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Yi Zhang, Yan Zhang, Guan Wang, Wujuan Chen, Pingang He, Qingjiang Wang
A capillary column was prepared by continuously packing ostadecylsilane (ODS) and taurine derivatized silica (TDS) in one column without interface. This continuously packing chromatography (CPC) column is easy to operate, has good stability and shows simultaneously separation of both polar and non-polar compounds. The simultaneous separation of a series of complex samples with highly hydrophobic components (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and PAHs) and highly hydrophilic components (biogenic amines, bases and nucleosides) using this CPC method was investigated...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Onder Ozturk, Burge Kabukcu Basay, Ahmet Buber, Omer Basay, Huseyin Alacam, Ali Bacanlı, Şenay Görücü Yılmaz, Mehmet Emin Erdal, Hasan Herken, Eyup Sabri Ercan
OBJECTIVE: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that negatively affects different areas of life. We aimed to evaluate the associations between the Val66Met polymorphism of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and ADHD and to assess the effect of the BDNF polymorphism on the neurocognitive profile and clinical symptomatology in ADHD. METHODS: Two hundred one ADHD cases and 99 typically developing subjects (TD) between the ages of 8 and 15 years were involved in the study...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Francesco Cubadda, Marilena D'Amato, Federica Aureli, Andrea Raggi, Alberto Mantovani
Dietary exposure of the Italian population to inorganic arsenic has been assessed in the national Total Diet Study (TDS) carried out in 2012-2014. Within the TDS, food samples (>3000) were collected to be representative of the whole diet of the population, prepared as consumed, and pooled into 51 food groups, thus modelling the Italian diet. Inorganic arsenic was determined by HPLC-ICP-MS after chemical extraction and quantified in all samples. Occurrence data were combined with national individual consumption data to estimate mean and high level dietary exposure of the general population and of population subgroups according to age and gender, both at the national level and for each of the four main geographical areas of Italy...
October 15, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Fengyang Sui, Shuying Zang, Yawen Fan, Huaxiang Ye
Many lakes located in the Songnen Plain of China exhibit a high saline-alkaline level. 25 lakes in the Songnen Plain were selected as research objects in this study. Water samples in these lakes were collected from June to August in 2008. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Total Alkalinity (TA) were measured to assess the saline-alkaline level, and partial canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) was conducted as well. The results show that the majority of these lakes in the study area could be categorized into HCO3--Na+-I type...
2016: PloS One
Rahul Dwivedi, Sambath Tiroumal
PURPOSE: Paclitaxel (Taxol) is a microtubule-stabilizing agent and belongs to the taxane group of chemotherapeutic drugs. It is used to treat numerous malignancies, such as breast and lung cancers. A rare side effect of this drug includes cystoid macular edema (CME), which is presumed to resolve after cessation of Paclitaxel. We present a case of topical Dorzolamide 2% (Trusopt) having a possible successful effect in the treatment of Paclitaxel-related nonresolving CME. By highlighting this rare ocular side effect of a common chemotherapeutic agent, which fails to resolve upon cessation of the drug alone, we suggest a possible treatment that may help other ophthalmologists in their management of similar cases...
October 4, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Channa Jayasumana, Omesh Ranasinghe, Sachini Ranasinghe, Imalka Siriwardhana, Sarath Gunatilake, Sisira Siribaddana
OBJECTIVE: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis in Agricultural Communities (CINAC) causes major morbidity and mortality for farmers in North-Central province (NCP) of Sri Lanka. To prevent the CINAC, reverse osmosis (RO) plants are established to purify the water and reduce the exposure to possible nephrotoxins through drinking water. We assessed RO plant maintenance and efficacy in NCP. METHODS: We have interviewed 10 RO plant operators on plant establishment, maintenance, usage and funding...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Chris M Moody, Timothy G Townsend
Samples of leachate were collected from fourteen landfills in the state of Florida, United States that contained primarily putrescible waste (municipal solid waste, MSW, and yard waste), MSW incinerator (MSWI) ash, or a combination of both. Assessment of leachates included trace metals, anions, and nutrients in order to create a mass balance of total dissolved solids (TDS). As expected from previously literature, MSW leached a complex matrix of contaminants while MSWI ash leachate TDS was more than 98% metallic salts...
