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Sanil D Singh, Naeem Sheik-Abdul, Alisa Phulukdaree, Charlette Tiloke, Savani Nagiah, Sooraj Baijnath, Anil A Chuturgoon
Raw ingredients of pet food are often contaminated with mycotoxins. This is a serious health problem to pets and causes emotional and economical stress to the pet owners. The aim of this study was to determine the immunotoxicity of the most common mycotoxins (aflatoxin, fumonisin, ochratoxin A and zearalenone) by examining 20 samples of extruded dry dog food found on the South African market [10 samples from standard grocery store lines (SB), 10 from premium veterinarian lines (PB)]. Pelleted dog food was subjected to extraction protocols optimized for the above mentioned mycotoxins...
February 13, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Biel Obrador, Daniel von Schiller, Rafael Marcé, Lluís Gómez-Gener, Matthias Koschorreck, Carles Borrego, Núria Catalán
Despite the increasing understanding of the magnitude and drivers of carbon gas emissions from inland waters, the relevance of water fluctuation and associated drying on their dynamics is rarely addressed. Here, we quantified CO 2 and CH 4 fluxes from a set of temporary ponds across seasons. The ponds were in all occasion net CO 2 emitters irrespective of the presence or absence of water. While the CO 2 fluxes were in the upper range of emissions for freshwater lentic systems, CH 4 fluxes were mostly undetectable...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dagnachew Adugna, Marina Bergen Jensen, Brook Lemma, Geremew Sahilu Gebrie
As in many other cities, urbanization coupled with population growth worsens the water supply problem of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a water supply deficit of 41% in 2016. To investigate the potential contribution of rooftop rainwater harvesting (RWH) from large public institutions, 320 such institutions were selected and grouped into 11 categories, from which 25-30% representative 588 rooftops were digitalized and the potential RWH volume computed based on a ten-year rainfall dataset. When comparing the resulting RWH potential with the water consumption, up to 2...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Ana M Belenguer, Giulio I Lampronti, Jeremy K M Sanders
The equilibrium outcomes of ball mill grinding can dramatically change as a function of even tiny variations in the experimental conditions such as the presence of very small amounts of added solvent. To reproducibly and accurately capture this sensitivity, the experimentalist needs to carefully consider every single factor that can affect the ball mill grinding reaction under investigation, from ensuring the grinding jars are clean and dry before use, to accurately adding the stoichiometry of the starting materials, to validating that the delivery of solvent volume is accurate, to ensuring that the interaction between the solvent and the powder is well understood and, if necessary, a specific soaking time is added to the procedure...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Rattan S Rashpa, Vikram K Mahajan, Pankaj Kumar, Karaninder S Mehta, Pushpinder S Chauhan, Ritu Rawat, Vikas Sharma
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD)-associated mucocutaneous manifestations significantly impair the quality of life but often remain understudied. They may also vary across regions, socioeconomic and nutritional status, and racial differences. Objectives: To study the patterns of mucocutaneous disorders and their prevalence in CKD patients irrespective of clinical stage or dialysis status. Materials and Methods: 122 (M:F = 77:45) patients aged 21‒85 (Mean ± SD = 57...
January 2018: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Hossein Ranjbaran, Saeid Abediankenari, Masoud Mohammadi, Narjes Jafari, Alireza Khalilian, Zahra Rahmani, Marzei Momeninezhad Amiri, Pirooz Ebrahimi
Wharton`s jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSCs), have a high proliferation valency and they do not produce teratogen or carcinogen after subsequent transplantation. They are known as regenerative medicine. Thus more research is needed on the isolation and characterization of mesenchymal stem cells. In this experimental study, we obtained Wharton's jelly tissues from mothers during normal vaginal delivery, after obtaining their informed consent. Mesenchymal stem cells were isolated from cultured Wharton`s jelly, cultured, and were then examined for their proliferation, immunophenotypes, and differentiation capacities...
