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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088116/upconversion-color-tuning-in-ce-3-doped-liyf4-yb-3-ho-3-liyf4-nanoparticles-towards-ratiometric-fluorescence-detection-of-chromium-iii
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Shijiang Liu, Yangjie Li, Cheng Zhang, Liang Yang, Tingting Zhao, Ruilong Zhang, Changlong Jiang
Ratiometric fluorescence sensor exhibits advantages of sensitive response, high anti-interference ability and naked eye visualization owing to multiple independent emission peaks utilized for results analysis. To achieve such multi-emission probe, the traditional methods have involved simple mixing of two emitters or tedious synthesis processes of hybrid material. However, these probes often have problems of inconstant emission strength ratio, low light-stability, and complicated synthetic process, which limit their applications in practical field...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088059/infrared-analysis-of-clay-bricks-incorporated-with-spent-shea-waste-from-the-shea-butter-industry
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A N Adazabra, G Viruthagiri, N Shanmugam
The peculiar challenge of effective disposing abundant spent shea waste and the excellent compositional variation tolerance of clay material offered an impetus to examine the incorporation of spent shea waste into clay material as an eco-friendly disposal route in making clay bricks. For this purpose, the chemical constituent, mineralogical compositions and thermal behavior of both clay material and spent shea waste were initially characterized from which modelled brick specimens incorporating 5-20 wt% of the waste into the clay material were prepared...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087592/a-fifth-of-healthcare-spending-is-wasted-says-oecd-report
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Matthew Limb
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 13, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087527/floc-formation-reduces-the-ph-stress-experienced-by-microorganisms-living-in-alkaline-environments
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C J Charles, S P Rout, K A Patel, S Akbar, A P Laws, B R Jackson, S A Boxall, P N Humphreys
: The survival of microorganisms within a cementitious geological disposal facility for radioactive wastes is heavily dependent on their ability to survive the calcium dominated, hyper-alkaline conditions resulting from the dissolution of the cementitious materials. The present study shows that the formation of flocs, composed of a complex mixture of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), provides protection against alkaline pH values up to pH 13.0. The flocs were dominated by Alishewanella and Dietzia sp, producing a mannose rich carbohydrate fraction incorporating extracellular DNA, resulting in Ca(2+) sequestration...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087466/-monkey-see-monkey-do-peers-behaviors-predict-preschoolers-physical-activity-and-dietary-intake-in-childcare-centers
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Stéphanie Ward, Mathieu Bélanger, Denise Donovan, Jonathan Boudreau, Hassan Vatanparast, Nazeem Muhajarine, Anne Leis, M Louise Humbert, Natalie Carrier
Preschoolers observe and imitate the behaviors of those who are similar to them. Therefore, peers may be role models for preschoolers' dietary intake and physical activity in childcare centers. This study examined whether peers' behaviors predict change in preschoolers' dietary intake and physical activity in childcare centers over 9months. A total of 238 preschoolers (3 to 5years old) from 23 childcare centers in two Canadian provinces provided data at the beginning (October 2013 and 2014) and the end (June 2014 and 2015) of a 9-month period for this longitudinal study...
January 10, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087103/identifying-methanogen-community-structures-and-their-correlations-with-performance-parameters-in-four-full-scale-anaerobic-sludge-digesters
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Taewoan Koo, Seung Gu Shin, Joonyeob Lee, Gyuseong Han, Woong Kim, Kyungjin Cho, Seokhwan Hwang
Four full-scale mesophilic anaerobic digesters treating waste sludge were monitored to characterize methanogen communities and their relationship with process parameters. The performance of the four digesters were dissimilar with the average chemical oxygen demand removal efficiencies between 24 and 45% and differing pH. Real-time quantitative PCR showed that archaeal 16S rRNA gene concentration ([ARC]) and, more pronouncedly, its ratio to bacterial counterpart ([ARC]/[BAC]) correlated positively with the performance parameters, including the lipid removal efficiency...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087007/manipulating-the-microbiome
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Tammy L Sirich, Timothy W Meyer
The application of molecular methods has provided a new picture of the colon microbial flora, or microbiome. The microbiome has been found to be a complex ecosystem with multiple influences on its human host. In renal medicine, interest has focused on the microbiome as a source of toxic waste chemicals and a stimulant to unwanted systemic inflammation. Early attempts to manipulate the microbiome have yielded limited benefit, but further research is strongly motivated.
