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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140802/characterization-with-scanning-electron-microscopy-energy-dispersive-x-ray-spectrometry-of-microtraces-from-the-ligature-mean-in-hanging-mechanical-asphyxia-a-series-of-forensic-cases
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Francesca Maghin, Salvatore Ambrogio Andreola, Michele Boracchi, Guendalina Gentile, Francesca Maciocco, Riccardo Zoja
The authors applied scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry to the furrow derived from hanging means. The study was conducted with the purpose to detect possible extraneous microtraces, deriving from the ligature, that could have had an interaction with the cutaneous biological matrix, thanks to a transfert mechanism, in the proximities of the lesion.Fifteen cutaneous samples of the furrow and an equal number of fragments of graphite tape, directly positioned on the lesion produced by the ligature mean and used as a "conductor" of possible traces, were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140747/the-association-of-social-service-spending-environmental-quality-and-health-behaviors-on-health-outcomes
#2
Kenneth E Thorpe, Peter Joski
Recent studies on state-level spending on social services have shown that states with higher ratios of social to health care spending were associated with better health outcomes. This study extends this work by examining the association of specific elements of social service spending and other determinants of health, such as health behaviors, education, and environmental factors at the metropolitan/city level, on several measures of health outcomes between 2005 and 2014. This study found that several potential determinants of health including exercise, air pollution, smoking, per pupil educational spending, and several types of social service spending were associated with improvements in health outcomes...
November 15, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140398/legacy-organochlorine-pollutants-in-glacial-watersheds-a-review
#3
K R Miner, J Blais, C Bogdal, S Villa, M Schwikowski, P Pavlova, C Steinlin, C Gerbi, K J Kreutz
Northern Hemisphere alpine glaciers have been identified as a point of concentration and reemergence of legacy organochlorine pollutants (OCPs). In this review, we compile a selection of published literature combining long-range, global atmospheric transport and distribution-based compartmental environmental flux models, as well as data from glacial meltwater, ice core, crevasse and proglacial lake sediment studies. Regional studies of ice and meltwater in alpine glaciers of the northern latitudes show similarities in sample deposition profiles and concentration due to chemical atmospheric residence time, precipitation type and glacier flow rates...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139077/spatiotemporal-patterns-and-source-attribution-of-nitrogen-pollution-in-a-typical-headwater-agricultural-watershed-in-southeastern-china
#4
Wenjun Chen, Bin He, Daniel Nover, Weili Duan, Chuan Luo, Kaiyan Zhao, Wen Chen
Excessive nitrogen (N) discharge from agriculture causes widespread problems in aquatic ecosystems. Knowledge of spatiotemporal patterns and source attribution of N pollution is critical for nutrient management programs but is poorly studied in headwaters with various small water bodies and mini-point pollution sources. Taking a typical small watershed in the low mountains of Southeastern China as an example, N pollution and source attribution were studied for a multipond system around a village using the Hydrological Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF) model...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137931/secondary-effluent-purification-by-a-large-scale-multi-stage-surface-flow-constructed-wetland-a-case-study-in-northern-china
#5
Haiming Wu, Jian Zhang, Wenshan Guo, Shuang Liang, Jinlin Fan
Assessment of treatment performance in the large-scale constructed wetland (CW) for secondary effluent purification remains limited. The aim of this case study was to therefore to investigate the long-term treatment capacity of organics and ammonium pollutants in a large-scale multi-stage surface-flow (SF) CW fed with secondary effluents from the wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in northern China. The results for two-and-half-year study period indicated that the water quality parameters including chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonium (NH4(+)-N) met the Chinese Grade III of Environmental Quality Standards...
