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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    2011-10-05

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

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

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    2011-09-12

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

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  6. Smoking cessation medications

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

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

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    Mojgan Hessamfar

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

  8. Economics of smoking cessation

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    Parrott, S; Godfrey, C

    2004-01-01

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

  9. Smoking cessation and COPD

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    Philip Tønnesen

    2013-03-01

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

  10. Methods of smoking cessation.

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    Schwartz, J L

    1992-03-01

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

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

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

  12. Pharmaceutical care in smoking cessation.

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

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Pharmaceutical care in smoking cessation

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    Marín Armero A

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

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    Møller, A; Villebro, N

    2005-01-01

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

  15. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

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    Møller, A; Villebro, N

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  18. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

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

    2014-01-01

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

  19. Update on smoking cessation therapies.

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    Glynn, Deirdre A

    2009-04-01

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

  20. Expansion of Medicaid Covered Smoking Cessation Services

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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  4. Thermoluminescence of CaCO3:Dy and CaCO3:Mn

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

  5. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

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

    2010-01-01

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

  6. Interventions for preoperative smoking cessation

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

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

  7. Radiolysis of Ca14CO3

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

  8. Smoking and cancer: smoking cessation.

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

    1994-01-01

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

  9. Smoking Cessation Strategies in Pregnancy.

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    Leung, Lesley W S; Davies, Gregory A

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    2003-02-01

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

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

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    Christian Sapin

    2010-10-01

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

  12. NCI launches smoking cessation support for teens

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

  13. Functional Health Literacy and Smoking Cessation Outcomes

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

    2011-01-01

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

  14. Mass Media for Smoking Cessation in Adolescents

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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    Kontutytė, Eglė

    2012-01-01

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

  17. Tobacco Cessation Interventions for Underserved Women

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    Hemsing, Natalie; Greaves, Lorraine; Poole, Nancy

    2015-01-01

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

  18. Perioperative smoking cessation in vascular surgery

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Laurent Michel

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Michel, Laurent

    2016-06-01

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

  1. Review and recommended thermodynamic properties of FeCO3

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

    2010-01-01

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

  2. Factors Associated with Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy.

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

    2016-05-01

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

  3. Correlates of Cessation Success among Romanian Adults

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    Dorota Kaleta

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

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

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    David, Béatrice

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  8. 78 FR 13236 - TRICARE: Smoking Cessation Program

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    2013-02-27

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

  9. Engaging African Americans in Smoking Cessation Programs

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

    2014-01-01

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

  10. Neutron-diffraction reinvestigation of NiCO3

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

    1983-10-01

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

  11. Smoking Cessation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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    Tashkin, Donald P

    2015-08-01

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

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

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    Kaplan, Gilaad G

    2016-03-01

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

  13. Rice-like hollow nano-CaCO3 synthesis

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    Ulkeryildiz, Eda; Kilic, Sevgi; Ozdemir, Ekrem

    2016-09-01

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

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

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    McSwiggen, P.L.

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    曹文俊; 郑成林; 钟期洪; 刘悦

    2016-01-01

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

  16. The transtheoretical model use for smoking cessation

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    Eroğlu, Kafiye; KOYUN, Ayşe

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

  17. Smoking and Cessation Behaviors Among College Students

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    Janie Canty-Mitchell

    2012-11-01

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

  18. The decarbonation and heat capacity of ZnCO3

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

    1987-01-01

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

  19. Formation of carrageenan-CaCO3 bioactive membranes.

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

    2016-01-01

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

  20. NETWORK ENCAPSULATION OF NANOMETER CaCO3

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  3. Estimation of Cessation Rates among Danish Users of Benzodiazepines

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    Støvring, Henrik; Gasse, Christiane

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

  4. Driving cessation in patients attending a memory clinic.

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    Cunningham, Conal

    2005-01-01

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

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

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    Munshi, Vidit; McMahon, Pamela

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

  7. Internet-based interventions for smoking cessation

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

    2010-01-01

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

  8. Synthesis and photocatalytic property of multilayered Co3O4

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

    2015-11-01

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

  9. Observation of superficial antiferromagnetism in Co3O4 polycrystals

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

    2015-11-01

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

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

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    高岩磊; 陈慧; 郧海丽; 崔文广

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    2011-09-20

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

  12. 20 CFR 410.432 - Cessation of disability.

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

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

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    Watt, Celia A.; Manaster, Guy

    2003-01-01

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

  14. Multimodal intervention raises smoking cessation rate during pregnancy

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

    2003-01-01

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

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

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    Mehta, Purvi; Sharma, Manoj

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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    高蕊; 王燕; 裴现勇

    2004-01-01

    改变CaCO3含量、CaCO3种类、偶联剂用量、CaCO3与滑石粉的配比等,对PP/CaCO3复合材料力学性能进行了研究与分析.结果表明:CaCO3用量、种类及滑石粉和偶联剂用量均对体系力学性能有影响.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  1. Factors associated to breastfeeding cessation before 6 months.

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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    崔文广; 高岩磊; 刘会茹; 郧海丽

    2012-01-01

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

  3. Update on medicines for smoking cessation.

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    McDonough, Mike

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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    包永忠; 史建明; 黄志明; 翁志学

    2005-01-01

    以偶联改性纳米CaCO3和甲基丙烯酸甲酯(MMA)为原料,原位乳液聚合制得PMMA接枝包覆纳米CaCO3,以其与PVC熔融共混制备复合材料,研究了纳米CaCO3在共混体中的分散和与PVC界面的结合.与未改性纳米CaCO3相比,纳米CaCO3接枝包覆PMMA后,在PVC中的分散性能得到明显改善,粒子被分散得更加细小、均匀.PMMA接枝包覆纳米CaCO3与PVC界面间相容性能最好,比小分子改性CaCO3与PVC间的黏结作用更强.采用PMMA包覆纳米CaCO3粒子改性PVC,比未改性纳米CaCO3改性PVC有更好的冲击性能及拉伸性能.

  6. The use of bupropion SR in cigarette smoking cessation

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    Scott Wilkes

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  8. TOUGHENING AND STRENGTHENING OF PP WITH NANO-CaCO3%纳米CaCO3增韧增强PP研究

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    胡圣飞; 郦华兴; 严海彪

    2004-01-01

    研究了纳米及微米CaCO3对聚丙烯(PP)力学性能的影响,探讨了纳米CaCO3增韧增强PP的机理,并用扫描电子显微镜及差示扫描量热仪对改性PP进行观察与分析.结果表明,纳米CaCO3改性PP的力学性能优于微米CaCO3改性PP;纳米CaCO3用量为10~12份时,改性PP综合性能较好;纳米CaCO3改性PP力学性能的提高可用"开关模型"解释并与β晶的形成有关.

