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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528263/influences-of-land-use-and-antecedent-dry-weather-period-on-pollution-level-and-ecological-risk-of-heavy-metals-in-road-deposited-sediment
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Jin Zhang, Pei Hua, Peter Krebs
Road-deposited sediment and its adsorbed pollutants have been regarded as significant sources of urban diffuse pollution. In this study, the solid-phase concentrations (mg/g), surface load (mg/m(2)) and chemical fractionation of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and cadmium (Cd) were determined. Geo-accumulation (Igeo) and ecological risk (RI) indexes were employed for metal risk assessment. Results show that the highest solid-phase concentrations of Zn and Cu were usually found at an industrial area. However, Cd had the highest solid-phase concentrations at a rural area, followed by a commercial area...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528045/endovascular-fenestration-for-distal-aortic-sealing-after-frozen-elephant-trunk-with-thoraflex
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Randolph H L Wong, Peter S Y Yu, Micky W T Kwok, Simon C Y Chow, Jacky Y K Ho, Malcolm J Underwood, Simon C H Yu
We describe a case of total arch replacement with frozen elephant trunk for chronic type B aortic dissecting aneurysm, which resulted in inadvertent landing of the frozen elephant trunk into the false lumen. A radiofrequency puncture system-assisted controlled endovascular fenestration of the dissection flap was performed at the upper abdominal aorta and subsequent thoracic endovascular stenting, successfully redirecting the blood flow from the false to the true lumen. Our case illustrated a possible way to seal distal reentry in chronic type B aortic dissection...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527978/enhanced-antimony-v-removal-using-synergistic-effects-of-fe-hydrolytic-flocs-and-ultrafiltration-membrane-with-sludge-discharge-evaluation
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Baiwen Ma, Xing Wang, Ruiping Liu, Zenglu Qi, William A Jefferson, Huachun Lan, Huijuan Liu, Jiuhui Qu
The integration of adsorbents with ultrafiltration (UF) membranes is a promising method for alleviating membrane fouling and reducing land use. However, a number of problems have become apparent concerning the granular adsorbents used currently, such as high running cost, high chance of causing membrane surface damage, low in situ chemical cleaning efficiency, etc. Herein, to overcome these disadvantages, loose in situ hydrolyzed flocs were directly injected into the membrane tank, providing strong adsorption ability at low cost...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527739/local-people-s-knowledge-with-regard-to-land-use-activities-in-southwest-madagascar-conceptual-insights-for-sustainable-land-management
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Nadine V M Fritz-Vietta, H Stone Tahirindraza, Susanne Stoll-Kleemann
Environmental conditions in the Mahafaly Plateau region in southwest Madagascar are harsh, with a long dry season and a short rainy season. The local people's land use capabilities and skills are adapted to these conditions. Nevertheless, they are currently confronted by drastic climatic changes, including longer dry seasons, which have resulted in food and water scarcities. It is therefore essential to ensure sustainable land management in the region. At present, the main land use activities are agriculture, livestock farming, natural resource collection including timber and non-timber forest products, and the practice of local customs...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527312/low-energy-electron-potentiometry
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Johannes Jobst, Jaap Kautz, Maria Mytiliniou, Rudolf M Tromp, Sense Jan van der Molen
In a lot of systems, charge transport is governed by local features rather than being a global property as suggested by extracting a single resistance value. Consequently, techniques that resolve local structure in the electronic potential are crucial for a detailed understanding of electronic transport in realistic devices. Recently, we have introduced a new potentiometry method based on low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) that utilizes characteristic features in the reflectivity spectra of layered materials [1]...
