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Fragmentation

1. A means of production in which different parts of the supply chain are located in different countries. Fragmentation occurs to reduce costs of production. For example, the least expensive materials may be in India and the cheapest factory workers in China, while the target retail customer is in the United States or Canada. Fragmentation can occur most easily when there is free trade, or at least low tariffs between all the countries on the supply chain. See also: Globalization.

2. A situation in a decentralized market. This often renders investors unaware of the best price available for their trades, resulting in inefficiency in the market. Fragmentation has become less of a problem with the advent of electronic exchanges and other, similar products.
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fragmentation

The lack of full interconnection of the various securities markets. Fragmentation can result in customer orders being sent to markets that do not offer the best available price. Critics claim the inefficiencies of fragmentation can be cured with a central order book that includes orders from all markets.
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The efficacy of various therapeutic approaches has been measured by the amount of improvement in polysomnographic parameters such as the respiratory disturbance index (apneas and hypopneas per hour) and the sleep fragmentation index (microarousals per hour).
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Twenty five percent of middle-aged men are affected by sleep apnoea, and almost three per cent of them experience a severe form of the condition characterised by extended pauses in breathing, repetitive asphyxia and sleep fragmentation.
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The previous results show that changes in HbA1c may be related to changes in sleep quality and sleep fragmentation.[sup][15] Whether CPAP therapy is beneficial to reduce the HbA1c levels in patients with T2DM is still controversial.
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Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a complex clinical syndrome characterized by apnea episodes, sleep fragmentation, oxygen desaturation, and increased daytime somnolence as a result of recurrent obstructive episodes in upper airways during sleep.[sup][1] Previous studies have revealed that OSAS is related with many cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure.[sup][2] Basic hemodynamic mechanisms responsible from cardiovascular diseases are increased negative intrathoracic pressure, hypoxemia, and increased catecholamine release.[sup][2] In OSAS both ventricles are subjected to hemodynamic stress that induces various structural changes.[sup][3]
Repeated apnea, oxygen desaturation, and sleep fragmentation during sleep might cause autonomic dysfunction,[sup][25] which might impact vagus nerve function and subsequently, impact esophageal functions.