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Restoring degraded land to combat environmental degradation requires the collection of vast quantities of germplasm (seed). Sourcing this material raises questions related to provenance selection, seed quality and harvest sustainability. Restoration guidelines strongly recommend using local sources to maximize local adaptation and prevent outbreeding(More)
This paper, which has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Sleep Disorders Association, provides the background for the Standards of Practice Committee's parameters for the practice of sleep medicine in North America. The 21 publications selected for this review describe 320 patients treated with oral appliances for snoring(More)
Expert algorithms in the field of intelligent patient monitoring have rapidly revolutionized patient care thereby improving patient safety. Patient monitoring during anesthesia requires cautious attention by anesthetists who are monitoring many modalities, diagnosing clinically critical events and performing patient management tasks simultaneously. The(More)
A technique based on the concept of a 'fuzzy trend template' has been developed to identify characteristic patterns in multiple time-series. The method has its foundation in fuzzy logic and allows for the intuitive and transparent description of 'templates', which preserve nuances of vagueness, temporal relationships and quantitative descriptors. Evaluation(More)
Elevated central arterial (aortic) blood pressure is related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Methods of non-invasively estimating this pressure would therefore be helpful in clinical practice. To achieve this goal, a physics-based model is derived to correlate the arterial pressure under a suprasystolic upper-arm cuff to the aortic pressure.(More)
This contribution examines the graphical presentation of decision support information generated by an intelligent monitor, named SENTINEL, developed for use during anaesthesia. Clinicians make diagnoses in real-time during operations by examining clinically significant trends in multiple signals. SENTINEL attempts to mimic this decision process by using a(More)
BACKGROUND Widespread uptake of DNA barcoding technology for vascular plants has been slow due to the relatively poor resolution of species discrimination (∼70%) and low sequencing and amplification success of one of the two official barcoding loci, matK. Studies to date have mostly focused on finding a solution to these intrinsic limitations of the(More)
BACKGROUND Although most tibial shaft fractures are expected to heal within 24 weeks, the long-term effects of these injuries on patients in terms of self-reported health status, disability, and pain are largely unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate the clinical and patient-reported outcomes of patients with isolated tibial shaft fractures treated at the two(More)
BACKGROUND Central arterial pressure is a better predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes than brachial blood pressure, but noninvasive measurement by applanation tonometry is technically demanding. METHOD Pulsecor R6.5 is a novel device adapted from a standard sphygmomanometer which estimates the central aortic pressure from analysis of low-frequency(More)