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Within the framework of the NASA-Israeli MEIDEX project, the averaged 3D-distribution of Saharan dust was estimated and analyzed. This averaged distribution was based on the 2.5-year database of 48-h dust forecasts produced by the dust prediction system, which had been developed earlier at the University of Athens and subsequently modified in Tel Aviv(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide and is a major cause of pain and disability in elderly people. The health economic burden of osteoarthritis is increasing commensurate with obesity prevalence and longevity. Osteoarthritis has a strong genetic component but the success of previous genetic studies has been restricted(More)
UNLABELLED End stage renal disease (ESRD) is a growing problem. The effect of patient counseling is to be defined on health-related quality of life. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to find out the impact of patient counseling in health related quality of life (QoL). METHODS In this prospective interventional study, the Karnofsky Performance(More)
Genetic factors contribute strongly to sex hormone levels, yet knowledge of the regulatory mechanisms remains incomplete. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified only a small number of loci associated with sex hormone levels, with several reproductive hormones yet to be assessed. The aim of the study was to identify novel genetic variants(More)
[1] In this study, forecast errors in dust vertical distributions were analyzed. This was carried out by using quantitative comparisons between dust vertical profiles retrieved from lidar measurements over Rome, Italy, performed from 2001 to 2003, and those predicted by models. Three models were used: the four-particle-size Dust Regional Atmospheric Model(More)
Source and information evaluation is identified as being a critical element of the analytical process and production of intelligence products. However there is concern that in reality evaluation is being carried out in a cursory fashion involving limited intellectual rigour. Poor evaluation is also thought to be a causal factor in the failure of(More)
I n this study, we examine how business units of multidivisional (M-form) firms adapt their activities in response to poor performance at the corporate and business unit levels. By linking performance feedback theory with theories of attention and M-form organizations, we show that corporate structure influences the relationship between performance below(More)