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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926881/remediation-of-arsenic-contaminated-groundwater-by-in-situ-stimulating-biogenic-precipitation-of-iron-sulfides
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Kunfu Pi, Yanxin Wang, Xianjun Xie, Teng Ma, Yaqing Liu, Chunli Su, Yapeng Zhu, Zhiqiang Wang
Severe health problems due to elevated arsenic (As) in groundwater have made it urgent to develop cost-effective technologies for As removal. This field experimental study tested the feasibility of in-situ As immobilization via As incorporation into newly formed biogenic Fe(II) sulfides in a typical As-affected strongly reducing aquifer at the central part of Datong Basin, China. After periodic supply of FeSO4 into the aquifer for 25 d to stimulate microbial sulfate reduction, dissolved sulfide concentrations increased during the experiment, but the supplied Fe(II) reacted quickly with sulfide to form Fe(II)-sulfides existing majorly as mackinawite as well as a small amount of pyrite-like minerals in sediments, thereby restricting sulfide build-up in groundwater...
October 22, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925795/oxidants-at-the-surface-of-mars-a-review-in-light-of-recent-exploration-results
#2
J Lasne, A Noblet, C Szopa, R Navarro-González, M Cabane, O Poch, F Stalport, P François, S K Atreya, P Coll
In 1976, the Viking landers carried out the most comprehensive search for organics and microbial life in the martian regolith. Their results indicate that Mars' surface is lifeless and, surprisingly, depleted in organics at part-per-billion levels. Several biology experiments on the Viking landers gave controversial results that have since been explained by the presence of oxidizing agents on the surface of Mars. These oxidants may degrade abiotic or biological organics, resulting in their nondetection in the regolith...
December 7, 2016: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925727/can-point-defects-in-surfaces-in-solution-be-atomically-resolved-by-atomic-force-microscopy
#3
Bernhard Reischl, Paolo Raiteri, Julian D Gale, Andrew L Rohl
While the atomic force microscope (AFM) is able to image mineral surfaces in solution with atomic resolution, so far, it has been a matter of debate whether imaging point defects is also possible under these conditions. The difficulties stem from the limited knowledge of what types of defects may be stable in the presence of an AFM tip, as well as from the complicated imaging mechanism involving interactions between hydration layers over the surface and around the tip apex. Here, we present atomistic molecular dynamics and free energy calculations of the AFM imaging of vacancies and ionic substitutions in the calcite (101[over ¯]4) surface in water, using a new silica AFM tip model...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925712/quantitative-assessment-of-nutrition-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos
#4
Małgorzata Szczuko, Magdalena Skowronek, Marta Zapałowska-Chwyć, Andrzej Starczewski
Background: PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is called a pathology of the XX century and affects at least 10-15% women of childbearing age. The therapy involves pharmacotherapy of hormonal imbalance, as well as the change of lifestyle, including the diet. Objective: Performing the quantitative assessment of components of diets of women with PCOS, comparing the results with current dietary standards for Polish people and defining dietary requirements for the patients...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925708/determinants-of-the-use-of-dietary-supplements-among-secondary-and-high-school-students
#5
Karolina Gajda, Monika Zielińska, Anna Ciecierska, Jadwiga Hamułka
Background: All over the world, including Poland, the sale of dietary supplements is increasing. More and more often, people including children and youths, use dietary supplements on their own initiative and without any medical indications or knowledge in this field. Objectives: Analysis of the conditions of using the dietary supplements with vitamins and minerals among secondary school and high school students in Poland. Material and methods: The study included 396 students aged 13-18 years (249 girls and 147 boys)...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925707/natural-mineral-bottled-waters-available-on-the-polish-market-as-a-source-of-minerals-for-the-consumers-part-2-the-intake-of-sodium-and-potassium
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Anna Gątarska, Joanna Ciborska, Elżbieta Tońska
Background: Natural mineral waters are purchased and consumed according to consumer preferences and possible recommendations. The choice of appropriate water should take into account not only the general level of mineralization but also the content of individual components, including electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Sodium is necessary to ensure the proper physiological functions of the body. It is defined as a health risk factor only when its excessive intake occurs. Potassium acts antagonistically towards sodium and calcium ions, contributes to a reduction of the volume of extracellular fluids and at the same time reduces muscle tension and permeability of cell membranes...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925706/influence-of-temperature-and-brewing-time-of-nettle-urtica-dioica-l-infusions-on-vitamin-c-content
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Jolanta Wolska, Michał Czop, Karolina Jakubczyk, Katarzyna Janda
