Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Knowledge Production and Social Transformation

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Apr 012018
 

This book examines how complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) – as knowledge, philosophy and practice – is constituted by, and transformed through, broader social developments. Shifting the sociological focus away from CAM as a stable entity that elicits perceptions and experiences, chapters explore the forms that CAM takes in different settings, how global social transformations elicit varieties of CAM, and how CAM philosophies and practices are co-produced in the context of social change.
Through engagement with frameworks from Science and Technology Studies (STS), CAM is reconceptualised as a set of practices and knowledge-making processes, and opened up to new forms of analysis. Part 1 of the book explores how and why boundaries within CAM and between CAM and other health practices, are being constructed, challenged and changed. Part 2 asks how CAM as material practice is shaped by politics and regulation in a range of national settings. Part 3 examines how evidence is being produced and used in CAM research and practice. Including studies of CAM in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and North and South America, the volume will appeal to postgraduate students, researchers and health practitioners.

 

 

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PET Scan in Hodgkin Lymphoma: Role in Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment

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Mar 312018
 

This book describes the various contributions of positron emission tomography (PET) to the management of Hodgkin lymphoma and considers key issues in its use. A full explanation of the value of PET in disease staging and restaging is followed by discussion of its role in guiding individualized, response-adapted therapy in both early and advanced disease based on assessment of treatment sensitivity. Further chapters explore in detail the current application of PET for determination of tumor metabolic volume and planning of involved field radiotherapy. The book concludes by discussing PET scan reporting in clinical practice and the rules that have now been formally set following a number of international workshops designed to develop standard reporting criteria based on expert agreement. The authors are leading authorities who adopt an interdisciplinary approach in covering the most important aspects of the use of PET in Hodgkin lymphoma in a readily understandable way. PET Scan in Hodgkin Lymphoma will be of value to oncologists, hematologists, medical physicists, radiotherapists, and nuclear medicine specialists.

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A Guide to Disseminating Your DNP Project

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Mar 302018
 

A Guide to Disseminating Your DNP Project provides an effective, proven blueprint that enables students to disseminate their DNP Projects. This book describes the process of disseminating the final written assignment, as is recommended by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for graduation from a DNP program. For all DNP graduates looking to make a positive impact on health care today, dissemination of knowledge and research is imperative to initiate quality improvement effectively. By sharing the results of their research, DNPs can improve healthcare.

This book provides step-by-step instruction for all methods of dissemination, from print to digital media. The text provides step-by-step instructions for each type of dissemination, and highlights specific resources and their benefits and drawbacks. It includes explanations of how to use social media, web-based platforms, and alternative artistic means. A Guide to Disseminating Your DNP Project contains a uniquely apt set of resources for the DNP graduate.

Key Features:

– Checklists that illustrate the process of transforming a project to a manuscript or other presentation
– User-friendly graphics and diagrams that summarize content
– An Appendix with over 50 links to online resources for dissemination
– Faculty Guide to help their DNP students through dissemination.

 

 

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Pot-Pollen in Stingless Bee Melittology

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Mar 302018
 

This book covers pot-pollen—the other product, besides honey, stored in cerumen pots by Meliponini. Critical assessment is given of stingless bee and pot-pollen biodiversity in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Topics addressed include historical biogeography, cultural knowledge, bee foraging behavior, pollination, ecological interactions, health applications, microbiology, the natural history of bee nests, and chemical, bioactive and individual plant components in stored pollen. Pot-pollen maintains the livelihoods of stingless bees and provides many interesting biological products that are just now beginning to be understood.
The Meliponini have developed particular nesting biologies, uses of building materials, and an architecture for pollen storage. Environmental windows provide optimal temperature and availability of pollen sources for success in plant pollination and pollen storage. Palynological composition and pollen taxonomy are used to assess stingless honey bee pollination services. Pollen processing with microorganisms in the nest modifies chemical composition and bioactivity, and confers nutraceutical benefits to the honey and pollen widely relished by native people. Humans have always used stingless bees. Yet, sustainable meliponiculture (stingless bee-keeping) projects have so far lacked a treatise on pot-pollen, which experts provide in this transdisciplinary, groundbreaking volume.

