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  1. Polymorphisms in the genes ERCC2, XRCC3 and CD3EAP influence treatment outcome in multiple myeloma patients undergoing autologous bone marrow transplantation

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    Vangsted, Annette; Gimsing, Peter; Klausen, Tobias W;

    2007-01-01

    Individual variations in the ability to cope with DNA damage by DNA repair may be essential for the response to chemotherapy, since cancer cells from patients with an effective DNA repair may survive treatment. We have studied the effect on time to treatment failure (TTF) and overall survival (OS...

  2. The importance of a sub-region on chromosome 19q13.3 for prognosis of multiple myeloma patients after high-dose treatment and stem cell support: a linkage disequilibrium mapping in RAI and CD3EAP

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    Vangsted, Annette Juul; Klausen, Tobias Wirenfeldt; Gimsing, Peter;

    2011-01-01

    The gene RAI was originally described as an inhibitor of RelA/p65 subunit of nuclear factor ¿B (NF-¿B). Here, we analyse the association between genetic variation in the genes RAI and CD3EAP and outcome of 348 myeloma patients treated with high-dose treatment (HDT), 146 patients treated with...

  3. The importance of a sub-region on chromosome 19q13.3 for prognosis of multiple myeloma patients after high-dose treatment and stem cell support: a linkage disequilibrium mapping in RAI and CD3EAP

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    Vangsted, Annette J.; Klausen, Tobias Wirenfeldt; Gimsing, Peter;

    2011-01-01

    interferon-α (INF-α) as maintenance treatment, 177 patients treated with thalidomide, and 74 patients treated with bortezomib at relapse and address if the effects of polymorphisms in CD3EAP and RAI are modified by a functional polymorphism in NFКB1. By linkage disequilibrium mapping, we found that variant......The gene RAI was originally described as an inhibitor of RelA/p65 subunit of nuclear factor κB (NF–κB). Here, we analyse the association between genetic variation in the genes RAI and CD3EAP and outcome of 348 myeloma patients treated with high-dose treatment (HDT), 146 patients treated with...... allele carriers of RAI-intron1-1 or CD3EAP G-21A had the longest OS. Among patients treated with INF-α or thalidomide, no effect was seen in relation to genotype. Our results indicate that polymorphism in RAI and CD3EAP are associated with outcome of myeloma patients treated with HDT. Combination...

  4. Genetic Polymorphisms in XRCC1, CD3EAP, PPP1R13L, XPB, XPC, and XPF and the Risk of Chronic Benzene Poisoning in a Chinese Occupational Population.

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    Ping Xue

    Full Text Available Individual variations in the capacity of DNA repair machinery to relieve benzene-induced DNA damage may be the key to developing chronic benzene poisoning (CBP, an increasingly prevalent occupational disease in China. ERCC1 (Excision repair cross complementation group 1 is located on chromosome 19q13.2-3 and participates in the crucial steps of Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER; moreover, we determined that one of its polymorphisms, ERCC1 rs11615, is a biomarker for CBP susceptibility in our previous report. Our aim is to further explore the deeper association between some genetic variations related to ERCC1 polymorphisms and CBP risk.Nine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs of XRCC1 (X-ray repair cross-complementing 1, CD3EAP (CD3e molecule, epsilon associated protein, PPP1R13L (protein phosphatase 1, regulatory subunit 13 like, XPB (Xeroderma pigmentosum group B, XPC (Xeroderma pigmentosum group C and XPF (Xeroderma pigmentosum group F were genotyped by the Snapshot and TaqMan-MGB® probe techniques, in a study involving 102 CBP patients and 204 controls. The potential interactions between these SNPs and lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking, were assessed using a stratified analysis.An XRCC1 allele, rs25487, was related to a higher risk of CBP (P<0.001 even after stratifying for potential confounders. Carriers of the TT genotype of XRCC1 rs1799782 who were alcohol drinkers (OR = 8.000; 95% CI: 1.316-48.645; P = 0.022, male (OR = 9.333; 95% CI: 1.593-54.672; P = 0.019, and had an exposure of ≤12 years (OR = 2.612; 95% CI: 1.048-6.510; P = 0.035 had an increased risk of CBP. However, the T allele in PPP1R13L rs1005165 (P<0.05 and the GA allele in CD3EAP rs967591 (OR = 0.162; 95% CI: 0039~0.666; P = 0.037 decreased the risk of CBP in men. The haplotype analysis of XRCC1 indicated that XRCC1 rs25487A, rs25489G and rs1799782T (OR = 15.469; 95% CI: 5.536-43.225; P<0.001 were associated with a high risk of CBP.The findings showed that

  5. A polymorphism in NFKB1 is associated with improved effect of interferon-alpha maintenance treatment of patients with multiple myeloma after high-dose treatment with stem cell support

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    Vangsted, Annette J; Klausen, Tobias W; Gimsing, Peter; Andersen, Niels F; Abildgaard, Niels; Gregersen, Henrik; Vogel, Ulla Birgitte

    2009-01-01

    Background: Maintenance therapy with interferon- after high-dose treatment with stem cell support in multiple myeloma has been intensively debated. In this study, we evaluated the response to treatment with interferon- in relation to genetic variation in genes related to inflammation. Design and...... Methods: In a retrospective study of 296 patients with multiple myelom undergoing high-dose therapy between 1994 and 2004, 146 patients were treated with interferon- as maintenance therapy. We tested the polymorphisms IL1B T-31C, IL6 G-174C, NFKB1-94ins/delATTG, CD3EAP G-21A and PPP1R13L IVS1 A4364G for...... tested between treatment arms and in the subgroup of patients treated with interferon- the wild type ins-allele was associated with longer overall survival (p=0.002). In the absence of interferon- treatment, there was no association between the polymorphisms and treatment outcome, except for patients...

  6. Influence of Thermal Treatment on Kankara Kaolinite

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    Lawrence Chukwuka Edomwonyi-Otu

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the influence of thermal treatment on the structure of Kankara kaolinite was studied for the first time, using X-ray diffractogram (XRD, EDX, NanoSEM, FTIR-Attenuated Total Reflectance, DTA/TGA and BET surface area measurements. The treatment temperatures applied represents the peak of the transformation stages. The results show that surface area decreases with increase in temperature of treatment, while its crystal structure was transformed from the native kaolinite structure via the amorphous metakaolin to the typical mullite/crystobalite structure though with some unidentifiable peaks. The morphological studies showed that Kankara kaolinite is composed of nano-platelets of about 30nm thickness and in bundles of between 1 – 3 µm thicknesses with some marked variations/reductions as the treatment temperatures increases. The DTA/TGA result shows that the kaolinite undergoes dehydroxylation at 528.56C while been converted to metakaolin with a weight loss of about 14.4%. The presence of the characteristic OH, Al-OH, Si-OH and Si-O-Al bands were confirmed with the ATR studies which also showed the disappearance and subsequent appearance of new bands as the treatment temperature increased, this also affected the surface area and pore sizes of the transformation products.

  7. INFLUENCE OF TREATMENT ON MAIZE SEED QUALITY

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    Ivica Beraković

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to the increasing occurrence of major pests ON corn, hybrid seed is necessary to be protected against pests and seed corn should be treated with appropriately insecticides. Choosing better technological solutions and choosing and appropriate insecticide seed treatment for corn can significantly reduce pest attack and thus enhance the production of corn. The aim of this research was to obtain based upon result information on the impact of treatment on quality of maize seed as well as the means to improve the conditions of storage and preservation of semen quality. Investigation and checking if insecticide treated seed adverse phytotoxic effect on plant growth and development in field conditions. The results indicate a significant effect of insecticide seed treatments on germination energy and non standard germination. A very significant influence of treated seed storage was also found on quality seeds. Looking at the impact of the treated hybrid on germination vigor and standard germination, a very significant hybrid impact was found out. The highest quality of the seed semen during the study was noticed with the seed of hybrid “H2”, followed by hybrid “H1”, while the hybrids “H3” and “H4” possessed less. The research shows that hybrids “H2” and “H1” are more suitable for seed treatment with insecticides than “H3” and “H4” hybrids. The field observations and research results obtained indicate a very significant impact of the treated seed on the above ground parts of plants, above ground mass, stem thickness and a very significant impact on plant spacing. The positive effect of treatment with “T1” and “T3” insecticides is visible in all conducted field researches. Plants treated with common fungicides and insecticides “T1” and “T3” had a greater height of the above ground plant parts, a larger mass of the above ground stems, greater stem thickness and better plant density treatments, compared to

  8. INFLUENCE OF TREATMENT ON MAIZE SEED QUALITY

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    Ivica Beraković

    2012-01-01

    Due to the increasing occurrence of major pestsON corn, hybrid seed is necessary to be protectedagainst pests and seed corn should be treated withappropriately insecticides. Choosing better technologicalsolutions and choosing and appropriate insecticideseed treatment for corn can significantly reduce pestattack and thus enhance the production of corn. The aimof this research was to obtain based upon result informationon the impact of treatment on quality of maizeseed as well as the means to i...

  9. INFLUENCE OF TREATMENT ON MAIZE SEED QUALITY

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    Ivica Beraković

    2012-01-01

    Due to the increasing occurrence of major pests ON corn, hybrid seed is necessary to be protected against pests and seed corn should be treated with appropriately insecticides. Choosing better technological solutions and choosing and appropriate insecticide seed treatment for corn can significantly reduce pest attack and thus enhance the production of corn. The aim of this research was to obtain based upon result information on the impact of treatment on quality of mai...

  10. [Influence of the psyche on cosmetic treatments].

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    Höfel, L

    2015-01-01

    The wish for an attractive appearance is evident in many people. Aesthetic, cosmetic and surgical treatment is willingly made use of in order to fit into the current beauty ideal. A considerable portion of people who decide to follow this path show signs of psychological problems. One has to recognize and evaluate these for the planning or, if necessary, refusal of further treatment. In this article, the most common psychological problems in the cosmetic and aesthetic field of work are presented. A guideline for handling these patients is explained. Thus, a productive and relaxed cooperation will be possible which enables psychological and physical satisfaction for the medical team and the patients. PMID:25515127

  11. Influence of hydrogen treatment on SCR catalysts

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    Due-Hansen, Johannes

    reduction (SCR) process, i.e. the catalytic removal of NOx from the flue gas. A series of experiments was conducted to reveal the impact on the NO SCR activity of a industrial DeNOX catalyst (3%V2O5-7%WO3/TiO2) by treatment of H2. Standard conditions were treatment of the SCR catalyst for 60 min with three...... different concentrations of H2 (0-2%) in a 8% O2/N2 mixture, where the SCR activity was measured before and after the hydrogen treatment. The results show that the activity of the SCR catalyst is only negligible affected during exposure to the H2/O2 gas and in all cases it returned reversibly to the initial...... NOx conversion (temporarily higher) after reexposure to the standard NO SCR gas. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) suggests that a fraction of both V(IV) and V(V) were reduced to V(III) during exposure to 2% H2 + 8% O2. However, the distribution of vanadium in oxidation state V(III)-V(V) quickly...

  12. Factors influencing biological treatment of MTBE contaminated ground water

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    Stringfellow, William T.; Hines Jr., Robert D.; Cockrum, Dirk K.; Kilkenny, Scott T.

    2001-09-14

    Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) contamination has complicated the remediation of gasoline contaminated sites. Many sites are using biological processes for ground water treatment and would like to apply the same technology to MTBE. However, the efficiency and reliability of MTBE biological treatment is not well documented. The objective of this study was to examine the operational and environmental variables influencing MTBE biotreatment. A fluidized bed reactor was installed at a fuel transfer station and used to treat ground water contaminated with MTBE and gasoline hydrocarbons. A complete set of chemical and operational data was collected during this study and a statistical approach was used to determine what variables were influencing MTBE treatment efficiency. It was found that MTBE treatment was more sensitive to up-set than gasoline hydrocarbon treatment. Events, such as excess iron accumulation, inhibited MTBE treatment, but not hydrocarbon treatment. Multiple regression analysis identified biomass accumulation and temperature as the most important variables controlling the efficiency of MTBE treatment. The influent concentration and loading of hydrocarbons, but not MTBE, also impacted MTBE treatment efficiency. The results of this study suggest guidelines for improving MTBE treatment. Long cell retention times in the reactor are necessary for maintaining MTBE treatment. The onset of nitrification only occurs when long cell retention times have been reached and can be used as an indicator in fixed film reactors that conditions favorable to MTBE treatment exist. Conversely, if the reactor can not nitrify, it is unlikely to have stable MTBE treatment.

  13. Factors Influencing Selection of Treatment for Colorectal Cancer Patients

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    Cavalli-Björkman, Nina

    2012-01-01

    In Sweden and elsewhere there is evidence of poorer cancer survival for patients of low socioeconomic status (SES), and in some settings differences in treatment by SES have been shown. The aim of this thesis was to explore factors which influence cancer treatment decisions, such as knowledge reaped from clinical trials, patient-related factors, and physician-related factors. In a register study of colorectal cancer, all stages, patients were stratified for SES-factors. Differences were seen ...

  14. Analysis of technological conditions influence on efficiency of oilfield treatment

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    Usheva, N. V.; Moizes, O. E.; Kuzmenko, E. A.; Kim, S. F.; Khlebnikova, E. S.; Dyalilova, S. N.; Filippova, T. V.

    2015-11-01

    The results of influence of process parameters on oil quality and recommended effective technological modes of oilfield treatment processes are presented in this paper. It is shown that the parameters that significantly affect the efficiency of oil processes are temperature and water-oil emulsion flow rate with a given number of working process units and the structure of flowsheet flows.

  15. Time influence in chemical treatment of Brazilian raw materials type

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    Clays are part of raw materials in different industries. The mineralogical composition and purity greatly influence the application thereof. Chemical treatments applied, such as acid attack, modify their properties and thus their possible uses. Taking in to account that, clay minerals, may differ by more or less resistance to chemical attacks, two types of clay were studied with different mineralogical composition to assess the degree of resistance to chemical attack treatment such as acid. Acid treatments that were applied, differ mainly in the contact time between the solid and the liquid. The solids were studied by X-ray diffraction analysis, chemical analysis and infrared analysis

  16. Pharmacogenetics Influence Treatment Efficacy in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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    Devidsen, M.L.; Dalhoff, K.; Schmiegelow, K.

    2008-01-01

    Pharmacogenetics covers the genetic variation affecting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. and their influence on drug-response phenotypes. The genetic variation includes an estimated 15 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and is a key determinator for the interindividual differences...... treatment response. In the future, high-throughput, low-cost, genetic platforms will allow screening of hundreds or thousands of targeted SNPs to give a combined gene-dosage effect ( = individual SNP risk profile), which may allow pharmacogenetic-based individualization of treatment Udgivelsesdato: 2008/11...... in treatment resistance and toxic side effects. As most childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treatment protocols include up to 13 different chemotherapeutic agents, the impact of individual SNPs has been difficult to evaluate. So far Focus has mainly been on the widely used glucocorticosteroids...

  17. Inflammatory Response Influences Treatment of Localized Aggressive Periodontitis.

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    Allin, N; Cruz-Almeida, Y; Velsko, I; Vovk, A; Hovemcamp, N; Harrison, P; Huang, H; Aukhil, I; Wallet, S M; Shaddox, L M

    2016-06-01

    We previously reported a systemic hyperinflammatory response to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in children with localized aggressive periodontitis (LAP). Additionally, different levels of this response were observed within the LAP group. It is unknown whether this hyperinflammatory response influences the clinical response to periodontal treatment in these children. Therefore, the goal of this study was to evaluate the influence of LPS responsiveness present prior to treatment on the clinical response to treatment within the LAP cohort. Prior to treatment, peripheral blood was collected from 60 African American participants aged 5 to 21 y, free of systemic diseases, and diagnosed with LAP. Blood was stimulated with ultrapure LPS from Escherichia coli, and Luminex assays were performed to quantify 14 cytokine/chemokine levels. Principal component and cluster analyses were used to find patterns of cytokine/chemokine expression among participants and subdivide them into clusters. Three distinct clusters emerged among LAP participants: a high responder group (high level of response for INFg, IL6, and IL12p40), a mixed responder group (low for some and high for other cytokines/chemokines), and a low responder group (low overall cytokine/chemokine response). Periodontal clinical parameters were compared among these groups prior to and 3, 6, and 12 mo following treatment with mechanical debridement and systemic antibiotics. High responders presented the lowest reductions in clinical parameters after treatment, whereas the low responders presented the highest reductions. In our LAP participants, distinct patterns of LPS response were significantly predictive of changes in clinical parameters after treatment. Future studies are needed to evaluate the underlying mechanisms predicting the heterogeneity of LAP activity, severity, and response to treatment (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01330719). PMID:26917438

  18. Influence of laser treatment on the fatigue of notched bar

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    ZhangHui; LingWeiye; JiangShouwei

    2003-01-01

    Fatigue cutting is a new approach for separating material. Man-made fatigue can be realized by applying a rotating bending load to a notched bar. To better utilize the new method, laser treatment is adopted in this study. After laser radiation at the notch root, the fatigue cycle of the bar drops dramatically. Based on the experimental result, we draw the conclusion that the fatigue of the bar is influenced by the shape of the hardened area. A hardened area that has a small axial dimension and a relatively large radial dimension facilitates the fatigue. The desirable hardened area can be obtained by controlling the laser treatment parameters.

  19. Repeated morphine treatment influences operant and spatial learning differentially

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    Mei-Na WANG; Zhi-Fang DONG; Jun CAO; Lin XU

    2006-01-01

    Objective To investigate whether repeated morphine exposure or prolonged withdrawal could influence operant and spatial learning differentially. Methods Animals were chronically treated with morphine or subjected to morphine withdrawal. Then, they were subjected to two kinds of learning: operant conditioning and spatial learning.Results The acquisition of both simple appetitive and cued operant learning was impaired after repeated morphine treatment. Withdrawal for 5 weeks alleviated the impairments. Single morphine exposure disrupted the retrieval of operant memory but had no effect on rats after 5-week withdrawal. Contrarily, neither chronic morphine exposure nor 5-week withdrawal influenced spatial learning task of the Morris water maze. Nevertheless, the retrieval of spatial memory was impaired by repeated morphine exposure but not by 5-week withdrawal. Conclusion These observations suggest that repeated morphine exposure can influence different types of learning at different aspects, implicating that the formation of opiate addiction may usurp memory mechanisms differentially.

  20. Influencing Acceptability of Parent Training Interventions Through Treatment Rationales

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    Chase, Trisha

    2015-01-01

    Parent training is an effective intervention for parents of children with a variety of childhood disorders, and parents often view behavioral parent training as acceptable. Explanations and rationales for parent training are commonly provided at the beginning of treatment. However, there is little research regarding how rationales may influence acceptability. There is also limited information on whether fathers and mothers judge the acceptability of parent training differently. The purpose of...

  1. Factors influencing choice of dental treatment by private general practitioners.

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    Brennan, David S; Spencer, A John

    2002-01-01

    Service rate variations have focused attention on treatment decisions. The aims of this study were to examine factors considered in choosing treatments, to classify dentists in terms of clinical decision making, and to investigate the association of decision making with services provided. From a random sample of dentists (response rate 60.3%) treatment constraints (15.0%), periodontal status (12.1%), tooth status (11.3%), mouth status (10.1%), and patient factors (9.8%) were considered important factors across six alternative treatment pair choice scenarios. Cluster analysis of the treatment choice scenarios produced one cluster that reflected patient preferences, another that reflected treatment constraints such as cost, and a third that reflected oral health factors. Compared with the oral health cluster, dentists in the constraints cluster had higher rates (p services (RR = 1.78) such as oral hygiene instruction. Although a range of factors influenced treatment choice, a limited set accounted for the majority of responses, with cost a major determinant, ahead of oral health status and patient preference. Decision-making style was associated with service provision. PMID:12174535

  2. The influence of surface treatment on the implant roughness pattern

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    Marcio Borges Rosa

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available An important parameter for the clinical success of dental implants is the formation of direct contact between the implant and surrounding bone, whose quality is directly influenced by the implant surface roughness. A screw-shaped design and a surface with an average roughness of Sa of 1-2 µm showed a better result. The combination of blasting and etching has been a commonly used surface treatment technique. The versatility of this type of treatment allows for a wide variation in the procedures in order to obtain the desired roughness. OBJECTIVES: To compare the roughness values and morphological characteristics of 04 brands of implants, using the same type of surface treatment. In addition, to compare the results among brands, in order to assess whether the type of treatment determines the values and the characteristics of implant surface roughness. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Three implants were purchased directly from each selected company in the market, i.e., 03 Brazilian companies (Biomet 3i of Brazil, Neodent and Titaniumfix and 01 Korean company (Oneplant. The quantitative or numerical characterization of the roughness was performed using an interferometer. The qualitative analysis of the surface topography obtained with the treatment was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy images. RESULTS: The evaluated implants showed a significant variation in roughness values: Sa for Oneplant was 1.01 µm; Titaniumfix reached 0.90 µm; implants from Neodent 0.67 µm, and Biomet 3i of Brazil 0.53 µm. Moreover, the SEM images showed very different patterns for the surfaces examined. CONCCLUSIONS: The surface treatment alone is not able to determine the roughness values and characteristics.

  3. Influence of HIP treatment on aluminised ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Coatings on low activation steels are required in fusion technology in order to reduce the tritium permeation rate through the steel into the cooling water system by a factor of at least 100. Alumina seems to be a promising coating material. However, an appropriate coating system must also have the potential for self healing since the ceramic alumina scale tends to fail if mechanical stress is applied. Hot-dip aluminising is an applicable technology to coat ferritic-martensitic steels which consists of two main process steps: firstly, hot dip aluminising of the steel (700 C, 30 s) Secondly, transformation of the very hard intermetallic scale Fe2Al5 into FeAl and α-Fe(Al) phase during a subsequent heat treatment (1040 C, 30 min). The pressure chosen for the HIP experiment was 1000, 2000 and 3000 bar. Compared to a heat treatment without superimposed high pressure pores formation due to the Kirkendall effect could be suppressed successfully. The influence of the high pressure on the heat treatment (1040 C, 30 min) will be discussed in this paper. (orig.)

  4. Paying for treatments? Influences on negotiating clinical need and decision-making for dental implant treatment

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    Thomason J Mark

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study is to examine how clinicians and patients negotiate clinical need and treatment decisions within a context of finite resources. Dental implant treatment is an effective treatment for missing teeth, but is only available via the NHS in some specific clinical circumstances. The majority of people who receive this treatment therefore pay privately, often at substantial cost to themselves. People are used to paying towards dental treatment costs. However, dental implant treatment is much more expensive than existing treatments – such as removable dentures. We know very little about how dentists make decisions about whether to offer such treatments, or what patients consider when deciding whether or not to pay for them. Methods/Design Mixed methods will be employed to provide insight and understanding into how clinical need is determined, and what influences people's decision making processes when deciding whether or not to pursue a dental implant treatment. Phase 1 will use a structured scoping questionnaire with all the General dental practitioners (GDPs in three Primary Care Trust areas (n = 300 to provide base-line data about existing practice in relation to dental implant treatment, and to provide data to develop a systematic sampling procedure for Phase 2. Phases 2 (GDPs and 3 (patients use qualitative focused one to one interviews with a sample of these practitioners (up to 30 and their patients (up to 60 to examine their views and experiences of decision making in relation to dental implant treatment. Purposive sampling for phases 2 and 3 will be carried out to ensure participants represent a range of socio-economic circumstances, and choices made. Discussion Most dental implant treatment is conducted in primary care. Very little information was available prior to this study about the quantity and type of treatment carried out privately. It became apparent during phase 2 that ISOD treatment was an

  5. INFLUENCE OF REACTION CONDITIONS ON LIGNIN HYDROTHERMAL TREATMENT

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    JalelLabidi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Organosolv lignin, obtained from olive tree pruning under optimised conditions, was subjected to a hydrothermal depolymerisation process catalysed by sodium hydroxide. The depolymerisation of lignin was carried out at 300 ºC using different reaction times (20, 40, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 min in order to study the influence of this parameter on lignin depolymerisation. The resulting products (oil and residual lignin were measured and analysed by different techniques (GC/MS, HPSEC and pyrolysis-GC/MS in order to determine their nature and composition. Coke was also formed, at a lower quantity, incompetitive repolymerisation reactions during the lignin hydrothermal treatment. The maximum oil yield and concentration of monomeric phenolic compounds was obtained after80 min of reaction time. The highest reaction time studied (100 min had the worst results with the lowest oil yield and highest coke production.

  6. Treatment conditions and biochemical processes influencing seed priming effectiveness

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    Giuseppe Di Girolamo

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A review of the scientific literature indicates osmotic priming (osmopriming as the principal method of seed priming and polyethylene glycol (PEG as the principal osmotic agent. An analysis of the available data across experiments carried out with different species under varying conditions showed an average 11% increase in percent germination and 36% shorter mean germination time (MGT in primed vs. unprimed seeds. Moreover, in primed seeds MGT was less dependent on temperature, which is consistent with the effects expected from the treatment. Priming effects are mainly influenced by osmotic potential, temperature and time; major biochemical processes (repair of damaged DNA and RNA, preparation for cell division and increased antioxidant activity are involved in treatment effects to an extent which is not fully ascertained in literature. A reduction of seed storage life is the major disadvantage of priming and the principal constraint to its diffusion, since dehydration to the initial moisture (drying-back is needed to allow seed storage. Seed behaviour during drying-back, the role of the raffinose family oligosaccharides in cell membrane integrity and the expression of antioxidant enzymes in germinating seeds need to be further elucidated in a sufficient number of species, to promote a more reliable use of this technique.

  7. The influence of end-effects upon gamma knife treatment

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    We investigated the influence of the end-effects upon practical gamma knife treatment. The subjects are 213 cases treated from June 1997 to June 1999. The values of the end-effects of 18, 14, 8, 4 mm diameter collimator helmets are +4.7, +4.2, +3.6, +3.5%, respectively. Those values are under an acceptable limit of ±5%. Total exposure time per patient is 75.0 minutes on the average and 13.3 shots are used on the average. This reflects well that many patients, about 70%, have brain metastases. The estimated actual end-effects for each patient is +0.9%, which is considered to be negligible when taking into account the usage rate of different collimators. This value will drop more in future as we need to prolong exposure time to deliver the same dose according to radioactive disintegration. We have to set the exposure time thinking over the end-effects at every shot. But it is necessary to cope with the present situation deliberately that bone correction and so on have not been done. The measurement of dose difference between 1 x 2 min and 2 x 1 min irradiation is one of the ways to obtain the end-effects in a short time and the results were almost the same as the ones by the least square method. (author)

  8. Factors influencing antibiotic resistance burden in municipal wastewater treatment plants

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    Novo, Ana; Manaia, Célia M.

    2010-01-01

    Municipal wastewater treatment plants are recognized reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Three municipal wastewater treatment plants differing on the dimensions and bio-treatment processes were compared for the loads of amoxicillin-, tetracycline-, and ciprofloxacinresistant heterotrophic bacteria, enterobacteria, and enterococci in the raw inflow and in the treated effluents. The sewage received by each plant, in average, corresponded to 85,000 inhabitant equ...

  9. Influence of Surface Treatments on the Bioactivity of Ti

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    Lindahl, Carl; Engqvist, Håkan; Xia, Wei

    2013-01-01

    Several techniques have been described to modify the surface of titanium to make it more bioactive. Heat treatment (HT) and sodium hydroxide treatment (NaOH) have been used and can change the crystallinity and surface chemistry of titanium implants. However, no studies have systemically focused on comparing these different methods and their effect on the bioactivity of Ti. Therefore, in this study, Ti substrates were systematically treated using HT, NaOH, and a combination of HT and NaOH. The...

  10. Influence Of Different Methods Of Operative Treatment On Ovarian Reserve.

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    V Simrok

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This research paper presents the results of ovarian reserve estimation for 125 women with the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS who have undergone various methods of surgical treatment - resection of the ovaries, thermokauterisation and drilling by laser (Ho-Yag. Ovarian reserve was estimated according to the amount of antral follicles, level of follitropin and Müllerian inhibiting substance (MIS, also named anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH. Blood flow in ovarian tissue was also examined after various methods of surgical treatment. The study has shown that the gentlest method of surgical treatment is drilling by Ho-Yag laser, which is least likely to injure the tissue of ovaries, and also this method is most effective in enhancing and preserving ovarian reserve.

  11. Influence of Heat Treatment on Color Change of Poplar

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    2008-01-01

    In this paper, Populus tomentosa was used as samples for heat treatment in order to find the initial effect rule of color change, when the temperature rose to180, 200 and 220 oC and the time was kept for 1, 2 and 3 h, respectively. The results are shown as follows: The color of treated wood can be changed obviously by the heat treatment. Under the same temperature, the color saturation becomes smaller and the difference of color becomes more obvious with the increase of the keeping time. Lightness and color...

  12. Behavioral economic influences on treatments designed to decrease destructive behavior.

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    Perry, A C; Fisher, W W

    2001-01-01

    In behavioral economics terms, response allocation is viewed as an exchange between the price of and the demand for reinforcers associated with various responses. In this study, behavioral economics principles were used to develop and evaluate a treatment package that reduced destructive behavior to zero while communication and compliance were increased.

  13. Influence of argon plasma treatment on polyethersulphone surface

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    N L Singh; S M Pelagade; R S Rane; S Mukherjee; U P Deshpande; V Ganeshan; T Shripathi

    2013-01-01

    Polyethersulphone (PES) was modified to improve the hydrophilicity of its surface, which in turn helps in improving its adhesive property. The modified PES surface was characterized by contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Vicker’s microhardness measurement. The contact angles of the modified PES reduces from 49° to 10° for water. The surface free energy (SFE) calculated from measured contact angles increases from 66.3 to 79.5 mJ/m2 with the increase in plasma treatment time. The increase in SFE after plasma treatment is attributed to the functionalization of the polymer surface with hydrophilic groups. The XPS analysis shows that the ratio of O/C increases from 0.177 to 0.277 for modified PES polymer. AFM shows that the average surface roughness increases from 6.9 nm to 23.7 nm due to the increase in plasma treatment time. The microhardness of the film also increases with plasma treatment.

  14. Influence of different thermal treatment in sintered steels base molybdenum

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    Prealloyed steel powders with different amount of Mo-Cu-Ni-C were compacted at 700 MPa and sintered at 1120 degree centigrade in 95% N2 -5% H2. After sinterizing, these materials were treated by carburizing. For materials characterization radial crushing strength were preformed, density was calculated and a complete study of fracture surfaces was carried out using scanning electron microscopy. The results of radial crushing strength show that resistance after carburizing is higher than in sintered materials. The fracture surfaces give an idea of materials briteless and the treatment depth. In sintered materials, a ductil surface was observed, with the characteristic dimples. The fracture surfaces after different treatments show brittleness in the outer zone, while appears a mix of ductil and briteless fracture. (Author) 7 refs

  15. Factors influencing the future need for treatment of root surfaces.

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    Ettinger, R L; Hand, J S

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    This paper discusses the current status of root surface caries in the elderly population and the need for treatment of this condition in the future. Although root surface exposure and root caries have been reported for adults at all ages, the people at greatest risk for these conditions are the elderly. In the United States, life expectancy and the population aged 65 years and older has increased substantially, and the proportion of the elderly population who are dentate has increased and is projected to increase further. Utilization of dental services by the elderly is similar to that of employed adults. Interpretation of studies of the prevalence and incidence of root surface caries are difficult due to differences in sampling, definition of lesions, and reporting conventions. Root surface caries prevalence is related to age and continues to be a significant problem for this population as they age. Factors that may affect the future need for treatment are explored. PMID:7986448

  16. The influence of hyperthyroidism on implant restoration treatment outcome

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    Suhandi Sidjaja; Soenawan Soenawan; Retno Pontjowulandari; Ira Tanti

    2006-01-01

    There is limited information about bone implant restoration treatment on edentulous patient with hyperthyroidism. This clinical report is presenting the making of dental bone implant restoration on patient with hyperthyroidism history. A 60 years old male patient with hyperthyroidism came to Prosthodontic Clinic Faculty of Dentistry University of Indonesia to improve his ailing denture. After comprehensive evaluation we treated the patient with Implant-Tissue-Supported Overdenture (4 Implants...

  17. Influence of xilanase treatment on Pinus pinaster kraft pulp

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    Spiridon, Iuliana; Duarte, Ana Paula; Curto, Joana

    2010-01-01

    In Portugal, pulp and paper industry uses especially two wood species, Eucalyptus globules and Pinus pinaster. The second species gives pulps with low bleachability (compared with other common softwood species, like Pinus silvester), utilised for packaging papers. It is known that treatments with different hydrolytic enzymes could improve the bleaching capacity of softwood pulp. That is why, xylanases were used to improve Pinus pinaster kraft pulp characteristics. The enzymatic hydrolysis imp...

  18. Influence of orthodontic treatment on temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review

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    Fernández, Felipe J.; Cañigral Ortiz, María Aránzazu; López Caballo, José L.; Brizuela Velasco, Aritza; Moreno Hay, Isabel; del Río Highsmith, Jaime; Vega Álvarez, José Antonio

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    Objectives The aim of this literature systematic review was to evaluate the possible association between malocclusions, orthodontic treatment and development of temporomandibular disorders. Material and Methods: A search was carried out on PubMed-Medline database from January 2000 to August 2013 using the keywords “orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders”, “orthodontics and facial pain” and “malocclusion and temporomandibular disorders”. Human studies included in the study were those ass...

  19. Dosimetric influence of hip prosthesis during radiotherapeutic treatment

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    As the population become aged, many patients with hip prosthesis are treated for a pelvic cancer. The recommended ballistic must avoid to pass in the prosthesis, but sometimes it is inevitable. So it is essential to quantify with accuracy the dose modifications linked to the presence of metallic implant. The aim of this study is to analyze by Monte Carlo method these modifications in simple and complex models (anthropomorphic phantom) which take into account the geometry and the composition of the prosthesis and its coatings. Then, this methodology was used to study the behaviour of a treatment planning system in theses extreme conditions. (authors)

  20. Influence of the explosive treatment on the mechanical properties and microstructure of copper

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    Highlights: • Analysis of Cu properties and microstructure before and after explosive treatment. • Explosive treatment results in fragmentation of coarse grains. • High influence of the explosive treatment on copper properties was determined. • Explosive treatment significantly affects the strain distribution during loading. - Abstract: The manuscript discusses mechanical properties and microstructure of copper before and after the explosive treatment. The aim of this research was to characterize and evaluate the influence of explosive treatment which is present during the manufacturing procedure of a new type of unidirectional cellular structure. For this purpose testing of tensile copper specimens before and after explosive treatment has been performed, accounting also for strain rate sensitivity. The experimental measurements have been supported by the 3D optical deformation measurement system and infrared thermography. The effect of the explosive treatment on coppers’ microstructure has been analysed using the electron microscopy. The study shows that the explosive treatment significantly influences the global response of copper throughout the complete loading range. All specimens exhibit a positive strain rate sensitivity. The uniform distribution of principle strain in untreated specimens is replaced by strain localization which appears just after the start of the loading resulting in much lower failure strain. The observations of microstructure before and after explosive treatment revealed that explosive loading resulted in intensive fragmentation of grains that are enriched with sub-grain layered structure. Such grain size refinement is the main contributor to strengthening of the explosive treated copper

  1. Patient factors influencing dermal filler complications: prevention, assessment, and treatment

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    De Boulle, Koenraad; Heydenrych, Izolda

    2015-01-01

    While rare, complications do occur with the esthetic use of dermal fillers. Careful attention to patient factors and technique can do much to avoid these complications, and a well-informed practitioner can mitigate problems when they do occur. Since cosmetic surgery is usually an elective process, requested by the patient, clinical trials are complex to organize and run. For this reason, an international group of practicing physicians in the field of esthetics came together to share knowledge and to try and produce some informed guidance for their colleagues, considering the literature and also pooling their own extensive clinical experience. This manuscript aims to summarize the crucial aspects of patient selection, including absolute contraindications as well as situations that warrant caution, and also covers important considerations for the pre- and posttreatment periods as well as during the procedure itself. Guidance is given on both immediate and long-term management of adverse reactions. The majority of complications are related to accepting patients inappropriate for treatment or issues of sterility, placement, volume, and injection technique. It is clear that esthetic practitioners need an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of treatment with dermal fillers to achieve optimal outcomes for their patients. PMID:25926750

  2. The influence of applied heat treatments on whey protein denaturation

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    Fetahagić Safet

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Reconstituted skim milk with 8.01% DM was standardized with 3% skim milk powder and with 3% demineralized whey powder (DWP, respectively. Gained milk samples are named as 8%, 11% and 8%+3%DWP. All samples were heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min, respectively. Untreated milk was used as control. Milk samples were coagulated by glucono-d-lactone (GDL at the temperature of 45ºC until pH 4.60 was reached. Milk nitrogen matter content decreased during heat treatments, but linear relationship between applied heat treatments and nitrogen matter decreasing was not found. Nitrogen matter content of sera gained from both untreated and heat treated milk increased with the increase of milk dry matter content and with the addition of DWP. The higher temperature of applied heat treatment, the smaller sera nitrogen matter content. Nitrogen matter content in sera obtained from untreated milk were 64.90 mg%, 96.80 mg% and 117.3 mg% for milk 8%, 11% and 8%+3.0% DWP, respectively. Sera samples obtained from milk 8% heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min had 38.70 mg% 38.30 mg% and 37.20 mg% of nitrogen matter, respectively. Sera samples obtained from milk 11% heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min had 55.90 mg%, 52.80 mg% and 51.30 mg% of nitrogen matter, respectively. Sera samples obtained from milk 8% heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min had 69.50 mg%, 66.20 mg% and 66.00 mg% of nitrogen matter respectively. Distribution of nitrogen matter from untreated milk to milk sera were 12.01%, 11.14% and 17.69% for milk 8%, 11% and 8%+3.0% DWP respectively. Distribution of nitrogen matter from milk 8% heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min to sera samples were 6.99%, 6.72% and 6.59%, respectively. Distribution of nitrogen matter from milk 11% heat treated at 85ºC/10 min, 90ºC/10 min and 95ºC/10 min to sera samples, were 6.02%, 5.32% and 5.21%, respectively

  3. The influence of hyperthyroidism on implant restoration treatment outcome

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    Suhandi Sidjaja

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available There is limited information about bone implant restoration treatment on edentulous patient with hyperthyroidism. This clinical report is presenting the making of dental bone implant restoration on patient with hyperthyroidism history. A 60 years old male patient with hyperthyroidism came to Prosthodontic Clinic Faculty of Dentistry University of Indonesia to improve his ailing denture. After comprehensive evaluation we treated the patient with Implant-Tissue-Supported Overdenture (4 Implants for rehabilitating upper edentulous jaw, and 2 Implant-Tooth-Supported Fixed Partial Denturesfor rehabilitating Kennedy class II lower edentulous jaw respectively. Short term clinical and radiographic evaluation based on Buser’s criteria showed positive result. (Med J Indones 2006; 15:191-5Keywords: Hyperthyroidsm, implant restoration

  4. Terrible triad of the elbow: influence of radial head treatment

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    Lucas Braga Jaques Gonçalves

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective:To test the null hypothesis that patients with the terrible triad of the elbow (dislocation together with fractures of the radial head and coronoid process who are treated with open reduction and internal fixation of the radial head have final results that are comparable with those of patients treated with arthroplasty or partial resection of the radial head.Methods:Twenty-six patients with the terrible triad of the elbow who were operated by a single surgeon were evaluated on average 23 months after the surgery (range: 16–36 months. There were 17 men and nine women of mean age 41 ± 13.4 years. The fractures of the radial head were treated by means of osteosynthesis (12 patients, arthroplasty (nine or resection of a small fragment or no treatment (five. Fixation of the coronoid process/anterior capsule was performed in 21 patients. The lateral ligament complex (LLC was repaired in all the patients, while the medial ligament complex (MLC was repaired in three patients whose elbows remained unstable after treatment for the radial head and LLC, but without fixation of the coronoid process.Results:The mean final range of flexion and extension was 112°. The mean pronation was 70° and supination, 6°. The mean DASH score (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder & Hand was 12 and mean MEPI (Mayo Elbow Performance Index was 87. According to the MEPI scores, 21 patients (80% had good and excellent results. There was no statistically significant difference in the results between the patients who underwent fixation of the radial head and those who underwent arthroplasty or resection of a small fragment.Conclusion:There was no difference between the patients treated with arthroplasty of the radial head and those treated with other techniques.

  5. Influence of austenite grain size on overaging treatment of continuous annealed dual phase steels

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    García-Junceda, A; García Caballero, Francisca; Iung, T; Capdevila, Carlos; García de Andrés, Carlos

    2007-01-01

    A dual phase steel with an initial coarse microstructure was refined, by means of a thermal treatment, to study the influence of the austenite grain size reached during an intercritical annealing treatment on the martensite start temperature. Thus, the effect of the austenite grain size on a subsequent overaging treatment was also investigated. It was found that a coarser austenite grain size leads to a higher martensite start temperature and a lower amount of nontempered marte...

  6. Influence of chemotherapeutic treatment on the complement system

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    The complement system as part of the innate immunity is usually regarded as defence system against intruding pathogens and to aid in the removal of immune complexes. In this regard the complement system attracted interest as effector system in increasing the efficiency of antitumour monoclonal antibodies in cancer research. So far, another function of the complement system, the opsonisation of the body's own apoptotic cells with complement components for efficient phagocytosis has received little attention. In a preliminary study, the neoadjuvant combination chemotherapy epirubicin/docetaxel resulted in distinct quantitative changes in the complement components C3 and C4 in the plasma of breast cancer patients within 24 hours after the initial dose. The first aim of the present thesis was the investigation of complement components as biomarkers for the prediction of response to the initial dose of epirubicin/docetaxel in breast cancer patients. Secondly, the applicability of complement components as general markers for the action of chemotherapeutic agents was analysed. In the first part, plasma samples of 25 breast cancer patients were analysed immediately before and 24 hours after the initial chemotherapeutic dose by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE). Two protein spots belonging to complement C3 showed a correlation with the response to treatment after six cycles of chemotherapy. This result demonstrates that complement C3 is a potential novel predictive biomarker for epirubicin/docetaxel therapy. In the second part of this thesis, the Jurkat T lymphocyte tumour cell line was treated with six different chemotherapeutic agents and deposition of the initiator molecule of the classical complement pathway C1q and the activation fragment C3d on the tumour cells was analysed by flow cytometry. The analysis revealed that deposition of complement C1q and C3d occurred predominantly on late apoptotic cells with a weak DNA staining signal regardless

  7. Influence of sample treatment on ESR signal of irradiated citrus

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    EST spectra of the hard seed cover and kernel coating of irradiated orange and tangerine fruits were obtained under different sample drying conditions to analyze the effect of treatment on ESR line at g = 2.0033 (line A). The spectra shows almost the same lines that appear in stalks, achenes, seeds and skins of fresh fruit. The peak-to-peak intensity of the line A of the spectra shows a linear variation with dose in the range studied (up to 5 kGy) under controlled sample preparation. Q-band ESR spectra shows that this line is composed for three different lines from different species, A1, A2 and A3. The A2 and A3 lines are associated with dose but grow also during drying of the sample and are probably due to 'cellulosic' components of the seed cover. The A1 line appears only when sample is dried and is probably associated with the quinones of the internal kernel coat. (author)

  8. Influence of sample treatment on ESR signal of irradiated citrus

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    De Jesus, E.F.O.; Lopes, R.T. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia; Rossi, A.M. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    EST spectra of the hard seed cover and kernel coating of irradiated orange and tangerine fruits were obtained under different sample drying conditions to analyze the effect of treatment on ESR line at g = 2.0033 (line A). The spectra shows almost the same lines that appear in stalks, achenes, seeds and skins of fresh fruit. The peak-to-peak intensity of the line A of the spectra shows a linear variation with dose in the range studied (up to 5 kGy) under controlled sample preparation. Q-band ESR spectra shows that this line is composed for three different lines from different species, A{sub 1}, A{sub 2} and A{sub 3}. The A{sub 2} and A{sub 3} lines are associated with dose but grow also during drying of the sample and are probably due to `cellulosic` components of the seed cover. The A{sub 1} line appears only when sample is dried and is probably associated with the quinones of the internal kernel coat. (author).

  9. Influence of sample treatment on ESR signal of irradiated citrus.

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    de Jesus, E F; Rossi, A M; Lopes, R T

    1996-01-01

    ESR spectra of the hard seed cover and kernel coating of irradiated orange and tangerine fruits were obtained under different sample drying conditions to analyze the effect of treatment on ESR line at g = 2.0033 (line A). The spectra shows almost the same lines that appear in stalks, achenes, seeds and skins of fresh fruit. The peak-to-peak intensity of the line A of the spectra shows a linear variation with dose in the range studied (up to 5 kGy) under controlled sample preparation. Q-band ESR spectra shows that this line is composed for three different lines from different species. A1, A2 and A3. The A2 and A3 lines are associated with dose but grow also during drying of the sample and are probably due to 'cellulosic' components of the seed cover. The A1 line appears only when sample is dried and is probably associated with the quinones of the internal kernel coat. PMID:9022204

  10. Influence of crude oil treatment to the environment

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    Full text : Environmental menace is linking with the unprecedented man-caused explosion and perspective global warming at the result of atmosphere pollution. If similar tendency is continued radical changing's will not happen in future which catastrophically reflects in ecology, climate of the planet, finally in the population health of the Earth. However, unfortunately one-sidedly economy increasing are chiefly directed to the oil-gas sector and from year to year amount increasing of means of transport causes man's impact to the environment. Further increasing of these processes obviously can lead to the dangerous ecological situation. In the economical and efficiency increasing process country population depend directly on the level of energy consumption. Application of nature-conservative measures and technology, promotional efficiency increasing of energy usage, its total usage decreasing, simultaneous reducing of hazardous substance lead to the considerable but cardinal results. That's why taking into consideration above mentioned circumstance, conclusion one is oil and gas saving, reducing of hazardous substance, we can greatly economize by the gradual way of natural energy replacement into renewable energy. In this connection, special interest for Azerbaijan creates high-grade potential solar radiation usage problem in several fields of national economy, especially in oil sector of the country. There is a real background for effective usage of high-grade potential solar radiation in Azerbaijan oil industry. As the process of primary crude oil treatment in the condition of oil fields for its further transportation to Oil Refining Plant the temperature is to be near 50-60 degrees to be very readily reached to various solar radiation engineering systems. On the base on the above mentioned for realizing this process we built and developed high-grade temperature solar plant with parabolic trough concentrator. Economy till 40% of national fuels (mazut, gas

  11. Influence of Femtosecond Laser Irradiation and Heat Treatment on Precipitation of Silver Nanoparticles in Glass

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    曾惠丹; 邱建荣; 姜雄伟; 曲士良; 朱从善; 干福熹

    2003-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles were precipitated inside an Ag2 O-doped glass by femtosecond laser irradiation and successive heat treatment. The influence of heat treatment temperature on the precipitation of silver nanoparticles was investigated. Absorption spectra show that the femtosecond laser irradiation results in an apparent decrease of the treatment temperature for the precipitation of Ag nanoparticles. We demonstrate the control of precipitation,dissolution and growth of silver nanoparticles inside glass by changing the heat treatment temperature or using further femtosecond laser irradiation.

  12. Influence of Surface Treatment on the Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel in Simulated Human Body Environment

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    Esmaeil Jafari; Mohammad Jafar Hadianfard

    2009-01-01

    In the present research, the influence of chromium enrichment by surface treatment on corrosion resistance of type 316L stainless steel in body environment was investigated. For this study, weight loss test during 18 months, cyclic and liner polarization tests before and after surface treatment and metallography by electron and light microscopy were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed method. In addition, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) method was used to determine the chromium concentration in the surface layer after surface treatment. Results show that the surface treatment has improved corrosion resistance of the type 316L stainless steel in body environment.

  13. The influence of yarn treatment on the tensile properties of biocomposites

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    Širvaitienė, Anne; Jankauskaitė, Virginija; Bekampienė, Paulė; Sankauskaitė, Audronė

    2012-07-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the influence of cotton and linen yarns treatments at different hierarchical levels on the biocomposite tensile properties. The biodegradable poly(lactic acid) (PLA) resin was used as the matrix polymer. The water based mercerization and low pressure plasma treatment were applied for chemical modification of yarns macro- and microfibrils. To improve fiber orientation of fibre bundles and single fibers the pretension of yarn was used. It was obtained that the most efficient is the complex yarns treatment, plasma treatment with subsequent pre-tension, where especially notable was the positive effect of low-pressure plasma.

  14. Influence networks among substance abuse treatment clinics: implications for the dissemination of innovations

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    Johnson, Kimberly; Quanbeck, Andrew; Maus, Adam; Gustafson, David H.; Dearing, James W.

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    Understanding influence networks among substance abuse treatment clinics may speed the diffusion of innovations. The purpose of this study was to describe influence networks in Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington and test two expectations, using social network analysis: (1) Social network measures can identify influential clinics; and (2) Within a network, some weakly connected clinics access out-of-network sources of innovative evidence-based practices and can spread th...

  15. Influence of electrochemical pre-treatment in dyeing wastewater reuse for five reactive dyes

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    Riera Torres, Miquel Antoni; Gutiérrez Bouzán, María Carmen; Valldeperas Morell, José; Lis Arias, Manuel José; Crespi Rosell, Martin

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    In this study, the influence of an electrochemical pre-treatment was evaluated in dyeing wastewater reuse for five reactive dyes for cotton fabrics. The most proper dyeing method was established and the influence of alkali was also studied. Wastewater was treated in an electrochemical cell at 20 Lh_1 and 40 mA/cm2 for between 3 and 15 minutes before being reused. During the electrochemical treatment the evolution of the dye degradation was evaluated by COD measurements. From the results, it c...

  16. PS3-16: The Influence of Travel Time on Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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    Onega, Tracy; Cook, Andrea; Kirlin, Beth; Buist, Diana; Tuzzio, Leah

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    Background and Aims: Longer travel time to health care services has been shown to be associated with more advanced stage at diagnosis and differences in surgical care for women with breast cancer. The influence of travel time on other disease characteristics at diagnosis and on use of other breast cancer treatments is not known. We examined travel time in relation to stage, nodal involvement, tumor size, primary and adjuvant treatments, and receipt of surveillance mammography to provide a mor...

  17. A narrative review of factors influencing detection and treatment of depression in Vietnam

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    Niemi, Maria; Målqvist, Mats; Giang, Kim Bao; Allebeck, Peter; Falkenberg, Torkel

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    Depression is among the most common psychiatric conditions in primary health care, and constitutes an important part of the global disease burden. However, it is difficult to obtain comparable data on depression worldwide and models for treatment and intervention need to be locally adapted. We conducted a narrative review of research literature on factors that influence depression screening, diagnosis and treatment among the Vietnamese population. This explorative approach included studies de...

  18. The Influence of The Radiation PrE—Treatment on Electrical Properties of Minerals

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    Florek, Ivan; Murová, Ingrid

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    The radiation pre—treatment process makes possible the mineral properties modifications. In this paper theoretical principles of the influence of the radiation pre—treatment by means of accelerated electrons on the electrical conductivity and permittivity of selected minerals is analysed. The changes of specific conductivity, as well as permittivity in dependence on the radiation dose and the grain size of minerals are introduced. On the basis of these data the conditions of the above mention...

  19. Influence of different surface treatments on the fracture toughness of a commercial ZTA dental ceramic

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    Flavio Teixeira da Silva; Marcio Alessandro Negrelly Zacché; Helio Salim de Amorim

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate how mechanical surface treatments performed for removal of excess of molten glass, influence the fracture toughness of a dental zirconia toughened alumina (In-Ceram® Zirconia). Infiltrated ZTA disks were submitted to three different surface treatments (grinding, sandblasting and grinding + sandblasting + annealing). Fracture toughness was accessed through indentation strength test (IS). X ray diffraction was used to investigate the metastability ...

  20. Influence of post-casting treatments on sulphonated polyetheretherketone composite membranes

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    Carbone, Alessandra; Gatto, Irene; Passalacqua, Enza [CNR-ITAE, Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies ' ' N. Giordano' ' Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse, 5 - Messina (Italy); Ohira, Akihiro; Wu, Libin [FC-CUBIC (Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Research Center) AIST Tokyo Waterfront, 2-41-6, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 (Japan)

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    Since the post-casting treatments influence the water entrapped in polymeric matrix and consequently its proton conductivity, an evaluation of annealing at 200 C and acid treatments was conducted on previously developed composite s-PEEK (1.55 mequiv. g{sup -1}) membranes, containing a commercial aminopropyl-functionalised silica. DSC, WAXS, SEM-EDX and laser microscope measurements carried out on membranes swollen at different temperatures highlighted different membrane properties depending on post-casting treatments. It was found that composite membranes have different structural and morphological characteristics than pristine polymer membranes. The silica distribution was modified when different treatments are used. The state of water changed when silica was inserted into the membranes. Actually, contrary to the pristine membranes the presence of freezable water was revealed at temperature lower than 80 C. The proton conductivity was also affected by the presence and the amount of water trapped into the membranes and was particularly influenced by the post-casting treatments. The silica introduction reduced the swelling effect and improved the robustness of the membranes even if a higher water content in the freezable state was observed. Acid treatment leads to significant improvement in membrane properties, but the present work shows that annealing before acid treatment can affect the membrane morphology more strongly than other treatments resulting in a much better fuel cell performance. (author)

  1. Influence of different pre-treatment routes on the anaerobic digestion of a filamentous algae

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    Ehimen, Ehiazesebhor Augustine; Holm-Nielsen, Jens Bo; Poulsen, M.;

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    The anaerobic digestion of outdoor cultivated Rhizoclonium biomass was investigated in this study. The influence of applying mechanical and biological pre-treatment methods prior to the biomass digestion on the overall methane yields was examined. The results show that the application of a combined...

  2. The influence of surface treatment on mass transfer between air and building material

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    Kwiatkowski, Jerzy; Rode, Carsten; Hansen, Kurt Kielsgaard;

    2008-01-01

    mass uptake. It was shown also that higher air velocity speeds up the process of mass exchange between indoor air and materials but apparently decreases the total amount of exchanged water after a longer period. The experiment allows not only to check the influence of surface treatment on mass transfer...

  3. INFLUENCE OF HEAT TREATMENT ON DAMPING BEHAVIOUR OF THE MAGNESIUM WROUGHT ALLOY AZ61

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    2007-01-01

    The effect of isochronal heat treatments for 1h on variation of damping, hardness and microstructural change of the magnesium wrought alloy AZ61 was investigated. Damping and hardness behaviour could be attributed to the evolution of precipitation process. The influence of precipitation on damping behaviour was explained in the framework of the dislocation string model of Granato and Lücke.

  4. Reciprocal Influence of Alliance to the Group and Outcome in Day Treatment for Eating Disorders

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    Tasca, Giorgio A.; Lampard, Amy M.

    2012-01-01

    The nature of the alliance-outcome relationship is still emerging. This study examined the reciprocal influence of change in alliance to the group and change in urge to restrict in eating-disordered individuals attending a group-based day treatment. Participants (N = 238) were a transdiagnostic or mixed diagnostic sample of eating-disordered…

  5. Influence of intermittent preventive treatment on antibodies to VAR2CSA in pregnant Cameroonian women

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    Babakhanyan, Anna; Tutterrow, Yeung L; Bobbili, Naveen;

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    Intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) and insecticide-treated bed nets are the standard of care for preventing malaria in pregnant women. Since these preventive measures reduce exposure to malaria, their influence on the antibody (Ab) response to the parasite antigen VAR2CSA was evaluated in...

  6. Influence of ozonation and activated carbon treatment on the ecotoxicity of wastewater treatment plant effluents

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    Magdeburg, Axel

    2015-01-01

    Background. There is growing public and scientific concern about the occurrence of anthropogenic chemicals in the aquatic environment. Surface and groundwater serve as main drinking water resource. Especially in metropolitan areas these water reservoirs are impacted by organic pollutants predominantly originating from wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents. The impact of wastewater derived anthropogenic chemicals is therefore related to environmental and human health concerns. In order t...

  7. Serotonergic Mechanisms Influence the Response to Glucocorticoid Treatment in TMJ Arthritis

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to investigate the influence of serotonin (5-HT on the effects of intra-articular injections of glucocorticoid on pain of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ in patients with inflammatory disorders of the TMJ. The pretreatment synovial fluid 5-HT was negatively, and plasma 5-HT positively, correlated to change in TMJ pain after treatment. The pretreatment plasma 5-HT was positively correlated to change in pressure-pain threshold after treatment. In conclusion, this study shows that local and systemic serotonergic mechanisms partly determine the effect of intra-articular glucocorticoid treatment on TMJ pain in patients with chronic TMJ arthritis of systemic nature, while change in pressure-pain threshold over the TMJ is influenced by systemic serotonergic mechanisms.

  8. Examination of the influence of heat treatment on the properties of Al-Si alloys

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    Vuksanovic, D.; Rakocevic, S. [Faculty of Metallurgy, Podgorica (RS); Markovic, S. [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Belgrade (RS); Petrovic, T. [Institute ' Kirilo Savic' , Belgrade (RS); Kovacevic, K. [Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy (RS); Tripkovic, S. [H.K. Petar Drapsin, Mladenovac (RS)

    2007-08-15

    In this paper the influence of heat treatment on the structural and mechanical properties of Al-Si alloys was investigated. Silicon content in the examined alloys was in the range 11 to 14%, the contents of the other alloying elements were in the standard range but all alloys were modified with strontium. The regime of the applied heat treatment was quenching (520 C/6h - cooling in water) + aging (205oC/7h - air cooling). The examinations were carried out at room temperature as well as at 250 C and 300 C. The obtained results showed a positive influence of the applied heat treatment on the mechanical properties of the examined alloys. The improvement of the mechanical properties can be considered as a consequence of a redistribution and change of morphology of the phases present in the structure of the alloys. (orig.)

  9. Influence of drug treatment on glucocorticoid receptor levels in patients with coronary heart disease

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    JI Hong; GUO Wei-zao; YAN Zhi-hong; LI Di; LU Cui-lian

    2010-01-01

    Background Glucocorticoid signaling exerts major roles in inflammation, metabolism and depression, which are three crucial factors accompanying or underlying coronary heart disease. Although accumulating evidence indicates the influence of glucocorticoids on the pathology and treatment of coronary heart disease, there is still a dearth of pharmaceutical mechanisms for this relationship. This study aimed to investigate the influence of drug treatment on glucocorticoid receptor levels in coronary heart disease.Methods Eighty hospitalized patients (average age (59.0 7.5) years, 46 male and 34 female) with coronary heart disease were categorized into four groups with 20 members in each according to one of the four drugs they were treated with. The four drugs were: nitrated derivative isosorbide dinitrate, the beta-adrenergic receptor blocker metoprolol, the calcium antagonist nifedipine, and the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor lovastatin. Glucocorticoid receptor protein levels of peripheral blood lymphocytes were tested using immunoblotting analysis before and after one month of treatment. Results Immunoblotting analysis showed increased glucocorticoid receptor levels after treatment with metoprolol and nifedipine. There were no statistically significant changes of glucocorticoid receptor levels after treatment with isosorbide dinitrate or lovastatin, although there were trends of up-regulation of glucocorticoid receptor expression after both treatments.Conclusions Both the beta-blocker and the calcium blocker can increase glucocorticoid receptor levels after chronic administration. This effect suggests a mechanism for their anti-inflammatory and other therapeutic roles for coronary heart disease and comorbid disorders.

  10. Influence of ethylene glycol pretreatment on effectiveness of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment of polyethylene fibers

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    For atmospheric pressure plasma treatments, the results of plasma treatments may be influenced by liquids adsorbed into the substrate. This paper studies the influence of ethylene glycol (EG) pretreatment on the effectiveness of atmospheric plasma jet (APPJ) treatment of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers with 0.31% and 0.42% weight gain after soaked in EG/water solution with concentration of 0.15 and 0.3 mol/l for 24 h, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the surface of fibers pretreated with EG/water solution does not have observable difference from that of the control group. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the oxygen concentration on the surface of EG-pretreated fibers is increased less than the plasma directly treated fibers. The interfacial shear strength (IFSS) of plasma directly treated fibers to epoxy is increased almost 3 times compared with the control group while that of EG-pretreated fibers to epoxy does not change except for the fibers pretreated with lower EG concentration and longer plasma treatment time. EG pretreatment reduces the water contact angle of UHMWPE fibers. In conclusion, EG pretreatment can hamper the effect of plasma treatment of UHMWPE fibers and therefore longer plasma treatment duration is required for fibers pretreated with EG.

  11. Influence of ethylene glycol pretreatment on effectiveness of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment of polyethylene fibers

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    Wen Ying; Li Ranxing [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology (Donghua University), Ministry of Education (China); Cai Fang [Key Laboratory of Eco-Textiles (Donghua University), Ministry of Education (China); Fu Kun; Peng Shujing; Jiang Qiuran; Yao Lan [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology (Donghua University), Ministry of Education (China); Qiu Yiping, E-mail: ypqiu@dhu.edu.cn [Department of Textile Materials Science and Product Design, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2010-03-01

    For atmospheric pressure plasma treatments, the results of plasma treatments may be influenced by liquids adsorbed into the substrate. This paper studies the influence of ethylene glycol (EG) pretreatment on the effectiveness of atmospheric plasma jet (APPJ) treatment of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers with 0.31% and 0.42% weight gain after soaked in EG/water solution with concentration of 0.15 and 0.3 mol/l for 24 h, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the surface of fibers pretreated with EG/water solution does not have observable difference from that of the control group. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the oxygen concentration on the surface of EG-pretreated fibers is increased less than the plasma directly treated fibers. The interfacial shear strength (IFSS) of plasma directly treated fibers to epoxy is increased almost 3 times compared with the control group while that of EG-pretreated fibers to epoxy does not change except for the fibers pretreated with lower EG concentration and longer plasma treatment time. EG pretreatment reduces the water contact angle of UHMWPE fibers. In conclusion, EG pretreatment can hamper the effect of plasma treatment of UHMWPE fibers and therefore longer plasma treatment duration is required for fibers pretreated with EG.

  12. Influence of annealing treatment on microstructure and properties of cold sprayed stainless steel coatings

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    Xianming MENG; Junbao ZHANG; Jie ZHAO; Wei HAN; Yongli LIANG

    2011-01-01

    304 stainless steel coatings had been deposited on carbon-steel substrate by cold spray technique, vacuum annealing treatment was applied to the coatings with different temperatures, and the influence of annealing treatment on the microstructure and electrochemical behavior of the coatings in 3.5% NaCl were analyzed. The results indicated that, the cold sprayed coating was constituted by the flattened particles, and the interfaces were clearly observed between the deposited particles. It was also found that annealing treatment led to the recovery and recrystallization of the elongated grains in the as-sprayed coatings with the increase of annealing temperature.When the annealing temperature achieved to 950 ℃, the interface of particles was disappeared and the coating's structure was made of new recrystallization anstenite grains. Annealing treatment increased the potential volts, and reduced the corrosion rate with the increase of annealing temperature. The electrical corrosion morphology indicated that, the corrosion was firstly at the distortion area and the crevice corrosion mechanism played an important part. Based on these results, processes active during annealing treatment are kinetically dependent and strongly influenced by the annealing treatment temperature.

