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Vitamin D status among male late adolescents living in southern Switzerland : role of body composition and lifestyle

Rabufetti, Andrea ; Milani, Gregorio P. ; Lava, Sebastiano A. G. ; Edefonti, Valeria ; Bianchetti, Mario G. ; Stettbacher, Andreas ; Muggli, Franco ; Simonetti, Giacomo

In: Nutrients, 2019, vol. 11, no. 11, p. 2727

Background: Poor vitamin D status is a worldwide health problem. Yet, knowledge about vitamin D status among adolescents in Southern Europe is limited. This study investigated concentrations and modulating factors of vitamin D in a healthy population of male late adolescents living in Southern Switzerland. Methods: All apparently healthy subjects attending for the medical evaluation before the...

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The inferential configuration of arguments : the Argumentum Model of Topics

Greco, Sara ; Rigotti, Eddo

In: Inference in argumentation: a topics-based approach to argument schemes, 2019, vol. 34, p. 207-245

In this chapter, our proposal for the analysis of argument schemes as based on the tradition of topoi-loci called the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT) is presented (first introduced in Rigotti and Greco 2006). We explain how the AMT represents the inferential configuration of arguments and discuss innovative aspects of the model in relation to other contemporary accounts. After having outlined...

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Towards an integrated argumentative approach to multimodal critical discourse analysis : Evidence from the portrayal of refugees and immigrants in Greek newspapers

Serafis, Dimitris ; Greco, Sara ; Pollaroli, Chiara ; Jermini Martinez Soria, Chiara

In: Critical discourse studies, 2020, vol. 17, no. 5, p. 545-565

This paper proposes a methodological synthesis in order to study multimodal media discourse and argumentation in the context of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Greece. It follows the framework of Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, integrating this with argumentation studies, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of inference. Our data come from the Greek newspapers Kathimerini...

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Mediators’ reframing as a constitutive element of a reconciliatory argumentative style

Greco, Sara ; Jermini-Martinez Soria, Chiara

In: Journal of argumentation in context, 2021, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 73-96

This paper shows that reframing of conflict can be considered as a constitutive element of a “reconciliatory argumentative style” (van Eemeren, 2019), which is typical of dispute mediators, whose aim is to steer parties towards the resolution of their conflict. On the basis of a systematic empirical analysis of mediation cases, we first show that reframing encompasses a change of issue,...

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From facet-based to visualised digital library interfaces : an empirical study of user experiences with digital libraries

Barifah, Maram Hassan ; Crestani, Fabio (Dir.) ; Landoni, Monica (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2021 ; 2021INFO004.

Digital library (DL) systems in the last decade have provided an unprecedented access to library content that were confined to their physical spaces. The last twenty years of the DL system renovation have witnessed several generations of online catalogs from the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) late 1980s, to the next generation catalog systems (NGC). DL systems are extensively used to...

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Introducing public procurement tenders as part of corporate communications : a typological analysis based on CSR reporting indicators

Knebel, Sebastian ; Seele, Peter

In: Corporate communications : an international journal, 2020, p. 18 p

Purpose – Corporations have to include increasingly CSR communication by responding to public procurement tenders because of the recently revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) concluded by the WTO. We argue that procurement tenders are to be seen as part of corporate communications, particularly when aligned with CSR reporting and performance indicators as proposed by the Global...

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Predicting failures in complex multi-tier systems

Xin, Rui ; Pezzè, Mauro (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO017.

Complex multi-tier systems are composed of many distributed machines, feature multi-layer architecture and offer different types of services. Shared complex multi-tier systems, such as cloud systems, reduce costs and improves resource utilization efficiency, with a considerable amount of complexity and dynamics that challenge the reliability of the system. The new challenges of complex...

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Less is more : efficient hardware design through Approximate Logic Synthesis

Scarabottolo, Ilaria ; Pozzi, Laura (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2020 ; 2020INFO023.

As energy efficiency becomes a crucial concern in almost every kind of digital application, Approximate Computing gains popularity as a potential answer to this ever-growing energy quest. Approximate Computing is a design paradigm particularly suited for error- resilient applications, where small losses in accuracy do not represent a significant reduction in the quality of the result. In these...

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Retinoic acid sensitivity of triple-negative breast cancer cells characterized by constitutive activation of the NOTCH1 pathway : the role of RARβ

Paroni, Gabriela ; Zanetti, Adriana ; Barzago, Maria Monica ; Kurosaki, Mami ; Guarrera, Luca ; Fratelli, Maddalena ; Troiani, Martina ; Ubezio, Paolo ; Bolis, Marco ; Vallerga, Arianna ; Biancardi, Federica ; Terao, Mineko ; Garattini, Enrico

In: Cancers, 2020, vol. 12, no. 10, p. 23 p

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a heterogeneous disease that lacks effective therapeutic options. In this study, we profile eighteen TNBC cell lines for their sensitivity to the anti-proliferative action of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). The only three cell lines (HCC-1599, MB- 157 and MDA-MB-157) endowed with ATRA-sensitivity are characterized by genetic aberrations of the NOTCH1-gene,...

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Embryological development of the human cranio-facial arterial system : a pictorial review

Bertulli, Lorenzo ; Robert, Thomas

In: Surgical and radiologic anatomy, 2021, p. 13 p

The embryological development of the cerebral vasculature is very complex. Historical and also more recent studies based on human embryos, comparative anatomy and cerebral angiographies allowed us to better understand this vasculature development. The knowledge and understanding of such embryological development are important for physicians interested in neurovascular pathologies. Indeed, all...