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# Theory of meaning

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Karl Blanchet, Sara L Nam, Ben Ramalingam, Francisco Pozo-Martin
The term resilience has dominated the discourse among health systems researchers since 2014 and the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There is wide consensus that the global community has to help build more resilient health systems. But do we really know what resilience means, and do we all have the same vision of resilience? The present paper presents a new conceptual framework on governance of resilience based on systems thinking and complexity theories. In this paper, we see resilience of a health system as its capacity to absorb, adapt and transform when exposed to a shock such as a pandemic, natural disaster or armed conflict and still retain the same control over its structure and functions...
April 4, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
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Jameal F Samhouri, Adrian C Stier, Shannon M Hennessey, Mark Novak, Benjamin S Halpern, Phillip S Levin
One of the twenty-first century's greatest environmental challenges is to recover and restore species, habitats and ecosystems. The decision about how to initiate restoration is best-informed by an understanding of the linkages between ecosystem components and, given these linkages, an appreciation of the consequences of choosing to recover one ecosystem component before another. However, it remains difficult to predict how the sequence of species' recoveries within food webs influences the speed and trajectory of restoration, and what that means for human well-being...
March 1, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
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M Galarza, A Giménez, J M Amigó, M Schuhmann, R Gazzeri, U Thomale, J P McAllister
BACKGROUND: The flow pattern of the cerebrospinal fluid is probably the most important factor related to obstruction of ventricular catheters during the normal treatment of hydrocephalus. To better comprehend the flow pattern, we have carried out a parametric study via numerical models of ventricular catheters. In previous studies, the flow was studied under steady and, recently, in pulsatile boundary conditions by means of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in three-dimensional catheter models...
August 15, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
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Xiao-Dan Tang
By Means of Marcus electron transfer theory, the charge transport properties of tetraazapentacene (4N-PEN) derivatives were systematically explored. The reorganization energies were studied by both adiabatic potential-energy surfaces and normal mode analysis. The charge diffusion constants were evaluated from the random walk simulation. From the perspective of homology modeling, a selected 4N-PEN derivative without experimental crystal structure was built into three kinds of possible packing modes with reference to its relative analogues and then fully optimized...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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Hsiu-Yu Yu, Zahera Jabeen, David M Eckmann, Portonovo S Ayyaswamy, Ravi Radhakrishnan
We have studied the microstructure of a flow-driven hardsphere suspension inside a cylinder using dynamical density functional theory and Monte Carlo simulations. In order to be representative of various physical conditions that may prevail in experiments, we investigate the problem using both the grand canonical ($\mu VT$) ensemble and the canonical ($NVT$) ensemble. In both ensembles, the hydrodynamic effect on the suspension mediated by the presence of the confining wall is implemented in a mean-field fashion by incorporating the thermodynamic work done by the inertial lift force on the particle given the average flow field...
August 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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Iwona Zaporowska-Stachowiak, Katarzyna Stachowiak, Katarzyna Stachnik
We tested the association between the palliative patient's attachment style and the patient-doctor relationship, by means of Revised Adult Attachment Scale and a self-designed, patient-doctor relationship questionnaire. The study included 110 (52 M, 58 F) cancer, hospice patients, aged 36-80 years. We observed 54 percent of secure, 18 percent of dismissive, 9 percent of preoccupied, and 19 percent of fearful styles. Securely attached patients developed significantly ( p < .05) better relationships with doctors than insecure patients...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
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Pablo de Castro, Peter Sollich
New insights into phase separation in colloidal suspensions are provided via a dynamical theory based on the polydisperse lattice-gas model. The model gives a simplified description of polydisperse colloids, incorporating a hard-core repulsion combined with polydispersity in the strength of the attraction between neighbouring particles. Our mean-field equations describe the local concentration evolution for each of an arbitrary number of species, and for an arbitrary overall composition of the system. We focus on the predictions for the dynamics of colloidal gas-liquid phase separation after a quench into the coexistence region...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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Dong Die, Ben-Xia Zheng, Xiao-Yu Kuang, Zheng-Quan Zhao, Jian-Jun Guo, Quan Du
The structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Cu₄M (M = Sc-Ni) clusters have been studied by using density functional theory, together with an unbiased CALYPSO structure searching method. Geometry optimizations indicate that M atoms in the ground state Cu₄M clusters favor the most highly coordinated position. The geometry of Cu₄M clusters is similar to that of the Cu₅ cluster. The infrared spectra, Raman spectra and photoelectron spectra are predicted and can be used to identify the ground state in the future...
August 15, 2017: Materials
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Yi Wang, Zhongjun Ma, Guanrong Chen
In order to avoid congestion in the second-order nonlinear leader-following multiagent systems over capacity-limited paths, an approach called cluster lag consensus is proposed, which means that the agents in different clusters will pass through the same positions with the same velocities but lag behind the leader at different times. Lyapunov functionals and matrix theory are applied to analyze such cluster lag consensus. It is shown that when the graphic roots of clusters are influenced by the leader and the intracoupling of cluster agents is larger than a threshold, the cluster lag consensus can be achieved...
