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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783115/long-term-trends-in-no-2-columns-related-to-economic-developments-and-air-quality-policies-from-1997-to-2016-in-china
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Xiuying Zhang, Wuting Zhang, Xuehe Lu, Xuejun Liu, Dongmei Chen, Lei Liu, Xianjin Huang
This study detected the long-term trends in NO2 concentrations in China from 1997 to 2016 based on the NO2 columns from GOME, SCIAMACHY, and GOME-2A. Both differences in the time-overlapped NO2 columns from GOME vs. SCIAMACHAY and SCIAMACHAY vs. GOME-2A showed seasonal variations, and the annual NO2 columns from GOME were 0.9% higher than those from SCIAMACHY, which exceeded that from GOME-2A by 14%. The long-term trends of the NO2 columns on a provincial scale could be simulated by cubic models (0.60 < R2  < 0...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783110/temporal-and-spatial-variation-in-the-mechanisms-used-by-microorganisms-to-form-methylmercury-in-the-water-column-of-changshou-lake
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Zhilin Xing, Tiantao Zhao, Weiyang Bai, Xu Yang, Shuai Liu, Lijie Zhang
The microbiome in artificial lake water and its impact on mercury (Hg) methylation remain largely unknown. We selected the largest artificial lake in southeastern china, Changshou Lake (CSL), which has high background levels of Hg, for our investigation of Hg transformation microorganisms. Five different sections of the water column of CSL were sampled during four seasons. The water samples were subjected to analysis of geochemical parameters, various Hg species and microbiome information. High concentrations of total mercury (THg) were detected in CSL in comparison with those found in natural lakes...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783085/indoor-black-carbon-and-biomarkers-of-systemic-inflammation-and-endothelial-activation-in-copd-patients
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Eric Garshick, Stephanie T Grady, Jaime E Hart, Brent A Coull, Joel D Schwartz, Francine Laden, Marilyn L Moy, Petros Koutrakis
RATIONALE: Evidence linking traffic-related particle exposure to systemic effects in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) patients is limited. OBJECTIVES: Assess relationships between indoor black carbon (BC), a tracer of traffic-related particles, and plasma biomarkers of systemic inflammation and endothelial activation. METHODS: BC was measured by reflectance in fine particle samples over a mean of 7.6 days in homes of 85 COPD patients up to 4 times seasonally over a year...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783084/organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-cyprinidae-fish-towards-hints-of-their-arrangements-using-advanced-classification-methods
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Snježana Herceg Romanić, Gordana Vuković, Darija Klinčić, Marijana Matek Sarić, Ivan Župan, Davor Antanasijević, Aleksandar Popović
To tackle the ever-present global concern regarding human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) via food products, this study strived to indicate associations between organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in lake-fish tissue depending on the species and sampling season. Apart from the monitoring initiatives recommended in the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs, the study discussed 7 OCPs and 18 PCB congeners determined in three Cyprinidae species (rudd, carp, and Prussian carp) from Vransko Lake (Croatia), which are widely domesticated and reared as food fish across Europe and Asia...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782888/pm-2-5-and-ozone-indicators-of-air-quality-and-acute-deaths-in-california-2004-2007
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Cheng You, Dennis K J Lin, S Stanley Young
Since the London Great Smog of 1952 was estimated to have killed over 4000 people, scientists have studied the relationship between air quality and acute mortality. Currently, the association between air quality and acute deaths is usually taken as evidence for causality. As air quality has markedly improved since 1952, do contemporary datasets support this view? We use a large dataset, eight air basins in California for the years 2004-2007, to examine the possible association of ozone and PM2.5 with acute deaths after statistically removing seasonal and weather effects...
May 18, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782838/non-invasive-assessment-of-glucocorticoid-and-androgen-metabolite-levels-in-cooperatively-breeding-damaraland-mole-rats-fukomys-damarensis
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Katarina Medger, Nigel C Bennett, Heike Lutermann, Andre Ganswindt
Dominant females of cooperative breeding species often use aggression to suppress reproduction of subordinate females, resulting in subordinates experiencing stress-related increases in glucocorticoid levels, which may cause reproductive down-regulation. This would suggest a general pattern with higher glucocorticoid levels in subordinate compared to dominant individuals; however, the opposite was found in a number of cooperatively breeding species. Furthermore, breeding females of the cooperatively breeding Damaraland mole-rats (Fukomys damarensis) exhibit very high androgen concentrations during the wet season, presumably to support their breeding monopoly...
