Title: A comparative study on the nutritional composition of selected crops in the Philippines

Abstract:The study intended to determine the proximate composition, caloric value, carbohydrate profile and selected minerals of the following cereal crops: Pigmented rice (Oryza sativa L.) varieties (waxy-type purple rice ‘Ballatinao’ (PR) and non-waxy type red rice ‘Malagaya tapol’ (RR)), non-pigmented rice varieties (waxy type ‘Malagkit Songsong’ (MS) and non-waxy type ‘IR-64’), alday (Coix lachryma-Jobi L.) and Obatanpa x Lagkitan (OxL) variety corn (Zea mays L. ‘Los Baños Lagkitan’). Results revealed that all cereal crops exhibited a low moisture content (3.00-4.16%) which makes them store for a long time. IR-64 had the highest fat content of 4.76%, significant (p<0.05) to the values exhibited by adlay and OxL, but not significant (p>0.05) to the values of RR, PR and MS. It was also observed that adlay had the highest values for protein (11.94%), total ash (1.64%) and iron (1.59mg/100g). On the other hand, MS recorded the highest amount of fiber (3.40%) and RR contained the highest amount of zinc (1.76mg/100g) and caloric value (399.85 kcal/100g). OxL exhibited the highest carbohydrates among the samples. Carbohydrate profile analysis revealed that all rice varieties showed the highest amount (p<0.05) of starch content (84.45-85.45%) while adlay and MS recorded the highest amylose content (26.18%) and amylopectin content (76.63%), respectively. Overall, these cereal crops were shown to be rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals justifying their use in diets and potential use for future product development.

Title: The role of Psychiatry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from the first wave

Abstract:BackgroundThe COVID-19 pandemic forced a change of perspective in mental health professionals. COVID-19 leads to a full cascade of stress responses, causing activation of the endocrine stress axis at several levels and the production of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines, as in many mental illnesses. The main objective of the study is to describe the profile of patients with COVID-19 infection attended by the Psychiatry Service during the first wave.Participants and procedureAn observational, retrospective study, based on a sample of patients who were admitted due to infection with COVID-19 was carried out. Clinical data was extracted from the medical records. 71 Individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and who were attended by a psychiatrist were recruited from an inpatient hospital in the metropolitan area of Madrid, Spain.Results93% of the sample had a psychiatric diagnose, being adjustment disorder (44%) the most frequent. There was a significant association between a previous psychiatric history and a specific consultation on drug interaction with drugs used to treat COVID-19 and psychiatric medication (P=0.0036) and the use of corticosteroids and the need to prescribe psychiatric treatment (P= 0.012).ConclusionsThe current study suggests that specialists showed great concern for the possibility of drug interactions and that the use of corticosteroids predicted the need of further psychopharmacological treatment in COVID-19 patients.


Abstract:The experience of European organizations regarding the issues of forest industry sustainable development are analyzed in the article. The peculiarities in the implementation of forest industry sustainable development concepts are considered on the examples of Germany, Belgium, Finland and other leading EU states. \nAttention is accentuated on modernizing of the current legislation of Ukraine on the premises and aspirations of harmonizing the Ukrainian legislation with that of the EU in order to improve and implement progressive and efficient methods of forest management aimed at natural resources conservation and their inexhaustible consumption and restoration.\nThe work of the state specialized scientific institutions is analyzed, and the research areas of forest institutes have been determined, along with substantiation of their significance and input in further solving of tasks and perspectives of forestry development.

Title: Art as an intertextual tool in business models: an advertising instrument as brand management in a case study.

Abstract:Art has served as a communicative tool since its origins, as propaganda, as advertising, for business purposes. Art has been a profusely treated concept since the origins of mankind, posing certain challenges to research and whose intertextuality with other discourses is evident. \nThe relationship between communication and art has received considerable attention in scientific research and artistic production, with both disciplines drawing on each other\'s precepts. Thus, advertising takes artistic movements to the street, abandoning their traditional exhibition supports and becoming a powerful resource in advertising.\nIn this text, through the methodology of discourse analysis, we study the attribution to advertising of the basic aims of transtextual relations, pursuing the objectives of seeking authority and introducing the effect of complicity and recognition in the target audience and consumer. In this case, the result of the confluence between artistic guidelines and communicative purpose was an extensive persuasive campaign and the creation of a powerful brand image, which is analysed here and dissected in communicative and enterprise terms.

Title: Big Data Analytics: The Challenge, the Credibility and the Future of Facebook\'s Data

Abstract:The overwhelming volumes of data coupled with advanced software infrastructure at the disposal of Big Data analysts (Data Scientist) compared to that of yesteryears, should have made it easy for fruitful extrapolation and analysis of data. By so doing, obtain credible and meaningful information and scientific conclusions, thereby enhancing decision making. Big Data Analytics helps Organizations, Governments, Agencies, Institutions, Researchers, Businesses, and many more to harness their data and use it to identify new opportunities and scientific discoveries. The Hadoop Common is a set of standard utilities and libraries which handle other Hadoop modules. It ensures that the hardware failures are managed by the Hadoop cluster automatically. New statistical thinking, as well as computational methods, are required to face the challenges of Big Data head-on. One of the biggest problems associated with Facebook\'s data is the credibility or the authenticity of the data. Issues such as noise accumulation, incidental endogeneity, heterogeneity, and spurious correlations, together with balancing the statistical accuracy and computational efficiency associated with Big Data, need to look at before designing effective analytical procedures for examining and predicting Big Data. Facebook data is necessarily at best, a fuzzy source of truth, but that does not mean it cannot be used to make scientific discoveries or essential business decisions. Data analysts, businesses, and security agencies should, at best, analyze Facebook\'s data with other different sources of data before making any decisive decisions.


