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Research paper

Effects of ascorbic acid on anxiety state and affect in a non-clinical sample

Objective Given that the literature data indicates that ascorbic acid may have an anxiolytic effect, we hypothesized that a single oral administration of ascorbic acid could acutely affect emotional states. Methods The effects of acid ascorbic supplementation on anxiety and other emotional states were evaluated by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and Visual Analogue Mood Scale (VAMS). Immediately before, and 2 hours after receiving a single ascorbic acid dose (1000 mg) or placebo, 142

Bettina Moritz, Marcelo Liborio Schwarzbold, Ricardo Guarnieri, Alexandre Paim Diaz, Ana Lúcia S. Rodrigues, Alcir Luiz Dafre

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 4, 362–372

Original Paper

Adenosine receptor agonists differentially affect the anticonvulsant action of carbamazepine and valproate against maximal electroshock test-induced seizures in mice

Background. Adenosine is regarded as an endogenous anticonvulsant and its agonists have been proved to affect the anticonvulsant activity of a number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in animal models of seizures. Aim. To evaluate effects of adenosine agonists on carbamazepine (CBZ) and valproate (VPA) in mouse model of generalized tonic-clonic convulsions. Methods. The following adenosine receptor agonists were used: A 1 – cyclohexyladenosine, A2A – CGS 21 680, A3 – N6-benzyl

Mirosław Jasiński, Magdalena Chrościńska-Krawczyk, Stanisław J. Czuczwar

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1-2, 21–29

Review

Factors that Affect Adolescent Adherence to Mental Health and Psychiatric Treatment: a Systematic Integrative Review of the Literature

, it would be desirable to develop formalized treatment assessment and planning approaches that specifically take these factors into account.The purpose of this article is to review the available data related to factors that affect adolescents’ adherence to both medication and non-pharmacological treatments in mental health and psychiatric care.A systematic literature search that involved four databases was undertaken. A thematic analysis was conducted on 17 studies to extract relevant

Ulla Timlin, Helinä Hakko, Raija Heino, Helvi Kyngäs

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 2, 99–107

Research paper

Inhibition of neuronal and inducible nitric oxide synthase does not affect the analgesic effects of NMDA antagonists in visceral inflammatory pain

(SMT)] nitric oxide synthase, which per se did not affect the number of writhes. We observed that the antinociceptive effect of magnesium sulfate or dizocilpine did not change in the presence of L-NPA (2 and 10 mg/kg, i.p.) and SMT (0.015 and 10 mg/kg, i.p.). We conclude that, nitric oxide produced by neuronal and inducible nitric oxide synthase does not modulate the effects of magnesium sulfate and dizocilpine in the visceral inflammatory model of pain in the rat.

Dragana Srebro, Sonja Vučković, Milica Prostran

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 2, 110–116

Research paper

THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS EXPERIENCE OF COLLECTING AND MEASURING SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING

Lucy Tinkler

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 373–396

Review

Developmental neurotoxicants and the vulnerable male brain: a systematic review of suspected neurotoxicants that disproportionally affect males

Janet K. Kern, David A. Geier, Kristin G. Homme, Paul G. King, Geir Bjørklund, Salvatore Chirumbolo, Mark R. Geier

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 4, 269–296

Original Paper

The impact of returning to a daytime schedule on sleep, performance and mood after simulated fixed and rotating split shift schedules

for 2-nights (22:00h-08:00h). Psychomotor vigilance was stable throughout the shift schedule period. Subjective sleepi-ness (p<0.001), positive affect (p<0.01) and negative affect (p<0.001) were all significantly worse by the second 48h shift schedule period (SS2) compared to baseline (BL). Amount of Stage R sleep was significantly lower by SS2 compared to BL. Subjective sleepiness and positive affect returned to BL levels upon RTDS. Negative affect was significantly higher than BL upon RTDS

Stephanie Centofanti, Michelle Short, Cassie J Hilditch, Jillian Dorrian, Mark Kohler, Siobhan Banks

Eat, Sleep, Work , ISSUE 1, 39–56

Original Paper

Exopolysaccharides Produced by Lactobacillus rhamnosus KL 53A and Lactobacillus casei Fyos Affect Their Adhesion to Enterocytes

CORINNA KONIECZNA, MICHAŁ SŁODZIŃSKI, MARCIN T. SCHMIDT

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 3, 273–281

Review

Functional organization of the human amygdala in appetitive learning

The amygdala is a small subcortical structure located bilaterally in medial temporal lobes. It is a key region for emotional processes and some forms of associative learning. In particular, the role of the amygdala in processing of negative emotions and aversive learning has been shown in numerous studies. However, involvement of this structure in processing of positive affect and appetitive learning is not fully understood. Previous experiments in animals are not consistent. While some authors

Emilia Kolada, Krzysztof Bielski, Marcel Falkiewicz, Iwona Szatkowska

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 2, 118–127

Research Article

A Context-aware Smart Classroom for Enhanced Learning Environment

classroom which consists of the light bulbs system and window blinds as well as the heating/cooling system and learning tools such as data show, moving board desktop computer. These systems should be adjusted according to the current context which has a high dynamic change. These activities prevent them from focusing on their main tasks and directly affect the proper functioning of the educational process. In some cases, after the end of the lesson and the leaving of the audience, devices of the

Moeiz Miraoui

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–8

Article

Research on Harris Corner Detection Method in Palmprint Recognition System

Hejing Wu

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, 72–76

Article

CATHELICIDINS IN HUMANS AND ANIMALS

affect the pathogens and parasites of mammalian macro-organisms, although this way of their action also determines their anti-cancer effectiveness [17, 18, 31, 33, 36, 47, 50, 56, 60, 64, 68, 89, 94, 108, 110, 118]. Generally, HDPs began to elicit interest in 1980, when A and B cecropins were discovered in the moth of the species Hyalophora cecropia [64, 94], although the research conducted in 1963 had already provided information on lysosomal cationic proteins with antimicrobial action [117]. In

Jakub Deptuła, Beata Tokarz-Deptuła, Magdalena Malinowska-Borysiak, Michał Stosik, Wiesław Deptuła

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 19–28

Research Article

COMPRESSED AIR QUALITY INCREASE FOR ROLLING STOCK PNEUMATIC SYSTEMS BASED ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The energy efficiency increase problem for railway rolling stock pneumatic systems compressed air preparation is directly connected with its purification and drying technology choice. In the presented materials in the article, the authors find a solution to the problem based on realization analysis of different factors that affect compressed air quality, purification and drying technology choice, as well as based on energy efficiency analysis. To realize the energy-saving events at railway

Tatiana RIPOL-SARAGOSI, Leonid RIPOL-SARAGOSI, Igor SMYCHOK

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 13–21

Research Article

THE RISK OF DISEASES TRANSMITTEDBY INSECT VECTORS IN ANIMALS IN EUROPE

interference in nature affect the occurrence of diseases. The increase in temperature creates the right conditions for the growth and spread of vectors such as mosquitoes. Climate change may contribute to the spread of infectious diseases in the future.