  13. Influence of parents’ and caregivers’ characteristics on the outcomes of antiretroviral treatment in Ugandan children

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there was an association between characteristics of parents and caregivers, and the outcomes of antiretroviral treatment in children younger than 6 years treated at Mildmay Centre in Uganda. Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study based on the review of records. The records of children treated from January 2000 to July 2005 were included in the analysis as part of a larger study. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used in the analysis of data.Results: Of the 179 children, 57.3% were male, 53.4% were 4–5 years, and their median age was 4 years. The majority of children were cared for, in descending order, by their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and fathers. Whilst 16.0% were orphans of both parents, 56.9% had one of their parents still alive. With regard to outcomes of antiretroviral treatment, it was found that a CD4 count of less than 15% was the most significant predictor of death, when treatment was initiated only at that late stage. When the influence of caregivers’ and parents’ characteristics on the outcomes of treatment were considered, the only factor that was associated significantly with clinical improvement was the ‘father’s unknown human immunodeficiency virus (HIV status’. The data show that when the father was alive, as well as when both parents were alive, the children had a better chance of survival.Conclusion: The nature of the relationship between caregivers and children on antiretroviral treatment, as well as the HIV and living status of their parents seem to have little positive influence on the clinical, immunological, and survival outcomes of the children on treatment. More studies are needed to investigate other characteristics and relationships that may influence the outcomes of treatment.

  14. INFLUENCE OF ENZYME PRE-TREATMENTS ON NATURAL DYEING OF PROTEINIC SUBSTRATES

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    Full Text Available This study presents dyeing behavior aspects with Allium Cepa infusion of 100% wool yarns and 70%wool/ 30% Angora mohair blended yarns. Variants of yarns that were pre-treated according to the classical procedure of scouring were compared with variants of yarns that were subjected to proteolytic enzyme pre-treatment. The pre-mordanting technique with potassium alum was experimented. The influence of pre-treatments on natural dyeing was studied in terms of dyeing intensity, color fastness to washing, artificial light, acid and alkaline perspiration, physical-mechanicaland physical-chemical characteristics. Colour measurements have evidenced an increase of the tinctorial affinity to natural dye of wool fiber subjected to preliminary enzyme treatment followed by pre-mordanting. In the case of wool-Angora mohair blended yarns the tinctorial affinity to natural dye does not improve. Colour fastness to washing, acid and alkaline perspiration is good and very good for all the variants of treatment applied. Pre-mordanting has not positively influenced the colour fastness to light. Preliminary processes applied either in the classical or in the enzyme variant followed by pre-mordanting and dyeing induced a decrease of the breaking strength of 100% wool yarns by approx. 20% in the case of classical treatment and by 16% in the case of enzyme treatment while they do not negatively influence the breaking elongation values. For wool- Angora mohair blended yarns the enzyme treatment was much more aggressive compared to the classical one, leading to much lower values of the breaking strength, compared to the raw witness yarns, the decreases re aching up to 40%.

  15. Genetic influence on methadone treatment outcomes in patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment for opioid addiction: a pilot study

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    Full Text Available Zainab Samaan,1–4 Monica Bawor,3,4 Brittany B Dennis,2,3 Carolyn Plater,5 Michael Varenbut,5 Jeffrey Daiter,5 Andrew Worster,5,6 David C Marsh,5,7 Charlie Tan,8 Dipika Desai,3 Lehana Thabane,2,9,10 Guillaume Pare11 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 3Population Genomics Program, Chanchlani Research Centre, 4MiNDS Neuroscience Program, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 5Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada; 6Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 7Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada; 8Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, 9Biostatistics Unit, Centre for Evaluation of Medicine, 10System Linked Research Unit, 11Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Introduction: Treatment of opioid addiction with methadone is effective; however, it is known to produce interindividual variability. This may be influenced in part by genetic variants, which can increase the initial risk of developing opioid addiction as well as explain differences in response to treatment. This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility of conducting a full-scale genetic analysis to identify genes that predict methadone treatment outcomes in this population. Methods: This was a cross-sectional observational study of patients admitted to a methadone maintenance treatment program for opioid addiction. We obtained demographic and clinical characteristics in addition to blood and urine samples, for the assessment of treatment outcomes. Results: The recruitment process yielded 252 patients, representing a 20% recruitment rate. We conducted genetic testing based on a 99.6% rate of provision of DNA samples. The average retention in treatment was 3.4 years, and >50% of the participants reported psychiatric and

  16. The Influence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Treatment Outcomes of Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder.

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    Boritz, Tali; Barnhart, Ryan; McMain, Shelley F

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the influence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on treatment outcomes in patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Participants were 180 individuals diagnosed with BPD enrolled in a randomized controlled trial that compared the clinical and cost effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and general psychiatric management (GPM). Multilevel linear models and generalized linear models were used to compare clinical outcomes of BPD patients with and without PTSD. BPD patients with comorbid PTSD reported significantly higher levels of global psychological distress at baseline and end of treatment compared to their non-PTSD counterparts. Both groups evidenced comparable rates of change on suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), global psychological distress, and BPD symptoms over the course of treatment and post-treatment follow-up. DBT and GPM were effective for BPD patients with and without PTSD across a broad range of outcomes. PMID:26305394

  17. INFLUENCE OF AISI 316Ti STAINLESS STELL SURFACE TREATMENT ON PITTING CORROSION IN VARIOUS SOLUTIONS

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    Pavol Fajnor

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Investigation of the surface treatment effect on the resistance of AISI 316Ti stainless steel to pitting corrosion is presented in this paper. The grinded surfaces without additional chemical treatment, grinded and pickled, grinded, pickled and passivated surfaces are tested. The corrosion tests are carried out by exposition in solution which evoke pitting and by electrochemical cyclic potential - sweep method. According to the results the surface treatment has a great influence on the resistance of the tested material to pitting. It is not possible to estimate the best surface treatment because behavior of AISI 316Ti stainless steel with different surface state depends on the mechanism of corrosion processes which vary in the used experimental methods.

  18. The Influence of Frontal Lobe Tumors and Surgical Treatment on Advanced Cognitive Functions.

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    Fang, Shengyu; Wang, Yinyan; Jiang, Tao

    2016-07-01

    Brain cognitive functions affect patient quality of life. The frontal lobe plays a crucial role in advanced cognitive functions, including executive function, meta-cognition, decision-making, memory, emotion, and language. Therefore, frontal tumors can lead to serious cognitive impairments. Currently, neurosurgical treatment is the primary method to treat brain tumors; however, the effects of the surgical treatments are difficult to predict or control. The treatment may both resolve the effects of the tumor to improve cognitive function or cause permanent disabilities resulting from damage to healthy functional brain tissue. Previous studies have focused on the influence of frontal lesions and surgical treatments on patient cognitive function. Here, we review cognitive impairment caused by frontal lobe brain tumors. PMID:27072331

  19. Influence of Thermal Homogenization Treatment on Structure and Impact Toughness of H13 ESR Steel

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    MA Dang-shen; ZHOU Jian; CHEN Zai-zhi; ZHANG Zhong-kan; CHEN Qi-an; LI De-hui

    2009-01-01

    The as-cast microstrueture of H13 ESR ingot and the influence of high temperature diffusion treatment on the structure and impact toughness have been investigated. The results show that the dendrite arm spacing gradually becomes wide from the surface to the center of ingot, and the large primary carbide particles always exist in interdendritic segregation areas; by means of high temperature diffusion treatment of ingot prior to hot forging, the banded segregation is nearly eliminated, the annealed structure is more uniform and the isotropic properties have been improved remarkably.

  20. Influence of radiation treatment on pharmaceuticals and adjuvants: A literature study. Pt. 9. Supplement

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    Sterilization of medical aid articles (e.g. catheters, one-way syringes) with ionizing radiation is a successful practice in many countries. During recent years, the results from numerous experiments of radiosterillization of pharmaceuticals and adjuvants have likewise been published. Experience has shown that radiation treatment, in many cases, is leading to transformations of the irradiated substances. In the present part IX of the bibliographic study on the influence of radiation treatment on pharmaceuticals and adjuvants the results of experiments on ca. 80 substances from 36 different sources have been evaluated. In all parts of the study results of about 560 experiments on 360 substances from 176 different sources are present. (orig.)

  1. The influence of different irradiation sources on the treatment of nitrobenzene

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    Rodriguez, Miguel [Universidad de Los Andes, Escuela Basica de Ingenieria, La Hechicera, Merida (Venezuela); Timokhin, Vitaliy [Department of Physical Chemistry, Institute of Physical Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3a Naukova Street, 79053 Lviv (Ukraine); Michl, Florian; Contreras, Sandra; Gimenez, Jaime; Esplugas, Santiago [Department d' Enginyeria Quimica i Metallurgia, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2002-11-15

    This work describes the influence of light on the treatment of nitrobenzene (NB) in aqueous solutions. Three different experimental devices were used to perform a detailed study: a photoreactor with four low-pressure mercury lamps ({lambda}=253.7nm), a tubular photoreactor with a polychromatic Xe lamp (290<{lambda}<1200nm), and finally a solar reactor (sunlight). TOC analyses were performed in order to monitor and compare the extent of these processes, each of them being performed with one of the three different sources of light. The influence of Fe(II), Fe(III), H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, and light on the mineralization of NB in aqueous solutions was also studied. The successful use of sunlight as a source of energy and its effectiveness regarding Fenton processes as well as direct photolysis in the treatment of NB are presented.

  2. [Distribution and influence factors of Anammox bacteria in sewage treatment systems].

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    Zheng, Bingyu; Peng, Yongzhen; Zhang, Liang; Yang, Anming; Zhang, Shujun

    2014-12-01

    Nitrogen removal techniques based on Anammox process are developing rapidly these years. The distribution and diversity of Anammox have become important research directions. A variety of Anammox have been detected till now, of which only Kuenenia and Brocadia are often detected in wastewater treatment systems. In addition, in a single niche there is only one type of Anammox bacteria. However, the distribution mechanism and transformation of Anammox bacteria in different niches are still ambiguous. Therefore, the distribution of Anammox in various conditions was summarized and analyzed in this article. And the key factors influencing the distribution of Anammox were concluded, including substrate concentration and the specific growth rate, sludge properties and microbial niche, the joint action and influence of multiple factors. The engineering significance research on the distribution and influencing factors of Anammox bacteria in the sewage system and proposed research prospects were expounded. PMID:26016371

  3. MORPHOLOGY MODIFICATION OF CARBON CHROME MOLYBDENUM STEEL STRUCTURE INFLUENCED BY HEAT TREATMENT

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    V. A. Lutsenko

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of temperature and time parameters of thermal treatment on structural change and properties of carbon chromium molybdenum steel has been studied. It has been shown that there are considerable areas with grainy morphology of cementite after high temperature tempering in the structure of steel. It assures reduction of steel microhardness by 25%, and there are no substantial structural changes after medium temperature tempering.

  4. Morphology modification of carbon chrome molybdenum steel structure influenced by heat treatment

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    V. A. Lutsenko; N. L. Anelkin; T. N. Golubenko; Scherbakov, V. I.; O. V. Lutsenko

    2011-01-01

    The influence of temperature and time parameters of thermal treatment on structural change and properties of carbon chromium molybdenum steel has been studied. It has been shown that there are considerable areas with grainy morphology of cementite after high temperature tempering in the structure of steel. It assures reduction of steel microhardness by 25%, and there are no substantial structural changes after medium temperature tempering.

  5. Influence of Alkali Treatment on the Surface Area of Aluminium Dross

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    Zauzi, N. S. Ahmad; M. Z. H. Zakaria; Baini, R.; Rahman, M. R.; N. Mohamed Sutan; Hamdan, S

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    Aluminium dross is an industrial waste from aluminium refining industry and classified as toxic substances. However, the disposal of dross as a waste is a burden to aluminium manufacturer industries due to its negative effects to the ecosystem, surface, and ground water. Therefore the purpose of this study is to evaluate the influence of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) on the surface area and pore size of aluminium dross. There were 3 stages in the treatment activities, which were leaching, precipita...

  6. Factors influencing tobacco use treatment patterns among Vietnamese health care providers working in community health centers

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    Shelley, Donna; Tseng, Tuo-Yen; Pham, Hieu; Nguyen, Linh; Keithly, Sarah; Stillman, Frances; Nguyen, Nam

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    Background Almost half of adult men in Viet Nam are current smokers, a smoking prevalence that is the second highest among South East Asian countries (SEAC). Although Viet Nam has a strong public health delivery system, according to the 2010 Global Adult Tobacco Survey, services to treat tobacco dependence are not readily available to smokers. The purpose of this study was to characterize current tobacco use treatment patterns among Vietnamese health care providers and factors influencing adh...

  7. Biofield and Fungicide Seed Treatment Influences on Soybean Productivity,Seed Quality and Weed Community

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    Trivedi, Mahendra Kumar

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    Soybean production in Iowa USA is among the most productive for raínfed regions in the world. Despite generally having excellent soils, growing season temperatures and rainfall, soybean yields are decreased by weed interference and inadequate available soil water at key stages of crop development. A field study was conducted at two locations in lowa in 2012 to determine if seed-applied fungicide or biofield treatments influenced weed community, soil volumetric water concentration and s...

  8. Influence of ethylene oxide gas treatment on the in vitro degradation behavior of dermal sheep collagen

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    The influence of ethylene oxide gas treatment on the in vitro degradation behavior of noncrosslinked, glutaraldehyde crosslinked or hexamethylene diisocyanate crosslinked dermal sheep collagen (DSC) using bacterial collagenase is described. The results obtained were compared with the degradation behavior of either nonsterilized or γ-sterilized DSC. Upon ethylene oxide sterilization, reaction of ethylene oxide with the free amine groups of DSC occurred, which resulted in a decreased helix stab...

  9. Influence of preventive dental treatment on mutans streptococci counts in patients undergoing head and neck radiotherapy

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    Lívia Buzati Meca; Fátima Regina Nunes de Souza; Helio Massaioshi Tanimoto; Alvimar Lima de Castro; Elerson Gaetti-Jardim Júnior

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of chlorhexidine gluconate, sodium fluoride and sodium iodine on mutans streptococci counts in saliva of irradiated patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-five patients were separated into three experimental groups and received chlorhexidine (0.12%), sodium fluoride (0.5%) or sodium iodine (2%), which were used daily during radiotherapy and for 6 months after the conclusion of the treatment. In addition, a fourth group, composed by 15 additio...

  10. Influence of radiation treatment on pharmaceuticals. A study of the relevant literature

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    The present communication provides a quick overview of the behaviour of individual substances when treated with ionizing radiation while making reference to the respective original literature. The choosen form of an encyclopaedia enables the user to find information at a glance. It is based on parts I - XII of our review of literature on the influence of radiation treatment on pharmaceutical products and adjuvants/excipients we started in 1978. (orig.)

  11. Factors influencing a patient's decision to choose the type of treatment to improve dental esthetics

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    Gržić Renata; Špalj Stjepan; Lajnert Vlatka; Glavičić Snježana; Uhač Ivone; Kovačević-Pavičić Daniela

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    Backgroung/Aim. Interest in dental esthetics has increased rapidly during the last few decades among both patients and dentists, and the creation of a natural dental appearance has become an important task in all fields of dentistry, especially in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. The aim of this research was to investigate factors influencing a patient's decision to choose the type of treatment to improve dental esthetics. Methods. A total of 700 Caucasian subjects participated...

  12. The influence of patient's motivation on reported pain during orthodontic treatment

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    Marcio José da Silva Campos

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Patients usually experience pain during orthodontic treatment. This fact can affect cooperation and the development of treatment. Reporting pain during treatment seems to be influenced by emotional aspects such as the patient's motivation. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between patient's motivation and the intensity of reported pain during two stages of treatment. METHODS: Twenty males (11-37 years old answered a questionnaire divided into five categories regarding their motivation towards treatment. The subjects were studied for 14 days (7 days with bonded brackets and 7 days with the initial arch inserted and the intensity of pain was evaluated on a daily basis. All the issues, including the intensity of pain, were measured through the visual analog scale (VAS. RESULTS: The VAS-associated questionnaire proved to have good temporal reliability and reasonable internal consistency, being that the "perceived severity" domain had the greatest, although not significant (p = 0.196 correlation with pain intensity. Only the question asking the patients if they thought that their teeth were too uneven showed a positive correlation with pain intensity (p = 0.048. CONCLUSION: The results seem to indicate that the five categories related to treatment motivation cannot be used to predict discomfort during treatment. In addition, patients who think their teeth are too uneven may experience more severe pain due to greater force application after insertion of the initial arch.

  13. The dynamics of histamine level in patients with chronic urticaria under the influence of different methods of treatment.

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    2014-01-01

    There was studied the efficiency of different methods of chronic urticaria treatment. All patients were divided into 2 groups depending on treatment scteme. The paper shows the dynamics of histamine level in blood plasma, intestine disbiosis in patients with chronic urticaria under the influence of different treatment complexes. It was proved that there exists the correlation between the serum histamine level and method of treatment. Intro¬ducing bionorm into the treatment allows to decrease ...

  14. Heat treatment temperature influence on ASTM A890 GR 6A super duplex stainless steel microstructure

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    Duplex and super duplex stainless steels are ferrous alloys with up to 26% chromium, 8% nickel, 5% molybdenum and 0.3% nitrogen, which are largely used in applications in media containing ions from the halogen family, mainly the chloride ion (Cl-). The emergence of this material aimed at substituting Copper-Nickel alloys (Cupro-Nickel) that despite presenting good corrosion resistance, has mechanical properties quite inferior to steel properties. The metallurgy of duplex and super duplex stainless steel is complex due to high sensitiveness to sigma phase precipitation that becomes apparent, due to the temperatures they are exposed on cooling from solidification as well as from heat treatment processes. The objective of this study was to verify the influence of heat treating temperatures on the microstructure and hardness of ASTM A890/A890M Gr 6A super duplex stainless steel type. Microstructure control is of extreme importance for castings, as the chemical composition and cooling during solidification inevitably provide conditions for precipitation of sigma phase. Higher hardness in these materials is directly associated to high sigma phase concentration in the microstructure, precipitated in the ferrite/austenite interface. While heat treatment temperature during solution treatment increases, the sigma phase content in the microstructure decreases and consequently, the material hardness diminishes. When the sigma phase was completely dissolved by the heat treatment, the material hardness was influenced only due to ferrite and austenite contents in the microstructure

  15. Factors influencing phase compositions and structure of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings during heat treatment

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    Heat treatment was expected to enhance the long-term reliability of hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings on metal substrates. In this study, factors influencing phase compositions and structure of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings during heat treatment were carefully analyzed. The phases were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), the OH- ion contents were determined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Of the involved factors, heating temperature is of more importance. The appropriate heat treatments is (600-700 deg. C)x2 h for coatings made from fine particles (10-20 μm) and 600 deg. Cx2 h for coatings made from coarse particles (50-80 μm). The excessive high temperatures and long holding times were unfavorable for the structural integrity of HA

  16. Influence of the shot-peening treatment on the CRF gearing behaviour

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    Surface damage are observed in service on CRF case-hardened cases. Such damage is like surface fatigue which appears in the form of frosting and can come to a micro-spalling or even a spalling damage. Survey and studies realised on gears affected by such damage, led EDF and the manufacturer to search for appropriated solutions since 1985 (optimisation of the gear bottom profile, care of the grinding and the thermochemical processing, use of oils with higher viscosity). Simulations on a running wheel device can reproduce the meshing conditions on simplified specimen. The aim is to study the influence of residual stresses following a severe grinding and shot peening treatments. An empiric selection was realised among different shot peening treatments. Endurance tests are realised on case-hardened gears with or without shot-peening treatments. Compared with standard grinded gears, it appears that the shot-peening selected increases up to 40% the gear lifetime till extended spalling. (authors)

  17. Influence of different surface treatments on the fracture toughness of a commercial ZTA dental ceramic

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate how mechanical surface treatments performed for removal of excess of molten glass, influence the fracture toughness of a dental zirconia toughened alumina (In-Ceram® Zirconia. Infiltrated ZTA disks were submitted to three different surface treatments (grinding, sandblasting and grinding + sandblasting + annealing. Fracture toughness was accessed through indentation strength test (IS. X ray diffraction was used to investigate the metastability of tetragonal zirconia particles under all treatments proposed. Kruskall-Wallis non-parametrical test and Weibull statistics were used to analyze the results. Grinding (group 1 introduced defects which decreased the fracture toughness and reliability, presenting the lowest K IC. On the other hand, grinding followed by sandblasting and annealing (group 3 presented the highest K IC. Sandblasting (group 2 presented the highest reliability but lower K IC compared to group 3.

  18. Influence of antiretroviral treatment on quality of life in seropositive inmates.

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    del Castillo, L Sordo; Ruiz-Pérez, I; de Labry-Lima, A Olry; Soto-Blanco, J M; Girela-López, E; Castro-Recio, J M; Antón-Basanta, J J

    2008-03-01

    The aim of the study is to evaluate the influence of antiretroviral treatment on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of three groups of HIV-positive inmates: those who are taking antiretroviral treatment, those who are not on treatment as it has not yet been indicated, and those who refuse to take treatment even though it has been recommended. A cross-sectional study was conducted on 585 HIV+ inmates in three prisons. The response variable was HRQOL. Independent variables were: sociodemographic variables, psychosocial and drug-related variables. Two multivariate linear regression models were constructed in order to determine the HRQOL, physical health score (PHS) and mental health score (MHS), for each of the three groups identified, using patients who refused treatment as the reference category. Patients who refused therapy had a lower MHS compared with patients in whom treatment was not indicated (P = 0.038). With regard to PHS, patients refusing therapy had a lower score than patients who were not indicated therapy (P = 0.005), and than patients receiving therapy (P = 0.010). PMID:18397557

  19. Influence of GlidArc treatment on layers formation of biofouling

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    Hnatiuc, B.; Sabau, A.; Ghita, S.; Hnatiuc, M.; Dumitrache, C. L.; Pellerin, S.

    2015-02-01

    Corrosion in marine environment is a complex dynamic process influenced mainly by physical chemical, microbiological and mechanical parameters. Times for maintenance related to corrosion are greater than 80% of the total repair. Reducing this cost would be a significant saving, and an effective treatment can reduce times related to ships repairing. Biofouling is a main cause of corrosion and its formation contains four steps. To inhibit biofouling it is proposed a treatment based on non-thermal plasma produced by GlidArc, which can be applied before the immersion of small boats in the sea, as well as cleaning treatment of the hull after a period of time. This work presents the microbiological results of treatment of metal surfaces (naval OL36 steel) with GlidArc technology, according to the first, respectively the second phase formation of biofouling. Samples of naval steel were prepared with three specific naval paints and before the treatment have been introduced in seawater. Microbiological results have been compared for two types of treatments based on GlidArc. In the first case the painted samples are submitted to direct action of non-thermal plasma. In the second case the plasma produced by GlidArc technology is used to activate a solution (plasma activated water = PAW) and then the samples are introduced into this water.

  20. Influence of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of ferritic-martensitic ODS steel

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    To develop an advanced ODS steel for core structural materials for next generation nuclear reactor system applications, it is important to optimize its heat treatment conditions to improve the high temperature strength and radiation resistance. This study investigates effects of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of FM ODS steel. For this, 10Cr -1Mo FM ODS steel was prepared by mechanical alloying (MA), hot isostatic pressing (HIP), and hot extrusion process. Hardness measurements were carried out after heat treatments to evaluate the influences of heat treatments on the mechanical properties. The microstructures were observed using SEM, electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). This study investigated the effects of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of FM ODS steel. The FM ODS steels were fabricated by the MA, HIP and hot-extrusion processes. The optimized heat treatment condition for 10Cr-1Mo FM ODS was determined to enhance the mechanical property

  1. Influence of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of ferritic-martensitic ODS steel

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    Jin, Hyun Ju; Kim, Ki Baik; Choi, Byoung Kwon; Kang, Suk Hoon; Noh, Sang Hoon; Kim, Ga Eon; Kim, Tae Kyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    To develop an advanced ODS steel for core structural materials for next generation nuclear reactor system applications, it is important to optimize its heat treatment conditions to improve the high temperature strength and radiation resistance. This study investigates effects of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of FM ODS steel. For this, 10Cr -1Mo FM ODS steel was prepared by mechanical alloying (MA), hot isostatic pressing (HIP), and hot extrusion process. Hardness measurements were carried out after heat treatments to evaluate the influences of heat treatments on the mechanical properties. The microstructures were observed using SEM, electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). This study investigated the effects of heat treatment conditions on microstructures and mechanical properties of FM ODS steel. The FM ODS steels were fabricated by the MA, HIP and hot-extrusion processes. The optimized heat treatment condition for 10Cr-1Mo FM ODS was determined to enhance the mechanical property.

  2. Influence of chemical treatment on dimensional stability of narrow-leaved ash - part one: Tangential swelling

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    Popović Jasmina

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dimensional change in wood occurs with the change in hygroscopic moisture content, as a consequence of available hydroxyl groups in wood constituents, allowing for the hydrogen bonding with water molecules. Various pretreatments of wood material are being frequently applied in the wood processing industry. One of the main effects of such processes is the hydrolysis of hemicelluloses, which is the main carrier of the free hydroxyl groups in wood material. Hence, the influence of water treatment and the acetic acid treatment on dimensional stability of narrow-leaved ash (Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl. ssp. Pannonica Soó & Simon were examined in this paper. Duration of treatments was 1h, 2h, 3h and 4h for both solvents. In addition the acetic acid was separately used in concentrations of 3% and 6%. Dimensional stability of the control (referent and treated sample groups were tested on oven dried samples which were consequently submerged in the distilled water during 32 days. The increase of dimensional stability of narrow-leaved ash was achieved with all of the three treatments (one treatment with water and the two with acetic acid solutions. Simultaneously, it was noticed that the results of water uptake and tangential swelling were not significantly affected by the duration (length of the treatments. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TP-031041

  3. Influence of wavelength on the outcome of the treatment of TMJ disorders: TMDS

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    Pinheiro, Antônio L. B.; Marques, Aparecida Maria C.; Carvalho, Carolina M.; Cangussú, Maria Cristina T.; Soares, Luiz Guilherme P.

    2013-03-01

    It is known that wavelength influences the outcome of many clinical protocols. Laser-phototherapy (LPT) and LEDs have been used on the treatment of pain of several origins including temporomandibular disorders - TMDs. TMDs are common painful multifactorial conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint whose treatment depends on the type and symptoms. Initially it requires pain control and for this, drugs, biting plates, oclusal adjustment, physiotherapy or their association are used. This work reports a series of patients of the Center of Biophotonics of the Federal University of Bahia over 10 years. Following standard anamneses, clinical and imaginologic examination and with the diagnosis of any type of TMD, the patients were set for light treatment. Treatment consisted of three sessions a week during six week. Prior irradiation, the patients were asked to score their pain using a VAS. λ780, λ 790, λ 830nm and/or λ660 and λ680nm lasers or LED were used on each session. Most patients were female (~43.6 years old). At the end of the 12 sessions the patients were again examined and score their pain using VAS. No other intervention was carried out during the treatment. The results were statistically analyzed and showed that most patients were asymptomatic or improved after treatment and that the association of wavelengths was very efficient on the symptomatic group. It is concluded that the association of both wavelengths was effective on pain reduction on TMJ disorders of several origins.

  4. Adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer: age differences in factors influencing patients' treatment decisions

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Mikaela L Jorgensen,1,2 Jane M Young,1,2 Michael J Solomon1,31Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District, NSW, Australia; 2Cancer Epidemiology and Services Research (CESR, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia; 3Discipline of Surgery, University of Sydney, NSW, AustraliaPurpose: Older colorectal cancer patients are significantly less likely than younger patients to receive guideline-recommended adjuvant chemotherapy. Previous research has indicated that patient refusal of treatment is a contributing factor. This study aimed to identify potential barriers to adjuvant chemotherapy use in older patients by examining the associations between patient age, factors influencing chemotherapy treatment decisions, and preferences for information and decision-making involvement.Patients and methods: Sixty-eight patients who underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in Sydney, Australia, within the previous 24 months completed a self-administered survey.Results: Fear of dying, health status, age, quality of life, and understanding treatment procedures and effects were significantly more important to older patients (aged ≥65 years than younger patients in deciding whether to accept chemotherapy (all P < 0.05. Reducing the risk of cancer returning and physician trust were important factors for all patients. Practical barriers such as traveling for treatment and cost were rated lowest. Older patients preferred less information and involvement in treatment decision making than younger patients. However, 60% of the older group wanted detailed information about chemotherapy, and 83% wanted some involvement in decision making. Those preferring less information and involvement still rated many factors as important in their decision making, including understanding treatment procedures and effects.Conclusion: A range of factors appears to influence

  5. Early glottic cancer: the influence of primary treatment on voice preservation

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    Purpose: Retrospective analysis was performed to assess the influence of primary surgical or irradiation treatment on local control, survival, and final preservation of larynx in comparable groups of patients with T1N0 and T2N0 glottic cancer. Methods and Materials: Two hundred sixty-three previously untreated patients with invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the glottis (187T1 and 76T2) were treated with primary radiotherapy (159T1 and 60T2) or primary surgery (28T1 and 16T2) between January 1976 and December 1990, at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Conventional one daily fraction of 2 Gy to doses of 60-74 Gy (median: 65 Gy) were used in 98% of primarily irradiated patients through out the observed period. To enable better comparison between the two treatment groups, primarily irradiated patients were retrospectively stratified by the criteria of suitability for primary voice-sparing operation. Several host, tumor, and treatment parameters were analyzed. Results: Only the stage of the disease significantly influenced both 10-year recurrence-free and disease-specific survival regardless primary treatment modality (p = 0.0002). In all primary irradiated patients local control was significantly better for those with overall treatment time of less than 48 days (p = 0.007). In patients suitable for voice-sparing operation, local control of primarily operated patients was similar to that of patients primarily irradiated with shorter overall treatment time, which was 93 and 88% for T1 and 67 and 64% for T2 tumors, respectively. Ultimate local control in primary surgery and radiotherapy group was 96 and 96% for T1 and 89 and 88% for T2 tumors, respectively. Equal larynx preservation of 100% in T1 and 90% in T2 patients was achieved in finally cured primarily operated patients and those patients primarily irradiated with a shorter overall treatment time. If treatment time was longer than 48 days, significantly worse final larynx preservation of 84% in T1 and 75% in

  6. Study of the influence on radiation, chemical and thermic treatment in Cesium and Cobalt absorption in natural zeolites

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    The influence of radiation and thermic treatment of zeolites from El Piojillo (Villa Clara), Orozco (Pinar del Rio) and Palmarito (Santiago de Cuba) deposits in the absorption of cesium-137 is studied. It was verified that as it generally occurs in zeolites, the thermic treatment influences negatively the absorption and the radiation treatment with dose up to 105 Gy does not affect it. Alternatives to chemical and chemical-thermic treatment for zeolite from El Piojillo are also applied. It was noted that previous treatment with NH4OH at 2000C in the vacuum stove and its contact in dynamic regime with NaNO3 improves its capacity of cobalt absorption

  7. Influencing factors of immediate angiographic results in intracranial aneurysms patients after endovascular treatment.

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    Chen, Jia-Xiang; Lai, Ling-Feng; Zheng, Kuang; Li, Guo-Xiong; He, Xu-Ying; Li, Liang-Ping; Duan, Chuan-Zhi

    2015-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to analyze influencing factors associated with immediate angiographic results in intracranial aneurysms patients after endovascular treatment (EVT), providing theoretical evidence and guidance for clinical treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Totally 529 patients met the inclusive criteria, consisting of 338 males and 191 females. Gender; age; history of hypertension, diabetes, and smoking; intracranial atherosclerosis; rupture status, size and location, features of aneurysmal neck, shapes; vasospasm; treatment modality; and degree of aneurysm occlusion were all carefully and completely recorded. All data were investigated in univariate and multivariate logistic regression model to determine whether they were correlated with the degree of aneurysm occlusion. According to aneurysm size, aneurysms were classified as micro-miniature, miniature, and large aneurysms. There were 451 narrow-neck aneurysms and 78 wide-neck aneurysms. Totally 417 were regular and 112 were irregular. And 125 were un-ruptured aneurysms; 404 were ruptured aneurysms. The modalities of treatment were as follows: embolization with coil (n = 415), stent-assisted coil embolization (n = 89), and balloon-assisted coil embolization (n = 25). Univariate analysis showed that aneurysm size, feature of aneurysm neck, shape, and rupture status might affect the immediate occlusion after EVT. Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that ruptured aneurysm, tiny aneurysm, and wide-neck aneurysm were independent influencing factors of complete occlusion of intracranial aneurysm. Aneurysm rupture status, size, feature of aneurysmal neck, and shape might be the independent influencing factors of immediate angiographic results in intracranial aneurysm patients after EVT. Un-ruptured, micro-miniature, narrow-neck, and regular-shaped aneurysms were more probable to be occluded completely. PMID:26100332

  8. Influence of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment on surface properties of PBO fiber

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    Zhang Ruiyun; Pan Xianlin [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Jiang Muwen [Key Laboratory of Science and Technology of Eco-Textile, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Peng Shujing [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Qiu Yiping, E-mail: ypqiu@dhu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Science and Technology of Eco-Textile, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

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    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PBO fibers were treated with atmospheric pressure plasmas. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer When 1% of oxygen was added to the plasma, IFSS increased 130%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increased moisture regain could enhance plasma treatment effect on improving IFSS with long treatment time. - Abstract: In order to improve the interfacial adhesion property between PBO fiber and epoxy, the surface modification effects of PBO fiber treated by atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) in different time, atmosphere and moisture regain (MR) were investigated. The fiber surface morphology, functional groups, surface wettability for control and plasma treated samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements, respectively. Meanwhile, the fiber interfacial shear strength (IFSS), representing adhesion property in epoxy, was tested using micro-bond pull-out test, and single fiber tensile strength was also tested to evaluate the mechanical performance loss of fibers caused by plasma treatment. The results indicated that the fiber surface was etched during the plasma treatments, the fiber surface wettability and the IFSS between fiber and epoxy had much improvement due to the increasing of surface energy after plasma treatment, the contact angle decreased with the treatment time increasing, and the IFSS was improved by about 130%. The processing atmosphere could influence IFSS significantly, and moisture regains (MR) of fibers also played a positive role on improving IFSS but not so markedly. XPS analysis showed that the oxygen content on fiber surface increased after treatment, and C=O, O-C=O groups were introduced on fiber surface. On the other hand, the observed loss of fiber tensile strength caused by plasma treatment was not so remarkable to affect the overall performance of composite materials.

  9. Influence of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment on surface properties of PBO fiber

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    Highlights: ► PBO fibers were treated with atmospheric pressure plasmas. ► When 1% of oxygen was added to the plasma, IFSS increased 130%. ► Increased moisture regain could enhance plasma treatment effect on improving IFSS with long treatment time. - Abstract: In order to improve the interfacial adhesion property between PBO fiber and epoxy, the surface modification effects of PBO fiber treated by atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) in different time, atmosphere and moisture regain (MR) were investigated. The fiber surface morphology, functional groups, surface wettability for control and plasma treated samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements, respectively. Meanwhile, the fiber interfacial shear strength (IFSS), representing adhesion property in epoxy, was tested using micro-bond pull-out test, and single fiber tensile strength was also tested to evaluate the mechanical performance loss of fibers caused by plasma treatment. The results indicated that the fiber surface was etched during the plasma treatments, the fiber surface wettability and the IFSS between fiber and epoxy had much improvement due to the increasing of surface energy after plasma treatment, the contact angle decreased with the treatment time increasing, and the IFSS was improved by about 130%. The processing atmosphere could influence IFSS significantly, and moisture regains (MR) of fibers also played a positive role on improving IFSS but not so markedly. XPS analysis showed that the oxygen content on fiber surface increased after treatment, and C=O, O-C=O groups were introduced on fiber surface. On the other hand, the observed loss of fiber tensile strength caused by plasma treatment was not so remarkable to affect the overall performance of composite materials.

  10. Influence of disease activity and treatment on rate of joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis

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    D V Goryachev

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Severity of hands and feet joint destruction is the most objective marker of rheumatoid arthritis (RA progression determining functional disability. The main aim of RA treatment is suppression of joint destruction. Objective. To study dependence of joint erosions forming speed on disease modifying anti-rhcumatic drugs (DMARD administration and RA activity. Material and methods. Retrospective analysis of 451 cases of RA treatment was performed. Erosions were counted according to modified Sharp method. Erosions forming speed was counted as ratio of erosion number increase to a year’s time space. Averaged disease activity was calculated as arithmetic mean for all DAS28 values obtained during disease course. Considering close relationship between disease activity and DMARD administration two-factor analysis was used. DMARD administration (>3 months and mean activity of RA were considered as factors. Results. Variance analysis (ANOVA with covariant showed that mean RA activity is a significant factor influencing erosions forming speed (F=12,5; p=4xl0 4. Character of DMARD, fact of its administration and disease duration did not significantly influence erosions forming speed considering disease activity covariant. Regression model with inclusion disease duration factor mean disease activity and DMARD administration at the moment of assessment allowed to explain 42% of dispersion (determination coefficient. Conclusion. Activity of RA is the main factor influencing erosions forming speed. Therapy not decreasing activity of RA does not change erosions forming speed

  11. Factors influencing treatment team recommendations to review tribunals for forensic psychiatric patients.

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    Martin, Krystle; Martin, Erica

    2016-07-01

    It is the responsibility of forensic psychiatric hospitals to detain and treat patients, gradually reintegrating them into society; decisions to release patients must balance risk to the public with maintaining the least restrictive environment for patients. Little is known about the factors considered when making such decisions and whether these factors have been empirically linked to future risk of violence. The current study explores the factors predictive of forensic treatment teams' recommendations for patients under the care of the Ontario Review Board (ORB). Factors differ depending on level of security; decisions on medium secure units were influenced by the presence of active symptoms and patients' overall violence risk level and decisions made on minimum secure units were influenced by the number of critical incidents that occurred within the recommendation year. Understanding the factors used to make recommendations to the ORB tribunal helps treatment teams to reflect on their own decision-making practices. Furthermore, the results serve to inform us about factors that influence length of stay for forensic psychiatric patients. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:27147124

  12. Influence of preventive dental treatment on mutans streptococci counts in patients undergoing head and neck radiotherapy

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    Lívia Buzati Meca

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of chlorhexidine gluconate, sodium fluoride and sodium iodine on mutans streptococci counts in saliva of irradiated patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-five patients were separated into three experimental groups and received chlorhexidine (0.12%, sodium fluoride (0.5% or sodium iodine (2%, which were used daily during radiotherapy and for 6 months after the conclusion of the treatment. In addition, a fourth group, composed by 15 additional oncologic patients, who did not receive the mouthwash or initial dental treatment, constituted the control group. Clinical evaluations were performed in the first visit to dental clinic, after initial dental treatment, immediately before radiotherapy, after radiotherapy and 30, 60, 90 days and 6 months after the conclusion of radiotherapy. After clinical examinations, samples of saliva were inoculated on SB20 selective agar and incubated under anaerobiosis, at 37ºC for 48 h. Total mutans streptococci counts were also evaluated by using real-time PCR, through TaqMan system, with specific primers and probes for S. mutans and S. sobrinus. RESULTS: All preventive protocols were able to reduce significantly mutans streptococci counts, but chlorhexidine gluconate was the most effective, and induced a significant amelioration of radiotherapy side effects, such as mucositis and candidosis. CONCLUSION: These results highlights the importance of the initial dental treatment for patients who will be subjected to radiotherapy for head and neck cancer treatment.

  13. Root canal overfilling as an influencing factor for the success of endodontic treatment

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    Ardo Sabir

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The goal of endodontic treatment is to keep the teeth as long as possible in the mouth. The obturation process in the root canal is one of the most important processes in endodontic treatment. The purpose of this article is to explain that overfilling is an influencing factor to the success of endodontic treatment. It has been widely known that overfilling should be avoided during an obturation process. Overfilling of the root canal is indicated only in cases which will be followed by apicoectomy, when the foreign material is removed. Accidental overfilling may occur with soft material (for example, certain pastes and cements or with solid material (such as gutta-percha or silver cones. Such overfilling may cause an unnecessary mechanical and chemical irritation, which hinders the repair of periapical tissue, and thus, diminishes the probability of a successful endodontic treatment prognosis. Many things could cause overfilling, which makes overfilling unpleasant feeling for the patient such as severe pain, periapical lesion, gingival discoloration, periodontal ligament breakage, or even paresthesia. There are several ways to overcome this root canal overfilling, from the conventional endodontic treatment up to endodontic surgery. The main conclusion from this article is to avoid overfilling and the importance of clinicians’ compliance to the right procedures.

  14. Evaluation of endometriosis-associated pain and influence of conventional treatment: a systematic review

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    Alessandra Bernadete Trovó de Marqui

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available SUMMARY Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease characterized by sustained painful symptoms that are responsible for a decline in the quality of life of sufferers. Conventional treatment includes surgical and pharmacological therapy aiming at reducing painful symptoms. This study aimed to evaluate pain levels in women with endometriosis, focusing on the influence of conventional treatment in controlling this variable. To do so, a literature search was conducted in the Medline/Pubmed databases, with 119 scientific articles found. After applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 27 were selected for reading and elaboration of this review. Thus, 9 studies evaluated the contribution of surgery, 17 the use of drugs to reduce pain levels in patients with endometriosis and one assessed surgical and medical treatment. The main results of these searches are presented and discussed in this revision. Surgery and the use of drugs provided reduced pain scores in patients with endometriosis but nevertheless exhibit disadvantages, such as risk of recurrence and side effects, respectively. Treatment of endometriosis is, therefore, a challenge for gynecologists and patients, as they must select the best therapeutic approach for this disease. However, improved quality of life in these patients has been obtained with the use of conventional treatment.

  15. The influence of family ties on men's prostate cancer screening, biopsy, and treatment decisions.

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    Shaw, Eric K; Scott, John G; Ferrante, Jeanne M

    2013-11-01

    Extensive research has focused on understanding family dynamics of men with prostate cancer. However, little qualitative work has examined the role of family ties on men's prostate cancer decisions across the spectrum of screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Using data from a larger study, we qualitatively explored the influence of family ties on men's prostate cancer decisions. Semistructured interviews were conducted with men ages ≥50 (N = 64), and data were analyzed using a grounded theory approach and a series of immersion/crystallization cycles. Three major themes of spousal/family member influence were identified: (a) spousal/family member alliance marked by open communication and shared decision making, (b) men who actively opposed spouse/family member pressure and made final decisions themselves, and (c) men who yielded to spouse/family member pressure. Our findings provide insights into men's relational dynamics that are important to consider for the shared decision-making process across the prostate cancer spectrum. PMID:23459024

  16. Influence of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Surface Treatment on the Interfacial Fracture Toughness on Bonded Composite Joints

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    Mohan, Joseph; Carolan, Declan; Murphy, Neal; et al.

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate the influence of a variety of plasma treatments on the surface properties of an epoxy-based composite material and to establish a relationship between these properties and the subsequent mechanical behaviour of adhesively bonded joints. To this end, specimens were subjected to three different types of plasma treatment: two short treatments (2min) of Helium and Helium plus Oxygen, and one long treatment (15min) of Helium plus Oxygen. The variation in s...

  17. The influence of four dual-cure resin cements and surface treatment selection to bond strength of fiber post

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    Liu, Chang; Liu, Hong; Qian, Yue-Tong; Zhu, Song; Zhao, Su-Qian

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we evaluate the influence of post surface pre-treatments on the bond strength of four different cements to glass fiber posts. Eighty extracted human maxillary central incisors and canines were endodontically treated and standardized post spaces were prepared. Four post pre-treatments were tested: (i) no pre-treatment (NS, control), (ii) sandblasting (SA), (iii) silanization (SI) and (iv) sandblasting followed by silanization (SS). Per pre-treatment, four dual-cure resin cements...

  18. The influence of heat treatment by annealing on clad plates residual stresses

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    B. Mateša

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The influence of applied clad procedure as well as heat treatment by annealing (650 °C/2h on level and nature of residual stresses was researched. Three clad procedures are used i.e. hot rolling, submerged arc welding (SAW with strip electrode and explosion welding. The relaxed deformation measurement on clad plate surfaces was performed by applying centre-hole drilling method using special measuring electrical resistance strain gauges (rosettes. After performed measuring, size and nature of residual stresses were determined using analytical method. Depending of residual stresses on depth of drilled blind-hole is studied.

  19. Influence of the heat treatment on the color of ground pepper (Capsicum annuum

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    Vračar Ljubo O.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Red pepper (Capsicum annuum L. is one of the most important vegetables in the world. The main ground pepper quality attributes are extractable color, surface color, qualitative and quantitative carotenoid content. In this work, the influence of heat treatment on ground pepper quality was investigated. Microbiological status was examined in non-sterilized and sterilized ground pepper. Color changes were assessed by measuring the extractable color (ASTA and surface color, using a photocolorimeter. The obtained results showed that at the end of experiment, non-sterilized samples had higher color values in comparison to the sterilized ones. Also, color deterioration was heightened at room temperature.

  20. Influence of freeze-drying treatment on the texture of mushrooms and onions

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    P. F. Guiné, Raquel; João Barroca, Maria

    2011-01-01

    In the present work the textural properties of mushroom and onion, fresh and after freeze-drying, were studied, to understand how this drying treatment influences the texture of these food products. The fresh products had average moisture contents of 90.25 % and 90.02 % (wet basis) and the freeze-dried ones had moisture contents of 7.01 % and 5.19 % (wet basis), for mushroom and onion, respectively. The texture profile analysis (TPA) to the samples of the fresh and freeze-dried mushrooms show...

  1. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on the HAZ of Low Alloy Steel Weldments

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    S. Rasool Mohideen

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The heterogeneous nature of weldments demands an additional processing to retain and/or improve the joint properties. Heat Affected Zone, the zone Adjacent to the weld metal zone is critically affected by the sudden dissipation of heat from weld metal during welding. Toughness of this zone becomes weak as the grains get coarsened and the interface between the two regions is more prone to fracture. Post weld heat treatment is thus generally carried out on the weldments to relive the thermal residual stresses and to enhance the properties of welded joints. This paper discusses about the influence of post weld heat treatment on the fracture toughness of low alloy steel weldments. Fracture toughness of heat treated weldments was determined using standard CTOD test and the results were correlated.

  2. Influence of heat treatment on tribological behaviors of novel wrought aluminum bronze

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    张卫文; 倪东惠; 夏伟; 邱诚; 陈维平

    2002-01-01

    Influence of heat treatment on mechanica l properties and tribologica l behaviors of Ti and B modified wrought aluminum bronze were studied. The res ults show that different strength and plasticity combination of the alloy after solu tion treatment can be obtained by adjusting the ageing temperature. When aged at 45 0 ℃, the tensile strength σb, yield strength σ0.2, elongatio n δ and hardness of the alloy are 1 050 MPa, 780 MPa, 4.5%, HB282, respectively. When aged at 650 ℃, those of the alloy are 905 MPa, 600 MPa, 12%, HB232, respectively. Under boundary l ubri cation condition with pressure above 22.2 MPa, alloy with low temperature agei ng has the best wear property. However, under the condition involving impact or sh ock loading, alloy with high temperature ageing is preferable. If the load is no t heavy, the alloy under extrusion state is favorable for wear-resisting parts.

  3. Influence of Heat Treatment Conditions on the Properties of Vanadium Oxide Thin Films for Thermochromic Applications.

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    Kim, Donguk; Kwon, Samyoung; Park, Young; Boo, Jin-Hyo; Nam, Sang-Hun; Joo, Yang Tae; Kim, Minha; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2016-05-01

    In present work, the effects of the heat treatment on the structural, optical, and thermochromic properties of vanadium oxide films were investigated. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering from a vanadium metal target in mixture atmosphere of argon and oxygen gas. Various heat treatment conditions were applied in order to evaluate their influence on the crystal phases formed, surface morphology, and optical properties. The films were characterized by an X-ray diffraction (XRD) in order to investigate the crystal structure and identify the phase change as post-annealing temperature of 500-600 degrees C for 5 minutes. Surface conditions of the obtained VO2(M) films were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and the semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) characteristics of the VO2 films were evaluate by optical spectrophotometry in the UV-VIS-NIR, controlling temperature of the films. PMID:27483853

  4. Influence of surface treatment of carbon fibers on electrochemical crystallization of calcium phosphate

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    TAO Ke; HUANG Su-ping; ZHOU Ke-chao

    2005-01-01

    Electrodeposition technique was used to coat calcium phosphate on carbon fiber which can be used to reinforce hydroxyapatite. The differences between fibers treated with and without nitric acid in electrodeposition were evaluated. The X-ray diffractometry results show that CaHPO4·2H2O is obtained as the kind of calcium phosphate coating on carbon fiber. The scanning electron microscopy photographs and deposit kinetic curve indicate that the influences of the functional group attained by nitric acid treatment, the crystal morphology and crystallization of the coating layers on the fiber with and without treatment rate are obviously different. The functional group, especially the acidic group, can act as nucleation centers of electrochemical crystallization.

  5. Influence of heat treatment on hydrogen ingress into V-4Cr-4Ti alloy

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    Hayakawa, Ryo; Hatano, Yuji; Fukumoto, Ken-ichi; Matsui, Hideki; Watanabe, Kuniaki

    2004-08-01

    Specimens of V-4Cr-4Ti alloy were heated at 1273 K in vacuum, and the influence of this heat treatment on H 2 absorption was examined at temperatures from 523 to 1023 K under the presence of water vapor of 10 -5 Pa. The rate of H 2 absorption was significantly reduced by the heat treatment in the temperature range examined. Such reduction in the absorption rate was ascribed to the surface segregation of Ti and increase in surface oxygen coverage caused by preferential oxidation of segregating Ti by water vapor. Comparison with data reported by other researchers [J. Nucl. Mater. 233-237 (1996) 376; Fusion Technol. 34 (1998) 868; J. Nucl. Mater. 233-237 (1996) 510] indicated the strong barrier effect of Ti oxide against hydrogen ingress.

  6. Factors influencing success and failures in radiotherapy and cost of cancer treatment

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    Cure in cancer can be defined in terms of disease free interval following initial therapy. Disease free interval of four to five years has only 1% year chance of relapse and therefore can be said to have achieved a cure. Various factors influencing success of radiotherapy are discussed. They are : cell type, host site and tissues infiltrated, oxygenation of tumour cells, radiosensitisation of tumour, patient's condition as to anemia and blood pressure, beam quality, increasing radiosensitivity by using ultrasound simultaneously with radiotherapy, fractionated irradiation, dose rate and treatment planning. Two common causes of failure are undetected metastases and local recurrence or incomplete sterilisation of the treated volume. Factors which may lead to incomplete sterilisation are enumerated. Taking into consideration the cost of various components of treatment, the average recurring cost of radiotherapy per patient worked out to be Rs. 1000/- at the hospital attached to the Medical college, Bikaner. (M.G.B.)

  7. INFLUENCE OF ETHYLENE-OXIDE GAS TREATMENT ON THE IN-VITRO DEGRADATION BEHAVIOR OF DERMAL SHEEP COLLAGEN

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    DAMINK, LHHO; DIJKSTRA, PJ; VANLUYN, MJA; VANWACHEM, PB; NIEUWENHUIS, P; FEIJEN, J

    1995-01-01

    The influence of ethylene oxide gas treatment on the in vitro degradation behavior of noncrosslinked, glutaraldehyde crosslinked or hexamethylene diisocyanate crosslinked dermal sheep collagen (DSC) using bacterial collagenase is described. The results obtained were compared with the degradation beh

  8. Influence of Treatment Temperature on Microstructure and Properties of YSZ-NiO Anode Materials.

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    Podhurska, Viktoriya; Vasyliv, Bogdan; Ostash, Orest; Brodnikovskyi, Yegor; Vasylyev, Oleksandr

    2016-12-01

    The cyclic treatment technique (redox cycling) comprising stages of material exposition in reducing and oxidizing high-temperature environments and intermediate degassing between these stages has been developed to improve the structural integrity of YSZ-NiO ceramic anode substrates for solid oxide fuel cells. A series of specimens were singly reduced in a hydrogenous environment (the Ar-5 vol% Н2 mixture or hydrogen of 99.99 vol% H2 purity) under the pressure of 0.15 MPa or subjected to redox cycling at 600 or 800 °C. The influence of redox cycling at the treatment temperatures of 600 and 800 °C on the structure, strength and electrical conductivity of the material has been analysed. Using the treatment temperature 600 °C, a structure providing improved physical and mechanical properties of the material was formed. However, at the treatment temperature 800 °C, an anode structure with an array of microcracks was formed that significantly reduced the strength and electrical conductivity of the material. PMID:26880730

  9. Maprotiline treatment differentially influences cardiac β-adrenoreceptors expression under normal and stress conditions

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    Natasa Spasojevic

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Alterations in cardiac function were observed in antidepressants treated patients and published in several clinical reports. These detected changes could be either a consequence of the treatment or of depression itself, which has already been proved to be a risk factor in heart diseases. In order to determine a possible influence of chronic treatment with norepinephrinergic reuptake inhibitor, maprotiline, on the heart, we investigated gene expression of cardiac β-adrenoceptors both in controls and in animals with signs of depression. The rats were divided into two groups, unstressed controls and those exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS. The groups were further divided into two subgroups, one receiving daily intraperitoneal injections of vehicle (sterile water and another one maprotiline (10 mg/kg for four weeks. Tissue samples were collected after the last application. Gene expression of cardiac β1- and β2-adrenoceptor was determined using Real-time RT-PCR analysis. Our results show that in control animals expression of both adrenoreceptors was decreased in the right atria after 4 weeks of maprotiline application. Contrary, the same treatment led to a significant increase in expression of cardiac β1-adrenoceptor in the stressed rats, with no change in the characteristics of β2-adrenoceptor. Our findings might reflect the that molecular mechanisms are underlying factors involved in the development of cardiovascular diseases linked with antidepressant treatment.

  10. Influences of magnetic treatment on microstructure densification of diamond saw segments

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    翟富刚; 张燕玲; 李娟; 张庆

    2008-01-01

    The heated test pieces were treated with alternating magnetic field by self-made experimental facility firstly. And influences of magnetic treatment on microstructure densification of Diamond Saw Segments were studied through hardness testing, ultrasonic testing, metallurgical structure and fracture pattern analysis by comparative method. The mechanism of magnetic treatment is analyzed and discussed in the end. The results show that the hardness of test pieces after magnetized are harder than before, that HRB hardness is improved by 3.58 on average. The sound path and amplitude of echo wave both decrease in test pieces after magnetized. The relative pad value of echo wave is regularly related with the microstructure densification, what is profound to further establish the regularity studying the degree of matrices densification using ultrasonic testing. The pores become few and pore shape gradually spheroidizing with the magnetic treatment, and matrices are more homogeneous and compact than the without by metallographic microscope. The degree of matrices densification is further improved after magnetized. The average crystal grain size is finer than the without, and the reason of grain refining is that densification of diamond saw blade improved. Magnetic treatment can act as one kind of effective technique to improve the microstructure densification of diamond saw segments.

  11. The influence of locus control on adherence to treatment regimen among hypertensive patients

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    Omeje O, Nebo C

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Obiageli Omeje, Chinenye NeboDepartment of Psychology, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Enugu State, NigeriaBackground: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of locus of control on adherence to a treatment regimen among hypertensive patients.Methods: The participants were 100 previously diagnosed hypertensive patients drawn from the Ituku-Ozalla University of Nigeria teaching hospital, using a purposive sampling technique. All participants were individually administered the Wallston, Wallston & Devellis (1978, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC scale, and Drug Adherence Questionaire (DAQ by the researchers. A one-way factorial design and analysis of variance with unequal sample sizes were used to analyze the data.Results: Internally-oriented patients adhered more to their treatment regimen than externally-oriented patients, F(1.98 = 18.2 (P < 0.01.Conclusion: Locus of control should be taken into consideration in the review of treatment packages for patients. This is because the efficacy of drugs depends to a reasonable extent on adherence to the schedule. If drugs are not taken as prescribed, their potency may be affected or wrongly assessed.Keywords: locus of control, adherence, treatment, hypertension

  12. Expression of inflammatory biomarkers from cultured sebocytes was influenced by treatment with vitamin D

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    Full Text Available Background: Inflammatory cytokines are the key factor in the pathophysiology of acne. It is well known that keratinocytes synthesize many kinds of inflammatory cytokines. In addition, it is reported that inflammatory cytokines are also expressed from sebocytes, which originate from the same stem cells with keratinocytes. Aim: To clarify changes in the expression of inflammatory biomarkers from cultured sebocytes after treatment with vitamin D. Materials and Methods: Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR was done to measure changes in the expression of inflammatory biomarkers, including interleukin-1β (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, and several subtypes of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs after treatment of a group of cultured sebocytes with vitamin D. Vitamin D receptor (VDR small interfering RNA (siRNA was added in the other group of cultured sebocytes to assure the role of vitamin D on the expression of inflammatory biomarkers. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA was also performed in the vitamin D-treated sebocytes. Results: Cultured sebocytes showed non-significant changes in the gene expression of inflammatory biomarkers after treatment with vitamin D. In cultured sebocytes treated with a VDR siRNA, the expression of inflammatory biomarkers was not blocked after treatment with vitamin D. ELISA showed a significant decrease in the expression of IL-6, IL-8, and MMP-9, but a significant increase in the expression of MMP-1 and MMP-3, after treatment with vitamin D (10 -6 M. Conclusion: Expression of inflammatory biomarkers is influenced by treatment with vitamin D in cultured sebocytes, but not through VDR.

  13. Heat treatment of a direct composite resin: influence on flexural strength

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    Caroline Lumi Miyazaki

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the flexural strength of a direct composite, for indirect application, that received heat treatment, with or without investment. One indirect composite was used for comparison. For determination of the heat treatment temperature, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC were performed, considering the initial weight loss temperature and glass transition temperature (Tg. Then, after photoactivation (600 mW/cm² - 40 s, the specimens (10 x 2 x 2 mm were heat-treated following these conditions: 170ºC for 5, 10 or 15 min, embedded or not embedded in investment. Flexural strength was assessed as a means to evaluate the influence of different heat treatment periods and investment embedding on mechanical properties. The data were analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey's test (α = 0.05. TGA showed an initial weight loss temperature of 180ºC and DSC showed a Tg value of 157°C. Heat treatment was conducted in an oven (Flli Manfredi, Italy, after 37°C storage for 48 h. Flexural strength was evaluated after 120 h at 37°C storage. The results showed that different periods and investment embedding presented similar statistical values. Nevertheless, the direct composite resin with treatments presented higher values (178.7 MPa compared to the indirect composite resin (146.0 MPa and the same direct composite submitted to photoactivation only (151.7 MPa. Within the limitations of this study, it could be concluded that the heat treatment increased the flexural strength of the direct composite studied, leading to higher mechanical strength compared to the indirect composite.

  14. The influence of heat treatments on the microstructure and the mechanical properties in commercial 7020 alloys

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    The influence of different heat treatments on the microstructure and hence the macroscopic properties of extruded commercial 7020 alloys is investigated. The development of the microstructure was analysed using a combination of optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction for analysing the grain morphology and texture. Furthermore scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and three dimensional atom probe were applied to investigate the formation, morphology and chemical composition of the different precipitates. The microstructural conditions are correlated with the results of the compression and tensile test. The analyses by the three dimensional atom probe reveals that the Guinier–Preston zones in the commercial 7020 have the chemical composition Al6MgZn with additional low Cu contents. The additional elements Fe, Mn and Cr do not have any influence of the chemical composition of the Guinier–Preston zones. Due to the different heat treatments changes in the size and distribution of the precipitates have been determined, which leads to remarkable differences in the mechanical properties. By combining the extrusion process and a dedicated artificial aging it was possible to increase the elongation at fracture up to 15.0% and the UTS up to 460 MPa

  15. Influence of thermal treatment on the "in vitro" bioactivity of wollastonite materials.

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    de la Casa-Lillo, Miguel A; Velásquez, Pablo; De Aza, Piedad N

    2011-04-01

    The aim of this work was to study the influence of the composition and thermal treatment of the in vitro bioactivity of wollastonite materials obtained by sol-gel method. For this purpose, gels in the system SiO(2)-CaO were obtained applying calcium nitrate and tetraethoxysilicate as precursors. The gels were heated to 700 °C and then sintered up to 1400 °C. The bioactivity of the gel-derived materials in simulated body fluid (SBF) was investigated and characterized. Additional changes in ionic concentration, using inductively couple plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), were determined. The results showed that all materials obtained were bioactive and indicate that the absence of phosphorous in the material composition is not an essential requirement for the development of a Hydroxyapatite layer. The bioactivity was influenced by the thermal treatment, the different phases (glass-phase, wollastonite and pseudowollastonite) as well as the porous size. On the gel-derived materials the bioactivity decreased with the sintering temperature. PMID:21336850

  16. Influence of Post Weld Heat Treatment on Strength of Three Aluminum Alloys Used in Light Poles

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    Craig C. Menzemer

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The conjoint influence of welding and artificial aging on mechanical properties were investigated for extrusions of aluminum alloy 6063, 6061, and 6005A. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted on the aluminum alloys 6063-T4, 6061-T4, and 6005A-T1 in both the as-received (AR and as-welded (AW conditions. Tensile tests were also conducted on the AR and AW alloys, subsequent to artificial aging. The welding process used was gas metal arc (GMAW with spray transfer using 120–220 A of current at 22 V. The artificial aging used was a precipitation heat treatment for 6 h at 182 °C (360 °F. Tensile tests revealed the welded aluminum alloys to have lower strength, both for yield and ultimate tensile strength, when compared to the as-received un-welded counterpart. The beneficial influence of post weld heat treatment (PWHT on strength and ductility is presented and discussed in terms of current design provisions for welded aluminum light pole structures.

