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What Constitutes Fitness to Plead

The basic legal criteria of fitness to plead or competence to stand trial, arising from the cases of Pritchard in England and Dusky in the USA remain substantially unchanged, although Jackson v. Indiana did bring treatability issues into the USA criteria, and Gray et al. (2001) have argued that ability to give evidence may become part of the fitness to plead criteria in England, since the abolition of the right to silence. In both England and the USA courts have taken advice from psychiatrists and psychologists about fitness to plead, although in the USA they are not obliged to do so (Grisso, 1986). In England there have been no standardised tests of fitness to plead, although there have been several analyses of the criteria which mental health professionals use. Grubin (1991a), for example, found that in his examination of the 295 reports of cases of fitness to plead between 1976 and 1988 In Mackay and Kearns' (2000) more recent analysis of 125 cases of fitness to plead in England,...

Clinical Content Adds Interest

Remember that Brenda experienced muscle pain and fatigue during her training, and that she had an episode where she experienced severe pain in her left pectoral region following an intense workout. Boxed Clinical and Fitness Applications Applications in clinical medicine general health, and physical fitness of basic physiological principles are found intermittently throughout the body of the text. Placement of these applications is precise they always relate to concepts that have been presented immediately preceding the application. As such, they provide immediate reinforcement for students learning the fundamental principles on which the applications are based. This is preferable to longer but fewer magazine-article-type applications that are separated from the text information. The immediate reinforcement allows students to see the practical importance of learning the material they have just studied.

The Importance Of Interval Timing In Adaptation And Learning

It is becoming increasingly evident that interval timing is crucial for many basic forms of adaptation and learning (e.g., Staddon and Higa, 1996, 1999). One of the clearest cases comes from the field of optimal foraging, which studies the extent to which animals' foraging decisions are the direct product of natural selection (for a review, see Krebs and Kacelnik, 1984). In most cases, to make decisions that maximize fitness, an animal needs to measure its rate of food intake in one or more environments, and measuring rate requires measurement of time. Recent work has shown that European starlings are deftly sensitive to their rate of food intake and appear to record the interval of time between each prey they capture and consume (see Bateson, this volume Bateson and Kacelnik, 1997, 1998). Even nematodes such as Caenorhabditis elegans engage in complex foraging behaviors that are temporally sensitive suggesting that interval timing is a very basic process that can be fruitfully...

Immunological and virological events during acute HIV1 infection

Several factors can influence viral replication during acute infection and the establishment of a viral setpoint. These include the fitness of the infecting virus, host genetic factors and host immune responses. While antibodies against HIV-1 with neutralizing capacities are rarely detectable during primary HIV-1 infection, a number of studies have demonstrated a crucial role of HIV-1-specific cellular immune responses for the initial control of viral replication during this stage of infection. A massive, oligoclonal expansion of CD8+ T-cell responses has been described during acute HIV-1 infection (Pantaleo 1994), and the appearance of HIV-1-specific CD8+ T cells has been temporally associated with the initial decline of viremia (Koup 1994, Borrow 1994). These CD8+ T-cells have the ability to elimi

Cisregulatory elements

At a greater distance are called cis-regulatory elements. Together with the transcribed regions of genes, the promoters and cis-regulatory elements form the working parts of the genome. It has been estimated that around 5 of the human genome is under evolutionary constraint, and hence may be assumed to contribute to the fitness of the organism in some way. However, less than a third of this functional DNA comprises coding regions, while the rest is made up of different classes of regulatory elements such as promoters, enhancers and silencers (which control gene expression) and locus control regions, insulators and matrix attachment regions (which mediate chromatin organization). There is, as yet, no clear understanding of how exactly promoters interact with the various cis-regulatory elements.

The biological analysis of sexual behavior in the context of evolution and natural selection

Characteristics and combinations of characteristics that determine the overall fitness of an individual that details of sexual behavior have a most limited impact. Natural selection operates, probably in a most efficient way, on all characteristics having significant influences on fitness, but far less so or not at all on characteristics having only marginal impact. This reasoning could explain the great variety of sexual behaviors that can be found in mammals, not to mention in other vertebrates. This variability stands in sharp contrast to the limited variability in other systems. The cardiovascular system, for example, is essentially identical in all mammals, both with regard to anatomy and physiology. The reason is probably that cardiovascular functioning is essential for survival and even small variations in the efficiency of this system are associated with substantial differences in fitness.

Evolutionary Biology A Brief Excursion The Reigning Paradigm

During the 1960s, a spate of theorizing about behavior and evolution (especially social behavior) occurred, stimulated by Hamilton's (1964a, 1964b) pair of articles on the genet-ical evolution of social behavior. His concept of inclusive fitness allowed limited altruism toward genetic relatives, in addition to one's own children. These relatives also carry some portion of one's genes. So, genes may be propagated both by direct descendants and indirectly by other genetic relatives.

Defining Physical Activity

Constructs related to physical activity relevant to researchers and clinicians in behavioral medicine are exercise, physical fitness, exercise capacity, and functional capacity. The terms physical activity and exercise are frequently used interchangeably. Although physical activity and exercise share a number of common features such as energy expenditure and bodily movement of skeletal muscles, physical activity and exercise are distinct constructs (Caspersen et al, 1985). Caspersen et al (1985) define physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure (p. 126). Physical activity thus defined is broad in scope and is performed in the contexts of leisure, household, and occupational domains of living. Alternatively, exercise is conceptualized as a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and purposeful. Exercise is considered purposeful in that its aim is to maintain or improve physical fitness...

Exercise Treadmill Testing

Exercise treadmill testing is the gold standard for the assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness or aerobic capacity. The results of exercise treadmill testing can be used to establish baseline cardiorespiratory fitness to facilitate the creation of a tailored exercise prescription. Exercise treadmill testing can also be utilized following exercise training as a post-treatment measure of change. In clinical cardiology, treadmill tests are routinely used to evaluate the presence and prognosis of ischemic heart disease. Cardiorespiratory fitness is assessed directly by measuring maximum oxygen consumption, or VO2max, the rate of oxygen consumption during maximal aerobic activity (expressed in METs). To assess VO2max, individuals are instructed to exercise to exhaustion. Alternatively, the test may be discontinued when a maximum heart rate (calculated as 220 - age) is achieved.

Evolutionary Psychology

Different approaches to answering the four questions emerged over the past 50 years, leading to somewhat different research disciplines with much disagreement among them. Animal sociobiology developed around the work of biologists such as Hamilton, Trivers, Symons, and Maynard Smith, discussed earlier. It remained for E. O. Wilson (1975) to synthesize this work and coin the term sociobiology. Applied to animals, this research tradition was not controversial. In review, some key concepts of animal sociobiology are the gene (the unit of selection), kin selection and inclusive fitness, reciprocal altruism, and parent-offspring conflict, among others. This research tradition is still pursued by evolutionary biologists and is sometimes referred to as behavioral ecology (Laland & Brown, 2002).

