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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329817/early-life-benzo-a-pyrene-exposure-causes-neurodegenerative-syndromes-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-the-mechanism-involved
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Dongxu Gao, Chonggang Wang, Zhihui Xi, Yixi Zhou, Yuanchuan Wang, Zhenghong Zuo
There is increasing recognition of the importance of early-life environmental exposures in health disorders at later-life stages. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether early-life exposure to benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) could induce neurodegenerative syndromes at later-life stages in zebrafish. Embryos were exposed to BaP at doses of 0, 0.05, 0.5, 5, and 50 nM from early embryogenesis to 96 h post-fertilization (hpf), then transferred to clean water and maintained for 365 days. We found that BaP decreased locomotor and cognitive ability, neurotransmitter levels of dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and norepinephrine; and induced loss of dopaminergic neurons and resulted in neurodegeneration...
January 30, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320535/optimization-of-selective-pressurized-liquid-extraction-of-organic-pollutants-in-placenta-to-evaluate-prenatal-exposure
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Tania Fernández-Cruz, Elena Martínez-Carballo, Jesús Simal-Gándara
The early exposure to organic pollutants (OPs) related to dietary habit or environmental exposure is a concern of growing interest in environmental health. When OPs enter the body, they can accumulate in fatty tissue and even travel through the bloodstream being able to cross the placenta and reach the fetus through the substance exchange between the mother and the child. Epidemiologic and clinical data affirm that these chemicals increase the risk of adverse effects during childhood. This article reviews and addresses one of the most relevant analytical methods for determining OPs in placenta...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314391/trace-determination-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid-in-environmental-samples-surface-water-wastewater-biota-sediments-and-sewage-sludge-using-liquid-chromatography-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry
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D Zacs, V Bartkevics
An analytical method was established and validated for the analysis of the most frequently monitored representatives among the group of perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), namely, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and prefluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in environmental samples (surface water, wastewater, sediments, sewage sludge, and biota). High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to Orbitrap mass spectrometry (Orbitrap-MS) employing a heated electrospray ionization (HESI) interface operated in negative mode was used for the quantitative determination of these contaminants...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306247/reversible-hydrogenation-of-carbon-dioxide-to-formic-acid-and-methanol-lewis-acid-enhancement-of-base-metal-catalysts
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Wesley H Bernskoetter, Nilay Hazari
New and sustainable energy vectors are required as a consequence of the environmental issues associated with the continued use of fossil fuels. H2 is a potential clean energy source, but as a result of problems associated with its storage and transport as a gas, chemical H2 storage (CHS), which involves the dehydrogenation of small molecules, is an attractive alternative. In principle, formic acid (FA, 4.4 wt % H2) and methanol (MeOH, 12.6 wt % H2) can be obtained renewably and are excellent prospective liquid CHS materials...
March 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303633/cobalt-chloride-exposure-dose-dependently-induced-hepatotoxicity-through-enhancement-of-cyclooxygenase-2-cox-2-b-cell-associated-protein-x-bax-signaling-and-genotoxicity-in-wistar-rats
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Omolola Victoria Awoyemi, Ufuoma Jowafe Okotie, Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi, Temidayo Olutayo Omobowale, Ebunoluwa Racheal Asenuga, Olufunke Eunice Ola-Davies, Blessing Seun Ogunpolu
Cobalt chloride (CoCl2 ) is one of the many environmental contaminants, used in numerous industrial sectors. It is a pollutant with deadly toxicological consequences both in developing and developed countries. We investigated toxicological impact of CoCl2 on hepatic antioxidant status, apoptosis, and genotoxicity. Forty Wistar rats were divided into four groups, 10 rats per group: Group 1 served as control and received clean tap water orally; Group 2 received CoCl2 solution (150 mg/L); Group 3 received CoCl2 solution (300 mg/L); and Group 4 received CoCl2 (600 mg/L) in drinking water for 7 days, respectively...
