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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334677/centralized-management-of-sewage-sludge-and-agro-industrial-waste-through-co-composting
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M C Gutiérrez, A Serrano, J A Siles, A F Chica, M A Martín
In this research study, the co-composting process of a waste mixture containing strawberry extrudate, fish waste, sewage sludge and bulking agent (SEFW, 190:1:22:90 ratio) was carried out in a dynamic-solid respirometer at pilot scale. The aerobic biodegradability of the mixture was previously ensured in a static-liquid respirometer. The advantages and drawbacks of the SEFW co-composting process were subsequently identified through the determination of respirometric activity and the physical-chemical characterization of the waste, as well as the monitoring of odor emissions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334283/the-microbiology-of-oil-sands-tailings-past-present-future
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Julia M Foght, Lisa M Gieg, Tariq Siddique
Surface mining of enormous oil sands deposits in northeastern Alberta, Canada since 1967 has contributed greatly to Canada's economy but has also received negative international attention due largely to environmental concerns and challenges. Not only have microbes profoundly affected the composition and behaviour of this petroleum resource over geological time, they currently influence the management of semi-solid tailings in oil sands tailing ponds (OSTP) and tailings reclamation. Historically, microbial impacts on OSTP were generally discounted but next-generation sequencing and biogeochemical studies have revealed unexpectedly diverse indigenous communities and expanded our fundamental understanding of anaerobic microbial functions...
March 9, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332819/a-path-to-impact-for-autonomous-field-deployable-chemical-sensors-a-case-study-of-in-situ-nitrite-sensors
#3
Tim M Schierenbeck, Matthew C Smith
Natural freshwater systems have been severely affected by excess loading of macronutrients (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorous) from fertilizers, fossil fuels, and human and livestock waste. In the USA, impacts to drinking water quality, biogeochemical cycles, and aquatic ecosystems are estimated to cost US$210 billion annually. Field-deployable nutrient sensors (FDS) offer potential to support research and resource management efforts by acquiring higher resolution data than are currently supported by expensive conventional sampling methods...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330812/molecular-evidence-for-differential-long-term-outcomes-of-early-life-severe-acute-malnutrition
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Allan Sheppard, Sherry Ngo, Xiaoling Li, Michael Boyne, Debbie Thompson, Anthony Pleasants, Peter Gluckman, Terrence Forrester
BACKGROUND: Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in infants may present as one of two distinct syndromic forms: non-edematous (marasmus), with severe wasting and no nutritional edema; or edematous (kwashiorkor) with moderately severe wasting. These differences may be related to developmental changes prior to the exposure to SAM and phenotypic changes appear to persist into adulthood with differences between the two groups. We examined whether the different response to SAM and subsequent trajectories may be explained by developmentally-induced epigenetic differences...
March 8, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330199/optimization-of-fermentation-media-and-growth-conditions-for-microbial-xylanase-production
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Bushra Kalim, Nazish Mazhar Ali
Efficiency of cellulase-free xylanases is one of the determining factors in paper and pulp industries. Use of microbes which can produce cellulase-free xylanases may help to overcome the current challenges in kraft pulp processing. Isolation and screening of microorganisms from local samples offers a possibility for obtaining the potential microbes for this purpose. This research was therefore aimed to collect, screen, characterize and identify potential cellulase-free xylanase producers. A total of 313 microbial isolates were collected while using selective media (EBAM and XAM) to determine the xylanolytic potential of microbes...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329714/high-purity-silver-microcrystals-recovered-from-silver-wastes-by-eco-friendly-process-using-hydrogen-peroxide
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Harnchana Gatemala, Sanong Ekgasit, Kanet Wongravee
A simple, rapid, and environmentally friendly process using hydrogen peroxide, was developed for recovering high purity silver directly from industry and laboratory wastes. Silver ammine complex, [Ag(NH3)2](+)Cl(-), derived from AgCl were generated and then directly reduced using H2O2 to reliably turn into high purity microcrystalline silver (99.99%) examined by EDS and XRD. Morphology of the recovered silver microcrystals could be selectively tuned by an addition of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone). The main parameters in the recovering process including pH, concentration of Ag(+) and the mole ratio of H2O2:Ag(+) were carefully optimized though the central composite design (CCD)...
March 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328210/reevaluating-the-significance-of-estrone-as-an-environmental-estrogen
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Gerald T Ankley, David Feifarek, Brett Blackwell, Jenna E Cavallin, Kathleen M Jensen, Michael D Kahl, Shane Poole, Eric Randolph, Travis Saari, Daniel L Villeneuve
Studies worldwide have demonstrated the occurrence of feminized male fish at sites impacted by human and animal wastes. A variety of chemicals could contribute to this phenomenon, but those receiving the greatest attention in terms of research and monitoring have been 17β-estradiol (β-E2) and 17α-ethinylestradiol, due both to their prevalence in the environment and strong estrogenic potency. A third steroid, estrone (E1), also can occur at high concentrations in surface waters, but generally has been of lesser concern due to its relatively lower affinity for vertebrate estrogen receptors...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327894/statistical-controversies-in-clinical-research-overlap-and-errors-in-the-meta-analyses-of-microrna-genetic-association-studies-in-cancers
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J H Park, M Eisenhut, H J Vliet, J I Shin
Background: : Various errors in the design, conduct, and analysis of medical and public health research studies can produce false results and waste valuable resources. While systematic reviews and meta-analyses are arguably considered the most dependable source of evidence-based medicine, increasing numbers of studies are indicating that, on the contrary to the public's belief, many of these investigations are redundant, erroneous, and even biased. Methods: 94 meta-analyses on microRNA polymorphism and risk of cancer were extracted from Pubmed database on August 2016...
