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  1. Incidence and Risk Factors for Severe Bacterial Infections in People Living with HIV. ANRS CO3 Aquitaine Cohort, 2000–2012

    Collin, Amandine; Le Marec, Fabien; Vandenhende, Marie-Anne; Lazaro, Estibaliz; Duffau, Pierre; Cazanave, Charles; Gérard, Yann; Dabis, François; Bruyand, Mathias; Bonnet, Fabrice


    Severe non-AIDS bacterial infections (SBI) are the leading cause of hospital admissions among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in industrialized countries. We aimed to estimate the incidence of SBI and their risk factors in a large prospective cohort of PLHIV patients over a 13-year period in France. Patients followed up in the ANRS CO3 Aquitaine cohort between 2000 and 2012 were eligible; SBI was defined as a clinical diagnosis associated with hospitalization of ≥48 hours or death. Survival analysis was conducted to identify risk factors for SBI.Total follow-up duration was 39,256 person-years [PY] (31,370 PY on antiretroviral treatment [ART]). The incidence of SBI decreased from 26.7/1000 PY [95% CI: 22.9–30.5] over the period 2000–2002 to 11.9/1000 PY [10.1–13.8] in 2009–2012 (p 50 copies/mL (Hazard Ratio [HR] = 5.1, 95% Confidence Interval: 4.2–6.2), CD4 count <500 cells/mm3 and CD4/CD8 ratio <0.8 (with a dose-response relationship for both markers), history of cancer (HR = 1.4 [1.0–1.9]), AIDS stage (HR = 1.7 [1.3–2.1]) and HCV coinfection (HR = 1.4, [1.1–1.6]). HIV-positive patients with diabetes were more prone to SBI (HR = 1.6 [0.9–2.6]). Incidence of SBI decreased over a 13-year period due to the improvement in the virological and immune status of PLHIV on ART. Risk factors for SBI include low CD4 count and detectable HIV RNA, but also CD4/CD8 ratio, HCV coinfection, history of cancer and diabetes, comorbid conditions that have been frequent among PLHIV in recent years. PMID:27050752

  2. 76 FR 61683 - ANR Pipeline Company; Notice of Application


    ... Energy Regulatory Commission ANR Pipeline Company; Notice of Application Take notice that on September 22, 2011, ANR Pipeline Company (ANR Pipeline), 717 Texas Street, Suite 2400, Houston, Texas 77002-2761... an offshore production platform in Mississippi Canyon Block 194 connecting with approximately...

  3. 76 FR 56191 - Notice of Application; ANR Pipeline Company


    ..., operate, and maintain its Marshfield Reduction Project (MRP), comprised of a new 6,300 horsepower... County, Wisconsin, north of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the MRP will eliminate the need for certain... Wisconsin. ANR states that the MRP will increase the reliability and flexibility of service for...

  4. An integrated approach to demonstrating the ANR pathway of proanthocyanidin biosynthesis in plants.

    Peng, Qing-Zhong; Zhu, Yue; Liu, Zhong; Du, Ci; Li, Ke-Gang; Xie, De-Yu


    Proanthocyanidins (PAs) are oligomers or polymers of plant flavan-3-ols and are important to plant adaptation in extreme environmental conditions. The characterization of anthocyanidin reductase (ANR) and leucoanthocyanidin reductase (LAR) has demonstrated the different biogenesis of four stereo-configurations of flavan-3-ols. It is important to understand whether ANR and the ANR pathway widely occur in the plant kingdom. Here, we report an integrated approach to demonstrate the ANR pathway in plants. This includes different methods to extract native ANR from different tissues of eight angiosperm plants (Lotus corniculatus, Desmodium uncinatum, Medicago sativa, Hordeum vulgare, Vitis vinifera, Vitis bellula, Parthenocissus heterophylla, and Cerasus serrulata) and one fern plant (Dryopteris pycnopteroides), a general enzymatic analysis approach to demonstrate the ANR activity, high-performance liquid chromatography-based fingerprinting to demonstrate (-)-epicatechin and other flavan-3-ol molecules, and phytochemical analysis of PAs. Results demonstrate that in addition to leaves of M. sativa, tissues of other eight plants contain an active ANR pathway. Particularly, the leaves, flowers and pods of D. uncinatum, which is a model plant to study LAR and the LAR pathways, are demonstrated to express an active ANR pathway. This finding suggests that the ANR pathway involves PA biosynthesis in D. uncinatum. In addition, a sequence BLAST analysis reveals that ANR homologs have been sequenced in plants from both gymnosperms and angiosperms. These data show that the ANR pathway to PA biosynthesis occurs in both seed and seedless vascular plants. PMID:22678031

  5. Introduction of apple ANR genes into tobacco inhibits expression of both CHI and DFR genes in flowers, leading to loss of anthocyanin

    Han, Yuepeng; Vimolmangkang, Sornkanok; Soria-Guerra, Ruth Elena; Schuyler S Korban


    Three genes encoding anthocyanidin reductase (ANR) in apple (Malus×domestica Borkh.), designated MdANR1, MdANR2a, and MdANR2b, have been cloned and characterized. MdANR1 shows 91% identity in coding DNA sequences with MdANR2a and MdANR2b, while MdANR2a and MdANR2b are allelic and share 99% nucleotide sequence identity in the coding region. MdANR1 and MdANR2 genes are located on linkage groups 10 and 5, respectively. Expression levels of both MdANR1 and MdANR2 genes are generally higher in yel...

  6. Smoking cessation medications

    Smoking cessation - medications; Smokeless tobacco - medications; Medications for stopping tobacco ... Creating a plan to help you deal with smoking urges. Getting support from a doctor, counselor, or ...

  7. Severe morbidity according to sex in the era of combined antiretroviral therapy: the ANRS CO3 Aquitaine Cohort.

    Mojgan Hessamfar

    Full Text Available To describe trends and determinants of severe morbidity in HIV-infected women and men.A French prospective cohort of HIV-infected patients of both sexes and all transmission categories.We used hospital admission data from January 2000 to December 2008. A severe morbid event (SME was defined as a clinical event requiring hospitalization for ≥48 h, several events could be reported during hospitalization. Yearly incidence rates of SME were estimated and compared using Generalized Estimating Equations.Among 4,987 patients (27% women, followed for a median of 8.7 years, 1,473 (30% were hospitalized (3,049 hospitalizations for 5,963 SME. The yearly incidence rate of hospitalization decreased in men, from 155 in 2000 to 80/1,000 person-years (PY in 2008 and in women, from 125 to 71/1,000 PY, (p50 years, HIV RNA >10,000 copies, CD4 <500/mm3, AIDS stage, hepatitis C co-infection and cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, and tobacco use were associated with SME.HIV-infected individuals in care in France require less and less frequently hospitalization. Women are now presenting with severe hepatic and cardio-vascular events. Disparities in SME between men and women are primarily explained by different exposure patterns to risk factors. Women should be targeted to benefit cardiovascular prevention policies as well as men.

  8. Economics of smoking cessation

    Parrott, S; Godfrey, C


    Smoking imposes a huge economic burden on society— currently up to 15% of total healthcare costs in developed countries. Smoking cessation can save years of life, at a very low cost compared with alternative interventions. This chapter reviews some of the economic aspects of smoking cessation.

  9. Smoking cessation and COPD

    Philip Tønnesen


    Full Text Available The mainstay in smoking cessation is counselling in combination with varenicline, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT or bupropion SR. Varenicline and combination of two NRTs is equally effective, while varenicline alone is more effective than either NRT or bupropion SR. NRT is extremely safe but cardiovascular and psychiatric adverse events with varenicline have been reported. These treatments have also been shown to be effective in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. A model study is the Lung Health Study from the USA. Findings from this study of 5,587 patients with mild COPD showed that repeated smoking cessation for a period of 5 yrs resulted in a quit rate of 37%. After 14.5 yrs the quitters had a higher lung function and a higher survival rate. A study with a new nicotine formulation, a mouth spray, showed high relative efficacy. As 5–10% of quitters use long-term NRT, we report the results of a study where varenicline compared with placebo increased the quit rate in long-term users of NRT. Smoking cessation is the most effective intervention in stopping the progression of COPD, as well as increasing survival and reducing morbidity. This is why smoking cessation should be the top priority in the treatment of COPD.

  10. Methods of smoking cessation.

    Schwartz, J L


    Smoking-cessation treatment consists of three phases: preparation, intervention, and maintenance. Preparation aims to increase the smoker's motivation to quit and to build confidence that he or she can be successful. Intervention can take any number of forms (or a combination of them) to help smokers to achieve abstinence. Maintenance, including support, coping strategies, and substitute behaviors, is necessary for permanent abstinence. Although most smokers who successfully quit do so on their own, many use cessation programs at some point during their smoking history. Moreover, many people act on the advice of a health professional in deciding to quit. Some are also aided by a smoking-cessation kit from a public or voluntary agency, a book, a tape, or an over-the-counter product. Still others receive help from mass-media campaigns, such as the Great American Smokeout, or community programs. Counseling, voluntary and commercial clinics, nicotine replacement strategies, hypnosis, acupuncture, and behavioral programs are other methods used by smokers to break the habit. Programs that include multiple treatments are more successful than single interventions. The most cost-effective strategy for smoking cessation for most smokers is self-care, which includes quitting on one's own and might also include acting on the advice of a health profession or using an aid such as a quit-smoking guide. Heavier, more addicted smokers are more likely to seek out formal programs after several attempts to quit. Many people can quit smoking, but staying off cigarettes requires maintenance, support, and additional techniques, such as relapse prevention. Physicians, dentists, and other health professionals can provide important assistance to their patients who smoke. Quit rates can be improved if clinicians provide more help (e.g., counseling, support) than just simple advice and warnings. Clinicians also play an important role in providing nicotine replacement products such as nicotine

  11. Measurement of gamma attenuation for ANR end shield model using CaSO4:Dy phosphor

    Highlights: ► Designing of Advanced Nuclear Reactor (ANR) end shield model. ► Measurement of gamma attenuation factor using CaSO4:Dy TL phosphor. ► Measurement of gamma attenuation factor under different conditions. ► Use of gamma attenuation factor for the actual end shield of ANR. ► Radiation level in the accessible area of ANR well below the permissible limit. - Abstract: In the present study, gamma attenuation factors were measured for End shield model of Advanced Nuclear Reactor (ANR). The model is of the size 700 × 700 × 1250 mm3 and made of steel ball and water mixture with 2 × 2 lattice locations at the centre of the model. The measurements were carried out using CaSO4:Dy TL phosphor. The streaming of gamma rays (includes core gamma, fission product gamma, activation gamma and capture gamma) was found to be attenuated by a factor of about 1500–4000 at a distance of 1125 mm from the incident face of the model, when it is filled with the mixture of water and steel ball. The corresponding exposure rate of streaming gamma rays was found to be about 1.2–2 R/h. The attenuation factors derived from the study was used for the designing of actual End shield for ANR

  12. Pharmaceutical care in smoking cessation.

    Marín Armero, Alicia; Calleja Hernandez, Miguel A; Perez-Vicente, Sabina; Martinez-Martinez, Fernando


    As a determining factor in various diseases and the leading known cause of preventable mortality and morbidity, tobacco use is the number one public health problem in developed countries. Facing this health problem requires authorities and health professionals to promote, via specific programs, health campaigns that improve patients' access to smoking cessation services. Pharmaceutical care has a number of specific characteristics that enable the pharmacist, as a health professional, to play an active role in dealing with smoking and deliver positive smoking cessation interventions. The objectives of the study were to assess the efficacy of a smoking cessation campaign carried out at a pharmaceutical care center and to evaluate the effects of pharmaceutical care on patients who decide to try to stop smoking. The methodology was an open, analytical, pre-post intervention, quasi-experimental clinical study performed with one patient cohort. The results of the study were that the promotional campaign for the smoking cessation program increased the number of patients from one to 22, and after 12 months into the study, 43.48% of the total number of patients achieved total smoking cessation. We can conclude that advertising of a smoking cessation program in a pharmacy increases the number of patients who use the pharmacy's smoking cessation services, and pharmaceutical care is an effective means of achieving smoking cessation. PMID:25678779

  13. Pharmaceutical care in smoking cessation

    Marín Armero A


    Full Text Available Alicia Marín Armero,1 Miguel A Calleja Hernandez,2 Sabina Perez-Vicente,3 Fernando Martinez-Martinez4 1Community Pharmacy, Murcia, Spain; 2Hospital Pharmacy, University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain; 3Result Evaluation Unit, Institute of Biomedicine, Sevilla, Spain; 4Research Unit in Pharmaceutical Care, University of Granada, Granada, Spain Abstract: As a determining factor in various diseases and the leading known cause of preventable mortality and morbidity, tobacco use is the number one public health problem in developed countries. Facing this health problem requires authorities and health professionals to promote, via specific programs, health campaigns that improve patients’ access to smoking cessation services. Pharmaceutical care has a number of specific characteristics that enable the pharmacist, as a health professional, to play an active role in dealing with smoking and deliver positive smoking cessation interventions. The objectives of the study were to assess the efficacy of a smoking cessation campaign carried out at a pharmaceutical care center and to evaluate the effects of pharmaceutical care on patients who decide to try to stop smoking. The methodology was an open, analytical, pre–post intervention, quasi-experimental clinical study performed with one patient cohort. The results of the study were that the promotional campaign for the smoking cessation program increased the number of patients from one to 22, and after 12 months into the study, 43.48% of the total number of patients achieved total smoking cessation. We can conclude that advertising of a smoking cessation program in a pharmacy increases the number of patients who use the pharmacy’s smoking cessation services, and pharmaceutical care is an effective means of achieving smoking cessation. Keywords: community pharmacy, health campaign, tobacco cessation, nicotine replacement therapy

  14. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

    Møller, A; Villebro, N


    Smokers have a substantially increased risk of intra- and postoperative complications. Preoperative smoking intervention may be effective in decreasing this incidence. The preoperative period may be a well chosen time to offer smoking cessation interventions due to increased patient motivation....

  15. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

    Møller, A; Villebro, N

    Smokers have a substantially increased risk of intra- and postoperative complications. Preoperative smoking intervention may be effective in decreasing this incidence. The preoperative period may be a well chosen time to offer smoking cessation interventions due to increased patient motivation....

  16. Melting Relations of Multicomponent Carbonate System MgCO3 - FeCO3- CaCO3- Na2CO3 at 12-23 GPa

    Spivak, Anna; Solopova, Natalia; Litvin, Yuriy; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Zakharchenko, Egor


    Considerable attention is focused on high-pressure high-temperature experimental study of melting phase relations of carbonates which were involved into a 'super-deep' diamond genesis. High-pressure stability of carbonate melts and their role in 'ultra-deep' diamonds genesis are most essential. Experimental study of melting relations of multicomponent carbonate system was carried out using multi-anvil press at the pressures 12 - 23 GPa and temperatures 800 to 1650 oC. Chemical compositions of starting carbonate system used for melting experiment were prepared by mixing: FeCO3 - 26,00; MgCO3- 26,00; CaCO3 - 25,00; Na2CO3 - 23,00 wt %. A region of partial melting for the system is experimentally determined. The partial melting field is arranged between low-temperature boundary of eutectics melting (solidus line) of the multicomponent carbonate and the boundary of complete melting (liquidus line) at higher temperature. From experimental observations, a Mg-Fe carbonate solid solution is the liquidus phase. At temperature lowering, the assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + L (liquid) is formed. Then, the invariant eutectic assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + Na2(Ca,Fe)(CO3)2+ L (liquid) which is determining for subsolidus assemblage (Mg,Fe)CO3 + (Ca,Na2,Fe)CO3 + Na2(Ca,Fe)(CO3)2 is formed. Next to liquidus line is one-phase field of completely miscible multicomponent carbonate melt. On the whole, the results demonstrate phase relations of solid carbonates and multicomponent carbonate liquid in the immediate vicinity to the low-temperature melting boundary. The early melting of the multicomponent carbonate system is compatible with the lower mantle geothermal conditions because the primary melting temperatures are noticeably below than the geothermal values. It is significant that multicomponent carbonate melts are stable and completely miscible under conditions as partial so complete melting. Thus, high-pressure high-temperature experimental data demonstrate

  17. Global regulator Anr represses PlcH phospholipase activity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa when oxygen is limiting

    Jackson, Angelyca A.; Daniels, Emily F.; Hammond, John H.; Willger, Sven D.; Hogan, Deborah A.


    Haemolytic phospholipase C (PlcH) is a potent virulence and colonization factor that is expressed at high levels by Pseudomonas aeruginosa within the mammalian host. The phosphorylcholine liberated from phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin by PlcH is further catabolized into molecules that both support growth and further induce plcH expression. We have shown previously that the catabolism of PlcH-released choline leads to increased activity of Anr, a global transcriptional regulator that pro...

  18. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

    Thomsen, Thordis; Villebro, Nete; Møller, Ann Merete


    BACKGROUND: Smokers have a substantially increased risk of postoperative complications. Preoperative smoking intervention may be effective in decreasing this incidence, and surgery may constitute a unique opportunity for smoking cessation interventions. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this review are...... to assess the effect of preoperative smoking intervention on smoking cessation at the time of surgery and 12 months postoperatively, and on the incidence of postoperative complications. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group Specialized Register in January 2014. SELECTION...... CRITERIA: Randomized controlled trials that recruited people who smoked prior to surgery, offered a smoking cessation intervention, and measured preoperative and long-term abstinence from smoking or the incidence of postoperative complications or both outcomes. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The review...

  19. Update on smoking cessation therapies.

    Glynn, Deirdre A


    As a reflection of an exponential increase in smoking rates throughout the world during the last century, the economic and human burden of mortality and morbidity related to smoking is now clearly defined. Smoking cessation is associated with health benefits for people of all ages. In this paper we provide a comprehensive review of current licensed pharmacological smoking cessation agents including efficacy and safety profiles, with comparisons of individual therapies available. Furthermore, we offer a prospective on the need for further testing of other agents including novel avenues of therapy.

  20. Expansion of Medicaid Covered Smoking Cessation Services

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Expansionof Medicaid Covered Smoking Cessation Services - Maternal Smoking and Birth Outcomes. To assess whether Medicaid coverage of smoking cessation services...

  1. CaCO3 and SrCO3 bioprecipitation by fungi isolated from calcareous soil.

    Li, Qianwei; Csetenyi, Laszlo; Paton, Graeme Iain; Gadd, Geoffrey Michael


    The urease-positive fungi Pestalotiopsis sp. and Myrothecium gramineum, isolated from calcareous soil, were examined for their properties of CaCO3 and SrCO3 biomineralization. After incubation in media amended with urea and CaCl2 and/or SrCl2 , calcite (CaCO3 ), strontianite (SrCO3 ), vaterite in different forms [CaCO3 , (Cax Sr1-x )CO3 ] and olekminskite [Sr(Sr,Ca)(CO3 )2 ] were precipitated, and fungal 'footprints' were observed on mineral surfaces. The amorphous precipitate mediated by Pestalotiopsis sp. grown with urea and equivalent concentrations of CaCl2 and SrCl2 was identified as hydrated Ca and Sr carbonates by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Liquid media experiments showed M. gramineum possessed the highest Sr(2+) removal ability, and ∼ 49% of supplied Sr(2+) was removed from solution when grown in media amended with urea and 50 mM SrCl2 . Furthermore, this organism could also precipitate 56% of the available Ca(2+) and 28% of the Sr(2+) in the form of CaCO3 , SrCO3 and (Cax Sr1-x )CO3 when incubated in urea-amended media and equivalent CaCl2 and SrCl2 concentrations. This is the first report of biomineralization of olekminskite and coprecipitation of Sr into vaterite mediated by fungi. These findings suggest that urease-positive fungi could play an important role in the environmental fate, bioremediation or biorecovery of Sr or other metals and radionuclides that form insoluble carbonates. PMID:26119362

  2. Synthesis of the 1. ANR Energy Assessment colloquium - Which research for tomorrow's energy?

    Proposed by representatives of the main involved companies, agencies and institutions, the contributions of this colloquium addressed the following issues: the role of new energy technologies in the French and World sustainable development; The programmes 'New energy technologies'; Research priorities for these new technologies; Industry Perspectives and challenges; SMEs and the ANR; Research perspectives and challenges (electrochemical storage of energy, solar photovoltaic energy, new materials for energy, integration of renewable energies in electric systems, technological innovations for new energy technologies)

  3. [Clinical and biological effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy in the ANRS 1215 cohort].

    De Beaudrap, P; Diouf, A; Bousso Niang, K


    In 1998, the cohort ANRS 1215 was launched in Senegal with one of the first African antiretroviral treatment programs. Four hundred forty four HIV-infected adults started on ART were included between 1998 and 2004, and followed up to 2010. Mortality before 6 months was 15.6/100 person-year (PY) and associated to the initial disease severity. It decreased to 3.36/100 PY thereafter. The cumulative risks of virologic failure at 60 months and of drug resistance at 48 months were 25% and 16%, respectively. PMID:24619515

  4. Thermoluminescence of CaCO3:Dy and CaCO3:Mn

    CaCO3 samples doped with Dy and Mn were prepared in the laboratory by co-precipitation techniques. Thermoluminescence and emission spectra of these phosphors were studied and were compared with those of the naturally occuring calcite and undoped CaCO3 samples. Dy-doping seems to give a more efficient phosphor and indicates a possibility of getting a better phosphor by a judicious choice of a rare earth doping of CaCO3. Interesting result have been obtained on the TL glow curve variations of these phosphors with different temperature treatments prior to irradiation. (author)

  5. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

    Thomsen, Thordis; Villebro, Nete; Møller, Ann Merete


    Background Smokers have a substantially increased risk of postoperative complications. Preoperative smoking intervention may be effective in decreasing this incidence, and surgery may constitute a unique opportunity for smoking cessation interventions. Objectives The objective of this review was to...... assess the effect of preoperative smoking intervention on smoking cessation at the time of surgery and 12 months postoperatively and on the incidence of postoperative complications. Search strategy The specialized register of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group was searched using the free text and...... keywords (surgery) or (operation) or (anaesthesia) or (anesthesia). MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL were also searched, combining tobacco- and surgery-related terms. Most recent search April 2010. Selection criteria Randomized controlled trials that recruited people who smoked prior to surgery, offered a...

  6. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

    Thomsen, Thordis; Villebro, N.; Møller, Ann Merete; Villebro, Nete

    Background Smokers have a substantially increased risk of postoperative complications. Preoperative smoking intervention may be effective in decreasing this incidence, and surgery may constitute a unique opportunity for smoking cessation interventions. Objectives The objective of this review was to...... assess the effect of preoperative smoking intervention on smoking cessation at the time of surgery and 12 months postoperatively and on the incidence of postoperative complications. Search strategy The specialized register of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group was searched using the free text and...... keywords (surgery) or (operation) or (anaesthesia) or (anesthesia). MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL were also searched, combining tobacco- and surgery-related terms. Most recent search April 2010. Selection criteria Randomized controlled trials that recruited people who smoked prior to surgery, offered a...

  7. Radiolysis of Ca14CO3

    The partition-ion exclusion chromatography is evaluated to analyse non-ionic organic compounds obtained from radiolysis of high specific activity Ca14CO3. The Ca14CO3 was irradiated by β- decay of carbon-14 or by γ rays from a cobalt-60 source. The crystals were dissolved for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the radiolytic products. Formic and oxalic acids were produced in high yields. Glyoxylic, acetic and glycolic acids, formaldehyde and methanol were produced in low yields. Quantitative determination was carried out by liquid scintillation spectroscopy and the chemical yields (G-values) were calculated for the products. Mechanisms of product formation are proposed based on thermal annealing experiments. (Author)

  8. Smoking and cancer: smoking cessation.

    Austoker, J; Sanders, D.; Fowler, G


    Smoking is the single most important cause of cancer. The risk of developing cancer is reduced by stopping smoking and decreases substantially after five years. Reduction in smoking must be central to any programme aimed seriously at the prevention of cancer. An individual approach, based in primary care, has the potential to bring about modest but important reductions in risk. Many randomised trials have shown the effectiveness of various smoking cessation interventions in primary care. Give...

  9. Smoking Cessation Strategies in Pregnancy.

    Leung, Lesley W S; Davies, Gregory A


    Although pregnancy often motivates women to quit smoking, 20% to 25% will continue to smoke. Smoking is associated with adverse obstetric and neonatal outcomes such as placental abruption, stillbirth, preterm birth and sudden infant death syndrome, and it is therefore important to motivate women to quit during pregnancy. In this review, we explore the efficacy and evidence for safety of strategies for smoking cessation in pregnancy, including behavioural and pharmacologic therapies. The PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases (1990 to 2014) were accessed to identify relevant studies, using the search terms "smoking cessation," "pregnancy," "medicine, behavioural," "nicotine replacement products," "bupropion," and "varenicline." Studies were selected based on the levels of evidence presented by the Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care. Based on our review of the evidence, incentives combined with behavioural therapy appear to show the greatest promise for abstaining from smoking in the pregnant population. Nicotine replacement therapy administered in the form of gum may be better than using transdermal forms to avoid high levels of nicotine in the fetal circulation. One small trial demonstrated that bupropion is an effective aid for smoking cessation and that it does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of major congenital malformations. The currently available studies of varenicline in pregnancy are insufficient to provide evidence for the safety or efficacy of its use. PMID:26605448

  10. μ +-SR studies of the weak ferromagnets CoCO 3 and NiCO 3

    Lancaster, T.; Blundell, S. J.; Pratt, F. L.; Kurmoo, M.


    We present the results of zero-field μ +-SR measurements on CoCO 3 and NiCO 3. Both compounds are rhombohedral antiferromagnets which exhibit a spontaneous weak magnetisation below 22.2 and 17.2 K, respectively. This arises due to an anisotropic superexchange (Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya) interaction. We have studied the temperature dependence of the internal field in the ordered state and the magnetic fluctuations in the paramagnetic state. We describe the possible muon-site obtained from dipolar-field calculations.

  11. ANR Corpus architecturae religiosae europeae [CARE]saec. IV-X

    Christian Sapin


    Full Text Available Le projet ANR «Corpus des monuments religieux antérieurs à l’an Mil» [Corpus architecturae religiosae europeae/CARE – IV-X saec.] a débuté en janvier 2008. Il représente l’apport de la France à un programme international, initié en 2002 par l’IRCLAMA de Zagreb (Croatie . Ce corpus a pour objectif de recenser les édifices religieux d’Europe entre le IVe siècle et le tout début du XIe siècle. Il regroupe déjà l’Italie, l’Espagne, la Croatie, l’Europe centrale et demain, probablement, l’Irlande...