October 11, 2016: Waste Management
Merve Cikili Uytun, Emel Karakaya, Didem Behice Oztop, Serife Gengec, Kazım Gumus, Sevgi Ozmen, Selim Doğanay, Semra Icer, Esra Demirci, Saliha Demirel Ozsoy
It is known that patients with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Conduct disorder (CD) commonly shows greater symptom severity than those with ADHD alone and worse outcomes. This study researches whether Default mode network (DMN) is altered in adolescents with ADHD + CD, relative to ADHD alone and controls or not. Ten medication-naïve boys with ADHD + CD, ten medication-naïve boys with ADHD and 10-age-matched typically developing (TD) controls underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans in the resting state and neuropsychological tasks such as the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), Stroop Test TBAG Form (STP), Auditory Verbal learning Test (AVLT), Visual Auditory Digit Span B (VADS B) were applied to all the subjects included...
October 13, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Xiaofang Wang, Zhong Long, Ren Bin, Ruilong Yang, Qifa Pan, Fangfang Li, Lizhu Luo, Yin Hu, Kezhao Liu
Uranium nitrides are among the most promising fuels for Generation IV nuclear reactors, but until now, very little has been known about their thermal stability properties under nonequilibrium conditions. In this work, thermal decomposition of nitrogen-rich uranium nitride (denoted as UN2-x) under ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) conditions was investigated by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). It has been shown that the nitrogen TDS spectrum consists of two peaks at about 723 and 1038 K. The X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron microscopy results indicate that UN2-x (UN2 phase) decomposed into the α-U2N3 phase in the first step and the α-U2N3 phase decomposed into the UN phase in the second step...
October 11, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Xinyi Xiang, Xiaoguang Chen, Ruobin Dai, Ying Luo, Puyue Ma, Shengsheng Ni, Chengyu Ma
Abundant organic compounds in textile dyeing sludge (TDS) provide possibility for its anaerobic digestion (AD) treatment. However, preliminary test showed little biogas generation in direct AD of the TDS during 20days. In order to improve the AD availability of TDS, alkaline, acid, thermal and thermal alkaline pretreatments were performed. Color and aromatic amines were specifically measured as extra characteristics for the AD of TDS. The rate-limiting steps of AD of TDS were slow hydrolysis rate and inhibited acidogenesis, which were somewhat overcome by pretreatments...
October 3, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Wendao Xu, Lijuan Xie, Jianfei Zhu, Wei Wang, Zunzhong Ye, Yungui Ma, Chao-Yin Tsai, Suming Chen, Yibin Ying
By squeezing electromagnetic energy into small volumes near a metal-dielectric interface, plasmonics provide many routes to enhance and manipulate light-matter interactions, which presents new strategies for signal enhancing technologies. As an extension of the ideas of plasmonics to the terahertz (THz) range, metamaterials have shown great potential in sensing applications. In this study, terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) combined with metamaterials was used to detect chlorpyrifos-methyl (CM), which is one type of the broad-spectrum organophosphorus pesticides...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Adam C Millar, Dean S Elterman, Larry Goldenberg, Brandon Van Asseldonk, Ashley Curtis, Keith Jarvi
INTRODUCTION: Attitudes regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men with prostate cancer (PCa) have changed over the past few years with the emergence of case studies suggesting a low risk of cancer progression and a better understanding of the interaction of different levels of androgen with prostate cellular metabolism. This new view has the potential to change clinical practice. METHODS: Active members of the Canadian Urological Association were surveyed about their opinions on the safety of TRT in men with low-risk PCa, as well as their current prescribing habits...