Katarzyna Krasoń, Magdalena Larska

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 4, 385–397

Article

Effects of Cover Crops on Pratylenchus penetrans and the Nematode Community in Carrot Production

Cover cropping is a common practice in U.S. Midwest carrot production for soil conservation, and may affect soil ecology and plant-parasitic nematodes—to which carrots are very susceptible. This study assessed the impact of cover crops—oats (Avena sativa), radish (Raphanus sativus) cv. Defender, rape (Brassica napus) cv. Dwarf Essex, and a mixture of oats and radish—on plantparasitic nematodes and soil ecology based on the nematode community in Michigan carrot

ZANE J. GRABAU, ZIN THU ZAR MAUNG, D. COREY NOYES, DEAN G. BAAS, BENJAMIN P. WERLING, DANIEL C. BRAINARD, HADDISH MELAKEBERHAN

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 1, 114–123

Article

Influence of Root Exudates and Soil on Attachment of Pasteuria penetrans to Meloidogyne arenaria

to influence the lipophilicity of the nematode surface coat, auxins and kinetins did not affect spore attachment compared with PBS. Root exudates reduced spore attachment more in sterilized soil than in natural soil. Sterilization may have eliminated microbes that consume root exudates, or altered the chemical components of the soil solution or root exudates. Root exudates caused a greater decrease in spore attachment in loamy sand than in a sandy loam soil. The sandy loam had higher clay content

CHANG LIU, PATRICIA TIMPER, PINGSHENG JI, TESFAMARIAM MEKETE, SOUMI JOSEPH

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 3, 304–310

Article

Application of Greedy Random Adaptive Search Algorithm (GRASP) in Flight Recovery Problem

new passengers. However, because the civil aviation transportation system is very complex, many reasons will cause the flight plan can not be carried out normally. Weather, air traffic flow control, airport security check, passenger’s own reasons and temporary shortage of crew cause the flight can’t be executed normally, that is, abnormal flight or flight interruption. Flight interruption will affect the normal operation of airlines. Some flights have to be cancelled or delayed, which will cause

Wang Shaochang, Xu Fei, Yang Weixia, Ma Zhe

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, 39–44

Article

TARGET RECOGNITION BASED ON ROUGH SET WITH MULTI-SOURCE INFORMATION

of importance, and recognized targets by the sum of valuation. Finally, a set of experiments were designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. Furthermore, the factors that would affect the performance of the recognition system were discussed.

Cheng Zengping

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 1063–1084

Article

Improving Protection and Security Awareness Amongst Home User

The growth of the Internet brings threats to the end user, which affects the home users more severely. The result from the different surveys shows that these vulnerabilities affect home user very badly. As strong security, controls have been implemented in businesses to minimize losses, hackers and fraudsters have moved their attention towards end users, which are normally easier prey. The increase in the need of security amongst end users is an important task of the today. A small security

Muhammad Farhan, Muhammed Fazil Ali, Sajid Ahmed Khan, Syed Shaji Ul hassan

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, –

Article

Improving Protection and Security Awareness Amongst Home User

The growth of the Internet brings threats to the end user, which affects the home users more severely. The result from the different surveys shows that these vulnerabilities affect home user very badly. As strong security, controls have been implemented in businesses to minimize losses, hackers and fraudsters have moved their attention towards end users, which are normally easier prey. The increase in the need of security amongst end users is an important task of the today. A small security

Muhammad Farhan, Muhammed Fazil Ali, Sajid Ahmed Khan, Syed Shaji Ul hassan

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, –

Research paper

ROBUST REGRESSION IN MONTHLY BUSINESS SURVEY

There are many sample surveys of populations that contain outliers (extreme values). This is especially true in business, agricultural, household and medicine surveys. Outliers can have a large distorting influence on classical statistical methods that are optimal under the assumption of normality or linearity. As a result, the presence of extreme observations may adversely affect estimation, especially when it is carried out at a low level of aggregation. To deal with this problem, several

Grażyna Dehnel

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 1, 137–152

Research Article

FEATURES OF SLEEP APNEA RECOGNITION AND ANALYSIS

Sleep apnea is a growing sleep disorder issue and estimate to affect 7% of the adult population in Malaysia. In this study, the electrical activity of the brain is studied using Electroencephalogram (EEG). The data obtained was then decomposed using three methods; Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD), Bivariate EMD and finally Ensemble EMD. The Index of Orthogonatility (IO) was obtained which shows EMD performed the most poorly, EEMD the best and Bivariate in between. The performance of EMD

LEONG WAI YIE, JOEL THAN CHIA MING

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 481–497

Article

The Centrality of O&M in Rehabilitation Programs Designed to Enhance Quality of Life: A Structural Equation Modelling Analysis

This study employs structural equation modelling to explain the manner and extent to which ability to get around; satisfaction with functional capacity, satisfaction with life essentials, satisfaction with personal relationships, and a number of concomitant health conditions affect QOL among older persons who have difficulty seeing (N = 356). Findings revealed that ability to get around was indirectly associated with QOL through a pathway that included satisfaction with functional capacity

Polly Yeung, Ph.D., Steven La Grow, Ed.D., Andrew Towers, Ph.D., Fiona Alpass, Ph.D., Christine Stephens, Ph.D.

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 10–20

Article

Japanese People with Vision Disabilities Rate their Experiences with Information Resources Pertaining to Guide Dogs

This study investigated the experiences of men and women with vision disabilities knowing about and participating in information programs provided by guide dog organisations; and investigated the way information programs affect people’s perceptions and attitudes towards guide dogs in Japan where people are hesitant to acquire a guide dog. The results suggest that the information programs had been widely publicised and were familiar to participants. Younger women were the most experienced

Mariko Yamamoto, Lynette A. Hart, Koji Matsumoto, Mitsuaki Ohta, Nobuyo Ohtani

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 70–82

Research Article

Analysis of local influences in structural details of the bridges

The article analyses the problems of local influences in structural details of bridges as the critical locations, whose damages or excessive force may directly affect the safety of users. These analyses are shown on selected examples. Presented is the example of local changes in the forms of proper vibrations in the node of the truss bridge that can be used in expert issues concerning the causes of damages. The second example are the changes in stresses in the stay cable anchorage element

Adam RUDZIK, Stefan PRADELOK

Transport Problems , ISSUE 1, 115–120

research-article

Transcriptomic analysis of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus treated by a potential phytonematicide, punicalagin

Qun-Qun Guo, Gui-Cai Du, Ting-Ting Zhang, Mei-Juan Wang, Chao Wang, Hong-Tao Qi, Rong-Gui Li

Journal of Nematology , 1–14

Research paper

THE FAST METHOD FOR CORRECTION OF DISTORTION ON INFRARED MARKER-BASED TRACKING SYSTEM

This paper adopts ordinary CCD cameras and IR filters to constitute IR cameras for a marker-based quadri-ocular tracking system. However, the IR filters will affect the accuracy of the tracking system. Therefore, this paper analyses the refraction of IR filters and finds IR filters will bring about the biggish radial distortion on imaging process. And then, this paper directly uses Zhang’s technique to calibrate the parameters of IR cameras in infrared environment by adjusting the imaging

Haibin Wang, Qing He, Guan Guan, Bin Leng, Dewen Zeng

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 259–277

Article

EFFECTS OF LOW FREQUENCY WEAK MAGNETIC FIELD ON THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM THROUGH THE BRAIN CORTEX

field can affect blood pressure through cerebral cortex, has different effects on blood pressure by using different frequencies, the effects on blood pressure is not the same because a different position focused on by magnetic field. The results show the frequency and location stimulated with rotating magnetic field may have certain therapeutic effect for controlling hypertension.

