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Modeled nitrate levels in well water supplies and prevalence of abnormal thyroid conditions among the Old Order Amish in Pennsylvania

Modeled nitrate levels in well water supplies and prevalence of abnormal thyroid conditions among the Old Order Amish in Pennsylvania

Subjects included in this analysis were 3,017 Old Order Amish aged 18 years and older from Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon Counties, Pennsylvania, for whom thyroid health was assessed through measure- ment of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels in their prior participation in one or more studies of health by investigators at the University of Maryland, Baltimore [13-16]. We excluded participants whose residences were located outside of Lancaster, Chester, or Lebanon counties (n = 328) due to sparse nitrate measurement data, and persons who reported use of thyroid medication (n = 145) leaving a total of 2,543 persons (1,336 females and 1,207 males) in the final analysis. Nearly all of the enrolled individuals are des- cendants of a small number of Amish who settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the mid-eighteenth century [13,17,18]. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Boards of the University of Mary- land and the National Cancer Institute.
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Causes and consequences of obesity: epigenetics or hypokinesis?

Causes and consequences of obesity: epigenetics or hypokinesis?

average American would aspire to walk approximately 10,000 steps per day to maintain a healthy body mass. In one study the average number of steps walked per day was 18,425 for Amish men versus 14,196 for Amish women, who have a very low incidence of obesity. The Old Order Amish refrain from driving cars, using electrical appliances, and employing other modern conveniences. Labor-intensive farming is still the preferred occupation. 51

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Mental health in a Canadian Old Order  Mennonite community

Mental health in a Canadian Old Order Mennonite community

The OOMs are a closed community with little to no in-migration, increasing the likelihood of population bot- tlenecks combined with genetic drift, inbreeding, and thus genetic diseases [46]. Genetic studies of the OOM Waterloo lineage have identified a number of physical health disorders. These are relatively rare due to surprise- ingly high genetic diversity [46]. Furthermore, [47] found a broad-based discouragement of close marriages and no evidence of higher rates of mental illness in Wa- terloo OOMs compared to the general population. The work by reference [47], while dated and lacking statistic- cal validity, is nonetheless consistent with broader ge- netic research on OOM mental health. Studies examining the health-lifestyle linkage have found that Waterloo OOM and OOA (Old Order Amish) children demonstrate higher physical fitness levels compared to non-OOM/ OOA urban and rural children [48-50]. Most other (non- genetic) health information comes from U.S. studies of the OOA and indicate differences largely in favour of Old Orders for: death rate and life span [51], women’s mental and reproductive health [52], risk of cardiovascu- lar disease [53], certain cancers [54-56] and Type 2 dia- betes [57].
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Thesis

Thesis

Besides a shared history, the Old Order Amish generally live in small communities and share a similar lifestyle. Because their chosen occupation is farming, most Amish communities are in rural areas. The Adams County community is no exception. Adams County is in northeast Indiana, touching the Ohio border. It is a rural Protestant community with large Mennonite and Amish populations. The first group of Swiss Mennonites to settle in Adams County migrated from Switzerland via Wayne County in Ohio in 1838 (Thompson 1996: 498). The pioneers of this settlement were Christian Baumgartner and his family (Humpa 1996: 23). In 1852 another group of about 70 Mennonites left the Bernese Jura, boarding a ship for New York. They passed through Ohio, but rising land prices forced them to continue west, reaching Adams County and becoming the official founders of what became known in 1871 as the town of Berne (Bachman- Geiser 2009: 33-34). Most of these new arrivals were members of the Sprunger family or their relatives by marriage (Humpa 1996: 24). These groups of immigrants merged to “form the First Mennonite Church of Berne”, which still stands on the main square of Berne today (Humpa 1996: 24). As is noted in letters Baumgartner wrote, Amish families were also present in the area around this time (Humpa 1996: 23)
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Queer Feelings, Political Potential: Tracing Affect in Performance Spaces

Queer Feelings, Political Potential: Tracing Affect in Performance Spaces

A few of the Old Order Amish teens who I spoke with said that they do enjoy a good party; however, it is usually unlike the drug fueled “mega-fetes in the cornfield drawing hundreds, even thousands of Amish teens from states near and far for drinking, dancing, loud music, and often drugs” (Mazie 2005:749). A young, Old Order Amish boy, still in his rumspringa years, noted that his favorite part of ‘running around’ is the music. He told me that he plays in a Christian rock band and often performs at parties. I spent some time with him and his family at a campfire on their farm. He played guitar alongside his Amish mother, who played the harmonica, while the rest of us ate s’mores around the fire. Although he talked about the partying with which he is involved, it did not seem out of the ordinary for a college-aged teen, from my perspective. He did note that if one wanted to find marijuana at a party, it could be found but teens are more likely to drink beer and dance than to smoke cannabis.
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King_unc_0153D_14566.pdf

