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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449440/composition-and-oxidative-potential-of-pm2-5-pollution-and-health
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EDITORIAL
Dorothy L Robinson
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March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448938/choice-modeling-of-system-wide-or-large-scale-environmental-change-in-a-developing-country-context-lessons-from-the-para%C3%A3-ba-do-sul-river
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James R Kahn, William F Vásquez, Carlos Eduardo de Rezende
The Rio Paraiba do Sul is a highly polluted river in south central Brazil, that is contaminated by industrial, agricultural and municipal wastes, as well as being impacted by dams, water withdrawals and deforestation in the watershed. Since only very intensive and farreaching environmental policies could result in water quality improvements, valuing the restoration of the river presents many unique challenges. We develop a choice-modeling approach to valuation of the restoration of this river, with general tightening of environmental policy as the policy, and an increase in prices as the payment vehicle...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448926/mass-spectra-features-of-biomass-burning-boiler-and-coal-burning-boiler-emitted-particles-by-single-particle-aerosol-mass-spectrometer
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Jiao Xu, Mei Li, Guoliang Shi, Haiting Wang, Xian Ma, Jianhui Wu, Xurong Shi, Yinchang Feng
In this study, single particle mass spectra signatures of both coal burning boiler and biomass burning boiler emitted particles were studied. Particle samples were suspended in clean Resuspension Chamber, and analyzed by ELPI and SPAMS simultaneously. The size distribution of BBB (biomass burning boiler sample) and CBB (coal burning boiler sample) are different, as BBB peaks at smaller size, and CBB peaks at larger size. Mass spectra signatures of two samples were studied by analyzing the average mass spectrum of each particle cluster extracted by ART-2a in different size ranges...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448915/ozone-exposure-affects-tree-defoliation-in-a-continental-climate
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Alessandra De Marco, Marcello Vitale, Ionel Popa, Alessandro Anav, Ovidiu Badea, Diana Silaghi, Stefan Leca, Augusto Screpanti, Elena Paoletti
Ground-level ozone (O3) affects trees through visible leaf injury, accelerating leaf senescence, declining foliar chlorophyll content, photosynthetic activity, growth, carbon sequestration, predisposing to pests attack and a variety of other physiological effects. Tree crown defoliation is one of the most important parameters that is representative of forest health and vitality. Effects of air pollution on forests have been investigated through manipulative experiments that are not representative of the real environmental conditions observed in the field...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448908/biological-impacts-of-glyphosate-on-morphology-embryo-biomechanics-and-larval-behavior-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Shuhui Zhang, Jia Xu, Xiangyu Kuang, Shibao Li, Xiang Li, Dongyan Chen, Xin Zhao, Xizeng Feng
All of these days, residues of herbicides such as glyphosate are widely distributed in the environment. The ubiquitous use of glyphosate has drawn extensive attention to its toxicity as an organic pollutant. In this study, we employed larval zebrafish as an animal model to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of glyphosate on early development via morphological, biomechanics, behavioral and physiological analyses. Morphological results showed that an obvious delay occurred in the epiboly process and body length, eye and head area were reduced at concentrations higher than 10 mg/L...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448879/adsorption-of-organic-arsenic-acids-from-water-over-functionalized-metal-organic-frameworks
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Mithun Sarker, Ji Yoon Song, Sung Hwa Jhung
Organic arsenic acids (OAAs) are regarded as water pollutants because of their toxicity and considerable solubility in water. Adsorption of OAAs such as phenylarsonic acid (PAA) and p-arsanilic acid (ASA) from water was investigated over functionalized (with OH groups) metal-organic framework (MOF, MIL-101), as well as over pristine MIL-101 and commercial activated carbon. The highly porous MIL-101 bearing three hydroxyl groups (MIL-101(OH)3) exhibited remarkable PAA and ASA adsorption capacities. Based on the effects of pH on PAA and ASA adsorption, hydrogen bonding was suggested as a plausible mechanism of OAA adsorption...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448832/fabrication-of-a-novel-z-scheme-g-c3n4-bi4o7-heterojunction-photocatalyst-with-enhanced-visible-light-driven-activity-toward-organic-pollutants
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Meng Sun, Yu Wang, Yu Shao, Yunhui He, Qi Zeng, Huikai Liang, Tao Yan, Bin Du
In this work, highly efficient g-C3N4/Bi4O7 heterojunction photocatalysts have been successfully fabricated by a facile method. Compared with the bare photocatalysts, the obtained g-C3N4/Bi4O7 hybrid photocatalysts exhibited efficient degradation activity toward methylene blue (MB), phenol, rhodamine B (RhB), and bisphenol A (BPA) under visible light irradiation. The influences of different g-C3N4 contents on the photocatalytic efficiency of the hybrid photocatalysts have been investigated. The results revealed that the g-C3N4/Bi4O7 with g-C3N4 mass ratio of 30% exhibited the best photocatalytic activity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448823/accumulative-effects-of-indoor-air-pollution-exposure-on-leukocyte-telomere-length-among-non-smokers
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Nan Lin, Xinlin Mu, Guilian Wang, Yu'ang Ren, Shu Su, Zhiwen Li, Bin Wang, Shu Tao
