Tuesday 24 September
The paper builds on four interviews which were conducted in a Hungarian village with public employment workers. During those occasions, the participants were asked about their finances, experience with the scheme and their employment expectations. The main focus of the interview was whether the scheme has managed to address the participants with such skills that would later help them to reintegrate to the job market, as this is identified as the cornerstone of signalling the success of employment policies (Andonova et al., 2017; Morano, 2016). The initial findings are inserted into a wider picture by a literature review of other public employment programs from the region. "
This poster will explore the mathematics used in medical biology for physiological understanding and diagnostics by looking at the mathematical model of the human heart and blood circulation which plays a critical role in investigating the responses of the human cardiovascular system. Mathematical models are also used to understand the life-threatening cardiovascular diseases such as aortic aneurysms which were the primary cause of 9,863 deaths in 2014 and a contributing cause in more than 17,215 deaths in the United States alone in 2009.
For this research, I will conduct a literature review drawing on the work of Frank C. Hoppensteadt, Van De Vosse and Reed, to understand and analyze the data, aiming to outline the structure and derive models of blood flow in the human heart.
In this research, I will hypothesize that mathematics is a technical and intellectual tool that can make enormous contributions to global health care and the saving of lives. However, due to complexity and diversity of the human body, there are many challenges in the clinical application of mathematical techniques that warrant further analysis. "
Wednesday 25 September
The original transcript normalised rape, cannibalism and male superiority. The ‘Sleeping Beauty’ created by Disney masked a story involving the same. The drastic editing of the original transcript censors the brutal reality and the underlying tones of gender roles and sexuality. Why were numerous male-centric themes normalised in the original transcript? Why was such a brutal reality masked by Disney?
Using a feministic lens, this paper critically analyses the treatment of the concept of rape, gender roles and the patriarchal structure present in the original folktale and the Disney production. Furthermore, we will observe how the literary device ‘magical realism’ was employed in the transcript and the Disney production to censor problematic female representation.The transformation in the storyline not only comments on the societal outlook of such issues, but are also reflective of the creative strategies implemented by Disney. It would bring to the forefront the complexity of such creative pieces and their impact on the audience. Moreover, such a research would raise important questions about the aforementioned impact of ‘magical realism’ as a literary device to mask disturbing portrayals in film and writing. "
Background: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (RPL) affects 1-2% of reproductive-aged women; in around half of cases no explanation is found. Ovarian Reserve Tests (ORTs) are hypothesised to be indicative of oocyte quantity and quality and could be linked with RPL. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to evaluate the association between Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), a widely used ORT, and RPL.
Methods: Database searches identified 4386 publications. Two reviewers independently screened for eligibility and the data of 13 studies was extracted for inclusion in qualitative synthesis. Eligibility criteria for quantitative synthesis was; FSH measured in women with unexplained-RPL (URPL) compared to non-RPL or explained-RPL (ERPL) controls. Unpaired t-tests were used to compare means in 10 eligible studies. Four studies were included in meta-analyses; Odds Ratio (OR) and 95% Confidence Intervals were calculated.
Results: Women with RPL had significantly higher FSH levels when compared to fertile controls with no history of RPL (7.47±2.72, 6.68±1.51, p=0.0001). A significantly higher proportion of women with URPL had elevated FSH(>10mIU/mL) when compared to ERPL controls (33.01% vs 20.50%, p=0.0098). Meta-analysis revealed that in women with elevated FSH, the prevalence of URPL was non-significantly higher than in women with Normal FSH (OR2.69[0.75, 9.62], p=0.13). Subgroup analysis revealed that this higher prevalence was also non-significant when ERPL controls were used but significant compared to non-RPL controls.Conclusions: Current literature indicates some association between FSH and RPL but further research is required to establish whether elevated FSH levels are predictive of further pregnancy losses in women with unexplained RPL.