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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646777/predicting-improved-optical-water-quality-in-rivers-resulting-from-soil-conservation-actions-on-land
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J R Dymond, R J Davies-Colley, A O Hughes, C D Matthaei
Deforestation in New Zealand has led to increased soil erosion and sediment loads in rivers. Increased suspended fine sediment in water reduces visual clarity for humans and aquatic animals and reduces penetration of photosynthetically available radiation to aquatic plants. To mitigate fine-sediment impacts in rivers, catchment-wide approaches to reducing soil erosion are required. Targeting soil conservation for reducing sediment loads in rivers is possible through existing models; however, relationships between sediment loads and sediment-related attributes of water that affect both ecology and human uses of water are poorly understood...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646768/source-profiling-of-arsenic-and-heavy-metals-in-the-selangor-river-basin-and-their-maternal-and-cord-blood-levels-in-selangor-state-malaysia
#2
Nobumitsu Sakai, Zohour Alsaad, Nguyen Thi Thuong, Kenji Shiota, Minoru Yoneda, Mustafa Ali Mohd
Arsenic and 5 heavy metals (nickel, copper, zinc, cadmium and lead) were quantitated in surface water (n = 18) and soil/ore samples (n = 45) collected from 5 land uses (oil palm converted from forest, oil palm in peat swamp, bare land, quarry and forest) in the Selangor River basin by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Geographic information system (GIS) was used as a spatial analytical tool to classify 4 land uses (forest, agriculture/peat, urban and bare land) from a satellite image taken by Landsat 8...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646742/image-analysis-for-tsh-mrna-in-situ-hybridization-in-pituitary-glands-from-rats-with-thyroid-follicular-cell-hypertrophy-after-treatment-with-three-different-test-compounds
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Juergen Funk, Martin Ebeling, Thomas Singer, Christian Landes
The goal of this in situ hybridization and image analysis technique is to study the effects of new pharmacological/chemical entities on the thyroid and pituitary gland in rats, reveal the pathogenesis of thyroid follicular cell hypertrophy and to retrospectively exclude the risk of thyroid tumor development in humans. In the present study, we describe the increase of thyroid-stimulating hormone- (TSH-) beta subunit mRNA in the pars distalis of the pituitary gland and the quantitative measurement of TSH mRNA positive cells from rats of three 4-week toxicity studies treated with three different test compounds inducing thyroid follicular cell and hepatocellular hypertrophy in rats...
June 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646737/pollution-characteristics-and-source-identification-of-trace-metals-in-riparian-soils-of-miyun-reservoir-china
#4
Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Jin Lu, Yang Zhou, Dongyu Xu, Li Gao, Ke Sun
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project, one of China's largest water diversion projects, has aroused widespread concerns about its potential ecological impacts, especially the potential release of trace metals from shoreline soils into Miyun Reservoir (MYR). Here, riparian soil samples from three elevations and four types of land use were collected. Soil particle size distributions, contents and chemical fractionations of trace metals and lead (Pb) isotopic compositions were analyzed. Results showed that soil texture was basically similar in four types of land use, being mainly composed of sand, with minor portions of clay and silt, while recreational land contained more abundant chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd), suggesting a possible anthropogenic source for this soil pollution...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646691/what-housing-features-should-inform-the-development-of-housing-solutions-for-adults-with-neurological-disability-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Courtney J Wright, Heidi Zeeman, Elizabeth Kendall, Jennifer A Whitty
Despite the recent emphasis in Australian political, academic, and legislative narratives to more actively promote real housing choice for people with high healthcare and support needs, there is a lack of understanding regarding the specific housing features that might constitute better housing solutions for this population. Inclusive housing provision in Australia rightly emphasises safety and accessibility issues but often fails to incorporate factors related to broader psychosocial elements of housing such as dwelling location, neighbourhood quality, and overall design...
June 21, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646233/identifying-community-thresholds-for-lotic-benthic-diatoms-in-response-to-human-disturbance
#6
Tao Tang, Ting Tang, Lu Tan, Yuan Gu, Wanxiang Jiang, Qinghua Cai
Although human disturbance indirectly influences lotic assemblages through modifying physical and chemical conditions, identifying thresholds of human disturbance would provide direct evidence for preventing anthropogenic degradation of biological conditions. In the present study, we used data obtained from tributaries of the Three Gorges Reservoir in China to detect effects of human disturbance on streams and to identify disturbance thresholds for benthic diatoms. Diatom species composition was significantly affected by three in-stream stressors including TP, TN and pH...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646058/semen-collection-methods-in-alpacas
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M C Abraham, K de Verdier, R Båge, J M Morrell
South American camelids, particularly alpacas, are gaining in popularity outside their native lands. Reproductive biotechnologies, such as artificial insemination or embryo transfer with cryopreserved embryos, are more complicated in these species than many others due to differences in their reproductive physiology compared to the more commonly encountered domestic livestock. This article reviews the methods currently available for obtaining semen or spermatozoa from alpacas and describes some of the problems associated with handling the viscous seminal plasma characteristic of camelids...
