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November 14, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145288/efficacy-of-cold-application-on-pain-during-chest-tube-removal-a-randomized-controlled-trial-a-consort-compliant-article
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Ling-Yu Hsieh, Yi-Rong Chen, Mei-Chun Lu
BACKGROUND: Use of analgesics is the most common method to alleviate the pain induced by chest tube removal (CTR), but patient response to medication can vary and may not be achieved complete relaxation. This study was to determine the effectiveness of cold application in combination with standard analgesic administration before CTR on CTR-induced pain. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single-blind, sham-controlled study was conducted. In addition to the same routine care, subjects in the experimental group (n = 30) received cold application of 600-g ice packs 15 minutes before CTR, whereas subjects in the sham group (n = 30) received tap water packs...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145101/the-distribution-and-trends-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-mercury-in-marine-mammals-from-canada-s-eastern-arctic
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REVIEW
Tanya M Brown, Robie W Macdonald, Derek C G Muir, Robert J Letcher
Arctic contaminant research in the marine environment has focused on organohalogen compounds and mercury mainly because they are bioaccumulative, persistent and toxic. This review summarizes and discusses the patterns and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic relative to the rest of the Canadian Arctic. The review provides explanations for these trends and looks at the implications of climate-related changes on contaminants in these marine mammals in a region that has been reviewed little...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144595/evaluation-of-405-nm-monochromatic-light-for-inactivation-of-tulane-virus-on-blueberry-surfaces
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David Kingsley, Rafael E Perez-Perez, Glenn Boyd, Joseph Sites, Brendan A Niemira
AIM: The study aim was to evaluate the potential of 405 nm light as a virus intervention for blueberries. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tulane virus-inoculated-blueberries were treated with 4.2 mW/sq cm of 405 nm light for 5 to 30 min. To mitigate thermal heating due to the intense light, a dry ice-chilled nitrogen-based cooling system was utilized. Blueberries were rotated to ensure exposure of all surfaces to 405 light. Five, 10, and 30 min treatments resulted in little or no inactivation of Tulane virus on blueberries (average log reductions of -0...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143490/rock-glaciers-in-crystalline-catchments-hidden-permafrost-related-threats-to-alpine-headwater-lakes
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Boris P Ilyashuk, Elena A Ilyashuk, Roland Psenner, Richard Tessadri, Karin A Koinig
A global warming-induced transition from glacial to periglacial processes has been identified in mountainous regions around the world. Degrading permafrost in pristine periglacial environments can produce acid rock drainage (ARD) and cause severe ecological damage in areas underlain by sulfide-bearing bedrock. Limnological and paleolimnological approaches were used to assess and compare ARDs generated by rock glaciers, a typical landform of the mountain permafrost domain, and their effects on alpine headwater lakes with similar morphometric features and underlying bedrock geology, but characterized by different intensities of frost action in their catchments during the year...
November 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143150/the-impact-of-sea-ice-conditions-on-breeding-decisions-is-modulated-by-body-condition-in-an-arctic-partial-capital-breeder
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Frankie Jean-Gagnon, P Legagneux, G Gilchrist, S Bélanger, O P Love, J Bêty
Determining how environmental conditions interact with individual intrinsic properties is important for unravelling the underlying mechanisms that drive variation in reproductive decisions among migratory species. We investigated the influence of sea ice conditions and body condition at arrival on the breeding propensity, i.e. the decision to reproduce or not within a single breeding season, and timing of laying in migrating common eiders (Somateria mollissima) breeding in the Arctic. Using Radarsat satellite images acquired from 2002 to 2013, we estimated the proportion of open water in the intertidal zone in early summer to track the availability of potential foraging areas for pre-breeding females...
