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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208260/simultaneous-enhancement-of-bioactivity-and-stability-of-laccase-by-cu-2-paa-ppega-matrix-for-efficient-biosensing-and-recyclable-decontamination-of-pyrocatechol
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Tao Chen, Yuanhong Xu, Zhi Peng, Aihua Li, Jingquan Liu
Simultaneously enhancing the catalytic bioactivity and stability of enzyme is still an intractable issue in the enzymatic study. Herein, a facile and effective approach was designed to immobilize and modify laccase on a Cu(2+)-adsorbed pyrene-terminated block copolymer [poly(acrylic acid)/poly(poly(ethylene glycol) acrylate)] (PAA/PPEGA), which was prepared via well-controlled reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. PAA provided the supporting matrix for firm immobilization of Cu(2+), an enzyme bioactivity inducer, onto the microstructure of laccase, while avoiding any contamination of the heavy metal Cu(2+) into the following application system...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191745/comparison-of-sampling-methods-to-recover-germinated-bacillus-anthracis-and-bacillus-thuringiensis-endospores-from-surface-coupons
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Tiffany M Mott, Jennifer L Shoe, Melissa Hunter, Amber M Woodson, Kristen A Fritts, Christopher P Klimko, Avery V Quirk, Susan L Welkos, Christopher K Cote
AIMS: In an attempt to devise decontamination methods that are both effective and minimally detrimental to the environment, we evaluated germination-induction as an enhancement to strategies for Bacillus anthracis spore decontamination. To determine an optimal method for the recovery of germinating spores from different matrices it was critical to ensure that the sampling procedures did not negatively impact the viability of the germinating spores possibly confounding the results and downstream analyses of field trial data...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161316/modeling-watershed-scale-137-cs-transport-in-a-forested-catchment-affected-by-the-fukushima-dai-ichi-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Lezhang Wei, Tsuyoshi Kinouchi, Kazuya Yoshimura, Mark L Velleux
The Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 resulted in (137)Cs contamination of large areas in northeast Japan. A watershed-scale (137)Cs transport model was developed and applied to a forested catchment in Fukushima area. This model considers (137)Cs wash-off from vegetation, movement through soils, and transport of dissolved and particulate (137)Cs adsorbed to clay, silt and sand. Comparisons between measurements and simulations demonstrated that the model well reproduced (137)Cs concentrations in the stream fed from the catchment...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155883/first-on-site-true-gamma-ray-imaging-spectroscopy-of-contamination-near-fukushima-plant
#4
Dai Tomono, Tetsuya Mizumoto, Atsushi Takada, Shotaro Komura, Yoshihiro Matsuoka, Yoshitaka Mizumura, Makoto Oda, Toru Tanimori
We have developed an Electron Tracking Compton Camera (ETCC), which provides a well-defined Point Spread Function (PSF) by reconstructing a direction of each gamma as a point and realizes simultaneous measurement of brightness and spectrum of MeV gamma-rays for the first time. Here, we present the results of our on-site pilot gamma-imaging-spectroscopy with ETCC at three contaminated locations in the vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants in Japan in 2014. The obtained distribution of brightness (or emissivity) with remote-sensing observations is unambiguously converted into the dose distribution...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139533/amitraz-an-underrecognized-poison-a-systematic-review
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Sahajal Dhooria, Ritesh Agarwal
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Amitraz is a member of formamidine family of pesticides. Poisoning from amitraz is underrecognized even in areas where it is widely available. It is frequently misdiagnosed as organophosphate poisoning. This systematic review provides information on the epidemiology, toxicokinetics, mechanisms of toxicity, clinical features, diagnosis and management of amitraz poisoning. METHODS: Medline and Embase databases were searched systematically (since inception to January 2014) for case reports, case series and original articles using the following search terms: 'amitraz', 'poisoning', 'toxicity', 'intoxication' and 'overdose'...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108022/evaluation-of-a-method-for-removing-cesium-and-reducing-the-volume-of-leaf-litter-from-broad-leaved-trees-contaminated-by-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-accident-during-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
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Shigeki Harada, Mitsunori Yanagisawa
The town of Marumori in southern Miyagi Prefecture borders on Fukushima Prefecture, and following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, there were concerns about cesium deposition in forested areas. One of the authors of this paper has continually surveyed leaf litter from the forested areas. As leaf litter may be a source of cesium contamination from the forest to downstream areas, we considered a simplified version of wet oxidation, a method previously presented by one of the authors of this study, as a technology to reduce leaf litter weight and cesium concentration, separating radioactive nuclides from non-radioactive ones, in leaf litter...