June 24, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645628/the-association-between-socioeconomic-status-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-a-rural-bangladesh-population
#8
Michale Garshick, Fen Wu, Ryan Demmer, Faruque Parvez, Alauddin Ahmed, Mahbub Eunus, Rabiul Hasan, Jabun Nahar, Ishrat Shaheen, Golam Sarwar, Moise Desvarieux, Habibul Ahsan, Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: In Bangladesh, CVD accounts for the majority of non-communicable mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine the role of socioeconomic status (SES) on subclinical atherosclerosis measured as carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in a rural Bangladesh population. METHODS: Carotid IMT was measured between 2010 and 2011 in 1022 participants (average age 46, 40% male) randomly selected from the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS), a population-based prospective cohort study based in rural Bangladesh...
June 20, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645231/evolution-of-hormone-signaling-networks-in-plant-defense
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Matthias L Berens, Hannah M Berry, Akira Mine, Cristiana T Argueso, Kenichi Tsuda
Studies with model plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana have revealed that phytohormones are central regulators of plant defense. The intricate network of phytohormone signaling pathways enables plants to activate appropriate and effective defense responses against pathogens as well as to balance defense and growth. The timing of the evolution of most phytohormone signaling pathways seems to coincide with the colonization of land, a likely requirement for plant adaptations to the more variable terrestrial environments, which included the presence of pathogens...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645050/land-use-affects-total-dissolved-nitrogen-and-nitrate-concentrations-in-tropical-montane-streams-in-kenya
#10
Suzanne R Jacobs, Lutz Breuer, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl, David E Pelster, Mariana C Rufino
African tropical montane forests are facing fast and dynamic changes in land use. However, the impacts of these changes on stream water quality are understudied. This paper aims at assessing the effect of land use and physical catchment characteristics on stream water concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), total dissolved nitrogen (TDN), nitrate (NO3-N) and dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) in the Mau Forest, the largest tropical montane forest in Kenya. We conducted five synoptic stream water sampling campaigns at the outlets of 13-16 catchments dominated by either natural forest, smallholder agriculture or commercial tea and tree plantations...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644770/the-impact-of-photovoltaic-pv-installations-on-downwind-particulate-matter-concentrations-results-from-field-observations-at-a-550-mwac-utility-scale-pv-plant
#11
Dwarakanath Ravikumar, Parikhit Sinha
With utility-scale photovoltaic(PV) projects increasingly developed in dry and dust-prone geographies with high solar insolation, there is a critical need to analyze the impacts of PV installations on the resulting particulate-matter(PM) concentrations which have environmental and health impacts. This study is the first to quantify the impact of a utility-scale PV plant on PM concentrations downwind of the project site. Background, construction and post-construction PM2.5 and PM10 concentration data are collected from four beta attenuation monitor(BAM) stations over 3 years...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644677/young-athletes-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-with-single-leg-landing-asymmetries-at-the-time-of-return-to-sport-demonstrate-decreased-knee-function-2-years-later
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Matthew P Ithurburn, Mark V Paterno, Kevin R Ford, Timothy E Hewett, Laura C Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Previous work shows that young athletes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) demonstrate single-leg (SL) landing movement asymmetries at the time of return to sport (RTS); however, the effect of movement asymmetries on longitudinal knee-related function after ACLR has not been examined. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of SL drop-landing movement symmetry at the time of RTS on knee-related function 2 years later in young athletes after ACLR...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644560/identification-and-characterization-of-ars-like-sequences-as-putative-origin-s-of-replication-in-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
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Meetu Agarwal, Krishanu Bhowmick, Kushal Shah, Annangarachari Krishnamachari, Suman Kumar Dhar
DNA replication is a fundamental process in genome maintenance, and initiates from several genomic sites (origins) in eukaryotes. In S. cerevisiae, conserved sequences known as Autonomously Replicating Sequences (ARSs) provide a landing pad for the Origin Recognition Complex (ORC), leading to replication initiation. Although origins from higher eukaryotes share some common sequence features, the definitive genomic organization of these sites remains elusive. The human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum undergoes multiple rounds of DNA replication; therefore, control of initiation events is crucial to ensure proper replication...
