distribution of the lymph nodes. Materials and Methods: It was a retrospective cross sectional study conducted in the department of Pathology, Enam Medical College & Hospital, Savar, Dhaka during the period from January 2006 to December 2010. Lymph node biopsies of all patients of both sexes and all age groups were included.Metastatic lymph nodes associated with evidence of primaries elsewhere in the body were excluded from the study. Total 191 lymph node biopsies were selected for histopathological evaluation. Among these 90 (47.12% were from males and 101 (52.88% were from females with male to female ratio being 1:2.1. The age of the patients ranged from 2 to 85 years with a mean age of 35.73 ± 18 years. Results: Cervical lymph nodes were the most common (56% biopsied group. Of the 191 cases 59 cases (30.89% were reactive lymphadenitis, 64 cases (33.5% were tuberculosis, 2 cases (1.05% were non-caseous granuloma, 11 cases (5.76% were Hodgkin lymphoma, 22 cases (11.52% were non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 24 cases (12.57% were metastatic neoplasm and 9 cases (4.7% were other lesions. Conclusion: Tuberculosis was the most common cause of lymphadenopathy, followed by reactive lymphadenitis and the cervical group of lymph nodes was most

  8. Study on Magnesium based Pyrotechnic Composition as a Priming Charge

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    Full Text Available A new pyrotechnic composition containing Mg/KNO3/phenolic resin has been formulated and studied in detail for its sensitivity, mechanical and thermal properties, moisture and environmental effects and performance in a closed vessel. The data generated reveal that this composition shows superior performance, better mechanical properties and less susceptibility to moisture as compared to gunpowder. In addition, performance of the composition under extreme hot (45 degree centigrade and cold (-26 degree centigrade environmental conditions is not affected at all. Differential thermal analyser results indicate that phenolic resin plays a vital role in reducing the ignition temperature of Mg/KNO/sub 3/ system.

  9. Murata - A Pressure Sensor Based Blood Pressure : Preliminary Reliability Study

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    The purpose of the study was to determine the reliability of a blood pressure sensor developed by Murata as a blood pressure monitoring tool compared to an automatic blood pressure monitor, Omron M6. Blood pressure is one of the principal vital signs and is utilized for monitoring both short-term and long-term health of the cardiovascular system and thereby the health of the patient. Therefore there is a need for a non-invasive blood pressure monitor for accurate, continuous and comfortab...

  10. Foam Concrete Performance Study Based on Experimental Analysis

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    Yu Chuan

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, it studies the effect of the water-cement ratio, fly ash, PP fiber and high-performance expansion agent on the mechanical property and contractility of the foam concrete through experiments. The results of the experiment show that in the middle-late stages of hydration, the foam concrete shows the characteristic of contraction; when the water-cement ratio is between 0.3 to 0.5, the greater the ratio is, the smaller the contraction of foam concrete will be; when the water-cement...

  11. Stochastic optimization-based study of dimerization kinetics

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    Srijeeta Talukder; Shrabani Sen; Ralf Metzler; Suman K Banik; Pinaki Chaudhury

    2013-11-01

    We investigate the potential of numerical algorithms to decipher the kinetic parameters involved in multi-step chemical reactions. To this end, we study dimerization kinetics of protein as a model system. We follow the dimerization kinetics using a stochastic simulation algorithm and combine it with three different optimization techniques (genetic algorithm, simulated annealing and parallel tempering) to obtain the rate constants involved in each reaction step. We find good convergence of the numerical scheme to the rate constants of the process. We also perform a sensitivity test on the reaction kinetic parameters to see the relative effects of the parameters for the associated profile of the monomer/dimer distribution.

  12. Durability Study on High Calcium Fly Ash Based Geopolymer Concrete

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    Ganesan Lavanya

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an investigation into the durability of geopolymer concrete prepared using high calcium fly ash along with alkaline activators when exposed to 2% solution of sulfuric acid and 5% magnesium sulphate for up to 45 days. The durability was also assessed by measuring water absorption and sorptivity. Ordinary Portland cement concrete was also prepared as control concrete. The grades chosen for the investigation were M20, M40, and M60. The alkaline solution used for present study is the combination of sodium silicate and sodium hydroxide solution with the ratio of 2.50. The molarity of sodium hydroxide was fixed as 12. The test specimens were 150×150×150 mm cubes, 100×200 mm cylinders, and 100×50 mm discs cured at ambient temperature. Surface deterioration, density, and strength over a period of 14, 28, and 45 days were observed. The results of geopolymer and ordinary Portland cement concrete were compared and discussed. After 45 days of exposure to the magnesium sulfate solution, the reduction in strength was up to 12% for geopolymer concrete and up to 25% for ordinary Portland cement concrete. After the same period of exposure to the sulphuric acid solution, the compressive strength decrease was up to 20% for geopolymer concrete and up to 28% for ordinary Portland cement concrete.

  13. Web User Categorization and Behavior Study Based on Refreshing

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    Ratnesh Kumar Jain

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available As the information available on World Wide Web is growing the usage of the web sites is also growing. Since each access to the web pages are recorded in the web logs it is becoming a huge data repository which when mined properly can provide useful information for decision making. The designer of the web site, analyst and management executives are interested in extracting this hidden information from web logs for decision making. In this research paper we proposed a method to categorize the users into faithful, Partially Impatient and Completely Impatient user, page wise so that study of user behavior can be easier. To categorize the user we proposed one new information in the web log that represent each instance of refreshing. We used the markov chain model in which we treated the clicking of Refresh button as another state i.e. Refresh State. We derive some theorem to study each type of user behavior and show that how do users behavior differ.

  14. XAS study of TiO2-based nanomaterials

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    X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy studies of the W (0–1 at% W) and Mo-doped TiO2 (0–1 at% Mo) nanoparticle specimens at the K edges of titanium and molybdenum as well as at the L2 L3 edges of tungsten are presented. The materials were prepared with Flame Spray Synthesis process by oxidation of metal-organic precursors. The Ti:K edge spectra in the XANES range show pre-edge and post-edge features characteristic for anatase. A decrease of the amplitude of the EXAFS function with doping is observed and attributed to a softening of the crystal lattice. The Mo EXAFS functions show a considerable decrease of the second-neighbour-shell peak with increasing Mo content, which is attributed to an increased number of cation vacancies. For tungsten a less pronounced effect is observed. The Mo and W XANES spectra do not show noticeable changes with doping level, which indicates their unchanged oxidation states. - Highlights: • XAS studies of the W and Mo-doped TiO2 nanoparticle specimens were presented. • The Ti:K edge spectra in the XANES range show features characteristic for anatase. • The Mo and W XANES spectra do not show noticeable changes with doping level. • A decrease of the amplitude of the EXAFS function with doping is observed. • The EXAFS functions decrease the second-neighbour peak with increasing Mo content

  15. HEALTH STATUS OF ELDERLY A COMMUNITY BASED STUDY

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: People at or over the age of 60, constitute above 7.7% of total population. Traditionally this segment of population depends on their children for their health and social welfare, However owing to the social and cultural changes that are taking place within the Indian society, this support may not be as readily available, as it is believed. With the changing demography of India, there is urgent need to look at the health status of elderly for planning appropriate health facilities for them. Objectives: To study biosocial, nutritional and chronic disease risk factor profile of elderly population. Methods: Cross-sectional Study was conducted in Doiwala block of Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. 122 elderly persons of age 60 years and above were interviewed on predesigned questionnaire by house to house visit in the selected village. Results: Overall prevalence of risk factors found to be higher amongst elderly females. Unutrition was higher amongst elderly males. In all, 48.6% elderly were underweight ,10.3% were overweight and 5.6% cases were in obese category. As per the Waist and hip ratio 47.2% elderly belonged to the moderate to high risk category. 30.8% people were hypertensive. Conclusions: Prevalence of high-risk factors for chronic diseases is quite high amongst elderly population, especially amongst elderly females.

  16. Nuclear-based methods for the study of selenium

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    The essentiality of selenium to the human being and in particular its deficiency state, associated with prolonged inadequate dietary intake, have received considerable attention. In addition, the possible relationship between selenium and cancer and the claim that selenium may possess cancer-prevention properties have focused research effort. It has been observed in a number of studies on laboratory animals that selenium supplementation protects the animals against carcinogen-induced neoplastic growth in various organ sites, reduces the incidence of spontaneous mammary tumors, and suppresses the growth of transplanted tumor cells. In these research programs on the relationship between trace element levels and senile dementia and depression and the elemental changes in blood associated with selenium supplementation in a normal group of volunteers, it became obvious that in addition to establishing normal levels of elements in the population of interest, there was a more fundamental requirement for methods to be developed that would allow the study of the distribution of selenium in the body and its binding sites. The authors propose emission tomography and perturbed angular correlation as techniques worth exploring

  17. A community based study of Infant Mortality in rural Aligarh

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundInfant mortality rate is regarded as an important andsensitive indicator of the health status of a community. Italso reflects the living standard of the people and theeffectiveness of interventions for improving maternal andchild health. Multiple factors related to social and economicconditions, health care and environment have a significantrole to play on childhood mortality and improving childhoodmortality is a national priority. The present study wasplanned to 1 determine the mortality rate among neonatesand infants. 2 identification of pattern of various factors inrelation to infant mortality and 3 to identify the causes ofdeath in this age group.MethodAll the deaths in children under 12 months during July 2005to June 2006 in Jawan block of district Aligarh, India wererecorded. The cause of death was ascertained using thestandard verbal autopsy procedure.ResultsIn the study period, 446 live births and 37 deaths in childrenunder one year of age were reported. The neonatal andinfant mortality rates were 49.4 and 83.0 per thousand livebirths respectively. The main causes of infant deaths werebirth asphyxia, diarrhoea, pneumonia, prematurity(including Low birth weight and malnutrition.ConclusionMost of the death among infants are preventable, thoughpromotion of institutional deliveries, strengthening of referralsystem, early recognition of danger signs and periodicretraining of health workers.

  18. Integrated Genome-Based Studies of Shewanella Ecophysiology

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    Andrei L. Osterman, Ph.D.

