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Yan Suffren, Olivier Leynaud, Philippe Plaindoux, Alain Brenier, Isabelle Gautier-Luneau
The Ln(IO3)3(HIO3)y (y = 1 or 1.33) compounds are isostructural with the La(IO3)3(HIO3)y phases, but thermal studies reveal different behaviors. On the one hand, the partial thermal decompositions of these lanthanide compounds lead to the Ln(IO3)3 formulation, with a room temperature structure different from the β-La(IO3)3 obtained from La(IO3)3(HIO3)y. On the other hand, the partial thermal decompositions of the La1-xLnx(IO3)3(HIO3)y compounds prepared with lanthanides ions (Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, and Yb) lead to acentric β-La1-xLnx(IO3)3...
October 19, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Ratko Delić, Mario Štefanović, Štefka Krivec, Vladimir Weber, Jakob Koren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure serum concentrations of human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) in premenopausal and postmenopausal women with benign adnexal tumors and compare HE4 levels with those of cancer antigen 125 (CA125) measured in the same samples. METHODS: In a retrospectively designed, monocentric study (Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, General Hospital, Celje, Slovenia, EU), 147 women diagnosed with various benign adnexal tumors were included...
October 17, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Guang-Lin Zhang, Sheng Wang, Jin-Le Hou, Chong-Jiao Mo, Chen-Jie Que, Qin-Yu Zhu, Jie Dai
Although a lot of titanium oxo-clusters (TOCs) have been synthesized and characterized, research studies on their application properties are still limited. The work described here is not only aimed at the synthesis and crystal structures of the TOCs, but also aimed at exploration of their potential applications in molecule based fluorescence labelling and photocatalysis. Three heterometallic TOC compounds with lanthanide (Ln) elements Sm(iii) (1), Eu(iii) (2) and Gd(iii) (3) are prepared and their cluster structures are characterized as LnTi11 cages...
October 18, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Julian Schenten, Martin Führ
The purpose of the REACH Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment as well as the free circulation of substances on the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation. To this end, REACH introduces, among other instruments, the authorisation regime for substances of very high concern (SVHC) that are listed on Annex XIV of the regulation. After expiration of the transitional period for each Annex XIV-SVHC, articles, such as most products of daily use, produced in the European Economic Area (EEA) may not contain such substances unless an authorisation was granted for the specific use or this use falls within the scope of an exemption from the authorisation requirement...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Frieder Hofmann, Maren Kruse-Plass, Ulrike Kuhn, Mathias Otto, Ulrich Schlechtriemen, Boris Schröder, Rudolf Vögel, Werner Wosniok
BACKGROUND: Risk assessment for GMOs such as Bt maize requires detailed data concerning pollen deposition onto non-target host-plant leaves. A field study of pollen on lepidopteran host-plant leaves was therefore undertaken in 2009-2012 in Germany. During the maize flowering period, we used in situ microscopy at a spatial resolution adequate to monitor the feeding behaviour of butterfly larvae. The plant-specific pollen deposition data were supplemented with standardised measurements of pollen release rates and deposition obtained by volumetric pollen monitors and passive samplers...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Nicole Bandow, Franz-Georg Simon
BACKGROUND: An Annex XV restriction dossier for cadmium in artists' paints was submitted by an EU member state to the European Chemicals Agency ECHA. By cleaning, used brushes under the tap cadmium can enter the food chain via waste water treatment and subsequent agricultural application of the sewage sludge. It was estimated that 110 kg Cd per year is spread on agricultural land via this exposure route. Other sources of Cd amount to almost 120 tons per year. RESULTS: The mobility of Cd from pigments was studied in a field-like scenario by leaching experiments using soil samples amended with sewage sludge and spiked with Cd pigments in percolation columns...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
A Holma-Suutari, P Ruokojärvi, A A Komarov, D A Makarov, V V Ovcharenko, A N Panin, H Kiviranta, S Laaksonen, M Nieminen, M Viluksela, A Hallikainen
BACKGROUND: The Finnish and Russian animal species (semi-domesticated reindeer, Finnish wild moose, Baltic grey seal and Baltic herring) samples were biomonitored in terrestrial and aquatic environments for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs). RESULTS: Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) was clearly the most contaminated species. The mean PBDE concentration in grey seal was 115 ng/g fat, and the highest WHO-PCDD/F-PCB-TEQ (toxic equivalent set by WHO) was 327 pg/g fat...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Sabine Fuchs, Britta Olberg, Dimitra Panteli, Matthias Perleth, Reinhard Busse
OBJECTIVES: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) of Medical devices (MDs) and MD-based procedures can be challenging due to the unique features and particularities of this group of technologies, such as device-operator interaction. The aim of this study was to (1) clarify, and supplement earlier findings on European HTA institutions' structural, procedural and methodological characteristics with regard to the assessment of MDs and to (2) capture the institutions' perceptions regarding challenges and future trends...