November 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137738/ultrasound-assisted-leaching-of-rare-earths-from-the-weathered-crust-elution-deposited-ore-using-magnesium-sulfate-without-ammonia-nitrogen-pollution
#6
Shaohua Yin, Jiannan Pei, Feng Jiang, Shiwei Li, Jinhui Peng, Libo Zhang, Shaohua Ju, Chandrasekar Srinivasakannan
The in situ leaching process of China's unique ion-adsorption rare earth ores has caused severe environmental damages due to the use of (NH4)2SO4 solution. This study reports that magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) as a leaching agent would replace (NH4)2SO4 by ultrasonically assisted leaching to deal with the ammonia-nitrogen pollution problem and enhance leaching process. At leaching conditions of 3wt% MgSO4 concentration, 3:1L/S ratio and 30min, the total rare earth leaching efficiency reaches 75.5%. Ultrasound-assisted leaching experiments show that the leaching efficiency of rare earths is substantially increased by introducing ultrasound, and nearly completely leached out after two stage leaching process...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137207/the-interaction-between-ambient-pm10-and-no%C3%A2-on-mortality-in-guangzhou-china
#7
Yuzhou Gu, Hualiang Lin, Tao Liu, Jianpeng Xiao, Weilin Zeng, Zhihao Li, Xiaojuan Lv, Wenjun Ma
Air pollution is now a significant environmental issue in China. To better understand the health impacts of ambient air pollution, this study investigated the potential interaction between PM10 and NO₂ on mortality in Guangzhou, China. Time series data of daily non-accidental mortality and concentrations of PM10 and NO₂ from 2006 to 2010 were collected. Based on generalized additive model, we developed two models (bivariate model and stratified model) to explore the interaction both qualitatively and quantitatively...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136879/development-and-evaluation-of-a-new-diffusive-gradients-in-thin-films-technique-for-measuring-organotin-compounds-in-coastal-sediment-pore-water
#8
Russell F Cole, Graham A Mills, Michelle S Hale, Ruth Parker, Thi Bolam, Peter R Teasdale, William W Bennett, Gary R Fones
Organotins present a toxicological risk to biota in the aquatic environment. Understanding the behaviour of these compounds in sediment is challenging, with sophisticated analytical techniques required for their measurement. We investigated the use of silica-bound sorbents for diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) adsorption gels to pre-concentrate five organotins (monobutlytin (MBT), dibutyltin (DBT), tributyltin (TBT), diphenyltin (DPhT), triphenyltin (TPhT)) found frequently in coastal sediment. C8 sorbent showed optimum performance in uptake and recovery of organotins for pH and ionic strength ranges typical of coastal waters...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136875/a-turn-on-competitive-immunochromatographic-strips-integrated-with-quantum-dots-and-gold-nano-stars-for-cadmium-ion-detection
#9
Meng Xiao, Qiangqiang Fu, Haicong Shen, Yuan Chen, Wei Xiao, Daoguang Yan, Xiaojiang Tang, Zhiyong Zhong, Yong Tang
Immunochromatographic strips (ICSs) are inexpensive, simple, portable, and robust, and therefore have many uses in the medicinal, agricultural, and environmental industries. For detection of small molecules, current ICSs are competitive format (competitive ICSs, CICSs), which only offer a turn-off readout mode, and therefore lead to low sensitivity when evaluating results by the naked eye. To overcome this problem, we report a turn-on CICSs that relies on the ability of gold nano-stars (AuNSs) quenching the signal of quantum dots (QDs)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136830/a-review-of-the-identification-and-detection-of-heavy-metal-ions-in-the-environment-by-voltammetry
#10
REVIEW
Yuanyuan Lu, Xinqiang Liang, Christophe Niyungeko, Junjie Zhou, Jianming Xu, Guangming Tian
Currently, environmental pollution by heavy metals is a global problem. Therefore, it is crucial to develop effective detection techniques to determine the levels of heavy metal contamination in various mediums. Voltammetry is a highly sensitive electrochemical method used for the in situ detection of heavy metal ions. This study investigates the current trends related to electrode modification, developments in materials, and optimization of the experimental parameters. We discuss the sensing performance of four kinds of nanomaterials capable of inorganic modification (metal nanoparticles, metal oxides, carbonaceous nanomaterials, and their nanocomposites)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136606/heavy-metals-in-soils-of-hechuan-county-in-the-upper-yangtze-sw-china-comparative-pollution-assessment-using-multiple-indices-with-high-spatial-resolution-sampling
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Maofei Ni, Rong Mao, Zhongmin Jia, Ruozhu Dong, Siyue Li
In order to assess heavy metals (HMs) in soils of the upper Yangtze Basin, a very high-spatial-resolution sampling (582 soil samples) was conducted from Hechuan County, an important agricultural practice area in the Southwest China. Multiple indices including geoaccumulation index (Igeo), enrichment factor (EF), sediment pollution index (SPI) and risk index (RI), as well as multivariate statistics were employed for pollution assessment and source identification of HMs in soils. Our results demonstrated that the averages of eight HMs decreased in the following order: Zn (82...
