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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644416/evaluation-of-trace-element-and-metal-accumulation-and-edibility-risk-associated-with-consumption-of-labeo-umbratus-from-the-vaal-dam-south-africa
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Beric M Gilbert, Ebrahim Hussain, Franz Jirsa, Annemariè Avenant-Oldewage
With the occurrence of recreational and small scale subsistence fishing activities at the Vaal Dam, South Africa, consumption of fish from this dam may result in health risks associated with trace elements and metals. The Vaal Dam is one of the largest dams in South Africa, located between the Gauteng Province and Orange Free State, and supplies water to approximately 11.6 million people. A total of 38 specimens of the benthic cyprinid fish Labeo umbratus were collected from the Vaal Dam during two surveys, in 2011 and 2016...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643047/trace-elements-in-pleural-effusion-correlates-with-smokers-with-lung-cancer
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Kang-Yun Lee, Po-Hao Feng, Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Sheng-Ming Wu, Wen-Te Liu, Kuan-Yuan Chen, Chien-Ying Liu, Shu-Chuan Ho
Smoking leads to the presence of various elements, including toxic metals and metalloids, in tissues and fluids, thus contributing to cancer risk. This study assessed the concentrations of 14 elements (Ag, Al, As, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Mn, Mo, Pb, Sn, V, and Zn) and biochemical parameters (glucose, lactate dehydrogenase, and total protein) in the pleural effusion (PE) of patients with lung cancer. The potential association of these parameters with smoking was assessed. Total of 48 patients with lung cancer (26 non-smokers and 22 smokers) received thoracocentesis for PE removal...
June 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642917/a-new-era-considering-inorganic-trace-elements-and-biological-activity-of-dental-biomaterials-angiogenic-activity
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Mohammad Ali Saghiri, Armen Asatourian, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Nader Sheibani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641718/alterations-in-lipid-profile-zinc-and-copper-levels-and-superoxide-dismutase-activities-in-normal-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia
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Pardis Keshavarz, B Fatemeh Nobakht M Gh, Seyed Reza Mirhafez, Mohsen Nematy, Mohsen Azimi-Nezhad, Sedigheh Ayati Afin, Habibollah Esmaily, Leila Pourali, Atieh Mehdizadeh Hakak, Mohammad Soukhtanloo, Masoumeh Mirteimouri, Nayereh Ghomian, Gordon A Ferns
BACKGROUND: Increased oxidative stress (OS) and lipid peroxidation may be involved in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia (PE). We conducted a case-control study to evaluate the levels of plasma lipids and trace elements as well as activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) in PE. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study consisted of 100 patients who had been diagnosed with PE and 100 normotensive pregnant women who underwent medical checkups that served as the control group. Lipid profile, zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) levels and SOD activities were measured in the plasma of all subjects...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641540/metallothionein-is-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Shin-Ichi Ono
Lou Gehrig's disease, a synonym of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is an adult-onset lethal neurodegenerative disorder. Irrespective of extensive efforts to elucidate the pathogenesis of the disease and searches for therapies, no favorable pharmacotherapeutic strategies have yet to be proposed. In a popular rodent model of ALS, G93A SOD1 mice, intracellular copper conditions were geared toward copper accumulation inside cells, resulting in an acceleration of oxidative stress and apoptotic process. Disruption of intracellular copper homeostasis was common to transgenic mice expressing human mutant SOD1s...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641226/evaluation-of-trace-element-concentration-in-cancerous-and-non-cancerous-tissues-of-human-stomach
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Shadi Kohzadi, Farshad Sheikhesmaili, Ramesh Rahehagh, Baran Parhizkar, Ebrahim Ghaderi, Hozan Loqmani, Behzad Shahmoradi, Ebrahim Mohammadi, Afshin Maleki
Gastric cancer has a high mortality rate in west of Iran. Various environmental elements are proposed as cancer risk factors including trace elements. Trace elements can induce initiation or progression of carcinogenesis via oxidative stress and DNA injury. The aim of this study was to measure and compare some trace element concentration (Ca, Cu, Fe, As, Mg, Ni, Cd and Cr) in gastric cancer tissues and normal tissues. For this purpose, 35 patients with gastric cancer and 30 without any cancer were biopsied...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
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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/28638583/comparison-of-the-serum-levels-of-trace-elements-in-areas-with-high-or-low-rate-of-esophageal-cancer
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Hamidreza Joshaghani, Honey-Sadat Mirkarimi, Sima Besharat, Gholamreza Roshandel, Omid Sanaei, Mojgan Nejabat
BACKGROUND There is a critical role for trace elements in cancer prevention. Since northeast Iran is known as a high risk area for esophageal cancer, this study was designed to compare the serum levels of some trace elements in high and low rate areas of Golestan province. METHODS We used 240 fasting serum samples obtained in 2011 from eastern and western parts of Golestan province during the non-communicable diseases' screening program. To carry out laboratory examinations, the samples were firstly deproteinated and then the concentrations of the intended elements were measured by an atomic absorption spectrometer...