  12. NCI launches smoking cessation support for teens

    A new effort to help teens quit smoking will use one of today’s teen’s most constant companions—the mobile phone. Developed by smoking cessation experts, SmokefreeTXT is a free text message cessation service that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and

  13. Functional Health Literacy and Smoking Cessation Outcomes

    Varekojis, Sarah M.; Miller, Larry; Schiller, M. Rosita; Stein, David


    Purpose: This paper aims to describe the relationship between functional health literacy level and smoking cessation outcomes. Design/methodology/approach: Participants in an inpatient smoking cessation program in a mid-western city in the USA were enrolled and the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults was administered while the…

  14. Mass Media for Smoking Cessation in Adolescents

    Solomon, Laura J.; Bunn, Janice Y.; Flynn, Brian S.; Pirie, Phyllis L.; Worden, John K.; Ashikaga, Takamaru


    Theory-driven, mass media interventions prevent smoking among youth. This study examined effects of a media campaign on adolescent smoking cessation. Four matched pairs of media markets in four states were randomized to receive or not receive a 3-year television/radio campaign aimed at adolescent smoking cessation based on social cognitive theory.…

  15. The system MgCO3-FeCO3-CaCO3-Na2CO3 at 12-23 GPa: Phase relations and significance for the genesis of ultradeep diamonds

    Spivak, A. V.; Solopova, N. A.; Dubrovinsky, L. S.; Litvin, Yu. A.


    Physical-chemical experimental studies at 12-23 GPa of phase relationships within four-members carbonate system MgCO3-FeCO3-CaCO3-Na2CO3 and its marginal system MgCO3-FeCO3-Na2CO3 were carried out. The systems are quite representative for a set of carbonate phases from inclusions in diamonds within transitional zone and lower mantle. PT-phase diagrams of multicomponent carbonate systems are suggested. PT parameters of boundaries of their eutectic melting (solidus), complete melting (liquids) are established. These boundaries define area of partial melting. Carbonate melts are stable, completely mixable, and effective solvents of elemental carbon thus defining the possibility of ultra-deep diamonds generation.

  16. Knygos viršelio tekstas ir anotacija paskutiniame knygos puslapyje gretinamuoju teksto žanrų analizės požiūriu

    Kontutytė, Eglė


    Teksto žanrų tyrimai – vienas iš svarbiausių teksto lingvistikos uždavinių. Naujausiu teksto lingvistikos požiūriu žanrus tirti ir įvertinti galima tik kitų teksto žanrų apsuptyje. Knygos atveju galima kalbėti apie su knyga susijusių teksto žanrų „šeimą“, apie keletą skirtingo turinio tekstų, atliekančių panašią funkciją. Tyrimo objektu pasirinkti kalbotyros knygų viršelio tekstai ir anotacijos paskutiniame puslapyje. Tyrimo tikslas, remiantis visuminiais žanrų analizės modeliais, nustatyti š...

  17. Tobacco Cessation Interventions for Underserved Women

    Hemsing, Natalie; Greaves, Lorraine; Poole, Nancy


    Despite high rates of smoking among some subgroups of women, there is a lack of tailored interventions to address smoking cessation among women. We identify components of a women-centered approach to tobacco cessation by analyzing 3 bodies of literature: sex and gender influences in tobacco use and addiction; evidence-based tobacco cessation guidelines; and best practices in delivery of women-centered care. Programming for underserved women should be tailored, build confidence and increase motivation, integrate social justice issues and address inequities, and be holistic and comprehensive. Addressing the complexity of women’s smoking and tailoring appropriately could help address smoking among subpopulations of women.

  18. Perioperative smoking cessation in vascular surgery

    Kehlet, M.; Heesemann, Sabine; Tonnesen, H.;


    Background: The effect of intensive smoking cessation programs on postoperative complications has never before been assessed in soft tissue surgery when smoking cessation is initiated on the day of surgery. Methods: A single-blinded randomized clinical trial conducted at two vascular surgery...... departments in Denmark. The intervention group was offered the Gold Standard Program (GSP) for smoking cessation intervention. The control group was offered the departments' standard care. Inclusion criteria were patients with planned open peripheral vascular surgery and who were daily smokers. According to...... intervention and 21 as controls. There was no difference in 30-day complication rates or 6-week abstinence rates between the two groups. Conclusions: A trial assessing the effect of smoking cessation on postoperative complications on the day of soft tissue surgery is still needed. If another trial is to be...

  19. Drug use in prisons: strategies for harm reduction (ANRS-PRIDE Program

    Laurent Michel


    Full Text Available Abstract The existence of risky practices related to drug use inside prisons is a reality everywhere and is a major issue for the community as a whole. The level of implementation of harm reduction (HR measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC is very often poor and reveals inadequate concern about public health issues in the prison environment, without any respect for the principle of equivalence for prevention and health assistance with the general community. In 2009, the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS developed a comprehensive research program focusing on the prevention of infectious risks in prison settings. Different steps were defined and scheduled, and included i an inventory of harm reduction (HR measures, ii a qualitative survey on the reality of risky practices, iii an assessment of the social acceptability of HR measures, and iv an intervention trial exploring the feasibility of upgrading existing HR strategies. A progressive implementation of this program has shown it is feasible, but in France, it requires tenacity, simple long-term objectives, support from a scientific authority, pedagogical interventions for all involved, as well as constant discussion with the authorities. The implementation of this program in other countries is equally simple to manage.

  20. Drug use in prisons: strategies for harm reduction (ANRS-PRIDE Program).

    Michel, Laurent


    The existence of risky practices related to drug use inside prisons is a reality everywhere and is a major issue for the community as a whole. The level of implementation of harm reduction (HR) measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is very often poor and reveals inadequate concern about public health issues in the prison environment, without any respect for the principle of equivalence for prevention and health assistance with the general community. In 2009, the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS) developed a comprehensive research program focusing on the prevention of infectious risks in prison settings. Different steps were defined and scheduled, and included i) an inventory of harm reduction (HR) measures, ii) a qualitative survey on the reality of risky practices, iii) an assessment of the social acceptability of HR measures, and iv) an intervention trial exploring the feasibility of upgrading existing HR strategies. A progressive implementation of this program has shown it is feasible, but in France, it requires tenacity, simple long-term objectives, support from a scientific authority, pedagogical interventions for all involved, as well as constant discussion with the authorities. The implementation of this program in other countries is equally simple to manage. PMID:27383342

  1. Review and recommended thermodynamic properties of FeCO3

    Fosbøl, Philip Loldrup; Thomsen, Kaj; Stenby, Erling Halfdan


    An extensive review of entropy, enthalpy of formation and Gibbs energy of formation, heat capacity, aqueous solubility and solubility constant of FeCO3 is given. A consistent set of thermodynamic properties for FeCO3 and relevant aqeous species is selected and recommended for use. Speciation...

  2. Factors Associated with Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy.

    Moore, Elizabeth; Blatt, Kaitlin; Chen, Aimin; Van Hook, James; DeFranco, Emily A


    Objective The objective of this study was to quantify the influence of various patient characteristics on early smoking cessation to better identify target populations for focused counseling and interventions. Study Design This study was a population-based retrospective cohort study of 1,003,532 Ohio live births more than 7 years (2006-2012). Women who quit smoking in the first trimester were compared with those who smoked throughout pregnancy. Logistic regression estimated the strength of association between patient factors and smoking cessation. Results The factors most strongly associated with early smoking cessation were non-white race and Hispanic ethnicity, at least some college education, early prenatal care, marriage, and breastfeeding. Numerous factors commonly associated with adverse perinatal outcomes were found to have a negative association with smoking cessation: low educational attainment, limited or late prenatal care, prior preterm birth, age breastfeeding before discharge from the hospital are associated with increased RR of quitting early in pregnancy by 52 and 99%, respectively. Public health initiatives and interventions should focus on the importance of early access to prenatal care and education regarding smoking cessation for these particularly vulnerable groups of women who are at inherently high risk of pregnancy complications. PMID:26692202

  3. Correlates of Cessation Success among Romanian Adults

    Dorota Kaleta


    Full Text Available Background. Tobacco smoking and its consequences are a serious public health problem in Romania. Evidence-based data on factors associated with successful smoking cessation are crucial to optimize tobacco control. The aim of the study was to determine the sociodemographic and other factors associated with smoking cessation success among adults. Materials and Methods. Data was from a sample of 4,517 individuals derived from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS. GATS is a cross-sectional, nationally representative household survey implemented in Romania in 2011. Data was analyzed with logistic regression. Results. Among females, the quit rate was 26.3% compared with 33.1% in males (P<0.02. We found disparities in cessation success among the analyzed groups of respondents. Being economically active, being aged 40 and above, and having an awareness of smoking health consequences were associated with long-term quitting smoking among men, while initiating smoking at a later age increased the odds of quitting smoking among women. However, cohabitation with nonsmokers was the strongest predictor of successful cessation among both genders. Conclusion. Programs increasing quit rates and encourage cessation among groups less likely to quit, adopting voluntary smoke-free homes, and increasing the awareness of smoking and tobacco pollution risks are needed.

  4. Smoking cessation among Norwegian adolescents and young adults: preferred cessation methods.

    Wiium, Nora; Overland, Simon; Aarø, Leif E


    Despite generally declining smoking rates, particularly among young people, a large number of people remain smokers and many young people still pick up smoking. Helping smokers quit therefore remains a high priority for the public health sector. In the present study we examined adolescents and young adults' preferences regarding cessation methods and if these differed between genders and depended on smoking frequency. The data came from a nationally representative survey in Norway among 16-20 year olds. Only regular (weekly and daily) smokers were included in the statistical analyses (n = 509, 51% females). The findings suggest that the majority of both male (83.6%) and female (78.4%) smokers would prefer to quit smoking without help. More males than females reported that they would consider using snus as a cessation aid, while females more often reported willingness to attend cessation classes or use brochures and diaries as cessation aids. Both males and females had similar preferences albeit low, regarding the use of health services, nicotine gum or patches and internet and sms-services to quit smoking. Daily smokers would more often than weekly smokers prefer to attend cessation classes, seek help from health services, use nicotine gum or patches or use brochures and diaries. In contrast, weekly smokers preferred to use snus as a cessation aid more often than daily smokers. Identifying and making appropriate cessation methods attractive may lead to successful quitting and consequently public health gains. PMID:21054423

  5. Melting relations of multicomponent carbonate MgCO3-FeCO3-CaCO3-Na2CO3 system at 12-26 GPa: application to deeper mantle diamond formation

    Spivak, Anna; Solopova, Natalia; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Litvin, Yuriy


    Carbonatic components of parental melts of the deeper mantle diamonds are inferred from their primary inclusions of (Mg, Fe, Ca, Na)-carbonate minerals trapped at PT conditions of the Earth's transition zone and lower mantle. PT phase diagrams of MgCO3-FeCO3-CaCO3-Na2CO3 system and its ternary MgCO3-FeCO3-Na2CO3 boundary join were studied at pressures between 12 and 24 GPa and high temperatures. Experimental data point to eutectic solidus phase relations and indicate liquidus boundaries for completely miscible (Mg, Fe, Ca, Na)- and (Mg, Fe, Ca)-carbonate melts. PT fields for partial carbonate melts associated with (Mg, Fe)-, (Ca, Fe, Na)-, and (Na2Ca, Na2Fe)-carbonate solid solution phases are determined. Effective nucleation and mass crystallization of deeper mantle diamonds are realized in multicomponent (Mg, Fe, Ca, Na)-carbonatite-carbon melts at 18 and 26 GPa. The multicomponent carbonate systems were melted at temperatures that are lower than the geothermal ones. This gives an evidence for generation of diamond-parental carbonatite melts and formation of diamonds at the PT conditions of transition zone and lower mantle.

  6. Patrimonialisation/The making of Heritage/Présentation Axe thématique projet ANR AQAPA

    David, Béatrice


    Atelier de lancement projet ANR/AQAPA 28, 29, 30 avril 2014. Présentation des axes thématiques : Béatrice David (LAVUE-AUS, Université Paris-8) Patrimonialisation (« mise en patrimoine)/ The making of heritage/ Heritagization The study of Heritage making has become in the last 20 years a legitimate "object" in social sciences, notably in anthropology, then by geographic studies which have largely invested the field, particularly in exploring the intimate link between Territory and Heritage. T...

  7. Rapid fall in lung density following smoking cessation in COPD

    Shaker, Saher B; Stavngaard, Trine; Laursen, Lars Christian; Stoel, Berend C; Dirksen, Asger


    Whether smoking-induced lung inflammation subsides after smoking cessation is currently a matter of debate. We used computed tomography (CT) to evaluate the effect of smoking cessation on lung density in patients with COPD.......Whether smoking-induced lung inflammation subsides after smoking cessation is currently a matter of debate. We used computed tomography (CT) to evaluate the effect of smoking cessation on lung density in patients with COPD....

  8. 78 FR 13236 - TRICARE: Smoking Cessation Program


    ... proposed rule was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 58199) dated September 20, 2011, for a 60-day... the beneficiary, of pharmaceuticals used for smoking cessation, with the limitation on the availability of such pharmaceuticals to the mail-order pharmacy program under the TRICARE program;...

  9. Engaging African Americans in Smoking Cessation Programs

    Wallen, Jacqueline; Randolph, Suzanne; Carter-Pokras, Olivia; Feldman, Robert; Kanamori-Nishimura, Mariano


    Background: African Americans are disproportionately exposed to and targeted by prosmoking advertisements, particularly menthol cigarette ads. Though African Americans begin smoking later than whites, they are less likely to quit smoking than whites. Purpose: This study was designed to explore African American smoking cessation attitudes,…

  10. Neutron-diffraction reinvestigation of NiCO3

    Plumier, R.; Sougi, M.; Saint-James, R.


    Detailed powder neutron-diffraction experiments performed on NiCO3 show that at low temperature this carbonate is an antiferromagnet with an antiferromagnetic direction perpendicular to the trigonal axis and not at an angle 63° to this axis as has been previously reported. The oxygen parameter is found to be u=0.2813+/-0.0005, the largest found in the series of carbonates of the iron family. A careful examination of the magnetic reflection intensities indicates in NiCO3 a form-factor expansion and a magnetic-moment reduction leading to the same covalency parameter as that previously reported in NiO and KNiF3. Comparison with the isomorphous compounds MnCO3 and CoCO3 indicates in NiCO3 an increase of the superexchange interactions, both isotropic and anisotropic, a decrease of the spin-exchange polarization through the (CO3)2- radicals, and a substantial reduction of the covalency parameter.

  11. Smoking Cessation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    Tashkin, Donald P


    Smoking cessation is the most effective strategy for slowing down the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reducing mortality in the approximately 50% of patients with diagnosed COPD who continue to smoke. While behavioral interventions (including simple advice) have modest efficacy in improving smoking quit rates, the combination of counseling and pharmacotherapy is more effective than either alone. When combined with even brief counseling, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), bupropion SR, and varenicline have all been shown to be effective in promoting smoking cessation and sustained abstinence in smokers with COPD to a degree comparable to that observed in the general smoking population. However, the recidivism rate is high after initial quitting so that at the end of 1 year, approximately 80% or more of patients are still smoking. Thus, new approaches to smoking cessation are needed. One approach is to combine different pharmacotherapies, for example, nicotine patch plus rapidly acting NRT (e.g., gum or nasal spray) and/or bupropion or even varenicline plus either NRT or bupropion, in a stepwise approach over a varying duration depending on the severity of nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal symptoms during the quit attempt, as proposed in the American College of Chest Physicians Tobacco Dependence Took Kit. Electronic (e)-cigarettes, which deliver vaporized nicotine without most of the noxious components in the smoke from burning tobacco cigarettes, also has potential efficacy as a smoking cessation aid, but their efficacy and safety as either substitutes for regular cigarettes or smoking cessation aids require additional study. This task is complicated because e-cigarettes are currently unregulated and hundreds of different brands are currently available. PMID:26238637

  12. Editorial: Smoking Cessation for Crohn's Disease: Clearing the Haze.

    Kaplan, Gilaad G


    The TABACROHN Study Group conducted a multicenter prospective cohort study, demonstrating that smoking cessation improved the prognosis of Crohn's disease. Patients who continued to smoke were 50% more likely to relapse compared with non-smokers. Smoking cessation reduced the risk of flaring, regardless of exposure to anti-tumor necrosis factor agents. Despite the evidence that smoking cessation is beneficial, many patients do not quit smoking after their diagnosis of Crohn's disease. Lack of awareness, physical addiction, and social context of smoking inhibit smoking cessation. In spite of this, comprehensive smoking cessation programs have been shown to be effective and reduce costs. PMID:27018116

  13. Rice-like hollow nano-CaCO3 synthesis

    Ulkeryildiz, Eda; Kilic, Sevgi; Ozdemir, Ekrem


    We have shown that Ca(OH)2 solution is a natural stabilizer for CaCO3 particles. We designed a CO2 bubbling crystallization reactor to produce nano-CaCO3 particles in homogenous size distribution without aggregation. In the experimental set-up, the crystallization region was separated from the stabilization region. The produced nanoparticles were removed from the crystallization region into the stabilization region before aggregation or crystal growth. It was shown that rice-like hollow nano-CaCO3 particles in about 250 nm in size were produced with almost monodispersed size distribution. The particles started to dissolve through their edges as CO2 bubbles were injected, which opened-up the pores inside the particles. At the late stages of crystallization, the open pores were closed as a result of dissolution-recrystallization of the newly synthesized CaCO3 particles. These particles were stable in Ca(OH)2 solution and no aggregation was detected. The present methodology can be used in drug encapsulation into inorganic CaCO3 particles for cancer treatment with some modifications.

  14. Alternative solution model for the ternary carbonate system CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3 - I. A ternary Bragg-Williams ordering model

    McSwiggen, P.L.


    The minerals of the ternary carbonate system CaCO3 - MgCO3 - FeCO3 represent a complex series of solid solutions and ordering states. An understanding of those complexities requires a solution model that can both duplicate the subsolidus phase relationships and generate correct values for the activities. Such a solution model must account for the changes in the total energy of the system resulting from a change in the ordering state of the individual constituents. Various ordering models have been applied to binary carbonate systems, but no attempts have previously been made to model the ordering in the ternary system. This study derives a new set of equations that allow for the equilibrium degree of order to be calculated for a system involving three cations mixing on two sites, as in the case of the ternary carbonates. The method is based on the Bragg-Williams approach. From the degree of order, the mole fractions of the three cations in each of the two sites can be determined. Once the site occupancies have been established, a Margules-type mixing model can be used to determine the free energy of mixing in the solid solution and therefore the activities of the various components. ?? 1993 Springer-Verlag.

  15. 不同场景下ANR配置策略及实践%ANR Configuration Stratagem and Application in Different Scenarios

    曹文俊; 郑成林; 钟期洪; 刘悦


    Self Organising Network is the very important key technology in LTE system. Automatic Neighbor Relation is a ma-ture technology in LTE SON. By ANR technology the neighbor relation can be realized Self-configuration、Self-optimization and Self-operation in LTE network. ANR technology was used wireless network optimizing in Chinese Telecom Operator’s. In this paper, using different ANR strategies under different scenarios, observe the ANR technology in the LTE network optimiza-tion, optimization for LTE neighbor cell to offer reference to the study and application.%自组织网络SON是4G网络非常重要的一个关键技术(3GPPTS32、3GPP TS36)。ANR是目前比较成熟的SON技术之一,通过ANR可以实现邻区的自配置(Self-configuration)、自优化(Self-optimization)和自操作(Self-operation)。在我国三大运营商的LTE网络中均已将ANR功能上线使用。文章通过在不同场景下使用不同的ANR策略,观察ANR在LTE网络自优化中产生的作用,为LTE邻区优化的学习和应用提供参考。

  16. The transtheoretical model use for smoking cessation

    Eroğlu, Kafiye; KOYUN, Ayşe


    Available Online at 2013 (c) EJRE published by International Association of Social Science Research - IASSR European Journal of Research on Education ISSN: 2147-6284 European Journal of Research on Education, 2014, Special Issue: Contemporary Studies in Social Science, 130-134 The transtheoretical model use for smoking cessation Ayşe Koyun a *, Kafiye Eroğlu b aAfyon Kocatepe University, Afyon School of Health, Afyonkarahisar, 03200...

  17. Smoking and Cessation Behaviors Among College Students

    Janie Canty-Mitchell


    Full Text Available Smoking is a major factor in increased rates for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Despite numerous studies related to smoking behaviors and patterns in adolescents and adults, few studies examine both smoking behaviors and cessation patterns in college-aged students. The purpose of this study was to describe smoking and cessation patterns in undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Students (N= 159; M =20.9 years; 73% female; 91.2% white; 68% single completed a 41-question online health-related survey; 17 items pertained to smoking. Based on data analyses, 17% smoked cigarettes and 77.4% had tried to quit smoking between one time to greater than six times in the past. Students wanted to quit smoking for health and financial reasons and thought that changing habits, self-motivation, and exercise were the most effective ways to quit smoking. Results indicated a need to include physical, psychosocial and medicinal components in smoking cessation programs.

  18. The decarbonation and heat capacity of ZnCO3

    Haselton, H.T.; Goldsmith, J.R.


    The decarbonation curve for ZnCO3 has been determined in the pressure range 3-20 kbar by using a combination of cold-seal vessels and piston-cylinder apparatus with NaCl assemblies. Heat capacities for both synthetic and natural ZnCO3 samples were measured by differential scanning calorimetry at temperatures ranging from 340 to 497 K. The results of these experiments indicate that the enthalpy of formation for smithsonite, ??Hf(1,298.15), is approximately -817. kJ/mol. which is about 4 kJ more negative than most tabulated values. ?? 1987.

  19. Formation of carrageenan-CaCO3 bioactive membranes.

    Nogueira, Lucas F B; Maniglia, Bianca C; Pereira, Lourivaldo S; Tapia-Blácido, Delia R; Ramos, Ana P


    The high biocompatibility and resorbability of polymeric membranes have encouraged their use to manufacture medical devices. Here, we report on the preparation of membranes consisting of carrageenan, a naturally occurring sulfated polysaccharide that forms helical structures in the presence of calcium ions. We incorporated CaCO3 particles into the membranes to enhance their bioactivity and mechanical properties. Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction data confirmed CaCO3 incorporation into the polymeric matrix. We tested the bioactivity of the samples by immersing them in a solution that mimics the ionic composition and pH of the human body fluid. The hybrid membranes generated hydroxyapatite, as attested by X-ray diffraction data. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopies aided investigation of membrane topography before and after CaCO3 deposition. The wettability and surface free energy, evaluated by contact angle measures, increased in the presence of CaCO3 particles. These parameters are important for membrane implantation in the body. Moreover, membrane stiffness was up to 110% higher in the presence of the inorganic particles, as revealed by Young's modulus. PMID:26478280


    Wen-fang Liu; Jian Yu; Zhao-xia Guo


    The encapsulation of stearic acid coated nanometer CaCO3 by a polystyrene (PS) network via emulsion polymerization is described, where γ-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPS) was used as an efficient crosslinker. The important factors such as the type and amount of surfactant and initiator and the content of CaCO3 are investigated as well as the role of MPS. It has been shown that little PS was extractable with only 0.6 wt% of MPS (relative to styrene). The cationic surfactant cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) proved more effective than the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS). The yield rises, particles become smaller and size distribution broadens with increased amount of CTAB. It is also found that either 2,2′-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) or ammonium persulfate (APS) is suitable for attaining high monomer conversion. With increased amount of CaCO3, the encapsulation ratio can be varied from 17.9 to 3.6, while monomer conversion and yield decrease slightly. FT-IR spectra of the products after extraction indicate tight encapsulation between PS and CaCO3, and TEM photographs of composite particles with well-defined core-shell structure give direct evidence of encapsulation.

  1. Design and Syntheses of Three Novel Carbonate Halides: Cs3 Pb2 (CO3 )3 I, KBa2 (CO3 )2 F, and RbBa2 (CO3 )2 F.

    Liu, Lili; Yang, Yun; Dong, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Bingbing; Wang, Ying; Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie


    Three new carbonate halides, Cs3 Pb2 (CO3 )3 I, KBa2 (CO3 )2 F and RbBa2 (CO3 )2 F have been synthesized with hydrothermal and solid-state methods. Cs3 Pb2 (CO3 )3 I is the first product in the lead carbonate iodides family; KBa2 (CO3 )2 F and RbBa2 (CO3 )2 F are the first two centrosymmetric compounds found in the alkaline-alkaline earth carbonate fluorides family. Cs3 Pb2 (CO3 )3 I crystallizes in a centrosymmetric space group C2/m, and exhibits a two- dimensional layered structure which is formed by [Cs4 Pb4 (CO3 )6 I2 ]∞ double-layers consisting of [Pb2 (CO3 )3 I]∞ single-layers bridged by the Cs atoms. KBa2 (CO3 )2 F and RbBa2 (CO3 )2 F, which are isostructural, crystallize in a trigonal crystal system with a centric space group of R3‾ featuring a honeycomb-like framework. First principle calculations indicate that Cs3 Pb2 (CO3 )3 I has a moderate birefringence and explain the difference between the band gaps of the title compounds from electron structures. The effects of cations and halogens on the structures and properties of the title compounds are also discussed. PMID:26822173

  2. Ear Acupressure for Smoking Cessation: A Randomised Controlled Trial

    Zhang, Anthony L.; Yuan Ming Di; Christopher Worsnop; Brian H. May; Cliff Da Costa; Xue, Charlie C.L.


    This study investigated the efficacy and safety of ear acupressure (EAP) as a stand-alone intervention for smoking cessation and the feasibility of this study design. Adult smokers were randomised to receive EAP specific for smoking cessation (SSEAP) or a nonspecific EAP (NSEAP) intervention which is not typically used for smoking cessation. Participants received 8 weekly treatments and were requested to press the five pellets taped to one ear at least three times daily. Participants were fol...

  3. Estimation of Cessation Rates among Danish Users of Benzodiazepines

    Støvring, Henrik; Gasse, Christiane

    cessation hazards among incident users of benzodiazepines, in particular with respect to potential changes after three months use. Methods: Follow-up on a 25% randomly selected cohort of all Danes (n = 1,612,171) in the period Jan 1, 1995, to Jul 1, 2007, identified through the Danish civil registration...... of cessation rates should be preferred over duration, as they can explicitly account for censoring and provide cause specific hazard estimates of cessation rates....

  4. Driving cessation in patients attending a memory clinic.

    Cunningham, Conal


    PUBLISHED BACKGROUND: Driving is an increasingly important form of transport for older people. Dementia is common in later life and will eventually lead to driving cessation, which reduces the public health risk of impaired driving but also impairs access to services. The factors associated with driving cessation in dementia are uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To examine the demographic, psychometric and personal factors associated with driving cessation in patients attending a memory cli...