November 15, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142216/polymer-mimics-of-biomacromolecular-antifreezes
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REVIEW
Caroline I Biggs, Trisha L Bailey, Ben Graham, Christopher Stubbs, Alice Fayter, Matthew I Gibson
Antifreeze proteins from polar fish species are remarkable biomacromolecules which prevent the growth of ice crystals. Ice crystal growth is a major problem in cell/tissue cryopreservation for transplantation, transfusion and basic biomedical research, as well as technological applications such as icing of aircraft wings. This review will introduce the rapidly emerging field of synthetic macromolecular (polymer) mimics of antifreeze proteins. Particular focus is placed on designing polymers which have no structural similarities to antifreeze proteins but reproduce the same macroscopic properties, potentially by different molecular-level mechanisms...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140678/robust-superhydrophobic-carbon-nanotubes-film-with-lotus-leaf-mimetic-multi-scale-hierarchical-structures
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Pengwei Wang, Tianyi Zhao, Ruixin Bian, Guangyan Wang, Huan Liu
Superhydrophobic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) films have demonstrated many fascinating performances in versatile applications, especially for those involving solid/liquid interfacial processes, because of its ability in affecting the way of the material/energy transfer at interfaces. Thus, developing superhydrophobic CNTs has attracted extensively research interests in the past decades, and it could be achieved either by surface coating of inorganic/organic low-free energy materials or by constructing micro-/nano- hierarchical structures via various complicated processes...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140398/legacy-organochlorine-pollutants-in-glacial-watersheds-a-review
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K R Miner, J Blais, C Bogdal, S Villa, M Schwikowski, P Pavlova, C Steinlin, C Gerbi, K J Kreutz
Northern Hemisphere alpine glaciers have been identified as a point of concentration and reemergence of legacy organochlorine pollutants (OCPs). In this review, we compile a selection of published literature combining long-range, global atmospheric transport and distribution-based compartmental environmental flux models, as well as data from glacial meltwater, ice core, crevasse and proglacial lake sediment studies. Regional studies of ice and meltwater in alpine glaciers of the northern latitudes show similarities in sample deposition profiles and concentration due to chemical atmospheric residence time, precipitation type and glacier flow rates...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139545/the-effect-of-ice-crystals-formations-on-the-flesh-quality-of-frozen-horse-mackerel-trachurus-japonicus
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Yao Wang, Riho Miyazaki, Shinobu Saitou, Katsuya Hirasaka, Satoshi Takeshita, Katsuyasu Tachibana, Shigeto Taniyama
It is known that the formation of ice crystals has a negative impact on the flesh quality of frozen meat. This study focuses on how the formation of ice crystals in the dorsal ordinary muscle affects the flesh quality of frozen horse mackerel (Trachurus japonicus). Freeze-thawed muscle specimens (F-TMS) of horse mackerel were first stored at -24°C and then thawed. The K-value, expressible water, breaking strength of unfrozen muscle specimens (UMS) and F-TMS, and histological structure (light microscope: LM, scanning electron microscope: SEM) of UMS, frozen muscle specimens (FMS) and F-TMS were investigated...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139499/the-role-of-phase-separation-and-related-topography-in-the-exceptional-ice-nucleating-ability-of-alkali-feldspars
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Thomas F Whale, Mark A Holden, Alexander N Kulak, Yi-Yeoun Kim, Fiona C Meldrum, Hugo K Christenson, Benjamin J Murray
Our understanding of crystal nucleation is a limiting factor in many fields, not least in the atmospheric sciences. It was recently found that feldspar, a component of airborne desert dust, plays a dominant role in triggering ice formation in clouds, but the origin of this effect was unclear. By investigating the structure/property relationships of a wide range of feldspars, we demonstrate that alkali feldspars with certain microtextures, related to phase separation into Na and K-rich regions, show exceptional ice-nucleating abilities in supercooled water...
November 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139273/-comparative-study-on-promoting-blood-effects-of-danshen-honghua-herb-pair-with-different-preparations-based-on-chemometrics-and-multi-attribute-comprehensive-index-methods
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Cheng Qu, Yu-Ping Tang, Xu-Qin Shi, Gui-Sheng Zhou, Er-Xin Shang, Li-Li Shang, Jian-Ming Guo, Pei Liu, Jing Zhao, Bu-Chang Zhao, Jin-Ao Duan
To evaluate the promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis effects of Danshen-Honghua(DH) herb pair with different preparations (alcohol, 50% alcohol and water) on blood rheology and coagulation functions in acute blood stasis rats, and optimize the best preparation method of DH based on principal component analysis(PCA), hierarchical cluster heatmap analysis and multi-attribute comprehensive index methods. Ice water bath and subcutaneous injection of adrenaline were both used to establish the acute blood stasis rat model...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138983/cloning-expression-analysis-and-enzyme-activity-assays-of-the-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrase-gene-from-chlamydomonas-sp-ice-l
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Changfeng Qu, Yingying He, Zhou Zheng, Meiling An, Lulu Li, Xixi Wang, Xiaodong He, Yibin Wang, Fangming Liu, Jinlai Miao
The α-carbonic anhydrase (α-CA) is a zinc ion-containing enzyme that catalyzes the hydration of carbon dioxide. In this paper, a full-length α-CA gene was cloned from Chlamydomonas sp. ICE-L using RT-PCR and RACE-PCR for bioinformatic analysis. The α-CA open reading frame obtained by PCR was cloned into a vector and transformed into Escherichia coli to generate α-CA-producing bacteria. The α-CA was highly expressed upon induction with isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactoside (IPTG) at a final concentration of 0...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137985/the-effect-of-surface-charge-on-the-thermal-stability-and-ice-recrystallization-inhibition-activity-of-antifreeze-protein-iii-afp-iii
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R C Deller, B M Carter, I Zampetakis, F Scarpa, A W Perriman
The aim of this study was to examine the effect of chemical cationization on the structure and function of antifreeze protein III (AFP III) over an extreme temperature range (-40 °C to +90 °C) using far-UV synchrotron radiation circular dichroism (SRCD) and ice recrystallization inhibition (IRI) assays. Chemical cationization was able to produce a modified AFP III with a net cationic charge at physiological pH that had enhanced resistance to denaturation at elevated temperatures, with no immediate negative impact on protein structure at subzero temperatures...