September 14, 2016: Health Policy
Reyhan Dedeoglu, Levent Saltık, Sezen Ugan Atik, Ayşe Güler Eroglu
For a newborn, surgical correction has been the primary treatment of native coarctation at most centers; however, there has been an increased use of balloon angioplasty (BA). The anterograde transvenous (AT) technique is another alternative way for coarctation (AoC) angioplasty in low weight patients with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). Four, 5-day-old to 7-month-old, infants weighing 2500, 2700, 2800, and 3400g, respectively presented to emergency unit (EU) with cyanosis, tachypnea, and loss of weight...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Irene Krämer, Matthias Blüher, Martin K Kuhlmann, Lutz Heinemann
Following the market authorization of the first insulin biosimilar in 2014, further approvals are to be expected due to patent expiry of several originator insulins. Knowledge of the manufacturing and the characteristics of these pharmaceutical products is important for their rationale and safe use by the physician, the pharmacist and the patient.Biosimilars are not generics, but similar or comparable, yet not identical versions of the originator biopharmaceutical. Marketing authorization in the EU is granted only after passing a stringent procedure...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
B Patro-Gołąb, B M Zalewski, M Kołodziej, S Kouwenhoven, L Poston, K M Godfrey, B Koletzko, J B van Goudoever, H Szajewska
This study, performed as part of the international EarlyNutrition research project (, provides a systematic review of systematic reviews on the effects of nutritional interventions or exposures in children (up to 3 years of age) on the subsequent risk of obesity, overweight and adiposity. Electronic databases (including MEDLINE, Embase and Cochrane Library) were searched up until September 2015. Forty systematic reviews were included. A consistent association of breastfeeding with a modest reduction in the risk of later overweight and obesity in childhood and adulthood was found (the odds decreased by 13% based on high-quality studies), but residual confounding cannot be excluded...
October 17, 2016: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Tifeng Xia, Tao Song, Gege Zhang, Yuanjing Cui, Yu Yang, Zhiyu Wang, Guodong Qian
A series of isomorphic lanthanide metal-organic frameworks Ln(TATAB)(DMF)4(H2O)(MeOH)0.5 (LnTATAB, Ln = Eu, Tb, Sm, Dy, Gd, H3TATAB = 4,4',4''-s-triazine-1,3,5-triyltri-p-aminobenzoic acid) have been solvothermally synthesized and structure characterized. Among these MOFs, TbTATAB exhibits good water-stability and high quantum yield. Because mercury ions have a high affinity to nitrogen atoms, and the space between multi-nitrogen atoms from triazine and imino is suitable for interacting with Hg2+ ions, TbTATAB shows highly selective and sensitive detection of Hg2+ in aqueous solution with the detection limit of 4...
October 16, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Masashi Kaneko, Masayuki Watanabe, Tatsuro Matsumura
Relativistic density functional calculations were applied to study the separation behaviors of the Am(iii) ion from the Eu(iii) ion by diglycolamide (DGA) and nitrilotriacetamide (NTA) ligands in order to understand the difference in the separation mechanism of their reagents. The complexation reaction was modeled on the basis of previous experimental studies. The calculated energies based on stabilization by complex formation at the ZORA-B2PLYP/SARC level predicted that the DGA reagent preferably coordinated to the Eu(iii) ion when compared with the Am(iii) ion...
