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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778078/an-effective-and-low-cost-carbon-based-clean-up-method-for-pcdd-fs-and-pcbs-analysis-in-food
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Kleopatra Kedikoglou, Danae Costopoulou, Irene Vassiliadou, Evangelos Bakeas, Leondios Leondiadis
Sample preparation is of critical importance in dioxin analysis of food and feed samples. It is a complex procedure that includes lipid extraction followed by the application of chromatographic separation techniques, aiming in removing undesirable interferences from the matrix. The separation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is achieved by carbon-based materials which should have high fat capacity in order to be suitable for lipid-containing matrices...
May 7, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778073/non-selective-rapid-electro-oxidation-of-persistent-refractory-vocs-in-industrial-wastewater-using-a-highly-catalytic-and-dimensionally-stable-irpd-ti-composite-electrode
#2
Wan-Cheol Cho, Kyung-Min Poo, Hend Omar Mohamed, Tae-Nam Kim, Yul-Seong Kim, Moon Hyun Hwang, Do-Won Jung, Kyu-Jung Chae
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are highly toxic contaminants commonly dissolved in industrial wastewater. Therefore, treatment of VOC-containing wastewater requires a robust and rapid reaction because liquid VOCs can become volatile secondary pollutants. In this study, electro-oxidation with catalytic composite dimensionally stable anodes (DSAs)-a promising process for degrading organic pollutants-was applied to remove various VOCs (chloroform, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene). Excellent treatment efficiency of VOCs was demonstrated...
May 11, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778058/plasma-polymer-facilitated-magnetic-technology-for-removal-of-oils-from-contaminated-waters
#3
Satriyo Krido Wahono, Alex Cavallaro, Krasimir Vasilev, Agnieszka Mierczynska
Oil pollution of waters is one of the most serious environmental problems globally. The long half-life and persistence within the environment makes oil particularly toxic and difficult to remediate. There is a significant need for efficient and cost-effective oil recovery technologies to be brought in to practice. In this study, we developed a facile and efficient magnetic separation method. The surface of 316L stainless steel nanoparticles was modified by plasma deposition of 1,7-octadiene and perfluorooctane, producing relatively hydrophobic coatings having water contact angles of 86 and 100°, respectively...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778055/new-insights-into-the-effects-of-support-matrix-on-the-removal-of-organic-micro-pollutants-and-the-microbial-community-in-constructed-wetlands
#4
Liang Zhang, Tao Lyu, Carlos Andrés Ramírez Vargas, Carlos A Arias, Pedro N Carvalho, Hans Brix
Constructed wetlands (CWs) are an eco-friendly and cost-effective technology to remove organic micro-pollutants (OMPs) from wastewater. The support matrix is an important component in CWs as it has a primary role in the growth and development of plants and microbes. However, the roles of the support matrix in CWs in removing OMPs have not been systematically studied. Therefore, in this study, six common materials (sand, zeolite, blast iron slag, petcoke, polonite and crushed autoclaved aerated concrete (CAAC)) as support matrixes were firstly investigated by batch tests to explore their adsorption capacities to selected OMPs (ibuprofen, iohexol, tebuconazole and imazalil)...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778023/the-growth-and-lipid-accumulation-of-scenedesmus-quadricauda-during-batch-mixotrophic-heterotrophic-cultivation-using-xylose-as-a-carbon-source
#5
Mingming Song, Haiyan Pei
To overcome the bottlenecks of high cost and low production yields that restrict the commercial production of microalgae biodiesel, the use of xylose was evaluate by Scenedesmus quadricauda FACHB-1297, which was shown to be capable of mixotrophic and heterotrophic growth and lipid production on xylose, rich in the waste streams from pulp and paper industry, with increases in lipid productivities of 35.8-fold (mixotrophic) and 9.2-fold (heterotrophic) in comparison to photoautotrophic lipid yields. Five doses of xylose were tested to determine the effects and mechanisms of the carbon source on microalgae in mixotrophic mode...
May 10, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778022/low-cost-composited-accelerants-for-anaerobic-digestion-of-dairy-manure-focusing-on-methane-yield-digestate-utilization-and-energy-evaluation
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Chen Zhang, Sining Yun, Xue Li, Ziqi Wang, Hongfei Xu, Tingting Du
To improve the methane yield and digestate utilization of anaerobic digestion (AD), low-cost composited accelerants consisting of urea (0.2-0.5%), bentonite (0.5-0.8%), active carbon (0.6-0.9%), and plant ash (0.01-0.3%) were designed and tested in batch experiments. Total biogas yield (485.7-681.9 mL/g VS) and methane content (63.0-66.6%) were remarkably enhanced in AD systems by adding accelerants compared to those of control group (361.9 mL/g VS, 59.4%). Composited accelerant addition led to the highest methane yield (454...