General Health Benefits

2004) (3) Increases immunity Increased levels of immunoglobulin A, an essential antibody used by the immune system to protect against viral infections, were found in college students reporting having sex at least three times per week (Charnetski and Brennan, 2004) (4) Associated with reduced stress Participants who had vaginal sex in the last 2 weeks had lower blood pressure and stress response to stress-inducing tasks (Brody, 2006). Among medical residents, stress negatively affected desire, sexual arousal , and sexual satisfaction (Sangi-Haghpeykar et al, 2009) and (5) Increases physical fitness Sexual intimacy was associated with physical fitness level among Fifty Plus Fitness Association members (Bortz and Wallace, 1999) frequency of sexual activity was higher among men enrolled in an intensive physical fitness program (White etal, 1990).

Capacity to Stand Trial The Early Years

Nowadays, the criteria for judging capacity to stand trial vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In England and Wales, 'fitness to plead' is judged by the court and is considered to be a function of five criteria (Grubin, 1991a Mackay and Kearns, 2000) In the USA the well-known legal standard for determining fitness to plead or 'competency to stand trial' was given in the Dusky case (Dusky v. United States (1960) 362 US 402). The person must have 'sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding' and must have a 'rational as well as a factual understanding of proceedings against him' (Grisso, 1986). Since then, according to Grisso (1986), there have been a number of somewhat different lists of In many jurisdictions the issue of fitness to plead or competency to stand trial could be raised by the defence, the prosecution or the court and the judge could order the issue to be tried immediately (Grisso, 1986 Mackay, 1990b). In the...

Risk Factors and Neurocognition

Numerous lifestyle factors that promote or reduce risk for chronic disease have known a impact on cognitive function and its decline. Various health-compromising behaviors exert a negative influence on cognitive function, whereas health-enhancing behaviors are associated with higher levels of performance or potential improvement with intervention. Lifestyle factors can influence cognitive performance by impacting the brain directly or by promoting or reducing the development of chronic diseases that in turn affect the brain. Examples of health-compromising behaviors that are associated with lower levels of cognitive function include smoking (Swan and Lessov-Schlaggar, 2007), heavy alcohol consumption (Oscar-Berman and Marinkovic, 2007), dietary insufficiencies (Gillette et al, 2007), and physical inactivity (Colcombe et al, 2004). Health-enhancing behaviors such as greater intake of antioxidants including omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E have been associated with higher...

Medical Decision Making

In their review of executive functions and changing substance use behavior, Blume and Marlatt (2009) point out that the conceptual relation between executive function and substance use behavior is reciprocal. That is, poor executive function contributes to poor substance-related decisions, such as excessive or illegal substance use. In turn, substance use behavior may result in further decrements in executive function through temporary or permanent damage to relevant brain circuits. Such deficits in executive function then become significant barriers to successful behavior change. Importantly, this cycle may be easily applied to the range of health behaviors described above, including diet and fitness. In fact, Sabia and colleagues (2009) show evidence of an association between a number of unhealthy behaviors (including smoking, alcohol abstinence, low physical activity, and low fruit and vegetable consumption) and likelihood of poor executive functioning. Specifically, individuals...

Selection and the shaping of localized LD

Most forms of selection seen in nature are frequency-independent. Such selection can be either directional or balancing. Directional selection drives a variant either to extinction or fixation whilst balancing selection favours maintenance of heterozygosity. Less common forms of selection such as frequency-dependant selection (selection in which fitness is a function of gene frequency) will also maintain variation in a population in a similar manner to balancing selection. Given the driving force behind selection, the ability to detect its genetic signals would help in understanding the forces that have shaped human traits.

Utilizing NNRTI hypersusceptibility

The replicative fitness does not seem to be important here (Schulman 2006). Even if the real significance and molecular correlate for NNRTI hypersusceptibility remain uncertain, the consequence is clear patients with NRTI mutations and without NNRTI resistance should always receive a NNRTI in their new regimen if at all possible.

Salvage through recycling of older drugs

New salvage therapies should not only contain as many new active substances as possible, but should also contain drugs that force the virus to preserve the resistance mutations, which at the same time inhibits the replicative fitness. Thus, it may be reasonable to conserving the M184V mutation by continuing with 3TC or FTC (see below and section on resistances).

Watch and wait or even simplifying ART

How intensive does the treatment have to be whilst in the waiting period Some drugs can certainly be discontinued. The NNRTIs such as nevirapine or efavirenz should in principle be stopped if resistance mutations have been found, because replicative fitness is not influenced by the NNRTI mutations (Piketty 2004), and the occurrence of further NNRTI mutations, which would compromise future second generation NNRTIs such as etravirine, should be avoided.

STI as a salvage strategy for MDR viruses

In most patients with MDR viruses, treatment interruption leads to a gradual shift back to the wild-type virus and a loss of resistance. Therefore, resistance testing during treatment interruption is often of little use since mutations disappear from the blood as early as two weeks after treatment interruption (Devereux 1999). In modestly immunosuppressed patients, this shift is observed more frequently and quickly. In more advanced stages of disease and with a longer duration of treatment, it lasts longer (Miller 2000, Izopet 2000), and sometimes after a longer interruption of therapy, no shift can be seen (Halfon 2005). PI mutations are the first to disappear, while NNRTI mutations are more protracted because they minimally affect the viral fitness (Deeks 2001, Birk 2001). It is assumed that the wild type merely dominates the resistant mutants. Special PCR methods are still able to detect low quantities of resistant viruses during STI (Izopet 2000), and after treatment is restarted,...

Future Prospects In Olfactory Genetics

Pseudogenes, nonfunctional copies of genes, have been considered always as molecular relics with no effect on human traits. Therefore, they have been attributed always to the neglected genomic majority of non-coding junk DNA. With the completion of the human genome sequencing, it became clear that pseudogenes are comparably distributed in our genome as coding genes (73,74). Consequently, there is a higher interest in improving the pseudogene annotation in the human genome and in studying their functional roles (75). In this realm, the special evolutionary state of the human OR gene family where many members exist at the border between functional genes and nonfunctional pseudogenes provides an unusual opportunity to explore the effect of pseudogene accumulation to human fitness. Finding the phenotypic correlates of segregating pseudogenes in the human olfactory system could shed new light on the function of pseudogenes in the human genome.

