Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Vitamin D as Progesterone-Like Hormone: Novel Applications in Obstetrics and Gynecology

"This book summarizes in a transparent manner the most recent knowledge about the role of vitamin D in reproductive medicine. The authors focus, in individual chapters, on the explanation of the role played by vitamin D during the consecutive stages of pregnancy starting from conception. It is an excellent and innovative source of knowledge for anyone assisting patients with reproductive problems." - Artur Wdowiak Assoc. Prof., MD, Ph.D., Head of Diagnostic Techniques Unit, Medical University of Lublin, Poland

"This is a first review concerning the comparative analysis of the data about progesterone-like activity of Vitamin D in women. The book might help to understand a gap between the relationship of Vitamin D and progesterone physiological functions in human reproduction. I believe that this book gives an extensive biologic plausibility to the theory that vitamin D levels would be an effective target for fertility improvement and pregnancy outcomes. It appears that the chapter on vitamin D and its progesterone-like action for the general population may have been written based on the most recent trials. However, many questions still remain and will likely fuel ongoing investigation and debate. Are there benefits to vitamin D supplementation regarding fertility outcomes? What is the true benefit on pregnancy outcomes for vitamin D administration in the women population? These questions and others in both fertility and pregnancy will likely keep the book open on vitamin D for the foreseeable future." - Julia Fedotova, Professor, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia

"To date, Vitamin D is fully considered a secosteroid hormone, since it acts on several cellular mechanisms through both genomic and non-genomic pathways. Indeed, accumulating evidence suggests that both calcitriol and, its direct precursor, calcidiol, play a pivotal role to maintain metabolic, hormonal and immune homeostasis in different tissues and microenvironments in humans. In addition, several pieces of evidence support the paramount importance of Vitamin D compounds in human reproduction, both for male and female fertility as well as for several key events such as decidualization, oocyte developmental competence, embryo implantation, placental framework formation, and immune regulation at the maternal-fetal interface. In this scenario, this new book provides a comprehensive summary of the complex mechanisms orchestrated by Vitamin D, from the basic science to the clinical application. I think that this book could be considered a real milestone for gynecologists, obstetricians, endocrinologists, diabetologists and experts of reproductive medicine, since it can be truly helpful to guide the decision-making process in the clinical practice through an evidence-based approach." - Antonio Simone Laganà, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Filippo Del Ponte” Hospital, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

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Technology Management in International Entrepreneurship: Innovative Development and Sustainability

"Overall, I believe the book is intensely rich. As a historical reference, it provides a vivid, first-hand view of life during the absolutely insane, brutality of Nazi Germany. As an auto-biography I was particularly intrigued to learn more about the depth of the author's incredible experiences and the direct ties to the multifaceted view of who he is as a person in all his complexity. It was also extremely interesting to follow the philosophical perspectives within a complex existential web. The connections between realities, thought and behavior were also very compelling psychology revealing deep understanding of human behavior. The linguistic descriptions were also extremely colorful, descriptive and captivating.” - Stephen D. Steinhaus, PhD, HRA Consultant

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When Life Expectancy Is Falling: Mortality Crises in Post-Communist Countries in a Global Context

"Falling life expectancy is one of the most serious economic and social problems facing post-communist countries. This insightful book is a must-read for policymakers, researchers, and general readers interested in the causes and consequences of this mortality crisis. It also offers a number of concrete and specific policy directions for those countries to overcome their demographic challenge and more broadly, regain their economic and social vitality and dynamism." - Professor Donghyun Park, Principal Economist, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank

"A profound comparative study on life expectancy and the complexity of factors influencing its changes, especially the cases of decline in some countries in an era when economic progress should extend lifetimes. With the intellectual lead of professor Vladimir Popov as the editor of the volume, the book provides unique insight into an issue that ought to be a matter of concern not only for social policymakers but of all accountable people interested in fundamental global affairs. After all, this is about life and death." - Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, Kozminski University, Warsaw; author of Whither the Word: The Political Economy of the Future

"A cornucopia of information and explanation concerning the relationship between economic policy and mortality, especially in Russia, China and India. A controversial but nevertheless valuable resource for evidence-based economic and social policy." - Michael Ellman, Emeritus professor University of Amsterdam

