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  1. Condição microbiológica dos leitos hospitalares antes e depois de sua limpeza

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    Andrade Denise de

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O meio ambiente hospitalar guarda uma íntima relação com as infecções hospitalares, podendo proporcionar focos de contato e de transmissão. Como a higiene representa uma das formas de controlar a contaminação ambiental, realizou-se estudo para avaliar as condições microbiológicas dos colchões hospitalares antes e depois de sua limpeza. MÉTODOS: Utilizaram-se, para a colheita dos espécimes, placas de contato -- Rodac-plate ¾ preparadas com meio de cultura ágar-sangue. Selecionaram-se os leitos de acordo com critérios previamente estabelecidos, e os locais de colheita sob o colchão foram escolhidos por sorteio aleatório. Aplicou-se o teste estatístico de Goodman para o estudo das alterações numéricas quanto a positividade das placas. RESULTADOS: Foram investigados 52 colchões, totalizando 520 placas, das quais 514 (98,8% resultaram em culturas positivas, sendo que 259 corresponderam ao período anterior à limpeza e 255 ao período posterior ao procedimento. Houve redução de culturas positivas em apenas 4 placas. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados obtidos sugerem que a limpeza, da forma como vem sendo conduzida, provoca o deslocamento da carga microbiana para outros pontos do colchão em vez de diminuí-la, resultando na manutenção da quantidade de microorganismos que existia anteriormente à limpeza.

  2. Condição microbiológica dos leitos hospitalares antes e depois de sua limpeza Microbiological condition of hospital beds before and after terminal cleaning

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    Denise de Andrade

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O meio ambiente hospitalar guarda uma íntima relação com as infecções hospitalares, podendo proporcionar focos de contato e de transmissão. Como a higiene representa uma das formas de controlar a contaminação ambiental, realizou-se estudo para avaliar as condições microbiológicas dos colchões hospitalares antes e depois de sua limpeza. MÉTODOS: Utilizaram-se, para a colheita dos espécimes, placas de contato -- Rodac-plate ¾ preparadas com meio de cultura ágar-sangue. Selecionaram-se os leitos de acordo com critérios previamente estabelecidos, e os locais de colheita sob o colchão foram escolhidos por sorteio aleatório. Aplicou-se o teste estatístico de Goodman para o estudo das alterações numéricas quanto a positividade das placas. RESULTADOS: Foram investigados 52 colchões, totalizando 520 placas, das quais 514 (98,8% resultaram em culturas positivas, sendo que 259 corresponderam ao período anterior à limpeza e 255 ao período posterior ao procedimento. Houve redução de culturas positivas em apenas 4 placas. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados obtidos sugerem que a limpeza, da forma como vem sendo conduzida, provoca o deslocamento da carga microbiana para outros pontos do colchão em vez de diminuí-la, resultando na manutenção da quantidade de microorganismos que existia anteriormente à limpeza.INTRODUCTION: The hospital's environment keeps a close relationship with hospital infection, which may promote focus of contact and transmission. The terminal cleaning of patient unit represents one way to control microbiological environmental contamination. The study has as its main objective to evaluate the microbiological conditions of hospital mattresses before and after cleaning. METHODS: Rodac plates were utilized for specimen collection with culture medium - blood agar plate. The patients beds were chosen by criteria established before hand and the places for specimen collection in the mattress were chosen by

  3. Formigas como veiculadoras de microrganismos em ambiente hospitalar Ants as carriers of microorganisms in hospital environments

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    Rogério dos Santos Pereira

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Existe preocupação sobre as reais possibilidades de agravos à saúde pública que possam ser causados pela veiculação de agentes patogênicos através de formigas urbanas. O presente trabalho teve por objetivo isolar e identificar os microrganismos associados às formigas em ambiente hospitalar. Foram coletadas 125 formigas, da mesma espécie, em diferentes unidades de um Hospital Universitário. Cada formiga foi coletada com swab embebido em solução fisiológica e transferida para um tubo com caldo Brain Heart Infusion e incubados 35ºC por 24 horas. A partir de cada tubo, com crescimento, foram realizadas inoculações, em meios específicos, para isolamento dos microrganismos. As formigas apresentaram alta capacidade de veiculação de grupos de microrganismos, sendo que 63,5% das cepas eram bacilos Gram positivos produtores de esporos, 6,3% eram bacilos Gram negativos, cocos Gram positivos corresponderam a 23,1% das cepas, 6,7% eram fungos filamentosos e 0,5% eram leveduras. Desta forma, pode-se inferir que as formigas podem ser um dos responsáveis pela disseminação de microrganismos em ambientes hospitalares.Concern exists regarding the real possibility of public health threats caused by pathogenic agents that are carried by urban ants. The present study had the objective of isolating and identifying the microorganisms that are associated with ants in hospital environments. One hundred and twenty-five ants of the same species were collected from different units of a university hospital. Each ant was collected using a swab soaked with physiological solution and was transferred to a tube containing brain heart infusion broth and incubated at 35ºC for 24 hours. From each tube, with growth, inoculations were made into specific culturing media, to isolate any microorganisms. The ants presented a high capacity for carrying microorganism groups: spore-producing Gram-positive bacilli 63.5%, Gram-negative bacilli 6.3%, Gram-positive cocci

  4. ANT

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    van der Duim, René; Ren, Carina Bregnholm; Jóhannesson, Gunnar Thór

    2017-01-01

    Ten years ago actor-network theory (ANT) entered this journal. To illustrate how the relational ontology and sensibilities of ANT lend themselves to particular kinds of research, we first interrogate the main controversies as a way to open up and discuss the main premises of ANT. These debates...... concern the status and agency of objects and non-humans, ANT’s denial of the explanatory power of social structures, and the political implications of ANT. Second we present ANT’s relevance for tourism studies and discuss what ANT ‘does’ in practice. After summarizing a decade of relations between ANT...... and tourism, we conclude by tracing three future trajectories of how we have ‘moved away with’ ANT into new areas of discovery....

  5. Avaliação da presença de Staphylococcus aureus nos leitos do Centro de Terapia Intensiva do Hospital Escola da Faculdade de Medicina do Triângulo Mineiro, em relação à posição no colchão antes e após a limpeza Evaluation of presence of Staphylococcus aureus on the beds of Hospital Escola's Intensive Care Unit, concerning the position on the mattress, before and after cleaning

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    Guilhermo Justino Mundim

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Através de meios de cultura, foi pesquisada a posição de colônias de Staphylococcus aureus em colchões, visando avaliar a eficácia do procedimento de limpeza e desinfecção dos leitos do Hospital Escola da Faculdade de Medicina do Triângulo Mineiro (Uberaba. Foram analisadas amostras de 50 colchões no período de 22 de outubro de 2000 a 16 de janeiro de 2001. As amostras foram coletadas e semeadas, pela técnica de esgotamento, em dois meios de cultivo (ágar sangue e manitol com posterior realização de provas de catalase e coagulase . Na análise estatística, foram utilizados os testes não paramétricos Mann-Whitney, Kruswkal- Wallis e Wilcoxon Matched Pairs Test com nível de significância p 0,05. Os resultados apontam e alertam para falhas no procedimento de limpeza e desinfecção dos leitos hospitalares por nós estudados.By means of culture medium, it was researched the position of the colony of Staphylococcus aureus on the mattress, to evaluate the efficciuoness of the methods of cleaning and disinfection of the river bed in the Faculdade de Medicina do Triângulo Mineiro's School Hospital (Uberaba. It were evaluated fifty mattresses on the period of October 22th (2000 to January 16th (2001. The samples were collected and grown, the exhaustion techinique draining, on two different nutrient bases (blood agar and mannitol salt agar followed by catalase and coagulase tests. For the statistical analysis, were used non-parametrics tests Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Wilcoxon Matched Pairs Test with significance level p < 0,05 were used. Six hundred dishes of culture medium have been used. There was growing in 94 (15,6%, being 82 (87,2% before and 12 (12,8% after cleaning and disinfection. Concerning the position on the bed, the samples obtained from mannitol salt agar medium showed significant retention on the lower position of bed. The results alert to flaws in the procedure for cleaning and disinfection from the mattresses

  6. ESTUDO DA VIABILIDADE TÉCNICA E PROJETO CONCEITUAL DE UMA MACA DE BANHO PARA USO HOSPITALAR

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    Ismael Motta Barbosa

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é o estudo da viabilidade técnica do projeto de uma maca de banho que auxilie o profissional de enfermagem na prática do banho no leito. Para identificação das limitações desta prática foi realizado um questionário com profissionais da área apontando os principais requisitos técnicos e administrativos que devem ser sanados. Com os requisitos do usuário estabelecidos deu-se inicio ao processo de desenvolvimento do produto, a partir da fase do planejamento do produto, momento do estabelecimento da ideia da maca de banho, do projeto informacional, que teve como principal ferramenta denominada “Quality Function Deployment” (QFD para o norteamento das escolhas dos principais requisitos, e o projeto conceitual, onde foram definidos os parâmetros essenciais para o projeto atender os aspectos de ergonomia, confiabilidade, custo, fabricação e manutenção. Por fim, o trabalho apresentou um modelo de um projeto preliminar mostrando a viabilidade do projeto da maca de banho, atendendo os principais parâmetros apontados. Palavras-chave: banho no leito, dispositivos hospitalares; cuidados de enfermagem; desenvolvimento de projeto; QFD.

  7. Mitmekülgne meediaärimees / Toomas Leito ; interv. Urve Vilk

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    Leito, Toomas, 1946-

    2008-01-01

    Kolme firma juhatuse liige, Eesti Ajalehtede Liidu tegevdirektor annab ülevaate oma karjäärist meediavaldkonnas ning jagab soovitusi alustavale ettevõtjale. Lisad: Toomas Leito; Edu võtmed. Kommenteerib äripartner Aimar Jugaste

  8. FORMAS DE LEITO E TRANSPORTE DE CARGA DE FUNDO DO ALTO RIO PARANÁ

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    Débora Pinto Martins

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho estima o transporte de carga de fundo no alto rio Paraná em Porto São José, PR (22º45’52”S e 53°10’34”W, num trecho de aproximadamente 2 km a jusante da Usina Hidrelétrica Engenheiro Sérgio Motta (Porto Primavera, onde o rio Paraná apresenta canal único com largura média de 1.200m e vazão média anual é de 8.912 m³/s. O cálculo da carga de fundo do canal foi baseado na determinação do tamanho das formas de leito e de sua velocidade de deslocamento linear, obtidos a partir de sucessivos levantamentos batimétricos. Foram realizadas três campanhas de levantamentos ecobatimétricos em diferentes momentos do ciclo hidrológico do rio, sendo cada campanha constituída por dois levantamentos separados em intervalos de 16 a 20 dias. O cálculo da carga de fundo baseou-se equação: Cf = (1-pH k Ud onde p é a porosidade (adimensional, H a altura média das formas de leito (m, k o coeficiente morfométrico das formas de leito (adimensional e Ud a velocidade de deslocamento das formas de leito (m/dia. As dunas são as formas de leito predominantes neste trecho do rio Paraná, com comprimento entre 50 e 100 m (média de 70,68 m e altura de 0,80 a 2,20 m (média de 1,30 m. A velocidade média de deslocamento linear das formas de fundo foi de 56,8 m/mês, para o período de maior vazão; e 45,0 m/mês para o período de menor vazão. O transporte médio de carga e fundo no rio Paraná foi estimado em 2.820,6 ton/dia, o que corresponde a 1.029.300 ton/ano. Comparando com dados anteriores, os autores sugerem que o transporte hidrossedimentar de fundo no trecho de canal estudado está sofrendo interferência da barragem de Porto Primavera.

  9. Beyond ANT

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    Jansen, Till

    2017-01-01

    Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) offers an ‘infra-language’ of the social that allows one to trace social relations very dynamically, while at the same time dissolving human agency, thus providing a flat and de-centred way into sociology. However, ANT struggles with its theoretical design that may lead...... us to reduce agency to causation and to conceptualize actor-networks as homogeneous ontologies of force. This article proposes to regard ANT’s inability to conceptualize reflexivity and the interrelatedness of different ontologies as the fundamental problem of the theory. Drawing on Günther......, it offers an ‘infra-language’ of reflexive relations while maintaining ANT’s de-centred approach. This would enable us to conceptualize actor-networks as non-homogeneous, dynamic and connecting different societal rationales while maintaining the main strengths of ANT....

  10. Determinação das espécies de cromo nas cinzas da incineração de couro wet-blue em reatores de leito fixo e leito fluidizado

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    Clauren Moura Martins

    2001-01-01

    Este trabalho tem como objetivo a determinação quantitativa da concentração de cromo (III, VI e total) nas cinzas de serragem de couro wet-blue, incineradas em reatores de leito fixo nas temperaturas de 450, 550 e 650 C e reator de leito fluidizado nas temperaturas de 730, 780, 830 e 850 C, verificando se estes resultados estão dentro dos limites permitidos pelas normas ambientais brasileiras e, consequentemente, se em relação à concentração de cromo, os processos de incineração utilizados sã...

  11. Perfil sociodemográfico da população que demanda assistência médico-hospitalar em região do Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, 1988

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    Montero D'Oleo Rafael de Jesus

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available Fez-se um estudo descritivo, retrospectivo do Perfil Sócio-Econômico da População que demanda Assistência Médico-Hospitalar em uma Região do Nordeste do Estado de São Paulo (Brasil, comparando-se os resultados de pesquisas anteriores. Foram estudados 126.297 egressos de 25 hospitais gerais da Região em 1988, segundo sexo, grupo etário, local de residência, fonte de financiamento e coeficiente de internação. Os resultados mostraram que a distribuição da demanda segundo sexo e idade é semelhante à conhecida na literatura. Sugere-se que a regionalização da assistência, apesar dos planos e da legislação pertinente, é insatisfatória e fortemente influenciada pela presença de grandes centros urbanos e pelo desenvolvimento socioeconômico. Há participação de várias modalidades de financiamento e diminuição da participação dos órgãos oficiais ao longo do tempo. A região estudada apresentou elevado coeficiente de internação aliado à baixa utilização de leitos hospitalares.

  12. Banho no leito: um ritual de iniciação para o enfermeiro

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    Maria do Carmo dos Santos Macedo

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de experiência, no laboratório de Enfermagem Fundamental, com 22 graduandas de Enfermagem da UERJ, para a prática de "Banho no Leito". Teve como objetivo registrar a estratégia de ensino deste procedimento, identificar representações e sentimentos dos alunos sobre seu próprio banho e caracterizar seus sentimentos após a dinâmica de sensibilidade desenvolvida no Projeto "VIVENDO VIVÊNCIAS". A pesquisa é exploratório-qualitativa e foi implementada em 1997. Entre os resultados encontramse as categorias próprias da construção do conhecimento sobre "Banho no Leito": Estímulo de limpeza para o corpo sujo, Estímulo de prazer - o corpo relaxado, Estímulo ao conforto - o corpo livre e Estímulo às sensações - corpo dinâmico. Concluiu-se que os alunos trazem da sua realidade um conhecimento do senso comum sobre "sujo" e "limpo" quando representam seu próprio corpo. Ao experienciarem o "tocar" humores e sentirem os odores do cliente, mesmo simbolicamente, suas reações sao diferentes e redimensionam um conhecimento cultural e científico.

  13. Central de diluição: uma proposta da comissão de controle de infecção hospitalar

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    Vitor Hugo Della Valentina

    1984-03-01

    Full Text Available Relata-se a experiência na organização, implantação e avaliação de uma central de diluição de desindetantes a nível de um hospital geral com mais de seiscentos leitos. A viabilização desta central deve-se à designação de um enfermeiro , em jornada integral de trabalho, dedicado à Comissão de Controle de Infecção Hospitalar. No desenvolvimento do estudo discutem-se as vantagens desta central no que se refere aos pacientes; à equipe multiprofissional com ênfase nas equipes de enfermagem e de limpeza; à redução dos custos e à facilidade de divulgação de informações relativas ao emprego dos desinfetantes. Pelas vantagens abordadas no presente trabalho acredita-se que a inplantação de uma central de diluição deva constituir meta de toda instituição de saúde interessada em reduzir os riscos de exposição a infecções.

  14. Fire Ant Bites

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    ... Favorite Name: Category: Share: Yes No, Keep Private Fire Ant Bites Share | Fire ants are aggressive, venomous insects that have pinching ... across the United States, even into Puerto Rico. Fire ant stings usually occur on the feet or ...

  15. E-kursus nõuab aega ja pühendumist / Ivo Leito, Irja Helm, Anne Krull ; intervjueerinud Laura Vetik

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    Leito, Ivo, 1972-

    2015-01-01

    Intervjuu Tartu Ülikooli keemiakursuse "Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis" autorite Ivo Leito ja Irja Helmiga ning Tartu Kutsehariduskeskuse e-kursuse "Praktiline keemia" autori Anne Krulliga

  16. O leito placentário no descolamento prematuro da placenta

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    Mesquita Maria Rita de Souza

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: análise histopatológica das artérias espiraladas do leito placentário em gestações complicadas pelo descolamento prematuro da placenta (DPP associado à hipertensão, comparando-as com a estrutura vascular dos leitos placentários normais. MÉTODO: a biópsia do leito placentário foi realizada em 23 gestantes com diagnóstico de descolamento prematuro de placenta associado à hipertensão (G/HA e idade gestacional maior ou igual a 28 semanas, submetidas ao parto cesáreo. O grupo controle (GC foi constituído por 30 pacientes, sem doenças, submetidas a parto cesáreo por indicação obstétrica. As variáveis histológicas selecionadas para estudo foram: padrão inalterado, modificações fisiológicas, desorganização da camada média, alterações hiperplásicas, necrose e aterose aguda. RESULTADOS: nas pacientes com DPP associado à hipertensão ocorreu uma predominância significativa de desorganização da camada média, detectada em 50% das pacientes, e de alterações hiperplásicas, em comparação ao GC, ao passo que a presença de modificações fisiológicas foi estatisticamente mais significante no GC. Achados como necrose e aterose aguda foram observados em menores proporções no G/HA, mas sem diferenças significantes entre os dois grupos. CONCLUSÕES: os achados histológicos vasculares predominantes em grávidas com diagnóstico de DPP associado à hipertensão foram desorganização da camada média e alterações hiperplásicas. A presença do padrão patológico foi significativamente maior no G/HA, sendo o mais prevalente a desorganização da camada média. Houve predomínio do padrão normal, isto é, modificações fisiológicas no GC.

  17. SECAGEM DA MICROALGA Aphanothece microscopica Nägeli EM LEITO DE JORRO

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    E. JACOB-LOPES

    2009-01-01

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    A técnica do leito de jorro possui relevante aplicação em operações envolvendo contato entre partículas sólidas e fluidos. Este método vem sendo amplamente utilizado na secagem de pastas e suspensões de produtos alimentícios. Neste sentido, o trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar a secagem da biomassa da microalga Aphanothece microscopica Nägeli em leito de jorro. Através de um planejamento fatorial 23, estudou-se a viabilidade técnica do processo, em função dos fatores: temperatura (80ºC, 90C, taxa de circulação acima da velocidade de jorro mínimo (60%, 100% e vazão de alimentação (200 mL/h, 300 mL/h. As condições de operação foram estabelecidas em função da qualidade final do produto, expressa em termos de umidade, teor de clorofila a e cor expressa em ângulo hue. Os resultados indicaram que os fatores avaliados influenciaram significativamente (p<0,05 as características da biomassa. A condição de secagem definida pelo planejamento experimental refere-se a temperatura de 90ºC, vazão de alimentação de 200 mL/h e taxa de circulação de ar 100% acima da velocidade de jorro mínimo.

  18. Infecção hospitalar e mortalidade Infección hospitalar y mortalidad Nosocomial infection and mortality

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    Ruth Natalia Teresa Turrini

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se estudo retrospectivo do registro de 69 óbitos ocorridos em hospital pediátrico em 1993 para identificar a relação da infecção hospitalar com o óbito. As principais infecções diagnosticadas foram as pneumonias e infecções de corrente sangüínea com um predomínio de bactérias gram-negativas. Em 30,4% das crianças, a infecção hospitalar foi causa direta do óbito e em 50,8% foi contribuinte. A infecção hospitalar foi mais importante como causa de óbito nos pacientes com afecção classificada como não fatal à admissão.Se realizó un estudio retrospectivo de registro de 69 óbitos ocurridos en un hospital pediátrico, en 1993, para identificar la relación de la infección hospitalar con el óbito. Las principales infecciones diagnosticadas fueron pneumonias e infecciones de la corriente sanguínea con predominio de bacterias gram-negativas. En 30.4% de los niños, la infección hospitalar fue la causa directa del óbito y en 50.8% fue contribuyente. La infeción hospitalar fue más importante como causa de óbito en los pacientes com afección clasificada como no fatal a la admisión.A retrospective study with 69 deaths ocurred at a pediatric hospital in 1993 was undertaken to identify the relationship of nosocomial infection with death. Pneumonia and bloodstream infection were the main site of infection: A higher prevalence of gram-negative bacteria was also observed. The hospital infection was causally related to death in 30,4% and contributed to death in 50,8% of children. The nosocomial infection was causally related to death more frequently in patients classified as having a non fatal disease at admission.

  19. Do estado da universidade: metida num sarcófago ou no Leito de Procrustes?

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    Jorge Olímpio Bento

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Este ensaio chama a atenção para a grave doença que atingiu a Universidade nos nossos dias. O recurso à metáfora do 'sarcófago' e do 'Leito de Procrustes' visa: acentuar o facto de que a Universidade está a abandonar a sua missão tradicional e a sofrer transformações perigosas; expressar a esperança de que ela se liberte das forças que a constrangem e consiga ressuscitar numa forma nova. Com efeito, a Universidade está sendo capturada pela ideologia, pelo pensamento, pela terminologia e pelos interesses do neoliberalismo e do mercado. Consequentemente, ela perde autonomia e voz e deixa de ter identidade, linguagem e pensamento próprios. Em vez de ser uma instituição ao serviço da Humanidade, da sociedade, da cultura, da democracia e da liberdade, a Universidade torna-se um fator e instrumento de propagação das doutrinas e receitas dos potentados financeiros e 'mercadológicos'. Tudo isto é bem visível no 'reformismo' e nas orientações da sua reorganização e governação, na oferta e no perfil dos seus cursos. Tal como o mercado, a Universidade já não oferece nada; só vende. Assim, a Universidade é cúmplice e corresponsável pela crise civilizacional, cultural, ética, moral e social que grassa no mundo. Em conclusão, a Universidade está a tornar-se uma instituição humana e socialmente irrelevante, sem capacidade de irradiar influências exemplares e positivas. Para reverter a situação, os protagonistas da Universidade têm que a tirar do 'sarcófago' ou do 'Leito de Procrustes', no qual, por ação ou omissão, a deixaram aprisionar.

  20. ACREDITAÇÃO HOSPITALAR: UM ESTUDO DE CASO

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    Felipe Antunes

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda a qualidade e acreditação hospitalar através do Manual das Organizações Prestadoras de Serviços Hospitalares, desenvolvido pela Organização Nacional de Acreditação (ONA. O objetivo geral deste trabalho é avaliar o processo de acreditação, identificando dificuldades e benefícios advindos da implantação deste  Manual. Após a realização de uma revisão bibliográfica sobre qualidade em hospitais e normas da qualidade aplicáveis a hospitais, é feita uma análise crítica teórica do Manual das Organizações Prestadoras de Serviços Hospitalares. Tal análise crítica inclui um estudo comparativo entre os requisitos do Manual e da norma NBR ISO 9001/2000. A seguir, a análise teórica é complementada através de um estudo de caso contemplando a implantação do Manual junto a um hospital de grande porte. Finalmente, são apresentadas as conclusões, baseadas tanto no estudo teórico como no estudo prático.

  1. Tendências na assistência hospitalar Trends in hospital care

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    Gonzalo Vecina Neto

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa as tendências observadas na assistência hospitalar brasileira, no que diz respeito ao cenário, situação atual, desafios e ao que necessita ser feito, tendo em vista os itens anteriores. As variáveis com as quais se trabalhou o cenário geral foram a demografia, o perfil epidemiológico, os recursos humanos, a tecnologia, a medicalização, os custos, a revisão do papel do cidadão, a legislação, a eqüidade, o hospitalocentrismo e a regionalização, o fracionamento do cuidado e a oferta de leitos. O cenário nacional foi estudado mediante o modelo empregado na assistência médica supletiva, o financiamento e a cadeia de produção na área de serviços de saúde. A situação atual apresenta os modelos de avaliação externa, a terceirização, o relacionamento público-privado, a desospitalização e o financiamento. Os desafios a serem enfrentados analisam a necessidade de se olhar o longo prazo, a busca por novos modelos jurídicos para o "negócio", o uso da informação e a informatização, o controle de custos e a necessidade do aumento da eficiência e do cumprimento dos ditames legais, de garantia de acesso e de integralidade na assistência, a incorporação da prevenção primária ao processo de atenção, a integração entre os setores público e privado e a incorporação do médico na solução dos problemas.This paper analyses trends in the delivery of hospital services in Brazil, considering the setting, the current situation and its challenges, examining what still remains to be done. The variables studied for the analysis of the setting are: demography, epidemiological profile, human resources, technology, medicalization, costs, review of the role of the citizen, legislation, equity, hospital-centricity and regionalization, care fractioning and bed availability. The Brazilian setting was studied through the supplementary healthcare model, financing and the healthcare area production chain. The

  2. Intensidade de ruído em hospital de 222 leitos na 18ª Regional de Saúde - PR Noise level in a 222 bed hospital in the 18th health region - PR

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    Marcelo Henrique Otenio

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available A poluição sonora ambiental torna-se hoje onipresente e beira o intolerável. Nos hospitais, os avanços tecnológicos trazem, como conseqüência, níveis de ruído potencialmente danosos. Muito do ruído no hospital provém mais de dentro, do que de fora desse ambiente, sendo as principais causas de ruído em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva, por exemplo, os equipamentos e a conversação entre a equipe hospitalar. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o nível de ruído nos diversos ambientes hospitalares, em Hospital de 222 leitos na 18ª RS de Saúde - PR. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Conduziu-se, em março de 2005 no período de 24 horas, em dez setores. Forma de Estudo: Aferição do nível de ruído ambiental utilizando um Decibelímetro modelo 1350. RESULTADOS: O nível de ruído encontrado em nosso estudo apresentou média total de 63,7 dB(A, que excede os valores máximos permitidos de 45 dB recomendados pela Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (1987. CONCLUSÃO: Nos setores analisados, o nível de ruído encontrado neste está consideravelmente acima do recomendado. A equipe hospitalar deve estar consciente do ruído e dos efeitos deste, para que possa atuar de maneira mais efetiva na redução da poluição sonora, beneficiando assim a função laborativa dos profissionais e recuperação dos pacientes.Environment noise pollution is common place today, at intolerable levels. In hospitals, technological developments have, as a consequence, potentially harmful noise levels. Much of the hospital noise comes from inside, rather than outside, and the major source of such noise is the Intensive Care Unit, for example equipment and hospital staff talk. Our goal with the present study was to investigate the noise level present in the different hospital environments, within a 222 bed hospital located at the 18th health zone, PR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was carried out in March, 2005, during a period of 24 hours, in tem different

  3. Ant- and Ant-Colony-Inspired ALife Visual Art.

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    Greenfield, Gary; Machado, Penousal

    2015-01-01

    Ant- and ant-colony-inspired ALife art is characterized by the artistic exploration of the emerging collective behavior of computational agents, developed using ants as a metaphor. We present a chronology that documents the emergence and history of such visual art, contextualize ant- and ant-colony-inspired art within generative art practices, and consider how it relates to other ALife art. We survey many of the algorithms that artists have used in this genre, address some of their aims, and explore the relationships between ant- and ant-colony-inspired art and research on ant and ant colony behavior.

  4. Comportamento de reator de leito fluidizado trifásico aeróbico utilizando diferentes materiais suporte

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    Martins, Cláudia Lavina

    2003-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Ambiental. Este trabalho apresenta estudos realizados com reator de leito fluidizado trifásico aeróbio (RLFTA), aplicado ao tratamento de esgoto sanitário, tendo como objetivo avaliar seu comportamento utilizando diferentes materiais suporte: PET, OSBG® e PVC. Foram aplicadas cargas orgânicas volumétricas (COV) de 13 a 29 Kg DQO/m3.dia e tempo de retenção hidráulica ...

  5. Arquitectura Hospitalar e Assistencial Promovida por Bissaya Barreto

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    Silva, Ricardo Jerónimo Pedroso de Azevedo e

    2013-01-01

    Tese de doutoramento em Arquitetura, na especialidade de Teoria e História da Arquitetura, apresentada à Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra Bissaya Barreto, médico-cirugião muito interventivo, perseverante e multifacetado, estabelecido em Coimbra, procurou, no decurso de quase cinco décadas, conciliar as suas duas actividades principais (medicina e política), com a promoção de um assinalável conjunto de equipamentos hospitalares e assistenciais na Região Centro d...

  6. Riding with the ants

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    Duarte, A. P. M.; Attili-Angelis, D.; Baron, N. C.; Groenewald, Johannes Z.; Crous, Pedro W.; Pagnocca, F. C.

    Isolates of Teratosphaeriaceae have frequently been found in the integument of attine ants, proving to be common and diverse in this microenvironment. The LSU phylogeny of the ant-isolated strains studied revealed that they cluster in two main lineages. The first was associated with the genus

  7. AVALIAÇÃO DA ADIÇÃO DO KEFIR EM DIETA HOSPITALAR

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    Joice de Fátima Laureano Martins

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Os grãos de kefir são utilizados na elaboração de um produto lácteo fermentado o qual denominamos kefir. Sua introdução em dietas hospitalares promove vários benefícios aos pacientes e possui grande capacidade de estimular o sistema imunológico. Objetivou-se verificar a aceitação de diferentes formulações tendo como ingrediente o kefir. Os grãos de kefir (5 % foram cultivados por 24 horas à temperatura de 22º C. Em seguida, foram preparadas quatro formulações. Formulação 1 - 50 % de kefir cultivado em leite de vaca integral com 50 % de polpa de morango e adoçante (0,2 mL/100 mL; formulação 2 - 50 % de kefir cultivado em leite de vaca desnatado com 50 % de polpa de morango e adoçante (0,2 mL/100 mL; formulação 3 - 50 % de kefir cultivado em leite de vaca integral com 50 % de polpa de morango e 10 % de sacarose e formulação 4 - 50 % de kefir cultivado em leite de vaca desnatado com 50 % de polpa de morango e 10 % de sacarose. A análise sensorial foi realizada em um hospital do município de Viçosa-MG, tendo como provadores acompanhantes de pacientes internados e funcionários. Verificou-se a aceitação das formulações e utilizouse a escala hedônica de nove pontos. Todas as formulações apresentaram considerável aceitação enquadrando-se com maior frequência entre os escores «gostei moderadamente» a «gostei muito». Estes formulados apresentaram grande potencial para serem introduzidos em dietoterapia e poderão atuar tanto como adjunto ao tratamento de patologias gastrintestinais, como no controle glicêmico e hipercolesterolêmico.

  8. Reações adversas a medicamentos como determinantes da admissão hospitalar

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A freqüência de reação adversa a medicamentos (RAM como determinante da hospitalização não está bem documentada na literatura médica brasileira. Objetivou-se determinar esta freqüência, documentando o padrão de uso de medicamentos antes da hospitalização. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi realizado em um hospital escola de atenção terciária à saúde. Constou de duas fases distintas, sendo a primeira a análise dos dados disponíveis a respeito dos diagnósticos que levaram à admissão hospitalar na enfermaria de Medicina Interna durante o ano de 1997. Após esta análise, foi realizado em 1999 o monitoramento intensivo das RAMs de pacientes internados durante quatro meses e o registro dos medicamentos usados nos 15 dias que antecederam a internação e os padrões de morbidade dos pacientes da enfermaria. RESULTADOS: Em 1997, ocorreram 938 internações, 53,4% de pacientes masculinos, com 1,1 diagnóstico por internação e nenhum diagnóstico de RAM. Na segunda fase do estudo, dos 135 pacientes, 52% do sexo feminino, 92% usaram medicamentos antes da internação, e destes, 42% se auto-medicaram nos 15 dias anteriores à internação. A média de uso de medicamentos foi de 3,7. RAM foi responsável por ou teve participação em 6,6% das internações. CONCLUSÕES: O Monitoramento intensivo de pacientes estimula a notificação de RAM e serve como um recurso didático importante na formação dos profissionais de saúde quanto ao uso racional de medicamentos.

  9. A resistência bacteriana no contexto da infecção hospitalar

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    Santos, Neusa de Queiroz

    2004-01-01

    Este artigo aborda alguns aspectos do impacto da resistência bacteriana no contexto da infecção hospitalar. Alerta sobre o importante papel dos profissionais de saúde no controle da infecção hospitalar e do grave problema do uso indiscriminado de antibióticos que tem provocado uma pressão seletiva sobre as bactérias do ambiente hospitalar tornando-as multiresistentes This article lays out some aspects of the impact of bacterial resistence in the context of hospital infection. It alerts to ...

  10. Estando em crise hipertensiva numa emergência hospitalar

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    Borenstein,Miriam Susskind; Erdmann,Alacoque Lorenzini

    1994-01-01

    O estudo aborda a situação de saúde do cliente que apresenta crise hipertensiva ao chegar numa emergência hospitalar. Explora dados relativos às características pessoais e clínico epidemiológicas gerais, além de hábitos de vida que nos dão uma noçãoda amplitude da problemática de estar com a saúde "em estado de emergência". Finalizando, as autoras tecem algumas considerações sobre a necessidadede ultrapassar o foco somente biológico no atendimento a clientes com crise hipertensiva, buscando n...

  11. Estando em crise hipertensiva numa emergência hospitalar

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    Miriam Susskind Borenstein

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available O estudo aborda a situação de saúde do cliente que apresenta crise hipertensiva ao chegar numa emergência hospitalar. Explora dados relativos às características pessoais e clínico epidemiológicas gerais, além de hábitos de vida que nos dão uma noçãoda amplitude da problemática de estar com a saúde "em estado de emergência". Finalizando, as autoras tecem algumas considerações sobre a necessidadede ultrapassar o foco somente biológico no atendimento a clientes com crise hipertensiva, buscando novos hábitos saudáveis de vida.

  12. Sick ants become unsociable

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    Bos, Nicky Peter Maria; Lefevre, T.; Jensen, A.B.

    2012-01-01

    Parasites represent a severe threat to social insects, which form high-density colonies of related individuals, and selection should favour host traits that reduce infection risk. Here, using a carpenter ant (Camponotus aethiops) and a generalist insect pathogenic fungus (Metarhizium brunneum), we...... show that infected ants radically change their behaviour over time to reduce the risk of colony infection. Infected individuals (i) performed less social interactions than their uninfected counterparts, (ii) did not interact with brood anymore and (iii) spent most of their time outside the nest from...... day 3 post-infection until death. Furthermore, infected ants displayed an increased aggressiveness towards non-nestmates. Finally, infected ants did not alter their cuticular chemical profile, suggesting that infected individuals do not signal their physiological status to nestmates. Our results...

  13. Esophageal and stomach malignant neoplasms characterization at Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba

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    Mauro Razuk Filho; Júlio César Martinez

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objectives: the aim of this study is to collect and organize data on the incidence and prevalence of patients with malignant neoplasms of the esophagus and stomach in Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba of the past six years. Methods: we conducted a survey of data on incidence, prevalence, age and sex of patients with malignant neoplasms of the esophagus and stomach that were admitted, treated and/or surgery at Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba, in the last six years. Results: we analyz...

  14. Pedagogia Hospitalar: a relevância da atuação do pedagogo

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    Alanne Cruz Sousa

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo traz os resultados de uma pesquisa sobre a relevância da atuação do pedagogo por meio de práticas pedagógicas que auxiliem no desenvolvimento de crianças, que por motivos de tratamento de saúde se encontram hospitalizadas, e por isso não podem frequentar a escola regular. Entretanto, com a atuação do pedagogo no hospital esta situação muda e o jovem estudante passa novamente a ter acesso aos estudos. Por isso, o objetivo deste estudo foi refletir sobre como ocorre a prática do pedagogo como agente educador, reconhecendo de que forma esse trabalho tem colaborado no processo de ensino e aprendizagem de crianças em um hospital na cidade de Parnaíba-PI. Esta pesquisa está embasada nos seguintes teóricos: Cunha (2001, Covic (2011, Matos e Mugiatti (2011, entre outros. A metodologia utilizada para a realização da pesquisa é do tipo qualitativa e como procedimentos de coleta de dados utilizamos a observação, a entrevista e o questionário. Os sujeitos da pesquisa foram duas pedagogas que trabalham no hospital e que realizam importantes atividades, tanto na brinquedoteca quanto nos leitos. Os resultados do estudo revelam que as práticas pedagógicas desenvolvidas pelas pedagogas ultrapassam os muros da escola e contribuem na educação de crianças e jovens hospitalizados, colaborando com a autoestima dessas crianças, bem como possibilitando que elas retornem aos estudos de uma maneira diferenciada, que as estimula à aprendizagem. Palavras-Chave: Pedagogia Hospitalar. Pedagogo. Prática Pedagógica. Hospital Pedagogy: the relevance of the pedagogue's performance Abstract This article presents the results of a research on the relevance of the pedagogue 's performance through pedagogical practices that help the development of children who are hospitalized for health treatment and therefore cannot attend regular school. However, with the performance of the pedagogue in the hospital this situation changes and the

  15. Comparing Levels of Anxiety During Bed and Shower Baths in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction Comparación del nivel de ansiedad entre el baño de aspersión y el realizado en la cama en pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio Comparação do nível de ansiedade entre o banho de aspersão e o de leito em pacientes com infarto agudo do miocárdio

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    Juliana de Lima Lopes

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This study compared the levels of anxiety presented by patients with acute myocardial infarction in bed and shower baths and the influence of antecedent variables: age, gender, medications, previous hospitalization and/or bed bath, patients' preference regarding the professional's gender, risk factors and anxiety-traits. This crossover study was conducted between February and August 2007 in coronary units. The sample was composed of 71 patients with acute myocardial infarction. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI was applied before the baths (bed and shower baths, immediately after the baths and twenty minutes after the second evaluation. Results revealed that patients were more anxious in the bed bath than in the shower in the three assessments (p Este estudio tuvo como objetivo comparar los niveles de ansiedad, generados en el baño en la cama y en el de aspersión, en pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio, así como la influencia de las variables antecedentes: edad, sexo, medicaciones, internación y/o baño en la cama previo, preferencia del paciente en cuanto al sexo del profesional, factores de riesgo y la ansiedad de trazo. Esta investigación es un estudio cross-over, realizado entre febrero y agosto de 2007, en Unidades Coronarias. La muestra fue constituida por 71 pacientes con infarto agudo del miocardio. El instrumento utilizado fue el IDATE-estado, siendo aplicado antes de los baños (cama y aspersión, inmediatamente después de los baños y veinte minutos después de la segunda evaluación. Los resultados mostraron que los pacientes quedaron más ansiosos cuando realizaron su baño en la cama que cuando realizaron el baño de aspersión, en las tres evaluaciones (pEste estudo teve como objetivo comparar os níveis de ansiedade, gerados no banho no leito e naquele de aspersão, em pacientes com infarto agudo do miocárdio, bem como a influência de variáveis antecedentes: idade, sexo, medicações, internação e/ou banho

  16. Commentary: Warring ants

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Biosciences; Volume 27; Issue 2. Commentary: Warring ants: Lessons from Lanchester's laws of combat? Renee M Borges. Volume 27 Issue 2 March 2002 pp 75-78. Fulltext. Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link: https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/jbsc/027/02/0075-0078 ...

  17. Antílope

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    Pedro Anderson Martinho Moçambique

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    Full Text Available Essa espécie de antílope só é encontrada em território angolano, sendo assim um símbolo nacional. Segundo a mitologia africana é símbolo de vivacidade, velocidade e beleza - Angola.

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    Pedro Anderson Martinho Moçambique

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Essa espécie de antílope só é encontrada em território angolano, sendo assim um símbolo nacional. Segundo a mitologia africana é símbolo de vivacidade, velocidade e beleza - Angola.

  19. Fire Ant Allergy

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    ... venom in a fire ant sting will kill bacteria and some of your skin cells. This results in the formation of a blister that fills with a cloudy white material in about 24 hours. While this looks like a pus-filled lesion that should be drained, ...

  20. "Ant-egg" cataract revisited

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    Clemmensen, Kåre; Enghild, Jan J; Ivarsen, Anders

    2017-01-01

    -ray scans and electron microscopy. The purpose of this study was to further characterize "ant-egg" cataract using modern technology and display the history of the "ant-eggs" after cataract extraction. METHODS: "Ant-eggs" were examined using Heidelberg SPECTRALIS Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT...

  1. Ant Colony Optimization for Control

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    Van Ast, J.M.

    2010-01-01

    The very basis of this thesis is the collective behavior of ants in colonies. Ants are an excellent example of how rather simple behavior on a local level can lead to complex behavior on a global level that is beneficial for the individuals. The key in the self-organization of ants is communication

  2. Avaliação de intervenções de gestão da clínica na qualificação do cuidado e na oferta de leitos em um hospital público de grande porte = Evaluation of clinical governance interventions on qualification of care and supply of beds in a large public hospital

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    Anschau, Fernando

    2017-01-01

    CONCLUSÕES: A implantação da Gestão da Clínica no contexto do trabalho assistencial na unidade dos leitos de retaguarda do hospital em estudo associou-se a melhorias nos processos de cuidado, proporcionando maior oferta de leitos aos usuários

  3. Situação da assistência médico-sanitária e hospitalar no Estado do Ceará, Brasil Medical care situation in the State of Ceara, Brazil

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    João Yunes

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    Full Text Available Foi examinada a situação da assistência médico-sanitária e hospitalar no Estado do Ceará (Brasil, através da análise da oferta dos serviços oficiais de saúde pública, da assistência hospitalar e para-hospitalar, bem como dos recursos humanos existentes. Este Estado conta com 141 municípios e com uma população aproximada de 4.000.000 de habitantes. Os serviços oficiais de Saúde Pública são de responsabilidade do poder público Estadual em 59,6% das unidades sanitárias, o poder público Federal participa em 26,9% e o Municipal em 13,5%. O padrão quantitativo observado foi considerado satisfatório, pois encontrou-se em média uma unidade sanitária para cada 23.002 habitantes, aproximando-se do recomendado de um para cada 50.000 habitantes. A avaliação qualitativa, medida indiretamente através dos recursos laboratoriais e humanos existentes, apresentou-se deficitária uma vez que somente 16,7% das unidades sanitárias contam com laboratório e 12,3% não possuem médico, sendo que 21,7% (39 dos centros de saúde encontram-se fechados por carência deste tipo de profissional. Dos 141 municípios que compõem o Estado, 31 (22,4% não possuem unidade sanitária e 25 (17,71% não contam com nenhum recurso de saúde. No primeiro caso a população teoricamente descoberta de assistência médica é de 378.449 habitantes e no segundo é de 232.900 habitantes. Dos 103 hospitais existentes no Estado 77,7% é de responsabilidade do setor privado e 25% encontram-se concentrados na Capital do Estado. O padrão quantitativo encontrado de 1,84 leitos/1000 habitantes (7047 leitos, é baixo quando comparado com a média brasileira de 3,6 leitos, quando o teoricamente recomendado é em média de 4,5. Da total de leitos, 1,10/1000 são considerados gerais e 0,74/1000 especializados (tuberculose, lepra e psiquiatria. O padrão qualitativo de atendimento hospitalar é comprometido, uma vez que somente 22,3% dos estabelecimentos contam com

  4. UM ESPAÇO DE BRINCAR:O cotidiano numa brinquedoteca hospitalar

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    BRUNA ALVES LOPES

    2014-01-01

    O presente trabalho tem por objetivo analisar a função da brinquedoteca hospitalar e o cotidiano desse espaço num hospital especializado em atendimento pediátrico administrado pela Prefeitura Municipal de Ponta Grossa PR. Para alcançarmos nosso objetivo apresentamos, num primeiro momento, o processo de construção do hospital enquanto espaço de cura, para então visualizarmos os caminhos que possibilitaram as discussões sobre a inserção do brincar e das brinquedotecas no ambiente hospitalar. Pa...

  5. Microbiologia do ar : monitorização do ar em ambiente hospitalar

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    Santos, Ana Carina Marques dos

    2008-01-01

    O complexo ambiente hospitalar requer atenção especial, para assegurar uma saudável qualidade do ar interior, protegendo assim os profissionais de saúde e utentes de infecções nosocomiais e de doenças ocupacionais. Embora seja amplamente reconhecido que a contaminação de um bloco operatório seja a principal responsável pela complicação de uma cirurgia, em Portugal, estudos sobre microbiologia do ar a nível hospitalar são escassos. O objectivo deste estudo é investigar a vari...

  6. Avaliação experimental do coeficiente global de transferência de calor em leito fixo percolado com água - DOI: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v26i1.1551

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    Gylles Ricardo Ströher

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram efetuados diversos ensaios em um trocador de calor de leito fixo recheado com esferas de aço, percolado por água líquida e aquecido através da parede, medindo-se os perfis de temperatura na parede e no centro do leito em diversas condições experimentais: 3mm ≤ dp ≤ 6,3 mm, 50 L/h 2 = 0,99. Adicionalmente, pôde-se constatar que as temperaturas próximas à parede são muito mais sensíveis a alterações da vazão do que as temperaturas na região central do leito

  7. Runtime analysis of the 1-ANT ant colony optimizer

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    Doerr, Benjamin; Neumann, Frank; Sudholt, Dirk

    2011-01-01

    The runtime analysis of randomized search heuristics is a growing field where, in the last two decades, many rigorous results have been obtained. First runtime analyses of ant colony optimization (ACO) have been conducted only recently. In these studies simple ACO algorithms such as the 1-ANT...... that give us a more detailed impression of the 1-ANT’s performance. Furthermore, the experiments also deal with the question whether using many ant solutions in one iteration can decrease the total runtime....

  8. Utilização de reator de leito fluidizado trifásico aeróbio em sistema de tratamento combinado de águas residuárias

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    Campos, Rosane Hein de

    2001-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Ambiental Neste trabalho, foram desenvolvidos estudos em um sistema de tratamento combinando reator anaeróbio (tanque séptico) com reator aeróbio (leito fluidizado trifásico), tendo como objetivo avaliar o comportamento do reator aeróbio no tratamento de esgoto sanitário e do restaurante universitário (RU), da UFSC. Utilizou-se um reator de leito fluidizado trifásico...

  9. The metapleural gland of ants

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    Yek, Sze Huei; Mueller, Ulrich G

    2011-01-01

    The metapleural gland (MG) is a complex glandular structure unique to ants, suggesting a critical role in their origin and ecological success. We synthesize the current understanding of the adaptive function, morphology, evolutionary history, and chemical properties of the MG. Two functions......-compressible invagination of the integument and the secretion is thought to ooze out passively through the non-closable opening of the MG or is groomed off by the legs and applied to target surfaces. MG loss has occurred repeatedly among the ants, particularly in the subfamilies Formicinae and Myrmicinae, and the MG...... is more commonly absent in males than in workers. MG chemistry has been characterized mostly in derived ant lineages with unique biologies (e.g. leafcutter ants, fire ants), currently precluding any inferences about MG chemistry at the origin of the ants. A synthetic approach integrating functional...

  10. Repercussões da ambiência hospitalar na perspectiva dos trabalhadores de limpeza

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    Elen Petean

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se compreender o trabalho de limpeza hospitalar da perspectiva dos trabalhadores e descrever, na visão deles, as repercussões da ambiência hospitalar sobre o seu cotidiano de vida e trabalho. É um estudo de caso de abordagem qualitativa, empregando a hermenêutica como apoio teórico-metodológico. Os dados foram colhidos por meio da observação não participante e de entrevista com cinco trabalhadoras da limpeza de um hospital universitário. A análise foi por meio de leituras, buscando-se as unidades de significados contidas na transcrição dos dados empíricos, que permitiu o desmembramento em duas categorias: o cotidiano do trabalho de limpeza hospitalar e os reflexos da terceirização na vida do trabalhador da limpeza hospitalar. No hospital estudado, predominou o trabalho feminino e a constante preocupação com os riscos à saúde, principalmente os riscos biológicos. A terceirização reflete-se diretamente sobre o trabalhador, causando-lhe a sensação de um menor valor social e humano. Aponta-se a necessidade dos hospitais oferecerem um ambiente mais acolhedor ao trabalhador terceirizado da limpeza, tão exigidos física e mentalmente.

  11. Pedagogia no ambiente hospitalar: a visão dos profissionais da saúde

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    Silvia Pereira da Silva

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo aborda a temática pedagogia no ambiente hospitalar, as necessidades do pedagogo compor a equipe multidisciplinar de saúde em ambientes hospitalares, no município de Sinop, teve como objetivo analisar qual a necessidade do profissional pedagogo no ambiente hospitalar. Essa pesquisa foi pautada na abordagem qualitativa, utilizou-se questionário aberto e fechado com médicos e enfermeiros. Concluísse com análise dos dados que os profissionais da saúde têm pouco conhecimento do tema abordado e entendem que a temática abordada tem grande importância para o dia a dia da criança hospitalizada e que as crianças não têm atendimento pedagógico no período que estão hospitalizadas. Palavras-chave: classe hospitalar; educação; saúde.

  12. Modelagem e simulação de reator de leito expandido aplicado ao hidroprocessamento de oleos pesados e residuos de destilação

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    João Capistrano Nobre de Abreu

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    Resumo: O presente trabalho apresenta a modelagem e simulação de um reator de leito fluidizado trifásico aplicado ao hidroprocessamento de óleos pesados e resíduos de destilação. Duas reações principais foram consideradas no desenvolvimento do modelo, o hidrocraqueamento e a hidrodemetalização tendo sido a primeira considerada como exclusivamente térmica e a segunda como catalítica. O grau de mistura do reator foi representado de duas maneiras distintas. Inicialmente, considerou-se o sistem...

  13. Hospitales seguros ante desastres

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    Celso Vladimir Bambaren Alatrista; María Del Socorro Alatrista Gutierrez

    2007-01-01

    Entre 1982 a 2005 se registraron daños en 1 143 establecimientos de salud en el Perú, generalmente debido a sismos, lluvias e inundaciones. Los daños en los servicios de salud producen la interrupción de la atención de la población y de los programas de salud, así como generan un gran gasto para la rehabilitación y reconstrucción. Por ello, se requiere proteger a los establecimientos de salud y desarrollar una política de hospitales seguros ante desastres que incluya medidas para prevenir o r...

  14. La vivienda ante emergencias

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    Arq. María Eugenia Gonzàlez Chipont

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo propone analizar la evolución de la vivienda como respuesta ante emergencias desde principios del siglo XX hasta nuestros días. La secuencia de casos a analizar no sigue una cronología estricta sino que se organiza en función de un creciente grado de complejidad. Comienza con los aportes fundamentales de la vivienda mínima del movimiento moderno, con un fuerte acento en lo tecnológico, para ir profundizando, mientras avanzamos en el siglo, en los aspectos sociales de la arquitectura. Sin intentar oponer lo tecnológico y lo social, la estructura propuesta expresa un enriquecimiento de la cuestión técnica conforme se van ampliando sus objetivos sociales. Mientras los requerimientos tecnológicos como la inmediatez y la masividad de la respuesta, permanecen a lo largo del tiempo, la vivienda ante emergencias puede plantearse objetivos sociales cada vez más profundos. Los casos fueron elegidos a partir de autores renombrados de la Historia de la Arquitectura partiendo de ejemplos cercanos a la génesis del movimiento moderno para acercarnos cada vez más hacia el contexto actual de Latinoamérica. Se logra así un barrido geográfco pero principalmente cultural: desde las fuentes de la modernidad, bajo el paradigma sólido de la industrialización, hasta la inestabilidad de la ciudad posindustrial latinoamericana

  15. Banho No Leito: o Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo de Pacientes Hospitalizados / Bath In Bed: the Collective Subject Discourse of Hospitalized Patients

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    Bruna Coelho Nepomuceno

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: conhecer os significados e os sentimentos dos pacientes quanto ao fato de tomar banho no leito. Materiais e métodos: estudo de abordagem qualitativa e exploratória, tendo sido entrevistados 20 pacientes hospitalizados. Para a coleta de dados utilizou-se um roteiro de entrevista semiestruturada, gravada e transcrita na íntegra. Foi utilizado o método do Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo para análise dos dados. Resultados: para os pacientes hospitalizados, banho no leito significa “impossibilidade de locomover” e “seguro”. Os sentimentos dos pacientes hospitalizados variaram entre “vergonha” e “incapacidade”. Conclusão: os discursos encontrados podem cooperar para a melhoria da abordagem da equipe de enfermagem ao realizar um cuidado cotidiano e básico da vida diária. Objective: to identify the meanings and feelings of patients considering the action of to take a bath in bed. Materials and methods: qualitative and exploratory study, 20 patients hospitalized were interviewed. To collect data, we used semi-structured interviews, recorded and transcribed in full. We used the method of the Collective Subject Discourse for data analysis. Results: for hospitalized patients, bathing in bed means "inability to move" and "safe". The feelings of hospitalized patients ranged from "shame" and "disability." Conclusion: the discourses found can cooperate to improve the approach of the nursing staff by performing a basic daily care and daily life.

  16. Pest repellent properties of ant pheromones

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    Offenberg, Joachim

    2012-01-01

    of ant pheromones may be sufficient to repel pest insects from ant territories. The study of ant semiochemicals is in its infancy, yet, evidence for their potential use in pest management is starting to build up. Pheromones from four of five tested ant species have been shown to deter herbivorous insect...... prey and competing ant species are also deterred by ant deposits, whereas ant symbionts may be attracted to them. Based on these promising initial findings, it seems advisable to further elucidate the signaling properties of ant pheromones and to test and develop their use in future pest management....

  17. Escoabilidade de leitos de partículas inertes com polpa de frutas tropicais: efeitos na secagem em leito de jorro Flowability of inert particle beds with fruit pulp: effects on the drying in spouted bed

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    Maria de F. D. de Medeiros

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, foram caracterizados seis tipos de material inerte, utilizados na secagem de polpa de frutas em leito de jorro. Determinou-se o ângulo de repouso das partículas, com e sem adição de água e de polpa de diversas frutas tropicais. Correlacionou-se a escoabilidade com as propriedades das partículas e com a composição química das polpas. Analisou-se a influência do ângulo de repouso sobre o desempenho do secador, no que se refere à produção. Os resultados mostraram que, em geral, as polpas com elevadas concentrações de gordura e sólidos insolúveis e baixos teores de açúcares redutores, facilitam a escoabilidade. Uma análise dos resultados obtidos na secagem de polpa de frutas tropicais, utilizando-se partículas de poliestireno de baixa densidade, como material inerte, mostrou que, embora a escoabilidade permita a obtenção de menores vazões de jorro mínimo, em relação ao desempenho do secador, pode não favorecer uma produção maior de pó.In this work six types of inert particles were characterized and analyzed for drying tropical fruit pulps. The repose angle was determined with and without the addition of water and pulp of various tropical fruits. The bed flowability was related to the particle properties and chemical composition of pulps. The influence of the repose angle on the drying performance was analyzed. It was also verified that the composition of pulps influenced the bed flowability. The global analysis showed that the pulps with high lipids and insoluble solids content and low reducing sugar content improved the bed flowability. The results obtained with the drying of the fruit pulps using low-density polystyrene granules as inert particles showed that high flowabilities lead to lower minimum spout flow rates, but do not necessarily lead to the highest powder production.

  18. Hospitales seguros ante desastres

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    Celso Vladimir Bambaren Alatrista

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Entre 1982 a 2005 se registraron daños en 1 143 establecimientos de salud en el Perú, generalmente debido a sismos, lluvias e inundaciones. Los daños en los servicios de salud producen la interrupción de la atención de la población y de los programas de salud, así como generan un gran gasto para la rehabilitación y reconstrucción. Por ello, se requiere proteger a los establecimientos de salud y desarrollar una política de hospitales seguros ante desastres que incluya medidas para prevenir o reducción de la vulnerabilidad estructural, no estructural y funcional en los nuevos establecimientos y en los existentes.(Rev Med Hered 2007;18:149-154.

  19. Poder, interdependência e complementaridade no trabalho hospitalar: uma análise a partir da enfermagem

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    Marta Julia Marques Lopes

    Full Text Available O ensaio em questão propõe-se a discutir as recentes transformações do trabalho hospitalar e do trabalho de enfermagem em particular. As análises privilegiam as relações inter e intra equipes multidisciplinares constitutivas das práticas envolvidas no processo terapêutico presentes no espaço-tempo hospitalar.

  20. Estágio curricular Supervisionado: percepções do aluno-terapêuta em Fonoaudiologia no âmbito hospitalar Curricular supervised traineeship: perceptions of student-therapist in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in a hospital

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    Moisés Andrade dos Santos de Queiroz

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: construir uma descrição da percepção dos estagiários do curso de fonoaudiologia em leito hospitalar. MÉTODO: pesquisa realizada durante a disciplina de Estágio Supervisionado II em Fonoaudiologia do último semestre do Curso de Graduação em Fonoaudiologia da Universidade de Fortaleza no período de fevereiro a junho de 2010. Optou-se por uma abordagem qualitativa registrando-se, por parte dos estagiários-pesquisadores, suas impressões pessoais, por meio da construção de diários e notas de campo, no atendimento a pacientes neurogênicos à beira do leito. RESULTADOS: as categorias encontradas dividiram-se em: ansiedade e frustração; insegurança e incapacidade; angústia, tristeza e medo; empoderamento profissional; empatia e lembranças e; sentimentos negativos. Os sentimentos ressaltaram o medo de intervir com o paciente. Porém, a rotina faz o estagiário mais seguro quanto aos seus procedimentos e, com o tempo, é possível controlar os sentimentos em relação às medidas a serem tomadas junto ao paciente. CONCLUSÃO: concluiu-se que as percepções referidas pelos estagiários estão diretamente relacionadas ao impacto emocional inicial. A falta da vivência interfere na atuação, fazendo o aluno buscar o apoio do docente. É pela experiência que o estagiário adquire conhecimento técnico-prático, proporcionando uma reflexão crítica que o leva à autoconfiança. A importância de levar o aluno ao pensamento crítico-reflexivo torna-o um profissional consciente de seu papel na sociedade, possibilitando a um atendimento mais humanizado e diferenciado implicando em uma melhora na qualidade de atendimento do paciente debilitado.PURPOSE: to build a description of perception of students-therapists of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in hospital bedside. METHOD: the research was carried out during the discipline of supervised traineeship II in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences the semester of the

  1. Ultrassom à beira do leito como ferramenta prática para avaliação da massa muscular

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    Diogo Oliveira Toledo

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Avaliar a intra e interconfiabilidade, e a facilidade de medir a espessura muscular do quadríceps, usando ultrassom à beira do leito. Métodos: Trata-se de um estudo prospectivo, observacional. A avaliação da espessura muscular do quadríceps foi realizada em dois pontos de referência e quantificada com ultrassom portátil em modo B em dois voluntários saudáveis. Para padronização das medidas e validação das coletas das imagens, foi realizada capacitação da equipe por meio de treinamentos com aulas teóricas e práticas, com carga horária de 6 horas. Resultados: Foram examinadas 112 imagens pelo treinador e comparadas com os alunos. A correlação de Person encontrou excelente relação entre o treinador e todos os alunos (R2 > 0,90. A melhor associação foi entre o treinador e os nutricionistas (R2: 0,99; p < 0,001, e a pior, entre o treinador e alunos médicos (R2: 0,92; p < 0,001. Quanto à comparação de Bland-Altman, a maior porcentagem de erro encontrada entre treinador e alunos foi de 5,12% (IC95% 3,64 - 12,37 e a menor, 1,01% (IC95% 0,72 - 2,58; o maior viés dos valores descrito foi -0,12 ± 0,19, e o menor, -0,01 ± 0,04. Conclusão: Os dados analisados mostraram boa correlação entre as medidas feitas pelo instrutor e alunos, mostrando que o ultrassom de músculo quadríceps é uma ferramenta viável e de fácil aplicabilidade.

  2. Conhecimentos em atenção pré-hospitalar e suporte básico de vida por estudantes recém-ingressos de medicina

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    Evanira Rodrigues Maia

    Full Text Available Reconhecer sinais iminentes de morte em vítimas de trauma, acidente vascular encefálico e acidentes domésticos constitui parte do Suporte Básico de Vida (SBV, ação fundamental à prática médica. Objetivou-se investigar o conhecimento em manobras no SBV e urgências domiciliares entre estudantes recém-ingressos de Medicina. Estudo quantitativo, analítico e quase-experimental, realizado com estudantes do primeiro semestre 2012.2 do curso de Medicina de universidade pública do Ceará - Campus Cariri em Barbalha (CE, Brasil. Os dados foram coletados em fases. Na primeira etapa, aplicou-se um questionário com 40 perguntas de múltipla escolha sobre manobras de atendimento pré-hospitalar em SBV como pré-teste de forma presencial. A segunda etapa consistiu num minicurso de 20 horas com profissional treinado. Na terceira fase, utilizou-se pós-teste para comparar as questões acertadas antes e depois do curso. Quanto aos conhecimentos adquiridos, houve acréscimo nos temas traumatismo raquimedular, liberação de vias aéreas e cuidados domiciliares. Há necessidade de realizar cursos com maior carga horária para fundamentar uma prática médica centrada nos temas de menor rendimento dos estudantes.

  3. Psicologia da saúde crítica no contexto hospitalar

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    Denis Barros de Carvalho

    Full Text Available O texto apresenta uma discussão sobre a Psicologia da saúde no contexto hospitalar a partir de uma perspectiva histórica e ética, mostrando como o desenvolvimento desse campo foi caracterizado pelo surgimento de duas perspectivas: a Psicologia da saúde tradicional e a Psicologia da saúde crítica. O modelo de quatro abordagens à Psicologia da saúde é apresentado e reformulado com a inclusão do conceito de Psicologia sanitária, e a prática em Psicologia da saúde é discutida à luz do conceito de reflexividade. Por fim, alguns questionamentos derivados da Psicologia da saúde crítica são feitos à prática do psicólogo no contexto hospitalar.

  4. A infecção hospitalar em mato grosso: desafios e perspectivas para a enfermagem

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    Denise Gonçalves Cardoso

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Texto reflexivo que presenta la situación de la infección hospitalaria en el estado de Mato Grosso, relacionándola con las condiciones geográficas y de trabajo para la enfermería. Aborda también, la revisión sobre la infección hospitalar, el ambiente hospitalario, los riesgos biológicos, la arquitectura hospitalaria y su relación con el control de infección y el proceso de trabajo en la enfermería. Muestra los desafios y perspectivas para el control de infección hospitalar en el estado, destacando el papel del enfermero como articulador y motivador de los saberes y que hacever para una real actuación

  5. Entrevistar crianças/jovens: relato de uma experiência em contexto hospitalar

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    Carla Hiolanda Ferreira Esteves

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The text aims at reflecting upon the experience of interviewing children, between 5 and 14 years, in a hospital environment in the North of Portugal. They were inquired about their experience in interacting with clown-doctors. Along with a theoretical approach about ethics and research with children and youngsters, we describe all the ethical procedures undertaken in preparing and carrying out the interview (before and during it. We also analyze the difficulties felt by the interviewer and that may have interfered with the conduction of the interview itself and data collection during it. Factors like age, personality, and physical condition of the child and youngster will be described and analyzed. Excerpts of the interviews will be used to provide examples. Finally, we will discuss some conclusions with the aim of situating the difficulties and validate the interview as qualitative methodology in this context. O presente artigo pretende ser uma reflexão acerca de uma experiência de entrevistar crianças e jovens, entre os 5 e 14 anos, em contexto de internamento hospitalar num hospital da zona de Norte de Portugal. Estes foram inquiridos sobre a sua experiência de interação com doutores-palhaços. A par de uma abordagem teórica sobre a ética e a investigação com crianças e jovens, apresentam-se todos os cuidados éticos tidos na preparação e execução da entrevista (antes e durante a entrevista, bem como as dificuldades sentidas pela entrevistadora e que poderão ter condicionado o desenrolar das entrevistas e a recolha dos dados inerentes às mesmas. São apresentados e analisados fatores como a idade, o temperamento e o estado físico da criança e jovem. Para exemplificar, são apresentados excertos de entrevistas. Finalmente, são tecidas considerações finais, que procuram enquadrar as dificuldades referidas e validar a metodologia qualitativa que é a entrevista. El presente artículo pretende ser una reflexión desde una

  6. TAXAS DE INFECÇÃO HOSPITALAR EM UMA UNIDADE DE TERAPIA INTENSIVA NEONATAL

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    Waleska de Oliveira Bittencourt

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva quantitativa que teve o seguinte objetivo: identificar as taxas de infecção hospitalar relacionadas ao trato vascular em recém-nascidos hospitalizados na Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal de um Hospital Universitário localizado no estado do Rio de Janeiro no período de 2005 a 2007. A amostra foi constituída todos os recém-nascidos internados em 2005 e 2007. Os resultados indicaram que, embora a taxa de infecções hospitalares em 2007 seja menor que no ano de 2005, a proporção de infecções relacionadas ao trato vascular sofreu um discreto aumento considerando as demais topografias. Embora a educação continuada seja empregada na unidade, acredita-se que fatores como a alta rotatividade de profissionais e o uso de mais cateteres venosos centrais na rotina reduzam sua efetividade. Desta forma, foram elaboradas algumas propostas para a redução das infecções hospitalares na unidade estudada.

