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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110500/-maximising-shareholder-value-a-detailed-insight-into-the-corporate-political-activity-of-the-australian-food-industry
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Melissa Mialon, Boyd Swinburn, Steven Allender, Gary Sacks
OBJECTIVE: To gain deeper insight into the corporate political activity (CPA) of the Australian food industry from a public health perspective. METHODS: Fifteen interviews with a purposive sample of current and former policy makers, public health advocates and academics who have closely interacted with food industry representatives or observed food industry behaviours. RESULTS: All participants reported having directly experienced the CPA of the food industry during their careers, with the 'information and messaging' and 'constituency building' strategies most prominent...
January 22, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110452/comparison-of-trace-elements-in-size-fractionated-particles-in-two-communities-with-contrasting-socioeconomic-status-in-houston-tx
#2
Inkyu Han, Yuncan Guo, Masoud Afshar, Thomas H Stock, Elaine Symanski
Levels of ambient air pollutants, including particulate matter (PM), are often higher in low-socioeconomic status (SES) communities than in high-SES communities. Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA and is home to a large petrochemical industry, an active port, and congested roadways, which represent significant emission sources of air pollution in the region. To compare levels of air pollution between a low-SES and a high-SES community, we simultaneously collected a 7-day integrated size-fractionated PM between June 2013 and November 2013...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110431/a-report-on-identification-of-sequence-polymorphism-in-barcode-region-of-six-commercially-important-cymbopogon-species
#3
Ashok Kumar Bishoyi, Aarti Kavane, Anjali Sharma, K A Geetha
CYMBOPOGON: is an important member of grass family Poaceae, cultivated for essential oils which have greater medicinal and industrial value. Taxonomic identification of Cymbopogon species is determined mainly by morphological markers, odour of essential oils and concentration of bioactive compounds present in the oil matrices which are highly influenced by environment. Authenticated molecular marker based taxonomical identification is also lacking in the genus; hence effort was made to evaluate potential DNA barcode loci in six commercially important Cymbopogon species for their individual discrimination and authentication at the species level...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110358/pollution-assessment-of-the-biob%C3%A3-o-river-chile-prioritization-of-substances-of-concern-under-an-ecotoxicological-approach
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Álvaro Alonso, Ricardo Figueroa, Pilar Castro-Díez
The water demand for human activities is rapidly increasing in developing countries. Under these circumstances, preserving aquatic ecosystems should be a priority which requires the development of quality criteria. In this study we perform a preliminary prioritization of the risky substances based on reported ecotoxicological studies and guidelines for the Biobío watershed (Central Chile). Our specific aims are (1) reviewing the scientific information on the aquatic pollution of this watershed, (2) determining the presence and concentration of potential toxic substances in water, sediment and effluents, (3) searching for quality criteria developed by other countries for the selected substances and (4) prioritizing the most risky substances by means of deterministic ecotoxicological risk assessment...
January 21, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110138/contributions-to-ultrasound-monitoring-of-the-process-of-milk-curdling
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Antonio Jiménez, Montaña Rufo, Jesús M Paniagua, Abel T Crespo, M Patricia Guerrero, M José Riballo
Ultrasound evaluation permits the state of milk being curdled to be determined quickly and cheaply, thus satisfying the demands faced by today's dairy product producers. This paper describes the non-invasive ultrasonic method of in situ monitoring the changing physical properties of milk during the renneting process. The basic objectives of the study were, on the one hand, to confirm the usefulness of conventional non-destructive ultrasonic testing (time-of-flight and attenuation of the ultrasound waves) in monitoring the process in the case of ewe's milk, and, on the other, to include other ultrasound parameters which have not previously been considered in studies on this topic, in particular, parameters provided by the Fast Fourier Transform technique...
January 10, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110058/threshold-dose-distribution-in-walnut-allergy
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Mark A Blankestijn, Ben C Remington, Geert F Houben, Joe L Baumert, André C Knulst, W Marty Blom, Rob J B Klemans, Steve L Taylor
BACKGROUND: In food allergy, eliciting doses (EDs) of foods on a population level can improve risk management and labeling strategies for the food industry and regulatory authorities. Previously, data available for walnut were unsuitable to determine EDs. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine EDs for walnut allergic adults and to compare with previously established threshold data for peanut and tree nuts. METHODS: Prospectively, adult subjects with a suspected walnut allergy underwent a low-dose double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110037/two-schemes-for-production-of-biosurfactant-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mr01-applying-residues-from-soybean-oil-industry-and-silica-sol-gel-immobilized-cells
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Tayebe Bagheri Lotfabad, Negisa Ebadipour, Reza Roostaazad, Maryam Partovi, Manochehr Bahmaei
Rhamnolipids are the most common biosurfactants and P. aeruginosa strains are the most frequently studied microorganisms for the production of rhamnolipids. Eco-friendly advantages and promising applications of rhamnolipids in various industries are the major reasons for pursuing the economic production of these biosurfactants. This study shows that cultivation of P. aeruginosa MR01 in medium contained inexpensive soybean oil refinery wastes which exhibited similar levels and homologues of rhamnolipids. Mass spectrometry indicated that the Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10 constitute the main rhamnolipids in different cultures of MR01 including one of oil carbon source analogues...
