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New technologies, and particularly developments in genomics, have significantly changed the theoretical understanding of human beings: the nature and culture of man can be modified alike. However, considering genes to

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[caption id="attachment_1476" align="alignleft" width="200"] The topic human nature has inspired the artists Rafael Martí Quinto and Jesús Martínez Oliva to collaborate on this monographic issue of Mètode –offering an artist’s

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This article is divided in three sections. The first briefly describes the governance instituted with the creation of a European monetary union. The second section provides an overview of how

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The competitiveness of a production model depends on its ability to adapt to economic developments and changes in demand. Innovation is a prerequisite for increased competitiveness, but must be accompanied

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The first decade of the new century has seen the return to an old controversy: the possible imbalance between population and food supply on a global scale. The trigger has

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Water is a limited resource and its scarcity is getting steadily worse due to climate change and overexploitation of land. Together with energy, water is a key resource in any

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Energy, along with water, is a crucial element in any strategy aiming to achieve economic growth. The past squandering of resources cannot continue if we are to ensure sustainable growth

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The Spanish construction sector has traditionally proven inefficient with many cases of bad practice leading to the overproduction of housing and over-reliance of our economy on this sector. The current

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[caption id="attachment_1639" align="alignleft" width="300"] © P. Duran[/caption] One of the causes of the current crisis has been our land management, heir to the building boom of the sixties and seventies. This

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In recent years many European Union countries have shown a clear intention to incorporate new forms of territorial administration and spatial planning. In different areas and spheres of government there

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Valencians should be able to achieve a respectful balance between culture, history, tradition, modernity and competitiveness, as have most enlightened peoples of Europe. It is doubtful, however, that we have

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© M. Lorenzo Training and knowledge are two main underpinnings of any production system. In this respect, knowledge transfer from universities to society should be a priority for all Governments. The

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[caption id="attachment_1601" align="alignleft" width="200"] Mètode worked with the artists Marcelo Fuentes and Anna Sanchis, who both collaborated on this special issue. Their works reflect one of the keys to understanding

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In the mid-eighteenth century, the famous Encyclopédie by Diderot and D’Alembert, stated that «an interest in chemistry» was really «a madman’s passion». Chemists belonged to «a different race», «very few

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Figure 1. Satellite images. Differences between a) a Landsat TM image from 2005 and b) a QuickBird image from 2004 of the north of the city of Valencia. Both

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pain

Pain can have far-reaching effects on people’s quality of life. Improper treatment is a serious healthcare issue and an ethical problem of the first degree, directly affecting people and potentially undermining their dignity.
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Pain in children

Children experience pain just like adults, since nerve pathways develop during pregnancy. Pain in infants has particular connotations because it is difficult to assess, but there are validated methods to detect it and, above all, there are procedures and medicines to treat pain effectively in children.
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types of pain

Pain is one of the symptoms for which patients seek medical treatment most. It affects 12% of the population and is considered severe in one third of these cases. This article reviews the different types of pain, both acute and chronic, and new pain-management treatments.
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pain medication

Numerous drugs with analgesic effect can be used to treat pain. Opioids are effective for moderate to severe pain, while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and especially paracetamol (acetaminophen) are useful to treat mild or even moderate pain. Analgesics should be used according to guidelines, and users should be aware of their adverse effects, avoiding them whenever possible, and steering clear of overuse.
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Can We Measure Pain Intensity?

Pain is a subjective sensation, so to objectify its intensity different types of scales are used whereby the patient can indicate the degree of pain being treated. The effect of analgesic drugs is evaluated in clinical trials subject to strict rules in order to compare the effect of the medication with that produced by substances without analgesic activity.
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Medication

This article addresses the advent of the theory and treatment of chronic pain from the second half of the nineteenth century until the mid-twentieth century. It would appear that pain medication emerged from the confluence of practices related to treating patients with terminal diseases and those suffering from incurable pain.
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Pain Shows its Face

Pain is the most common symptom of human disease and has accompanied living beings since their advent. It has been argued that pain is part of human identity, not only as an unpleasant sensation –complex from the neurological viewpoint– but because it is accompanied by affective factors, which make us question our reason for being.
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Interview with David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough’s (London, 1926) passion for his work, televising nature, has not faded one bit after over half a century travelling round the world.
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Nature’s Image

Nature photographers capture landscapes and animals or plant species for posterity, which subsequent generations may otherwise be unable to see. This article reviews the origins of nature photography.

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