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  1. Basic Humor Techniques of Arthur A. Berger

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    Vesna Trifunović

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The essay deals with basic techniques that can be detected in various humor genres, whose rationale is to generate amusement. A long list of basic humor techniques has come to attention as a result of problematising and analysis of different humor genres done by the American media professor Arthur A. Berger. A. Berger is by and large unknown to the Serbian scientific community, so the initial piece of the thesis is dedicated to the presentation of the aforementioned author and his body of work. What follows are the basic humor techniques that are perused through native yarns. Berger believes that the joke, due to its condensed form, is a particularly successful vehicle for illuminating the functioning of humor techniques, an explanation that is an integral part of the thesis. It is evident that not all techniques are helpful in the examination of jokes, which is why it was necessary, for a number of them, to divulge other humor genres. This fact, as indeed many others, has led to a critical reexamination of Berger's techniques and to analysis of how they could be further developed, modified and used in anthropological and folklore researcher, a matter that is dealt with in the conclusion. Basic humor techniques that are identified by Arthur A. Berger as containing great methodological potency that can be of significance in the analysis of different genres and narratives. As such, these techniques are certainly an admirable form from the standpoint of the effort that was put into their formation.

  2. Biosystematic, molecular and phytochemical evidence for the multiple origin of sympetaly in Eurasian Sedoideae (Crassulaceae)

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    't Hart, H; van Ham, RDHJ; Stevens, JF; Elema, ET; van der Klis, H; Gadella, TWJ

    Traditionally the sympetalous, Eurasian Crassulaceae are classified in four gen-era, but combined biosystematic, molecular and chemotaxonomic studies indicate that sympetaly evolved at least eight times independently in European Crassulaceae. Morphologically Umbilicus is very distinct and at the

  3. Senyawa Fenolik dari Daun Tanaman Kalanchoe prolifera (Crassulaceae

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    Yenny Febriani Yun

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Phenolic compounds such as kaempferol (1, quercetin (2, and methyl caffeate (3 have been isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of Kalanchoe prolifera (Crassulaceae. The chemical structure of isolated compounds 1-3 were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic evidence (UV, IR, NMR and comparison with those compound previouly reported.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15408/jkv.v0i0.4057  

  4. Aecidium kalanchoe sp. nov., a new rust on Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Crassulaceae).

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    Hernádez, José R; Aime, M Catherine; Newbry, Brad

    2004-07-01

    A rust fungus found on cultivars of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Crassulaceae) is described as a new species, Aecidium kalanchoe sp. nov., and compared to the other described rusts on members of the Crassulaceae. Only one other rust is known to parasitize Kalanchoe spp. A DNA sequence of A. kalanchoe suggests that the teleomorph is related to Puccinia.

  5. Especie nueva de Echeveria (Crassulaceae de Tamaulipas, México New species of Echeveria (Crassulaceae from Tamaulipas, Mexico

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    José Guadalupe Martínez-Ávalos

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Se describe y propone Echeveria tamaulipana (Crassulaceae como especie nueva para la ciencia. El nuevo taxón se asemeja a los de la serie Angulatae, especialmente E. bifida, E. walpoleana y E. strictiflora con los cuales se compara por la semejanza en su morfología. Su distribución geográfica se restringe a los cañones cercanos a Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.Echeveria tamaulipana (Crassulaceae is described and proposed as a new species. The new species is similar to those of the series Angulatae, especially E. bifida, E. walpoleana and E. strictiflora, with which it is compared because of their similarity in morphology. Its geographical distribution is restricted to canyons near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

  6. Peter L. Berger and the sociology of religion

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    Hjelm, T.

    2018-01-01

    Peter L. Berger (1929–2017) was one of the most influential sociologists of the last century. In the sociology of religion, his classic status is uncontested. This article examines Berger’s original application of a constructionist sociology of knowledge perspective to the sociology of religion and its application to the theory of secularisation. The article assesses the influence of this work – The Sacred Canopy in particular – through an analysis of publication data and a typification of ty...

  7. Origination of asexual plantlets in three species of Crassulaceae.

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    Guo, Jiansheng; Liu, Hailiang; He, Yangyang; Cui, Xianghuan; Du, Xiling; Zhu, Jian

    2015-03-01

    During asexual plant reproduction, cells from different organs can be reprogrammed to produce new individuals, a process that requires the coordination of cell cycle reactivation with the acquisition of other cellular morphological characteristics. However, the factors that influence the variety of asexual reproduction have not yet been determined. Here, we report on plantlet formation in Kalanchoe daigremontiana, Graptopetalum paraguayense, and Crassula portulacea (Crassulaceae) and analyse the effect of initiating cells on asexual reproduction in these three species. Additionally, the roles of WUSCHEL (WUS) and CUP-SHAPED COTYLEDON 1 (CUC1) in the asexual reproduction of these species were analysed through qRT-PCR. Our results indicated that pre-existing stem cell-like cells at the sites of asexual reproduction were responsible for the formation of plantlets. These cells were arrested in different phases of the cell cycle and showed different cell morphological characteristics and cell counts. The accumulation of auxin and cytokinin at the sites of asexual plantlet formation indicated their important functions, particularly for cell cycle reactivation. These differences may influence the pattern and complexity of asexual reproduction in these Crassulaceae species. Additionally, the dynamic expression levels of CUC1 and WUS may indicate that CUC1 functions in the formation of callus and shoot meristems; whereas, WUS was only associated with shoot induction.

  8. ["If Berger had survived the second world war - he certainly would have been a candidate for the Nobel Prize". Hans Berger and the legend of the Nobel Prize].

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    Gerhard, U-J; Schönberg, A; Blanz, B

    2005-03-01

    The public opinion pays much attention to the Nobel Prize as an indicator for the scientific efficiency of a university or a country in connection with foundation of so-called elite universities. The former holder of the psychiatric chair in Jena and discoverer of the electroencephalogram Hans Berger (1873 - 1941) came into discussion as candidate for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The current medical-historical publications maintain the view that Berger should have received the Nobel Prize in 1936 as well as in 1949. This was prevented in 1936 by an enactment from Hitler, which forbid him to accept the prize, and later in 1949 by Berger's own death. According to documents of the Nobel archives these statements can be disproved. Berger was only nominated three times out of 65 nominations in 1940. Because of his death the other two recommendations in 1942 and 1947 were never evaluated.

  9. A Pedagogy of Dealienation: A Case Study in the Application of Peter Berger's "The Sacred Canopy"

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    Chance, J. Bradley

    2004-01-01

    This paper explores the use of Peter Berger's theory of religion and its features of alienation and dealienation to lead students to the critical awareness of the role that human beings play in the construction of social worlds, including most especially our religious worlds. After summarizing Berger's theory of the alienating and potentially…

  10. TRADISI PERINGATAN HAUL DALAM PENDEKATAN SOSIOLOGI PENGETAHUAN PETER L. BERGER

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    Abdulloh Hanif

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Haul is a tradition typical of Muslims in Indonesia. Although as a term, can be likened to haul in the tradition of pilgrimage of Muslims in general, but in Indonesia haul have different shapes and implementation in practice with the pilgrimage. This can be seen clearly as an institutionalized social activity. Meaning of pilgrimage as a reminder of death eventually not be the main objective in the implementation of the haul, although religious motives still underlie the practice. However haul relfeksi has become a kind of history, not just in view of the transience of human life, but rather the development of the vision and mission of human life further they get from the reflection of history celebrated figures. Making of history eventually become important to observe. History is not just a stretch of the past, present, and future, but, in the context of haul, history is closely related to building public awareness about the celebrated figures, either directly or through stories or media. Building awareness is what allows every individual who commemorate haul will internalize the objects of consciousness different from the historical reflection, although figures are presented objectively observed through individuals close to and understand objectively as himself. It is at least able to prove that religion is very closely linked to community activities. Keywords: Haul, Peter L. Berger, Sosiologi Pengetahuan dan Refleksi Sejarah.

  11. Ryanair ei kavatse toetada ebaefektiivset lennujaama / Benny Berger ; interv. Henrik Aavik

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    Berger, Benny

    2007-01-01

    Ryanairi uute sihtkohtade direktor Benny Berger leiab, et suurim takistus Eestisse lendamisel on hind, mida Tallinna lennujaam neilt küsib. Diagramm: Ryanairi tulek lööks Tallinnas turu sassi. Kommenteerib Oleg Harlamov

  12. Ethnobotanique des plantes médicinales chez les bergers peuls de ...

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    Objectif: Le savoir indigène à Widou Thiengoly est entre les mains des bergers qui vivent dans des écosystèmes souvent fragilisés. Il est normal de préserver ce savoir nomade et ancestral. Méthodologie et résultats: Ainsi, nous avons mené des enquêtes auprès des bergers peuls de Widou. Un guide d'entretien a été ...

  13. [Doctor and poet as rivals. Sigmund Freud, Alfred von Berger and the narrative of female homosexuality].

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    Goldmann, Stefan

    2011-01-01

    Starting from a passage in the Dora case history where Freud suggests some differences between a literary and a clinical narrative of female homosexuality, this paper presents examples which he might have had in mind. Besides Balzac's "La fille aux yeux d'or" (1834/35) it is in particular Alfred v. Berger's novella "Die Italienerin [The Italian woman]" (1904) which may have served as a model and counterpoint to the literary strategies used in Freud's case history. Freud had a relationship of long standing with Berger. This newly discovered source may provide a clue for the date at which Freud finalized the Dora manscript which he had held back for years.

  14. Kunst und Revolution.John Berger und der sowjetische Bildhauer Ernst Neiswestni

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    Artinger, Kai

    2011-01-01

    John Berger war einer der einflussreichsten Kunstkritiker der Linken in den 1950er Jahren in Großbritannien. Er spielte eine zentrale Rolle in den Diskursen über die Situation der Kunst und ihre Zukunft. Bezeichnend für sein Kunstverständnis war es, ausgetretene Pfade zu verlassen und den herrschenden Kanon zu ignorieren. Daher erfasste sein Blick auch die osteuropäische Kunst. Seit 1953 besucht er mehrfach die UdSSR und die DDR. Als unabhängiger Marxist lehnte sich Berger an den Strategien...

  15. Pollen morphology of the family crassulaceae from pakistan and kashmir and its taxonomic implications

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    Qasir, M.; Perveen, A.; Sarwar, G.R.

    2015-01-01

    Pollen morphology of 28 species representing 9 genera viz., Bryophyllum, Kalanchoe, Pseudosedum, Rhodiola, Rosularia, Hylotelephium, Sedum, Tillaea and Orostachys of the family Crassulaceae from Pakistan has been studied by light and scanning electron microscope. Pollen grains are usually free, radially symmetrical, isopolar, sub-oblate to oblate-spheroidal, or prolate-spheroidal to subprolate often prolate and tricolporate. Tectum mostly striate-rugulate or sub-psilate rarely reticulate-rugulate. Significant variation is found in shape and exine ornamentation and on the basis these characters family has been divided into three pollen types' viz., Rhodiola sinuata-type, Rosularia viguieri-type and Sedum hispanicum-type. Numerical analysis of based on pollen characters of 28 species was also carried out to determine the phylogenetic relationships of various genera and the species of the family Crassulaceae. (author)

  16. Zo wijd als alle werkelijkheid : Grondlijnen van het denken van Herman Berger

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    Munnik, René; te Velde, Rudi

    2017-01-01

    The article shows how Berger (1924-2016) in the 70ties and 80ties developped his metaphysics of Being, starting from an Aristotelian perspective profoundly influenced by Aquinas, in harsh opposition to Platonic essentialism and in intense discussion with contemporary hermeneutic philosophy.

  17. Peter Berger, Grace Davie & Effie Fokas, Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 168 pp

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    Lüchau, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Anmeldelse af bogen: Peter Berger, Grace Davie & Effie Fokas, Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 168 pp.......Anmeldelse af bogen: Peter Berger, Grace Davie & Effie Fokas, Religious America, Secular Europe? A Theme and Variations (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 168 pp....

  18. Differential effects of auxin polar transport inhibitors on rooting in some Crassulaceae species

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    Marian Saniewski

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Effects of auxin polar transport inhibitors, 2,3,5-triio-dobenzoic acid (TIBA, 1-N-naphthylphthalamic acid (NPA and methyl 2-chloro-9-hydroxyfluorene-9-carboxylate (morphactin IT 3456, as a lanolin paste, on root formation in cuttings of some species of Crassulaceae, such as Bryophyllum daigremontianum, B. calycinum, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana and K. tubiflora, were studied. Cuttings of these plants were easily rooted in water without any treatment. TIBA and morphactin IT 3456 completely inhibited root formation in the cuttings of these plants but NPA did not when these inhibitors were applied around the stem below the leaves. When TIBA and morphactin were applied around the stem near the top, but leaves were present below the treatment, the root formation was observed in B. calycinum and K. blossfeldiana but in a smaller degree than in control cuttings. These results strongly suggest that endogenous auxin is required for root formation in cuttings of Crassulaceae plants. The differential mode of action of NPA is discussed together with its effect on auxin polar transport.

  19. FRA MODERNE SEKULARISERING TIL POSTMODERNE DESEKULARISERING : - en analyse av Peter L. Bergers teorier om sekularisering og pluralisering

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    Jørgensen, Flemming

    2003-01-01

    Utgangspunktet for denne oppgaven er den amerikanske sosiologen Peter L. Bergers bok The Sacred Canopy fra 1967 og hans artikkel The Desecularization of the World fra 1999. I Del 2 av The Sacred Canopy fremmet Berger sin opprinnelige sekulariseringsteori. Dette er en forholdsvis konvensjonell teori i den forstand at den ikke ligger langt unna datidens etablerte sosiologiske kunnskap. Følgelig tilsier den at religionen svekkes kraftig i møtet med moderniteten. Ikke nødvendigvis så kraftig at...

  20. John Berger: looking for a Brexit A teleology of the gaze

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    Mauricio Espil

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the articles by John Berger published in the book About looking. In this sense, this production is chronologically examined. In this way three production moments would be observed.  The first moment marked by the imprint of Cubism –in so much symbolic revolution– in modern culture and the debates of British Marxism about the working class, culture in the mass media and the use of a suitable language in order to achieve The greatest possible number of accessions for democratic political action. A second moment of active participation in the social debate publishing in New Society and making the program of television emitted by the BBC. In these interventions he not only insists on the need for political action but also tries to explain the field in which this action takes place (an outline of Bourdieu's theories accompanies those arguments and, above all, clearly exposes the role Of the spectator as a consequence of the revolution in the symbolic that led the Cubism. Finally, in a third moment, the theoretical scaffolding used to analyze the development of what we call culture annexes the concepts of aura and experience of W. Benjamin and hegemony of A. Gramsci. In this way he describes the end of an era, modernity, and the continuity of history in something unnamed that sees as a consequence of the pre-eminence of "high finance."

  1. Efeito de substrato artificial no enraizamento de estacas de calanchoe (Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. singapur, crassulaceae) Artificial substract effect on the rooting of calanchoe (Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. singapur, crassulaceae) cuttings

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    A.L. Gonçalves; K. Minami

    1994-01-01

    Dez misturas artificiais foram estudadas para avaliar o efeito sobre o enraizamento de estacas apicais de Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. Singapur, da família Crassulaceae. Essas misturas foram as seguintes: vermiculita + casca de arroz tostada nas proporções 1:1, 2:1 e 3:1; vermiculita + torta de filtro Oliver nas proporções 1:1, 2:1 e 3:1; vermiculita + turfa da região de Atibaia-SP, nas proporções 1:l, 2:le3:l; vermiculita + casca de pinheiro (mistura comercial). Os melhores resultados foram...

  2. On Relationship Religion-Individual and Society (Example of Ünver Gü-nay, Peter Berger, E. M. Hamdi Yazır

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    Mustafa ÖZDEMİR

    2017-07-01

    In this article Ünver Günay, Peter Berger and E. M. Hamdi Yazır’s exceptional approaches that criticizing mentioned extreme approaches and commenting original synthesis and comments on religion-society relation were discussed.

  3. Analgesic and anticonvulsant effects of extracts from the leaves of Kalanchoe crenata (Andrews) Haworth (Crassulaceae).

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    Nguelefack, T B; Nana, P; Atsamo, A D; Dimo, T; Watcho, P; Dongmo, A B; Tapondjou, L A; Njamen, D; Wansi, S L; Kamanyi, A

    2006-06-15

    Kalanchoe crenata Andr. (Crassulaceae) is a fleshy herbaceous plant used in the African traditional medicine as remedies against otitis, headache, inflammations, convulsions and general debility. In the present work, the analgesic effects of methylene chloride/methanol (1:1) (CH(2)Cl(2)/CH(3)OH) extract and its hexane, methylene chloride (CH(2)Cl(2)), ethyl acetate, n-butanol fractions and aqueous residue have been evaluated using acetic acid, formalin and pressure test. The anticonvulsant effects of the CH(2)Cl(2)/CH(3)OH extract were also investigated on seizures induced by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ 70 mg/kg), strychnine sulphate (STN 2.5 mg/kg) and thiosemicarbazide (TSC 50 mg/kg). CH(2)Cl(2)/CH(3)OH extract and its fractions, administered orally at the doses of 150 and 300 mg/kg, exhibited protective effect of at least 30% on the pain induced by acetic acid. The CH(2)Cl(2) fraction at 300 mg/kg showed a maximal effect of 78.49%. The CH(2)Cl(2)/CH(3)OH extract and its CH(2)Cl(2) fraction at the doses of 150 and 300 mg/kg significantly reduced the first phase of pain induced by formalin while the second phase was completely inhibited. The CH(2)Cl(2) fraction produced more than 45% reduction in the sensitivity to pain induced by pressure. The CH(2)Cl(2)/CH(3)OH extract of Kalanchoe crenata significantly increased the latency period in seizures induced by PTZ and significantly reduced the duration of seizures induced by the three convulsant agents. The extract protected 20% of animals against death in seizures induced by TSC and STN. These results suggest a peripheral and central analgesic activities as well as an anticonvulsant effect of the leaves of Kalanchoe crenata.

  4. Antihypertensive activities of the aqueous extract of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) in high salt-loaded rats.

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    Bopda, Orelien Sylvain Mtopi; Longo, Frida; Bella, Thierry Ndzana; Edzah, Protais Marcellin Ohandja; Taïwe, Germain Sotoing; Bilanda, Danielle Claude; Tom, Esther Ngo Lemba; Kamtchouing, Pierre; Dimo, Theophile

    2014-04-28

    The leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) are used in Cameroon folk medicine to manage many diseases such as cardiovascular dysfunctions. In this work, we aimed to evaluate the activities of aqueous leaf extract of Kalanchoe pinnata on the blood pressure of normotensive rat (NTR) and salt hypertensive rats (SHR), as well as its antioxidant properties. Hypertension was induced in rats by oral administration of 18% NaCl for 4 weeks. For the preventive study, three groups of rats received 18% NaCl solution and the plant extract at 25 mg/kg/day, 50 mg/kg/day or 100 mg/kg/day by gavage. Two positive control groups received 18% NaCl solution and either spironolactone (0.71 mg/kg/day) or eupressyl (0.86 mg/kg/day) by gavage for 4 weeks. At the end of this experimental period, systolic arterial pressure (SAP), diastolic arterial pressure (DAP) and heart rate (HR) were measured by the invasive method. Some oxidative stress biomarkers (reduced glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), nitric monoxide (NO) were evaluated in heart, aorta, liver and kidney. NO level was indirectly evaluated by measuring nitrite concentration. Kalanchoe pinnata extract prevented significantly the increase of systolic and diastolic arterial pressures in high salt-loaded rats (SHR). In SHR, concomitant administration of Kalanchoe pinnata at 25, 50 and 100 mg/kg/day significantly prevented the increase in blood pressure by 32%, 24% and 47% (for SAP); 35%, 33% and 56% (for DAP), respectively. No significant change was recorded in heart rate of those rats. The plant extract improved antioxidant status in various organs, but more potently in aorta. Thus, antioxidant and modulatory effects of Kalanchoe pinnata at the vasculature might be of preponderant contribution to its overall antihypertensive activity. The work demonstrated that the concomitant administration of high-salt and the aqueous extract of Kalanchoe pinnata elicits prevention of salt-induced hypertension in rat. This

  5. Features of morpho-anatomic structure of vegetative organs of Sedum antiquum Omelcz et Zaverucha (Crassulaceae DC.

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    Valentyna Berezkina

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The study results of biological features and morpho-anatomical structure of vegetative organs of Sedum antiquum Omelcz et Zaverucha (Crassulaceae DC. are given. S. antiquum is Eastern Carpathian-Opillia rare endemic species. It is listed in the Red Book of Ukraine and in the European Red List of Animals and Plants and is endangered in world scale. As a result of study of morpho-anatomic structure of leaves and stems of S. antiquum the anisocytic type of stomata and presence of cuticle have been determined. It was ascertained that structure of leaves is adapted to the accumulation of significant water reserves and its further gradual use. Ecological and phytocenotic conditions of growth are studied too. S. antiquum has been determined here as petrophyte, calcephyl, and succulent ephemer. This rare species need protection and control of population state in all natural habitats.

  6. Unique parallel radiations of high-mountainous species of the genus Sedum (Crassulaceae) on the continental island of Taiwan.

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    Ito, Takuro; Yu, Chih-Chieh; Nakamura, Koh; Chung, Kuo-Fang; Yang, Qin-Er; Fu, Cheng-Xin; Qi, Zhe-Chen; Kokubugata, Goro

    2017-08-01

    We explored the temporal and spatial diversification of the plant genus Sedum L. (Crassulaceae) in Taiwan based on molecular analysis of nrITS and cpDNA sequences from East Asian Sedum members. Our phylogenetic and ancestral area reconstruction analysis showed that Taiwanese Sedum comprised two lineages that independently migrated from Japan and Eastern China. Furthermore, the genetic distances among species in these two clades were smaller than those of other East Asian Sedum clades, and the Taiwanese members of each clade occupy extremely varied habitats with similar niches in high-mountain regions. These data indicate that species diversification occurred in parallel in the two Taiwanese Sedum lineages, and that these parallel radiations could have occurred within the small continental island of Taiwan. Moreover, the estimated time of divergence for Taiwanese Sedum indicates that the two radiations might have been correlated to the formation of mountains in Taiwan during the early Pleistocene. We suggest that these parallel radiations may be attributable to the geographical dynamics of Taiwan and specific biological features of Sedum that allow them to adapt to new ecological niches. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Increased antioxidant activity and changes in phenolic profile of Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamarck) Persoon (Crassulaceae) specimens grown under supplemental blue light.

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    Nascimento, Luana B S; Leal-Costa, Marcos V; Coutinho, Marcela A S; Moreira, Nattacha dos S; Lage, Celso L S; Barbi, Nancy dos S; Costa, Sônia S; Tavares, Eliana S

    2013-01-01

    Antioxidant compounds protect plants against oxidative stress caused by environmental conditions. Different light qualities, such as UV-A radiation and blue light, have shown positive effects on the production of phenols in plants. Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamarck) Persoon (Crassulaceae) is used for treating wounds and inflammations. Some of these beneficial effects are attributed to the antioxidant activity of plant components. We investigated the effects of blue light and UV-A radiation supplementation on the total phenol content, antioxidant activity and chromatographic profile of aqueous extracts from leaves of K. pinnata. Monoclonal plants were grown under white light, white plus blue light and white plus UV-A radiation. Supplemental blue light improved the antioxidant activity and changed the phenolic profile of the extracts. Analysis by HPLC of supplemental blue-light plant extracts revealed a higher proportion of the major flavonoid quercetin 3-O-α-L-arabinopyranosyl (1→2) α-L-rhamnopyranoside, as well as the presence of a wide variety of other phenolic substances. These findings may explain the higher antioxidant activity observed for this extract. Blue light is proposed as a supplemental light source in the cultivation of K. pinnata, to improve its antioxidant activity. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Photochemistry and Photobiology © 2012 The American Society of Photobiology.

  8. 1-octen-3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1 -> 6-beta-glucopyranoside, a minor substance from the leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae

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    Ana P. Almeida

    Full Text Available From the leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae, a medicinal plant widely used against inflammatory processes which exhibit a important immunosuppressive and anti-leishmanial activities, was isolated a minor vinylic aliphatic alcohol diglycoside which structure was proposed as the known 1-octen-3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1 -> 6-beta-glucopyranoside based on ¹H and 13C mono and bi-dimensional NMR experiments and GC-MS analysis, after successive chromatographic column procedures. This molecule is a water-soluble derivative of the volatile aglicone 1-octen-3-ol that appears to be attractant of pollinators and signalling of defence against herbivores.

  9. Efeito de substrato artificial no enraizamento de estacas de calanchoe (Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. singapur, crassulaceae Artificial substract effect on the rooting of calanchoe (Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. singapur, crassulaceae cuttings

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    A.L. Gonçalves

    1994-08-01

    Full Text Available Dez misturas artificiais foram estudadas para avaliar o efeito sobre o enraizamento de estacas apicais de Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. Singapur, da família Crassulaceae. Essas misturas foram as seguintes: vermiculita + casca de arroz tostada nas proporções 1:1, 2:1 e 3:1; vermiculita + torta de filtro Oliver nas proporções 1:1, 2:1 e 3:1; vermiculita + turfa da região de Atibaia-SP, nas proporções 1:l, 2:le3:l; vermiculita + casca de pinheiro (mistura comercial. Os melhores resultados foram obtidos com a mistura vermiculita + torta de filtro Oliver em todas as proporções, vermiculita + casca de arroz tostada 3:1 e vermiculita + turfa 3:1. Os piores desempenhos foram os das misturas vermiculita + casca de pinheiro e vermiculita + turfa 1:1.Ten different artificial mixtures were studied as rooting media for Kalanchoe x blossfeldiana cv. Singapur cuttings. They were: vermiculite + toasted rice hulls (1:1, 2:1, 3:1; vermiculite + Oliver filter cake (1:1, 2:1, 3:1; vermiculite + peat (1:1, 2:1, 3:1; and vermiculite + pine bark (commercial mixture. The best results were observed for vermiculite + Oliver filter cake (1:1, 2:1, 3:1, vermiculite + toasted rice hulls (3:1 and vermiculite + peat (3:1. The worst results were observed with vermiculite + pine bark and vermiculite + peat (1:1.

  10. Los conceptos de "pasión intelectual" y "avidez", según g. berger, y el de "generalización", según r. maistriaux

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    Maistriaux, Robert; Sánchez, José Antonio

    2012-01-01

    En nuestra obra "La inteligencia y el carácter" introdujimos una dicotomía fundamental entre las propiedades constitutivas: la "generalización" o inteligencia generalizadora y la "particularización" o inteligencia particularizadora. Por su parte, Gastón Berger ve en la inteligencia un "factor de tendencia" del carácter que él denomina "Pasión intelectual". Coinciden entre si estas dos concepciones? Y si no, ¿en que difieren?

  11. [Bewusstes Erinnern und bewusstes Vergessen : der juristische Umgang mit der Vergangenheit in den Ländern Mittel- und Osteuropas / hrsg. v. Angelika Nußberger, Caroline von Gall. (Jus Internationale et Europaeum ; 52). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2011.

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    Luts-Sootak, Marju, 1966-

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    Arvustus: Bewusstes Erinnern und bewusstes Vergessen : der juristische Umgang mit der Vergangenheit in den Ländern Mittel- und Osteuropas / hrsg. v. Angelika Nußberger, Caroline von Gall (Jus Internationale et Europaeum ; 52). Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 2011. 400 S.

  12. Distribution and Taxonomic Significance of Secondary Metabolites Occurring in the Methanol Extracts of the Stonecrops (Sedum L., Crassulaceae) from the Central Balkan Peninsula.

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    Stojanovic, Gordana S; Jovanović, Snežana C; Zlatković, Bojan K

    2015-06-01

    The present study is engaged in the chemical composition of methanol extracts of Sedum taxa from the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, and representatives from other genera of Crassulaceae (Crassula, Echeveria and Kalanchoe) considered as out-groups. The chemical composition of extracts was determined by HPLC analysis, according to retention time of standards and characteristic absorption spectra of components. Identified components were considered as original variables with possible chemotaxonomic significance. Relationships of examined plant samples were investigated by agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis (AHC). The obtained results showed how the distribution of methanol extract components (mostly phenolics) affected grouping of the examined samples. The obtained clustering showed satisfactory grouping of the examined samples, among which some representatives of the Sedum series, Rupestria and Magellensia, are the most remote. The out-group samples were not clearly singled out with regard to Sedum samples as expected; this especially applies to samples of Crassula ovata and Echeveria lilacina, while Kalanchoe daigremontiana was more separated from most of the Sedum samples.

  13. In vivo wound healing activity and phytochemical screening of the crude extract and various fractions of Kalanchoe petitiana A. Rich (Crassulaceae) leaves in mice.

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    Mekonnen, Awol; Sidamo, Temesgen; Asres, Kaleab; Engidawork, Ephrem

    2013-01-30

    The leaves of Kalanchoe petitiana A. Rich (Crassulaceae) are used in Ethiopian folk medicine for treatment of evil eye, fractured surface for bone setting and several skin disorders including for the treatment of sores, boils, and malignant wounds. In order to scientifically prove the claimed utilization of the plant, the effects of the extracts and the fractions were investigated using in vivo excision, incision and dead space wound models. Mice were used for wound healing study, while rats and rabbit were used for skin irritation test. For studying healing activity 80% methanolic extract and the fractions were formulated in strength of 5% and 10%, either as ointment (hydroalcoholic extract, aqueous and methanol fractions) or gel (chloroform fraction). Oral administration of the crude extract was used for dead space model. Negative controls were treated either with simple ointment or sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose xerogel, while positive controls with nitrofurazone (0.2 w/v) skin ointment. Negative controls for dead space model were treated with 1% carboxy methyl cellulose. Parameters, including rate of wound contraction, period of complete epithelializtion, hydroxyproline contents and skin breaking strength were evaluated. Significant wound healing activity was observed with ointment formulated from the crude extract at both 5% and 10% concentration (pKalanchoe petitiana A. Rich possess remarkable wound healing activities supporting the folkloric assertion of the plant. Fractionation revealed that polar or semi polar compound may play vital role, as both aqueous and methanolic fractions were endowed with wound healing activity. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Terre Promise – paradis perdu : Désir et avatars d’un rȇve. Le Fou d’Amérique d’Yves Berger et Frontières ou Tableaux d’Amérique de Noël Aude (Promised Land – lost paradise: Desire and avatars of a dream. Le Fou d’Amérique by Yves Berger and Frontières ou Tableaux d’Amérique by Noël Audet

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available America haunts literary and cultural imaginations. The American dream of happiness faces repeated disappointments without questioning the desire of the recommencement, be it an individual or a collective adventure. The paper analyzes from this point of view the approaches of two authors and two novels, Yves Berger (Le Fou d’Amérique, 1983 and Noël Audet (Frontières ou Tableaux d’Amérique, 1995. The comparison aims to cross a French perspective and a Quebecer one in a brief overview of two possible terms of a civilizational dream.

  15. Phenolics from Kalanchoe marmorata Baker, Family Crassulaceae

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    Abdel Nasser Badawy Singab

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In search of plants rich in phenolics in Egypt, Kalanchoe marmorata Baker was subjected to phytochemical study. The preliminary phytochemical screening revealed its richness in phenolics. Fractionation of the lyophilized aqueous extract of the leaves of K. marmorata by different organic solvents successively resulted in the isolation and purification of five compounds from the ethyl acetate soluble fraction. These compounds namely; E1 isorhamnetin-3-O-α-l-1C4-rhamnopyranoside; E2 quercitin; E3 4′-methoxy-myricetin-3-O-α-l-1C4-rhamnopyranoside; E4 Quercitin-3-O-β-d-4C1-glucopyranoside and E5 protocatechuic-4′-O-β-d-4C1-glucopyranoside, were identified by analysis of their spectral data including 1H NMR and 13C NMR.

  16. Isolation of volatile compounds of Aloe excelsa (Berger ...

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    Industrial and pharmacological applications of volatile and non-volatile compounds isolated from plants have been dominating the commercial sector over the recent two decades. Attempts in isolation of volatile compounds of aloes have impact on the medicinal as well as the cosmetic industries. Volatile compound isolation ...

  17. Isolation of volatile compounds of Aloe excelsa (Berger)

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    2010-10-25

    Oct 25, 2010 ... juices, ice cream, sweets and chewing gum. The dietary intake of limonene varies depending on the type of food consumed. In health-related applications, limonene is used for oral administration (Jain and Filipps, 1991). During oral administration d-limonene is rapidly absorbed in the gasterointestinal tract ...

  18. ALKALOIDS OF THE SEDUM ACRE-GROUP (CRASSULACEAE)

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    STEVENS, JF; THART, H; HENDRIKS, H; MALINGRE, TM

    1993-01-01

    The 16 species of the Sedum acre-group were investigated for the presence of alkaloids. They are S. acre of S. ser. Acria, S. alpestre, S. annuum, S. apoleipon, S. borissovae, S. euxinum, S. grisebachii, S. laconicum, S. multiceps, S. sexangulare, S. tuberiferum, S. tuberosum, S. ursi, and S.

  19. New Bufadienolides Isolated from the Roots of Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Crassulaceae).

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    Moniuszko-Szajwaj, Barbara; Pecio, Łukasz; Kowalczyk, Mariusz; Stochmal, Anna

    2016-02-24

    An aqueous extract from the roots of Kalanchoe daigremontiana turned out to be a rich source of bufadienolides. The existing literature data relate mainly to the aerial parts of Kalanchoe but there is no information about the metabolic profile of the roots, which are also used in traditional medicine. Our investigation concerning the roots of K. daigremontiana led to the isolation and characterization of eight new bufadienolides, namely 1β,3β,5β,14β,19-pentahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (1), 19-(acetyloxy)-1β,3β,5β,14β-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (2), 3β-O-α-l-rhamno-pyranosyl-5β,11α,14β,19-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (3), 19-(acetyloxy)-3β,5β,11α,14β-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (4), 3β,5β,11α,14β,19-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (5), 19-(acetyloxy)-3β,5β,11α,14β-tetrahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (6), 19-(acetyloxy)-1β,3β,5β,11α,14β-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (7) and 1β-(acetyloxy)-3β,5β,11α,14β,19-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (8), together with seven known compounds: 11α,19-dihydroxytelocinobufagin (9), bersaldegenin-1-acetate (10), daigredorigenin-3-acetate (11), bersaldegenin-1,3,5-orthoacetate (12), bryotoxin B (13), bryophyllin B (14) and bersaldegenin (15). The structures were established applying extensive 1D- and 2D-NMR and MS spectroscopic analyses.

  20. New Bufadienolides Isolated from the Roots of Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Crassulaceae

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    Barbara Moniuszko-Szajwaj

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available An aqueous extract from the roots of Kalanchoe daigremontiana turned out to be a rich source of bufadienolides. The existing literature data relate mainly to the aerial parts of Kalanchoe but there is no information about the metabolic profile of the roots, which are also used in traditional medicine. Our investigation concerning the roots of K. daigremontiana led to the isolation and characterization of eight new bufadienolides, namely 1β,3β,5β,14β,19-pentahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (1, 19-(acetyloxy-1β,3β,5β,14β-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (2, 3β-O-α-l-rhamno-pyranosyl-5β,11α,14β,19-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (3, 19-(acetyloxy-3β,5β,11α,14β-tetrahydroxybufa-20,22-dienolide (4, 3β,5β,11α,14β,19-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (5, 19-(acetyloxy-3β,5β,11α,14β-tetrahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (6, 19-(acetyloxy-1β,3β,5β,11α,14β-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (7 and 1β-(acetyloxy-3β,5β,11α,14β,19-pentahydroxy-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide (8, together with seven known compounds: 11α,19-dihydroxytelocinobufagin (9, bersaldegenin-1-acetate (10, daigredorigenin-3-acetate (11, bersaldegenin-1,3,5-orthoacetate (12, bryotoxin B (13, bryophyllin B (14 and bersaldegenin (15. The structures were established applying extensive 1D- and 2D-NMR and MS spectroscopic analyses.

  1. [Antiviral activity of representatives of the family Crassulaceae].

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    Shirobokov, V P; Evtushenko, A I; Lapchik, V F; Shirobokova, D N; Suptel', E A

    1981-12-01

    The antiviral properties of the juice of 11 species of the orpine family were studied. 8 of them belonged to the genera Kalanchoe, i. e. Kalanchoe diagremontiona R. Hamet, K. pinnata (Zam.) Persoon, K. Peteri Werd., K. prolifera (Bovie) R. Hamet, K. marnierriana (Mann. et Boit) Jacobs; K. blossfeldiana v. Poelln, K. beharensis Drake del Gastillo, K. waldheimii R. Hamet et Perr and 3 belonged to the Sedum genera, i. e. Sedum telephium L., S. spectabile Boreau, S. acre L. A high virus neutralizing activity of the juice from 4 species of Kalanchoe, i. e. K. blossfeldiana, K. waldheimii, K. pinnata and K. beharensis was shown. Inhibition of the virus infecting activity was observed at the juice dilutions from 1-2 to 1-8000 and higher. The viricidal factor of Kalanchoe is stable. It is not destroyed by ether, alcohol and potassium periodate. It is not absorbed by bentonite at the acid pH values. Addition of cattle serum or purified proteins to the juice resulted in their precipitation which suppressed the viricidal activity of the juice.

  2. Self-organization of the Earth's climate system versus Milankovitch-Berger astronomical cycles

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    Maslov, Lev A.

    2014-09-01

    The Late Pleistocene Antarctic temperature variation curve is decomposed into two components: "cyclic" and "high frequency, stochastic." For each of these components, a mathematical model is developed which shows that the cyclic and stochastic temperature variations are distinct, but interconnected, processes with their own self-organization. To model the cyclic component, a system of ordinary differential equations is written which represent an auto-oscillating, self-organized process with constant period. It is also shown that these equations can be used to model more realistic variations in temperature with changing cycle length. For the stochastic component, the multifractal spectrum is calculated and compared to the multifractal spectrum of a critical sine-circle map. A physical interpretation of relevant mathematical models and discussion of future climate development within the context of this work is given.

  3. The Ambiguous Identity of a Dog as a Mongrelized Storyteller in John Berger's King (1999)

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    Leleń, Halszka

    2015-01-01

    The dog named King, the central character and narrator of John Berger’s “King” published in 1999, is the offshoot of many apparently incongruent genre conventions as well as the offspring of the ambivalent prejudice and praise of the species encoded in the English idioms. This presentation aims to overview the contributing elements which gave rise to the Bergerian shift in character-narrator shaping and to discuss the function of such perspective for the novelistic format adopt...

  4. The Classification of the Simply Laced Berger Graphs from Calabi-Yau $CY_3$ spaces

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    Ellis, Jonathan Richard; Volkov, G G

    2004-01-01

    The algebraic approach to the construction of the reflexive polyhedra that yield Calabi-Yau spaces in three or more complex dimensions with K3 fibres reveals graphs that include and generalize the Dynkin diagrams associated with gauge symmetries. In this work we continue to study the structure of graphs obtained from $CY_3$ reflexive polyhedra. The objective is to describe the ``simply laced'' cases, those graphs obtained from three dimensional spaces with K3 fibers which lead to symmetric matrices. We study both the affine and, derived from them, non-affine cases. We present root and weight structurea for them. We study in particular those graphs leading to generalizations of the exceptional simply laced cases $E_{6,7,8}$ and $E_{6,7,8}^{(1)}$. We show how these integral matrices can be assigned: they may be obtained by relaxing the restrictions on the individual entries of the generalized Cartan matrices associated with the Dynkin diagrams that characterize Cartan-Lie and affine Kac-Moody algebras. These gr...

  5. Ethnobotanique des plantes médicinales chez les bergers peuls de ...

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    29 févr. 2016 ... ³Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Laboratoire d'Écologie, BP 5005 ,. Dakar (Sénégal). Original .... Capparaceae Feuille hémorroïdes, Constipation, Vers,. Nettoie le ventre, Paludisme, Maux de ventre. ; problème de reins. Capparis tomentosa Lam. Capparaceae ...

  6. Adaptive radiation of island plants: Evidence from Aeonium (Crassulaceae) of the Canary Islands

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    Jorgensen, T.H.; Olesen, J.M.

    2001-01-01

    The presence of diverse and species-rich plant lineages on oceanic islands is most often associated with adaptive radiation. Here we discuss the possible adaptive significance of some of the most prominent traits in island plants, including woodiness, monocarpy and sexual dimorphisms. Indirect...... evidence that such traits have been acquired through convergent evolution on islands comes from molecular phylogenies; however, direct evidence of their selective value rarely is obtained. The importance of hybridization in the evolution of island plants is also considered as part of a more general...... discussion of the mechanisms governing radiations on islands. Most examples are from the Hawaiian and Canarian floras, and in particular from studies on the morphological, ecological and molecular diversification of the genus Aeonium, the largest plant radiation of the Canarian Islands....

  7. Flavonoids from Jovibarba globifera (Crassulaceae) rosette leaves and their antioxidant activity.

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    Szewczyk, Katarzyna; Krzaczek, Tadeusz; Łopatyński, Tomasz; Gawlik-Dziki, Urszula; Zidorn, Christian

    2014-01-01

    Seven flavonoids new for the genus Jovibarba, kaempferol 1, kaempferol 3-O-galactopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside 2, kaempferol 3-O-β-D-glucoside 3, kaempferol 3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-7-O-α-D-glucofuranosyl-(1 → 2)-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside 4, kaempferol 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside-7-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside 5, kaempferol 3,7,4'-O-trimethyl ether 6 and quercetin 7, were isolated from fresh and dried leaves of J.ovibarba globifera subsp. globifera. The structures of these compounds were established by analysis of their spectroscopic ((1)H and (13)C NMR) and spectrometric (MS) data, as well as by comparison of these with those reported in the literature. All of the flavonoids are reported for the first time from the investigated taxon. In addition the antioxidant activities in DPPH test of selected compounds were evaluated.

  8. Phylogeography of Rhodiola kirilowii (Crassulaceae: a story of Miocene divergence and quaternary expansion.

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    Jian-Qiang Zhang

    Full Text Available The evolution and current distribution of the Sino-Tibetan flora have been greatly affected by historical geological events, such as the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP, and Quaternary climatic oscillations. Rhodiola kirilowii, a perennial herb with its distribution ranging from the southeastern QTP and the Hengduan Mountains (HM to adjacent northern China and central Asia, provides an excellent model to examine and disentangle the effect of both geological orogeny and climatic oscillation on the evolutionary history of species with such distribution patterns. We here conducted a phylogeographic study using sequences of two chloroplast fragments (trnL-F and trnS-G and internal transcribed spacers in 29 populations of R. kirilowii. A total of 25 plastid haplotypes and 12 ITS ribotypes were found. Molecular clock estimation revealed deep divergence between the central Asian populations and other populations from the HM and northern China; this split occurred ca. 2.84 million year ago. The majority of populations from the mountains of northern China were dominated by a single haplotype or ribotype, while populations of the HM harbored both high genetic diversity and high haplotype diversity. This distribution pattern indicates that HM was either a diversification center or a refugium for R. kirilowii during the Quaternary climatic oscillations. The present distribution of this species on mountains in northern China may have resulted from a rapid glacial population expansion from the HM. This expansion was confirmed by the mismatch distribution analysis and negative Tajima's D and Fu's FS values, and was dated to ca. 168 thousand years ago. High genetic diversity and population differentiation in both plastid and ITS sequences were revealed; these imply restricted gene flow between populations. A distinct isolation-by-distance pattern was suggested by the Mantel test. Our results show that in old lineages, populations may harbour divergent genetic forms that are sufficient to maintain or even increase overall genetic diversity despite fragmentation and low within-population variation.

  9. Durability postproduction of three species of Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae) in vessels with different substrates

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    Antonio Anderson de Jesus Rodrigues; Rebeca de Araújo Torres; Adriely Fernandes Vieira; Luciana Ferreira de Lima; Roberto Jun Takane; Kathia Fernandes Lopes Pivetta

    2015-01-01

    Potted plants have wide appeal among ornamental plants and one of the most produced for the market belong to the genus Kalanchoe. One aspect to be observed in potted plants is their durability post-production when maintained in indoors conditions as offices and homes. This study aimed to evaluate the durability of the pot post-production life of three species of Kalanchoe (K. marmorata, K. thyrsiflora and K. tubiflora) on different substrates. The experiment was arranged in a completely rando...

  10. Taxonomic and floristic novelties for Echeveria ( Crassulaceae ) in Central Michoacan, Mexico

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    Garc?a-Ruiz, Ignacio; Valent?n-Mart?nez, Dagoberto; Carrillo-Reyes, Pablo; Costea, Mihai

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    Abstract A new species, Echeveria coruana , is described and illustrated from the malpa?s near San Andr?s Cor?, Michoacan, Mexico. The species belongs to series Gibbiflorae and the new taxon was compared with Echeveria purhepecha and Echeveria patriotica , with whom it shares the closest morphological affinities. Additionally, Echeveria yalmanantlaensis an endangered species from Sierra of Manantl?n Biosphere Reserve, State of Colima, was also discovered near San Andr?s Cor? and is reported f...

  11. Growth rules based on the modularity of the Canarian Aeonium (Crassulaceae) and their phylogenetic value

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    Jorgensen, T.H.; Olesen, J.M.

    2000-01-01

    of these models are species specific. A discriminant analysis generates a statistically significant separation of species at the level of phylogenetic sections. The results therefore demonstrate the phylogenetic value of growth rules in plants. This dynamic approach strongly contrasts with the traditional static...... view on forms in systematics and morphology. It also leaves scope for predicting the evolutionary pathways of morphological change which have caused the great diversity of growth forms in the genus Aeonium. (C) 2000 The Linnean Society of London....

  12. Distribution pattern, ecology and endemism of family crassulaceae in Pakistan and Kashmir

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    2012-01-01

    Distribution pattern, ecology and endemism of family Crassul aceae have been studied in Pakistan and Kashmir. Out of 31 taxa, 15 are Irano-Turanian elements, 16 are Sino-Japanese elements and only one is Mediterranean element. Twenty nine taxa are classified as uniregional, while one is biregional element. Only one taxon is considered as pluriregional element. Rhodiola saxifragoides, Rosularia adenotricha subsp. chitralica and Hylotelephium pakistanicum are endemic taxa. While Rhodiola pachyclados and Rosularia sedoides are partim endemic. The former species is confined to (Kurrum valley) Pakistan and Afghanistan whereas the latter species distributed in Kashmir and N India. Rhodiola coccinea subsp. scabrida is subendemic to the peripheral belt of Irano-Turanian and Sino-Japanese regions. (author)

  13. Antihyperglycaemic potential of the water-ethanol extract of Kalanchoe crenata (Crassulaceae).

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    Kamgang, René; Mboumi, Rostand Youmbi; Fondjo, Angèle Foyet; Tagne, Michel Archange Fokam; N'dillé, Gabriel Patrice Roland Mengue; Yonkeu, Jeanne Ngogang

    2008-01-01

    Kalanchoe crenata is a vegetable widely used in Cameroon and largely efficient in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The effect of the water-ethanol extract of this plant (WEKC) on blood glucose levels was investigated in fasting normal and diet-induced diabetic rats (MACAPOS 1) after a short- and medium-term treatment. Diabetes was induced by submitting Wistar rats to a hypercaloric sucrose diet over 4 months. Six hours after a single oral administration of WEKC, 135 and 200 mg kg(-1) body weight extracts significantly (P < 0.01) reduced the blood glucose levels both in normal and diabetic rats without real dose-dependent effect. During the medium-term treatment, 200 mg kg(-1) WEKC administered daily for 4 weeks significantly reduced blood glucose levels within week 1 (P < 0.05), with a maximum effect at week 4 (-52%, P < 0.01), while maintaining glycaemia within the normal range. All the WEKC-treated diabetic rats exhibited significant (P < 0.01) increase in insulin sensitivity index (K (ITT)) compared with the initial time and to the untreated diabetic animals. Animals treated for 4 weeks exhibited a slight resistance in body-weight gain and decrease in food and water intake. The WEKC activities on all parameters assessed were comparable with the glibenclamide effects. Qualitative phytochemical screening revealed that K. crenata contains terpenoids, tannins, polysaccharids, saponins, flavonoids and alkaloids. The data suggest that K. crenata might contain important chemical components that could induce significant improvement in glucose clearance and/or uptake and resistance to body-weight gain and insulin sensitivity, and could be a potent alternative or complementary therapeutic substance in the control of type 2 diabetes and other insulin-resistant conditions.

  14. INTOXICAÇÃO EXPERIMENTAL POR Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (CRASSULACEAE EM CÃES

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    Leandro Bertoni Cavalcanti Teixeira

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and laboratorial aspects of the oral administration of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana in dogs. Twelve dogs, from two to five years of age, without breed or sex preferences, were used. The animals were inoculated with the K. blossfeldiana extract and monitored by complete blood count (CBC, serum biochemical analysis of creatinokinase (CK, alanine aminotransferase (ALT, alkaline phosfatase (FA and electrocardiographic exam for any cardio-toxic effect from the extract. No significant changes were identified by clinical examination, CBC, blood chemistry or EKG exams, with all results within standard values. The electrocardiographic exam of all the animals presented normal rhythm (sinus arrhythmia, cardiac axle and wave measures, without necrose or cardiac ischemia indication. These results suggested that K. blossfeldiana extract do not cause acute intoxication in dogs within the scope of this experiment.

  15. Durability postproduction of three species of Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae in vessels with different substrates

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    Antonio Anderson de Jesus Rodrigues

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Potted plants have wide appeal among ornamental plants and one of the most produced for the market belong to the genus Kalanchoe. One aspect to be observed in potted plants is their durability post-production when maintained in indoors conditions as offices and homes. This study aimed to evaluate the durability of the pot post-production life of three species of Kalanchoe (K. marmorata, K. thyrsiflora and K. tubiflora on different substrates. The experiment was arranged in a completely randomized design with 40 replicates per treatment in factorial 3 x 2 (three species of Kalanchoe x two substrates - washed sand and coconut fiber. After 30 days, it was evaluated the general aspects as changes in color, leaf abscission and shading of the stem apex. It was found significant differences between species and also between the substrates tested, but only in relation to the general aspects. The species Kalanchoe marmorata and K. tubiflora stood out by receiving top grades in most of the evaluated characteristics. The best substrate that provided plants the maintenance of the most of their ornamental characteristics over the 30 days was the coconut fiber.

  16. Analgesic properties of the aqueous and ethanol extracts of the leaves of Kalanchoe crenata (Crassulaceae).

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    Nguelefack, T B; Fotio, A L; Watcho, P; Wansi, S L; Dimo, T; Kamanyi, A

    2004-05-01

    The aqueous and ethanol extracts of the dry leaves of Kalanchoe crenata (300 and 600 mg/kg) were evaluated for their analgesic properties on the pain induced by acetic acid, formalin and heat in mice and by pressure on rats. The ethanol extract of K. crenata at a dose of 600 mg/kg produced an inhibition of 61.13% on pain induced by acetic acid and 50.13% for that induced by formalin. An inhibition of 67.18% was observed on pain induced by heat 45 min after the administration of the extract. The aqueous extract administered at a dose of 600 mg/kg produced a maximum effect of 25% on pain induced by pressure. These activities were similar to those produced by a paracetamol-codeine association, while indomethacin exhibited a protective effect only against the writhing test. Our results suggest that the leaves of K. crenata could be a source of analgesic compounds. Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  17. In Vivo and In Vitro Toxicity Evaluation of Hydroethanolic Extract of Kalanchoe brasiliensis (Crassulaceae) Leaves.

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    Fonseca, Aldilane Gonçalves; Ribeiro Dantas, Luzia Leiros Sena Fernandes; Fernandes, Júlia Morais; Zucolotto, Silvana Maria; Lima, Adley Antoninni Neves; Soares, Luiz Alberto Lira; Rocha, Hugo Alexandre Oliveira; Lemos, Telma Maria Araújo Moura

    2018-01-01

    The species Kalanchoe brasiliensis , known as "Saião , " has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antihistamine activities. It also has the quercetin and kaempferol flavonoids, which exert their therapeutic activities. With extensive popular use besides the defined therapeutical properties, the study of possible side effects is indispensable. The objective of this study is to evaluate the toxicity in vitro and in vivo from the hydroethanolic extract of the leaves of K. brasiliensis . The action of the extract (concentrations from 0.1 to 1000 uL/100 uL) in normal and tumor cells was evaluated using the MTT method. Acute toxicity and subchronic toxicity were evaluated in mice with doses of 250 to 1000 mg/kg orally, following recognized protocols. The in vitro results indicated cytotoxic activity for 3T3 cell line (normal) and 786-0 (kidney carcinoma), showing the activity to be concentration-dependent, reaching 92.23% cell inhibition. In vivo , the extract showed no significant toxicity; only liver changes related to acute toxicity and some signs of liver damage, combining biochemical and histological data. In general, the extract showed low or no toxicity, introducing itself as safe for use with promising therapeutic potential.

  18. Kalanchoe hypseloleuce (Crassulaceae), a new species from eastern Ethiopia, with notes on its habitat

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    Friis, Ib; Gilbert, Michael G.; van Breugel, Paulo

    2017-01-01

    A new species of Kalanchoe, K. hypseloleuce Friis & M. G. Gilbert, was found during field work in Ethiopia in 2015, and is established here. It is characterised by its tall stature (2 – 3 m), entire, sessile, lanceolate leaves and pure white flowers with abaxially minutely papillose corolla lobes...

  19. In Vivo and In Vitro Toxicity Evaluation of Hydroethanolic Extract of Kalanchoe brasiliensis (Crassulaceae Leaves

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    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available The species Kalanchoe brasiliensis, known as “Saião,” has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antihistamine activities. It also has the quercetin and kaempferol flavonoids, which exert their therapeutic activities. With extensive popular use besides the defined therapeutical properties, the study of possible side effects is indispensable. The objective of this study is to evaluate the toxicity in vitro and in vivo from the hydroethanolic extract of the leaves of K. brasiliensis. The action of the extract (concentrations from 0.1 to 1000 uL/100 uL in normal and tumor cells was evaluated using the MTT method. Acute toxicity and subchronic toxicity were evaluated in mice with doses of 250 to 1000 mg/kg orally, following recognized protocols. The in vitro results indicated cytotoxic activity for 3T3 cell line (normal and 786-0 (kidney carcinoma, showing the activity to be concentration-dependent, reaching 92.23% cell inhibition. In vivo, the extract showed no significant toxicity; only liver changes related to acute toxicity and some signs of liver damage, combining biochemical and histological data. In general, the extract showed low or no toxicity, introducing itself as safe for use with promising therapeutic potential.

  20. INTOXICAÇÃO EXPERIMENTAL POR Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (CRASSULACEAE) EM CÃES

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and laboratorial aspects of the oral administration of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana in dogs. Twelve dogs, from two to five years of age, without breed or sex preferences, were used. The animals were inoculated with the K. blossfeldiana extract and monitored by complete blood count (CBC), serum biochemical analysis of creatinokinase (CK), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosfatase (FA) and electrocardiographic exam for any cardio-toxic...

  1. ANÁLISIS GENÉTICO PARA LA CONSERVACIÓN DE Agave cupreata TREL. & BERGER (AGAVACEAE).

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    Agave cupreata (maguey chino o papalote), es una planta solitaria, se distribuye principalmente en bosques de pino-encino, en altitudes que varían de 1220 a 1850 msnm en la depresión del Balsas de los estados de Guerrero y Michoacán, en los municipios de Tzitzio, Villa Madero, Morelia, Jungapeo, Turicato y Charo en Michoacán., y en Xochipala, Tixtla, Atlixtac, Chilapa de Alvarez entre otros en Guerrero (Gentry 1982, Martínez-Palacios comun. pers). Las comunidades marginadas ase...