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

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    韩虹琳

    1998-01-01

    灰水系统结垢主要为CaCO3垢,对水中结CaCO3垢倾向的判断,方法很多,但准确性较差.根据实测CaCO3沉淀势指数判断结垢倾向、衡量结垢程度方便、准确、可靠、经济.

  10. Varenicline: a novel pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation.

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

    2009-07-01

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

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

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    张桂霞; 刘国军

    2006-01-01

    采用水性体系对纳米CaCO3进行表面处理.XPS、FT-IR、TGA分析表明,硅烷偶联剂KH-570能与纳米CaCO3生成SiOCa键,从而化学健接到CaCO3粒子表面.TEM分析表明,改性后的纳米CaCO3能有效地以初始粒子结构进行分散.

  12. Electronic, optical and bonding properties of MgCO 3

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

    2010-05-01

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

  13. OLD FIELD SUCCESSIONAL DYNAMICS FOLLOWING CESSATION OF CHRONIC DISTURBANCE

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

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

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

  15. Medicaid Coverage Of Cessation Treatments And Barriers To Treatments

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  17. Association between Positivity and Smoking Cessation

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    Maria Caterina Grassi

    2014-01-01

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

  18. The use of bupropion SR in cigarette smoking cessation

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    Scott Wilkes

    2008-01-01

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

  19. Best Practices for Smoking Cessation Interventions in Primary Care

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  2. Regulating Advertisements: The Case of Smoking Cessation Products

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  4. National Survey of the Smoking Cessation Services in Italy

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  6. Foaming of CRT panel glass powder with Na2CO3

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

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    雷景新; 何光健; 高峻

    2004-01-01

    采用表面光聚合技术处理CaCO3粉末,研究了反应温度、时间、单体浓度等对丙烯酰胺(AAM)在CaCO3粉末表面光聚合的影响,并采用X光电子能谱(ESCA)、粒度分析、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和模型模拟分析等研究了表面光聚合处理碳酸钙(CaCO3)的结构.结果表明:紫外光能有效地引发AAM在CaCO3粒子表面聚合.经光聚合处理后,CaCO3粒子表面形成了聚丙烯酰胺(PAAM)包覆层,该包覆层与CaCO3粒子结合紧密,不能被溶剂洗涤清除.光聚合处理后CaCO3粒子表面较光滑,分散性可得到提高,CaCO3粒子粒径增大.

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

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

  13. STUDY ON DIFFERENT SHAPE NANO-CaCO3 MODIFYING PP%不同形态纳米级CaCO3改性PP研究

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    胡圣飞; 郦华兴; 严海彪

    2004-01-01

    研究了不同形态纳米级CaCO3改性PP复合材料的力学性能及其对PP球晶形态的影响.结果表明,纳米级CaCO3形态不同,复合材料力学性能不一样,立方形纳米级CaCO3有利于改善复合材料的冲击性能,而纤维状纳米级CaCO3则能明显改善材料的拉伸性能.纳米级CaCO3能使PP球晶明显的细化,并能促进β晶型的生成.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  16. Using the VAHIRR Radar Algorithm to Investigate Lightning Cessation

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  18. Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention – A Review

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    李蕾; 张春英; 矫庆泽; 段雪

    2001-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

  2. THE CaCO3 IN LOESS AND ITS RELATION TO ENVIRONMENT%黄土中的CaCO3与环境

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    李秉成

    2002-01-01

    提出了黄土中CaCO3对环境的意义,重点阐述了黄土地层中CaCO3来源、含量等问题,对陕西西安刘家坡、兰州等地黄土进行了分析和研究,从而揭示了黄土中CaCO3含量与气候环境的密切关系.

  3. CaCO3对PE/CaCO3共混体系力学性能影响的研究

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    李春艳; 董金虎

    2009-01-01

    本文以PE/CaCO3共混体系为研究对象,探讨随CaCO3含量的逐步改变,共混体系弹性模量、断裂伸长率、冲击强度等力学性能的变化趋势,并分析了产生这些变化趋势的原因,获得了较为理想的PE/CaCO3组分配比.

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

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

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

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    Marschner, H

    1969-09-12

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    2008-09-01

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

  8. Obesity and early cessation of breastfeeding in Denmark

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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    Kinnunen Taru H

    2006-08-01

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

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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    林荣毅; 张家芸; 张培新

    2001-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-28

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

  13. In Situ Investigations into CaCO3 Nucleation

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    Nielsen, Michael Harold

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

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

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    Cheng, Wenting; Li, Zhibao

    2010-04-01

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

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

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

    1984-01-01

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

  16. Dynamics of fossil fuel CO2 neutralization by marine CaCO3

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

    1998-06-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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    Yoon, Taek Han; Park, Yong Joon

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  20. ROLE OF VARENICLINE IN SMOKING CESSATION: INDIAN SCENARIO

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    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  2. SURFACE MODIFICATION OF CaCO3 WITH DENDRITIC CARBOXYLIC ACIDS

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    Zhao-xia Guo; Jian Yu

    2002-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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    Sébastien Gallien

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2008-08-01

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

  12. Plasma suPAR is lowered by smoking cessation

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

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Extended Treatment with Bupropion SR for Cigarette Smoking Cessation

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Geboy, Michael J.; Fried, Jacquelyn L.

    1994-01-01

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

  16. Cost-effectiveness of varenicline for smoking cessation

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    Keiding, Hans

    2009-01-01

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

  17. Coping Strategies Used by Adolescents during Smoking Cessation

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    Jannone, Laura; O'Connell, Kathleen A.

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Ystrom Eivind

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  1. Room Temperature Ammonia Gas Sensing Characteristics of Co3O4

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    P.N. Shelke

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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    Heminger CL

    2016-04-01

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

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

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    2010-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

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

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    永山; 聪士; 于建; 西 敏夫

    2008-01-01

    采用一步法制备了具有不同界面性质的聚丙烯/碳酸钙(PP/CaCO3)复合体系,考察了界面作用对复合材料性能的影响.结果表明,在只使用CaCO3的情况下,PP/CaCO3复合材料的弯曲强度和热变形温度会提高,但拉伸强度和冲击强度则会有较大程度降低,且CaCO3含量越高对样品的弯曲强度、热变形温度、拉伸强度和冲击强度影响越大;用弹性体包覆CaCO3粒子,不但可以防止PP/CaCO3复合材料的拉伸强度的进一步降低,而且可以提高其冲击强度;加入偶联剂和助偶联剂,有利于弹性体对CaCO3粒子的有效包覆,这种包覆是自发进行的,原子力显微镜结果验证了粒子的核壳结构.

