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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324727/frequent-exertion-and-frequent-standing-at-work-by-industry-and-occupation-group-united-states-2015
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Taylor M Shockey, Sara E Luckhaupt, Matthew R Groenewold, Ming-Lun Lu
Repeated exposure to occupational ergonomic hazards, such as frequent exertion (repetitive bending or twisting) and frequent standing, can lead to injuries, most commonly musculoskeletal disorders (1). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders have been estimated to cost the United States approximately $2.6 billion in annual direct and indirect costs (2). A recent literature review provided evidence that prolonged standing at work also leads to adverse health outcomes, such as back pain, physical fatigue, and muscle pain (3)...
January 12, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287742/investigating-real-time-monitoring-of-fatigue-indicators-of-new-zealand-forestry-workers
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Judy Bowen, Annika Hinze, Christopher Griffiths
The New Zealand forestry industry has one of the highest fatality and injury rates of any industrial sector in the country. Worker fatigue has been identified as one of the main contributing factors. Currently no independent and objective large data source is available that might support an analysis of this, or provide the basis for ongoing monitoring to further investigate. In order to successfully manage fatigue in the forestry workplace, we must identify suitable ways of detecting it. Industry partners are increasingly looking at monitoring solutions (particularly lightweight, wearable technology) that aim to measure worker activities and physiological metrics in order to determine if they are fatigued...
December 27, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236752/the-combined-fatigue-effects-of-sequential-exposure-to-seated-whole-body-vibration-and-physical-mental-or-concurrent-work-demands
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Marcus Yung, Angelica E Lang, Jamie Stobart, Aaron M Kociolek, Stephan Milosavljevic, Catherine Trask
Many occupations in agriculture, construction, transportation, and forestry are non-routine, involving non-cyclical tasks, both discretionary and non-discretionary work breaks, and a mix of work activities. Workers in these industries are exposed to seated whole body vibration (WBV) and tasks consisting of physical, mental, or a combination of demands. Risk assessment tools for non-routinized jobs have emerged but there remains a need to understand the combined effects of different work demands to improve risk assessment methods and ultimately inform ergonomists and workers on optimum work arrangement and scheduling strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206444/multi-regional-input-output-analysis-of-spatial-temporal-evolution-driving-force-for-carbon-emissions-embodied-in-interprovincial-trade-and-optimization-policies-a-case-study-of-northeast-industrial-district-in-china
#4
Hao Cheng, Suocheng Dong, Fujia Li, Yang Yang, Shantong Li, Yu Li
In the counties with rapid economy and carbon emissions(CEs) growth, CEs embodied in interprovincial trade(CEs-PT) significantly impacts the CEs amount and structure, and represents a key issue to consider in CEs reduction policies formulation. This study applied EEBT and two-stage SDA model to analyze the characteristics and driving force of spatial-temporal evolution for net CEs-PT outflow in the Northeast Industrial District of China(NID). We found that, during 1997-2007, the net CEs-PT flowed out from NID to 16 south and east provinces, then to 23 provinces all over China, and its amount has increased 216...
December 5, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152771/prevalence-of-hearing-loss-among-noise-exposed-workers-within-the-agriculture-forestry-fishing-and-hunting-sector-2003-2012
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Elizabeth A Masterson, Christa L Themann, Geoffrey M Calvert
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of hearing loss among noise-exposed US workers within the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting (AFFH) sector. METHODS: Audiograms for 1.4 million workers (17 299 within AFFH) from 2003 to 2012 were examined. Prevalence, and the adjusted risk for hearing loss as compared with the reference industry (Couriers and Messengers), were estimated. RESULTS: The overall AFFH sector prevalence was 15% compared to 19% for all industries combined, but many of the AFFH sub-sectors exceeded the overall prevalence...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090659/economic-analysis-of-a-hypothetical-bamboo-biochar-plant-in-zhejiangprovince-china
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Tao Zhang, Fang Liang, Wanhe Hu, Xiaomeng Yang, Hongzhong Xiang, Ge Wang, Benhua Fei, Zhijia Liu
Significant quantities of bamboo waste are generated in Zhejiang province, China. Many small businesses in this area convert this waste to biochar for use as a cooking fuel (in residential barbecues). This case study was conducted to evaluate the potential economic benefits of building and operating an industrial-sized plant in this province, yielding 500 tonnes per year. The researchers developed a conceptual design for a hypothetical biochar plant and then calculated net present value (NPV), investment payback period (PBP), internal rate of return (IRR), and sensitivity analysis...
