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An approach of adaptation of user-friendly e-services in vehicular communication networksPublicationconference paperSOCIN 2013 : Social technologies'13. Development of social technologies in the complex world : special focus on e-health : conference abstracts : 10-11 October, 2013
- conference paperSOCIN 2013 : Social technologies'13. Development of social technologies in the complex world : special focus on e-health : conference abstracts : 10-11 October, 2013
Voice range profiles in singing studentsPublicationconference paperIFOS - 20th World Congress the International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies [elektroninis išteklius - CD] "Innovation and Integration in ORL-HNS" : June 1-5, 2013, Seoul, Korea : abstract CDThe aim of the study to assess the effects of singing training duration and training institution on singing students' voice range profile (VRP) characteristics. Material and Methods. 161 adult healthy singing females aged from 18 to 29 years studying in solo singing classes randomly selected from Belgian, Dutch, English and French public or private singing training institutions composed singing students group. 67 healthy 1st year Belgian University Spech-Language Pathology females composed non-singing students group. Singing students were devided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd plus year training students, public and private, classic conservatory and musical theatre students subgroups. VRPs were the lingWaves Voice Diagnostic Center. [...]. Mažosios Lietuvos lietuvininkų tautinis tapatumas: istorija ir vietaPublication[Ethnic identity of lietuvininkai (Prussian lithuanians) in Lithuania minor : history and place]research articleTradicija ir dabartis : mokslo darbaiLietuvininkų tapatumui įtakos turėjo platus socialinis kontekstas, įvairūs tiek išoriniai (emigracija, mišri santuoka, vokietinimas ir t. t.), tiek vidiniai (vertybės, prieraišumas, religija ir t. t.) veiksniai. Kiekvieno žmogaus ego nuolat asimiliuoja šiuos jam įtaką darančius veiksnius. Straipsniu skatinama atkreipti dėmesį į šios etninės grupės raidos istoriją, akcentuojant lietuvininkų tautinį tapatumą ir savivoką lėmusius veiksnius. Remiantis įvairių tapatumą tyrinėjančių mokslo krypčių teoriniais konceptais, lietuvininkų tapatybės klausimas analizuojamas tarpdalykinėje perspektyvoje. Pusiau natūralių žolynų panaudojimas mauritaniškoms vejomsPublication[Semi-natural grasslands application to Moorish lawns]research articleKaimo raidos kryptys žinių visuomenėje : mokslo darbaiDidžiausia (69 rūšys) rūšių įvairove išsiskyrė pavaginės salpos dalies pieva, kuri pavasarį būna užliejama, o vegetacijos metu susidaro drėgmės trūkumas. Priežemininės salpos dalies pievoje iš viso identifikuotos 41 augalų rūšis. Centrinės salpos dalies pievoje mažiausią (29 rūšys) rūšinė įvairovė, nulėmė tai, kad šioje pievoje nustatytas ilgiausiai trunkantis potvynis, aukščiausiai pakylantis gruntinis vanduo. Visų pievų augalų rūšys yra prisitaikiusios augti mažai turtingame (InN=2,62–2,91) azotu bei vidutinio rūgštumo (InR=1,90–1,98) dirvožemyje. Pagal atsparumą pjūčių dažnumui pievų augalai vidutiniškai toleruoja pjūtis (Inc=2,68-2,74). Remiantis tyrimų duomenimis pusiau natūralias salpines pievas galima panaudoti kaip mauritaniškas vejas, išsaugant augalų rūšinę įvairovę ir išlaikant nepakitusį kraštovaizdį.