  2. Gone with the trees: Phylogeography of Rhodiola sect. Trifida (Crassulaceae) reveals multiple refugia on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

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    Li, Yuan-Cong; Zhong, Da-Lv; Rao, Guang-Yuan; Wen, Jun; Ren, Yi; Zhang, Jian-Qiang

    2018-04-01

    Quaternary climatic oscillations have had tremendous effects on current distribution of species. Previous studies unraveled multiple microrefugia on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) in two woody plants. Still we know little whether herbs growing in forests responded to climatic oscillations similarly. We herein conducted a phylogeographic study on Rhodiola sect. Trifida, an herbaceous group endemic to the QTP, which mainly growing on the forest floors, using plastid and ITS sequences as well as ecological niche modeling. The origin and divergence of major clades of sect. Trifida were in accordance with the last phase of the QTP uplifts. Mismatch distribution analysis indicated a range expansion dated to ca. 135 thousand years ago. A high frequency and an even distribution of private haplotypes in both plastid and ITS data sets throughout the distribution of sect. Trifida were detected. The ecological niche modeling results showed that there were suitable habitats on the QTP platform during the LGM. Our results found that multiple microrefugia existed on the QTP platform, supporting the hypothesis that species with similar geographic distribution and inhabiting the same community had similar responses to the Quaternary climatic oscillations. Furthermore, species delimitations in sect. Trifida need to be tested based on integrative evidence from morphological, ecological and genetic data. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Poriferasta-5,22E,25-trien-3β-ol,22-dehidrokolesterol dari daun Kalanchoe serrata (Crassulaceae

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    Full Text Available Dalam penelitian berkelanjutan untuk pencarian senyawa metabolit sekunder baru dari tumbuhan Kalanchoe Indonesia, telah dilakukan kajian fitokimia terhadap Kalanchoe serrata. Daun segar K. serrata sebanyak 14,8 kg diekstraksi dengan metanol pada temperatur kamar. Ekstrak metanol (292 g dipartisi berturut-turut dengan n-heksana dan metilenklorida. Ekstrak metilenklorida (0,80 g selanjutnya dipisahkan pada kromatografi cair vakum pada silika gel G60 dengan eluen kloroform-aseton yang meningkat kepolarannya sehingga dihasilkan 10 fraksi yang dikelompokan berdasarkan analisis KLT. Padatan yang diperoleh pada fraksi yang terelusi dengan 20% aseton selanjutnya dipisahkan pada kromatografi kolom pada silika gel (230-400 mesh dengan eluen kloroform dan dimurnikan lebih lanjut dengan kristalisasi pada aseton sehingga dihasilkan isolat berbentuk kristal jarum tak-berwarna sebanyak 23 mg. Isolat menunjukkan titik leleh 115-118oC dan memberikan warna hijau-kebiruan pada uji Liebermann-Burchard menunjukkan adanya kerangka steroid.  Hasil analisis spektroskopi yang meliputi UV, IR, 1D-NMR dan 2D-NMR menunjukan bahwa isolat merupakan turunan sterol dan diidentifikasi sebagai poriferasta-5,22E,25-trien-3β-ol,22-dehidrokolesterol.

  4. The Phenolic Compound from Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Crassulaceae Leaf and Its Antiplasmodial Activity against Plasmodium falciparum 3D7

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    Full Text Available Various species of Kalanchoe plants have been widely used as raw materials in traditional medicines. This study was the continuation of the researches on secondary metabolites from Indonesia Kalanchoe plants, focused on Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Fresh K. blossfeldiana leaf was extracted with methanol at room temperature to obtain the concentrated extract. The concentrated methanol extract was dissolved in water and then partitioned successively with n-hexane and ethyl acetate. The methanol, n-hexane, ethyl acetate extracts were tested using antiplasmodial assay against Plasmodium falciparum 3D7. The IC50 of methanol, n-hexane, and ethyl acetate extract were 13.002; 2.807, and 11 nM, respectively. Ethyl acetate extract was separated by the combination of chromatography on silica and ODS. This process produced the yellow solid. The chemical structure of the compound was determined based on UV, IR, MS, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR analyses and the comparison of data obtained from the literature and identified as phenolic compound, namely 3,3',4',5,7-pentahydroxyflavone or quercetin (1, and displayed antiplasmodial activity with IC50 3.97x10-2 nM.

  5. The Phenolic Compound from Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Crassulaceae) Leaf and Its Antiplasmodial Activity against Plasmodium falciparum 3D7

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    Yun, Yenny Febriani; Hermanto, Faizal; Aisyah, Lilis Siti; Saputra, Tri Reksa; Hakim, Arif Rahman; Ningsih, Ade Kania; Herlina, Tati; Julaeha, Euis; Zainuddin, Achmad; Supratman, Unang

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    Various species of Kalanchoe plants have been widely used as raw materials in traditional medicines. This study was the continuation of the researches on secondary metabolites from Indonesia Kalanchoe plants, focused on Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Fresh K. blossfeldiana leaf was extracted with methanol at room temperature to obtain the concentrated extract. The concentrated methanol extract was dissolved in water and then partitioned successively with n-hexane and ethyl acetate. The methanol, n-...

  6. Diversification in insular plants: Inferring the phylogenetic relationship in Aeonium (Crassulaceae) using ITS sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA

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    importance of reticulate evolution in the genus. Based on the geographic distribution of this particular island group and the growth forms of its species, dispersal across similar ecological zones of different islands followed by adaptive radiation and isolation are suggested to be the prominent routes...

  7. A Comparative Study by δ13C-Analysis of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) in Kalanchoë (Crassulaceae) Species of Africa and Madagascar

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    The carbon isotope ratios (δ 13 C values) of samples of Kalanchoë species collected in Africa were compared with previous data obtained with species from Madagascar. In contrast to the Malagasy species which cover the whole range of δ 13 C values from −10 to − 30%o, indicating high inter- and intraspecific diversity of CAM performance, in the African species nearly all δ 13 C values were less negative than −18%0. Thus, in the African species the CAM behaviour is characterized by CO 2 uptake proceeding mainly during the night. The distribution of δ 13 C values among the species clearly mirrors the taxonomic groups and the three sections of the genus Kalanchoë sensu lato. The Kitchingia section comprises only groups having CAM with a high proportion of carbon acquisition by the C3-pathway of photosynthesis. The same holds true for the first three groups of the Bryophyllum section, whereas in the following groups of the section CAM with CO 2 proceeding mainly during the night is common. The latter CAM mode is typical also for the majority of groups and species in the section Eukalanchoë. The African Kalanchoë species belong to the Eukalanchoë section, whereas in Madagascar all three sections are abundant. The data support the view that the centre of adaptive radiation of the genus is located in Madagascar. They also suggest that high CAM variability is abundant in the more primitive taxa of the genus, whereas the phylogenetically more derived taxa show a stereotype CAM with CO 2 uptake taking place only during the night. (author)

  8. Kalanchoe winteri Gideon F.Sm., N.R.Crouch & Mich.Walters (Crassulaceae), a new species from the Wolkberg Centre of Endemism, South Africa

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    Full Text Available University, Port Elizabeth, 6031 South Africa (email: smithgideon1@gmail.com; epnfigueiredo@gmail.com). 4. Centre for Functional Ecology, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, 3001-455 Coimbra, Portugal. 5. Natural Resources...

  9. DNA barcoding of Rhodiola (crassulaceae: a case study on a group of recently diversified medicinal plants from the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

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    Full Text Available DNA barcoding, the identification of species using one or a few short standardized DNA sequences, is an important complement to traditional taxonomy. However, there are particular challenges for barcoding plants, especially for species with complex evolutionary histories. We herein evaluated the utility of five candidate sequences - rbcL, matK, trnH-psbA, trnL-F and the internal transcribed spacer (ITS - for barcoding Rhodiola species, a group of high-altitude plants frequently used as adaptogens, hemostatics and tonics in traditional Tibetan medicine. Rhodiola was suggested to have diversified rapidly recently. The genus is thus a good model for testing DNA barcoding strategies for recently diversified medicinal plants. This study analyzed 189 accessions, representing 47 of the 55 recognized Rhodiola species in the Flora of China treatment. Based on intraspecific and interspecific divergence and degree of monophyly statistics, ITS was the best single-locus barcode, resolving 66% of the Rhodiola species. The core combination rbcL+matK resolved only 40.4% of them. Unsurprisingly, the combined use of all five loci provided the highest discrimination power, resolving 80.9% of the species. However, this is weaker than the discrimination power generally reported in barcoding studies of other plant taxa. The observed complications may be due to the recent diversification, incomplete lineage sorting and reticulate evolution of the genus. These processes are common features of numerous plant groups in the high-altitude regions of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

  10. Induction of wound-periderm-like tissue in Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers. (Crassulaceae) leaves as a defence response to high UV-B radiation levels.

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    Nascimento, Luana Beatriz dos Santos; Moreira, Nattacha dos Santos; Leal-Costa, Marcos Vinícius; Costa, Sônia Soares; Tavares, Eliana Schwartz

    2015-10-01

    UV-B radiation can be stressful for plants and cause morphological and biochemical changes. Kalanchoe pinnata is a CAM leaf-succulent species distributed in hot and dry regions, and is rich in flavonoids, which are considered to be protective against UV-B radiation. This study aims to verify if K. pinnata has morphological or anatomical responses as a strategy in response to high UV-B levels. Kalanchoe pinnata plants of the same age were grown under white light (control) or white light plus supplemental UV-B radiation (5 h d(-1)). The plants were treated with the same photoperiod, photosynthetically active radiation, temperature and daily watering system. Fragments of the middle third of the leaf blade and petiole were dehydrated and then embedded in historesin and sectioned in a rotary microtome. Sections were stained with toluidine blue O and mounted in Entellan®. Microchemical analyses by optical microscopy were performed on fresh material with Sudan III, Sudan IV and phloroglucinol, and analysed using fluorescence microscopy. Supplemental UV-B radiation caused leaf curling and the formation of brown areas on the leaves. These brown areas developed into a protective tissue on the adaxial side of the leaf, but only in directly exposed regions. Anatomically, this protective tissue was similar to a wound-periderm, with outer layer cell walls impregnated with suberin and lignin. This is the first report of wound-periderm formation in leaves in response to UV-B radiation. This protective tissue could be important for the survival of the species in desert regions under high UV-B stress conditions. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Annals of Botany Company. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  11. Inhibitory Effects of Hydroethanolic Leaf Extracts of Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) against Local Effects Induced by Bothrops jararaca Snake Venom.

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    Fernandes, Júlia Morais; Félix-Silva, Juliana; da Cunha, Lorena Medeiros; Gomes, Jacyra Antunes Dos Santos; Siqueira, Emerson Michell da Silva; Gimenes, Luisa Possamai; Lopes, Norberto Peporine; Soares, Luiz Alberto Lira; Fernandes-Pedrosa, Matheus de Freitas; Zucolotto, Silvana Maria

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    The species Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata, both known popularly as "Saião," are used interchangeably in traditional medicine for their antiophidic properties. Studies evaluating the anti-venom activity of these species are scarce. This study aims to characterize the chemical constituents and evaluate the inhibitory effects of hydroethanolic leaf extracts of K. brasiliensis and K. pinnata against local effects induced by Bothrops jararaca snake venom. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography coupled with Diode Array Detection and Electrospray Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-MS/MS) were performed for characterization of chemical markers of the extracts from these species. For antiophidic activity evaluation, B. jararaca venom-induced paw edema and skin hemorrhage in mice were evaluated. In both models, hydroethanolic extracts (125-500 mg/kg) were administered intraperitoneally in different protocols. Inhibition of phospholipase enzymatic activity of B. jararaca was evaluated. The HPLC-DAD-MS/MS chromatographic profile of extracts showed some particularities in the chemical profile of the two species. K. brasileinsis exhibited major peaks that have UV spectra similar to flavonoid glycosides derived from patuletin and eupafolin, while K. pinnata showed UV spectra similar to flavonoids glycosides derived from quercetin and kaempferol. Both extracts significantly reduced the hemorrhagic activity of B. jararaca venom in pre-treatment protocol, reaching about 40% of inhibition, while only K. pinnata was active in post-treatment protocol (about 30% of inhibition). In the antiedematogenic activity, only K. pinnata was active, inhibiting about 66% and 30% in pre and post-treatment protocols, respectively. Both extracts inhibited phospholipase activity; however, K. pinnata was more active. In conclusion, the results indicate the potential antiophidic activity of Kalanchoe species against local effects induced by B. jararaca snake venom, suggesting their potential use as a new source of bioactive molecules against bothropic venom.

  12. Inhibitory Effects of Hydroethanolic Leaf Extracts of Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae against Local Effects Induced by Bothrops jararaca Snake Venom.

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    Júlia Morais Fernandes

    Full Text Available The species Kalanchoe brasiliensis and Kalanchoe pinnata, both known popularly as "Saião," are used interchangeably in traditional medicine for their antiophidic properties. Studies evaluating the anti-venom activity of these species are scarce. This study aims to characterize the chemical constituents and evaluate the inhibitory effects of hydroethanolic leaf extracts of K. brasiliensis and K. pinnata against local effects induced by Bothrops jararaca snake venom. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC and High Performance Liquid Chromatography coupled with Diode Array Detection and Electrospray Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-MS/MS were performed for characterization of chemical markers of the extracts from these species. For antiophidic activity evaluation, B. jararaca venom-induced paw edema and skin hemorrhage in mice were evaluated. In both models, hydroethanolic extracts (125-500 mg/kg were administered intraperitoneally in different protocols. Inhibition of phospholipase enzymatic activity of B. jararaca was evaluated. The HPLC-DAD-MS/MS chromatographic profile of extracts showed some particularities in the chemical profile of the two species. K. brasileinsis exhibited major peaks that have UV spectra similar to flavonoid glycosides derived from patuletin and eupafolin, while K. pinnata showed UV spectra similar to flavonoids glycosides derived from quercetin and kaempferol. Both extracts significantly reduced the hemorrhagic activity of B. jararaca venom in pre-treatment protocol, reaching about 40% of inhibition, while only K. pinnata was active in post-treatment protocol (about 30% of inhibition. In the antiedematogenic activity, only K. pinnata was active, inhibiting about 66% and 30% in pre and post-treatment protocols, respectively. Both extracts inhibited phospholipase activity; however, K. pinnata was more active. In conclusion, the results indicate the potential antiophidic activity of Kalanchoe species against local effects induced by B. jararaca snake venom, suggesting their potential use as a new source of bioactive molecules against bothropic venom.

  13. The nature of the variability of the morphological characteristics of the taxon Jovibarba heuffelii (Schott A. Löve & D. Löve (Crassulaceae in Serbia

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to investigate the nature of the variability of the morphological characters of the species Jovibarba heuffelii (Schott A. Löve & D. Löve in Serbia. Morphometric analyses were performed on 219 individuals from 10 populations. Total of 38 morphometric characters were analyzed (25 metric and 13 ordinal. Statistical data analyses were done for 25 quantitative morphometric characters. Descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation, minimum, maximum and standard error, coefficient of variation were calculated for each character, together with correlative variability and variation between each character. Analysis of variance (ANOVA was performed to identify significant variation between each character. The results of the analysis showed significant statistical variability of all investigated characters. Variability of the vegetative characters was higher when compared with reproductive characters. Also, the obtained results pointed to the altitude and geological substratum as the most important factors for morphological differentiation of analyzed populations.

  14. Erinnerungen. Aus dem Feldzuge der Franzosen in Russland unter Napoleon im Jahre 1812, von einem preußischen Bombardier, dem jetzigen Major Weinberger. Unveröffentlichtes Manuskript (1849), herausgegeben von Peter-Michael Berger

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    Friedrich Ludwig Weinberger (1794–1869) diente im Juni 1812 als Freiwilliger bei der Königsberger Garnisonsartillerie. Diese 400 Soldaten wurden von Napoleon in die Garde seiner Grande Armée zur Invasion Russlands zwangsweise eingegliedert. Als einer von nur 13 Überlebenden seiner Truppe kehrte Weinberger im März 1813 aus russischem Gewahrsam zurück. Über seine Erlebnisse beim Vormarsch, den Kämpfen, der Besetzung Moskaus, dem Rückzug und der Heimkehr verfasste er einen Bericht, den er m...

  15. floristic composition and structure of the Dry Afromontane Forest

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    No. Crassula alba Forssk. Crassulaceae. Burii Jeldessa. H. 400. Crassula schimperi Fisch. and Mey. Crassulaceae. H. 231. Craterostigma plantagineum Hochstetter. Scrophulariaceae. H. 307. Crepis carbonaria Sch. Bip. Asteraceae. Marga Hoffi. H. 218. Crepis ruepellii Sch. Bip. Asteraceae. H. 45. Cuscuta kilimanjari Oliv.

  16. An inventory of indigenous plants used as anthelmintics in Amathole ...

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    Results: Medicinal plants mostly used for traditional management of intestinal worms were selected from 13 plant families: Alliaceae, Anacardiaceae, Asphodelaceae, Asteraceae, Crassulaceae, Dracaenaceae, Fabaceae, Hypoxidaceae, Lamiaceae, Longaniaceae, Punicaceae, Polygonaceae, and Verbenaceae. Out of ...

  17. Fractional excretion of sodium

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    FE sodium; FENa ... a lab. There, they are examined for salt (sodium) and creatinine levels. Creatinine is a chemical waste ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Excretion fraction of filtered sodium-blood and urine. In: Chernecky CC, Berger BJ, ...

  18. Incontinentia pigmenti

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    ... Because the gene defect occurs on the X chromosome, the condition is most often seen in females. ... WD, Berger TG, Elston DM. Genodermatoses and congenital anomalies. James WD, Berger TG, Elston DM, eds. Andrews' ...

  19. Routine sputum culture

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    Sputum culture ... There, it is placed in a special dish (culture). It is then watched to see if bacteria ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Culture, routine. In: Chernecky CC, Berger BJ, ... . 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:409- ...

  20. Commentary on "Detailed analysis of morbidity following nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma in octogenarians." Berger J, Fardoun T, Brassart E, Capon G, Bigot P, Bernhard JC, Rigaud J, Patard JJ, Descazeaud A, Department of Urology, Dupuytren University Hospital, Limoges, France: J Urol 2012;188(3):736-40 (Epub 2012 Jul 19).

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    Boorjian, Stephen

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    We evaluated the morbidity of nephrectomy in patients older than 80 years of age. Between June 2002 and March 2011, 2,530 patients underwent surgery for renal tumor at 5 French academic centers. Of these patients, 180 (7.1%) were 80 years of age or older; 22 (12%) and 158 (88%) patients underwent partial and radical nephrectomy, respectively, and 47 (26.1%) of whom were treated with a laparoscopic approach. Mean patient age was 82.3 years. Median Charlson score was 4. Mean preoperative glomerular filtration rate was 47 ml/min. A total of 136 complications were recorded in 70 patients (38.8% of all patients). Of these patients, 28 (15.5%), 25 (13.9%), and 17 (9.4%) experienced 1, 2, and 3 or more complications, respectively. According to the modified Clavien classification grade I, II, III, IV, and V complications were observed in 7, 81, 19, 23, and 6 patients, respectively. The transfusion rate was 31.1% (56). On logistic regression analysis, the parameters of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status 2 to 4 (P = 0.035) and preoperative glomerular filtration rate less than 30 ml/min (P = 0.03) were independent predictive factors of morbidity. Morbidity and mortality are significant in the octogenarian population. The risk of complications should be considered in decision making for patients with renal cell carcinoma who were older than age 80 years. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Generalized anxiety disorder -- self-care

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    ... E, Wilhelm S. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, and cognitive therapy. In: Stern ... Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  2. 76 FR 66308 - Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

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    ... healthcare preparedness and emergency response and for the integration of preparedness planning across the public health, healthcare, and emergency management sectors. Dated: October 14, 2011. Sherri A. Berger...

  3. Social phobia

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    ... 32. Schneier FR, Bruce LC, Heimberg RG. Social anxiety disorder (social phobia). In: Gabbard ... by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  4. Canariomyces notabilis, a peculiar Ascomycete from the Canary Islands

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    Arx, von J.A.

    1984-01-01

    The Canary Islands are famous not only for the climate, but also for the flora. Many endemic plants are found, mainly succulents or woody shrubs belonging to the Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Crassulaceae, Boraginaceae and Asteraceae. Monocotyledons are inconspicuous, except for Phoenix canariensis and

  5. Analytical Characterization of Volatile Active Principles from the ...

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    The study presents for the first time the data concerning the qualitative and quantitative determination of the volatile active principles from the leaves of the Alboroseum Backer plant (Crassulaceae). After the extraction of volatile active principles in water, analytical separation and quantitative determination using a GC/MS ...

  6. Protective Effects of Aqueous Extract of Sempervivum tectorum L ...

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    Protective Effects of Aqueous Extract of Sempervivum tectorum L ( Crassulaceae ) on Aluminium-Induced Oxidative Stress in Rat Blood. ... Results: Aluminium (Al) exposure increased, compared to control group, the level of blood Al (293.64 %, p 0.05), glutathione ...

  7. Insecticidal compounds from Kalanchoe daigremontiana x tubiflora.

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    Supratman, U; Fujita, T; Akiyama, K; Hayashi, H

    2001-09-01

    Methyl daigremonate, an insecticidal bufadienolide, was isolated from the leaves of Kalanchoe daigremontianaxtubiflora (Crassulaceae) along with four known bufadienolides. Its structure was established by spectroscopic analysis, and insecticidal activities were assessed against the third instar larvae of silkworm (Bombyx mori). The results suggest that the orthoester and alpha-pyrone moieties played an important role in the activity.

  8. Antidiarrhoeal Activity of Hydroethanolic Leaf Extract of Bryophyllum ...

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    Background: Bryophyllum pinnatum Lam. Kurtz (Crassulaceae) is used in traditional African medicine in the treatment of diarrhoea. Objective: To investigate the antidiarrhoeal action of the hydroethanolic leaf extract of Bryophyllum pinnatum (BP). Methods: Normal intestinal transit, castor oil-induced intestinal transit, castor ...

  9. Two additions to the flora of the Palni Hills, southern India

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    Full Text Available Hiptage parvifolia Wight & Arn. (Malpighiaceae and Kalanchoe olivacea Dalz. & Gibs. (Crassulaceae are collected and reported for the first time from the Palni hills of Western Ghats from Tamil Nadu, India. This paper provided a detailed taxonomic description, distribution, illustrations and photographs for their easy identification.

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    Ishola, IO. Vol 19, No 2 (2009) - Articles Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Breast Cancer Screening among Nurses in Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos Nigeria Abstract · Vol 23, No 4 (2013) - Articles Antidiarrhoeal Activity of Hydroethanolic Leaf Extract of Bryophyllum pinnatum Lam. Kurtz (Crassulaceae)

  11. the reception of the deuteronomic social law in the primitive church

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    4 The term “counter-society” originates from the definition by Berger & Luckmann ... (Berger 1977:95-96). Although reception depended, to a high degree,. 5 See also Lim (2007:6). According to Lim (2007:6), the importance of this book. “for the study ...... the supply of Egypt with food, Joseph is characterised as a discerning.

  12. Preliminary note on the utitization of alkaline hydrogen peroxide ...

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    (Kerley, Fahey, Berger, Merchen & Gould, 1986). Gould. (1984) and Kerley, Fahey, Berger, Gould & Baker (1985) recently found that .... Lewis et al. (1987) also suggested improvements in the in vivo digestibility of AHP-treated wheat straw in compari- son with untreated wheat straw. A further enhancement of 8,0% (P::::'::0 ...

  13. Ham test

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    Acid hemolysin test; Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria - Ham test; PNH - Ham test ... BJ. In: Chernecky CC, Berger BJ, eds. Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures . 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier ...

  14. Cigarette smoking and quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. South Limburg IBD Study Group.

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    Russel, M.G.V.M.; Nieman, F.H.M.; Bergers, J.M.M.; Stockbrugger, R.W.

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    Cigarette smoking and quality of life in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. South Limburg IBD Study Group. Russel MG, Nieman FH, Bergers JM, Stockbrugger RW. Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands. OBJECTIVE: Smoking has been reported as influencing

  15. Major depression

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    ... deal with them. Types of talk therapy include: Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you how to fight off negative thoughts. ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  16. Adjustment disorder

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    ... your responses to the stressors in your life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy. It ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  17. Generalized anxiety disorder

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    ... GAD. One common and effective talk therapy is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT can help you understand the relationship ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  18. Dysthymia

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    ... cope more effectively. Types of talk therapy include: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps you learn to be more ... 29/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  19. Agoraphobia

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    ... to something that always brings on your symptoms. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy. It ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  20. Panic disorder

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    ... drink alcohol while on this medicine. Talk therapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT) helps you understand your behaviors and ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  1. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

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    ... include antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. Talk therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy; CBT) has been shown to be effective for ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  2. Anorexia nervosa

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    ... therapy are used to treat people with anorexia: Cognitive behavioral therapy (a type of talk therapy), group therapy, and ... 2/2016 Updated by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  3. 75 FR 4622 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes

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    2010-01-28

    .... Bauer, Michael P. Berger, William D. Blosch, Michael Bohlen, Bradley N. Brown, Victor M. Brunner, Tom L..., Eugene G. Friedman, Edward L. Gilbert, Donald W. Hansen, Joseph S. Hernandez, Corrine J. Hoffman, Robert...

  4. 78 FR 76399 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus

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    2013-12-17

    ... Charles A. Adams, Jr. (CT), Thomas W. Allee (WI), J.D. Ashcraft, Jr. (AL), Robert J. Berger III (PA.... Phillips (WI), Francis J. Shultz (PA), Gary L. Snelling (AL), Joseph L. Stevenson (IL), Matthew S. Thompson...

  5. 77 FR 61755 - Performance Review Board Members

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    ... BERGER SHERRI BERNARDY PETER BOWERS TONYA BOYCE DONALD BRUCE MICHAEL CHAFFIN EUGENIA CHAUDRY AJAY CHOI... JOSEPH HOLLIE LESLIE HOOVER CAMILLE IMMERGUT STEVEN IYER RAJ JONES CHRISTINE KAPPELER EVELYN KEMPER PETER...

  6. 1116-IJBCS-Article-Joseph Djeugap Fovo

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    ulaval.ca; Fax : (237) 33 45. 15 66, BP 222 ..... Berger RD. 1980. Measuring disease intensity. In. Proc. EC. Stakman. Commemorative Symposium on Crop. Loss Assessments, St. Paul (ed). University of Minesota Misc : Minesota. Campbell CL ...

  7. 77 FR 44310 - Quarterly Publication of Individuals, Who Have Chosen To Expatriate, as Required by Section 6039G

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    ... JOSEPH BENTLEY JOHN J. BETZ-VAIS KLAUS BI JEFF HUA BI WEI LI BLENKERS TED BODMER ANDREA ISABELLE BRINGOLF... CAROL SCHINDLER ANNETTE SHEVELL-BERGER TRUDI LYN SIMETH EVA MARIA SISMONDO SOPHIA M. SKWAROK ELEANOR...

  8. Headaches and Complementary Health Approaches

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    ... confusion . Headache. 2011;51(9):1419–1425. Verhagen AP, Damen L, Berger MY, et al. Behavioral treatments ... health: patterns of use in the United States . Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2009;15(9): ...

  9. Kerry nõunik hävitas salajasi arhiividokumente

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    Süüdistuste tõttu aastatuhandevahetuse terrorismiohtu käsitlevate Riigiarhiivi dokumentide hävitamises lahkus ametist Ameerika Ühendriikide Demokraatliku Partei presidendikandidaadi John Kerry nõunik Samuel Berger

  10. 27. XI algusega kell 15 toimub von Krahli teatris...

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    Rahvusvaheline videoperformance'ite festival "Inport". Näidatakse performance'ite dokumentatsioone ja spetsiaalselt kaamerale tehtud performatiivseid teoseid, Roland Bergere'i (Saksamaa) koostatud eriprogrammi "Audible ranges, sounds in performance". Loetletud näidatavate videote autorid

  11. Creatinine clearance test

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    Serum creatinine clearance; Kidney function - creatinine clearance; Renal function - creatinine clearance ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Creatinine clearance - serum and urine. ... Diagnostic Procedures . 6th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; ...

  12. South African Medical Journal - Vol 88, No 1 (1998)

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    Molecular diagnosis of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A · EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT. RJ Pegoraro, DJ Hacking, RH Buck, L Rom, PA Lanning, GMB Berger, 39-42 ...

  13. The Optimal Employment of a Deep Seaweb Acoustic Network for Submarine Communications at Speed and Depth Using a Defender-Attacker-Defender Model

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    2013-09-01

    location costs of a LRP . Berger, Coullard, and Daskin (2007) utilized a set -partitioning- based formulation of an uncapacitated location-routing...35 2. Sets and Indices ............................................................................36 3. Data...PROBLEM FORMULATION .............................................41 1. Sets and Indices

  14. Choking - unconscious adult or child over 1 year

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    ... Berger S, Duff JP, et al. Part 11: pediatric basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality: 2015 American Heart Association ... EE, Goldberger ZD, et al. Part 5: adult basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality: 2015 American Heart Association ...

  15. Beta-carotene blood test

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003571.htm Beta-carotene blood test To use the sharing features on this page, ... skin is broken) Alternative Names Carotene test Images Blood test References Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Carotene - serum. In: ...

  16. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) blood test

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    ... Parathormone (PTH) intact molecule; Intact PTH; Hyperparathyroidism - PTH blood test; Hypoparathyroidism - PTH blood test ... 28. Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) - Blood. ... Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures . 6th ed. St Louis, MO: ...

  17. Vitamin A blood test

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003570.htm Vitamin A blood test To use the sharing features on this page, ... skin is broken) Alternative Names Retinol test Images Blood test References Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Vitamin A (retinol) - ...

  18. Luteinizing hormone (LH) blood test

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    ICSH - blood test; Luteinizing hormone - blood test; Interstitial cell stimulating hormone - blood test ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Luteinizing hormone - blood. In: Chernecky ... Jeelani R, Bluth MH. Reproductive function and pregnancy. In: ...

  19. Platelet antibodies blood test

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    This blood test shows if you have antibodies against platelets in your blood. Platelets are a part of the blood ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Platelet antibody - blood. In: Chernecky ... caused by platelet destruction, hypersplenism, or hemodilution. ...

  20. Leucine aminopeptidase blood test

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003559.htm Leucine aminopeptidase blood test To use the sharing features on this page, ... Alternative Names Serum leucine aminopeptidase; LAP - serum Images Blood test References Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP) - ...

  1. Ethylene glycol blood test

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    ... medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003564.htm Ethylene glycol blood test To use the sharing features on this page, ... risk any time the skin is broken) Images Blood test References Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Ethylene glycol - serum ...

  2. Ammonia blood test

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003506.htm Ammonia blood test To use the sharing features on this page, ... Encephalopathy - ammonia; Cirrhosis - ammonia; Liver failure - ammonia Images Blood test References Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Ammonia (NH3) - blood ...

  3. Two new species of scale insects (Hemiptera, Coccoidea from Sardinia (Italy with a check list of Sardinian Coccoidea

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    Giuseppina Pellizzari

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Two new species of scale insects collected in Sardinia (Italy are described and illustrated: Spinococcus giuliae sp. n. (Pseudococcidae off the roots of Umbilicus rupestris (Crassulaceae and Micrococcus sardous sp. n. (Micrococcidae off the root of an undetermined grass (Poaceae growing near the sea. A n identification key to Micrococcus species and a revised list of the scales presently known in the island are also provided.

  4. The authenticity and quality of Rhodiola rosea products

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    Booker, A.; Jalil, B.; Frommenwiler, D.; Reich, E.; Zhai, L.; Kulic, Z.; Heinrich, M.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Rhodiola rosea L. Crassulaceae, root (Golden Root, Arctic Root) is a high-value herbal medicinal product, registered in the UK for the treatment of stress-induced fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety based on traditional use and used throughout Europe as a herbal medicinal product for similar indications. Numerous unregistered supplements are also available. There are several Chinese species used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including Rhodiola crenulata (Hook.f. & Thomoson) t...

  5. Two new species of scale insects (Hemiptera, Coccoidea) from Sardinia (Italy) with a check list of Sardinian Coccoidea

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    Giuseppina Pellizzari

    2011-01-01

    Two new species of scale insects collected in Sardinia (Italy) are described and illustrated: Spinococcus giuliae sp. n. (Pseudococcidae) off the roots of Umbilicus rupestris (Crassulaceae) and Micrococcus sardous sp. n. (Micrococcidae) off the root of an undetermined grass (Poaceae) growing near the sea. A n identification key to Micrococcus species and a revised list of the scales presently known in the island are also provided.

  6. Lutte intégrée contre les maladies humaines et animales pour les ...

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    Lutte intégrée contre les maladies humaines et animales pour les bergers contraints à la sédentarisation en Tanzanie. Dans les terres arides de l'Afrique orientale et australe, les bergers se heurtent à la détérioration de leur environnement en raison de la croissance démographique, des changements climatiques et des ...

  7. The Constraining Dynamics of Public Opinion

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    2006-12-01

    relative neophyte who lacks the experience … [quoting Reagan administration veteran Robert Kagan] ‘His foreign policy team will be critically important to...222 U.S. Information Agency, “Berger to Consult US Allies in Europe on Iraq,” by Wendy S. Ross, USIA White House Correspondent, 5...pdf/execsummary.pdf (accessed 4 August 2006). U.S. Information Agency. “Berger to Consult US Allies in Europe on Iraq.” by Wendy S. Ross, USIA

  8. ‘A Present Moment, More Present: John Berger’s Politics of Intensity’

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    Bell, Vikki

    2016-01-01

    Published also under the short title 'Stars' this essay was written for Gunaratnam, Y. and A. Chandan (editors) A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Honour of John Berger (2016) London: Zed. It concerns the concept of intensity in Berger's writing, not as a simple theatricality, nor a search for something truer to life, but is a philosophical stance that concerns political equality. It discusses this in relation to a moment in my own research in the cemetery in Santiago, Chile.

  9. Socialkonstruktivismer i klassisk og moderne sociologi

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    Rasborg, Klaus

    2004-01-01

    En videnskabsteoretisk diskussion af socialkonstruktivismens genealogi, samt af en række fremtrædende socialkonstruktivistiske positioner i klassisk og moderne sociologi (Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Berger & Luckmann, Goffman og Bourdieu)......En videnskabsteoretisk diskussion af socialkonstruktivismens genealogi, samt af en række fremtrædende socialkonstruktivistiske positioner i klassisk og moderne sociologi (Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Berger & Luckmann, Goffman og Bourdieu)...

  10. Land-Use Conflicts between Settler Farmers and Nomadic Fulani ...

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    Résumé. Cet article étudie les affrontements violents entre les communautés cultivant des productions et les bergers nomades Fulani dans le district de Kwahu North au Ghana. Le conflit entre les fermiers et les bergers dans ledit district a été provoqué en 2010 avec de graves conséquences pour la coexistence pacifique.

  11. Anti-tumor promoting activity of bufadienolides from Kalanchoe pinnata and K. daigremontiana x tubiflora.

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    Supratman, U; Fujita, T; Akiyama, K; Hayashi, H; Murakami, A; Sakai, H; Koshimizu, K; Ohigashi, H

    2001-04-01

    Five bufadienolides (1-5) isolated from the leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata and K. daigremontiana x tubiflora (Crassulaceae) were examined for their inhibitory effects on Epstein-Barr virus early antigen (EBV-EA) activation in Raji cells induced by the tumor promoter, 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate. All bufadienolides showed inhibitory activity, and bryophyllin A (1) exhibited the most marked inhibition (IC50 = 0.4 microM) among the tested compounds. Bryophyllin C (2), a reduction analogue of 1, and bersaldegenin-3-acetate (3) lacking the orthoacetate moiety were less active. These results strongly suggest that bufadienolides are potential cancer chemopreventive agents.

  12. Micro and Macro Element Composition of Kalanchoe integra Leaves: An Adjuvant Treatment for Hypertension in Ghana

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    Frimpong-Manso, S.; Asiedu-Gyekye, I. J.; Naadu, J. P.; Magnus-Aryitey, G. T.; Nyarko, A. K.; Boamah, D.; Awan, M.

    2015-01-01

    Two samples, water extract and blended whole leaves, of fresh Kalanchoe integra leaves (Crassulaceae), a traditional antihypertensive medicine used in Ghana, were analyzed with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy (EDXRF). Analysis revealed 12 macro and 26 micro elements in both extracts. Further quantitative assessment of the results for amounts of elements that are pharmacologically significant revealed that the amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium present in the extracts could be correlated to its traditional usage in managing hypertension and arrhythmias. However, heavy metals (lead and inorganic arsenic) detected in the extracts may pose a threat at doses normally used traditionally for the treatment of hypertension. PMID:26495138

  13. Micro and Macro Element Composition of Kalanchoe integra Leaves: An Adjuvant Treatment for Hypertension in Ghana

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    S. Frimpong-Manso

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Two samples, water extract and blended whole leaves, of fresh Kalanchoe integra leaves (Crassulaceae, a traditional antihypertensive medicine used in Ghana, were analyzed with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy (EDXRF. Analysis revealed 12 macro and 26 micro elements in both extracts. Further quantitative assessment of the results for amounts of elements that are pharmacologically significant revealed that the amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium present in the extracts could be correlated to its traditional usage in managing hypertension and arrhythmias. However, heavy metals (lead and inorganic arsenic detected in the extracts may pose a threat at doses normally used traditionally for the treatment of hypertension.

  14. O Facebook como instrumento para a construção do senso comum on-line

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    Tatiana Cioni Couto

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo visa expor como uma comunidade virtual pode portar-se como construtora de um senso comum (Berger e Luckmann, formando uma autoridade cultural (Zelizer por meio das ferramentas digitais disponíveis em redes sociais (Recuero. Para tal estudo, o enfoque foi feito na comunidade JornalistasRJ observando os conceitos: comunidade (Bauman, interação social (Berger e Luckmann, pertencimento (SÁ, ritual de marcação (Douglas e Comunicação Mediada pelo Computador (Recuero.

  15. Essais préliminaires d'utilisation de Kalanchoe crenata (Crassulacée dans la prophylaxie et le traitement de la coccidiose aviaire

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    Agbédé, G.

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Preliminary studies on the utilization of Kalanchoe crenata (Crassulacea in the prophylaxis and treatment of avian coccidiosis. In an experiment aiming at evaluating the efficiency of Kalanchoe crenata (Crassulacea leaves in preventing avian coccidiosis as compared to "Amprolsol" (Amprolium, MSD, 90 "Hybro lourd" breed of broiler chickens were divided into 3 equal groups : A (control, B (treated with infusions of K. crenata leaves, and C (treated with "Amprolsol". Based on the number of oocysts per gram of feces (opg noted until the 7th week of the experiment, it was shown that K. crenata limited oocyst excretion (73.9 % reduction compared to the control treatment, but this occured to a lesser extend than "Amprolsol" (95.7 % reduction compared to the control. In a second experiment designed to compare the effects of the plant in reducing oocyst output to those of the commercial drug, 60 "Hybro lourd" chickens were divided into 2 equal groups D (treated with plant infusions and E (treated with "Amprolsol". The commercial drug reduced the opg by 96.3 % against a 73.4 % reduction for the plant. Given the encouraging results this experiment produced, more advanced studies have to be undertaken to more efficiently use and find the active anticoccidial principles in K. crenata leaves.

  16. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis detected in amphibians from National Forests in eastern Texas, USA

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    Daniel Saenz; Brendan T. Kavanagh; Matthew A. Kwiatkowski

    2010-01-01

    The amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, caused by the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd, Longcore et al. 1999), is well known as a major threat to amphibians resulting in mass die-offs and population declines throughout the world (Berger et al. 1998; Blaustein and Keisecker 2002; Daszak et al. 2003; McCallum 2005; Rachowicz et al. 2006)....

  17. Evidence Based Education Request Desk. EBE #755

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    Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2010

    2010-01-01

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation created the Early College High School Initiative in 2002, opening more than 200 hundred early college programs across the nation and every year a new report is created to evaluate the progress of the program (Berger, Adelman, & Cole, 2010). Staff at the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL-SE)…

  18. Sygepleje mellem pakker og personer

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    Sandholm Larsen, Niels

    2010-01-01

    – metoderne er baseret på en interaktionistisk begrebsramme med referencer til Goffmans sociologi. Det analytiske blik er funderet i en socialkonstruktivistisk tradition med referencer til Berger & Luckmann og Michel Foucault. Den analytiske strategi er at identificere argumentationer i materialet og...

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    Read more about Lutte intégrée contre les maladies humaines et animales pour les bergers contraints à la sédentarisation en Tanzanie. Langue French. Read more about Integrated Human and Animal Disease Control for Tanzanian Pastoralists Facing Settlement. Langue English. Read more about Stratégie sanitaire ...

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    Accueil · Sud du Sahara. Kenya. Kenya. Read more about Visiting Fellowship on Governance and Corruption. Langue English. Read more about Lutte intégrée contre les maladies humaines et animales pour les bergers contraints à la sédentarisation en Tanzanie. Langue French. Read more about Integrated Human and ...

  1. Occurrence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in an anuran community in the southeastern Talamanca Region of Costa Rica

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    Daniel Saenz; Cory K. Adams; Josh B. Pierce; David Laurencio

    2009-01-01

    Soon after the discovery of the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, caused by the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd, Longcore et al. 1999), it became apparent that Bd was a major threat to amphibians resulting in mass die-offs and population declines throughout the world (Berger et aI. 1998; Blaustein and Keisecker 2002; Daszak et aI. 2003; McCallum...

  2. Renforcement des systèmes d'information nationaux sur la ...

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    COHRED). Cette subvention permettra au Conseil de la recherche en santé pour le développement (COHRED) de créer, d'héberger et de maintenir une ressource en ligne sur la recherche nationale en santé dans des pays à faible revenu et ...

  3. Diagnostic accuracy of history taking and physical examination for assessing anterior cruciate ligament lesions of the knee in primary care

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    Wagemakers, H.P.; Luijsterburg, P.A.; Boks, S.S.; Heintjes, E.M.; Berger, M.Y.; Verhaar, J.A.; Koes, B.W.; Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M.

    2010-01-01

    Wagemakers HP, Luijsterburg PA, Boks SS, Heintjes EM, Berger MY, Verhaar JA, Koes BK, Bierma-Zeinstra SM. Diagnostic accuracy of history taking and physical examination for assessing anterior cruciate ligament lesions of the knee in primary care. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2010;91:1452-9. Objective: To

  4. Bridging the cultural gap : Bible translation as a case in point | Nord ...

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    They have been translated and re-translated many times during the past (almost) 2000 years and into almost all languages on the planet. In spite of that, we do not always feel that the cultural gap has really been bridged. Does this justify yet another translation? Together with my husband, Klaus Berger, who is a New ...

  5. Evaluation of the anti-ulcer and toxicity profile of Aloe buettneri in ...

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    The anti-ulcerogenic potential of the leaf methanol extract of Aloe buettneri A. Berger was investigated using three methods of gastric lesion induction in experimental Wistar rats (150-200 g) and mice (20-25 g): 1. HCl/ethanol-induced gastic lesions, 2. Indomethacin-HCl/ethanol-induced gastric lesions, and 3, Pylorus ...

  6. EEG: Origin and measurement

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    Lopes da Silva, F.; Mulert, C.; Lemieux, L.

    2010-01-01

    The existence of the electrical activity of the brain (i.e. the electroencephalogram or EEG) was discovered more than a century ago by Caton. After the demonstration that the EEG could be recorded from the human scalp by Berger in the 1920s, it made a slow start before it became accepted as a method

  7. Surface Exposure Geochronology Using Cosmogenic Nuclides: Applications in Antarctic Glacial Geology

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    1994-02-01

    climate: support from a revised chronology of the marine 8180 record. In Milankovitch and Climate (Berger, A., Imbrie, J., Hays, J., Kukla, G., and...N. J. (1982). The orbital theory of Pleistocene climate: support from a revised chronology of the marine 8180 record. In Milankovitch and Climate

  8. TRADITION, MODERNISM, AND APARTHEID1

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    momentary) presence, being would not be possible. First, the One .... 2016:258). 7 Berger (2003) showed quite convincingly that Heidegger's thought oscillates between the extremes of radical activity (the early Heidegger) and a passive waiting upon the gods to save us in a time of Seinsvergessenheit (the later Heidegger).

  9. Functionally Assessing Candidate Drivers Advances Precision Cancer Medicine.

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    Scott, Kenneth L; Powers, Scott

    2016-08-08

    The complexity of genomic alterations in cancer has made it difficult to identify oncogenic drivers for the development of targeted therapies. The study by Berger et al. in this issue of Cancer Cell demonstrates that high-throughput functional profiling can uncover impactful mutations and oncogenic driver alleles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. areas of diabetes knowledge needs among type 2 diabetics in an ...

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    In the case of Type 1 diabetes a German diabetologist,. Michael Berger, and his group in Düsseldorf first operationalised this concept through the development of an "Insulin Treatment and Teaching. Programme" in the late 1970's. They demonstrated through randomised controlled trials that this. 15. Jos Journal of Medicine, ...

  11. Simulated mixed absorbers and effective atomic numbers for γ ...

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    values derived from XCOM package and suggest the usefulness of the concept of effective atomic numbers and the ... keV in order to derive the corresponding effective atomic number values for total photon interactions. .... [31] M J Berger and J H Hubbel, XCOM: Photon cross sections on a personal com- puter, Program ...

  12. Day of admission and risk of myocardial infarction mortality in a ...

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    2014-01-18

    Jan 18, 2014 ... Jneid H, Fonarow GC, Cannon CP, Palacios IF, Kilic T, Moukarbel GV, et al. Impact of time of presentation on the care and outcomes of acute myocardial infarction. Circulation 2008;117:2502‑9. 15. Berger A, Stauffer JC, Radovanovic D, Urban P, Bertel O, Erne P, et al. Comparison of in‑hospital mortality for ...

  13. Oral acute toxicity study of selected botanical pesticide plants used ...

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    Key words: Oral acute toxicity, biopesticide, plant extracts, Lake Victoria Basin. INTRODUCTION. There is a very long history of use of botanical extracts for human and veterinary medicine, as well as for the protection of field and stored crops (Berger, 1994). In the recent decades, however, due to the introduction of.

  14. Online Counseling: A Need for Discovery

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    Mallen, Michael J.; Vogel, David L.

    2005-01-01

    The rejoinder responds to the four reactions by Jeffrey Barnett, Tai Chang, Delida Sanchez-Page, and Franz Caspar and Thomas Berger in the November 2005 issue of The Counseling Psychologist. In doing so, the authors emphasize the important need for further clarity regarding the effectiveness of online mental and behavioral health services in…

  15. Weighted composition operators between different Bergman spaces ...

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    [2] Berger C A, Coburn L A and Zhu K H, Function theory on Carton domain and the. Berezin−Toeplitz symbol calculus, Amer. J. Math. 110 (1988) 921–953. [3] Contreras M D and Hernández-Dıaz A G, Weighted composition operators between different Hardy spaces, Integr. Equ. Oper. Theory 46(2) (2003) 165–188.

  16. Régime alimentaire du mulet jaune (Mugil cephalus, Linneaus ...

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    30 nov. 2013 ... 1Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso, Institut du Développement Rural, Laboratoire de Recherche et de. Formation en Pêche et Faune, 01BP 1091BOBO DIOULASSO 01, Burkina Faso. 2 Université Gaston Berger, Unité de Formation et de Recherche, Sciences Agronomiques, Aquaculture et de.

  17. Towards a Comprehensive Framework for Simulation-based Vehicle Systems Design Validation (PREPRINT)

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    2011-03-01

    Berger, R. Paulo, J. Sacks, J.A. Cafeo, J. Cavendish , C.-H. Lin, and J. Tu. A framework for validation of computer models. Technometrics, 49:138...dimensional output. Technical report, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2005. 14 Kokkolaras et al. [9] D. Higdon, M.C. Kennedy, J.C. Cavendish , J.A. Cafeo, and

  18. Molecular diagnosis of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A

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    1998-01-01

    Jan 1, 1998 ... R J Pegoraro, 0 J Hacking, R H Buck, L Rom,. P A Lanning, G M B Berger. Objective. To identify by means of genetic analyses individuals who are at risk of developing medullary thyroid cancer that is a component of multiple endocrine neoplasia. Subjects. A three-generation kindred with clinically and.

  19. ISSN 2073 ISSN 2073-9990 East Cent. Afr. J. surg. (Online) 9990 ...

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    DELL

    governments to do more. The European Journal of tropical medicine & International Health. 2002; 3: 349-356. 2. World healthy organization. Injury in south east Asia region. Priorities for policy and action. Geneva, WHO 2002b. 3. Berger L and D Mohan. Global view. New York, Oxford university press. Injury control 1996 ...

  20. Design Guidelines for the User Interface to Computer-Based Information Systems

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    1983-03-01

    double-contact function key would explain its use, either by voice output ("talking keyboard") or by visual display of a HELP message. Reference: Geiser ...Factors in Office Automation. Atlanta, Georgia: Life Office Management Association, Inc., 1980. Geiser , G., Schumacher, W., and Berger, L. Talking keyboard

  1. In harmony with nature: A pioneer conservationist's bungalow home

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    Robert G. Bailey

    2014-01-01

    On February 2, 1912, Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) wrote to his fiancee, Estella Bergere, in Santa Fe that the Forest Service had appropriated $650 to build a new supervisor's quarters he had designed at Tres Piedras, New Mexico, northwest of Taos. At the time, Leopold was about to become the new Forest Supervisor of the Carson National Forest in Tres Piedras. Later...

  2. Effect of weight fraction of different constituent elements on the total ...

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    The total mass attenuation coefficients of the chosen biological materials were computed with the help of a convenient and state-of-the-art computer program by Berger and Hubbell. [9] named XCOM: 'Photon Cross Sections on a Personal Computer', in the energy range up to 10 MeV. The variation of the computed values ...

  3. UPLC-qTOF-MS profiling of pharmacologically important chlorogenic acids and associated glycosides in Moringa ovalifolia leaf extracts

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    Makita, C

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Moringa ovalifolia Dinter & A. Berger (Moringaceae) is a succulent-stemmed plant, endemic to the desert and semi-desert areas of central Namibia and southwestern Angola. Just like other species in the Moringaceae family, M. ovalifolia is believed...

  4. The Practice of Transnational Law

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    Contents :"The new law merchant and the global market place" by Klaus Peter Berger, "The CENTRAL enquiry on the use of transnational law in international contract law and arbitration", "The UNIDROIT principles and transnational law" by Michael Joachim Bonell, "Examples for the practical application of transnational law", "The questionnaire and results of the CENTRAL enquiry"

  5. Kasutamata potensiaal saatkondade arhitektuuris / Andro Mänd

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    Mänd, Andro

    2008-01-01

    USA ja Põhjamaade suunast saatkonnahoonete arhitektuuris. Soome saatkonnahoonest (Mikko Heikkinen, Markku Komonen, 1994) Washingtonis, Põhjamaade (Taani, Islandi, Norra, Rootsi, Soome) saatkonnakompleksist (Alfred Berger, Tiina Parkkinen, 1999) Berliinis, Rootsi saatkonnahoonest (Gert Wingardh, Tomas Hansen, 2006) Washingtonis. Eesti uutest Riia ja Pekingi saatkonnahoonetest, ruumiprogrammist, konkursi tingimustest

  6. Sonographic assessment of the portal vein diameter in apparently ...

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    Geofery Luntsi 1, Mohammed Sani1, Joseph Dlama Zira2, Nwobi Chigozie Ivor1, Sani H Garba3. 1. Department of Medical Radiography, College of Medical Sciences, University of ..... Webb LJ, Berger A, Sherlock S. Grey Scale ultraso- nography of the portal vein. Lancet. 1977; 2:675-67. 12. Weinreb J, Kumari S, Phillips G, ...

  7. He who laughs last – Jesus and laughter in the Synoptic and ...

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    2014-05-06

    May 6, 2014 ... Berger (1997:198) admits that the search for comic laughter in the Bible only succeeds if one engages in 'rather laboured interpretations' ..... Joseph (Inf. Gos. Thom. 15.4). Again the teacher has to admit that he is not worthy to instruct the infant Jesus. On hearing his admission to Joseph, Jesus laughs at ...

  8. Indexes to Volume 58

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    flight spectrometer for studies of multiple ionization of gases by charged .... St Berger, M Della Mea, H Michor, E Bauer, M Brando,. J Hemberger and A Loidl. 777–782. Studies on the valence electronic structure of Fe and Ni in Fe xNi1 x alloys.

  9. Separation, Purification and Identification of Bacteria

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    May 16, 2011 ... biochemical characteristics of the bacteria (Joseph et al., 2001). The common standard strains such as .... Berger's Manual of. Determinative Bacteriology. The Williams and Wilkins CO., Baltimore. (USA). Bruce E, Susan (1988). Recent advances in the development of an improved human anthrax vaccine.

  10. Marine Science

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    Joseph MAINA. Australia. Aviti MMOCHI. Tanzania. Nyawira MUTHIGA. Kenya. Brent NEWMAN. South Africa. Jan ROBINSON. Seycheles. Sérgio ROSENDO. Portugal. Melita SAMOILYS. Kenya. Max TROELL ...... Olagoke AO, Bosire JO, Berger U (2013) Regeneration of. Rhizophora mucronata (Lamk.) in degraded ...

  11. Memories as religion: What can the broken continuity of tradition ...

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    2015-06-09

    1979:11) maintains that .... the metaphor which has been originally proposed in a classic article by Berger and Luckmann ..... Joseph Moingt (1985) insists that we have access to God, to the way God is in God's own self, 'only ...

  12. Molecular detection and characterization of sustainable intracellular ...

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    Salwa BARKWAN2, Joseph FOKAM1, Luc GWUM1, Frederick Aghem KECHIA6,. Bethelemy NGAMENI3, Donatien GATSING5 and Paul TOMKINS3. 1Department of Toxicology and ...... Ecological variables affecting predatory success in Myxococcus xanthus. Microb Ecol, 53: 571. Klausegger A, Hell M, Berger A, Zinober K,.

  13. Correction to: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in rituximab-treated rheumatic diseases: a rare event.

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    Berger, Joseph R; Malik, Vineeta; Lacey, Stuart; Brunetta, Paul; Lehane, Patricia B

    2018-04-10

    The article "Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in rituximab-treated rheumatic diseases: a rare event," written by Joseph R. Berger, Vineeta Malik, Stuart Lacey, Paul Brunetta, and Patricia B. Lehane 3 , was originally published electronically on the publisher's internet portal (currently SpringerLink).

  14. Research

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    survey of adult asthma patients and their physicians in Nigeria. Olufemi Olumuyiwa Desalu1,&, Cajetan Chigozie Onyedum2, Adekunle Olatayo Adeoti3, Obianuju Beatrice Ozoh4, Joseph Olusesan ..... Chambers CV, Markson L, Diamond JJ, Lasch L, Berger M. Health beliefs and compliance with inhaled corticosteroids by.

  15. 2036-IJBCS-Article-Joseph Djeugap Fovo

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    Amorim L, Berger RD, Hau B. 1997. Angular leaf spot of beans: relationships between disease, healthy leaf area and yield. Phytopathology, 87: 506-515. Buruchara R, Mukankusi C, Kwasi A. 2010. Bean disease and pest identification and management. Handbooks for small-scale seed producers N° 04: Kampala, Uganda;.

