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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088721/modeling-biosolids-drying-through-a-laminated-hydrophobic-membrane
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Solmaz Marzooghi, Chunjian Shi, Steven K Dentel, Paul T Imhoff
The adaptation of the membrane distillation process as a low-cost and sustainable approach to biosolids drying and stabilization is investigated, which may have application in container-based sanitation systems proposed in low-income urban regions. Three-layer laminated, breathable, hydrophobic membranes enclose the biosolids, facilitating drying but preventing transport of contaminants. The membranes used in this process are non-wetting with pore spaces that only allow vapor transport. Water vapor can be expelled due to a moderate vapor pressure gradient...
December 29, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088148/lithium-ion-micrometer-diffusion-in-a-garnet-type-cubic-li7la3zr2o12-llzo-studied-using-7-li-nmr-spectroscopy
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Kikuko Hayamizu, Shiro Seki, Tomoyuki Haishi
Mobile lithium ions in a cubic garnet Li7La3Zr2O12 (Al-stabilized) were studied using (7)Li NMR spectroscopy for membrane and powder samples, the latter of which was ground from the membrane. Lithium diffusion in a micrometer space was measured using the pulsed-gradient spin-echo (7)Li NMR method between 70 and 130 °C. When the observation time (Δ) was shorter than 20 ms, the echo attenuation showed diffusive diffraction patterns, indicating that the Li(+) diffusing space is not free but restricted. For longer Δ, the values of apparent diffusion constant (Dapparent) became gradually smaller to approach an equilibrated value (close to a tracer diffusion constant)...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088060/life-cycle-analysis-of-mitigation-methodologies-for-railway-rolling-noise-and-groundbourne-vibration
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Mariana Valente Tuler, Sakdirat Kaewunruen
Negative outcomes such as noise and vibration generated by railways have become a challenge for both industry and academia in order to guarantee that the railway system can accomplish its purposes and at the same time provide comfort for users and people living in the neighbourhood along the railway corridor. The research interest on this field has been increasing and the advancement in noise and vibration mitigation methodologies can be observed using various engineering techniques that are constantly put into test to solve such effects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088000/efficient-degradation-of-butylparaben-by-gamma-radiolysis
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Jhimli Paul Guin, Y K Bhardwaj, Lalit Varshney
Gamma radiolysis and ozonolysis are two competitive advanced oxidation processes for degradation of organic pollutants present in the ground water. In this paper, the gamma radiolytic degradation of an emerging organic pollutant Butylparaben (BP) in aqueous solution has been investigated for the first time at different absorbed doses. The effect of the absorbed dose rate in the degradation and mineralization of BP has been investigated. About 65% mineralization of BP was observed at absorbed dose of 70kGy and dose rate of 0...
December 24, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086817/cost-of-shingles-population-based-burden-of-disease-analysis-of-herpes-zoster-and-postherpetic-neuralgia
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Kevin J Friesen, Dan Chateau, Jamie Falk, Silvia Alessi-Severini, Shawn Bugden
BACKGROUND: Around 30% of the population will experience herpes zoster (HZ), 10% of whom develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). Together, these illnesses produce a significant economic burden to the healthcare system. METHODS: Administrative healthcare data collected over the period of April 1(st) 1997 to March 31(st) 2014 were analyzed to determine the healthcare system burden of HZ using direct medical costs. Episodes of HZ were identified using international classification of disease (ICD) codes...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081199/mesons-from-laser-induced-processes-in-ultra-dense-hydrogen-h-0
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Leif Holmlid
Large signals of charged light mesons are observed in the laser-induced particle flux from ultra-dense hydrogen H(0) layers. The mesons are formed in such layers on metal surfaces using < 200 mJ laser pulse-energy. The time variation of the signal to metal foil collectors and the magnetic deflection to a movable pin collector are now studied. Relativistic charged particles with velocity up to 500 MeV u-1 thus 0.75 c are observed. Characteristic decay time constants for meson decay are observed, for charged and neutral kaons and also for charged pions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081105/dynamic-trapping-of-a-polarization-rotation-vector-soliton-in-a-fiber-laser
#7
Meng Liu, Ai-Ping Luo, Zhi-Chao Luo, Wen-Cheng Xu
Ultrafast fiber laser, as a dissipative nonlinear optical system, plays an important role in investigating various nonlinear phenomena and soliton dynamics. Vector features of solitons, including polarization locked and polarization rotation vector solitons (PRVSs), are interesting nonlinear dynamics in ultrafast fiber lasers. Herein, we experimentally reveal the trapping characteristics of PRVSs for the first time, to the best of our best knowledge. We show that, for the conventional soliton trapping in the ultrafast fiber laser, the soliton central wavelengths of the two polarization components are constant at the laser output port...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078631/investigation-of-solvent-effects-on-photophysical-properties-of-new-aminophthalimide-derivatives-based-on-methanesulfonate
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Ayse Tan, Ebru Bozkurt, Yunus Kara
Novel aminophthalimide derivatives were synthesized starting from (3aR,7aS)-2-(2-hydroxypropyl)-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione (9) , and solvent effects on the photo-physical properties of these newly synthesized aminophthalimide derivatives (compounds 14 and 15) were investigated using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements. Both absorption and fluorescence spectra exhibited bathochromic shift with the increased polarity of the solvents for both molecules...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077536/cerebral-oxygen-saturation-and-cardiac-output-during-anaesthesia-in-sitting-position-for-neurosurgical-procedures-a-prospective-observational-study
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P Schramm, I Tzanova, F Hagen, M Berres, D Closhen, G Pestel, K Engelhard
BACKGROUND: Neurosurgical operations in the dorsal cranium often require the patient to be positioned in a sitting position. This can be associated with decreased cardiac output and cerebral hypoperfusion, and possibly, inadequate cerebral oxygenation. In the present study, cerebral oxygen saturation was measured during neurosurgery in the sitting position and correlated with cardiac output. METHODS: Perioperative cerebral oxygen saturation was measured continuously with two different monitors, INVOS(®) and FORE-SIGHT(®)...
