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Africanized bees extend their distribution in California

genotyping. We also thank three anonymous referees for valuable feedback on the manuscript. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Brian R. Johnson. Formal analysis: Wei Lin, Brian R. Johnson. Funding ... acquisition: Brian R. Johnson. Methodology: Wei Lin, Brian R. Johnson. Project administration: Brian R. Johnson. Supervision: Brian R. Johnson. Investigation: Wei Lin, Jakob McBroome, Mahwish Rehman, Brian

Effects of calcium channel blockers comparing to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers in patients with hypertension and chronic kidney disease stage 3 to 5 and dialysis: A systematic review and meta-analysis

This research received grant from Taipei Medical University 106TMU-TMUH-23. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Yi-No Kang. Data curation: Jheng-Wei Lin. Formal analysis: Yen-Chung Lin, Jheng-Wei ... Lin. Funding acquisition: Yen-Chung Lin. Methodology: Yi-No Kang. Software: Yi-No Kang. Supervision: Yen-Chung Lin, Kuan-Chou Chen, Chiung-Chi Peng. Validation: Jheng-Wei Lin, Mai-Szu Wu. Writing

Joint ABS and user grouping allocation for HetNet with picocell deployment in downlink

In order to resolve the co-channel inter-cell interference problem in heterogeneous networks (HetNet), the feature of almost blank subframes (ABS) in the time domain of the enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) is utilized. In this paper, an ABS configuration design is developed on downlink in HetNet and the associated resource allocation problem for maximizing...

Dabigatran-Induced Massive Spontaneous Hemothorax

to this article to disclose. Conflict of interest Jing Huang, Wei Lin, Dan Lv, Li Yu, Lun Wu, Haiying Jin, Zaichun Deng and Qunli Ding declare that they have no conflicts of interest relating to the

Mining of high utility-probability sequential patterns from uncertain databases

the Tencent Project under grant CCF-Tencent IAGR20160115. 19 / 21 Author Contributions Conceptualization: Binbin Zhang, Jerry Chun-Wei Lin, Philippe Fournier-Viger, Ting Li. Formal analysis: Jerry ... Chun-Wei Lin. Supervision: Jerry Chun-Wei Lin. Writing ± review & editing: Philippe Fournier-Viger. Ryang H, Yun U, Ryu K. Fast algorithm for high utility pattern mining with the sum of item quantities

Three new species of Begonia sect. Baryandra from Panay Island, Philippines

Background The flora of Panay Island is under-collected compared with the other islands of the Philippines. In a joint expedition to the island, botanists from Taiwan and the Philippines found three unknown Begonia species and compared them with potentially allied species. Results The three species are clearly assignable to Begonia sect. Baryandra which is largely endemic to the...

A Study on the Legality of Royalty Collection Clauses after Expiration of Patent Rights, 15 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 213 (2016)

would compensate Kimble for the right amount if they later applied the concept of his invention. * © Wei-Lin Wang 2016. Associate Professor, Financial Law Department of Ming Chuan University; J.S.D

Identification of Skin Electrical Injury Using Infrared Imaging: A Possible Complementary Tool for Histological Examination

In forensic practice, determination of electrocution as a cause of death usually depends on the conventional histological examination of electrical mark in the body skin, but the limitation of this method includes subjective bias by different forensic pathologists, especially for identifying suspicious electrical mark. The aim of our work is to introduce Fourier transform...

Biomarkers and echocardiography for evaluating the improvement of the ventricular diastolic function after surgical relief of hydronephrosis

, Chia-Ti Tsai, Ling-Ping Lai. Data curation: Ting-Tse Lin, Chih-Fan Yeh. Formal analysis: Ting-Tse Lin, Jou-Wei Lin, Ling-Ping Lai. Investigation: Huei-Ming Yeh. Methodology: Huei-Ming Yeh, Ho-Shiang ... Huang, Jou-Wei Lin, Chun-Lin Chu. Project administration: Huei-Ming Yeh. Resources: Ho-Shiang Huang. Software: Jou-Wei Lin. Supervision: Chia-Ti Tsai, Ling-Ping Lai, Yi-You Huang, Chun-Lin Chu

Nanorods on surface of GaN-based thin-film LEDs deposited by post-annealing after photo-assisted chemical etching

This study investigates the optoelectronic characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN)-based thin-film light-emitting diodes (TF-LEDs) that are formed by a two-step transfer process that involves wet etching and post-annealing. In the two-step transfer process, GaN LEDs were stripped from sapphire substrates by the laser lift-off (LLO) method using a KrF laser and then transferred...