November 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136366/use-of-an-efficient-measurement-uncertainty-approach-to-compare-room-temperature-and-cryogenic-sample-processing-in-the-analysis-of-chemical-contaminants-in-foods
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Lijun Han, Steven J Lehotay, Yelena Sapozhnikova
In this study, analytical results were compared when using different approaches to bulk food sample comminution, consisting of a vertical chopper (Blixer(®)) at room temperature and at dry ice cryogenic conditions, followed by further subsample processing (20 g) using liquid nitrogen cryogenic conditions (cryomill). Analysis of the 43 targeted spiked and incurred contaminants in a food mixture consisting of equal parts orange, apple, kale, salmon, and croaker involved QuEChERS with automated mini-column solid-phase extraction (known as ITSP) cleanup followed by low pressure gas chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry (LPGC-MS/MS)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136165/low-dose-electron-energy-loss-spectroscopy-using-electron-counting-direct-detectors
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Alan Maigné, Matthias Wolf
Since the development of parallel electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have been the default detectors for EELS. With the recent development of electron-counting direct-detection cameras, micrographs can be acquired under very low electron doses at significantly improved signal-to-noise ratio. In spectroscopy, in particular in combination with a monochromator, the signal can be extremely weak and the detection limit is principally defined by noise introduced by the detector...
November 9, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135665/cryoablation-of-bone-metastases-from-renal-cell-carcinoma-for-local-tumor-control
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Carly S Gardner, Joe E Ensor, Kamran Ahrar, Steven Y Huang, Sharjeel H Sabir, Nizar M Tannir, Valerae O Lewis, Alda L Tam
BACKGROUND: Patients with bone metastases from renal cell carcinoma often are not surgical candidates and have a poor prognosis. There are limited data on the use of cryoablation as a locoregional therapy for bone metastases. Our objective was to assess the local tumor-control rate following cryoablation of bone metastases in the setting of renal cell carcinoma. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who underwent cryoablation for bone metastases between 2007 and 2014...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134193/snowball-earth-climate-dynamics-and-cryogenian-geology-geobiology
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Paul F Hoffman, Dorian S Abbot, Yosef Ashkenazy, Douglas I Benn, Jochen J Brocks, Phoebe A Cohen, Grant M Cox, Jessica R Creveling, Yannick Donnadieu, Douglas H Erwin, Ian J Fairchild, David Ferreira, Jason C Goodman, Galen P Halverson, Malte F Jansen, Guillaume Le Hir, Gordon D Love, Francis A Macdonald, Adam C Maloof, Camille A Partin, Gilles Ramstein, Brian E J Rose, Catherine V Rose, Peter M Sadler, Eli Tziperman, Aiko Voigt, Stephen G Warren
Geological evidence indicates that grounded ice sheets reached sea level at all latitudes during two long-lived Cryogenian (58 and ≥5 My) glaciations. Combined uranium-lead and rhenium-osmium dating suggests that the older (Sturtian) glacial onset and both terminations were globally synchronous. Geochemical data imply that CO2 was 10(2) PAL (present atmospheric level) at the younger termination, consistent with a global ice cover. Sturtian glaciation followed breakup of a tropical supercontinent, and its onset coincided with the equatorial emplacement of a large igneous province...
November 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133903/the-winter-pack-ice-zone-provides-a-sheltered-but-food-poor-habitat-for-larval-antarctic-krill
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Bettina Meyer, Ulrich Freier, Volker Grimm, Jürgen Groeneveld, Brian P V Hunt, Sven Kerwath, Rob King, Christine Klaas, Evgeny Pakhomov, Klaus M Meiners, Jessica Melbourne-Thomas, Eugene J Murphy, Sally E Thorpe, Sharon Stammerjohn, Dieter Wolf-Gladrow, Lutz Auerswald, Albrecht Götz, Laura Halbach, Simon Jarman, So Kawaguchi, Thomas Krumpen, Gernot Nehrke, Robert Ricker, Michael Sumner, Mathias Teschke, Rowan Trebilco, Noyan I Yilmaz
A dominant Antarctic ecological paradigm suggests that winter sea ice is generally the main feeding ground for krill larvae. Observations from our winter cruise to the southwest Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean contradict this view and present the first evidence that the pack-ice zone is a food-poor habitat for larval development. In contrast, the more open marginal ice zone provides a more favourable food environment for high larval krill growth rates. We found that complex under-ice habitats are, however, vital for larval krill when water column productivity is limited by light, by providing structures that offer protection from predators and to collect organic material released from the ice...
November 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133837/contrasting-runoff-trends-between-dry-and-wet-parts-of-eastern-tibetan-plateau
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Yuanyuan Wang, Yongqiang Zhang, Francis H S Chiew, Tim R McVicar, Lu Zhang, Hongxia Li, Guanghua Qin
As the "Asian Water Tower", the Tibetan Plateau (TP) provides water resources for more than 1.4 billion people, but suffers from climatic and environmental changes, followed by the changes in water balance components. We used state-of-the-art satellite-based products to estimate spatial and temporal variations and trends in annual precipitation, evapotranspiration and total water storage change across eastern TP, which were then used to reconstruct an annual runoff variability series for 2003-2014. The basin-scale reconstructed streamflow variability matched well with gauge observations for five large rivers...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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