October 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069187/analysis-of-individuals-with-leukemia-cancer-surveillance-system-limitations
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Elisane Silveira Moraes, Marcia Sarpa de Campos Mello, Fernanda de Albuquerque Melo Nogueira, Ubirani Barros Otero, Flávia Nascimento de Carvalho
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world with great impact on public health and leukemia is a hematological cancer directly related to different exposures at work. This study aimed to describe the occupational profile of individuals diagnosed with leukemia. This is a cross-sectional study of cases registered between 2007 and 2011 in the Integrador RHC database. Individuals from 26 Brazilian states, aged 20 years or older, were included. Of the 7,807 cases of leukemia, Minas Gerais recorded the highest occurrence (1,351)...
October 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975514/sectoral-assessment-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-in-pakistan
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Kaleem Anwar Mir, Pallav Purohit, Shahbaz Mehmood
In this study, an attempt has been made to develop inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Pakistan at the national and sectoral level. The emission profile includes carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). In 2012, GHG emissions from different sectors of economy are estimated at 367 Tg CO2eq. Out of this, CO2 emissions were 179 Tg; CH4 emissions were 107 Tg CO2eq; and N2O emissions were 81 Tg CO2eq. Energy and agriculture sectors contribute approximately 89% of national GHG emissions...
October 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964510/the-epidemiology-of-work-related-injury-admissions-to-hospitals-in-the-midland-region-of-new-zealand
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Bridget Kool, Shanthi Ameratunga, Nina Scott, Ross Lawrenson, Grant Christey
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiological characteristics of patients with work-related injuries (WRI) admitted to hospitals in New Zealand's Midland Trauma System (MTS) during a four year period. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of trauma registry records for adults (≥15years) admitted to four hospitals in the MTS as a result of WRI between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2015. We describe the patterns of injury incidence by demographic characteristics, employment industry, mechanism of injury, body regions injured, injury severity score (ISS), month, day and time of injury, duration of hospital stay, domicile District Health Board (DHB), and discharge destination...
November 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932265/removal-of-glucuronic-acid-from-xylan-is-a-strategy-to-improve-the-conversion-of-plant-biomass-to-sugars-for-bioenergy
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Jan J Lyczakowski, Krzysztof B Wicher, Oliver M Terrett, Nuno Faria-Blanc, Xiaolan Yu, David Brown, Kristian B R M Krogh, Paul Dupree, Marta Busse-Wicher
BACKGROUND: Plant lignocellulosic biomass can be a source of fermentable sugars for the production of second generation biofuels and biochemicals. The recalcitrance of this plant material is one of the major obstacles in its conversion into sugars. Biomass is primarily composed of secondary cell walls, which is made of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. Xylan, a hemicellulose, binds to the cellulose microfibril and is hypothesised to form an interface between lignin and cellulose. Both softwood and hardwood xylan carry glucuronic acid side branches...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823118/epidemiologic-characteristics-of-scrub-typhus-on-jeju-island
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Sung Uk Lee
OBJECTIVES: Scrub typhus is the most common febrile disease in Korea during the autumn. Jeju Island is the largest island in South Korea and has a distinctive oceanic climate. This study aimed to identify epidemiologic characteristics of scrub typhus on Jeju Island. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2016, 446 patients were diagnosed with scrub typhus on Jeju Island. The patients' personal data and the environmental factors that might be related to scrub typhus were investigated and retrospectively analyzed...
2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766741/the-role-of-social-license-in-conservation
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Dave Kendal, Rebecca M Ford
"Threatened species programs need a social license to justify public funding" (Zander et al. 2014). Or do they? There is growing acceptance within conservation science that community support for and engagement in ecosystem management programs is likely to lead to better conservation outcomes (Marvier & Wong 2012). However, the language used to characterize relations between conservation and the community is important, and use of the term social license may not always be a useful way to describe this relationship...
August 2, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726911/feeding-a-sustainable-chemical-industry-do-we-have-the-bioproducts-cart-before-the-feedstocks-horse
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Bruce E Dale
A sustainable chemical industry cannot exist at scale without both sustainable feedstocks and feedstock supply chains to provide the raw materials. However, most current research focus is on producing the sustainable chemicals and materials. Little attention is given to how and by whom sustainable feedstocks will be supplied. In effect, we have put the bioproducts cart before the sustainable feedstocks horse. For example, bulky, unstable, non-commodity feedstocks such as crop residues probably cannot supply a large-scale sustainable industry...
September 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647548/the-bioeconomy-in-poland-within-the-context-of-the-european-union
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REVIEW
Ewa Woźniak, Tomasz Twardowski
This article outlines the potential of the development of bioeconomy in Poland in the context of the European Union (EU). The analyses take into account the concept of bioeconomy, the overview of documents referring to the bioeconomy in the EU, including policy frameworks and agendas. Many countries including Poland emphasise the importance of bioeconomy, but have not yet developed a complex strategy. The state of bioeconomy in Poland is characterised by the sectors of agriculture, forestry and food production, as well as parts of the chemical, biotechnology and energy industries...
