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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723966/activated-carbon-a-useful-medium-to-bind-chlordecone-in-soil-and-limit-its-transfer-to-growing-goat-kids
#1
Sarah Yehya, Matthieu Delannoy, Agnès Fournier, Moomen Baroudi, Guido Rychen, Cyril Feidt
Chlordecone (Kepone) (CLD) is a highly persistent pesticide which was extensively used in the French West Indies; high levels of CLD can still currently be found in large agricultural areas. As CLD transfers from soil to animals mainly via involuntary ingestion, the consumption of foodstuffs derived from animals raised in contaminated areas may significantly contribute to exposure of humans to CLD. The present study was designed to test the efficacy of two different activated carbons (ACs) sources in limiting CLD transfer from soil to animal...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718833/coconut-oil-aggravates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiomyopathy-without-inducing-obesity-systemic-insulin-resistance-or-cardiac-steatosis
#2
Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Frank Jacobs, Olivier Gheysens, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Bart De Geest
Studies evaluating the effects of high-saturated fat diets on cardiac function are most often confounded by diet-induced obesity and by systemic insulin resistance. We evaluated whether coconut oil, containing C12:0 and C14:0 as main fatty acids, aggravates pressure overload-induced cardiomyopathy induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in C57BL/6 mice. Mortality rate after TAC was higher (p < 0.05) in 0.2% cholesterol 10% coconut oil diet-fed mice than in standard chow-fed mice (hazard ratio 2.32, 95% confidence interval 1...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717321/effect-of-different-concentrations-of-soybean-lecithin-and-virgin-coconut-oil-in-tris-based-extender-on-the-quality-of-chilled-and-frozen-thawed-bull-semen
#3
A A Tarig, H Wahid, Y Rosnina, N Yimer, Y M Goh, F H Baiee, A M Khumran, H Salman, M A Assi, M Ebrahimi
AIM: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different concentrations of soybean lecithin (SL) and virgin coconut oil (VCO) in Tris-based extender on chilled and frozen-thawed bull semen quality parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 24 ejaculates were collected from four bulls via an electroejaculator. Semen samples were diluted with 2% VCO in Tris-based extender which consists of various concentrations of SL (1, 1.25, 1.5, and 1.75%)...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712292/crystal-structure-of-cocosin-a-potential-food-allergen-from-coconut-cocos-nucifera
#4
Tengchuan Jin, Cheng Wang, Caiying Zhang, Yang Wang, Yu-Wei Chen, Feng Guo, Andrew Howard, Min-Jie Cao, Tong-Jen Fu, Tara H McHugh, Yuzhu Zhang
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is an important palm tree. Coconut fruit is widely consumed. The most abundant storage protein in coconut fruit is cocosin (a likely food allergen), which belongs to the 11S globulin family. Cocosin was crystallized near a century ago, but its structure remains unknown. By optimizing crystallization conditions and cryoprotectant solutions, we were able to obtain cocosin crystals that diffracted to 1.85 Å. The cocosin gene was cloned from genomic DNA isolated from dry coconut tissue...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709569/selected-active-naturals-for-atopic-dermatitis-atopic-dermatitis-part-1
#5
Nanette B Silverberg
The desire for naturally derived agents is a growing trend for patients, physicians, and pharmaceutical companies. Studies indicate that complementary and alternative medicine is often used by patients and parents of children with atopic dermatitis, not necessarily with beneficial results. A half-dozen natural agents (ie, topical agents: coconut oil, colloidal oatmeal, sunflower oil, mustard oil, glycerin, and oral Chinese herbal therapy) are discussed because they have become popular for their expected activity in the therapy of atopic dermatitis...