May 18, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782523/spatial-abundance-models-and-seasonal-distribution-for-guanaco-lama-guanicoe-in-central-tierra-del-fuego-argentina
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Celina E Flores, Guillermo Deferrari, Leonardo Collado, Julio Escobar, Adrián Schiavini
Spatially explicit modelling allows to estimate population abundance and predict species' distribution in relation to environmental factors. Abiotic factors are the main determinants of a herbivore´s response to environmental heterogeneity on large spatiotemporal scales. We assessed the influence of elevation, geographic location and distance to the coast on the seasonal abundance and distribution of guanaco (Lama guanicoe) in central Tierra del Fuego, by means of spatially explicit modelling. The estimated abundance was 23,690 individuals for the non-breeding season and 33,928 individuals for the breeding season...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782501/disentangling-the-complexity-of-tropical-small-scale-fisheries-dynamics-using-supervised-self-organizing-maps
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Manuel Mendoza-Carranza, Elisabet Ejarque, Leopold A J Nagelkerke
Tropical small-scale fisheries are typical for providing complex multivariate data, due to their diversity in fishing techniques and highly diverse species composition. In this paper we used for the first time a supervised Self-Organizing Map (xyf-SOM), to recognize and understand the internal heterogeneity of a tropical marine small-scale fishery, using as model the fishery fleet of San Pedro port, Tabasco, Mexico. We used multivariate data from commercial logbooks, including the following four factors: fish species (47), gear types (bottom longline, vertical line+shark longline and vertical line), season (cold, warm), and inter-annual variation (2007-2012)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782182/a-specifically-designed-multispecies-probiotic-supplement-relieves-seasonal-allergic-rhinitis-symptoms
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Annabelle M Watts, Amanda J Cox, Peter K Smith, Isolde Besseling-van der Vaart, Allan W Cripps, Nicholas P West
BACKGROUND: Probiotics are purported to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis. This study sought to determine the proportion of participants with an improvement in the mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (mRQLQ) in response to a multispecies probiotic supplement with a Simon Two-Stage design. METHODS: This study was based on a Simon Two-Stage Design for p1 -p0  = 0.18 to account for seasonal variation in symptoms. Under this design, ≥10 patients are required to exhibit an improvement in quality-of-life scores to determine that there was sufficient activity for the supplement to be considered effective...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781938/physical-demands-of-amateur-domestic-and-representative-netball-in-one-season-in-new-zealand-assessed-using-heart-rate-and-movement-analysis
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Doug A King, Cloe Cummins, Patria A Hume, Trevor N Clark
King, DA, Cummins, C, Hume, PA, and Clark, TN. Physical demands of amateur domestic and representative netball in one season in New Zealand assessed using heart rate and movement analysis. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of this descriptive cohort study was to describe physical demands of netball for positions and between playing levels using microtechnology. Data were collected from 34 female netball players across 3 teams at different levels (over 19 years representative [O19], under 19 years representative [U19], and open-age amateur club domestic) for 20 games using heart rate and microtechnology data...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781937/body-composition-assessment-in-female-national-collegiate-athletic-association-division-i-softball-athletes-as-a-function-of-playing-position-across-a-multiyear-time-frame
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Ashley Peart, Danielle Wadsworth, Jessica Washington, Gretchen Oliver
Peart, A, Wadsworth, D, Washington, J, and Oliver, G. Body composition assessment in female National Collegiate Athletic Association division I softball athletes as a function of playing position across a multiyear time frame. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of this study was to record changes in total body mass, lean body mass (LBM), fat mass (FM), and body fat percentage (BF%) in female National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level softball athletes over a multiyear time frame using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (iDXA)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781411/phenotypic-plasticity-in-clutch-size-regulation-among-populations-of-a-potential-invasive-fruit-fly-from-environments-that-vary-in-host-heterogeneity-and-isolation
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M Aluja, A Birke, F Díaz-Fleischer, J Rull
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to evolve in response to environmental unpredictability and can shield genotypes from selection. However, selection can also act on plastic traits. Egg-laying behaviour, including clutch size regulation, is a plastic behavioural trait among tephritid fruit flies. We compared plasticity in clutch size regulation among females of Anastrepha ludens populations stemming from environments that differed in the degree of predictability in egg-laying opportunities. Clutch size regulation in response to hosts of different sizes was compared among flies from (a) a wild, highly isolated population, (b) a wild population that switches seasonally from a small wild host fruit that varies greatly in abundance to an abundant large-sized commercial host, and (c) a laboratory population...
May 21, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781392/adolescent-athletes-with-learning-disability-display-atypical-maturational-trajectories-on-concussion-baseline-testing-implications-based-on-a-finnish-sample
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Kati Peltonen, Matti Vartiainen, Tiina Laitala-Leinonen, Sanna Koskinen, Teemu Luoto, Jon Pertab, Laura Hokkanen
Previous research has reported lower cognitive test scores on baseline testing in athletes reporting multiple previous concussions or a history of learning disability (LD). Age also has an important influence on cognitive performance. While these factors have been considered individually in previous studies, the present study is the first to explore the interaction of age, self-reported LD, and history of concussion on baseline Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT®) in a nationwide study of adolescent athletes...