  7. Próteses de comunicação e alinhamento comportamental sobre impressos hospitalares

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    Paulo Roberto Vasconcellos-Silva

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se revisão da literatura sobre publicações que descrevem experiências com material impresso distribuído ao público leigo em instituições hospitalares. Excluindo impressos para profissionais ou portadores de incapacidades, dentre 146 trabalhos, foram obtidos 75 artigos que ilustram o padrão atual de racionalidade da produção, uso e avaliação deste tipo de recurso. Esses artigos investem no poder da "informação impressa ideal" para alinhar comportamentos à agenda biomédica hospitalar. A racionalidade instrumental que os permeia percebe o "pacote informativo perfeito" como aquele que explicita eficientemente seus conteúdos técnicos, para fins de convencimento unilateral, atualizado segundo escalas de legibilidade, adornado por projeto gráfico e enfatizando prioridades definidas pelos profissionais. Tais "próteses de comunicação" seriam passíveis de validação eletrônica, por intermédio de softwares competentes em adequar "doses" e conteúdos. Discute-se a informação como fármaco, o cognitivismo, a ausência de pesquisas de recepção e a necessidade da ação comunicativa, para desconstrução de tais sistemas de pensamento fechados no ambiente hospitalar.

  8. Próteses de comunicação e alinhamento comportamental sobre impressos hospitalares

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    Vasconcellos-Silva Paulo Roberto

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se revisão da literatura sobre publicações que descrevem experiências com material impresso distribuído ao público leigo em instituições hospitalares. Excluindo impressos para profissionais ou portadores de incapacidades, dentre 146 trabalhos, foram obtidos 75 artigos que ilustram o padrão atual de racionalidade da produção, uso e avaliação deste tipo de recurso. Esses artigos investem no poder da "informação impressa ideal" para alinhar comportamentos à agenda biomédica hospitalar. A racionalidade instrumental que os permeia percebe o "pacote informativo perfeito" como aquele que explicita eficientemente seus conteúdos técnicos, para fins de convencimento unilateral, atualizado segundo escalas de legibilidade, adornado por projeto gráfico e enfatizando prioridades definidas pelos profissionais. Tais "próteses de comunicação" seriam passíveis de validação eletrônica, por intermédio de softwares competentes em adequar "doses" e conteúdos. Discute-se a informação como fármaco, o cognitivismo, a ausência de pesquisas de recepção e a necessidade da ação comunicativa, para desconstrução de tais sistemas de pensamento fechados no ambiente hospitalar.

  9. Esophageal and stomach malignant neoplasms characterization at Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba

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    Mauro Razuk Filho

    2014-04-01

    Objectives: the aim of this study is to collect and organize data on the incidence and prevalence of patients with malignant neoplasms of the esophagus and stomach in Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba of the past six years. Methods: we conducted a survey of data on incidence, prevalence, age and sex of patients with malignant neoplasms of the esophagus and stomach that were admitted, treated and/or surgery at Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba, in the last six years. Results: we analyzed the cases of 179 patients hospitalized in Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba between the years 2007 and 2012, with the diagnosis of malignancy of the esophagus and/or stomach. Of this total, 131 are male and 48 female, 106 were operated (total or subtotal gastrectomy, esophagectomy, esophagogastrectomy, 73 were diagnosed with esophageal cancer (ICD10: C15, C15 0 to 9 and 118 with cancer stomach (ICD10: C16, C16 0 to 9 and 54 died. The average age of patients was 59.74 years (being 60.32 years for males and 58.18 years for women. Conclusions: based on these data, we conclude that our record of cases is lower than expected in the literature.

  10. A cellular automata model for ant trails

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    In this study, the unidirectional ant traffic flow with U-turn in an ant trail was inves- tigated using ... the literature, it was considered in the model that (i) ant colony consists of two kinds of ants, good- ... ponents without a central controller [8].

  11. ANT, tourism and situated globality

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    Jóhannesson, Gunnar Thór; Ren, Carina Bregnholm; van der Duim, René

    2015-01-01

    viable descriptions of the collective condition of humans and more-than-humans in the Anthropocene. Also and moving past a merely descriptive approach, it discusses it as a useful tool to engage with the situated globalities which come into being through the socio-spatial coupling of tourism......In recent years Actor-network theory (ANT) has increasingly been felt in the field of tourism studies (Van der Duim, Ren, & Jóhannesson, 2012). An important implication of the meeting between ANT and tourism studies is the notion of tourism being described as a heterogeneous assemblage of what we...... are used to define as the separate spheres of nature and culture. This paper explores and relates the central tenets of ANT in tourism with regard to the concept of the Anthropocene. It presents the ANT approach as a flat and object-oriented ontology and methodology and explores its potentials to carve out...

  12. Ants Orase kultuurisõnum

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    2007-01-01

    26. jaanuaril toimub Tallinna Ülikooli Akadeemilises Raamatukogus seminar silmapaistvast Eesti teadlasest ja tõlkijast Ants Orasest. Esinevad kirjandusteadlased Tallinna Ülikoolist, Tartu Ülikoolist ja Eesti Kirjandusmuuseumist. Avaettekandeks on sõna Oklahoma Ülikooli professoril Vincent B. Leitchil, kes oli Ants Orase viimaseks juhendatavaks doktorandiks. Seminari korraldavad Tallinna Ülikool ja Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum. Vt ka Postimees, 26, jaan., lk. 18

  13. Peso ao nascer e mortalidade hospitalar entre nascidos vivos, 1975-1996 Birth weight and hospital mortality among the newborns in maternity, 1975-1996

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    Gladys GB Mariotoni

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Conhecer a evolução do peso ao nascer e a mortalidade hospitalar de nascidos vivos em maternidade de Campinas, SP. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 215.435 nascimentos ocorridos em maternidade do Município de Campinas, SP, de 1975 a 1996. As informações foram coletadas de livros de registro e relatórios de assistência médica. Foram analisados os óbitos ocorridos antes da alta hospitalar, independentemente da idade. Para a análise dos dados, utilizou-se o programa Epi Info 6.01. RESULTADOS: O baixo peso se manteve próximo a 9% desde os anos 70, concentrando82% dos óbitos hospitalares em 1996. O peso insuficiente foi observado em 24% dos nascidos vivos. Em 1975, 13,3% dos nascidos com peso entre 1.000 g e 1.499 g sobreviveram e 73,8% dos nascidos com peso entre 1.500 g e 1.999 g. Em 1996, a sobrevida foi 69,1% e 87,7%, respectivamente. Houve grande diminuição do número de óbitos especialmente na faixa de 1.000 g a 1.499 g (de 867 para 309 por mil nascidos vivos, redução de 64,5% e de 1.500 g a 1.999 g (de 264 para 123 por mil nascidos vivos, redução de 53,4%. A mortalidade hospitalar entre aqueles de peso abaixo de 1.000 g permaneceu entre 78,9% e 100,0%, mesmo nos anos 90. Observou-se queda da mortalidade hospitalar de 17 para 11 por mil nascidos vivos. CONCLUSÕES: Não houve modificação na distribuição do peso ao nascer, a despeito deavanços apresentados por Campinas. Contudo, observou-se queda da mortalidade hospitalar. Outros estudos são necessários para compreender esse perfil.OBJECTIVE: To assess the trend of birth weight and hospital mortality rate of newborns, in a maternity hospital of Campinas, SP. METHODS: A total of 215,435 births of a maternity hospital in Campinas, S. Paulo State, Brazil, was studied between 1976 and 1996. Information was collected from registration files and annual reports of medical care. All the newborns from that period were included. The causes of death that occurred before the

  14. Modelos de serviços hospitalares para casos agudos em idosos

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    Coelho Filho João Macedo

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Embora a atenção ao idoso seja uma prioridade emergente no Brasil, pouca ênfase tem sido dada a modelos de organização de serviços hospitalares para pacientes geriátricos. São revisados modelos de serviços hospitalares para admissão e manuseio de casos agudos em idosos, com ênfase na discussão sobre o papel e o posicionamento da medicina geriátrica (incluindo sua interface com especialidades e com a clínica médica no âmbito da atenção hospitalar. Foi realizada pesquisa na base de dados Medline (1989-1999, bem como nos principais livros-texto de geriatria e de gerontologia, buscando identificar descrições de serviços hospitalares para cuidado agudo de pacientes idosos. As características dos modelos identificados foram compiladas e descritas à luz de sua adequação à realidade dos serviços de saúde no Brasil. Exemplos de intervenções em geriatria, com efetividade demonstrada através de revisões sistemáticas, foram também citadas. Os modelos mais freqüentemente relatados foram cuidado prolongado, tradicional, baseado na idade cronológica, não especializado e integrado. Adaptações e variantes de alguns desses modelos foram freqüentemente relatadas, assim como seu impacto potencial na efetividade do cuidado geriátrico. Evidências sobre o melhor modelo a seguir não foram identificadas, mas aqueles modelos favorecendo a integração da geriatria com a clínica geral pareceram mais adequados à nossa realidade. Ressalta a necessidade de reestruturação de serviços de saúde para responder às novas demandas que surgem com o envelhecimento da população, bem como do delineamento de serviços hospitalares para casos agudos, importantes para a efetividade do cuidado geriátrico e que devem ser objeto de maior debate e pesquisa no Brasil.

  15. Influência da temperatura de secagem em leito de jorro sob as características físico-químicas do repolho roxo

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    Analha Dyalla Feitosa Lins

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available O repolho é uma hortaliça folhosa com grande valor nutritivo e poder antioxidante, porém rapidamente deteriora-se pelo elevado teor de água. O processo de desidratação de polpa ou purê de frutas e hortaliças tem sido amplamente empregado, devido a preservação das qualidades nutricionais e por sua vez, a secagem em leito de jorro vem sendo amplamente utilizada por atender principalmente esse requisito. Embora os resultados relativos à qualidade dos pós, indiquem a viabilidade do leito de jorro, faz-se necessários estudar qual a influência da temperatura nas características físico-químicas do pó obtido. Tendo em vista todos os argumentos mostrados, o presente trabalho tem como objetivo estudar a influência da temperatura do leito de jorro nas características físico-químicas do repolho roxo. Primeiramente foi obtido o sumo e a caracterização físico-químico do mesmo, em seguida o mesmo foi desidratado em leito de jorro nas temperaturas de 60, 70 e 80 °C e posteriormente os pós obtidos foram submetidos a avaliação físico-química: atividade de água, teor de água, pH, acidez total titulável, teor de sólidos solúveis (°Brix e cor. Os valores de atividade de água e acidez diminuíram com o aumento da temperatura ocorrendo o inverso para os outros parâmetros. Sendo verificada uma influência significativa da temperatura sob os parâmetros físico-químicos.Influence of drying temperature in spouted bed under the physicochemical characteristics of red cabbageAbstract: Cabbage is a leafy vegetable with high nutritional value and antioxidant power, but quickly deteriorates because of the high water content. The pulp or mashed fruits and vegetables dehydration process has been widely used due to preservation of nutritional quality, and in turn, the drying in spouted bed has been widely used to cater mainly this requirement. Although the results on the quality of post indicate the feasibility of the spouted bed, it is

  16. Using Ants as bioindicators: Multiscale Issues in Ant Community Ecology

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    Alan Andersen

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    Full Text Available Ecological patterns and processes are characteristically scale dependent, and research findings often cannot be translated easily from one scale to another. Conservation biology is challenged by a lack of congruence between the spatial scales of ecological research (typically involving small plots and land management (typically involving whole landscapes. Here, I discuss spatial scaling issues as they relate to an understanding of ant communities and, consequently, their use as bioindicators in land management. Our perceptions of fundamental patterns and processes in ant communities depend on scale: taxa that are behaviorally dominant at one scale are not necessarily so at others, functional groups recognized at one scale are often inappropriate for others, and the role of competition in community structure depends on the scale of analysis. Patterns of species richness and composition, and the ability of total richness to be estimated by surrogates, are all also scale dependent. Ant community ecology has a tradition of detailed studies in small plots, but the use of ants as bioindicators requires a predictive understanding of community structure and dynamics at a range of spatial scales. Such an appreciation of ant communities and their most effective use as bioindicators is best served by studies integrating results from plot-scale research with the broad-scale paradigms of biogeography, systematics, and evolutionary biology.

  17. Caída de presión en lecho fijo de cubos de papa, remolacha y zanahoria considerando encogimiento Queda de pressão em leito fixo de cubos de batata, beterraba e cenoura considerando encolhimento

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    Javier Telis-Romero

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo fue determinada experimentalmente la porosidad de lechos de cubos de papa, remolacha y zanahoria en función de la humedad con aristas iniciales de 8mm. La porosidad del lecho, con diferentes contenidos de humedad obtenida por secado a 70ºC por diferentes tempos, fue calculada utilizando las determinaciones experimentales de volumen del lecho y volumen real de las partículas. Estos dos volumenes fueran bien representados por ecuaciónes lineares basadas en la Ley de la aditividad de los volumens. La porosidad fue representada satisfactoriamente por una ecuación parabólica. La relación volumen del lecho adimensional y humedad fue representada por polinomios de tercer grado. Utilizando un equipamiento con sistema de control, fue determinada experimentalmente la caída de presión a través de un lecho fijo de cubos de papas, zanahoria y remolacha de 100mm de espesura y los resultados fueron representados de manera satisfactoria por una ecuación obtenida por una modificación empírica del modelo de Ergun. Como era de esperarse, la caída de pression aumento com la disminución de la porosidad del lecho, consequencia del encogimiento de los productos.Neste trabalho, o porosidade de leitos de cubos de batata, beterraba e cenoura com arestas iniciais de 8mm, foi determinada experimentalmente em função da umidade. A porosidade do leito, com diferentes umidades, obtidas por secagem a 70ºC por tempos diferentes, foi calculada utilizando-se as determinações experimentais de volume do leito e volume real das partículas. Esses dois volumes foram bem representados por equações lineares baseadas na lei da adtividade dos volumes. A porosidade foi representada satisfatoriamente por uma equação parabólica. A relação entre o volume do leito admensional e a umidade foram representadas por polinômios de terceiro grau. A queda de pressão através de um leito fixo de cubos de batata, beterraba e cenoura de 100mm de espessura foi

  18. Monoculture of leafcutter ant gardens.

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    Ulrich G Mueller

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Leafcutter ants depend on the cultivation of symbiotic Attamyces fungi for food, which are thought to be grown by the ants in single-strain, clonal monoculture throughout the hundreds to thousands of gardens within a leafcutter nest. Monoculture eliminates cultivar-cultivar competition that would select for competitive fungal traits that are detrimental to the ants, whereas polyculture of several fungi could increase nutritional diversity and disease resistance of genetically variable gardens.Using three experimental approaches, we assessed cultivar diversity within nests of Atta leafcutter ants, which are most likely among all fungus-growing ants to cultivate distinct cultivar genotypes per nest because of the nests' enormous sizes (up to 5000 gardens and extended lifespans (10-20 years. In Atta texana and in A. cephalotes, we resampled nests over a 5-year period to test for persistence of resident cultivar genotypes within each nest, and we tested for genetic differences between fungi from different nest sectors accessed through excavation. In A. texana, we also determined the number of Attamyces cells carried as a starter inoculum by a dispersing queens (minimally several thousand Attamyces cells, and we tested for genetic differences between Attamyces carried by sister queens dispersing from the same nest. Except for mutational variation arising during clonal Attamyces propagation, DNA fingerprinting revealed no evidence for fungal polyculture and no genotype turnover during the 5-year surveys.Atta leafcutter ants can achieve stable, fungal monoculture over many years. Mutational variation emerging within an Attamyces monoculture could provide genetic diversity for symbiont choice (gardening biases of the ants favoring specific mutational variants, an analog of artificial selection.

  19. Pest repelling properties of ant pheromones

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    Offenberg, Joachim

    2014-01-01

    Ants control pests via predation and physical deterrence; however, ant communication is based on chemical cues which may serve as warning signals to potential prey and other intruders. The presence of ant pheromones may, thus, be sufficient to repel pests from ant territories. This mini-review sh......-review shows that four out of five tested ant species deposit pheromones that repel herbivorous prey from their host plants.......Ants control pests via predation and physical deterrence; however, ant communication is based on chemical cues which may serve as warning signals to potential prey and other intruders. The presence of ant pheromones may, thus, be sufficient to repel pests from ant territories. This mini...

  20. How ants drop out: ant abundance on tropical mountains.

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    Longino, John T; Branstetter, Michael G; Colwell, Robert K

    2014-01-01

    In tropical wet forests, ants are a large proportion of the animal biomass, but the factors determining abundance are not well understood. We characterized ant abundance in the litter layer of 41 mature wet forest sites spread throughout Central America (Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) and examined the impact of elevation (as a proxy for temperature) and community species richness. Sites were intentionally chosen to minimize variation in precipitation and seasonality. From sea level to 1500 m ant abundance very gradually declined, community richness declined more rapidly than abundance, and the local frequency of the locally most common species increased. These results suggest that within this elevational zone, density compensation is acting, maintaining high ant abundance as richness declines. In contrast, in sites above 1500 m, ant abundance dropped abruptly to much lower levels. Among these high montane sites, community richness explained much more of the variation in abundance than elevation, and there was no evidence of density compensation. The relative stability of abundance below 1500 m may be caused by opposing effects of temperature on productivity and metabolism. Lower temperatures may decrease productivity and thus the amount of food available for consumers, but slower metabolisms of consumers may allow maintenance of higher biomass at lower resource supply rates. Ant communities at these lower elevations may be highly interactive, the result of continuous habitat presence over geological time. High montane sites may be ephemeral in geological time, resulting in non-interactive communities dominated by historical and stochastic processes. Abundance in these sites may be determined by the number of species that manage to colonize and/or avoid extinction on mountaintops.

  1. How ants drop out: ant abundance on tropical mountains.

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    John T Longino

    Full Text Available In tropical wet forests, ants are a large proportion of the animal biomass, but the factors determining abundance are not well understood. We characterized ant abundance in the litter layer of 41 mature wet forest sites spread throughout Central America (Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica and examined the impact of elevation (as a proxy for temperature and community species richness. Sites were intentionally chosen to minimize variation in precipitation and seasonality. From sea level to 1500 m ant abundance very gradually declined, community richness declined more rapidly than abundance, and the local frequency of the locally most common species increased. These results suggest that within this elevational zone, density compensation is acting, maintaining high ant abundance as richness declines. In contrast, in sites above 1500 m, ant abundance dropped abruptly to much lower levels. Among these high montane sites, community richness explained much more of the variation in abundance than elevation, and there was no evidence of density compensation. The relative stability of abundance below 1500 m may be caused by opposing effects of temperature on productivity and metabolism. Lower temperatures may decrease productivity and thus the amount of food available for consumers, but slower metabolisms of consumers may allow maintenance of higher biomass at lower resource supply rates. Ant communities at these lower elevations may be highly interactive, the result of continuous habitat presence over geological time. High montane sites may be ephemeral in geological time, resulting in non-interactive communities dominated by historical and stochastic processes. Abundance in these sites may be determined by the number of species that manage to colonize and/or avoid extinction on mountaintops.

  2. Simulação computacional do processamento catalítico do glicerol em reator de leito gotejante para a obtenção 1,2-propanodiol e etilenoglicol

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    MELO, Rafael Araújo

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    O uso de sistemas contínuos é extensivamente empregado na indústria química uma vez que essa prática acarreta em processos mais eficientes que os descontínuos. No patamar atual, a reação de hidrogenólise do glicerol foi conduzida em reatores descontínuos do tipo leito de lama, tais reatores são indicados apenas para uso em produções em baixa escala como laboratórios e pequenas unidades industriais. Esse trabalho visou à possibilidade da implantação desta reação em reator de leito gotejante (c...

  3. Diabetes nos partos hospitalares em sistemas de saude publico e privado

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    Carla Regina de Souza Teixeira

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar tendências da presença do diagnóstico de diabetes mellitus em partos hospitalares. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal com dados analisados de partos hospitalares de gestantes residentes em Ribeirão Preto, SP, no período de 1998 a 2007. Os dados foram obtidos no Centro de Processamento de Dados Hospitalares da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, referentes à categoria diabetes mellitus na gravidez. Os dados analisados foram: faixa etária, tipo de parto (vaginal ou cirúrgico, duração da internação e tipo de assistência pública (SUS ou privada (saúde suplementar e particular. RESULTADOS: Houve aumento de 3,9 vezes na proporção de partos com menção de diabetes em relação ao total de partos (p = 0,01. Esse aumento foi de 4,5 vezes nos partos pela assistência pública (p = 0,01 e de 3 vezes na assistência privada (p = 0,01. Observou-se aumento da presença de diabetes em todas as faixas etárias, proporcionalmente mais acentuado nas mais baixas. A frequência de parto cirúrgico nas gestações com menção de diabetes diminuiu de 64,5% em 1998/1999 para 39,8% em 2006/2007 na assistência pública; e na privada a frequência se manteve sempre acima de 90%. CONCLUSÕES: Houve tendência crescente da presença de diabetes mellitus nos partos hospitalares ao longo dos biênios, apesar da tendência de diminuição do número de partos e aumento da população feminina em idade reprodutiva residente em Ribeirão Preto. Essa tendência necessita não só de sua identificação e tratamento, mas também de intervenções pré-gestacionais que possam revertê-la.

  4. Fatores de risco para mortalidade hospitalar nas reoperações valvares

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    BRANDÃO Carlos Manuel de Almeida

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar fatores de risco para mortalidade hospitalar em reoperações valvares. MÉTODO: Foi realizada análise prospectiva de 194 pacientes submetidos a reoperações valvares no período entre julho de 1995 e junho de 1999. As variáveis estudadas foram: sexo, idade, classe funcional, número e tipo de operações prévias, intervalo entre as operações, caráter da operação, creatinina sérica, fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo, diâmetros diastólico e sistólico do ventrículo esquerdo, pressão sistólica de ventrículo direito, atividade de protrombina, relação do tempo de tromboplastina parcial ativada, contagem de plaquetas, tempo de circulação extracorpórea, tempo de pinçamento aórtico, posição e número de valvas, tipo de procedimento, operações associadas e volume de sangramento intra-operatório. Análise univariada e multivariada foi realizada para determinar os fatores de risco para mortalidade hospitalar. RESULTADOS: A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 8,8% (17 pacientes. A análise univariada identificou as seguintes variáveis associadas a maior mortalidade: classe funcional avançada, fração de ejeção do ventrículo esquerdo baixa, atividade de protrombina baixa, creatinina elevada, tempo de circulação extracorpórea prolongado, tempo de pinçamento aórtico prolongado, procedimentos associados e volume de sangramento intra-operatório elevado. Na análise multivariada foram significativas: classe funcional IV, creatinina > 1,5 mg/dl e tempo de circulação extracorpórea > 120 minutos. CONCLUSÕES: As variáveis classe funcional IV, creatinina > 1,5 mg/dl e tempo de circulação extracorpórea > 120 minutos são fatores de risco independentes para mortalidade hospitalar nas reoperações valvares.

  5. Cultura empresarial de gestão de estoque na cadeia logística integrada ao ambiente hospitalar

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    José Matias Pereira

    2009-01-01

    Existem algumas evidências de que a logística no segmento hospitalar no Brasil, especialmente nos grandes hospitais públicos e privados, está passando por um período de significativas mudanças. Essas alterações estão ocorrendo, tanto em termos das práticas empresariais como da eficiência, qualidade e disponibilidade da infra-estrutura em equipamentos e comunicações, elementos fundamentais para a existência de uma logística hospitalar moderna.

  6. Os direitos dos usuários da saúde em casos de infecção hospitalar

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    Sousa,Cristina Maria Miranda de; Alves,Maria do Socorro da Costa Feitosa; Moura,Maria Eliete Batista; Silva,Antonia Oliveira

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    O estudo objetivou apreender as Representações Sociais dos direitos dos usuários da saúde em casos de Infecção Hospitalar. Pesquisa exploratória com 28 profissionais da saúde e do direito de um hospital público de Teresina-PI. Os dados foram produzidos através de entrevistas e processados pelo software Alceste 4.8. Os resultados apontaram ancoragens sociais, psicológicas e psicossociológicas das representações da infecção hospitalar, objetivadas por imagens negativas e positivas, dimensionada...

  7. O desenvolvimento dos "Diagnosis Related Groups"- DRGs. Metodologia de classificação de pacientes hospitalares

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    Noronha,Marina F.; Veras,Cláudia T.; Leite,Iuri C.; Martins,Monica S.; Braga Neto,Francisco; Silver,Lynn

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    É descrito o processo de desenvolvimento do sistema de classificação de pacientes internados em hospitais que atendem casos agudos, denominada Diagnosis Relatd Group - DRGs, desenvolvido e difundido por pesquisadores da Universidade de Yale, USA. Esse sistema vem a ser um instrumento que permite a mensuração do produto hospitalar, principalmente sob o ponto de vista gerencial. São apresentadas considerações acerca do que é entendido como produto hospitalar, seguindo nos meandros do desenvolvi...

  8. Preditores de mortalidade hospitalar em pacientes com embolia pulmonar estáveis hemodinamicamente Predictores de mortalidad hospitalaria en pacientes con embolia pulmonar estables hemodinámicamente Predictors of hospital mortality in hemodynamically stable patients with pulmonary embolism

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    André Volschan

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A embolia pulmonar apresenta alta mortalidade em pacientes com hipotensão arterial ou choque circulatório. Entretanto, em pacientes hemodinamicamente estáveis, a associação de algumas variáveis clínicas com a mortalidade ainda não está claramente estabelecida. OBJETIVOS: Derivar um modelo de estratificação do risco de mortalidade intra-hospitalar em pacientes com embolia pulmonar hemodinamicamente estáveis. MÉTODOS: Estudo de coorte multicêntrico prospectivo de 582 pacientes consecutivos que foram admitidos em unidades de emergência ou de terapia intensiva, com suspeita clínica de embolia pulmonar, e que tiveram o diagnóstico confirmado por meio de um ou mais dos seguintes exames: arteriografia pulmonar, angiotomografia computadorizada helicoidal, angioressonância magnética, ecodopplercardiograma, cintilografia pulmonar ou duplex-scan venoso. Os dados sobre características demográficas, comorbidades e manifestações clínicas foram coletados e incluídos em uma análise de regressão logística para compor o modelo de predição. RESULTADOS: A mortalidade global foi de 14,1%. Foram identificadas como variáveis independentes de risco de óbito: idade > 65 anos; repouso no leito > 72h; cor pulmonale crônico; taquicardia sinusal e taquipnéia. Após a estratificação por faixas de risco, observaram-se mortalidades de 5,4%, 17,8% e 31,3%, respectivamente nos subgrupos de baixo, moderado e alto riscos. O modelo mostrou sensibilidade de 65,5% e especificidade de 80%, com uma área sob a curva de 0,77. CONCLUSÃO: Em pacientes hemodinamicamente estáveis com embolia pulmonar, a idade > 65 anos, o repouso no leito > 72h, o cor pulmonale crônico, a taquicardia sinusal e a taquipnéia foram preditores independentes da mortalidade intra-hospitalar. Entretanto o modelo de predição necessita ser validado em outras populações para sua incorporação à prática clínica.FUNDAMENTO: La embolia pulmonar presenta alta

  9. Male parentage in army ants

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    Kronauer, Daniel J C; Schöning, Caspar; Boomsma, Jacobus J

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    of active research in insect sociobiology. Here we present microsatellite data for 176 males from eight colonies of the African army ant Dorylus (Anomma) molestus. Comparison with worker genotypes and inferred queen genotypes from the same colonies show that workers do not or at best very rarely reproduce...

  10. A cellular automata model for ant trails

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    In this study, the unidirectional ant traffic flow with U-turn in an ant trail was investigated using one-dimensional cellular automata model. It is known that ants communicate with each other by dropping a chemical, called pheromone, on the substrate. Apart from the studies in the literature, it was considered in the model that ...

  11. Fungal Adaptations to Mutualistic Life with Ants

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    Kooij, Pepijn Wilhelmus

    Fungus-growing ants (Attini) feed off a fungus they cultivate in a mutualistic symbiosis in underground chambers by providing it substrate they collect outside the colony. The tribe of Attine ants ranges from small colonies of the paleo- and basal Attine species with a few hundred workers that fo...... that the fungus evolved some incredible adaptations to a mutualistic life with the ants....

  12. O significado da nutrição parenteral para o cliente no contexto hospitalar

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    Consuelo Helena Aires de Freitas Lopes

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    Full Text Available A necessidade de compreender o significado da nutrição parenteral para o cliente no contexto hospitalar surgiu das nossas inquietações diante do cuidado de enfermagem. Realizaram-se observações participantes, entrevistas e anotações de campo junto a sete clientes hospitalizados, que se encontravam sob nutrição parenteral. O sentido das investigações foi centrado na indagação: como você está se sentindo com a nutrição parenteral? Os dados foram analisados numa abordagem interacionista, mostrando as dificuldades enfrentadas pelos clientes na assistência hospitalar, como percebiam eles a nutrição parenteral e que significados eram atribuídos a essa terapêutica. O estudo revelou os sentimentos, comportamentos e atitudes relacionados aos aspectos biológico, emocional e sócio-cultural do cliente, ligados à nutrição parenteral, demonstrando, também as limitações impostas ao cliente sob esse tratamento, bem como as dificuldades na assistência de enfermagem.

  13. Tocar: atenção ao vínculo no ambiente hospitalar

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    Maria Martha Duque de Moura

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    Full Text Available Foram investigados vínculos entre profissionais de saúde e pacientes em hospital materno-infantil terciário e público, especializado em gravidez de alto risco fetal e doenças de alta complexidade na infância e adolescência, visando verificar se intervenções que "tocam" (mães/bebês poderiam minimizar o estresse do ambiente hospitalar e interferir positivamente no processo terapêutico. Referimo-nos às ações que contribuem para os vínculos entre profissional de saúde, paciente e bebê, que incluem cuidado profissional técnico e afetivo, conforto ambiental, espaços para expressão dos sentimentos e comunicação. A pesquisa, de natureza empírico-operativa, utilizou metodologia qualitativa (observação participante e análise de discurso, tendo como sujeitos mães, familiares e profissionais. Resultados indicam a importância do acolhimento e vínculo entre profissionais de saúde e gestantes que vivem gravidez de alto risco fetal no ambiente hospitalar investigado, podendo favorecer a construção do vínculo possível entre pais e bebês em situações adversas.

  14. Microsatellite Primers for Fungus-Growing Ants

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    Villesen Fredsted, Palle; Gertsch, Pia J.; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan (Koos)

    2002-01-01

    We isolated five polymorphic microsatellite loci from a library of two thousand recombinant clones of two fungus-growing ant species, Cyphomyrmex longiscapus and Trachymyrmex cf. zeteki. Amplification and heterozygosity were tested in five species of higher attine ants using both the newly...... developed primers and earlier published primers that were developed for fungus-growing ants. A total of 20 variable microsatellite loci, developed for six different species of fungus-growing ants, are now available for studying the population genetics and colony kin-structure of these ants....

  15. Microsatellite primers for fungus-growing ants

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    Villesen, Palle; Gertsch, P J; Boomsma, JJ

    2002-01-01

    We isolated five polymorphic microsatellite loci from a library of two thousand recombinant clones of two fungus-growing ant species, Cyphomyrmex longiscapus and Trachymyrmex cf. zeteki. Amplification and heterozygosity were tested in five species of higher attine ants using both the newly...... developed primers and earlier published primers that were developed for fungus-growing ants. A total of 20 variable microsatellite loci, developed for six different species of fungus-growing ants, are now available for studying the population genetics and colony kin-structure of these ants....

  16. Intervenção psicológica no acompanhamento hospitalar de uma criança queimada

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    Adriano Valério dos Santos Azevêdo

    Full Text Available A teoria cognitivo-comportamental destaca a interação de processos cognitivos, afetivos e comportamentais no funcionamento psicológico. O presente estudo objetivou analisar um modelo de intervenção psicológica no acompanhamento hospitalar de uma criança queimada. Foram utilizadas as seguintes técnicas: entrevista motivacional, mapa de rosto de sentimentos, jardim de flor de pensamentos, Escala Numérica de Relato Verbal para Avaliação da Dor, treino de relaxamento e informações psicoeducativas. A análise de dados indicou que a intervenção se mostrou efetiva e que a criança desenvolveu habilidades adaptativas que contribuíram para a adesão ao tratamento na unidade hospitalar e para o manejo da dor. Recomenda-se a aplicação dessas técnicas de intervenção nas unidades de pediatria hospitalar para verificar a necessidade de adaptações. Acredita-se que as intervenções cognitivo-comportamentais podem ser utilizadas no ambiente hospitalar devido às suas contribuições para a recuperação da saúde integral da criança hospitalizada.

  17. Análise diagnóstica do atendimento pré-hospitalar para acidentes e violências contra idosos em Curitiba (PR, Brasil Situational analysis of the pre-hospital health services for attending accidents and violence against the elderly in Curitiba (PR, Brazil

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    Ana Lucia Schaefer Ferreira de Mello

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    Full Text Available O estudo compõe uma análise situacional dos serviços de atenção a acidentes e violências, em Curitiba, focalizando as condições gerais de infraestrutura, planejamento e apoio no nível de atenção pré-hospitalar, considerando os serviços pré-hospitalares móveis e fixos, dirigidos ao atendimento do idoso vitimizado. Foram evidenciados pontos positivos, lacunas e necessidades de adequação para atender às diretrizes nacionais. A investigação integrou abordagens quantitativas e qualitativas e se pautou nos princípios da triangulação de métodos. Conclui-se que o tema dos acidentes e violência contra idosos comporta importantes melhorias nas ações desenvolvidas pelos serviços pesquisados: (1 ações preventivas não fazem parte da rotina dos serviços; (2 a maioria dos serviços não desenvolve atendimentos específicos, direcionados às demandas particulares dos idosos; (3 a experiência dos entrevistados revela dificuldades de obtenção de leitos hospitalares, para encaminhamento ou transferência de pacientes idosos. O enfrentamento das questões relativas aos acidentes e violências contra idosos em Curitiba impõe considerar a organização de dados, fluxos, capacitação dos profissionais e planejamento no desenvolvimento de programas de prevenção, assistência e reabilitação aos idosos vitimizados.This study is a situational analysis of the health care services for attending accidents and violence, in Curitiba, focusing the general conditions of infrastructure, planning and support at the pre-hospital assistance level, considering mobile and fixed emergency services dedicated to the victimized elderly. Positive points were evidenced as well as gaps and needs to meet the national guidelines. The investigation integrated quantitative and qualitative approaches and it was carried out on the grounds of the triangulation of methods. It is concluded that on the theme of accidents and violence against the elderly still

  18. Revolutionizing Remote Exploration with ANTS

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    Clark, P. E.; Rilee, M. L.; Curtis, S.; Truszkowski, W.

    2002-05-01

    We are developing the Autonomous Nano-Technology Swarm (ANTS) architecture based on an insect colony analogue for the cost-effective, efficient, systematic survey of remote or inaccessible areas with multiple object targets, including planetary surface, marine, airborne, and space environments. The mission context is the exploration in the 2020s of the most compelling remaining targets in the solar system: main belt asteroids. Main belt asteroids harbor important clues to Solar System origins and evolution which are central to NASA's goals in Space Science. Asteroids are smaller than planets, but their number is far greater, and their combined surface area likely dwarfs the Earth's. An asteroid survey will dramatically increase our understanding of the local resources available for the Human Exploration and Development of Space. During the mission composition, shape, gravity, and orbit parameters could be returned to Earth for perhaps several thousand asteroids. A survey of this area will rival the great explorations that encircled this globe, opened up the New World, and laid the groundwork for the progress and challenges of the last centuries. The ANTS architecture for a main belt survey consists of a swarm of as many as a thousand or more highly specialized pico-spacecraft that form teams to survey as many as one hundred asteroids a month. Multi-level autonomy is critical for ANTS and the objective of the proposed study is to work through the implications and constraints this entails. ANTS couples biologically inspired autonomic control for basic functions to higher level artificial intelligence that together enable individual spacecraft to operate as specialized, cooperative, social agents. This revolutionary approach postulates highly advanced, but familiar, components integrated and operated in a way that uniquely transcends any evolutionary extrapolation of existing trends and enables thousand-spacecraft missions.

  19. Anos potenciais de vida perdidos e custos hospitalares da leptospirose no Brasil

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    Verena Maria Mendes de Souza

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estimar os custos associados à hospitalização e os anos potenciais de vida perdidos devido à leptospirose. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados os bancos de dados de sistemas de informação em saúde do Ministério da Saúde para o relacionamento probabilístico dos casos e internações que evoluíram a óbito por leptospirose em 2007. No Sistema de Informação de Agravos de Notificação os casos confirmados foram subdivididos em internação e óbito, que foram relacionados às seguintes bases: Sistema de Informações Hospitalares (registros com diagnóstico principal e Sistema de Informações sobre Mortalidade (causa básica do óbito, A27.0, A27.8 e A27.9. Foram estimados os custos parciais de internação, os óbitos pela doença, os anos potenciais de vida e de trabalho perdidos. RESULTADOS: As características da maioria das internações que evoluíram para óbito eram: sexo masculino, entre 18 e 49 anos, raça branca, zona urbana e ensino fundamental incompleto. Foram 6.490 anos potenciais de vida perdidos, sendo 75% da faixa etária de 20 a 49 anos. Quando ajustada pela população, a perda foi de 15 dias de vida/1.000 habitantes. A proporção de anos potenciais de vida perdidos pelo número de óbitos foi em média de 30 anos perdidos para cada óbito. O impacto financeiro estimado foi equivalente a R$ 22,9 milhões em salários não ganhos. Os custos hospitalares foram de R$ 831,5 mil. Considerando os dias de salário perdidos por período de internação (mediana: 6 dias, houve perda de R$ 103,0 mil. CONCLUSÕES: Houve elevado custo social em termo de anos potenciais de vida perdidos e gasto hospitalar parcial com leptospirose quando comparado ao possível tratamento precoce ou não adoecimento, o que poderia ter minimizado o impacto dessa doença na população brasileira.

  20. Ant-plant mutualism: a dietary by-product of a tropical ant's macronutrient requirements.

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    Arcila Hernández, Lina M; Sanders, Jon G; Miller, Gabriel A; Ravenscraft, Alison; Frederickson, Megan E

    2017-12-01

    Many arboreal ants depend on myrmecophytic plants for both food and shelter; in return, these ants defend their host plants against herbivores, which are often insects. Ant-plant and other mutualisms do not necessarily involve the exchange of costly rewards or services; they may instead result from by-product benefits, or positive outcomes that do not entail a cost for one or both partners. Here, we examined whether the plant-ant Allomerus octoarticulatus pays a short-term cost to defend their host plants against herbivores, or whether plant defense is a by-product benefit of ant foraging for insect prey. Because the food offered by ant-plants is usually nitrogen-poor, arboreal ants may balance their diets by consuming insect prey or associating with microbial symbionts to acquire nitrogen, potentially shifting the costs and benefits of plant defense for the ant partner. To determine the effect of ant diet on an ant-plant mutualism, we compared the behavior, morphology, fitness, stable isotope signatures, and gaster microbiomes of A. octoarticulatus ants nesting in Cordia nodosa trees maintained for nearly a year with or without insect herbivores. At the end of the experiment, ants from herbivore exclosures preferred protein-rich baits more than ants in the control (i.e., herbivores present) treatment. Furthermore, workers in the control treatment were heavier than in the herbivore-exclusion treatment, and worker mass predicted reproductive output, suggesting that foraging for insect prey directly increased ant colony fitness. The gaster microbiome of ants was not significantly affected by the herbivore exclusion treatment. We conclude that the defensive behavior of some phytoecious ants is a by-product of their need for external protein sources; thus, the consumption of insect herbivores by ants benefits both the ant colony and the host plant. © 2017 by the Ecological Society of America.

  1. Diagnóstico do tumor glômico pela dermatoscopia do leito e da matriz ungueal Diagnosis of glomus tumor by nail bed and matrix dermoscopy

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    Laura de Sena Nogueir Maehara

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A cirurgia é o tratamento definitivo para os tumores glômicos. Algumas vezes, esse procedimento pode representar um desafio, pois, apesar de ser um tumor bem delimitado, a sua visualização pode ser difícil. O uso da dermatoscopia do leito e da matriz ungueal facilita o diagnóstico e auxilia a localização e delimitação do tumor. Trata-se de método simples e de baixo custo que não implica risco adicional ao paciente que irá se submeter a um procedimento cirúrgico.Surgery is the best treatment for glomus tumors. Sometimes this can be a challenging procedure because, despite being a well-defined tumor, its visualization can be difficult. The use of nail bed and matrix dermoscopy facilitates the diagnosis and aids in the localization and demarcation of the tumor. It is a simple and low-cost procedure that does not involve additional risks to the patient who will undergo surgery.

  2. Ecosystem services delivered by weaver ants

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    Offenberg, Joachim

    Weaver ants (Oecopgylla spp.) are increasingly being utilized as efficient biocontrol agents in a number of tropical tree crops, as they prey on pest insects and increase yields. However, recent studies and a review of the literature reveal that a number of other services may derive from the pres......Weaver ants (Oecopgylla spp.) are increasingly being utilized as efficient biocontrol agents in a number of tropical tree crops, as they prey on pest insects and increase yields. However, recent studies and a review of the literature reveal that a number of other services may derive from...... the presence of these ants. First of all, the chemical footprint left by the high density of ants in managed host trees may results in additional benefits. (i) Ant deposits may lead to improved fruit quality, e.g. increased sugar content, (ii) ant deposits may deter important pests (chemical deterrence) from...... crops, and lastly, (iii) ant waste products deposited ias anal spots contain urea that may be taken up by plant leaves and in this way fertilize ant-plants. On top of chemical services, weaver ants have been shown to reduce plant disease incidence via competitive exclusion of other ant species because...

  3. Roadside Survey of Ants on Oahu, Hawaii

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    Tong, Reina L.; Grace, J. Kenneth; Krushelnycky, Paul D.

    2018-01-01

    Hawaii is home to over 60 ant species, including five of the six most damaging invasive ants. Although there have been many surveys of ants in Hawaii, the last island-wide hand-collection survey of ants on Oahu was conducted in 1988–1994. In 2012, a timed hand-collection of ants was made at 44 sites in a systematic, roadside survey throughout Oahu. Ants were identified and species distribution in relation to elevation, precipitation and soil type was analyzed. To assess possible convenience sampling bias, 15 additional sites were sampled further from roads to compare with the samples near roads. Twenty-four species of ants were found and mapped; Pheidole megacephala (F.), Ochetellus glaber (Mayr), and Technomyrmex difficilis Forel were the most frequently encountered ants. For six ant species, a logistic regression was performed with elevation, average annual precipitation, and soil order as explanatory variables. O. glaber was found in areas with lower precipitation around Oahu. Paratrechina longicornis (Latrielle) and Tetramorium simillimum (Smith, F.) were found more often in lower elevations and in areas with the Mollisol soil order. Elevation, precipitation, and soil type were not significant sources of variation for P. megacephala, Plagiolepis alluaudi Emery, and T. difficilis. P. megacephala was associated with fewer mean numbers of ants where it occurred. Ant assemblages near and far from roads did not significantly differ. Many species of ants remain established on Oahu, and recent invaders are spreading throughout the island. Mapping ant distributions contributes to continued documentation and understanding of these pests. PMID:29439503

  4. Infecção hospitalar em unidade de terapia intensiva pediátrica

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    Júlia Gonçalves de Mello, Maria

    2007-01-01

    Esta tese, apresentada sob a forma de três artigos, teve como objetivo identificar fatores de risco para infecção relacionada à assistência à saúde (IrAS) ou infecção hospitalar (IH) em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Pediátrica (UTIP) e estimar o efeito dos fatores no tempo até a aquisição da primeira infecção da corrente sanguínea confirmada laboratorialmente (BSI-LCBI). O primeiro artigo é uma revisão sistemática de estudos observacionais sobre fatores de risco para IH em UTI Pedi...

  5. Infecção hospitalar : resistência a antibióticos

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    Silva, Ivelina da

    2007-01-01

    A infecção hospital é um problema relevante e de grande impacto económico. Associado a este problema, surge a crescente resistência bacteriana a antibióticos. A disseminação da resistência e o alargamento do seu espectro são em parte consequência do abuso da antibioterapia quer na comunidade, quer no meio hospitalar. A melhor estratégia de combate à resistência é uma boa política de prescrição e uso dos antibióticos. Os antibióticos devem ser usados somente quando necessário...

  6. Ant Larval Demand Reduces Aphid Colony Growth Rates in an Ant-Aphid Interaction

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    James M. Cook

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ants often form mutualistic interactions with aphids, soliciting honeydew in return for protective services. Under certain circumstances, however, ants will prey upon aphids. In addition, in the presence of ants aphids may increase the quantity or quality of honeydew produced, which is costly. Through these mechanisms, ant attendance can reduce aphid colony growth rates. However, it is unknown whether demand from within the ant colony can affect the ant-aphid interaction. In a factorial experiment, we tested whether the presence of larvae in Lasius niger ant colonies affected the growth rate of Aphis fabae colonies. Other explanatory variables tested were the origin of ant colonies (two separate colonies were used and previous diet (sugar only or sugar and protein. We found that the presence of larvae in the ant colony significantly reduced the growth rate of aphid colonies. Previous diet and colony origin did not affect aphid colony growth rates. Our results suggest that ant colonies balance the flow of two separate resources from aphid colonies- renewable sugars or a protein-rich meal, depending on demand from ant larvae within the nest. Aphid payoffs from the ant-aphid interaction may change on a seasonal basis, as the demand from larvae within the ant colony waxes and wanes.

  7. Eventos adversos e motivos de descarte relacionados ao reuso de produtos médicos hospitalares em angioplastia coronária Adverse events and reasons for discard related to the reuse of cardiac catheters in percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    Margarete Ártico Batista

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os eventos adversos ocorridos durante e após angioplastia coronária (ATC, possivelmente relacionados ao reuso de produtos médico-hospitalares, além de quantificar e identificar os motivos de descarte em relação ao primeiro uso e ao reuso. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 60 pacientes, sendo que 29 (48,3% apresentavam angina instável, 27 (45% IAM e quatro (6,7% outros diagnósticos. Durante o procedimento e na permanência na Unidade Intensiva Coronariana, atentou-se à possibilidade de ocorrência dos eventos adversos febre, hipertensão, hipotensão, calafrios, sudorese, sangramento, náuseas e vômitos. Foram avaliados sete produtos médico-hospitalares: introdutor, cateter-guia, fio-guia 0.35, fio-guia 0.014, cateter- balão para angioplastia, seringa com manômetro para insuflar balão (indeflator e torneira de três vias (manifold. No total de produtos (76 de primeiro uso e 410 reprocessados, verificou-se se houve descarte e se isto ocorreu antes ou durante o procedimento e quais os motivos para tanto. Utilizou-se o teste Qui Quadrado, admitindo-se erro alfa de 5%. RESULTADOS: Vinte e seis pacientes apresentaram eventos adversos. A hipotensão foi o evento mais prevalente e ocorreu em 11(18,3% casos. Não houve, porém, significância estatística entre o evento adverso hipotensão e reuso ou não dos produtos médico-hospitalares. Por não estarem íntegros, foram descartados três produtos de primeiro uso e 55 produtos dos reutilizados. CONCLUSÃO: Os eventos adversos apresentados pelos pacientes submetidos à angioplastia não estão associados ao reuso dos produtos médico-hospitalares. A integridade e funcionalidade foram os motivos principais de descarte.OBJECTIVE: To describe the adverse effects that occur during and after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA possibly related to the reuse of medical equipment. An additional objective is to quantify and identify the reasons of discard in respect to

  8. The distribution and diversity of insular ants

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    Roura-Pascual, Núria; Sanders, Nate; Hui, Cang

    2016-01-01

    Aim: To examine the relationship between island characteristics (area, distance to the nearest continent, climate and human population size) and ant species richness, as well as the factors underlying global geographical clustering of native and exotic ant composition on islands. Location: One...... hundred and two islands from 20 island groups around the world. Methods: We used spatial linear models that consider the spatial structure of islands to examine patterns of ant species richness. We also performed modularity analyses to identify clusters of islands hosting a similar suite of species...... and constructed conditional inference trees to assess the characteristics of islands that explain the formation of these island-ant groups. Results: Island area was the best predictor of ant species richness. However, distance to the nearest continent was an important predictor of native ant species richness...

  9. Estimativa das propriedades térmicas efetivas de grãos em um secador de leito fixo Estimation of effective grain thermal properties in a fixed bed dryer

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    L. V. Fregolente

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available A secagem de grãos em leito fixo é um processo complexo, ocorrendo simultaneamente a transferência de calor e de massa, dificultando a estimativa dos parâmetros térmicos efetivos, pois estes podem sofrer variações significativas no decorrer da secagem em função de alterações no teor de umidade. Neste trabalho, este problema foi contornado estimando-se os parâmetros térmicos efetivos no final da secagem, quando o teor de umidade dos grãos que compõem o leito alcança valores de equilíbrio, deixando de existir a transferência de massa, persistindo apenas a transferência de calor em regime permanente. Nestas condições, o leito possui um teor de umidade constante e a estimativa dos parâmetros térmicos efetivos pode ser efetuada a partir do ajuste de um modelo pseudo-homogêneo bidimensional estático à várias medidas de temperatura no leito de grãos no final da secagem. Os resultados indicam que a estratégia utilizada para estimativa da condutividade térmica efetiva radial e do coeficiente efetivo de transferência de calor parede-leito foi adequada. Além do que, constatou-se que dentre os grãos estudados - soja, feijão, milho e trigo - a soja apresenta os menores valores de condutividade efetiva radial, enquanto o trigo apresenta o maior valor do coeficiente de transferência de calor parede-leito.Fixed bed grain drying is a complex process, where mass and heat transfer occur simultaneously, complicating the estimation of the effective thermal parameters, because they can go through significant variations along the drying process, due to moisture content variations. In this work, this problem was avoided by estimating the effective thermal parameters at the end of the drying process, when the grain moisture content reaches equilibrium, and mass transfer stops, persisting only the steady state heat transfer. In these conditions, the bed has a constant moisture content and the estimation of the effective thermal

  10. Antígona y la muerte

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    Pérez Alcolea, Simona Micaela

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    La ponencia analiza la muerte de Antígona en la obra de Sófocles. Se propone que su suicidio es un acto consciente de voluntad preanunciado a lo largo de toda la obra y no una medida desesperada. Con ese fin se exploran las posibles motivaciones de Antígona para poner fin a su vida. En el análisis se proponen tres respuestas (no necesariamente excluyentes): -Antígona responde a la ética homérica. Está en lucha con Creón, y su suicidio es su golpe de gracia al poder del rey. -Antígona...

  11. Ant-plant symbioses: Stalking the chuyachaqui.

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    Davidson, D W; McKey, D

    1993-09-01

    According to Quechua-speaking peoples, orchard-like stands ('Supay Chacras') of two Amazonian ant-plant species are cultivated by the devil, or 'Chuyachaqui'. These "devil gardens" offer extreme examples of specializations that have evolved repeatedly in ant-plant associations. Numerous investigations are beginning to disclose the identity of the Chuyachaqui - the forces behind evolutionary specialization in ant-plant symbioses. These developments have important implications for our understanding of modes of coevolution in symbiotic mutualism, remarkable convergent similarities in the form of ant-plant symbioses on different continents, and pronounced intercontinental differences in the diversity and taxonomic composition of associates. Copyright © 1993. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  12. From Ant Trails to Pedestrian Dynamics

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    Andreas Schadschneider

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a model for the simulation of pedestrian dynamics inspired by the behaviour of ants in ant trails. Ants communicate by producing a pheromone that can be smelled by other ants. In this model, pedestrians produce a virtual pheromone that influences the motion of others. In this way all interactions are strictly local, and so even large crowds can be simulated very efficiently. Nevertheless, the model is able to reproduce the collective effects observed empirically, eg the formation of lanes in counterflow. As an application, we reproduce a surprising result found in experiments of evacuation from an aircraft.

  13. Microorganisms transported by ants induce changes in floral nectar composition of an ant-pollinated plant.

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    de Vega, Clara; Herrera, Carlos M

    2013-04-01

    Interactions between plants and ants abound in nature and have significant consequences for ecosystem functioning. Recently, it has been suggested that nectar-foraging ants transport microorganisms to flowers; more specifically, they transport yeasts, which can potentially consume sugars and alter nectar composition. Therefore, ants could indirectly change nectar sugar profile, an important floral feature involved in the plant-pollinator mutualism. But this novel role for ants has never been tested. We here investigate the effects of nectarivorous ants and their associated yeasts on the floral nectar sugar composition of an ant-pollinated plant. Differences in the nectar sugar composition of ant-excluded and ant-visited flowers were examined in 278 samples by using high-performance liquid-chromatography. The importance of the genetic identity and density of ant-transported basidiomycetous and ascomycetous yeasts on the variation of nectar traits was also evaluated. Ant visitation had significant effects on nectar sugar composition. The nectar of ant-visited flowers contained significantly more fructose, more glucose, and less sucrose than the nectar of ant-excluded flowers, but these effects were context dependent. Nectar changes were correlated with the density of yeast cells in nectar. The magnitude of the effects of ant-transported ascomycetes was much higher than that of basiodiomycetes. Ants and their associated yeasts induce changes in nectar sugar traits, reducing the chemical control of the plant over this important floral trait. The potential relevance of this new role for ants as indirect nectar modifiers is a rich topic for future research into the ecology of ant-flower interactions.

  14. Pollination and facultative ant-association in the African leopard ...

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    The role of extra-floral nectar appears to be recruitment of foraging ants to tend the flowers resulting in a facultative ant-association between the orchid and gregarious ants. Four different ant species were found to forage on A. africana's inflorescences. Ant-tended inflorescences suffered significantly less damage by insects.

  15. Michael Jackson antes del caos

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    Juan Luciano Nieves

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    Michael Jackson es un buen ejemplo de cómo utilizar las relaciones públicas para realizar o manipular la imagen de un producto a través de los medios de comunicación. Este ensayo pretende analizar los eventos que tuvieron lugar antes de que el cantante fuera acusado de abuso sexual contra un menor. Dichos eventos formaron parte de un plan muy bien delineado para disminuir los efectos de la inminente crisis que se acercaba. Este trabajo combina la crítica retórica de temas de fantasía con teor...

  16. Viaje Antártico

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    Lasa, Gorka

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    Ah, qué grandiosa sensación esta de poder caminar por los eternos hielos y dejar que mi vista se pierda en el horizonte crepuscular de esta desolada región! Aquellas solitarias islas, lamentos blancos en la distancia, aquellos azules glaciares llorando su neblina de frío y siglos. Al llamado lejano, mi alma se ve arrastrada por los vientos australes. Mítico ensueño que genera en mi imaginación el gran continente antártico. Belleza misteriosa e intimidante de la vastedad casi mágica que envuel...

  17. Foliar uptake of nitrogen from ant fecal droplets: an overlooked service to ant plants

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    Pinkalski, Christian Alexander Stidsen; Jensen, Karl-Martin Vagn; Damgaard, Christian Frølund

    2018-01-01

    and subsequently deposited fecal droplets on the seedlings, coffee leaves showed increased levels of 15N and total N compared to control plants without ants. This was evident for both exposed leaves and leaves covered in plastic bags (i.e. not directly exposed to ants). Thus, N from ant excretions was absorbed...

  18. The evolution of genome size in ants

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    Spagna Joseph C

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the economic and ecological importance of ants, genomic tools for this family (Formicidae remain woefully scarce. Knowledge of genome size, for example, is a useful and necessary prerequisite for the development of many genomic resources, yet it has been reported for only one ant species (Solenopsis invicta, and the two published estimates for this species differ by 146.7 Mb (0.15 pg. Results Here, we report the genome size for 40 species of ants distributed across 10 of the 20 currently recognized subfamilies, thus making Formicidae the 4th most surveyed insect family and elevating the Hymenoptera to the 5th most surveyed insect order. Our analysis spans much of the ant phylogeny, from the less derived Amblyoponinae and Ponerinae to the more derived Myrmicinae, Formicinae and Dolichoderinae. We include a number of interesting and important taxa, including the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile, Neotropical army ants (genera Eciton and Labidus, trapjaw ants (Odontomachus, fungus-growing ants (Apterostigma, Atta and Sericomyrmex, harvester ants (Messor, Pheidole and Pogonomyrmex, carpenter ants (Camponotus, a fire ant (Solenopsis, and a bulldog ant (Myrmecia. Our results show that ants possess small genomes relative to most other insects, yet genome size varies three-fold across this insect family. Moreover, our data suggest that two whole-genome duplications may have occurred in the ancestors of the modern Ectatomma and Apterostigma. Although some previous studies of other taxa have revealed a relationship between genome size and body size, our phylogenetically-controlled analysis of this correlation did not reveal a significant relationship. Conclusion This is the first analysis of genome size in ants (Formicidae and the first across multiple species of social insects. We show that genome size is a variable trait that can evolve gradually over long time spans, as well as rapidly, through processes that may

  19. Hybrid chaotic ant swarm optimization

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    Li Yuying; Wen Qiaoyan; Li Lixiang; Peng Haipeng

    2009-01-01

    Chaotic ant swarm optimization (CASO) is a powerful chaos search algorithm that is used to find the global optimum solution in search space. However, the CASO algorithm has some disadvantages, such as lower solution precision and longer computational time, when solving complex optimization problems. To resolve these problems, an improved CASO, called hybrid chaotic swarm optimization (HCASO), is proposed in this paper. The new algorithm introduces preselection operator and discrete recombination operator into the CASO; meanwhile it replaces the best position found by own and its neighbors' ants with the best position found by preselection operator and discrete recombination operator in evolution equation. Through testing five benchmark functions with large dimensionality, the experimental results show the new method enhances the solution accuracy and stability greatly, as well as reduces the computational time and computer memory significantly when compared to the CASO. In addition, we observe the results can become better with swarm size increasing from the sensitivity study to swarm size. And we gain some relations between problem dimensions and swam size according to scalability study.

  20. Gestão de custo hospitalar : estudo de casos no município de São Paulo

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    Arashiro, Leila Akemi

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    Aborda características organizacionais que operam cmo condições críticas para a implantação de sistemas de custo hospitalar. Destaca como determinadas condições internas às organizações afetam o processo de implementação, gestão e utilização dos sitemas de custos como instrumento de tomada de decisão na gestão hospitalar. Com base nos resultados de dois estudos de casos do munícípio de São Paulo, identificou-se que, tanto no setro público quanto no privado , a efetiva gestão de custos no segm...

  1. STAKEHOLDERS NA ATIVIDADE HOSPITALAR: UMA INVESTIGAÇÃO SETORIAL NO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO

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    Paulo Cesar Gonçalves

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho consiste em descrever a dinâmica do setor hospitalar no Estado de São Paulo, buscando revelar como os stakeholders daquele setor interagem. Caracteriza- se como um estudo da área de estratégia aplicado a análise de um setor. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório, com abordagem qualitativa, em que a coleta de dados foi realizada por meio de entrevistas com especialistas pertencentes a distintos grupos de stakeholders. O método empregado é a análise de stakeholders, o qual busca a identificação dos stakeholders de maior influência de um setor e verifica como seus interesses e ações definem a dinâmica do mesmo. Os especialistas pertenciam a diferentes grupos de stakeholders , medida que demonstrou ter sido eficiente, pois, em virtude do conhecimento diversificado dos especialistas consultados, foi possível um levantamento de variáveis que abrangeram diversos aspectos. Os resultados revelaram que os stakeholders mais influentes do setor são: Pacientes, Saúde Suplementar, Ministério da Saúde, Concorrentes, Médicos, Indústria de Equipamentos Hospitalares, Indústria Farmacêutica e Indústria de Material Médico-Hospitalar. Verificou-se também que as variáveis ambientais de maior influência são: política governamental de saúde, inovações tecnológicas do setor hospitalar, poder aquisitivo da população, taxas de juros e idade média da população.

  2. The Biochemical Toxin Arsenal from Ant Venoms

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    Axel Touchard

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    Full Text Available Ants (Formicidae represent a taxonomically diverse group of hymenopterans with over 13,000 extant species, the majority of which inject or spray secretions from a venom gland. The evolutionary success of ants is mostly due to their unique eusociality that has permitted them to develop complex collaborative strategies, partly involving their venom secretions, to defend their nest against predators, microbial pathogens, ant competitors, and to hunt prey. Activities of ant venom include paralytic, cytolytic, haemolytic, allergenic, pro-inflammatory, insecticidal, antimicrobial, and pain-producing pharmacologic activities, while non-toxic functions include roles in chemical communication involving trail and sex pheromones, deterrents, and aggregators. While these diverse activities in ant venoms have until now been largely understudied due to the small venom yield from ants, modern analytical and venomic techniques are beginning to reveal the diversity of toxin structure and function. As such, ant venoms are distinct from other venomous animals, not only rich in linear, dimeric and disulfide-bonded peptides and bioactive proteins, but also other volatile and non-volatile compounds such as alkaloids and hydrocarbons. The present review details the unique structures and pharmacologies of known ant venom proteinaceous and alkaloidal toxins and their potential as a source of novel bioinsecticides and therapeutic agents.

  3. Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me!

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    ... Videos for Educators Search English Español Hey! A Fire Ant Stung Me! KidsHealth / For Kids / Hey! A ... Me picó una roja o colorada! What's a Fire Ant? There are many different types of fire ...

