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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732033/spatial-and-simultaneous-representative-seroprevalence-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-owners-and-their-domiciled-dogs-in-a-major-city-of-southern-brazil
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Aline do Nascimento Benitez, Felippe Danyel Cardoso Martins, Marcelle Mareze, Nelson Jessé Rodrigues Santos, Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Camila Marinelli Martins, João Luis Garcia, Regina Mitsuka-Breganó, Roberta Lemos Freire, Alexander Welker Biondo, Italmar Teodorico Navarro
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, has traditionally been considered an important water and foodborne protozoonosis with important public health considerations. Although felids play a well-established role as definitive hosts, canine epidemiological involvement in the parasite's life cycle remains questionable and controversial. The increasing closeness of the human-dog bond, particularly seen in urban settings, has been recognized as a historically unprecedented worldwide movement. Sharing daily lives in the same households, dogs may be exposed to similar associated risks of T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731307/environmental-impact-of-alkyl-lead-iv-derivatives-perspective-after-their-phase-out
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Montserrat Filella, Josep Bonet
The use of alkyl lead derivatives as antiknock agents in gasoline can be considered as one of the main pollution disasters of the 20th century because of both the global character of the pollution emitted and the seriousness of the impact on human health. Alkyl lead derivatives in themselves cannot be considered to be persistent pollutants because they readily degrade either before being released from the tailpipes or soon afterwards in the atmosphere. However, the inorganic lead they produced has been deposited in soils all over the planet, largely, but not exclusively in urban areas and along motorways, since the direct emission of lead into the atmosphere favored its dispersal over great distances: The signal of the massive use of alkyl lead derivatives has been found all over the world, including in remote sites such as polar areas...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730551/pseudomonas-fluorescens-r68-assisted-enhancement-in-growth-and-fertilizer-utilization-of-amaranthus-tricolor-l
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C Jimtha John, P Jishma, N R Karthika, K S Nidheesh, J G Ray, Jyothis Mathew, E K Radhakrishnan
Plant probiotic potential of rhizosphere microbiome and its role in phytofertilizer mobilization are largely unexplored. In the current study, the rhizobacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens R68 (PFR68) isolated from Western Ghat was analyzed for its growth enhancement effect on the leafy vegetable Amaranthus tricolor (L.). One month of field growth of PFR68 inoculated A. tricolor has found to have enhanced growth parameters such as leaf number (1.57 fold), root number (1.76 fold), shoot length (1.28 fold) and fresh weight (2...
August 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728354/spatial-assessment-of-potential-ecological-risk-of-soil-heavy-metals-from-informal-e-waste-recycling-in-ghana
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Vincent Nartey Kyere, Klaus Greve, Sampson Atiemo, James Hawkins Ephraim
The rapidly increasing annual global volumes and the inherently valuable fractions of e-waste have created an avenue for individuals in Agbogbloshie, Accra, Ghana to make a living by utilizing unconventional, uncontrolled, primitive and crude procedures to recycle and recover valuable metals from these wastes. The current form of recycling procedures releases hazardous fractions such as heavy metals into the soils posing a significant risk to ecology and human health. 132 soil samples based on 100 m grid intervals were collected using handheld GPS and analyzed for Cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) heavy metals...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728141/estimates-of-soil-ingestion-in-a-population-of-chinese-children
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Chunye Lin, Beibei Wang, Xiaoyong Cui, Dongqun Xu, Hongguang Cheng, Qin Wang, Jin Ma, Tuanyao Chai, Xiaoli Duan, Xitao Liu, Junwei Ma, Xuan Zhang, Yanzhong Liu