Yumiao Ren, Jianbao Zhang

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 50–66

Research Article

NOCARDIA SPP. – CHARACTERISTICS, PATHOGENICITY, TREATMENT

Nocardia spp. bacteria are Gram-positive aerobes occurring worldwide. They cause nocardiosis, of which the most common forms are pulmonary nocardiosis and cutaneous nocardiosis. The pulmonary form progresses as a result of aspiration of pathogens into the respiratory tract, whereas the cutaneous nocardiosis, can spread to other organs (often to CNS) and includes Madura foot, both mycetoma and systemic. Infections usually affect people with immunodeficiency, for example infected with HIV or

Michał Wiciński, Mateusz Maciej Węclewicz, Bartosz Malinowski, Jarosław Żak, Elżbieta Grześk, Grzegorz Grześk, Kamil Leis

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 68–75

Research Article

Hybrid Intelligent Method of Identifying Stator Resistance of Motorized Spindle

Aiming at the problem that changes of nonlinear dynamic resistance of stator affect the performance of speed sensorless vector control system, a hybrid computing intelligence approach is used in the identification of stator resistance of motorized spindle. The partial least squares (PLS) regression is combined with neural network to solve the problem of few samples and multi-correlation of variables in complicated data modeling. The PLS method is used to extract variable components from sample

Lixiu Zhang, Yuhou Wu, Ke Zhang

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 781–797

Article

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE SANITATION IN RURAL SETTLEMENTS

This paper presents discussion of the problem of rural sanitation economic sustainability, affecting the overall investment agreement with the principles of sustainable development. In our opinion, economic aspects of sustainability, understood as affordability and profitability of the investment are crucial because they affect the social acceptance and willingness to pay by the members of rural communities. Additionally, it was proposed to use the well-known decision-making indicators of cost

Marcin K. WIDOMSKI, Ewelina ŁADZIK, Grzegorz ŁAGÓD

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 3, 153–162

Research Article

See the world through my eyes: Looking into how we can improve provision for gifted visual-spatial learners in our classrooms.

how they affect the learning experiences of these students.  

Sharon Mansfield

Apex , ISSUE 1, 77–90

Article

THE IMPACT OF CHANGING THE FUEL DOSE ON CHOSEN PARAMETERS OF THE DIESEL ENGINE START-UP PROCESS

For internal combustion engines, many faults relating to the combustion process can occur, which affect the engine technical condition, its electrical equipment, the natural environment, etc. This article presents the results of the influence of the regulatory factor, which was the fuel dose (3 dose values), on selected parameters of the start-up process at constant settings of other control parameters (fuel injection advance angle and injection pressure). The tests of the start-up process were

Jacek CABAN, Paweł DROŹDZIEL, Piotr IGNACIUK, Paweł KORDOS

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 51–62

Research paper

EXPLOITING ORDINAL DATA FOR SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING EVALUATION 

The evaluation of subjective well-being, and of similar issues related to quality of life, is usually addressed through composite indicators or counting procedures. This leads to inconsistencies and inefficiency in the treatment of ordinal data that, in turn, affect the quality of information provided to scholars and to policy-makers. In this paper we take a different path and prove that the evaluation of multidimensional ordinal well-being can be addressed in an effective and consistent way

Marco Fattore, Filomena Maggino, Alberto Arcagni

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 3, 409–428

Article

PARAMETRIC SHAPING OF CONSISTENT ARCHITECTURAL FORMS FOR BUILDINGS ROOFED WITH CORRUGATED SHELL SHEETING

plane oblique elevation walls for each building free form. Thus, it was elaborated the innovative parametric method, whose algorithm allows for seeking attractive and consistent architectural free forms by means of computer programs. A relatively small set of initial relevant parameters enables the designer intuitively to affect the attractiveness of the designed free forms. Some special attention is paid to selected fine proportions of these geometrical parameters leading to the really attractive

ABRAMCZYK Jacek

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 3, 5–18

Article

ACOUSTIC EVALUATION OF A NEW MODULAR SYSTEM FOR GREEN ROOFS AND GREEN WALLS

, variety and height of plants, affect the sound absorption of a modular system for green surfaces in simulated conditions. The results show that introduction substrate (S2) can improve the weighted sound absorption coefficient in 15% and the addition of plants (S3) improves it 20% more. However, if a variety of smaller and higher plants is used (S4) the weighted sound absorption coefficient (αw) can reach to 0.80 and an absorption class B can be obtained.

Maria MANSO, João Paulo CASTRO-GOMES, Michal MARCHACZ, Marcin GÓRSKI, Leszek DULAK, Rafał ZUCHOWSKI

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 99–108

Article

Analysis and Design of Image Segmentation Algorithm Based on Super-pixel and Graph Cut

to solve the both problems. The result of image segmentation will directly affect the subsequent image processing results. At present, the application field of interactive image processing is very broad, and there are many researches on segmentation algorithms for stereoscopic images and color images. The superpixel is a set of adjacent pixels which have similar features in space. The superpixel block can retain the effective information of image without affecting the boundary information of the

Feng Xiao, Hao Sun

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 4, 25–30

research-article

LACK OF ATTENTION TO GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS INVESTING IN LAND PLOT FOR CONSTRUCTION

institutions, medical facilities, shops and local services). The relationship between house prices and local public goods and services has been widely studied in the scientific literature [4]. Bohman and Nilsson [5] research results reveal that the largest regional labour markets have the greatest effect on the prices of the housing. A prestigious school in the area can drive demand for a particular property within a district, furthermore, having strong schools in district can affect home prices by as much

Vita URBANAVICIENE, Sarunas SKUODIS

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 87–95

Research Article

PATHOGENICITY OF LACTOBACILLUS SP. – RISK FACTORS, IDENTIFICATION, ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

affect both a single organ and the whole organism, causing for example lactobacillemia. The main disease caused by lactobacilli is endocarditis.

