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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346330/differentiation-of-impaired-from-preserved-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-fontan-circulation-using-real-time-phase-velocity-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Hermann Körperich, Katja Müller, Peter Barth, Jürgen Gieseke, Nikolaus Haas, Ingram Schulze-Neick, Wolfgang Burchert, Deniz Kececioglu, Kai T Laser
PURPOSE: Progressive impairment of hemodynamics in patients with Fontan circulation is common, multifactorial, and associated with decreased quality of life and increased morbidity. We sought to assess hemodynamic differences between patients with preserved (preserved Fontans) and those with impaired circulation (impaired Fontans) after pulmonary vasodilation using oxygen and under forced breathing conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real-time phase-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance was performed using non-ECG triggered echo-planar imaging (temporal resolution=24 to 28 ms) in the ascending aorta (AAo) and superior vena cava (SVC)/inferior vena cava (IVC) on room air, after 100% oxygen inhalation (4 L/min; 10 min) and on forced breathing in 29 Fontan patients (17...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346215/enhanced-optoelectronic-quality-of-perovskite-films-with-excess-ch3nh3i-for-high-efficient-solar-cells-in-ambient-air
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Yunhai Zhang, Huiru Lv, Can Cui, Lingbo Xu, Peng Wang, Hao Wang, Xuegong Yu, Jiangsheng Xie, Jiabin Huang, Zeguo Tang, Deren Yang
The solution-processed polycrystalline perovskite film contributes critically to the high photovoltaic performance of perovskite based solar cells (PSCs). The inevitable electronic trap states at grain boundaries and the intrinsic defects such as metallic lead (Pb0) and halide vacancies in perovskite film cause serious carrier recombination loss. Furthermore, the film can easily decompose into PbI2 in moisture atmosphere. Here, we introduce a simple strategy through a small increase in methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I, MAI) molar proportion (5%) for perovskite fabrication in ambient air with a ~50% relative humidity...
March 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343099/source-apportionments-of-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-in-israeli-jordanian-and-palestinian-cities
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Jongbae Heo, Bo Wu, Ziad Abdeen, Radwan Qasrawi, Jeremy A Sarnat, Geula Sharf, Kobby Shpund, James J Schauer
This manuscript evaluates spatial and temporal variations of source contributions to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian cities. Twenty-four hour integrated PM2.5 samples were collected every six days over a 1-year period (January to December 2007) in four cities in Israel (West Jerusalem, Eilat, Tel Aviv, and Haifa), four cities in Jordan (Amman, Aqaba, Rahma, and Zarka), and three cities in Palestine (Nablus, East Jerusalem, and Hebron). The PM2.5 samples were analyzed for major chemical components, including organic carbon and elemental carbon, ions, and metals, and the results were used in a positive matrix factorization (PMF) model to estimate source contributions to PM2...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341623/twenty-miles-per-hour-speed-limits-a-sustainable-solution-to-public-health-problems-in-wales
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Sarah J Jones, Huw Brunt
BACKGROUND: Prevention, rather than treatment, is the key to longer healthier lives. Identifying interventions that will impact positively on road traffic injuries, air quality and encourage active travel is a significant public health challenge. This paper aimed to explore whether 20 mph limits could be useful in achieving this. METHODS: Research evidence was reviewed to identify the effect of 20 mph zones and limits on health and well-being. The evidence was then used to estimate the effect of a change to a 20 mph limit on road traffic casualties and air pollution...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341576/effectiveness-of-interventions-to-reduce-household-air-pollution-and-or-improve-health-in-homes-using-solid-fuel-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Reginald Quansah, Sean Semple, Caroline A Ochieng, Sanjar Juvekar, Frederick Ato Armah, Isaac Luginaah, Jacques Emina
BACKGROUND: Cookstove intervention programs have been increasing over the past two (2) decades in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) across the globe. However, there remains uncertainty regarding the effects of these interventions on household air pollution concentrations, personal exposure concentrations and health outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine if household air pollution (HAP) interventions were associated with improved indoor air quality (IAQ) in households in LMICs...
March 21, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340969/effect-of-different-rates-of-spent-coffee-grounds-scg-on-composting-process-gaseous-emissions-and-quality-of-end-product
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Cátia Santos, João Fonseca, Alfredo Aires, João Coutinho, Henrique Trindade
The use of spent coffee grounds (SCG) in composting for organic farming is a viable way of valorising these agro-industrial residues. In the present study, four treatments with different amounts of spent coffee grounds (SCG) were established, namely, C0 (Control), C10, C20 and C40, containing 0, 10, 20 and 40% of SCG (DM), respectively; and their effects on the composting process and the end-product quality characteristics were evaluated. The mixtures were completed with Acacia dealbata L. shoots and wheat straw...