BACKGROUND: China's soil pollution poses serious health risks. However, data regarding the soil ingestion rate (SIR) of the Chinese population, which is critical to assessing associated health risks, are lacking. OBJECTIVES: We estimated soil ingestion of 177 Chinese children from Guangdong, Hubei, and Gansu Provinces. METHODS: We conducted this investigation by employing a tracer mass-balance method. We collected a duplicate of all food consumed and all feces and urine excreted on 1 d () and over 3 consecutive d (), as well as soil samples from play areas and drinking-water samples...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724093/persistence-of-ascaris-spp-ova-in-tropical-soil-cultivated-with-eucalyptus-and-fertilized-with-municipal-biosolids
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Marianne F de Faria, Iraê A Guerrini, Fernando C Oliveira, Maria Inês Z Sato, Elayse M Hachich, José Raimundo S Passos, Lívia M L Goulart, Thiago T de S Silva, José L Gava, Joel C Furches, Jason James, Robert B Harrison
In many countries, the main reason for severely restricting or outright banning the land application of class B biosolids is the lack of risk assessment for adverse human health impacts. Among pathogens that are not often studied are helminth ova, including that of the spp. Almost all of the knowledge about the persistence of spp. ova in soils fertilized with biosolids is based on studies developed in North America, Europe, and Asia. These studies have almost always been conducted under temperate climate conditions, which may cause erroneous interpretations when the conclusions are extrapolated to tropical regions such as those found in Brazil...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724089/grower-analysis-of-organic-matter-amendments-in-california-orchards
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Sat Darshan S Khalsa, Patrick H Brown
Organic matter amendments supply crop nutrients and enhance soil health, yet information specific to orchards is lacking. A survey was conducted to analyze use of these materials by California almond [ (Mill.) D.A. Webb] growers. Significant differences were observed for benefits, concerns, and accessibility to manure and green waste sources and between users and nonusers. Use patterns were significantly influenced by heavy and light users, farm size, and geographic region. Enhanced soil biology was the main benefit attributed to organic matter amendments by both users and nonusers...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723122/electrochemical-dna-based-immunoassay-that-employs-steric-hindrance-to-detect-small-molecules-directly-in-whole-blood
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Sahar S Mahshid, Francesco Ricci, Shana O Kelley, Alexis Vallée-Bélisle
The development of a universal sensing mechanism for the rapid and quantitative detection of small molecules directly in whole blood would drastically impact global health by enabling disease diagnostics, monitoring, and treatment at home. We have previously shown that hybridization between a free DNA strand and its complementary surface-bound strand can be sterically hindered when the former is bound to large antibodies. Here, we exploit this effect to design a competitive antibody-based electrochemical assay, called CeSHHA, that enables the quantitative detection of small molecules directly in complex matrices, such as whole blood or soil...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722571/more-poop-more-precision-improving-epidemiologic-surveillance-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-with-multiple-fecal-sampling-using-the-kato-katz-technique
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Chengfang Liu, Louise Lu, Linxiu Zhang, Yu Bai, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle, Darvin Scott Smith, Changhai Zhou, Wei Zang
Soil-transmitted helminths, or parasitic intestinal worms, are among the most prevalent and geographically widespread parasitic infections in the world. Accurate diagnosis and quantification of helminth infection are critical for informing and assessing deworming interventions. The Kato-Katz thick smear technique, the most widely used laboratory method to quantitatively assess infection prevalence and infection intensity of helminths, has often been compared with other methods. Only a few small-scale studies, however, have considered ways to improve its diagnostic sensitivity...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721038/toxicity-based-toxicokinetic-toxicodynamic-assessment-of-bioaccumulation-and-nanotoxicity-of-zerovalent-iron-nanoparticles-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#10
Ying-Fei Yang, Yi-Jun Lin, Chung-Min Liao
Elucidating the relationships between the toxicity-based-toxicokinetic (TBTK)/toxicodynamic (TD) properties of engineered nanomaterials and their nanotoxicity is crucial for human health-risk analysis. Zerovalent iron (Fe(0)) nanoparticles (NPs) are one of the most prominent NPs applied in remediating contaminated soils and groundwater. However, there are concerns that Fe(0)NP application contributes to long-term environmental and human health impacts. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a surrogate in vivo model that has been successfully applied to assess the potential nanotoxicity of these nanomaterials...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720730/drought-stress-results-in-a-compartment-specific-restructuring-of-the-rice-root-associated-microbiomes
