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I(f) current channel inhibitor (ivabradine) deserves cardioprotective effect via down-regulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and attenuating apoptosis in diabetic mice
Ivabradine (IVBD), a novel I(f)-channel inhibitor and specific heart rate-lowering agent, is known to have anti-oxidative activity that promotes endothelial function. However, the molecular mechanism through which IVBD acts on cardiac function has yet to be elucidated, especially in experimental diabetic animals. For this reason, twenty diabetic mice were randomly assigned to IVBD-treated (10 m...


Valsartan combined with Clopidogrel and/or Leflunomide for the treatment of progressive IgA nephropathy
The current standard treatment for IgA nephropathy relies on steroid and/or immunosuppressive therapy and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). This study examines the benefits and safety of combining valsartan with clopidogrel and leflunomide as a treatment for progressive IgA nephropathy. Patients with primary IgA nephropathy, confirmed by rena...
Narcissism, Low Self-Control, and Violence Among a Nationally Representative Sample
A growing body of evidence has highlighted the relationship between narcissism and violence. Importantly, however, the predominance of this evidence comes from experimental tests or small-scale samples that most often overlook the contribution of low self-control to explicating the relationship. The present study refers to the National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NE...


India 2014 Main Rice Crop Planting Reaches 38.03 Million Hectares as of October 31, 2014; Up 1% from Last Year
As of October 31, 2014, planting for India 2014 kharif rice crop reached around 38.03 million hectares of rice area, up about 1% from around 37.673 million hectares planted during the same time last year, according a statement released by the Agriculture Ministry. Kharif planting had improved tremendously, despite being delayed by late arrival of monsoons in many rice growing states, due to rev...
Corticosteroid insensitive alveolar macrophages from asthma patients; synergistic interaction with a p38 MAPK inhibitor
Some asthma patients remain symptomatic despite using high doses of inhaled corticosteroids. We used alveolar macrophages to identify individual patients with insensitivity to corticosteroids, and to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of a p38 MAPK inhibitor combined with a corticosteroid on these cells. Alveolar macrophages from 27 asthma patients (classified according to GINA treatment st...


Using structural equation modeling and multidimensional scaling to assess students’ perceptions of the learning environment and justice experiences
This study assessed science students’ perceptions of the learning environment as a function of individual experiences of the teachers’ just (TJ) behavior. The personal Belief in a Just World (BJW) was considered as a resource that has the potential to enhance those experiences. Data were gathered from 306 high-school students by using three scales: the ‘What Is Happening In This Class?’...
Secondary school students’ informal conceptions of complex economic phenomena
The investigation of informal conceptions has a longstanding tradition in science learning, whereas respective research efforts concerning economic issues are rather scarce. The research to be presented here aims to contribute to filling this gap by exploring adolescents’ informal conceptions of complex economic phenomena. More specifically, a research study was conducted that is focused on t...

Corporate Sustainable Development: is ‘Integrated Reporting’ a Legitimation Strategy?
In the field of sustainability reporting (SR), the so-called ‘integrated report’ (IR) is gaining momentum. In spite of its voluntary nature, a growing number of firms are adopting IR by participating in the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Pilot Programme. Stimulated by concerns on the use of SR as a legitimation strategy, the paper investigates whether the decision to adop...
Corporate Ownership and Environmental Proactivity
The present paper advances knowledge of the drivers of firms' proactive environmental strategies. In particular, it explores the relationship between different corporate ownership structures and firms' green proactivity, in order to see whether some types of shareholder act as a stimulating driver for firms' proactive environmental behaviors. The study examines the explanatory power of corporat...

How Do Strengths and Weaknesses in Corporate Social Performance Across Different Stakeholder Domains Affect Company Performance?
The existing research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) has largely focused on the positive aspect of corporate social performance (CSP) and company performance (CP) and ignored the relationship between actions that would qualify as negative CSP (or weakness in CSP) towards a stakeholder group and company performance. Using data from the KLD collected over a three-year period, this study...
Strategic Decision Making for the Triple Bottom Line
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a mandate for strategic managers and is often an important element of a differentiation strategy, but there is little research on how managers can make socially responsible decisions within the context of competitive strategy. In this study we explain how data envelopment analysis (DEA) results can be used to determine the trade-offs inherent in ...

Two Better Than One: The Link Between Management Systems and Business Performance
Little is known about the complementary performance benefits associated with facilities’ combined use of both quality management systems (QMSs) and environmental management systems (EMSs), and how these performance benefits might differ from those associated with facilities’ use of only one of these management systems (or neither). We suggest that complementarities arise because each manage...
Implementation of responsible Procurement Management: An Institutional Perspective
The role of the institutional context in the pattern of the implementation of responsible procurement management (RPM) has been object of very limited previous research, although it has been found that it affects the approach to both CSR and supply chain management. The article presents the results of an in-depth comparative study drawing on 47 interviews with managers of 13 companies in Italy ...
The Effect of Customer-Centric Green Supply Chain Management on Operational Performance and Customer Satisfaction
This study explores the links of implementing customer-centric green supply chain management (GSCM) with its antecedent factors (i.e. customer pressure) and performance outcomes (i.e. operational performance and customer satisfaction). Data for this study were obtained through a survey of 126 automobile manufacturers in China. suggest that customer pressure has a positive effect on the implemen...
Analysis of Shared and Sustainable Value Creation of Companies Providing Energy Solutions at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP)
This study was conducted to analyze the shared and sustainable value creation (SSVC) of 33 energy companies selling energy solutions at the base of the pyramid (BoP) markets. SSVC by selling energy technology solutions directed to address the cooking and lighting needs of BoP consumers were the main focus of analysis. showed that achieving profitability and affordability is affected by the kind...