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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734265/decreased-lung-function-with-mediation-of-blood-parameters-linked-to-e-waste-lead-and-cadmium-exposure-in-preschool-children
#1
Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, H Marike Boezen, Judith M Vonk, Weidong Wu, Xia Huo
Blood lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) levels have been associated with lower lung function in adults and smokers, but whether this also holds for children from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling areas is still unknown. To investigate the contribution of blood heavy metals and lung function levels, and the relationship among living area, the blood parameter levels, and the lung function levels, a total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (exposed area), and Haojiang and Xiashan (reference areas) were recruited and required to undergo blood tests and lung function tests during the study period...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734263/study-of-the-influencing-factors-of-the-blood-levels-of-toxic-elements-in-africans-from-16-countries
#2
Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Octavio P Luzardo, Luis D Boada, Cristina Carranza, José Luis Pérez Arellano, Ana González-Antuña, Maira Almeida-González, Carlos Barry-Rodríguez, Manuel Zumbado, María Camacho
Africa's economy is growing faster than any other continent and it has been estimated that the middle class in Africa now exceeds 350 million people. This has meant a parallel increase in the importation of consumer goods and in the implementation of communication and information technologies (ICT), but also in the generation of large quantities of e-waste. However, inadequate infrastructure development remains a major constraint to the continent's economic growth and these highly toxic residues are not always adequately managed...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734212/treatment-of-refractory-contaminants-by-sludge-derived-biochar-persulfate-system-via-both-adsorption-and-advanced-oxidation-process
#3
Jia Wang, Zhuwei Liao, Jerosha Ifthikar, Lerong Shi, Yunan Du, Jingyi Zhu, Shuang Xi, Zhuqi Chen, Zhulei Chen
A novel strategy for the removal of refractory organic contaminants was realized through sludge-derived biochar (SDBC)/persulfate (PS) system via both adsorption and advanced oxidation process under ambient conditions. SDBC was prepared by one single step of slow pyrolysis of municipal sewage sludge, appeared a porous structure, and contained abundant oxygen-containing functional groups as well as amorphous Fe species. Large surface area and porous structure of SDBC benefitted the adsorption and enrichment of contaminants, while oxygen-containing functional groups and Fe species on the surface were considered as reactive components for the activation of PS...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731389/protease-hydrolysates-of-filefish-thamnaconus-modestus-byproducts-effectively-inhibit-foodborne-pathogens
#4
Shaimaa Hatab, Mei-Ling Chen, Wenhua Miao, Jiheng Lin, Dandan Wu, Changyu Wang, Pengxiang Yuan, Shanggui Deng
In this study, novel antimicrobial peptides had been derived by enzymatic hydrolysis of filefish (Thamnaconus modestus) byproduct (HFBP). Different proteases, (papain [P], trypsin [T], neutrase [N], pepsin [PE], and the mixture I [PN] and mixture II [PT]) and different hydrolysis time (60, 120, 180, and 240 min), have been used to generate peptides with different lengths and amino acid sequences. The antimicrobial properties of HFBPs were tested, against Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains, using disc diffusion method...
July 21, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728004/effects-of-aspect-ratio-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-coal-washery-waste-water-treatment
#5
Ahmed Aliyu, Ishaq Kariim, Saka Ambali Abdulkareem
The dependency of adsorption behaviour on the aspect ratio of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) has been explored. In this study, effect of growth temperature on yield and aspect ratio of MWCNTs by catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CCVD) method is reported. The result revealed that yield and aspect ratio of synthesised MWCNTs strongly depend on the growth temperature during CCVD operation. The resulting MWCNTs were characterized by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques to determine it diameter, hydrodynamic diameter and crystallinity respectively...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723845/lean-six-sigma-techniques-to-improve-ophthalmology-clinic-efficiency
#6
Thomas A Ciulla, Mohan V Tatikonda, Yehya A ElMaraghi, Rehan M Hussain, Amanda L Hill, Julie M Clary, Eyas Hattab
PURPOSE: Ophthalmologists serve an increasing volume of a growing elderly population undergoing increasingly complex outpatient medical care, including extensive diagnostic testing and treatment. The resulting prolonged patient visit times ("patient flow times") limit quality, patient and employee satisfaction, and represent waste. Lean Six Sigma process improvement was used in a vitreoretinal practice to decrease patient flow time, demonstrating that this approach can yield significant improvement in health care...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720117/systematic-review-adherence-to-methodological-or-reporting-quality
#7
Kusala Pussegoda, Lucy Turner, Chantelle Garritty, Alain Mayhew, Becky Skidmore, Adrienne Stevens, Isabelle Boutron, Rafael Sarkis-Onofre, Lise M Bjerre, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Douglas G Altman, David Moher
BACKGROUND: Guidelines for assessing methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews (SRs) were developed to contribute to implementing evidence-based health care and the reduction of research waste. As SRs assessing a cohort of SRs is becoming more prevalent in the literature and with the increased uptake of SR evidence for decision-making, methodological quality and standard of reporting of SRs is of interest. The objective of this study is to evaluate SR adherence to the Quality of Reporting of Meta-analyses (QUOROM) and PRISMA reporting guidelines and the A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews (AMSTAR) and Overview Quality Assessment Questionnaire (OQAQ) quality assessment tools as evaluated in methodological overviews...
