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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098262/quantification-of-the-sources-and-composition-of-particulate-matter-by-field-deployable-mass-spectrometry-implications-for-air-quality-and-public-health
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Patrick L Hayes
Airborne particulate matter less than 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5) negatively impacts air quality in cities throughout the world where it has been linked to increased cardiac and respiratory morbidity and mortality. For this reason PM2.5 standards have been established by many countries and the World Health Organization. However, these guidelines are regularly exceeded in North America, Europe and East Asia. While PM2.5 is often reported as a single atmospheric species, it is actually a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097049/sharing-refuges-on-arid-islands-ecological-and-social-influence-on-aggregation-behaviour-of-wall-geckos
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Raquel Vasconcelos, Sara Rocha, Xavier Santos
BACKGROUND: The extent of social behaviour among reptiles is underappreciated. Two types of aggregations are recognized in lizards: ecological and social, i.e., related to the attraction to a site or to animals of the same species, respectively. As most lizards are territorial, aggregations increase the probability of aggressive interactions among individuals, a density-dependent behaviour. METHODS: After some spurious observations of aggregation behaviour in the endemic Cabo Verde nocturnal gecko Tarentola substituta, we conducted a field-based study in order to thoroughly characterize it...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095954/predicting-air-quality-at-first-ingress-into-vehicles-visiting-the-international-space-station
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Amelia A Romoser, Robert R Scully, Thomas F Limero, Vanessa De Vera, Patti F Cheng, Jennifer J Hand, John T James, Valerie E Ryder
INTRODUCTION: NASA regularly performs ground-based offgas tests (OGTs), which allow prediction of accumulated volatile pollutant concentrations at first entry on orbit, on whole modules and vehicles scheduled to connect to the International Space Station (ISS). These data guide crew safety operations and allow for estimation of ISS air revitalization systems impact from additional pollutant load. Since volatiles released from vehicle, module, and payload materials can affect crew health and performance, prediction of first ingress air quality is important...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095253/lichen-microalgae-are-sensitive-to-environmental-concentrations-of-atrazine
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Helena Moreno Traba, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Eva Barreno, Myriam Catalá
The identification of new organisms for environmental toxicology bioassays is currently a priority, since these tools are strongly limited by the ecological relevance of taxa used to study global change. Lichens are sensitive bioindicators of air quality and their microalgae are an untapped source for new low-cost miniaturized bioassays with ecological importance. In order to increase the availability of a wider range of taxa for bioassays, the sensitivity of two symbiotic lichen microalgae, Asterochloris erici and Trebouxia sp...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094515/nanoporous-materials-for-the-onboard-storage-of-natural-gas
#5
K Vasanth Kumar, Kathrin Preuss, Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Francisco Rodríguez-Reinoso
Climate change, global warming, urban air pollution, energy supply uncertainty and depletion, and rising costs of conventional energy sources are, among others, potential socioeconomic threats that our community faces today. Transportation is one of the primary sectors contributing to oil consumption and global warming, and natural gas (NG) is considered to be a relatively clean transportation fuel that can significantly improve local air quality, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and decrease the energy dependency on oil sources...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093429/paediatric-ed-bipap-continuous-quality-improvement-programme-with-patient-analysis-2005-2013
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Thomas Abramo, Abby Williams, Samaiya Mushtaq, Mark Meredith, Rawle Sepaule, Kristen Crossman, Cheryl Burney Jones, Suzanne Godbold, Zhuopei Hu, Todd Nick
OBJECTIVE: In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093045/exploring-urban-health-in-cape-town-south-africa-an-interdisciplinary-analysis-of-secondary-data
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Rebekka Mumm, Sonia Diaz-Monsalve, Eva Hänselmann, Johanna Freund, Michael Wirsching, Jan Gärtner, Richard Gminski, Katrin Vögtlin, Mirjam Körner, Lena Zirn, Ursula Wittwer-Backofen, Tolu Oni, Axel Kroeger
BACKGROUND: With modern information technology, an overwhelming amount of data is available on different aspects of societies. Our research investigated the feasibility of using secondary data sources to get an overview of determinants of health and health outcomes in different population strata of Cape Town, a large city of South Africa. METHODS: The methodological approach of secondary-data analysis was similar in the different disciplines: Biological Anthropology, Public Health, Environmental Health, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Medical Psychology and Sociology at the University of Freiburg and Public Health at the University of Cape Town...