King_unc_0153D_14566.pdf

The curriculum in Old Order Amish schools 116 , by design, contains virtually no scientific or biological education. While the connection to a natural world gets emphasized in many parts of community life, details of biological functioning or empirical discovery found at the heart of biomedical discourses on health are virtually absent. Science education in school, if it can be called that, usually focuses some on the physical world and some on the physical health of the body. Students may learn that insects have six legs or to diagram the parts of a grasshopper. Much of this rote learning relates to farming, working outdoors, and living as good stewards of the land (Ediger 1998). Both lessons executed by a teacher and those read in Amish textbooks are often tied into biblical teachings and scripture passages. As kids get older, they will learn more about the human body, nutrition, and general cleanliness—much of the same information that an English student would learn in a middle school health class. These topics are often the extent of “science” education 117 . As Karen Johnson-Weiner points out, this kind of Old Order curriculum is not really science education at all because it teaches nothing about the scientific method, hypothesis testing, or discoverable systems. Instead, these curricula reinforce four areas for children being trained in these communities. They convey a limited amount of practical information on the natural world and human body; they “reinforce community standards of cleanliness and hygiene”; they teach about standards for food gathering and preparation within their communities; and they “reinforce social standards of behavior” (Johnson-Weiner 2007:187).
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Test ordering for preventive health care among family medicine residents

Test ordering for preventive health care among family medicine residents

any “baseline” screening tests and what they would be. In order to more broadly assess residents’ PHC test ordering for adults we wanted sample middle-aged patients who would require little to no screening, as well as slightly older patients who would meet the cri- teria for most adult screening maneuvers. Our final group included 4 patients: female and male 38-year- old patients, as well as female and male 55-year-old patients. We also wanted to offer residents a large choice of tests to select from. The 38 investigations listed included 29 blood tests, 3 urine tests (urine analy- sis, microalbumin-creatinine ratio, and chlamydia and gonococcus screening), 3 imaging tests (chest x-ray scan, mammogram, and bone mineral density testing), electrocardiogram, cervical cytology, and fecal occult blood testing. We used the Preventive Care Checklist 10,11
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Polymorphisms in the SOCS7 gene and glucose homeostasis traits

Polymorphisms in the SOCS7 gene and glucose homeostasis traits

wide association studies, our sample of 765 subjects did none-the-less provide 80% power to detect an associ- ation that accounted for as little as 1.5% of the total vari- ance in glucose and insulin homeostasis traits. One limitation of our study is that we were underpowered to detect modest effect sizes for T2DM in the case–control study as our sample provided 80% power to detect odds ratios of 1.6 to 1.8. While it is possible that SOCS7 plays a role in T2DM and related glucose homeostasis traits in other populations, this scenario seems unlikely as many genetic findings in the Amish are similar to those found in the outbreed Caucasian population [31-33]. Furthermore, in SOCS7 SNPs found on the DNA micro- array chips used for T2DM and glucose homeostasis GWAS, no significant associations have been reported with these SNPs or other SNPs in the region of the SOCS7 gene. Additionally, in studies by MAGIC, only one nominally associated SNP (rs4300700) was identified which is consistent with our findings in the Amish of a very limited to no impact of SOCS7 on risk of T2DM or variation in glucose homeostasis traits [22]. Another limitation of our study is the higher number of female subjects in the T2DM group compared to the NGT and NGT + IGT groups. This difference may be due to selec- tion bias related possibly to women being more health conscious and more willing to take advantage of the screening done as part of the study.
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The Association of rs7903146(C/T) and rs12255372(G/T) Polymorphisms of the TCF7L2 gene with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Chennai Suburban Population

The Association of rs7903146(C/T) and rs12255372(G/T) Polymorphisms of the TCF7L2 gene with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Chennai Suburban Population

2006 Polymorphisms in the transcription factor 7-like 2 TCF7L2 gene are associated with type 2 diabetes in the Amish: replication and evidence for a role in both insulin secretion and in[r]

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Through My Window—Remarks at the 125th Year Celebration of Children's Hospital of Boston

Through My Window—Remarks at the 125th Year Celebration of Children's Hospital of Boston

provided important knowledge, but, I also know that some of the work with the Amish and Mennonite people of Lancaster County, done by teams of people from universities, has amounted to l[r]

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"Brittle" Hair With Short Stature, Intellectual Impairment and Decreased Fertility: An Autosomal Recessive Syndrome in an Amish Kindred

"Brittle" Hair With Short Stature, Intellectual Impairment and Decreased Fertility: An Autosomal Recessive Syndrome in an Amish Kindred