  4. The Biochemical Toxin Arsenal from Ant Venoms

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    Touchard, Axel; Aili, Samira R.; Fox, Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson; Escoubas, Pierre; Orivel, Jérôme; Nicholson, Graham M.; Dejean, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Ants (Formicidae) represent a taxonomically diverse group of hymenopterans with over 13,000 extant species, the majority of which inject or spray secretions from a venom gland. The evolutionary success of ants is mostly due to their unique eusociality that has permitted them to develop complex collaborative strategies, partly involving their venom secretions, to defend their nest against predators, microbial pathogens, ant competitors, and to hunt prey. Activities of ant venom include paralytic, cytolytic, haemolytic, allergenic, pro-inflammatory, insecticidal, antimicrobial, and pain-producing pharmacologic activities, while non-toxic functions include roles in chemical communication involving trail and sex pheromones, deterrents, and aggregators. While these diverse activities in ant venoms have until now been largely understudied due to the small venom yield from ants, modern analytical and venomic techniques are beginning to reveal the diversity of toxin structure and function. As such, ant venoms are distinct from other venomous animals, not only rich in linear, dimeric and disulfide-bonded peptides and bioactive proteins, but also other volatile and non-volatile compounds such as alkaloids and hydrocarbons. The present review details the unique structures and pharmacologies of known ant venom proteinaceous and alkaloidal toxins and their potential as a source of novel bioinsecticides and therapeutic agents. PMID:26805882

  5. Gravidade do trauma avaliada na fase pré-hospitalar Trauma severity assessment in prehospital setting

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    Full Text Available A avaliação da gravidade do trauma e a instituição de manobras para manutenção básica da vida, no local do evento, podem representar a oportunidade de sobrevida para as vítimas de trauma até a sua chegada ao hospital. OBJETIVO: Estudar vítimas de causas externas avaliadas por um índice fisiológico denominado Trauma Score modificado (TSm aplicado durante o atendimento pré-hospitalar. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Analisaram-se, retrospectivamente, 1.414 vítimas de causas externas atendidas pelo Sistema de Atendimento Móvel às Urgências (SAMU-RESGATE-SP no município de São Paulo, no ano de 1991. Os dados foram obtidos da ficha de atendimento pré-hospitalar e laudo de necropsia. RESULTADOS: O atendimento pré-hospitalar em 81,31% ocorreu até 40 minutos, dos quais 83,96% das vítimas não-fatais obtiveram escores TSm 12 e 11, e 53,96% das vítimas fatais obtiveram escores 0, 1 e 2. Superfície externa (30,25% e região da cabeça/pescoço (20,98% foram as mais acometidas. Das vítimas fatais, 63,63% com Injury Severity Score (ISS > ou = 16 morreram nas primeiras 24 horas. No cotejamento dos escores TSm e ISS, verificou-se que vítimas fatais com escore TSm entre 0 e 11 foram confirmadas como com ISS crítico (ISS > ou = 16. CONCLUSÃO: Constataram-se fortes indícios de que vítimas fatais com escores TSm baixos relacionaram-se com escores ISS altos.The trauma severity assessment and basic life support maneuvers in prehospital setting can represent to the trauma victim the opportunity of survival until his/her can get assistance in the hospital. PURPOSE: To study external cause victims assessed in the prehospital phase by the physiologic index named Trauma Score modificado (TSm. METHODS: Retrospective analyses were made of 1414 victims attended by Sistema de Atendimento Móvel às Urgências (SAMU-RESGATE-SP in the Municipality of São Paulo during 1991. Data were gathered from prehospital data recording sheets and necropsy records

  6. GESTÃO ESTRATÃGICA HOSPITALAR: APLICAÃÃO DE CUSTOS NA SAÃDE

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    Cyntia Aparecida de Amorim

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta os resultados de uma pesquisa que teve como objetivo a construção de uma base de conhecimento a partir da aplicação do Activity-Based Costing (ABC como ferramenta de implementação de estratégia em uma organização hospitalar. Especificamente, foi estudado o desenho e custeamento dos processos para dar sustentação, num segundo momento, à acreditação hospitalar (ONA e à "competitividade" por custos proposto no Mapa Estratégico da Fundação Hospitalar do Estado de Minas Gerais (FHEMIG, para o caso do bloco cirúrgico do Hospital Maria Amélia Lins (HMAL da FHEMIG. Dentre as conclusões, destacam-se: o custeio ABC apresenta informações muito mais específicas e exatas do que o atual sistema de custeio por absorção aplicado no Hospital, e, o custeio ABC permite identificar problemas que ocorrem em toda a estrutura de gestão, uma vez que, envolve todo o desenho de processos críticos internos.

  7. GESTÃO ESTRATÉGICA HOSPITALAR: APLICAÇÃO DE CUSTOS NA SAÚDE

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    Márcio Augusto Gonçalves

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta os resultados de uma pesquisa que teve como objetivo a construção de uma base de conhecimento a partir da aplicação do Activity-Based Costing (ABC como ferramenta de implementação de estratégia em uma organização hospitalar. Especificamente, foi estudado o desenho e custeamento dos processos para dar sustentação, num segundo momento, à acreditação hospitalar (ONA e à "competitividade" por custos proposto no Mapa Estratégico da Fundação Hospitalar do Estado de Minas Gerais (FHEMIG, para o caso do bloco cirúrgico do Hospital Maria Amélia Lins (HMAL da FHEMIG. Dentre as conclusões, destacam-se: o custeio ABC apresenta informações muito mais específicas e exatas do que o atual sistema de custeio por absorção aplicado no Hospital, e, o custeio ABC permite identificar problemas que ocorrem em toda a estrutura de gestão, uma vez que, envolve todo o desenho de processos críticos internos.

  8. RESPONSABILIDADE CIVIL DOS HOSPITAIS E OS ÍNDICES DE CONTROLE DE INFECÇÃO HOSPITALAR

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    Natali Scremin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A relação paciente  versus hospital é regida pela Lei nº 8.078/90, a qual, sem novidade, é bastante favorável ao consumidor. Em razão disso, vislumbram-se nos Tribunais Pátrios indenizações exorbitantes a serem suportadas pelas instituições de saúde, na hipótese de infecção hospitalar, mesmoquando a instituição de saúde providenciou as devidas medidas sanitárias. Nessa situação, percebe-se circunstância injusta, pois a infecção hospitalar embora seja controlável, não pode ser evitada em absoluto, com a tecnologia e os meios disponíveis atualmente. Desse modo, defende-se neste trabalho a redução do valor da indenização e até mesmo a exclusão da responsabilidade do estabelecimento, nos casos de infecção hospitalar, quando implantado programa de controle da infecção e obtidos índices satisfatórios.

  9. Ant aggression and evolutionary stability in plant-ant and plant-pollinator mutualistic interactions.

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    Oña, L; Lachmann, M

    2011-03-01

    Mutualistic partners derive a benefit from their interaction, but this benefit can come at a cost. This is the case for plant-ant and plant-pollinator mutualistic associations. In exchange for protection from herbivores provided by the resident ants, plants supply various kinds of resources or nests to the ants. Most ant-myrmecophyte mutualisms are horizontally transmitted, and therefore, partners share an interest in growth but not in reproduction. This lack of alignment in fitness interests between plants and ants drives a conflict between them: ants can attack pollinators that cross-fertilize the host plants. Using a mathematical model, we define a threshold in ant aggressiveness determining pollinator survival or elimination on the host plant. In our model we observed that, all else being equal, facultative interactions result in pollinator extinction for lower levels of ant aggressiveness than obligatory interactions. We propose that the capacity to discriminate pollinators from herbivores should not often evolve in ants, and when it does it will be when the plants exhibit limited dispersal in an environment that is not seed saturated so that each seed produced can effectively generate a new offspring or if ants acquire an extra benefit from pollination (e.g. if ants eat fruit). We suggest specific mutualism examples where these hypotheses can be tested empirically. © 2010 The Authors. Journal of Evolutionary Biology © 2010 European Society For Evolutionary Biology.

  10. AntStar: Enhancing Optimization Problems by Integrating an Ant System and A⁎ Algorithm

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    Mohammed Faisal

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, nature-inspired techniques have become valuable to many intelligent systems in different fields of technology and science. Among these techniques, Ant Systems (AS have become a valuable technique for intelligent systems in different fields. AS is a computational system inspired by the foraging behavior of ants and intended to solve practical optimization problems. In this paper, we introduce the AntStar algorithm, which is swarm intelligence based. AntStar enhances the optimization and performance of an AS by integrating the AS and A⁎ algorithm. Applying the AntStar algorithm to the single-source shortest-path problem has been done to ensure the efficiency of the proposed AntStar algorithm. The experimental result of the proposed algorithm illustrated the robustness and accuracy of the AntStar algorithm.

  11. Cryptococcus neoformans carried by Odontomachus bauri ants

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    Mariana Santos de Jesus

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Cryptococcus neoformans is the most common causative agent of cryptococcosis worldwide. Although this fungus has been isolated from a variety of organic substrates, several studies suggest that hollow trees constitute an important natural niche for C. neoformans. A previously surveyed hollow of a living pink shower tree (Cassia grandis positive for C. neoformans in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was chosen for further investigation. Odontomachus bauri ants (trap-jaw ants found inside the hollow were collected for evaluation as possible carriers of Cryptococcus spp. Two out of 10 ants were found to carry phenoloxidase-positive colonies identified as C. neoformans molecular types VNI and VNII. The ants may have acted as a mechanical vector of C. neoformans and possibly contributed to the dispersal of the fungi from one substrate to another. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the association of C. neoformans with ants of the genus Odontomachus.

  12. Recurrence analysis of ant activity patterns.

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    Felipe Marcel Neves

    Full Text Available In this study, we used recurrence quantification analysis (RQA and recurrence plots (RPs to compare the movement activity of individual workers of three ant species, as well as a gregarious beetle species. RQA and RPs quantify the number and duration of recurrences of a dynamical system, including a detailed quantification of signals that could be stochastic, deterministic, or both. First, we found substantial differences between the activity dynamics of beetles and ants, with the results suggesting that the beetles have quasi-periodic dynamics and the ants do not. Second, workers from different ant species varied with respect to their dynamics, presenting degrees of predictability as well as stochastic signals. Finally, differences were found among minor and major caste of the same (dimorphic ant species. Our results underscore the potential of RQA and RPs in the analysis of complex behavioral patterns, as well as in general inferences on animal behavior and other biological phenomena.

  13. Ants defend aphids against lethal disease

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    Nielsen, Charlotte; Agrawal, Anurag A.; Hajek, Ann E.

    2010-01-01

    Social insects defend their own colonies and some species also protect their mutualist partners. In mutualisms with aphids, ants typically feed on honeydew produced by aphids and, in turn guard and shelter aphid colonies from insect natural enemies. Here we report that Formica podzolica ants tending milkweed aphids, Aphis asclepiadis, protect aphid colonies from lethal fungal infections caused by an obligate aphid pathogen, Pandora neoaphidis. In field experiments, bodies of fungal-killed aphids were quickly removed from ant-tended aphid colonies. Ant workers were also able to detect infective conidia on the cuticle of living aphids and responded by either removing or grooming these aphids. Our results extend the long-standing view of ants as mutualists and protectors of aphids by demonstrating focused sanitizing and quarantining behaviour that may lead to reduced disease transmission in aphid colonies. PMID:19923138

  14. Persistence of pollination mutualisms in the presence of ants.

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    Wang, Yuanshi; Wang, Shikun

    2015-01-01

    This paper considers plant-pollinator-ant systems in which the plant-pollinator interaction is mutualistic but ants have both positive and negative effects on plants. The ants also interfere with pollinators by preventing them from accessing plants. While a Beddington-DeAngelis (BD) formula can describe the plant-pollinator interaction, the formula is extended in this paper to characterize the pollination mutualism under the ant interference. Then, a plant-pollinator-ant system with the extended BD functional response is discussed, and global dynamics of the model demonstrate the mechanisms by which pollination mutualism can persist in the presence of ants. When the ant interference is strong, it can result in extinction of pollinators. Moreover, if the ants depend on pollination mutualism for survival, the strong interference could drive pollinators into extinction, which consequently lead to extinction of the ants themselves. When the ant interference is weak, a cooperation between plant-ant and plant-pollinator mutualisms could occur, which promotes survival of both ants and pollinators, especially in the case that ants (respectively, pollinators) cannot survive in the absence of pollinators (respectively, ants). Even when the level of ant interference remains invariant, varying ants' negative effect on plants can result in survival/extinction of both ants and pollinators. Therefore, our results provide an explanation for the persistence of pollination mutualism when there exist ants.

  15. Michael Jackson antes del caos

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    Juan Luciano Nieves

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    Full Text Available Michael Jackson es un buen ejemplo de cómo utilizar las relaciones públicas para realizar o manipular la imagen de un producto a través de los medios de comunicación. Este ensayo pretende analizar los eventos que tuvieron lugar antes de que el cantante fuera acusado de abuso sexual contra un menor. Dichos eventos formaron parte de un plan muy bien delineado para disminuir los efectos de la inminente crisis que se acercaba. Este trabajo combina la crítica retórica de temas de fantasía con teoría de comunicación.

  16. Individual Recognition in Ant Queens

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    D'Ettorre, Patrizia; Heinze, Jürgen

    2005-01-01

    Personal relationships are the cornerstone of vertebrate societies, but insect societies are either too large for individual recognition, or their members were assumed to lack the necessary cognitive abilities 1 and 2 . This paradigm has been challenged by the recent discovery that paper wasps...... recognize each other's unique facial color patterns [3] . Individual recognition is advantageous when dominance hierarchies control the partitioning of work and reproduction 2 and 4 . Here, we show that unrelated founding queens of the ant Pachycondyla villosa use chemical cues to recognize each other...... individually. Aggression was significantly lower in pairs of queens that had previously interacted than in pairs with similar social history but no experience with one another. Moreover, subordinates discriminated familiar and unfamiliar dominants in choice experiments in which physical contact, but not odor...

  17. FDTD-ANT User Manual

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    Zimmerman, Martin L.

    1995-01-01

    This manual explains the theory and operation of the finite-difference time domain code FDTD-ANT developed by Analex Corporation at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This code can be used for solving electromagnetic problems that are electrically small or medium (on the order of 1 to 50 cubic wavelengths). Calculated parameters include transmission line impedance, relative effective permittivity, antenna input impedance, and far-field patterns in both the time and frequency domains. The maximum problem size may be adjusted according to the computer used. This code has been run on the DEC VAX and 486 PC's and on workstations such as the Sun Sparc and the IBM RS/6000.

  18. Tratamento de resíduo líquido de laticínios utilizando Caixas de Gordura e Reator Anaeróbio Compartimentado seguido de Leitos Cultivados

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    Ana Cristina Ferreira Moreira da Silva

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram avaliados o desempenho e a eficiência de um sistema de tratamento de resíduos líquidos de laticínios na remoção da carga orgânica do resíduo em uma indústria de laticínios, utilizando um sistema composto por caixas de gordura, reator anaeróbio compartimentado e leitos cultivados de fluxo subsuperficial vegetado com Typha sp. e utilizando como meio suporte brita #1, sob diferentes tempos de detenção hidráulica (3 e 5 dias nos leitos cultivados. Como média geral na remoção de DBO e de DQO, o tratamento utilizando tempo de detenção de 3 dias conseguiu remover 98,87% de DBO e  99,77% de DQO, enquanto o tratamento utilizando 5 dias de detenção hidráulica removeu, em média, 99,51% de DBO e 99,56% de DQO. Os resultados indicam que o sistema foi eficiente no tratamento de resíduos líquidos de laticínios.

  19. Modelagem do processo de desidratação de lodo anaeróbio em leitos de secagem simulados Anaerobic sludge dewatering process modeling in simulated drying beds

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    Sérgio R. A. Soares

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available O emprego de leitos de secagem para a desidratação de lodo de descarte de reatores UASB, constitui excelente alternativa, face a sua simplicidade operacional e aos reduzidos custos de implantação. Este trabalho apresenta uma análise dos fenômenos que influenciam o processo de desidratação de lodo anaeróbio, a partir de simulação de leitos de secagem. Neste sentido, são feitas considerações sobre as características e o comportamento do lodo durante cada fase da secagem. Sugere-se também, um modelo matemático para representar o processo de secagem, obtido a partir dos dados experimentais.The employment of drying beds is an excellent option for dewatering of UASB reactor discarded sludge, because of their simple operation and low construction costs. This paper presents an anaerobic sludge dewatering process analysis of the most influential phenomenon based on drying beds simulation. Therefore, some considerations were made about sludge characteristics and behavior during each dewatering stage. A mathematical model for dewatering process representation obtained from experimental data is also suggested.

  20. Acesso à internação hospitalar nos municípios brasileiros em 2000: territórios do Sistema Único de Saúde Access to hospitalization in Brazilian municipalities in 2000: territorial distribution in the Unified National Health System

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    Evangelina X. G. de Oliveira

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho investiga os efeitos de fatores ambientais - as condições de oferta, a configuração espacial, os aspectos sócio-econômicos da população, e o contexto político-institucional - no padrão de internação das populações dos municípios brasileiros. Os dados do Sistema de Informações Hospitalares do SUS (SIH sobre as internações de pessoas com mais de 14 anos de idade, apenas para os procedimentos de maior freqüência de internação, no ano de 2000, em todo o Brasil, foram agregados segundo o município de residência dos pacientes. Foram ajustados modelos aditivos generalizados mistos aninhados, utilizando inferência Bayesiana. Os resultados indicam que a probabilidade de internação aumenta com a disponibilidade de leitos e de atenção básica, e com a capacidade de internação local; e diminui quando são maiores as distâncias a percorrer, nos municípios de maior população e naqueles de renda familiar per capita mais alta. A inclusão dos efeitos aleatórios, de UF e do padrão espacial, permite identificar macro áreas com padrões diferenciados nas probabilidades de internação e os principais fatores que explicam esses diferentes padrões.This article investigates the effect of external factors on hospitalization patterns in Brazilian municipalities (or counties: supply, spatial configuration, socioeconomic aspects, and political context. Inpatient data from 2000 for individuals 15 years and over and most frequent hospital procedures, obtained from the National Hospital Information System (SIH-SUS, were aggregated by place of residence at the municipal level. Nested generalized additive mixed models were fitted using Bayesian inference. Probability of hospitalization is shown to increase with hospital bed supply and with primary care and local capacity, and to decrease with increasing distances and in larger and wealthier municipalities. Inclusion of random, State, and spatial patterns effects reveals

  1. Preparo do leito da ferida antes do tratamento cirúrgico da úlcera por pressão em indivíduos com lesão medular

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    Tabari, Lisabel

    2015-01-01

    A lesão traumática da medula espinhal causa alterações neurológicas importantes, que colocam o indivíduo em risco de desenvolvimento de úlcera por pressão durante toda a vida. Diversos fatores estão envolvidos no surgimento e na cronicidade da ferida, entre eles os fisiológicos, microbiológicos, sociais, econômicos, educacionais e comportamentais. São importantes os estudos que descrevem os cuidados com a ferida, de forma a identificar fatores que interferem na sua cronicidade, crescimento ba...

  2. Hábitos de vida e principais sintomas de pacientes com câncer colorretal operados no Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba

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    Ronaldo Antonio Borghesi

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    Full Text Available Introdução: O câncer colorretal (CCR é a terceira neoplasia mais frequente no mundo ocidental. Os sintomas mais observados antes do diagnóstico do CCR são: dor abdominal, sangramento anal, emagrecimento, massa abdominal palpável e alteração do hábito intestinal. Os hábitos de vida, herança familial e idade avançada consistem em fatores importantes para o risco de desenvolvimento da doença e a heterogeneidade dos hábitos alimentares de diversas regiões do mundo apresenta influência na sua instalação. Objetivos: Relacionar os hábitos de vida, principalmente alimentares, e herança genética na instalação do câncer colorretal, bem como suas manifestações clínicas. Metodologia: Trata-se de um estudo transversal descritivo realizado no Conjunto Hospitalar de Sorocaba, com aplicação de questionário alimentar e sociodemográfico. Resultados: A maioria apresentou história de câncer na família e sobrepeso ou obesidade. A hipertensão arterial sistêmica foi a comorbidade mais associada. A quantidade de ingestão de frutas e verduras superou pouco a ingesta de embutidos e carnes gordas. O sangramento foi o sinal mais comum. Conclusões: O baixo contingente impossibilitou a associação estatística entre as variáveis estudadas e a instalação e apresentação sintomática do câncer colorretal, apesar de inúmeros estudos evidenciarem relação benéfica no consumo de frutas legumes e verduras na prevenção desta doença e maléfica no abuso de embutidos e carnes gordas.

  3. Uso de leitos cultivados de fluxo vertical por batelada no pós-tratamento de efluente de reator anaeróbio compartimentado Post-treatment of effluent of anaerobic baffled reactor using batchwise vertical flow constructed wetland beds

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    Marcelo Mazzola

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho avaliou-se o desempenho de um Reator Anaeróbio Compartimentado (RAC de duas câmaras em série, seguido de três leitos cultivados (constructed wetlands de fluxo vertical por batelada. A unidade experimental, em escala piloto, foi instalada na Faculdade de Engenharia Agrícola - UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brasil. O volume total do reator era de 2,3 m³ (TDH de 12 h. O efluente do RAC foi tratado em três leitos, dois cultivados com macrófitas (gêneros Typha sp. e Eleocharis sp. e um utilizado como controle (não cultivado. Os leitos, com 2,0 m³ cada um e brita #2 (24 - 35 mm como meio suporte, operaram com fluxo vertical por batelada (com tempos de reação de 24, 48, 72 e 96 h. Na avaliação do RAC, observou-se tendência de estabilização dos parâmetros pH, alcalinidade, ácidos voláteis, sólidos sedimentáveis e suspensos totais, porém a remoção de DQO revelou-se limitada (50%. Nos leitos cultivados o aumento do tempo de reação (até 72 h foi acompanhado pelo aumento de remoção de turbidez, DQO, fósforo e nitrato. O melhor desempenho de remoção de fósforo total foi obtido no leito vegetado com Typha sp para os tempos de 72 e 96 h, respectivamente, de 30 e 25%.This study evaluated the performance of vertical constructed wetlands treating effluent of anaerobic baffled reactor. The anaerobic reactor volume was 2.3 m³; it was operated with daily flow of 4.6 m³ (12 hours Hydraulic Retention Time. The reactor effluent was split into three wetlands beds, two of them cultivated with macrophytes (Typha sp. and Eleocharis sp., and one control. The wetlands were operated as a batch reactor. The medium utilized was gravel, the size ranging from 7 to 12 mm. The reaction time for each cycle (filling - reaction - drainage was 24, 48, 72, and 96 h. The anaerobic reactor achieved the following removal rates: settable solids, 93%; suspended solids, 80%; and COD 39%. The increase in reaction time (up to 72 h for the constructed

  4. Dimensoes da vulnerabilidade para as familias da crianca com dor oncologica em ambiente hospitalar

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    Maria da Graca Corso da Motta

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Identificar aspectos que demonstrem as dimensões da vulnerabilidade no universo familiar na ótica da família de crianças com dor oncológica em ambiente hospitalar Trata-se de um estudo descritivo exploratório com abordagem qualitativa, realizada na Unidade de Hematologia e Oncologia Pediátrica, de um hospital de grande porte da cidade de Porto Alegre - RS. Participaram do estudo nove famílias, utilizando-se para coleta dos dados o Método Criativo Sensível, por meio das dinâmicas de criatividade e sensibilidade, analisadas conforme o referencial da Análise de Conteúdo de Minayo, nos meses de Maio e Junho de 2010 Constatou-se que a doença traz à tona situações de vulnerabilidade, conferindo à criança e à família, sofrimento, dor, medo, angústia, desgaste físico e mental, causados pelo câncer. Assim, a Enfermagem, ao apropriar-se do marco conceitual da vulnerabilidade, pode visualizar novas dimensões do processo saúde/doença auxiliando a criança doente e sua família.

  5. PARTICIPAÇÃO DO ENFERMEIRO NA GESTÃO DE RECURSOS HOSPITALARES

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    Palloma Fernandes Estanislau Vaz Ventura

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: analisar a participação do enfermeiro na definição e gerenciamento de recursos materiais, humanos, físicos e financeiros no trabalho cotidiano da enfermagem em um hospital. Método: estudo de caso de abordagem qualitativa, realizado em um hospital geral, privado de médio porte. Os dados foram coletados por meio de entrevistas com roteiro semiestruturado, totalizando 23 participantes dentre eles enfermeiros e diretores. Como critério de inclusão foram selecionados profissionais que lidam diretamente com a gestão de recursos humanos, físicos, financeiros e materiais na instituição. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de conteúdo. Resultados: os enfermeiros participam do gerenciamento dos recursos materiais, humanos, físicos e financeiros em nível intermediário, com diferentes graus de autonomia, mas principalmente fornecendo informações. Evidenciou-se maior participação dos coordenadores de enfermagem nas decisões sobre o gerenciamento de recursos humanos de enfermagem e no gerenciamento de recursos materiais. Conclusão: o enfermeiro participa da gestão de recursos hospitalares em nível intermediário e a decisão final sobre pessoal, material ou espaços físicos se concentra na diretoria.

  6. Harnessing ant defence at fruits reduces bruchid seed predation in a symbiotic ant-plant mutualism.

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    Pringle, Elizabeth G

    2014-06-22

    In horizontally transmitted mutualisms, mutualists disperse separately and reassemble in each generation with partners genetically unrelated to those in the previous generation. Because of this, there should be no selection on either partner to enhance the other's reproductive output directly. In symbiotic ant-plant mutualisms, myrmecophytic plants host defensive ant colonies, and ants defend the plants from herbivores. Plants and ants disperse separately, and, although ant defence can indirectly increase plant reproduction by reducing folivory, it is unclear whether ants can also directly increase plant reproduction by defending seeds. The neotropical tree Cordia alliodora hosts colonies of Azteca pittieri ants. The trees produce domatia where ants nest at stem nodes and also at the node between the peduncle and the rachides of the infloresence. Unlike the stem domatia, these reproductive domatia senesce after the tree fruits each year. In this study, I show that the tree's resident ant colony moves into these ephemeral reproductive domatia, where they tend honeydew-producing scale insects and patrol the nearby developing fruits. The presence of ants significantly reduced pre-dispersal seed predation by Amblycerus bruchid beetles, thereby directly increasing plant reproductive output.

  7. Collective search by ants in microgravity

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    Stefanie M. Countryman

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The problem of collective search is a tradeoff between searching thoroughly and covering as much area as possible. This tradeoff depends on the density of searchers. Solutions to the problem of collective search are currently of much interest in robotics and in the study of distributed algorithms, for example to design ways that without central control robots can use local information to perform search and rescue operations. Ant colonies operate without central control. Because they can perceive only local, mostly chemical and tactile cues, they must search collectively to find resources and to monitor the colony's environment. Examining how ants in diverse environments solve the problem of collective search can elucidate how evolution has led to diverse forms of collective behavior. An experiment on the International Space Station in January 2014 examined how ants (Tetramorium caespitum perform collective search in microgravity. In the ISS experiment, the ants explored a small arena in which a barrier was lowered to increase the area and thus lower ant density. In microgravity, relative to ground controls, ants explored the area less thoroughly and took more convoluted paths. It appears that the difficulty of holding on to the surface interfered with the ants’ ability to search collectively. Ants frequently lost contact with the surface, but showed a remarkable ability to regain contact with the surface.

  8. Ant-lepidopteran associations along African forest edges

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    Dejean, Alain; Azémar, Frédéric; Libert, Michel; Compin, Arthur; Hérault, Bruno; Orivel, Jérôme; Bouyer, Thierry; Corbara, Bruno

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    Working along forest edges, we aimed to determine how some caterpillars can co-exist with territorially dominant arboreal ants (TDAAs) in tropical Africa. We recorded caterpillars from 22 lepidopteran species living in the presence of five TDAA species. Among the defoliator and/or nectarivorous caterpillars that live on tree foliage, the Pyralidae and Nymphalidae use their silk to protect themselves from ant attacks. The Notodontidae and lycaenid Polyommatinae and Theclinae live in direct contact with ants; the Theclinae even reward ants with abundant secretions from their Newcomer gland. Lichen feeders (lycaenid; Poritiinae), protected by long bristles, also live among ants. Some lycaenid Miletinae caterpillars feed on ant-attended membracids, including in the shelters where the ants attend them; Lachnocnema caterpillars use their forelegs to obtain trophallaxis from their host ants. Caterpillars from other species live inside weaver ant nests. Those of the genus Euliphyra (Miletinae) feed on ant prey and brood and can obtain trophallaxis, while those from an Eberidae species only prey on host ant eggs. Eublemma albifascia (Erebidae) caterpillars use their thoracic legs to obtain trophallaxis and trophic eggs from ants. Through transfer bioassays of last instars, we noted that herbivorous caterpillars living in contact with ants were always accepted by alien conspecific ants; this is likely due to an intrinsic appeasing odor. Yet, caterpillars living in ant shelters or ant nests probably acquire cues from their host colonies because they were considered aliens and killed. We conclude that co-evolution with ants occurred similarly in the Heterocera and Rhopalocera.

  9. Neonatal and pediatric intensive care in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil: an analysis of bed distribution, 1997 and 2007 Terapia intensiva neonatal e pediátrica no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: distribuição de leitos e análise comparativa de equidade em 1997 e 2007

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    Arnaldo Prata Barbosa

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (ICU and beds in Rio de Janeiro, correlating with population demands in 1997 and 2007. All neonatal and pediatric ICUs were visited, identifying the availability and type of beds. Comparisons were made between: supply and demand using projected need for beds for the population; public and private ICUs; and geographical regions. In 2007, 95 units were included totaling 1,094 beds (74 units and 1,080 beds in 1997: 51% public and 48% private (47% and 52% in 1997; 47% neonatal, 18% pediatric and 35% mixed units. Most units were located in the metropolitan area. The distribution of public and private beds was similar in the metropolitan area in both periods; in the interior, public beds tripled. Access has improved, mainly in the interior, but there is still no equity in the distribution of and accessibility to the available beds, with a shortage in the public sector, an excess in the private sector, and a great concentration in the metropolitan area.Descrever as características das unidades de terapia intensiva (UTI neonatais e pediátricas e leitos no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, correlacionando com demandas da população em 1997 e 2007. UTIs neonatais e pediátricas foram visitadas, identificando-se o tipo e disponibilidade de leitos. Foram feitas comparações entre: a oferta e a demanda projetada da necessidade de leitos para a população, a natureza pública ou privada das UTIs e regiões geográficas. Em 2007, 95 unidades foram incluídas, totalizando 1.094 leitos (74 e 1.080 leitos em 1997: 51% públicas e 48% privadas (47% e 52% em 1997; 47% neonatais, 18% pediátricas e 35% mistas. A maioria estava localizada na região metropolitana. A distribuição dos leitos públicos e privados foi semelhante na região metropolitana em ambos os períodos, no interior os públicos triplicaram. O acesso melhorou, principalmente no interior, mas

  10. Pheromone disruption of Argentine ant trail integrity

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    Suckling, D.M.; Peck, R.W.; Manning, L.M.; Stringer, L.D.; Cappadonna, J.; El-Sayed, A. M.

    2008-01-01

    Disruption of Argentine ant trail following and reduced ability to forage (measured by bait location success) was achieved after presentation of an oversupply of trail pheromone, (Z)-9-hexadecenal. Experiments tested single pheromone point sources and dispersion of a formulation in small field plots. Ant walking behavior was recorded and digitized by using video tracking, before and after presentation of trail pheromone. Ants showed changes in three parameters within seconds of treatment: (1) Ants on trails normally showed a unimodal frequency distribution of walking track angles, but this pattern disappeared after presentation of the trail pheromone; (2) ants showed initial high trail integrity on a range of untreated substrates from painted walls to wooden or concrete floors, but this was significantly reduced following presentation of a point source of pheromone; (3) the number of ants in the pheromone-treated area increased over time, as recruitment apparently exceeded departures. To test trail disruption in small outdoor plots, the trail pheromone was formulated with carnuba wax-coated quartz laboratory sand (1 g quartz sand/0.2 g wax/1 mg pheromone). The pheromone formulation, with a half-life of 30 h, was applied by rotary spreader at four rates (0, 2.5, 7.5, and 25 mg pheromone/m2) to 1- and 4-m2 plots in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Ant counts at bait cards in treated plots were significantly reduced compared to controls on the day of treatment, and there was a significant reduction in ant foraging for 2 days. These results show that trail pheromone disruption of Argentine ants is possible, but a much more durable formulation is needed before nest-level impacts can be expected. ?? 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

  11. Cinética de produção de levedura seca em leito de jorro Production kinetics of dry yeast in spouted bed

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    Ana P. T. Rocha

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se neste trabalho, a cinética de produção durante a secagem em um secador de leito de jorro convencional com inertes, trabalhando-se com alimentação intermitente de levedura, com umidade inicial de 70% em base úmida. Fez-se um planejamento fatorial 22 mais configuração estrela com 3 experimentos no ponto central, totalizando 11 experimentos, objetivando-se o estudo da influência da concentração de levedura e velocidade do ar na entrada sobre a cinética de produção de levedura seca. A cinética se mostrou crescente e praticamente linear em todos os experimentos. Esta análise permitiu a identificação das condições ideais de operação do secador com relação à velocidade de operação e de quantidade de levedura a ser alimentada para obtenção de um produto de qualidade para utilização como complemento protéico na alimentação de animais.In this study the production kinetics are studied during drying in a conventional spouted bed drier, with inert particles, working at intermittent feeding of yeast, with initial moisture content of 70% (wet basis. In order to study the influence of the yeast concentration and the input air speed on the production kinetics of dry yeast, a series of 11 experiments according to a factorial design 22 plus a star configuration, with 3 experiments in the central point, was done. It was found that the increasing kinetics was practically linear in all the experiments. From this analysis, optimal operational conditions were found for the drier input air velocity and amount of yeast to be loaded. The attainment of a quality product to be used as a protein complement for animal feeding was also considered.

  12. What do myrmecophagous geckos eat when ants are not available ...

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    Like other Pristurus species, P. samhaensis on Samha and P. sokotranus on Socotra were highly myrmecophagous (76.7% and 38.6% ants, respectively). However, ants were absent from the diet of P. samhaensis on Darsa. In contrast to the rich native ant fauna of the other islands, only one ant species was reported for ...

  13. Ants as tools in sustainable agriculture

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    Offenberg, Joachim

    2015-01-01

    1. With an expanding human population placing increasing pressure on the environment, agriculture needs sustainable production that can match conventional methods. Integrated pest management (IPM) is more sustainable, but not necessarily as efficient as conventional non-sustainable measures. 2...... in multiple crops. Their efficiency is comparable to chemical pesticides or higher, while at lower costs. They provide a rare example of documented efficient conservation biological control. 3. Weaver ants share beneficial traits with almost 13 000 other ant species and are unlikely to be unique...... of agricultural systems, this review emphasizes the potential of managing ants to achieve sustainable pest management solutions. The synthesis suggests future directions and may catalyse a research agenda on the utilization of ants, not only against arthropod pests, but also against weeds and plant diseases...

  14. Kunstikriitik Ants Juske sai doktoriks / Neeme Korv

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    Korv, Neeme, 1974-

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    Tartu Kõrgema Kunstikooli rektor Ants Juske kaitses 7. veebruaril Tallinnas Kunstiakadeemias edukalt doktoriväitekirja, juhendajaks oli professor Boris Bernštein ning oponeerisid doktor Altti Kuusamo Soomest ja professor Peeter Tulviste

  15. Fungal enzymes in the attine ant symbiosis

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    de Fine Licht, Henrik Hjarvard; Schiøtt, Morten; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    the more basal attine genera use substrates such as flowers, plant debris, small twigs, insect feces and insect carcasses. This diverse array of fungal substrates across the attine lineage implies that the symbiotic fungus needs different enzymes to break down the plant material that the ants provide...... or different efficiencies of enzyme function. Fungal enzymes that degrade plant cell walls may have functionally co-evolved with the ants in this scenario. We explore this hypothesis with direct measurements of enzyme activity in fungus gardens in 12 species across 8 genera spanning the entire phylogeny...... and diversity of life-styles within the attine clade. We find significant differences in enzyme activity between different genera and life-styles of the ants. How these findings relate to attine ant coevolution and crop optimization are discussed....

  16. Exotic ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Ohio

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    Ivanov,Kal

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    The worldwide transfer of plants and animals outside their native ranges is an ever increasing problem for global biodiversity. Ants are no exception and many species have been transported to new locations often with profound negative impacts on local biota. The current study is based on data gathered since the publication of the “Ants of Ohio” in 2005. Here I expand on our knowledge of Ohio’s myrmecofauna by contributing new records, new distributional information and natural history notes. ...

  17. Improving Emergency Management by Modeling Ant Colonies

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    perform functions such as nursing the brood or maintaining the nest. The more mature workers will begin to travel outside the nest to perform foraging...small sized ants predominantly act in functional roles such as nurses or transport services within the nest. The larger sizes predominantly function...stages: the founding stage, the ergonomic stage, and the reproductive stage. The founding stage is marked by a queen ant successful mating and laying

  18. Extrafloral nectar fuels ant life in deserts

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    Interactions mediated by extrafloral nectary (EFN)-bearing plants that reward ants with a sweet liquid secretion are well documented in temperate and tropical habitats. However, their distribution and abundance in deserts are poorly known. In this study, we test the predictions that biotic interactions between EFN plants and ants are abundant and common also in arid communities and that EFNs are only functional when new vegetative and reproductive structures are developing. In a seasonal dese...

  19. Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies

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    Adams, Rachelle Martha Marie; Liberti, Joanito; Illum, Anders A.

    2013-01-01

    guest ants are sufficient to kill raiders that invariably exterminate host nests without a cohabiting guest ant colony. We also show that the odor of guest ants discourages raider scouts from recruiting nestmates to host colonies. Our results imply that Sericomyrmex fungus-growers obtain a net benefit......The ants are extraordinary in having evolved many lineages that exploit closely related ant societies as social parasites, but social parasitism by distantly related ants is rare. Here we document the interaction dynamics among a Sericomyrmex fungus-growing ant host, a permanently associated...... parasitic guest ant of the genus Megalomyrmex, and a raiding agro-predator of the genus Gnamptogenys. We show experimentally that the guest ants protect their host colonies against agro-predator raids using alkaloid venom that is much more potent than the biting defenses of the host ants. Relatively few...

  20. Toxic industrial deposit remediation by ant activity

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    Jilkova, Veronika; Frouz, Jan

    2016-04-01

    Toxic industrial deposits are often contaminated by heavy metals and the substrates have low pH values. In such systems, soil development is thus slowed down by high toxicity and acidic conditions which are unfavourable to soil fauna. Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) are considered tolerant to heavy metal pollution and are known to increase organic matter content and microbial activity in their nests. Here, we focused on soil remediation caused by three ant species (Formica sanguinea, Lasius niger, and Tetramorium sp.) in an ore-washery sedimentation basin near Chvaletice (Czech Republic). Soil samples were taken from the centre of ant nests and from the nest surroundings (>3 m from nests). Samples were then analyzed for microbial activity and biomass and contents of organic matter and nutrients. As a result, ant species that most influenced soil properties was F. sanguinea as there were higher microbial activity and total nitrogen and ammonia contents in ant nests than in the surrounding soil. We expected such a result because F. sanguinea builds conspicuous large nests and is a carnivorous species that brings substantial amounts of nitrogen in insect prey to their nests. Effects of the other two ant species might be lower because of smaller nests and different feeding habits as they rely mainly on honeydew from aphids or on plant seeds that do not contain much nutrients.

  1. Congestion and communication in confined ant traffic

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    Gravish, Nick; Gold, Gregory; Zangwill, Andrew; Goodisman, Michael A. D.; Goldman, Daniel I.

    2014-03-01

    Many social animals move and communicate within confined spaces. In subterranean fire ants Solenopsis invicta, mobility within crowded nest tunnels is important for resource and information transport. Within confined tunnels, communication and traffic flow are at odds: trafficking ants communicate through tactile interactions while stopped, yet ants that stop to communicate impose physical obstacles on the traffic. We monitor the bi-directional flow of fire ant workers in laboratory tunnels of varied diameter D. The persistence time of communicating ant aggregations, τ, increases approximately linearly with the number of participating ants, n. The sensitivity of traffic flow increases as D decreases and diverges at a minimum diameter, Dc. A cellular automata model incorporating minimal traffic features--excluded volume and communication duration--reproduces features of the experiment. From the model we identify a competition between information transfer and the need to maintain jam-free traffic flow. We show that by balancing information transfer and traffic flow demands, an optimum group strategy exists which maximizes information throughput. We acknowledge funding from NSF PoLS #0957659 and #PHY-1205878.

  2. Fire ants perpetually rebuild sinking towers

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    Phonekeo, Sulisay; Mlot, Nathan; Monaenkova, Daria; Hu, David L.; Tovey, Craig

    2017-07-01

    In the aftermath of a flood, fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, cluster into temporary encampments. The encampments can contain hundreds of thousands of ants and reach over 30 ants high. How do ants build such tall structures without being crushed? In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we investigate the shape and rate of construction of ant towers around a central support. The towers are bell shaped, consistent with towers of constant strength such as the Eiffel tower, where each element bears an equal load. However, unlike the Eiffel tower, the ant tower is built through a process of trial and error, whereby failed portions avalanche until the final shape emerges. High-speed and novel X-ray videography reveal that the tower constantly sinks and is rebuilt, reminiscent of large multicellular systems such as human skin. We combine the behavioural rules that produce rafts on water with measurements of adhesion and attachment strength to model the rate of growth of the tower. The model correctly predicts that the growth rate decreases as the support diameter increases. This work may inspire the design of synthetic swarms capable of building in vertical layers.

  3. Transporte intra-hospitalar de pacientes sob ventilação invasiva: repercussões cardiorrespiratórias e eventos adversos Intrahospital transport of patients on invasive ventilation: cardiorespiratory repercussions and adverse events

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    Lea Tami Suzuki Zuchelo

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a ocorrência de alterações cardiorrespiratórias e identificar eventos adversos durante o transporte intra-hospitalar de pacientes sob ventilação invasiva. MÉTODOS: Estudo observacional prospectivo não-randomizado, conduzido em dois hospitais terciários, entre abril de 2005 e dezembro de 2006. Foram incluídos pacientes sob ventilação invasiva que necessitaram de transporte intra-hospitalar durante o período do estudo. Os critérios de exclusão foram: estar sob suspeita de morte encefálica; ter sido submetido a períodos de ventilação mecânica e de nebulização em tubo T; e ter sido transportado para o centro cirúrgico. Antes e após o transporte, os seguintes parâmetros foram avaliados: gasometria arterial, sinais vitais, uso de medicamentos através de uma bomba de infusão contínua, parâmetros do ventilador mecânico, duração do transporte, distância percorrida e número de profissionais envolvidos. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídos 48 pacientes, num total de 58 transportes. Observou-se alteração cardiorrespiratória importante em 39 transportes, totalizando 86 episódios, assim como 16 eventos adversos relacionados à falha de equipamento e falha da equipe, dentre eles problemas com baterias e falhas de comunicação. CONCLUSÕES: Durante o transporte intra-hospitalar de pacientes submetidos à ventilação invasiva, alterações cardiorrespiratórias foram frequentes (67,2%, e eventos adversos ocorreram em 75,7% dos transportes realizados.OBJECTIVE: To determine the occurrence of cardiorespiratory alterations and to identify adverse events during the intrahospital transport of patients on invasive ventilation. METHODS: A prospective observational non-randomized study was conducted at two tertiary hospitals between April of 2005 and December of 2006. We included patients on invasive ventilation who required intrahospital transport during the study period. Exclusion criteria were as follows: being

  4. CRIANÇA E ADOLESCENTE CRONICAMENTE ADOECIDOS E A ESCOLARIZAÇÃO DURANTE A INTERNAÇÃO HOSPITALAR

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    Mayara Kelly Moura Ferreira

    Full Text Available ResumoEste artigo teve como objetivo identificar as propostas de escolarização no ambiente hospitalar, sua implementação direcionada às crianças e aos adolescentes cronicamente adoecidos e compreender a percepção deles acerca da sua escolarização nesse ambiente. Desenvolveu-se uma pesquisa em hospital de referência pediátrica de Fortaleza, estado do Ceará, no período de março a maio de 2013, por meio de entrevista semiestruturada, com oito crianças e adolescentes internados com condição crônica. Os dados foram submetidos à análise, elencando-se duas categorias: percepção de crianças e adolescentes hospitalizados acerca de sua escolarização; e distanciamento entre teoria e prática na escolarização de crianças e adolescentes hospitalizados. Observou-se que a tristeza emanada durante a internação das crianças e dos adolescentes, associada à saudade e ao afastamento da escola, as restrições impostas nas rotinas estabelecidas pela instituição e a condição clínica geraram imenso sofrimento nessas pessoas. Pouco se faz sobre a escolarização desses sujeitos, pois as atividades lúdicas e educativas efetivadas pelos profissionais da saúde não atendem a essa necessidade. Logo, concluímos ser essencial que a unidade hospitalar ofereça um acompanhamento educacional a essa clientela, dando continuidade ao processo de escolarização por meio da classe hospitalar, a fim de oferecer uma assistência integral atendendo às prerrogativas prescritas na legislação.

  5. Distribuição espacial das internações hospitalares de idosos nas cinco regiões do Brasil

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    Freitas, Denise Cuoghi Carvalho Veríssimo; Oliveira Friestino, Jane Kelly; Fontenele Pimenta, Marta Eugênia; Ferreira, José Ferdinando Ramos

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    O presente estudo analisa os dados de registros de internações hospitalares de sujeitos com 60 anos e mais no Brasil e sua respectiva distribuição espacial nas cinco regiões do país. Trata-se de um estudo epidemiológico, que utiliza dados secundários e retrospectivos referentes às internações hospitalares registrados pelo Sistema Único de Saúde no ano de 2013. Os dados foram obtidos em pesquisa por regiões na base nacional do Sistema de Informações Hospitalares do Sistema Único de Saúde e do ...

  6. Gerenciamento da qualidade em um serviço de enfermagem hospitalar: visão do enfermeiro

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    Elyrose Sousa Brito Rocha

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    Este trabalho foi desenvolvido com os objetivos de analisar o Gerenciamento da Qualidade implantado em um serviço de enfermagem hospitalar e conhecer a opinião do enfermeiro a respeito desse Gerenciamento no serviço em que trabalha. Por tratarse de um estudo de caráter exploratório e descritivo optamos por utilizar, como instrumento de coleta de dados, um formulário para entrevista elaborado pela autora com base em Deming (1990) e Antunes (1997). A partir dos resultados obtidos, juntamente co...

  7. EDUCAÇÃO PERMANENTE NO CONTEXTO HOSPITALAR: A EXPERIÊNCIA QUE RESSIGNIFICA O CUIDADO EM ENFERMAGEM

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    Flores,Giovana Ely; Oliveira,Dora Lúcia Leidens de; Zocche,Denise Antunes de Azambuja

    2016-01-01

    Resumo O artigo aborda o processo de formação vivenciado por enfermeiras educadoras no contexto hospitalar, na perspectiva da educação permanente em saúde, com destaques para as experiências que constituíram esse processo, os sentidos dessa formação e as mudanças decorridas no desenvolvimento do cuidado de enfermagem com base nas aprendizagens significativas. Tratou-se de estudo qualitativo exploratório-descritivo, desenvolvido por meio de grupos focais com sete enfermeiras que atuavam no Pro...

  8. Auditoria de enfermagem: o impacto das anotaçóes de enfermagem no contexto das glosas hospitalares

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    Ferreira, Tânia S; de Souza-Braga, André Luiz; Cavalcanti-Valente, Geilsa Soraia; Ferreira de Souza, Deise; Moreira Carvalho-Alves, Enilda

    2009-01-01

    Este estudo tratou da nossa observação frente ao impacto das anotações de enfermagem no contexto das glosas hospitalares. Nesta perspectiva, a pesquisa se norteia pela seguinte questão: como o profissional de enfermagem pode contribuir através dos registros para não ocorrência da glosa? Temos como objetivo identificar o impacto causado pelo não registro de enfermagem contrapondo às eventuais glosas, evidenciando os principais tipos decorrentes destes registros. Metodologicamente a pesquisa ut...

  9. STAKEHOLDERS NA ATIVIDADE HOSPITALAR: UMA INVESTIGAÃÃO SETORIAL NO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO

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    Adalberto Américo Fischmann

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho consiste em descrever a dinâmica do setor hospitalar no Estado de São Paulo, buscando revelar como os stakeholders daquele setor interagem. Caracteriza- se como um estudo da área de estratégia aplicado a análise de um setor. Trata-se de um estudo exploratório, com abordagem qualitativa, em que a coleta de dados foi realizada por meio de entrevistas com especialistas pertencentes a distintos grupos de stakeholders. O método empregado é a análise de stakeholders, o qual busca a identificação dos stakeholders de maior influência de um setor e verifica como seus interesses e ações definem a dinâmica do mesmo. Os especialistas pertenciam a diferentes grupos de stakeholders , medida que demonstrou ter sido eficiente, pois, em virtude do conhecimento diversificado dos especialistas consultados, foi possível um levantamento de variáveis que abrangeram diversos aspectos. Os resultados revelaram que os stakeholders mais influentes do setor são: Pacientes, Saúde Suplementar, Ministério da Saúde, Concorrentes, Médicos, Indústria de Equipamentos Hospitalares, Indústria Farmacêutica e Indústria de Material Médico-Hospitalar. Verificou-se também que as variáveis ambientais de maior influência são: política governamental de saúde, inovações tecnológicas do setor hospitalar, poder aquisitivo da população, taxas de juros e idade média da população.

  10. Trabalho em saúde com pacientes apenados: sentidos metafóricos gerados no contexto hospitalar

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    Irala, Denise de Azevedo; Cezar-Vaz, Marta Regina; Cestari, Maria Elisabeth

    2011-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Descrever os sentidos metafóricos gerados baseados no processo de trabalho da equipe de saúde com pacientes apenados internos em uma instituição hospitalar. MÉTODOS: Pesquisa qualitativa, de cunho exploratório, com abordagem sócio-histórica na dimensão dialética, realizada com os componentes da equipe de saúde: equipe de enfermagem (enfermeiro, técnico e auxiliar de enfermagem), médicos, fisioterapeutas e nutricionistas. A coleta de dados foi feita por entrevistas semiestruturadas g...

  11. Estrabismo em idade ambliogénica: estudo retrospectivo de 12 meses consecutivos de referenciação oftalmológica hospitalar

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    Monteiro, Sílvia

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    Introdução: O objectivo deste trabalho é a análise do estado actual da referenciação oftalmológica hospitalar de casos de estrabismo em idade pediátrica.Métodos: Estudo retrospectivo e descritivo dos processos clínicos das crianças com idade menor ou igual a 10 anos referenciadas à Consulta de Oftalmologia Pediátrica do Centro Hospitalar do Porto entre Julho de 2011 e Julho de 2012.Resultados: Das 649 crianças referenciadas, 267 (41.1%) foram por suspeita de estrabismo. Em 109 (40.8%) dessas ...

  12. Ambiente hospitalar saudável e sustentável na perspectiva ecossistêmica: contribuições da enfermagem

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    Svaldi, Jacqueline Sallete Dei; Siqueira, Hedi Crecencia Heckler de

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    Este texto propõe uma discussão sobre o ambiente hospitalar saudável e sustentável destacando-se as contribuições da enfermagem nesse processo. As bases filosóficas encontram-se ancoradas na teoria ecossistêmica que analisa as sensibilidades necessárias para entender a natureza e os elementos estruturantes do ambiente/espaço hospitalar. Enfatiza-se a força aglutinadora das Unidades Produtivas que, de maneira interdependente e inter-relacionada, devem buscar o espaço sustentável e saudável atr...

  13. Démarche estratégica em unidade materno infantil hospitalar Démarche estratégica en unidad materna infantil hospitalaria Strategic Démarche in a mother and child hospital unit

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    Maria Angélica Carvalho Andrade

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O enfoque démarche estratégica problematiza a dissociação entre direção estratégica da instituição e nível operacional, em busca do planejamento contínuo e flexível de projetos. O objetivo do trabalho foi descrever a aplicação deste enfoque na avaliação de unidade hospitalar. PROCEDIMENTOS METODOLÓGICOS: Foi realizada aplicação adaptada do enfoque na unidade materno-infantil de hospital público estadual, localizado no município da Serra, ES, como análise da gestão hospitalar, com envolvimento indireto dos atores institucionais que se constituíram nos informantes-chave no período de abril a julho de 2006. Além de reuniões com atores-chave, os dados foram obtidos nas fontes: livros de registros de internações do centro obstétrico, da maternidade e do berçário, faturamento do hospital, relatório estatísitico dos resultados perinatais da unidade materno infantil; livros de atendimento do ambulatório de aleitamento materno, considerando o ano de 2005. RESULTADOS: Os segmentos mais valorizados foram: unidade intensiva neonatal, centro cirúrgico obstétrico e centro obstétrico. Também obteve alta valorização o Programa de Atenção Humanizada à Mãe e ao Recém-nascido. Os principais pontos fracos evidenciados foram: baixa articulação com a rede (parceria com a rede municipal; insuficiência de leitos e de investimento tecnológico necessários para atender a demanda; rotatividade profissional devido aos vínculos temporários; e deficiente implementação da humanização comprometendo os fatores estratégicos de êxito dos segmentos. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados mostram o potencial do método para problematizar a missão e para a análise da gestão hospitalar apontando estratégias para melhoria da qualidade e competitividade dos segmentos e para maior inserção e integração na rede de serviços.OBJETIVO: El enfoque démarche estratégica enfoca el problema de la disociación entre direcci

  14. Tratamento de efluentes têxteis usando reator de leito fluidizado trifásico aeróbio com pré ou pós-ozonização /

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    Alves, Kelli Cristina Grando

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    Dissertação (Mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. No presente trabalho foram desenvolvidos estudos combinando processo biológico com pré ou pós-ozonização de efluentes têxteis, para avaliar a eficiência de remoção de DQO e COD, bem como a cor do efluente. Consistiu-se basicamente de duas etapas. Na primeira, foram realizados estudos com efluente têxtil sintético em reator aeróbio de leito fluidizado trifásico para remoção da matéria orgânica, seguido da o...

  15. The distribution of weaver ant pheromones on host trees

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    Offenberg, Joachim

    2007-01-01

    The visible anal spots deposited by Oecophylla smaragdina ants have been suggested to deter ant prey, affect interspecific competition and facilitate mutualists and parasites in tracking down Oecophylla ants. I measured the density of anal spots on host trees with and without ants and tested for ...... to leaves. Also there was a positive correlation between spot density and the likelihood of being detected by ants. Anal spots may thus function as reliable cues to interacting species and be an important factor in shaping the community around Oecophylla colonies.......The visible anal spots deposited by Oecophylla smaragdina ants have been suggested to deter ant prey, affect interspecific competition and facilitate mutualists and parasites in tracking down Oecophylla ants. I measured the density of anal spots on host trees with and without ants and tested...... for correlations between spot density, ant activity and the likelihood of being detected by an ant. Spots were only found on trees with ants. On ant-trees, spots were distributed throughout the trees but with higher densities in areas with high ant activity and pheromone densities were higher on twigs compared...

  16. Leito de drenagem: sistema natural para redução de volume de lodo de estação de tratamento de água Draining beds: natural system for sludge volume reduction in the water treatment plant

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    Cali Laguna Achon

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available As Estações de Tratamento de Água (ETAs tem funcionamento semelhante a uma indústria e podem em diversas etapas gerar resíduos que, na maioria das ETAs, são lançados nos corpos d’água sem tratamento. Neste trabalho avaliou-se o desempenho de Leitos de Drenagem, para o desaguamento de lodo, provenientes de ETAs de ciclo completo que empregam sulfato de alumínio e cloreto de polialumínio (PACl, como coagulantes. Analisou-se as características, a drenagem e secagem dos amostras de lodo e característica do drenado. Os Leitos de Drenagem mostraram-se eficientes para desaguamento e redução de volume de lodo de ETA, de forma natural, sem consumo de energia ou adição de produtos químicos. Obteve-se, aos sete dias, reduções da ordem de 87 % em volume para os lodos de PACl e 83 % para o lodo de Sulfato de Alumínio e teor de sólidos totais 28% e 31% respectivamente.In this work the performance of Draining Beds for sludge dewatering was assessed. The sludge was provided from full cycle Water Treatment Plants (WTPs that employ aluminum sulfate and polyaluminium chloride (PACl as coagulants. The characteristics, drainage and drying of samples of sludge and characteristic of drained were analysed. The Draining Beds were shown to be efficient for dewatering and sludge volume reduction in the WTP, in a natural way, without energy consumption or adding of chemical products. On the seventh day, it was possible to obtain reduction around 87% in volume for PACl sludge and 83% for the aluminum sulfate sludge and total solids content of 28 and 31% respectively.

  17. Fuzzy Rules for Ant Based Clustering Algorithm

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    Amira Hamdi

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    Full Text Available This paper provides a new intelligent technique for semisupervised data clustering problem that combines the Ant System (AS algorithm with the fuzzy c-means (FCM clustering algorithm. Our proposed approach, called F-ASClass algorithm, is a distributed algorithm inspired by foraging behavior observed in ant colonyT. The ability of ants to find the shortest path forms the basis of our proposed approach. In the first step, several colonies of cooperating entities, called artificial ants, are used to find shortest paths in a complete graph that we called graph-data. The number of colonies used in F-ASClass is equal to the number of clusters in dataset. Hence, the partition matrix of dataset founded by artificial ants is given in the second step, to the fuzzy c-means technique in order to assign unclassified objects generated in the first step. The proposed approach is tested on artificial and real datasets, and its performance is compared with those of K-means, K-medoid, and FCM algorithms. Experimental section shows that F-ASClass performs better according to the error rate classification, accuracy, and separation index.

  18. O fonoaudiólogo adoece: síndrome de burnout e fonoaudiologia hospitalar ? uma revisão

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    Catarina Brito da Nóbrega

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome de Burnout é um transtorno adaptativo crônico que acomete uma gama variada de profissionais, principalmente os da área da saúde, como os fonoaudiólogos. Caracteriza-se, entre outros aspectos, por cansaço emocional, despersonalização e baixa realização pessoal. Esse estudo objetivou verificar, na literatura científica, a ocorrência da Síndrome de Burnout em fonoaudiólogos que atuam no âmbito hospitalar. Os recursos metodológicos utilizados foram artigos nacionais e internacionais dos últimos 10 anos, levantados nas bases de dados eletrônicos indexadas, com as seguintes palavras chave: Fonoaudiologia e Burnout; esgotamento profissional e unidades hospitalares. Foram identificados apenas artigos sobre a Síndrome de Burnout e profissionais da saúde e notou-se que há uma escassez de informações sobre a relação Síndrome de Burnout e Fonoaudiologia. Essa insuficiência de produções técnicas relacionadas ao tema em pauta é ainda maior quando é direcionada aos fonoaudiólogos que atuam em hospitais.

  19. Testando o Modelo da Casa da Capacidade para o Trabalho entre profissionais do setor hospitalar

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    Maria Carmen Martinez

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Objetivo: Testar o Modelo da Casa da Capacidade para o Trabalho, verificando a hierarquia das dimensões propostas para um grupo de trabalhadores do setor hospitalar. Métodos: Estudo de coorte (2009-2011 conduzido com 599 trabalhadores de um hospital na cidade de São Paulo. Foi usado um formulário com questões sobre dados sociodemográficos, estilo de vida e condições de trabalho, e as versões brasileiras da Escala Estresse no Trabalho, Desequilíbrio Esforço-Recompensa, Work-Related Activities That May Contribute To Job-Related Pain and/or Injury e Índice de Capacidade para o Trabalho (ICT. Foi realizada análise de regressão logística hierárquica: as variáveis independentes foram alocadas em níveis de acordo com as dimensões do modelo teórico para avaliar os fatores associados ao comprometimento da capacidade para o trabalho (CT. Resultados: As variáveis associadas ao comprometimento da CT em cada dimensão foram: (a dimensão sociodemográfica: idade < 30 anos (p = 0,20, (b dimensão saúde: história de acidente de trabalho (p = 0,029, (c dimensão competência profissional: baixo nível educacional (p = 0,008, (d dimensão valores: intensificação do excesso de comprometimento (< 0,001, e (e dimensão trabalho: intensificação do desequilíbrio esforço-recompensa (p = 0,009 e das demandas elevadas (p = 0,040. Conclusão: Os resultados do estudo confirmaram as dimensões propostas para o Modelo da Casa da Capacidade para o Trabalho, indicando que ele é válido como representação de um construto multidimensional de determinação multicausal, podendo ser utilizado na gestão da CT.

  20. A utilização do palhaço no ambiente hospitalar

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    André Furtado de Ayalla Rodrigues

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available O palhaço se faz presente na maior parte das culturas da humanidade exercendo os mais diversos papéis; desde participantes de rituais sagrados à conselheiros reais. Atualmente, o palhaço é visto como um ser transgressor de normas e capaz de satirizar as fragilidades humanas deixando-as mais leves. Foi exatamente essa ressignificação que garantiu o sucesso do palhaço dentro do ambiente hospitalar. Em 1986, pela primeira vez o palhaço usou seu dom dentro de um hospital satirizando as rotinas típicas desse ambiente. As consequências da atuação puderam ser observadas ainda durante o espetáculo quando crianças previamente deprimidas participavam ativamente das atividades propostas. Desde então, houve uma rápida progressão na quantidade de grupos – constituídos por voluntários ou artistas – que levam esse tipo de linguagem para dentro do hospital como forma de apoio às crianças internadas, familiares e profissionais de saúde. Apesar da resistência por parte de alguns profissionais de saúde, estudos recentes demonstram a eficácia desse tipo de ação dentro do hospital. ABSTRACT The clown has been part of most of human culture, playing diverse roles, from participant in sacred rituals to royal counselor. Currently, the clown is seen as a transgressor and capable of satirizing the human frailties. It was this reframing that ensured the success of the clown inside the hospital environment. In 1986, for the first time a clown used his ability inside a hospital satirizing the typical routines of that environment. Those actions resulted in consequences that could be observed during the show, when previously depressed children participated actively in the activities proposed. Since then, there has been a rapid progression on the amount of groups – made up of volunteers or artists – which take this kind of language into the hospital as a form of support to the hospitalized children, their family and, also, health

  1. Modelos de serviços hospitalares para casos agudos em idosos Hospital services for acute care of elderly people

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    João Macedo Coelho Filho

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    Full Text Available Embora a atenção ao idoso seja uma prioridade emergente no Brasil, pouca ênfase tem sido dada a modelos de organização de serviços hospitalares para pacientes geriátricos. São revisados modelos de serviços hospitalares para admissão e manuseio de casos agudos em idosos, com ênfase na discussão sobre o papel e o posicionamento da medicina geriátrica (incluindo sua interface com especialidades e com a clínica médica no âmbito da atenção hospitalar. Foi realizada pesquisa na base de dados Medline (1989-1999, bem como nos principais livros-texto de geriatria e de gerontologia, buscando identificar descrições de serviços hospitalares para cuidado agudo de pacientes idosos. As características dos modelos identificados foram compiladas e descritas à luz de sua adequação à realidade dos serviços de saúde no Brasil. Exemplos de intervenções em geriatria, com efetividade demonstrada através de revisões sistemáticas, foram também citadas. Os modelos mais freqüentemente relatados foram cuidado prolongado, tradicional, baseado na idade cronológica, não especializado e integrado. Adaptações e variantes de alguns desses modelos foram freqüentemente relatadas, assim como seu impacto potencial na efetividade do cuidado geriátrico. Evidências sobre o melhor modelo a seguir não foram identificadas, mas aqueles modelos favorecendo a integração da geriatria com a clínica geral pareceram mais adequados à nossa realidade. Ressalta a necessidade de reestruturação de serviços de saúde para responder às novas demandas que surgem com o envelhecimento da população, bem como do delineamento de serviços hospitalares para casos agudos, importantes para a efetividade do cuidado geriátrico e que devem ser objeto de maior debate e pesquisa no Brasil.Although the implementation of geriatric services is an emerging priority in Brazil, little emphasis has been put on the type of acute care that should be provided for elderly

  2. Kin-informative recognition cues in ants

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    Nehring, Volker; Evison, Sophie E F; Santorelli, Lorenzo A

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    behaviour is thought to be rare in one of the classic examples of cooperation--social insect colonies--because the colony-level costs of individual selfishness select against cues that would allow workers to recognize their closest relatives. In accord with this, previous studies of wasps and ants have...... found little or no kin information in recognition cues. Here, we test the hypothesis that social insects do not have kin-informative recognition cues by investigating the recognition cues and relatedness of workers from four colonies of the ant Acromyrmex octospinosus. Contrary to the theoretical...... prediction, we show that the cuticular hydrocarbons of ant workers in all four colonies are informative enough to allow full-sisters to be distinguished from half-sisters with a high accuracy. These results contradict the hypothesis of non-heritable recognition cues and suggest that there is more potential...

  3. Ant parasite queens revert to mating singly

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    Sumner, Seirian; Hughes, William Owen Hamar; Pedersen, Jes Søe

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    quantified and they tend to be similar in related species. Here we compare the mating strategies of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior and its recently derived social parasite Acromyrmex insinuator, which is also its closest relative 2 (see Fig. 1 ). We find that although the host queens mate with up......A parasitic ant has abandoned the multiple mating habit of the queens of its related host. Multiple mating (polyandry) is widespread among animal groups, particularly insects 1 . But the factors that maintain it and underlie its evolution are hard to verify because benefits and costs are not easily...... to a dozen different males, the social parasite mates only singly. This rapid and surprising reversion to single mating in a socially parasitic ant indicates that the costs of polyandry are probably specific to a free-living lifestyle....