May 13, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527152/socioenvironmental-factors-associated-with-heat-and-cold-related-mortality-in-vadu-hdss-western-india-a-population-based-case-crossover-study
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Vijendra Ingole, Sari Kovats, Barbara Schumann, Shakoor Hajat, Joacim Rocklöv, Sanjay Juvekar, Ben Armstrong
Ambient temperatures (heat and cold) are associated with mortality, but limited research is available about groups most vulnerable to these effects in rural populations. We estimated the effects of heat and cold on daily mortality among different sociodemographic groups in the Vadu HDSS area, western India. We studied all deaths in the Vadu HDSS area during 2004-2013. A conditional logistic regression model in a case-crossover design was used. Separate analyses were carried out for summer and winter season...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527145/an-appraisal-of-indonesia-s-immense-peat-carbon-stock-using-national-peatland-maps-uncertainties-and-potential-losses-from-conversion
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Matthew Warren, Kristell Hergoualc'h, J Boone Kauffman, Daniel Murdiyarso, Randall Kolka
BACKGROUND: A large proportion of the world's tropical peatlands occur in Indonesia where rapid conversion and associated losses of carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services have brought peatland management to the forefront of Indonesia's climate mitigation efforts. We evaluated peat volume from two commonly referenced maps of peat distribution and depth published by Wetlands International (WI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and used regionally specific values of carbon density to calculate carbon stocks...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525937/spatial-variability-of-soil-organic-carbon-in-three-gorges-reservoir-area-china
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Mingjun Teng, Lixiong Zeng, Wenfa Xiao, Zhiling Huang, Zhixiang Zhou, Zhaogui Yan, Pengcheng Wang
Soil organic carbon (SOC) is an important component of the global carbon pool. It is a critical indicator of soil quality. We studied SOC content (SOCC) and SOC density (SOCD) of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) area in China. Soil samples from 306 sites across the study area were assessed for SOCC, SOCD and bulk density. Total SOC stocks in the TGR area were estimated at 5.82×10(-1)Pg. We examined relationships between SOCC and SOCD, and the environmental and land-use/land-cover (LULC) variables. The plow layer (0-0...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525610/searching-for-clues-for-eighteen-years-deciphering-the-ecological-determinants-of-cryptococcus-gattii-on-vancouver-island-british-columbia
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Emily Sohanna Acheson, Eleni Galanis, Karen Bartlett, Sunny Mak, Brian Klinkenberg
Cryptococcus gattii emerged on Vancouver Island in 1999 for unknown reasons, causing human and animal fatalities and illness. The apparent emergence of this fungus in another temperate area, this time in the Pacific Northwest, suggests the fungus may have expanded its ecological niche. Yet studies that directly examine the potential roles of climatic and land use changes on C. gattii are still lacking. We aim to summarize the existing global literature on the ecology of C. gattii, with particular focus on the gap in knowledge surrounding the potential effects of climatic and land use changes...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525299/early-diverging-fungi-diversity-and-impact-at-the-dawn-of-terrestrial-life
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Mary L Berbee, Timothy Y James, Christine Strullu-Derrien
As decomposers or plant pathogens, fungi deploy invasive growth and powerful carbohydrate active enzymes to reduce multicellular plant tissues to humus and simple sugars. Fungi are perhaps also the most important mutualistic symbionts in modern ecosystems, transporting poorly soluble mineral nutrients to plants and thus enhancing the growth of vegetation. However, at their origin over a billion years ago, fungus-like plants and animals were unicellular marine microbes. Like the other multicellular kingdoms, Fungi evolved increased size, complexity, and metabolic functioning...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523826/occurrence-and-abundance-of-ammonia-oxidizing-archaea-and-bacteria-from-the-surface-to-below-the-water-table-in-deep-soil-and-their-contributions-to-nitrification
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Lei Zheng, Xue Zhao, Guibing Zhu, Wei Yang, Chao Xia, Tao Xu
Using molecular biology methods (qualitative and quantitative PCR), we determined the occurrence and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) from a dry inland soil in Basel, Switzerland, and from the riparian zone of Baiyangdian Lake, China. We also determined the contributions of these microorganisms to ammonia oxidization at different depths based on the nitrification rate. The number of archaeal amoA genes (the key functional gene in AOA) was larger than the number of bacterial amoA genes in each sample, suggesting a dominant role for the AOA amoA gene in environments with a low ammonium concentration...
May 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523646/phylogenetics-and-ecomorphology-of-emarginate-primary-feathers
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Brett Klaassen van Oorschot, Ho Kwan Tang, Bret W Tobalske
Wing tip slots are a distinct morphological trait broadly expressed across the avian clade, but are generally perceived to be unique to soaring raptors. These slots are the result of emarginations on the distal leading and trailing edges of primary feathers, and allow the feathers to behave as individual airfoils. Research suggests these emarginate feathers are an adaptation to increase glide efficiency by mitigating induced drag in a manner similar to aircraft winglets. If so, we might expect birds known for gliding and soaring to exhibit emarginate feather morphology; however, that is not always the case...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522976/trunk-muscle-activity-during-drop-jump-performance-in-adolescent-athletes-with-back-pain
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Steffen Mueller, Josefine Stoll, Juliane Mueller, Michael Cassel, Frank Mayer
In the context of back pain, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of trunk stability, especially in situations requiring compensation of repetitive, intense loading induced during high-performance activities, e.g., jumping or landing. This study aims to evaluate trunk muscle activity during drop jump in adolescent athletes with back pain (BP) compared to athletes without back pain (NBP). Eleven adolescent athletes suffering back pain (BP: m/f: n = 4/7; 15.9 ± 1.3 y; 176 ± 11 cm; 68 ± 11 kg; 12...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521731/working-in-dissonance-experiences-of-work-instability-in-workers-with-common-mental-disorders
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Louise Danielsson, Monica Bertilsson, Kristina Holmgren, Gunnel Hensing
BACKGROUND: Common mental disorders have a negative impact on work functioning, but less is known about the process when the functioning starts to destabilize. This study explores experiences of work instability in workers with common mental disorders. METHODS: A grounded theory study using a theoretical sampling frame, individual in-depth interviews and a constant comparative analysis conducted by a multidisciplinary research team. The sample involved 27 workers with common mental disorders, currently working full or part time, or being on sick leave not more than 6 months...
