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A Branch-and-Bound Algorithm for Minimizing the Energy Consumption in the PFS Problem

This paper considers the energy consumption minimization in permutation flow shop (PFS) scheduling problem. The energy consumption of each machine is decomposed into two parts: useful part which completes the operation at current stage and wasted part which is consumed during idle period. The objective considered here is to minimize the total wasted energy consumption which is a...

A Five-Year Prospective Study of Diabetic Retinopathy Progression in Chinese Type 2 Diabetes Patients with “Well-Controlled” Blood Glucose

Purpose To determine the progression rate and risk factors for diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Chinese type 2 diabetic patients who have reached the target hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) level recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Methods This was a 5-year community-based prospective study. The study population consisted of patients with type 2 diabetes with HbA1c less than 7.0...

A Novel Supra-Brow Combined with Infra-Brow Lift Approach for Asian Women

Background Direct brow lift surgery remains popular among Asian women despite its disadvantages. The traditional direct brow lift by a supra-brow incision is not suitable for Asian women because of their unique facial features, such as higher eyebrows, wider upper eyelids, and more orbital fat. Therefore, we designed a novel brow lift technique via a supra-brow combined with an...

A Wideband Dual-Polarized Antenna Using Planar Quasi-Open-Sleeve Dipoles for Base Station Applications

, Xidian University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710071, China Received 2 May 2015; Accepted 27 July 2015 Academic Editor: Herve Aubert Copyright © 2015 Guan-xi Zhang et al. This is an open access article

A Wideband Dual-Polarized Antenna Using Planar Quasi-Open-Sleeve Dipoles for Base Station Applications

, Xidian University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710071, China Received 2 May 2015; Accepted 27 July 2015 Academic Editor: Herve Aubert Copyright © 2015 Guan-xi Zhang et al. This is an open access article

A Wideband Dual-Polarized Antenna Using Planar Quasi-Open-Sleeve Dipoles for Base Station Applications

, Xidian University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710071, China Received 2 May 2015; Accepted 27 July 2015 Academic Editor: Herve Aubert Copyright © 2015 Guan-xi Zhang et al. This is an open access article

A blockade of PI3Kγ signaling effectively mitigates angiotensin II-induced renal injury and fibrosis in a mouse model

, Yunfeng Xia, Xi Zhang, Liqun Chen, Chen Zhao, Shifeng Huang, Jiayan Lei, Yixiao Feng, Wei Liu & Hua GanMolecular Oncology Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, The ... for Xi Zhang in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google Scholar Search for Liqun Chen in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google Scholar Search for Shujuan Yan in:Nature Research journals

A case report of avian influenza H7N9 killing a young doctor in Shanghai, China

Background The novel avian influenza H7N9 virus has caused severe diseases in humans in eastern China since the spring of 2013. On January 18 th 2014, a doctor working in the emergency department of a hospital in Shanghai died of H7N9 virus infection. To understand possible reasons to explain this world’s first fatal H7N9 case of a health care worker (HCW), we summarize the...

A chance-constrained stochastic approach to intermodal container routing problems

Zhao. Formal analysis: Yi Zhao. Funding acquisition: Xi Zhang. Investigation: Yi Zhao. Methodology: Yi Zhao, Ronghui Liu. Supervision: Ronghui Liu. Writing ± original draft: Yi Zhao. Writing

A reported death case of a novel bunyavirus in Shanghai, China

This paper describes the first case of infection with a recently described novel bunyavirus, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV), in Shanghai, China. The case is originally from Chizhou City, Anhui province within an endemic area for SFTSV. We describe the etiology, epidemiological characteristics, clinical diagnosis and treatment of this fatal case. This...

ACE Gene I/D Polymorphism and Obesity in 1,574 Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

 Xiao-Xi Zhang,1,2 and Hai-Lu Zhao1,2,3 1Center for Diabetic Systems Medicine, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Excellence, Guilin Medical University, Guilin 541004, China 2Institute of Basic Medical Sciences ... , Guilin Medical University. Dr. Xiao-xi Zhang and Li-jun Geng provided endless support in recruiting volunteers at the Affiliated Hospital of Guilin Medical University. Acknowledgments This study is partly

Aberrant intra- and inter-network connectivity architectures in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment

• Google ScholarSearch for Luning Wang in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for Ningyu An in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for Xi Zhang in:Nature Research ... Correspondence to Xi Zhang or Yong Liu. Supplementary information Word documents1.Supplementary Information Rights and permissions This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0

Acute WT1-positive promyelocytic leukemia with hypogranular variant morphology, bcr-3 isoform of PML-RARα and Flt3-ITD mutation: a rare case report

13452993609 Fax. +86 023 68763198 E-mail: The authors Xi Zhang and Cheng Yang contributed equally to this work Conflict of interest: The authors declare that there was no conflict of interest  This

Aerosol influence on energy balance of the middle atmosphere of Jupiter

Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125, USAYuk L. Yung AuthorsSearch for Xi Zhang in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google ScholarSearch for Robert A. West in:Nature ... authors declare no competing financial interests. Corresponding author Correspondence to Xi Zhang. Rights and permissions This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

All-trans retinoic acid arrests cell cycle in leukemic bone marrow stromal cells by increasing intercellular communication through connexin 43-mediated gap junction

Background Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) is typically decreased in malignant tumors. Gap junction is not presented between hematopoietic cells but occurred in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the major gap junction (GJ) protein; our previous study revealed that Cx43 expression and GJIC were decreased in acute leukemic BMSCs. All-trans...

An Elevated Platelet-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predicts Poor Prognosis and Clinicopathological Characteristics in Patients with Colorectal Cancer: A Meta-Analysis

Background. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinicopathological and prognostic values of platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) in colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods. The PubMed and Embase databases and the references of relevant studies were systematically searched. This study was performed with hazard ratios (HRs) and odd ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% confidence...

An Elevated Platelet-to-Lymphocyte Ratio Predicts Poor Prognosis and Clinicopathological Characteristics in Patients with Colorectal Cancer: A Meta-Analysis

Background. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinicopathological and prognostic values of platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) in colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods. The PubMed and Embase databases and the references of relevant studies were systematically searched. This study was performed with hazard ratios (HRs) and odd ratios (ORs) with corresponding 95% confidence...

An Inhibitory Effect of Extracellular Ca2+ on Ca2+-Dependent Exocytosis

Aim Neurotransmitter release is elicited by an elevation of intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i). The action potential triggers Ca2+ influx through Ca2+ channels which causes local changes of [Ca2+]i for vesicle release. However, any direct role of extracellular Ca2+ (besides Ca2+ influx) on Ca2+-dependent exocytosis remains elusive. Here we set out to investigate this...

An Online Multisensor Data Fusion Framework for Radar Emitter Classification

Radar emitter classification is a special application of data clustering for classifying unknown radar emitters in airborne electronic support system. In this paper, a novel online multisensor data fusion framework is proposed for radar emitter classification under the background of network centric warfare. The framework is composed of local processing and multisensor fusion...

Antifungal prophylaxis of patients undergoing allogenetic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in China: a multicenter prospective observational study

Background Antifungal prophylaxis is currently regarded as the gold standard in situations with allo-genetic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). However, the epidemiological information regarding prophylaxis of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) is not clear in China. Methods We report the first large-scale (1053 patients) observational study of the prophylaxis and...