Marta Kłos

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 180–186

Research Article

REAL-TIME PATH PLANNING TRACING OF DEFORMABLE OBJECT BY ROBOT

a second corner next to the first corner and not apposite it, resulting in the robot properly spreading the clothes. Adequate force control is also applied to the gripper during tracing so that it doesn't grip the clothes too hard or vice versa which can affect the performance of the robot. Vision sensor is used from time to time to check whether the static gripper has reached the second corner or not. Practical experiments were conducted to evaluate the proposed method. Experimental results

Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari, Hiroaki Seki, Yoshitsugu Kamiya, Masatoshi Hikizu

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 521–535

Research Article

Investigation of Main Injection Quantity Fluctuation due to Pilot Injection in High Pressure Common Rail Fuel Injection System

High pressure common rail (HPCR) fuel injection system is the main development trend for fuel injection system of diesel engine. Precise controlling of injection pressure and multiple injections are the advantages and key features of the HPCR system. Affect of pilot injection quantity (PIQ) and pilot-main interval (PMI) on main injection quantity fluctuation (MIQF) has been investigated in this paper by evaluating performance coherence and stability of injection quantity of diesel engine. A

Tian Bingqi, Fan Liyun, Ma Xiuzhen, Qaisar Hayat, Bai Yun, Liu Yang

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 2, 820–836

Article

OPTIMIZATION OF MODIFIED ROTAMETER USING HALL PROBE SENSOR WITH RESPECT TO LIQUID DENSITY AND ITS CALIBRATION USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK

incorrect flow rate if the density of the float is not taken to a very high value compared to the density of the fluid. But the density float may affect the flow rate measurement and introduce error. In this respect firstly the variation of Hall voltage with respect to liquid density is analyzed and then the measuring system is calibrated using ANN. The ANN calculates the correction factor with respect to the change in liquid density, which results in obtaining the output close to the desired output

Sunita Sinha, Nirupama Mandal

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 2204–2218

Research Article

The Life-worlds of Elite Young Athletes: A Lens on their School/Sport Balancing Act

Education lessons and co-curricular sport in New Zealand schools. This article aims to shed light on the micro, meso and macro worlds of exceptional young athletes, and the influences, interactions, interrelations and interdependencies that affect their everyday lives. The educator’s role in support of these exceptional young athletes has been investigated with recommendations made for future improvements. The challenge now is to initiate further discourse and to reflect on current policies and

Kath Godber

Apex , ISSUE 1, 69–81

Article

OPTIMIZATION OF WINDOW SIZE DESIGN FOR DETACHED HOUSE USING TRNSYS SIMULATIONS AND GENETIC ALGORITHM

Heat gains from the sun affect the heat balance of building by reducing the energy demand at certain periods of the year and increasing it at others. Windows, especially the type of glazing, are a determining factor in the successful use of solar gains. The aim of the research presented in the paper is to analyse the effects of the type and size of windows on annual heating and cooling energy consumption considering the energy costs in Polish climate conditions. Additionally the influence of

Joanna FERDYN-GRYGIEREK, Krzysztof GRYGIEREK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 4, 133–140

research-article

A case study of soil food web components affected by Fallopia japonica (Polygonaceae) in three natural habitats in Central Europe

bacteria enzyme activities. Fallopia spp. have also been shown to produce antimicrobial and antifungal substances (Kim et al., 2005; Kumaga et al., 2005) that could affect the soil bacterial community. Soil nematodes are an important group of soil biota, constituting an essential trophic link between primary decomposers, such as soil microflora, and larger animals and are recognized as useful bioindicators of soil conditions (Ritz et al., 2009) due to their abundance, diversity, and trophic structure

Andrea Čerevková, Lenka Bobuľská, Dana Miklisová, Marek Renčo

Journal of Nematology , 1–16

Article

ENDOPHYTIC BACTERIA IN THE PHYTODEGRADATION OF PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS

pollutants [5, 11, 75]. In recent years, studies on application of degradation potential of bacteria have been carried out to increase the efficiency of this method. Special attention of researchers is focused on endophytic bacteria. These bacteria can promote the growth and development of plants and, consequently, increase their biomass. They may also affect the bioavailability of organic pollutants in the soil. An important advantage resulting from the application of this group of microorganisms to

Daria Chlebek, Katarzyna Hupert-Kocurek

Postępy Mikrobiologii - Advancements of Microbiology , ISSUE 1, 70–79

Article

OPTIMIZING THE TIME COSTS OF PASSENGER TRANSPORT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

The paper dwells on a mathematical model of the logistical system of transport services for persons with disabilities, and there have been analyzed factors that affect the time spent on their transportation. When developing methodology for optimizing the time costs of passenger transport of persons with disabilities, the following two basic transportation services have been taken into account: (a) "social taxi", which will transport only people with special health; (b) a vehicle

Phridon GOGIASHVILI, Jumber CHOGOVADZE, Gocha LEKVEISHVILI, David KBILASHVILI, Besik SIRBILADZE, Vazha DOGRASHVILI

Transport Problems , ISSUE 2, 123–135

research-article

Predicting Patterns of Exchange in Economic Exchange Networks*

an actor’s perseverance will adjust over time as he or she is included or excluded (Thye et al. 1997; Skvortez and Zhang 1997). Thus, EPT does not assume the same relations will exchange first in every round of negotiation, but rather each relation with equal joint perseverance values has a chance to occur first. The order in which exchanges happen can potentially affect subsequent exchanges as the network changes shape over time.[4] 3. Existing Methods to Compute Exchange Patterns We

Casey Borch, C. Dudley Girard

Journal of Social Structure , ISSUE 1, 1–29

Research Article

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ECONOMIES OF THE COUNTRIES ALONG THE SILK ROAD PASSING THROUGH KAZAKHSTAN

of the Silk Road. A group of preliminary countries, through which lie main routes of the economic belt of Silk Road, including Kazakhstan, were selected. An analysis was carried out on the efficiency of development of logistics and trade, impact of development of logistics on international trade. Based on the analysis of international indices of logistics efficiency, international trade conditions and regression models, problems and reasons for lagging have been identified that affect the

Zhanarys RAIMBEKOV, Bakyt SYZDYKBAYEVA, Zhibek RAKHMETULINA, Darima ZHENSKHAN

Transport Problems , ISSUE 4, 127–142

Research paper

JOINT CALIBRATION ESTIMATOR FOR DUAL FRAME SURVEYS

exceed the random measurement error effect. Therefore, the JCE tends to be robust for the misclassified domains if included in the auxiliary variables. Meanwhile, the misclassified domains can significantly affect the unbiasedness of the standard dual frame estimators as proved theoretically and empirically in this paper.

Mahmoud A. Elkasabi, Steven G. Heeringa, James M. Lepkowski

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 1, 7–36

research-article

Results of Experimental Research on Computerized Intellectual Monitoring Means of Effective Greenhouse Illumination

visible optical range for protected horticulture. The object of the study is the processes and factors which affect the metrological characteristics of the serial low-cost sensors of effective illumination in the visible optical range. The findings presented in this paper focus on solving the relevant scientific and applied problem of limited results of experiments on serial low-cost sensors of effective illumination in the visible optical range and their subsequent mathematical analysis to evaluate

I. Laktionov, O. Vovna, I. Getman, A. Maryna, V. Lebediev

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 1, 1–19

research-article

The impact of functional vision changes on independent travel for individuals with adult-onset visual impairment

, accommodation, and varied approaches to promote independence and safety. Geruschat and Smith (2010) summarized identified aspects of vision changes that affect persons with vision impairment and orientation and mobility (O&M) performance. The most common vision changes associated with the conditions previously mentioned are photophobia (glare sensitivity), variations in contrast perception, limitations with depth perception, night blindness, peripheral field changes, scotomas (blind spots), and challenges

Kimberly Avila

International Journal of Orientation & Mobility , ISSUE 1, 1–9

Research Article

Experiences of victimization among adolescents with Substance Abuse Disorders in Sweden

Background:Adolescents who initiate treatment for substance abuse often have a history of victimization in the form of physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. These experiences can have serious adverse consequences that may affect their lives and social functioning.Objective:This article describes and analyzes victimization among adolescents who are in outpatient treatment for substance abuse disorders with respect to gender, social circumstances, alcohol and drug abuse, and mental

Mats Anderberg, Mikael Dahlberg

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 3, 123–131

Article

Management of Root-knot Nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) onPittosporum tobira Under Greenhouse, Field, and On-farm Conditions in Florida

not affect yield significantly. Although furfural and P. lilacinum have some potential for management of M. incognita on cut foliage crops, their use as a lone management option would likely not provide the needed level of control. Early treatment application following infestation provided greater J2 suppression compared to late application,suggesting the need for growers to avoid infested fields.