  4. The worldwide expansion of the Argentine ant

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    Vogel, Valerie; Pedersen, Jes Søe; Giraud, Tatiana

    2010-01-01

    Aim The aim of this study was to determine the number of successful establishments of the invasive Argentine ant outside native range and to see whether introduced supercolonies have resulted from single or multiple introductions. We also compared the genetic diversity of native versus introduced...... supercolonies to assess the size of the propagules (i.e. the number of founding individuals) at the origin of the introduced supercolonies. Location Global. Methods We used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) markers and microsatellite loci to study 39 supercolonies of the Argentine ant Linepithema humile covering both......) and secondary introductions (from sites with established invasive supercolonies) were important in the global expansion of the Argentine ant. In combination with the similar social organization of colonies in the native and introduced range, this indicates that invasiveness did not evolve recently as a unique...

  5. Desert ants learn vibration and magnetic landmarks.

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    Cornelia Buehlmann

    Full Text Available The desert ants Cataglyphis navigate not only by path integration but also by using visual and olfactory landmarks to pinpoint the nest entrance. Here we show that Cataglyphis noda can additionally use magnetic and vibrational landmarks as nest-defining cues. The magnetic field may typically provide directional rather than positional information, and vibrational signals so far have been shown to be involved in social behavior. Thus it remains questionable if magnetic and vibration landmarks are usually provided by the ants' habitat as nest-defining cues. However, our results point to the flexibility of the ants' navigational system, which even makes use of cues that are probably most often sensed in a different context.

  6. Ant-plants and fungi: a new threeway symbiosis.

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    Defossez, Emmanuel; Selosse, Marc-André; Dubois, Marie-Pierre; Mondolot, Laurence; Faccio, Antonella; Djieto-Lordon, Champlain; McKey, Doyle; Blatrix, Rumsaïs

    2009-06-01

    Symbioses between plants and fungi, fungi and ants, and ants and plants all play important roles in ecosystems. Symbioses involving all three partners appear to be rare. Here, we describe a novel tripartite symbiosis in which ants and a fungus inhabit domatia of an ant-plant, and present evidence that such interactions are widespread. We investigated 139 individuals of the African ant-plant Leonardoxa africana for occurrence of fungus. Behaviour of mutualist ants toward the fungus within domatia was observed using a video camera fitted with an endoscope. Fungi were identified by sequencing a fragment of their ribosomal DNA. Fungi were always present in domatia occupied by mutualist ants but never in domatia occupied by opportunistic or parasitic ants. Ants appear to favour the propagation, removal and maintenance of the fungus. Similar fungi were associated with other ant-plants in Cameroon. All belong to the ascomycete order Chaetothyriales; those from L. africana formed a monophyletic clade. These new plant-ant-fungus associations seem to be specific, as demonstrated within Leonardoxa and as suggested by fungal phyletic identities. Such tripartite associations are widespread in African ant-plants but have long been overlooked. Taking fungal partners into account will greatly enhance our understanding of symbiotic ant-plant mutualisms.

  7. Ants of the Peloponnese, Greece (Hymenoptera: Formicidae

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    Borowiec Lech

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    Full Text Available This paper relates to material obtained during two field trips to the Peloponnese in 2013 and 2016. With the inclusion of some hitherto unpublished ant material, it gives new records from a total of 92 sampling localities. 129 species (including morphospecies not attributed to any known taxon of ants have been recorded from the Peloponnese (southern Greece, 27 of which have been recorded from this region for the first time. Lasius reginae and 5 other morphospecies attributed only to species complexes are new to Greece.

  8. Image Edge Tracking via Ant Colony Optimization

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    Li, Ruowei; Wu, Hongkun; Liu, Shilong; Rahman, M. A.; Liu, Sanchi; Kwok, Ngai Ming

    2018-04-01

    A good edge plot should use continuous thin lines to describe the complete contour of the captured object. However, the detection of weak edges is a challenging task because of the associated low pixel intensities. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) has been employed by many researchers to address this problem. The algorithm is a meta-heuristic method developed by mimicking the natural behaviour of ants. It uses iterative searches to find the optimal solution that cannot be found via traditional optimization approaches. In this work, ACO is employed to track and repair broken edges obtained via conventional Sobel edge detector to produced a result with more connected edges.

  9. Tuberculose em profissionais de saúde de um serviço hospitalar

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    Sandra Saleiro

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Introdução: A tuberculose é considerada uma doença ocupacional nos profissionais de saúde e a sua transmissão, nas instituições de saúde, constitui um problema importante. Alguns serviços hospitalares estão particularmente expostos a risco de infecção.Objectivo: Caracterizar os casos de tuberculose detectados na sequência de um rastreio efectuado aos profissionais de saúde de um serviço hospitalar (otorrinolaringologia que contactaram com casos de tuberculose activa.Material e métodos: Procedeu-se à realização de rastreio de tuberculose a todos os funcionários (73 do serviço de Otorrinolaringologia do Hospital de São João que contactaram com dois doentes internados com tuberculose activa. A todos aqueles que referiram sintomas foi realizada radiografia torácica e exame micobacteriológico de expectoração.Resultados: Dos 73 profissionais de saúde submetidos ao rastreio, foi estabelecido o diagnóstico de tuberculose em 9 (8 do sexo feminino; idade mediana: 30 anos; uma médica, seis enfermeiros e dois auxiliares de acção médica. Em 8 profissionais de saúde foi diagnosticada tuberculose pulmonar, tratando-se o outro caso de tuberculose extra-pulmonar. O diagnóstico microbiológico foi obtido em 7 casos pelos seguintes métodos: exame micobacteriológico directo de expectoração, n=2; exame cultural de lavado brônquico, n=4; exame histológico de tecido pleural, n=1. Em 4 casos, o DNA do Mycobacterium tuberculosis foi extraído das culturas, tendo sido efectuada tipagem molecular. Todos estes casos apresentaram tipagem idêntica, o que permite a identificação de uma ligação epidemiológica.Conclusão: A tuberculose nosocomial é relevante, sendo necessário efectuar um esforço para implementar, com sucesso, medidas de controlo de infecção nas instituições de saúde, assim como um

  10. POSICIONAMENTO ESTRATÉGICO DE UMA ORGANIZAÇÃO HOSPITALAR SOB A ÓTICA DA ORGANIZAÇÃO INDUSTRIAL

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    Luiz Claudio Louzada

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo aplica o arcabouço da Organização Industrial no setor hospitalar da Grande Vitória. Utiliza-se do paradigma Estrutura-Conduta e Desempenho, desenvolvido por Scherer e Ross (1990, para mapear a estrutura e analisar o ambiente de concorrência no setor hospitalar da grande vitória.  Na estruturação do trabalho foi utilizada seguinte seqüência de análise: (1 análise sócio-economica; (2 evolução do setor; e, (3 ambiente de concorrência.  Por conseguinte são descritos os fatores predominantes no setor hospitalar, baseado no modelo de Michael Porter (1986, os quais serviram para posicionar o HSP1 no setor hospitalar da Grande Vitória. O resultado da análise consiste em uma sugestão de três focos estratégicos possíveis para o reposicionamento do HSP1 no mercado da Grande Vitória, destacando em cada uma das opções as principais vantagens e desvantagens.

  11. A GASTRONOMIA COMO PROPOSTA DE QUALIFICAÇÃO DIETÉTICA DAS REFEIÇÕES HOSPITALARES PASTOSAS: ANÁLISE, INTERVENÇÃO E AVALIAÇÃO

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    Priscilla Ceci LAGES

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desse estudo foi utilizar técnicas gastronômicas para propor medidas de intervenção e avaliar a eficácia dessas mudanças para aumentar a satisfação dos pacientes hospitalizados com câncer com prescrição de dieta pastosa. Realizou-se a avaliação de satisfação dos pacientes que recebiam dieta pastosa antes e depois da intervenção. A intervenção consistiu no desenvolvimento de receitas de decorações comestíveis com base nos próprios purês ofertados. Foi aplicado teste de aceitação para avaliação da aparência e sabor dos purês, e foi determinado o tamanho da porção que era servida aos pacientes. Na avaliação da satisfação dos pacientes utilizou-se o teste Qui-Quadrado para comparar os percentuais obtidos na avaliação global das refeições antes e depois da intervenção (p<0,05 e os dados qualitativos foram agrupados em categorias de modo a facilitar a análise das respostas. Paralelamente, os resultados do teste de aceitação foram submetidos à análise de variância (p<0,05. Observou-se que houve aumento da satisfação global da refeição oferecida, porém não significativo. No entanto, pode-se destacar tendência no aumento da satisfação. No teste de aceitação, constatou-se que houve diferença significativa na aparência entre os purês com e sem decoração e o peso médio da porção de cada purê ofertado foi de 0,110kg. Conclui-se que a gastronomia é um conjunto de técnicas que, se bem aplicadas, podem contribuir com a humanização do ato de se alimentar no ambiente hospitalar.

  12. Oecophylla smaragdina food conversion efficiency: prospects for ant farming

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    Offenberg, Hans Joachim

    2011-01-01

    can be combined with the use of the ants in biological control programmes in tropical plantations where pest insects are converted into ant biomass. To assess the cost-benefits of ant farming based on artificial feeding, food consumption and food conversion efficiency (ECI) of Oecophylla smaragdina......Oecophylla ants are sold at high prices on several commercial markets as a human delicacy, as pet food or as traditional medicine. Currently markets are supplied by ants collected from the wild; however, an increasing interest in ant farming exists as all harvest is easily sold and as ant farming...... selling prices these efficiencies led to rates of return from 1.52 to 4.56, respectively, if: (i) protein is supplied from commercial products; or (ii) alternatively supplied from free sources such as insects and kitchen waste. These results suggest that Oecophylla ant farming may become highly profitable...

  13. Hybrid Bee Ant Colony Algorithm for Effective Load Balancing And ...

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    Ant Colony algorithm is used in this hybrid Bee Ant Colony algorithm to solve load balancing issues ... Genetic Algorithm (MO-GA) for dynamic job scheduling that .... Information Networking and Applications Workshops. [7]. M. Dorigo & T.

  14. The use of weaver ants (Oecophylla spp.) in tropical agriculture

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    Offenberg, Hans Joachim

    2011-01-01

    by the consumed pest insects, can be harvested and utilised for nutrition as they are tasty and high in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Thus, plantations may function as ant farms and in addition to plant production also hosts the production of edible animal protein. In this setup harmful pest insects are turned...... farming as a way forward to solve an increasing future demand for protein. Weaver ant farming may build on natural food collected by the ants or alternatively be boosted by feeding the ant colonies actively with protein and sugar. In both cases, when ant biocontrol is combined with ant farming......, the environmental cost of protein production may fall even lower than for other insects as the ants feed on pests that would otherwise reduce the plant yield and since the farming area is simultaneously in use for plant production. In this presentation I provide data showing (i) how the harvest of ants can...

  15. Dealing with water deficit in Atta ant colonies: large ants scout for water while small ants transport it

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    Antonio Carlos Da-Silva

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    Leafcutter ants (Atta sexdens rubropilosa (Forel 1908 have an elaborate social organization, complete with caste divisions. Activities carried out by specialist groups contribute to the overall success and survival of the colony when it is confronted with environmental challenges such as dehydration. Ants detect variations in humidity inside the nest and react by activating several types of behavior that enhance water uptake and decrease water loss, but it is not clear whether or not a single caste collects water regardless of the cost of bringing this resource back to the colony. Accordingly, we investigated water collection activities in three colonies of Atta sexdens rubropilosa experimentally exposed to water stress. Specifically, we analyzed whether or not the same ant caste foraged for water, regardless of the absolute energetic cost (distance of transporting this resource back to the colony. Our experimental design offered water sources at 0 m, 1 m and 10 m from the nest. We studied the body size of ants near the water sources from the initial offer of water (time  =  0 to 120 min, and tested for specialization. We observed a reduction in the average size and variance of ants that corroborated the specialization hypothesis. Although the temporal course of specialization changed with distance, the final outcome was similar among distances. Thus, we conclude that, for this species, a specialist (our use of the word “specialist” does not mean exclusive task force is responsible for collecting water, regardless of the cost of transporting water back to the colony.

  16. Extended phenotype: nematodes turn ants into bird-dispersed fruits

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    Hughes, D P; Kronauer, D J C; Boomsma, J J

    2008-01-01

    A recent study has discovered a novel extended phenotype of a nematode which alters its ant host to resemble ripe fruit. The infected ants are in turn eaten by frugivorous birds that disperse the nematode's eggs.......A recent study has discovered a novel extended phenotype of a nematode which alters its ant host to resemble ripe fruit. The infected ants are in turn eaten by frugivorous birds that disperse the nematode's eggs....

  17. A démarche stratégique (gestão estratégica hospitalar: um instrumento de coordenação da prática hospitalar baseado nos custos de oportunidade e na solidariedade

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    Elizabeth Artmann

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    Full Text Available Este texto é uma apresentação geral da metodologia de gestão estratégica hospitalar de M. Crémadez e F. Grateau (França, incluindo os objetivos, as fases e as principais ferramentas do enfoque. O trabalho destaca os aspectos microeconômicos do mesmo e suas possibilidades para estruturar redes de serviços através da pactuação de metas e objetivos entre hospitais. Inclui a apresentação de um caso de aplicação do enfoque como instrumento de coordenação regional da especialidade de cirurgia geral dos hospitais de uma área programática (AP-4 da cidade do Rio de Janeiro.

  18. Estudo da ocorrência de infecção hospitalar em cães e gatos em um centro cirúrgico veterinário universitário

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    Infecção hospitalar ou nosocomial é aquela adquirida durante a hospitalização do paciente, e que pode ser relacionada os procedimentos hospitalares invasivos realizados durante o internamento. O presente trabalho teve como objetivos estudar a ocorrência de infecção hospitalar em animais atendidos em um Centro Cirúrgico Veterinário Universitário de Pequenos Animais submetidos a procedimentos cirúrgicos e/ou invasivos; discutir as possíveis causas de infecção, detectar as bactérias presentes qu...

  19. Histrionicotoxin alkaloids finally detected in an ant

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    Jones, Tappey H.; Adams, Rachelle Martha Marie; Spande, Thomas F.

    2012-01-01

    Workers of the ant Carebarella bicolor collected in Panama were found to have two major poison-frog alkaloids, cis- and trans-fused decahydroquinolines (DHQs) of the 269AB type, four minor 269AB isomers, two minor 269B isomers, and three isomers of DHQ 271D. For the first time in an ant, however......) sp., were found to have a very similar DHQ complex but failed to show HTXs. Several new DHQ alkaloids of MW 271 (named in the frog as 271G) are reported from the above ants that have both m/z 202 and 204 as major fragment ions, unlike the spectrum seen for the poison-frog alkaloid 271D, which has...... only an m/z 204 base peak. Found also for the first time in skin extracts from the comparison frog Oophaga granulifera of Costa Rica is a trace DHQ of MW 273. It is coded as 273F in the frog; a different isomer is found in the ant....

  20. Ants, rodents and seed predation in Proteaceae

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    ... their nests extremely rapidly. One benefit of the ant-plant interaction may be seed escape ... (odourless to humans when dry) household glue or, b) placing seed in a Petri dish ... the layout of exclosures was completed. Response was not as.

  1. The evolution of invasiveness in garden ants

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    Cremer, Sylvia; Ugelvig, Line Vej; Drijfhout, Falko P

    2008-01-01

    It is unclear why some species become successful invaders whilst others fail, and whether invasive success depends on pre-adaptations already present in the native range or on characters evolving de-novo after introduction. Ants are among the worst invasive pests, with Lasius neglectus and its ra...

  2. The ejaculatory biology of leafcutter ants

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    den Boer, Susanne; Stürup, Marlene; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    2015-01-01

    understanding of the fundamental biology of ejaculate production, transfer and physiological function remains extremely limited. We studied the ejaculation process in the leafcutter ant Atta colombica and found that it starts with the appearance of a clear pre-ejaculatory fluid (PEF) at the tip...

  3. Mating, hybridisation and introgression in Lasius ants

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    Have, van der T.M.; Pedersen, J.S.; Boomsma, J.J.

    2011-01-01

    Recent reviews have shown that hybridisation among ant species is likely to be more common than previously appreciated. but that documented cases of introgression remain rare. After molecular phylogenetic work had shown that European Lasius niger (LINNAEUS, 1758) and L. psammophilus SEIFERT, 1992

  4. Ants recognize foes and not friends

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    Guerrieri, Fernando J.; Nehring, Volker; Jørgensen, Charlotte G.; Nielsen, John; Galizia, C. Giovanni; d'Ettorre, Patrizia

    2009-01-01

    Discriminating among individuals and rejecting non-group members is essential for the evolution and stability of animal societies. Ants are good models for studying recognition mechanisms, because they are typically very efficient in discriminating ‘friends’ (nest-mates) from ‘foes’ (non-nest-mates). Recognition in ants involves multicomponent cues encoded in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles. Here, we tested whether workers of the carpenter ant Camponotus herculeanus use the presence and/or absence of cuticular hydrocarbons to discriminate between nest-mates and non-nest-mates. We supplemented the cuticular profile with synthetic hydrocarbons mixed to liquid food and then assessed behavioural responses using two different bioassays. Our results show that (i) the presence, but not the absence, of an additional hydrocarbon elicited aggression and that (ii) among the three classes of hydrocarbons tested (unbranched, mono-methylated and dimethylated alkanes; for mono-methylated alkanes, we present a new synthetic pathway), only the dimethylated alkane was effective in eliciting aggression. Our results suggest that carpenter ants use a fundamentally different mechanism for nest-mate recognition than previously thought. They do not specifically recognize nest-mates, but rather recognize and reject non-nest-mates bearing odour cues that are novel to their own colony cuticular hydrocarbon profile. This begs for a reappraisal of the mechanisms underlying recognition systems in social insects. PMID:19364750

  5. Recognition of social identity in ants

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    Bos, Nick; d'Ettorre, Patrizia

    2012-01-01

    Recognizing the identity of others, from the individual to the group level, is a hallmark of society. Ants, and other social insects, have evolved advanced societies characterized by efficient social recognition systems. Colony identity is mediated by colony specific signature mixtures, a blend...

  6. Plasmodium parasitaemia among pregnant women attending ante ...

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    ... Ante-Natal Clinic at Military Hospital Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria using the Standard parasitological technique. Venous blood was collected from 200 pregnant women, both thick and thin blood films were made on clean greese-free glass slide and stained with 10% Giemsa stains diluted with 7.2 buffered water for ...

  7. Operant conditioning in the ant Myrmica sabuleti.

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    Cammaerts, M C

    2004-11-30

    Operant conditioning could be obtained in the ant Myrmica sabuleti by presenting to the workers, during a six-day period, an apparatus containing either sugared water or meat as a reward. The conditioning obtained using sugared water as a reward was short lasting. A reconditioning was more persistent and lasted four hours. The ants' response was very precise, since they exhibited it only in front of an apparatus identical to that used during the training phase. Operant conditioning obtained using meat as a reward was more pronounced than that obtained by using sugared water, probably because meat is more valuable as a reward than sugar for the species studied, which is essentially a carnivorous one. Such a conditioning was rather persistent. Indeed, a first operant conditioning obtained by using meat as a reward could still be detected after seven hours, and a reconditioning was still significant after eight hours. One day after this eight-hour period without rewarding the ants, the response was higher again and a further day later, it was still significant. Since the operant conditioning is easy to perform and quantify and since the ants' response is very precise, such a conditioning can be used for further studying M. sabuleti workers' visual perception.

  8. A global database of ant species abundances

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    Gibb, Heloise; Dunn, Rob R.; Sanders, Nathan J.; Grossman, Blair F.; Photakis, Manoli; Abril, Silvia; Agosti, Donat; Andersen, Alan N.; Angulo, Elena; Armbrecht, Ingre; Arnan, Xavier; Baccaro, Fabricio B.; Bishop, Tom R.; Boulay, Raphael; Bruhl, Carsten; Castracani, Cristina; Cerda, Xim; Del Toro, Israel; Delsinne, Thibaut; Diaz, Mireia; Donoso, David A.; Ellison, Aaron M.; Enriquez, Martha L.; Fayle, Tom M.; Feener Jr., Donald H.; Fisher, Brian L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Fitpatrick, Matthew C.; Gomez, Cristanto; Gotelli, Nicholas J.; Gove, Aaron; Grasso, Donato A.; Groc, Sarah; Guenard, Benoit; Gunawardene, Nihara; Heterick, Brian; Hoffmann, Benjamin; Janda, Milan; Jenkins, Clinton; Kaspari, Michael; Klimes, Petr; Lach, Lori; Laeger, Thomas; Lattke, John; Leponce, Maurice; Lessard, Jean-Philippe; Longino, John; Lucky, Andrea; Luke, Sarah H.; Majer, Jonathan; McGlynn, Terrence P.; Menke, Sean; Mezger, Dirk; Mori, Alessandra; Moses, Jimmy; Munyai, Thinandavha Caswell; Pacheco, Renata; Paknia, Omid; Pearce-Duvet, Jessica; Pfeiffer, Martin; Philpott, Stacy M.; Resasco, Julian; Retana, Javier; Silva, Rogerio R.; Sorger, Magdalena D.; Souza, Jorge; Suarez, Andrew V.; Tista, Melanie; Vasconcelos, Heraldo L.; Vonshak, Merav; Weiser, Michael D.; Yates, Michelle; Parr, Catherine L.

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    What forces structure ecological assemblages? A key limitation to general insights about assemblage structure is the availability of data that are collected at a small spatial grain (local assemblages) and a large spatial extent (global coverage). Here, we present published and unpublished data from 51,388 ant abundance and occurrence records of more than 2693 species and 7953 morphospecies from local assemblages collected at 4212 locations around the world. Ants were selected because they are diverse and abundant globally, comprise a large fraction of animal biomass in most terrestrial communities, and are key contributors to a range of ecosystem functions. Data were collected between 1949 and 2014, and include, for each geo-referenced sampling site, both the identity of the ants collected and details of sampling design, habitat type and degree of disturbance. The aim of compiling this dataset was to provide comprehensive species abundance data in order to test relationships between assemblage structure and environmental and biogeographic factors. Data were collected using a variety of standardised methods, such as pitfall and Winkler traps, and will be valuable for studies investigating large-scale forces structuring local assemblages. Understanding such relationships is particularly critical under current rates of global change. We encourage authors holding additional data on systematically collected ant assemblages, especially those in dry and cold, and remote areas, to contact us and contribute their data to this growing dataset.

  9. Studies on the environmental implications of ants (Hymenoptera ...

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    A study of ants associated wh two synanthropcenvironments in Awka was carried out in 2008 using pitfall and bait traps. The study yelded a total of 561 ants wth 409 obtaned from the hemisynanthrophic environment while 192 ants were collected from the endophilic environment. The percentage occurrence, total dstribution ...

  10. Dynamics of an ant-plant-pollinator model

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    Wang, Yuanshi; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Nathaniel Holland, J.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we consider plant-pollinator-ant systems in which plant-pollinator interaction and plant-ant interaction are both mutualistic, but there also exists interference of pollinators by ants. The plant-pollinator interaction can be described by a Beddington-DeAngelis formula, so we extend the formula to characterize plant-pollinator mutualisms, including the interference by ants, and form a plant-pollinator-ant model. Using dynamical systems theory, we show uniform persistence of the model. Moreover, we demonstrate conditions under which boundary equilibria are globally asymptotically stable. The dynamics exhibit mechanisms by which the three species could coexist when ants interfere with pollinators. We define a threshold in ant interference. When ant interference is strong, it can drive plant-pollinator mutualisms to extinction. Furthermore, if the ants depend on pollination mutualism for their persistence, then sufficiently strong ant interference could lead to their own extinction as well. Yet, when ant interference is weak, plant-ant and plant-pollinator mutualisms can promote the persistence of one another.

  11. Ants Orasest ja Anne Lange monograafiast / Jüri Talvet

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    2005-01-01

    Arvustus: Oras, Ants. Luulekool. I, Apoloogia / koostajad Hando Runnel ja Jaak Rähesoo. Tartu : Ilmamaa, 2003 ; Oras, Ants. Luulekool II, Meistriklass. Tartu : Ilmamaa, 2004 ; Lange, Anne. Ants Oras : [kirjandusteadlane, -kriitik ja tõlkija (1900-1982)]. Tartu : Ilmamaa, 2004

  12. Are ant feces nutrients for plants? A metabolomics approach to elucidate the nutritional effects on plants hosting weaver ants

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    Vidkjær, Nanna Hjort; Wollenweber, Bernd; Gislum, René

    2015-01-01

    Weaver ants (genus Oecophylla) are tropical carnivorous ant species living in high numbers in the canopies of trees. The ants excrete copious amounts of fecal matter on leaf surfaces, and these feces may provide nutrients to host trees. This hypothesis is supported by studies of ant......-plant interactions involving other ant species that have demonstrated the transfer of nutrients from ants to plants. In this 7-months study, a GC–MS-based metabolomics approach along with an analysis of total nitrogen and carbon levels was used to study metabolic changes in ant-hosting Coffea arabica plants compared...... with control plants. The results showed elevated levels of total nitrogen, amino acids, fatty acids, caffeine, and secondary metabolites of the phenylpropanoid pathway in leaves from ant-hosting plants. Minor effects were observed for sugars, whereas little or no effect was observed for organic acids, despite...

  13. Plant lock and ant key: pairwise coevolution of an exclusion filter in an ant-plant mutualism.

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    Brouat, C; Garcia, N; Andary, C; McKey, D

    2001-10-22

    Although observations suggest pairwise coevolution in specific ant-plant symbioses, coevolutionary processes have rarely been demonstrated. We report on, what is to the authors' knowledge, the strongest evidence yet for reciprocal adaptation of morphological characters in a species-specific ant-plant mutualism. The plant character is the prostoma, which is a small unlignified organ at the apex of the domatia in which symbiotic ants excavate an entrance hole. Each myrmecophyte in the genus Leonardoxa has evolved a prostoma with a different shape. By performing precise measurements on the prostomata of three related myrmecophytes, on their specific associated ants and on the entrance holes excavated by symbiotic ants at the prostomata, we showed that correspondence of the plant and ant traits forms a morphological and behavioural filter. We have strong evidence for coevolution between the dimensions and shape of the symbiotic ants and the prostoma in one of the three ant-Leonardoxa associations.

  14. ESTUDO DOS PRINCÍPIOS APLICADOS À UTILIZAÇÃO DOS AGENTES QUÍMICOS DESINFETANTES HOSPITALARES

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    Vanda M. Galvão Jouclas

    Full Text Available As autoras realizaram um levantamento bibliográfico coletando dados atualizados sobre a utilização dos agentes químicos desinfetantes hospitalares, levando-se em consideração suas possibilidades e suas limitações. São abordados na fundamentação científica o conceito de desinfecção e esterilização, as condições necessárias para a ação efetiva de um agente químico, os critérios de escolha do agente químico, e a classificação dos agentes químicos utilizados em equipamentos e materiais médico-cirúrgicos.

  15. Interactive effects of soil-dwelling ants, ant mounds and simulated grazing on local plant community composition

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    Veen, G.F.; Olff, H.

    2011-01-01

    Interactions between aboveground vertebrate herbivores and subterranean yellow meadow ants (Lasius flavus) can drive plant community patterns in grassland ecosystems. Here, we study the relative importance of the presence of ants (L. flavus) and ant mounds under different simulated grazing regimes

  16. Infecção hospitalar em pacientes cirúrgicos de Hospital Universitário

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    Medeiros Aldo da Cunha

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar fatores intercorrentes e a incidência da infecção em pacientes operados no Hospital Universitário da UFRN. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados, através de protocolo previamente estabelecido, 3.120 pacientes internados que se submeteram a procedimentos cirúrgicos no período de janeiro de 1999 a outubro de 2002. RESULTADOS: O índice de infecção hospitalar foi de 5,9%, e a topografia de maior incidência foi a ferida operatória (3,7%. Infecção respiratória ocorreu em 1,2%, urinária em 0,6% e bacteremia em 0,1%. O índice de infecção comunitária foi de 9,2%, predominando infecção urinária (5% e respiratória (2,1%. Quanto ao grau de contaminação das feridas operatórias, as feridas limpas (1479 apresentaram infecção em 2,9%, as feridas limpas-contaminadas (1277 em 6,0% dos casos, as feridas contaminadas (270 em 15,1%, e as ferida infectadas (94 resultaram em infecção em 30,75% dos casos. CONCLUSÃO: Concluiu-se que a incidência de infecção cirúrgica foi compatível com os índices na literatura mundial. A partir desses dados, ratifica-se a importância de medidas de controle de infecção hospitalar de forma sistemática, como vem sendo realizado no hospital onde o estudo foi realizado.

  17. Humanização hospitalar: percepção dos pacientes = Hospital humanization: perception of the patients

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    Dirce Stein Backes

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available É necessário mudar a forma como os profissionais se posicionam frente ao seu principal objeto de trabalho, a vida, o sofrimento e a dor dos indivíduos. Assim, este estudo teve como objetivo relatar as percepções dos pacientes em relação à humanização no ambiente hospitalar. Emergiram, dentre outros, a necessidade de implementar um processo reflexivo acerca dos princípios, valores, direitos e deveres que regem a prática dos profissionais de saúde. Um programa de humanização hospitalar supõe estabelecer um ambiente de cuidado humano e uma cultura de respeito e valorização não da doença, masdo ser humano que adoece, contemplando uma relação sujeito-sujeito e não sujeito-objeto.It is necessary to change the manner in which they position themselves in the face of the principle object of their work, the life, suffering and pain of individuals. Thus, this study aimed to relating the patient’s perceptions with regards to the humanization in hospital ambient. Among others, the following to need the implementation of a reflective process concerning the principles,values, rights and duties which govern the practice os health professionals. Summarizing, a humanization hospital program supposed to establish an ambient to nurse people, and a culture of respecting and valuing the human being who gets il, contemplating a relationsubject-subject and no subject-object.

  18. Edge detection in digital images using Ant Colony Optimization

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    Marjan Kuchaki Rafsanjani

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    Full Text Available Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is an optimization algorithm inspired by the behavior of real ant colonies to approximate the solutions of difficult optimization problems. In this paper, ACO is introduced to tackle the image edge detection problem. The proposed approach is based on the distribution of ants on an image; ants try to find possible edges by using a state transition function. Experimental results show that the proposed method compared to standard edge detectors is less sensitive to Gaussian noise and gives finer details and thinner edges when compared to earlier ant-based approaches.

  19. The Pied Piper: A Parasitic Beetle's Melodies Modulate Ant Behaviours.

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    Andrea Di Giulio

    Full Text Available Ants use various communication channels to regulate their social organisation. The main channel that drives almost all the ants' activities and behaviours is the chemical one, but it is long acknowledged that the acoustic channel also plays an important role. However, very little is known regarding exploitation of the acoustical channel by myrmecophile parasites to infiltrate the ant society. Among social parasites, the ant nest beetles (Paussus are obligate myrmecophiles able to move throughout the colony at will and prey on the ants, surprisingly never eliciting aggression from the colonies. It has been recently postulated that stridulatory organs in Paussus might be evolved as an acoustic mechanism to interact with ants. Here, we survey the role of acoustic signals employed in the Paussus beetle-Pheidole ant system. Ants parasitised by Paussus beetles produce caste-specific stridulations. We found that Paussus can "speak" three different "languages", each similar to sounds produced by different ant castes (workers, soldiers, queen. Playback experiments were used to test how host ants respond to the sounds emitted by Paussus. Our data suggest that, by mimicking the stridulations of the queen, Paussus is able to dupe the workers of its host and to be treated as royalty. This is the first report of acoustic mimicry in a beetle parasite of ants.

  20. The interactions of ants with their biotic environment.

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    Chomicki, Guillaume; Renner, Susanne S

    2017-03-15

    This s pecial feature results from the symposium 'Ants 2016: ant interactions with their biotic environments' held in Munich in May 2016 and deals with the interactions between ants and other insects, plants, microbes and fungi, studied at micro- and macroevolutionary levels with a wide range of approaches, from field ecology to next-generation sequencing, chemical ecology and molecular genetics. In this paper, we review key aspects of these biotic interactions to provide background information for the papers of this s pecial feature After listing the major types of biotic interactions that ants engage in, we present a brief overview of ant/ant communication, ant/plant interactions, ant/fungus symbioses, and recent insights about ants and their endosymbionts. Using a large molecular clock-dated Formicidae phylogeny, we map the evolutionary origins of different ant clades' interactions with plants, fungi and hemiptera. Ants' biotic interactions provide ideal systems to address fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions about mutualism, coevolution, adaptation and animal communication. © 2017 The Author(s).

  1. Ant species confer different partner benefits on two neotropical myrmecophytes.

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    Frederickson, Megan E

    2005-04-01

    The dynamics of mutualistic interactions involving more than a single pair of species depend on the relative costs and benefits of interaction among alternative partners. The neotropical myrmecophytes Cordia nodosa and Duroia hirsuta associate with several species of obligately symbiotic ants. I compared the ant partners of Cordia and Duroia with respect to two benefits known to be important in ant-myrmecophyte interactions: protection against herbivores provided by ants, and protection against encroaching vegetation provided by ants. Azteca spp., Myrmelachista schumanni, and Allomerus octoarticulatus demerarae ants all provide the leaves of Cordia and Duroia some protection against herbivores. However, Azteca and Allomerus provide more protection than does Myrmelachista to the leaves of their host plants. Although Allomerus protects the leaves of its hosts, plants occupied by Allomerus suffer more attacks by herbivores to their stems than do plants occupied by other ants. Relative to Azteca or Allomerus, Myrmelachista ants provide better protection against encroaching vegetation, increasing canopy openness over their host plants. These differences in benefits among the ant partners of Cordia and Duroia are reflected in the effect of each ant species on host plant size, growth rate, and reproduction. The results of this study show how mutualistic ant partners can differ with respect to both the magnitude and type of benefits they provide to the same species of myrmecophytic host.

  2. Investigação teórica do processo de redução de coliformes em leitos cultivados Theoretical investigation of coliform reduction in constructed wetland

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    Mariângela Amendola

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo mostra a continuidade da pesquisa sugerida por Amendola et al. (2003, para o caso em que se quer buscar maior precisão na investigação teórica do processo de redução de poluentes, em função do meio suporte usado em sistemas de leitos cultivados. Esta investigação se dá via modelagem matemática e simulação numérica do processo descrito por uma equação diferencial parcial de difusão-advecção, que envolve constantes que caracterizam o meio suporte (Moreno-Grau, 1996 e deve ser associada a condições iniciais e de contorno, estabelecidas de acordo com um procedimento experimental previamente realizado. Para resolução da equação implementa-se um algoritmo baseado no esquema implícito do método de diferenças finitas que, executado no MATLAB 6.1, gera valores da concentração dos poluentes que dependem dos valores das referidas constantes. Os resultados obtidos da simulação são comparados com valores de referência para a determinação do valor do coeficiente de dispersão longitudinal que, por sua vez, gera o menor resíduo para cada tipo de meio suporte do leito cultivado. Os resultados obtidos levam à conclusão de que o leito cultivado com brita e pneu picado é mais eficiente que aquele só com brita na remoção de coliformes fecais e totais.This paper shows the continuity of the research, as suggested by Amendola et al. (2003, when looking for better accuracy in the theoretical investigation of the pollutant reduction as a function of the support bed used in constructed wetland. This investigation is performed through the mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of the process, which is described by an advection-diffusion differential equation. This equation depends on certain constants which characterize the support bed (Moreno-Grau, 1996, and must be associated to the initial and boundary conditions established according to the experimental procedure. To solve the equation an algorithm based

  3. Fast and flexible: argentine ants recruit from nearby trails.

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    Tatiana P Flanagan

    Full Text Available Argentine ants (Linepithema humile live in groups of nests connected by trails to each other and to stable food sources. In a field study, we investigated whether some ants recruit directly from established, persistent trails to food sources, thus accelerating food collection. Our results indicate that Argentine ants recruit nestmates to food directly from persistent trails, and that the exponential increase in the arrival rate of ants at baits is faster than would be possible if recruited ants traveled from distant nests. Once ants find a new food source, they walk back and forth between the bait and sometimes share food by trophallaxis with nestmates on the trail. Recruiting ants from nearby persistent trails creates a dynamic circuit, like those found in other distributed systems, which facilitates a quick response to changes in available resources.

  4. Host ant independent oviposition in the parasitic butterfly Maculinea alcon

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    Fürst, Matthias A; Nash, David Richard

    2010-01-01

    to host-ant nests and non-host-ant nests, and the number and position of eggs attached were assessed. Our results show no evidence for host-ant-based oviposition in M. alcon, but support an oviposition strategy based on plant characteristics. This suggests that careful management of host-ant distribution......Parasitic Maculinea alcon butterflies can only develop in nests of a subset of available Myrmica ant species, so female butterflies have been hypothesized to preferentially lay eggs on plants close to colonies of the correct host ants. Previous correlational investigations of host......-ant-dependent oviposition in this and other Maculinea species have, however, shown equivocal results, leading to a long-term controversy over support for this hypothesis. We therefore conducted a controlled field experiment to study the egg-laying behaviour of M. alcon. Matched potted Gentiana plants were set out close...

  5. Exploring with PAM: Prospecting ANTS Missions for Solar System Surveys

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    Clark, P. E.; Rilee, M. L.; Curtis, S. A.

    2003-01-01

    ANTS (Autonomous Nano-Technology Swarm), a large (1000 member) swarm of nano to picoclass (10 to 1 kg) totally autonomous spacecraft, are being developed as a NASA advanced mission concept. ANTS, based on a hierarchical insect social order, use an evolvable, self-similar, hierarchical neural system in which individual spacecraft represent the highest level nodes. ANTS uses swarm intelligence attained through collective, cooperative interactions of the nodes at all levels of the system. At the highest levels this can take the form of cooperative, collective behavior among the individual spacecraft in a very large constellation. The ANTS neural architecture is designed for totally autonomous operation of complex systems including spacecraft constellations. The ANTS (Autonomous Nano Technology Swarm) concept has a number of possible applications. A version of ANTS designed for surveying and determining the resource potential of the asteroid belt, called PAM (Prospecting ANTS Mission), is examined here.

  6. Fast and flexible: argentine ants recruit from nearby trails.

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    Flanagan, Tatiana P; Pinter-Wollman, Noa M; Moses, Melanie E; Gordon, Deborah M

    2013-01-01

    Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) live in groups of nests connected by trails to each other and to stable food sources. In a field study, we investigated whether some ants recruit directly from established, persistent trails to food sources, thus accelerating food collection. Our results indicate that Argentine ants recruit nestmates to food directly from persistent trails, and that the exponential increase in the arrival rate of ants at baits is faster than would be possible if recruited ants traveled from distant nests. Once ants find a new food source, they walk back and forth between the bait and sometimes share food by trophallaxis with nestmates on the trail. Recruiting ants from nearby persistent trails creates a dynamic circuit, like those found in other distributed systems, which facilitates a quick response to changes in available resources.

  7. Using pleometrosis (multiple queens) and pupae transplantation to boost weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) colony growth in ant nurseries

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    Offenberg, Hans Joachim; Nielsen, Mogens Gissel; Peng, Renkang

    2011-01-01

    Weaver ants (Oecophylla spp.) are increasingly being used for biocontrol and are targeted for future production of insect protein in ant farms. An efficient production of live ant colonies may facilitate the utilization of these ants but the production of mature colonies is hampered by the long...... and no transplantation. Thus, in ant nurseries the use of multiple queens during nest founding as well as transplantation of pupae from foreign colonies may be utilised to decrease the time it takes to produce a colony ready for implementation....

  8. Terapia intensiva neonatal e pediátrica no Rio de Janeiro: distribuição de leitos e análise de eqüidade Neonatal and pediatric intensive care in Rio de Janeiro: distribution of beds and analysis of equity

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    ARNALDO PRATA BARBOSA

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Identificar as UTIs pediátricas do Rio de Janeiro, número de leitos, distribuição geográfica, natureza pública ou privada, tipo de atendimento e de hospital, estudar a demanda da população e elaborar propostas de melhoria na eqüidade. MÉTODOS: Foram visitadas todas as UTIs do Estado, de julho de 97 a junho de 98, levantado o número de leitos e tempo médio de permanência. Com essas informações e dados do IBGE, estabeleceu-se a necessidade de leitos e a comparação entre oferta e demanda por regiões, formulando-se propostas de melhoria na eqüidade. RESULTADOS: Foram identificadas 80 UTIs (excluídas seis, totalizando 1.080 leitos; 60% intensivos e 40% semi-intensivos; 57% públicos e 43% privados; 52% em UTIs neonatais exclusivas, 14% em pediátricas e 34% em mistas (65% leitos neonatais, totalizando 791 leitos neonatais (73%. A maioria das UTIs (75% situava-se em hospitais gerais, 20% em maternidades ou hospitais materno-infantis e somente 5% eram centros universitários; a maioria na região metropolitana (89%, com 93% dos leitos para 74% da população infantil, dos quais a maioria na cidade do Rio de Janeiro (76%, com 73% dos leitos para 37% da população, enquanto que no interior existem apenas oito unidades (11% e 79 leitos (7% para 26% da população. CONCLUSÕES: Não há eqüidade na distribuição e no acesso aos leitos disponíveis, com carência no setor público e excesso no privado, grande concentração na região metropolitana e somente 5% das UTIs em hospitais universitários, propondo-se medidas de redistribuição e alocação de novos leitos em regiões mais carentes, associada à criação de uma central de vagas e sistema eficiente de transporte e referência.OBJECTIVES: To identify the pediatric ICUs at Rio de Janeiro, number of beds, geographical distribution, public or private nature, type of hospital and assistance, studying population demand and to propose measures for improving equity

  9. Optic disc detection using ant colony optimization

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    Dias, Marcy A.; Monteiro, Fernando C.

    2012-09-01

    The retinal fundus images are used in the treatment and diagnosis of several eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. This paper proposes a new method to detect the optic disc (OD) automatically, due to the fact that the knowledge of the OD location is essential to the automatic analysis of retinal images. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) is an optimization algorithm inspired by the foraging behaviour of some ant species that has been applied in image processing for edge detection. Recently, the ACO was used in fundus images to detect edges, and therefore, to segment the OD and other anatomical retinal structures. We present an algorithm for the detection of OD in the retina which takes advantage of the Gabor wavelet transform, entropy and ACO algorithm. Forty images of the retina from DRIVE database were used to evaluate the performance of our method.

  10. A global database of ant species abundances

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    Gibb, H.; Dunn, R. R.; Sanders, N. J.; Grossman, B. F.; Photakis, M.; Abril, S.; Agosti, D.; Andersen, A. N.; Angulo, E.; Armbrecht, I.; Arnan, X.; Baccaro, F. B.; Bishop, T. R.; Boulay, R.; Brühl, C.; Castracani, C.; Cerdá, X.; Del Toro, I.; Delsinne, T.; Diaz, M.; Donoso, D. A.; Ellison, A. M.; Enríquez, M. L.; Fayle, Tom Maurice; Feener, D. H.; Fisher, B. L.; Fisher, R. N.; Fitzpatrick, M. C.; Gómez, C.; Gotelli, N. J.; Gove, A.; Grasso, D. A.; Groc, S.; Guenard, B.; Gunawardene, N.; Heterick, B.; Hoffmann, B.; Janda, Milan; Jenkins, C.; Kaspari, M.; Klimeš, Petr; Lach, L.; Laeger, T.; Lattke, J.; Leponce, M.; Lessard, J.-P.; Longino, J.; Lucky, A.; Luke, S. H.; Majer, J.; McGlynn, T. P.; Menke, S.; Mezger, D.; Mori, A.; Moses, Jimmy; Munyai, T. C.; Pacheco, R.; Paknia, O.; Pearce-Duvet, J.; Pfeiffer, M.; Philpott, S. M.; Resasco, J.; Retana, J.; Silva, R. R.; Sorger, M. D.; Souza, J.; Suarez, A.; Tista, M.; Vasconcelos, H. L.; Vonshak, M.; Weisser, M. D.; Yates, M.; Parr, C. L.

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    Roč. 98, č. 3 (2017), s. 883-884 ISSN 0012-9658 R&D Projects: GA ČR GB14-36098G; GA ČR GAP505/12/2467; GA ČR GPP505/12/P875 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : abundance * ants * database Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour OBOR OECD: Ecology Impact factor: 4.809, year: 2016 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecy.1682/abstract

  11. Public goods dilemma in asexual ant societies

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    Dobata, Shigeto; Tsuji, Kazuki

    2013-01-01

    This study reports experimental evidence for the “public goods dilemma” between cooperators and cheaters in an asexual ant society, in which cheating is always more rewarding for individuals but cooperation at the cost of individual fitness leads to better performance of groups. Although this dilemma provides the basic principle of social evolution, its experimental demonstration with underlying genetics and fitness evaluation for both cooperators and cheaters still lacks in societies other t...

  12. Ant colony optimization and constraint programming

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    Solnon, Christine

    2013-01-01

    Ant colony optimization is a metaheuristic which has been successfully applied to a wide range of combinatorial optimization problems. The author describes this metaheuristic and studies its efficiency for solving some hard combinatorial problems, with a specific focus on constraint programming. The text is organized into three parts. The first part introduces constraint programming, which provides high level features to declaratively model problems by means of constraints. It describes the main existing approaches for solving constraint satisfaction problems, including complete tree search

  13. Precision Rescue Behavior in North American Ants

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    Katherine Taylor

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Altruistic behavior, in which one individual provides aid to another at some cost to itself, is well documented. However, some species engage in a form of altruism, called rescue, that places the altruist in immediate danger. Here we investigate one such example, namely rescuing victims captured by predators. In a field experiment with two North American ant species, Tetramorium sp. E and Prenolepis imparis, individuals were held in artificial snares simulating capture. T. sp. E, but not P. imparis, exhibited digging, pulling, and snare biting, the latter precisely targeted to the object binding the victim. These results are the first to document precision rescue in a North American ant species; moreover, unlike rescue in other ants, T. sp. E rescues conspecifics from different colonies, mirroring their atypical social behavior, namely the lack of aggression between non-nestmate (heterocolonial conspecifics. In a second, observational study designed to demonstrate rescue from an actual predator, T. sp. E victims were dropped into an antlion's pit and the behavior of a single rescuer was observed. Results showed that T. sp. E not only attempted to release the victim, but also risked attacking the predator, suggesting that precision rescue may play an important role in this species' antipredator behavior.

  14. El periodista, ante la espiral de silencio

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    Dr. Fermín Galindo Arranz

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    Full Text Available La percepción de la profesión periodística y de su influencia cambia mucho a lo largo del tiempo, de las coyunturas históricas y de los diferentes países y sociedades en los que desempeñan su labor. En un contexto mundial, la gravedad de las situaciones de riesgo periodístico se encuadran en situaciones políticas, económicas o sociales también conflictivas; es entonces cuando se suele reproducir con facilidad en la opinión pública el fenómeno de la espiral del silencio, ante el que inevitablemente se sitúa el periodista. Por definición, el trabajo del periodista consiste en ser portavoz de las novedades que se producen, en dar informaciones y emitir opiniones en la esfera pública, se tiene que situar, por tanto, de forma individual y notoriamente pública ante los fenómenos de espiral de silencio que puedan producirse en la opinión pública. Antonio Tabucchi nos presenta en su novela "Sostiene Pereira" un ejemplo magnífico del dilema del periodista ante este tipo de situaciones.

  15. Recognition of social identity in ants

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    Nick eBos

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Recognizing the identity of others, from the individual to the group level, is a hallmark of society. Ants, and other social insects, have evolved advanced societies characterized by efficient social recognition systems. Colony identity is mediated by colony specific signature mixtures, a blend of hydrocarbons present on the cuticle of every individual (the label. Recognition occurs when an ant encounters another individual, and compares the label it perceives to an internal representation of its own colony odor (the template. A mismatch between label and template leads to rejection of the encountered individual. Although advances have been made in our understanding of how the label is produced and acquired, contradictory evidence exists about information processing of recognition cues. Here, we review the literature on template acquisition in ants and address how and when the template is formed, where in the nervous system it is localized, and the possible role of learning. We combine seemingly contradictory evidence in to a novel, parsimonious theory for the information processing of nestmate recognition cues.

  16. Representações sociais das infecções hospitalares elaboradas pelos profissionais de saúde Representaciones sociales de las infeciones hospitalares elaboradas por profesionales de salud Social representations of hospital infections elaborated by health professionals

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    Maria Eliete Batista Moura

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    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou apreender e analisar as Representações Sociais das Infecções Hospitalares elaboradas pelos profissionais e estudantes de saúde de um hospital público de Teresina-PI. Pesquisa descritiva, com abordagem qualitativa. Os dados foram produzidos a partir do teste de associação livre de palavras, e processados pelo software Tri-Deux Mots, que deram origem a 563 palavras como respostas para os estímulos: Infecção hospitalar, procedimentos invasivos, esterilização de material, precaução padrão. O posicionamento dos sujeitos da pesquisa frente à infecção hospitalar foi evidenciado com evocações, tais como: paramentação, sondagem e mãos. O resultado reforça a ênfase dada pelos profissionais da saúde à paramentação para sua própria proteção e a do paciente durante procedimentos invasivos, ressaltando a importância do cuidado com as mãos.El estudio objetivó aprehender e analizar las Representaciones Sociales de las Infecciones Hospitalarias elaboradas por los profesionales e estudiantes de salud de un hospital estatal de Teresina-PI. Pesquisa descriptiva, con abordaje cualitativa. Los dados fueron producidos a partir de teste de asociación libre de palabras, y procesados por el software Tri-Deux Mots, que dieron origen a 563 palabras como respuestas para los estímulos: Infección hospitalario, procedimientos invasivos, esterilización de material, precaución padrón. El posicionamiento de los sujetos de la investigación frente a la infección hospitalario fue evidenciado con evocaciones, tales como: paramentación, sondaje y manos. El resultado refuerza la énfasis dada por los profesionales de la salud a la paramentación para su propia protección y la del paciente durante procedimientos invasivos, resaltando la importancia del cuidado con las manos.This study has the aim to analyze the Social Representation of the Hospital Infections elaborated by health professionals and health students of a

  17. The invasive ant, Solenopsis invicta, reduces herpetofauna richness and abundance

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    Allen, Craig R.; Birge, Hannah E.; Slater, J.; Wiggers, E.

    2017-01-01

    Amphibians and reptiles are declining globally. One potential cause of this decline includes impacts resulting from co-occurrence with non-native red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Although a growing body of anecdotal and observational evidence from laboratory experiments supports this hypothesis, there remains a lack of field scale manipulations testing the effect of fire ants on reptile and amphibian communities. We addressed this gap by measuring reptile and amphibian (“herpetofauna”) community response to successful fire ant reductions over the course of 2 years following hydramethylnon application to five 100–200 ha plots in southeastern coastal South Carolina. By assessing changes in relative abundance and species richness of herpetofauna in response to fire ant reductions, we were able to assess whether some species were particularly vulnerable to fire ant presence, and whether this sensitivity manifested at the community level. We found that herpetofauna abundance and species richness responded positively to fire ant reductions. Our results document that even moderate populations of red imported fire ants decrease both the abundance and diversity of herpetofauna. Given global herpetofauna population declines and continued spread of fire ants, there is urgency to understand the impacts of fire ants beyond anecdotal and singles species studies. Our results provides the first community level investigation addressing these dynamics, by manipulating fire ant abundance to reveal a response in herpetofauna species abundance and richness.

  18. Predaceous ants, beach replenishment, and nest placement by sea turtles.

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    Wetterer, James K; Wood, Lawrence D; Johnson, Chris; Krahe, Holly; Fitchett, Stephanie

    2007-10-01

    Ants known for attacking and killing hatchling birds and reptiles include the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren), tropical fire ant [Solenopsis geminata (Fabr.)], and little fire ant [Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger)]. We tested whether sea turtle nest placement influenced exposure to predaceous ants. In 2000 and 2001, we surveyed ants along a Florida beach where green turtles (Chelonia mydas L.), leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea Vandelli), and loggerheads (Caretta caretta L.) nest. Part of the beach was artificially replenished between our two surveys. As a result, mean beach width experienced by nesting turtles differed greatly between the two nesting seasons. We surveyed 1,548 sea turtle nests (2000: 909 nests; 2001: 639 nests) and found 22 ant species. S. invicta was by far the most common species (on 431 nests); S. geminata and W. auropunctata were uncommon (on 3 and 16 nests, respectively). In 2000, 62.5% of nests had ants present (35.9% with S. invicta), but in 2001, only 30.5% of the nests had ants present (16.4% with S. invicta). Turtle nests closer to dune vegetation had significantly greater exposure to ants. Differences in ant presence on turtle nests between years and among turtle species were closely related to differences in nest placement relative to dune vegetation. Beach replenishment significantly lowered exposure of nests to ants because on the wider beaches turtles nested farther from the dune vegetation. Selective pressures on nesting sea turtles are altered both by the presence of predaceous ants and the practice of beach replenishment.

  19. Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies

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    Adams, Rachelle M. M.; Liberti, Joanito; Illum, Anders A.; Jones, Tappey H.; Nash, David R.; Boomsma, Jacobus J.

    2013-01-01

    The ants are extraordinary in having evolved many lineages that exploit closely related ant societies as social parasites, but social parasitism by distantly related ants is rare. Here we document the interaction dynamics among a Sericomyrmex fungus-growing ant host, a permanently associated parasitic guest ant of the genus Megalomyrmex, and a raiding agro-predator of the genus Gnamptogenys. We show experimentally that the guest ants protect their host colonies against agro-predator raids using alkaloid venom that is much more potent than the biting defenses of the host ants. Relatively few guest ants are sufficient to kill raiders that invariably exterminate host nests without a cohabiting guest ant colony. We also show that the odor of guest ants discourages raider scouts from recruiting nestmates to host colonies. Our results imply that Sericomyrmex fungus-growers obtain a net benefit from their costly guest ants behaving as a functional soldier caste to meet lethal threats from agro-predator raiders. The fundamentally different life histories of the agro-predators and guest ants appear to facilitate their coexistence in a negative frequency-dependent manner. Because a guest ant colony is committed for life to a single host colony, the guests would harm their own interests by not defending the host that they continue to exploit. This conditional mutualism is analogous to chronic sickle cell anemia enhancing the resistance to malaria and to episodes in human history when mercenary city defenders offered either net benefits or imposed net costs, depending on the level of threat from invading armies. PMID:24019482

  20. Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.

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    Adams, Rachelle M M; Liberti, Joanito; Illum, Anders A; Jones, Tappey H; Nash, David R; Boomsma, Jacobus J

    2013-09-24

    The ants are extraordinary in having evolved many lineages that exploit closely related ant societies as social parasites, but social parasitism by distantly related ants is rare. Here we document the interaction dynamics among a Sericomyrmex fungus-growing ant host, a permanently associated parasitic guest ant of the genus Megalomyrmex, and a raiding agro-predator of the genus Gnamptogenys. We show experimentally that the guest ants protect their host colonies against agro-predator raids using alkaloid venom that is much more potent than the biting defenses of the host ants. Relatively few guest ants are sufficient to kill raiders that invariably exterminate host nests without a cohabiting guest ant colony. We also show that the odor of guest ants discourages raider scouts from recruiting nestmates to host colonies. Our results imply that Sericomyrmex fungus-growers obtain a net benefit from their costly guest ants behaving as a functional soldier caste to meet lethal threats from agro-predator raiders. The fundamentally different life histories of the agro-predators and guest ants appear to facilitate their coexistence in a negative frequency-dependent manner. Because a guest ant colony is committed for life to a single host colony, the guests would harm their own interests by not defending the host that they continue to exploit. This conditional mutualism is analogous to chronic sickle cell anemia enhancing the resistance to malaria and to episodes in human history when mercenary city defenders offered either net benefits or imposed net costs, depending on the level of threat from invading armies.

  1. A importância da auditoria interna para uma gestão eficiente e eficaz em instituições hospitalares do setor público

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    Duarte, Mariana da Silva

    2017-01-01

    Versão final (Esta versão contém as críticas e sugestões dos elementos do júri) Na evolução das organizações as instituições hospitalares estão sujeitas a várias pressões, quer internas quer externas, pelo que são cada vez mais necessárias as atividades de auditoria interna de suporte à gestão que permitam atingir os seus objetivos. Uma vez que o serviço hospitalar se insere num ”mundo” complexo e de enorme dificuldade no que se refere à aquisição de um serviço de excelência...

  2. When invasive ants meet: effects of outbreeding on queen performance in the tramp ant Cardiocondyla itsukii.

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    Heinze, Jürgen; Frohschammer, Sabine; Bernadou, Abel

    2017-08-18

    Most disturbed habitats in the tropics and subtropics harbor numerous species of invasive ants, and occasionally the same species has been introduced repeatedly from multiple geographical sources. We examined how experimental crossbreeding between sexuals from different populations affects the fitness of queens of the tramp ant Cardiocondyla itsukii, which is widely distributed in Asia and the Pacific Islands. Eggs laid by queens that mated with nestmate males had a higher hatching rate than eggs laid by queens mated to males from neighboring (Hawaii × Kauai) or distant introduced populations (Hawaii/Kauai × Okinawa). Furthermore, inbreeding queens had a longer lifespan and produced a less female-biased offspring sex ratio than queens from allopatric mating. This suggests that the genetic divergence between different source populations may already be so large that in case of multiple invasions eventual crossbreeding might negatively affect the fitness of tramp ants. © 2017 Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  3. Prevalência e perfil de sensibilidade de amostras de Staphylococcus aureus isoladas de casos clínicos de infecções hospitalares

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    Maria Inez Almeida

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo investigou a prevalência e o perfil de sensibilidade de amostras de Staphylococcus aureus isoladas de casos clínicos de infecções hospitalares, em um hospital de ensino, Londrina – Paraná, no período de 2004. Foi também comparado os resultados dos testes de susceptibilidade a oxacilina e vancomicina de 74 cepas, obtidos pelo sistema automatizado MicroScan® (Dade Bering, Sacramento, Califórnia, USA, utilizando Painéis MicroScan® PC 12 (Gram Positivo, com os resultados da técnica de diluição em ágar com diferentes concentrações destes antimicrobianos. As informações foram procedentes do banco de dados das infecções hospitalares da Comissão de Controle de Infecção Hospitalar (CCIH. As amostras de S. aureus apresentaram amplo espectro de resistência frente as drogas testadas. A taxa média de prevalência de infecções hospitalares por S. aureus foi de 16,3% e a taxa média de prevalência de amostras oxacilina resistentes foi de 70,75%. Não se detectou amostras resistentes a vancomicina pelos 2 métodos. O método de diluição em ágar confirmou a resistência a oxacilina em 65 das 74 (83,75% e as amostras avaliadas pelo sistema MicroScan® não apresentaram diferenças estatisticamente significantes. Para o antimicrobiano vancomicina, houve concordância em 100% entre os dois métodos.

  4. Determinação e análise das constantes de tempo de um sensor anelar de temperatura em leito fixo - DOI: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v25i1.2225

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    Luiz Mario de Matos Jorge

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foi desenvolvida uma metodologia teórico-experimental que possibilitou a determinação e a análise das constantes de tempo dos cinco termopares que compõem um sensor anelar de temperatura instalado em leito fixo. Para tal, foram efetuadas perturbações tipo degrau na temperatura do ar que passa pelo sensor, sendo as respostas térmicas registradas mediante medidas periódicas de temperatura até que o sensor alcançasse a condição de regime permanente. Posteriormente, as constantes de tempo foram estimadas a partir do ajuste de um modelo matemático do sensor por regressões lineares. Tanto o modelo matemático como a técnica utilizada para o ajuste das constantes de tempo foram adequados. Cada um dos termopares que compõem o sensor anelar apresentou constantes de tempo distintas. O termopar anelar externo, r = 0,027m, e o termopar central, r = 0m, apresentam o maior e o menor valor de constante de tempo, respectivamente, independentemente da vazão utilizada.

  5. Food source quality and ant dominance hierarchy influence the outcomes of ant-plant interactions in an arid environment

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    Flores-Flores, Rocío Vianey; Aguirre, Armando; Anjos, Diego V.; Neves, Frederico S.; Campos, Ricardo I.; Dáttilo, Wesley

    2018-02-01

    In this study, we conducted a series of experiments in a population of Vachellia constricta (Fabaceae) in the arid Tehuacan-Cuicatláan valley, Mexico, in order to evaluate if the food source quality and ant dominance hierarchy influence the outcomes of ant-plant interactions. Using an experiment with artificial nectaries, we observed that ants foraging on food sources with higher concentration of sugar are quicker in finding and attacking potential herbivorous insects. More specifically, we found that the same ant species may increase their defence effectiveness according to the quality of food available. These findings indicate that ant effectiveness in plant protection is context-dependent and may vary according to specific individual characteristics of plants. In addition, we showed that competitively superior ant species tend to dominate plants in periods with high nectar activity, emphasizing the role of the dominance hierarchy structuring ant-plant interactions. However, when high sugar food sources were experimentally available ad libitum, the nocturnal and competitively superior ant species, Camponotus atriceps, did not dominate the artificial nectaries during the day possibly due to limitation of its thermal tolerance. Therefore, temporal niche partitioning may be allowing the coexistence of two dominant ant species (Camponotus rubritorax during the day and C. atriceps at night) on V. constricta. Our findings indicate that the quality of the food source, and temporal shifts in ant dominance are key factors which structure the biotic plant defences in an arid environment.

  6. Fatores associados às internações hospitalares no Brasil Analysis of hospital admissions associated factors in Brazil

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    Mônica Silva Monteiro de Castro

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo foi identificar fatores associados às admissões hospitalares no Brasil, analisando se essa utilização é eqüitativa e identificando características associadas aos grandes usuários. A PNAD/1998 foi analisada, utilizando regressão logística e regressão logística multinomial, com pesos normalizados e técnicas estatísticas para correção do efeito de desenho. O modelo teórico utilizado foi o Comportamental de Andersen. No modelo ajustado por necessidade de saúde e fatores capacitantes, pessoas com menor renda apresentaram maior chance de se internar; o contrário ocorreu no modelo ajustado somente por necessidade de saúde. Todas as variáveis de necessidade mostraram-se menos relacionadas ao uso nas pessoas com duas internações, em comparação com aquelas com mais do que duas internações. Não houve associação entre variáveis sociais e ocorrência de duas internações, mas essa associação ocorreu para três ou mais internações. A redução das desigualdades sociais nos aspectos que "capacitam" ao uso de admissões hospitalares reduziria as desigualdades neste uso. Um sistema de saúde que ofereça um "serviço de uso regular", além de baixo ou nenhum pagamento no ato do consumo, seriam medidas de impacto positivo na eqüidade do consumo de serviços hospitalares no Brasil.The objective was to identify hospital admission associated factors in Brazil, analyzing if that utilization is equitable and identifying which characteristics are associated with heavy users. We analyzed data from the 1998 National Household Survey, using logistic regression and multinomial logistic regression, with normalized weights and statistical techniques to correct for design effect. We used Andersen's Behavioral Model as the theoretical model for this analysis. In model adjusted for health needs and enabling factors, people with smaller income had more chance of being admitted to hospital; and in model adjusted only for health

  7. Curva de estimativa das internações hospitalares nas regiões metropolitanas brasileiras: um estudo de série histórica

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    Graziella Denúbila Gomes

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi investigar as variações temporais na distribuição das internações hospitalares realizadas no Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS em todas as Regiões Metropolitanas brasileiras entre os anos de 1995 e 2006. Trata-se de estudo ecológico de série histórica com dados secundários referentes às 36 regiões metropolitanas brasileiras. Realizou-se a análise descritiva dos dados, correlação de Spearman e curva de estimativa. Os resultados indicam que o Teste F foi significativo em ordem decrescente para os modelos linear (p=0,001, quadrático (p=0,002 e cúbico (p=0,004. Por outro lado, os valores de R2 apresentaram ordem crescente de valores – 0,277; 0,307 e 0,338, respectivamente. O modelo cúbico mostrou que o percentual médio de internações hospitalares em 2006 apresentou tendência de queda quando comparado ao percentual médio de internações no ano de 1995. Conclui-se que o percentual de internações hospitalares realizadas no SUS nas regiões metropolitanas brasileiras decresceu durante o período analisado.