July 2017: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708613/chlorate-adsorption-from-chlor-alkali-plant-brine-stream
#6
Shyam Lakshmanan, Thanabalan Murugesan
Chlorates are present in the brine stream purged from chlor-alkali plants. Tests were conducted using activated carbon from coconut shell, coal or palm kernel shell to adsorb chlorate. The results show varying levels of adsorption with reduction ranging between 1.3 g/L and 1.8 g/L. This was higher than the chlorate generation rate of that plant, recorded at 1.22 g/L, indicating that chlorate can be adequately removed by adsorption using activated carbon. Coconut based activated carbon exhibited the best adsorption of chlorate of the three types of activated carbon tested...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707186/natural-oils-for-skin-barrier-repair-ancient-compounds-now-backed-by-modern-science
#7
REVIEW
Alexandra R Vaughn, Ashley K Clark, Raja K Sivamani, Vivian Y Shi
Natural plant oils are commonly used as topical therapy worldwide. They are usually easily accessible and are relatively inexpensive options for skin care. Many natural oils possess specific compounds with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itch properties, making them attractive alternative and complementary treatments for xerotic and inflammatory dermatoses associated with skin-barrier disruption. Unique characteristics of various oils are important when considering their use for topical skin care...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704429/effects-of-coconut-oil-on-glycemia-inflammation-and-urogenital-microbial-parameters-in-female-ossabaw-mini-pigs
#8
Annie E Newell-Fugate, Katherine Lenz, Cassandra Skenandore, Romana A Nowak, Bryan A White, Andrea Braundmeier-Fleming
Forty percent of American women are obese and at risk for type II diabetes, impaired immune function, and altered microbiome diversity, thus impacting overall health. We investigated whether obesity induced by an excess calorie, high fat diet containing hydrogenated fats, fructose, and coconut oil (HFD) altered glucose homeostasis, peripheral immunity, and urogenital microbial dynamics. We hypothesized that HFD would cause hyperglycemia, increase peripheral inflammation, and alter urogenital microbiota to favor bacterial taxonomy associated with inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702485/experimental-data-on-the-properties-of-natural-fiber-particle-reinforced-polymer-composite-material
#9
D Chandramohan, A John Presin Kumar
This paper presents an experimental study on the development of polymer bio-composites. The powdered coconut shell, walnut shells and Rice husk are used as reinforcements with bio epoxy resin to form hybrid composite specimens. The fiber compositions in each specimen are 1:1 while the resin and hardener composition 10:1 respectively. The fabricated composites were tested as per ASTM standards to evaluate mechanical properties such as tensile strength, flexural strength, shear strength and impact strength are evaluated in both with moisture and without moisture...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700090/dietary-practices-and-fodmaps-in-south-asia-applicability-of-the-low-fodmap-diet-to-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#10
REVIEW
Samapriya P Hewawasam, Marina Iacovou, Jane G Muir, Peter R Gibson
The low FODMAP diet has been described, evaluated and found efficacious for the treatment of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) primarily in Western countries. The aim of this review was to address the applicability of this diet to South Asia. The high prevalence of IBS in South Asia and its associated effects of quality of life and economics warrants the introduction of efficacious therapies. The considerable heterogeneity of dietary patterns and methods of food preparation across South Asian countries and a paucity of food analysis limit precision in defining foods that are high or low in FODMAPs...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689741/coconut-oil-has-less-satiating-properties-than-medium-chain-triglyceride-oil
#11
R Kinsella, T Maher, M E Clegg
It is well established that the consumption of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) can increase satiety and reduce food intake. Many media articles promote the use of coconut oil for weight loss advocating similar health benefits to that of MCT. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of MCT oil compared to coconut oil and control oil on food intake and satiety. Following an overnight fast, participants consumed a test breakfast smoothie containing 205kcal of either (i) MCT oil (ii) coconut oil or (iii) vegetable oil (control) on three separate test days...
July 6, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688848/electrochemical-and-or-microbiological-treatment-of-pyrolysis-wastewater
#12
José R O Silva, Dara S Santos, Ubiratan R Santos, Katlin I B Eguiluz, Giancarlo R Salazar-Banda, Jaderson K Schneider, Laiza C Krause, Jorge A López, Maria L Hernández-Macedo
Electrochemical oxidation may be used as treatment to decompose partially or completely organic pollutants (wastewater) from industrial processes such as pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical process used to obtain bio-oil from biomasses, generating a liquid waste rich in organic compounds including aldehydes and phenols, which can be submitted to biological and electrochemical treatments in order to minimize its environmental impact. Thus, electrochemical systems employing dimensionally stable anodes (DSAs) have been proposed to enable biodegradation processes in subsurface environments...
June 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686974/phytotherapeutic-potential-of-natural-herbal-medicines-for-the-treatment-of-mild-to-severe-atopic-dermatitis-a-review-of-human-clinical-studies
#13
REVIEW
Zahid Hussain, Hnin Ei Thu, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Prashant Kesharwani, Shahzeb Khan, Fahad Hussain
For many decades, natural herbal medicines, polyherbal formulations and/or decoctions of plant-derived materials have widely been accepted as alternative complementary therapies for the treatment, cure or prevention of a wide range of acute and chronic skin diseases including chronic herpes, prurigo, acute and chronic wounds, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (AD). This review was aimed to summarize and critically discuss about the therapeutic viability and clinical applicability of natural herbal medicines for the treatment of AD in human...