January 24, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325591/global-scanning-of-antihistamines-in-the-environment-analysis-of-occurrence-and-hazards-in-aquatic-systems
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Lauren A Kristofco, Bryan W Brooks
Concentration of the global population is increasingly occurring in megacities and other developing regions, where access to medicines is increasing more rapidly than waste management systems are implemented. Because freshwater and coastal systems are influenced by wastewater effluent discharges of differential quality, exposures in aquatic systems must be considered. Here, we performed a global scanning assessment of antihistamines (AHs), a common class of medicines, in surface waters and effluents. Antihistamines were identified, literature occurrence and ecotoxicology data on AHs collated, therapeutic hazard values (THVs) calculated, and environmental exposure distributions (EEDs) of AHs compared to ecotoxicity thresholds and drug specific THVs to estimate hazards in surface waters and effluents...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324029/vital-directions-for-health-and-health-care-priorities-from-a-national-academy-of-medicine-initiative
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Victor J Dzau, Mark B McClellan, J Michael McGinnis, Sheila P Burke, Molly J Coye, Angela Diaz, Thomas A Daschle, William H Frist, Martha Gaines, Margaret A Hamburg, Jane E Henney, Shiriki Kumanyika, Michael O Leavitt, Ruth M Parker, Lewis G Sandy, Leonard D Schaeffer, Glenn D Steele, Pamela Thompson, Elias Zerhouni
Importance: Recent discussion has focused on questions related to the repeal and replacement of portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, issues central to the future of health and health care in the United States transcend the ACA provisions receiving the greatest attention. Initiatives directed to certain strategic and infrastructure priorities are vital to achieve better health at lower cost. Objectives: To review the most salient health challenges and opportunities facing the United States, to identify practical and achievable priorities essential to health progress, and to present policy initiatives critical to the nation's health and fiscal integrity...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323885/towards-sustainable-sanitation-management-establishing-the-costs-and-willingness-to-pay-for-emptying-and-transporting-sludge-in-rural-districts-with-high-rates-of-access-to-latrines
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Soumya Balasubramanya, Barbara Evans, Richard Hardy, Rizwan Ahmed, Ahasan Habib, N S M Asad, Mominur Rahman, M Hasan, Digbijoy Dey, Louise Fletcher, Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Krishna Chaitanya Rao, Sudarshana Fernando
MOTIVATION: Proper management of fecal sludge has significant positive health and environmental externalities. Most research on managing onsite sanitation so far either simulates the costs of, or the welfare effects from, managing sludge in situ in pit latrines. Thus, designing management strategies for onsite rural sanitation is challenging, because the actual costs of transporting sludge for treatment, and sources for financing these transport costs, are not well understood. METHODS: In this paper we calculate the actual cost of sludge management from onsite latrines, and identify the contributions that latrine owners are willing to make to finance the costs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318785/biodegradation-of-polyester-polyurethane-by-aspergillus-tubingensis
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Sehroon Khan, Sadia Nadir, Zia Ullah Shah, Aamer Ali Shah, Samantha C Karunarathna, Jianchu Xu, Afsar Khan, Shahzad Munir, Fariha Hasan
The xenobiotic nature and lack of degradability of polymeric materials has resulted in vast levels of environmental pollution and numerous health hazards. Different strategies have been developed and still more research is being in progress to reduce the impact of these polymeric materials. This work aimed to isolate and characterize polyester polyurethane (PU) degrading fungi from the soil of a general city waste disposal site in Islamabad, Pakistan. A novel PU degrading fungus was isolated from soil and identified as Aspergillus tubingensis on the basis of colony morphology, macro- and micro-morphology, molecular and phylogenetic analyses...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317484/redox-systems-antioxidants-and-sarcopenia
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Bertrand Fougère, Gabor Abellan van Kan, Bruno Vellas, Matteo Cesari
According to the free-radical theory of aging, oxidative stress is a key contributor to the onset of age-related conditions by inducing structural and functional alterations in several cellular components. Although innate defenses exist for limiting the occurrence of such detrimental effects, their ability to counteract the continuous and large production of reactive oxygen species becomes increasingly inefficient with aging. In this context, interventions aimed at preserving the homeostatic balance between oxidant production and antioxidant protection may be beneficial on the pathophysiological modifications and clinical manifestations featuring the aging process...