January 17, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092754/public-participation-gis-for-improving-wood-burning-emissions-from-residential-heating-and-urban-environmental-management
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Susana López-Aparicio, Matthias Vogt, Philipp Schneider, Maarit Kahila-Tani, Anna Broberg
A crowdsourcing study supported by a public participation GIS tool was designed and carried out in two Norwegian regions. The aim was to improve the knowledge about emissions from wood burning for residential heating in urban areas based on the collection of citizens' localized insights. We focus on three main issues: 1) type of dwelling and residential heating source; 2) wood consumption and type of wood appliances; and 3) citizens' perception of the urban environment. Our study shows the importance of wood burning for residential heating, and of the resulted particle emissions, in Norwegian urban areas...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092630/comparative-monte-carlo-study-on-the-performance-of-integration-and-list-mode-detector-configurations-for-carbon-ion-computed-tomography
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Sebastian Meyer, Chiara Gianoli, Lorena Magallanes, Benedikt Kopp, Thomas Tessonnier, Guillaume Landry, George Dedes, Bernd Voss, Katia Parodi
Ion beam therapy offers the possibility of a highly conformal tumor-dose distribution; however, this technique is extremely sensitive to inaccuracies in the treatment procedures. Ambiguities in the conversion of Hounsfield units of the treatment planning x-ray CT to relative stopping power (RSP) can cause uncertainties in the estimated ion range of up to several millimeters. Ion CT (iCT) represents a favorable solution allowing to directly assess the RSP. In this simulation study we investigate the performance of the integration-mode configuration for carbon iCT, in comparison with a single-particle approach under the same set-up...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091696/radiation-dose-reduction-in-parasinus-ct-by-spectral-shaping
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Matthias S May, Michael Brand, Michael M Lell, Martin Sedlmair, Thomas Allmendinger, Michael Uder, Wolfgang Wuest
INTRODUCTION: Spectral shaping aims to narrow the X-ray spectrum of clinical CT. The aim of this study was to determine the image quality and the extent of radiation dose reduction that can be achieved by tin prefiltration for parasinus CT. METHODS: All scans were performed with a third generation dual-source CT scanner. A study protocol was designed using 100 kV tube voltage with tin prefiltration (200 mAs) that provides image noise levels comparable to a low-dose reference protocol using 100 kV without spectral shaping (25 mAs)...
January 16, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089581/accountability-studies-of-air-pollution-and-health-effects-lessons-learned-and-recommendations-for-future-natural-experiment-opportunities
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REVIEW
David Q Rich
To address limitations of observational epidemiology studies of air pollution and health effects, including residual confounding by temporal and spatial factors, several studies have taken advantage of 'natural experiments', where an environmental policy or air quality intervention has resulted in reductions in ambient air pollution concentrations. Researchers have examined whether the population impacted by these air quality improvements, also experienced improvements in various health indices (e.g. reduced morbidity/mortality)...
January 12, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086971/characteristics-and-use-of-urban-health-indicator-tools-by-municipal-built-environment-policy-and-decision-makers-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Helen Pineo, Ketevan Glonti, Harry Rutter, Nicole Zimmermann, Paul Wilkinson, Michael Davies
BACKGROUND: There is wide agreement that there is a lack of attention to health in municipal environmental policy-making, such as urban planning and regeneration. Explanations for this include differing professional norms between health and urban environment professionals, system complexity and limited evidence for causality between attributes of the built environment and health outcomes. Data from urban health indicator (UHI) tools are potentially a valuable form of evidence for local government policy and decision-makers...
January 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079490/paris-vs-prague-a-suspicion-of-fraud-ernst-mach-argues-over-photographs-and-epistemological-prerequisites
#13
Christoph Hoffmann
Argument In spring 1888, an anonymous critic raised severe doubts about Ernst Mach's and Peter Salcher's studies, published one year before, on the processes in the air caused by very rapid projectiles. Paraphrasing the experiments for the French popular science magazine La Nature, the critic insinuated that the photographs upon which Mach and Salcher's argument were ostensibly based must have been of such low quality that they did not allow any well-founded conclusion. The critic did not deny the phenomena Mach and Salcher had presented in their article; he denied that the photographs taken in the course of the experiments could permit any observation of the phenomena...