 

 

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The Plasticity of Skeletal Muscle: From Molecular Mechanism to Clinical Applications

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Mar 302018
 

This book discusses recent advances and various topics in plasticity of skeletal muscle from the perspectives of morphology, biological function, and clinical applications. Skeletal muscle is a highly plastic organ to adapt to environmental various demands, appears to endocrine various myokines, which flow into blood to protect the recognizing function of brain and inhibit the appearance of several cancer tumorigenesis.
The book deals with current stem-cell based, pharmacological, and nutritional therapies for muscle wasting (sarcopenia, cachexia, and muscular dystrophy). It also explains the roles of biological mediators such as PGC-1, transient receptor potential cation channels (TRPC), and AMPK in modulating muscle function. The functional roles of ubiquitin-proteasome system, autophagy-dependent signaling in muscle homeostasis, ribosome biogenesis, and redox regulation of mechanotransduction to modulate skeletal muscle mass are also covered.
It is an essential resource for physicians, researchers, post-docs as well as graduate students in the field of sports science including rehabilitation therapy, exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, and molecular biology dealing with skeletal muscle.

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Polyurethane Immobilization of Cells and Biomolecules

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Mar 282018
 

This book provides a comprehensive review of the chemistry and research illustrating the benefits of polyurethane for immobilizing cells, with dozens of case studies in medical devices and environmental engineering.

Polyurethane is a material especially suited for immobilizing cells, given its unique properties with applications ranging from environmental remediation to medical devices. While immobilization is well known among environmental engineers, specifically for enzymes, it is less well known among medical researchers.

Motivated to fill this need and directed towards biotechnologists working in environmental and medical research, Polyurethane Immobilization of Cells and Biomolecules: Medical and Environmental Applications describes research on the use of polyurethane as an immobilizing agent for cells and active molecules. After an introductory chapter on chemistry, the bulk of the book divides into two sections – medical applications and environmental remediation. They are juxtaposed to create cross-fertilization, meaning a medical researcher can benefit from applications taught in the environmental section and visa-versa.

As a valuable resource for applied biotechnologists in different industries, this book offers readers key benefits including:

• Offers an essential resource for medical and environmental scientists
• Provides a multidisciplinary and lucid writing style that uses little or no jargon
• Extrapolates current technology into advanced areas, especially environmental remediation and medical devices
• Fills the gap between immobilization research and practical applications
• Little or no jargon in a multidisciplinary and lucid writing style
• The extrapolation of current technology into advanced areas, especially environmental remediation and medical devices
• A bridge between immobilization research and practical applications

About the Author
T. THOMSON, MS, is Director of Main Street Technologies. He was the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Hydrophilix, Inc., a technology-based firm specializing in the development of advanced medical devices, environmental remediation technologies and consumer products. Mr. Thomson is known for his expertise in the development of products based on hydrophilic polyurethane (HPUR), and his current research includes the application of polyurethane composites to developing scaffolds for cell growth. He wrote 3 books on the subject, holds 7 patents in synthetic chemistry and process control, and has sponsored several seminars on the medical applications of specialty polyurethanes.

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Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change

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Mar 222018
 

From the best-selling author of Subliminal and The Drunkard’s Walk comes a groundbreaking look at the psychology and neuroscience of change, and at how tapping into elastic thinking will help us thrive in the modern world.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an illuminating journey through the mechanics of our minds as we navigate the rapidly changing landscapes around us. Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a unique set of talents that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, and divergent and integrative thinking. These are the qualities that enabled innovators from MaryShelley to Miles Davis, from the inventor of jumbo-sized popcorn to the creators of Pokémon Go, to effect paradigm shifts in our culture and society. In our age of unprecedented technological innovation and social change, it is more important than ever to encourage these abilities and traits.

How can we train our brains to be more comfortable when confronting change and more adept at innovation? How do our brains generate new ideas, and how can we nurture that process? Why can diversity and even discord be beneficial to our thought process? With his keen acumen and quick wit, Leonard Mlodinow gives us the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world.

 

 

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Community-Based Participatory Research for Health, Third Edition

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Mar 222018
 

The definitive guide to CBPR concepts and practice, updated and expanded

Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Advancing Health and Social Equity provides a comprehensive reference for this rapidly growing field in participatory and community-engaged research. Hailed as effective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CBPR and CEnR represent the link between researchers and community and lead to improved public health outcomes.

This book provides practitioner-focused guidance on CBPR and CEnR to help public health professionals, students, and practitioners from multiple other clinical, planning, education, social work, and social science fields to successfully work towards social and health equity.

With a majority of new chapters, the book provides a thorough overview of CBPR history, theories of action and participatory research, emerging trends of knowledge democracy, and promising practices. Drawn from a ten-year research effort, this new material is organized around the CBPR Conceptual Model, illustrating the importance of social context, promising partnering practices, and the added value of community and other stakeholder engagement for intervention development and research design. Partnership evaluation, measures, and outcomes are highlighted, with a revised section on policy outcomes, including global health case studies.

