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M R Kholghy, G A Kelesidis, S E Pratsinis
Nucleation is an important, yet poorly understood step in soot formation. Here, the importance of reactive PAH dimerization in reducing soot nucleation reversibility is investigated by simulating soot formation in a so-called "nucleation" flame (P. Desgroux et al., Combust. Flame, 2017, 184, 153-166). There, inception of soot particles is prolonged at minimal subsequent growth. With only reversible PAH dimerization, the simulated soot concentration is negligible. Accounting however for PAH chemical bond formation after physical dimerization, stabilizes dimers by covalent bonds and increases the soot concentration by four orders of magnitude, in good agreement with Laser Induced Incandescence measurements...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Rohit Srivastava, Sherin Hassan Bran
Aerosol concentrations and their properties strongly depend on dynamics of atmosphere. Effects of physical and dynamical parameterizations on meteorology and black carbon (BC) mass in Weather Research and Forecasting model coupled with Chemistry (WRF-CHEM) are investigated over India. Simulations are performed in ten experiments considering two boundary layer, three cumulus parameterization, and five microphysics schemes during winter and monsoon of 2008. Morrison double-moment physical parameterization, Yonsei University boundary layer parameterization with Kain-Fritsch and Grell-Freitas cumulus parameterization schemes are found suitable to simulate meteorology and BC mass over India...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jean Yoo, Yeon-Mi Lim, Haewon Kim, Eun-Ji Kim, Doo-Hee Lee, Byeongwoo Lee, Pilje Kim, Seung Do Yu, Hyun-Mi Kim, Byung-Il Yoon, Ilseob Shim
Many consumer products used in our daily lives result in inhalation exposure to a variety of chemicals, although the toxicities of the active ingredients are not well known; furthermore, simultaneous exposure to chemical mixtures occurs. Sodium metabisulfite (SM) and propylene glycol (PG) are used in a variety of products. Both the cytotoxicity and the sub-acute inhalation toxicity of each chemical and their mixtures were evaluated. Assays for cell viability, membrane damage, and lysosome damage demonstrated that SM over 100 μg/ml induced significant cytotoxicity; moreover, when PG, which was not cytotoxic, was mixed with SM, the cytotoxicity of the mixture was enhanced...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Arthur Bill Musk, Michael Hunter, Jennie Hui, Matthew W Knuiman, Mark Divitini, John P Beilby, Alan James
OBJECTIVE: To document the changing levels of tobacco smoking, respiratory symptoms, doctor-diagnosed asthma, and lung function in Busselton adults aged 46-65 years over the past 50 years. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: Repeated cross-sectional population surveys (1966 to 2010-2015) of adults registered to vote in the Busselton shire, Western Australia, including a modified version of the British Medical Research Council questionnaire on respiratory symptoms. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: History of doctor-diagnosed asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tobacco smoking history, respiratory medications used, spirometry parameters (forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV1], forced vital capacity [FVC])...
March 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Cole Brokamp, Roman Jandarov, Monir Hossain, Patrick Ryan
The short-term and acute health effects of fine particulate matter less than 2.5 μm (PM2.5 ) have highlighted the need for exposure assessment models with high spatiotemporal resolution. Here, we utilize satellite, meteorologic, atmospheric, and land-use data to train a random forest model capable of accurately predicting daily PM2.5 concentrations at a resolution of 1 × 1 km throughout an urban area encompassing seven counties. Unlike previous models based on aerosol optical density (AOD), we show that the missingness of AOD is an effective predictor of ground-level PM2...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Maopeng Tian, Zijie Zhou, Songwei Tan, Xionglin Fan, Longmeng Li, Nadeem Ullah
Despite the vaccine Mycobacterium bovis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin is used worldwide, tuberculosis (TB) remains the first killer among infectious diseases. An effective vaccine is urgently required. DNA vaccine has shown prophylactic as well as therapeutic effects against TB, while its weak immunogenicity hinders the application. As a strong inducer of Th1-biased immune response, DMT, consisting of dimethyldioctadecylammonium (DDA) and two pattern recognition receptor agonists monophosphoryl lipid A and trehalose 6,6'-dibehenate (TDB), was a newly developed liposomal adjuvant...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Andrew G Miller, Michael A Gentle, Lisa M Tyler, Natalie Napolitano
BACKGROUND: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) use has greatly increased in recent years. In non-neonatal pediatric patients, there are limited data available to guide HFNC use, and clinical practice may vary significantly. The goal of this study was to evaluate current HFNC practice by surveying practicing pediatric respiratory therapists. METHODS: A survey instrument was posted on the American Association for Respiratory Care's AARConnect online social media platform in March 2017...
