1. Climate change and human activities altered the diversity and composition of soil microbial community in alpine grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.

    Science of The Total Environment 562:353 (2016) PMID 27100015

    Alpine ecosystems are known to be sensitive to climate change and human disturbances. However, the knowledge about the changes of their underground microbial communities is inadequate. We explored the diversity and structure of soil bacterial and fungal communities using Ilumina MiSeq sequencing...
  2. Beneficial behavior of nitric oxide in copper-treated medicinal plants.

    Journal of Hazardous Materials 314:140 (2016) PMID 27131454

    Despite numerous reports implicating nitric oxide (NO) in the environmental-stress responses of plants, the specific metabolic and ionic mechanisms of NO-mediated adaptation to metal stress remain unclear. Here, the impacts of copper (Cu) and NO donor (SNP, 50μM) alone or in combination on the w...
  3. Spatial distribution and sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the reservoir sediments after impoundment of Manwan Dam in the middle of Lancang River, China.

    Ecotoxicology 25(6):1072 (2016) PMID 27154846

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have received increasing attentions owing to their carcinogenicity, teratogenicity and environmental toxicity. The studies on the spatial variations, sources identification and potential ecological risk assessment of PAHs in the reservoir sediments after d...
  4. A national study of the association between traffic-related air pollution and adverse pregnancy outcomes in Canada, 1999-2008.

    Environmental Research 148:513 (2016) PMID 27155984

    Numerous studies have examined the association of air pollution with preterm birth and birth weight outcomes. Traffic-related air pollution has also increasingly been identified as an important contributor to adverse health effects of air pollution. We employed a national nitrogen dioxide (NO2) ...
  5. MiRNA Expression Analysis of Pretreatment Biopsies Predicts the Pathological Response of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinomas to Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy.

    Annals of Surgery 263(5):942 (2016) PMID 26445467

    To identify miRNA markers useful for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (neo-CRT) response prediction. Neo-CRT followed by surgery improves ESCC patients' survival compared with surgery alone. However, CRT outcomes are heterogeneous, and no current methods ca...
  6. Associations of Pregnancy Outcomes and PM2.5 in a National Canadian Study.

    Environmental Health Perspectives 124(2):243 (2016) PMID 26090691 PMCID PMC4749076

    Numerous studies have examined associations between air pollution and pregnancy outcomes, but most have been restricted to urban populations living near monitors. We examined the association between pregnancy outcomes and fine particulate matter in a large national study including urban and rura...
  7. Mortality among People Living with HIV and AIDS in China: Implications for Enhancing Linkage.

    Scientific reports 6:28005 (2016) PMID 27324204 PMCID PMC4914945

    To assess the patterns and predictors of AIDS-related mortality and identify its correlates among adult people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in China, a retrospective record-based cohort study was conducted among 18 years or older PLWHA, who had at least one follow up reported to the national dat...
  8. Effects of potential mining activities on migration corridors of Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) in the Altun National Nature Reserve, China

    Journal for Nature Conservation 28:119 (2015)

    The Altun National Nature Reserve (ANNR) on the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau (QTP) of China plays a key role in protecting the endemic, endangered Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii). However, increasing mining activities in the ANNR pose a threat its habitats and migration corridors. This study a...
  9. Association between unintentional injury during pregnancy and excess risk of preterm birth and its neonatal sequelae.

    American Journal of Epidemiology 182(9):750 (2015) PMID 26409238

    The sequelae of preterm births may differ, depending on whether birth follows an acute event or a chronic condition. In a population-based cohort study of 2,711,645 Canadian hospital deliveries from 2003 to 2012, 3,059 women experienced unintentional injury during pregnancy. We assessed the impa...
  10. Liu et al. respond to "isolating preterm birth to assess its impact".

    American Journal of Epidemiology 182(9):762 (2015) PMID 26409237

  11. High resource-capture and -use efficiency, and effective antioxidant protection contribute to the invasiveness of Alnus formosana plants.

    Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 96:436 (2015) PMID 26433486

    To investigate the traits contributing to the invasiveness of Alnus formosana and the mechanisms underlying its invasiveness, we compared A. formosana with its native congener (Alnus cremastogyne) under three light treatments (13%, 56%, and 100%). The consistently higher plant height, total leaf...
  12. Newborn birth weight, length, and head circumference for gestational age in Guangzhou based on the INTERGROWTH-21st standard: a multiyear hospital liveborn cohort study

    The Lancet 386:S48 (2015)

    Background WHO's INTERGROWTH-21st Project published an international standard for newborn size using a rigorous method. We aimed to examine the frequency of small and large birth weight, length, and head circumference for gestational age for live births in Guangzhou, China. ...
  13. Nitric oxide contributes to minerals absorption, proton pumps and hormone equilibrium under cadmium excess in Trifolium repens L. plants.

    Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 119:35 (2015) PMID 25966334

    Nitric oxide (NO) is a stress-signaling molecule in plants that mediates a wide range of physiological processes and responses to metal toxicity. In this work, various NO modulators (NO donor: SNP; NO scavenger: cPTIO; NO synthase inhibitor: l-NAME; and SNP analogs: sodium nitrite/nitrate and so...
  14. In Reply.

    Obstetrics & Gynecology 126(3):673 (2015) PMID 26509196

  15. Delivery of breech presentation at term gestation in Canada, 2003-2011.

    Obstetrics & Gynecology 125(5):1153 (2015) PMID 25932843

    To examine neonatal mortality and morbidity rates by mode of delivery among women with breech presentation at term gestation. We carried out a population-based cohort study examining neonatal outcomes among term, nonanomalous singletons in breech presentation among all hospital deliveries in Can...
  16. Once more unto the breech: planned vaginal delivery compared with planned cesarean delivery.

    Obstetrics & Gynecology 125(5):1162 (2015) PMID 25932844

    This article provides a knowledge-based assessment of planned cesarean delivery compared with planned vaginal delivery for breech presentation at term gestation. The most critical evidence on this issue is the intention-to-treat analysis from the Term Breech Trial, which showed that planned cesa...
  17. Contribution of placenta accreta to the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage and severe postpartum hemorrhage.

    Obstetrics & Gynecology 125(4):814 (2015) PMID 25751202

    To quantify the contribution of placenta accreta to the rate of postpartum hemorrhage and severe postpartum hemorrhage. All hospital deliveries in Canada (excluding Quebec) for the years 2009 and 2010 (N=570,637) were included in a retrospective cohort study using data from the Canadian Institut...
  18. The phosphorus speciations in the sediments up- and down-stream of cascade dams along the middle Lancang River.

    Chemosphere 120:653 (2015) PMID 25462310

    We detected the longitudinal variability of phosphorus speciations and its relation to metals and grain size distribution of sediments in three cascade canyon reservoirs (Xiaowan, Manwan and Dachaoshan) along Lancang River, China. Five phosphorus speciations including loosely bound P (ex-P), red...
  19. Radiotherapy for asymptomatic brain metastasis in epidermal growth factor receptor mutant non-small cell lung cancer without prior tyrosine kinase inhibitors treatment: a retrospective clinical study.

    Radiation Oncology 10:118 (2015) PMID 26014133 PMCID PMC4490723

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with brain metastasis (BM) harboring an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation shows good response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). This study is to assess the appropriate timing of brain radiotherapy (RT) for asymptomatic BM in EGFR mutant NSCLC...
  20. Seasonal changes of CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes in different types of alpine grassland in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China

    Soil Biology and Biochemistry 80:306 (2015)

    Grassland degradation and grassland use type changes are associated with dynamics in soil properties and biogeochemical cycling, with implications for carbon and nitrogen cycling and trace gas fluxes. To examine the influence of grassland degradation and grassland use type changes on g...