  16. Experiencing the "Growing Edge": Transformative Teacher Education to Foster Social Justice Perspectives

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    Baily, Supriya; Stribling, Stacia M.; McGowan, Chandra L.

    2014-01-01

    This article explores how teachers' perceptions of social justice issues are developed through experiential learning opportunities and maps their transformations in thinking onto the three levels of responsibility identified by Berger's "growing edge." The study looked at where teachers were on the growing edge and examples of how they…

  17. The Physiology of Ultradian Rhythms and Their Role in Affecting Disease Resistance.

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    1983-10-01

    characterized by fatigue, dysphoria , Impaired psychomotor performance (Hauty & Adams, 1966a,b; Klein & Wegmann, 1974, Taub & Berger, 1974), and frank...variability were seasonal change, prior stress history, gender and room temperature during restraint (Natelson et al., 1983). But even when these factors

  18. Religion, civil society and conflict: What is it that religion does for ...

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    Worldviews are socially created and determine human behaviour and, as such, most often find expression in religion. The discussion of conflict and the role of religion in civil society take place within the discourse of the sociology of religion. Religion is socially determined. Peter Berger's insight into the sociology of religion ...

  19. Developing a typology of humor in audiovisual media

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    Buijzen, M.A.; Valkenburg, P.M.

    2004-01-01

    The main aim of this study was to develop and investigate a typology of humor in audiovisual media. We identified 41 humor techniques, drawing on Berger's (1976, 1993) typology of humor in narratives, audience research on humor preferences, and an inductive analysis of humorous commercials. We

  20. A clash of symbolic universes: Judeanism vs Hellenism | Cromhout ...

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    This article investigates how Judeans responded to Hellenism in order to maintain the integrity of their ethnic identity. Judeanism and Hellenism are regarded as alternative “symbolic universes”. It is shown that Judeans used various approaches to maintain their symbolic universe. This included Berger and Luckmann's ...

  1. Elaboration: The Power Punch of "Body Language" Detail

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    Berger, Joan

    2003-01-01

    "Zooming in" with a camera lens led students in Joan Berger's class to enrich their writing exponentially. Through class discussion of body language, along with the use of worksheets (provided), role-playing, modeling, and conferencing, one aspect of lively writing became a part of their writing repertoire. (Contains 5 figures.)

  2. Molecular Interaction of the Shigella Flexneri Protein H-NS and Its Significance in the Temperature Regulation of Virulence

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    1999-01-22

    al gene control mechanisms. Mol. Micro. 29 : 677-684. 24 . Drlica, K. 1984. Biology of bacteri al deoxyribonucleic acid topoi somerases. Microbiol...Rev. 48: 273-289. 25. Drlica, K., G. J. Pruss, R. M. Burger, R. J. Franco, L. S. Hsiesh, and B. A. Berger. 1990. Roles of DNA topoi somera ses In

  3. Intelligent Recognition of Acoustic and Vibration Threats for Security Breach Detection, Close Proximity Danger Identification, and Perimeter Protection

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    2011-03-01

    tested with different types of the horse gaits, namely walk as a 4-beat gait, trot as a 2-beat gait, canter as a 3-beat gait, and gallop as...threat by smart fence sensors is the plan for the future work. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Theodore W. Berger, PhD, is the David Packard Professor of

  4. Increased muscle glucose uptake during contractions

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    Ploug, Thorkil; Galbo, Henrik; Richter, Erik

    1984-01-01

    in the presence of antiserum. 3-O-methylglucose uptake was increased markedly by contractions in fast-twitch red and white fibers that were severely glycogen depleted but not in slow-twitch red fibers that were not glycogen depleted. In hindquarters from ketoacidotic rats perfused exactly as by Berger et al., 3-O...

  5. Banking system stability: A cross-atlantic perspective

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    P. Hartmann; S. Straetmans; C.G. de Vries (Casper)

    2006-01-01

    textabstractPaper prepared for the NBER project on “Risks of Financial Institutions”. We benefited from suggestions and criticism by many participants in the NBER project on “Risks of financial institutions”, in particular by the organizers Mark Carey (also involving Dean Amel and Allen Berger) and

  6. Pop Goes the Culture

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    Kurlansky, Mark J.

    1977-01-01

    Popular culture is defended as a solid academic entry that is a new approach to sociology, art, and literature. The contributions and theories of three professors are discussed: Arthur Asa Berger, Leslie Fiedler, and Alan Gowans. They illustrate the range and diversity in the pop culture field. (LBH)

  7. A variational proof for the existence of a conformal metric with ...

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    Springer Verlag Heidelberg #4 2048 1996 Dec 15 10:16:45

    1] Aubin T, Nonlinear Analysis on manifolds; Monge–Ampere equations. [2] Berger M S, Riemannian structures of prescribed Gaussian curvature for compact 2-manifolds,. J. Differ. Geom. (1971) 325–332. [3] Chen W and Li C, A necessary and ...

  8. Boron Levels in Soils Cropped to Coffee and their Relationships to ...

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    A. A. Afrifa1, K. Ofori-Frimpong1* and M. K. Abekoe2

    increased coffee production in the country would be proper management of soil organic matter and application of B fertilizers to the coffee plantations. References. Asomaning E. J. A. and Kwakwa R. S. (1967). Boron deficiency and pod malformations in cocoa (Theobroma cacao. L.). Ghana J. Sci. 7:126-129. Berger K. C. ...

  9. Understanding Image Virality

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    2015-06-08

    1. Introduction What graphic should I use to make a new startup more eye-catching than Instagram ? Which image caption will help spread an under... Journal of Marketing Research, 2012. 2, 3, 4 [7] J. Berger and E. M. Schwartz. What drives immediate and ongoing word of mouth? Journal of Marketing

  10. A Retrospective Audit Study of EEG Services in UITH, Ilorin, North ...

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    Introduction : Electroencephalography (EEG) has remained a valuable tool in the investigation of neurological disorders since it was introduced by Hans Berger in 1892 despite the discoveries of other modern diagnostic procedures. Being cheap and non-invasive has contributed to this continued relevance in clinical ...

  11. A novel SNP of Chemerin gene in cattle and its association with ...

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    User

    2012-04-26

    Apr 26, 2012 ... and mouse (Ernst et al., 2010). Chemerin gene is also known as retinoic acid ... homologous to those of humans, mice and pigs, and the bovine chemerin mRNA was highly expressed in ..... Trejo CO, Faulkner DB, Shreck A, Homm JW, Nash TG, Rodriguez-Zas. SL, Berger LL (2010). Effects of Co-Products ...

  12. obituaries and predictions: a sociological perspective on the future ...

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    of secularism. Berger (1967:15) professed that the objective side of secularisation would be carried by the loss of organised religion's influence. The influence of religion on the public domain would become less visible. Arts, philosophy and even literature would exhibit less influence by religion. Sundermeier (1999:12) ...

  13. Characterization of chicken riboflavin carrier protein gene structure ...

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    Unknown

    described by Church and Gilbert (1984) and they were exposed to ... 3′ sequences of RCP cDNA were hybridized to these fragments to identify their relative orientation with respect to each other. The 7 kb fragment was found to contain the. 5′ region of .... berger and Deeley 1980; Wolffe and Tata 1983) and the apo very ...

  14. Differential expression of speckled POZ protein, SPOP: Putative ...

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    2014-05-01

    May 1, 2014 ... the miR-145 BS, and miR-145 induction by serum starvation that resulted in reduced endogenous SPOP levels provided further evidence that ... centage of genomic loss or loss of heterozygosity in breast cancers (Kan et al. 2010; Berger et al. .... A lower molecular-weight band was clearly detected in the ...

  15. Afrika Statistika: Contact

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    Principal Contact. Prof. Gane Samb Lo Editor Université Gaston Berger BP 234, Université Saint-Louis Sénégal Phone: 221 961 23 40. Fax: 221 961 53 38. Email: ganesamblo@yahoo.com. Support Contact. Mamadou Camara Email: mdoucamara@gmail.com. ISSN: 2316-090X. AJOL African Journals Online. HOW TO ...

  16. Greger Anderson & Ursula Geisler: Fruktan, fascination, frändskap [... etc.

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    Fjeldsøe, Michael

    2007-01-01

    review essay: Greger Andersson & Ursula Geisler (eds.), Fruktan, fascination och frändskap. Det svenska musiklivet och nazismen, Malmö, 2006; Henrik Karlsson, Det fruktade märket. Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, antisemitismen och antinazismen, Malmö, 2005; Horst Weber and Stefan Drees (eds.), Quellen z...

  17. Bile culture

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    Culture - bile ... is placed in a special dish called a culture medium to see if bacteria, viruses, or fungi ... Chernecky CC, Berger BJ. Body fluid - anaerobic culture. In: ... . 6th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:225-226. Kim AY, ...

  18. Molecular diagnosis of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A ...

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    Molecular diagnosis of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A. RJ Pegoraro, DJ Hacking, RH Buck, L Rom, PA Lanning, GMB Berger. Abstract. Objective. To identify by means of genetic analyses individuals who are at risk of developing medullary thyroid cancer that is a component of multiple endocrine neoplasia. Subjects.

  19. 82 SEMIOTIC READING OF COSTUMES IN NIGERIAN VIDEO FILMS

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    Prof Alex C Asigbo

    was common to see some actors wearing contemporary clothing ... in terms of cause and effect, semiotics looks for signs and symbols. .... fashion trends. Berger suggests that “We have to learn about this connection and do so, often, simply from everyday life” (49). A good symbol, on the other hand, has conventional ...

  20. South Africa's Subimperial Futures: Washington Consensus ...

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    ANBR

    falling contract labour migration but enhanced South African capital expansion. The second scenario .... Agency estimated last year that over 750,000 long-term Chinese migrants were living in Africa (Berger, 2007). .... raised in various discussions of a Brazil-Russia-India-China-South African axis in representing the Global ...

  1. Speaking Truth to Power: A Personal Journey through the Politics of ...

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    canberry

    Guy Berger, then a Journalism lecturer and now Head of Media Studies, first intro duced me to Rhodes ... who preached a hard-line non-racial, pro-boycott class perspective, and these debates were highly charged ... interests of unity amongst black students, I found myself treading a fine line between my BC and NEUM ...

  2. relationship between parenting styles and marital adjustment

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    PROF. BARTH EKWEME

    Parental psychological control: Revisiting a neglected construct. Child Development, 67, (6): 3296-3319. Berger, K. B., 2011. The developing person through the lifespan. New York: Worth. Publishers. Chandola, A and Bhanot, S., 2008. Role of parenting style in adjustment of high school children. Journal of humanity and.

  3. Six-Minute Walk Test in Patients With Down Syndrome : Validity and Reproducibility

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    Vis, Jeroen C.; Thoonsen, Hanneke; Duffels, Marielle G.; de Bruin-Bon, Rianne A.; Huisman, Sylvia A.; van Dijk, Arie P.; Hoendermis, Elke S.; Berger, Rolf M.; Bouma, Berto J.; Mulder, Barbara J.

    Vis JC, Thoonsen H, Duffels MG, de Bruin-Bon RA, Huisman SA, van Dijk AP, Hoendermis ES, Berger RM, Bouma BJ, Mulder BJ. Six-minute walk test in patients with Down syndrome: validity and reproducibility. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2009;90:1423-7. Objectives: To examine the validity of the six-minute walk

  4. Writing History in Exile

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    de Baets, Antoon; Berger, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    WRITING HISTORY IN EXILE * Stefan Berger and Antoon De Baets, Reflections on Exile Historiography 11 * Antoon De Baets, Plutarch’s Thesis : the Contribution of Refugee Historians to Historical Writing (1945-2015) 27 * Peter Burke, Silver Lining : on Some Intellectual Benefits of Exile 39 * Ragnar

  5. Baltika asub poeketti õgvendama / Andres Eilart

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    Eilart, Andres

    2010-01-01

    Baltika kujundab ümber poeketi, mis toob kaasa ka kaupluste sulgemisi. Ettevõtte ärimudeli ülevaatamiseks on kaasatud rahvusvaheline konsultatsioonifirma Roland Berger, Baltikal oli I kvartalis võlakohustusi ligi 360 mln. krooni, aktsiaemissiooniga loodetakse firmasse saada kuni 108 mln. krooni. Diagrammid

  6. Aerodynamics and Acoustics of Propellers, Conference Proceedings of the Fluid Dynamics Symposium Held at Toronto, Canada on 1-4 October 1984

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    1985-02-01

    compared with propeller noise data and some results are presented later in this section of the paper. A more sophis - ticated analysis (B...möthodes de calcul des helices et rotors", 19° Colloque AAAF, Marseille, Novembre 1982. (4) C. BERGER, P. CALVET , M.S. ZAHRAN : "Etude

  7. Phobia - simple/specific

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    ... Complications Some phobias may affect job performance or social functioning. Some anti-anxiety medicines used to treat phobias may cause physical ... PA: Elsevier; 2016:961-962. Gabbard GO. Generalized anxiety disorder. In: Gabbard GO, ed. ... by: Fred K. Berger, MD, addiction and forensic psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, ...

  8. Reference Priors For Non-Normal Two-Sample Problems

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    Fernández, C.; Steel, M.F.J.

    1997-01-01

    The reference prior algorithm (Berger and Bernardo, 1992) is applied to locationscale models with any regular sampling density. A number of two-sample problems is analyzed in this general context, extending the dierence, ratio and product of Normal means problems outside Normality, while explicitly

  9. Reference Priors for the General Location-Scale Model

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    Fernández, C.; Steel, M.F.J.

    1997-01-01

    The reference prior algorithm (Berger and Bernardo 1992) is applied to multivariate location-scale models with any regular sampling density, where we establish the irrelevance of the usual assumption of Normal sampling if our interest is in either the location or the scale. This result immediately

  10. Effet du compost à base de Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton sur ...

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    SARAH

    ) /Université de Sarh, BP 105 Sarh. Tchad. 2Université Gaston-Berger ... Alimentaires, Section Productions végétales et Agronomie. BP 234 Saint Louis .... agricoles de qualité et à bas prix sur une base durable et promouvoir ...

  11. Browse Title Index

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    Items 1 - 50 of 333 ... K van den Berg, J van Hasselt, E Bloch, R Crookes, J Kelley, J Berger, C Ingram, A Dippenaar, R Thejpal, N Littleton, T Elliz, G Reubenson, M Cotton, ... C Kenyon. Vol 17, No 1 (2016), Associations between plasma tenofovir concentration and renal function markers in HIV-infected women, Abstract PDF.

  12. Videnssociologien

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    Petersen, Lars Axel

    2005-01-01

    Artiklen påviser de afgørende metodologiske greb i videnssociologien som udformet af hhv. Karl Mannheim, Robert K. Merton og Peter Berger/Thomas Luckmann. Trods en fælles orientering mod udforskning af relationer mellem viden og samfund er både viden, samfund og relationerne herimellem teoretisk...

  13. Butterflies in Formation: Predicting How Speech Order in College Public Speaking Affects Student Communication Apprehension

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    Osmond, Erica R.

    2013-01-01

    This study addressed pedagogical practices in the public speaking classroom in an attempt to help control communication apprehension (CA) levels and improve retention rates among college students in the basic public speaking course. Guided by the theoretical frameworks of Berger and Calabrese's uncertainty reduction theory and Weiner's attribution…

  14. Fatigue behaviour of fine-grained alumina hip-joint heads under ...

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    M. Senthilkumar (Newgen Imaging) 1461 1996 Oct 15 13:05:22

    Advanced Ceramics (eds) J S Moya, S de Aza (Madrid: Sociedad. Espansola de Ceramica Y Vidrio). Huffine C L, Berger C M 1977 J. Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull. 56: 201. Heimke G, Griss P, Jentaschura G, Werner E 1980 Advances in biomaterials (eds) G W Hastings,. D F Williams (New York: Wiley) vol. 2, p 129. Kishimoto H ...

  15. an aid to mastering fundamental calculus concepts

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    Erna Kinsey

    Effects of computer graphics use on students understanding of calculus concepts. Dissertation Abstracts International, 50:1974. Berger M 1997. A mediating role for the graphic calculator. South African Journal of. Higher Education, 11:158-166. Carr BA & Steyn TM 1998. Master grapher for windows. Cape Town: Oxford.

  16. Journal of Earth System Science | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Earth System Science; Volume 110; Issue 2. Volume 110, Issue 2. June 2001, pages 95-184. pp 95-102. Marine biogeochemistries of Be and Al: A study based on cosmogenicBe, Be and Al in marine calcite, aragonite, and opal · Weiquan Dong Devendra Lal Barbara Ransom Wolfgang Berger ...

  17. South African Medical Journal - Vol 85, No 4 (1995)

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    Dietary cholesterol - the role of eggs in the prudent diet · EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT EMAIL FREE FULL TEXT · DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT DOWNLOAD FULL TEXT. H.H Vorster, A.C Beynen, G.M.B Berger, C.S. Venter ...

  18. A Frame-Reflective Discourse Analysis of Serious Games

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    Mayer, Igor; Warmelink, Harald; Zhou, Qiqi

    2016-01-01

    The authors explore how framing theory and the method of frame-reflective discourse analysis provide foundations for the emerging discipline of serious games (SGs) research. Starting with Wittgenstein's language game and Berger and Luckmann's social constructivist view on science, the authors demonstrate why a definitional or taxonomic approach to…

  19. Feeding Pregnant and Lactating Mice Rhodiola kirilowii Extracts helps to Preserve Thymus Function of their Adult Progeny.

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    Bień, K; Lewicki, S; Zdanowski, R; Skopinska-Różewska, E; Krzyżowska, M

    2016-09-01

    Plants belonging to Rhodiola kirilowii species, members of Rhodiola genus and Crassulaceae family, grow wildly in Tibet, Mongolia and China mountains and are traditionally used as adaptogens, antidepressants and anti-inflammatory remedies. Nowadays, R. kirilowii is cultivated in some countries, also in Poland. In our previous papers we reported immuno- and angio-modulatory effects of aqueous and hydro-alcoholic extracts of radix and rhizome of this plant in non-pregnant and pregnant mice. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of feeding pregnant and further lactating mice these extracts on selected thymus function parameters in adult progeny. The counts of M-30+ apoptotic cells, in the thymuses obtained from progeny of mice fed during pregnancy and lactation water or 50% water-alcoholic extract of Rhodiola kirilowii, were significantly lower (pthymuses obtained from progeny of the control mice and mothers treated with water or hydro-alcohol extracts of Rhodiola kirilowii were observed.

  20. Exploring the biological activities of Echeveria leucotricha.

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    Martínez Ruiz, María G; Gómez-Velasco, Anaximandro; Juárez, Zaida N; Hernández, Luis R; Bach, Horacio

    2013-01-01

    Echeveria leucotricha J. A. Purpus (Crassulaceae) was evaluated for its potential antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, cytotoxic and anti-inflammatory bioactivities. Aerial parts were extracted with hexane, methanol and chloroform, and fractionated accordingly. Biological activity was assessed in vitro against five Gram-positive and four Gram-negative bacteria, four human pathogenic fungi and the protozoan Leishmania donovani. Extracts and fractions showing bioactivities were further investigated for their cytotoxic activities on macrophages. Results show that several extracts and fractions exhibited significant antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic activities, but no anti-inflammatory activity was recorded. Here, we report for the first time, and to the best of our knowledge, these bioactivities, which suggest that this plant can be used in the traditional Mexican medicine.

  1. Phytochemical profile of the stems of Aeonium lindleyi

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Aeonium species are plants rich in phenols and terpenoids and have been widely used in the Canary folk medicine. Following our project concerning bioactive compounds from Macaronesian region, a phytochemical study was carried out to investigate the constituents of the stems of Aeonium lindleyi Webb & Berthel.,Crassulaceae. Air dried and chopped stems of this plant were extracted with ethanol in a Soxhlet apparatus and the total extract was chromatographed on silica gel to afford sixteen known compounds including, one sterol, four lupane triterpenes and eleven phenolic compounds. Their structures were elucidated by means of ¹H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopic studies and comparison of their spectral data with values in the literature. Both group of isolated metabolites are known by their diverse biological activities and they have been described as antioxidant, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory. Our results contribute to the knowledge of A. lindleyi as a potential source of bioactive compounds.

  2. Flowers from Kalanchoe pinnata are a rich source of T cell-suppressive flavonoids.

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    Coutinho, Marcela A S; Muzitano, Michelle F; Cruz, Elaine A; Bergonzi, Maria C; Kaiser, Carlos R; Tinoco, Luzineide W; Bilia, Anna R; Vincieric, Franco F; Rossi-Bergmann, Bartira; Costa, Sônia S

    2012-02-01

    The chemical composition and immunosuppressive potential of the flowers from Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) were investigated. We found that the aqueous flower extract was more active than the leaf extract in inhibiting murine T cell mitogenesis in vitro. Flavonoids isolated from the flower extract were identified and quantitated based on NMR and HPLC-DAD-MS analysis, respectively. Along with quercetin, four quercetin glycosyl conjugates were obtained, including quercetin 3-O-beta-D-glucuronopyranoside and quercetin 3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, which are described for the first time in K. pinnata. All flavonoids inhibited murine T cell mitogenesis and IL-2 and IL-4 production without cell toxicity. This is the first report on the pharmacological activity of flowers of a Kalanchoe species, which are not used for curative purposes. Our findings show that K. pinnata flowers are a rich source of T-suppressive flavonoids that may be therapeutically useful against inflammatory diseases.

  3. Distribution and variability of n-alkanes in epicuticular waxes of sedum species from the central Balkan Peninsula: chemotaxonomic importance.

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    Jovanović, Snežana Č; Zlatković, Bojan K; Stojanović, Gordana S

    2015-05-01

    For the first time, the n-alkane distribution and variability of the epicuticular waxes within 22 Sedum taxa was reported with focus on the chemotaxonomy of native Sedum representatives from the central Balkan Peninsula, compared to their relations with four other species of the Crassulaceae family. By GC/MS and GC-FID identification and quantification, it was established that n-alkanes C27 , C29 , C31 , C33 , and C35 were the dominant constituents of the examined epicuticular wax samples. Applying multivariate statistical analyses including agglomerative hierarchical clustering (AHC) and principal component analysis (PCA), the relation according to the n-alkane composition between the examined samples was established. It was shown that the n-alkane variability of the central Balkan Sedum species was considerable and that n-alkanes might not be very reliable taxonomic markers for these species. Copyright © 2015 Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta AG, Zürich.

  4. Increased muscle glucose uptake during contractions

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    Ploug, Thorkil; Galbo, Henrik; Richter, Erik

    1984-01-01

    We reinvestigated the prevailing concept that muscle contractions only elicit increased muscle glucose uptake in the presence of a so-called "permissive" concentration of insulin (Berger et al., Biochem. J. 146: 231-238, 1975; Vranic and Berger, Diabetes 28: 147-163, 1979). Hindquarters from rats...... in severe ketoacidosis were perfused with a perfusate containing insulin antiserum. After 60 min perfusion, electrical stimulation increased glucose uptake of the contracting muscles fivefold. Also, subsequent contractions increased glucose uptake in hindquarters from nondiabetic rats perfused for 1.5 h......-methylglucose uptake increased during contractions and glucose uptake was negative at rest and zero during contractions. An increase in muscle transport and uptake of glucose during contractions does not require the presence of insulin. Furthermore, glucose transport in contracting muscle may only increase if glycogen...

  5. Pramana – Journal of Physics | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Spin-glass, antiferromagnetism and Kondo behavior in Ce2Au1-CoSi3 alloys · Subham Majumdar E V Sampathkumaran St Berger M Della Mea H Michor E Bauer M Brando J Hemberger A Loidl · More Details Abstract Fulltext PDF. Recently, the solid solution Ce2Au1-CoSi3 has been shown to exhibit many magnetic ...

  6. Amelioration of Radiation-Induced Hematopoietic and Gastrointestinal Damage by Ex-RAD (trademark) in Mice

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    concern in therapeutic radiology [1]. Other instances of radiation exposure include accidents that can occur in nuclear power plants, potential terrorist...prevention. In: Ricks RC, Berger ME, O’Hara FM (eds). The Medical Basis for Radiation Accident Preparedness: The Clinical Care of Victims. Boca Raton...Hovdenak N., Fajardo LF, Hauer-Jensen M. Acute radiation proctitis: a sequential clinicopathologic study during pelvic radiotherapy . Int J Radiat Oncol

  7. Sud du Sahara | Page 202 | CRDI - Centre de recherches pour le ...

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    Sud du Sahara. Sud du Sahara. Read more about Lutte intégrée contre les maladies humaines et animales pour les bergers contraints à la sédentarisation en Tanzanie. Langue French. Read more about Les dimensions économiques de l'adaptation et du développement résilient aux aléas du climat. Langue French.

  8. Oil Politics and National Security in Nigeria

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    weapons, technology and organization could not even find the enemy, talk less of destroying it, and this cognitive dissonance was a major factor in their...and an American are abducted from Bulford Dolphin oil rig owned by Norwegian oilfield services group Fred. Olsen Energy. Hostages are released two...Bilfinger Berger, kidnapped in Port Harcourt. March 31, 2007: A British worker abducted from the Bulford Dolphin oil rig. April 2, 2007: 2

  9. Isu HAM dalam Kontestasi Pemilu 2014 Sebuah Pendekatan Framing dan Ideologi Media

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    Research related to the problem of how the media frame the issue of human rights violations committed by the presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and the background ideology behind the media presentation of the issue. This research aims to answer how vivanews.com mediaindonesia.com and framing the issues surrounding human rights violations perpetrated Prabowo Subianto. Theoretical thought that became the cornerstone of thought in this research is the theory of social construction of Berger...

  10. Assessing Post Conflict State Building Efforts

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    2013-03-01

    Develop a global partnership for development Target: Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and finance system...Beginner’s Guide to Nation-Building (Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation ), 2007, xvii. 15 Samuel Berger, Brent Scowcroft, and William L. Nash, “In...The Beginner’s Guide, xxi. 25 Richard A. Berk and Peter H. Rossi, Thinking About Program Evaluation 2, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1999

  11. Sub-Saharan Africa Report.

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    Market Research Africa (MRA) MD Clive Corder attributed the boon in black . consumer spending to rent boycotts and a burgeoning informal sector...represented 54% of total private expenditure and black spening 33%. Bergers MD Howard Mauerberger said- "While overall consumer spending is...in 1983/84, 1980/81 and the early Seventies? The upswing must come from consumer spending and we must hope that government does not try to spend

  12. Reexamining Ground SOF Command and Control: Does One Size Fit All

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    demands of their operating environments. Today this is the norm for many businesses operating in a competitive global market . By definition, limited...GSN Global Special Operations Forces Network H-Hour the specific hour an attack is to commence HN host nation IGO inter-governmental organization...Camber Warren , George Lober, Bob O’Connell, William Fox, Marcos Berger, Jeff Appleget, Michael Freeman, and Doug Borer. I offer a special thank-you to

  13. High-Reynolds Number Viscous Flow Simulations on Embedded-Boundary Cartesian Grids

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    viscosity ; at convergence when viscosity is back to being positive the equations are the same). Many researchers use a first order finite volume scheme...0052 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Marsha Berger 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION...PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER. Enter all program element numbers as they appear in the report, e.g. 61101A. 5d. PROJECT NUMBER. Enter all project

  14. The 12th Annual International Meeting on Simulation Healthcare (IMSH) 2012

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    Hawaii Honolulu HI USA John Berger MD Children’s National Medical Center Washington DC USA Cassandra Bergero RN FNP CNS Lucile Packard...Bigham DNP RN FNP -BC University of Alabama Tuscaloosa AL USA Lisa Bilich BSDH MSEd Eastern Washington University Spokane WA USA Peter Billas MD...of Miami Miller School of Medicine Miami FL USA Barbara DeVoe DNP FNP -BC North Shore Long Island Jewish Center of Innovation Lake Success NY

  15. Research

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    Jan 31, 2014 ... 1Laboratoire de Biochimie-Biologie Moléculaire Unité de formation et de recherche (UFR), Santé Université Gaston Berger, Saint Louis,. Sénégal, 2Laboratoire de Bactériologie-Virologie, CHU Aristide Le Dantec, Dakar, Sénégal, 3Laboratoire de Biochimie-Biologie Moléculaire, Faculté de Médecine, de ...

  16. Prévention de la violence contre les femmes au Sénégal | CRDI ...

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    Chargé(e) de projet. Dr Fatou Diop SALL. Institution. Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis. Pays d' institution. Senegal. Site internet. http://www.ugb.sn. Extrants. Rapports. Rapport technique final / Violences basées sur le genre au Sénégal : la prévention comme alternative aux périls de sécurité et de justice (20 Mars ...

  17. Deep-sea palaeoceanography of the Maldives Islands (ODP Hole ...

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    Oct 28, 2009 ... Imbrie J, Hays J D, Martinson D G, Mc Intyre A, Mix A C, Morley. J J, Pisias N G, Prell W L and Shackleton N J 1984 The orbital theory of Pleistocene climate: support from a revised chronology of the Mar. δ18O record; in Milankovitch and Climate (eds) A L. Berger et al. (Kluwer Academic) vol. 1, pp 269–305.

  18. Reštrukturalizácia podniku OP Prostějov

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    Kasman, Tomáš

    2011-01-01

    Diploma thesis "Restructuring of OP Prostějov Company" offers a comprehensive insight into crisis management and key ingredients that lead to the successful company turnaround. Slatter`s theoretical approach is combined with the best practice of strategy consultants at Roland Berger. We analyze the situation of the biggest manufacturer of outerwear dresses in Czech Republic - OP Prostějov Company. Both financial and strategic analyses identify the key drivers in clothing industry and assess t...

  19. A General Instance-Based Learning Framework for Studying Intuitive Decision-Making in a Cognitive Architecture (Open Access, Publisher’s Version)

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    2014-06-19

    decision theory (Berger, 1985), and quantum probability theory (Busemeyer, Pothos, Franco, & Trueblood, 2011). Similarly, explanations in the 1 rch in...Trueblood, J. S. (2011). A quantum theo- retical explanation for probability judgment errors. Psychological Review, 118(2), 193. Card, S. K., Moran...Staszewski, J., et al. (2013). A functional model of sensemaking in a neu- rocognitive architecture. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience , http

  20. Genetic analyses of adaptation of barley to low and high input ...

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    RILs ont montré une interaction entre génotype et environnement et quelques traits ont été trouvés ayant une interaction entre l'environnement et les QTLs et comnprenaient des QTLs à effets majeurs sur le rendement et autres traits agronomiques associés. Les chromosomes 1, 3 et 4 ont été trouvés héberger les QTLs ...

  1. Ohio Army National Guard Mental Health Initiative: Risk and Resilience Factors for Combat-Related Posttraumatic Psychopathology and Post Combat Adjustment

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    2012-10-01

    Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cephalon, Dainippon Sumitomo, EPI-Q, Inc., Forest, France Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, John- son and Johnson, Lundbeck...supported by Abbott, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, France Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Johnson and Johnson, Sanofi Aven- tis, Schering-Plough...archpsyc.60.3.289. Brief, D. J., Bollinger , A. R., Vielhauer, M. J., Berger-Greenstein, J. A., Morgan, E. E., Brady, S. M., ...Keane, T. M. (2004

  2. Design and Rationale of a Comparative Effectiveness Study to Evaluate Two Acupuncture Methods for the Treatment of Headaches Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

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    2011-01-01

    moreover, support the efficacy of acupuncture for treating pain associated with headache, fibromyalgia , knee arthroscopy,40 labor, and other painful...41. Martin D, Sletten C, Williams B, Berger I. Improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms with acupuncture: Results of a ran- domized controlled trial. Mayo...wounded: How etiology, epidemiology sustain an ethics of treatment. Pract Pain Manage. 2007;7(6):34–42. 94. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

  3. Gender Stereotypes in Same-Sex Relationships

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    Bro, Jesper Koch; Jensen, Ditte; Stokholm, Martin Valdemar Sachse; Kristoffersen, Simone Ryegaard; Tranberg, Line Falk

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Through five qualitative interviews with people that currently are or have been in same-sex relationship, analyzed by applying the theories of social constructivism by Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann and Queer theorist Judith Butler, the project explores heterosexual stereotypes in same-sex relationships. The result is a thoroughgoing analysis where it appears from the interviews as if the interviewed people reproduce heterosexual stereotypical gender roles in their relationsh...

  4. The Sovereign Citizen Movement: The Shifting Ideological Winds

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    2016-03-01

    64 Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect : Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (New York: Random House Trade, 2008), 310–311. 65 Ibid. 66...New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997), 208. 68 Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect , 310–311. 69 Ibid. 14 behavior that is contrary to group goals.70 The...109 Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect , 259. 110 Peter Berger, The Sacred Canopy (Garden City, NY: Anchor

  5. Eesti Kunstimuuseumi kevadine suurprojekt

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    2005-01-01

    6. maist Väliskunsti Muuseumis näitus "Šveitsi muusa. Angelika Kauffmann (1741-1807)". Väljas on Churi (Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur) ja Väliskunsti Muuseumi tööd. Näituse initsiaator ja Šveitsi-poolne korraldaja Giuliano Crivelli, Eesti-poolne kuraator Kadi Polli. Seminari kava 6. V, esinevad Beat Stutzer, Mai Levin, Kadi Polli, Renate Berger, Sirje Kivimäe, Ave Tarrend

  6. In vivo diabetic wound healing effect and HPLC–DAD–ESI–MS/MS profiling of the methanol extracts of eight Aloe species

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    El Sayed, Abeer M.; Ezzat, Shahira M.; El Naggar, Moataz M.; El Hawary, Seham S.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Genus Aloe, Xanthorrhoeaceae, is well distributed all over Egypt, and many species have been used as medicinal plants; mainly reported to prevent cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. This study attempts to analyze the secondary metabolites in the methanol extract of the leaves of eight Aloe species; A. vera (L.) Burm. f., A. arborescens Mill., A. eru A. Berger, A. grandidentata Salm-Dyck, A. perfoliata L., A. brevifolia Mill., A. saponaria Haw. and A. ferox Mill. growing in ...

  7. 2733-IJBCS -Article-Djirabaye Nadjiam

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    2Département de Biologie Végétale, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques (FST), Université Cheikh Anta Diop. (UCAD), BP: 5005 Dakar-Fann, Sénégal. 3Section Productions Végétales et Agronomie, UFR S2ATA Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis, Sénégal. 4Université ...... conscience du nombre exact et précis des.

  8. C--Documents and Settings-USER-.mdi

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    les parties aériennes des plantules. Le blocage des ions sodium au niveau des racines permet à la plante d'éviter l'envahissement des feuilles par ces éléments toxiques susceptibles d'empêcher l'activité photosynthétique, suite à la réduction de l'ouverture des stomates et des échanges gazeux (Berger, 1978 ; Tattini et al.

  9. Final Environmental Planning Technical Report

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    1984-01-01

    Zimmerman, John R. 1971 Some Preliminary Results of Modeling from the Air Pollution Study of Ankara , Turkey. Proceedings of the 2nd Meeting of the Expert...Anantaramam Peddada, Air Quality Environmental Specialist, URS-Berger B.S., 1961, Geology , Physics and Chemistry, Government Arts College Rajahmundry, India...M.S., 1963, Geology , Andhra University, Waltair, India M.S., 1972, Geology , State University of New York, Albany M.S., 1979, Urban Environmental

  10. Generalized spectral radius and its max algebra version

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    Müller, Vladimír; Peperko, A.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 439, č. 4 (2013), s. 1006-1016 ISSN 0024-3795 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA201/09/0473; GA AV ČR IAA100190903 Institutional support: RVO:67985840 Keywords : generalized spectral radius * joint spectral radius * Berger-Wang formula Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.983, year: 2013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0024379512007380

  11. A Study on the Gastrointestinal Hormones and the Gastric Acid Secretion during Physical Stress in Man,

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    1983-12-15

    especial attention should be paid to its metabolic actions of stimulating the glycogenolysis (108), the gluconeogenesis (108) and...terminal Hexapeptide on Pancreatic Secretion in Man and in the Dog , Scand J Gastroen- terol 17, 395-400. (70) Berger D, Crowther R, Floyd Jr J C, Pek S...981-7. (98) Straus E, Yalow R S (1972): Hypersecretinemia Associated with Marked Basal Hyperchlorhydria in man and Dog , Gastroenterology 72, 992-4

  12. Renforcement des systèmes d'information nationaux sur la ...

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    Cette subvention permettra au Conseil de la recherche en santé pour le développement (COHRED) de créer, d'héberger et de maintenir une ressource en ligne sur la recherche nationale en santé dans des pays à faible revenu et pays à revenu intermédiaire en partenariat avec des établissements du Sud. Nommée Health ...

  13. Original Paper Efficience des stratégies endogènes d'adaptation du ...

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    10 août 2017 ... l'Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis pour son apport financier qui a été très significative pour la réalisation de ce travail. ..... Système manquant. 0. 149. 38,9. 7. 1,8. 75. 19,6. Figure 1: Proportion des exploitants agricoles dans chaque type d'activité agricole par Département. (Enquête de terrain, 2015) ...

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    Vol 98 (2016), Ethnobotanique des plantes médicinales chez les bergers peuls de Widou Thiengoly de la commune de Téssékéré (Ferlo-Nord Sénégal) .... Vol 107 (2016), Impact de quelques substances polluantes (éléments traces métalliques et hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques) sur les communautés de vers de ...

  15. Unaccompanied Children: Discourse Considerations and Policy Outcomes

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    Gee, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis and Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books ...America a surge of kids who are showing up at the 3. border, got a lot of attention. And a lot of Americans started thinking, “We’ve got 4. this...Kirk Seeks Records on Kids Crossing U.S. Border Skiba, Katherine News Main themes: Sen Mark Kirk (R-IL) wants to know if unaccompanied

  16. The Grand Strategy of the Islamic State: What Can the Coalition Do About It

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    2016-02-10

    communities it occupies, and the government administrative services every state needs to thrive. The steady stream of immigrants, money to finance its...considered either apostate, sinful, infidels or “innovators” of true Islam as are the Shia. In particular, they do not recognize secular governments...Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger, Jihadi Salafism “believes that any government that does not rule through Shariah is an illegimate infidel

  17. HIFiRE 5b Heat Flux and Boundary Layer Transition

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    in the same facility.15–17 Holden et al. duplicated flight Reynolds number in the LENS I tunnel.18, 19 Berger et al. made global heat flux...27 · 106 /m as the flight vehicle descended into denser regions of the atmosphere. Vehicle attitude was also derived using the on-board Global ...shows representative temperature histories for the pair of thermocouples at x = 600 mm, φ = 90°; Figure 6 shows the heat flux calculated from them. A

  18. Evaluating the performance of simultaneous stepwise confidence intervals for the difference between two Poisson rates

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    Bright, Brianna C.; Soulakova, Julia N.

    2014-01-01

    We consider the problem of simultaneously estimating Poisson rate differences via applications of the Hsu and Berger stepwise confidence interval method (termed HBM), where comparisons to a common reference group are performed. We discuss continuity-corrected confidence intervals and investigate the HBM performance with a moment-based confidence interval, and uncorrected and corrected for continuity Wald and Pooled confidence intervals. Using simulations, we compare nine individual confidence...

  19. Planning: Complex Endeavors

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    international crime (trafficking in ille- gal drugs, counterfeit consumer goods, banned substances such as ivory and rhinoceros horn, illegal immigration, and...Conflict_Capabilities_final.pdf 112Berger, Scowcroft, and Nash, In the Wake of War, 38. 113The White House, “The National Security Strategy Of the United States” (Washington...The White House, Sept 2002), 21. http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nss.pdf 114Agency for International Development, “Foreign Aid in the National

  20. Non-Linear Metamodeling Extensions to the Robust Parameter Design of Computer Simulations

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    Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1995. [78] G. Casella and R. L. Berger, Statistical Inference (2nd Edition), Pacific Grove, CA... probability distributions. The noise factors introduce undesirable variation in the system’s outputs. When noise factors are present, robust parameter...by random variables with specific probability distributions. The noise factors introduce undesirable variation in the system’s output. When noise

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    speed (Berger et al 2003). However, volume holographic storage system still suffers from the lack of an appropriate memory material. Such a material has to fulfill a ... Experimental. Chemical reagents, TeO2 (4N) and Bi2O3 (4N), were used as starting materials and were weighed with the molar ratio of Bi2O3: TeO2 = 1 : 1.

  2. Predicting Clinical Outcomes and Lost Work in Patients with Work-Related Upper Extremity Disorders

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    1998-02-13

    the controversy, a receut weIl-coaducted large-scale (&=7,651) meta -ana1ysis ofthe existing researeh on the relationsbip of chronic pain and financial...Berger, R. (1996), ’Clinica1l118D8p11lent ofcarpal tunnel syndrome: ~ ten year review.ofoutcomes. In Fisher, CD.., & Gitelson, R. (1983). A meta ...24-32. Monsivais, JJ., &: Scully, S. (1992). Rotary subluxation ofthe scaphoid resulting in persistent carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal ofHand

  3. Evaluating Force Fields for the Computational Prediction of Ionized Arginine and Lysine Side-Chains Partitioning into Lipid Bilayers and Octanol.

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    Sun, Delin; Forsman, Jan; Woodward, Clifford E

    2015-04-14

    Abundant peptides and proteins containing arginine (Arg) and lysine (Lys) amino acids can apparently permeate cell membranes with ease. However, the mechanisms by which these peptides and proteins succeed in traversing the free energy barrier imposed by cell membranes remain largely unestablished. Precise thermodynamic studies (both theoretical and experimental) on the interactions of Arg and Lys residues with model lipid bilayers can provide valuable clues to the efficacy of these cationic peptides and proteins. We have carried out molecular dynamics simulations to calculate the interactions of ionized Arg and Lys side-chains with the zwitterionic 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) lipid bilayer for 10 widely used lipid/protein force fields: CHARMM36/CHARMM36, SLIPID/AMBER99SB-ILDN, OPLS-AA/OPLS-AA, Berger/OPLS-AA, Berger/GROMOS87, Berger/GROMOS53A6, GROMOS53A6/GROMOS53A6, nonpolarizable MARTINI, polarizable MARTINI, and BMW MARTINI. We performed umbrella sampling simulations to obtain the potential of mean force for Arg and Lys side-chains partitioning from water to the bilayer interior. We found significant differences between the force fields, both for the interactions between side-chains and bilayer surface, as well as the free energy cost for placing the side-chain at the center of the bilayer. These simulation results were compared with the Wimley-White interfacial scale. We also calculated the free energy cost for transferring ionized Arg and Lys side-chains from water to both dry and wet octanol. Our simulations reveal rapid diffusion of water molecules into octanol whereby the equilibrium mole fraction of water in the wet octanol phase was ∼25%. Surprisingly, our free energy calculations found that the high water content in wet octanol lowered the water-to-octanol partitioning free energies for cationic residues by only 0.6 to 0.7 kcal/mol.

  4. Innovative electron transport methods in EGS5

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    Bielajew, A.F.; Wilderman, S.J.

    2000-01-01

    The initial formulation of a Monte Carlo scheme for the transport of high-energy (>≅ 100 keV) electrons was established by Berger in 1963. Calling his method the 'condensed history theory', Berger combined the theoretical results of the previous generation of research into developing approximate solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation with numerical algorithms for exploiting the power of computers to permit iterative, piece-wise solution of the transport equation in a computationally intensive but much less approximate fashion. The methods devised by Berger, with comparatively little modification, provide the foundation of all present day Monte Carlo electron transport simulation algorithms. Only in the last 15 years, beginning with the development and publication of the PRESTA algorithm, has there been a significant revisitation of the problem of simulating electron transport within the condensed history framework. Research in this area is ongoing, highly active, and far from complete. It presents an enormous challenge, demanding derivation of new analytical transport solutions based on underlying fundamental interaction mechanisms, intuitive insight in the development of computer algorithms, and state of the art computer science skills in order to permit deployment of these techniques in an efficient manner. The EGS5 project, a modern ground-up rewrite of the EGS4 code, is now in the design phase. EGS5 will take modern photon and electron transport algorithms and deploy them in an easy-to-maintain, modern computer language-ANSI-standard C ++. Moreover, the well-known difficulties of applying EGS4 to practical geometries (geometry code development, tally routine design) should be made easier and more intuitive through the use of a visual user interface being designed by Quantum Research, Inc., work that is presented elsewhere in this conference. This report commences with a historical review of electron transport models culminating with the proposal of a

  5. Signs of stigma and poor mental health among carriers of MRSA.

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    Rump, B; De Boer, M; Reis, R; Wassenberg, M; Van Steenbergen, J

    2017-03-01

    Many countries have implemented guidelines to prevent transmission of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Important contextual factors of stigma can be identified in the context of MRSA. Over the past decade, concerns have been raised over a possible stigmatizing effect of these actions. To identify and quantify the occurrence of MRSA-associated stigma, and to explore its association with mental health in a country with an MRSA 'search and destroy' policy. In 2014, a questionnaire study among 57 Dutch MRSA carriers (people that carry MRSA without signs of MRSA infection) was performed. Stigma was measured with an adjusted version of the Berger HIV Stigma Scale. Mental health was measured with the five-item RAND Mental Health Inquiry. Thirty-two (56%) MRSA carriers reported stigma; of these, eight (14%) reported 'clear stigma' (Berger score >110) and 24 (42%) reported 'suggestive for stigma' (Berger score 76-110). Educational level, female sex and intensive MRSA eradication therapy were associated with higher stigma scores. Poor mental health (RAND score Stigma and mental health scores were inversely correlated. Stigma was experienced most frequently in healthcare settings, and was seldom experienced in the religious community or at sport facilities. A substantial proportion of MRSA carriers reported stigma due to MRSA, and stigma was associated with poor mental health. Anticipation of MRSA-associated stigma is warranted, both in the way that care is delivered by hospital staff and in the way that care is organized within the hospital. Copyright © 2016 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Small scattered fragments do not a dwarf make: biological and archaeological data indicate that prehistoric inhabitants of Palau were normal sized.

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    Full Text Available UNLABELLED: Current archaeological evidence from Palau in western Micronesia indicates that the archipelago was settled around 3000-3300 BP by normal sized populations; contrary to recent claims, they did not succumb to insular dwarfism. BACKGROUND: Previous and ongoing archaeological research of both human burial and occupation sites throughout the Palauan archipelago during the last 50 years has produced a robust data set to test hypotheses regarding initial colonization and subsequent adaptations over the past three millennia. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Close examination of human burials at the early (ca. 3000 BP and stratified site of Chelechol ra Orrak indicates that these were normal sized individuals. This is contrary to the recent claim of contemporaneous "small-bodied" individuals found at two cave sites by Berger et al. (2008. As we argue, their analyses are flawed on a number of different analytical levels. First, their sample size is too small and fragmentary to adequately address the variation inherent in modern humans within and outside of Palau. Second, the size and stature of all other prehistoric (both older and contemporaneous skeletal assemblages found in Palau fall within the normal parameters of modern human variation in the region, indicating this was not a case of insular dwarfism or a separate migratory group. Third, measurements taken on several skeletal elements by Berger et al. may appear to be from smaller-bodied individuals, but the sizes of these people compares well with samples from Chelechol ra Orrak. Last, archaeological, linguistic, and historical evidence demonstrates a great deal of cultural continuity in Palau through time as expected if the same population was inhabiting the archipelago. CONCLUSIONS: Prehistoric Palauan populations were normal sized and exhibit traits that fall within the normal variation for Homo sapiens-they do not support the claims by Berger et al. (2008 that there were smaller

  7. Liderazgo estratégico en el sector de las relaciones públicas en España. Características, retos, factores culturales y estructurales / Strategic leadership in public relations in Spain. Characteristics, challenges, cultural and structural factors

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    Full Text Available El liderazgo en relaciones públicas y gestión de comunicación desempeña un papel determinante en el éxito de las organizaciones, especialmente de aquellas que actúan dentro de un contexto económico global, dinámico y altamente competitivo (ej. Meng, 2013; Berger & Meng, 2010; Berger & Reber, 2006; Berger, Reber & Heyman, 2007; Werder & Holzhausen, 2009. Sin embargo, pocas investigaciones han abordado un tema que también influye directamente en el desarrollo profesional de los comunicadores y en el futuro de la disciplina (Beger & Reber, 2006. Este artículo analiza los principales desafíos que afrontan los profesionales de las relaciones públicas en España, los factores culturales y estructurales que favorecen u obstaculizan la función de comunicación y los rasgos personales más importantes para desempeñar un liderazgo excelente, tanto en la actualidad como en el futuro. Utilizando metodología cualitativa, a través de entrevistas semiestructuradas realizadas a líderes de relaciones públicas españoles, se profundiza en el controvertido y complejo concepto de liderazgo. Esta investigación forma parte de un proyecto internacional desarrollado en 23 países, promovido por el Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations de la Universidad de Alabama y financiado por IBM y Heyman Associates en Estados Unidos.

  8. The War between Russia and Georgia – Consequences and Unresolved Questions

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    Full Text Available The article "The War between Russia and Georgia - Consequences and Unresolved Questions" delivers an examination of the divergent views and legal assesments of the opponents Georgia and Russia with regard to the break-away regions South-Ossetia and Abkhazia. By approaching the conflict from a historical perspective, Prof. Nußberger analyzes whether these regions had the right to secede based on the right to self-determination. Coming to the conclusion that the declarations of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia harbor a huge risk for peace and security in the international community and expecially for the (partly displaced habitants.

  9. Erratum

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    Full Text Available I will use the above theory to explain how a first-year mathematics major student at a South African university moves from an idiosyncratic usage of signs (using, I claim, preconceptual thinking to a conceptual (or perhaps pseudoconceptual usage of signs. The activity took place during an interview which I conducted, video-taped and later transcribed and analysed in 2002 (Berger, 2002. John had been given the following definition which he has not seen before, although he is familiar with the definite integral and the notion of a limit.

  10. H2 Reconstitution

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    AFRL-DE-TR-2002-1033 AFRL-DE-TR- 2002-1033 H2 RECONSTITUTION Mike Skipper et al. ASR Corporation 7817 Bursera NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 February 2002...PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER ASR Corporation 7817 Bursera NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 DC-TR-0328.008-1 9. SPONSORING / MONITORING AGENCY NAME...Albuquerque, NM 87110 1 cy ASR Corporation 7817 Bursera NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 1 cy Jeff Berger AFRL/DEHP Kirtland AFB, NM 87117 1 cy Tyrone Tran AFRL/DEHP Kirtland AFB, NM 87117 1 cy 40

  11. THE GODFATHER DOCTRINE SECURITY FORCE ASSISTANCE (SFA) TRAINING - AN OFFER THE MARINE CORPS CAN’T REFUSE

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    13-14 April 2015, advisor training trends were presented to LtGen Berger (I MEF), LtGen Whistler (III MEF) and MajGen Beydler (II MEF). Their...and Carlos Flores. 5 Small Wars Manual, FMFRP 12-15, p8 6 IBID, Introduction 7 Counterinsurgency, FM 3-24, 2006 8 Petreaus, David & Amos, James ...Advisors in Viet Nam, 1972” (Annapolis, MD Naval Institute Press, 1985) Willbanks, James “The Evolution of US Advisory effort in Vietnam: Lessons Learned

  12. Millennial Warfare

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    www.psychologytoday.com/ blog / cutting-edge-leadership/201005/how-lead-the-millennial-generation. 8 Elizabeth Bodine-Barron, Todd C. Helmus, Madeline...environment. ISIL has taken the message boards and blog post of the 1990s and jumped in with both feet to the modern digital environment. They push content...57 Riggio. 58 Stern and Berger, 81-84. 59 Anwar Alawlaki, “The State of Ummah,” Anwar Alawaki Blog , April 23, 2009, accessed March 15, 2017

  13. Re-validation of the Van Rie HIV/AIDS-related stigma scale for use with people living with HIV in the United States.

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    Kipp, Aaron M; Audet, Carolyn M; Earnshaw, Valerie A; Owens, Jared; McGowan, Catherine C; Wallston, Kenneth A

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    There is little consensus about which of the many validated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) stigma scales should be regularly used, with few being re-validated in different contexts or evaluated for how they compare to other, existing HIV stigma scales. The purpose of this exploratory study was to re-validate the Van Rie HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma Scale, originally validated in Thailand and using a third-person wording structure, for use with people living with HIV in the United States. Adult HIV clinic patients completed a survey including the Berger and Van Rie scales, and measures of social support and depression. Eighty-five of 211 (40%) eligible participants provided data for both stigma scales. Exploratory factor analyses identified three factors to the Van Rie scale: Loss of Social Relationships (new subscale), Managing HIV Concealment (new subscale), and Perceived Community Stigma (original subscale). These subscales were moderately inter-related (r = 0.51 to 0.58) with acceptable to excellent reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.69 to 0.90). The Van Rie subscales were also moderately inter-correlated with the Berger subscales (r = 0.44 to 0.76), had similar construct validity, and tended to have higher mean stigma scores when compared with Berger subscales that were conceptually most similar. The revised Van Rie HIV-related Stigma Scale demonstrates good validity and internal consistency, offering a valid measure of HIV stigma with a three-factor structure. The third-person wording may be particularly suitable for measuring stigmatizing attitudes during an individual's transition from at-risk and undergoing HIV testing to newly diagnosed, a time when experiences of discrimination and processing issues of disclosure have not yet occurred. The stigma mechanisms for individuals making this transition have not been well explored. These scenarios, combined with the observed non-response to the Berger Enacted Stigma subscale items (a surprise finding), highlight

  14. Re-Validation of the Van Rie HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma Scale for Use with People Living with HIV in the United States

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    Kipp, Aaron M.; Audet, Carolyn M.; Earnshaw, Valerie A.; Owens, Jared; McGowan, Catherine C.; Wallston, Kenneth A.