Abstract:The phenomenon of globalization has been key and has meant a change towards a new economic, technological, political, social, entrepreneurial, and cultural reality on a global scale. However, sustainable policies and digital business models based on innovation should accompany this development. The overarching call to action represented by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for new models of sustainable production and management. On the one hand, this paper aims to analyze the concept of the business model and its evolution to the present day. On the other hand, it aims to analyze empirically through World Bank databases to study the growing evolution in the case of the Australian Economy in terms of innovation and digitization, and how all this directly influences the way of creating and developing businesses. The identity of the business model has evolved exponentially and continues to do so. The environment in which business operates no longer borders, and both the competitiveness and the market to which they are directed, has become global. The search for efficiency, innovation, adaptability to the environment is a daily challenge.

Title: Proposal of temporal dimension based decision-making tool for end of mining project life cycles evaluation

Abstract:In the mining sector, risks must be taken into consideration when decisions are made. Results are improved when the impacts of risks are limited (Castro et al., 2008). Every mining project faces numerous social and environmental challenges, and how these issues are managed significantly impacts the end of operations. When extractive projects reach the end of their operating life, stakeholders are confronted with numerous risks (Smith and Underwood, 2000). How the temporal dimension is integrated into the decision making process represents one of the biggest challenges at this stage. In the present work, we start by presenting an analytical procedure to aid in a �dynamic evaluation� and identification of the types of decisions involving risks. We propose a practical decision making assistance tool, the RDRIAM (Rapid Decisional Risk Impact Assessment Method), to assess risks associated with mine closures. The tool is based on FMECA (Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis), which was chosen due to its dynamic character and its capacity to weigh risks and assess their criticality. Lastly, as will be seen, RDRIAM allows the impact of a decision to be considered at different time horizons.


Abstract:Background/Aims: Nowadays, minimally invasive approaches have become the first choice surgical method for many abdominal surgical procedures. Patients who previously would have been in the risk group for open surgery have now begun to be assessed in terms of whether they are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. In this article, by combining the facts that the incidence of colorectal cancer accompanied by multiple co-morbidities has increased and that robotic surgery is being used increasingly, it was investigated whether robotic surgery applications were reliable in this group of high-risk patients.\nStudy Design: Retrospective cross sectional study\nMethods: The records of patients with the diagnosis of rectum cancer who underwent surgery between January 2011 and January 2019 were reviewed retrospectively. Patients who were older than 65 years, with 2 or more co-morbid diseases, with no neoadjuvant treatment protocol in the preoperative period, and with the tumor localization in the middle or distal rectum were evaluated in the study. In terms of the surgical procedure applied, the patients were divided into 3 groups: laparoscopic (L), robotic (R), and open (O) rectal resection. \nResults: Of the 86 patients included in the study. Forty-one patients (47.6%) underwent open surgery (group O), 29 patients (33.7%) laparoscopic surgery (group L), and 16 patients (18.6%) robotic surgery (group R). The two most common co-morbidities were diabetes mellitus (DM) (65.5%) and hypertension (56.1%). In this study, there were no differences between our groups in terms of postoperative intensive care requirement and early mortality and morbidity rates.\nConclusion: The robotic surgery does not adversely affect early postoperative outcomes, and it can be safely applied to the patient group that is considered to be high-risk due to the presence of co-morbid diseases.

Title: Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis Occuring in Dental Healthcare Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic: Two Case Reports

Abstract:Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2 was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Common predominant symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever, fatigue, headache, and loss of sense of smell and taste. With substantial morbidity and mortality, COVID-19 created global adverse health effects and paralyzed large masses. Healthcare professionals have been on the front lines with high risk of infection since the initial phases of the pandemic. Thus, this new conditions caused by the pandemic has imposed its most drastic impacts on healthcare professionals. In addition to these compelling situation, dental health professionals usually have to work in aerosol creating workplaces. It has been reported that mental health problems have increased among healthcare professionals due to anxiety caused by the risk of contamination with SARS-CoV-2. The oral cavity is easily affected by and responds to stressors, changes in the daily routine and diet. Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis is one of those responses of the oral mucosa.\nThis report aimed to present and draw attention to Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis cases observed in two dental professionals following 1-month lockdown due to COVID-19.


Abstract:Legal issues of higher education, particularly of higher juridical education were analyzed in this article. The current regulatory legal framework on the studied issue was reviewed in order to set an effective mechanism of implementing legal regulation norms in the sphere of higher juridical education. Attention was accentuated on modernizing of the current legislation of Ukraine to adapt its norms to the European Union legislation on order to improve and implement progressive programs of higher juridical education development into the national legislation. The existing programs aimed at attractiveness of education system and targeted at strengthening partnership on a global scale, in particular the Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 were analyzed. Ways to solve the problems that have arisen for the country\'s entry into the European level of legal education are proposed.