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A Comparative Study between three Irrigating Solutions for the Removal of the Smear Layer: An SEM Study.

Irrigating solutions are used during instrumentation of the root canal system to increase cutting efficiency of the instruments and to flush away pulp tissue, bacteria, and to remove the smear...

Analysis of Nutrient Induced Sublethal Stress in Corals Utilizing a Novel Cellular Diagnostic System with Presentation of a Coral Lecture Series at the University School of NSU

Significant increases in nutrient concentrations have been observed in a number of natural reef systems over the last several decades. Elevated nutrient levels adversely affect coral growth rates...

An Exploratory Study of the Interrelationships Between Social Networks and Learning Communities

The purpose of this study is to use social network analysis to gain a greater understanding of how online learning communities can be used to enhance the delivery of online instruction. To achieve...

Application of Culture Manipulation to Investigate Life Histories, Diversity and Ubiquity of Naked Filose Amoebae from Rookery Bay, Naples, Florida

A Ph.D. student (Christina Gwaltney) at the Oceanographic Center of NSU has isolated several unusual naked filose amoebae from the mangrove waters of the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research...

Bactericidal and Mineralization Effects of Photo Activated Disinfection Therapy: An Innovative Multidisciplinary Approach to Oral Health Promotion

The importance of this program is based in the development of an innovative and cost-effective intervention program for primary prevention of oral disease, based in light fluorescence diagnostic...

Candidate Insulin Action mRNAs in Skeletal Muscle

Type 2 diabetes ranks among the top ten causes of death in most developed nations, and its worldwide incidence is rapidly increasing. Central to type 2 diabetes is loss of sensitivity of cells to...

Cholesterol-dependent Gene Regulation of Vascular Function

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has been unequivocally shown that lowering of blood cholesterol levels reduces cardiovascular events and the...

Conducting a Comparative Assessment of Doctoral Students' Library Research Skills through the Development and Testing of New Citation Analysis Tools on Ed.D. Applied Dissertations

The aim of this study is to develop and empirically validate objective and subjective criteria for conducting bibliometric citation analysis used to assess reference lists of graduate doctoral...

Development and Evaluation of a Multi-Disciplinary Community-Based Program for People with Parkinson's Disease and Their Caregivers

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive movement disorder that affects 1 out of every 1000 people aged 65 and older, and 1 out of every 100 people 75 years and older. PD results in...

Does Liquidity Improve When Traders Need It Most? An Examination of the Impact of Decimalization on NYSE Specialist Behavior During Periods of Large Price Changes

Both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Exchange have recently switched the way that stock prices are quoted by their respective market makers. Prior to 2001, stocks were quoted in...

Dysregulation of AT 1 receptor Signaling in the (mRen2)27 Transgenic Rat

Hypertension is a major health problem in the United States where more than 50 million people have the condition. Chronic hypertension can lead to vital organ damage and contributes to more than...

Efficacy of Multi-Disciplinary Training Modules on Alzheimer's Special Care Staff

Based on data from the Alzheimer's Association, the number of new Alzheimer cases each year will more than double, from a little over 400,000 a year in 2000 to nearly 1 million a year by 2050....

Eye Health and Vision Care for Patients with Diabetes: Comparing Usual Care to a Targeted Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial

Need/Background: Diabetic retinopathy is estimated to be the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness in the United States among adults. Severe and moderate vision loss from diabetes is often...

Factors Predicting Early Reading Skills in Preschool Children

The present multidisciplinary, collaborative study will explore the relationship between screening data obtained early in preschool and later measures of emergent literacy. The benefits of early...

Formative Program Evaluation of an Innovative Prereferral Intervention Process Implemented in the Miami-Dade County Public School District

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), like many other large urban school districts, faces significant challenges in meeting the individualized academic needs of its diverse group of students....

High Throughput Detection of Ocular Fungal And Protozoan Pathogens

The highest incidence fungal and protozoan eye infections in the United States occur in South Florida. Fungal and protozoan eye infections present clinicians with a considerable diagnostic and...

Impact of a Clinical Pharmacist on Medication Appropriateness for Elderly Veterans Residing in Assisted Living Facilities

The primary objective of this research study is to demonstrate that clinical pharmacist review of medication therapy improves medication prescribing. Secondary objectives are to determine changes...

Innovative Dental Tissue Engineering at NSU

Currently 200 million restorative dental treatments fail and millions of teeth are extracted each year in the United States. There remains a tremendous potential to improve dental treatments using...

Is There Less Informed Trading After Regulation Fair Disclosure?

Prior to 2001, many companies disclosed important information to a privileged group of securities analysts and investment institutions before issuing a public statement. This form of...

Mercury Analysis in the Alvarado Lagoon System, Veracruz State, Mexico

The Alvarado Lagoon System (ALS) is located about 50 km southeast of Veracruz, Mexico, along the Gulf of Mexico. The ALS is a vast (314,000 hectare) wetland created by the merged deltas of three...

Molecular Relationships between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease

Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs in direct association with accumulation of extracellular matrix molecules in the vascular wall, including the basement membrane protein collagen...

Personal Empowerment via a Multidisciplinary Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes is a significant problem for an increasing number of Americans. Diagnosis of diabetes is projected to increase 165% from 11 million in 2000 (prevalence of 4.0%) to 29 million in 2050...

Recognition of Species in the Crinoidea Part 2: the Taxonomy and Population Genetics of Two Important Reef-Dwelling Feather Stars, Including a Lecture Series and Laboratory on Crinoids in Science and History

Crinoids, commonly known as sea lilies and feather stars, are abundant and diverse in many marine environments. Yet, because they are difficult to maintain and have never been bred in aquaria, and...

Standardization and Application of Real Time PCR Technique in Gene Expression Analysis

Relative gene expression analysis requires precise, powerful and cutting edge technology called Real Time PCR, that is being utilized today by many research laboratories around the world. Real Time...

Surface Protection Concept for Newly Erupting First Molars in Saliva Contaminated Environment

Even though dental decay in industrialized nations has fallen dramatically, the total number of caries as a result of pit and fissure decay has increased. This accounts for approximately 88% of all...

Targeted Gene Silencing by Small RNA Interference: Development of a Novel Delivery Method

One of key aspect of gene therapy is able to targeted reduce or silence the expression of deleterious genes, such as cancer or pain causing genes. RNA interference (RNAi) induced by small...

The Impact of an Interactive Multimedia Instructional Tool on the Quality of Learning for Optometry Students

As multimedia teaching technologies become more widely advocated and employed in higher education, researchers strive to understand the influence of such technologies on student learning. For the...

The Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery System of Anticancer Agents: The Preparation, Characterization and Optimization of Nanoparticles of Antisense Oligonucleotide HDMAS5

Biodegradable polymeric micro/nanoparticulates can enhance the therapeutic efficacy of anticancer drugs while reduce their systemic side effects. In particular, nanoparticulates enable intravenous,...

The use of 3-D Sterolithographic Modeling in Craniofacial Surgery: A Clinical Feasibility Study

Stereolithography is a laser-aided technique for the production of three-dimensional plastic components without using any tools, dyes, or other materials. With the help of this technology, it is...

Use of In Vivo Methods in Antiangiogenic Agent Testing

An antiangiogenic approach is among the most promising avenues in cancer treatment. Current antiangiogenic strategies have focused on compounds that block the ability of the endothelial cells (EC)...

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