December 2016: Science in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079108/improving-the-concentrations-of-the-active-components-in-the-herbal-tea-ingredient-uraria-crinita-the-effect-of-post-harvest-oven-drying-processing
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Jung Chao, Yuntao Dai, Hao-Yuan Cheng, Wing Lam, Yung-Chi Cheng, Ke Li, Wen-Huang Peng, Li-Heng Pao, Ming-Tsuen Hsieh, Xue-Mei Qin, Meng-Shiou Lee
Uraria crinita is widely used as a popular folk drink; however, little is known about how the post-harvest operations affect the chemical composition and bioactivity of UC. We assessed three drying methods (Oven-drying, Air-drying, Sun-drying), as well as the Oven-drying temperature using metabolomics approaches and bioactivity assays. The samples processed at 40 degree show a greater effect on the levels of estrogen receptor-alpha activity and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 activity, anti-oxidative activity, and cyclooxygenase-2 inhibition compared with the other samples...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076275/atmospheric-fine-particulate-matter-and-breast-cancer-mortality-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Giovanna Tagliabue, Alessandro Borgini, Andrea Tittarelli, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V Martin, Martina Bertoldi, Sabrina Fabiano, Anna Maghini, Tiziana Codazzi, Alessandra Scaburri, Imma Favia, Alessandro Cau, Giulio Barigelletti, Roberto Tessandori, Paolo Contiero
OBJECTIVES: Atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has multiple adverse effects on human health. Global atmospheric levels of PM2.5 increased by 0.55 μg/m(3)/year (2.1%/year) from 1998 through 2012. There is evidence of a causal relationship between atmospheric PM2.5 and breast cancer (BC) incidence, but few studies have investigated BC mortality and atmospheric PM2.5. We investigated BC mortality in relation to atmospheric PM2.5 levels among patients living in Varese Province, northern Italy...
November 14, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073473/how-rising-co2-and-global-warming-may-stimulate-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms
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REVIEW
Petra M Visser, Jolanda M H Verspagen, Giovanni Sandrini, Lucas J Stal, Hans C P Matthijs, Timothy W Davis, Hans W Paerl, Jef Huisman
Climate change is likely to stimulate the development of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters, with negative consequences for water quality of many lakes, reservoirs and brackish ecosystems across the globe. In addition to effects of temperature and eutrophication, recent research has shed new light on the possible implications of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Depletion of dissolved CO2 by dense cyanobacterial blooms creates a concentration gradient across the air-water interface. A steeper gradient at elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations will lead to a greater influx of CO2, which can be intercepted by surface-dwelling blooms, thus intensifying cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072848/physiologic-determinants-of-exercise-capacity-in-pulmonary-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-a-multidimensional-analysis
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Camille Rolland-Debord, Stephanie Fry, Jonathan Giovannelli, Carole Langlois, Nicolas Bricout, Bernard Aguilaniu, Agnes Bellocq, Olivier Le Rouzic, Stephane Dominique, Alain Delobbe, Geraldine François, Abdellatif Tazi, Benoit Wallaert, Cecile Chenivesse
BACKGROUND: Reduced exercise capacity severely impacts quality of life in pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Ascertaining mechanisms that impair exercise capacity is necessary to identify targets for symptomatic treatments. METHODS: Dyspnea, pulmonary function tests and cardiopulmonary exercise test were analysed in 62 study participants. Data were compared between subjects with impaired and normal aerobic capacity (V'O2 peak less than 84% versus 84% predicted or more)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072811/evaluation-of-the-ototoxicity-potential-of-once-daily-single-entity-hydrocodone-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-results-of-two-phase-3-clinical-studies
#18
Kathleen Campbell, J Walter Kutz, Angela Shoup, Warren Wen, Shau Yu Lynch, Ellie He, Steven R Ripa
BACKGROUND: Use/misuse of the opioid combination hydrocodone-acetaminophen has been associated with permanent hearing loss. Although reports have been rare, this potential effect can have significant detrimental effect on patients' overall quality of life. To date, the ototoxic effect of hydrocodone alone has not been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVE: In this report, we aimed to evaluate the potential ototoxicity of a novel, single-entity, once-daily, extended-release hydrocodone tablet (Hysingla® ER; HYD)...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072578/mathematical-modelling-of-scanner-specific-bowtie-filters-for-monte-carlo-ct-dosimetry
#19
R Kramer, V F Cassola, M E A Andrade, M W C de Araújo, D J Brenner, H J Khoury
The purpose of bowtie filters in CT scanners is to homogenize the x-ray intensity measured by the detectors in order to improve the image quality and at the same time to reduce the dose to the patient because of the preferential filtering near the periphery of the fan beam. For CT dosimetry, especially for Monte Carlo calculations of organ and tissue absorbed doses to patients, it is important to take the effect of bowtie filters into account. However, material composition and dimensions of these filters are proprietary...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069367/co-variability-and-its-association-with-household-cooking-fuels-consumption-over-the-indo-gangetic-plains
#20
Alok Kumar Pandey, Amit Kumar Mishra, Ritesh Kumar, Shivesh Berwal, Rakhesh Devadas, Alfredo Huete, Krishan Kumar
This study examines the spatio-temporal trends obtained from decade long (Jan 2003-Dec 2014) satellite observational data of Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) on carbon monoxide (CO) concentration over the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) region. The time sequence plots of columnar CO levels over the western, central and eastern IGP regions reveal marked seasonal behaviour, with lowest CO levels occurring during the monsoon months and the highest CO levels occurring during the pre-monsoon period...
January 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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