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China, which is fast on its way to becoming the most powerful economic force in the world, has four unique characteristics that distinguish it from other countries in Asia: (1) The proportion of aging population is growing faster than that of Japan (the country previously recognized as having the fastest rate) and much faster than nations in western Europe. (2) An early arrival of an aging population before modernization has fully taken place, with social policy implications. It is certain that China will face a severely aged population before it has sufficient time and resources to establish an adequate social security and service system for older people. (3) There will be fluctuations in the total dependency ratio. The Chinese government estimates are that the country will reach a higher dependent burden earlier in the twenty-first century than was previously forecast. (4) The government s fertility policy (single child per family) and its implementation has a strong influence on the aging process. Fewer children are being born, but with more elderly people a conflict arises between the objectives to limit population increase and yet maintain a balanced age structure (Peng and Guo 2001). The intersection of these fourfold factors means that the increased aging population is giving rise to serious concerns among Chinese social policy makers. There is a chronic lack of good resource materials that attempt to make sense of social policy in its relationship to examining the problems and possibilities of human aging grounded in an analysis of economic of social policy in China and impact on rural and urban spaces. Such analysis of China will be covered by conceptual, theoretical, and empirical approaches. The book will also discuss substantive topics of housing, community care, family care, pensions, and mental health. The book brings together a truly world class array of researchers to provide discussions of critical implications of aging social policy and the economic impact in China."
Workers' compensation causes headaches throughout all levels of an organization. Injuries affect production, costs, and morale. Managing Workers' Compensation: A Guide to Injury Reduction and Effective Claim Management lays out - in logical order - management and safety procedures that reduce injuries and the aggravation that follows. The authors cover hiring, training, and managing employees with injury avoidance in mind. They provide a blueprint for dealing with injured employees and their families, and for determining the correct time for the employee to return to work.
This book provides an overview of the practical aspects of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), from understanding the basis of the technique through selection of the right protocols, trouble-shooting data quality, and analyzing DTI data optimally. DTI is a non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique for visualizing and quantifying tissue microstructure based on diffusion. The book discusses the theoretical background underlying DTI and advanced techniques based on higher-order models and multi-shell diffusion imaging. It covers the practical implementation of DTI; derivation of information from DTI data; and a range of clinical applications, including neurosurgical planning and the assessment of brain tumors. Its practical utility is enhanced by decision schemes and a fully annotated DTI brain atlas, including color fractional anisotropy maps and 3D tractography reconstructions of major white matter fiber bundles. Featuring contributions from leading specialists in the field of DTI,Diffusion Tensor Imaging: A Practical Handbook is a valuable resource for radiologists, neuroradiologists, MRI technicians and clinicians.
This title helps you how to create a beautiful garden with versatile perennials, shown in more than 100 photographs. It includes inspirational ideas for using these highly popular plants in a variety of garden styles, such as formal, informal, cottage, wildflower and contemporary. It features perennials that provide both hot and cool visual interest, as well as plants for different locations around the garden, from herbaceous borders to containers. It includes practical advice on growing from seed, taking cuttings, watering, feeding, weeding, deadheading and staking, as well as useful reference charts providing plant descriptions and a guide to perennials' common names. It is difficult to imagine a garden without perennials, with the diverse colorations and scents of their flowers, as well as the wonderful shapes and textures of their foliage. This handy guide describes ways to use perennials effectively within different garden styles, and is brimming with suggestions for using them to their best advantage in bold or subtle schemes. It covers a wide range of common garden plants, such as aquilegia, clematis, lilies and verbena, and also contains advice on how to plant for year-round displays, with tips for sowing, planting and maintenance. It is an invaluable guide for gardeners interested in creating permanent planting combinations.
Musculoskeletal Imaging, Third Edition, features almost 400 cases drawn from the teaching files of leading medical centers. These practical cases encompass all imaging modalities--including radiography, CT, MR, nuclear medicine, and sonography--as well as all categories of musculoskeletal disease, including trauma, tumors, joint disease, endocrine, metabolic bone disease, and more.
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