  17. Meteorological influences on nitrogen dynamics of a coastal onsite wastewater treatment system.

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    O'Driscoll, M A; Humphrey, C P; Deal, N E; Lindbo, D L; Zarate-Bermudez, M A

    2014-11-01

    On-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) can contribute nitrogen (N) to coastal waters. In coastal areas with shallow groundwater, OWTS are likely affected by meteorological events. However, the meteorological influences on temporal variability of N exports from OWTS are not well documented. Hydrogeological characterization and seasonal monitoring of wastewater and groundwater quality were conducted at a residence adjacent to the Pamlico River Estuary, North Carolina, during a 2-yr field study (October 2009-2011). Rainfall was elevated during the first study year, relative to the annual mean. In the second year, drought was followed by extreme precipitation from Hurricane Irene. Recent meteorological conditions influenced N speciation and concentrations in groundwater. Groundwater total dissolved nitrogen (TDN) beneath the OWTS drainfield was dominated by nitrate during the drought; during wetter periods, ammonium and organic N were common. Effective precipitation (precipitation [P] minus evapotranspiration [ET]) affected OWTS TDN exports because of its influence on groundwater recharge and discharge. Groundwater nitrate-N concentrations beneath the drainfield were typically higher than 10 mg/L when total biweekly precipitation was less than evapotranspiration (precipitation deficit: P 15 m downgradient of the drainfield. Although OWTS nitrate inputs caused elevated groundwater nitrate concentrations between the drainfield and the estuary, the majority of nitrate was attenuated via denitrification between the OWTS and 48 m to the estuary. However, DON originating from the OWTS was mobile and contributed to elevated TDN concentrations along the groundwater flowpath to the estuary. PMID:25602204

  18. Computational study of room scattering influence in the THOR BNCT treatment room

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    BNCT dosimetry has often employed heavy Monte Carlo calculations for the beam characterization and the dose determination. However, these calculations commonly ignored the scattering influence between the radiations and the room structure materials in order to facilitate the calculation speed. The aim of this article attempts to explore how the room scattering affects the physical quantities such as the capture reaction rate and the gamma-ray dose rate under in-phantom and free-air conditions in the THOR BNCT treatment room. The geometry and structure materials of the treatment room were simulated in detail. The capture reaction rates per atom, as well as the gamma-ray dose rate were calculated in various sizes of phantoms and in the free-air condition. Results of this study showed that the room scattering has significant influence on the physical quantities, whether in small phantoms or in the free-air condition. This paper may be of importance in explaining the discrepancies between measurements and calculations in the BNCT dosimetry using small phantoms, in addition to provide a useful consideration with a better understanding of how the room scattering influence acts in a BNCT facility. - Highlights: • The room scattering effect at THOR BNCT room was discussed in this paper. • The room scattering factors of 4 different sizes of PMMA phantoms were calculated. • The room scattering effect was significant in small size phantom. • The room scattering neutron and gamma-ray spectra were calculated free-in-air. • The room scattering contributions of supporting table and materials were discussed

  19. Factors influencing patient satisfaction with dental appearance and treatments they desire to improve aesthetics

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    Hassan Nurhidayati

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We assessed factors influencing patients' satisfaction with their dental appearance and the treatments they desired to improve dental aesthetics. Methods A cross-sectional study was performed out among 235 adult patients who visited the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia dental clinic. A structured, interviewer-guided questionnaire was used to identify patient satisfaction with their general dental appearance, cosmetic elements and desired treatments. Results The 235 patients consisted of 70 males (29.8% and 165 females (70.2%, of mean age 31.5 years (SD 13.0. Of these patients, 124 (52.8% were not satisfied with their general dental appearance. In addition, 132 patients (56.2% were not happy with the color of their teeth, 76 (32.3%, regarded their teeth were poorly aligned, 62 (26.4%, as crowded and 56 (23.4% protruded. Dissatisfaction with tooth color was significantly higher in female than in male patients (odds ratio [OR] of 1.99 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.13-3.50. Tooth whitening was the treatment most desired by patients (48.1%. Results of multiple logistic regression analysis showed that patient dissatisfaction with general dental appearance was significantly associated with female gender (OR = 2.18; 95% CI: 1.18-4.03, unhappiness with tooth color (OR = 3.05; 95% CI: 1.74-5.34 and the opinion that their teeth protruded (OR = 2.91, 95% CI: 1.44-5.91. Conclusions Most patients in this study were not satisfied with their dental appearance with a greater percentage of females expressing dissatisfaction than males. An age was not associated with satisfaction. Unhappiness with tooth color and feelings of having protruding teeth also had a significant negative influence on patient satisfaction with general dental appearance.

  20. Malaria treatment perceptions, practices and influences on provider behaviour: comparing hospitals and non-hospitals in south-east Nigeria

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    Dike Nkem

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background People seek treatment for malaria from a wide range of providers ranging from itinerant drug sellers to hospitals. However, there are lots of problems with treatment provision. Hence, factors influencing treatment provision in hospitals and non-hospitals require further investigation in order to remedy the situation. Objectives To examine the knowledge, pattern of treatment provision and factors influencing the behaviour of hospitals and non-hospitals in the treatment of malaria, so as to identify loci for interventions to improve treatment of the disease. Methods A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 225 providers from hospitals and non-hospitals about their malaria treatment practices and factors that influence their provision of malaria treatment services in south-east Nigeria. The data from hospitals and other providers were compared for systematic differences. Results 73.5% of hospitals used microscopy to diagnose malaria and only 34.5.1% of non-hospitals did (p Conclusion There are many challenges to appropriate provision of malaria treatment services, although challenges are less in hospitals compared to other types of non-hospitals. Improving proper diagnosis of malaria and improving the knowledge of providers about malaria are interventions that could be used to improve malaria treatment provision.

  1. Influence of comorbidity on the effect of adjuvant treatment and age in patients with early-stage breast cancer

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    Land, L H; Dalton, S O; Jensen, M-B; Ewertz, M

    2012-01-01

    Prevalence of comorbidity at breast cancer diagnosis increases with age and is likely to influence the likelihood of receiving treatment according to guidelines. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of breast cancer treatment on mortality, taking age at diagnosis and comorbidity into...... account....

  2. Influence of laser parameters on selective retinal treatment using single-phase heat transfer analyses

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    Selective thermal treatment to retina is induced by short pulsed lasers to denaturize retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) selectively, while sparing the sensitive photoreceptors. The problem associated with the usage of short pulsed laser is the difficulty in determining the correct dosimetry parameters. This study quantifies the influence of laser parameters over the therapeutic range. The laser-tissue interaction is numerically investigated by analyzing the transient temperature in ocular tissues during the treatment. The rate process analysis for thermal injury is employed to estimate the selective damage of retina. The contours of Arrhenius integral value (Ω/Ωmax) presented in this study show both the area and magnitude of damage caused by various laser parameters. Results reveal that the 2 μs pulsed laser with green wavelength and Gaussian profile is relatively more effective for selective retinal treatment. The repetition frequency of 100 Hz is found to produce selectively RPE damage, while higher frequencies produce collateral damage to neural retina and choroid located within 2 μm from the RPE interface

  3. Influence of drinking water treatments on chlorine dioxide consumption and chlorite/chlorate formation.

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    Sorlini, Sabrina; Gialdini, Francesca; Biasibetti, Michela; Collivignarelli, Carlo

    2014-05-01

    Disinfection is the last treatment stage of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP) and is carried out to maintain a residual concentration of disinfectant in the water distribution system. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a widely used chemical employed for this purpose. The aim of this work was to evaluate the influence of several treatments on chlorine dioxide consumption and on chlorite and chlorate formation in the final oxidation/disinfection stage. A number of tests was performed at laboratory scale employing water samples collected from the DWTP of Cremona (Italy). The following processes were studied: oxidation with potassium permanganate, chlorine dioxide and sodium hypochlorite, coagulation/flocculation with ferric chloride and aluminum sulfate, filtration and adsorption onto activated carbon. The results showed that the chlorine dioxide demand is high if sodium hypochlorite or potassium permanganate are employed in pre-oxidation. On the other hand, chlorine dioxide leads to the highest production of chlorite and chlorate. The coagulation/flocculation process after pre-oxidation shows that chlorine dioxide demand decreases if potassium permanganate is employed as an oxidant, both with ferric chloride and aluminum sulfate. Therefore, the combination of these processes leads to a lower production of chlorite and chlorate. Aluminum sulfate is preferable in terms of the chlorine dioxide demand reduction and minimization of the chlorite and chlorate formation. Activated carbon is the most effective solution as it reduced the chlorine dioxide consumption by about 50% and the DBP formation by about 20-40%. PMID:24534637

  4. Gamma knife treatment of rat glioma Influences of irradiation dose on apoptosis and necrosis

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    Peng Wang; Mianshun Pan; Xinggen Fang

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Apoptosis and necrosis are cellular death mechanisms that are induced in glioma cells following gamma knife irradiation. Increased apoptosis is essential for maintaining and enhancing treatment efficacy.OBJECTIVE: To observe apoptotic and necrotic mechanisms of rat glioma models induced by gamma knife treatment and to analyze the influences of irradiation doses on apoptosis and necrosis. DESIGN: Controlled animal experiment. SETTING: Cancer Hospital of Tianjin Medical University and Gamma Knife Center of Hefei Brain Hospital.MATERIALS: Eighteen female specific pathogen free Sprague Dawley rats, weighing 180-210 g and 5-6 weeks old, were purchased from the Experimental Animal Center, Medical College of Suzhou University. Rat C6 glioma cells were purchased from the cell bank of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Annexin V-FITC Reagent Kit (Bender Med System. Company, USA) and a flow cytometer (Becton Dickinson FACSCalibur) were provided.METHODS: The experiment was conducted at the Cancer Hospital of Tianjin Medical University and Gamma Knife Center of Hefei Brain Hospital from December 2006 to May 2007. All rats were inoculated with C6 glioma cells, i.e., 4 μL of a C6 glioma cell suspension was injected 5 mm deep in the cortex. All rats were divided randomly into a model group, 9-Gy treatment group, and 12-Gy treatment group. There were six rats in each group.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Apoptosis and necrosis of normal brain tissue and glioma were observed by Flow Cytometry one week after irradiation, and pathological changes to tumor tissue were identified by HE staining.RESULTS: Eighteen rats were initially selected for the study: two rats from the model and 12-Gy treatment groups died from accidental anesthesia. The remaining 16 rats were included in the final result analysis. Cellular apoptosis and necrosis: apoptosis and necrosis were significantly increased in the treatment groups after gamma knife irradiation, compared to the model group (P < 0

  5. The dynamics of histamine level in patients with chronic urticaria under the influence of different methods of treatment.

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available There was studied the efficiency of different methods of chronic urticaria treatment. All patients were divided into 2 groups depending on treatment scteme. The paper shows the dynamics of histamine level in blood plasma, intestine disbiosis in patients with chronic urticaria under the influence of different treatment complexes. It was proved that there exists the correlation between the serum histamine level and method of treatment. Intro¬ducing bionorm into the treatment allows to decrease histamine level and correspondingly to significantly improve clinical effect and patients’ life quality.

  6. Influence of process parameters on thermal-rate treatment of ZA42 alloy

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    李成栋; 田学雷; 赵梅; 耿浩然

    2002-01-01

    Sand casting process and directional solidification technique combining thermal-rate treatment(TRT) were used. The influence of process parameters on TRT was investigated according to the values of impact toughness. At the same time, the mechanism of TRT was discussed. The results showed that TRT can improve the impact toughness of this alloy, while the hardness is basically constant. The time of heat preservation should not be more than 5min. Different forms of cooling intensification additive have different effects among which the zinc ingot solidified in graphite mold is the best one that can improve impact toughness of samples by more than 80%. With increasing the cooling temperature, the value of α(Al) crystal lattice constant increases. The element Sb has negative effect on TRT.

  7. Influence of thermochemical treatments on TSMG YBCO bulks doped with Li and Al

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    The influence of post-growth thermochemical treatments on the transition temperature and the field dependence of the critical current density at 77 K were studied in Y1.5Ba2(Cu,M)3Oy, for M = Li, and Al, bulk superconductors with CeO2 additions prepared by the Top-Seeded Melt-Growth (TSMG) process. The Li and Al dopants react in an opposite way during pre-annealing in an atmosphere with low and high oxygen partial pressure and this behaviour can be associated with the formation and dissolution of dopant clusters. High pressure high temperature oxygenation preserves the peak effect introduced by the dopants and leads to the elimination of oxygenation cracks and consequently to significant increases in the effective critical current density.

  8. Virtual histology assessment of coronary atheroma influences treatment strategy in the young acute coronary syndrome patient.

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    Ormerod, Julian; Johnston, Tom; Ramcharitar, Steve

    2014-01-01

    A 43-year-old woman having significant risk factors for ischaemic heart disease was admitted with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Coronary angiography revealed a non-flow limiting lesion in her right coronary artery with the rest of her arteries unremarkable. Risk stratification of the culprit lesion in the right coronary artery through intravascular ultrasound virtual histology demonstrated that the rupture plaque had less than 5% necrotic core with low vulnerability indices. This important finding suggested that the re-rupture risk was low so aggressive pharmacological treatment that can influence the plaque characteristics was instigated in preference to mechanical plaque sealing with a coronary stent. At a year of follow-up the patient was well and had no further events. PMID:24477714

  9. Influence of the CT calibration process on the dose computation in radiotherapy treatment planning

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    have also an influence on the measured CT value, because the reconstruction kernel leads to increased CT values at the edges of each insert. To be aware of this the radius of the region in which the HUs were averaged should be half of the maximum radius located around the middle of each insert. To estimate the influence of all these effects on the dose computation, the technique of the equivalent path length was used to perform a theoretical evaluation. The use of two calibration curves obtained with different phantoms leads to a deviation in the calculated dose in the order of 1-2%, depending on the used photon energy and depth of the irradiated material. A planning study with the treatment planning system CMS XiO 4.2.0 also confirmed these estimations. In a worst case scenario, where all mentioned effects sum up, almost 5% deviation is possible. Studies show that there is no unambiguous CT calibration curve. This has to be considered in a dose verification, particularly if the treatment planning system does not allow an own implementation of the HU-ED conversion table and a generic calibration curve is used for CT data sets of different CT scanners. The largest influence is due to the used voltage of the CT scanner that influences the energy spectrum and leads to different HU for the same material

  10. INFLUENCE OF PULSED SHORT WAVE (DIAPULSE TREATMENT ON THE BIOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS CORTISOL AND ALDOSTERONE

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    Dogaru Gabriela

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    Full Text Available Pulsed short waves are part of high frequency therapy; unlike continuous short waves, where the phenomenon of tissular endothermia occurs, they have therapeutic effects that seem to depend rather on the interaction of electromagnetic waves with biological tissue, as they act only through specific electromagnetic energy. The recommended work technique for the use of the Diapulse device is that regardless of the exposed somatic region, there will be an initial exposure of one of the following regions: prehepatic, epigastric or lumbar (for action on the adrenal glands. Considering the role and the effects of the hormones of the adrenocortical gland, particularly glucocorticoids, on the body, which influence the inflammatory response of the connective tissue, with a role in rheumatoid pathology, we monitored the changes in the function of this gland. The biochemical parameters cortisol and aldosterone were quantitatively assessed in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type I (algoneurodystrophy treated with pulsed short waves, who were initially exposed to radiation of the lumbar region. In the same treatment session, all patients were exposed to radiation of the lumbar region, at a dose of 4/400 impulses/sec., for 10 minutes, followed by radiation of the affected region at a dose of 6/600 impulses/sec., for 10 minutes. There was one treatment session per day, for 14 days. It was demonstrated that radiation of the lumbar region at a dose of 4/400 impulses/sec. caused no changes in the hormonal function of the adrenal gland, i.e. no hypo- or hyperfunction; there was no overstrain or overstress after exposure to pulsed short waves, which is an important aspect, with applicability in clinical practice. Studies demonstrated both the local and the general, systemic influence of pulsed short waves, the induced changes being for the most part strictly dependent on the dose used.

  11. Influencing Factors of Limestone Sorption and its Usage in Advanced Wastewater Treatment for Phosphorus Removal

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    Li, Linyong; Zhang, Hua; Wang, Dunqiu

    2012-01-01

    Phosphorus (P) is one of the main triggering nutrients responsible for eutrophication which troubles many waters in China. This study was to investigate the influencing factors of limestone (LS) adsorption and establish the parameter of constructed wetland (CW) using LS as the main substrate when treating effluent from a municipal wastewater treatment plant (MWTP) for P removal. First, a series of batch experiments were conducted to study the influencing factors of LS adsorption. Consequently, the P removal efficiency increased with the temperature and was high during the initial 3 h; the efficiency was over 75% even at initial P content 50 mg/L; under 2 mm small LS particle size enhanced the adsorption but the difference was not significant; the efficiency was over 90% when initial pH was below 6.37 and decreased sharply at pH above 8.15; sodium chloride as background electrolyte decreased the adsorption; organic acids including tartaric acid, oxalic acid and citric acid all suppressed the adsorption, and citric acid demonstrated the strongest effect. Then column experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of the continuous vertical-flow LS bed treating effluent from a MWTP with varying hydraulic retention time (HRT). Over 80 days, the effluent pH was between 7 and 9, and effective running time increased with HRT during which the effluent total P content was below 0.5 mg/L. Short HRT such as 1 h or 1.5 h was recommended for dynamic LS adsorption. It showed that LS was suitable for the substrate in CW for P removal in wastewater advanced treatment.

  12. Influence of microwaves treatment of rapeseed on phenolic compounds and canolol content.

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    Yang, Mei; Zheng, Chang; Zhou, Qi; Liu, Changsheng; Li, Wenlin; Huang, Fenghong

    2014-02-26

    Rapeseeds were treated with microwaves under 800 W for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 min at a frequency of 2450 MHz, and oil was extracted with a press to investigate the influence on phenolic compounds, including sinapine, the main free phenolic acids, and canolol content in the rapeseeds and oil from them. The results indicated that sinapine and sinapic acid was the main phenolic compound and free phenolic acid in the rapeseed, respectively, and canolol was the main phenolic compound in the oil from rapeseed by cold press. Microwave treatment significantly influenced phenolic compounds content in the rapeseeds and oil from them. The sinapine, sinapic acid, and canolol content in rapeseed first increased and then decreased depending on the period of microwave radiation (p oil extracted by press. Almost all of the sinapine remained in the cold-pressed cake and only 1.4-2.7% of the sinapic acid, whereas approximately 56-83% of the canolol was transferred to the oil. The transfer ratio of canolol significantly increased with microwave radiation time (p oil. PMID:24476101

  13. Effect of Voluntary Ethanol Consumption Combined with Testosterone Treatment on Cardiovascular Function in Rats: Influence of Exercise Training.

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    Engi, Sheila A; Planeta, Cleopatra S; Crestani, Carlos C

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluated the effects of voluntary ethanol consumption combined with testosterone treatment on cardiovascular function in rats. Moreover, we investigated the influence of exercise training on these effects. To this end, male rats were submitted to low-intensity training on a treadmill or kept sedentary while concurrently being treated with ethanol for 6 weeks. For voluntary ethanol intake, rats were given access to two bottles, one containing ethanol and other containing water, three 24-hour sessions per week. In the last two weeks (weeks 5 and 6), animals underwent testosterone treatment concurrently with exercise training and exposure to ethanol. Ethanol consumption was not affected by either testosterone treatment or exercise training. Also, drug treatments did not influence the treadmill performance improvement evoked by training. However, testosterone alone, but not in combination with ethanol, reduced resting heart rate. Moreover, combined treatment with testosterone and ethanol reduced the pressor response to the selective α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine. Treatment with either testosterone or ethanol alone also affected baroreflex activity and enhanced depressor response to acetylcholine, but these effects were inhibited when drugs were coadministrated. Exercise training restored most cardiovascular effects evoked by drug treatments. Furthermore, both drugs administrated alone increased pressor response to phenylephrine in trained animals. Also, drug treatments inhibited the beneficial effects of training on baroreflex function. In conclusion, the present results suggest a potential interaction between toxic effects of testosterone and ethanol on cardiovascular function. Data also indicate that exercise training is an important factor influencing the effects of these substances. PMID:26760038

  14. Influence of Alkali Treatment on the Surface Area of Aluminium Dross

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    N. S. Ahmad Zauzi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aluminium dross is an industrial waste from aluminium refining industry and classified as toxic substances. However, the disposal of dross as a waste is a burden to aluminium manufacturer industries due to its negative effects to the ecosystem, surface, and ground water. Therefore the purpose of this study is to evaluate the influence of sodium hydroxide (NaOH on the surface area and pore size of aluminium dross. There were 3 stages in the treatment activities, which were leaching, precipitation, and calcination process. The optimum result from this study was the surface area of aluminium dross increases from 10.1 m2/g up to 80.0 m2/g at 40°C, 1% NaOH, and 15-minute reaction time. Thus, aluminium dross has a potential to be converted into other useful material such as catalyst and absorbent. The benefit of this research is that the hazardous industrial waste can be turned into wealth to be used in other applications such as in catalytic activities and absorber in waste water treatment. Further investigation on the physicochemical of aluminium dross with different acid or alkali should be conducted to get deeper understanding on the aluminium dross as a catalyst-type material.

  15. Personality Dimensions Influencing the Relapse of Substance Abuse in Drug Dependents under Methadone Maintenance Treatment

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    Akram Asgari

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available introduction: This study was aimed to determine the personality dimensions which can influence the relapse of opioid substance dependents that are under methadone maintenance treatment. Method: In this prospective study 210 addicts who were referred to methadone clinics in 1389 were selected through judgmental sampling. All participants completed the self made questionnaire and Temperament and Character Inventory and it was followed for 6 months. Data were analyzed by t test. Findings: Data analysis revealed that relapsed group has higher scores in novelty seeking and harm avoidance compared to non-relapsed group. Also, their scores in self directiveness and cooperativeness were lower than non-relapsed group. No significant differences were found in reward dependence and persistence. Conclusion: This personality profile due to dimensional personality model of Cloninger showed that patients who relapse are high in novelty seeking and harm avoidance and low in cooperativeness and self directiveness. has important information about nature of personality traits that effect relapse of addiction and has implications for treatment plan and relapse prevention.

  16. The influence of acid treatments over vermiculite based material as adsorbent for cationic textile dyestuffs.

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    Stawiński, Wojciech; Freitas, Olga; Chmielarz, Lucjan; Węgrzyn, Agnieszka; Komędera, Kamila; Błachowski, Artur; Figueiredo, Sónia

    2016-06-01

    The influence of different acid treatments over vermiculite was evaluated. Equilibrium, kinetic and column studies have been conducted. The results showed that vermiculite first treated with nitric acid and then with citric acid has higher adsorption capacity, presenting maximum adsorption capacities in column experiments: for Astrazon Red (AR), 100.8 ± 0.8 mg g(-1) and 54 ± 1 mg g(-1) for modified and raw material, respectively; for Methylene Blue (MB) 150 ± 4 mg g(-1) and 55 ± 2 mg g(-1) for modified and raw material, respectively. Materials characterization by X-ray diffraction, UV-vis-diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, N2 adsorption and CEC determination, has been performed. The results suggest the existence of exchange of interlayer cations, leaching of metals from vermiculite's sheets and formation of an amorphous phase in the material. Adsorption follows pseudo 2(nd) order model kinetics for both dyestuffs and equilibrium occurs accordingly to Langmuir's model for AR and Freundlich's model for MB. In column systems Yan's model is the best fit. The enhanced properties of acid treated vermiculite offer new perspectives for the use of this adsorbent in wastewater treatment. PMID:27015571

  17. Core acid treatment influence on well reservoir properties in Kazan oil-gas condensate field

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    Janishevskii, A.; Ezhova, A.

    2015-11-01

    The research involves investigation of the influence of hydrochloric acid (HCI-12%) and mud acid (mixture: HCl - 10% and HF - 3%) treatment on the Upper-Jurassic reservoir properties in Kazan oil-gas condensate field wells. The sample collection included three lots of core cylinders from one and the same depth (all in all 42). Two lots of core cylinders were distributed as following: first lot - reservoir properties were determined, and, then thin sections were cut off from cylinder faces; second lot- core cylinders were exposed to hydrochloric acid treatment, then, after flushing the reservoir properties were determined, and thin sections were prepared. Based on the quantitative petrographic rock analysis, involvin 42 thin sections, the following factors were determined: granulometric mineral composition, cement content, intergranular contacts and pore space structure. According to the comparative analysis of initial samples, the following was determined: content decrease of feldspar, clay and mica fragments, mica, clay and carbonate cement; increase of pore spaces while in the investigated samples- on exposure of rocks to acids effective porosity and permeability value range is ambiguous.

  18. Influence of hummocks and emergent vegetation on hydraulic performance in a surface flow wastewater treatment wetland

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    Keefe, Steffanie H.; Daniels, Joan S.; Runkel, Robert L.; Wass, Roland D.; Stiles, Eric A.; Barber, Larry B.

    2010-01-01

    A series of tracer experiments were conducted biannually at the start and end of the vegetation growing season in a surface flow wastewater treatment wetland located near Phoenix, AZ. Tracer experiments were conducted prior to and following reconfiguration and replanting of a 1.2 ha treatment wetland from its original design of alternating shallow and deep zones to incorporate hummocks (shallow planting beds situated perpendicular to flow). Tracer test data were analyzed using analysis of moments and the one-dimensional transport with inflow and storage numerical model to evaluate the effects of the seasonal vegetation growth cycle and hummocks on solute transport. Following reconfiguration, vegetation coverage was relatively small, and minor changes in spatial distribution influenced wetland hydraulics. During start-up conditions, the wetland underwent an acclimation period characterized by small vegetation coverage and large transport cross-sectional areas. At the start of the growing season, new growth of emergent vegetation enhanced hydraulic performance. At the end of the growing season, senescing vegetation created short-circuiting. Wetland hydrodynamics were associated with high volumetric efficiencies and velocity heterogeneities. The hummock design resulted in breakthrough curves characterized by multiple secondary tracer peaks indicative of varied flow paths created by bottom topography.

  19. Influence of hummocks and emergent vegetation on hydraulic performance in a surface flow wastewater treatment wetland

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    Keefe, Steffanie H.; Daniels, Joan S. (Thullen); Runkel, Robert L.; Wass, Roland D.; Stiles, Eric A.; Barber, Larry B.

    2010-11-01

    A series of tracer experiments were conducted biannually at the start and end of the vegetation growing season in a surface flow wastewater treatment wetland located near Phoenix, AZ. Tracer experiments were conducted prior to and following reconfiguration and replanting of a 1.2 ha treatment wetland from its original design of alternating shallow and deep zones to incorporate hummocks (shallow planting beds situated perpendicular to flow). Tracer test data were analyzed using analysis of moments and the one-dimensional transport with inflow and storage numerical model to evaluate the effects of the seasonal vegetation growth cycle and hummocks on solute transport. Following reconfiguration, vegetation coverage was relatively small, and minor changes in spatial distribution influenced wetland hydraulics. During start-up conditions, the wetland underwent an acclimation period characterized by small vegetation coverage and large transport cross-sectional areas. At the start of the growing season, new growth of emergent vegetation enhanced hydraulic performance. At the end of the growing season, senescing vegetation created short-circuiting. Wetland hydrodynamics were associated with high volumetric efficiencies and velocity heterogeneities. The hummock design resulted in breakthrough curves characterized by multiple secondary tracer peaks indicative of varied flow paths created by bottom topography.

  20. Variables influencing the palliative treatment of malignant lesions with hyperthermia and radiation

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    Hyperthermia may eventually be used with radiotherapy for primary malignancies with a curative intent and for palliation of recurrent or metastatic lesions. In the latter, the goals are to achieve rapid remission of symptoms with a high frequency of regressions. 101 patients with 115 accessible recurrent or metastatic lesions were treated with 915 MHZ microwave hyperthermia and radiotherapy. Temperatures were measured with a nonperturbing fiber optics thermometry system. The complete response (CR) rates for patients with ≤ 1 month and > 1 month follow-up were 15.6% and 37.4%, respectively. The CR rate increased as the follow-up time increased and reached a maximum at 6 months (67%) CR). The highest CR rate was seen in lesions 50 cm/sup 3/ (12.5%) (x/sup 2/ = 14.32,p 0C) was independently correlated with CR rate, with lesions receiving ≤ 33 and > 33T43 achieving 24% and 58% CR, respectively (p < .001). These results 1) emphasize the need for careful documentation of intratumoral temperatures during treatment 2) demonstrate the influence of tumor volumes on treatment efficacy

  1. Influence of short anoxia treatment and maturity on quality and storage life of tomatoes

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    Mojević Mirjana V.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of short anoxia treatment on physical, chemical and sensory attributes of mature green and pink red tomatoes during storage was investigated. Matured green and pink red fruits were kept for 24 hrs under humidified pure N2, while the control was not treated. Subsequently, the fruits were stored at 12°C and 20°C for 14 days. Quality parameters including weight loss, firmness, total soluble solids, colour, sensory and decay were analyzed. Generally, weight loss increased after 14 days of storage and depending on anoxia treatment, maturity and storage temperature. Tomato fruit treated with anoxia and kept at 12°C showed a minimal deterioration of the quality attributes and could be stored for longer periods compared to those stored at 20°C. Results for TSS were higher in tomato fruit treated with anoxia. However, pink red fruit stored at 20°C showed lower TSS than untreated fruit. Untreated and anoxia-pretreated mature green tomatoes showed higher sourness and off-flavour scores than those stored at 20°C. However, mature green and pink red tomatoes kept at 20°C showed higher acceptance (% than those stored at 12°C. Therefore, combined effect of anoxia and low temperature could have delayed the ripening of the tomatoes.

  2. INFLUENCE OF SETT SIZE, SEED RATE AND SETT TREATMENT ON YIELD AND QUALITY OF SUGARCANE

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    Full Text Available A field experiment was conducted at Regional Sugarcane Research Station, Navsari, Gujarat (India during 2008- 09 to 2010-11 to study the influence of sett size, seed rate and sett treatment on yield, of sugarcane. The results of the experiment indicated that, planting of sugarcane with two bud sett found significantly superior in increasing number of millable canes (110250 ha-1, cane yield (110.42 t ha-1 as compared to three and single bud setts during all the three years of experimentation. The increase in cane yield was 6.86 % and 25.72 % in three and two bed setts respectively over single bud sett. Normal seed rate of 100 % of recommended buds ha-1 increased the number of millable canes ha-1, cane yield (100.83 t ha-1 and commercial cane sugar (ccs yield (12.53 t ha-1 significantly as compared to lower seed rate of 75 % of recommended buds ha-1. Significant differences in cane yield, ccs yield and juice quality parameters were not observed due to sett treatment either with carbendazim @ 0.1 % alone or along with gibberellic acid @ 100 ppm for 15 minutes.

  3. Religion and HIV in Tanzania: influence of religious beliefs on HIV stigma, disclosure, and treatment attitudes

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    Ostermann Jan

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Religion shapes everyday beliefs and activities, but few studies have examined its associations with attitudes about HIV. This exploratory study in Tanzania probed associations between religious beliefs and HIV stigma, disclosure, and attitudes toward antiretroviral (ARV treatment. Methods A self-administered survey was distributed to a convenience sample of parishioners (n = 438 attending Catholic, Lutheran, and Pentecostal churches in both urban and rural areas. The survey included questions about religious beliefs, opinions about HIV, and knowledge and attitudes about ARVs. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to assess how religion was associated with perceptions about HIV, HIV treatment, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Results Results indicate that shame-related HIV stigma is strongly associated with religious beliefs such as the belief that HIV is a punishment from God (p Conclusion The decision to start ARVs hinged primarily on education-level and knowledge about ARVs rather than on religious factors. Research results highlight the influence of religious beliefs on HIV-related stigma and willingness to disclose, and should help to inform HIV-education outreach for religious groups.

  4. Schedule of factors influencing access to psychiatric treatment in persons with schizophrenia: Validity and pilot testing

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    K Shanivaram Reddy

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : A substantial proportion of patients with severe mental disorders remain untreated in India. Qualitative research has highlighted the complex interplay of multiple factors that preclude schizophrenia patients in rural Indian settings from accessing treatment. Aims: (a To establish the face and content validities of an interview schedule titled "Schedule of Factors Influencing Access (SOFIAc to Psychiatric Treatment in Persons with Schizophrenia," which comprehensively assesses the factors that prevent schizophrenia patients from accessing psychiatric treatment. (b To assess the feasibility of its administration. Materials and Methods: SOFIAc contains 15 items. This schedule involves three phases of interviewing patients and family members. This was given to 12 experts. They used Likert scales (1=not at all satisfactory to 5=very much satisfactory to rate each item of the schedule. In addition, the experts rated (the same way as above the following five dimensions of the schedule (as a whole separately: A (comprehensiveness of the factors, B (scoring system, C (interviewing method, D (general instructions given to the raters, E (overall schedule. Later on, 10 persons with schizophrenia were interviewed with SOFIAc to test the feasibility of administration. Results: Thirteen items were rated as either satisfactory (score=4 or very much satisfactory (score=5 by all 12 experts; remaining two were rated as 4 or 5 by 11 experts. Regarding comprehensiveness of the factors, scoring methods and general instructions given to the interviewers, all provided scores >4; regarding the method of interviewing, 11 provided the score of >4; with regard to overall interview schedule, all experts provided scores >4. Pilot testing revealed that it took 60 min to administer SOFIAc. Conclusion: SOFIAc has satisfactory face and content validities. It is also feasible to administer SOFIAc.

  5. Zinc and nickel removal in simulated limestone treatment of mining influenced water

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    Research highlights: → Zinc and nickel removed in conjunction with iron and aluminum precipitates. → Zinc and nickel removal depended on pH, alkalinity, and amount of iron and aluminum. → Zinc removal may not be predicted from traditional surface complexation theory. → Interplay between variables in treatment systems affects zinc/nickel behaviors. - Abstract: Mining influenced water (MIW) is often characterized by low pH (acid mine drainage) and high dissolved metal concentrations. Treatment of MIW is often required to mitigate these two characteristics. One option, which has traditionally been used only for pH neutralization, is limestone based treatment systems. However, there is field evidence that limestone systems are also effective at removing metals such as Zn and Ni. These field systems are often too complex to examine specific removal hypotheses, while certain modes of laboratory examination are too simplistic to be applied to field settings. Instead, the batch reactors used here were intentionally more complex to allow for the examination of how certain variables (pH, alkalinity, and primary metal concentrations) interact to affect Zn and Ni removal. The data herein suggest that one possible removal process for Zn and Ni is through surface interactions on the precipitated primary metals Fe and Al. The specific processes are complex and conditional, and were found to depend on pH, alkalinity, and total amount of primary metal present. Indeed the complex interplay between these variables led to an observed local maximum in Zn removal that would not be predicted from traditional surface complexation theory or observed from simpler experimental systems.

  6. Influence of winter wheat seed treatment by laser on vegetation period duration and harvest index of grain

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    Influence of winter wheat seed stimulation by laser (cv. Radika) on the stages of development, duration of vegetation period and harvest index of grain was investigated. For dates of development stages advancing to heading, between cv. Radika and it's laser treatment weren't noticed significant differences. Noticable differences appear in stages of kernel filling and for duration of vegetation period. Treatments by laser were earlier in maturing from standard for 2-6 days depending of treatment and year. The harvest index of grain at laser treatments was significantly higher and depended from the conditions of year, too

  7. Influence of rapid mix, flocculation and decantation parameters on the treatment of the Ponta Grossa/PR water treatment plant affluent water

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    Fabiano Icker Oroski

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Brazilian regulations, NBR 12216 (1992, admit that, in the absence of laboratory and pilot plant data, rapid mix, flocculation, decantation or dissolved air flotation parameters be adopted. The present work demonstrates that this is a dangerous practice, which can compromise or difficult the water treatment plant operation, and can leave to a serious damages on the treated water quality; as well can conduct to a bigger operational costs. Therefore, in this work it was evaluated the influence of rapid mix, flocculation and decantation parameters on the treatment of the raw water affluent to the water treatment plant of Ponta Grossa City, Parana State, Brazil. As coagulant agents it was applied aluminium sulfate, PACI (polyaluminium chloride, ferric chloride and Fenton reagent. It was observed that the mentioned parameters must not be adopted because exert a big influence on turbidity removal efficiency.Keywords: rapid mix; flocculation; decantation; alum; fenton reagent.

  8. Influence of temperature of the short-period heat treatment on mechanical properties of the NiTi alloy

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    Jaroslav Čapek

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The equiatomic alloy of nickel and titanium, known as nitinol, possesses unique properties such as superelasticity, pseudoplasticity, shape memory, while maintaining good corrosion resistance and sufficient biocompatibility. Therefore it is used for production of various devices including surgery implants. Heat treatment of nickel-rich NiTi alloys can result in precipitation of nickel-rich phases, which strongly influence tensile and fatigue behaviour of the material.In this work we have studied influence of short-period heat treatment on tensile behaviour and fatigue life of the NiTi (50.9 at. % Ni wire intended for fabrication of surgery stents.

  9. Contextual and Individual Factors Influencing Periodontal Treatment Needs by Elderly Brazilians: A Multilevel Analysis

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    Dalazen, Chaiane Emilia; De Carli, Alessandro Diogo; Bomfim, Rafael Aiello; dos Santos, Mara Lisiane Moraes

    2016-01-01

    95% 0.73–1.00) and deep periodontal pockets (OR = 0.74; CI95% 0.57–0.97), thus acting as a risk factor for undereducated elderly people. There was a correlation between population coverage by the Family Health Strategy (FHS) program oral health teams and the presence of gingival bleeding (OR = 0.67; CI95% 0.52–0.88), shallow periodontal pockets (OR = 0.76; CI95% 0.58–0.98) and deep periodontal pockets (OR = 0.62; CI95% 0.44–0.89), making these teams act as a protective factor. Conclusions This study showed evidence of the sociocontextual as well as individual sociodemographic characteristics influencing periodontal treatment needed by elderly Brazilians, based on the clinical features of periodontal disease. The results suggest the existence of inequality related to periodontal treatment needs among elderly Brazilians, especially in regard to sex and ethnicity, in addition to a potentially positive impact from the expansion of the Family Health Strategy (FHS) program oral health teams. PMID:27249677

  10. Influence of sex on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risk and treatment outcomes

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    Aryal S

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Shambhu Aryal,1 Enrique Diaz-Guzman,2 David M Mannino3 1Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 3Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, one of the most common chronic diseases and a leading cause of death, has historically been considered a disease of men. However, there has been a rapid increase in the prevalence, morbidity, and mortality of COPD in women over the last two decades. This has largely been attributed to historical increases in tobacco consumption among women. But the influence of sex on COPD is complex and involves several other factors, including differential susceptibility to the effects of tobacco, anatomic, hormonal, and behavioral differences, and differential response to therapy. Interestingly, nonsmokers with COPD are more likely to be women. In addition, women with COPD are more likely to have a chronic bronchitis phenotype, suffer from less cardiovascular comorbidity, have more concomitant depression and osteoporosis, and have a better outcome with acute exacerbations. Women historically have had lower mortality with COPD, but this is changing as well. There are also differences in how men and women respond to different therapies. Despite the changing face of COPD, care providers continue to harbor a sex bias, leading to underdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of COPD in women. In this review, we present the current knowledge on the influence of sex on COPD risk factors, epidemiology, diagnosis, comorbidities, treatment, and outcomes, and how this knowledge may be applied to improve clinical practices and advance research. Keywords: chronic obstructive lung disease, sex, smoking, comorbidity, sex bias

  11. The influence of economic incentives on treatment patterns in a third-party funded dental service.

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    Woods, N

    2010-03-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the response of dental practitioners to administration and remuneration adjustments to the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) in the Republic of Ireland. DESIGN: Following the introduction of a series of administration and fee adjustments by a third party payments system in December 1999 the pattern of extractions and restorations are examined to determine whether the adjustments had influenced provider behaviour, in particular whether a substitution effect from extractions to restorations would result from a relative fee increase of 62% for amalgam fillings. DATA AND METHODS: Data on patient and provider characteristics from June 1996 to April 2005, collected by the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Shared Services Primary Care Reimbursement Service to facilitate remuneration to dentists providing services in the DTSS, was used in this analysis. A graphical analysis of the data revealed a structural break in the time-series and an apparent substitution to amalgam fillings following the introduction of the fee increases. To test the statistical significance of this break, the ratio of amalgams to restorations was regressed on the trend, growth and level dummy variables, using Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression. The diagnostics of the model were assessed using the Jarque-Bera normality test and the LM to test for serial correlation. RESULTS: The initial results showed no evidence of a structural break. However on further investigation, when a pulse dummy was included to account for the immediate impact of the fee adjustment the results suggest a unit root process with a structural break in December 1999. This implies that the amalgam fee increase of December 1999 influenced the behaviour patterns of providers. CONCLUSIONS: System changes can be used to change the emphasis from a scheme that was principally exodontia\\/emergency based to a scheme that is more conservative and based on restoration\\/prevention.

  12. Factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral treatment in Nepal: a mixed-methods study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART is a lifesaver for individual patients treated for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS. Maintaining optimal adherence to antiretroviral drugs is essential for HIV infection management. This study aimed to understand the factors influencing adherence amongst ART-prescribed patients and care providers in Nepal. METHODS: A cross-sectional mixed-methods study surveying 330 ART-prescribed patients and 34 in-depth interviews with three different types of stakeholders: patients, care providers, and key people at policy level. Adherence was assessed through survey self-reporting and during the interviews. A multivariate logistic regression model was used to identify factors associated with adherence, supplemented with a thematic analysis of the interview transcripts. RESULTS: A total of 282 (85.5% respondents reported complete adherence, i.e. no missed doses in the four-weeks prior to interview. Major factors influencing adherence were: non-disclosure of HIV status (OR = 17.99, p = 0.014; alcohol use (OR = 12.89, p = 1 hour (OR = 2.84, p = 0.035. Similarly, lack of knowledge and negative perception towards ART medications also significantly affected non-adherence. Transport costs (for repeat prescription, followed by pills running out, not wanting others to notice, side-effects, and being busy were the most common reasons for non-adherence. The interviews also revealed religious or ritual obstacles, stigma and discrimination, ART-associated costs, transport problems, lack of support, and side-effects as contributing to non-adherence. CONCLUSION: Improving adherence requires a supportive environment; accessible treatment; clear instructions about regimens; and regimens tailored to individual patients' lifestyles. Healthcare workers should address some of the practical and cultural issues around ART medicine whilst policy-makers should develop

  13. Preoperative physical therapy treatment did not influence postoperative pain and disability outcomes in patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy: a prospective study

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    Valencia, Carolina; Coronado, Rogelio A; Simon, Corey B; Wright, Thomas W; Moser, Michael W; Farmer, Kevin W; George, Steven Z

    2016-01-01

    Background There is limited literature investigating preoperative physical therapy (pre-op PT) treatment on pain intensity and disability after musculoskeletal surgery. The purposes of the present cohort study were to describe patient characteristics for those who had and did not have pre-op PT treatment and determine whether pre-op PT influenced the length of postoperative physical therapy (post-op PT) treatment (number of sessions) and 3-month and 6-month postsurgical outcomes, such as pain intensity and disability. Patients and methods A total of 124 patients (mean age =43 years, 81 males) with shoulder pain were observed before and after shoulder arthroscopic surgery. Demographic data, medical history, and validated self-report questionnaires were collected preoperatively and at 3 months and 6 months after surgery. Analysis of variance models were performed to identify differences across measures for patients who had pre-op PT treatment and those who did not and to examine outcome differences at 3 months and 6 months. Alpha was set at the 0.05 level for statistical significance. Results Males had less participation in pre-op PT than females (P=0.01). In contrast, age, pain intensity, disability, and pain-associated psychological factors did not differ between pre-op PT treatment groups (P>0.05). Subacromial bursectomies were more commonly performed in patients having pre-op PT treatment (P<0.05). Pre-op PT treatment did not influence length of post-op PT treatment and did not affect 3-month and 6-month pain intensity and disability outcomes. Differences in distribution of pre-op PT for males and females and subacromial bursectomy did not influence 3-month or 6-month postsurgical outcomes. Conclusion Receiving pre-op PT treatment did not influence post-op PT treatment or pain and disability outcomes at 3 months and 6 months. This prospective cohort study provides no evidence of benefit for pre-op PT on post-op PT treatment or postsurgical outcomes. Females or

  14. Influences of different UV-B radiation treatments in short time on some physiological characteristics of winter wheat seedlings

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    [Objective] studying the influences of different UV-B radiation treatments in short time on some physiological characteristics of winter wheat seedlings was to provide reference for the mechanism of plant response to ultraviolet irradiation in short time. [Method] The winter wheat taken as materials were treated with 15 and 30μW/cm2 UV-B radiation, then the physiological indexes such as pigment content and photosynthetic rate were determined. [Results] The UV-B treatment caused the declines of chlorophyll content, soluble protein content and water content of leaves, besides, dose-effect was existed. The decline of 30 μW/cm2 treatment was bigger than that of 15 μW/cm2 treatment. The influences of UV-B radiation on carotenoid content and anthocyanidin content were similar; the change trends were declined firstly then increased. The UV-B treatment with two doses restrained the electron transport of PSⅡ, particularly; the inhibitory effect was biggest after treated 2h, and then this effect was declined in 4, 6 and 8h, so the dose-effect was existed. The UV-B radiation with two doses restricted photosynthetic rate and the inhibitory effect increased with the increase of treatment time. The high dose treatment caused huge damage to membrane system, while the result of low dose treatment was not obvious. [Conclusion] UV-B radiation treatment had dose-effect on winter wheat seedlings in short time and the influence of high dose was bigger than that of low dose. With the increase of treatment time, the damage was alleviated; besides, the result was not similar to that of UV-B radiation in long time

  15. Influence of supply of heat to cobalt-chromium frameworks during soldering and subsequent hardening heat treatment of wrought clasps.

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    Eriksson, T; Sjögren, G; Bergman, M

    1983-01-01

    Retentive clasp arms of wrought gold alloy wire were soldered to frameworks made of three dental cobalt-chromium alloys. The clasps were then subjected to a conventional hardening heat treatment. Microstructure and hardness of the cobalt-chromium alloys were determined before and after these operations. The results reveal that the supply of heat during soldering and hardening heat treatment of the clasp does not influence the microstructure and hardness of the cobalt-chromium alloys. PMID:6134347

  16. Factors influencing caries status and treatment needs among pregnant women attending a maternity hospital in Udaipur city, India

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    Kumar, Santhosh; Tadakamadla, Jyothi; Tibdewal, Harish; Duraiswamy, Prabu; Kulkarni, Suhas

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: To estimate the prevalence and severity of dental caries along with the treatment needs; to determine the factors that influence dental caries status among pregnant women attending a district maternity hospital in Udaipur, India. Study design: Study sample comprised of 206 pregnant women attending a district maternity hospital in Udaipur, India. Clinical data were collected on dental caries by DMFT and treatment needs as described in World Health Organization Dentition status and ...

  17. Influence of the Conditions of Electrode Position and Heat Treatment on the Structure and Properties of Metallic Coatings

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    Kovenskiy, I. M.; Kulemina, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    Influence of electrodeposition conditions and heat treatment on the structure and properties of metallic coatings has been considered. It has been that at different values of overvoltage, metals crystallize with a cellular, subgrain or monoblock structure. The final formation of the structure occurs during annealing, in the process of which either polygonization or recrystallization develops in the coatings. Varying the conditions of electrodeposition and heat treatment allows obtaining coatings with functional characteristics for specific operating conditions.

  18. Influence of heat treatment on changes on structure and magnetic properties of CoSiB alloy

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    R. Nowosielski; A. Zajdel; S. Lesz; B. Kostrubiec; Z. Stokłosa

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: This paper describes influence of heat treatment on changes on structure and magnetic properties of the amorphous Co77Si11.5B11.5 alloy.Design/methodology/approach: The following experimental techniques were used: X-ray diffraction (XRD), static and dynamic measurements of magnetic properties (magnetic balance, fluxmeter, Maxwell-Wien bridge).Findings: The crystallization process involved by heat treatment leads to significant changes of structure and magnetic properties of amorphous...

  19. The influence of surface treatment on hydrophobicity, protein adsorption and microbial colonisation of silicone hydrogel contact lenses

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    Santos, Lívia; Rodrigues, Diana Alexandra Ferreira; Lira, Madalena; Oliveira, M. Elisabete; Oliveira, Rosário; Yebra-Pimentel Vilar, Eva; Azeredo, Joana

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the influence of surface treatment of silicone-hydrogel CL on lens hydrophobicity, protein adsorption and microbial colonisation by studying several silicone hydrogel contact lenses (CL) with and without surface treatment. The lenses used in this study were Balafilcon A, Lotrafilcon A, Lotrafilcon B and Galyfilcon A. A conventional hydrogel CL (Etafilcon A) was also tested. Methods: Hydrophobicity was determined through contact angle measurement using the advancing typ...

  20. Influence of He/O2 atmospheric pressure plasma jet treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics

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    The influence of He/O2 atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics was studied in the present paper. Weight loss results indicated that the weight loss increased with an increase of plasma treatment time. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed an increased surface roughness after the plasma treatment. SEM also showed that the fiber surfaces were as clean as unsized fibers after 35 s treatment followed by NaHCO3 desizing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that oxygen-based functional groups increased for the plasma treated polyacrylate sized fabrics. The percent desizing ratio (PDR) results showed that more than 99% PDR was achieved after 65 s plasma treatment followed by a 5 min NaHCO3 desizing. Compared to conventional wet desizing, indicating that plasma treatment could significantly reduce desizing time.

  1. Heat treatment influence on corrosion resistance of Fe3Al intermetallic phase based alloy

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    J. Cebulski

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this paper attention was paid to determine the corrosion resistance of Fe3Al intermetallic phasebased alloy in corrosive medium of liquid hydrochloric acid with 0.2% concentration and sulphuric acid with 3%concentration. Research of material susceptibility to surface activation in the pipeline of corrosion processes areconducted. Work is continuation of earlier research of corrosion resistance evaluation tests for FeAl intermetallicphase based alloy in liquid HCl and H2SO4 corrosive medium.Design/methodology/approach: In the corrosion research electrolyser, potentiostat „Solartron 1285” andcomputer with „CorrWare 2” software were used. Results of the research were worked out with „CorrView”software. The potentials values were determined in relation to normal hydrogen electrode (NEW. Thetemperature of the solutions was kept on 21ºC level. The recording of potential/density of current - time curvewas conducted for 300 s.Findings: The results of research conducted in 0.2% HCl solution, the best electrochemical corrosion resistancewere showed by samples after annealing during 72 hours. It was confirmed by the lowest value of corrosioncurrent density, low value of passive current density, pitting corrosion resistance much higher than in othersamples.Practical implications: The last feature is the reason to conduct the research for this group of materials ascorrosion resistance materials. Especially FeAl and Fe3Al intermetallic phase based alloys are objects ofresearch in Poland and all world during last years.Originality/value: The goal of this work was to determine the influence of homogenizing treatment timeon corrosion resistance of Fe28Al intermetallic phase based alloy in 0.2% HCl and 3% H2SO4 solutions.Homogenizing treatment was conducted in temperature of 1050ºC during: 24, 48, 72 and 96 h.

  2. Influence of heat treatment on properties and corrosion resistance of Al-composite

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    M. Adamiak

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of the project was evaluation of the effect of heat treatment and of the reinforcing Al2O3 particles in the EN AW-AlCu4Mg1(A aluminium alloy on the mechanical properties, abrasive and corrosion resistance in the NaCl water solution environment.Design/methodology/approach: some of the composite materials were hyperquenched for 0.5 h at the temperature of 495ºC with the subsequent cooling in water, and were quench aged next for 6 h at 200°C. Hardness tests were made on HAUSER hardness tester with the Vickers method at 10 N. Static compression and tensile tests of the fabricated composite materials were made on the ZWICK 100 type testing machine at room temperature. Abrasion resistance wear tests were carried out with the constant number of cycles of 5000 (120 m at various loads: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 N. Test pieces were rinsed in the ultrasonic washer to clean them and next were weighed on the analytical balance with the accuracy of 0.0001 g to check the mass loss. Corrosion tests were made in 5% water NaCl solution.Findings: Besides visible improvement of mechanical properties: hardness, compression strength and tensile strength, wear resistance there were also observed the influence of heat treatment on the corrosion resistance of composite materials in 3% NaCl solution.Practical implications: Tested composite materials can be applicate among the others in automotive industry but it requires additional researches.Originality/value: It was demonstrated that the mechanical properties, as well as the wear and corrosion resistance of the sintered composite materials with the EN AW-Al Cu4Mg1(A alloy matrix may be formed by the dispersion hardening with the Al2O3 particles in various portions and by the precipitation hardening of the matrix.

  3. Influence of water-repellent treatment on the properties lime and lime pozzolan mortars

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    Fortes Revilla, C.

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available The influence that water-repellent products can have on physical and micro-structural properties of lime mortars, and lime plus pozzolan mortars has been studied. Three water repellent products have been used. Mixes of the previously mentioned three water repellents plus a biocide product were also applied. Treatments make the total porosity and saturation coefficient of both mortars to decrease, while colorimetric coordinates bear little alteration. All treatments with water repellent products provided mortars with a hydrophobic property index close to 100%. Durability of such mortars has been also studied: salt crystallization test, frost-thaw and dry-wet cycles, as well as ultraviolet radiation test were carried out. Relationship between mortars behavior and their porosity and saturation coefficient were found.

    En el presente trabajo se ha estudiado la influencia de la aplicación de productos hidrofugantes a morteros de cal y morteros de cal y puzolana sobre sus propiedades físicas y microestructurales. Se han estudiado tres productos hidrofugantes. También han sido estudiados dichos productos junto con un biocida. La porosidad total y el coeficiente de saturación de ambos tipos de morteros se ve reducido por el efecto de los tratamientos mientras que las coordenadas colorimétricas se ven poco alteradas. Todos los tratamientos confieren un índice de hidrofobicidad a los morteros próximo al 100%. Asimismo, también se ha estudiado la durabilidad de dichos morteros frente a la cristalización de sales, hielo-deshielo, los ciclos de humedad-sequedad y radiaciones ultravioleta. Se relaciona el comportamiento de los morteros con su porosidad y el coeficiente de saturación.

  4. Influence of aramid fiber moisture regain during atmospheric plasma treatment on aging of treatment effects on surface wettability and bonding strength to epoxy

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    One of the main differences between a low-pressure plasma treatment and an atmospheric pressure plasma treatment is that in atmosphere, the substrate material may absorb significant amount of water which may potentially influence the plasma treatment effects. This paper investigates how the moisture absorbed by aramid fibers during the atmospheric pressure plasma treatment influences the aging behavior of the modified surfaces. Kevlar 49 fibers with different moisture regains (MR) (0.5, 3.5 and 5.5%, respectively) are treated with atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) with helium as the carrier gas and oxygen as the treatment gas. Surface wettability and chemical compositions, and interfacial shear strengths (IFSS) to epoxy for the aramid fibers in all groups are determined using water contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and micro-bond pull out tests, respectively. Immediately after the plasma treatment, the treated fibers have substantially lower water contact angles, higher surface oxygen and nitrogen contents, and larger IFSS to epoxy than those of the control group. At the end of 30 day aging period, the fibers treated with 5.5% moisture regain had a lower water contact angle and more polar groups on the fiber surface, leading to 75% improvement of IFSS over the control fibers, while those for the 0.5 and 3.5% moisture regain groups were only 30%

  5. Influence of the heat treatment on the mechanical properties and structure of TWIP steel in wires

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    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this paper is to determine influence of the drawing process of TWIP steel wires on their mechanical properties and the structure changes.Design/methodology/approach: The heat treatment of steel containing 29.4 % manganese and little amount of carbon (0.0049%C allows to obtain TWIP effect, and the austenitic structure for this type of steel was realized. In order to investigate the structure changes, the optical microscopy was used. Mechanical properties were determined by the compression test and drawing process.Findings: The analyses of changes of mechanical properties and the structure after particular drawings stages was carried out. At the total draft of 93.4 % the value of drawing stress was 1060MPa, however further deformations of the wire brought relation Rm/R0.2 to be above 1.6.Research limitations/implications: Continuation of the investigations with the use of transmission electron microscopy makes it possible to identify all phases that appear in this steel.Practical implications: Drawn products characterized by high strength properties together with good plasticity might be used for production of connecting elements because they can absorb large quantity of energy.Originality/value: For the first time there were obtained so high hardening level as well as so high plasticity in the drawing process.

  6. Influence of Heat Treatments on the Corrosion Resistance of Medium -Carbon Steel using Sulfuric Spring Water

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    Ikhlas Basheer

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion is one of the important problems that may be occur to the parts of machinery and equipment after manufactured and when used as a result of exposure to corrosive media. Plain-carbon steel is considered as one of the most common minerals used in industrial applications. Some of heat treatments can have direct effect on the corrosion rate of steel by building up galvanic corrosion cells between its microscopic phases. Therefore, to adopt one of kinds of the plain-carbon steel and the most commonly used in industry to be study subject, that is medium carbon steel and took samples of this steel has been treated thermally in three methods which the normalising, annealing, and hardening .The corrosive media used in the research is Sulfuric Spring, it contains many chemical compounds to show its influence on the corrosion of steel. The weight loss method is used to determine corrosion rate and to compare between the results obtained, show that the greatest corrosion resistance of the annealed steel and the corrosion resistance of the hardened steel is the lowest while the corrosion  resistance of the normalised steel is in-between them.         Calcium carbonate was formed on the metal surface which acts as an isolating layer which decrease corrosion rate with time

  7. Influence of different treatment condition on biopolymer yield production for coagulation-flocculation process

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    Aisyah, I. S.; Murshed, M. F.; Norli, I.

    2016-06-01

    Two different agro wastes (banana pseudostem and rice straw) were utilized in order to extract biopolymer (pectin) known as coagulant aid in water and wastewater treatment. Factors such as pH, temperature and time were chosen due to the critical role in hot acid extraction process. The yield of biopolymer extraction from banana pseudostem was found to be higher at 28% meanwhile only 18% from rice straw was manage to produce from the dry weight 10 g, respectively. It was found that extraction temperature and extraction time were the most important factors influencing the biopolymer yield which increased with temperature and time or decreasing pH. Based on two level factorial design, the same condition of pH 1.5, temperature 90 oC and 4 hours extraction time can produce high amount of extracted biopolymer. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was used to detect the existence of functional group which helps in the coagulation-flocculation process. Result indicates a similar functional group of biopolymer were detected for both difference agro wastes.

  8. Monitoring noise-resonant effects in cancer growth influenced by spontaneous fluctuations and periodic treatment

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    Fiasconaro, Alessandro; Spagnolo, Bernardo; Gudowska-Nowak, Ewa

    2007-01-01

    In the paper we investigate a mathematical model describing the growth of tumor in the presence of immune response of a host organism. The dynamics of tumour and immune cells is based on the generic Michaelis-Menten kinetics describing interaction and competition between the tumour and the immune system. The appropriate phenomenological equation modeling cell-mediated immune surveillance against cancer is of the predator-prey form and within a given choice of parameters exhibits bistability. Under the influence of spontaneous weak fluctuations, the model may be analyzed in terms of a stochastic differential equation bearing the form of an overdamped Langevin-like dynamics in the external quasi-potential represented by a double well. We analyze properties of the system within the range of parameters for which the potential wells are of the same depth and when the additional perturbation describing a periodic treatment is insufficient to overcome the barrier height and to cause cancer extinction. In this case t...

  9. Influence of deep cryogenic treatment on internal friction behavior in the process of tempering

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    Research highlights: → The secondary-hardening effect of the DCT treated samples was lower because of the elimination of retained austenite. → The mobile dislocations are reduced after same tempering both in the DCT treated sample and the non-DCT treated sample which indicates the DCT treating made more carbon atoms formatting carbides during the tempering. → An indirect evidence was made on more carbides precipitated after DCT to improve wear resistance. - Abstract: This paper investigated the influence of deep cryogenic treatment on the internal friction behaviors in the process of tempering. The internal friction indicates the carbon atoms segregated to nearby dislocations and produced strong interactions, including interstitial carbon atoms themselves and between the interstitial carbon atoms with time-dependent strain field of dislocations. It is made clear that the cluster of carbon atoms nearby the dislocations in the DCT either acts as or grows into nuclei for the formation of carbide on subsequent during tempering. Thus the improvement of wear resistance due to more carbides precipitation after DCT treating has been observed indirectly by using internal friction.

  10. Heat treatments influence on mechanical properties of zircaloy 4 - particular study of fatigue structures

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    The aim of this study was to improve the knowledge of the out-of-pile mechanical behaviour of Zircaloy 4. A bibliographical study was carried out in relation to phase transformations, resulting precipitation, strain mechanism, and dislocation structures induced by cyclic loadings. - The first approach was based on tensile, fatigue, and creep tests in order to establish design rules and to compare the alloy after 5-mn treatment at 10300 C followed by quenching the alloy after a 2-hours recrystallisation at 6500 C. - The second was based on structural damage resulting from cyclic loadings and dislocation structures. Such damage is closely connected with crack depth, and not with crack density. Fatigue substructures depend on stress amplitude and take the form of dislocation bundles, walls, cells, and labyrinth-like structures. Such configurations exist in both forms of Zircaloy-4. They are similar to those exhibited in face-centered cubic metals. The last step consisted in an analysis of the various design rules, trying to define the effects of microstructure and texture. It was noted that the microstructure influenced cracking processes, whereas texture affected deformation mechanisms

  11. Physician personal characteristics influencing long-term treatment of patients with cardiovascular diseases

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    Strokova E.V.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of the article is to identify the peculiarities of a doctor personality, affecting long-term therapy in patients with cardiovascular diseases. Materials and methods: To determine the type of temperament, the presence and intensity of the syndrome of emotional burnout and capacity for empathy therapists and cardiologists were asked to fill in a number of questionnaires. Each doctor had a group of patients contacting by telephone for a year after the discharge from the hospital. During the telephone contact, the patients were asked about the continuation of their therapy recommended in the hospital, the regularity of therapy, the frequency of absence, and the assessment of a physician by the patients. Results: 35 questionnaires were suitable for interpretation. Through one year after the discharge from the hospital it was able to contact with 147 patients, 18.4% (27 of patients completely stopped the treatment by recommended drugs. Positive assessment of physicians was associated with the continuation of the therapy by recommended drugs and regularity of drug taking (p=0,03. Patients assessed physicians positively more often in cases of low level of emotional state, high level of depersonalization (cynicism and the reduction of personal accomplishment (feeling of professional inefficiency in a doctor. Conclusion: Assessment of physicians by patients is reliably and significantly influenced by continuation of long-term therapy and regularity of drug taking.