January 15, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110016/spatial-characteristics-of-urinary-btex-concentrations-in-the-general-population
#8
Xanthi Tsangari, Xanthi D Andrianou, Agapios Agapiou, Pawel Mochalski, Konstantinos C Makris
Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-, m-, and p-xylenes (BTEX) are ubiquitous outdoor and indoor air pollutants associated with both environmental and health effects. The objective of this exploratory study was to determine the magnitude and variability of urinary BTEX levels among residents of two areas located in the same city (Nicosia, Cyprus). The two areas differed with respect to their proximity to an industrial cluster and an intercity-highway. First morning urine voids were collected during a random campaign from selected households in the two urban areas (n = 48)...
January 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110011/distributions-of-persistent-organic-contaminants-in-sediments-and-their-potential-impact-on-macrobenthic-faunal-community-of-the-geum-river-estuary-and-saemangeum-coast-korea
#9
Seo Joon Yoon, Seongjin Hong, Bong-Oh Kwon, Jongseong Ryu, Chang-Hee Lee, Jungho Nam, Jong Seong Khim
Over the last 30 years, the Geum River Estuary and Saemangeum Coast have been subject to major environmental changes, including dike construction, reclamation, and development of industrial complexes. This study aimed to: 1) investigate the occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alkylphenols (APs), and styrene oligomers (SOs), 2) identify the sources of sedimentary organic matter, and 3) determine key environmental factors controlling the macrozoobenthos community structure. A total of 58 surface sediments were collected from the estuary and coastal area in 2014...
January 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110005/concentrations-sources-and-human-health-risk-of-inhalation-exposure-to-air-toxics-in-edmonton-canada
#10
Md Aynul Bari, Warren B Kindzierski
With concern about levels of air pollutants in recent years in the Capital Region of Alberta, an investigation of ambient concentrations, sources and potential human health risk of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or air toxics was undertaken in the City of Edmonton over a 5-year period (2009-2013). Mean concentrations of individual HAPs in ambient air including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and trace metals ranged from 0.04 to 1.73 μg/m(3), 0.01-0.54 ng/m(3), and 0...
January 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109663/sector-based-vocs-emission-factors-and-source-profiles-for-the-surface-coating-industry-in-the-pearl-river-delta-region-of-china
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Zhuangmin Zhong, Qing'e Sha, Junyu Zheng, Zibing Yuan, Zongjiang Gao, Jiamin Ou, Zhuoyun Zheng, Cheng Li, Zhijiong Huang
Accurate depiction of VOCs emission characteristics is essential for the formulation of VOCs control strategies. As one of the continuous efforts in improving VOCs emission characterization in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, this study targeted on surface coating industry, the most important VOCs emission sources in the PRD. Sectors in analysis included shipbuilding coating, wood furniture coating, metal surface coating, plastic surface coating, automobile coating and fabric surface coating. Sector-based field measurement was conducted to characterize VOCs emission factors and source profiles in the PRD...
January 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109587/effect-of-transitioning-to-automatic-milking-systems-on-producers-perceptions-of-farm-management-and-cow-health-in-the-canadian-dairy-industry
#12
C Tse, H W Barkema, T J DeVries, J Rushen, E A Pajor
Automatic milking systems (AMS), or milking robots, are becoming increasingly common, but there is little documentation of how AMS have affected farms as a whole and what challenges and benefits producers are experiencing during their transition to AMS. The objective of this national survey was to document the effect of transitioning to AMS on producer perceptions of change in housing, farm management, and cow health. In total, 217 AMS producers were surveyed from 8 Canadian provinces. Median time since transition for respondents was 30 mo...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109583/detection-of-recombinant-human-lactoferrin-and-lysozyme-produced-in-a-bitransgenic-cow
#13
Germán G Kaiser, Nicolás C Mucci, Vega González, Lourdes Sánchez, José A Parrón, María D Pérez, Miguel Calvo, Juan F Aller, Federico A Hozbor, Adrián A Mutto
Lactoferrin and lysozyme are 2 glycoproteins with great antimicrobial activity, being part of the nonspecific defensive system of human milk, though their use in commercial products is difficult because human milk is a limited source. Therefore, many investigations have been carried out to produce those proteins in biological systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, or plants. Mammals seem to be more suitable as expression systems for human proteins, however, especially for those that are glycosylated. In the present study, a bicistronic commercial vector containing a goat β-casein promoter and an internal ribosome entry site fragment between the human lactoferrin and human lysozyme genes was developed to allow the introduction of both genes into bovine adult fibroblasts in a single transfection...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109503/patient-performed-pinnaplasty-using-industrial-nail-glue
#14
Priyanka Chadha, Florian Bast
Malformations of the pinna occur in around 2-5% of all newborns. Prominent ears in childhood can be a source of psychological distress and lead to bullying and social exclusion. We present the case of a 14-year-old girl who inflicted chronic, non-healing wounds in the post auricular area bilaterally after attempting to glue back her ears with industrial strength glue. To our knowledge, this is the first case of its kind to be published.