April 2017: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638375/valorization-of-spent-escherichia-coli-media-using-green-microalgae-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-and-feedstock-production
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Jian-Guo Zhang, Fang Zhang, Kiran Thakur, Fei Hu, Zhao-Jun Wei
The coupling of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii biomass production for nutrients removal of Escherichia coli anaerobic broth (EAB) is thought to be an economically feasible option for the cultivation of microalgae. The feasibility of growing microalgae in using EAB high in nutrients for the production of more biomass was examined. EAB comprised of nutrient-abundant effluents, which can be used to produce microalgae biomass and remove environment pollutant simultaneously. In this study, C. reinhardtii 21gr (cc1690) was cultivated in different diluted E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638301/toxic-and-essential-trace-element-content-of-commonly-administered-pediatric-oral-medications
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Robert A Yokel, Sarah E Seger, Jason M Unrine
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that commonly administered pediatric oral medications are a significant source of toxic elements. The concentrations of 16 elements were determined in 14 frequently used pediatric oral medications. METHODS: Samples were prepared for analysis by dilution or nitric acid microwave-assisted digestion and analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The intake of each element from administration for 1 week of the medication's maximum recommended daily dose to 6-month-olds was calculated and compared to an exposure guideline for that element...
May 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638133/the-agenetic-body-prosthetics-or-the-new-promethean-ideal
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Cristina Lindenmeyer
In our rapidly changing world, we are often encouraged to treat our bodies as objects of constant improvement by means of various facilities and innovations. As part of this "Promethean tendency," the present-day alliance between medicine and technology has opened up a new perspective on the ill and disabled body, by providing access to sophisticated prosthetics that are increasingly seen as ideal remedies. These devices allow patients to benefit from previously unimaginable treatments and inestimable scientific advances, yet they also create new forms of dependency that go beyond simply forming a habit...
September 2016: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635264/cadmium-accumulation-risk-in-vegetables-and-rice-in-southern-china-insights-from-solid-solution-partitioning-and-plant-uptake-factor
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Yang Yang, Meie Wang, Weiping Chen, Yanling Li, Chi Peng
Solid-solution partitioning coefficient (Kd) and plant uptake factor (PUF) largely determine the solubility and mobility of soil Cd to food crops. A four-year regional investigation was conducted in contaminated vegetable and paddy fields of southern China to quantify the variability in Kd and PUF. The distributions of Kd and PUF characterizing transfers of Cd from soil to vegetable and rice are probabilistic in nature. Dynamics in soil pH and soil Zn greatly affected the variations of Kd. In addition to soil pH, soil organic matter had a major influence on PUF variations in vegetables...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634813/long-term-excessive-selenium-supplementation-induces-hypertension-in-rats
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Denise Grotto, Maria Fernanda Hornos Carneiro, Michele Mazzaron de Castro, Solange Cristina Garcia, Fernando Barbosa Junior
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element involved in several biological pathways, naturally found in rocks, soils, and food. Even though the daily requirement of Se is achieved through a balanced diet, the use of Se supplements has been frequent. Due to the risk of toxic effects of having Se in excess, supplementation is still under debate. The aim was to evaluate the effects of long-term Se supplementation upon systolic blood pressure (SBP) and redox status of rats exposed to sodium selenite. Male Wistar rats were exposed to 2 and 6 mg/L of sodium selenite in drinking water for 85 days...
