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  1. We describe the design, the construction and performance of a narrow band ortho-mode transducer, currently used in the 5 GHz polarimetric receiver of the Galactic Emission Mapping project.

    Authors: Ivan S. Ferreira, Camilo Tello, Miguel Bergano, Thyrso Villela, Domingos Barbosa and George F. Smoot
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2069
  2. The diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella) is a major pest of broccoli crops in Colombia. To control P. xylostella, we evaluated the interaction of Beauveria bassiana Bb9205 and Metarhizium anisopliae Ma9236 wit...

    Authors: J. P. Correa-Cuadros, A. Sáenz-Aponte and M. X. Rodríguez-Bocanegra
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2068
  3. Previous studies showed that social media is associated with sleep quality. WeChat (a native social media in China) is very popular in China, especially among the youth. In the second quarter of 2016, Tencent’...

    Authors: Xianglong Xu, Qianyi Lin, Yan Zhang, Runzhi Zhu, Manoj Sharma and Yong Zhao
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2066
  4. Silicon single-photon avalanche diodes (Si-SPADs) are the most used devices for measuring ultra-weak optical radiant fluxes in many quantum technology fields, such as quantum optics, quantum communication, qua...

    Authors: Klodian Dhoska, Helmuth Hofer, Beatrice Rodiek, Marco López, Toomas Kübarsepp and Stefan Kück
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2065
  5. To figure out the relationship between image noise and contrast noise ratio (CNR) at different tube voltages, using anthropomorphic new-born and 1-year-old phantoms, and to discuss the feasibility of radiation...

    Authors: Takanori Masuda, Yoshinori Funama, Masao Kiguchi, Naoyuki Imada, Takayuki Oku, Tomoyasu Sato and Kazuo Awai
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2064
  6. In this study, bio-inspired computing is exploited for solving system of nonlinear equations using variants of genetic algorithms (GAs) as a tool for global search method hybrid with sequential quadratic progr...

    Authors: Muhammad Asif Zahoor Raja, Adiqa Kausar Kiani, Azam Shehzad and Aneela Zameer
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2063
  7. Children who frequently eat family meals are less likely to develop risk- and behavior-related outcomes, such as substance misuse, sexual risk, and obesity. Few studies have examined sociodemographic character...

    Authors: Margie R. Skeer, Konstantina E. Yantsides, Misha Eliasziw, Migdalia R. Tracy, Allison R. Carlton-Smith and Anthony Spirito
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2062
  8. Duck farming is on the raise in the current scenario, but processed products from duck meat are still uncommon to find. Investigating the duck meat qualities during storage will provide information to enhance ...

    Authors: Z. Naveen, B. R. Naik, B. V. Subramanyam and P. M. Reddy
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2061
  9. The incidence of subclinical hemophilic arthritis is low, with this case reports and literature review, we hope clinicians could pay more attention to the diagnosis of subclinical hemophilic arthritis and prev...

    Authors: Cheng Liu, Jun Guo, Qiu Cui, Dingfeng Li and Yanjun Zeng
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2058
  10. Adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) isolated from the stromal vascular fraction are a source of mesenchymal stem cells that have been shown to be beneficial in many regenerative medicine applications. AS...

    Authors: Alice S. Ferng, Katherine M. Marsh, Jamie M. Fleming, Renee F. Conway, David Schipper, Naing Bajaj, Alana M. Connell, Tia Pilikian, Kitsie Johnson, Ray Runyan, Stephen M. Black, John A. Szivek and Zain Khalpey
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2057
  11. Influenza A virus is a leading causative pathogen of human acute respiratory infection. Recently, the co-circulation of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and seasonal H3N2 viruses was reported, and sporadic cases with rea...

    Authors: Dawei Cui, Dejian Zhao, Guoliang Xie, Xianzhi Yang, Zhaoxia Huo, Shufa Zheng, Fei Yu and Yu Chen
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2054
  12. Performance test of the China Fusion Engineering Test Reactor (CFETR) central solenoid (CS) and toroidal field (TF) insert coils is of great importance to evaluate the CFETR magnet performance in relevant oper...

    Authors: Yong Ren, Xiaogang Liu, Junjun Li, Zhaoliang Wang, Lilong Qiu, Shijun Du, Guoqiang Li and Xiang Gao
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2052
  13. Ultrasound-guided cannulation of deep mid-arm veins by a modified Seldinger (US-Seldinger) technique has been demonstrated to yield better puncture success rates and lower postoperative complication rates than...

    Authors: Jianghong Tan, Liping Liu, Jing Xie, Lingli Hu, Qiaolan Yang and Honghong Wang
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2051
  14. Canine kobuvirus (CaKVs) was a newly described virus detected in dogs in the US and Italy. To learn more about CaKVs, 5 of 106 fecal samples from diarrhea dogs were positive with CaKVs in China, and the full g...

