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Available online xxx Keywords: Cirrhosis detection Computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) Duplicative-feature support vector machine Feature selection Classification a b s t r a c t Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive diagnostic method in improving the diagnostic capacity for hepatic cirrhosis and determining the accurate characterization of hepatic(More)
Evidence from preclinical and clinical studies indicates that concentrations of cytokines are altered in sleep deprivation. However, data on the impact of sleep deprivation on concentrations of immunoglobulin and complement have received little scientific examination. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 24h sleep deprivation on(More)
20 subjects' palatability reports and facial electromyographic (EMG) activities at the zygomaticus major, corrugator supercilli, and levator labii (superioris/alaeque nasi) regions were recorded while they were tasting water or pickle juice. The results showed that subjects reported significantly higher ratings of palatability to water than to pickle juice.(More)
Up to approximately 40% to 50% of patients discontinue thiopurine therapy during the course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We investigated the role of the metabolite thiopurine in IBD treatment. This was a prospective study. IBD patients receiving azathioprine (AZA) were prospectively included. Thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) genotypes were(More)
Although terrestrial CO2 concentrations [CO2] are not expected to reach 1000 μmol mol−1 (or ppm) for many decades, CO2 levels in closed systems such as growth chambers and greenhouses can easily exceed this concentration. CO2 levels in life support systems (LSS) in space can exceed 10,000 ppm (1 %). In order to understand how photosynthesis in C4 plants may(More)
17 subjects highly susceptible to motion sickness were divided into Nausea and No-nausea groups depending upon whether the subjects experienced nausea during adaptation to nauseagenic rotation. Eight subjects in the Nausea group viewed an optokinetic rotation drum for repeated sessions of 16 min., with an interval of two days between every two sessions.(More)
A follow-up study was performed with 169 women of childbearing age who underwent ultrasound-guided percutaneous microwave ablation (UPMWA) therapy for symptomatic uterine fibroids in the Chinese PLA General Hospital from June 2007 to December 2014. This study aimed to observe the incidence of unplanned pregnancies in these women after UPMWA treatment in(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using integrated slice-by-slice shimming (iShim) for improving the image quality of whole-body diffusion-weighted imaging (WBDWI) in patients with plasma disorder at 3 T by comparing to WBDWI using a conventional shimming (3-dimensional [3D] shim) adjustment of each body station. (More)
OBJECTIVE We assessed the genetic rules for the dermatoglyphics of human fingertips. We also evaluated the correlation between spouse selection with the number of whorls on fingertips. METHODS Data were collected for the number of whorls from 118 families (couples and their children). Distribution of whorls was analyzed further to investigate the(More)
To develop a quantitative system to enable the objective assessment of health or pre-chronic disease state. On the basis of measured values and reference ranges, we obtained the organ function index (mean of the cut-off ratios of albumin and creatinine), blood lipid index (mean of the cut-off ratios of triglycerides, cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins(More)