  5. Importance of Smoking Cessation in a Lung Cancer Screening Program

    Munshi, Vidit; McMahon, Pamela


    Early detection of lung cancer and smoking cessation interventions can decrease lung cancer mortality, but information on the effectiveness and interaction between smoking cessation and lung cancer screening is sparse and inconsistent. This review aims to synthesize recent studies in two major areas of interest. First, we explore the interactions and potential for synergies between lung cancer screening programs and smoking cessation by summarizing reported changes in smoking behavior observe...

  6. Ce2Co3Ge5: a new U2Co3Si5 - type valance fluctuating compound

    Poly crystalline sample of Ce2Co3Ge5 have been prepared by arc melting and consequently annealing at 1100 deg C. Rietveld refinement of XRD shows that it crystallize in the orthorhombic U2Co3Si5 structure (space group Ibam) with crystal parameters a= 9.802A, b= 11.777A and c= 5.941A and unit cell volume V= 684.8 A3 The unit cell volume of Ce2Co3Ge5 is seen clearly to deviate from that expected on the basis of lanthanide contraction. From susceptibility measurement, effective magnetic moment of this compound μeff = 0.95 μB which is lower than magnetic moment free for Ce3+ ions (2.54 μB) but higher than that of non-magnetic Ce4+ state (0 μB). All these results clearly indicated Ce2Co3Ge5 to be a mixed valance compound. (author)

  7. Internet-based interventions for smoking cessation

    Civljak, Marta; Sheikh, Aziz; Stead, Lindsay F.; Car, Josip


    BackgroundThe Internet has become a regular part of daily life for the majority of people in many parts of the world. It now offers an additional means of effecting changes to behaviour such as smoking.ObjectivesTo determine the effectiveness of Internet-based interventions for smoking cessation.Search strategyWe searched theCochraneTobaccoAddictionGroup SpecializedRegister, with additional searches ofMEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar. There were no restrictions placed on ...

  8. Synthesis and photocatalytic property of multilayered Co3O4

    Zhang, Dong En; Ren, Li Zheng; Hao, Xiao Yun; Pan, Bin Bin; Wang, Ming Yan; Ma, Juan Juan; Li, Feng; Li, Shu An; Tong, Zhi Wei


    Co3O4 multilayered structures were successfully synthesized by a facile poly (ethylene glycol 20000) (PEG-20000) assisted hydrothermal technique in combination with calcination method. The final Co3O4 multilayered structures inherited perfectly the morphology of the preliminarily hydrothermal products. Experimental results obtained from the different growth stages demonstrate that the as-prepared precursor exhibit an interesting time-dependent evolution of building blocks, from urchin to multilayer. The possible formation mechanism for the hierarchical structures with various architectures is presented on account of the self-assembled growth induced by Ostwald ripening. Because of the unique structured composed of slices, the photocatalytic activity of the products was examined by measuring the photodecolourisation of methyl violet solution with ultraviolet radiation. The result shows that our products have a good photocatalytic activity.

  9. Observation of superficial antiferromagnetism in Co3O4 polycrystals

    von Dreifus, Driele; Chaves Pereira, Ernesto; Aparecido de Oliveira, Adilson Jesus


    We report on a systematic study about the magnetic properties of Co3O4 polycrystals with large size distribution (100-1200 nm) and the crystallite size of 68(4) nm on average. An antiferromagnetic transition at T N = 32 K, extensively reported in the literature for Co3O4, was observed. Furthermore, another transition at T t = 14 K, which is suppressed for H ≥ 35 kOe, was also identified. An increase in the magnetic susceptibility, as well as irreversibility between zero field cooled and field cooled data below T t were observed. The non-detection of a coercive field below T t, and the fact that T t and T N are independent from the driven frequencies in ac magnetic measurements as a function of temperature, confirm that both peaks are associated to antiferromagnetic transitions.

  10. Study on Properties of PP/Nano-CaCO3 Composite%PP/Nano-CaCO3复合材料性能的研究

    高岩磊; 陈慧; 郧海丽; 崔文广


    PP/nano-CaCO3 composite was prepared by melt blending PP with nano-CaCO3. The effect of the nano-CaCO3 content on mechanical property of the PP/nano-CaC03 composite was studied. The dispersion of the nano-CaCO3 in PP matrix was analyzed by SEM. The results show that: with the increase of content of nano-CaCO3, the impact strength and the tensile strength of the PP/nano-CaCO3 composite both increase firstly and then decrease, but the flexural modulus of the PP/nano-CaCO3 composite increase evidently. The dispersion of the nano-CaCO3 in PP matrix gradually becomes bad with the increase of the content of nano-CaCO3.%采用熔融共混法制备出了聚丙烯(PP)/纳米碳酸钙(nano-CaCO3)复合材料,研究了nano-CaCO3的加入量对复合材料力学性能的影响,利用扫描电镜(SEM)分析了nano-CaCO3在PP基体中的分散性.结果表明:随着nano-CaCO3用量的增加,PP/nano-CaCO3复合材料的冲击强度和拉伸强度均呈现出先增加后降低的趋势,而弯曲模量呈增加趋势;随着填加最的增加,nano-CaCO3在PP基体中的分散性逐渐变差.

  11. 76 FR 58199 - TRICARE; Smoking Cessation Program Under TRICARE


    ..., include the following: the availability, at no cost to the beneficiary, of pharmaceuticals used for smoking cessation, with the limitation on the availability of such pharmaceuticals to the mail-order... pharmaceuticals used for smoking cessation, with a limitation on the availability of such pharmaceuticals to...

  12. 20 CFR 410.432 - Cessation of disability.


    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Cessation of disability. 410.432 Section 410..., TITLE IV-BLACK LUNG BENEFITS (1969- ) Total Disability or Death Due to Pneumoconiosis § 410.432 Cessation of disability. (a) Where it has been determined that a miner is totally disabled under §...

  13. Efficacy of Incorporating Experiencing Exercises into a Smoking Cessation Curriculum.

    Watt, Celia A.; Manaster, Guy


    Examines the impact of experiential exercises, combined with a traditional smoking cessation intervention, on quit rates and social learning theory variables known to impact smoking cessation. Measures of self-efficacy and locus of control did not significantly differ between the experimental and control conditions. Quit rates did not differ…

  14. Multimodal intervention raises smoking cessation rate during pregnancy

    Hegaard, Hanne K; Kjaergaard, Hanne; Møller, Lars F; Wachmann, Henrik; Ottesen, Bent


    of the midwives' prenatal care. All pregnant smokers in the usual care group (n = 320) received standard counseling from a midwife. Outcome was self-reported smoking cessation in the 37th week of pregnancy and the reported cessation was validated by cotinine saliva concentration. RESULTS: Self...

  15. Internet and Cell Phone Based Smoking Cessation Programs among Adolescents

    Mehta, Purvi; Sharma, Manoj


    Smoking cessation among adolescents is a salient public health issue, as it can prevent the adoption of risky health behaviors and reduce negative impacts on health. Self-efficacy, household and social support systems, and perceived benefits are some important cessation determinants. With the popular use of the Internet and cell phone usage among…

  16. Drug cessation in complex older adults: Time for action

    T.J.M. van der Cammen (Tischa); C. Rajkumar (Chakravarthi); G. Onder (Graziano); C.S. Sterke (Carolyn); M. Petrovic (Mirko)


    textabstractBackground: general opinion is growing that drug cessation in complex older patients is warranted in certain situations. From a clinical viewpoint, drug cessation seems most warranted in four situations, i.e., falls, delirium, cognitive impairment and endof-life situations. To date, litt

  17. PP/CaCO3复合体系力学性能研究%Mechanical Properties of PP/CaCO3 Composite

    高蕊; 王燕; 裴现勇



  18. Access to HIV care in the context of universal test and treat: challenges within the ANRS 12249 TasP cluster-randomized trial in rural South Africa

    Mélanie Plazy; Kamal El Farouki; Collins Iwuji; Nonhlanhla Okesola; Joanna Orne-Gliemann; Joseph Larmarange; France Lert; Marie-Louise Newell; François Dabis; Rosemary Dray-Spira


    Introduction: We aimed to quantify and identify associated factors of linkage to HIV care following home-based HIV counselling and testing (HBHCT) in the ongoing ANRS 12249 treatment-as-prevention (TasP) cluster-randomized trial in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Methods: Individuals ≥16 years were offered HBHCT; those who were identified HIV positive were referred to cluster-based TasP clinics and offered antiretroviral treatment (ART) immediately (five clusters) or according to national ...

  19. Is clinical practice concordant with the changes in guidelines for antiretroviral therapy initiation during primary and chronic HIV-1 infection? The ANRS PRIMO and COPANA cohorts.

    Krastinova, Evguenia; Seng, Remonie; Yeni, Patrick; Viard, Jean-Paul; Vittecoq, Daniel; Lascoux-Combe, Caroline; Fourn, Erwan; Pahlavan, Golriz; Delfraissy, Jean François; Goujard, Cécile; Meyer, Laurence


    OBJECTIVE: Guidelines for initiating HIV treatment are regularly revised. We explored how physicians in France have applied these evolving guidelines for ART initiation over the last decade in two different situations: chronic (CHI) and primary HIV-1 infection (PHI), since specific recommendations for PHI are also provided in France. METHODS: Data came from the ANRS PRIMO (1267 patients enrolled during PHI in 1996-2010) and COPANA (800 subjects enrolled at HIV diagnosis in 2004-2008) cohorts....

  20. Acceptance rate of clinical study endpoints and adequacy of source documentation: experience from clinical study endpoint review in NEAT001/ANRS143

    Juan Berenguer; Ferdinand Wit; Jansson, Per O; Christine Schwimmer; Kowalska, Justyna D; Juliette Saillard; Alpha Diallo; Pozniak, Anton L.; François Raffi; Jesper Grarup


    Introduction: NEAT001/ANRS143 was an open-label, randomized, non-inferiority study comparing raltegravir+darunavir/r(RGV+DRV/r) vs. tenofovir/emtricitabine+darunavir/r (TDF/FTC+DRV/r) in HIV-infected antiretroviral naïve adults. Primary efficacy outcome was a composite of virological and clinical events by week 96. Materials and Methods: Clinical trial units collected and translated supporting documentation (SD) related to the investigator-reported events. A coordinator ch...

  1. Factors associated to breastfeeding cessation before 6 months.

    Roig, Antoni Oliver; Martínez, Miguel Richart; García, Julio Cabrero; Hoyos, Santiago Pérez; Navidad, Ginesa Laguna; Alvarez, Juan Carlos Flores; Pujalte, María Del Mar Calatayud; De León González, Ricardo García


    This research aimed to identify the determinants of full breastfeeding (FBF) and any breastfeeding (ABF) cessation before 6 months, through a six-month follow-up of 248 mothers going a postpartum visit. Data were collected by personal interview during the first month and telephone interviews at four and six months postpartum. Coxs proportional hazards model was used. Not having previous ABF experience, previous ABF duration cessation of ABF and FBF. Lower educational level was associated with cessation of ABF and the use of pacifiers or occasional breast-milk substitutes with cessation of FBF. Attending childbirth education was a protective factor against early FBF or ABF cessation. Activities supporting breastfeeding should be intensified for mothers with poorer access to information and with negative or without ABF previous experience. The use of pacifiers and not-medically indicated breast milk substitutes should be controlled. PMID:20721426

  2. Study on Properties of HDPE/Nano-CaCO3 Composite%HDPE/nano-CaCO3复合材料性能研究

    崔文广; 高岩磊; 刘会茹; 郧海丽


    HDPE/nano-CaCO3 composite was prepared by melt blending. The effect of the nano-CaCO3 content on mechanical property of the HDPE/nano-CaCO 3 composite was studied. The dispersion of the nano-CaCOj in HDPE matrix was analyzed by SEM. The results showed that the impact strength and tensile strength of the HDPE/namrCaCO3 composite both increased with the namrCaCO3 content, and then decreased with the nano-CaCOj content, but the flexural modulus of the HDPE/namrCaCO3 composite evidently increased with the nano-CaCO3 content. The dispersion of the nano-CaCO3 in HDPE matrix gradually became bad.%采用熔融共混法制备出了高密度聚乙烯( HDPE)/纳米碳酸钙(nano-CaCO3)复合材料.研究了nano-CaCO3的加入量对复合材料力学性能的影响,利用扫描电镜(SEM)分析了nano-CaCO3在HDPE基体中的分散性.结果表明,随着nano-CaCO3用量的增加,HDPE/nano-CaCO3复合材料的冲击强度和拉伸强度均呈现出先增加后降低的趋势,而弯曲模量呈增加趋势;随着用量的增加,nano-CaCO3在HDPE基体中的分散性逐渐变差.

  3. Update on medicines for smoking cessation.

    McDonough, Mike


    Persistent cigarette smokers usually have a nicotine addiction. This addiction has a chronic relapsing and sometimes remitting course and may persist lifelong. Remission can be facilitated by the use of medication as part of a comprehensive management strategy tailored to the individual patient. Nicotine replacement therapy is a first-line drug treatment. It is available in many formulations. Varenicline is also a first-line drug treatment. It should be started before the patient stops smoking. Bupropion is a second-line therapy. It may be associated with an increased risk of seizures and drug interactions. While there is some evidence that electronic cigarettes might facilitate smoking cessation, quit rates are not yet comparable with those of the drugs approved on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. PMID:26648633

  4. APEX CO(3-2) observations of NGC6822

    De Rijcke, S.; Buyle, P.; Cannon, J.; Walter, F.; Lundgren, A.; Michielsen, D.; Dejonghe, H.


    We observed the CO(3-2) emission of the emission-line regions HubbleI, HubbleV, HubbleX, Holmberg 18, and the stellar emission-line object S28 in NGC6822 with the ESO Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) 12m telescope as part of its science verification. The very low system temperature of 130-180K enabled us to achieve detections in 4 single pointings and in a high spatial resolution 70''x70'' map of HubbleV. We compare the spectra with HI observations, obtained with the Australia Telescope C...

  5. Influences of polymer coating nano- CaCO3 on the dispersion of nano- CaCO3 in PVC%聚合物包覆对纳米CaCO3在PVC中分散的影响

    包永忠; 史建明; 黄志明; 翁志学



  6. The use of bupropion SR in cigarette smoking cessation

    Scott Wilkes


    Full Text Available Scott WilkesDepartment of Primary and Community Care, School of Health, Natural and Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United KingdomAbstract: Cigarette smoking remains the largest preventable cause of premature death in developed countries. Until recently nicotine replacement therapy (NRT has been the only recognised form of treatment for smoking cessation. Bupropion, the first non-nicotine based drug for smoking cessation was licensed in the United States of America (US in 1997 and in the United Kingdom (UK in 2000 for smoking cessation in people aged 18 years and over. Bupropion exerts its effect primarily through the inhibition of dopamine reuptake into neuronal synaptic vesicles. It is also a weak noradrenalin reuptake inhibitor and has no effect on the serotonin system. Bupropion has proven efficacy for smoking cessation in a number of clinical trials, helping approximately one in five smokers to stop smoking. Up to a half of patients taking bupropion experience side effects, mainly insomnia and a dry mouth, which are closely linked to the nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Bupropion is rarely associated with seizures however care must be taken when co-prescribing with drugs that can lower seizure threshold. Also, bupropion is a potent enzyme inhibitor and can raise plasma levels of some drugs including antidepressants, antiarrhythmics and antipsychotics. Bupropion has been shown to be a safe and cost effective smoking cessation agent. Despite this, NRT remains the dominant pharmacotherapy to aid smoking cessation.Keywords: bupropion, smoking cessation, nicotine addiction

  7. Suicide Prevention Referrals in a Mobile Health Smoking Cessation Intervention.

    Christofferson, Dana E; Hamlett-Berry, Kim; Augustson, Erik


    Automated mobile health (mHealth) programs deliver effective smoking cessation interventions through text message platforms. Smoking is an independent risk factor for suicide, so the Department of Veterans Affairs incorporated information about the Veterans Crisis Line into its SmokefreeVET smoking cessation text messaging program. Almost 7% of all SmokefreeVET enrollees have accessed this information. Because of the reach and automated nature of this and similar programs, we recommend including a referral to a suicide prevention hotline for all smoking cessation mHealth interventions. PMID:26066949


    胡圣飞; 郦华兴; 严海彪



  9. CaCO3 Precipitation Potential and Its Application%CaCO3沉淀势指数及其应用




  10. Varenicline: a novel pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation.

    Jiménez-Ruiz, Carlos; Berlin, Ivan; Hering, Thomas


    Varenicline is an orally administered small molecule with partial agonist activity at the alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Varenicline was approved by both the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency of the EU in 2006 as an aid to smoking cessation. Subsequently, varenicline has been approved in over 80 other countries. Varenicline is almost entirely absorbed following oral administration, and absorption is unaffected by food, smoking or the time of day. Varenicline undergoes only minimal metabolism and approximately 90% of the drug is excreted in the urine unchanged. Varenicline has a mean elimination half-life after repeated administration of approximately 24 hours in smokers. The area under the plasma concentration-time curve is increased in patients with moderate or severe renal failure. No clinically relevant varenicline-drug interactions have been identified. In two identical, randomized, double-blind, phase III clinical trials in healthy, motivated-to-quit, mainly Caucasian smokers aged 18-75 years in the US, 12 weeks of treatment with varenicline 1 mg twice daily was associated with significantly higher abstinence rates over weeks 9-12 than sustained-release bupropion 150 mg twice daily or placebo. In a separate phase III trial, an additional 12 weeks of treatment in smokers achieving abstinence in the first 12 weeks was associated with greater abstinence through to week 52 than placebo treatment. Varenicline treatment was also associated with significantly higher rates of abstinence than placebo treatment in randomized, double-blind, clinical trials in smokers in China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. In a randomized, open-label, multi-national, phase III trial, varenicline treatment was associated with a significantly higher rate of abstinence than transdermal nicotine-replacement therapy. In these trials, varenicline treatment was associated with lower urge to smoke and satisfaction from smoking in relapsers than placebo or

  11. 纳米CaCO3表面有机化处理%Organic modification of nano-CaCO3 surface

    张桂霞; 刘国军



  12. Electronic, optical and bonding properties of MgCO 3

    Hossain, Faruque M.; Dlugogorski, B. Z.; Kennedy, E. M.; Belova, I. V.; Murch, Graeme E.


    The electronic, optical and bonding properties of MgCO 3 (magnesite, rhombohedral calcite-type structure) are calculated using a first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) method considering the exchange-correlation function within the local density approximation (LDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The indirect band gap of magnesite is estimated to be 5.0 eV, which is underestimated by ˜1.0 eV. The fundamental absorption edge, which indicates the exact optical transitions from occupied valence bands to the unoccupied conduction band, is estimated by calculating the photon energy dependent imaginary part of the dielectric function using scissors approximations (rigid shift of unoccupied bands). The optical properties show consistent results with the experimental calcite-type structure and also show a considerable optical anisotropy of the magnesite structure. The density of states and Mulliken population analyses reveal the bonding nature between the atoms.


    In grasslands dominated by warm-season grasses, community composition and successional patterns can be altered by disturbance and exotic species invasions. Our objective was to describe vegetation dynamics following cessation of a chronic disturbance (heavy grazing by cattle) in...

  14. Complementary Health Approaches for Smoking Cessation: What the Science Says

    ... study on the effects of tai chi for smoking cessation suggest that tai chi may be an effective method for enhancing mindfulness and awareness for breaking cycles of addiction and habit. Safety ...

  15. Medicaid Coverage Of Cessation Treatments And Barriers To Treatments

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — 2008-2016. American Lung Association. Cessation Coverage. Medicaid data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health...

  16. Effect of Morphology of Co3O4 for Oxygen Evolution Reaction in Alkaline Water Electrolysis

    Xu, Qi-Zhi; Su, Yu-Zhi; Wu, Hao; Cheng, Hui; Hui, Yun-Ping; Li, Nan; Liu, Zhao-Qing


    In this paper, three different morphological Co3O4 electrodes for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) have been synthesized. By comparing the three morphologies of Co3O4, the electrocatalytic properties show that the urchin-like spheres of Co3O4 electrode has relative low overpotential and good electrocatalysis stability, indicating that the structure of urchin-like Co3O4 spheres exhibit an easy OER for water splitting.

  17. Association between Positivity and Smoking Cessation

    Maria Caterina Grassi


    Full Text Available The literature documents that personality characteristics are associated with healthy lifestyles, including smoking. Among positive traits, Positivity (POS, defined as a general disposition conducive to facing experience under a positive outlook has shown robust associations with psychological health. Thus, the present study investigated the extent to which POS is able to predict (i relapse after quitting smoking and (ii the desire to smoke again. All participants (481 had previously attended a Group Counselling Program (GCP for Smoking Cessation (from 2005 through 2010. They were contacted through telephone interview. Among participants, 244 were ex-smokers (age: years 56.3±10.08, 52% female and 237 were still-smokers (age: years 55.0±9.63; 63.5% female. The association of POS with “craving to smoke” levels was assessed with multivariate linear regression analysis while controlling also for important differences in personality such as conscientiousness and general self-efficacy, as well as for gender and age. Results showed that POS was significantly and negatively associated with smoking status and with craving to smoke. Among covariates (i.e., conscientiousness, generalized self-efficacy, gender was associated with smoking status and with craving to smoke. Altogether these findings corroborate the idea that POS plays a significant role in sustaining individuals' efforts to quit smoking.

  18. The use of bupropion SR in cigarette smoking cessation

    Scott Wilkes


    Scott WilkesDepartment of Primary and Community Care, School of Health, Natural and Social Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, United KingdomAbstract: Cigarette smoking remains the largest preventable cause of premature death in developed countries. Until recently nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has been the only recognised form of treatment for smoking cessation. Bupropion, the first non-nicotine based drug for smoking cessation was licensed in the United States of America (US...

  19. Best Practices for Smoking Cessation Interventions in Primary Care

    Andrew McIvor; John Kayser; Jean-Marc Assaad; Gerald Brosky; Penny Demarest; Philippe Desmarais; Christine Hampson; Milan Khara; Ratsamy Pathammavong; Robert Weinberg


    BACKGROUND: In Canada, smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death. Family physicians and nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to initiate smoking cessation. Because smoking is a chronic addiction, repeated, opportunity-based interventions are most effective in addressing physical dependence and modifying deeply ingrained patterns of beliefs and behaviour. However, only a small minority of family physicians provide thorough smoking cessation counselling and less than on...

  20. Cessation of injecting drug use among street-based youth

    Steensma, Colin; Boivin, Jean-François; Blais, Lucie; Roy, Élise


    Young injecting drug users (IDUs) are at high risk for a number of negative health outcomes such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. However, very little is known about injecting drug-use patterns among this population, particularly with respect to cessation of injection. We sought to identify the factors associated with cessation of injection in a population of young street-based IDUs. A prospective cohort study design was used to assess long-term (...

  1. Continuous-Time System Identification of a Smoking Cessation Intervention

    Timms, Kevin P.; Rivera, Daniel E.; Collins, Linda M.; Piper, Megan E.


    Cigarette smoking is a major global public health issue and the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Toward a goal of designing better smoking cessation treatments, system identification techniques are applied to intervention data to describe smoking cessation as a process of behavior change. System identification problems that draw from two modeling paradigms in quantitative psychology (statistical mediation and self-regulation) are considered, consisting of a series of c...

  2. Regulating Advertisements: The Case of Smoking Cessation Products

    Rosemary J. Avery; Donald S. Kenkel; Lillard, Dean R.; Alan D. Mathios


    In this paper we investigate how direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of pharmaceutical products in affected by regulations of the Food and Drug Administration and by market conditions. We focus on a relatively under-studied segment of the pharmaceutical market -- the market for smoking cessation products. Because of their proven effectiveness, these products could be the key to meeting public health goals to reduce smoking. However, in many ways, smoking cessation products have been more hea...

  3. Effects of Opium Smoking Cessation on the Nasopharyngeal Microbial Flora

    Golshiri, Ali; Mokhtaree, Mohammad Reza; Shabani, Ziba; Tabatabaee, Sayed Taghi; Rahnama, Amir; Moradi, Mohammad; Sayadi, Ahamad Reza; Faezi, Hadi


    Background: To determine the effect of opium smoking cessation on the frequency and type of microorganisms in the nasopharynx of opium smokers. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study performed in psychology and ENT department of Moradi Hospital of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences in 2008 (Kerman, Iran). Nasopharyngeal cultures were taken from 50 opium smokers before and 2 to 3 months after cessation of opium smoking. Potential pathogens were identified. Findings: Eight potential pa...

  4. National Survey of the Smoking Cessation Services in Italy

    Pucchio, Alessandra Di; Pizzi, Enrica; Carosi, Giordano; Mazzola, Monica; Mattioli, Donatella; Pacifici, Roberta; Pichini, Simona


    This investigation is aimed at providing information about structural and organizational characteristics of smoking cessation services (SCS) set up within the Italian National Health Service. Local health units and hospitals are the main institutions connected with SCS which are mainly located within the Department of Drug Addiction and the Department of Lung and Breath Care. SCS provide different tobacco-use cessation programs. Although pharmacotherapy is always used, a combination of therap...

  5. Smoking cessation support in Iran: Availability, sources & predictors

    Toghianifar, Nafiseh; Sarrafzadegan, Nizal; Roohafza, Hamidreza; Sadeghi, Masoumeh; Eshrati, Babak; Sadri, Gholamhossein


    Background & objectives: Smoking cessation advice is known as an important factor in motivating smokers to quit smoking. We investigated the extent, sources and predictors of receiving unsolicited advice and seeking active advice for smoking cessation in Iran. Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed as a part of Isfahan Healthy Heart Program (IHHP) on 9093 adult individuals (both men and women) in 2004-2005. Demographic characteristics, smoking status, sources and preferences for smoki...

  6. Foaming of CRT panel glass powder with Na2CO3

    Petersen, Rasmus Rosenlund; König, Jakob; Smedskjær, Morten Mattrup;

    composition in question. In this work, we foam panel glass cullet using sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) as a foaming agent, and study the foaming mechanism. When heat treating Na2CO3 powder with cullet powder, Na2CO3 reacts with the glass melt and is decomposed into Na2O and CO2. The released CO2 foams the glass...

