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The case studies of Kristianstads Vattenrike, Sweden; the Northern Highlands Lake District and the Everglades in the USA; the Mae Nam Ping Basin, Thailand; and the Goulburn-Broken Catchment, Australia, were compared to assess the outcome of different actions for transforming social-ecological systems (SESs). The transformations consisted of two phases, a(More)
School-to-work patterns and issues are discussed for seven economies (France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, UK and US). The emphasis is placed on differences across countries in both the current labour market position of young people and recent trends therein, along with the institutions that regulate youth education, training and employment. The(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether intermittent cyclical etidronate therapy can prevent early postmenopausal bone loss. PATIENTS AND METHOD This was a 2-year outpatient, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The subjects were 152 women within 1 to 10 years of the onset of menopause and bone mineral density (BMD) between 0 and -2 SD of(More)
Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with thyroid cancer (TC) risk have been reported: rs2910164 (5q24); rs6983267 (8q24); rs965513 and rs1867277 (9q22); and rs944289 (14q13). Most of these associations have not been replicated in independent populations and the combined effects of the SNPs on risk have not been examined. This study(More)
There is increasing evidence that some cancers are hierarchically organized, sustained by a relatively rare population of cancer-initiating cells (C-ICs). Although the capacity to initiate tumors upon serial transplantation is a hallmark of all C-ICs, little is known about the genes that control this process. Here, we establish that ID1 and ID3 function(More)
This study investigated the pain and disability experienced by 85 consecutive postmenopausal Caucasian women, average age 64 years (range 50-82), with spinal osteoporosis, referred to a specialist bone clinic. Symptoms were related to the numbers and severity of vertebral deformities, and degree of kyphosis. Persistent back pain was experienced by 54 (63%)(More)
To define the phenotype of patients with benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS), we studied 58 consecutive patients (mean age 37 yr) presenting to a rheumatology clinic and 30 controls. Patients underwent rheumatological and ophthalmic examination, hypermobility scoring, echocardiography, measurement of bone mineral density (BMD), and skin thickness,(More)
We have identified and cloned a novel connective tissue growth factor-like (CTGF-L) cDNA from primary human osteoblast cells encoding a 250-amino acid single chain polypeptide. Murine CTGF-L cDNA, encoding a polypeptide of 251 amino acids, was obtained from a murine lung cDNA library. CTGF-L protein bears significant identity ( approximately 60%) to the CCN(More)
We have utilized the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based differential display methodology (Liang, P., and Pardee, A. B. (1992) Science 257, 967-969) to identify a novel transcript whose expression levels increased in Xenopus embryo explants during mesoderm induction by fibroblast growth factor. The PCR product was used to clone a 2.3-kilobase pair cDNA(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of prior general practice training in mental health and practice location on general practitioner (GP) attitudes toward depression, self-confidence in assessing and treating depressed patients, identification of doctor, patient and practice barriers to the effective care of depressed patients in(More)