March 17, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316543/performing-economic-evaluation-of-integrated-care-highway-to-hell-or-stairway-to-heaven
#14
Apostolos Tsiachristas, K Viktoria Stein, Silvia Evers, Maureen Rutten-van Mölken
Health economists are increasingly interested in integrated care in order to support decision-makers to find cost-effective solutions able to tackle the threat that chronic diseases pose on population health and health and social care budgets. However, economic evaluation in integrated care is still in its early years, facing several difficulties. The aim of this paper is to describe the unique nature of integrated care as a topic for economic evaluation, explore the obstacles to perform economic evaluation, discuss methods and techniques that can be used to address them, and set the basis to develop a research agenda for health economics in integrated care...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314436/produced-water-treatment-by-membranes-a-review-from-a-colloidal-perspective
#15
REVIEW
J M Dickhout, J Moreno, P M Biesheuvel, L Boels, R G H Lammertink, W M de Vos
While the world faces an increased scarcity in fresh water supply, it is of great importance that water from industry and waste streams can be treated for re-use. One of the largest waste streams in the oil and gas industry is produced water. After the phase separation of oil and gas, the produced water is left. This mixture contains dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons, surfactants, clay particles and salts. Before this water can be used for re-injection, irrigation or as industrial water, it has to be treated...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302524/inactivation-of-bacterial-pathogenic-load-in-compost-against-vermicompost-of-organic-solid-waste-aiming-to-achieve-sanitation-goals-a-review
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REVIEW
Nuhaa Soobhany, Romeela Mohee, Vinod Kumar Garg
Waste management strategies for organic residues, such as composting and vermicomposting, have been implemented in some developed and developing countries to solve the problem of organic solid waste (OSW). Yet, these biological treatment technologies do not always result in good quality compost or vermicompost with regards to sanitation capacity owing to the presence of bacterial pathogenic substances in objectionable concentrations. The presence of pathogens in soil conditioners poses a potential health hazard and their occurrence is of particular significance in composts and/or vermicomposts produced from organic materials...
March 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299504/evaluation-of-net-acid-generation-ph-as-a-single-indicator-for-acid-forming-potential-of-rocks-using-geochemical-properties
#17
Chamteut Oh, Sangwoo Ji, Giljae Yim, Youngwook Cheong
The main purpose of this research was to evaluate the geochemical properties of rocks for a single indicator of acid-forming potential. The indicators, such as net acid generation (NAG), NAG pH and total S, were applied to 312 rock samples of various geological characteristics. Additional indicators, such as a Modified NAG pH, paste pH and available acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), were applied to 22 selected samples. Among them, NAG pH was considered the most plausible single indicator in evaluating acid-forming potential, as it is simple to measure, widely applicable to various samples and can be used to estimate the NAG value...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299232/concentration-and-separation-of-active-proteins-from-potato-industry-waste-based-on-low-temperature-evaporation-and-ethanol-precipitation
#18
Sanna Taskila, Mikko Ahokas, Juho Järvinen, Juho Toivanen, Juha P Tanskanen
Purpose. Potato fruit juice, a residue of starch industry, contains up to 2.5% [w/w] of proteins that are potentially valuable raw-materials of food, cosmetic, and pharma industries. The recovery of protein from the potato fruit juice is limited by the lack of industrially feasible concentration and separation technologies. The present research thus aimed at development of such process for the separation of active protease inhibitors from potato fruit juice. Methods. Low temperature mechanical vapor recompression evaporation was applied for concentration of potato fruit juice followed by ethanol precipitation for recovery of active proteins...
2017: Scientifica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298791/amyloidosis-and-anesthesia
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Zara Wani, Dev Kumar Harkawat, Meenaxi Sharma
AIM: The aim of this article is to provide a view of amyloidosis and discuss implications for the anesthetic management of patients with this condition. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Urine samples from patients with plasma cell dyscrasias were obtained from a urine bank that gathers urine samples from patients who gave research use consent for specimens that would otherwise be considered waste. RESULTS: Patients with amyloidosis may present to the anesthesiologist for procedures relating to diagnosis, surgery relating to the underlying condition (e...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298184/a-pilot-and-feasibility-study-to-assess-children-s-consumption-in-quick-service-restaurants-using-plate-waste-methodology
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Juliana F W Cohen, Susan B Roberts, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Madeleine M G Gamache, Vanessa M Lynskey, Emilia Matthews, Megan P Mueller, Shanti Sharma, Christina D Economos
BACKGROUND: Children regularly consume foods from quick-service restaurants (QSR), but little is known about the foods that children order, the calories and nutrients consumed, the accuracy of stated calorie information, or the ability to assess food orders and consumption in QSRs. This study evaluated the feasibility of plate waste collection in QSRs and examined children's orders and consumption of meals from the standard and children's menus. Additional aims were to examine if the meals ordered met healthier standards for children's menu items and determine the accuracy of the QSR-stated energy content of foods...
March 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
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