Additional Pathways That Impact Replicative Aging

Several additional genes have been suggested to play a role in replicative life-span determination that cannot be easily ascribed to the relatively well-characterized pathways discussed thus far. Many of these genes affect aging in a strain-specific manner, and their relevance is uncertain. This class includes RTG1, RTG3, LAG1, LAG2, and RPD3 (Kaeberlein and Kennedy, 2005). Others, such as SGS1, DNA2, and ATP2, shorten life span when mutated, which could be due to accelerated aging, but this effect is most likely the result of a nonspecific reduction in fitness. Several reviews present a more comprehensive analysis of the aging phenotypes associated with these strain-specific modifiers of life

Health Maintenance And Disease Prevention

Even in old age, there are many things that can be done to maintain a reasonably healthy state and consequently continue to enjoy life. Among the recommendations for adding both years to life and life to years are to maintain physical fitness and positive wellness by proper exercise, nutritional awareness, effective stress management, and refraining from or reducing cigarette

Event Timers In The Natural World

The first step toward understanding the adaptive contribution of event timers is to recognize the contribution they would make if they were being used. This will provide us with some sense of the situations that might have facilitated the evolution of event timers. The following tour through event timing in the natural world will focus primarily on the domains of animal behavior that would show a positive fitness relationship in the presence of a cost-free event timer that can associate nonover-lapping events in time. I will discuss the difficulties with assessing event timer cost in Conclusions (Section 4.6).

Measures of Brain Dynamics Functional Connectivity

As many of the structural studies reviewed in the previous section illustrate, brain networks (like other biological networks) are neither completely random nor completely regular. instead their local and global structure exhibits significant departures from randomness. A key question concerns how these nonrandom features of brain structural connectivity relate to brain function or dynamics. A consideration of brain evolution may guide our answer. In the course of evolution, brain connectivity is one of the prime substrates, the gradual modification of which in an adaptive context contributes to enhanced fitness and survival. Biological structure function relationship often become more comprehensible when viewed in the context of evolution, for example when we consider the structure and function of proteins, cellular organelles, or entire body plans. The evolutionary history of the primate and especially human brain may ultimately hold the key for understanding the structural basis of...

Mutational Escape from Cellular Immunity

CTL escape mutants are found during HCV infection in humans (Chang et al. 1997). Escape mutations in MHC class I-restricted epitopes are a feature of HCV infection that can diminish CTL responses via several mechanisms. For mutations in the CTL epitopes, marked fitness cost is not exacted by viral escape, and reversion to a more immunogenic ancestral state is not automatic upon passage to a host in which immune selection pressure is absent. It is tempting to speculate that this phenomenon might be due to low fitness cost associated with this particular mutation, thus allowing persistence of the variant sequence in the absence of immune selection pressure. A loss of epitope phenotype can also occur when amino acid anchor residues required for MHC binding are changed (Chang et al. 1997 sustained cellular immune responses are associated with resolution of infection during the acute phase (Zuckerman et al. 1997). The diverse clonal CTL TCR repertoire due to sustained CD4+ T cell response...

Learning About Lifespan Evolution From S Ratti

As a consequence, populations experiencing higher extrinsic mortality will accumulate such late-acting deleterious alleles, which cause aging. If alleles are pleiotropic, and capable of producing phenotypic effects at different time in an animal's life, there may be selection for alleles which enhance fitness due to early effects, despite later deleterious effects (antagonistic pleiotropy).

Why Are Freeliving S Ratti So Very Short Lived

One remaining oddity of S. ratti is that the free-living adults are really very short-lived, even by the standards of short-lived free-living nematode species. There are several possible explanations for this. First, the free-living adult phase of the life cycle is facultative (Viney, 1996). Hence when it does not occur, this may weaken selection on lifespan in the same manner as high extrinsic mortality. Second, it might result from antagonistic pleiotropy between the effects of genes on fitness in the free-living and parasitic forms. Aging may reflect action of alleles that increase early-life fitness (e.g., by increasing reproductive output) but have deleterious late-life effects (Williams, 1957). Such antagonistic pleiotropy is supported by experimental investigation (Kirkwood and Austad, 2000 Partridge and Gems, 2002). Hence, in the case of S. ratti, the short life of the free-living adults may result from the greater fecundity of the parasitic female, which may favor pleiotropic...

Interval Timing And Foraging

It is possible to analyze all foraging behavior in terms of its costs and benefits to the forager. Finding, consuming, and digesting food all have both energetic and time costs associated with them, because time and energy spent foraging are time and energy taken away from other fitness-promoting activities, such as looking out for predators and reproducing. We therefore expect natural selection to have honed foraging decisions so as to optimize the trade-off between costs and benefits, and thus maximize the lifetime survival and reproductive success of the forager (e.g., Stephens and Krebs, 1986). Because the costs associated with foraging involve the length of time taken, it is likely that selection on foraging decisions has involved selection on the ability to measure these costs accurately. In summary, therefore, we have established that (1) all vertebrates need to forage, (2) foraging behavior is likely to have been under strong selective pressure to increase efficiency, (3)...

Optimal Foraging Theory

In many classical optimal foraging models the currency that foraging animals are assumed to be maximizing is their long-term net rate of energy intake (Stephens and Krebs, 1986), where long-term rate is defined as the net energy intake divided by the total time spent acquiring this energy. Rate is a proximate currency that is assumed to relate closely to Darwinian fitness if it is maximized over the lifetime of the forager, because an animal that maximizes its rate of energy intake will achieve the greatest amount of energy for use in maintenance, growth, and reproduction in the least possible time, and time not spent foraging is time available for other fitness-promoting activities, such as looking out for predators and reproduction. Given that the computation of rate involves forming an estimate of the time spent foraging, interval timing is likely to be involved in many foraging decisions.

An unkind note on sociobiology or evolutionary psychology

In 1964, Hamilton proposed an explanation for the strange fact that most females in some species of hymenoptera (an order of insects including bees and ants, among others) are sterile and grant their entire life to the task of caring for their sisters (Hamilton, 1964a, 1964b). This apparently inadaptive behavior had always been explained as caused by some notion of 'good for the species'. This rather primitive teleology did not satisfy biologists and, when Hamilton brought the attention to the fact that the ants had more genes in common with their sisters than with their mother, and that caring for their sisters was a better way to assure survival of their own genes than having progeny, he solved a quite challenging problem. Another ant expert got the idea that if a principle of evolution, inclusive fitness, could convincingly explain an apparently incomprehensible aspect of ant Playmates and porn stars usually have large breasts, either naturally or with the help of appropriate...

Selection And Demographic Experiments

Williams proposed antagonistic pleiotropy as an explanation for the evolution of aging (Williams, 1957). According to the theory, the declining force of selection with age results in selection for pleiotropic genes that enhance fitness early in life but reduce it later. The accumulation of many such genes could result in a deterioration of condition with age. This hypothesis became a driving force for most evolutionary studies of aging. Current research on the topic is less explicitly genetic, referring more to trade-offs than pleiotropy a recognition that constraints may come from physiological, developmental, or even behavioral conflicts.

