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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Heated, humidified high-flow nasal cannula (HHHFNC) is commonly used as a noninvasive mode of respiratory support in the NICU. The safety and efficacy of HHHFNC have not been compared with other modes of noninvasive support in large randomized trials. The objective was to assess the efficacy and safety of HHHFNC compared with nasal(More)
KIBRA single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs17070145 was identified in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of memory performance, with some but not all follow-up studies confirming association of its T allele with enhanced memory. This allele was associated with reduced Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk in 1 study, which also found overexpression of KIBRA(More)
Expanded glutamine repeats of the ataxin-2 (ATXN2) protein cause spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), a rare neurodegenerative disorder. More recent studies have suggested that expanded ATXN2 repeats are a genetic risk factor for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) via an RNA-dependent interaction with TDP-43. Given the phenotypic diversity observed in(More)
The present study was designed to determine whether cardiac inflammation is important for the successful homing of stem cells to the heart after intravenous injection in a murine myocarditis model. Male Bagg albino/c mice were infected with encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) to produce myocarditis. Subgroups of mice received single injections by tail vein of(More)
Reconstruction of the tongue after glossectomy is a primary objective in the process of improving the life quality of patients suffering from tongue cancer. We developed a new method of surgical reconstruction of the tongue after hemiglossectomy, with reinnervated rectus abdominis musculoperitoneal flaps. The rectus abdominis musculoperitoneal flap(More)
Individuals with sickle-cell disease (SCD) and transgenic sickle mice expressing human betaS globin exhibit enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, vascular inflammation, and episodic vasoocclusion. We hypothesize that reduction of ROS will reduce endothelial-cell activation and adhesion-molecule expression, thereby inhibiting vasoocclusion. To(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness and toxicity of sorafenib for advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS According to the Cochrane handbook for systematic review, two reviewers independently completed the whole process of literature search, study selection, data collection, and quality assessment. Seven electric databases(PubMed, Cochrane Library,(More)
We consider a new, adaptive approach to unsupervised textured region segmentation. There are three phases within each iteration of the process: (1) Gabor filter based feature extraction; (2) Fuzzy clustering of texture homogeneity to yield a spatial segmentation; and (3) An optimization procedure to update the filter parameters. The selection objective used(More)
With the rapid and profound changes in computing technology, distributed computing, as an important branch of it, is becoming increasingly important, and gradually shifts from academia to specific areas of application. Currently, extensive researches on cloud computing, grid computing, large-scale E-Commerce web sites are all manifestations of a distributed(More)