Electrical bioimpedance

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  • The most important trend in biological engineering is the dynamic range of scales at which biotechnology is now able to integrate with biological processes. An explosion in micro/nanoscale technology is allowing the manufacture of nanoparticles for drug delivery into cells, miniaturized implantable microsensors for medical diagnostics, and micro-engineered robots for on-board tissue repairs. This book aims to provide an upto- date overview of the recent developments in biological engineering from diverse aspects and various applications in clinical and experimental research....

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  • This issue of Forced Migration Review is about improving communications between logisticians and programme managers to make such mix-ups a thing of the past. We are grateful to the Fritz Institute for drawing our attention to the importance of humanitarian logistics and for the very generous grant which has made this issue possible. We are deeply indebted to our Guest Editors, Anisya Thomas (Fritz Institute's Managing Director) and Ricardo Ernst (Georgetown University), and to Lynn Fritz for his personal support.

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  • Learning how to compose an effective extended text, therefore, should be conceived as a task similar to acquiring expertise in related culturally acquired domains. It is not merely an extension of our apparent biological predisposition to acquire spoken language. Rather, it is more similar to learning how to type - which is in fact one aspect of composition, as a common means of motor output. Or, it is similar to learning how to play chess - which is another planning intensive task similar to composition in its demands on thinking and memory. Or, it is similar to learning...

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  • Having identified and classified relevant water pollution problems, and having assigned priority to them, the next step is to identify appropriate interventions to cope with the problems. For every problem identified, therefore, an assessment should be made of the most appropriate means for intervention. Furthermore, an indication should be given of the relevant administrative level(s) to be involved. The proposed interventions may vary significantly in detail and scope.

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  • The pharmaceutical industry manufactures biological products, medicinal chemicals, botanical products, and the pharmaceutical products covered by Standard Industrial Classification Code Numbers 2831, 2833, and 2834, as well as other commodities. The industry is characterized by a diversity of products, processes, plant sizes, as well as wastewater quantity and quality. In fact, the pharmaceutical industry represents a range of industries with operations and processes as diverse as its products.

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  • The size of this market is very roughly estimated to be around USD 3.8 trillion, already over half of the notional size of the hedge fund industry (AUM plus leverage), and growing quickly in the last two years. Structured products are passive in nature (unlike hedge fund active styles), and focus on providing returns (for different risk profiles of clients) with some element of capital guarantee. Constant proportion portfolio insurance (CPPI) is one of the popular new- generation techniques. These products have not been tested when major anomalies in volatility arise.

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  • Our visit and mystery-shopping results indicate that there is a higher risk of customers being treated unfairly where firms sell single-premium PPI policies 16 . One of the key TCF consumer outcomes is that products and services marketed and sold in the retail market are designed to meet the needs of identified consumer groups and are targeted accordingly. While single-premium PPI can be a useful product for some, it is not necessarily appropriate for all consumers.

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  • Upon completion of the testing one of the engineers at the city was actually quite relieved that we discovered what we did. He told us that he had made an attempt to contact the vendor with some concerns about an unintentional bridging of the cellular interface with the internal LAN interface. The vendor support team basically told him it was “impossible” and that he must be mistaken.

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  • The speed adjustment allows adjustment of the speed of the unit when it is off line, and it also allows adjustment of the loading when the unit is on line. The mechanism by which it accomplishes its purpose depends on the design of the governor, but in all cases, adjusting the speed changer moves the pilot valve off center, which causes the gates to move (figure 6). If the unit is off line the gates will continue to move until the change in unit speed causes the flyballs to move enough to recenter the pilot valve. When...

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  • While it is not the primary objective of this article to discuss differences between national codes, a number of distinguishing characteristics nevertheless bear mentioning. A first important variable is the scope of corporate governance codes or recommendations. Naturally, most codes examined for this article (and in most other member countries) address issues such as the equitable treatment of shareholders, operation and accountability of boards and management, transparency and disclosure, as well as minority shareholder protection.