RICHARD BAIDOO, TESFAMARIAM MENGISTU, ROBERT MCSORLEY, ROBERT H. STAMPS, JANETE BRITO, WILLIAM T. CROW

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 2, 133–139

Article

INDUSTRIAL ROBOT CALIBRATION USING A VIRTUAL LINEAR CONSTRAINT

This paper proposes a systematic method to identify the joint zero offset of industrial robot. Small offset always exist in robot joint, which affect the precision in kinematic equations leading to calculate wrong joint angle values. To solve these problems, the proposed method employs a portable dual Position Sensitive Detector (PSD) device and a focusable laser point (FLP). The portable dual PSD device comprises two fixed PSDs tilted in an angle to reflect the laser line from one PSD to

Biqiang Du, Ning Xi, Erick Nieves

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 4, 987–1001

Student Essay

THE MIND CRAFT PROJECT – HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY PILOTS: A LITERATURE REVIEW ON MINDFULNESS MEDITATION PROGRAMS FOR COMMERCIAL AIRLINES PILOTS

of pilots. Moreover, a pilot’s mental health can directly affect the safety of passengers and needs to be treated as a public safety issue. This literature review has demonstrated that the implementation of a mindfulness training program could be a feasible and acceptable method for implementation in a commercial aviation environment to help ease stress, increase concentration and assist in mental health risk management. A few potential limitations to mindfulness interventions were uncovered such

Anita Vandyke

Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine , 1–6

Article

PASSIVE SYSTEMS IN RAISING ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF PUBLIC UTILITY BUILDINGS – ACTION SIMULATIONS

demonstrated on a few examples that transforming the form, structure and function of a building can significantly affect its energy efficiency. In order to prove such a thesis the following assumption was made: both prior to and following the incorporation of changes, the analysed building features external layers of the same thermal insulating. Thus, the building is fitted with external envelopes of the same coefficients of thermal transmittance – U. The following aspects needed to be examined in the

Marek A. WOŁOSZYN

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 2, 37–43

research-article

Movement of seed- and soil-applied fluopyram in soil columns

metabolites produced by B. firmus have been reported to cause mortality of M. incognita (Mendoza et al., 2008); however, the short duration of this experiment may not have given the bacterium time to produce a sufficient amount of secondary metabolites to affect the nematodes. The movement of fluopyram was greater in sandy soil as a soil-applied treatment with reductions in movement in a sandy loam soil or as a seed-applied treatment. This study supports the importance of the soil texture and physical

Travis R. Faske, Katherine Brown

Journal of Nematology , 1–8

research-article

Diversity and seasonal fluctuation of tylenchid plant-parasitic nematodes in association with alfalfa in the Kerman Province (Iran)

(e.g. temperature and rainfall) (Ferris et al., 2012; Hashemi Nasab Khabisi et al., 2013; Kavian et al., 2016), elevation (Kergunteuil et al., 2016) and edaphic variables (Sarreshtehdari, 2002), which could impact the nematode assemblages. Such factors are major determinants of survival and reproduction of plant-parasitic nematodes since they affect nematode occurrence, population densities and the degree of symptom development and expression in infected hosts (Amarasena et al., 2016). Seasonal

Ebrahim Shokoohi, Phatu William Mashela, Fahimeh Iranpour

Journal of Nematology , 1–14

Research paper

Testosterone metabolism: a possible biological underpinning of non-verbal IQ in intellectually gifted girls

The extraordinary giftedness is apparently a unique manifestation of a mutual interconnection between genes and environment. One of the possible etiological factors of intellectual giftedness is testosterone which is believed to affect the brain organization and function. The aim of our study was to analyze associations between 2D:4D digit ratio (a proxy of prenatal testosterone) and/or salivary testosterone levels with non-verbal IQ in intellectually gifted girls. Fifty-one girls with an age

Jaroslava Durdiaková, Peter Celec, Jolana Laznibatová, Gabriel Minárik, Daniela Ostatníková

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 66–74

Research paper

Effects of individual stressors used in a battery of “chronic unpredictable stress” on long-term plasticity in the hippocampus of juvenile rats

We have studied alterations in the properties of long-term potentiation (LTP) in hippocampal slices of juvenile rats induced by the exposure of animals to different individual stressors usually used in batteries of chronic unpredictable stress (CUS), a widely used model of depression. Social isolation for 16 h did substantially affect neither the magnitude and nor the development of LTP. The effects of stroboscopic illumination and water deprivation appeared most severe, though opposite: the

Alexandra A. Gorbunova, Irina V. Kudryashova, Anna O. Manolova, Margarita R. Novikova, Mikhail Yu. Stepanichev, Natalia V. Gulyaeva

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 244–253

Mini Review

Non-antibiotics, Efflux Pumps and Drug Resistance of Gram-negative Rods

observed. It has also been revealed that depending on the concentration, salicylate induces expression of multi-drug resistance efflux pumps in Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serotype Typhimurium, and Burkholderia cenocepacia. However, salicylate does not affect the expression of the resistance-nodulation-division efflux systems in Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and Acinetobacter baumannii. Most importantly, there were no effects of medicinal products containing some non-antibiotic

AGNIESZKA EWA LAUDY

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 129–135

Original Paper

Additive interactions between retigabine and oxcarbazepine in the chimney test and the model of generalized tonic-clonic seizures in mice

additive interaction with a tendency towards sub-additivity in the chimney test in mice. Measurement of total brain concentrations of both AEDs revealed that RTG did not affect total brain concentrations of OXC and inversely, OXC had no impact on RTG’s total brain concentrations, confirming pharmacodynamic interaction between the drugs. Conclusions. The additive pharmacodynamic interactions in both the MES and chimney tests in mice were observed for the combination of RTG with OXC.