February 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086977/people-living-with-hiv-on-art-have-accurate-perception-of-lipodystrophy-signs-a-cross-sectional-study
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Paulo R Alencastro, Nemora T Barcellos, Fernando H Wolff, Maria Letícia R Ikeda, Fabiana Schuelter-Trevisol, Ajácio B M Brandão, Sandra C Fuchs
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of lipodystrophy ranges from 31 to 65%, depending on the criteria adopted for diagnosis. The usual methods applied in the diagnosis vary from self-perception, medical examination, skinfolds measurements, or even imaging assessment for confirmation of fat distribution changes. Although several methods have been developed, there is no gold standard for characterization of LA and LH, or mixed forms. This study aimed to compare self-reported signs of lipodystrophy with objective measures by skinfolds and circumferences, and to evaluate the prevalence of lipoatrophy (LA) and lipohypertrophy (LH) among subjects living with HIV/AIDS on ART...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086811/study-of-the-microrna-expression-profile-of-foreskin-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-following-inflammation-priming
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Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Mohammad Fayyad-Kazan, Bassam Badran, Dominique Bron, Laurence Lagneaux, Mehdi Najar
BACKGROUND: Due to their self-renewal capacity, multi-lineage potential, and immunomodulatory properties, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are an attractive tool for different therapeutic strategies. Foreskin (FSK), considered as a biological waste material, has already been shown to be a valuable source of MSCs. Besides their typical fibroblast like morphology and International Society for cellular Therapy compliant phenotype, foreskin-MSCs (FSK-MSCs) are clonogenic, and highly proliferative cells with multi-lineage and strong immunomodulatory capacities...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081490/mesoporous-activated-carbon-prepared-from-naoh-activation-of-rattan-lacosperma-secundiflorum-hydrochar-for-methylene-blue-removal
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Md Azharul Islam, M J Ahmed, W A Khanday, M Asif, B H Hameed
Hydrothermal carbonization of biomass wastes presents a promising step in the production of cost-effective activated carbon. In the present work, mesoporous activated carbon (HAC) was prepared by the hydrothermal carbonization of rattan furniture wastes followed by NaOH activation. The textural and morphological characteristics, along with adsorption performance of prepared HAC toward methylene blue (MB) dye, were evaluated. The effects of common adsorption variables on performance resulted in a removal efficiency of 96% for the MB sample at initial concentration of 25mg/L, solution pH of 7, 30°C, and 8h...
January 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081458/multistage-bioassociation-of-uranium-onto-an-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-revealed-by-a-unique-combination-of-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-techniques
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Miriam Bader, Katharina Müller, Harald Foerstendorf, Björn Drobot, Matthias Schmidt, Niculina Musat, Juliet S Swanson, Donald T Reed, Thorsten Stumpf, Andrea Cherkouk
The interactions of two extremely halophilic archaea with uranium were investigated at high ionic strength as a function of time, pH and uranium concentration. Halobacterium noricense DSM-15987 and Halobacterium sp. putatively noricense, isolated from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant repository, were used for these investigations. The kinetics of U(VI) bioassociation with both strains showed an atypical multistage behavior, meaning that after an initial phase of U(VI) sorption, an unexpected interim period of U(VI) release was observed, followed by a slow reassociation of uranium with the cells...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081131/-i-wasted-3-years-thinking-it-s-not-a-problem-patient-and-health-system-delays-in-diagnosis-of-leprosy-in-india-a-mixed-methods-study
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Thirumugam Muthuvel, Srinivas Govindarajulu, Petros Isaakidis, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Vasudev Rokade, Rajbir Singh, Sanjeev Kamble
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, leprosy is one of the major causes of preventable disability. India contributes to 60% of global leprosy burden. With increasing numbers of leprosy with grade 2 disability (visible disability) at diagnosis, we aimed to determine risk factors associated with grade 2 disability among new cases and explore patients and providers' perspectives into reasons for late presentation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This was an explanatory mixed-methods study where the quantitative component, a matched case-control design, was followed by a qualitative component...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080993/secondary-metabolite-arsenal-of-an-opportunistic-pathogenic-fungus
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Elaine Bignell, Timothy C Cairns, Kurt Throckmorton, William C Nierman, Nancy P Keller
Aspergillus fumigatus is a versatile fungus able to successfully exploit diverse environments from mammalian lungs to agricultural waste products. Among its many fitness attributes are dozens of genetic loci containing biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) producing bioactive small molecules (often referred to as secondary metabolites or natural products) that provide growth advantages to the fungus dependent on environment. Here we summarize the current knowledge of these BGCs-18 of which can be named to product-their expression profiles in vivo, and which BGCs may enhance virulence of this opportunistic human pathogen...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080907/unsedated-computed-tomography-for-diagnosis-of-pelvic-canal-obstruction-in-a-leopard-gecko-eublepharis-macularius
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Kelly DeCourcy, Eric T Hostnik, Josh Lorbach, Sue Knoblaugh
An adult leopard gecko ( Eublepharis macularius ) presented for lethargy, hyporexia, weight loss, decreased passage of waste, and a palpable caudal coelomic mass. Computed tomography showed a heterogeneous hyperattenuating (∼143 Hounsfield units) structure within the right caudal coelom. The distal colon-coprodeum lumen or urinary bladder was hypothesized as the most likely location for the heterogeneous structure. Medical support consisted of warm water and lubricant enema, as well as a heated environment...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079322/-incidence-of-non-work-related-sickness-absence-in-spain-by-economic-activity-of-the-company
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Fernando G Benavides, Elena Zaballa, Xavier Duran, Victòria Sanchez-Niubo, David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras
INTRODUCTION: The management of sickness absence due to non-work-related diseases in Spain has typically focused on the control of its duration. The goal of this study was to provide estimates for the incidence of sickness absence due to nonwork-related diseases by economic activity to help shift the focus of management of sickness absence towards prevention. METHODS: Retrospective study based on 646,337 workers and 133,812 episodes of sickness absence started in 2009, from the Working Continuous Life Sample...