  7. The system Na2CO3-CaCO3-MgCO3 at 6 GPa and 900-1250°C and its relation to the partial melting of carbonated mantle

    Shatskiy, Anton; Litasov, Konstantin D.; Sharygin, Igor S.; Egonin, Ilya A.; Mironov, Aleksandr M.; Palyanov, Yuri N.; Ohtani, Eiji


    In order to constrain the Na2CO3-CaCO3-MgCO3 T-X diagram at 6 GPa in addition to the binary and pseudo-binary systems we conducted experiments along the Na2CO3-Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3 join. At 900-1000°C, melting does not occur and isothermal sections are presented by one-, two- and three-phase regions containing Ca-bearing magnesite, aragonite, Na2CO3 (Na2) and Na2(Ca1-0.9Mg0-0.1)3-4(CO3)4-5 (Na2Ca3-4), Na4(Ca1-0.6Mg0-0.4)(CO3)3 (Na4Ca), Na2(Ca0-0.08Mg1-0.92)(CO3)2 (Na2Mg) phases with intermediate compositions. The minimum melting point locates between 1000°C and 1100°C. This point would resemble that of three eutectics: Mgs-Na2Ca3-Na2Mg, Na2Mg-Na2Ca3-Na4Ca or Na2Mg-Na4Ca-Na2, in the compositional interval of [45Na2CO3.55(Ca0.6Mg0.4)CO3]-[60Na2CO3.40Ca0.6Mg0.4CO3]. The liquidus projection has seven primary solidification phase regions for Mgs, Dol, Arg, Na2Ca3, Na4Ca, Na2 and Na2Mg. The results suggest that extraction of Na and Ca from silicate to carbonate components has to decrease minimum melting temperature of carbonated mantle rocks to 1000-1100°C at 6 GPa and yields Na-rich dolomitic melt with a Na# (Na2O/(Na2O + CaO + MgO)) ≥ 28 mol%.

  8. Craving and nicotine withdrawal in a Spanish smoking cessation sample.

    Piñeiro, Bárbara; López-Durán, Ana; Fernández del Río, Elena; Martínez, Úrsula; Brandon, Thomas H; Becoña, Elisardo


    Craving and nicotine withdrawal syndrome (NWS) are components of the tobacco use disorder in DSM-5. They both appear after smoking cessation or an abrupt reduction in tobacco use, and they are associated with both short and long-term smoking-cessation outcomes. The aim of the present study was to examine the association of craving and withdrawal with smoking cessation at the end of the treatment and relapse at 3 months follow-up in a Spanish sample of smokers. The sample comprised 342 smokers (37.7% men; 62.3% women) receiving a cognitive-behavioral treatment for smoking cessation. The assessments of craving and withdrawal were conducted using the Minnesota Nicotine Withdrawal Scale. Abstainers at the end of the treatment, compared to non abstainers, showed significantly lower post-treatment withdrawal, and post-treatment craving. Furthermore, they had lower scores in pre-treatment nicotine dependence. Among abstainers, craving decreased significantly from pre-cessation levels, while in those participants who did not quit smoking it remained on the same levels. High nicotine dependence was a predictor of smoking at the end of the treatment, whereas high nicotine withdrawal predicted relapse at 3 months. Findings support the robust role of craving and NWS in smoking cessation and relapse, although they differ in their specific patterns of change over time. PMID:25314038

  9. Online fibre optic OSL in vivo dosimetry for quality assurance of external beam radiation therapy treatments: The ANR-TECSAN Codofer Project; Dosimetrie in vivo par OSL, en ligne par fibre optique, pour l'assurance qualite des traitements par radiotherapie externe: le projet ANR-TECSAN Codofer

    Magne, S.; Ferdinand, P. [CEA Saclay, Laboratoire de mesures optiques, CEA LIST, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); De Carlan, L. [CEA Saclay, Laboratoire national Henri-Becquerel, CEA LIST, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Bridier, A.; Isambert, A. [Service de physique, institut Gustave-Roussy, 39, rue Camille-Desmoulins, 94805 Villejuif (France); Hugon, R. [CEA Saclay, Departement capteur, signal et informations, CEA LIST, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Guillon, J. [Societe Fimel, 18, rue Marie-et-Pierre-Curie, 92260 Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)


    The Codofer Project (2007-2009), led under the ANR-TECSAN Call, was coordinated by CEA LIST, in partnership with IGR and the Fimel company. The aim of the project was to design and test both metrologically and in clinical conditions OSL optical fiber sensors dedicated to in vivo dosimetry during external beam radiation therapy treatment with high-energy electrons. This study, combined with the results of clinical tests obtained within the European Project Maestro, has demonstrated the advantages of OSL/FO dosimetry for providing quality assurance of treatments. However, the French market for dosimetry has greatly changed as a result of the rules decreed by the French government in 2007. The OSL/FO product is now targeted for other treatment modalities lacking suitable dosimeters (ANR-INTRADOSE Project [2009-2011]). (authors)

  10. Investigation of interaction processes in SrCO3-VOsub(1,5) and BaCO3-VOsub(1,5) systems

    Interaction of sesquioxide of vanadium with strontium and barium carbonates is of redox character. Orthovanadate and carbon oxide are formed at the initial stage of the reaction. Therefore, it seems impossible to obtain stoichiometric vanadites MV2O4 in the systems SrCo3(BaCO3)-VOsub(1.5)

  11. CaCO3粉末表面光聚合处理的研究%Photo Polymerization of Acrylamide onto CaCO3 Particle Surfaces

    雷景新; 何光健; 高峻



  12. Solubility of Np(V) in K-Cl-CO3 and Na-K-Cl-CO3 solutions to high concentrations: measurements and thermodynamic model predictions

    The solubility of Np(V) in K-Cl-CO3 and Na-K-Cl-CO3 solutions was measured to confirm a published thermodynamic model for Np(V) solubility and solubility-controlling solid phases. Undersaturation experiments starting with NpO2OH(am), KNpO2CO3(s), or Na3NpO2(CO3)2(s) were conducted in KCl + K2CO3 and NaCl + KCl + Na2CO3 solutions to high electrolyte concentrations. Steady-state dissolved Np(V) concentrations were obtained within 180 days, at which time the final solid phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction techniques. The thermodynamic model and data base, based on the Pitzer ion interaction formalism for activity coefficients, has been parameterized in the NaCl, NaClO4, NaCl-CO2(g), NaClO4-CO2(g), Na2CO3, and K2CO3 systems but has not been parameterized using data from K-Cl-CO3 and Na-K-Cl-CO3 solutions. Predictions from the thermodynamic model match measured Np(V) solubilities in K-Cl-CO3 solutions to within 0.3 log units, confirming recent parameter values. Np(V) solubilities in Na-K-Cl-CO3 solutions agree within 0.5 log units when KNpO2CO3(s) was the equilibrium solid phase. A deviation of up to 0.8 log units resulted when Na3NpO2(CO3)2(s) was the equilibrium solid phase. Additionally, the data base provides satisfactory predictions of oversaturation solubility experiments in three complex synthetic brines. This work demonstrates that thermodynamic models can provide reliable predictions of Np(V) solubility in concentrated groundwaters such as may exist in the near- and far-field environments of nuclear waste repositories located in salt beds. (orig.)


    胡圣飞; 郦华兴; 严海彪



  14. The heat resistance of a polyurethane coating filled with modified nano-CaCO3

    Li, Bin; Li, Song-Mei; Liu, Jian-Hua; Yu, Mei


    The modification of polyurethane coating by adding surface-modified CaCO3 nanoparticles (nano-CaCO3) was investigated in this paper. To improve interfacial interaction between the nano-CaCO3 and the polyurethane (PU) matrix, a silane coupling agent (KH560) was used to modify the nano-CaCO3. The grafting of KH560 on the nano-CaCO3 surfaces was characterized by the TEM, FTIR and TGA techniques. The modification of the nano-CaCO3 surfaces with KH560 was demonstrated to improve the dispersity of nano-CaCO3. FTIR, SEM and AFM were used to characterize the polyurethane coating. The FTIR spectrum indicated that the modification of nano-CaCO3 does not influence the chemical structure of the PU matrix. The roughness and gloss of the nanocomposite coatings containing various amount of nano-CaCO3 were evaluated using a roughness tester and a brightness meter. The heat resistance of the polyurethane coating containing various amounts of nano-CaCO3 was evaluated using the TGA technique. The results revealed that nano-CaCO3 treatment with KH560 improves the nanoparticle dispersion and heat-resistance of polyurethane coating.

  15. Uptake of PrEP and condom and sexual risk behavior among MSM during the ANRS IPERGAY trial.

    Sagaon-Teyssier, Luis; Suzan-Monti, Marie; Demoulin, Baptiste; Capitant, Catherine; Lorente, Nicolas; Préau, Marie; Mora, Marion; Rojas Castro, Daniela; Chidiac, Christian; Chas, Julie; Meyer, Laurence; Molina, Jean-Michel; Spire, Bruno


    The double-blind phase of the randomized ANRS IPERGAY trial, evaluating sexual activity-based oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), was conducted among high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM). Results showed an 86% (95% CI: 40-98) relative reduction in HIV incidence among participants with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-emtricitabine vs. placebo. The present pooled analysis aimed to analyze (i) participants' adherence to the prescribed treatment and/or condom use during sexual intercourse and (ii) sexual behavior during the double-blind phase of the study. Four hundred MSM were enrolled in the trial. Every 2 months they completed online questionnaires collecting sexual behavior and PrEP adherence data regarding their most recent sexual intercourse. A total of 2232 questionnaires (M0-M24) were analyzed. Changes over time were evaluated using a mixed model accounting for multiple measures. Irrespective of sexual partner and practice type, on average, 42.6% (min: 32.1-max: 45.8%) reported PrEP use only during their most recent episode of sexual intercourse; 29% (22.9-35.6%) reported both PrEP and condom use; 11.7% (7.2-18.9%) reported condom-use only, and 16.7% (10.8-29.6%) reported no PrEP or condom use with no significant change during the study. Scheduled (i.e., correct) PrEP use was reported on average by 59.0% (47.2-68.5%) of those reporting PrEP use during their most recent sexual intercourse. Overall, 70.3% (65.3-79.4%) and 69.3% (58.3-75.4%) of participants reported, respectively, condomless anal and condomless receptive anal intercourse during their most recent sexual encounter without significant change during follow-up. Overall, on average 83.3% (min: 70.4-max: 89.2%) of participants protected themselves by PrEP intake or condom use or both during the trial, and no increase in at-risk sexual practices was observed. None of these indicators showed significant trend during the follow-up, although we found a tendency toward decrease (p = .19) of the

  16. Using the VAHIRR Radar Algorithm to Investigate Lightning Cessation

    Stano, Geoffrey T.; Schultz, Elise V.; Petersen, Walter A.


    Accurately determining the threat posed by lightning is a major area for improved operational forecasts. Most efforts have focused on the initiation of lightning within a storm, with far less effort spent investigating lightning cessation. Understanding both components, initiation and cessation, are vital to improving lightning safety. Few organizations actively forecast lightning onset or cessation. One such organization is the 45th Weather Squadron (45WS) for the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS). The 45WS has identified that charged anvil clouds remain a major threat of continued lightning and can greatly extend the window of a potential lightning strike. Furthermore, no discernable trend of total lightning activity has been observed consistently for all storms. This highlights the need for more research to find a robust method of knowing when a storm will cease producing lightning. Previous lightning cessation work has primarily focused on forecasting the cessation of cloud-to -ground lightning only. A more recent, statistical study involved total lightning (both cloud-to-ground and intracloud). Each of these previous works has helped the 45WS take steps forward in creating improved and ultimately safer lightning cessation forecasts. Each study has either relied on radar data or recommended increased use of radar data to improve cessation forecasts. The reasoning is that radar data is able to either directly or by proxy infer more about dynamical environment leading to cloud electrification and eventually lightning cessation. The authors of this project are focusing on a two ]step approach to better incorporate radar data and total lightning to improve cessation forecasts. This project will utilize the Volume Averaged Height Integrated Radar Reflectivity (VAHIRR) algorithm originally developed during the Airborne Field Mill II (ABFM II) research project. During the project, the VAHIRR product showed a trend of increasing

  17. Enhancement of the visible light activity and stability of Ag2CO3 by formation of AgI/Ag2CO3 heterojunction

    Yu, Changlin; Wei, Longfu; Zhou, Wanqin; Chen, Jianchai; Fan, Qizhe; Liu, Hong


    An insurmountable problem for silver-based semiconductor photocatalysts is their poor stability. Here, at room temperature, AgI with different concentrations (5%, 10%, 20% and 30%) were coupled into Ag2CO3, producing a series of novel AgI/Ag2CO3 composite photocatalysts. The effects of AgI addition on the Ag2CO3 catalyst for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation have been investigated. Some physicochemical technologies like N2 physical adsorption/desorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) were applied to characterize these products. Results show that the photocatalytic degradation activity of AgI/Ag2CO3 photocatalyst is much higher than that of pure AgI and Ag2CO3. With the optimal content of AgI (20 wt%), the AgI/Ag2CO3 exhibits the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiency. Its first order reaction rate constant (0.54 h-1) is 20 times of that of AgI (0.026 h-1) and 3.6 times of that of Ag2CO3 (0.15 h-1). The characterizations and theory calculation show that AgI and Ag2CO3 have suitably matched band gap structures. The formation of AgI/Ag2CO3 heterojunction with intimate interface could effectively increase the separation efficiency of the e-/h+ pairs and promote the production of •OH and O2•- radicals, which brings about the fast degradation rate of the dye and an increase in photocatalytic stability.

  18. Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention – A Review

    Doshi, Dolar; Bandari, Srikanth Reddy; Madupu, Padma Reddy; Kulkarni, Suhas


    Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease, currently leading to over five million deaths each year worldwide. Smoking or chewing tobacco can seriously affect general, as well as oral health. Oral health professionals play an important role in promoting tobacco free-lifestyles. They should counsel their patients not to smoke; and reinforce the anti-tobacco message and refer the patients to smoking cessation services. Dentists are in a unique position to educate and motivate patients concerning the hazards of tobacco to their oral and systemic health, and to provide intervention programs as a part of routine patient care. Tobacco cessation is necessary to reduce morbidity and mortality related to tobacco use. Strategies for tobacco cessation involves 5 A’s and 5 R’s approach, quit lines and pharmacotherapy. Additionally, tobacco cessation programs should be conducted at community, state and national levels. Various policies should be employed for better tobacco control. Governments should implement the tobacco control measures to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. In addition, there should be availability of leaflets, brochures, continuing patient education materials regarding tobacco cessation. PMID:27437378

  19. Study of the Differences of Thermal Stability of Mg-Al-CO3 and Zn-Al-CO3 Hydrotalcite%Mg-Al-CO3与Zn-Al-CO3水滑石热稳定性差异的研究

    李蕾; 张春英; 矫庆泽; 段雪


    The structures of Mg-Al-CO3 and Zn-Al-CO3 hydrotalcites have been studied by means of XRD, IR and TG-DTA. Although both have the same crystal structures, their thermal stabilities are quite different. During the thermal decomposition process, Mg-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite exhibits two stepsdesorption of interlayer water occurs at 200℃, followed by dehydroxylation of the brucite-like layers and loss of carbonate at 400℃, Zn-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite decomposes in one step-the desorption of interlayer water, structural water and carbon dioxide occurred at the same time at 200℃. The results of a theoretical study indicate that the bond strengths of OH-CO3-OH and OH-H2O-CO3-OH in Mg-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite are stronger than those in Zn-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite. It has been shown that the thermal stability of Mg-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite is higher than that of Zn-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite

  20. Crystallinity, magnetic and electrochemical studies of PVDF/Co3O4 polymer electrolyte

    Highlights: ► PVDF–Co3O4 nanocomposite films are prepared by spin coating method. ► Porosity and crystallinity of the films are discussed. ► Magnetic properties of the films are studied. ► Presence of Co3O4 in PVDF enhanced its conductivity. - Abstract: Organic–inorganic nanocomposites are gaining importance in the recent times as polymer electrolyte membranes. In the present work, composites were prepared by combining nano sized Co3O4 and poly(vinyledene fluoride) (PVDF), using spin coating technique. The surface of the PVDF/Co3O4 system characterized through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed a porous structure of the films. The nanoparticles tend to aggregate on the surface and inside the pores, leading to a decrease in the porosity with an increase in Co3O4 content. Co3O4 nanoparticles prohibit crystallization of the polymer. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies revealed a decrease in crystallinity of PVDF/Co3O4 system with an increase in the oxide content. Magnetic property studies of the composite films revealed that with an increase in Co3O4 content, the saturation magnetization values of the nanocomposites increased linearly, showing successful incorporation of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. Further, ionic conductivity of the composite films was evaluated from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Addition of Co3O4 nanoparticles enhanced the conductivity of PVDF/Co3O4 system.

  1. A facile one-pot synthesis of higher yield porphyrin functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles

    Graphical abstract: Porphyrins functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles were prepared firstly via a facile one-step method. The high yield of prophyrin functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles is more than 90%. - Highlights: • Por-Co3O4 NPs were first prepared via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. • The yield of porphyrin-Co3O4 nanoparticles is more than 90%. • FT-IR reveals the coordination interaction between porphyin molecules and Co3O4. • Ethanol and the appropriate temperature are necessary in this experiment. - Abstract: Porphyrin functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles were first prepared via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The functionalized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Fourier transform infrared spectra revealed the coordination interaction between porphyrin molecules and Co3O4. The high yield of prophyrin functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles is more than 90%. The phase, morphology and size of as-prepared nanoparticles were dramatically affected by the ratio of solvents, temperature and porphyrins with different substituents, respectively. Experimental results revealed that ethanol and the appropriate temperature were necessary for the formation of single-phase Co3O4. Furthermore, a probable growth mechanism of the formation of porphyrin functionalized Co3O4 nanoparticles was proposed





  3. CaCO3对PE/CaCO3共混体系力学性能影响的研究

    李春艳; 董金虎



  4. Generation of Co3O4 microparticles by solution combustion method and its Zn–Co3O4 composite thin films for corrosion protection

    Graphical abstract: The pseudo-cubic cobalt oxide microparticles have been successfully synthesized by a solution combustion method using Co(NO3)2·6H2O (oxidizer) and dextrose (sugar; fuel). The as-synthesized Co3O4 microparticles are crystalline and Rietveld refinement of calcined samples exhibited cubic structure with space group of Fm3m (No. 227). The generated Co3O4 microparticles were used to fabricate Zn–Co3O4 composite thin films for corrosion protection. Highlights: ► Synthesis of pseudo-cubic Co3O4 microparticles by solution combustion method. ► As-prepared Co3O4 compounds are calcined and structurally characterized. ► Prepared Co3O4 are utilized for the fabrication of Zn–Co3O4 composite thin films. - Abstract: Microcrystalline cobalt oxide (Co3O4) powder was successfully synthesized by a simple, fast, economical and eco-friendly solution-combustion method. The as-synthesized powder was calcined for an hour at temperatures ranging from 100 to 900 °C. The crystallite size, morphology, and chemical state of synthesized powders were characterized by powder XRD, TG-DTA, XPS, SEM/EDAX, TEM and FT-IR spectral methods. The as-synthesized Co3O4 powder was single-crystalline and Rietveld refinement of calcined samples exhibited cubic structure with space group of Fm3m (No. 227). The effect of calcination temperature on crystallite size and morphology was assessed. Scanning electron micrographs show a uniform, randomly oriented pseudo-cubic particle with porous like morphology and EDAX measurement showed its chemical composition. Thermal behavior of as-synthesized compound was examined. The TEM result revealed that, the particles are pseudo-cubic in nature with diameter of 0.2–0.6 μm and a length of 0.9–1.2 μm. The crystallite size increased with increase of calcination temperature. The synthesized Co3O4 powder was used to fabricate Zn–Co3O4 composite thin films and its corrosion behavior was analyzed by anodic polarization, tafel extrapolation

  5. Hydrocalcite (CaCO3 * H2O) and Nesquehonite (MgCO3 * 3H2O) in Carbonate Scales.

    Marschner, H


    Hydrocalcite (CaCO(3) * H(2)O) with exactly one molecule of hydrate water is the main component of carbonate scales deposited from cold water in contact with air. When the magnesium content of the water is high, the hydrocalcite occurs together with MgCO(3) * 3H(2)O (nesquehonite). From the conditions under which hydrocalcite is transformed into calcite and aragonite, it appears that in some cases aragonite in nature may be formed by way of an intermediary of CaCO(3) * H(2)O. PMID:17779803

  6. A Pilot Test of Self-Affirmations to Promote Smoking Cessation in a National Smoking Cessation Text Messaging Program

    Klein, William M.P; Ferrer, Rebecca A; Augustson, Erik; Patrick, Heather


    Background Although effective smoking cessation treatments, including mHealth interventions, have been empirically validated and are widely available, smoking relapse is likely. Self-affirmation, a process through which individuals focus on their strengths and behaviors, has been shown to reduce negative effects of self-threats and to promote engagement in healthier behavior. Objective To assess the feasibility of incorporating self-affirmations into an existing text messaging-based smoking cessation program (Smokefree TXT) and to determine whether self-affirmation led to greater engagement and higher cessation rates than the standard intervention. Methods Data were collected from smokers (n=1261) who subscribed to a free smoking cessation program and met eligibility criteria. The intervention lasted 42 days. The original design was a 2 (Baseline affirmation: 5-item questionnaire present vs absent) × 2 (Integrated affirmation: texts present vs absent) factorial design. Only 17 eligible users completed all baseline affirmation questions and these conditions did not influence any outcomes, so we collapsed across baseline affirmation conditions in analysis. In the integrated affirmation conditions, affirmations replaced approximately 20% of texts delivering motivational content. Results In all, 687 users remained enrolled throughout the 42-day intervention and 81 reported smoking status at day 42. Among initiators (n=1261), self-affirmation did not significantly improve (1) intervention completion, (2) days enrolled, (3) 1-week smoking status, or (4) 6-week smoking status (all Ps>.10); and among the 687 completers, there were no significant effects of affirmation on cessation (Ps>.25). However, among the 81 responders, those who received affirmations were more likely to report cessation at 6 weeks (97.5%; 39 of 40) than those not given affirmations (78.1%; 32 of 41; χ2(1)=7.08, P=.008). Conclusion This proof-of-concept study provides preliminary evidence that self

  7. Tobacco smoking cessation management: integrating varenicline in current practice

    Laurence M Galanti


    Full Text Available Laurence M GalantiClinique Universitaire UCL, Mont-Godinne, Yvoir, BelgiumAbstract: Tobacco smoking is widespread and is one of the world’s most prevalent modifiable risk factors for morbidity and mortality. It is important to facilitate smoking cessation better in order to reduce the health consequences of tobacco use. The most effective approach assisting smokers in their quit attempts combines both pharmacotherapy and nonpharmacological interventions. This review summarizes the latest international epidemiological data available on tobacco use, considers the associated effects on health, and reviews existing policies against tobacco use. Among the interventions for smoking cessation, the three major pharmacotherapies (which have demonstrated efficacy when combined with behavioral support are discussed: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, bupropion, and varenicline. As the newest pharmacotherapy made available in this area, particular consideration is given to varenicline, and a review of our clinical experience is offered.Keywords: tobacco smoking cessation, nicotinic substitution, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, bupropion, varenicline

  8. Obesity and early cessation of breastfeeding in Denmark

    Kronborg, Hanne; Væth, Michael; Rasmussen, Kathleen M.


    Background: Obesity is associated with early cessation of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is multi-factorial and several factors contribute to this association. Our aim was to investigate to what extent socio-demographic and psychosocial characteristics, parity and prenatal conditions could explain...... the association between high BMI and early cessation of breastfeeding Methods: We used data from a randomized trial of 1597 Danish mothers of singleton infants. Self-reported Maternal postnatal weight and height were available from 1375 (86 %). High BMI was defined as body mass index ≥32 kg/m2 at ~ 17...... breastfeeding, and were more frequently characterised by socio-demographic-, psychosocial-, perinatal- and behavioural factors known to increase the risk of early breastfeeding cessation. In the adjusted analyses (n = 1226) the association between BMI and duration of exclusive breastfeeding depended on parity...

  9. Impact of Nicotine Replacement Therapy on Post-Cessation Mood Profile by Pre-Cessation Depressive Symptoms

    Kinnunen Taru H


    Full Text Available Abstract We evaluated the effects of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT on the Profile of Mood States (POMS, testing whether pre-cessation depressive symptoms modify NRT's effects on POMS. Out of 608 smokers attempting to quit with NRT, this secondary analysis included 242 participants abstinent for at least two weeks. We measured pre-cessation depressive symptoms with the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale. At 1, 7, and 14 post-cessation days we examined 6 self-reported POMS, i.e. feeling 'anxious', 'sad', 'confused', 'angry', 'energetic' and 'fatigue'. The results of the ANCOVA models suggested no NRT effects on feeling anxious, energetic or fatigue. We found that pre-cessation depression modified NRT effects in some specific mood states, such as depression by NRT- interaction effects on feeling confused and feeling angry. On average, the depressed participants in the placebo groups had the highest symptom scores. However, those depressed in NRT conditions did not have significantly higher symptom scores compared to the non-depressed groups. In treating those negative moods NRT may be particularly important for persons with depressive symptoms before cessation.

  10. High-temperature heat capacity of Co3O4 spinel: thermally induced spin unpairing transition

    Mocala, K.; Navrotsky, A.; Sherman, David M.


    A strong anomaly was found in the heat capacity of Co3O4 between 1000 K and the decomposition temperature. This anomaly is not related to the decomposition of Co3O4 to CoO. The measured entropy of transition, ??S=46??4 J mol-1 K-1 of Co3O4, supports the interpretation that this anomaly reflects a spin unpairing transition in octahedrally coordinated Co3+ cations. Experimental values of heat capacity, heat content and entropy of Co3O4 in the high temperature region are provided. The enthalpy of the spin unpairing transition is 53??4 kJ mol-1 of Co3O4. ?? 1992 Springer-Verlag.

  11. 超微细CaCO3结晶的控制生长%Growth Control of Ultrafine CaCO3

    林荣毅; 张家芸; 张培新


    通过SEM显微技术,从亚微观结构研究Na5P3O10对Ca(OH)2碳化反应中CaCO3结晶的控制生长过程.结果表明,CaCO3结晶的成核、生长在时间上是重叠的伴随过程.在CaCO3反应结晶的起始阶段,Na5P3O10的存在促进了CaCO3的大量成核.通过SEM可以观测到大量亚稳态CaCO3籽晶(R=23~26nm)的存在.这时,CaCO3晶体生长并不符合Zener-Ham理论的扩散生长规律.结晶生长由穿越晶体界面的短程扩散控制.在反应结晶末期,SEM已观测不到亚稳态CaCO3籽晶的存在.CaCO3结晶生长遵循长程扩散控制模型R(t)=λi(Dt)n,时间指数n=0.4874~0.4992(理论值n=0.5).随着碳化液中Na5P3O10浓度的增大,常数λiDn由16.69降低至11.36,从而有效地控制CaCO3的结晶生长.%The ultrafine CaCO3 crystal growth controlled by Na5P3O10 in the carbonation of Ca(OH)2 suspension,was investigated by using SEM. The results show that CaCO3 nucleates along with the nucleus growth. The presence of Na5P3O10 accelerates the CaCO3 nucleation. At the initial stage,a large number of CaCO3 nucleus engender,and metastable tiny crystallites (R=2326nm) can be observed in SEM imagine. The CaCO3 crystal growth controlled by short distance diffusion when mass pass through the crystal interface,does not correspond to Zener-Ham theory. At the next stage,the metastable tiny crystallites disappear in SEM imagine. The CaCO3 crystal growth abides by the long distance control model R(t)=λi(Dt)n,in which the time coefficient n is 0.4874~0.4992 (theory value n=0.5) and the constant λiDn decreases from 16.69 to 11.36. Consequently,Na5P3O10 can effectively inhabit the CaCO3 crystal growth.

