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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771996/microbial-biotechnology-approaches-to-mitigating-the-deterioration-of-construction-and-heritage-materials
#1
Pilar Junier, Edith Joseph
Microorganisms are the main engines of elemental cycling in this planet and therefore have a profound impact on both organic and mineral substrates. As such, past and present human-made structures and cultural heritage can be negatively affected by microbial activity. Processes such as bioweathering (rocks and minerals), biodeterioration (organic substrates) or biocorrosion (metals) participate to the degradation or structural damage of construction and heritage materials. This structural damage can cause major economic losses (e...
August 3, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758736/vapor-liquid-sol-gel-approach-to-fabricating-highly-durable-and-robust-superhydrophobic-polydimethylsiloxane-silica-surface-on-polyester-textile-for-oil-water-separation
#2
Xiaojing Su, Hongqiang Li, Xuejun Lai, Lin Zhang, Jing Wang, Xiaofeng Liao, Xingrong Zeng
Large-scale fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces with excellent durability by simple techniques has been of considerable interest for its urgent practical application in oil-water separation in recent years. Herein, we proposed a facile vapor-liquid sol-gel approach to fabricating highly durable and robust superhydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane@silica surfaces on the cross-structure polyester textiles. Scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy demonstrated that the silica generated from the hydrolysis-condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) gradually aggregated at micro scale driven by the extreme non-polar dihydroxyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS(OH))...
July 31, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758735/electrochemical-approach-for-effective-antifouling-and-antimicrobial-surfaces
#3
Sheng Long Gaw, Sujoy Sarkar, Sivan Nir, Yafit Schnell, Daniel Mandler, Zhichuan J Xu, Pooi See Lee, Meital Reches
Biofouling, the adsorption of organisms to a surface, is a major problem today in many areas of our lives. This includes: (i) health, as biofouling on medical device leads to hospital-acquired infections, (ii) water, since the accumulation of organisms on membranes and pipes in desalination systems harms the function of the system, and (iii) energy, due to the heavy load of the organic layer that accumulates on marine vessels and causes a larger consumption of fuel. This paper presents an effective electrochemical approach for generating antifouling and antimicrobial surfaces...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746531/effective-tobacco-control-measures-agreement-among-medical-students
#4
Stella Regina Martins, Renato Batista Paceli, Marco Antônio Bussacos, Frederico Leon Arrabal Fernandes, Gustavo Faibischew Prado, Elisa Maria Siqueira Lombardi, Mário Terra-Filho, Ubiratan Paula Santos
Objective: To determine the level of agreement with effective tobacco control measures recommended by the World Health Organization and to assess the attitudes toward, knowledge of, and beliefs regarding smoking among third-year medical students at University of São Paulo School of Medicine, located in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Methods: Between 2008 and 2012, all third-year medical students were invited to complete a self-administered questionnaire based on the Global Health Professionals Student Survey and its additional modules...
May 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743326/a-review-of-surfactant-role-in-soil-clogging-processes-at-wastewater-exfiltration-locations-in-sewers
#5
Mitra Nikpay, Peter Krebs, Bryan Ellis
  Wastewater contains significant sources of pollutants and contaminants. often the failure of a pipe, inadequate sealing or corrupt pipe-connections cause the loss of raw sewage, which percolates into the nearby soil. As a consequence, a colmation layer in conjunction with soil clogging is developing, which regulates the exfiltration rate. Recently, literature has emerged that offers findings about the effects of wastewater surfactants on the change of physical properties of the soil. A survey of published literature in this field provides information highlighting the influential mechanisms of surfactants in soil clogging through physical, chemical and biological processes...