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Christian Santos-Medellín, Joseph Edwards, Zachary Liechty, Bao Nguyen, Venkatesan Sundaresan
Plant roots support complex microbial communities that can influence plant growth, nutrition, and health. While extensive characterizations of the composition and spatial compartmentalization of these communities have been performed in different plant species, there is relatively little known about the impact of abiotic stresses on the root microbiota. Here, we have used rice as a model to explore the responses of root microbiomes to drought stress. Using four distinct genotypes, grown in soils from three different fields, we tracked the drought-induced changes in microbial composition in the rhizosphere (the soil immediately surrounding the root), the endosphere (the root interior), and unplanted soils...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719840/environmental-and-human-health-challenges-of-industrial-livestock-and-poultry-farming-in-china-and-their-mitigation
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REVIEW
Yuanan Hu, Hefa Cheng, Shu Tao
Driven by the growing demand for food products of animal origin, industrial livestock and poultry production has become increasingly popular and is on the track of becoming an important source of environmental pollution in China. Although concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have higher production efficiency and profitability with less resource consumption compared to the traditional family-based and "free range" farming, they bring significant environmental pollution concerns and pose public health risks...
July 15, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719642/infections-with-schistosoma-mansoni-and-geohelminths-among-school-children-dwelling-along-the-shore-of-the-lake-hawassa-southern-ethiopia
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Bamlaku Tadege, Techalew Shimelis
BACKGROUND: Infections with Schistosoma mansoni and soil-transmitted helminthes (STHs) are major public health problems in Ethiopia. However, information was scarce on the current status of these infections to guide an intervention in the study area. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the prevalence of infections with S. mansoni and STHs and associated factors among school children in southern Ethiopia. METHODS: This cross-sectional study investigated children who were attending the Finchawa and Tullo junior elementary schools and were residing along the shore of the lake Hawassa in January and February, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719325/serologic-monitoring-of-public-health-interventions-against-strongyloides-stercoralis
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Paola Vargas, Alejandro J Krolewiecki, Adriana Echazú, Marisa Juarez, Pamela Cajal, Jose F Gil, Nicolás Caro, Julio Nasser, Patrick Lammie, Rubén O Cimino
Northwestern Argentina is endemic for soil-transmitted helminths, and annual deworming programs are carried out in prioritized areas. High prevalence of Strongyloides stercoralis was reported in this area; therefore, control programs including ivermectin are being evaluated. The NIE-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used for this purpose. In this community trial, two groups of patients, classified according to housing and living conditions were evaluated. Simultaneous with baseline survey, Group 1 was moved to new households with access to improved water and sanitation facilities (W and S), where deworming (MDA, massive drug administration) took place within 1 month; whereas Group 2 received MDA but remained living with unimproved W and S...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718158/the-extent-of-heavy-metal-pollution-and-their-potential-health-risk-in-topsoils-of-the-massively-urbanized-district-of-shanghai
#15
Syed Taseer Abbas Jaffar, Long-Zhu Chen, Hassan Younas
Urbanization and industrialization increase the concentrations of heavy metals in soils, which affect human health. A total of 127 topsoil samples were collected from the massively urbanized and industrialized district of Shanghai: Baoshan District. The sampling sites were isolated based on the land-use practice: industrial area, roadside area, residential area, and agricultural area. The absolute concentrations of heavy metals (Zn, Cr, Ni, Mn, Cu, Pb, and Cd) were determined using atomic absorption spectrometry and compared with Shanghai and the National soil background values...