March 17, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300019/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-care-hospitals-systematic-review-and-best-practices-for-prevention
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Irene K Louh, William G Greendyke, Emilia A Hermann, Karina W Davidson, Louise Falzon, David K Vawdrey, Jonathan A Shaffer, David P Calfee, E Yoko Furuya, Henry H Ting
OBJECTIVE Prevention of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in acute-care hospitals is a priority for hospitals and clinicians. We performed a qualitative systematic review to update the evidence on interventions to prevent CDI published since 2009. DESIGN We searched Ovid, MEDLINE, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, the ISI Web of Knowledge, and grey literature databases from January 1, 2009 to August 1, 2015. SETTING We included studies performed in acute-care hospitals. PATIENTS OR PARTICIPANTS We included studies conducted on hospitalized patients that investigated the impact of specific interventions on CDI rates...
April 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293828/pm2-5-emissions-from-different-types-of-heavy-duty-truck-a-case-study-and-meta-analysis-of-the-beijing-tianjin-hebei-region
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Liying Song, Hongqing Song, Jingyi Lin, Cheng Wang, Mingxu Yu, Xiaoxia Huang, Yu Guan, Xing Wang, Li Du
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) region in China is affected seriously by the hazy weather that has a large impact on human health. PM2.5 is one of the most important reasons for hazy weather. Understanding the PM2.5 emission characteristics from different types of heavy-duty trucks (HDTs) is valuable in policies and regulations to improve urban air quality and mitigate vehicle emission in China. The investigation and analysis on HDT population and PM2.5 emission in BTH region are carried out. The results show that the population and PM2...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293824/the-influence-of-renewable-and-non-renewable-energy-consumption-and-real-income-on-co2-emissions-in-the-usa-evidence-from-structural-break-tests
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Eyup Dogan, Ilhan Ozturk
The objective of this study is to explore the influence of the real income (GDP), renewable energy consumption and non-renewable energy consumption on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the United States of America (USA) in the environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) model for the period 1980-2014. The Zivot-Andrews unit root test with a structural break and the Clemente-Montanes-Reyes unit root test with a structural break report that the analyzed variables become stationary at first-differences. The Gregory-Hansen cointegration test with a structural break and the bounds testing for cointegration in the presence of a structural break show CO2 emissions, the real income, the quadratic real income, renewable and non-renewable energy consumption are cointegrated...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291944/pyrolyzable-nanoparticle-tracers-for-environmental-interrogation-and-monitoring
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Jason R Cox, Mohammed Alsenani, Scott E Miller, James A Roush, Rena Shi, Hooisweng Ow, Sehoon Chang, Anthony A Kmetz, Shannon L Eichmann, Martin E Poitzsch
Environmental tracing applications require materials that can be detected in complex fluids composed of multiple phases and contaminants. Moreover, large libraries of tracers are necessary in order to mitigate memory effects and to deploy multiple tracers simultaneously in complex oil fields. Herein, we disclose a novel approach based on the thermal decomposition of polymeric nanoparticles comprised of styrenic and methacrylic monomers. Polymeric nanoparticles derived from these monomers cleanly decompose into their constituent monomers at elevated temperatures, thereby maximizing atom economy wherein the entire nanoparticle mass contributes to the generation of detectable units...