  12. Carbon Dioxide Activation by Scandium Atoms and Scandium Monoxide Molecules: Formation and Spectroscopic Characterization of ScCO3 and OCScCO3 in Solid Neon.

    Zhang, Qingnan; Qu, Hui; Chen, Mohua; Zhou, Mingfei


    The reactions of carbon dioxide with scandium monoxide molecules and scandium atoms are investigated using matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy in solid neon. The species formed are identified by the effects of isotopic substitution on their infrared spectra as well as density functional calculations. The results show that the ground state ScO molecule reacts with carbon dioxide to form the carbonate complex ScCO3 spontaneously on annealing. The ground state Sc atom reacts with two carbon dioxide molecules to give the carbonate carbonyl complex OCScCO3 via the previously reported OScCO insertion intermediate on annealing. The observation of these spontaneous reactions is consistent with theoretical predictions that both the Sc + 2CO2 → OCScCO3 and ScO + CO2 → ScCO3 reactions are thermodynamically exothermic and are kinetically facile, requiring little or no activation energy. PMID:26738558

  13. In Situ Investigations into CaCO3 Nucleation

    Nielsen, Michael Harold

    predictions of classical nucleation theory to this system. Low resolution microscopy techniques are further used to provide indirect evidence for the formation pathways of calcite on SAMs exhibiting different surface chemistries. The development of a platform for liquid phase transmission electron microscopy (TEM) utilizing a sealed liquid cell is described, and its utility in making novel observations of materials formation processes is demonstrated. Liquid phase TEM is further employed, using an open cell system which allows for mixing reagents, to directly observe formation pathways in the CaCO3 system.

  14. Nucleation kinetics of nesquehonite (MgCO 3·3H 2O) in the MgCl 2-Na 2CO 3 system

    Cheng, Wenting; Li, Zhibao


    The nucleation of nesquehonite (MgCO 3·3H 2O) in MgCl 2-Na 2CO 3 system with and without the addition of NaCl was studied within a supersaturation range of 1.06-1.48 at 288.15-308.15 K. The supersaturation ( S) of MgCO 3·3H 2O was exactly calculated by aqueous (H + ion) model through OLI platform. The conductivity method was applied in this experiment to determine the induction period of MgCO 3·3H 2O. The effects of temperature, supersaturation, and presence of additive (NaCl) on the induction period of MgCO 3·3H 2O were studied experimentally. As expected from theory, it was found that the induction period decreases when either temperature or supersaturation increases. The induction period was prolonged by adding NaCl in solutions at a constant supersaturation. From the dependence of the induction period on temperature and supersaturation, it was possible to distinguish between the homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms. At last, the activation energy ( Eact) for MgCO 3·3H 2O crystallization and the interfacial tension between MgCO 3·3H 2O and aqueous solutions of homogeneous ( γS,hom) and heterogeneous ( γS,het) nucleation were calculated from measurements of the induction period for the MgCO 3·3H 2O nucleation with and without the addition of NaCl.

  15. Heat capacities and entropies of rhodochrosite (MnCO3) and siderite (FeCO3) between 5 and 600 K.

    Robie, R.A.; Haselton, H.T., Jr.; Hemingway, B.S.


    The heat capacities of rhodochrosite, (Mn0.994Fe0.005Mg0.001)CO3, and siderite, 171(Fe0.956Mn0.042Mg0.002)CO3, were measured between 5 and 550 K by combined cryogenic-adiabatic and differential scanning calorimetry. These new data were used to reanalyse the thermodynamic properties of these phases.-J.A.Z.

  16. Dynamics of fossil fuel CO2 neutralization by marine CaCO3

    Archer, David; Kheshgi, Haroon; Maier-Reimer, Ernst


    A detailed model of the ocean circulation and carbon cycle was coupled to a mechanistic model of CaCO3 diagenesis in deep sea sediments to simulate the millennium-scale response of the oceans to future fossil fuel CO2 emissions to the atmosphere and deep sea. Simulations of deep sea injection of CO2 show that CaCO3 dissolution is sensitive to passage of high-CO2 waters through the Atlantic Ocean, but CaCO3 dissolution has a negligible impact on atmospheric pCO2 or the atmospheric stabilization CO2 emission in the coming centuries. The ultimate fate of the fossil fuel CO2 will be to react with CaCO3 on the seafloor and on land. An initial CaCO3 dissolution spike reverses the net sedimentation rate in the ocean until it is attenuated by an enhanced vertical gradient of alkalinity after about 1000 years. The magnitude of the initial spike is sensitive to assumptions about the kinetics for CaCO3 dissolution, but subsequent behavior appears to be less model dependent. Neutralization by seafloor CaCO3 occurs on a timescale of 5-6 kyr, and is limited to at most 60-70% of the fossil fuel release, even if the fossil fuel release is smaller than the seafloor erodible inventory of CaCO3. Additional neutralization by terrestrial CaCO3 restores a balance between CaCO3 weathering and seafloor accumulation on a timescale of 8.5 kyr, while the deficit of seafloor CaCO3 (the lysocline) is replenished with an e-folding timescale of approximately 18 kyr. The final equilibrium with CaCO3 leaves 7-8% of the fossil fuel CO2 remaining in the atmosphere, to be neutralized by the silicate rock cycle on a time frame of hundreds of thousands of years.

  17. The Effect of Ionic Liquids on the CaCO3 Crystal Growth

    Zhi Guo HU; Shi Li SONG; Jian Ji WANG; Lin YANG


    In this paper, the effect of ionic liquids on the CaCO3 crystal growth has been studied for the first time. The obtained CaCO3 crystals were charactered by the X-ray diffraction and scanning electron micrographs. The results showed that the control ability of ionic liquids for CaCO3 crystals growth was dependent on the counter anion very much.

  18. Carbon nanotube/Co3O4 composite for air electrode of lithium-air battery

    Yoon, Taek Han; Park, Yong Joon


    A carbon nanotube [CNT]/Co3O4 composite is introduced as a catalyst for the air electrode of lithium-air [Li/air] batteries. Co3O4 nanoparticles are successfully attached to the sidewall of the CNT by a hydrothermal method. A high discharge capacity and a low overvoltage indicate that the CNT/Co3O4 composite is a very promising catalyst for the air electrode of Li/air batteries.

  19. Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy of rhombohedral CoCO3 crystals at T = 0 K

    Men'shikov, V. V.; Rudenko, V. V.; Tugarinov, V. I.; Vorotynov, A. M.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.


    A method for calculating the contribution of exchange interaction to uniaxial anisotropy with the use of g' factors has been worked out using CoCO3 crystals as an example. The calculated contribution of dipole-dipole interactions to the anisotropy of CoCO3 is 0.93 cm-1. The sum of the contributions to the anisotropy constant of CoCO3 with the inclusion of the dipole-dipole interactions is 36.1 cm-1.




    Full Text Available Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of worldwide morbidity as well as mortality which are largely preventable. Smoking cessation, though a difficult task to achieve, can lead to both immediate and long term health benefits such as reduction of the risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke etc. This article reviews the various pharmacological interventions of smoking cessation like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, bupropion, and nortryptiline etc., especially the role of a novel agent Varenicline in reducing nicotine dependence as well as in decreasing craving after nicotine withdrawal that holds promising effectiveness in Indian scenario.

  1. Ten Years Down the Road: Predictors of Driving Cessation

    Edwards, Jerri D.; Bart, Edward; O’Connor, Melissa L.; Cissell, Gayla


    Purpose: Recent prospective studies have found that cognition is a more salient predictor of driving cessation than physical performance or demographic factors among community-dwelling older adults. However, these studies have been limited to 5 years of follow-up. The current study used data from the Maryland Older Drivers Project to examine predictors of driving cessation in older adults over a 10-year period. Design and Methods: Participants (N = 1,248) completed baseline and 5-year assessm...


    Zhao-xia Guo; Jian Yu


    Nanometer calcium carbonate was modified with Frechet type polyether dendrons bearing a COOH group at the focal point by a wet-coating technique in dichloromethane at room temperature. The interaction between CaCO3 and the dendritic modifier was proven by IR and mass spectroscopy of the modified CaCO3 after thorough extraction with dichloromethane. The amount of tightly bonded organic modifier was estimated by TGA. It was shown that the amount of bonded molecules decreased with increasing generation number due to the larger number of branches. Compared to unmodified CaCO3, the modified CaCO3 possess different dispersibility in water and in organic solvents.

  3. Compound Method to Disperse CaCO3 Nanoparticles to Nano-Size in Water.

    Gu, Sui; Cai, Jihua; Wang, Jijun; Yuan, Ye; Chang, Dewu; Chikhotkin, Viktor F


    The invalidation of CaCO3 nanoparticles (nCaCO3) is often caused by the fact of agglomeration and inhomogeneous dispersion which limits its application into water-based drilling muds for low permeability reservoirs such as coalbed methane reservoir and shale gas/oil reservoir. Effective methods to disperse nCaCO3 to nano-size (≤ 100 nm) in water have seldom been reported. Here we developed a compound method containing mechanical stirring, ultrasonic treatment, the use of surfactant and stabilizer to disperse nCaCO3 in water. It comprises the steps adding 2% nCaCO3, 1% sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS), 2% cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), 2% OP-10, 3% to 4% biopolymer (XC) in water successively, stirring it at a shear rate of 6000 to 8000 r/min for 15 minutes and treating it with ultrasonic at a frequency of 28 KHz for 30 to 40 minutes. The dispersed nCaCO3 was characterized with scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and particle size distribution (PSD) tests. We found that nCaCO3 could be dispersed to below 100 nm in water and the medium value of nCaCO3 was below 50 nm. This method paved the way for the utilization of nCaCO3 in drilling fluid and completion fluid for low permeability reservoirs such as coal seams and shale gas/oil formations. PMID:26682370

  4. Early changes in coagulation but not inflammatory biomarkers under intermittent ART: the randomized ANRS 106 WINDOW trial

    Sébastien Gallien


    Full Text Available Introduction: In the SMART trial, baseline plasma hsCRP, IL6 and D-dimer levels were strongly correlated to all-cause mortality. A case-control study has shown an increase of IL-6 and D-dimer levels after one month of antiretroviral therapy (ART interruption, which was correlated to viral load. Restarting ART was associated to a decrease in D-dimer but not IL-6 or hsCRP levels. We assessed biomarkers levels up to 96 weeks in ART-experienced adults with plasma HIV RNA levels <400 c/mL randomized in the ANRS 106 WINDOW trial to intermittent ART (IT: six cycles of eight weeks of ART interruption followed by eight weeks of ART versus continuous treatment (CT. Methods: Stored plasma for 160 participants (80 IT and 80 CT, matched by age, sex and CDC classification, were analyzed blinded for IL-6, sCD-14, hsCRP and D-dimer levels at baseline, week 8 (IT group only, week 16 and week 96. Lower levels of detection for IL-6, sCD14, hsCRP and D-Dimer were 1.5 pg/mL, 250 ng/mL, 0.03 µg/mL and 0.21 µg/mL, respectively. The primary objective was to compare changes in IL-6, hsCRP, sCD14 and D-dimer plasma levels from baseline to week 8, 16 and 96 in the IT and CT arms. Biomarkers levels were log10 transformed prior to analysis. Results: At baseline, patients were mostly men (86%, with a median age of 40 years, a CD4+ T-cell count of 768/mm3, have received a median of 4.7 years of ART and 85% had HIV RNA <50 c/mL. Proportion of patients with plasma HIV RNA levels<400 c/mL were 6% and 99%, 81% and 97%, 86% and 92% at weeks 8, 16 and 96 in the IT and CT arms, respectively. Plasma biomarkers levels are shown in the Table 1.Compared to baseline, D-dimer levels significantly increased 8 weeks after ART interruption in the IT arm (+23% fold change, 95% CI +9% to +39% but reverted to baseline levels at week 16 and remained unchanged at week 96. There was no significant change from baseline in the other biomarker levels in the IT arm. Similarly, no significant change

  5. A study of smoking and smoking cessation on the curricula of UK medical schools

    Roddy, E; Rubin, P.; Britton, J.


    Objectives: To identify current practice in teaching on smoking and smoking cessation in UK medical schools, and establish whether newly qualified UK doctors feel prepared to deliver smoking cessation interventions.

  6. Effect of Smoking Cessation on Gestational and Postpartum Weight Gain and Neonatal Birth Weight

    Rode, Line; Kjærgaard, Hanne; Damm, Peter;


    To examine the association among smoking cessation, gestational and postpartum weight gain, and neonatal birth weight.......To examine the association among smoking cessation, gestational and postpartum weight gain, and neonatal birth weight....

  7. The total lifetime health cost savings of smoking cessation to society

    Rasmussen, Gitte Susanne; Prescott, Eva; Sørensen, Thorkild I A; Søgaard, Jes


    Smoking cessation has major immediate and long-term health benefits. However, ex-smokers' total lifetime health costs and continuing smokers' costs remain uncompared, and hence the economic savings of smoking cessation to society have not been determined....

  8. Chemical and biological characterization of new Re(CO)3/[99mTc](CO)3 bombesin analogues

    Introduction: Bombesin, a neuropeptide with potential for breast and prostate tumor targeting, is rapidly metabolized in vivo, and as a result, uptake in tumor xenografts in mice is poor. An improvement can be expected from the introduction of nonnatural amino acids and spacers. Leu13 was replaced by cyclohexylalanine and Met14 by norleucine. Two spacers, -βAla-βAla- and 3,6-dioxa-8-aminooctanoic acid, were inserted between the receptor-binding amino acid sequence (7-14) of bombesin (BBS) and the retroNα-carboxymethyl histidine chelator used for labeling with the [99mTc](CO)3 core and the rhenium (Re) congener. Methods: The biological characterization of the new compounds was performed both in vitro on prostate carcinoma PC-3 cells (binding affinity, internalization/externalization) and in vivo (biodistribution in nude mice with tumor xenografts). The stability was also investigated in human plasma. The Re analogues were prepared for chemical characterization. Results: The nonnatural amino acids led to markedly slower degradation in human plasma and PC-3 cell cultures. The receptor affinity of the new technetium 99m ([99mTc])-labeled BBS analogues was similar to the unmodified compound with K d<1 nM. Uptake in the pancreas and in PC-3 tumor xenografts in nude mice was blocked by unlabeled BBS. The best target-to-nontarget uptake ratio was clearly due to the presence of the more polar spacer, -βAla-βAla-. Conclusions: The different spacers did not have a significant effect on stability or receptor affinity but had a clear influence on the uptake in healthy organs and tumors. Uptake in the kidneys was lower than in the liver, which is likely to be due to the lipophilicity of the compounds. A specific, high uptake was also observed in the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor-rich pancreas. Thus, with the introduction of spacers the in vivo properties of the compounds can be improved while leaving the affinity unaffected

  9. Role of baseline HIV-1 DNA level in highly-experienced patients receiving raltegravir, etravirine and darunavir/ritonavir regimen (ANRS139 TRIO trial.

    Charlotte Charpentier

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: In the ANRS 139 TRIO trial, the use of 3 new active drugs (raltegravir, etravirine, and darunavir/ritonavir, resulted in a potent and sustained inhibition of viral replication in multidrug-resistant treatment-experienced patients. The aim of this virological sub-study of the ANRS 139 TRIO trial was to assess: (i the evolution of HIV-1 DNA over the first year; and (ii the association between baseline HIV-1 DNA and virological outcome. METHODS: Among the 103 HIV-1-infected patients included in the ANRS-139 TRIO trial, HIV-1 DNA specimens were available for 92, 84, 88, and 83 patients at Week (W0, W12, W24, and W48, respectively. Quantification of total HIV-1 DNA was performed by using the commercial kit "Generic HIV DNA Cell" (Biocentric, Bandol, France. RESULTS: Baseline median HIV-1 DNA of patients displaying virological success (n= 61, viral blip (n= 20, and virological failure (n = 11 were 2.34 log(10 copies/10(6 PBMC (IQR= 2.15-2.66, 2.42 (IQR = 2.12-2.48, and 2.68 (IQR= 2.46-2.83, respectively. Although not statistically significant, patients exhibiting virological success or viral blip had a tendency to display lower baseline HIV-1 DNA than patients experiencing virological failure (P = 0.06. Median decrease of HIV-1 DNA between baseline and W48 was -0.13 log(10 copies/10(6 PBMC (IQR = -0.34 to +0.10, mainly explained by the evolution from W0 to W4. No more changes were observed in the W4-W48 period. CONCLUSIONS: In highly-experienced multidrug-resistant patients, HIV-1 DNA slightly decreased during the first month and then remained stable during the first year of highly potent antiretroviral regimen. In this population, baseline HIV-1 DNA might help to better predict the virological response and to tailor clinical therapeutic management as more aggressive therapeutic choices in patients with higher baseline HIV-1 DNA.

  10. The effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions prior to surgery: a systematic review.

    Cropley, M; Theadom, A.; Pravettoni, G; WEBB, G.


    The objective of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions prior to surgery and examine smoking cessation rates at 6 months follow-up. The Cochrane Library Database, PsycINFO, EMBASE, Medline, and Cinahl databases were searched using the terms: smok$, smoking cessation, tobacco, cigar$, preop$, operati$, surg$, randomi*ed control$ trial, intervention, program$, cessation, abstinen$, quit. Further articles were obtained from reference lists. The search wa...

  11. Novel high-pressure structures of MgCO3, CaCO3 and CO2 and their role in Earth's lower mantle

    Oganov, Artem R.; Ono, Shigeaki; Ma, Yanming; Glass, Colin W.; Garcia, Alberto


    Most of the oxidized carbon in the Earth's lower mantle is believed to be stored in the high-pressure forms of MgCO3 and/or CaCO3 or possibly even CO2. Recently, through ab initio evolutionary simulations and high-pressure experiments, a complete picture of phase transformations of CaCO3 at mantle pressures was obtained. Here, using the same approach, we investigate the high-pressure structures of MgCO3. Two new structure types were predicted to be stable in the relevant pressure range: one at 82-138 GPa and the other above 138 GPa. Both phases contain rings of corner-sharing CO4-tetrahedra. These predictions were largely confirmed by the experiments presented here. A number of structurally very different, but energetically competitive metastable polymorphs were found and reveal complex high-pressure chemistry of MgCO3, in contrast to CaCO3. For CO2, from 19 GPa to at least 150 GPa, we find β-cristobalite structure to be stable. Differences between high-pressure tetrahedral carbonates and low-pressure silicates are discussed in terms of rigidity of the T-O-T angles (flexible when T = Si and stiff when T = C). We show that through most of the P-T conditions of the mantle, MgCO3 is the major host of oxidized carbon in the Earth. We discuss the possibility of CO2 release at the very bottom of the mantle, which could enhance partial melting of rocks and explain the geodynamical differences between the Earth and Venus.

  12. Plasma suPAR is lowered by smoking cessation

    Eugen-Olsen, Jesper; Ladelund, Steen; Sørensen, Lars Tue


    46 never smokers (1·9 ng/mL (1·7-2·2)). In smokers randomized to smoking cessation, suPAR levels after 4 weeks of stopping were decreased and no longer significantly different from the never smokers values. SuPAR decreased in both those who received a placebo as well as nicotine patch. Interestingly...

  13. Extended Treatment with Bupropion SR for Cigarette Smoking Cessation

    Killen, Joel D.; Fortmann, Stephen P.; Murphy, Greer M.; Hayward, Chris; Arredondo, Christina; Cromp, DeAnn; Celio, Maria; Abe, Laurie; Wang, Yun; Schatzberg, Alan F.


    The authors present results of a randomized clinical trial of the efficacy of extended treatment with bupropion SR in producing longer term cigarette smoking cessation. Adult smokers (N = 362) received open-label treatment (11 weeks) that combined relapse prevention training, bupropion SR, and nicotine patch followed by extended treatment (14…

  14. Are Smoking Cessation Treatments Associated with Suicidality Risk? An Overview.

    Penberthy, J Kim; Penberthy, J Morgan; Harris, Marcus R; Nanda, Sonali; Ahn, Jennifer; Martinez, Caridad Ponce; Osika, Apule O; Slepian, Zoe A; Forsyth, Justin C; Starr, J Andrew; Farrell, Jennifer E; Hook, Joshua N


    Risk of suicidality during smoking cessation treatment is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of nicotine addiction research and treatment. We explore the relationship between smoking cessation interventions and suicidality and explore common treatments, their associated risks, and effectiveness in promoting smoking reduction and abstinence. Although active smokers have been reported to have twofold to threefold increased risk of suicidality when compared to nonsmokers,1-4 research regarding the safest way to stop smoking does not always provide clear guidelines for practitioners wishing to advise their patients regarding smoking cessation strategies. In this article, we review pharmacological and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) options that are available for people seeking to quit smoking, focusing on the relationship between the ability of these therapies to reduce smoking behavior and promote abstinence and suicidality risks as assessed by reported suicidality on validated measures, reports of suicidal ideation, behaviors, actual attempts, or completed suicides. Pharmacotherapies such as varenicline, bupropion, and nicotine replacement, and CBTs, including contextual CBT interventions, have been found to help reduce smoking rates and promote and maintain abstinence. Suicidality risks, while present when trying to quit smoking, do not appear to demonstrate a consistent or significant rise associated with use of any particular smoking cessation pharmacotherapy or CBT/contextual CBT intervention reviewed. PMID:27081311

  15. A Model Curriculum for Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention Intervention.

    Geboy, Michael J.; Fried, Jacquelyn L.


    Proposes a curriculum for dental/dental hygiene schools that would teach oral health care providers how to routinely assess tobacco use, advise cessation, and provide assistance and follow-up for tobacco-using patients. The article emphasizes the importance of making tobacco interventions routine components of schools' clinical teaching programs.…

  16. Cost-effectiveness of varenicline for smoking cessation

    Keiding, Hans


    Smoking cessation therapies are among the most cost-effective preventive healthcare measures. Varenicline is a relatively new drug developed especially for this purpose, and it has been shown to achieve better quit rates than nicotine replacement therapies and the non-nicotine-based drug, bupropion...

  17. Coping Strategies Used by Adolescents during Smoking Cessation

    Jannone, Laura; O'Connell, Kathleen A.


    The purpose of this study was to examine coping strategies used by teens as they attempted to quit smoking. The teens were attending a school-based cessation program titled "Quit 2 Win" that was offered in four high schools. This study examined situations in which teens were tempted to smoke. The study compares coping strategies teens reported in…

  18. Are Smoking Cessation Treatments Associated with Suicidality Risk? An Overview

    Penberthy, J. Kim; Penberthy, J. Morgan; Harris, Marcus R.; Nanda, Sonali; Ahn, Jennifer; Martinez, Caridad Ponce; Osika, Apule O.; Slepian, Zoe A.; Forsyth, Justin C.; Starr, J. Andrew; Farrell, Jennifer E.; Hook, Joshua N.


    Risk of suicidality during smoking cessation treatment is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of nicotine addiction research and treatment. We explore the relationship between smoking cessation interventions and suicidality and explore common treatments, their associated risks, and effectiveness in promoting smoking reduction and abstinence. Although active smokers have been reported to have twofold to threefold increased risk of suicidality when compared to nonsmokers,1–4 research regarding the safest way to stop smoking does not always provide clear guidelines for practitioners wishing to advise their patients regarding smoking cessation strategies. In this article, we review pharmacological and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) options that are available for people seeking to quit smoking, focusing on the relationship between the ability of these therapies to reduce smoking behavior and promote abstinence and suicidality risks as assessed by reported suicidality on validated measures, reports of suicidal ideation, behaviors, actual attempts, or completed suicides. Pharmacotherapies such as varenicline, bupropion, and nicotine replacement, and CBTs, including contextual CBT interventions, have been found to help reduce smoking rates and promote and maintain abstinence. Suicidality risks, while present when trying to quit smoking, do not appear to demonstrate a consistent or significant rise associated with use of any particular smoking cessation pharmacotherapy or CBT/contextual CBT intervention reviewed. PMID:27081311

  19. Breastfeeding cessation and symptoms of anxiety and depression: a longitudinal cohort study

    Ystrom Eivind


    Abstract Background Neonatal anxiety and depression and breastfeeding cessation are significant public health problems. There is an association between maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression and early breastfeeding cessation. In earlier studies, the causality of this association was interpreted both ways; symptoms of anxiety and depression prepartum significantly impacts breastfeeding, and breastfeeding cessation significantly impacts symptoms of anxiety and depression. First, we aimed t...

  20. Do Smoking Cessation Websites Meet the Needs of Smokers with Severe Mental Illnesses?

    Brunette, Mary F.; Ferron, Joelle C.; Devitt, Timothy; Geiger, Pamela; Martin, Wendy M.; Pratt, Sarah; Santos, Meghan; McHugo, Gregory J.


    Many people learn about smoking cessation through information on the Internet. Whether people with severe mental illnesses, who have very high rates of smoking, are able to use currently available websites about smoking cessation is unknown. The study reported here assessed whether four smoking cessation websites met usability guidelines and…

  1. Room Temperature Ammonia Gas Sensing Characteristics of Co3O4

    P.N. Shelke


    Full Text Available Room temperature ammonia gas-sensing characteristics of Co3O4 pellet sensor are reported in this paper. For this purpose, Co3O4 powder is prepared by a route of simple precipitation + heating at 800 °C/2 hr. The as-prepared powder is characterized by using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The ammonia gas-sensing properties of Co3O4 pellets made at various loads of 3, 5, 7 & 9 ton and at constant time = 4 min. are measured using home-built static gas sensing system. The characterization studies revealed that the cobalt oxide particles formed are cubic spinel Co3O4, highly pure and spherical in shape. The particle size distribution is found to be nearly uniform with average particle size ~ 1 µm. The ammonia gas sensing properties of Co3O4 pellet sensor are found to be good. The highest sensitivities – S.F. = 175 and 358 are found at ~ 25 ppm and 250 ppm concentrations of ammonia gas respectively for the Co3O4 pellet sensor made at the load = 3 ton. Further, an admirable repeatability and reversibility in the ammonia gas sensing characteristics are observed for all the Co3O4 pellet sensors. The average response time of 4.0 min. and recovery time of 3.0 min. are obtained for all the Co3O4 pellet sensors.

