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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456239/a-rare-presentation-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-and-cerebellitis-in-an-asplenic-patient-seronegative-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv
#1
Hafsa Abbas, Angelica CiFuentes Kottkamp, Naeem Abbas, Richard Cindrich, Manisha Singh
BACKGROUND Cryptococcal meningitis in patients who are seronegative for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and in patients who are splenectomized is rare. This report is an unusual case of meningeal and cerebellar infection due to the encapsulated yeast, Cryptococcus neoformans, which has not previously been associated with asplenia. CASE REPORT A 65-year-old HIV-negative patient with a previous splenectomy, presented with a three-day history of fever, vomiting, and headache. His symptoms progressed to generalized body aches, persistent fever, and neck stiffness...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456001/soluble-soybean-polysaccharide-tio-2-bionanocomposite-film-for-food-application
#2
Davoud Salarbashi, Mohsen Tafaghodi, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz
In the current study, a set of biodegradable soybean polysaccharide (SSPS) nanocomposites containing different ratios of TiO2 nanoparticles was characterized as new packaging system. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement showed that the crystalline structure of the TiO2 nanoparticles remained intact in the polysaccharide matrix and the surface of nanocomposites containing 1-3% TiO2 was observed morphologically uniform under scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis revealed that the magnitude of storage modulus was 3...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455145/heavy-metals-dispersion-during-thermal-treatment-of-plastic-bags-and-its-recovery
#3
Ohidul Alam, Sijia Wang, Wentao Lu
One of the main worries for thermal treatment of plastic bag (PB) is the air pollution resulting from heavy metal (HM) evaporation and emission. The quest of the study was to investigate their fate during thermal treatment varying with temperature and atmosphere to explore the appropriate treatment technology. Four commonly consumed polymer bags such as PE, HDPE, LDPE and PVC were selected for the analysis. The elemental compositions, heating values and total metal contents of the samples were measured by an elemental analyzer, a sulphur/halogen analyzer, a bomb calorimeter and an ICP-OES, respectively...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455097/development-and-application-of-a-continuous-fast-microwave-pyrolysis-system-for-sewage-sludge-utilization
#4
Junwen Zhou, Shiyu Liu, Nan Zhou, Liangliang Fan, Yaning Zhang, Peng Peng, Erik Anderson, Kuan Ding, Yunpu Wang, Yuhuan Liu, Paul Chen, Roger Ruan
A continuous fast microwave-assisted pyrolysis system was designed, fabricated, and tested with sewage sludge. The system is equipped with continuous biomass feeding, mixing of biomass and microwave absorbent, and separated catalyst upgrading. The effect of the sludge pyrolysis temperature (450, 500, 550, and 600 °C) on the products yield, distribution and potentially energy recovery were investigated. The physical, chemical, and energetic properties of the raw sewage sludge and bio-oil, char and gas products obtained were analyzed using elemental analyzer, GC-MS, Micro-GC, SEM and ICP-OES...
February 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454232/effects-of-mine-tailing-and-mixed-contamination-on-metals-trace-elements-accumulation-and-histopathology-of-the-chub-squalius-cephalus-tissues-evidence-from-three-differently-contaminated-sites-in-serbia
#5
Božidar Rašković, Vesna Poleksić, Stefan Skorić, Katarina Jovičić, Slađana Spasić, Aleksandar Hegediš, Nebojša Vasić, Mirjana Lenhardt
Chub (Squalius cephalus) specimens were collected in Korenita River seven months after spillover from the waste water of antimony mine tailing pond and compared with chub living in Kruščica reservoir (intended for water supply) and Međuvršje reservoir (influenced by intense emission of industrial, urban and rural wastewater). Concentrations of 15 elements (Al, As, B, Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Si, Sr, Zn) were determined in muscle, liver and gills of chub by inductively coupled plasma optical spectrometry (ICP-OES) and histopathological alterations in liver and gills were assessed...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453650/atmospheric-pm-2-5-mercury-in-the-metropolitan-area-of-mexico-city
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Ofelia Morton-Bermea, Rodrigo Garza-Galindo, Elizabeth Hernández-Álvarez, Sara L Ordoñez-Godínez, Omar Amador-Muñoz, Laura Beramendi-Orosco, Javier Miranda, Irma Rosas-Pérez
In this study, atmospheric mercury concentration in airborne particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter ≤ 2.5 µm (PM 2.5 ) was analyzed by ICP-MS. Samples were collected in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA), during 2013, in five locations, Northwest, Northeast (NE), Central, Southwest and Southeast, along three seasons: dry warm, rainy, and dry cold (DC). It can be observed that NE shows the highest mercury concentration (p < 0.05), where pollution events were identified. The seasonal distribution shows that samples collected during DC present the highest concentration (p < 0...
