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Endocannabinoids are lipid signaling molecules that regulate a wide range of mammalian behaviors, including pain, inflammation, and cognitive/emotional state. The endocannabinoid anandamide is principally degraded by the integral membrane enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), and there is currently much interest in developing FAAH inhibitors to augment(More)
The endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) anandamide is principally degraded by the integral membrane enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Pharmacological blockade of FAAH has emerged as a potentially attractive strategy for augmenting endocannabinoid signaling and retaining the beneficial effects of cannabinoid receptor activation, while avoiding(More)
Infectious diseases threaten the health and survival of wildlife populations. Consequently, relationships between host diversity, host abundance, and parasite infection are important aspects of disease ecology and conservation research. Here, we report on the prevalence patterns of avian Plasmodium and Haemoproteus infections and host relative abundance(More)
BACKGROUND The community prevalence of eating disorders among Chinese young women may now be similar to their western counterparts. AIM To investigate the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) in female university students in Wuhan, China, using a two-stage design. METHOD In stage one, 99.1% (N = 8,444) of eligible students (N = 8,521) completed the(More)
Performance evaluations of an asynchronous DS-BPSK UWB system in standard UWB channels by means of characteristic function (CF) method, standard Gaussian approximation (SGA) and simplified improved Gaussian approximation (SIGA) are presented. The standard UWB channel (proposed by IEEE 802.15.3a task group) is employed in the analysis to reflect the actual(More)
Ericoid mycorrhiza (ERM) are expected to facilitate establishment of ericaceous plants in harsh habitats. However, diversity and driving factors of the root-associated fungi of ericaceous plants are poorly understood. In this study, hair-root samples of Vaccinium carlesii were taken from four forest types: old growth forests (OGF), secondary forests with(More)
The salamander Pachyhynobius shangchengensis (Hynobiidae) is a vulnerable species restricted to a patchy distribution associated with small mountain streams surrounded by forested slopes in the Mount Dabieshan region in southeastern China. However, molecular phylogeography and population genetic structure of P. shangchengensis remain poorly investigated. In(More)
An analysis of an asynchronous DS-BPSK UWB system is presented. The standard UWB channel (proposed by IEEE 802.15.3a task group) rather than AWGN or any other kinds of multipath fading channels by Bo Hu (2004) is employed in the analysis to reflect the actual channel conditions. We adopt the standard Gaussian approximation in the analysis because of its(More)
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease begins with the aberrant accumulation of triglyceride in the liver. Its spectrum includes the earliest stage of hepatic simple steatosis (SS), nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Generally, hepatic SS is often self-limited; however 10%-30% of patients with hepatic SS progress to(More)