    2012-12-17

    Integration of bioinformatics and experimental techniques was applied to mapping and characterization of the key components (pathways, enzymes, transporters, regulators) of the core metabolic machinery in Shewanella oneidensis and related species with main focus was on metabolic and regulatory pathways involved in utilization of various carbon and energy sources. Among the main accomplishments reflected in ten joint publications with other participants of Shewanella Federation are: (i) A systems-level reconstruction of carbohydrate utilization pathways in the genus of Shewanella (19 species). This analysis yielded reconstruction of 18 sugar utilization pathways including 10 novel pathway variants and prediction of > 60 novel protein families of enzymes, transporters and regulators involved in these pathways. Selected functional predictions were verified by focused biochemical and genetic experiments. Observed growth phenotypes were consistent with bioinformatic predictions providing strong validation of the technology and (ii) Global genomic reconstruction of transcriptional regulons in 16 Shewanella genomes. The inferred regulatory network includes 82 transcription factors, 8 riboswitches and 6 translational attenuators. Of those, 45 regulons were inferred directly from the genome context analysis, whereas others were propagated from previously characterized regulons in other species. Selected regulatory predictions were experimentally tested. Integration of this analysis with microarray data revealed overall consistency and provided additional layer of interactions between regulons. All the results were captured in the new database RegPrecise, which is a joint development with the LBNL team. A more detailed analysis of the individual subsystems, pathways and regulons in Shewanella spp included bioinfiormatics-based prediction and experimental characterization of: (i) N-Acetylglucosamine catabolic pathway; (ii)Lactate utilization machinery; (iii) Novel Nrt

  19. XRD studies of chitin-based polyurethane elastomers.

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    Zia, Khalid Mahmood; Bhatti, Ijaz Ahmad; Barikani, Mehdi; Zuber, Mohammad; Sheikh, Munir Ahmad

    2008-08-15

    Chitin-based polyurethane elastomers (PUEs) were synthesized by step growth polymerization techniques using poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) varying diisocyanate and chain extender structures. The viscosity average molecular weight (M(v)) of chitin was deduced from the intrinsic viscosity and found; M(v)=6.067 x 10(5). The conventional spectroscopic characterization of the samples with FTIR, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR were in accordance with proposed PUEs structure. The crystalline behavior of the synthesized polymers were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetery (DSC) and loss tangent curves (tan delta peaks). The observed patterns of the crystalline peaks for the lower angle for chitin in the 2theta range were indexed as 9.39 degrees, 19.72 degrees, 20.73 degrees, 23.41 degrees and 26.39 degrees. Results showed that crystallinity of the synthesized PUEs samples was affected by varying the structure of the diisocyanate and chain extender. Crystallinity decreased from aliphatic to aromatic characters of the diisocyanates used in the final PU. The presence of chitin also favors the formation of more ordered structure, as higher peak intensities was obtained from the PU extended with chitin than 1,4-butane diol (BDO). The value of peak enthalpy (DeltaH) of chitin was found to be 47.13 J g(-1). The higher DeltaH value of 46.35 J g(-1) was found in the samples extended with chitin than BDO (39.73 J g(-1)). PMID:18495239

  20. NMR spectroscopy study of agar-based polymers electrolytes

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    Full text: This communication presents the results of preparation and characterization of transparent films obtained from agar and acetic acid. The films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The film formed by agar (Sigma Aldrich) was dispersed in water and kept under stirring and heating at 100 deg C. Next, glycerol, formaldehyde and different quantities of acetic acid (25 and 50 wt%) were added to this solution. The obtained solution was placed on a glass plate and left to dry for 48 hours in oven at 50 deg C to obtain the films, which were kept under vacuum before characterization. The ionic conductivity of the films display an Arrhenius behavior with activation energy Ea = 78 (25 wt% of acetic acid) and Ea = 87 kJ/mol (50 wt% of acetic acid). The conductivity values were 3:0 X 10-6 and 1:2 X 10-4 S/cm at room temperature and 4:4 X 10-4 and 1:5 X 10-3S/cm at 70 deg C, for the 25 and 50 wt% of acetic acid respectively. To investigate the mechanism of protonic conduction in the polymer proton conductor proton NMR measurements were performed in the temperature range 200-370 K. The 1H-NMR results exhibit the qualitative feature associated with the proton mobility, namely the presence of well defined 1H spin-lattice relaxation maxima at 300 K. Activation energy of the order of 40 kJ/mol was obtained from the 1H-NMR line narrowing data. The ionic conductivity of the film combined with their transparency, flexibility, homogeneity and good adhesion to the glasses or metals indicate that agar-based SPEs are promising materials for used on optoelectronic applications. (author)

  1. NMR spectroscopy study of agar-based polymers electrolytes

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    Mattos, R.I.; Tambelli, C.E. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos; Raphael, E. [Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rey (UFSJ), MG (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencias Naturais; Silva, I.D.A.; Magon, C.J.; Donoso, J.P. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IFSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2012-07-01

    Full text: This communication presents the results of preparation and characterization of transparent films obtained from agar and acetic acid. The films were characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The film formed by agar (Sigma Aldrich) was dispersed in water and kept under stirring and heating at 100 deg C. Next, glycerol, formaldehyde and different quantities of acetic acid (25 and 50 wt%) were added to this solution. The obtained solution was placed on a glass plate and left to dry for 48 hours in oven at 50 deg C to obtain the films, which were kept under vacuum before characterization. The ionic conductivity of the films display an Arrhenius behavior with activation energy E{sub a} = 78 (25 wt% of acetic acid) and E{sub a} = 87 kJ/mol (50 wt% of acetic acid). The conductivity values were 3:0 X 10{sup -6} and 1:2 X 10{sup -4} S/cm at room temperature and 4:4 X 10{sup -4} and 1:5 X 10{sup -3}S/cm at 70 deg C, for the 25 and 50 wt% of acetic acid respectively. To investigate the mechanism of protonic conduction in the polymer proton conductor proton NMR measurements were performed in the temperature range 200-370 K. The {sup 1}H-NMR results exhibit the qualitative feature associated with the proton mobility, namely the presence of well defined {sup 1}H spin-lattice relaxation maxima at 300 K. Activation energy of the order of 40 kJ/mol was obtained from the {sup 1}H-NMR line narrowing data. The ionic conductivity of the film combined with their transparency, flexibility, homogeneity and good adhesion to the glasses or metals indicate that agar-based SPEs are promising materials for used on optoelectronic applications. (author)

  2. Effects of usage-based feedback on video retrieval: A simulation-based study

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    Vallet Weadon, David Jordi; Hopfgartner, Frank; Jose, Joemon M.; Castells, Pablo

    2011-01-01

    This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ACM Transactions on Information Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1961209.1961214 We present a model for exploiting community-based usage information for video retrieval, where implicit usage information from past users is exploited in order to provide enhanced assistance in video retrieval tasks, and alleviate the effects of the sema...

  3. Malonate-based inhibitors of mammalian serine racemase: Kinetic characterization and structure-based computational study

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    Vorlová, Barbora; Nachtigallová, Dana; Jirásková-Vaníčková, Jana; Ajani, Haresh; Jansa, Petr; Řezáč, Jan; Fanfrlík, Jindřich; Otyepka, M.; Hobza, Pavel; Konvalinka, Jan; Lepšík, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 89, Jan 7 (2015), s. 189-197. ISSN 0223-5234 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP208/12/G016 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) ED2.1.00/03.0058 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : NMDA receptor * pyridoxal-5 '-phosphate-dependent enzyme * human/mouse serine racemase * malonate-based inhibitors * semiempirical quantum mechanical calculations Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.447, year: 2014

  4. Study of the new diluted magnetic semiconductors based on the doping of iron-based superconductors

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    Zhang, Li; Feng, Shan; Li, Linxian; Wang, Shaolei; Li, Yuke

    Diluted magnetic semiconductors(DMSs) have attracted increasing attention because of their potential applications in spintronics. Recently, a series of new bulk DMS materialswere synthesized by doping in the 122 and 1111 phases of iron-based superconductors(Fe-SC), which sheds light on the DMS research[3]. In this report, we have synthesized two systems of 1111 phases of DMSs based on Fe-SC materials (La1-xSrx) (Ag0.925 Mn0.075) SO(x =0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.1) and (Y1-xSrx) (Cu0.925 Mn0.075) SO (x =0, 0.025, 0.05,0.075 and 0.1) by solid state method. The structure and electrical, magnetic and optical properties have been investigated by means of XRD, 4KCCS, MPMS, PL, UV-Vis and Raman technique, respectively. Some interesting phenomena are found (Such as the Curie temperature Tc and band-gap energy Eg change regularly with the dopants additon). The results are helpful to clarify the intrinsic mechanism of the DMSs, and will provide new insights on the fabrication and application of devices based on these materials. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No 61376094). Li Zhang would like to acknowledge a scholarship Granted by China Scholarship Council (CSC-201408330028)

  5. A Study on Translation Process Based on Relevance TheoryA Study on Translation Process Based on Relevance Theory

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    2015-01-01

    Relevance theory belongs to the field of pragmatics. Translation is a kind of communicative activity in nature. In the frame of relevance theory, translation is the process of cognition and inference. This paper focuses on the study of translation process on the basis of relevance theory in order to improve the practice of translation.

  6. Magnetic interactions in water based ferrofluids studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Kuncser, V [National Institute for Physics of Materials, PO Box MG 7, 77125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Schinteie, G [National Institute for Physics of Materials, PO Box MG 7, 77125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Sahoo, B [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen Lotharstrasse 65, D-47048, Duisburg (Germany); Keune, W [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen Lotharstrasse 65, D-47048, Duisburg (Germany); Bica, D [Romanian-Academy-Timisoara Branch, Center for Advanced and Fundamental Technical Research, Mihai Viteazal Nr. 23, 300223, Timisoara (Romania); Vekas, L [Romanian-Academy-Timisoara Branch, Center for Advanced and Fundamental Technical Research, Mihai Viteazal Nr. 23, 300223, Timisoara (Romania); Filoti, G [National Institute for Physics of Materials, PO Box MG 7, 77125, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

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    Various samples of ferrofluids consisting of colloidal suspensions of surfacted cobalt ferrite or magnetite nanoparticles in water were studied by x-ray diffraction and temperature dependent Moessbauer spectroscopy. Information about the particle mean size, the size dispersion and the effective magnetic anisotropy energy was obtained for each sample. The results are consistent with the formation of a magnetic dead layer at the particle surface, whose thickness depends on the surfactant-ferrite combination. The magnetic relaxation processes are faster in the colloidal suspensions of magnetite particles as compared with the suspensions of cobalt ferrite particles. The type of the surfactant also influences the magnetic relaxation behaviour, and hence the macroscopic properties of the ferrofluid at ambient temperature.