March 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284133/monitoring-and-source-apportionment-of-trace-elements-in-pm2-5-implications-for-local-air-quality-management
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Yueyan Li, Miao Chang, Shanshan Ding, Shiwen Wang, Dun Ni, Hongtao Hu
Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) samples were collected simultaneously every hour in Beijing between April 2014 and April 2015 at five sites. Thirteen trace elements (TEs) in PM2.5 were analyzed by online X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The annual average PM2.5 concentrations ranged from 76.8 to 102.7 μg m(-3). TEs accounted for 5.9%-8.7% of the total PM2.5 mass with Cl, S, K, and Si as the most dominant elements. Spearman correlation coefficients of PM2.5 or TE concentrations between the background site and other sites showed that PM2...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280098/monostable-superrepellent-materials
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Yanshen Li, David Quéré, Cunjing Lv, Quanshui Zheng
Superrepellency is an extreme situation where liquids stay at the tops of rough surfaces, in the so-called Cassie state. Owing to the dramatic reduction of solid/liquid contact, such states lead to many applications, such as antifouling, droplet manipulation, hydrodynamic slip, and self-cleaning. However, superrepellency is often destroyed by impalement transitions triggered by environmental disturbances whereas inverse transitions are not observed without energy input. Here we show through controlled experiments the existence of a "monostable" region in the phase space of surface chemistry and roughness, where transitions from Cassie to (impaled) Wenzel states become spontaneously reversible...
March 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279576/ultra-low-background-and-environmental-measurements-at-laboratorio-subterr%C3%A3-neo-de-canfranc-lsc
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I Bandac, S Borjabad, A Ianni, R Nuñez-Lagos, C Pérez, S Rodríguez, J A Villar
To support the construction of experiments at the Laboratorio Subterráneo de Canfranc (LSC) in Spain, an Ultra-Low Background Service (ULBS) and a Copper Electroforming Service (CES) were created. The measurement technique employed at the ULBS is gamma spectroscopy with high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. A new anti-radon system is being implemented. The main goal of CES is to obtain high-purity copper pieces. A new electroforming set-up inside LSC underground clean room is planned. Radon and environmental measurements at the LSC are presented...
March 4, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272346/a-greener-quick-and-comprehensive-extraction-approach-for-lc-ms-of-multiple-mycotoxins
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Andreas Breidbach
In food/feed control, mycotoxin analysis is often still performed "one analyte at a time". Here a method is presented which aims at making mycotoxin analysis environmentally friendlier through replacing acetonitrile by ethyl acetate and reducing chemical waste production by analyzing four mycotoxins together, forgoing sample extract clean-up, and minimizing solvent consumption. For this, 2 g of test material were suspended in 8 mL water and 16 mL ethyl acetate were added. Extraction was accelerated through sonication for 30 min and subsequent addition of 8 g sodium sulfate...
March 7, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264774/combined-effects-of-climate-and-land-management-on-watershed-vegetation-dynamics-in-an-arid-environment
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Peilong Liu, Lu Hao, Cen Pan, Decheng Zhou, Yongqiang Liu, Ge Sun
Leaf area index (LAI) is a key parameter to characterize vegetation dynamics and ecosystem structure that determines the ecosystem functions and services such as clean water supply and carbon sequestration in a watershed. However, linking LAI dynamics and environmental controls (i.e., coupling biosphere, atmosphere, and anthroposphere) remains challenging and such type of studies have rarely been done at a watershed scale due to data availability. The present study examined the spatial and temporal variations of LAI for five ecosystem types within a watershed with a complex topography in the Upper Heihe River Basin, a major inland river in the arid and semi-arid western China...