  8. Associação entre autocuidado e reinternação hospitalar de pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca

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    Amanda Chlalup Linn

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: verificar associação entre o autocuidado e o número de reinternações hospitalares de pacientes com diagnóstico de insuficiência cardíaca (IC descompensada, bem como testar a aplicabilidade de dois instrumentos de avaliação de autocuidado. Estudo longitudinal, realizado em um hospital de referência cardiológica do sul do Brasil. Método: foram incluídos 82 pacientes, com idade média de 61,85±12,33 anos, 57,3% do sexo masculino. O escore médio da avaliação de autocuidado encontrado pelas escalas European Heart Failure Self-care Behavior Scale e a Escala de Autocuidado para Pacientes com Insuficiência Cardíaca foi insatisfatório. Resultados: foi verificada uma média de 2,57±1,66 reinternações hospitalares no último ano por descompensação da IC. Houve correlação entre os escores de autocuidado com número de reinternações hospitalares por IC descompensada. Escolaridade e idade mostraram-se associadas ao autocuidado dos pacientes com IC. Conclusão: ambas as escalas avaliam o autocuidado de forma relevante, sendo correlacionados os seus índices.

  9. Validação do processo de esterilização de artigos médico-hospitalares segundo diferentes embalagens

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    Maria de Fátima Paiva Brito

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available A segurança do processamento dos artigos médico-hospitalares, nas instituições de saúde, è uma importa ite medida de controle de infecção hospitalar. Apresente investigação teve como objetivo estabelecer o prazo de validade de artigos médico-hospitalares processados por meio de esterilização por vapor saturado sob pressão, utilizando diferentes tipos de embalagens, em um hospital privado. O procedimento metodológico constou de quatro etapas, a saber: prep sro dos artigos, avaliação do funcionamento do autoclave, ciclo de esterilização e testes microbiológicos. Os resultados evidenciaram crescimento bacteriano nos artigos embalados com papel grau cirúrgico sem filme e com filme a partir do 21º dia, papel crepado no 90º dia e ausência de crescimento utilizando a embalagem de tecido de algodão cru. Frente aos resultados, estabeleceu-se na instituição investigada o prazo de validade de esterilização por vapor saturado sob pressão de 21 dias independente das embalagens utilizadas, avaliando também as condições de armazenamento.

  10. Just follow your nose: homing by olfactory cues in ants.

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    Steck, Kathrin

    2012-04-01

    How is an ant-equipped with a brain that barely exceeds the size of a pinhead-capable of achieving navigational marvels? Even though evidences suggest that navigation is a multimodal process, ants heavily depend on olfactory cues-of pheromonal and non-pheromonal nature-for foraging and orientation. Recent studies have directed their attention to the efficiency of pheromone trail networks. Advances in neurophysiological techniques make it possible to investigate trail pheromone processing in the ant's brain. In addition to relying on pheromone odours, ants also make use of volatiles emanating from the nest surroundings. Deposited in the vicinity of the nest, these home-range markings help the ants to home after a foraging run. Furthermore, olfactory landmarks associated with the nest enhance ants' homing abilities. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Ant tending influences soldier production in a social aphid.

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    Shingleton, A W; Foster, W A

    2000-09-22

    The aphid Pseudoregma sundanica (Van der Goot) (Homoptera: Aphididae) has two defence strategies. It is obligatorily tended by various species of ant and also produces sterile soldiers. We investigated how they allocate their investment in these two strategies. We measured the size, number of soldiers, number and species of tending ant, and number and species of predators in P. sundanica populations. We found that the level of ant tending correlated negatively with soldier investment in P. sundanica. The species of tending ant also influenced soldier investment. We excluded ants from aphid populations and recorded changes in population size and structure over four weeks. Ant exclusion led to population decline and extinction. At the same time, surviving populations showed a significant increase in soldier investment. The data demonstrate that social aphids can adjust their investment in soldiers in direct response to environmental change.

  12. Educação permanente: reflexão na prática da enfermagem hospitalar.

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    José Reginaldo PINTO

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Na prática hospitalar, a Educação Permanente é indispensável à formação dos trabalhadores, os quais necessitam ter conhecimentos renovados em sua prática profissional. Nesta perspectiva, buscou-se analisar por meio dessa pesquisa a percepção dos enfermeiros de um hospital de ensino acerca da educação permanente no ambiente hospitalar. Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva com abordagem qualitativa, realizada com nove enfermeiros coordenadores de setores, utilizando-se três grupos focais, constituído por três enfermeiros em cada grupo. A investigação ocorreu no Hospital do Coração do município de Sobral, Ceará. Utilizaram-se entrevistas que foram gravadas nas reuniões dos grupos. A análise de conteúdo de Bardin estruturou os achados encontrados. Esses resultados foram separados por unidades temáticas. Foram respeitados os princípios éticos de acordo com a resolução 466/12. A primeira unidade temática investigou o conhecimento dos sujeitos acerca da Educação Permanente, Continuada e em Serviço. Os primeiros achados identificaram divergências de opiniões dos participantes quando conceituaram a diferenciação entre as modalidades de educação em saúde. A segunda unidade resgatou a opinião dos sujeitos sobre as estratégias para implantar uma comissão de educação permanente no hospital. As falas dos participantes revelaram que a comissão deveria motivar os profissionais a continuarem se qualificando no serviço. Ainda indagaram que essas comissões deveria ter caráter multidisciplinar. A última unidade analisada referiu-se a forma de atuar das comissões de educação permanente. Os investigados assinalaram que elas deveriam proporcionar a melhoria do ensino aos profissionais aplicando as metodologias ativas.

  13. Consuming fire ants reduces northern bobwhite survival and weight gain

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    Myers, P.E.; Allen, Craig R.; Birge, Hannah E.

    2014-01-01

    Northern bobwhite quail, Colinus virginianus (L.) (Galliformes: Odontophoridae), population declines are well documented, but pinpointing the reasons for these decreases has proven elusive. Bobwhite population declines are attributed primarily to loss of habitat and land use changes. This, however, does not entirely explain population declines in areas intensively managed for bobwhites. Although previous research demonstrates the negative impact of red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on northern bobwhites, the mechanisms underlying this effect are largely unknown. To meet the protein demands of early growth and development, bobwhite chicks predominantly consume small insects, of which ants are a substantial proportion. Fire ants alter ant community dynamics by often reducing native ant diversity and abundance while concurrently increasing the abundance of individuals. Fire ants have negative effects on chicks, but they are also a large potential protein source, making it difficult to disentangle their net effect on bobwhite chicks. To help investigate these effects, we conducted a laboratory experiment to understand (1) whether or not bobwhites consume fire ants, and (2) how the benefits of this consumption compare to the deleterious impacts of bobwhite chick exposure to fire ants. Sixty bobwhite chicks were separated into two groups of 30; one group was provided with starter feed only and the second group was provided with feed and fire ants. Bobwhite chicks were observed feeding on fire ants. Chicks that fed on fire ants had reduced survival and weight gain. Our results show that, while fire ants increase potential food sources for northern bobwhite, their net effect on bobwhite chicks is deleterious. This information will help inform land managers and commercial bobwhite rearing operations.

  14. Cercomacra and related antbirds (Aves, Formicariidae as army ant followers

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    Edwin O. Willis

    1984-01-01

    Full Text Available Cercomacra and Schistocichla antbirds (Formicariidae favor dense foliage and seldom follow army ants for flushed prey, since the ants move through open forest understory as well as through dense zones. Two other lineages, the Drymophila-Hypocnemis lineage (of dense woodland understory and the Formicivora lineage (of dense bushes in dry or semiopen zones, also cannot follow ants regularly through open forest understory.

  15. Do herbivores eavesdrop on ant chemical communication to avoid predation?

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    David J Gonthier

    Full Text Available Strong effects of predator chemical cues on prey are common in aquatic and marine ecosystems, but are thought to be rare in terrestrial systems and specifically for arthropods. For ants, herbivores are hypothesized to eavesdrop on ant chemical communication and thereby avoid predation or confrontation. Here I tested the effect of ant chemical cues on herbivore choice and herbivory. Using Margaridisa sp. flea beetles and leaves from the host tree (Conostegia xalapensis, I performed paired-leaf choice feeding experiments. Coating leaves with crushed ant liquids (Azteca instabilis, exposing leaves to ant patrolling prior to choice tests (A. instabilis and Camponotus textor and comparing leaves from trees with and without A. instabilis nests resulted in more herbivores and herbivory on control (no ant-treatment relative to ant-treatment leaves. In contrast to A. instabilis and C. textor, leaves previously patrolled by Solenopsis geminata had no difference in beetle number and damage compared to control leaves. Altering the time A. instabilis patrolled treatment leaves prior to choice tests (0-, 5-, 30-, 90-, 180-min. revealed treatment effects were only statistically significant after 90- and 180-min. of prior leaf exposure. This study suggests, for two ecologically important and taxonomically diverse genera (Azteca and Camponotus, ant chemical cues have important effects on herbivores and that these effects may be widespread across the ant family. It suggests that the effect of chemical cues on herbivores may only appear after substantial previous ant activity has occurred on plant tissues. Furthermore, it supports the hypothesis that herbivores use ant chemical communication to avoid predation or confrontation with ants.

  16. A Theoretic Basis for IS? The Contribution of ANT

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    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available Representation is a key issue of IS design and operation that is often ignored. Actor-network theory (ANT, a semiotic theory of stakeholders, provides a way of dealing with representation. Combining aspects of ANT and Foucault's discourse theory allows us to include concepts as actors and promises a flexible and durable foundation for IS practice, but ANT itself indicates that the search for a purely theoretical foundation for IS is misguided.

  17. Insecticide transfer efficiency and lethal load in Argentine ants

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    Hooper-Bui, L.M. [Department of Environmental Science, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (United States); Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Kwok, E.S.C. [Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Buchholz, B.A., E-mail: buchholz2@llnl.gov [Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States); Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Rust, M.K. [Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Eastmond, D.A. [Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Vogel, J.S. [Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA 94551 (United States)

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    Trophallaxis between individual worker ants and the toxicant load in dead and live Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) in colonies exposed to fipronil and hydramethylnon experimental baits were examined using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). About 50% of the content of the crop containing trace levels of {sup 14}C-sucrose, {sup 14}C-hydramethylnon, and {sup 14}C-fipronil was shared between single donor and recipient ants. Dead workers and queens contained significantly more hydramethylnon (122.7 and 22.4 amol/μg ant, respectively) than did live workers and queens (96.3 and 10.4 amol/μg ant, respectively). Dead workers had significantly more fipronil (420.3 amol/μg ant) than did live workers (208.5 amol/μg ant), but dead and live queens had equal fipronil levels (59.5 and 54.3 amol/μg ant, respectively). The distribution of fipronil differed within the bodies of dead and live queens; the highest amounts of fipronil were recovered in the thorax of dead queens whereas live queens had the highest levels in the head. Resurgence of polygynous ant colonies treated with hydramethylnon baits may be explained by queen survival resulting from sublethal doses due to a slowing of trophallaxis throughout the colony. Bait strategies and dose levels for controlling insect pests need to be based on the specific toxicant properties and trophic strategies for targeting the entire colony.

  18. Improved Ant Colony Clustering Algorithm and Its Performance Study

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    Gao, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Clustering analysis is used in many disciplines and applications; it is an important tool that descriptively identifies homogeneous groups of objects based on attribute values. The ant colony clustering algorithm is a swarm-intelligent method used for clustering problems that is inspired by the behavior of ant colonies that cluster their corpses and sort their larvae. A new abstraction ant colony clustering algorithm using a data combination mechanism is proposed to improve the computational efficiency and accuracy of the ant colony clustering algorithm. The abstraction ant colony clustering algorithm is used to cluster benchmark problems, and its performance is compared with the ant colony clustering algorithm and other methods used in existing literature. Based on similar computational difficulties and complexities, the results show that the abstraction ant colony clustering algorithm produces results that are not only more accurate but also more efficiently determined than the ant colony clustering algorithm and the other methods. Thus, the abstraction ant colony clustering algorithm can be used for efficient multivariate data clustering. PMID:26839533

  19. Insecticide transfer efficiency and lethal load in Argentine ants

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    Hooper-Bui, L.M.; Kwok, E.S.C.; Buchholz, B.A.; Rust, M.K.; Eastmond, D.A.; Vogel, J.S.

    2015-01-01

    Trophallaxis between individual worker ants and the toxicant load in dead and live Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) in colonies exposed to fipronil and hydramethylnon experimental baits were examined using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). About 50% of the content of the crop containing trace levels of 14 C-sucrose, 14 C-hydramethylnon, and 14 C-fipronil was shared between single donor and recipient ants. Dead workers and queens contained significantly more hydramethylnon (122.7 and 22.4 amol/μg ant, respectively) than did live workers and queens (96.3 and 10.4 amol/μg ant, respectively). Dead workers had significantly more fipronil (420.3 amol/μg ant) than did live workers (208.5 amol/μg ant), but dead and live queens had equal fipronil levels (59.5 and 54.3 amol/μg ant, respectively). The distribution of fipronil differed within the bodies of dead and live queens; the highest amounts of fipronil were recovered in the thorax of dead queens whereas live queens had the highest levels in the head. Resurgence of polygynous ant colonies treated with hydramethylnon baits may be explained by queen survival resulting from sublethal doses due to a slowing of trophallaxis throughout the colony. Bait strategies and dose levels for controlling insect pests need to be based on the specific toxicant properties and trophic strategies for targeting the entire colony.

  20. Disease dynamics in a specialized parasite of ant societies

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    Andersen, Sandra Breum; Ferrari, Matthew; Evans, Harry C.

    2012-01-01

    Coevolution between ant colonies and their rare specialized parasites are intriguing, because lethal infections of workers may correspond to tolerable chronic diseases of colonies, but the parasite adaptations that allow stable coexistence with ants are virtually unknown. We explore the trade......-offs experienced by Ophiocordyceps parasites manipulating ants into dying in nearby graveyards. We used field data from Brazil and Thailand to parameterize and fit a model for the growth rate of graveyards. We show that parasite pressure is much lower than the abundance of ant cadavers suggests...

  1. Signals can trump rewards in attracting seed-dispersing ants.

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    Kyle M Turner

    Full Text Available Both rewards and signals are important in mutualisms. In myrmecochory, or seed dispersal by ants, the benefits to plants are relatively well studied, but less is known about why ants pick up and move seeds. We examined seed dispersal by the ant Aphaenogaster rudis of four co-occurring species of plants, and tested whether morphology, chemical signaling, or the nutritional quality of fatty seed appendages called elaiosomes influenced dispersal rates. In removal trials, ants quickly collected diaspores (seeds plus elaiosomes of Asarum canadense, Trillium grandiflorum, and Sanguinaria canadensis, but largely neglected those of T. erectum. This discrepancy was not explained by differences in the bulk cost-benefit ratio, as assessed by the ratio of seed to elaiosome mass. We also provisioned colonies with diaspores from one of these four plant species or no diaspores as a control. Colonies performed best when fed S. canadensis diaspores, worst when fed T. grandiflorum, and intermediately when fed A. canadense, T. erectum, or no diaspores. Thus, the nutritional rewards in elaiosomes affected colony performance, but did not completely predict seed removal. Instead, high levels of oleic acid in T. grandiflorum elaiosomes may explain why ants disperse these diaspores even though they reduce ant colony performance. We show for the first time that different elaiosome-bearing plants provide rewards of different quality to ant colonies, but also that ants appear unable to accurately assess reward quality when encountering seeds. Instead, we suggest that signals can trump rewards as attractants of ants to seeds.

  2. The evolution of invasiveness in garden ants.

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    Sylvia Cremer

    Full Text Available It is unclear why some species become successful invaders whilst others fail, and whether invasive success depends on pre-adaptations already present in the native range or on characters evolving de-novo after introduction. Ants are among the worst invasive pests, with Lasius neglectus and its rapid spread through Europe and Asia as the most recent example of a pest ant that may become a global problem. Here, we present the first integrated study on behavior, morphology, population genetics, chemical recognition and parasite load of L. neglectus and its non-invasive sister species L. turcicus. We find that L. neglectus expresses the same supercolonial syndrome as other invasive ants, a social system that is characterized by mating without dispersal and large networks of cooperating nests rather than smaller mutually hostile colonies. We conclude that the invasive success of L. neglectus relies on a combination of parasite-release following introduction and pre-adaptations in mating system, body-size, queen number and recognition efficiency that evolved long before introduction. Our results challenge the notion that supercolonial organization is an inevitable consequence of low genetic variation for chemical recognition cues in small invasive founder populations. We infer that low variation and limited volatility in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles already existed in the native range in combination with low dispersal and a highly viscous population structure. Human transport to relatively disturbed urban areas thus became the decisive factor to induce parasite release, a well established general promoter of invasiveness in non-social animals and plants, but understudied in invasive social insects.

  3. The Evolution of Invasiveness in Garden Ants

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    Cremer, Sylvia; Ugelvig, Line V.; Drijfhout, Falko P.; Schlick-Steiner, Birgit C.; Steiner, Florian M.; Seifert, Bernhard; Hughes, David P.; Schulz, Andreas; Petersen, Klaus S.; Konrad, Heino; Stauffer, Christian; Kiran, Kadri; Espadaler, Xavier; d'Ettorre, Patrizia; Aktaç, Nihat; Eilenberg, Jørgen; Jones, Graeme R.; Nash, David R.; Pedersen, Jes S.; Boomsma, Jacobus J.

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    It is unclear why some species become successful invaders whilst others fail, and whether invasive success depends on pre-adaptations already present in the native range or on characters evolving de-novo after introduction. Ants are among the worst invasive pests, with Lasius neglectus and its rapid spread through Europe and Asia as the most recent example of a pest ant that may become a global problem. Here, we present the first integrated study on behavior, morphology, population genetics, chemical recognition and parasite load of L. neglectus and its non-invasive sister species L. turcicus. We find that L. neglectus expresses the same supercolonial syndrome as other invasive ants, a social system that is characterized by mating without dispersal and large networks of cooperating nests rather than smaller mutually hostile colonies. We conclude that the invasive success of L. neglectus relies on a combination of parasite-release following introduction and pre-adaptations in mating system, body-size, queen number and recognition efficiency that evolved long before introduction. Our results challenge the notion that supercolonial organization is an inevitable consequence of low genetic variation for chemical recognition cues in small invasive founder populations. We infer that low variation and limited volatility in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles already existed in the native range in combination with low dispersal and a highly viscous population structure. Human transport to relatively disturbed urban areas thus became the decisive factor to induce parasite release, a well established general promoter of invasiveness in non-social animals and plants, but understudied in invasive social insects. PMID:19050762

  4. [Syagrus romanzoffiana (Arecaceae) seed utilization by ants in a secondary forest in South Brazil].

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    Silva, Fernanda R; Begnini, Romualdo M; Klier, Vinícius A; Scherer, Karla Z; Lopes, Benedito C; Castellani, Tânia T

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    Ants can nest in a wide variety of substracts. This paper shows Syagrus romanzoffiana seed utilization by ants in an Atlantic secondary forest. We report 29 seeds occupied by small-bodied ants, with 27 of them showing at least two ant development stages. Although a large number of seeds were sampled, a low level of ant occupation was observed.

  5. Relative effects of disturbance on red imported fire ants and native ant species in a longleaf pine ecosystem

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    Stuble, Katharine L.; Kirkman, L. Katherine; Carroll, C. Ronald

    2011-01-01

    and cases in which non-native species become established in intact (lacking extensive anthropogenic soil disturbance) communities and subsequently diminish the abundance and richness of native species is challenging on the basis of observation alone. The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta......), an invasive species that occurs throughout much of the southeastern United States, is such an example. Rather than competitively displacing native species, fire ants may become established only in disturbed areas in which native species richness and abundance are already reduced. We used insecticide to reduce......, the abundance of native ants increased to levels comparable to those in control plots after 1 year. Our findings suggest that factors other than large reductions in ant abundance and species density (number of species per unit area) may affect the establishment of fire ants and that the response of native ants...

  6. La escritura como espada ante el machismo

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    Rottoli, Sofía

    2016-01-01

    Cuando se trata de expresar una postura que abarque una temática demasiado amplia o controversial, recurrir a la escritura puede ser una buena opción de abordaje. Sobre todo cuando son discusiones que llevan años de vigencia. Las luchas feministas ante la violencia de género no son una excepción. Sus discusiones siempre tuvieron presencia en diversos campos, uno de ellos es la ya mencionada escritura. Centro de Investigación en Lectura y Escritura (CILE)

  7. Ecology: 'Devil's gardens' bedevilled by ants.

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    Frederickson, Megan E; Greene, Michael J; Gordon, Deborah M

    2005-09-22

    'Devil's gardens' are large stands of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that consist almost entirely of a single species, Duroia hirsuta, and, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit. Here we show that the ant Myrmelachista schumanni, which nests in D. hirsuta stems, creates devil's gardens by poisoning all plants except its host plants with formic acid. By killing these other plants, M. schumanni provides its colonies with abundant nest sites--a long-lasting benefit as colonies can live for 800 years.

  8. Ante-natal ionising radiation and cancer

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    Anon.

    1988-01-01

    This editorial comments on the latest reports of the Oxford Survey of Childhood Cancer (now based on Birmingham). With 14759 pairs, the latest survey is over 10-fold larger than the 1958 report and the calculation of fatal childhood cancer rate at one case in 990 ante-natal radiographic examinations is rather larger than the early estimates, in spite of the fetal radiation dose having been halved and the cure rate for childhood leukemia being much improved. Comments are made on the comparisons with bomb survivors, and on the much increased fatal cancer incidence after first trimester radiography. (UK)

  9. A problemática ecológica na visão de trabalhadores hospitalares The ecological debate from the hospital workers'standpoint

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    Silviamar Camponogara

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Estudo que objetiva conhecer o que pensam os trabalhadores hospitalares sobre a problemática ecológica, buscando subsídios que possam fomentar uma discussão sobre o desenvolvimento de ações responsáveis, por parte destes sujeitos, no contexto do trabalho hospitalar. O referencial teórico utilizado para discussão está assentado na concepção de Sociedade de Risco e Modernidade Reflexiva, defendida por sociólogos contemporâneos. Pesquisa de abordagem qualitativa, utilizando a estratégia do estudo de caso, realizada junto a trabalhadores hospitalares, de uma instituição pública. Os dados foram coletados por meio de análise documental, observação de campo e entrevista individual e coletiva. O estudo revela que o trabalhador hospitalar possui uma visão de distanciamento com relação à questão ambiental, sendo, reflexivamente, afetado pela atual problemática ecológica. Esta concepção também sofre influência de fatores específicos do contexto de trabalho hospitalar. Conclui-se pela importância de ações educativas junto aos trabalhadores, no sentido de buscarem-se ações mais responsáveis em relação à preservação ambiental.This study seeks to ascertain what hospital workers think about the ecologic debate, looking for opinions that may elicit a discussion about the development of responsible actions to be taken by this group in the context of hospital work. The theoretical benchmark used for this discussion is based on the Reflexive Modernization and the Risk Society concept proposed by contemporary sociologists. This involved qualitative research using case study strategy and it was carried out with hospital workers at a public institution. The data were collected using document analysis, field observation and individual and group interviews. The study revealed that hospital workers take a somewhat distant view in terms of the environmental issue, which is reflexively affected by the current ecological debate

  10. Ant Systems for a Dynamic TSP - Ants Caught in a Traffic Jam

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    Eyckelhof, C.J.; Dorigo, M.; Caro Di, G.; Snoek, M.; Sampels, M.

    2002-01-01

    In this paper we present a new Ants System approach to a dynamic Travelling Salesman Problem. Here the travel times between the cities are subject to change. To handle this dynamism several ways of adapting the pheromone matrix both locally and globally are considered. We show that the strategy of

  11. ANÁLISE DA IMPLEMENTAÇÃO DE ESTRATÉGIA EM EMPRESA HOSPITALAR COM USO DE MAPAS COGNITIVOS

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    Fernanda de Menezes Guimarães

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa os fatores de influência na implementação de uma estratégia no ambiente hospitalar.Tal estratégia é a implementação do Time de Resposta Rápida em unidades de internação, buscandoqualidade e segurança na assistência ao paciente hospitalizado. A escolha baseou-se em analisar umaestratégia que tivesse gerado resultados positivos para a instituição em estudo. O trabalho utilizou-se depesquisa qualitativa de caráter exploratório, sendo um Estudo de Caso único, realizado em um hospitalprivado de Porto Alegre (RS. Foram realizadas entrevistas em profundidade e também foram aplicadosMapas Cognitivos Causais. Como resultados da pesquisa, o fator diferencial identificado que determinouo sucesso da implementação do Time de Resposta Rápida foi o componente humano. Tal processoem estudo também teve êxito pela congregação de múltiplos fatores que se tornaram facilitadores paragarantir esse sucesso. Como contribuição acadêmica, o Mapeamento Cognitivo traz uma possibilidadepara compreender-se melhor o pensamento dos níveis hierárquicos no processo da estratégia.

  12. O trabalho do assistente social em contextos hospitalares: desafios cotidianos The Social Worker's job in hospitals: daily challenges

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    Maria Lúcia Martinelli

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Considerando os desafios que se colocam cotidianamente para o assistente social que atua na área da saúde, especialmente em contextos hospitalares, no atendimento direto aos usuários, trato neste artigo das dimensões éticas que estão presentes em seu trabalho e que são constitutivas da identidade da profissão, expressando-se em diferentes níveis desde a ética dos cuidados até a ética militante e de proteção social. Finalizo indicando a importância da pesquisa para qualificar o conhecimento e a própria intervenção profissional.Taking into consideration the challenges that the social worker acting in the field of -health faces everyday, at several aspects, this article treats of the ethical dimensions present in his work and which constitute the identity of the profession, expressing themselves at different levels from the ethic of cares up to the active ethic and the social protection. I finish it by pointing out the importance of the research to qualify the knowledge and the professional intervention itself.

  13. Influência da comunicação no processo de acreditação hospitalar

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    Bruna Figueiredo Manzo

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi analisar, na perspectiva de profissionais, as principais barreiras de comunicação vivenciadas no decorrer do processo de acreditação em um hospital privado de médio porte de Belo Horizonte. Trata-se de um estudo qualitativo, envolvendo 34 profissionais de saúde de categorias diferentes. Os resultados da pesquisa mostraram que a escassez de informação, a falta de objetividade, clareza e integridade no repasse de conhecimento favorecem a ruptura da prestação de serviços de qualidade. A comunicação organizacional é uma ferramenta eficaz para subsidiar mudanças importantes nas empresas, como o alcance da acreditação hospitalar. Articulando a mudança de forma concisa e clara no que se refere à comunicação, poderá ser alcançado perenemente o padrão de qualidade.

  14. Risco cardiovascular em profissionais de saúde de serviços de atendimento pré-hospitalar

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    Luciane Cavagioni

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Avaliar os fatores de risco cardiovascular, com ênfase na hipertensão, e estratificá-los de acordo com o Escore de Risco de Framingham (ERF. Estudo com 154 profissionais que atuavam em aten-dimento pré-hospitalar na cidade de São Paulo e rodovia Br-116. Foi considerado significante o valor de p110mg/dL- 11%, colesterol total>200mg/dL- 36%, LDL-c>130mg/dL- 33%, HDL-c150mg/dL- 30% e proteína C reativa>0,5mg/dL- 16%. O ERF foi médio em 10,3% e alto em 1,3%. Na análise de regressão logística verificou-se que a hipertensão associou-se com as variáveis: HDL-c (odds ratio: 0,257 e ERF (odds ratio: 23,159. Houve forte associação entre ERF e hipertensão. Os dados chamam a atenção, por se tratar principalmente de profissionais da área da saúde relativamente jovens.

  15. Cultura de segurança do paciente em instituições hospitalares na perspectiva da enfermagem

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    Greice Letícia Toso

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo Avaliar o clima de segurança do paciente na perspectiva dos profissionais de enfermagem atuantes em hospitais no interior do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Métodos Estudo transversal, com 637 profissionais de enfermagem de duas instituições hospitalares. Coleta de dados pelo Questionário de Atitude de Segurança, Safety Atitudes Questionnaire, no segundo semestre de 2014. Ponto de corte para avaliação positiva foi ≥75 pontos. Resultados Os escores por domínios na avaliação geral foram: 76 (clima de trabalho em equipe, 73 (clima de segurança, 88 (satisfação no trabalho, 59 (percepção do estresse, 66 (percepção da gerência da unidade, 65 (percepção da gerência do hospital e 80 (condições de trabalho. Ao comparar médias entre as instituições, evidenciaram-se melhores condições de trabalho na instituição privada. Conclusões Os resultados podem servir para o planejamento e a organização das ações, tendo em vista os baixos escores em relação ao clima de segurança, gerência e percepção de estresse.

  16. [Genetic Study of Primary Dystonias: Recommendations from the Centro Hospitalar São João Neurogenetics Group].

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    Monteiro, Ana; Massano, João; Leão, Miguel; Garrett, Carolina

    2017-04-28

    The primary dystonias are a particular group of dystonias of presumed genetic origin, with a wide age of onset and variable progression. The diagnosis is, therefore, a challenge and the issue of the genetic investigation presents frequently in clinical practice. In the past few years several gene mutations have been identified as causative of primary dystonias. The choice of molecular testing is complex, given the clinical specificities and low frequency of these entities and the cost of genetic testing. It must follow observation by specialized clinicians highly differentiated in this area and be supported by a rational plan of investigation. The Centro Hospitalar São João Neurogenetics Group, a multidisciplinary team of Neurologists and Geneticists with special interest in neurogenetic disorders, devised consensus recommendations for the investigation of the genetic etiology of the primary dystonias, based on international consensus documents and recent published scientific evidence. This manuscript adopts the new classification system for genetic movement disorders, allowing for its systematic and standardized use in clinical practice.

  17. Nectar Theft and Floral Ant-Repellence: A Link between Nectar Volume and Ant-Repellent Traits?

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    Ballantyne, Gavin; Willmer, Pat

    2012-01-01

    As flower visitors, ants rarely benefit a plant. They are poor pollinators, and can also disrupt pollination by deterring other flower visitors, or by stealing nectar. Some plant species therefore possess floral ant-repelling traits. But why do particular species have such traits when others do not? In a dry forest in Costa Rica, of 49 plant species around a third were ant-repellent at very close proximity to a common generalist ant species, usually via repellent pollen. Repellence was positively correlated with the presence of large nectar volumes. Repellent traits affected ant species differently, some influencing the behaviour of just a few species and others producing more generalised ant-repellence. Our results suggest that ant-repellent floral traits may often not be pleiotropic, but instead could have been selected for as a defence against ant thieves in plant species that invest in large volumes of nectar. This conclusion highlights to the importance of research into the cost of nectar production in future studies into ant-flower interactions. PMID:22952793

  18. Partial incompatibility between ants and symbiotic fungi in two sympatric species of Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants.

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    Bot, A N; Rehner, S A; Boomsma, J J

    2001-10-01

    We investigate the nature and duration of incompatibility between certain combinations of Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants and symbiotic fungi, taken from sympatric colonies of the same or a related species. Ant-fungus incompatibility appeared to be largely independent of the ant species involved, but could be explained partly by genetic differences among the fungus cultivars. Following current theoretical considerations, we develop a hypothesis, originally proposed by S. A. Frank, that the observed incompatibilities are ultimately due to competitive interactions between genetically different fungal lineages, and we predict that the ants should have evolved mechanisms to prevent such competition between cultivars within a single garden. This requires that the ants are able to recognize unfamiliar fungi, and we show that this is indeed the case. Amplified fragment length polymorphism genotyping further shows that the two sympatric Acromyrmex species share each other's major lineages of cultivar, confirming that horizontal transfer does occasionally take place. We argue and provide some evidence that chemical substances produced by the fungus garden may mediate recognition of alien fungi by the ants. We show that incompatibility between ants and transplanted, genetically different cultivars is indeed due to active killing of the novel cultivar by the ants. This incompatibility disappears when ants are force-fed the novel cultivar for about a week, a result that is consistent with our hypothesis of recognition induced by the resident fungus and eventual replacement of incompatibility compounds during force-feeding.

  19. The importance of ants in cave ecology, with new records and behavioral observations of ants in Arizona caves

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    Robert B. Pape

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The importance of ants as elements in cave ecology has been mostly unrecognized. A global list of ant species recorded from caves, compiled from a review of existing literature, is presented. This paper also reviews what is currently known about ants occurring in Arizona (USA caves. The diversity and distribution represented in these records suggests ants are relatively common cave visitors (trogloxenes. A general utilization of caves by ants within both temperate and tropical latitudes may be inferred from this combined evidence. Observations of ant behavior in Arizona caves demonstrate a low level and sporadic, but persistent, use of these habitats and their contained resources by individual ant colonies. Documentation of Neivamyrmex sp. preying on cave-inhabiting arthropods is reported here for the first time. Observations of hypogeic army ants in caves suggests they may not penetrate to great vertical depth in search of prey, but can be persistent occupants in relatively shallow, horizontal sections of caves where they may prey on endemic cave animals. First cave records for ten ant species are reported from Arizona caves. These include two species of Neivamyrmex (N. nigrescens Cresson and Neivamyrmex sp.; Formicidae: Dorylinae, four myrmicines (Pheidole portalensis Wilson, Pheidole cf. porcula Wheeler, Solenopsis aurea Wheeler and Stenamma sp. Westwood, one dolichoderine (Forelius keiferi Wheeler and three formicines (Lasius arizonicus Wheeler, L. sitiens Wilson, and Camponotus sp. Mayr.

  20. Propiedades de lechos fijos durante la deshidratación convectiva de cerezas, guindas y rosa mosqueta: cambios de volumen y porosidad Propriedades de leitos fixos durante a secagem por convecção de cerejas doces e ácidas e frutas de rosa mosqueta: mudanças de volume e porosidade

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    Carlos Alberto Márquez

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo, se determinaron experimentalmente y modelaron los cambios de volumen y porosidad de lecho fijo durante la deshidratación de cerezas, guindas y frutos de la rosa mosqueta. Se utilizaron un equipo de secado experimental y frutas frescas. La altura de lecho variaba entre 0,04 y 0,12 m, la temperatura del aire entre 50 y 70 ºC, su velocidad entre 1 y 4 m/s, y su humedad relativa fue de 5 y 50%. Al inicio y durante la deshidratación se medía la altura del lecho como promedio de 8 escalas graduadas colocadas simétricamente en la cámara de secado y el peso de las muestras correspondientes. Con los valores obtenidos se calculaba el volumen de lecho y su porosidad en función del contenido de agua de la muestra. Mediante regresión, se obtuvieron correlaciones para estimar el volumen y la porosidad de lecho. Los errores porcentuales obtenidos fueron: para cambios en el volumen de lecho, entre -16,4 y 23,3 para cerezas y guindas, y entre -4,9 y 4,4 para frutos de la rosa mosqueta; y para los cambios de porosidad, entre -15,2 y 21,1 para cerezas y guindas, y entre -2,6 y 6,1 para frutos de la rosa mosqueta.Neste trabalho foram determinadas e modeladas as mudanças de volume e porosidade de cerejas doces e ácidas, bem como de frutas de rosa mosqueta em leitos fixos durante a secagem. Foi usado um equipamento de secagem experimental e frutas frescas. A espessura dos leitos variou entre 0,04 e 0,12 m, a temperatura do ar entre 50 e 70 ºC, a velocidade entre 1 e 4 m/s e a umidade relativa de 5 a 50%. Para o começo e durante a secagem foram medidos a altura do leito por meio de 8 escalas graduadas colocadas simetricamente na câmara de secagem e o peso das amostras correspondentes. Com os valores obtidos foi calculado o volume de leito e a porosidade em função do conteúdo de água da amostra. Por meio de correlações de regressão foram obtidos o volume e a porosidade de leito. Os erros porcentuais obtidos foram: para mudanças no

  1. ANT tuner retrofit for LEB cavity

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    Walling, L.; Goren, Y.; Kwiatkowski, S.

    1994-03-01

    This report describes a ferrite tuner design for the LEB cavity that utilizes techniques for bonding ferrite to metallic cooling plates that is utilized in the high-power rf and microwave industry. A test tuner was designed to fit into the existing LEB-built magnet and onto the Grimm LEB Cavity. It will require a new vacuum window in order to attain maximal tuning range and high voltage capability and a new center conductor of longer length and a different vacuum window connection than the Grimm center conductor. However, the new center conductor will be essentially identical to the Grimm center conductor in its basic construction and in the way it connects to the stand for support. The tuner is mechanically very similar to high-power stacked circulators built by ANT of Germany and was designed according to ANT's established engineering and design criteria and SSC LEB tuning and power requirements. The tuner design incorporates thin tiles of ferrite glued using a high-radiation-resistance epoxy to copper-plated stainless steel cooling plates of thickness 6.5 mm with water cooling channels inside the plates. The cooling plates constitute 16 pie-shaped segments arranged in a disk. They are electrically isolated from each other to suppress eddy currents. Five of these disks are arranged in parallel with high-pressure rf contacts between the plates at the outer radius. The end walls are slotted copper-plated stainless steel of thickness 3 mm

  2. Loading pattern optimization using ant colony algorithm

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    Hoareau, Fabrice

    2008-01-01

    Electricite de France (EDF) operates 58 nuclear power plants (NPP), of the Pressurized Water Reactor type. The loading pattern optimization of these NPP is currently done by EDF expert engineers. Within this framework, EDF R and D has developed automatic optimization tools that assist the experts. LOOP is an industrial tool, developed by EDF R and D and based on a simulated annealing algorithm. In order to improve the results of such automatic tools, new optimization methods have to be tested. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) algorithms are recent methods that have given very good results on combinatorial optimization problems. In order to evaluate the performance of such methods on loading pattern optimization, direct comparisons between LOOP and a mock-up based on the Max-Min Ant System algorithm (a particular variant of ACO algorithms) were made on realistic test-cases. It is shown that the results obtained by the ACO mock-up are very similar to those of LOOP. Future research will consist in improving these encouraging results by using parallelization and by hybridizing the ACO algorithm with local search procedures. (author)

  3. Ant Foraging Behavior for Job Shop Problem

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    Mahad Diyana Abdul

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a new algorithm approach, inspired by the foraging behavior of real ants. It has frequently been applied to many optimization problems and one such problem is in solving the job shop problem (JSP. The JSP is a finite set of jobs processed on a finite set of machine where once a job initiates processing on a given machine, it must complete processing and uninterrupted. In solving the Job Shop Scheduling problem, the process is measure by the amount of time required in completing a job known as a makespan and minimizing the makespan is the main objective of this study. In this paper, we developed an ACO algorithm to minimize the makespan. A real set of problems from a metal company in Johor bahru, producing 20 parts with jobs involving the process of clinching, tapping and power press respectively. The result from this study shows that the proposed ACO heuristics managed to produce a god result in a short time.

  4. The effect of diet and opponent size on aggressive interactions involving caribbean crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva.

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    Katherine C Horn

    Full Text Available Biotic interactions are often important in the establishment and spread of invasive species. In particular, competition between introduced and native species can strongly influence the distribution and spread of exotic species and in some cases competition among introduced species can be important. The Caribbean crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva, was recently introduced to the Gulf Coast of Texas, and appears to be spreading inland. It has been hypothesized that competition with the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, may be an important factor in the spread of crazy ants. We investigated the potential of interspecific competition among these two introduced ants by measuring interspecific aggression between Caribbean crazy ant workers and workers of Solenopsis invicta. Specifically, we examined the effect of body size and diet on individual-level aggressive interactions among crazy ant workers and fire ants. We found that differences in diet did not alter interactions between crazy ant workers from different nests, but carbohydrate level did play an important role in antagonistic interactions with fire ants: crazy ants on low sugar diets were more aggressive and less likely to be killed in aggressive encounters with fire ants. We found that large fire ants engaged in fewer fights with crazy ants than small fire ants, but fire ant size affected neither fire ant nor crazy ant mortality. Overall, crazy ants experienced higher mortality than fire ants after aggressive encounters. Our findings suggest that fire ant workers might outcompete crazy ant workers on an individual level, providing some biotic resistance to crazy ant range expansion. However, this resistance may be overcome by crazy ants that have a restricted sugar intake, which may occur when crazy ants are excluded from resources by fire ants.

  5. Aphid egg protection by ants: a novel aspect of the mutualism between the tree-feeding aphid Stomaphis hirukawai and its attendant ant Lasius productus

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    Matsuura, Kenji; Yashiro, Toshihisa

    2006-10-01

    Aphids often form mutualistic associations with ants, in which the aphids provide the ants with honeydew and the ants defend the aphids from predators. In this paper, we report aphid egg protection by ants as a novel aspect of the deeply interdependent relationship between a tree-feeding aphid and its attendant ant. The ant Lasius productus harbours oviparous females, males, and eggs of the hinoki cypress-feeding aphid Stomaphis hirukawai in its nests in winter. We investigated the behaviour of ants kept with aphid eggs in petri dishes to examine whether the ants recognise the aphid eggs and tend them or only provide a refuge for the aphids. Workers carried almost all of the aphid eggs into the nest within 24 h. The ants indiscriminately tended aphid eggs collected from their own colonies and those from other ant colonies. The ants cleaned the eggs and piled them up in the nest, and egg tending by ants dramatically increased aphid egg survival rates. Starving the ants showed no significant effect on aphid egg survivorship. Without ants, aphid eggs were rapidly killed by fungi. These results suggested that grooming by the ants protected the aphid eggs, at least, against pathogenic fungi. This hygienic service afforded by the ants seems indispensable for egg survival of these aphids in an environment rich in potentially pathogenic microorganisms.

  6. Current and potential ant impacts in the Pacific region

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    Loope, Lloyd L.; Krushelnycky, Paul D.

    2007-01-01

    Worldwide, ants are a powerful ecological force, and they appear to be dominant components of animal communities of many tropical and temperate ecosystems in terms of biomass and numbers of individuals (Bluthgen et al. 2000). For example, ants comprise up to 94% of arthropod individuals in fogging samples taken from diverse lowland tropical rainforest canopies, and 86% of the biomass (Davidson et al. 2003). The majority of these ant species and individuals obtain carbohydrates either from extrafloral nectaries or from sap-feeding Hemiptera that pass carbohydrate-rich “honeydew” to attending ants while concentrating nitrogen (N) from N-poor plant sap (Davidson et al. 2003). Honeydew and nectar represent key resources for arboreal ant species, although most ant species are at least partly carnivorous or scavengers (Bluthgen et al. 2004). In contrast to most of the terrestrial world, the biotas of many Pacific islands evolved without ants. Whereas endemic ant species are found in New Zealand (ca. 10 spp.), Tonga (ca. 10 spp.), and Samoa (ca. 12 spp.), other islands of Polynesia and parts of Micronesia likely lack native ants (Wilson and Taylor 1967, Wetterer 2002, Wetterer and Vargo 2003). About 20 Indo-Australian and western Pacific ant species range to the east and north of Samoa, but it is unclear how many of these were transported there by humans at some time (Wilson and Taylor 1967). Most of the remainder of the ant species currently found on Pacific islands are widespread species that fall in the category of “tramp species,” dispersed by recent human commerce and generally closely tied to human activity and urban areas (Wilson and Taylor 1967, McGlynn 1999). In Pacific island situations, some of these tramp ant species are able to thrive beyond areas of human activity. Relatively few ant species have been successful invaders of native communities on continents, and these include most of the species that pose the greatest problems for Pacific islands

  7. Ultrastructure of antennal sensillae of the samsum ant ...

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    Black ant (Samsum), Pachycodyla sennarrensis, stings and injects venom and inflicts allergy (a rare clinical problem) due to its local and systemic reaction, which is considered as a health hazard amongst Saudi society. Thus, black ant is a source of serious concern for the government and experts as well.

  8. Development of a Bait System for the Pharaoh's Ant, Monomorium ...

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    The infestation of the Pharaoh's ant, Monomorium pharaonis L. is widespread and, sometimes, very serious in homes, hospitals, restaurants, factories, etc. People are helpless because effective baited traps are not available locally, and little has been done locally to develop effective control strategies for these ants.

  9. A preliminary checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of ...

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    A preliminary species checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of. Kakamega Forest, Western Kenya, is presented. The species list is based on specimens sampled from 1999 until 2009, which are deposited in the ant collection of the Zoological Research Museum Koenig, Bonn, Germany, and the Natural History ...

  10. Ant species richness of fynbos and forest ecosystems in the ...

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    The ant fauna in fynbos and forest habitats in the southern Cape are compared. There is no significant difference in ant species richness between the two undisturbed habitat types, and the only two species common to both are Acantholepis capensis and Camponotus maculatus. The degree of Hakea sericea infestation in ...

  11. Volatile chemicals in glands of the carpenter ant, Camponotus ...

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    Volatile chemicals in glands of the carpenter ant, Camponotus arminius. J.M. Brand, L.V. Mabinya, E.D. Morgan. Abstract. Camponotus arminius is a large black carpenter ant that occurs in tropical and sub-tropical Africa and has extensive foraging trails both in trees and on the ground. Analysis of excised mandibular glands ...

  12. Novel Phialophora species from leaf-cutting ants (tribe Attini)

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    Attili-Angelis, D.; Duarte, A.P.M.; Pagnocca, F.C.; Nagamoto, N.S.; de Vries, M.; Stielow, J.B.; de Hoog, G.S.

    2014-01-01

    Ants in the tribe Attini (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) maintain a 50 million-year-old lifestyle of co-evolution with symbiotic basidiomycetous fungi which they cultivate as essential source of nutrition. However, other microorganisms have been reported from ant habitats indicating a higher diversity of

  13. Why do house-hunting ants recruit in both directions?

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    Planqué, R.; Dechaume-Moncharmont, F.-X.; Franks, N.R.; Kovacs, T.; Marshall, J.A.R.

    2007-01-01

    To perform tasks, organisms often use multiple procedures. Explaining the breadth of such behavioural repertoires is not always straightforward. During house hunting, colonies of Temnothorax albipennis ants use a range of behaviours to organise their emigrations. In particular, the ants use tandem

  14. Tracing the rise of ants - out of the ground.

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    Andrea Lucky

    Full Text Available The evolution of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae is increasingly well-understood due to recent phylogenetic analyses, along with estimates of divergence times and diversification rates. Yet, leading hypotheses regarding the ancestral habitat of ants conflict with new findings that early ant lineages are cryptic and subterranean. Where the ants evolved, in respect to habitat, and how habitat shifts took place over time have not been formally tested. Here, we reconstruct the habitat transitions of crown-group ants through time, focusing on where they nest and forage (in the canopy, litter, or soil. Based on ancestral character reconstructions, we show that in contrast to the current consensus based on verbal arguments that ants evolved in tropical leaf litter, the soil is supported as the ancestral stratum of all ants. We also find subsequent movements up into the litter and, in some cases, into the canopy. Given the global importance of ants, because of their diversity, ecological influence and status as the most successful eusocial lineage on Earth, understanding the early evolution of this lineage provides insight into the factors that made this group so successful today.

  15. In vitro studies of ante-mortem proliferation kinetics

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    McBride, W.H.; Withers, H.R.

    1986-01-01

    Using K562 human erythroblastoid cells, it was concluded that dose fractionation has no discrepant effect on the ante-mortem proliferation kinetics of doomed cells as opposed to clonogenic cell survival and that effects on ante-mortem proliferation kinetics cannot be solely responsible for the differences in fractionation response between early and late responding tissues. (UK)

  16. Reciprocal genomic evolution in the ant-fungus agricultural symbiosis

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    Nygaard, Sanne; Hu, Haofu; Li, Cai

    2016-01-01

    The attine ant-fungus agricultural symbiosis evolved over tens of millions of years, producing complex societies with industrial-scale farming analogous to that of humans. Here we document reciprocal shifts in the genomes and transcriptomes of seven fungus-farming ant species and their fungal...

  17. Life-Histories of Sub-Arctic Ants

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    Heinze, Jürgen

    1993-01-01

    Ant species belonging to seven genera occur in habitats near the tree line in the Northern Hemisphere. An analysis of colony founding strategies suggests that in addition to physiological cold resistance, behavioral and sociometric adaptations might be important for survival and propagation of ants in subarctic biomes.

  18. Studies of laboulbeniales (Fungi, Ascomycota) on myrmica ants (II)

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    Haelewaters, Danny; Boer, Peter; Gort, Gerrit; Noordijk, Jinze

    2015-01-01

    One group of important insect parasites are the Laboulbeniales (Ascomycota), microscopic fungi that live attached to the exterior of their hosts, mainly beetles, but also mites, millipedes, earwigs, and ants. Rickia wasmannii is a common fungus in Europe and is limited to the ant genus Myrmica

  19. ADAPTIVE ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION BASED GRADIENT FOR EDGE DETECTION

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    Febri Liantoni

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a nature-inspired optimization algorithm which is motivated by ants foraging behavior. Due to its favorable advantages, ACO has been widely used to solve several NP-hard problems, including edge detection. Since ACO initially distributes ants at random, it may cause imbalance ant distribution which later affects path discovery process. In this paper an adaptive ACO is proposed to optimize edge detection by adaptively distributing ant according to gradient analysis. Ants are adaptively distributed according to gradient ratio of each image regions. Region which has bigger gradient ratio, will have bigger number of ant distribution. Experiments are conducted using images from various datasets. Precision and recall are used to quantitatively evaluate performance of the proposed algorithm. Precision and recall of adaptive ACO reaches 76.98 % and 96.8 %. Whereas highest precision and recall for standard ACO are 69.74 % and 74.85 %. Experimental results show that the adaptive ACO outperforms standard ACO which randomly distributes ants.

  20. Patterns of male parentage in the fungus-growing ants

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    Villesen, Palle; Boomsma, JJ

    2003-01-01

    Ant queens from eight species, covering three genera of lower and two genera of higher attine ants, have exclusively or predominantly single mating. The ensuing full-sib colonies thus have a strong potential reproductive conflict between the queen and the workers over male production...

  1. Odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile as back-seat drivers of localized ant decline in urban habitats.

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    Adam Salyer

    Full Text Available Invasive species and habitat disturbance threaten biodiversity worldwide by modifying ecosystem performance and displacing native organisms. Similar homogenization impacts manifest locally when urbanization forces native species to relocate or reinvade perpetually altered habitat. This study investigated correlations between ant richness and abundance in response to urbanization and the nearby presence of invasive ant species, odorous house ants (Tapinoma sessile, within its native region. Surveying localized ant composition within natural, semi-natural, and urban habitat supported efforts to determine whether T. sessile appear to be primary (drivers threats as instigators or secondary (passengers threats as inheritors of indigenous ant decline. Sampling 180 sites, evenly split between all habitats with and without T. sessile present, yielded 45 total species. Although urbanization and T. sessile presence factors were significantly linked to ant decline, their interaction correlated to the greatest reduction of total ant richness (74% and abundance (81%. Total richness appeared to decrease from 27 species to 18 when natural habitat is urbanized and from 18 species to 7 with T. sessile present in urban plots. Odorous house ant presence minimally influenced ant communities within natural and semi-natural habitat, highlighting the importance of habitat alteration and T. sessile presence interactions. Results suggest urbanization releases T. sessile from unknown constraints by decreasing ant richness and competition. Within urban environment, T. sessile are pre-adapted to quickly exploit new resources and grow to supercolony strength wherein T. sessile drive adjacent biodiversity loss. Odorous house ants act as passengers and drivers of ecological change throughout different phases of urban 'invasion'. This progression through surviving habitat alteration, exploiting new resources, thriving, and further reducing interspecific competition supports a

  2. Importance of hand germ contamination in health-care workers as possible carriers of nosocomial infections Importância da contaminação das mãos por germes, em trabalhadores da saúde, como possíveis transmissores de infecções hospitalares

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    Mónica NOGUERAS

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The importance of hands in the transmission of nosocomial infection has been world wide admitted. However, it is difficult to induce this behavior in health-care workers. The aim of the present work was to point out the importance of hand bacteria colonization, the influence of hand washing and of patient physical examination. One hundred health-care workers were randomly divided in two groups: Group A without hand washing previous to patient physical examination or handling (PPE; group B with hand washing previous to PPE. Direct fingerprint samples in Columbia agar before and after PPE were obtained. The colonies were counted and identified by conventional techniques, and antibiograms according to NCCLS were performed. Before PPE group A participants showed a high number of bacteria regarding group B participants (73.9 Vs 20.7; p A importância das mãos na transmissão de infecções hospitalares é aceita mundialmente. Todavia, é difícil introduzir este procedimento entre os trabalhadores da saúde. Este trabalho pretendeu evidenciar a colonização das mãos por bactérias e a influência da lavagem de mãos e o exame físico dos pacientes. 100 profisionais de saúde foram divididos, ao acaso em dois grupos: A - sem lavagem de mãos antes do exame físico ou manejo dos pacientes (PPE; B - com lavagem prévia das mãos antes do PPE. Foram obtidas amostras de impressões digitais em agar Columbia antes e depois do PPE. As colônias foram contadas e identificadas por técnicas convencionais e antibiogramas de acordo com NCCLS. Antes do PPE os participantes do grupo A apresentaram elevado número de bactérias em relação ao grupo B (73.9 vs. 20.7; p < 0.001; 44 dos 50 participantes eram portadores potenciais de bactérias patogênicas. Nenhum participante do grupo B era portador de bactéria potencialmente patogênica antes do PPE. Este grupo mostrou um aumento no número de bactérias depois do PPE (20.7 UFC antes vs. 115.9 UFC depois; p

  3. Weaver Ants to Control Fruit Fly Damage to Tanzanian Mangoes

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    Kirkegaard, Nina

    in Australia and West Africa. In this study, small scale farmers did not think weaver ants protected their mangoes from fruit flies. Observational studies confirmed the farmers’ views. No volatile compounds, likely to be responsible for the weaver ants’ deterrent effect, were identified. This study focused...... mangoes varied a lot with zero infestation in some fruits and more than 100 pupae emerging from other fruits, indicating that other factors than the presence of weaver ants affect the fruit flies’ decision on where to oviposit. It was not uncommon for farmers to place newly harvested mangoes below mango...... not shown to be effectively deterring fruit flies, there is no great motivation for farmers to adopt weaver ants. Assuming the weaver ants could be managed in a way that made weaver ants deter fruit flies effectively there are still some economic aspects which should be studied further. It is necessary...

  4. Behind every great ant, there is a great gut

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    Poulsen, Michael; Sapountzis, Panagiotis

    2012-01-01

    on the potential contribution of the ants’ gut symbionts. This issue of Molecular Ecology contains a study by Anderson et al. (2012), who take a comparative approach to explore the link between trophic levels and ant microbiomes, specifically, to address three main questions: (i) Do closely related herbivorous...... conserved gut microbiomes, suggesting symbiont functions that directly relate to dietary preference of the ant host. These findings suggest an ecological role of gut symbionts in ants, for example, in metabolism and/or protection, and the comparative approach taken supports a model of co-evolution between...... ant species and specific core symbiont microbiomes. This study, thereby, highlights the omnipresence and importance of gut symbioses—also in the Hymenoptera—and suggests that these hitherto overlooked microbes likely have contributed to the ecological success of the ants....

  5. Endophytic fungi reduce leaf-cutting ant damage to seedlings

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    Bittleston, L. S.; Brockmann, F.; Wcislo, W.; Van Bael, S. A.

    2011-01-01

    Our study examines how the mutualism between Atta colombica leaf-cutting ants and their cultivated fungus is influenced by the presence of diverse foliar endophytic fungi (endophytes) at high densities in tropical leaf tissues. We conducted laboratory choice trials in which ant colonies chose between Cordia alliodora seedlings with high (Ehigh) or low (Elow) densities of endophytes. The Ehigh seedlings contained 5.5 times higher endophyte content and a greater diversity of fungal morphospecies than the Elow treatment, and endophyte content was not correlated with leaf toughness or thickness. Leaf-cutting ants cut over 2.5 times the leaf area from Elow relative to Ehigh seedlings and had a tendency to recruit more ants to Elow plants. Our findings suggest that leaf-cutting ants may incur costs from cutting and processing leaves with high endophyte loads, which could impact Neotropical forests by causing variable damage rates within plant communities. PMID:20610420

  6. Egg-laying butterflies distinguish predaceous ants by sight.

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    Sendoya, Sebastián F; Freitas, André V L; Oliveira, Paulo S

    2009-07-01

    Information about predation risks is critical for herbivorous insects, and natural selection favors their ability to detect predators before oviposition and to select enemy-free foliage when offspring mortality risk is high. Food plants are selected by ovipositing butterflies, and offspring survival frequently varies among plants because of variation in the presence of predators. Eunica bechina butterflies oviposit on Caryocar brasiliense, an ant-defended plant. Experiments with dried Camponotus and Cephalotes ants pinned to leaves revealed that butterflies use ant size and form as visual cues to avoid ovipositing on plant parts occupied by ants more likely to kill larval offspring. Presence of sap-sucking bugs did not affect butterfly oviposition. This is the first demonstration that visual recognition of predators can mediate egg-laying decisions by an insect herbivore and that an insect will discriminate among different species of potential predators. This unusual behavioral capability permits specialization on a risky, ant-defended food plant.

  7. ANT International chemistry update and best practices

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    Nordmann, F.; Odar, S.; Venz, H.; Kysela, J.; Ruehle, W.; Riess, R.

    2010-01-01

    There is an increasing number of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) in various countries. Their chemistry practices are different due to the variety of designs and experiences while in the past the view was more monolithic. This is allowing a very rich experience that is extremely difficult to fully be aware of. ANT International is now collecting and evaluating these data as well as related R and D Information. This allows interested parties to have an easier access to the various sources of information. The chemistry experts associated to ANT International have been gathering a comprehensive detailed view of: The numerous laboratory data gained all over the world during the past decades; The extensive plant operating experiences with various types of chemistry strategies, crosschecked for various types of reactors designs and materials; An experienced international knowledge able to give the comprehensive overview that young engineers now in charge of many other activities are unable to fully cover. This paper gives the core conclusions of the detailed ANT International reports and results that have recently been gathered in the area of chemistry. It particularly covers: The primary water chemistry and its relation with radionuclides, dose rates and fuel behaviour; The secondary water chemistry focusing on its rationale selection depending on materials, design and other constraints; The start up and shutdown chemistry with it large variety of practices hardly understandable even for some experts; and, The maintenance remedies such as decontamination, steam generator cleaning and its alternate options. Various types of Reactor designs (PWR, VVER, BWR, CANDU®) are considered. The different materials, for example the impact of steam generator tubing and its evolution on the secondary water chemistry rationale or on the radioactivity built-up in the primary coolant, are described. The ways to improve the plant operation with a long term reliability as well as the most

  8. The regulation of ant colony foraging activity without spatial information.

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    Balaji Prabhakar

    Full Text Available Many dynamical networks, such as the ones that produce the collective behavior of social insects, operate without any central control, instead arising from local interactions among individuals. A well-studied example is the formation of recruitment trails in ant colonies, but many ant species do not use pheromone trails. We present a model of the regulation of foraging by harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus colonies. This species forages for scattered seeds that one ant can retrieve on its own, so there is no need for spatial information such as pheromone trails that lead ants to specific locations. Previous work shows that colony foraging activity, the rate at which ants go out to search individually for seeds, is regulated in response to current food availability throughout the colony's foraging area. Ants use the rate of brief antennal contacts inside the nest between foragers returning with food and outgoing foragers available to leave the nest on the next foraging trip. Here we present a feedback-based algorithm that captures the main features of data from field experiments in which the rate of returning foragers was manipulated. The algorithm draws on our finding that the distribution of intervals between successive ants returning to the nest is a Poisson process. We fitted the parameter that estimates the effect of each returning forager on the rate at which outgoing foragers leave the nest. We found that correlations between observed rates of returning foragers and simulated rates of outgoing foragers, using our model, were similar to those in the data. Our simple stochastic model shows how the regulation of ant colony foraging can operate without spatial information, describing a process at the level of individual ants that predicts the overall foraging activity of the colony.

  9. Immune defense in leaf-cutting ants

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    Armitage, Sophie A O; Broch, Jens F; Marín, Hermogenes Fernández

    2011-01-01

    To ameliorate the impact of disease, social insects combine individual innate immune defenses with collective social defenses. This implies that there are different levels of selection acting on investment in immunity, each with their own trade-offs. We present the results of a cross......-fostering experiment designed to address the influences of genotype and social rearing environment upon individual and social immune defenses. We used a multiply mating leaf-cutting ant, enabling us to test for patriline effects within a colony, as well as cross-colony matriline effects. The worker's father influenced...... both individual innate immunity (constitutive antibacterial activity) and the size of the metapleural gland, which secretes antimicrobial compounds and functions in individual and social defense, indicating multiple mating could have important consequences for both defense types. However, the primarily...

  10. Ex-ante Evaluation von Investitionsalternativen

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    Full Text Available Der Beitrag zeigt, wie mit Hilfe der Methode der agentenbasierten Modellierung und Simulation (ABMS ein Beitrag zur ex-ante Policy-Beratung geleistet werden kann. Anhand eines exemplarischen Anwendungsfalls, der VISIBLE Simulationsumgebung („Virtual Simulation Lab for the Analysis of Investments in Learning and Education“, diskutieren wir die Konsequenzen unterschiedlicher Kooperationsförderinstrumente für Wissensdiffusionsprozesse in Netzwerken am Beispiel der Region Heilbronn-Franken. Die Simulationsergebnisse zeigen, dass die strukturelle Konfiguration eines regionalen Innovationssystems eine zentrale Bedeutung für die Gestaltung von Kooperationsfördermaßnahmen hat und dass Interventionen, die darauf abzielen, Wissenstransfer zwischen den Akteuren anzuregen, genau die entgegengesetzten Wirkungen entfalten können.

  11. Swarm controlled emergence for ant clustering

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    Scheidler, Alexander; Merkle, Daniel; Middendorf, Martin

    2013-01-01

    .g. moving robots, and clustering algorithms. Design/methodology/approach: Different types of control agents for that ant clustering model are designed by introducing slight changes to the behavioural rules of the normal agents. The clustering behaviour of the resulting swarms is investigated by extensive...... for future research to investigate the application of the method in other swarm systems. Swarm controlled emergence might be applied to control emergent effects in computing systems that consist of many autonomous components which make decentralized decisions based on local information. Practical...... simulation studies. Findings: It is shown that complex behavior can emerge in systems with two types of agents (normal agents and control agents). For a particular behavior of the control agents, an interesting swarm size dependent effect was found. The behaviour prevents clustering when the number...

  12. Discrimination Behavior in the Supercolonial Pharaoh Ant

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    Pontieri, Luigi

    The majority of eusocial insect species live in small, kin structured colonies that are mutually aggressive and rarely interact. By contrast, a restricted group of ant species show a peculiar social organization called unicoloniality, where colonies can grow to vast networks of geographically...... and genetic distance between colony pairs, further confirming the important role of endogenous cues in the nestmate recognition of this species. The third chapter presents a methodological study on the best procedures for identifying chemical compounds used for nestmate recognition in social insects. We first...... evaluated the power of different combinations of data transformation and chemical distance calculation in differentiating between true nestmate recognition (NMR) cues and other compounds. We found that particular combinations of statistical procedures are more effective in differentiating NMR cues from...

  13. Aleitamento materno em prematuros: manejo clínico hospitalar Breastfeeding in premature infants: in-hospital clinical management

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    Maria Beatriz R. do Nascimento

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Abordar a importância do aleitamento materno e sua promoção no manejo clínico-hospitalar de recém-nascidos pré-termo. FONTE DOS DADOS: Foi realizada extensa revisão bibliográfica sobre o tópico, sendo selecionado material oriundo de livros-texto, teses, publicações de organismos nacionais e internacionais e artigos publicados selecionados a partir de pesquisa na base de dados MEDLINE referente ao período de 1990 a 2003, utilizando as palavras-chave breastfeeding and low birth weight e breastfeeding and preterm infant. Algumas referências relevantes dos trabalhos selecionados também foram utilizadas. SÍNTESE DOS DADOS: A partir da literatura levantada, verifica-se que vários aspectos tornam o leite materno particularmente adequado para a alimentação do recém-nascido prematuro. No entanto, observa-se, de modo geral, uma baixa incidência de êxito na amamentação de prematuros, especialmente em unidades neonatais de risco, apesar de haver evidências de que uma postura hospitalar favorável possibilite o aleitamento nessas crianças. CONCLUSÕES: Amamentar prematuros ainda é um desafio, mas é factível desde que haja apoio e suporte apropriados, principalmente pelos profissionais de saúde. As mães de prematuros necessitam de mais informações sobre a importância da amamentação para que possam tomar decisões sobre a nutrição dos seus filhos.OBJECTIVE: To describe the importance of breastfeeding and its promotion in the in-hospital clinical management of premature newborns. SOURCE OF DATA: The authors made an extensive literature review on the topic, including technical books, theses, publications of national and international organizations, and search on MEDLINE database (1990 to 2003, using the following key words and boolean operators: "breastfeeding AND low birth weight" and "breastfeeding AND preterm infant". Some significant references cited in the reviewed publications were used as well. SUMMARY OF THE

  14. Peróxido de hidrogênio como agente despirogenizante de componentes para produtos médico-hospitalares

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    Pinto Terezinha de Jesus A.

