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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783205/individual-approach-to-the-treatment-of-obese-copd-patients-can-reduce-anthropometric-indicators-the-level-of-systemic-inflammation-and-improve-the-quality-of-life
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Lesia V Savchenko, Igor P Kaidashev
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obesity are major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and according to current estimates, the global burden of these conditions will be even greater. The basis for COPD treatment is bronchodilator therapy and non-pharmacotherapy approaches, such as respiratory rehabilitation and dietary counseling. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of lifestyle modification on anthropometric indices, markers of systemic inflammation, quality of life in patients with COPD and obesity...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783196/activity-concentrations-of-238-u-and-226-ra-in-two-european-black-shales-and-their-experimentally-derived-leachates
#2
Franziska D H Wilke, Georg Schettler, Andrea Vieth-Hillebrand, Michael Kühn, Heike Rothe
The production of gas from unconventional resources became an important position in the world energy economics. In 2012, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre estimate 16 trillion cubic meters (Tcm) of technically recoverable shale gas in Europe. Taking into account that the exploitation of unconventional gas can be accompanied by serious health risks due to the release of toxic chemical components and natural occurring radionuclides into the return flow water and their near-surface accumulation in secondary precipitates, we investigated the release of U, Th and Ra from black shales by interaction with drilling fluids containing additives that are commonly employed for shale gas exploitation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783194/quantitative-investigation-of-hydraulic-mixing-energy-input-during-batch-mode-anaerobic-digestion-and-its-impact-on-performance
#3
James McLeod, Z Othman, Rajarathinam Parthasarathy
The relationship between mixing energy input and biogas production was investigated by anaerobically digesting sewage sludge in lab scale, hydraulically mixed, batch mode digesters at six different specific energy inputs. The goal was to identify how mixing energy influenced digestion performance at quantitative levels to help explain the varying results in other published works. The results showed that digester homogeneity was largely uninfluenced by energy input, whereas cumulative biogas production and solids destruction were...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783192/interaction-of-dna-and-mononucleotides-with-theophylline-investigated-using-electrochemical-biosensors-and-biosensing
#4
Katarína Nemčeková, Ján Labuda, Viktor Milata, Jana Blaškovičová, Jozef Sochr
The understanding of DNA-drug interaction mechanism is among the important aspects of biological studies for drug design, discovery and pharmaceutical development processes. Published rather detailed FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopic studies on the interactions of theophylline, theobromine and caffeine with calf thymus DNA have shown effective binding of these methylxanthine derivatives to DNA and RNA involving H-bonds. However, to our knowledge, there is no such investigation using electrochemical approach...
May 3, 2018: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783169/applying-multi-criteria-analysis-for-preliminary-assessment-of-the-properties-of-alginate-immobilized-myriophyllum-spicatum-in-lake-water-samples
#5
Jelena V Milojković, Jelena B Popović-Djordjević, Lato L Pezo, Ilija D Brčeski, Aleksandar Ž Kostić, Vladan D Milošević, Mirjana D Stojanović
The preliminary assessment of the properties of alginate immobilized aquatic weed Myriophyllum spicatum beads-MsAlg in a multi-element system of nine Serbian lakes water samples was done. Herein, the results obtained in the biosorption experiment with MsAlg contents of twenty-two elements analysed by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, biosorption capacity, element removal efficiency, total hardness (TH) and quality index of water (WQI) are presented. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used for the characterization of M...
May 11, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783154/enhanced-removal-of-p-nitrophenol-from-aqueous-media-by-montmorillonite-clay-modified-with-a-cationic-surfactant
#6
A Dos Santos, M F Viante, D J Pochapski, A J Downs, C A P Almeida
Montmorillonite clay (MC) yields after modification of the interlamellar spacing and the chemical character of its surface by treatment with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) a solid product (MCCTA). This has been used as an adsorbent for the removal of p-nitrophenol (PNP) from aqueous solutions. The MCCTA samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), thermogravimetric analysis (TG/DTA), FT-IR spectroscopy, zeta potential measurements, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and specific surface area...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783143/metallic-nanocatalysts-for-electrochemical-co-2-reduction-in-aqueous-solutions
#7
Yuanxing Wang, Cailing Niu, Dunwei Wang
How to effectively and efficiently reduce carbon dioxide (CO2 ) to value-added chemicals represent a frontier in catalysis research. Due to the high activation energy needs and the endothermic nature of CO2 reduction, the reactions are difficult to carry out. When H2 O is present, hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) often compete favorably with CO2 reduction reactions. For these reactions, catalysts are of critical importance to CO2 reduction. In this article, we review the various metal nanocatalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR) reactions...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783132/characterization-of-biomass-waste-torrefaction-under-conventional-and-microwave-heating
#8
Shih-Hsin Ho, Congyu Zhang, Wei-Hsin Chen, Ying Shen, Jo-Shu Chang
To evaluate the potential of microwave heating for biomass torrefaction, the torrefaction performances and energy utilization of coffee grounds and microalga residue, under conventional and microwave heating were investigated and compared with each other. For the two biomass samples, the dehydrogenation of the coffee grounds was more sensitive to torrefaction severity, whereas the microalga residue consumed more energy under the same torrefaction conditions. Microwave heating under lower torrefaction severity had a higher energy efficiency...