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Mathematical Modeling of Real World Problems: Interdisciplinary Studies in Applied Mathematics

“The book is a compilation of a number of scientific papers providing a view on how mathematics can be applied to model some real world problems. In depth analyses and discussions are given by researchers applying wavelet to environmental problems, to water management and in medical sciences. The book can be recommended as a reference ‘handbook’ for those working in applications of data processes and in engineering applications.” - Honorary Professor Donald Gabriels, Ghent University, Belgium with the UNESCO Chair on Eremology

“The proposed book looks very interesting and covers a variety of subjects like environment, water management and medicine. Such interdisciplinary topics could prove to be useful to many researchers working in these fields.” - Professor Dr. Pammy Manchanda, Guru Nanak Dev University, India

“This book serves as an up-front review of mathematical modeling of real world problems and interdisciplinary studies in applied mathematics that not only scientists, engineers, planners, social scientists but also everyone can read and understand the real world problems. The content ranges from environmental problems to medicine and their interaction to mathematical implementation. Thank all contributors who ensure such extended and comprehensive study.” - Professor Dr. Hasan Saygin, Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey

“This book covers a broad spectrum of applying mathematical tools to solve problems in the real world, mainly in the environmental and medical sciences. I am very interested in chapters about the application of wavelet to the time series analysis and the use of numerical models to the meteorological and environmental studies. I believe that this book will be a valuable reference for those who work on or are interested in data processing and data mining researches.” - Professor Dr. Lin Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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Social Psychology and Counseling: Issues and Applications

Counseling psychology has changed significantly during the last century. This book has recognized these changes and will help teachers, providers and researchers prepare future counseling psychologists for what they will need to know. Future counseling psychologists must be able to have more than the skills needed to help individuals develop mental well-being, a concept of self and an ability to function in everyday life. Counseling psychologists will need to understand how environmental influences such as cultural, gender and lifestyle issues shape one’s experiences. They must know how issues such as race, poverty, sexual orientation and climate change relate to helping those with whom they work develop the ability to function effectively. Moreover, counseling psychologists must be prepared to respond when these cultural issues became social movements and to work with topics such as diversity, social justice and advocacy. - Steven J. Danish, Ph.D. ABPP, President, Life Skills Associates, LLC, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

I believe it will be a wonderful companion for several classes in a graduate counseling program (master’s level): Human Development, Theories of Personality, Counseling Techniques and Skills. In my opinion, having students learn about particular social issues and personality variables and the associated social psychological research allows them to increase their ability to contextualize their clients and understand the socio-cultural and individual complexities of working with the populations/clinical issues included in the book. Having contributors who are involved in teaching, research, and practice is another strength of this volume. - Kathryn L. Norsworthy, Ph.D., Professor and Licensed, Psychologist, Rollins College Graduate Studies in Counseling, USA

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Research Advances in Dynamic Light Scattering

“This book is an exceptional compilation of the key fundamentals and applications of dynamic light scattering from both material characterization and biomedical perspectives. In the first section, it captures the emerging trends and applicability of light scattering in nanotechnology and in establishing a metric for nanoparticles. This book not only focuses on the traditional nanoparticles, but highlights the recent findings on more complex nanostructures. Usefulness of dynamic light scattering in assessing the self-assembly and size of these next-generation nanostructures such as stimuli-responsive di-block copolymers is represented in an excellent fashion. The second section of this book is an extraordinary presentation of the immense capabilities of dynamic light scattering in the field of pharmaceuticals and biologically derived materials such as natural phytochemicals. It also highlights the future applications of this technique. This book is exceptional and unlike any other textbooks on dynamic light scattering because it couples the immense potential of dynamic light scattering technique in two major fields – nanotechnology and biology. It will provide the students and researchers of the field with the complete fundamentals of dynamic light scattering as well as the novel applications. Therefore, I highly recommend Research Advances in Dynamic Light Scattering for our students, researchers, and faculty.” - Dr. Soubantika Palchoudhury, Assistant Professor and graduate co-ordinator, Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

