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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353425/natural-attenuation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-a-study-of-biodegradation-effects-in-groundwater-vitanovac-serbia
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Nenad Marić, Ivan Matić, Petar Papić, Vladimir P Beškoski, Mila Ilić, Gordana Gojgić-Cvijović, Srđan Miletić, Zoran Nikić, Miroslav M Vrvić
The role of natural attenuation processes in groundwater contamination by petroleum hydrocarbons is of intense scientific and practical interest. This study provides insight into the biodegradation effects in groundwater at a site contaminated by kerosene (jet fuel) in 1993 (Vitanovac, Serbia). Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), hydrochemical indicators (O2, NO3-, Mn, Fe, SO42-, HCO3-), δ13C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), and other parameters were measured to demonstrate biodegradation effects in groundwater at the contaminated site...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353399/mri-findings-in-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-associated-autoimmune-epilepsy
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Jason R Fredriksen, Carrie M Carr, Kelly K Koeller, Jared T Verdoorn, Avi Gadoth, Sean J Pittock, Amy L Kotsenas
PURPOSE: Glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65) has been implicated in a number of autoimmune-associated neurologic syndromes, including autoimmune epilepsy. This study categorizes the spectrum of MRI findings in patients with a clinical diagnosis of autoimmune epilepsy and elevated serum GAD65 autoantibodies. METHODS: An institutional database search identified patients with elevated serum GAD65 antibodies and a clinical diagnosis of autoimmune epilepsy who had undergone brain MRI...
January 20, 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353377/highly-synergistic-activity-of-melittin-with-imipenem-and-colistin-in-biofilm-inhibition-against-multidrug-resistant-strong-biofilm-producer-strains-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Ali Mohammadi Bardbari, Mohammad Reza Arabestani, Manoochehr Karami, Fariba Keramat, Hossein Aghazadeh, Mohammad Yousef Alikhani, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri
The rapid increase of drug resistance and failure of available antibiotics to treat biofilm-associated infections is of great health concern. Accordingly, our study aimed to evaluate the synergistic antibacterial, biofilm inhibitory, and biofilm removal activities of melittin in combination with colistin, imipenem, and ciprofloxacin against multidrug-resistant (MDR) strong biofilm producer Acinetobacter baumannii isolates. The kinetics of biofilm formation were evaluated for the isolates for 144 h. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs), minimum bactericidal concentrations (MBCs), minimum biofilm inhibitory concentrations (MBICs), and biofilm removal activities for melittin and combinations with antibiotics were determined...
January 20, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353312/child-labour-and-health-a-systematic-review
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Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi, Oduro Oppong-Nkrumah, Jay Kaufman, Jose Ignacio Nazif-Munoz, Arijit Nandi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to synthesise the available knowledge, identify unexplored areas and discuss general limits of the published evidence. We focused on outcomes commonly hypothesised to be affected by child labour: nutritional status, harmful exposures and injuries. METHODS: Four electronic databases (EMBASE, MEDLINE, Scopus, ISI Web of Science) were searched in November 2017. All articles published since 1996, without restrictions on language, were considered for inclusion...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353243/impact-of-order-set-design-on-urine-culturing-practices-at-an-academic-medical-centre-emergency-department
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Satish Munigala, Ronald R Jackups, Robert F Poirier, Stephen Y Liang, Helen Wood, S Reza Jafarzadeh, David K Warren
BACKGROUND: Urinalysis and urine culture are commonly ordered tests in the emergency department (ED). We evaluated the impact of removal of order sets from the 'frequently ordered test' in the computerised physician order entry system (CPOE) on urine testing practices. METHODS: We conducted a before (1 September to 20 October 2015) and after (21 October to 30 November 2015) study of ED patients. The intervention consisted of retaining 'urinalysis with reflex to microscopy' as the only urine test in a highly accessible list of frequently ordered tests in the CPOE system...
January 20, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353186/addictive-behaviors-social-and-psychosocial-factors-and-electronic-cigarette-use-among-adolescents-a-population-based-study
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M Lindström, M Rosvall
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to investigate associations between e-cigarette use and social and psychosocial factors and cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and narcotics use among adolescents attending 9th grade in primary school and 2nd grade in secondary school. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: The public health survey among adolescents in Scania in 2016 includes pupils in grades 9 and 2. The associations between e-cigarette use and lifestyle, social and psychosocial factors, and trust were investigated with logistic regressions...
January 17, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353160/prediction-of-venous-thromboembolism-using-semantic-and-sentiment-analyses-of-clinical-narratives
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Susan Sabra, Khalid Mahmood Malik, Mazen Alobaidi
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the third most common cardiovascular disorder. It affects people of both genders at ages as young as 20 years. The increased number of VTE cases with a high fatality rate of 25% at first occurrence makes preventive measures essential. Clinical narratives are a rich source of knowledge and should be included in the diagnosis and treatment processes, as they may contain critical information on risk factors. It is very important to make such narrative blocks of information usable for searching, health analytics, and decision-making...