March 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263585/acute-responses-of-microorganisms-from-membrane-bioreactors-in-the-presence-of-naocl-protective-mechanisms-of-extracellular-polymeric-substances
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Xiaomeng Han, Zhiwei Wang, Mei Chen, Xingran Zhang, Chuyang Y Tang, Zhichao Wu
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are key foulants in membrane bioreactors (MBRs). However, their positive functions of protecting microorganisms from environmental stresses, e.g., during in situ hypochlorite chemical cleaning of membranes, have not been adequately elucidated. In this work, we investigated the response of microorganisms in an MBR to various dosages of NaOCl, with a particular emphasis on the mechanistic roles of EPS. Results showed that functional groups in EPS such as the hydroxyl and amino groups were attacked by NaOCl, causing the oxidation of polysaccharides, denaturation of amino acids, damage to protein secondary structure, and transformation of tryptophan protein-like substances to condensed aromatic ring substances...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257813/reverse-osmosis-and-ultrafiltration-for-recovery-and-reuse-of-larval-rearing-water-in-anopheles-arabiensis-mass-production-effect-of-water-quality-on-larval-development-and-fitness-of-emerging-adults
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Wadaka Mamai, Rebecca Hood-Nowotny, Hamidou Maiga, Adel Barakat Ali, Nanwintoun S Bimbile-Somda, Diloma Dieudonné Soma, Hanano Yamada, Rosemary Susan Lees, Jeremie R L Gilles
BACKGROUND: Countries around the world are showing increased interest in applying the sterile insect technique against mosquito disease vectors. Many countries in which mosquitoes are endemic, and so where vector control using the sterile insect technique may be considered, are located in arid zones where water provision can be costly or unreliable. Water reuse provides an alternate form of water supply. In order to reduce the cost of mass rearing of Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes, the possibility of recycling and reusing larval rearing water was explored...
March 1, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254714/preliminary-study-to-characterize-plastic-polymers-using-elemental-analyser-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry-ea-irms
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Daniela Berto, Federico Rampazzo, Claudia Gion, Seta Noventa, Francesca Ronchi, Umberto Traldi, Giordano Giorgi, Anna Maria Cicero, Otello Giovanardi
Plastic waste is a growing global environmental problem, particularly in the marine ecosystems, in consideration of its persistence. The monitoring of the plastic waste has become a global issue, as reported by several surveillance guidelines proposed by Regional Sea Conventions (OSPAR, UNEP) and appointed by the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Policy responses to plastic waste vary at many levels, ranging from beach clean-up to bans on the commercialization of plastic bags and to Regional Plans for waste management and recycling...
February 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253849/evaluation-of-an-ultraviolet-room-disinfection-protocol-to-decrease-nursing-home-microbial-burden-infection-and-hospitalization-rates
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Christine R Kovach, Yavuz Taneli, Tammy Neiman, Elaine M Dyer, Alvin Jason A Arzaga, Sheryl T Kelber
BACKGROUND: The focus of nursing home infection control procedures has been on decreasing transmission between healthcare workers and residents. Less evidence is available regarding whether decontamination of high-touch environmental surfaces impacts infection rates or resident outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine if ultraviolet disinfection is associated with changes in: 1) microbial counts and adenosine triphosphate counts on high-touch surfaces; and 2) facility wide nursing home acquired infection rates, and infection-related hospitalization...
March 3, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251730/epidemiological-surveillance-of-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria-in-a-solid-organ-transplantation-department
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Anastasia Geladari, Theodoros Karampatakis, Charalampos Antachopoulos, Elias Iosifidis, Olga Tsiatsiou, Lida Politi, Aggeliki Karyoti, Vasilios Papanikolaou, Athanassios Tsakris, Emmanuel Roilides
BACKGROUND: We assessed the impact of intensified infection control measures (ICM) on colonization and infection caused by carbapenem-resistant (CR) Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter baumannii in a Solid Organ Transplantation (SOT) Department. METHODS: A quasi-experimental methodology was followed. The study was divided in 3 periods: pre-intervention, intervention with implementation of an ICM bundle including active surveillance program (ASP) and gradually enhanced measures, and post-ASP without ASP...
March 2, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251692/all-weather-solar-cells-a-rising-photovoltaic-revolutionary
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Qunwei Tang
Solar cells have been considered as one of the foremost solutions to energy and environmental problems because of clean, high efficiency, cost-effective and inexhaustible features. The historical development and state-of-the-art solar cells are mainly focusing on elevating photoelectric conversion efficiency upon direct sunlight illumination. It is still a challenging problem to realize persistent high-efficiency power generation in rainy, foggy, haze and night etc dark-light conditions. The physical proof-of-concept for all-weather solar cells opens a door for upcoming photovoltaic revolutions...
March 1, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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