Indoor air pollution is an important environmental factor that contributes to the burden of various diseases. Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with telomere shortening. However, the association between chronic indoor air pollution from household fuel combustion and leukocyte telomere length has not been studied. In our study, 137 cancer-free non-smokers were recruited. Their exposure levels to indoor air pollution from 1985 to 2014 were assessed using a face-to-face interview questionnaire, and leukocyte telomere length (LTL) was measured using a monochrome multiplex quantitative PCR method...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448694/the-joint-effect-of-air-pollution-exposure-and-copy-number-variation-on-risk-for-autism
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Dokyoon Kim, Heather Volk, Santhosh Girirajan, Sarah Pendergrass, Molly A Hall, Shefali S Verma, Rebecca J Schmidt, Robin L Hansen, Debashis Ghosh, Yunin Ludena-Rodriguez, Kyoungmi Kim, Marylyn D Ritchie, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Scott B Selleck
Autism spectrum disorder is a complex trait with a high degree of heritability as well as documented susceptibility from environmental factors. In this study the contributions of copy number variation, exposure to air pollutants, and the interaction between the two on autism risk, were evaluated in the population-based case-control Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) Study. For the current investigation, we included only those CHARGE children (a) who met criteria for autism or typical development and (b) for whom our team had conducted both genetic evaluation of copy number burden and determination of environmental air pollution exposures based on mapping addresses from the pregnancy and early childhood...
April 27, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448366/project-tendr
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Laura Anderko
: Chemicals are ubiquitous in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the products we use at work and in our personal lives. Toxic chemicals increase the risk of cognitive, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the life span. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was intended to allow for the collection of data on and regulation of these chemicals but has been criticized for its significant limitations in protecting the public's health. In recognition of the scientific evidence demonstrating the connection between toxic environmental chemicals and neurodevelopmental disorders, Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks)-a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children's health advocates-produced a call to action last July with the aim of reducing exposure to chemicals and pollutants that contribute to the development of these disorders...
May 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448157/protein-changes-in-lepidium-sativum-l-exposed-to-hg-during-soil-phytoremediation
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Beata Smolinska, Agnieszka Szczodrowska, Joanna Leszczynska
Due to soil pollution by mercury the investigations have been provided to find the best technique of soil reclamation. In this study we examined Lepidium sativum L. as a plant useful for Hg phytoextraction. The simultaneous application of compost and thiosulphate was explored as a possible method of process enhancement. The investigations of plant protein changes during assisted Hg phytoextraction were also provided. The results of the study show that combined use of compost and thiosulphate significantly increased both the total Hg accumulation and its translocation to aerial plant tissues...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448041/mass-spectrometry-and-luminogenic-based-approaches-to-characterize-phase-i-metabolic-competency-of-in-vitro-cell-cultures
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Andrew Baxter, Emmanuel Minet
Xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes play a key function in the biotransformation of medicines and toxicants by adding functional groups that increase solubility and facilitate excretion. On some occasions those structural modifications lead to the formation of new toxic products. In order to reduce animal testing, chemical risk can be assessed using metabolically competent cells. The expression of metabolic enzymes, however, is not stable over time in many in vitro primary culture systems and is often partial or absent in cell lines...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447779/performance-and-mechanism-of-piezo-catalytic-degradation-of-4-chlorophenol-finding-of-effective-piezo-dechlorination
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Shenyu Lan, Jinxi Feng, Ya Xiong, Shuanghong Tian, Shengwei Liu, Lingjun Kong
Piezo-catalysis was first used to degrade a non-dye pollutant, 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). In this process, hydrothermally synthesized tetragonal BaTiO3 nano/micrometer-sized particles were used as the piezo-catalyst and the ultrasonic irradiation with low frequency was selected as the vibration energy to cause the deformation of tetragonal BaTiO3. It was found that the piezoelectric potential from the deformation could not only successfully degrade 4-chlorophenol, but also effectively make it dechlorination at the same time...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447292/ecology-of-the-human-opportunistic-black-yeast-exophiala-dermatitidis-indicates-preference-for-human-made-habitats
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Monika Novak Babič, Jerneja Zupančič, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Sybren de Hoog, Polona Zalar
Exophiala dermatitidis is an ascomycetous black yeast from the order Chaetothyriales. Its growth characteristics include the polymorphic life cycle, ability to grow at high and low temperatures, at a wide pH range, survival at high concentrations of NaCl, and survival at high UV and radioactive radiation. Exophiala dermatitidis causes deep or localized phaeohyphomycosis in immuno-compromised people worldwide and is regularly encountered in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. Regardless of numerous ecological studies worldwide, little is known about its natural habitat or the possible infection routes...