    2015-01-01

    There is little consensus about which of the many validated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) stigma scales should be regularly used, with few being re-validated in different contexts or evaluated for how they compare to other, existing HIV stigma scales. The purpose of this exploratory study was to re-validate the Van Rie HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma Scale, originally validated in Thailand and using a third-person wording structure, for use with people living with HIV in the United States. Adult HIV clinic patients completed a survey including the Berger and Van Rie scales, and measures of social support and depression. Eighty-five of 211 (40%) eligible participants provided data for both stigma scales. Exploratory factor analyses identified three factors to the Van Rie scale: Loss of Social Relationships (new subscale), Managing HIV Concealment (new subscale), and Perceived Community Stigma (original subscale). These subscales were moderately inter-related (r = 0.51 to 0.58) with acceptable to excellent reliability (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.69 to 0.90). The Van Rie subscales were also moderately inter-correlated with the Berger subscales (r = 0.44 to 0.76), had similar construct validity, and tended to have higher mean stigma scores when compared with Berger subscales that were conceptually most similar. The revised Van Rie HIV-related Stigma Scale demonstrates good validity and internal consistency, offering a valid measure of HIV stigma with a three-factor structure. The third-person wording may be particularly suitable for measuring stigmatizing attitudes during an individual’s transition from at-risk and undergoing HIV testing to newly diagnosed, a time when experiences of discrimination and processing issues of disclosure have not yet occurred. The stigma mechanisms for individuals making this transition have not been well explored. These scenarios, combined with the observed non-response to the Berger Enacted Stigma subscale items (a surprise finding

  15. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction: Quarterly Report and Semiannual Report to the United States Congress

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    Agribusiness Development (Inma) 179.8 156.1 10.0 6.8 PRT/PRDC Projects 613.4 585.6 9.2 5.5 Personnel Support 21.3 7.4 12.5 1.6 Administrative Reform...Action Agribusiness Development (Inma) Provincial Economic Growth (Tijara) Administrative Reform (Tarabot) Governance Strengthening Primary Health...International (MSI) 17 223 17 257 221* 478 Provincial Economic Growth (Tijara) Louis Berger Group 15 123 29 167 * 167 Agribusiness Development (Inma

  16. Pegylated G-CSF Inhibits Blood Cell Depletion, Increases Platelets, Blocks Splenomegaly, and Improves Survival after Whole-Body Ionizing Irradiation but Not after Irradiation Combined with Burn

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    Ionizing Irradiation but Not after Irradiation Combined with Burn Juliann G. Kiang,1,2,3 Min Zhai,1 Pei-Jyun Liao,1 David L. Bolduc,1 Thomas B. Elliott,1...Contribution Juliann G. Kiang conceived and designed the experiments in the paper. Juliann G. Kiang, Min Zhai, Pei-Jyun Liao, David L. Bolduc, Thomas B...319–332, 2010. [8] M. E. Berger, D. M. Christensen, P. C. Lowry , O. W. Jones, and A. L.Wiley, “Medical management of radiation injuries: current

  17. Shoreline Evolution and Coastal Resiliency at Two Military Installations: Investigating the Potential for and Impacts of Loss of Protecting Barriers

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    overlies this unconformity shows a higher marine influence and CH04 penetrates a young packet of sediment with marine origin , including thick layers of...implications. Science 293, 474-479. Gray, W. M., 1968. Global view of the origin of tropical disturbances and storms. Monthly Weather Review 96, 669-700...H.I. Berger, D.C. Herndon, T.A. Cram , C.S. Velden, R.J. Murnane, and J.D. Hawkins, 2007. Estimating hurricane wind structure in the absence of

  18. Neil Young representation of Hernán Cortés: a critical approach from the knowledge sociology to a paradigmatic case of cognitive distortion / Hernán Cortés según Neil Young: una aproximación desde la sociología del conocimiento a un caso paradigmático de distorsión cognitiva

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    Full Text Available In this article we realize a critical approach to the good savage myth as a cognitive distortion, paradigmatically represented by a Neil Young´s musical composition on Hernan Cortez figure. We use as a tool to do that criticism some relevant contributions from philosophy, social psychology and sociology of knowledge, specially that one elaborated by P.L. Berger. It’s shown myth inconsistence and their ideological supports and utilities and we conclude that one of the main functions of sociology is to unmask both descriptions and explanations of social world.

  19. AS PALAVRAS E AS IMAGENS: UMA ARQUEOLOGIA DA PINTURA EM FOUCAULT

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    The article studies the importance of the visual experience over the thought of Michel Foucault. It is discussed, in this sense, the articulation of painting as a thematic focus in different moments of his philosophical research from an archeological approach that analyzes the way of operating as well as the discontinuities of four paintings: "The Ship of Fools" by El Bosco, "Las Meninas" by Velázquez, "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" by Manet and "The Balcony" by Magritte. Finally, it is introd...

  20. Calculation of energy and angular distributions of the bremsstrahlung of 10 MeV electrons bombarding a thick tungsten target

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    1977-01-01

    Computer calculations have been performed to extend the data available on energy and angular distribution of the 10 MeV electron bremsrahlung into a higher angle region. The ETRAN-16D program developed by R.G.Berger for calculation of electron-photon cascades passing through matter using computers IBM-360 and UNIVAC-1108 was modified to operate with the CDC-6500 computer. A brief summary of the program is provided. An angular distribution of the bremsstrahlung dose absorbed in the air has been also calculated. The results extended into the 90-180 deg region can be used to calculate the biological shield of electron accelerators

  1. SUPERCOLLIDER: Going international

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    In the wake of the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) debacle in the US, US particle physicists are regrouping. 'It is clear that physics interest cannot be changed by an act of Congress,' says Ed Berger of Argonne. As part of the SSC winding up, US Secretary of Energy has been requested to produce a plan to 'maximize the value of the investment in the project and minimizing the loss to the US, including recommendations as to the feasibility of utilizing SSC assets in whole or in part in pursuit of an international high energy physics endeavour.'

  2. Improving the user experience through practical data analytics gain meaningful insight and increase your bottom line

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    Fritz, Mike

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    Improving the User Experience through Practical Data Analytics is your must-have resource for making UX design decisions based on data, rather than hunches. Authors Fritz and Berger help the UX professional recognize and understand the enormous potential of the ever-increasing user data that is often accumulated as a by-product of routine UX tasks, such as conducting usability tests, launching surveys, or reviewing clickstream information. Then, step-by-step, they explain how to utilize both descriptive and predictive statistical techniques to gain meaningful insight with that data. You'll be

  3. The Roles of Lesser-Known American Telescope Makers

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    A history of lesser-known telescope makers. The following makers, owners, dealers and firms are discussed: Henry Fitz, William S. Van Duzee, Lewis M. Rutherford, Charles A. Spencer, A. K. Eaton, John Byrne, Robert B. Tolles, Buff and Berger of Boston, Fauth and Co., George N. Saegmuller, E. Kubel (Kübel), Chester S. Lyman, Stackpole and Brother, William Wurdemann (Würdemann), William J. Young, Gundlach of Rochester, William Kahler, Stendicke of NYC, Walther of Philadelphia, Worcester R. Warner, Ambrose Swasey, William T. Gregg, Phelps and Gurley of Troy, H. G. Sedgewick, Benjamin Pike, William Mogey, David Mogey, and James A. Queen.

  4. Diseño y desarrollo de una aplicación para controlar un teléfono móvil mediante sistemas Brain Computer Interface (BCI) orientada a personas con grave discapacidad

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    Santamaría Vázquez, Eduardo

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    Desde el descubrimiento del electroencefalograma (EEG), que fue desarrollado por Hans Berger en 1929, la electrofisiología ha avanzado enormemente. Gracias a ese descubrimiento, las ondas cerebrales, hasta entonces prácticamente desconocidas, comenzaron a estudiarse para el diagnóstico de enfermedades como la epilepsia o diversos trastornos del sueño. Fue en la segunda mitad del siglo XX cuando se empezó a sugerir la aplicación de las señales cerebrales para la comunicación con...

  5. Mechanical Loading for Peripheral Nerve Stabilization and Regeneration

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    Meissl, G., and Berger, A. The interfascicular nerve-grafting of the median and ulnar nerves. J Bone Joint Surg Am 54, 727, 1972. 13. Strasberg, S.R...seeded with bone marrow stromal cell-derived Schwann cells. Biomaterials 32, 787, 2011. 23. Harvey, A.R., Chen, M., Plant, G.W., and Dyson, S.E. Re...regeneration: a feasibility study. Artif Or- gans 33, 26, 2009. 25. Marchesi, C., Pluderi, M., Colleoni, F., Belicchi, M., Meregalli, M., Farini, A

  6. Implicit knowledge of visual uncertainty guides decisions with asymmetric outcomes

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    Whiteley, Louise Emma; Sahani, Maneesh

    2008-01-01

    under conditions of uncertainty. Here we show that human observers performing a simple visual choice task under an externally imposed loss function approach the optimal strategy, as defined by Bayesian probability and decision theory (Berger, 1985; Cox, 1961). In concert with earlier work, this suggests...... than simply requiring that they use a modal estimate of the uncertain stimulus. Crucially, they approach optimal behavior even when denied the opportunity to learn adaptive decision strategies based on immediate feedback. Our data thus support the idea that flexible representations of uncertainty...

  7. Sources semiconductrices de photons uniques ou de photons jumeaux pour l'information quantique

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    Berger, Vincent; Gérard, Jean-Michel

    2003-07-01

    A large number of scientific proposals in recent years are based on transport and manipulation of information using single quantum objects. Although very impressive theoretical perspectives have been envisaged, experimental demonstrations are still limited due to technological difficulties with present state-of-the-art devices. This paper presents various approaches aiming at efficient single or twin photons semiconductor sources. The emergence of these devices will be an important technological breakthrough in the field of quantum information. To cite this article: V. Berger, J.-M. Gérard, C. R. Physique 4 (2003).

  8. Estudo do efeito de transferência de spin

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    2011-01-01

    A ideia de transferência de spin, como forma de controle da magnetização, foi introduzida independentemente por Slonczewski e por Berger em 1996. Desde então, esse efeito tem sido alvo de inúmeras pesquisas, em especial pela possibilidade de aplicações em memorias magnéticas não voláteis e em osciladores de alta frequência. Devido _a complexidade do problema, a grande maioria das pesquisas teóricas sobre o assunto _e baseada em resultados numéricos. Porém, esses métodos podem dificultar a vis...

  9. Characterization of Polymer Surfaces by the Use of Different Wetting Theories Regarding Acid-Base Properties

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    Full Text Available The existing wetting methods for the determination of acid-base properties on solid surfaces are discussed. Striving for a better understanding of the adhesive polymer interactions in adhesively joined polymers, the methods of Berger and van Oss-Chaudhury-Good were found as the most suitable methods for the investigation of wetting on solid polymer surfaces. Methods of nonlinear systems by Della Volpe and Siboni were adapted and evaluated on plastic surfaces. In the context of these investigations various data of the surface free energy as well as its components have been identified for a number of polymer surfaces by application of spatial equation solutions.

  10. Life satisfaction in patients with temporomandibular disorders

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    Marczak, Milena; Ginszt, Michał; Berger, Marcin

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    Marczak Milena, Ginszt Michał, Berger Marcin. Life satisfaction in patients with temporomandibular disorders. Journal of Education, Health and Sport. 2017;7(9):349-356. eISSN 2391-8306. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.998955 http://ojs.ukw.edu.pl/index.php/johs/article/view/4896 The journal has had 7 points in Ministry of Science and Higher Education parametric evaluation. Part B item 1223 (26.01.2017). 1223 Journal of Education, Health and...

  11. Loss of Protein, Immunoglobulins, and Electrolytes in Exudates from Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

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    recorded and 24 hour urine urea nitrogen (UUN) was measured. When applicable, corticosteroid administration, insulin regi- men, intravenous albumin...loss, mEq 37.1 ± 22.2 15.1 ± 8.5 .027 Phosphorus , mg/dL, mean concentration 3.3 ± 0.7 3.3 ± 0.9 .88 Phosphorus , mean 24-h loss, mg 26.7 ± 13.4 10.6...patients, Berger et al22 found that magnesium loss was 16 mEq/d and phosphorus loss was 11 mEq/d. These values are similar to those observed in soft

  12. Intensified Religious Pluralism and De-differentiation: the British Example.

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    Woodhead, Linda

    Drawing on surveys of religion and values in Great Britain, this paper suggests that Peter Berger's paradigm of two pluralisms can be usefully supplemented by taking account of a third kind of intensified pluralism. This involves the breakdown of the boundaries between religions, and between the religious and the secular, and is therefore a pluralism of de-differentiation. It helps explain many features of contemporary religion and identity, including the rise of the "nones" and the increasing reluctance of each new generation to identify with religious (and secular) labels and packages.

  13. Nuevos taxones vegetales alóctonos de jardinería en el área continental de NE de España: comportamiento e historia

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    Full Text Available This paper provides information about two topics rarely found in literature on invasions: 1-the record of succulent species naturalised within a continental-type climate area (Teruel, NE Spain, 2-the distinction between taxonomical varieties of invasive taxa. Besides, historical information on introduction, area of origin and taxonomical consideration is provided for each taxa. A. americana var. marginata Trel, Agave ingens Berger, Malephora purpureo-crocea (Haw. Schwantes and Sedum dendroideum DC. subsp. praealtum (A. DC. R. T. Clausen are recorded for the first time in the area.

  14. Teologi og samfundsstudier

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    Holm, Bo Kristian

    2012-01-01

    This review deals with three differing studies on the relation between religion and social formation. The focus of Frenkel and Lev’s Charity and Giving in Monotheistic Religions is on Islam, Judaism and Christianity in antique and medieval cultures, arguing that the monotheistic religions virtually...... agree in their understanding of charity and almsgiving. Berger, Davie and Fokas’ Religious America, secular Europe? offers a profound analysis of the relation between religion and modernity in contemporary society. I himlen således også på jorden? (On Earth as in Heaven?) by Hansen, Petersen og Petersen...

  15. CT Assessment of the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components in total knee arthroplasty

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    Rimondi, E.; Molinari, M.; Moio, A.; Busacca, M.; Trentani, F.; Trentani, P.; Tigani, D.; Nigrosoli, M.

    2000-01-01

    CT assessment of the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components in total knee arthroplasty. From January to July 1999, 17 patients, 10 males and 7 females, mean age 66 years (standard deviation plus or minus 4) were examined after total knee arthroplasty. Exclusion criteriawere prosthesis loosening and severe (equal or superior to 7'' varus o valgus deviation. All patients were examined with knee radiography in the standing position completed by axial projection of patella and by CT scanning. It was used a modification of Berger technique and carried out comparative CT scans extended lower limbs and acquisitions perpendicular to the mechanical axis of the knee, from the femoral supracondylar region down to the plane crossing the distal end of the tibial prosthetic component. Reference lines were then drawn electronically on given scanning planes to reckon the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components. Six patients, one female and 5 males with normal rotational values of femoral and tibial prosthetic components presented no clinical symptoms. Eight patients, 4 females and 4 males, with abnormal values presented the following clinical symptoms: medial impingement, (incomplete) dislocation patella, and lateral instability. One female patient with a normal rotational value of femoral prosthetic component and an altered value of tibial prosthetic component presented medial impingement. Finally two patients, one female and one male, were absolutely asymptomatic although the rotational values of the two prosthetic components were beyond the normal range. Total knee arthroplasty is presently a standard treatment for many conditions involving this joint. There are several possible postoperative complications, namely fractures, dislocations (a)septic losening and femoropatellar instability. The latter condition is the most frequent complication among implant failures and is caused by bad orientation of the femoral and tibial

  16. Linearized Optically Phase-Modulated Fiber Optic Links for Microwave Signal Transport

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    detectors (with internal 50- Ohm resistors) capable of 40-mA dc current per detector. With this link, the linearized SFDR would improve to 133 dB/Hz4/5...the IF) limitation on the signal. All calculations consider the 3dB power loss from the hybrid combiner and 6dB loss from parallel 50- Ohm resistors...283. [25] M. Nazarathy, J. Berger, A. Ley , I. Levi, and Y. Kagan, “Externally Modulated 80 Channel Am Catv Fiber-to-feeder Distribution System Over

  17. Les figures du musicien au Moyen Âge : images et discours

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    Full Text Available « Musicien» : le mot lui-même n’existe pas dans les textes en langue romane.  En revanche, beaucoup de personnages nommés musicus, cantor, cantatrix, tibicines, joculatores, histriones, et joueurs d’instruments, ménestrels, jongleurs, chantres, harpistes, etc., circulent dans les sources latines et en langue vernaculaire. D’autres encore sont insérés dans les images sous les traits du berger, du roi David, de l’ange, du diablotin, de l’animal, du monstre, du poète... La complexité et le carac...

  18. Wave Propagation and Stability for Finite Difference Schemes.

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    1982-05-01

    and especially important to me, Randall LeVeque and Marsha Berger, who have 1.4 Instability is .L, norma , p 74 2 ... 28 been invaluable friends and...group velocities is given by the rrmula correctly describe the propagation or energy in these modes. C( a dj Iso as (24.4) What Thin. 2.3.1 does not...tv ary wi , f . or k. ie I- !Li-, it’- il067, Nhen ,oat iso - rI-It-t d, rr-,j, erts’n ll,a.,-ii( - ii. ’ii’’ ~ f -olp Ohseenationi 5.12. An inflow

  19. MONTESQUIEU Y LA CIENCIA DE LA SOCIEDAD: POLÍTICA Y COMPLEJIDAD

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    Juan José Martínez

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    Full Text Available Based on his doctoral thesis Sociocultural construction and anthropological perspective on Montesquieu. Political Implications (2013, which is built on the assumptions stated in the works of Sergio Cotta, Berger and Luckmann, and also on the theory of Edgar Morin, in this article the author takes an approach to the complexity present in Montesquieu’s thinking, arguing that it foreshadows a science of society which, in turn, anticipates a political science based on the paradigm of complexity, that has not yet been assumed by the contemporary political theory.

  20. Comparative anatomy of leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata and K. crenata in sun and shade conditions, as a support for their identification

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    Nattacha S. Moreira

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam. Pers. and K. crenata (Andrews Haw., Crassulaceae, are popularly used in the treatment of many diseases. Their biological activities, such as anti-leishmaniasis and analgesic, can be useful in phytotherapy. Both species are often misidentified as the other, because of their similar popular uses and names, and the similar external morphology of the leaves. We investigated the existence of anatomical characters that will permit correct identification of the species grown in shade and in sun conditions. We also contribute with new observations on the leaf anatomy of K. pinnata and K. crenata. Fixed (FAA70 leaves were used, and their sections were embedded in Leica historesin. Hydathodes were observed in both species, and for the first time were anatomically described in K. crenata. The species showed anatomical differences in relation to the presence of epidermal idioblasts only in K. crenata, the different pattern of distribution of subepidermal idioblasts, and the presence of leaf buds only in K. pinnata.

  1. Interacting impacts of invasive plants and invasive toads on native lizards.

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    Price-Rees, Samantha J; Brown, Gregory P; Shine, Richard

    2012-03-01

    The ecological impacts of an invasive species may be reduced by prior invasions if selective pressures imposed by earlier events preadapt the native biota to deal with the newer arrival. In northwestern Australia, invasion of the cane toad (Rhinella marina) kills many native predators if they ingest the highly toxic toads. Remarkably, the toads' defensive toxins (bufadienolides) are chemically similar to those of another invasive species: an ornamental plant from Madagascar, Bryophyllum spp. (Crassulaceae, mother-of-millions). Omnivorous lizards (bluetongue skinks, Tiliqua scincoides) are imperiled by the invasion of toads in northwestern Australia, but conspecifics from other areas of the continent (those where exotic plants were introduced and including areas where toads have yet to invade) are less affected because they exhibit higher physiological tolerance of toad toxins (and also of plant toxins). The willingness of captive bluetongues to consume both toads and these plants and the high correlation in the lizards' sensitivity to toad toxins versus plant toxins suggest that exotic plants may have imposed strong selection on the lizards' physiological tolerance of bufadienolides. As a result, populations of lizards from areas previously exposed to these alien plants may be preadapted to deal with the toxins of the more recent anuran invader.

  2. Transformation of medicinal plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

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    Bandurska, Katarzyna; Berdowska, Agnieszka; Król, Małgorzata

    2016-12-20

    For many years attempts are made to develop efficient methods for transformation of medicinal plants via Agrobacterium tumefaciens. It is a soil bacteria which possess a natural ability to infect plants in places of injures which results in arise of cancerous growths (crown gall). This is possible thanks a transfer of fragment of Ti plasmid into plant cells and stable integration with a plant genome. Efficiency of medicinal plant transformation depends on many factors for example: Agrobacterium strain, methods and procedures of transformation as well as on plant species, type and age of the explants and regeneration conditions. The main goal of plant transformation is to increase the amount of naturally occurring bioactive compounds and the production of biopharmaceuticals. Genetic plant transformation via bacteria of the genus Agrobacterium is a complex process which requires detailed analysis of incorporated transgene expression and occurs only in the case when the plant cell acquires the ability to regenerate. In many cases, the regeneration efficiency observed in medicinal plants are inefficient after applied transformation procedures. To date there have been attempts of genetic transformation by using A. tumefaciens of medicinal plants belonging to the families: Apocynaceae, Araceae, Araliaceae, Asphodelaceae, Asteraceae, Begoniaceae, Crassulaceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae, Linaceae, Papaveraceae, Plantaginaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Solanaceae.

  3. Treatment of Helicobacter pylori infected mice with Bryophyllum pinnatum, a medicinal plant with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, reduces bacterial load.

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    Kouitcheu Mabeku, Laure Brigitte; Eyoum Bille, Bertrand; Tchouangueu, Thibau Flaurant; Nguepi, Eveline; Leundji, Hubert

    2017-12-01

    Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Kurz (Crassulaceae) is a plant known for its antiulcer properties. This study evaluates the anti-Helicobacter pylori activity of Bryophyllum pinnutum methanol extract with a mouse model and its antioxidant properties. Dried leaves of Bryophyllum pinnutum were extracted with methanol and ethyl acetate. Broth microdilution method was used to evaluate the anti-Helicobacter activity of extract samples in vitro. Swiss mice were inoculated with a suspension of Helicobacter pylori and divided into control group and four others that received 125, 250, 500 mg/kg of methanol extract or ciprofloxacin (500 mg/kg), respectively, for 7 days. Helicobacter pylori colonization and bacterial load of mouse stomach was assessed on day 1 and 7 post-treatment. The antioxidant activity of Bryophyllum pinnutum was evaluated through DPPH radical, hydroxyl radical and reducing power assay. Methanol extract showed a significant anti-Helicobacter activity with MIC and MBC values of 32 and 256 μg/mL, respectively. Bryophyllum pinnatum and ciprofloxacin reduced H. pylori colonization of gastric tissue from 100% to 17%. Bryophyllum pinnatum extract (85.91 ± 52.91 CFU) and standard (25.74 ± 16.15 CFU) also reduced significantly (p Helicobacter pylori growth, and may also acts as an antioxidant to protect gastric mucosa against reactive oxygen species.

  4. Occurrence of sarmentosin and other hydroxynitrile glucosides in Parnassius (papilionidae) butterflies and their food plants.

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    Bjarnholt, Nanna; Nakonieczny, Mirosław; Kędziorski, Andrzej; Debinski, Diane M; Matter, Stephen F; Olsen, Carl Erik; Zagrobelny, Mika

    2012-05-01

    Sequestration of plant secondary metabolites is a widespread phenomenon among aposematic insects. Sarmentosin is an unsaturated γ-hydroxynitrile glucoside known from plants and some Lepidoptera. It is structurally and biosynthetically closely related to cyanogenic glucosides, which are commonly sequestered from food plants and/or de novo synthesized by lepidopteran species. Sarmentosin was found previously in Parnassius (Papilionidae) butterflies, but it was not known how the occurrence was related to food plants or whether Parnassius species could biosynthesize the compound. Here, we report on the occurrence of sarmentosin and related compounds in four different Parnassius species belonging to two different clades, as well as their known and suspected food plants. There were dramatic differences between the two clades, with P. apollo and P. smintheus from the Apollo group containing high amounts of sarmentosin, and P. clodius and P. mnemosyne from the Mnemosyne group containing low or no detectable amounts. This was reflected in the larval food plants; P. apollo and P. smintheus larvae feed on Sedum species (Crassulaceae), which all contained considerable amounts of sarmentosin, while the known food plants of the two other species, Dicentra and Corydalis (Fumariaceae), had no detectable levels of sarmentosin. All insects and plants containing sarmentosin also contained other biosynthetically related hydroxynitrile glucosides in patterns previously reported for plants, but not for insects. Not all findings could be explained by sequestration alone and we therefore hypothesize that Parnassius species are able to de novo synthesize sarmentosin.

  5. Overexpressing the Sedum alfredii Cu/Zn Superoxide Dismutase Increased Resistance to Oxidative Stress in Transgenic Arabidopsis

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    Zhen Li

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Superoxide dismutase (SOD is a very important reactive oxygen species (ROS-scavenging enzyme. In this study, the functions of a Cu/Zn SOD gene (SaCu/Zn SOD, from Sedum alfredii, a cadmium (Cd/zinc/lead co-hyperaccumulator of the Crassulaceae, was characterized. The expression of SaCu/Zn SOD was induced by Cd stress. Compared with wild-type (WT plants, overexpression of SaCu/Zn SOD gene in transgenic Arabidopsis plants enhanced the antioxidative defense capacity, including SOD and peroxidase activities. Additionally, it reduced the damage associated with the overproduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and superoxide radicals (O2•-. The influence of Cd stress on ion flux across the root surface showed that overexpressing SaCu/Zn SOD in transgenic Arabidopsis plants has greater Cd uptake capacity existed in roots. A co-expression network based on microarray data showed possible oxidative regulation in Arabidopsis after Cd-induced oxidative stress, suggesting that SaCu/Zn SOD may participate in this network and enhance ROS-scavenging capability under Cd stress. Taken together, these results suggest that overexpressing SaCu/Zn SOD increased oxidative stress resistance in transgenic Arabidopsis and provide useful information for understanding the role of SaCu/Zn SOD in response to abiotic stress.

  6. Aquatic CAM photosynthesis: a brief history of its discovery

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    Keeley, Jon E.

    2014-01-01

    Aquatic CAM (Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) photosynthesis was discovered while investigating an unrelated biochemical pathway concerned with anaerobic metabolism. George Bowes was a significant contributor to this project early in its infancy. Not only did he provide me with some valuable perspectives on peer review rejections, but by working with his gas exchange system I was able to take our initial observations of diel fluctuations in malic acid to the next level, showing this aquatic plant exhibited dark CO2 uptake. CAM is universal in all aquatic species of the worldwide Lycophyta genus Isoetes and non-existent in terrestrial Isoetes. Outside of this genus aquatic CAM has a limited occurrence in three other families, including the Crassulaceae. This discovery led to fascinating adventures in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes in search of Stylites, a terrestrial relative of Isoetes. Stylites is a plant that is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere and obtains all of its carbon from terrestrial sources and recycles carbon through CAM. Considering the Mesozoic origin of Isoetes in shallow pools, coupled with the fact that aquatic Isoetes universally possess CAM, suggests the earliest evolution of CAM photosynthesis was most likely not in terrestrial plants.

  7. Comparative anatomy of leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata and K. crenata in sun and shade conditions, as a support for their identification

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    Nattacha S. Moreira

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam. Pers. and K. crenata (Andrews Haw., Crassulaceae, are popularly used in the treatment of many diseases. Their biological activities, such as anti-leishmaniasis and analgesic, can be useful in phytotherapy. Both species are often misidentified as the other, because of their similar popular uses and names, and the similar external morphology of the leaves. We investigated the existence of anatomical characters that will permit correct identification of the species grown in shade and in sun conditions. We also contribute with new observations on the leaf anatomy of K. pinnata and K. crenata. Fixed (FAA70 leaves were used, and their sections were embedded in Leica historesin. Hydathodes were observed in both species, and for the first time were anatomically described in K. crenata. The species showed anatomical differences in relation to the presence of epidermal idioblasts only in K. crenata, the different pattern of distribution of subepidermal idioblasts, and the presence of leaf buds only in K. pinnata.

  8. Ultraviolet-B radiation effects on phenolic profile and flavonoid content of Kalanchoe pinnata.

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    Nascimento, Luana Beatriz Dos Santos; Leal-Costa, Marcos Vinicius; Menezes, Eloá Aragão; Lopes, Virgínia Rodrigues; Muzitano, Michelle Frazão; Costa, Sônia Soares; Tavares, Eliana Schwartz

    2015-07-01

    Ultraviolet-B radiation is an important abiotic factor that can stimulate the production of secondary metabolites, including polyphenolic compounds. Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) is a medicinal plant popularly used in Brazil for treating wounds and inflammation. This species is rich in phenolic compounds, which could account for some of its biological activities, including antileishmanial, antihypertensive and antibacterial properties. We investigated the effects of supplemental UV-B radiation on the phenolic profile, antioxidant activity and total flavonoid content of leaves of K. pinnata. Plants were grown under white light (W - control) and supplemental UV-B radiation (W+UVB). Supplemental UV-B radiation enhanced the total flavonoid content of the leaf extracts, without affecting the antioxidant activity or yield of extracts. Analysis by TLC and HPLC of W and W+UVB leaf extracts revealed quantitative and qualitative differences in their phenolic profiles. W+UVB extracts contained a higher diversity of phenolic compounds and a larger amount of quercitrin, an important bioactive flavonoid of this species. This is the first report of the use of ImageJ® program to analyze a TLC visualized by spraying with NP-PEG reagent. UV-B radiation is proposed as a supplemental light source in K. pinnata cultivation in order to improve its flavonoid composition. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Atividade inibitória das folhas e caule de Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess frente a microrganismos com diferentes perfis de resistência a antibióticos

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    Jackeline G. da Silva

    Full Text Available A avaliação antimicrobiana das partes aéreas de Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess, Crassulaceae, a qual é comumente utilizada para o tratamento de inflamações da mucosa oral, bronquites e congestão nasal, é relatada. Esta atividade foi avaliada em discos de Petri usando o método de difusão para a determinação da Concentração Inibitória Mínima (MIC e cinética bactericida. Foram usadas amostras bacterianas gram-positivas, gram-negativas e cepas de fungos leveduriformes do gênero Cândida. Apenas o óleo essencial demonstrou ser efetivo, apresentando atividade frente amostras gram-positivas de Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA meticilina resistente. A ação observada foi considerada bacteriostática por reduzir um log10 UFC/mL a partir da sexta hora de exposição da amostra ao óleo essencial nas concentrações de 4% e 8%. Compostos fenólicos estão presentes em óleo essencial, sugerindo que o efeito foi devido à presença dos mesmos. Por este motivo à planta Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess pode representar uma alternativa terapêutica para infecções provocadas por Staphylococcus aureus.

  10. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition by somes promising Brazilian medicinal plants

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    CM. Feitosa

    Full Text Available A microplate assay and a thin-layer chromatography (TLC "in situ" assay based on the Ellman assay was used to screen for acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from ethyl acetate and methanol extracts of Brazilian medicinal plants of families that, according to the literature, have traditional uses that might be connected with acetylcholinesterase inhibition. Eighteen species belonging to Convolvulaceae, Crassulaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Leguminosae, Malvaceae, Moraceae, Nyctaginaceae and Rutaceae families were tested. The most active plants were Ipomoea asarifolia (IC50 = 0.12 mg/mL, Jatropha curcas (IC50 = 0.25 mg/mL, Jatropha gossypiifolia (IC50 = 0.05 mg/mL, Kalanchoe brasiliensis (IC50 = 0.16 mg/mL and Senna alata (IC50 = 0.08 mg/mL. The most promising extracts were the Jatropha gossypiifolia and Senna alata species assuming there were compounds with a similar activity to galanthamine, which should contain about 1% of an active compound, or if present at lower levels even more active compounds than galanthamine (IC50 = 0.37 x 10-3 mg/mL should be present.

  11. The antileishmanial activity assessment of unusual flavonoids from Kalanchoe pinnata.

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    Muzitano, Michelle F; Tinoco, Luzineide W; Guette, Catherine; Kaiser, Carlos R; Rossi-Bergmann, Bartira; Costa, Sônia S

    2006-09-01

    The importance of flavonoids for the antileishmanial activity of Kalanchoe pinnata was previously demonstrated by the isolation of quercitrin, a potent antileishmanial flavonoid. In the present study, the aqueous leaf extract from the medicinal plant K. pinnata (Crassulaceae) afforded a kaempferol di-glycoside, named kapinnatoside, identified as kaempferol 3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl (1-->2) alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (1). In addition, two unusual flavonol and flavone glycosides already reported, quercetin 3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl (1-->2) alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (2) and 4',5-dihydroxy-3',8-dimethoxyflavone 7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (3), have been isolated. Their structures were determined via analyses of mono and bi-dimensional (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopic experiments and HR-MALDI mass spectra. Because of its restricted occurrence and its abundance in K. pinnata, flavonoid (2) may be a chemical marker for this plant species of high therapeutic potential. The three flavonoids were tested separately against Leishmania amazonenis amastigotes in comparison with quercitrin, quercetin and afzelin. The quercetin aglycone - type structure, as well as a rhamnosyl unit linked at C-3, seem to be important for antileishmanial activity.

  12. Oral metabolism and efficacy of Kalanchoe pinnata flavonoids in a murine model of cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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    Muzitano, Michelle F; Falcão, Camila A B; Cruz, Elaine A; Bergonzi, Maria C; Bilia, Anna R; Vincieri, Franco F; Rossi-Bergmann, Bartira; Costa, Sônia S

    2009-03-01

    Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that threatens 350 million people worldwide. In a search for new antileishmanial drugs, the in vitro activity of flavonoids from Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae) was previously demonstrated in infected cells. In order to demonstrate the safety and oral activity of K. pinnata, flavonoids were evaluated in vivo in a murine model of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Daily oral doses of quercetin 3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl (1-->2)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside, quercetin 3-O-alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside, and free quercetin (16 mg/kg body weight) all were able to control the lesion growth caused by Leishmania amazonensis and to significantly reduce parasite load. These flavonoids were as effective as the crude K. pinnata aqueous extract given at 320 mg/kg body weight. HPLC-DAD-MS analysis of the plasma of extract-treated mice suggested that quercetin and quercetin glucuronides are the main metabolites of K. pinnata quercetin glycosides. Our results indicate that K. pinnata quercetin glycosides are important active components of the aqueous extract and that they possess potent oral efficacy against cutaneous leishmaniasis.

  13. Potential Health Risks Posed by Plant-Derived Cumulative Neurotoxic Bufadienolides in South Africa

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    Christo Botha

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Bufadienolide-type cardiac glycosides have a worldwide distribution and are mainly synthesized by plants, but there are also animal sources. In South Africa, members of three genera of the Crassulaceae (Cotyledon, Tylecodon and Kalanchoe cause a unique chronic form of cardiac glycoside poisoning, predominantly in small stock. This paretic/paralytic condition is referred to as “krimpsiekte”, cotyledonosis or “nenta”. “Krimpsiekte” is a plant poisoning only reported from South Africa and is regarded as the most important plant poisoning of small stock in the semi-arid Little Karoo and southern fringes of the Great Karoo. The toxicosis is caused by cumulative bufadienolides which have neurotoxic properties. Four types of cumulative neurotoxic bufadienolides, namely cotyledoside, and the tyledosides, orbicusides and lanceotoxins, have been isolated. Based on the structure activity relationships and certain toxicokinetic parameters possible reasons for their accumulation are presented. Consumption of edible tissues from animals that have ingested these plants poses a potential risk to humans.

  14. Transformation of medicinal plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens

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    Katarzyna Bandurska

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available For many years attempts are made to develop efficient methods for transformation of medicinal plants via Agrobacterium tumefaciens. It is a soil bacteria which possess a natural ability to infect plants in places of injures which results in arise of cancerous growths (crown gall. This is possible thanks a transfer of fragment of Ti plasmid into plant cells and stable integration with a plant genome. Efficiency of medicinal plant transformation depends on many factors for example: Agrobacterium strain, methods and procedures of transformation as well as on plant species, type and age of the explants and regeneration conditions. The main goal of plant transformation is to increase the amount of naturally occurring bioactive compounds and the production of biopharmaceuticals. Genetic plant transformation via bacteria of the genus Agrobacterium is a complex process which requires detailed analysis of incorporated transgene expression and occurs only in the case when the plant cell acquires the ability to regenerate. In many cases, the regeneration efficiency observed in medicinal plants are inefficient after applied transformation procedures. To date there have been attempts of genetic transformation by using A. tumefaciens of medicinal plants belonging to the families: Apocynaceae, Araceae, Araliaceae, Asphodelaceae, Asteraceae, Begoniaceae, Crassulaceae, Fabaceae, Lamiaceae, Linaceae, Papaveraceae, Plantaginaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Solanaceae.

  15. [Stigma related to HIV/AIDS associated with adherence to antiretroviral therapy in patients of a public hospital in Lima, Peru 2014].

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    Zafra-Tanaka, Jessica Hanae; Ticona-Chavez, Eduardo

    2016-01-01

    To determine the level of stigma related to HIV/AIDS and its association with adherence to antiretroviral therapy (HAART). A cross-sectional study that included adult patients which were part of the HAART program during at least 6 months. Stigma was defined as the loss of value of the person infected with HIV according to Berger scale and treatment adherence as the correct consume of medications which were measured with the Simplified Medication Adherence Questionnaire. Poisson regression test was used to calculate the prevalence ratios (PR) of associated factors. The results of 339 surveys were analyzed. 74% were male and the median age was 39 years (Interquartile Range [IQR]: 16). High stigma was found in 25,4% of respondents, moderate in 47,5%. A reduction of 10 points in the Berger scale was associated with an increase of 5% in adherence to HAART in men (adjusted PR[aPR]: 0.95; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.91-0.99), and 7% in women (aPR: 0.92; 95% CI: 0.87-0.98). There is a high level of stigma related to HIV/AIDS and is associated with the lack of adherence to HAART according to gender. We recommend interventions aimed at reducing stigma related to status disclosure in women and related to public attitudes in men.

  16. Lightning severity in Malaysia and some parameters of interest for engineering applications

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    Ab-Kadir Mohd Zainal Abidin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available To the electric utility engineer, the parameters of the flash that are of primary interest are the crest current for the first and subsequent strokes, the waveshape of these currents, correlation between the parameters, the number of strokes per flash and flash incidence rates where the ground flash density, denoted as flashes per square km-year and symbolized by Ng. The first three parameters, as we know them today, are to a very large extent based on the measurements of Berger. Berger's masts, 70 and 80 meters high, were mounted atop Mt. San Salvatore (Switzerland, which is 650 meters above Lake Lugano, where it can be readily noted that these 125 records represent one of the best and most extensive set of data available to the industry to date. This paper focuses on the lightning severity scenario in Malaysia, which could also applicable to other tropic countries, and some of the useful parameters for lightning protection system design and forensic study. Some specific engineering applications have also been summarised, taking into account various lightning parameters, available from past and current measurements available.

  17. HIV stigma: perceptions from HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients in a community dental clinic

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    Steven Toth

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. In the medical sense, stigma has been defined as the collection of negative attitudes and beliefs that are directed at people living with a particular condition or disease process. A cohort study was conducted to explore the HIV stigma that is perceived by HIV-positive individuals versus that perceived by the general population within a community-based dental clinic. Methods. Two separate and independent cross-sectional surveys, the Berger Stigma Scale and the Rutgers-Modified Berger Stigma Scale, were employed in order to analyze the stigma factors of an HIV-positive population versus an HIV-negative general population, respectively. The HIV stigma factors studied included personalized stigma, disclosure concerns, negative self-image, and concern with public attitudes. Results. The total stigma scale scores for the studied HIV-positive population were significantly lower than the total stigma scale scores for the studied HIV-negative population (P < 0.05. Conclusion. Interestingly, there is a misplaced expectation by the general population that HIV-positive individuals experience more stigma than the HIV-positive population in the clinic actually reported. Interventions to reduce HIV stigma should be an integral component of comprehensive care for all patients.

  18. PENELOPE-2008 Monte Carlo simulation of gamma exposure induced by 60Co and NORM-radionuclides in closed geometries

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    Merk, R.; Kröger, H.; Edelhäuser-Hornung, L.; Hoffmann, B.

    2013-01-01

    We present Monte Carlo simulations of the gamma exposure in closed rooms made of steel or concrete and contaminated by 60 Co or NORM radionuclides. The computer code PENELOPE-2008 (Salvat et al., 2009) was used. Our simulations for 60 Co suggest considering detailed Monte Carlo simulations in future recommendations on clearance and exemption of materials with low radioactivity. For NORM nuclides our calculations suggest that Monte Carlo simulations are a possible alternative in case a material fails the dose rate criteria by using the RP 112 screening method. - Highlights: • PENELOPE-2008 was used for Monte Carlo simulations of gamma exposure in closed rooms made of steel or concrete. • Findings support introducing IAEA SR 44 activity concentration value of 0.1 Bq/g as exemption value for 60 Co. • PENELOPE-2008 calculations show good agreement with a density corrected Berger model for dose rate calculations concerning NORM building materials. • Monte Carlo calculations or a density corrected Berger model could be used to modify the model suggested in RP 112

  19. Esporte e sociologia

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    Mauro Betti

    1989-01-01

    Full Text Available Grosseiramente, podemos definir a Sociologia como a Ciência que estuda as relações sociais entre os homens, ou seja, como ales se organizam socialmente para produzir bens, para transmitir cultura e para garantir a sobrevivência e a reprodução da própria sociedade, analisando tanto a estabilidade como a mudança social. Algumas formas sociais, que se tornam relativamente duradouras numa certa cultura e num certo período histórico (Buckley, 1971 e que atendem a certos requisitos são chamadas de Instituições Sociais (Berger & Berger, 1980. Dentre alas podemos incluir o Esporte, considerado uma instituição social autônoma no mundo moderno, diferentemente das sociedades erroneamente chamadas "primitivas", onde jogos e práticas corporais estavam intimamente associadas a religião (Lüschen & Weis, 1979. O esporte moderno tem sua organização própria, normas, valores e autoridades, aos quais os participantes tem que se sujeitar.

  20. Jornalismo e realidade: da necessidade social de notícia

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    Felipe Simão Pontes

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Peter Berger e Thomas Luckmann, em A construção social da realidade (de 1966, e John Searle, em Mente, linguagem e sociedade (de 1998, estão preocupados em estabelecer como a realidade social é instituída. Esta problemática traz complexidade para o campo do jornalismo, quando pensado como instituição dessa mesma realidade. O esforço deste texto é duplo: aproximar os conceitos e a estrutura argumentativa de Berger e Luckmann dos de Searle e pensar o jornalismo como uma instituição plena, historicamente fundada e que, por isso, não apenas institui a realidade social, mas também é instituído por ela. Com base no pressuposto de que o jornalismo se sustenta na linguagem para compor a realidade da notícia, discutiremos aqui a necessidade social de notícia, considerando como o jornalismo é instituído e reconhecido socialmente e como ele se organiza e interioriza suas funções interferindo na realidade social.

  1. Age of distrust: industry counters with an army of PR specialists, consultation consultants and 'brand' marketers

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    Georg, A.

    2002-03-04

    The part that public relations and community consultation plays in the oil and natural gas industry is discussed. Contemporary practices date back to 1974 when Justice Berger began his inquiry into the feasibility of building a pipeline in northern Canada. He discovered two vehemently opposing viewpoints. Whereas the Territorial Council, favoring the pipeline, claimed to speak for all northerners, aboriginal organizations opposed the pipeline without a settlement of land claims first. Because of these conflicting claims Justice Berger decided that northern residents should be able to speak for themselves. He held hearings in 35 communities from Sachs Harbour to Fort Smith in addition to hearing submissions from 300 experts on northern conditions and environments. Thereafter, the process of public consultation was entrenched, until today no major development or construction project can be undertaken without a serious public relations component being part of the process. A case history of Alliance Pipeline Ltd's exhaustive public consultation campaign during the planning stages of the pipeline project is described to illustrate the extent and complexities of the process. In the event, the project succeeded because the company spared no effort to consult and to gain the approval of 99.5 per cent of the 6,000 landowners who were affected by the route.

  2. Early history of electroencephalography and establishment of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.

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    Stone, James L; Hughes, John R

    2013-02-01

    The field of electroencephalography (EEG) had its origin with the discovery of recordable electrical potentials from activated nerves and muscles of animals and in the last quarter of the 19th century from the cerebral cortex of animals. By the 1920s, Hans Berger, a neuropsychiatrist from Germany, recorded potentials from the scalp of patients with skull defects and, a few years later, with more sensitive equipment from intact subjects. Concurrently, the introduction of electronic vacuum tube amplification and the cathode ray oscilloscope was made by American physiologists or "axonologists," interested in peripheral nerve recordings. Berger's findings were independently confirmed in early 1934 by Lord Adrian in England and by Hallowell Davis at Harvard, in the United States. In the United States, the earliest contributions to human EEG were made by Hallowell Davis, Herbert H. Jasper, Frederic A. Gibbs, William Lennox, and Alfred L. Loomis. Remarkable progress in the development of EEG as a useful clinical tool followed the 1935 report by the Harvard group on the electrographic and clinical correlations in patients with absence (petit mal) seizures and altered states of consciousness. Technical aspects of the EEG and additional clinical EEG correlations were elucidated by the above investigators and a number of others. Further study led to gatherings of the EEG pioneers at Loomis' laboratory in New York (1935-1939), Regional EEG society formation, and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society in 1946.

  3. APRENDER A MIRAR: LA MUJER COMO SUJETO ACTIVO DE LA REPRESENTACIÓN

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    Oihana Garro Larrañaga

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analiza la realidad como un contexto repleto de imágenes sobre el que se debe pensar de forma crítica. La visualidad dominante es resultado de la realidad política, por ello concebimos la mirada como una mirada política; en este contexto, consideramos la necesidad de pensar desde una perspectiva crítica y feminista. A partir de dos textos: "Placer visual y cine narrativo", de Laura Mulvey, y Modos de ver de John Berger, se hace una aproximación a dos de las críticas más significativas a los estereotipos de la mujer en la representación visual. Y también, a partir de la hipótesis que Berger plantea, se analiza la posibilidad de representar a una mujer desnuda, que aun desnuda cimbra la concepción de la mujer como un objeto de contemplación. Para ello es necesario derrumbar la idea del cuerpo triunfante y sustituirlo por el cuerpo abyecto.

  4. Students Use VLA to Make Startling Brown-Dwarf Discovery

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    A group of summer students making a long-shot astronomical gamble with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Very Large Array (VLA) have found the first radio emission ever detected from a brown dwarf, an enigmatic object that is neither a star nor a planet, but something in between. Their surprising discovery is forcing experts to re-think their theories about how brown dwarfs work. The Very Large Array "Many astronomers are surprised at this discovery, because they didn't expect such strong radio emission from this object," said Shri Kulkarni, a Caltech professor who was on the team that first discovered a brown dwarf in 1995, and advisor to one of the students. "What is so cool is that this is research that probably nobody else would have tried to do because of its low chance of success. That made it ideal for summer students -- we had almost nothing to lose," said Kate Becker, a student at Oberlin College in Ohio. "The radio emission these students discovered coming from this brown dwarf is 10,000 times stronger than anyone expected," said Dale Frail, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, NM. "This student project is going to open up a whole new area of research for the VLA," Frail added. The students, in addition to Becker, are: Edo Berger from Caltech; Steven Ball from New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM; Melanie Clarke from Carleton College in Northfield, MN; Therese Fukuda from the University of Denver; Ian Hoffman from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; Richard Mellon from The Pennsylvania State University; Emmanuel Momjian from the University of Kentucky; Nathanial Murphy from Amherst College in Amherst, MA; Stacey Teng from the University of Maryland; Timothy Woodruff from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX; Ashley Zauderer from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA; and Robert Zavala from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Frail also is an author of the research paper, published in the March

  5. Abundance and diversity of aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in lakes exposed to Chernobyl-derived ionising radiation

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    Murphy, J.F. [NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB (United Kingdom); Nagorskaya, L.L. [Institute of Zoology NAS Belarus, 27, Academicheskaya st., 220072, Minsk (Belarus); Smith, J.T., E-mail: Jim.Smith@port.ac.uk [School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Burnaby Bldg, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QL (United Kingdom)

    2011-07-15

    Littoral (lake shore) macroinvertebrate communities were studied in eight natural lakes affected by fallout from the Chernobyl accident. The lakes spanned a range in {sup 137}Cs contamination from 100 to 15500 kBq m{sup -2} and estimated external dose rates ranged from 0.13 to 30.7 {mu}Gy h{sup -1}. General linear models were used to assess whether abundance of individuals, taxon richness, Berger-Parker dominance and Shannon-Wiener diversity varied across the lakes. Step-wise multiple regressions were used to relate variation in total abundance, taxon richness, Berger-Parker dominance, Shannon-Wiener diversity, taxon richness within major groups of macroinvertebrates and abundance of the more common individual taxa to the measured environmental characteristics (conductivity, pH, total hardness and phosphate; lake area, lake maximum depth and total external dose) of the lakes. No evidence was found in this study that the ecological status of lake communities has been influenced by radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl accident. Indeed, the most contaminated lake, Glubokoye, contained the highest richness of aquatic invertebrates. Taxon richness in the eight study lakes varied from 22 (Svyatskoe no. 7) to 42 (Glubokoye) which spans a range typical for uncontaminated lakes in the region. Since {sup 90}Sr is readily-absorbed by Mollusca, estimated dose rates to this group exceeded those for other invertebrate groups in two lakes (Perstok and Glubokoye). However this study found no association between mollusc diversity or abundance of individual snail species and variation between lakes in the external radiation dose. Indeed Glubokoye, the lake most contaminated by {sup 90}Sr, had the highest richness of freshwater snails per sample (an average of 8.9 taxa per sample). - Highlights: > We studied the effect of radiation on macroinvertebrates in Chernobyl affected lakes. > Abundance, taxon richness, Berger-Parker dominance, Shannon-Wiener diversity evaluated. > No

  6. Biología reproductiva de cinco especies ornitófilas en un fragmento de bosque caducifolio secundario en Venezuela

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    Full Text Available La biología floral, biología de polinización y sistema de apareamiento fueron estudiados en dos especies nativas y tres especies introducidas presentes en un fragmento de bosque caducifolio secundario en Venezuela. Todas las especies estudiadas presentaron corolas tubulares, largas y estrechas; predominando los colores rojos. La antesis de todas las especies fue diurna, entre las 04:00 y las 11:00. La producción de néctar fue alta, excepto para Salvia coccinea (Lamiaceae (nativa. Nicotiana glauca (Solanaceae (nativa y Erythrina mitis (Fabaceae (introducida compartían sus polinizadores Chlorostilbon mellisugus y Amazilia tobaci (Apodiformes, Throchilidae. S. coccinea recibió visitas legítimas de Heliconius erato (Lepidóptera. Kalanchöe daigremontiana y K. pinnata (Crassulaceae (exóticas no recibieron ninguna visita legítima. Todas las especies fueron hermafroditas. K. daigremontiana y K. pinnata resultaron xenógamas obligadas; mientras S. coccinea, N. glauca y E. mitis resultaron parcialmente autocompatibles no autógamas. Las cinco especies mostraron una alta a-signación de biomasa total con respecto a otros sistemas de polinización. La a-signación de biomasa reproductiva fue siempre menor a las asignaciones de biomasa de atracción y de biomasa vegetativa floral. La asignación de biomasa masculina fue mayor que la femenina para N. glauca, S. coccinea y E. mitis, y menor para K. daigremontiana y K. pinnata. Las especies introducidas no parecen afectar notoriamente las eficiencias reproductivas de las especies nativas. Las eficiencias reproductivas de las especies nativas fueron superiores a las de las especies introducidas. Las eficiencias reproductivas de las especies introducidas resultaron bajas, debido a que se encuentran afectadas por la ausencia de sus polinizadores naturales.The floral biology, the pollination biology and the mating system were studied in two native and three introduced species of an arboretum in

  7. Atividade antiulcerogênica do extrato aquoso da Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz Antiulcerogenic activity of aqueous extract from Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz

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    Full Text Available Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz pertence a família Crassulaceae e é conhecida vulgarmente como coirama, folha-da-fortuna, ou folha-do-ar, sendo usada popularmente como antifúngico, no tratamento da hipertensão, em úlceras e em inflamações. O presente estudo objetivou analisar a atividade antiulcerogênica do extrato aquoso das folhas de Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz em modelo de úlcera gástrica induzida por indometacina em Rattus norvegicus, machos (150 a 250 g com idade de 70 dias. Os animais receberam por via oral: água, extrato aquoso de Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz (1 e 2 g Kg-1 ou ranitidina (60 mg Kg-1 , fármaco com ação gastroprotetora conhecida que atua bloqueando os receptores de histamina H2. Após uma hora dos tratamentos, todos animais receberam indometacina via intraperitoneal. Os resultados demonstraram que o extrato aquoso da Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz possui ação gastroprotetora; na dose de 1 g Kg-1 inibiu 45,49% o índice de ulceração induzido pela indometacina, e, na dose de 2 g Kg-1, inibiu 49,50%. Sugere-se o envolvimento de vários mecanismos na ação gastroprotetora dessa planta e não somente uma possível participação das prostaglandinas nesse efeito. Estudos futuros com diferentes modelos de indução de úlcera gástrica tornam-se necessários para melhor avaliar a atividade antiulcerogênica do extrato aquoso de Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz.Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz belongs to the family Crassulaceae, is popularly known as "coirama", "folha-da-fortuna", or "folha-do-ar" and has been commonly used as antifungal, in the treatment of hypertension, ulcers and inflammation. The present study aimed to analyze the antiulcerogenic activity of aqueous extract from the leaves of Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam. Kurz using indomethacin-induced gastric ulcer models in Rattus norvegicus, males (150-250 g aged 70 days old. The animals received by the oral route: water, aqueous extract from

  8. Expansão e ativismo político de grupos evangélicos conservadores: secularização e pluralismo em debate

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    Mariano, Ricardo

    2016-01-01

    O artigo parte da apresentação e análise crítica de O dossel sagrado, livro de Peter Berger que completa 50 anos em 2017, para discutir aspectos do debate e da revisão acadêmicos da teoria da secularização e do pluralismo cultural e religioso. Enfoca a relação entre secularização, pluralismo e expansão de grupos  evangélicos conservadores, por meio do exame de sua identidade subcultural e de seu ativismo político conservador . This paper departs from the presentation and critical analysis ...

  9. Assessment and comparison of methods for solar ultraviolet radiation measurements

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    1995-06-01

    In the study, the different methods to measure the solar ultraviolet radiation are compared. The methods included are spectroradiometric, erythemally weighted broadband and multi-channel measurements. The comparison of the different methods is based on a literature review and assessments of optical characteristics of the spectroradiometer Optronic 742 of the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) and of the erythemally weighted Robertson-Berger type broadband radiometers Solar Light models 500 and 501 of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and STUK. An introduction to the sources of error in solar UV measurements, to methods for radiometric characterization of UV radiometers together with methods for error reduction are presented. Reviews on experiences from world-wide UV monitoring efforts and instrumentation as well as on the results from international UV radiometer intercomparisons are also presented. (62 refs.)

  10. Cosmological AMR MHD with Enzo

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    Xu, Hao [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Li, Hui [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Li, Shengtai [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

    In this work, we present EnzoMHD, the extension of the cosmological code Enzoto include magnetic fields. We use the hyperbolic solver of Li et al. (2008) for the computation of interface fluxes. We use constrained transport methods of Balsara & Spicer (1999) and Gardiner & Stone (2005) to advance the induction equation, the reconstruction technique of Balsara (2001) to extend the Adaptive Mesh Refinement of Berger & Colella (1989) already used in Enzo, though formulated in a slightly different way for ease of implementation. This combination of methods preserves the divergence of the magnetic field to machine precision. We use operator splitting to include gravity and cosmological expansion. We then present a series of cosmological and non cosmologjcal tests problems to demonstrate the quality of solution resulting from this combination of solvers.

  11. Results from a hadron jet experiment at √s = 19.4 and 27.4 GeV

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    Arenton, M.W.; Chen, H.F.; Corcoran, M.

    1984-01-01

    In Fermilab experiment E609 we have studied the production of high p/sub t/ hadron jets by beams of protons at 200 and 400 GeV/c and pions at 200 GeV/c. Results for the single-jet and di-jet cross sections are given and are compared to QCD predictions. Leading-particle charge ratios from di-jet events are given and compared to QCD-motivated predictions. Evidence is presented concerning a higher twist effect in πp interactions as predicted by Berger and Brodsky. Preliminary results on high transverse energy events from nuclear targets are given. Finally, we present comparisons of our pp high E/sub t/ data with predictions from two Monte Carlo models. 12 references

  12. The future of ASET and electroneurodiagnostic technology.

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    Mullikin, Lynn E

    2009-06-01

    The electroneurodiagnostics of the future will unfold from key factors that contribute to the growth and maturation of specialized diagnostic technologies in health care. Our unique business portfolio is the collection of services that make up electroneurodiagnostic technology. More than 100 years after Hans Berger first described EEG, electroencephalography may recapture the attention and imagination of research fourfold. And the attention that our profession directs toward education, professional growth, utilization of the technology, relating to the transdisciplinary team, and research will be our stake in the ground to become the pre-eminent diagnostic technology in the future. There is clear strategic direction for the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc. (ASET) because the society is fundamentally interlaced with the architecture of electroneurodiagnostic technology and neuroscience.

