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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324950/a-preliminary-evaluation-of-myoelectrical-energy-distribution-of-the-front-neck-muscles-in-pharyngeal-phase-during-normal-swallowing
#1
Mingxing Zhu, Wanzhang Yang, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Yun Xiang, Jianping Huang, Haiqing Zou, Guanglin Li
Pharyngeal phase is a central hub of swallowing in which food bolus pass through from the oral cavity to the esophageal. Proper understanding of the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase is useful for assessing swallowing function and the occurrence of dysphagia in humans. In this study, high-density (HD) surface electromyography (sEMG) was used to study the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase during swallowing tasks involving three healthy male subjects. The root mean square (RMS) of the HD sEMG data was computed by using a series of segmented windows as myoelectrical energy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324849/oil-loving-hydrophobic-gels-made-from-glycerol-propoxylate-efficient-and-reusable-sorbents-for-oil-spill-clean-up
#2
Soner Kizil, Hayal Bulbul Sonmez
Glycerol propoxylate based oil loving sorbents were prepared through bulk polymerization, without using of an activator, initiator, or catalyst. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (13)C and (29)Si CPMAS nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), as well as elemental analysis and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were operated in order to identify the structural and thermal features of sorbents. The synthesized gels were employed as absorbents for various organic solvents and oils. The swelling capacity, absorption-desorption kinetics, reusability, and selective removal from an oil/water mixture were also examined...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324839/contributions-of-trace-elements-to-the-sea-by-small-uncontaminated-rivers-effects-of-a-water-reservoir-and-a-wastewater-treatment-plant
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Miguel Ángel Álvarez-Vázquez, Ricardo Prego, Miguel Caetano, Elena De Uña-Álvarez, Maryló Doval, Susana Calvo, Carlos Vale
Trace element contributions from small rivers to estuaries is an issue barely addressed in the literature. In this work, freshwater flowing into the Ria of Cedeira (NW Iberian Peninsula) was studied during a hydrological year through the input from three rivers, one considered uncontaminated (the Das-Mestas River), a second affected by urban treated wastewater discharges (the Condomiñas River), and the third containing a water reservoir for urban supply (the Forcadas River). With the objective of assessing the possible influence of human pressure, the annual yields for selected trace elements (Al, Fe, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni and Pb) were estimated and compared by normalizing by basin surface...
March 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324836/pahs-behavior-in-surface-water-and-groundwater-of-the-yellow-river-estuary-evidence-from-isotopes-and-hydrochemistry
#4
Jing Li, Fadong Li, Qiang Liu
Large-scale irrigation projects have impacted the regional surface-groundwater interactions in the North China Plain (NCP). Given this concern, the aim of this study is to evaluate levels of PAH pollution, identify the sources of the PAHs, analyze the influence of surface-groundwater interactions on PAH distribution, and propose urgent management strategies for PAHs in China's agricultural areas. PAH concentrations, hydrochemical indicators and stable isotopic compositions (δ(18)O and δ(2)H) were determined for surface water (SW) and groundwater (GW) samples...
March 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324713/monolithic-cobalt-doped-carbon-aerogel-for-efficient-catalytic-activation-of-peroxymonosulfate-in-water
#5
Peidong Hu, Mingce Long, Xue Bai, Cheng Wang, Caiyun Cai, Jiajun Fu, Baoxue Zhou, Yongfeng Zhou
As an emerging carbonaceous material, carbon aerogels (CAs) display a great potential in environmental cleanup. In this study, a macroscopic three-dimensional monolithic cobalt-doped carbon aerogel was developed by co-condensation of graphene oxide sheets and resorcinol-formaldehyde resin in the presence of cobalt ions, followed by lyophilization, carbonization and thermal treatment in air. Cobalt ions were introduced as a polymerization catalyst to bridge the organogel framework, and finally cobalt species were retained as both metallic cobalt and Co3O4, wrapped by graphitized carbon layers...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324691/comparison-of-three-different-types-of-cilostazol-loaded-solid-dispersion-physicochemical-characterization-and-pharmacokinetics-in-rats
#6
Omer Mustapha, Kyung Soo Kim, Shumaila Shafique, Dong Shik Kim, Sung Giu Jin, Youn Gee Seo, Yu Seok Youn, Kyung Taek Oh, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Han-Gon Choi
The aim of this research was to compare three different types of cilostazol-loaded solid dispersion system including solvent-evaporated, solvent-wetted and surface-attached solid dispersion. The effect of polymers and surfactants on the aqueous solubility of cilostazol was investigated, leading to the selection of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). Employing a spray-drying technique, numerous surface-attached, solvent-evaporated and solvent-wetted solid dispersions were prepared with various amounts PVP and SLS using water, 90% ethanol and acetone, respectively...