Background: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) can be found in temperate climate zones of Europe, Africa and America Nettle may be a source of nutritional ingredients, mineral salts, vitamins and antioxidants. Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the effect of temperature and brewing time Urtica dioica L. infusions from different parts of this plant on vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content. Material and methods: Infusions of nettle leaf, stem and root were prepared at room temperature, 50°C, 60°C, 70°C and 80°C for 10 minutes...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925440/enhancing-bioactive-properties-of-silk-fibroin-with-diatom-particles-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
#8
Thi Duy Hanh Le, Volha Liaudanskaya, Walter Bonani, Claudio Migliaresi, Antonella Motta
Many studies have highlighted the role of silicon in human bone formation and maintenance. Silicon, in fact, is considered to nucleate the precipitation of hydroxyapatite and to reduce the bone resorption. For this reason, we have combined silk fibroin with silicon releasing diatom particles, as potential material for bone tissue engineering applications. Sponges of fibroin loaded with different amounts and sizes of diatom particles were prepared by solvent casting-particulate leaching method, and their morphology, porosity and mechanical properties were evaluated...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925290/bisphosphonate-withdrawal-effects-on-bone-formation-and-bone-resorption-in-maturing-male-mice
#9
Frank C Ko, Lamya Karim, Daniel J Brooks, Mary L Bouxsein, Marie B Demay
Bisphosphonates are being increasingly used to treat pediatric patients with skeletal disorders. However, the effects of long-term bisphosphonate therapy and cessation of therapy during growth are unclear. Thus, studies were undertaken to determine the effects of alendronate discontinuation following treatment of C57Bl/6 mice during the period of rapid skeletal growth. Compared to vehicle-treated mice, 16 weeks of alendronate treatment starting at 18 days of age resulted in a 3.7 fold increase in trabecular bone in the setting of suppressed bone formation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925277/identification-of-sources-of-metal-in-the-agricultural-soils-of-guanzhong-plain-northwest-china
#10
Wenbo Deng, Xuxiang Li, Zhisheng An, Liu Yang, Kang Hou, Yue Zhang
In this study, we conducted a comprehensive survey to assess the possible sources and distribution of metals in the agricultural soils of Guanzhong Plain, northwest China. A total of 227 samples of agricultural soil were collected to determine the content of Pb, Cr, Co, V, Ni, Zn, Cu, As and Mn by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. The mean concentrations of metals were 26.2 ± 10.8 mg · kg(-1) , 71.5 ± 16.8 mg · kg(-1) , 12.7 ± 1.81 mg · kg(-1) , 85.1 ± 7.86 mg · kg(-1) , 30...
December 7, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925232/estimating-the-sensitivity-of-stomatal-conductance-to-photosynthesis-a-review
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Grace L Miner, William L Bauerle, Dennis D Baldocchi
A common approach for estimating fluxes of CO2 and water in canopy models is to couple a model of photosynthesis (An ) (e.g., Farquhar et al., 1980) to a semi-empirical model of stomatal conductance (gs ) such as the widely validated and utilized Ball-Berry (BB) model (e.g., Ball et al., 1987). This coupling provides an effective way of predicting transpiration at multiple scales. However, the designated value of the slope parameter (m) in the BB model impacts transpiration estimates. There is a lack of consensus regarding how m varies among species or plant functional types (PFTs) or in response to growth conditions...
December 6, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925158/mutations-in-dync2h1-the-cytoplasmic-dynein-2-heavy-chain-1-motor-protein-gene-cause-short-rib-polydactyly-type-i-saldino-noonan-type
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Nora Badiner, Stephanie Paige Taylor, Kimberly Forlenza, Ralph S Lachman, Michael Bamshad, Deborah Nickerson, Daniel H Cohn, Deborah Krakow
The short-rib polydactyly syndromes (SRPS) are autosomal recessively inherited, genetically heterogeneous skeletal ciliopathies. SRPS phenotypes were historically categorized as types I-IV, with type I first delineated by Saldino and Noonan in 1972. Characteristic findings among all forms of SRP include short horizontal ribs, short limbs and polydactyly. The SRP type I phenotype is characterized by a very small thorax, extreme micromelia, very short, poorly mineralized long bones, and multiple organ system anomalies...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924916/insights-into-functional-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-carbaryl-metabolic-pathway-from-pseudomonas-sp-strain-c5pp
#13
Vikas D Trivedi, Pramod Kumar Jangir, Rakesh Sharma, Prashant S Phale
Carbaryl (1-naphthyl N-methylcarbamate) is a most widely used carbamate pesticide in the agriculture field. Soil isolate, Pseudomonas sp. strain C5pp mineralizes carbaryl via 1-naphthol, salicylate and gentisate, however the genetic organization and evolutionary events of acquisition and assembly of pathway have not yet been studied. The draft genome analysis of strain C5pp reveals that the carbaryl catabolic genes are organized into three putative operons, 'upper', 'middle' and 'lower'. The sequence and functional analysis led to identification of new genes encoding: i) hitherto unidentified 1-naphthol 2-hydroxylase, sharing a common ancestry with 2,4-dichlorophenol monooxygenase; ii) carbaryl hydrolase, a member of a new family of esterase; and iii) 1,2-dihydroxy naphthalene dioxygenase, uncharacterized type-II extradiol dioxygenase...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924866/pressure-induced-nano-crystallization-of-silicate-garnets-from-glass
