41 research outputs found

    A rare presentation of disseminated invasive aspergillosis

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    Here’s presenting a case of disseminated invasive aspergillosis in a young female patient with pulmonary and CNS complications and the difficulty one faces while diagnosing such a case due to variable presentation of symptoms with no prior history of any underlying immunodeficiency. It also focuses on how diagnosing such a case can be further delayed due to clinical and radiological miss-match. Thus, it is important to have a high index of suspicion in such patients as prolonged antibiotics and systemic steroids worsens the course of illness.

    Investigating the Health of a Rice Field Ecosystem Using Thermodynamic Extremal Principles

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    This study investigates the dynamic behaviour of a rice field ecosystem and aims to define its integral features using the stability concept of an ecological goal function. This function is based on the extremal principles of thermodynamics, which assume that certain energetic processes of ecosystems‚ÄĒsuch as the rate of exergy destruction‚ÄĒare directed by the self-organizing informatics of the systems towards maxima or minima.¬† In our study, we exploit the availability of substantially long time-series data relating to a rice field ecosystem to gain an evocative understanding of its growth trajectory in light of the thermodynamic principles. We accomplished this by constructing a model based on the STELLA 9.0 software and calculating the extremal values of growth rates (storage) and those of exergy destruction and entropy creation. The results showed that the values of both maximum dissipation and maximum exergy progressed apace with that of maximum storage till the maturation of rice and became stable thereafter, whereas maximum residence time and maximum specific dissipation values initially decreased before their asymptotic rise. A similar pattern was also observed for the maximum specific exergy. However, the maximum power dissipation curve followed a highly fluctuated course before becoming stable on the maturation of rice

    Information Crises: the EU’s response and the South Asian digital media landscape

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    These are difficult days for democratic countries. Among other challenges, advances in technology have allowed the seamless dissemination of manipulated or fabricated text, video and audio. The pervasiveness of social media has facilitated false information to be rapidly amplified to receptive audiences, and geopolitical contexts like that of South Asia are no exception. Within this scenario, with the whole world currently trying to battle an ‚Äėinformation crisis‚Äô, this paper focuses on the efforts displayed by Europe in recent years so as to combat disinformation. It critically reflects upon what South Asia‚Äôs approach could be to fight this eminent information crisis. It suggests that for an effective, long-term solution, it is imperative to move beyond tactical approaches that target the "supply‚ÄĚ side of the problem. This paper argues that in order to succeed, regulatory policies must be accompanied by offline measures of socio-political inclusivity and transparency: healthy debates, education and knowledge dispersion and socio-cultural conscientiousness

    journal.kommunikation-medien / Populism and the impact of technology in persuasive propaganda

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    The recent years have exceedingly witnessed an ascent of leaders and movements world-wide that ostensibly reflect a certain ‚Äėpopulist sentiment. In this connection, the worlds transforming political landscape has, in the past two decades, seen populist parties constitute parliaments based on an anti-elite, anti-corruption rhetoric a new form of what is supposedly democracy. The rush towards energetic authoritarian ‚Äėsolutions, purportedly people-centric, demonstrate wide ranging consequences from war (Russia, Turkey); ethno-religious ‚Äėpurification (India, Hungary, Myanmar); magnification of presidential powers and the corresponding abandonment of civil rights and rule of law in China, Rwanda, Venezuela, Thailand and the Philippines. These only constitute some of the telling examples. This paper intends to examine the evolution of populism vis-a-vis the ways in which it is increasingly being impacted by digital technology. One way in which I will approach this is through a brief study of the history of populism to explore its specific order or pattern of communication. This can inform ways in which digital technologies are shaping new structures and bringing hitherto absent dimensions to this age-old political/social phenomenon. I am motivated to explore the relationship between network society and political manipulation and investigate, if such a relationship at all exists, whether it is veiled in a garb of ‚Äėpopulist inclusivity. This study has three interrelated steps. In the first, I would attempt to formulate a working definition of populism. Secondly, I shall trace the evolution of populist propaganda and investigate if it is underscored historically by a common rhetoric. Finally, I attempt to demonstrate how digital technologies shape popular politics in recent times and impact the nature and content of publics discourses, foregrounding a complicated nexus in performing propaganda politics.(VLID)370118

    Current Proteomics

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    Not AvailableProteomic tools were extensively used to understand the relationship between muscle proteome and conversion of muscle to meat, post-mortem proteolysis, meat texture, and variation in meat color. Developments in proteomic tools have also resulted in their application for addressing the safety and authenticity issues including meat species identification, detection of animal by-products, non-meat ingredients and tissues in meat products, traceability, identification of genetically modified ingredients, chemical residues and other harmful substances. Proteomic tools are also being used in some of the potential areas viz, understanding the effect of animal transportation, stunning, slaughter stress, halal authentication and issues related to animal welfare. Emerging advances in proteomic and peptidomic technologies and their application in traceability, meat microbiology, safety and authentication is taking a major stride as an interesting and complementary alternative to DNA based methods currently in use. Future research in meat science need to be linked to emerging metabolomic, lipidomic and other omic technologies for ensuring integrated meat quality and safety management. In this paper, a comprehensive overview of the use of proteomics for the assessment of quality and safety in meat value chain and their potential application is discussed

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    Not AvailableEffect of salt substitution (Treat I) and added pea hull flour (PHF) at 8 (Treat-II), 10 (Treat-III) and 12 % (Treat-IV) levels on the quality of low fat chicken nuggets (Control) was investigated. Replacement of NaCl significantly affected (P‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.05) emulsion and product pH, emulsion stability, cooking yield, ash content while PHF had additional effect on moisture and protein. Dietary fibre content in the product significantly (P‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.05) increased at each level of PHF. The colour parameters remained similar to control due to salt replacement while added PHF decreased their values. Textural properties were lower (P‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.05) in the treated products. Addition of PHF significantly (P‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.05) decreased cholesterol and glycolipids contents at 8 % and 12 % levels, respectively. Sensory evaluation exhibited that 40 % NaCl can efficiently be replaced and 8 % PHF can be incorporated as a source of fibre in low fat chicken nuggets without significant effect on various attributes.Not Availabl

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