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The use of response measures in meta-analyses of land-use impacts on ecological communities: a review and the way forward

Species richness and total abundance are two of the most commonly used response measures in empirical studies of the effects of anthropogenic land-use on biodiversity, in spite of the fact that they are insensitive to changes in a range of community attributes. We evaluated the extent to which meta-analyses about the effects of forest land-use on ecological communities make use...

Skin mucosome activity as an indicator of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans susceptibility in salamanders

Recently emerged fungal diseases, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) are an increasing threat to amphibians worldwide. In Europe, the threat of Bsal to salamander populations is demonstrated by the rapid decline of fire salamander populations in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Although most European urodelans are susceptible to...

Reservoir Simulator Runtime Enhancement Based on a Posteriori Error Estimation Techniques

In this work, we show how the a posteriori error estimation techniques proposed in [Di Pietro et al. (2014) Computers & Mathematics with Applications 68, 2331-2347] can be efficiently employed to improve the performance of a compositional reservoir simulator dedicated to Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes. This a posteriori error estimate allows to propose an adaptive mesh...

Pediatric rheumatology: addressing the transition to adult-orientated health care

Pediatric rheumatology: addressing the transition to adult-orientated health care Sara Sabbagh,1,2 Tova Ronis,1,3 Patience H White3–5 1Department of Rheumatology, Children’s National Health System, Washington DC, USA; 2National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD USA; 3Department of Pediatrics, George...

Risky sexual behavior and associated factors among antiretroviral therapy attendees in Nekemte Referral Hospital, Western Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Risky sexual behavior and associated factors among antiretroviral therapy attendees in Nekemte Referral Hospital, Western Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study Getu Mosisa,1 Kifle Woldemichael,2 Fantahun Ayalew,3,† 1Department of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health Sciences, Wollega University, Nekemte, Ethiopia; 2Department of Epidemiology, College of Health Sciences, Jimma...

A sample of 669 ultra steep spectrum radio sources to find high redshift radio galaxies

Since radio sources with Ultra Steep Spectra (USS; ) are efficient tracers of high redshift radio galaxies (HzRGs), we have defined three samples of such USS sources using the recently completed WENSS, TEXAS, MRC, NVSS and PMN radio-surveys. Our combined sample contains 669 sources with  mJy and covers virtually the entire sky outside the Galactic plane (). For our 2 largest...

Examen de la vulnérabilité de la ressource en eau vis-à-vis des fluctuations climatiques. Application aux étiages du bassin du Rhône

Les résultats présentés sont la synthèse des travaux réalisés lors d’un pré-projet soutenu par le ministère de l’Écologie et du Développement durable (MEDD) lors de l’appel d’offre « Risque Décision Territoire » RDT 2003 [SAUQUET et al., 2005]. Son objectif était de mesurer la sensibilité du régime des basses eaux aux forçages climatiques perturbés sur un ensemble de plusieurs...

A comparison of psychological well-being and quality of life between spouse and non-spouse caregivers in patients with head and neck cancer: a 6-month follow-up study

A comparison of psychological well-being and quality of life between spouse and non-spouse caregivers in patients with head and neck cancer: a 6-month follow-up study Yu Lee,1 Pao-Yen Lin,1,2 Chih-Yen Chien,3 Fu-Min Fang,4 Liang-Jen Wang5 1Department of Psychiatry, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 2Institute...

Automédication au cours des affections bucco-dentaires à Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Introduction : L'automédication est un problème de santé publique majeur au regard des risques engendrés tels les échecs thérapeutiques et l’émergence des bactéries multirésistantes. Elle a déjà été traitée dans sa globalité par plusieurs études. L’objectif de ce travail était d’évaluer l’automédication au cours des affections bucco-dentaires à Ouagadougou. Patients et méthodes...

Ionization balance for optically thin plasmas: Rate coefficients for all atoms and ions of the elements H to Ni

We present in this paper new and updated calculations of the ionization equilibrium for all the elements from H to Ni. We collected for these elements all the data available in the literature for the ionization and radiative plus dielectronic recombination rates. In particular, the dielectronic rates have been fitted with a single formula and the related coefficients are...

Role of accelerated aging in limb muscle wasting of patients with COPD

Role of accelerated aging in limb muscle wasting of patients with COPD Ramzi Lakhdar,1 Dagmara McGuinness,2 Ellen M Drost,1 Paul G Shiels,2 Ricardo Bastos,3 William MacNee,1,4 Roberto A Rabinovich1,4 1ELEGI Colt Laboratory, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; 2Wolfson Wohl Translational Cancer...

Spatial distribution of lineages of oak powdery mildew fungi in France, using quick molecular detection methods

• Powdery mildew is a major fungal disease of oaks in Europe. Recent studies using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences suggested the presence of four different lineages (putative species). The objective of the study was to investigate the spatial distribution of these lineages/species and, in particular, to test the hypothesis of a spatial differentiation, at various...

Multiphase, Multicomponent Fluid Flow in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Porous Media

The flow of several components and several phases through a porous medium is generally described by introducing macroscopic mass-balance equations under the form of generalized dispersion equations. This model raises several questions that are discussed in this paper on the basis of results obtained from the volume averaging method, coupled with pore-scale simulations of the...

Saving the Sustainability of the European Union, Fighting Terrorism

Albeit the absence of an agreement on the definition, terrorism as studied in this literature has a complex nature and diverse factors that are involved. Furthermore, dealing with terrorism has become the centrepiece of foreign policies of many countries worldwide. The European Union has a long history of fighting terrorism. Yet, the current terrorism threats have shaken the...

B-ALL-Salvage: Vorteile für Immunkonjugat auch bei Älteren

Patienten über 55 Jahre mit rezidivierter akuter lymphatischer Leukämie (ALL) profitieren vom Immunkonjugat Inotuzumab ozogamicin (InO) genauso wie jüngere Patienten. Das ergab eine Subgruppenanalyse der Studie INO-VATE.

Neuropilin-1 expression is associated with lymph node metastasis in breast cancer tissues

Neuropilin-1 expression is associated with lymph node metastasis in breast cancer tissues Mahnaz Seifi-Alan,1 Roshanak Shams,1 Mojgan Bandehpour,2 Reza Mirfakhraie,1 Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard1 1Department of Medical Genetics, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Department of Biotechnology, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Shahid Beheshti...

Gene expression in the corneal endothelium of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy patients with and without expansion of a trinucleotide repeat in TCF4

Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD) is a late onset, autosomal dominant eye disease that can lead to loss of vision. Expansion of a CTG trinucleotide repeat in the third intron of the transcription factor 4 (TCF4) gene is highly associated with FECD. However, only about 75% of FECD patients in the northern European population possess an expansion of this repeat. The...