March 13, 2018: Respiratory Care
Barbara Davis, Monique Williams, Prue Talbot
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate performance of the I quit original smoking (iQOS) heat-not-burn system as a function of cleaning and puffing topography, investigate the validity of manufacturer's claims that this device does not burn tobacco and determine if the polymer-film filter is potentially harmful. METHODS: iQOS performance was evaluated using five running conditions incorporating two different cleaning protocols. Heatsticks were visually and stereomicroscopically inspected preuse and postuse to determine the extent of tobacco plug charring (from pyrolysis) and polymer-film filter melting, and to elucidate the effects of cleaning on charring...
March 13, 2018: Tobacco Control
Swapna Upadhyay, Lena Palmberg
Air pollution leads to inhalation of several pulmonary stimulants that includes particulate matter (PM), and gaseous substances contributing significantly to the development of chronic lung diseases. However, the pathophysiological mechanism of air pollutant mediated pulmonary toxicity remains unclear. This is primarily due to the lack of efficient test systems, mimicing human inhalation exposure scenarios to air pollutants. The majority of the pulmonary in vitro-studies have been conducted using cell lines in submerged cell culture conditions and thereby overlooking the pulmonary physiology...
March 9, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Sunhye Kim, Tae-Young Kim, Seung-Muk Yi, Jongbae Heo
The sources of different pollutants contributing to ambient fine particles (PM2.5 ) on Daebu Island, Korea, were estimated. Twenty four hour integrated filter samples were collected from May 21-November 1, 2016, and analyzed for organic carbon, elemental carbon, ions, and trace elements. Positive matrix factorization was conducted on the PM2.5 chemical speciation data from the samples to define the pathways and sources of PM2.5 at the sampling site. A total of 80 samples and 24 chemical species were used to run the model and a total of nine sources were identified: secondary sulfate (29...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Paul Reid, Clinton George, Christopher M Byrd, Laura Miller, Stephen J Lee, Alison Motsinger-Reif, Matthew Breen, Daniel W Hayduk
Special Operations Forces and their accompanying tactical multipurpose canines (MPCs) who are involved in repeated live-fire exercises and military operations have the potential for increased blood lead levels and toxicity due to aerosolized and environmental lead debris. Clinical lead-toxicity symptoms can mimic other medical disorders, rendering accurate diagnosis more challenging. The objective of this study was to examine baseline lead levels of MPCs exposed to indoor firing ranges compared with those of nontactical military working dogs (MWDs) with limited or no exposure to the same environment...
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Ziyu Zhao, Zhengwei Huang, Xuejuan Zhang, Ying Huang, Yingtong Cui, Cheng Ma, Guanlin Wang, Tim Freeman, Xiang-Yun Lu, Xin Pan, Chuanbin Wu
BACKGROUND: The hygroscopicity of raffinose carrier for dry powder inhaler (DPI) was the main obstacle for its further application. Hygroscopicity-induced agglomeration would cause deterioration of aerosolization performance of raffinose, undermining the delivery efficiency. METHODS: Cyclodextrin-raffinose binary carriers (CRBCs) were produced by spray-drying so as to surmount the above issue. Physicochemical attributes and formation mechanism of CRBCs were explored in detail...