July 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678884/influence-of-drainage-and-nutrient-solution-nitrogen-and-potassium-concentrations-on-the-agronomic-behavior-of-bell-pepper-plants-cultivated-in-a-substrate
#14
Anderson Fernando Wamser, Arthur Bernardes Cecilio Filho, Rodrigo Hiyoshi Dalmazzo Nowaki, Juan Waldir Mendoza-Cortez, Miguel Urrestarazu
The interactive effects of N (6, 9, 12 and 15 mmol L-1) and K (3, 5, 7, and 9 mmol L-1) concentrations in nutrient solutions were evaluated on bell pepper grown in a coconut-coir substrate and fertilized without drainage. An additional treatment with drainage was evaluated using N and K concentrations of 12 and 7 mmol L-1, respectively. The hybrid Eppo cultivar of yellow bell pepper was cultivated for 252 days beginning 9 November 2012. Electrical conductivity (EC), the N and K concentrations in the substrate solution, marketable fruit yield, total dry weight and macronutrient concentrations in shoots were periodically evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676973/chronic-consumption-of-fructose-in-combination-with-trans-fatty-acids-but-not-with-saturated-fatty-acids-induces-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-with-fibrosis-in-rats
#15
Sugeedha Jeyapal, Uday Kumar Putcha, Venkata Surekha Mullapudi, Sudip Ghosh, Anil Sakamuri, Suryam Reddy Kona, Sai Santosh Vadakattu, Chandana Madakasira, Ahamed Ibrahim
PURPOSE: Consumption of Western diet high in fat and fructose has been attributed to the recent epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, the impact of specific fatty acids on the progression of NAFLD to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the chronic effects of consumption of fructose in combination with saturated fatty acids (SFA) or trans fatty acids (TFA) on the development of NAFLD. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to six isocaloric starch/high fructose (44% of calories), high fat (39% calories) diet containing either starch-peanut oil, fructose-peanut oil, fructose-palmolein, fructose-clarified butter, fructose-coconut oil or fructose-partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and fed for 24 weeks...
July 4, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676209/sustainable-utilization-of-waste-palm-oil-and-sulfonated-carbon-catalyst-derived-from-coconut-meal-residue-for-biodiesel-production
#16
Indika Thushari, Sandhya Babel
In this study, an inexpensive, environmental benign acid catalyst is prepared using coconut meal residue (CMR) and employed for biodiesel production from waste palm oil (WPO). The total acid density of the catalyst is found to be 3.8mmolg(-1). The catalyst shows a unique amorphous structure with 1.33m(2)g(-1) of surface area and 0.31cm(3)g(-1) of mean pore volume. Successful activation is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The highest biodiesel yield of 92...
June 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660089/does-inhalation-of-virgin-coconut-oil-accelerate-reversal-of-airway-remodelling-in-an-allergic-model-of-asthma
#17
N A Kamalaldin, S A Sulaiman, M R Yusop, B Yahaya
Many studies have been done to evaluate the effect of various natural products in controlling asthma symptoms. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is known to contain active compounds that have beneficial effects on human health and diseases. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of VCO inhalation on airway remodelling in a rabbit model of allergic asthma. The effects of VCO inhalation on infiltration of airway inflammatory cells, airway structures, goblet cell hyperplasia, and cell proliferation following ovalbumin induction were evaluated...
2017: International Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654184/recycling-of-glucagon-receptor-to-plasma-membrane-increases-in-adipocytes-of-obese-rats-by-soy-protein-implications-for-glucagon-resistance
#18
Laura A Velázquez-Villegas, Claudia Tovar-Palacio, Berenice Palacios-González, Nimbe Torres, Armando R Tovar, Andrea Díaz-Villaseñor
SCOPE: Hyperglucagonemia contributes to hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes (T2D). Previously, we have found that soy protein normalized fasting hyperglucagonemia in obese Zucker (fa/fa) rats, sensitizing the HSL-lipolytic signaling pathway in white adipose tissue (WAT), however the mechanism remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Zucker (fa/fa) rats were fed casein or soy protein diet in combination with soybean or coconut oil. Glucagon receptor (GR) was increased at the plasma membrane of adipocytes of rats fed soy protein compared to those fed casein, without changes in total GR abundance...
June 27, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652943/diverse-habitat-use-during-two-life-stages-of-the-critically-endangered-bahama-oriole-icterus-northropi-community-structure-foraging-and-social-interactions
#19
Melissa R Price, William K Hayes
Our ability to prevent extinction in declining populations often depends on effective management of habitats that are disturbed through wildfire, logging, agriculture, or development. In these disturbed landscapes, the juxtaposition of multiple habitat types can be especially important to fledglings and young birds, which may leave breeding grounds in human-altered habitat for different habitats nearby that provide increased foraging opportunities, reduced competition, and higher protection from predators. In this study, we evaluated the importance of three habitat types to two life stages of the critically endangered Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi), a synanthropic songbird endemic to Andros, The Bahamas...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651380/utilization-of-acid-pre-treated-coconut-dregs-as-a-substrate-for-production-of-detergent-compatible-lipase-by-bacillus-stratosphericus
#20
Nur Bainun Mohd Zin, Busyra Mohamad Yusof, Siti Nurbaya Oslan, Helmi Wasoh, Joo Shun Tan, Arbakariya B Ariff, Murni Halim
In recent years, many efforts have been directed to explore the methods to reduce the production costs of industrial lipase by improving the yield and the use of low-cost agricultural wastes. Coconut dregs, which is a lignocellulosic by-product from coconut oil and milk processing plants, is rich in cellulose (36%) and crude fat (9%). A newly isolated Bacillus stratosphericus has been demonstrated to perform cellulose hydrolysis on coconut dregs producing fermentable sugars. The highest extracellular lipase activity of 140 U/mL has been achieved in submerged fermentation with acid pre-treated coconut dregs...
December 2017: AMB Express
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