Mononuclear-macrophages but not neutrophils act as major infiltrating anti-leptospiral phagocytes during leptospirosis

National Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province, China (LQ14H190001). Conceptualization: Shi-Jun Li, Xu'ai Lin, Jie Yan. Data curation: Xu Chen, Shi-Jun Li, Wei-Lin Hu. Formal analysis: Xu Chen ... , Shi-Jun Li, Ai-Hua Sun, Wei-Lin Hu, Xu'ai Lin. Funding acquisition: Shi-Jun Li, Jie Yan. Investigation: Xu Chen, Xu'ai Lin. Methodology: Xu Chen, Wei-Lin Hu, Jie Yan. Project administration: Xu Chen

Surgical outcomes of pulmonary mucoepidermoid carcinoma: A review of 41 cases

, 8 Thoracic Surgery Division, Surgery Department, Mackay Memorial Hospital , Taipei , Taiwan 1 Funding: Shih-Wei Lin is grateful to the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of China (Taiwan

Antagonism of proteasome inhibitor-induced heme oxygenase-1 expression by PINK1 mutation

-Lin Chien, Kai-Hsiang Kang, Horng-Huei Liou, Data curation: Xiang-Jun Sheng, Hunag-Ju Tu. Formal analysis: Xiang-Jun Sheng, Hunag-Ju Tu, Wei-Lin Chien. Funding acquisition: Wen-Mei Fu. Investigation ... : Dai-Hua Lu, Wen-Mei Fu. Methodology: Kai-Hsiang Kang. Project administration: Wen-Mei Fu. Supervision: Wei-Lin Chien, Horng-Huei Liou, Ming-Jen Lee, Wen-Mei Fu. Validation: Xiang-Jun Sheng, Hunag-Ju

Benzodiazepine and Z-drug use and risk of pneumonia in patients with chronic kidney disease: A population-based nested case-control study

Background Concerns were raised about pneumonia development from benzodiazepines (BZDs) and Z-drugs, but direct evidence is limited, conflicting and without examining the highly susceptible patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) nor specifying the risk for different drug utilizations. This study aimed to investigate whether use of BZDs and Z-drugs was each associated with an...

Hospitalization of elderly diabetic patients: characteristics, reasons for admission, and gender differences

Background Understanding the differences in characteristics, gender, and common causes for admission in hospitalized elderly diabetic patients provides a theoretical basis for their successful management. This study explored the reasons and gender differences in hospitalizations of elderly patients with diabetes mellitus. Methods Patients aged ≥60 years who had received a...

Alzheimer’s amyloid-β A2T variant and its N-terminal peptides inhibit amyloid-β fibrillization and rescue the induced cytotoxicity

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common dementia affecting tens of million people worldwide. The primary neuropathological hallmark in AD is amyloid plaques composed of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). Several familial mutations found in Aβ sequence result in early onset of AD. Previous studies showed that the mutations located at N-terminus of Aβ, such as the English (H6R) and...

The association between frequent alcohol drinking and opioid consumption after abdominal surgery: A retrospective analysis

Aims It is perceived that patients with a history of frequent alcohol consumption require more opioids for postoperative pain control and experience less postoperative nausea and vomiting than patients without such a history. However, there is scarce evidence supporting this notion. The aim of this study was to assess association between frequent alcohol consumption and opioid...

Effect of adjuvant interferon therapy on hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma: a systematic review

Objective The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of adjuvant interferon therapy for hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after different previous therapy. Methods An electronic search for articles about adjuvant treatment with IFN for patients with HCC published between 2000 and 2015 was conducted in MEDLINE, PubMed, Cochrane Library, and...

Circulating plasmablasts/plasma cells: a potential biomarker for IgG4-related disease

Background Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a multisystem fibroinflammatory disease. We previously reported that a circulating cell population expressing CD19 + CD24 − CD38 hi was increased in patients with IgG4-RD. In this study, we aimed to document that this cell population represented circulating plasmablasts/plasma cells, to identify the detailed...