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

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    Guangcheng ZHANG; Xuetao SHI; Yajuan XING; Ting CHEN

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Mohammadkazemi, Faranak; Faria, Marisa; Cordeiro, Nereida

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

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

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    Kim, Kwan Su; Park, Yong Joon

    2012-01-01

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

  15. Grain refinement of AZ91D magnesium alloy by MgCO3

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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    2015-12-01

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

  18. Improvement in idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia after smoking cessation

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    Tsutomu Shinohara

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  1. Comparing tailored and untailored text messages for smoking cessation

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-02-01

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

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

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    Roberta de Paiva Silva

    2014-10-01

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

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

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    Brik, M. G.

    2011-02-01

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

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

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    李远; 陈建国; 陈腊琼; 王正东

    2001-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    李雪; 李志英; 丛汉卿; 徐立

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    Anne M Keogh

    2008-06-01

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

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

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    Reece Robin

    2011-09-01

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

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

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    Osler, M; Prescott, E

    1998-01-01

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

  12. Benefits of smoking cessation for coronary heart disease patients

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    Adi Hidayat

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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    2016-06-01

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

  15. Cessation of contraction induces cardiomyocyte remodeling during zebrafish cardiogenesis

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

    2013-01-01

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

  16. Toward an mHealth Intervention for Smoking Cessation

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

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

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

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    Madlensky, Lisa; Bousman, Chad A.

    2010-01-01

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

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

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    Miller, Mollie E

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Putting tobacco cessation and prevention into undergraduate medical education

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    Sanghamitra Pati

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    丁浩

    2006-01-01

    采用红外光谱、X光电子能谱和吸附强度试验等手段,研究了机械力化学方法制备CaCO3/RCOO-复合材料过程中RCOO-与CaCO3表面的作用机理.结果表明,RCOO-以化学和物理作用两种方式在caCO3表面吸附,并以化学吸附为主,物理吸附为辅.还建立了RCOO-在CaCO3表面的化学吸附模型.

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

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

  3. Structural, electrical and optical properties of Co3O4 nanoparticles

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

  5. Synthesis of Co3S4 Nanosheets and Their Superior Supercapacitor Property

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    Xu, Bo; Pan, Lu; Zhu, Qiyong

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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    Bin, Zeng; Hui, Long

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    SCHARLACH Katrin; KAMINSKY Walter

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

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    姜鹏; 韩亚魁; 程泰山; 冼以积; 曹新鑫

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  17. Fe2O3/ Co3O4 composite nanoparticle ethanol sensor

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    Youxi LIN; Chenghui GAO; Ning LI

    2006-01-01

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

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

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    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2007-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-18

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

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

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    A. Regenberg

    2013-07-01

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

  6. Co3O4/ZnO nanocomposites for gas-sensing applications

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Ataru Igarashi; Hiroki Takuma; Takashi Fukuda; Kiichiro Tsutani

    2009-01-01

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

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

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    王旭; 濮阳楠; 黄锐; 任志军; 陈海涛

    2001-01-01

    粒度分析结果表明,CaCO3在聚苯乙烯中的分散符合Rosin-Rammler分布.实验表明,随CaCO3中偶联剂用量、聚苯乙烯中CaCO3含量的增加以及体系在混炼过程中所受剪切程度的降低,体系中CaCO3的特征粒径逐渐增大.但上述三因素对CaCO3的分散指数影响不大.

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

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    杨秀岭; 苗乃芬; 韩正

    2008-01-01

    采用转矩流变仪对纳米CaCO3、普通CaCO3进行了对比研究,总结出了纳米CaCo3的性能特点,并结合实际生产经验,经过多次试验,确定了纳米CaCO3、普通CaCO3的最佳配比组合,研究出成本较低、质量较好的PVC门窗异型材生产配方.

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

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    应建波; 钟明强; 徐立新

    2004-01-01

    根据非弹性体增韧改性理论,研究2种不同形态的纳米CaCO3粒子和1种普通碳酸钙粒子填充的PVC复合材料的性能.结果表明:加入一定量CaCO3可以提高PVC/CaCO3的力学性能,纳米级CaCO3填充的PVC复合材料性能优于普通轻质CaCO3体系;立方状纳米CaCO3填充的PVC复合材料的综合性能稍优于片状纳米CaCO3填充的PVC复合材料;随着CaCO3加入,PVC/CaCO3体系的塑化时间先增加后缩短,而且,纳米CaCO3填充的PVC复合材料的塑化时间比普通轻质CaCO3体系短.

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

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    Gail Barouh

    2009-05-01

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

  15. Reduction in oxidatively generated DNA damage following smoking cessation

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    Freund Harold G

    2011-05-01

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

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

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    Mishra Gauravi

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    Qingjie Sun

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

    2015-08-28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Joshi Sri Raghunath

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-04-15

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

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

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

    2016-01-11

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

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

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

  10. Bupropion SR and Contingency Management for Adolescent Smoking Cessation

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

    2010-01-01

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

  11. Donut-shaped Co3O4 nanoflakes grown on nickel foam with enhanced supercapacitive performances

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    Han, Zhicheng; Zheng, Xin; Yao, Shunyu; Xiao, Huanhao; Qu, Fengyu; Wu, Xiang

    2016-03-01

    Donut-shaped Co3O4 nanoflakes grown on nickel foam were successfully fabricated by a simple one-pot hydrothermal approach. The prepared products were functionalized as the supercapacitors electrodes. Electrochemical performance of the as-prepared products demonstrated high specific capacitance (518 mF cm-2) and excellent cycling stability (∼25% loss) after 6000 repetitive cycles at a charge-discharge current density of 1 mA cm-2. The superior electrochemical performance may be ascribed into two reasons: one is the unique spatial structures which possess many active sites and provide enhanced combination between the electrode and nickel foam to support fast ion and electron transfer, the other is that donut-shaped Co3O4 nanoflakes electrodes show relatively lower resistances. It is expected that the as-obtained donut-shaped Co3O4 nanoflakes could have potential applications in portable electronics and electrical vehicles.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of MWCNT/ CaCO3 Hybrid Compound

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    Since their discovery, carbon nano tubes (CNT) have been actively researched and drawn a great interest for a wide variety of potential application. Several of synthesis method have been developed for the production of CNT. In this work, the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technique was used to synthesis the multi walled carbon nano tubes/ calcium carbonate (MWCNT/ CaCO3) hybrid compound. A gas mixture of CH4/ N2 was used as the source of carbon and Ni/ CaCO3 compound was used as catalyst for the growth of the hybrid compound. The catalyst was prepared using nickel salt and CaCO3 mixture via coprecipitation method. The process was then followed by drying, calcination, reduction and growth the CNT in the tube furnace. The resulted compound was then analysed using XRD, SEM and HRTEM. (author)

  13. A parametric study of CaCO3 scaling in AISI 316 stainless steel tubes

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    Khan, M. Sultan; Budair, M. O.; Zubair, S. M.

