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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
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Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535590/emission-of-volatile-organic-compounds-and-production-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-from-stir-frying-spices
#2
Tengyu Liu, Qianyun Liu, Zijun Li, Lei Huo, ManNin Chan, Xue Li, Zhen Zhou, Chak K Chan
Cooking is an important source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a potential source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) both indoors and outdoors. In this study, VOC emissions from heating corn oil and stir-frying spices (i.e. garlic, ginger, myrcia and zanthoxylum piperitum (Sichuan pepper)) were characterized using an on-line membrane inlet vacuum ultraviolet single-photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (VUV-SPI-TOFMS). VOC emissions from heating corn oil were dominated by aldehydes, which were enhanced by factors of one order of magnitude when stir-frying spices...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535550/high-voltage-pulsed-radiofrequency-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-neuralgia-of-the-infraorbital-nerve-a-prospective-double-blinded-randomized-controlled-study
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Fang Luo, Tao Wang, Ying Shen, Lan Meng, Jingjing Lu, Nan Ji
BACKGROUND: A recent study showed that 50% of patients who suffered from refractory neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve obtained satisfactory efficacy after pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment. A pilot study showed that increasing the output voltage of PRF significantly improved the efficacy for trigeminal neuralgia; however, whether increasing the output voltage of PRF can improve the treatment outcomes for neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of high voltage PRF treatment in comparison with standard voltage PRF for neuralgia of the infraorbital nerve...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535535/inflammation-is-an-important-covariate-for-the-crosstalk-of-sleep-and-the-hpa-axis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#4
Rainer H Straub, Jaqueline Detert, René Dziurla, Ingo Fietze, Peter-Andreas Loeschmann, Gerd R Burmester, Frank Buttgereit
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have sleep problems, and inflammation influences sleep. We demonstrated that sleep quality improves during intensified treatment with methotrexate (MTX) or etanercept (ETA). Since the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is involved in sleep regulation, this study investigated the interrelation between sleep parameters, inflammation as objectified by C-reactive protein (CRP), and serum cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels. Thirty-one eligible patients (disease activity score, DAS28CRP ≥3...
May 24, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535482/multiple-metal-exposures-and-their-correlation-with-monoamine-neurotransmitter-metabolism-in-chinese-electroplating-workers
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Lin-Lin Wu, Wei Gong, Si-Peng Shen, Zhong-He Wang, Jia-Xi Yao, Jun Wang, Jing Yu, Rong Gao, Gang Wu
Excessive metal exposure has been recognized as one of the detrimental factors for brain damage. However, the potential adverse effects induced by heavy metals on monoamine neurotransmitter pathways remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to investigate the possible association between metal exposure and neurotransmitter metabolism. By a cross-sectional investigation, 224 electroplating workers and 213 non-electroplating exposure workers were recruited in the exposure and control groups. Metal exposure levels were analyzed using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry and monoamine neurotransmitter pathway metabolites were measured by ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry in human urine samples...
April 26, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535481/graphene-oxide-enzyme-hybrid-nanoflowers-for-efficient-water-soluble-dye-removal
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Hui Li, Jingwei Hou, Linlin Duan, Chao Ji, Yatao Zhang, Vicki Chen
High efficient enzyme immobilization on carbon based conductive supports could provide wide applications in energy and environmental science. Here, we synthesized a 3D flower-like structured self-assembly hybrid nanocomposite with copper phosphate, laccase, graphite oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via a facile one-pot strategy under mild conditions. The prepared nanocomposite exhibited very high enzyme loading and improved laccase activity. During the formation of the nanocomposite, the copper phosphate-laccase petals were interwined by CNTs, and GO nanosheets were further coated on the petal surface...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535478/the-effect-of-billboard-design-specifications-on-driving-a-pilot-study
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Hadas Marciano, Pe'erly Setter
Decades of research on the effects of advertising billboards on road accident rates, driver performance, and driver visual scanning behavior, has produced no conclusive findings. We suggest that road safety researchers should shift their focus and attempt to identify the billboard characteristics that are most distracting to drivers. This line of research may produce concrete guidelines for permissible billboards that would be likely to reduce the influence of the billboards on road safety. The current study is a first step towards this end...