Mechanisms of resistance

Minor mutations (often referred to as secondary mutations) are located outside the active site and usually occur after major mutations. Minor mutations can be particularly found at polymorphic sites of non-B subtypes. Minor mutations can compensate for the reduction in viral fitness caused by major mutations (Nijhuis 1999, Johnson 2006).

Interpretation of genotypic resistance profiles NRTIs

For this reason, such drugs should only be used in highly effective regimens. However, the lamivudine-specific mutation, M184V, also reduces viral replication capacity (often referred to as reduced viral fitness ) by 40-60 (Sharma 1999, Miller 2003). After 52 weeks on lamivudine monotherapy, the viral load remained 0.5 logs below the initial levels, despite early development of the M184V mutation (Eron 1995). When compared to treatment interruptions, continuous monotherapy with 3TC delays virological and immunological deterioration (Castagna 2006). FTC (emtricitabine) has the same resistance pattern as 3TC. Treatment failure is associated with the M184V mutation (van der Horst 2003).

Stress Resistance And Extended Longevity

It has long been observed that mild or nonlethal stress often has the apparently paradoxical effect of benefiting the organism by increasing its longevity (Minois, 2000). Conversely, it has also been suggested that all long-lived strains and mutants exhibit some form of stress resistance (Parsons, 1995 Johnson et al., 1996). This relationship is thought to reflect the fact that their natural environment usually exerts substantial, albeit variable, stresses on organisms. Evolutionary considerations of Darwinian fitness will thus impose a premium on genotypes conferring metabolic efficiency and stress resistance (Parsons, 1997, 2003). The magnitude of the effects of stress resistance on longevity are summarized in Table 25.3.

Monogamy in mammals

Monogamous social structures among mammals, which is estimated at 3-5 (Kleiman, 1977). Those rare cases of monogamous social structure among mammals appear to reflect harsher environmental conditions where pair bonding and paternal care increase reproductive fitness (Emlen and Oring, 1977). Therefore, for a species to be monogamous, something in the neurobiology of social behavior has to change dramatically. Monogamy, even though rare, has emerged multiple times across diverse mammalian taxa. The repeated appearance of monogamous social structure in distantly related taxa and the diversity of social structure among closely related species suggest that these dramatic changes in underlying neurobiology must happen rapidly, independently, and perhaps reversibly.

Mycorrhizal Commercialization Techniques and Their Formulations

Plant inoculation with AM fungi results in the formation of a mycorrhizosphere with selective consequences on other important soil micro-organisms. Therefore the use of AM fungi in plant production needs an appropriate inoculum technology compatible with that used for other beneficial soil micro-organisms. Development of second generation inocula, derived from mixing AM fungi with other inocula, is one such major activity. The use of such inocula will improve plant fitness, and soil aggregation and stability, so increasing yield by biological means. Some of the important issues related to AM biofertilizer commercialization

Health promotion and the cult of the body

This is a reference to the near-obsessional interest displayed by many individuals in the Western world concerning personal appearance and body management. Prost cites increases in concern with personal hygiene, physical fitness and healthy eating as evidence of the development of such a cult.43 The consequence of all of this, he notes, is that the body Increased interest in the body leads to increased concern with threats to the body. Arguably, the most consistent and persistent of threats is illness. Not surprisingly, therefore, concerns about ill health have escalated in recent times,45 to such an extent that the promotion of health and wellbeing has become of paramount importance. Of course, the health of individuals is of importance to all societies, but it is with unwavering conviction that Western states place the pursuit of health as primary among the prerequisites of a good life. Further, health has come to mean, not just the absence of illness, but the attainment of a state...

Avian Immunosenescence In The Wild

The physiological declines associated with senescence, including declines in both innate and acquired immune defenses against parasites and pathogenic microorganisms, have been thoroughly documented in laboratory animals and humans (Wollscheid-Lengeling, 2004). But the fitness deficits associated with advancing age in the wild, where animals experience a full range of natural hazards, stresses and diseases, are far less well understood (Miller, 1996). Recently, reliable aging-related declines in aspects of either cellular or humoral immunity have been reported in wild populations of several bird species, including barn swallows (Hirundo rustica), collared flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca), and ruffs (Philomachus pugnax) (Saino et al., 2003 Cichon et al., 2003 Lozano and Lank, 2003).

Avian Models Of Extremely Slow To Negligible Reproductive Aging

Wild seabirds, including gulls, albatrosses, fulmars and terns, typically exhibit little or no loss of reproductive fitness even at the end of their natural life spans in nature ( 50 yrs for some fulmars), and even when rising mortality rates suggest significant deterioration of other physiological systems. Since few seabirds have been maintained in captivity, it remains unclear how long the postreproductive life spans might be for these species if their natural life spans could be prolonged in captivity. Terns (order Charadriiformes), for example, have an extreme life-history strategy typical of pelagic seabirds, characterized by slow sexual maturation, low lifelong reproduction rates (2-3 chicks fledged per year), long life spans, and very slight to negligible declines in reproductive success after peak fledging success is reached at about 15 yrs (Nisbet et al., 1999 Nisbet, 2002a,b). This kind of very sustained reproductive investment is thought to have evolved only in animal...

Broad etiological groups

Non-disjunction of homologous chromosomes is the commonest mechanism leading to trisomies 13, 18 and 21 in humans. Post-zygotic loss of either an X or a Y chromosome leads to Turner syndrome which is characterized by a variety of cardiac, urological, skeletal and endocrine defects. More recently a host of disorders have been identified that are caused by recurrent stereotypic deletion of segments of DNA, mediated by long complex flanking repetitive sequences. Examples of these disorders include 22q11 deletion syndrome, Smith Magenis syndrome (chromosome 17p11.2) and Angelman Prader-Willi (chromosome 15q11) syndromes. These contiguous gene deletion syndromes have been labeled ''genomic disorders'' in recognition of both the size and the recurrent deletional mechanism that leads to their appearance (Inoue and Lupski, 2002). It is possible that smaller stereotypic chromosomal deletions may underlie other as yet uncharacterized disorders, especially those that involve genes encoding...

The Function of Free Standing Endonucleases

Selfish genetic elements are not commonly thought of as providing either a selective benefit or burden to a host genome, but are considered to be phe-notypically neutral with respect to host fitness (Doolittle and Sapienza 1980). This assumption is supported by the experimental observation that none of the characterized homing endonucleases of phage T4 are essential phage carrying mutations in the endonuclease genes are viable and do not exhibit reduced burst size or altered plaque morphology as compared to wild-type phage, a result likely to hold true for the remaining uncharacterized endonucleases in T4. In the absence of an apparent selective advantage for the retention of a mobile element gene in the host genome, mobile endonucleases will

Range of biomarkers used to investigate health benefits

Some promising or developing targets include bone and cardiovascular health and mental state performance. Thus, numerous biomarkers related mostly to disease have been exhaustively listed in previous publications (Crews et al., 2001 Saris et al., 2002). The reader is particularly referred to two recent supplements of the European Journal of Nutrition (Asp et al., 2003, 2004). In these supplements, biomarkers presently available for assessing the effects of food components on cardiovascular disease bone health and osteoporosis physical performance and fitness body weight regulation, insulin sensitivity and diabetes risk diet-related cancers mental state and performance gut health and immunity are thoroughly described and discussed.