    The formation of undesirable layer of deposits on the heat-transfer surface is defined as fouling. These deposits present a major problem in the operation and maintenance of heat exchangers, particularly in cooling-water systems. It has been generally observed that the deposits in such systems consist mainly of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), which has inverse solubility characteristics. An experimental study was carried out to determine the effect of tube surface temperature, Reynolds number, tube diameter and salt concentration on the growth of CaCO3 scale. In this paper, effects of some of these parameters on fouling growth are discussed. The effect of CaCO3 concentration on the scale growth is compared with the ionic diffusion model presented by Hasson. The variation of the fouling thickness along the length of the heat exchanger is also illustrated. Furthermore, dimensionless parameters are introduced to present the fouling resistance data collected during the experimental study.

  14. Ultrathin mesoporous Co3O4 nanosheets on Ni foam for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Ultrathin Co3O4 nanosheets with a mesoporous structure and a large surface area are hydrothermally grown on a three dimensional nickel foam. The ultrathin mesoporous Co3O4 nanosheets are grown on Ni foam with robust adhesion, which endows fast ion and electron transport, large electroactive surface area, and excellent structural stability. Such unique nanoarchitecture exhibits remarkable electrochemical performance with high capacitance and desirable cycle life. When evaluate as an electrode material for supercapacitors, the Co3O4 nanosheets electrode is able to deliver high specific capacitance of 2194 F g−1 at a current density of 1 A g−1 in 1 M KOH aqueous solution. The electrode also exhibits excellent cycling stability by retaining 93.1% of the maximum capacitance after 5000 charge-discharge cycles. The fabrication strategy presented here is facile, cost-effective, and can offer a way for energy storage device applications

  15. Ordered CoSn-type ternary phases in Co3Sn3-xGex

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    Allred, Jared M.; Jia, Shuang; Bremholm, Martin; Chan, Benny C.; Cava, Robert J.

    2012-01-01

    CoSn is the prototype compound of the B35 structure, which has long been of interest due to its rarity and unusually low packing density. We report the synthesis and properties of the solid solution Co3Sn3-xGex for 0 ⩽ x ⩽ 2, in order to clarify the conditions necessary to stabilize such a phase....... By taking advantage of the chemical differences between the two crystallographically inequivalent Sn sites in the structure, we observe ordered ternary phases, nominally Co3SnGe2 and Co3Sn2Ge. The electron count and unit cell configuration remain unchanged from CoSn; these observations thus help to...

  16. PUA/PSS multilayer coated CaCO3 microparticles as smart drug delivery vehicles.

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    Du, Chao; Shi, Jun; Shi, Jin; Zhang, Li; Cao, Shaokui

    2013-10-01

    Hybrid CaCO3 microparticles coated by sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and aliphatic poly(urethane-amine) (PUA) were developed as thermal-/pH-responsive drug delivery vehicles via LbL self-assembly technique. The DOX release from the CaCO3 microparticles was higher than 60% within 36 h, whereas the value of PUA/PSS-coated microparticles was only 20%. The results demonstrated that the PUA/PSS multilayer coating could reduce the drug release rate and significantly assuage the initial burst release of DOX. In addition, the drug release of the hybrid microparticles was found to be thermal-/pH-dual responsive. More interestingly, more than 90% of DOX was released in 36 h at pH2.1 and 55 °C owing to the combined action of the dissolution of the CaCO3 core and the shrinkage of aliphatic PUA. PMID:23910272

  17. AC Humidity Sensing Properties of Mesoporous K2CO3-SiO2 Composite Materials

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    Liang Guo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The mesoporous silica SBA-15 and mesoporous K2CO3-SiO2 composite material were synthesized. Characterization of microstructure and morphology of materials indicated that the composite material had saved the porous framework of mesoporous silica SBA-15. Humidity sensing properties of different inverse proportion K2CO3-SiO2 composite material were studied and we found that the sample with 0.16 g/g K2CO3 exhibited excellent linearity in the wide humidity range. The complex impedance changed five orders of magnitude from 11% RH to 95% RH. The rapid response and recovery time were 10 s and 38 s, respectively. Finally a feasible ion transfer mechanism was brought forward to explain the sensing mechanism.

  18. A high-pressure study of PbCO3 by XRD and Raman spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Yu-Feng; Liu, Jing; Qin, Zhen-Xing; Lin, Chuan-Long; Xiong, Lun; Li, Rui; Bai, Li-Gang

    2013-03-01

    The pressure-induced phase transitions of PbCO3 are studied using synchrotron radiation in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature. The XRD measurement indicates that PbCO3 with an initial phase of aragonite-type structure undergoes two phase transitions at ~7.8 GPa and ~15.7 GPa, respectively. The higher-pressure phase appearing at ~15.7 GPa is stable up to 51.8 GPa. The two phase transitions are further confirmed by Raman scattering up to 23.3 GPa. During the decompression process, the high-pressure phases of PbCO3 are gradually recovered to the starting aragonite-type structure, but exhibit some hysteresis. The bulk modulus B0 of the aragonite-type structure is obtained to be 63±(3) GPa by fitting the volume-pressure data to the Birch—Murnaghan equation of states with B'0 fixed to 4.

  19. Formic Acid Modified Co3O4-CeO2 Catalysts for CO Oxidation

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    Ruishu Shang

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A formic acid modified catalyst, Co3O4-CeO2, was prepared via facile urea-hydrothermal method and applied in CO oxidation. The Co3O4-CeO2-0.5 catalyst, treated by formic acid at 0.5 mol/L, performed better in CO oxidation with T50 obtained at 69.5 °C and T100 obtained at 150 °C, respectively. The characterization results indicate that after treating with formic acid, there is a more porous structure within the Co3O4-CeO2 catalyst; meanwhile, despite of the slightly decreased content of Co, there are more adsorption sites exposed by acid treatment, as suggested by CO-TPD and H2-TPD, which explains the improvement of catalytic performance.