February 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109424/an-easy-and-fast-protocol-for-affinity-bead-based-protein-enrichment-and-storage-of-proteome-samples
#15
A Otto, S Maaß, F Bonn, K Büttner, D Becher
Analysis of dilute protein samples is a challenging task for scientific and industrial labs all over the world. Although there are different methods available that allow for protein enrichment from various biological sources, all of them have serious limitations apart from their advantages. In order to perform highly reproducible and sensitive protein analysis of lowest concentrated samples, we optimized a method to enrich proteins on affinity beads (StrataClean) recently. This chapter describes the general protocol of this strategy, thereby discussing the power as well as the limits of this technique for qualitative and quantitative proteomic studies...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109083/green-pharmaceutical-analysis-of-drugs-coformulated-with-highly-different-concentrations-using-spiking-and-manipulation-of-their-ratio-spectra
#16
Bassam M Ayoub
Introducing green analysis to pharmaceuticalproducts is considered a significant approach topreserving the environment. This method can be anenvironmentally friendly alternative to the existingmethods, accompanied by a validated automatedprocedure for the analysis of a drug with the lowestpossible number of samples. Different simplespectrophotometric methods were developed forthe simultaneous determination of empagliflozin(EG) and metformin (MT) by manipulating their ratiospectra in their application on a recently approvedpharmaceutical combination, Synjardy tablets...
January 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108974/design-and-evaluation-of-topical-diclofenac-sodium-gel-using-hot-melt-extrusion-technology-as-a-continuous-manufacturing-process-with-kolliphor%C3%A2-p407
#17
Jaywant Pawar, Rajkiran Narkhede, Purnima Amin, Vaishali Tawde
The aim of the present context was to develop and evaluate a Kolliphor® P407-based transdermal gel formulation of diclofenac sodium by hot melt extrusion (HME) technology; central composite design was used to optimize the formulation process. In this study, we have explored first time ever HME as an industrially feasible and continuous manufacturing technology for the manufacturing of gel formulation using Kolliphor® P407 and Kollisolv® PEG400 as a gel base. Diclofenac sodium was used as a model drug. The HME parameters such as feeding rate, screw speed, and barrel temperature were crucial for the semisolid product development, and were optimized after preliminary trials...
January 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108921/heavy-metals-and-nutrients-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-in-sediments-relationships-to-land-uses-environmental-risks-and-management
#18
Yubao Li, Joselito M Arocena, Qiao Zhang, Ronald W Thring, Jianbing Li
Management of sediments in polluted rivers requires an inventory of sediment quantities as well as their nutrient and metal contents and the chemical forms of pollutants. We investigated the influence of three major land uses (i.e., orange plantation-OP, OP + residential + industrial-OPRI, and residential + industrial-RI) on the quality of surface sediments (0-20 cm below water/sediment interface) at the Sanyang Wetland (China). The total contents of metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn) and nutrients (C, N, and P) as well as metal speciation in sediments were examined...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108883/rapid-solid-liquid-dynamic-extraction-rslde-a-new-rapid-and-greener-method-for-extracting-two-steviol-glycosides-stevioside-and-rebaudioside-a-from-stevia-leaves
#19
Monica Gallo, Manuela Vitulano, Anna Andolfi, Marina DellaGreca, Esterina Conte, Martina Ciaravolo, Daniele Naviglio
Stevioside and rebaudioside A are the main diterpene glycosides present in the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, which is used in the production of foods and low-calorie beverages. The difficulties associated with their extraction and purification are currently a problem for the food processing industries. The objective of this study was to develop an effective and economically viable method to obtain a high-quality product while trying to overcome the disadvantages derived from the conventional transformation processes...
January 20, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108686/use-of-mechanical-insufflation-exsufflation-devices-for-airway-clearance-in-subjects-with-neuromuscular-disease
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Catherine Auger, Vanessa Hernando, Hubert Galmiche
The aim of this systematic review is to examine the benefit/risk ratio of the use of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation (MI-E) devices for airway clearance in patients with neuromuscular diseases. A search was conducted for relevant studies in MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library, and the Health Technology Assessment Database using the main key words: cough, airway clearance, in-exsufflation. The search limits were studies published in English and French between 1970 and 2014 (literature watch until December 2015)...
February 2017: Respiratory Care
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