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BACKGROUND Shipbreaking workers are typically exposed to a wide range of hazardous chemicals. However, long-term follow-up studies of their mortality patterns are lacking. This study examined mortality among shipbreaking workers over a 24-year follow-up period. METHODS A total of 4,962 shipbreaking workers were recruited from the database of the Kaohsiung(More)
The completion of SWEBOK and SE2004 marks a key milestone for the software engineering education community. It not only initiates issues of what to do next in the long run, but introduces some pragmatic issues such as customization and transition issues in the short term. Meanwhile, there is a lack of theoretical foundation with respect to instruction(More)
In this paper, the technique of noise cancellation for gray image is presented by employing linear matrix inequality (LMI) and particle swarm optimization (PSO) based on cellular neural networks (CNN). A criterion for global asymptotic stability of CNN is presented based on the Lyapunov stability theorem, and the problem of image noise cancellation can be(More)
An in vitro model was set up to investigate the effects of low frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) and its induced electric fields on osteoblast cells under inflammatory conditions. Osteoblasts (7F2) were seeded on top of chitosan scaffolds and co-cultured with macrophage cells (RAW 264.7) growing on the bottom of culture wells, stimulated by(More)
The Notch receptor-mediated signaling pathways control cell fate in many types of organisms including neurogenesis, myogenesis and hematopoiesis in mammalian species. During normal hematopoiesis, Notch-1 promotes myeloid differentiation through up-regulation of the transcriptional factor PU.1. We therefore speculated that down-regulation of Notch-1(More)
BACKGROUND Shipbreaking remains one of the most dangerous jobs worldwide. Shipbreaking workers are exposed to many hazardous chemicals, especially asbestos. Unfortunately, long-term follow-up studies of cancer incidence patterns in shipbreaking workers are lacking. This study examines whether there is an increased risk of cancer among male shipbreaking(More)
BACKGROUND Nrf1 [p45 nuclear factor-erythroid 2 (p45 NF-E2)-related factor 1], a member of the CNC-bZIP (CNC basic region leucine zipper) family, is known to be a transcriptional activator by dimerization with distinct partners, such as Maf, FosB, c-Jun, JunD, etc. The transcriptional roles of CNC-bZIP family are demonstrated to be involved in globin gene(More)