  13. Ekonomi Politik Perminyakan Indonesia: Analisis Kebijakan Liberalisasi Sektor Hulu Migas Indonesia pasca-1998

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    Ahmad Rizky Mardhatillah Umar

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    Full Text Available In the early of 2012, The Government of Indonesia launched a policy proposal remove fuel price subsidy and raise its price up to Rp 6.000. This proposal was followed by mass protests from student, labor, and civil society movement in many provinces. These protest, which was supported by opposition party in parliament (PDIP, Gerindra, and Hanura, ended up with a political compromy at the House of Representative plenary session: The government has opportunity to adjust fuel prices with ‘international oil price’ of Indonesian Crude Price (ICP rises or falls around 15% in 6 months. Why do the fuel pricing scheme become very dependent with international oil price which is very oligopolistic (Berger dkk, 1988? Is it a part of the oligarchy consolidation in Indonesia (Robison dkk, 2004? This paper will try to answer this question by analyzing the political economy of Post-1998 Indonesian oil sector management.

  14. Solar ultraviolet radiation in Syria measurements and relationship with skin cancer incidence

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    Othman, I; Baydon, S.A.; Dawood, S.

    1994-11-01

    Seasonal variations of solar UVB (285-320) and UVA (320-400) were measured in three sites in Syria (33-37 N sup O) for two years: 1992-1993. UVB measurements were performed using polysulphone films and Robertson-Berger meter, while UVA measurements were done by NVA intensity meter. Two sets of measurements were carried out : - Maximal daily doses three times a week (every other day) - Diurnal variations from sun-rise to sun-set every two hours twice a month (every fortnight). The biological consequences of ultraviolet radiation withreference to some epidemiological data of skin cancer incidence in Syria since 1980 were discussed .(author). 36 refs., 21 figs., 11 tabs

  15. FLORISTIC AND PHYTOCOENOTIC BIODIVERSITY OF PROTECTED AREA NEMTENI (R. MOLDOVA

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    Full Text Available Protected area Nemţeni is situated in the bottom-grassland of the river Prut have the area of 20,9 ha and, attributed to the ecosystems which consist of Salix alba, Populus alba, Quercus robur. The investigations done during 2003-2006 periods had the target of study the floristic and phytocoenotic composition, elaborate optimal measures of biosafety and sustainable use. 168 species of vascular plant, classified in 46 fam. and 129 gen. were identified. 9 species of rare plants being on high endangered level were determined. Floristic composition from the biologic, ecologic, geographic, economic, cariologic point of view was analyzed. Vegetal community of 5 associations were attributed to Salicetum albae-fragilis Issler 1926; Populetum albae-Fraxinosum bessarabicum Borza 1937; Pruno spinosae-Crataegetum Soó 1931; Trifolio repenti-Lolietum Krippelova 1967; Lolio-Plantaginetum majoris (Linkola 1921 Berger 1930.

  16. AS PALAVRAS E AS IMAGENS: UMA ARQUEOLOGIA DA PINTURA EM FOUCAULT

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    Rodrigo Castro Orellana

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    Full Text Available The article studies the importance of the visual experience over the thought of Michel Foucault. It is discussed, in this sense, the articulation of painting as a thematic focus in different moments of his philosophical research from an archeological approach that analyzes the way of operating as well as the discontinuities of four paintings: "The Ship of Fools" by El Bosco, "Las Meninas" by Velázquez, "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" by Manet and "The Balcony" by Magritte. Finally, it is introduced a general reflexion on the matter of the look, power, endurance and writing in Foucault from the works of Martin Jay and Michel De Certeau.

  17. Calculation of Bremsstrahlung energy spectrum induced by beta ray

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    Fukano, S

    2003-01-01

    Bremsstrahlung energy spectra induced by beta ray from radionuclides sup 3 H, sup 6 sup 3 Ni, sup 1 sup 4 C, sup 1 sup 4 sup 7 Pm, sup 9 sup 0 Sr, sup 3 sup 2 P and sup 9 sup 0 Y are calculated by using numerical data of radiation yield published by Berger et. al. and compared with those obtained from classical approximate expressions of Wu and Segre. The results for sup 3 H, sup 6 sup 3 Ni, sup 1 sup 4 C and sup 1 sup 4 sup 7 Pm are in good agreement with those from Segre's, while spectra from such as sup 3 sup 2 P and sup 9 sup 0 Y are similar to those obtained by using Wu's expression. The result for sup 9 sup 0 Sr is in fair agreement with those from Wu's and Segre's.

  18. Developing pharmacy student communication skills through role-playing and active learning.

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    Luiz Adrian, Julie Ann; Zeszotarski, Paula; Ma, Carolyn

    2015-04-25

    To evaluate the impact on pharmacy students of a communication course, which used role-playing to develop active-learning skills. Students role-playing pharmacists in patient care scenarios were critiqued by students and pharmacist faculty members. Grading was performed using the rubric inspired by Bruce Berger's Communication Skills for Pharmacists. Written skills were evaluated using student written critique questionnaires. Students completed precourse and postcourse self-assessment surveys. Preceptor evaluations were analyzed for course impact. Students demonstrated improvement in oral skills based on role-play scores (45.87/50) after practice sessions. The average score based on the student questionnaire was 9.31/10. Gain was demonstrated in all defined course objectives. Impact on introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) communication objectives was insignificant. Student evaluations for course and teaching strategy reflected a high average. Study results demonstrated improvement in oral and written communication skills that may help improve interprofessional teamwork between pharmacists and other health care providers.

  19. Living in the Presence of an Absence. The Puzzling Holocaust Legacy of the American Post-Holocaust Generation

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    Full Text Available This article deals with second-generation Holocaust literature, i.e. writings belonging to the generation born after the Holocaust and grown up in its aftermath. Specifically I dwell on two considerably different Jewish-American novels, which reflect two different natures of Holocaust inheritance and, hence, two distinct paths, featuring second-generation Holocaust literature: Thane Rosenbaum’s Second-Hand Smoke (1999 and Irene Dische’s Pious Secrets (1991. My understanding of these narratives is grounded in the cultural distinction between particularist and universalist second-generation Holocaust writers outlined by Alan Berger in Children of Job, American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust (1997. The argument that I present interprets Rosenbaum’s novel as a particularist depiction of the Holocaust legacy, whereas Dische’s book is associated to a universalist perspective towards this event and its inheritance.

  20. La laideur d'un dieu

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    Olender, Maurice

    2009-01-01

    Priape est un dieu solitaire. À peine né, il est abandonné par sa mère, la Belle Aphrodite. Elle le rejette, le renie et se détourne de lui en raison de sa laideur due à une malformation congénitale : Priape a en effet un membre viril exorbitant, un phallus rigide, toujours immobile, qui souffre d'une taille mal proportionnée à l'ensemble de son corps d'enfant. Dans d'autres récits, sa mère, plus violente encore, saisit le nourrisson et le lance dans la montagne – où un bon berger le trouve e...

  1. La luz en la arquitectura islámica: Mezquita del Rey Abdul-Aziz y Abu-Bakr

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    Sánchez Lucas, Alejandra

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    John Berger escribía en su libro Algunos pasos hacia una pequeña teoría de lo visible que no conocía nada más triste que el animal que se ha quedado ciego, y es que la razón de ser de lo visible es el ojo, y la posibilidad de ver viene dada por la existencia de una luz que lo ilumine. La luz natural ha sido siempre un elemento básico y fundamental en la vida cotidiana. Los rayos del sol nos aportan luz y energía, al mismo tiempo que nos permiten conocer el medio que nos rodea. Además de su...

  2. Electromagnetic Gowdy universe

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    Charach, C.

    1979-01-01

    Following Gowdy and Berger we construct an inhomogeneous closed electromagnetic universe with three-torus topology. This model is obtained as a result of the homogeneity breaking in the electromagnetic Bianchi type-I universe and contains interacting gravitational and electromagnetic waves. This cosmological solution provides an exactly solvable model for the study of the nonlinear fully relativistic regime of coupled electromagnetic and gravitational fields in the early universe. The asymptotic behavior is considered (i) in the vicinity of the initial singularity and (ii) in the high-frequency limit. It is shown that the effects of coupling between electromagnetic and gravitational waves cause an evolution which is significantly different from that of the vacuum model. The influence of the primordial homogeneous electromagnetic field on the dynamics of the model is also discussed

  3. Post-transplant distal limb syndrome

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    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The post-transplant distal limb syndrome is a not well known entity, with a prevalence of 5% in patients with renal transplant. Its diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms, bone scintigraphy and MRI, it has a benign course and the patient recovers without sequel. We present the case of a 37-year-old male, with medical history of hypertension, Berger's disease in 1999 that required dialysis three times a week for four years (2009-2013 and renal transplant in 2013. The patient consults on January 2014 referring severe pain in both feet, with sudden onset; he remembers the exact date of the beginning of the pain and denies trauma, pain prevents ambulation. The bone scintigraphy shows pathological uptake in both feet with no difference between the two. Although there is no treatment for this disease, it has a benign course

  4. The Discovery of a Hyperluminal Source in the Radio Afterglow of GRB 030329

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    Dado, Shlomo; De Rújula, Alvaro; Dado, Shlomo; Dar, Arnon

    2004-01-01

    Taylor, Frail, Berger and Kulkarni have made precise VLBI measurements of the size and position of the source of the radio afterglow of GRB 030329. They report a size evolution compatible with standard fireball models, proper motion limits inconsistent with the cannonball model, and a double source, i.e. "an additional compact component" on day 51 after the GRB, totally unexpected in the standard models. We outline a consistent interpretation of the ensemble of the data in the realm of the cannonball model. The observed double source is a radio image of the two cannonballs required in this model to explain the gamma-ray and optical light curves of this GRB; their separation agrees with the expectation. Thus interpreted, the observation of the two sources --separated by a "hyperluminal" distance-- is a major discovery in astrophysics: it pins down the origin of GRBs.

  5. Habituación e institucionalización del aprovechamiento y la conservación forestal comunitaria

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    Mauricio Pablo Cervantes Salas

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo expone los mecanismos históricos de producción del campo de la conservación forestal comunitaria en un ejido ubicado en la Reserva de la Biosfera de la Mariposa Monarca, caracterizado por el buen manejo de su bosque. Mediante la teoría de los campos de Bourdieu, y los conceptos de habituación e institucionalización de Berger y Luckmann, se analizó la trayectoria histórica de este ejido en el manejo exitoso de sus bosques. Los resultados sugieren que la formación colectiva del capital cultural fue central para la producción del campo de la conservación forestal comunitaria.

  6. Hardware enhance of brain computer interfaces

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    Wu, Jerry; Szu, Harold; Chen, Yuechen; Guo, Ran; Gu, Xixi

    2015-05-01

    The history of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) starts with Hans Berger's discovery of the electrical activity of the human brain and the development of electroencephalography (EEG). Recent years, BCI researches are focused on Invasive, Partially invasive, and Non-invasive BCI. Furthermore, EEG can be also applied to telepathic communication which could provide the basis for brain-based communication using imagined speech. It is possible to use EEG signals to discriminate the vowels and consonants embedded in spoken and in imagined words and apply to military product. In this report, we begin with an example of using high density EEG with high electrode density and analysis the results by using BCIs. The BCIs in this work is enhanced by A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board with optimized two dimension (2D) image Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis.

  7. The effect of proposed software products' features on the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of potential customers

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    Hussain, Azham; Mkpojiogu, Emmanuel O. C.; Yusof, Muhammad Mat

    2016-08-01

    This paper reports the effect of proposed software products features on the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of potential customers of proposed software products. Kano model's functional and dysfunctional technique was used along with Berger et al.'s customer satisfaction coefficients. The result shows that only two features performed the most in influencing the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of would-be customers of the proposed software product. Attractive and one-dimensional features had the highest impact on the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of customers. This result will benefit requirements analysts, developers, designers, projects and sales managers in preparing for proposed products. Additional analysis showed that the Kano model's satisfaction and dissatisfaction scores were highly related to the Park et al.'s average satisfaction coefficient (r=96%), implying that these variables can be used interchangeably or in place of one another to elicit customer satisfaction. Furthermore, average satisfaction coefficients and satisfaction and dissatisfaction indexes were all positively and linearly correlated.

  8. Cell scientist to watch - Kevin Corbett.

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    Kevin Corbett graduated in biology and biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He then went to the University of California, Berkeley, to work on the structure and function of DNA topoisomerases in bacteria and archaea for his PhD with James Berger. In 2005, he moved to the laboratory of Stephen Harrison at Harvard Medical School for his postdoctoral work on kinetochore structure and function, particularly the yeast monopolin complex, which promotes proper chromosome segregation in the first meiotic division. Kevin started his own research group at UC San Diego and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in 2011. He received a Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award in 2012. His current research interests include the molecular mechanisms of homologous chromosome pairing in meiosis I, spindle assembly checkpoint regulation in mitosis and meiosis, and how misregulation of meiotic genes can contribute to carcinogenesis. © 2017. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  9. Do turista ao viajante: um olhar em trânsito nas fotografias de Luiz Carlos Felizardo

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    Lucas de Toledo Martins

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo se propõe a problematizar a relação homem-meio ambiente, relacionando-a com o conceito de viagem a partir da análise de parte da exposição intitulada Em trânsito, do arquiteto e fotógrafo Luiz Carlos Felizardo. As imagens foram feitas livremente por ele durante suas férias na França e, por isso, o fotógrafo afirmou que não teve a intenção de realizar um ensaio sobre o país. No entanto, valemo-nos dos conceitos de John Berger, Michel Maffesoli e Alain de Botton para demonstrar que o modo de ver de Felizardo escapa às determinações superficiais de envolvimento com o lugar, ou seja, da concepção do turista.

  10. Rumänische Komponisten zwischen den "gemäßigten", den "radikalen" Moderne und der Postmoderne

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available (nemački Debatten um die Begriffe Tradition, Moderne, Avantgarde und Postmoderne, wie sie in der europäischen Exegese erscheinen, sind im rumänischen Raum nicht minder gegenwärtig. Die gemäßigte und die radikale Moderne sowie die Postmoderne werden in diesem Aufsatz auf ihre Verbindung zur Ideologie der rumänischen Musik untersucht. Zum einen werden zwei Richtungen derselben Generation beleuchtet: die "Moderierten" (P. Bentoiu W.G. Berger und die "Radikalen" (Şt. Niculescu, A. Stroe, A. Vieru, T. Olah M. Marbe, D. Constantinescu. Zum anderen wird nachvollzogen, wie sich einige "Radikale" auf den "postmodernen" Weg begeben. Diese Kategorien sind selbstverständlich vom ideologischen Kontext des kommunistischen Rumänien geprägt.

  11. Assessment and comparison of methods for solar ultraviolet radiation measurements

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    Leszczynski, K.

    1995-06-01

    In the study, the different methods to measure the solar ultraviolet radiation are compared. The methods included are spectroradiometric, erythemally weighted broadband and multi-channel measurements. The comparison of the different methods is based on a literature review and assessments of optical characteristics of the spectroradiometer Optronic 742 of the Finnish Centre for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (STUK) and of the erythemally weighted Robertson-Berger type broadband radiometers Solar Light models 500 and 501 of the Finnish Meteorological Institute and STUK. An introduction to the sources of error in solar UV measurements, to methods for radiometric characterization of UV radiometers together with methods for error reduction are presented. Reviews on experiences from world-wide UV monitoring efforts and instrumentation as well as on the results from international UV radiometer intercomparisons are also presented. (62 refs.).

  12. PERCUTANEOUS KIDNEY BIOPSY: eight years-experience

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    Castro, R.; Sequeira, M.; Faria, M.; Belmira, A.; Sampaio, S.; Roquete, P.; Silvestre, F.; Rocha, C.; Morgado, T.

    2004-01-01

    A biópsia renal constitui um instrumento fundamental para o diagnóstico e prognóstico de diversas patologias nefrológicas e sistémicas. No nosso Hospital a sua realização iniciou-se em 1994, tendo sido biopsado um doente com Doença de Berger. Até à data foram efectuadas 91 biópsias renais percutâneas com a seguinte distribuição anual: 1994 (n=3), 1995 (n=3), 1996 (n=3), 1997 (n=15), 1998 (n=5), 1999 (n=23), 2000 (n=13), 2001 (n=26) em 57 homens e 34 mulheres. Foi utilizada o...

  13. Electron dose-rate conversion factors for external exposure of the skin from uniformly deposited activity on the body surface

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    Kocher, D.C.; Eckerman, K.F.

    1987-01-01

    Dose-rate conversion factors have been calculated for external exposure of the skin from electrons emitted by sources that are deposited uniformly on the body surface. The dose-rate factors are obtained from electron scaled point kernels developed by Berger. The dose-rate factors are calculated at depths of 4, 8, and 40 mg cm-2 below the body surface as recommended by Whitton, and at a depth of 7 mg cm-2 as recommended in ICRP Publication 26 (ICRP77). The dependence of the dose-rate factors at selected depths on the energy of the emitted electrons is displayed. The dose-rate factors for selected radionuclides of potential importance in radiological assessments are tabulated

  14. Symposium: Does Cross-Cultural Philosophy Stand in Need of a Hermeneutic Expansion?

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    Douglas L. Berger

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Does cross-cultural philosophy stand in need of a hermeneutical expansion? In engaging with this question, the symposium focuses upon methodological issues salient to cross-cultural inquiry. Douglas L. Berger lays out the ground for the debate by arguing for a methodological approach, which is able to rectify the discipline’s colonial legacies and bridge the hermeneutical distance with its objects of study. From their own perspectives, Hans-Georg Moeller, Paul Roth and A. Raghuramaraju analyze whether such a processual and hermeneutically-sensitive approach can indeed open up new hermeneutic horizons. Their responses shed light upon cross-cultural philosophy’s continued embedment in Euroamerican professional philosophy and how the locality of its knowledge-seeking endeavors may indeed have repercussions on attempts to bridge temporal and spatial distances.

  15. Calculation of absorbed dose for skin contamination imparted by beta radiation through the VARSKIN modified code for 122 interesting isotopes for nuclear medicine, nuclear power plants and research

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    Alvarez R, J.T.

    1991-01-01

    In this work the implementation of a modification of the VARSKIN code for calculation of absorbed dose for contamination in skin imparted by external radiation fields generated by Beta emitting is presented. The modification consists on the inclusion of 47 isotopes of interest even Nuclear Plants for the dose evaluation in skin generated by 'hot particles'. The approach for to add these isotopes is the correlation parameter F and the average energy of the Beta particle, with relationship to those 75 isotopes of the original code. The methodology of the dose calculation of the VARSKIN code is based on the interpolation, (and integration of the interest geometries: punctual or plane sources), of the distribution functions scaled doses in water for beta and electrons punctual sources, tabulated by Berger. Finally a brief discussion of the results for their interpretation and use with purposes of radiological protection (dose insurance in relation to the considered biological effects) is presented

  16. Personnel management in electric utilities. Building blocks of an integrated concept of personnel management. Personalmanagement in Energieunternehmen. Bausteine eines integrierten Personalmanagement-Konzeptes

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    Kolks, U. (Roland Berger und Partner GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany))

    1992-07-01

    The enterprises of the energy industry supplying line-transmitted power are confronted with the task of adapting themselves to changing boundary conditions and scize the chances offered. Characteristic of the changes is, in particular, the introduction of elements of competition as intended by the Commission of the EC. In addition, tasks in eastern Germany must be solved, and timely attention to options in eastern Europe is necessary. All this calls for intensified thinking about the future and, in some sectors of the industry, reorientation. This is the situation that prompted Roland Berger and Partner to prepare a study on the subject of: 'Challenges to the energy industry in the 90s'. In the article, the author presents the results of the study concerning personnel management, subsequently pointing out how the framing of new concepts can be tackled. (orig.).

  17. Language community as an agent of individual’s socialization

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    2017-03-01

    In the article the analysis of the works of national and foreign researchers in sociolinguistics, sociology of language based on a common interpretation of the language community. Characterized the role of linguistic community in in the construction of social space in the context of the theory P.Berger and T. Lukman. Also the paper presents the analysis of the works of domestic and foreign social scientists who have studied the mechanisms and factors of a young person, her social conditioning. Sociological approach to the explanation of linguistic community as an agent of socialization of the individual is characterized. The authors considers that the notion is interlinked with the categories of linguistic situation, linguistic identity, linguistic picture of the world and linguistic processes. The paper interprets the state of linguistic community depending on the state of languages in society.

  18. Clean Economy, Living Planet. The Race to the Top of Global Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing

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    Van der Slot, A.; Van den Berg, W. [Roland Berger Strategy Consultants RBSC, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2012-05-15

    For four years, WWF and Roland Berger have tracked developments in the global clean energy technology (cleantech) sector and ranked countries according to their cleantech sales. The 3rd annual 'Clean Economy, Living Planet' report ranks 40 countries based on the 2011 sales value of the clean energy technology products they manufacture. The report shows that the EU has lost its position to China as the leader in the fast growing global cleantech energy manufacturing sector. However, when cleantech sales are weighted as a percentage of GDP, Denmark and Germany occupied the first and third position globally. Last year the sector's global sales value rose by 10% to almost 200 billion euros, close to the scale of consumer electronics manufacturing. It is projected to overtake oil and gas equipment in the next three years.

  19. Riemannian geometry

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    Intended for a one year course, this text serves as a single source, introducing readers to the important techniques and theorems, while also containing enough background on advanced topics to appeal to those students wishing to specialize in Riemannian geometry. This is one of the few Works to combine both the geometric parts of Riemannian geometry and the analytic aspects of the theory. The book will appeal to a readership that have a basic knowledge of standard manifold theory, including tensors, forms, and Lie groups. Important revisions to the third edition include: a substantial addition of unique and enriching exercises scattered throughout the text; inclusion of an increased number of coordinate calculations of connection and curvature; addition of general formulas for curvature on Lie Groups and submersions; integration of variational calculus into the text allowing for an early treatment of the Sphere theorem using a proof by Berger; incorporation of several recent results about manifolds with posit...

  20. Near K-edge measurement of the X-ray attenuation coefficient of heavy elements using a tuneable X-ray source based on an electron LINAC

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    Materna, T; Mondelaers, W; Masschaele, B

    2000-01-01

    The X-ray attenuation coefficients of bismuth and of uranium were measured in the regions of 40-240 and 70-240 keV, respectively, using a tuneable hard X-ray source based on the linear electron accelerator at the University of Ghent. Results were compared with the semi-empirical values of Storm and Israel and to the theoretical values of Berger and Hubbell. We also propose a simple function for the attenuation coefficient in the vicinity of the K-edge for uranium and in an extended range of energy for bismuth. The set-up of the source at Ghent is described and the future improvements are explained.

  1. Violencia y paz en los discursos de la prensa un análisis desde la construcción social de la realidad

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    Marta Milena Barrios

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available La violencia generalizada, proveniente de múltiples causas y difundida por los medios de comunicación social, parece estar contribuyendo a crear entre los colombianos un universo simbólico centrado en el delito, donde el miedo al presente convive con la esperanza en un futuro mejor. Debido a la complejidad de este postulado, se propone iniciar una línea de investigación desde un enfoque interpretativo que permita, en una primera fase, analizar los discursos de violencia y paz relacionados con el conflicto armado colombiano que se difunden en la prensa, a partir de la Teoría de la Construcción Social de la Realidad de Peter Berger y Thomas Luckmann. En tal sentido, esta investigación focaliza la atención en el proceso de encodificación de los discursos periodísticos de El Heraldo de Barranquilla.

  2. Effect of crude plant extracts from some Oaxacan flora on two deleterious fungal phytopathogens and extract compatibility with a biofertilizer strain.

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    Lira-De León, Karla I; Ramírez-Mares, Marco V; Sánchez-López, Vladimir; Ramírez-Lepe, Mario; Salas-Coronado, Raúl; Santos-Sánchez, Norma F; Valadez-Blanco, Rogelio; Hernández-Carlos, Beatriz

    2014-01-01

    The antimicrobial activity of 12 plant extracts was tested against the phytopathogens Alternaria alternata and Fusarium solani. In addition, the compatibility of the extracts toward Bacillus liqueniformis, a biofertilizer and a non-target microorganism, was assessed. Plants tested belong to the Euphorbiaceae, Asteraceae, Crassulaceae, Rubiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Verbenaceae, Orchidaceae, Nyctaginaceae, Boraginaceae, and Tiliaceae families and were collected in the State of Oaxaca. The antifungal activity of the plant extracts (50-100 mg/mL) against A. alternata and F. solani, was determined by measuring the mycelium radial growth and obtaining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of fungal growth. In addition, with the aim of finding plant extracts which are compatible with a B. licheniformis biofertilizer strain and to test the non-toxic nature of the treatments, the toxicity of the extracts toward this strain was evaluated using the agar diffusion method. Azoxystrobin (12 μg) and chloramphenicol (30 μg) were used as positive controls for the pathogens and for the non-target bacteria, respectively. Plant extracts inhibited fungal growth in the ranges of 0.76-56.17% against F. solani and 2.02-69.07% against A. alternata. The extracts of Acalypha subviscida, Ipomoea murucoides, Tournefortia densiflora and Lantana achyranthifolia showed MIC values between 5.77-12.5 mg/mL for at least one of the fungal species. The best treatment, Adenophyllum aurantium, exhibited a maximum inhibition for both F. solani (56.17%, MIC = 7.78 mg/mL) and A. alternata (68.64% MIC = 7.78 mg/mL), and resulted innocuous toward B. licheniformis. Therefore, this plant has an outstanding potential for the agroecological control of fungal phytopathogens in industrial crops.

  3. Morphology, Physiology, and Anatomy of Penny Fern (Drymoglossum phyloselloidesand Its Effect on Cocoa

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    Fitria Yuliasmara

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to determine the anatomy, physiology and morphology of penny fern (Drimoglosum phylloseloides and its effect on cocoa. Morphological observation of penny fern used microscope to observe the roots, stems, leaves and spores. Physiology of penny fern was observed based on number of stomata and stomatal conductance using stomata printing method, while the amount of chlorophyll based on spectrophotometric method and rate of transpiration used cobalt chloride paper. Penny fern anatomy on cross-sectional and longitudinal in roots, stems and leaves. Penny fern growth was observed based the length of tendrils once a week during rainy and dry season. While the effect of penny fern invasion was observed based on variable leaf area with gravimetric method, the cross-section of attacked cacao branch using microtom and microscope and chlorophyll content by chlorophyll meter. Results showed that penny fern is a epiphytic weed which was crassulaceae acid metabolism plants that have the ability to absorb carbon dioxide at night and carry out photosynthesis during the day with closed stomata. Penny ferns reproduce using spores. The growth rate of penny fern 2.18 cm/week during the dry season and while in rainy season 3.89 cm/week. Penny fern leaf contains 0.0212 mg/g chlorophyll. Penny fern stomata density was 18.33/mm 2 with a width of opening stomata at night 26.3 µm which caused a veryslow rate of transpiration of 0.69 mm 2 /seconds. The existence penny fern on cocoa decreased leaf area and chlorophyll content decreased crop productivity which was indicated by decreasing in number of flowers, number of small, medium fruit, and large pods. However it had no effect on the number of leaves on one side flush cocoa. Key words: Drimoglosum phylloseloides, weeds, decrease productivity, Theobroma cacao

  4. Chemometric profile of root extracts of Rhodiola imbricata Edgew. with hyphenated gas chromatography mass spectrometric technique.

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    Full Text Available Rhodiola imbricata Edgew. (Rose root or Arctic root or Golden root or Shrolo, belonging to the family Crassulaceae, is an important food crop and medicinal plant in the Indian trans-Himalayan cold desert. Chemometric profile of the n-hexane, chloroform, dichloroethane, ethyl acetate, methanol, and 60% ethanol root extracts of R. imbricata were performed by hyphenated gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS technique. GC/MS analysis was carried out using Thermo Finnigan PolarisQ Ion Trap GC/MS MS system comprising of an AS2000 liquid autosampler. Interpretation on mass spectrum of GC/MS was done using the NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Database, with NIST MS search program v.2.0g. Chemometric profile of root extracts revealed the presence of 63 phyto-chemotypes, among them, 1-pentacosanol; stigmast-5-en-3-ol, (3β,24S; 1-teracosanol; 1-henteracontanol; 17-pentatriacontene; 13-tetradecen-1-ol acetate; methyl tri-butyl ammonium chloride; bis(2-ethylhexyl phthalate; 7,8-dimethylbenzocyclooctene; ethyl linoleate; 3-methoxy-5-methylphenol; hexadecanoic acid; camphor; 1,3-dimethoxybenzene; thujone; 1,3-benzenediol, 5-pentadecyl; benzenemethanol, 3-hydroxy, 5-methoxy; cholest-4-ene-3,6-dione; dodecanoic acid, 3-hydroxy; octadecane, 1-chloro; ethanone, 1-(4-hydroxyphenyl; α-tocopherol; ascaridole; campesterol; 1-dotriacontane; heptadecane, 9-hexyl were found to be present in major amount. Eventually, in the present study we have found phytosterols, terpenoids, fatty acids, fatty acid esters, alkyl halides, phenols, alcohols, ethers, alkanes, and alkenes as the major group of phyto-chemotypes in the different root extracts of R. imbricata. All these compounds identified by GC/MS analysis were further investigated for their biological activities and it was found that they possess a diverse range of positive pharmacological actions. In future, isolation of individual phyto-chemotypes and subjecting them to biological activity will definitely prove fruitful

  5. Sempervivum davisii: phytochemical composition, antioxidant and lipase-inhibitory activities.

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    Uzun, Yusuf; Dalar, Abdullah; Konczak, Izabela

    2017-12-01

    Sempervivum davisii Muirhead (Crassulaceae) is a traditional medicinal herb from Eastern Anatolia. To date the composition of phytochemicals and physiological properties of this herb were not subjected to any research. This study identifies compounds in S. davisii hydrophilic extracts and evaluates their potential biological properties. Ethanol-based lyophilized extracts were obtained from aerial parts of plant (10 g of ground dry plant material in 200 mL of acidified aqueous ethanol, shaken for 2 h at 22 °C with supernatant collected and freeze-dried under vacuum). Phytochemical composition was investigated by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS, phenolics) and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS, volatiles). Phenolic compounds were quantified by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and the Folin-Ciocalteu assay. Subsequently, antioxidant capacity [ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assays] and enzyme inhibitory properties (isolated porcine pancreatic lipase) of the extracts were determined. Polyphenolic compounds were the main constituents of lyophilized extracts, among which kaempferol glycosides and quercetin hexoside dominated. The extracts exhibited potent antioxidant (FRAP values of 1925.2-5973.3 μM Fe 2+ /g DW; ORAC values of 1858.5-4208.7 μM Trolox Eq./g DW) and moderate lipase inhibitory (IC 50 : 11.6-2.96 mg/mL) activities. Volatile compounds (nonanal, dehydroxylinalool oxide isomers, 2-decenal, 2-undecenal, 2,6-di-tetr-butylphenol) were also found. Phenolic compounds with the dominating kaempferol and quercetin derivatives are the sources of potent antioxidant properties of S. davisii hydrophilic extracts. The extracts exhibit moderate inhibitory properties towards isolated pancreatic lipase.

  6. Callogenesis in leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. by 2,4-D and BA action

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. is a bush species of the Crassulaceae that is distinguished by its important medicinal properties. Its leaves are used as cataplasm to treat headaches and wounds. There is evidence for a hypotensive and anti-inflammatory effect. Techniques of plant tissue culture have been applied to plant species that produce substances likely to be explored in pharmacology, cell suspension being the main technique. At the industrial level, this method utilizes bioreactors in order to produce secondary metabolites on a large scale. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of in vitro combinations of 2,4-dichlorophenoxiacetic acid (2,4-D and benzylaminopurine (BA on callus induction in leaf explants of K. pinnata. Leaf fragments were inoculated in MS medium supplemented with 3.0% sucrose, 0.8% agar and factorial combinations of 2,4-D (0.00, 4.52, 9.06, 18.12 µM and BA (0.00, 4.44, 8.88, 17.76 µM. The cultures were kept in the darkness at 24±2ºC for 50 days. The percentage of callus induction and the area of explants covered by callus cells were evaluated. In the absence of growth regulators, callus induction did not occur, with necrosis of all explants. The highest percentage of callus induction was 100%, obtained with the combination of 9.06 µM 2,4-D and 8.88 µM BA, but the calluses covered only 25% of the leaf area. The most efficient combination was 4.52 µM 2,4-D and 8.88 µM BA, resulting in 91% callus induction with 50 to 100% of the explants being covered by callus cells.

  7. In vitro studies to evaluate the antioxidant property of salidroside and rosavin and protective effects of electron beam radiation induced damages in human dermal fibroblasts

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    Tejashvi, Kedilaya R.; Padma, Shetty K.; Suchetha Kumari, N.

    2014-01-01

    Rosavin and Salidroside are active component of Rhodiola rosea, it is a phenylpropanoid derivative of plant. Rhodiola rosea, also known as 'golden root' or 'roseroot' belongs to the plant family Crassulaceae. Rhodiola grows primarily in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. Plant is rich with phenolic compounds, known to have a strong antioxidant property. Studies have shown that Rhodiola rosea has a capacity to decrease toxicity of Adriamycin (anti-cancer drugs), while it enhances their anti-carcinogenic effects. Enhanced antioxidant activity of Rhodiola rosea play role in the prevention of both chronic disease and aging. Present study is aimed to determine the antioxidant property of Rosavin and Salidroside and dose determination on human dermal fibroblast against dermal fibroblast. Rosavin and Salidroside were dissolved in 10% DMSO. Invitro biochemical assays like DPPH radical scavenging assay, Ferric Anion Reducing Potential using TPTZ, Nitric Oxide scavenging assay, Total antioxidant determination assay, Super Anion Radical Scavenging assays were carried out to know property of the extract. Extracts were then treated on monolayer dermal fibroblast cells survival assay was performed. Salidroside has shown 80% total antioxidant property compare to Rosavin with respect Ascorbic acid as a standard. 100'R concentration of Salidroside and Rosavin has quite equal potential to scavenging DPPH similar like Ascorbic acid. Ferric Anion Reducing Potential using TPTZ, Nitric Oxide scavenging assays have also shown both Salidroside and Rosavin has a good antioxidant property. Invitro studies on dermal fibroblast have shown remarkable protective effect on normal and irradiated groups. (author)

  8. Structural Modifications of Fructans in Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera) Grown under Water Stress.

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    Salinas, Carlos; Handford, Michael; Pauly, Markus; Dupree, Paul; Cardemil, Liliana

    2016-01-01

    Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) has a Crassulaceae acid metabolism which grants the plant great tolerance to water restrictions. Carbohydrates such as acemannans and fructans are among the molecules responsible for tolerating water deficit in other plant species. Nevertheless, fructans, which are prebiotic compounds, have not been described nor studied in Aloe vera, whose leaf gel is known to possess beneficial pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic properties. As Aloe vera is frequently cultivated in semi-arid conditions, like those found in northern Chile, we investigated the effect of water deficit on fructan composition and structure. For this, plants were subjected to different irrigation regimes of 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% field capacity (FC). There was a significant increase in the total sugars, soluble sugars and oligo and polyfructans in plants subjected to water deficit, compared to the control condition (100% FC) in both leaf tips and bases. The amounts of fructans were also greater in the bases compared to the leaf tips in all water treatments. Fructans also increase in degree of polymerization with increasing water deficit. Glycosidic linkage analyses by GC-MS, led to the conclusion that there are structural differences between the fructans present in the leaves of control plants with respect to plants irrigated with 50% and 25% FC. Therefore, in non-stressed plants, the inulin, neo-inulin and neo-levan type of fructans predominate, while in the most stressful conditions for the plant, Aloe vera also synthesizes fructans with a more branched structure, the neofructans. To our knowledge, the synthesis and the protective role of neo-fructans under extreme water deficit has not been previously reported.

  9. Multifunctionality is affected by interactions between green roof plant species, substrate depth, and substrate type.

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    Dusza, Yann; Barot, Sébastien; Kraepiel, Yvan; Lata, Jean-Christophe; Abbadie, Luc; Raynaud, Xavier

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    Green roofs provide ecosystem services through evapotranspiration and nutrient cycling that depend, among others, on plant species, substrate type, and substrate depth. However, no study has assessed thoroughly how interactions between these factors alter ecosystem functions and multifunctionality of green roofs. We simulated some green roof conditions in a pot experiment. We planted 20 plant species from 10 genera and five families (Asteraceae, Caryophyllaceae, Crassulaceae, Fabaceae, and Poaceae) on two substrate types (natural vs. artificial) and two substrate depths (10 cm vs. 30 cm). As indicators of major ecosystem functions, we measured aboveground and belowground biomasses, foliar nitrogen and carbon content, foliar transpiration, substrate water retention, and dissolved organic carbon and nitrates in leachates. Interactions between substrate type and depth strongly affected ecosystem functions. Biomass production was increased in the artificial substrate and deeper substrates, as was water retention in most cases. In contrast, dissolved organic carbon leaching was higher in the artificial substrates. Except for the Fabaceae species, nitrate leaching was reduced in deep, natural soils. The highest transpiration rates were associated with natural soils. All functions were modulated by plant families or species. Plant effects differed according to the observed function and the type and depth of the substrate. Fabaceae species grown on natural soils had the most noticeable patterns, allowing high biomass production and high water retention but also high nitrate leaching from deep pots. No single combination of factors enhanced simultaneously all studied ecosystem functions, highlighting that soil-plant interactions induce trade-offs between ecosystem functions. Substrate type and depth interactions are major drivers for green roof multifunctionality.

  10. Structural Modifications of Fructans in Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera Grown under Water Stress.

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    Carlos Salinas

    Full Text Available Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera has a Crassulaceae acid metabolism which grants the plant great tolerance to water restrictions. Carbohydrates such as acemannans and fructans are among the molecules responsible for tolerating water deficit in other plant species. Nevertheless, fructans, which are prebiotic compounds, have not been described nor studied in Aloe vera, whose leaf gel is known to possess beneficial pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic properties. As Aloe vera is frequently cultivated in semi-arid conditions, like those found in northern Chile, we investigated the effect of water deficit on fructan composition and structure. For this, plants were subjected to different irrigation regimes of 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% field capacity (FC. There was a significant increase in the total sugars, soluble sugars and oligo and polyfructans in plants subjected to water deficit, compared to the control condition (100% FC in both leaf tips and bases. The amounts of fructans were also greater in the bases compared to the leaf tips in all water treatments. Fructans also increase in degree of polymerization with increasing water deficit. Glycosidic linkage analyses by GC-MS, led to the conclusion that there are structural differences between the fructans present in the leaves of control plants with respect to plants irrigated with 50% and 25% FC. Therefore, in non-stressed plants, the inulin, neo-inulin and neo-levan type of fructans predominate, while in the most stressful conditions for the plant, Aloe vera also synthesizes fructans with a more branched structure, the neofructans. To our knowledge, the synthesis and the protective role of neo-fructans under extreme water deficit has not been previously reported.

  11. Antidiabetic activity of Kalanchoe pinnata in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats by glucose independent insulin secretagogue action.

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    Patil, Swapnil B; Dongare, Vandana R; Kulkarni, Chaitanya R; Joglekar, Madhav M; Arvindekar, Akalpita U

    2013-11-01

    Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. (Crassulaceae) is used as a traditional medicine worldwide to treat several ailments, including diabetes. However, the mechanism for the antihyperglycemic action is unknown. The present study evaluates the antihyperglycemic and insulin secretagogue potential of Kalanchoe pinnata and assessment of the probable mechanism of action. Steam distillate of Kalanchoe pinnata leaves was subjected to solvent fractionation and antidiabetic activity was detected in dichloromethane (DCM) fraction. In the in vivo studies, rats were treated with 5 and 10 mg/kg body weight of DCM fraction for 45 days orally. Lipid profile and other biochemical parameters were estimated. The probable mechanism for insulin secretagogue action was evaluated through studies using diazoxide and nifedipine. The bioactive component from DCM fraction was studied using HPTLC, GCMS and IR. Fasting blood glucose values were reduced to 116 mg/dl from 228 mg/dl on treatment with 10 mg/kg body weight of DCM fraction, while glycated hemoglobin improved to 8.4% compared with 12.9% in diabetic controls. The insulin level and lipid profile values were close to normal values. In vitro studies demonstrated a dose-dependent insulin secretagogue action. Insulin secretion was 3.29-fold higher at 10 µg/ml as compared to the positive control. The insulin secretagogue activity was glucose independent and K(+)-ATP channel dependent. The bioactive component of the DCM fraction was identified to be a phenyl alkyl ether derivative. The DCM fraction of Kalanchoe pinnata demonstrates excellent insulin secretagogue action and can be useful in treatment of diabetes mellitus.

  12. Antioxidant efficacy of Kalanchoe daigremontiana bufadienolide-rich fraction in blood plasma in vitro.

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    Kolodziejczyk-Czepas, Joanna; Nowak, Pawel; Wachowicz, Barbara; Piechocka, Justyna; Głowacki, Rafał; Moniuszko-Szajwaj, Barbara; Stochmal, Anna

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    The main source of bufadienolides is toad venom; however, plants such as members of Kalanchoe Adans. (Crassulaceae) genus may also synthesize these bioactive substances. This is the first study on antioxidant effects and cytotoxicity of bufadienolide-rich fraction isolated from Kalanchoe daigremontiana Raym.-Hamet & H. Perrier. The methanolic fraction was extracted from the plant roots and contained 0.48 mg bufadienolides/mg of dry mass (11α,19-dihydroksytelocinobufagin, bersaldegenin-1-acetate, bersaldegenin-1,3,5-orthoacetate, 19-(acetyloxy)-3β,5β,11α,14-tetrahydroxyl-12-oxo-bufa-20,22-dienolide and 19-(acetyloxy)-1β,3β,5β,14-tetrahydroxyl-bufa-20,22-dienolide, mainly). The cytotoxicity of K. daigremontiana fraction was evaluated in an in vitro experimental model of blood platelets. The viability of blood platelets was determined on the basis of a release of lactate dehydrogenase. The fraction scavenged DPPH • radicals, with EC 50 of 21.80 μg/mL. Studies on an experimental model of blood plasma under peroxynitrite-induced oxidative stress revealed that the plant preparation had moderate antioxidant properties. Levels of 3-nitrotyrosine and thiol groups indicated that the protective effect of K. daigremontiana was significant mainly for its concentration of 50 μg/mL. No effect was found in prevention of oxidation of low-molecular plasma thiols (glutathione, cysteine and cysteinylglycine). Simultaneously, measurements of lipid hydroperoxides and thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) indicated that the examined fraction might be effective antioxidant at broader concentration range, that is 1-5 and 25-50 μg/mL for hydroperoxides and TBARS generation, respectively. No cytotoxicity was observed at the concentration range of 1-50 μg/mL. Based on the obtained results, we suggest that antioxidant activity may additionally contribute to beneficial properties of K. daigremontiana-derived extracts.

  13. Influence of cultivation conditions, season of collection and extraction method on the content of antileishmanial flavonoids from Kalanchoe pinnata.

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    Muzitano, Michelle F; Bergonzi, Maria Camilla; De Melo, Giany O; Lage, Celso L S; Bilia, Anna Rita; Vincieri, Franco F; Rossi-Bergmann, Bartira; Costa, Sônia S

    2011-01-07

    Leaves from Kalanchoe pinnata (Lamarck) Persoon (Crassulaceae) are popularly used for healing wounds. Its antileishmanial properties are established in experimental animals, and its active flavonoid components have been identified. In this study, we attempted to standardize the extract from K. pinnata leaves by evaluating the influence of season of harvest, sunlight exposure and method of extraction on antileishmanial flavonoids content. HPLC-DAD-MS was used to identify and quantify the active antileishmanial flavonoids in different extracts. ANOVA test for analyses of variance followed by the Tukey test of multiple comparisons were used in the statistical analysis. The antileishmanial potential was assessed by the activation of nitric oxide production by murine macrophage using the Griess method. We demonstrated that active flavonoids were significantly more abundant when the leaves were collected in the summer, and that aqueous extraction at 50°C allowed the highest flavonoid extraction. The benefit of sunlight exposure was confirmed in plants cultivated under direct sunlight when compared with those that grown under shade. Under sunny conditions the yield of the most active antileishmanial favonoid quercitrin was increased by 7-fold. All aqueous extracts tested were capable to enhance the macrophage nitric oxide production. However, hot aqueous extract from leaves collected in summer exhibited the higher activity, in agreement with HPLC-DAD-MS analysis tendency. In addition, with the aim of reducing the individual chemical variations of the plant constituents and optimizing the production of the active extract, it was obtained in vitro monoclonal KP specimens that were easily adapted to field conditions and were able to produce antileishmanial flavonoids. Our study reports the better conditions of cultivation, harvest and extraction protocol for obtaining a K. pinnata extract exhibiting the highest antileishmanial activity. Additionally, we propose the

  14. Anti-HSV-1 and HSV-2 Flavonoids and a New Kaempferol Triglycoside from the Medicinal Plant Kalanchoe daigremontiana.

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    Ürményi, Fernanda Gouvêa Gomes; Saraiva, Georgia do Nascimento; Casanova, Livia Marques; Matos, Amanda Dos Santos; de Magalhães Camargo, Luiza Maria; Romanos, Maria Teresa Villela; Costa, Sônia Soares

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    Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Crassulaceae) is a medicinal plant native to Madagascar. The aim of this study was to investigate the flavonoid content of an aqueous leaf extract from K. daigremontiana (Kd), and assess its antiherpetic potential. The major flavonoid, kaempferol 3-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (1), was isolated from the AcOEt fraction (Kd-AC). The BuOH-soluble fraction afforded quercetin 3-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (2) and the new kaempferol 3-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-α-l-rhamnopyranoside-7-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (3), named daigremontrioside. The crude extract, Kd-AC fraction, flavonoids 1 and 2 were evaluated using acyclovir-sensitive strains of HSV-1 and HSV-2. Kd-AC was highly active against HSV-1 (EC 50  = 0.97 μg/ml, SI > 206.1) and HSV-2 (EC 50  = 0.72 μg/ml, SI > 277.7). Flavonoids 1 and 2 showed anti-HSV-1 (EC 50  = 7.4 μg/ml; SI > 27 and EC 50  = 5.8 μg/ml; SI > 8.6, respectively) and anti-HSV-2 (EC 50  = 9.0 μg/ml; SI > 22.2 and EC 50  = 36.2 μg/ml; SI > 5.5, respectively) activities, suggesting the contribution of additional substances to the antiviral activity. © 2016 Wiley-VHCA AG, Zurich, Switzerland.

  15. Isolation and identification of compounds from Kalanchoe pinnata having human alphaherpesvirus and vaccinia virus antiviral activity.

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    Cryer, Matthew; Lane, Kyle; Greer, Mary; Cates, Rex; Burt, Scott; Andrus, Merritt; Zou, Jiping; Rogers, Paul; Hansen, Marc D H; Burgado, Jillybeth; Panayampalli, Subbian Satheshkumar; Day, Craig W; Smee, Donald F; Johnson, Brent F

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    Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers. (Crassulaceae) is a succulent plant that is known for its traditional antivirus and antibacterial usage. This work examines two compounds identified from the K. pinnata plant for their antivirus activity against human alphaherpesvirus (HHV) 1 and 2 and vaccinia virus (VACV). Compounds KPB-100 and KPB-200 were isolated using HPLC and were identified using NMR and MS. Both compounds were tested in plaque reduction assay of HHV-2 wild type (WT) and VACV. Both compounds were then tested in virus spread inhibition and virus yield reduction (VYR) assays of VACV. KPB-100 was further tested in viral cytopathic effect (CPE) inhibition assay of HHV-2 TK-mutant and VYR assay of HHV-1 WT. KPB-100 and KPB-200 inhibited HHV-2 at IC 50 values of 2.5 and 2.9 μg/mL, respectively, and VACV at IC 50 values of 3.1 and 7.4 μg/mL, respectively, in plaque reduction assays. In virus spread inhibition assay of VACV KPB-100 and KPB-200 yielded IC 50 values of 1.63 and 13.2 μg/mL, respectively, and KPB-100 showed a nearly 2-log reduction in virus in VYR assay of VACV at 20 μg/mL. Finally, KPB-100 inhibited HHV-2 TK- at an IC 50 value of 4.5 μg/mL in CPE inhibition assay and HHV-1 at an IC 90 of 3.0 μg/mL in VYR assay. Both compounds are promising targets for synthetic optimization and in vivo study. KPB-100 in particular showed strong inhibition of all viruses tested.

  16. Compounds from Sedum caeruleum with antioxidant, anticholinesterase, and antibacterial activities.

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    Bensouici, Chawki; Kabouche, Ahmed; Karioti, Anastasia; Öztürk, Mehmet; Duru, Mehmet Emin; Bilia, Anna Rita; Kabouche, Zahia

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    This is the first study on the phytochemistry, antioxidant, anticholinesterase, and antibacterial activities of Sedum caeruleum L. (Crassulaceae). The objective of this study is to isolate the secondary metabolites and determine the antioxidant, anticholinesterase, and antibacterial activities of S. caeruleum. Six compounds (1-6) were isolated from the extracts of S. caeruleum and elucidated using UV, 1D-, 2D-NMR, and MS techniques. Antioxidant activity was investigated using DPPH(•), CUPRAC, and ferrous-ions chelating assays. Anticholinesterase activity was determined against acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) enzymes using the Ellman method. Antibacterial activity was performed according to disc diffusion and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) methods. Isolated compounds were elucidated as ursolic acid (1), daucosterol (2), β-sitosterol-3-O-β-D-galactopyranoside (3), apigenin (4), apigetrin (5), and apiin (6). The butanol extract exhibited highest antioxidant activity in all tests (IC50 value: 28.35 ± 1.22 µg/mL in DPPH assay, IC50 value: 40.83 ± 2.24 µg/L in metal chelating activity, and IC50 value: 23.52 ± 0.44 µg/L in CUPRAC), and the highest BChE inhibitory activity (IC50 value: 36.89 ± 0.15 µg/L). Moreover, the chloroform extract mildly inhibited (MIC value: 80 µg/mL) the growth of all the tested bacterial strains. Ursolic acid (1), daucosterol (2), β-sitosterol-3-O-β-D-galactopyranoside (3), apigenin (4), apigetrin (5), and apiin (6) were isolated from Sedum caeruleum for the first time. In addition, a correlation was observed between antioxidant and anticholinesterase activities of bioactive ingredients of this plant.

  17. Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used to manage High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Bitterfontein, Western Cape Province, South Africa.

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    Davids, Denver; Gibson, Diana; Johnson, Quinton

    2016-12-24

    The aim of this study was to identify and document medicinal plants used to manage High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Bitterfontein, Western Cape Province, South Africa. One hundred and twelve (112) respondents were interviewed between August 2014 and September 2015 through semi-structured surveys to gather data on the percentage of people who had been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure and/or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and to determine the frequency of medicinal plant and allopathic medicine use. Twelve (12) key respondents were subsequently selected, using a non-probability snowball sampling method. They were interviewed in-depth concerning their plant practices and assisted with plant collection. Twenty-four plant (24) species belonging to 15 families were identified for the management of High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The most frequently reported families were Asteraceae (20.8%), Lamiaceae (16.67%), Crassulaceae (8.33%) and Aizoaceae (8.33%). The remaining (45.54%) were evenly split over eleven families- Fabaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Anacardiaceae, Capparaceae, Geraniaceae, Apiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Apocynaceae, Rutaceae, Asphodelaceae and Thymelaeaceae. The most commonly used plant species overall was Lessertia frutescens (96.55%). The most frequently used plant parts included leaves (57.63%) roots/bulbs (15.25%) and stems (11.86%), mostly prepared as infusions or decoctions for oral administration. Medicinal plants are widely used by High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus sufferers. They employ diverse plant species to manage both conditions. In addition, some sufferers often use prescribed allopathic medication, as well as medicinal plants, but at different intervals. Despite high usage the plants identified are not currently threatened (Red Data list status: least concern). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Diversidade de Lepidoptera (Papilionoidea e Hesperioidea em dois fragmentos de floresta no município de Frederico Westphalen, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil Diversity of Lepidoptera (Papilionoidea e Hesperioidea in two fragments in Frederico Westphalen, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil

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    Full Text Available Foram realizados levantamentos mensais em duas localidades no Município, fragmento da Vila Faguense e do Santuário de Schoenstatt, os quais distam entre si em 1.500 m, entre março de 2005 e abril de 2006. Em 140 horas de amostragem foram registrados 3.123 indivíduos distribuídos em 169 espécies. Nymphalidae foi a família mais amostrada com aproximadamente 53% das espécies registradas. Nove espécies ainda não haviam sido registradas para o Estado. O índice de Diversidade de Shannon-Wiener foi maior no fragmento da Vila Faguense, local menos perturbado. Os índices de dominância de Simpson e Berger-Parker foram mais representativos no Santuário de Schoenstatt, com maior número de espécies abundantes. Foram registradas em Frederico Westphalen 126 (74,55% espécies acidentais, 25 acessórias (14,80% e 18 constantes (10,65%.A systematic survey was carried out in two localities of the Municipal District of Frederico Westphalen, fragment of Villa Faguense and Schoenstatt's Sanctuary, situated 1,500 m apart, from March 2005 to April 2006. In 140 hours of sampling, 3123 individuals, distributed in 169 species, were registered. Nymphalidae was the most sampled with approximately 53% of the recorded species. Nine species sampled were still no registered for the State. The Shannon-Wiener diversity index was higher in fragment of Villa Faguense, place less disturbed. The Simpson and Berger-Parker dominance indexes had been more representative in fragment of Schoenstatt Sanctuary, with higher number of abundant species. Among the species captured 126 (74,55% are accidental, 25 (14,80% are accessory and 18 (10,65% are constant.

  19. Critical insolation-CO2 relation for diagnosing past and future glacial inception

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    Ganopolski, Andrey; Winkelmann, Ricarda; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim

    2016-04-01

    Past rapid growth of Northern Hemisphere continental ice sheets, which terminated rather stable and warm climate periods, is generally attributed to reduced summer insolation in boreal latitudes (Milanković , 1941; Hays et al., 1976, Paillard, 1998). Yet pertinent summer insolation is near to its minimum at present (Berger and Loutre, 2002), and there are no signs of a new ice age (Kemp et al., 2011). This challenges our scientific understanding of the mechanisms driving glacial cycles and our ability to predict the next glacial inception (Masson-Delmotte et al., 2013). Here we propose a fundamental functional relationship between boreal summer insolation and global CO2 concentration, which explains the beginning of the past eight glacial cycles and can anticipate future periods when glacial inception may occur again. Using a simulations ensemble generated by an Earth system model of intermediate complexity constrained by paleoclimatic data, we show that glacial inception was narrowly missed before the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This can be explained by the combined effect of relatively high late-Holocene CO2 concentration and low orbital eccentricity of the Earth (Loutre and Berger, 2003). Additionally, our analysis shows that even in the absence of human perturbations no significant buildup of ice sheets would occur within the next several thousand years and that the current interglacial would likely last for another 50,000 years. However, moderate anthropogenic cumulative CO2 emissions of 1000 to 1500 GtC may already postpone the next glacial inception by at least 100,000 years (Archer and Ganopolski, 2005; Paillard, 2006). Our simulations demonstrate that under natural conditions alone the Earth system would be expected to stay in the delicate interglacial climate state, steering clear of both large-scale glaciation of the Northern Hemisphere and its complete deglaciation, for an unusually long time.