August 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708616/monitoring-accumulation-sediment-characteristics-in-full-scale-sewer-physical-model-with-urban-wastewater
#6
Manuel Regueiro-Picallo, Juan Naves, Jose Anta, Joaquín Suárez, Jerónimo Puertas
A series of experiments were carried out with real wastewater in a pilot flume located at A Coruña wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) (Spain). A full scale model was developed to test a circular (300 mm inner diameter) and an equivalent area egg-shaped plastic pipe under controlled experimental conditions (pipe slope 2-5‰, averaged discharge Q = 4 L/s). Velocity profiles and sediment accumulation in the pipe invert was daily measured. Within the 7-11 days, the average sediment accumulation rate found in the circular pipe was between 1...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668756/crude-oil-contamination-of-plastic-and-copper-drinking-water-pipes
#7
Xiangning Huang, Stephane Andry, Jessica Yaputri, Devin Kelly, David A Ladner, Andrew J Whelton
This study was conducted to determine the susceptibility of plastic (i.e., PEX, HDPE and CPVC) and copper pipes to short-term contamination by crude oil. Pipes were exposed to highly and slightly contaminated drinking water for the typical duration of Do Not Use drinking water orders. PEX pipes sorbed and desorbed the greatest amount of monoaromatic hydrocarbons (MAHs), whereas copper pipes were less susceptible to contamination. For benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) quantified in water, only benzene exceeded its health based maximum contaminant level (MCL)...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659529/combined-ultrafiltration-electrodeionization-technique-for-production-of-high-purity-water
#8
Anita Kusuma Wardani, Ahmad Nurul Hakim, Khoiruddin, I Gede Wenten
Electrodeionization (EDI) is the most common method to produce high purity water used for boiler feed water, microelectronic, and pharmaceutical industries. Commonly, EDI is combined with reverse osmosis (RO) to meet the requirement of EDI feed water, with hardness less than 1 ppm. However, RO requires a relatively high operating pressure and ultrafiltration (UF) as pretreatment which results in high energy consumption and high complexity in piping and instrumentation. In this work, UF was used as the sole pretreatment of EDI to produce high purity water...
June 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616178/population-differences-in-host-plant-preference-and-the-importance-of-yeast-and-plant-substrate-to-volatile-composition
#9
Priya Date, Amber Crowley-Gall, Aaron F Diefendorf, Stephanie M Rollmann
Divergent selection between environments can result in changes to the behavior of an organism. In many insects, volatile compounds are a primary means by which host plants are recognized and shifts in plant availability can result in changes to host preference. Both the plant substrate and microorganisms can influence this behavior, and host plant choice can have an impact on the performance of the organism. In Drosophila mojavensis, four geographically isolated populations each use different cacti as feeding and oviposition substrates and identify those cacti by the composition of the volatile odorants emitted...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571022/therapeutic-use-exemptions
#10
David Gerrard, Andrew Pipe
The introduction, in 2004, of the World Anti-Doping Code and a standardized "prohibited list" of substances and methods proscribed in sport represented a consistent, international response to the escalating challenge of drug misuse in contemporary sport. Simultaneously, it was recognized that athletes experiencing illness or injury might legitimately require the use of "prohibited" medications or procedures, and the concept of the "therapeutic use exemption" (TUE) was introduced. The mechanisms of the TUE process are carefully defined and described in a specific WADA "international standard" (IS)...
2017: Medicine and Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513143/interactive-effects-of-corrosion-copper-and-chloramines-on-legionella-and-mycobacteria-in-hot-water-plumbing
#11
William J Rhoads, Amy Pruden, Marc A Edwards
Complexities associated with drinking water plumbing systems can result in undesirable interactions among plumbing components that undermine engineering controls for opportunistic pathogens (OPs). In this study, we examine the effects of plumbing system materials and two commonly applied disinfectants, copper and chloramines, on water chemistry and the growth of Legionella and mycobacteria across a transect of bench- and pilot-scale hot water experiments carried out with the same municipal water supply. We discovered that copper released from corrosion of plumbing materials can initiate evolution of >1100 times more hydrogen (H2) from water heater sacrificial anode rods than does presence of copper dosed as soluble cupric ions...