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Efficacy of perindopril in reduction of cardiovascular events among patients with stable coronary artery disease: randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial (the Europa study)Publicationresearch articleLancet. London : The Lancet Publishing Group, 2003, vol. 362, iss. 9386., p. 782-788Background. Treatment with angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors reduces the rate of cardiovascular events among patients with left-ventricular dysfunction and those at high risk of such events. We assessed whether the ACE inhibitor perindopril reduced cardiovascular risk in a low-risk population with stable coronary heart disease and no apparent heart failure. Methods We recruited patients from October, 1997, to June, 2000. 13 655 patients were registered with previous myocardial infarction (64%), angiographic evidence of coronary artery disease (61%), coronary revascularisation (55%), or a positive stress test only (5%). After a run-in period of 4 weeks, in which all patients received perindopril, 12 218 patients were randomly assigned perindopril 8 mg once daily (n=6110), or matching placebo (n=6108). The mean follow-up was 4.2 years, and the primary endpoint was cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or cardiac arrest. Analysis was by intention to treat... Scopus© Citations 2041 10WOS© IF 18.316WOS© AIF 3.971 How well do we understand the impacts of alien species on ecosystem services? A pan-European, cross-taxa assessmentPublicationresearch articleFronties in ecology and the environment. Hoboken : Wiley, 2010, vol. 8, iss. 3., p. 135-144Recent comprehensive data provided through the DAISIE project (www.europe-aliens.org) have facilitated the development of the first pan-European assessment of the impacts of alien plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates – in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments – on ecosystem services. There are 1094 species with documented ecological impacts and 1347 with economic impacts. The two taxonomic groups with the most species causing impacts are terrestrial invertebrates and terrestrial plants. The North Sea is the maritime region that suffers the most impacts. Across taxa and regions, ecological and economic impacts are highly correlated. Terrestrial invertebrates create greater economic impacts than ecological impacts, while the reverse is true for terrestrial plants. Alien species from all taxonomic groups affect “supporting”, “provisioning”, “regulating”, and “cultural” services and interfere with human well-being. Terrestrial vertebrates are responsible for the greatest range of impacts, and these are widely distributed across Europe. Here, we present a review of the financial costs, as the first step toward calculating an estimate of the economic consequences of alien species in Europe. 3Scopus© Citations 795WOS© IF 8.82WOS© AIF 2.729 Grasping at the routes of biological invasions: a framework for integrating pathways into policyPublicationresearch articleJournal of applied ecology. Hoboken : Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, vol. 45, iss. 2., p. 403-4141. Pathways describe the processes that result in the introduction of alien species from one location to another. A framework is proposed to facilitate the comparative analysis of invasion pathways by a wide range of taxa in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Comparisons with a range of data helped identify existing gaps in current knowledge of pathways and highlight the limitations of existing legislation to manage introductions of alien species. The scheme aims for universality but uses the European Union as a case study for the regulatory perspectives. 2. Alien species may arrive and enter a new region through three broad mechanisms: importation of a commodity, arrival of a transport vector, and/or natural spread from a neighbouring region where the species is itself alien. These three mechanisms result in six principal pathways: release, escape, contaminant, stowaway, corridor and unaided. 3. Alien species transported as commodities may be introduced as a deliberate release or as an escape from captivity. Many species are not intentionally transported but arrive as a contaminant of a commodity, for example pathogens and pests. Stowaways are directly associated with human transport but arrive independently of a specific commodity, for example organisms transported in ballast water, cargo and airfreight. The corridor pathway highlights the role transport infrastructures play in the introduction of alien species. The unaided pathway describes situations where natural spread results in alien species arriving into a new region from a donor region where it is also alien. 4. Vertebrate pathways tend to be characterized as deliberate releases, invertebrates as contaminants and plants as escapes. Pathogenic micro-organisms and fungi are generally introduced as contaminants of their hosts. The corridor and unaided pathways are often ignored in pathway assessments but warrant further detailed consideration. 5. Synthesis and applications. Intentional releases and escapes should be straightforward to monitor and regulate but, in practice, developing legislation has proved difficult. New introductions continue to occur through contaminant, stowaway, corridor and unaided pathways. These pathways represent special challenges for management and legislation. The present framework should enable these trends to be monitored more clearly and hopefully lead to the development of appropriate regulations or codes of practice to stem the number of future introductions. Scopus© Citations 697 2WOS© IF 4.56WOS© AIF 2.626 Disentangling the role of environmental and human pressures on biological invasions across EuropePublicationresearch articleProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Washington : National Academy of Sciences, 2010, vol. 107, no. 27., p. 12157-12162The accelerating rates of international trade, travel, and transport in the latter half of the twentieth century have led to the progressive mixing of biota from across the world and the number of species introduced to new regions continues to increase. The importance of biogeographic, climatic, economic, and demographic factors as drivers of this trend is increasingly being realized but as yet there is no consensus regarding their relative importance. Whereas little may be done to mitigate the effects of geography and climate on invasions, a wider range of options may exist to moderate the impacts of economic and demographic drivers. Here we use the most recent data available from Europe to partition between macroecological, economic, and demographic variables the variation in alien species richness of bryophytes, fungi, vascular plants, terrestrial insects, aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Only national wealth and human population density were statistically significant predictors in the majority of models when analyzed jointly with climate, geography, and land cover. The economic and demographic variables reflect the intensity of human activities and integrate the effect of factors that directly determine the outcome of invasion such as propagule pressure, pathways of introduction, eutrophication, and the intensity of anthropogenic disturbance. The strong influence of economic and demographic variables on the levels of invasion by alien species demonstrates that future solutions to the problem of biological invasions at a national scale lie in mitigating the negative environmental consequences of human activities that generate wealth and by promoting more sustainable population growth. Scopus© Citations 413 4WOS© IF 9.771WOS© AIF 8.741 A world of liesPublicationresearch articleJournal of cross-cultural psychology. Thousand Oaks : SAGE publications, 2006, vol. 37, no. 1., p. 60-74This article reports two worldwide studies of stereotypes about liars. These studies are carried out in 75 different countries and 43 different languages. In Study 1, participants respond to the open-ended question “How can you tell when people are lying?” In Study 2, participants complete a questionnaire about lying. These two studies reveal a dominant pan-cultural stereotype: that liars avert gaze. The authors identify other common beliefs and offer a social control interpretation. 9Scopus© Citations 279WOS© IF 1.923WOS© AIF 1.502