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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732399/analysis-of-emerging-organic-contaminants-in-water-fish-and-suspended-particulate-matter-spm-in-the-joint-danube-survey-using-solid-phase-extraction-followed-by-uhplc-ms-ms-and-gc-ms-analysis
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Robert Loos, Simona Tavazzi, Giulio Mariani, Gert Suurkuusk, Bruno Paracchini, Gunther Umlauf
In the third Joint Danube Survey (JDS3), emerging organic contaminants were analysed in the dissolved water phase of samples from the Danube River and its major tributaries. Analyses were performed using solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS-MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The polar organic compounds analysed by UHPLC-MS-MS were 1H-benzotriazole, methylbenzotriazoles, carbamazepine, 10,11-dihydro-10,11-dihydroxy-carbamazepine, diclofenac, sulfamethox-azole, 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid), metolachlor, cybutryne (irgarol), terbutryn, DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), and several perfluoroalkyl acids (C6-C9; C8=perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)) and perfluorooctansulfonic acid (PFOS)...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732354/influence-of-body-mass-index-on-postoperative-complications-after-thymectomy-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
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Xu-Dong Liu, Ming-Rui Shao, Lei Sun, Lin Zhang, Xin-Shan Jia, Wen-Ya Li
OBJECTIVES: It is not clear whether being overweight or obese influences postoperative complications in myasthenia gravis (MG) patients. We retrospectively investigated an association between body mass index (BMI) and postoperative complications in MG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine MG patients who had undergone transsternal thymectomy were classified as low or high BMI based on the criteria for Asian-Pacific populations. An association between BMI and complications was analyzed...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
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Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732335/characteristics-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-during-persistent-extreme-haze-events-in-chengdu-southwest-china
#5
Lulu Li, Qinwen Tan, Yuanhang Zhang, Miao Feng, Yu Qu, Junling An, Xingang Liu
Based on detailed data from Chengdu Plain (CP) from 6 January to 16 January, two typical haze episodes were analyzed to clarify the haze formation mechanism in winter. Weather conditions, chemical compositions, secondary pollutant transformation, optical properties of aerosols, the potential source contribution function (PSCF) and source apportionment were studied. The planetary boundary layer (PBL) height decreased distinctly during the haze episodes and restrained air pollutant vertical dispersion. As the haze worsened, the value of PBL × PM2...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732327/prediagnostic-serum-calcium-and-albumin-and-ovarian-cancer-a-nested-case-control-study-in-the-norwegian-janus-serum-bank-cohort
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Gary G Schwartz, Steinar Tretli, Linda Vos, Trude E Robsahm
BACKGROUND: Women with higher serum calcium may be more likely to be diagnosed and die of ovarian cancer. We evaluated that finding in a large, prospective cohort. METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study using a population-based biobank from Norway. We compared 202 ovarian cancer cases and 202 controls, matched for age, date at blood draw, and county of residence, with respect to serum calcium and albumin, adjusted for anthropometric variables. We evaluated risks using the entire follow-up period as well as 2-15 years and 16-25 years ("early" and "late", respectively)...
July 18, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732312/drug-eluting-scaffold-inhibited-in-vivo-pancreatic-tumorigenesis-by-engaging-murine-ccr4-cd8-t-cells
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Qian Zhan, Baiyong Shen, Yuan Fang, Xiaxing Deng, Hao Chen, Jiabin Jin, Chenghong Peng, Hongwei Li
CCL17 is well known for its ability to engage CCR4(+)CD8(+) T cells, which have been shown to play a critical role in preventing tumorigenesis. In this study, we attempted to inhibit in vivo pancreatic tumorigenesis by engaging murine CCR4(+)CD8(+) T cells through a drug-eluting scaffold with a payload of CCL17. The drug-eluting scaffold was fabricated by electrospinning polyglyconate and porcine gelatin. The electrospun scaffold featured randomly distributed non-woven fibers with diameters ranging from 1μm to 4μm...
