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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931208/treatment-of-palm-oil-mill-effluent-using-combination-system-of-microbial-fuel-cell-and-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor
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Sze Pin Tan, Hong Feng Kong, Mohammed J K Bashir, Po Kim Lo, Chii-Dong Ho, Choon Aun Ng
It was found that the operational temperature and the incorporation of microbial fuel cell (MFC) into anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) have significant effect on AnMBRs' filtration performance. This paper addresses two issues (i) effect of temperature on AnMBR; and (ii) effect of MFC on AnMBRs' performance. The highest COD removal efficiency was observed in mesophilic condition (45°C). It was observed that the bioreactors operated at 45°C had the highest filtration resistance compared to others, albeit the excellent performance in removing the organic pollutant...
September 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931168/socio-cultural-norms-and-roles-in-the-use-and-abuse-of-alcohol-among-members-of-a-rural-community-in-southeast-nigeria
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E N Nwagu, S I C Dibia, A N Odo
Social influences together with local cultural norms are central factors that can influence the use of alcohol. The study, therefore, identified socio-cultural norms and roles capable of influencing alcohol use among young people in an alcohol producing community, in Nigeria. We used qualitative technique - focused group discussions among selected key persons in the area of study. Three groups; adult males, adult females and youths were engaged in discussions around the themes of socio-cultural; norms, roles, beliefs, values and practices that influences alcohol abuse...
October 1, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929251/risk-reduction-of-long-term-major-adverse-cardiovascular-events-after-endoscopic-thoracic-sympathectomy-in-palmar-hyperhidrosis
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Chun-An Cheng, Chun-Gu Cheng, Hsin Chu, Hung-Che Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Hung-Wen Chiu, Wu-Chien Chien
PURPOSE: Palmar hyperhidrosis (PH) is excessive sweating of the palms resulting from sympathetic overactivity, and patients who undergo endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) show reduced cardiac demand after 1 year and improved cerebral perfusion within 2-4 weeks. However, the long-term risks of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) following ETS remain unclear. METHODS: We searched the Longitudinal National Health Insurance Database in Taiwan and identified PH patients (International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnostic code 708...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928656/date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-fruits-as-a-potential-cardioprotective-agent-the-role-of-circulating-progenitor-cells
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Ibrahim A Alhaider, Maged E Mohamed, K K M Ahmed, Arun H S Kumar
Context: Date palms, along with their fruits' dietary consumption, possess enormous medicinal and pharmacological activities manifested in their usage in a variety of ailments in the various traditional systems of medicine. In recent years, the identification of progenitor cells in the adult organ systems has opened an altogether new approach to therapeutics, due to the ability of these cells to repair the damaged cells/tissues. Hence, the concept of developing therapeutics, which can mobilize endogenous progenitor cells, following tissue injury, to enhance tissue repair process is clinically relevant...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927609/structure-and-properties-of-oil-palm-based-nanocellulose-reinforced-chitosan-nanocomposite-for-efficient-synthesis-of-butyl-butyrate
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Nursyafiqah Elias, Sheela Chandren, Nursyafreena Attan, Naji Arafat Mahat, Fazira Ilyana Abdul Razak, Joazaizulfazli Jamalis, Roswanira Abdul Wahab
In this study, nanocellulose (NC) was successfully extracted from oil palm frond leaves (OPFL) using a combination of bleaching, alkaline treatment and acid hydrolysis. X-ray diffractogram revealed the extracted NC was crystalline with a crystallinity index of 70.2%. This indicates its suitability as nano-fillers for preparing the chitosan/nanocellulose (CS-NC) supports to immobilize Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) to produce the CRL/CS-NC biocatalysts. FTIR, FESEM and TGA characterizations of the CRL/CS-NC confirm the CRLs were successfully conjugated to the CS-NC supports...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927400/genome-sequencing-of-the-staple-food-crop-white-guinea-yam-enables-the-development-of-a-molecular-marker-for-sex-determination
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Muluneh Tamiru, Satoshi Natsume, Hiroki Takagi, Benjamen White, Hiroki Yaegashi, Motoki Shimizu, Kentaro Yoshida, Aiko Uemura, Kaori Oikawa, Akira Abe, Naoya Urasaki, Hideo Matsumura, Pachakkil Babil, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Ryo Matsumoto, Satoru Muranaka, Gezahegn Girma, Antonio Lopez-Montes, Melaku Gedil, Ranjana Bhattacharjee, Michael Abberton, P Lava Kumar, Ismail Rabbi, Mai Tsujimura, Toru Terachi, Wilfried Haerty, Manuel Corpas, Sophien Kamoun, Günter Kahl, Hiroko Takagi, Robert Asiedu, Ryohei Terauchi
BACKGROUND: Root and tuber crops are a major food source in tropical Africa. Among these crops are several species in the monocotyledonous genus Dioscorea collectively known as yam, a staple tuber crop that contributes enormously to the subsistence and socio-cultural lives of millions of people, principally in West and Central Africa. Yam cultivation is constrained by several factors, and yam can be considered a neglected "orphan" crop that would benefit from crop improvement efforts...
