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A new algorithm is presented for the automatic segmentation and classification of brain tissue from 3D MR scans. It uses discriminative Random Decision Forest classification and takes into account partial volume effects. This is combined with correction of intensities for the MR bias field, in conjunction with a learned model of spatial context, to achieve(More)
Cyclin G-associated kinase (GAK) modifies α-synuclein expression levels and affects the susceptibility of Parkinson's disease (PD). The single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1564282 of GAK gene has a significant association to the risk of PD among Caucasian populations. To date there is only one data with regards to ethnic Chinese from Mainland China.(More)
Gene expression data provide information on the location where certain genes are active; in order for this to be useful, such a location must be registered to an anatomical atlas. Because gene expression maps are considerably different from each other – they display the expression of different genes – and from the anatomical atlas, this problem is currently(More)
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate, the biological active form of pyridoxine, is a cofactor for dopa-decarboxylase (DDC) enzyme. Pyridoxine may augment the conversion of levodopa to dopamine in the periphery and therefore decrease availability of levodopa to the brain. However, this effect can be negated in the presence of a DDC inhibitor, which potentiates plasma(More)
Merbau is widely used for indoor finishing, outdoor constructions, and furniture. However, it has a disadvantage in some applications in that part of its extractives is water-soluble and can be readily leached out to stain adjacent materials. This study examined whether heat treatment could overcome the above-mentioned problem. Effects of the treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MS) is combination of medical disorders that increase people's risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. Little data exists on the prevalence of MS of rural original adults in Ningxia of China. METHODS A cross-sectional survey method was used and the participants were interviewed by trained health workers under(More)
The reports of the Sri Lanka study are not in the peer-reviewed literature. Data from the Guyana sugar plantations must include factors other than DDT and malaria because profound differences existed in all-cause mortality in adults and children over the span of the reports. Whether DDT was effective in those areas at that time cannot determine whether it(More)