  7. A comparative study based on dosimetric properties of different sugars

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    Measurements of free radical densities in sugar by electron spin resonance (ESR) constitute a useful method for determining the dose received in the case of accidental irradiation because this material retains its radiation history. The aim of this work is to establish methods for practical dose assessment of people involved in ionising irradiation accidents, using two types of sugar: sucrose and dextrose. In this regard, practical considerations of sample preparation, grain size, ESR spectrum and spurious mechanical-induced ESR signal are discussed. Also presented are results for signal reproducibility, radiation response, signal stability and low-dose values. Studies on irradiated samples were carried out to explain the complex spectra derived from different paramagnetic species

  8. Studies of base catalyzed transesterification of karanja oil

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    Naveenji Arun, Muthukumaran Sampath, S.Siddharth, Prasaanth R.A

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Karanja oil methyl ester was synthesized by the transesterification of karanja oil with methanol using potassium hydroxide as catalyst. The reaction was carried out at 55°C for 1 hour. The reactants were continuously stirred with speed ranging from 250-650 rpm. The acid value of oil was found to be 18.62 mg KOH/g of oil. Influence of parameters like water content (%, oil flow rate (ml/min and effect of stirring speed (rpm were investigated by varying these parameters in 5 levels and a design for performing the experiments was developed using Minitab and Design-Expert. An approach has been made to study the pressure and velocity changes when the reactants flow through the inlet and outlet pipes. Glycerol being insoluble remained in the reactor and the conversion was found by testing the ester using Gas Chromatography and also by analyzing the acidity of the samples.

  9. Study on Microstructure of Alumina Based Rare Earth Ceramic Composite

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    2006-01-01

    Analysis techniques such as SEM, TEM and EDAX were used to investigate the microstructure of rare earth reinforced Al2O3/(W, Ti)C ceramic composite. Chemical and physical compatibility of the composite was analyzed and interfacial microstructure was studied in detail. It is found that both Al2O3 and (W, Ti)C phases are interlaced with each other to form the skeleton structure in the composite. A small amount of pores and glass phases are observed inside the material which will inevitably influence the physical and mechanical property of the composite. Thermal residual stresses resulted from thermal expansion mismatch can then lead to the emergence of dislocations and microcracks. Interfaces and boundaries of different types are found to exist inside the Al2O3/(W, Ti)C rare earth ceramic composite, which is concerned with the addition of rare earth element and the extent of solid solution of ceramic phases.

  10. Pathological and Molecular Based Study of Naturally Occurring Lentivirus Infection

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    Fazal Mahmood*, Ahrar Khan, Muhammad Zargham Khan, Riaz Hussain1, Shafia Tehseen Gul and Abu Baker Siddique2

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The present study describes the multicentric lymphosarcoma associated with lymphoid interstitial pneumonia in indigenous breeds of sheep and goats in Pakistan. Serum samples from sheep (n=93 and goats (n=129 were screened for ovine lentivirus using agar gel immunodiffusion test. Overall, 7.52 and 3.87% seroprevalence was recorded in sheep and goat, respectively. During necropsy of sheep (n=3 and goats (n=4, gross lesions including dark color liver with multifocal whitish areas, unilaterally lungs consolidation with granular appearance of cut surface were observed. Mediastinal lymph nodes were swollen and arranged in chain like fashion. Histopathologically, liver parenchyma exhibited extensive proliferation of neoplastic cells of lymphocytic series. Metastatic cells in the form of follicular pattern in the lungs, spleen and mediastinal lymph nodes were also observed. Brain tissue exhibited degenerative changes in the neuron and perivascular cuffing. The PCR product size approximately 300 bp from lung tissue confirmed viral infection.

  11. Study on the CO Oxidation over Ceria-Based Nanocatalysts.

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    Piumetti, Marco; Andana, Tahrizi; Bensaid, Samir; Russo, Nunzio; Fino, Debora; Pirone, Raffaele

    2016-12-01

    A series of ceria nanocatalysts have been prepared to study the structure dependency of the CO oxidation reaction. The ceria samples with well-defined nanostructures (nanocubes/Ce-NC and nanorods/Ce-NR) have been prepared using the hydrothermal method. Mesoporous ceria (Ce-MES) and ceria synthesized with solution combustion technique (Ce-SCS) have also been prepared for comparison. The lowest CO oxidation temperature has been reached by using ceria nanocubes (Ce-NC). This high activity draws immense contributions from the highly reactive (100) and (110) surfaces of the truncated nanocubes. The Ce-MES and Ce-SCS samples, despite their high surface areas, are unable to outdo the activity of Ce-NC and Ce-NR due to the abundant presence of (111) crystalline planes. This finding confirms the structure sensitivity of CO oxidation reaction catalyzed with ceria. PMID:27009532

  12. Genetic diversity studies of Kherigarh cattle based on microsatellite markers

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    A. K. Pandey; Rekha Sharma; Yatender Singh; B. B. Prakash; S. P. S. Ahlawat

    2006-08-01

    We report a genetic diversity study of Kherigarh cattle, a utility draught-purpose breed of India, currently declining at a startling rate, by use of microsatellite markers recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Microsatellite genotypes were derived, and allelic and genotypic frequencies, heterozygosities and gene diversity were estimated. A total of 131 alleles were distinguished by the 21 microsatellite markers used. All the microsatellites were highly polymorphic, with mean (± s.e.) allelic number of 6.24 ± 1.7, ranging 4–10 per locus. The observed heterozygosity in the population ranged between 0.261 and 0.809, with mean (± s.e.) of 0.574 ± 0.131, indicating considerable genetic variation in this population. Genetic bottleneck hypotheses were also explored. Our data suggest that the Kherigarh breed has not experienced a genetic bottleneck in the recent past.

  13. Study on optimization control method based on artificial neural network

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    FU Hua; SUN Shao-guang; XU Zhen-Iiang

    2005-01-01

    In the goal optimization and control optimization process the problems with common artificial neural network algorithm are unsure convergence, insufficient post-training network precision, and slow training speed, in which partial minimum value question tends to occur. This paper conducted an in-depth study on the causes of the limitations of the algorithm, presented a rapid artificial neural network algorithm, which is characterized by integrating multiple algorithms and by using their complementary advantages. The salient feature of the method is self-organization, which can effectively prevent the optimized results from tending to be partial minimum values. Overall optimization can be achieved with this method, goal function can be searched for in overall scope. With optimization control of coal mine ventilator as a practical application, the paper proves that by integrating multiple artificial neural network algorithms, best control optimization and goal optimized can be achieved.

  14. NMR study of starch based polymer gel electrolytes: Humidity effects

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    In this work, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) was used to study the effect of water absorption in polymer gel electrolytes formed by amylopectin rich starch, plasticized with glycerol and containing lithium perchlorate. The position of the 7Li spin-lattice relaxation rate maximum is shifted progressively towards lower temperatures with increasing hydration, reflecting an increase of the lithium mobility. The mechanism responsible for the spin-lattice relaxation of the 7Li nuclei in the gel electrolytes are the fluctuations of the quadrupolar interaction due to the lithium motions. The 7Li relaxation results of the gel electrolyte hydrated with 2.2 water per complex unit suggest that the lithium ions are almost decoupled from the polymer chain and coordinate, hence preferring the water molecules

  15. Seroepidemiololgy of rickettsioses in Sri Lanka: a patient based study

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    Liyanapathirana Veranja

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rickettsioses are emerging infections in Sri Lanka as shown by the increase in the number of clinically diagnosed rickettsial patients being reported to the Epidemiology Unit, Sri Lanka. However, mapping the disease for the whole island with laboratory confirmed cases has not been previously carried out. Methods 615 samples received from 23 hospital representing 8 provinces were tested using ELISA or IFA methods and clinical data was collected using a validated questionnaire. Results Rash was found among more spotted fever seropositive patients than scrub typhus seropositive patients while the opposite was true for the presence of eschar. Spotted fever and scrub typhus was found in a geographically restricted manner. Consistent temporal patterns were seen for the presentation of patients with rickettsioses in Kandy and Kurunegala districts for 2009 and 2010. Conclusions This study expanded knowledge on the distribution of rickettsioses in Sri Lanka and their clinical profiles which in turn helps in the clinical diagnosis of these infections.

  16. Foam Concrete Performance Study Based on Experimental Analysis

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    Yu Chuan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, it studies the effect of the water-cement ratio, fly ash, PP fiber and high-performance expansion agent on the mechanical property and contractility of the foam concrete through experiments. The results of the experiment show that in the middle-late stages of hydration, the foam concrete shows the characteristic of contraction; when the water-cement ratio is between 0.3 to 0.5, the greater the ratio is, the smaller the contraction of foam concrete will be; when the water-cement ratio is greater than 0.5 or less than 0.2, the contraction amount of 28 d decreases. Fibers in random distribution may slightly reduce the shrinkage of foam concrete; while a certain content of expander can effectively compensate for the deformation shrinkage of foam concrete, and even realize no shrinkage in the early stage of hydration.

  17. Factors affecting outdoor exposure in winter: population-based study

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    Mäkinen, Tiina M.; Raatikka, Veli-Pekka; Rytkönen, Mika; Jokelainen, Jari; Rintamäki, Hannu; Ruuhela, Reija; Näyhä, Simo; Hassi, Juhani

    2006-09-01

    The extent of outdoor exposure during winter and factors affecting it were examined in a cross-sectional population study in Finland. Men and women aged 25-74 years from the National FINRISK 2002 sub-study ( n=6,591) were queried about their average weekly occupational, leisure-time and total cold exposure during the past winter. The effects of gender, age, area of residence, occupation, ambient temperature, self-rated health, physical activity and education on cold exposure were analysed. The self-reported median total cold exposure time was 7 h/week (8 h men, 6 h women),leisure time and 1 h/week (1 h men, 1.5 h women) while commuting to work. Factors associated with increased occupational cold exposure among men were: being employed in agriculture, forestry and industry/mining/construction or related occupations, being less educated and being aged 55-64 years. Factors associated with increased leisure-time cold exposure among men were: employment in industry/mining/construction or related occupations, being a pensioner or unemployed, reporting at least average health, being physically active and having college or vocational education. Among women, being a housewife, pensioner or unemployed and engaged in physical activity increased leisure-time cold exposure, and young women were more exposed than older ones. Self-rated health was positively associated with leisure time cold exposure in men and only to a minor extent in women. In conclusion, the subjects reported spending 4% of their total time under cold exposure, most of it (71%) during leisure time. Both occupational and leisure-time cold exposure is greater among men than women.

