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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647903/farmers-attitude-toward-treated-sludge-use-in-the-villages-of-west-bank-palestine
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Md M Rashid, Mary G Kattou'a, Issam A Al-Khatib, Chikashi Sato
An application of treated sewage sludge on agricultural land has been widely accepted, as this method is simple and economical for disposal of wastewater residues. When applied properly on an agricultural land, sludge can replenish organic matter and nutrients in soil. Although sewage sludge has been used in agriculture in many parts of the world, its acceptability varies with different cultures and beliefs among farmers. Farmers' concerns on sludge use are primarily due to its anthropogenic origin, pollutants that it carries, a general perception of sewage being dirty, and its offensive odor...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647516/health-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metals-via-dietary-intake-of-five-pistachio-pistacia-vera-l-cultivars-collected-from-different-geographical-sites-of-iran
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Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh, Gholamhossein Davarynejad, Javad Asili, Seyed Hossein Nemati, Ramin Rezaee, Marina Goumenou, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Gholamreza Karimi
Pistachio is an important horticultural product and Iran is considered as a main pistachio producing country. Assessment of heavy metals in this export fruit is crucial for protecting public health against toxic heavy metals. The concentration of selected heavy metals in soil, water and five pistachio cultivars from four geographical regions of Iran were measured. Although none of the elements were detected in water irrigation, infield metal content in the soil had good correlation with that of pistachio. The highest amounts of Al, As, Co, Ni and Se were reported in samples collected from Sarakhs, Iran...
June 21, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647435/dietary-habits-in-parkinson-s-disease-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet
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Erica Cassani, Michela Barichella, Valentina Ferri, Giovanna Pinelli, Laura Iorio, Carlotta Bolliri, Serena Caronni, Samanta A Faierman, Antonia Mottolese, Chiara Pusani, Fatemeh Monajemi, Marianna Pasqua, Alessandro Lubisco, Emanuele Cereda, Gianni Pezzoli
INTRODUCTION: Our objective is to describe the dietary habits, food preferences and adherence to Mediterranean diet (MeDi) of a large sample of Italian Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients compared to a group of controls. METHODS: Dietary habits of 600 PD patients from throughout Italy and 600 controls matched by gender, age, education, physical activity level and geographical residence, were collected using the ON-GP Food Frequency Questionnaire. Then, we compared patients by disease duration and the presence of swallowing disturbances...
June 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647090/natural-product-inspired-compound-collections-evolutionary-principle-chemical-synthesis-phenotypic-screening-and-target-identification
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REVIEW
Luca Laraia, Herbert Waldmann
Natural products have been an excellent and abundant source of therapeutics for many decades. To expand on their success, and explore areas of chemical space not covered by biosynthesis, the synthesis of natural product-inspired compound collections has emerged as a viable strategy. Herein we describe the principles behind biology-oriented synthesis and related approaches, the requirements for development of novel chemistry and how phenotypic screens are a very fruitful way to explore the bioactivity of compounds made using these approaches...
March 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646842/fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-in-high-school-students-in-bandar-abbas-iran-an-application-of-the-trans-theoretical-model
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Sayed Hossein Davoodi, Zahra Hosseini, Teamur Aghamolaei, Mehdi Zare, Amin Ghanbarnejad
BACKGROUND: A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is of a great importance, especially to adolescents due to their need for nutrients and their rapid growth. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between decisional balance and self-efficacy with stages of change for fruit and vegetable consumption in high school students in Bandar Abbas, Iran. METHODS: In this descriptive-analytical study, data were collected from 345 students studying in eight high schools of Bandar Abbas who were selected through multistage sampling...
