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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222488/explaining-counterfeit-alcohol-purchases-in-russia
#1
Zoya Kotelnikova
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is a common target of counterfeiting in Russia. Counterfeit alcohol is defined here as the manufacture, distribution, unauthorized placement (forgery) of protected commodity trademarks, and infringement of the exclusive rights of the registered trademark holders of alcoholic beverages. It is often argued that the expansion of the counterfeit product market is due to the steady demand of economically disadvantaged people for low-priced goods. The situation becomes more complicated once deceptive and nondeceptive forms of counterfeiting are taken into account...
February 21, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216567/wine-flavonoids-in-health-and-disease-prevention
#2
Iva Fernandes, Rosa Pérez-Gregorio, Susana Soares, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas
Wine, and particularly red wine, is a beverage with a great chemical complexity that is in continuous evolution. Chemically, wine is a hydroalcoholic solution (~78% water) that comprises a wide variety of chemical components, including aldehydes, esters, ketones, lipids, minerals, organic acids, phenolics, soluble proteins, sugars and vitamins. Flavonoids constitute a major group of polyphenolic compounds which are directly associated with the organoleptic and health-promoting properties of red wine. However, due to the insufficient epidemiological and in vivo evidences on this subject, the presence of a high number of variables such as human age, metabolism, the presence of alcohol, the complex wine chemistry, and the wide array of in vivo biological effects of these compounds suggest that only cautious conclusions may be drawn from studies focusing on the direct effect of wine and any specific health issue...
February 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216168/assessment-of-dietary-intake-of-10-intense-sweeteners-by-the-italian-population
#3
Cinzia Le Donne, Lorenza Mistura, Séverine Goscinny, Steven Janvier, Koenraad Cuypers, Laura D'Addezio, Stefania Sette, Giovina Catasta, Marika Ferrari, Raffaela Piccinelli, Joris Van Loco, Aida Turrini
The aim of the present study was to monitor the consumption of foods containing intense sweeteners present on the Italian food market and to investigate whether the Italian general population (aged >3-65+) was at risk for exceeding the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 10 intense sweeteners. A food label survey was performed in Rome (Italy), using market share data to identify the brands more representative of the market. A sample of 326 foods (table-top sweeteners included), beverages and food supplements containing intense sweeteners was collected and analyzed in order to establish the concentration levels...
February 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215267/a-community-based-study-of-risk-factors-for-probable-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behavior-disorder
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Jian-Fang Ma, Yuan Qiao, Xiang Gao, Liang Liang, Xiao-Li Liu, Dun-Hui Li, Hui-Dong Tang, Sheng-Di Chen
OBJECTIVES: To cross-sectionally explore the potential risk factors for rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in a community cohort in Shanghai. METHODS: Based on the validated RBD screening questionnaire (RBDSQ), we identified individuals with probable RBD (pRBD) in 3635 community-dwelling residents (≥50 years old) from an urban community of Shanghai. Potential risk factors of pRBD, including age, sex, smoking, socioeconomic status, obesity, consumption of tea (surrogate for caffeine intake) and alcohol, medications and chronic disease status, were assessed via questionnaire...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214186/characteristics-and-prognosis-of-japanese-colorectal-cancer-patients-the-biobank-japan-project
#5
Akiko Tamakoshi, Koshi Nakamura, Shigekazu Ukawa, Emiko Okada, Makoto Hirata, Akiko Nagai, Koichi Matsuda, Yoichiro Kamatani, Kaori Muto, Yutaka Kiyohara, Zentaro Yamagata, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Michiaki Kubo, Yusuke Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, and in Japan, it is estimated that about 10% of men and 8% of women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetime. METHODS: We focused on 5864 participants (3699 men and 2165 women) who had colorectal cancer and were registered with BioBank Japan (BBJ) between April 2003 and March 2008. Characteristics of colon and rectal cancer patients were calculated separately. Among the enrolled patients registered in BBJ within 90 days after diagnosis, we also calculated the 5-year cumulative and relative survival rates, and estimated the effect of lifestyle factors on all-cause mortality...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207306/a-comprehensive-review-of-spirit-drink-safety-standards-and-regulations-from-an-international-perspective
#6
Xiao-Na Pang, Zhao-Jie Li, Jing-Yu Chen, Li-Juan Gao, Bei-Zhong Han
Standards and regulations related to spirit drinks have been established by different countries and international organizations to ensure the safety and quality of spirits. Here, we introduce the principles of food safety and quality standards for alcoholic beverages and then compare the key indicators used in the distinct standards of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the European Union, the People's Republic of China, the United States, Canada, and Australia. We also discuss in detail the "maximum level" of the following main contaminants of spirit drinks: methanol, higher alcohols, ethyl carbamate, hydrocyanic acid, heavy metals, mycotoxins, phthalates, and aldehydes...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197768/expression-of-an-acid-urease-with-urethanase-activity-in-e-coli-and-analysis-of-urease-gene
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Xiaofeng Liu, Qian Zhang, Nandi Zhou, Yaping Tian
Urea in alcoholic beverage is a precursor of ethyl carbamate (EC), which is carcinogenic. Enzymatic elimination of urea has attracted much research interest. Acid urease with good tolerance toward ethanol and acid is ideal enzyme for such applications. In the present work, the structural genes of urease from Providencia rettgeri JN-B815, ureABC were efficiently expressed in E. coli BL21(DE3) in an active form (apourease) exhibiting both urease and urethanase (hydrolyze EC) activities. The specific activities of the purified apourease were comparatively low, which were 2...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194561/xanthine-alkaloids-occurrence-biosynthesis-and-function-in-plants
#8
Hiroshi Ashihara, Kouichi Mizuno, Takao Yokota, Alan Crozier
Caffeine is a xanthine alkaloid found in non-alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee, and cocoa. It was discovered in tea and coffee in the 1820s, but it was not until 2000 that details of molecular events associated with caffeine biosynthesis began to be unraveled. Reviewed are the occurrence of xanthine alkaloids in the plant kingdom and the elucidation of the caffeine biosynthesis pathway, providing details of the N-methyltransferases, belonging to the motif B' methyltransferase family, which catalyze three steps in the four-step pathway leading from xanthosine to caffeine...
