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Circular economy and firm performance: The influence of product life cycle analysis, upcycling, and redesign
(Wiley, 2023) Triguero Cano, Ángela; Moreno Mondéjar, María lourdes; Sáez Martínez, Francisco josé
The transition toward a circular economy (CE) implies the introduction of innovative practices at the firm level. Nevertheless, an important question is under discussion: What are the consequences of these practices on firm performance? Using a survey approach, this article analyzes the effect of CE practices related to product design oneconomic and environmental performance: life cycle assessment (LCA), product upgradability, and design for disassembly, reuse, and recycling in a sample of300 firms. Our findings show that, although most of the companies are carrying outsome eco-innovation (innovations aimed to reduce the environmental damage oftheir activity), only process eco-innovations new to the market improve economic performance but not environmental performance. However, LCA is a tool for implementing CE principles, helping to improve both. Eco-design is positively associatedwith economic performance. The results provide managers and policy makers newinsights on the long road to achieving this transition.
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Mortality risk factors in the dependent population of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) before and during the first COVID-19 wave
(Elsevier, 2024) Pardo García, Isabel; Martínez Lacoba, Roberto; Moya Martínez, Pablo; Amo Saus, María Elisa; Pozo Rubio, Raúl del; Escribano Sotos, Francisco
The coronavirus disease pandemic has had an important impact worldwide. The population aged over 65 years and aged dependent persons are the population groups which have suffered in a highest level the consequences of the pandemic in terms of cases and death. In Spain, the situation is similar to other countries, but regional studies are needed because competencies on long-term care depend on regional public administration. Thus, the aim of this work is to analyse social and individual factors associated with the risk of mortality of legally recognised dependent people during the pandemic compared to a non-pandemic period. The data were extracted from the administrative database on individuals included in Castilla-La Mancha's long-term care system and it was merged with the information from the Spanish National Death Index administered by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare. The results show that the risk of mortality between March and June 2020 was positively associated with being male; being older than 65, with an especially high impact in the group aged over 90; having a higher level of dependency; living in a nursing home; and living in a place with more population density. Intraregional differences related to health areas also exists in both pandemic and non-pandemic periods. These findings are critical with a view to enhancing protocols for the care of the most vulnerable population groups.
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El sexo en el lenguaje. Valores expresivos y comunicativos
(Universidad de Alcalá, 2023) Crespo Fernández, Eliecer
Sex is a far-reaching and multi-faceted taboo in which different interdictions coexist. The taboo of sex has shown remarkable staying powers: sex is, in fact, still considered taboo in contemporary Western communities and cultures. Following the theoretical assumptions of linguistic interdiction, the goal of this study is to analyse how the taboo of sex projects in a sample of real language excerpted from a sex-related Internet forum. The analysis carried out demonstrates that the sexual taboo is verbalisedthrough words and expressions that present different axiological and affective values and fulfil a range of communicative functions in discourse, namely attenuation, group cohesion, provocation and offence.
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Cyberbullying intervention and prevention programmes in Primary Education (6 to 12 years): A systematic review.
(ScienceDirect Elsevier, 2024) Chicote Beato, María de las mercedes; González Víllora, Sixto; Bodoque Osma, Ana rosa; Navarro Olivas, Raúl
The majority of studies in the current literature analyse cyberbullying at the secondary education stage. Nevertheless, although it has been shown that cybervictim and cyberbully roles may arise from the Primary School stage onwards, more research is still needed. The consequences of this problem can be manifested in indicators of psycho-social and psycho-emotional adjustment, harming not only the aggressor and the victim, but also the bystander. The aim of this study is to deepen the research and to analyse cyberbullying programmes implemented in primary schools in order to know their results and what are those factors on which the programmes are focused. Thus, a systematic and exhaustive search for empirical studies was carried out, with 17 programmes included in the review. It has been observed that cyberbullying prevention interventions from the first contact with technologies are effective in addressing and reducing cyberbullying-related behaviours. Specifically, emotional competence, self-regulation skills, school climate and online safety are factors that are present in programmes with positive results in prevention of cyberbullying. Furthermore, the need to design and validate specific data collection instruments for Primary Education is highlighted, as well as it is necessary to increase the frequency of implementation and evaluation of interventions, favouring collaboration between families and the educational centre.Highlights• Review of cyberbullying prevention programmes in Primary Education.• Family training and support improves students´ ability to cope with cyberbullying.• Debate and cooperation spaces favour tackling aggressive behaviour.• Social or online skills are contents addressed in significant interventions.• Bystander training provide students coping strategies against cyberbullying.
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Implications of analytical nanoscience in pharmaceutical and biomedical fields: a critical view
(Elsevier B.V., 2024) López Sánchez, Claudia; Andrés Segura, Fernando de; Ríos Castro, Ángel
This review summarizes recent progress performed in the design and application of analytical tools and methodologies using nanomaterials for pharmaceutical analysis, and specifically new nanomedicines at distinct phases of development and translation from preclinical to clinical stages. Over the last 10–15 years, a growing number of studies have utilized various nanomaterials, including carbon-based, metallic nanoparticles, polymeric nanomaterials, materials based on biological molecules, and composite nanomaterials as tools for improving the analysis of pharmaceutical products. New and more complex nanomaterials are currently being explored to influence different stages of the analytical process. These materials provide unique properties to support the extraction of analytes in complex samples, increase the selectivity and efficiency of chromatographic separations, and improve the analytical properties of many sensor applications. Indeed, nanomaterials, including electrochemical detection approaches and biosensing, are expanding at a remarkable rate. Furthermore, the analytical performance of numerous approaches to determine drugs in different matrices can be significantly improved in terms of precision, detection limits, selectivity, and time of analysis. However, the quality control and metrological characterization of the currently synthesized nanomaterials still depend on the development of new and improved analytical methodologies, and the application of specific and improved instrumentation. Therefore, there is still much to explore about the properties of nanomaterials which need to be determined even more precisely and accurately.