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Successful hepatectomy for hepatic abscess with chronic granulomatous disease: a case report

Background Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), a rare inherited disorder, is characterized by impaired ability of phagocytic cells to kill certain bacteria and fungi. Although liver abscess is a common manifestation of CGD, its optimal management in these patients is unknown. Here, we present a case of successful hepatectomy for hepatic abscess in a patient with CGD. Case ...

Degradation of bromophenol blue molecule during argon plasma jet irradiation

The aim of this paper is to study degradation of a bromophenol blue molecule (C19H10Br4O5S) using direct irradiation of cold atmospheric argon plasma jet. The pH of the bromophenol blue solution has been measured as well as its absorbance spectra and conductivity before and after the irradiation of non-thermal plasma jet in various time durations. The results indicated that the ...

Deleterious ABCA7 mutations and transcript rescue mechanisms in early onset Alzheimer’s disease

Premature termination codon (PTC) mutations in the ATP-Binding Cassette, Sub-Family A, Member 7 gene (ABCA7) have recently been identified as intermediate-to-high penetrant risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD). High variability, however, is observed in downstream ABCA7 mRNA and protein expression, disease penetrance, and onset age, indicative of unknown modifying ...

Human virus and microbial indicator occurrence in public-supply groundwater systems: meta-analysis of 12 international studies

Groundwater quality is often evaluated using microbial indicators. This study examines data from 12 international groundwater studies (conducted 1992–2013) of 718 public drinking-water systems located in a range of hydrogeological settings. Focus was on testing the value of indicator organisms for identifying virus-contaminated wells. One or more indicators and viruses were present ...

Macroeconomic fluctuations in a New Keynesian disequilibrium model

This study extends the current New Keynesian modeling framework by changing one crucial aspect: it replaces the general equilibrium assumption by the arguably more realistic assumption of macroeconomic disequilibrium. As a result, more complex and less smooth macroeconomic adjustment dynamics result, as it is not necessary to assume that goods and labor markets continuously clear. ...

On the decomposition of total impact multipliers in a supply and use framework

This note describes a simple technique of decomposing total impact multipliers derived from input–output analysis. The approach uses a generalised supply and use table framework, explicitly distinguishing between industries and products. Contributions to total impact multipliers can be shown by either industry origin (answering the question: Where is the source of impacts and how ...

Stealth dicing of sapphire wafers with near infra-red femtosecond pulses

The quality of the reflecting faces after dicing is critical for the fabrication of efficient and stable laser diodes emitting in the green–violet region. However, high-quality faces can be difficult to achieve for devices grown on a sapphire substrate as this material is difficult to cleave cleanly. We have therefore investigated a technology known as “stealth dicing”. The ...

The social and scientific values that shape national climate scenarios: a comparison of the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK

This paper seeks to understand why climate information is produced differently from country to country. To do this, we critically examined and compared the social and scientific values that shaped the production of three national climate scenarios in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. A comparative analysis of documentary materials and expert interviews linked to the climate ...

The comparative study of resonance disorders for Vietnamese and Korean cleft palate speakers using nasometer

Background Nasalance is used to evaluate the velopharyngeal incompetence in clinical diagnoses using a nasometer. The aim of this study is to find the nasalance differences between Vietnamese cleft palate children and Korean cleft palate children by measuring the nasalance of five oral vowels. Methods Ten Vietnamese cleft palate children after surgery, three Vietnamese children for ...

A study on leakage current and electrical properties of oleic acid-coated cobalt-doped Mn-Zn ferrite nanocrystalline powders

Background Mn-Zn ferrites have drawn a continuously an increasing interest because of their potential applications as multifunctional devices. These materials simultaneously exhibit ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. The dielectric and leakage current properties of Cobalt substituted Mn-Zn ferrites coated with oleic acid were not reported. Methods This paper presents the ...

Exploring the relationship between perceived barriers to healthy eating and dietary behaviours in European adults

Purpose Dietary behaviours may be influenced by perceptions of barriers to healthy eating. Using data from a large cross-European study (N = 5900), we explored associations between various perceived barriers to healthy eating and dietary behaviours among adults from urban regions in five European countries and examined whether associations differed across regions and ...

Real-time crash prediction on freeways using data mining and emerging techniques

Recent advances in intelligent transportation system allow traffic safety studies to extend from historic data-based analyses to real-time applications. The study presents a new method to predict crash likelihood with traffic data collected by discrete loop detectors as well as the web-crawl weather data. Matched case–control method and support vector machines (SVMs) technique were ...

Effects of the onion residue compost as an organic fertilizer in a vegetable culture in the Lower Valley of the Rio Negro

Purpose Farming production in the lower part of Río Negro Valley (Argentina) has increased considerably during recent years, causing soil degradation and, specifically, decreasing the organic matter contents. This fact requires recovery measures, as organic amendments for soils, to improve its quality. The marked objectives for the present research is to evaluate compost as organic ...

National health insurance subscription and maternal healthcare utilisation across mothers’ wealth status in Ghana

Introduction This study is against the backdrop that despite the forty-nine percent decline in Maternal Mortality Rate in Ghana, the situation still remains high averaging 319 per 100,000 live births between 2011 and 2015. Objective To examine the relationship between National Health Insurance and maternal healthcare utilisation across three main wealth quintiles (Poor, Middle and ...