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    Full Text Available A atual busca de solventes alternativos aos fluorados, frente ao problema de depleção de ozônio da estratosfera, obriga a desenvolvimentos de processos aplicáveis à fabricação de produtos médico-hospitalares. Frente ao desafio, e considerando a água estar sendo opção de escolha de outros segmentos industriais, preocupa a rápida proliferação microbiana na mesma, tornando-a fonte potencial de endotoxinas. Tal risco incompatibiliza-se por exemplo, com a produção de itens destinados ao emprego em procedimentos cirúrgicos da área cardiovascular. Desta forma foi ralizada pesquisa com o objetivo de investigar possibilidade de emprego da água como agente de limpeza de componentes para tais produtos, desde que incorporada de peróxido de hidrogênio. Trabalhou-se inoculando água e soluções de peróxido com níveis de 0,1, 0,25, 0,5 e 1,0 UE/ml; obteve-se a confirmação de efetividade de ação a concentração de 5% de peróxido de hidrogênio, através de determinação analítica pelo método "in vitro". Investigou-se, em peças injetadas em policarbonato, destinadas a fabricação de oxigenadores e reservatórios sangüíneos, inoculadas com endotoxina, a efetividade no uso do peróxido. Os resultados permitem concluir pela possibilidade de sucesso do processo proposto, seja pelo aspecto biológico ou pela remoção de sujidades.

  15. Peróxido de hidrogênio como agente despirogenizante de componentes para produtos médico-hospitalares

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    Terezinha de Jesus A. Pinto

    1995-02-01

    Full Text Available A atual busca de solventes alternativos aos fluorados, frente ao problema de depleção de ozônio da estratosfera, obriga a desenvolvimentos de processos aplicáveis à fabricação de produtos médico-hospitalares. Frente ao desafio, e considerando a água estar sendo opção de escolha de outros segmentos industriais, preocupa a rápida proliferação microbiana na mesma, tornando-a fonte potencial de endotoxinas. Tal risco incompatibiliza-se por exemplo, com a produção de itens destinados ao emprego em procedimentos cirúrgicos da área cardiovascular. Desta forma foi ralizada pesquisa com o objetivo de investigar possibilidade de emprego da água como agente de limpeza de componentes para tais produtos, desde que incorporada de peróxido de hidrogênio. Trabalhou-se inoculando água e soluções de peróxido com níveis de 0,1, 0,25, 0,5 e 1,0 UE/ml; obteve-se a confirmação de efetividade de ação a concentração de 5% de peróxido de hidrogênio, através de determinação analítica pelo método "in vitro". Investigou-se, em peças injetadas em policarbonato, destinadas a fabricação de oxigenadores e reservatórios sangüíneos, inoculadas com endotoxina, a efetividade no uso do peróxido. Os resultados permitem concluir pela possibilidade de sucesso do processo proposto, seja pelo aspecto biológico ou pela remoção de sujidades.

  16. Gestão e Contabilidade Ambiental: Estudo de Caso em Instituição Hospitalar

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    Vinícius Pamplona

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar os aspectos e os impactos ambientais de um hospital em termos de sustentabilidade, com o auxílio da Contabilidade Ambiental. Por meio de um estudo de caso em um hospital de Florianópolis – SC, com a aplicação parcial do Sistema Contábil Gerencial Ambiental – SICOGEA, foi possível determinar o grau de sustentabilidade e desempenho ambiental da referida instituição. A pesquisa adotada neste estudo é de natureza exploratório-descritiva, com abordagem predominantemente qualitativa. Com base nos resultados alcançados, parece evidente que a instituição necessita aprimorar o processo de gestão ambiental, visto que apenas o critério “Tratamento com pacientes” apresentou um grau de sustentabilidade considerado adequado pelo método de avaliação do desempenho ambiental adotado nesta pesquisa. As demais categorias contempladas no estudo obtiveram apenas o conceito ‘regular’ ou ‘deficitário’ no que concerne ao desempenho no gerenciamento dos aspectos e impactos ambientais. O baixo desempenho ambiental da maioria dos critérios indica a possibilidade da ocorrência de impactos ambientais negativos no processo de prestação dos serviços hospitalares. Outra constatação que emerge desses resultados é a de que a organização visa unicamente ao atendimento de disposições legais.

  17. [Prevalence of use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis in Unidade Clínica de Paramiloidose from Centro Hospitalar do Porto].

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    Valdrez, Kátia; Alves, Elisabete; Coelho, Teresa; Silva, Susana

    2014-01-01

    The Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy, with the world's largest focus in Portugal, is recognized by the National Board of Assisted Reproductive Technologies as a serious disease eligible for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. This study aims to determine the prevalence of the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in FAP carriers followed in Unidade Clínica de Paramiloidose, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, and to identify the associated factors. Between January and May 2013, a representative sample of Portuguese Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy carriers, aged between 18 and 55 years, was systematically recruited. The analysis is based on 111 carriers with previous familial diagnosis, who reported having ever tried to get pregnant after 2001. Data on sociodemographic characteristics and use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis were collected through a self-administered questionnaire. Proportions were compared using the chi-square test. Crude and adjusted odds ratios (OR) and the respective confidence intervals of 95% (95% CI) were estimated using multivariatelogistic regression. The prevalence of use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis was 20.7% (95% CI: 13.6-29.5). After adjustment, a household income above 1000 '¬/month (OR = 11.87; 95% CI 2.87-49.15) was directly associated with the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, while carriers with an individual diagnosis (OR = 0.15; 95% CI 0.04-0.57) and children born after 2001 (OR = 0.07; 95% CI 0.02-0.32) revealed a prevalence of use significantly lower than those with a individual diagnosis and children born before 2001. The low prevalence of use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, as well as the less frequent use of the technique by those with a lower household income, shows the importance of improving access to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in the case of Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy. This work contributes to increase the sensitivity of health professionals around the use and accessibility to

  18. A DETERMINAÇÃO SOCIAL DA MALÁRIA: UM ESTUDO DE CASO NA EPIDEMIOLOGIA HOSPITALAR

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    Isabel Talina Fernando Ferreira Catraio

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A malária configura-se em um grave problema de Saúde Pública que afeta, sobretudo populações menos favorecidas socialmente. O presente estudo teve como objetivos: reconhecer a realidade objetiva da malária por meio da investigação dos casos notificados no Serviço de Epidemiologia Hospitalar de um hospital escola do município de Curitiba. Trata-se de uma pesquisa descritiva-documental. Para sua realização foram utilizados os dados contidosno Sistema Nacional de Agravos de Notificação Obrigatória (SINAN, as fichas de Investigação Epidemiológica e prontuários dos indivíduos acometidos por malária e notificados no período de 1° janeiro de 2003 e 30 de novembro de 2010 no cenário estudado. A coleta de dados foi realizada no mês de novembro de 2010, e sua análise baseada em estudos realizados por Egry (1996 e Breilh (1989. Os objetivos do estudo foram alcançados e acredita-se que a inclusão de informações qualitativas às investigações epidemiológicas contribui significativamente nas ações de promoção da saúde, prevenção e controle da malária. A partir disso, a epidemiologia crítica é capaz de melhorar seu processo de análise ao considerar que os determinantes de saúde podem ser influenciados pelos processos da saúde na dimensão estrutural, particular e singular de determinação do processo saúde-doença vivenciado pelas populações.

  19. Empresa Brasileira de Serviços Hospitalares: inconsistências à luz da reforma do Estado

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    Maria de Fatima Siliansky de Andreazzi

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta um histórico da trajetória da lei que cria a Empresa Brasileira de Serviços Hospitalares (EBSERH em 2011, contextualiza essa criação nas conjunturas internacional e nacional, e apresenta e discute as principais mudanças nela contidas. Essa trajetória é problematizada a partir das mudanças ocorridas no Congresso Nacional desde a Medida Provisória 520. O contexto é analisado com base nas justificativas da criação da EBSERH à luz do cenário de crise econômica internacional. Nacionalmente, o texto insere a empresa na perspectiva da reforma do Estado iniciada em 1995. Esta é apresentada em duas gerações, com base na bibliografia consultada, sendo a EBSERH própria de uma segunda geração de reformas ditas institucionais. Na saúde, a separação entre o financiamento e a prestação dentro do Estado e a competição entre prestadores públicos e privados são tomadas como norte para a análise. Apresentam-se e discutem-se as principais mudanças da lei que cria a EBSERH, especialmente quanto a financiamento, relacionamento com as universidades, relações de trabalho e controle social. São apresentados possíveis impactos sobre o ensino médico.

  20. Territórios do Sistema Único de Saúde: mapeamento das redes de atenção hospitalar

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    Evangelina X. G. de Oliveira

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho investiga dois tipos de redes estabelecidas pelos fluxos de pacientes para os serviços de saúde: a de atenção hospitalar básica, definida pelos procedimentos com maior freqüência de internação e as de atenção de alta complexidade. Agregaram-se os dados do Sistema de Informações Hospitalares do Sistema Único de Saúde sobre as internações realizadas no ano de 2000 em todo o Brasil ­ segundo o município de internação e o de residência dos pacientes. Empregou-se o método do fluxo dominante, que define o arcabouço da rede e os níveis hierárquicos dos municípios que constituem os nós. A classificação dos fluxos avalia o grau de interconexão das redes. As redes de atenção hospitalar básica alcançam quase todo o país; poucos municípios estão fora delas. Nas redes de alta complexidade poucas cidades prestam atendimento e cerca da metade dos municípios brasileiros está desconectada. O objetivo da Normas Operacionais de Atenção à Saúde, de garantir o acesso aos serviços de saúde de uso mais freqüente perto da residência dos cidadãos, parece alcançável em curto prazo. A organização das referências para os outros níveis de atenção, entretanto, ainda tem muito que avançar.

  1. O Papel da Gestão da Farmácia Hospitalar na Alta Qualificada de Acordo com as Políticas de Humanização do SUS

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    Embora a Política de Humanização do SUS não tenha contornos claramente definidos, sabe-se que o tratamento não ocorre apenas quando o paciente se encontra internado, nem termina quando este deixa a internação, mas se estende após a alta hospitalar. Nesse caso, deve ter seu tratamento continuado no ambiente extra-hospitalar, em ambiente domiciliar, sob a supervisão e acompanhamento de um responsável pela medicação, nesse caso, o próprio farmacêutico hospitalar, que lhe deve fornecer orientação...

  2. A privacidade dos pacientes e as ações dos enfermeiros no contexto da internação hospitalar

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    Narciso Vieira Soares

    2010-01-01

    A privacidade é um direito individual que contempla situações relacionadas à proteção da intimidade dos sujeitos, respeito à dignidade, limitação de acesso ao corpo, aos objetos íntimos, aos relacionamentos familiares e sociais e a enfermagem tem como desafio a reflexão ética sobre a responsabilidade e compromisso de suas ações, nesse âmbito. O objetivo geral da pesquisa consistiu em analisar situações relativas à privacidade do paciente no cotidiano da enfermagem hospitalar e as ações dos en...

  3. GESTÃO DO PROCESSO DE PROJETO DE INSTALAÇÕES ELÉTRICAS EM EMPREENDIMENTOS HOSPITALARES: ESTUDO DE CASO

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    Breno de Assis Oliveira

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta um estudo exploratório sobre a gestão do processo de projeto de instalações elétricas em estabelecimentos hospitalares complexos. A pesquisa realizou-se por meio de dois estudos de caso. As fontes de evidências envolveram a documentação de projeto, atas de reuniões, procedimentos, assistência a reuniões de coordenação, entrevistas e acompanhamento de rotinas de trabalho. Dessa forma, foi possível mapear o processo de projeto, identificando problemas, dificuldades e desafios. Os casos, explorados a partir de um referencial teórico que abordou a situação da gestão de projetos e suas diversas disciplinas envolvidas, apresentam um extenso quadro das dificuldades encontradas na elaboração de projetos de instalações elétricas em empreendimentos hospitalares, suas causas e possíveis ações visando minimizar os riscos inerentes a empreendimentos que, por sua natureza, oferecem elevado grau de complexidade e exigem interação completa entre os diversos agentes envolvidos. A ausência de um adequado programa de necessidades, a utilização de técnicas de gestão de projetos ultrapassadas e o desconhecimento técnico das particularidades expostas pelas instalações hospitalares provocam relações tensas entre as partes e, por consequência, o descumprimento dos prazos e a extrapolação dos orçamentos previstos, além de lacunas no atendimento às expectativas de investidores, contratantes e de usuários desses empreendimentos. Por fim, este trabalho aponta a utilização de duas importantes ferramentas com o objetivo de minimizar os riscos apresentados: o programa de necessidades para a elaboração de projetos de instalações elétricas em empreendimentos hospitalares, além de uma sequência proposta para a elaboração dos referidos projetos, fundamentada nos conceitos de gestão do processo de projeto.

  4. Preditores de internação hospitalar em pacientes com síncope atendidos em hospital cardiológico

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    Leonardo Marques Fischer

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: No atendimento ao episódio sincopal é necessário estratificar o risco para melhor diferenciar pacientes que necessitam de internação hospitalar daqueles que podem ser liberados. Os critérios utilizados pelos médicos avaliadores desses pacientes em emergências cardiológicas em nosso meio são desconhecidos. OBJETIVOS: Analisar quais os critérios adotados para internação hospitalar, diferenciá-los dos utilizados nos pacientes liberados e compará-los com os preditores de alto risco definidos pelo escore de OESIL já validado para esse fim. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal em pacientes diagnosticados com síncope na emergência em nossa instituição no ano de 2011. RESULTADOS: Dos 46.476 atendimentos realizados naquele ano, 216 foram descritos como síncope. Dos 216 pacientes analisados, 39% foram internados, sendo que as principais variáveis associadas à admissão foram síncope prévia, doença cardíaca conhecida, história negativa para acidente vascular encefálico no passado, ECG alterado e possuir plano de súde. Na comparação internação contra não internação, os escores OESIL 0-1 foram associados a maior chance de liberação hospitalar; os escores 2-3 apresentaram maior associação com internação. Um escore OESIL >2 demonstrou razão de chances 7,8 vezes maior de internação comparado com o escore 0 (p < 0,001; IC95%: 4,03-15,11. Aproximadamente 39% dos pacientes não tiveram definição etiológica e em 18% foi identificada uma causa cardiológica. CONCLUSÕES: Fatores como doença cardiovascular conhecida, história sincopal prévia, ausência de AVC prévio, possuir seguro de saúde e eletrocardiograma alterado foram os critérios utilizados pelos médicos em emergência para indicar internação hospitalar. Houve boa correlação entre os critérios clínicos e os critérios de risco do OESIL descritos na literatura.

  5. Entomopathogens Isolated from Invasive Ants and Tests of Their Pathogenicity

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    Maria Fernanda Miori de Zarzuela

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Some ant species cause severe ecological and health impact in urban areas. Many attempts have been tested to control such species, although they do not always succeed. Biological control is an alternative to chemical control and has gained great prominence in research, and fungi and nematodes are among the successful organisms controlling insects. This study aimed to clarify some questions regarding the biological control of ants. Invasive ant species in Brazil had their nests evaluated for the presence of entomopathogens. Isolated entomopathogens were later applied in colonies of Monomorium floricola under laboratory conditions to evaluate their effectiveness and the behavior of the ant colonies after treatment. The entomopathogenic nematodes Heterorhabditis sp. and Steinernema sp. and the fungi Beauveria bassiana, Metarhizium anisopliae, and Paecilomyces sp. were isolated from the invasive ant nests. M. floricola colonies treated with Steinernema sp. and Heterorhabditis sp. showed a higher mortality of workers than control. The fungus Beauveria bassiana caused higher mortality of M. floricola workers. However, no colony reduction or elimination was observed in any treatment. The defensive behaviors of ants, such as grooming behavior and colony budding, must be considered when using fungi and nematodes for biological control of ants.

  6. The diversity of microorganisms associated with Acromyrmex leafcutter ants

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    Boomsma Jacobus J

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Molecular biological techniques are dramatically changing our view of microbial diversity in almost any environment that has so far been investigated. This study presents a systematic survey of the microbial diversity associated with a population of Acromyrmex leafcutter ants. In contrast to previous studies on social insects, which targeted specific groups of symbionts occurring in the gut (termites, Tetraponera ants or in specialised cells (Camponotus ants the objective of our present study was to do a total screening of all possible micro-organisms that can be found inside the bodies of these leafcutter ants. Results We amplified, cloned and sequenced SSU rRNA encoding gene fragments from 9 microbial groups known to have insect-associated representatives, and show that: (1 representatives of 5 out of 9 tested groups are present, (2 mostly several strains per group are present, adding up to a total of 33 different taxa. We present the microbial taxa associated with Acromymex ants in a phylogenetic context (using sequences from GenBank to assess and illustrate to which known microorganisms they are closely related. The observed microbial diversity is discussed in the light of present knowledge on the evolutionary history of Acromyrmex leafcutter ants and their known mutualistic and parasitic symbionts. Conclusions The major merits of the screening approach documented here is its high sensitivity and specificity, which allowed us to identify several microorganisms that are promising candidates for further study of their interactions with Acromyrmex leafcutter ants or their gardens.

  7. USING ANT COMMUNITIES FOR RAPID ASSESSMENT OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

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    Wike, L; Doug Martin, D; Michael Paller, M; Eric Nelson, E

    2007-01-12

    Ecosystem health with its near infinite number of variables is difficult to measure, and there are many opinions as to which variables are most important, most easily measured, and most robust, Bioassessment avoids the controversy of choosing which physical and chemical parameters to measure because it uses responses of a community of organisms that integrate all aspects of the system in question. A variety of bioassessment methods have been successfully applied to aquatic ecosystems using fish and macroinvertebrate communities. Terrestrial biotic index methods are less developed than those for aquatic systems and we are seeking to address this problem here. This study had as its objective to examine the baseline differences in ant communities at different seral stages from clear cut back to mature pine plantation as a precursor to developing a bioassessment protocol. Comparative sampling was conducted at four seral stages; clearcut, 5 year, 15 year and mature pine plantation stands. Soil and vegetation data were collected at each site. All ants collected were preserved in 70% ethyl alcohol and identified to genus. Analysis of the ant data indicates that ants respond strongly to the habitat changes that accompany ecological succession in managed pine forests and that individual genera as well as ant community structure can be used as an indicator of successional change. Ants exhibited relatively high diversity in both early and mature seral stages. High ant diversity in the mature seral stages was likely related to conditions on the forest floor which favored litter dwelling and cool climate specialists.

  8. Interactions Increase Forager Availability and Activity in Harvester Ants.

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    Full Text Available Social insect colonies use interactions among workers to regulate collective behavior. Harvester ant foragers interact in a chamber just inside the nest entrance, here called the 'entrance chamber'. Previous studies of the activation of foragers in red harvester ants show that an outgoing forager inside the nest experiences an increase in brief antennal contacts before it leaves the nest to forage. Here we compare the interaction rate experienced by foragers that left the nest and ants that did not. We found that ants in the entrance chamber that leave the nest to forage experienced more interactions than ants that descend to the deeper nest without foraging. Additionally, we found that the availability of foragers in the entrance chamber is associated with the rate of forager return. An increase in the rate of forager return leads to an increase in the rate at which ants descend to the deeper nest, which then stimulates more ants to ascend into the entrance chamber. Thus a higher rate of forager return leads to more available foragers in the entrance chamber. The highest density of interactions occurs near the nest entrance and the entrances of the tunnels from the entrance chamber to the deeper nest. Local interactions with returning foragers regulate both the activation of waiting foragers and the number of foragers available to be activated.

  9. Competitive assembly of South Pacific invasive ant communities

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    Sarty Megan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The relative importance of chance and determinism in structuring ecological communities has been debated for nearly a century. Evidence for determinism or assembly rules is often evaluated with null models that randomize the occurrence of species in particular locales. However, analyses of the presence or absence of species ignores the potential influence of species abundances, which have long been considered of major importance on community structure. Here, we test for community assembly rules in ant communities on small islands of the Tokelau archipelago using both presence-absence and abundance data. We conducted three sets of analyses on two spatial scales using three years of sampling data from 39 plots on 11 islands. Results First, traditional null model tests showed support for negative species co-occurrence patterns among plots within islands, but not among islands. A plausible explanation for this result is that analyses at larger spatial scales merge heterogeneous habitats that have considerable effects on species occurrences. Second, analyses of ant abundances showed that samples with high ant abundances had fewer species than expected by chance, both within and among islands. One ant species, the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes, appeared to have a particularly strong effect on community structure correlated with its abundance. Third, abundances of most ant species were inversely correlated with the abundances of all other ants at both spatial scales. This result is consistent with competition theory, which predicts species distributions are affected by diffuse competition with suites of co-occurring species. Conclusion Our results support a pluralistic explanation for ant species abundances and assembly. Both stochastic and deterministic processes interact to determine ant community assembly, though abundance patterns clearly drive the deterministic patterns in this community. These deterministic

  10. Evolution of Fungal enzymes in the attine ant symbiosis

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    de Fine Licht, Henrik Hjarvard; Schiøtt, Morten; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    The attine ant symbiosis is characterized by ancient but varying degrees of diffuse co-evolution between the ants and their fungal cultivars. Domesticated fungi became dependent on vertical transmission by queens and the ant colonies came to rely on their symbiotic fungus for food and thus...... as garden substrate, whereas the more basal genera use leaf litter, insect feces and insect carcasses. We hypothesized that enzyme activity of fungal symbionts has co-evolved with substrate use and we measured enzyme activities of fungus gardens in the field to test this, focusing particularly on plant...... essential for the symbiosis in general, but have contributed specifically to the evolution of the symbiosis....

  11. Comparative studies of the secretome of fungus-growing ants

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    Linde, Tore; Grell, Morten Nedergaard; Schiøtt, Morten

    2009-01-01

    Leafcutter ants of the species Acromyrmex echinatior live in symbiosis with the fungus Leucoagaricus gongylophorus. The ants harvest fragments of leaves and carry them to the nest where they place the material on the fungal colony. The fungus secretes a wide array of proteins to degrade the leaves...... into nutrients that the ants can feed on. The focus of this study is to discover, characterize and compare the secreted proteins. In order to do so cDNA libraries are constructed from mRNA extracted from the fungus material. The most efficient technology to screen cDNA libraries selectively for secreted...

  12. Warehouse stocking optimization based on dynamic ant colony genetic algorithm

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    Xiao, Xiaoxu

    2018-04-01

    In view of the various orders of FAW (First Automotive Works) International Logistics Co., Ltd., the SLP method is used to optimize the layout of the warehousing units in the enterprise, thus the warehouse logistics is optimized and the external processing speed of the order is improved. In addition, the relevant intelligent algorithms for optimizing the stocking route problem are analyzed. The ant colony algorithm and genetic algorithm which have good applicability are emphatically studied. The parameters of ant colony algorithm are optimized by genetic algorithm, which improves the performance of ant colony algorithm. A typical path optimization problem model is taken as an example to prove the effectiveness of parameter optimization.

  13. Ant colony algorithm for clustering in portfolio optimization

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    Subekti, R.; Sari, E. R.; Kusumawati, R.

    2018-03-01

    This research aims to describe portfolio optimization using clustering methods with ant colony approach. Two stock portfolios of LQ45 Indonesia is proposed based on the cluster results obtained from ant colony optimization (ACO). The first portfolio consists of assets with ant colony displacement opportunities beyond the defined probability limits of the researcher, where the weight of each asset is determined by mean-variance method. The second portfolio consists of two assets with the assumption that each asset is a cluster formed from ACO. The first portfolio has a better performance compared to the second portfolio seen from the Sharpe index.

  14. Automating ActionScript Projects with Eclipse and Ant

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    Automating repetitive programming tasks is easier than many Flash/AS3 developers think. With the Ant build tool, the Eclipse IDE, and this concise guide, you can set up your own "ultimate development machine" to code, compile, debug, and deploy projects faster. You'll also get started with versioning systems, such as Subversion and Git. Create a consistent workflow for multiple machines, or even complete departments, with the help of extensive Ant code samples. If you want to work smarter and take your skills to a new level, this book will get you on the road to automation-with Ant. Set up y

  15. The invasion biology and sociogenetics of pharaoh ants

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    Schmidt, Anna Mosegaard

    Social insect colonies perform a number of tasks affecting the environments they live in. Some unintentionally introduced species have attracted the attention of scientists and general public alike when causing a number of changes to the composition and functioning of ecosystems. Such ?invaders...... laboratory lineages, thus building the foundation for future research on the species. In addition, I have started a selection experiment (still ongoing in collaboration with Dr. T. Linksvayer) using pharaoh ants, which is the first time artificial selection is attempted in an ant species. Pharaoh ants have...

  16. Symbiotic mutualism with a community of opportunistic ants: protection, competition, and ant occupancy of the myrmecophyte Barteria nigritana (Passifloraceae)

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    Djiéto-Lordon, Champlain; Dejean, Alain; Gibernau, Marc; Hossaert-McKey, Martine; McKey, Doyle

    2004-10-01

    Barteria nigritana is a myrmecophyte tree of Lower Guinea coastal vegetation. Unlike the more specialised B. fistulosa, which harbours a single host-specific mutualistic ant, B. nigritana is associated with several opportunistic ants. Such symbiotic, yet opportunistic, ant-plant associations have been little studied. On 113 clumps of B. nigritana, we censused ant associates and herbivores and compared herbivory on plants occupied by different ants. In addition to these correlative data, protection conferred by different ant species was compared by herbivore-placement experiments. Identity of ant associate changed predictably over plant ontogeny. Pheidole megacephala was restricted to very small plants; saplings were occupied by either Oecophylla longinoda or Crematogaster sp., and the latter species was the sole occupant of larger trees. Damage by caterpillars of the nymphalid butterfly Acraea zetes accounted for much of the herbivory to leaves. Ant species differed in the protection provided to hosts. While P. megacephala provided no significant protection, plants occupied by O. longinoda and Crematogaster sp. suffered less damage than did unoccupied plants or those occupied by P. megacephala. Furthermore, O. longinoda provided more effective protection than did Crematogaster sp. Herbivore-placement experiments confirmed these results. Workers of O. longinoda killed or removed all larval instars of A. zetes. Crematogaster preyed on only the two first larval instars, and P. megacephala preyed mainly on eggs, only rarely attacking the two first larval instars. Opportunistic ants provided significant protection to this relatively unspecialised myrmecophyte. The usual associate of mature trees was not the species that provided most protection.

  17. Selenium exposure results in reduced reproduction in an invasive ant species and altered competitive behavior for a native ant species

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    De La Riva, Deborah G.; Trumble, John T.

    2016-01-01

    Competitive ability and numerical dominance are important factors contributing to the ability of invasive ant species to establish and expand their ranges in new habitats. However, few studies have investigated the impact of environmental contamination on competitive behavior in ants as a potential factor influencing dynamics between invasive and native ant species. Here we investigated the widespread contaminant selenium to investigate its potential influence on invasion by the exotic Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, through effects on reproduction and competitive behavior. For the fecundity experiment, treatments were provided to Argentine ant colonies via to sugar water solutions containing one of three concentrations of selenium (0, 5 and 10 μg Se mL −1 ) that fall within the range found in soil and plants growing in contaminated areas. Competition experiments included both the Argentine ant and the native Dorymyrmex bicolor to determine the impact of selenium exposure (0 or 15 μg Se mL −1 ) on exploitation- and interference-competition between ant species. The results of the fecundity experiment revealed that selenium negatively impacted queen survival and brood production of Argentine ants. Viability of the developing brood was also affected in that offspring reached adulthood only in colonies that were not given selenium, whereas those in treated colonies died in their larval stages. Selenium exposure did not alter direct competitive behaviors for either species, but selenium exposure contributed to an increased bait discovery time for D. bicolor. Our results suggest that environmental toxins may not only pose problems for native ant species, but may also serve as a potential obstacle for establishment among exotic species. - Highlights: • Argentine ant colonies exposed to selenium had reduced fecundity compared to unexposed colonies. • Viability of offspring was negatively impacted by selenium. • Queen survival was reduced in colonies

  18. The introduction history of invasive garden ants in Europe: integrating genetic, chemical and behavioural approaches

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    Ugelvig, Line; Drijfhout, Falko; Kronauer, Daniel

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The invasive garden ant, Lasius neglectus, is the most recently detected pest ant and the first known invasive ant able to become established and thrive in the temperate regions of Eurasia. In this study, we aim to reconstruct the invasion history of this ant in Europe analysing 14 po...

  19. Stealthy invaders: the biology of Cardiocondyla tramp ants

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    Heinze, J.; Cremer, Sylvia; Eckl, N.

    2006-01-01

    Many invasive ant species, such as the Argentine ant or the red imported fire ant, have huge colonies with thousands of mass-foraging workers, which quickly monopolise resources and therefore represent a considerable threat to the native ant fauna. Cardiocondyla obscurior and several other specie...

  20. FMR measurements in fire ants: evidence of magnetic material

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    Esquivel, Darci M.S.; Acosta-Avalos, Daniel; El-Jaick, Lea J.; Cunha, Alexandra D.M.; Malheiros, Maria G.; Wajnberg, Eliane [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Linhares, Marilia P. [Centro de Ciencias do Estado, do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    Based on the behavioral and the localization of iron-containing tissue fire ants were examined by EPR for magnetic material. Results suggest the presence of magnetite particles. (author) 12 refs., 1 fig.

  1. Disease dynamics in a specialized parasite of ant societies.

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    Sandra B Andersen

    Full Text Available Coevolution between ant colonies and their rare specialized parasites are intriguing, because lethal infections of workers may correspond to tolerable chronic diseases of colonies, but the parasite adaptations that allow stable coexistence with ants are virtually unknown. We explore the trade-offs experienced by Ophiocordyceps parasites manipulating ants into dying in nearby graveyards. We used field data from Brazil and Thailand to parameterize and fit a model for the growth rate of graveyards. We show that parasite pressure is much lower than the abundance of ant cadavers suggests and that hyperparasites often castrate Ophiocordyceps. However, once fruiting bodies become sexually mature they appear robust. Such parasite life-history traits are consistent with iteroparity--a reproductive strategy rarely considered in fungi. We discuss how tropical habitats with high biodiversity of hyperparasites and high spore mortality has likely been crucial for the evolution and maintenance of iteroparity in parasites with low dispersal potential.

  2. Sperm length evolution in the fungus-growing ants

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    Baer, B.; Dijkstra, M. B.; Mueller, U. G.

    2009-01-01

    -growing ants, representing 9 of the 12 recognized genera, and mapped these onto the ant phylogeny. We show that average sperm length across species is highly variable and decreases with mature colony size in basal genera with singly mated queens, suggesting that sperm production or storage constraints affect...... the evolution of sperm length. Sperm length does not decrease further in multiply mating leaf-cutting ants, despite substantial further increases in colony size. In a combined analysis, sexual dimorphism explained 63.1% of the variance in sperm length between species. As colony size was not a significant...... predictor in this analysis, we conclude that sperm production trade-offs in males have been the major selective force affecting sperm length across the fungus-growing ants, rather than storage constraints in females. The relationship between sperm length and sexual dimorphism remained robust...

  3. Myrmeciza and related antbirds (Aves, Formicariidae as army ant followers

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    Edwin O. Willis

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    Full Text Available Antbirds of the genera Myrmeciza (including Sipia and Myrmoborus, Gymnocichla, and Sclateria hop near or on the ground in fairly dense vegetation, "pounding" their tails downward. Where dense understory vegetation is widespread and ants move in it for long distances, certain of these antbirds become regular ant followers: M. immaculata and M. fortis in cluttered moist foothill forest from Costa Rica to upper Amazonia; Gymnocichla nudiceps in moist cluttered second growth of Central America to Colombia. Where the forest understory is more open, Myrmeciza species follow ants mainly in cluttered patches: M. exsul in lowland forest west of the Andes, M. myotherina east of the Andes. Myrmeciza or relatives that specialize on water-edge or very dense zones rarely follow ants.

  4. Ants farm subterranean aphids mostly in single clone groups

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    Ivens, Aniek B.F.; Kronauer, Daniel Jan Christoph; Pen, Ido

    2012-01-01

    mutualisms have been studied in sufficient genetic detail to address these issues, so we decided to characterize symbiont diversity in the complex mutualism between multiple root aphid species and Lasius flavus ants. After showing elsewhere that three of these aphid species have low dispersal and mostly...... if not exclusively asexual reproduction, we here investigate aphid diversity within and between ant nest mounds. Results The three focal species (Geoica utricularia, Forda marginata and Tetraneura ulmi) had considerable clonal diversity at the population level. Yet more than half of the ant mounds contained just....... The ants appear to eat most of the early instar aphids, so that adult aphids are unlikely to face limited phloem resources and scramble competition with other aphids. We suggest that such culling of carbohydrate-providing symbionts for protein ingestion may maintain maximal host yield per aphid while also...

  5. Ant groups optimally amplify the effect of transiently informed individuals

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    Gelblum, Aviram; Pinkoviezky, Itai; Fonio, Ehud; Ghosh, Abhijit; Gov, Nir; Feinerman, Ofer

    2015-07-01

    To cooperatively transport a large load, it is important that carriers conform in their efforts and align their forces. A downside of behavioural conformism is that it may decrease the group's responsiveness to external information. Combining experiment and theory, we show how ants optimize collective transport. On the single-ant scale, optimization stems from decision rules that balance individuality and compliance. Macroscopically, these rules poise the system at the transition between random walk and ballistic motion where the collective response to the steering of a single informed ant is maximized. We relate this peak in response to the divergence of susceptibility at a phase transition. Our theoretical models predict that the ant-load system can be transitioned through the critical point of this mesoscopic system by varying its size; we present experiments supporting these predictions. Our findings show that efficient group-level processes can arise from transient amplification of individual-based knowledge.

  6. Florida alternative NTCIP testing software (ANTS) for actuated signal controllers.

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    2009-01-01

    The scope of this research project did include the development of a software tool to test devices for NTCIP compliance. Development of the Florida Alternative NTCIP Testing Software (ANTS) was developed by the research team due to limitations found w...

  7. Novel fungal disease in complex leaf-cutting ant societies

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    Hughes, David Peter; Evans, Harry C.; Hywel-Jones, Nigel

    2009-01-01

    1. The leaf-cutting ants practise an advanced system of mycophagy where they grow a fungus as a food source. As a consequence of parasite threats to their crops, they have evolved a system of morphological, behavioural, and chemical defences, particularly against fungal pathogens (mycopathogens). 2....... Specific fungal diseases of the leaf-cutting ants themselves have not been described, possibly because broad spectrum anti-fungal defences against mycopathogens have reduced their susceptibility to entomopathogens. 3. Using morphological and molecular tools, the present study documents three rare infection...... events of Acromyrmex and Atta leaf-cutting ants by Ophiocordyceps fungi, agenus of entomopathogens that is normally highly specific in its host choice. 4. As leaf-cutting ants have been intensively studied, the absence of prior records of Ophiocordyceps suggests that these infections may be a novel event...

  8. Heavy metal pollution disturbs immune response in wild ant populations

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    Sorvari, Jouni; Rantala, Liisa M.; Rantala, Markus J.; Hakkarainen, Harri; Eeva, Tapio

    2007-01-01

    Concern about the effects of environmental contaminants on immune function in both humans and wildlife is growing and practically nothing is known about this impact on terrestrial invertebrates, even though they are known to easily accumulate pollutants. We studied the effect of industrial heavy metal contamination on immune defense of a free-living wood ant (Formica aquilonia). To find out whether ants show an adapted immune function in a polluted environment, we compared encapsulation responses between local and translocated colonies. Local colonies showed higher heavy metal levels than the translocated ones but the encapsulation response was similar between the two groups, indicating that the immune system of local ants has not adapted to high contamination level. The encapsulation response was elevated in moderate whereas suppressed in high heavy metal levels suggesting higher risk for infections in heavily polluted areas. - Heavy metal pollution affects immune function in ants

  9. Ant colony search algorithm for optimal reactive power optimization

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    Lenin K.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an (ACSA Ant colony search Algorithm for Optimal Reactive Power Optimization and voltage control of power systems. ACSA is a new co-operative agents’ approach, which is inspired by the observation of the behavior of real ant colonies on the topic of ant trial formation and foraging methods. Hence, in the ACSA a set of co-operative agents called "Ants" co-operates to find good solution for Reactive Power Optimization problem. The ACSA is applied for optimal reactive power optimization is evaluated on standard IEEE, 30, 57, 191 (practical test bus system. The proposed approach is tested and compared to genetic algorithm (GA, Adaptive Genetic Algorithm (AGA.

  10. application of ant colony optimisation in distribution transformer sizing

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    Keywords: ant colony, optimization, transformer sizing, distribution transformer. 1. INTRODUCTION ... more intensive pheromone and higher probability to be chosen [12]. ..... pp.29-41, 1996. [7] EC global market place, “Technical Parameters”,.

  11. Prevenção E Controle Da Infecção Hospitalar: As Interfaces Com O Processo De Formação Do Trabalhador

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    Eliana de Azambuja Pinho

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se pretende, com este abordaje teórico-reflexivo sobre el tema: infección hospitalaria, despertar en los trabajadores del área de la salud, la necesidad de que las acciones de la prevención y el control de las infecciones hospitalarias instituidas, sean incorporadas a su quehacer cotidiano, para que sea posible una reducción de las tazas de infección hospitalar en el Brasil, las cuales se encuentran encima de la media mundial. Para que suceda la adesión de los trabajadores a las acciones de prevención y control de las infecciones, el proceso de formación y la educación del trabajador debe formar parte de la organización del trabajo en la salud. Es a través de la producción y reproducción continua de conocimientos y de su aplicación, en la práctica cotidiana, que la adesión individual y colectiva de los trabajadores se realiza, conduziendo a la mejoría de la calidad de vida de los pacientes/clientes, a través de la reducción de la incidencia y la gravedad de las infecciones hospitalares

  12. Contribuições da educação profissional em saúde à formação para o trabalho em classes hospitalares

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    Alessandra Santana Soares e Barros

    Full Text Available Neste artigo discute-se a capacitação de pedagogos e professores para o trabalho em classes hospitalares a partir da reafirmação do caráter multidisciplinar do campo do conhecimento, de onde emanam as práticas e saberes necessários à formação qualificada destes profissionais. Nesta perspectiva, a proposta apresentada aponta, em especial, a grande proximidade existente entre os desafios da formação de pessoal técnico e de nível médio do setor de saúde e aquele da formação de professores para classes hospitalares. A contribuição específica e inovadora deste artigo está, ainda, na sugestão de uma estratégia de ensino-aprendizagem baseada na utilização de narrativas literárias sobre saúde e doença - as chamadas Narrativas em Medicina. As propostas aqui sugeridas não estão detalhadas operacionalmente. Diga-se, também, que foram pensadas para atender a demandas de educação profissional continuada, ou seja, se prestariam prioritariamente a professoras em serviço, o que não impede, contudo, suas adaptações para os contextos dos cursos superiores de Pedagogia e Licenciaturas.

  13. Eficiência/desempenho hospitalar e resultados da gestão de recursos humanos – uma aproximação possível?

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    Júnia Marçal Rodrigues

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    Full Text Available O principal objetivo dessa discussão teórica foi verificar em que medida a Gestão de Recursos Humanos (GRH contribui para o desempenho de hospitais na perspectiva da eficiência. A revisão de literatura tratou da inserção da eficiência como uma das possibilidades de avaliar o desempenho hospitalar. E também das prerrogativas para mensurar a contribuição de Recursos Humanos (RH em organizações industriais e de saúde. Considerando esses objetivos iniciais foi feito um apanhado da literatura para identificar quais são as métricas usualmente utilizadas para tecer uma aproximação entre a gestão de recursos humanos e o desempenho de instituições hospitalares. Os indicadores levantados podem servir de ponto de partida para a elaboração de iniciativas dedicadas ao monitoramento de ações de gestão de recursos humanos na saúde.

  14. Mães/acompanhantes de crianças com câncer: apreensão da cultura hospitalar

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    Rosana Fidelis Coelho Vieira

    Full Text Available Resumo Objetivos: Analisar a apreensão da cultura hospitalar pelas mães/acompanhantes e discutir a construção dos sistemas simbólicos pelas mães e suas implicações para a prática de enfermagem pediátrica. Métodos: Trata-se de um estudo qualitativo. Doze mães que acompanhavam seus filhos internados com câncer na Unidade de Tratamento Intensivo Pediátrico participaram da entrevista não diretiva em grupo. O referencial teórico está vinculado ao conceito de cultura de Clifford Geertz e os dados foram submetidos a análise temática. Resultados: As mães estabelecem interação no hospital, adquirem conhecimentos técnicos e terminologias científicas e apreendem os cuidados resgatando sua autonomia com a criança hospitalizada. Constroem símbolos significantes como: liderança, tomada de decisões e busca de informações. Conclusão: O câncer torna as mães/acompanhantes fortes o suficiente para criar sistemas simbólicos que as ajudam a sobreviver no cenário hospitalar. A equipe de enfermagem deve ajudar essas mães a resgatarem sua autonomia.

  15. Fluid intake rates in ants correlate with their feeding habits.

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    Paul, J; Roces, F

    2003-04-01

    This study investigates the techniques of nectar feeding in 11 different ant species, and quantitatively compares fluid intake rates over a wide range of nectar concentrations in four species that largely differ in their feeding habits. Ants were observed to employ two different techniques for liquid food intake, in which the glossa works either as a passive duct-like structure (sucking), or as an up- and downwards moving shovel (licking). The technique employed for collecting fluids at ad libitum food sources was observed to be species-specific and to correlate with the presence or absence of a well-developed crop in the species under scrutiny. Workers of ponerine ants licked fluid food during foraging and transported it as a droplet between their mandibles, whereas workers of species belonging to phylogenetically more advanced subfamilies, with a crop capable of storing liquids, sucked the fluid food, such as formicine ants of the genus Camponotus. In order to evaluate the performance of fluid collection during foraging, intake rates for sucrose solutions of different concentrations were measured in four ant species that differ in their foraging ecology. Scaling functions between fluid intake rates and ant size were first established for the polymorphic species, so as to compare ants of different size across species. Results showed that fluid intake rate depended, as expected and previously reported in the literature, on sugar concentration and the associated fluid viscosity. It also depended on both the species-specific feeding technique and the extent of specialization on foraging on liquid food. For similarly-sized ants, workers of two nectar-feeding ant species, Camponotus rufipes (Formicinae) and Pachycondyla villosa (Ponerinae), collected fluids with the highest intake rates, while workers of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens (Myrmicinae) and a predatory ant from the Rhytidoponera impressa-complex (Ponerinae) did so with the lowest rate. Calculating the

  16. Climatic warming destabilizes forest ant communities.

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    Diamond, Sarah E; Nichols, Lauren M; Pelini, Shannon L; Penick, Clint A; Barber, Grace W; Cahan, Sara Helms; Dunn, Robert R; Ellison, Aaron M; Sanders, Nathan J; Gotelli, Nicholas J

    2016-10-01

    How will ecological communities change in response to climate warming? Direct effects of temperature and indirect cascading effects of species interactions are already altering the structure of local communities, but the dynamics of community change are still poorly understood. We explore the cumulative effects of warming on the dynamics and turnover of forest ant communities that were warmed as part of a 5-year climate manipulation experiment at two sites in eastern North America. At the community level, warming consistently increased occupancy of nests and decreased extinction and nest abandonment. This consistency was largely driven by strong responses of a subset of thermophilic species at each site. As colonies of thermophilic species persisted in nests for longer periods of time under warmer temperatures, turnover was diminished, and species interactions were likely altered. We found that dynamical (Lyapunov) community stability decreased with warming both within and between sites. These results refute null expectations of simple temperature-driven increases in the activity and movement of thermophilic ectotherms. The reduction in stability under warming contrasts with the findings of previous studies that suggest resilience of species interactions to experimental and natural warming. In the face of warmer, no-analog climates, communities of the future may become increasingly fragile and unstable.

  17. Recognition in ants: social origin matters.

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    Joël Meunier

    Full Text Available The ability of group members to discriminate against foreigners is a keystone in the evolution of sociality. In social insects, colony social structure (number of queens is generally thought to influence abilities of resident workers to discriminate between nestmates and non-nestmates. However, whether social origin of introduced individuals has an effect on their acceptance in conspecific colonies remains poorly explored. Using egg-acceptance bioassays, we tested the influence of social origin of queen-laid eggs on their acceptance by foreign workers in the ant Formica selysi. We showed that workers from both single- and multiple-queen colonies discriminated against foreign eggs from single-queen colonies, whereas they surprisingly accepted foreign eggs from multiple-queen colonies. Chemical analyses then demonstrated that social origins of eggs and workers could be discriminated on the basis of their chemical profiles, a signal generally involved in nestmate discrimination. These findings provide the first evidence in social insects that social origins of eggs interfere with nestmate discrimination and are encoded by chemical signatures.

  18. Nasa's Ant-Inspired Swarmie Robots

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    Leucht, Kurt W.

    2016-01-01

    As humans push further beyond the grasp of earth, robotic missions in advance of human missions will play an increasingly important role. These robotic systems will find and retrieve valuable resources as part of an in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) strategy. They will need to be highly autonomous while maintaining high task performance levels. NASA Kennedy Space Center has teamed up with the Biological Computation Lab at the University of New Mexico to create a swarm of small, low-cost, autonomous robots to be used as a ground-based research platform for ISRU missions. The behavior of the robot swarm mimics the central-place foraging strategy of ants to find and collect resources in a previously unmapped environment and return those resources to a central site. This talk will guide the audience through the Swarmie robot project from its conception by students in a New Mexico research lab to its robot trials in an outdoor parking lot at NASA. The software technologies and techniques used on the project will be discussed, as well as various challenges and solutions that were encountered by the development team along the way.

  19. Carbohydrate supply limits invasion of natural communities by Argentine ants.

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    Rowles, Alexei D; Silverman, Jules

    2009-08-01

    The ability of species to invade new habitats is often limited by various biotic and physical factors or interactions between the two. Invasive ants, frequently associated with human activities, flourish in disturbed urban and agricultural environments. However, their ability to invade and establish in natural habitats is more variable. This is particularly so for the invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). While biotic resistance and low soil moisture limits their invasion of natural habitats in some instances, the effect of food availability has been poorly explored. We conducted field experiments to determine if resource availability limits the spread and persistence of Argentine ants in remnant natural forest in North Carolina. Replicated transects paired with and without sucrose solution feeding stations were run from invaded urban edges into forest remnants and compared over time using baits and direct counts at feeding stations. Repeated under different timing regimes in 2006 and 2007, access to sucrose increased local Argentine ant abundances (1.6-2.5 fold) and facilitated their progression into the forest up to 73 +/- 21% of 50-m transects. Resource removal caused an expected decrease in Argentine ant densities in 2006, in conjunction with their retreat to the urban/forest boundary. However, in 2007, Argentine ant numbers unexpectedly continued to increase in the absence of sugar stations, possibly through access to alternative resources or conditions not available the previous year such as honeydew-excreting Hemiptera. Our results showed that supplementing carbohydrate supply facilitates invasion of natural habitat by Argentine ants. This is particularly evident where Argentine ants continued to thrive following sugar station removal.

  20. Hybridization in East African swarm-raiding army ants

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    Kronauer, Daniel Jc; Peters, Marcell K; Schöning, Caspar

    2011-01-01

    Hybridization can have complex effects on evolutionary dynamics in ants because of the combination of haplodiploid sex-determination and eusociality. While hybrid non-reproductive workers have been found in a range of species, examples of gene-flow via hybrid queens and males are rare. We studied...... hybridization in East African army ants (Dorylus subgenus Anomma) using morphology, mitochondrial DNA sequences, and nuclear microsatellites....

  1. An Improved Ant Colony Matching by Using Discrete Curve Evolution

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    Saadi, Younes; Sari, Eka,; Herawan, Tutut

    2014-01-01

    Part 1: Information & Communication Technology-EurAsia Conference 2014, ICT-EurAsia 2014; International audience; In this paper we present an improved Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) for contour matching, which can be used to match 2D shapes. Discrete Curve Evolution (DCE) technique is used to simplify the extracted contour. In order to find the best correspondence between shapes, the match process is formulated as a Quadratic Assignment Problem (QAP) and resolved by using Ant Colony Optimizati...

  2. Behavior of ergatoid males in the ant, Cardiocondyla nuda

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    Heinze, Jürgen; Künholz, S.; Schilder, K.; Hölldobler, B.

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    Ergatoid males of the ant, Cardiocondyla nuda, attack and frequently kill young males during or shortly after eclosion. Smaller colonies therefore contain typically only one adult male, which may inseminate all alate queens which are reared in the colony over a few weeks. In larger colonies, several males may be present, however, fighting among adult males was not observed. We discuss the significance of male fighting behavior in ants.

  3. Conflito na gestão hospitalar: o papel da liderança Hospital management conflict: the leadership role

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    Mariana Vendemiatti

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo contextualiza o processo de profissionalização da gestão hospitalar e destaca os desafios para a atuação das lideranças para lidar com a dimensão do conflito existente entre as subculturas médica, de enfermagem e administrativa. Trata-se de pesquisa descritiva, quanto aos fins, e pesquisa de campo, quanto aos meios, e os instrumentos de investigação foram observação participante e entrevista. A amostra envolveu trinta profissionais da organização. Os dados indicam que os conflitos entre as subculturas são derivados das formas de controle do trabalho, divergência de interesses e desigualdade de tratamento social. Nesse sentido, a atuação da liderança deve deslocar-se de uma perspectiva do comando e controle para outra mais subjetiva, como a construção de relações de confiança, a mediação ou ainda a atribuição de significado para a ação dos liderados. A ênfase do processo de gestão estaria apoiada na construção de relações de alteridade, entre sujeitos, orientada por processos de diálogo e negociação.This study analyzes the context of the hospital management professionalization process showing as the main challenges the leadership role to solve the conflict between the doctor, the nurse and the administrative sub-culture. This is a descriptive research and a field investigation based on the survey tools with interview and observation of thirty professionals from the hospital. The results show that the conflict between the various kinds of activities is derivate from the control rules within the hospital, the difference of social assistance and individual values. The conclusion points the need to change the leadership focus from total control to a more flexible kind of management, with emphasis in the dialog and negotiation between these activities in a hospital.

  4. Incidência de cefaléia em uma comunidade hospitalar Headache incidence in a hospital community

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    VIVIANE H. FLUMIGNAN ZÉTOLA

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    Full Text Available O objetivo foi determinar em um grupo de pessoas de uma comunidade hospitalar a incidência de cefaléia e para esta a frequência, principais características e investigações médicas mais solicitadas. Utilizamos a combinação de questionário e entrevista. Do total de 1006 fichas aleatoriamente preenchidas, 987 pessoas responderam corretamente aos quesitos e destas 380 (38,5% eram portadoras de cefaléia. Baseados na Classificação Internacional de Cefaléia dividimos os portadores em dois principais grupos, a migrânea e a cefaléia do tipo tensional. As demais foram agrupadas num terceiro grupo. A idade média foi 31,18 anos, com predomínio do sexo feminino em todos os tipos de cefaléia. A presença de história familiar foi positiva em 76,8% dos entrevistados. As características mais frequentes foram: localização frontal, tipo pulsátil e intensidade moderada. O principal fator desencadeante foi o estresse. A procura de acompanhamento médico deu-se em 41,3% dos portadores. Destes, aproximadamente 56% consultaram um clínico geral, 23% consultaram um neurologista e 21% procuraram outras especialidades. O RX de crânio foi o exame mais solicitado pelos generalistas e o eletrencefalograma pelos neurologistas. A tomografia computadorizada do crânio não foi solicitada com frequênciaThe purpose was to describe the main features of headache incidence in a hospital community, its frequency and the most requested medical investigation. Due to the stressful work environment, hospital is considered to hold a high-risk population. Interviews and questionnaires were utilized. Of a 1006 files, which were randomly filled out, 987 could be analyzed. Of all, 38,5% were from headache sufferers. By using a table of pain symptoms taken from the International Headache Society classification as a pattern, headaches were assigned as migraine, tension-type and other. The mean age was 31.18 and the frequency in females was higher than in males, at any

  5. Trail Pheromone Disruption of Argentine Ant Trail Formation and Foraging

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    Suckling, D.M.; Peck, R.W.; Stringer, L.D.; Snook, K.; Banko, P.C.

    2010-01-01

    Trail pheromone disruption of invasive ants is a novel tactic that builds on the development of pheromone-based pest management in other insects. Argentine ant trail pheromone, (Z)-9-hexadecenal, was formulated as a micro-encapsulated sprayable particle and applied against Argentine ant populations in 400 m2 field plots in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. A widely dispersed point source strategy for trail pheromone disruption was used. Traffic rates of ants in bioassays of treated filter paper, protected from rainfall and sunlight, indicated the presence of behaviorally significant quantities of pheromone being released from the formulation for up to 59 days. The proportion of plots, under trade wind conditions (2-3 m s-1), with visible trails was reduced for up to 14 days following treatment, and the number of foraging ants at randomly placed tuna-bait cards was similarly reduced. The success of these trail pheromone disruption trials in a natural ecosystem highlights the potential of this method for control of invasive ant species in this and other environments. ?? Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.

  6. No sex in fungus-farming ants or their crops.

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    Himler, Anna G; Caldera, Eric J; Baer, Boris C; Fernández-Marín, Hermógenes; Mueller, Ulrich G

    2009-07-22

    Asexual reproduction imposes evolutionary handicaps on asexual species, rendering them prone to extinction, because asexual reproduction generates novel genotypes and purges deleterious mutations at lower rates than sexual reproduction. Here, we report the first case of complete asexuality in ants, the fungus-growing ant Mycocepurus smithii, where queens reproduce asexually but workers are sterile, which is doubly enigmatic because the clonal colonies of M. smithii also depend on clonal fungi for food. Degenerate female mating anatomy, extensive field and laboratory surveys, and DNA fingerprinting implicate complete asexuality in this widespread ant species. Maternally inherited bacteria (e.g. Wolbachia, Cardinium) and the fungal cultivars can be ruled out as agents inducing asexuality. M. smithii societies of clonal females provide a unique system to test theories of parent-offspring conflict and reproductive policing in social insects. Asexuality of both ant farmer and fungal crop challenges traditional views proposing that sexual farmer ants outpace coevolving sexual crop pathogens, and thus compensate for vulnerabilities of their asexual crops. Either the double asexuality of both farmer and crop may permit the host to fully exploit advantages of asexuality for unknown reasons or frequent switching between crops (symbiont reassociation) generates novel ant-fungus combinations, which may compensate for any evolutionary handicaps of asexuality in M. smithii.

  7. [Ants as carriers of microorganisms in hospital environments].

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    Pereira, Rogério Dos Santos; Ueno, Mariko

    2008-01-01

    Concern exists regarding the real possibility of public health threats caused by pathogenic agents that are carried by urban ants. The present study had the objective of isolating and identifying the microorganisms that are associated with ants in hospital environments. One hundred and twenty-five ants of the same species were collected from different units of a university hospital. Each ant was collected using a swab soaked with physiological solution and was transferred to a tube containing brain heart infusion broth and incubated at 35 degrees C for 24 hours. From each tube, with growth, inoculations were made into specific culturing media, to isolate any microorganisms. The ants presented a high capacity for carrying microorganism groups: spore-producing Gram-positive bacilli 63.5%, Gram-negative bacilli 6.3%, Gram-positive cocci 23.1%, filamentous fungi 6.7% and yeast 0.5%. Thus, it can be inferred that ants may be one of the agents responsible for disseminating microorganisms in hospital environments.

  8. Species-Specific Effects of Ant Inhabitants on Bromeliad Nutrition.

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    Ana Z Gonçalves

    Full Text Available Predator activities may lead to the accumulation of nutrients in specific areas of terrestrial habitats where they dispose of prey carcasses. In their feeding sites, predators may increase nutrient availability in the soil and favor plant nutrition and growth. However, the translocation of nutrients from one habitat to another may depend on predator identity and diet, as well as on the amount of prey intake. Here we used isotopic (15N and physiological methods in greenhouse experiments to evaluate the effects of the identity of predatory ants (i.e., the consumption of prey and nest sites on the nutrition and growth of the bromeliad Quesnelia arvensis. We showed that predatory ants with protein-based nutrition (i.e., Odontomachus hastatus, Gnamptogenys moelleri improved the performance of their host bromeliads (i.e., increased foliar N, production of soluble proteins and growth. On the other hand, the contribution of Camponotus crassus for the nutritional status of bromeliads did not differ from bromeliads without ants, possibly because this ant does not have arthropod prey as a preferred food source. Our results show, for the first time, that predatory ants can translocate nutrients from one habitat to another within forests, accumulating nutrients in their feeding sites that become available to bromeliads. Additionally, we highlight that ant contribution to plant nutrition may depend on predator identity and its dietary requirements. Nest debris may be especially important for epiphytic and terrestrial bromeliads in nutrient-poor environments.

  9. Reaction of mutualistic and granivorous ants to ulex elaiosome chemicals.

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    Gammans, Nicola; Bullock, James M; Gibbons, Hannah; Schönrogge, Karsten

    2006-09-01

    It has been proposed that chemicals on plant elaiosomes aid seed detection by seed-dispersing ants. We hypothesized that the chemical interaction between ants and elaiosomes is more intimate than a generic attraction, and that elaiosome chemicals will attract mutualistic but not granivorous ant species. We investigated this by using two gorse species, Ulex minor and U. europaeus, and two associated ant species from European heathlands, the mutualist Myrmica ruginodis and the granivore Tetramorium caespitum. Behavioral studies were conducted with laboratory nests and foraging arenas. Both ants will take Ulex seeds, but while M. ruginodis showed increased antennation toward ether extracts of elaiosome surface chemicals compared with controls, T. caespitum showed no response. Elaiosome extracts were separated into seven lipid fractions. M. ruginodis showed increased antennation only toward the diglyceride fractions of both Ulex species, whereas T. caespitum showed no consistent reaction. This indicates that M. ruginodis can detect the elaiosome by responding to its surface chemicals, but T. caespitum is unresponsive to these chemicals. Responses to surface chemicals could increase the rate of seed detection in the field, and so these results suggest that Ulex elaiosomes produce chemicals that facilitate attraction of mutualistic rather than granivorous ant species. This could reduce seed predation and increase Ulex fitness.

  10. Aversive learning of odor-heat associations in ants.

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    Desmedt, Lucie; Baracchi, David; Devaud, Jean-Marc; Giurfa, Martin; d'Ettorre, Patrizia

    2017-12-15

    Ants have recently emerged as useful models for the study of olfactory learning. In this framework, the development of a protocol for the appetitive conditioning of the maxilla-labium extension response (MaLER) provided the possibility of studying Pavlovian odor-food learning in a controlled environment. Here we extend these studies by introducing the first Pavlovian aversive learning protocol for harnessed ants in the laboratory. We worked with carpenter ants Camponotus aethiops and first determined the capacity of different temperatures applied to the body surface to elicit the typical aversive mandible opening response (MOR). We determined that 75°C is the optimal temperature to induce MOR and chose the hind legs as the stimulated body region because of their high sensitivity. We then studied the ability of ants to learn and remember odor-heat associations using 75°C as the unconditioned stimulus. We studied learning and short-term retention after absolute (one odor paired with heat) and differential conditioning (a punished odor versus an unpunished odor). Our results show that ants successfully learn the odor-heat association under a differential-conditioning regime and thus exhibit a conditioned MOR to the punished odor. Yet, their performance under an absolute-conditioning regime is poor. These results demonstrate that ants are capable of aversive learning and confirm previous findings about the different attentional resources solicited by differential and absolute conditioning in general. © 2017. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  11. Competence of Litter Ants for Rapid Biodiversity Assessments

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    T. H. Saumya E. Silva

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid Biodiversity Assessment approaches associated with focusing taxa have overcome many of the problems related to large scale surveys. This study examined the suitability of litter ants as a focusing taxon by checking whether diversity and species assemblages of litter ants reflect the overall picture of arthropod diversity and assemblages in leaf litter in two vegetation types: secondary forest and pine plantation in Upper Hanthana forest reserve, Sri Lanka. In each vegetation type, arthropods were sampled using three sampling methods (Winkler extraction, hand collection, and pitfall traps along three 100 m line transects. From the two sites, 1887 litter ants (34 species and 3488 litter arthropods (52 species were collected. Species assemblages composition of both ants and other arthropods differed significantly between the two sites (ANOSIM, p=0.001 with both groups generating distinct clusters for the two sites (SIMPROF, p=0.001. But there was no significant correlation (p>0.05 between abundance and richness of litter ants and those of other arthropods in both vegetation types. The overall finding suggests that the litter ants do not reflect the holistic picture of arthropod diversity and assemblages in leaf litter, but the quality of the habitat for the survival of all litter arthropods.

  12. Water stress strengthens mutualism among ants, trees, and scale insects.

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    Elizabeth G Pringle

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Abiotic environmental variables strongly affect the outcomes of species interactions. For example, mutualistic interactions between species are often stronger when resources are limited. The effect might be indirect: water stress on plants can lead to carbon stress, which could alter carbon-mediated plant mutualisms. In mutualistic ant-plant symbioses, plants host ant colonies that defend them against herbivores. Here we show that the partners' investments in a widespread ant-plant symbiosis increase with water stress across 26 sites along a Mesoamerican precipitation gradient. At lower precipitation levels, Cordia alliodora trees invest more carbon in Azteca ants via phloem-feeding scale insects that provide the ants with sugars, and the ants provide better defense of the carbon-producing leaves. Under water stress, the trees have smaller carbon pools. A model of the carbon trade-offs for the mutualistic partners shows that the observed strategies can arise from the carbon costs of rare but extreme events of herbivory in the rainy season. Thus, water limitation, together with the risk of herbivory, increases the strength of a carbon-based mutualism.

  13. An invasive slug exploits an ant-seed dispersal mutualism.

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    Meadley Dunphy, Shannon A; Prior, Kirsten M; Frederickson, Megan E

    2016-05-01

    Plant-animal mutualisms, such as seed dispersal, are often vulnerable to disruption by invasive species. Here, we show for the first time how a non-ant invasive species negatively affects seed dispersal by ants. We examined the effects of several animal species that co-occur in a temperate deciduous forest-including native and invasive seed-dispersing ants (Aphaenogaster rudis and Myrmica rubra, respectively), an invasive slug (Arion subfuscus), and native rodents-on a native myrmecochorous plant, Asarum canadense. We experimentally manipulated ant, slug, and rodent access to seed depots and measured seed removal. We also video-recorded depots to determine which other taxa interact with seeds. We found that A. rudis was the main disperser of seeds and that A. subfuscus consumed elaiosomes without dispersing seeds. Rodent visitation was rare, and rodent exclusion had no significant effect on seed or elaiosome removal. We then used data obtained from laboratory and field mesocosm experiments to determine how elaiosome robbing by A. subfuscus affects seed dispersal by A. rudis and M. rubra. We found that elaiosome robbing by slugs reduced seed dispersal by ants, especially in mesocosms with A. rudis, which picks up seeds more slowly than M. rubra. Taken together, our results show that elaiosome robbing by an invasive slug reduces seed dispersal by ants, suggesting that invasive slugs can have profound negative effects on seed dispersal mutualisms.