  2. Synthesis of Co/Co3O4 Nanocomposite Particles Relevant to Magnetic Field Processing

    Srivastava, A.K.; Madhavi, S.; Menon, Mohan;


    Co/Co3O4 nanocomposite particles of various morphologies were synthesized by the reverse micelle technique. Equiaxed, rod and faceted crystals with rectangular, pentagonal and hexagonal cross sections were observed. Annealing resulted in the formation of a composite of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and fcc...

  3. Smoking cessation support for pregnant women: role of mobile technology

    Heminger CL


    Full Text Available Christina L Heminger, Jennifer M Schindler-Ruwisch, Lorien C AbromsDepartment of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA Background: Smoking during pregnancy has deleterious health effects for the fetus and mother. Given the high risks associated with smoking in pregnancy, smoking cessation programs that are designed specifically for pregnant smokers are needed. This paper summarizes the current landscape of mHealth cessation programs aimed at pregnant smokers and where available reviews evidence to support their use. Methods: A search strategy was conducted in June–August 2015 to identify mHealth programs with at least one component or activity that was explicitly directed at smoking cessation assistance for pregnant women. The search for text messaging programs and applications included keyword searches within public health and medical databases of peer-reviewed literature, Google Play/iTunes stores, and gray literature via Google. Results: Five unique short message service programs and two mobile applications were identified and reviewed. Little evidence was identified to support their use. Common tools and features identified included the ability to set your quit date, ability to track smoking status, ability to get help during cravings, referral to quitline, and tailored content for the individual participant. The theoretical approach utilized was varied, and approximately half of the programs included pregnancy-related content, in addition to cessation content. With one exception, the mHealth programs identified were found to have low enrollment. Conclusion: Globally, there are a handful of applications and text-based mHealth programs available for pregnant smokers. Future studies are needed that examine the efficacy of such programs, as well as strategies to best promote enrollment. Keywords: mHealth, smoking cessation, pregnancy, text messaging

  4. Preparation, characterization, viscosity and thermal conductivity of CaCO3 aqueous nanofluids


    CaCO3 aqueous nanofluids were prepared by dispensing aqueous CaCO3 paste into distilled water under ultrasonic vibration. The actual microstructures of the CaCO3 nanofluids with different particle volume fractions were characterized by freeze etching replication transmission electron microscopy (FERTEM). Thermal conductivity and rheological behavior of the nanofluids were measured by standard analyzers. The results show that CaCO3 paste as raw material for nanofluids is advantageous to reducing aggregation of primary nanoparticles. The effective viscosities and effective thermal conductivities of the CaCO3 nanofluids are related to the aggregates of nanoparticles and can be well predicted by the modified Krieger & Dougherty formula and the modified Hamilton & Crosser model, respectively.

  5. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of ultrafine nanocrystalline SmCo3 compound

    The single-phase ultrafine nanocrystalline SmCo3 compound with a high coercivity of 33 kOe and a Curie temperature of 925 K was prepared using a simple and efficient method, which took advantages of the concurrent processes of nanocrystallization and densification during spark plasma sintering. The crystal structure of the nanocrystalline SmCo3 compound was constructed. As compared with the conventional microcrystalline SmCo3 compound, a large axial ratio c/a = 4.920 and an expansion of the unit cell volume of 2.97% were obtained in the lattice structure of the nanocrystalline SmCo3. The relationship between the magnetic properties and the nanocrystalline structure was analyzed. A specific magnetic transition from the weak ferromagnetic to the strong ferromagnetic state was discovered in the nanocrystalline SmCo3 compound, which was considered to be related to the large anisotropic strain in the crystal lattice.

  6. Controlled precipitation of nesquehonite (MgCO 3·3H 2O) by the reaction of MgCl 2 with (NH 4) 2CO 3

    Wang, Yong; Li, Zhibao; Demopoulos, George P.


    In this study, homogeneous (unseeded) precipitation of nesquehonite (MgCO 3·3H 2O) by the reaction of MgCl 2 with (NH 4) 2CO 3 in supersaturated solutions was investigated. Factors that influence the precipitation of MgCO 3·3H 2O, such as reaction temperature, initial concentration, stirring speed, titration speed, equilibration time, have been studied. SEM images and particle size distribution show that the temperature, initial concentration and titration speed have significant effect on nesquehonite's crystal morphology and particle size. In addition, stirring speed and equilibration time also have some influence on its properties. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) results show that the obtained crystals compositions are greatly affected by the reaction temperature. With the morphological transformation, their corresponding composition also change from MgCO 3· xH 2O to Mg 5(CO 3) 4(OH) 2·4H 2O in the interval of 288-333 K. With the optimization of operating conditions, the crystals can grow up to a length of about 40 μm and a width of 5 μm, indicating good filtration properties. High-purity nesquehonite obtained in this study was calcined to produce highly pure MgO at 1073 K as shown by XRD results.

  7. Co3O4 nanowires as high capacity anode materials for lithium ion batteries

    Highlights: ► The Co3O4 nanowires are synthesized from decomposition of CoC2O4·2H2O nanowires. ► The synthesis procedure shows us a facile and highly productive strategy. ► The Co3O4 nanowires are suitable as a promising anode material for LIBs. ► High capacity and good cycling stability are achieved for the Co3O4 nanowires. - Abstract: Co3O4 nanowires were synthesized from the decomposition of CoC2O4·2H2O nanowires which were obtained through a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-assisted solution-based precipitation process. And the formation mechanism of CoC2O4·2H2O nanowires was discussed. The Co3O4 nanowires had diameters in the range of 30–60 nm and lengths of several micrometers, inheriting the morphology of the CoC2O4·2H2O nanowires. The Co3O4 nanowires as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries exhibited a stable specific discharge/charge capacity of 611 mAh/g and 598 mAh/g after fifty cycles at a current density of 0.11 A/g, which were much higher than that of commercial Co3O4 nanoparticles. In addition, the charge capacity of the as-synthesized Co3O4 nanowires was more than two times higher than that of the commercial Co3O4 nanoparticles at a current density of 1.1 A/g. These results indicate that the as-prepared Co3O4 nanowires have potential to be a promising candidate as high capacity anode material in the next generation lithium-ion batteries.

  8. CaCO3的表面改性对PP/CaCO3复合材料性能的影响%Effect of Surface Modification of CaCO3 on Mechanical Properties of PP/CaCO3 Composite

    永山; 聪士; 于建; 西 敏夫



  9. Surface modification of CaCO3 filler and its characterization using inverse gas chromatography (IGC)

    Guangcheng ZHANG; Xuetao SHI; Yajuan XING; Ting CHEN


    A CaCO3 filler was treated by generally used coupling agents and a special one-ethylene-octene copolymer (POE)-g-maleic anhydride (MAH). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results show that the special coupling agent POE-g-MAH, in a chemical reaction with CaCO3, can produce an interfacial layer stronger than simple physical adhesion attained with usual coupling agents. Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) was used to investigate the surface free energy of CaCO3 after surface modification and to optimize the monolayer content of coupling agents. Based on the IGC results, it can be deduced that the monolayer cover is around 1.9% for CaCO3 treated with a titanate coupling agent. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observation results show that the separated morphology existed in the ternary composites containing CaCO3 after surface treatment with coupling agents, whereas the core-shell morphology was obtained in the ternary composites with POE-g-MAH. The encapsulation of the CaCO3 filler treated with POE-g-MAH was caused by the strong chemical reaction between the elastomer and CaCO3 particles.

  10. Enhanced biohydrogen production from sugarcane bagasse by Clostridium thermocellum supplemented with CaCO3.

    Tian, Qing-Qing; Liang, Lei; Zhu, Ming-Jun


    Clostridium thermocellum ATCC 27405 was used to degrade sugarcane bagasse (SCB) directly for hydrogen production, which was significantly enhanced by supplementing medium with CaCO3. The effect of CaCO3 concentration on the hydrogen production was investigated. The hydrogen production was significantly enhanced with the CaCO3 concentration increased from 10mM to 20mM. However, with the CaCO3 concentration further increased from 20mM to 100mM, the hydrogen production didn't increase further. Under the optimal CaCO3 concentration of 20mM, the hydrogen production reached 97.83±5.19mmol/L from 2% sodium hydroxide-pretreated SCB, a 116.72% increase over the control (45.14±1.03mmol/L), and the yield of hydrogen production reached 4.89mmol H2/g SCBadded. Additionally, CaCO3 promoted the biodegradation of SCB and the growth of C. thermocellum. The stimulatory effects of CaCO3 on biohydrogen production are mainly attributed to the buffering capacity of carbonate. The study provides a novel strategy to enhance biohydrogen production from lignocellulose. PMID:26356113

  11. Structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of Co3O4 nanoparticles prepared by conventional method

    Gopinath, S.; Sivakumar, K.; Karthikeyen, B.; Ragupathi, C.; Sundaram, R.


    Cobalt oxide (Co3O4) is one of the favorable nanoparticles (NPs) that possesses many remarkable properties so that it can be used in medicine, chemistry, environment, energy, information, industry, and so on. In this study, the crystalline Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully prepared by an efficient conventional method technique from an using different fuels. In the present paper, pure phase and well-dispersed Co3O4 were synthesized via the starch and aqueous ammonia solution in the stoichiometric fuel compositions. The structure and morphology of by way of organized Co3O4 nanoparticles were characterized by the structural analysis, electron microscopy studies, and optical properties studies. Magnetic properties exposed that the Co3O4 nanoparticles had ferromagnetic performance at room temperature with saturation magnetization of 71.09 emu/g. The results revealed that the changing the precursor led to great effects on the crystal size, emission peaks, and the reaction time of preparing the Co3O4 NPs. The significant feature of this manuscript is that the effects of different precursors on the structural magnetic and optical properties of Co3O4 NPs were investigated for the first time. The average particle size of samples (A and B) 23.6 and 22.2 nm, respectively.

  12. In situ biosynthesis of bacterial nanocellulose-CaCO3 hybrid bionanocomposite: One-step process.

    Mohammadkazemi, Faranak; Faria, Marisa; Cordeiro, Nereida


    In this work, a simple and green route to the synthesis of the bacterial nanocellulose-calcium carbonate (BNC/CaCO3) hybrid bionanocomposites using one-step in situ biosynthesis was studied. The CaCO3 was incorporated in the bacterial nanocellulose structure during the cellulose biosynthesis by Gluconacetobacter xylinus PTCC 1734 bacteria. Hestrin-Schramm (HS) and Zhou (Z) culture media were used to the hybrid bionanocomposites production and the effect of ethanol addition was investigated. Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, inverse gas chromatography and thermogravimetric analysis were used to characterize the samples. The experimental results demonstrated that the ethanol and culture medium play an important role in the BNC/CaCO3 hybrid bionanocomposites production, structure and properties. The BNC/CaCO3 biosynthesized in Z culture medium revealed higher O/C ratio and amphoteric surface character, which justify the highest CaCO3 content incorporation. The CaCO3 was incorporated into the cellulosic matrix decreasing the bacterial nanocellulose crystallinity. This work reveals the high potential of in situ biosynthesis of BNC/CaCO3 hybrid bionanocomposites and opens a new way to the high value-added applications of bacterial nanocellulose. PMID:27157766

  13. [Bmim][TfO] ionic liquid-assisted oriented growth of Co3O4 nanoworms

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► First time, we have used [Bmim][TfO]IL for the synthesis of Co3O4 nanoworms. ► IL assists to form oriented growth of cubic Co3O4 nanoworms without intermediate. ► Cubic Co3O4 nanoworms are in the range of 20 nm width and 100–200 nm length. ► IL and oxidizing agent have not altered the Co3O4 structural characteristics. ► Co3O4 nanoworms exhibit crystalline domain dependent weak ferromagnetism. -- Abstract: Monodispersed worm-like structure of Co3O4 nanocrystals of 20 nm width and 100–200 nm length are prepared directly without any intermediate product by 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethane sulfonate ionic liquid ([Bmim][TfO] IL) assisted precipitation method. The higher concentration of [Bmim][TfO] IL in the reaction medium leads to the formation of homogeneous nanoworms. The effect of synthesis temperature and the oxidizing agent (H2O2) on the Co3O4 particle's morphology and their magnetic properties are discussed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis were used to characterize the Co3O4 monodispersed nanoworms. The magnetic property of the spinel Co3O4 nanoworms is highly dependent on crystalline domains and exhibits weak ferromagnetic behavior with a narrow hysteresis loop opening.

  14. Catalytic properties of Co3O4 nanoparticles for rechargeable Li/air batteries

    Kim, Kwan Su; Park, Yong Joon


    Three types of Co3O4 nanoparticles are synthesized and characterized as a catalyst for the air electrode of a Li/air battery. The shape and size of the nanoparticles are observed using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses. The formation of the Co3O4 phase is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical property of the air electrodes containing Co3O4 nanoparticles is significantly associated with the shape and size of the nanoparticles. It appears t...

  15. Grain refinement of AZ91D magnesium alloy by MgCO3

    Ti Jun Chen; Xiang Dong Jiang; Ying Ma; Rui Quan Wang; Yuan Hao


    The grain refining technique of AZ91D magnesium alloy by MgCO3 has been investigated. The refining mechanism and tensile properties of the resulting alloy have also been discussed. The results indicate that MgCO3 can decrease its grain size from 311 to 53µm. Correspondingly, the tensile properties are obviously improved. The higher the cooling rate from addition temperature to pouring temperature or the higher the addition temperature, the finer the grains. The melt treated by MgCO3 should be...

  16. Electrical transport and thermochromic properties of polyaniline/chitosan/Co3O4 ternary nano composite

    V, Mini; Kamath, Archana; S, Raghu; Chapi, Sharanappa; H, Devendrappa


    A new Polyaniline/ chitosan/ Co3O4 (CPAESCO) ternary nanocomposite is prepared by in situ oxidation polymerization of aniline in the presence of (NH4)2S2O8, chitosan and Co3O4. The Structural, Thermal, Optical and Electrical features of Polyaniline (PANI), Polyaniline/ chitosan (CPANI) and CPAESCO were analyzed using FT-IR, TGA, UV-vis analysis and Impedance spectroscopy by varying temperature. The results show that the introduction of the Co3O4 nanoparticles into CPANI matrix enhanced its properties. Mott's parameters show 3D -VRH Type conduction in it.

  17. Smoking Cessation through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Case Report

    Ufuk Bal


    Full Text Available Smoking is one of the most common addictions with devastating biopsychosocial consequences. Both medical treatment and pschotherapy are utilized in smoking cessation. Acceptance and commitment therapy holds the notion that smoking cessation rates are determined not so much by the negative affect and withdrawal symptoms per se, but by the avoidant and inflexible responding style. Acceptance and commitment therapy, through targeting the avoidance of internal stimuli and concomitant inflexible responding pattern, has yielded successful results.This article presents application of acceptance and commitment therapy step by step to a chronic smoker who quitted smoking at the end of therapy sessions. [Cukurova Med J 2015; 40(4.000: 841-846

  18. Improvement in idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia after smoking cessation

    Tsutomu Shinohara


    Full Text Available Although cigarette smoking has been recognized as a risk factor for the development of several interstitial lung diseases, the relationship between smoking and nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP has not yet been fully elucidated. We here present a case of fibrotic NSIP with mild emphysema in an elderly male with normal pulmonary function, whose symptoms, serum KL-6 level, and high-resolution computed tomography findings of interstitial changes markedly improved without medication following the cessation of smoking. Our case suggests that smoking may be an etiological factor in some patients with NSIP and that early smoking cessation before a clinically detectable decline in pulmonary function may be critical for smokers with idiopathic NSIP.

  19. Improvement in idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia after smoking cessation.

    Shinohara, Tsutomu; Kadota, Naoki; Hino, Hiroyuki; Naruse, Keishi; Ohtsuki, Yuji; Ogushi, Fumitaka


    Although cigarette smoking has been recognized as a risk factor for the development of several interstitial lung diseases, the relationship between smoking and nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) has not yet been fully elucidated. We here present a case of fibrotic NSIP with mild emphysema in an elderly male with normal pulmonary function, whose symptoms, serum KL-6 level, and high-resolution computed tomography findings of interstitial changes markedly improved without medication following the cessation of smoking. Our case suggests that smoking may be an etiological factor in some patients with NSIP and that early smoking cessation before a clinically detectable decline in pulmonary function may be critical for smokers with idiopathic NSIP. PMID:26029566

  20. College smoking-cessation using cell phone text messaging.

    Obermayer, Jami L; Riley, William T; Asif, Ofer; Jean-Mary, Jersino


    Although rates of smoking among college-aged students continue to rise, few interventions that focus on college smokers' unique motivations and episodic smoking patterns exist. The authors developed and evaluated a prototype program targeting college students that integrates Web and cell phone technologies to deliver a smoking-cessation intervention. To guide the user through the creation and initialization of an individualized quitting program delivered by means of cell phone text messaging, the program uses assessment tools delivered with the program Web site. Forty-six regular smokers were recruited from local colleges and provided access to the program. At 6-week follow-up, 43% had made at least one 24-hour attempt to quit, and 22% were quit--based on a 7-day prevalence criterion. The findings provide support for using wireless text messages to deliver potentially effective smoking-cessation behavioral interventions to college students. PMID:15495883

  1. Comparing tailored and untailored text messages for smoking cessation

    Skov-Ettrup, Lise; Ringgaard, L W; Dalum, Peter;


    The aim was to compare the effectiveness of untailored text messages for smoking cessation to tailored text messages delivered at a higher frequency. From February 2007 to August 2009, 2030 users of an internet-based smoking cessation program with optional text message support aged 15-25 years were...... consecutively randomized to versions of the program that offered either tailored or untailored text messages. Thirty-day point abstinence from smoking was measured self-reportedly at 12-months follow-up. Response rates were 36.3% and 38.1% in the tailored and untailored group, respectively. We analyzed the...... entire study population, as well as those opting for text messages (n = 1619). In intention-to-treat analysis with multiple imputation of missing data, the odds ratio for 30-day point abstinence was 1.28 (95% CI 0.91-2.08) for the tailored compared with untailored messages. When restricting the analysis...

  2. Smoking cessation: the role of the foot and ankle surgeon.

    Greenhagen, Robert M; Johnson, Adam R; Bevilacqua, Nicholas J


    Tobacco cigarette smoking causes many negative effects on the body, and it is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. These negative effects are a concern for the foot and ankle surgeon, as smoking can increase the risk of diabetes and peripheral artery disease and delay healing of surgical incisions and ulcerations of the lower extremities. Tobacco cigarette smoking can also increase the risk of avascular necrosis and delayed union and nonunions of fractures and osteotomies. Smoking cessation is an important component in the overall treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle. Smoking cessation can be a difficult goal to achieve, but proper education and support can help patients reach this goal. PMID:20400436

  3. Contributions of auriculotherapy in smoking cessation: a pilot study

    Roberta de Paiva Silva


    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the contribution of auriculotherapy in smoking cessation. Method Double-blind randomized controlled trial, conducted with 30 smokers allocated into two groups: Experimental Group (21 participants received 10 sessions of auriculotherapy at specific points for smoking and Control Group (nine participants received auriculotherapy in points that have no effect on the focus of research. Results Auriculotherapy contributed in reducing the number of cigarettes smoked in 61.9% of participants (p=0.002, in reducing the difficult to abstain from smoking in places where it is forbidden by 38% (p=0.050 and in not smoking when ill 23.8% (p=0.025. Conclusion Given the efficacy only in terms of reducing the number of cigarettes smoked and other parameters, we suggest that future studies consider the use of auriculotherapy combined with other treatment methods, in order to achieve better results in cessation/abstinence.

  4. First-principles calculations of structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of magnesite MgCO 3 and calcite CaCO 3

    Brik, M. G.


    Detailed ab initio calculations of the structural, electronic, optical and elastic properties of two crystals - magnesite (MgCO 3) and calcite (CaCO 3) - are reported in the present paper. Both compounds are important natural minerals, playing an important role in the carbon dioxide cycling. The optimized crystal structures, band gaps, density of states diagrams, elastic constants, optical absorption spectra and refractive indexes dependence on the wavelength all have been calculated and compared, when available, with literature data. Both crystals are indirect band compounds, with calculated band gaps of 5.08 eV for MgCO 3 and 5.023 eV for CaCO 3. Both values are underestimated by approximately 1.0 eV with respect to the experimental data. Although both crystals have the same structure, substitution of Mg by Ca ions leads to certain differences, which manifest themselves in noticeable change in the electronic bands profiles and widths, shape of the calculated absorption spectra, and values of the elastic constants. Response of both crystals to the applied hydrostatic pressure was analyzed in the pressure range of phase stability, variations of the lattice parameters and characteristic interionic distances were considered. The obtained dependencies of lattice constants and calculated band gap on pressure can be used for prediction of properties of these two hosts at elevated pressures that occur in the Earth's mantle.

  5. PP/纳米CaCO3分散体系的研究%Study of Dispersants for PP/nano-CaCO3 Blend

    李远; 陈建国; 陈腊琼; 王正东


    本文研究了不同的分散剂对PP/纳米CaCO3体系的分散效果,以及加工工艺条件对该体系的影响。结果表明:超分散剂CH-1A对纳米CaCO3有显著的分散作用,使体系的冲击强度有了大幅度提高。在使PP完全塑化的前提下,超分散剂CH-1A使纳米CaCO3在PP中随转速的提高其分散效果也提高,使体系具有较好的加工性能。%Dispering effects of three different kinds of dispersants on PP/nano-CaCO3 system and influences of processing parameters on it were studied,the results showed that hyper-dispersant CH-1A had the most excellent dispering effect on nonao-calcium carbonate in PP and made the impact strength of the system markedly improved.The dispering effect of hyper-dispersant CH-1A became better with the increase of rolling speed if PP was wholly plasticized and made the system have a better processing properties.

  6. Thermal behavior of SrSO4-SrCO3 and SrSO4-SrCO3-Al2O3 mixtures

    The high temperature behavior of SrSO4, SrCO3 and Al2O3 mixtures was studied. A mixture of 1:1 mole of SrSO4 and mechanically activated SrCO3 was mixed and characterized using thermal gravimetric analysis. Some samples were uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1100, 1200 and 1300 deg. C for 8 h and then analyzed using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Additionally, a mixture of SrSO4:SrCO3:Al2O3 was uniaxially pressed and sintered at 1500 deg. C. The decomposition temperature of SrCO3 was decreased 18 deg. by milling for 180 min. Samples sintered at 1300 deg. C showed a microstructure free of porosity. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the presence of SrO and SrSO4 after sintering at 1100, 1200 and 1300 deg. C. The mixture containing alumina showed the formation of a strontium aluminum oxide sulfate compound in addition to strontium aluminate

  7. 红掌ANR基因克隆及其表达与佛焰苞颜色的相关性分析%Cloning of ANR Gene from Anthurium and Relativity Analysis of Its Expression with the Spath Color

    李雪; 李志英; 丛汉卿; 徐立


    Anthocyanidin is an important content for plant color appearence. Caltivars of A nthurium andraeanum display varies spathe colors have different concentrations of anthocyanidin. In anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway, Anthocyanidin Reductase (ANR) is a key enzyme to catalyze anthocyanidins to proanthocyanidin (PC). In order to verify the regulation of ANR in anthocyanin synthesis, we cloned the whole cDNA sequence of ANR by RACE technology according to the known ANR fragment from SSH library. BLAST results showed that A nA NR had high similarity, 72%~75%, with reported ANR gene from Populus trichocarpa, Camellia sinensis and V itis vinifera. RT-PCR results showed that in anthurium cultivars with different spathe colors, the expression level of A nA NR was negatively related with the accumulation of anthocyanidin.%花青素是植物颜色形成的重要成分之一。不同红掌品种中的花青素含量与佛焰苞颜色密切相关。花青素还原酶(ANR)是植物花青素调控代谢途径中催化产生原花青素的一个重要基因。为了探明ANR对花青素合成的作用,本研究根据从抑制差减文库中获得的基因片段,采用RACE技术克隆红掌ANR基因cDNA全长序列。BLAST结果显示,红掌ANR基因全长核苷酸序列与已报道的植物(葡萄,茶树,毛果杨等)同源性为72%~75%,氨基酸序列的同源性则达到78%~79%。RT-PCR结果表明ANR在不同颜色的红掌佛焰苞中表达有差异,其表达量与花青素含量成负相关。

  8. Smoking cessation support for pregnant women: role of mobile technology

    Heminger CL; Schindler-Ruwisch JM; Abroms LC


    Christina L Heminger, Jennifer M Schindler-Ruwisch, Lorien C AbromsDepartment of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA Background: Smoking during pregnancy has deleterious health effects for the fetus and mother. Given the high risks associated with smoking in pregnancy, smoking cessation programs that are designed specifically for pregnant smokers are needed. This paper summarizes the current landscap...