During a study of an Amish population of Northern Indiana, 25 individuals with a syndrome of brittle hair, short stature, and intellectual impairment were found in one large kindred.. Ob[r]

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The Role of Birth Order and Birth Weight in the Balance of Boys Aged 9-11 Years Old

The Role of Birth Order and Birth Weight in the Balance of Boys Aged 9-11 Years Old

important index in determining and announcing child’s life expectancy factor and predicting child’s health state in the future. It can be responsible for motor disorders and side effects which come out later in infant’s life and may even cause premature death (10). Moreover, it has been clarified that those low weight babies who survived suffered from short-term and long- term disability two to three times more than other babies (7). Birth weight is one of the key factors of development in all aspects of intellectual and motor growth of child such as balance, adaptability, and precision in the lifetime. Mother’s weight and proper nutrition is very important in breeding an infant with normal weight. Birth weight can be influenced by many factors including social-economical state, mother’s nutrition, fetal and maternal diseases, too much physical activities done by mother, and being first born (11). Infants whose birth weights are less than 2500 grams are considered to be low birth weight, regardless of pregnancy age (9). 7% of all infants born in the world are low birth weight and are a lot more vulnerable than infants with normal weight. They are likely to get many disorders and problems pertaining to health. Also, some disorders have been observed in motor abilities in the rest of life (7). The highest percentage of low weight infants (8.8%) is the first pregnancy in terms of pregnancy rank and the lowest percentage of low weight infants is the third pregnancy. The percentage of low weight infants increases by increasing the pregnancy rank after the third and the highest percentage of low weight infants is amongst the infants of the tenth pregnancy and later (10). Another factor affecting physical and motor fitness indices is the birth order which has drawn researchers’ attention nowadays (12). Birth order means first, middle, last, and only children who have different personal traits each one (12). Family can definitely impress
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School Desegregation, Law and Order, and Litigating Social Justice in Alabama, 1954 1973

School Desegregation, Law and Order, and Litigating Social Justice in Alabama, 1954 1973

according  to  reflexology,  nerves  corresponding  to  bodily  organs  end  in  ones  feet,  and  that  by  massaging   the  nerve  endings,  the  corresponding  organs  would  be  treated.  He  moved  his  hands  over  my  feet,   immediately  finding  an  area  on  my  big  toe;  he  pressed  the  area  with  his  forefinger  and  thumb  and  I   cried  out  in  pain.  “Ah,  do  you  get  many  headaches?”  I  nodded  (I  have  chronic  migraines).  He  did  similar   things  to  other  patients.  One  patient  noted  that  she  had  a  lot  of  pain  associated  with  her  uterus,  and   when  the  chiropractor  rubbed  the  spot  on  her  foot  associated  with  the  uterus,  the  woman  cried  out.       I  found  that  I  enjoyed  my  treatment  with  the  Amish  chiropractor.  He  was  able  to  heal  a  minor   headache  and  he  worked  out  a  few  kinks  in  my  back.  I  felt  relieved,  just  as  relieved  as  I  feel  when  I  leave   my  own  chiropractor’s  office.  I  spoke  briefly  with  the  woman  whom  I  observed  and  she  also  reported   feeling  relieved.  The  woman  mentioned  that  she  felt  as  though  she  could  trust  the  chiropractor  and  his   services.  The  chiropractor  seemed  to  see  a  lot  of  patients,  as  his  waiting  room  was  quite  full.  Although   he  had  no  formal  education  or  chiropractic  training,  the  chiropractor  seemed  to  be  knowledgeable   about  chiropractic  techniques  and  applied  them  well.  He  lacked  the  fancy  equipment  that  many  other   non-­‐Amish  chiropractors  offer,  but  he  made  up  for  it  in  the  application  of  his  chiropractic  techniques.  
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PRIVACY PRESERVING MINING ASSOCIATION RULE FROM OUTSOURCED TRANSACTION

PRIVACY PRESERVING MINING ASSOCIATION RULE FROM OUTSOURCED TRANSACTION

Today there is large amount of data proceed in every day from different sources. That large amount of data stored in different database. This data store in storage devices in from of row data. Data mining is the process of discovering interesting pattern and knowledge from large amount of data. Following Example where data mining techniques are used are Direct mail marketing, bioinformatics, credit card fraud detection , text analysis and market basket analysis. Extracting knowledge from row data, There Database Amish Desai Computer Science and Engineering Assi.Prof Parullnstitute of Technology, Vadodara
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Underimmunization in Ohio's Amish: Parental Fears Are a Greater Obstacle Than Access to Care

Underimmunization in Ohio's Amish: Parental Fears Are a Greater Obstacle Than Access to Care

ment of Health (DoH) has increased the availability of vaccinations by hold- ing immunization clinics near commu- nity gatherings such as livestock auc- tions and by offering to administer vaccines at parochial schools. Also, most physicians provide vaccines through government-supplemented programs at minimal cost. However, low immunizations rates persist, which suggests that the barriers to im- munization among the Holmes County Amish differ from those described among the Amish in Lancaster County.

