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Novel ternary Ag/CeVO4/g-C3N4 nanocomposite as a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst

The CeVO4/graphitic C3N4 composites have exhibited much enhanced photocatalytic property for degrading methylene blue (MB) pollutant under visible light irradiation compared with single-phase g-C3N4 or CeVO4. The composite S5 obtained from an optimized mass ratio (5%) of CeVO4 to dicyanamide (DCDA) exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity. Here, ternary Ag/CeVO4/g-C3N4 ...

Achieving the International Benchmarks for Adult Literacy in Nigeria : Post 2015 Challenges and Prospects

The story of Adult education in Nigeria is not complete without the activities of itinerant Islamic scholars and traders dating as far back as the 14th century. The Methodist mission, the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S) and other Christian churches pioneered what can be termed as “modern literacy” in Nigeria. The major difference between the activities of Islamic missionaries and ...

Testing the stress-buffering hypothesis of social support in couples coping with early-stage dementia

Purpose To test whether the negative relationship between perceived stress and quality of life (Hypothesis 1) can be buffered by perceived social support in patients with dementia as well as in caregivers individually (Hypothesis 2: actor effects) and across partners (Hypothesis 3: partner effects and actor-partner effects). Method A total of 108 couples (N = 216 individuals) ...

Longevity of dams from landslides with sub-channel rupture surfaces, Peace River region, Canada

Background We examined seven landslide dams and their changes over time in the Peace River region of Canada. These landslides had subchannel rupture surfaces in glacial and glaciolacustrine sediments. We assessed the stability of the dams using 6 separate, morphometric-based stability indices (with a total of 10 stability thresholds). Results The landslides caused the streambeds to ...

Ultrasound-mediated delivery and distribution of polymeric nanoparticles in the normal brain parenchyma of a metastatic brain tumour model

The treatment of brain diseases is hindered by the blood-brain barrier (BBB) preventing most drugs from entering the brain. Focused ultrasound (FUS) with microbubbles can open the BBB safely and reversibly. Systemic drug injection might induce toxicity, but encapsulation into nanoparticles reduces accumulation in normal tissue. Here we used a novel platform based on ...

Genome analysis of Pseudomonas syringae pv. lachrymans strain 814/98 indicates diversity within the pathovar

Although many Pseudomonas syringae strains have already been determined, only a few genomes of strains belonging to pathovar lachrymans have been sequenced so far. In this study we report the genome sequence of P. syringae pv. lachrymans strain 814/98, which is highly virulent to cucumber. The genome size was estimated to be 6.58 Mb, with 57.97% GC content. In total, 6024 genes ...

Graphical classification of DNA sequences of HLA alleles by deep learning

Alleles of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A DNAs are classified and expressed graphically by using artificial intelligence “Deep Learning (Stacked autoencoder)”. Nucleotide sequence data corresponding to the length of 822 bp, collected from the Immuno Polymorphism Database, were compressed to 2-dimensional representation and were plotted. Profiles of the two-dimensional plots ...

Criteria for the prioritization of public health interventions for climate-sensitive vector-borne diseases in Quebec

Prioritizing resources for optimal responses to an ever growing list of existing and emerging infectious diseases represents an important challenge to public health. In the context of climate change, there is increasing anticipated variability in the occurrence of infectious diseases, notably climate-sensitive vector-borne diseases. An essential step in prioritizing efforts is to ...

Correction to: Tumour suppressor EP300, a modulator of paclitaxel resistance and stemness, is downregulated in metaplastic breast cancer

In the original publication, Fig. 1 depicting the blot for EP300 in CAL51 cells (Fig. 1c) was unintentionally duplicated with that from MDA-MB-231 cells (Fig. 1d). The new figure given in this erratum depicts the correct EP300 blot in Fig. 1c.