  9. Clinical deterioration after sildenafil cessation in patients with pulmonary hypertension

    Anne M Keogh


    Full Text Available Anne M Keogh, Andrew Jabbour, Christopher S Hayward, Peter S MacdonaldHeart Lung Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaAbstract: Sildenafil is a selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5. Its chronic administration has been shown to improve exercise capacity, World Health Organization functional class, and haemodynamics in patients with symptomatic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH. There is however, no data describing the clinical consequences of sudden cessation of sildenafil treatment. In this series, 9 patients with NYHA Class II–IV PAH who were stable on 2 months of sildenafil monotherapy, had their sildenafil ceased to accommodate a 2-week washout period, required for enrollment in research involving an endothelin receptor antagonist. Six minute walk distance (SMWD and clinical assessments were performed before cessation of sildenafil, and again 2 weeks later. Over the course of this 2-week washout period, 6 of the 9 patients reported increased breathlessness and fatigue, 1 of these was hospitalized with worsening right heart failure. The SMWD fell in 6 patients, with falls of greater than 100 m recorded in 4 patients. This was accompanied by a worsening of NYHA Class from 2.5 ± 0.2 to 3.1 ± 0.1 (mean ± SEM, p = 0.01. These data indicate that sudden cessation of sildenafil monotherapy, in patients with PAH, carries with it a significant and unpredictable risk of rapid clinical deterioration. We recommend that if sildenafil needs to be ceased, it would be more prudent to consider concurrent vasodilator therapy before the gradual cessation of sildenafil.Keywords: sildenafil, pulmonary hypertension, phosphodiesterase inhibitor

  10. Examining sustainability in a hospital setting: Case of smoking cessation

    Reece Robin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Ottawa Model of Smoking Cessation (OMSC is a hospital-based smoking cessation program that is expanding across Canada. While the short-term effectiveness of hospital cessation programs has been documented, less is known about long-term sustainability. The purpose of this exploratory study was to understand how hospitals using the OMSC were addressing sustainability and determine if there were critical factors or issues that should be addressed as the program expanded. Methods Six hospitals that differed on OMSC program activities (identify and document smokers, advise quitting, provide medication, and offer follow-up were intentionally selected, and two key informants per hospital were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. Key informants were asked to reflect on the initial decision to implement the OMSC, the current implementation process, and perceived sustainability of the program. Qualitative analysis of the interview transcripts was conducted and themes related to problem definition, stakeholder influence, and program features emerged. Results Sustainability was operationalized as higher performance of OMSC activities than at baseline. Factors identified in the literature as important for sustainability, such as program design, differences in implementation, organizational characteristics, and the community environment did not explain differences in program sustainability. Instead, key informants identified factors that reflected the interaction between how the health problem was defined by stakeholders, how priorities and concerns were addressed, features of the program itself, and fit within the hospital context and resources as being influential to the sustainability of the program. Conclusions Applying a sustainability model to a hospital smoking cessation program allowed for an examination of how decisions made during implementation may impact sustainability. Examining these factors during

  11. Psychosocial, behavioural, and health determinants of successful smoking cessation

    Osler, M; Prescott, E


    , baseline motivation to stop smoking, and having a non-smoking spouse/cohabitant. The same result was obtainedwhen the analyses were repeated separately for smokers with and without motivation to stop. CONCLUSIONS: Smokers motivated to stop are more likely to quit and remain abstinent than smokers with no...... such motivation. Age, social status, spouse/cohabitant's smoking behaviour, and the daily consumption of tobacco predict success in smoking cessation, irrespective of smokers' former motivation to stop....

  12. Benefits of smoking cessation for coronary heart disease patients

    Adi Hidayat


    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence increases with age and is frequently higher in the elderly.(1) Therefore prevention of CVD in the elderly through management of risk factors is important in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). There are several risk factors of CVD that can be modified, such as smoking, physical activity, and unhealthy diet. Cessation of smoking is the most potent measure to prevent thousands of CVD events and death

  13. Workplace tobacco cessation program in India: A success story

    Mishra Gauravi; Majmudar Parishi; Gupta Subhadra; Rane Pallavi; Uplap Pallavi; Shastri Surendra


    Context: This paper describes the follow-up interventions and results of the work place tobacco cessation study. Aims: To assess the tobacco quit rates among employees, through self report history, and validate it with rapid urine cotinine test; compare post-intervention KAP regarding tobacco consumption with the pre-intervention responses and assess the tobacco consumption pattern among contract employees and provide assistance to encourage quitting. Settings and Design: This is a cohor...

  14. Smoking cessation strategies for patients with asthma: improving patient outcomes

    Perret JL


    Full Text Available Jennifer L Perret,1–3 Billie Bonevski,4 Christine F McDonald,2,3,5 Michael J Abramson6,7 1Allergy and Lung Health Unit, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, 2Institute for Breathing & Sleep, Melbourne, VIC, 3Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, 4School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, NSW, 5Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, 6School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, 7Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia Abstract: Smoking is common in adults with asthma, yet a paucity of literature exists on smoking cessation strategies specifically targeting this subgroup. Adverse respiratory effects from personal smoking include worse asthma control and a predisposition to lower lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some data suggest that individuals with asthma are more likely than their non-asthmatic peers to smoke regularly at an earlier age. While quit attempts can be more frequent in smokers with asthma, they are also of shorter duration than in non-asthmatics. Considering these asthma-specific characteristics is important in order to individualize smoking cessation strategies. In particular, asthma-specific information such as “lung age” should be provided and longer-term follow-up is advised. Promising emerging strategies include reminders by cellular phone and web-based interventions using consumer health informatics. For adolescents, training older peers to deliver asthma education is another promising strategy. For smokers who are hospitalized for asthma, inpatient nicotine replacement therapy and counseling are a priority. Overall, improving smoking cessation rates in smokers with asthma may rely on a more personalized approach, with the potential for substantial health benefits to individuals and the population at large

  15. Cessation of contraction induces cardiomyocyte remodeling during zebrafish cardiogenesis

    Yang, Jingchun; Hartjes, Katherine A.; Nelson, Timothy J; Xu, Xiaolei


    Contraction regulates heart development via a complex mechanotransduction process controlled by various mechanical forces. Here, we exploit zebrafish embryos as an in vivo animal model to discern the contribution from different mechanical forces and identify the underlying mechanotransductive signaling pathways of cardiogenesis. We treated 2 days postfertilization zebrafish embryos with Blebbistatin, a myosin II inhibitor, to stop cardiac contraction, which induces a response termed cessation...

  16. Toward an mHealth Intervention for Smoking Cessation

    Ahsan, G. M. Tanimul; Addo, Ivor D.; Ahamed, S. Iqbal; Petereit, Daniel; Kanekar, Shalini; Burhansstipanov, Linda; Krebs, Linda U.


    The prevalence of tobacco dependence in the United States (US) remains alarming. Invariably, smoke-related health problems are the leading preventable causes of death in the US. Research has shown that a culturally tailored cessation counseling program can help reduce smoking and other tobacco usage. In this paper, we present a mobile health (mHealth) solution that leverages the Short Message Service (SMS) or text messaging feature of mobile devices to motivate behavior change among tobacco u...

  17. Family History of Lung Cancer and Contemplation of Smoking Cessation

    Madlensky, Lisa; Bousman, Chad A.


    Introduction The prevalence of cigarette smoking in the United States has decreased, but current rates remain above nationally set objectives. A family history of lung cancer may motivate adult smokers to quit and contribute to further reductions in smoking prevalence. Methods We surveyed adult smokers (N = 838) interviewed as part of the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey. We examined the association between family history of lung cancer and smoking cessation precontemplation (no...

  18. Smoking cessation and reduction in people with chronic mental illness

    Miller, Mollie E


    The high prevalence of cigarette smoking and tobacco related morbidity and mortality in people with chronic mental illness is well documented. This review summarizes results from studies of smoking cessation treatments in people with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It also summarizes experimental studies aimed at identifying biopsychosocial mechanisms that underlie the high smoking rates seen in people with these disorders. Research indicates that smokers with chronic mental illness can quit with standard cessation approaches with minimal effects on psychiatric symptoms. Although some studies have noted high relapse rates, longer maintenance on pharmacotherapy reduces rates of relapse without untoward effects on psychiatric symptoms. Similar biopsychosocial mechanisms are thought to be involved in the initiation and persistence of smoking in patients with different disorders. An appreciation of these common factors may aid the development of novel tobacco treatments for people with chronic mental illness. Novel nicotine and tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes and very low nicotine content cigarettes may also be used to improve smoking cessation rates in people with chronic mental illness. PMID:26391240

  19. Putting tobacco cessation and prevention into undergraduate medical education

    Sanghamitra Pati


    Full Text Available Background: Training medical students in tobacco prevention and cessation skills is critical to have competent physicians who are prepared to address the grave levels of morbidity and mortality associated with tobacco use. However, in India, enough attention has not been given to elicit the active participation of physicians in tobacco control. Keeping this in view, a program was undertaken to develop the skills and competence of medical students with the objective of improving medical student inquiry into smoking and the delivery of advice accordingly for patients in their clinical year′s routine consultations. Methods: The targeted learners were 149 1 st -year medical and dental students of SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa, India, who had appeared the second semester examination; 84 of the participants were male. Students were allowed to appear a test before the training session on knowledge of tobacco cessation and post test was done after 1.5 months of training. The knowledge score was evaluated to evaluate the learning outcome. Results: We observed that a curriculum on tobacco intervention could improve relevant knowledge, attitudes and self-confidence and be applied in students early clinical experiences. Conclusions: There is need of joint action by practicing clinicians, the medical faculty and the curriculum planners of the country to incorporate tobacco cessation into the curriculum.

  20. Smoking cessation after 12 months with multi-component therapy.

    Raich, Antònia; Martínez-Sánchez, Jose Maria; Marquilles, Emili; Rubio, Lídia; Fu, Marcela; Fernández, Esteve


    Smoking is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. One of the priorities of public health programmes is the reduction of its prevalence, which would involve millions of people quitting smoking, but cessation programs often have modest results, especially within certain population groups. The aim of this study was to analyze the variables determining the success of a multicomponent therapy programme for smoking cessation. We conducted the study in the Smoking Addiction Unit at the Hospital of Manresa, with 314 patients (91.4% of whom had medium or high-level dependency). We observed that higher educational level, not living with a smoker, following a multimodal programme or smoking cessation with psychological therapy, and pharmacological treatment are relevant factors for quitting smoking. Abstinence rates are not associated with other factors, such as sex, age, smoking behaviour characteristics or psychiatric history. The combination of pharmacological and psychological treatment increased success rates in multicomponent therapy. Psychological therapy only also obtained positive results, though somewhat more modest. PMID:25879476

  1. Mechano-activated preparation of CaCO3/RCOO- compound material and its characterization ( Ⅱ )-the action mechanism of RCOO- and CaCO3%CaCO3/RCOO-复合材料的制备与性能研究(Ⅱ)——RCOO-与CaCO3表面作用机理




  2. 'Scorpion-like' dithiocarbamato-carboxylate ligands for linking M(CO)3+ (M = Tc, Re)

    Complexation of M(CO)3+ (M = Tc, Re) with dithiocarbamato-carboxylate ligands was studied. It was found that the dithiocarbamate chelation unit has rather high affinity to M(CO)3+ species and the resulting complexes are extremely stable in a wide pH range. The complex M(CO)3[S2CN(CH2COO)2] is monomeric in solution (ESI MS) and dimeric in the crystal phase (single-crystal XRD). The 'scorpion-like' dithiocarbamato-carboxylate ligands were prepared; it was shown that C5 chain is long enough to reach back to the free coordination vacancy in M(CO)3+ core and to block it. (author)

  3. Structural, electrical and optical properties of Co3O4 nanoparticles

    Makhlouf, Salah A.; Bakr, Zinab H.; Aly, Kamal I.; Moustafa, M. S.


    Co3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by chemical precipitation followed by heat treatment at different temperatures. The structure and morphology of Co3O4 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy and the N2 adsorption-desorption techniques. The results indicate the formation of a single crystalline Co3O4 phase with a high surface area, mesoporous structure and particles size that depends on the calcination temperature. DC electrical conductivity was investigated in the temperature range 160-470 K. Variation of the electrical conductivity with temperature reveals double-valued activation energy, and the data was discussed in view of the structural and morphological properties. The temperature dependence of the AC conductivity and dielectric constant was also investigated in the same temperature range. In addition, analysis of the optical properties indicates a red shift of the absorption peaks relative to bulk Co3O4.

  4. Preparation and electrochemical capacitance of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanotubes as supercapacitor material

    Cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanotubes have been successfully synthesized by chemically depositing cobalt hydroxide in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates and thermally annealing at 500 oC. The synthesized nanotubes have been characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical capacitance behavior of the Co3O4 nanotubes electrode was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge studies and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 6 mol L-1 KOH solution. The electrochemical data demonstrate that the Co3O4 nanotubes display good capacitive behavior with a specific capacitance of 574 F g-1 at a current density of 0.1 A g-1 and a good specific capacitance retention of ca. 95% after 1000 continuous charge-discharge cycles, indicating that the Co3O4 nanotubes can be promising electroactive materials for supercapacitor.

  5. Synthesis of Co3S4 Nanosheets and Their Superior Supercapacitor Property

    Xu, Bo; Pan, Lu; Zhu, Qiyong


    Sheet-like Co3S4 nanomaterial with high purity was synthesized via a facile and easily controlled one-step hydrothermal route. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized sample was characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The Co3S4 nanosheets with a mean size of 10 nm or so were used as electrode material and the supercapacitor property was determined. The results show that the specific capacitance of the Co3S4 nanosheets reaches 1037 F/g at 1 A/g. After 3000 charge-discharge recycles, the remained specific capacitance of the supercapacitor is 978 F/g, which is 94.3% of its initial value. The experiments indicate that the Co3S4 supercapacitor possesses high specific capacitance and excellent cyclic stability, which suggests its potential application in supercapacitor.

  6. Controllable synthesis of self-assembly Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres for electrochemical performance

    Liu, Fangyan; Zhang, Binbin; Su, Hai; Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Lei; Yang, Weiqing


    Tuning the ratios of ethanol to water, self-assembling microspheres composed of Co3O4 nanoflakes are synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of as-grown samples obviously show that the dispersive multilayered structures gradually change into micro/nanobelts and cubic blocks structures, and then into the desired self-assembled microspheres with increasing ratios of ethanol to water. Also, all the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns evidently demonstrate that all obtained Co3O4 has cubic crystal structure. The corresponding synthesis mechanism is discussed in detail. More importantly, the unique self-assembling Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres have excellent electrochemical performance with large specific capacitance, good rate capability and excellent cycling performance, evidently presenting a potential capability of Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres to act as electrode materials for supercapacitors in sustainable power sources.

  7. Non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor based on Co3O4 nanocubes

    Guang Sheng Cao; Lei Wang; Pengfei Yuan; Chao Gao; Xiaojuan Liu; Tong Li; Tianmin Li


    The Co3O4 nanocubes were prepared by using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as oxidant, Co(NO3)2. 6H2O as a cobalt source. The products were characterized in detail by multiform techniques: scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The prepared Co3O4 nanocubes were applied to study the electrocatalytic reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in 0.01 M pH 7.0 phosphate buffer medium. The Co3O4 nanocubes exhibit remarkable electrocatalytic activity for H2O2 reduction. Furthermore, the obtained Co3O4 nanocubes have been employed as electrode materials for electrochemical sensing H2O2.

  8. Ultrasound-assisted green synthesis of nanocrystalline Co3O4 in the ionic liquid

    Cobalt oxide Co3O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized via sonochemical method in an ionic liquid, 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [EMIM][BF4] for the first time. The crystal structure of Co3O4 nanoparticles has been characterized by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Morphology has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optical properties were studied by UV-VIS Spectrometer

  9. Low-temperature Growth of Single-crystal SrCO3 Nanoneedles

    Guang Sheng GUO; Fu Bo GU; Zhi Hua WANG; Hong You GUO


    Single-crystal SrCO3 nanoneedles were synthesized in reverse micelles at low temperature. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electronic diffraction. The influences of experimental conditions on the morphologies of the products were discussed. The growth mechanism of SrCO3 nanoneedles in reverse micelles were proposed.

  10. Three-dimensional porous graphene-Co3O4 nanocomposites for high performance photocatalysts

    Bin, Zeng; Hui, Long


    Novel three-dimensional porous graphene-Co3O4 nanocomposites were synthesized by freeze-drying methods. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the graphene formed a three-dimensional porous structure with Co3O4 nanoparticles decorated surfaces. The as-obtained product showed high photocatalytic efficiency and could be easily separated from the reaction medium by magnetic decantation. This nanocomposite may be expected to have potential in water purification applications.

  11. Co3O4 Nanocrystals on Graphene as a Synergistic Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction

    Liang, Yongye; Li, Yanguang (Charles); Wang, Hailiang; Zhou, Jigang; Wang, Jian; Regier, Tom; Dai, Hongjie


    Catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions are at the heart of key renewable energy technologies including fuel cells and water splitting. Despite tremendous efforts, developing oxygen electrode catalysts with high activity at low costs remains a grand challenge. Here, we report a hybrid material of Co3O4 nanocrystals grown on reduced graphene oxide (GO) as a high-performance bi-functional catalyst for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). While Co3O...

  12. Preparation, electronic structure, and photocatalytic properties of Bi2O2CO3 nanosheet

    Bi2O2CO3 nanosheet with a thickness of less than 20 nm was synthesized via hydrothermal and solvothermal process. The properties of the as-prepared nanosheet were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and diffuse reflectance spectra. The electronic structure was investigated using first-principle calculations. Application of the as-prepared Bi2O2CO3 nanosheet in photocatalysis was also studied.

  13. PE/CaCO3-nanocomposites synthesized by in-situ polymerization



    Polyethylene-nanocomposites with CaCO3-weight fractions from 0 to 15 wt.% were prepared by in-situ polymerization with Me2Si(Ind)2ZrCl2/MAO metallocene catalysts. A high activity especially in the presence of TIBA was observed. The morphology was investigated by using raster electron microscopy (REM) showing that the CaCO3-nanoparticles are uniformly distributed. The melting temperatures and the crystallization temperatures are not much influenced by increasing filler content.

  14. Synthesis of Co/Co3O4 nanocomposite particles relevant to magnetic field processing.

    Srivastava, A K; Madhavi, S; Menon, M; Ramanujan, R V


    Co/Co3O4 nanocomposite particles of various morphologies were synthesized by the reverse micelle technique. Equiaxed, rod and faceted crystals with rectangular, pentagonal and hexagonal cross sections were observed. Annealing resulted in the formation of a composite of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and fcc cobalt (Co). Removal of boron residues from the final product was established by surface characterization. Magnetic moment of these nanocomposite particles is relevant to magnetic field processing. PMID:21137765

  15. Nano—CaCO3改性聚烯烃树脂研究进展%Research of Progress on Modifications of Nano-- CaCO3/polyolefin Composites

    姜鹏; 韩亚魁; 程泰山; 冼以积; 曹新鑫


    介绍了nano—CaCO3改性聚丙烯、聚乙烯、聚氯乙烯、苯乙烯和ABS等树脂的力学性能、结晶行为和老化行为等性能的研究进展。并对nano—CaCO3的改性应用和研究方向做了展望。%The modifications of nano-- CaCO3/PP, nano-- CaCO3/PE, nano-- CaCO3 / PVC, nano--CaCO3/PS and nano--CaCO3/ABS as well as the nanocomposites" me- chanical properties, crystallization behavior and ageing behavior were reviewed in this paper. Furthermore, the modified application and research direction of nano--CaCO3 were also prospected.

  16. Compliance and Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Program Started on Hospitalized Patients

    Shin, Gun Hee; Yi, Sung Won; Park, Eal Whan; Choi, Eun Young


    Background Varenicline is now very useful medication for cessation; however, there is only little result of researches with varenicline for cessation of hospitalized patients. This research attempted to analyze the cessation effect of medication and compliance of hospitalized patients. Methods This research included data for 52 patients who were prescribed varenicline among 280 patients who were consulted for cessation during their admission period. This research checked whether smoking was stopped or not after six months and analyzed their compliance, the factors for succeeding in smoking cessation. Results One hundred and ninety hospitalized patients participated in smoking cessation counseling among 280 patients who included consultation from their admission departments. And varenicline was prescribed for only 80 patients after counseling. Nineteen smokers were successful in smoking cessation among 52 final participants representing the rating of success of 36.5%. The linkage between compliance of varenicline and rate of smoking successful has no statistical significance. The factors for succeeding in smoking of hospitalized patients are admission departments, diseases, and economic states. Conclusion Smoking cessation program has low inpatient compliance. Cooperation of each departments is very important for better compliance. Success rate of cessation was relatively high (36.5%). Cessation attempt during hospitalization is very effective strategy.

  17. Fe2O3/ Co3O4 composite nanoparticle ethanol sensor

    Mirzaei, Ali; Sun, Gun-Joo; Kheel, Hyejoon; Lee, Sangmin; lee, Chongmu


    In this study Fe2O3/Co3O4 nanocomposites were synthesized by using a simple hydrothermal route. The X-ray diffraction analysis results showed that synthesized powders were pure, and nanocrystalline in nature. Moreover, Scanning electron microscopy revealed that Fe2O3 nanoparticles had spherical shapes while Co3O4 particles had a rod-like morphology. Ethanol sensing properties of Fe2O3/Co3O4 nanocomposites were examined and compared with those of pristine Fe2O3 nanoparticles. It was shown that the gas sensing properties of Fe2O3/Co3O4 nanocomposites were superior to those of pristine Fe2O3 nanoparticles and for all concentrations of ethanol, the response of the nanocomposite sensor was higher than the pristine Fe2O3 nanoparticle sensor. In detail, the response of Fe2O3/Co3O4 nanocomposite sensor to 200 ppm of ethanol at 300{\\deg}C was about 3 times higher than pristine one. Also in general, the response and recovery times of Fe2O3/Co3O4 nanocomposite sensor were shorter than those of the pristine one. The impr...

  18. Study of antibacterial activity of Ag and Ag2CO3 nanoparticles stabilized over montmorillonite

    Sohrabnezhad, Sh.; Pourahmad, A.; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M. J.; Sadeghi, A.


    Silver carbonate and silver nanoparticles (NPs) over of stabilizer montmorillonite (MMT) have been synthesized in aqueous and polyol solvent, respectively. Dispersions of silver nanoparticles have been prepared by the reduction of silver nitrate over of MMT in presence and absence of Na2CO3 compound in ethylene glycol. It was observed that montmorillonite was capable of stabilizing formed Ag nanoparticles through the reduction of Ag+ ions in ethylene glycol. Na2CO3 was used as carbonate source in synthesis of Ag2CO3 NPs in water solvent and also for controlling of Ag nanoparticles size in ethylene glycol medium. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The TEM images showed that Ag NPs size in presence Na2CO3 salts was smaller than without that. The results indicated intercalation of Ag and Ag2CO3 nanoparticles into the montmorillonite clay layers. The diffuse reflectance spectra exhibited a strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) adsorption peak in the visible region, resulting from Ag nanoparticles. The antibacterial testing results showed that the Ag2CO3-MMT nanocomposite exhibited an antibacterial activity higher than Ag-MMT sample against Escherichia coli.

  19. Influence of CaCO3 Whisker Content on Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Polyetheretherketone Composites

    Youxi LIN; Chenghui GAO; Ning LI


    The mechanical and tribological properties of polyetheretherketone(PEEK)composites filled with CaCO3 whisker in various content of 0~45%(wt pct)were investigated. The composite specimens were prepared by compression molding. Tribological testing of composites in dry wear mode against carbon steel ring was carried out on a MM200 block-on-ring apparatus. Data on neat PEEK were also included for comparison. It was observed that inclusion of CaCO3 whisker affected the most mechanical properties and the friction and wear in a beneficial way. With an increase in CaCO3 whisker content, friction coefficient continuously decreased but the trends in wear performance varied. The specific wear rate showed minima as 1.28×10-6 mm3/Nm for 15% CaCO3 whisker inclusion followed by a slow increase for further CaCO3 whisker addition. In terms of friction applications, when the tribological and mechanical properties are combined, the optimal content of CaCO3 whisker in the filled PEEK should be recommended as 15% to 20%. Fairly good correlations are observed in friction coefficient vs bending modulus and wear rate vs bending strength, confirming that the bending properties prove to be the most important tribology controlling parameters in the present work.

  20. Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate and Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate: Structure, Property, and Fiber

    Qingsheng Liu


    Full Text Available Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate [P(3HB] and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate [P(3HB-co-3HV] are produced by various microorganisms as an intracellular carbon and energy reserve from agricultural feedstocks such as sugars and plant oils under unbalanced growth conditions. P(3HB and P(3HB-co-3HV have attracted the attention of academia and industry because of its biodegradability, biocompatibility, thermoplasticity, and plastic-like properties. This review first introduced the isodimorphism, spherulites, and molecular interaction of P(3HB and P(3HB-co-3HV. In addition, the effects of 3HV content on the melting temperature and crystallization rate were discussed. Then the drawbacks of P(3HB and P(3HB-co-3HV including brittleness, narrow melt processing window, low crystallization rate, slow biodegradation rate in body, and so on were summarized. At last, the preparation, structure, and properties of P(3HB and P(3HB-co-3HV fiber were introduced.

  1. Influence of Surfactant-polymer Complexes on Crystallization and Aggregation of CaCO3

    PAN Yan; GUO Yu-peng; ZHAO Xu; WANG Zi-chen


    Hollow calcium carbonate(CaCO3) microspheres with different morphologies were synthesized via the precipitation reaction of calcium chloride with sodium carbonate in the presence of different surfactant-polymer complexes.The selected anionic surfactants were sodium dodecyl sulfonate(SDS) and sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate(SDBS),respectively.The selected water-soluble polymers were polyacrylic acid(PAA) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone(PVP).In this work,SDS-PVP "pearl-necklace model" micellar complex was formed via hydrophobic effectiveness between SDS and PVP and it served as the spherical template to generate spherical CaCO3 aggregates with hollow microspheres composed of about 500 nm irregular shaped particles.SDS-PAA complexes and SDBS-PAA complexes formed "core-shell model" aggregates with calcium ions serving as the medium to link the anionic surfactant and the polymer.SDS-PAA "core-shell model" aggregates would act as templates for hollow CaCO3 microspheres consisting of 30-50 nm irregular shaped crystallites.SDBS-PAA "core-shell model" aggregates served as the spherical aggregate templates to generate spherical CaCO3 aggregates consisted of many small spherical particles which had grown together.All the obtained CaCO3 hollow microspheres are calcite particles.This research may provide new insight into the control of morphologies of hollow CaCO3 microspheres in the presence of surfactantpolymer complexes.

  2. Activity-composition relations in the system CaCO 3-MgCO 3 predicted from static structure energy calculations and Monte Carlo simulations

    Vinograd, Victor L.; Burton, Benjamin P.; Gale, Julian D.; Allan, Neil L.; Winkler, Björn


    Thermodynamic mixing properties and subsolidus phase relations of the rhombohedral carbonate system, (1 - x) · CaCO 3 - x · MgCO 3, were modelled in the temperature range of 623-2023 K with static structure energy calculations based on well-parameterised empirical interatomic potentials. Relaxed static structure energies of a large set of randomly varied structures in a 4 × 4 × 1 supercell of R3¯c calcite ( a = 19.952 Å, c = 17.061 Å) were calculated with the General Utility Lattice Program (GULP). These energies were cluster expanded in a basis set of 12 pair-wise effective interactions. Temperature-dependent enthalpies of mixing were calculated by the Monte Carlo method. Free energies of mixing were obtained by thermodynamic integration of the Monte Carlo results. The calculated phase diagram is in good agreement with experimental phase boundaries.

  3. Insight into the Li2CO3-K2CO3 eutectic mixture from classical molecular dynamics: Thermodynamics, structure, and dynamics

    Corradini, Dario; Coudert, François-Xavier; Vuilleumier, Rodolphe


    We use molecular dynamics simulations to study the thermodynamics, structure, and dynamics of the Li2CO3-K2CO3 (62:38 mol. %) eutectic mixture. We present a new classical non-polarizable force field for this molten salt mixture, optimized using experimental and first principles molecular dynamics simulations data as reference. This simple force field allows efficient molecular simulations of phenomena at long time scales. We use this optimized force field to describe the behavior of the eutectic mixture in the 900-1100 K temperature range, at pressures between 0 and 5 GPa. After studying the equation of state in these thermodynamic conditions, we present molecular insight into the structure and dynamics of the melt. In particular, we present an analysis of the temperature and pressure dependence of the eutectic mixture's self-diffusion coefficients, viscosity, and ionic conductivity.

