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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448907/characterization-of-typical-metal-particles-during-haze-episodes-in-shanghai-china
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Rui Li, Xin Yang, Hongbo Fu, Qingqing Hu, Liwu Zhang, Jianmin Chen
Aerosol particles were collected during three heavy haze episodes at Shanghai in the winter of 2013. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used to study the morphology and speciation of typical metal particles at a single-particle level. In addition, time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry (ATOFMS) was applied to identify the speciation of the Fe-containing particles. TEM analysis indicated that various metal-containing particles were hosted by sulfates, nitrates, and oxides...
April 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443674/perinatal-bacterial-exposure-contributes-to-il-13-aeroallergen-response
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Benjamin A Turturice, Ravi Ranjan, Brian Nguyen, Lauren M Hughes, Kalista E Andropolis, Diane R Gold, Augusto A Litonjua, Emily Oken, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
There is a high prevalence of aeroallergen sensitivity in asthmatic populations, and seroreactivity to aeroallergens early in infancy is associated with increased risk of developing asthma later in life. In addition to allergen sensitivity, asthma development has been associated with differential microbial exposure and infection in early life. We have has previously shown that cord blood mononuclear cells respond to common aeroallergens (i.e., house dust mite (Der f1), cockroach (Bla g2)) as assayed by lymphoproliferation and cytokine (IL-13, IFN-γ) production...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442768/synergistic-effect-of-nitrate-doped-tio2-aerosols-on-the-fast-photochemical-oxidation-of-formaldehyde
#3
Jing Shang, Wei Wei Xu, Chun Xiang Ye, Christian George, Tong Zhu
The uptake of formaldehyde (HCHO) on mineral dust affects its budget as well as particle properties, yet the process has not yet been fully investigate. Here, TiO2 and nitrate-doped TiO2 aerosols were used as proxies for mineral dust, and the uptake of HCHO was explored in a chamber under both dark and illuminated conditions. The uptake loss of HCHO on UV-illuminated aerosols is 2-9 times faster than its gaseous photolysis in our experimental system. The uptake coefficient in the range of 0.43-1.68 × 10(-7) is 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than previous reports on model mineral dust particles...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442577/association-between-exposure-in-the-cement-production-industry-and-non-malignant-respiratory-effects-a-systematic-review
#4
Anne Kristin Møller Fell, Karl Christian Nordby
OBJECTIVES: Based on findings from a systematic literature search, we present and discuss the evidence for an association between exposure to cement dust and non-malignant respiratory effects in cement production workers. DESIGN AND SETTING: Systematic literature searches (MEDLINE and Embase) were performed. Outcomes were restricted to respiratory symptoms, lung function indices, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumoconiosis, induced sputum or fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurements...
April 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442447/detailed-two-dimensional-gel-proteomic-mapping-of-the-feces-of-the-house-dust-mite-dermatophagoides-pteronyssinus-and-comparison-with-d-farinae-reduced-trypsin-protease-content-in-d-pteronyssinus-and-different-isoforms
#5
Tomas Erban, Karel Harant, Jan Hubert
Major domestic mite allergens are present in feces. We present a detailed 2D-E-MS/MS proteomic analysis of the Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus feces. Precise cultivation yielded a pure fecal extract. We detected differences in fecal allergens/digestive enzymes between D. pteronyssinus and D. farinae using 2D-E fingerprinting, including unique information on species-specific protease isoforms. Proteomic analysis was performed by 2D-E coupled with MALDI-TOF/TOF identification. The species-specific differences in the fecal extracts of the mites were attributed to trypsin-like proteases known as group 3 allergens...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442334/pica-practices-among-apparently-healthy-women-and-their-young-children-in-ghana
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B A Z Abu, V L van den Berg, J E Raubenheimer, V J Louw
BACKGROUND: Pica is an increased appetite/craving for food or non-food substances like clay, and chalk, and is strongly associated with iron deficiency (ID) anemia. This study assessed pica practices among non-pregnant mothers and their children, 12-to-59months, in an anemia endemic population in Ghana. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional quantitative survey was conducted in two randomly selected districts in Northern Ghana. The researchers developed semi-structured questionnaires with components on pica practice, history and experiences and administered via structured face-to-face interviews with mothers (N=161)...
April 22, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441989/ara-h2-levels-in-dust-from-homes-of-individuals-with-peanut-allergy-and-individuals-with-peanut-tolerance
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Jodi Shroba, Charles Barnes, Maya Nanda, Chitra Dinakar, Christina Ciaccio
BACKGROUND: Approximately 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy. Previous studies that measured peanut protein in house dust support the hypothesis that household peanut consumption may lead to clinical sensitization through transdermal exposure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to characterize Ara h2 levels in house dust from homes with and without individuals with peanut allergy. METHODS: Household dust was obtained from homes with an individual with peanut allergy and from homes with no individual with peanut allergy...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441624/various-soil-amendments-and-environmental-wastes-affect-the-im-mobilization-and-phytoavailability-of-potentially-toxic-elements-in-a-sewage-effluent-irrigated-sandy-soil
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Sabry M Shaheen, Mohamed S Shams, Mohamed R Khalifa, Mohamed A El-Dali, Jörg Rinklebe
Contamination of long-term sewage effluent irrigated soils by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) is a serious concern due to its high environmental and health risk. Our scientific hypothesis is that soil amendments can cause contradictory effects on the element mobilization and phytoavailability depending on the type of element and amendment. Therefore, we aimed to assess the impact of the application (1%) of several low cost amendments and environmental wastes on the (im)mobilization, availability, and uptake of Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, and Zn by sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in a long term sewage effluent irrigated sandy soils collected from Egypt...
