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Asia-Pacific International University is a private Christian university located in Thailand. Its main campus is in the rural town of Muak Lek, Saraburi Province and the nursing school is located on the grounds of Bangkok Adventist Hospital in downtown Bangkok. It is the only tertiary education institution serving the Southeast Asia Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists. Asia-Pacific International University was formerly called Mission College until mid-2009 when it was granted university status.The university is a union of three former institutions: Southeast Asia Union College in Singapore, Bangkok Adventist Hospital School of Nursing, and Mission College, Muak Lek Campus. It also contains a heritage research center of the Ellen G. White Estate and a translation and language research center that focuses on translating material into ethnic minority languages such as Hmong and Karen. Wikipedia.

Greenhill A.R.,James Cook University | Greenhill A.R.,Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research | Shipton W.A.,James Cook University | Shipton W.A.,Asia-Pacific International University | And 7 more authors.
Food Control | Year: 2010

Sago starch is an important food in lowland Papua New Guinea (PNG), however cases of severe illness following its consumption have been documented. A hazard analysis of traditional sago starch production and consumption was conducted, based on observations of the preparation process, and findings from sociological and microbiological studies. Hazards identified included common pathogenic bacteria and toxigenic fungi. Critical control points (CPP) were identified at various stages of the production process, including tree selection, starch extraction, sago storage and cooking. Storage methods that promoted spontaneous fermentation were deemed the most important risk reduction process in the production of safe sago starch. The CCPs formed the basis of an education campaign that was developed to provide guidance on how to maximise the safety of sago starch within the cultural and socio-economic context of rural PNG. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

Cheewaprakobkit P.,Asia-Pacific International University
Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science | Year: 2013

The aim of this study is to analyze factors affecting academic achievement that contribute to the prediction of students; academic performance. It is useful in identifying weak students who are likely to perform poorly in their studies. In this study, the researcher used WEKA open source data mining tool to analyze attributes for predicting undergraduate students; academic performance in an international program. The data set comprised of 1, 600 student records with 22 attributes of students registered between year 2001 and 2011 in a university in Thailand. Preprocessing included attribute importance analysis. The researcher applied the data set to differentiate classifiers (Decision Tree, Neural Network). A cross-validation with 10 folds was used to evaluate the prediction accuracy. An experimental comparison of the performance of the classifiers has been conducted. Results show that the decision tree classifier achieves high accuracy of 85.188%, which is higher than that of neural network classifier by 1.313%.

Chun S.,Sahmyook University | Reid E.A.,Sahmyook University | Reid E.A.,Asia-Pacific International University | Yun M.,Sahmyook University
BMJ Open | Year: 2013

Objectives: Self-inflicted intentional injuries are increasing at an alarming rate in the Republic of Korea, yet few reports describe their relationship with alcohol consumption. The aim of this study was to characterise the association of alcohol drinking patterns and self-inflicted intentional injury in Korean emergency departments (EDs) using WHO collaborative study protocol. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Data were collected from four general hospital EDs in four geographically diverse regions of Korea: Seoul, Suwon, Chuncheon and Gwangju. Participants: Information was collected on 1989 patients aged 18 and above. A representative probability sample was drawn from patients admitted to each ED for the first time within 6 h of injury. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Alcohol-related non-fatal injuries. Results: Among 467 persons with alcohol-related injuries, 33 (7.1%), were self-inflicted intentional injuries and 137 (29.3%) were intentional injuries caused by someone else. The adjusted odds of self-inflicted intentional injury verses unintentional injury were calculated for heavy (OR 1.764; 95% CI 0.783 to 3.976), binge (OR 2.125; 95% CI 0.930 to 4.858) and moderate drinking (OR 3.039; 95% CI 1.129 to 8.178) after controlling for demographic variables. Similar odds were reported for pooled intentional injury data (self-inflicted and caused by someone else) and drinking patterns. Conclusions: These data show a strong association between all patterns of acute alcohol consumption and self-inflicted intentional injury in the Republic of Korea.

Baker A.L.,James Cook University | Baker A.L.,University of Tasmania | Ezzahir J.,James Cook University | Gardiner C.,James Cook University | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Factors responsible for the spatial and temporal clustering of Burkholderia pseudomallei in the environment remain to be elucidated. Whilst laboratory based experiments have been performed to analyse survival of the organism in various soil types, such approaches are strongly influenced by alterations to the soil micro ecology during soil sanitisation and translocation. During the monsoonal season in Townsville, Australia, B. pseudomallei is discharged from Castle Hill (an area with a very high soil prevalence of the organism) by groundwater seeps and is washed through a nearby area where intensive sampling in the dry season has been unable to detect the organism. We undertook environmental sampling and soil and plant characterisation in both areas to ascertain physiochemical and macro-floral differences between the two sites that may affect the prevalence of B. pseudomallei. In contrast to previous studies, the presence of B. pseudomallei was correlated with a low gravimetric water content and low nutrient availability (nitrogen and sulphur) and higher exchangeable potassium in soils favouring recovery. Relatively low levels of copper, iron and zinc favoured survival. The prevalence of the organism was found to be highest under the grasses Aristida sp. and Heteropogon contortus and to a lesser extent under Melinis repens. The findings of this study indicate that a greater variety of factors influence the endemicity of melioidosis than has previously been reported, and suggest that biogeographical boundaries to the organisms' distribution involve complex interactions. © 2015 Baker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Seo S.,Sahmyook University | Chun S.,Sahmyook University | Newell M.A.,Sahmyook University | Newell M.A.,Asia-Pacific International University | Yun M.,Sahmyook University
BMJ Open | Year: 2015

Objectives: To assess the association between alcohol consumption and healthy Korean young women bone by Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) scores and drinking consumption; frequency and amount. Design: Cross-sectional study composed of three parts: health interview, health examination, nutrition survey. Setting: 2008-2011 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants: Of the 21 303 participants whose bone mineral density (BMD) was assessed, 1176 healthy women aged 19-30 years were selected. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Mean BMD T-scores of the total femur (TF), femur neck (FN) and lumbar spine (LB) by drinking consumption and AUDIT scores, and the odds of having a low BMD (T-score <-1) at the sites by AUDIT scores. Results: After adjustment, lower BMD was found at three sites in those who drank more and had higher AUDIT scores. These associations were significant by AUDIT scores at TF (p=0.002) and FN (p=0.004) and by drinking frequency and amount at FN (p=0.029 and 0.039, respectively). The adjusted OR of having low BMD increased significantly, particularly at FN, in those who had higher AUDIT scores such as 16-17 harmful drinking (OR 4.31; 95% CI 1.16 to 16.06) and 20-40 alcohol dependence (OR 5.99; 95% CI 1.69 to 21.21), compared with young women who scored 0-7 low-risk drinking or abstinence. No beneficial effect of moderate drinking was observed at any of the sites and the association between alcohol consumption and bone health was most evident at FN. Conclusions: It is crucial to promote the awareness of alcohol harm on Korean young women's bone health. At the same time, since alcohol's effect on the bone is complex with cumulative effects of various factors over the years and there is an absence of studies with young women in their twenties, more studies, in particular for FN, are needed with more precise and appropriate design to confirm our findings.

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