September 19, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926731/-like-the-palm-of-my-hands-motor-imagery-enhances-implicit-and-explicit-visual-recognition-of-one-s-own-hands
#7
Massimiliano Conson, Francesco Volpicella, Francesco De Bellis, Agnese Orefice, Luigi Trojano
A key point in motor imagery literature is that judging hands in palm view recruits sensory-motor information to a higher extent than judging hands in back view, due to the greater biomechanical complexity implied in rotating hands depicted from palm than from back. We took advantage from this solid evidence to test the nature of a phenomenon known as self-advantage, i.e. the advantage in implicitly recognizing self vs. others' hand images. The self-advantage has been actually found when implicitly but not explicitly judging self-hands, likely due to dissociation between implicit and explicit body representations...
September 16, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926418/hemispheric-dominance-for-stereognosis-in-a-patient-with-an-infarct-of-the-left-postcentral-sensory-hand-area
#8
Jorge Moll, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza
The concept of left hemispheric dominance for praxis, speech, and language has been one of the pillars of neurology since the mid-19th century. In 1906, Hermann Oppenheim reported a patient with bilateral stereoagnosia (astereognosis) caused by a left parietal lobe tumor and proposed that the left hemisphere was also dominant for stereognosis. Surprisingly, few cases of bilateral stereoagnosia caused by a unilateral cerebral lesion have been documented in the literature since then. Here we report a 75-year-old right-handed man who developed bilateral stereoagnosia after suffering a small infarct in the crown of the left postcentral gyrus...
September 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924971/pitted-keratolysis-a-study-of-various-clinical-manifestations
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Meena Makhecha, Shreya Dass, Tishya Singh, Riddhi Gandhi, Tulika Yadav, Dipali Rathod
BACKGROUND: Pitted keratolysis (PK) is a common bacterial infection of skin characterized by noninflammatory superficial pits. Very few studies have focused on variations in clinical manifestations of PK. We conducted this study so that diagnosis of this treatable condition is not missed when it presents in an uncommonly perceived way. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of PK patients for various sites and morphologies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 patients with PK were assessed for various sites and morphologies...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924666/brain-slice-staining-and-preparation-for-three-dimensional-super-resolution-microscopy
#10
Christopher L German, Manasa V Gudheti, Annette E Fleckenstein, Erik M Jorgensen
Localization microscopy techniques-such as photoactivation localization microscopy (PALM), fluorescent PALM (FPALM), ground state depletion (GSD), and stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM)-provide the highest precision for single-molecule localization currently available. However, localization microscopy has been largely limited to cell cultures due to the difficulties that arise in imaging thicker tissue sections. Sample fixation and antibody staining, background fluorescence, fluorophore photoinstability, light scattering in thick sections, and sample movement create significant challenges for imaging intact tissue...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924655/managing-the-introduction-of-super-resolution-microscopy-into-a-core-facility