    Authors: Ning Kong, Yewen Zuo, Zhongze Wang, Hai Yu, En-min Zhou, Tongling Shan and Guangzhi Tong
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2047
  15. Nowadays, the web increasingly influences retail sales. An in-depth analysis of consumer decision-making in the context of e-business has become an important issue for internet vendors. However, factors affect...

    Authors: Hsiao-Ming Chen, Chia-Huei Wu, Sang-Bing Tsai, Jian Yu, Jiangtao Wang and Yuxiang Zheng
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2046
  16. The flow over a porous wedge, in the presence of viscous dissipation and Joule heating, has been investigated. The wedge is assumed to be saturated with nanofluid containing gyrotactic microorganisms. For the...

    Authors: Umar Khan, Naveed Ahmed and Syed Tauseef Mohyud-Din
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2043
  17. In this paper, some products of distributions are derived. The results are obtained in Colombeau algebra of generalized functions, which is the most relevant algebraic construction for dealing with Schwartz di...

    Authors: Marija Miteva, Biljana Jolevska-Tuneska and Tatjana Atanasova-Pacemska
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2042
  18. The determination of the necessary capacity and number of neurology wards of level III progressivity that can be defined in the system of criteria detailed in this article and which possess optimal operating c...

    Authors: Tamás Szentes, László Kovács and Csaba Óváry
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2039
  19. Owing to the nature of acute illness and adverse effects derived from intensive chemotherapy, patients with hematological malignancies (HM) who are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) often present with ...

    Authors: Qian Cheng, Yishu Tang, Qing Yang, Erhua Wang, Jing Liu and Xin Li
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2038
  20. Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl (loquat) is an evergreen Rosaceae fruit tree widely distributed in subtropical regions. Its leaves are considered as traditional Chinese medicine and ar...

    Authors: Liqun Shen, Qijie Guan, Awais Amin, Wei Zhu, Mengzhu Li, Ximin Li, Lin Zhang and Jingkui Tian
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2036
  21. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is a powerful modulator of anti-tumor immune responses. The IL-10 promoter region polymorphisms are known to regulate IL-10 production, and thus are thought to be implicated in tumorigenesi...

    Authors: Xiaohan Shi, Xiaochuan Xie, Xiaoshuang Xun, Yingxian Jia and Shangwei Li
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2034
  22. Isoflurane and sevoflurane protect lungs with ischemia–reperfusion (IR) injury. We examined the influence of desflurane on IR lung injury using isolated rabbit lungs perfused with a physiological salt solution.

    Authors: Yoshiaki Oshima, Seiji Sakamoto, Kazumasa Yamasaki, Shinsuke Mochida, Kazumi Funaki, Naoki Moriyama, Akihiro Otsuki, Ryo Endo, Masato Nakasone, Shunsaku Takahashi, Tomomi Harada, Yukari Minami and Yoshimi Inagaki
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2031
  23. The present study investigated how much Swiss general internal medicine practitioners (GPs) know about new direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs), particularly the relevant guidelines, follow-up tests, dosing adj...

    Authors: Thomas C. Sauter, Carlo Melis, Wolf E. Hautz, Meret E. Ricklin and Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2030
  24. The aim of our study is to evaluate perioperative and mid-term oncologic outcomes of the patients with colorectal cancer, who underwent emergent curative surgery.

    Authors: Fikri Kundes, Metin Kement, Kenan Cetin, Levent Kaptanoglu, Aytaç Kocaoglu, Mehmet Karahan, Serkan Fatih Yegen, Ali Emre Atici, Osman Civil, Mehmet Eser, Tebessum Cakir and Nejdet Bildik
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2024
  25. The risk of heart diseases, diabetes and stroke is increased with higher metabolic risk factors. Models of diseases resulting from high-calorie diets have a significant role in pathophysiologic analysis of met...

    Authors: Elham Ehrampoush, Reza Homayounfar, Sayed Hossein Davoodi, Hamid Zand, Alireza Askari and Seyed Amin Kouhpayeh
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2020
  26. The renewal of removable dentures is often suggested to denture wearers subject to discomfort. However, the impact of this rehabilitation on patients’ oral health related quality of life and their removable de...

    Authors: Guillaume Bonnet, Cindy Batisse, Jean W. Segyo, Jean-Luc Veyrune, Emmanuel Nicolas and Marion Bessadet
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2019
  27. Neuronatin (NNAT) is a paternal-inherited imprinted gene, first discovered in the rat neonatal brain, where it plays vital roles for neuronal growth, brain development, and metabolic regulation. The maternal impr...

    Authors: Yuxin Xu, Zhiquan Liu, Tiedong Wang, Xianju Chen, Jichao Deng, Mao Chen and Zhanjun Li
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:2018