April 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101947/combined-surgical-therapy-of-advanced-peri-implantitis-evaluating-two-methods-of-surface-decontamination-a-7-year-follow-up-observation
#7
Frank Schwarz, Gordon John, Andrea Schmucker, Narja Sahm, Jürgen Becker
OBJECTIVES: To assess the long-term outcomes (>4 years) following combined surgical resective/regenerative therapy of advanced peri-implantitis lesions using two surface decontamination methods. MATERIAL & METHODS: Fifteen patients (n = 15 combined supra- and intrabony defects) completed a follow-up observation period of 7 years. The treatment procedure included access flap surgery, granulation tissue removal and implantoplasty at buccally and supracrestally exposed implant parts, and a randomly assigned decontamination of the unmodified intrabony implant surface areas using either (i) an Er:YAG laser (ERL) or (ii) plastic curettes + cotton pellets + sterile saline (CPS)...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098192/wearable-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-fabrics-produced-by-knitting-flexible-wire-electrodes-for-the-decontamination-of-chemical-warfare-agents
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Heesoo Jung, Jin Ah Seo, Seungki Choi
One of the key reasons for the limited use of atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) is its inability to treat non-flat, three-dimensional (3D) surface structures, such as electronic devices and the human body, because of the rigid electrode structure required. In this study, a new APP system design-wearable APP (WAPP)-that utilizes a knitting technique to assemble flexible co-axial wire electrodes into a large-area plasma fabric is presented. The WAPP device operates in ambient air with a fully enclosed power electrode and grounded outer electrode...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074652/trends-in-methyl-tert-butyl-ether-concentrations-in-private-wells-in-southeast-new-hampshire-2005-to-2015
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Sarah M Flanagan, Joseph P Levitt, Joseph D Ayotte
In southeast New Hampshire, where reformulated gasoline was used from the 1990s to 2007, methyl tert-butyl ether (MtBE) concentrations ≥0.2 μg/L were found in water from 26.7% of 195 domestic wells sampled in 2005. Ten years later in 2015, and eight years after MtBE was banned, 10.3% continue to have MtBE. Most wells (140 of 195) had no MtBE detections (concentrations <0.2 μg/L) in 2005 and 2015. Of the remaining wells, MtBE concentrations increased in 4 wells, decreased in 47 wells, and did not change in 4 wells...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046816/su-f-p-24-radiological-disperse-device
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R Alam
PURPOSE: We are now living in a society of constant fear of terrorism. This topic is pertaining to give a general knowledge of what is a radiological dispersion device or RDD and in case of its detonation, what are the options open to public for a safe action in terms of reducing the exposure and knowing the proper steps. These RDD are also called dirty bombs. METHODS: Compared to nuclear weapons, dirty bombs are easy to make. In order for a terrorist organization to construct and detonate a dirty bomb, it must acquire radioactive material by stealing it or buying it through legal or illegal channels...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043561/identification-of-different-subtypes-of-rapid-growing-atypical-mycobacterium-from-water-and-soil-sources-using-pcr-rflp-using-hsp65-and-rrna-16s-23s-genes
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Mohammad Varahram, Parissa Farnia, Shima Saif, Mehran Marashian, Poopak Farnia, Jaladein Ghanavi, Ali Akbar Velayati
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) are a diverse group of microorganisms that cause a variety of diseases in humans including skin, respiratory, and gastrointestinal tract infection. Generally, NTM are classified into two categories: rapid (<7days) and slow growing (>7days). In this study, we aimed to investigate NTM frequency and prevalence in environmental samples. Additionally, we tried to identify various subtypes of isolated rapid growing mycobacteria (RGM)...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043549/effect-of-time-duration-of-digestion-decontamination-technique-on-yield-of-mycobacteria-and-contamination-rates-from-sterile-body-fluids-pleural-and-ascitic-fluid-and-pus-specimens
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Samreen Shafiq, Faryal Saleem, Kauser Jabeen, Joveria Farooqi, Warda Alam, Sadia Hanif, Shazia Ali, Sadia Shakoor, Rumina Hasan
BACKGROUND: Duration of digestion/decontamination has a considerable impact on yield of mycobacteria especially from sterile body fluids and pus specimens. Additionally, duration of digestion/decontamination affects the contamination rates. This study evaluates the effect of digestion/decontamination protocol for 15 and 20min versus inoculation of media directly from the sample on contamination rates as well as the yield of mycobacteria from pus and sterile fluids other than cerebrospinal fluids...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040848/new-proof-of-concept-in-viral-inactivation-virucidal-efficacy-of-405%C3%A2-nm-light-against-feline-calicivirus-as-a-model-for-norovirus-decontamination
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Rachael M Tomb, Michelle Maclean, John E Coia, Elizabeth Graham, Michael McDonald, Chintamani D Atreya, Scott J MacGregor, John G Anderson
The requirement for novel decontamination technologies for use in hospitals is ever present. One such system uses 405 nm visible light to inactivate microorganisms via ROS-generated oxidative damage. Although effective for bacterial and fungal inactivation, little is known about the virucidal effects of 405 nm light. Norovirus (NoV) gastroenteritis outbreaks often occur in the clinical setting, and this study was designed to investigate potential inactivation effects of 405 nm light on the NoV surrogate, feline calicivirus (FCV)...