For the first time, this updated edition also includes access to the companion website, featuring lecture slides of conceptual and partnership evaluation-focused chapters, with resources from appendices to help bring CBPR concepts and practices directly into the classroom.

Proven effective year after year, CBPR has become a critically important framework for public health, and this book provides clear reference for all aspects of the practice. Readers will:
Examine the latest research on CPBR, and incorporate new insights into practice
Understand the history and theoretical basis of CPBR, and why it has been so effective
Reflect on critical issues of racism, power, and privilege; trust development; ethical practice within and beyond IRBs; and cultural humility
Learn new partnership evaluation and collective reflection strategies, including measures and metrics, to enhance their own practice for improved health and social equity outcomes

Review
“Community Based Participatory Research for Health gives practitioners and researchers the methods, tools, and practical applications to preserve social justice as the ethical foundation of public health.”
— Marshall Kreuter, adjunct professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, and former Distinguished Scientist-Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“This book is an invaluable resource for the growing number of communities, funders, and researchers interested in collaborative research. It shows readers how to put CBPR into practice.”
— Roz D. Lasker, M.D., director, Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health, The New York Academy of Medicine

“This volume marks a new milestone in the history of participatory research. The editors have created a resource that will be of interest to scholars and practitioners around the world who are seeking to create more democratic, community-driven approaches to research, public policy, and social action.”
— John Gaventa, fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

“This intricately constructed book codifies the CBPR approach for public health scientists and practitioners alike.”
— Eugenia Eng, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina

“This book is a very comprehensive resource, for a number of fields, on the theory and practice of community based participatory research. It is a resource for students and practitioners alike.”
— Lorraine Gutierrez, Thurnau Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

About the Author
Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, MPH, is a professor of public health in the College of Population Health and the Director of the Center for Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico.

Bonnie Duran, DrPH, is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, and is also Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute.

John G. Oetzel, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Management Communication in the Waikato Management School at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Meredith Minkler, DrPH, is Professor Emerita of Health and Social Behavior in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

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Transgenic Ascidians

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Mar 222018
 

This book comprehensively describes the transgenesis techniques and applied experimental methods in ascidians including enthusiastically developed original devices in addition to concrete examples of developmental biology studies.
Ascidians have been one of the most important model animals in developmental biology for studying molecular and cellular processes underlying formation of the chordate body plan. Transgenic techniques such as microinjection, electropolation, cis-element analysis and application, and TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 have been developed in ascidians for more than 20 years, and now many applied methods, some of which are unique in ascidians, have been accumulated. Those extensive technological innovations, such as cell isolation, cell labeling, germ-line transformation, marker transgenic lines, and the experimental systems for studying notochord formation and nervous system, are exceptional particularly in marine invertebrates.

This book is useful for ascidian researchers to quickly access the techniques in which they are interested as well as to compare each technology to become familiar with specialized tips, and for biologists of other organisms to learn the unique techniques and ingenious attempts specific to ascidians. Providing detailed and easily understandable descriptions of techniques, the book will inspire ascidian specialists to improve their techniques, encourage anyone wanting to begin studying ascidians, and enable readers to immediately apply the techniques to the organisms they research.

 

 

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EMT-Basic Exam Review

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Mar 222018
 

If you want the highest score possible on the EMT-Basic exam, there’s no better study partner than McGraw-Hill Education’s EMT-Basic Exam Review book. Based on in-the-trenches insights from a seasoned EMT instructor, this streamlined, skill-building study guide helps you think through pre-hospital medicine while covering every must-know topic on the exam. Each chapter begins with a clinical scenario followed by a bulleted overview of key topics and is summarized by retention-enhancing Q&As at the end of every chapter. Also included are valuable exam preparation tips, the do’s and don’ts of answering multiple-choice questions, plenty of clinical pearls, and photographs to help you identify critical instruments and equipment.

Now thoroughly updated and revised, the third edition of McGraw-Hill Education’s EMT-Basic Exam Review comes with an online question bank that allows you to choose your questions by topic and pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, which is an ideal way to prepare for the exam. McGraw-Hill Education’s EMT-Basic Exam Review is packed with everything you need to boost your confidence—and your score.

High-yield outline format covers content comprehensively and concisely and is bolstered by Q&A, clinical scenarios, and easy-to-remember bulleted content
Up-to-date coverage of recent changes in the core curriculum
Includes a150-question practice exam at the end of the book that prepares you for a computerized test environment, plus an online question bank with over 200 practice questions.

 

 

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