April 26, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447266/in-depth-characterization-of-bacterial-and-archaeal-communities-present-in-the-abandoned-kettara-pyrrhotite-mine-tailings-morocco
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Odile Bruneel, N Mghazli, R Hakkou, I Dahmani, A Filali Maltouf, L Sbabou
In Morocco, pollution caused by closed mines continues to be a serious threat to the environment, like the generation of acid mine drainage. Mine drainage is produced by environmental and microbial oxidation of sulfur minerals originating from mine wastes. The fundamental role of microbial communities is well known, like implication of Fe-oxidizing and to a lesser extent S-oxidizing microorganism in bioleaching. However, the structure of the microbial communities varies a lot from one site to another, like diversity depends on many factors such as mineralogy, concentration of metals and metalloids or pH, etc...
April 26, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447232/distribution-seasonal-variation-and-inhalation-risks-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-dibenzofurans-polychlorinated-biphenyls-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-in-the-atmosphere-of-beijing-china
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Yanfen Hao, Yingming Li, Thanh Wang, Yongbiao Hu, Huizhong Sun, Julius Matsiko, Shucheng Zheng, Pu Wang, Qinghua Zhang
Spatial distribution, seasonal variation and potential inhalation risks of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were investigated in the atmosphere of Beijing, using passive air samplers equipped with polyurethane foam disks. Concentrations of ΣPCDD/Fs, ΣPCBs and ΣPBDEs ranged from 8.4 to 179 fg WHO2005-TEQ/m(3), 38.6-139 and 1.5-176 pg/m(3), respectively. PCDFs showed higher air concentrations than those of PCDDs, indicating the influence of industrial activities and other combustion processes...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447121/persistent-organic-pollutant-and-hormone-levels-in-harbor-porpoise-with-b-cell-lymphoma
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Stephanie A Norman, Zach C Winfield, Barry H Rickman, Sascha Usenko, Matthew Klope, Susan Berta, Sandra Dubpernell, Howard Garrett, Mary Jo Adams, Dyanna Lambourn, Jessica L Huggins, Nadine Lysiak, Adelaide E Clark, Rebel Sanders, Stephen J Trumble
B-cell lymphoma, a common morphologic variant of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, has been associated with persistent pollutants in humans, but this association is not well-characterized in top-level predators sharing marine resources with humans. We characterized and compared blubber contaminants and hormones of a pregnant harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) with B-cell lymphoma, with those in two presumed healthy fishery by-caught porpoises with no lymphoma: a pregnant adult and female juvenile. Common historic use compounds, including polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and pesticides, were evaluated in blubber samples from three porpoises...
April 26, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446847/knowledge-experiences-and-training-needs-of-health-professionals-about-disaster-preparedness-and-response-in-southwest-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Negalign Berhanu, Hailay Abrha, Yohannes Ejigu, Kifle Woldemichael
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, the magnitude and intensity of disasters have been vividly rising globally due to the forces of nature or man. This study aimed at assessing the perceived knowledge, experiences and training needs of health professionals regarding disasters, their prevention and management in Jimma Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. METHODS: An institution based cross-sectional survey was conducted on 377 health professionals taken from 9 randomly selected districts out of 18...
September 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446741/methodology-to-define-biological-reference-values-in-the-environmental-and-occupational-fields-the-contribution-of-the-italian-society-for-reference-values-sivr
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Maria Cristina Aprea, Maria Luisa Scapellato, Maria Carmen Valsania, Andrea Perico, Luigi Perbellini, Maria Cristina Ricossa, Marco Pradella, Sara Negri, Ivo Iavicoli, Piero Lovreglio, Fabiola Salamon, Maurizio Bettinelli, Pietro Apostoli
BACKGROUND: Biological reference values (RVs) explore the relationships between humans and their environment and habits. RVs are fundamental in the environmental field for assessing illnesses possibly associated with environmental pollution, and also in the occupational field, especially in the absence of established biological or environmental limits. OBJECTIVES: The Italian Society for Reference Values (SIVR) determined to test criteria and procedures for the definition of RVs to be used in the environmental and occupational fields...
April 21, 2017: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445642/the-predictive-power-of-clean-bed-filtration-theory-for-fecal-indicator-bacteria-removal-in-stormwater-biofilters
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Emily Parker, Megan A Rippy, Andrew Mehring, Brandon Winfrey, Richard F Ambrose, Lisa A Levin, Stanley B Grant
Green infrastructure (also referred to as low impact development, or LID) has the potential to transform urban stormwater runoff from an environmental threat to a valuable water resource. In this paper we focus on the removal of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB, a pollutant responsible for runoff-associated inland and coastal beach closures) in stormwater biofilters (a common type of green infrastructure). Drawing on a combination of previously published and new laboratory studies of FIB removal in biofilters, we find that 66% of the variance in FIB removal rates can be explained by clean bed filtration theory (CBFT, 31%), antecedent dry period (14%), study effect (8%), biofilter age (7%), and the presence or absence of shrubs (6%)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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