June 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646833/the-use-of-fruit-extracts-for-production-of-apple-chips-with-enhanced-antioxidant-activity
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Tomasz Tarko, Aleksandra Duda-Chodak, Dorota Semik-Szczurak
Background: Style and pace of life make consumers more willing to reach for snack products. This group of processed food includes, among others, fruit chips. Due to the increasing incidence of diseases associated with the excessive exposure to free radicals foods enriched with antioxidant compounds, eg. polyphenols, can be introduced into the sale. Objective: The aim of the study was to use the fruit extracts for the production of apple chips with enhanced antioxidant activity...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646832/diet-for-women-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
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Diana Wasiluk, Lucyna Ostrowska, Ewa Stefańska, Agnieszka Janke, Grażyna Jurkowska
Background: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequent digestive system diseases, of various medical signs. It is assumed that proper life style, including appropriate, rational diet is a factor helpful for treating such a disorder. Objective: The purpose of this paper was to assess the selected dietary habits, and to evaluate the nutritional value of daily food rations for patients with a mixed type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Material and Methods: The questionnaire survey involved a group of 32 women suffering from a mixed type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (The Rome III Diagnostic Criteria were used to diagnose the disease)...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646830/dietary-fiber-sources-consumption-and-overweight-among-polish-male-students-a-cross-sectional-study
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Beata Krusińska, Justyna Weronika Wuenstel, Joanna Kowalkowska, Lidia Wądołowska, Małgorzata Anna Słowińska
Background: There has been an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescents and young adults, especially in men than women. Many adolescents have a sedentary lifestyle and consume more processed, low-fiber foods. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of fiber intake and its selected dietary source consumption in relation to the overweight among Polish male students. Material and Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 1,233 male students aged 13...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646805/natural-cancer-therapy-and-prevention-targeted-on-cancer-cells-and-cancer-stem-cells-based-on-the-cytochrome-p45o-enzyme-cyp1b1-a-commentary
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William R Ware
The importance of the P450 enzyme CYP1B1 in both cancer therapy and prevention are reviewed and evidence is discussed, which provides strong biological plausibility for the therapeutic merits of this approach. The significant resistance to chemotherapy among common cancers, and the realization that in many cases chemotherapy leaves behind drug-resistant cancer cells that eventually cause recurrence and metastatic disease, has recently prompted the search for natural compounds that would circumvent this problem...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646436/behavior-of-fluopyram-and-tebuconazole-and-some-selected-pesticides-in-ripe-apples-and-consumer-exposure-assessment-in-the-applied-crop-protection-framework
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Magdalena Podbielska, Ewa Szpyrka, Bartosz Piechowicz, Aneta Zwolak, Stanisław Sadło
The supervised field trials were conducted in a commercial apple orchard in 2016. The trials were an attempt to determine a model for dissipation and toxicological evaluation of fluopyram, tebuconazole, captan, tetrahydrophthalimide (THPI), pirimicarb, spirodiclofen, and boscalid residues detected in fruit of Red Jonaprince, Lobo, and Gala varieties immediately before harvest. The analysis also covered amounts of pesticides still present in remnants of calyx in Lobo and Gala varieties immediately before harvest...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646365/post-diagnosis-serum-insulin-like-growth-factors-in-relation-to-dietary-and-lifestyle-changes-in-the-prostate-testing-for-cancer-and-treatment-protect-trial
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Vanessa Er, Kalina Biernacka, Andrew J Simpkin, Richard M Martin, Mona Jeffreys, Pauline Emmett, Rebecca Gilbert, Kerry N L Avery, Eleanor Walsh, Michael Davis, Jenny L Donovan, David E Neal, Freddie C Hamdy, Jeff M P Holly, J Athene Lane
PURPOSE: The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system is modifiable by diet and lifestyle, and has been linked to prostate cancer development and progression. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 621 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer to investigate the associations of dietary and lifestyle changes with post-diagnosis circulating levels of IGF-I and IGFBP-3. We used analysis of covariance to estimate the associations, controlling for baseline IGF-I or IGFBP-3, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646036/feeding-on-ripening-and-over-ripening-fruit-interactions-between-sugar-ethanol-and-polyphenol-contents-in-a-tropical-butterfly
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Michaël Beaulieu, Kristin Franke, Klaus Fischer
In ripe fruit, energy mostly derives from sugar, while in over-ripe fruit, it also comes from ethanol. Such ripeness differences may alter the fitness benefits associated with frugivory if animals are unable to degrade ethanol when consuming over-ripe fruit. In the tropical butterfly Bicyclus anynana, we found that females consuming isocaloric solutions mimicking ripe (20% sucrose) and over-ripe fruit (10% sucrose, 7% ethanol) of the palm Astrocaryum standleyanum exhibited higher fecundity than females consuming a solution mimicking unripe fruit (10% sucrose)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645846/heparan-sulfate-proteoglycans-in-drosophila-neuromuscular-development
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REVIEW
Keisuke Kamimura, Nobuaki Maeda