March 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324648/influence-of-modern-stormwater-management-practices-on-transport-of-road-salt-to-surface-waters
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Joel W Snodgrass, Joel Moore, Steven M Lev, Ryan E Casey, David R Ownby, Robert F Flora, Grant Izzo
Application of road salts in regions with colder climates is leading to ground and surface water contamination. However, we know little about how modern stormwater management practices affect the movement of road salt through urban watersheds. We investigated groundwater contamination and transport of road salts at two stormwater ponds in Baltimore County, Maryland. In association with the ponds, we documented a plume of contaminated groundwater that resulted in Cl- loadings to the adjacent stream of 6,574 to 40,008 kg Cl- per winter, depending on winter snowfall...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324641/preparation-of-a-non-woven-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fabric-with-partially-embedded-apatite-surface-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications-by-partial-surface-melting-of-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fibers
#8
In Ae Kim, Sang-Hoon Rhee
This paper describes a novel method for the preparation of a biodegradable non-woven poly(ε-caprolactone) fabric with a partially-embedded apatite surface designed for application as a scaffold material for bone tissue engineering. The non-woven poly(ε-caprolactone) fabric was generated by the electro-spinning technique and then apatite was coated in simulated body fluid after coating the PVA solution containing CaCl2 ·2H2 O. The apatite crystals were partially- or fully-embedded into the thermoplastic poly(ε-caprolactone) fibers by controlling the degree of poly(ε-caprolactone) fiber surface melting in a convection oven...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324616/optimization-of-diazinon-biodegradation-from-aqueous-solutions-by-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-response-surface-methodology
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Mohammad H Ehrampoush, Abbas Sadeghi, Mohammad T Ghaneian, Ziaeddin Bonyadi
Diazinon is an organophosphate compound that inhibits the activity of acetylcholinesterase. Standards of the World Health Organization and Environmental Protection Agency for diazinon concentration in water are 0.1 and 9 × 10(-6) mg/L, respectively. The aim of this study was the optimization of diazinon biodegradation from aqueous solutions by Saccharomyces cerevisiae using the response surface methodology (RSM). Harvested cells of S. cerevisiae were locally purchased from the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324277/using-multivariate-techniques-to-assess-the-effects-of-urbanization-on-surface-water-quality-a-case-study-in-the-liangjiang-new-area-china
#10
Kun Luo, Xuebin Hu, Qiang He, Zhengsong Wu, Hao Cheng, Zhenlong Hu, Asit Mazumder
Rapid urbanization in China has been causing dramatic deterioration in the water quality of rivers and threatening aquatic ecosystem health. In this paper, multivariate techniques, such as factor analysis (FA) and cluster analysis (CA), were applied to analyze the water quality datasets for 19 rivers in Liangjiang New Area (LJNA), China, collected in April (dry season) and September (wet season) of 2014 and 2015. In most sampling rivers, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and fecal coliform exceeded the Class V guideline (GB3838-2002), which could thereby threaten the water quality in Yangtze and Jialing Rivers...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323639/the-effect-of-boundary-slippage-and-nonlinear-rheological-response-on-flow-of-nanoconfined-water
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Amandeep Sekhon, V J Ajith, Shivprasad Vitthal Patil
The flow of water confined to nanometer-sized pores is central to a wide range of subjects from biology to nanofluidic devices. Despite its importance, a clear picture about nanoscale fluid dynamics is yet to emerge. Here we measured dissipation in less than 20 nm thick water films and it was found to decrease for both wetting and non-wetting confining surfaces. The fitting of Carreau-Yasuda model of shear thinning to our measurements implies that flow is non-Newtonian and for wetting surfaces the no-slip boundary condition is valid...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319903/fe-iii-based-metal-organic-framework-derived-core-shell-nanostructure-sensitive-electrochemical-platform-for-high-trace-determination-of-heavy-metal-ions