  4. Plasma-Engraved Co3 O4 Nanosheets with Oxygen Vacancies and High Surface Area for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

    Xu, Lei; Jiang, Qianqian; Xiao, Zhaohui; Li, Xingyue; Huo, Jia; Wang, Shuangyin; Dai, Liming


    Co3 O4 , which is of mixed valences Co(2+) and Co(3+) , has been extensively investigated as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The proper control of Co(2+) /Co(3+) ratio in Co3 O4 could lead to modifications on its electronic and thus catalytic properties. Herein, we designed an efficient Co3 O4 -based OER electrocatalyst by a plasma-engraving strategy, which not only produced higher surface area, but also generated oxygen vacancies on Co3 O4 surface with more Co(2+) formed. The increased surface area ensures the Co3 O4 has more sites for OER, and generated oxygen vacancies on Co3 O4 surface improve the electronic conductivity and create more active defects for OER. Compared to pristine Co3 O4 , the engraved Co3 O4 exhibits a much higher current density and a lower onset potential. The specific activity of the plasma-engraved Co3 O4 nanosheets (0.055 mA cm(-2) BET at 1.6 V) is 10 times higher than that of pristine Co3 O4 , which is contributed by the surface oxygen vacancies. PMID:26990905

  5. Sensitivity of pelagic CaCO3 dissolution to ocean acidification in an ocean biogeochemical model

    A. Regenberg


    Full Text Available In ocean biogeochemical models pelagic CaCO3 dissolution is usually calculated as R = k * Sn, where k is the dissolution rate constant transforming S, the degree of (under- saturation of seawater with respect to CaCO3, into a time dependent rate R, and n is the reaction rate order. Generally, there are two ways to define the saturation state of seawater with respect to CaCO3: (1 Δ[CO32−], which reflects the difference between the in-situ carbonate ion concentration and the saturation concentration, and (2 Ω, which is approximated by the ratio of in-situ carbonate ion concentration over the saturation concentration. Although describing the same phenomenon, the deviation from equilibrium, both expressions are not equally applicable for the calculation of CaCO3 dissolution in the ocean across pressure gradients, as they differ in their sensitivity to ocean acidification (change of [CO32−] over depth. In the present study we use a marine biogeochemical model to test the sensitivity of pelagic CaCO3 dissolution to ocean acidification (1–4 × CO2 + stabilization, exploring the possible parameter space for CaCO3 dissolution kinetics as given in the literature. We find that at the millennial time scale there is a wide range of CaCO3 particle flux attenuation into the ocean interior (e.g. a reduction of −55 to −85% at 1000 m depth, which means that there are significant differences in the impact on particle ballasting, depending on the kinetic expression applied.

  6. Co3O4/ZnO nanocomposites for gas-sensing applications

    Highlights: ► By a facile wet-chemistry route Co3O4/ZnO nanocomposites were successfully prepared. ► The ZnO is loaded on the surface of Co3O4 nanoparticles with compact hetero-interface. ► The obtained nanocomposites exhibit enhanced gas sensing properties with good stability and high sensing response. ► The excellent gas sensing properties and the easily scaled-up preparation route make the prepared nanocomposites promising for real application. - Abstract: Co3O4/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by an easy wet-chemistry route without any organic additive or surfactant used. The nanocomposites were systematically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, (high-resolution) transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results show that ZnO is loaded on the surface of Co3O4 nanoparticles with a compact and clean hetero-interface. The obtained nanocomposites were tested for gas-sensing applications with ethanol and formaldehyde as model gases. It was revealed that the nanocomposites exhibit enhanced gas-sensing performance such as high stability and high sensing response. The sensing responses to 100 ppm ethanol or formaldehyde (46 to ethanol and 20 to formaldehyde) are much higher than those of pristine Co3O4 nanoparticles (6.2 to ethanol and 4.4 to formaldehyde), commercial Co3O4 powder (1.6 to ethanol and 1.5 to formaldehyde), and pure ZnO sample (7.5 to ethanol and 4.1 to formaldehyde). These results suggest that the integration of Co3O4 with ZnO is a promising route to the development of effective sensing materials. The excellent gas-sensing properties and the easily up-scalable preparation route make the prepared nanocomposites be promising for real applications.

  7. Comparative analysis of smoking cessation smartphone applications available in 2012 versus 2014

    Ubhi, H. K.; Kotz, D; Michie, S; van Schayck, O. C.; Sheard, D.; Selladurai, A.; West, R.


    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Smartphone applications (apps) offer a potentially cost-effective and a wide-reach aid to smoking cessation. In 2012, a content analysis of smoking cessation apps suggested that most apps did not adopt behaviour change techniques (BCTs), which according to previous research had suggested would promote higher success rates in quitting smoking. This study examined whether or not, this situation had changed by 2014 for free smoking cessation apps available in the Apple App S...

  8. Comparative analysis of smoking cessation smartphone applications available in 2012 versus 2014

    Ubhi, Harveen Kaur; Kotz, Daniel; Michie, Susan; Onno C P van Schayck; Sheard, David; Selladurai, Abiram; West, Robert


    Background and aims Smartphone applications (apps) offer a potentially cost-effective and a wide-reach aid to smoking cessation. In 2012, a content analysis of smoking cessation apps suggested that most apps did not adopt behaviour change techniques (BCTs), which according to previous research had suggested would promote higher success rates in quitting smoking. This study examined whether or not, this situation had changed by 2014 for free smoking cessation apps available in the Apple App St...

  9. Physicians discuss the risks of smoking with their patients, but seldom offer practical cessation support

    Keto, Jaana; Jokelainen, Jari; Timonen, Markku; Linden, Kari; Ylisaukko-Oja, Tero


    Background Our aim was to study the smoking cessation-related 1) attitudes & experiences and 2) consultation practices of Finnish physicians and to determine if there is a relationship between the two. Methods An online survey on smoking cessation was sent to 39 % of all Finnish physicians, with emphasis on physicians working in fields relevant to smoking cessation. A total of 1141 physicians (response rate 15 %) responded to the online survey, 53 % of whom were employed in primary health car...

  10. Cost-Utility Analysis of Varenicline, an Oral Smoking-Cessation Drug, in Japan

    Ataru Igarashi; Hiroki Takuma; Takashi Fukuda; Kiichiro Tsutani


    Objectives: To conduct a cost-utility analysis of two 12-week smoking-cessation interventions in Japan: smoking-cessation counselling by a physician compared with use of varenicline, an oral smoking-cessation drug, in addition to counselling. Abstract: Methods: A Markov model was constructed to analyse lifetime medical costs and QALYs from the perspective of the healthcare payer. The cycle length was 5 years. Both costs and QALYs were discounted at 3% annually. The cohort of smokers was class...

  11. Research and characterization of nano - CaCO3 dispersed in polystyrene%纳米CaCO3在PS中分散的表征和规律研究

    王旭; 濮阳楠; 黄锐; 任志军; 陈海涛



  12. Research on the formula of PVC door & window profiles containing nano-CaCO3%添加纳米CaCO3的PVC门窗异型材的配方研究

    杨秀岭; 苗乃芬; 韩正



  13. PVC/纳米CaCO3复合材料的制备与性能研究%Study on preparation and property of PVC/nano CaCO3 compound material

    应建波; 钟明强; 徐立新



  14. Pilot Mobile Smoking Cessation Program Reaches Underserved — Increases Access

    Gail Barouh


    Full Text Available This paper describes a pilot mobile smoking cessation programthat occurred between 2007 and 2009 across two suburban New Yorkcounties, serving 1,263 individuals. The program was designed andcarried out with three objectives: (a to assess and reduce a potential service disparity faced by adult smokers in heavily disadvantaged communities—including people marginalized by homelessness, economic distress, lack of transportation, alcoholism / drug addiction, mental illness, and/or HIV; (b to use evidence-based methods to promote smoking cessation and reduction among such adults in 14 specific lowincome Long Island, NY areas; (c to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the program’s mobile service modality. Results of this pilot program show that meaningful percentages of the target population had: (1 never encountered a smoking cessation message prior to engagement with thismobile program (38%; (2 a demonstrated desire to quit smoking despite the heightened stresses in their lives that other people don’t face, and (3 a demonstrated ability to quit or reduce smoking when given help in a form (including mobile service that works for them. This paper concludes that Stakeholders and Policymakers in this and/or similar jurisdications would benefit from uniting to fund and design an extended mobile service delivery and data-gathering project that serves a greater number of at-risk/ multi-disadvantaged people, while seeking to quantify the financialsavings to the community that results from helping disadvantaged people to: (1 quit smoking and (2 become linked to affordable doctors for regular check-ups. This pilot program demonstrated a positive social justice impact and suggests a possible parallel positive financial impact on the community worthy of exploration.

  15. Reduction in oxidatively generated DNA damage following smoking cessation

    Freund Harold G


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cigarette smoking is a known cause of cancer, and cancer may be in part due to effects of oxidative stress. However, whether smoking cessation reverses oxidatively induced DNA damage unclear. The current study sought to examine the extent to which three DNA lesions showed significant reductions after participants quit smoking. Methods Participants (n = 19 in this study were recruited from an ongoing 16-week smoking cessation clinical trial and provided blood samples from which leukocyte DNA was extracted and assessed for 3 DNA lesions (thymine glycol modification [d(TgpA]; formamide breakdown of pyrimidine bases [d(TgpA]; 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine [d(Gh] via liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS. Change in lesions over time was assessed using generalized estimating equations, controlling for gender, age, and treatment condition. Results Overall time effects for the d(TgpA (χ2(3 = 8.068, p fpA (χ2(3 = 8.477, p h (χ2(3 = 37.599, p gpA and d(PfpA lesions show relatively greater rebound at Week 16 compared to the d(Gh lesion (88% of baseline for d(TgpA, 64% of baseline for d(PfpA, vs 46% of baseline for d(Gh. Conclusions Overall, results from this analysis suggest that cigarette smoking contributes to oxidatively induced DNA damage, and that smoking cessation appears to reduce levels of specific damage markers between 30-50 percent in the short term. Future research may shed light on the broader array of oxidative damage influenced by smoking and over longer durations of abstinence, to provide further insights into mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis.

  16. Workplace tobacco cessation program in India: A success story

    Mishra Gauravi


    Full Text Available Context: This paper describes the follow-up interventions and results of the work place tobacco cessation study. Aims: To assess the tobacco quit rates among employees, through self report history, and validate it with rapid urine cotinine test; compare post-intervention KAP regarding tobacco consumption with the pre-intervention responses and assess the tobacco consumption pattern among contract employees and provide assistance to encourage quitting. Settings and Design: This is a cohort study implemented in a chemical industry in rural Maharashtra, India. Materials and Methods: All employees (104 were interviewed and screened for oral neoplasia. Active intervention in the form of awareness lectures, focus group discussions and if needed, pharmacotherapy was offered. Medical staff from the industrial medical unit and from a local referral hospital was trained. Awareness programs were arranged for the family members and contract employees. Statistical Analysis Used: Non-parametric statistical techniques and kappa. Results: Forty eight per cent employees consumed tobacco. The tobacco quit rates increased with each follow-up intervention session and reached 40% at the end of one year. There was 96% agreement between self report tobacco history and results of rapid urine cotinine test. The post-intervention KAP showed considerable improvement over the pre-intervention KAP. 56% of contract employees used tobacco and 55% among them had oral pre-cancerous lesions. Conclusions: A positive atmosphere towards tobacco quitting and positive peer pressure assisting each other in tobacco cessation was remarkably noted on the entire industrial campus. A comprehensive model workplace tobacco cessation program has been established, which can be replicated elsewhere.

  17. Investigation of miscibility of p(3hydroxybutyrate-co-3hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber blends

    Akram, Faridah; Chan, Chin Han; Natarajan, Valliyappan David


    Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] produced by C. necator PHB-4 harboring phaCcs from crude palm kernel oil with 21 mol% of 3-hydroxyhexanoate and epoxidized natural rubber with 25 mol% of epoxy content (ENR-25) were used to study the miscibility of the blends by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The polymers used were purified and the blends were prepared by solution casting method. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra confirm the purity and molecular structures of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25. FTIR spectra for different compositions of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25 blends show absorbance change of the absorbance bands but with no significant shifting of the absorbance bands as the P(3HB-co-3HHx) content decreases, which shows that there is no intermolecular interaction between the parent polymer blends. On top of that, there are two Tgs present for the blends and both remain constant for different compositions which corresponds to the Tgs of the parent polymers. This indicates that the blends are immiscible.

  18. Co3O4 based catalysts for NO oxidation and NOx reduction in fast SCR process

    Reaction activities of several developed catalysts for NO oxidation and NOx (NO + NO2) reduction have been determined in a fixed bed differential reactor. Among all the catalysts tested, Co3O4 based catalysts are the most active ones for both NO oxidation and NOx reduction reactions even at high space velocity (SV) and low temperature in the fast selective catalytic reduction (SCR) process. Over Co3O4 catalyst, the effects of calcination temperatures, SO2 concentration, optimum SV for 50% conversion of NO to NO2 were determined. Also, Co3O4 based catalysts (Co3O4-WO3) exhibit significantly higher conversion than all the developed DeNOx catalysts (supported/unsupported) having maximum conversion of NOx even at lower temperature and higher SV since the mixed oxide Co-W nanocomposite is formed. In case of the fast SCR, N2O formation over Co3O4-WO3 catalyst is far less than that over the other catalysts but the standard SCR produces high concentration of N2O over all the catalysts. The effect of SO2 concentration on NOx reduction is found to be almost negligible may be due to the presence of WO3 that resists SO2 oxidation. (author)

  19. Tuneable ultra high specific surface area Mg/Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides.

    Chen, Chunping; Wangriya, Aunchana; Buffet, Jean-Charles; O'Hare, Dermot


    We report the synthesis of tuneable ultra high specific surface area Aqueous Miscible Organic solvent-Layered Double Hydroxides (AMO-LDHs). We have investigated the effects of different solvent dispersion volumes, dispersion times and the number of re-dispersion cycles specific surface area of AMO-LDHs. In particular, the effects of acetone dispersion on two different morphology AMO-LDHs (Mg3Al-CO3 AMO-LDH flowers and Mg3Al-CO3 AMO-LDH plates) was investigated. It was found that the amount of acetone used in the dispersion step process can significantly affect the specific surface area of Mg3Al-CO3 AMO-LDH flowers while the dispersion time in acetone is critical factor to obtain high specific surface area Mg3Al-CO3 AMO-LDH plates. Optimisation of the acetone washing steps enables Mg3Al-CO3 AMO-LDH to have high specific surface area up to 365 m(2) g(-1) for LDH flowers and 263 m(2) g(-1) for LDH plates. In addition, spray drying was found to be an effective and practical drying method to increase the specific surface area by a factor of 1.75. Our findings now form the basis of an effective general strategy to obtain ultrahigh specific surface area LDHs. PMID:26308729

  20. Characterization of corn starch films reinforced with CaCO3 nanoparticles.

    Qingjie Sun

    Full Text Available The characterization of corn starch (CS films impregnated with CaCO3 nanoparticles was investigated. Criteria such as morphology, crystallinity, water vapor permeability (WVP, opacity, and mechanical properties were the focus of the investigation. It was found that the CaCO3 contents had significant effects on the tensile properties of the nanocomposite films. The addition of CaCO3 nanoparticles to the CS films significantly increased tensile strength from 1.40 to 2.24 MPa, elongation from 79.21 to 118.98%, and Young's modulus from 1.82 to 2.41 MPa. The incorporation of CaCO3 nanoparticles increased the opacity of films, lowered the degree of WVP and film solubility value compared to those of the CS films. The results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM showed that with the increase of CaCO3 nanoparticles content in starch films, the roughness of the films increased, and pores or cavities were found on the surface of the films, while small cracks were observed in the structures of the fractured surfaces. X-ray diffraction showed that the addition of nanoparticles increased the peaks in the intensity of films.

  1. Investigation of miscibility of p(3hydroxybutyrate-co-3hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber blends

    Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] produced by C. necator PHB−4 harboring phaCcs from crude palm kernel oil with 21 mol% of 3-hydroxyhexanoate and epoxidized natural rubber with 25 mol% of epoxy content (ENR-25) were used to study the miscibility of the blends by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The polymers used were purified and the blends were prepared by solution casting method. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra confirm the purity and molecular structures of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25. FTIR spectra for different compositions of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25 blends show absorbance change of the absorbance bands but with no significant shifting of the absorbance bands as the P(3HB-co-3HHx) content decreases, which shows that there is no intermolecular interaction between the parent polymer blends. On top of that, there are two Tgs present for the blends and both remain constant for different compositions which corresponds to the Tgs of the parent polymers. This indicates that the blends are immiscible

  2. Synthesis, characterization and ellipsometric study of ultrasonically sprayed Co3O4 films

    Gençyılmaz, O.; Taşköprü, T.; Atay, F.; Akyüz, İ.


    In the present study, cobalt oxide (Co3O4) films were produced using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique onto the glass substrate at different temperatures (200-250-300-350 °C). The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, optical, surface and electrical properties of Co3O4 films was reported. Thickness, refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films were determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry, and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that Co3O4 films were polycrystalline fcc structure and the substrate temperature significantly improved the crystal structure of Co3O4 films. The films deposited at 350 °C substrate temperature showed the best structural quality. Transmittance, absorbance and reflectance spectra were taken by means of UV-Vis spectrophotometer, and optical band gap values were calculated using optical method. Surface images and roughness values of the films were taken by atomic force microscopy to see the effect of deposition temperature on surface properties. The resistivity of the films slightly decreases with increase in the substrate temperature from 1.08 × 104 to 1.46 × 102 Ω cm. Finally, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique allowed production of Co3O4 films, which are alternative metal oxide film for technological applications, at low substrate temperature.

  3. Investigation of miscibility of p(3hydroxybutyrate-co-3hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber blends

    Akram, Faridah; Chan, Chin Han; Natarajan, Valliyappan David [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, 40450 Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)


    Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] produced by C. necator PHB{sup −}4 harboring phaC{sub cs} from crude palm kernel oil with 21 mol% of 3-hydroxyhexanoate and epoxidized natural rubber with 25 mol% of epoxy content (ENR-25) were used to study the miscibility of the blends by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The polymers used were purified and the blends were prepared by solution casting method. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra confirm the purity and molecular structures of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25. FTIR spectra for different compositions of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25 blends show absorbance change of the absorbance bands but with no significant shifting of the absorbance bands as the P(3HB-co-3HHx) content decreases, which shows that there is no intermolecular interaction between the parent polymer blends. On top of that, there are two T{sub g}s present for the blends and both remain constant for different compositions which corresponds to the T{sub g}s of the parent polymers. This indicates that the blends are immiscible.

  4. The structural, electronic and dynamic properties of the L12- type Co3Ti alloy

    The structural, electronic and dynamic properties of the cubic Co3Ti alloy in L12 structure have been investigated using a pseudopotential plane wave (PP-PW) method within the generalized gradient approximation proposed by Perdew–Burke–Ernzerhof (GGA-PBE). The structural properties, including the lattice constant, the bulk modulus and its pressure derivative agree reasonably with the previous results. The density of state (DOS), projected density of state (PDOS) and electronic band structure are also reported. The DOS shows that Co3Ti alloy has a metallic character since the energy bands cross the Fermi level. The density of states at Fermi level mainly comes from the Co-3d states. Phonon dispersion curves and their corresponding total densities of states were obtained using a linear response in the framework of the density functional perturbation theory. All computed phonon frequencies are no imaginer and thus, Co3Ti alloy is dynamically stable. The zone center phonon modes have been founded to be 9.307, 9.626 and 13.891 THz for Co3Ti

  5. Epitaxy of polar semiconductor Co3O4 (110): Growth, structure, and characterization

    The (110) plane of Co3O4 spinel exhibits significantly higher rates of carbon monoxide conversion due to the presence of active Co3+ species at the surface. However, experimental studies of Co3O4 (110) surfaces and interfaces have been limited by the difficulties in growing high-quality films. We report thin (10–250 Å) Co3O4 films grown by molecular beam epitaxy in the polar (110) direction on MgAl2O4 substrates. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy measurements attest to the high quality of the as-grown films. Furthermore, we investigate the electronic structure of this material by core level and valence band x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and first-principles density functional theory calculations. Ellipsometry reveals a direct band gap of 0.75 eV and other interband transitions at higher energies. A valence band offset of 3.2 eV is measured for the Co3O4/MgAl2O4 heterostructure. Magnetic measurements show the signature of antiferromagnetic ordering at 49 K. FTIR ellipsometry finds three infrared-active phonons between 300 and 700 cm−1.

  6. First principles study of structural stability and site preference in Co3 (W,X

    Joshi Sri Raghunath


    Full Text Available Since the discovery [1] of γ′ precipitate (L12 – Co3(Al, W in the Co-Al-W ternary system, there has been an increased interest in Co-based superalloys. Since these alloys have two phase microstructures (γ + γ′ similar to Ni-based superalloys [2], they are viable candidates in high temperature applications, particularly in land-based turbines. The role of alloying on stability of the γ′ phase has been an active area of research. In this study, electronic structure calculations were done to probe the effect of alloying in Co3W with L12 structure. Compositions of type Co3(W,X, (where X/Y = Mn, Fe, Ni, Pt, Cr , Al, Si, V, W, Ta, Ti, Nb, Hf, Zr and Mo were studied. Effect of alloying on equilibrium lattice parameters and ground state energies was used to calculate Vegard's coefficients and site preference related data. The effect of alloying on the stability of the L12 structure vis a vis other geometrically close packed ordered structures was also studied for a range of Co3X compounds. Results suggest that the penchant of element for the W sublattice can be predicted by comparing heats of formation of Co3X in different structures.

  7. Multifunctional Co3S4/graphene composites for lithium ion batteries and oxygen reduction reaction.

    Mahmood, Nasir; Zhang, Chenzhen; Jiang, Jie; Liu, Fei; Hou, Yanglong


    Cobalt sulfide is a good candidate for both lithium ion batteries (LIBs) and cathodic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), but low conductivity, poor cyclability, capacity fading, and structural changes hinder its applications. The incorporation of graphene into Co3S4 makes it a promising electrode by providing better electrochemical coupling, enhanced conductivity, fast mobility of ions and electrons, and a stabilized structure due to its elastic nature. With the objective of achieving high-performance composites, herein we report a facile hydrothermal process for growing Co3S4 nanotubes (NTs) on graphene (G) sheets. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) verified that graphene dramatically increases the conductivity of the composites to almost twice that of pristine Co3S4. Electrochemical measurements indicated that the as-synthesized Co3S4/G composites exhibit good cyclic stability and a high discharge capacity of 720 mA h g(-1) up to 100 cycles with 99.9% coulombic efficiency. Furthermore, the composites react with dissolved oxygen in the ORR by four- and two-electron mechanisms in both acidic and basic media with an onset potential close to that of commercial Pt/C. The stability of the composites is much higher than that of Pt/C, and exhibit high methanol tolerance. Thus, these properties endorse Co3 S4 /G composites as auspicious candidates for both LIBs and ORR. PMID:23447515

  8. Ultrathin Co3 O4 Layers Realizing Optimized CO2 Electroreduction to Formate.

    Gao, Shan; Jiao, Xingchen; Sun, Zhongti; Zhang, Wenhua; Sun, Yongfu; Wang, Chengming; Hu, Qitao; Zu, Xiaolong; Yang, Fan; Yang, Shuyang; Liang, Liang; Wu, Ju; Xie, Yi


    Electroreduction of CO2 into hydrocarbons could contribute to alleviating energy crisis and global warming. However, conventional electrocatalysts usually suffer from low energetic efficiency and poor durability. Herein, atomic layers for transition-metal oxides are proposed to address these problems through offering an ultralarge fraction of active sites, high electronic conductivity, and superior structural stability. As a prototype, 1.72 and 3.51 nm thick Co3 O4 layers were synthesized through a fast-heating strategy. The atomic thickness endowed Co3 O4 with abundant active sites, ensuring a large CO2 adsorption amount. The increased and more dispersed charge density near Fermi level allowed for enhanced electronic conductivity. The 1.72 nm thick Co3 O4 layers showed over 1.5 and 20 times higher electrocatalytic activity than 3.51 nm thick Co3 O4 layers and bulk counterpart, respectively. Also, 1.72 nm thick Co3 O4 layers showed formate Faradaic efficiency of over 60 % in 20 h. PMID:26783062

  9. Pulsed laser deposition of Co3O4 nanocatalysts for dye degradation and CO oxidation

    Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) assembled coatings were synthesized using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) by taking advantage of phase explosion process. The coatings were prepared at substrate temperature of 150 °C by using three different laser fluences (3, 5, and 7 J/cm2) in order to tune the size of NPs. Structural property and surface morphology of NPs were investigated by Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy respectively. The catalytic activity of these Co3O4 NPs coatings was tested for dye degradation as well as for CO oxidation. Co3O4 coating (3 J/cm2) was able to completely degrade Methylene blue dye with significantly high rate, via photo Fenton reaction under visible light irradiation, as compared to Co3O4 powder catalyst mainly owing to the size and nanocrystalline nature of NPs on the catalyst surface. Coating synthesized at low laser fluence (3 J/cm2) showed best catalytic activity. This particular coating also showed above 90% conversion efficiency of CO to CO2 at 250 °C with very high specific rate. The special features of NPs, such as narrow size distribution, small average size (5–20 nm), perfect spherical shape, low degree of agglomeration, and nanocrystalline phase, are the main factors responsible for the enhanced catalytic activity of the PLD produced Co3O4 NPs assembled coating.

  10. Bupropion SR and Contingency Management for Adolescent Smoking Cessation

    Gray, Kevin M.; Carpenter, Matthew J.; Baker, Nathaniel L.; Hartwell, Karen J.; Lewis, A. Lee; Hiott, D. Walter; Deas, Deborah; Upadhyaya, Himanshu P.


    There is a significant need for evidence-based treatments for adolescent smoking cessation. Prior research, though limited, has suggested potential roles for bupropion SR and contingency management (CM), but no previous studies have assessed their combined effect. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled design, 134 adolescent smokers were randomized to receive a 6-week course of bupropion SR + CM, bupropion SR + non-CM, placebo + CM, or placebo + non-CM, with final follow-up at 12 weeks. The pr...