July 17, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718094/distribution-source-analysis-and-ecological-risk-assessment-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-the-typical-topsoil-of-the-issyk-kul-lake-basin
#16
Wen Liu, Long Ma, Jilili Abuduwaili, Yaoming Li
The concentration, distribution, compositional characteristics, and pollution sources of 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the topsoil of Issyk-Kul Lake Basin were studied, and their ecological risks were evaluated in this paper. The total concentration of the 16 PAHs was 68.58-475.95 ng g(-1), with an average of 134.45 ng g(-1). Four-ring PAHs accounted for 43.2% of the total PAHs, two- and three-ring PAHs accounted for 39.4%, and five- and six-ring PAHs accounted for 15.8%. The total concentration of the seven carcinogenic PAHs was 7...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718021/evidence-for-photolytic-and-microbial-degradation-processes-in-the-dissipation-of-leptospermone-a-natural-%C3%AE-triketone-herbicide
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Sana Romdhane, Marion Devers-Lamrani, Fabrice Martin-Laurent, Amani Ben Jrad, Delphine Raviglione, Marie-Virginie Salvia, Pascale Besse-Hoggan, Franck E Dayan, Cédric Bertrand, Lise Barthelmebs
Bioherbicides appear as an ecofriendly alternative to synthetic herbicides, generally used for weed management, because they are supposed to have low side on human health and ecosystems. In this context, our work aims to study abiotic (i.e., photolysis) and biotic (i.e,. biodegradation) processes involved in the fate of leptospermone, a natural β-triketone herbicide, by combining chemical and microbiological approaches. Under controlled conditions, the photolysis of leptospermone was sensitive to pH. Leptospermone has a half-life of 72 h under simulated solar light irradiations...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716067/molecular-characterization-of-group-a-rotaviruses-in-mukuru-slums-kenya-detection-of-novel-strains-circulating-in-children-below-5%C3%A2-years-of-age
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Joshua Ndung'u Gikonyo, James Nyangao, Cecilia Mbae, Carlene Sang, Eliud Njagi, Joseph Ngeranwa, Mathew Esona, Mapaseka L Seheri, Grace W Gitau, Kedra Raini, Samuel Kariuki
BACKGROUND: Gastroenteritis is a public health concern due to high morbidity and mortality among children. Rotaviruses are the leading etiological agents of severe gastroenteritis in children and accounts for more than half a million deaths per year in Africa. The study aimed at investigating the rotavirus genotypes that were circulating in children aged 5 years and below in and around Mukuru slums in Nairobi County Kenya. METHODS: A purposive cross sectional sampling method was applied where 166 samples were collected from children below 5 years of age and taken to Kenya Medical Research Institute virology laboratory...
July 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715856/nitrogen-deposition-changes-ectomycorrhizal-communities-in-swiss-beech-forests
#19
L C de Witte, N P Rosenstock, S van der Linde, S Braun
Atmospheric pollution has implications for the health and diversity of temperate forests covering large parts of central Europe. Long-term elevated anthropogenic deposition of nitrogen (N) is driving forest ecosystems from the limitation by N to other nutrients and is found to affect tree health and ectomycorrhizal fungi (EMF), which most trees depend on for nutrient uptake. However, the consequence of EMF community changes for trees remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated changes in EMF communities on root tips and in soil of beech forests along a N deposition gradient ranging between 16 and 33kgNha(-1)a(-1), where high N deposition was found to negatively affect tree growth and nutrient levels...
July 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715703/removal-mechanisms-in-aerobic-slurry-bioreactors-for-remediation-of-soils-and-sediments-polluted-with-hydrophobic-organic-compounds-an-overview
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REVIEW
Douglas O Pino-Herrera, Yoan Pechaud, David Huguenot, Giovanni Esposito, Eric D van Hullebusch, Mehmet A Oturan
Hydrophobic organic compound (HOC)-contaminated soils are a great environmental and public health concern nowadays. Further research is necessary to develop environmental friendly biotechnologies that allows public and private sectors to implement efficient and adaptable treatment approaches. Aerobic soil-slurry bioreactor technology has emerged as an effective and feasible technique with a high remediation potential, especially for silt and clay soil fractions, which often contain the highest pollutant concentration levels and are usually difficult to remove by implementing conventional methods...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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