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Listeria monocytogenes, an uncommon foodborne pathogen, is increasingly recognized as a cause of life-threatening disease. A marked increase in reported cases of listeriosis during 1998 motivated a retrospective nationwide survey of the infection in Israel. From 1995 to 1999, 161 cases were identified; 70 (43%) were perinatal infections, with a fetal(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to provide a comprehensive review of the pathogenic role and spectrum of disease of milleri group streptococci, with special attention to bloodstream invasion and to possible differential roles among the three species. All consecutive isolates of milleri group streptococci from any anatomic source, during a 37-month(More)
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)* EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Antimicrobial resistance is recognized as one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide [1]. Drug-resistant infections take a staggering toll in the United States (US) and across the globe. Just one organism, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), kills more Americans(More)
Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) is an emerging nosocomial pathogen. Little is known about its risk factors or mortality. We performed a case-case-control study to assess the risks for CRKP isolation and a retrospective cohort study to assess mortality in three groups of hospitalized adults: (i) patients from whom CRKP was isolated, (ii)(More)
The main objective of this study was to examine Steel's [Advances in Experimental Social Psychology 21 (1988) 261] self-affirmation theory, by checking the effects of different levels of manipulated control on participants' performance on personality tests. Specifically, we assessed the impact of participants' level of control (i.e. prior familiarity of(More)
In the study of asthma, a vital role is played by mouse models, because knockout or transgenic methods can be used to alter disease pathways and identify therapeutic targets that affect lung function. Assessment of lung function in rodents by available methods is insensitive because these techniques lack regional specificity. A more sensitive method for(More)
Computational intelligence techniques, such as neural networks and fuzzy systems, are increasingly being employed in real-world applications. Accordingly, much design effort is going into developing customizable modules to meet required hardware/software specifications. We have prototyped a fuzzy neuron as a coarse-grained reconfigurable element to be used(More)
— The signal-to-noise ratio of axisymmetric vibra-tory gyroscopes is maximized when a pair of coriolis-coupled modes resonate at the same frequency. The manufacturing process of micro-scale resonators creates random minute mass and stiffness asymmetries that cause the natural frequencies of these modes to deviate from one another, thereby degrading sensor(More)
This paper focuses on the design and development of a game-based forensics course. This course uses the game-based learning (GBL) approach that builds the game <i>in a real computing environment</i> that has direct access to actual forensics tools from a forensics machine and the evidence from a suspect machine. Interactive visualizations will be used to(More)