  20. PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ANTIBACTERIAL TREATED COTTON FABRICS AND EFFECT OF LAUNDRY CYCLE

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    PALAMUTCU Sema

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    Full Text Available During daily usage of textiles, humidity and warmth conditions provide appropriate living conditions for bacteria and microorganisms in textile products. Bacteria growth, infection and cross infection by pathogens might develop due to usage of textile products. Especially since World War II, antibacterial textile products have developed as a result of the hygiene demand of the society. In this study, triclosan (sample A, quaternary ammonium plus triclosan (sample B, dichlorophenol (sample C, silver (sample D, quaternary ammonium (sample E and chitosan (sample F based six different antibacterial additives were applied on 100% cotton fabrics for antibacterial treatment. All six treated fabrics and the untreated fabric (control sample were washed for 40 cycles; the antibacterial efficacies were tested; changes in tear strength and Berger whiteness values of the samples were recorded prior to washing and after 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th and 40th washing cycles. Regarding all washing cycles, a decrease in tear strength results is observed between unwashed and 40 cycle washed samples. Textile materials such as bedlinen, pillow cases, surgeon gowns for which tear strength values are important and that have antibacterial treatments should be tested for tear strength values for different washing cycles to see if they meet minimum tear strength requirements. The change in tear strength and Berger whiteness of samples shows differences according to the antibacterial agent treated and washing cycle applied. Generally, slight decreases in tear strength values are observed. And slight decreases in whiteness, except for sample F which is treated with chitosan, are observed as well. Textile materials having antibacterial treatments should be tested for the special antibacterial agent they are treated and for the number of washing cycles that is required for their product life.

  1. Review and history of photon cross section calculations

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    2006-01-01

    Photon (x-ray, gamma-ray, bremsstrahlung) mass attenuation coefficients, μ/ρ, are among the most widely used physical parameters employed in medical diagnostic and therapy computations, as well as in diverse applications in other fields such as nuclear power plant shielding, health physics and industrial irradiation and monitoring, and in x-ray crystallography. This review traces the evolution of this data base from its empirical beginnings totally derived from measurements beginning in 1907 by Barkla and Sadler and continuing up through the 1935 Allen compilation (published virtually unchanged in all editions up through 1971-1972 of the Chemical Rubber Handbook), to the 1949 semi-empirical compilation of Victoreen, as our theoretical understanding of the constituent Compton scattering, photoabsorption and pair production interactions of photons with atoms became more quantitative. The 1950s saw the advent of completely theoretical (guided by available measured data) systematic compilations such as in the works of Davisson and Evans, and by White-Grodstein under the direction of Fano, using mostly theory developed in the 1930s (pre-World War II) by Sauter, Bethe, Heitler and others. Post-World War II new theoretical activity, and the introduction of the electronic automatic computer, led to the more extensive and more accurate compilations in the 1960s and 1970s by Storm and Israel, and by Berger and Hubbell. Today's μ/ρ compilations by Cullen et al, by Seltzer, Berger and Hubbell, and by others, collectively spanning the ten decades of photon energy from 10 eV to 100 GeV, for all elements Z= 1 to 100, draw heavily on the 1970s shell-by-shell photoabsorption computations of Scofield, the 1960s coherent and incoherent scattering computations of Cromer et al, and the 1980 computations of electron-positron pair and triplet computations of Hubbell, Gimm and Oeverboe, these names being representative of the vast legions of other researchers whose work fed into these

  2. CT Assessment of the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components in total knee arthroplasty; Valutazione con Tomografia Computerizzata della rotazione delle componenti femorale e tibiale nell'artroprotesi totale del ginocchio

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    CT assessment of the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components in total knee arthroplasty. From January to July 1999, 17 patients, 10 males and 7 females, mean age 66 years (standard deviation plus or minus 4) were examined after total knee arthroplasty. Exclusion criteria were prosthesis loosening and severe (equal or superior to 7 degrees) varus o valgus deviation. All patients were examined with knee radiography in the standing position completed by axial projection of patella and by CT scanning. It was used a modification of Berger technique and carried out comparative CT scans extended lower limbs and acquisitions perpendicular to the mechanical axis of the knee, from the femoral supracondylar region down to the plane crossing the distal end of the tibial prosthetic component. Reference lines were then drawn electronically on given scanning planes to reckon the axial deviation of the femoral and tibial prosthetic components. Six patients, one female and 5 males with normal rotational values of femoral and tibial prosthetic components presented no clinical symptoms. Eight patients, 4 females and 4 males, with abnormal values presented the following clinical symptoms: medial impingement, (incomplete) dislocation patella, and lateral instability. One female patient with a normal rotational value of femoral prosthetic component and an altered value of tibial prosthetic component presented medial impingement. Finally two patients, one female and one male, were absolutely asymptomatic although the rotational values of the two prosthetic components were beyond the normal range. Total knee arthroplasty is presently a standard treatment for many conditions involving this joint. There are several possible postoperative complications, namely fractures, dislocations (a)septic losening and femoropatellar instability. The latter condition is the most frequent complication among implant failures and is caused by bad orientation of the femoral and tibial

  3. Criptofauna en rocas de Punta Nizuc, Caribe mexicano y su utilidad como biomonitor potencial

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    Full Text Available Para completar el diagnóstico de la calidad ambiental en el Parque Marino Nacional Isla Mujeres-Cancún-Nizuc Caribe mexicano, se estudió la posible utilidad de la criptofauna de rocas como monitora de impacto. Se trazó un transecto a lo largo de un gradiente de intensidad de visitantes a Punta Nizuc. Se visitaron tres lugares (1.5-4 m prof., a 50, 250 y 500 m de distancia de la plataforma turistica, y en cada uno de ellos se recogieron tres rocas. Los 1368 organismos encontrados fueron identificados y se distribuyen en 218 especies; los grupos de mayor riqueza específica fueron los poliquetos (64 spp, los moluscos (46 spp y los crustáceos (36 spp. Se estudió la variación en número y en biomasa a lo largo del supuesto gradiente ambiental, y también la relación de algunos descriptores de la comunidad (diversidad, dominancia con la distancia a la plataforma, con la densidad de la roca y con la profundidad. Se analizaron algunos índices que utilizan log10(biomasa + 1 y las curvas de abundancia-biomasa para determinar la calidad del ambiente. Se realizaron análisis de agrupamiento (Bray-Curtis y Jaccard para determinar la afinidad entre estaciones. Para evaluar la funcionalidad de la suficiencia taxonómica en fondos coralinos, se compararon los resultados de dominancia de Berger-Parker para las especies y familias. Las agrupaciones entre las rocas ilustran dos grupos principales, uno formado por las rocas recolectadas cerca de la plataforma (zona perturbada y la otra formada por el resto de las rocas en las áreas con mediano y nulo impacto.To complete the environmental quality assesment of Isla Mujeres-Cancún-Nizuc National Marine Park, the potential of rock cryptofauna as impact monitor was considered. A transect was defined along a visitor intensity gradient and three places (1.5-4 m deep, and 50, 250 and 500 m from the tourist platform; in each. Inte three rocks were collected. The variations in abundance and biomass along an

  4. PLANTAS MEDICINALES UTILIZADAS POR TRES COMUNIDADES INDÍGENAS EN EL NOROCCIDENTE DE LA AMAZONIA (COLOMBIA

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    Full Text Available Usando entrevistas semiestructuradas y el índice de importancia relativa (IR, este trabajo documenta las plantas medicinales versátiles o de mayor importancia cultural en tres resguardos indígenas (emberá-katío, coreguaje y uitoto ubicadas en el piedemonte y planicie amazónica del departamento del Caquetá, Colombia. También se registran los usos medicinales y la parte de la planta más usada. En total se registraron 122 especies medicinales (94 géneros en 56 familias; Piperaceae fue la familia con el mayor número de especies (13, seguida por Gesneriaceae y Fabaceae con seis especies cada una. Solamente ocho especies fueron usadas entre dos comunidades, pero ninguna por las tres. La parte de la planta usada con mayor frecuencia en las tres comunidades fue la hoja, empleada en un total de 87 preparaciones medicinales utilizando 70 especies. Los cuatro sistemas corporales con mayor número de especies empleadas y número de tratamientos terapéuticos fueron los siguientes: enfermedades de la piel y tejidos subcutáneos, aflicciones y dolores no definidos, enfermedades infecciosas y parasitarias y enfermedades del sistema digestivo. Aproximadamente la mitad de las especies registradas son usadas para tratar fiebres, diarreas, problemas de hongos, mordeduras de serpientes, parásitos internos e inflamaciones. El 11% de las especies registradas (14 especies en 12 géneros y 12 familias fueron versátiles en relación a su uso (IR ≥ 1.0; el árbol nativo Rauvolfia leptophylla (Apocynaceae y la planta herbácea  introducida a América, Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae, tuvieron los valores de IR más altos (2.0 y 1.6. También se registran algunos síndromes de filiación cultural y se discute la importancia de estas plantas medicinales en el tratamiento de enfermedades comunes de estas comunidades con acceso limitado a centros de salud del gobierno.

  5. The authenticity and quality of Rhodiola rosea products.

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    Booker, Anthony; Jalil, Banaz; Frommenwiler, Debora; Reich, Eike; Zhai, Lixiang; Kulic, Zarko; Heinrich, Michael

    2016-06-15

    Rhodiola rosea L. Crassulaceae, root (Golden Root, Arctic Root) is a high-value herbal medicinal product, registered in the UK for the treatment of stress-induced fatigue, exhaustion and anxiety based on traditional use and used throughout Europe as a herbal medicinal product for similar indications. Numerous unregistered supplements are also available. There are several Chinese species used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), including Rhodiola crenulata (Hook.f. & Thomoson) that is believed to be a common adulterant in the R. rosea value chain. The project is embedded in a larger study aiming to investigate the diverse value chains that lead to the production of R. rosea as an herbal medicinal product or supplement. Here we focus on a comparison of the quality of the finished products and assess any phytochemical variation between products registered under the Traditional Herbal Medicine Products Directive (THMPD) and products obtained from the market without any registration (i.e. generally unlicensed supplements). Our key aim is to establish the extent of the problem in terms of adulteration of consumer products claiming to contain R. rosea (or R. crenulata). Approximately 40 commercial products (granulated powders and extracts) were sourced from different suppliers. We analysed these samples using high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC), mass spectrometry (MS) and (1)H NMR spectroscopy coupled with multi-variate analysis software following a method previously developed by our group for the analysis of turmeric products. We investigate the phytochemistry of the different species and assess the potential of R. crenulata as an adulterant at the end of the R. rosea value chains. The consistency of the products varies significantly. Approximately one fifth of commercial products that claimed to be R. rosea did not contain rosavin (the key reference markers used to distinguish R. rosea from related species). Moreover some products appeared not to

  6. La misión pentecostal escandinava en el Chaco argentino: Etapa formativa: 1914 - 1945 Scandinavian pentecostal mission in the Argentine Chaco: First stage: 1914-1945

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    César Ceriani Cernadas

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    Full Text Available El trabajo propone una etnografía histórica sobre la misión pentecostal escandinava entre los aborígenes del Chaco Argentino durante su período formativo. Fue el misionero noruego Berger Johnsen (1888-1945 quien se instaló en el pueblo de Embarcación (provincia de Salta en 1914 con el objetivo de organizar una base misionera para el trabajo evangélico. La indagación pretende sumar conocimiento sobre esta corriente olvidada en los estudios sobre evangelización protestante en la región chaqueña tomando en cuenta cuatro ejes: 1. los valores, el imaginario y las prácticas del misionero nórdico; 2. la recepción aborigen del mensaje pentecostal, observada en los dirigentes y la memoria de los habitantes; 3. la coyuntura regional, religiosa, política y económica, que enmarcó estructuralmente el emprendimiento; 4. la realidad cultural sui generis de la misión de Embarcación, conformada por diversos grupos étnicos del corazón chaqueño y establecida en un naciente pueblo criollo.This paper proposes an historical ethnography of the Scandinavian Pentecostal mission among the aboriginal people of the Argentinean Chaco focusing on its former period. In 1914 a Norwegian missionary, Berger Johnsen (1888-1945, established a Pentecostal base in Embarcación (Province of Salta in order to embrace evangelical work. This study tries to add knowledge to this neglected trend in the studies about Protestant evangelism in the Chaco region. This will be done taking into account four topics: 1. the values, representations and practices of the Nordic missionary; 2. the aboriginal appropriation of the Pentecostal message; 3. the regional context, in terms of religion, politics and economy, framing the missionary enterprise; 4. the sui generis cultural reality of Embarcación mission, characterized by the presence of different ethnic groups from the central Chaco and a novel criollo town.

  7. Prostacyclin Use Among Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis of a Large Health Care Claims Database.

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    Burger, Charles D; Pruett, Janis A; Lickert, Cassandra A; Berger, Ariel; Murphy, Brian; Drake, William

    2017-12-18

    Prostacyclins play an important role in the management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Intravenous prostacyclin was the first disease-specific treatment for patients with PAH. Subcutaneous and nonparenteral (oral or inhaled) formulations have subsequently become available. However, data are lacking on how these different prostacyclin formulations are being used in clinical practice. To (a) conduct retrospective analyses of a large U.S. health care claims database to describe the characteristics of patients with PAH initiating prostacyclin therapy, and (b) evaluate their treatment patterns, health care resource use, and associated costs. Truven Commercial and Medicare databases were used to define annual cohorts of adults with PAH between January 1, 2010, and October 31, 2015. These patients were identified based on claims with ICD-9-CM diagnoses indicative of PAH (codes 416.0 or 416.8) and claims for PAH-specific medications and PAH-related procedures. Patients with evidence of receiving a prostacyclin were identified, and prostacyclin use was categorized as parenteral versus nonparenteral. Health care costs were assessed alternatively employing an all-cause and PAH-related perspective. Of 13,633 adults with identified PAH, 3,006 (22.0%) received a prostacyclin during at least 1 year of the study period, and annual prevalence of prostacyclin use ranged from 19.9% to 22.6%. Across calendar years, the median age of prostacyclin users ranged from 56 to 58 years, and 71.9%-75.8% were female. Among prostacyclin users, parenteral prostacyclin use declined from 63.2% in 2010 to 46.5% in 2015, while use of nonparenteral prostacyclins increased from 39.7% to 56.2% over the same period (both P Drake are employees of Actelion. Pruett and Lickert own shares in Actelion. Berger and Murphy are employees of Evidera, a consultancy that received payment from Actelion to conduct the research. Pruett, Lickert, Berger, and Drake contributed to study conception and

  8. arp literatūros ir politikos – paskutiniųjų dviejų XX a. dešimtmečių Hanso Magnuso Enzensbergerio eseistika. Zwischen Literatur und Politik: die neuen Essays von Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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    Rūta Eidukevičienė

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    Full Text Available Gegenstand dieses Beitrags sind die sozialkritischen Essays Hans Magnus Enzensbergers, in denen litera­rische Reflexionen zeitgenössischer politischer De­batten im Zentrum stehen. Die Analyse der in den lezten Jahrzehnten des 20 Jhs. erschienenen Texte verdeutlicht einige relevante Wendepunkte in der politischen und literarischen Entwicklung Enzens­bergers als eines kritischen Intellektuellen. Während der Autor sich in den 60er Jahren als Vertreter der Linksorientierten und als eine Art Leitfigur der Stu­dentenbewegung präsentiert und seine wichtigste schriftstellerische Aufgabe in der „politischen Al­phabetisierung Deutschlands“ sieht, kündigt sich ge­gen Ende der 70er Jahre eine zunehmende Skepsis gegenüber früheren sozialistischen Ideen und revo­lutionären Utopien. Seine kritische Stimme wird in den 80er Jahren etwas leiser, bleibt aber stets ver­nehmlich, so z. B. in den Essaysammlungen Politi­sche Brosamen, Mittelmaß und Wahn. In den Ende der 80er und Anfang der 90er Jahre verfassten Es­saysammlungen Ach Europa! und Die große Wan­derung erweitert sich die Perspektive auf den glo­balen politischen Kontext, wobei auch – besonders in dem Essay Aussichten auf den Bürgerkrieg – die Krisenstimmung des Schrifstellers im ersten Jahr­zehnt nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges spürbar wird. Die Jahre 1989/1990 markieren für den Autor den Anfang eines politischen Durcheinanders, weil mit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges eine Weltordnung zusammengeberochen sei, die der Politik Orientie­rung und Verständigung garantieren konnte. Enzens­berger schildert, wie mit dem Ende der zweipoligen Weltordnung die Zahl der Kriege weltweit erheblich gestiegen ist, wie die Menschen zur Flucht getrieben werden und wie die schwer erklärbare Neigung zum Vandalismus wächst. Es fällt auf, dass der Autor in den neuesten Essays darauf verzichtet, Kunst bzw. Literatur in wirkungsvollen Gegensatz zu den von ihm mehrmals angeklagten Massenmedien zu

  9. Aspectos conceptuales y empíricos de la financiación de nuevas empresas en Colombia Conceptual and empirical aspects of the financing of new companies in Colombia

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    Bernardo Barona Zuluaga

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de una investigación empírica sobre la utilización de diferentes fuentes de financiación por parte de empresas nuevas en los primeros anos de vida. El principal soporte conceptual del estudio es el paradigma del ciclo de crecimiento financiero desarrollado por Berger y Udell (1998, el cual explica satisfactoriamente los hallazgos encontrados en el componente empírico del estudio aquí presentado, que se basa en una encuesta realizada a 130 empresarios de la Ciudad de Cali (Colombia. Los entrevistados reportaron de manera mayoritaria el uso de recursos propios y de familiares y amigos y la retención de utilidades en los primeros anos de vida de una empresa. Le sigue en importancia a estas fuentes, la financiación provista por establecimientos de crédito; llama la atención la importancia relativa del leasing. Las recomendaciones mas importantes incluyen: fortalecer las fuentes de capital semilla, darle mayor peso en los cursos de finanzas de nivel universitario al estudio de los problemas de las empresas nuevas y MIPYMES, adelantar una reforma financiera que facilite la emisión de acciones y mejorar la cantidad y calidad de información pública disponible sobre la financiación de las empresas objeto de este estudio.This article presents the results of an empirical research on the type of financial resources used by a sample of new enterprises in their early years of life. The main conceptual support of the study is the financial growth cycle paradigm developed by Berger and Udell (1998. This paradigm successfully explains the findings in the empirical component of the study presented here, which is based on a survey of 130 entrepreneurs in the city of Cali, Colombia. The survey results highlighted the importance of the use of financial resources provided by the owner and theirs family and friends, and of the retention of profits in their companies in the early years. Next in importance is the

  10. REVIEW: Review and history of photon cross section calculations

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    Hubbell, J. H.

    2006-07-01

    Photon (x-ray, gamma-ray, bremsstrahlung) mass attenuation coefficients, μ/ρ, are among the most widely used physical parameters employed in medical diagnostic and therapy computations, as well as in diverse applications in other fields such as nuclear power plant shielding, health physics and industrial irradiation and monitoring, and in x-ray crystallography. This review traces the evolution of this data base from its empirical beginnings totally derived from measurements beginning in 1907 by Barkla and Sadler and continuing up through the 1935 Allen compilation (published virtually unchanged in all editions up through 1971-1972 of the Chemical Rubber Handbook), to the 1949 semi-empirical compilation of Victoreen, as our theoretical understanding of the constituent Compton scattering, photoabsorption and pair production interactions of photons with atoms became more quantitative. The 1950s saw the advent of completely theoretical (guided by available measured data) systematic compilations such as in the works of Davisson and Evans, and by White-Grodstein under the direction of Fano, using mostly theory developed in the 1930s (pre-World War II) by Sauter, Bethe, Heitler and others. Post-World War II new theoretical activity, and the introduction of the electronic automatic computer, led to the more extensive and more accurate compilations in the 1960s and 1970s by Storm and Israel, and by Berger and Hubbell. Today's μ/ρ compilations by Cullen et al, by Seltzer, Berger and Hubbell, and by others, collectively spanning the ten decades of photon energy from 10 eV to 100 GeV, for all elements Z= 1 to 100, draw heavily on the 1970s shell-by-shell photoabsorption computations of Scofield, the 1960s coherent and incoherent scattering computations of Cromer et al, and the 1980 computations of electron-positron pair and triplet computations of Hubbell, Gimm and Øverbø, these names being representative of the vast legions of other researchers whose work fed into these

  11. Possibilities of CoDeSys Programming System during Software Development and Designing of Micro-Processor Control Systems

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A great attention is presently paid to technologies pertaining to software development for systems which are applied for control of industrial automatic equipment designed on the basis of programmable logical controllers (PLC and practical programming using languages of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 61131-3 standard.A programming CoDeSys complex is one of the systems for PLC software development. This complex has been developed by 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH (3S company. Its main purpose is to program PLC and industrial computers in accordance with the IEC 61131-3 standard. A number of unordinary 3S solutions have led to the fact that the CoDeSys is considered now as a standard PLC programming tool of the leading European manufacturers: ABB, Beckhoff, Beck IPC, Berger Lahr, Bosch Rexroth, ifm, Keb, Kontron, Lenze, Moeller, WAGO, Fastwel и др.An introduction of the standard has served as a foundation for creation of the unified school for specialists’ training. A person who is trained in accordance with the program including the IEC 61131-3 standard shall be able to work with PLC of any company. At the same time if he/she has had some experience of work with any PLC then his/her skills shall be helpful and significantly simplify studying process of new possibilities.

  12. De la informalidad religiosa a las multinacionales de la fe: La diversificación del campo religioso en Bogotá

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo pretende hacer una descripción panorámica de la diversidad religiosa en la ciudad de Bogotá. Para este proposito se ha acudido a las herramientas propias de la sociología comprensiva y fenomenológica desarrolladas especialmente por Max Weber y Peter Berger. Además se usa el concepto de campo propuesto por Pierre Bourdieu para ordenar las diversas dinámicas que se desarrollan entre las minorías religiosas de la ciudad. En este análisis comparativo se pone de manifiesto la relación de! campo religioso con otros campos, especialmente con la política y los medios masivos de comunicación. Por último se exploran algunos factores asociados al rápido crecimiento de los Nuevos Movimientos Religiosos desde mediados del siglo XX, en los aspectos particulares que han caracterizado este fenómeno en la ciudad y e! país. Crecimiento que ha amenazando por primera vez en la historia nacional el monopolio ostentando por la iglesia católica sobres los bienes simbólicos de salvación. El estudio estuvo focalizado en el análisis de los movimientos cristianos no católicos. Palabras claves: Bogotá, religión, sectas, iglesias

  13. Evaluation of ion chamber dependent correction factors for ionisation chamber dosimetry in proton beams using a Monte Carlo method

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    Palmans, H.; Verhaegen, F.

    1995-01-01

    In the last decade, several clinical proton beam therapy facilities have been developed. To satisfy the demand for uniformity in clinical (routine) proton beam dosimetry two dosimetry protocols (ECHED and AAPM) have been published. Both protocols neglect the influence of ion chamber dependent parameters on dose determination in proton beams because of the scatter properties of these beams, although the problem has not been studied thoroughly yet. A comparison between water calorimetry and ionisation chamber dosimetry showed a discrepancy of 2.6% between the former method and ionometry following the ECHED protocol. Possibly, a small part of this difference can be attributed to chamber dependent correction factors. Indications for this possibility are found in ionometry measurements. To allow the simulation of complex geometries with different media necessary for the study of those corrections, an existing proton Monte Carlo code (PTRAN, Berger) has been modified. The original code, that applies Mollire's multiple scattering theory and Vavilov's energy straggling theory, calculates depth dose profiles, energy distributions and radial distributions for pencil beams in water. Comparisons with measurements and calculations reported in the literature are done to test the program's accuracy. Preliminary results of the influence of chamber design and chamber materials on dose to water determination are presented

  14. Dialectic of Baduy Community in Meaning Reality of General Election 2014

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    Karman Karman

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Baduy Community is very obedient to local rules/custom, e.g. lunang (sundanesse to express obedience to whoever the winner, and ngasuh rati, ngayak menak. Surprisingly, the voter number in Baduy have increased from 2013 to 2014. They have their own mechanism in determining leader, that is by deliberation among customary figures. The social-political changes make-up the result of their construction change toward reality. The issue in this study is how Baduy community (re-construct general election. This one aims to understand Baduy’s  construction to electoral activities, their understanding to the obligation to participate in election, and the adaptation process of different realities (reality in Baduy and Reality in external. By harnessing the Social Construction of Reality introduced by Berger, and Social Adaptation System introduced by Giddens, this research show Baduy objectifies and participates in general elections as an obedience to the customary rules. Understanding about obligations to participate in election is legitimized by customary institution, regarding dualism of different structure, they must adapt theirselves to different realities.

  15. North of 60 degrees: ready at last to walk the development talk, and asking if industry is too

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    Laverty Wilson, K.

    2002-08-05

    The current state of oil and natural gas industry development in the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories is outlined, accompanied by an extensive discussion of the many disappointments and frustrations of earlier development discussions, the resulting skepticism greeting new announcements, and the concern about potential social, economic and cultural effects that oil industry development is likely to have on the aboriginal population. The treadmill effect, namely the problem of how to keep the boom going after it has run its course, is also of considerable concern. For this, the best recipe appears to be the one suggested by Justice Berger in his famous 1977 report on Northern development, when he identified spin-offs and multipliers, the connections between investment, investment returns, and a spreading of these returns through reinvestment into other economic activities, and the resulting diversification of the economy, as the best, if not the only guarantees of sustained economic development. There are also some lingering questions about the social ills, such as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic assault and diseases as the consequences of rapid economic expansion and the sudden influx of wealth into small communities. Although there is much room for improvement, the aboriginal communities, with help from government and some of the more enlightened industry leaders, have made great strides in all these areas of concern; the native population is now in favour of development and is ready to proceed, however, industry is still undecided about the best route to follow.

  16. Physical mapping of 5S and 18S ribosomal DNA in three species of Agave (Asparagales, Asparagaceae)

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    Gomez-Rodriguez, Victor Manuel; Rodriguez-Garay, Benjamin; Palomino, Guadalupe; Martínez, Javier; Barba-Gonzalez, Rodrigo

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Agave Linnaeus, 1753 is endemic of America and is considered one of the most important crops in Mexico due to its key role in the country’s economy. Cytogenetic analysis was carried out in Agave tequilana Weber, 1902 ‘Azul’, Agave cupreata Trelease et Berger, 1915 and Agave angustifolia Haworth, 1812. The analysis showed that in all species the diploid chromosome number was 2n = 60, with bimodal karyotypes composed of five pairs of large chromosomes and 25 pairs of small chromosomes. Furthermore, different karyotypical formulae as well as a secondary constriction in a large chromosome pair were found in all species. Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) was used for physical mapping of 5S and 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA). All species analyzed showed that 5S rDNA was located in both arms of a small chromosome pair, while 18S rDNA was associated with the secondary constriction of a large chromosome pair. Data of FISH analysis provides new information about the position and number of rDNA loci and helps for detection of hybrids in breeding programs as well as evolutionary studies. PMID:24260700

  17. R-B measurements and their implications : solar UV radiation trends

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    Basher, R.

    1993-01-01

    There is a wide variety of needs for UV information, including: (i) real-time monitoring and other public information; (ii) trend detection and policy-maker needs; (iii) space/time/wavelength information for health and biological impacts research; and (iv) atmospheric research, e.g. effects of clouds on UV, transmission model development, etc. The way each need is satisfied will vary. High quality spectral data for research purposes requires expensive equipment and close, on-site scientific supervision and hence will be restricted to a few locations, while conversely, measurements of spatial patterns will require numerous simple instruments, such a the Robertson-Berger Meter or International Light instrument, or the use of satellite methods. Trend detection will lay great store on long-term stability of instrumentation. It is important to recognise that to deal with the variety of needs, we need the combined use of spectral measurement, broadband measurement, radiation modelling, and satellite techniques. (author). 13 refs., 3 figs

  18. Valuing queer identity in Monster High doll fandom

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available According to Mattel, Monster High dolls topped $500 million in annual sales in 2014, quickly gaining on Barbie, whose $1.3 billion in annual revenue plummeted for the fourth quarter in a row. Monster High's recent ad campaign claims, "We are monsters. We are proud." Race, ethnicity, and disability are coded into the dolls as selling points. The allure of Monster High is, in part, that political identity and the celebration of difference become consumable. The female body, the racialized body, and the disabled body have long been coded as monstrous. Monster High reclaims this label, queering it. Using Jack Halberstam's work on children's culture and Richard Berger's and Rosalind Hanmer's work on fandom, this article explores the queer potential of Monster High. Fans rewrite the Mattel narrative through fan fiction, repainting the dolls, and embodying them through virtual avatars, makeup, and costume play. These fan practices both queer the dolls' identity politics and create communities of interest that act as safe spaces for expressing queer identity and generating fan activism. These fan practices have also influenced Mattel's branding of the dolls, specifically with the recent inclusion of activism campaigns such as WeStopHate and The Kind Campaign into the Monster High Webisodes and Web site. By exploring the queer politics of Monster High fandom, this paper explains how that queering generates social change.

  19. [Barbie goes PriMa: formative evaluation of a school-based program for the primary prevention of anorexia nervosa developed for girls up to the age of 12].

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    Berger, Uwe; Ziegler, Petra; Strauss, Bernhard

    2008-01-01

    Recently, a newly developed German program for the prevention of anorexia nervosa in girls ("PriMa") was successfully tested for effectiveness in a controlled study with prepost-design in 1,006 girls from 42 Thuringian schools (Berger et al. 2007). In the present article the test of the program's effectiveness was completed by an evaluation of the program's conception and its process. Using questionnaires, protocols and phone interviews, single parts of the program (kick-off presentation, n = 400; teachers training, n = 34; lessons, n = 392) as well as single lessons (n = 87 girls and n = 14 teachers) were evaluated. All parts of the program were evaluated as being significantly positive (better than 2.5 on a six-point scale). The questionnaires used were reliable (Cronbach's alpha between .74 and .84). The survey of program users resulted in shorter research questionnaires, a more detailed teaching manual with more interactive exercises and smaller training groups (14 instead of 20 participants). The introduced work points out the need to complete the evaluation of program impact with verbal and written evaluations of direct and indirect program users. This is the only way to reveal information about the program's strengths and weaknesses to continuously adjust and improve single program parts.

  20. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Cosmic evolution of long gamma-ray burst luminosity (Deng+, 2016)

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    Deng, C.-M.; Wang, X.-G.; Guo, B.-B.; Lu, R.-J.; Wang, Y.-Z.; Wei, J.-J.; Wu, X.-F.; Liang, E.-W.

    2018-02-01

    Our sample includes only the redshift-known long GRBs observed with Swift/BAT from 2005 January to 2015 April. Low-luminosity GRBs are excluded since they may belong to another distinct population (e.g., Chapman et al. 2007MNRAS.382L..21C; Liang et al. 2007ApJ...662.1111L; Lu et al. 2010ApJ...725.1965L). Although the durations of some GRBs, such as GRB 050724 and GRB 060614, are larger than 2s, we do not include them in our sample since they may be from merger of compact stars (Berger et al. 2005Natur.438..988B; Gehrels et al. 2006Natur.444.1044G; Zhang et al. 2007ApJ...655L..25Z, 2009ApJ...703.1696Z). The afterglow and host galaxy observations of the high-z SGRB GRB 090426 (T90=1.2s) show that it may be from the collapse of a massive star (Antonelli et al. 2009A&A...507L..45A; Xin et al. 2011MNRAS.410...27X). We thus include this GRB in our sample. We finally obtain a sample of 258 GRBs. They are reported in Table 1. (1 data file).

  1. Metazoan parasites of Plagioscion squamosissimus, an invasive species in the Tietê River, São Paulo, Brazil

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    Full Text Available Abstract This study focused on the characterization and analysis of communities and infra-communities of metazoan parasites of Plagioscion squamosissimus caught in Promissão Reservoir in the Tietê River in Borborema (21°39′58”S, 49°8′49”W, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Fifty adult specimens caught by professional fishermen in March 2015 were necropsied. The fish presented an average standard length of 25.2 ± 2.2 cm and average weight of 328.82 ± 89.03 g. A total of 5,227 specimens of metazoan parasites were collected: 2,880 (55.1% adult Diplectanum piscinarius (Monogenoidea: Diplectanidae and 2,347 (44.9% Austrodiplostomum compactum metacercariae (Digenea, Diplostomidae, both with 100% prevalence and mean abundance of 57.6 and 46.9, respectively. Parasite diversity was low (species richness = 2, with a Simpson index (D equal to 0.505, and low values of Brillouin (HB = 0.687 and Margalef diversity (I = 0.117 indices. Berger-Parker’s index of dominance (p = 0.551 indicated a slight dominance of the monogenean parasite D. piscinarius. There was a positive correlation, assessed by Pearson coefficient between parasite abundance of D. piscinarius and standard length (r = 0.43 and weight (r = 0.51 of hosts.

  2. Evaluation of ion chamber dependent correction factors for ionisation chamber dosimetry in proton beams using a Monte Carlo method

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    Palmans, H. [Ghent Univ. (Belgium). Dept. of Biomedical Physics; Verhaegen, F.

    1995-12-01

    In the last decade, several clinical proton beam therapy facilities have been developed. To satisfy the demand for uniformity in clinical (routine) proton beam dosimetry two dosimetry protocols (ECHED and AAPM) have been published. Both protocols neglect the influence of ion chamber dependent parameters on dose determination in proton beams because of the scatter properties of these beams, although the problem has not been studied thoroughly yet. A comparison between water calorimetry and ionisation chamber dosimetry showed a discrepancy of 2.6% between the former method and ionometry following the ECHED protocol. Possibly, a small part of this difference can be attributed to chamber dependent correction factors. Indications for this possibility are found in ionometry measurements. To allow the simulation of complex geometries with different media necessary for the study of those corrections, an existing proton Monte Carlo code (PTRAN, Berger) has been modified. The original code, that applies Mollire`s multiple scattering theory and Vavilov`s energy straggling theory, calculates depth dose profiles, energy distributions and radial distributions for pencil beams in water. Comparisons with measurements and calculations reported in the literature are done to test the program`s accuracy. Preliminary results of the influence of chamber design and chamber materials on dose to water determination are presented.

  3. [Composition of the Araneae (Arachnida) fauna of the provincial Iberá Reserve, Corrientes, Argentina].

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    Avalos, Gilberto; Damborsky, Miryam P; Bar, María E; Oscherov, Elena B; Porcel, E

    2009-01-01

    A survey of the spider community composition and diversity was carried out in grasslands and woods in three localities: Colonia Pellegrini, Paraje Galarza and Estancia Rinc6n (Iberá province Reserve). Pit fall traps, leaf litter sifting, foliage beating, hand collecting and sweep nets were used. Shannon's diversity index, evenness, Berger-Parker's dominance index, beta and gamma diversity were calculated, and a checklist of spider fauna was compiled. Species richness was estimated by Chao 1, Chao 2, first and second order Jack-knife. A total of 4,138 spiders grouped into 150 species from 33 families of Araneomorphae and two species from two families of Mygalomorphae were collected. Five species are new records for Argentina and eleven for Corrientes province. Araneidae was the most abundant family (39.8%), followed by Salticidae (10.9%), Anyphaenidae (7.9%), Tetragnathidae (7.4%), and Lycosidae (5.5%). The other families represented less than 5% of the total catch. The web-builder guild had the highest number of specimens and the highest richness index. The abundance, observed richness, Shannon diversity and evenness indexes were highest in Colonia Pellegrini woodland and Paraje Galarza grassland. Alpha diversity represented 89% of the gamma; the remaining 11% corresponded to beta diversity. According to the indexes, between 67% and 97% of the existing spider fauna was represented in the collected specimens from Iberá.

  4. Thermal and mechanical stability of retained austenite in aluminum-containing multiphase TRIP steels

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    Zwaag, S; Kruijver, S O; Sietsma, J

    2002-01-01

    Stability of retained austenite is the key issue to understand transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) effect. In this work, both thermal stability and mechanical stability are investigated by thermo-magnetic as well as in situ conventional X-ray diffraction and micro synchrotron radiation diffraction measurements. The thermal stability in a 0.20C-1.52Mn-0.25Si-0.96Al (wt%) TRIP steel is studied in the temperature range between 5 and 300 K under a constant magnetic field of 5T. It is found that almost all austenite transforms thermally to martensite upon cooling to 5K and M sub s and M sub f temperatures are analyzed to be 355 and 115 K. Transformation kinetics on the fraction versus temperature relation are well described by a model based on thermodynamics. From the in situ conventional X-ray and synchrotron diffraction measurements in a 0.17C-1.46Mn-0.26Si-1.81Al (wt%) steel, the volume fraction of retained austenite is found to decrease as the strain increases according to Ludwigson and Berger relation. T...

  5. Emotional, physical and financial burdens of stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS in China.

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    Zhang, Chen; Li, Xiaoming; Liu, Yu; Qiao, Shan; Zhang, Liying; Zhou, Yuejiao; Shen, Zhiyong; Tang, Zhengzhu

    2016-01-01

    Numerous researches have shown pernicious effects of stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). However, no available studies have reported these negative effects including emotional, physical to financial burdens to PLWHA. In the current study, we aim to explore different types of stigma (e.g., perceived, internalized and enacted) and the relevant consequences among PLWHA in China. A cross-sectional study was conducted from 2012 to 2013 in the Guangxi Autonomous Region in China. The validated Berger HIV Stigma Scale was used to measure various types of stigma. We employed a series of linear, logistic and polytomous regression models to assess the association between stigma and different consequences while accounting for potential confounders for each specific model. Of the total sample, 2987 PLWHA provided valid responses with 63% being male and having an average age of 42.9 years. Perceived, internalized and enacted HIV stigma were prevalent among participants, and resulted in various burdens with different magnitudes in their life contexts. Specially, PLWHA who reported higher perceived and internalized stigma were more likely to be imposed on emotional and physical burdens (p stigma had heavier financial burden compared to their peers (p stigma in China. The prevalent stigmatizing attitudes have pushed PLWHA to the fringes of society and affected them at multiple aspects in their life context. We call for tailored efforts to overcome stigma and discrimination against PLWHA.

  6. Statistical evaluation of cleanup: How should it be done?

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    Gilbert, R.O.

    1993-02-01

    This paper discusses statistical issues that must be addressed when conducting statistical tests for the purpose of evaluating if a site has been remediated to guideline values or standards. The importance of using the Data Quality Objectives (DQO) process to plan and design the sampling plan is emphasized. Other topics discussed are: (1) accounting for the uncertainty of cleanup standards when conducting statistical tests, (2) determining the number of samples and measurements needed to attain specified DQOs, (3) considering whether the appropriate testing philosophy in a given situation is ''guilty until proven innocent'' or ''innocent until proven guilty'' when selecting a statistical test for evaluating the attainment of standards, (4) conducting tests using data sets that contain measurements that have been reported by the laboratory as less than the minimum detectable activity, and (5) selecting statistical tests that are appropriate for risk-based or background-based standards. A recent draft report by Berger that provides guidance on sampling plans and data analyses for final status surveys at US Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed facilities serves as a focal point for discussion

  7. A review of electron-nucleus bremsstrahlung cross sections between 1 and 10 MeV

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    Mangiarotti, A.; Martins, M. N.

    2017-12-01

    More than 80 years have passed since the first calculations of electron-nucleus bremsstrahlung cross sections were published by Sommerfeld, for non-relativistic electrons, and, independently, by Sauter, Bethe and Heitler, and Racah, for relativistic electrons. The Bethe-Heitler expression, that is based on the first Born approximation and includes the screening of the Coulomb field of the nucleus by the atomic electrons, has proven to work well at moderately high energies where the Landau-Pomeranchuk-Migdal effect is negligible. We review the current theoretical and experimental status with a highlight on electrons with kinetic energies between 1 and 10 MeV. The choice is motivated by the peculiar difficulties present in this energy region, where it is necessary to treat simultaneously the interaction with the Coulomb field beyond the first Born approximation and the effect of screening. A fully numerical approach within the S-matrix formalism has proven to be extremely difficult above a few MeV, because the number of partial waves needed for an accurate evaluation is prohibitively large. Here we focus on analytic results, including the more complex ones employing the Furry-Sommerfeld-Maue wave functions and taking into account the next-to-leading order, and discuss the advantages and limitations in light of the best available data. The influence of multiple scattering in the target is investigated under the actual experimental conditions. A comparison with the widely used cross section tabulations by Seltzer and Berger is also presented.

  8. REVIEW: Fifty years of Monte Carlo simulations for medical physics

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    Rogers, D. W. O.

    2006-07-01

    Monte Carlo techniques have become ubiquitous in medical physics over the last 50 years with a doubling of papers on the subject every 5 years between the first PMB paper in 1967 and 2000 when the numbers levelled off. While recognizing the many other roles that Monte Carlo techniques have played in medical physics, this review emphasizes techniques for electron-photon transport simulations. The broad range of codes available is mentioned but there is special emphasis on the EGS4/EGSnrc code system which the author has helped develop for 25 years. The importance of the 1987 Erice Summer School on Monte Carlo techniques is highlighted. As an illustrative example of the role Monte Carlo techniques have played, the history of the correction for wall attenuation and scatter in an ion chamber is presented as it demonstrates the interplay between a specific problem and the development of tools to solve the problem which in turn leads to applications in other areas. This paper is dedicated to W Ralph Nelson and to the memory of Martin J Berger, two men who have left indelible marks on the field of Monte Carlo simulation of electron-photon transport.

  9. A novel multitarget stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening.

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    Malik, Pramod

    2016-01-01

    Review of: Imperiale TF, Ransohoff DF, Itzkowitz SH, Levin TR, Lavin P, Lidgard GP, Ahlquist DA, Berger BM. Multitarget stool DNA testing for colorectal-cancer screening. N Engl J Med 2014;370(14):1287-97. This Practice Pearl reviews the results of a prospective, multicenter, cross-sectional clinical study that evaluated the performance of a new multitarget stool DNA (or mt-sDNA) screening test for colorectal cancer (CRC) and compared it with a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) in individuals at average risk for CRC. The potential impact of this test on the future of CRC screening is also discussed in a brief commentary. mt-sDNA testing is a noninvasive screening test designed to detect DNA biomarkers associated with colorectal neoplasia and occult hemoglobin in the stool. The sensitivity of mt-sDNA testing for detection of CRC was 92.3%, compared with 73.8% for FIT (p = 0.002). Sensitivity for detecting advanced precancerous lesions was 42.4% for mt-sDNA testing and 23.8% for FIT (p testing and FIT were 86.6% and 94.9%, respectively (p testing thus may be a first-line screening option for asymptomatic individuals at average risk for CRC who do not want to have a colonoscopy.

  10. Terrestrial mammal assemblages in protected and human impacted areas in Northern Brazilian Amazonia

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    Rodolfo Burgos de Luna

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    Full Text Available Mammal communities in the vicinity of human settlements are often subject to subsistence hunting and retaliatory killings. We used fourteen digital camera traps equipped with infrared triggers to sample the medium-sized and large mammal communities for ca. 34 (±1.64 days per site. Diversity was measured as both Shannon entropy and Fager´s number of moves (NMS, and dominance was quantified using the Berger-Parker index. We used Kruskall-Wallis tests to investigate if there were statistically significant differences in richness, diversity and dominance among the sites. At an overall sampling effort of 1,946 trap days we recorded 216 independent observations of a total of 20 species belonging to 17 genera and 15 families. Richness and diversity appeared to be determined by forest structure, since, independent of the level of human impact, the richest areas were those closest to the ombrophilous forests of southern Guyana shield, closest to central Amazonia, whereas the poorest were at those sites closest to the vegetation mosaics of central Guyana shield. The disappearance of Tayassu pecari from the impacted areas as well as higher relative abundances in the protected areas, albeit not significant, foresees a possible bleak future for the mammalian assemblages in the near future.

  11. The epilepsy of Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky (1821-1881).

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    Voskuil, P H

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    Over 100 years ago, on the 27th of January 1881, Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky died. Since that time, many biographies, monographs, memoirs, and, to a lesser extent, articles in the medical literature have discussed the fact that Dostoevsky was a patient with epilepsy. An attempt is made here to integrate the details of his illness into a medical case history, as we now do for every patient who visits a physician for the first time. The information pertinent to the case history includes: a description of all seizures, frequency of seizures, provocative factors, course of the disease, treatment, and family history. Even though we do not have the benefits of the results of electroencephalography (invented by Hans Berger in 1929), classification of the type of epilepsy Dostoevsky had is attempted. The existence or absence of the so-called ecstatic aura is crucial to such classification. Based on the data, it is likely that Dostoevsky suffered from partial complex epilepsy with secondarily generalized nocturnal seizures rather than primary generalized epilepsy.

  12. Modality of Primary HIV Disclosure and Association with Mental Health, Stigma, and Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence in Tanzanian Youth Living with HIV.

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    Ramos, Julia V; Mmbaga, Blandina T; Turner, Elizabeth L; Rugalabamu, Leonia L; Luhanga, Severa; Cunningham, Coleen K; Dow, Dorothy E

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    Disclosing HIV status to children before adolescence is a major challenge facing families and healthcare providers. This study used a mixed methods approach to explore the youth perspective of how youth living with HIV (YLHIV) found out their status and to quantify the association of disclosure modality with mental health, stigma, adherence, and HIV outcomes in adolescence. Youth 11-24 years of age attending adolescent HIV clinic in Moshi, Tanzania were included. Adolescents answered questions, including when and how they found out they had HIV, mental health surveys (nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, and modified University of California Los Angeles trauma screen), modified Berger's stigma scale, and self-reported adherence. HIV-1 RNA and latest CD4 were obtained. In-depth interviews were conducted using a convenience sample. The majority of youth reported that they found out their HIV status on their own (80%). Youth attending the government site were less likely to be purposefully told their HIV status compared with those attending the referral site (p mental health symptoms and worse adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is imperative to implement disclosure protocols in early childhood to reduce mental health difficulties, internal stigma, and promote ART adherence in YLHIV.

  13. Optimal management of subfertility in polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Berger JJ

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    Full Text Available Joshua J Berger, G Wright Bates JrUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Birmingham, AL, USAAbstract: The purpose of this paper is to provide a stepwise approach to treating the infertility/subfertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome. Defining polycystic ovary syndrome in a patient requires first investigating other possible causes for polycystic ovary morphology, acne, hirsutism, obesity, and the metabolic derangements that often accompany polycystic ovary syndrome. Beginning with lifestyle modification and use of metformin, the progressive inclusion of more intensive therapies for induction of ovulation is described. Second-line treatments are discussed and the new findings from a large multicenter trial are discussed in the context of evidence-based treatment strategies for first-line agents. Finally, monofollicular development as a treatment goal and in vitro fertilization are discussed for those with recalcitrant disease.Keywords: polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, metformin, ovarian drilling, ovulation induction, subfertility

  14. Delayed gastrointestinal recovery after abdominal operation – role of alvimopan

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    Berger NG

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    Full Text Available Nicholas G Berger, Timothy J Ridolfi, Kirk A LudwigDivision of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin USAAbstract: Postoperative Ileus (POI, which occurs after surgical manipulation of the bowel during abdominal operations, is associated with prolonged hospital stay, increasing medical costs, and delayed advancement of enteral diet, which contributes to a significant economic burden on the healthcare system. The use of accelerated care pathways has shown to positively impact gut function, but inevitable postoperative opioid use contributes to POI. Alvimopan is a peripherally acting µ-opioid receptor antagonist designed to mitigate antimotility effects of opioids. In our review, we examined ten trials on alvimopan's use after abdominal operations. Several of the earlier studies on patients undergoing bowel resection showed correlations between the study group and GI recovery as defined by passage of flatus, first bowel movement, and time to readiness for discharge. Data in patients undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy showed similarly decreased GI recovery time. Additionally, data within the past few years shows alvimopan is associated with more rapid GI recovery time in patients undergoing radical cystectomy. Based on our review, use of alvimopan remains a safe and potentially cost-effective means of reducing POI in patients following open GI surgery, radical cystectomy, and total abdominal hysterectomy, and should be employed following these abdominal operations.Keywords: postoperative ileus, alvimopan, ileus, bowel resection, return of bowel function

  15. Facial Image Compression Based on Structured Codebooks in Overcomplete Domain

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    Vila-Forcén JE

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    Full Text Available We advocate facial image compression technique in the scope of distributed source coding framework. The novelty of the proposed approach is twofold: image compression is considered from the position of source coding with side information and, contrarily to the existing scenarios where the side information is given explicitly; the side information is created based on a deterministic approximation of the local image features. We consider an image in the overcomplete transform domain as a realization of a random source with a structured codebook of symbols where each symbol represents a particular edge shape. Due to the partial availability of the side information at both encoder and decoder, we treat our problem as a modification of the Berger-Flynn-Gray problem and investigate a possible gain over the solutions when side information is either unavailable or available at the decoder. Finally, the paper presents a practical image compression algorithm for facial images based on our concept that demonstrates the superior performance in the very-low-bit-rate regime.

  16. Axial anomalies of Lifshitz fermions

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    Bakas, Ioannis

    2011-01-01

    We compute the axial anomaly of a Lifshitz fermion theory with anisotropic scaling z=3 which is minimally coupled to geometry in 3+1 space-time dimensions. We find that the result is identical to the relativistic case using path integral methods. An independent verification is provided by showing with spectral methods that the eta-invariant of the Dirac and Lifshitz fermion operators in three dimensions are equal. Thus, by the integrated form of the anomaly, the index of the Dirac operator still accounts for the possible breakdown of chiral symmetry in non-relativistic theories of gravity. We apply this framework to the recently constructed gravitational instanton backgrounds of Horava-Lifshitz theory and find that the index is non-zero provided that the space-time foliation admits leaves with harmonic spinors. Using Hitchin's construction of harmonic spinors on Berger spheres, we obtain explicit results for the index of the fermion operator on all such gravitational instanton backgrounds with SU(2)xU(1) isom...

  17. The age of school shootings: a sociological interpretation on masculinity

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    Celis, Jorge

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past two decades there has been a growing interest in the study of the horrendous massacres perpetrated by students at school premises. These massacres, known as school shootings, haven been predominantly analyzed by employing psychological approaches. Despite the fact that empirical research clearly reveals that school shooters tend not to present life-long histories of mental illness, these approaches usually put a strong emphasis on the perpetrator’s individual pathologies, ignoring the influence that social values such as masculinity exert on perpetrators’ actions. Consequently, perpetrators are viewed as lone wolf shooters and school shootings as isolated cases. Based on data derived from scholarly works published mainly in peer-review journals and the sociological theory of P. Berger and T. Luckmann, the aim of this essay is to offer a sociological interpretation on school shootings by explaining why school shooters commit violent actions against teachers and classmates as a form of retrieving their masculinity. In this regard, the essay finds that male rather than female students commit school shootings. At the same time, the majority of perpetrators have had parents who were gun collectors. It is no coincide that shooters mostly use family guns to commit the massacres. Additionally, shooters see school as a social entity that has diminished their masculinity, and the way to reaffirm their masculinity is to attack randomly students and teachers in full view of the rest of school members during school hours.

  18. Case study of microarthropod communities to assess soil quality in different managed vineyards

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    Gagnarli, E.; Goggioli, D.; Tarchi, F.; Guidi, S.; Nannelli, R.; Vignozzi, N.; Valboa, G.; Lottero, M. R.; Corino, L.; Simoni, S.

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    Land use influences the abundance and diversity of soil arthropods. The evaluation of the impact of different management strategies on soil quality is increasingly sought, and the determination of community structures of edaphic fauna can represent an efficient tool. In the area of Langhe (Piedmont, Italy), eight vineyards characterized for physical and chemical properties (soil texture, soil pH, total organic carbon, total nitrogen, calcium carbonate) were selected. We evaluated the effect of two types of crop management, organic and integrated pest management (IPM), on abundance and biodiversity of microarthropods living at the soil surface. Soil sampling was carried out in winter 2011 and spring 2012. All specimens were counted and determined up to the order level. The biodiversity analysis was performed using ecological indexes (taxa richness, dominance, Shannon-Wiener, Buzas and Gibson's evenness, Margalef, equitability, Berger-Parker), and the biological soil quality was assessed with the BSQ-ar index. The mesofauna abundance was affected by both the type of management and sampling time. On the whole, a higher abundance was in organic vineyards (N = 1981) than in IPM ones (N = 1062). The analysis performed by ecological indexes showed quite a high level of biodiversity in this environment, particularly in May 2012. Furthermore, the BSQ-ar values registered were similar to those obtained in preserved soils.

  19. Stochastic Oscillation in Self-Organized Critical States of Small Systems: Sensitive Resting State in Neural Systems.

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    Wang, Sheng-Jun; Ouyang, Guang; Guang, Jing; Zhang, Mingsha; Wong, K Y Michael; Zhou, Changsong

    2016-01-08

    Self-organized critical states (SOCs) and stochastic oscillations (SOs) are simultaneously observed in neural systems, which appears to be theoretically contradictory since SOCs are characterized by scale-free avalanche sizes but oscillations indicate typical scales. Here, we show that SOs can emerge in SOCs of small size systems due to temporal correlation between large avalanches at the finite-size cutoff, resulting from the accumulation-release process in SOCs. In contrast, the critical branching process without accumulation-release dynamics cannot exhibit oscillations. The reconciliation of SOCs and SOs is demonstrated both in the sandpile model and robustly in biologically plausible neuronal networks. The oscillations can be suppressed if external inputs eliminate the prominent slow accumulation process, providing a potential explanation of the widely studied Berger effect or event-related desynchronization in neural response. The features of neural oscillations and suppression are confirmed during task processing in monkey eye-movement experiments. Our results suggest that finite-size, columnar neural circuits may play an important role in generating neural oscillations around the critical states, potentially enabling functional advantages of both SOCs and oscillations for sensitive response to transient stimuli.

  20. Physical mapping of 5S and 18S ribosomal DNA in three species of Agave (Asparagales, Asparagaceae

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    Victor Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez

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    Full Text Available Agave Linnaeus, 1753 is endemic of America and is considered one of the most important crops in Mexico due to its key role in the country’s economy. Cytogenetic analysis was carried out in A. tequilana Weber, 1902 ‘Azul’, A. cupreata Trelease et Berger, 1915 and A. angustifolia Haworth, 1812. The analysis showed that in all species the diploid chromosome number was 2n = 60, with bimodal karyotypes composed of five pairs of large chromosomes and 25 pairs of small chromosomes. Furthermore, different karyotypical formulae as well as a secondary constriction in a large chromosome pair were found in all species. Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH was used for physical mapping of 5S and 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA. All species analyzed showed that 5S rDNA was located in both arms of a small chromosome pair, while 18S rDNA was associated with the secondary constriction of a large chromosome pair. Data of FISH analysis provides new information about the position and number of rDNA loci and helps for detection of hybrids in breeding programs as well as evolutionary studies.