January 3, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353148/light-and-electron-microscopic-observations-on-the-organization-of-skin-and-associated-glands-of-two-caecilian-amphibians-from-western-ghats-of-india
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Arun Damodaran, Beyo Reston Saroja, Ramachandran Kotharambath, Akbarsha Mohammad Abdulkader, Oommen V Oommen, Divya Lekha
We adopted light and electron microscopy to understand the structure of the skin of two species of caecilians, Ichthyophis tricolor and Uraeotyphlus cf. oxyurus, from Western Ghats of Kerala, India. The surface of the skin of these caecilians contains an irregular pattern of microridges. Oval, round and polymorphic glandular openings are randomly distributed all over the skin surface. Most of the openings are funnel shaped. The epithelial cells along the rim of the opening descend into the tunnel of the duct...
January 9, 2018: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353137/assessment-of-the-cytotoxicity-of-ionic-liquids-on-spodoptera-frugiperda-9-sf-9-cell-lines-via-in-vitro-assays
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Shuanggen Wu, Liangbin Zeng, Chaoyun Wang, Yuanru Yang, Wanlai Zhou, Fenfang Li, Zhijian Tan
Cytotoxicity studies are important tools for the assessment of the toxicity of ionic liquids (ILs). In the present study, the cytotoxicity of eleven ILs against Spodoptera frugiperda 9 (Sf-9) cell lines were evaluated via 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays. The effect on cellular morphology, ultrastructural morphology, and nuclear morphology induced by 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C2mim][Br]) was studied via inverted light microscopy observation, acridine orange staining, and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis, respectively...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353115/efficient-removal-of-acid-green-25-dye-from-wastewater-using-activated-prunus-dulcis-as-biosorbent-batch-and-column-studies
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Suyog N Jain, Parag R Gogate
Biosorbent synthesized from dead leaves of Prunus Dulcis with chemical activation during the synthesis was applied for the removal of Acid Green 25 dye from wastewater. The obtained biosorbent was characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy measurements. It was demonstrated that alkali treatment during the synthesis significantly increased surface area of biosorbent from 67.205 to 426.346 m2/g. The effect of various operating parameters on dye removal was investigated in batch operation and optimum values of parameters were established as pH of 2, 14 g/L as the dose of natural biosorbent and 6 g/L as the dose of alkali treated biosorbent...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353112/bioleaching-of-metals-from-weee-shredding-dust
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Alessandra Marra, Alessandra Cesaro, Eldon R Rene, Vincenzo Belgiorno, Piet N L Lens
A bioleaching process developed in two separate steps was investigated for the recovery of base metals, precious metals and rare earth elements from dusts generated by Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) shredding. In the first step, base metals were almost completely leached from the dust in 8 days by Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans (DSM 9463) that lowered the pH of the leaching solution from 3.5 to 1.0. During this step, cerium, europium and neodymium were mobilized at high percentages (>99%), whereas lanthanum and yttrium reached an extraction yield of 80%...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353106/perineurium-like-sheath-derived-from-long-term-surviving-mesenchymal-stem-cells-confers-nerve-protection-to-the-injured-spinal-cord
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Yuan-Huan Ma, Xiang Zeng, Xue-Cheng Qiu, Qing-Shuai Wei, Ming-Tian Che, Ying Ding, Zhou Liu, Guo-Hui Wu, Jia-Hui Sun, Mao Pang, Li-Min Rong, Bin Liu, Zaid Aljuboori, Inbo Han, Eng-Ang Ling, Yuan-Shan Zeng
The functional multipotency enables mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) promising translational potentials in treating spinal cord injury (SCI). Yet the fate of MSCs grafted into the injured spinal cord has not been fully elucidated even in preclinical studies, rendering concerns of their safety and genuine efficacy. Here we used a rat spinal cord transection model to evaluate the cell fate of allograft bone marrow derived MSCs. With the application of immunosuppressant, donor cells, delivered by biocompatible scaffold, survived up to 8 weeks post-grafting...
January 11, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353086/ruthenium-dendrimers-as-carriers-for-anticancer-sirna
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Sylwia Michlewska, Maksim Ionov, Marta Maroto-Díaz, Aleksandra Szwed, Aliaksei Ihnatsyeu-Kachan, Svetlana Loznikova, Dzmitry Shcharbin, Marek Maly, Rafael Gomez Ramirez, Francisco Javier de la Mata, Maria Bryszewska
Dendrimers, which are considered as one of the most promising tools in the field of nanobiotechnology due to their structural organization, showed a great potential in gene therapy, drug delivery, medical imaging and as antimicrobial and antiviral agents. This article is devoted to study interactions between new carbosilane-based metallodendrimers containing ruthenium and anti-cancer small interfering RNA (siRNA). Formation of complexes between anti-cancer siRNAs and Ru-based carbosilane dendrimers was evaluated by transmission electron microscopy, circular dichroism and fluorescence...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353022/using-medical-examiner-case-narratives-to-improve-opioid-overdose-surveillance
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Emily Hurstak, Christopher Rowe, Caitlin Turner, Emily Behar, Rachel Cabugao, Nikolas P Lemos, Phillip Coffin
BACKGROUND: Current opioid overdose mortality surveillance methods do not capture the complexity of the overdose epidemic. Most rely on death certificates, which may underestimate both opioid analgesic and heroin deaths. Categorizing deaths using other characteristics from the death record including route of drug administration may provide useful information to design and evaluate overdose prevention interventions. METHODS: We reviewed California Electronic Death Reporting System records and San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) toxicology reports and investigative case narratives for all unintentional opioid overdose deaths in San Francisco County from 2006 to 2012...