2017: Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192983/melted-paraffin-wax-as-an-innovative-liquid-and-solid-extractant-for-elemental-analysis-by-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Rodrigo Papai, Roseli Hiromi Sato, Lidiane Cristina Nunes, Francisco José Krug, Ivanise Gaubeur
This work proposes a new development in the use of melted paraffin wax as a new extractant in a procedure designed to aggregate the advantages of liquid phase extraction (extract homogeneity, fast, and efficient transfer, low cost and simplicity) to solid phase extraction. As proof of concept, copper(II) in aqueous samples was converted into a hydrophobic complex of copper(II) diethyldithiocarbamate and subsequently extracted into paraffin wax. Parameters which affect the complexation and extraction (pH, DDTC, and Triton X-100 concentration, vortex agitation time and complexation time) were optimized in a univariate way...
February 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185861/what-are-we-drinking-beverages-shown-in-adolescents-favorite-television-shows
#10
Marla E Eisenberg, Nicole I Larson, Sarah E Gollust, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
BACKGROUND: Media use has been shown to contribute to poor dietary intake; however, little attention has been paid to programming content. The portrayal of health behaviors in television (TV) programming contributes to social norms among viewers, which have been shown to influence adolescent behavior. OBJECTIVE: This study reports on a content analysis of beverages shown in a sample of TV shows popular with a large, diverse group of adolescents, with attention to the types of beverages and differences across shows and characters...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178180/is-the-proportion-of-carbohydrate-intake-associated-with-the-incidence-of-diabetes-complications-an-analysis-of-the-japan-diabetes-complications-study
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Chika Horikawa, Yukio Yoshimura, Chiemi Kamada, Shiro Tanaka, Sachiko Tanaka, Satoshi Matsunaga, Osamu Hanyu, Atsushi Araki, Hideki Ito, Akira Tanaka, Yasuo Ohashi, Yasuo Akanuma, Hirohito Sone
The appropriate proportions of macronutritional intake have been controversial in medical nutritional therapy for diabetes, and evidence of the effects of carbohydrate consumption on diabetes complications in prospective settings is sparse. We investigated the relationships between proportions of carbohydrate intake as the % of total energy and diabetes complications in a nationwide cohort of Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes aged 40-70 years with hemoglobin A1c ≥6.5%. The analysis was of 1516 responders to a baseline dietary survey assessed by the Food Frequency Questionnaire based on food groups...
February 6, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173973/personality-and-addictive-behaviours-in-early-parkinson-s-disease-and-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
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Fahd Baig, Michael A Lawton, Michal Rolinski, Claudio Ruffmann, Johannes C Klein, Kannan Nithi, David Okai, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michele T M Hu
INTRODUCTION: Changes in personality have been described in Parkinson's disease (PD), with suggestion that those with established disease tend to be risk averse with a disinclination for addictive behaviour. However, little is known about the earliest and prodromal stages. Personality and its relationship with addictive behaviours can help answer important questions about the mechanisms underlying PD and addiction. METHODS: 941 population-ascertained PD subjects within 3...