  1. From Enigma to Tool: Gamma-Ray Burst Reveals Secrets of Host Galaxy

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    Five years ago, astronomers knew almost nothing about Gamma Ray Bursts. Now, a team of observers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope has used a gamma-ray burst as a powerful tool to unveil the nature of the galaxy in which it occurred, more than 7 billion light-years away. VLA Images of GRB980703 Host Galaxy "We believe that gamma-ray bursts may become one of the best available tools for studying the history of star formation in the universe," said Edo Berger, a graduate student at Caltech. Berger worked with Caltech astronomy professor Shri Kulkarni and Dale Frail, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, New Mexico, to study a gamma-ray burst first seen on July 3, 1998. The astronomers presented their results at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Pasadena, CA. "For the first time, we've seen the host galaxy of a gamma-ray burst with a radio telescope," Berger said. "Previously, gamma-ray-burst host galaxies have been seen with optical telescopes, but detecting this galaxy with a radio telescope has given us new clues about the nature of the galaxy itself -- clues we couldn't have gotten any other way," he added. For example, based on optical-telescope studies, astronomers estimated that new stars are forming in the host galaxy at the rate of about the mass equivalent of 20 suns per year. However, data from the radio observations show that the actual star-formation rate is 25 times greater -- the mass equivalent of 500 suns per year. "With the VLA, we are seeing the entire region of star formation in this galaxy, including the areas so dusty that visible light can't get out," said Frail. Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions since the Big Bang. First discovered in 1967 by a satellite launched to monitor compliance with the atmospheric nuclear test ban treaty, gamma-ray bursts remained one of astronomy's premier mysteries for 30 years. For three decades

  2. Sorrow Songs and Mbira Music: Du Bois, Mapfumo, and the Power of Music

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    Shelia Bassoppo-Moyo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This article examines how music functions as social commentary on a group’s lived experience and as a tool to inform identity. Music is a data source that articulates historical and cultural contexts and can thus be utilized as social commentary to socially construct the identity of people of African ancestry and descent. The "sorrow songs" are the music genre created by slaves in the American South and were considered by W. E. B. Du Bois as the most important historical narrative for African Americans. In comparison, the more contemporary "mbira music" or Chimeranga (rebellion songs of Thomas Mapfumo, led the liberation struggle against colonialism in Zimbabwe. His music played a journalistic role in communicating with the masses. Several theoretical perspectives were employed in this study which included Du Bois’ inductive, empirical framework for the study of "the Negro problems"; Georg Simmel’s perspective on the role of music in society; Berger and Luckmann’s social construction of reality; and O'Shaughnessy and Stadler's social construction of the media. This paper uses content analysis to analyze the musical lyrics of both genres. These musical forms shed light on Du Bois' understanding of the veil and double consciousness within the African American experience and Zimbabwe's struggle for liberation respectively. Points of intersection between the two genres provide insight into how music creates knowledge and constructs social reality.

  3. Deceleration and Trapping of Heavy Diatomic Molecules for Precision Measurements

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    Berg, J. E. Van Den; Turkesteen, S. N. Hoekman; Prinsen, E. B.; Hoekstra, S.

    2011-06-01

    We are setting up a novel type of Stark-decelerator optimized for the deceleration and trapping of heavy diatomic molecules. Aim of these experiments is to prepare a trapped sample of ultracold molecules for precision studies of fundamental symmetries. The decelerator uses ring-shaped electrodes to create a moving trapping potential, a prototype of which has been shown to work for CO molecules. Molecules can be decelerated and trapped in the weak-field seeking part of excited rotational states. The alkaline-earth monohalide molecules (currently we focus on the SrF molecule) are prime candidates for next generation parity violation and electron-EDM studies. We plan to combine the Stark deceleration with molecular laser cooling to create a trapped sample of molecules at a final temperature of ˜ 200 μK. A. Osterwalder, S. A. Meek, G. Hammer, H. Haak and G. Meijer Phys. Rev. A 81 (51401), 2010. T. A. Isaev, S. Hoekstra, R. Berger Phys. Rev. A 82 (52521), 2010

  4. In Vivo skin hydration and anti-erythema effects of Aloe vera, Aloe ferox and Aloe marlothii gel materials after single and multiple applications

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    Fox, Lizelle T.; du Plessis, Jeanetta; Gerber, Minja; van Zyl, Sterna; Boneschans, Banie; Hamman, Josias H.

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    Objective: To investigate the skin hydrating and anti-erythema activity of gel materials from Aloe marlothii A. Berger and A. ferox Mill. in comparison to that of Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) in healthy human volunteers. Materials and Methods: Aqueous solutions of the polisaccharidic fractions of the selected aloe leaf gel materials were applied to the volar forearm skin of female subjects. The hydration effect of the aloe gel materials were measured with a Corneometer® CM 825, Visioscan® VC 98 and Cutometer® dual MPA 580 after single and multiple applications. The Mexameter® MX 18 was used to determine the anti-erythema effects of the aloe material solutions on irritated skin areas. Results: The A. vera and A. marlothii gel materials hydrated the skin after a single application, whereas the A. ferox gel material showed dehydration effects compared to the placebo. After multiple applications all the aloe materials exhibited dehydration effects on the skin. Mexameter® readings showed that A. vera and A. ferox have anti-erythema activity similar to that of the positive control group (i.e. hydrocortisone gel) after 6 days of treatment. Conclusion: The polysaccharide component of the gel materials from selected aloe species has a dehydrating effect on the skin after multiple applications. Both A. vera and A. ferox gel materials showed potential to reduce erythema on the skin similar to that of hydrocortisone gel. PMID:24991119

  5. Relationship between HIV stigma and self-isolation among people living with HIV in Tennessee.

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    Carolyn M Audet

    Full Text Available HIV stigma is a contributing factor to poor patient outcomes. Although HIV stigma has been documented, its impact on patient well-being in the southern US is not well understood.Thirty-two adults participated in cognitive interviews after completing the Berger HIV or the Van Rie stigma scale. Participant responses were probed to ensure the scales accurately measured stigma and to assess the impact stigma had on behavior.Three main themes emerged regarding HIV stigma: (1 negative attitudes, fear of contagion, and misperceptions about transmission; (2 acts of discrimination by families, friends, health care providers, and within the workplace; and (3 participants' use of self-isolation as a coping mechanism. Overwhelming reluctance to disclose a person's HIV status made identifying enacted stigma with a quantitative scale difficult.Fear of discrimination resulted in participants isolating themselves from friends or experiences to avoid disclosure. Participant unwillingness to disclose their HIV status to friends and family could lead to an underestimation of enacted HIV stigma in quantitative scales.

  6. Parasite communities of the predatory fish, Acestrorhynchus falcatus and Acestrorhynchus falcirostris, living in sympatry in Brazilian Amazon

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    Maria Danielle Figueiredo Guimarães Hoshino

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    Full Text Available Abstract This study investigated the parasite communities of wild Acestrorhynchus falcatus and Acestrorhynchus falcirostris populations living in sympatry in Brazilian Amazon. In these two hosts, a total of 12 parasite species e 1-9 parasite species were found per fish, and 10 of these species are metazoans. Eight species of parasites were common to both host species and four of them exhibited differences in abundance and/or prevalence. Parasite communities of the hosts were taxonomically similar (83% and composed of both ectoparasites and endoparasites, and characterized by high prevalence and high abundance of endoparasites and an aggregated dispersion pattern. For A. falcirostris, the dominant parasite was Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, and for A. falcatus, it was Piscinoodinium pillulare. Shannon diversity and Berger-Parker dominance were similar for both hosts, while the parasites species richness and evenness showed differences influenced by the ectoparasites species. These two populations of hosts that inhabited the same geographical area had different sizes, but were exposed to the same infective stages, and acquired qualitatively and quantitatively similar endoparasites community, thus indicating that the amounts and types of prey congeneric that they were eating were similar. Therefore, the overlap in the same occurrence area play an important role in the parasite communities to these phylogenetically related hosts.

  7. General Relativity and Gravitation

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    Ashtekar, Abhay; Berger, Beverly; Isenberg, James; MacCallum, Malcolm

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    Part I. Einstein's Triumph: 1. 100 years of general relativity George F. R. Ellis; 2. Was Einstein right? Clifford M. Will; 3. Cosmology David Wands, Misao Sasaki, Eiichiro Komatsu, Roy Maartens and Malcolm A. H. MacCallum; 4. Relativistic astrophysics Peter Schneider, Ramesh Narayan, Jeffrey E. McClintock, Peter Mészáros and Martin J. Rees; Part II. New Window on the Universe: 5. Receiving gravitational waves Beverly K. Berger, Karsten Danzmann, Gabriela Gonzalez, Andrea Lommen, Guido Mueller, Albrecht Rüdiger and William Joseph Weber; 6. Sources of gravitational waves. Theory and observations Alessandra Buonanno and B. S. Sathyaprakash; Part III. Gravity is Geometry, After All: 7. Probing strong field gravity through numerical simulations Frans Pretorius, Matthew W. Choptuik and Luis Lehner; 8. The initial value problem of general relativity and its implications Gregory J. Galloway, Pengzi Miao and Richard Schoen; 9. Global behavior of solutions to Einstein's equations Stefanos Aretakis, James Isenberg, Vincent Moncrief and Igor Rodnianski; Part IV. Beyond Einstein: 10. Quantum fields in curved space-times Stefan Hollands and Robert M. Wald; 11. From general relativity to quantum gravity Abhay Ashtekar, Martin Reuter and Carlo Rovelli; 12. Quantum gravity via unification Henriette Elvang and Gary T. Horowitz.

  8. Theory of long-lived nuclear spin states in methyl groups and quantum-rotor induced polarisation

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    Dumez, Jean-Nicolas; Håkansson, Pär; Mamone, Salvatore; Meier, Benno; Stevanato, Gabriele; Hill-Cousins, Joseph T.; Roy, Soumya Singha; Brown, Richard C. D.; Pileio, Giuseppe; Levitt, Malcolm H.

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    Long-lived nuclear spin states have a relaxation time much longer than the longitudinal relaxation time T 1 . Long-lived states extend significantly the time scales that may be probed with magnetic resonance, with possible applications to transport and binding studies, and to hyperpolarised imaging. Rapidly rotating methyl groups in solution may support a long-lived state, consisting of a population imbalance between states of different spin exchange symmetries. Here, we expand the formalism for describing the behaviour of long-lived nuclear spin states in methyl groups, with special attention to the hyperpolarisation effects observed in 13 CH 3 groups upon rapidly converting a material with low-barrier methyl rotation from the cryogenic solid state to a room-temperature solution [M. Icker and S. Berger, J. Magn. Reson. 219, 1 (2012)]. We analyse the relaxation properties of methyl long-lived states using semi-classical relaxation theory. Numerical simulations are supplemented with a spherical-tensor analysis, which captures the essential properties of methyl long-lived states

  9. Analytic derivation of the leading-order gluon distribution function G(x,Q2)=xg(x,Q2) from the proton structure function F2p(x,Q2)

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    Block, Martin M.; Durand, Loyal; McKay, Douglas W.

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    We derive a second-order linear differential equation for the leading-order gluon distribution function G(x,Q 2 )=xg(x,Q 2 ) which determines G(x,Q 2 ) directly from the proton structure function F 2 p (x,Q 2 ). This equation is derived from the leading-order evolution equation for F 2 p (x,Q 2 ), and does not require knowledge of either the individual quark distributions or the gluon evolution equation. Given an analytic expression that successfully reproduces the known experimental data for F 2 p (x,Q 2 ) in a domain x min (Q 2 )≤x≤x max (Q 2 ), Q min 2 ≤Q 2 ≤Q max 2 of the Bjorken variable x and the virtuality Q 2 in deep inelastic scattering, G(x,Q 2 ) is uniquely determined in the same domain. We give the general solution and illustrate the method using the recently proposed Froissart-bound-type parametrization of F 2 p (x,Q 2 ) of E. L. Berger, M. M. Block and C.-I. Tan [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 242001 (2007)]. Existing leading-order gluon distributions based on power-law descriptions of individual parton distributions agree roughly with the new distributions for x > or approx. 10 -3 as they should, but are much larger for x -3 .

  10. Etude séro-épidémiologique de la leishmaniose canine au centre du Maroc

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    Fellah, Hajiba; Doughmi, Oursula; Maniar, Saâd; Lalami, Abdelhakim El Ouali

    2014-01-01

    Dans le monde, la leishmaniose viscérale humaine est connue pour avoir comme principale source d'infection les Canidés domestiques et sauvages. Au centre du Maroc, les données épidémiologiques, cliniques et parasitologiques sur la leishmaniose canine, sont quasiment inexistantes. Ce travail traite une étude prospective au cours de laquelle 61 sérums canins ont été analysés par un test rapide et par l'immunofluorescence indirecte. La sensibilité du test rapide par rapport à celle de l'immunofluorescence indirecte (IFI) est de 33,33%. La fréquence de la maladie chez les chiens s’élève à 9,83% (Test Rapide) et 24,59% (IFI). 73,33% des cas canins positifs à la sérologie sont asymptomatiques. Ce sont les jeunes chiens de moins de 5 ans qui sont les plus fréquemment atteints avec une sensibilité de la race Berger Allmand à l'infection. Cette étude a permis de mettre en évidence la présence de chiens leishmaniens (15 chiens séropositifs parmi 61) et de prouver l'existence du réservoir canin. Une stratégie de prévention active doit être mise en place. PMID:25852791

  11. Composition and seasonal variation of brachyura and anomura (Crustacea, Decapoda associated with brown mussel farms at Praia da Cocanha, Brazil

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    Ligia Coletti Bernadochi

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    Full Text Available The composition and seasonal variation of brachyuran and anomuran species associated with mussel farms were evaluated at Praia da Cocanha, São Paulo between May 2007 and February 2008. Nine mussel ropes were sampled at random in each quarter, and 1,208 organisms were identified, comprising five families and 28 species. The most numerous species was the porcellanid Pachycheles laevidactylus (18.5%, followed by the xanthids Acantholobulus schmitti (16.6%, Hexapanopeus paulensis (11.3%, Panopeus americanus (10.2%, and Menippe nodifrons (8.4%. The exotic crab Charybdis hellerii was recorded throughout the study period. The ecological descriptors, except Pielou evenness index, varied significantly over the time. The highest abundance and diversity of the species were recorded during November and February. This pattern was reversed for Berger-Parker dominance, with the lowest values recorded in February. The development of epifauna was correlated with the different stages of the mussel farms, since the mean size of mussels and consequently the abundance of epibiotic organisms and the structural complexity on the mussel ropes increased from May (seeding until February (harvest. Despite this, the temporal population variations in recruitment patterns of the different epibionts should not be overlooked. The results indicated that the mussel farms provided favorable conditions for the development of these crustacean groups, which could be used in environmental monitoring programs and / or be exploited for the aquarium trade.

  12. Between brushstrokes

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    Hagan, Catherine Beverly Anne Rodin

    This thesis explores the fundamental experiential connections between visual art and science. The author links the academic text to multiple visual essays in an exploration of the holistic teaching and learning methodologies in visual art pedagogy. An examination of the educational philosophies of Dewey and Steiner supports the focus on experience as education. The philosophies of Eisner, Goudy, Dewey, London, Arnheim and Wallschlaeger provide a foundation for the overall structure of the separate concepts of visual art. The inclusion of visual essays and the hermeneutical mode in which they are sequenced follows the theories and examples of Sontag, Barthes, Berger, Silvers and Wilde. Creativity studies conducted by Csikszentmihalyi and the theories of invention in science investigated by Kuhn and Judson connect the creative process in visual art to science. Sheen, Feynman, D'Arcy Thompson and Capra offer a perspective on the learning, teaching and evaluation methodologies and philosophy in the area of science, particularly physics, botany and geometry. The examination of these theories as background, combined with narrative experiences and the exploratory visual component, draw out conclusions and implications about the untapped potential of visual art in education.

  13. Heterogeneity Index for the Assessment of Relationship Between Land Use Pattern and Road Traffic Congestion in Apapa-Oworoshoki Express way, Lagos Metropolis

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    Alaigba, D. B.; Soumah, M.; Banjo, M. O.

    2017-05-01

    The problem of urban mobility is complicated by traffic delay, resulting from poor planning, high population density and poor condition of roads within urban spaces. This study assessed traffic congestion resulting from differential contribution made by various land-uses along Apapa-Oworoshoki expressway in Lagos metropolis. The data for this study was from both primary and secondary sources; GPS point data was collected at selected points for traffic volume count; observation of the nature of vehicular traffic congestion, and land use types along the corridor. Existing data on traffic count along the corridor, connectivity map and land use map sourced from relevant authorities were acquired. Traffic congestion within the area was estimated using volume capacity ratio (V/C). Heterogeneity Index was developed and used to quantify the percentage contribution to traffic volume from various land-use categories. Analytical Hierarchical Processing (AHP) and knowledge-based weighting were used to rank the importance of different heterogeneity indices. Results showed significant relationship between the degree of heterogeneity of the land use pattern and road traffic congestion. Volume Capacity Ratio computed revealed that the route corridor exceeds its designed capacity in the southward direction between the hours of 8am and 12pm on working days. Five major nodes were analyzed along the corridor, and were all above the expected Passenger Car Unit (PCU), these are "Oshodi" 15 %, "Airport junction" 10 %, "Cele bus stop" 21 %, "Mile 2" 14 %, "Berger" 15 % and "Tincan bus stop" 33 % indicating heavy traffic congestion.

  14. El turismo en la sociología contemporánea, una aproximación

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    Alfonso González Damián

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    Full Text Available La finalidad del artículo es destacar las aportaciones a la comprensión del turismo que provienen de estudios empíricos realizadosbajo enfoques teóricos de sociología contemporánea, especialmente aquellos que se alejan de las propuestas estructuralistas. Se realizó una búsqueda, selección y análisis de documentos publicados a finales del siglo xx e inicio del xxi cuya temática central fuera el turismo yque presentan elementos teórico-conceptuales o metodológicos compatibles con a las propuestas microsociológicas del interaccionismo simbólico, etnometodología, sociología fenomenológica y el enfoque dramatúrgico, y b las propuestas teóricas de integración acciónestructura de Giddens, Bourdieu, Berger y Luckmann. Se comenta cada uno de los trabajos seleccionados, así como sus posibilidades para el estudio del turismo.

  15. El turismo en la sociología contemporánea, una aproximación

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    Alfonso González Damián

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available La finalidad del artículo es destacar las aportaciones a la comprensión del turismo que provienen de estudios empíricos realizados bajo enfoques teóricos de sociología contemporánea, especialmente aquellos que se alejan de las propuestas estructuralistas. Se realizó una búsqueda, selección y análisis de documentos publicados a finales del siglo XX e inicio del XXI cuya temática central fuera el turismo y que presentan elementos teórico-conceptuales o metodológicos compatibles con a las propuestas microsociológicas del interaccionismo simbólico, etnometodología, sociología fenomenológica y el enfoque dramatúrgico, y b las propuestas teóricas de integración acción-estructura de Giddens, Bourdieu, Berger y Luckmann. Se comenta cada uno de los trabajos seleccionados, así como sus posibilidades para el estudio del turismo.

  16. IgA-gliadin antibodies, IgA-containing circulating immune complexes, and IgA glomerular deposits in wasting marmoset syndrome.

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    Schroeder, C; Osman, A A; Roggenbuck, D; Mothes, T

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    Marmosets in captivity are highly susceptible to wasting marmoset syndrome (WMS), the aetiology of which is still not fully determined. The level of IgA-gliadin antibodies (IgA-AGA), of IgA-containing circulating immune complexes (IgA-CIC), and the degree of glomerular IgA deposits were compared between marmosets suffering from WMS and animals not affected by the disorder. Both IgA-AGA and IgA-CIC were demonstrable in all groups of monkeys investigated. IgA-AGA and IgA-CIC were significantly higher in monkeys with WMS than in non-affected animals. There was a significant correlation between the glomerular IgA-deposition and titre of IgA-AGA. The group of marmosets strongly positive for glomerular IgA deposits comprised significantly more animals suffering from WMS than the group without deposits. In the diet of the animals a considerable amount of gliadin-like cereal proteins was assayed. There are several parallels between the human disorders (coeliac disease and IgA-nephropathy/Berger's disease) and the changes observed in WMS. It should be further investigated if WMS in marmosets is a suitable animal model for both human diseases.

  17. Interacionismo simbólico: origens, pressupostos e contribuições aos estudos em Psicologia Social

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    Full Text Available O estudo aborda a perspectiva teórica denominada interacionismo simbólico, com o objetivo de resgatar suas origens, consolidação, pressupostos centrais e contribuições ao campo da Psicologia social. com base em revisão de literatura, são examinadas algumas concepções de pensadores reconhecidos como precursores dessa corrente, com destaque para o trabalho de George Mead. Os marcos iniciais da estruturação do movimento interacionista simbólico (cujo nome e principais pressupostos foram estabelecidos por Herbert Blumer e as diferentes possibilidades de operacionalização do conceito, representadas pelas divergências conceituais e metodológicas das Escolas de chicago e Iowa, constituem os pontos centrais da discussão. No intuito de identificar os principais desdobramentos oriundos das concepções interacionistas, são brevemente expostas as abordagens de estudiosos como Strauss, Shibutani, Berger e Luckmann, e Stryker. Por fim, com base na revisão empreendida, que permitiu identificar diferentes pontos de vista acerca da abordagem interacionista simbólica, conclui-se que sua evolução e fortalecimento ao longo do tempo contribuíram para que pudesse se sustentar como uma perspectiva teórica com amplas possibilidades de aplicação nos estudos da vida social.

  18. Cine Club

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    Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 18:00 CERN Council Chamber Special screening in collaboration with CERN Social Media Back to the Future Part II Directed by Robert Zemeckis USA, 1989, 108 minutes Watch how the film-makers imagined we’d live in 2015, from flying cars to hydrated pizzas and much more, in this iconic film from the 1980s. Original version english; french subtitles   Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 20:00 CERN Council Chamber Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes) Directed by Nacho Vigalondo Spain, 2007, 92 minutes   A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. Original version spanish; english subtitles Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 20:00 CERN Council Chamber Snow White (Blancanieves) Directed by Pablo Berger Spain, 2012, 104 minutes A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. Ori...

  19. MEMAKNAI KERAGAMAN: The Others dalam Konstruksi Sosial Para Elit Kelompok-kelompok Keagamaan di Kota Mataram

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    Bertolak dari urgensi pelibatan pandangan masing-masing kelompok tentang the others dalam setiap inisiasi perdamaian, studi ini mengkaji (1 konstruksi sosial para elit kelompok-kelompok keagamaan di Kota Mataram tentang the others sekaligus menentukan (2 tipologinya berdasar tiga model utama keberagamaan, yakni eksklusivisme, inklusivisme, dan pluralisme. Para elit dipilih sebagai subjek karena mereka berperan signifikan dalam kelompok masing-masing. Dalam dinamika sosial masyarakat Muslim Kota Mataram, mereka kurang-lebih adalah ulama yang berperan sebagai “makelar budaya” sekaligus kreator aktif perubahan sosial. Untuk memahami konstruksi sosial para elit tentang the others, studi ini menerapkan teori konstruksi sosial Berger. Data utama digali dari para informan yang dipilih secara purposif, yakni mereka yang secara formal maupun informal memimpin kelompok-kelompok keagamaan Islam seperti Ahmadiyah, Salafi, Jama’ah Tabligh, Syi’ah, dan juga kelompok tradisionalis (Nahdlatul Wathan dan modernis (Muhammadiyah. Hasil kajian menunjukkan bahwa konstruksi sosial mereka muncul lewat tiga momen dialektik yang membentuk realitas subjektif sekaligus objektif tentang the others. Hal itu menentukan cara mereka selaku elit kelompok dalam memaknai dan menyikapi the others. Tipefikasinya menunjukkan, penyikapan mereka tentang the others cenderung eksklusif, dalam batas-batas tertentu inklusif, sementara tendensi pluralistik cenderung absen. Berdasar itu solusi berupa format ideal pengelolaan keragaman bagi penciptaan koeksistensi antarkelompok keagamaan di Kota Mataram diajukan.

  20. Structure of parasites community in Chaetobranchopsis orbicularis (Cichlidae), a host from the Amazon River system in northern Brazil.

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    Tavares-Dias, Marcos; Oliveira, Marcos Sidney Brito

    2017-08-01

    The aim of this paper was to investigate the component communities of parasites in Chaetobranchopsis orbicularis from a tributary of the Amazon River system, in Northern Brazil. In 32 fish examined, 902,551 parasites were collected, including Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Piscinoodinium pillulare, Sciadicleithrum geophagi, Posthodiplostomum sp., Clinostomum marginatum, Echinorhynchus paranensis, Neoechinorhynchus pterodoridis, and Dolops longicauda. I. multifiliis was the dominant and abundant parasite species. The ectoparasites presented aggregate dispersion, but the endoparasites showed random dispersion pattern. Mean species richness was 4.0 ± 1.5 parasites, mean Brillouin diversity (HB) was 0.33 ± 0.28, mean evenness was 0.15 ± 0.13, and Berger-Parker dominance (d) was 0.85 ± 0.17. The species richness of parasites and HB were positively correlated with the length of hosts. There was positive correlation between the abundance of P. pillulare and length and weight, between the abundance of I. multifiliis and weight, as well as between the abundance of E. paranensis and N. pterodoridis and the length of hosts. Body condition of the hosts was not affected by moderate parasitism. The low diversity of endoparasites indicates that C. orbicularis is a host with low position in the food web. This is the first record of all these parasites for C. orbicularis.

  1. Structure of the parasites communities in two Erythrinidae fish from Amazon river system (Brazil).

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    Alcântara, Natália Milhomem; Tavares-Dias, Marcos

    2015-01-01

    This study compared the parasite communities of Hoplias malabaricus and Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus from Amazon river system. Hoplias malabaricus were infected by Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Piscinoodinium pillulare, Tetrahymena sp., Urocleidoides eremitus, Braga patagonica, metacercariae of Clinostomum marginatum, Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus) inopinatus, larvae of Contracaecum sp. and larvae of Nomimoscolex matogrossensis. Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus were also infected by these same species of protozoans, nematodes, digeneans and cestodes, except for Tetrahymena sp. and B. patagonica, which were replaced by Argulus pestifer, Urocleidoides sp., Whittingtonocotyle caetei, Whittingtonocotyle jeju and Gorytocephalus spectabilis. For both hosts, I. multifiliis and P. pillulare were the predominant parasites. Most of the parasites presented an overdispersion. Parasite species richness, Brillouin diversity, evenness and Berger-Parker dominance were similar for the two hosts. The length and weight of H. malabaricus showed a positive correlation with the abundance of U. eremitus and Contracaecum sp., while the weight of H. unitaeniatus showed a positive correlation with the abundance of I. multifiliis. The diversity of ectoparasites seemed to be influenced by the behavior of these two hosts. This was shown by the similar parasite communities and was characterized by low species diversity, low evenness and low richness, and by a high prevalence of ectoparasites.

  2. Prosocial/hostile roles and emotion comprehension in preschoolers.

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    Belacchi, Carmen; Farina, Eleonora

    2010-01-01

    Bullying occurs at approximately the same rate in kindergarten as in elementary school, but few studies inquired into preschool years [Alsaker and Nägele, 2008; Stassen Berger, 2007]. This study aimed at: (1) verifying the presence in preschoolers of two additional participant roles (Consoler and Mediator), besides the six traditional roles detected by Salmivalli et al. [1996], grouped in four latent macroroles, by means of teacher report version of the Eight Participant Roles Questionnaire (PRQ) [Belacchi, 2008]; (2) linking prosocial and hostile behaviors to age and gender; and (3) investigating the relationship between roles and emotion understanding. Two hundred and nineteen children (54% boys; aged 3-6 years: mean age 4;10) were administered the Italian version of the Test of Emotion Comprehension [Albanese and Molina, 2008]; 20 teachers (2 for each class) filled in the questionnaire, attributing frequency scores on 24 items (3 for each role) to each pupil. A confirmatory analysis supported the fit of the hetero-report version of the Eight PRQ, revealing four macroroles: Hostile Roles (Bully, Reinforcer and Assistant), Prosocial Roles (Defender, Consoler, and Mediator), Victim, and Outsider. Satisfactory interteachers agreement not only confirms the macroroles hypothized, but also their expected distribution for gender and age. Moreover, the Prosocial roles presented a significant positive correlation with all subdimensions of emotion comprehension (External, Mental, and Reflective). The Victim and Outsider roles negatively correlated only with the External subdimension. The implications of these results for prevention and intervention purposes are discussed. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. Differences in Prokaryotic Species Between Primary and Logged-Over Deep Peat Forest in Sarawak, Malaysia

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    Mohd Shawal Thakib Maidin; Sakinah Safari; Nur Aziemah Ghani; Sharifah Azura Syed Ibrahim; Shamsilawani Ahamed Bakeri; Mohamed Mazmira Mohd Masri; Siti Ramlah Ahmad Ali

    2016-01-01

    Peat land has an important role in environmental sustainability which can be used for agricultural purposes. However, deforestation in the logged-over forest may disrupt the diversity of microbial population in peat soil. Therefore, this study focuses on the differences of microbial populations in Maludam primary forest and Cermat Ceria logged-over forest in Sarawak, Malaysia. The prokaryotic 16S rDNA region was amplified followed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (16S PCR-DGGE) analysis. Berger-Parker and Shannon-Weaver Biodiversity Index showed that Maludam (0.11, 7.75) was more diverse compared to Cermat Ceria (0.19, 7.63). Sequence analysis showed that the bacterial community in Maludam and Cermat Ceria were dominated by unclassified bacteria, followed by Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, Firmicutes and a-Proteobacteria. Based on the findings, the distinct species that can be found in Maludam were Acidobacterium capsulatum, Solibacter sp., Mycobacterium intracellulare, Rhodoplanes sp., Clostridia bacterium, Exiguobacterium sp. and Lysinibacillus fusiformis. While, the distinct species that can be found in Cermat Ceria were Telmatobacter, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Bacillus tequilensis. Overall, the findings showed that microbial population in the logged-over forest are less diverse compared to primary forest. Higher prokaryotic diversity identified in the primary forest compared to logged-over forest showed that deforestation might cause prokaryotic population changes to both ecosystems. (author)

  4. Structure of the parasites communities in two Erythrinidae fish from Amazon river system (Brazil

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    Full Text Available This study compared the parasite communities of Hoplias malabaricus and Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus from Amazon river system. Hoplias malabaricus were infected by Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Piscinoodinium pillulare, Tetrahymena sp., Urocleidoides eremitus, Braga patagonica, metacercariae of Clinostomum marginatum, Procamallanus(Spirocamallanus inopinatus, larvae of Contracaecum sp. and larvae of Nomimoscolex matogrossensis. Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus were also infected by these same species of protozoans, nematodes, digeneans and cestodes, except for Tetrahymena sp. and B. patagonica, which were replaced by Argulus pestifer, Urocleidoides sp., Whittingtonocotylecaetei, Whittingtonocotyle jeju and Gorytocephalus spectabilis. For both hosts, I. multifiliis and P. pillulare were the predominant parasites. Most of the parasites presented an overdispersion. Parasite species richness, Brillouin diversity, evenness and Berger-Parker dominance were similar for the two hosts. The length and weight of H. malabaricusshowed a positive correlation with the abundance of U. eremitusand Contracaecum sp., while the weight of H. unitaeniatus showed a positive correlation with the abundance of I. multifiliis. The diversity of ectoparasites seemed to be influenced by the behavior of these two hosts. This was shown by the similar parasite communities and was characterized by low species diversity, low evenness and low richness, and by a high prevalence of ectoparasites.

  5. First study on communities of parasites in Triportheus rotundatus, a Characidae fish from the Amazon River system (Brazil

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    Full Text Available Abstract This study was the first investigation on the parasites of Triportheus rotundatus, a Characiformes fish from the Amazon, in Brazil. All the fish collected (100% in a tributary from the Amazon River system were infected by one or more parasite species. The mean species richness of parasites was 4.9 ± 0.9, the Brillouin index was 0.39 ± 0.16, the evenness was 0.24 ± 0.09 and the Berger-Parker dominance was 0.81 ± 0.13. A total of 1316 metazoan parasites were collected, including Anacanthorus pithophallus, Anacanthorus furculus, Ancistrohaptor sp. (Dactylogyridae, Genarchella genarchella (Derogenidae, Posthodiplostomum sp. (Diplostomidae, Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus inopinatus (Camallanidae, Echinorhynchus paranensis (Echinorhynchidae and Ergasilus sp. (Ergasilidae, but monogenoideans were the dominant parasites. These parasites presented an aggregate dispersion pattern, except for P. (S. inopinatus, which showed a random dispersion pattern. The body conditions of the hosts were not affected by the parasitism levels. This first report of these parasites for T. rotundatus indicates that the presence of ectoparasites and endoparasites was due to hosts behavior and availability of infective stages in the environment, and this was discussed.

  6. Metazoan endoparasites diversity of Pseudoplatystoma corruscans (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae) as an indicator of environmental alterations on a tropical aquatic system.

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    Ribeiro, Thamy S; Lizama, Maria A P; Takemoto, Ricardo M

    2014-09-01

    The aim of the present study was to detect the alterations of Pseudoplatystoma corruscans parasite infracommunity structure, after the construction of the Porto Primavera dam on the high Paraná River floodplain. The execution of this research was based on 119 host specimens collected between March 2011 and September 2012, and the results were compared to studies performed on periods before the reservoir's construction, when 110 fishes were collected between March 1992 and February 1993. Five parasite species still remain on the environment, despite the environmental modifications: Choanoscolex abscissus, Spasskyelina spinulifera, Nomimoscolex pertierrae, Harriscolex kaparari and Contracaecum sp 2. The Berger-Parker dominance index, calculated to the parasite fauna of 1992, did not show the dominance of any species, while, on the present days, this same index accused the dominance of Nomimoscolex pertierrae (49%) and Choanoscolex abscissus (50%). The present study reports the disappearance of Megathylacus travassosi, Contracaecum sp. 1, Contracaecum sp. 3, Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus) sp. and Cucullanus pseudoplatystomae, suggesting the possibility of a local extinction or a host switch of these species. It has also been registered an Acanthocephala specimen, a genus not observed on this host yet. The results here presented show that the antropic influences on natural systems alter the environmental conditions, what is reflected on the richness and diversity parasite levels.

  7. First study on communities of parasites in Triportheus rotundatus, a Characidae fish from the Amazon River system (Brazil).

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    Santos, Paulo Henrique Nascimento; Tavares-Dias, Marcos

    2017-01-01

    This study was the first investigation on the parasites of Triportheus rotundatus, a Characiformes fish from the Amazon, in Brazil. All the fish collected (100%) in a tributary from the Amazon River system were infected by one or more parasite species. The mean species richness of parasites was 4.9 ± 0.9, the Brillouin index was 0.39 ± 0.16, the evenness was 0.24 ± 0.09 and the Berger-Parker dominance was 0.81 ± 0.13. A total of 1316 metazoan parasites were collected, including Anacanthorus pithophallus, Anacanthorus furculus, Ancistrohaptor sp. (Dactylogyridae), Genarchella genarchella (Derogenidae), Posthodiplostomum sp. (Diplostomidae), Procamallanus (Spirocamallanus) inopinatus (Camallanidae), Echinorhynchus paranensis (Echinorhynchidae) and Ergasilus sp. (Ergasilidae), but monogenoideans were the dominant parasites. These parasites presented an aggregate dispersion pattern, except for P. (S.) inopinatus, which showed a random dispersion pattern. The body conditions of the hosts were not affected by the parasitism levels. This first report of these parasites for T. rotundatus indicates that the presence of ectoparasites and endoparasites was due to hosts behavior and availability of infective stages in the environment, and this was discussed.

  8. Message from the ISCB: 2015 ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award: Cyrus Chothia.

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    Fogg, Christiana N; Kovats, Diane E

    2015-07-01

    The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB; http://www.iscb.org) honors a senior scientist annually for his or her outstanding achievements with the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award. This award recognizes a leader in the field of computational biology for his or her significant contributions to the community through research, service and education. Cyrus Chothia, an emeritus scientist at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and emeritus fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge University, England, is the 2015 ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award winner.Chothia was selected by the Awards Committee, which is chaired by Dr Bonnie Berger of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will receive his award and deliver a keynote presentation at 2015 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/European Conference on Computational Biology in Dublin, Ireland, in July 2015. dkovats@iscb.org. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Tapentadol extended release in the management of peripheral diabetic neuropathic pain

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    Full Text Available Nalini Vadivelu,1 Alice Kai,2 Benjamin Maslin,1 Gopal Kodumudi,3 Aron Legler,1 Jack M Berger4 1Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; 2Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, USA; 3Department of Structural and Cellular Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA; 4Department of Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Abstract: Tapentadol, a µ-opioid agonist and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, has been found to be an effective medication for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions, including back pain, cancer-related pain, and arthritic pain. It has also been found to have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than more traditional opioid-based therapies. More recently, tapentadol extended release has been demonstrated to be effective in the management of painful diabetic neuropathy, an often debilitating condition affecting approximately one-third of all patients with diabetes. This review highlights the most up-to-date basic and clinical studies by focusing on the mechanisms of action of tapentadol and its clinical efficacy, especially with regard to painful diabetic neuropathy. Keywords: chronic pain, neuropathic pain, pharmacology, analgesia, pain management

  10. [Modern-day slavery as a public health issue].

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    Leão, Luís Henrique da Costa

    2016-12-01

    Modern-day slave labor is one of the most pernicious and persistent social problems in Brazil. In the light of the need to implement a national occupational health policy, this paper discusses slave labor as a public health concern, highlighting possibilities for broadening strategies for vigilance and comprehensive care for this specific working population. Exploratory qualitative research was carried out based on the "social construction of reality" proposed by Lenoir, Berger and Luckmann. The investigation consisted of a theoretical review of modern-day slave labor on the national and international scene within the scope of the human, social and public health sciences and an analysis of social and political practices to tackle modern-day slave labor was conducted in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Semi-structured individual and group interviews with workers and representatives of social movements and public institutions were organized. The results reveal the theoretical and practical dimensions of slave labor and its relations with the health field and highlight the role and potential of public health in the enhancing of vigilance practices and health care of workers subjected to these chronic social conditions.

  11. Middlebrow modernism in film(theory: Visconti’s Senso (1954 vis-à-vis Diamant-Berger’s La madone des sleepings (1955

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    Peter Verstraten

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available By reflecting upon the travelling concept of the (film ‘auteur’, the first part of the article argues that Modernism manifests itself differently in cinema studies than in literary studies. Whereas the literary canon is constituted by excluding anything connoting conventional reading matter, a ‘pantheon’ of great directors exhibits a ‘peaceful coexistence’ between popular films and art cinema. The second part of the article addresses the shift in Rudolf Arnheim’s film theory from die-hard Modernist in the 1930s to middlebrow Modernist in the 1950s in a period when Henri Diamant-Berger made an adaptation of Maurice Dekobra’s La madone des sleepings. Concerned with a ‘psychology of art’, Arnheim is to claim a ‘stylized simplicity’ which in the end is better represented by Luchino Visconti’s colourful but nonetheless ‘sophisticated’ melodrama Senso than by Diamant-Berger’s too modest picture. Visconti’s film gives body to the idea of film as a ‘pan-art’, which implies that it is characteristic of cinema to incorporate influences from other art films but also to parasite upon sentimentalism and (high emotion.

  12. Temozolomide and carmustine cause large-scale heterochromatin reorganization in glioma cells.

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    Papait, Roberto; Magrassi, Lorenzo; Rigamonti, Dorotea; Cattaneo, Elena

    2009-02-06

    Temozolomide (TMZ) and carmustine (BCNU), cancer-drugs usually used in the treatment of gliomas, are DNA-methylating agents producing O6-methylguanine. It has been shown that 06-methylguanine triggers DNA mismatch repair and in turn induce apoptosis and senescence, respectively, over a 4 and 6 days period [Y. Hirose, M.S. Berger, R.O. Pieper, p53 effects both the duration of G2/M arrest and the fate of temozolomide-treated human glioblastoma cells, Cancer Res. 61 (2001) 1957-1963; W. Roos, M. Baumgartner, B. Kaina, Apoptosis triggered by DNA damage O6-methylguanine in human lymphocytes requires DNA replication and is mediated by p53 and Fas/CD95/Apo-1, Oncogene 23 (2004) 359-367]. Here we show that TMZ and BCNU have an earlier effect on nuclear organization and chromatin structure. In particular, we report that TMZ and BCNU induce clustering of pericentromeric heterochromatin regions and increase the amount of heterochromatic proteins MeCP2 and HP1alpha bound to chromatin. These drugs also decrease global levels of histone H3 acetylation and increase levels of histone H3 trimethylated on lysine 9 (H3-triMeK9). These events precede the senescence status. We conclude that TMZ and BCNU efficacy in glioma treatment may implicate a first event characterized by changes in heterochromatin organization and its silencing which is then followed by apoptosis and senescence.

  13. Temozolomide and carmustine cause large-scale heterochromatin reorganization in glioma cells

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    Papait, Roberto; Magrassi, Lorenzo; Rigamonti, Dorotea; Cattaneo, Elena

    2009-01-01

    Temozolomide (TMZ) and carmustine (BCNU), cancer-drugs usually used in the treatment of gliomas, are DNA-methylating agents producing O6-methylguanine. It has been shown that 06-methylguanine triggers DNA mismatch repair and in turn induce apoptosis and senescence, respectively, over a 4 and 6 days period [Y. Hirose, M.S. Berger, R.O. Pieper, p53 effects both the duration of G2/M arrest and the fate of temozolomide-treated human glioblastoma cells, Cancer Res. 61 (2001) 1957-1963; W. Roos, M. Baumgartner, B. Kaina, Apoptosis triggered by DNA damage O6-methylguanine in human lymphocytes requires DNA replication and is mediated by p53 and Fas/CD95/Apo-1, Oncogene 23 (2004) 359-367]. Here we show that TMZ and BCNU have an earlier effect on nuclear organization and chromatin structure. In particular, we report that TMZ and BCNU induce clustering of pericentromeric heterochromatin regions and increase the amount of heterochromatic proteins MeCP2 and HP1α bound to chromatin. These drugs also decrease global levels of histone H3 acetylation and increase levels of histone H3 trimethylated on lysine 9 (H3-triMeK9). These events precede the senescence status. We conclude that TMZ and BCNU efficacy in glioma treatment may implicate a first event characterized by changes in heterochromatin organization and its silencing which is then followed by apoptosis and senescence.

  14. [The eternal gardener].

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    Hammer, Veit

    2009-01-01

    The German master gardener Georg Meister (1653-1713) is one of the main characters responsible for a change in the European perception of Japan in the late 17th and early 18th century. Meister gained direct personal experience of the country during two short stays in the 1680s at the Dejima Island in Nagasaki while being employed by the Dutch VOC. Whilst an impression of Meister's earlier years can be gained, in part, from his masterpiece "Der orientalisch-indianische Kunst- und Lust-Gärtner" of 1692, this information is of only relatively small assistance in the further development of an understanding of Meister's later life in the Saxon city of Dresden, where he was employed as a gardener at the "Grosse Garten" after his return to Europe in 1689. In 1973 it was Friedemann Berger who first paid attention to the importance of Meister's later period. In his short biography are some valuable sources mentioned but unfortunately not quoted. This current paper documents some of the main sources relating to Georg Meister and his life in Dresden, including facts on his work and research, housing and death.

  15. Hydrodynamics in full general relativity with conservative adaptive mesh refinement

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    East, William E.; Pretorius, Frans; Stephens, Branson C.

    2012-06-01

    There is great interest in numerical relativity simulations involving matter due to the likelihood that binary compact objects involving neutron stars will be detected by gravitational wave observatories in the coming years, as well as to the possibility that binary compact object mergers could explain short-duration gamma-ray bursts. We present a code designed for simulations of hydrodynamics coupled to the Einstein field equations targeted toward such applications. This code has recently been used to study eccentric mergers of black hole-neutron star binaries. We evolve the fluid conservatively using high-resolution shock-capturing methods, while the field equations are solved in the generalized-harmonic formulation with finite differences. In order to resolve the various scales that may arise, we use adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) with grid hierarchies based on truncation error estimates. A noteworthy feature of this code is the implementation of the flux correction algorithm of Berger and Colella to ensure that the conservative nature of fluid advection is respected across AMR boundaries. We present various tests to compare the performance of different limiters and flux calculation methods, as well as to demonstrate the utility of AMR flux corrections.

  16. Are polyamines involved in the induction and regulation of the Crassulacean acid metabolism?

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    Morel, C; Villanueva, V R; Queiroz, O

    1980-10-01

    Leaves of plants with Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) were analyzed for variation in the content of polyamines in connection with the metabolism of malic acid in the dark and in the light, and with the induction of full-CAM activity. Under conditions (long days) resulting in extremely low CAM activity, young leaves of K. blossfeldiana have very low content in the polyamine-precursor arginine and in putrescine. The content in these two substances was increased dramatically by full-CAM induction with short days. During the course of the night/day cycle two peaks of putrescine content were observed in leaves of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Poelln. Tom Thumb performing full-CAM operation: a large increase occurs toward the end of the day and the first half of the night, and its kinetics corresponds to the increase in the rate of malic acid synthesis; another peak, very sharp, appears during the first hours of the day, concomitant with the time of release of malic acid from the vacuole into the cytoplasm. In the case of Bryophyllum daigremontianum Berger similar variations were observed for the content in spermidine. These results support the hypothesis that polyamines could be involved in countering the tendency toward acidification of the cytoplasm at those moments of CAM operation at which the local concentration of malic acid is increased (i.e., during active synthesis in the dark and during the efflux from the vacuole in the light).

  17. Comparison of 10kHz TR-PIV and LES near-field data in high speed jets

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    Lewalle, Jacques; Kan, Pinqing

    2012-11-01

    The identification of the sources of noise in high-speed jets may help formulate control strategies, an important unsolved problem. We report on the existence of large intermittent and localized relative phase velocities for near-jet fluctuations, and on the flow patterns that are associated with them (see companion abstract by P. Kan). Here we analyze two data sets. Experimentally, 10 kHz TR-PIV in a Ma = 0 . 6 cold jet (Re = 700,000) yielded two components of velocity, from which we calculate the phase velocities for various indicators (see related abstracts by Z.P. Berger and by M.G. Berry; data provided by Spectral Energies LLC). Similar results are obtained for Ma=0.9 LES results (Re = 400,000, sampling at 80 kHz). The comparison of algorithms and flow patterns vindicates our approach. Correlations with far-field events will also be attempted. Thanks to Guillaume Daviller (Institut PPrime, France) for the LES data, and to the Glauser group at Syracuse University. Thanks for partial support from Spectral Energies LLC (under SBIR grant from AFOSR), Syracuse University and the LCS College.

  18. 10kHz TRPIV near-field velocity and far-field noise: experimental results of a Mach 0.6 jet

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    Kan, Pinqing; Lewalle, Jacques

    2012-11-01

    Last year, we extracted footprints of sources from far-field pressure data of high speed jet. In this paper, we focus on processing 10kHz TR-PIV data in the near-field region. The velocity and pressure data were collected in the jet experiment of Kerwin Low, et al. in 2011. From the PIV snapshots, we extract kinematic indicators, construct their histories over the sequence of snapshots, and select the most promising diagnostics by cross-correlation with far-field pressure. For these indicators, including mass flux, we map out their fluctuations and their downstream propagation. In particular, the phase velocity of fluctuations is compared to the local convective speed. Events with large relative phase velocity are identified, and the corresponding velocity and vorticity fields are mapped out. Our goal is to correlate such events to the far-field footprints of sources. For more info and results related to the experiment, please refer to abstracts by Z.P. Berger and by M.G. Berry at this meeting. This work is supported by Glauser group of Syracuse University, Spectral Energies LLC under AFOSR SBIR grant, and by a Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship. Thanks for partial support from Spectral Energies LLC (under SBIR grant from AFOSR), Syracuse University and the LCS College.

  19. VER PARA CRER: A ARTE DE OLHAR E A FILOSOFIA DAS IMAGENS

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    Eduardo Pellejero

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Retomada de forma dogmática, a tematizaçãoplatónica da pintura projeta sobre a produção e a contemplaçãode imagens atributos de irrealidade, irracionalidade epassividade, fazendo do olhar o oposto de conhecer e o opostode atuar, uma aceitação acrítica das aparências, coisa decrianças. O presente artigo pretende problematizar essa tradiçãoiconoclasta, colocando em causa os seus pressupostos filosóficose explorando a potência das imagens da arte e do olhar crítico.Dialogando com as obras de Merleau-Ponty, Berger, Damish,Didi-Huberman, Manguel e Rancière, aspira a mostrar que osolhares do pintor e do espectador estão longe de deixar-sereduzir às simplificações platónicas, dando lugar a uma dialéticacrítica e criativa que desconhece qualquer distinção entreaparência e realidade, entre passividade e atividade, e, emúltima instância, entre interpretar e transformar o mundo.

  20. [The construction of professional images of healthcare assistants and registered nurses].

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    Robin, Dominik; Schaffert, René

    2016-02-01

    In the field of nursing in Switzerland, educations have experienced a fundamental reorganization with the implementation of the new law on Vocational and Professional Education and Training (2004). Among other things, this change affects professional images. To show how the different professional images in the field of nursing are being constructed in the descriptions of professions by graduates after the reshaping of the educations and the occupational field in general. In 110 semi-structured interviews, healthcare assistants and registered nurses (college diploma and Bachelor of Science) in their early careers were asked to explain their professional image. The participant's answers were analysed based on a qualitative content analysis and considering the theoretical background of Berger and Luckmann (1977). The interviews show that professional images emerge on the interaction of societal attributes and individual processes of adoption and revision. Graduates are challenged to adjust stereotypes and to achieve a balance between their own professional image and a missing or inappropriately perceived societal image. There should be further emphasis on the differentiation between the professions and the different educations in the field of nursing in order to achieve a better public perception of the different professions.

  1. Bayreuther festspiele as a field for application of Peter Berger’s and Thomas Luckmann’s Theory of social construction of reality

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    Jeremić-Molnar Dragana

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The Stage festival in Bauyeuth (Bayreuther Festspiele, established in 1876. by German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883, is, even nowadays, a complex and unique phenomenon which continually attracts the attention of scholars from various (mainly humanistic and social scientific fields. In many different methodological approaches to Bayreuther Festspiele, including those made by social scientists, one can not find the application of the sociological theory of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann. However, one has to bare in mind the important fact that Richard Wagner founded his completely innovative festive institution mainly in order to carry out and to spread his regenerative Weltanschauung - already formulated in his numerous theoretical writings and incorporated into his musical dramas. The fact that Wagner’s Weltanschauung was based on the idea of changing the reality of everyday life by constructing the new reality, is of equal importance. Considering all this, it becomes appropriate to explain Wagner’s motivation for establishing the stage festival, as well as his idea of festival, from the standpoint of the theory of social construction of reality.

  2. Adaptation to an Illusory Duration: Nothing Like the Real Thing?

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    John Hotchkiss

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Recent work has shown that adapting to a visual or auditory stimulus of a particular duration leads to a repulsive distortion of the perceived duration of a subsequently presented test stimulus. This distortion seems to be modality-specific and manifests itself as an expansion or contraction of perceived duration dependent upon whether the test stimulus is longer or shorter than the adapted duration. It has been shown (Berger et al 2003, Journal of Vision 3, 406–412 that perceived events can be as effective as actual events in inducing improvements in performance. In light of this, we investigated whether an illusory visual duration was capable of inducing a duration after-effect in a visual test stimulus that was actually no different in duration from the adaptor. Pairing a visual stimulus with a concurrent auditory stimulus of subtly longer or shorter duration expands or contracts the duration of the visual stimulus. We mapped out this effect and then chose two auditory durations (one long, one short that produced the maximum distortion in the perceived duration of the visual stimulus. After adapting to this bimodal stimulus, our participants were asked to reproduce a visual duration. Group data showed that participants, on average, reproduced the physical duration of the visual test stimulus accurately; in other words, there was no consistent effect of adaptation to an illusory duration.

  3. The fusion of humanistic management and organizational learning vreate sustainable and high quality organizations une

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    Carlos Largacha Martínez

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    Full Text Available Rev.esc.adm.neg Looking for the best results that support company sustainability, diverse methodologies focusing on productivity and efficiency have been developed. Under this perspective, the trends of Human Talent Management look for high productive workers and to have low rates of personnel rotation (Bruce, 2006; Wu y Lee, 2001; Fisher, 2000; Lyons, 2006. However, most of these trends do not surpass the reductionist version of the market which only consider a company as a producer of goods or services (Schumacher, 1975, or the managerial paradigms that create structures opposing human resource management (Maslow, 1968; Berger y Luckmann, 1967; Senge et.al., 1994. The Humanistic Management is an exception as it offers another managerial option based on the existing people in the company, not seen as resources but what they really are: human beings. Its principles focus on alteration, non- ideologies and organizational social obligations (Largacha-Martínez, 2010b. In this paper, the outcomes of a qualitative study in seven companies coordinated by the Humanistic Management Network are presented (Von Kimakowitz, et. al, 2011, analyzing them from the perspective of excellence and organizational learning

  4. The electronuclear cycle: from fission to new reactor systems

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    Belier, G.; Cugnon, J.; Lapoux, V.; Liatard, E.; Porquet, Marie-Genevieve; Rudolf, G.

    2006-09-01

    The Joliot Curie School trains each year, and since 1981, PhD students, post-Doctorates and researchers on scientific breakthroughs performed in a topic related to nuclear physics, in a broad range. These proceedings brings together the 11 lectures given at the 2006 session of Joliot Curie School on the topic of the electronuclear cycle: - Fission: from phenomenology to theory (Berger, J.F.); - Physics of nuclear reactors (Baeten, P.); - Data modeling and evaluation (Bauge, E.; Hilaire, S.); - Measurement of cross sections of interest for minor actinides incineration (Jurado, B.); - Spallation data and modelling for hybrid reactors (Boudard, A.); - Nuclear wastes: overview (Billard, I.); - Long living nuclear wastes transmutation processes and feasibility (Varaine, F.); - Hybrid reactors: recent advances for a demonstrator (Billebaud, A.); - Systems of the future and strategy (David, S.); - Non-nuclear energies (Nifenecker, H.); - Fundamental physics with ultracold neutrons (Protasov, K). The last section is a compilation of abstracts of presentations given by Young searchers' (Young searchers' seminars)

  5. Rezension: Anja Peltzer & Angela Keppler (2015. Die soziologische Film- und Fernsehanalyse. Eine Einführung

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    Sylka Scholz

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    Full Text Available Anja PELTZER und Angela KEPPLER legen auf der Basis ihrer Expertise in der Fernsehforschung (KEPPLER bzw. Filmanalyse (PELTZER eine gelungene methodische Einführung in eine soziologische Forschungsperspektive auf mediale Produkte (Produktanalyse vor. Bezugnehmend auf die Wissenssoziologie von BERGER und LUCKMANN wird die These der medialen Konstruktion von Wirklichkeit in der mediatisierten Gegenwartsgesellschaft entwickelt. Die Methodologie ist im interpretativen Paradigma verortet. Der Forschungsprozess teilt sich in drei Phasen auf: Er umfasst erstens den Entwurf des Forschungsdesigns, zweitens die Detailanalyse des filmischen Materials und drittens die Verschriftlichung des Forschungsberichtes. Das Buch richtet sich insbesondere an Studierende und gibt ihnen konkrete Hilfestellung für die Durchführung einer Film- und Fernsehanalyse sowie das abschließende Verfassen einer Seminararbeit. Das vorgeschlagene Konzept einer Film- und Fernsehanalyse wird in Bezug zu aktuellen Entwicklungen in der soziologischen Disziplin gesetzt bezüglich der Etablierung sowohl einer Filmsoziologie als auch einer visuellen Soziologie und den damit verbundenen methodischen Tendenzen. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1701117

  6. Structural and functional properties of actinomycetal communities in chernozems and saline soils of Ukraine

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    Grishko, V. N.; Syshchikova, O. V.