  18. [IR and Raman spectra studies of Rotundine based on DFT].

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    Li, Jun-Ping; Zhou, Guang-Ming; Zhang, Li-Jun; Cheng, Hong-Mei; Qin, Hong-Ying

    2014-11-01

    Infrared spectroscopy (IR), the normal Raman spectroscopy (NRS) and the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) in new Ag/Cu nanomaterial of Rotundine were studied in the present paper. The IR and the NRS of Rotundine were calculated by the density functional theory (DFT) using B3LYP/6-311+G(d, p), then the spectral intensity graph of Rotundine were given. The vibrational peaks were assigned comprehensively by the visualization software of Gauss view 5. 0. Rotundine has obvious infrared and Raman vibrational peak in the wave number range of 3 300-2500 and 1 800-600 cm(-1). SnCl2 and PVP was used as capping agent for the silver nanoparticles in SERS of Rotundine. Finally, by using the method of cyclic immersion well dispersed silver nanoparticles was obtained and achieved good enhancement effect. This molecule acquired strong selective enhancement vibration peak, In the wave number ranges of 1 500-1 400 and 1 000-700 cm(-1) the enhancement effect is most obvious. After analyzed, the methylene of this molecule is adsorbed on the silver nanoparticles surface and the angle between the benzene ring and the silver substrate is close to 90 degrees. The theoretically calculated spectra of Rotundine are consistent with the obtained experimental spectra. There are some differences may be due to the interaction forces between molecules and so on. The visualization software displayed the structure characteristics and molecular group vibration of this molecular visually and provided important basis for assigning the vibrational peaks. Rotundine is an important traditional Chinese medicine agent contained in many kinds of sedative drugs. The study provides a strong basis for the rapid, feature and trace identification of Rotundine and also supplies important reference for the biological role of central inhibition of analgesic drugs. PMID:25752044

  19. Resampling-based approaches to study variation in morphological modularity.

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    Carmelo Fruciano

    Full Text Available Modularity has been suggested to be connected to evolvability because a higher degree of independence among parts allows them to evolve as separate units. Recently, the Escoufier RV coefficient has been proposed as a measure of the degree of integration between modules in multivariate morphometric datasets. However, it has been shown, using randomly simulated datasets, that the value of the RV coefficient depends on sample size. Also, so far there is no statistical test for the difference in the RV coefficient between a priori defined groups of observations. Here, we (1, using a rarefaction analysis, show that the value of the RV coefficient depends on sample size also in real geometric morphometric datasets; (2 propose a permutation procedure to test for the difference in the RV coefficient between a priori defined groups of observations; (3 show, through simulations, that such a permutation procedure has an appropriate Type I error; (4 suggest that a rarefaction procedure could be used to obtain sample-size-corrected values of the RV coefficient; and (5 propose a nearest-neighbor procedure that could be used when studying the variation of modularity in geographic space. The approaches outlined here, readily extendable to non-morphometric datasets, allow study of the variation in the degree of integration between a priori defined modules. A Java application--that will allow performance of the proposed test using a software with graphical user interface--has also been developed and is available at the Morphometrics at Stony Brook Web page (http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/morph/.

  20. Studies on Perovskite-Based Electrodes for Symmetrical SOFCs

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    Dos Santos García, A. J.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The use of the same material as anode and cathode in symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SFCs promises notable benefits as easier fabrication, hence lower cost production and resistance to carbon formation upon fuel cracking. Although chromites and chromo-manganites have been proposed as candidate electrode materials for this novel SOFC configuration, demonstrating promising performances, further work is required to develop compositions exhibiting higher efficiencies. In the present work we evaluate the structural evolution from cubic to orthorhombic unit cells with increasing the Fe content and the performance of La4Sr8Ti12-xFexO38-δ (LSTF phases and compare their response with other symmetrical electrodes. The electrochemical performance is 20% higher when using graded LSTF electrodes than in other perovskite-based systems.

    La utilización simultánea de un mismo material cerámico como ánodo y cátodo en pilas de combustible de óxido sólido simétricas (SFCs aporta una serie de beneficios entre los que figura una fabricación más sencilla, reducción de los costes de producción, así como resistencia a la formación de depósitos de carbón por craqueo del combustible. Recientemente, cromitas y cromomanganitas han sido propuestos como materiales capaces de adoptar esta novedosa configuración SOFC y, si bien los resultados obtenidos son prometedores, se requiere de una mayor investigación para el desarrollo de nuevas composiciones que presenten eficiencias más elevadas. En el presente trabajo, se evalúan la evolución de la estructura desde celdas cúbicas a ortorrómbicas al aumentar el contenido en Fe y las prestaciones del sistema La4Sr8Ti12-xFexO38-δ (LSTF y se compara su respuesta con otros electrodos simétricos, observándose que el rendimiento es hasta un 20% mayor en el caso de emplear electrodos LSTF que en

  1. Systematic quantum chemical study of DNA-base tautomers.

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    Piacenza, M; Grimme, S

    2004-01-15

    The relative energies of the energetically low-lying tautomers of pyridone, cytosine, uracil, thymine, guanine, and iso-cytosine are studied by a variety of different quantum chemical methods. In particular, we employ density functional theory (DFT) using the six functionals HCTH407, PBE, BP86, B-LYP, B3-LYP, and BH-LYP, and the ab initio methods Hartree-Fock (HF), standard second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), an improved version of it (SCS-MP2), and quadratic configuration interaction including single and double excitations (QCISD) and perturbative triple corrections [QCISD(T)]. A detailed basis set study is performed for the formamide/formamidic acid tautomeric pair. In general, large AO basis sets of at least valence triple-zeta quality including f-functions (TZV) are employed, which are found to be necessary for an accurate energetic description of the various structures. The performance of the more approximate methods is evaluated with QCISD(T)/TZV(2df,2dp) data taken as reference. In general it is found that DFT is not an appropriate method for the problem. For the tautomers of pyridone and cytosine, most density functionals, including the popular B3-LYP hybrid, predict a wrong energetic order, and only for guanine, the correct sequence of tautomers is obtained with all functionals. Out of the density functionals tested, BH-LYP, which includes a rather large fraction of HF exchange, performs best. A consistent description of the nonaromatic versus aromatic tautomers seems to be a general problem especially for pure, nonhybrid functionals. Tentatively, this could be assigned to the exchange potentials used while the functional itself, including the correlation part, seems to be appropriate. Out of the ab initio methods tested, the new SCS-MP2 approach seems to perform best because it effectively reduces some outliers obtained with standard MP2. It outperforms the much more costly QCISD method and seems to be a very good compromise between

  2. Solar cells based on GaAs: Thermal behavior study

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    Giudicelli, Emmanuel; Martaj, Nadia; Bennacer, Rachid; Dollet, Alain; Perona, Arnaud; Pincemin, Sandrine; Cuminal, Yvan

    2016-03-01

    Current CPV electricity costs are still higher than those of conventional PV (thin films or silicon). This is due to additional components (tracker, Fresnel lens, optical guide…) required for CPV and to a lesser extent, to the very high price of III-V multi-junction solar cells. One way to lower CPV costs is to reduce the size of solar cells and operate at higher concentration [1]. One of the main potential limitations for the use of PV cells at very high solar concentration is cell overheating. The goal of this work is to study and better understand the thermal behavior of PV cells in high solar concentrations conditions (˜ 2000 suns). For that purpose, we have designed and prepared PV cells with platinum resistors included. Temperature measurements performed on these cells in real solar concentration conditions have allowed us to validate thermal simulations of our devices that could be used to optimize the thermal management of the cell under high concentration. At the request of the authors of the paper, an updated version of this article was published on 31 March 2016. In the original article supplied to AIP Publishing an author was omitted as well as a credit line on the last page. These errors have been corrected in the updated republished article.

  3. HIV awareness in Pakistan:A survey-based study

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    AftabAhmad; SadiaAshraf; Abraisham Fatima; Aamina Shah; Samia Saleem; Sheharbano; AneelaYasmeen

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To know the awareness level of Pakistani population about AIDS. Methods: An online survey was conducted in Pakistan with the help of a questionnaire formulated by experts to record the awareness level of common people about HIV infection. The responses were collected and screened by the team of National Academy of Young Scientists, Pakistan. Results: Among the 580 participants of the survey, majorities were male, in the age group of 20–30 years and were living in urban areas. More than 80% of responders did not ever screen themselves for HIV and close to 40% were not aware that where to go for screening. Although, majority of the respondents knew about the nature of disease, they were not fully aware about different tests, treatment, duration of infection and vaccination. According to participants, television and internet were major source of information about AIDS and this disease can be prevented in Pakistan through public awareness. Conclusions: Since majority of the respondents were not fully aware about the disease and its mode of transmission, there should be print and electronic media campaigns as well as workshops and seminars to educate the common public. In addition, a national level prevalence study will be very helpful to know the exact prevalence of HIV in Pakistan and its major routes of transmission.

  4. New techniques in ground-based ionospheric sounding and studies

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    Reinisch, Bodo W.

    1986-05-01

    Rapid progress in the integrated circuit market has led to new advanced techniques in the remote probing of the ionosphere with HF radio waves. The classical ionosonde which measured virtual height as a function of frequency expanded into a geophysical research tool by measuring all the observables contained in the electromagnetic signals reflected from the ionosphere: amplitude, phase, Doppler, incidence angle, and polarization. A receiving antenna array and high speed digital processing provide the desired spatial and temporal resolution. The current emphasis is on both the on-line and off-line postprocessing of the multiparameter ionogram data to extract the geophysically important ionospheric characteristics: the vertical electron density profiles, horizontal gradients (tilts and waves), plasma drift, the mid-latitude F region trough, and auroral and equatorial spread F. Digital ionosonds deployed in the polar cap and the auroral zone have helped to obtain a better understanding of some of the high-latitude features, and measurements of the equatorial spread F have shown the development and motion of the F region bubbles. HF coherent radar techniques for studying ionospheric irregularity structures measure the velocity of irregularities with scale sizes of one half the radio wavelength. They have mainly been used in the northern auroral zone.