Mirosław Zagaja, Barbara Miziak, Katarzyna Załuska, Paweł Marzęda, Bartłomiej Drop, Karolina Załuska-Patel, Grażyna Ossowska, Stanisław J. Czuczwar, Jarogniew J. Łuszczki

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 2, 87–94

research-article

Swine manure application enriches the soil food web in corn and soybean production

affect c-p2 bacterivores (Fig. 2) and there were very few bacterivores belonging to any other guild. Table 1 Effects of crop sequence and fertilizer on bacterivore abundances by sampling date combined across SCN-conducive and suppressive sites.a 2009 2010 Pi b P45d Pm Pf Pi Pm Pf Crop sequencec Corn-Sus 1,077 3,056 601 309 C 545 B 743 962 Res-Sus 1,020 2,923 523 732 A 830 A 846 968 Sus-Sus 1,125 3,500 628 525 B 715 AB 698 888 Fertilizer

Zane J. Grabau, Yong Bao, Jeffrey A. Vetsch, Senyu Chen

Journal of Nematology , 1–14

research-article

The Role of Social Influence and Network Churn in Beliefs about Electronic Medical Record Technology

beliefs are important not only because of their influence on key outcomes, such as usage (Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, & Davis, 2003), but also because they are amenable to strategic managerial interventions (Davis, 1993; Venkatesh, 1999). Hence, understanding how these beliefs are formed should be a central concern for research aimed at promoting the uptake of new technology in health care organizations. Prior research on technology acceptance has identified some of the factors that affect individual

Christina T. Yuan, Gerald C. Kane, Jason M. Fletcher, Ingrid M. Nembhard

Journal of Social Structure , ISSUE 3, 29–49

Article

DEVELOPMENT OF A LEVELING SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT

The quality of the roadway has a significant impact on the ability of drivers to drive their vehicles. Violation of the integrity of the coating, its geometrical parameters (shape), and the condition of the surface of the coating adversely affect the behavior of drivers, does not allow for correct driving of the vehicle, and leads to the occurrence of traffic accidents of varying severity. The current problem in the implementation of road construction works is to increase the level of

Denis DEDOV, Alexandr SIUKHIN, Artem OBUKHOV

Transport Problems , ISSUE 3, 49–62

research-article

The interplay between parkin and alpha-synuclein; possible implications for the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease

monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) (Danielson et al., 2009), whereas parkin can reduce MAO-B expression (Jiang et al., 2006). Loss of parkin, in turn, led to increased MAO expression and free radical stress in human midbrain DAergic neurons (Jiang et al., 2012) (Fig. 2A). Fig. 2. Parkin and α-syn can affect dopamine neurotoxicity and selected pathways of programmed cell death signaling. (A) Both α-syn and parkin affect dopaminergic neurotransmission, although especially parkin’s significance is poorly

Henryk Jęśko, Anna M. Lenkiewicz, Anna Wilkaniec, Agata Adamczyk

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 277–290

Review Article

Chest wall – underappreciated structure in sonography. Part II: Non-cancerous lesions

The chest wall is a vast and complex structure, hence the wide range of pathological conditions that may affect it. The aim of this publication is to discuss the usefulness of ultrasound for the diagnosis of benign lesions involving the thoracic wall. The most commonly encountered conditions include sternal and costal injuries and thoracic lymphadenopathy. Ultrasound is very efficient in identifying the etiology of pain experienced in the anterior chest wall following CPR interventions. Both

Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk, Elżbieta Bernatowicz

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 71, 275–280

Article

Morphological and Molecular Characterization of Two Aphelenchoides Endophytic in Poplar Leaves

aboveground leaves. The presence of these fungal-feeding nematodes can affect the balance of endophytic fungi, which are important determinants of plant health.

LYNN K. CARTA, SHIGUANG LI, ANDREA M. SKANTAR, GEORGE NEWCOMBE

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 1, 28–33

Research paper

Further pharmacological characterization of eltoprazine: focus on its anxiolytic, anorexic, and adverse-effect potential

from 1 mg/kg. At similar doses it also increased locomotion in the open field. However, eltoprazine failed to affect acquisition in context fear conditioning paradigm, which may indicate lack of its detrimental effect on learning at the doses tested (i.e., up to 5 mg/kg). In summary, effects of eltoprazine in different anxiety tests were equivocal while its effect on body weight seems robust and requires further investigation. It is to be determined whether these effects can be expected at the

Andreas Gravius, Andrzej Dekundy, Anita Vanaga, Lutz Franke, Wojciech Danysz

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 77–85

Short Communication

MMP-3 deficiency does not influence the length and number of CA1 dendrites of hippocampus of adult mice

addition to playing a key role in synaptic plasticity, was found to affect plasticity-related spine morphology changes. Whereas the involvement of MMP-3 in shaping synapse morphology upon induction of synaptic plasticity awaits determination, it has been demostrated that MMP-3 knockout results in clearly altered apical dendrite morphology in pyramidal neurons in mouse visual cortex. Considering that the involvement of MMP-3 in synaptic plasticity has been most extensively documented for the CA1

Daria Nowak, Lies De Groef, Lieve Moons, Jerzy W. Mozrzymas

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 281–286

Research paper

Effects of extensive amygdaloid lesions on conditioned taste aversion in rats

taste aversion compared with that of animals without lesions. Animals with lesions of the amygdala also showed a greater preference for the conditioned taste stimulus, but this preference did not reach statistical significance. Besides the effect on CTA, animals with amygdaloid lesions showed no evidence of taste neophobia on the day of conditioning. These findings suggest that amygdaloid lesions may affect CTA by disrupting the perception of novelty during conditioning in a manner similar to the

Andrés Molero-Chamizo

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 242–250

Original Paper

Temperature, pH and Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Are Potent Inhibitors of Biofilm Formation by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Clinical Isolates

concentration of 25 μg/ml effects formed biofilms in a strain dependent manner. Among strains able to form strong biofilm CF isolates formed biofilm slower than non-CF isolates, while shaking conditions did not affect biofilm forma­tion. Swimming motility was detected in both CF and non-CF isolates, however more motile strain formed stronger biofilms. This study suggests that temperature, pH and TMP/SMX had the strongest influence on biofilm formation in analyzed collection of S. maltophilia. A

Marjan Biočanin, Haowa Madi, Zorica Vasiljević, Milan Kojić, Branko Jovčić, Jelena Lozo

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 4, 433–438

Original Paper

Distribution of Cell Envelope Proteinases Genes among Polish Strains of Lactobacillus helveticus

analysis revealed that prtH3 is the most abundant CEPs-encoding gene among the strains investigated. The results indicate also that ecological niche and environmental conditions might affect proteolytic properties of L. helveticus strains. The greatest variety in terms of quantity of the detected CEP encoding genes was noticed in L. helveticus 141, T105 and T104 strains. In these strains, the combination of three nucleotide gene sequences (prtH/prtH2/prtH3) was identified. Interestingly, T104 and T105

KATARZYNA W. SKRZYPCZAK, WALDEMAR Z. GUSTAW, ADAM D. WAŚKO

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, 203–211

research-article

The use of a probe stabilizer to reduce musculoskeletal overload of ultrasound operators in routine diagnostic echocardiographic imaging

Introduction Echocardiography is the cornerstone of diagnostic imaging in cardiac patients due to its ease of use, cost-effectiveness, and safety. However, the disadvantage of this technique is the musculoskeletal overload of the cardiac sonographer, which results in a high incidence of work-related injuries of up to 90%(1). Work-related injuries can affect the ability of sonographers to perform required occupational activities, possibly jeopardizing the quality of patient care and productivity

Sjoerd Bouwmeester, Marloes de Kleijn, Jan van Wijngaarden, Patrick Houthuizen

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 78, 193–197

Original Research

Optimization of Mixed Solid-state Fermentation of Soybean Meal by Lactobacillus Species and Clostridium butyricum

