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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289836/prokaryotic-abundance-and-activity-in-permafrost-of-the-northern-victoria-land-and-upper-victoria-valley-antarctica
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Rosabruna La Ferla, Maurizio Azzaro, Luigi Michaud, Gabriella Caruso, Angelina Lo Giudice, Rodolfo Paranhos, Anderson S Cabral, Antonella Conte, Alessandro Cosenza, Giovanna Maimone, Maria Papale, Alessandro Ciro Rappazzo, Mauro Guglielmin
Victoria Land permafrost harbours a potentially large pool of cold-affected microorganisms whose metabolic potential still remains underestimated. Three cores (BC-1, BC-2 and BC-3) drilled at different depths in Boulder Clay (Northern Victoria Land) and one sample (DY) collected from a core in the Dry Valleys (Upper Victoria Valley) were analysed to assess the prokaryotic abundance, viability, physiological profiles and potential metabolic rates. The cores drilled at Boulder Clay were a template of different ecological conditions (different temperature regime, ice content, exchanges with atmosphere and with liquid water) in the same small basin while the Dry Valleys site was very similar to BC-2 conditions but with a complete different geological history and ground ice type...
March 13, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289772/firewalls-in-bee-nests-survival-value-of-propolis-walls-of-wild-cape-honeybee-apis-mellifera-capensis
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Geoff Tribe, Jürgen Tautz, Karin Sternberg, Jenny Cullinan
The Cape bee is endemic to the winter rainfall region of South Africa where fires are an integral part of the ecology of the fynbos (heathland) vegetation. Of the 37 wild nests in pristine Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos in the Cape Point section of Table Mountain National Park that have been analyzed so far, only 22 could be accessed sufficiently to determine the existence of a propolis wall of which 68% had propolis walls which entirely enclosed their openings. The analysis of the 37 wild nests revealed that 78% occurred under boulders or in clefts within rocks, 11% in the ground, 8% in tree cavities, and 3% within shrubs...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267206/life-cycle-size-dynamics-in-didymosphenia-geminata-bacillariophyceae
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Ian W Bishop, Sarah A Spaulding
Didymosphenia geminata has received a great deal of attention in the last 25 years, and considerable effort has gone into determining the origin, ecologic impact, and economic consequences of its invasive behavior. While environmental conditions are a controlling influence in distribution, the extreme success of the species may be tied to its basic biology and life history. Little is known, however, about population dynamics, size restoration and reproduction of D. geminata. The objective of this study was to determine the temporal patterns in cell size frequency, size restoration strategy, and synchronization of life cycles between populations in close proximity...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261472/ecological-speciation-by-temporal-isolation-in-a-population-of-the-stonefly-leuctra-hippopus-plecoptera-leuctridae
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Louis Boumans, Silje Hogner, John Brittain, Arild Johnsen
Stream dwelling invertebrates are ideal candidates for the study of ecological speciation as they are often adapted to particular environmental conditions within a stream and inhabit only certain reaches of a drainage basin, separated by unsuitable habitat. We studied an atypical population of the stonefly Leuctra hippopus at a site in central Norway, the Isterfoss rapids, in relation to three nearby and two remote conspecific populations. Adults of this population emerge about a month earlier than those of nearby populations, live on large boulders emerging from the rapids, and are short-lived...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247266/rucaparib-first-global-approval
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Yahiya Y Syed
Rucaparib (Rubraca™) is an oral, small molecule, poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitor being developed by Clovis Oncology, Inc. (Boulder, CO, USA) for the treatment of solid tumours. It has been approved in the USA as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with deleterious BRCA mutation (germline and/or somatic) associated advanced ovarian cancer who have been treated with two or more chemotherapies. A marketing authorization application for rucaparib for the same indication has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency...
March 1, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162758/glacial-stages-and-post-glacial-environmental-evolution-in-the-upper-garonne-valley-central-pyrenees
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M Fernandes, M Oliva, P Palma, J Ruiz-Fernández, L Lopes
The maximum glacial extent in the Central Pyrenees during the Last Glaciation is known to have occurred before the global Last Glacial Maximum, but the succession of cold events afterwards and their impact on the landscape are still relatively unknown. This study focuses on the environmental evolution in the upper valley of the Garonne River since the Last Glaciation. Geomorphological mapping allows analysis of the spatial distribution of inherited and current processes and landforms in the study area. The distribution of glacial records (moraines, till, erratic boulders, glacial thresholds) suggests the existence of four glacial stages, from the maximum expansion to the end of the glaciation...