  5. Electrochemical studies on zirconium phosphoborate based heterogeneous membranes

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    SANDEEP KAUSHAL

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Electrode potential measurements have been applied to study electrical characteristics like transport numbers, permselectivity & fixed charged density of zirconium phosphoborate ion exchange membranes. The potential measurements were made across the cation exchange membrane maintained at 27±0.1 °C, using halide and nitrate salts of alkali and alkaline earth metals as electrolytes. The membrane potentials, transport numbers and permselectivity values increase with increase in average concentration from 0.0055 M to 0.0495 M for 1:1 and 1:2 electrolytes. With the increase in concentration of the electrolyte, the number of counter ions interacting with the membrane surface increases leading to enhanced Donnan exclusion responsible for the increase of transport numbers. Fixed charge density of the membrane (X for 1:2 electrolytes is higher in magnitude than for 1:1 electrolytes indicating that the cation exchange is taking place as hydrated species. This hypothesis is supported by higher transport numbers for alkaline earth metal ions than alkali metal ions throughout the range of concentration.

  6. Infrared thermography based studies on mobile phone induced heating

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    Lahiri, B. B.; Bagavathiappan, S.; Soumya, C.; Jayakumar, T.; Philip, John

    2015-07-01

    Here, we report the skin temperature rise due to the absorption of radio frequency (RF) energy from three handheld mobile phones using infrared thermography technique. Experiments are performed under two different conditions, viz. when the mobile phones are placed in soft touch with the skin surface and away from the skin surface. Additionally, the temperature rise of mobile phones during charging, operation and simultaneous charging and talking are monitored under different exposure conditions. It is observed that the temperature of the cheek and ear regions monotonically increased with time during the usage of mobile phones and the magnitude of the temperature rise is higher for the mobile phone with higher specific absorption rate. The increase in skin temperature is higher when the mobile phones are in contact with the skin surface due to the combined effect of absorption of RF electromagnetic power and conductive heat transfer. The increase in the skin temperature in non-contact mode is found to be within the safety limit of 1 °C. The measured temperature rise is in good agreement with theoretical predictions. The empirical equation obtained from the temperature rise on the cheek region of the subjects correlates well with the specific absorption rate of the mobile phones. Our study suggests that the use of mobile phones in non-contact mode can significantly lower the skin temperature rise during its use and hence, is safer compared to the contact mode.

  7. Study of a nTHGEM-based thermal neutron detector

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    Li, Ke; Zhou, Jian-Rong; Wang, Xiao-Dong; Xiong, Tao; Zhang, Ying; Xie, Yu-Guang; Zhou, Liang; Xu, Hong; Yang, Gui-An; Wang, Yan-Feng; Wang, Yan; Wu, Jin-Jie; Sun, Zhi-Jia; Hu, Bi-Tao

    2016-07-01

    With new generation neutron sources, traditional neutron detectors cannot satisfy the demands of the applications, especially under high flux. Furthermore, facing the global crisis in 3He gas supply, research on new types of neutron detector as an alternative to 3He is a research hotspot in the field of particle detection. GEM (Gaseous Electron Multiplier) neutron detectors have high counting rate, good spatial and time resolution, and could be one future direction of the development of neutron detectors. In this paper, the physical process of neutron detection is simulated with Geant4 code, studying the relations between thermal conversion efficiency, boron thickness and number of boron layers. Due to the special characteristics of neutron detection, we have developed a novel type of special ceramic nTHGEM (neutron THick GEM) for neutron detection. The performance of the nTHGEM working in different Ar/CO2 mixtures is presented, including measurements of the gain and the count rate plateau using a copper target X-ray source. A detector with a single nTHGEM has been tested for 2-D imaging using a 252Cf neutron source. The key parameters of the performance of the nTHGEM detector have been obtained, providing necessary experimental data as a reference for further research on this detector. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11127508, 11175199, 11205253, 11405191), Key Laboratory of Neutron Physics, CAEP (2013DB06, 2013BB04) and CAS (YZ201512)

  8. Holt Oram syndrome: a registry-based study in Europe

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    Barisic, Ingeborg; Boban, Ljubica; Greenlees, Ruth; Garne, Ester; Wellesley, Diana; Calzolari, Elisa; Addor, Marie-Claude; Arriola, Larraitz; Bergman, Jorieke Eh; Braz, Paula; Budd, Judith Ls; Gatt, Miriam; Haeusler, Martin; Khoshnood, Babak; Klungsoyr, Kari; McDonnell, Bob; Nelen, Vera; Pierini, Anna; Queisser-Wahrendorf, Annette; Rankin, Judith; Rissmann, Anke; Rounding, Catherine; Tucker, David; Verellen-Dumoulin, Christine; Dolk, Helen

    2014-01-01

    prenatally, 55.4% (36/65) at birth, 10.7% (7/65) in the first week of life, and 3.1% (2/65) in the first year of life. The prenatal detection rate was 39.2% (20/51), with no significant change over the study period. In 55% (11/20) of prenatally detected cases, parents decided to terminate pregnancy. Thumb...... anomalies were reported in all cases. Agenesis/hypoplasia of radius was present in 49.2% (30/61), ulnar aplasia/hypoplasia in 24.6% (15/61) and humerus hypoplasia/phocomelia in 42.6% (26/61) of patients. Congenital heart defects (CHD) were recorded in 78.7% (48/61) of patients. Isolated septal defects were...... present in 54.2 (26/48), while 25% (12/48) of patients had complex/severe CHD. The mean prevalence of HOS diagnosed prenatally or in the early years of life in European registries was 0.7 per 100,000 births or 1:135,615 births. CONCLUSIONS: HOS is a rare genetic condition showing regional variation in its...

  9. Birth order and mortality: a population-based cohort study.

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    Barclay, Kieron; Kolk, Martin

    2015-04-01

    This study uses Swedish population register data to investigate the relationship between birth order and mortality at ages 30 to 69 for Swedish cohorts born between 1938 and 1960, using a within-family comparison. The main analyses are conducted with discrete-time survival analysis using a within-family comparison, and the estimates are adjusted for age, mother's age at the time of birth, and cohort. Focusing on sibships ranging in size from two to six, we find that mortality risk in adulthood increases with later birth order. The results show that the relative effect of birth order is greater among women than among men. This pattern is consistent for all the major causes of death but is particularly pronounced for mortality attributable to cancers of the respiratory system and to external causes. Further analyses in which we adjust for adult socioeconomic status and adult educational attainment suggest that social pathways only mediate the relationship between birth order and mortality risk in adulthood to a limited degree. PMID:25777302

  10. Study on Optical System Based on Synthetic Aperture Technology

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    In order to theoretical and application research in depth on synthetic aperture technology, an optical imaging system was designed. This paper describes the optical system with emphasis on the primary mirror adjusting structure, system stiffness, and temperature effect. Using high precision adjusting structure, the primary mirror is synthesized by three segment mirrors. Angle adjusting structure of each segment mirror has 2 DOF, and is realized by flexible hinge, which not only ensures the simplicity, but the stability and precision as well. A virtual prototype of the angle adjusting structure, which was built by ADAMS and ANSYS, and was simulated, results show that the flexible hinge is reasonable. System stiffness is very important to high precision optical system, especially the flexible hinge, which would reduce system stiffness. Frequency analysis indicates that the primary mirror's frequency is 235.72 Hz, which is stable. The effect of environment temperature fluctuation on the system was studied. Suitable material can reduce thermal stress effect on the mirror. Temperature compensation is also used to solve position changes of mirrors. Prototype test shows that the system is reasonable, which successfully satisfies the requirement of the synthetic aperture technology

  11. Simulation Studies on Switching Table based DTC and Fuzzy Rule based DTC for Three-Phase Squirrel Cage Induction Motor

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    P. R. Tripathy; B. P. Panigrahi

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a study of Switching Table Direct Torque Control (ST-DTC) and Fuzzy Rule based Direct Torque Control (FR-DTC) in case of a three phase induction motor. The hysteresis band and the switching table used in the ST-DTC scheme have been replaced by a Fuzzy Rule based controller in the FR-DTC. Results show that the FR-DTC method provides better transient performance compared to the ST-DTC method.

  12. Study of some ceramic systems based on silicium oxide

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    Increased interest in glass-ceramics arises from their potential applications. Comparatively with ordinary ceramics, gel-derived ceramics offer the advantage of good chemical homogeneity and purity and a better control of physical and chemical properties. Also, gel-derived glass-ceramics can be obtained at lower temperatures. In this paper the 0.15Gd2O30.85(0.95SiO20.05Na2O) gel-derived glass-ceramic and 0.95SiO-20.05Na2O gel-derived ceramic heat treated at 250 deg. C, 500 deg. C and 1000 deg. C were studied by X -ray diffraction, IR spectroscopic and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Samples of 0.15Gd2O30.85(0.95SiO20.05Na2O) composition and of 0.95SiO20.05Na2O composition were prepared starting from tetraethoxysilane (99.9% purity) as source of silica, natrium peroxide and gadolinium oxide. Gd2O3 (99.99% purity) and Na2O2 (99,95% purity) were purchased from Aldrich and Merck, respectively. The X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out on a DRON 3 diffractometer using CuKα radiation. The diffraction patterns were compared to standard patterns for phase's identification. Infrared absorption spectra were measured at room temperature (∼20 deg. C) in the range 4000-400 cm-1 with a resolution of 4 cm-1 by an infrared spectrophotometer type FT-IR Vector 25 Brucker using the KBr pellet technique. Magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed using a Weiss type magnetic balance in the temperature range 80-300 K. The accuracy of the temperature control was less than ±0.1 K over the whole range and the overall accuracy of the measurements of magnetic moment was less than ±0.5%. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the all samples, points out that the heat-treatment has a great importance for the evolution of the crystallisation process. The presence of the gadolinium oxide in the 0.95SiO20.05Na2O matrix slows down this process. The IR spectra of the studied samples reveal the following main features of the silicate chains: a sharp absorption band at 465

  13. A study of uranium-based multilayers: II. Magnetic properties

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    Springell, R; Zochowski, S W [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Ward, R C C; Wells, M R [Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom); Brown, S D; Bouchenoire, L; Wilhelm, F; Stirling, W G [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP220, F-38043 Grenoble Cedex 09 (France); Langridge, S [ISIS, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Lander, G H [European Commission, JRC, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, Karslruhe, D-76125 (Germany)], E-mail: ross.springell@esrf.fr

    2008-05-28

    SQUID magnetometry and polarized neutron reflectivity (PNR) measurements have been employed to characterize the magnetic properties of U/Fe, U/Co and U/Gd multilayers. The field dependence of the magnetization was measured at 10 K in magnetic fields up to 70 kOe. A reduction in the magnetic moment was found for all systems. Magnetic 'dead' layers of {approx}15 A were determined for U/Fe and U/Co samples, indicative of chemically diffuse interfaces. For very thick layers, magnetic moments close to the bulk values were expected. For the U/Gd system, a large reduction in the magnetic moment, constant over a wide range of Gd layer thicknesses, was found ({approx}4 {mu}{sub B} compared with 7.63 {mu}{sub B} for the bulk metal). A possible explanation for this behaviour, consistent with observations of the structure of these multilayers, is that the Gd moments are pinned at the boundaries of column-like crystallites within the Gd layers. A study of the effective anisotropy and of a finite-size scaling behaviour of the U/Gd system is also presented. PNR data were collected in a field of 4.4 kOe for U/Fe and U/Co samples (at room temperature) and for U/Gd samples (at 10 K). Model calculations of the reflectivities used inputs extracted from the structural survey carried out on these systems, combined with data from the bulk magnetization measurements.