Aging And Longevity Of Species

Intermittent mild heat stress (hormesis) increases the level of expression of the molecular chaperones and has been observed to give rise to life span extension in Drosophila (Hercus, 2003) and in yeast (Shama et al., 1998). For the possible benefits of exposure to stress in humans, we need to consider that chaperone expression and function might not be the same in all individuals. This reflects the levels of genetic variation in the human population that are expressed as heritable phenotypic variation during periods of environmental change. This phenotypic variation results in differential modulation of chaperone and target function in response to stress. The availability of free chaperones correlated with the type and degree of stress confers the organism a level of protection that ultimately regulates survival fitness (Rutherford, 2003). Thus, exposure to stress in itself might not be beneficial if the response of the organism towards stress is deficient or inappropriate....

Ability ofPalivizumab to Neutralize Clinical RSV Isolates

However, in studies to date, in the patients that received mAb but were hospitalized due to breakthrough RSV disease in mAb, there does not appear to be a rapid selection of viral mutants that are resistant to the mAb, and the monitoring of clinical isolates has not detected the appearance of palivizumab-resistant viral strains in the human population. It is possible that the decreased fitness of some of these variants would preclude their dissemination in the population (Zhao et al. 2006). However, at present, the clinical significance and relevance of mAb-resistant variants remain largely unknown.

The Question of Donor Cell State

Whether stem cells contribute preferentially to the production of clones that develop to term could affect conclusions derived from the study of cloned progeny. Stem cells can differ from differentiated cells in fundamental respects such as the number of past rounds of cell division, telomere length, and telomerase expression. Because reprogramming is slow, these phenotypic differences between stem cells and differentiated cells will likely persist to some degree in cloned embryos. Thus, conclusions regarding somatic mutation load, mitochondrial fitness, and replicative potential of the genome as reflected in telomere length in the context of cloned embryo and cloned stem cell derivation need to account for possible effects of donor cell state.

Validity of Accelerated Aging Phenotypes

It should be noted that the mutations that lead to increased longevity in nematodes, flies or mice are likely to do so only at the cost of some selective disadvantage, often not obvious under laboratory conditions (Jenkins et al., 2004). For some of the mouse longevity mutants, such as the growth hormone deficient Ames dwarf mice, fitness costs are readily apparent in the form of infertility and hypothyroidism (Bartke and Brown-Borg, 2004). However, for another longevity mutant in the mouse, p66SHC, there is no obvious selective disadvantage

Rearrangements Related to Classical Deletions

Ironically, although the gr gr deletion may not be in mutation selection balance, the AZFc deletion characterized by the same authors provides a clear example of such a balance. The incomplete penetrance of the AZFc deletion leads to its infrequent but recurrent transmission from father to son (see The AZFa Deletion) and results in the AZFc deletion reaching a population frequency higher than its de novo mutation rate, but being kept in check by the deletion's substantial fitness costs.

AZF Genes and Spermatogenic Failure

Independent replication of the association study between gr gr deletions and spermatogenic failure is needed, and further work should identify the deletion breakpoints and thus the individual members of gene families that are lost. In addition, more thorough investigation of the effect of the common partial deletions within AZFc on spermatogenesis is desirable, taking into account both the phylogenetic background and any associated duplications. Lineages Db2 and N would be of particular interest. Population genetic approaches might also provide information have these lineages experienced negative selection and expanded less rapidly than expected for a neutral lineage Methods that compare the age of a lineage with its frequency and determine whether the observed pattern is compatible with neutrality (33,34) could be used to address this question. If some partial deletions are associated with fitness costs, these might indicate the underlying selective pressures that have operated to...

Three ecological postulates that underlie conservation biology

At the Animal Welfare and Conservation Organization in Okonjima, Namibia, lions are encouraged to play to help stay fit. (Photo by Nigel J. Dennis Photo Researchers, Inc. Repoduced by permission.) At the Animal Welfare and Conservation Organization in Okonjima, Namibia, lions are encouraged to play to help stay fit. (Photo by Nigel J. Dennis Photo Researchers, Inc. Repoduced by permission.)

Congruence And Complementarity

By identifying phenomena that are sufficiently marked and pervasive to appear in both self-report and performance-based test data, confirmatory findings clarify decision making in personality assessment. Clear indications from diverse sources of information that certain characteristics exist in a person, are recognized by that person, and are broadly manifest in that person's behavior increase the confidence and certainty with which examiners can draw diagnostic inferences, formulate treatment plans, and recommend dispositions of various kinds (e.g., child custody, fitness for duty, parole from prison).

Project Title Prospective Study Of Health In Runners And Walkers

Summary (Adapted from Investigator's Abstract) Current government physical fitness guidelines state that 1) the majority of the health benefits from physical activity can be obtained by walking 2 miles briskly on most days of the week and 2) the health benefits of physical activity depend principally on the total amount of activity rather than the intensity of the activity. Nevertheless, there are currently no prospective epidemiological studies extant, designed specifically to directly contrast the health benefits and costs of moderate exercise (e.g., walking) versus vigorous exercise (e.g., running). The proposed study plans to compare rates of coronary heart disease (CHD), cancer, total mortality and exercise injuries in 68,000 runners and 68,000 walkers during four years of surveillance. Questionnaires concerning running and other physical activities in 56,000 runners have already been obtained, and additional questionnaires from 13,000 runners are expected before March 1997. The...

Compensatory mutations

Several researchers (Lenski 1997, Levin et al 1997, Schrag & Perrot 1996) have studied the effects of the acquisition of an antibiotic resistance plasmid, or a mutation conferring antibiotic resistance, on the ability (fitness) of bacteria to survive in competition with wild-type organisms or to tolerate a stressful environment (pathogenesis). It was found that the change from sensitive to resistant had negative effects on fitness in other words, the antibiotic-resistant mutants were enfeebled. However, during prolonged growth of antibiotic-resistant strains, variants arose spontaneously that were as fit as the wild-type strains without a change in the resistant phenotype. This restoration of fitness was due to compensatory mutations occurring intra- or extragenically with It is reasonable to ask if the same situation applies to mycobacteria do streptomycin-resistant and rifampicin-resistant strains of M. tuberculosis isolated during the course of infection possess both target...

