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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931118/unpacking-the-enabling-factors-for-hand-cord-and-birth-surface-hygiene-in-zanzibar-maternity-units
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Giorgia Gon, Said M Ali, Catriona Towriss, Catherine Kahabuka, Ali O Ali, Sue Cavill, Mohammed Dahoma, Sally Faulkner, Haji S Haji, Ibrahim Kabole, Emma Morrison, Rukaiya M Said, Amour Tajo, Yael Velleman, Susannah L Woodd, And Wendy J Graham
Recent national surveys in The United Republic of Tanzania have revealed poor standards of hygiene at birth in facilities. As more women opt for institutional delivery, improving basic hygiene becomes an essential part of preventative strategies for reducing puerperal and newborn sepsis. Our collaborative research in Zanzibar provides an in-depth picture of the state of hygiene on maternity wards to inform action. Hygiene was assessed in 2014 across all 37 facilities with a maternity unit in Zanzibar. We used a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, and environmental microbiology...
October 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
#2
Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930977/fourier-based-diffraction-analysis-of-live-caenorhabditis-elegans
#3
Jenny Magnes, Harold M Hastings, Kathleen M Raley-Susman, Clara Alivisatos, Adam Warner, Miranda Hulsey-Vincent
This manuscript describes how to classify nematodes using temporal far-field diffraction signatures. A single C. elegans is suspended in a water column inside an optical cuvette. A 632 nm continuous wave HeNe laser is directed through the cuvette using front surface mirrors. A significant distance of at least 20-30 cm traveled after the light passes through the cuvette ensures a useful far-field (Fraunhofer) diffraction pattern. The diffraction pattern changes in real time as the nematode swims within the laser beam...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930637/sodium-hypochlorite-and-sodium-bromide-individualized-and-stabilized-carbon-nanotubes-in-water
#4
Xuezhu Xu, Jian Zhou, Veronica Colombo, Yangyang Xin, Ran Tao, Gilles Lubineau
Aggregation is a major problem for hydrophobic carbon nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in water because it reduces the effective particle concentrations, prevents particles from entering the medium and leads to unstable electronic device performances when a colloidal solution is used. Molecular ligands such as surfactants can help the particles to disperse, but they tend to degrade the electrical properties of CNTs. Therefore, self-dispersed particles without the need for surfactant are highly desirable...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930635/immobilization-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-on-hydrogen-terminated-silicon-substrate-as-a-transparent-conductive-protector
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Yudi Tu, Toru Utsunomiya, Sho Kokufu, Masahiro Soga, Takashi Ichii, Hiroyuki Sugimura
Silicon is a promising electrode material for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic reaction. However, the chemically active surface of silicon will be easily oxidized when exposed to the oxidation environment. We immobilized graphene oxide (GO) onto hydrogen-terminated silicon (H-Si) and reduced it through ultraviolet (UV) and vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. This acted as an ultrathin conductive layer to protect H-Si from oxidation. The elemental evolution of GO was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and it was found that GO was partially reduced soon after the deposition onto H-Si and further reduced after UV or VUV light irradiation...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930435/new-triplet-sensitization-routes-for-photon-upconversion-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-molecules-inorganic-nanocrystals-and-singlet-to-triplet-absorption
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Nobuhiro Yanai, Nobuo Kimizuka
Photon upconversion based on triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA-UC) has attracted much interest because of its possible applications to renewable energy production and biological fields. In particular, the UC of near-infrared (NIR) light to visible (vis) light is imperative to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit of single-junction photovoltaic cells, and the efficiency of photocatalytic hydrogen production from water can also be improved with the aid of vis-to-ultraviolet (UV) UC. However, both processes have met limitations in the wavelength range, efficiency, and sensitivity for weak incident light...