July 19, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718785/uv-surface-treatment-of-fungal-resistant-polyether-polyurethane-film-induced-growth-of-entomopathogenic-fungi
#8
Gabriela Albara Lando, Letícia Marconatto, Felipe Kessler, William Lopes, Augusto Schrank, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Daniel Eduardo Weibel
Synthetic polymers are the cause of some major environmental impacts due to their low degradation rates. Polyurethanes (PU) are widely used synthetic polymers, and their growing use in industry has produced an increase in plastic waste. A commercial polyether-based thermoplastic PU with hydrolytic stability and fungus resistance was only attacked by an entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhiziumanisopliae, when the films were pre-treated with Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence of reactive atmospheres. Water contact angle, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection mode (FTIR-ATR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and profilometer measurements were mainly used for analysis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717261/microbial-fuel-cells-from-fundamentals-to-applications-a-review
#9
Carlo Santoro, Catia Arbizzani, Benjamin Erable, Ioannis Ieropoulos
In the past 10-15 years, the microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology has captured the attention of the scientific community for the possibility of transforming organic waste directly into electricity through microbially catalyzed anodic, and microbial/enzymatic/abiotic cathodic electrochemical reactions. In this review, several aspects of the technology are considered. Firstly, a brief history of abiotic to biological fuel cells and subsequently, microbial fuel cells is presented. Secondly, the development of the concept of microbial fuel cell into a wider range of derivative technologies, called bioelectrochemical systems, is described introducing briefly microbial electrolysis cells, microbial desalination cells and microbial electrosynthesis cells...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Power Sources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715735/coupling-electrochemical-and-biological-methods-for-17%C3%AE-ethinylestradiol-removal-from-water-by-different-microorganisms
#10
Huan He, Bin Huang, Gen Fu, Yanan Du, Dan Xiong, Chaochao Lai, Xuejun Pan
17α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) has become a growing concern due to its wide detection and high estrogenic potency. However, biodegradation of EE2 with individual microorganisms demonstrated poor degradation efficiency ranging from 10.3% to 45.8% in 120h. Now, a system combining electrochemical with biological degradation was tested for its ability to remove EE2 from aqueous solution. EE2 removal is promoted at high dissolved oxygen concentrations and low pH when electrochemical methods alone are employed. Coupling electrochemical methods with anaerobic bacteria can improve the EE2 removal after 90min to as much as 81...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712997/novel-characteristics-of-horseradish-peroxidase-immobilized-onto-the-polyvinyl-alcohol-alginate-beads-and-its-methyl-orange-degradation-potential
#11
Muhammad Bilal, Tahir Rasheed, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Hongbo Hu, Wei Wang, Xuehong Zhang
Herein, we report the immobilization of in-house isolated horseradish peroxidase (HRP) from Armoracia rusticana with novel characteristics. The HRP was immobilized onto the self-fabricated polyvinyl alcohol-alginate (PVA-alginate) beads using sodium nitrate as a cross-linker. The PVA-alginate beads (2.0mm size) developed using 10% PVA and 1.5% sodium alginate showed maximal immobilization yield. The surface morphologies of the PVA-alginate (control) and immobilized-HRP were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708624/fe-fes2-adsorbent-prepared-with-iron-powder-and-pyrite-by-facile-ball-milling-and-its-application-for-arsenic-removal
#12
Xiaobo Min, Yangwenjun Li, Yong Ke, Meiqing Shi, Liyuan Chai, Ke Xue
Arsenic is one of the major pollutants and a worldwide concern because of its toxicity and chronic effects on human health. An adsorbent of Fe-FeS2 mixture for effective arsenic removal was successfully prepared by mechanical ball milling. The products before and after arsenic adsorption were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The adsorbent shows high arsenic removal efficiency when molar ratio of iron to pyrite is 5:5...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708608/magnetic-schiff-s-base-sorbent-based-on-shrimp-peels-wastes-for-consummate-sorption-of-chromate
#13
Khalid Z Elwakeel, Ahmed M Elgarahy, Samya H Mohammad
Magnetic Schiff's base chitosan composite has been prepared starting from shrimp peels as a raw material. Chitosan extraction involved three main stages as preconditioning, demineralization deproteinization and deacetylation. Chitosan modification process took place through the reaction between chitosan and polymeric Schiff's base of thiourea/glutaraldehyde in the presence of magnetite. The synthetic hybrid composite was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray analyses and tested as sorbent for Cr(VI) recovery from aqueous solution...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706950/effects-of-cobalt-chloride-a-hypoxia-mimetic-agent-on-autophagy-and-atrophy-in-skeletal-c2c12-myotubes
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Rui Chen, Ting Jiang, Yanling She, Jiehua Xu, Cheng Li, Shanyao Zhou, Huijuan Shen, Huacai Shi, Shuang Liu