May 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521166/factors-controlling-cadmium-and-lead-activities-in-different-parent-material-derived-soils-from-the-pearl-river-basin
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Shuran He, Qin Lu, Wenyan Li, Zongling Ren, Zhen Zhou, Xiao Feng, Yulong Zhang, Yongtao Li
Labile metals in agricultural soils are available to crops and thus pose a great health risk for human beings. Therefore, factors influencing heavy metal activity are of interest to researchers. In this study, a total of 142 soil samples representing 5 typical parent materials in the Pearl River Basin (PRB), China were collected to investigate factors impacting the distribution of labile Cd and Pb in the soils. The results showed that the labile fractions accounted for 0.03%-14.7% for Cd and 0.01%-0.39% for Pb of the total metals, and the labile fractions were linearly correlated to their corresponding total contents...
May 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520802/aquatic-cycling-what-do-we-know-a-scoping-review-on-head-out-aquatic-cycling
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Stefanie Rewald, Ilse Mesters, Antoine F Lenssen, Jens Bansi, Johan Lambeck, Rob A de Bie, Benjamin Waller
Over the past few years, aquatic cycling has become a trending fitness activity. However, the literature has not been reviewed exhaustively. Therefore, using scoping review methodology, the aim of this review was to explore the current state of the literature concerning aquatic cycling. This study specifically focused on study designs, populations and outcomes. A comprehensive search of seven databases (PubMed, MEDLINE, Cinahl, Embase, PEDro,Web of Science, WorldCat) was conducted up to 30th September 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520422/a-global-land-use-regression-model-for-nitrogen-dioxide-air-pollution
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Andrew Larkin, Jeffrey A Geddes, Randall V Martin, Qingyang Xiao, Yang Liu, Julian D Marshall, Michael Brauer, Perry Hystad
Nitrogen dioxide is a common air pollutant with growing evidence of health impacts independent of other common pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter. However, the global distribution of NO2 exposure and associated impacts on global health is still largely uncertain. To advance global exposure estimates we created a global nitrogen dioxide (NO2) land use regression model for 2011 using annual measurements from 5,220 air monitors in 58 countries. The model captured 54% of global NO2 variation, with a mean absolute error of 3...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520419/single-particle-tracking-from-theory-to-biophysical-applications
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Hao Shen, Lawrence J Tauzin, Rashad Baiyasi, Wenxiao Wang, Nicholas Moringo, Bo Shuang, Christy F Landes
After three decades of developments, single particle tracking (SPT) has become a powerful tool to interrogate dynamics in a range of materials including live cells and novel catalytic supports because of its ability to reveal dynamics in the structure-function relationships underlying the heterogeneous nature of such systems. In this review, we summarize the algorithms behind, and practical applications of, SPT. We first cover the theoretical background including particle identification, localization, and trajectory reconstruction...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520201/communication-practices-that-encourage-and-constrain-shared-decision-making-in-health-care-encounters-systematic-review-of-conversation-analytic-research
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Victoria Land, Ruth Parry, Jane Seymour
BACKGROUND: Shared decision making (SDM) is generally treated as good practice in health-care interactions. Conversation analytic research has yielded detailed findings about decision making in health-care encounters. OBJECTIVE: To map decision making communication practices relevant to health-care outcomes in face-to-face interactions yielded by prior conversation analyses, and to examine their function in relation to SDM. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched nine electronic databases (last search November 2016) and our own and other academics' collections...
May 18, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516405/characterization-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-an-urbanized-estuary-located-in-northeastern-brazil
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Maria de Lara Palmeira de Macedo Arguelho, José do Patrocínio Hora Alves, Adnívia Santos Costa Monteiro, Carlos Alexandre Borges Garcia
The Sal River estuary, which is located in the state of Sergipe, Northeastern Brazil, stands out as an urban estuary, anthropogenically impacted by untreated and treated wastewater discharge. Synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy and measurement of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) were used for characterization of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the estuarine water. Dissolved organic carbon concentrations ranged from 7.5 to 19.0 mg L(-1) and, in general, the highest values were recorded during dry season...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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