October 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077498/modulation-of-shbg-binding-to-testosterone-and-estradiol-by-sex-and-morbid-obesity
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Maria Del Mar Grasa, José Gulfo, Núria Camps, Rosa Alcalá, Laura Monserrat, José María Moreno-Navarrete, F Ortega, Montserrat Esteve, Xavier Remesar, José Antonio Fernández-López, José Manuel Fernández-Real, Marià Alemany
OBJECTIVE: Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) binds and transports testosterone and estradiol in plasma. The possibility that SHBG is a mixture of transporting proteins has been postulated. We analyzed in parallel the effects of obesity status on the levels and binding capacity of circulating SHBG and their relationship with testosterone and estradiol. DESIGN: Anthropometric measures and plasma were obtained from apparently healthy young (i.e. 35 ± 7 years) premenopausal women (n=32) and men (n=30), with normal weight and obesity (BMI>30 kg·m(-2))...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077156/interventions-following-a-high-violence-risk-assessment-score-a-naturalistic-study-on-a-finnish-psychiatric-admission-ward
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Jenni Kaunomäki, Markus Jokela, Raija Kontio, Tero Laiho, Eila Sailas, Nina Lindberg
BACKGROUND: Patient aggression and violence against staff members and other patients are common concerns in psychiatric units. Many structured clinical risk assessment tools have recently been developed. Despite their superiority to unaided clinical judgments, staff has shown ambivalent views towards them. A constant worry of staff is that the results of risk assessments would not be used. The aims of the present study were to investigate what were the interventions applied by the staff of a psychiatric admission ward after a high risk patient had been identified, how frequently these interventions were used and how effective they were...
January 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076823/guazuma-ulmifolia-bark-synthesized-ag-au-and-ag-au-alloy-nanoparticles-photocatalytic-potential-dna-protein-interactions-anticancer-activity-and-toxicity-against-14-species-of-microbial-pathogens
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Viswanathan Karthika, Ayyakannu Arumugam, Kasi Gopinath, Periyannan Kaleeswarran, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
In the present study, we focused on a quick and green method to fabricate Ag, Au and Ag/Au alloy nanoparticles (NPs) using the bark extract of Guazuma ulmifolia L. Green synthesized metal NPs were characterized using different techniques, including UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, XRD, AFM and HR-TEM analyses. The production of Ag, Au and Ag/Au alloy NPs was observed monitoring color change from colorless to brown, followed by pink and dark brown, as confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy characteristic peaks at 436, 522 and 510nm, respectively...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076529/relationships-between-oncohematopediatrics-mothers-and-children-in-communicating-bad-news
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Selene Beviláqua Chaves Afonso, Maria Cecília de Souza Minayo
We present a study about the relations between pediatric oncological haematologists, mothers, and children in sharing bad news (BN) in a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro. The text emphasizes the intertwining of technique and emotions for the treatment of children with diagnoses in which the fatal outcome is always a probability. We used a qualitative approach, privileging participant observation and open interviews with oncologists (at this service all professionals were female) and mothers. We sought to understand the importance of communication which includes expressions and control of emotions; bioethical issues that require sensitivity, serenity, and truth about approaching the end of life; and how the professionals balance proximity to children and families and objectivity in their activity...