September 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929917/mercurius-solubilis-attenuates-scopolamine-induced-memory-deficits-and-enhances-the-motor-coordination-in-mice
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Simranjeet Kaur, Anudeep Kaur, Gurjit Singh, Rajbir Bhatti
The present study was designed to investigate the effect of mercurius solubilis (Merc sol) on scopolamine induced memory deficits and motor coordination in mice. The Three different formulations of merc sol (30X, 200 M, 1 M) were screened for their in vitro antioxidant potential and DPPH (2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) and nitric oxide scavenging activity using response surface methodology. The Merc sol 30X formulation was found to be most potent and further subjected for in vivo experiment. The Memory impairment was induced by the administration of scopolamine (1 mg/kg i...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929793/stainless-steel-and-polyethylene-surfaces-functionalized-with-silver-nanoparticles
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José Fq Fialho, Emiliane Aa Naves, Patrícia C Bernardes, Deusmaque C Ferreira, Letícia D Dos Anjos, Rogério V Gelamo, João Pn de Sá, Nélio J de Andrade
The antimicrobial effects of a stainless steel surface and a polyethylene surface functionalized with silver nanoparticles on the adhesion of different bacteria and the changes in physical and chemical characteristics of these surfaces that influence biofilm formation were evaluated. The functionalized surfaces of polyethylene and stainless steel were more hydrophobic than the control ones. The bacterial surfaces were hydrophilic. The adhesion of all bacteria was thermodynamically favorable (ΔGadhesion<0) on all surfaces functionalized and control...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929769/design-and-solidification-of-fast-releasing-clofazimine-nanoparticles-for-treatment-of-cryptosporidiosis
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Yingyue Zhang, Jie Feng, Simon A McManus, Hoang D Lu, Kurt D Ristroph, Eugene J Cho, Ellen L Dobrijevic, Hak-Kim Chan, Robert K Prud'homme
Clofazimine, a lipophilic (log P = 7.66) riminophenazine antibiotic approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a good safety record, was recently identified as a lead hit for cryptosporidiosis through a high-throughput phenotypic screen. Cryptosporidiosis requires fast-acting treatment as it leads to severe symptoms which, if untreated, result in morbidity for infants and small children. Consequently, a fast-releasing oral formulation of clofazimine in a water-dispersible form for pediatric administration is highly desirable...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929745/stabilization-of-polyoxometalate-water-oxidation-catalysts-on-hematite-by-atomic-layer-deposition
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Sarah M Lauinger, Brandon Deane Piercy, Wei Li, Qiushi Yin, Daniel Lynn Collins-Wildman, Elliot N Glass, Mark D Losego, Dunwei Wang, Yurii V Geletii, Craig L Hill
Fast and earth-abundant-element polyoxometalates (POMs) have been heavily studied recently as water oxidation catalysts (WOCs) in homogeneous solution. However, POM WOCs can be quite unstable when supported on electrode or photoelectrode surfaces under applied potential. This article reports for the first time that a nanoscale oxide coating (Al2O3) applied by atomic layer deposition (ALD) aids immobilization and greatly stabilizes this now large family of molecular WOCs when on electrode surfaces. In this study, [{RuIV4(OH)2(H2O)4}(γ-SiW10O34)2]10- (Ru4Si2) is supported on hematite photoelectrodes, then protected by ALD Al2O3, and this ternary system was characterized before and after photoelectrocatalytic water oxidation by FTIR, XPS, EDX and voltammetry...
September 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929611/microfluidic-generation-of-bioinspired-spindle-knotted-graphene-microfibers-for-oil-absorption
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Ziqian Wu, Jie Wang, Ze Zhao, Yunru Yu, Luoran Shang, Yuanjin Zhao
Graphene materials have a demonstrated value in water treatment. Efforts to promote these materials are focused on the generation of functional graphene adsorbents for effectively removing contaminants from water. Here, inspired by the conformation of spider silks, we present a novel graphene microfiber material with spindle-knotted microstructures by using a microfluidic emulsification and spinning collaborative technology. The size and spacing of the spindle-knots were highly controllable by adjusting the flow rates of microfluidics during the generation process of the microfibers...
September 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929428/studies-on-electrostatic-interactions-within-model-nano-confined-aqueous-environments-of-different-chemical-nature
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Joan Manuel Montes de Oca, Cintia A Menéndez, Sebastián R Accordino, David C Malaspina, Gustavo A Appignanesi
We study the potential of mean force for pairs of parallel flat surfaces with attractive electrostatic interactions by employing model systems functionalized with different charged, hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups. We study the way in which the local environment (hydrophobic or hydrophilic moieties) modulates the interaction between the attractive charged groups on the plates by removing or attracting nearby water and thus screening or not the electrostatic interaction. To explicitly account for the role of the solvent and the local hydrophobicity, we also perform studies in vacuo...
September 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929288/complex-organic-pollutant-mixtures-originating-from-industrial-and-municipal-emissions-in-surface-waters-of-the-megacity-jakarta-an-example-of-a-water-pollution-problem-in-emerging-economies
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Larissa Dsikowitzky, Lukas Hagemann, Dwiyitno, Farida Ariyani, Hari Eko Irianto, Jan Schwarzbauer
During the last decades, the global industrial production partly shifted from industrialized nations to emerging and developing countries. In these upcoming economies, the newly developed industrial centers are generally located in densely populated areas, resulting in the discharge of often only partially treated industrial and municipal wastewaters into the surface waters. There is a huge gap of knowledge about the composition of the complex organic pollutant mixtures occurring in such heavily impacted areas...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929162/interactions-and-stabilisation-of-acetone-sulfur-dioxide-and-water-with-1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium-tetrafluoroborate-omim-bf4-at-low-temperatures
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Matthew Buckley, Karen L Syres, Robert G Jones
The interactions between three small molecules, water (H2O), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and acetone ((CH3)2CO), with the ionic liquid (IL) 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [OMIM][BF4], have been determined using line of sight temperature programmed desorption (LOSTPD) from a gold surface. Multilayers of the IL were deposited by physical vapour deposition with multilayers of the small molecular species (adsorbed from the gas phase) at 90 K. LOSTPD was then carried out with the small molecular species desorbing first from the mixed multilayer, followed at higher temperatures by desorption of the IL from the gold surface...