February 16, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453616/laser-induced-plasma-spectroscopy-lips-use-of-a-geological-tool-in-assessing-bone-mineral-content
#7
László Andrássy, Izabella Gomez, Ágnes Horváth, Katalin Gulyás, Zsófia Pethö, Balázs Juhász, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Zoltan Szekanecz
Bone may be similar to geological formulations in many ways. Therefore, it may be logical to apply laser-based geological techniques in bone research. The mineral and element oxide composition of bioapatite can be estimated by mathematical models. Laser-induced plasma spectrometry (LIPS) has long been used in geology. This method may provide a possibility to determine the composition and concentration of element oxides forming the inorganic part of bones. In this study, we wished to standardize the LIPS technique and use mathematical calculations and models in order to determine CaO distribution and bone homogeneity using bovine shin bone samples...
February 17, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453257/a-facile-arsenazo-iii-based-assay-for-monitoring-rare-earth-element-depletion-from-cultivation-media-of-methanotrophic-and-methylotrophic-bacteria
#8
Carmen Hogendoorn, Paula Roszczenko-Jasińska, N Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, Johann de Graaff, Patrick Grassl, Arjan Pol, Huub J M Op den Camp, Lena J Daumann
Recently, methanotrophic and methylotrophic bacteria were found to utilize rare earth elements (REE). To monitor the REE-content in culture media of these bacteria we have developed a rapid screening method using the Arsenazo III (AS III) dye for spectrophotometric REE-detection in the low μM (0.1-10 μM) range. We designed this assay to follow La III and Eu III depletion from the culture medium by the acidophilic verrucomicrobial methanotroph Methylacidiphilum fumariolicum SolV. The assay can also be modified to screen the uptake of other REE such as Pr III or to monitor the depletion of La III from growth media in neutrophilic methylotrophs such as Methylobacterium extorquens AM1...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453167/electrochemical-detection-of-methylated-dna-on-a-microfluidic-chip-with-nanoelectrokinetic-pre-concentration
#9
Sung A Hong, Yong-June Kim, Sung Jae Kim, Sung Yang
DNA methylation is considered to be a promising marker for the early diagnosis and prognosis of cancer. However, direct detection of the methylated DNAs in clinically relevant samples is still challenging because of its extremely low concentration (~fM). Here, an integrated microfluidic chip is reported, which is capable of pre-concentrating the methylated DNAs using ion concentration polarization (ICP) and electrochemically detecting the pre-concentrated DNAs on a single chip. The proposed chip is the first demonstration of an electrochemical detection of both level and concentration of the methylated DNAs by integrating a DNA pre-concentration unit without gene amplification...
