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Medspeak A generic term for any area of patient care—e.g., diagnostics, ethics, management of terminally ill—in which the parameters of good practise are not clearly defined—i.e., are neither ‘black’ nor ‘white’
Vox populi Gray zone/area is commonly used in the lay parlance for anything that is not readily apparent or incontrovertible, i.e., not ‘black’ or ‘white’
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Out of 50 clinically suspected cases of prostate cancers, 15 had their serum total PSA level in the diagnostic gray zone of 4-10 ng/ml, of which 8 were detected as carcinoma and 7 as Nodular Hyperplasia of Prostate (NHP).
But The Counterfeiters does not raise its moral issues to seek answers about Holocaust events, nor, as the film's director, Stefan Ruzowitzky, tells us, did he want to "make a history lesson." (18) Ruzowitzky was less interested in how moral issues might play out in the "gray zone" of the Holocaust than he was to "raise universal issues, issues that still apply today." (19) He had a very specific audience in mind for his film, today's younger generations who have had no direct contact to witnesses of the Holocaust.
Auyero's general argument is convincing, as is his assertion that there is a gray zone in politics that is shot through with ambiguity and exercised by other than official means.
We propose a simple method to construct a 3-zone partition for quantitative tests results, including a gray zone between positive and negative conclusions about the condition tested.
Because these women frequently fall into a diagnostic gray zone where recommendations for treatment are unclear, some investigators have considered lowering both the screening and the diagnostic criteria.(24)(26)
In a report for the US Department of State in 2017, the International Security Advisory Board defined 'gray zone' as 'the use of techniques to achieve a nation's goals and frustrate those of its rivals by employing instruments of power-often asymmetric and ambiguous in character-that are not direct use of acknowledged regular military forces.'
Each of these tactics has ample historical precedent; yet, as discussed below, each is also vastly undertheorized, which might help to explain why security practitioners have reached for the term gray zone. Bringing these tactics to the analytic fore gives us a different way to think about aspects of crucial cases etched in popular historiography, such as the invasion of South Korea, Egypt's nationalization of the Suez Canal, and the start of the Cuban missile crisis.
Patrick Porter opens our Autumn issue with a special commentary entitled, "Soldiers Fighting Alone: The Wars of the Market-Security State." Porter might well have used a different title, "Fighting in the Gray Zone." Many of the features he ascribes to the ways market-security states make war also apply to the kinds of conflicts Western powers tend to confront today, namely, those falling short of war but which are clearly not peace.
Washington, Oct 28 ( ANI ): While most of the employees usually live in a gray zone of sorts between work and leisure, a new poll has revealed that workers who tend to relax on the weekends are plugged in to work because of the email alerts and social media constantly vying for attention.
Melanoma has challenged pathologists for decades with a histological gray zone, and has become the most litigated area within the cancer-diagnostic arena.
The scholars of literature who contribute here, like the authors they examine, left their native countries in the gray zone separating and linking Europe and Asia.
By acquiring Lake, Shinsei Bank hopes to enlarge and boost the profitability of its consumer finance business, which has slumped heavily after the Supreme Court ruled in January 2006 to effectively invalidate excessive interest charged under the so-called ''gray zone'' rates.