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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938579/the-effects-of-air-pollution-on-mortality-and-clinicopathological-features-of-esophageal-cancer
#1
Xiaochen Huang, Shanghui Guan, Jiangfeng Wang, Linli Zhao, Yibin Jia, Zilong Lu, Cuiping Yin, Shengsi Yang, Qingxu Song, Lihui Han, Cong Wang, Jingyi Li, Wei Zhou, Xiaolei Guo, Yufeng Cheng
This study aimed to estimate the associations between air pollution and esophageal cancer. In the ecologic cross-sectional study, correlation analyses were made between city-level mean concentrations of particulate matter less than 10μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM10), SO2, NO2 and city-level age-standardized mortality rates of esophageal cancer in Shandong Province, China. PM10 (p=0.046) and NO2 (p=0.03) both had significant linear correlations with esophageal cancer mortality rates. After introducing smoking as a risk factor in models of multiple linear regression analyses, PM10 was still an independent risk factor that increased esophageal cancer mortality rates...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938217/deriving-nitrogen-critical-levels-and-loads-based-on-the-responses-of-acidophytic-lichen-communities-on-boreal-urban-pinus-sylvestris-trunks
#2
Sirkku Manninen
The deposition of reactive nitrogen (N) compounds currently predominates over sulphur (S) deposition in most of the cities in Europe and North America. Acidophytic lichens growing on tree trunks are known to be sensitive to both N and S deposition. Given that tree species and climatic factors affect the composition of epiphytic lichen communities and modify lichen responses to air pollution, this study focused on the impact of urban air pollution on acidophytes growing on boreal conifer trunks. The study was performed in the Helsinki metropolitan area, southern Finland, where annual mean nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations range from 4-5μgm(-3) to >50μgm(-3)...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938216/efficient-removal-of-priority-hazardous-priority-and-emerging-pollutants-with-prunus-armeniaca-functionalized-biochar-from-aqueous-wastes-experimental-optimization-and-modeling
#3
Maja Turk Sekulić, Sabolč Pap, Zoran Stojanović, Nikola Bošković, Jelena Radonić, Tatjana Šolević Knudsen
This paper investigates the ability of the phosphoric acid functionalized Prunus armeniaca stones biochar (AsPhA) prepared by thermochemical activation to remove lead (Pb(2+)), cadmium (Cd(2+)), nickel (Ni(2+)), naproxen and chlorophenols from aqueous wastes. The engineered biochar was characterized using the Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Brunauer, Emmett and Teller technique. The batch studies were performed by varying the initial pH of the solution (2-9), adsorbent dosage (0...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938211/current-surface-ozone-concentrations-significantly-decrease-wheat-growth-yield-and-quality
#4
Håkan Pleijel, Malin C Broberg, Johan Uddling, Gina Mills
Tropospheric ozone is known to adversely affect crops and other vegetation. Most studies have focussed on the effects of elevated ozone levels vs. present ambient. We investigated the effect of present ambient surface ozone (O3) concentrations vs. preindustrial on a range of agronomically important response variables in field-grown wheat, using results from 33 experiments (representing 9 countries, 3 continents, 17 cultivars plus one set of 4 cultivars) having both charcoal filtered (CF) and non-filtered (NF) air treatments...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938200/atmospheric-deposition-of-mercury-and-cadmium-impacts-on-topsoil-in-a-typical-coal-mine-city-lianyuan-china
#5
Jie Liang, Chunting Feng, Guangming Zeng, Minzhou Zhong, Xiang Gao, Xiaodong Li, Xinyue He, Xin Li, Yilong Fang, Dan Mo
Mercury (Hg) and cadmium (Cd) in the atmosphere from coal combustion emissions play an important role in soil pollution. Therefore, the purposes of this study were to quantitatively evaluate the atmospheric Hg and Cd deposition and to determine the influence of atmospheric deposition on Hg and Cd contents in surface soil in a typical coal mine city. Atmospheric deposition samples were collected from May 2015 to May 2016 at 17 sites located in industrial, agricultural and forest areas in the Lianyuan city. Atmospheric Hg and Cd deposition fluxes in the different land use types showed high variability...