    2010-02-01

    In the profiles of ordinary and southern chernozems, the total numbers of amylolytic microorganisms and actinomycetes decreased with the depth by 2.4-4.2 and 3.4 times, respectively; in the profiles of solonetz and solonchak soils, by 4.2-5.3 and 4.8 times, respectively. In the genetic horizons of the ordinary and southern chernozems, the share of actinomycetes amounted to 29-30% of the total population of microorganisms; in the saline soils, it increases with the depth from 23 to 43%. In the chernozems, Streptomyces violaceomaculatus (Roseus section), St. sporoherbeus (Azureus), St. aerionidulus (Cinereus), St. enduracidicus (Cinereus), and St. grisinus (Cinereus) predominated; in the saline soils, St. violaceomaculatus and St. aerionidulus prevailed. In the ordinary chernozem, the Berger-Parker index was 1.5 times higher than in the southern chernozem. High similarity was found between the streptomycete communities in the chernozems (the Sorensen coefficient was 0.78). In the solonetzes, the species richness of the streptomycetes was higher by 1.7 times than in the solonchaks. In the chernozems, the similarity of the streptomycete communities was higher than in the solonchaks (0.78 and 0.60, respectively).

  7. Homo naledi

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    Berger, Lee R; Hawks, John; Dirks, Paul Hgm; Elliott, Marina; Roberts, Eric M

    2017-05-09

    New discoveries and dating of fossil remains from the Rising Star cave system, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, have strong implications for our understanding of Pleistocene human evolution in Africa. Direct dating of Homo naledi fossils from the Dinaledi Chamber (Berger et al., 2015) shows that they were deposited between about 236 ka and 335 ka (Dirks et al., 2017), placing H. naledi in the later Middle Pleistocene. Hawks and colleagues (Hawks et al., 2017) report the discovery of a second chamber within the Rising Star system (Dirks et al., 2015) that contains H. naledi remains. Previously, only large-brained modern humans or their close relatives had been demonstrated to exist at this late time in Africa, but the fossil evidence for any hominins in subequatorial Africa was very sparse. It is now evident that a diversity of hominin lineages existed in this region, with some divergent lineages contributing DNA to living humans and at least H. naledi representing a survivor from the earliest stages of diversification within Homo . The existence of a diverse array of hominins in subequatorial comports with our present knowledge of diversity across other savanna-adapted species, as well as with palaeoclimate and paleoenvironmental data. H. naledi casts the fossil and archaeological records into a new light, as we cannot exclude that this lineage was responsible for the production of Acheulean or Middle Stone Age tool industries.

  8. Brick tunnel randomization for unequal allocation to two or more treatment groups.

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    Kuznetsova, Olga M; Tymofyeyev, Yevgen

    2011-04-15

    Studies with unequal allocation to two or more treatment groups often require a large block size for permuted block allocation. This could present a problem in small studies, multi-center studies, or adaptive design dose-finding studies. In this paper, an allocation procedure, which generalizes the maximal procedure by Berger, Ivanova, and Knoll to the case of K≥2 treatment groups and any allocation ratio, is offered. Brick tunnel (BT) randomization requires the allocation path drawn in the k-dimensional space to stay close to the allocation ray that corresponds to the targeted allocation ratio. Specifically, it requires the allocation path to be confined to the set of the k-dimensional unitary cubes that are pierced by the allocation ray (the 'brick tunnel'). The important property of the BT randomization is that the transition probabilities at each node within the tunnel are defined in such a way that the unconditional allocation ratio is the same for every allocation step. This property is not necessarily met by other allocation procedures that implement unequal allocation. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Electron and ion Bernstein waves in Saturnian Magnetosphere

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    Bashir, M. F.; Waheed, A.; Ilie, R.; Naeem, I.; Maqsood, U.; Yoon, P. H.

    2017-12-01

    The study of Bernstein mode is presented in order to interpret the observed micro-structures (MIS) and banded emission (BEM) in the Saturnian magnetosphere. The general dispersion relation of Bernstein wave is derived using the Lerche-NewBerger sum rule for the kappa distribution function and further analyzed the both electron Bernstein (EB) and ion Bernstein (IB) waves. The observational data of particle measurements is obtained from the electron spectrometer (ELS) and the ion mass spectrometer (IMS), which are part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) instrument suite on board the Cassini spacecraft. For additional electron data, the measurements of Low Energy Magnetospheric Measurements System of the Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument (LEMMS /MIMI) are also utilized. The effect of kappa spectral index, density ratio (nohe/noce for EB and nohe/noi for IB) and the temperature ratio (The/Tce for EB and The/T(h,c)i for IB) on the dispersion properties are discussed employing the exact numerical analysis to explain the appearing of additional maxima/minima (points where the perpendicular group velocity vanishes, i.e., ∂w/∂k = 0) above/below the lower (for IB) and upper hybrid (EB) bands in the observation and their relation to the MIS and BED. The results of these waves may also be compared with the simulation results of Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) .

  10. Diversidade de borboletas (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea e Hesperioidea em fragmentos de Floresta Estacional Decidual em Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil Diversity of butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea e Hesperioidea in fragments of decidual seasonal forest in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil

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    Mônica B. Dessuy

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    Full Text Available Foram realizadas seis saídas a campo bimestrais, entre julho de 2004 e julho de 2005, em três fragmentos de Floresta Estacional Decidual de Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul: Morro do Elefante (E, Morro do Lar Metodista (M e Morro Cerrito (C. Em 135 horas de amostragem, foram registradas 1594 borboletas, distribuídas em 145 espécies. Destas, 59% pertencem a família Nymphalidae, 19% Hesperiidae, 10% Papilionidae, 7% Pieridae e 5% Lycaenidae. Foram registradas nove espécies de borboletas ainda não publicadas para o Estado. M apresentou maior riqueza e abundância de espécies. A menor riqueza foi observada em E e a menor abundância em C. Os índices de diversidade de Shannon-Wiener e de Margalef tiveram a mesma ordenação entre os locais, sendo maiores em M, local mais heterogêneo e perturbado, e menores em E. Os índices de dominância de Simpson e de Berger-Parker, por sua vez, foram mais representativos em E, com o maior número de espécies abundantes, e menos em C. Apenas 30% das espécies foram comuns aos três locais. Cerca da metade do total de espécies registradas foram exclusivas de um dos locais. A maior similaridade (Índices de Morisita e de Jaccard foi observada entre M e E, e a menor entre E e C.Six field trips were carried bimonthly, between July 2004 and July 2005, in three fragments of Decidual Seasonal Forest of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul State: Morro do Elefante (E, Morro do Lar Metodista (M and Morro Cerrito (C. After 135 sampling hours, 1594 butterflies of 145 species were registered. Among these, 59% are Nymphalidae, 19% Hesperiidae, 10% Papilionidae, 7% Pieridae and 5% Lycaenidae. Nine species were new registers for Rio Grande do Sul State. M had the highest richness and abundance of species. The lowest richness was observed in E and the lowest abundance in C. Shannon-Wiener and Margalef diversity indexes had the same ordination among localities, being higher in M, more heterogeneous and disturbed, and lower in

  11. O bibliotecário como profissional da informação e as representações de suas competências profissionais e pessoais para atuar em bibliotecasThe librarian as professional of the information and representations of your personal and professional skills for work in libraries

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    Renée Rosanne Vaz Nina

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi conhecer as representações de competências socialmente construídas pelo profissional da informação – bibliotecário, inserido no cenário atual da explosão informacional, conseqüência das inovações tecnológicas e da globalização da informação. Essas representações foram coletadas junto aos profissionais atuantes nas bibliotecas da Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM, tendo por base teórica o construcionismo social tratado por Berger e Luckmann (1995, a Teoria das Representações Sociais apresentada por Moscovici (2004 e complementadas pela teoriado processo civilizador de Elias (1994. Metodologicamente,e realizou-se a pesquisa em duas etapas. Na primeira, utilizou-se um questionário como instrumento de coleta de informações para caracterização e destaque dos participantes da pesquisa. Na segunda,utilizou-se um roteiro para entrevistar os participantes e proceder à análise de discursos. Assim, empregou-se a técnica do Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo (DSC tratada por Lefèvre e Lefèvre (2003 e recomendações teóricas de Elias (1998. A análise de discurso, qualitativa e exploratória na coleta das manifestações e opiniões dobibliotecário, possibilitou apresentação do DSC individual de cada questão que por fim se mesclam para constituir o DSC único sobre as competências que o bibliotecário percebe e manifesta com propriedade. Como resultado ressaltou-se alguns fatores de competência neste DSC: a personalidade, o caráter e o amor à profissão; a união do conhecimento, valores e experiências; a criatividade, o comprometimento pessoal e o trabalho em equipe; a atualização continuada profissional e a adaptabilidade à realidade flutuante e ao seu papel social, entre tantas outras citadas.The objective of the study was know the representations of competences socially built by the professional of the library information inserted in the present setting of the blastinformational

  12. Composición de la fauna de Araneae (Arachnida de la Reserva provincial Iberá, Corrientes, Argentina

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    Gilberto Avalos

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    Full Text Available Se estudió la composición y diversidad de la comunidad de arañas de la Reserva provincial iberá, Corrientes, Argentina. Se realizaron capturas en bosque y pastizal en Colonia Pellegrini, Paraje Galarza y Estancia Rincón por medio de las técnicas de muestreo: trampas "pit-fall", tamizado, golpeteo de follaje, observación directa y red de arrastre. Las arañas se agruparon en gremios y se compiló un inventario. La similitud entre localidades y unidades ambientales se midió con el índice de Jaccard, y se calcularon los índices de diversidad de Shannon, equitabilidad, dominancia de Berger-Parker, y la diversidad beta y gamma. Para estimar la riqueza de especies se utilizó Chao 1, Chao 2, Jackknife 1 y 2. En total se recolectaron 4 138 arañas, se identificaron 33 familias y 150 especies de Araneomorphae, y dos familias y dos especies de Mygalomorphae. Cinco especies son nuevos registros para Argentina y 11 para la provincia de Corrientes. Araneidae fue la familia más abundante (39.8%, seguida por Salticidae (10.9%, Anyphaenidae (7.9%, Tetragnathidae (7.4%, Lycosidae (5.5%, y las restantes familias representaron menos del 5% de la captura total. El gremio de arañas tejedoras de telas orbiculares fue el de mayor abundancia y riqueza de especies. Entre las unidades ambientales, la mayor abundancia, riqueza y diversidad se verificó en el bosque de Colonia Pellegrini y en el pastizal de Paraje Galarza. La diversidad a fue alta, representó el 89% de la diversidad gamma, y la diversidad ß constituyó el 11% restante. Según los diferentes índices se capturó entre el 67% y el 97% de las especies que están presentes en la Reserva.Composition of the Araneae (Arachnida fauna of the provincial Iberá Reserve, Corrientes, Argentina. A survey of the spider community composition and diversity was carried out in grasslands and woods in three localities: Colonia Pellegrini, Paraje Galarza and Estancia Rincón (iberá province Reserve. Pit fall

  13. Composición de especies y diversidad de peces en un cuerpo de agua temporal en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro, Costa Rica

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    Idania Sáenz Sánchez

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la diversidad, el dominio y la equidad de la ictiofauna en un cuerpo de agua temporal en el río Frío, sector Playuela, Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro, según tres categorías del nivel de agua (baja [menor a 1.5 m], media [entre 1.5 y 3.0 m] y alta [mayor de 3.0 m]. Se recolectaron 10 264 individuos, pertenecientes a nueve familias, 18 géneros y 21 especies. Las especies que aportaron el mayor número de individuos fueron Poecilia gillii (37% y Astyanax aeneus (19%; mientras que las menos abundantes fueron Ophisternon aenigmaticum (0.06% y Rhamdia nicaraguensis (0.05%. El valor más alto en la diversidad de especies se registró en la categoría alta (H’=2.07; coincidiendo con los valores más altos en el inverso del índice de Simpson (1/D=6.2 y de Berger- Parker (1/d=4.2. De acuerdo con su diversidad, todas las categorías consideradas para el nivel de agua, mostraron diferencias estadísticas altamente significativas entre sí (pSpecies richness and diversity of a fish community in a temporal water body at Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica. We evaluated fish community, species richness and diversity in a temporal water body of Río Frío, Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge. These evaluations were done for three categories of water levels: low (below 1.5 m, intermediate (between 1.5 and 3.0 m and high (deeper than 3 m. A total of 10 264 individuals were collected (nine families, 18 genera and 21 species. The most abundant species were Poecilia gillii (37% and Astyanax aeneus (19% and the least abundant were Ophisternon aenigmaticum (0.06% and Rhamdia nicaraguensis (0.05%. The highest values in diversity (H’= 2.07, in the inverse of the Simpson index (1/D=6.2 and of the Berger-Parker (1/d= 4.2, were recorded in the deepest water category. Diversity differed clearly among water levels (p<0.001. The high and intermediate categories were the most similar (conglomerate analysis: 72.9%. Out of the

  14. Effect of Low Level Ionizing Radiation on Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Atherosclerotic Patients with Lower Limb Ischemia

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    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the developed world (Williamson et al., 2012). Coronary artery disease (CAD) or atherosclerotic heart disease is a chronic life-threatening disease, which characterized by reducing blood supply to the heart as a result of the accumulation of atheromatous plaques within the walls of the arteries supplying the myocardium. Progressive atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries may lead to intimal thickening and eventual artery occlusion. Coronary artery occlusion can cause acute myocardial ischemia as a result of reduced oxygen supply or increased oxygen demand (Luthje and Andreas, 2008). Convincing evidence indicates that atherosclerosis is associated with endothelial dysfunction at the early stage of the disease process (Chiang et al., 2012). The endothelium is a dynamic cell layer that represents a physiological barrier between circulating blood and the surrounding tissues. Impaired endothelial function is a critical event in the initiation of atherosclerotic plaque development and thus may lead to vasoconstriction, vascular smooth muscle proliferation, hypercoagulability, thrombosis, and eventually, adverse cardiovascular events (Berger and Lavie, 2011). Asahara et al., (1997) described endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in human peripheral blood. EPC are immature endothelial circulating cells mobilized from the bone marrow. These cells are involved in Introduction and aim of the work repairing the damaged endothelium and in facilitating neovascularization after ischemia (Rouhl et al., 2008). The role of EPC in health and disease is not understood completely. Most studies of healthy subjects and patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) report that the number and function of circulating EPC decrease with age and with the presence of classical vascular risk factors (Fadini et al., 2007). Recent studies suggested that EPCs play an important role in the risk of vascular

  15. Ecological study of a wetland in Vercelli area. Bird community of 'palude di San Genuario' (Crescentino-Fontanetto Po); Studio ecologico di una zona umida del Vercellese. La comunita' ornitica della palude di S. Genuario (Crescentino-Fontanetto Po)

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    Cellerino, A.; Rossi, G.L. [ENEA, Divisione Protezione dell' Uomo e degli Ecosistemi, Centro Ricerche Saluggia, Vercelli (Italy)

    2001-07-01

    The Palude di San Genuario, that includes an artificial wetland zone, has been declared a Community importance site according to Directive CEE n. 92/43 (Habitat), because of the rare bird species living in (as Botarus stellaris, Ardea purpurea, Circus aeruginosus). This research has the aim to improve the knowledge about natural characteristics, the ornithological community and the conservation degree of the area. The study has been carried out by the Sezione Componente Biotica dell'Ecosistema of the ENEA Research Center of Saluggia during 1996, 1997, 1998. It has been possible to describe the ornithological wintering and reproductive community, defining it in terms of diversity by the application of indices (Shannon-Weaver, Berger-Parker, Pielou, Simpson). Besides, the community has been analyzed by the calculation of the curves of relative abundance distribution verifying the consistency in respect to four theoretic models. Using Brichetti and Gariboldi's system of evaluation for the nesting species (based on italian species) and verifying the species considered by the Red List of italian birds, by the work of Tucker and Heath concerning the european species of conservation interest (1994) and by International Convention (Berna and Bonn) as well as European Directives (Birds Directive), it has been possible to point out that the most interesting species belong to wetlands habitats. In accordance with these results, some managerial hypothesis have been elaborated in order to preserve the area. [Italian] La palude di S. Genuario, che racchiude una zona umida di origine artificiale, e' stata individuata come sito di Importanza Comunitaria, ai sensi della Direttiva CEE n. 92/43 ({sup H}abitat{sup )}, per le specie avifaunistiche rare che ospita (Tarabuso, Airone rosso, Falco di palude). Questo studio ha lo scopo di costituire uno strumento conoscitivo riguardante le caratteristiche naturali, i popolamenti ornitici e lo stato di conservazione del sito

  16. New comprehensive standard seismic noise models and 3D seismic noise variation for Morocco territory, North Africa, obtained using seismic broadband stations

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    El Fellah, Younes; El-Aal, Abd El-Aziz Khairy Abd; Harnafi, Mimoun; Villaseñor, Antonio

    2017-05-01

    In the current work, we constructed new comprehensive standard seismic noise models and 3D temporal-spatial seismic noise level cubes for Morocco in north-west Africa to be used for seismological and engineering purposes. Indeed, the original global standard seismic noise models published by Peterson (1993) and their following updates by Astiz and Creager (1995), Ekström (2001) and Berger et al. (2003) had no contributing seismic stations deployed in North Africa. Consequently, this preliminary study was conducted to shed light on seismic noise levels specific to north-west Africa. For this purpose, 23 broadband seismic stations recently installed in different structural domains throughout Morocco are used to study the nature and characteristics of seismic noise and to create seismic noise models for Morocco. Continuous data recorded during 2009, 2010 and 2011 were processed and analysed to construct these new noise models and 3D noise levels from all stations. We compared the Peterson new high-noise model (NHNM) and low-noise model (NLNM) with the Moroccan high-noise model (MHNM) and low-noise model (MLNM). These new noise models are comparable to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) models in the short period band; however, in the period range 1.2 s to 1000 s for MLNM and 10 s to 1000 s for MHNM display significant variations. This variation is attributed to differences in the nature of seismic noise sources that dominate Morocco in these period bands. The results of this study have a new perception about permanent seismic noise models for this spectacular region and can be considered a significant contribution because it supplements the Peterson models and can also be used to site future permanent seismic stations in Morocco.

  17. Serbia between isolation and integration: "Economic culture" and action determined by interest

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    Full Text Available The basic goal of this paper is an attempt to offer relatively complete and rational sociological answer to the question of why the transition in Serbia has been so long, painful, unsuccessful and with an uncertain outcome, in other words, why Serbia has been hesitating between isolation from the rest of the world and integration with it. In order to achieve that, the first step is questioning the role of cultural factor, especially cultural dimension of economic life (Francis Fukuyama, or the so called "economic culture" (Peter Berger in modern important social changes, such is transition. Transition is an important change of basic structural and functional aspects of the former "socialist society", in a relatively limited period of time, and it is directed towards permanent establishing of consolidated democracy and developed social agreement market. Not diminishing the value or the role of cultural factor, authors came to the conclusion that it is neither the only nor crucial for explaining poverty, instability, conflicts and transitional changes, slowdowns and wanderings through certain post socialist societies, just like the Serbian. Relying on the concept of "polyarchy" of Robert Dahl, as well as on the theory of collective action of Mancur Olson, they think that for that kind of outcome, what is far more important is the influence of inherited and newly created institutional frame and a set of real interests of social figures, both internal and external, as well as their fight for power determined by their interests, which always occurs under the veil of ideological confrontations and justifies itself by them. That is why on the surface we get the impression that in fact cultural-valuable confrontations are major cause of conflicts and blockades and that they created social disintegrations, social stagnation and social regression.

  18. Self-reported interpersonal problems and impact messages as perceived by significant others are differentially associated with the process and outcome of depression therapy.

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    Altenstein-Yamanaka, David; Zimmermann, Johannes; Krieger, Tobias; Dörig, Nadja; Grosse Holtforth, Martin

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    Interpersonal factors play a major role in causing and maintaining depression. This study sought to investigate how patients' self-perceived interpersonal problems and impact messages as perceived by significant others are interrelated, change over therapy, and differentially predict process and outcome in psychotherapy of depression. For the present study, we used data from 144 outpatients suffering from major depression that were treated within a psychotherapy study. Interpersonal variables were assessed pre- and posttherapy with the self-report Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Circumplex Scale (IIP-32; Thomas, Brähler, & Strauss, 2011) and with the informant-based Impact Message Inventory (Caspar, Berger, Fingerle, & Werner, 2016). Patients' levels on the dimensions of Agency and Communion were calculated from both measures; their levels on Interpersonal Distress were measured with the IIP. Depressive and general symptomatology was assessed at pre-, post-, and at 3-month follow-up; patient-reported process measures were assessed during therapy. The Agency scores of IIP and IMI correlated moderately, but the Communion scores did not. IIP Communion was positively associated with the quality of the early therapeutic alliance and with the average level of cognitive-emotional processing during therapy. Whereas IIP Communion and IMI Agency increased over therapy, IIP Distress decreased. A pre-post-decrease in IIP Distress was positively associated with pre-postsymptomatic change over and above the other interpersonal variables, but pre-post-increase in IMI Agency was positively associated with symptomatic improvement from post- to 3-month follow-up. These findings suggest that significant others seem to provide important additional information about the patients' interpersonal style. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved).

  19. Update of distillers grains displacement ratios for corn ethanol life-cycle analysis.

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    Arora, S.; Wu, M.; Wang, M.; Energy Systems

    2011-02-01

    Production of corn-based ethanol (either by wet milling or by dry milling) yields the following coproducts: distillers grains with solubles (DGS), corn gluten meal (CGM), corn gluten feed (CGF), and corn oil. Of these coproducts, all except corn oil can replace conventional animal feeds, such as corn, soybean meal, and urea. Displacement ratios of corn-ethanol coproducts including DGS, CGM, and CGF were last updated in 1998 at a workshop at Argonne National Laboratory on the basis of input from a group of experts on animal feeds, including Prof. Klopfenstein (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Prof. Berger (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Mr. Madson (Rapheal Katzen International Associates, Inc.), and Prof. Trenkle (Iowa State University) (Wang 1999). Table 1 presents current dry milling coproduct displacement ratios being used in the GREET model. The current effort focuses on updating displacement ratios of dry milling corn-ethanol coproducts used in the animal feed industry. Because of the increased availability and use of these coproducts as animal feeds, more information is available on how these coproducts replace conventional animal feeds. To glean this information, it is also important to understand how industry selects feed. Because of the wide variety of available feeds, animal nutritionists use commercial software (such as Brill Formulation{trademark}) for feed formulation. The software recommends feed for the animal on the basis of the nutritional characteristics, availability, and price of various animal feeds, as well as on the nutritional requirements of the animal (Corn Refiners Association 2006). Therefore, feed formulation considers both the economic and the nutritional characteristics of feed products.

  20. Expresividades de la imagen: régimen escópico, espacialidad y sensibilidades

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo ponemos en común reflexiones a partir de un taller de fotografía llevado a cabo con un grupo de jóvenes de sectores subalternos que habitan contextos de socio-segregación. El taller como metodología de investigación surge de la necesidad de posibilitar el despliegue de otras maneras de expresión, alternativas a la palabra, que permitan acercarnos a las dimensiones sensibles de las vivencias de los sujetos. Propusimos realizar un taller de fotografía considerando que la materialidad de las imágenes es una vía para acercarnos al "régimen escópico", a las maneras en que en el capitalismo contemporáneo se configura el sentido de la vista, entendiendo a los sentidos como objeto de regulación cotidiana, provisoria e incompleta. En primer lugar abordaremos algunas consideraciones teóricas acerca de la especificidad de la técnica y de su producto: la fotografía como objeto social en relación a las posibilidades de expresividad. Luego esbozaremos un esquema de lectura a partir de los aportes de Adrián SCRIBANO, Roland BARTHES y John BERGER. Finalmente expondremos algunos resultados a través de una lectura sobre las espacialidades, movilidades y sensibilidades planteadas en las imágenes. URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1301265

  1. ASPECTOS ECOLÓGICOS DA COMUNIDADE DE PARASITOS EMDUAS ESPÉCIES DE LORICARIIDAE DA BACIA IGARAPÉ FORTALEZA, ESTADO DO AMAPÁ, BRASIL

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    Raissa Alves Gonçalves

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Os parasitos têm sido reconhecidos como importantes componentes dos ecossistemas. Esses usam o ambiente para a sua transmissão e podem infectar diversas espécies de peixe no ecossistema. O presente estudo investigou a ecologia parasitária em Squaliforma emarginata e Harttia duriventris da bacia Igarapé Fortaleza, região de Macapá, estado do Amapá, Norte do Brasil. Para ambos os peixes houve similar nível de infecção por Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ciliophora, parasito dominante e com dispersão agregada. Spironucleus sp. (Hexamitidae ocorreu somente nas brânquias de H. duriventris, enquanto Trinigyrus mourei (Monogenoidea e Procamallanus inopinatus (Camallanidae foram encontrados somente S. emarginata. O índice de Brillouin, riqueza de espécies de parasitos, uniformidade e dominância de Berger-Parker foram maiores em S. emarginata, mas paraambos os hospedeiros a comunidade parasitária foi caracterizada por baixa diversidade e baixa uniformidade. Em H. duriventris e S. emarginata, o baixo parasitismo não afetou o fator de condição relativo (Kn dos hospedeiros. Em S. emarginata houve correlação positiva da abundância de I. multifiliis com o comprimento, peso e Kn dos hospedeiros,enquanto que em H. druventris somente o peso e Kn mostram correlação com a abundância desse ciliado. Este foi o primeiro registro de I. multifiliis, Spironucleus sp. e P.inopinatus para H. duriventris e S. emarginata. Palavras-chave: Amazônia, Diversidade, Parasitos, Peixes de água doce, Metazoários. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18561/2179-5746/biotaamazonia.v4n1p15-21

  2. Conference on photovoltaic energy network parity

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    Abadie, Pierre-Marie; Masson, Gaetan; Henzelmann, Orsten; Joly, Jean-Pierre; Guillemoles, Jean-Francois; Auffret, Jean-Marc; Berger, Arnaud; Binder, Jann; Martin, David; Beck, Bernhard; Mahuet, Audrey; Mueller, Thorsten; Contamin, Raphael

    2012-01-01

    The French-German office for Renewable energies (OFAEnR) organised a conference on the present day and future challenges of the development, support and market integration of photovoltaic energy. In the framework of this French-German exchange of experience, about 120 participants exchanged views on support models to renewable energy sources, research results on self-consumption and business models for the renewable energies sector. This document brings together the available presentations (slides) made during this event: 1 - Overview of France's PV support policies (Pierre-Marie Abadie); 2 - Grid parity: first step towards PV competitiveness (Gaetan Masson); 3 - How competitive is solar power? Requirements and impact on the European industry (Orsten Henzelmann); 4 - Key elements of the National Institute of Solar energy - INeS (Jean-Pierre Joly); 5 - Research priorities according to the Paris Institute of Photovoltaics (Jean-Francois Guillemoles); 6 - Bosch Solar energy (Jean-Marc Auffret); 7 - Financing and insuring photovoltaics - History and future prospects (Arnaud Berger); 8 - Decentralized Photovoltaics: Autonomy, Self-Consumption and Reduction of Grid Loading through electrical and Thermal Storage (Jann Binder); 9 - Off Grid systems, mini grid and grid parity, field feedback and perspectives. From the producer-consumer to the smart grid: experience feedback of PV management models (David Martin); 10 - Benefits for solar power plants in respect of grid stabilization (Bernhard Beck); 11 - Renewable energies integration to electricity market: impacts and challenges (Audrey Mahuet); 12 - Promotion of PV in Germany: Feed-in tariffs, self-consumption and direct selling - Review and forecast (Thorsten Mueller); 13 - How to support renewable electricity in France? (Raphael Contamin)

  3. The Effects of Emotional Intelligence (EI Items Education on Job Related Stress in Physicians and Nurses who Work in Intensive Care Units

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    Full Text Available Background & Aim: Intensive care units (ICUs are recognized as stressful environments. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of emotional intelligence education items on job related stress on physicians and nurses who work in intensive care units at hospitals of Yerevan, Armenia. Methods: A interventional study design was implemented with 106 registered hospital physicians and nurses, who were widely distributed all the way through. Case group was taught about 15 E.I items. For data collection, the 20-question Berger situational (overt anxiety questionnaire, the 20-item personality (covert anxiety questionnaire, and the Bar-on emotional intelligence questionnaire with 133 questions were used. Statistical descriptive methods, chi-square (X2 and t-tests were used to analyze data. Results: The research achievements revealed that the average score of the case group`s situational anxiety was 46.59 before intervention, which decreased to 39.95 after the training of the items of emotional intelligence. The average score of situational anxiety of control group was 44.32 before intervention which increased to 44.76 after examination. There was a meaningful statistical difference between case and control group after education of emotional intelligence`s items (p=0.001. Conclusion: Results of the current study showed that physicians and nurses experience high level of stress. The ability to effectively deal with emotion intelligence and emotional information in the workplace assists employees in coping with occupational stress and should be developed in stress managing trainings.

  4. Exploring HIV-related stigma among HIV-infected men who have sex with men in Beijing, China: a correlation study.

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    Li, Zhen; Hsieh, Evelyn; Morano, Jamie P; Sheng, Yu

    2016-11-01

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related stigma among HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) has been associated with adverse health outcomes, including poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy and care, and increased participation in behaviors linked to higher rates of HIV transmission. In China, the incidence of HIV is growing more rapidly among MSM than among other subgroups. This study characterizes and quantifies HIV stigma among HIV-infected MSM in Beijing, China, which arguably may be driving this epidemic. A cross-sectional survey study was performed among 266 HIV-positive MSM in Beijing, China, in 2014. The Berger HIV Stigma Scale was used to measure levels of HIV-related stigma. Participants additionally answered questions regarding socio-demographic characteristics and HIV-associated risk factors; previously validated Mandarin-language scales assessed depression, coping style, and social support networks. Multivariable linear regression models were used to identify variables significantly associated with HIV stigma. The mean overall HIV stigma score among the study population was 112.78 ± 18.11 (score range: 40-160). Higher HIV stigma scores were positively associated with depression (β = 7.99, 95% CI:3.69, 12.29, p coping skills (β = 0.64, 95% CI:0.21,1.08, p stigma. The results of this study can inform the development of culturally sensitive interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma among MSM with HIV in China, with the overarching goal of reducing HIV transmission in this vulnerable population.

  5. Stigma reduction in adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with HIV: findings from the Project ACCEPT intervention.

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    Harper, Gary W; Lemos, Diana; Hosek, Sybil G

    2014-10-01

    This article describes the influence of a group-based behavioral intervention for adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with HIV (Project ACCEPT) on four dimensions of HIV-related stigma-personalized stigma, disclosure concerns, negative self-image, and concern with public attitudes about people with HIV-as measured by the Berger HIV Stigma Scale. Stigma was addressed in a holistic manner during the intervention by providing HIV/AIDS-related information, facilitating the acquisition of coping skills, and providing contact with other youth living with HIV in order to improve social support. Fifty youth (28 male, 22 female; mean age=19.24 years) newly diagnosed with HIV from four geographically diverse clinics participated in a one-group pretest-posttest design study whereby they received the intervention over a 12-week period, and completed assessments at baseline, post-intervention, and 3-month follow-up. Results from the combined sample (males and females) revealed overall reductions in stigma in three dimensions: personalized stigma, disclosure concerns, and negative self-image, although only the combined-sample effects for negative self-image were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Gender-specific analyses revealed that the intervention reduced stigma for males across all four dimensions of stigma, with all effects being maintained to some degree at the 3-month follow-up. Only personalized stigma demonstrated a decrease for females, although this effect was not maintained at the 3-month follow-up; while the other three types of stigma increased at post-intervention and 3-month follow-up. Findings are discussed in terms of gender specific outcomes and the need for a different type of intervention to reduce stigma for young women.

  6. Mentalization in children and mothers in the context of trauma: An initial study of the validity of the Child Reflective Functioning Scale.

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    Ensink, Karin; Normandin, Lina; Target, Mary; Fonagy, Peter; Sabourin, Stéphane; Berthelot, Nicolas

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    This study examined the validity of the Child Reflective Functioning Scale (CRFS: Ensink, Target, & Oandason, 2013, Child reflective functioning scale scoring manual: for application to the Child Attachment Interview. London, UK: Anna Freud Centre - University College London), a measure designed to assess reflective functioning (RF) or mentalization during middle childhood. Participants were 94 mother-child dyads divided into two subgroups; 46 dyads where children had histories of intrafamilial (n = 22 dyads) or extrafamilial (n = 24 dyads) sexual abuse, and a community control group composed of 48 mother-child dyads. RF of children and their mothers was assessed using videotaped and transcribed data gathered using the Child Attachment Interview and the Parent Development Interview (PDI: Slade, Aber, Bresi, Berger, & Kaplan, 2004, The parent development interview-Revised. New York, NY: The City University of New York). The findings indicate that the CRFS proved reliable, with excellent intraclass correlation coefficients for general RF, as well as RF regarding self and others. Significant differences in RF were found between sexually abused children and the control group, and also between children who had experienced intrafamilial and extrafamilial sexual abuse. This provides support for the discriminant validity of the CRFS. Furthermore, maternal RF was associated with child RF. Both abuse and maternal RF made significant contributions to predicting children's RF regarding themselves, but child sexual abuse was the only variable that made a significant contribution to explaining variance in children's RF regarding others. © 2014 The Authors. British Journal of Developmental Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Psychological Society.

  7. Stigma Reduction in Adolescents and Young Adults Newly Diagnosed with HIV: Findings from the Project ACCEPT Intervention

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    Lemos, Diana; Hosek, Sybil G.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract This article describes the influence of a group-based behavioral intervention for adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with HIV (Project ACCEPT) on four dimensions of HIV-related stigma—personalized stigma, disclosure concerns, negative self-image, and concern with public attitudes about people with HIV—as measured by the Berger HIV Stigma Scale. Stigma was addressed in a holistic manner during the intervention by providing HIV/AIDS-related information, facilitating the acquisition of coping skills, and providing contact with other youth living with HIV in order to improve social support. Fifty youth (28 male, 22 female; mean age=19.24 years) newly diagnosed with HIV from four geographically diverse clinics participated in a one-group pretest-posttest design study whereby they received the intervention over a 12-week period, and completed assessments at baseline, post-intervention, and 3-month follow-up. Results from the combined sample (males and females) revealed overall reductions in stigma in three dimensions: personalized stigma, disclosure concerns, and negative self-image, although only the combined-sample effects for negative self-image were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Gender-specific analyses revealed that the intervention reduced stigma for males across all four dimensions of stigma, with all effects being maintained to some degree at the 3-month follow-up. Only personalized stigma demonstrated a decrease for females, although this effect was not maintained at the 3-month follow-up; while the other three types of stigma increased at post-intervention and 3-month follow-up. Findings are discussed in terms of gender specific outcomes and the need for a different type of intervention to reduce stigma for young women. PMID:25216106

  8. Severe bill deformity of an American Kestrel wintering in California

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    Iko, William M.; Dusek, Robert J.

    2011-01-01

    During a recent survey for West Nile virus in wild birds around the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Imperial County, California (Dusek et al. 2010), we captured a female American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) with a severe bill deformity (Figure 1). The kestrel was captured on 9 March 2006, at 08:45, approximately 0.25 km south of the intersection of Wiest and Lindsey roads (33°  08' 42' N, 115° 26' 59' W) and 6 km east-northeast of Calipatria. It was caught on a bal-chatri trap baited with a domestic mouse (Berger and Mueller 1959), as were all the 208 kestrels captured during this study. The bird was initially perched on a high transmission line running along Wiest Road and was caught within 10 minutes of our setting the trap. In examining the bird, we observed that the maxilla beyond the cere was missing. The upper bill structure from the palatine process, which included part of the maxilla, the entire premaxilla, and the external rhamphotheca (the hardened keratin layer cover­ ing the premaxilla) was missing rostral to the bird's cere and nares (Threlfall 1968, Lucas and Stettenheim 1972, Proctor and Lynch 1993). The epidermal layer of the cere appeared to have fused over the remaining area between the nares where the upper bill normally would have been. The deformation did not appear to be recent or related to our trapping, as there were no obvious abrasions or open wounds in the region surrounding the nares and oropharynx or signs of recent trauma surrounding the oropharynx area. Both nares were clearly defined, and the tongue protruded from the open oropharynx area. After completing the physical examination, measurements, and obtaining a blood sample for testing for West Nile virus, we released the kestrel at the location of capture. After its release, we monitored the kestrel's behavior for approximately 30 minutes but did not observe any additional hunting.

  9. Estigma relacionado a VIH/SIDA asociado con adherencia al tratamiento antirretroviral en pacientes de un hospital de Lima, Perú 2014

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    Full Text Available Objetivos.Determinar el nivel de estigma relacionado a VIH/SIDA y su asociación con la adherencia al tratamientoantirretroviral (TARV en pacientes de un hospital nacional de Lima, Perú. Materiales y métodos. Estudio transversal que incluyó a pacientes adultos que seguían el programa de TARV con un mínimo de seis meses. Se consideró el estigma como la desvalorización de la persona por tener la infección de VIH y se midió con la escala de Berger para estigma relacionado a VIH, la adherencia a la toma adecuada de los medicamentos fue medida con la encuesta Simplified medication adherence questionaire (SMAQ. Para evaluar los factores asociados a estigma se calcularon razones de prevalencia (RP usando la regresión de Poisson. Resultados. Se analizaron 339 encuestas, la mediana de edad fue 39 años (RIC: 16 donde 74,0% eran hombres. Se halló un estigma alto en 25,4% y moderado en 47,5% de los encuestados. Una reducción de 10 puntos en la escala de estigma relacionado a VIH/SIDA se asoció a un aumento de 5% de adherencia al TARV en hombres (RPa 0,95, IC95%: 0,91-0,99 y un aumento del 7% en mujeres (RPa 0,93, IC95%: 0,87-0,98. Conclusiones. Existe un alto nivel de estigma relacionado a VIH/SIDA y se asocia a la falta de adherencia al tratamiento con diferencias de acuerdo al sexo. Se recomiendan intervenciones dirigidas a reducir el estigma relacionado a divulgación de estatus en las mujeres y el relacionado a actitudes públicas en hombres.

  10. A brief history of typical absence seizures - Petit mal revisited.

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    Brigo, Francesco; Trinka, Eugen; Lattanzi, Simona; Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi; Nardone, Raffaele; Martini, Mariano

    2018-03-01

    In this article, we have traced back the history of typical absence seizures, from their initial clinical description to the more recent nosological position. The first description of absence seizures was made by Poupart in 1705 and Tissot in 1770. In 1824, Calmeil introduced the term "absences", and in 1838, Esquirol for the first time used the term petit mal. Reynolds instead used the term "epilepsia mitior" (milder epilepsy) and provided a comprehensive description of absence seizures (1861). In 1854, Delasiauve ranked absences as the seizure type with lower severity and introduced the concept of idiopathic epilepsy. Otto Binswanger (1899) discussed the role of cortex in the pathophysiology of "abortive seizures", whereas William Gowers (1901) emphasized the importance of a detailed clinical history to identify nonmotor seizures or very mild motor phenomena which otherwise may go unnoticed or considered not epileptic. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the term pyknolepsy was introduced, but initially was not universally considered as a type of epilepsy; it was definitely recognized as an epileptic entity only in 1945, based on electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings. Hans Berger, the inventor of the EEG, made also the first EEG recording of an atypical absence (his results were published only in 1933), whereas the characteristic EEG pattern was reported by neurophysiologists of the Harvard Medical School in 1935. The discovery of EEG made it also possible to differentiate absence seizures from so called "psychomotor" seizures occurring in temporal lobe epilepsy. Penfield and Jasper (1938) considered absences as expression of "centrencephalic epilepsy". Typical absences seizures are now classified by the International League Against Epilepsy among generalized nonmotor (absence) seizures. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. The place of quantitative energy models in a prospective approach

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    Taverdet-Popiolek, N.

    2009-01-01

    Futurology above all depends on having the right mind set. Gaston Berger summarizes the prospective approach in 5 five main thrusts: prepare for the distant future, be open-minded (have a systems and multidisciplinary approach), carry out in-depth analyzes (draw out actors which are really determinant or the future, as well as established shed trends), take risks (imagine risky but flexible projects) and finally think about humanity, futurology being a technique at the service of man to help him build a desirable future. On the other hand, forecasting is based on quantified models so as to deduce 'conclusions' about the future. In the field of energy, models are used to draw up scenarios which allow, for instance, measuring medium or long term effects of energy policies on greenhouse gas emissions or global welfare. Scenarios are shaped by the model's inputs (parameters, sets of assumptions) and outputs. Resorting to a model or projecting by scenario is useful in a prospective approach as it ensures coherence for most of the variables that have been identified through systems analysis and that the mind on its own has difficulty to grasp. Interpretation of each scenario must be carried out in the light o the underlying framework of assumptions (the backdrop), developed during the prospective stage. When the horizon is far away (very long-term), the worlds imagined by the futurologist contain breaks (technological, behavioural and organizational) which are hard to integrate into the models. It is here that the main limit for the use of models in futurology is located. (author)

  12. A parallel adaptive finite difference algorithm for petroleum reservoir simulation

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    Hoang, Hai Minh

    2005-07-01

    Adaptive finite differential for problems arising in simulation of flow in porous medium applications are considered. Such methods have been proven useful for overcoming limitations of computational resources and improving the resolution of the numerical solutions to a wide range of problems. By local refinement of the computational mesh where it is needed to improve the accuracy of solutions, yields better solution resolution representing more efficient use of computational resources than is possible with traditional fixed-grid approaches. In this thesis, we propose a parallel adaptive cell-centered finite difference (PAFD) method for black-oil reservoir simulation models. This is an extension of the adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) methodology first developed by Berger and Oliger (1984) for the hyperbolic problem. Our algorithm is fully adaptive in time and space through the use of subcycling, in which finer grids are advanced at smaller time steps than the coarser ones. When coarse and fine grids reach the same advanced time level, they are synchronized to ensure that the global solution is conservative and satisfy the divergence constraint across all levels of refinement. The material in this thesis is subdivided in to three overall parts. First we explain the methodology and intricacies of AFD scheme. Then we extend a finite differential cell-centered approximation discretization to a multilevel hierarchy of refined grids, and finally we are employing the algorithm on parallel computer. The results in this work show that the approach presented is robust, and stable, thus demonstrating the increased solution accuracy due to local refinement and reduced computing resource consumption. (Author)

  13. We are all angels: acting, reclaiming and moving beyond survivorship.

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    Anderson, Ariane B

    2014-01-01

    This article aspires to an embodiment of dynamic living versus mere survival. The term cancer survivor, including a survivor who is in remission, has been legitimated (Berger and Luckmann, The social construction of reality, p. 94 1967) by language which creates knowledge of what a cancer survivor is and does. Because we act under descriptions (Hacking, The social construction of what?, p. 103 1999), those of us who have passed through illnesses such as cancer not only have been given the name and the idea of survivor, we have assumed and conform to some or most of the characteristics assigned to it; examples of some of those characteristics are discussed throughout this project. Whether or not we choose to enact all that falls under the grammar of the classification of survivor, we still live with, create, and experience ourselves and others as legitimated by such a classification. The term survivor operates through a number of institutions (medical, capitalism, and media) resulting in individuals' awareness of such classifications about themselves and others. Many, if not most, who are aware of being classified as survivors may wish to modify or resist the constraining aspects of those classifications and their descriptions. Through layered accounts of interviews and prose, I interact with this term as one who is both caught in and wants to go against the stream of classification and description. I want to transcend what I know, yet I am aware that whatever story I make and tell is a part of the whole-my story is part of two other survivor's stories which I include in the following telling of my own. All of our stories matter. Still, I want to look beyond what is in front of me, move beyond it, dream. I do so with a desire to tell my story as part of other survivors' stories.

  14. ‘THE AGE OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS’: A SOCIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION ON MASCULINITY

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    Jorge Celis

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    Full Text Available En las dos últimas décadas se ha presentado un interés creciente por el estudio de las horrendas masacres cometidas por estudiantes en las escuelas. Estas masacres conocidas como “tiroteos en la escuela” han sido analizadas utilizando enfoques psicológicos. A pesar de que la investigación revela que los perpetrados no presentan historias de enfermedades mentales, estos enfoques enfatizan en las patologías de los perpetrados ignorando la influencia que los valores tienen sobre sus acciones. En consecuencia, los perpetradores son vistos como lobos solitarios y las masacres escolares como casos aislados. Con base en información obtenida de trabajos académicos publicados, en su gran mayoría, en revistas científicas, y además, con la teoría sociológica de P. Berger y T. Luckmann, el propósito de este ensayo es presentar una interpretación sociológica sobre las masacres ocurridas en las escuelas al explicar por qué los perpetradores cometen actos violentos contra sus profesores y compañeros como una forma de recuperar su masculinidad. El ensayo encuentra que los hombres más que las mujeres cometen tiroteos en las escuelas. Por lo general, los perpetrados provienen de padres quienes han sido coleccionistas de armas. No es coincidencia que los perpetrados utilicen las armas de sus familias para llevar a cabo las masacres. Aunado a ello, los perpetrados perciben la escuela como una entidad social que disminuye su masculinidad, y la manera de reafirmarla es mediante el ataque azaroso a estudiantes y profesores en frente del resto de los miembros de la comunidad educativa durante la jornada escolar.

  15. High performance capsule implosions on the OMEGA Laser facility with rugby hohlraums

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    Robey, H. F.; Amendt, P.; Park, H.-S.; Town, R. P. J.; Milovich, J. L.; Doeppner, T.; Hinkel, D. E.; Wallace, R.; Sorce, C.; Strozzi, D. J.; Philippe, F.; Casner, A.; Caillaud, T.; Landoas, O.; Liberatore, S.; Monteil, M.-C.; Seguin, F.; Rosenberg, M.; Li, C. K.; Petrasso, R.

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    Rugby-shaped hohlraums have been proposed as a method for x-ray drive enhancement for indirectly driven capsule implosions. This concept has recently been tested in a series of shots on the OMEGA laser facility [T. R. Boehly, D. L. Brown, R. S. Craxton et al., Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)]. In this paper, experimental results are presented comparing the performance of D 2 -filled capsules between standard cylindrical Au hohlraums and rugby-shaped hohlraums. The rugby hohlraums demonstrated 18% more x-ray drive energy as compared with the cylinders, and the high-performance design of these implosions (both cylinder and rugby) also provided ≅20x more deuterium (DD) neutrons than any previous indirectly driven campaign on OMEGA and ≅3x more than ever achieved on NOVA [E. M. Campbell, Laser Part. Beams 9, 209 (1991)] implosions driven with nearly twice the laser energy. This increase in performance enables, for the first time, a measurement of the neutron burn history and imaging of the neutron core shapes in an indirectly driven implosion. Previous DD neutron yields had been too low to register this key measurement of capsule performance and the effects of dynamic mix. A wealth of additional data on the fuel areal density from the suite of charged particle diagnostics was obtained on a subset of the shots that used D 3 He rather than D 2 fuel. Comparisons of the experimental results with numerical simulations are shown to be in very good agreement. The design techniques employed in this campaign, e.g., smaller laser entrance holes and hohlraum case-to-capsule ratios, provide added confidence in the pursuit of ignition on the National Ignition Facility [J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger et al., Phys. Plasmas 11, 339 (2004)].

  16. High performance capsule implosions on the OMEGA Laser facility with rugby hohlraumsa)

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    Robey, H. F.; Amendt, P.; Park, H.-S.; Town, R. P. J.; Milovich, J. L.; Döppner, T.; Hinkel, D. E.; Wallace, R.; Sorce, C.; Strozzi, D. J.; Philippe, F.; Casner, A.; Caillaud, T.; Landoas, O.; Liberatore, S.; Monteil, M.-C.; Séguin, F.; Rosenberg, M.; Li, C. K.; Petrasso, R.; Glebov, V.; Stoeckl, C.; Nikroo, A.; Giraldez, E.

    2010-05-01

    Rugby-shaped hohlraums have been proposed as a method for x-ray drive enhancement for indirectly driven capsule implosions. This concept has recently been tested in a series of shots on the OMEGA laser facility [T. R. Boehly, D. L. Brown, R. S. Craxton et al., Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)]. In this paper, experimental results are presented comparing the performance of D2-filled capsules between standard cylindrical Au hohlraums and rugby-shaped hohlraums. The rugby hohlraums demonstrated 18% more x-ray drive energy as compared with the cylinders, and the high-performance design of these implosions (both cylinder and rugby) also provided ≈20× more deuterium (DD) neutrons than any previous indirectly driven campaign on OMEGA and ≈3× more than ever achieved on NOVA [E. M. Campbell, Laser Part. Beams 9, 209 (1991)] implosions driven with nearly twice the laser energy. This increase in performance enables, for the first time, a measurement of the neutron burn history and imaging of the neutron core shapes in an indirectly driven implosion. Previous DD neutron yields had been too low to register this key measurement of capsule performance and the effects of dynamic mix. A wealth of additional data on the fuel areal density from the suite of charged particle diagnostics was obtained on a subset of the shots that used D H3e rather than D2 fuel. Comparisons of the experimental results with numerical simulations are shown to be in very good agreement. The design techniques employed in this campaign, e.g., smaller laser entrance holes and hohlraum case-to-capsule ratios, provide added confidence in the pursuit of ignition on the National Ignition Facility [J. D. Lindl, P. Amendt, R. L. Berger et al., Phys. Plasmas 11, 339 (2004)].

  17. The fusion of mental imagery and sensation in the temporal association cortex.

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    Berger, Christopher C; Ehrsson, H Henrik

    2014-10-08

    It is well understood that the brain integrates information that is provided to our different senses to generate a coherent multisensory percept of the world around us (Stein and Stanford, 2008), but how does the brain handle concurrent sensory information from our mind and the external world? Recent behavioral experiments have found that mental imagery--the internal representation of sensory stimuli in one's mind--can also lead to integrated multisensory perception (Berger and Ehrsson, 2013); however, the neural mechanisms of this process have not yet been explored. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging and an adapted version of a well known multisensory illusion (i.e., the ventriloquist illusion; Howard and Templeton, 1966), we investigated the neural basis of mental imagery-induced multisensory perception in humans. We found that simultaneous visual mental imagery and auditory stimulation led to an illusory translocation of auditory stimuli and was associated with increased activity in the left superior temporal sulcus (L. STS), a key site for the integration of real audiovisual stimuli (Beauchamp et al., 2004a, 2010; Driver and Noesselt, 2008; Ghazanfar et al., 2008; Dahl et al., 2009). This imagery-induced ventriloquist illusion was also associated with increased effective connectivity between the L. STS and the auditory cortex. These findings suggest an important role of the temporal association cortex in integrating imagined visual stimuli with real auditory stimuli, and further suggest that connectivity between the STS and auditory cortex plays a modulatory role in spatially localizing auditory stimuli in the presence of imagined visual stimuli. Copyright © 2014 the authors 0270-6474/14/3313684-09$15.00/0.

  18. Behavioral state classification in epileptic brain using intracranial electrophysiology

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    Kremen, Vaclav; Duque, Juliano J.; Brinkmann, Benjamin H.; Berry, Brent M.; Kucewicz, Michal T.; Khadjevand, Fatemeh; Van Gompel, Jamie; Stead, Matt; St. Louis, Erik K.; Worrell, Gregory A.

    2017-04-01

    Objective. Automated behavioral state classification can benefit next generation implantable epilepsy devices. In this study we explored the feasibility of automated awake (AW) and slow wave sleep (SWS) classification using wide bandwidth intracranial EEG (iEEG) in patients undergoing evaluation for epilepsy surgery. Approach. Data from seven patients (age 34+/- 12 , 4 women) who underwent intracranial depth electrode implantation for iEEG monitoring were included. Spectral power features (0.1-600 Hz) spanning several frequency bands from a single electrode were used to train and test a support vector machine classifier. Main results. Classification accuracy of 97.8  ±  0.3% (normal tissue) and 89.4  ±  0.8% (epileptic tissue) across seven subjects using multiple spectral power features from a single electrode was achieved. Spectral power features from electrodes placed in normal temporal neocortex were found to be more useful (accuracy 90.8  ±  0.8%) for sleep-wake state classification than electrodes located in normal hippocampus (87.1  ±  1.6%). Spectral power in high frequency band features (Ripple (80-250 Hz), Fast Ripple (250-600 Hz)) showed comparable performance for AW and SWS classification as the best performing Berger bands (Alpha, Beta, low Gamma) with accuracy  ⩾90% using a single electrode contact and single spectral feature. Significance. Automated classification of wake and SWS should prove useful for future implantable epilepsy devices with limited computational power, memory, and number of electrodes. Applications include quantifying patient sleep patterns and behavioral state dependent detection, prediction, and electrical stimulation therapies.

  19. La fouille du fort Saint-Georges à Chinon (Indre-et-Loire. Premiers résultats The excavation of fort Saint-Georges at Chinon (Indre-et-Loire. First results

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    Bruno Dufaÿ

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    Full Text Available Cette note présente les premiers résultats des fouilles menées en 2003 et 2004 sur la quasi-totalité du fort Saint-Georges à Chinon (Indre-et-Loire. Celui-ci est l’un des trois éléments de la forteresse médiévale qui domine la ville. La fouille a permis de préciser la fonction du fort, construit dans la deuxième moitié du XIIe s., à l’époque où Chinon est le centre administratif des possessions continentales des Plantagenêt, rois d’Angleterre. Du point de vue militaire, il formait une fortification avancée, protégeant le château principal, selon une structure que Richard Cœur de Lion appliquera au Château Gaillard. À l’intérieur, de vastes bâtiments constituaient des logis, conçus peut-être au départ pour héberger la chancellerie royale.This article presents the first results of the excavations undertaken in 2003 and 2004 over almost all of the Fort Saint-Georges at Chinon (Indre-et-Loire, one of three elements of the medieval fortress which dominates the town. The excavation enabled us to clarify the function of the fort, built in the 2nd half of the 12th century at a time when Chinon was the administrative centre of the continental possesions of the Plantagenet King of England. From a military point of view, it formed an advanced fortification protecting the main castle, within a structure that Richard the Lionheart would apply to the Chayeau Gaillard. Inside, some vast buildings made up the dwellings, designed perhaps initially to house the royal chanceller.

  20. Patterns of species richness and diversity of insects associated with cucurbit fruits in the southern part of Cameroon.

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    Mokam, Didi Gaëlle; Djiéto-Lordon, Champlain; Bilong Bilong, Charles-Félix

    2014-01-01

    Patterns of species diversity and community structure of insects associated with fruits of domesticated cucurbits were investigated from January 2009 to 2011 in three localities from two agroecological zones in the southern part of Cameroon. Rarefaction curves combined with nonparametric estimators of species richness were used to extrapolate species richness beyond our own data. Sampling efforts of over 92% were reached in each of the three study localities. Data collected revealed a total of 66 insect morphospecies belonging to 37 families and five orders, identified from a set of 57,510 insects. The orders Diptera (especially Tephritidae and Lonchaeidae) and Hymenoptera (mainly Braconidae and Eulophidae) were the most important, in terms of both abundance and species richness on the one hand, and effects on agronomic performance on the other. Values for both the species diversity (Shannon and Simpson) and the species richness indices (Margalef and Berger-Parker) calculated showed that the insect communities were species-rich but dominated, all to a similar extent, by five main species (including four fruit fly species and one parasitoid). Species abundance distributions in these communities ranged from the Zipf-Mandelbrot to Mandelbrot models. The communities are structured as tritrophic networks, including cucurbit fruits, fruit-feeding species (fruit flies) and carnivorous species (parasitoids). Within the guild of the parasitoids, about 30% of species, despite their low abundance, may potentially be of use in biological control of important pests. Our field data contribute in important ways to basic knowledge of biodiversity patterns in agrosystems and constitute baseline data for the planned implementation of biological control in Integrated Pest Management. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Entomological Society of America.