  20. Co3O4@MWCNT nanocable as cathode with superior electrochemical performance for supercapacitors.

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    Wang, Xiaowei; Li, Minxia; Chang, Zheng; Yang, Yaqiong; Wu, Yuping; Liu, Xiang

    2015-02-01

    Using a simple hydrothermal procedure, cobalt oxide (Co3O4) with preferred orientation along (220) planes is in situ prepared and coated on MWCNT. The prepared Co3O4@MWCNT nanocable shows superior electrochemical performance as cathode material for aqueous supercapacitors in 0.5 M KOH solution. Its redox peaks retain the well-defined shapes even when the scan rate increases to 200 mV/s. Its specific capacitance is high, 590 F/g at 15 A/g and 510 F/g even at 100 A/g within the potential range from -0.2 to 0.58 V (vs SCE). There is no capacitance fading after 2000 full cycles. This excellent performance is superior to the pristine and the reported Co3O4, which is ascribed to the unique nanocable structure with orientation. PMID:25591171

  1. A facile method to fabricate porous Co3O4 hierarchical microspheres

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    Flower-like Co3O4 hierarchical microspheres composed of self-assembled porous nanoplates have been prepared by a two-step method without employing templates. The first step involves the synthesis of flower-like Co(OH)2 microspheres by a solution route at low temperatures. The second step includes the calcination of the as-prepared Co(OH)2 microspheres at 200 deg. C for 1 h, causing their decomposition to form porous Co3O4 microspheres without destruction of their original morphology. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffractormeter and Fourier transform infrared spectroscope. Some experimental factors including solution temperature and surfactant on the morphologies of the final products have been investigated. The magnetic properties of Co3O4 microspheres were also investigated. - Graphical Abstract: Flower-like Co3O4 microspheres are composed of self-assembled nanoplates and these nanoplates appear to be closely packed in the microspheres. These nanoplates consist of a large number of nanocrystallites less than 5 nm in size with a porous structure, in which the connection between nanocrystallites is random. Research Highlights: → Flower-like Co3O4 hierarchical microspheres composed of self-assembled porous nanoplates have been prepared by a two-step method without employing templates. → Layered Co(OH)2 microspheres were prepared with an appropriate approach under low temperatures for 1 h reaction. → Calcination caused Co(OH)2 decomposition to form porous Co3O4 microspheres without destruction of their original morphology.

  2. Insight into electrochemical properties of Co3O4–modified magnetic polymer electrolyte

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    Highlights: • A novel cobaltosic oxide-modified magnetic agarose electrolyte. • Magnetic field–induced ordered microstructure and increased ionic conductivity. • Improved recombination process and good long-term stability of DSSCs after magnetic field treatment. • Better photovoltaic performance of the Co3O4-modified DSSC than that of NiO-modified DSSC under magnetic field treatment. - Abstract: Agarose–based electrolyte containing magnetic Co3O4 nanoparticles is studied for quasi–solid–state dye–sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) under external magnetic field treatment. SEM studies reveal the existence of oriented microstructure in Co3O4–modified agarose electrolyte film under proper magnetic field intensity. The formation mechanism of this ordered structure induced by magnetic field is analyzed. The impedance analysis shows that the ionic conductivity of Co3O4–modified agarose electrolyte is obviously increased by applying magnetic field intensity of 25 mT. Improved electron recombination process and photoelectric performance are observed in DSSCs under certain magnetic field treatment by electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and photovoltaic studies. The DSSC treated with magnetic field can maintain the efficiency unchanged for 434 hours without sealing. This is attributed to the high ionic conductivity and improved electron transfer process in DSSC resulting from the magnetic field treatment. Comparison of photovoltaic performances for Co3O4 and NiO modified DSSCs under 25 mT magnetic field treatment shows that Co3O4-modified DSSC exhibits higher energy conversion efficiency than that of NiO-modified one at the same condition

  3. Facile synthesis of porous Co3O4 nanoplates for supercapacitor applications

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    Tao Geng; Li Zhang; Hongyan Wang; Keying Zhang; Xia Zhou

    2015-09-01

    Porous tricobalt tetraoxide (Co3O4) nanoplates with large aspect ratio have been obtained by annealing Co(OH)2 precursor nanoplates synthesized by a facile reflux method without the need for any template or surfactant. After the heat treatment, the as-obtained phase-pure Co3O4 nanoplates with a wellretained structure were applied as the electrode material for supercapacitors, and the sample exhibits excellent performance with a high specific capacitance of 225 F g–1 after 2000 charge–discharge cycles at 2 A g–1, corresponding to a retention of 97% of the initial capacitance.

  4. Testing the cation-hydration effect on the crystallization of Ca–Mg–CO3 systems

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    Xu, Jie; Yan, Chao; Zhang, Fangfu; Konishi, Hiromi; Xu, Huifang; Teng, H. Henry

    2013-01-01

    Magnesium-bearing carbonate minerals play critical roles in the health and function of the Earth system because they constitute a significant fraction of lithosphere carbon reservoir and build skeletal structures for the majority of marine invertebrate organisms. Despite wide occurrence, high-Mg and sole-Mg phases such as dolomite ([Ca,Mg]CO3) and magnesite (MgCO3) prove virtually impossible to be crystallized under ambient conditions. It has long been believed that Mg2+ hydration is the caus...

  5. Interdiffusion between Co3O4 coating and the oxide scale of Fe-22Cr alloy

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    Hansson, Anette Nørgaard; Friehling, Peter B.; Linderoth, Søren; Somers, Marcel A.J.

    2002-01-01

    In solid oxide fuels cell stacks, the Fe-Cr interconnector plates and their oxidation scale formed during operation must have sufficiently high electrical conductivity at the operating temperature. It is anticipated that this can be achieved by reaction-diffusion between Co3O4 and the chromia sca...... of inter-diffusion between the oxide scale and the Co3O4 coating were investigated with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The results obtained are discussed in relation to a calculated Cr-Co-oxide phase diagrams....

  6. Improved reactivity of large coal particles by K2CO3 addition during steam gasification

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    Coetzee, Sansha; Neomagus, Hein W J P; Bunt, John R.; Everson, Raymond C.