May 13, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783129/effect-of-surfactant-assisted-sonic-pretreatment-on-liquefaction-of-fruits-and-vegetable-residue-characterization-acidogenesis-biomethane-yield-and-energy-ratio
#9
M Shanthi, J Rajesh Banu, P Sivashanmugam
The present study explored the disintegration potential of fruits and vegetable residue through sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) assisted sonic pretreatment (SSP). In SSP method, initially the biomass barrier (lignin) was removed using SDS at different dosage, subsequently it was sonically disintegrated. The effect of SSP were assessed based on dissolved organic release (DOR) of fruits and vegetable waste and specific energy input. SSP method achieved higher DOR rate and suspended solids reduction (26% and 16%) at optimum SDS dosage of 0...
May 15, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783056/treatment-of-winery-wastewater-by-anodic-oxidation-using-bdd-electrode
#10
Christian Candia-Onfray, Nicole Espinoza, Evanimek B Sabino da Silva, Carla Toledo-Neira, L Carolina Espinoza, Rocío Santander, Verónica García, Ricardo Salazar
The effective removal of organics from winery wastewater was obtained in real residual effluents from the wine industry using anodic oxidation (AO). The effluent had an initial organic load of [COD]0 of 3490 mg L-1 equal to [TOC]0 of 1320 mg L-1 . In addition, more than 40 organic compounds were identified by means of GC-MS. Different density currents as well as the addition of electrolytes were tested during electrolysis. The results show the decay of [COD]t by 63.6% when no support electrolyte was added, whereas almost total mineralization and disinfection was reached after adding of 50 mM of sodium sulfate and sodium chloride and applying higher density currents...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783019/total-flavonoid-extract-of-epimedium-herb-increases-the-peak-bone-mass-of-young-rats-involving-enhanced-activation-of-the-ac10-camp-pka-creb-pathway
#11
Hui-Rong Xi, Hui-Ping Ma, Fang-Fang Yang, Yu-Hai Gao, Jian Zhou, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Wen-Yuan Li, Cory J Xian, Ke-Ming Chen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Epimedium sagittatum brevicornum Maxim. is an important traditional Chinese herb that has long been used to promote bone fracture healing and treat osteoporosis. AIM OF THE STUDY: Achieving peak bone mass by adolescence has now been accepted to be fundamental for preventing osteoporosis in adulthood life. This study investigated the possibility of increasing peak bone mass in young rats using the total flavonoid extract of Epimedium herb (TFE)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783004/-the-thing-that-really-gets-me-is-the-future-symptomatology-in-older-homeless-adults-in-the-hope-home-study
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Adam Bazari, Maria Patanwala, Lauren M Kaplan, Colette L Auerswald, Margot B Kushel
CONTEXT: The homeless population is aging. Older homeless adults experience premature development of age-related conditions and an elevated symptom burden. Little is known about symptom experience among older homeless adults. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the experience, understanding, and management of physical, psychological, social (e.g. loneliness), and existential (e.g. regret, loss of dignity) symptoms among older homeless adults. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews from June 2016 through March 2017 with a purposive sample of participants from the HOPE HOME cohort, a longitudinal study of homeless adults ages 50 and older...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783002/a-stepwise-approach-to-laparoscopic-enucleation-and-excision-of-retroperitoneal-cysts
#13
Haider Jan, Tina Kapoor, Vishalli Ghai
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Technical video demonstrating a step by step approach to laparoscopic enucleation and excision of retroperitoneal cysts. DESIGN: Technical video (Canadian Task Force classification III). SETTING: Benign Gynecology Department at a University Hospital. INTERVENTION: Laparoscopic enucleation and excision of retroperitoneal cysts. CONCLUSION: Retroperitoneal cysts are rare lesions associated with numerous complications including compression on neighbouring organs, infection, rupture and malignant transformation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783001/laparoscopic-extraperitoneal-pelvic-lymph-node-debulking-in-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer
#14
Diaz-Feijoo Berta, Luna-Guibourg Rocio, Cabrera Silvia, Manrique Susana, Gil-Moreno Antonio
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic extraperitoneal approach for pelvic metastatic lymph node debulking in locally advanced cervical cancer. DESIGN: Surgical video article. Canadian task force Classification III. SETTING: University Hospital PATIENT: A 52 year-old patient presented a stage IIA2 Cervical adenocarcinoma according to FIGO classification. The physical exam reported a 45 mm tumor. Positron emission tomography (PET- CT) was positive for hypermetabolic enlarged lymph nodes in left external iliac region of 1...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782931/optimal-gut-size-of-small-birds-and-its-dependence-on-environmental-and-physiological-parameters
#15
Adnane Ez-Zizi, John M McNamara, Gaurav Malhotra, Alasdair I Houston