April 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441592/characterization-of-major-natural-and-anthropogenic-source-profiles-for-size-fractionated-pm-in-yangtze-river-delta
#9
Pulong Chen, Tijian Wang, Mei Dong, Matthew Kasoar, Yong Han, Min Xie, Shu Li, Bingliang Zhuang, Mengmeng Li, Tunan Huang
Samples of size-fractionated particles were collected from local natural and anthropogenic sources in two industrial cities in the Yangtze River Delta, using either grab/resuspension sampling or ambient air sampling. The chemical characterizations of twenty one source profiles were obtained, based on elements (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Pb and Zn), soluble ions (Cl(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), NH4(+), K(+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)) and carbonaceous material such as organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439905/der-f-35-an-md-2-like-house-dust-mite-allergen-that-cross-reacts-with-der-f-2-and-pso-o-2
#10
Takashi Fujimura, Tsunehiro Aki, Toshihide Isobe, Akito Matsuoka, Takaharu Hayashi, Kazuhisa Ono, Seiji Kawamoto
BACKGROUND: Dermatophagoides farinae is a source of airborne house dust mite (HDM) allergens. We elucidated IgE-reactive allergens from D. farinae by two-dimensional immunoblotting-based allergenome analysis, and identified one new allergen, named Der f 35, that possesses IgE-binding capacity comparable to that of Der f 2. The aim of this study is to clarify the allergenic capacity of new HDM allergen Der f 35. METHODS: We cloned der f 35 from D. farinae mRNA and produced recombinant Der f 35 in Escherichia coli...
April 25, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439614/internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-and-collateral-recruitment-in-stroke-patients
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Jan W Dankbaar, Kelly G P Kerckhoffs, Alexander D Horsch, Irene C van der Schaaf, L Jaap Kappelle, Birgitta K Velthuis
PURPOSE: Leptomeningeal collaterals improve outcome in stroke patients. There is great individual variability in their extent. Internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis may lead to more extensive recruitment of leptomeningeal collaterals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of pre-existing ICA stenosis with leptomeningeal collateral filling visualized with computed tomography perfusion (CTP). METHODS: From a prospective acute ischemic stroke cohort, patients were included with an M1 middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion and absent ipsilateral, extracranial ICA occlusion...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439561/first-detection-of-equatorial-dark-dust-lane-in-a-protostellar-disk-at-submillimeter-wavelength
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Chin-Fei Lee, Zhi-Yun Li, Paul T P Ho, Naomi Hirano, Qizhou Zhang, Hsien Shang
In the earliest (so-called "Class 0") phase of Sun-like (low-mass) star formation, circumstellar disks are expected to form, feeding the protostars. However, these disks are difficult to resolve spatially because of their small sizes. Moreover, there are theoretical difficulties in producing these disks in the earliest phase because of the retarding effects of magnetic fields on the rotating, collapsing material (so-called "magnetic braking"). With the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), it becomes possible to uncover these disks and study them in detail...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437768/glomeromycota-communities-survive-extreme-levels-of-metal-toxicity-in-an-orphan-mining-site
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I Sánchez-Castro, V Gianinazzi-Pearson, J C Cleyet-Marel, E Baudoin, D van Tuinen
Abandoned tailing basins and waste heaps of orphan mining sites are of great concern since extreme metal contamination makes soil improper for any human activity and is a permanent threat for nearby surroundings. Although spontaneous revegetation can occur, the process is slow or unsuccessful and rhizostabilisation strategies to reduce dispersal of contaminated dust represent an option to rehabilitate such sites. This requires selection of plants tolerant to such conditions, and optimization of their fitness and growth...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437087/al-coated-conductive-fibrous-filters-with-low-pressure-drop-for-efficient-electrostatic-capture-of-ultrafine-particulate-pollutants
#14
Dong Yun Choi, Soo-Ho Jung, Dong-Keun Song, Eun Jeong An, Duckshin Park, Tae-Oh Kim, Jae Hee Jung, Hye Moon Lee
Here, we demonstrate a new strategy of air filtration based on an Al-coated conductive fibrous filter for high efficient nanoparticulate removals. The conductive fibrous filter was fabricated by a direct decomposition of Al precursor ink, AlH3{O(C4H9)2}, onto surfaces of a polyester air filter via a cost-effective and scalable solution-dipping process. The prepared conductive filters showed a low sheet resistance (< 1.0 Ω sq(-1)), robust mechanical durability and high oxidative stability. By electrostatic force between the charged fibers and particles, the ultrafine particles of 30 - 400 nm in size were captured with a removal efficiency of ~99...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434420/environmental-sampling-coupled-with-real-time-pcr-and-genotyping-to-investigate-the-source-of-a-q-fever-outbreak-in-a-work-setting
#15
A Hurtado, E Alonso, I Aspiritxaga, I López Etxaniz, B Ocabo, J F Barandika, J I Fernández-Ortiz DE Murúa, F Urbaneja, R Álvarez-Alonso, I Jado, A L García-Pérez
A Q fever outbreak was declared in February 2016 in a company that manufactures hoists and chains and therefore with no apparent occupational-associated risk. Coxiella burnetii infection was diagnosed by serology in eight of the 29 workers of the company; seven of them had fever or flu-like signs and five had pneumonia, one requiring hospitalisation. A further case of C. burnetii pneumonia was diagnosed in a local resident. Real-time PCR (RTi-PCR) showed a widespread distribution of C. burnetii DNA in dust samples collected from the plant facilities, thus confirming the exposure of workers to the infection inside the factory...