November 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136594/quantitative-assessment-of-human-health-risks-induced-by-vehicle-exhaust-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-at-zhengzhou-via-multimedia-fugacity-models-with-cancer-risk-assessment
#12
Qian Li, Minjeong Kim, Ying Liu, ChangKyoo Yoo
Traffic-related pollution released a large amount of atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which have severely influenced environmental safety and human health until now. However, the important issue of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission from vehicle exhaust in urban populated areas has not been sufficiently investigated yet. This study focused on environmental behavior of vehicle exhaust PAHs (VEPAHs) and resultant health risk on local residents in urban populated areas. This study combined the multimedia fugacity models (Level III and Level IV) and the incremental lifetime cancer risk (ILCR) model, for analyzing the VEPAHs' environmental fate and related health risk on local residents in Zhengzhou of the central China...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136593/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-surface-water-from-the-yongding-river-basin-china-seasonal-distribution-source-apportionment-and-potential-risk-assessment
#13
Yizhen Wang, Shilu Zhang, Wenyan Cui, Xianzhi Meng, Xianqiang Tang
The presence of 17 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and 15 persistent organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in surface water of the Yongding River Basin was analyzed through GC/MS/MS during the spring and summer at 46 sampling sites. The goal was to investigate their seasonal distribution, possible sources, and potential risk. Our results showed that the total PAH concentration in surface water of Yongding River Basin ranged from 41.60 to 1482.60ng/L with a mean value of 137.85ng/L in the spring, and from 53...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136571/heavy-metal-remediation-with-ficus-microcarpa-through-transplantation-and-its-environmental-risks-through-field-scale-experiment
#14
Jie Luo, Limei Cai, Shihua Qi, Jian Wu, Xiaowen Sophie Gu
The phytoremediation efficiency of various metals by Ficus microcarpa was evaluated through a real scale experiment in the present study. The root biomass production of the species varied significantly from 3.68 to 5.43 g because of the spatial heterogeneity of different metals. It would take 4-93 years to purify the excess Cd of the experimental site. Mercury was the most inflexible element which can barely be phytoremediated by F. microcarpa. After the species transplanted from the polluted soil to the clean site, Cd and Cu were transferred to the rhizosphere soil to different extent while the bulk soil was barely influenced...
November 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136534/investigating-the-potential-impact-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-on-gene-biomarker-expression-and-global-dna-methylation-in-loggerhead-sea-turtles-caretta-caretta-from-the-adriatic-sea
#15
Paolo Cocci, Gilberto Mosconi, Luca Bracchetti, John Mark Nalocca, Emanuela Frapiccini, Mauro Marini, Giovanni Caprioli, Gianni Sagratini, Francesco Alessandro Palermo
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are priority contaminants that bioaccumulate through the food webs and affect the biology of a variety of resident and migratory species, including sea turtles. Few studies have evaluated toxicological biomarkers of exposure to PAHs and PCBs in these animals. The present paper reports the results of an initial field study to quantify the association between plasma concentrations of PAHs/PCBs and whole blood cell expression of gene biomarkers in juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) rescued along the Italian coasts of the northern and central areas of the Adriatic Sea...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134971/detection-of-dna-fragmentation-in-liver-of-goats-exposed-to-lead-poisoning-in-bagega-district-of-zamfara-state-nigeria
#16
A T Jubril, O A Fagbohun, A A Adekola
The ubiquitous presence of lead (Pb) and its release by anthropogenic activities has remained a majorenvironmental pollution risk to both humans and animals. Lead toxicity has been associated with different systemic toxicitiesand biochemical impacts (such as oxidative stress and DNA damaging effects) with dire health consequences. In Nigeria,the health problem associated with lead toxicity has been overwhelming in the Bagega District of Zamfara State whereartisanal gold mining has resulted in widespread environmental lead contamination...
