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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228117/the-association-between-consecutive-days-heat-wave-and-cardiovascular-disease-mortality-in-beijing-china
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Qian Yin, Jinfeng Wang
BACKGROUND: Although many studies have examined the effects of heat waves on the excess mortality risk (ER) posed by cardiovascular disease (CVD), scant attention has been paid to the effects of various combinations of differing heat wave temperatures and durations. We investigated such effects in Beijing, a city of over 20 million residents. METHODS: A generalized additive model (GAM) was used to analyze the ER of consecutive days' exposure to extreme high temperatures...
February 23, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222239/evolutionary-rescue-and-local-adaptation-under-different-rates-of-temperature-increase-a-combined-analysis-of-changes-in-phenotype-expression-and-genotype-frequency-in-paramecium-microcosms
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Joshua Killeen, Claire Gougat-Barbera, Sascha Krenek, Oliver Kaltz
Evolutionary Rescue (ER) occurs when populations, which have declined due to rapid environmental change, recover through genetic adaptation. The success of this process and the evolutionary trajectory of the population strongly depend on the rate of environmental change. Here we investigated how different rates of temperature increase (from 23°C to 32°C) affect population persistence and evolutionary change in experimental microcosms of the protozoan Paramecium caudatum. Consistent with theory on ER, we found that those populations experiencing the slowest rate of temperature increase were the least likely to become extinct and tended to be the best adapted to the new temperature environment...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214487/radiofrequency-ablation-with-concomitant-stab-phlebectomy-increases-risk-of-endovenous-heat-induced-thrombosis
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Caitlin W Hicks, Sandra R DiBrito, J Trent Magruder, M Libby Weaver, Cathy Barenski, Jennifer A Heller
OBJECTIVE: Endovenous heat-induced thrombosis (EHIT) is a well-documented phenomenon that follows endovenous ablation, but the treatment, surveillance, and risk factors for EHIT have yet to be comprehensively elucidated. We sought to identify characteristics that may put patients at higher risk for development of EHIT after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the treatment of symptomatic superficial venous insufficiency. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of all consecutive patients undergoing treatment with RFA to the great saphenous vein by a single surgeon from July 2013 through October 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212883/nonlinear-relationship-between-extreme-temperature-and-mortality-in-different-temperature-zones-a-systematic-study-of-122-communities-across-the-mainland-of-china
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Chenzhi Wang, Zhao Zhang, Maigeng Zhou, Lingyan Zhang, Peng Yin, Wan Ye, Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: Numerous previous studies have reported that human health risk is extremely sensitive to temperature. Very few studies, however, have characterized the relationship between temperature and mortality in different temperature zones due to the previous conclusions deduced from a regional or administrative division. A research covers different temperature zones was indispensable to have a comprehensive understanding of regional ambient temperature effect on public health. METHODS: Based on the mortality dataset and meteorological variables of 122 communities in China from 2007 to 2012, a distributed lag nonlinear model (DLNM) was utilized to estimate the temperature effect on non-accidental mortality at the community level...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211998/nanojoint-formation-between-ceramic-titanate-nanowires-and-spot-melting-of-metal-nanowires-with-electron-beam
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Arixin Bo, Jose Alarco, Huaiyong Zhu, Eric R Waclawik, Haifei Zhan, YuanTong Gu
Construction of nano-architectures requires techniques like joint formation and trimming. For ceramic materials, however, it is extremely difficult to form nanojoints by conventional methods like merging. In this work, we demonstrate that ceramic titanate nanowires (NWs) can be joined by spot melting under electron beam (e-beam) irradiation (EBI). The irradiation fuses the contacted spot of titanate NWs yielding an intact nanojoint. Nanojoints with different morphologies can be produced. The joint structures consist of titanium dioxide (TiO2) rutile, anatase and titanate phases in direction away from the e-beam melting spot...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208487/stimulated-raman-scattering-in-the-relativistic-regime-in-near-critical-plasmas
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J G Moreau, E d'Humières, R Nuter, V T Tikhonchuk
Interaction of a high-intensity short laser pulse with near-critical plasmas allows us to achieve extremely high coupling efficiency and transfer laser energy to energetic ions. One-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations are considered to detail the processes involved in the energy transfer. A confrontation of the numerical results with the theory highlights a key role played by the process of stimulated Raman scattering in the relativistic regime. The interaction of a 1 ps laser pulse (I∼6×10^{18}Wcm^{-2} with an undercritical (0...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207867/thermal-stability-and-structural-changes-in-bacterial-toxins-responsible-for-food-poisoning
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Paulina Regenthal, Jesper S Hansen, Ingemar André, Karin Lindkvist-Petersson
The staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs) are secreted by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and are the most common causative agent in staphylococcal food poisoning. The staphylococcal enterotoxin A (SEA) has been associated with large staphylococcal food poisoning outbreaks, but newer identified SEs, like staphylococcal enterotoxin H (SEH) has recently been shown to be present at similar levels as SEA in food poisoning outbreaks. Thus, we set out to investigate the thermo-stability of the three-dimensional structures of SEA, SEH and staphylococcal enterotoxin E (SEE), since heat inactivation is a common method to inactivate toxins during food processing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198467/study-of-radiative-heat-transfer-in-%C3%A3-ngstr%C3%A3-m-and-nanometre-sized-gaps
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Longji Cui, Wonho Jeong, Víctor Fernández-Hurtado, Johannes Feist, Francisco J García-Vidal, Juan Carlos Cuevas, Edgar Meyhofer, Pramod Reddy
