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Inference in "Likelihood-Free" Bayesian Networks

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Dongzhen miao (東鎮廟)

Chenxi Huang & Yuanjing Zhang
This video presents the history, structure, architecture and stele corridors of the Dongzhen Temple. Current attitudes toward folk beliefs and contemporary sacrificial scenes in Dongzhen were logged as well. Bilingual editions available.

The Grotto at Chantang Peak (禪堂崮)

Yuanjing Zhang
This grotto is on the way from the Shrine of Primal Mistress Turqüoise Mist (碧霞元君祠) to Palace of Yuhuang (玉皇殿). The whole grotto is badly weathered. The words "filial piety moves the heaven (孝感動天)" are written on a gate inside the grotto. Inside the gate there is a deity statue. The size of the grotto is 224cm (H) x 312 (W) [1]. This stone statue of a Buddha is on the top of the gate...

Buddha statues in the Northern Niches of the Hall of the Stone Buddha

Yuanjing Zhang
This series of stone statues of buddhas, dated 1085 (Song 宋 Dynasty), is located on the northern side of the Hall of Stone Buddha in Linqü (臨朐), Shandong Province. Images 1- 11 each shows a niche that contains or used to contain a Buddha statue. Most of the statues are badly weathered except the statue in image 4. 1. In the first image, the buddha statue is badly weathered. Part of the head is missing,...

The Buddha-like Stone at Sitou Town (寺頭鎮)

Yuanjing Zhang
This stone, dated 1085 (Song 宋 Dynasty), is located in the Hall of Stone Buddha at Linqu (臨朐), Shandong Province. The Hall was built in 2012 to protect the stone and all the stone carvings on it. According to local villagers, this stone fell down from Mount Yuxiang (玉象山). People thought that the stone looked like a huge Buddha, therefore, they carved many Buddhas on each side of the stone. Only two sides of the...

Validation of prediction models of severe disease course and non-achievement of remission in juvenile idiopathic arthritis part 2: results of the Nordic model in the Canadian cohort

Andrew Henrey, Veronika Rypdal, Martin Rypdal, Thomas Loughin, Ellen Nordal & Jaime Guzman
Background: Validated clinical prediction models to identify children with poor prognosis at the time of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) diagnosis would be very helpful for tailoring treatments, and avoiding under- or over-treatment. Our objective was to externally validate Nordic clinical prediction models in Canadian patients with JIA. Methods: We used data from 513 subjects at the 3-year follow-up from the Research in Arthritis in Canadian Children emphasizing Outcomes (ReACCh-Out) cohort. The predicted outcomes were non-achievement...

Case report: Successful induction of buprenorphine/naloxone using a microdosing schedule and assertive outreach

Jennifer Rozylo, Keren Mitchell, Mohammadali Nikoo, S. E Durante, Skye P Barbic, Daniel Lin, Steve Mathias & Pouya Azar
Background: The requirement for moderate withdrawal prior to initiation can be a barrier to buprenorphine/naloxone induction. Case presentation: We aimed to use a microdosing regimen to initiate regular dosing of buprenorphine/naloxone in a high-risk patient with a history of failed initiations due, in part, to withdrawal symptoms. Using an assertive outreach model and a buprenorphine/naloxone microdosing schedule, we initiated treatment of an individual’s opioid use disorder. There was a successful buprenorphine/naloxone microdosing induction as the...

Does phone messaging improves tuberculosis treatment success? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Kassahun D Gashu, Kassahun A Gelaye, Zeleke A Mekonnen, Richard Lester & Binyam Tilahun
Background: Compliance to anti-TB treatment is crucial in achieving cure and avoiding the emergence of drug resistance. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions are included in the strategy to end the global Tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2035. Evidences showed that mobile messaging systems could improve patient adherence to clinic appointment for diagnosis and treatment. This review aimed to assess the effect of mobile-phone messaging on anti-TB treatment success. Methods: All randomized controlled trial (RCT) and quasi-experimental studies...

Heart failure management insights from primary care physicians and allied health care providers in Southwestern Ontario

Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva, Roseanne W Pulford, Douglas S Lee & Robert J Petrella
Background: It remains to be determined whether collaborative strategies to improve and sustain overall health in patients with heart failure (HF) are currently being adopted by health care professionals. We surveyed primary care physicians, nurses and allied health care professionals in Southwestern Ontario regarding how they currently manage HF patients and how they perceive limitations, barriers and challenges in achieving optimal management in these patients. Methods: We developed an online survey based on field expertise...