June 21, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603912/regulation-of-bone-mineral-density-in-the-grey-squirrel-sciurus-carolinensis-bioavailability-of-calcium-oxalate-and-implications-for-bark-stripping
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C P Nichols, N G Gregory, N Goode, R M A Gill, J A Drewe
The damage caused when grey squirrels strip the outer bark off trees and ingest the underlying phloem can result in reduced timber quality or tree death. This is extremely costly to the UK forestry industry and can alter woodland composition, hampering conservation efforts. The calcium hypothesis proposes that grey squirrels ingest phloem to ameliorate a seasonal calcium deficiency. Calcium in the phloem predominantly takes the form of calcium oxalate (CaOx), however not all mammals can utilise CaOx as a source of calcium...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570968/sources-of-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-emissions-to-irish-rivers-and-coastal-waters-estimates-from-a-nutrient-load-apportionment-framework
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Eva M Mockler, Jenny Deakin, Marie Archbold, Laurence Gill, Donal Daly, Michael Bruen
More than half of surface water bodies in Europe are at less than good ecological status according to Water Framework Directive assessments, and diffuse pollution from agriculture remains a major, but not the only, cause of this poor performance. Agri-environmental policy and land management practices have, in many areas, reduced nutrient emissions to water. However, additional measures may be required in Ireland to further decouple the relationship between agricultural productivity and emissions to water, which is of vital importance given on-going agricultural intensification...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552816/spanish-strategy-on-bioeconomy-towards-a-knowledge-based-sustainable-innovation
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REVIEW
Manuel Lainez, José Manuel González, Alfredo Aguilar, Carmen Vela
Spain launched its own strategy on bioeconomy in January 2016 aiming at boosting a bioeconomy based on the sustainable and efficient production and use of biological resources. It highlights global societal challenges related with agricultural and biotechnological sciences in Spain and the great dynamism of the private sectors involved, particularly the agri-food, biotech and biomass sectors. The targeted sectors are food, agriculture and forestry, conditioned by water availability. It also includes the production of those industrial bioproducts and bioenergy obtained from the use and valorisation of wastes and residues and other non-conventional sources of biomass, in a circular economy...
May 25, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456092/occupation-and-risk-of-prostate-cancer-in-canadian-men-a-case-control-study-across-eight-canadian-provinces
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Jeavana Sritharan, Paul A Demers, Shelley A Harris, Donald C Cole, Cheryl E Peters, Paul J Villeneuve
BACKGROUND: The etiology of prostate cancer continues to be poorly understood, including the role of occupation. Past Canadian studies have not been able to thoroughly examine prostate cancer by occupation with detailed information on individual level factors. METHODS: Occupation, industry and prostate cancer were examined using data from the National Enhanced Cancer Surveillance System, a large population-based case-control study conducted across eight Canadian provinces from 1994 to 1997...
June 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426386/new-zealanders-working-non-standard-hours-also-have-greater-exposure-to-other-workplace-hazards
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Sarah M Jay, Philippa H Gander, Amanda Eng, Soo Cheng, Jeroen Douwes, Lis Ellison-Loschmann, Dave McLean, Neil Pearce, Andrea 'tMannetje
Exposure to workplace hazards, such as dust, solvents, and fumes, has the potential to adversely affect the health of people. However, the effects of workplace hazards on health may differ when exposure occurs at different times in the circadian cycle, and among people who work longer hours or who do not obtain adequate sleep. The aim of the present study was to document exposures to workplace hazards across a national sample of New Zealanders, comparing people who work a standard 08:00 -17:00 h Monday-to-Friday working week (Std hours) and those who do not (N-Std hours)...
2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394946/the-integrative-omics-of-white-rot-fungus-pycnoporus-coccineus-reveals-co-regulated-cazymes-for-orchestrated-lignocellulose-breakdown
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Shingo Miyauchi, David Navarro, Sacha Grisel, Didier Chevret, Jean-Guy Berrin, Marie-Noelle Rosso
Innovative green technologies are of importance for converting plant wastes into renewable sources for materials, chemicals and energy. However, recycling agricultural and forestry wastes is a challenge. A solution may be found in the forest. Saprotrophic white-rot fungi are able to convert dead plants into consumable carbon sources. Specialized fungal enzymes can be utilized for breaking down hard plant biopolymers. Thus, understanding the enzymatic machineries of such fungi gives us hints for the efficient decomposition of plant materials...
2017: PloS One
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