Cognitive load predicts point-of-care ultrasound simulator performance

Introduction The ability to maintain good performance with low cognitive load is an important marker of expertise. Incorporating cognitive load measurements in the context of simulation training may help to inform judgements of competence. This exploratory study investigated relationships between demographic markers of expertise, cognitive load measures, and simulator performance ...

Mutations outside the N-terminal part of RBCK1 may cause polyglucosan body myopathy with immunological dysfunction: expanding the genotype–phenotype spectrum

A subset of patients with polyglucosan body myopathy was found to have underlying mutations in the RBCK1 gene. Affected patients may display diverse symptoms ranging from skeletal muscular weakness, cardiomyopathy to chronic autoinflammation and immunodeficiency. It was suggested that the exact localization of the mutation within the gene might be responsible for the specific ...

Sensitivity of Lung Resistance and Compliance to Beta-Blocker Induced Bronchoconstriction and Long Acting Beta-Agonist Withdrawal in COPD

Little is known about impulse oscillometry (IOS) in COPD. IOS is an effort independent measure of lung resistance and reactance (compliance). We assessed how frequency dependence of resistance (R) and reactance (X) changed in response to bronchoconstriction with carvedilol followed by long acting beta-agonist (LABA) withdrawal. N = 12 patients with moderate to severe COPD were ...

Estudio De Percepción De Emprendedores Universitarios Sobre El Impacto De Un Programa Escolar De Emprendimiento En Sus Empresas, En Tehuipango, Veracruz

Entrepreneurship has impacts on countries, generating jobs and socioeconomic development. In Mexico, from the 1980s, Higher Education Institutions develop entrepreneurship and self-employment promotion programs, to promote entrepreneurial philosophy among their students. In the State of Veracruz, since 2015 the Higher Technological Institute of Zongolica has developed the Social ...

The role of length of maternity leave in supporting mother–child interactions and attachment security among American mothers and their infants

Maternity leave policies are linked to early childhood education and care policies, and in many countries, the length of leave policies determines the need for early care programs. The length of maternity leave varies greatly among mothers in the U.S. because of the absence of a universal policy for paid leave. This study examined associations among length of maternity leave, ...

The oscillatory flow of the cerebrospinal fluid in the Sylvian aqueduct and the prepontine cistern measured with phase contrast MRI in children with hydrocephalus—a preliminary report

Introduction Recognizing patients with ventriculomegaly who are at risk of developing acute hydrocephalus presents a challenge for the clinician. The association between disturbed cerebrospinal fluid flow (CSF) and impaired brain compliance may play a role in the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus. Phase contrast MRI is a noninvasive technique which can be used to assess CSF parameters. ...

Total Domination Versus Domination in Cubic Graphs

A dominating set in a graph G is a set S of vertices of G such that every vertex not in S has a neighbor in S. Further, if every vertex of G has a neighbor in S, then S is a total dominating set of G. The domination number, \(\gamma (G)\), and total domination number, \(\gamma _{t}(G)\), are the minimum cardinalities of a dominating set and total dominating set, respectively, in G. ...

A hybrid optimization strategy for registering images with large local deformations and intensity variations

Purpose To develop a method for intra-patient registration of pre- and post-contrast abdominal MR images with large local deformations and large intensity variations. Method A hybrid method is proposed to deal with this problem. It consists of two coupled techniques: (1) descriptor matching (DM) at the original resolution using a discrete optimization strategy to avoid getting ...

Correction to: Heavy metal-induced oxidative stress on seed germination and seedling development: a critical review

Unfortunately, in the original publication of the article, Prof. Yong Sik Ok’s affiliation was incorrectly published. The author’s affiliation is as follows.

Influence of iterative reconstruction on coronary calcium scores at multiple heart rates: a multivendor phantom study on state-of-the-art CT systems

The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of iterative reconstruction on coronary calcium scores (CCS) at different heart rates for four state-of-the-art CT systems. Within an anthropomorphic chest phantom, artificial coronary arteries were translated in a water-filled compartment. The arteries contained three different calcifications with low (38 mg), medium (80 ...