July 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732306/photostability-testing-using-online-reactor-hplc-hyphenation-and-mass-spectrometric-compound-identification-illustrated-by-ketoprofen-as-model-compound
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Jaber Assaf, Diego Zulkiewicz Gomes, Bernhard Wuest, Maria Kristina Parr
Investigations on the photochemical stability of pharmaceutical substances are mandatory in drug development and licensing as photo-induced degradation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) may not only lead to decreased API concentrations but also to toxic or reactive products. Thus, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) issued Guidance for Industry Q1B "Photostability Testing of New Drug Substances and Products" for testing of pure but also packed drugs...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732292/influence-of-rainfall-duration-and-intensity-on-particulate-matter-removal-from-plant-leaves
#9
Xiaowu Xu, Zhenming Zhang, Le Bao, Li Mo, Xinxiao Yu, Dengxing Fan, Xiaoxiu Lun
Rainfall influences removal of airborne particulate matter (PM) from leaf surfaces through a process called wash off resulting in throughfall that carries PM to the ground. The present study examined the effects of rainfall characteristics on PM wash-off mass and rate from the foliage of four broadleaf species, to investigate retention of PM pollution. In a controlled rainfall simulation experiment, rainfall intensity was set to 15, 30, and 50mmh(-1), and sampling intervals for the three rainfall intensities were divided into 10, 5, and 3min, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732263/proteomic-analysis-of-naturally-occurring-boron-tolerant-plant-gypsophila-sphaerocephala-l-in-response-to-high-boron-concentration
#10
Huseyin Tombuloglu, Guzin Tombuloglu, Mehmet Serdal Sakcali, Ali Turkan, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Hesham F Alharby, Shah Fahd, Waseem Mohammed Abdul
Gypsophila sphaerocephala is a naturally Boron (B) tolerant species that can grow around the B mining areas in Turkey, where the B concentration in soil reaches a lethal dose for plants (up to ∼8900mgkg(-1) (∼140mM). While its interesting survival capacity in extremely B containing soils, any molecular research has been conducted to understand its high tolerance mechanism yet. In the present study, we have performed a proteomic analysis of this plant to understand its high tolerance towards B-stress. Seedlings of G...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732244/thyroglossal-duct-cysts-in-children-sonographic-features-every-radiologist-should-know-and-their-histopathological-correlation
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Emilio Inarejos Clemente, Modupe Oyewumi, Evan Probst, Bo-Yee Ngan, Mary-Louise Greer
Distinguishing between thyroglossal duct cysts (TGDC) and dermoid cysts (DC) sonographically can be challenging. We illustrate the three sonographic features in neck masses in children recently identified as being most suggestive of TGDC (septa, irregular wall and solid elements) and their corresponding histopathology. These three variables form a proposed predictive model for TGDC as a guide to surgical intervention. Pediatric radiologists should be familiar with these key imaging features, as compared with other imaging features described in TGDC also illustrated here, which are less discriminating...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732236/neighborhood-ses-is-particularly-important-to-the-cardiovascular-health-of-low-ses-individuals
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Jennifer Morozink Boylan, Stephanie A Robert
RATIONALE: Health disparities defined by neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) are well established; it is less well understood whether neighborhood SES is differentially associated with health depending on one's own SES. OBJECTIVE: The double jeopardy hypothesis, collective resources model, fundamental cause theory, and relative deprivation hypothesis support differential patterns of association between neighborhood and individual SES with health. The first three models suggest that higher neighborhood SES predicts health more strongly among lower, as compared to higher, SES individuals...
July 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732185/chronotype-sleep-characteristics-and-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-hospital-nurses
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Yuan Zhang, Jeanne F Duffy, Elizabeth Ronan de Castillero, Kefang Wang
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) persist as the leading occupational injury, accounting for nearly half of nurses' total occupational injuries. Musculoskeletal pain is a known cause of sleep disruption, and individuals with WMSDs that interfere with sleep often report more pain. Evening chronotype has been associated with poor sleep among nurses. However, the associations among chronotype, sleep, and WMSDs are still unclear, and were explored in the present study. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 397 nurses, with 47...