  14. Water stress strengthens mutualism among ants, trees, and scale insects.

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    Pringle, Elizabeth G; Akçay, Erol; Raab, Ted K; Dirzo, Rodolfo; Gordon, Deborah M

    2013-11-01

    Abiotic environmental variables strongly affect the outcomes of species interactions. For example, mutualistic interactions between species are often stronger when resources are limited. The effect might be indirect: water stress on plants can lead to carbon stress, which could alter carbon-mediated plant mutualisms. In mutualistic ant-plant symbioses, plants host ant colonies that defend them against herbivores. Here we show that the partners' investments in a widespread ant-plant symbiosis increase with water stress across 26 sites along a Mesoamerican precipitation gradient. At lower precipitation levels, Cordia alliodora trees invest more carbon in Azteca ants via phloem-feeding scale insects that provide the ants with sugars, and the ants provide better defense of the carbon-producing leaves. Under water stress, the trees have smaller carbon pools. A model of the carbon trade-offs for the mutualistic partners shows that the observed strategies can arise from the carbon costs of rare but extreme events of herbivory in the rainy season. Thus, water limitation, together with the risk of herbivory, increases the strength of a carbon-based mutualism.

  15. UTILIZAÇÃO DA BUCHA VEGETAL DE CURCUBITÁCEA COMO MATERIAL SUPORTE EM REATOR ANAERÓBIO DE LEITO FIXO / USE OF CUCURBITACEOUS BUSH AS SUPPORT MATERIAL IN ANAEROBIC FIXED BED REACTOR

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    T. B. Magassy

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    Full Text Available Este projeto avaliou o desempenho de um sistema para tratamento de esgoto sanitário operando de modo contínuo e sem recirculação da fase líquida. O trabalho se diferencia por utilizar a bucha vegetal de curcubitácea como material suporte do reator, pouco estudada para essa finalidade de tratamento biológico de efluentes. Esse material se caracteriza por ser leve, barato e facilmente encontrado na região do alto sertão alagoano, além de ser integralmente natural e com características favoráveis à imobilização de biomassa. A bucha curcubitácea vem se mostrando bastante eficiente para o tratamento de efluentes líquidos, relacionando os conceitos de sustentabilidade e eficiência. Foi utilizado um reator anaeróbio, em escala de bancada, de leito fixo e fluxo contínuo de escoamento ascendente. O desempenho do sistema foi avaliado em três diferentes tempos de detenção hidráulica (TDH, 8, 6 e 4 horas. Os valores efluentes médios para nitrogênio amoniacal foram de 22,71 mg N/L; 27,97 mg N/L; e 32,40 mg N/L para tempos de detenção hidráulica (TDH, 8, 6 e 4 horas, respectivamente. Em termos de remoção de matéria orgânica representada pela DQO, o reator apresentou eficiência média de 73,0%, 59,7% e 64,0% para cada tempo estudado. Nesta pesquisa, foi desenvolvido um sistema de tratamento de esgoto sanitário estável, confiável e eficiente, em escala de bancada (experimental, baseado nos princípios do tratamento de efluentes por via biológica.

  16. Efeito da temperatura sobre a composição físico-química e compostos bioativos de farinha de taro obtida em leito de jorro

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    Deise Souza de Castro

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    Full Text Available Resumo A produção de farinhas a partir de frutas, hortaliças e de tubérculos não convencionais para esse processo vem sendo estudada como uma alternativa de produção de alimentos. Dentre os tubérculos, tem-se o taro, o qual pode ser consumido de várias maneiras: cozido, em forma de purê, como ingrediente para sopas e ensopados e em forma de farinha. Desta forma, objetivou-se com este trabalho estudar o processo de secagem por atomização do taro, em leito de jorro, sob diferentes temperaturas e avaliar a influência de condições operacionais no rendimento e na qualidade do produto após sua secagem. As análises físico-químicas realizadas no produto in natura e nas farinhas foram: teor de água, pH, acidez total titulável e ácido ascórbico total, atividade de água (25°C e cor, além de compostos fenólicos e flavonoides. As farinhas obtidas apresentaram vitamina C variando de 0,05 a 0,17 mg/100g, compostos fenólicos variando de 4,42 a 5,60 mg/100 g e quantidade de flavonoides de 1,05 a 4,30 µg/100 g, tornando-as alimentos fonte de compostos bioativos, os quais podem ser adicionados na elaboração de outros produtos ou inseridos na dieta humana. Conclui-se que a farinha obtida sob a temperatura de 90°C apresentou os maiores conteúdos de vitamina C, porém as farinhas obtidas sob as temperaturas de 70 °C e 80 °C possuem pH próximo da neutralidade, além do teor de água em porcentagem reduzida prolongar a vida de prateleira do produto.

  17. Influência do ácido indolbutírico no enraizamento de alecrim-pimenta (Lippia sidoides em leito com umidade controlada Influence of indolebutyric acid on "alecrim-pimenta" (Lippia sidoides rooting bed under controlled humidity

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    L.S. Figueiredo

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    Full Text Available A espécie Lippia sidoides (Verbenaceae é conhecida no Brasil como alecrim-pimenta, um arbusto típico da vegetação do nordeste brasileiro. Este trabalho foi realizado no Instituto de Ciências Agrárias da UFMG, em Montes Claros, Brasil, com a finalidade de estudar a propagação vegetativa do alecrim-pimenta em leito de enraizamento com umidade controlada. Estacas da planta foram submetidas às seguintes concentrações de ácido indolbutírico (IBA: 0, 250, 500, 750 e 1000 mg L-1 durante 24 horas. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento inteiramente casualizado (DIC com cinco repetições, sendo dez estacas por repetição. Após 45 dias de implantação foram avaliados o número de raízes, o número de brotações, o comprimento da maior raiz, o índice de enraizamento e a porcentagem de enraizamento. Observou-se que as variáveis comprimento de raiz, número de raízes e índice de enraizamento apresentaram diferenças significativas entre as diversas concentrações de IBA. No entanto, a porcentagem de enraizamento não foi afetada significativamente, provavelmente pelo controle da umidade relativa e pela manutenção das folhas das estacas.The species Lippia sidoides Cham. (Verbenaceae is known in Brazil as "alecrim-pimenta", a typical shrub from the Northeastern Brazil vegetation. This work was carried out in the Agronomical Sciences Institute from Minas Gerais State University (UFMG, Montes Claros, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, in order to study the vegetative propagation of this species in rooting bed under controlled humidity. Herbaceous cuttings were treated with the following concentrations of indolebutyric acid (IBA: 0, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 mg L-1 for 24 hours. The experimental design was completely randomized (CRD with five replicates of 10 cuttings each. After 45 days, root and sprout numbers, the highest root length, and rooting index and percentage were evaluated. Root length and number and rooting index had

  18. CO2 efflux from subterranean nests of ant communities in a seasonal tropical forest, Thailand

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    Hasin, Sasitorn; Ohashi, Mizue; Yamada, Akinori; Hashimoto, Yoshiaki; Tasen, Wattanachai; Kume, Tomonori; Yamane, Seiki

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    Many ant species construct subterranean nests. The presence of their nests may explain soil respiration “hot spots”, an important factor in the high CO2 efflux from tropical forests. However, no studies have directly measured CO2 efflux from ant nests. We established 61 experimental plots containing 13 subterranean ant species to evaluate the CO2 efflux from subterranean ant nests in a tropical seasonal forest, Thailand. We examined differences in nest CO2 efflux among ant species. We determi...

  19. Using ant-behavior-based simulation model AntWeb to improve website organization

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    Li, Weigang; Pinheiro Dib, Marcos V.; Teles, Wesley M.; Morais de Andrade, Vlaudemir; Alves de Melo, Alba C. M.; Cariolano, Judas T.

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    Some web usage mining algorithms showed the potential application to find the difference among the organizations expected by visitors to the website. However, there are still no efficient method and criterion for a web administrator to measure the performance of the modification. In this paper, we developed an AntWeb, a model inspired by ants' behavior to simulate the sequence of visiting the website, in order to measure the efficient of the web structure. We implemented a web usage mining algorithm using backtrack to the intranet website of the Politec Informatic Ltd., Brazil. We defined throughput (the number of visitors to reach their target pages per time unit relates to the total number of visitors) as an index to measure the website's performance. We also used the link in a web page to represent the effect of visitors' pheromone trails. For every modification in the website organization, for example, putting a link from the expected location to the target object, the simulation reported the value of throughput as a quick answer about this modification. The experiment showed the stability of our simulation model, and a positive modification to the intranet website of the Politec.

  20. Population Development of Several Species of Ants on the Cocoa Trees in South Sulawesi

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    Fatahuddin Fatahuddin

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    Full Text Available Several species of ants with different behavior have been found in cocoa plantations and their behavior is important to be considered because it might be correlated with the degree of protection of cocoa plant from cocoa pests. The aim of this research is to manipulate and to develop ants population in environment, so they are able to establish permanently in cocoa trees. This research was conducted in Papakaju Regions Luwu Regency in Juli to November 2009. In this study, 10 cocoa trees with ants were sampled (each species of ant in 10 cocoa trees. A control of 10 tree samples without ant was also taken. In order to assess the abundance of ant population, it was grouped based on scoring, which score 1 for less than 20 ants, score 2 for 21–50 ants, score 3 for 51–200 ants, score 4 for 201–1000 ants, and score 5 for more than 1000 per tree. The results indicated that average of population score of the three ants species reached the highest population for the Oecophylla. smaragdina with average score 4.85 (>1000 ants, Dolichoderus thoracicus, with average score 3.90 (> 200 ants and Crematogaster. difformis with average score 3.10 (>200 ants. This research indicated that three species of ants, Oecophylla smaragdina (weaver ant, Dolichoderus thoracicus (cocoa black ant and Crematogaster difformis (cracking ant. in farmer cocoa plantations in South Sulawesi giving better performance against major pests of cocoa in particular cocoa pod borer (CPB. Key words: Ant Population, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dolichoderus thoracicus, Crematogaster difformis, artificial nest, cocoa.

  1. Causas de mortalidade materna segundo níveis de complexidade hospitalar Causes of maternal mortality according to levels of hospital complexity

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    Vânia Muniz Néquer Soares

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Identificar e analisar as causas da mortalidade materna, segundo os níveis de complexidade hospitalar. MÉTODOS: Estudo quantitativo, descritivo e de corte transversal das mortes maternas hospitalares ocorridas no Paraná, Brasil, nos triênios de 2005 - 2007 e 2008 - 2010. Foram utilizados dados dos estudos de casos de óbitos maternos, que foram elaborados pelo Comitê Estadual de Prevenção da Mortalidade Materna. As variáveis estudadas foram o local e as causas dos óbitos, a transferência hospitalar e a evitabilidade. Foram calculadas a razão de mortalidade materna, a proporção e a taxa de letalidade hospitalar, segundo os subgrupos hospitais de referência para gestações de alto e baixo risco. RESULTADOS: A razão de mortalidade materna, incluindo os óbitos maternos tardios, foi 65,9/100.000 nascidos vivos (de 2008 a 2010. O local do óbito foi o hospital em cerca de 90% dos casos, em ambos os períodos. No primeiro triênio, nos hospitais de referência para gestação de alto risco, a taxa de letalidade hospitalar foi de 158,4/100.000 partos e, no segundo, 132,5/100.000 e as principais causas foram: pré-eclampsia/eclampsia, infecção urinária, infecção puerperal e causas indiretas. Nos hospitais de referência para gestação de baixo risco, as taxas de letalidade hospitalar foram: 76,2/100.000 e 80,0/100.000, e como principais causas: hemorragias, embolias e complicações anestésicas. Em 64 (2005 - 2007 e 71% (2008 - 2010 dos casos, o óbito ocorreu no hospital do internamento inicial. Foram considerados evitáveis 90% dos óbitos no segundo triênio. CONCLUSÕES: Há dificuldades no atendimento das complicações obstétricas em ambos os níveis de atenção de baixa e alta complexidade. A capacitação dos profissionais para o atendimento às emergências obstétricas e o monitoramento do uso dos protocolos em todos os níveis hospitalares deve ser priorizada para a redução das mortes maternas evit

  2. O sentido olfato no cuidado de enfermagem hospitalar El sentido olfato en la atención de enfermería hospitalar The olfactory sense in a hospital nursing care

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    Sílvia Teresa Carvalho de Araújo

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar as percepções e reações relacionadas ao sentido olfato durante o cuidado. Apresenta o resultado de três pesquisas de doutorado sobre as pistas olfativas na compreensão das alterações clínicas e padrão de cuidado de enfermagem em setores hospitalares. Estudo exploratório, descritivo, com abordagem qualitativa valorizando princípios do método Sociopoético e dos Sentidos Sociocomunicantes do Corpo. Os sujeitos utilizam o sentido olfato como instrumento para: diagnosticar os desvios de saúde fisiológicos e psicoafetivos; avaliar o estado de higiene, de limpeza corporal do paciente e do ambiente; e nortear o cuidado de enfermagem necessário. Identificamos repulsa pelo mau odor que emana do paciente e as estratégias utilizadas para minimizá-lo. Possibilitou-se instituir um espaço de diálogo para conhecer as reações aos odores, reconhecer as próprias limitações aos estímulos olfativos e redimensionar os mecanismos de respostas que possibilitem o conforto e a segurança dos envolvidos no cuidado de enfermagem.El objetivo es identificar las percepciones y reacciones relacionadas al sentido del olfato en la atención de enfermería hospitalaria. Presenta los resultados de tres investigaciones de doctorado que centran sus datos sobre el sentido olfato a partir de la atención de enfermería hospitalaria en el trauma ortopédico, clínica quirúrgica y centro quirúrgico. Son estudios exploratorios, con enfoque cualitativo, utilizando los principios del método Sociopoético y Sentidos Sociocomunicantes. La transversalidad de los datos muestra el uso del olfato como herramienta para la atención, para evaluar el estado de higiene y limpieza del paciente y medio ambiente, e identifica rechazado por el mal olor que emana del paciente. Permiten reconocer esas reacciones a los olores de sus pacientes y el medio ambiente, para el reconocimiento de sus propias limitaciones a los estímulos y

  3. Compreendendo as dimensões de cuidado em uma unidade de emergência hospitalar Comprendiendo las dimensiones de cuidado en una unidad de emergencia hospitalar Understanding care dimensions in an emergency hospital unit

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    Maria Aparecida Baggio

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudo qualitativo que objetivou compreender o significado das relações de cuidado de enfermagem em uma unidade de emergência na percepção do ser humano cuidado e proporcionar subsídios teóricos para pensar sobre as relações cuidativas estabelecidas no cotidiano do trabalho da enfermagem. Foram entrevistados 19 sujeitos em uma unidade de emergência hospitalar de Santa Catarina. Os dados foram submetidos à análise de conteúdo e interpretados pelo pensar complexo. As dimensões de cuidado, apresentadas em seis categorias, mobilizam e articulam as múltiplas competências humanas e técnicas dos/pelos seres cuidadores na compreensão do processo de cuidado em enfermagem, a partir da percepção dos que são cuidados, e no repensar a própria prática e as condições múltiplas do ambiente como o espaço do cuidado.Estudio cualitativo que tuvo como objetivo entender el significado de la relación de cuidados de enfermería en una unidad de emergencia en la percepción de los seres humanos de cuidado y otorgar subvenciones para la reflexión teórica sobre las relaciones cuidativas en el trabajo diario de enfermería. 19 sujetos fueron entrevistados en una unidad de emergencias del hospital de Santa Catarina. Los datos fueron sometidos a un análisis de contenido y a la interpretación por el pensamiento complejo. Las dimensiones de lo cuidado, que se presenta en seis categorías, movilizan y articulan las numerosas habilidades y técnicas de los/por los seres cuidadores en la comprensión del proceso de cuidado de enfermería en la percepción de aquellos que son cuidados, y repensar sus propias prácticas y múltiples condiciones ambientales como el ámbito del cuidado.The objective of this qualitative study was to comprehend the meaning of the nursing care relationships in an emergency unit from the perception of the human receiving care and to provide theoretical subsidies in order to think about the care relationships established

  4. Análise dos atendimentos odontológicos em pessoas com necessidades especiais em modalidade hospitalar no Sistema Único de Saúde, Brasil, 2012.

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    Carolina Dantas Rocha Xavier de LUCENA

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    Full Text Available As pessoas com necessidades especiais apresentam maior risco para o surgimento de doenças bucais devido a situações biológicas, o uso sistemático de medicamentos, dificuldade na realização do controle de placa bacteriana e hábitos alimentares precários. O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar de forma descritiva os atendimentos odontológicos para pessoas com necessidades especiais na modalidade hospitalar no âmbito do Sistema Único de Saude (SUS. Foram estudados os procedimentos odontológicos realizados em ambiente hospitalar, a partir das internações geradas com finalidade de realizar tratamento odontológico em pacientes com necessidades especiais, informados no Sistema de Informação Hospitalar do SUS (SIH/ SUS no ano 2012. Foram registradas 6.691 Autorizações de Internação Hospitalar (AIH onde realizou-se 24.669 procedimentos dos quais 57,8% foram procedimentos clínicos. Dos procedimentos odontológicos realizados, 13,29% corresponderam a exodontias de dentes permanentes. Dessa forma, a atenção odontológica prestada aos usuários mostrouse positiva uma vez que a maioria dos procedimentos realizados foram clínicos preventivos e restauradores. Percebe-se ainda a necessidade de ampliação de acesso ao tratamento odontológico em pacientes com necessidades especiais no âmbito hospitalar e melhor distribuição já que a apresentação de mais da metade das AIH concentrou-se em três Estados.

  5. Próteses de comunicação e alinhamento comportamental sobre impressos hospitalares Communication prostheses and behavioral alignment in hospital leaflets

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    Paulo Roberto Vasconcellos-Silva

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Realizou-se revisão da literatura sobre publicações que descrevem experiências com material impresso distribuído ao público leigo em instituições hospitalares. Excluindo impressos para profissionais ou portadores de incapacidades, dentre 146 trabalhos, foram obtidos 75 artigos que ilustram o padrão atual de racionalidade da produção, uso e avaliação deste tipo de recurso. Esses artigos investem no poder da "informação impressa ideal" para alinhar comportamentos à agenda biomédica hospitalar. A racionalidade instrumental que os permeia percebe o "pacote informativo perfeito" como aquele que explicita eficientemente seus conteúdos técnicos, para fins de convencimento unilateral, atualizado segundo escalas de legibilidade, adornado por projeto gráfico e enfatizando prioridades definidas pelos profissionais. Tais "próteses de comunicação" seriam passíveis de validação eletrônica, por intermédio de softwares competentes em adequar "doses" e conteúdos. Discute-se a informação como fármaco, o cognitivismo, a ausência de pesquisas de recepção e a necessidade da ação comunicativa, para desconstrução de tais sistemas de pensamento fechados no ambiente hospitalar.Review was made of publications that describe experience with printed material distributed to the lay public in hospital institutions. From the 146 leaflets examined, those aimed at professionals or disabled people, thus leaving 75 papers that illustrate the present pattern for the rationality behind the production, use and evaluation of this type of resource. In a general manner, such leaflets invest in the power of "ideal printed information" to align behavior with the hospital's biomedical agenda. The underlying rationality that permeates them perceives the "perfect information package" as one that efficiently describes its technical content for the purpose of unidirectional persuasion, is up-to-date in relation to readability scales and embellished by

  6. Sazonalidade e prevalência de fungos anemófilos em ambiente hospitalar no Sul do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil

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    Rubens Cáurio Lobato

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O ar atmosférico é o meio de dispersão mais utilizado e bem sucedido dos fungos. O objetivo deste estudo foi reconhecer a diversidade taxonômica de fungos anemófilos em ambiente hospitalar. Foram coletadas amostras do ar do hospital conforme as estações do ano num total de 104 amostras, entre maio de 2006 a junho de 2007. A técnica Settle Plate foi utilizada e a identificação dos fungos foi feita através da macro e micromorfologia. O cálculo das prevalências e o teste do x2 foram utilizados. Os gêneros encontrados foram: Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Alternaria, Penicillium e Rhodotorula, além de fungos não- esporulados. Na distribuição sazonal dos gêneros durante o inverno, leveduras dos gêneros Candida e Rhodotorula tiveram uma maior prevalência. Na primavera, Alternaria e Acremonium obtiveram a sua maior prevalência e no verão Helminthosporium e Torula. Cladosporium foi mais prevalente nas estações da primavera e do verão e Aspergillus foi o mais prevalente no outono e no verão. Quanto aos gêneros fúngicos por tipo de ambiente, as amostras oriundas dos Expurgos, Oficinas, ambientes confinados, Salas de Preparo de Materiais, de Procedimentos e o Centro de Materiais e Esterilização foram os locais com maior ocorrência. As Unidades de Internação e o Ambulatório foram os locais com o mais alto índice de diversidade fúngica. Os gêneros Mucor e Rhizopus apresentaram uma correlação para o tipo de ambiente hospitalar. O estudo realizado constitui-se de um resultado inédito no que diz respeito ao conhecimento da micobiota anemófila em ambiente hospitalar neste município.

  7. Graveyards on the Move: The Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Dead Ophiocordyceps-Infected Ants

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    Pontoppidan, Maj-Britt; Himaman, Winanda; Hywel-Jones, Nigel L.

    2009-01-01

    rainforest. We established that high density aggregations exist (up to 26 dead ants/m2), which we coined graveyards. We further established that graveyards are patchily distributed in a landscape with no or very few O. unilateralis-killed ants. At some, but not all, spatial scales of analysis the density...... unilateralis, which is pan-tropical in distribution, causes infected worker ants to leave their nest and die under leaves in the understory of tropical rainforests. Working in a forest dynamic plot in Southern Thailand we mapped the occurrence of these dead ants by examining every leaf in 1,360 m2 of primary...... of dead ants correlated with temperature, humidity and vegetation cover. Remarkably, having found 2243 dead ants inside graveyards we only found 2 live ants of the principal host, ant Camponotus leonardi, suggesting that foraging host ants actively avoid graveyards. We discovered that the principal host...

  8. Various chemical strategies to deceive ants in three Arhopala species (lepidoptera: Lycaenidae exploiting Macaranga myrmecophytes.

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    Yoko Inui

    Full Text Available Macaranga myrmecophytes (ant-plants are generally well protected from herbivore attacks by their symbiotic ants (plant-ants. However, larvae of Arhopala (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae species survive and develop on specific Macaranga ant-plant species without being attacked by the plant-ants of their host species. We hypothesized that Arhopala larvae chemically mimic or camouflage themselves with the ants on their host plant so that the larvae are accepted by the plant-ant species of their host. Chemical analyses of cuticular hydrocarbons showed that chemical congruency varied among Arhopala species; A. dajagaka matched well the host plant-ants, A. amphimuta did not match, and unexpectedly, A. zylda lacked hydrocarbons. Behaviorally, the larvae and dummies coated with cuticular chemicals of A. dajagaka were well attended by the plant-ants, especially by those of the host. A. amphimuta was often attacked by all plant-ants except for the host plant-ants toward the larvae, and those of A. zylda were ignored by all plant-ants. Our results suggested that conspicuous variations exist in the chemical strategies used by the myrmecophilous butterflies that allow them to avoid ant attack and be accepted by the plant-ant colonies.

  9. Neuromodulation of Nestmate Recognition Decisions by Pavement Ants.

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    Andrew N Bubak

    Full Text Available Ant colonies are distributed systems that are regulated in a non-hierarchical manner. Without a central authority, individuals inform their decisions by comparing information in local cues to a set of inherent behavioral rules. Individual behavioral decisions collectively change colony behavior and lead to self-organization capable of solving complex problems such as the decision to engage in aggressive societal conflicts with neighbors. Despite the relevance to colony fitness, the mechanisms that drive individual decisions leading to cooperative behavior are not well understood. Here we show how sensory information, both tactile and chemical, and social context-isolation, nestmate interaction, or fighting non-nestmates-affects brain monoamine levels in pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum. Our results provide evidence that changes in octopamine and serotonin in the brains of individuals are sufficient to alter the decision by pavement ants to be aggressive towards non-nestmate ants whereas increased brain levels of dopamine correlate to physical fighting. We propose a model in which the changes in brain states of many workers collectively lead to the self-organization of societal aggression between neighboring colonies of pavement ants.

  10. Neuromodulation of Nestmate Recognition Decisions by Pavement Ants.

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    Bubak, Andrew N; Yaeger, Jazmine D W; Renner, Kenneth J; Swallow, John G; Greene, Michael J

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    Ant colonies are distributed systems that are regulated in a non-hierarchical manner. Without a central authority, individuals inform their decisions by comparing information in local cues to a set of inherent behavioral rules. Individual behavioral decisions collectively change colony behavior and lead to self-organization capable of solving complex problems such as the decision to engage in aggressive societal conflicts with neighbors. Despite the relevance to colony fitness, the mechanisms that drive individual decisions leading to cooperative behavior are not well understood. Here we show how sensory information, both tactile and chemical, and social context-isolation, nestmate interaction, or fighting non-nestmates-affects brain monoamine levels in pavement ants (Tetramorium caespitum). Our results provide evidence that changes in octopamine and serotonin in the brains of individuals are sufficient to alter the decision by pavement ants to be aggressive towards non-nestmate ants whereas increased brain levels of dopamine correlate to physical fighting. We propose a model in which the changes in brain states of many workers collectively lead to the self-organization of societal aggression between neighboring colonies of pavement ants.

  11. Ants avoid superinfections by performing risk-adjusted sanitary care.

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    Konrad, Matthias; Pull, Christopher D; Metzler, Sina; Seif, Katharina; Naderlinger, Elisabeth; Grasse, Anna V; Cremer, Sylvia

    2018-03-13

    Being cared for when sick is a benefit of sociality that can reduce disease and improve survival of group members. However, individuals providing care risk contracting infectious diseases themselves. If they contract a low pathogen dose, they may develop low-level infections that do not cause disease but still affect host immunity by either decreasing or increasing the host's vulnerability to subsequent infections. Caring for contagious individuals can thus significantly alter the future disease susceptibility of caregivers. Using ants and their fungal pathogens as a model system, we tested if the altered disease susceptibility of experienced caregivers, in turn, affects their expression of sanitary care behavior. We found that low-level infections contracted during sanitary care had protective or neutral effects on secondary exposure to the same (homologous) pathogen but consistently caused high mortality on superinfection with a different (heterologous) pathogen. In response to this risk, the ants selectively adjusted the expression of their sanitary care. Specifically, the ants performed less grooming and more antimicrobial disinfection when caring for nestmates contaminated with heterologous pathogens compared with homologous ones. By modulating the components of sanitary care in this way the ants acquired less infectious particles of the heterologous pathogens, resulting in reduced superinfection. The performance of risk-adjusted sanitary care reveals the remarkable capacity of ants to react to changes in their disease susceptibility, according to their own infection history and to flexibly adjust collective care to individual risk.

  12. PARAMETER ESTIMATION OF VALVE STICTION USING ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION

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    S. Kalaivani

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a procedure for quantifying valve stiction in control loops based on ant colony optimization has been proposed. Pneumatic control valves are widely used in the process industry. The control valve contains non-linearities such as stiction, backlash, and deadband that in turn cause oscillations in the process output. Stiction is one of the long-standing problems and it is the most severe problem in the control valves. Thus the measurement data from an oscillating control loop can be used as a possible diagnostic signal to provide an estimate of the stiction magnitude. Quantification of control valve stiction is still a challenging issue. Prior to doing stiction detection and quantification, it is necessary to choose a suitable model structure to describe control-valve stiction. To understand the stiction phenomenon, the Stenman model is used. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO, an intelligent swarm algorithm, proves effective in various fields. The ACO algorithm is inspired from the natural trail following behaviour of ants. The parameters of the Stenman model are estimated using ant colony optimization, from the input-output data by minimizing the error between the actual stiction model output and the simulated stiction model output. Using ant colony optimization, Stenman model with known nonlinear structure and unknown parameters can be estimated.

  13. New fossil ants in French Cretaceous amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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    Perrichot, Vincent; Nel, André; Néraudeau, Didier; Lacau, Sébastien; Guyot, Thierry

    2008-02-01

    Recent studies on the ant phylogeny are mainly based on the molecular analyses of extant subfamilies and do not include the extinct, only Cretaceous subfamily Sphecomyrminae. However, the latter is of major importance for ant relationships, as it is considered the most basal subfamily. Therefore, each new discovery of a Mesozoic ant is of high interest for improving our understanding of their early history and basal relationships. In this paper, a new sphecomyrmine ant, allied to the Burmese amber genus Haidomyrmex, is described from mid-Cretaceous amber of France as Haidomyrmodes mammuthus gen. and sp. n. The diagnosis of the tribe Haidomyrmecini is emended based on the new type material, which includes a gyne (alate female) and two incomplete workers. The genus Sphecomyrmodes, hitherto known by a single species from Burmese amber, is also reported and a new species described as S. occidentalis sp. n. after two workers remarkably preserved in a single piece of Early Cenomanian French amber. The new fossils provide additional information on early ant diversity and relationships and demonstrate that the monophyly of the Sphecomyrminae, as currently defined, is still weakly supported.

  14. The cavity-nest ant Temnothorax crassispinus prefers larger nests.

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    Mitrus, S

    Colonies of the ant Temnothorax crassispinus inhabit mostly cavities in wood and hollow acorns. Typically in the field, nest sites that can be used by the ant are a limited resource. In a field experiment, it was investigated whether the ants prefer a specific size of nest, when different ones are available. In July 2011, a total of 160 artificial nests were placed in a beech-pine forest. Four artificial nests (pieces of wood with volume cavities, ca 415, 605, 730, and 980 mm 3 , respectively) were located on each square meter of the experimental plot. One year later, shortly before the emergence of new sexuals, the nests were collected. In July 2012, colonies inhabited more frequently bigger nests. Among queenright colonies, the ones which inhabited bigger nests had more workers. However, there was no relationship between volume of nest and number of workers for queenless colonies. Queenright colonies from bigger nests produced more sexual individuals, but there was no correlation between number of workers and sex allocation ratio, or between volume of nest and sex allocation ratio. In a laboratory experiment where ant colonies were kept in 470 and 860 mm 3 nests, larger colonies allocated more energy to produce sexual individuals. The results of this study show the selectivity of T. crassispinus ants regarding the size of nest cavity, and that the nest volume has an impact on life history parameters.

  15. Polarized light use in the nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas.

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    Freas, Cody A; Narendra, Ajay; Lemesle, Corentin; Cheng, Ken

    2017-08-01

    Solitary foraging ants have a navigational toolkit, which includes the use of both terrestrial and celestial visual cues, allowing individuals to successfully pilot between food sources and their nest. One such celestial cue is the polarization pattern in the overhead sky. Here, we explore the use of polarized light during outbound and inbound journeys and with different home vectors in the nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas . We tested foragers on both portions of the foraging trip by rotating the overhead polarization pattern by ±45°. Both outbound and inbound foragers responded to the polarized light change, but the extent to which they responded to the rotation varied. Outbound ants, both close to and further from the nest, compensated for the change in the overhead e-vector by about half of the manipulation, suggesting that outbound ants choose a compromise heading between the celestial and terrestrial compass cues. However, ants returning home compensated for the change in the e-vector by about half of the manipulation when the remaining home vector was short (1-2 m) and by more than half of the manipulation when the remaining vector was long (more than 4 m). We report these findings and discuss why weighting on polarization cues change in different contexts.

  16. Stigmergic construction and topochemical information shape ant nest architecture.

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    Khuong, Anaïs; Gautrais, Jacques; Perna, Andrea; Sbaï, Chaker; Combe, Maud; Kuntz, Pascale; Jost, Christian; Theraulaz, Guy

    2016-02-02

    The nests of social insects are not only impressive because of their sheer complexity but also because they are built from individuals whose work is not centrally coordinated. A key question is how groups of insects coordinate their building actions. Here, we use a combination of experimental and modeling approaches to investigate nest construction in the ant Lasius niger. We quantify the construction dynamics and the 3D structures built by ants. Then, we characterize individual behaviors and the interactions of ants with the structures they build. We show that two main interactions are involved in the coordination of building actions: (i) a stigmergic-based interaction that controls the amplification of depositions at some locations and is attributable to a pheromone added by ants to the building material; and (ii) a template-based interaction in which ants use their body size as a cue to control the height at which they start to build a roof from existing pillars. We then develop a 3D stochastic model based on these individual behaviors to analyze the effect of pheromone presence and strength on construction dynamics. We show that the model can quantitatively reproduce key features of construction dynamics, including a large-scale pattern of regularly spaced pillars, the formation and merging of caps over the pillars, and the remodeling of built structures. Finally, our model suggests that the lifetime of the pheromone is a highly influential parameter that controls the growth and form of nest architecture.

  17. DATA MINING UNTUK KLASIFIKASI PELANGGAN DENGAN ANT COLONY OPTIMIZATION

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    Maulani Kapiudin

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research the system for potentially customer classification is designed by extracting rule based classification from raw data with certain criteria. The searching process uses customer database from a bank with data mining technic by using ant colony optimization. A test based on min_case_per_rule variety and phenomene updating were done on a certain period of time. The result are group of customer class which base on rules built by ant and by modifying the pheromone updating, the area of the case is getting bigger. Prototype of the software is coded with C++ 6 version. The customer database master is created by using Microsoft Access. This paper gives information about potential customer of bank that can be classified by prototype of the software. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Pada penelitian untuk sistem klasifikasi potensial customer ini didesain dengan melakukan ekstrak rule berdasarkan klasifikasi dari data mentah dengan kriteria tertentu. Proses pencarian menggunakan database pelanggan dari suatu bank dengan teknik data mining dengan ant colony optimization. Dilakukan percobaan dengan min_case_per_rule variety dan phenomene updating pada periode waktu tertentu. Hasilnya adalah sekelompok class pelanggan yang didasarkan dari rules yang dibangun dengan ant dan dengan dimodifikasi dengan pheromone updating, area permasalahan menjadi lebih melebar. Prototype dari software ini menggunakan C++ versi 6. Database pelanggan dibangun dengan Microsoft Access. Paper ini memberikan informasi mengenai potensi pelanggan dari bank, sehingga dapat diklasifikasikan dengan prototype dari software. Kata kunci: ant colony optimization, classification, min_case_per_rule, term, pheromone updating

  18. Morbidade hospitalar por ingestão de esteroides anabólico-androgênicos (EAA no Brasil

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    Sérgio Henrique Almeida da Silva Junior

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Os esteroides anabólico-androgênicos (EAA são hormônios sexuais masculinos, promotores e mantenedores das características sexuais associadas à masculinidade e do status anabólico dos tecidos somáticos. Os efeitos físicos e mentais do uso abusivo de EAA são raros e é praticamente impossível afirmar com certeza quais os efeitos adversos que poderão tornar-se evidentes após a autoadministração, mas os mesmos constituem risco de morte para os indivíduos. OBJETIVO: O objetivo do presente estudo foi descrever as principais características da morbidade por ingestão de EAA no Brasil, no período de 2000/2010. MÉTODOS: As informações sobre as internações hospitalares foram obtidas dos bancos de dados informatizados do Ministério da Saúde. Na análise da ingestão de EAA como diagnóstico principal e secundário de hospitalização, partiu-se das causas de internação sob os códigos E28.1 (excesso de andrógenos, E34.5 (síndrome de resistência a andrógenos, T38.7 (intoxicação por andrógenos e anabolizantes congêneres e Y42.7 (efeitos adversos de andrógenos e anabolizantes congêneres do CID-10. RESULTADOS: As hospitalizações por EAA foram responsáveis por 0,001% do total de internações do País. Foram contabilizadas 1.319 internações (média = 119,9, DP = 99,01. A síndrome de resistência a andrógenos foi a principal causa, correspondendo a 55,8% do total de internações. Do total de internações, 1% dos pacientes evoluiu para óbito e o tempo máximo de permanência foi de 47 dias (média = 3,8 e DP = 4,7. Minas Gerais, Maranhão e Espírito Santo possuíram as maiores taxas de internações por 1.000.000 de habitantes, nos anos de 2002 a 2007. As mulheres e a faixa etária de 15-29 tiveram maiores taxas, 82,5% e 37,7%, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados do presente estudo mostraram uma hospitalização por ingestão de EAA relativamente baixa, as mulheres e indivíduos na faixa et

  19. Channeler Ant Model: 3 D segmentation of medical images through ant colonies

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    Fiorina, E.; Valzano, S.; Arteche Diaz, R.; Bosco, P.; Gargano, G.; Megna, R.; Oppedisano, C.; Massafra, A.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper the Channeler Ant Model (CAM) and some results of its application to the analysis of medical images are described. The CAM is an algorithm able to segment 3 D structures with different shapes, intensity and background. It makes use of virtual and colonies and exploits their natural capabilities to modify the environment and communicate with each other by pheromone deposition. Its performance has been validated with the segmentation of 3 D artificial objects and it has been already used successfully in lung nodules detection on Computer Tomography images. This work tries to evaluate the CAM as a candidate to solve the quantitative segmentation problem in Magnetic Resonance brain images: to evaluate the percentage of white matter, gray matter and cerebrospinal fluid in each voxel.

  20. Regulation and specificity of antifungal metapleural gland secretion in leaf-cutting ants

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    Yek, Sze Huei; Nash, David Richard; Jensen, Annette Bruun

    2012-01-01

    significantly larger for ants challenged with virulent and mild pathogens/weeds than for controls and Escovopsis-challenged ants. We conclude that the MG defence system of leaf-cutting ants has characteristics reminiscent of an additional cuticular immune system, with specific and non-specific components......Ants have paired metapleural glands (MGs) to produce secretions for prophylactic hygiene. These exocrine glands are particularly well developed in leaf-cutting ants, but whether the ants can actively regulate MG secretion is unknown. In a set of controlled experiments using conidia of five fungi...

  1. As estratégias operatórias e a gestão da informação no trabalho de enfermagem, no contexto hospitalar

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    Diana Lúcia Moura Pinho

    Full Text Available O estudo analisa as estratégias operatórias de gestão da informação, utilizadas pelos enfermeiros no contexto hospitalar para regular o trabalho. O quadro teórico inscreve-se no campo da ergonomia, articulando conceitos de regulação da atividade, representações para e na ação. A Análise Ergonômica do Trabalho - AET orientou a coleta de dados. Os resultados demonstram que as estratégias adotadas pelos enfermeiros apóiam-se na utilização de um recurso informal externo (anotações pessoais que visa, sobretudo, reduzir a carga mental de trabalho e garantir a fiabilidade de suas ações.

  2. A influência das políticas de saúde nos indicadores gerados pelo sistema de informações hospitalares do SUS

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    Jacques Levin

    2006-01-01

    O uso das informações e indicadores provenientes do Sistema de Informações Hospitalares do SUS (SIH/SUS), tanto para análise de situação de saúde da população como para análise do desse, SUS, é cada vez mais frequente. Tal sistema é, desde sua concepção, fortemente influenciado pelas políticas públicas na área de atenção à saúde, como as definidas pelas Normas Operacionais e os incentivos e restrições a determinadas práticas. Alterações na operação do sistema introduzem descontinuidades e ...

  3. Fatores de risco hospitalar para implante de bioprótese valvar de pericárdio bovino Hospital risk factors for bovine pericardial bioprosthesis valve implantation

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    Mateus W. De Bacco

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Identificação de fatores de risco pré-operatórios na cirurgia cardíaca valvar visa melhor resultado cirúrgico pela possível neutralização de condições relacionadas com morbi-mortalidade aumentada. OBJETIVO: Este estudo objetiva identificar fatores de risco hospitalar em pacientes submetidos a implante de bioprótese de pericárdio bovino. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo incluindo 703 pacientes consecutivos submetidos a implante de pelo menos uma bioprótese de pericárdio bovino St. Jude Medical-Biocor® de setembro de 1991 a dezembro de 2005 no Instituto de Cardiologia do RS, sendo 392 aórticos, 250 mitrais e 61 mitro-aórticos. Analisadas as características sexo, idade, índice de massa corporal, classe funcional (New York Heart Association - NYHA, fração de ejeção, lesão valvar, hipertensão arterial sistêmica, diabete melito, função renal, arritmias cardíacas, cirurgia cardíaca prévia, revascularização miocárdica, plastia tricúspide e caráter eletivo, de urgência ou de emergência da cirurgia. Desfecho primordial foi mortalidade hospitalar. Utilizou-se regressão logística para examinar relação entre fatores de risco e mortalidade hospitalar. RESULTADOS: Ocorreram 101 (14,3% óbitos hospitalares. Características significativamente relacionadas à mortalidade aumentada foram sexo feminino (p 2,4mg/dl (p=0,004, classe funcional IV (pBACKGROUND: Identification of preoperative heart valve surgery risk factors aim to improve surgical outcomes with the possibility to offset conditions related to increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: Intent of this study is to identify hospital risk factors in patients undergoing bovine pericardial bioprosthesis implantation. METHODS: Retrospective study including 703 consecutive patients who underwent implantation of at least one St. Jude Medical-Biocor™ bovine pericardial bioprosthesis between September 1991 and December 2005 at the Rio Grande do Sul

  4. Representações sociais dos usuários hospitalizados sobre cidadania: implicações para o cuidado hospitalar

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    Flávia Pacheco de Araújo

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: analisar as representacoes sociais de usuarios hospitalizados sobre a cidadania no cuidado hospitalar. Método: abordagem qualitativa com referencial da Teoria das Representacoes Sociais, realizada com 31 usuarios hospitalizados no setor de clinica medica de um hospital publico, universitario. Realizou-se entrevista semiestruturada, cujos dados foram submetidos ao programa Alceste, com aplicacao de analise lexical. Resultados: os usuarios conhecem os seus direitos, e a cidadania no cuidado e entendida a luz dos direitos a saude, de modo que sejam bem atendidos do ponto de vista tecnico e humano. Conclusão: o bom trato relacional e a prestacao do cuidado tecnico-procedimental sao direitos dos usuarios; logo, a ausência de um ou de outra implica o nao respeito a sua cidadania.

  5. Remoção de nitrogênio de água residuária de produção intensiva de tilápias com recirculação utilizando reator de leito fluidizado com circulação em tubos concêntricos

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    Sánchez Ortiz, Iván Andrés [UNESP

    2009-01-01

    O presente projeto de pesquisa avaliou o desempenho de remoção de nitrogênio num sistema de tratamento biológico das águas residuárias de produção intensiva de Tilápia Nilótica com recirculação utilizando decantador horizontal e um reator aeróbio de leito fluidizado com circulação em tubos concêntricos. Utilizou-se como material suporte carvão ativado granular com densidade aparente de 1,64g/cm3 e tamanho efetivo de 0,34mm numa concentração de 80g/L. Foram avaliadas as velocidades de circulaç...

  6. Transferência de oxigênio em reatores de leito fluidizado com circulação em tubos concêntricos em meios bifásico e trifásico com variação da relação entre diâmetros

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    Araújo,Leandro Santos de; Dall'Aglio Sobrinho,Milton; Gebara,Dib

    2010-01-01

    A eficiência do reator de leito fluidizado com circulação em tubos concêntricos depende das condições hidrodinâmicas que influem na transferência de oxigênio ao biofilme. Este trabalho investigou a influência da relação entre diâmetros dos tubos e da concentração de meio suporte (areia), sobre o coeficiente global de transferência de oxigênio (K La). Os ensaios - em reatores de 2,6 m de altura, com diâmetro externo de 250 mm e internos de 100, 125, 150 e 200 mm - empregaram vazões de ar até 2...

  7. Associação entre a Incisura Diastólica das Artérias Uterinas e a Histologia do Leito Placentário em Grávidas com Pré-eclâmpsia Association between Diastolic Notch of Uterine Artery and the Histology of the Placental Bed in Pregnant Women with Preeclampsia

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    Regina Amélia Lopes Pessoa de Aguiar

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: avaliar a associação entre a presença da incisura diastólica nas artérias uterinas maternas e as alterações histopatológicas dos vasos útero-placentários. Métodos: estudo transversal incluindo 144 pacientes com gestação única interrompida por via abdominal entre a 27ª e a 41ª semana. Destas, 84 gestações estavam associadas à pré-eclâmpsia e 60 não apresentaram intercorrências clínicas. Neste grupo realizou-se dopplerfluxometria de ambas as artérias uterinas e biópsia do leito placentário. Resultados: das 144 pacientes, 88 (61% tiveram o fragmento da biópsia considerado representativo do leito placentário. A incisura diastólica estava presente em 40 (70% dos casos de alterações fisiológicas inadequadas e ausente em 28 (90% dos casos de alterações fisiológicas presentes (p=0,05. A dopplerfluxometria apresentou sensibilidade de 70%, especificidade de 90% e valores preditivos positivo e negativo de 44 e 97%, respectivamente. A associação entre a presença de incisura diastólica bilateral das artérias uterinas e arteriopatia decidual também foi significativa (dos 25 casos de arteriopatia decidual a incisura estava presente em 24, p=0,05. A sensibilidade da dopplerfluxometria foi de 96%, especificidade de 70% e valores preditivos positivo e negativo de 26 e 99%, respectivamente, ao passo que para a arteriolosclerose a dopplerfluxometria apresentou sensibilidade de 80%, especificidade de 55% e valores preditivos positivo e negativo de 17 e 96%, respectivamente. Conclusões: a incisura diastólica nas artérias uterinas maternas é indicador seguro de vasculopatia no leito placentário. A adequada invasão trofoblástica do leito placentário, revelada por histologia típica de alterações fisiológicas, resulta na ausência de incisura diastólica bilateral das artérias uterinas maternas.Purpose: to evaluate the association between the presence of diastolic notch in the maternal uterine arteries, and

  8. Operação periódica de um leito gotejante de carvão ativado para redução da emissão do poluente atmosférico SO2 com geração de ácido sulfúrico.

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    Sandro Megale Pizzo

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    O desempenho dos modos periódico e contínuo de operação para o tratamento de uma mistura gasosa de SO2 em ar foi analisado utilizando-se um reator de aço inox, em escala de bancada de 77,92mm de diâmetro interno, contendo leito fixo de carvão ativado de 80,00mm de altura, com partículas de 2,00 a 2,36mm. Foram obtidas as eficiências médias de remoção do gás e as concentrações de ácido sulfúrico produzido nas soluções líquidas de saída, em função da concentração inicial de SO2 (500, 1.000 e 1....

  9. Application of chaotic ant swarm optimization in electric load forecasting

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    Hong, W.-C.

    2010-01-01

    Support vector regression (SVR) had revealed strong potential in accurate electric load forecasting, particularly by employing effective evolutionary algorithms to determine suitable values of its three parameters. Based on previous research results, however, these employed evolutionary algorithms themselves have several drawbacks, such as converging prematurely, reaching slowly the global optimal solution, and trapping into a local optimum. This investigation presents an SVR-based electric load forecasting model that applied a novel algorithm, namely chaotic ant swarm optimization (CAS), to improve the forecasting performance by searching its suitable parameters combination. The proposed CAS combines with the chaotic behavior of single ant and self-organization behavior of ant colony in the foraging process to overcome premature local optimum. The empirical results indicate that the SVR model with CAS (SVRCAS) results in better forecasting performance than the other alternative methods, namely SVRCPSO (SVR with chaotic PSO), SVRCGA (SVR with chaotic GA), regression model, and ANN model.

  10. Social isolation and brain development in the ant Camponotus floridanus.

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    Seid, Marc A; Junge, Erich

    2016-06-01

    Social interactions play a key role in the healthy development of social animals and are most pronounced in species with complex social networks. When developing offspring do not receive proper social interaction, they show developmental impairments. This effect is well documented in mammalian species but controversial in social insects. It has been hypothesized that the enlargement of the mushroom bodies, responsible for learning and memory, observed in social insects is needed for maintaining the large social networks and/or task allocation. This study examines the impact of social isolation on the development of mushroom bodies of the ant Camponotus floridanus. Ants raised in isolation were shown to exhibit impairment in the growth of the mushroom bodies as well as behavioral differences when compared to ants raised in social groups. These results indicate that social interaction is necessary for the proper development of C. floridanus mushroom bodies.

  11. Antígonas. Una visión intertextual

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    Elena Cano Turrión

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this article and from an intertextual point of view, we will try to examine how theSophoclean hypotext has generated three very different hypertexts. The first one is the short story“Antígona o la elección” by M. Yourcenar, which goes further the religious motivation in the originaltext; then, there is an essay written as a dialogue by Maria Zambrano, entitled La tumba de Antígonawhich main topics are confrontation against power, lack of freedom and destiny and faith in humanconscience. Finally, Luis Riaza’s Antígona…¡Cerda! Appears closer to its hypotext but at the same timesemantic deviation becomes more relevant.

  12. Effective ANT based Routing Algorithm for Data Replication in MANETs

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    N.J. Nithya Nandhini

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    Full Text Available In mobile ad hoc network, the nodes often move and keep on change its topology. Data packets can be forwarded from one node to another on demand. To increase the data accessibility data are replicated at nodes and made as sharable to other nodes. Assuming that all mobile host cooperative to share their memory and allow forwarding the data packets. But in reality, all nodes do not share the resources for the benefits of others. These nodes may act selfishly to share memory and to forward the data packets. This paper focuses on selfishness of mobile nodes in replica allocation and routing protocol based on Ant colony algorithm to improve the efficiency. The Ant colony algorithm is used to reduce the overhead in the mobile network, so that it is more efficient to access the data than with other routing protocols. This result shows the efficiency of ant based routing algorithm in the replication allocation.

  13. Mating, hybridisation and introgression in Lasius ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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    Van der Have, Tom; Pedersen, Jes Søe; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    2011-01-01

    Recent reviews have shown that hybridisation among ant species is likely to be more common than previously appreci-ated, but that documented cases of introgression remain rare. After molecular phylogenetic work had shown that Euro-pean Lasius niger (LINNAEUS, 1758) and L. psammophilus SEIFERT, 1992...... (formerly L. alienus (FOERSTER, 1850)) are unlikely to be very closely related, we decided to analyse an old data set confirming the conclusion by PEARSON (1983) that these two ants can indeed form viable hybrids. We show that signatures of introgression can be detected in a Danish site...... sympatrically. This would imply that multiple accessible field sites are available to study the molecular details of hybridisation and in-trogression between two ant species that have variable degrees of sympatry throughout their distributional ranges...

  14. Evolutionary patterns of proteinase activity in attine ant fungus gardens

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    Semenova, Tatyana; Hughes, David Peter; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    2011-01-01

    hypothesized that fungal proteinase activity may have been under selection for efficiency and that different classes of proteinases might be involved. Results: We determined proteinase activity profiles across a wide pH range for fungus gardens of 14 Panamanian species of fungus-growing ants, representing...... classes. Remarkably, the single symbiont that is shared by species of the crown group of Atta and Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants mostly showed metalloproteinase activity, suggesting that recurrent changes in enzyme production may have occurred throughout the domestication history of fungus-garden symbionts......Background: Attine ants live in symbiosis with a basidiomycetous fungus that they rear on a substrate of plant material. This indirect herbivory implies that the symbiosis is likely to be nitrogen deprived, so that specific mechanisms may have evolved to enhance protein availability. We therefore...

  15. Comparative Immature Morphology of Brazilian Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis

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    Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson Fox

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    Full Text Available Although common in Brazil, the biology of the fire ant Solenopsis saevissima (Smith is still poorly studied. Larval descriptions are useful to genus-level ant systematics and sometimes to species-level taxonomy. This study presents a detailed description of juveniles of S. saevissima from Brazil, which were compared with Brazilian specimens of Solenopsis invicta Buren, Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, and Solenopsis altipunctata Pitts. Different larval instars were separated by diagnostic morphological traits which were confirmed by observing moults. Reproductive larvae could be easily sorted by their distinctive body dimensions and shape. Contrary to previous reports on this species, the larvae of S. saevissima proved to be generally identical to those of S. invicta, while a few specimens resembled those of other close species, such as Solenopsis megergates Trager. Mature larvae thus presented considerable intraspecific variation in some characters recently proposed to aid fire ant species separation (morphology of head hairs.

  16. Social context predicts recognition systems in ant queens

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    Dreier, Stéphanie Agnès Jeanine; d'Ettorre, Patrizia

    2009-01-01

    Recognition of group-members is a key feature of sociality. Ants use chemical communication to discriminate nestmates from intruders, enhancing kin cooperation and preventing parasitism. The recognition code is embedded in their cuticular chemical profile, which typically varies between colonies....... We predicted that ants might be capable of accurate recognition in unusual situations when few individuals interact repeatedly, as new colonies started by two to three queens. Individual recognition would be favoured by selection when queens establish dominance hierarchies, because repeated fights...... for dominance are costly; but it would not evolve in absence of hierarchies. We previously showed that Pachycondyla co-founding queens, which form dominance hierarchies, have accurate individual recognition based on chemical cues. Here, we used the ant Lasius niger to test the null hypothesis that individual...

  17. Natural selection drives the evolution of ant life cycles.

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    Wilson, Edward O; Nowak, Martin A

    2014-09-02

    The genetic origin of advanced social organization has long been one of the outstanding problems of evolutionary biology. Here we present an analysis of the major steps in ant evolution, based for the first time, to our knowledge, on combined recent advances in paleontology, phylogeny, and the study of contemporary life histories. We provide evidence of the causal forces of natural selection shaping several key phenomena: (i) the relative lateness and rarity in geological time of the emergence of eusociality in ants and other animal phylads; (ii) the prevalence of monogamy at the time of evolutionary origin; and (iii) the female-biased sex allocation observed in many ant species. We argue that a clear understanding of the evolution of social insects can emerge if, in addition to relatedness-based arguments, we take into account key factors of natural history and study how natural selection acts on alleles that modify social behavior.

  18. Native supercolonies of unrelated individuals in the invasive Argentine ant

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    Pedersen, Jes Søe; Krieger, Michael J. B.; Vogel, Valérie

    2006-01-01

    organization is not only a key attribute responsible for the ecological dominance of these ants, but also an evolutionary paradox because relatedness between nestmates is effectively zero. Recently, it has been proposed that, in the Argentine ant, unicoloniality is a derived trait that evolved after its......Kinship among group members has long been recognized as a main factor promoting the evolution of sociality and reproductive altruism, yet some ants have an extraordinary social organization, called unicoloniality, whereby individuals mix freely among physically separated nests. This type of social...... with related individuals who are aggressive toward members of other colonies, we found that native populations also form supercolonies, and are effectively unicolonial. Moreover, just as in introduced populations, the relatedness between nestmates is not distinguishable from zero in these native range...

  19. Ants at Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, Songkhla

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    Watanasit, S.

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate diversity of ant at Ton Nga Chang Wildlife Sanctuary, Hat Yai, Songkhla. Three line transects (100 m each were randomly set up in 2 types of forest area, disturbed and undisturbed. Hand collecting (HC and leaf litter sampling (LL were applied for ant collection within a time limit of 30 minutes for each method. This study was carried out every month during Febuary 2002- Febuary 2003. The results showed that 206 species were placed under 8 subfamilies: Aenictinae, Cerapachyinae, Dolichoderinae, Formicinae, Leptanillinae, Myrmicinae, Ponerinae and Pseudomyrmecinae. Study sites and collection methods could divide ant species into 2 groups, whereas seasonal change could not distinguish the groups by DCA of multivariate analysis.

  20. Social isolation and brain development in the ant Camponotus floridanus

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    Seid, Marc A.; Junge, Erich

    2016-06-01

    Social interactions play a key role in the healthy development of social animals and are most pronounced in species with complex social networks. When developing offspring do not receive proper social interaction, they show developmental impairments. This effect is well documented in mammalian species but controversial in social insects. It has been hypothesized that the enlargement of the mushroom bodies, responsible for learning and memory, observed in social insects is needed for maintaining the large social networks and/or task allocation. This study examines the impact of social isolation on the development of mushroom bodies of the ant Camponotus floridanus. Ants raised in isolation were shown to exhibit impairment in the growth of the mushroom bodies as well as behavioral differences when compared to ants raised in social groups. These results indicate that social interaction is necessary for the proper development of C. floridanus mushroom bodies.

  1. Ant colonies prefer infected over uninfected nest sites

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    Pontieri, Luigi; Vojvodic, Svjetlana; Graham, Riley

    2014-01-01

    with sporulating mycelium of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum (infected nests), nests containing nestmates killed by freezing (uninfected nests), and empty nests. In contrast to the expectation pharaoh ant colonies preferentially (84%) moved into the infected nest when presented with the choice...... the high risk of epidemics in group-living animals. Choosing nest sites free of pathogens is hypothesized to be highly efficient in invasive ants as each of their introduced populations is often an open network of nests exchanging individuals (unicolonial) with frequent relocation into new nest sites...... and low genetic diversity, likely making these species particularly vulnerable to parasites and diseases. We investigated the nest site preference of the invasive pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis, through binary choice tests between three nest types: nests containing dead nestmates overgrown...

  2. EVOLUTIONARY TRANSITIONS IN ENZYME ACTIVITY OF ANT FUNGUS GARDENS

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    De Fine Licht, Henrik H; Schiøtt, Morten; Mueller, Ulrich G

    2010-01-01

    an association with a monophyletic clade of specialized symbionts. In conjunction with the transition to specialized symbionts, the ants advanced in colony size and social complexity. Here we provide a comparative study of the functional specialization in extracellular enzyme activities in fungus gardens across...... the attine phylogeny. We show that, relative to sister clades, gardens of higher-attine ants have enhanced activity of protein-digesting enzymes, whereas gardens of leaf-cutting ants also have increased activity of starch-digesting enzymes. However, the enzyme activities of lower-attine fungus gardens...... are targeted primarily towards partial degradation of plant cell walls, reflecting a plesiomorphic state of non-domesticated fungi. The enzyme profiles of the higher-attine and leaf-cutting gardens appear particularly suited to digest fresh plant materials and to access nutrients from live cells without major...

  3. Diagnóstico das condições higiênico-sanitárias e microbiológicas de lactários hospitalares

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    Raquel Kuerten de Salles

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Partindo-se da premissa de que os alimentos podem ser veículos de transmissão de microrganismos e metabólitos microbianos, e sendo a alimentação láctea a base alimentar e terapêutica para crianças hospitalizadas, foi avaliada a influência das condições higiênico-sanitárias dos lactários hospitalares quanto à qualidade microbiológica dos alimentos por eles fornecidos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram realizadas inspeções sanitárias e análises microbiológicas das preparações lácteas, matérias-primas utilizadas nas formulações, utensílios, condições do ambiente e manipuladores de dois lactários do Município de Florianópolis, SC, Brasil. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: Os lactários hospitalares apresentaram boas condições higiênico-sanitárias, classificação esta obtida a partir dos resultados coletados das fichas de Inspeção Sanitária. As preparações lácteas apresentaram contaminação em 45,9% das amostras para contagem de coliformes totais. Os utensílios também apresentaram um elevado índice de contaminação, especialmente os bicos e jarras plásticas, com percentuais respectivamente de 75% e 58,3% para coliformes totais. Foi constatada a presença de E. coli e S. aureus nas mãos e S. aureus na região orofaríngea dos manipuladores dos lactários.

  4. Diagnóstico das condições higiênico-sanitárias e microbiológicas de lactários hospitalares

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    Salles Raquel Kuerten de

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Partindo-se da premissa de que os alimentos podem ser veículos de transmissão de microrganismos e metabólitos microbianos, e sendo a alimentação láctea a base alimentar e terapêutica para crianças hospitalizadas, foi avaliada a influência das condições higiênico-sanitárias dos lactários hospitalares quanto à qualidade microbiológica dos alimentos por eles fornecidos. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Foram realizadas inspeções sanitárias e análises microbiológicas das preparações lácteas, matérias-primas utilizadas nas formulações, utensílios, condições do ambiente e manipuladores de dois lactários do Município de Florianópolis, SC, Brasil. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: Os lactários hospitalares apresentaram boas condições higiênico-sanitárias, classificação esta obtida a partir dos resultados coletados das fichas de Inspeção Sanitária. As preparações lácteas apresentaram contaminação em 45,9% das amostras para contagem de coliformes totais. Os utensílios também apresentaram um elevado índice de contaminação, especialmente os bicos e jarras plásticas, com percentuais respectivamente de 75% e 58,3% para coliformes totais. Foi constatada a presença de E. coli e S. aureus nas mãos e S. aureus na região orofaríngea dos manipuladores dos lactários.

  5. Outsourcing de serviços públicos hospitalares na região da Grande Vitória/ES

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    Marcelo Moll Brandão

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    Full Text Available Objetiva-se com esta pesquisa analisar e apresentar a terceirização de serviços (outsourcing como estrutura de governança em hospitais públicos estaduais da Grande Vitória/ES. Utilizou-se de um estudo empírico, no qual foram realizadas pesquisas na Secretaria de Estado da Saúde, Tribunal de Contas do Estado do Espírito Santo e MinistérioPúblico do Trabalho. Foram aplicados questionários em sete hospitais, que foram respondidos pelos responsáveis dos serviços. A pesquisa foi baseada na Economia dos Custos de Transação e procurou estudar a relação de probabilidade de outsourcing com as seguintes variáveis: especificidade do ativo, frequência e incerteza. Os resultados mostraram que os riscos contratuais não são os principais direcionadores da terceirização pública hospitalar, conforme esperado, tampouco a legislação vigente, visto que, pelo baixo enforcement, verificou-se a existência de processos divergentes da lei. Observou-seainda que o administrador hospitalar gerencia pela não existência de falha em áreas críticas, abrindo mão da eficiência de custos de transação. Dessa forma, a falta de recursos por parte do Governo, a ineficiência na contratação de mão de obra pública, bem como a falta de incentivos à performance do agente público, podem levar a situações distantes na organização eficiente da atividade.

  6. Pericarpial nectary-visiting ants do not provide fruit protection against pre-dispersal seed predators regardless of ant species composition and resource availability.

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    Priscila Andre Sanz-Veiga

    Full Text Available Extrafloral nectaries can occur in both vegetative and reproductive plant structures. In many Rubiaceae species in the Brazilian Cerrado, after corolla abscission, the floral nectary continues to secret nectar throughout fruit development originating post-floral pericarpial nectaries which commonly attract many ant species. The occurrence of such nectar secreting structures might be strategic for fruit protection against seed predators, as plants are expected to invest higher on more valuable and vulnerable parts. Here, we performed ant exclusion experiments to investigate whether the interaction with ants mediated by the pericarpial nectaries of Tocoyena formosa affects plant reproductive success by reducing the number of pre-dispersal seed predators. We also assessed whether ant protection was dependent on ant species composition and resource availability. Although most of the plants were visited by large and aggressive ant species, such as Ectatomma tuberculatum and species of the genus Camponotus, ants did not protect fruits against seed predators. Furthermore, the result of the interaction was neither related to ant species composition nor to the availability of resources. We suggest that these results may be related to the nature and behavior of the most important seed predators, like Hemicolpus abdominalis weevil which the exoskeleton toughness prevent it from being predated by most ant species. On the other hand, not explored factors, such as reward quality, local ant abundance, ant colony characteristics and/or the presence of alternative energetic sources could also account for variations in ant frequency, composition, and finally ant protective effects, highlighting the conditionality of facultative plant-ant mutualisms.

  7. Agricultural matrices affect ground ant assemblage composition inside forest fragments.

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    Diego Santana Assis

    Full Text Available The establishment of agricultural matrices generally involves deforestation, which leads to fragmentation of the remaining forest. This fragmentation can affect forest dynamics both positively and negatively. Since most animal species are affected, certain groups can be used to measure the impact of such fragmentation. This study aimed to measure the impacts of agricultural crops (matrices on ant communities of adjacent lower montane Atlantic rainforest fragments. We sampled nine forest fragments at locations surrounded by different agricultural matrices, namely: coffee (3 replicates; sugarcane (3; and pasture (3. At each site we installed pitfall traps along a 500 m transect from the interior of the matrix to the interior of the fragment (20 pitfall traps ~25 m apart. Each transect was partitioned into four categories: interior of the matrix; edge of the matrix; edge of the fragment; and interior of the fragment. For each sample site, we measured ant species richness and ant community composition within each transect category. Ant richness and composition differed between fragments and matrices. Each sample location had a specific composition of ants, probably because of the influence of the nature and management of the agricultural matrices. Species composition in the coffee matrix had the highest similarity to its corresponding fragment. The variability in species composition within forest fragments surrounded by pasture was greatest when compared with forest fragments surrounded by sugarcane or, to a lesser extent, coffee. Functional guild composition differed between locations, but the most representative guild was 'generalist' both in the agricultural matrices and forest fragments. Our results are important for understanding how agricultural matrices act on ant communities, and also, how these isolated forest fragments could act as an island of biodiversity in an 'ocean of crops'.