  12. Influences of iron and calcium carbonate on wastewater treatment performances of algae based reactors.

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    Zhao, Zhimiao; Song, Xinshan; Wang, Wei; Xiao, Yanping; Gong, Zhijie; Wang, Yuhui; Zhao, Yufeng; Chen, Yu; Mei, Mengyuan

    2016-09-01

    The influences of iron and calcium carbonate (CaCO3) addition in wastewater treatments reactors performance were investigated. Adding different concentrations of Fe(3+) (5, 10, 30 and 50mmol/m(3)), iron and CaCO3 powder led to changes in algal characteristics and physico-chemical and microbiological properties. According to the investigation results, nutrient removal efficiency in algae based reactors was obviously increased by the addition of 10mmol/m(3) Fe(3+), iron (5mmol/m(3)) and CaCO3 powder (0.2gm(-3)) and the removal efficiencies of BOD5, TN, and TP in Stage 2 were respectively increased by 28%, 8.9%, and 22%. The improvements in physico-chemical performances were verified by microbial community tests (bacteria quantity, activity and community measured in most probable number, extracellular enzymes activity, and Biolog Eco Plates). Microbial variations indicated the coexistence of Fe ions and carbonate-bicarbonate, which triggered the synergistic effect of physico-chemical action and microbial factors in algae based reactors. PMID:27214163

  13. Normalizing treatment influence on the forged steel SAE 8620 fracture properties

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    Paulo de Tarso Vida Gomes

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available In a PWR nuclear power plant, the reactor pressure vessel (RPV contains the fuel assemblies and reactor vessels internals and keeps the coolant at high temperature and high pressure during normal operation. The RPV integrity must be assured all along its useful life to protect the general public against a significant radiation liberation damage. One of the critical issues relative to the VPR structural integrity refers to the pressurized thermal shock (PTS accident evaluation. To better understand the effects of this kind of event, a PTS experiment has been planned using an RPV prototype. The RPV material fracture behavior characterization in the ductile-brittle transition region represents one of the most important aspects of the structural assessment process of RPV's under PTS. This work presents the results of fracture toughness tests carried out to characterize the RPV prototype material behavior. The test data includes Charpy energy curves, T0 reference temperatures for definition of master curves, and fracture surfaces observed in electronic microscope. The results are given for the vessel steel in the "as received" and normalized conditions. This way, the influence of the normalizing treatment on the fracture properties of the steel could be evaluated.

  14. Influence of thermo hydrogen treatment on hot deformation behavior of Ti600 alloy

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    ZHAO Jing-wei; DING Hua; WANG Yao-qi; HOU Hong-liang

    2009-01-01

    Hot compressive deformation of Ti600 alloy after thermo hydrogen treatment (THT) was carried out within hydrogen content range of 0-0.5%, temperature range of 760-920 ℃ and strain rate range of 0.01-10 s-1. The flow stress of Ti600 alloy after THT was obtained under hot deformation condition, and the influence of hydrogen on work-hardening rate (S*), strain energy density (U*), and deformation activation energy (Q) was analysed. The results show that the flow stress of Ti600 alloy decreases remarkably with the increase of hydrogen when the hydrogen content is less than 0.3%. Both S* and U* decrease with the increase of hydrogen when the hydrogen content is less than 0.3%, and when the hydrogen content is more than 0.3%, S* and U* increase with hydrogen addition. The value of Q decreases with the increase of strain at the same hydrogen content. The addition of small quantity of hydrogen leads to an increase of Q at small strain values, and when the strain reaches 0.6, the value of Q decreases gradually with the increase of hydrogen. When the hydrogen content is within the range of 0.1%-0.3%, the flow stress of Ti600 alloy is decreased when being deformed at the temperature range of 760-920 ℃.

  15. Factors influencing a patient's decision to choose the type of treatment to improve dental esthetics

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    Gržić Renata

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Backgroung/Aim. Interest in dental esthetics has increased rapidly during the last few decades among both patients and dentists, and the creation of a natural dental appearance has become an important task in all fields of dentistry, especially in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. The aim of this research was to investigate factors influencing a patient's decision to choose the type of treatment to improve dental esthetics. Methods. A total of 700 Caucasian subjects participated in the crosssectional study (261 men, 439 women, aged 18-86 years, mean age 46.2 ± 18.6. The study included clinical examination and a self-administrated questionnaire based on self-perceived esthetics, satisfaction with the appearance of their maxillary anterior teeth and previous dental experience. Multiple logistic regression was used in statistical analysis. Results. Hiding teeth during smile was the most important predictor for choosing fixed prosthetic restorations (OR 9.1, followed by self-perceived bad fixed prosthesis, malpositioned teeth and female gender (OR 2.9, 2.4, and 1.5, respectively. The increase in satisfaction with dental appearance and previous orthodontic therapy reduced chances for seeking prosthetic therapy (each OR 0.4. The significant predictors for bleaching choosing were hiding teeth during smiling, already done bleaching, female gender, lower levels of satisfaction with dental appearance and the absence of the previous orthodontic therapy (OR 5.8, 2.4, 1.8, 0.5 and 0.4, respecitively. Hiding teeth during smile, self-perceived malposition and crowding, and lower levels of satisfaction, were significant predictors for choosing orthodontic treatment (OR 3.1, 2.4, 2.2 and 0.6, respectively. None of current dental statuses was statistically significant predictor for choosing prosthodontic, bleeching nor orthodontic therapy. Conclusion. The psychological elements and female gender are the main predictors of seeking dental therapy

  16. Environmental and lifestyle influences on disorders of the large and small intestine: implications for treatment.

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    Hall, Emily H; Crowe, Sheila E

    2011-01-01

    There is growing evidence that many aspects of our lifestyle and the environment we now live in contribute to the development of disease. The luminal digestive tract is a clear target of the influence of dietary components, alcohol, microbial organisms, and other ingested materials. External factors including obesity, lack of physical exercise, and tobacco consumption also impact diseases of the luminal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. A growing understanding of the microbiome which forms an integral part of the human organism indicates that this is another important external force that impacts human health and disease. The luminal GI tract conditions that arise, at least in part, from these external factors range from malignancies (squamous cell esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus and associated esophageal adenocarcinoma, gastric cancer, and colorectal cancer), idiopathic inflammatory disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases, and post-infectious syndromes including post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome, post-infectious dyspepsia and other functional GI disorders. Of particular interest, given their increase in prevalence in much of the world, are immune-mediated conditions in which food antigens are the driving force behind disease development. These entities include celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and food allergies. Celiac disease is a prime example of a condition mediated by dietary factors whose pathogenesis has only recently been determined, providing opportunities for developing treatment options beyond the gluten-free diet. While a genetic basis for this disease clearly exists, it is believed that environmental factors such as an increase in gluten in the human diet account for its rising prevalence, now roughly 1% of genetically susceptible populations in all continents. Proposed therapeutic strategies span from preventing disease by modulating the time of gluten introduction in infants, to reducing exposure to gluten by developing strains

  17. Surface Chemistry of Polymers. The Influence of Thermal and Chemical Treatments on the Surface Properties of Polyvinylchloride

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    2007-01-01

    The influence of thermal and chemical treatments (tetrahydrofuran and dioxane) on the adsorption properties of polyvinylchloride is investigated by gas chromatographic methods. It is shown, that heating to the glass-transition temperature has an erasing effect. Methanol was used as the main molecular probe.

  18. Compliance with methotrexate treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: influence of patients' beliefs about the medicine. A prospective cohort study

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    de Thurah, Annette; Nørgaard, Mette; Harder, Ingegerd;

    2010-01-01

    Objective of the study is to investigate how compliance during the first year of methotrexate (MTX) treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is influenced by the patients' perception of the necessity for and concern about MTX, the patients' functional disability, and the dose of MTX. A total of 126...

  19. Design of field experiments: Influence of treatment response relative to standard deviation and blocking factor characteristics on efficient blocking strategy

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    Selection of experimental design can markedly influence efficiency of field research. This study used Monte Carlo simulations to compare the ability of different field experimental designs to distinguish defined treatment differences, and the paper concludes with a section on practical use of the in...

  20. INFLUENCE OF REACTION TEMPERATURE AND REACTION TIME ON PRODUCT FROM HYDROTHERMAL TREATMENT OF BIOMASS RESIDUE

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Thailand is facing with problems associated with biomass residue such as palm oil residues (oil palm trunks, oil palm fronds, empty fruit bunches, shells and fibers. Biomass is promising source for the production of an array of energy-related produts including, liquid, solid and gaseous fuels, heat, chemicals electricity and other materials. Therefore, the use of biomass for energy is not still fully utilization due to the high moisture content, lower heating value of the energy unit or low bulk density and the problems withtar. While Thailand has high potential because the reisa lot of biomass that has not been utilizedfor example biomass residues from palm oil industry. About 2 million tons of empty fruit bunches in Thailand have great potential. This amount will continue increase with the rapid growth in the Thailand, the largest crude palm oil producer in the world. This amount will continue increase with the rapid growth in the Thailand palm oil industry. Therefore, a better method to manage such biomass residues is highly desired. One of the potential ways for alternative utilization of biomass is thermo-chemical process. Hydrothermal treatment is a process for making a homogenizinged, carbon rich and energy-dense solid fuel, called hydrochar. The objective of the study was to identify the effect of reaction temperature and reaction time for hydrothermal treatment of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB. Influence of temperature 100°C, 150°C and 200°C for 30 to 90 min and active biogas process on 1.00-15.538 bars, within 1,000 mL stainless steel 316 batch-type reactor with a stirrer and there is an automatic temperature controller. Results showed that the highest chemical and physical properties of hydrochar product was achieved when operated on 200°C for 90 min. Maximum heating value was found that 5678 cal/g for EFB9. The result showed that the chemical and physical properties increased progressively with higher temperature. The results was

  1. Influence of [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography on salvage treatment decision making for locally persistent nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in influencing salvage treatment decision making for locally persistent nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Methods and Materials: A total of 33 NPC patients with histologic persistence at nasopharynx 1 to 6 weeks after a full course of radiotherapy underwent both computed tomography (CT) and FDG-PET/CT simulation at the same treatment position. The salvage treatment decisions, with regard to the decision to offer salvage treatment and the definition of gross tumor volume (GTV), were made before knowledge of the FDG-PET findings. Subsequently the salvage treatment decisions were made again based on the FDG-PET findings and compared with the pre-FDG-PET decisions. Results: All 33 patients were referred for salvage treatment in the pre-FDG-PET decision. After knowledge of the FDG-PET results, the decision to offer salvage treatment was withdrawn in 4 of 33 patients (12.1%), as no abnormal uptake of FDG was found at nasopharynx. Spontaneous remission was observed in repeat biopsies and no local recurrence was found in these 4 cases. For the remaining 29 patients, GTV based on FDG-PET was smaller than GTV based on CT in 24 (82.8%) cases and was greater in 5 (17.2%) cases, respectively. The target volume had to be significantly modified in 9 of 29 patients (31%), as GTV based on FDG-PET images failed to be enclosed by the treated volume in the salvage treatment plan performed based on GTV based on CT simulation images. Conclusion: Use of FDG-PET was found to influence the salvage treatment decision making for locally persistent NPC by identifying patients who were not likely to benefit from additional treatment and by improving accuracy of GTV definition in salvage treatment planning

  2. The influence of clinician emotion on decisions in child and adolescent eating disorder treatment: a survey of self and others.

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    Lafrance Robinson, Adele; Kosmerly, Stacey

    2015-01-01

    Eating disorder clinicians from various disciplines participated in one of two surveys: the "self" group (n = 143) completed a survey assessing the negative influence of emotions on their own clinical decisions, while the "other" group (n = 145) completed a parallel version of the survey that assessed their perceptions of the negative influence of emotion in their colleagues. Both groups endorsed this phenomenon to some degree, although differences in reporting were noted between groups. The perceived negative influence of emotion with regards to specific treatment decisions fell within three categories: decisions regarding food and weight, decisions regarding the involvement of the family in treatment, and decisions related to autonomy and control. Decisions regarding the involvement of the family were perceived to be the most emotionally charged, in particular the involvement of a critical or dismissive parent. PMID:25401960

  3. Influence of equinus treatments on the vertical displacement of the body's centre of mass in children with cerebral palsy.

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    Massaad, Firas; van den Hecke, Adélaïde; Renders, Anne; Detrembleur, Christine

    2006-10-01

    We assessed the influence of equinus gait treatments on the vertical displacement of the body's centre of mass (COM) in 21 patients with cerebral palsy (14 males, 7 females; mean age 8 y 9 mo [SD 2 y]; range 3 y 7 mo-17 y) presenting different topographical types (quadriplegia, n = 1; diplegia, n = 6; right hemiplegia, n = 6; and left hemiplegia, n = 8). Vertical COM displacement was computed from ground reaction forces, and lower limb kinematics was recorded simultaneously. Equinus gait was treated with non-operative treatments (i.e. botulinum toxin injections and stretching casts) in 14 patients, and with operative treatments in seven patients. After non-operative treatments, the entire ankle displacement shifted towards dorsiflexion throughout the gait cycle, but the amplitude of the third foot rocker (TR) and vertical COM displacement remained unchanged. However, after operative treatments, the amplitude of TR increased and vertical COM displacement decreased. A negative linear correlation was found between the former variables in all the patients where 53% of the changes in their vertical COM displacement, after equinus gait treatments, were explained by the changes in TR amplitude. In fact, TR remains a main gait determinant, reducing the vertical COM displacement after equinus gait treatment and influencing the general gait pattern. PMID:16978460

  4. Surfactants containing radioactive run-offs: Ozone treatment, influence on nuclear power plants water waste special treatment

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    The authors discuss the problems encountered in the efficiency of radioactive waste treatment in nuclear power plants in Kursk. The ozonization of aqueous solutions of surfactants was carried out in the laboratory's ozonization system. The surfactants which are discharged to the ion exchangers deteriorate resins, clog up the ion exchangers, and decrease filtration velocity. Therefore, this investigation focused on finding a method to increase the efficiency of this treatment process

  5. Effect of Voluntary Ethanol Consumption Combined with Testosterone Treatment on Cardiovascular Function in Rats: Influence of Exercise Training.

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    Full Text Available This study evaluated the effects of voluntary ethanol consumption combined with testosterone treatment on cardiovascular function in rats. Moreover, we investigated the influence of exercise training on these effects. To this end, male rats were submitted to low-intensity training on a treadmill or kept sedentary while concurrently being treated with ethanol for 6 weeks. For voluntary ethanol intake, rats were given access to two bottles, one containing ethanol and other containing water, three 24-hour sessions per week. In the last two weeks (weeks 5 and 6, animals underwent testosterone treatment concurrently with exercise training and exposure to ethanol. Ethanol consumption was not affected by either testosterone treatment or exercise training. Also, drug treatments did not influence the treadmill performance improvement evoked by training. However, testosterone alone, but not in combination with ethanol, reduced resting heart rate. Moreover, combined treatment with testosterone and ethanol reduced the pressor response to the selective α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine. Treatment with either testosterone or ethanol alone also affected baroreflex activity and enhanced depressor response to acetylcholine, but these effects were inhibited when drugs were coadministrated. Exercise training restored most cardiovascular effects evoked by drug treatments. Furthermore, both drugs administrated alone increased pressor response to phenylephrine in trained animals. Also, drug treatments inhibited the beneficial effects of training on baroreflex function. In conclusion, the present results suggest a potential interaction between toxic effects of testosterone and ethanol on cardiovascular function. Data also indicate that exercise training is an important factor influencing the effects of these substances.

  6. The influence of electrochemical pre-treatment of B-doped diamond films on the electrodeposition of Pt

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    Ribeiro, Mauro C.; Silva, Leide G. da; Sumodjo, Paulo T.A. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica]. E-mail: ptasumod@iq.usp.br

    2006-08-15

    The influence of the substrate electrochemical pre-treatment in 0.5 mol L{sup -1} H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} on the Pt electrodeposition on boron-doped diamond, BDD, film electrodes was investigated. Platinum cannot be electrodeposited on a freshly prepared BDD electrode; however, potentiodynamic cycling or anodic potential steps at short times does activate the electrode. Anodic pre-treatment plays a dual role in the behavior of Pt deposition on BDD surfaces: Pt deposition is increased at short-term anodic pre-treatments, whereas at longer pre-treatment times Pt deposition was inhibited. These facts are explained in terms of wettability changes and passivation of the surface. Conversely, the oxide layer formed in these treatments increases the dispersion level of the catalyst. (author)

  7. Hospital and patient influencing factors of treatment schemes given to type 2 diabetes mellitus inpatients in Inner Mongolia, China

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    Zhang, Nan; McNeil, Edward; Assanangkornchai, Sawitri; Fan, Yancun

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    Background: In clinical practice, the physician’s treatment decision making is influenced by many factors besides the patient’s clinical conditions and is the fundamental cause of healthcare inequity and discrimination in healthcare settings. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic disease with high prevalence, long average length of stay and high hospitalization rate. Although the treatment of T2DM is well guideline driven, there is a large body of evidence showing the existence of treatment disparities. More empirical studies from the provider side are needed to determine if non-clinical factors influence physician’s treatment choices. Objective: To determine the hospital and patient influencing factors of treatment schemes given to T2DM inpatients in Inner Mongolia, China. Methods: A cross-sectional, hospital-based survey using a cluster sampling technique was conducted in three tertiary hospitals and three county hospitals in Inner Mongolia, China. Treatment schemes were categorized as lifestyle management, oral therapy or insulin therapy according to the national guideline. Socio-demographic characteristics and variables related to severity of disease at the individual level and hospital level were collected. Weighted multinomial logistic regression models were used to determine influencing factors of treatment schemes. Results: Regardless of patients’ clinical conditions and health insurance types, both hospital and patient level variables were associated with treatment schemes. Males were more likely to be given oral therapy (RRR=1.72, 95% CI=1.06-2.81) and insulin therapy (RRR=1.94, 95% CI=1.29-2.91) compared to females who were given lifestyle management more frequently. Compared to the western region, hospitals in the central regions of Inner Mongolia were less likely to prescribe T2DM patients oral therapy (RRR = 0.18, 95% CI=0.05-0.61) and insulin therapy (RRR = 0.20, 95% CI=0.06-0.67) than lifestyle management. Compared with non

  8. Acute interventional diagnosis and treatment of upper gastrointestinal arterial hemorrhage: its clinical value and influence factors

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    drunk after the treatment. Angiography showed that the original bleeding arteries remained occluded. Gastro-duodenal artery infusion with embolization was carried out in one patient, but the patient died of massive hemorrhage due to esophago-fundal varices caused by arterial portal hypertension which was resulted from the formation of the arteriovenous fistula between hepatic artery and portal vein. Conclusions: Emergent arterial angiography and interventional therapy is an effective measure to promptly find out the bleeding site and to control the hemorrhage. The diagnostic accuracy, the revealing rate of bleeding and the therapeutic effect are influenced by multiple factors. (authors)

  9. Influence of pretreatment coping strategies on the outcome of outpatient treatment of Danish alcohol abusers

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    Bussey Rask, Marie; Jørgensen, Tina; Pinnerup Jensen, Jeanette;

    2006-01-01

    An important issue regarding treatment for alcohol abuse is the high rate of relapse following treatment. In the research on treatment of alcohol abuse, the concept of coping has been proposed as a relevant factor in the relationship between relapse crises and treatment outcome. The present study...

  10. Gender influences short-term growth hormone treatment response in children

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    Sävendahl, Lars; Blankenstein, Oliver; Oliver, Isabelle; Christesen, Henrik Thybo; Lee, Peter; Pedersen, Birgitte Tønnes; Rakov, Viatcheslav; Ross, Judith

    2012-01-01

    Gender may affect growth hormone (GH) treatment outcome. This study assessed gender-related differences in change from baseline height standard deviation scores (ΔHSDS) after 2 years' GH treatment.......Gender may affect growth hormone (GH) treatment outcome. This study assessed gender-related differences in change from baseline height standard deviation scores (ΔHSDS) after 2 years' GH treatment....

  11. Factors influencing treatment outcomes in tuberculosis patients in Limpopo Province, South Africa, from 2006 to 2010: A retrospective study

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    Full Text Available Background: South Africa has a high burden of tuberculosis (TB, with high human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-TB co-infection rates and the emergence of multidrugresistant TB.Objectives: To describe treatment outcomes and factors influencing outcomes amongst pulmonary TB (PTB patients in the Limpopo Province.Method: A retrospective review was conducted of data on the provincial electronic TB register (ETR.net for the years 2006 to 2010 (inclusive, and a random sample of 1200 records was selected for further analysis. The Chi square test was used to examine the influence of age, gender, health facility level, diagnostic category and treatment regimen on treatment outcomes.Results: Overall 90 617 (54.6% male PTB patients were registered between 2006 and 2010. Of the sampled 1200 TB cases, 72.6% were in persons aged 22 to 55 years and 86.2% were new cases. The TB mortality rate was 13.6% (much higher than the World Health Organization target of 3%, whilst the default rate was 9.8%. There was a strong association between age (P < 0.001, diagnostic category (P < 0.001, treatment regimen (P < 0.001, and health facility level (P < 0.001 and treatment outcome. Those aged 22–55, and 56–74 years were more likely to die (P < 0.05. Poor treatment outcomes were also associated with initial treatment failure, receiving treatment at hospital and treatment regimen II.Conclusion: The poor TB treatment outcomes in Limpopo, characterised by a high mortality and default rates, call for strengthening of the TB control programme, which should include integration of HIV and/or AIDS and TB services. 

  12. Influence of preceding length of anticoagulant treatment and initial presentation of venous thromboembolism on risk of recurrence after stopping treatment: analysis of individual participants’ data from seven trials

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    Boutitie, Florent; Pinede, Laurent; Schulman, Sam; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Raskob, Gary; Julian, Jim; Hirsh, Jack; Kearon, Clive

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    Objective To determine how length of anticoagulation and clinical presentation of venous thromboembolism influence the risk of recurrence after anticoagulant treatment is stopped and to identify the shortest length of anticoagulation that reduces the risk of recurrence to its lowest level. Design Pooled analysis of individual participants’ data from seven randomised trials. Setting Outpatient anticoagulant clinics in academic centres. Population 2925 men or women with a first venous thromboem...

  13. Factors that influence adherence to antiretroviral treatment in an urban population, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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    Full Text Available Although the number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART in Indonesia has increased in recent years, little is known about the specific characteristics affecting adherence in this population. Indonesia is different from most of its neighbors given that it is a geographically and culturally diverse country, with a large Muslim population. We aimed to identify the current rate of adherence and explore factors that influence ART adherence.Data were collected from ART-prescribed outpatients on an HIV registry at a North Jakarta hospital in 2012. Socio-demographic and behavioral characteristics were explored as factors associated with adherence using logistics regression analyses. Chi squared test was used to compare the difference between proportions. Reasons for missing medication were analyzed descriptively.Two hundred and sixty-one patients participated, of whom 77% reported ART adherence in the last 3 months. The level of social support experienced was independently associated with adherence where some social support (p = 0.018 and good social support (p = 0.039 improved adherence compared to poor social support. Frequently cited reasons for not taking ART medication included forgetting to take medication (67%, busy with something else (63% and asleep at medication time (60%.This study identified that an increase in the level of social support experienced by ART-prescribed patients was positively associated with adherence. Social support may minimize the impact of stigma among ART prescribed patients. Based on these findings, if social support is not available, alternative support through community-based organizations is recommended to maximize treatment success.

  14. Benchmarking biological nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants: influence of mathematical model assumptions.

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    Flores-Alsina, Xavier; Gernaey, Krist V; Jeppsson, Ulf

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of different model assumptions when describing biological nutrient removal (BNR) by the activated sludge models (ASM) 1, 2d & 3. The performance of a nitrogen removal (WWTP1) and a combined nitrogen and phosphorus removal (WWTP2) benchmark wastewater treatment plant was compared for a series of model assumptions. Three different model approaches describing BNR are considered. In the reference case, the original model implementations are used to simulate WWTP1 (ASM1 & 3) and WWTP2 (ASM2d). The second set of models includes a reactive settler, which extends the description of the non-reactive TSS sedimentation and transport in the reference case with the full set of ASM processes. Finally, the third set of models is based on including electron acceptor dependency of biomass decay rates for ASM1 (WWTP1) and ASM2d (WWTP2). The results show that incorporation of a reactive settler: (1) increases the hydrolysis of particulates; (2) increases the overall plant's denitrification efficiency by reducing the S(NOx) concentration at the bottom of the clarifier; (3) increases the oxidation of COD compounds; (4) increases X(OHO) and X(ANO) decay; and, finally, (5) increases the growth of X(PAO) and formation of X(PHA,Stor) for ASM2d, which has a major impact on the whole P removal system. Introduction of electron acceptor dependent decay leads to a substantial increase of the concentration of X(ANO), X(OHO) and X(PAO) in the bottom of the clarifier. The paper ends with a critical discussion of the influence of the different model assumptions, and emphasizes the need for a model user to understand the significant differences in simulation results that are obtained when applying different combinations of 'standard' models. PMID:22466599

  15. Ariab acidic min-influenced water: a waste to waste treatment

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    Six samples of acidic mine-influenced water (AMIW) from Ariab area, Red Sea Hills, northeastern part of Sudan, were analyzed for some waste water parameters. The investigation showed that, the pH ranged between 1.30 to 1.88, sulphate content between 40200 to 235300 mg/1, total iron 9879 to 103969 mg/1, copper, 280.0 to 1112.5 mg/1, zinc, 1825 to 3345 mg/1, manganese, 210.0 to 570.0 mg /1 in addition to high contents of cobalt and cadmium which are known for their negative impact on the environment. Khartoum Refinery Sour Water (KRSW) sample was analyzed for some pollutants, the analysis showed that it is alkaline industrial waste having a pH of 10.10, alkalinity of 26381 mg/1 as CaC3/1, Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of 29400 mg/1 as O2. It was found to be relatively free of heavy and environmentally hazardous elements such as Fe, Co, Ca, Cd, Cu, Zn, Mn, Pb and Mg. A waste to waste treatment was carried to Ariab AMIW with KRSW, satisfactory results were obtained in reduction of the parameters studied in the treated effluent. The pH of AMIW was raised to about 8.50, and the element contents of Fe, Co, Ca, Cd, Cu, Zn, Mn, Pb were either completely removed or reduced to levels that meet the allowed limits of the industrial effluent disposal threshold. Sulphate content, however, decreased due to dilution, but still above the specified limits of the effluent disposal. (Author)

  16. The efficiency of radiation therapy in the treatment of intracranial oligodendrogliomas: factors influencing the prognosis

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    Oligodendrogliomas (ODG) are a rare, slow growing, tumor in the brain, which can be cured by complete surgical resection, but as yet it is not known if postoperative adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) is essential. We analyzed the treatment results of patients with irradiated ODG to investigate the efficacy of RT in terms of survival rates and other influencing prognostic factors. Between March 1983 and December 1997, 42 patients with ODG were treated with RT at our hospital. The RT was performed daily at a dose of 1.8 ∼ 2.0 Gy, at 5 fractions per week, to a total dose of between 39.6 Gy and 64.8 Gy (mean 53.3 Gy). The ages of the patients ranged between 5 and 62 years, with a median age of 39 years. The mean follow-up period was 63.4 months (8-152 months). The Kaplan-Meier method was used to assess the survival, and 5 year survival rates (5-YSR). Log rank tests and Cox regression analyses were used to define the significance of prognostic factors. The majority of ODG in this study were located in the cerebral hemisphere (83.3%). ODG are slightly more common in men than women, and commonly occurs in middle age, between the 3rd and 4th decades. It has been recommended that RT is commenced within 4 weeks following surgery (5-YSR; 86% vs. 49%; ρ 0.05). A local involved field irradiation with conventional fractionation, commencing within 4 weeks following surgical excision of the tumor, was beneficial for the 5-YSR, but a total radiation dose exceeding 60 Gy did not improve the 5-YSR

  17. Lhermitte's sign: Incidence and treatment variables influencing risk after irradiation of the cervical spinal cord

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    Lhermitte's sign is a relatively infrequent sequela of irradiation of the cervical spinal cord. In this study, the authors sought to determine whether various treatment parameters influenced the likelihood of developing Lhermitte's sign. Between October 1964 and December 1987, 2901 patients with malignancies of the upper respiratory tract were treated at the University of Florida. The dose of radiation to the cervical spinal cord was calculated for those patients who had a minimum 1-year follow-up. A total of 1112 patients who received a minimum of 3000 cGy to at least 2 cm of cervical spinal cord were included in this analysis. Forty patients (3.6%) developed Lhermitte's sign. The mean time to development of Lhermitte's sign after irradiation was 3 months, and the mean duration of symptoms was 6 months. No patient with Lhermitte's sign developed transverse myelitis. Several variables were examined in a univariate analysis, including total dose to the cervical spinal cord, length of cervical spinal cord irradiated, dose per fraction, continuous-course compared with split-course radiotherapy, and once-daily compared with twice-daily irradiation. Only two variables proved to be significant. Six (8%) of 75 patients who received > 5000 cGy to the cervical spinal cord developed Lhermitte's sign compared with 34 (3.3%) of 1037 patients who received < 5000 cGy (p = .04). For patients treated with once-daily fractionation, 28 (3.4%) of 821 patients who received < 200 cGy per fraction developed Lhermitte's sign compared with 6 (10%) of 58 patients who received ≥ 200 cGy (p = .02). An increased risk of developing Lhermitte's sign was demonstrated for patients who received either ≥ 200 cGy per fraction (one fraction per day) or ≥ 5000 cGy total dose to the cervical spinal cord. 29 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs

  18. Influence of treatment conditions on the oxidation of micropollutants by Trametes versicolor laccase.

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    Margot, Jonas; Maillard, Julien; Rossi, Luca; Barry, D A; Holliger, Christof

    2013-09-25

    Many organic compounds present at low concentrations in municipal wastewater, such as various pharmaceuticals and biocides, are recalcitrant in conventional wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). To improve their biodegradation, oxidoreductase enzymes such as laccases were tested. The goal was to find optimal conditions for the transformation of two anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals (diclofenac (DFC) and mefenamic acid (MFA)), one biocide (triclosan (TCN)) and one plastic additive (bisphenol A (BPA)) by Trametes versicolor laccase. Experiments were conducted in spiked solutions at different pH values (from 3 to 9), enzyme concentrations (70-1400 Ul(-1)), reaction times (0-26 hours) and temperatures (10, 25 and 40°C) following a Doehlert experimental design. A semi-empirical model was developed to understand better the combined effects of the four factors and to determine optimal values. This model was able to fit well the experimental data (R(2)>0.97) and showed good predictive ability. All four factors had a significant effect on the micropollutant oxidation with the greatest influence shown by pH. Results for single compounds were different from those obtained for mixtures of micropollutants. For instance, DFC transformation occurred at much higher rates in mixtures under alkaline conditions. Optimal conditions were compound-dependent, but were found to be between pH 4.5 to 6.5 and between 25°C to more than 40°C. A laccase concentration of 730 Ul(-1) was sufficient to obtain a high removal rate (>90%) of the four individual compounds (range of times: 40 min to 5 hours), showing the potential of laccases to improve biodegradation of environmentally persistent compounds. PMID:23831273

  19. Influence of H2O2 treatment on electrochemical activity of mesoporous carbon-supported Pt–Ru catalysts

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    In this report, we describe the preparation of OMC (ordered mesoporous carbon) via a conventional templating method using mesoporous silica (SBA-15) as a Pt–Ru catalyst support for use in fuel cells. The influence of surface treatment of the carbon supports on the electrochemical properties of Pt–Ru/OMC was investigated by exposing the surface to hydrogen peroxide at concentrations of 0, 15, 30, 40, and 50 wt%. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that surface treatment changed the surface chemistry of the OMC samples considerably and introduced surface oxygen functional groups including C–O, C=O, O=C–O–H, and CO32−. The numbers of these functional groups increased with increasing concentration of H2O2 used in the surface treatment, while the average Pt–Ru nanoparticle size decreased owing to their improved dispersibility. Using CV (cyclic voltammetry), we determined that the electrochemical activity of the Pt–Ru catalyst increased with increasing H2O2 concentration used for surface treatment, up to 40 wt%, due to the introduction of oxygen functional groups. Based on these results, we have established that surface treatment influences the surface properties of OMC materials, resulting in improved electrochemical activity of catalysts for fuel cells. - Highlights: • OMC (ordered mesoporous carbon) was prepared as support and dispersant for Pt–Ru catalysts. • H2O2 treatment was carried out to modify the surface characteristics of OMC. • Pt–Ru nanoparticle sizes were reduced by H2O2 treatment. • It also influenced the electrochemical activity

  20. The prevalence of hypothyroidism after treatment for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal carcinomas : are autoantibodies of influence?

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    Lo Galbo, Annalisa M.; De Bree, Remco; Kuik, Dirk J.; Lips, Paul Th. A. M.; Von Blomberg, B. Mary E.; Langendijk, Johannes A.; Leemans, C. Rene

    2007-01-01

    Conclusions. The incidence rate of hypothyroidism after treatment for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer is high, especially after combination treatment. An association between hypothyroidism and autoantibodies was found. Objectives. The incidences of hypothyroidism and autoantibodies were assessed

  1. The use of microbial-earthworm ecofilters for wastewater treatment with special attention to influencing factors in performance: A review.

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    Jiang, Luhua; Liu, Yunguo; Hu, Xinjiang; Zeng, Guangming; Wang, Hui; Zhou, Lu; Tan, Xiaofei; Huang, Binyan; Liu, Shaobo; Liu, Simian

    2016-01-01

    With the unique advantages of lower operational and maintenance cost, the use of microbial-earthworm ecofilters (MEEs) for the wastewater treatment has been increasing rapidly in the recent years. This paper provided an overview of the research activities on the use of MEEs for removing pollutants from various wastewater throughout the world. However, the long-term effective treatment performance and sustainable operation of this system still remain a challenge since the treatment performance would be affected by design parameters, operational conditions, and environmental factors. In order to promote the treatment performance, therefore, this paper also provided and summarized the influencing factors of pollutants removal in MEEs. The design parameters and operational conditions of MEEs include earthworm species and load, filter media type, hydraulic loading rate, nutrient load, packing bed height, chemical factors and temperature. Lastly, this review highlighted the further research on these issues to improve performance and sustainability of MEEs. PMID:26611806

  2. [Papaver bracteatum, influence of cold treatment and cloning on Thebaine content of the capsules.].

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    Bastart-Malsot, M; Paris, M

    1982-05-01

    A high heterogeneity of thébaïne yields is revealed in capsules of plants obtained from seeds cultivated in a phytotron. Clonage methods could be used to perform culture. Heterogeneity of plants hides influence of low temperature on thebaïne production. With clone this influence appears to be slight but appreciable. PMID:17396776

  3. Preliminary study concerning the influence of combined heat and radiation treatment on the quality of some horticultural products

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    In collaboration with a canning factory a number of horticultural products were preserved by means of the combined irradiation and heating treatment. The aim was to study the influence of the parameters irradiation and heat on quality and microbiological spoilage. The products were exposed to gamma-rays with doses varying from 0 to 1 Mrad. The heat treatment varied from 5 to 40 minutes at 98 to 1210C; time and temperature depended on the type of product. The sterilization value (F value) was measured by means of the method of Esty and Meyer for products with pH>5. The canned products were stored afterwards at 20-550C. The organoleptic test showed that the colour and texture of most products were improved by the combined treatment, provided the irradiation dose did not exceed 0.25 Mrad. Strawberries in syrup discoloured at 0.1 Mrad. For a number of products the improved colour was partially lost during storage. Flavour and taste were not generally influenced unfavourably at doses up to 0.3 Mrad (exception: strawberries). The treatment sequence did not affect distinctly the quality or microbiological spoilage. The sterilization time (F value) of the combined treatment was determined by the shortest heating period required for the tenderness of the product. (F.J.)

  4. Influences of family and friends on client progress during drug abuse treatment.

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    Knight, D K; Simpson, D D

    1996-01-01

    Relationships with family and friends by 439 heroin addicts during the first 3 months of drug abuse treatment were examined in relation to behavioral improvements of clients. Family conflict and peer deviance were significant predictors of injection frequency and illegal activity during treatment, and reductions in family conflict were associated with lower drug use, injection frequency, and illegal activity during treatment. These results provide support for treatment emphasis on helping clients reduce conflict among family members, improve dysfunctional relationships with peers, and replace deviant friendships with others that encourage treatment participation and conformance to social norms. PMID:9058354

  5. Influence of preceding length of anticoagulant treatment and initial presentation of venous thromboembolism on risk of recurrence after stopping treatment: analysis of individual participants’ data from seven trials

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    Boutitie, Florent; Pinede, Laurent; Schulman, Sam; Agnelli, Giancarlo; Raskob, Gary; Julian, Jim; Hirsh, Jack

    2011-01-01

    Objective To determine how length of anticoagulation and clinical presentation of venous thromboembolism influence the risk of recurrence after anticoagulant treatment is stopped and to identify the shortest length of anticoagulation that reduces the risk of recurrence to its lowest level. Design Pooled analysis of individual participants’ data from seven randomised trials. Setting Outpatient anticoagulant clinics in academic centres. Population 2925 men or women with a first venous thromboembolism who did not have cancer and received different durations of anticoagulant treatment. Main outcome measure First recurrent venous thromboembolism after stopping anticoagulant treatment during up to 24 months of follow-up. Results Recurrence was lower after isolated distal deep vein thrombosis than after proximal deep vein thrombosis (hazard ratio 0.49, 95% confidence interval 0.34 to 0.71), similar after pulmonary embolism and proximal deep vein thrombosis (1.19, 0.87 to 1.63), and lower after thrombosis provoked by a temporary risk factor than after unprovoked thrombosis (0.55, 0.41 to 0.74). Recurrence was higher if anticoagulation was stopped at 1.0 or 1.5 months compared with at 3 months or later (hazard ratio 1.52, 1.14 to 2.02) and similar if treatment was stopped at 3 months compared with at 6 months or later (1.19, 0.86 to 1.65). High rates of recurrence associated with shorter durations of anticoagulation were confined to the first 6 months after stopping treatment. Conclusion Three months of treatment achieves a similar risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism after stopping anticoagulation to a longer course of treatment. Unprovoked proximal deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism have a high risk of recurrence whenever treatment is stopped. PMID:21610040

  6. Influence of operating parameters on the biodegradation of steroid estrogens and nonylphenolic compounds during biological wastewater treatment processes

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    Chiu, TY; Boobis, AR; Scrimshaw, MD; Bagnall, JP; Soares, A.; Pollard, S; Cartmell, E; Lester, JN

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    This document is the unedited author's version of a Submitted Work that was subsequently accepted for publication in Environmental Science & Technology, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review. To access the final edited and published work see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es901612v. This study investigated operational factors influencing the removal of steroid estrogens and nonylphenolic compounds in two sewage treatment works, one a nitrifying/denitrifying act...

  7. CHANGE OF MORPHOLOGY OF THE CARBON CHROME-MOLYBDENUM STEEL STRUCTURE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THERMAL TREATMENT

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    V. A. Lutsenko

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    Full Text Available Influence of temperature-temporal parameters of thermal treatment on changing of structure and characteristics of carbon chrome-molybdenum steel is studied. It is shown that there are considerable areas with granular morphology of cementite in metal structure after high-temperature tempering, what provides lowering of microhardness of steel by 25%, and after medium-temperature tempering there are no essential structural changes.

  8. CHANGE OF MORPHOLOGY OF THE CARBON CHROME-MOLYBDENUM STEEL STRUCTURE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THERMAL TREATMENT

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    V. A. Lutsenko; N. I. Anelkin; T. N. Golubenko; Shcherbakov, V. I.; O. V. Lutsenko; L. A. Drobyshevskij

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    Influence of temperature-temporal parameters of thermal treatment on changing of structure and characteristics of carbon chrome-molybdenum steel is studied. It is shown that there are considerable areas with granular morphology of cementite in metal structure after high-temperature tempering, what provides lowering of microhardness of steel by 25%, and after medium-temperature tempering there are no essential structural changes.

  9. Computer modelling system of the chemical composition and treatment parameters influence on mechanical properties of structural steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański; R. Honysz

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    Purpose: This paper presents Neuro-Lab. It is an authorship programme, which use algorithms of artificial intelligence for structural steels mechanical properties estimation.Design/methodology/approach: On the basis of chemical composition, parameters of heat and mechanical treatment and elements of geometrical shape and size this programme has the ability to calculate the mechanical properties of examined steel and introduce them as raw numeric data or in graphic as influence charts. Possibl...

  10. Influence of Rice Seeding Rate on Efficacies of Neonicotinoid and Anthranilic Diamide Seed Treatments against Rice Water Weevil

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    Jason Hamm; Srinivas Lanka; Michael Stout

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    Rice in the U.S. is frequently seeded at low rates and treated before sowing with neonicotinoid or anthranilic diamide insecticides to target the rice water weevil. A previous study of the influence of seeding rate on rice water weevil densities showed an inverse relationship between seeding rates and immature weevil densities. This study investigated interactive effects of seeding rate and seed treatment on weevil densities and rice yields; in particular, experiments were designed to determ...

  11. Changes and recovery of soil bacterial communities influenced by biological soil disinfestation as compared with chloropicrin-treatment

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    Mowlick, Subrata; Inoue, Takashi; Takehara, Toshiaki; Kaku, Nobuo; Ueki, Katsuji; Ueki, Atsuko

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    Soil bacterial composition, as influenced by biological soil disinfestation (BSD) associated with biomass incorporation was investigated to observe the effects of the treatment on the changes and recovery of the microbial community in a commercial greenhouse setting. Chloropicrin (CP) was also used for soil disinfestation to compare with the effects of BSD. The fusarium wilt disease incidence of spinach cultivated in the BSD- and CP-treated plots was reduced as compared with that in the untre...

  12. The influence of catastrophizing on treatment outcome in patients with non-specific low back pain: A systematic review

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    Wertli, Maria M; Burgstaller, Jakob M.; Weiser, Sherri; Steurer, Johann; Kofmehl, Reto; Held, Ulrike

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    Study Design. Systematic reviewObjective. The aim of the current study was to assess the effect of catastrophizing on treatment efficacy and outcome in patients treated for low back pain.Summary of Background Data. Psychological factors including catastrophizing thoughts are believed to increase the risk for chronic low back pain. The influence of catastrophizing is debated.Methods. In September 2012 the following databases were searched: BIOSIS, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, OTSeeker, Pe...

  13. Muscle-invasive bladder cancer treated with external beam radiation: influence of total dose, overall treatment time, and treatment interruption on local control

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    Purpose: To evaluate and eventually quantify a possible influence of tumor proliferation during the external radiation course on local control in muscle invasive bladder cancer. Methods and Materials: The influence of total dose, overall treatment time, and treatment interruption has retrospectively been analyzed in a series of 379 patients with nonmetastasized, muscle-invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder. All patients received external beam radiotherapy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute between 1977 and 1990. Total dose varied between 50 and 75 Gy with a mean of 60.5 Gy and a median of 60.4 Gy. Overall treatment time varied between 20 and 270 days with a mean of 49 days and a median of 41 days. Number of fractions varied between 17 and 36 with a mean of 27 and a median of 26. Two hundred and forty-four patients had a continuous radiation course, whereas 135 had an intended split course or an unintended treatment interruption. Median follow-up was 22 months for all patients and 82 months for the 30 patients still alive at last follow-up. A stepwise procedure using proportional hazard regression has been used to identify prognostic treatment factors with respect to local recurrence as sole first recurrence. Results: One hundred and thirty-six patients experienced a local recurrence and 120 of these occurred before regional or distant metastases. The actuarial local control rate was 40.3% at 5 years and 32.3% at 10 years. In a multivariate analysis total dose showed a significant association with local control (p 0.0039), however in a markedly nonlinear way. In fact only those patients treated with a dose below 57.5 Gy had a significant higher bladder relapse rate, whereas no difference in relapse rate was found among patients treated with doses above 57.5 Gy. This remained the case even after adjustment for overall treatment time and all significant tumor and patient characteristics. The Normalized Tumor Dose (NTD) (α/β = 10) and NTD (

  14. Preoperative physical therapy treatment did not influence postoperative pain and disability outcomes in patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy: a prospective study

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    Full Text Available Carolina Valencia,1 Rogelio A Coronado,2 Corey B Simon,3,4 Thomas W Wright,5 Michael W Moser,5 Kevin W Farmer,5 Steven Z George3,6,7 1Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 3Department of Physical Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 4Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville,FL, 5Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 6Center for Pain Research and Behavioral Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 7Brooks–PHHP Research Collaboration, Jacksonville, FL, USA Background: There is limited literature investigating preoperative physical therapy (pre-op PT treatment on pain intensity and disability after musculoskeletal surgery. The purposes of the present cohort study were to describe patient characteristics for those who had and did not have pre-op PT treatment and determine whether pre-op PT influenced the length of postoperative physical therapy (post-op PT treatment (number of sessions and 3-month and 6-month postsurgical outcomes, such as pain intensity and disability. Patients and methods: A total of 124 patients (mean age =43 years, 81 males with shoulder pain were observed before and after shoulder arthroscopic surgery. Demographic data, medical history, and validated self-report questionnaires were collected preoperatively and at 3 months and 6 months after surgery. Analysis of variance models were performed to identify differences across measures for patients who had pre-op PT treatment and those who did not and to examine outcome differences at 3 months and 6 months. Alpha was set at the 0.05 level for statistical significance. Results: Males had less participation in pre-op PT than females (P=0.01. In

  15. Anaerobic waste water treatment: influencing parameters on the acid formation of citric acid production waste - investigation in lab scale and on a large treatment plant

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    Based on the biochemical background of anaerobic waste water treatment processes and on the kinetic criteria the problems of acid formation in one and two stage fermentations are discussed. Chemical analytics play an important role on the control of anaerobic processes. In a separate chapter the significance of different parameters and their application for the control of acidification processes is discussed. Of special importance is an early information on process disturbances and considerations concerning the balancing of the relevant processes. Analytical problems that occur in practice are also dealt with. The practical experience with the large scale wastewater treatment plant, where the described procedures were applied are the main purpose of the thesis. The main influencing parameters on both the lab scale and large scale processes are compared and the influence of important process variables like temperature, pH, load, waste water composition and addition of aerobic and anaerobic sludges on the acid formation is investigated. The results of the work are discussed and compared with results from the literature. In addition a mathematical model dealing with the main pH-dependent equilibrium conditions for acidification reactions was developed on basis of existing models for anaerobic waste water treatment processes. (author)

  16. Efficiency of physicochemical and biological treatments of vinasse and their influence on indigenous microbiota for disposal into the environment.

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    Campos, Cassia Roberta; Mesquita, Vanessa Alvarenga; Silva, Cristina Ferreira; Schwan, Rosane Freitas

    2014-11-01

    Molasses-based distilleries are one of the most polluting industries generating large volumes of high strength wastewater called vinasse. Different processes covering anaerobic, aerobic as well as physicochemical methods have been employed to treat this effluent. This study evaluated the microbial communities present in the vinasse during different stages of its treatment by traditional and molecular methods. The analysis of the efficiency of each treatment was performed by physicochemical parameters and toxicity analysis. The treatment of vinasse was performed in the following steps: high flow fermentation; filtration; chemical flakes; low-flow fermentation; filtration; and neutralization. The physicochemical analysis in different stages of the vinasse treatment demonstrated that phases of treatment influenced the performance of the evaluated parameters. Among the 37 parameters, 9 were within the limits established by the Commission for Environmental Policy of Minas Gerais, Brazil (COPAM), especially BOD (96.7% of pollution reduction), suspended solids (99.9%), pH, copper (88%), iron (92.9%), and manganese (88%). Some parameters, even after treatment, did not fit the maximum allowed by legislation. The microbial population decreased reaching 3 log CFU/ml present in the steps of the flakes chemical and disinfection treatment of vinasse. Lactobacillus brevis and Pichia kudriavzevii were present in all stages of the treatments, showing that these microorganisms were resistant and demonstrated that they might be important in the treatment of vinasse. The vinasse showed a significant reduction of pollution load after the disinfection treatment however still should not be discarded into water bodies because the high values of tannins and sediment solids, but suggest the use of the effluent in the cooling coil during the distillation process of the beverage. PMID:25022548

  17. Initiation and adherence to TB treatment in a Pakistani community influenced more by perceptions than by knowledge of tuberculosis

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    Mubashir Zafar

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    Full Text Available Background: The tuberculosis (TB literature is written almost entirely from a biomedical perspective, while recent studies show that it is imperative to understand lay perception to determine why people seek treatment and may stop taking treatment. Aims: To investigate knowledge about TB, perceptions of (access to TB treatment, and adherence to treatment among a Pakistani population. Setting and Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study. Materials and Methods: A total of 175 participants were selected nonrandomly, 100 were TB patient and 75 were non-TB patient in proportion to the total number of participants in each ward of hospital. Statistical Analysis: Analysis of attitudes and perceptions toward TB, adherence to TB treatment, health seeking behavior, and TB treatment types done by frequency counts and percentages. Regression analysis and logistic regression analysis were performed to test whether differences in age, gender, and education level led to different knowledge scores and different attitudes and preferences toward TB, adherence to TB treatment, health seeking behavior, and TB treatment types. All statistical analyses were performed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 16.0. Result: TB knowledge can be considered fairly well among this community. Respondents′ perceptions suggest that stigma may influence TB patients′ decision in health seeking behavior and adherence to TB treatment. A full 95% of those interviewed believe people with TB tend to hide their TB status out of fear of what others may say. Conclusion: Most of the subjects were unaware of TB that seems to be due to their illiteracy and those who knew had got the knowledge from media, but the majority of the patients who were on directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS were found to be satisfied.

  18. Influence of Heat Treatment on Mercury Cavitation Resistance of Surface Hardened 316LN Stainless Steel

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    Pawel, Steven J [ORNL; Hsu, Julia [Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    2010-11-01

    The cavitation-erosion resistance of carburized 316LN stainless steel was significantly degraded but not destroyed by heat treatment in the temperature range 500-800 C. The heat treatments caused rejection of some carbon from the carburized layer into an amorphous film that formed on each specimen surface. Further, the heat treatments encouraged carbide precipitation and reduced hardness within the carburized layer, but the overall change did not reduce surface hardness fully to the level of untreated material. Heat treatments as short as 10 min at 650 C substantially reduced cavitation-erosion resistance in mercury, while heat treatments at 500 and 800 C were found to be somewhat less detrimental. Overall, the results suggest that modest thermal excursions perhaps the result of a weld made at some distance to the carburized material or a brief stress relief treatment will not render the hardened layer completely ineffective but should be avoided to the greatest extent possible.

  19. Perceptions on the Effectiveness of Treatment and the Timeline of Buruli Ulcer Influence Pre-Hospital Delay Reported by Healthy Individuals

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    Alferink, Marike; van der Werf, Tjip S.; Sopoh, Ghislain E.; Agossadou, Didier C.; Barogui, Yves T.; Assouto, Frederic; Agossadou, Chantal; Stewart, Roy E.; Stienstra, Ymkje; Ranchor, Adelita V.

    2013-01-01

    Background Delay in seeking treatment at the hospital is a major challenge in current Buruli ulcer control; it is associated with severe sequelae and functional limitations. Choosing alternative treatment and psychological, social and practical factors appear to influence delay. Objectives were to determine potential predictors for pre-hospital delay with Leventhal's commonsense model of illness representations, and to explore whether the type of available dominant treatment modality influenc...

  20. Influence of preparation conditions and heat treatment on the properties of supercooled smectic cholesteryl myristate nanoparticles

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    Kuntsche, Judith; Bunjes, H

    2007-01-01

    stability of cholesteryl myristate nanoparticles stabilized with different surface active agents during heat treatment was investigated as well. The dispersions were characterized by particle size and zeta potential measurements, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and high performance thin layer...... stable against hydrolysis during prolonged heat treatment in the phospholipid/bile salt containing cholesteryl myristate dispersions....

  1. Treatment Integrity Enhancement via Performance Feedback Conceptualized as an Exercise in Social Influence

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    Erchul, William P.

    2013-01-01

    This commentary is in response to the article "Effects of Verbal and Written Performance Feedback on Treatment Adherence" (Kaufman, Codding, Markus, Tryon, & Kyse, this issue). The overall recommendation to those who study treatment integrity using performance feedback methods is to incorporate theories and research on social…

  2. Surface Observation and Pore Size Analyses of Polypropylene/Low-Melting Point Polyester Filter Materials: Influences of Heat Treatment

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    Lin Jia-Horng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes making filter materials with polypropylene (PP and low-melting point (LPET fibers. The influences of temperatures and times of heat treatment on the morphology of thermal bonding points and average pore size of the PP/LPET filter materials. The test results indicate that the morphology of thermal bonding points is highly correlated with the average pore size. When the temperature of heat treatment is increased, the fibers are joined first with the thermal bonding points, and then with the large thermal bonding areas, thereby decreasing the average pore size of the PP/LPET filter materials. A heat treatment of 110 °C for 60 seconds can decrease the pore size from 39.6 μm to 12.0 μm.

  3. Spiritual well-being and its influence on fatigue in patients undergoing active cancer directed treatment: A correlational study

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    Shirley Lewis

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Spiritual well-being and fatigue are key parameters in assessing health related quality of life that determine treatment tolerance, treatment outcomes and reflect patient′s coping ability in the illness-wellness disease trajectory. Materials and Methods: A total of 200 patients on active cancer treatment were enrolled to the study. Functional assessment of chronic illness therapy-spirituality (FACIT-Sp and FACIT-Fatigue scales were used to assess spiritual well-being and fatigue scores during their cancer treatment. Data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and bivariate relationships determined using the Spearman Correlation analysis. Linear regression analysis was performed to determine predictors of fatigue score during treatment. Results: Mean spiritual well-being score was 20.96 out of 48 and scores were significantly higher in females compared with males (P = 0.03, lower with higher stage (P = 0.008 and lower in head and neck and gastrointestinal malignancies (P = 0.03 when compared with gynecological and breast malignancies. Fatigue was present in all the 200 patients studied and the mean fatigue score was 13.09. Higher fatigue scores were observed in patients with advanced stages of cancer (Stage IV (F [3,199] = 5.67, P = 0.001. There was a significant inverse relationship between fatigue scores with spiritual well-being (P < 0.001. Spiritual well-being score emerged as a significant primary negative predictor (β = -0.23, P = 0.001 for fatigue scores followed by stage of disease (β =0.23, P = 0.001 and gender (β = -0.18, P = 0.01 as significant secondary predictors. Conclusion: Fatigue during cancer directed treatment is influenced by spiritual wellbeing, disease stage and gender. Further studies should examine the mediating variables that influence fatigue.

  4. Influence of late treatment on how chronic myeloid leukemia responds to imatinib

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    Ana Carolina Costa Scerni

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: In Brazil, patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML in the chronic phase were not given first-line imatinib treatment until 2008. Therefore, there was a long period of time between diagnosis and the initiation of imatinib therapy for many patients. This study aims to compare the major molecular remission (MMR rates of early versus late imatinib therapy in chronic phase CML patients. METHODS: Between May 2002 and November 2007, 44 patients with chronic phase CML were treated with second-line imatinib therapy at the Hematology Unit of the Ophir Loyola Hospital (Belém, Pará, Brazil. BCR-ABL transcript levels were measured at approximately six-month intervals using quantitative polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: The early treatment group presented a 60% probability of achieving MMR, while the probability for those patients who received late treatment was 40%. The probability of either not achieving MMR within one year of the initiation of imatinib therapy or losing MMR was higher in patients who received late treatment (79%, compared with patients who received early treatment (21%, odds ratio=5.75, P=0.012. The probability of maintaining MMR at 30 months of treatment was 80% in the early treatment group and 44% in the late treatment group (P=0.0005. CONCLUSIONS: For CML patients in the chronic phase who were treated with second-line imatinib therapy, the probability of achieving and maintaining MMR was higher in patients who received early treatment compared with those patients for whom the time interval between diagnosis and initiation of imatinib therapy was longer than one year.

  5. [The influence of oil heat treatment on wood decay resistance by Fourier infrared spectrum analysis].

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    Wang, Ya-Mei; Ma, Shu-Ling; Feng, Li-Qun

    2014-03-01

    Wood preservative treatment can improve defects of plantation wood such as easy to corrupt and moth eaten. Among them heat-treatment is not only environmental and no pollution, also can improve the corrosion resistance and dimension stability of wood. In this test Poplar and Mongolian Seoteh Pine was treated by soybean oil as heat-conducting medium, and the heat treatment wood was studied for indoor decay resistance; wood chemical components before and after treatment, the effect of heat treatment on wood decay resistance performance and main mechanism of action were analysed by Fourier infrared spectrometric. Results showed that the mass loss rate of poplar fell from 19.37% to 5% and Mongolian Seoteh Pine's fell from 8.23% to 3.15%, so oil heat treatment can effectively improve the decay resistance. Infrared spectrum analysis shows that the heat treatment made wood's hydrophilic groups such as hydroxyl groups in largely reduced, absorbing capacity decreased and the moisture of wood rotting fungi necessary was reduced; during the heat treatment wood chemical components such as cellulose, hemicellu lose were degraded, and the nutrient source of wood rotting fungi growth necessary was reduced. Wood decay fungi can grow in the wood to discredit wood is because of that wood can provide better living conditions for wood decay fungi, such as nutrients, water, oxygen, and so on. The cellulose and hemicellulose in wood is the main nutrition source of wood decay fungi. So the oil heat-treatment can reduce the cellulose, hemicellulose nutrition source of wood decay fungi so as to improve the decay resistance of wood. PMID:25208386

  6. Colorectal Cancer with Synchronous Liver Metastases: Influence of Surgical Strategy on Treatment Results and Costs

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    Kolesnik, O. O.; Burlaka, A. A.; Lukashenko, A. V.; Priymak, V. V.; Volk, M. O.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the research was to improve immediate and long-term results of treatment in patients with synchronous metastatic colorectal cancers (smCRC) developing surgical treatment program with application of simultaneous and staged methods for resection of primary tumor and liver metastases.   Materials and methods. The study was based upon reviewing treatment results for 125 patients with smCRC (рТ1-4N0-2M1 in colon cancer and рТ1-3N0-2M1 in rectal cancer) who underwent either simulta...

  7. Influence of solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical and corrosion properties of Mg-4Zn alloy

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    Hongmin Jia; Xiaohui Feng; Yuansheng Yang

    2015-01-01

    The solution treatment parameters, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of binary Mg-4Zn alloy were investigated. The results showed that after the solution treatment at 335 °C for 16 h, Mg-4Zn alloy had an ultimate tensile strength of 184.13 MPa and elongation of 9.43%. Furthermore, the corrosion resistance was evaluated by electrochemical measurements and immersion tests in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results revealed that the corrosion current density of the solution treatment Mg alloy...

  8. Influence of water treatment methods on groundwater in aquifer thermal energy storage

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    An important factor in judging the environmental relevance of an aquifer thermal energy storage plant is whether it requires treatment of the water and by what method. Problems that may call for water treatment are the precipitation of carbonate compounds when the water heats up, the formation of iron oxide hydrates and manganese oxide hydrates, and, possibly, heavier corrosion. The paper describes different water treatment methods: Decarbonization through addition of lye of mineral acid, softening by Ca-Na ion exchange, stabilization of water hardness through lowering of the pH, fluidized-bed heat exchangers, stabilization of hardness through CO2. (BWI)

  9. Influence of Heat Treatment on Residual Stress in Cold-Forged Parts

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    Frederico Ozanan Neves

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Residual stresses are those stresses that remain in a body when there is no external load applied. Numerous factors can induce residual stresses in the material, including cold forming. Thermal treatments of steel are widely used because they can improve the mechanical properties of the steel, such as toughness, tenacity, and resistance; however, thermal treatments can also produce residual stresses. This study aims to analyze the residual stresses present in a cold-forged part after heat treatments. Half-cylinder samples of AISI 1045 steel were cold-forged, and a wedge tool was pressed into their surface, causing a strain gradient. The samples were then heat-treated by annealing, normalizing, quenching, or quenching and tempering. A numerical simulation was also performed to aid in choosing the measurement points in the samples. The results show that residual stresses are dependent on the heat treatment and on the intensity and nature of previous residual stresses in the body.

  10. Influence of heat treatment regimes on microstructures and fracture characteristics of 7055Al alloy containing Ag

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    李海; 郑子樵; 王芝秀

    2004-01-01

    Tensile properties, fracture characteristics and microstructures of 7055 aluminum-based alloy containing Ag after T6, T73 and RRA treatment were investigated. The results show that RRA treatment retains strength of 7055-T6 with higher electrical conductivity close to that of 7055-T73 alloy, but its elongation decreases greatly.SEM fractographs reveal that intergranular cracking and shear-type transgranular cracking are both presented on the fracture appearance of 7055-T6 specimen. After T73 treatment, the fractographs mainly consist of dimple-type transgranular cracking with minor intergranular cracking. For 7055-RRA specimen, intergranular cracking dominates with minor dimples on the fracture surface. The type and size of precipitates, width of grain boundary and the ability of precipitates to impede dislocation motion vary with heat treatment regimes. Three frature models were built on the basis of microstructural analyses.

  11. Influence of thermal treatment on the caustic SCC of super austenitic stainless steel

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    Yoo, Y.R.; Park, Y.B.; Chung, T.J.; Kim, Y.S. [School of Advanced Materials Engineering, Andong National Univ. (Korea); Chang, H.Y. [Korea Power Engineering Co. (Korea); Park, Y.S. [Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering, Yonsei Univ. (Korea)

    2005-07-01

    In general, thermal treatment at 500 C {proportional_to} 900 C ranges depending upon alloy composition of stainless steels can sensitize the steels and promote the intergranular cracking, and their intergranular corrosion resistance is decreased. These behaviors seem to be related to the change of microstructures. So, heat treatment at that temperature range should be avoided in fabrication, especially welding of stainless steels. In this work, it is focused on the effect of thermal treatment on caustic stress corrosion cracking of super austenitic stainless steel - S32050 The low temperature thermal treatment increased greatly the resistance to caustic SCC than those of annealed specimen. This enhancement might be closely related to the reduction of residual stress and slightly large grain, but its resistance was not affected by the anodic polarization behavior. (orig.)

  12. Influence of Chemical Treatment on the Morphology and Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Araujo, Rafael; Marques, Maria F V; Jonas, Renato; Grafova, Iryna; Grafov, Andriy

    2016-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were functionalized by different oxidative treatments to insert polar groups on their surface. The treatments included sulfuric/nitric acid mixture, 6 M nitric acid solution, concentrated hydrochloric acid, sulfuric/potassium permanganate solution, and alkaline solution. The procedures succeeded in eliminating catalyst residues remaining from the MWCNT synthesis. Physical treatment by sonication was used to modify the intertubular distances and to reduce the average particle size. The materials obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction and their morphology was studied by TEM. Particle size was analyzed by dynamic light scattering. FTIR spectroscopy was used to confirm the presence of functional groups and thermo-gravimetry (TGA) was employed to estimate the oxidation degree attained. The results confirmed polar group insertion on the surface of treated carbon nanotubes. Oxidation with 6 M nitric acid followed by sonication in xylene was found to be the most effective treatment. PMID:27398582

  13. The Influence of heat treatment in orthodontic arches made of stainless steel wire

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    de Biasi R.S.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The austenitic stainless steel of orthodontic wires may undergo phase transformation induced by plastic deformation and heat treatment for stress relief. In order to study these changes, arches were made with 0.0215 x 0.027" orthodontic wires and ferromagnetic resonance measurements were performed. The results showed that the best heat treatment for recovery of the austenitic phase seems to be at 450 °C for 3 min.