June 1, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502052/variation-of-microbial-communities-and-functional-genes-during-the-biofilm-formation-in-raw-water-distribution-systems-and-associated-effects-on-the-transformation-of-nitrogen-pollutants
#12
Wei Chen, Yanmei Gu, Hang Xu, Zhigang Liu, Chunhui Lu, Chenshuo Lin
This study aimed to investigate the variation of microbial communities and functional genes during the biofilm formation in raw water distribution systems without prechlorination and associated effects on the transformation of nitrogen pollutants by using a designed model pipe system. The results showed the transformation of nitrogen pollutants was obvious during the biofilm formation. The richness and diversity of the microbial communities changed significantly. The higher abundance of Nitrospirae in biofilm samples significantly contributed to biological nitrification...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498127/accelerated-anaerobic-release-of-k-mg-and-p-from-surplus-activated-sludge-for-element-recovery-and-struvite-formation-inhibition
#13
A Ito, H Kawakami, N Ishikawa, M Ito, T Oikawa, A Sato, T Umita
Accelerated release of potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and phosphorus (P) from surplus activated sludge (SAS) was investigated to develop a new system for the recovery of the elements. Anaerobic cultivation of SAS during 24 h released 78% of K and about 50% of Mg and P from SAS more effectively compared to aerobic cultivation (K: 40%, Mg: 15%, P: 15%). Furthermore, the addition of sodium acetate as an organic carbon source remarkably accelerated the release of K, Mg and P from SAS under anaerobic condition. However, no increase in the maximum release efficiencies was observed...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459563/how-much-will-it-cost-to-monitor-microbial-drinking-water-quality-in-sub-saharan-africa
#14
Caroline Delaire, Rachel Peletz, Emily Kumpel, Joyce Kisiangani, Robert Bain, Ranjiv Khush
Microbial water quality monitoring is crucial for managing water resources and protecting public health. However, institutional testing activities in sub-Saharan Africa are currently limited. Because the economics of water quality testing are poorly understood, the extent to which cost may be a barrier to monitoring in different settings is unclear. This study used cost data from 18 African monitoring institutions (piped water suppliers and health surveillance agencies in six countries) and estimates of water supply type coverage from 15 countries to assess the annual financial requirements for microbial water testing at both national and regional levels, using World Health Organization recommendations for sampling frequency...
June 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449828/hypertension-canada-s-2017-guidelines-for-diagnosis-risk-assessment-prevention-and-treatment-of-hypertension-in-adults
#15
Alexander A Leung, Stella S Daskalopoulou, Kaberi Dasgupta, Kerry McBrien, Sonia Butalia, Kelly B Zarnke, Kara Nerenberg, Kevin C Harris, Meranda Nakhla, Lyne Cloutier, Mark Gelfer, Maxime Lamarre-Cliche, Alain Milot, Peter Bolli, Guy Tremblay, Donna McLean, Sheldon W Tobe, Marcel Ruzicka, Kevin D Burns, Michel Vallée, G V Ramesh Prasad, Steven E Gryn, Ross D Feldman, Peter Selby, Andrew Pipe, Ernesto L Schiffrin, Philip A McFarlane, Paul Oh, Robert A Hegele, Milan Khara, Thomas W Wilson, S Brian Penner, Ellen Burgess, Praveena Sivapalan, Robert J Herman, Simon L Bacon, Simon W Rabkin, Richard E Gilbert, Tavis S Campbell, Steven Grover, George Honos, Patrice Lindsay, Michael D Hill, Shelagh B Coutts, Gord Gubitz, Norman R C Campbell, Gordon W Moe, Jonathan G Howlett, Jean-Martin Boulanger, Ally Prebtani, Gregory Kline, Lawrence A Leiter, Charlotte Jones, Anne-Marie Côté, Vincent Woo, Janusz Kaczorowski, Luc Trudeau, Ross T Tsuyuki, Swapnil Hiremath, Denis Drouin, Kim L Lavoie, Pavel Hamet, Jean C Grégoire, Richard Lewanczuk, George K Dresser, Mukul Sharma, Debra Reid, Scott A Lear, Gregory Moullec, Milan Gupta, Laura A Magee, Alexander G Logan, Janis Dionne, Anne Fournier, Geneviève Benoit, Janusz Feber, Luc Poirier, Raj S Padwal, Doreen M Rabi
Hypertension Canada provides annually updated, evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis, assessment, prevention, and treatment of hypertension. This year, we introduce 10 new guidelines. Three previous guidelines have been revised and 5 have been removed. Previous age and frailty distinctions have been removed as considerations for when to initiate antihypertensive therapy. In the presence of macrovascular target organ damage, or in those with independent cardiovascular risk factors, antihypertensive therapy should be considered for all individuals with elevated average systolic nonautomated office blood pressure (non-AOBP) readings ≥ 140 mm Hg...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440394/g-protein-coupled-receptor-30-mediates-the-effects-of-estrogen-on-endothelial-cell-tube-formation-in%C3%A2-vitro
#16
Liyuan Zhou, Hong Chen, Xun Mao, Hongbo Qi, Philip N Baker, Hua Zhang
The placenta is the exchange organ between the mother and the fetus. The inadequate function of this organ is associated with a number of pregnancy disorders. Hypoxia and oxidative stress during placental development may induce endothelial dysfunction, resulting in the reduction in the perfusion of the placenta. During pregnancy, the levels of estrogen are increased. Decreased estrogen levels have been reported in women with preeclampsia. However, whether estrogen is involved in placental angiogenesis remains unclear...