July 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732178/reproductive-plasticity-in-the-nematode-gyrinicola-batrachiensis-does-an-intermediate-reproductive-strategy-exist-in-sexually-reproducing-didelphic-pinworms
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Jasmine N Childress, Sean C Rogers, Matthew G Bolek, Gabriel J Langford
Phenotypic plasticity is a process in which multiple phenotypes arise from one genotype due to environmental selection pressures. Gyrinicola batrachiensis has a heterogeneous reproductive strategy such that females reproduce either via parthogenesis with thick-shelled eggs in a single uterus or sexual reproduction with thick and thin-shelled eggs in separate uterine horns. No evidence exists that strains of G. batrachiensis are able to switch between parthenogenetic and sexual reproduction. Thin-shelled eggs are autoinfective while thick-shelled eggs act as transmission agents once shed into the aquatic environment...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732168/inland-sea-spray-aerosol-transport-and-incomplete-chloride-depletion-varying-degrees-of-reactive-processing-observed-during-soas
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Amy Lynne Bondy, Bingbing Wang, Alexander Laskin, Rebecca Lynn Craig, Manelisi Victor Nhliziyo, Steven Bertman, Kerri A Pratt, Paul B Shepson, Andrew P Ault
Multiphase reactions involving sea spray aerosol (SSA) impact trace gas budgets in coastal regions by acting as a reservoir for oxidized nitrogen and sulfur species, as well as a source of halogen gases (HCl, ClNO2, etc.). While most studies of multiphase reactions on SSA have focused on marine environments, far less is known about SSA transported inland. Herein, single particle measurements of SSA are reported at a site > 320 km from the Gulf of Mexico, with transport times of 7-68 h. Samples were collected during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) in June-July 2013 near Centreville, Alabama...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732156/fixed-bed-modeling-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-removal-by-ion-exchange-in-synthetic-urine-mass-removal-or-toxicity-reduction
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Kelly Ann Landry, Treavor H Boyer
Ion-exchange removal of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in synthetic urine can selectively remove pharmaceuticals with minimal co-removal of nutrients to enhance nutrient recovery efforts. However, the effect of endogenous metabolites in urine on ion-exchange removal, and the corresponding reduction in ecotoxicity potential of pharmaceuticals in treated urine entering the environment, is unknown. To assess treatment efficacy, this work paired predicted breakthrough curves determined by the homogenous surface diffusion model to an in vitro bioassay to evaluate COX-1 inhibition...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732138/involving-citizens-in-priority-setting-for-public-health-research-implementation-in-infection-research
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Timothy M Rawson, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Esmita Charani, Fran Husson, Luke S P Moore, Alison H Holmes, Raheelah Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Public sources fund the majority of UK infection research, but citizens currently have no formal role in resource allocation. To explore the feasibility and willingness of citizens to engage in strategic decision making, we developed and tested a practical tool to capture public priorities for research. METHOD: A scenario including six infection themes for funding was developed to assess citizen priorities for research funding. This was tested over two days at a university public festival...
July 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732136/an-approach-to-estimate-the-activation-energies-of-fragmentation-occurring-in-quadrupole-collision-cell-of-the-mass-spectrometer
#18
Ákos Kuki, Lajos Nagy, Miklós Zsuga, Sándor Kéki
The classical semi-quantitative Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel (RRK) theory was used for the calculation of the internal energy dependent reaction rate coefficient of the collision-induced dissociation (CID) reaction in tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The survival yield (SY) was determined by the reaction rate equation for the unimolecular dissociation of the precursor ion. The parameters of the rate equation and the RRK model were approximated based on the instrumental conditions. We used the RRK equation for the description of the basic behavior of the fragmentation reactions and for the estimation of the internal energy of the precursor ion...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732133/ionization-and-collision-induced-dissociation-of-steroid-bis-glucuronides
#19
Argitxu Esquivel, Xavier Matabosch, Aristotelis Kotronoulas, Georgina Balcells, Jesús Joglar, Rosa Ventura
Studies on steroid metabolism are of utmost importance to improve the detection capabilities of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) misuse in sports drug testing. In humans, glucuronoconjugates are the most abundant phase II metabolites of AAS. Bis-glucuronidation is a reaction where two separated functional groups on the same molecule are conjugated with glucuronic acid. These metabolites have not been studied in depth for steroids and could be interesting markers for doping control. The aim of the present work was to study the ionization and collision induced dissociation of steroid bis-glucuronides to be able to develop mass spectrometric analytical strategies for their detection in urine samples after AAS administration...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732132/entrapment-of-amino-acids-in-gas-phase-surfactant-assemblies-the-case-of-tryptophan-confined-in-positively-charged-1r-2s-dodecyl-2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl-dimethylammonium-bromide-aggregates
#20
David Bongiorno, Valentina Calabrese, Leopoldo Ceraulo, Serena Indelicato, Vincenzo Turco Liveri
The ability of positively charged aggregates of the surfactant (1R,2S)-Dodecyl(2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl)dimethylammonium bromide (DMEB) to incorporate D- or L-tryptophan in the gas-phase has been investigated by electrospray ion mobility mass spectrometry (ESI-IM-MS). Strongly impacted by the pH of the electrosprayed solutions, both protonated (T(+) ) and deprotonated (T(-) ) tryptophan are effectively included into the aggregates whereas, tryptophan in zwitterionic (T(0) ) form is practically absent in singly charged DMEB aggregates but can be found in multiply charged ones...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
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