October 17, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Didrik Hjertaker Grevskott, Cecilie Smith Svanevik, Astrid Louise Wester, Bjørn Tore Lunestad
Continuous European Union programmes with specified methods for enumeration of Escherichia coli in bivalves for human consumption are currently running. The objective of this research was to examine the species accuracy of the five times three tube Most Probable Number (MPN) EU reference method used for detection of E. coli in marine bivalves. Among 549 samples of bivalves harvested from Norwegian localities during 2014 and 2015, a total number of 200 bacterial isolates were prepared from randomly selected culture-positive bivalves...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
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A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations has been created to ensure enough nurses and other workers stay in place as the UK leaves the EU.
September 14, 2016: Nursing Standard
Keyla Dos Santos Sigarini, Adriana Paiva de Oliveira, Daiane Lima Martins, Alexandre Silva Brasil, Kamila Cristina de Oliveira, Ricardo Dalla Villa
This work aimed to determine the concentration of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), and chromium (Cr) in mineral feeds and supplements for cattle produced in the Mato Grosso State, Brazil. Three different lots of nine mineral supplements and eleven mineral feeds were collected, and the samples were prepared by wet decomposition and quantified by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The limits of detection and quantification ranged from 0.18 to 0.64 mg kg(-1) and 0.54 to 1.94 mg kg(-1), respectively. Cr concentrations varied from lower than the LQI to 11...
October 15, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Nikolaos Voulvoulis, Karl Dominic Arpon, Theodoros Giakoumis
The Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD) is widely accepted as the most substantial and ambitious piece of European environmental legislation to date. It has been referred to as a once in a generation opportunity to restore Europe's waters and a potential template for future environmental regulations. However, fifteen years since it was adopted, and with many problems and delays in its implementation, the WFD has not delivered its main objectives of non-deterioration of water status and the achievement of good status for all EU waters...
October 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Ivan Netuka, Pierre-Yves Litzler, Michael Berchtold-Herz, Erwan Flecher, Daniel Zimpfer, Laura Damme, Kartik S Sundareswaran, David J Farrar, Jan D Schmitto
BACKGROUND: Current recommendations of antithrombotic therapy for HeartMate II (HMII) patients include the use of both an anticoagulant and an antiplatelet agent. Because bleeding is still the most frequent adverse event, the TRACE (STudy of Reduced Anti-Coagulation/Anti-platelet Therapy in Patients with the HeartMatE II) study was initiated to evaluate the incidence of adverse events in HMII patients on reduced antithrombotic (RT) therapy. METHODS: HMII patients (n = 101) from nine centers were enrolled in the European arm of TRACE and were managed on a single anticoagulant (vitamin K antagonist) with no antiplatelet agents...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Maria Eliza Freitas, Marta Ruiz-Lopez, Susan H Fox
Levodopa remains the most effective treatment for Parkinson's disease and is considered the gold standard therapy. However, disease progression and changes in the gastrointestinal tract result in a declining window of treatment response in a majority of patients. Efforts have been made recently to improve levodopa bioavailability either by developing more effective oral formulations or by innovating routes of administration (intestinal infusion, transcutaneous or inhaled levodopa). IPX066 is a novel levodopa-carbidopa (LD/CD) oral formulation combining immediate-release (IR) and extended-release (ER) LD/CD recently approved in the USA and the EU...
October 14, 2016: CNS Drugs
Vasiliki Savvilotidou, Alexandra Antoniou, Evangelos Gidarakos
End-of-Life (EoL) photovoltaic (P/V) modules, which are recently included in the 2012/19/EU recast, require sound and sustainable treatment. Under this perspective, this paper deals with 2nd generation P/V waste modules, known as thin-film, via applying chemical treatment techniques. Two different types of modules are examined: (i) tandem a-Si:H/μc-Si:H panel and, (ii) Copper-Indium-Selenide (CIS) panel. Panels' pretreatment includes collection, manual dismantling and shredding; pulverization and digestion are further conducted to identify their chemical composition...
October 11, 2016: Waste Management
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