September 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938141/amendment-damages-the-function-of-continuous-flooding-in-decreasing-cd-and-pb-uptake-by-rice-in-acid-paddy-soil
#6
Xinxin Ye, Hongying Li, Ligan Zhang, Rushan Chai, Renfeng Tu, Hongjian Gao
Combinations of remediation technologies are needed to solve the problem of soil contamination in paddy rice, due to multiple potential toxic elements (PTEs). Two potential mitigation methods, water management and in-situ remediation by soil amendment, have been widely used in treatment of PTE-polluted paddy soil. However, the interactive relationship between soil amendment and water management, and its influence on the accumulation of PTEs in rice are poorly understood. Greenhouse pot experiments were conducted to examine the effects of phosphate amendment on Cd and Pb availability in soil and their influence on Cd and Pb uptake into rice, on Fe and P availability in soil, and on the alteration of Fe amount and compartment on root surface among different water management strategies...
September 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938101/exposure-to-particulate-matter-air-pollution-and-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-two-large-cohorts-of-us-nurses
#7
N Palacios, K L Munger, K C Fitzgerald, J E Hart, T Chitnis, A Ascherio, F Laden
BACKGROUND: Air pollution is thought to raise the risk of neurological disease by promoting neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, glial activation and cerebrovascular damage. Multiple Sclerosis is a common auto-immune disorder, primarily affecting young women. We conducted, to a large prospective study of particulate matter (PM) exposure and multiple sclerosis (MS) risk in two prospective cohorts of women: the Nurses Health Study (NHS) and the Nurses Health Study II (NHS II). METHODS: Cumulative average exposure to different size fractions of PM up to the onset of MS was estimated using spatio-temporal models...
September 19, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937947/wastewater-treatment-by-means-of-thermophilic-aerobic-membrane-reactors-respirometric-tests-and-numerical-models-for-determination-of-stoichiometric-kinetic-parameters
#8
Maria Cristina Collivignarelli, Giorgio Bertanza, Alessandro Abbà, Vincenzo Torretta, Ioannis Anastasios Katsoyiannis
The present work considers the pollution abatement of wastewaters, the efficiency of which is depending on stringent verification of the performance of wastewater treatment plants. This is very important especially given that eExisting wastewater/aqueous waste treatment plants often need to be upgraded in order to improve their performance. The satisfactory operation of biological treatment plants requires appropriate monitoring, and respirometric techniques are needed to determine the kinetic parameters that regulate biological processes...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937920/biodegradation-of-imidacloprid-in-liquid-media-by-an-isolated-wastewater-fungus-aspergillus-terreus-yesm3
#9
Youssef M M Mohammed, Mohammed E I Badawy
In the present study, a new fungal strain capable of imidacloprid degradation was isolated from agricultural wastewater drain. The fungal strain of YESM3 was identified as Aspergillus terreus based on ITS1-5.8S rDNA-ITS2 gene sequence by PCR amplification of a 500 bp sequence. Screening of A. terreus YESM3 to the insecticide imidacloprid tolerance was achieved by growing fungus in Czapek Dox agar for 6 days at 28°C. High values (1.13 and 0.94 cm cm(-1)) of tolerance index (TI) were recorded at 25 and 50 mg L(-1) of imidacloprid, respectively in the presence and absence of sucrose...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937752/inverse-association-between-ambient-sulfur-dioxide-exposure-and-semen-quality-in-wuhan-china
#10
Yuewei Liu, Yun Zhou, Jixuan Ma, Wei Bao, Jingjing Li, Ting Zhou, Xiuqing Cui, Zhe Peng, Hai Zhang, Min Feng, Yuan Yuan, Yuanqi Chen, Xiji Huang, Yonggang Li, Yonggang Duan, Tingming Shi, Lei Jin, Li Wu
Evidence concerning the association between ambient gaseous air pollutant exposures and semen quality is sparse, and findings in previous studies remain largely inconsistent. We enrolled 1759 men with 2184 semen examinations at a large reproductive medical center in Wuhan, China between 2013 and 2015. Inverse distance weighting interpolation was performed to estimate individual exposures to SO2, NO2, CO and O3 during the entire period (lag 0-90 days) and key periods (lag 0-9, 10-14, 70-90 days) of sperm development...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937161/cold-sprayed-wo3-and-tio2-electrodes-for-photoelectrochemical-water-and-methanol-oxidation-in-renewable-energy-applications