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Jeffrey A Kamykowski, Brian Storrie
Super resolution techniques place the resolution of fluorescence microscopy closer to the size of the underlying cell structure or molecular machine being studied. Structured illumination techniques will give users a set of tools that are close to their past experience and relatively simple and quick to learn. The present dyes can be used. Resolution approaching 100 nm XY can be achieved. In contrast, stochastic methods such as PALM/STORM typically require the choice of new dyes and a much greater learning curve to master the technology and calculations...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924003/learning-the-high-dimensional-immunogenomic-features-that-predict-public-and-private-antibody-repertoires
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Victor Greiff, Cédric R Weber, Johannes Palme, Ulrich Bodenhofer, Enkelejda Miho, Ulrike Menzel, Sai T Reddy
Recent studies have revealed that immune repertoires contain a substantial fraction of public clones, which may be defined as Ab or TCR clonal sequences shared across individuals. It has remained unclear whether public clones possess predictable sequence features that differentiate them from private clones, which are believed to be generated largely stochastically. This knowledge gap represents a lack of insight into the shaping of immune repertoire diversity. Leveraging a machine learning approach capable of capturing the high-dimensional compositional information of each clonal sequence (defined by CDR3), we detected predictive public clone and private clone-specific immunogenomic differences concentrated in CDR3's N1-D-N2 region, which allowed the prediction of public and private status with 80% accuracy in humans and mice...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922194/benign-neonatal-sleep-myoclonus-evokes-somatosensory-responses
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Emma Losito, Monika Eisermann, Patricia Vignolo, Shushanik Hovhannisyan, Jean François Magny, Anna Kaminska
PURPOSE: Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus is a common nonepileptic condition occurring in neurologically normal full-term newborns. During jerks, EEG has always been described as normal. The aim of this study was to describe EEG changes associated with the myoclonic jerks. METHODS: Polygraphic video-EEG recordings of four full-term neonates presenting benign neonatal sleep myoclonus were studied. Myoclonic jerks were analyzed regarding their topography, frequency, propagation pattern, and reflex component...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921702/3d-analysis-of-mitosis-distribution-highlights-the-longitudinal-zonation-and-diarch-symmetry-in-proliferation-activity-of-the-arabidopsis-thaliana-root-meristem
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V V Lavrekha, T Pasternak, V B Ivanov, K Palme, V V Mironova
To date CYCB1;1 marker and cortex cell lengths are conventionally used to determine the proliferation activity of the Arabidopsis root meristem. By creating a 3D map of mitosis distribution we showed that these markers overlooked that stele and endodermis save their potency to divide longer than cortex and epidermis. Cessation of cell divisions is not a random process, so that the mitotic activity within the endodermis and stele shows a diarch pattern. Mitotic activity of all root tissues peaked at the same distance from the quiescent center (QC); however, different tissues stopped dividing at different distances, with cells of the protophloem exiting the cell cycle first and the procambial cells being the last...