Soybean meal is the main vegetable protein source in animal feed. Soybean meal contains several anti-nutritional factors, which directly affect digestion and absorption of soy protein, thereby reducing growth performance and value in animals. Fermented soybean meal is rich in probiotics and functional metabolites, which facilitates soybean protein digestion, absorption and utilization in piglets. However, the mixed solid-state fermentation (SSF) conditions of soybean meal remain to be optimized

LI-WEN SU, YEONG-HSIANG CHENG, FELIX SHIH-HSIANG HSIAO, JIN-CHENG HAN, YU-HSIANG YU

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 3, 297–305

research-article

Long-term offspring epilepsy outcomes following planned assisted homebirth versus hospital birth

Matti Sillanpää, Maiju M. Saarinen, Päivi Polo-Kantola

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1-2, 7–14

research-article

SAFETY ANALYSIS OF TAP WATER BIOSTABILITY

of water were adopted: BDOC < 0.25 gC/m3, ∑Ninorganic < 0.2 gN/m3, PO43-< 0.03 gPO43-/m3, according to the metodology described by Wolska [5]. 2.2. Method of risk analysis and assessment of lack of water biological stability in the water supply network The risk of failure of not meeting certain (required) water quality parameters in the water supply network that may adversely affect the physicochemical parameters and the bacteriological quality of the water reaching the consumer is a measure of

Barbara TCHÓRZEWSKA-CIEŚLAK, Dorota PAPCIAK, Katarzyna PIETRUCHA-URBANIK, Andżelika PIETRZYK

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment , ISSUE 1, 149–154

Research Article

Choosing the ‘ß' Parameter When Using the Bonacich Power Measure

properties which might affect the way the choice of ß influences the Bonacich power indices. I find that in high density networks with few internal ‘chains’ and few pendants, the choice of ß is largely immaterial. Conversely, in sparse networks, those with a high proportion of pendant nodes, or those with many chains, the value of ß has a substantial effect on the power indices the measure generates. Next I consider whether power indices produced by interior

Simon Rodan

Journal of Social Structure , ISSUE 1, 1–23

Article

Detection of Blink State Based on Fatigued Driving

Lei Chao, Wang Changyuan, Li Guang, Shi Lu

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 4, 24–29

Original Paper

Evaluation of musculoskeletal symptoms among physicians performing ultrasound

Aim of the study: Owing to its wide availability, relatively low cost and lack of negative effect on the patient, ultrasound has become the most commonly and readily used imag­ing modality. However, scanning for increasingly long periods of time on a given day and in a given week tends to negatively affect sonographers’ health, primarily resulting with the overuse of the musculoskeletal system, as multiple muscles and joints are engaged during scanning. This research has been aimed at

Paweł Wareluk, Wiesław Jakubowski

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 70, 154–159

Research Article

Outcome-based contracting for human services

flexibility had the opposite effect. Some contract conditions or environments constrained providers’ ability to affect outcomes. The challenge for government is to define payment metrics that represent the outcomes they seek and that encourage behaviour from service-delivery organisations consistent with these outcomes.

Emma Tomkinson

Evidence Base , ISSUE 1, 1–20

Research paper

MULTINOMIAL LOGISTIC REGRESSION APPROACH FOR THE EVALUATION OF BINARY DIAGNOSTIC TEST IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

measure ignore the dependency among these measures that might affect the association of covariates with each diagnostic measure. The diagnostic measures are computed using joint distribution of screening test result and reference test result which generates a multinomial response data. Thus, multinomial logistic regression (MLR) is a more appropriate approach to modeling these diagnostic measures. In this study, the validity of LR and GEE approaches as compared to MLR model was assessed for modeling

Alok Kumar Dwivedi, Indika Mallawaarachchi, Juan B. Figueroa-Casas, Angel M. Morales, Patrick Tarwater

Statistics in Transition New Series , ISSUE 2, 203–222

Research paper

Effects of epidural compression on stellate neurons and thalamocortical afferent fibers in the rat primary somatosensory cortex

A number of neurological disorders such as epidural hematoma can cause compression of cerebral cortex. We here tested the hypothesis that sustained compression of primary somatosensory cortex may affect stellate neurons and thalamocortical afferent (TCA) fibers. A rat model with barrel cortex subjected to bead epidural compression was used. Golgi-Cox staining analyses showed the shrinkage of dendritic arbors and the stripping of dendritic spines of stellate neurons for at least 3 months post

Tzu-Yin Yeh, Guo-Fang Tseng, Chi-Yu Tseng, Yung-Hsin Huang, Pei-Hsin Liu

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 1, 1–17

Research paper

The differential effects of neuroleptic drugs and PACAP on the expression of BDNF mRNA and protein in a human glioblastoma cell line

It has been suggested that, in addition to modulation of monoaminergic neurotransmission, antipsychotic drugs can also affect expression of neurotrophic factors in the brain. The present study was aimed to examine the effects of the first generation neuroleptic drug (FGA; haloperidol) and second generation neuroleptic drugs (SGAs; olanzapine and amisulpride) on expression and level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in astrocyte-like T98G glioblastoma cell line. Effects of these drugs

Marta Jóźwiak-Bębenista, Magdalena Jasińska-Stroschein, Edward Kowalczyk

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 205–213

Article

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INTELLIGENT INTEGRATED MEASURING AND CONTROLLING SYSTEM FOR SUGAR CANE CRYSTALLIZATION PROCESS

The deficiency in existing sugar cane crystallization automatic control system is difficult to measure some key parameters on line, such as mother liquor supersaturation, mother liquor purity, crystal content and crystal size distribution. Controlling brix with PID can only reflect the massecuite concentration of sugar cane crystallization process, but it is hard to guarantee the crystal quality. During crystallization process, change of mother liquor purity will affect the crystallization rate

Yanmei Meng, Kangyuan Zheng, Wenxing Li, Haifeng Pang, Guancheng Lu, Guangquan Li

International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems , ISSUE 3, 1687–1705

Original Paper

Isolation of Bacteriocin-producing Staphylococcus spp. Strains from Human Skin Wounds, Soft Tissue Infections and Bovine Mastitis

spectrum of Staphylococcus spp. clinical and animal isolates. Growth inhibition was observed only in the case of 13 (including nine S. aureus, three S. xylosus and one S. epidermidis strains) out of 206 strains tested. Important advantage of the produced agent was its high thermal stability. Fifteen minutes of incubation at 90°C did not affect its antimicrobial potential. The highest efficiency of production of the agent was demonstrated in TSB medium after 24 hours at 37°C. The researches revealed

MAGDALENA ZALEWSKA, JOHN J. CHUREY, RANDY W. WOROBO, SŁAWOMIR MILEWSKI, PIOTR SZWEDA

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 2, –

Article

Application of Computational Tools to Analyze and Test Mini Gas Turbine

Performance analysis and testing of the Mini Gas Turbine was carried out in Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Thermodynamics Laboratory. The computational tool allows students to focus on more design-oriented problems. Furthermore, students had the ability to see immediate results to variations of the design conditions as well as different parameters that would affect the mini turbine. This project was carried out as a senior design project (Capstone), the students updated the existing