Most optimal foraging models assume that the foraging behaviour of small birds depends on a single state variable, their energy reserves in the form of stored fat. Here, we include a second state variable-the contents of the bird's gut-to investigate how a bird should optimise its gut size to minimise its long-term mortality, depending on the availability of food, the size of meal and the bird's digestive constraints. Our results show that (1) the current level of fat is never less important than gut contents in determining the bird's survival; (2) there exists a unique optimal gut size, which is determined by a trade-off between the energetic gains and costs of maintaining a large digestive system; (3) the optimal gut size increases as the bird's digestive cycle becomes slower, allowing the bird to store undigested food; (4) the critical environmental factor for determining the optimal gut size is the mass of food found in a successful foraging effort ("meal size")...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782930/all-atom-four-body-knowledge-based-statistical-potential-to-distinguish-native-tertiary-rna-structures-from-nonnative-folds
#16
Majid Masso
Scientific breakthroughs in recent decades have uncovered the capability of RNA molecules to fulfill a wide array of structural, functional, and regulatory roles in living cells, leading to a concomitantly significant increase in both the number and diversity of experimentally determined RNA three-dimensional (3D) structures. Atomic coordinates from a representative training set of solved RNA structures, displaying low sequence and structure similarity, facilitate derivation of knowledge-based energy functions...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782823/changing-the-site-energy-of-per-614-in-the-peridinin-chlorophyll-a-protein-does-not-alter-its-capability-of-chlorophyll-triplet-quenching
#17
Alessandro Agostini, Jens Niklas, Tim Schulte, Marilena Di Valentin, Marco Bortolus, Eckhard Hofmann, Wolfgang Lubitz, Donatella Carbonera
The peridinin-chlorophyll-a protein (PCP) is a water-soluble light harvesting protein of the dinoflagellate Amphidinium carterae, employing peridinin (Per) as the main carotenoid to fulfil light harvesting and photo-protective functions. Per molecules bound to the protein experience specific molecular surroundings which lead to different electronic and spectral properties. In the refolded N89 L variant PCP (N89 L-RFPCP) a significant part of the intensity on the long wavelength side of the absorption spectrum is shifted to shorter wavelengths due to a significant change in the Per-614 site energy...
May 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782799/highly-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells-with-gradient-bilayer-electron-transport-materials
#18
Xiu Gong, Qiang Sun, Shuangshuang Liu, Peizhe Liao, Yan Shen, Carole Graetzel, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel, Mingkui Wang
Electron transport layers (ETLs) with suitable energy level alignment for facilitating charge carrier transport as well as electron extraction are essential for planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to achieve high open-circuit voltage (VOC) and short-circuit current. Herein we systematically investigate band offset between ETL and perovskite absorber by tuning F doping level in SnO2 nanocrystal. We demonstrate that gradual substitution of F- into the SnO2 ETL can effectively reduce the band offset and result in a substantial increase in device VOC...
May 21, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782790/magnetite-triggering-enhanced-diet-a-scavenger-for-the-blockage-of-electron-transfer-in-anaerobic-digestion-of-high-solids-sewage-sludge
#19
Tao Wang, Dong Zhang, Lingling Dai, Bin Dong, Xiaohu Dai
At present, high-solids anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge has drawn great attention due to the superiority of its small land area footprint and low energy consumption. However, a high organic loading rate may cause acids accumulation and ammonia inhibition, thus leading to an inhibited pseudo-steady state in which electron transfer through interspecies hydrogen transfer (IHT) between acetogens and methanogens is blocked. In this study, adding 50 mg/g TS (total solid) magnetite clearly reduced the accumulation of short-chain fatty acids and accelerated methane production by 26...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782685/unique-energy-alignments-of-a-ternary-material-system-toward-high-performance-organic-photovoltaics
#20
Pei Cheng, Jiayu Wang, Qianqian Zhang, Wenchao Huang, Jingshuai Zhu, Rui Wang, Sheng-Yung Chang, Pengyu Sun, Lei Meng, Hongxiang Zhao, Hao-Wen Cheng, Tianyi Huang, Yuqiang Liu, Chaochen Wang, Chenhui Zhu, Wei You, Xiaowei Zhan, Yang Yang
Incorporating narrow-bandgap near-infrared absorbers as the third component in a donor/acceptor binary blend is a new strategy to improve the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic photovoltaics (OPV). However, there are two main restrictions: potential charge recombination in the narrow-gap material and miscompatibility between each component. The optimized design is to employ a third component (structurally similar to the donor or acceptor) with a lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level similar to the acceptor and a highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level similar to the donor...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
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