    2013-01-01

    In this study, the excess solution impregnation method was used to impregnate large coal particles (5 and 10 mm) with K2CO3, and the effect of the additive on steam gasification reactivity was investigated. A washed bituminous, medium rank-C Highveld coal, with an ash content of 12.6 wt.% (air-dried basis), was used for experimentation. The excess solution method was used to impregnate coal particles with the selected additive, K2CO3, and results from XRF analysis indicated that t...

  7. Training Pediatric Residents to Provide Smoking Cessation Counseling to Parents

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    Rebecca L. Collins

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective was to assess the effectiveness of a smoking cessation educational program on pediatric residents' counseling. Residents were randomly selected to receive the intervention. Residents who were trained were compared to untrained residents. Self-reported surveys and patient chart reviews were used. Measures included changes in self-reported knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of residents, and differences in chart documentation and caretaker-reported physician counseling behaviors. The intervention was multidimensional including a didactic presentation, a problem-solving session, clinic reminders, and provision of patient education materials. Results showed that residents who were trained were more likely to ask about tobacco use in their patients' households. They were also more likely to advise caretakers to cut down on or to quit smoking, to help set a quit date, and to follow up on the advice given at a subsequent visit. Trained residents were more likely to record a history of passive tobacco exposure in the medical record. These residents also reported improved confidence in their counseling skills and documented that they had done such counseling more often than did untrained residents. Caretakers of pediatric patients who smoke seen by intervention residents were more likely to report that they had received tobacco counseling. Following this intervention, pediatric residents significantly improved their behaviors, attitudes, and confidence in providing smoking cessation counseling to parents of their pediatric patients.

  8. Rapid and extensive warming following cessation of solar radiation management

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    Solar radiation management (SRM) has been proposed as a means to alleviate the climate impacts of ongoing anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, its efficacy depends on its indefinite maintenance, without interruption from a variety of possible sources, such as technological failure or global cooperation breakdown. Here, we consider the scenario in which SRM—via stratospheric aerosol injection—is terminated abruptly following an implementation period during which anthropogenic GHG emissions have continued. We show that upon cessation of SRM, an abrupt, spatially broad, and sustained warming over land occurs that is well outside 20th century climate variability bounds. Global mean precipitation also increases rapidly following cessation, however spatial patterns are less coherent than temperature, with almost half of land areas experiencing drying trends. We further show that the rate of warming—of critical importance for ecological and human systems—is principally controlled by background GHG levels. Thus, a risk of abrupt and dangerous warming is inherent to the large-scale implementation of SRM, and can be diminished only through concurrent strong reductions in anthropogenic GHG emissions. (paper)

  9. Smoking cessation and mortality trends among two United States populations.

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    Enstrom, J E

    1999-09-01

    The long-term impact of smoking cessation on mortality is assessed among two U.S. populations: a large cohort of U.S. veterans aged 55-64 at entry and followed from 1954 through 1979 and the NHANES I Epidemiologic Followup Study (NHEFS) cohort of a national sample of U.S. adults aged 55-74 at entry and followed from 1971 through 1992. Direct and indirect survey data indicate that 50-70% of those who were current cigarette smokers at entry had quit smoking during the 19- to 26-year follow-up periods. The impact of smoking cessation on mortality among the cigarette smokers as a whole has been assessed by determining the time trend of the relative risk (RR) of death and 95% confidence interval (CI) for the cigarette smokers compared with never-smokers over the entire follow-up period in both cohorts. The total death rates for the 1954/57 U.S. veteran smokers as a whole (63,159 males) have converged only slightly toward those of never-smokers, from RR = 1.65 (1.58-1.72) during 1954-1959 to RR = 1.61 (1.58-1.63) during 1954-1979. The lung cancer death rates for 1954/57 smokers as a whole have not converged toward those of never-smokers, with RR = 10.89 (7.70-15.41) during 1954-1959 and RR = 11.10 (9.78-12.61) during 1954-1979. The total death rates for the 1971-1975 NHEFS smokers as a whole (694 males and 1116 females) have not converged toward those of never-smokers. For males, RR = 1.92 (1.46-2.52) during 1971-1982 and RR = 1.96 (1.63-2.36) during 1971-1992; for females, RR = 1.79 (1.31-2.46) during 1971-1982 and RR = 1.79 (1.47-2.17) during 1971-1992. The lung cancer death rates have diverged, based on small numbers of deaths. For males, RR = 15.76 (2.06-120.61) during 1971-1982 and RR = 22.20 (5.31-92.92) during 1971-1992; for females, RR = 2.92 (0.57-15.06) during 1971-1982 and RR = 4.74 (1.94-11.59) during 1971-1992. These trends are contrary to the substantial convergence predicted by the death rate trends among U.S. veterans who were former smokers at the

  10. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of depression on subsequent smoking cessation in patients with coronary heart disease: 1990 to 2013.

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    Doyle, Frank

    2014-01-01

    Smoking cessation is crucial for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), yet depression may impede cessation success. We systematically reviewed the prospective association between depression and subsequent smoking cessation in individuals with CHD to quantify this effect.

  11. Use of Propensity Score Matching to Evaluate a National Smoking Cessation Media Campaign

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    Villanti, Andrea C.; Cullen, Jennifer; Vallone, Donna M.; Stuart, Elizabeth A.

    2011-01-01

    Sustained mass media campaigns have been recommended to stem the tobacco epidemic in the United States. Propensity score matching (PSM) was used to estimate the effect of awareness of a national smoking cessation media campaign (EX[R]) on quit attempts and cessation-related cognition. Participants were 4,067 smokers and recent quitters aged 18-49…

  12. 10 CFR 430.71 - Cessation of distribution of a basic model.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Cessation of distribution of a basic model. 430.71 Section... PRODUCTS Certification and Enforcement § 430.71 Cessation of distribution of a basic model. (a) In the event that a model is determined noncompliant by DOE in accordance with § 430.70 of this part or if...

  13. Effects of a perioperative smoking cessation intervention on postoperative complications: a randomized trial

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    Lindström, David; Sadr Azodi, Omid; Wladis, Andreas; Tønnesen, Hanne; Linder, Stefan; Nåsell, Hans; Ponzer, Sari; Adami, Johanna

    2008-01-01

    To determine whether an intervention with smoking cessation starting 4 weeks before general and orthopedic surgery would reduce the frequency of postoperative complications.......To determine whether an intervention with smoking cessation starting 4 weeks before general and orthopedic surgery would reduce the frequency of postoperative complications....