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia-induced autophagy and muscle wasting occur in several environmental and pathological conditions. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of the hypoxia-mimetic agent CoCl2 on autophagy and muscle atrophy are still unclear. METHODS: C2C12 myotubes were exposed to increasing concentrations of CoCl2 for 24 hours. Quantitative RT-PCR, Western blotting, and transmission electron microscopy were performed to confirm autophagy occurs...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700214/capacitive-neutralisation-dialysis-for-direct-energy-generation
#15
Yue Liu, Yi Zhang, Wei Ou-Yang, Bruno Bastos Sales, Zhuo Sun, Fei Liu, Ran Zhao
Capacitive neutralisation dialysis energy (CNDE) is proposed as a novel energy-harvesting technique that is able to utilise waste acid and alkaline solutions to produce electrical energy. CNDE is a modification based on neutralisation dialysis. It was found that a higher NaCl concentration led to a higher open circuit potential when the concentrations of acid and alkaline solutions were fixed. Upon closing the circuit, the membrane potential was used as a driving force to move counter ions into the electrical double layers at the electrode-liquid interface, thereby creating an ionic current...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698671/morphology-composition-and-mixing-state-of-primary-particles-from-combustion-sources-crop-residue-wood-and-solid-waste
#16
Lei Liu, Shaofei Kong, Yinxiao Zhang, Yuanyuan Wang, Liang Xu, Qin Yan, A P Lingaswamy, Zongbo Shi, Senlin Lv, Hongya Niu, Longyi Shao, Min Hu, Daizhou Zhang, Jianmin Chen, Xiaoye Zhang, Weijun Li
Morphology, composition, and mixing state of individual particles emitted from crop residue, wood, and solid waste combustion in a residential stove were analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our study showed that particles from crop residue and apple wood combustion were mainly organic matter (OM) in smoldering phase, whereas soot-OM internally mixed with K in flaming phase. Wild grass combustion in flaming phase released some Cl-rich-OM/soot particles and cardboard combustion released OM and S-rich particles...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698077/examination-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biocompatibility-of-alginate-hyaluronic-acid-microbeads-as-a-promising-method-in-cell-delivery-for-kidney-regeneration
#17
Jhaleh Amirian, Tran Thi Tuong Van, Sang-Ho Bae, Hae-Il Jung, Hwan-Jun Choi, Hyun-Deuk Cho, Byong-Taek Lee
In this study, alginate (ALG) and alginate-hyaluronic acid (ALG-HA) injectable microbeads, with the purpose of delivering stem cells for tissue engineering, were prepared by a spraying method into a CaCl2 solution that shows high porosity for the exchange of nutrition and waste. In addition, the size distribution and surface morphology was investigated using optical and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The chemical structural properties of the ALG-HA microbeads were examined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697668/syntrophy-goes-electric-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer
#18
Derek R Lovley
Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) has biogeochemical significance and practical applications that rely on DIET or DIET-based aspects of microbial physiology are growing. Mechanisms for DIET have primarily been studied in defined cocultures in which Geobacter species are one of the DIET partners. Electrically conductive pili (e-pili) can be an important electrical conduit for DIET. However, there may be instances in which electrical contacts are made between electron transport proteins associated with the outer membranes of the partners...
July 11, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695463/effects-of-exercise-training-on-anabolic-and-catabolic-markers-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-a-systematic-review
#19
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Chien-Tzu Lee, Ling-Wei Chen, Meng-Yueh Chien
Decreased anabolism because of alterations in the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)/growth hormone (GH) axis and increased catabolism induced by proinflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) have been reported to contribute to muscle wasting in chronic heart failure (CHF). However, it is unclear whether exercise training could modulate anabolic and catabolic markers in CHF patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of exercise intervention on anabolic and catabolic markers for patients with CHF...
July 11, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688320/stabilization-of-lead-in-an-alkali-activated-municipal-solid-waste-incineration-fly-ash-pyrophyllite-based-system
#20
Kenji Shiota, Takafumi Nakamura, Masaki Takaoka, Siti Fatimah Aminuddin, Kazuyuki Oshita, Takashi Fujimori
This work focuses on the stabilization and speciation of lead (Pb) in a composite solid produced from an alkali-activated municipal solid waste incineration fly ash (MSWIFA)-pyophyllite-based system. The solid product was synthesized after mixtures of raw materials (dehydrated pyrophyllite, MSWIFA, 14 mol/L aqueous sodium hydroxide, and sodium silicate solution) were cured at 105 °C for 24 h. The product could reduce the leaching of Pb and the Pb concentration in the leachate was 7.0 × 10(-3) using the Japanese leaching test and 9...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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