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Zhihong Zhang, Hongfei Ji, Yingpan Song, Shuai Zhang, Minghua Wang, Changchang Jia, Jia-Yue Tian, Linghao He, Xiaojing Zhang, Chun-Sen Liu
A new core-shell nanostructured composite composed of Fe(III)-based metal-organic framework (Fe-MOF) and mesoporous Fe3O4@C nanocapsules (denoted as Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC) was synthesized and developed as a platform for determining trace heavy metal ions in aqueous solution. Herein, the mFe3O4@mC nanocapsules were prepared by calcining the hollow Fe3O4@C that was obtained using the SiO2 nanoparticles as the template, followed by composing the Fe-MOF. The Fe-MOF@mFe3O4@mC nanocomposite demonstrated excellent electrochemical activity, water stability and high specific surface area, consequently resulting in the strong biobinding with heavy-metal-ion-targeted aptamer strands...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319777/analysis-of-the-effect-of-temperature-and-reaction-time-on-yields-compositions-and-oil-quality-in-catalytic-and-non-catalytic-lignin-solvolysis-in-a-formic-acid-water-media-using-experimental-design
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Mikel Oregui Bengoechea, Nemanja Miletíc, Mari H Vogt, Pedro L Arias, Tanja Barth
The catalytic solvolysis of Norway spruce (Picea abies L.) lignin in a formic acid/water media was explored at different temperatures and reaction times (283-397°C and 21-700min, respectively). Non-catalyzed experiments were compared with the effect of three different type of bifunctional catalysts (Pd/Al2O3, Rh/Al2O3 and Ru/Al2O3) and a solid Lewis acid (γ-Al2O3). We demonstrated that surface response methodology (RSM) and principal component analysis (PCA) were an adequate tool to: (i) evaluate the effect of the catalysts, temperature and reaction time in the oil yield, oil quality (H/C and O/C ratios, and Mw) and composition of the oil, (ii) establish the differences and/or similarities between the three bifunctional catalyst and (iii) to determine the role of the noble metal and the alumina support in the reaction system...
March 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319720/expert-assessment-of-the-resilience-of-drinking-water-and-sanitation-systems-to-climate-related-hazards
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Jeanne Luh, Sarah Royster, Daniel Sebastian, Edema Ojomo, Jamie Bartram
We conducted an expert assessment to obtain expert opinions on the relative global resilience of ten drinking water and five sanitation technologies to the following six climate-related hazards: drought, decreased inter-annual precipitation, flood, superstorm flood, wind damage, and saline intrusion. Resilience scores ranged from 1.7 to 9.9 out of a maximum resilience of 10, with high scores corresponding to high resilience. We find that for some climate-related hazards, such as drought, technologies demonstrated a large range in resilience, indicating that the choice of water and sanitation technologies is important for areas prone to drought...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319398/criegee-chemistry-on-aqueous-organic-surfaces
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Shinichi Enami, Agustin J Colussi
In the troposphere, the fate of gas-phase Criegee intermediates (CIs) is deemed to be determined by their reactions with water molecules. Here it is shown that CIs produced in situ on the surface of water/acetonitrile (W/AN) solutions react competitively with millimolar carboxylic acids. Present experiments probe, via online electrospray mass spectrometry, CIs chemistry on the surface of alpha-humulene and beta-caryophyllene in W/AN microjets exposed to O3(g) for < 10 micro sec. Mass-specific identification lets us establish the progeny of products and intermediates generated in the early stages of CIs reactions with H2O, D2O, H2O(18), and n-alkyl-COOH (n = 1-7)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319373/morphology-controllable-synthesis-of-zn-co-mixed-sulfide-nanostructures-on-carbon-fiber-paper-towards-efficient-rechargeable-zinc-air-batteries-and-water-electrolysis