January 2017: Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079216/one-step-hydroprocessing-of-fatty-acids-into-renewable-aromatic-hydrocarbons-over-ni-hzsm-5-insights-into-the-major-reaction-pathways
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Shiyou Xing, Pengmei Lv, Jiayan Wang, Junying Fu, Pei Fan, Lingmei Yang, Gaixiu Yang, Zhenhong Yuan, Yong Chen
For high caloricity and stability in bio-aviation fuels, a certain content of aromatic hydrocarbons (AHCs, 8-25 wt%) is crucial. Fatty acids, obtained from waste or inedible oils, are a renewable and economic feedstock for AHC production. Considerable amounts of AHCs, up to 64.61 wt%, were produced through the one-step hydroprocessing of fatty acids over Ni/HZSM-5 catalysts. Hydrogenation, hydrocracking, and aromatization constituted the principal AHC formation processes. At a lower temperature, fatty acids were first hydrosaturated and then hydrodeoxygenated at metal sites to form long-chain hydrocarbons...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078914/appropriate-patient-selection-for-carotid-revascularization-procedures-is-urgently-needed
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Kosmas I Paraskevas, Frank J Veith, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Christos D Liapis
The identification/selection of appropriate patient subgroups with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis and the performance of prophylactic carotid endarterectomy (CEA)/carotid artery stenting (CAS) exclusively on these asymptomatic patient subgroups is currently one of the "hottest" topics in vascular surgery. It is now clear that offering CEA/CAS to asymptomatic carotid patients based only on the degree of carotid stenosis is unjustified and scientifically flawed. On the other hand, offering only best medical therapy to every asymptomatic patient, irrespective of certain high-risk criteria (such as the detection of microemboli by transcranial Doppler, intraplaque hemorrhage, silent embolic infarcts on brain computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, elevated biomarkers, family history), is equally wrong...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078883/flexible-multistate-data-storage-devices-fabricated-using-natural-lignin-at-room-temperature
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Youngjun Park, Jang-Sik Lee
The growing interests for bioinspired and sustainable electronics have induced research for biocompatible and biodegradable materials. However, conventional electronic devices have been restricted due to its non-biodegradable and sometimes harmful and toxic material, which even cause environmental issues. Here, we report resistive switching memory (ReRAM) device based on lignin, which is a biodegradable waste product of the paper industry. The active layer of the device can be easily formed using a simple solution process on a plastic substrate...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078809/three-year-analysis-of-repeated-laboratory-tests-for-the-markers-total-cholesterol-ferritin-vitamin-d-vitamin-b12-and-folate-in-a-large-research-and-teaching-hospital-in-italy
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Monica Lanzoni, Marco Fornili, Irene Felicetta, Rita Maiavacca, Elia Biganzoli, Silvana Castaldi
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The increasing number of diagnostic tests requests all over the world is a problem that can partially be explained by inappropriate testing. Impact on the total costs of health systems becomes relevant when tests are performed in a large amount. In this paper, retesting of total cholesterol, ferritin, vitamin B12 , vitamin D, and folate is assessed. METHODS: The Quality Unit of Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano (Fondazione) decided to perform a first assessment of the appropriate use of the laboratory tests cholesterol, ferritin, vitamin B12 , vitamin D, and folate focusing on the retesting interval for the same patient in the time period January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, in every care setting...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078392/carbon-footprint-assessment-of-western-australian-groundwater-recycling-scheme
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Andrew Simms, Stacey Hamilton, Wahidul K Biswas
This research has determined the carbon footprint or the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) of potable water production from a groundwater recycling scheme, consisting of the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant, the Beenyup groundwater replenishment trial plant and the Wanneroo groundwater treatment plant in Western Australia, using a life cycle assessment approach. It was found that the scheme produces 1300 tonnes of CO2 eq per gigalitre (GL) of water produced, which is 933 tonnes of CO2 eq higher than the desalination plant at Binningup in Western Australia powered by 100% renewable energy generated electricity...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Management
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