April 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145685/from-the-ontonagon-boulder-to-the-circular-economy
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David Sedlak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139676/glacier-advance-during-marine-isotope-stage-11-in-the-mcmurdo-dry-valleys-of-antarctica
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Kate M Swanger, Jennifer L Lamp, Gisela Winckler, Joerg M Schaefer, David R Marchant
We mapped six distinct glacial moraines alongside Stocking Glacier in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Stocking Glacier is one of several alpine glaciers in the Dry Valleys fringed by multiple cold-based drop moraines. To determine the age of the outermost moraine, we collected 10 boulders of Ferrar Dolerite along the crest of the moraine and analyzed mineral separates of pyroxene for cosmogenic (3)He. On the basis of these measurements, the exposure age for the outermost moraine is 391 ± 35 ka. This represents the first documented advance of alpine glacier ice in the Dry Valleys during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 11...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134841/ultrafine-and-fine-particulate-matter-inside-and-outside-of-mechanically-ventilated-buildings
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Shelly L Miller, Nick A Facciola, Darin Toohey, John Zhai
The objectives of this study were to measure levels of particulate matter (PM) in mechanically ventilated buildings and to improve understanding of filtration requirements to reduce exposure. With the use of an Ultra High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer and an Aerodyne Mass Spectrometer, ultrafine (0.055-0.1 μm) and fine (0.1-0.7 μm) indoor and outdoor PM was measured as a function of time in an office, a university building, and two elementary schools. Indoor particle levels were highly correlated with outdoor levels...
January 28, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046614/tu-h-campus-iep2-01-quantitative-evaluation-of-propeller-dwi-using-qiba-diffusion-phantom
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J Yung, H Ai, H Liu, R Stafford
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the quantitative variability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values when varying imaging parameters in a diffusion-weighted (DW) fast spin echo (FSE) sequence with Periodically Rotated Overlapping ParallEL Lines with Enhanced Reconstruction (PROPELLER) k-space trajectory. METHODS: Using a 3T MRI scanner, a NIST traceable, quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diffusion phantom (High Precision Devices, Inc, Boulder, Colorado) consisting of 13 vials filled with various concentrations of polymer polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in aqueous solution was imaged with a standard Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA) DWI spin echo, echo planar imaging (SE EPI) acquisition...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006814/a-new-genus-and-species-of-atalophlebiinae-insecta-ephemeroptera-leptophlebiidae-from-palni-hills-of-the-southern-western-ghats-india
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C Selvakumar, T Sivaruban, K A Subramanian, K G Sivaramakrishnan
A new genus and new species of Atalophlebiinae, Klugephlebia kodai Selvakumar, Subramanian & Sivaramakrishnan, are described based on male and female imagos and larvae from Palni hills of the southern Western Ghats of India. The imago of Klugephlebia gen. n. can be differentiated from all other genera of Atalophlebiinae by having the combination of vein MP forked slightly less than half of the distance from base to margin, MP2 attached at base to vein MP1 by a crossvein, a distinctive shape of the hindwing, dissimilar claws on each leg, and distinctive genitalia structures...
December 18, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997401/modeling-on-site-wastewater-treatment-system-performance-fragility-to-hydroclimate-stressors
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Laura E Kohler, JoAnn Silverstein, Balaji Rajagopalan
Increasing variability of climate-related factors, especially precipitation and temperature, poses special risks to on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS), which depend on subsurface saturation conditions for treatment and dispersion of wastewater. We assess OWTS fragility - the degree to which a system loses functionality - as a step to characterizing the resilience of residential wastewater treatment systems. We used the frequency and indexed severity of OWTS failures and resulting repairs to quantify fragility as a function of hydroclimate variables, including precipitation, temperature and stream flow...
December 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907017/the-farther-the-better-effects-of-multiple-environmental-variables-on-reef-fish-assemblages-along-a-distance-gradient-from-river-influences
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Leonardo M Neves, Tatiana P Teixeira-Neves, Guilherme H Pereira-Filho, Francisco G Araújo
The conservation and management of site-attached assemblages of coastal reefs are particularly challenging because of the tremendous environmental variation that exists at small spatial scales. In this sense, understanding the primary sources of variation in spatial patterns of the biota is fundamental for designing effective conservation policies. We investigated spatial variation in fish assemblages around the windward and leeward sides of coastal islands situated across a gradient of riverine influence (13 km in length)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900591/treatment-of-lung-tumours-with-high-energy-microwave-ablation-a-single-centre-experience
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Anna Maria Ierardi, Andrea Coppola, Natalie Lucchina, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
The purpose of our study is to report safety, technical success, effectiveness, local progression-free survival (LPFS) and overall survival of percutaneous microwave ablation (MWA) to treat lung tumours unsuitable for surgery. Nineteen patients with thirty-one tumours (mean diameter 2.4 cm) underwent percutaneous MWA in 28 sessions. Microwave ablation was carried out using a 2450-MHz generator (Emprint/Covidien, Boulder, CO, USA). Procedures were performed under cone-beam CT (CBCT) and under fluoro-CT (one session) guidance...