Parental investment and sexual selection

Lactation is a classic example of parental investment in mammals, since it is commonly associated with a cessation of normal reproductive function in the female (e.g., lactational amenorrhea) and requires considerable energy resources and potential health risks (e.g., insulin resistance). This is an issue of costs and benefits. Increased time and energy invested in lactation might increase the growth and survival of an individual offspring, perhaps enhancing the ability to compete for resources and the opportunity for successful reproduction. But these outcomes are achieved at the cost of limiting the ability to produce subsequent offspring. A critical issue is whether increased parental investment within the environment in which reproduction is occurring will actually enhance reproductive fitness in the offspring. Parental investment in the young comes at the cost of future opportunities for mating. Importantly, this cost benefit equation commonly has different implications for males...

Life history and reproduction

Evolutionary theory defines the ultimate challenge of life as that of maximizing reproductive fitness. Reproductive fitness is determined by the ability to survive to reproductive maturity, to reproduce, and to rear the offspring to reproductive age. Reproductive success itself is a function of investments in reproductive processes, as well as in growth and survival. Life history theory (Charnov, 1993 Roff, 1992 Stearns, 1992) attempts to define variations in investment strategies across and within species in the manner in which limited energy resources are allocated to the major challenges of life (1) growth and development, (2) maintenance, defense, and survival, and (3) reproduction. Resources are limited. Those allocated in the interest of survival limit investment in reproduction, and so on. The challenge is to establish the most effective investment strategies and the efficacy of the solutions vary as a function of the environment. There is no optimal strategy one size does not...

Environmental adversity and sexual maturation

In early life (Belsky et al., 1991 Cameron et al., 2005 Coall and Chisholm, 2003). The rationale for such phenotypic plasticity is that in adverse environmental conditions with high risk and uncertainty, when the probability of extended periods of growth and survival is low, the optimal strategy is to maximize offspring quantity through enhanced mating. Maximizing offspring quantity enhances the chances that at least some offspring will survive to reproductive maturity. Moreover, since such adverse environments are characterized by high, unavoidable risks, parental investment in offspring quality is seen as futile (Coall and Chisholm, 2003). Increased risk of mortality thus favors a shift in parental investment away from offspring quality to quantity (Coall and Chisholm, 2003 Gangestad and Simpson, 2000). In contrast, more propitious environmental conditions favor greater investment in individual offspring at the cost of mating. In more favorable environments, competition for...

Surgical considerations

There are many different types of amputations at different levels through the upper and lower limbs, often associated with eponymous names. Depending on the patient's age, his fitness for surgery must be assessed. In the older age group with diabetes mellitus and generalized atherosclerosis, the cardiorespiratory, renal and peripheral vascular status of the patient must be assessed. The postoperative functional requirements and general mobility of the patient must also be taken into account that is, the postoperative considerations for a patient who is wheelchair bound preoperatively will differ from those for a patient who is ambulant with or without walking aids.

Comparison of the Four models

A cross-validation approach is used to determine the optimal number of component Gaussians, for each breast type. The determined value of m is then used for all training folds comprising each breast type. To determine the optimal value of m, models with a different number of components are trained and evaluated with a WGMMS strategy, using an independent validations set. Model fitness is quantified by examining the log likelihood resulting from the validation set. Training files are created by taking 200 samples randomly drawn with replacement from each normal and abnormal images for each breast type. For training we use 50 training images per breast type (n 25 normal, n 25 abnormal) giving a training size of 10,000 samples per breast type. Repeating the procedure for 50 remaining validation image per breast type, we get 10,000 samples for validation.

Nonpoultry Domestic Avian Models For Aging Studies

Changes in mortality rates and reproductive success consistent with aging have been documented for many bird populations (Holmes and Austad, 1995 Holmes et al., 2001). Other indications of avian aging in the wild include higher parasite loads in older birds, as well as reduced fitness of offspring produced by aging parents.

Host Nutritional Effects

Arbuscular fungi are known to enhance plant tolerance to pathogens without excessive yield losses, and in some cases, enhance pathogen inoculum density. This compensation is apparently related to enhanced photosynthetic capacity (Abdalla and Abdel-Fattah 2000 Heike et al. 2001 Karajeh and Al-Raddad 1999) and a delay in senescence caused by the pathogen, which cancels the positive relationship between disease severity and yield loss (Heike et al. 2001). For example, soybean plants grown in the soil infested with M. phaseolina, Rhizoctonia solani, or F. solani exhibited lower shoot and root weight and plant height compared to control plants in soil not infested with the pathogens or with G. mosseae (Zambolin and Schenck 1983). The incidence of infection by the pathogens was not affected by G. mosseae colonization but the mycorrhizal plants were able to tolerate infection of pathogens better than nonmycorrhizal plants. The efficacy and efficiency of AMF in promoting plant growth enables...

Department Of Defense

In order to maintain force health protection and medical readiness, the military has extensive programs to monitor the health and fitness of service members. Military installations around the globe perform health surveillance to determine the nature, magnitude, and distribution of health threats and to focus and evaluate preventive efforts. These threats include injuries, acute and chronic conditions (including infectious diseases), mental illnesses, and environmental exposures. analyzes, interprets, and disseminates information regarding the health and fitness of the Army. AMSA maintains the Defense Medical Surveillance System that contains a database of diseases and medical events, including hospitalizations, ambulatory visits, and longitudinal data on personnel and deployments. This system provides epidemiological information to policymakers, medical planners and researchers (Army Medical Surveillance Activity, 2005).

Definitions and Caveats The Difference Between Latency and Persistence

Fitness, in cell-to-cell spread, in long-distance dissemination, or in peripheral immune control, are likely to show also a phenotype in persistence. This has to be considered before viral genes are claimed to be specifically involved in the regulation of persistence. This caveat likewise applies also to genes thought to regulate latency and reactivation. A virus mutant that fails to disseminate to a particular site is trivially also unable to establish latency at that site and to reactivate from that site.

Latent Viral Genome Load Defining the Risk of Recurrence

This, again, shows the difficulty in identifying virus genes specifically implicated in the molecular control of latency and reactivation. Mutations of any viral gene that directly or indirectly influences the latent viral genome load can have a phenotype in latency and reactivation. This includes genes directly involved in viral replicative fitness and spread, but also genes involved in the immune control of virus replication and spread either by encoding an antigen or by encoding an immunomodulatory protein. Clearly, this is not what we look upon as being a true latency gene.

Adaptive Evolution of Wine Yeast Strains

The molecular basis of the technological properties of wine yeast strains are still largely unknown. However, the obvious possibility is that the adaptation of these strains to the enological environment is dependent on specific expression profiles of their genomes (for a review see Perez-Ortin et al. 2002). Comparative analyses of gene expression between industrial and nonindustrial strains and between different industrial strains could lead to the identification of genes involved in the fitness of the strains in industrial environments. To date, the study of gene expression during wine fermentation has focused on genes induced in the stationary phase in order to express specific activities at the end of the process (Puig et al. 1996 Puig et al. 2000 Riou et al. 1997).