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  • The most commonly used measures of current fertility are the total fertility rate (TFR) and its component age-specific fertility rates (ASFRs). The TFR is an estimate of the average number of births a woman would have at the end of her reproductive years if she bears children at the prevailing age-specific fertility rates throughout her childbearing years (age 15-49). The ASFRs are defined in terms of the number of live births among women in a particular age group divided by the number of woman-years in that age group during the specific period. Figure 4.

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  • This document provides an overview of wireless networking technologies and wireless handheld devices most commonly used in an office environment and with today’s mobile workforce. This document seeks to assist agencies in reducing the risks associated with 802.11 wireless local area networks (LAN), Bluetooth wireless networks, and handheld devices.

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  • The extension of central bank liquidity eased the pace of asset-shedding observed in late 2011, but did not turn the underlying trend. If the banks in the EBA sample, for instance, failed to roll over their senior unsecured debt maturing over a two-year horizon, which amounts to more than €1,100 billion (€600 billion among banks with a capital shortfall), they would have to shed funded assets in equal measure. By covering these funding needs, the LTROs and dollar swap lines helped avert an accelerated deleveraging process.

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  • An operating system is usually defined as a set of programs which permit the continuous operation of a computer. The software controls scheduling and execution of application programs and use of computer resources. Simplistically, the operating system acts as the interface between the application program, the user and the IT hardware. The security and control of an operating system is a complex issue and provides an area of potentially major risk to an organisation. The complexity, size and functionality of operating systems varies enormously from one manufacturer to another.

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  • The Internet is an extraordinary platform for innovation, economic growth, and social communication. Using the Internet, entrepreneurs reach global markets, political groups organize, and major companies manage their supply chains and deliver services to their customers. Simply stated, the Internet is becoming the central nervous system of our information economy and society. Over the last 15 years, personal computers, mobile phones, and other devices have transformed how we access and use information.

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  • The two artists began a heated discussion and came close to exchanging blows.1 This encounter can be taken as a defining moment in the twist taken by the personal and artistic career of Villa-Lobos as a result of his stay in Paris: it was only after this trip that he began to focus his efforts on producing a national form of music. The present article attempts to comprehend why this twist occurred at this moment and why Villa-Lobos’s artistic project assumed this specific content thereafter....

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  • As far as the MDGs are concerned, only 16 percent of countries are on track to meet the child mortality target and, on average, the poorest fifth of the population saw child mortality falling half as fast as the general population (Wagstaff and Claeson 2003). Though not one sub-Saharan African country is on track to meet the child mortality target, overall progress toward reducing child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa was faster in the 1990s than the 1980s. In the developing world overall, most countries are on track to meet the child health goals...

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  • These cross-country differences may provide information on the effectiveness of national health systems. However, they may also reflect other factors—such as differences in research methods, sample sizes, sample periods and variable definitions. This paper re-examines differences between American and English income gradients in children’s health, paying careful attention to these issues.

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  • Pag-IBIG Overseas Program. Several public and private entities offer transnational loans for a variety of purposes. The Philippine government’s Pag-IBIG Overseas Program, for example, allows overseas Filipino workers to access short-term loans under the Multi-Purpose Loan Program (to help finance members’ immediate medical, educational, or livelihood needs; minor home improvements including the purchase of furniture and appliances; and other related needs) and the Calamity Loan Program (for those in need of financing due a recent calamity).

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  • · Behavioural economics has been directed more to explaining choices than to changing them. Even if there is a sense in which people can be shown to be making poor decisions it is of course debatable whether it is appropriate to try to intervene. A relatively small literature has looked at remedies for various cognitive biases. Little of this is specifically applied to personal finance. · A number of the debiasing techniques in the literature involve encouraging thinking that is more critical. “Consider the opposite” encourages people to think why they may be wrong.

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