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Christoph Haisch, Jenny Schneider, Manuel Fleisch, Henning Gutzmann, Thomas Klassen, Detlef W Bahnemann
Films prepared by cold spray have potential applications as photoanodes in electrochemical water splitting and waste water purification. In the present study cold sprayed photoelectrodes produced with WO3 (active under visible light illumination) and TiO2 (active under UV illumination) on titanium metal substrates were investigated as photoanodes for the oxidation of water and methanol, respectively. Methanol was chosen as organic model pollutant in acidic electrolytes. Main advantages of the cold sprayed photoelectrodes are the improved metal-semiconductor junctions and the superior mechanical stability...
September 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936805/compound-specific-isotopic-and-congener-specific-analyses-of-polychlorinated-biphenyl-in-the-heat-medium-and-rice-oil-of-the-yusho-incident
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Takashi Miyawaki, Mari Sugihara, Shusaku Hirakawa, Tsuguhide Hori, Jumboku Kajiwara, Susumu Katsuki, Chikage Mitoma, Masutaka Furue
Compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) can be used to examine the source and transformation processes of organic pollutants in the environment. We performed a carbon stable isotope analysis of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners in the PCB heat-transfer medium (heat medium) and the original Kanechlor-400 (KC-400, a commercial brand of PCBs) involved in the Yusho incident. The main purpose is to investigate whether isotope fractionation occurred in the rice oil deodorization process that caused the incident...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936697/reactive-oxygen-species-and-glutathione-antioxidants-in-the-testis-of-the-soil-biosentinel-podarcis-sicula-rafinesque-1810
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Giulia Guerriero, Gerardino D'Errico, Rossella Di Giaimo, Dea Rabbito, Oladokun Sulaiman Olanrewaju, Gaetano Ciarcia
Important toxicological achievements have been made during the last decades using reptiles. We focus our investigation on gonadal reproductive health of the soil biosentinel Podarcis sicula which is very sensitive to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The aim of this study is to quantitatively detect, by sensitive microassays, reactive oxygen species and the glutathione antioxidants in the testis and investigate if they are differentially expressed before and after remediation of a site of the "Land of Fires" (Campania, Italy) subject to illicit dumping of unknown material...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936680/use-of-honeybees-apis-mellifera-l-as-bioindicators-for-assessment-and-source-appointment-of-metal-pollution
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Nenad M Zarić, Konstantin Ilijević, Ljubiša Stanisavljević, Ivan Gržetić
The ability of honeybees to collect particulate matter (PM) on their bodies makes them outstanding bioindicators. In this study, two cities, Pančevo (PA) and Vršac (VS), South Banat district, Vojvodina, Serbia, were covered with two sampling sites each. The aims of this study were to determine concentrations of Al, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Na, Ni, Sr, and Zn in the bodies of honeybees during July and September of 2013, 2014, and 2015 and to analyze their spatial and temporal variations and sources of analyzed elements, as well as to assess pollution levels in the two cities...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936577/highly-efficient-electro-oxidation-catalyst-under-ultra-low-voltage-for-degradation-of-aspirin
#15
Xiaolei Kang, Wei Sun, Limei Cao, Ji Yang
A novel cryptomelane-Ir (cry-Ir) electrode is prepared for Ir to enter into the cryptomelane (named as cry-Mn) structure and used for aspirin degradation. This catalyst can efficiently reduce the Ir usage from 85 to 34%. Also, the onset potential of cry-Ir is about 1.40 V and the over potential is about 0.34 V at 10 mA cm(-2), indicating that cry-Ir has an excellent oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity to produce oxidizing species and can decrease electrolytic voltage during the electro-oxidation process...