Allelic heterogeneity at Mendelian loci

Consider a single locus at which there are two classes of alleles segregating at a given susceptibility locus - neutral and deleterious (Hartl and Campbell, 1982). If we make the assumption that within each class all alleles have the same effect on fitness then we can apply standard population genetic theory to make predictions about the number of alleles segregating at the locus. Let mD be the mutation rate at which disease alleles are formed per meiosis. Then the total frequency of new disease alleles each generation is

Selection and Improvement of Bioherbicide Agents

Of C. gloeosporioides f. sp. aeschynomene for control of northern jointvetch was partially attributed to its ability to easily spread as an endemic pathogen. Yang and TeBeest (1995) further demonstrated a rapid rate of mortality of the weed as the number of pathogen lesions per plant increased from a single lesion. Therefore, more aggressive and virulent isolates of a pathogen with high infection efficiency, shorter latent periods, and better sporulation from diseased tissues should be selected from amongst the pathogen population. Chemical and physical methods have been used to create fungal mutants with acquired new traits such as elevated antibiotic production (Graeme-Cook and Faull 1991) or increased biocontrol efficacy (Palani and Lalithakumari 1999). Stability or low reversion frequency was observed with some mutants but, in general, stability can be a concern with chemical and physical mutagenesis (Wibowo et al. 1999). Ziogas et al. (1995) reported UV-induced mutants of Nectria...

Parental care and reproductive development

These findings suggest a relation between parental care and reproductive development in the offspring. An important question concerns the identity of critical mechanisms for such effects. Phenotypic plasticity in reproductive tactics have been studied from the point of ultimate causation (Tinbergen, 1972), which refers to the impact of such variations on reproductive fitness. In contrast, proximal causation, which refers to more immediate cause-effect relations, such as genomic polymorphisms or hormonal influences is less well understood, and this is particularly true for mammals. While the evidence is consistent with a parental effect on the reproductive strategies of the female offspring, there is no direct evidence in any mammalian species of an effect of variations in parental care on reproductive development. Nevertheless, some of the fundamental relations apparent in human reproductive development are observed in nonhuman species that are amendable to studies of proximate...

Genomic Imprinting Coadaptive Evolution Of Brain And Placenta

The placental trophoblast is an extraordinary tissue capable of producing a vast range of endocrine secretions, which enable the fetus to regulate its own destiny. Most of these placental hormones function by acting on maternal receptors, an interaction that has required genomic coadaptation between mother and fetus. Hence, the functioning of two genomes (maternal and fetal) as part of a single phenotype (pregnant mother) provides a template for coadaptive selection pressures to operate. Early mortality often accounts for the majority of variance in viability fitness in many species (Wolf, 2000), thereby providing a substantial opportunity for selection on traits that are influenced by gene expression in the fetoplacental unit.

The Step Test

The Step Test is a simple method for assessing cardiorespiratory fitness by evaluating heart rate response to stepping up and down a set of steps at a fixed rate (Whaley et al, 2006) post-exercise heart rate recovery may also be examined. Self-paced (Petrella et al, 2001) and fixed pace (Sykes, 1995) protocols are available. Depending on the protocol, step testing ends when a fixed number of steps at a given rate are complete or until a patient reaches the criterion heart rate (e.g., 80 of predicted maximum). The Step Test has been found to be strongly correlated with VO2max (r 0.92 Sykes and Roberts, 2004) and is a sensitive index of change following exercise training (Petrella et al, 2001). Step testing is quick, inexpensive, and appropriate for the measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness in elderly subjects (Petrella et al, 2001).


Despite its popularity, interviewing is not renowned for its reliability or validity. Reliable data are consistent and relatively free from errors of measurement. Valid data reveal what they are supposed to or meant to rather than something else. Thus, the information obtained from an interview designed to assess fitness for a particular position should be consistent (reliable) and correct (valid). However, the appearance, attitudes, and behavior of the interviewer can affect the responses given by the interviewee, and the latter's appearance, biases, and behavior can affect the manner in which the interviewer presents the questions and what questions are asked. If the influence of the interviewer's appearance and style is strong enough, then the result is unreliable and invalid information. Thorough training of interviewers and electronic recording of interview data can improve the reliability and validity of interviewing as a research method. Nevertheless, supplementing an interview...

Recent Developments

In England the changes to fitness to plead procedures were legislative. The Criminal Procedure (Insanity and Fitness to Plead) Act 1991 came into force in 1992. No changes were made to the criteria for fitness to plead but courts were required, when finding someone unfit to plead, to have a trial of the facts. This ensured that the jury was satisfied that the defendant committed the acts of which he was charged, before he was subject to the court's powers of disposal. Moreover, the new Act allowed both community and hospital disposals for those found unfit, instead of the rigid indefinite hospital orders of the previous legislation. Similar changes in relation to establishing the defendants' guilt and to preventing indeterminate hospitalisation occurred in Canada, following the cases of Swain ((1991) 63 CCC (3d) 481) and Taylor ((1993) 11 OR (3d) 323) see Mackay (1995).


With genotype ij reaches reproductive age with some probability that is proportional to Wj The value Wj is referred to as the ''fitness'' of genotype ij. Then a model for the effect of a mutation on fitness is Fitness Here s measures the strength of selection against homozygotes and h is the level of dominance of the a allele. When a is fully recessive, h 0 when a is fully dominant h 1. Overdominance (i.e. where the heterozygote has better fitness than either homozygote) can be modeled using h 1 and s


The E. coli HPI consists of a well vonserved core part, encoding for the yersiniabactin siderophore system ( irp fyuA genes) and for the P4-like integrase ( int gene). We could demonstrate that genes asfyuA or irpl and irp2 encoded by the HPI are expressed in E. coli. Moreover, HPI positive E. coli strains were shown to produce the siderophore yersinibactin, indicating the functional integrity of the HPI core in E. coli. Further studies are required to define the impact of the E. coli HPI on virulence and or fitness.

Mating systems

(Vulpes vulpes), in which males provide parental care, but where couples break-up after rearing of young. Permanent monogamy would be best exemplified in North American beavers that mate for life (Castor canadensis). Generally speaking, monogamy occurs in species where the support from the males is instrumental to the rearing of young, and males gain more from limiting the number of offspring (by staying with one female) and investing instead in the growth of their offspring. However, many so-called monogamous males will opportunistically attempt breeding with other females, paired or not, to increase their genetic fitness, and true monogamy occurs rarely when lack of potential mates occurs, or under pressures from the environment.