December 31, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039835/toxicokinetics-of-chlordecone-in-goats-implications-for-risk-management-in-french-west-indies
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Agnès Fournier, Cyril Feidt, Marie-Laure Lastel, Harry Archimede, Jean-Pierre Thome, Maurice Mahieu, Guido Rychen
The former use of chlordecone (CLD) in the French West Indies has resulted in long-term pollution of soils. CLD is known to be potentially transferred towards animal products of animals reared outdoors, mainly through accidental soil ingestion. Several studies indicate that soil bound CLD is bioavailable when administered to farm animals. Currently there is a need to quantify the level of CLD absorption and its toxicokinetic characteristics in the ruminant and particularly in the goat. These are considered as important farm species in the French West Indies...
December 13, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029612/what-are-the-most-common-domains-of-the-core-competencies-of-disaster-nursing-a-scoping-review
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Abdullelah Al Thobaity, Virginia Plummer, Brett Williams
AIM: Scoping review was conducted to identify the most common domains of the core competencies of disaster nursing. BACKGROUND: Nurses play an essential role in all phases of disaster management. For nurses to respond competently, they must be equipped with the skills to provide comprehensive and holistic care to the populations affected by or at risk of disasters. METHODS: A scoping review was conducted using the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology...
October 28, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974372/non-communicable-diseases-in-decontamination-workers-in-areas-affected-by-the-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Toyoaki Sawano, Masaharu Tsubokura, Akihiko Ozaki, Claire Leppold, Shuhei Nomura, Yuki Shimada, Sae Ochi, Manabu Tsukada, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Shigeaki Kato, Yukio Kanazawa, Hiromichi Ohira
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and whether NCDs were treated or not, among hospitalised decontamination workers who moved to radio-contaminated areas after Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. METHODS: We retrospectively extracted records of decontamination workers admitted to Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital between 1 June 2012 and 31 August 2015, from hospital records. We investigated the incidence of underlying NCDs such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia and diabetes among the decontamination workers, and their treatment status, in addition to the reasons for their hospital admission...
December 14, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964768/evaluation-of-hospitals-disaster-preparedness-plans-in-the-holy-city-of-makkah-mecca-a-cross-sectional-observation-study
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Ali S Al-Shareef, Loui K Alsulimani, Hattan M Bojan, Taha M Masri, Jennifer O Grimes, Michael S Molloy, Gregory R Ciottone
BACKGROUND: Makkah (Mecca) is a holy city located in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Each year, millions of pilgrims visit Makkah. These numbers impact both routine health care delivery and disaster response. This study aimed to evaluate hospitals' disaster plans in the city of Makkah. METHODS: Study investigators administered a questionnaire survey to 17 hospitals in the city of Makkah. Data on hospital characteristics and three key domains of disaster plans (general evaluation of disaster planning, structural feasibility of the hospitals, and health care worker knowledge and training) were collated and analyzed...
February 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927920/validation-of-autoclave-protocols-for-successful-decontamination-of-category-a-medical-waste-generated-from-care-of-patients-with-serious-communicable-diseases
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Brian T Garibaldi, Mallory Reimers, Neysa Ernst, Gregory Bova, Elaine Nowakowski, James Bukowski, Brandon C Ellis, Chris Smith, Lauren Sauer, Kim Dionne, Karen C Carroll, Lisa L Maragakis, Nicole M Parrish
In response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, many hospitals designated specific areas to care for patients with Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. The safe handling of category A infectious substances is a unique challenge in this environment. One solution is on-site waste treatment with a steam sterilizer or autoclave. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) installed two pass-through autoclaves in its biocontainment unit (BCU). The JHH BCU and The Johns Hopkins biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) clinical microbiology laboratory designed and validated waste-handling protocols with simulated patient trash to ensure adequate sterilization...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914287/an-assessment-of-the-environmental-fate-of-mercury-species-in-highly-polluted-brownfields-by-means-of-thermal-desorption
#19
M Rumayor, J R Gallego, E Rodríguez-Valdés, M Díaz-Somoano
High contents of mercury (Hg) have been found in old mining-metallurgy sites occurring a widespread contamination and degradation of the land. The ability to identify the Hg species present in these areas is essential to clarify fate of Hg and its bioavailability and additionally, to be able to parameterize remediation techniques based on thermal desorption in order to carry out a full-scale decontamination of the land. This study has proven the usefulness of a thermal programmed desorption procedure (Hg-TPD) for identifying Hg species in contaminated samples related to mining-metallurgy activities...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912317/production-of-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-og-and-its-metabolites-in-renewable-media-valorisation-for-biodiesel-production-and-p-xylene-decontamination
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Augusto Etchegaray, François Coutte, Gabrielle Chataigné, Max Béchet, Ramon H Z Dos Santos, Valérie Leclère, Philippe Jacques
Biosurfactants are important in many areas; however, costs impede large-scale production. This work aimed to develop a global sustainable strategy for the production of biosurfactants by a novel strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens. Initially, Bacillus sp. strain 0G was renamed B. amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum (syn. Bacillus velezensis) after analysis of the gyrA and gyrB DNA sequences. Growth in modified Landy's medium produced 3 main recoverable metabolites: surfactin, fengycin, and acetoin, which promote plant growth...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
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