  8. Agricultural matrices affect ground ant assemblage composition inside forest fragments.

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    Assis, Diego Santana; Dos Santos, Iracenir Andrade; Ramos, Flavio Nunes; Barrios-Rojas, Katty Elena; Majer, Jonathan David; Vilela, Evaldo Ferreira

    2018-01-01

    The establishment of agricultural matrices generally involves deforestation, which leads to fragmentation of the remaining forest. This fragmentation can affect forest dynamics both positively and negatively. Since most animal species are affected, certain groups can be used to measure the impact of such fragmentation. This study aimed to measure the impacts of agricultural crops (matrices) on ant communities of adjacent lower montane Atlantic rainforest fragments. We sampled nine forest fragments at locations surrounded by different agricultural matrices, namely: coffee (3 replicates); sugarcane (3); and pasture (3). At each site we installed pitfall traps along a 500 m transect from the interior of the matrix to the interior of the fragment (20 pitfall traps ~25 m apart). Each transect was partitioned into four categories: interior of the matrix; edge of the matrix; edge of the fragment; and interior of the fragment. For each sample site, we measured ant species richness and ant community composition within each transect category. Ant richness and composition differed between fragments and matrices. Each sample location had a specific composition of ants, probably because of the influence of the nature and management of the agricultural matrices. Species composition in the coffee matrix had the highest similarity to its corresponding fragment. The variability in species composition within forest fragments surrounded by pasture was greatest when compared with forest fragments surrounded by sugarcane or, to a lesser extent, coffee. Functional guild composition differed between locations, but the most representative guild was 'generalist' both in the agricultural matrices and forest fragments. Our results are important for understanding how agricultural matrices act on ant communities, and also, how these isolated forest fragments could act as an island of biodiversity in an 'ocean of crops'.

  9. Characterization of actinobacteria associated with three ant-plant mutualisms.

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    Hanshew, Alissa S; McDonald, Bradon R; Díaz Díaz, Carol; Djiéto-Lordon, Champlain; Blatrix, Rumsaïs; Currie, Cameron R

    2015-01-01

    Ant-plant mutualisms are conspicuous and ecologically important components of tropical ecosystems that remain largely unexplored in terms of insect-associated microbial communities. Recent work has revealed that ants in some ant-plant systems cultivate fungi (Chaetothyriales) within their domatia, which are fed to larvae. Using Pseudomyrmex penetrator/Tachigali sp. from French Guiana and Petalomyrmex phylax/Leonardoxa africana and Crematogaster margaritae/Keetia hispida, both from Cameroon, as models, we tested the hypothesis that ant-plant-fungus mutualisms co-occur with culturable Actinobacteria. Using selective media, we isolated 861 putative Actinobacteria from the three systems. All C. margaritae/K. hispida samples had culturable Actinobacteria with a mean of 10.0 colony forming units (CFUs) per sample, while 26 % of P. penetrator/Tachigali samples (mean CFUs 1.3) and 67 % of P. phylax/L. africana samples (mean CFUs 3.6) yielded Actinobacteria. The largest number of CFUs was obtained from P. penetrator workers, P. phylax alates, and C. margaritae pupae. 16S rRNA gene sequencing and phylogenetic analysis revealed the presence of four main clades of Streptomyces and one clade of Nocardioides within these three ant-plant mutualisms. Streptomyces with antifungal properties were isolated from all three systems, suggesting that they could serve as protective symbionts, as found in other insects. In addition, a number of isolates from a clade of Streptomyces associated with P. phylax/L. africana and C. margaritae/K. hispida were capable of degrading cellulose, suggesting that Streptomyces in these systems may serve a nutritional role. Repeated isolation of particular clades of Actinobacteria from two geographically distant locations supports these isolates as residents in ant-plant-fungi niches.

  10. Plant genotype shapes ant-aphid interactions: implications for community structure and indirect plant defense.

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    Mooney, Kailen A; Agrawal, Anurag A

    2008-06-01

    Little is known about the mechanisms by which plant genotype shapes arthropod community structure. In a field experiment, we measured the effects of milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) genotype and ants on milkweed arthropods. Populations of the ant-tended aphid Aphis asclepiadis and the untended aphid Myzocallis asclepiadis varied eight- to 18-fold among milkweed genotypes, depending on aphid species and whether ants were present. There was no milkweed effect on predatory arthropods. Ants increased Aphis abundance 59%, decreased Myzocallis abundance 52%, and decreased predator abundance 56%. Milkweed genotype indirectly influenced ants via direct effects on Aphis and Myzocallis abundance. Milkweed genotype also modified ant-aphid interactions, influencing the number of ants attracted per Aphis and Myzocallis. While ant effects on Myzocallis were consistently negative, effects on Aphis ranged from antagonistic to mutualistic among milkweed genotypes. As a consequence of milkweed effects on ant-aphid interactions, ant abundance varied 13-fold among milkweed genotypes, and monarch caterpillar survival was negatively correlated with genetic variation in ant abundance. We speculate that heritable variation in milkweed phloem sap drives these effects on aphids, ants, and caterpillars. In summary, milkweed exerts genetic control over the interactions between aphids and an ant that provides defense against foliage-feeding caterpillars.

  11. Intrapopulation differences in ant eating in the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

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    Ganas, Jessica; Robbins, Martha M

    2004-10-01

    Variability in ant eating has been observed in several populations of eastern and western gorillas. We investigated the occurrence of ant (Dorylus sp.) eating in two groups of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) with overlapping home ranges within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda from September 2001 to August 2002. We calculated the frequency of ant eating by an indirect method of analyzing fecal samples from silverbacks, adult females, and juveniles. One group consumed ants significantly more often than the other (3.3 vs 17.6% of days sampled). Furthermore, the group that consumed ants more often also consumed them on a seasonal basis (September-February monthly range: 0-8%; March-August monthly range: 30-42.9%). Finally, females and juveniles of this group consumed ants significantly more often than did the silverback (total samples containing ants: silverback, 2.1%; adult female, 13.2%; juvenile, 11.2%). Differences in ant eating between groups are likely due to variability in use of habitats where ants occur (particularly secondary forests). Surveys of ant densities in differing habitats, nutritional analysis of ants, and quantification of the amount of ants in their diets are necessary to understand if ant consumption is due to availability, nutritional value, group traditions, or taste preference.

  12. Five new records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Morocco.

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    Taheri, Ahmed; Reyes-López, Joaquin L

    2015-01-01

    A recent catalogue of the rich ant fauna of Morocco included 214 species, with later studies adding an additional 12 species. Following recent fieldwork in the north of Morocco, we report five new records for the country (Plagiolepis pygmaea Latreille, 1798, Ponera testacea Emery, 1895, Strumigenys tenuipilis Emery, 1915, Temnothorax pardoi Tinaut, 1987, and Tetramorium parvioculum Guillem & Bensusan, 2009) and we present new data on the distribution and natural history of six additional species. This work brings the total number of ants known from Morocco to 233, taking into account two species which were omitted in the list of Cagniant. © Crown copyright 2015.

  13. Core Business Selection Based on Ant Colony Clustering Algorithm

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    Yu Lan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Core business is the most important business to the enterprise in diversified business. In this paper, we first introduce the definition and characteristics of the core business and then descript the ant colony clustering algorithm. In order to test the effectiveness of the proposed method, Tianjin Port Logistics Development Co., Ltd. is selected as the research object. Based on the current situation of the development of the company, the core business of the company can be acquired by ant colony clustering algorithm. Thus, the results indicate that the proposed method is an effective way to determine the core business for company.

  14. Significance of chemical recognition cues is context dependent in ants

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    Bos, N.; Guerrieri, F.J.; d'Ettorre, P.

    2010-01-01

    signatures, composed primarily of long-chain cuticular hydrocarbons. These signatures are colony specific and allow discrimination between nestmates and non-nestmates. Nevertheless, the mechanisms underlying detection, perception and information processing of chemical signatures are poorly understood. It has...... context, affects aggression against non-nestmates carrying the hydrocarbon profile associated with food. Individual ant workers were able to associate the non-nestmate chemical profile with food. However, conditioned ants were still aggressive when encountering a non-nestmate carrying the odour profile...

  15. Mutualistic fungi control crop diversity in fungus-growing ants

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    Poulsen, Michael; Boomsma, Jacobus J

    2005-01-01

    Leaf-cutting ants rear clonal fungi for food and transmit the fungi from mother to daughter colonies so that symbiont mixing and conflict, which result from competition between genetically different clones, are avoided. Here we show that despite millions of years of predominantly vertical...... transmission, the domesticated fungi actively reject mycelial fragments from neighboring colonies, and that the strength of these reactions are in proportion to the overall genetic difference between these symbionts. Fungal incompatibility compounds remain intact during ant digestion, so that fecal droplets...

  16. Are queen ants inhibited by their own pheromone?

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    Holman, L.; Leroy, C.; Jørgensen, Charlotte

    2013-01-01

    . Communication in social insects is predominantly chemical, and the mechanisms regulating processes such as reproductive division of labor are becoming increasingly well understood. Recently, a queen cuticular hydrocarbon (3-MeC31) that inhibits worker reproduction and aggression was isolated in the ant Lasius...... niger. Here, we find that this pheromone also has a weak negative effect on queen productivity and oogenesis. Because 3-MeC31 is present on both queens and their brood, we suggest that it is used by ants of both castes to adjust their fecundity to the amount of developing brood and the presence of other...

  17. Sperm storage induces an immunity cost in ants

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    Baer, Boris; Armitage, Sophie A O; Boomsma, Jacobus J

    2006-01-01

    Ant queens are among the most long-lived insects known. They mate early in adult life and maintain millions of viable sperm in their sperm storage organ until they die many years later. Because they never re-mate, the reproductive success of queens is ultimately sperm-limited, but it is not known...... what selective forces determine the upper limit to sperm storage. Here we show that sperm storage carries a significant cost of reduced immunity during colony founding. Newly mated queens of the leaf-cutting ant Atta colombica upregulate their immune response shortly after completing their nest burrow...

  18. The search rate of the African weaver ant in cashew

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    Henriksen, Signe; Axelsen, Jørgen Aagaard; Lemming, Katrine Hansen

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    Oecophylla longinoda is a species of eusocial colony living ants that prey upon other insects to feed their larva. Many of these insects are considered pests. An ecosystem model of the interactions between an O. longinoda colony and its potential prey is under construction by the team behind...... this article, and it is unknown which functional response equations are useful for eusocial insect colonies. We investigated the search rate of O. longinoda using artificial feeding experiments in a Tanzanian cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) orchard to determine the search efficiency of the ants...

  19. Application of ant colony optimization in NPP classification fault location

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    Xie Chunli; Liu Yongkuo; Xia Hong

    2009-01-01

    Nuclear Power Plant is a highly complex structural system with high safety requirements. Fault location appears to be particularly important to enhance its safety. Ant Colony Optimization is a new type of optimization algorithm, which is used in the fault location and classification of nuclear power plants in this paper. Taking the main coolant system of the first loop as the study object, using VB6.0 programming technology, the NPP fault location system is designed, and is tested against the related data in the literature. Test results show that the ant colony optimization can be used in the accurate classification fault location in the nuclear power plants. (authors)

  20. Sex-specific kleptoparasitic foraging in ant-eating spiders

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    Martisová, Martina; Bilde, T.; Pekar, Stano

    2009-01-01

    . To investigate this hypothesis, we studied the effect of sex and life history stage on the frequency of kleptoparasitism in ant-eating spiders of the genus Zodarion in the field. These spiders use a special capture technique involving a quick attack on an ant that is left unguarded by spiders for several minutes......, providing ample opportunities for kleptoparasitism. We found that adult females consistently hunted actively, while adult males ceased active prey capture and instead engaged in kleptoparasitism. Juvenile spiders were active hunters irrespective of sex. Consistent with an ontogenetic shift in foraging...

  1. Conflict over reproduction in an ant-plant symbiosis: why Allomerus octoarticulatus ants sterilize Cordia nodosa trees.

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    Frederickson, Megan E

    2009-05-01

    The evolutionary stability of mutualism is thought to depend on how well the fitness interests of partners are aligned. Because most ant-myrmecophyte mutualisms are persistent and horizontally transmitted, partners share an interest in growth but not in reproduction. Resources invested in reproduction are unavailable for growth, giving rise to a conflict of interest between partners. I investigated whether this explains why Allomerus octoarticulatus ants sterilize Cordia nodosa trees. Allomerus octoarticulatus nests in the hollow stem domatia of C. nodosa. Workers protect C. nodosa leaves against herbivores but destroy inflorescences. Using C. nodosa trees with Azteca ants, which do not sterilize their hosts, I cut inflorescences off trees to simulate sterilization by A. octoarticulatus. Sterilized C. nodosa grew faster than control trees, providing evidence for a trade-off between growth and reproduction. Allomerus octoarticulatus manipulates this trade-off to its advantage; sterilized trees produce more domatia and can house larger, more fecund colonies.

  2. The genomic impact of 100 million years of social evolution in seven ant species

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    Gadau, Jürgen; Helmkampf, Martin; Nygaard, Sanne

    2012-01-01

    Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) represent one of the most successful eusocial taxa in terms of both their geographic distribution and species number. The publication of seven ant genomes within the past year was a quantum leap for socio- and ant genomics. The diversity of social organization in ants...... between social and solitary insects, as well as among ant species. Altogether, these seven ant genomes open exciting new research avenues and opportunities for understanding the genetic basis and regulation of social species, and adaptive complex systems in general....... makes them excellent model organisms to study the evolution of social systems. Comparing the ant genomes with those of the honeybee, a lineage that evolved eusociality independently from ants, and solitary insects suggests that there are significant differences in key aspects of genome organization...

  3. Impact of imidacloprid on new queens of imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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    Neonicotinoid insecticides are commonly used in managing pest ants, including the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. There is increasing evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides at sublethal concentrations have profound effects on social insects. However, the sublethal effect of neonicot...

  4. Live and let die: why fighter males of the ant Cardiocondyla kill each other but tolerate their winged rivals

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    Anderson, Carl; Cremer, Sylvia Maria; Heinze, Jürgen

    2003-01-01

    alternative dispersal tactics, ants, Cardiocondyla, ergatoid males, fighting, male dimorphism, toleration......alternative dispersal tactics, ants, Cardiocondyla, ergatoid males, fighting, male dimorphism, toleration...

  5. Olfactory memory established during trophallaxis affects food search behaviour in ants

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    Provecho, Y.; Josens, R.

    2009-01-01

    Camponotus mus ants can associate sucrose and odour at the source during successive foraging cycles and use this memory to locate the nectar in the absence of other cues. These ants perform conspicuous trophallactic behaviour during recruitment while foraging for nectar. In this work, we studied whether Camponotus mus ants are able to establish this odour-sucrose association in the social context of trophallaxis and we evaluated this memory in another context previously experienced by the ant...

  6. Individual Rules for Trail Pattern Formation in Argentine Ants (Linepithema humile)

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    Perna, Andrea; Granovskiy, Boris; Garnier, Simon; Nicolis, Stamatios C.; Labédan, Marjorie; Theraulaz, Guy; Fourcassié, Vincent; Sumpter, David J. T.

    2012-01-01

    We studied the formation of trail patterns by Argentine ants exploring an empty arena. Using a novel imaging and analysis technique we estimated pheromone concentrations at all spatial positions in the experimental arena and at different times. Then we derived the response function of individual ants to pheromone concentrations by looking at correlations between concentrations and changes in speed or direction of the ants. Ants were found to turn in response to local pheromone concentrations,...

  7. 9 CFR 381.71 - Condemnation on ante mortem inspection.

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    2010-01-01

    ... dressed, nor shall they be conveyed into any department of the official establishment where poultry... AGRICULTURE AGENCY ORGANIZATION AND TERMINOLOGY; MANDATORY MEAT AND POULTRY PRODUCTS INSPECTION AND VOLUNTARY INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION POULTRY PRODUCTS INSPECTION REGULATIONS Ante Mortem Inspection § 381.71...

  8. Application of ant colony optimisation in distribution transformer sizing

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    This study proposes an optimisation method for transformer sizing in power system using ant colony optimisation and a verification of the process by MATLAB software. The aim is to address the issue of transformer sizing which is a major challenge affecting its effective performance, longevity, huge capital cost and power ...

  9. Formulation des betons autopla~ants : Optimisation du squelette ...

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    Formulation des betons autopla~ants : Optimisation du squelette granulaire par la methode graphique de Dreux - Gorisse. Fatiha Boumaza - Zeraoulia* & Mourad Behim. Laboratoire Materiaux, Geo - Materiaux et Environnement - Departement de Genie Civil. Universite Badji Mokhtar Annaba - BP 12, 23000 Annaba - ...

  10. Ant and rattan associations in forest of tropical Africa | Sunderland ...

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    Recent fieldwork aimed at increasing our knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of African rattans has indicated that there is a significant relationship between these climbing palms and a number of ant species. A closer investigation into this relationship has found that the morphology of rattan palms is particularly ...

  11. Are workers of Atta leafcutter ants capable of reproduction?

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    Dijkstra, Michiel Bendert; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan

    2006-01-01

    ovaries. Workers of Atta leafcutter ants only lay trophic eggs in queenright colonies. Although Atta colonies are commonly kept at universities, museums, and zoos, no reports of worker sons in orphaned colonies exist, suggesting that Atta workers are infertile. To explicitly test this, we created eleven...

  12. Does the afrotropical army ant Dorylus (Anomma) molestus go ...

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    Swarm-raiding army ants are extremely polyphagous nomadic predators inhabiting tropical forests. They are considered keystone species because their raids can regulate the population dynamics of their prey and because a plethora of both invertebrate and vertebrate species are obligatorily or facultatively associated with ...

  13. Biogeography of Puerto Rican ants: a non-equilibrium case?

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    J.A. Torres; R.R. Snelling

    1997-01-01

    Ants were studied on Puerto Rico and 44 islands surrounding Puerto Rico. Habitat diversity was the best predictor of the number of species per island and the distributions of species followed a nested subset pattern. The number of extinctions per island was low, approximately 1 to 2 extinctions per island in a period of 18 years, and the rates of colonization seem to...

  14. Recurrent bridgehead effects accelerate global alien ant spread

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    Cleo Bertelsmeier; Sébastien Ollier; Andrew M. Liebhold; Eckehard G. Brockerhoff; Darren Ward; Laurent Keller

    2018-01-01

    Biological invasions are a major threat to biological diversity, agriculture, and human health. To predict and prevent new invasions, it is crucial to develop a better understanding of the drivers of the invasion process. The analysis of 4,533 border interception events revealed that at least 51 different alien ant species were intercepted at US ports over a period of...

  15. Ultrastructure of antennal sensillae of the samsum ant ...

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    Jane

    2010-10-11

    Oct 11, 2010 ... subsequently may form the basis in producing its effective control measure in future. ... persons that may deteriorate into serious health condi- tions. ... with the behavioral ecology of ants (Faucheux et al.,. 2006) ... Basiconic type acts as food and CO2 receptor, trichoids ..... Sex pheromone perception in male.

  16. Energy Efficient Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks based on Ant ...

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    PROF. O. E. OSUAGWU

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    Sep 1, 2013 ... improved Ant System and their application in WSN routing process. The simulation results show ... and Mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) are inappropriate for ... Dorigo in 1992 in his PhD thesis, the first algorithm was aiming ...

  17. Urban physiology: city ants possess high heat tolerance.

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    Michael J Angilletta

    Full Text Available Urbanization has caused regional increases in temperature that exceed those measured on a global scale, leading to urban heat islands as much as 12 degrees C hotter than their surroundings. Optimality models predict ectotherms in urban areas should tolerate heat better and cold worse than ectotherms in rural areas. We tested these predications by measuring heat and cold tolerances of leaf-cutter ants from South America's largest city (São Paulo, Brazil. Specifically, we compared thermal tolerances of ants from inside and outside of the city. Knock-down resistance and chill-coma recovery were used as indicators of heat and cold tolerances, respectively. Ants from within the city took 20% longer to lose mobility at 42 degrees C than ants from outside the city. Interestingly, greater heat tolerance came at no obvious expense of cold tolerance; hence, our observations only partially support current theory. Our results indicate that thermal tolerances of some organisms can respond to rapid changes in climate. Predictive models should account for acclimatory and evolutionary responses during climate change.

  18. Irving Babbitti humanismi põhijooned / Ants Oras

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    Oras, Ants

    2003-01-01

    Varem ilmunud: rmt.: "Kultuuri ja teaduse teilt: mõtteid ja uurimusi Tartu Ülikooli 300-nda mälestusaasta puhuks". Tartu : Loodus, 1932, lk. 144-153 ; Ants Oras, "Irving Babbitt' i humanismi põhijooned: äratrükk koguteosest "Kultuuri ja teaduse teilt"". Tartu, 1932

  19. Ant-egg cataract. An electron microscopic study

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    Schrøder, H D; Nissen, S H

    1979-01-01

    an intermittent growth of the structure. In the ant-eggs, as well as in some areas separate from these, membrane limited cytoplasmic bodies could be seen in many cases, the membranes of which were partly joint and partly separated by an electron dense material. It is suggested that the calcifications seen...

  20. Compass cues used by a nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas.

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    Freas, Cody A; Narendra, Ajay; Cheng, Ken

    2017-05-01

    Ants use both terrestrial landmarks and celestial cues to navigate to and from their nest location. These cues persist even as light levels drop during the twilight/night. Here, we determined the compass cues used by a nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas , in which the majority of individuals begin foraging during the evening twilight period. Myrmecia midas foragers with vectors of ≤5   m when displaced to unfamiliar locations did not follow the home vector, but instead showed random heading directions. Foragers with larger home vectors (≥10   m) oriented towards the fictive nest, indicating a possible increase in cue strength with vector length. When the ants were displaced locally to create a conflict between the home direction indicated by the path integrator and terrestrial landmarks, foragers oriented using landmark information exclusively and ignored any accumulated home vector regardless of vector length. When the visual landmarks at the local displacement site were blocked, foragers were unable to orient to the nest direction and their heading directions were randomly distributed. Myrmecia midas ants typically nest at the base of the tree and some individuals forage on the same tree. Foragers collected on the nest tree during evening twilight were unable to orient towards the nest after small lateral displacements away from the nest. This suggests the possibility of high tree fidelity and an inability to extrapolate landmark compass cues from information collected on the tree and at the nest site to close displacement sites. © 2017. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  1. Variability in individual activity bursts improves ant foraging success.

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    Campos, Daniel; Bartumeus, Frederic; Méndez, Vicenç; Andrade, José S; Espadaler, Xavier

    2016-12-01

    Using experimental and computational methods, we study the role of behavioural variability in activity bursts (or temporal activity patterns) for individual and collective regulation of foraging in A. senilis ants. First, foraging experiments were carried out under special conditions (low densities of ants and food and absence of external cues or stimuli) where individual-based strategies are most prevalent. By using marked individuals and recording all foraging trajectories, we were then able to precisely quantify behavioural variability among individuals. Our main conclusions are that (i) variability of ant trajectories (turning angles, speed, etc.) is low compared with variability of temporal activity profiles, and (ii) this variability seems to be driven by plasticity of individual behaviour through time, rather than the presence of fixed behavioural stereotypes or specialists within the group. The statistical measures obtained from these experimental foraging patterns are then used to build a general agent-based model (ABM) which includes the most relevant properties of ant foraging under natural conditions, including recruitment through pheromone communication. Using the ABM, we are able to provide computational evidence that the characteristics of individual variability observed in our experiments can provide a functional advantage (in terms of foraging success) to the group; thus, we propose the biological basis underpinning our observations. Altogether, our study reveals the potential utility of experiments under simplified (laboratory) conditions for understanding information-gathering in biological systems. © 2016 The Author(s).

  2. Ant Colony Optimization and the Minimum Cut Problem

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    Kötzing, Timo; Lehre, Per Kristian; Neumann, Frank

    2010-01-01

    Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) is a powerful metaheuristic for solving combinatorial optimization problems. With this paper we contribute to the theoretical understanding of this kind of algorithm by investigating the classical minimum cut problem. An ACO algorithm similar to the one that was prov...

  3. Evolutionary transitions in enzyme activity of ant fungus gardens.

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    De Fine Licht, Henrik H; Schiøtt, Morten; Mueller, Ulrich G; Boomsma, Jacobus J

    2010-07-01

    Fungus-growing (attine) ants and their fungal symbionts passed through several evolutionary transitions during their 50 million year old evolutionary history. The basal attine lineages often shifted between two main cultivar clades, whereas the derived higher-attine lineages maintained an association with a monophyletic clade of specialized symbionts. In conjunction with the transition to specialized symbionts, the ants advanced in colony size and social complexity. Here we provide a comparative study of the functional specialization in extracellular enzyme activities in fungus gardens across the attine phylogeny. We show that, relative to sister clades, gardens of higher-attine ants have enhanced activity of protein-digesting enzymes, whereas gardens of leaf-cutting ants also have increased activity of starch-digesting enzymes. However, the enzyme activities of lower-attine fungus gardens are targeted primarily toward partial degradation of plant cell walls, reflecting a plesiomorphic state of nondomesticated fungi. The enzyme profiles of the higher-attine and leaf-cutting gardens appear particularly suited to digest fresh plant materials and to access nutrients from live cells without major breakdown of cell walls. The adaptive significance of the lower-attine symbiont shifts remains unclear. One of these shifts was obligate, but digestive advantages remained ambiguous, whereas the other remained facultative despite providing greater digestive efficiency.

  4. An object-oriented model for ex ante accounting information

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    Verdaasdonk, P.J.A.

    2003-01-01

    Present accounting data models such as the Research-Event-Agent (REA) model merely focus on the modeling of static accounting phenomena. In this paper, it is argued that these models are not able to provide relevant ex ante accounting data for operations management decisions. These decisions require

  5. A model of ant route navigation driven by scene familiarity.

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    Bart Baddeley

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we propose a model of visually guided route navigation in ants that captures the known properties of real behaviour whilst retaining mechanistic simplicity and thus biological plausibility. For an ant, the coupling of movement and viewing direction means that a familiar view specifies a familiar direction of movement. Since the views experienced along a habitual route will be more familiar, route navigation can be re-cast as a search for familiar views. This search can be performed with a simple scanning routine, a behaviour that ants have been observed to perform. We test this proposed route navigation strategy in simulation, by learning a series of routes through visually cluttered environments consisting of objects that are only distinguishable as silhouettes against the sky. In the first instance we determine view familiarity by exhaustive comparison with the set of views experienced during training. In further experiments we train an artificial neural network to perform familiarity discrimination using the training views. Our results indicate that, not only is the approach successful, but also that the routes that are learnt show many of the characteristics of the routes of desert ants. As such, we believe the model represents the only detailed and complete model of insect route guidance to date. What is more, the model provides a general demonstration that visually guided routes can be produced with parsimonious mechanisms that do not specify when or what to learn, nor separate routes into sequences of waypoints.

  6. Rethinking crop-disease management in fungus-growing ants

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    Boomsma, J.J.; Aanen, D.K.

    2009-01-01

    Ant fungus farming has become a prominent model for studying the evolution of mutualistic cooperation, with recent advances in reconstructing the evolutionary origin and elaborations of the symbiosis (1, 2), discovering additional partners and clarifying their interactions (3, 4), and analyzing

  7. Water Stress Strengthens Mutualism Among Ants, Trees, and Scale Insects

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    Pringle, Elizabeth G.; Akçay, Erol; Raab, Ted K.; Dirzo, Rodolfo; Gordon, Deborah M.

    2013-01-01

    Abiotic environmental variables strongly affect the outcomes of species interactions. For example, mutualistic interactions between species are often stronger when resources are limited. The effect might be indirect: water stress on plants can lead to carbon stress, which could alter carbon-mediated plant mutualisms. In mutualistic ant–plant symbioses, plants host ant colonies that defend them against herbivores. Here we show that the partners' investments in a widespread ant–plant symbiosis increase with water stress across 26 sites along a Mesoamerican precipitation gradient. At lower precipitation levels, Cordia alliodora trees invest more carbon in Azteca ants via phloem-feeding scale insects that provide the ants with sugars, and the ants provide better defense of the carbon-producing leaves. Under water stress, the trees have smaller carbon pools. A model of the carbon trade-offs for the mutualistic partners shows that the observed strategies can arise from the carbon costs of rare but extreme events of herbivory in the rainy season. Thus, water limitation, together with the risk of herbivory, increases the strength of a carbon-based mutualism. PMID:24223521

  8. Ant-inspired density estimation via random walks.

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    Musco, Cameron; Su, Hsin-Hao; Lynch, Nancy A

    2017-10-03

    Many ant species use distributed population density estimation in applications ranging from quorum sensing, to task allocation, to appraisal of enemy colony strength. It has been shown that ants estimate local population density by tracking encounter rates: The higher the density, the more often the ants bump into each other. We study distributed density estimation from a theoretical perspective. We prove that a group of anonymous agents randomly walking on a grid are able to estimate their density within a small multiplicative error in few steps by measuring their rates of encounter with other agents. Despite dependencies inherent in the fact that nearby agents may collide repeatedly (and, worse, cannot recognize when this happens), our bound nearly matches what would be required to estimate density by independently sampling grid locations. From a biological perspective, our work helps shed light on how ants and other social insects can obtain relatively accurate density estimates via encounter rates. From a technical perspective, our analysis provides tools for understanding complex dependencies in the collision probabilities of multiple random walks. We bound the strength of these dependencies using local mixing properties of the underlying graph. Our results extend beyond the grid to more general graphs, and we discuss applications to size estimation for social networks, density estimation for robot swarms, and random walk-based sampling for sensor networks.

  9. Ants Oras ja eesti Shakespeare'i-kultuur / Evelin Banhard

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    Banhard, Evelin

    2008-01-01

    Artikkel käsitleb Ants Orase rolli William Shakespeare'i pärandi tõlkija ja tutvustajana. Analüüsitakse Orase töid eesti kultuuriajakirjanduses 1920. ja 1930. aastatel ning tema hilisemaid, paguluses kirjutatud arvustusi

  10. INTRODUCTION The tailor or weaver ants of genus Oecophylla ...

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    smaragdina which is a sister species and ecological equivalent of ... Stability in population of Oecophylla in BSP and PG over 13 years suggests that weaver ant .... between the two years were significant at 95% confidence ..... over time is dependent on the nature of the perturbation. ... longinoda in relation to territorility and.

  11. Dentigerumycin: a bacterial mediator of an ant-fungus symbiosis

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    Oh, Dong-Chan; Poulsen, Michael; Currie, Cameron R

    2009-01-01

    Fungus-growing ants engage in mutualistic associations with both the fungus they cultivate for food and actinobacteria (Pseudonocardia spp.) that produce selective antibiotics to defend that fungus from specialized fungal parasites. We have analyzed one such system at the molecular level and found...

  12. Estudo de aspectos da assistência à saúde da pessoa idosa em instituições não hospitalares do município de São Paulo, Brasil Health care for the elderly - a study on some aspects of non hospital institutions in the city of S. Paulo, Brazil

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    Ernestine M. Bastian

    1977-12-01

    Full Text Available Foi feito levantamento das instituições para pessoas idosas, exceto em hospitais, no município de São Paulo, Brasil, do número de leitos nestas casas, e de aspectos de assistência prestada à saúde das pessoas nelas residentes. Formulou-se a pergunta se o número de leitos influi nesta assistência, no sentido de que instituições com grande número de leitos possa oferecer maior número e variedade dos componentes desta assistência. O resultado da indagação respondeu positivamente a esta pergunta.A survey was done in institutions for elderly people, except in hospitals, in the county of São Paulo, on the number of beds in these homes and aspects of health care offered to their residents. The question was raised whether the number of beds had an influence on health care, in the way that homes with a larger number of beds offered a greater number and more variety of the components of this care. The outcome of the research answered this question positively.

  13. ANTS AS BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS FOR MONITORING CHANGES IN ARID ENVIRONMENTS: LESSONS FOR MONITORING PROTECTED AREAS

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    The responses of ant communities to structural change (removal of an invasive were studied in a replicated experiment in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. The results from sampling of ant communities by pit-fall trapping were validated by mapping ant colonies on the experimental plo...

  14. Advances in Research on the Venom Chemistry of Imported Fire Ants

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    Workers of the imported fire ants, including red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren, black imported fire ants, S. richteri Forel, and their hybrid (S. invicta × S. richteri), are vicious stingers. Since the venomous sting is a significant medical problem to humans, the chemistry of import...

  15. Dispersal for survival: some observations on the trunk ant (Formica truncorum Fabricius)

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    Mabelis, A.A.; Korczynska, J.

    2001-01-01

    The survival chance of the trunk ant (Formica truncorum) is compared with the survival chance of two other species of red wood ants: F.rufa and F.polyctena. Nest populations of F.truncorum are much smaller than nest populations of the other red wood ant species, which makes the species a weaker

  16. The genome of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta

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    Wurm, Yannick; Wang, John; Riba-Grognuz, Oksana

    2011-01-01

    Ants have evolved very complex societies and are key ecosystem members. Some ants, such as the fire ant Solenopsis invicta, are also major pests. Here, we present a draft genome of S. invicta, assembled from Roche 454 and Illumina sequencing reads obtained from a focal haploid male and his brothe...

  17. The effects of age and social interactions on innate immunity in a leaf-cutting ant

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    Armitage, S.A.O.; Boomsma, J.J.

    2010-01-01

    defence is affected by both age and the short-term presence or absence of nestmates in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex octospinosus. We predicted that older ants would show immune senescence and that group living may result in prophylactic differences in immune defence compared to solitarily kept ants. We...

  18. The effectiveness of weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) biocontrol in Southeast Asian citrus and mango

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    Offenberg, Joachim; Cuc, Nguyen Thi Thu; Wiwatwitaya, Decha

    2013-01-01

    Oecophylla ants may protect tropical plantation crops against pests. Cost-benefit studies comparing ant-based protection with conventional methods are needed to assess whether it is economically viable. Here we contrast profits in ant and chemically protected plots in a Thai and a Vietnamese citrus...

  19. Towards a better understanding of the evolution of specialized parasites of fungus-growing ant crops

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    Yek, Sze Huei; Boomsma, Jacobus Jan; Poulsen, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Fungus-growing ants have interacted and partly coevolved with specialised microfungal parasites of the genus Escovopsis since the origin of ant fungiculture about 50 million years ago. Here, we review the recent progress in understanding the patterns of specificity of this ant-parasite associatio...

  20. Ant-Related Oviposition and Larval Performance in a Myrmecophilous Lycaenid

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    Matthew D. Trager

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We experimentally assessed ant-related oviposition and larval performance in the Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri. Ant tending had sex-dependent effects on most measures of larval growth: female larvae generally benefitted from increased tending frequency whereas male larvae were usually unaffected. The larger size of female larvae tended by ants resulted in a substantial predicted increase in lifetime egg production. Oviposition by adult females that were tended by C. floridanus ants as larvae was similar between host plants with or without ants. However, they laid relatively more eggs on plants with ants than did females raised without ants, which laid less than a third of their eggs on plants with ants present. In summary, we found conditional benefits for larvae tended by ants that were not accompanied by oviposition preference for plants with ants present, which is a reasonable result for a system in which ant presence at the time of oviposition is not a reliable indicator of future ant presence. More broadly, our results emphasize the importance of considering the consequences of variation in interspecific interactions, life history traits, and multiple measures of performance when evaluating the costs and benefits of mutualistic relationships.

  1. Drowning out the protection racket: partner manipulation or drought can strengthen ant-plant mutualism.

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    Denison, R Ford

    2014-07-01

    Two recent reports discuss interactions between plants and ants that defend them from herbivores. Acacia trees provide their ant bodyguards with a diet that reduces their ability to benefit from alternate hosts. Provisioning of ants by Cordia trees during drought may buy insurance against extreme defoliation events, not just average-year benefits. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. The interplay between scent trails and group-mass recruitment systems in ants

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    Planque, R.; van den Berg, G.J.B.; Franks, N.R.

    2013-01-01

    Large ant colonies invariably use effective scent trails to guide copious ant numbers to food sources. The success of mass recruitment hinges on the involvement of many colony members to lay powerful trails. However, many ant colonies start off as single queens. How do these same colonies forage

  3. Cuidado de enfermagem oncológico na ótica do cuidador familiar no contexto hospitalar Cuidado de enfermería oncológico en la óptica del cuidador familiar en el contexto hospitalario Oncology nursing care from the perspective of family caregivers in the hospital context

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    Catarina Aparecida Sales

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Desvelar as vivências e expectativas do acompanhante hospitalar, de paciente oncológico, sobre a assistência de enfermagem recebida. MÉTODOS: Estudo de abordagem qualitativa, descritivo, exploratório, realizado na unidade de internação oncológica de um hospital de médio porte. Participaram do estudo dez familiares cuidadores, nos meses de maio e junho de 2010. Os dados foram coletados por meio da entrevista aberta norteada por duas questões. RESULTADOS: Os resultados demonstraram que o cuidado com os familiares que acompanham seus doentes sem possibilidade de cura, não se restringe apenas às ações da enfermagem, mas envolvem também medidas administrativas e, sobretudo de infraestrutura no ambiente hospitalar. CONCLUSÃO: Depreende-se que, em muitos momentos, é preciso analisar atentamente cada situação vivida, pois a tendência básica do enfermeiro é abrir-se às normas estabelecidas e fechar-se à humanização do cuidado. Refletir sobre esse fundamento possivelmente abrirá novos horizontes a nossa própria autenticidade e historicidade como seres do cuidar.OBJETIVO: Develar las vivencias y expectativas del acompañante hospitalario, de paciente oncológico, sobre la asistencia de enfermería recibida. MÉTODOS: Estudio de abordaje cualitativo, descriptivo, exploratorio, realizado en la unidad de internamiento oncológica de un hospital de medio porte. Participaron en el estudio diez familiares cuidadores, en los meses de mayo y junio de 2010. Los datos fueron recolectados por medio de una entrevista abierta norteada por dos preguntas. RESULTADOS: Los resultados demostraron que el cuidado con los familiares que acompañan a sus enfermos sin posibilidad de cura, no se restringe solo a las acciones de la enfermería, sino que involucra también medidas administrativas y, sobre todo de infraestructura en el ambiente hospitalario. CONCLUSIÓN: Se desprende que, en muchos momentos, es preciso analizar atentamente cada

  4. Temperature limits trail following behaviour through pheromone decay in ants

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    van Oudenhove, Louise; Billoir, Elise; Boulay, Raphaël; Bernstein, Carlos; Cerdá, Xim

    2011-12-01

    In Mediterranean habitats, temperature affects both ant foraging behaviour and community structure. Many studies have shown that dominant species often forage at lower temperature than subordinates. Yet, the factors that constrain dominant species foraging activity in hot environments are still elusive. We used the dominant ant Tapinoma nigerrimum as a model species to test the hypothesis that high temperatures hinder trail following behaviour by accelerating pheromone degradation. First, field observations showed that high temperatures (> 30°C) reduce the foraging activity of T. nigerrimum independently of the daily and seasonal rhythms of this species. Second, we isolated the effect of high temperatures on pheromone trail efficacy from its effect on worker physiology. A marked substrate was heated during 10 min (five temperature treatments from 25°C to 60°C), cooled down to 25°C, and offered in a test choice to workers. At hot temperature treatments (>40°C), workers did not discriminate the previously marked substrate. High temperatures appeared therefore to accelerate pheromone degradation. Third, we assessed the pheromone decay dynamics by a mechanistic model fitted with Bayesian inference. The model predicted ant choice through the evolution of pheromone concentration on trails as a function of both temperature and time since pheromone deposition. Overall, our results highlighted that the effect of high temperatures on recruitment intensity was partly due to pheromone evaporation. In the Mediterranean ant communities, this might affect dominant species relying on chemical recruitment, more than subordinate ant species, less dependent on chemical communication and less sensitive to high temperatures.

  5. Ants can learn to forage on one-way trails.

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    Pedro Leite Ribeiro

    Full Text Available The trails formed by many ant species between nest and food source are two-way roads on which outgoing and returning workers meet and touch each other all along. The way to get back home, after grasping a food load, is to take the same route on which they have arrived from the nest. In many species such trails are chemically marked by pheromones providing orientation cues for the ants to find their way. Other species rely on their vision and use landmarks as cues. We have developed a method to stop foraging ants from shuttling on two-way trails. The only way to forage is to take two separate roads, as they cannot go back on their steps after arriving at the food or at the nest. The condition qualifies as a problem because all their orientation cues -- chemical, visual or any other -- are disrupted, as all of them cannot but lead the ants back to the route on which they arrived. We have found that workers of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa can solve the problem. They could not only find the alternative way, but also used the unidirectional traffic system to forage effectively. We suggest that their ability is an evolutionary consequence of the need to deal with environmental irregularities that cannot be negotiated by means of excessively stereotyped behavior, and that it is but an example of a widespread phenomenon. We also suggest that our method can be adapted to other species, invertebrate and vertebrate, in the study of orientation, memory, perception, learning and communication.

  6. A dieta hospitalar na perspectiva dos sujeitos envolvidos em sua produção e em seu planejamento Hospital diet from the perspective of those involved in its production and planning

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    Rosa Wanda Diez Garcia

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Conhecer as razões objetivas e subjetivas, materiais e simbólicas que fundamentam a atitude das instituições hospitalares frente à alimentação, considerando-as como uma construção social, produto de concepções e práticas de profissionais que, direta ou indiretamente, a determinam e a reproduzem. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de uma pesquisa qualitativa para a qual foram realizadas 32 entrevistas em profundidade, semi-estruturadas, aplicadas aos sujeitos que participam do processo de produção das dietas: cozinheiros, copeiros, nutricionistas, médicos, enfermeiros, auxiliares de enfermagem e diretores clínico e administrativo e observação de campo em dois hospitais, um público e um privado. RESULTADOS: A análise de conteúdo das entrevistas e dos dados de observação de campo foi organizada em duas categorias: aspectos nutricionais desagregados da comida, na qual se constatou a valorização do aspecto nutricional, principalmente em ações de suporte nutricional, em detrimento dos aspectos sensoriais e simbólicos da alimentação hospitalar; e dieta hospitalar, sobre a qual observou-se escassez de informações técnicas e a influência da própria hospitalização nas representações sociais sobre esta, no que diz respeito à condição de controle e disciplina, a pouca autonomia e poder de voz do doente. A importância dada à dieta hospitalar é limitada e a atenção nutricional hospitalar é ainda embrionária. CONCLUSÃO: São necessários esforços para mudanças na cultura alimentar hospitalar, a fim de constituir uma visão da assistência nutricional hospitalar na qual a dieta hospitalar e a atenção nutricional possam ser parte importante no tratamento do paciente hospitalizado e colaborem com a qualidade da experiência de internação.OBJECTIVE: To know the objective and subjective reasons, material and symbolic, which act as the foundation of the attitude of hospital institutions towards meals, considered as a

  7. GESTÃO HOSPITALAR: ECONOMIAS DE ESCALA GERADAS POR INOVAÇÃO TECNOLÓGICA EM UM HOSPITAL NA REGIÃO METROPOLITANA DO VALE DO PARAÍBA

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    Jorge Luiz Knupp Rodrigues

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho de pesquisa tem como objetivos identificar programas de incentivos ao desenvolvimento tecnológico para as organizações hospitalares, pesquisar os investimentos da organização hospitalar estudada e do governo e verificar a ocorrência de economia de escala na prestação dos serviços de saúde resultante desses investimentos. A pesquisa desenvolvida é de natureza aplicada, com finalidade descritiva e abordagem qualitativa. Os procedimentos técnicos para consecução do objetivo foram a pesquisa bibliográfica e o estudo de caso. O estudo possibilitou a identificação de órgãos do governo responsáveis por promover programas de inovação na saúde, identificando qualitativamente e quantitativamente os investimentos na organização estudada. Foi constatado que houve investimentos somente por parte do governo, não ocorrendo aumento no atendimento que possibilitasse a identificação de economia de escala. O trabalho demonstrou que o governo brasileiro tem investido em inovação no sistema de saúde e que possui órgãos responsáveis por promover inovação tecnológica. Embora não tenha ocorrido economia de escala, em virtude dos investimentos feitos pelo governo, fica implícito um desafio aos gestores das organizações hospitalares, quanto à apresentação de vários casos de implementação de inovação tecnológica de sucesso em organizações hospitalares e no sistema de saúde em geral.

  8. A carga das neoplasias no Brasil: mortalidade e morbidade hospitalar entre 2002-2004 The burden of neoplasm in Brazil: mortality and hospital morbidity from 2002 to 2004

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    Antonio Fernando Boing

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a morbidade hospitalar e a mortalidade por neoplasias no Brasil e regiões segundo gênero. MÉTODOS: Os dados de óbitos foram obtidos junto ao Sistema de Informações sobre Mortalidade e os de morbidade hospitalar no Sistema de Informações Hospitalares. Os óbitos foram categorizados segundo as localizações primárias do tumor, selecionadas de acordo com a décima revisão da Classificação Internacional de Doenças. Os dados populacionais são oriundos das estimativas intercensitárias do IBGE. O período de análise foi o triênio 2002-2004, o mais recente com dados de mortalidade no Brasil. Optou-se por calcular a média desse período para conferir maior estabilidade às taxas. RESULTADOS: Entre 2002 e 2004 ocorreram 405.415 óbitos por neoplasias no Brasil. As maiores taxas de mortalidade foram identificadas nas regiões Sul e Sudeste. Entre os homens, o câncer de traquéia, brônquios e pulmões foi a neoplasia maligna que apresentou maior mortalidade e entre as mulher foi o câncer de mama. Este agravo e o câncer de colo uterino foram os que mais demandaram internações, e a leucemia apresentou o maior custo médio e custo total em internações. CONCLUSÕES: A carga das neoplasias é extremamente elevada no Brasil e medidas públicas de caráter populacional devem ser priorizadas para o efetivo controle da morbidade e da mortalidade por este agravo.OBJECTIVE: To describe mortality and the hospital morbidity by neoplasias in Brazil and regions according to gender. METHODS: Data of deaths were obtained from the Mortality Information System and of hospital morbidity from the Hospital Information System. Deaths were categorized according to primary tumor sites, selected in accordance with the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. The population data were drawn from the inter census estimates of the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. The period of analysis was the

  9. A vivência de mulheres no parto domiciliar e hospitalar La vivencia de mujeres en el parto domiciliar y hospitalario Women experience with home and hospital childbirth

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    Cilene Delgado Crizóstomo

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Estudo com abordagem qualitativa, objetivando compreender na vivência das mulheres a experiência do parto normal domiciliar e hospitalar bem como discutir a vivência das mulheres nos dois tipos de partos. Os sujeitos do estudo foram sete mulheres multíparas residentes em Batalha PI, e o instrumento utilizado foi um roteiro semi-estruturado com a técnica da entrevista. Os resultados revelaram que os partos domiciliares vivenciados pelas mulheres aconteceram mais rápido, de forma natural, sem intervenções e assistidos por parteiras ou por suas mães. As posições de preferência durante o parto domiciliar foram na rede e no assento, e os partos hospitalares foram laboriosos, complicados e com intervenções traumáticas. A melhor posição e o melhor local do parto escolhidos pelas entrevistadas foram na rede e o domicílio, respectivamente. Conclui-se que o parto domiciliar foi natural e humanizado, já o parto normal hospitalar foi conduzido pelos profissionais com intervenções sem a participação ativa das parturientes, tornando-o traumático, desumano e de risco.Estudio con abordaje cualitativo, objetivando entender la experiencia de mujeres en parto natural en el domicilio y en el hospital, en cuanto se discute la experiencia de las mujeres en ambos tipos de parto. Los sujetos del estudio fueron siete mujeres multiparas que viven en Batalha - Piauí - Brasil, y los instrumentos usados fueran un guión semi-estructurado con la técnica de la entrevista. Los resultados revelaron que los partos en el domicilio experimentados por las mujeres sucedieron más rápidamente, de una manera natural, sin intervenciones y asistido por parteras o por sus madres. Las posiciones preferidas durante el parto en el domicilio fueron en la red y en el asiento, y los partos en el hospital fueran laboriosos, complicados y con intervenciones traumáticas. La mejor posición y la mejor localización del parto, escogidos por las entrevistadas, fueron la

  10. Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations promote ant tending of aphids.

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    Kremer, Jenni M M; Nooten, Sabine S; Cook, James M; Ryalls, James M W; Barton, Craig V M; Johnson, Scott N

    2018-04-27

    Animal mutualisms, which involve beneficial interactions between individuals of different species, are common in nature. Insect-insect mutualism, for example, is widely regarded as a keystone ecological interaction. Some mutualisms are anticipated to be modified by climate change, but the focus has largely been on plant-microbe and plant-animal mutualisms rather than those between animals. Ant-aphid mutualisms, whereby ants tend aphids to harvest their honeydew excretions and, in return, provide protection for the aphids, are widespread. The mutualism is heavily influenced by the quality and quantity of honeydew produced by aphids, which is directly affected by host plant quality. As predicted increases in concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (eCO 2 ) are widely reported to affect plant nutritional chemistry, this may also alter honeydew quality and hence the nature of ant-aphid mutualisms. Using glasshouse chambers and field-based open-top chambers, we determined the effect of eCO 2 on the growth and nutritional quality (foliar amino acids) of lucerne (Medicago sativa). We determined how cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora) populations and honeydew production were impacted when feeding on such plants and how this affected the tending behaviour of ants (Iridomyrmex sp.). eCO 2 stimulated plant growth but decreased concentrations of foliar amino acids by 29% and 14% on aphid-infested plants and aphid-free plants, respectively. Despite the deterioration in host plant quality under eCO 2 , aphids maintained performance and populations were unchanged by eCO 2 . Aphids induced higher concentrations of amino acids (glutamine, asparagine, glutamic acid and aspartic acid) important for endosymbiont-mediated synthesis of essential amino acids. Aphids feeding under eCO 2 also produced over three times more honeydew than aphids feeding under ambient CO 2 , suggesting they were imbibing more phloem sap at eCO 2 . The frequency of ant tending of aphids more than doubled in

  11. A phylogenetic perspective on the association between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and black yeasts (Ascomycota: Chaetothyriales).

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    Vasse, Marie; Voglmayr, Hermann; Mayer, Veronika; Gueidan, Cécile; Nepel, Maximilian; Moreno, Leandro; de Hoog, Sybren; Selosse, Marc-André; McKey, Doyle; Blatrix, Rumsaïs

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    The frequency and the geographical extent of symbiotic associations between ants and fungi of the order Chaetothyriales have been highlighted only recently. Using a phylogenetic approach based on seven molecular markers, we showed that ant-associated Chaetothyriales are scattered through the phylogeny of this order. There was no clustering according to geographical origin or to the taxonomy of the ant host. However, strains tended to be clustered according to the type of association with ants: strains from ant-made carton and strains from plant cavities occupied by ants ('domatia') rarely clustered together. Defining molecular operational taxonomic units (MOTUs) with an internal transcribed spacer sequence similarity cut-off of 99% revealed that a single MOTU could be composed of strains collected from various ant species and from several continents. Some ant-associated MOTUs also contained strains isolated from habitats other than ant-associated structures. Altogether, our results suggest that the degree of specialization of the interactions between ants and their fungal partners is highly variable. A better knowledge of the ecology of these interactions and a more comprehensive sampling of the fungal order are needed to elucidate the evolutionary history of mutualistic symbioses between ants and Chaetothyriales. © 2017 The Author(s).

  12. Plant-ants feed their host plant, but above all a fungal symbiont to recycle nitrogen.

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    Defossez, Emmanuel; Djiéto-Lordon, Champlain; McKey, Doyle; Selosse, Marc-André; Blatrix, Rumsaïs

    2011-05-07

    In ant-plant symbioses, plants provide symbiotic ants with food and specialized nesting cavities (called domatia). In many ant-plant symbioses, a fungal patch grows within each domatium. The symbiotic nature of the fungal association has been shown in the ant-plant Leonardoxa africana and its protective mutualist ant Petalomyrmex phylax. To decipher trophic fluxes among the three partners, food enriched in (13)C and (15)N was given to the ants and tracked in the different parts of the symbiosis up to 660 days later. The plant received a small, but significant, amount of nitrogen from the ants. However, the ants fed more intensively the fungus. The pattern of isotope enrichment in the system indicated an ant behaviour that functions specifically to feed the fungus. After 660 days, the introduced nitrogen was still present in the system and homogeneously distributed among ant, plant and fungal compartments, indicating efficient recycling within the symbiosis. Another experiment showed that the plant surface absorbed nutrients (in the form of simple molecules) whether or not it is coated by fungus. Our study provides arguments for a mutualistic status of the fungal associate and a framework for investigating the previously unsuspected complexity of food webs in ant-plant mutualisms.

  13. Heat-induced symmetry breaking in ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae escape behavior.

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    Yuan-Kai Chung

    Full Text Available The collective egress of social insects is important in dangerous situations such as natural disasters or enemy attacks. Some studies have described the phenomenon of symmetry breaking in ants, with two exits induced by a repellent. However, whether symmetry breaking occurs under high temperature conditions, which are a common abiotic stress, remains unknown. In our study, we deposited a group of Polyrhachis dives ants on a heated platform and counted the number of escaping ants with two identical exits. We discovered that ants asymmetrically escaped through two exits when the temperature of the heated platform was >32.75°C. The degree of asymmetry increased linearly with the temperature of the platform. Furthermore, the higher the temperature of heated platform was, the more ants escaped from the heated platform. However, the number of escaping ants decreased for 3 min when the temperature was higher than the critical thermal limit (39.46°C, which is the threshold for ants to endure high temperature without a loss of performance. Moreover, the ants tended to form small groups to escape from the thermal stress. A preparatory formation of ant grouping was observed before they reached the exit, indicating that the ants actively clustered rather than accidentally gathered at the exits to escape. We suggest that a combination of individual and grouping ants may help to optimize the likelihood of survival during evacuation.

  14. Avaliação dos parâmetros gasométricos dos traumatizados durante o atendimento pré-hospitalar móvel

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    Ricardo Alessandro Teixeira Gonsaga

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar diferenças gasométricas dos pacientes traumatizados graves que necessitaram de intubação orotraqueal no atendimento pré-hospitalar. MÉTODOS: foram colhidas amostras de sangue dos pacientes que necessitaram de manejo de via aérea no início do atendimento pré-hospitalar e ao dar entrada na Unidade de Urgência. Foram analisados: pH, pressão arterial de CO2 (PaCO2, pressão arterial de O2 (PaO2, excesso de base (BE, saturação da hemoglobina por O2 (satO2 e a relação PaO2 e a fração inspirada de O2 (PaO2/FiO2. RESULTADOS: houve significância estatística entre as diferenças das médias entre os dados coletados no local do sinistro e na entrada da UUE na Frequência respiratória (p=0,0181, na Escala de Coma de Glasgow (p=0,0084, na pressão parcial arterial de oxigênio (PaO2; p<0,0001 e na saturação da hemoglobina pelo oxigênio (p=0,0018. CONCLUSÃO: a intubação orotraqueal altera os parâmetros PaO2 e saturação de oxigênio pela hemoglobina. Não houve diferença nos parâmetros metabólicos (pH, Bicarbonato e excesso de base. Na análise dos parâmetros hemogasométricos dos sobreviventes e não sobreviventes observou-se diferença estatística entre o PaO2, saturação de oxigênio pela hemoglobina e excesso de base.

  15. Avaliação pelos usuários dos hospitais participantes do programa de qualidade hospitalar no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

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    Kotaka Filomena

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O Programa de Qualidade Hospitalar no Estado de São Paulo é desenvolvido pela Associação Paulista de Medicina CQH/APM, desde 1991. Participam do Programa CQH/APM hospitais gerais e especializados, públicos e privados. Tais hospitais são avaliados pelos seus usuários através do questionário CQH-06 ("Avaliação pelos usuários" contendo quesitos de respostas fechadas e respostas abertas para observações e sugestões. Este trabalho objetivou avaliar os resultados do questionário CQH-06 dentro do Programa CQH/APM. METODOLOGIA: Foram analisados 23.751 questionários (5,27% das saídas hospitalares dos pacientes internados de 66 hospitais recebidos durante o ano de 1994. Para a análise considerou-se: o fluxo do questionário, a quantidade e a qualidade das respostas, os dados das respostas fechadas e das abertas, a comparação das respostas fechadas e abertas. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: Foram constatados os seguintes aspectos: - a importância do fluxo dos questionários ser diretamente do usuário para o núcleo CQH, - a necessidade do instrumento CQH-06 conter itens gerais que permitam a comparação dos hospitais, - a importância da motivação dos funcionários dos hospitais ao entregar os questionários para os usuários e destes em respondê-los, considerando tanto a quantidade como a qualidade das respostas, - nos hospitais do Programa CQH, a avaliação pelo usuário CQH-06 sobre o número de saídas, apresentou mediana = 4,32% (1º quartil = 1,83% e 3º quartil = 7,92%, sendo que a proporção de usuários, que manifestaram opiniões sobre o serviço em relação ao total, apresentou mediana = 42,11% (1º quartil = 27,28% e 3º quartil = 57,82%. Recomenda-se aos hospitais que utilizem as opiniões dos usuários para o gerenciamento, objetivando a realimentação e Melhoria Contínua da Qualidade dos Hospitais do Programa CQH/APM.

  16. Mortalidade hospitalar como indicador de qualidade: uma revisão Hospital mortality as an indicator of clinical performance: a review

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    Claudia Travassos

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo visa a discutir as principais questões metodológicas relacionadas à mortalidade hospitalar como indicador de qualidade. Variações nos valores deste indicador se devem a inúmeros fatores, associados ao doente e à doença, que devem ser examinados para que possamos utilizá-lo como medida de desempenho. Presença de comorbidades e a gravidade do caso estão associadas à chance de morrer . Aspectos metodológicos, relevantes para a construção deste indicador, incluem a qualidade das fontes de dados, o intervalo de tempo no qual elas são calculadas e os diferentes tipos de agregação. São discutidos diversos modelos, tanto para classificação da gravidade, quanto para o ajuste das taxas de mortalidade entre serviços. São examinados ainda modelos explicativos para a variação de mortalidade. Conclui-se que nas condições em que a morte não é um evento raro, o emprego de taxas de mortalidade hospitalar representa uma ferramenta útil para indicar serviços com eventuais problemas de qualidade.This article discusses the principal methodological problems related to hospital mortality as an indicator of clinical performance. Hospital mortality rates variation are due to various factors associated with patients' characteristics and to the specific diseases they are suffering. Socio-demographic variables, presence of comorbidity and severity may define case-mixes were chances of dying are not associated to technology deployed or quality of care. Relevant methodological aspects for calculating the rates include the quality of the source of data, time period and aggregation criteria. Various models that exist both for classifying severity of cases and for risk adjustment are presented and discussed. Explanatory models for mortality rates variation are also examined. The authors conclude that outcome indicators can be used as tool for health care service evaluation. For those conditions which death is not a rare event hospital

  17. Perfil clínico-angiográfico na doença arterial coronariana: desfecho hospitalar com ênfase nos muito idosos

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    Micheli Zanotti Galon

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Conhecer fatores de risco e manifestações clínicas da doença arterial coronariana (DAC permite-nos intervir de maneira mais eficaz junto a uma determinada população. OBJETIVO: Identificar perfis clínicos e angiográficos dos pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco, atendidos em um hospital terciário e tratados por meio de intervenções coronarianas percutâneas (ICP. MÉTODOS: Casuística de 1.282 pacientes submetidos a 1.410 cateterismos cardíacos, selecionados de mar/2007-mai/2008 em um banco de dados de um hospital geral para diagnóstico de doença arterial coronariana (DAC. Fatores de risco, indicação do exame, detalhes técnicos da ICP e desfechos intra-hospitalares foram prospectivamente coletados. RESULTADOS: Foram 688 (54,0% pacientes do sexo masculino, com média de idade de 65,4 ± 10,9 anos, sendo 20,0% acima dos 75 anos. O quadro clínico confirmado com mais frequência foi o de síndrome coronariana aguda (SCA sem supradesnivelamento do segmento ST (SST (38,7%. A DAC multiarterial ocorreu em 46,4%, foi indicada ICP em 464 pacientes, sendo tratadas 547 lesões-alvo (tipo B2 ou C, em 86,0%, sendo destas, 14,0% tratadas com stent farmacológico. Dentre os IAM com SST, ICP primária foi realizada em 19,0% dos pacientes, sendo que, destes, 77,0% foram transferidos dos hospitais de origem tardiamente (ICP tardia e não receberam trombolítico prévio, e 4,0% realizaram ICP de resgate. Foi obtido sucesso angiográfico em 94,2% das ICPs. Aconteceu óbito em 5,6% dos pacientes, tendo estes uma média de idade de 75,2 ± 10,2 anos. CONCLUSÃO: Observamos predomínio de idosos (estando 20,1% > 75 anos e do sexo masculino. Dos fatores de risco para DAC, os mais frequentes foram hipertensão arterial sistêmica e dislipidemia. Ocorreu predomínio da SCA. A idade > 75 anos, DAC multiarterial e a insuficiência renal crônica foram os preditores de óbito intra-hospitalar.

  18. Comunicação instrumental, diretiva e afetiva em impressos hospitalares Instrumental, directive, and affective communication in hospital leaflets/[title

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    Paulo Roberto Vasconcellos-Silva

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho se ocupa dos típicos sistemas semânticos extraídos dos recursos comunicativos de equipes hospitalares, que tentam validar informações como um "objeto" a ser transferido aos pacientes. Descrevemos modelos de comunicação textual em 58 impressos de orientações aos pacientes de cinco unidades hospitalares, coletados de 1996 a 2002. Identificamos três categorias fundamentadas na teoria dos atos de fala (Austin, Searle e Habermas: (1 Proferimentos cognitivo-instrumentais - descrições por meio de termos técnicos validados por argumentação auto-referente, incompleta ou inacessível; função educativa implícita. (2 Proferimentos técnico-diretivos - auto-referentes (contexto dos setores de origem; deslocamento freqüente de atos cotidianos para o terreno técnico com função disciplinadora; impessoalidade. (3 Modulações expressivas: necessidade de conexões intersubjetivas para fortalecer laços de confiança; tendência à infantilização. Concluímos que as categorias estudadas expõem: base em origens fragmentárias; pressupostos de univocidade de mensagens e consumo invariante da informação (motivações e interesses idealizados, alheios às perspectivas individuais; pressuposto de interesses universais como geradores de conhecimento.This study focuses on the typical semantic systems extracted from hospital staff communicative resources which attempt to validate information as an "object" to be transferred to patients. We describe the models of textual communication in 58 patient information leaflets from five hospital units in Brazil, gathered from 1996 to 2002. Three categories were identified, based on the theory of speech acts (Austin, Searle, and Habermas: 1 cognitive-instrumental utterances: descriptions by means of technical terms validated by self-referred, incomplete, or inaccessible argumentation, with an implicit educational function; 2 technical-directive utterances: self-referred (to the context of

  19. Uni-directional trail sharing by two species of ants a Monte Carlo study

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    We study insect traffic, specifically ant traffic on a uni-directional trail which is shared by two species of ants, one of which is ‘good’ at smelling and the other ‘poor’. The two distinct species of ants are placed mixed on the same trail and individuals of both are permitted to make a U-turn when they encounter another ant in front of them. The theoretical scheme for the ant traffic is based on an asymmetric simple exclusion model. The ant traffic on the uni-directional trail is studied as a function of the number of ‘good-smelling’ ants and the evaporation probability of pheromones by keeping the number of ‘poor-smelling ants’ constant during Monte Carlo simulations. (paper)

  20. Ant-mediated effects on spruce litter decomposition, solution chemistry, and microbial activity

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    Stadler, B.; Schramm, Andreas; Kalbitz, K.

    2006-01-01

    the effects of ants and aphid honeydew on litter solution of Norway spruce, microbial enzyme activities, and needle decomposition in a field and greenhouse experiment during summer 2003. In the field, low ant densities had relatively little effects on litter solution 30 cm away from a tree trunk...... and %N were not affected by ants or honeydew. Our results suggest that ants have a distinct and immediate effect on solution composition and microbial activity in the litter layer indicating accelerated litter decay whereas the effect of honeydew was insignificant. Keywords: Ants; Decomposition; Formica......Forest management practices often generate clear-cut patches, which may be colonized by ants not present in the same densities in mature forests. In addition to the associated changes in abiotic conditions ants can initiate processes, which do not occur in old-growth stands. Here, we analyse...