September 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936425/gut-dysbiosis-in-animals-due-to-environmental-chemical-exposures
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REVIEW
Cheryl S Rosenfeld
The gut microbiome consists of over 10(3)-10(4) microorganism inhabitants that together possess 150 times more genes that the human genome and thus should be considered an "organ" in of itself. Such communities of bacteria are in dynamic flux and susceptible to changes in host environment and body condition. In turn, gut microbiome disturbances can affect health status of the host. Gut dysbiosis might result in obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal, immunological, and neurobehavioral disorders. Such host diseases can originate due to shifts in microbiota favoring more pathogenic species that produce various virulence factors, such as lipopolysaccharide...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936270/characterization-of-five-year-observation-data-of-fine-particulate-matter-in-the-metropolitan-area-of-lahore
#17
Fatima Khanum, Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry, Prashant Kumar
This study aims to assess the long-term trend of fine particles (PM2.5; ≤2.5 μm) at two urban sites of Lahore during 2007-2011. These sites represent two distinct areas: commercial (Townhall) and residential cum industrial (Township). The highest daily mean concentrations of PM2.5 were noted as 389 and 354 μg m(-3) at the Townhall and Township sites, respectively. As expected, the annual seasonal mean of PM2.5 was about 53 and 101% higher during winter compared with the summer and monsoon/post-monsoon seasons, respectively...
2017: Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935864/high-levels-of-ammonia-do-not-raise-fine-particle-ph-sufficiently-to-yield-nitrogen-oxide-dominated-sulfate-production
#18
Hongyu Guo, Rodney J Weber, Athanasios Nenes
High levels of ammonia (NH3) have been suggested to elevate ambient particle pH levels to near neutral acidity (pH = 7), a condition that promotes rapid SO2 oxidation by NO2 to form aerosol sulfate concentration consistent with "London fog" levels. This postulation is tested using aerosol data from representative sites around the world to conduct a thorough thermodynamic analysis of aerosol pH and its sensitivity to NH3 levels. We find that particle pH, regardless of ammonia levels, is always acidic even for the unusually high NH3 levels found in Beijing (pH = 4...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935728/draft-genome-sequence-of-pantoea-agglomerans-jm1-a-strain-isolated-from-soil-polluted-by-industrial-production-of-beta-lactam-antibiotics-that-exhibits-valacyclovir-like-hydrolase-activity
#19
Jiří Zahradník, Martina Plačková, Andrea Palyzová, Helena Marešová, Eva Kyslíková, Pavel Kyslík
Strain Pantoea agglomerans JM1 was isolated from the soil of a microbiome that had been exposed to polluting pharmaceuticals. The bacterium exhibited enzymatic activities useful for the biotransformation of beta-lactams. The genome of the strain was assembled and described, and the gene encoding valacyclovir-like hydrolase was identified.
September 21, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935655/particulate-matter-air-pollution-and-the-risk-of-incident-ckd-and-progression-to-esrd
#20
Benjamin Bowe, Yan Xie, Tingting Li, Yan Yan, Hong Xian, Ziyad Al-Aly
Elevated levels of fine particulate matter <2.5 µm in aerodynamic diameter (PM2.5) are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular outcomes and death, but their association with risk of CKD and ESRD is unknown. We linked the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs databases to build an observational cohort of 2,482,737 United States veterans, and used survival models to evaluate the association of PM2.5 concentrations and risk of incident eGFR <60 ml/min per 1.73 m(2), incident CKD, eGFR decline ≥30%, and ESRD over a median follow-up of 8...
September 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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