January 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339083/health-risk-assessment-of-environmental-selenium-emerging-evidence-and-challenges-review
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Marco Vinceti, Tommaso Filippini, Silvia Cilloni, Annalisa Bargellini, Anna Valeria Vergoni, Aristides Tsatsakis, Margherita Ferrante
New data have been accumulated in the scientific literature in recent years which allow a more adequate risk assessment of selenium with reference to human health. This new evidence comes from environmental studies, carried out in populations characterized by abnormally high or low selenium intakes, and from high-quality and large randomized controlled trials with selenium recently carried out in the US and in other countries. These trials have consistently shown no beneficial effect on cancer and cardiovascular risk, and have yielded indications of unexpected toxic effects of selenium exposure...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338949/long-term-exposure-to-transportation-noise-and-air-pollution-in-relation-to-incident-diabetes-in-the-sapaldia-study
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Ikenna C Eze, Maria Foraster, Emmanuel Schaffner, Danielle Vienneau, Harris Héritier, Franziska Rudzik, Laurie Thiesse, Reto Pieren, Medea Imboden, Arnold von Eckardstein, Christian Schindler, Mark Brink, Christian Cajochen, Jean-Marc Wunderli, Martin Röösli, Nicole Probst-Hensch
Background: Epidemiological studies have inconsistently linked transportation noise and air pollution (AP) with diabetes risk. Most studies have considered single noise sources and/or AP, but none has investigated their mutually independent contributions to diabetes risk. Methods: We investigated 2631 participants of the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA), without diabetes in 2002 and without change of residence between 2002 and 2011...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336097/ranking-current-and-prospective-no2-pollution-mitigation-strategies-an-environmental-and-economic-modelling-investigation-in-oxford-street-london
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A P R Jeanjean, J Gallagher, P S Monks, R J Leigh
Air pollution continues to be a problem in the urban environment. A range of different pollutant mitigation strategies that promote dispersion and deposition exist, but there is little evidence with respect to their comparative performance from both an environmental and economic perspective. This paper focuses on examining different NO2 mitigation strategies such as trees, buildings facades coated with photocatalytic paint and solid barriers in Oxford Street in London. The case study findings will support ranking the environmental and economic impacts of these different strategies to improve personal exposure conditions on the footpath and on the road in a real urban street canyon...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336003/efficacy-of-a-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-based-indoor-anti-odor-product-as-assessed-by-electronic-nose-and-gaschromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Mara Mirasoli, Roberto Gotti, Massimo Di Fusco, Giulia Basaglia, Jessica Fiori, Aldo Roda
Indoor air pollutants and odorants may have psychological and physical impact on exposed individuals and the unpleasant room air is considered as one of the factors associated with sick building syndrome comprising general symptoms such as headache and lethargy. Approaches for improving the quality of indoor air are thus important as support for human health and well-being. Photo-oxidation catalyzed by titanium dioxide (TiO2), is one of the methods used for elimination of volatile organic compounds, which are the cause of odor nuisance in indoor and outdoor air...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335491/health-and-wellbeing-of-occupants-in-highly-energy-efficient-buildings-a-field-study
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Peter Wallner, Peter Tappler, Ute Munoz, Bernhard Damberger, Anna Wanka, Michael Kundi, Hans-Peter Hutter
Passive houses and other highly energy-efficient buildings need mechanical ventilation. However, ventilation systems in such houses are regarded with a certain degree of skepticism by parts of the public due to alleged negative health effects. Within a quasi-experimental field study, we investigated if occupants of two types of buildings (mechanical vs. natural ventilation) experience different health, wellbeing and housing satisfaction outcomes and if associations with indoor air quality exist. We investigated 123 modern homes (test group: with mechanical ventilation; control group: naturally ventilated) built in the years 2010 to 2012 in the same geographic area and price range...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335404/perceptions-of-health-co-benefits-in-relation-to-greenhouse-gas-emission-reductions-a-survey-among-urban-residents-in-three-chinese-cities
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Jinghong Gao, Guozhang Xu, Wenjun Ma, Yong Zhang, Alistair Woodward, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Sari Kovats, Paul Wilkinson, Tianfeng He, Hualiang Lin, Tao Liu, Shaohua Gu, Jun Wang, Jing Li, Jun Yang, Xiaobo Liu, Jing Li, Haixia Wu, Qiyong Liu
Limited information is available on the perceptions of stakeholders concerning the health co-benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of urban residents on the health co-benefits involving GHG abatement and related influencing factors in three cities in China. Beijing, Ningbo and Guangzhou were selected for this survey. Participants were recruited from randomly chosen committees, following quotas for gender and age in proportion to the respective population shares...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335290/the-effect-of-viscous-air-damping-on-an-optically-actuated-multilayer-mos%C3%A2-nanomechanical-resonator-using-fabry-perot-interference
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Yumei She, Cheng Li, Tian Lan, Xiaobin Peng, Qianwen Liu, Shangchun Fan
We demonstrated a multilayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS₂) nanomechanical resonator by using optical Fabry-Perot (F-P) interferometric excitation and detection. The thin circular MoS₂ nanomembrane with an approximate 8-nm thickness was transferred onto the endface of a ferrule with an inner diameter of 125 μm, which created a low finesse F-P interferometer with a cavity length of 39.92 μm. The effects of temperature and viscous air damping on resonance behavior of the resonator were investigated in the range of -10-80 °C...