May 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
J Zhu, H L Zhan, X Y Miao, Y Song, K Zhao
In this paper, an investigation was presented about terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) as a novel tool for the characterization of the dynamic adsorption rate of volatile organic compounds, including isooctane, ethanol, and butyl acetate, in the pores of active carbon. The THz-TDS peak intensity (EP) was extracted and corresponded to the measurement time frames. By analyzing EP with time, the entire process could be divided into three physical parts including volatilization, adsorption and stabilization so that the adsorption dynamics could be clearly identified...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Meghan Moynihan, Karen E Peterson, Alejandra Cantoral, Peter X K Song, Andrew Jones, Maritsa Solano-González, John D Meeker, Niladri Basu, Martha Maria Téllez-Rojo
BACKGROUND: Cadmium is a toxic metal with modifiable exposure sources including diet. In pregnant women and children, unique dietary habits may contribute to DCd, and the relationship of diet to overall cadmium exposure can depend on specific factors during these transitional time periods. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to identify and quantify food sources of DCd, describe the distribution of UCd, and determine the relationship of DCd and intake of specific foods with UCd, stratified by maternal smoking history, among pregnant women and children in a well-characterized Mexico City birth cohort...
October 2, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
María Luz Pombo, Analía Porrás, Patricia Claudia Saidon, Stephanie M Cascio
Objective To evaluate 1) the level of use and adoption of eight Technical Documents (TDs) published by the Pan American Network for Drug Regulatory Harmonization (PANDRH) member states and 2) identify the hurdles that can prevent countries from successfully adopting a common standard. Methods An in-depth analysis of the incorporation of PANDRH Technical Document No. 1 ("TDNo1") recommendations in member states' national requirements was carried out. Results The results illustrate the role of PANDRH in promoting convergence/harmonization among its members...
May 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Ammasi Ranjithkumar, Jayanthi Durga, Ramakrishnan Ramesh, Chellan Rose, Chellappa Muralidharan
The conventional unhairing process in leather making utilises large amount of lime and sodium sulphide which is hazardous and poses serious waste disposal concerns. Under acidic conditions, sodium sulphide liberates significant quantities of hydrogen sulphide which causes frequent fatal accidents. Further, the conventional unhairing process involves destruction of the hair leading to increased levels of biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total dissolved solids (TDS) and total suspended solids (TSS) in the effluent...
October 5, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jinze Li, Suman Koner, Michael German, Arup K Sengupta
From a sustainability viewpoint, sodium exchange softening, although used widely, is under scrutiny due to its production of excess Na-laden spent regenerant and subsequent discharge to the environment. Many arid regions are introducing regulations disallowing dumping of concentrated sodium salts, the residuals from popular Na-exchange softening. The sodium content of the softened water is, also, always higher than in the feed, which poses a dietary health concern when used for drinking or cooking. An efficient, easy-to-operate hardness removal process with reduced sodium in both the treated water and in the spent regenerant is an unmet global need...
October 4, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Sarel Jacobus Brand, Brian Herbert Harvey
OBJECTIVE: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) displays high co-morbidity with major depression and treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Earlier work demonstrated exaggerated depressive-like symptoms in a gene×environment model of TRD and an abrogated response to imipramine. We extended the investigation by studying the behavioural and monoaminergic response to multiple antidepressants, viz. venlafaxine and ketamine with/without imipramine. METHODS: Male Flinders sensitive line (FSL) rats, a genetic model of depression, were exposed to a time-dependent sensitisation (TDS) model of PTSD and compared with stress naive controls...
October 3, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Mara V Galmarini, Anne-Laure Loiseau, Michel Visalli, Pascal Schlich
Though the gastronomic sector recommends certain wine-cheese associations, there is little sensory evidence on how cheese influences the perception of wine. It was the aim of this study to dynamically characterize 4 wines as they would be perceived when consumed with and without cheese. The tasting protocol was based on multi-intake temporal dominance of sensations (TDS) coupled with hedonic rating. In the 1st session, 31 French wine and cheese consumers evaluated the wines (Pacherenc, Sancerre, Bourgogne, and Madiran) over 3 consecutive sips...
October 2016: Journal of Food Science
Wisam M Khadra, Pieter J Stuyfzand, Ibrahim M Khadra
Most countermeasures to mitigate saltwater intrusion in coastal, karstic or fractured aquifers are hindered by anisotropy, high transmissivities and complex dynamics. A coupled strategy is introduced here as a localized remedy to protect shallow freshwater reserves while utilizing the deeper intercepted brackish water. It is a double sourcing application where fresh-keeper wells are installed at the bottom of a deepened borehole of selected salinized wells, and then supported by high recovery RO desalination...
September 21, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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