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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
June 12, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641222/theoretical-evaluation-on-selective-adsorption-characteristics-of-alkali-metal-based-sorbents-for-gaseous-oxidized-mercury
#2
Hongjian Tang, Yufeng Duan, Chun Zhu, Tianyi Cai, Chunfeng Li, Liang Cai
Alkali metal-based sorbents are potential for oxidized mercury (Hg(2+)) selective adsorption but show hardly effect to elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in flue gas. Density functional theory (DFT) was employed to investigate the Hg(0) and HgCl2 adsorption mechanism over alkali metal-based sorbents, including calcium oxide (CaO), magnesium oxide (MgO), potassium chloride (KCl) and sodium chloride (NaCl). Hg(0) was found to weakly interact with CaO (001), MgO (001), KCl (001) and NaCl (001) surfaces while HgCl2 was effectively adsorbed on top-O and top-Cl sites...
June 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641185/mechanistic-understanding-of-low-methylmercury-bioaccessibility-from-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii-muscle-tissue
#3
Qian Peng, Ben K Greenfield, Fei Dang, Yu Gong, Wenbo Bu, Huan Zhong
Recent research indicates that dietary exposure to mercury and other metals from crayfish consumption poses a human health concern, particularly in regions with high crayfish-consuming populations. To better understand consumption risk from methylmercury (MeHg), we quantified MeHg bioaccessibility in edible tail muscle of cooked red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii, collected from seven cities in China), versus cooked fillet tissue of two finfish species: yellow croaker (Larimichthys polyactis) and snakehead (Channa argus)...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#4
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633101/assessment-of-environmental-and-health-risks-in-former-polymetallic-ore-mining-and-smelting-area-slovakia-spatial-distribution-and-accumulation-of-mercury-in-four-different-ecosystems
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Július Árvay, Lenka Demková, Martin Hauptvogl, Miloslav Michalko, Daniel Bajčan, Radovan Stanovič, Ján Tomáš, Miroslava Hrstková, Pavol Trebichalský
Former long-term mining and smelting of pollymetallic ores in the Middle Spiš area caused a serious contamination problem of the environment with heavy metals and metalloids, especially mercury (Hg). Several studies have reported concentration of Hg in the area but this paper provides first detailed characterization of Hg contamination of different environmental components in agricultural, forest, grassland and urban ecosystems. The ecosystems are in different distances from emission sources - former mercury and copper smelting plants in NE Slovakia...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633064/an-innovative-approach-to-bioremediation-of-mercury-contaminated-soils-from-industrial-mining-operations
#6
Damien McCarthy, Grant C Edwards, Mae S Gustin, Andrew Care, Matthieu B Miller, Anwar Sunna
Soils contaminated with mercury (Hg) have proved expensive and logistically difficult to remediate. Research continues into finding suitable environmentally-friendly and efficient ways of achieving this end. Bioremediation is an option, which employs the strategies microorganisms have evolved to deal with Hg. One microbial strategy involves uptake and intracellular volatilisation of mercuric ions, which passively diffuse from the cell and back into the atmosphere. In this work, Pseudomonas veronii cells grown to stationary phase were immobilised in a xanthan gum-based biopolymer via encapsulation...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632927/prospective-associations-between-environmental-heavy-metal-exposure-and-renal-outcomes-in-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Chun-Chieh Tsai, Chia-Lin Wu, Chew-Teng Kor, Ie-Bin Lian, Chin-Hua Chang, Teng-Hsiang Chang, Chia-Chu Chang, Ping-Fang Chiu
BACKGROUND: In Taiwan, Changhua County residents were exposed to high heavy metal pollution and exhibited high heavy metal levels in blood and urine. We examined associations between heavy metals in residential soil and renal outcomes of residents with chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHOD: From January 01, 2003 to June 30, 2015, we retrospectively identified CKD patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate of <60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) at one tertiary care center...