January 2018: Acta Medica Iranica
Aleix Elizalde-Torrent, Fernando Val, Ingrid Cardoso C Azevedo, Wuelton M Monteiro, Luiz C L Ferreira, Carmen Fernández-Becerra, Hernando A Del Portillo, Marcus V G Lacerda
BACKGROUND: Splenomegaly is one of the most common features of malaria. However, spontaneous splenic rupture, although unusual, represents a severe complication often leading to death. It is mostly seen in acute infection and primary attack, and it is most commonly associated with Plasmodium vivax. Here, a case of spontaneous splenic rupture diagnosed with a portable ultrasound apparatus shortly after starting treatment and with recurrent parasitaemia after splenectomy, is reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: In November 2015, a 45-year-old Brazilian man presented to the hospital in Manaus with fever, headache and myalgia...
February 13, 2018: Malaria Journal
Marta Gallego, Leticia Mora, Milagro Reig, Fidel Toldrá
Antioxidant peptides positively regulate oxidative stress in the human body as well as delay, retard or prevent protein and lipid oxidation in food products. Spanish dry-cured ham has been reported as a good source of bioactive peptides, being SNAAC the most active antioxidant peptide identified to date. In this work, the stability of this peptide against in vitro digestion, heat treatments and different salt concentrations was evaluated using three methods for measuring antioxidant activity: β-carotene bleaching assay, ABTS radical scavenging capacity and ORAC assay...
March 2018: Food Research International
Qun Gao, Shuang Chen, Ismael Aaron Kimirei, Lu Zhang, Huruma Mgana, Prisca Mziray, Zhaode Wang, Cheng Yu, Qiushi Shen
Lake Tanganyika, an African Great Lake, is a complex tropical ecosystem that has been subjected to extreme climate-related changes in the last century, including seasonal changes in temperature and rainfall, decreased overall annual rainfall, and greater frequency of rainstorms. Atmospheric nitrogen (N) is an important component of the lake's N loading, but how long-term and seasonal changes in precipitation affect this loading still needs clarification. This study aimed to improve our understanding of the seasonal features of N deposition in the lake, by monitoring atmospheric N deposition concentrations and fluxes from March 2013 to February 2014...
February 11, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
W J Song, X M Yan
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a broad spectrum incoherent light which is produced by high-output xenon lamp. Since the invention of the first-generation IPL in 1994, IPL technology has been developing rapidly and extensively utilized in multiple fields relevant to dermatology across the world. In 2004, the fourth-generation IPL system was introduced with the optimal pulse technology (OPT) and has soon been used for cosmetic purposes all over the world. In 2002, Dr. Toyos found that the meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dye eye disease (DED)symptoms of the rosacea patients who received IPL treatment have been improving significantly, therefore he started to explore the application of IPL system to treatment of dry eye disease...
February 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Z G Liu, H Wang
Dry eye has become the most common ophthalmic disease besides ametropia. As a chronic ophthalmic disease, dry eye, which in serious cases might even lead to blindness, not only affects the life quality of the patient, but also poses adverse impact on social productivity and work efficiency, and moreover influences the development of society and economy. The incidence of dry eye has been rising in recent years because of the widespread use of video terminals, which poses greater challenges for us. Therefore, we put forward the concept of chronic disease management for dry eye in the hope of drawing extensive attention and planning ahead of time, so as to meet the needs of dry eye patients in China...
February 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Seyed Mohammad Bagher Hashemi, Amin Mousavi Khaneghah, Jorge A Saraiva, Anet Režek Jambrak, Francisco J Barba, Maria J Mota
Date syrup is rich in fermentable sugars and may be used as a substrate for different microbial fermentations, including lactic acid fermentation processes. The beneficial effects of ultrasounds (US) on bioprocesses have been reported for several microorganisms, due to the enhancement of cell growth, as well as improvements in yields and productivities. Therefore, US treatments (30 kHz, 100 W, 10-30 min) were applied to two lactobacilli (Lactobacillus helveticus PTCC 1332 and Lactobacillus acidophilus PTCC 1643), during fermentation using date syrup as substrate...
