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PURPOSE To retrospectively assess the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for prediction of malignancy and prognosis of malignant astrocytic tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS The institutional review board approved this study and did not require patient informed consent. Findings from 37 consecutive patients (21 men, 16 women; mean age, 43 years) with(More)
BACKGROUND Serological thymidine kinase 1 (STK1) is a reliable proliferation marker for prognosis, monitoring tumour therapy, relapse and detection of malignancies. In this study we investigate the use of STK1 in health screening. METHODS The concentration of STK1 was determined by a sensitive dot blot ECL assay in 8,135 persons participating in a health(More)
In immuno-light and -electron microscopy, brain-type fatty acid binding protein (B-FABP) is localized in the sustentacular cells enclosing the chromaffin cells in the adrenal medulla. This represents another new feature commonly shared by the sustentacular cells and ganglionic satellite cells, the latter of which has already been reported to localize this(More)
BACKGROUND Thymidine kinase 1 in serum (STK1) has been found to be a reliable proliferation marker in clinical trials. In this study, we examined the significance of STK1 in routine clinical settings. METHODS The concentration of STK1 was determined by a sensitive dot blot ECL assay. The STK1 value was correlated to clinical stage and reactions and used(More)
Buyer-seller negotiation is an interactive process so that the outcome is not only determined by an agentpsilas own tactics but also influenced by his opponentpsilas choices. Therefore, retrieving the knowledge of the opponent to simulate the opponentpsilas possible actions can increase the payoffs. An ANN_based Opponentpsilas negotiation behavior model(More)
Noise is one of the factors that induces critical stress in animals. The contents of glycogen, lactic acid and cholesterol in the liver of noise-stressed rats were analyzed in order to investigate the alleviation of noise-stress-induced physiological damages by traditional medicine using Astragali and Rhodiolae radices. More than 95 dB noise ranging from 2(More)
The activities of serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (GPT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and creatine kinase (CK) in rats injected or not with the Chinese medicines, Astragali, Rhodiolae and Ligusticum, were determined after noise exposure. Noise at 95 and 105 dB significantly increased the activities of GPT, ALP and CK, and showed a dependence on the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Epinephrine is usually administered in concert with a lipid emulsion during local anesthetic toxicity. However, the timing and role of epinephrine administration in combination with a lipid emulsion remain unclear. Specifically, the temporal association of epinephrine and lipid emulsion administration with related changes in(More)
This paper presents an agent-based multilateral negotiation protocol for supporting buyer-seller negotiation activities in supply chain management. The proposed multilateral bargaining protocol, which extends from the contract net protocol (CNP), divides the multilateral bargaining process into a series of steps to facilitate agents to reach a promising(More)
In this article, we provide an update on the various approaches to “blood compatibilization”, and include both passive and active approaches to compatibilizing biomaterials in contact with blood. Broadly speaking, the surface modification approaches involved either repel platelets or attract endothelial cells. For platelet-repelling surfaces, heparin(More)
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