Radiative heat transfer in Ångström- and nanometre-sized gaps is of great interest because of both its technological importance and open questions regarding the physics of energy transfer in this regime. Here we report studies of radiative heat transfer in few Å to 5 nm gap sizes, performed under ultrahigh vacuum conditions between a Au-coated probe featuring embedded nanoscale thermocouples and a heated planar Au substrate that were both subjected to various surface-cleaning procedures. By drawing on the apparent tunnelling barrier height as a signature of cleanliness, we found that upon systematically cleaning via a plasma or locally pushing the tip into the substrate by a few nanometres, the observed radiative conductances decreased from unexpectedly large values to extremely small ones-below the detection limit of our probe-as expected from our computational results...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196720/village-energy-survey-reveals-missing-rural-raw-coal-in-northern-china-significance-in-science-and-policy
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Guorui Zhi, Yayun Zhang, Jianzhong Sun, Miaomiao Cheng, Hongyan Dang, Shijie Liu, Junchao Yang, Yuzhe Zhang, Zhigang Xue, Shuyuan Li, Fan Meng
Burning coal for winter heating has been considered a major contributor to northern China's winter haze, with the district heating boilers holding the balance. However a decade of intensive efforts on district heating boilers brought few improvements to northern China's winter air quality, arousing a speculation that the household heating stoves mainly in rural area rather than the district heating boilers mainly in urban area dominate coal emissions in winter. This implies an extreme underestimation of rural household coal consumption by the China Energy Statistical Yearbooks (CESYs), although direct evidence supporting this speculation is lacking...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193902/high-thermal-conductivity-in-soft-elastomers-with-elongated-liquid-metal-inclusions
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Michael D Bartlett, Navid Kazem, Matthew J Powell-Palm, Xiaonan Huang, Wenhuan Sun, Jonathan A Malen, Carmel Majidi
Soft dielectric materials typically exhibit poor heat transfer properties due to the dynamics of phonon transport, which constrain thermal conductivity (k) to decrease monotonically with decreasing elastic modulus (E). This thermal-mechanical trade-off is limiting for wearable computing, soft robotics, and other emerging applications that require materials with both high thermal conductivity and low mechanical stiffness. Here, we overcome this constraint with an electrically insulating composite that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, an elastic compliance similar to soft biological tissue (Young's modulus < 100 kPa), and the capability to undergo extreme deformations (>600% strain)...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193891/mapping-evaporative-water-loss-in-desert-passerines-reveals-an-expanding-threat-of-lethal-dehydration
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Thomas P Albright, Denis Mutiibwa, Alexander R Gerson, Eric Krabbe Smith, William A Talbot, Jacqueline J O'Neill, Andrew E McKechnie, Blair O Wolf
Extreme high environmental temperatures produce a variety of consequences for wildlife, including mass die-offs. Heat waves are increasing in frequency, intensity, and extent, and are projected to increase further under climate change. However, the spatial and temporal dynamics of die-off risk are poorly understood. Here, we examine the effects of heat waves on evaporative water loss (EWL) and survival in five desert passerine birds across the southwestern United States using a combination of physiological data, mechanistically informed models, and hourly geospatial temperature data...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191617/impacts-of-extremely-high-temperature-and-heatwave-on-heatstroke-in-chongqing-china
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Yonghong Li, Chengcheng Li, Shuquan Luo, Jinyu He, Yibin Cheng, Yinlong Jin
Few studies have reported the quantitative association between heat and heatstroke (HS) occurrence, particularly in China. The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the association between high temperature/heatwave and HS occurrence in Chongqing. The daily HS data from 2009 to 2013 of Chongqing were extracted from Chongqing Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A Zero-inflated Poisson regression model (ZIP) with a logistic distribution was used to quantitatively analyze the impacts of the daily maximum temperature (Tmax) over the threshold on HS occurrence by gender, age, and severity of HS, after controlling for covariates including day of the week (DOW), relative humidity, and daily temperature range...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190442/neurologic-complications-of-acute-environmental-injuries
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I R F da Silva, J A Frontera
Environmental injuries can result in serious neurologic morbidity. This chapter reviews neurologic complications of thermal burns, smoke inhalation, lightning strikes, electric injury, near drowning, decompression illness, as well as heat stroke and accidental hypothermia. Knowing the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of such injuries is essential to proper management of primary and secondary medical complications. This chapter highlights the most frequently encountered neurologic injuries secondary to common environmental hazards, divided into the topics: injuries related to fire, electricity, water, and the extremes of temperature...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187140/diel-periodicity-of-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae-under-field-conditions
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Richard K Evans, Michael D Toews, Ashfaq A Sial
Drosophila suzukii Matsumura (Diptera: Drosophilidae), an economically important pest of blueberry and other thin-skinned fruits, persists and prolifically reproduces under seemingly lethal climatic conditions in the field. However, behavioral and physiological mechanisms employed by D. suzukii to tolerate such extreme climatic conditions in the field are unknown. The primary objective of this project was to investigate diel periodicity of D. suzukii and their reproductive success under field conditions as related by climatic factors such as temperature and relative humidity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186132/bacterial-community-dynamics-are-linked-to-patterns-of-coral-heat-tolerance
#15
Maren Ziegler, Francois O Seneca, Lauren K Yum, Stephen R Palumbi, Christian R Voolstra
Ocean warming threatens corals and the coral reef ecosystem. Nevertheless, corals can be adapted to their thermal environment and inherit heat tolerance across generations. In addition, the diverse microbes that associate with corals have the capacity for more rapid change, potentially aiding the adaptation of long-lived corals. Here, we show that the microbiome of reef corals is different across thermally variable habitats and changes over time when corals are reciprocally transplanted. Exposing these corals to thermal bleaching conditions changes the microbiome for heat-sensitive corals, but not for heat-tolerant corals growing in habitats with natural high heat extremes...