August 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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Lin Wu, Lingkai Tang, Min Li, Jianxin Wang, Fang-Xiang Wu
Complex networks are ubiquitous in nature. In biological systems, biomolecules interact with each other to form so-called biomolecular networks, which determine the cellular behaviors of living organisms. Controlling the cellular behaviors by regulating certain biomolecules in the network is one of the most concerned problems in systems biology. Recently, the connections between biological networks and structural control theory have been explored, uncovering some interesting biological phenomena. Some researchers have paid attentions to the structural controllability of networks in notion of the minimum steering sets (MSSs)...
July 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
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Moses N Ikiugu, Ranelle M Nissen, Cali Bellar, Alexya Maassen, Katlin Van Peursem
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the effectiveness of theory-based occupational therapy interventions in improving occupational performance and well-being among people with a mental health diagnosis. METHOD: The meta-analysis included 11 randomized controlled trials with a total of 520 adult participants with a mental health diagnosis. Outcomes were occupational performance, well-being, or both. We conducted meta-analyses using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software (Version 3...
September 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to address how adult development (AD) theories can contribute to quality improvement (QI). Design/methodology/approach A theoretical analysis and discussion on how personal development empirical findings can relate to QI and Deming's four improvement knowledge domains. Findings AD research shows that professionals have qualitatively diverse ways of meaning-making and ways to approach possibilities in improvement efforts. Therefore, professionals with more complex meaning-making capacities are needed to create successful transformational changes and learning, with the recognition that system knowledge is a developmental capacity...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
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Laura Mora Lopez, Neus Ruiz-Edo, Sheila Serra Pla, Anna Pallisera Llovera, Salvador Navarro Soto, Xavier Serra-Aracil
PURPOSE: Acute diverticulitis (AD) is a highly prevalent disease in Spain. Its chronic-recurrent appearance and high rate of relapse mean that it has a major epidemiological and economic impact on our health system. In spite of this, it has not been studied in any great depth. Reassessing its etiopathology, recent studies have observed that it is an inflammatory disease-not, as classic theories had postulated, an infectious one. In the light of these findings, the suitability of antibiotics for its treatment has been reconsidered...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
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Erick Chastain, Cameron Smith
Universal Semantic Communication (USC) is a theory that models communication among agents without the assumption of a fixed protocol. We demonstrate a connection, via a concept we refer to as process information, between a special case of USC and evolutionary processes. In this context, one agent attempts to interpret a potentially arbitrary signal produced within its environment. Sources of this effective signal can be modeled as a single alternative agent. Given a set of common underlying concepts that may be symbolized differently by different sources in the environment, any given entity must be able to correlate intrinsic information with input it receives from the environment in order to accurately interpret the ambient signal and ultimately coordinate its own actions...
December 2016: IEEE Trans Mol Biol Multiscale Commun
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Tim A Reck, Gunther Landmann
INTRODUCTION: Neuropathic pain is common in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and often difficult to treat. We report a case where epidural spinal cord stimulation (SCS) below the level of injury has been successfully applied in a patient with a complete spinal cord lesion. CASE PRESENTATION: A 53-year-old female presented with neuropathic below-level SCI pain of both lower legs and feet due to complete SCI below T5. Time and pain duration since injury was 2 years...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
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Andrew C Trautz, Tissa H Illangasekare, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe
Plant performance (i.e., fecundity, growth, survival) depends on an individual's access to space and resources. At the community level, plant performance is reflected in observable vegetation patterning (i.e., spacing distance, density) often controlled by limiting resources. Resource availability is, in turn, strongly dependent on plant patterning mediated by competitive and facilitative plant-plant interactions. Co-occurring competition and facilitation has never been specifically investigated from a hydrodynamic perspective...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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Clare L Clarke, Falko F Sniehotta, Thenmalar Vadiveloo, Ishbel S Argo, Peter T Donnan, Marion E T McMurdo, Miles D Witham
BACKGROUND: Cross-sectional relationships between physical activity and health have been explored extensively, but less is known about how physical activity changes with time in older people. The aim of this study was to assess baseline predictors of how objectively measured physical activity changes with time in older people. METHODS: Longitudinal cohort study using data from the Physical Activity Cohort Scotland. A sample of community-dwelling older people aged 65 and over were recruited in 2009-2011, then followed up 2-3 years later...
August 14, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
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Rebecca S Lipner, Bradley G Brossman, Kelli M Samonte, Steven J Durning
Background: Electronic resources are increasingly used in medical practice. Their use during high-stakes certification examinations has been advocated by many experts, but whether doing so would affect the capacity to differentiate between high and low abilities is unknown. Objective: To determine the effect of electronic resources on examination performance characteristics. Design: Randomized controlled trial. Setting: Medical certification program...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
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X Huang, K R Fox, J D Ribeiro, J C Franklin
BACKGROUND: Research has long noted higher prevalence rates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among individuals with psychotic symptoms. Major theories have proposed several explanations to account for this association. Given the differences in the literature regarding the operationalization of psychosis and sample characteristics, a quantitative review is needed to determine to what extent and how psychosis confers risk for suicidality. METHODS: We searched PsycInfo, PubMed, and GoogleScholar for studies published before 1 January 2016...
August 14, 2017: Psychological Medicine
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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The Strange Stories test is one of the most commonly used tests to evaluate advanced "theory of mind," i.e. attribution of mental states. Normative data and psychometric properties of a new Farsi translation of this test were evaluated in a large community-based sample of Iranian school-aged children. METHODS: Through randomized cluster sampling, 398 children aged 9-11 years studying at 20 elementary schools were recruited from 4 central regions of Tehran, Iran...
August 11, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
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