May 11, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778001/patchy-gold-coated-fe-3-o-4-nanospheres-with-enhanced-catalytic-activity-applied-for-paper-based-bipolar-electrode-electrochemiluminescence-aptasensors
#7
Xin Zhang, Ning Bao, Xiliang Luo, Shou-Nian Ding
In this work, novel multifunctional patchy gold coated Fe3 O4 hybrid nanoparticles (PG-Fe3 O4 NPs) have been successfully synthesized in aqueous medium via a facile adsorption-reduction method. A rational formation mechanism has been proposed by monitoring the morphological evolution. The PG-Fe3 O4 NPs retained the good magnetic property and exhibited excellent catalytical effeciency towards the electrochemical reduction of hydrogen peroxide. Chronoamperometric and amperometric experiments indicated a relatively high catalytic rate constant of 3...
May 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777932/application-of-a-surfactant-assisted-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-method-along-with-central-composite-design-for-micro-volume-based-spectrophotometric-determination-of-low-level-of-cr-vi-ions-in-aquatic-samples
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Hamid Reza Sobhi, Efat Azadikhah, Mohammad Behbahani, Ali Esrafili, Mahnaz Ghambarian
A fast, simple, low cost surfactant-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction method along with central composite design for the determination of low level of Cr(VI) ions in several aquatic samples has been developed. Initially, Cr(VI) ions present in the aqueous sample were readily reacted with 1,5‑diphenylcarbazide (DPC) in acidic medium through complexation. Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), as an anionic surfactant, was then employed as an ion-pair agent to convert the cationic complex into the neutral one...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777927/patient-related-determinants-of-antibiotic-use-a-systematic-review
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V Zanichelli, G Tebano, I C Gyssens, V Vlahović-Palčevski, A A Monnier, M Stanic Benic, S Harbarth, M Hulscher, C Pulcini, B D Huttner
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess patient-related determinants potentially influencing antibiotic use. METHODS: Studies published in MEDLINE until 30/09/2015 were searched. We included: (1) qualitative studies describing patients' self-reported determinants of antibiotic use; (2) quantitative studies on either self-reported or objectively assessed determinants associated with antibiotic use. Whenever possible, reported determinants were categorized as "barriers" or "facilitators" of responsible antibiotic use...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777849/non-invasive-diagnostic-methods-for-better-screening-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
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REVIEW
Neelamshobha Nirala, R Periyasamy, Awanish Kumar
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to extremities usually legs. It does not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain while walking which is known as claudication. It is a common manifestation of type II Diabetes, but the relationship between other vascular diseases and lower limb (LL)-PAD has been poorly understood and investigated. METHODS: When assessing a patient with clinically LLPAD, two questions are in order to establish a diagnosis: one is non-invasive testing and other is invasive...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777842/nationally-representative-readmission-factors-in-patients-with-claudication-and-critical-limb-ischemia
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Rennier A Martinez, Michelle Shnayder, Joshua Parreco, Lukas Gaffney, Marcus Eby, Nicholas Cortolillo, Michael Lopez, Jack Zeltzer
INTRODUCTION: Hospital readmissions are not only associated with increased mortality, morbidity and costs but also, with current healthcare reform, tied to significant financial and administrative penalties. Some studies show that patients undergoing vascular surgery may have higher than average readmission rates. The recently released Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD) is the most comprehensive national source of readmission data, gathering discharge information from 22 geographically dispersed states, accounting for 51...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777804/towards-an-affordable-enzymatic-production-of-biopolyols-comparing-the-immobilization-of-lipases-by-two-optimized-techniques
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Milda Šulcienė, Boris Kolvenbach, Erik Ammann, Inga Matijošytė
The production of biopolyols (sustainable, renewable and biodegradable precursors), is exclusively focused on the conventional chemical synthesis pathways, and currently, no polyols are produced by enzymatic processes at an industrial scale, because they are not competitive when compared to petrochemically based polyols due to the overall cost for their production. This can be mainly attributed to the high costs of commercial enzymes used in this process and their use is limited by their lack of stability during the bioprocess...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777782/financial-analysis-of-pediatric-resident-physician-primary-care-longitudinal-outpatient-experience
#13
Carole H Stipelman, Brad Poss, Laura Anne Stetson, Luca Boi, Michael Rogers, Caleb Puzey, Sri Koduri, Robert Kaplan, Vivian S Lee, Edward B Clark
PURPOSE: To determine whether residency training represents a net positive or negative cost to academic medical centers, we analyzed the cost of a residency program and clinical productivity of residents and faculty in outpatient primary care practice with or without residents. METHOD: Patient volume and revenue data (Current Procedural Terminology codes) from an academic primary care general pediatric clinic were evaluated for faculty clinics (faculty only) and resident teaching clinics (Longitudinal Outpatient Experience [LOE]) with 1-4 residents/faculty...