Transparent PAN:TiO2 and PAN-co-PMA:TiO2 Nanofiber Composite Membranes with High Efficiency in Particulate Matter Pollutants Filtration

Dongliang Ruan, Liming Qin, Rouxi Chen, Guojie Xu, Zhibo Su, Jianhua Cheng, Shilei Xie, Faliang Cheng & Frank Ko
Particulate matter is one of the main pollutants, causing hazy days, and it has been serious concern for public health worldwide, particularly in China recently. Quality of outdoor atmosphere with a pollutant emission of PM2.5 is hard to be controlled; but the quality of indoor air could be achieved by using fibrous membrane-based air-filtering devices. Herein, we introduce nanofiber membranes for both indoor and outdoor air protection by electrospun synthesized polyacrylonitrile:TiO₂ and developed polyacrylonitrile-co-polyacrylate:TiO₂ composite...

Stimulant safe supply: a potential opportunity to respond to the overdose epidemic

Taylor Fleming, Allison Barker, Andrew Ivsins, Sheila Vakharia & Ryan McNeil
Background: Occurring against the backdrop of an overdose crisis, stimulant use and stimulant-involved deaths in North America are increasing at an alarming rate. Many of these deaths are being attributed to fentanyl and related analogs, which have been increasingly found within street-level stimulant supplies. Within this, people experiencing socio-economic marginalization are at the greatest risk of overdose and other harms from adulterated stimulants. Current treatments for stimulant use disorder have limited effectiveness, and even less...

Effect of Moisture on Gas Emissions from Stored Woody Biomass

Xiao He, Anthony K. Lau & Shahab Sokhansanj
Biomass materials have been increasingly used due to their renewable nature. The problems occurring during the storage of fresh woody materials include gas emissions and dry matter losses as a result of degradation. The objective of this study was to investigate and quantify the effect of moisture content on gas emissions from stored wood chips. Experiments were conducted under non-aerobic and aerobic conditions using fresh Western Red Cedar (WRC) chips with different initial moisture contents...

Computational Disorder Analysis in Ethylene Response Factors Uncovers Binding Motifs Critical to Their Diverse Functions

Xiaolin Sun, Nawar Malhis, Bi Zhao, Bin Xue, Joerg Gsponer & Erik H. A. Rikkerink
APETALA2/ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR transcription factors (AP2/ERFs) play crucial roles in adaptation to stresses such as those caused by pathogens, wounding and cold. Although their name suggests a specific role in ethylene signalling, some ERF members also co-ordinate signals regulated by other key plant stress hormones such as jasmonate, abscisic acid and salicylate. We analysed a set of ERF proteins from three divergent plant species for intrinsically disorder regions containing conserved segments involved in protein–protein interaction...

Retrieving Foliar Traits of Quercus garryana var. garryana across a Modified Landscape Using Leaf Spectroscopy and LiDAR

Paul W. Hacker, Nicholas C. Coops, Philip A. Townsend & Zhihui Wang
Understanding the ecological effects of human activities on an ecosystem is integral to the implementation of conservation management plans. The plasticity of plant functional traits presents an opportunity to examine the capacity for intraspecific functional trait variations to be indicators of anthropogenic landscape modifications. The presence of intraspecific trait variation would indicate that plants of a single species could to be used to evaluate and map functional diversity, a common metric used to measure biodiversity....

The Big Top on Screen : Towards a Genealogy of Circus Cinema

Brian McIlroy
[Delivered as a conference paper at the Film Studies Association of Canada annual conference at UBC on June 5th, 2019]

“Introduction : Sinead O’Shea’s A Mother Takes Her Son to be shot”

Brian McIlroy
[Delivered at the Inaugural Vancouver Irish Film Festival, Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, December 9th, 2018] Documentaries about Northern Ireland or the six counties or the North have been made continuously since 1968, first about the troubles themselves and the historical context, and more recently, twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the after-effects and evolution of that conflict.

