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In this review, we examine the current status of stroke epidemiology, prevention, and management strategies in mainland China. The main findings suggested that total age-adjusted incidence of first-ever stroke in China is not very different from that in developed countries. Stroke incidence, mortality, and prevalence varied widely among different regions(More)
OBJECTIVE Zinc ions are essential for the formation of hexameric insulin and hormone crystallization. A nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphism rs13266634 in the SLC30A8 gene, encoding the secretory granule zinc transporter ZnT8, is associated with type 2 diabetes. We describe the effects of deleting the ZnT8 gene in mice and explore the action of the(More)
Cognitive and psychological predictors of the negative outcomes associated with playing MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) a b s t r a c t This study integrates research on problematic Internet use to explore the cognitive and psychological predictors of negative consequences associated with playing massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs).(More)
A better understanding of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) pathogenesis at the molecular level will facilitate the discovery of tumor-initiating events. Transcriptome sequencing revealed that adenosine-to-inosine (A→I) RNA editing of AZIN1 (encoding antizyme inhibitor 1) is increased in HCC specimens. A→I editing of AZIN1 transcripts, specifically(More)
We describe a large audiovisual speech corpus recorded in a car environment, as well as the equipment and procedures used to build this corpus. Data are collected through a multi-sensory array consisting of eight microphones on the sun visor and four video cameras on the dashboard. The script for the corpus consists of four categories: isolated digits,(More)
Run-time Partial Reconfiguration (PR) speed is significant in applications especially when fast IP core switching is required. In this paper, we propose to use Direct Memory Access (DMA), Master (MST) burst, and a dedicated Block RAM (BRAM) cache respectively to reduce the reconfiguration time. Based on the Xilinx PR technology and the Internal(More)
The kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) is an economically and nutritionally important fruit crop with remarkably high vitamin C content. Here we report the draft genome sequence of a heterozygous kiwifruit, assembled from ~140-fold next-generation sequencing data. The assembled genome has a total length of 616.1 Mb and contains 39,040 genes. Comparative(More)
Integrated optical modulators with high modulation speed, small footprint and large optical bandwidth are poised to be the enabling devices for on-chip optical interconnects. Semiconductor modulators have therefore been heavily researched over the past few years. However, the device footprint of silicon-based modulators is of the order of millimetres, owing(More)
Keywords: Image segmentation Intensity inhomogeneity Active contour model Probability distribution Level set method Variational method a b s t r a c t This paper presents a new region-based active contour model in a variational level set formulation for image segmentation. In our model, the local image intensities are described by Gaussian distributions(More)
In this paper, we present a patch-based regression framework for addressing the human age and head pose estimation problems. Firstly, each image is encoded as an ensemble of orderless coordinate patches, the global distribution of which is described by Gaussian mixture models (GMM), and then each image is further expressed as a specific distribution model(More)