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Concrete surface crack detection with the improved pre-extraction and the second percolation processing methods

Monitoring the instantaneous and changing concrete surface condition is paramount to cost-effectively managing tunnel assets. In practice, detecting cracks efficiently and accurately is a very challenging task due to concrete blebs, stains, and illumination over the concrete surface. Unclear and tiny cracks cannot be detected effectively. In this paper, we proposed an ultra...

A survey of flares and current helicity in active regions

We examine the spatial and temporal relationship between chromospheric H flares and photospheric current helicities in active regions. All of the data were obtained by the vector magnetograph system at Huairou Solar Observing Station of Beijing Astronomical Observatory. We focus our analysis on NOAA Active Region 6233, which was observed on 30 August 1990. The result shows that...

Spatial Properties of Mismatch Negativity in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

In recent decades, event-related potentials have been used for the clinical electrophysiological assessment of patients with disorders of consciousness (DOCs). In this paper, an oddball paradigm with two types of frequency-deviant stimulus (standard stimuli were pure tones of 1000 Hz; small deviant stimuli were pure tones of 1050 Hz; large deviant stimuli were pure tones of 1200...

Lack of coordination between partners: investigation of Physician-Preferred and Patient-Preferred (4P) basal insulin titration algorithms in the real world

Lack of coordination between partners: investigation of Physician-Preferred and Patient-Preferred (4P) basal insulin titration algorithms in the real world Tong Zhang,1 Yunjuan Zhao,2 Tao Du,2 Xiaodan Zhang,2 Xiaowei Li,2 Ruike Liu,3 Yunlin Wang,4 Bo Chen,5 Ling He,6 Wangen Li2 1Department of Endocrinology, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou...

Preparation of chitin-amphipathic anion/quaternary ammonium salt ecofriendly dressing and its effect on wound healing in mice

Preparation of chitin-amphipathic anion/quaternary ammonium salt ecofriendly dressing and its effect on wound healing in mice Daijun Zhou,1–3 Ruijia Yang,4 Tao Yang,1–3 Malcolm Xing,1–4 Gaoxing Luo1–3 1Institute of Burn Research, 2State Key Laboratory of Trauma, Burn and Combined Injury, 3Key Laboratory of Proteomics of Chongqing, Southwest Hospital, Army Medical University...

Clinical efficacy of calcitonin compared to diclofenac sodium in chronic nonspecific low back pain with type I Modic changes: a retrospective study

Clinical efficacy of calcitonin compared to diclofenac sodium in chronic nonspecific low back pain with type I Modic changes: a retrospective study Jiaming Zhou,1,2 Tengshuai Li,1 Liandong Li,1 Yuan Xue1 1Department of Orthopaedics Surgery, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China; 2Graduate School, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin...

Preparation of Thermoresponsive Polymer Nanogels of Oligo(Ethylene Glycol) Diacrylate-Methacrylic Acid and Their Property Characterization

Stimuli-responsive polymers have received growing attention in recent years owing to their wide applications in diverse fields. A novel stimuli-responsive polymer, based on oligo(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (OEGDA) and methacrylic acid (MAA), P(OEGDA-MAA), is prepared by precipitation polymerization and is shown to have a LCST-type VPTT (volume phase transition temperature) at 33...

The first fusion reactor: ITER

Established by the signature of the ITER Agreement in November 2006 and currently under construction at St Paul-lez-Durance in southern France, the ITER project [1,2] involves the European Union (including Switzerland), China, India, Japan, the Russian Federation, South Korea and the United States. ITER (‘the way’ in Latin) is a critical step in the development of fusion energy...

Investigating global phase diagrams (GPDs) with reentrant transition behavior

In this paper we calculate the global phase diagrams with the closed-loop behavior for the phase transition of physical systems by means of the transverse field Ising model with nearest neighbor interaction. The 3D graph plotted by the various physical parameters gives a clear appreciation and qualitative understanding of the reentrant phase behavior of the system. Meanwhile the...

Concurrent weekly single cisplatin vs triweekly cisplatin alone with radiotherapy for treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer: a meta-analysis

Concurrent weekly single cisplatin vs triweekly cisplatin alone with radiotherapy for treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer: a meta-analysis Jiahao Zhu,1,2,* Shengjun Ji,1,* Qunchao Hu,1 Qingqing Chen,1 Zhengcao Liu,1 Jinchang Wu,1 Ke Gu1 1Department of Radiation Oncology, The Affiliated Suzhou Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Suzhou, China; 2Department of Oncology...

