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the keeping of something within limits.
cost containment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as management and facilitation of efficient and effective use of resources.
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The concept of regional or global eradication of communicable disease, proposed by Fred Lowe Soper (1893-1977) in 1949 for the eradication of smallpox.
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A tactic used by police or armed forces for crowd control, in which a broad swath of officers push the crowd in a desired direction or prevent its egress, as occurs when the “kettle” completely surrounds the group. Kettling has been criticised as the crowd may be deprived of food, water or the access to toilet facilities.
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Public health The confining or prevention of further dissemination of a potentially hazardous–eg biologic, radioactive or toxic–agent. See Biological containment, Biosafety levels, Regulated waste.
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measures and protocols that are applied to limit contact of organisms, particularly PATHOGENS and GMOs, with the external environment:
  1. physical containment, achieved by regulating access, restricting air circulation and providing other physical barriers;

Different levels of containment apply depending on the perceived risk of a particular experiment.

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Patient discussion about containment

Q. Which foods contain folic acid? I was told by my Doctor to take folic acid. Which foods are rich with folic acid so I can add them to my diet?

A. Folic acid is a B vitamin found in many vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, and in fortified breakfast cereals.

Q. Does anybody have good recipes for meals which don't contain gluten?? My 8 year old son has celiac disease. He is really suffering from not being able to eat so many things his brother and his friends can like pizza, pasta, birthday cakes, etc. I'd love him to have his own very tasty meals but I'm havin a hard time finding any recipes. If anyone knows some..

A. I have found some here- for chicken, pizza and brownies..
and also- I am sure you can buy a cookbook that has gluten-free recipes.

Q. Hello my dear friends, I want to know which foods contain Tran’s fats.

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Instead, a searing sibling power rivalry is propelling new bouts of proxy wars and the rise of a new policy of containment against Kenya and its allies.Kenya and its rivals will meet their Waterloo in the Jubaland election in August.
For 120 minutes, Russia were forced into a policy of containment, having to sit deep, absorb Spain's sustained pressure and defend with remorseless discipline and effort until the arrival of penalties.
He said, 'The vengeance of New Delhi towards Kashmiris has rendered the institution of dialogue meaningless till India moves from the policy of containment to the meaningful and result-oriented parleys.'
The United States has started a campaign to contain China and Russia in Eurasia and this policy of containment of two world powers will impact the Afghanistan peace process.
A year later, Kennan wrote an article in Foreign Affairs using the pseudonym "X," entitled "The Sources of Soviet Conduct," wherein he advocated the policy of containment.
However, since this obsession with winning cannot always be realized (by Egypt or any other country), we tend to lose many battles that we could have easily won had we considered other options, such as adopting a policy of containment. The reason behind our nation's slow progress in many fields is our insistence on winning all our challenges.
The policy of containment may be back, with tightening of existing American sanctions on the Iranian regime.
Speaking Russian and well-versed in the Soviet economy, Kennan was the man given the most credit for AmericaAEs post-WWII policy of containment of Russian expansion, i.e., the Cold War.
However, at the same time, for the last 25 years Israel has pressed the US to maintain a policy of containment over Iran, but this policy has not stopped Iran from developing its nuclear program.
Burnham contended that unless the West changed from a policy of containment to liberation, Soviet control of Eastern Europe and its alliance with communist China would enable it to attain effective control of Eurasia, construct an overwhelming sea power, and achieve world domination.
Therefore there is no alternative to a policy of containment of a nuclear Iran.
Goldberg champions Truman as "a strong leader during a difficult time" who laid the foundation for America's Cold War policy of containment (114).