February 1, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453092/silicon-induced-fe-deficiency-affects-fe-mn-cu-and-zn-distribution-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-growth-in-calcareous-conditions
#10
Sandra Carrasco-Gil, Sara Rodríguez-Menéndez, Beatriz Fernández, Rosario Pereiro, Vicenta de la Fuente, Lourdes Hernandez-Apaolaza
A protective effect by silicon in the amelioration of iron chlorosis has recently been proved for Strategy 1 species, at acidic pH. However in calcareous conditions, the Si effect on Fe acquisition and distribution is still unknown. In this work, the effect of Si on Fe, Mn, Cu and Zn distribution was studied in rice (Strategy 2 species) under Fe sufficiency and deficiency. Plants (+Si or-Si) were grown initially with Fe, and then Fe was removed from the nutrient solution. The plants were then analysed using a combined approach including LA-ICP-MS images for each element of interest, the analysis of the Fe and Si concentration at different cell layers of root and leaf cross sections by SEM-EDX, and determining the apoplastic Fe, total micronutrient concentration and oxidative stress indexes...
February 1, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452732/efficacy-of-pre-hospital-rapid-sequence-intubation-in-paediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-a-9-year-observational-study
#11
Stefan Heschl, Ben Meadley, Emily Andrew, Warwick Butt, Stephen Bernard, Karen Smith
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital airway management of the paediatric patient with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is controversial. Endotracheal intubation of children in the field requires specific skills and has potential benefits but also carries potentially serious complications. We aimed to compare mortality and functional outcomes after six months between children with TBI who either underwent prehospital rapid sequence intubation (RSI) by trained Intensive Care paramedics (ICP) or received no intubation...
February 12, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449792/seric-concentrations-of-copper-chromium-manganesum-nickel-and-selenium-in-aerobic-anaerobic-and-mixed-professional-sportsmen
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Marcos Maynar, Francisco Llerena, Ignacio Bartolomé, Javier Alves, María-Concepción Robles, Francisco-Javier Grijota, Diego Muñoz
Background: The aim of the present study was to determine changes in serum concentrations of trace elements Cooper (Cu), Chromiun (Cr), Manganesum (Mn), Nickel (Ni) and Selenium (Se) in high-level sportsmen. Methods: Eighty professional athletes of different metabolic modalities, were recruited before the start of their training period. Thirty one sedentary participants of the same geographic area constituted the control group. Cu, Cr, Mn, Ni and Se analysis was performed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)...
2018: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449114/role-of-rain-intensity-and-soil-colloids-in-the-retention-of-surfactant-stabilized-silver-nanoparticles-in-soil
#13
Joanna Makselon, Nina Siebers, Florian Meier, Harry Vereecken, Erwin Klumpp
Undisturbed outdoor lysimeters containing arable loamy sand soil were used to examine the influence of either heavy rain events (high frequency of high rain intensity), steady rain (continuous rainfall of low rain intensity), and natural rainfall on the transport and retention of surfactant-stabilized silver nanoparticles (AgNP). In addition, the AgNP-soil associations within the A p horizon were analyzed by means of particle-size fractionation, asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation coupled with UV/Vis-detection and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (AF4-UV/Vis-ICP-MS), and transmission electron microscopy coupled to an energy-dispersive X-ray (TEM-EDX) analyzer...
February 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449108/effect-of-nitrogen-and-zinc-fertilization-on-zinc-and-iron-bioavailability-and-chemical-speciation-in-maize-silage
#14
Djordje Grujcic, Thomas Hesselhøj Hansen, Søren Husted, Milanka Drinic, Bal Ram Singh
Agronomic biofortification is one of the main strategies for alleviation of micronutrient deficiencies in food and feed. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of N supply on total concentration of Zn and Fe and their chemical species in the soluble extracts of maize silage grown under field conditions. Total concentrations of Zn, Fe, Cu, Mn, S and P were measured by flow-injection inductive coupled plasma (ICP) - mass spectrometer (MS). Soluble Fe and Zn were extracted and analyzed by size exclusion-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448893/arsenic-species-in-rice-and-rice-based-products-consumed-by-toddlers-in-switzerland
#15
Roxane Guillod-Magnin, Beat J Brüschweiler, Rafael Aubert, Max Haldimann
Inorganic arsenic (iAs) is a contaminant present in food, especially in rice and rice-based products. Toxicity of arsenic compounds (As) depends on species and oxidative state. Inorganic arsenic species, such as arsenite (As(III)) and arsenate (As(V)), are more bioactive and toxic than organic arsenic species, like methylarsonic acid (MMA(V)) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA(V)) or arsenosugars and arsenobetaine. An ion chromatography-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (IC-ICP-MS) method was developed to separate the four following arsenic anions: As(III), As(V), MMA(V) and DMA(V)...