#16
Xiaoyu Wu, Xiaopeng Han, Xiaoya Ma, Wei Zhang, Yida Deng, Cheng Zhong, Wenbin Hu
It remains an ongoing challenge to develop cheap, highly active and stable electrocatalysts to promote the sluggish electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, oxygen reduction, and hydrogen evolution reactions for rechargeable metal-air batteries and water-splitting systems. In this work, we report the morphology-controllable synthesis of zinc cobalt mixed sulfide (Zn-Co-S) nanoarchitectures, including nanosheets, nanoplates, and nanoneedles, grown on conductive carbon fiber paper (CFP) and the micro-nanostructure dependent electrochemical efficacy for catalyzing hydrogen and oxygen in zinc-air batteries and water electrolysis...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319370/uptake-and-disposition-of-select-pharmaceuticals-by-bluegill-exposed-at-constant-concentrations-in-a-flow-through-aquatic-exposure-system
#17
Jian-Liang Zhao, Edward T Furlong, Heiko L Schoenfuss, Dana Ward Kolpin, Kyle L Bird, David J Feifarek, Eric A Schwab, Guang-Guo Ying
The increasing use of pharmaceuticals has led to their subsequent input into and release from wastewater treatment plants, with corresponding discharge into surface waters that may subsequently exert adverse effects upon aquatic organisms. Although the distribution of pharmaceuticals in surface water has been extensively studied, the details of uptake, internal distribution, and kinetic processing of pharmaceuticals in exposed fish have received less attention. For this research, we investigated the uptake, disposition, and toxicokinetics of five pharmaceuticals (diclofenac, methocarbamol, rosuvastatin, sulfamethoxazole, and temazepam) in bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations (1,000-4,000 ng L-1) in a flow-through exposure system...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319290/role-of-dissolved-and-molecular-oxygen-on-cu-and-ptcu-alloy-particle-structure-during-laser-ablation-synthesis-in-liquids
#18
Galina Marzun, Helmut Bönnemann, Christian Lehmann, Bernd Spliethoff, Claudia Weidenthaler, Stephan Barcikowski
The role of molecular oxygen dissolved in the solvent is often discussed as being an influential factor on particle oxidation during pulsed laser ablation in liquids. However, the formation of the particles during laser synthesis takes place under extreme conditions that enable the decomposition of the liquid medium. Reactive species of the solvent may then affect particle formation due to a chemical reaction in the reactive plasma. Experimental results show a difference between the role of dissolved molecular oxygen and the contribution from the oxygen in water molecules...
March 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318699/significance-of-metabolites-in-the-environmental-risk-assessment-of-pharmaceuticals-consumed-by-human
#19
Eun Jeong Han, Dong Soo Lee
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the significance of metabolites to the ERA of human pharmaceuticals. The predicted exposure concentrations (PECs) in surface water were estimated for a total of 24 selected active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and their metabolites using a life cycle based emission estimation model combined with a multimedia fate model with Monte-Carlo calculations. With the eco-toxicity data, the hazard quotients (HQs) of the metabolites were compared with those of individual parents alone...
March 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318696/coupling-lidar-and-thermal-imagery-to-model-the-effects-of-riparian-vegetation-shade-and-groundwater-inputs-on-summer-river-temperature
#20
Vincent Wawrzyniak, Pascal Allemand, Sarah Bailly, Jérôme Lejot, Hervé Piégay
In the context of global warming, it is important to understand the drivers controlling river temperature in order to mitigate temperature increases. A modeling approach can be useful for quantifying the respective importance of the different drivers, notably groundwater inputs and riparian shading which are potentially critical for reducing summer temperature. In this study, we use a one-dimensional deterministic model to predict summer water temperature at an hourly time step over a 21km reach of the lower Ain River (France)...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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