Haifa El-sadi, Anthony Duva

International Journal of Advanced Network, Monitoring and Controls , ISSUE 1, 90–99

original-paper

Salmonella-Infected Aortic Aneurysm: Investigating Pathogenesis Using Salmonella Serotypes

favorable therapeutic response to endovascular repair compared with those associated with other organisms (e.g., Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and Enterococcus). We previously demonstrated that different serotypes of Salmonella may affect clinical outcomes (Huang et al. 2014a). The link to atherosclerosis and its more favorable response to endovascular aortic repair are implicated in the unique pathogenesis of Salmonella-associated infected aortic aneurysms (Forbes and Harding 2006; Huang et al. 2014b

CHISHIH CHU, MIN YI WONG, CHENG-HSUN CHIU, YUAN-HSI TSENG, CHYI-LIANG CHEN, YAO-KUANG HUANG

Polish Journal of Microbiology , ISSUE 4, 439–447

Review

Diagnostic imaging of psoriatic arthritis. Part I: etiopathogenesis, classifications and radiographic features

Psoriatic arthritis is one of the spondyloarthritis. It is a disease of clinical heterogenicity, which may affect peripheral joints, as well as axial spine, with presence of inflammatory lesions in soft tissue, in a form of dactylitis and enthesopathy. Plain radiography remains the basic imaging modality for PsA diagnosis, although early inflammatory changes affecting soft tissue and bone marrow cannot be detected with its use, or the image is indistinctive. Typical radiographic features of PsA

Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Genowefa Matuszewska, Brygida Kwiatkowska, Grzegorz Pracoń

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 64, 65–77

Research Article

The Relationship between Personality Disorders and Quality of Life in Adolescent Outpatients

presence of Axis I disorders did not appreciably affect these findingsThe present study indicates that reduced quality of life as a result of the number of personality disorder criteria met affects adolescents in much the same way that it does adults. This further emphasizes the clinical importance of including quality of life assessment as part of the general diagnostic procedures used with adolescents.

Hans Ole Korsgaard, Svenn Torgersen, Tore Wentzel-Larsen, Randi Ulberg

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 3, 180–189

Research Article

Class size and academic results, with a focus on children from culturally, linguistically and economically disenfranchised communities

. The review draws on a wider range of studies, starting with Australian research, but also includes similar education systems such as England, Canada, New Zealand and non-English speaking countries of Europe. The review assesses the different measures of class size and how they affect the results, and also whether other variables such as teaching methods are taken into account. Findings suggest that smaller class sizes in the first four years of school can have an important and lasting impact on

David Zyngier

Evidence Base , ISSUE 1, 1–24

Research Article

Effects of vermicompost water extract prepared from bamboo and kudzu against Meloidogyne incognita and Rotylenchulus reniformis

split-root system in a greenhouse sterile sand-soil mix was examined, weed VCT suppressed root penetration of M. incognita on the other side of the root in two trials, but vegetable VCT was only effective in one trial. However, both VCTs did not suppress R. reniformis root penetration. When the effect of the VCTs was examined in two cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) field trials, drenching of VCTs did not affect cowpea growth and yield, but weed VCT reduced root-gall index compared to the water control in

Xiaodong You, Motoaki Tojo, Shelby Ching, Koon-Hui Wang

Journal of Nematology , ISSUE 4, 569–578

Review Paper

The role of cannabinoids and endocannabinoid system in the treatment of epilepsy

many biochemical and physiological processes. By affecting glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmission cannabinoids have the ability to affect seizure threshold. The best known cannabinoid is cannabidiol, which inhibits the occurrence of seizures without causing significant side effects in humans and animals. However, only a small number of double blind, randomized and placebo controlled studies have been published to date. Conclusions. The role of cannabinoids in the treatment

Monika Pędracka, Jacek Gawłowicz

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 2, 131–138

research-article

Field and greenhouse evaluations of soil suppressiveness to Heterodera glycines in the Midwest corn-soybean production systems

annual rotation with susceptible soybean growing (Table 1). Main effect of biocide The effect of biocide treatment on the SCN egg population density varied among biocides (Table 1). The bactericide streptomycin did not affect egg population density over the 4 yr at both sites, except reduced egg population density at harvest of 2009 at Site 2 (Table 1). Although varying among sampling seasons, the fungicide captan tended to increase SCN egg population density at both sites (Table 1). This effect

Weiming Hu, Eyob Kidane, Deborah A. Neher, Senyu Chen

Journal of Nematology , 1–12

Research Article

Emotion recognition from the eye region in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder in Arab and Scandinavian countries

Training of Facial Affect Recognition (FEFA) and the Autism Spectrum Screening Questionnaire (ASSQ).Results:Arab children with ASD (n = 34, M age = 8.6 years, FSIQ = 96.7) recognized correctly fewer emotions than did Scandinavian children with ASD (n = 32, M age = 12.5 years, FSIQ = 102.8) and Arab typically developing (TD) children (n = 34, M age = 10.3 years, FSIQ = 123.4) in general and specifically on surprise, disgust and neutral scales as well as on a blended emotion scale. Scandinavian children

Sanna Kuusikko-Gauffin, Sherin Elsheikh, Sven Bölte, Manal Omar, Geylan Riad, Hanna Ebeling, Arja Rautio, Irma Moilanen

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 4, 159–169

research-article

The primary role of radiological imaging in the diagnosis of rare musculoskeletal diseases. Emphasis on ultrasound

Federica Rossi, Carlo Martinoli, Giovanni Murialdo, Angelo Schenone, Marina Grandis, Diego Ferone, Alberto Stefano Tagliafico

Journal of Ultrasonography , ISSUE 78, 187–192

research-article

Effects of maternal thyroid hormone deficiency on differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in CSF-exposed neonatal Wistar rats

Vida Mafikandi, Nasim Hayati Roodbari, Mohammad Nabiuni, Parichehreh Yaghmaei

Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis , ISSUE 3, 271–276

Review

Hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms in response to methylphenidate in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a Cochrane systematic review with meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis#

with ADHD. This possible adverse event may affect 1.1% to 2.5%, and physicians, patients and caregivers should be aware of this to ensure proper treatment in case of occurrence during methylphenidate treatment.

Erica Ramstad, Ole Jakob Storebø, Trine Gerner, Helle B. Krogh, Mathilde Holmskov, Frederik L. Magnusson, Carlos R. Moreira-Maia, Maria Skoog, Camilla Groth, Donna Gillies, Morris Zwi, Richard Kirubakaran, Christian Gluud, Erik Simonsen

Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology , ISSUE 1, 52–71

Review Paper

Neurostimulation, neuromodulation, and the treatment of epilepsies

Introduction. Neurostimulation and neuromodulation are techniques that may be able to affect the course of epilepsy. In the last 20 years, since the approval of VNS, we have observed a surge of studies assessing the potential of other devices and techniques for the treatment of pharmacoresistant epilepsies including deep brain stimulation (DBS), responsive neurostimulation (RNS), trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and repetitive transcranial

Lauren B. Bolden, Sandipan Pati, Jerzy P. Szaflarski

Journal of Epileptology , ISSUE 1, 45–59

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