March 13, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Zachary Cahn, Lindsay Eckhaus
This paper investigates the fate of the Capillary Aerosol Generator (CAG), a nicotine aerosol device resembling modern e-cigarettes, developed by Philip Morris (PM) in 1994. A debate has emerged as to why this product never made it to market. In Donovan et al. v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., the sides presented opposing views in their arguments. To explore the reasons for CAG abandonment, we searched the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents database for key terms including 'Capillary Aerosol,' 'Project LEAP' (the project under which the CAG was housed), and 'Tony Howell' (CAG inventor)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Public Health Policy
Kun Li, Junling Li, Weigang Wang, Jiangjun Li, Chao Peng, Dong Wang, Maofa Ge
The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) contains partitioning processes of the oxidation products between gas and particle phase, which could change the particle-phase composition when particles grow. However, the effects of these processes on the optical properties of SOA remain poorly understood. In this study, we performed smog chamber experiments to investigate the effects of gas-particle partitioning (GPP) on the refractive index (RI) and chemical composition of the m-xylene SOA. Here, we show that the GPP processes, as organic mass increases, can increase the proportions of semi- and intermediate volatile organic compounds (SVOCs and IVOCs) in the particle phase and result in the decrease of SOA RI real part for 0...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Megan Suzanne Claflin, Paul J Ziemann
Substantial amounts of gas- and particle-phase organic nitrates have been reported in field studies of atmospheric chemistry conducted around the world, and it has been proposed that a significant fraction of these may be formed from the nighttime reaction of monoterpenes with NO3 radicals. In the study presented here, β-pinene (a major global monoterpene emission) was reacted with NO3 radicals in an environmental chamber and the molecular and functional group composition of the resulting secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was determined using a variety of methods...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Tiffany M Phan, Cezanne A Bianco, Dmitriy Nikitin, David S Timberlake
The uneven diffusion of local and state laws restricting the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the United States may be a function of inconclusive scientific evidence and lack of guidance from the federal government. The objective of this study was to assess whether the rationale for amending clean indoor air acts (CIAAs) is being conflated by issues that are not directly relevant to protecting the health of ENDS non-users. Online sources were used in identifying bills ( n  = 25) that were presented in U...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Xuepeng Zhao, Yangang Liu, Fangquan Yu, Andrew K Heidinger
Long-term (1981-2011) satellite climate data records of clouds and aerosols are used to investigate the aerosol-cloud interaction of marine water cloud from a climatology perspective. Our focus is on identifying the regimes and regions where the aerosol indirect effects (AIEs) are evident in long-term averages over the global oceans through analyzing the correlation features between aerosol loading and the key cloud variables including cloud droplet effective radius (CDER), cloud optical depth (COD), cloud water path (CWP), cloud top height (CTH), and cloud top temperature (CTT)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
Roberto W Dal Negro, Alessandro Zanasi, Paola Turco, Massimiliano Povero
Background: Influenza and influenza-like syndromes (I-LSs) are infectious diseases occurring on a seasonal basis which can lead to upper (URTI) and lower respiratory tract illness (LRTI) of different severity. The approach to these disorders is unfortunately not uniform. Aim of the study was to investigate real-life people beliefs, the attitude to their prevention and treatment, and their impact in general population. Methods: A cross-sectional survey via Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) was carried out using a specific questionnaire investigating influenza episode rates, subjects behavior in case of influenza and I-LSs, and prescribed therapy...
2018: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Maciej Nowacki, Mohammad Alyami, Laurent Villeneuve, Frederic Mercier, Martin Hubner, Wouter Willaert, Wim Ceelen, Marc Reymond, Denis Pezet, Catherine Arvieux, Vladimir Khomyakov, Laura Lay, Sergio Gianni, Wojciech Zegarski, Naoual Bakrin, Olivier Glehen
BACKGROUND: Pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC) is a new drug delivery method offered in selected patients suffering from non-resectable peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC). As reported experience is still limited, we conducted a survey among active PIPAC centers aiming to report their technical approach and clinical findings. METHODS: An online survey was sent to active PIPAC centers worldwide. The questionnaire consisted of 34 closed questions and was conducted over a period of 3 months beginning in March 2017...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Fengxia Li, Jürgen Schnelle-Kreis, Josef Cyrys, Kathrin Wolf, Erwin Karg, Jianwei Gu, Jürgen Orasche, Gülcin Abbaszade, Annette Peters, Ralf Zimmermann
OBJECTIVE: to study the sources contributing to quasi-ultrafine particle (UFP) organic carbon and the spatial temporal variability of the sources. METHOD: 24h quasi-UFP (particulate matter <0.36μm in this study) was sampled at a reference site continuously and at one of 5 other sites (T1, T2, T3, T4 and B1) in parallel in Augsburg, Germany from April 11th, 2014 to February 22nd, 2015, attempting to conduct 2-week campaigns at each site in 3 different seasons...
March 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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