April 24, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434030/spatial-and-temporal-distributions-of-air-pollutants-and-size-distribution-of-aerosols-over-central-and-eastern-china
#16
Honglei Wang, Lijuan Shen, Bin Zhu, Hanqing Kang, Xuewei Hou, Qing Miao, Yang Yang, Shuangshuang Shi
The origins and spatial and temporal distributions of air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, CO, SO2, NO2 and O3) during May to June of 2015 were investigated using data from 1490 monitoring sites in China. Aerosol number concentrations and meteorological data from Shijiazhuang, Nanjing, and Suzhou were combined with the MIX Asian emission data and the HYSPLIT model. Furthermore, the diurnal variation, size distribution, and main sources of air pollutants and aerosols were selectively characterized in the North China Plain (NCP) and the Yangtze River Delta (YRD)...
April 22, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433929/pollution-characteristics-and-human-health-risks-of-potentially-eco-toxic-elements-ptes-in-road-dust-from-metropolitan-area-of-hefei-china
#17
Muhammad Ubaid Ali, Guijian Liu, Balal Yousaf, Qumber Abbas, Habib Ullah, Mehr Ahmed Mujtaba Munir, Biao Fu
This study aims to investigate the pollution characteristics of road dust and their associated health risks of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) to humans using array-based risk assessment models described by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in a metropolitan area of Hefei, China. Geoaccumulation index (Igeo) was used to describe pollution characteristics of roadside dust in urban, periurban and industrial areas. Results indicate that industrial roadside dust was contaminated with Fe, Ni, Cu, Ti, V, Pb, Ba, Sb, Cr, Sn, Pb, As and Ga showing Igeo value (log2 (x)) between Igeo class 3 to 4...
April 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432963/health-hazards-of-child-labor-in-the-leather-products-and-surgical-instrument-manufacturing-industries-of-sialkot-pakistan
#18
Muhammad Junaid, Riffat Naseem Malik, De-Sheng Pei
Child labor is a major challenge in the developing countries and comprehensive health hazard identification studies on this issue are still lacking. Therefore, the current study is an effort to highlight the health concerns of child labor exposed in the key small scale industries of Sialkot, Pakistan. Our findings revealed jolting levels of heavy metals in the urine, blood, serum, saliva, and hair samples collected from the exposed children. For example, in the urine samples, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb were measured at the respective concentrations of 39...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432864/plutonium-in-the-atmosphere-a-global-perspective
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P Thakur, H Khaing, S Salminen-Paatero
A number of potential source terms have contributed plutonium isotopes to the atmosphere. The atmospheric nuclear weapon tests conducted between 1945 and 1980 and the re-entry of the burned SNAP-9A satellite in 1964, respectively. It is generally believed that current levels of plutonium in the stratosphere are negligible and compared with the levels generally found at surface-level air. In this study, the time trend analysis and long-term behavior of plutonium isotopes ((239+240)Pu and (238)Pu) in the atmosphere were assessed using historical data collected by various national and international monitoring networks since 1960s...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431523/the-utility-of-electron-microscopy-in-detecting-asbestos-fibers-and-particles-in-balf-in-diffuse-lung-diseases
#20
Takashi Kido, Yasuo Morimoto, Kazuhiro Yatera, Hiroshi Ishimoto, Takaaki Ogoshi, Keishi Oda, Kei Yamasaki, Toshinori Kawanami, Shohei Shimajiri, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: In patients with diffuse lung diseases, differentiating occupational lung diseases from other diseases is clinically important. However, the value of assessing asbestos and particles in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) in diffuse lung diseases by electron microscopy (EM) remains unclear. We evaluated the utility of EM in detecting asbestos fibers and particles in patients with diffuse lung diseases. METHODS: The BALF specimens of 107 patients with diffuse lung diseases were evaluated...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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