September 20, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928779/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-three-mouthwashes-on-the-mechanical-properties-and-surface-morphology-of-several-orthodontic-wires-an-in-vitro-study
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Hossein Aghili, Sogra Yassaei, Farzaneh Eslami
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the changes in the mechanical properties and surface morphology of different orthodontic wires after immersion in three mouthwash solutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this in vitro study, five specimens of each of 0.016 inch nickel titanium (NiTi), coated NiTi, and stainless steel orthodontic wires were selected. The specimens were immersed in 0.05% sodium fluoride (NaF), 0.2% chlorhexidine, Zataria multiflora extract, and distilled water (control) for 1...
July 2017: Dental Research Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928719/the-green-berry-consortia-of-the-sippewissett-salt-marsh-millimeter-sized-aggregates-of-diazotrophic-unicellular-cyanobacteria
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Elizabeth G Wilbanks, Verena Salman-Carvalho, Ulrike Jaekel, Parris T Humphrey, Jonathan A Eisen, Daniel H Buckley, Stephen H Zinder
Microbial interactions driving key biogeochemical fluxes often occur within multispecies consortia that form spatially heterogeneous microenvironments. Here, we describe the "green berry" consortia of the Sippewissett salt marsh (Falmouth, MA, United States): millimeter-sized aggregates dominated by an uncultured, diazotrophic unicellular cyanobacterium of the order Chroococcales (termed GB-CYN1). We show that GB-CYN1 is closely related to Crocosphaera watsonii (UCYN-B) and "Candidatus Atelocyanobacterium thalassa" (UCYN-A), two groups of unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria that play an important role in marine primary production...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928470/dynamics-of-water-bound-to-crystalline-cellulose
#17
Hugh O'Neill, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Loukas Petridis, Junhong He, Eugene Mamontov, Liang Hong, Volker Urban, Barbara Evans, Paul Langan, Jeremy C Smith, Brian H Davison
Interactions of water with cellulose are of both fundamental and technological importance. Here, we characterize the properties of water associated with cellulose using deuterium labeling, neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering provided quantitative details about the dynamical relaxation processes that occur and was supported by structural characterization using small-angle neutron scattering and X-ray diffraction. We can unambiguously detect two populations of water associated with cellulose...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928408/local-atmospheric-response-to-warm-mesoscale-ocean-eddies-in-the-kuroshio-oyashio-confluence-region
#18
Shusaku Sugimoto, Kenji Aono, Shin Fukui
In the extratropical regions, surface winds enhance upward heat release from the ocean to atmosphere, resulting in cold surface ocean: surface ocean temperature is negatively correlated with upward heat flux. However, in the western boundary currents and eddy-rich regions, the warmer surface waters compared to surrounding waters enhance upward heat release-a positive correlation between upward heat release and surface ocean temperature, implying that the ocean drives the atmosphere. The atmospheric response to warm mesoscale ocean eddies with a horizontal extent of a few hundred kilometers remains unclear because of a lack of observations...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928396/balance-between-hydration-enthalpy-and-entropy-is-important-for-ice-binding-surfaces-in-antifreeze-proteins
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Michael Schauperl, Maren Podewitz, Teresa S Ortner, Franz Waibl, Alexander Thoeny, Thomas Loerting, Klaus R Liedl
Antifreeze Proteins (AFPs) inhibit the growth of an ice crystal by binding to it. The detailed binding mechanism is, however, still not fully understood. We investigated three AFPs using Molecular Dynamics simulations in combination with Grid Inhomogeneous Solvation Theory, exploring their hydration thermodynamics. The observed enthalpic and entropic differences between the ice-binding sites and the inactive surface reveal key properties essential for proteins in order to bind ice: While entropic contributions are similar for all sites, the enthalpic gain for all ice-binding sites is lower than for the rest of the protein surface...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928391/interaction-between-karst-terrain-and-bauxites-evidence-from-quaternary-orebody-distribution-in-guangxi-sw-china
#20
Lin Yang, Qingfei Wang, Qizuan Zhang, Emmanuel John M Carranza, Huan Liu, Xuefei Liu, Jun Deng
Most bauxite in China is located upon the karst surface, yet the relation between karstification process and bauxite formation is barely known. Here we discuss how the relation affects the karst and bauxite evolution through analyzing distributions of orebody parameters from 9,007 exploration wells (434 orebodies) in western Guangxi, South China block. In high-elevation karst terrain dominated by peaks, orebodies have greater average thickness, lower Al2O3 and higher Fe2O3(T) than those in low-elevation region dominated by depressions...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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