May 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535462/pharmaceutical-substances-in-ambient-particulates-a-preliminary-assessment
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Angelo Cecinato, Paola Romagnoli, Mattia Perilli, Catia Balducci
Till now, no attention has been paid to pharmaceuticals (PCs) in the air, though they are known to affect waters, soils, foods and biota. This paper describes the first attempt to characterize the PC occurrence in the air. Airborne particulates (PM10 or PM2.5 fractions, from Amsterdam, Netherland, Rome and Rende, Italy) were sampled on quartz fiber filter by means of pumping systems operating at medium-volume conditions (16 or 38.5 L min(-1)). The samples were solvent extracted through sonication with a dichloromethane:acetone:methanol mixture and reduced close to dryness; three fractions of the residue were separated through column chromatography; they comprised non polar, low polar and very polar organic compounds, respectively, and PCs were in the third one...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535418/a-study-of-peritoneal-metastatic-xenograft-model-of-colorectal-cancer-in-the-treatment-of-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-with-raltitrexed
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Cen Qiu, Yueqi Li, Xin Liang, Yingxue Qi, Yiyang Chen, Xianke Meng, Hongtu Zheng, Ye Xu, Sanjun Cai, Guoxiang Cai, Jianwen Liu
Peritoneal metastasis of colorectal cancer is one of the most incident and fateful diseases among relapse cases. It shows a certain resistance to systemic chemotherapy. The perfusion system in clinic is complex and hard to be used in fundamental researches. This study aims at evaluating the effect of an improved hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy with Raltitrexed used in tumor-bearing mice with peritoneal metastatic colorectal carcinoma. The results showed that no severe adverse effect was observed. All control animals developed extensive peritoneal and mesenteric metastatic nodes...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535410/effect-of-enzyme-inhibition-on-perampanel-pharmacokinetics-why-study-design-matters
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Barry E Gidal, Rama Maganti, Antonio Laurenza, Haichen Yang, David A Verbel, Edgar Schuck, Jim Ferry
OBJECTIVES: Perampanel, a selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist, is indicated as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12years and older. In vitro studies and Phase I trials indicate that perampanel is metabolized almost exclusively by CYP3A, with an elimination half-life (t1/2) averaging approximately 105h. Understanding of pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions-enzyme inhibition or induction-and anticipating their occurrence are important for management of patients with epilepsy...
April 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535280/invited-commentary-the-enduring-role-of-place-in-health-a-historic-perspective
#11
Yvette C Cozier
In public health, it has long been observed that "place"-specifically, where one lives-affects individual health, with the main research question distinguishing between the effects of "context" (defined as area characteristics) and "composition" (the characteristics of inhabitants) on health outcomes. There have been many studies in which the spatial patterning of disease has been explored, but they were often ecological in design, used broad census geographic levels, lacked individual-level data, or when available, did not simultaneously analyze community- and individual-level risk factors using appropriate modeling techniques...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535097/comparative-effectiveness-of-plantar-massage-techniques-on-postural-control-in-those-with-chronic-ankle-instability
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Erik A Wikstrom, Kyeongtak Song, Ashley Lea, Nastassia Brown
CONTEXT:   One of the major concerns after an acute lateral ankle sprain is the potential for development of chronic ankle instability (CAI). The existing research has determined that clinician-delivered plantar massage improves postural control in those with CAI. However, the effectiveness of self-administered treatments and the underlying cause of any improvements remain unclear. OBJECTIVES:   To determine (1) the effectiveness of a self-administered plantar-massage treatment in those with CAI as well and (2) whether the postural-control improvements were due to the stimulation of the plantar cutaneous receptors...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534923/divergent-syntheses-of-iodinated-isobenzofuranones-and-isochromenones-by-iodolactonization-of-2-alkynylbenzoic-acids-in-ionic-liquids
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Raffaella Mancuso, Christian C Pomelli, Francesco Malafronte, Asif Maner, Nadia Marino, Cinzia Chiappe, Bartolo Gabriele
The regiochemical outcome of the iodolactonization of 2-alkynylbenzoic acids, carried out at 100 °C in ionic liquids (ILs) as unconventional solvents and with molecular iodine as the iodine source, in the absence of external bases, was found to be strongly dependent on the nature of the IL medium. In particular, while the use of N-ethyl-N-methylmorpholinium dicyanamide (Mor1,2N(CN)2) promoted the stereoselective formation of (E)-3-(iodomethylene)isobenzofuran-1(3H)-ones, through an anti-5-exo-dig cyclization route, the use of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethyl sulfate (EmimEtSO4) tended to favor the 6-endo-dig cyclization mode, with preferential or selective formation of 4-iodo-1H-isochromen-1-ones...
May 23, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534787/effect-of-waveform-on-tactile-perception-by-electrovibration-displayed-on-touch-screens
#14
Yasemin Vardar, Burak Guclu, Cagatay Basdogan
In this study, we investigated the effect of input voltage waveform on our haptic perception of electrovibration on touch screens. Through psychophysical experiments performed with eight subjects, we first measured the detection thresholds of electrovibration stimuli generated by sinusoidal and square voltages at various fundamental frequencies. We observed that the subjects were more sensitive to stimuli generated by square wave voltage than sinusoidal one for frequencies lower than 60 Hz. Using Matlab simulations, we showed that the sensation difference of waveforms in low fundamental frequencies occurred due to the frequency-dependent electrical properties of human skin and human tactile sensitivity...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534777/on-the-performance-and-implementation-of-parallax-free-video-see-through-displays
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Ricardo Augusto Borsoi, Guilherme Holsbach Costa
In see-through systems an observer watches a (background) scene partially occluded by a display. In this display, usually positioned close to the observer, a region of the background scene is shown, yielding the sensation that the display is transparent. To achieve the transparency effect, it is very important to compensate the parallax error and other distortions caused by the image acquisition system. In this paper a detailed study of a video see-through methodology with parallax correction is performed. In a system composed by two cameras - one directed to the user and another to the background scene - and a display, the relative position between the user, the display and the scene is estimated using a feature detection algorithm and the parallax error is compensated assuming a planar scene model...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534715/knowledge-attitudes-and-behaviors-related-to-child-safety-restraint-in-citizens-of-shenzhen-municipality-china-and-the-associations-between-these-factors
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Shengyuan Liu, Haibin Zhou, Jianping Ma, Changyi Wang, Zhongwei Chen, Sihan Chen, Yingzhou Yang, Xiaoli Liu, Ji Peng, Leilei Duan, Xiao Deng
Objective-A child safety restraint (CSR) is an effective measure to reduce the risk of child injury from traffic collisions. This study aims to explore knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding CSR in a Chinese population. Methods-A cross-sectional survey regarding CSR use was conducted from April to May 2014 in Shenzhen Municipality. Respondents were parents who had at least one child 0 to 6 years of age and simultaneously owned a car. These parents provided a self-report of demographic characteristics as well as information about their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward CSR use...