May 16, 2018: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777740/rapid-response-systems
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REVIEW
Patrick G Lyons, Dana P Edelson, Matthew M Churpek
INTRODUCTION: Rapid response systems are commonly employed by hospitals to identify and respond to deteriorating patients outside of the intensive care unit. Controversy exists about the benefits of rapid response systems. AIMS: We aimed to review the current state of the rapid response literature, including evolving aspects of afferent (risk detection) and efferent (intervention) arms, outcome measurement, process improvement, and implementation. DATA SOURCES: Articles written in English and published in PubMed...
May 16, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777729/pharmacogenetic-tests-to-guide-drug-treatment-in-depression-comparison-of-the-available-testing-kits-and-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Chiara Fabbri, Joseph Zohar, Alessandro Serretti
The empirical approach to drug choice and dosing in depression often results into inadequate response and side effects. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing appears a promising way to implement personalized treatments. A systematic review was performed to identify available PGx tests, compare the genes they include with clinical guidelines and drug labels, and assess the quality of published clinical studies. ~40 commercial PGx tests are available and potential benefits were estimated for nine of them by clinical studies...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777679/development-of-dnazyme-based-pcr-signal-cascade-amplification-for-visual-detection-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-food
#16
Zhanmin Liu, Chenhui Yao, Cuiyun Yang, Yanming Wang, Sibao Wan, Junyi Huang
Listeria monocytogenes is an important food-borne pathogen, and it can cause severe diseases. Rapid detection of L. monocytogenes is crucial to control this pathogen. A simple and robust strategy based on the cascade of PCR and G-quadruplex DNAzyme catalyzed reaction was used to detect L. monocytogenes. In the presence of hemin and the aptamer formed during PCR, the catalytic horseradish peroxidase-mimicking G-quadruplex DNAzymes allow the colorimetric responses of target DNA from L. monocytogenes. This assay can detect genomic DNA of L...
May 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777650/modeling-dengue-vector-population-using-remotely-sensed-data-and-machine-learning
#17
Juan M Scavuzzo, Francisco Trucco, Manuel Espinosa, Carolina B Tauro, Marcelo Abril, Carlos M Scavuzzo, Alejandro C Frery
Mosquitoes are vectors of many human diseases. In particular, Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus) is the main vector for Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika viruses in Latin America and it represents a global threat. Public health policies that aim at combating this vector require dependable and timely information, which is usually expensive to obtain with field campaigns. For this reason, several efforts have been done to use remote sensing due to its reduced cost. The present work includes the temporal modeling of the oviposition activity (measured weekly on 50 ovitraps in a north Argentinean city) of Aedes ægypti (Linnaeus), based on time series of data extracted from operational earth observation satellite images...
May 16, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777628/allergy-in-the-elderly-case-note-review
#18
N J Gray, E L Redshaw, D Isaacs, M D Tarzi, H E Smith, A J Frew
The prevalence of IgE-mediated disease increased significantly during the 20th century. In developed countries, about 20% of people have atopic disease, which consumes significant amounts of healthcare funding. For example, in UK general practice, allergic conditions account for 6% of consultations and ~10% of prescribing costs [1]. Whilst most studies of allergy focus on children and adolescents, relatively little has been written about allergy in older people, although food allergy may be increasingly common in this group [2]...
May 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777595/a-ring-based-compensator-imrt-system-optimized-for-low-and-middle-income-countries-design-and-treatment-planning-study
#19
Jonathon Van Schelt, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Fong, Dolla Toomeh, Patricia A Sponseller, Derek W Brown, Meghan W Macomber, Nina A Mayr, Shilpen Patel, Adam Shulman, G V Subrahmanyam, K Govindarajan, Eric C Ford
PURPOSE: We propose a novel compensator-based IMRT system designed to provide a simple, reliable, and cost-effective adjunct technology, with the goal of expanding global access to advanced radiotherapy techniques. The system would employ easily-reusable tungsten bead compensators that operate independent of a gantry (e.g. mounted in a ring around the patient). Thereby the system can be retrofitted to existing linac and cobalt teletherapy units. This study explores the quality of treatment plans from the proposed system and the dependence on associated design parameters...
May 19, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777574/factors-influencing-the-umbilical-cord-blood-stem-cell-industry-an-evolving-treatment-landscape
#20
REVIEW
Carla Dessels, Marco Alessandrini, Michael Sean Pepper
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is common practice today for life threatening malignant and non-malignant diseases of the blood and immune systems. Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is rich in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and is an attractive alternative to harvesting HSCs from bone marrow or when mobilized into peripheral blood. One of the most appealing attributes of UCB is that it can be banked for future use and hence provides an off-the-shelf solution for patients in urgent need of a transplantation...
May 18, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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