#14
T Irifune, K Kawakami, T Arimoto, H Ohfuji, T Kunimoto, T Shinmei
Transparent ceramics are important for scientific and industrial applications because of the superior optical and mechanical properties. It has been suggested that optical transparency and mechanical strength are substantially enhanced if transparent ceramics with nano-crystals are available. However, synthesis of the highly transparent nano-crystalline ceramics has been difficult using conventional sintering techniques at relatively low pressures. Here we show direct conversion from bulk glass starting material in mutianvil high-pressure apparatus leads to pore-free nano-polycrystalline silicate garnet at pressures above ∼10 GPa in a limited temperature range around 1,400 °C...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924798/effects-of-sulfate-rich-mineral-water-on-functional-constipation-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-study
#15
Johannes Naumann, Catharina Sadaghiani, Felix Alt, Roman Huber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 12, 2016: Forschende Komplementärmedizin, Research in Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924727/metabolomics-of-healthy-berry-fruits
#16
Gilda D Urso, Sonia Piacente, Cosimo Pizza, Paola Montoro
The consumption of berry-type fruits has become very popular in recent years because of their positive effects on human health. Berries are in fact widely known for their health-promoting benefits, including prevention of chronic disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Berries are a rich source of bioactive metabolites, such as vitamins, minerals, and phenolic compounds, mainly anthocyanins. Numerous in vitro and in vivo studies recognized the health effects of berries and their function as bioactive modulators of various cell functions associated with oxidative stress...
December 5, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924711/occupational-risk-factors-for-relapse-free-survival-in-bladder-cancer-patients
#17
Silvia Selinski, Hannah Bürger, Meinolf Blaszkewicz, Thomas Otto, Frank Volkert, Oliver Moormann, Hartmut Niedner, Jan G Hengstler, Klaus Golka
The influence of occupational risk factors on bladder cancer development is well investigated. However, studies on the influence on bladder cancer prognosis are rare. Therefore, it was of interest to investigate the time to first relapse in the follow-ups of three case-control series from Dortmund, Neuss, and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. Relapse-free survival of in total 794 urinary bladder cancer patients (Dortmund 174, Neuss 407, Lutherstadt Wittenberg 213) was derived from medical records. Cox regression models were used to determine the impact of profession and exposure to bladder carcinogens if the risk factor was present in at least four cases...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924710/occupational-risk-factors-for-prostate-cancer-in-an-area-of-former-coal-iron-and-steel-industries-in-germany-part-1-results-from-a-study-performed-in-the-1980s
#18
Silvia Dickhut, Wolfgang Urfer, Susanne Reich, Tiemo Bandel, Karl-Dieter Bremicker, Wolfgang Neugebauer, Jürgen Sökeland, Hermann M Bolt, Klaus Golka
Prostate cancer is the most frequent occurring malignancy in men in many Western countries. Unfortunately, only a few studies on occupational risk factors have been published. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate possible occupational risk factors in a former center of coal, iron, and steel industries the greater Dortmund area, located in the western part of Germany. In three local departments of urology, a total of 238 prostate cancer cases and 414 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia as controls were requested to provide information for all jobs ever performed for 6 mo or longer...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924709/occupational-risk-factors-for-prostate-cancer-in-an-area-of-former-coal-iron-and-steel-industries-in-germany-part-2-results-from-a-study-performed-in-the-1990s
#19
Sabina Krech, Silvia Selinski, Hannah Bürger, Jan G Hengstler, Peter Jedrusik, Jasmin Hodzic, H-Jürgen Knopf, Klaus Golka
Currently, there is no established occupational risk factor for prostate cancer. However, in the 1980s, a hospital-based case-control study in the greater Dortmund area showed an elevated risk for hard coal miners and, based on few cases, for painters and varnishers. Therefore, approximately 10 yr later, a similar study regarding prostate cancer was performed in this area. In total, 292 patients with prostate cancer who underwent radical prostatectomy and 313 controls who underwent transurethral resection of a benign prostatic hyperplasia were investigated by questionnaire...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924402/age-related-response-of-rumen-microbiota-to-mineral-salt-and-effects-of-their-interactions-on-enteric-methane-emissions-in-cattle
#20
C Liu, X H Li, Y X Chen, Z H Cheng, Q H Duan, Q H Meng, X P Tao, B Shang, H M Dong
Mineral salt bricks are often used in cow raising as compensation for mineral losses to improve milk yield, growth, and metabolic activity. Generally, effects of minerals are partially thought to result from improvement of microbial metabolism, but their influence on the rumen microbiota has rarely been documented to date. In this study, we investigated the response of microbiota to mineral salt in heifer and adult cows and evaluated ruminal fermentation and enteric methane emissions of cows fed mineral salts...
December 6, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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