June 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382479/tuned-in-plant-roots-use-sound-to-locate-water
#17
Monica Gagliano, Mavra Grimonprez, Martial Depczynski, Michael Renton
Because water is essential to life, organisms have evolved a wide range of strategies to cope with water limitations, including actively searching for their preferred moisture levels to avoid dehydration. Plants use moisture gradients to direct their roots through the soil once a water source is detected, but how they first detect the source is unknown. We used the model plant Pisum sativum to investigate the mechanism by which roots sense and locate water. We found that roots were able to locate a water source by sensing the vibrations generated by water moving inside pipes, even in the absence of substrate moisture...
May 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371351/identification-of-pyrolysis-products-of-the-new-psychoactive-substance-2-amino-1-4-bromo-2-5-dimethoxyphenyl-ethanone-hydrochloride-bk-2c-b-and-its-iodo-analog-bk-2c-i
#18
Kelly B Texter, Rachel Waymach, Pierce V Kavanagh, John E O'Brien, Brian Talbot, Simon D Brandt, Elizabeth A Gardner
2-Amino-1-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethanone hydrochloride (bk-2C-B) has recently emerged as a new psychoactive substance (NPS). It is most commonly consumed orally although there are indications that it might also be ingested by inhalation or 'smoking'. Information about the stability of bk-2C-B when exposed to heat is unavailable and the potential for pyrolytic degradation and formation of unknown substances available for inhalation prompted an investigation using a simulated 'meth pipe' scenario. Twelve products following pyrolysis of bk-2C-B were detected and verified by organic synthesis of the corresponding standards...
March 31, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363920/design-and-rationale-of-a-matched-cohort-study-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-a-combined-household-level-piped-water-and-sanitation-intervention-in-rural-odisha-india
#19
Heather Reese, Parimita Routray, Belen Torondel, Gloria Sclar, Maryann G Delea, Sheela S Sinharoy, Laura Zambrano, Bethany Caruso, Samir R Mishra, Howard H Chang, Thomas Clasen
INTRODUCTION: Government efforts to address massive shortfalls in rural water and sanitation in India have centred on construction of community water sources and toilets for selected households. However, deficiencies with water quality and quantity at the household level and community coverage and actual use of toilets have led Gram Vikas, a local non-governmental organization in Odisha, India, to develop an approach that provides household-level piped water connections contingent on full community-level toilet coverage...
March 31, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353111/the-search-for-an-alternative-to-piped-water-and-sewer-systems-in-the-alaskan-arctic
#20
Korie A Hickel, Aaron Dotson, Timothy K Thomas, Mia Heavener, Jack Hébert, John A Warren
Forty-two communities in rural Alaska are considered unserved or underserved with water and sewer infrastructure. Many challenges exist to provide centralized piped water and sewer infrastructure to the homes, and they are exacerbated by decreasing capital funding. Unserved communities in rural Alaska experience higher rates of disease, supporting the recommendation that sanitation infrastructure should be provided. Organizations are pursuing alternative solutions to conventional piped water and sewer in order to maximize water use and reuse for public health...
March 29, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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