June 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631264/targeted-use-of-leds-in-improvement-of-production-efficiency-through-phytochemical-enrichment
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E Taulavuori, K Taulavuori, J K Holopainen, R Julkunen-Tiitto, C Acar, I Dincer
Based on available literature, ecology and economy of LED (light emitting diode) lights in plant foods production were assessed and compared to HPS (high pressure sodium) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) lamps. The assessment summarises that LEDs are superior compared to other lamp types. LEDs are ideal in luminous efficiency, life span and electricity usage. Mercury, carbon dioxide and heat emissions are also lowest in comparison to HPS and CFL lamps. This indicates that LEDs are indeed economic and eco-friendly lighting devices...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631032/occurrence-and-fate-of-organic-and-organometallic-pollutants-in-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-and-their-impact-on-receiving-waters-adour-estuary-france
#9
J Cavalheiro, O Zuloaga, A Prieto, H Preudhomme, D Amouroux, M Monperrus
To achieve a "Good Environmental Status by 2015," as demanded by the water framework directive, monitoring programs are needed to furnish data on target compounds. In this study, a first evaluation of influents and main emissions of 3 local wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) in the Adour estuary (southwest of France) was performed for 23 pollutants (10 musk fragrances, 5 alkylphenols, and 8 organometallics), as well as receiving estuarine water from the same area. High frequency of occurrence of these compounds was found in influents samples (musks: 22-100%; alkylphenols 11-100%; organometallics 0-100%) and effluents (musks: 0-100%; alkylphenols 0-100%; organometallics 0-100%)...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631031/metals-in-blood-and-eggs-of-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-from-nesting-colonies-of-the-northern-coast-of-the-sea-of-oman
#10
Mahmood Sinaei, Mehdi Bolouki
The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) has been a species of global concern for decades. In this study, heavy metals (mercury: Hg; Cadmium: Cd; Lead: Pb; Copper: Cu; and Zinc: Zn) were measured in blood and three egg fraction of green sea turtles nesting on the northern coast of Sea of Oman. Heavy metals concentrations in blood, yolk, albumen, and egg shell ranged between 0.16-36.78, 0.006-33.88, 0.003-4.02, and 0.002-6.85 μg/g (ww), respectively. According to the results, all heavy metals found in blood samples (n = 12) also were detected in the various parts of the eggs (n = 48)...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631030/the-impact-of-impoundment-on-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-fish-downstream-from-a-newly-constructed-reservoir-wujiang-river-southwest-china
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Sixin Li, Lianfeng Zhou, Jianbo Chang, Zhi Yang, Juxiang Hu, Wang Hongjun
Mercury concentrations in fish were investigated downstream from a newly impounded subtropical reservoir in August 2008. After 6-7 months of reservoir impoundment, mean mercury concentration in fish from downstream is significantly increased by 1.9 times. Not only carnivorous fish but also benthic fish had significantly higher total mercury concentrations than others. No significant correlation was found between total mercury concentrations and body length or weight of 13 fish species. Compared with the pre-impoundment, total mercury in fish from downstream is significantly increased by reservoir impoundment, but the increased rate is lower than those in subarctic and temperate areas...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630294/mercury-evidence-for-pulsed-volcanism-during-the-end-triassic-mass-extinction
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Lawrence M E Percival, Micha Ruhl, Stephen P Hesselbo, Hugh C Jenkyns, Tamsin A Mather, Jessica H Whiteside
The Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) has long been proposed as having a causal relationship with the end-Triassic extinction event (∼201.5 Ma). In North America and northern Africa, CAMP is preserved as multiple basaltic units interbedded with uppermost Triassic to lowermost Jurassic sediments. However, it has been unclear whether this apparent pulsing was a local feature, or if pulses in the intensity of CAMP volcanism characterized the emplacement of the province as a whole. Here, six geographically widespread Triassic-Jurassic records, representing varied paleoenvironments, are analyzed for mercury (Hg) concentrations and Hg/total organic carbon (Hg/TOC) ratios...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628974/the-influence-of-climate-change-on-the-accumulation-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-black-carbon-and-mercury-in-a-shrinking-remote-lake-of-the-southern-tibetan-plateau
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Hai Lin, Xiaoping Wang, Ping Gong, Jiao Ren, Chuanfei Wang, Xiaohua Yuan, Lei Wang, Tandong Yao
A sediment core from a remote lake, Pumoyum Co, located in the southern TP, was analyzed for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), black carbon (BC) and mercury. Concentrations ranged from 30 to 229ng/g for PAHs, 0.46 to 1.48mg/g for BC and 10 to 30ng/g for mercury. Significant correlations were found among the concentrations of PAHs, BC and mercury, suggesting the sources of these pollutants to be similar; mainly from combustion processes. Further diagnosis of the likely sources of BC and PAHs suggested that petroleum combustion has been one of the increasing sources in the last few decades, but biomass burning remains the dominant source of these pollutants...