May 23, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534574/syntheses-structures-and-magnetic-properties-of-a-family-of-end-on-azido-bridged-cu-ii-ln-iii-complexes
#17
Xing-Cai Huang, Xin-Hua Zhao, Dong Shao, Xin-Yi Wang
The reaction of Cu(valdmpn) (H2valdmpn = N,N'-bis-(3-methoxysalicylidene)-1,3-diamino-2,2-dimethylpropane), LnCl3·nH2O (Ln = La(1), Ce (2), Pr(3), Nd(4), Sm(5), Eu(6), Gd(7), Tb(8), Dy(9), Ho(10), Er(11), Tm(12), Yb(13), Lu(14)) and NaN3 in methanol led to a whole series of heterometallic Cu(II)-Ln(III) complexes. The basic structural components of these complexes are the [Cu(II)(valdmpn)Ln(III)] units with a compartmental Schiff-base ligand. These [Cu(II)Ln(III)] units were then further connected by the end-on (EO) azides between the Ln(3+) centers to form tetranuclear {[CuLn](μ-N3)n[LnCu]} motifs, where n is 3 for the complexes of larger radii lanthanides (1CuLa to 5CuSm) and 2 for the complexes of smaller radii lanthanides (6CuEu to 14CuLu)...
May 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534501/electronic-evidence-of-temperature-induced-lifshitz-transition-and-topological-nature-in-zrte5
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Yan Zhang, Chenlu Wang, Li Yu, Guodong Liu, Aiji Liang, Jianwei Huang, Simin Nie, Xuan Sun, Yuxiao Zhang, Bing Shen, Jing Liu, Hongming Weng, Lingxiao Zhao, Genfu Chen, Xiaowen Jia, Cheng Hu, Ying Ding, Wenjuan Zhao, Qiang Gao, Cong Li, Shaolong He, Lin Zhao, Fengfeng Zhang, Shenjin Zhang, Feng Yang, Zhimin Wang, Qinjun Peng, Xi Dai, Zhong Fang, Zuyan Xu, Chuangtian Chen, X J Zhou
The topological materials have attracted much attention for their unique electronic structure and peculiar physical properties. ZrTe5 has host a long-standing puzzle on its anomalous transport properties manifested by its unusual resistivity peak and the reversal of the charge carrier type. It is also predicted that single-layer ZrTe5 is a two-dimensional topological insulator and there is possibly a topological phase transition in bulk ZrTe5. Here we report high-resolution laser-based angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and its detailed temperature evolution of ZrTe5...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534383/in-vitro-anticancer-activity-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-phytochemical-extracts-from-selected-traditional-chinese-medicinal-plants
#19
Chao Liang, Hui Pan, Haizhou Li, Yang Zhao, Yang Feng
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anticancer activity of 10 selected traditional Chinese medicinal plants on 4 cancer cell lines, namely MCF-7 (breast carcinoma), BALL-1 (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), Huh-7 (hepatocellular carcinoma), HeLa (cervical carcinoma) and their cytotoxicity on a normal cell line, namely MCF-10A (non-tumorigenic mammary epithelial line), about which there were few reports previously. METHODS: Six phytochemical extracts, namely petroleum ether extract (PEE), chloroform extract (CE), ethyl acetate extract (EAE), n-butanol extract (BE), the remainder after extraction (RE) and water extract (WE) from each plant were prepared...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534209/the-renal-safety-and-efficacy-of-combined-gemcitabine-plus-cisplatin-and-gemcitabine-plus-carboplatin-chemotherapy-in-chinese-patients-with-a-solitary-kidney-after-nephroureterectomy
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Peng Sun, Cong Xue, Li-Ren Li, Cui Shao, Xin An, Ried Thomas, Wei Yang, Ying-Fei Deng, Wen-Qi Jiang, Yan-Xia Shi
PURPOSE: The renal safety of cisplatin-based chemotherapy has not been investigated in patients with urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract (UUT-UC) who retain a solitary kidney after nephroureterectomy. This study aimed to assess and compare the renal safety and efficacy of gemcitabine-cisplatin (GP) and gemcitabine-carboplatin (GC) in these patients. METHODS: The medical records of patients diagnosed with urothelial carcinoma at the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center between January 2005 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
May 22, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
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