  14. A Thematic Review of Studies into the Effectiveness of Context-Based Chemistry Curricula

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    Ültay, Neslihan; Çalık, Muammer

    2012-12-01

    Context-based chemistry education aims at making connections between real life and the scientific content of chemistry courses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate context-based chemistry studies. In looking for the context-based chemistry studies, the authors entered the keywords `context-based', `contextual learning' and `chemistry education' in well-known databases (i.e. Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete, ERIC, Springer LINK Contemporary). Further, in case the computer search by key words may have missed a rather substantial part of the important literature in the area, the authors also conducted a hand search of the related journals. To present a detailed thematic review of context-based chemistry studies, a matrix was used to summarize the findings by focusing on insights derived from the related studies. The matrix incorporates the following themes: needs, aims, methodologies, general knowledge claims, and implications for teaching and learning, implications for curriculum development and suggestions for future research. The general knowledge claims investigated in this paper were: (a) positive effects of the context-based chemistry studies; (b) caveats, both are examined in terms of students' attitudes and students' understanding/cognition. Implications were investigated for practice in context- based chemistry studies, for future research in context- based chemistry studies, and for curriculum developers in context- based chemistry studies. Teachers of context-based courses claimed that the application of the context-based learning approach in chemistry education improved students' motivation and interest in the subject. This seems to have generated an increase in the number of the students who wish to continue chemistry education at higher levels. However, despite the fact that the majority of the studies have reported advantages of context-based chemistry studies, some of them have also referred to pitfalls, i.e. dominant

  15. The study of electrical conductivity and diffusion behavior of water-based and ferro/ferricyanide-electrolyte-based alumina nanofluids.

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    Liu, Chang; Lee, Hyeonseok; Chang, Ya-Huei; Feng, Shien-Ping

    2016-05-01

    Nanofluids are liquids containing suspensions of solid nanoparticles and have attracted considerable attention because they undergo substantial mass transfer and have many potential applications in energy technologies. Most studies on nanofluids have used low-ionic-strength solutions, such as water and ethanol. However, very few studies have used high-ionic-strength solutions because the aggregation and sedimentation of nanoparticles cause a stability problem. In this study, a stable water-based alumina nanofluid was prepared using stirred bead milling and exhibits a high electrical conductivity of 2420μS/cm at 23°C and excellent stability after five severe freezing-melting cycles. We then developed a process for mixing the water-based nanofluid with a high-ionic-strength potassium ferro/ferricyanide electrolyte and sodium dodecyl sulfate by using stirred bead milling and ultrasonication, thus forming a stable electrolyte-based nanofluid. According to the rotating disk electrode study, the electrolyte-based alumina nanofluid exhibits an unusual increase in the limiting current at high angular velocities, resulting from a combination of local percolation behavior and shear-induced diffusion. The electrolyte-based alumina nanofluid was demonstrated in a possible thermogalvanic application, since it is considered to be an alternative electrolyte for thermal energy harvesters because of the increased electrical conductivity and confined value of thermal conductivity. PMID:26866885

  16. Testing for direct genetic effects using a screening step in family-based association studies

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    Sharon M Lutz

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In genome wide association studies (GWAS, families based studies tend to have less power to detect genetic associations than population based studies, such as case-control studies. This can be an issue when testing if genes in a family based GWAS have a direct effect on the phenotype of interest or if the genes act indirectly through a secondary phenotype. When multiple SNPs are tested for a direct effect in the family based study, a screening step can be used to minimize the burden of multiple comparisons in the causal analysis. We propose a 2-stage screening step that can be incorporated into the family based association test (FBAT approach similar to the conditional mean model approach in the VanSteen-algorithm [1]. Simulations demonstrate that the type 1 error is preserved and this method is advantageous when multiple markers are tested. This method is illustrated by an application to the Framingham Heart Study.

  17. Methods and background characteristics of the TOHNN study: a population-based study of oral health conditions in northern Norway

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    Holde, Gro Eirin; Oscarson, Nils; Tillberg, Anders; Marstrander, Peter; Jönsson, Birgitta

    2016-01-01

    Objectives. The aim of the Tromstannen – Oral Health in Northern Norway (TOHNN) study was to investigate oral health and dental-related diseases in an adult population. This article provides an overview of the background of the study and a description of the sample characteristics and methods employed in data collection.Study design. Cross-sectional population-based study including a questionnaire and clinical dental examination.Methods. A randomly selected sample of 2,909 individuals (20–79 ...

  18. Animal products, calcium and protein and prostate cancer risk in the Netherlands Cohort Study

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    Schuurman, A.G.; Brandt, P.A. van den; Dorant, E.; R. A. Goldbohm

    1999-01-01

    Prostate cancer risk in relation to consumption of animal products, and intake of calcium and protein was investigated in the Netherlands Cohort Study. At baseline in 1986, 58 279 men aged 55–69 years completed a self-administered 150-item food frequency questionnaire and a questionnaire on other risk factors for cancer. After 6.3 years of follow-up, 642 prostate cancer cases were available for analysis. In multivariate case-cohort analyses adjusted for age, family history of prostate cancer ...

  19. Intake of nitrate and nitrite and the risk of gastric cancer: a prospective cohort study.

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    Loon, A.J.M. van; Botterweck, A.A.M.; Goldbohm, R. A.; Brants, H.A.M.; van Klaveren, J.D.; van den Brandt, P.A.

    1998-01-01

    The association between the intake of nitrate or nitrite and gastric cancer risk was investigated in a prospective cohort study started in 1986 in the Netherlands, of 120,852 men and women aged 55-69 years. At baseline, data on dietary intake, smoking habits and other covariates were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. For data analysis, a case-cohort approach was used, in which the person-years at risk were estimated from a randomly selected subcohort (1688 men and 1812 ...

  20. A Study on New Approach for International Cooperation with IAEA Based on Result Based Approach (RBA)

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    Oh, Keun-Bae; Yang, M. H.; Lee, H. M.; Lee, B. W.; Ko, H. S.; Ryu, J. S.; Kim, K. P.; Jun, P. I

    2006-05-15

    IAEA introduced RBA in 2001 in order to demonstrate clearly how the IAEA's programs and activities make a difference and yield tangible benefits to Member States of the IAEA. In this RBA, program formulation follows a sequence of steps intended to ensure that the program is designed to meet the needs of Member States of the IAEA and makes the best use and enhancement of the IAEA's potential. It is recommended that the relevant government body and organization is needed to take action on the recommendations of this study.

  1. A Study on New Approach for International Cooperation with IAEA Based on Result Based Approach (RBA)

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    IAEA introduced RBA in 2001 in order to demonstrate clearly how the IAEA's programs and activities make a difference and yield tangible benefits to Member States of the IAEA. In this RBA, program formulation follows a sequence of steps intended to ensure that the program is designed to meet the needs of Member States of the IAEA and makes the best use and enhancement of the IAEA's potential. It is recommended that the relevant government body and organization is needed to take action on the recommendations of this study

  2. Testing gene-environment interactions in family-based association studies using trait-based ascertained samples

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    Zhang, Weiming; Langefeld, Carl D.; Grunwald, Gary K; Fingerlin, Tasha E

    2013-01-01

    The study of gene-environment interactions is an increasingly important aspect of genetic epidemiological investigation. Historically, it has been difficult to study gene-environment interactions using a family-based design for quantitative traits or when parent-offspring trios were incomplete. The QBAT-I[1] provides researchers a tool to estimate and test for a gene-environment interaction in families of arbitrary structure that are sampled without regard to the phenotype of interest, but is...

  3. Brain-Based Learning and Classroom Practice: A Study Investigating Instructional Methodologies of Urban School Teachers

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    Morris, Lajuana Trezette

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the implementation of brain-based instructional strategies by teachers serving at Title I elementary, middle, and high schools within the Memphis City School District. This study was designed to determine: (a) the extent to which Title I teachers applied brain-based strategies, (b) the differences in…

  4. Designing Web-Based Educative Curriculum Materials for the Social Studies

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    Callahan, Cory; Saye, John; Brush, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports on a design experiment of web-based curriculum materials explicitly created to help social studies teachers develop their professional teaching knowledge. Web-based social studies curriculum reform efforts, human-centered interface design, and investigations into educative curriculum materials are reviewed, as well as…

  5. CBSS Outreach Project: Computer-Based Study Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities. Final Report.

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    Anderson-Inman, Lynne; Ditson, Mary

    This final report describes activities and accomplishments of the four-year Computer-Based Study Strategies (CBSS) Outreach Project at the University of Oregon. This project disseminated information about using computer-based study strategies as an intervention for students with learning disabilities and provided teachers in participating outreach…

  6. A Corpus-based Study on Keywords in The Glass Menagerie

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    ZHANG Qi-mei

    2015-01-01

    Recently, Corpus-based approach has been an important method. Based on the analysis about some Papers on corpus and corpus-based approach in literary texts, this thesis takes the work of American famous writer Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie as the research object. Guided by the stylistic theoretical framework put forward by Leech and Short, the study con⁃ducts text analysis with Wordsmith and Antconc3.3.1 for studying the keywords of the novel.

  7. Pinnacle Health / Zynx Health / Siemens Medical Solutions A Study of Integration of Evidence Based Nursing Content

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    Matter, Sheri; Brown, Cindy; Button, Patricia S.; Kennedy, Rosemary

    2006-01-01

    In 2005, Pinnacle Health System, Zynx Health, and Siemens Medical Solutions developed a partnership to conduct a study to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the integration of evidence-based knowledge within the EHR with the goal of creating repeatable methodologies for integrating nursing knowledge within the EHR. The two-phase study involved access to referential evidence-based content, as well as integration of customized evidence-based plans of care within the docume...