February 1, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167922/the-longitudinal-associations-between-perceived-descriptive-peer-norms-and-eating-and-drinking-behavior-an-initial-examination-in-young-adults
#13
Andrew Jones, Eric Robinson
Experimental and cross-sectional studies indicate that perceptions of the eating and drinking behavior of one's peers (perceived descriptive peer norms) are associated with the types, frequency and quantity of food, and beverages a person chooses to consume. At present, we know very little about the longitudinal association between perceived descriptive peer norms and future eating or drinking behavior. In this study, we examined whether perceived descriptive peer norms for different food/beverage types predicted frequency of consumption of food/beverages in university students...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167221/toxicological-evaluation-of-5-methoxy-2-aminoindane-meai-binge-mitigating-agent-in-development
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Jakob A Shimshoni, Ilan Winkler, Nir Edery, Ezekiel Golan, René van Wettum, David Nutt
5-Methoxy-2-aminoindane (MEAI) is a psychoactive compound of the aminoindane class, which in recent years has been recreationally used by many people, who reported of a mild euphoric, alcohol-like tipsy experience and reduced desire to consume alcoholic beverages. In the light of these observations it was decided to progress MEAI through a preliminary drug development route and evaluate the acute and subacute toxicity of MEAI administrated orally to Sprague Dawley rats, as well as to determine potential in-vitro cytotoxic and mutagenic effects using state-of-the-art protocols...
February 4, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164195/a-potential-sex-dimorphism-in-the-relationship-between-bitter-taste-and-alcohol-consumption
#15
Emma Louise Beckett, Konsta Duesing, Lyndell Boyd, Zoe Yates, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
BACKGROUND: Bitterness is an innate aversive taste important in detecting potentially toxic substances, including alcohol. However, bitter compounds exist in many foods and beverages, and can be desirable, such as in beer. TAS2R38 is a well-studied bitter taste receptor with common polymorphisms. Some have reported relationships between TAS2R38 genotypes, bitter taste phenotype and alcohol intake, however results have been mixed. These mixed results may be explained by the varying taste properties of different alcoholic beverages or a sex dimorphism in responses...
February 6, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162866/perceptions-and-knowledge-of-caffeinated-energy-drinks-results-of-focus-groups-with-canadian-youth
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Cassondra McCrory, Christine M White, Carolyn Bowman, Nancy Fenton, Jessica L Reid, David Hammond
OBJECTIVE: To examine use, knowledge, and perceptions of caffeinated energy drinks (CEDs) among youth. DESIGN: Qualitative research using focus group discussions (n = 4). SETTING: Two Canadian cities (Toronto and Montreal). PARTICIPANTS: Youth aged 12-18 years (n = 41). PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Perceived definitions of CEDs, reasons for use, knowledge of health effects, use with alcohol, marketing perceptions, and use and understanding of cautionary statements on packaging...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161071/-intimate-partner-violence-types-and-risk-in-primary-care-health-users-in-cancun-quintana-roo-mexico
#17
Luis Sandoval-Jurado, María Valeria Jiménez-Báez, Gloria Rovira Alcocer, Omar Vital Hernandez, Fany Guadalupe Pat Espadas
OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence and type of intimate partner violence in women assigned at primary care health and estimates the risks for violence. DESIGN: Case (incident cases)-control. LOCATION: Primary health care unit in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. PARTICIPANTS: Women over 18years old living in couple at last 12months. MAIN MEASUREMENTS: Validated violence scale for Mexican population was evaluated: total partner violence, physical, psychological and sexual violence...
February 1, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160314/saccharomyces-cerevisiae-atf1p-is-an-alcohol-acetyltransferase-and-a-thioesterase-in-vitro
#18
Bethany Nancolas, Ian D Bull, Richard Stenner, Virginie Dufour, Paul Curnow
The alcohol-O-acyltransferases are bisubstrate enzymes that catalyse the transfer of acyl chains from an acyl-CoA donor to an acceptor alcohol. In the industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae this reaction produces acyl esters that are an important influence on the flavor of fermented beverages and foods. There is also a growing interest in using acyltransferases to produce bulk quantities of acyl esters in engineered microbial cell factories. However, the structure and function of the alcohol-O-acyltransferases remain only partly understood...
February 3, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155750/-objective-to-analyse-the-impact-of-the-alcohol-market-on-the-implementation-of-strong-willed-public-alcohol-abuse-prevention-policies-based-on-a-critical-review-of-the-literature-method-documentary-research-and-analysis-of-the-alcohol-market-economic-data
#19
Miléna Spach
In view of the mortality caused by alcohol abuse, France must implement a proactive public policy. An alcohol taxation policy based on the alcohol content, a minimum unit pricing for alcohol, or higher taxes on alcohol are public policies that could be considered in order to reduce alcohol-related mortality.</ce:para>.
October 19, 2016: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155006/adherence-to-the-mediterranean-diet-and-nasopharyngeal-cancer-risk-in-italy
#20
Federica Turati, Francesca Bravi, Jerry Polesel, Cristina Bosetti, Eva Negri, Werner Garavello, Martina Taborelli, Diego Serraino, Massimo Libra, Maurizio Montella, Adriano Decarli, Monica Ferraroni, Carlo La Vecchia
PURPOSE: Few studies investigated the role of diet on nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) risk in non-endemic areas. The aim of this study was to assess the association between adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet and NPC risk in a southern European low-risk population. METHODS: We conducted a hospital-based case-control study in Italy, including 198 histologically confirmed NPC cases and 594 matched controls. Dietary habits were collected by means of a validated food-frequency questionnaire, including 83 foods, food groups, or beverages...
February 2, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
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