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BACKGROUND In Canada the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is estimated to be 1 in 100 live births. FASD is the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities in Canada. Only one study has examined the cost of FASD in Canada. In that study we did not include prospective data for infants under the age of one year, costs for(More)
Automatic object detection is a rapidly evolving area in surveillance and autonomous vehicles. Deformable part model (DPM) is a well-known object detector for its high precision and speed bottleneck. This paper proposes a very fast object detection pipeline based on complementary techniques to accelerate DPM. A recent fast feature pyramid technique is(More)
Subsurface characterization is important for investigations of groundwater contamination as well as petroleum extraction potential. Bore holes or drill logs are a common source of localized stratigraphic information. Sampling and interpolation uncertainties complicate the characterization of the subsurface from these data. Geostatistical methods (Kriging(More)
Connected zones of high hydraulic conductivity in subsurface environments can constitute preferential pathways for contaminant transport and fluid flow. The identification of such pathways is important for well head protection, groundwater monitoring and capture system design for groundwater remediation. Since it is not practical to exhaustively sample the(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is a chronic airway disease which is characterized by oxidant antioxidant imbalance with the generation of oxidative stress related mediators. AIM The study aimed to evaluate the role of asymmetric dimethylarginine, and malondialdehyde as oxidant markers and serum paraoxonase activity as an antioxidant marker in asthma, and to determine(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate neopterin plasma concentrations in patients with active juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and correlate them with disease activity. METHODS Sixty patients diagnosed as active JIA, as well as another 60 apparently healthy age- and gender-matched children as controls, were recruited from the Pediatrics Allergy and Immunology Clinic,(More)
Transmission of a nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) was examined in uniformaged and uniform- vs mixed-age populations ofHeliothis zea (Boddie) on caged soybean. Larval collections revealed viral disease outbreaks occurred in all treatments following release of infected larvae (Primary infected larvae). Transmission of NPV in uniform-aged populations was(More)
BACKGROUND In developing countries, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is mainly acquired during childhood and may be a predisposing factor for peptic ulcer or gastric cancer later in life. Noninvasive diagnostic tools are particularly useful in children for screening tests and epidemiological studies. Data on serologic testing of children are(More)