Formation of dicentric and acentric chromosomes. These problems could affect the fitness of heterozygous individuals and act as a negative selective pressure. Meiotic drive in females in favor of the repositioned chromosome is among the possible mechanisms favoring the fixation of the neocentromere. Meiotic drive favoring Robertsonian translocations has been reported by Pardo-Manuel de Villenna and Sapienza (35).


Ecology, the study of an organism's relationship to its surroundings, consists of several distinct areas, all of which have their own specific approaches and methods. Ecophysiology deals with physiological mechanisms, evolutionary ecology is concerned with life history-related, fitness-relevant, and population-genetic aspects, behavioral ecology looks at how the animal deals with its surroundings, and community ecology asks how groups of species can live together. This text will approach how mammals are able to adapt to extreme conditions and will also consider spatial and temporal distribution, predator-prey relationships, and relationships between species forming similar niches.


First, Ballard and James (2003) found that mitochondria and nuclei taken from animals indigenous to different parts of the species' geographic range yielded low fitness flies when combined. This might come about if the mitochondria had evolved so as to be most effective in certain environments. Combining a (genetically different ) mitochondria from one area with a nucleus which evolved in a different region might result in organelle incompatibilities and hence a decreased life span.

Improving Bcpd

Physiological manipulation has been focused on improving antagonist fitness by growing them under various conditions that improved resistance to desiccation and survival on the fruit. This is of particular importance to antagonists that are applied in the orchard for control of postharvest decays. C. sake cells grown under water stress caused by addition of glucose or glycerol increased after application to apple trees, while those grown on unmodified media did not (Teixido et al. 1998b). This yeast was more water-stress tolerant when grown on a molasses-based medium than on a medium where water activity (aw) was modified by the addition of NaCl (Abadias et al. 2001b). In preparing a freeze-dried formulation, viability of the C. sake cells was best maintained when 10 skim milk was combined with other protectants such as lactose, glucose, fructose, or sucrose (Abadias et al. 2001a). In general, the highest viability of the C. sake cells occurred when the protection and rehydration...


OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) have developed regulations and standards specific to HazMat emergencies. As a result, every ED must address certain regulatory issues specific to decontamination including the following a written hospital emergency response plan personal protection equipment including fitness to wear PPE and a minimum of training to meet OSHA's First Responder Awareness Level, including an understanding of how to recognize a potential HazMat problem and respond accordingly. Specific PPE is discussed elsewhere in the text as it pertains to these standards.

Population Genetics

Fisher put fitness on a quantitative basis he defined it solely in terms of the number of offspring an individual leaves behind. The centerpiece of his book was the fundamental theorem of natural selection, which he arrived at by combining Mendelism with certain principles of population ecology. According to the theorem, natural selection in itself would always drive a population toward greater fitness. However, since the environment was always changing, the population is always deteriorating in fitness. Therefore, the population never reaches optimum fitness, and is condemned to race forever against an ever further receding destination. This situation has been dubbed the Red Queen's dilemma in reference to the character in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. In his calculations of fitness and mathematical treatment of evolutionary change, Fisher simplified the concept of the gene, treating each as a particulate, non-interacting entity upon whose individual effect selection...


Treatment depends on the tumour stage and the general fitness of the patient. If the tumour is superficial (i.e. has not invaded muscle), simple endoscopic resection may be sufficient. This may be combined with adjuvant intravesical instillation of mitomycin C or epirubicin to reduce recurrence rates. Nevertheless, recurrence of new tumours in the bladder is common and so repeat check cystoscopies are


LeClerc et al (1996) found that human pathogenic Salmonella enterica and E. coli exhibited an unexpectedly high incidence of the mutator phenotypes commonly associated with methyl-directed mismatch repair. It was suggested that there exists a relationship between hypermutability and pathogenicity such genetic variability may provide an advantage in survival of the pathogen and the establishment of successful infection (Taddei et al 1997a). An increased mutation rate likely contributes to the potential of pathogens to develop antibiotic resistance in conjunction with 'fitness' mutations (see later). Could this be the case for a pathogen such as M. tuberculosis Given that it is an obligate intracellular pathogen which is exposed to the DNA-damaging effect of active oxygen species, hypermutability could be an important factor in M. tuberculosis physiology in favouring adaptation to this unstable environment, especially in the case of non-dividing cells...

TC Lamivudine

Rapid development of resistance only one point mutation (M184V) is required, which, however, increases the sensitivity of AZT-resistant viruses and reduces viral fitness. Also effective against hepatitis B virus. Trade name Epivir component of Combivir , Trizivir , and Kivexa . Epivir tablets 150 mg or 300 mg Epivir solution 10 mg ml Combivir tablets 150 mg 3TC + 300 mg AZT Trizivir tablets 150 mg 3TC + 300 mg AZT + 300 mg abacavir Kivexa tablets 300 mg 3TC + 600 mg abacavir


In terms of available evidence, the best treatment for elderly obese patients is exercise. Cardio-respiratory fitness is an important determinant of health status in the elderly and can be improved by exercise. The majority of elderly women actually achieve the currently recommended levels of exercise during activities of daily living, including housework. However, this level of activity does not appear to be protective against obesity and its consequences. There is now evidence from a large number of studies that exercise in the elderly is beneficial in terms of glucose tolerance, cardiac and respiratory function, improved function and quality of life. Patients have traditionally been instructed that aerobic exercise is most beneficial. Meaningful amounts of aerobic exercise may not be achievable in many with functional limitation and severe obesity. Furthermore, there is often a worsening of symptoms and well-being in the short term, and this may decrease adherence to programs of...


The American Physical Therapy Association describes physical therapists as health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They also help prevent conditions associated with loss of mobility through fitness and wellness programs that achieve healthy and active lifestyles. Physical therapists examine individuals and develop plans using treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. The focus of the physical therapist in the management of PD is to address gross motor, strength, flexibility, and balance deficits that limit functional mobility such as transfers and ambulation (7).

Technology Channels

The use of the Internet for the prevention of morbidity and mortality is lower than for treatment issues but is nonetheless significant 51 of Americans with Internet access report using the Internet for information about diet, nutrition, vitamins, or nutritional supplements 42 for information about exercise or fitness and 7 for information about how to quit smoking (Fox, 2005). While 7 of all adult Internet users may

US Navy Seal Physical Fitness Training Manual

US Navy Seal Physical Fitness Training Manual

Use the same methods the American Navy Seals use to get fit and become the elite enforcers in the world today! The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide has been prepared for the SEAL community with several goals in mind. Our objective is to provide you, the operator, with information to help: Enhance the physical abilities required to perform Special Operations mission-related physical tasks Promote long-term cardiovascular health and physical fitness Prevent injuries and accelerate return to duty Maintain physical readiness under deployed or embarked environments.

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