  14. Influence of cover crop treatments on the performance of a vineyard in a humid region

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    Emiliano Trigo-Córdoba

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Vineyards are usually managed by tilling the inter-rows to avoid competition from other plants for soil water and nutrients. However, in humid and sub-humid climates, such as that of NW Spain, cover crops may be an advantage for controlling vine vegetative growth and improving berry composition, while reducing management costs. The current study was conducted over three consecutive growing seasons (2012-2014 to assess the effects of establishing three permanent cover crop treatments on water relations, vine physiology, yield and berry composition of a vineyard of the red cultivar ‘Mencía’ (Vitis vinifera L. located in Leiro, Ourense. Treatments consisted of four different soil management systems: ST, soil tillage; NV, native vegetation; ER, English ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.; and SC, subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.. Midday stem water potential was more negative in the native vegetation treatment, causing significant reductions in leaf stomatal conductance on certain dates. Total vine leaf area and pruning weight was reduced in the cover crop treatments in the last year of the experiment. Yield was unaffected by the presence of a cover crop. No significant differences among treatments were observed for berry composition; however, wines were positively affected by the SC treatment (higher tannin content and colour intensity and lower malic acid concentration when compared with ST. Wines from the cover crop treatments were preferred by taste panelists. These results indicate that in humid climates cover crop treatments can be useful for reducing vine vegetative growth without compromising yield and berry quality.

  15. Influence of Heat Treatment on Residual Stress in Cold-Forged Parts

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    Frederico Ozanan Neves; Thiago Luis Lara Oliviera; Durval Uchoas Braga; Alex Sander Chaves da Silva

    2014-01-01

    Residual stresses are those stresses that remain in a body when there is no external load applied. Numerous factors can induce residual stresses in the material, including cold forming. Thermal treatments of steel are widely used because they can improve the mechanical properties of the steel, such as toughness, tenacity, and resistance; however, thermal treatments can also produce residual stresses. This study aims to analyze the residual stresses present in a cold-forged part after heat tre...

  16. Influence of Thermal Treatment and Impregnation on the Durability of Wood Colour

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    Idriss El Bakali, Sakina Yagi, Mohammed Hamzah, Beatrice George, André Merlin and Xavier Deglise

    2014-01-01

    The effect of thermal treatment and impregnation of woods on the stability of wood colour was investigated. Impregnation was performed by extractives obtained from the same thermally treated species or different ones. Treated and untreated samples were exposed to an accelerating ageing by solar radiation during 1000 h. Resuts showed that thermal treatments improved mainly the colour stability of softwood (pine and white fir) samples. Analysis of chromatic coordinates after 1000 hours of accel...

  17. Influence of disease activity and treatment on rate of joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis

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    D V Goryachev; O A Krichevskaya; A. P. Zornyak; N V Chichasova; Sh. F. Erdes

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    Severity of hands and feet joint destruction is the most objective marker of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progression determining functional disability. The main aim of RA treatment is suppression of joint destruction. Objective. To study dependence of joint erosions forming speed on disease modifying anti-rhcumatic drugs (DMARD) administration and RA activity. Material and methods. Retrospective analysis of 451 cases of RA treatment was performed. Erosions were counted according to modified Sha...

  18. Aggressive Influences of Water from Wastewater Treatment Plants on Reinforced Concrete Members

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    Mihai, Petru; Giuşcă, Răzvan; Roşca, Bogdan; Corobceanu, Vladimir

    2011-01-01

    The impact of wastewater within water treatment plants on the reinforced concrete members is studied. Structural members exposed to wastewater environment are susceptible to different forms of chemical attack. Usually, concrete is resistant to most natural environments and many chemicals. Concrete is virtually the only material used for the construction of wastewater transportation and treatment facilities because of its ability to resist to corrosion caused by the highly aggressive contamina...

  19. Influence Of Heat Treatment On Duplex Stainless Steel To Study The Material Properties

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    Jithin M; Anees Abdul Hameed; Ben Jose; Anush Jacob

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The various heat treatment processes are annealing normalizing hardening tempering spheroidising surface hardening flame and induction hardening nitriding cyaniding carbonitriding carburizing etc Heat treatment on duplex stainless steel is to improve ductility toughness strength hardness and to relieve internal stress developed in the material. Here basically the experiment of hardness test impact test wear test and compression is done to get idea about heat treated duplex stainless ...

  20. Influence of Biofield Treatment on Physical, Structural and Spectral Properties of Boron Nitride

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    Trivedi, Mahendra; Nayak, Gopal

    2015-01-01

    Boron nitride (BN) is known for high hardness, thermal stability, thermal conductivity, and catalytic action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of biofield treatment on physical, structural and spectral properties of BN powder. The control and treated sample of BN powder were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface area analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). XRD results indicated that biofield treatment had substantially changed the crystalli...

  1. The influence of heat treatment on the microstructure of GA8 magnesium alloy

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    A. Kiełbus

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: GA8 magnesium alloy is a general purpose gravity sand casting alloy containing aluminum, zincand manganese. Typically, it is used in aerospace or commercial casting applications particularly where thereis no high temperature requirement. The aim of this paper is to present the results of investigations on themicrostructure of the GA8 magnesium alloy after heat treatment.Design/methodology/approach: The study was conducted on GA8 magnesium alloys in as-cast conditionand after heat treatment. The microstructure was characterized by optical microscopy (Olympus GX-70 and ascanning electron microscopy (Hitachi S3400 equipped with an electron dispersive detector EDS (VOYAGERof NORAN INSTRUMENTS. To measure the stereological parameters, an image analysis program“AnalysisPro®” was used.Findings: The microstructure of GA8 magnesium alloy has a solid solution structure α with α + d iscontinuous ßareas and continuous ß (Mg17Al12 phase at grain boundaries. After solution treatment a reduction of the number ofß precipitations was observed. Application of ageing treatment caused precipitation of discontinuous ß phase.Research limitations/implications: Future researches should involve investigations of the effect of heattreatment parameters on the mechanical properties of GA8 magnesium alloy.Practical implications: The established heat treatment parameters can be useful for preparing heat treatmenttechnology of the GA8 magnesium alloy.Originality/value: The relationship between the initial structure, heat treatment parameters and Mg17Al12 phasemorphology in GA8 magnesium alloy was specified.

  2. Influence of fibre treatments on mechanical properties of short Sansevieria cylindrica/polyester composites

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    Highlights: ► Fibre treatments were performed to improve interfacial bond between SCF and matrix. ► Mechanical properties of treated SCFP composites are greater than USCFP composites. ► PSCFP composites show maximum mechanical properties among treated SCFP composites. ► SEM analysis revealed that the wetting of PSCFs by the polyester resin was good. ► KMnO4 treatment is ideal treatment for SCFs to get optimum mechanical properties. -- Abstract: In the present study, to improve the interfacial bond between Sansevieria cylindrica fibres (SCFs) and polyester matrix, chemical surface treatments have been performed on the fibres. Treatments including alkali, benzoyl peroxide, potassium permanganate and stearic acid were carried out to modify the fibre surface. Raw and each type of treated SCF samples were utilised separately for fabricating the composites. The mechanical properties of composites prepared from the chemically treated SCFs are found to be much better than those of the untreated ones. Potassium-permanganate-treated S. cylindrica fibre/polyester (PSCFP) composites showed optimum mechanical properties among the treated S. cylindrica fibre/polyester (SCFP) composites. The surface morphologies of fracture surfaces of composites were recorded using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM micrographs reveal that interfacial bonding between potassium-permanganate-treated SCF (PSCF) and polyester matrix has significantly improved, suggesting that better dispersion of PSCF into the matrix has occurred upon potassium permanganate treatment of SCF.

  3. The influence of surface treatments on the laser induced breakdown of optically transparent media

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    1982-01-01

    The interrelationship of the radiation durability threshold and the degree of defect content on the surface as well as the parameters of exoelectron emission is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the electrons which are thermally stimulated in the conductance zone in accordance with the exoemission mechanism have a significant influence on the initiation and development of the electron avalanche.

  4. Crack resistance of pvd coatings : Influence of surface treatment prior to deposition

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    Zoestbergen, E; De Hosson, JTM

    2002-01-01

    The crack resistance of three different PVD coatings, TiN, Ti(C,N), and a multilayer system of alternating TiN and TiAlN, have been investigated. The three coating systems were deposited onto substrates with a different surface roughness to study the influence of this pretreatment on the crack resis

  5. Influence of melt-treatment on material constants of aluminum sheet used for easy-open can during hot deformation

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    CHEN Yong-lu; FU Gao-sheng; CHEN Wen-zhe

    2006-01-01

    The isothermal compression test at elevated temperature was carried out for aluminum sheets prepared by different melt-treatment methods with aid of dynamic hot/mechanical simulation experimental technology. The material constants of hot deformation have been solved by multivariate regression directly. Influence of metallurgy factors on the constants was analyzed. The results show that at some strain, the relationship of sheets' flow stress with deformation temperature and strain rate can be expressed more suitably with Arrhenius equation modified by hyperbolic sine function. Structure factor A1,stress-level coefficient α, strain rate sensibility exponent m and deformation activation energy Q all increase with increment of strain, while stress exponent n decreases gradually. The bigger α value or the smaller n value is, the more obvious the dynamic softening is, but the α value will increase for the metallurgy defects existing in the sheets. Influence of melt-treatment on Q depends upon the synthesis effect of all kinds of metallurgy defects. The Q and n values of the sheet prepared by high-efficient melt-treatment are the least, while the m value is the biggest, and the sheet can deform easily and evenly.

  6. Influence of rimonabant treatment on peripheral blood mononuclear cells; flow cytometry analysis and gene expression profiling

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    Stefan Almestrand

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1 antagonist rimonabant has been used as treatment for obesity. In addition, anti-proliferative effects on mitogen-activated leukocytes have been demonstrated in vitro. We have previously shown that rimonabant (SR141716A induces cell death in ex vivo isolated malignant lymphomas with high expression of CB1 receptors. Since CB1 targeting may be part of a future lymphoma therapy, it was of interest to investigate possible effects on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC in patients treated with rimonabant. We therefore evaluated leukocyte subsets by 6 color flow cytometry in eight patients before and at treatment with rimonabant for 4 weeks. Whole-transcript gene expression profiling in PBMC before and at 4 weeks of rimonabant treatment was done using Affymetrix Human Gene 1.0 ST Arrays. Our data show no significant changes of monocytes, B cells, total T cells or T cell subsets in PBMC during treatment with rimonabant. There was a small but significant increase in CD3–, CD16+ and/or CD56+ cells after rimonabant therapy. Gene expression analysis detected significant changes in expression of genes associated with innate immunity, cell death and metabolism. The present study shows that normal monocytes and leukocyte subsets in blood remain rather constant during rimonabant treatment. This is in contrast to the induction of cell death previously observed in CB1 expressing lymphoma cells in response to treatment with rimonabant in vitro. These differential effects observed on normal and malignant lymphoid cells warrant investigation of CB1 targeting as a potential lymphoma treatment.

  7. Seasonal influence on sulfate reduction and zinc sequestration in subsurface treatment wetlands.

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    Stein, Otto R; Borden-Stewart, Deborah J; Hook, Paul B; Jones, Warren L

    2007-08-01

    To characterize the effects of season, temperature, plant species, and chemical oxygen demand (COD) loading on sulfate reduction and metals removal in treatment wetlands we measured pore water redox potentials and concentrations of sulfate, sulfide, zinc and COD in subsurface wetland microcosms. Two batch incubations of 20 day duration were conducted in each of four seasons defined by temperature and daylight duration. Four treatments were compared: unplanted controls, Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail), and Schoenoplectus acutus (hardstem bulrush), all at low COD loading (267 mg/L), plus bulrush at high COD loading (534 mg/L). Initial SO4-S and zinc concentrations were 67 and 24 mg/L, respectively. For all treatments, sulfate removal was least in winter (4 degrees C, plant dormancy) greatest in summer (24 degrees C, active plant growth) and intermediate in spring and fall (14 degrees C), but seasonal variation was greater in cattail, and especially, bulrush treatments. Redox measurements indicated that, in winter, plant-mediated oxygen transfer inhibited activity of sulfate reducing bacteria, exacerbating the reduction in sulfate removal due to temperature. Doubling the COD load in bulrush treatments increased sulfate removal by only 20-30% when averaged over all seasons and did not alter the basic pattern of seasonal variation, despite tempering the wintertime increase in redox potential. Seasonal and treatment effects on zinc removal were broadly consistent with sulfate removal and presumably reflected zinc-sulfide precipitation. Results strongly suggest that interactive effects of COD loading rate, temperature, season, and plant species control not only sulfate reduction and zinc sequestration, but also the balance of competition between various microbial consortia responsible for water treatment in constructed wetlands. PMID:17599383

  8. Influence of flow on the synergistic effect of an inhibitive mixture used for water treatment in cooling circuits

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    This work concerned an extensive study of the mechanism of inhibition of a carbon steel in a 200 mg l-1 NaCl solution by a non-toxic multicomponent inhibitor used for water treatment in cooling circuits. The inhibitive formulation was composed of 50 mg l-1 fatty amines associated with 200 mg l-1 phosphonocarboxylic acid salts. The influence of flow and immersion time was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with a rotating disc electrode. The results were dependent on the experimental protocol used. Equivalent circuits were used to fit the experimental data. The properties of the protective layer were dependent on the electrode rotation rate and on the immersion time. This behaviour was related to the influence of flow on the anodic kinetics. (authors)

  9. Influence of heat treatment on antioxidant capacity and (poly)phenolic compounds of selected vegetables.

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    Juániz, Isabel; Ludwig, Iziar A; Huarte, Estibaliz; Pereira-Caro, Gema; Moreno-Rojas, Jose Manuel; Cid, Concepción; De Peña, María-Paz

    2016-04-15

    The impact of cooking heat treatments (frying in olive oil, frying in sunflower oil and griddled) on the antioxidant capacity and (poly)phenolic compounds of onion, green pepper and cardoon, was evaluated. The main compounds were quercetin and isorhamnetin derivates in onion, quercetin and luteolin derivates in green pepper samples, and chlorogenic acids in cardoon. All heat treatments tended to increase the concentration of phenolic compounds in vegetables suggesting a thermal destruction of cell walls and sub cellular compartments during the cooking process that favor the release of these compounds. This increase, specially that observed for chlorogenic acids, was significantly correlated with an increase in the antioxidant capacity measured by DPPH (r=0.70). Griddled vegetables, because of the higher temperature applied during treatment in comparison with frying processes, showed the highest amounts of phenolic compounds with increments of 57.35%, 25.55% and 203.06% compared to raw onion, pepper and cardoon, respectively. PMID:26616976

  10. Influence of solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical and corrosion properties of Mg-4Zn alloy

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    Hongmin Jia

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The solution treatment parameters, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of binary Mg-4Zn alloy were investigated. The results showed that after the solution treatment at 335 °C for 16 h, Mg-4Zn alloy had an ultimate tensile strength of 184.13 MPa and elongation of 9.43%. Furthermore, the corrosion resistance was evaluated by electrochemical measurements and immersion tests in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results revealed that the corrosion current density of the solution treatment Mg alloy was 11.2 µA/cm−2, it was lower than 15.8 µA/cm−2 for the as-cast Mg alloy under the same conditions, which was greatly associated with the micro-cathode effect of the second phases.

  11. Influence on the soldered seam properties with large gap widths by heat treatment

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    Soldering tests were performed on the nickel base alloy NiCr 20 TiAl with the soldering material NiCrSi. It is seen that soldered seams of over 100 μm width are very brittle. The brittleness is due to the silicides formed during soldering. The ductility behaviour can be considerably improved by an annealing treatment after soldering which does not affect the properties of the basic material. This ductility-increasing heat treatment can also be applied to other soldered joints, the optimum temperatures and annealing times being determined by metallographic and technological investigations. Spot sampling under the actual operational conditions is recommended prior to introducing this heat treatment step into the fabrication. (orig./LH)

  12. Influence of sonication treatments and extraction solvents on the phenolics and antioxidants in star fruits.

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    Annegowda, H V; Bhat, Rajeev; Min-Tze, Liong; Karim, A A; Mansor, S M

    2012-08-01

    The present study was conducted to examine the effects of sonication treatments (time intervals of 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60 min.) on phenolics and other antioxidant compounds in starfruits extracted in methanol and water. Overall, methanolic extracts exhibited significantly higher extractability, percentage inhibition of DPPH radicals, ferric reducing antioxidant property (FRAP) value, antioxidant capacity, flavonoids, total phenolics and tannins (p < 0.05) compared to control (0 min) and aqueous extracts. Methanolic extract obtained after 30 min of sonication proved to be the best treatment with regard to various parameters evaluated. Results of the present study clearly indicated sonication treatments to be effective in enhancing the antioxidant compounds in starfruit extracts and could be further explored for commercial purposes to benefit the consumers. PMID:23904662

  13. Influence of southern sewage treatment plant on the wastewater quality of southern part of Hyderabad city

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    The wastewater from southern part of Hyderabad city is pumped towards Southern Sewage Treatment Plant (SSTP), but most of the wastewater is leaked for agricultural purpose and a little wastewater reaches up to SSTP. SSTP has three facultative ponds followed by three maturation ponds with the total capacity of 6 million gallon per day (MGD). The wastewater after some biological treatment is again diverted for agriculture purposes. Six samples, three from different sewage stations pumping towards SSTP and three from SSTP were collected and analyzed for 30 different physico-chemical parameters. The sampling scheme was repeated 6 times during November 1999 to May 2000 at an interval of 4 to 5 weeks. The obtained results were analyzed on the statistical basis and a significant improvement was noticed in water quality for chemical oxygen demand (COD), dissolved oxygen (D.O), Kjeldahl nitrogen, organic nitrogen and residues after biological treatment at SSTP. (author)

  14. Bio-electro catalytic treatment of petroleum produced water: Influence of cathode potential upliftment.

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    Jain, Pratiksha; Srikanth, Sandipam; Kumar, Manoj; Sarma, Priyangshu M; Singh, M P; Lal, Banwari

    2016-11-01

    Treatment of petroleum produced water (PPW) was studied using bioelectrochemical system (BES) under uplifted cathode potential. The treatment efficiency in terms of COD and hydrocarbon removal was observed at 91.25% and 76.60% respectively, along with the reduction in TDS during BES operation under 400mV of cathode potential. There was also a reduction in concentration of sulfates, however, it was not significant at, since oxidative conditions are being maintained at anode. Improved oxidation of PPW at anode also resulted in good power output (-20.47mA) and also depicted improved fuel cell behaviour. The electrochemical analysis in terms of cyclic/linear sweep voltammetry also showed well correlation with the observed treatment efficiencies. The microbial dynamics of the BES after loading real field wastewater showed the dominance of species that are reported to be effective for petroleum crude oil degradation. PMID:27544915

  15. Ionic magnetic fluid based on cobalt ferrite nanoparticles: Influence of hydrothermal treatment on the nanoparticle size

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    Cabuil, Valerie; Dupuis, Vincent; Talbot, Delphine [UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005, Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005, Paris (France); Neveu, Sophie, E-mail: sophie.neveu@upmc.f [UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005, Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005, Paris (France)

    2011-05-15

    Magnetic fluid based on cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was obtained using a hydrothermal treatment added to the Massart procedure. This treatment increases the average size of the nanoparticles from 11.9 to 18.7 nm and also improves the dispersity and crystallinity of the cobalt ferrite particles. The nanoparticles obtained after the hydrothermal treatment were dispersed in aqueous solvent by the classical procedure for ionic magnetic fluids. The ferrofluid thus obtained is stable at pH 7 and may be useful for hyperthermia applications. - Research Highlights: Hydrothermal synthesis of cobalt ferrite ferrofluid (mean particle size of 12-19 nm). Good control of size, dispersity and crystallinity of the cobalt ferrite particles. Ferrofluid stable at pH 7 and useful for hyperthermia applications.

  16. Influence of thermomechanical treatment on microstructure and properties of electroslag remelted Cu–Cr–Zr alloy

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    Highlights: • Effect of ESR process on microstructure of Cu–Cr–Zr alloy was investigated. • The hardness, strength and electrical conductivity are sensitive to thermomechanical treatment. • The microstructure of the alloy can be optimized for obtaining the best combination of mechanical and electrical properties. - Abstract: Effect of thermomechanical treatment (TMT) on aging behavior of electroslag remelted Cu–Cr–Zr alloy was investigated. The relationship between microstructure, mechanical and electrical properties was clarified using hardness, tensile and electrical conductivity testing methods and optical and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The results showed that an appropriate processing and aging treatment may improve the properties of the alloy due to the formation of fine, dispersive and coherent precipitates within the matrix. Indeed, the optimum condition for electrical conductivity and mechanical properties was obtained after cold working of 40% followed by aging at 500 °C for 150 min

  17. Influence of the physical environment on treatment effect in exercise therapy for knee or hip pain

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    Sandal, Louise Fleng

    2016-01-01

    treatment outcomes in other health-care settings, such as rehabilitation and exercise therapy settings. The aim of this thesis was to investigate the role of the physical environment as a contributor to context effects in the treatment response from exercise therapy as treatment for muskuloskeletal pain. In....... Middle-aged individuals reporting persistent knee or hip pain within the past three months were eligible to participate. Eight weeks of group-based neuromuscular exercise therapy, supervised by the same therapists, was performed in either a newly built contextually enhanced environment or in a standard...... with therapists (n=2) exploring experiences and perceptions of the physical environments. The waiting-list group reported no significant improvement (-0.05 GPE, CI 95% -0.5 to 0.4). Contrary to the study hypothesis, participants exercising in the standard environment reported greater improvement in GPE...

  18. The Influence of Familial Predisposition to Cardiovascular Complications upon Childhood Obesity Treatment

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    Nielsen, Louise A; Bøjsøe, Christine; Kloppenborg, Julie T;

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The aim was to investigate whether a familial predisposition to obesity related cardiovascular complications was associated with the degree of obesity at baseline and/or changes in the degree of obesity during a multidisciplinary childhood obesity treatment program. METHODS: The study...... included 1421 obese children (634 boys) with a median age of 11.5 years (range 3.1-17.9 years), enrolled in treatment for 0.04 to 5.90 years (median 1.3 years) at the Children's Obesity Clinic, Denmark. At baseline, weight and height were measured, body mass index (BMI) standard deviation score (SDS......) calculated, and self-reported information on familial predisposition to obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), thromboembolic events, and dyslipidaemia were obtained. A familial predisposition included events in biological parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. The treatment...

  19. Influence of isochronal heat treatment on damping behavior of AZ61 alloy

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    LIU Chu-ming; LIU Zi-juan; ZHU Xiu-rong; HU Bi-wen; WANG Rong; WANG Meng-jun

    2007-01-01

    Strain amplitude dependence of the logarithmic decrement was measured and studied on an AZ61 magnesium alloy at room temperature. Measurements were carried out before and after isochronal thermal treatment step by step with increasing temperature. For all specimens, the strain dependence of the logarithmic decrement exhibits two regions. At lower strains the logarithmic decrement is strain independent and in the higher strain region it depends strongly on strain amplitude. The strain-independent logarithmic decrement is mainly composed of thermoelastic damping and dislocation damping, which can be temperatures is a little lower than that for as-cast specimen, and it increases with increasing temperature of heat treatment.Microstructure changes due to heat treatment are responsible for changes of the logarithmic decrement.

  20. Influence of humidity on atmospheric pressure air plasma treatment of aluminium surfaces

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    Atmospheric pressure air plasma treatment of aluminium surfaces and its aging behaviour in different environments were studied. Two types of aluminium samples with different purity and surface morphology were treated using the diffuse coplanar surface barrier discharge (DCSBD). Surface free energy (SFE) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been utilised to characterise changes induced by the plasma. A significant decrease of hydrocarbon contaminants after the plasma treatment was observed. It is concluded that besides the re-contamination by exposure to ambient air, the aging effect, i.e. decrease of the surface free energy of plasma treated surfaces, can be due by dehydration of aluminium oxide layer. Also, it was observed that the humid air plasma treatment resulted in generation of -NOx surface groups.

  1. Influence of psychosocial factors on treatment of elderly Chinese patients with hypertension

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    Guolong Yu; Tianlun Yang; Cesar V. Borlongan; Christine E. Stahl; Xiumei Xie; Jin He; Biefei Li; Ke Xia

    2007-01-01

    Objective The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of psychosocial factors on the treatment of elderly patients with hypertension. Methods Atotalof 260 elderly Chinese patients with hypertension were treated with benazepril alone or benazepril combined with amlodipine for 8 weeks. The target blood pressure (BP) (both <140 mmHg systolic, SBP, and <90 mmHg diastolic, DBP)was achieved in 180 patients, who were then assigned to the well-controlled BP group; the rest were placed in the modestly controlled BP group. The psychosocial factors present in both groups were assessed by the Hamilton depression scale, Hamilton anxiety scale, life event scale and social support evaluation list before and after anti-hypertensive treatment. Results There were no significant differences in gender, mean age, hist ory of hypertension, education and smoking habit, or in SBP and DBP between the groups before treatment.Significant differences were also not found in all psychosocial factors before and after treatment in the patients. However, significant differences were found between the groups with respect to post-treatment SBP and marital status. The patients with modestly controlled BP had significantly higher scores, as well as incidents, on the depressive, anxiety, and stressful life event scales than those with well-controlled BP. The patients with well-controlled BP had significantly higher scores in tangible support, subjective support,and social support compared to the patients with modestly controlled BP. Logistic regression analysis showed the independent contribution of psychosocial factors in reaching the goal of lowering BP at treatment endpoint in these hypertensive patients. Conclusions The results suggest that psychosocial factors stand as a main barrier to achieving the BP-lowering target in the management of elderly Chinese patients with hypertension.

  2. Influence of heat treatment on properties of ti-nb alloys

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    L. Kunčicka

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Ti-Nb alloys are of a large potential for industrial, as well as biomedical utilisation. Oxygen content in the alloy is a parameter influencing its properties and cannot be neglected. The main focus of this paper is on observation of influence of annealing time on oxygen content in the structure of Ti – 20,7 (at.% Nb alloy. Four groups of the samples were annealed at the temperature of 800 °C from 15 to 60 minutes with 15 min. step. As it was proven by the analysis, the oxygen content increased with increasing annealing time. Moreover, microhardness measurements showed increasing trend of HV microhardness value with increasing oxygen content.

  3. Influence of heat treatment on the microstructure and properties of laser welds in 8090

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    An investigation into the weldability of the Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy 8090 using a CO2 laser indicates that the grain structure and microstructure of the weld zone are sensitive to the post-weld heat treatment. If a slow heating rate of 1 Kmin-1 to the solution treatment temperature is used the formation of β' (Al3Zr) dispersoids is promoted which leads to a uniformly small grain size within the fusion zone. If, however, faster heating rates are employed massive grains can form in the fusion zone. This is shown to be associated with a virtual absence of β' precipitates. (orig.)

  4. Influence of ultrasound and diamond burs treatments on microtensile bond strength

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    Alexandre Conde; Vivian Mainieri; Eduardo Gonçalves Mota; Hugo Mitsuo Oshima

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To compare surface treatments with CVDentUS ® ultrasound tips (UT) and KGSorensen ® diamond burs (DB) on etched (e) and non-etched (n/e) dentin. The microtensile bond strength (μTBS) was measured and fractography was assessed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Materials and Methods: Sixteen molars were divided into four groups of four teeth each according to treatment (DB-n/e; DB-e; UT-n/e; UT-e). The teeth were restored, sectioned into samples for μTBS (n=40) and tested on...

  5. Influence Of Heat Treatment On Duplex Stainless Steel To Study The Material Properties

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    Jithin M

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The various heat treatment processes are annealing normalizing hardening tempering spheroidising surface hardening flame and induction hardening nitriding cyaniding carbonitriding carburizing etc Heat treatment on duplex stainless steel is to improve ductility toughness strength hardness and to relieve internal stress developed in the material. Here basically the experiment of hardness test impact test wear test and compression is done to get idea about heat treated duplex stainless steel which has extensive uses in all industries and scientific research and development fields.

  6. Influence of Biofield Energy Treatment on Isotopic Abundance Ratio in Aniline Derivatives

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    Mahendra Kumar Trivedi; Alice Branton; Dahryn Trivedi; Gopal Nayak

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of biofield energy treatment on the isotopic abundance of 13C/12C or 2H/1H or 15N/14N ≡ (PM+1)/PM in aniline; and (PM+1)/PM and 81Br/79Br ≡ (PM+2)/PM in 4-bromoaniline using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). Aniline and 4-bromoaniline samples were divided into two parts: control and treated. The control part remained as untreated, while the treated part was subjected to Mr. Trivedi’s biofield energy treatment. The ...

  7. Influence of Biofield Treatment on Physical and Structural Characteristics of Barium Oxide and Zinc Sulfide

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    Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, Alice Branton

    2015-01-01

    Barium oxide (BaO) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) are well known for their applications in electrical, optical and chemical industries. The present study was aimed to evaluate the impact of biofield treatment on the structural and physical properties of BaO and ZnS powder. The study was carried out in two groups, one was set to control, and another group was subjected to Mr. Trivedi’s biofield treatment. Control and treated samples of BaO and ZnS were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier t...

  8. Influence of surface treatment on the electroless nickel plating of textile fabric

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    Yuen, C. W. M.; Jiang, S. Q.; Kan, C. W.; Tung, W. S.

    2007-04-01

    The present study is performed with an objective to acquire a deeper understanding of the properties of nickel-plated polyester fabric after conducing low temperature plasma treatment. Low temperature plasma treatment with oxygen and argon gases was employed to render a hydrophilic property of woven polyester fabrics and facilitate the absorption of a palladium catalyst in order to provide a catalytic surface for electroless nickel plating. The properties of plasma-induced electroless nickel-plated polyester fabrics were evaluated by various standard testing methods in terms of both physical and chemical performances.

  9. Influence of medical treatment, smoking and disease activity on pregnancy outcomes in Crohn's disease

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    Julsgaard, Mette; Nørgaard, Mette; Hvas, Christian Lodberg;

    2014-01-01

    Objective. Little is known about predictors for adverse pregnancy outcomes among women with Crohn’s disease (CD). In this population-based study, we examined pregnancy outcomes in CD stratified by medical treatment and smoking status while accounting for disease activity. Methods. In two Danish...... adverse pregnancy outcomes by different predictors. Results. Among 105 (80%) respondents, 55 (52%) reported taking medication during pregnancy. The majority (95%) were in disease remission. The children’s mean birth weight did not differ by maternal medical treatment. As expected, smoking was a predictor...

  10. Influence of surface treatments to repair recent fillings of silorane-and methacrylate-based composites

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    Marina Kaneko; Ricardo Armini Caldas; Victor Pinheiro Feitosa; Rafael Leonardo Xediek Consani; Schneider, Luis Felipe J.; Ataís Bacchi

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the tensile bond strength (TBS) of repairs in recent fillings of methacrylate- (MBC) or silorane-based composites (SBC) subsequent to different surface treatments. Materials and Methods: Fifty slabs of Filtek P60 (3M ESPE, St Paul, USA) and Filtek P90 (3M ESPE) were stored for 10 days in distilled water at 37°C. The surface of adhesion was abraded with a 600-grit silicone paper and repaired using each respective composite: G1, no treatment (...

  11. Heat treatment of concrete and its influence on the mechanical properties

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    Elkacemi Sana; Abahlous Latifa; Ait amar Said; Boukbir Larbi; El alem Noureddine

    2014-01-01

    Concrete is used globally for all types of construction. This is mainly due to a market economy that has grown strongly in recent years and the particularities of its own. Despite its good performance at room temperature, concrete can have a critical behavior at high temperature. Analysis of the effects of high temperatures on the microstructure is necessary to understand the complex macroscopic phenomena step because the concrete undergoes physicochemical changes that strongly influence i...

  12. Influence of Thermal Treatment on Magnetic Properties of Steel Sheet Material Utilised in Cable Routing System

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    Elemir Usak

    2013-01-01

    The influence of relax annealing aimed at removal of the residual stresses (so-called stress-relief annealing) on various magnetic parameters, such as the relative magnetic amplitude permeability, coercivity, remanent flux density, etc. is discussed. Samples of steel cable tray material which is a part of commercially available cable routing system were investigated in order to find information about the properties important from the point of view of EMC requirements in extremely demanding in...

  13. Influence of thermal treatment on magnetic properties of steel sheet material utilised in cable routing system

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    Ušák, Elemír

    2013-01-01

    The influence of relax annealing aimed at removal of the residual stresses (so-called stress-relief annealing) on various magnetic parameters, such as the relative magnetic amplitude permeability, coercivity, remanent flux density, etc. is discussed. Samples of steel cable tray material which is a part of commercially available cable routing system were investigated in order to find information about the properties important from the point of view of EMC requirements in extremely demanding in...

  14. Influence of milk treatment and ripening conditions on quality of Raclette cheese

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    Klantschitsch, Thorid; Bachmann, Hans-Peter; Puhan, Zdenko

    2000-01-01

    International audience The influence of ripening temperature (11, 14, 17, $20 ^\\circ$C) and ripening time (60, 90 days) on sensory properties and melting quality of Raclette cheeses made from raw milk, pasteurised milk and microfiltered milk has been investigated using the 'special cubic model' experimental design. With increased ripening temperature substantial acceleration of ripening was achieved. The higher ripening temperature led to higher counts of propionibacteria in raw milk chees...

  15. Diabetes does not influence treatment decisions regarding revascularization in patients with stable coronary artery disease

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    Breeman, A.; de Boer, M.J.; Bertrand, M. E.; Wijns, W.; Ottervanger, J.P.; Boersma, E.; Hoeks, S; Lenzen, M. (Prof. Dr.); Sechtem, U; Legrand, Victor

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE - To evaluate whether in stable angina preference for coronary revascularization by either percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is influenced by diabetes status and whether this has prognostic implications. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - A total of 2,928 consecutive patients with stable angina who were enrolled in the prospective Euro Heart Survey on Coronary Revascularization were studied. Multivariable analyses were applied to evaluate t...

  16. Influence of the dispersity of anthracite on the rearrangement of its structure during heat treatment

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    Fialkov, A.S.; Abramov, A.V.; Chuparova, L.D.; Kirilin, N.S.; Semenov, M.V.; Suslina, V.I.; Yurkovskii, I.M.

    1983-01-01

    The influence of the dispersity of anthracite on the rearrangement of its structure and its absorption capacity with respect to a binder has been investigated. It has been shown that a composition based on anthracite with a high degree of ordering of the structure can be obtained if the specific surface of the powder is not less than 14 m/sup 2//g but not more than 20 m/sup 2//g.

  17. Factors Influencing Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in Nepal: A Mixed-Methods Study

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    Wasti, Sharada P.; Simkhada, Padam; Randall, Julian; Freeman, Jennifer V; van Teijlingen, Edwin

    2012-01-01

    Background Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a lifesaver for individual patients treated for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Maintaining optimal adherence to antiretroviral drugs is essential for HIV infection management. This study aimed to understand the factors influencing adherence amongst ART-prescribed patients and care providers in Nepal. Methods A cross-sectional mixed-methods study surveying 330 ART-prescribed patients and 34 in-depth ...

  18. ASSESSMENT OF FACTORS INFLUENCING ORAL HEALTH STATUS AND TREATMENT NEEDS AMONG MALAYALI TRIBAL POPULATION AT JAVADHU HILLS, INDIA

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    Kirankumar B; Khaja Amjad; Ibrahim; Saleh Nasser; Shailarani; Sweta Ramrao

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    AIM: The purpose of the study was to assess the oral health Status, factors influencing them and treatment needs of Malayali tribes at Javadhu hills in Polur Taluk, Tamilnadu. METHODOLOGY: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted to assess the oral health status of totally 710 subjects in four different age groups of 12yrs, 15yrs, 35-44yrs, 65-74yrs old were using the W.H.O oral health assessment methodology 1997. Before the start of the study, an ethical clearanc...

  19. Factors which influence on force of boxers` and footballers` shots on the stage of base pre-treatment

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available On the stage of base pre-treatment factors which influence on force of shots the hands of boxers and feet of footballers as a criterion of competition activity efficiency are certain. Connections are certain between force of shots by hands and feet. The objective test of the specialized sense determination of boxers` and footballers` shots is offered. It is recommended to develop maximal and explosive force of all parts of sportsman body at implementation preparatory exercises with the further transfer of physical qualities on implementation of the special exercises.

  20. INFLUENCE ОF MODIFIER THERMAL TREATMENT ОN CHARACTERISTICS ОF COMPOSITE MATERIALS FOR PROTECTIVE COATINGS

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    Full Text Available This paper presents results that reveal influence of modifiers characterized by different nature and composition and subjected to heat treatment on operational characteristics of single and binary compositions. Interaction between dispersed clay particles and dependence of  coating properties on  their mass content in oligomeric and polymeric matrices have been justified in the paper. The paper contains data that prove an increase of coating hardness by 15–20 %. The coating composition includes thermally-treated dispersed clay particles.

  1. An investigation into factors influencing the amount of orthodontic treatment attempted by the recent graduates of two dental schools.

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    Brown, I D; Stephens, C D; Usiskin, L A

    1982-04-01

    A questionnaire was sent to Bristol and Guy's Dental Graduates who had been qualified for between 3 and 5 years. This showed that three-quarters of those who were currently in general dental practice had treated six or more orthodontic patients since qualification. A fifth claimed to have treated more than 45. An important factor in determining whether a practitioner carries out orthodontic treatment himself, or refers patients to a specialist, is the confidence he has in his own ability to adjust and monitor orthodontic appliances. The convenience of alternative orthodontic services would appear to have no influence in such decisions. PMID:6952930

  2. The influences of ultrasonic peening treatment on oxidization of designed F/M steels in supercritical water

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    The influence of ultrasonic peening on oxidation of designed Ferritic/Martensitic (F/M) steels in supercritical water has been investigated with time range from 100 hours to 1000 hours. It was observed that in the tested time range, the weight gain of the samples with ultrasonic peening pre-treatment is much less than that of the ones without ultrasonic peening. Different oxide film formed on the surface after SCW exposure. These results indicate that designed F/M steels with ultrasonic peening have better oxidation resistant in 500°C, 25MPa supercritical water than the ones without ultrasonic peening. (author)

  3. The Influence of Chemical Treatment on the Mechanical Behaviour of Animal Fibre-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Isiaka O. Oladele; Jimmy L. Olajide; Adekunle S. Ogunbadejo

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    This research work has investigated the influence of chemical treatment on the mechanical behaviour of animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites. The animal fibres used for this present study were chicken feather and cow hair fibres procured from local poultries and abattoirs. Prior to the development of the composite materials, the animal fibres were washed and dried, cut into 10 mm and divided into two portions; one portion was treated with 0.25 M NaOH maintained at 60 0C...

  4. Influence of annealing treatment on the structure and magnetic properties of Fe-Al-Cu-Nb-Si-B alloys

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    In this paper we present experimental results on influence of Al content on the structure and saturation magnetostriction of Fe-Al-Cu-Nb-Si-B alloys after heat treatment. Transmission electron microscopy observations confirmed the existence of nanocrystalline structure after annealing at 490 oC and 550 oC for all samples. The crystallization temperature of FeSi phase and the temperature at which the polycrystalline transformation starts were determined from temperature dependence of electrical resistivity. Aluminium slightly decreases the first crystallization temperature and considerably decreases the saturation magnetostriction in as-quenched state. (author)

  5. The influence of a aging thermal treatment on the mechanical properties of 6061 T6 and 6063 T5 aluminums

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    Because of its light weight and its good mechanical properties, aluminum alloys have been used traditionally in the production of structural airplane components and car parts. Aluminum alloys with magnesium-silicon (Al-Mg-Si), 6XXX series, respond acceptably to the aging thermal treatment; because the magnesium and silicon permit precipitation hardening, which significantly changes the mechanical properties of this alloy. Two aluminums were selected for this study: 6061 T6 and 6063 T5, which were thermally treated at 120oC, 150oC and 180oC for 8, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours with later quenching in water. An experimental design established the number of test specimens needed to analyze the phenomena. Later, tension tests were developed to verify the property changes undergone during the thermal treatment. The results are presented in performance graphs that show the influence of time and temperature on the mechanical properties of the chosen aluminums

  6. Influence of semi-solid isothermal treatment on eutectic carbide in Cr12MoV steel

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    Li Qingchun

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    Full Text Available In-situ observation of eutectic solidification of Cr12MoV steel was conducted using high temperature confocal laser-scanning microscopy. The semi-solid isothermal treatment temperature of the steel was determined by thermodynamic calculation using Thermo-cal software. At the same time, the influences of isothermal treatment temperature and time on eutectic carbides in the steel were also studied. The results show that when the liquid metal cools at the rate of 47 °C·min-1, the eutectic reaction occurs rapidly at 1,214.7 °C in one second with the reticular liquid around austenite dendrites, transforming into a network of eutectic structure. After being held at 1,300 °C for 30 min, the carbide network is broken due to the impingement of refined primary austenite dendrites and secondary dendrites arms, and the thickness of eutectic structure is reduced.

  7. Influence of single and combination treatments of physical and chemical mutagen on chlorophyll mutations in Finger Millet

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    Gamma rays, ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) and their combined treatments influenced differently in producing chlorophyll mutations. A good number of chlorophyll mutants with varied frequencies were recorded in M2 generation. The frequency of chlorophyll mutants was higher at lower doses of gamma rays, EMS and their combination treatments. The most frequently observed mutant was Albino type. The other chlorophyll mutants isolated were Xantha, Viridis, Striata and Tigrina. The frequency of tigrina and striata was lowest in variety A-404 and Hr-374, respectively. The efficiency and effectiveness was high at the lower doses of mutagens in both the varieties. EMS (0.2%) was more effective than the corresponding lower dose of gamma rays for both the varieties. (author). 10 refs., 4 tabs

  8. Influence of the curve density relative electron in dosimetry clinic in treatments stereo tactics

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    The objective of this study is to analyze the difference between clinical dosimetry in the treatments with radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy fractional obtained from the relative Electron density curve (Schneider 1996) tabulated and provided with the scanner's radiation therapy. (Author)

  9. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxious Adolescents: Developmental Influences on Treatment Design and Delivery

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    Sauter, Floor M.; Heyne, David; Westenberg, P. Michiel

    2009-01-01

    Anxiety disorders in adolescence are common and disruptive, pointing to a need for effective treatments for this age group. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular interventions for adolescent anxiety, and there is empirical support for its application. However, a significant proportion of adolescent clients continue to report…

  10. African American Families on Autism Diagnosis and Treatment: The Influence of Culture

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    Burkett, Karen; Morris, Edith; Manning-Courtney, Patricia; Anthony, Jean; Shambley-Ebron, Donna

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    Cultural factors such as health care access and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptom interpretations have been proposed as impacting delayed diagnosis and treatment for African American children with ASD. A qualitative study of urban African American families caring for their child with autism was conducted with 24 family members and 28 ASD…

  11. Nordic veterinarians' threshold for medical treatment of dairy cows, influence on disease recording and medicine use

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    Espetvedt, Mari N.; Rintakoski, Simo; Wolff, Cecilia;

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    the diagnosis. The threshold for initiating treatment was quantified as an intention score. Secondary, underlying behavioural components of the intention score was studied within each country. A social psychology model, the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), was used to design a questionnaire that was...

  12. Inability of two topical treatments to influence the course of experimentally induced dermatophytosis in cats.

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    DeBoer, D J; Moriello, K A

    1995-07-01

    An experimental model of dermatophytosis was used to compare the efficacy of 2 topical antifungal treatments against Microsporum canis infection in cats. Infection was established in 24 cats by topical application of 10(5) M canis macroconidia to the skin of the lateral part of the abdomen under an occlusive bandage. Three groups of 6 cats each then were treated twice weekly for 18 weeks with chlorhexidine shampoo and dip, detergent shampoo vehicle only, or glyceryl monolaurate shampoo. Six cats were left untreated as controls. The experimentally induced infections strongly resembled naturally developing infections of moderate to severe nature. Signs of infection peaked in severity at 5 weeks after inoculation, then gradually resolved over 7 to 16 additional weeks. Dermatophytes were consistently isolated on culture for at least 8 weeks of treatment. Mycologic cure (defined as lack of dermatophyte isolation on 3 successive weekly cultures) was attained in 8 cats at the end of 18 weeks of treatment. Infections appeared to resolve at equivalent rates in all groups of cats, including controls. Consistent or meaningful significant differences in variables such as lesion size, clinical sign score, or total infection score were not found between treated and control groups. Our study revealed that this topical treatment regimen with chlorhexidine or glyceryl monolaurate is ineffective against M canis infection in cats. PMID:7601693

  13. The influence of comorbid personality disorder and neuroticism on treatment outcome in first episode depression

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    Bock, Camilla; Bukh, Jens Otto Drachmann; Vinberg, Maj;

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It has never been investigated whether comorbid personality disorder or neuroticism predicts a poor treatment outcome in first episode depression. METHODS: Medically treated patients discharged with a diagnosis of a single depressive episode from a psychiatric in- or outpatient hospit...

  14. The influence of clinical and pharmacological factors on enuresis treatment with imipramine.

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    Fernández de Gatta, M M; Galindo, P; Rey, F; Gutierrez, J; Tamayo, M; García, M J; Domínguez-Gil, A

    1990-11-01

    1. The aim of this study has been to evaluate the response to imipramine treatment in enuretic children through the use of a series of clinical and pharmacological variables and by applying a multivariate (principal components) analysis technique. 2. The study was carried out on 146 children whose ages ranged from 5 to 14 years, and who received variable doses of imipramine (12.5 to 100 mg day-1). 3. The quantitative variables analyzed were: drug dosage, serum levels of imipramine and its metabolite desipramine, the relationship between them both, the duration of treatment, age and weight. 4. The qualitative variables were: compliance, presence of side-effects, enuretic and/or psychiatric antecedents, intelligence quotient (I.Q.), the existence (or absence) of related pathologies, sex, and the type of enuresis. 5. The response to treatment was quantified by means of the percentage of decrease in frequency of enuresis as compared with the initial frequency. 6. The results obtained show that the variables which are most associated with the reduction of enuresis are, in decreasing order: the dosage of imipramine administered, the duration of treatment, compliance and the level/dose ratio for the sum of the drug and metabolite levels. PMID:2271368

  15. Examining the Influence of Treatment Integrity: Accuracy of Daily Report Card Intervention Implementation and Student Outcome

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    Vujnovic, Rebecca Kate

    2010-01-01

    Given the deficits associated with ADHD and the significant prevalence, it is important to explore evidence based treatments for ADHD in the classroom and the efficacy with which the classroom teachers implement such interventions. The current investigation is a secondary analysis to investigate the integrity of a Daily Report Card (DRC)…

  16. The influence of the grapevine treatment on the content of resveratrol and other phenolic compounds

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    Kyseláková, M.; Balík, J.; Veverka, J.; Tříska, Jan; Vrchotová, Naděžda; Totušek, J.; Lefnerová, D.

    Vienna: Markus Pirchner GesmbH, 2004, s. -. [OIV - Congress 2004.. Vienna (AT), 04.07.2004-09.07.2004] R&D Projects: GA MZe QD1155 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6087904 Keywords : resveratrol * grapevine treatment * phenolic compounds Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation

  17. Motivational interviewing group at inpatient detoxification, its influence in maintaining abstinence and treatment retention after discharge.

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    Bachiller, Diana; Grau-López, Lara; Barral, Carmen; Daigre, Constanza; Alberich, Cristina; Rodríguez-Cintas, Laia; Valero, Sergi; Casas, Miquel; Roncero, Carlos

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    The relapse rate after discharge from inpatient detoxification is high. The objective of this pilot study is to assess the sociodemographic, clinical and therapeutic factors associated with maintaining abstinence in patients who participated in a brief motivational interviewing group during admission for detoxification. A total of 46 patients, diagnosed substance dependent according to DSM -IV, and admitted to the Hospital Detoxification Unit, participated in a brief motivational interviewing group. Sociodemographic, clinical, motivation to change (University of Rhode Island Change Assessment, URICA) and satisfaction with the treatment group (Treatment Perceptions Questionnaire, CPT) data were collected. Abstinence and treatment retention two months after discharge were assessed by weekly telephone calls. A survival analysis was performed. Being male, having more cognitions of the maintenance stage of change at discharge, being satisfied with group therapy and therapist during hospitalization are associated with longer abstinence after discharge. The brief motivational interviewing group approach with patients admitted for detoxification is related to greater likelihood of maintaining abstinence and subsequent treatment retention. PMID:26132300

  18. Influence of rmhTNF on the Chemotherapy Treatment of Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    The efficacy and safety of the recombinant mutant human tumor necrosis factor (rmhTNF) combined with chemotherapy vs chemotherapy alone in the treatment of patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) were evaluated in this study. The selected 37 patients with SCLC were divided into experimental group (n = 18) and control group (n = 19). Bothgroups were subjected to EP regimen. While in the experimental group, a regimen of 4 × 106 U/m2 rmhTNF intramuscular injection was given once a day from the 1st to 7th day and 11th to 17th day on the chemotherapy cycle.Twenty-one days were as a chemotherapy cycle and all patients received treatment with 2 cycles.The response rate was 83.3 % (15/18) in the experimental group and 63.2 % (12/19) in the control group respectively (P<0.05). The KPS score after treatment was 78.4±9.6 in the experimental group and 71.2±9.7 in the control group with the difference being significant (P<0.05).No severe adverse effects occurred in the two groups. It was concluded that the curative effectiveness of the rmhTNF combined with chemotherapy in the treatment of SCLC was more satisfactory than chemotherapy alone. The former could obviously improve the quality of life of the patients with SCLC.

  19. Influence of Acquired and Genetic Risk Factors on the Prevention, Management, and Treatment of Thromboembolic Disease

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    Raghid Kreidy

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    Prevention, management, and treatment of venous thromboembolism requires understanding of the epidemiology and associated risk factors, particularly in recognizing populations warranting prophylaxis, in evaluating patients with high risk situations, and in determining the duration of anticoagulation required to minimize recurrent thrombosis and to avoid postthrombotic syndrome. The present paper reviews recent advances concerning acquired and genetic risk factors for venous thrombosis, analys...

  20. Critical review of the influences of nanoparticles on biological wastewater treatment and sludge digestion.

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    Wang, Dongbo; Chen, Yinguang

    2016-10-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs), with at least one dimension less than 100 nm, are substantially employed in consumer and industrial products due to their specific physical and chemical properties. The wide uses of engineered NPs inevitably cause their release into the environment, especially wastewater treatment plants. Therefore, it is essential to systematically assess their potential impact on biological wastewater treatment and subsequent sewage sludge digestion. This review aims to provide such support. First, this paper reviews the recent advances on the analytical developments and nano-bio interface of NPs in wastewater and sewage sludge treatment. The effects of NPs on biological wastewater treatment and sewage sludge digestion and related mechanisms are discussed in detail. Finally, the key questions that need to be answered in the future are pointed out, which include on-line revelation of the changes of NPs in sewage and sludge environments, in situ assessment of the variations of microorganisms involved in these biological systems after they are exposed to NPs. Differentiation of the contribution of individual toxicity mechanisms to these systems, and the identification of under what conditions the nanoparticle-induced toxicity will be increased or decreased are also considered. PMID:26036277

  1. Which Factors Influence Radiographic Progression During Treatment with Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors in Clinical Practice?

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    Ornbjerg, Lykke Midtbøll; Ostergaard, Mikkel; Bøyesen, Pernille; Krogh, Niels Steen; Thormann, Anja; Tarp, Ulrik; Poulsen, Uta Engling; Espesen, Jakob; Schlemmer, Annette; Graudal, Niels; Kollerup, Gina; Jensen, Dorte Vendelbo; Madsen, Ole Rintek; Glintborg, Bente; Christensen, Torben; Lindegaard, Hanne; Bøhme, Wolfgang; Hansen, Annette; Andersen, Anne Rødgaard; Hetland, Merete Lund

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    -59), DAS28-CRP 5.0 (1.4-7.8), TSS median 15 [3-45 interquartile range (IQR)] and mean 31 (SD 40). Patients started treatment with infliximab (59%), etanercept (18%), or adalimumab (23%). At followup (median 526 days, IQR 392-735), 61% were treated with the initial anti-TNF, 29% had switched TNF inhibitor...

  2. Influence of calcium hydroxide on the post-treatment pain in Endodontics: A systematic review

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    K Anjaneyulu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pain of endodontic origin has been a major concern to the patients and the clinicians for many years. Post-operative pain is associated with inflammation in the periradicular tissues caused by irritants egressing from root canal during treatment. It has been suggested that calcium hydroxide intra-canal medicament has pain-preventive properties because of its anti-microbial or tissue altering effects. Some dispute this and reasoned that calcium hydroxide may initiate or increase pain by inducing or increasing inflammation. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of calcium hydroxide in reducing the post-treatment pain when used as an intra-canal medicament Materials and Methods: The following databases were searched: PubMed CENTRAL (until July 2013, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Bibliographies of clinical studies and reviews identified in the electronic search were analyzed for studies published outside the electronically searched journals. The primary outcome measure was to evaluate the post-treatment pain reduction when calcium hydroxide is used as an intra-canal medicament in patients undergoing root canal therapy. Results: The reviews found some clinical evidence that calcium hydroxide is not very effective in reducing post-treatment pain when it is used alone, but its effectiveness can be increased when used in combination with other medicaments like chlorhexidine and camphorated monochlorophenol (CMCP. Conclusion: Even though calcium hydroxide is one of the most widely used intra-canal medicament due to its anti-microbial properties, there is no clear evidence of its effect on the post-treatment pain after the chemo-mechanical root canal preparation.

  3. The main factors influencing canine demodicosis treatment outcome and determination of optimal therapy.

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    Arsenović, Milica; Pezo, Lato; Vasić, Nebojša; Ćirić, Rodoljub; Stefanović, Milan

    2015-07-01

    The main idea of this research was to evaluate the efficacy of canine demodicosis conventional treatments using mathematical analyses. All available papers published between 1980 and 2014 were used in this study. One hundred six clinical trials enrolling 3414 cases of generalized demodicosis in dogs are studied. Dogs entered in the analysis were only the ones in which the disease occurred naturally, excluding the studies in which transplantation of Demodex canis mites was done from other animals. In conventional acaricide treatments, sorted according to active substances (moxidectin, amitraz, doramectin, ivermectin, and milbemycin oxime), the way of application (spot-on, dips, orally, or subcutaneous), concentration, and interval of application were used as input parameters in mathematical modeling. Data of interest were the treatment outcome, the number of dogs that went into remission, the number of animals not responding to treatment microscopically, the average duration of therapy, the follow-up period, the number of patients with disease recurrence, the number of adverse effects, and the number of animals with side effects. Dogs lost to follow-up or when the treatment was discontinued, due to various reasons not in connection with the therapy protocol, were not considered. Statistical and mathematical analyses were applied for prediction of the drugs' effectiveness. Developed mathematical models showed satisfactorily r (2), higher than 0.87. Good evidence for recommending the use of milbemycin oxime PO (0.5 mg/kg, daily) and moxidectin spot-on (Advocate®, Bayer) weekly is found. A bit less effective therapies were based on ivermectin PO (0.5 mg/kg, daily), moxidectin PO (0.35 mg/kg, daily), and amitraz dips (0.05 % solution, weekly), respectively. It is important to keep in mind that Advocate® is recommended by the manufacturer for use in milder cases. PMID:26013574

  4. Dimethyl fumarate treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis influences B-cell subsets

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    Lundy, Steven K.; Wu, Qi; Wang, Qin; Dowling, Catherine A.; Taitano, Sophina H.; Mao, Guangmei

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To test the hypothesis that dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera, BG-12) affects B-cell subsets in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). Methods: Peripheral blood B cells were compared for surface marker expression in patients with RRMS prior to initiation of treatment, after 4–6 months, and at more than 1 year of treatment with BG-12. Production of interleukin (IL)–10 by RRMS patient B cells was also analyzed. Results: Total numbers of peripheral blood B lymphocytes declined after 4–6 months of BG-12 treatment, due to losses in both the CD27+ memory B cells and CD27neg B-cell subsets. Some interpatient variability was observed. In contrast, circulating CD24highCD38high (T2-MZP) B cells increased in percentage in the majority of patients with RRMS after 4–6 months and were present in higher numbers in all of the patients after 12 months of treatment. The CD43+CD27+ B-1 B cells also increased at the later time point in most patients but were unchanged at 4–6 months compared to pretreatment levels. Purified B cells from 7 of the 9 patients with RRMS tested after 4–6 months of treatment were able to produce IL-10 following CD40 ligand stimulation, and the amount corresponded with the combined levels of T2-MZP and B-1 B cells in the sample. None of the patients with RRMS in this study have had a relapse while taking BG-12. Conclusions: These data suggest that BG-12 differentially affects B-cell subsets in patients with RRMS, resulting in increased numbers of circulating B lymphocytes with regulatory capacity. PMID:27006972

  5. Influence of Microstructure, Produced by Heat Treatment and Sever Plastic Deformation, on Tribological Properties of Low-carbon Steel

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of tribological investigations conducted on steel 20 with the carbon content of up to 0.2%. The steel was studied in the three conditions: initial (hot-rolled, after heat-treatment (quenching+tempering and after heat treatment with subsequent severe plastic deformation (SPD performed by equal channel angular pressing technique (ECAP. It was stated that after various treatments the material acquires various structural conditions and possesses various strength properties and has a considerable difference in oxygen content in the surface layer. This influences the tribological properties during the contact with tool steel. The lowest values of adhesive bond shear strength, friction coefficient and wear rate are demonstrated in the material after martempering with subsequent SPD by ECAP technique. The surface of the investigated material after SPD treatment by the ECAP technique possesses a highest bearing capacity and requires more time for wearing-in in friction assemblies. Oxygen content increase in the form of metal oxides on the surface of low-carbon steels is accompanied by a decrease of the adhesive component of friction coefficien.

  6. Additive manufacturing of Co-Cr-Mo alloy: Influence of heat treatment on microstructure, tribological and electrochemical properties

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    Full Text Available Co-Cr-Mo alloy samples, fabricated using Laser Engineered Net Shaping – a laser based additive manufacturing technology, have been subjected heat treatment to study its influence on microstructure, wear and corrosion properties. Following L9 Orthogonal array of Taguchi method, the samples were solutionized at 1200oC for 30, 45 and 60 min followed by water quenching. Ageing treatment was done at 815oC and 830oC for 2, 4 and 6 h. Heat treated samples were evaluated for their microstructure, hardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance. The results revealed that highest hardness of 512 ± 58 Hv and wear rate of 0.90 ± 0.14 × 10-4 mm3/N.m can be achieved with appropriate post-fabrication heat treatment. ANOVA and grey relational analysis on the experimental data revealed that the samples subjected to solution treatment for 60 min, without ageing, exhibit best combination of hardness, wear and corrosion resistance.

  7. The influence of four dual-cure resin cements and surface treatment selection to bond strength of fiber post

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    Chang Liu; Hong Liu; Yue-Tong Qian; Song Zhu; Su-Qian Zhao

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we evaluate the influence of post surface pre-treatments on the bond strength of four different cements to glass fiber posts. Eighty extracted human maxillary central incisors and canines were endodontically treated and standardized post spaces were prepared. Four post pre-treatments were tested:(i) no pre-treatment (NS, control), (ii) sandblasting (SA), (iii) silanization (SI) and (iv) sandblasting followed by silanization (SS). Per pre-treatment, four dual-cure resin cements were used for luting posts:DMG LUXACORE Smartmix Dual, Multilink Automix, RelyX Unicem and Panavia F2.0. All the specimens were subjected to micro push-out test. Two-way analysis of variance and Tukey post hoc tests were performed (a50.05) to analyze the data. Bond strength was significantly affected by the type of resin cement, and bond strengths of RelyX Unicem and Panavia F2.0 to the fiber posts were significantly higher than the other cement groups. Sandblasting significantly increased the bond strength of DMG group to the fiber posts.

  8. Factors influencing syphilis treatment failure and/or re-infection in HIV co-infected patients: immunosuppression or behaviors

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    Jong Hun Kim; George Psevdos Jr; Jin Suh; Victoria Sharp

    2011-01-01

    Background Recent studies have reported overall increasing rates of syphilis with a high rate of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection. However, there is little information about factors influencing syphilis treatment failure and/or re-infection in HIV co-infected patients. We conducted a study to evaluate factors associated with syphilis treatment failure/re-infection in HIV co-infected patients.Methods We reviewed 3542 medical records of HIV-infected patients from January 2005 to December 2007 followed up at HIV Clinic in New York City. Patients were categorized by rapid plasma regain titer (RPR) into success/serofast (4-fold decrease in RPR by 12 months after treatment, RPR conversion to nonreactive, persistently stable reactive RPR with no 4-fold increase), and failure/re-infection (failure to decrease 4 folds in RPR by 12 months after treatment, 4-fold increase in RPR from baseline).Results Among a total of 156 patients who met the eligibility criteria, 122 (78.2%) were under success/serofast category,and 34 (21.8%) were under failure/re-infection category. HIV viral load, CD4 cell count, and use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) were not associated with syphilis treatment failure/re-infection. However, early syphilis stage (OR:11.036, 95% CI: 2.499-48.740, P=0.002) and high (>1∶64) RPR titers (OR: 715.921, 95% CI: 422.175-23 113.396, P <0.001) were significantly associated.Conclusions No correlations were seen with depressed immune states with syphilis treatment failure and/or re-infection. However, association with early stage syphilis suggests that risky psychological sexual behaviors may be the most important leading factor, emphasizing needs for safe sex education.

