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The rapid progress of information technology (IT) may provide us new insights into understanding traffic phenomena, and could help mitigate traffic problems. One of the key applications of IT to traffic and transport analysis is the identification of the location of moving objects using the global positioning system (GPS). It is expected that detailed(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the importance of the renin-angiotensin (Ang) system in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) pathogenesis, strategies targeting this system to prevent clinical aneurysm progression remain controversial and unproven. We compared the relative efficacy of two Ang II type 1 receptor blockers, telmisartan and irbesartan, in limiting experimental(More)
In this study we proposed two Quasi-Newton methods to deal with traffic assignment in the capacitated network. The methods combine Newton formula, column generation and penalty techniques. The first method employ the gradient of the objective function to obtain an improving feasible direction scaled by the second-order derivatives. The second one is to(More)
PURPOSE West syndrome is an epileptic encephalopathy with a poor developmental outcome. Tau protein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) are reported to be markers of axonal damage and neurodegeneration. This study aimed to investigate axonal damage and the effects of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) therapy on axons in West syndrome, as measured by(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-conjugated human ferritin (HFn) iron oxide nanoparticles for in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of vascular inflammation and angiogenesis in experimental carotid disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIALS AND METHODS HFn was genetically engineered to express the RGD peptide and Fe3 O4 nanoparticles(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the operative results of our treatment for multiple aortic aneurysms by means of a hybrid procedure consisting of a combination of conventional surgical maneuvers and simultaneous or sequential endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). MATERIALS AND METHODS From August 1998 to April 2007, a total of 15 patients, 11 men and 4 women, ranging(More)
This paper proposes the methodology to evaluate the road network anti-hazardous ability by the concept of network capacity reliability. The methodology proposed here considers the area-traffic regulation, which may be implemented when a large disaster occurs in Japan. The model to calculate entry permission rates is formulated as MPEC (Mathematical(More)
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