June 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628819/dissolved-gaseous-mercury-formation-and-mercury-volatilization-in-intertidal-sediments
#14
Rute Cesário, Laurier Poissant, Martin Pilote, Nelson J O'Driscoll, Ana M Mota, João Canário
Intertidal sediments of Tagus estuary regularly experiences complex redistribution due to tidal forcing, which affects the cycling of mercury (Hg) between sediments and the water column. This study quantifies total mercury (Hg) and methylmercury (MMHg) concentrations and fluxes in a flooded mudflat as well as the effects on water-level fluctuations on the air-surface exchange of mercury. A fast increase in dissolved Hg and MMHg concentrations was observed in overlying water in the first 10min of inundation and corresponded to a decrease in pore waters, suggesting a rapid export of Hg and MMHg from sediments to the water column...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626761/bioremediation-of-mercury-by-vibrio-fluvialis-screened-from-industrial-effluents
#15
Kailasam Saranya, Arumugam Sundaramanickam, Sudhanshu Shekhar, Sankaran Swaminathan, Thangavel Balasubramanian
Thirty-one mercury-resistant bacterial strains were isolated from the effluent discharge sites of the SIPCOT industrial area. Among them, only one strain (CASKS5) was selected for further investigation due to its high minimum inhibitory concentration of mercury and low antibiotic susceptibility. In accordance with 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequences, the strain CASKS5 was identified as Vibrio fluvialis. The mercury-removal capacity of V. fluvialis was analyzed at four different concentrations (100, 150, 200, and 250 μg/ml)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625512/first-experience-with-edoxaban-and-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-insights-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial
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Jan Steffel, Christian T Ruff, Rose A Hamershock, Sabina A Murphy, Roxy Senior, Denis Roy, Hans-Joachim Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedures are increasingly being performed in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs). Experience regarding the safety of edoxaban in this context is limited. In an exploratory analysis we therefore investigated the outcome of patients undergoing transcatheter AF ablation in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial. METHODS & RESULTS: During the trial, 193 transcatheter AF ablation procedures were performed in 169 patients...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624459/overexpression-of-a-bacterial-mercury-transporter-mert-in-arabidopsis-enhances-mercury-tolerance
#17
Sheng Xu, Bin Sun, Rong Wang, Jia He, Bing Xia, Yong Xue, Ren Wang
The phytoremediation by using of green plants in the removal of environmental pollutant is an environment friendly, green technology that is cost effective and energetically inexpensive. By using Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer, we generated transgenic Arabidopsis plants ectopically expressing mercuric transport protein gene (merT) from Pseudomonas alcaligenes. Compared with wild-type (WT) plants, overexpressing PamerT in Arabidopsis enhanced the tolerance to HgCl2. Further results showed that enhanced total activities or corresponding transcripts of antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and guaiacol peroxidase (POD) were observed in transgenic Arabidopsis under HgCl2 stress...
June 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623427/blood-concentrations-of-lead-cadmium-mercury-and-their-association-with-biomarkers-of-dna-oxidative-damage-in-preschool-children-living-in-an-e-waste-recycling-area
#18
Xijin Xu, Weitang Liao, Yucong Lin, Yifeng Dai, Zhihua Shi, Xia Huo
Reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced DNA damage occurs in heavy metal exposure, but the simultaneous effect on DNA repair is unknown. We investigated the influence of co-exposure of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg) on 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and human repair enzyme 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase (hOGG1) mRNA levels in exposed children to evaluate the imbalance of DNA damage and repair. Children within the age range of 3-6 years from a primitive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling town were chosen as participants to represent a heavy metal-exposed population...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622806/graphitic-carbon-nitride-supported-platinum-nanocomposites-for-rapid-and-sensitive-colorimetric-detection-of-mercury-ions
#19
Yi-Wei Wang, Lixing Wang, Fengping An, Hui Xu, Zejin Yin, Shurong Tang, Huang-Hao Yang, Hongbo Song
In this study, graphitic carbon nitride supported platinum nanocomposites (g-C3N4/PtNPs) have been synthesized for the first time by an ultrasonic-assisted chemical reduction method. By using g-C3N4 as the stabilizer, Pt ions could be reduced to PtNPs by NaBH4 and uniformly deposited on the surface of g-C3N4. The resulting g-C3N4/PtNPs exhibited enhanced catalytic activity for the oxidation of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) compared to that of g-C3N4 or PtNPs alone. After interaction with Hg(2+), the catalytic activity of g-C3N4/PtNPs was effectively inhibited due to the formation of HgPt amalgam...
August 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621810/adherence-to-standards-for-reporting-diagnostic-accuracy-in-emergency-medicine-research
#20
Lucas Gallo, Nadia Hua, Mathew Mercuri, Angela Silveira, Andrew Worster
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic tests are used frequently in the emergency department (ED) to guide clinical decision-making and, hence, influence clinical outcomes. The Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) criteria was developed to ensure diagnostic test studies are performed and reported to best inform clinical decision making in the ED. OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent to which diagnostic studies published in emergency medicine journals adhered to STARD 2003 criteria...
June 16, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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