May 21, 2018: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781104/cavities-shield-birds-from-effects-of-artificial-light-at-night-on-sleep
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Thomas Raap, Rianne Pinxten, Marcel Eens
Light pollution is an ever increasing worldwide problem disrupting animal behavior. Artificial light at night (ALAN) has been shown to affect sleep in wild birds. Even cavity-nesting bird species may be affected when sleeping inside their cavity. Correlational studies suggest that light from outside the cavity/nest box, for example from street lights, may affect sleep. We used an experimental design to study to what extent nest boxes shield animals from effects of ALAN on sleep. We recorded individual sleep behavior of free-living great tits (Parus major) that were roosting in dark nest boxes and exposed their nest box entrance to ALAN the following night (1...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780842/the-nfl-s-chop-block-rule-change-does-it-prevent-knee-injuries-in-defensive-players
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Hayden P Baker, Antonios Varelas, Kevin Shi, Michael A Terry, Vehniah K Tjong
Background: The chop block, a football maneuver in which an offensive player blocks an opponent around the thigh while another offensive player engages the same opponent above the waist, was declared illegal by the National Football League (NFL) before the 2016-2017 season. Chop blocks have been hypothesized to be associated with medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament injury, especially in offensive/defensive linemen. Purpose: To quantify the impact that the chop-block rule change had on the incidence of knee injuries to defensive players in the NFL over 4 seasons (2014-2018)...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780836/defining-platelet-rich-plasma-usage-by-team-physicians-in-elite-athletes
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David E Kantrowitz, Ajay S Padaki, Christopher S Ahmad, T Sean Lynch
Background: The indications for the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are vaguely defined despite the frequency of its use as a treatment for athletes. While select studies have advocated for its efficacy, the majority of orthopaedic research conducted on the topic has been equivocal. Purpose: To define the use of PRP in elite athletes by team physicians from professional sports leagues. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: A survey assessing treatment timing, usage patterns, indications, and complications was generated by fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780835/risk-factors-for-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-in-competitive-adolescent-alpine-skiers
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Maria Westin, Marita L Harringe, Björn Engström, Marie Alricsson, Suzanne Werner
Background: There is a high risk for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in alpine skiers. To reduce or try to prevent these injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors need to be identified. Purpose: To identify possible intrinsic and extrinsic ACL injury risk factors among competitive adolescent alpine skiers. Study Design: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. Methods: Between 2006 and 2009, a cohort of 339 alpine ski students (176 male, 163 female) from Swedish ski high schools were prospectively observed in terms of ACL injuries...
April 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780665/knowing-your-neighbourhood-the-effects-of-epichlo%C3%A3-endophytes-on-foliar-fungal-assemblages-in-perennial-ryegrass-in-dependence-of-season-and-land-use-intensity
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Julia König, Marco Alexandre Guerreiro, Derek Peršoh, Dominik Begerow, Jochen Krauss
Epichloë endophytes associated with cool-season grass species can protect their hosts from herbivory and can suppress mycorrhizal colonization of the hosts' roots. However, little is known about whether or not Epichloë endophyte infection can also change the foliar fungal assemblages of the host. We tested 52 grassland study sites along a land-use intensity gradient in three study regions over two seasons (spring vs. summer) to determine whether Epichloë infection of the host grass Lolium perenne changes the fungal community structure in leaves...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780614/pheromone-gland-development-and-monoterpenoid-synthesis-specific-to-oviparous-females-in-the-pea-aphid
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Koki Murano, Kota Ogawa, Tomonari Kaji, Toru Miura
Background: Aphids display "cyclic parthenogenesis," in which parthenogenetically and sexually reproducing morphs seasonally alternate in the aphid annual life cycles. There are various characteristics that differ between asexual viviparous and sexual oviparous females. In oviparous females, swollen cuticular structures (~ 10 μm in diameter), called "scent plaques," are scattered on the surface of hind tibias, and secrete monoterpenoid sex pheromones. However, the developmental processes of the pheromone glands and the biosynthetic pathways of monoterpenoid pheromones have yet to be elucidated...
2018: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780445/a-comparison-of-simulated-and-field-derived-leaf-area-index-lai-and-canopy-height-values-from-four-forest-complexes-in-the-southeastern-usa
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John S Iiames, Ellen Cooter, Donna Schwede, Jimmy Williams
Vegetative leaf area is a critical input to models that simulate human and ecosystem exposure to atmospheric pollutants. Leaf area index (LAI) can be measured in the field or numerically simulated, but all contain some inherent uncertainty that is passed to the exposure assessments that use them. LAI estimates for minimally managed or natural forest stands can be particularly difficult to develop as a result of interspecies competition, age and spatial distribution. Satellite-based LAI estimates hold promise for retrospective analyses, but we must continue to rely on numerical models for alternative management analysis...
2018: Forests
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