June 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634042/routine-ultrasound-quality-assurance-in-a-multi-unit-radiology-department-a-retrospective-evaluation-of-transducer-failures
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Anne-Mari Vitikainen, Juha I Peltonen, Eija Vartiainen
The importance of quality assurance (QA) in medical ultrasound (US) has been widely recognized and recommendations concerning technical QA have been published over the years. However, the demonstrated impact of a properly working QA protocol on clinical routine has been scarce. We investigated the transducer write-off causes for a 5-y period in a multi-unit radiology department with an annual average of 230 transducers in demanding diagnostic use. The transducer faults and the initial observers of the faults leading to transducer write-offs were traced and categorized...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633911/fate-of-metals-and-emissions-of-organic-pollutants-from-torrefaction-of-waste-wood-msw-and-rdf
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Mar Edo, Nils Skoglund, Qiuju Gao, Per-Erik Persson, Stina Jansson
Torrefaction of municipal solid waste (MSW), refuse-derived fuel (RDF), and demolition and construction wood (DC) was performed at 220°C and a residence time of 90min in a bench-scale reactor. The levels of toxic polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD) and dibenzofurans (PCDF) contained in emission from the torrefaction process were evaluated. In addition, main ash-forming elements and trace metals in the raw feedstock and char were determined. The use of MSW in fuel blends with DC resulted in lower PCDD and PCDF emissions after torrefaction, compared with the RDF blends...
June 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631380/a-highly-sensitive-enzymatic-catalysis-system-for-trace-detection-of-arsenic-in-water
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Yuanli Liu, Chuanbai Yu, Zhixin Cao, Daniel Shvarts, William C Trogler
Arsenic (As) is an extremely toxic element that exists in the environment in different chemical forms. The detection of arsenic in potable water remains a challenging task. This study presents a highly sensitive enzymatic catalysis system for trace sensing of inorganic arsenic in water. This is the first enzyme-catalyzed fluorescence assay capable of detecting arsenic at concentrations below the allowable level adopted by the World Health Organization (10 ppb in drinking water). The enzyme catalytically produces fluorescent NADH in the presence of arsenate, which enables facile detection of arsenate at concentrations in the 0 - 200 ppb range...
June 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630784/elemental-characterization-of-romanian-crop-medicinal-plants-by-neutron-activation-analysis
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Daniela Haidu, Dénes Párkányi, Radu Ioan Moldovan, Cecilia Savii, Iulia Pinzaru, Cristina Dehelean, Ludovic Kurunczi
The metallic elements concentrations of medicinal plants (coriander, dill, Echinacea, lavender, chamomile, mint, and plantain, used for phytopharmaceutical products), cultivated in unpolluted region, were analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The essential nutrients, macro-, micro-, and trace elements (K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Rb, Sr, and Zn), potentially toxic elements (Al, As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V), and rare earth elements were monitored and were compared with those presented in the literature. An estimation of their contributions to intake and toxicity for a person was made, which revealed that (a) teas prepared from the examined plants represent useful contribution to the food provided intake of three essential macronutrients (K, Ca, and Mg); (b) the Cu, Mn, Rb, Sr, Zn, and rare earths levels are normal or low; (c) the quantities of As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V do not represent toxicological concerns; (d) the examination of the estimated Al and Fe quantities recovered in infusions in the conditions of usual daily tea consumption is below the Tolerable Daily Intake values...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630125/communal-metabolism-of-methane-and-the-rare-earth-element-switch
#19
Zheng Yu, Ludmila Chistoserdova
Metabolism of methane is an important part of biogeochemical cycling of carbon. Methane is also a major contributor to climate change. A specialized group of microbes that consume methane, the methanotrophs, represent a natural filter preventing an even faster accumulation of methane in the atmosphere. Methanotrophy can proceed via both anaerobic and aerobic modes. The anaerobic methanotrophs, represented by both archaea and bacteria, all appear to be engaged in syntrophic interdependencies with other species, to overcome the energetic barriers of methane metabolism in the absence of oxygen...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629168/assessing-statistically-significant-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-abandoned-mine-areas-via-hot-spot-analysis-of-portable-xrf-data
#20
Sung-Min Kim, Yosoon Choi
To develop appropriate measures to prevent soil contamination in abandoned mining areas, an understanding of the spatial variation of the potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) in the soil is necessary. For the purpose of effective soil sampling, this study uses hot spot analysis, which calculates a z-score based on the Getis-Ord Gi* statistic to identify a statistically significant hot spot sample. To constitute a statistically significant hot spot, a feature with a high value should also be surrounded by other features with high values...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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