  9. Influence of ultrasonication and Fenton oxidation pre-treatment on rheological characteristics of wastewater sludge.

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    Pham, T T H; Brar, S K; Tyagi, R D; Surampalli, R Y

    2010-01-01

    The effect of ultrasonication and Fenton oxidation as physico-chemical pre-treatment processes on the change of rheology of wastewater sludge was investigated in this study. Pre-treated and raw sludges displayed non-Newtonian rheological behaviour with shear thinning as well as thixotropic properties for total solids ranging from 10 g/L to 40 g/L. The rheological models, namely, Bingham plastic, Casson law, NCA/CMA Casson, IPC Paste, and power law were also studied to characterize flow of raw and pre-treated sludges. Among all rheological models, the power law was more prominent in describing the rheology of the sludges. Pre-treatment processes resulted in a decrease in pseudoplasticity of sludge due to the decrease in consistency index K varying from 42.4 to 1188, 25.6 to 620.4 and 52.5 to 317.9; and increase in flow behaviour index n changing from 0.5 to 0.35, 0.62 to 0.55 and 0.63 to 0.58, for RS, UlS and FS, respectively at solids concentration 10-40 g/L. The correlation between improvement of biodegradability and dewaterability, decrease in viscosity, and change in particle size as a function of sludge pre-treatment process was also investigated. Fenton oxidation facilitated sludge filterability resulting in capillary suction time values which were approximately 50% of the raw sludges, whereas ultrasonication with high input energy deteriorated the filterability. Biodegradability was also enhanced by the pre-treatment processes and the maximum value was obtained (64%, 77% and 73% for raw, ultrasonicated and Fenton oxidized sludges, respectively) at total solids concentration of 25 g/L. Hence, pre-treatment of wastewater sludge modified the rheological properties so that: (1) the flowability of sludge was improved for transport through the treatment train (via pipes and pumps); (2) the dewaterability of wastewater sludge was enhanced for eventual disposal and; (3) the assimilation of nutrients by microorganisms for further value-addition was increased. PMID

  10. Influence of chemical heat treatment on the mechanical properties of paper knife-edge die

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    K. Dybowski; Kaczmarek, Ł.; R. Pietrasik; J. Smolik; Ł. Kołodziejczyk; Batory, D.; Gzik, M; M. Stegliński

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: In this article mechanical properties together with wear mechanism of paper knife-edge die made of A 681 steel with TiN, TiCN and DLC coating were analyzed. A Paper knife-edge die using in stamping machine, serves a map of complicated graphical projects. However wear resistance is strongly dependent on chemical composition of a paper mainly on the TiO2 content.Design/methodology/approach: In order to optimize the wear resistance of analyzed paper knife-edge die, influence of HS6-5-2 ...

  11. The Influence of Family Therapy on Flexibility and Cohesion among Family Members Seeking Male Residential Treatment for Adolescent and Young Adult Substance Abuse

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    Marlowe, Stephanie L.

    2011-01-01

    The present study investigated within a substance abuse treatment center the influence of family therapy on flexibility and cohesion among family members. Past studies have suggested adolescents who abuse substances exist in families who have a lack of balance of flexibility and cohesion. Unfortunately, few studies have examined the influence of…

  12. Influences of Preparation Conditions and Melt Treatment Procedures on Melt Treatment Performance of Al-5Ti-B and Al-10Sr Master Alloys

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    Pengfa FENG; Jinglin TANG; Xinyan JIN; Shuangshou LI; Daben ZENG

    2006-01-01

    The influences of preparation conditions of Al-5Ti-B (as-cast and hot-rolled) and Al-10Sr (as-cast and hotextruded) and melt treatment procedures on the grain refinement and modification performance of A356 alloy are experimentally studied. For the two master alloys, the 50% reduction is sufficient to meet the demands of the efficient grain refinement and modification of A356 alloy. When Al-5Ti-B is introduced into the melt prior to degassing, the grain refinement efficiency of Al-5Ti-B will be greatly increased due to the better dispersity of TiB2 particles. Al-5Ti-B master alloy is less prone to affect the modification effect of Al-10Sr when they are used together.

  13. Yield of Potato as Influenced by Crop Sanitation and Reduced Fungicidal Treatments

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    Fontem, DA.

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of crop sanitation and reduced sprays of "Ridomil plus®" (12 % metalaxyl + 60 % cuprous oxide on the control of potato (Solanum tuberosum late blight caused by Phytophthora infestans were evaluated in two field experiments in 1993 in Dschang, Cameroon. In the first experiment, sanitation (five weekly removals of blighted leaves and two fungicidal treatments were initiated from first symptoms. In the second experiment, both fungicidal sprays were made at varying rates. Marketable yields increased by 50 % in sanitation-treated plots, by 94 % in plots sprayed with Ridomil plus (2.24 kg a. i./ha, or by 55 % in those exposed to both control methods. The fungicide equivalence of the sanitation treatment was two sprays of Ridomil plus at 0.76 kg a. i./ha. These results suggest that proper removal of diseased leaves or reduced fungicidal protection may be an effective late blight control method in potato farming.

  14. Morphological, biochemical and genetic influence of mutagen treatments on medicinal plant tissue cultures

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    Gamma rays and/or alkylant agents have been applied on callus tissue, young regenerants and cell suspension in order to establish their effect on morphogenesis, regeneration ability and biosynthetic potential. Growth dynamics, morpho-anatomic variables, secondary metabolite production, cell cytogenetics, enzyme specific activities, isoperoxidase and isoesterase patterns were analyzed in relation to the morphogenetic response of Atropa belladonna, Datura innoxia, Lavandula angustifolia, Chamomilla recutita, Digitalis lanata and Vinca minor tissue cultures. The effects of gamma-ray doses varied from one species to another; 10 to 20 Gy were generally able to stimulate growth and plant regeneration (via organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis), while 10 to 50 Gy enhanced secondary metabolite biosynthesis both in callus and cell suspension culture. Semnificative increase of secondary metabolite production was obtained when treatments with EMS (0.1-0.2%) have been applied to young regenerants. Many differences in biological features and biochemical behaviour were registered 20 days and one year, respectively, after treatment. (author)

  15. Influence of thermal treatments on the response decay of glass radiation detectors

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    Caldas, L.V.E.; Quezada, V.A.C

    2002-07-01

    Commercial transparent glass has received attention in relation to its use as a gamma radiation detector. This kind of material presents a strong post-irradiation thermal decay at room temperature, which is a problem for high dose dosimetry purposes. This effect may be avoided by taking measurements always at the same time after irradiation of the glass samples. However, in this work effort has been given to this material characteristic, submitting the glass samples to different thermal treatments. The best results were obtained with a post-irradiation treatment at 130 deg. C during 10 min. This procedure seems to destroy the unstable entities responsible for the initial strong decay of the sample response, showing acceptable stability as a function of room temperature storage time. (author)

  16. Influence of Sulfur Fertilization on the Antioxidant Activities of Onion Juices Prepared by Thermal Treatment.

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    Koh, Eunmi; Surh, Jeonghee

    2016-06-01

    Two onions (Sulfur-1 and Sulfur-4) cultivated with different sulfur applications were thermally processed to elucidate the effects of heat treatment on browning index and antioxidant activity. Sulfur-4 onion had higher sulfur content compared with the Sulfur-1 onion. After thermal processing, browning intensity was different between the two onions juices, with lower values observed for Sulfur-4 onion juice. This suggests that sulfur inhibits the Maillard browning reaction. The total reducing capacity of the juices increased at higher thermal processing temperatures; however, it was also lower in the Sulfur-4 onion juice. This suggests that the heat treatment of onions enhanced their antioxidant activity, but the effect was offset in the Sulfur-4 onion juice presumably due to higher sulfur content. This study indicates that sulfur, a core element for the functionality of onions, can decrease the antioxidant activity of thermally processed onions because of its potential as a Maillard reaction inhibitor. PMID:27390734

  17. The influence of preliminary aerobic treatment on the efficacy of waste stabilisation under leachate recirculation conditions

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    Monika Suchowska-Kisielewicz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This article presents the changes in the chemical composition of leachate and the concentrations and quantity of methane production in each individual decomposition phases, determined for untreated and after aerobic treatment of waste stabilised in anaerobic reactors with and without leachate recirculation. The research results demonstrate that leachate recirculation intensifies the decomposition of both aerobically treated and untreated waste. The methane production in the reactor with untreated, stabilised waste with recirculation was 28% higher; and in the reactor with aerobically treated waste, the methane production was 24% higher than in the reactors without recirculation. An important finding of the study is that aerobic treatment of waste prior to landfilling effectively reduces the quantity of pollutant emissions in leachate and biogas from waste and increases the availability for methane micro-organisms of organic substrates from difficult-to-decompose organic substances.

  18. Influence of Post-treatment Methods on Pressure Change of Filter Bag

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    Yihua Yin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The PPS needle-punched non-woven filters with different post-treatments were studied by filter testing system. The pressure drop was measured at various filtration velocity, dust deposition time and the temperature during the experiment; and the effect of dust-cleaning as the consequence of pressure of filter bag was measured. The results showed that post-treatments transformed the surfaces of filters, and the dust formation differed greatly. Excessively high filtration velocity decreased the peak pressure in the process of dust-cleaning. The pressure of filter bag was increased as the dust layers were thickened. The higher temperature in filtration rose the peak pressure of filter bag, but decreased the rate of rising.

  19. Influence of Sulfur Fertilization on the Antioxidant Activities of Onion Juices Prepared by Thermal Treatment

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    Koh, Eunmi; Surh, Jeonghee

    2016-01-01

    Two onions (Sulfur-1 and Sulfur-4) cultivated with different sulfur applications were thermally processed to elucidate the effects of heat treatment on browning index and antioxidant activity. Sulfur-4 onion had higher sulfur content compared with the Sulfur-1 onion. After thermal processing, browning intensity was different between the two onions juices, with lower values observed for Sulfur-4 onion juice. This suggests that sulfur inhibits the Maillard browning reaction. The total reducing capacity of the juices increased at higher thermal processing temperatures; however, it was also lower in the Sulfur-4 onion juice. This suggests that the heat treatment of onions enhanced their antioxidant activity, but the effect was offset in the Sulfur-4 onion juice presumably due to higher sulfur content. This study indicates that sulfur, a core element for the functionality of onions, can decrease the antioxidant activity of thermally processed onions because of its potential as a Maillard reaction inhibitor. PMID:27390734

  20. The influence of heat treatment on the properties of laser welded Al-Li alloy

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    An Al-Li-Cu-Mg-Zr alloy was welded with CO2 laser to produce full-penetration, single pass butt welds. Initial YS of 487 MPa for unwelded material decreased to 268 MPa after laser welding as well as the measured elongation decreased from 17.48% to 3.7% respectively. The postweld heat treatment consisting of solutionizing at 550 oC for 2 h and/or artificial aging at 150, 175, 200 and 225oC for 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 h were performed to improve the properties of welded material. Studies by optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopes were provided in: as-welded, as-heat-treated and as-deformed states to show the microstructural changes with postweld heat treatment. (author)

  1. Darwin on the Treatment of Animals: His Thoughts Then and His Influence Now

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    Dr. Donna Yarri

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has seriously challenged traditional religious views on the origins of life, as well as on our human-animal similarities. Darwin is often referenced in literature on animal ethics with regard to his contention that the difference between humans and other animals is one of degree rather than of kind. This paper posits that Darwin’s writings and theory make more positive contributions to the contemporary debate on animal ethics than for which he has previously been given credit. This paper addresses important aspects of Darwin’s theory for understanding our relationship with other animals and the implications for their subsequent treatment. First, this paper considers themes in Darwin’s original writings regarding relationships among different species; second, enhancements to his theory in support of these themes; and third, recommendations for how these themes can and should inform our moral reasoning and successive treatment of other animals.

  2. Influence of cover crop treatments on the performance of a vineyard in a humid region

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    Emiliano Trigo-Córdoba; Yolanda Bouzas-Cid; Ignacio Orriols-Fernández; Emilia Díaz-Losada; Jose M. Mirás-Avalos

    2015-01-01

    Vineyards are usually managed by tilling the inter-rows to avoid competition from other plants for soil water and nutrients. However, in humid and sub-humid climates, such as that of NW Spain, cover crops may be an advantage for controlling vine vegetative growth and improving berry composition, while reducing management costs. The current study was conducted over three consecutive growing seasons (2012-2014) to assess the effects of establishing three permanent cover crop treatments on water...

  3. The Research of Influence of Vibromechanical Treatment on Ni Coatings PT-19N-01 Adhesion

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    Tomas Stukas; Olegas Černašėjus

    2011-01-01

    Thermal spray coating is very widely used in various fields. It is technologically simple, compact, inexpensive, universal and mobile mode, which ensures a high process efficiency and good surface quality. In this paper, the examination of the possibilities to improve nickel base coating properties made by thermal spraying with vibromechanical treatment into the coating process. Studies at 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 Hz frequencies of introducing vibrations, and three different vibration amplitudes ...

  4. Heat treatment influence on mechanical properties of structural steels for quenching and tempering

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    L.A. Dobrzański; R. Honysz

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: This paper introduces analysis results of heat treatment conditions inuence on mechanical properties of alloy structural steels for quenching and tempering.Design/methodology/approach: Investigations were performed in virtual environment with use of materials science virtual laboratory. Virtual investigations results were verified in real investigative laboratory.Findings: Performed verification investigations presented in this paper on selected mechanical properties modelling example...

  5. The influence of nutrition (diet treatment) in streptozotocin – induced diabetic rats

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    Chrcheva-Nikolovska Radmila; Sekulovski Pavle; Jankuloski Dean; Angelovski Ljupco

    2013-01-01

    The present study was designated to evaluate the effect of special antidiabetic diet treatment upon oxidative stress parameters in the initial stages of the development of diabetes. Male Wistar strain rats were used as an experimental model, divided into five groups: group 1, control rats; group 2, antidiabetic diet group; group 3, rats with induced diabetes mellitus – diabetic control; group 4, rats with induced diabetes mellitus and diet food, and group 5, rats with induced diabetes mellitu...

  6. Influence Of Wastewater On Zooplankton Community Of The Daugava River After Daugavpils Wastewater Treatment Plant Modernization

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    Deksne, Rasma

    2015-01-01

    During seasonal studies 2010 (May-October, once/ thrice a month), samples of zooplankton were collected at the Daugava River section from 10 km upstream to 10 km downstream from the Daugavpils treatment plant wastewater discharge into the Daugava River. Changes in the quantitative and qualitative characteristics, saprobity index and species diversity (Shannon-Wiener index) were employed for the analysis of zooplankton community structure in the Daugava River. The Daugava River is polluted by ...

  7. Extraction of Continuous Fiber from Mengkuang Leaves: The Influence of Process Parameters during Alkaline Treatment

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    Hamizol Muhammad Syahmi; Binti Megat Yusoff Puteri Sri Melor; Bin Abdul Latif Muhamad Ridzuan

    2014-01-01

    Currently, natural cellulose fiber composite is a promising prospect in the composite world. However, achieving uniform strength in natural fiber composite is a challenge due to limited fiber length and its random orientation in the composite. Thus, the focus of this paper was to obtain a continuous cellulose fiber from mengkuang leaves using chemical extraction process. The chemical extraction involved alkaline treatment of the mengkuang leave followed by bleaching. This paper focused on ext...

  8. The Influence of Aerator Mounting and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design on the Performance of Aeration Systems

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    Ala Sokolova; Mindaugas Rimeika

    2011-01-01

    The paper analyzes the impact of the way of mounting a tube diffuser, the design of an aeration tank and the presence of a fixed carrier on the operational parameters of aeration systems used in small wastewater treatment plants. It was found out that the vertically mounted tube diffuser decreased standard oxygen transfer rate (SOTR) of the aeration system by approximately 20% and standard oxygen transfer efficiency (SOTE) by 25% comparing to the horizontally mounted tube diffuser. It was als...

  9. Organizational Factors Influencing Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices for Integrated Treatment in Behavioral Health Agencies

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    Bonham, Caroline A.; David Sommerfeld; Cathleen Willging; Aarons, Gregory A.

    2014-01-01

    Objective. In recent years, New Mexico has prioritized integrated treatment for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders within its public behavioral health system. This report describes factors likely to be important when implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) in community agencies. Methods. Our mixed-method research design consisted of observations, semistructured interviews, and surveys undertaken with employees at 14 agencies at baseline and after 18 months. We deve...

  10. NDMA formation during drinking water treatment: A multivariate analysis of factors influencing formation.

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    Leavey-Roback, Shannon L; Sugar, Catherine A; Krasner, Stuart W; Suffet, Irwin H Mel

    2016-05-15

    The formation of the carcinogen N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) during drinking water treatment has raised concerns in the drinking water industry. Many bench-scale laboratory tests and pilot plant studies have been completed to try to determine which factors during water treatment increase or decrease the amount of NDMA formed in drinking water. This study used data from over 20 drinking water treatment plants in the United States and Canada to determine which factors are most highly correlated with the NDMA concentration in delivered water using a mixed effects model with a random intercept. This type of analysis has not been used previously with trihalomethane (THM) models due to the fact that those studies did not sample such a large number and range of plants as was done in this NDMA study. Ultraviolet absorbance at 254 nm (UV254) in the plant influent and pre-chlorination time used at the plant were highly correlated in all models with NDMA concentration in finished water as well as the percentage change between NDMA formation potential in the plant influent and actual formation in the finished water. Specifically, an increase in UV254 absorbance in a model was associated with an increase in NDMA and an increase in pre-chlorination time in a model was associated with a decrease in NDMA. Other water quality parameters including sucralose concentration in the plant influent, polyDADMAC polymer dose, pH, and chlorine-to-ammonia weight ratio used in the plant were also correlated with NDMA concentration in the distribution system. Lastly, NDMA precursor loading was correlated with the use of polyDADMAC (where precursors were added) and the use of ozone and granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment (where precursors were removed). PMID:27015632

  11. The influence of domestic and industrial treatment of food on Cs 137 content

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    The environmental contamination due to the Chernobyl accident offers a large amount of data concerning the radioactive contamination of human food-chain. Using those data a research is being carried out to evaluate the behaviour of some radionuclides in food subjected to technological or domestic treatment. In this paper the authors discuss the consequences on the content of Cs-137 a) of domestic cooking of alimentary ''pasta'', b) of wheat milling, c) of milk coagulation to produce cheese

  12. The Influence of Water Quality on Arsenic Sorption and Treatment Process Performance

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    Smith, Sheryl Dianna

    2001-01-01

    A new regulation has been proposed that would lower the acceptable level of arsenic in drinking water from the current standard of 50 ppb. Therefore, research into effective arsenic removal treatment is important, especially for hard to treat waters with high concentrations of silica. The first phase of research was designed to determine if sand ballasted coagulation is a viable means of removing arsenic from drinking water, and if so, to identify the water qualities in which the t...

  13. The Influence of Post Bleaching Treatments in Stain Absorption and Microhardness

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    Moosavi, Horieh; Darvishzadeh, Fatemeh

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: This study investigated the effects of post bleaching treatments to prevent restaining and the change of enamel surface microhardness after dental bleaching in vitro. Methods: Sixty intact human incisor teeth were stained in tea solution and randomly assigned into four groups (n=15). Then samples were bleached for two weeks (8 hours daily) by 15% carbamide peroxide. Tooth color was determined both with a spectrophotometer and visually before bleaching (T1) and immediately after bleaching (T2). Next, it was applied in group 1 fluoride (Naf 2%) gel for 2 minutes, and in group 2 a fractional CO2 laser (10 mJ, 200 Hz, 10 s), and in group 3, nanohydroxyapatite gel for 2 minutes. The bleached teeth in group 4 remained untreated (control group). Then teeth placed in tea solution again. Color examinations were repeated after various post bleaching treatments (T3) and restaining with tea (T4) and color change values recorded. The microhardness was measured at the enamel surface of samples. Data was analyzed using ANOVA, Tukey HSD test and Dunnett T3 (α = 0.05). Results: Directly after bleaching (ΔE T3-T2), the treatment with nanohydroxyapatite showed significantly the least color lapse in colorimetric evaluation. In experimental groups, the color change between T3 and T4 stages (ΔE T4-T3) was significantly lower than control group (P laser and nanohydroxyapatite as post bleaching treatments are suggested for prevention of stain absorption and increasing the hardening of bleached enamel. PMID:27099635

  14. Influence of Sulfur Fertilization on the Antioxidant Activities of Onion Juices Prepared by Thermal Treatment

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    Koh, Eunmi; Surh, Jeonghee

    2016-01-01

    Two onions (Sulfur-1 and Sulfur-4) cultivated with different sulfur applications were thermally processed to elucidate the effects of heat treatment on browning index and antioxidant activity. Sulfur-4 onion had higher sulfur content compared with the Sulfur-1 onion. After thermal processing, browning intensity was different between the two onions juices, with lower values observed for Sulfur-4 onion juice. This suggests that sulfur inhibits the Maillard browning reaction. The total reducing ...

  15. Practice setting and physician influences on judgments of colon cancer treatment by community physicians.

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    McFall, S L; Warnecke, R B; Kaluzny, A D; Ford, L

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE. This article compares judgments about the treatment of Dukes' B2 and C colon cancer made by general surgeons to those of internists and family practitioners. Physician and practice variables were specialty, affiliation with a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) hospital, time in practice, professional centrality (level of participation in cancer information networks), solo practice, and number of colon cancer patients. DATA COLLECTION METHODS. Data are combined from national...

  16. Investigation on the influence of pre-treatments on drying behaviour of broccoli by MRI experiments

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    Jin, X.; Sman, van der, R.G.M.; Gerkema, E.; Vergeldt, F.J.; As, van, H.; Straten, van, FE; Boom, R.M.; Boxtel, van, C.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows the monitoring of internal moisture content of food products during drying non-destructively. In an experimental set-up with continuous and controlled hot air supply, the internal moisture distribution of broccoli with different pre-treatments are measured during drying. Moisture distribution, drying rate and shrinkage are compared and analyzed quantitatively. MRI results indicated that for fresh broccoli stalks the moisture content in the cor...

  17. Factors influencing the choice of processes for the treatment of intermediate-level wastes

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    The wastes considered in this paper are the wastes defined by the IAEA as intermediate-level wastes - i.e., those wastes which, because of their radionuclide content, require shielding but need little or no provision for heat dissipation during their handling, transportation and disposal. Thus, the paper covers transuranic wastes, fuel element cladding, miscellaneous sludges and concentrates from the treatment of liquid effluents from reprocessing plants and reactors, miscellaneous items of redundant plant, etc. There are many factors that can affect the choice of waste treatment, conditioning and packaging methods and the ultimate form of disposal. For each type of waste it is necessary to take into consideration every step in the overall system from waste arising to final disposal if an optimum solution is to be achieved in terms of economics and environmental impact. The factors that should be considered include: (1) control of wastes at point of arising (i.e. minimization and segregation); (2) level and nature of activity; (3) physical form of the wastes; (4) waste treatment process options, i.e. removal of activity, secondary effluents, quality of the final waste form, i.e. leach resistance, radiation stability, etc., volume of the final waste form, radiation dose to operators, treatment costs, interim storage costs; (5) transport requirements and costs; (6) disposal system, i.e. site selection (geological barrier to radionuclide migration), design and type of repository engineering (i.e. additional barriers), and costs. The paper discusses these factors, the 'trade-offs' that are possible between the decisions on various stages and examines how much conditioning is necessary. Indeed, closer study of the management of these wastes shows that different options could have different and complementary features which may be judged overall to be of roughly equal merit. Detailed studies are included for fuel element cladding and plutonium-contaminated wastes. (author)

  18. Benchmarking Biological Nutrient Removal in Wastewater Treatment Plants:Influence of Mathematical Model Assumptions

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    Flores-Alsina, Xavier; Gernaey, Krist; Jeppsson, Ulf

    2011-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of different model assumptions when describing biological nutrient removal (BNR) by the activated sludge models (ASM) 1, 2d & 3. The performance of a nitrogen removal (WWTP1) and a combined nitrogen and phosphorus removal (WWTP2) benchmark wastewater treatment plant was compared for a series of model assumptions. Three different model approaches describing BNR are considered. In the reference case, the original model implementations are used to simulate WWTP...

  19. Immunogenicity does not influence treatment with etanercept in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Vries, de, P.M.; Horst-Bruinsma, van der, I.E.; Nurmohamed, M.T.; Aarden, L; Stapel, S.N.; Peters, M J L; Denderen, van, J.C.; Dijkmans, B A C; Wolbink, G

    2009-01-01

    Background: Immunogenicity, specifically the onset of antibodies against tumour necrosis factor (TNF) blocking agents, seems to play an important role in non-response to treatment with these drugs. Objectives: To assess the relation of clinical response of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to etanercept with etanercept levels, and the presence of antibodies to etanercept. Methods: Patients with AS were treated with etanercept 25 mg twice weekly, according to the international Assessment in Ankylosi...

  20. Immunogenicity does not influence treatment with etanercept in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

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    Vries, de, P.M.; Horst-Bruinsma, van der, I.E.; Nurmohamed, M.T.; AARDEN, L. A.; Stapel, S.O.; Peters, M J L; Denderen, van, J.C.; Dijkmans, B A C; Wolbink, G.J.

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    BACKGROUND: Immunogenicity, specifically the onset of antibodies against tumour necrosis factor (TNF) blocking agents, seems to play an important role in non-response to treatment with these drugs. OBJECTIVES: To assess the relation of clinical response of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) to etanercept with etanercept levels, and the presence of antibodies to etanercept. METHODS: Patients with AS were treated with etanercept 25 mg twice weekly, according to the international Assessment in Ankylosi...

  1. Influence of heat treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of DZ951 alloy

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    XIA Pengcheng; YU Jingjiang; SUN Xiaofeng; GUAN Hengrong; HU Zhuangqi

    2008-01-01

    DZ951 directionally solidified nickel-base superalloy is mainly strengthened by y phase.Regularly aligned cuboidal and bimodal γ precipitates were attained by two heat treatments.The effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties of DZ951 alloy has been investigated.The results indicate that MC carbide changes to little blocks during aging treatment at 1050℃ (HT1).MC carbide partly degrades into M23c6 and there is a layer of γ around the carbide during aging treatment at 115℃ (HT2),which is beneficial to the elongation of DZ951 alloy.Small γ volume fraction and the uneven deformation structure are contributed to low mechanical propexties of the as-cast alloy.HT1 alloy has a better stress rupture life at 1100℃50 MPa and yield stress at 20℃,800℃ and 1100℃,which is attributed to regularly aligned cuboidal γ phase and even deformation structure.HT2 alloy has a good combination of strength and ductility.This arises fi'om the bimodal γ precitates and the degeneration of MC carbide.

  2. Influence of plasma-treatments on the structure, superstructure, and function of membrane lipids

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    Hammer, Malte U.; Forbrig, Enrico; Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter; Reuter, Stephan

    2012-10-01

    Every cell, eu- or prokaryotic, has a membrane as an interface to the environment. Every substance that is applied from outside the cell has to interact with it. This includes plasma-generated reactive species in the liquid cell environment created by plasma-treatment. By the Singer and Nicolson model, proteins are embedded in a lipid bilayer. Proteins are the functional elements, lipids are the structural elements. Due to the amphiphilic nature of the lipids, they form (super-) structures in an aqueous environment. The exact superstructure is determined by a structural parameter of the lipid, its shape. Here, we show experiments on lipids by fluorophore-based liposome assays and raman spectroscopy. The results show a membrane-activity of plasma-born reactive species against lipids and lipid structures. Based on this results and literature, we propose a model for a lesion-forming mechanism in membranes of some reactive species created by plasma-treatment. It is based on a hydrophobic-hydrophilic mismatch due to lipid peroxidization induced by reactive species generated in liquids by plasma-treatment.

  3. Influence of physical, chemical and inducer treatments on menaquinone-7 biosynthesis by Bacillus subtilis MTCC 2756

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    Alka Puri

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Effects of physical and chemical treatment on nutrient mobility, their utilization for menaquinone-7 (MK-7 biosynthesis; growth of microbial cells has been investigated in the present research. Bacillus subtilis MTCC 2756 fermented medium was supplied with 1-naphthol and hypoxanthine resulted in a significant increase in MK-7 production. Ultrasonication, electric shock, heat shock, and tween 80 were used for inducer uptake by Bacillus subtilis and menaquinone-7 production. Induction of Bacillus subtilis (at 16 hours of fermentation using 1-naphthol (2 mg/ml, along with tween 80 (0.1% was found to increase the MK-7 production by 3 fold i.e. 14.4 µg/ml as compared to the untreated fermentation medium. The ultrasonicated (ultrasonic power 33 W, treatment time 4 min and frequency 36 KHz microbial cells yielded higher biomass and 2.5 fold increase in the MK-7 production i.e.10.3 µg/ml than control. 1-naphthol along with physical or chemical treatment is required for maximum MK-7 production by Bacillus subtilis.

  4. Influence of ceramic surface treatment on shear bond strength of ceramic brackets

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    Tatiana Fernandes Ramos

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To compare four different surface treatment methods and determine which produces adequate bond strength between ceramic brackets and facets of porcelain (feldspathic, and evaluate the Adhesive Remnant Index (ARI scores. Materials and Methods: Ten facets of porcelain specimens with glazed surfaces were used for each group. The specimens were randomly assigned to one of the following treatment conditions of the porcelain surface: (1 no surface treatment (control group, (2 fine diamond bur + orthophosphoric acid gel 37%, (3 hydrofluoric acid (HFL 10%, and (4 HFL 10% + silane. Ceramic brackets were bonded with the adhesive cement Transbond XT. The shear bond strength values were measured on a universal testing machine at a crosshead speed of 0.5 mm/min. Results: There was a significant difference (P<0.05 between the control group and all other groups. There was no significant difference (P<0.05 between treated porcelain surface with diamond bur + orthophosphoric acid gel 37% (4.8 MPa and HFL 10% (6.1 MPa, but the group treated with HFL 10% had clinically acceptable bond strength values. The group treated with HFL 10% + silane (17.5 MPa resulted in a statistically significant higher tensile bond strength (P<0.05. In group 4, 20% of the porcelain facets displayed damage. Conclusion: Etching of the surface with HFL increased the bond strength values. Silane application was recommended to bond a ceramic bracket to the porcelain surface in order to achieve bond strengths that are clinically acceptable.

  5. HEAT TREATMENTS INFLUENCE ON THE BREAKING TORSION OF WOOL TYPE FIBERS

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    BORDEIANU Demetra Lăcrămioara

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to convert the textile fibers in yarns, these must be subjected to twisting operation which confers them a certain tensile strength. Twisting also results in certain effects, such as crepe effect. The importance of knowing the twisting behavior consists in the possibility to avoid fiber degradation as the result of an excessive twisting. The present work took for study three types of chemical fibers (wool-type rayon, wool-type polyester, wool-type polyacrylonitrile and two types of wool fibers S11 and S12. The main characteristics of wool type chemical fibers (fiber count, nominal length, breaking length, relative elongation, brightness and of wool fibers (diameter, almeter length, uster irregularit have been measured. Then the fibers were subjected to thermal treatments in certain conditions. From the researches performed for the both wool blends, S11 and S21, one can notice that the torsional rigidity/stiffness increases after the thermal treatment and the wool fibers changes their handle accordingly. The rayon fibers present the biggest torsional rigidity, as compared to the other types of analyzed fibers, both untreated and heat treated. After heat treatment, the rayon fibers considerable improves their handle. The variation coefficient of breaking torsion increases in the case of heat treated polyester and poly-acrylonitrile fibers while for rayon and wool fibers this coefficient decreases.

  6. The influence of subacute sidnocarb treatment on cateholamine concentration in the structures of central nervous system.

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    Drozdov O.L.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The psychos stimulators are known to be able to excite catecholamine mechanisms in the nervous system, in particular to increase freeing of catecholamine from presynaptic completions. The purpose of work was an estimation of changes of catecholamine (adrenalin and noradrenalin in the structures of cerebrum after sidnocarb treatment in the conditions of ex-periment on 48 Vistar rats. The model of the proof pathological state of cerebrum for rats was created by intrastomach intro-duction of sidnocarb in the dose of 5 mg/kg 2 times per a day during 14 days. The concentration of adrenalin and noradrenalin in the structures of brain was determined by flyuorometric method. The frontal area of neocortex, striate body, medialis part of talamus, pons and hypocampus were chose. The accumulation of adrenalin was observed in hypocampus and medialis part of thalamus by the 3rd day, the increase of concentration was on 26,1% and 43,9% correspondly. The considerable increase of adrenalin concentration in the striate body have been determined (on 76,7% and in the neocortex (in 2,2 times. By the 14th day of sidnocarb treatment the level of adrenalin in the pons was lower on 48,1% that in control animals. Thus, the changes of noradrenalin concentration during the development of experimental psyxosis by sidnocarb treatment were significant and had different character.

  7. Isolation and Purification of Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Analyzing its Influence on Effluent Treatment

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    K. Vellingiri

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Out of various activities in textile industry, wet processing produces about 70% of the effluents. Of late textile industry is giving importance for the eco-friendly processes to protect the environment. The effluents degrade the quality of water and cause injury to the existing organisms and aquatic life. When biological treatments are given to the textile effluents it results in significant reduction in the effluent characteristics and the resultant becomes environmental friendly. This successful bio-culture treatment uses aquatic organisms to purify effluent and refresh the water. A number of bio-cultural species are widely used in the treatment of effluents. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one such bacterium used in the effluent purification. Lactobacillus acidophilus has the ability to remove, assimilate and decompose the biodegradable organic matters present in the effluents. In addition to these, the present research study attempts to control the levels of total suspended solids (TSS, improve the dissolved oxygen content, reduce the chemical oxygen demand (COD and biological oxygen demand (BOD.

  8. Influence of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Sliding Wear Behavior of Fe-Al/WC Composite Coatings

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    朱子新; 杜则裕; 徐滨士; 马世宁; 张伟

    2003-01-01

    An experimental study has been carried out to investigate the influence of heat treatment at 300 ℃,450 ℃ ,550 ℃ ,650 ℃ and 800 ℃ on the microstructure and sliding wear behavior of Fe-AL/WC intermetallic composite coatings produced by high velocity arc spraying (HVAS) and cored wires. The result shows, the main phases in both as-sprayed and heat treated Fe-Al/WC composite coatings are iron aluminide intermetallics ( Fe3 Al + FeAl) and α as well as a little oxide ( Al2O3 ) and carbides ( WC, W2 C, Fe2 W2 C and Fe6 W6 C).After heat treated at 450-650 ℃, dispersion strengthening of Fe2W2C and Fe6W6C will lead to a rise in microhardness of the coatings. The microhardness is likely to be the most important factor which influences the sliding wear behavior of the coatings. Increasing the microhardness through heat treatment will improve the sliding-wear resistance of the Fe-Al/WC composite coatings.

  9. Genipin Cross-Linked Chitosan-Polyvinylpyrrolidone Hydrogels: Influence of Composition and Postsynthesis Treatment on pH Responsive Behaviour

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    Chinyelumndu Jennifer Nwosu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the factors that influence the pH responsive behaviour of biocompatible cross-linked hydrogel networks is essential when aiming to synthesise a mechanically stable and yet stimuli responsive material suitable for various applications including drug delivery and tissue engineering. In this study the behaviour of intelligent chitosan-polyvinylpyrrolidone-genipin cross-linked hydrogels is examined as a function of their composition and postsynthesis treatment. Hydrogels are synthesised with varying amounts of each component (chitosan, polyvinylpyrrolidone, and genipin and their response in a pH 2 buffer is measured optically. The influence of postsynthesis treatment on stability and smart characteristics is assessed using selected hydrogel samples synthesised at 30, 40, and 50°C. After synthesis, samples are exposed to either continuous freezing or three freeze-thaw cycles resulting in increased mechanical stability for all samples. Further morphological and mechanical characterisations have aided the understanding of how postsynthesis continual freezing or freeze-thaw manipulation affects network attributes.

  10. Occurrence and removal of antibiotics and the corresponding resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants: effluents' influence to downstream water environment.

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    Li, Jianan; Cheng, Weixiao; Xu, Like; Jiao, Yanan; Baig, Shams Ali; Chen, Hong

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the occurrence of 8 antibiotics [3 tetracyclines (TCs), 4 sulfonamides, and 1 trimethoprim (TMP)], 12 antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) (10 tet, 2 sul), 4 types of bacteria [no antibiotics, anti-TC, anti-sulfamethoxazole (SMX), and anti-double], and intI1 in two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were assessed and their influences in downstream lake were investigated. Both WWTPs' effluent demonstrated some similarities, but the abundance and removal rate varied significantly. Results revealed that biological treatment mainly removed antibiotics and ARGs, whereas physical techniques were found to eliminate antibiotic resistance bacteria (ARBs) abundance (about 1 log for each one). UV disinfection did not significantly enhance the removal efficiency, and the release of the abundantly available target contaminants from the excess sludge may pose threats to human and the environment. Different antibiotics showed diverse influences on the downstream lake, and the concentrations of sulfamethazine (SM2) and SMX were observed to increase enormously. The total ARG abundance ascended about 0.1 log and some ARGs (e.g., tetC, intI1, tetA) increased due to the high input of the effluent. In addition, the abundance of ARB variation in the lake also changed, but the abundance of four types of bacteria remained stable in the downstream sampling sites. PMID:26658782

  11. Morphological changes and yield of selected species of leguminous plants under the influence of seed treatment with laser light

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    Podleśna A.

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Field and pot experiments were carried out between 1998 and 2000. The factors of the 1st order were faba bean and white lupine varieties, and the factors of the 2nd order were doses of laser irradiation. Seed irradiation was carried out using an apparatus equipped with a helium-neon laser. The seed treatment with laser light favourably influenced both the sprouting and shooting stages of the white lupine and the faba bean and modified the course of the individual phases of the plants' development. The result of these changes was accelerated flowering and plant maturity in the pot experiments, and accelerated drying out of those plants in the field experiments. Seed irradiation caused an increase of leaf surface area – the largest occurring in the period of intensive plant growth from the 2-3 leaf phase to full flowering. Irradiation of the sowing material influenced seed yield positively in the leguminous plants studied. An increase in yield was the effect of the increased pod complement of the plants in the field experiments and also of a decrease in plant losses during vegetation. The 1000 seed weight and the number of seeds per pod did not undergo any significant changes. The effectiveness of the treatment applied in the different individual study years relates the effects of irradiation to weather conditions.

  12. Factors influencing incidence of acute grade 2 morbidity in conformal and standard radiation treatment of prostate cancer

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    Purpose: The fundament hypothesis of conformal radiation therapy is that tumor control can be increased by using conformal treatment techniques that allow a higher tumor dose while maintaining an acceptable level of complications. To test this hypothesis, it is necessary first to estimate the incidence of morbidity for both standard and conformal fields. In this study, we examine factors that influence the incidence of acute grade 2 morbidity in patients treated with conformal and standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Methods and Materials: Two hundred and forty-seven consecutive patients treated with conformal technique are combined with and compared to 162 consecutive patients treated with standard techniques. The conformal technique includes special immobilization by a cast, careful identification of the target volume in three dimensions, localization of the inferior border of the prostate using the retrograde urethrogram, and individually shaped portals that conform to the Planning Target Volume (PTV). Univariate analysis compares differences in the incidence of RTOG-EORTC grade two acute morbidity by technique, T stage, age, irradiated volume, and dose. Multivariate logistic regression includes these same variables. Results: In nearly all categories, the conformal treatment group experienced significantly fewer acute grade 2 complications than the standard treatment group. Only volume (prostate ± whole pelvis) and technique (conformal vs. standard) were significantly related to incidence of morbidity on multivariate analysis. When dose is treated as a continuous variable (rather than being dichotomized into two levels), a trend is observed on multivariate analysis, but it does not reach significant levels. The incidence of acute grade 2 morbidity in patients 65 years or older is significantly reduced by use of the conformal technique. Conclusion: The conformal technique is associated with fewer grade 2 acute toxicities for all patients. This

  13. Influence of annealing and spheroidizing treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91 magnesium alloy

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    Zhang Jumei

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The low-strength and high-brittleness of AZ91 cast magnesium alloy mainly result from the coarse divorced eutectic phase. To solve these problems, the annealing treatment of AZ91 cast magnesium alloy was carried out at 415 ℃ and held for 24 h in this study and the alloy was then slowly cooled to room temperature in furnace. The microstructures of the alloy were observed using a metallographic microscope, a transmission electron microscopy and an emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The phase analysis was performed using the X-ray diffraction, and the tensile test of the specimen at ambient temperature was performed on a material test machine. The results indicate that the coarse divorced eutectic phase dissolves into the Mg matrix during the isothermal process, and the lamellar β-Mg17Al12 phase precipitates from the magnesium solid solution with a type of pearlite precipitation during furnace cooling. Consequently, the spheroidizing treatment was carried out at 320 ℃ for 20 h following the annealing process and the lamellar β-Mg17Al12 phase was spheroidized. Compared with the as-cast alloy, the strength and ductility of the AZ91 magnesium alloy are increased obviously after annealing treatment; the yield strength and tensile strength are increased to 137.8 MPa and 240.4 MPa from 102.9 MPa and 199.3 MPa, respectively; and the elongation is improved to 6.12% from 4.35%. After being spheroidized, the strength and hardness decrease a little, but the ductility is elevated to 7.23%. The nucleation, growth and spheroidizing mechanism of the lamellar β-Mg17Al12 phase were also discussed.

  14. The influence of nutrition (diet treatment in streptozotocin – induced diabetic rats

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    Chrcheva-Nikolovska Radmila

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study was designated to evaluate the effect of special antidiabetic diet treatment upon oxidative stress parameters in the initial stages of the development of diabetes. Male Wistar strain rats were used as an experimental model, divided into five groups: group 1, control rats; group 2, antidiabetic diet group; group 3, rats with induced diabetes mellitus – diabetic control; group 4, rats with induced diabetes mellitus and diet food, and group 5, rats with induced diabetes mellitus and insulin treatment.A significant decrease in superoxide dismutase (SOD and total glutathione (GSH activities were observed in the liver of diabetic rats when compared with control animals. There was simple evidence that elevation in glucose concentration depress natural antioxidant defense such as SOD and GSH. The observed decrease in SOD activity could result from inactivation by H2O2 or by glycation of the enzyme, which have been reported to occur in diabetes. The possible source of oxidative stress in diabetes includes shifts in redox balance resulting from altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, increased generation of reactive oxygen species, and decreased level of antioxidant defences such as GSH and SOD. The plasma level of aminotransferases (ALT, AST, creatine kinase (CK, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH and urea were significantly increased after induction of diabetes, in all groups under treatment. In contrast, rats fed special diet food, have shown slight different, but not significant changes. The decrease in total protein and albumin fraction may be due to microproteinuria and albuminuria, which are important clinical markers of diabetic nephro­pathy, and­/or may be due to increased protein catabolism.The findings of the present study suggest that special diet formula useful for prevention of progressive hyperglycaemia in age induced diabetes in dogs, could not restore the imbalance of cellular defence mechanism provoked by streptozotocin.

  15. Systematic review: Do patient expectations influence treatment outcomes in total knee and total hip arthroplasty?

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    Haanstra Tsjitske M

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective This systematic review aims to summarise all the available evidence related to the association between pre-operative patient expectations (outcome expectations, process expectations and self efficacy expectations and 5 different treatment outcomes (overall improvement, pain, function, stiffness and satisfaction in patients with total knee or total hip arthroplasty at three different follow-op periods (>6 weeks; >6 weeks- ≤6 months; >6 months. Methods English and Dutch language articles were identified through PubMed, EMBASE.com, PsycINFO, CINAHL and The Cochrane Library from inception to September 2012. Articles assessing the association between pre-operative patient expectations and treatment outcomes for TKA/THA in either adjusted or unadjusted analysis were included. Two reviewers, working independently, determined eligibility, rated methodological quality and extracted data on study design, population, expectation measurements, outcome measurements and strength of the associations. Methodological quality was rated by the same reviewers on a 19 item scale. The scores on the quality assessment were taken into account when drawing final conclusions. Results The search strategy generated 2252 unique references, 18 articles met inclusion criteria. Scores on the methodological quality assessment ranged between 6% and 79%. Great variety was seen in definitions and measurement methods of expectations. No significant associations were found between patient expectations and overall improvement, satisfaction and stiffness. Both significant positive and non-significant associations were found for the association between expectations and pain and function. Conclusions There was no consistency in the association between patients’ pre-operative expectations and treatment outcomes for TKA and THA indentified in this systematic review. There exists a need for a sound theoretical framework underlying the construct of

  16. The influence of chronic nicotine treatment on proteins expressed in the mouse hippocampus and cortex.

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    Matsuura, Kenji; Otani, Mieko; Takano, Masaoki; Kadoyama, Keiichi; Matsuyama, Shogo

    2016-06-01

    Chronic treatment with nicotine, the primary psychoactive substance in tobacco smoke, affects central nervous system functions, such as synaptic plasticity. Here, to clarify the effects of chronic nicotine treatment on the higher brain functions, proteomic analysis of the hippocampus and cortex of mice treated for 6 months with nicotine was performed using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by mass spectrometry. There was significant change in the expression of 16 proteins and one phosphoprotein in the hippocampus (increased tubulin β-5, atp5b, MDH1, cytochrome b-c1 complex subunit 1, Hsc70, dynamin, profilin-2, 4-aminobutyrate aminotransferase, mitochondrial isoform 1 precursor, calpain small subunit 1, and vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit B and decreased γ-actin, α-tubulin isotype M-α-2, putative β-actin, tubulin β-2A, NDUFA10, and G6PD) and 24 proteins and two phosphoproteins in the cortex (increased spectrin α chain, non-erythrocytic 1 isoform 1, tubulin β-5, γ-actin, creatine kinase B-type, LDH-B, secernin-1, UCH-L1, 14-3-3 γ, type II peroxiredoxin 1, PEBP-1, and unnamed protein product and decreased tubulin α-1C, α-internexin, γ-enolase, PDHE1-B, DPYL2, vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit A, vacuolar adenosine triphosphatase subunit B, TCTP, NADH dehydrogenase Fe-S protein 1, protein disulfide-isomerase A3, hnRNP H2, γ-actin, atp5b, and unnamed protein product). Additionally, Western blotting validated the changes in dynamin, Hsc70, MDH1, NDUFA10, α-internexin, tubulin β-5 chain, and secernin-1. Thus, these findings indicate that chronic nicotine treatment changes the expression of proteins and phosphoproteins in the hippocampus and cortex. We propose that effect of smoking on higher brain functions could be mediated by alterations in expression levels of these proteins. PMID:26988295

  17. Surface treatment influences electrochemical stability of cpTi exposed to mouthwashes.

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    Beline, Thamara; Garcia, Camila S; Ogawa, Erika S; Marques, Isabella S V; Matos, Adaias O; Sukotjo, Cortino; Mathew, Mathew T; Mesquita, Marcelo F; Consani, Rafael X; Barão, Valentim A R

    2016-02-01

    The role of surface treatment on the electrochemical behavior of commercially pure titanium (cpTi) exposed to mouthwashes was tested. Seventy-five disks were divided into 15 groups according to surface treatment (machined, sand blasted with Al2O3, and acid etched) and electrolyte solution (artificial saliva — control, 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate, 0.05% cetylpyridinium chloride, 0.2% sodium fluoride, and 1.5% hydrogen peroxide) (n = 5). Open-circuit-potential and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were conducted at baseline and after 7 and 14 days of immersion in each solution. Potentiodynamic test and total weight loss of disks were performed after 14 days of immersion. Scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, white light interferometry and profilometry were conducted for surface characterization before and after the electrochemical tests. Sandblasting promoted the lowest polarization resistance (Rp) (P b .0001) and the highest capacitance (CPE) (P b .006), corrosion current density (Icorr) and corrosion rate (P b .0001). In contrast, acid etching increased Rp and reduced CPE, independent to the mouthwash; while hydrogen peroxide reduced Rp (P b .008) and increased Icorr and corrosion rate (P b .0001). The highest CPE values were found for hydrogen peroxide and 0.2% sodium fluoride. Immersion for longer period improved the electrochemical stability of cpTi (P b .05). In conclusion, acid etching enhanced the electrochemical stability of cpTi. Hydrogen peroxide and sodium fluoride reduced the resistance to corrosion of cpTi, independent to the surface treatment. Chlorhexidine gluconate and cetylpyridinium chloride did not alter the corrosive behavior of cpTi. PMID:26652467

  18. Influence of thermal treatment on structure and corrosion properties of high manganese triplex steels

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    S. Lasek

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper corrosion properties of X70MnAl28-9 TRIPLEX steel were tested after hot rolling and subsequent aging at 500 °C for 6, 30 and 60 min. and at 600 °C for the same times. For comparison related steels(X100MnAl28-12, X70Mn22, C20 were also used. The microstructure wascharacterized by light microscopy, SEM, energy disperse Xray microanalysis. The corrosion behaviour of steels wasexamined by light and scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical techniques (potenciodynamic polarization method, linear polarization, using NaCl and H2SO4 water solutions, salt spray test and gravimetric method. Aging has relatively small influence on corrosion resistance of X70MnAl28-9 steel. The localized corrosion in relation to structure and phases is discussed and compared in terms of dissolution, pitting and changes inchemical composition.

  19. The influence of the seed treatment on the milk thistle achene yield

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    HRDLIČKOVÁ, Helena

    2013-01-01

    Milk thistle (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.) is an ancient medicinal plant valued for its content of silymarin complex. These substances are albe to protect liver cells from damage by toxic substances. The aim was to assess the potential effect of milk thistle seed treatment (thermal water, Vitavax and Polyversum) on plant health and thus the seed yield of the crop by the form of small-area experiment. I have focused on plant height, number of plants per a square meter, number of inflorescenc...

  20. Assessing the influence of heat treatments on γ-TiAl joints

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    Guedes, A.; Pinto, A. M. P.; Vieira, M F; Viana, Filomena

    2006-01-01

    The heat treatment of γ-TiAl alloy (Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb (at.%)) diffusion brazed joints was investigated. Joining was performed using a Ti/Ni/Ti clad-laminated braze alloy foil at 1050 and 1150ºC with a dwell time of 10 minutes. The joints were subsequently heat treated at 1250 and 1350ºC for 240 and 30 minutes, respectively. The microstructure and the chemical composition of the interfaces were analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), r...

  1. Influence of casting conditions and heat treatment on the fatigue characteristics of IN 100

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    Different proceedings in the case of casting and heat treatment of power unit turbine rotor blades of IN 100 lead to clearly differing collectives of the creep strength depending on time which was determined in construction component tests. A comparison of the microstructures uncovers significant differences. It is possible to derive structural characteristics from this which are in a causal relation with the creep strength or which show at least sensitive reactions as for the changes in production conditions. Such characteristics include arrangement, distribution, fraction and form of the γ' phase, the carbide morphology, the development of the eutectics, dentrite configuration and the porosity. (orig./MM)

  2. Benchmarking biological nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants: influence of mathematical model assumptions

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    Flores-Alsina, Xavier; Gernaey, Krist V.; Jeppsson, Ulf

    2012-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of different model assumptions when describing biological nutrient removal (BNR) by the activated sludge models (ASM) 1, 2d & 3. The performance of a nitrogen removal (WWTP1) and a combined nitrogen and phosphorus removal (WWTP2) benchmark wastewater treatment plant...... reactive settler: (1) increases the hydrolysis of particulates; (2) increases the overall plant's denitrification efficiency by reducing the SNOx concentration at the bottom of the clarifier; (3) increases the oxidation of COD compounds; (4) increases XOHO and XANO decay; and, finally, (5) increases the...

  3. Influence of heat treatment on corrosion resistance of PM composite materials

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    A. Włodarczyk-Fligier; L.A. Dobrzański; M. Adamiak

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    Purpose: of the project was evaluation of the effect of heat treatment and of the reinforcing Al2O3, Ti(C,N) and BN particles in the EN AW-AlCu4Mg1(A) aluminium alloy on the corrosion resistance in the NaCl water solution environment.Design/methodology/approach: some of the composite materials were hyperquenched for 0.5 h at the temperature of 495ºC with the subsequent cooling in water, and were quench aged next for 6 h at 200°C. Corrosion tests were made in 5%...

  4. Influence of heat treatment parameters on the mechanical properties of hypoeutectic Al-Si-Mg alloy

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    J. Pezda

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the heat treatment on mechanical properties of the A356 alloy was verified in course of tensile tests. Keeping of the alloy during 0,5 to 3 hours in temperature 520 - 550 °C, and subsequent ageing in temperature 165 °C during 5 ÷ 8 hours, enables obtainment of maximal tensile strength Rm. In case of the elongation A5, ageing is of the main importance, and should be performed in temperature 325 °C during 2 ÷ 5 hours.

  5. Influence of cooling in the process of deformation on thermomechanical treatment effect conservation during hot rolling

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    Studied is the effect of the metal cooling rate in the deformation process and after it, on the retention of high-temperature thermomechanical treatment effect for low-carbon and low-alloy steels. It is shown that for the steels studied at the similar degree of deformation the maximum HTMT effect is practically uniform, but it's retention is determined by the steel composition. The increase of degree of deformation increases the HTMT effect. The metal cooling rate increase in hot rolling promotes the increase of the complex of mechanical properties at the expense of the more complete use of the HTMT effect

  6. Influence of plasma treatment on low-k dielectric films in semiconductor manufacturing

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    High-resolution X-ray reflectometry (XRR) at SSLS' XDD beamline has been used to characterise films of low dielectric constant materials. In this paper, we present results of reflectometry studies of ultra-low k dielectric films made of commercial SiLK and carbon doped silicon oxide, i.e. SiOCH (MSQ, methylsilsesquioxane). Reflectivity reveals that the films can suffer severe roughening in surface and change in their thickness depending on different plasma treatments. The densities of the layers can change, which will lead to changes in the k-values. The results are being used for the selection and optimization of plasma processes used in semiconductor manufacturing

  7. The influence of clinical and pharmacological factors on enuresis treatment with imipramine.

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    Fernández de Gatta, M M; P. Galindo; Rey, F.; Gutierrez, J; Tamayo, M; García, M. J.; Domínguez-Gil, A

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    1. The aim of this study has been to evaluate the response to imipramine treatment in enuretic children through the use of a series of clinical and pharmacological variables and by applying a multivariate (principal components) analysis technique. 2. The study was carried out on 146 children whose ages ranged from 5 to 14 years, and who received variable doses of imipramine (12.5 to 100 mg day-1). 3. The quantitative variables analyzed were: drug dosage, serum levels of imipramine and its met...

  8. Influence of high-temperature treatment on the microstructure of pyrocarbon coatings

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    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction in the small and wide angle region were used to study the changes in the microstructure of pyrocarbon coatings as a function of high temperature treatment. The result indicate an ordering of the material with increasing temperature. In spite of specimen densification, i.e. decreasing porosity, an increase in inner surface area up to an annealing temperature of about 1,8000C was found. This is explained by the measured decrease in pore size up to 1,8000C, followed by an increase in pore size at higher temperatures. (orig.)

  9. The influence of the agitation intensity on filtration runs during water treatment

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    Pivokonský, Martin; Pivokonská, Lenka; Švec, Martin

    Praha : IT ASc. CzR,v.v ,, 2007 - (Zolotarev, I.), čl. 111 ISBN 978-80-87012-06-2. - (Inženýrská mechanika. 14). [Engineering Mechanics 2007. Svratka (CZ), 14.05.2007-17.05.2007] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA103/07/0295; GA ČR GA103/07/1016 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : agitation * filtration * water treatment Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  10. Influence of drying and hydrothermal treatments on the denaturation of corn proteins

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    Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus; Malumba Kamba, Paul; Bera, François

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    Corn (Zea mays L.) is the most abundant cereal grain produced in the world. It also provides a significant amount of protein in human and animal diets. During drying corn grains undergo several alterations including protein denaturation. A series of studies have been conducted in order to understand mechanisms behind denaturation of corn proteins during drying and heat moisture treatments. Using a laboratory fluidized-bed dryer, a flint corn variety have been dried between 54° and 130°C and s...

  11. [The influence of the combined treatment on the energy metabolism in patients with the uterine cancer].

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    Antipova, S V

    2000-12-01

    The experience of management of the patients with cancer of the uterus body was summarized to improve the results of combined (surgical and radiation) treatment. The essential initial disorders of the power supply metabolism, keeping worsening after the operation, were revealed. The conduction of the immune correction therapy in complex of preoperative preparation with individual selection of the immune preparations using the tests in vitro had promoted the postoperative period course improvement, the frequency of complications reduction, the stabilization and tendency for the power supply metabolism restoration after the operation and further during the radiation therapy conduction. PMID:11247494

  12. Influence of Heat Treatments on Electrical Properties and Microstructure of 10 % Mass Fraction of Sucrose YBCO Superconductor

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    The influence of different heat treatments on the superconducting properties of 10 % mass fraction of sucrose structure YBCO superconductor was investigated. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) equipment were used to determine the phase of superconductor and structural studies respectively at 10 % mass fraction of sucrose. The samples were prepared via solid state (SSM) and co-precipitation (CPM) reaction methods and underwent sintering and heat treatment process at 900, 930 and 960 degree Celsius respectively with mixing of C12H22O11 sucrose during pelletization. The TC,on decreases with respect to higher heat treatment temperature. The suppression of both TC,on and TC,off indicates the destruction of superconductivity trends. The best TC,off were achieved in pure SSM and CPM samples sintered at 950 degree Celsius for 5 hours with TC,off 86 K and 91 K respectively. Comparing with pure YBCO, the 10 % mass fraction of sucrose YBCO exhibited higher critical current, IC by two times. It indicates the effect of high surface area in porous structure. The XRD results confirmed that all the samples remain in single phase, which indicates no effect of sucrose in the porous structures sample and maintaining in orthorhombic structure. Higher heat treatment at 960 degree Celsius resulted in destruction on its superconductivity behavior due to the partial melt phase on its microstructure, especially in CPM. This is due to the smaller grain size of samples which trapped more heat and causing partial melting to occur rapidly. It can be deduced that, annealing temperatures at 900 and 930 degree Celsius are the best optimum heat treatments for CPM and SSM porous superconductor, respectively. (author)

  13. TB treatment initiation and adherence in a South African community influenced more by perceptions than by knowledge of tuberculosis

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    Møller Valerie

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tuberculosis (TB is a global health concern. Inadequate case finding and case holding has been cited as major barrier to the control of TB. The TB literature is written almost entirely from a biomedical perspective, while recent studies show that it is imperative to understand lay perception to determine why people seek treatment and may stop taking treatment. The Eastern Cape is known as a province with high TB incidence, prevalence and with one of the worst cure rates of South Africa. Its inhabitants can be considered lay experts when it comes to TB. Therefore, we investigated knowledge, perceptions of (access to TB treatment and adherence to treatment among an Eastern Cape population. Methods An area-stratified sampling design was applied. A total of 1020 households were selected randomly in proportion to the total number of households in each neighbourhood. Results TB knowledge can be considered fairly good among this community. Respondents' perceptions suggest that stigma may influence TB patients' decision in health seeking behavior and adherence to TB treatment. A full 95% of those interviewed believe people with TB tend to hide their TB status out of fear of what others may say. Regression analyses revealed that in this population young and old, men and women and the lower and higher educated share the same attitudes and perceptions. Our findings are therefore likely to reflect the actual situation of TB patients in this population. Conclusions The lay experts' perceptions suggests that stigma appears to effect case holding and case finding. Future interventions should be directed at improving attitudes and perceptions to potentially reduce stigma. This requires a patient-centered approach to empower TB patients and active involvement in the development and implementation of stigma reduction programs.

  14. Perceptions on the effectiveness of treatment and the timeline of Buruli ulcer influence pre-hospital delay reported by healthy individuals.

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    Marike Alferink

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Delay in seeking treatment at the hospital is a major challenge in current Buruli ulcer control; it is associated with severe sequelae and functional limitations. Choosing alternative treatment and psychological, social and practical factors appear to influence delay. Objectives were to determine potential predictors for pre-hospital delay with Leventhal's commonsense model of illness representations, and to explore whether the type of available dominant treatment modality influenced individuals' perceptions about BU, and therefore, influenced pre-hospital delay. METHODOLOGY: 130 healthy individuals aged >18 years, living in BU-endemic areas in Benin without any history of BU were included in this cross-sectional study. Sixty four participants from areas where surgery was the dominant treatment and sixty six participants from areas where antibiotic treatment was the dominant treatment modality were recruited. Using a semi-structured interview we measured illness perceptions (IPQ-R, knowledge about BU, background variables and estimated pre-hospital delay. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The individual characteristics 'effectiveness of treatment' and 'timeline acute-chronic' showed the strongest association with pre-hospital delay. No differences were found between regions where surgery was the dominant treatment and regions where antibiotics were the dominant treatment modality. CONCLUSIONS: Individual characteristics, not anticipated treatment modality appeared predictors of pre-hospital delay.

  15. The Influence of Aerator Mounting and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design on the Performance of Aeration Systems

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    Ala Sokolova

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyzes the impact of the way of mounting a tube diffuser, the design of an aeration tank and the presence of a fixed carrier on the operational parameters of aeration systems used in small wastewater treatment plants. It was found out that the vertically mounted tube diffuser decreased standard oxygen transfer rate (SOTR of the aeration system by approximately 20% and standard oxygen transfer efficiency (SOTE by 25% comparing to the horizontally mounted tube diffuser. It was also defined that the design of the aeration tank might have an impact on the operation parameters of the aeration system: when the centre shell used to protect a diffuser was dismantled from a test tank, SOTR and SOTE increased by approximately 20%. It was also established that the presence of the fixed carrier in the aeration tank did not have an impact on the performance of aeration systems. Finally, research was carried out to compare the operational parameters of two diffusers of different types offered on the market and used in small wastewater treatment plants. It was found out that the performance different type diffusers  might vary considerably.Article in Lithuanian

  16. Byproducts of orange extraction: influence of different treatments in fiber composition and physical and chemical parameters

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    Juliana Maria de Mello Andrade

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work we evaluated the variability in fiber content and physical and chemical parameters of byproducts from orange juice extraction. Five different treatments and two drying methods were evaluated. The results indicate that drying by lyophilization was better than that drying in an oven. The pH ranged from approximately 3.47 to 3.96. The variation in moisture values was 9.22% ± 0.02 to 18.48 ± 0.52%. The total dietary fiber content in the resulting flours ranged from 42.44% to 62.74%. The soluble and insoluble dietary fiber contents differed among the samples, ranging from 5.04% to 19.95% for the first fiber type, and 23.96% to 57.70% for the second. In conclusion, three treatments, associated with freeze-drying, showed promising results in the development of fiber-rich product. However, some modifications are needed, as well as further analysis, to guarantee the benefits of these products for human health. This study contributes to the possible application of industrial byproducts.

  17. The influence of heat treatment on microstructure and crack resistance of boron microalloyed steel plates

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    M. Opiela

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available crack resistance of C-Mn constructional steels with microaddition of boron assigned to be used in production of high strength steel plates.Design/methodology/approach: Metallographic observations, heat treatment, hardness measurements, impact strength examinations, fractographic analyses of fracture surfaces of test pieces have been performed.Findings: Dispersive particles of interstitial phases formed on dislocations during the plastic deformation, limiting grain growth of austenite, create the possibility to obtain metallurgical products with fine-grained microstructure giving them high strength and guaranteed crack resistance, also at low temperature.Research limitations/implications: Further research of microstructure in transmission electron microscope as well as complementary impact resistance tests at the temperature lower than -60°C are foreseen to be performed.Practical implications: Obtained results of examinations, especially detailed fractographic analysis of fracture surfaces of test pieces together with chemical composition analysis of revealed non-metallic inclusions and precipitations of secondary phases will make contribution to better understanding of cracking mechanisms in the group of high-strength steels.Originality/value: Performed research revealed that investigated steels present high crack resistance also at low temperature. It can be achieved through proper selection of chemical composition and adequate conditions of heat treatment and plastic working. The presence of microadditions of transition metals deriving from IVb and Vb group of periodic classification of the elements with high chemical affinity to nitrogen and carbon allows producing rolled products with high exploitation properties.