January 17, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353018/nebulization-effects-on-structural-stability-of-bacteriophage-pev-44
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Ariel Astudillo, Sharon Shui Yee Leung, Elizabeth Kutter, Sandra Morales, Hak-Kim Chan
Reduced infectivity of phage due to the nebulization process has been reported previously, but no visual evidence on structural change upon nebulization has been established, or whether these structural changes can be attributed to the titer reduction. In this study, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was employed to assess the impact of three different types of nebulizers, air-jet, vibrating-mesh and static-mesh nebulizers, on the structural stability of a Myoviridae phage, PEV44, active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352945/silylation-and-characterization-of-microcrystalline-cellulose-isolated-from-indonesian-native-oil-palm-empty-fruit-bunch
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Septi Pujiasih, Kurnia, Abu Masykur, Triana Kusumaningsih, Ozi Adi Saputra
Silylation of microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), isolated from Indonesian native oil palm empty fruit bunch (OPEFB), using aminosilane compound synthesized through aminolysis of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) with ethylenediamine (EDA) has been conducted in this study. Generally, there are three steps performed to isolate MCC before silylation process, i.e. bleaching, alkaline treatment and acid hydrolysis. All products resulted from bleaching, alkaline and acid hydrolysis treatments were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352944/fabrication-of-cellulose-nanowhiskers-reinforced-chitosan-xylan-nanocomposite-films-with-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-activities
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Yuping Bao, Hao Zhang, Qian Luan, Mingming Zheng, Hu Tang, Fenghong Huang
Antibacterial and antioxidant chitosan-xylan/cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) nanocomposite films were successfully prepared using CNW as nanofillers. The structure and morphology of the nanocomposite films were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical transmittance, thermal stability, mechanical property, and swelling property of the nanocomposite films were also evaluated. These results revealed the microstructure of the films and confirmed the good miscibility between chitosan-xylan and CNW...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352927/self-assembly-and-rheological-behaviors-of-intermacromolecular-complexes-consisting-of-oppositely-charged-fluorinated-guar-gums
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Chen Wang, Liewei Qiu, Tao Wang
We synthesized fluorinated cationic/anionic guar gums (FCGG and FAGG) and characterized these species using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The degree of fluorine substitution of FCGG (0.26%) and FAGG (0.21%) was calculated by elemental analysis. In addition, we explored the self-assembly and rheological behaviors of FCGG-FAGG complexes by viscometry, scanning electron microscopy, light scattering, fluorescence spectroscopy, and rheometry. The maximum viscosity and molecular weights were observed with a FAGG:FCGG mass ratio of 7...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352923/fabrication-of-cellulose-graphene-paper-as-a-stable-cycling-anode-materials-without-collector
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Chunliang Zhang, Ruitao Cha, Luming Yang, Kaiwen Mou, Xingyu Jiang
Flexible and foldable devices attract substantial attention in low-cost electronics. Among the flexible substrate materials, paper has several attractive advantages. In our study, we fabricate cellulose/graphene paper by wet end formation (papermaking). The cationic polyacrylamide remarkably improve the retention ratio of graphene of cellulose/graphene slurry. Besides, cellulose/graphene paper exhibits well mechanical properties such as its flexibility and folding endurance. And we replace copper foil collector with cellulose/graphene paper in lithium-ion batteries without collector, and investigate its electrochemical properties...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352907/preparation-and-characterization-of-microcrystalline-cellulose-mcc-from-tea-waste
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Tong Zhao, Zhongzheng Chen, Xiaorong Lin, Zhongyang Ren, Bin Li, Yuanyuan Zhang
Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was prepared from Oolong tea waste by acid hydrolysis in the present study. Based on the single factor experiment results, the hydrolysis conditions were optimized by an orthogonal L9(3)4 experiment. Results showed that the degree of polymerization (DP) and yield of MCC were strongly influenced by the time and temperature of hydrolysis, the concentration of HCl and the ratio of acid to material. Under optimal conditions (acid to materials ratio 1:20, HCl concentration 1.5 mol/L, 65 °C, 90 min), the yield and DP of the tea waste MCC were 86...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
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