“Jaison and Michael have compiled an important resource for the recent trends in dynamic scattering studies. This well-written edited book provides coverage of the working principle, the mathematical models and the different types of DLS analysis methods as well as its application in various fields. Anyone involved in the characterization of nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals to environmental studies and protein analysis will treasure this book because it provides another avenue to learn and understand the in-depth knowledge on DLS.” - John Lau Sie Yon, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Curtin University Malaysia, Sarawak, Malaysia

“The book Research Advances in Dynamic Light Scattering edited by Dr. Jaison and Prof. Michael Danquah is a well-compiled book which covers almost each aspect of DLS technique from theory, principle, distinct equations to understand this technique in depth and its application in various field. Each chapter in this book adds on to the knowledge about DLS technique and provides immense details to use this technique in their research. This book covers the application of this technique in both material science and biological science, and thus, I believe the book will be an essential guide for researchers working in these fields, especially with micro and nanosized particles. Congratulations to both the editors for compiling chapters on different aspects of DLS from experienced researchers in the field and compile them chronologically for understanding this technique for a range of audience – from undergraduates to professors and scientists.” - Dr. Ahmed Barhoum, Researcher at European Institute of Membranes, University of Montpellier and Lecturer (tenured) of Nanotechnology at Chemistry Department, Helwan University, Egypt

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An Essential Guide to Fuzzy Systems

“The book is original and interesting. The authors prove to be mastering the subject of fuzzy information processing and intelligent algorithms. Apart from the fuzzy sets theory it is also related to the following research areas: computational thinking systems, intelligent computing, recent trends of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques.” READ MORE... - Professor Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem, Professor of Computer Science, Founder & Head of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering Research Labs, Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences, Ain Shams University, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt

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Bring My Smile Back: Working with Unhappy Children in Education

“Children’s wellbeing and happiness have become matters of global concern. This important and exciting collection edited by Dr Maria Efstratopoulou and Dr Maria Sofologi brings together the work of an impressive team of international social science scholars and practitioners to address these challenges. Its timing could hardly be better!” - Professor Scott Fleming, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK

“A brilliant book for professionals in education who are interested in happiness and wellbeing. This book doesn’t shy away from the challenges our children face in their day to day lives, it embraces working together collaboratively to concentrate on emotions first which enables learning to follow.” - Mel Standbrook, Director at Go Empower & Chair of Governors

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Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives and Challenges

“An important and much-needed contribution to the field, this book helps fill a ubiquitous gap: what we know and what we think we know based on empirical research about educating English learners. This book provides insight into research across an impressive array of topics, each one pertinent to today’s schools. It is a must-read for educators working with English learners. “ - Jana Echevarria, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach, USA

“You will be glad you read Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Perspectives, and Challenges the next time you find yourself having to field a question about why it takes recent generations of English learners so long to learn English. As the acquisition of English language has become increasingly conflated with criteria for academic success, current generations of English learners face unique learning demands not encountered by their predecessors. This book’s collection of chapters uses varied research methodologies and sophisticated statistical methods to shine a much-needed light on the complexities of learning a second language for academic purposes.” - María S. Carlo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavior and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, USA

“This dynamic collection of chapters and content-related studies provides a nuanced understanding of why English learners struggle to acquire second language proficiency and domain knowledge simultaneously. The insights provided around the multi-dimensional factors (e.g., the language of math, science, and social studies, as well as the complexity of the mathematics, science, and social studies registers) that contribute to English learners’ struggles are long overdue and often overlooked in pre-service teacher education programs. Hence, this text is essential reading for teacher educators who are charged with preparing the next generation of teachers for a diverse population of English learners.” - Sharolyn D. Pollard-Durodola, Professor, English Language Learning Program, Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA

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The Last Farewell Embrace: Spirituality, Near-Death Experiences, and Other Extraordinary Events among Nurses

For nurses, doctors, and other medical practitioners this book is a ‘must-read’. Those who have faced a confrontation with death and the grieving process firsthand will also find this book well worth the time. Finally, anyone with a general interest in transpersonal psychology, transformation, and the life-death process will find it worthwhile acquainting themselves with this research" READ MORE... - Dr. Alexander De Foe, Psychology, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Melbourne, Australia

This book is a very welcome addition to the literature and I hope it is read and understood by all healthcare professionals especially those involved in end of life care. READ MORE... - Dr. Penny Sartori, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Swansea University, Wales, UK

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