  8. Study on institutionalization of risk-informed performance-based regulation

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    In this study, for the institutionalization of risk informed and performance based regulation in Korea, the latest technical movements of overseas countries are examined and reviewed. And the issues that was found when license change petition using risk information was submitted in Korean regulatory body are reviewed. Based on these review, the applicable areas to domestic situation will be found and proposed. This study can contribute to setting up the proper direction for the institutionalization of risk informed and performance based regulation

  9. A study on the Price Behavior of Base Metals traded in India

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    Sinha, Pankaj; Mathur, Kritika

    2013-01-01

    This study looks into the price behavior of five base metals – aluminum, copper, zinc, lead and nickel traded on Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), using near month futures contracts and spot contracts for the period from November 2007 to January 2013. To assess the impact of the recent Global Financial Crisis on trading of base metals, the price volatility of the base metals has been examined using GARCH models. The paper also studies the effect of implied volatility of equity market, measured ...

  10. A Study on Components of Internal Control-Based Administrative System in Secondary Schools

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    Montri, Paitoon; Sirisuth, Chaiyuth; Lammana, Preeda

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to study the components of the internal control-based administrative system in secondary schools, and make a Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) to confirm the goodness of fit of empirical data and component model that resulted from the CFA. The study consisted of three steps: 1) studying of principles, ideas, and theories…

  11. New cleaning strategies based on carbon nanomaterials applied to the deteriorated marble surfaces: A comparative study with enzyme based treatments

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    Valentini, Federica, E-mail: federica.valentini@uniroma2.it [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Diamanti, Alessia; Carbone, M. [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Bauer, E.M. [Istituto di Struttura della Materia del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISM-CNR), RM 1, Via Salaria km 29.3, 00015 Monterotondo (Italy); Palleschi, Giuseppe [Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, Universita degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome (Italy)

    2012-06-01

    Pentelic marbles from Basilica Neptuni in Rome-Italy (27-25 B.C.) show the signs of deterioration phenomena, which can be identified as black crust as well as black and grey patina. The present study has the twofold objective of assessing the entity of the deterioration and proposing new cleaning strategies based on nanotechnologies. The former is achieved by performing optical microscopy, differential interference contrast (DIC), stereomicroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDX) and infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis. The second objective of this study, involves different treatments based on a new cleaning strategy with carbon nanomaterials and bio-cleaning (used here for comparison) performed with enzymes, as glucose oxidase (GOD) and lipase. Nanomicelles assembled with functionalised carbon nano-fibres (CNF-COOH) and dispersed in Tween 20 medium show the highest cleaning performances in terms of removal of the black crust, compared with the pristine single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and the enzyme-based cleaning treatments. In particular, in these last two cases, the GOD-based biocleaning is efficient in removing the grey and dark patina, but works slow on the black crust. Finally, the lipase based cleaning approach is efficient in the black patina removal, though at the working temperature of 38 Degree-Sign C.

  12. Family-based Gene-by-Environment Interaction Studies: Revelations and Remedies

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    Shi, Min; Umbach, David M; Weinberg, Clarice R

    2011-01-01

    Bias can arise in case-control studies of genotype effects if the underlying population is structured (genetically stratified or admixed). Nuclear-family-based studies enjoy robustness against such bias, provided that inference conditions properly on the parents. Investigators have extended family-based methods to study gene-by-environment interactions, regarding such extensions as retaining robustness. We demonstrate via simulations that, if population structure involves the exposure, nuclea...

  13. Perceived weight discrimination in England: a population-based study of adults aged >50 years.

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    Jackson, S.E.; STEPTOE, A; Beeken, R. J.; Croker, H.; Wardle, J.

    2014-01-01

    Background:Despite a wealth of experimental studies on weight bias, little is known about weight discrimination at the population level. This study examined the prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of perceived weight discrimination in a large population-based sample of older adults.Methods:Data were from 5307 adults in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing; a population-based cohort of men and women aged ⩾50 years. Weight discrimination was reported for five domains (less respect/c...

  14. A Ventilation Strategy Based on Confluent Jets : An Experimental and Numerical Study

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    Janbakhsh, Setareh

    2015-01-01

    This study presents air distribution systems that are based on confluent jets; this system can be of interest for the establishment of indoor environments, to fulfill the goals of indoor climate and energy-efficient usage. The main objective of this study is to provide deeper understanding of the flow field development of a supply device that is designed based on wall confluent jets and to investigate the ventilation performance by experimental and numerical methods. In this study, the supply...

  15. Surprisingly low compliance to local guidelines for risk factor based screening for gestational diabetes mellitus - A population-based study

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    Winkvist Anna

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM is routine during pregnancy in many countries in the world. The screening programs are either based on general screening offered to all pregnant women or risk factor based screening stipulated in local clinical guidelines. The aims of this study were to investigate: 1 the compliance with local guidelines of screening for GDM and 2 the outcomes of pregnancy and birth in relation to risk factors of GDM and whether or not exposed to oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT. Methods This study design was a population-based retrospective cross-sectional study of 822 women. A combination of questionnaire data and data collected from medical records was applied. Compliance to the local guidelines of risk factor based screening for GDM was examined and a comparison of outcomes of pregnancy and delivery in relation to risk factor groups for GDM was performed. Results Of the 822 participants, 257 (31.3% women fulfilled at least one criterion for being exposed to screening for GDM according to the local clinical guidelines. However, only 79 (30.7% of these women were actually exposed to OGTT and of those correctly exposed for screening, seven women were diagnosed with GDM. Women developing risk factors for GDM during pregnancy had a substantially increased risk of giving birth to an infant with macrosomia. Conclusion Surprisingly low compliance with the local clinical guidelines for screening for GDM during pregnancy was found. Furthermore, the prevalence of the risk factors of GDM in our study was almost doubled compared to previous Swedish studies. Pregnant women developing risk factors of GDM during pregnancy were found to be at substantially increased risk of giving birth to an infant with macrosomia. There is a need of actions improving compliance to the local guidelines.

  16. A study testing the usefulness of a dish-based food-frequency questionnaire developed for epidemiological studies in Korea.

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    Kim, Young Ok; Kim, Mi Kyung; Lee, Sang-Ah; Yoon, Young Mi; Sasaki, Satoshi

    2009-04-01

    The purpose of the present study was to test the usefulness of dish items selected in developing a dish-based FFQ (DFFQ) to be used for epidemiological studies in Korea. The dietary data of 6817 subjects from the 2001 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used for the analysis. The 24 h recall method was employed for the dietary survey. Initially, ninety-five dish items were selected in developing the DFFQ based on consumption frequency, contribution of selected nutrients and coverage of between-person variations. The usefulness of the selected ninety-five dish items was tested based on their degree of contribution in supplying nutrients in the cumulative percentage contribution (cPC), as well as on their degree of explanation for between-person variation in the cumulative regression coefficient (cMRC). According to the results, the ninety-five selected dish items accounted for an average of 92.3 % of seventeen nutrients consumed by the study subjects based on cPC estimation. The top twenty items among the ninety-five dish items covered 70 to 91 % of the between-person variation for the seventeen nutrients based on cMRC estimation. Thus, the results suggest that the ninety-five items would be useful in developing a FFQ for use in epidemiological studies of Koreans, within less than 10 % underestimation. PMID:18786277

  17. Incretin-Based Therapy and Risk of Acute Pancreatitis: A Nationwide Population-Based Case-Control Study

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    Thomsen, Reimar Wernich; Pedersen, Lars; Møller, Niels;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the use of incretin-based drugs (GLP-1 receptor agonists and dipeptidyl peptidase 4 [DPP4] inhibitors) is associated with acute pancreatitis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: The study was a nationwide population-based case-control study using medical databases in...... Denmark. Participants were 12,868 patients with a first-time hospitalization for acute pancreatitis between 2005 and 2012 and a population of 128,680 matched control subjects. The main outcome measure was the odds ratio (OR) for acute pancreatitis associated with different antihyperglycemic drugs. We...... adjusted for history of gallstones, alcoholism, obesity, and other pancreatitis-associated comorbidities and medications. RESULTS: A total of 89 pancreatitis patients (0.69%) and 684 control subjects (0.53%) were ever users of incretins. The crude OR for acute pancreatitis among incretin users was 1.36 (95...

  18. Problem-based case study to enhance critical thinking in student nurses

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    NM Mogale

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of traditional teaching methods, for example the lecture method, does not stimulate critical thinking in student nurses. This problem can be solved by the utilisation of problem-based case study in the classroom/clinical setting. The purpose of this study is to describe guidelines for the implementation of problem-based case study in a clinical setting among first year, comprehensive course students at the Northern Province College of Nursing: Sovenga campus. The research design of this study was qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual and was conducted in the following phases: Phase 1: The development and implementation of a program for problem-based case study in the clinical setting; Phase II: The experiences of student nurses who were exposed to problem-based case study in the clinical setting; Phase III: The perceptions of tutors regarding the implementation of problem-based case study in the clinical setting (focus group, and; ase IV: Guidelines for the implementation of problem-based case study. The data from Phases I, II and III were used to formulate guidelines for the implementation of problem-based case study. The sample group consisted of all 69 first year student nurses at the Northern Province College of Nursing: Sovenga campus and ten tutors teaching clinical courses at the same campus. The Tesch (1990 approach is used for data analysis. Nine guidelines for the implementation of a problem-based case study approach were formulated and recommendations for development of an instrument to measure critical thinking in nursing were recommended.

  19. Effect of Collaborative Studies on Prospective Teachers’ Creative Thinking Skills while Designing Computer Based Material

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    Salih BİRİŞÇİ; Hasan KARAL

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study to examine effect of collaborative studies on prospective teachers‟ creative thinking skills while designing computer based materials. One group pre-test and post-test design of the pre-experimental model was used to achieve the objectives of the study. This experimental study have been applied to 34 prospective teachers who studied at Artvin Coruh University Facult of Education Primary Education Department in 2009-2010 spring term within the context of “Computer-II”...

  20. Design of a population-based study of visual impairment in India : The Andhra Pradesh eye disease study

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    Dandona Rakhi; Dandona Lalit; Naduvilath Thomas; Nanda Ashok; McCarty Catherine

    1997-01-01

    Reliable population-based epidemiologic data regarding vision and ocular morbidity, as well as those about the perceptions of people regarding visual impairment and eye care, are lacking for the most part in the developing world including India. These data are the basis on which effective eye care services can be developed. To meet this need we designed the Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study, a population-based epidemiology study of 10,000 people in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The desig...