  18. Influence of microbiome species in hard-to-heal wounds on disease severity and treatment duration

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    Dagmar Chudobova

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: Infections, mostly those associated with colonization of wound by different pathogenic microorganisms, are one of the most serious health complications during a medical treatment. Therefore, this study is focused on the isolation, characterization, and identification of microorganisms prevalent in superficial wounds of patients (n = 50 presenting with bacterial infection. METHODS: After successful cultivation, bacteria were processed and analyzed. Initially the identification of the strains was performed through matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry based on comparison of protein profiles (2-30 kDa with database. Subsequently, bacterial strains from infected wounds were identified by both matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry and sequencing of 16S rRNA gene 108. RESULTS: The most prevalent species was Staphylococcus aureus (70%, and out of those 11% turned out to be methicillin-resistant (mecA positive. Identified strains were compared with patients' diagnoses using the method of artificial neuronal network to assess the association between severity of infection and wound microbiome species composition. Artificial neuronal network was subsequently used to predict patients' prognosis (n = 9 with 85% success. CONCLUSIONS: In all of 50 patients tested bacterial infections were identified. Based on the proposed artificial neuronal network we were able to predict the severity of the infection and length of the treatment.

  19. Influence of heat pre-treatment on BSA tryptic hydrolysis and peptide release.

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    Arrutia, Fátima; Puente, Ángela; Riera, Francisco A; Menéndez, Carlos; González, Ulises A

    2016-07-01

    In contrast with other food proteins, such as β-lactoglobulin or caseins, intensely studied for bioactive peptide production, relatively little attention has been paid to serum albumin, the main blood protein, even though blood disposal is a severe problem for meat processors. In this study, serum albumin was hydrolysed with trypsin after several heat treatments and using different enzyme concentrations. The degree of hydrolysis reached and the peptide sequences released over time were evaluated. Large differences in enzyme-to-substrate ratios (1:50, 1:100 and 1:200) led to similar degree of hydrolysis values (31.92±1.43%, 31.08±3.09% and 26.21±0.71%), and did not alter the number of peptides released. However, thermal treatment enhanced significantly (p<0.05) both the degree of hydrolysis (up to 50.41±1.90%) and the number and amount of the majority of peptides obtained, all with potential bioactivity (28 peptides in the native hydrolysate, 39 in the thermally treated). PMID:26920264

  20. Influence of Ultraviolet/Ozonolysis Treatment of Nanocarbon Filler on the Electrical Resistivity of Epoxy Composites.

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    Perets, Yulia; Matzui, Lyudmila; Vovchenko, Lyudmila; Ovsiienko, Irina; Yakovenko, Olena; Lazarenko, Oleksandra; Zhuravkov, Alexander; Brusylovets, Oleksii

    2016-12-01

    In the present work, we have investigated concentration and temperature dependences of electrical conductivity of graphite nanoplatelets/epoxy resin composites. The content of nanocarbon filler is varied from 0.01 to 0.05 volume fraction. Before incorporation into the epoxy resin, the graphite nanoplatelets were subjected to ultraviolet ozone treatment at 20-min ultraviolet exposure. The electric resistance of the samples was measured by two- or four-probe method and teraohmmeter E6-13. Several characterization techniques were employed to identify the mechanisms behind the improvements in the electrical properties, including SEM and FTIR spectrum analysis.It is established that the changes of the relative intensities of the bands in FTIR spectra indicate the destruction of the carboxyl group -COOH and group -OH. Electrical conductivity of composites has percolation character and graphite nanoplatelets (ultraviolet ozone treatment for 20 min) addition which leads to a decrease of percolation threshold 0.005 volume fraction and increase values of electrical conductivity (by 2-3 orders of magnitude) above the percolation threshold in comparison with composite materials-graphite nanoplatelets/epoxy resin. The changes of the value and behavior of temperature dependences of the electrical resistivity of epoxy composites with ultraviolet/ozone-treated graphite nanoparticles have been analyzed within the model of effective electrical conductivity. The model takes into account the own electrical conductivity of the filler and the value of contact electric resistance between the filler particles of the formation of continuous conductive pathways. PMID:27550050

  1. INFLUENCE OF SEED TREATMENT CHEMICALS AND CONTAINERS ON SEED QUALITY OF MARIGOLD DURING STORAGE

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    t. p. kumar

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Studies were conducted to know the effect of seed treatment and containers on seed quality of marigold during storage. Result from the study indicated that seed treated with chlorax and stored in double layer polythene bag recorded higher seed quality parameters viz., significantly higher germination (49.25% and 38.81%, root length (4.13 cmand 3.30 cm, shoot length (3.51 cm and 3.90 cm, vigour index (376 and 281, germination rate index (11.31 and 11.04 and field emergence (43.25% and 33.44 with lowest electrical conductivity of seed leachate (1.292 dSm-1 and 1.856 dSm-1, respectively of marigold at the end of storage. With the advance in the storage period, an increase in moisture, seed health and electrical conductivity of seed were observed. Therefore, these treatments can be used for storage of marigold seeds in order to maintain viability.

  2. Influence of heat treatment on phase transformation of clay-iron oxide composite

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    Orolinova, Z., E-mail: orolinova@saske.sk [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 45, Kosice (Slovakia); Mockovciakova, A. [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 45, Kosice (Slovakia); Zelenak, V. [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, P.J. Safarik University, Moyzesova 11, Kosice (Slovakia); Myndyk, M. [Faculty of Science, Technical University of Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 10, Dresden (Germany)

    2012-01-15

    Highlights: > Magnetic clay composite was prepared and subjected to a heat treatment. > The clay/maghemite composite was heated in two atmospheres under two temperatures. > Phase transformation was reliably studied by XRD method and Moessbauer spectroscopy. - Abstract: Magnetic clay composite prepared by the method of precipitation of iron oxide onto the clay surface was subjected to a heat treatment. The presence of iron oxide phase in composite before the heating was determined by the Moessbauer spectroscopy method as {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Structural changes of maghemite in clay composite after heating at selected temperatures in N{sub 2} and Ar/H{sub 2} atmosphere were studied using Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, TG/DSC and SEM methods. It was shown the full transformation of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} to {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the inert atmosphere at temperature 650 deg. C and only a partial transformation to Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} in the reductive atmosphere at 300 deg. C.

  3. Influence of methanethiol on biological sulphide oxidation in gas treatment system.

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    Roman, Pawel; Bijmans, Martijn F M; Janssen, Albert J H

    2016-01-01

    Inorganic and organic sulphur compounds such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and thiols (RSH) are unwanted components in sour gas streams (e.g. biogas and refinery gases) because of their toxicity, corrosivity and bad smell. Biological treatment processes are often used to remove H2S at small and medium scales (principles have been further studied by assessing the effect of methanethiol on the biological conversion of H2S under a wide range of redox conditions covering not only sulphur but also sulphate-producing conditions. Furthermore, our experiments were performed in an integrated system consisting of a gas absorber and a bioreactor in order to assess the effect of methanethiol on the overall gas treatment efficiency. This study shows that methanethiol inhibits the biological oxidation of H2S to sulphate by way of direct suppression of the cytochrome c oxidase activity in biomass, whereas the oxidation of H2S to sulphur was hardly affected. We estimated the kinetic parameters of biological H2S oxidation that can be used to develop a mathematical model to quantitatively describe the biodesulphurization process. Finally, it was found that methanethiol acts as a competitive inhibitor; therefore, its negative effect can be minimized by increasing the enzyme (biomass) concentration and the substrate (sulphide) concentration, which in practice means operating the biodesulphurization systems under low redox conditions. PMID:26652658

  4. Influence of plasma treatment time on plasma induced vapor phase grafting modification of PBO fiber surface

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    Song, B.; Meng, L. H.; Huang, Y. D.

    2012-05-01

    The surface of poly-p-phenylene benzobisthiazole (PBO) fibers was treated through oxygen plasma induced vapor phase grafting (PIVPG) method under various oxygen plasma pre-treatment time conditions. The surface chemical composition, surface morphologies and surface free energy of pristine and treated PBO fibers were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Cahn DCAA system. The mechanics property of these fibers was evaluated by tensile strength and interfacial shear strength (IFSS). It was found that the surface characteristics of treated PBO fibers occurred significant change compare with the pristine PBO fibers. After treatment, the polar functional groups were introduced on the fiber surface. Carbon concentration decreased; oxygen concentration and elemental ratio of oxygen to carbon increased. Acrylic acid can react with the activated PBO fibers surface, which led to the fiber surface roughness increased. The surface free energy increased from 41.4 mN/m to 62.8 mN/m when PBO fibers were plasma pre-treated for 10 min, while the IFSS of PBO fibers with epoxy resin increased from 36.6 MPa to 55.8 MPa. Therefore, PIVPG can be used to enhance the interfacial bond between PBO fibers and epoxy resin.

  5. RGD-functionalisation of PLLA nanofibers by surface coupling using plasma treatment: influence on stem cell differentiation.

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    Paletta, Jürgen Rudolf Josef; Bockelmann, Sarah; Walz, Andreas; Theisen, Christina; Wendorff, Joachim Heinz; Greiner, Andreas; Fuchs-Winkelmann, Susanne; Schofer, Markus Dietmar

    2010-04-01

    The aim of this study was to functionalize the surface of synthetic poly-(l-lactic) (PLLA) nanofibers with RGD peptide, in order to promote growth and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) in vitro. The cRGD was coupled onto PLLA nanofibers using oxygen plasma combined with EDC/sulfo-NHS activation. Matrices were seeded with hMSC and cultivated over a period of 22 days under growth conditions and analyzed during the course of cultivation. The plasma activation of PLLA nanofibers resulted in a reduction of hydrophobicity as well as a formation of carboxyl groups on the surface of the fibers. Furthermore, maximum load, but not young's modulus was influenced by the treatment with oxygen plasma. When hMSC were cultured onto the cRGD functionalized scaffolds, cells showed no increased proliferation or cell density but an induction of genes associated with the osteoblast lineage. In brief, this study indicates that functional peptides of the extracellular matrix can be coupled onto PLLA nanofibers using plasma treatment in combination with EDC/sulfo-NHS treatment. These groups are accessible for the growing cell and mediate probably some osteoinductive properties of collagen nanofibers. PMID:19943087

  6. Influence of the thickness and thermal treatment on the humidity and ethanol sensing properties of Sn-O-Te layers

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    Thin Sn-O-Te layers were prepared by thermal vacuum co-evaporation of Sn and TeO2. Depending on the atomic ratio of Sn to Te (RSn/Te) and on the subsequent treatments, layers sensitive towards humidity or ethanol vapor were obtained. The as-deposited amorphous layers with RSn/Te ≈ 0.8 and a thickness of 60 nm showed very good characteristics as humidity sensors operating at room temperature. Layers with RSn/Te ≈ 2.3, additionally doped with Pt and crystallized by thermal treatment up to 360 °C, were found to be sensitive to ethanol vapor at 120 °C and 240 °C. The RSn/Te ratio in the films was estimated by EDS. The composition and structure of the thermally treated layers were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The sensitivity to humidity and ethanol was determined on the basis of the electrical resistance changes in the presence of humidity and ethanol vapor. The influence was studied of the layer thickness and of the sequence of thermal treatment and Pt doping on the layer composition and gas sensing properties.

  7. Influence of thermo-mechanical treatment on the tensile properties of a modified 14Cr–15Ni stainless steel

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    The titanium modified 14Cr–15Ni austenitic stainless steel is used as clad and wrapper material for fast breeder nuclear reactor. Thermo-mechanical treatments consisting of solution annealing at two different temperatures of 1273 and 1373 K followed by cold-work and thermal ageing have been imparted to the steel to tailor its microstructure for enhancing strength. Tensile tests have been carried out on the thermo-mechanically treated steel at nominal strain rate of 1.6 × 10−4 s−1 over a temperature range of 298–1073 K. The yield stress and the ultimate tensile strength of the steel increased with increase in solution treatment temperature and this has been attributed to the fine and higher density of Ti(C,N) precipitate. Tensile flow behaviour of the steel has been analysed using Ludwigson and Voce constitutive equations. The steel heat treated at higher solution temperature exhibited earlier onset of cross slip during tensile deformation. The rate of recovery at higher test temperatures was also influenced by variations in solution heat treatment temperature. In addition, dynamic recrystallization during tensile deformation at higher temperatures was profound for steel solution heat-treated at lower temperature. The differences in flow behaviour and softening mechanisms during tensile testing of the steel after different heat treated conditions have been attributed to the nature of Ti(C,N) precipitation

  8. Influence of thermo-mechanical treatment on the tensile properties of a modified 14Cr–15Ni stainless steel

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    Vijayanand, V.D., E-mail: vdvijayanand@igcar.gov.in; Laha, K.; Parameswaran, P.; Nandagopal, M.; Panneer Selvi, S.; Mathew, M.D.

    2014-10-15

    The titanium modified 14Cr–15Ni austenitic stainless steel is used as clad and wrapper material for fast breeder nuclear reactor. Thermo-mechanical treatments consisting of solution annealing at two different temperatures of 1273 and 1373 K followed by cold-work and thermal ageing have been imparted to the steel to tailor its microstructure for enhancing strength. Tensile tests have been carried out on the thermo-mechanically treated steel at nominal strain rate of 1.6 × 10{sup −4} s{sup −1} over a temperature range of 298–1073 K. The yield stress and the ultimate tensile strength of the steel increased with increase in solution treatment temperature and this has been attributed to the fine and higher density of Ti(C,N) precipitate. Tensile flow behaviour of the steel has been analysed using Ludwigson and Voce constitutive equations. The steel heat treated at higher solution temperature exhibited earlier onset of cross slip during tensile deformation. The rate of recovery at higher test temperatures was also influenced by variations in solution heat treatment temperature. In addition, dynamic recrystallization during tensile deformation at higher temperatures was profound for steel solution heat-treated at lower temperature. The differences in flow behaviour and softening mechanisms during tensile testing of the steel after different heat treated conditions have been attributed to the nature of Ti(C,N) precipitation.

  9. In vitro blood compatibility of poly (hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyhexanoate) and the influence of surface modification by alkali treatment

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    In vitro blood compatibility of poly (hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) was evaluated in comparison with poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) by a haemolysis assay, in vitro platelet adhesion test and coagulation measurements including plasma recalcification time (PRT), plasma prothrombin time (PT) and kinetic clotting time. The results showed that PHBHHx exhibited better blood compatibility than PLLA. Furthermore, PHBHHx film was modified by NaOH treatment to improve the surface hydrophilic property and the influence of the surface modification on the blood compatibility was investigated. Surface properties including hydrophilic property, surface appearance and functional groups were characterized by water contact angle measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the hydrophilic property of PHBHHx film was obviously improved by the NaOH treatment. It was also shown that the NaOH treatment could significantly enhance the blood compatibility of PHBHHx by prolonging PRT, PT, and kinetic clotting time and decreasing platelet activation. It is thought that the improvement in the hydrophilic property mainly contributes to the enhancement of blood compatibility.

  10. Greenhouse gas emissions during MSW landfilling in China: influence of waste characteristics and LFG treatment measures.

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    Yang, Na; Zhang, Hua; Shao, Li-Ming; Lü, Fan; He, Pin-Jing

    2013-11-15

    Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment can be highly cost-effective in terms of GHG mitigation. This study investigated GHG emissions during MSW landfilling in China under four existing scenarios and in terms of seven different categories: waste collection and transportation, landfill management, leachate treatment, fugitive CH4 (FM) emissions, substitution of electricity production, carbon sequestration and N2O and CO emissions. GHG emissions from simple sanitary landfilling technology where no landfill gas (LFG) extraction took place (Scenario 1) were higher (641-998 kg CO2-eq·t(-1)ww) than those from open dump (Scenario 0, 480-734 kg CO2-eq·t(-1)ww). This was due to the strictly anaerobic conditions in Scenario 1. LFG collection and treatment reduced GHG emissions to 448-684 kg CO2-eq·t(-1)ww in Scenario 2 (with LFG flare) and 214-277 kg CO2-eq·t(-1)ww in Scenario 3 (using LFG for electricity production). Amongst the seven categories, FM was the predominant contributor to GHG emissions. Global sensitivity analysis demonstrated that the parameters associated with waste characteristics (i.e. CH4 potential and carbon sequestered faction) and LFG management (i.e. LFG collection efficiency and CH4 oxidation efficiency) were of great importance. A further learning on the MSW in China indicated that water content and dry matter content of food waste were the basic factors affecting GHG emissions. Source separation of food waste, as well as increasing the incineration ratio of mixed collected MSW, could effectively mitigate the overall GHG emissions from landfilling in a specific city. To increase the LFG collection and CH4 oxidation efficiencies could considerably reduce GHG emissions on the landfill site level. While, the improvement in the LFG utilization measures had an insignificant impact as long as the LFG is recovered for energy generation. PMID:24018116

  11. Extraintestinal manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease: Do they influence treatment and outcome?

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    Fernando Tavarela Veloso

    2011-01-01

    Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic inflammatory bowel diseases that often involve organs other than those of the gastrointestinal tract. Immune-related extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) are usually related to disease activity, but sometimes may take an independent course. Globally, about one third of patients develop these systemic manifestations. Phenotypic classification shows that certain subsets of patients are more susceptible to developing EIMs, which frequently occur simultaneously in the same patient overlapping joints, skin, mouth, and eyes. The clinical spectrum of these manifestations varies from mild transitory to very severe lesions, sometimes more incapacitating than the intestinal disease itself. The great majority of these EIMs accompany the activity of intestinal disease and patients run a higher risk of a severe clinical course. For most of the inflammatory EIMs, the primary therapeutic target remains the bowel. Early aggressive therapy can minimize severe complications and maintenance treatment has the potential to prevent some devastating consequences.

  12. Influence of TiO2 Surface Properties on Water Pollution Treatment and Photocatalytic Activity

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    The titania surface showed different characteristics depending on the charge of the dye molecules. Compared with the MB molecules, the negatively charged MO molecules strongly adsorbed on the titania surface. Furthermore, the decomposition kinetics of the dye molecules by the photocatalytic activity also deepened with the charge of the dye molecules. The relation between the UV irradiation time and the molar ratio of the decomposed dye molecules followed the Avrami equation. According to the results of the analysis by using the Avrami equation, the MO molecules were decomposed on the titania particle surface. In contrast, the MB molecules were decomposed in the aqueous solution. The difference in kinetics was related to the interaction of the dye molecules and the titania surface. These preferential adsorption and decomposition characteristics will improve its applications in water pollution treatment

  13. Influence of thermal treatment of the Raman, infrared and TL responses of natural topaz

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    Analyses of Thermoluminescence (TL) and Thermally Stimulated Exoelectron Emission (TSEE) have proved that the natural Brazilian topaz is a promising material for dosimetry of ionizing radiation. Topaz is an aluminum fluorosilicate with a general composition of Al22(SiO4)(F,OH)2 whose main defect is the presence of to the OH- groups substituting for the F- ion. Analyses of topaz samples from Santo Antonio do Jacinto, MG, Brazil, showed that their TL responses are strongly affected by the temperature of pre-irradiation thermal treatment. This behavior was correlated to the changes observed in the Infrared and Raman spectra and a model could be proposed for the charge trapping and recombination process in colorless topaz. (author)

  14. Influence of thermal treatment on the Raman, infrared and Tl responses of natural topaz

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    Analyses of thermoluminescence (TL) and thermally stimulated exoelectron emission have proved that the natural Brazilian topaz is a promising material for dosimetry of ionizing radiation. Topaz is an aluminum fluorosilicate with a general composition of Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2 whose main defect is the presence of OH- groups substituting for the F- ions. Analyses of topaz samples from Santo Antonio do Jacinto, MG, Brazil, showed that their TL responses are strongly affected by the temperature of pre-irradiation thermal treatment. This behavior was correlated to the changes observed in the infrared and Raman spectra and a model could be proposed for the charge trapping and recombination process in colourless topaz

  15. Influence of composition, heat treatment and neutron irradiation on the electrical conductivity of copper alloys

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Singh, B.N.

    The electrical conductivity of three different types of copper alloys, viz. CuNiBe, CuCrZr and Cu-Al(2)O(3) as well as of pure copper are reported. The alloys have undergone different pre-irradiation heat treatments and have been fission-neutron irradiated up to 0.3 dpa. In some cases post......-irradiation annealing has been carried out. The results are discussed with reference to equivalent Transmission Electron Microscopy results on the microstructure of the materials. The CuNiBe has the lowest conductivity (less than or equal to 55% of that of pure Cu), and Cu-Al(2)O(3) the highest (75-90% of pure Cu). (C...

  16. Influence of TiO{sub 2} Surface Properties on Water Pollution Treatment and Photocatalytic Activity

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    Zeng, Min [Southwest Univ. of Science and Technology, Mianyang (China)

    2013-03-15

    The titania surface showed different characteristics depending on the charge of the dye molecules. Compared with the MB molecules, the negatively charged MO molecules strongly adsorbed on the titania surface. Furthermore, the decomposition kinetics of the dye molecules by the photocatalytic activity also deepened with the charge of the dye molecules. The relation between the UV irradiation time and the molar ratio of the decomposed dye molecules followed the Avrami equation. According to the results of the analysis by using the Avrami equation, the MO molecules were decomposed on the titania particle surface. In contrast, the MB molecules were decomposed in the aqueous solution. The difference in kinetics was related to the interaction of the dye molecules and the titania surface. These preferential adsorption and decomposition characteristics will improve its applications in water pollution treatment.

  17. Influence of osmotic distillation on membrane absorption for the treatment of high strength ammonia wastewater

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    WANG Guan-ping; SHI Han-chang; SHEN Zhi-song

    2004-01-01

    Osmotic distillation(OD) was found to be a coupled process in membrane absorption(MA) for the treatment of high strength ammonia wastewater. As a result, ammonia could not be concentrated in absorption solution(AS) as expected. The inhibition of the coupled OD in MA process was investigated as well as various factors affecting the inhibition. The results indicated that the coupled OD can be effectively inhibited by heating concentrated solution and cooling dilute solution. It was also found that experimental minimum inhibition temperature difference(MITD) between concentrated and dilute solutions was different when using polyvinylidene fluoride(PVDF)and polypropylene(PP) membranes respectively, which could be ascribed to material properties, such as OD and membrane distillation (MD) coefficients of the membranes. Experimental MITDs were found to be higher than theoretical MITDs which were calculated using a simplified method.

  18. Influence of iodine on the treatment of spacecraft humidity condensate to produce potable water

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    Symons, James M.; Muckle, Susan V.

    1990-01-01

    Several compounds in the ersatz humidity condensate do react with iodine to form iodine-substituted organic compounds (TOI), most notably phenol, acetaldehyde, ethanol, and sodium formate. Iodination of the ersatz humidity condensate produced 3.0 to 3.5 mg/L of TOI within 24 hours. The TOI that was produced by the passage of the ersatz humidity condensate through the first iodinated resin (IR) in the adsorption system was removed by the granular activated carbon that followed. TOI detected in the final effluent was formed by the reaction of the non-adsorbable condensate compounds with the final IR in the treatment series. The activated carbon bed series in the adsorption system performed poorly in its removal of TOC. The rapid breakthrough of TOC was not surprising, as the ersatz humidity condensate contained several highly soluble organic compounds, alcohols and organic acids.

  19. Influence of rare-earth metal passivation treatments on the dissolution of tin-zinc coatings

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    Breslin, C.B.; Geary, M. [National Univ of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland). Dept. of Chemistry

    1998-12-01

    The electrochemical behavior of an 80% Sn-20% Zn electrodeposited alloy following passivation in cerium-, lanthanum-, and praseodymium-containing solutions was studied. For comparative purposes, some tests were carried out for chromium- and molybdenum-treated deposits. All three rare-earth passivation procedures led to an increase in the corrosion protection afforded by the 80% Sn-20% Zn electrodeposit, with the greatest increase being observed following the cerium passivation treatment. The performance of cerium-treated electrodeposits approached that of chromium-treated deposits, while the performance of the lanthanum- and praseodymium-treated electrodeposits was more superior than the performance of the molybdate-treated electrodes. Results were explained in terms of a reduction in the rate of the zinc dissolution reaction from the electrodeposit by the deposited rare-earth metal oxides/hydroxides, which, in turn, extended the cathodic protection (CP) periods of the deposit.

  20. Influence of data collection schemes on the Life Cycle Assessment of a municipal wastewater treatment plant

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    Yoshida, Hiroko; Clavreul, Julie; Scheutz, Charlotte;

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    A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was conducted to illustrate the effect of an emission inventory data collection scheme on the outcomes of an environmental impact assessment. Due to their burden in respect to data collection, LCAs often rely heavily on...... Registry), compliance with national discharge limits, and a state-of-the-art emission data collection scheme conducted at the same WWTP. Parameter uncertainty for each collection scheme was assessed through Monte Carlo simulation. The comparison of the results confirmed that LCA results depend heavily on......, an LCA based on the data collection scheme underestimates impact potential due to limitations of substance coverage. Besides differences between data collection schemes, the results showed that 3-13,500% of the impacts came from background systems, such as from the provisioning of fuel, electricity...

  1. Influence of Thermal Treatment on the Antimicrobial Activity of Silver-Doped Biological Apatite

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    Popa, Cristina Liana; Ciobanu, Carmen Steluta; Voicu, Georgeta; Vasile, Eugenia; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen; Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Predoi, Daniela

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we report the structural and morphological properties of silver-doped hydroxyapatite (AgHAp) with a silver concentration x Ag = 0.5 before and after being thermal treated at 600 and 1000 °C. The results obtained by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and Raman spectroscopy suggest that the structure of the samples changes gradually, from hydroxyapatite (AgHAp_40) to a predominant β-TCP structure (AgHAp_1000), achieved when the thermal treatment temperature is 1000 °C. In the AgHAp_600 sample, the presence of two phases, HAp and β-TCP, was highlighted. Also, scanning electron microscopy studies suggest that the shape and dimension of the nanoparticles begin to change when the temperature increases. The antimicrobial activity of the obtained compounds was evaluated against Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans strains.

  2. Influence of the Surface Mechanical Treatment on the Photothermal Piezoelectric Spectra of ZnSe Crystals

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    Zakrzewski, J.; Maliński, M.; Strzałkowski, K.

    2012-07-01

    This paper presents experimental and theoretical piezoelectric photoacoustic spectra of ZnSe samples after different surface treatments: grinding, polishing, and etching. The modification of the Jackson and Amer theory, presented in the paper, enabled numerical interpretation of the spectra in the model of a mechanically damaged surface layer. The nature of the characteristic peak observed at E = 2.65 eV below the energy gap is explained as caused by the Urbach absorption tail and the damaged surface layer of a sample. The correlation between the microhardness of the Zn1- x Be x Se and ZnSe crystals and the thickness of the mechanically damaged surface layer was observed.

  3. Influence of drying treatments on antioxidant capacity of forage legume leaves.

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    Sang, Saw Yei; Jamharee, Fazrina; Prasad, K Nagendra; Azlan, Azrina; Maliki, Nurzillah

    2014-05-01

    This study was aimed to investigate the antioxidant capacities of four common forage legume leaves namely, Arachis pintoi (Pintoi), Calapogonium mucunoides (Calapo), Centrosema pubescens (Centro), and Stylosanthes guanensis (Stylo). Two different drying methods (oven-drying and freeze-drying) were employed and antioxidant activities were determined by DPPH, Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP) and β-carotene bleaching assays. Total phenolic content (TPC) was determined using Folin-Ciocalteu assay. Freeze-dried extract showed the highest antioxidant activities by DPPH (EC50 values 1.17-2.13 mg/ml), FRAP (147.08-246.42 μM of Fe(2+)/g), and β-carotene bleaching (57.11-78.60%) compared to oven drying. Hence, freeze drying treatment could be considered useful in retention of antioxidant activity and phenolic content. PMID:24803709

  4. Influencing effect of heat-treatment on radon emanation and exhalation characteristic of red mud

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    The reuse of industrial by-products is important for members of numerous industrial sectors. However, though the benefits of reuse are evident from an economical point of view, some compounds in these materials can have a negative effect on users' health. In this study, the radon emanation and exhalation features of red mud were surveyed using heat-treatment (100–1200 °C). As a result of the 1200°C-treated samples, massic radon exhalation capacity reduced from 75 ± 10 mBq kg−1 h−1 to 7 ± 4 mBq kg−1 h−1, approximately 10% of the initial exhalation rate. To find an explanation for internal structural changes, the porosity features of the heat-treated samples were also investigated. It was found that the cumulative pore volume reduced significantly in less than 100 nm, which can explain the reduced massic exhalation capacity in the high temperature treated range mentioned above. SEM snapshots were taken of the surfaces of the samples as visual evidence for superficial morphological changes. It was found that the surface of the high temperature treated samples had changed, proving the decrement of open pores on the surface. - Highlights: • The radon exhalation depends on the heat-treatment temperature. The 1200 °C treated samples has only 10% radon exhalation of the initial. • A strong correlation was found between the porosity and the radon emanation and exhalation features. • Despite these promising results certain components can have an effect on one another, which in turn can cause harmful final structure

  5. Influence of heat treatment on the microstructure, texture and formability of 2024 aluminium alloy

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    We have investigated the effect of heat treatment on the microstructure, texture and formability of high-strength aluminium Al2024 sheets of gauge thicknesses 1.27 mm and 2.03 mm. Both optical and electron microscopy were employed to characterise the microstructure. Tensile tests performed at 0°, 45° and 90° to the rolling direction were used as an indication of the anisotropic behaviour of the sheets. The formability of the sheets was assessed by performing stretch forming tests over a hemispherical punch. Comparison of microstructure and material properties indicated an effect of precipitation hardening on the overall anisotropy of the investigated materials. We report an improvement in the total elongation under uniaxial tension with a loss in strength for 2.5 h and 2 days ageing while the ageing treatment for 1 week (peak hardness) resulted in increased strength with a decline in total elongation. The 1.27 mm thick sheet showed better drawability and least tendency to earing than the thicker sheet. The drawability was the highest at 45° to the rolling direction for the as-received material and those that had been aged for 2.5 h and 2 days. Forming limit diagrams derived from the stretch forming tests showed that the 2 days aged sample had the highest plane strain limit making it the most appropriate condition considering that the plane strain is usually the most critical forming strain in stamping applications. In addition, the 2 days aged sample had its plane strain shifted towards the biaxial stretching area which is likely to have a positive effect on some sheet forming applications. Finally, a formability index was calculated and compared against the hardness plot.

  6. Influence of thermal treatment on color, enzyme activities, and antioxidant capacity of innovative pastelike parsley products.

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    Kaiser, Andrea; Brinkmann, Maike; Carle, Reinhold; Kammerer, Dietmar R

    2012-03-28

    Conventional spice powders are often characterized by low sensory quality and high microbial loads. Furthermore, genuine enzymes are only inhibited but not entirely inactivated upon drying, so that they may regain their activity upon rehydration of dried foods. To overcome these problems, initial heating was applied in the present study as the first process step for the production of innovative pastelike parsley products. For this purpose, fresh parsley was blanched (80, 90, and 100 °C for 1-10 min) and subsequently comminuted to form a paste. Alternatively, mincing was carried out prior to heat treatment. Regardless of temperature, the color of the latter product did not show any change after heating for 1 min. With progressing exposure time the green color turned to olive hues due to marked pheophytin formation. Inactivation of genuine peroxidase (POD) and polyphenol oxidase (PPO) was achieved at all temperature-time regimes applied. In contrast, the parsley products obtained after immediate water-blanching were characterized by brighter green colors and enhanced pigment retention. With the exception of the variants water-blanched at 80 °C, POD and PPO were completely inactivated at any of the thermal treatments. Furthermore, in water-blanched samples, antioxidant capacities as determined by the TEAC and FRAP assays were even enhanced compared to unheated parsley, whereas a decrease of phenolic contents could not be prevented. Consequently, the innovative process presented in this study allows the production of novel herb and spice products characterized by improved sensory quality as compared to conventional spice products. PMID:22375822

  7. Does specialization of treatment influence mortality in eating disorders?--A comparison of two retrospective cohorts.

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    Winkler, Laura Al-Dakhiel; Bilenberg, Niels; Hørder, Kirsten; Støving, René Klinkby

    2015-12-15

    Eating disorders (EDs) are psychiatric disorders associated with high morbidity and mortality. It is well established that patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) have an increased risk of premature death, whereas mortality data are lacking for the other EDs. This study aimed to establish mortality rates in a sample of ED patients (n=998) with a mean follow-up of 12 years. This was compared to previous data from the same catchment area before a multidisciplinary centre was established. The standardized mortality ratio (SMR) was calculated. To compare the two cohorts, adjusted crude ratios were calculated with the confounding variables: body mass index (BMI), age at referral and diagnosis. In the latest cohort the SMR for AN was 2.89 vs 11.16 in the time before our specialization. SMR for bulimia nervosa (BN) and for eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) in the latest cohort were 2.37 and 1.14 respectively. When comparing two retrospective cohorts it is not possible to draw a definite conclusion, however the present study supports that integrating a somatic unit in a multidisciplinary centre may have a favourable influence on mortality in AN. PMID:26391650

  8. Influence of thermal treatment and combustible additives on properties of Latvian clay ceramics pellets

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Porous ceramic pellets for possible environmental application were produced from different Latvian clays by sintering at different temperatures. Their characteristics and influence of additives were analysed using X-ray diffraction, mercury porosimetry and BET tests. The obtained ceramic pellets from calcareous clays after immersion in distilled water change its pH value, which affects their capability to adsorb ions or molecules on the surface. The sorption capabilities are dependent on the pH level of water solution, composition of clays, and used adsorbate. Porosity of the produced pellets is mostly within range from 15 to 25 % throughout all sintering temperatures with a slight decrease at 1050 °C. The specific surface area has a wide range up to 30 m2/g. The highest surface area has pellets sintered at lower temperatures. The adsorption capability of pellets was evaluated using water solutions with different ions. The most promising results were obtained with iodine sorption. For most pellets the sorption capacity was 12.7 mg/g, although for the pellets sintered at 1050 °C it was lower.

  9. Influence of phytic acid concentration on coating properties obtained by MAO treatment on magnesium alloys

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    Anodic coatings were prepared by microarc oxidation (MAO) on AZ91HP in a base solution of 10 g/L NaOH with and without the addition of 0-12 g/L phytic acid (C6H18O24P6). The influences of C6H18O24P6 and its concentration on the conductivity and breakdown voltage were studied. The morphologies and compositions of anodic coatings were determined by environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Potentiodynamic polarization test was performed in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution to evaluate the corrosion resistance of anodic coatings. The results showed that with the increase of C6H18O24P6 concentration, the solution conductivity decreased while the values of breakdown voltage increased. EDX analysis showed that the coatings formed in solutions with C6H18O24P6 addition contained Mg, Al, O, C, P and a trance of Na. The addition of C6H18O24P6 into the base solution was helpful in coating formation and the coatings formed in the solution containing 8 g/L C6H18O24P6 exhibited the best pore uniformity and corrosion resistance.

  10. Influence of phytic acid concentration on coating properties obtained by MAO treatment on magnesium alloys

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    Zhang, R. F.; Zhang, S. F.; Duo, S. W.

    2009-06-01

    Anodic coatings were prepared by microarc oxidation (MAO) on AZ91HP in a base solution of 10 g/L NaOH with and without the addition of 0-12 g/L phytic acid (C 6H 18O 24P 6). The influences of C 6H 18O 24P 6 and its concentration on the conductivity and breakdown voltage were studied. The morphologies and compositions of anodic coatings were determined by environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Potentiodynamic polarization test was performed in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution to evaluate the corrosion resistance of anodic coatings. The results showed that with the increase of C 6H 18O 24P 6 concentration, the solution conductivity decreased while the values of breakdown voltage increased. EDX analysis showed that the coatings formed in solutions with C 6H 18O 24P 6 addition contained Mg, Al, O, C, P and a trance of Na. The addition of C 6H 18O 24P 6 into the base solution was helpful in coating formation and the coatings formed in the solution containing 8 g/L C 6H 18O 24P 6 exhibited the best pore uniformity and corrosion resistance.

  11. Influence of size and oxidative treatments of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on their electrocatalytic properties

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    The influence of chemical oxidation on the electrochemical behavior against hydrogen peroxide of long and short multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) has been investigated. Different degrees of oxidation with a sulfo-nitric mixture and with nitric acid were used and a complete physical and oxygen functional group characterization was performed by Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), acid group titration, transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM/SEM), elemental analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), nitrogen adsorption isotherms and cyclic voltammetry. The results revealed that electrodes modified using pristine short CNT (s-NC) present higher amperometric response against hydrogen peroxide than that obtained using long CNT (l-NC), which correlates with the greater degree of packing observed for l-NC by SEM and the long and thin structures observed in s-NC. On the other hand, the chemical oxidation process increases slightly the sensitivity of resulting electrodes, in about 25%, for both s-NC and l-NC indicating that for hydrogen peroxide oxidation the metal catalyst impurities, that are removed in the oxidation process, are not as relevant in the electrocatalysis as the increase in the capacitance values observed in the oxidized CNTs. The presence of oxygen groups introduces (a) new sites for redox reaction (pseudocapacitance) and (b) strong polar sites that would adsorb water molecules favoring double-layer formation (double-layer capacitance).

  12. Evaluation of the Influence of Specific Surface Treatments of RBA on a Set of Properties of Concrete

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    Full Text Available High water absorption of recycled brick aggregate (RBA is one of the most discussed parameters in terms of its application in the production of concrete—its influence on the amount of mixing water and, hence, the quality of the concrete, is usually considered negative. In this paper, different methods of decreasing the absorption of RBA and, consequently, the impact on the properties of concrete, are described. The RBA has been treated to decrease the water absorption capacity by impregnation approach using specific impregnators. Afterwards, the RBA samples have been dried at two different temperatures in the laboratory oven—20 and 90 °C. Concretes using 4/8 fraction of the treated RBA instead of natural aggregate (NA have been mixed and tested. The effectiveness of the RBA treatments have been evaluated on the basis of their influence on the properties of the hardened concrete; by means of the following tests: flexural strength, compressive strength, capillarity, total water absorption capacity, depth of water penetration under pressure, and frost resistance. The method of ranking by ordinal scale has been used as it is suitable for the comparison of a large set of results, while results have been analyzed in terms of the most important technological parameter that influences the quality of the concrete-effective water content. Out of all the tested surface-treatments of RBA, treatment by sodium water glass has the best potential for reduction of the water/cement (w/c ratio. When the effective w/c ratio is kept within standard limits, concretes containing treated RBA are possible to be specified for various exposure classes and manufacturing in practice. The experiment confirms that at a constant amount of mixing water, with decreasing water absorption of RBA, the effective amount of water in the concrete increases and, hence, the final properties of the concrete decrease (get worse. As the water absorption of the RBA declines, there is a

  13. Long-term effects of autologous bone marrow stem cell treatment in acute myocardial infarction: factors that may influence outcomes.

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    Full Text Available AIMS: To investigate whether there are important sources of heterogeneity between the findings of different clinical trials which administer autologous stem cell treatment for acute myocardial infarction (AMI and to evaluate what factors may influence the long-term effects of this treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: MEDLINE (1950-January 2011, EMBASE (1974-January 2011, CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 1, CINAHL (1982-January 2011, and ongoing trials registers were searched for randomised trials of bone marrow stem cells as treatment for AMI. Hand-searching was used to screen recent, relevant conference proceedings (2005-2010/11. Meta-analyses were conducted using random-effects models and heterogeneity between subgroups was assessed using chi-squared tests. Planned analyses included length of follow-up, timing of cell infusion and dose, patient selection, small trial size effect, methodological quality, loss of follow-up and date of publication. Thirty-three trials with a total of 1,765 participants were included. There was no evidence of bias due to publication or time-lag, methodological quality of included studies, participant drop-out, duration of follow-up or date of the first disclosure of results. However, in long-term follow-ups the treatment seemed more effective when administered at doses greater than 10(8 cells and to patients with more severe heart dysfunction. CONCLUSIONS: Evaluation of heterogeneity between trials has not identified significant sources of bias in this study. However, clinical differences between trials are likely to exist which should be considered when undertaking future trials.

  14. Modification of the PTFE wettability by oxygen plasma treatments: influence of the operating parameters and investigation of the ageing behaviour

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    The effects of O2 plasma treatments on poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) sheets are deeply investigated. The chemical modifications owing to the plasma treatment are studied by means of attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), while the surface topography of the plasma-treated samples is assessed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses. Results are correlated with the wettability characteristics of the plasma-modified PTFE sheets, which is studied by means of contact angle (CA) and roll-off angle measurements. Finally, the ageing of the plasma-treated surfaces is investigated. The RF power input and the treatment time influence the chemical/morphological characteristics and the wettability of the plasma-treated samples. PTFE samples treated at low-power input (up to 50 W) are more hydrophilic than the untreated one. The XPS analysis reveals that OH functionalization of the outermost layers of polymeric chains decreases by increasing the RF power input, and dynamic CAs gradually increase. The AFM analysis shows a strong increase in the surface roughness as a consequence of the differential etching of the PTFE surface for samples treated at power inputs ⩾100 W, with formation of globular structures. XPS analyses of the aged samples reveal a post-plasma oxidation. However, the dynamic CAs measured after 30 days are greater than those measured immediately after treatment, and for power input ⩾100 W the aged plasma-treated PTFE surfaces are super-hydrophobic. This result suggests a decrease in the surface density of the exposed hydroxyl groups during ageing time, as a consequence of surface adaptation. (paper)

  15. Atmospheric pressure plasma jet treatment evokes transient oxidative stress in HaCaT keratinocytes and influences cell physiology.

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    Wende, Kristian; Straßenburg, Susanne; Haertel, Beate; Harms, Manuela; Holtz, Sarah; Barton, Annemarie; Masur, Kai; von Woedtke, Thomas; Lindequist, Ulrike

    2014-04-01

    Modern non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma sources enable controllable interaction with biological systems. Their future applications - e.g. wound management - are based on their unique mixture of reactive components sparking both stimulatory as well as inhibitory processes. To gain detailed understanding of plasma-cell interaction and with respect to risk awareness, key mechanisms need to be identified. This study focuses on the impact of an argon non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet (kINPen 09) on human HaCaT keratinocytes. With increasing duration, cell viability decreased. In accordance, cells accumulated in G2/M phase within the following 24 h. DNA single-strand breaks were detected immediately after treatment and receded in the aftermath, returning to control levels after 24 h. No directly plasma-related DNA double-strand breaks were detected over the same time. Concurrently, DNA synthesis decreased. Coincident with treatment time, an increase in intracellular 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (H(2)DCFDA) conversion increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. The radical scavenging activity of culture medium crucially influenced these effects. Thus, ROS changed DNA integrity, and the effectiveness of cellular defence mechanisms characterises the interaction of non-thermal plasma and eukaryotic cells. Effects were time-dependent, indicating an active response of the eukaryotic cells. Hence, a stimulation of eukaryotic cells using short-term non-thermal plasma treatment seems possible, eg in the context of chronic wound care. Long-term plasma treatments stopped in cell proliferation and apoptosis, which might be relevant in controlling neoplastic conditions. PMID:24155089

  16. Influence of phytic acid concentration on coating properties obtained by MAO treatment on magnesium alloys

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    Zhang, R.F., E-mail: rfzhang-10@163.com [Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Surface Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China) and School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China); Zhang, S.F.; Duo, S.W. [Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Surface Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University, Nanchang 330013 (China)

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    Anodic coatings were prepared by microarc oxidation (MAO) on AZ91HP in a base solution of 10 g/L NaOH with and without the addition of 0-12 g/L phytic acid (C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6}). The influences of C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6} and its concentration on the conductivity and breakdown voltage were studied. The morphologies and compositions of anodic coatings were determined by environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Potentiodynamic polarization test was performed in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution to evaluate the corrosion resistance of anodic coatings. The results showed that with the increase of C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6} concentration, the solution conductivity decreased while the values of breakdown voltage increased. EDX analysis showed that the coatings formed in solutions with C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6} addition contained Mg, Al, O, C, P and a trance of Na. The addition of C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6} into the base solution was helpful in coating formation and the coatings formed in the solution containing 8 g/L C{sub 6}H{sub 18}O{sub 24}P{sub 6} exhibited the best pore uniformity and corrosion resistance.

  17. Influence of hydrothermal treatment on dietary fiber and phenolic compounds content as well as antioxidative activity of legumes seeds

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Background. Dry legumes seeds are food of high nutrient density. Besides the biologically precious protein they contain essential unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins of group B, dietary fiber and antioxidants. The aim of the research was to assess the influence of different soaking and cooking methods on dietary fiber and phe- nolic compounds content, as well as antioxidative activity of selected legumes’seeds. Material and methods. The experimental material was dry kidney bean originating from collection of Krakow’s Plants and Seeds Horticulture POLAN LTD, and soya bean seeds bought at the market store. The technological treatment of seeds was performed in two stages: 1 soaking in cold and hot water, 2 cook- ing with three different kinds of equipment – electrical stove, induction stove and microwave oven. In the above described ways prepared material was examined for the dietary fiber and phenolic compounds content, as well as antioxidative activity. Results. The highest amount of dietary fiber was found in soya bean seeds cooked on an induction stove (27.4 g·100 g-1 d.m. and electric stove (27.3 g·100 g-1 d.m. after previous soaking in hot water. The dry soya bean and kidney bean seeds were characterised by a high content of phenolic compounds 163.2 mg GAE·100 g-1d.m. and 173.1 mg GAE·100 g-1d.m. respectively. The dry matter of cooked (on induction and electric stove kidney bean and soya seeds was characterised by a higher phenolic compounds level (232.7-311.6 mg GAE·100 g-1and 224.4-315.6 respectively than raw material. Antioxidative activity of untreated seeds of kidney bean and soya bean was 4.5 and 4.1 μmol Tx·g-1d.m. respectively. The high ability of free radicals scavenging was observed in kidney bean i.e. 8.7 μmol Tx·g-1  d.m. after traditional soaking and 9.5 μmol Tx·g-1d.m. after “hot” soaking. Conclusions. Soaking and cooking of seeds (despite the species influenced growth of phenolic compounds content in dry

  18. Cataract-free interval and severity of cataract after total body irradiation and bone marrow transplantation: influence of treatment parameters

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    have been caused to a significant extent by steroid treatment. The percentage of patients with high-grade cataract was lower in allogeneic transplanted patients without steroid treatment for GVHD than in autologous transplanted patients: 35% versus 48%. An explanation for this could be pretransplant therapy containing high-dose steroids. Conclusions: After high-dose-rate TBI in one or two fractions, steroids for GVHD influence latency time of a cataract and are of great importance for the severity the cataract finally attains. Although a cataract will develop in all patients, a clinically important high-grade cataract is relatively infrequent in patients not treated with steroids. Pretransplant therapy might also influence final severity of cataract

  19. Organizational factors influencing implementation of evidence-based practices for integrated treatment in behavioral health agencies.

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    Bonham, Caroline A; Sommerfeld, David; Willging, Cathleen; Aarons, Gregory A

    2014-01-01

    Objective. In recent years, New Mexico has prioritized integrated treatment for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders within its public behavioral health system. This report describes factors likely to be important when implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) in community agencies. Methods. Our mixed-method research design consisted of observations, semistructured interviews, and surveys undertaken with employees at 14 agencies at baseline and after 18 months. We developed four-agency typologies based on iterative coding and analysis of observations and interviews. We then examined survey data from employees at the four exemplar agencies to validate qualitative findings. Results. Financial resources and strong leadership impacted agency capacity to train providers and implement EBPs. Quantitative analysis of service provider survey responses from these agencies (N = 38) supported qualitative findings and demonstrated significant mean score differences in leadership, organizational climate, and attitudes toward EBPs in anticipated directions. Conclusion. The availability of strong leadership and financial resources were key components to initial implementation success in this study of community agencies in New Mexico. Reliance only on external funding poses risks for sustainment when demoralizing work climates precipitate employee turnover. Strong agency leadership does not always compensate for deficient financial resources in vulnerable communities. PMID:24772411

  20. Influence of attrition scrubbing, ultrasonic treatment, and oxidant additions on uranium removal from contaminated soils

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    As part of the Uranium in Soils Integrated Demonstration Project being conducted by the US Department of Energy, bench-scale investigations of selective leaching of uranium from soils at the Fernald Environmental Management Project site in Ohio were conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Two soils (storage pad soil and incinerator soil), representing the major contaminant sources at the site, were extracted using carbonate- and citric acid-based lixiviants. Physical and chemical processes were used in combination with the two extractants to increase the rate of uranium release from these soils. Attrition scrubbing and ultrasonic dispersion were the two physical processes utilized. Potassium permanganate was used as an oxidizing agent to transform tetravalent uranium to the hexavalent state. Hexavalent uranium is easily complexed in solution by the carbonate radical. Attrition scrubbing increased the rate of uranium release from both soils when compared with rotary shaking. At equivalent extraction times and solids loadings, however, attrition scrubbing proved effective only on the incinerator soil. Ultrasonic treatments on the incinerator soil removed 71% of the uranium contamination in a single extraction. Multiple extractions of the same sample removed up to 90% of the uranium. Additions of potassium permanganate to the carbonate extractant resulted in significant changes in the extractability of uranium from the incinerator soil but had no effect on the storage pad soil

  1. Influence of wastewater treatment plants' operational conditions on activated sludge microbiological and morphological characteristics.

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    Amanatidou, Elisavet; Samiotis, Georgios; Trikoilidou, Eleni; Tzelios, Dimitrios; Michailidis, Avraam

    2016-01-01

    The effect of wastewater composition and operating conditions in activated sludge (AS) microbiological and morphological characteristics was studied in three AS wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs): (a) a high organic load slaughterhouse AS WWTP, operating at complete solids retention, monitored from its start-up and for 425 days; (b) a seasonally operational, low nitrogen load fruit canning industry AS WWTP, operating at complete solids retention, monitored from its start-up and until the end of the season (87 days); (c) a municipal AS WWTP, treating wastewater from a semi-combined sewer system, monitored during the transitions from dry to rainy and again to dry periods of operation. The sludge microbiological and morphological characteristics were correlated to nutrients' availability, solids retention time, hydraulic retention time, dissolved oxygen, mixed liquor suspended solids (MLVSS), organic load (F/M) and substrate utilization rate. The AS WWTPs' operation was distinguished in periods based on biomass growth phase, characterized by different biological and morphological characteristics and on operational conditions. An anoxic/aerobic selector minimizes the readily biodegradable compounds in influent, inhibiting filamentous growth. Plant performance controlling is presented in a logic flowchart in which operational parameters are linked to microbial manipulation, resulting in a useful tool for researchers and engineers. PMID:26145184

  2. Endovascular treatment of hemoptysis: influence of the type of pathology on the post embolization prognosis

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    To describe the course of patients with hemoptysis following embolization of the arteries involved, assessing the incidence of re bleeding in patients grouped according to type of pathology. Over the past five years, we have carried out 77 embolization in bronchial and other systemic arteries in 64 patients (46 men and 18 women) ranging in age from 18 to 83 years (mean: 54±15 years). The underlying diseases were active tuberculosis (n=11), latent tuberculosis (n=15), bronchiectasis (n=14), aspergilloma (n=3), pulmonary neoplasm (n=10), lung abscess (n=10) and miscellaneous conditions (n=10). Rebleeding occurred in 25 patients (32%). Of these, 13 had to undergo repeat embolization, 7 were treated surgically and 3 died during the recurrence of hemoptysis. In two cases, no diseased arteries could be found and embolization was not performed. The overall hemostatic efficacy was 86% after 7 days, 78% after one month and 61% after one year. In the patients with tuberculosis, the rates were 96% at one week and 91% at one month and one year, while among the remaining groups (with neoplasm, abscess, etc.), the incidences were 80% at day 7,70% at one month and 42% at one year. According to our experience, rebleeding occurs most frequently among patients with diseases other than tuberculosis. In these cases, follow-up should be closer and other therapeutic alternatives (surgery, radiotherapy, endobronchial laser) should be considered as a complement to percutaneous endovascular treatment. (Author) 22 refs

  3. Evolution of radiocaesium contamination in mushrooms and influence of treatment after collection

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    In literature quite a lot of data is available on uptake of radioactive caesium in mushrooms. There is less available on the evolution of concentration in fruitbodies after several years and on 'outbound' transfer of radiocaesium from fruitbodies to their direct environment, i.e. dilution according to cooking techniques. The recent event at Fukushima has put the question of radionuclides in food, and the following exposure of consumers, high on the agenda. The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) in order to investigate the variation in time of caesium uptake by fungi, analyses of the same species having grown on the same spot at different intervals during the last 25 years have been performed and (2) in terms of radiation protection the most important thing is the activity taken in by the consumer and not the contamination of raw products. Preparation can have a great impact on activity concentration. Various species of mushrooms frequently eaten have been sampled in Europe and contaminated areas in Japan. Different preparation techniques that can break the walls of the hyphae (drying, deepfreezing etc.) have been applied as well as different treatments: boiling or macerating in water with salt, in acid and basic media. The pH of different media was adjusted and measured. The samples and the medium were analysed separately in gamma spectrometry. (author)

  4. The Profile and Bioaccessibility of Phenolic Compounds in Cereals Influenced by Improved Extrusion Cooking Treatment.

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    Zeng, Zicong; Liu, Chengmei; Luo, Shunjing; Chen, Jun; Gong, Ersheng

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Improved Extrusion Cooking Treatment (IECT) on the phenolics and its bioaccessibility in cereals, represented by brown rice, wheat, and oat. Data showed that total phenolic content and total antioxidant activity in free form were significantly decreased, while the bound form was increased after IECT. After IECT, the total free phenolic acids of brown rice and wheat were significantly decreased by 5.88% and 45.66%, respectively, while the total bound phenolic acids of brown rice, wheat, and oat were significantly increased by 6.45%, 8.78%, and 9.10%, respectively. Brown rice provided the most bioaccessible phenolics and antioxidant compounds, followed by oat and wheat. IECT significantly decreased the bioaccessible phenolics of brown rice and oat by 31.09% and 30.95%, while it had minimal effect on the bioaccessible phenolics of wheat. These results showed that IECT greatly affected the phenolics and its bioaccessibiltiy of cereals, with the effect depending on cereal matrix and the sensitivity of free and bound phenolics. Furthermore, bioaccessible phenolic acids of raw and processed cereals were considerably low, and it slightly contributed to the bioaccessible phenolics. PMID:27513581

  5. Study of Influence of Heat Treatment on Cyclic Properties of L21HMF Cast Steel

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    Mroziński, Stanisław; Golański, Grzegorz

    2016-07-01

    This work presents the results of studies of CrMoV cast steel after long-term service and after regenerative heat treatment (RHT). The cast steel was investigated in the conditions of static and changeable load. The tests were carried out at room temperature and 550 °C. The fatigue lifetime curves were determined and described using the Basquin-Manson-Coffin relationship. It has been shown that the cast steel after RHT is characterized by smaller range of plastic strain and bigger range of stress amplitude, with the same value of total strain, compared with the cast steel after service. For the cast steel after RHT, the observed fatigue properties were different in comparison with the cast steel after service at small and large strains. At room temperature (20 °C) and at elevated temperature (550 °C), there is an increase in the life of samples of the cast steel after RHT in comparison with the samples of the cast steel after service only in the area of large strains ( ɛ ac > 1.2%). For small strains ɛ ac life of the cast steel after RHT at the examined temperatures is shorter than that of the cast steel after service. The paper shows that regardless of an explicit improvement in the strength properties (the static and cyclic ones), as a result of the performed RHT, a complete improvement in the fatigue properties of the cast steel does not occur.

  6. Influence of Surface Nano-structured Treatment on Pack Boriding of H13 Steel

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    2007-01-01

    In order to lower the boriding temperature of hot work steel H13, method of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT), which can make the grain size of the surface reach nano-scale, was used before pack boriding. The growth of the boride layer was studied in a function of boriding temperature and time. By TEM (transmission electron microscopy), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), XRD (x-ray diffraction) and microhardness tests, the grain size, thermal stability of the nano-structured (NS) surface and the thickness,appearance, phases of the surface boride layer were studied. Kinetic of boriding was compared between untreated samples and treated samples. Results showed that after SMAT, the boride layer was thicker and the hardness gradient was smoother. Furthermore, after boriding at a low temperature of 700℃ for 8 h, a boride layer of about 5 μm formed on the NS surface. This layer was toothlike and wedged into the substrate, which made the surface layer combine well with the substrate. The phase of the boride layer was Fe2B. Research on boriding kinetics indicated that the activation energy was decreased for the treated samples.

  7. Organizational Factors Influencing Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices for Integrated Treatment in Behavioral Health Agencies

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    Caroline A. Bonham

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. In recent years, New Mexico has prioritized integrated treatment for cooccurring mental health and substance use disorders within its public behavioral health system. This report describes factors likely to be important when implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs in community agencies. Methods. Our mixed-method research design consisted of observations, semistructured interviews, and surveys undertaken with employees at 14 agencies at baseline and after 18 months. We developed four-agency typologies based on iterative coding and analysis of observations and interviews. We then examined survey data from employees at the four exemplar agencies to validate qualitative findings. Results. Financial resources and strong leadership impacted agency capacity to train providers and implement EBPs. Quantitative analysis of service provider survey responses from these agencies (N = 38 supported qualitative findings and demonstrated significant mean score differences in leadership, organizational climate, and attitudes toward EBPs in anticipated directions. Conclusion. The availability of strong leadership and financial resources were key components to initial implementation success in this study of community agencies in New Mexico. Reliance only on external funding poses risks for sustainment when demoralizing work climates precipitate employee turnover. Strong agency leadership does not always compensate for deficient financial resources in vulnerable communities.

  8. Influence of indocyanine green angiography on microsurgical treatment of spinal perimedullary arteriovenous fistulas.

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    Takai, Keisuke; Kurita, Hiroki; Hara, Takayuki; Kawai, Kensuke; Taniguchi, Makoto

    2016-03-01

    OBJECTIVE The microvascular anatomy of spinal perimedullary arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) is more complicated than that of dural AVFs, and occlusion rates of AVF after open microsurgery or endovascular embolization are lower in patients with perimedullary AVFs (29%-70%) than they are in those with dural AVF (97%-98%). Reports of intraoperative blood flow assessment using indocyanine green (ICG) video angiography in spinal arteriovenous lesions have mostly been for spinal dural AVFs. No detailed reports on spinal perimedullary AVFs are available. METHODS Participants were 11 patients with spinal perimedullary AVFs (Type IVa in 5 patients, Type VIb in 4, and Type IVc in 2). Intraoperative ICG video angiography was assessed by measuring the number of cases in which this modality was judged essential by the surgeon to correctly occlude the fistula. RESULTS In all patients, arterial feeders were identified and intravenous ICG video angiography was performed before and after blocking the feeders. In one patient, selective intraarterial ICG video angiography was also performed. The findings provided by ICG video angiography significantly changed the surgical procedure in 4 of 11 patients (36%). Postoperatively, complete occlusion of the AVF was achieved in 10 of the 11 patients (91%). CONCLUSIONS Intraoperative ICG video angiography can have a significant impact on deciding surgical strategy in the microsurgical treatment of spinal perimedullary AVF. PMID:26926050

  9. Biodegradable implantable fluconazole delivery rods designed for the treatment of fungal osteomyelitis: influence of gamma sterilization.

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    Soriano, I; Martín, A Y; Evora, C; Sánchez, E

    2006-06-01

    Fluconazole poly(D,L-lactic) acid (PLA) and poly(L-lactic) acid (L-PLA) implantable delivery rods were studied, in vitro and in vivo, as an alternative treatment of fungal osteomyelitis. Implantable rods loaded with 5% fluconazole (FLU) were prepared by the injection-molding method and sterilized by gamma-irradiation at a dose of 25 kGy. Loading efficiency, physical chemistry (high performance liquid chromatography, X-ray diffraction, gel permeation chromatography), and in vitro and in vivo release assays were performed to evaluate the novel delivery systems and the sterilization effect on implant characteristics. In spite of polymer degradation after gamma-irradiation, the loading efficiency, chemical stability, and crystallographic structure of FLU were not affected. In vivo studies were carried out in femoral bone marrow of rabbits. Approximately 85 and 80% of the total dose were released within 12 and 4 weeks from PLA and L-PLA rods, respectively. This showed a faster release rate of FLU in vivo than in vitro, showing almost zero-order kinetics from PLA rods. PMID:16514603

  10. Influence of two different heat treatment procedures on mechanical and fracture properties of 65 Si 7 steel

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    This paper deals with the results of investigations of two different heat treatment procedures and their influence on some mechanical properties as well as on the magnitude of some fracture mechanics parameters for a particular type of steel. The experimental investigations were performed on the specimens made of 65Si7 steel. The processes occurring by tempering of two different microstructures of the steel, i. e. martensite and lower bainite were investigated. An advantage of austempering over hardening and tempering is in obtaining the bainite microstructure. Steel of bainite microstructure has a greater toughness, ductility, contraction, fatigue strength and a better fracture toughness than a tempered martensite of the same type of steel. A bainite microstructure also gives a better resistance to thermal fatigue in comparison with martensite microstructure. The above mentioned improved values of mechanical properties refer to the untempered state of bainite. (author)

  11. Influence of thermal treatment temperatures on CdTe nanocrystal films and photoelectric properties of ITO/CdTe/Al

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    Xu Wenqing; Qu Shengchun; Wang Kefan; Bi Yu; Liu Kong; Wang Zhanguo

    2012-01-01

    The influence of sintering temperatures on solution-processed cadmium telluride (CdTe) nanocrystal films is studied in order to maximize the performance of CdTe/Al Schottky nanocrystal solar cells,The best overall performance of 2.67% efficiency at air mass 1.5 was achieved from devices with CdTe films sintered at 350 ℃ X-ray diffraction,scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis absorption measurements show that the CdTe nanocrystal grains began to grow remarkably well when sintering temperatures increased to 350 ℃.By analyzing the current-voltage characteristics,we find that the short-circuit current densities of devices increase with sintering temperatures ranging from 200 to 400 ℃,but,the over-sintered (450 ℃) treatment induces the shunting of devices.

  12. Influence of push element geometry on the capture efficiency of push-pull ventilation systems in surface treatment tanks.