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LIMB-GIRDLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS AND DETECTION OF PRECLINICAL DISEASE

LIMB-GIRDLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS AND DETECTION OF PRECLINICAL DISEASE

The clinical picture of limb-girdle mus- cular dystrophy is described as seen in 37 affected individuals from two large Amish. kindreds[r]

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Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease Among Amish Children in Pennsylvania: Reasons for Persistent Disease

Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease Among Amish Children in Pennsylvania: Reasons for Persistent Disease

evaluation. This investigation, prompted by a series of cases, identified an underserved community that would benefit from targeted intervention. Each of the patients lived in a different county, no direct contact between them was detected, and most isolates had different PFGE patterns. The use of PFGE as a sub- typing tool for Hib during outbreak investigations has not been evaluated fully; however, our data sug- gest that it is unlikely that these cases represented the introduction and transmission of a single strain of Hib. Instead, this investigation identified under- vaccinated communities with a relatively high prev- alence of carriage that served as a reservoir for the bacterium. The prevalence of carriage in the Amish communities was similar to prevaccination carriage surveys in the United States, and the incidence of Hib disease also similar to that of the prevaccine era. 3
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Study of archetypal motifs in The Forsyte Saga

Study of archetypal motifs in The Forsyte Saga

The works of Galsworthy seems to be called into being as a response to perceived social crises, when forces emerge to threaten the continuity of social order. At such moments the discourse of the family and of family values is deployed as a way to evaluate the extent and character of social change. In the process of everyday life ― in the realms of home and family, in leisure and consumption practices, in generational and sexual relationships — historical change becomes part of both collective and individual experience. However, these changes do as much to unsettle as to reinforce the reification that marks off the family as a separate sphere of civil society. Finally, in crisis epochs the linear, temporally-homogeneous historical narratives of bourgeois ideology are challenged by the appearance of multiple, nonsynchronous temporalities, residual and emergent historical tendencies which reflect archaic or unrealized modes of life and radically different historical possibilities [3].
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The G20 and the politics of international financial sector reform: robust regimes or hegemonic instability?

The G20 and the politics of international financial sector reform: robust regimes or hegemonic instability?

of a rule-governed economic order. The economic, political and strategic dominance of the United States in the aftermath of World War II meant that only it could fulfill this role. The fact that American hegemony emerged in the context of the Cold War, however, gave a distinctive quality to American dominance, one in which economic liberalism was tempered by the geopolitical imperatives that emerged as a consequence of the Cold War confrontation with the Soviet Union (Latham 1997). It was, according to some observers, a system in which American power was constrained and institutionalised, providing powerful incentives for allies to acquiesce to American dominance (Ikenberry 1998). To some extent, at least, strategic considerations trumped more narrowly cast national or sectional economic goals. This has two further important consequences: on the one hand the influence of financial capital was minimised in the construction of the post-Cold War order. On the other, significantly different types of capitalist organization and development occurred within the overall context of the bipolar strategic stand-off. American hegemony currently operates in a very different set of strategic and ideological circumstances, conditions that facilitate greater unilateralism on the part of the US and which potentially constrain the room for manoeuvre of other states in the international system as a consequence. Indeed, some argue that the growing preference for unilateralism in American foreign policy is an expression of, and underpinned by, America’s military dominance and objectives, with the consequence that ‘the Bush administration’s adoption of unilateral preventative military action undercut the international rules and norms on which commerce depends’ (Johnson 2004: 257).
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The Order of Using Persian Interrogative Words Used by One to Three-year-old Children: A Longitudinal Case Study

The Order of Using Persian Interrogative Words Used by One to Three-year-old Children: A Longitudinal Case Study

This study aimed at investigating the order of using Persian interrogative words used by 1 to 3 year-old children. To do so, two children were selected in Behesht kindergarten in Kazerun, Iran. All the words used by these two children were recorded full and the interrogative words were extracted. The children’s utterances were transcribed and then analyzed using SPSS. The results indicated that children used the interrogative words “what” and ‘where’ more frequently than other interrogative words. The children also used the interrogative words ‘who’ and ‘why’ between two to three years of age. The frequency and order of these two Persian interrogative words were similar to those of their English counterparts. The implications of the findings will be provided at the end of the study. Keywords: interrogative words, Persian-speaking children, kindergarten, child’s language
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