  14. Smoking Cessation and Relapse Prevention among Undergraduate Students: A Pilot Demonstration Project.

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    Ramsay, Jim; Hoffmann, Anne

    2004-01-01

    The prevalence of college students' tobacco use is widely recognized, but successful cessation and relapse-prevention programs for these smokers have drawn little attention. The authors, who explored the feasibility of training peers to lead cessation and relapse-prevention programs for undergraduates, found a quit rate of 88.2%, suggesting that…

  15. Tobacco Cessation Intervention for People with Disabilities: Survey of Center for Independent Living Directors

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    Moorhouse, Michael D.; Pomeranz, Jamie L.; Barnett, Tracey E.; Yu, Nami S.; Curbow, Barbara A.

    2011-01-01

    People with disabilities (PWD) are 50% more likely to smoke compared with the general population, yet interventions tailored to the needs of PWD remain limited. The authors surveyed directors from a leading disability service organization to assess their delivery of tobacco cessation interventions. Although tobacco cessation was identified as a…

  16. Psychiatric Disorders in Smokers Seeking Treatment for Tobacco Dependence: Relations with Tobacco Dependence and Cessation

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    Piper, Megan E.; Smith, Stevens S.; Schlam, Tanya R.; Fleming, Michael F.; Bittrich, Amy A.; Brown, Jennifer L.; Leitzke, Cathlyn J.; Zehner, Mark E.; Fiore, Michael C.; Baker, Timothy B.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: The present research examined the relation of psychiatric disorders to tobacco dependence and cessation outcomes. Method: Data were collected from 1,504 smokers (58.2% women; 83.9% White; mean age = 44.67 years, SD = 11.08) making an aided smoking cessation attempt as part of a clinical trial. Psychiatric diagnoses were determined with…

  17. On the pathogenesis of bedsores. Skin blood flow cessation by external pressure on the back

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    Larsen, B; Holstein, P; Lassen, N A

    1979-01-01

    This paper is devoted to elucidation of the question: Which external pressure is required to stop skin blood flow at the skin - support interface in humans lying on the back in the supine position? Cessation of blood flow was recorded as cessation of washout of an intracutaneous depot of 131I-ant...

  18. Cessations and reversals of the large-scale circulation in turbulent thermal convection.

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    Xi, Heng-Dong; Xia, Ke-Qing

    2007-06-01

    We present an experimental study of cessations and reversals of the large-scale circulation (LSC) in turbulent thermal convection in a cylindrical cell of aspect ratio (Gamma) 1/2 . It is found that cessations and reversals of the LSC occur in Gamma = 1/2 geometry an order-of-magnitude more frequently than they do in Gamma=1 cells, and that after a cessation the LSC is most likely to restart in the opposite direction, i.e., reversals of the LSC are the most probable cessation events. This contrasts sharply to the finding in Gamma=1 geometry and implies that cessations in the two geometries are governed by different dynamics. It is found that the occurrence of reversals is a Poisson process and that a stronger rebound of the flow strength after a reversal or cessation leads to a longer period of stability of the LSC. Several properties of reversals and cessations in this system are found to be statistically similar to those of geomagnetic reversals. A direct measurement of the velocity field reveals that a cessation corresponds to a momentary decoherence of the LSC. PMID:17677357

  19. Brief preoperative smoking cessation counselling in relation to breast cancer surgery: a qualitative study

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    Thomsen, Thordis; Esbensen, Bente Appel; Samuelsen, Susanne;

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To describe how women smokers with newly diagnosed breast cancer experienced brief preoperative smoking cessation intervention in relation to breast cancer surgery. BACKGROUND: Preoperative smoking cessation intervention is relevant for short- and long-term risk reduction in newly diagnosed ...

  20. Preliminary Examination of Adolescent Spending in a Contingency Management-Based Smoking-Cessation Program

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    Cavallo, Dana A.; Nich, Charla; Schepis, Ty S.; Smith, Anne E.; Liss, Thomas B.; McFetridge, Amanda K.; Krishnan-Sarin, Suchitra

    2010-01-01

    Contingency management (CM) utilizing monetary incentives is efficacious in enhancing abstinence in an adolescent smoking-cessation program, but how adolescents spend their money has not been examined. We assessed spending habits of 38 adolescent smokers in a CM-based smoking-cessation project prior to quitting and during treatment using a…

  1. Smoking cessation, lung function, and weight gain : a follow-up study

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    Chinn, S; Jarvis, D; Melotti, R; Luczynska, C; Ackermann-Liebrich, U; Anto, JM; Cerveri, [No Value; de Marco, R; Gislason, T; Heinrich, J; Janson, C; Kunzli, N; Leynaert, B; Neukirch, F; Schouten, J; Sunyer, J; Svanes, C; Vermeire, P; Wjst, M; Burney, P

    2005-01-01

    Background Only one population-based study in one country has reported effects of smoking cessation and weight change on lung function, and none has reported the net effect. We estimated the net benefit of smoking cessation, and the independent effects of smoking and weight change on change in venti

  2. Single Crystalline Co3O4 Nanocrystals Exposed with Different Crystal Planes for Li-O2 Batteries

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    Su, Dawei; Dou, Shixue; Wang, Guoxiu

    2014-08-01

    Single crystalline Co3O4 nanocrystals exposed with different crystal planes were synthesised, including cubic Co3O4 nanocrystals enclosed by {100} crystal planes, pseudo octahedral Co3O4 enclosed by {100} and {110} crystal planes, Co3O4 nanosheets exposed by {110} crystal planes, hexagonal Co3O4 nanoplatelets exposed with {111} crystal planes, and Co3O4 nanolaminar exposed with {112} crystal planes. Well single crystalline features of these Co3O4 nanocrystals were confirmed by FESEM and HRTEM analyses. The electrochemical performance for Li-O2 batteries shows that Co3O4 nanocrystals can significantly reduce the discharge-charge over-potential via the effect on the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). From the comparison on their catalytic performances, we found that the essential factor to promote the oxygen evolution reactions is the surface crystal planes of Co3O4 nanocrystals, namely, crystal planes-dependent process. The correlation between different Co3O4 crystal planes and their effect on reducing charge-discharge over-potential was established: {100} < {110} < {112} < {111}.