In situ fabrication of radiopaque microcapsules for oral delivery and real-time gastrointestinal tracking of Bifidobacterium

In situ fabrication of radiopaque microcapsules for oral delivery and real-time gastrointestinal tracking of Bifidobacterium Zhengzou Fang,1,* Rong Jiang,2,* Lirong Zhang,3,* Yunchao Wu,2 Xuefen Zhao,2 Lulu Zhao,2 Jiangang Li,4 Shengqiang Zou,1 Miaomiao Zhang,2 Fengyi Du1,2 1Department of Hepatosis, The Third Hospital of Zhenjiang Affiliated Jiangsu University, 2School of...

MFAP2 promotes epithelial–mesenchymal transition in gastric cancer cells by activating TGF-β/SMAD2/3 signaling pathway

MFAP2 promotes epithelial–mesenchymal transition in gastric cancer cells by activating TGF-β/SMAD2/3 signaling pathway Jian-Kai Wang,1 Wen-Juan Wang,2 Hong-Yi Cai,1 Bin-Bin Du,3 Ping Mai,4 Li-Juan Zhang,1 Wen Ma,1 Yong-Guo Hu,1 Shi-Fang Feng,1 Guo-Ying Miao1 1Department of Radiotherapy, Gansu Provincial Hospital, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000, China; 2Physical Examination Center, The...

Genome-wide identification and characterization of the CKII gene family in the cultivated banana cultivar (Musa spp. cv Tianbaojiao) and the wild banana (Musa itinerans)

Plant casein kinase II (CKII) plays an essential role in regulating plant growth and development, and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Here, we report the identification and characterization of the CKII family genes in Musa spp. cv. ‘Tianbaojiao’ (AAA group) and the wild banana (Musa itinerans). The 13 cDNA sequences of the CKII family members were identified both in...

Gender differences in the protective effects of green tea against amnestic mild cognitive impairment in the elderly Han population

Gender differences in the protective effects of green tea against amnestic mild cognitive impairment in the elderly Han population Hua Xu,1,2 Yaping Wang,3 Yefeng Yuan,4 Xulai Zhang,5 Xiaoyun Zuo,6 Lijuan Cui,7 Ying Liu,8 Wei Chen,9 Ning Su,1,2 Haihong Wang,1,2 Feng Yan,1,2 Xia Li,1,2 Tao Wang,1,2 Shifu Xiao1,2 1Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, Shanghai Mental Health Center...

Overexpressed CDR1as functions as an oncogene to promote the tumor progression via miR-7 in non-small-cell lung cancer

Overexpressed CDR1as functions as an oncogene to promote the tumor progression via miR-7 in non-small-cell lung cancer Xiaofei Zhang,1,* Danfen Yang,2,* Yaqiang Wei1 1Department of Oncology & The Division of Respiratory Medicine, Yan’an People’s Hospital, Yan’an City, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Medicine, The Division of Respiratory Medicine, Affiliated Hospital of...

Ideals of Facial Beauty Amongst the Chinese Population: Results from a Large National Survey

Surgical and non-surgical aesthetic treatments are very popular throughout Asia and in particular in China. With the globalisation and immigration of Chinese people to other countries where many seek treatment from Western-trained doctors, it is important to understand the ideals of beauty amongst Chinese people so as to achieve optimal results. We conducted an online survey to...

Generation dispatch method based on maximum entropy principle for power systems with high penetration of wind power

This paper proposes a generation dispatch model based on the maximum entropy principle. The objective is to find an optimal generation dispatch strategy that minimizes the generation cost and satisfies the security constraints of power systems, while taking into account the uncertainty of wind power. Since in many situations, only partial information of the probabilistic...

City-Bus-Route Demand-based Efficient Coupling Driving Control for Parallel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Bus

Recently, plug-in hybrid electric bus has been one of the energy-efficient solutions for urban transportation. However, the current vehicle efficiency is far from optimum, because the unpredicted external driving conditions are difficult to be obtained in advance. How to further explore its fuel-saving potential under the complicated city bus driving cycles through an efficient...