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shift

 [shift]
a change or deviation.
antigenic shift a sudden, major change in the antigenicity of a virus, seen especially in influenza viruses, resulting from the recombination of the genomes of two different strains; it is associated with pandemics because hosts do not have immunity to the new strain. See also antigenic drift.
chloride shift the exchange of chloride and carbonate between the plasma and the erythrocytes that takes place when the blood gives up oxygen and receives carbon dioxide. It serves to maintain ionic equilibrium between the cell and surrounding fluid.
mediastinal shift a shifting to one side of the tissues and organs of the mediastinum; see also mediastinal shift.
shift to the left
1. a change in the blood picture, with a preponderance of young neutrophils.
2. an increased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
shift to the right
1. a preponderance of older neutrophils in the blood picture.
2. a decreased oxygen affinity of hemoglobin.
weight shift
1. the frequent movement of a paralyzed or partially paralyzed patient to redistribute the patient's weight and prevent impairment of circulation, which leads to pressure sores. One variation is the wheelchair pressure release.
2. relocation of a patient's center of mass in order to allow movement; see also gait.

change

(chānj),
An alteration; in pathology, structural alteration of which the cause and significance is uncertain.
Synonym(s): shift

shift

Vox populi
The change in a thing.

shift

(shift)
1. Synonym(s): change.
2. A period of 8-12 hours during which an employee is assigned to work on a given day. Division of each 24 hours into day, evening, and night shifts is intended to maximize efficiency.
See also: deviation

Patient discussion about shift

Q. I started a new job a month ago – it’s night shifts as a security guard in a large office building I don’t know why, but I started feeling very down in the last week. Can it be that the change in waking hours is effecting me?

A. there are dozens of studies about night shift workers that try to connect them to all sort of things. and there is a good reason- our hormonal balance is maintained by our Hypothalamus (an area in the brain). being awake on night time changes it's function, it changes our hormonal system balance and other things around our brain. this can easily cause things like depression amongst some people.

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Shift worker women's mean BMI was 23.01[+ or -]4.02 kg/[m.sup.2], mean weight was 61.22[+ or -]11.55 kg and mean waist circumference was 76.76[+ or -]9.40 cm.
Resetting after night shifts: Try a longish nap immediately after the shift, go outside after waking, go to bed close to the normal time, avoid daytime napping.
While overall long-term night shift work increased the risk of cancer by 19 percent, the risk of certain cancers were even higher.
Overall, long-term night shift work among women increased the risk of cancer by 19 percent.
Assuming use with fuel cell vehicles or electric vehicles, as well as conventional gas vehicles with a start-and-stop system, a shift system that uses an electric motor has a simpler configuration than a hydraulic system.
To activate Night Shift, one should head to System Preferences.
In Figure 1, the shift schedule point cloud and the corresponding fitting surface of a dongfanghong-2004 tractor is presented.
Shift from butter to olive oil, and from creamy dressings to vinaigrettes.
Similarly, the Deputy Commissioner of the South Waziristan would shift his office from Tank to Wana.
Shift has integrated some of the nation's top banking institutions, including TD Auto Finance and US Bank, as customer lending sources.
Such schools will also be shifted or merged with schools with morning shift.