  1. Findings From a Nursing Care Audit Based on the Nursing Process: A Descriptive Study

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    Poortaghi; Salsali; Ebadi; Rahnavard; Maleki

    2015-01-01

    Background Although using the nursing process improves nursing care quality, few studies have evaluated nursing performance in accordance with nursing process steps either nationally or internationally. Objectives This study aimed to audit nursing care based on a nursing process model. Patients and Methods This was a cross-sectional descriptive study in which a nursing audit checkl...

  2. Meat consumption and K-ras mutations in sporadic colon and rectal cancer in The Netherlands Cohort Study

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    Brink, M; Weijenberg, M P; de Goeij, A.F.P.M.; Roemen, G.M.J.M.; Lentjes, M H F M; de Bruïne, A. P.; R. A. Goldbohm; Brandt, P.A. van den

    2005-01-01

    Case-cohort analyses were performed on meat and fish consumption in relation to K-ras mutations in 448 colon and 160 rectal cancers that occurred during 7.3 years of follow-up, excluding the first 2.3 years, and 2948 subcohort members of The Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer. Adjusted incidence rate ratios and 95% confidence intervals were computed for colon and rectal cancer and for K-ras mutation status subgroups. Total fresh meat, most types of fresh meat and fish were not associ...

  3. LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT FOR OIL PALM BASED PLYWOOD: A GATE-TO-GATE CASE STUDY

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    M. Shamim Ahmad; Vijaya Subramaniam; Halimah Mohammad; Anis Mokhtar; Ismail, B. S.

    2014-01-01

    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an important tool for identifying potential environmental impacts associated with the production of palm based plywood. This study is to make available the life cycle inventory for gate-to-gate data so that the environmental impact posed by oil palm based plywood production can be assessed. Conducting an LCA on the palm based plywood that are derived from the wastes of the oil palm industry is a first step towards performing green environmental product. Therefor...

  4. A qualitative study of group-based life coaching intervention for patients with early psychosis

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    Lam, Kin-yau; 林建佑

    2014-01-01

    Background: Group-based life coaching intervention is new in mental health service to promote early functional recovery. This study explored the experience of a 10-week group-based life coaching intervention for patients with schizophrenia from the users’ perspective. Method: A qualitative methodology was used based on individual interviews. Four participates referred by the coach were successfully engaged. The materials were taped and transcribed. Result: Seven categories forming four ...

  5. Maternal death audit in Rwanda 2009–2013: a nationwide facility-based retrospective cohort study

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    Sayinzoga, Felix; Bijlmakers, Leon; van Dillen, Jeroen; Mivumbi, Victor; Ngabo, Fidèle; van der Velden, Koos

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    Objective Presenting the results of 5 years of implementing health facility-based maternal death audits in Rwanda, showing maternal death classification, identification of substandard (care) factors that have contributed to death, and conclusive recommendations for quality improvements in maternal and obstetric care. Design Nationwide facility-based retrospective cohort study. Settings All cases of maternal death audited by district hospital-based audit teams between January 2009 and December...

  6. Linking activity-based travel demand models and traffic assignment: A Flemish case study

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    Ramaekers, Katrien; Kochan, Bruno; BELLEMANS, Tom; JANSSENS, Davy; Wets, Geert

    2008-01-01

    A custom agent-based simulation framework is developed that combines the fields of traffic demand modeling and traffic assignment, applied to the region of Flanders (Belgium). The framework uses an activity-based approach to model traffic demand and an assignment module that is linked to the traffic demand module. Activity data for the framework is provided by a large scale survey, conducted on 2500 households in the study area. The agent-based simulation model consists of over six million ag...

  7. A Delphi Study on Brain-based Instructional Model in Science

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    Duangkamon Charnsirirattana; Prasart Nuangchalerm

    2010-01-01

    Development of science instructional model for brain-based learning by using knowledge of the brain to be the tool designed of learning process is now interesting. This study aimed to develop science instructional model for brain-based learning. Delphi method was employed with 18 panel members. The findings can be showed that science instructional model for brain-based learning consisted of five steps of learning organization (PRADA- Preparation, Relaxation, Action, Discussion, and Applicatio...

  8. TEFL Training Program for Local and Cultural-based Instruction: Case Studies in Thai Primary Schools

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    Sasiwan Potcharapanpong; Sumlee Thongthew

    2010-01-01

    The main purpose of this study is to develop an EFL Training Program based on the combination of three theories: reflective teaching, brain-based learning, and school-based training. The program was voluntarily applied by ten elementary teachers from Surin province, Thailand. The program included competency assessment, EFL competency enhancement, EFL teaching activities development and practices, and program evaluation. The activity created positive impacts to the EFL teaching particularly st...

  9. Studies on the Wood-Based Furniture, Leather Products and Footwear Manufacturing Industries in the Philippines

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    Poblador, Niceto; Solis, Adriano; Ybanez, Roy; Aragon, Bienvenido

    1983-01-01

    This paper aims to develop both the micro and macro data on the entire range of socioeconomic, managerial and technical issues faced by the wood-based furniture, footwear and leather tanning industry. The studies are intended to provide an initial base for policy formulation and implementation and to evolve a set of relevant guidelines for managerial and technical decisions. Findings show that the wood-based furniture industry is characterized by relative ease of entry that allows manufacture...

  10. Influence of study design in assessing food effects on absorption of erythromycin base and erythromycin stearate.

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    DiSanto, A R; Chodos, D J

    1981-01-01

    We performed a series of six single-dose and multiple-dose studies to evaluate the effect of food on the absorption of erythromycin base and erythromycin stearate. When we used a single-dose design, we found that an unprotected erythromycin base preparation was absorbed extensively if a prolonged fast preceded administration of the drug. A shorter faster period (as occurs in clinical settings) dramatically reduced the absorption of unprotected base; however, film-coated tablets seemed to be a...

  11. Tattoo-based noninvasive glucose monitoring: A proof-of-concept study

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    Bandodkar, AJ; W. Jia; Yardimci, C; Wang, X.; Ramirez, J.; Wang, J

    2015-01-01

    © 2014 American Chemical Society. We present a proof-of-concept demonstration of an all-printed temporary tattoo-based glucose sensor for noninvasive glycemic monitoring. The sensor represents the first example of an easy-to-wear flexible tattoo-based epidermal diagnostic device combining reverse iontophoretic extraction of interstitial glucose and an enzyme-based amperometric biosensor. In-vitro studies reveal the tattoo sensor's linear response toward physiologically relevant glucose levels...

  12. A study of incidence of congenital anomalies in newborn: a hospital based study

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    Nivedita Prashar

    2016-06-01

    Conclusion: This study stresses upon incidence of congenital anomalies as they are an important cause of perinatal mortality. To decrease the incidence of various congenital anomalies and their prevalence in the particular region, it is important that the distribution and prevalence are identified in that region and country as a whole. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(6.000: 2050-2053

  13. Can Interactive Web-Based CAD Tools Improve the Learning of Engineering Drawing? A Case Study

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    Pando Cerra, Pablo; Suárez González, Jesús M.; Busto Parra, Bernardo; Rodríguez Ortiz, Diana; Álvarez Peñín, Pedro I.

    2014-01-01

    Many current Web-based learning environments facilitate the theoretical teaching of a subject but this may not be sufficient for those disciplines that require a significant use of graphic mechanisms to resolve problems. This research study looks at the use of an environment that can help students learn engineering drawing with Web-based CAD…

  14. Model of Values-Based Management Process in Schools: A Mixed Design Study

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    Dogan, Soner

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to evaluate the school administrators' values-based management behaviours according to the teachers' perceptions and opinions and, accordingly, to build a model of values-based management process in schools. The study was conducted using explanatory design which is inclusive of both quantitative and qualitative methods.…

  15. Distinguishing Themes of Cultural Responsiveness: A Study of Document-Based Learning

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    Swartz, Ellen E.

    2012-01-01

    This qualitative study examines the distinguishing themes of cultural responsiveness in state- and federally-derived document-based learning materials. Two data sources--"Teaching with Documents" articles in Social Education and Document Based Questions on New York State 11th-grade U.S. History and Government Regents exams--were examined using…

  16. Performance-Based Service Quality Model: An Empirical Study on Japanese Universities

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    Sultan, Parves; Wong, Ho

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to develop and empirically test the performance-based higher education service quality model. Design/methodology/approach: The study develops 67-item instrument for measuring performance-based service quality with a particular focus on the higher education sector. Scale reliability is confirmed using the Cronbach's alpha.…

  17. Challenge Study: A Project-Based Learning on a Wireless Communication System at Technical High School

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    Terasawa, Ikuo

    2016-01-01

    The challenge study is a project based learning curriculum at Technical High School aimed at the construction of a wireless communication system. The first period was engineering issues in the construction of an artificial satellite and the second period was a positional locating system based on the general purpose wire-less device--ZigBee device.…

  18. A deformation-based morphometry study of patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease

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    Borghammer, P; Østergaard, Karen; Cumming, P;

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of Parkinson's disease (PD) utilized primarily voxel-based morphometry (VBM), and investigated mostly patients with moderate- to late-stage disease. We now use deformation-based morphometry (DBM), a method...

  19. Assessment Criteria for Competency-Based Education: A Study in Nursing Education

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    Fastré, Greet M. J.; van der Klink, Marcel R.; Amsing-Smit, Pauline; van Merriënboer, Jeroen J.

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the effects of type of assessment criteria (performance-based vs. competency-based), the relevance of assessment criteria (relevant criteria vs. all criteria), and their interaction on secondary vocational education students' performance and assessment skills. Students on three programmes in the domain of nursing and care…

  20. Epidemiology of masked and white-coat hypertension: the family-based SKIPOGH study

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    Heba Alwan; Menno Pruijm; Belen Ponte; Daniel Ackermann; Idris Guessous; Georg Ehret; Staessen, Jan A; Kei Asayama; Philippe Vuistiner; Sandrine Estoppey Younes; Fred Paccaud; Grégoire Wuerzner; Antoinette Pechere-Bertschi; Markus Mohaupt; Bruno Vogt

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We investigated factors associated with masked and white-coat hypertension in a Swiss population-based sample. METHODS: The Swiss Kidney Project on Genes in Hypertension is a family-based cross-sectional study. Office and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure were measured using validated devices. Masked hypertension was defined as office blood pressure