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Langer P.,Slovak Academy of Sciences
Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology | Year: 2010

High prevalence of thyroid and metabolic disorders has been repeatedly observed in the population living in the area of eastern Slovakia highly polluted by a mixture of PCBs, DDE and HCB since about 50 years ago. Among thyroid disorders, increase of thyroid volume as measured by ultrasound volumetry may be suggested as one of notable findings which appeared possibly related to increased OCs levels and to autoimmunity signs (e.g. positive thyroperoxidase antibodies in blood and/or hypoechogenicity image obtained by ultrasound), while some participation of individual susceptibility and also of immunogenic effect of OCs and iodine in this iodine replete country cannot be excluded. Another notable finding has been the increase of blood FT4 and TT3 positively related to high PCBs level. Such increased FT4 level has been found associated with TSH level in hyperthyroid range in about 2% of examined population from polluted area. High prevalence of thyroid autoimmune disorders strongly supported the assumption on impaired immune system and thus also on presumably increased prevalence of other autoimmune disorders in highly exposed population. In addition, markedly increased prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes significantly related to major OCs (PCBs, DDE and HCB) levels and accompanied by increasing level of cholesterol and triglycerides has been observed. The observations also suggested a role of prenatal exposure to OCs in the development of several adverse health signs (e.g. increased prevalence of thyroid antibodies, impaired fasting glucose level, increased thyroid volume, decreased thymus volume, decreased neurobehavioral performance, increased hearing and dental disorders) in young generation born to highly exposed mothers in polluted area. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.


Mesiarova-Zemankova A.,Slovak Academy of Sciences
IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems | Year: 2014

The reasoning methods in fuzzy rule-based classification systems are studied, and their relation to multipolar aggregation operators is discussed. We describe the change in the output of the classification system based on the change of the fuzzy reasoning method. We propose a new fuzzy reasoning method based on multipolar fusion OWA operator which can control the transition between the maximum rule method and the maximum vote method by a weighting vector. This new method uses principles of OWA operators and assigns the rule weight according to the strength of activation of the rule. We compare different fuzzy reasoning methods in case studies. © 2014 IEEE.


Simkovic I.,Slovak Academy of Sciences
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2013

Composites made solely from polysaccharides are mostly ecological because they can degrade without leaving behind ecologically harmful residues, in contrast to composites which contain synthetic polymers. Herein, the following groups of all-polysaccharide composites (APCs) are discussed: an all-cellulose group that includes cotton composites, cellulose combined with other polysaccharides, as well as those based on chitin/chitosan, heparin, hyaluronan, xylan, glucomannan, pectin, xyloglucan, arabinan, starch, carrageenan, alginate, galactan as one of the components in combination with other polysaccharides. They can be used in medical, paper, food, packing, textile, electronic, mechanical engineering and other applications. The composites were tested for absorptivity, biodegradability, crystallinity, rheology, and mechanical, optical, separation, gelling, pasting, film-forming, adhesive, antimicrobial properties, as well as water vapor permeability, water repellency, dye uptake, and fire-retardancy. Except for food applications, composites based on more than two types of polysaccharides have rarely been used and many possible combinations remain unexplored. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Mesiarova-Zemankova A.,Slovak Academy of Sciences
Information Sciences | Year: 2015

Transformation of uninorms defined on the unit interval to the bipolar scale yields bipolar t-conorms and transformation of nullnorms on the unit interval yields bipolar t-norms. We use this relation in the investigation of the structure of bipolar and multi-polar t-norms and t-conorms. We use the same transformation of the unit interval into the bipolar scale in order to obtain bipolar aggregation operators from ordinal sum t-norms and t-conorms. The extensions of these special bipolar aggregation operators generalize both multi-polar t-norms and t-conorms and therefore we call them multi-polar uninorms. Several examples of multi-polar t-conorms and uninorms are also presented. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.


Pocs J.,Slovak Academy of Sciences
Information Sciences | Year: 2012

The aim of this paper is to compare an approach of creating fuzzy concept lattices proposed by Popescu with several other approaches. Particularly, we show that this approach is in some way equivalent to the approach of Krajči called generalized concept lattices. We also give a straightforward generalization of Popescu's approach to non-homogeneous cases. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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