Quadriceps Weakness and the Risk of Knee Cartilage Loss on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a Population-Based Cohort with Knee Pain

Carson Chin, E. C. Sayre, Ali Guermazi, Savvas Nicolaou, John M. Esdaile, Jacek Kopeć, Anona Thorne, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong & Cibere, Jolanda, 1962-
Objective. To determine whether baseline quadriceps weakness predicts cartilage loss on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods. Subjects aged 40-79 with knee pain (n=163) were recruited from a random population sample and examined for quadriceps weakness with manual isometric strength testing, using a 3-point scoring system (0=poor resistance, 1=moderate resistance, 2=full resistance), which was dichotomized as normal (grade 2) vs weak (grade 0/1). MRI of the more symptomatic knee was obtained at baseline and at mean...

New vistas : 21st century Irish Science Fiction on screen.

Brian McIlroy
[Delivered at the Canadian Association of Irish Studies Conference, Banff, Alberta, May 27th, 2016]

“Irish Centenaries : An Introduction to the films”

Brian McIlroy
[Delivered at the Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, April 22nd, 2016: An Irish film programme on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising].

Reassessing Sidney Olcott : Irish-Canadian filmmaker

Brian McIlroy
[Delivered at the Joint American Conference of Irish Studies/Canadian Association of Irish Studies Conference, University College, Dublin, Ireland, June 12th 2014.]

Osteoarthritis incidence and trends in administrative health records from British Columbia, Canada

Rahman, Md Mushfiqur, Cibere, Jolanda, 1962-, Charlie H. Goldsmith, Anis, Aslam H. (Aslam Hayat), 1959- & Jacek Kopeć
Objectives Our objectives were to calculate the incidence rates of osteoarthritis (OA) and to describe the changes in incidence using 18 years of administrative health records. Methods We analyzed visits to health professionals and hospital admission records in a random sample (n = 640,000) from British Columbia (BC), Canada from 1991/92 through 2008/09. OA was defined in two ways: Def1) at least one physician diagnosis or one hospital admission; and Def2) at least two physician...

Statin discontinuation and risk of acute myocardial infarction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis : a population-based cohort study

Mary Abigail De Vera, Hyon K. Choi, Michal Abrahamowicz, Jacek Kopeć, Maria Victoria Goycochea-Robles & Diane Lacaille
Objectives Screening for cardiovascular risk factors and treating hyperlipidaemia with statins are recommended to reduce the increased cardiovascular risk in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, poor compliance with statins may limit their therapeutic benefit. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of statin discontinuation on risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among RA patients. Methods The authors conducted a population-based cohort study of RA patients with incident statin use followed from May 1996 to...

Quantifying the association of radiographic osteoarthritis in knee or hip joints with other knees or hips : the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project

E. C. Sayre, Joanne M. Jordan, Cibere, Jolanda, 1962-, Louise Murphy, Todd A. Schwartz, Charles G. Helmick, Jordan B. Renner, Rahman, Md Mushfiqur, Jaafar Aghajanian, Weiqun Kang, Elizabeth M. Badley & Jacek Kopeć
Objective To quantify the association of radiographic osteoarthritis in one knee or hip joint with other knee or hip joints. Methods We analyzed baseline data from the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project (n=3,068). We fit four models for left/right knee/hip. Kellgren Lawrence (KL) radiographic grade severity was based on: KL=0/1 (no/questionable radiographic OA (ROA)); 2 (mild ROA); or 3/4 (moderate/severe ROA). We estimated associations between KL grade in contralateral joints and other joint sites (e.g., worst...

Descriptive Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis in British Columbia, Canada

Jacek Kopeć, Rahman, Md Mushfiqur, Jean-Marie Berthelot, Christel Le Petit, Jaafar Aghajanian, E. C. Sayre, Cibere, Jolanda, 1962-, Anis, Aslam H. (Aslam Hayat), 1959- & Elizabeth M. Badley
Objectives Osteoarthritis (OA) is a highly prevalent and often disabling disease. Data on the incidence of OA in the general population are limited. Our objectives were (1) to estimate OA prevalence and incidence rates by age and sex in a geographically defined population of 4 million people (British Columbia, Canada) using an administrative database and (2) to determine the effects of different administrative definitions of OA and observation (run-in) time on such estimates. Methods We...

Data for Modelling the Putative Ancient Distribution of the Coastal Rock Pool Mosquito Aedes togoi

Daniel Peach & Benjamin Matthews
Data, Maps, and Supplementary Information for the manuscript "Modelling the Putative Ancient Distribution of the Coastal Rock Pool Mosquito Aedes togoi

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