June 23, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644377/an-operational-in-situ-soil-moisture-soil-temperature-monitoring-network-for-west-wales-uk-the-wsmn-network
#14
George P Petropoulos, Jon P McCalmont
This paper describes a soil moisture dataset that has been collecting ground measurements of soil moisture, soil temperature and related parameters for west Wales, United Kingdom. Already acquired in situ data have been archived to the autonomous Wales Soil Moisture Network (WSMN) since its foundation in July 2011. The sites from which measurements are being collected represent a range of conditions typical of the Welsh environment, with climate ranging from oceanic to temperate and a range of the most typical land use/cover types found in Wales...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643784/water-scarcity-hotspots-travel-downstream-due-to-human-interventions-in-the-20th-and-21st-century
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T I E Veldkamp, Y Wada, J C J H Aerts, P Döll, S N Gosling, J Liu, Y Masaki, T Oki, S Ostberg, Y Pokhrel, Y Satoh, H Kim, P J Ward
Water scarcity is rapidly increasing in many regions. In a novel, multi-model assessment, we examine how human interventions (HI: land use and land cover change, man-made reservoirs and human water use) affected monthly river water availability and water scarcity over the period 1971-2010. Here we show that HI drastically change the critical dimensions of water scarcity, aggravating water scarcity for 8.8% (7.4-16.5%) of the global population but alleviating it for another 8.3% (6.4-15.8%). Positive impacts of HI mostly occur upstream, whereas HI aggravate water scarcity downstream; HI cause water scarcity to travel downstream...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642784/novel-miscanthus-germplasm-based-value-chains-a-life-cycle-assessment
#16
Moritz Wagner, Andreas Kiesel, Astley Hastings, Yasir Iqbal, Iris Lewandowski
In recent years, considerable progress has been made in miscanthus research: improvement of management practices, breeding of new genotypes, especially for marginal conditions, and development of novel utilization options. The purpose of the current study was a holistic analysis of the environmental performance of such novel miscanthus-based value chains. In addition, the relevance of the analyzed environmental impact categories was assessed. A Life Cycle Assessment was conducted to analyse the environmental performance of the miscanthus-based value chains in 18 impact categories...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642307/urban-green-and-grey-space-in-relation-to-respiratory-health-in-children
#17
Christina Tischer, Mireia Gascon, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Adonina Tardón, Aitana Lertxundi Materola, Jesus Ibarluzea, Amparo Ferrero, Marisa Estarlich, Marta Cirach, Martine Vrijheid, Elaine Fuertes, Albert Dalmau-Bueno, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Josep M Antó, Jordi Sunyer, Payam Dadvand
We assessed the effect of three different indices of urban built environment on allergic and respiratory conditions.This study involved 2472 children participating in the ongoing INMA birth cohort located in two bio-geographic regions (Euro-Siberian and Mediterranean) in Spain. Residential surrounding built environment was characterised as 1) residential surrounding greenness based on satellite-derived normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI), 2) residential proximity to green spaces and 3) residential surrounding greyness based on urban land use patterns...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642097/are-two-dimensional-measured-frontal-plane-angles-related-to-three-dimensional-measured-kinematic-profiles-during-running
#18
Bart Dingenen, Filip F Staes, Lieselot Santermans, Lien Steurs, Maarten Eerdekens, Jurre Geentjens, Koen H E Peers, Maarten Thysen, Kevin Deschamps
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the temporal relationship between two-dimensional measured frontal plane joint angles and three-dimensional measured kinematic profiles during the stance phase of running, and to assess the intra- and intertester reliability of the two-dimensional angles. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: Research laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: Fifteen injury-free elite athletes. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Contralateral pelvic drop (CPD), femoral adduction (FA), hip adduction (HA) and knee valgus (KV) were measured at the deepest landing position during midstance with two-dimensional video analysis during running...
March 4, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641687/preparing-safety-cases-for-operating-outside-prescriptive-fatigue-risk-management-regulations
#19
Philippa Gander, Jim Mangie, Lora Wu, Margo van den Berg, Leigh Signal, Adrienne Phillips
INTRODUCTION: Transport operators seeking to operate outside prescriptive fatigue management regulations are typically required to present a safety case justifying how they will manage the associated risk. This paper details a method for constructing a successful safety case. METHODS: The method includes four elements: 1) scope (prescriptive rules and operations affected); 2) risk assessment; 3) risk mitigation strategies; and 4) monitoring ongoing risk. A successful safety case illustrates this method...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641201/pelvic-and-hip-kinematics-during-single-leg-drop-landing-are-altered-in-sports-participants-with-long-standing-groin-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
L Janse van Rensburg, M Dare, Q Louw, L Crous, J Cockroft, L Williams, B Olivier
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the differences in three-dimensional pelvic and hip kinematics during a single-leg drop-landing task in active sports participants with long-standing groin pain compared to healthy matched controls. DESIGN: This was a descriptive study incorporating a cross-sectional design. SETTING: The study was conducted at the Unit for Human Movement Analysis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. PARTICIPANTS: The study sample was comprised of 20 male club level soccer, rugby, running and cycling participants between the ages of 18 and 55 years...
May 12, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
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