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    Marzal, F; Gonzalez, E; Minana, A; Baeza, A

    2002-06-01

    A full-scale installation which simulates a surface treatment tank provided with a push-pull ventilation system has been designed. This study examines the influence of the geometry of the push element on the capture efficiency of the system. It is observed that: (i) capture efficiency increases with the number of holes because of the continuous curtain formed, the size of the holes having no significant effect within the range studied (5-20 mm diameter); (ii) the push element is best supported on the tank wall so that no air from outside penetrates below the emitting jets because in this way the impact of the curtain on the tank occurs earlier and losses are less; (iii) the best results are obtained when the holes are directed downwards towards the tank surface at an angle of between 22 and 45 degrees. PMID:12176707

  13. An examination of factors influencing the diagnosis and treatment of black patients in the mental health system.

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    Worthington, C

    1992-06-01

    The Civil Rights Movement, which began in the 1950s and lasted through the mid 1970s played a major role improving the quality of life for black Americans. Although much has changed since the 1950s the roots of racism are deep and change occurs slowly. Race exerts an overwhelming influence on popular ideology and medical thinking. Many researchers have speculated that a strong association exists between race and diagnosis. Understanding the sociocultural background of the patient would aid in the distinguishing culturally bound behavior from behavior that reflects actual psychopathology. This review examines the professional literature on racial and ethnic factors as they pertain to the diagnosis and treatment of black patients in the mental health system. PMID:1622297

  14. Evaluation of Factors Influencing Lab-Scale Studies to Determine Heavy Metal Removal by Six Sorbents for Stormwater Treatment

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available For the development of decentralized treatment systems for road runoff, the determination of pollutant removal capacities is essential. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of boundary conditions on the simultaneous removal of copper, nickel, and zinc by six sorbents used for urban stormwater treatment (i.e., granular activated alumina, anthracite, granular reactivated carbon, granular ferric hydroxide, calcium carbonate, and granular activated lignite. For batch experiments, capacities were determined at initial concentrations within the range of 2.5–180 mg/L with a rotary shaker. Further influences were investigated: the use of a horizontal shaker for concentrations of up to 1080 mg/L, a variation of the initial pH value (5 and 7, and the presence of a buffer. Furthermore, the influences of the filtration process on the capacities were studied. Kinetic experiments were conducted for contact times between 5 min and 120 min. Lab-scale column experiments with inflow concentrations of 2.5 mg/L (copper and nickel and 5.0 mg/L (zinc at an initial pH of 5 and a contact time of 11 min were performed for comparison. Selected experiments were subsequently carried out with changes in initial concentrations and contact time. One result is that it is essential to conduct batch experiments with the metals of interest. The capacities determined by column experiments deviated from batch experiments. Batch experiments under well-defined conditions can be used to evaluate different production batches. Column experiments give a more faithful capacity by considering realistic boundary conditions and should be preferred to determine efficiencies and service lives.

  15. Key factors influencing the stability of silane solution during long-term surface treatment on carbon steel

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    Highlights: •The corrosion-resistance time of silane films decreases with increasing cycle numbers. •The morphology of silane films prepared from aged solution is inhomogeneous. •Introduction of contamination ions is one reason for the poor property of aged solution. •Consumption of silane is the other reason for the poor property of aged solution. •Fe3+ accumulated is the key factor influencing the property of silane solution. -- Abstract: The mixtures of bis-[trimethoxysilylpropyl]amine and vinyltriacetoxysilane were used for surface treatment of carbon steel, aiming to investigate the factors influencing the stability of silane solution during long-term experiment from two aspects. One is the concentrations of contamination ions, and the other is mass of silane consumed per cycle which is calculated according to concentration of Si measured by silicon molybdenum blue photometry. The results indicate that the accumulation of contamination ions, especially Fe3+, is the main factor leading to the condensation between the Si–OH groups in silane solution, which is responsible for the downward stability of silane solution

  16. Experimental biofilms within drinking water treatment plant origin; evaluation of nutrient concentration and temperature influences upon their development

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    Anca FARKAS

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available From the planktonic free-floating state, microorganisms pass to the solid state, the biofilm, cells being strongly attached to each other and usually to the interface. This changing in cells’ behavior induces surface colonization and complex interactions development within the biofilm. If the biofilm’s role into the natural aquatic habitats is, undoubtedly, a positive one, consisting in water self-purification, drinking water pipe networks biofouling can be responsible for a wide range of water quality and operational problems. This exploratory experiment was performed in order to investigate, in a time interval of 7 days, the influence of certain environmental factors such as nutrient concentration and temperature upon in vitro biofilm’s development, origin in the biofilm of water treatment plant. The method used for in vitro biofilm growth monitoring is the colorimetric measurement of the biomass. Descriptive analyses, including the mean value, variability, trends, correlations and graphic displays were performed. The correlation analysis shown that the biofilm development in the discussed experiment was influenced as by the origin source as by the temperature, time and nutrients concentration. The biomass increment was significantly different for the biofilms with clarifier and sand filter sites origin, grown at 22 oC, while at 8 oC, the differences were not significant from a statistical point of view. For all the dilutions, moments and temperatures considered, the biofilm’s development with clarifier origin registered was significantly higher than the biofilm with sand filter origin.

  17. The Influence of Shock Treatment on Survival Rate of Intestinal Probiotics during Freezing

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    LI Chun; ZHANG Lanwei; LIU Libo; FENG Zhen

    2006-01-01

    Probiotics which can provide potential health benefits for consumers and prevent disease, is the most important research field for functional food in the future.It is the key point that how much the count of bacteria and how long it can preserve. Freeze-drying skill is one of the best preservation methods, but it's defect that damage to biological systems can be attributed to changes in the physical state of membrane lipids or/and changes in the structure of sensitive proteins and the decreased survival rate. This work used pretreatment methods-cold shock and hot shock to reduce the damage to bacteria during freeze-drying. Using unpretreated samples as control, aspects of cold shock or heat shock. The response of Enterococcous faecalis A31 was investigated during lag phase, the middle of exponential growth phase and the terminal of exponential growth phase. The results suggested that when cold shock,the shock protein concentration produced by treated sample within 2 h during the middle of exponential growth phase was higher than 4, 8, 24 h, The concentration of shock protein produced by treated sample at 10℃ was higher than 20℃,The concentration of sample protein at the middle of exponential growth phase was higher than that at the terminal of exponential growth phase. After one-month storage, the survival rate at 10℃ was better than 20 ℃ and 4 ℃comparatively. The survival rate at (6 h) 4 ℃/24 h (lag period) was higher than (10 h) 4 ℃/24 h (the middle of exponential growth phase), and the effect of 10 ℃/8 h shock treatments was best during the middle of exponential growth phase, when hot shock, The concentration of heat shock proteins produced was not obvious, and survival rate was higher at 45 ℃, 30 min than at 45 ℃, 60 min.

  18. Influence of heat treatment in β and γ phases on the microscopic structure of uranium

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    A new method of microscopic examination of uranium is described. Electrolytic polishing and etching are carried out in an acetic acid-chromic acid bath. Atmospheric or anodic oxidation of the polished surface produces films which follow exactly changes in the structure of the underlying metal. This method is very sensitive to small variations of orientation in polygonized crystals. Using this method of examination of uranium, it was found that annealing U in the γ phase followed by a cooling at a rate dependent of the annealing temperature, causes the formation of substructures different from those due to the polygonization of α-U. The substructures are indicated by the concentration of impurities on the dislocations induced by the stresses accompanying the allotropic transformation γ → β. Similar treatment of the U-1.4% Cr alloy in which the β phase is stabilized at room temperature, confirms this explanation. In addition to the polygonization substructures, sharp discontinuities can be observed in the network of sub- boundaries as a fine white edging. The comparison of these with the structure revealed by thermal etching in vacuum suggest that there are traces of the grain boundaries of the γ phase. The method of etching followed by oxidation shows a haloed phase identified as UH3. The conditions of appearance and disappearance of this phase are studied. The sensitivity of this method of detecting the last traces of H in U is very high. The dependence of the hydrogen content on the tensile properties of uranium metal was also studied. (author)

  19. Floating Treatment Wetland influences on the fate of metals in road runoff retention ponds.

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    Borne, Karine E; Fassman-Beck, Elizabeth A; Tanner, Chris C

    2014-01-01

    A field trial comparing the fate of metals in two parallel stormwater retention ponds, one of which was retrofitted with a Floating Treatment Wetland (FTW), was carried out near Auckland, New Zealand. Results suggest that the FTW increased metal accumulation in the pond sediment especially in summer due to lower sediment Eh, more anoxic water column, neutral pH and greater source of organic matter (OM) induced by the FTW. These factors combined with higher temperature enhanced metal sorption onto OM, flocculation of particulate pollutants, metal sulphide formation and reduced OM degradation and thus limited release of metals. Unlike Zn, Cu speciation in the pond sediment was relatively unchanged under various sediment Eh conditions due to its strong binding property with sulphide and OM. Occasional moderate metal release was detected from the FTW pond sediment likely due to aerobic OM degradation at the beginning of spring and/or hydroxides reduction when sediments became reduced later in the season. No release was noticed from the conventional pond sediment likely due to biosorption and/or uptake by algae which developed in the conventional pond and settled on the bottom sediment. Direct uptake by the plants of the FTW and sorption onto root plaques are not thought to be significant removal pathways. Nevertheless roots play a major role in trapping particulate pollutants, eventually sloughing off to settle on the bottom of the pond, and provide an adequate substrate for bacterial development due to release of organic compounds which are both essential for dissolved metal sorption and metal sulphide formation. PMID:24183399

  20. Effects Influencing Plutonium-Absorber Interactions and Distributions in Routine and Upset Waste Treatment Plant Operations

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    Delegard, Calvin H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Sinkov, Sergey I. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Fiskum, Sandra K. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

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    This report is the third in a series of analyses written in support of a plan to revise the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Preliminary Criticality Safety Evaluation Report (CSER) that is being implemented at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Criticality Safety Group. A report on the chemical disposition of plutonium in Hanford tank wastes was prepared as Phase 1 of this plan (Delegard and Jones 2015). Phase 2 is the provision of a chemistry report to describe the potential impacts on criticality safety of waste processing operations within the WTP (Freer 2014). In accordance with the request from the Environmental and Nuclear Safety Department of the WTP (Miles and Losey 2012), the Phase 2 report assessed the potential for WTP process conditions within and outside the range of normal control parameters to change the ratio of fissile material to neutron-absorbing material in the waste as it is processed with an eye towards potential implications for criticality safety. The Phase 2 study also considered the implications should WTP processes take place within the credible range of chemistry upset conditions. In the present Phase 3 report, the 28 phenomena described in the Phase 2 report were considered with respect to the disposition of plutonium and various absorber elements. The phenomena identified in the Phase 2 report are evaluated in light of the Phase 1 report and other resources to determine the impacts these phenomena might have to alter the plutonium/absorber dispositions and ratios. The outcomes of the Phase 3 evaluations then can be used to inform subsequent engineering decisions and provide reasonable paths forward to mitigate or overcome real or potential criticality concern in plant operations.

  1. The influence of package and gamma radiation in the quarantine treatment of Sitophilus Orizae in rice

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    Modolo, Debora M.; Oliveira, Ana Claudia S.; Silva, Lucia C.A.S.; Arthur, Valter; Harder, Marcia N.C.; Arthur, Paula B.; Lima, Roberta B., E-mail: arthur@cena.usp.b [Centro de Energia Nuclear na Agricultura (CENA/USP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Dept. de Radiobiologia e Ambiente

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    There are a variety of insect and pests that damage stored grains, therefore, the need for better conservation with advanced technology, high efficiency, absence of side effects, irradiation has been used as an alternative method to control these insects, being completely the opposite the chemical treatment, which leaves waste and is not always efficient enough. This study has the objective to use the gamma radiation from Cobalt-60 for the control of Sitophilus oryzae, in plastic package with previously infested rice and artificially reinfested. In this research was used 3 types of samples: 'Prato Fino' rice's package, crystal sugar's package and 'Namorado' rice's package. It were packages (bags) of 10x5cm for each type of sample, containing holes for gases exchange. Each pack contained 20g of wholemeal rice and 10 adult insects of the species S. oryzae. The samples were irradiated with dose of 1 kGy to make disinfestations under a dose rate of 0.560 Gy/hour and more the non-irradiated sample (control). After irradiation the bags were placed in a glass bottle with the volume of 3 liters and it were added 300 adult insects in the same bottle to induce reinfestation. This container was closed and after 60 days was calculated the number of living and dead insects existing in each package. The experiment was developed in a room with temperature 25 +- 5 deg C and relative humidity of 60 +- 5%. With the results obtained, it was concluded that the packages containing holes for gases exchange from inside to outside of the package showed more ease of penetration of insects, while the two packages without holes prevented the reinfestation of insects. The dose of 1 kGy was sufficient to induce disinfestations of rice. (author)

  2. Effects Influencing Plutonium-Absorber Interactions and Distributions in Routine and Upset Waste Treatment Plant Operations

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    This report is the third in a series of analyses written in support of a plan to revise the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) Preliminary Criticality Safety Evaluation Report (CSER) that is being implemented at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Criticality Safety Group. A report on the chemical disposition of plutonium in Hanford tank wastes was prepared as Phase 1 of this plan (Delegard and Jones 2015). Phase 2 is the provision of a chemistry report to describe the potential impacts on criticality safety of waste processing operations within the WTP (Freer 2014). In accordance with the request from the Environmental and Nuclear Safety Department of the WTP (Miles and Losey 2012), the Phase 2 report assessed the potential for WTP process conditions within and outside the range of normal control parameters to change the ratio of fissile material to neutron-absorbing material in the waste as it is processed with an eye towards potential implications for criticality safety. The Phase 2 study also considered the implications should WTP processes take place within the credible range of chemistry upset conditions. In the present Phase 3 report, the 28 phenomena described in the Phase 2 report were considered with respect to the disposition of plutonium and various absorber elements. The phenomena identified in the Phase 2 report are evaluated in light of the Phase 1 report and other resources to determine the impacts these phenomena might have to alter the plutonium/absorber dispositions and ratios. The outcomes of the Phase 3 evaluations then can be used to inform subsequent engineering decisions and provide reasonable paths forward to mitigate or overcome real or potential criticality concern in plant operations.

  3. The influence of package and gamma radiation in the quarantine treatment of Sitophilus Orizae in rice

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    There are a variety of insect and pests that damage stored grains, therefore, the need for better conservation with advanced technology, high efficiency, absence of side effects, irradiation has been used as an alternative method to control these insects, being completely the opposite the chemical treatment, which leaves waste and is not always efficient enough. This study has the objective to use the gamma radiation from Cobalt-60 for the control of Sitophilus oryzae, in plastic package with previously infested rice and artificially reinfested. In this research was used 3 types of samples: 'Prato Fino' rice's package, crystal sugar's package and 'Namorado' rice's package. It were packages (bags) of 10x5cm for each type of sample, containing holes for gases exchange. Each pack contained 20g of wholemeal rice and 10 adult insects of the species S. oryzae. The samples were irradiated with dose of 1 kGy to make disinfestations under a dose rate of 0.560 Gy/hour and more the non-irradiated sample (control). After irradiation the bags were placed in a glass bottle with the volume of 3 liters and it were added 300 adult insects in the same bottle to induce reinfestation. This container was closed and after 60 days was calculated the number of living and dead insects existing in each package. The experiment was developed in a room with temperature 25 ± 5 deg C and relative humidity of 60 ± 5%. With the results obtained, it was concluded that the packages containing holes for gases exchange from inside to outside of the package showed more ease of penetration of insects, while the two packages without holes prevented the reinfestation of insects. The dose of 1 kGy was sufficient to induce disinfestations of rice. (author)

  4. Influence of mechanical surface treatments on the high cycle fatigue performance of TIMETAL 54M

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    Research highlights: → Effect of mean stress and environmental sensitivities on high cycle fatigue (HCF) performance in TIMETAL 54M compared to Ti-6Al-4V. → TIMETAL 54M shows normal mean stress sensitivity but Ti-6Al-4V shows anomalous mean stress. → Both alloys are sensitive to air environment. → HCF performance of TIMETAL 54 M was enhanced after shot peening and ball-burnishing but deteriorated in Ti-6Al-4V. - Abstract: TIMETAL 54M (in the following Ti-54M) is a newly developed (α + β) titanium alloy with nominal composition Ti-5Al-4V-0.6Mo-0.4Fe. The alloy can provide a cost benefit over Ti-6Al-4V due to improved machinability and formability. These attractive properties might be a driving force for replacing Ti-6Al-4V in many aircraft as well as biomedical applications. Since HCF performance is one of the most important requirements for these applications, it is essential to improve this property by microstructural optimization and by mechanical surface treatments such as shot peening or ball burnishing. The latter improvement is mainly the result of induced near-surface severe plastic deformation which results in work-hardening and the generation of compressive residual stresses that retard fatigue crack propagation. The main aim of the present study was to investigate the potential fatigue life improvements in Ti-54M due to shot peening and ball-burnishing. The process-induced residual stresses and stress-depth profiles were determined by energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ED) of synchrotron radiation with the beam energy of 10-80 keV. Results on Ti-54M and Ti-6Al-4V will be compared and correlated with the mean stress and environmental sensitivities of the fatigue strengths in the microstructures.

  5. In vitro digestion of Pickering emulsions stabilized by soft whey protein microgel particles: influence of thermal treatment.

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    Sarkar, Anwesha; Murray, Brent; Holmes, Melvin; Ettelaie, Rammile; Abdalla, Azad; Yang, Xinyi

    2016-04-13

    Emulsions stabilized by soft whey protein microgel particles have gained research interest due to their combined advantages of biocompatibility and a high degree of resistance to coalescence. We designed Pickering oil-in-water emulsions using whey protein microgels by a facile route of heat-set gel formation followed by mechanical shear and studied the influence of heat treatment on emulsions stabilized by these particles. The aim of this study was to compare the barrier properties of the microgel particles and heat-treated fused microgel particles at the oil-water interface in delaying the digestion of the emulsified lipids using an in vitro digestion model. A combination of transmission electron microscopy and surface coverage measurements revealed an increased coverage of heat-treated microgel particles at the interface. The heat-induced microgel particle aggregation and, therefore, a fused network at the oil-water interface were more beneficial to delay the rate of digestion in the presence of pure lipase and bile salts compared to intact whey protein microgel particles, as shown by the measurements of zeta potential and free fatty acid release, plus theoretical calculations. However, simulated gastric digestion with pepsin impacted significantly on such barrier effects, due to the proteolysis of the particle network at the interface irrespective of the heat treatment, as visualized using sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacryl amide gel electrophoresis measurements. PMID:26959339

  6. Influences of NOM composition and bacteriological characteristics on biological stability in a full-scale drinking water treatment plant.

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    Park, Ji Won; Kim, Hyun-Chul; Meyer, Anne S; Kim, Sungpyo; Maeng, Sung Kyu

    2016-10-01

    The influences of natural organic matter (NOM) and bacteriological characteristics on the biological stability of water were investigated in a full-scale drinking water treatment plant. We found that prechlorination decreased the hydrophobicity of the organic matter and significantly increased the high-molecular-weight (MW) dissolved organic matter, such as biopolymers and humic substances. High-MW organic matter and structurally complex compounds are known to be relatively slowly biodegradable; however, because of the prechlorination step, the indigenous bacteria could readily utilise these fractions as assimilable organic carbon. Sequential coagulation and sedimentation resulted in the substantial removal of biopolymer (74%), humic substance (33%), bacterial cells (79%), and assimilable organic carbon (67%). Rapid sand and granular activated carbon filtration induced an increase in the low-nucleic-acid content bacteria; however, these bacteria were biologically less active in relation to enzymatic activity and ATP. The granular activated carbon step was essential to securing biological stability (the ability to prevent bacterial growth) by removing the residual assimilable organic carbon that had formed during the ozone treatment. The growth potential of Escherichia coli and indigenous bacteria were found to differ in respect to NOM characteristics. In comparison with E. coli, the indigenous bacteria utilised a broader range of NOM as a carbon source. Principal component analysis demonstrated that the measured biological stability of water could differ, depending on the NOM characteristics, as well as on the bacterial inoculum selected for the analysis. PMID:27376858

  7. Influence of bentonite in polymer membranes for effective treatment of car wash effluent to protect the ecosystem.

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    Kiran, S Aditya; Arthanareeswaran, G; Thuyavan, Y Lukka; Ismail, A F

    2015-11-01

    In this study, modified polyethersulfone (PES) and cellulose acetate (CA) membranes were used in the treatment of car wash effluent using ultrafiltration. Hydrophilic sulfonated poly ether ether ketone (SPEEK) and bentonite as nanoclay were used as additives for the PES and CA membrane modification. Performances of modified membranes were compared with commercial PES membrane with 10kDa molecular weight cut off (MWCO). The influencing parameters like stirrer speed (250-750rpm) and transmembrane pressure (100-600kPa) (TMP) were varied and their effects were studied as a function of flux. In the treatment of car wash effluent, a higher permeate flux of 52.3L/m(2)h was obtained for modified CA membrane at TMP of 400kPa and stirrer speed of 750rpm. In comparison with modified PES membrane and commercial PES membrane, modified CA membranes showed better performance in terms of flux and flux recovery ratio. The highest COD removal (60%) was obtained for modified CA membrane and a lowest COD removal (47%) was observed for commercial PES membrane. The modified membranes were better at removing COD, turbidity and maintained more stable flux than commercial PES membrane, suggesting they will provide better economic performance in car wash effluent reclamation. PMID:25869419

  8. Influence of heat treatment on changes on structure and magnetic properties of CoSiB alloy

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper describes influence of heat treatment on changes on structure and magnetic properties of the amorphous Co77Si11.5B11.5 alloy.Design/methodology/approach: The following experimental techniques were used: X-ray diffraction (XRD, static and dynamic measurements of magnetic properties (magnetic balance, fluxmeter, Maxwell-Wien bridge.Findings: The crystallization process involved by heat treatment leads to significant changes of structure and magnetic properties of amorphous Co77Si11.5B11.5 alloy.Research limitations/implications:Practical implications: The attractive properties of Co-Si-B alloy are of special interest for basic research on the materials as well as for their potential applications, like magnetic sensors. According to the results presented in this paper the examined Co77Si11.5B11.5 alloy as a soft magnetic material may be used in noise filters, saturable reactors, miniature inductance elements for abating spike noise, zero-phase current transformers, and magnetic heads etc., i.e. devices which are expected to exhibit high levels of permeability at high frequencies.Originality/value: It has been shown that thermal annealing at temperature close to the crystallization temperature leads to a significant increase of the initial magnetic permeability.

  9. Influence of variables in the hydrothermal treatment of rice straw on the composition of the resulting fractions.

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    Rodríguez, Alejandro; Moral, Ana; Sánchez, Rafael; Requejo, Ana; Jiménez, Luis

    2009-10-01

    The influence of the hydrothermal treatment conditions of rice straw (temperature--150-190 degrees C , time--0-20 min after reaching the operation temperature, and liquid/solid ratio--6-8), on the composition of liquid and solid fractions was studied. Polynomial models were found for to reproduce the experimental results with errors less than 6%. Operating to 190 degrees C, 15 min and 9 liquid/solid ratio was obtained high values of glucose (1.92 g/L), xylose (3.97 g/L), arabinose (0.99 g/L) and acetic acid (1.96 g/L), what allows to save capital when not operating with the maximum time and/or liquid/solid ratio; yield in the solid fraction is 88.1% and lignin content 24.43%. If what it is required to obtain good values of yield (96.46%) and lignin content, is necessary to operate to 150 degrees C, obtaining lower concentrations glucose (1.11%), xylose (2.78%), arabinose (0.56%) and acetic acid (0.39%). Ethanolamine pulping of solid fraction of hydrothermal treatment provides pulp with higher or similar properties to those obtained of pulping rice straw with ethanolamine or soda. PMID:19467587

  10. Influence of phosphorus elimination on sludge treatment and sludge usage at municipal wastewater treatment plants; Einfluss von P-Eliminierungsverfahren auf Schlammbehandlung und -verwertung bei der kommunalen Abwasserreinigung

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    Poepel, H.J.; Jardin, N.

    1995-01-01

    This report covers investigations with respect to the influence of the enhanced biological phosphorus removal process (EBPR) on sludge production, phosphate release during sludge treatment and the subsequent phosphorus feedback. Experiments in a semi-technical scale were performed using different sludge thickening (centrifuge, screening drum, gravity thickener) and stabilising (anaerobic-mesophilic and aerobic-thermophilic stabilisation) systems. Due the uptake of phosphorus as polyphosphate, the EBPR operation resulted in an additional sludge production of some 3 kg TS/kg P. Thickening of the excess sludge resulted only in a minor P-feedback. During sludge stabilisation a nearly complete hydrolysis of the polyphosphates was observed accompanied by a release of phosphate. A large part of the released phosphate was eliminated from the soluble phase by means of physico-chemical fixation which was identified to be mainly struvite precipitation and absorption. The resulting feedback was usually below 20% of the incoming P-load. Based on these findings a mathematical model to describe the P-release and the P-fixation was developed. The influence of physico-chemical phosphorus elimination on sludge production and the P-release during sludge treatment is described. Investigations were performed using a pilot plant equipped with and without phosphorus precipitation, followed by anaerobic-mesophilic stabilisation. The investigations focused on the influence of the relative amount of precipitant ({beta}=0,7 to 2), the P-concentration in the influent (15 to 20 mg/l P{sub tot}) and the sludge age (4 to 8 days) on the P-release and the P-feedback. Using AVR for phosphorus precipitation, an additional sludge production of 3,3 to 4 kg MLSS/kg Fe/Al was determined. No differences with respect to P-release and P-feedback were found between the plant with and the plant without phosphorus precipitation. The dewatering characteristics were usually improved by P-precipitation. (orig

  11. In vitro dendritic cell generation and lymphocyte subsets in myeloma patients: influence of thalidomide and high-dose chemotherapy treatment.

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    Schütt, Philipp; Buttkereit, Ulrike; Brandhorst, Dieter; Lindemann, Monika; Schmiedl, Sven; Grosse-Wilde, Hans; Seeber, Siegfried; Nowrousian, Mohammad Resa; Opalka, Bertram; Moritz, Thomas

    2005-05-01

    While vaccination with antigen-pulsed dendritic cells (DCs) represents a promising therapeutic strategy in multiple myeloma (MM), clinical benefit, so far, has been limited to individual patients. To identify potential problems with this approach, we have analyzed the influence of treatment parameters, in particular high-dose chemotherapy (HD-CTX) and thalidomide, on in vitro DC generation and peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets in MM patients. From a total of 25 MM patients, including 14 patients on thalidomide treatment and 11 after HD-CTX, in vitro DC generation from peripheral blood monocytes under serum-free condition was investigated. In addition, peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets were assessed in 17 patients including 10 patients on thalidomide treatment and 9 patients after HD-CTX. Efficient in vitro generation of DCs (median 7.1x10(6)/100 ml peripheral blood; range 0.1-42.5x10(6)/100 ml peripheral blood) expressing DC-typical surface markers was observed in 23 MM patients (92%), although reduced expression of CD1a, CD40, CD83, and HLA-DR was observed in patients treated with thalidomide. With respect to lymphocyte subsets, MM patients showed significantly (pthalidomide (usually in combination with CTX). CD8+ lymphocytes were significantly increased in MM patients. Thus, despite the well-known deficiencies in their immune system, adequate numbers of DCs can be generated in most myeloma patients. In patients treated with thalidomide, however, it remains to be seen whether the reduced expression of co-stimulatory molecules has functional relevance. PMID:15750834

  12. The Incidence of Hypothyroidism Following the Radioactive Iodine Treatment of Graves’ Disease and the Predictive Factors Influencing its Development

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    Husseni, Maha Abd El-Kareem El-Sayed

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate and compare the incidence of hypothyroidism following different fixed radioactive iodine-131 (131I) activities in the treatment of Graves’ disease (GD) and to investigate the predictive factors that may influence its occurrence. This retrospective analysis was performed on 272 patients with GD who were treated with 131I, among whom 125 received 370 MBq and 147 received 555 MBq. The outcome was categorized as hypothyroidism, euthyroidism, and persistent hyperthyroidism. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to identify significant risk factors that affect the development of hypothyroidism. The incidence of hypothyroidism following the first low activity was 24.8% with a high treatment failure rate of 58.4%, compared with 48.3% and 32% following high activity. The overall cumulative incidence of hypothyroidism following repeated activities was 50.7%, out of which 73.9% occurred after the first activity and 20.3% after the second activity. The higher 131I activity (P < 0.001) and average and mild enlargement of the thyroid gland (P = 0.004) were identified as significant independent factors that increase the rate of incidence of hypothyroidism (Odds ratios were 2.95 and 2.59). No correlation was found between the development of hypothyroidism and the factors such as age, gender, presence of exophthalmos, previous antithyroid medications, and the durations, and Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) pertechnetate thyroid uptake. In view of the high treatment failure rate after first low activity and lower post high activity hypothyroid incidence, high activity is recommended for GD patients, reserving the use of 370MBq for patients with average sized and mildly enlarged goiter; this increases patient convenience by avoiding multiple activities to achieve cure and long-term follow-up. PMID:26912976

  13. SU-E-T-212: Influence of the Modulation Index On Daily Quality Assurance in Rapid Arc Treatments

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    Purpose: At our Institute some measured parameters for daily quality assurance (DQA) of dynamic arc therapy plans showed an unexpected behavior, therefore an investigation of the influence of the magnitude of modulation was conducted. Methods: In our clinical practice all DQAs of dynamic arc therapy plans are measured and analyzed prior to treatments using commercial software. For this study these plans were additionally exported to our in-house software written in MATLAB.The developed software extracted the leaf position, gantry angle, cumulative meterset weight of each control point (CP) and the total number of Monitor Units (MU) of each arc. Based on this information we calculated the leaf travel distance, irradiated segment area, number of MUs and dose rate for each CP. These data allowed us to calculate the modulation indexes (MI) of the plans, applying five different definitions of MI. The results were then correlated to the results of our DQA measurements.To validate the software, additional plans of known MIs were created and analyzed. For confirmation, the calculated parameters were compared to the segmented treatment table (STT) coming from the treatment planning system. Results: All calculated CP-parameters matched the STT by 99% or better. For linac 1, the comparison of the MI evaluation and the DQA results showed a slight tendency: 91.3% failed DQA plans had a MI lower than the average value. For this definition we consider that the lower the MI the higher the modulation. The results of the linac 2 present no significant relevance due to the low sample sizes for each DQA software. Conclusion: Available data and given definitions of the modulation index do not bring conclusive results; one cannot find a clear and distinct correlation with the failure of the DQA. The ongoing analysis with an increased sample size might lead to another conclusion

  14. Thyroid dysfunction in 85-year-old men and women. Influence of non-thyroidal illness and drug treatment.

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    Sundbeck, G; Edén, S; Jagenburg, R; Lindstedt, G

    1991-11-01

    Serum TSH and free T4 were determined by chemiluminometric assays in 601 women and 285 men aged 85 years from the population study "70-year-old people in Gothenburg, Sweden". For individuals with serum TSH concentration above 6.0 mU/l, "antimicrosomal" antibodies were determined, to assess the etiology of the elevated TSH concentration. Clinical follow-up was done of survivors until the age of 88, and records were inspected also for individuals who died before that age. On the basis of these evaluations the prevalence of previously undetected hypothyroidism was estimated to 4.0% in women and 2.5% in men. Previously undetected hyperthyroidism was found in 2, at the most 4, out of 601 women; in one out of 285 men the diagnosis could not be excluded. Possible confounding factors for the evaluation of TSH and/or free T4 concentrations were analysed by permutation t-test followed by multiple regression analysis, which revealed correlations of log TSH concentration to body mass index (p less than 0.05), serum creatinine concentration (p less than 0.05), and diabetes mellitus (inverse relationship, p less than 0.01). Correlation was found of free T4 concentration to treatment with non-selective beta-blocking agents (p less than 0.001) and digitalis glycosides (p less than 0.01). However, none of the factors influencing TSH and/or free T4 concentrations had any major influence on reference limits, nor could they account for individuals with "out-lier" values. PMID:1684684

  15. The influence of a biopsychosocial-based treatment approach to primary overt hypothyroidism: a protocol for a pilot study

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hypothyroidism is a prevalent endocrine condition. Individuals with this disease are commonly managed through supplementation with synthetic thyroid hormone, with the aim of alleviating symptoms and restoring normal thyroid stimulating hormone levels. Generally this management strategy is effective and well tolerated. However, there is research to suggest that a significant proportion of hypothyroid sufferers are being inadequately managed. Furthermore, hypothyroid patients are more likely to have a decreased sense of well-being and more commonly experience constitutional and neuropsychiatric complaints, even with pharmacological intervention. The current management of hypothyroidism follows a biomedical model. Little consideration has been given to a biopsychosocial approach to this condition. Within the chiropractic profession there is growing support for the use of a biopsychosocial-based intervention called Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET for this population. Methods/Design A placebo-controlled, single-blinded, randomised clinical pilot-trial has been designed to assess the influence of Neuro-Emotional Technique on a population with primary overt hypothyroidism. A sample of 102 adults (≥18 years who meet the inclusion criteria will be randomised to either a treatment group or a placebo group. Each group will receive ten treatments (NET or placebo over a six week period, and will be monitored for six months. The primary outcome will involve the measurement of depression using the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS. The secondary outcome measures to be used are; serum thyroid stimulating hormone, serum free-thyroxine, serum free-triiodothyronine, serum thyroid peroxidase auto-antibodies, serum thyroglobulin auto-antibodies as well as the measurement of functional health and well-being using the Short-Form-36 Version 2. The emotional states of anxiety and stress will be measured using the DASS. Self-measurement of

  16. Decision-Making in the Surgical Treatment of Breast Cancer: Factors Influencing Women’s Choices for Mastectomy and Breast Conserving Surgery

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    Bellavance, Emily Catherine; Kesmodel, Susan Beth

    2016-01-01

    One of the most difficult decisions a woman can be faced with when choosing breast cancer treatment is whether or not to undergo breast conserving surgery or mastectomy. The factors that influence these treatment decisions are complex and involve issues regarding access to health care, concerns for cancer recurrence, and the impact of surgery on body image and sexuality. Understanding these factors will help practitioners to improve patient education and to better guide patients through this ...

  17. Decision making in the surgical treatment of breast cancer: factors influencing women’s choices for mastectomy and breast conserving surgery

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    Emily Catherine Bellavance; Susan Beth Kesmodel

    2016-01-01

    One of the most difficult decisions a woman can be faced with when choosing breast cancer treatment is whether or not to undergo breast conserving surgery (BCS) or mastectomy. The factors that influence these treatment decisions are complex and involve issues regarding access to healthcare, concerns for cancer recurrence, and the impact of surgery on body image and sexuality. Understanding these factors will help practitioners to improve patient education and to better guide patients through...

  18. Access to antiretroviral treatment among French HIV infected injection drug users: the influence of continued drug use. MANIF 2000 Study Group

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    Carrieri, M. P.; Moatti, J. P.; Vlahov, D; Obadia, Y; Reynaud-Maurupt, C.; Chesney, M

    1999-01-01

    STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of continued drug use and its perception by prescribing physicians on access to antiretroviral treatment among French HIV infected injection drug users (IDUs). DESIGN: Cross sectional including enrollment data (October 1995-1996) of the cohort study MANIF 2000. Access to treatment is compared in three groups: former IDUs (n = 68) and active IDUs whether or not this behaviour remains undetected (n = 38) or detected (n = 17) by physicians. SETTI...

  19. Influence of He/O{sub 2} atmospheric pressure plasma jet treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics

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    Li Xuming [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); College of Textile and Clothing, Shaoxing University, Shaoxing 312000 (China); Lin Jun [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Qiu Yiping, E-mail: ypqiu@dhu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Textile Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2012-01-15

    The influence of He/O{sub 2} atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) treatment on subsequent wet desizing of polyacrylate on PET fabrics was studied in the present paper. Weight loss results indicated that the weight loss increased with an increase of plasma treatment time. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed an increased surface roughness after the plasma treatment. SEM also showed that the fiber surfaces were as clean as unsized fibers after 35 s treatment followed by NaHCO{sub 3} desizing. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicated that oxygen-based functional groups increased for the plasma treated polyacrylate sized fabrics. The percent desizing ratio (PDR) results showed that more than 99% PDR was achieved after 65 s plasma treatment followed by a 5 min NaHCO{sub 3} desizing. Compared to conventional wet desizing, indicating that plasma treatment could significantly reduce desizing time.

  20. Changes and recovery of soil bacterial communities influenced by biological soil disinfestation as compared with chloropicrin-treatment.

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    Mowlick, Subrata; Inoue, Takashi; Takehara, Toshiaki; Kaku, Nobuo; Ueki, Katsuji; Ueki, Atsuko

    2013-01-01

    Soil bacterial composition, as influenced by biological soil disinfestation (BSD) associated with biomass incorporation was investigated to observe the effects of the treatment on the changes and recovery of the microbial community in a commercial greenhouse setting. Chloropicrin (CP) was also used for soil disinfestation to compare with the effects of BSD. The fusarium wilt disease incidence of spinach cultivated in the BSD- and CP-treated plots was reduced as compared with that in the untreated control plots, showing effectiveness of both methods to suppress the disease. The clone library analyses based on 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that members of the Firmicutes became dominant in the soil bacterial community after the BSD-treatment. Clone groups related to the species in the class Clostridia, such as Clostridium saccharobutylicum, Clostridium tetanomorphum, Clostridium cylindrosporum, Oxobacter pfennigii, etc., as well as Bacillus niacini in the class Bacilli were recognized as the most dominant members in the community. For the CP-treated soil, clones affiliated with the Bacilli related to acid-tolerant or thermophilic bacteria such as Tuberibacillus calidus, Sporolactobacillus laevolacticus, Pullulanibacillus naganoensis, Alicyclobacillus pomorum, etc. were detected as the major groups. The clone library analysis for the soil samples collected after spinach cultivation revealed that most of bacterial groups present in the original soil belonging to the phyla Proteobacteria, Acidobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Gemmatimonadetes, Planctomycetes, TM7, etc. were recovered in the BSD-treated soil. For the CP-treated soil, the recovery of the bacterial groups belonging to the above phyla was also noted, but some major clone groups recognized in the original soil did not recover fully. PMID:23958081

  1. Influence of heat treatment temperature on bonding and oxidation resistance of diamond particles coated with TiO2 film

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    Xiao-Pan Liu; Dong-Dong Song; Long Wan; Xian-Bing Pang; Zheng Li

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, TiO2 films were coated on the surface of diamond particles using a sol–gel method. The effects of heat treatment temperature on the morphology, composition, chemical bonds, oxidation resistance and compressive strength of diamond particles coated with TiO2 films were characterized through scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric–differential scanning calorimetry and compressive strength test. The results showed that when the temperature reached 600°C, the amorphous TiO2 on the diamond particles surface exhibited as a dense anatase film and the Ti–O–C bond formed between TiO2 and the diamond substrates. When temperature reached 800°C, TiO2 films were still in anatase phase and part of the diamond carbon began to graphitize. The graphitizated carbon can also form the Ti–O–C bond with TiO2 film, although TiO2 film would tend to crack in this condition. Meanwhile, the temperature had a serious influence on the oxidation resistance of diamond particles coated with TiO2 films in air. When the heat treatment temperature reached 600°C, the initial oxidation temperature of the coated diamond particles reached the maximum value of 754°C. When the diamond particles were oxidized at 800°C for 0.5 h in air, the weight loss rate reached the minimum value of 6.7 wt% and the compressive strength reached the maximum value of 15.7 N.

  2. The influence of the heat treatment on the microstructure and properties of Mg-Al-Zn based alloys

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the following paper there have been the structure and properties of the MCMgAl12Zn1, MCMgAl9Zn1, MCMgAl6Zn1, MCMgAl3Zn1 magnesium cast alloy as-cast state and after a heat treatment presented.Design/methodology/approach: A casting cycle of alloys has been carried out in an induction crucible furnace using a protective salt bath Flux 12 equipped with two ceramic filters at the melting temperature of 750±10ºC, suitable for the manufactured material. The following results concern light and scanning microscopy, X-ray quantitative microanalysis and mechanical properties.Findings: The examined alloys in as-cast state characterize a microstructure of α solid solution constituting the alloy matrix, the β – Mg17Al12 intermetallic phase in the form of plates located mostly at grain boundaries as well as near needle eutectic precipitations Mg17Al12 (α + β. In the structure one can also observe, using the EDS system, big concentrations of silicon, manganese and iron. The ageing process has caused the precipitation of evenly distributed dispersive β secondary phase in the needle form.Practical implications: A good capability of damping vibrations and low inertia connected with a relatively low weight of elements have predominantly contributed to the employment of magnesium alloys for the fast moving elements and in locations where rapid velocity changes occur; some good examples may be car wheels, combustion engine pistons, high-speed machine tools, aircraft equipment elements, etc.Originality/value: The undertaken examinations aim at defining the influence of a chemical composition and precipitation processes on the structure and casting magnesium alloy properties in its as-cast state and after heat treatment with a different content of alloy components.

  3. Phase composition and morphology of nanoparticles of yttrium orthophosphates synthesized by microwave-hydrothermal treatment: The influence of synthetic conditions

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    Highlights: • We synthesized YPO4 and YPO4⋅0.8H2O nanoparticles by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. • We studied “conditions–composition–properties” relations for this synthetic path. • We revealed the mechanism of stabilization of YPO4⋅0.8H2O phase at high temperatures. - Abstract: Herein we report the study of the influence of synthesis conditions during the microwave-hydrothermal crystallization of freshly precipitated gels on the phase composition and morphology of the rare-earth doped yttrium orthophosphates nanoparticles. We characterize the nanoparticles of YPO4 and YPO4⋅0.8H2O using X-ray diffraction analysis, TEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy. Furthermore, we argue that for the given phase the degree of crystallinity and thus the sample morphology depend strongly on the synthesis conditions. We establish that the hexagonal hydrate phase can be obtained by means of microwave-hydrothermal method if one uses phosphate anion excess or adjusts pH of the reaction mixture. Also we show that the metastable hydrate phase is most likely stabilized by hydroxyl groups at elevated temperatures

  4. Influence of electropulsing treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip

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    Highlights: → EPT tremendously accelerated recrystallization of cold-rolled AZ91 alloy. → The extent of EPT induced recrystallization increased gradually with frequency. → EPT changed the tensile fracture behaviours of the AZ91 strip. → A mechanism for rapid recrystallization of the AZ91 alloy under EPT was proposed. - Abstract: Influences of electropulsing treatment (EPT) on microstructure and mechanical properties of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip were studied. EPT was found to accelerate the recrystallization of cold-rolled Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip at a relatively low temperature, and obtain fine microstructure of quasi-single-phase-recrystallized grains. The EPT-induced microstructural changes weakened the intensity of the basal fiber texture, and increased elongation to failure remarkably with a decrease in tensile strength. Fracture surface analysis showed that transition from intergranular brittle facture to transgranular dimple fracture took place with an increase in frequency of EPT. The rapid recrystallization behaviour of the Mg-9Al-1Zn alloy strip under EPT was attributed to the enhancement of nucleation rate and atomic diffusion resulting from the coupling of the thermal and athermal effects. It is supposed that EPT can provide a highly efficient method for the intermediate-softening annealing of magnesium alloys sheet/strips.

  5. ASSESSMENT OF FACTORS INFLUENCING ORAL HEALTH STATUS AND TREATMENT NEEDS AMONG MALAYALI TRIBAL POPULATION AT JAVADHU HILLS, INDIA

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    Full Text Available AIM: The purpose of the study was to assess the oral health Status, factors influencing them and treatment needs of Malayali tribes at Javadhu hills in Polur Taluk, Tamilnadu. METHODOLOGY: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted to assess the oral health status of totally 710 subjects in four different age groups of 12yrs, 15yrs, 35-44yrs, 65-74yrs old were using the W.H.O oral health assessment methodology 1997. Before the start of the study, an ethical clearance from the institutional review board (IRB obtained. RESULTS: The periodontal status of the subjects according to the mean sextants showed that the healthy sextants were maximum in the younger age groups and gradually decreased with age. The mean number of healthy sextant was found to be 3.36 in the 12 years age group. The mean DMFT was 0.65 in 12 years and increased up to 9.9 in 65-74 years age group. CONCLUSION: The findings study survey highlights the dominance of untreated caries and a high prevalence of calculus in 12 &15 year old Malayali tribe children

  6. Phase composition and morphology of nanoparticles of yttrium orthophosphates synthesized by microwave-hydrothermal treatment: The influence of synthetic conditions

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    Vanetsev, A.S., E-mail: alexander.vanetsev@ut.ee [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Samsonova, E.V. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Gaitko, O.M. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry RAS, Leninskii Prospekt 31, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Keevend, K. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Popov, A.V. [Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Vavilov St. 38, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Mäeorg, U. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Ravila 14a, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Mändar, H.; Sildos, I. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Orlovskii, Yu.V. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Vavilov St. 38, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • We synthesized YPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O nanoparticles by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. • We studied “conditions–composition–properties” relations for this synthetic path. • We revealed the mechanism of stabilization of YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O phase at high temperatures. - Abstract: Herein we report the study of the influence of synthesis conditions during the microwave-hydrothermal crystallization of freshly precipitated gels on the phase composition and morphology of the rare-earth doped yttrium orthophosphates nanoparticles. We characterize the nanoparticles of YPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O using X-ray diffraction analysis, TEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy. Furthermore, we argue that for the given phase the degree of crystallinity and thus the sample morphology depend strongly on the synthesis conditions. We establish that the hexagonal hydrate phase can be obtained by means of microwave-hydrothermal method if one uses phosphate anion excess or adjusts pH of the reaction mixture. Also we show that the metastable hydrate phase is most likely stabilized by hydroxyl groups at elevated temperatures.

  7. Influence of alkali treatment and fibre length on mechanical properties of short Agave fibre reinforced epoxy composites

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    Highlights: → New renewable and biodegradable Agave americana fibre. → The mechanical properties of alkali treated composites increase 10-15% to compare untreated composites. → The influence fibre length is contributing the strength of short fibre composites. → Future scope in light weight materials manufacture. -- Abstract: Composites based on short Agave fibres (untreated and alkali treated) reinforced epoxy resin using three different fibre lengths (3 mm, 7 mm and 10 mm length) are prepared by using hand lay up and compression mould technique. The materials were characterized in terms of tensile, compressive, flexural, impact, water absorption properties and machinability behaviour. All mechanical tests showed that alkali treated fibre composites withstand more fracture strain than untreated fibre composites. As evidenced by the dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) tests, the thermo-mechanical properties of the composite with alkali treated Agave fibre were considerably good as alkali treatment had facilitated more sites of fibre resin interface. The machinability and atomic force microscope (AFM) studies were carried out to analyze the fibre-matrix interaction in untreated and alkali treated Agave fibre-epoxy composites.

  8. Influence of microbial adaption and supplementation of nutrients on the biodegradation of ionic liquids in sewage sludge treatment processes.

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    Markiewicz, Marta; Stolte, Stefan; Lustig, Zofia; Łuczak, Justyna; Skup, Michał; Hupka, Jan; Jungnickel, Christian

    2011-11-15

    As ionic liquids are winning more attention from industry as a replacement of more hazardous chemicals, some of their structures have the potential to become persistent pollutants due to high stability towards abiotic and biotic degradation processes. Therefore it is important to determine the hazard associated with the presence of ILs in the environment, for example biodegradation under real conditions. Standard biodegradation testing procedures generally permit pre-conditioning of inoculum but do not allow for pre-exposition to the test substance. These are usually conducted in a mineral medium which does not provide additional organic nutrients. Though very valuable, as a point of reference, these tests do not fully represent real conditions. In in situ conditions, for example in wastewater treatment plants or natural soils and water bodies, the presence of readily available sources of energy and nutrients as well as the process of adaptation may often alter the fate and metabolic pathways of xenobiotics. Our results have shown that these are the opposing processes influencing the biodegradation rate of ILs in sewage sludge. The results have significant practical implications with respect to the assessment of biodegradability and environmental fate of ILs and other xenobiotics in environmental conditions and their potential remediation options. PMID:21907490

  9. Computer modelling system of the chemical composition and treatment parameters influence on mechanical properties of structural steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presents Neuro-Lab. It is an authorship programme, which use algorithms of artificial intelligence for structural steels mechanical properties estimation.Design/methodology/approach: On the basis of chemical composition, parameters of heat and mechanical treatment and elements of geometrical shape and size this programme has the ability to calculate the mechanical properties of examined steel and introduce them as raw numeric data or in graphic as influence charts. Possible is also to examine the dependence among the selected steel property and chosen input parameters, which describes this property.Findings: There is no necessity of carrying out any additional material tests. The results correlations between calculated and measured values are very good and achieve even the level of 98%. Practical implications: Presented programme can be an effective replace of the real experimental methods of properties determination in laboratory examinations. It can be applied as the enlargement of experimental work. Possible is also the investigation of models coming from new steel species, that wasn’t produced yet.Originality/value: The ability of the mechanical properties estimation of the ready, or foreseen to the use, material is unusually valuable for manufacturers and constructors. This signifies the fulfilment of customer’s quality requirements as well as measurable financial advantages for material manufacturers.

  10. The influence of statin treatment on the inflammatory biomarkers YKL-40 and HsCRP in patients with stable coronary artery disease

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    Mygind, Naja Dam; Harutyunyan, Marina J; Mathiasen, Anders Bruun; Ripa, Rasmus Sejersten; Thune, Jens Jacob; Gøtze, Jens Peter; Johansen, Julia S; Kastrup, Jens

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The inflammatory biomarker YKL-40 is elevated and associated with mortality in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim was to investigate the influence of statin treatment and lipid status on serum YKL-40 and Hs-CRP in patients with stable CAD. DESIGN: Serum YKL-40...

  11. Time influence in chemical treatment of Brazilian raw materials type; Influencia del tiempo en el tratamiento quimico sobre materias primas brasileras del tipo acilloso

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    Argolo, F.; Dias, C.; Machado, A. [Centro de Inovacao e Tecnologia Ambiental (CITA/CETREL), Camacari, BA (Brazil); Volzone, C.; Ortiga, J. [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC/CCT/CONICET/La Plata/CICPBA) (Argentina); Valenzuela Diaz, F. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica. Dept. de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais

    2012-07-01

    Clays are part of raw materials in different industries. The mineralogical composition and purity greatly influence the application thereof. Chemical treatments applied, such as acid attack, modify their properties and thus their possible uses. Taking in to account that, clay minerals, may differ by more or less resistance to chemical attacks, two types of clay were studied with different mineralogical composition to assess the degree of resistance to chemical attack treatment such as acid. Acid treatments that were applied, differ mainly in the contact time between the solid and the liquid. The solids were studied by X-ray diffraction analysis, chemical analysis and infrared analysis.

  12. Comparison of the influence of heat treatment and magnetic-pulse treatment on the mechanical characteristics of 65G steel upon instrumental indentation

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    Vorob'ev, R. A.; Dubinskii, V. N.

    2015-11-01

    It has been shown that the magnetic-pulse treatment can exert various effects on the behavior of lattice defects and the microstructure of 65G steel and, consequently, on its mechanical properties depending on the conditions of treatment. The mechanical characteristics of 65G steel obtained by the method of instru-mental indentation after heat treatment and magnetic-pulse treatment are compared.

  13. Characterization of chemically induced ovarian carcinomas in an ethanol-preferring rat model: influence of long-term melatonin treatment.

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    Luiz Gustavo A Chuffa

    Full Text Available Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths among women, and chronic alcoholism may exert co-carcinogenic effects. Because melatonin (mel has oncostatic properties, we aimed to investigate and characterize the chemical induction of ovarian tumors in a model of ethanol-preferring rats and to verify the influence of mel treatment on the overall features of these tumors. After rats were selected to receive ethanol (EtOH, they were surgically injected with 100 µg of 7,12-dimethyl-benz[a]anthracene (DMBA plus sesame oil directly under the left ovarian bursa. At 260 days old, half of the animals received i.p. injections of 200 µg mel/100 g b.w. for 60 days. Four experimental groups were established: Group C, rats bearing ovarian carcinomas (OC; Group C+EtOH, rats voluntarily consuming 10% (v/v EtOH and bearing OC; Group C+M, rats bearing OC and receiving mel; and Group C+EtOH+M, rats with OC consuming EtOH and receiving mel. Estrous cycle and nutritional parameters were evaluated, and anatomopathological analyses of the ovarian tumors were conducted. The incidence of ovarian tumors was higher in EtOH drinking animals 120 days post-DMBA administration, and mel efficiently reduced the prevalence of some aggressive tumors. Although mel promoted high EtOH consumption, it was effective in synchronizing the estrous cycle and reducing ovarian tumor mass by 20%. While rats in the C group displayed cysts containing serous fluid, C+EtOH rats showed solid tumor masses. After mel treatment, the ovaries of these rats presented as soft and mobile tissues. EtOH consumption increased the incidence of serous papillary carcinomas and sarcomas but not clear cell carcinomas. In contrast, mel reduced the incidence of sarcomas, endometrioid carcinomas and cystic teratomas. Combination of DMBA with EtOH intake potentiated the incidence of OC with malignant histologic subtypes. We concluded that mel reduces ovarian masses and the incidence of

  14. Influence of the surface pre-treatment of aluminum on the processes of formation of cerium oxides protective films

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    Andreeva, R.; Stoyanova, E.; Tsanev, A.; Stoychev, D.

    2016-03-01

    It is known that there is special interest in the contemporary investigations on conversion treatment of aluminum aimed at promoting its corrosion stability, which is focused on electrolytes on the basis of salts of metals belonging to the group of rare-earth elements. Their application is especially attractive, as it enables a successful substitution of the presently applied highly efficient, but at the same time toxic Cr6+-containing electrolytes. The present paper presents a study on the influence of the preliminary alkaline activation and acidic de-oxidation of the aluminum surface on the processes of immersion formation of protective cerium oxides films on Al 1050. The results obtained show that their deposition from simple electrolytes (containing only salts of Ce3+ ions) on the Al surface, treated only in alkaline solution, occurs at a higher rate, which leads to preparing thicker oxide films having a better protective ability. In the cases when the formation of oxide films is realized in a complex electrolyte (containing salts of Ce3+ and Cu2+ ions), better results are obtained with respect to the morphology and protective action of cerium oxides film on samples that have been consecutively activated in alkaline solution and deoxidized in acidic solution. Electrochemical investigations were carried out in a model corrosion medium (0.1 M NaCl); it was shown that the cerium protective films, deposited by immersion, have a cathodic character with regard to the aluminum support and inhibit the occurrence of the depolarizing corrosion process -- the reaction of oxygen reduction.

  15. Influence of the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant on surface water in the Santa Cruz River and local aquifers

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    LaBrie, H. M.; Brusseau, M. L.; Huth, H.

    2015-12-01

    As water resources become limited in Arizona due to drought and excessive use of ground water, treated wastewater effluent is becoming essential in creating natural ecosystems and recharging the decreasing groundwater supplies. Therefore, future water supplies are heavily dependent of the flow (quantity) and quality of the treated effluent. The Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant (NIWTP) releases treated wastewater from both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico into the Santa Cruz River. This released effluent not only has the potential to impact surface water, but also groundwater supplies in Southern Arizona. In the recent past, the NIWTP has had reoccurring issues with elevated levels of cadmium, in addition to other, more infrequent, releases of high amounts of other metals. The industrial demographic of the region, as well as limited water quality regulations in Mexico makes the NIWTP and its treated effluent an important area of study. In addition, outdated infrastructure can potentially lead to damaging environmental impacts, as well as human health concerns. The Santa Cruz River has been monitored and studied in the past, but in recent years, there has been a halt in research regarding the state of the river. Data from existing water quality databases and recent sampling reports are used to address research questions regarding the state of the Santa Cruz River. These questions include: 1) How will change in flow eventually impact surface water and future groundwater supplies 2) What factors influence this flow (such as extreme flooding and drought) 3) What is the impact of effluent on surface water quality 4) Can changes in surface water quality impact groundwater quality 5) How do soil characteristics and surface flow impact the transport of released contaminants Although outreach to stakeholders across the border and updated infrastructure has improved the quality of water in the river, there are many areas to improve upon as the

  16. The Influence of Chemical Treatment on the Mechanical Behaviour of Animal Fibre-Reinforced High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Isiaka O. Oladele

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This research work has investigated the influence of chemical treatment on the mechanical behaviour of animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites. The animal fibres used for this present study were chicken feather and cow hair fibres procured from local poultries and abattoirs. Prior to the development of the composite materials, the animal fibres were washed and dried, cut into 10 mm and divided into two portions; one portion was treated with 0.25 M NaOH maintained at 60 0C for 1 hour in a water bath, rinsed with distilled water and dried in the oven while the other portion was left untreated. Both portions were then used to reinforce the high density polyethylene polymer at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 % fibre loading respectively from which, the flexural and tensile test samples were produced by hot compression moulding. From the test results, it was observed that the chemically treated cow hair and chicken feather fibre reinforced high density polyethylene composites gave the best flexural properties for most fibre loading percentages compared to their untreated animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites counterparts and the neat high density polyethylene matrix. However, the tensile properties of all the animal fibre-reinforced high density polyethylene composites were not enhanced. Chicken feather and cow hair fibres were chosen for this research work to consider their potential applications as reinforcement for polymeric materials with a view to curtail the environmental pollution they generate by means of their disposal, as they are considered as unusable animal waste.

  17. The influence of cultural variables on treatment retention and engagement in a sample of Mexican American adolescent males with substance use disorders.

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    Burrow-Sánchez, Jason J; Meyers, Kimberly; Corrales, Carolina; Ortiz-Jensen, Cynthia

    2015-12-01

    Adolescent substance abuse is a serious public health concern, and in response to this problem, a number of effective treatment approaches have been developed. Despite this, retaining and engaging adolescents in treatment are 2 major challenges continuously faced by practitioners and clinical researchers. Low retention and engagement rates are especially salient for ethnic minority adolescents because they are at high risk for underutilization of substance abuse treatment compared to their White peers. Latino adolescents, in particular, are part of the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States and experience high rates of substance use disorders. Heretofore, the empirical examination of cultural factors that influence treatment retention and engagement has been lacking in the literature. The goal of this study was to investigate the influence of the cultural variables ethnic identity, familism, and acculturation on the retention and engagement of Latino adolescents participating in substance abuse treatment. This study used data collected from a sample of Latino adolescent males (N = 96), predominantly of Mexican descent, and largely recruited from the juvenile justice system. Analysis was conducted using generalized regression models for count variables. Results indicated that higher levels of exploration, a subfactor of ethnic identity, and familism were predictive of attendance and engagement. In contrast, higher levels of Anglo orientation, a subfactor of acculturation, were predictive of lower treatment attendance and engagement. Clinical implications for the variables of ethnic identity, acculturation, and familism as well as suggestions for future research are discussed. PMID:26168226

  18. Treatment of breast cancer with simultaneous integrated boost in hybrid plan technique. Influence of flattening filter-free beams

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    Bahrainy, Marzieh; Kretschmer, Matthias; Joest, Vincent; Kasch, Astrid; Wuerschmidt, Florian; Dahle, Joerg; Lorenzen, Joern [Radiologische Allianz, Hamburg (Germany)

    2016-05-15

    The present study compares in silico treatment plans using hybrid plan technique during hypofractionated radiation of mammary carcinoma with simultaneous integrated boost (SIB). The influence of 6 MV photon radiation in flattening filter free (FFF) mode against the clinical standard flattening filter (FF) mode is to be examined. RT planning took place with FF and FFF radiation plans for 10 left-sided breast cancer patients. Hybrid plans were realised with two tangential IMRT fields and one VMAT field. The dose prescription was in line with the guidelines in the ARO-2010-01 study. The dosimetric verification took place with a manufacturer-independent measurement system. Required dose prescriptions for the planning target volumes (PTV) were achieved for both groups. The average dose values of the ipsi- and contralateral lung and the heart did not differ significantly. The overall average incidental dose to the left anterior descending artery (LAD) of 8.24 ± 3.9 Gy in the FFF group and 9.05 ± 3.7 Gy in the FF group (p < 0.05) were found. The dosimetric verifications corresponded to the clinical requirements. FFF-based RT plans reduced the average treatment time by 17 s/fraction. In comparison to the FF-based hybrid plan technique the FFF mode allows further reduction of the average LAD dose for comparable target volume coverage without adverse low-dose exposure of contralateral structures. The combination of hybrid plan technique and 6 MV photon radiation in the FFF mode is suitable for use with hypofractionated dose schemes. The increased dose rate allows a substantial reduction of treatment time and thus beneficial application of the deep inspiration breath hold technique. (orig.) [German] Vergleich der ''In-silico''-Bestrahlungsplaene der klinisch etablierten Hybridplan-Technik bei hypofraktionierter Bestrahlung des Mammakarzinoms mit simultan integriertem Boost (SIB). Untersucht wird der Einfluss von 6MV-Photonenstrahlung im Flattening

  19. The influence of a pre-treatment with lithium, anabolic agents and hypertransfusion on the regeneration of the hematopoiesis in mice after radiation damage

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    In this work it was investigated, whether a week-long pre-treatment with Lithium carbonate, the anabolic agent Deca-Durabolin and syngeneic blood transfusions effected a stimulation, especially of the granulopoiesis, in mice and whether with these measures an increase in the number of pluripotent and myeloically determined stem cells CFUs and CFUc was attained. Further, the question was followed, to what extent these measures have a positive affect on the regeneration of hematopoiesis after radiation damage. Because these therapeutic interventions influence the hematopoiesis through various mechanisms, the detection of eventually present, additive effects should be done using a combination of these types of treatment. (orig./MG)

  20. Individual, facility and policy level influences on national coverage estimates for intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in pregnancy in Tanzania

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    Schellenberg Joanna

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Delivery of two doses of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp is a key strategy to reduce the burden of malaria in pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa. However, different settings have reported coverage levels well below the target 80%. Antenatal implementation guidelines in Tanzania recommend IPTp first dose to be given at the second antenatal visit, and second dose at the third visit. This investigation measured coverage of IPTp at national level in Tanzania and examined the role of individual, facility, and policy level influences on achieved coverage. Methods Three national household and linked reproductive and child health (RCH facility surveys were conducted July-August 2005, 2006, and 2007 in 210 clusters sampled using two-stage cluster sampling from 21 randomly selected districts. Female residents who reported a livebirth in the previous year were asked questions about malaria prevention during that pregnancy and individual characteristics including education, pregnancy history, and marital status. The RCH facility serving each cluster was also surveyed, and information collected about drug stocks, health education delivery, and the timing of antenatal care delivery by clinic users. Results The national IPTp coverage had declined over the survey period being 71% for first dose in 2005 falling to 65% in 2007 (χ2 2.9, p = 0.05, and 38% for second dose in 2005 but 30% in 2007 (χ2 4.4, p = 0.01. There was no evidence of any individual factors being associated with second dose coverage beyond living in an urban area. Availability of sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine at RCH had decreased year on year from 85% of clinics in stock in 2005 to 60% in 2007 (χ2 20.6, p Conclusion There is scope to improve IPTp first and second dose coverage at national scale within existing systems by improving stock at RCH, and by revising the existing guidelines to recommend delivery of IPTp after quickening, rather than