September 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921527/bumping-heart-and-sweaty-palms-physiological-hyperarousal-as-a-risk-factor-for-child-social-anxiety
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Milica Nikolić, Evin Aktar, Susan Bögels, Cristina Colonnesi, Wieke de Vente
BACKGROUND: Physiological hyperarousal in social situations is a characteristic of individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD), but so far it has been rarely studied as a biological risk for SAD. Here, we investigate whether children at high risk for SAD (because of their parents' SAD) display physiological hyperarousal while interacting with a stranger. Also, we examine whether early physiological hyperarousal is related to later child social anxiety. METHOD: One hundred and seventeen children took part in the stranger-approach task when they were 2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921403/biochar-composites-with-nano-zerovalent-iron-and-eggshell-powder-for-nitrate-removal-from-aqueous-solution-with-coexisting-chloride-ions
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Munir Ahmad, Mahtab Ahmad, Adel R A Usman, Abdullah S Al-Faraj, Adel S Abduljabbar, Mohammad I Al-Wabel
Biochar (BC) was produced from date palm tree leaves and its composites were prepared with nano zerovalent iron (nZVI-BC) and hen eggshell powder (EP-BC). The produced BC and its composites were characterized by SEM, XRD, BET, and FTIR for surface structural, mineralogical, and chemical groups and tested for their efficiency for nitrate removal from aqueous solutions in the presence and absence of chloride ions. The incidence of graphene and nano zerovalent iron (Fe(0)) in the nZVI-BC composite was confirmed by XRD...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920544/identification-of-the-location-of-the-a1-pulley-combining-palpation-technique-with-palm-landmarks-and-percutaneous-release-of-a1-pulley-with-a-19-gauge-needle-a-cadaveric-study
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Aleksandr Grinčuk, Karolis Baužys, Narūnas Porvaneckas, Valentinas Uvarovas, Gediminas Rauba, Sigitas Ryliškis
The aims of this study were to identify the location of the A1 pulley combining palpation technique with superficial palm landmarks and to determine the efficacy and safety of A1 pulley percutaneous release with a 19-gauge needle. Fourteen fresh frozen cadaveric specimens were used: 56 fingers and 14 thumbs. The location of the A1 pulley was based on anatomical landmarks and was identified in all digits. Complete release of the A1 pulley occurred in 60 of the 70 digits (85.7%). The length of the A1 pulley in thumbs was 5...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920411/effect-of-inclusion-level-and-adaptation-duration-on-digestible-energy-and-nutrient-digestibility-in-palm-kernel-meal-fed-to-growing-finishing-pigs
#18
Chengfei Huang, Shuai Zhang, Hans-Henrik Stein, Jinbiao Zhao, Defa Li, Changhua Lai
Objective: An experiment was conducted to evaluate effects of inclusion level of palm kernel meal (PKM) and adaptation duration on the digestible energy (DE) and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of chemical constituents in diets fed to growing-finishing pigs. Methods: Thirty crossbred barrows (Duroc × Landrace × Large White) with an average initial body weight (BW) of 85.0 ± 2.1 kg were fed to 5 diets in a completely randomized design. The diets included a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 4 additional diets in which corn and soybean meal (SBM) were partly replaced by 10, 20, 30, or 40% PKM...
September 18, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919859/the-dietary-constituent-falcarindiol-promotes-cholesterol-efflux-from-thp-1-macrophages-by-increasing-abca1-gene-transcription-and-protein-stability
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Limei Wang, Veronika Palme, Nicole Schilcher, Angela Ladurner, Elke H Heiss, Herbert Stangl, Rudolf Bauer, Verena M Dirsch, Atanas G Atanasov
We report increased cholesterol efflux from macrophages in the presence of falcarindiol, an important dietary constituent present in commonly used vegetables and medicinal plants. Falcarindiol (3-20 μM) increased cholesterol efflux from THP-1-derived macrophages. Western blot analysis showed an increased protein level of ABCA1 upon falcarindiol exposure. Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that also ABCA1 mRNA level rise with falcarindiol (10 μM) treatment. The effect of falcarindiol on ABCA1 protein as well as mRNA level were counteracted by co-treatment with BADGE, an antagonist of PPARγ...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918766/measuring-and-comparing-hospital-accessibility-for-palm-beach-county-s-elderly-and-nonelderly-populations-during-a-hurricane
#20
Shivangi Prasad
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether, during a hurricane, geographic accessibility to hospitals with emergency care is compromised disproportionately for the elderly than for the nonelderly. METHODS: The locations of hospitals with emergency health care and a subset of those hospitals functional during a hurricane were compared with the distribution of the elderly population at the block group level in Palm Beach County, Florida. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) proximity analysis (minimum distance to closest hospital) and cumulative distribution functions were used to measure and compare hospital accessibility during normal and hurricane conditions for the elderly and nonelderly populations...
September 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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