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The aim of this paper is to study the quality of the websites of associations for people with polio and post-polio syndrome as an example of an important method for exchanging information and promoting the social visibility of physically disabled people. A descriptive cross-sectional study of 375 sites that met inclusion criteria, found using of the Google search engine, was carried out. The quality was studied through 22 variables, 8 of which make up the "Credibility Indicator". None of the websites met all the quality criteria nor all 8 items in the Credibility Index. A positive correlation between the variables of quality and credibility criteria (Pearson r = 0.81, p<0.001) was observed, therefore the Credibility Index is suggested as a useful tool for determining the quality of the websites. However, this tool must be supplemented with other qualitative approaches that explore both the contexts of lay-expert relationships and the function these sites serve.

Niclos-Ferragut J.,Generalitat Valenciana | Marques-Gimenez Y.,Public Company of Generalitat Valenciana
InterCeram: International Ceramic Review | Year: 2012

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a voluntary system, governed by Regulation (EC) No. 1221/2009, which enables member organizations to assess and improve their environmental performance and disseminate relevant information to the public and other stakeholders. Regulation (EC) No. 66/2010 on the EU Ecolabel, lays down rules for the establishment and implementation of a voluntary ecological labelling system, which aims to promote products and services that are eco-friendly throughout their life cycles and provide consumers with accurate, not misleading, and scientifically-based information on their environmental impact. Used together, the two tools, EMAS and EU Ecolabel, provide an opportunity for ceramic sector organizations to enhance their corporate image and reduce pressures from environmental authorities. This will improve relationships with customers, suppliers, governments and other stakeholders, and potentially open doors to new markets.

Laliga L.S.,Generalitat Valenciana | Soler J.X.,L.E.S.S.
Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid | Year: 2012

Ophrys × castroviejoi is described and illustrated; it is a hybrid of O. scolopax and O. speculum, wich was obtained artificially in 1931 and named as O. × kelleriella, considered nomen nudum. It is offered its known distribution and current situation in Spain.

Morales-Manrique C.C.,University of Valencia | Tomas-Dols S.,Conselleria de Sanidad | Zarza-Gonzalez M.,Berklee College of Music | Vidal-Infer A.,University of Valencia | And 2 more authors.
Substance Use and Misuse | Year: 2014

This is a cross-sectional study in which we compared the perceived quality of life (QoL) of patients receiving outpatient treatment for cocaine (n = 727) and heroin dependence (n = 469), by analyzing differences by gender and time in treatment. Participants were recruited from addictive behavior centers in Spain in 2004. The World Health Organization Quality of Life Assessment Instrument (WHOQOL-Bref) was used as a measure. Analysis of covariance and multivariate linear regression were used. This study shows the relevance of considering the role of gender in QoL studies, and the need to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in the improvement of QoL. Limitations of the study were noted. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.

Sanchez-Canizares C.,Technical University of Madrid | Rey L.,Technical University of Madrid | Duran D.,Technical University of Madrid | Temprano F.,IFAPA Las Torres Tomejil | And 5 more authors.
Systematic and Applied Microbiology | Year: 2011

Lupinus mariae-josephi is a recently described endemic Lupinus species from a small area in Eastern Spain where it thrives in soils with active lime and high pH. The L. mariae-josephi root symbionts were shown to be very slow-growing bacteria with different phenotypic and symbiotic characteristics from those of Bradyrhizobium strains nodulating other Lupinus. Their phylogenetic status was examined by multilocus sequence analyses of four housekeeping genes (16S rRNA, glnII, recA, and atpD) and showed the existence of a distinct evolutionary lineage for L. mariae-josephi that also included Bradyrhizobium jicamae. Within this lineage, the tested isolates clustered in three different sub-groups that might correspond to novel sister Bradyrhizobium species. These core gene analyses consistently showed that all the endosymbiotic bacteria isolated from other Lupinus species of the Iberian Peninsula were related to strains of the B. canariense or B. japonicum lineages and were separate from the L. mariae-josephi isolates. Phylogenetic analysis based on nodC symbiotic gene sequences showed that L. mariae-josephi bacteria also constituted a new symbiotic lineage distant from those previously defined in the genus Bradyrhizobium. In contrast, the nodC genes of isolates from other Lupinus spp. from the Iberian Peninsula were again clearly related to the B. canariense and B. japonicum bv. genistearum lineages. Speciation of L. mariae-josephi bradyrhizobia may result from the colonization of a singular habitat by their unique legume host. © 2011 Elsevier GmbH.

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