February 9, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Michael T B Nguyen, Vishakha Thakrar, Clara C Chan
OBJECTIVE: To describe indications and outcomes of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO therapeutic scleral lens. METHODS: A database search of patients fitted with the EyePrintPRO from 2014 to 2016. Fourteen eyes of 10 patients were reviewed retrospectively. Patient demographics, medical and ocular history, indications for fitting, duration of wear, symptoms, and best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) were analyzed. RESULTS: Mean age at lens fitting was 49 years (range, 21-67 years)...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
Ihuoma N Anyanwu, Moses N Alo, Amos M Onyekwere, John D Crosse, Okoro Nworie, Emmanuel B Chamba
Biochar amendment to soil is predicted globally as a means to enhance soil health. Alongside the beneficial result on soil nutrient availability and retention, biochar is presumed to increase soil macro / microbiota composition and improve plant growth. However, evidence for such an effect remains elusive in many tropical agricultural soils. The influence of biochar aged in soil was assessed on soil microbiota, macrobiota (Eudrilus eugeniae), seedling emergence and early plant growth of Oryza sativa and Solanum lycopersicum in tropical agricultural soil, over a 90 d biochar-soil contact time...
February 6, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Francesca Gherardi, Sara Goidanich, Vladimiro Dal Santo, Lucia Toniolo
Layered treatments of natural stones based on dispersions of experimental nano-TiO2 and commercial TEOS, showing photocatalytic and self-cleaning properties have been set-up and tested. To enhance nano-TiO2 efficacy, a surface pre-treatment with tetraethyl orthosilicate has been proposed to avoid the penetration of NPs into the crystalline porous substrates and to improve their adhesion to the stone. Two treatment applications - wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry -have been compared, showing different results. A strong interaction Si-O-Ti has proved to be the key factor for the successful treatment, leaving the bandgap and relevant properties of nano-TiO2 unaltered...
February 9, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Sarah J Nevitt, Judith Thornton, Clare S Murray, Tiffany Dwyer
BACKGROUND: Several agents are used to clear secretions from the airways of people with cystic fibrosis. Mannitol increases mucociliary clearance, but its exact mechanism of action is unknown. The dry powder formulation of mannitol may be more convenient and easier to use compared with established agents which require delivery via a nebuliser. Phase III trials of inhaled dry powder mannitol for the treatment of cystic fibrosis have been completed and it is now available in Australia and some countries in Europe...
February 9, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Daniele Claudino Maciel, Ítalo Braga Castro, José Roberto Botelho de Souza, Gilvan Takeshi Yogui, Gilberto Fillmann, Eliete Zanardi-Lamardo
Butyltin compounds (BTs) were used worldwide, especially because of their properties as biocides. Due to its high toxicity, the use of tributyltin (TBT) in antifouling paints has been prohibited in most countries. The occurrence and impact of BTs were assessed in surface sediments and in Stramonita rustica populations of two tropical estuaries that host major ports in northeastern Brazil. ΣBT concentrations ranged from <LOQ to 542ngSng-1 dry weight in sediments while imposex was not observed in S. rustica...
January 2018: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Abdul Haleem, Orus Ilyas
Indian gaur (Bos gaurus) is one of nine species of wild oxen found in the world. They are largely confined to evergreen, semi-evergreen, and moist deciduous forests, but also occur in dry deciduous forest areas at the periphery of their range. According to the IUCN Red List ( 2017 ), the estimated population of gaur in India is between 15,000 and 35,000 individuals, and probably due to this, despite the gaur's vast range of distribution, they are listed as a vulnerable species by IUCN and listed as schedule-I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act ( 1972 ) as well as in appendix-I in CITES ( 2003 )...
February 2018: Zoological Science
Amrita Sil, Chaitali Sengupta, Alak Kumar Das, Puspita Das Sil, Supratim Datta, Avijit Hazra
Context: Caregivers of sick children have to be careful with medicine dosing and giving medicines to a reluctant child can be challenging. Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices of caregivers regarding pediatric medicine administration and health literacy allied to this task. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was carried out on outpatient and inpatient basis in the pediatrics department of a teaching hospital over 6 months...
July 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Xueru Guo, Rui Zuo, Li Meng, Jinsheng Wang, Yanguo Teng, Xin Liu, Minhua Chen
Globally, groundwater resources are being deteriorated by rapid social development. Thus, there is an urgent need to assess the combined impacts of natural and enhanced anthropogenic sources on groundwater chemistry. The aim of this study was to identify seasonal characteristics and spatial variations in anthropogenic and natural effects, to improve the understanding of major hydrogeochemical processes based on source apportionment. 34 groundwater points located in a riverside groundwater resource area in northeast China were sampled during the wet and dry seasons in 2015...
February 6, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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