February 16, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448757/effect-of-inductively-coupled-plasma-on-the-properties-of-nanocrystalline-vanadium-nitride-films-for-corrosion-resistant-surface
#16
Sung-Yong Chun
Single-phase cubic (FCC) vanadium nitride (VN) coatings with different preferential orientations and residual stresses were obtained as a function of ICP power. Microstructural, crystallographic and mechanical characterizations were performed by FE-SEM, AFM, XRD and nanoindentation. The results show that ICP has significant effects on coating's microstructure, structural and mechanical properties of VN coatings. With an increase in ICP power, coating microstructure evolved from a porous columnar structure to a highly dense one...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448615/synthesis-of-the-molybdenum-precursor-for-slurry-phase-hydrocracking-of-heavy-oil
#17
Byong-Min Choi, Seok-Hwan Son, Min-Sub Noh, Kwang-Seok Lee, Chul-Wee Lee, Sun-Yeong Park, Min-Chul Chung
In this study, Molybdenum precursors were synthesized with butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, nonanoic acid, decanoic acid, and undecanoic acid. In order to determine chemical structure of Synthesized molybdenum precursors, 1H(13C)-NMR, EA and ICP were used pyrolysis properties were measured TGA. The molybdenum precursors was used for Hydrocracking of Vacuum R1esidue (VR). It was shown that molybdenum nonanoate(3) was shown the lowerst Toluene Insoluble and Gas Product about 2.1 and 5.0 percent.
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448201/trace-element-dynamics-of-biosolids-derived-microbeads
#18
Hasintha Wijesekara, Nanthi S Bolan, Lauren Bradney, Nadeeka Obadamudalige, Balaji Seshadri, Anitha Kunhikrishnan, Rajarathnam Dharmarajan, Yong Sik Ok, Jörg Rinklebe, M B Kirkham, Meththika Vithanage
This study focused on quantifying and characterising microbeads in biosolids (i.e., treated sewage sludge), and in examining interactions of microbeads with trace elements when biosolids are added to soil. Under laboratory conditions, batch experiments were conducted to investigate the adsorption of Cu onto pure and surface modified microbeads suspended in soil. The ecotoxicity of microbead-metal complexes to soil microbial activities was also investigated by monitoring basal respiration and dehydrogenase activity...
February 1, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445912/plasma-elemental-responses-to-red-meat-ingestion-in-healthy-young-males-and-the-effect-of-cooking-method
#19
Matthew P G Barnett, Vic S C Chiang, Amber M Milan, Shikha Pundir, Trevor A Walmsley, Susan Grant, James F Markworth, Siew-Young Quek, Peter M George, David Cameron-Smith
PURPOSE: Elemental deficiencies are highly prevalent and have a significant impact on health. However, clinical monitoring of plasma elemental responses to foods remains largely unexplored. Data from in vitro studies show that red meat (beef) is a highly bioavailable source of several key elements, but cooking method may influence this bioavailability. We therefore studied the postprandial responses to beef steak, and the effects of two different cooking methods, in healthy young males...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445500/endovascular-clot-retrieval-in-extensive-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-cvst-a-videographic-report
#20
Muhammad Bilal Abid, Vijay Kumar Sharma
Urgent anticoagulation, despite the presence of acute cerebral hematoma, improves survival as well as the prognosis. Surgical decompression is a life-saving procedure and is required in a selected group of patients with considerable mass effect and elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). Endovascular thrombectomy is a novel approach to reduce the clot burden, achieve venous patency, and reduce ICP.
February 2018: Clinical Case Reports
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