June 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134803/a-fluorescent-binary-ensemble-based-on-pyrene-derivative-and-sds-assemblies-as-a-chemical-tongue-for-discriminating-metal-ions-and-brand-water
#17
Lijun Zhang, Xinyan Huang, Yuan Cao, Yunhong Xin, Liping Ding
Enormous effort has been put to the detection and recognition of various heavy metal ions due to their involvement in serious environmental pollution and many major diseases. The present work developed a single fluorescent sensor ensemble that can distinguish and identify a variety of heavy metal ions. A pyrene-based fluorophore (PB) containing a metal ion receptor group was specially designed and synthesized. Anionic surfactant SDS assemblies can effectively adjust its fluorescence behavior. The selected binary ensemble based on PB/SDS assemblies can exhibit multiple emission bands and provide wavelength-based cross-reactive responses to a series of metal ions to realize pattern recognition ability...
November 14, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134799/e-waste-driven-pollution-in-pakistan-the-first-evidence-of-environmental-and-human-exposure-to-flame-retardants-frs-in-karachi-city
#18
Mehreen Iqbal, Jabir Hussain Syed, Knut Breivik, Muhammad Jamshed Iqbal Chaudhry, Jun Li, Gan Zhang, Riffat Naseem Malik
Informal e-waste recycling activities have been shown to be a major emitter of organic flame retardants (FRs), contributing to both environmental and human exposure to laborers at e-waste recycling sites in some West African countries, as well as in China and India. The main objective of this study was to determine the levels of selected organic FRs in both air and soil samples collected from areas with intensive informal e-waste recycling activities in Karachi, Pakistan. Dechlorane Plus (DP) and "novel" brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) were often detected in high concentrations in soils, while phosphorous-based FRs (OPFRs) dominated atmospheric samples...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134532/a-robust-multi-objective-bargaining-methodology-for-inter-basin-water-resource-allocation-a-case-study
#19
Omid Nasiri-Gheidari, Safar Marofi, Farzaneh Adabi
In this study, a new methodology is proposed to balance environmental and economic issues in water allocation under uncertainty. Two objective functions, including maximizing economic income (EI) and minimizing environmental pollution (EP), were considered as two groups of players to construct a deterministic multi-objective bargaining methodology (DMOBM). In the next step, it is enhanced to a robust multi-objective bargaining methodology (RMOBM), which is capable of incorporating the main uncertainties exist in the problem...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134530/a-review-of-heavy-metal-pollution-levels-and-health-risk-assessment-of-urban-soils-in-chinese-cities
#20
Libo Pan, Yue Wang, Jin Ma, Yu Hu, Benying Su, Guangling Fang, Lei Wang, Bao Xiang
This study assessed literature-based data for the period 2006-2016 regarding heavy metal (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Pb, Ni, Zn, and Hg) concentrations in soils from 32 Chinese cities and the associated human health risks. The mean concentrations of the eight metals were lower than the soil environmental quality standards in China, but were much higher than the background values for most cities. The enrichment factor (EF) and geoaccumulation index (I geo) values showed moderate pollution levels, possibly influenced by anthropogenic activity for Cd, Hg, Pb, and Zn...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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