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Evoked potential (EP) changes accompanying dementing processes have been documented in a number of studies. However, EPs have not been studied in subjects who are at heightened risk for the development of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Nineteen volunteers with no immediate family members with a history of AD and 33 healthy subjects with at least one first-degree(More)
An outbreak of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) poisoning from the consumption of contaminated rice oil, covering four counties in central Taiwan, was investigated. There were 1843 cases by the end of 1980. The highest frequency of incidence occurred during the period from March to July 1979. The severity of clinical manifestations varied. Most patients(More)
BACKGROUND Computational models of cell signaling networks typically are aimed at capturing dynamics of molecular components to derive quantitative insights from prior experimental data, and to make predictions concerning altered dynamics under different conditions. However, signaling network models have rarely been used to predict how cell phenotypic(More)
Biomimetic scaffolds have been proposed as a means to facilitate tissue regeneration by multi-potent stromal cells (MSCs). Effective scaffold colonization requires a control of multiple MSC responses including survival, proliferation, differentiation, and migration. As MSC migration is relatively unstudied in this context, we present here a multi-level(More)
We sought to assess the effect of progestin on the apoptosis of epithelial ovarian cancer cell line SKOV-3 and via regulation of phosphorylation signaling in. Epithelial ovarian cancer cell line SKOV-3 was treated with medroxyprogestogen, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor LY294002 and vehicle control. Akt, phospho-Akt, Bcl-2 and phospho-Bad proteins(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin on macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) among patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and healthy subjects. Medline, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrane Library databases was searched through May 2016.(More)
With the rapid development of various group-oriented services, multipartite group communications occur frequently in a single network, where a multipartite access structure is defined to be a collection of the subsets of users who may come from different parts of the network such that only users in an authorized subset of users can use their shares to build(More)
Dioscin, a typical steroid saponin, is isolated from Dioscorea nipponica Makino and Dioscorea zingiberensis Wright. It has estrogenic activity and many studies have also reported that dioscorea plants have an effect in preventing and treating osteoporosis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their effect on osteoporosis treatment are poorly(More)
Based on the analysis of five factors affecting energy risks, including supply and demand, economy, environment, transport, and disaster, this chapter establishes the prior-warning index system of the energy risk by covering 3 subsystems and 37 indexes. The three subsystems are the coal subsystem , the petroleum and natural gas subsystem , and the(More)
In this paper we tackle the problem of expression recognition by exploiting age-related spatial facial expression patterns, which carry crucial information that have not been thoroughly exploited. First, we conduct two statistic hypothesis tests to investigate age effect on the spatial patterns of expressions and on facial expression recognition(More)