January 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870644/analysis-of-physiological-respiratory-variable-alarm-alerts-among-laboring-women-receiving-remifentanil
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Carolyn F Weiniger, Brendan Carvalho, Daniel Stocki, Sharon Einav
BACKGROUND: Remifentanil may be used by laboring women for analgesia, despite controversy because of potential apneas. We evaluated candidate variables as early warning alerts for apnea, based on prevalence, positive predictive rate, sensitivity for apnea event detection, and early warning alert time intervals (lead time) for apnea. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of respiratory physiological data that had been collected during a prospective IRB-approved study of laboring women receiving IV patient-controlled boluses of remifentanil 20 to 60 μg every 1 to 2 minutes...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793442/pulling-harder-than-the-hamate-tolerates-evaluation-of-hamate-injuries-in-rock-climbing-and-bouldering
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Christoph Lutter, Andreas Schweizer, Thomas Hochholzer, Thomas Bayer, Volker Schöffl
OBJECTIVE: Hamate hook fractures are rare injuries, comprising 2% to 4% of all carpal fractures. Climbing athletes seem to be affected more frequently than others, as they strain the passive and active anatomical structures of their hands and fingers to maximum capacity during training or competing. This stress is transmitted to the hook of the hamate by tightened flexor tendons, which creates high contact pressure to the ulnar margin of the carpal tunnel. Injuries of the hamate hook, caused by contact pressure of the anatomical structures, are rare and occur nearly exclusively during climbing...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754996/becoming-a-baby-friendly-hospital
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Andrea Tran
The purpose of the Baby-Friendly hospital initiative is to encourage hospitals to use best practices to support infant feeding, as demonstrated by implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding recommended by the World Health Organization. The journey to becoming a Baby-Friendly designated hospital is challenging but ultimately rewarding. In October 2015, Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, a community hospital with a strong breastfeeding culture and a 98% rate of women who initiate breastfeeding postpartum, became one of the approximately 300 Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the United States...
January 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737405/methylene-blue-to-treat-protamine-induced-anaphylaxis-reactions-an-experimental-study-in-pigs
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Agnes Afrodite S Albuquerque, Edson A Margarido, Antonio Carlos Menardi, Adilson Scorzoni, Andrea Carla Celotto, Alfredo J Rodrigues, Walter Vilella A Vicente, Paulo Roberto B Evora
Objective: To examine if methylene blue (MB) can counteract or prevent protamine (P) cardiovascular effects. Methods: The protocol included five heparinized pig groups: Group Sham -without any drug; Group MB - MB 3 mg/kg infusion; Group P - protamine; Group P/MB - MB after protamine; Group MB/P - MB before protamine. Nitric oxide levels were obtained by the nitric oxide/ozone chemiluminescence method, performed using the Nitric Oxide Analizer 280i (Sievers, Boulder, CO, USA)...
May 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27652344/anthropocene-rockfalls-travel-farther-than-prehistoric-predecessors
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Josh Walter Borella, Mark Quigley, Louise Vick
Human modification of natural landscapes has influenced surface processes in many settings on Earth. Quantitative data comparing the distribution and behavior of geologic phenomena before and after human arrival are sparse but urgently required to evaluate possible anthropogenic influences on geologic hazards. We conduct field and imagery-based mapping, statistical analysis, and numerical modeling of rockfall boulders triggered by the fatal 2011 Christchurch earthquakes (n = 285) and newly identified prehistoric (Holocene and Pleistocene) boulders (n = 1049)...
September 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629587/investigation-of-the-influence-of-transport-from-oil-and-natural-gas-regions-on-elevated-ozone-levels-in-the-northern-colorado-front-range
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Jason M Evans, Detlev Helmig
The Northern Colorado Front Range (NCFR) has been in exceedance of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) since 2004, which has led to much debate over the sources of ozone precursors to the region, as this area is home to both the Denver, CO, metropolitan area and the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which has experienced rapid growth of oil and natural gas (O&NG) operations and associated emissions. Several recent studies have reported elevated levels of atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as a result of O&NG emissions and the potential for significant ozone production from these emissions, despite implementation of stricter O&NG VOC emissions regulations in 2008...
February 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
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