September 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335243/correlation-between-cdse-qd-synthesis-post-synthetic-treatment-and-bhj-hybrid-solar-cell-performance
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Michael Eck, Michael Krueger
In this publication we show that the procedure to synthesize nanocrystals and the post-synthetic nanocrystal ligand sphere treatment have a great influence not only on the immediate performance of hybrid bulk heterojunction solar cells, but also on their thermal, long-term, and air stability. We herein demonstrate this for the particular case of spherical CdSe nanocrystals, post-synthetically treated with a hexanoic acid based treatment. We observe an influence from the duration of this post-synthetic treatment on the nanocrystal ligand sphere size, and also on the solar cell performance...
June 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333691/asthma-prevalence-and-severity-in-low-resource-communities
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Álvaro A Cruz, Rafael Stelmach, Eduardo V Ponte
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of asthma was thought to be low in most low-income countries, but several reports have indicated this is not always true. This is a narrative review of recent publications on the burden of asthma in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) and underprivileged communities from developed countries. RECENT FINDINGS: Several studies have reported a low prevalence of asthma is LMIC, but indicate it is increasing. In the last few years, however, many surveys demonstrated this may not always be true...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333580/air-quality-measurements-from-rubber-bands-to-tapping-the-rainbow
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George M Hidy, Peter K Mueller, Samuel L Altshuler, Judith C Chow, John G Watson
It is axiomatic that good measurements are integral to good public policy for environmental protection. The generalized term for "measurements" includes sampling and quantitation, data integrity, documentation, network design, sponsorship and operations, and archiving and accessing for applications. Each of these components has evolved and advanced over the last 200 years as knowledge of atmospheric chemistry and physics has matured. Air quality was first detected by what people could see smoke and smell contaminated air...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331490/ranking-of-sites-for-installation-of-hydropower-plant-using-mlp-neural-network-trained-with-ga-a-madm-approach
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Benjamin A Shimray, Kh Manglem Singh, Thongam Khelchandra, R K Mehta
Every energy system which we consider is an entity by itself, defined by parameters which are interrelated according to some physical laws. In recent year tremendous importance is given in research on site selection in an imprecise environment. In this context, decision making for the suitable location of power plant installation site is an issue of relevance. Environmental impact assessment is often used as a legislative requirement in site selection for decades. The purpose of this current work is to develop a model for decision makers to rank or classify various power plant projects according to multiple criteria attributes such as air quality, water quality, cost of energy delivery, ecological impact, natural hazard, and project duration...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330826/the-influence-of-methamphetamine-on-maternal-behavior-and-development-of-the-pups-during-the-neonatal-period
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Mária Ševčíková, Ivana Hrebíčková, Eva Macúchová, Romana Šlamberová
Since it enters breast milk, methamphetamine (MA) abuse during lactation can not only affect the quality of maternal behavior but also postnatal development of pups. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of injected MA (5mg/kg) on maternal behavior of rats and the differences in postnatal development, during postnatal days (PD) 1-11, of pups when the pups were directly exposed (i.e., injected) to MA or received MA indirectly via breast milk. Maternal behavior was examined using observation test (PD 1-22) and pup retrieval test (PD 1-12)...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330736/hyperspectral-imaging-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy-to-monitor-coat-thickness-uniformity-in-the-manufacture-of-a-transdermal-drug-delivery-system
#19
Naresh Pavurala, Xiaoming Xu, Yellela S R Krishnaiah
Hyperspectral imaging using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) integrates spectroscopy and conventional imaging to obtain both spectral and spatial information of materials. The non-invasive and rapid nature of hyperspectral imaging using NIRS makes it a valuable process analytical technology (PAT) tool for in-process monitoring and control of the manufacturing process for transdermal drug delivery systems (TDS). The focus of this investigation was to develop and validate the use of Near Infra-red (NIR) hyperspectral imaging to monitor coat thickness uniformity, a critical quality attribute (CQA) for TDS...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330723/standardization-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-aqueous-extract-of-psittacanthus-plagiophyllus-eichl-loranthaceae
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Adrielle Nara Serra Bezerra, Laís Tatiele Massing, Ricardo Bezerra de Oliveira, Rosa Helena Veras Mourão
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE: The hemiparasitic species Psittacanthus plagiophyllus Eichl. (Loranthaceae), also known as erva de passarinho, is used in folk medicine in the Santarém region in the state of Pará, Brazil, to treat gastritis and a variety of inflammatory disorders. In view of the lack of pharmacological studies on this species in the literature and the fact that it is used constantly by the local population, this study sought to standardize the extract of the leaves of P...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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