February 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185608/effect-of-heat-waves-on-embryo-mortality-in-the-pine-processionary-moth
#16
S Rocha, C Kerdelhué, M L Ben Jamaa, S Dhahri, C Burban, M Branco
Extreme climate events such as heat waves are predicted to become more frequent with climate change, representing a challenge for many organisms. The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa is a Mediterranean pine defoliator, which typically lays eggs during the summer. We evaluated the effects of heat waves on egg mortality of three populations with different phenologies: a Portuguese population with a classical life cycle (eggs laid in summer), an allochronic Portuguese population reproducing in spring, and a Tunisian population from the extreme southern limit of T...
February 10, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181776/cardiovascular-adjustments-to-heat-stress-during-prolonged-exercise
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Luna Rizzo, Martin W Thompson
Prolonged effort in hot environments is increasing popular in extreme sports. The number of long distance athletes taking part in races in extremely warm condition, as in deserts, is larger than in the past and also the race distances are increased thus. The demanding for the heart function are higher than those challenged in the past only by few athletes and in easier conditions. This puts news challenges on the professional involved in these activities and there is a need to better understand how the cardiocirculatory system responses in these extreme environmental conditions...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178129/chaperonin-hsp60-and-annexin-2-are-candidate-biomarkers-for-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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İsmail Ağababaoğlu, Ahmet Önen, Ayşe Banu Demir, Safiye Aktaş, Zekiye Altun, Hasan Ersöz, Aydn Şanl, Nezih Özdemir, Atila Akkoçlu
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is responsible of 12.4% and 17.6% of all newly diagnosed cancer cases and mortality due to cancer, respectively, and 5-year survival rate despite all improved treatment options is 15%. This survival rate reaches 66% in the Stage 1 and surgically treated patients. Early diagnosis which could not be definitely and commonly achieved yet is extremely critical in obtaining high survival rate in this disease. For this reason; proteomic differences were evaluated using matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry in the subgroups of lung adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176882/slow-cooling-and-highly-efficient-extraction-of-hot-carriers-in-colloidal-perovskite-nanocrystals
#19
Mingjie Li, Saikat Bhaumik, Teck Wee Goh, Muduli Subas Kumar, Natalia Yantara, Michael Grätzel, Subodh Mhaisalkar, Nripan Mathews, Tze Chien Sum
Hot-carrier solar cells can overcome the Schottky-Queisser limit by harvesting excess energy from hot carriers. Inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals are considered prime candidates. However, hot-carrier harvesting is compromised by competitive relaxation pathways (for example, intraband Auger process and defects) that overwhelm their phonon bottlenecks. Here we show colloidal halide perovskite nanocrystals transcend these limitations and exhibit around two orders slower hot-carrier cooling times and around four times larger hot-carrier temperatures than their bulk-film counterparts...
February 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176761/summertime-extreme-heat-events-and-increased-risk-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-hospitalizations
#20
Jared A Fisher, Chengsheng Jiang, Sutyajeet I Soneja, Clifford Mitchell, Robin C Puett, Amir Sapkota
Few studies have examined the association between exposure to extreme heat events and risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or demonstrated which populations are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. We defined extreme heat events as days when the daily maximum temperature (TMAX) exceeded the location- and calendar day-specific 95th percentile of the distribution of daily TMAX during the 30-year baseline period (1960-1989). We used a time-stratified case-crossover design to analyze the association between exposure to extreme heat events and risk of hospitalization for AMI in the summer months (June-August) with 0, 1, or 2 lag days...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
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