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are glycoconjugates bearing heparan sulfate (HS) chains covalently attached to core proteins, which are ubiquitously distributed on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix. HSPGs interact with a number of molecules mainly through HS chains, which play critical roles in diverse physiological and disease processes. Among these, recent vertebrate studies showed that HSPGs are closely involved in synapse development and function. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms remain elusive...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645777/increased-food-intake-after-starvation-enhances-sleep-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Josue M Regalado, McKenna B Cortez, Jeremy Grubbs, Jared A Link, Alexander van der Linden, Yong Zhang
Feeding and sleep are highly conserved, interconnected behaviors essential for survival. Starvation has been shown to potently suppress sleep across species; however, whether satiety promotes sleep is still unclear. Here we use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model organism to address the interaction between feeding and sleep. We first monitored the sleep of flies that had been starved for 24 h and found that sleep amount increased in the first 4 h after flies were given food. Increased sleep after starvation was due to an increase in sleep bout number and average sleep bout length...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645773/abc-protein-cgabcf2-is-required-for-asexual-and-sexual-development-appressorial-formation-and-plant-infection-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
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Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Meiyu Wang, Junxiang Zhang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins are exclusively found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In this study, we have characterized a gene from Glomerella leaf spot pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides that encodes an ABC protein, whose function to date remains unknown. We designated this gene as CgABCF2. Deletion of CgABCF2 showed drastic reduction both growing rate and conidial production in C. gloeosporioides. The Δcgabcf2 mutant did not form the appressoria, lost the capability to infect apple and failed to form lesions on the wounded leaves and fruits...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645650/isolation-identification-and-biocontrol-of-antagonistic-bacterium-against-botrytis-cinerea-after-tomato-harvest
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Jun-Feng Shi, Chang-Qing Sun
Tomato is one of the most important vegetables in the world. Decay after harvest is a major issue in the development of tomato industry. Currently, the most effective method for controlling decay after harvest is storage of tomato at low temperature combined with usage of chemical bactericide; however, long-term usage of chemical bactericide not only causes pathogen resistance but also is harmful for human health and environment. Biocontrol method for the management of disease after tomato harvest has great practical significance...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645224/a-symphony-of-cyclases-specificity-in-diguanylate-cyclase-signaling
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Kurt M Dahlstrom, George A O'Toole
Cyclic diguanylate (c-di-GMP) is a near universal signaling molecule produced by diguanylate cyclases that can direct a variety of bacterial behaviors. A major area of research over the last several years has been aimed at understanding how a cell with dozens of diguanylate cyclases can deploy a given subset of them to produce a desired phenotypic outcome without undesired cross talk between c-di-GMP-dependent systems. Several models have been put forward to address this question, including specificity of cyclase activation, tuned binding constants of effector proteins, and physical interaction between cyclases and effectors...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645204/when-homoplasy-is-not-homoplasy-dissecting-trait-evolution-by-contrasting-composite-and-reductive-coding
#18
Alejandro Torres-Montúfar, Thomas Borsch, Helga Ochoterena
The conceptualization and coding of characters is a difficult issue in phylogenetic systematics, no matter which inference method is used when reconstructing phylogenetic trees or if the characters are just mapped onto a specific tree. Complex characters are groups of features that can be divided into simpler hierarchical characters (reductive coding), although the implied hierarchical relational information may change depending on the type of coding (composite vs reductive). Up to now, there is no common agreement to either code characters as complex or simple...
June 22, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645098/the-behavioral-economics-of-social-anxiety-disorder-reveal-a-robust-effect-for-interpersonal-traits
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Thomas L Rodebaugh, Natasha A Tonge, Jaclyn S Weisman, Michelle H Lim, Katya C Fernandez, Ryan Bogdan
Recent evidence suggests that reduced generosity among individuals with social anxiety disorder (SAD) in behavioral economic tasks may result from constraint in changing behavior according to interpersonal contingencies. That is, people with SAD may be slower to be more generous when the situation warrants. Conversely, more global effects on generosity may be related to interpersonal vindictiveness, a dimension only somewhat related to SAD. A total of 133 participants, 73 with the generalized form of SAD, completed self-report instruments and a behavioral economic task with simulated interpersonal (friend, romantic partner, stranger) interactions...
June 15, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645006/study-of-intestinal-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-phoenix-loureiroi-kunth-arecaceae-fruit
#20
Rajan Murugan, Shanmugam Saravanan, Thangaraj Parimelazhagan
Phoenix loureiroi Kunth belongs to the family Arecaceae, the fruits are widely consumed by Kurumba and Irula tribes of Tamil Nadu (India) and also used to cure intestinal related diseases in folklore medicine. Therefore, in vivo animal studies were evaluated to confirm the prevention of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with the treatment of this plant fruits. The IBD was studied in Wistar albino rats by indomethacin (s.c.), acetic acid (i.c.) and dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) induced models. The diseases parameters such as macroscopic, microscopic features, serum biomarkers levels, haematological profile, biochemical and antioxidant levels were determined...
June 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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