January 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076413/dynamic-characteristics-of-ventilatory-and-gas-exchange-during-sinusoidal-walking-in-humans
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Yoshiyuki Fukuoka, Masaaki Iihoshi, Juhelee Tuba Nazunin, Daijiro Abe, Yoshiyuki Fukuba
Our present study investigated whether the ventilatory and gas exchange responses show different dynamics in response to sinusoidal change in cycle work rate or walking speed even if the metabolic demand was equivalent in both types of exercise. Locomotive parameters (stride length and step frequency), breath-by-breath ventilation (V̇E) and gas exchange (CO2 output (V̇CO2) and O2 uptake (V̇O2)) responses were measured in 10 healthy young participants. The speed of the treadmill was sinusoidally changed between 3 km·h-1 and 6 km·h-1 with various periods (from 10 to 1 min)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075509/complexation-and-electronic-communication-between-corannulene-based-buckybowls-and-a-curved-truxene-ttf-donor
#15
Maria Gallego, Joaquin Calbo, Rafael M Krick-Calderon, Paula Pla, Ya-Chu Hsieh, Emilio Manuel Pérez, Yao-Ting Wu, Enrique Orti, Dirk M Guldi, Nazario Martin
The association behavior of an electron-donating, bowl-shaped, truxene-based tetrathiafulvalene (truxTTF) with two corannulene-based fullerene fragments -C32H12 and C38H14- is investigated in several solvents. Formation of 1:1 complexes is followed by absorption titrations and complemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The binding constants are in the range of log Ka 2.9-3.5. DFT calculations reveal that the conformation in which the 1,3-dithiole ring of truxTTF is placed inside the concave cavity of the corannulene derivative is the most stable arrangement...
January 11, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075183/systematic-evaluation-of-lung-tumor-motion-using-four-dimensional-computed-tomography
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Sebastian Sarudis, Anna Karlsson Hauer, Jan Nyman, Anna Bäck
BACKGROUND: Respiratory-induced lung tumor motion may decrease robustness and outcome of radiation therapy (RT) if not accounted for. This study provides detailed information on the motion distribution of lung tumors for a group of 126 patients treated with stereotactic body RT. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four-dimensional computed tomography scans were reviewed to assess lung tumor motion. The tumor motion was determined by the center of mass shift based on a rigid registration of the breathing phases containing the largest positional differences in the inferior-superior (IS), left-right (LR), and anterior-posterior (AP) directions...
January 11, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075129/substituted-diarylnorbornadienes-and-quadricyclanes-synthesis-photochemical-properties-and-effect-of-substituent-on-the-kinetic-stability-of-quadricyclanes
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Kyle J Spivack, Jesse V Walker, Maria J Sanford, Benjamin R Rupert, Andrew R Ehle, James M Tocyloski, Aaron N Jahn, Lyndsey M Shaak, Obiamaka Obianyo, Karyn M Usher, Felix Emmett Goodson
In this paper we present a new method for the synthesis of diarylnorbornadiene derivatives. Through the use of a two-step procedure consisting of a tandem alkene insertion-Suzuki coupling reaction followed by a DDQ dehydrogenation, we have been able to synthesize derivatives with a wide variety of substituents. We also present the results of UV-Visible spectroscopy studies and kinetics experiments that show the effect of substituent on light absorption properties of the norbornadienes as well as the kinetic stability of the quadricyclanes that result from their photochemical conversion...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074467/systems-pharmacology-modeling-of-drug-induced-hyperbilirubinemia-differentiating-hepatotoxicity-and-inhibition-of-enzymes-transporters
#18
Kyunghee Yang, Christina Battista, Jeffrey L Woodhead, Simone H Stahl, Jerome T Mettetal, Paul B Watkins, Scott Q Siler, Brett A Howell
Elevations in serum bilirubin during drug treatment may indicate global liver dysfunction and a high risk of liver failure. However, drugs also can increase serum bilirubin in the absence of hepatic injury by inhibiting specific enzymes/transporters. We constructed a mechanistic model of bilirubin disposition based on known functional polymorphisms in bilirubin metabolism/transport. Using physiologically-based pharmacokinetic model-predicted drug exposure and enzyme/transporter inhibition constants determined in vitro, our model correctly predicted indinavir-mediated hyperbilirubinemia in humans and rats...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073533/effects-of-n-and-p-availability-on-carbon-allocation-in-the-toxic-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-cf-ovata
#19
Laura Pezzolesi, Silvana Vanucci, Carmela Dell'Aversano, Emma Dello Iacovo, Luciana Tartaglione, Rossella Pistocchi
Blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata are usually associated with shallow and calm coastal waters, characterized by low nutrient concentrations. The algal cells typically cover the benthic substrates, such as the macroalgal and invertebrate communities and rocks, forming a mucilaginous film. Data reported on O. cf. ovata toxin production observed under both field and culture conditions show high variability in terms of toxic profile and cellular content; little is known about the environmental and physiological aspects which regulate the toxin dynamics...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073509/harmful-effects-of-dinophysis-to-the-ciliate-mesodinium-rubrum-implications-for-prey-capture
#20
Luiz L Mafra, Satoshi Nagai, Hajime Uchida, Camila P S Tavares, Bruno P Escobar, Toshiyuki Suzuki
Toxigenic Dinophysis spp. are obligate mixotrophic dinoflagellates that require a constant supply of prey-Mesodinium rubrum-to achieve long-term growth by means of kleptoplasty. Mesodinium rubrum is, however, a fast moving, jumping ciliate exhibiting an effective escape response from suspensivorous predators. In the present study, a series of laboratory experiments evaluating the motility and survival of M. rubrum in the presence of Dinophysis cells and/or substances contained in their culture medium was designed, in order to assess the mechanisms involved in prey capture by Dinophysis spp...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
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