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Upper limb discomfort and its impact on the occupational performance of Maltese piano-players

Date: 02-10-2005 20:29

Research data indicates that piano-players experience upper limb discomfort. However, no research has ever been conducted on local piano-players.

This small-scale research study was set up to explore three main aspects: whether local piano-players who are pursuing advanced piano studies experience playing-related upper limb discomfort; the types, locations, and seve ... read full abstract ››

An assessment of equity in geographical allocation of resources in the N.Cape

Date: 29-03-2005 16:08

South Africa has one of the most unequal societies in the world with regard to income, gender, socio-economic status and the distribution of key social services. Much of these inequalities, which are also reflected in its health sector and the general health status of its different population groups, can be attributed to the discrimination and systematic disadvantaging of cert ... read full abstract ››


Date: 04-03-2005 19:10

Chitin is an abundant renewable natural resource obtained from marine invertebrate, insects, fungi and algae. Almost 10% of the gobal landings of aquatic products consist of organisms rich in chitinous material (10-50% on dry weight basis). More than 80,000 metric tons of chitin is obtained from marine waste (Patil et al, 2000). Chitin comprises with 22-44% of cell wall materi ... read full abstract ››

Feeding and Resting Behaviour of Malaria Vectors in the Kassena-Nankana District of Ghana

Date: 18-02-2005 17:02

Malaria is generally endemic in the tropics, with extensions into the subtropics. The peculiarity of the situation is attributable to the vector assemblage, which constitutes a very efficient vectorial system. Blood meals of Anopheles vectors of malaria, which rest indoors and outdoors during the day in three micro-ecological areas in the Kassena-Nankana district of the upper ... read full abstract ››

Studies on the collar rot of betelvine (Piper betle L.)

Date: 31-12-2004 08:52

Survey of betelvine growing districts of Uttar Pradesh and bordering areas of Madhya Pradesh, it was observed that the collar/foot rot disease caused by Sclerotium rolfsii affected these plantations. The disease severity ranged from 20-80 %, with some new conservatories (an area covered with grasses on all the four sides specially prepared for betelvine cultivation on commerci ... read full abstract ››

Analysis of the effects of environmental factors on Trichoderma and breeding for antagonistic strains

Date: 22-11-2004 15:25

The Trichoderma genus, due to the antagonistic features of some of its members against phytopathogenic fungi, and their outstanding extracellular enzyme production abilities, is the subject of extensive investigations. Since antagonism is a feature associated not with the species, but with certain strains, the isolation from the environment of Trichoderma strains best suited t ... read full abstract ››

The Physical Properties of Lipoproteins

Date: 09-09-2004 19:34

In recent years, much of the impetus for research into Lipoproteins has come from their likely association with Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease. Cholesterol is associated with Lipoprotein complexes and it is well known that a high Serum Cholesterol level is a major risk factor for Coronary Heart Disease, the prevailing cause of death in North America and Europe. The major cho ... read full abstract ››

A Microengineering Approach to Tissue Engineering

Date: 09-09-2004 18:29

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a molecular complex that consists of collagen, hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans and elastins. Much of the knowledge that has allowed advancements in tissue substitutes has come from investigations into the mechanisms of wound healing and the interaction between cells and the ECM.
A major impediment to the development of ... read full abstract ››

PCR Primer designs to detect polymorphisms within leihmania vector Phlebotomus papatasi sand fly

Date: 05-09-2004 14:31

Phlebotomine sand flies are weak fliers with maximum dispersal seldom exceeds one kilometer away from their breeding sites. These flies are inactive in wind speeds over 4 kilometers per second and begin to seek shelter live in light winds. Geographic isolation among populations may promote genetic divergence resulting from genetic drift and /or selection for adaptive to region ... read full abstract ››

Importance of seagrass beds as a habitat for fishery species around Jersey, English Channel

Date: 20-07-2004 18:22

Worldwide, seagrass habitats have been identified as important nursery areas, refugia and feeding grounds for many faunal species, including those of commercial and recreational value. Their importance as both permanent and temporary habitats has been recognised in UK fisheries management and conservation strategies; however, it must be emphasised that current knowledge of the ... read full abstract ››

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