  3. Enzyme-assisted growth of nacreous CaCO3/polymer hybrid nanolaminates via the formation of mineral bridges

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    Yeom, Bongjun; Char, Kookheon

    2016-06-01

    Laminated nanostructures in nacre have been adopted as models in the fabrication of strong, tough synthetic nanocomposites. However, the utilization of CaCO3 biominerals in these composites is limited by the complexity of the synthesis method for nanosized biominerals. In this study, we use the enzymatic reaction of urease to generate a nanoscale CaCO3 thin film to prepare CaCO3/polymer hybrid nanolaminates. Additional layers of CaCO3 thin film are consecutively grown over the base CaCO3 layer with the intercalation of organic layers. The morphology and crystallinity of the added CaCO3 layers depend strongly on the thickness of the organic layer coated on the underlying CaCO3 layer. When the organic layer is less than 20 nm thick, the amorphous CaCO3 layer is spontaneously transformed into crystalline calcite layer during the growth process. We also observe crystalline continuity between adjacent CaCO3 layers through interconnecting mineral bridges. The formation of these mineral bridges is crucial to the epitaxial growth of CaCO3 layers, similar to the formation of natural nacre.

  4. Preparation of Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalysts for enhancement of ciprofloxacin degradation

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    Wang, Huiqin; Li, Jinze; Huo, Pengwei; Yan, Yongsheng; Guan, Qingfeng

    2016-03-01

    The Ag2O/Ag2CO3/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNTs) composite photocatalysts were prepared by calcination of the obtained precipitate. The structures and morphology of as-prepared composite photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalysts exhibit higher degradation rate of ciprofloxacin (CIP) than the pure Ag2CO3, Ag2O/Ag2CO3 and Ag2CO3/MWNTs under visible light irradiation. The amount of loaded Ag2CO3 onto MWNTs and calcined time for Ag2CO3/MWNTs were systematically investigated, and the optimal amount of loaded Ag2CO3 and calcined time of Ag2CO3/MWNTs are 150 wt% and 10 min, respectively. The highest photocatalytic degradation rate of CIP could reach 76% under optimal conditions. The active species trapping experiments were also analyzed, the results show that the holes are main contributor for the degradation processes of CIP, furthermore the electrons, rad O2- and rad OH are also crucially influenced the photocatalytic degradation processes of CIP. The possible photocatalytic processes of CIP with Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalyst are also proposed.

  5. Observation of atomic steps on CaCO3 crystal surface

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    SunJie-Lin; HuJun; 等

    1998-01-01

    By using scanning polarization force microscopy,the deliquescence process and the atomic steps on the cleavage surface of CaCO3 in air were studied in situ.Under an exposure to medium umidity(-57%),the sloiw step movement has been observed.

  6. Porous Co3O4 hollow nanododecahedra for nonenzymatic glucose biosensor and biofuel cell.

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    Zhang, Erhuan; Xie, Yu; Ci, Suqin; Jia, Jingchun; Wen, Zhenhai

    2016-07-15

    Cobalt oxide hollow nanododecahedra (Co3O4-HND) is synthesized by a facile thermal transformation of cobalt-based metal-organic framework (Co-MOF, ZIF-67) template. The morphology and properties of the Co3O4-HND are characterized by a set of techniques, including transmission electron microscope (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Brunner-Emmet-Teller (BET). When tested as a non-enzymatic electrocatalyst for glucose oxidation reaction, the Co3O4-HND exhibits a high activity and shows an outstanding performance for determining glucose with a wide window of 2.0μM to 6.06mM, a high sensitivity of 708.4μAmM(-1)cm(-2), a low detection limit of 0.58μM (S/N=3), and fast response time(glucose, Co3O4-HND could be served as an attractive non-enzyme and noble-metal-free electrocatalyst in glucose fuel cell (GFC) due to its excellent electrochemical properties, low cost and facile preparation. PMID:26918617

  7. Hierarchically triangular prism structured Co3O4: Self-supported fabrication and photocatalytic property

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    The formation of ammonium cobalt (II) phosphate was utilized to synthesize unprecedented 3D structures of Co3O4, triangular prisms and trunk-like structures, via a self-supported and organics-free method. The length of a triangular side of the prepared 3D triangular prisms is ~1...

  8. CaCO3 nanoparticle synthesis by carbonation of lime solution in microemulsion systems

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    Sugih, A.K.; Shukla, D.; Heeres, H.J.; Mehra, A.

    2007-01-01

    Various aspects of nanoparticle precipitation in gas-reverse micellar systems have been studied. The experimental system chosen for investigation deals with the precipitation of CaCO3 nanoparticles. The effect of operating variables, such as water-to-surfactant molar ratio, different continuous phas

  9. Co3O4–ZnO hierarchical nanostructures by electrospinning and hydrothermal methods

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    Kanjwal, Muzafar Ahmed; Sheikh, Faheem A.; Barakat, Nasser A.M.;

    2011-01-01

    A new hierarchical nanostructure that consists of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and zinc oxide (ZnO) was produced by the electrospinning process followed by a hydrothermal technique. First, electrospinning of a colloidal solution that consisted of zinc nanoparticles, cobalt acetate tetrahydrate and poly...

  10. Interferometric CO(3-2) Observations toward the Central Region of NGC 1068

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    Tsai, Mengchun; Matsushita, Satoki; Baker, Andrew J; Espada, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    We present CO(3-2) interferometric observations of the central region of the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068 using the Submillimeter Array, together with CO(1-0) data taken with the Owens Valley Radio Observatory Millimeter Array. Both the CO(3-2) and CO(1-0) emission lines are mainly distributed within ~5 arcsec of the nucleus and along the spiral arms, but the intensity distributions show differences; the CO(3-2) map peaks in the nucleus, while the CO(1-0) emission is mainly located along the spiral arms. The CO(3-2)/CO(1-0) ratio is about 3.1 in the nucleus, which is four times as large as the average line ratio in the spiral arms, suggesting that the molecular gas there must be affected by the radiation arising from the AGN. On the other hand, the line ratios in the spiral arms vary over a wide range from 0.24 to 2.34 with a average value around 0.75, which is similar to the line ratios of star-formation regions, indicating that the molecular gas is affected by star formation. Besides, we see a tight correlatio...

  11. Click chemistry for [99mTc(CO)3] labeling of Lys3-bombesin

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    99mTc-HYNIC labeled Lys3-bombesin has shown specific binding to gastrin-releasing peptide receptors (GRP-r) over-expressed in cancer cells. Click chemistry offers an innovative functionalization strategy for biomolecules such as bombesin. The aim of this research was to apply a click chemistry approach for [99mTc(CO)3] labeling of Lys3-bombesin and to compare the in vitro MCF7 breast cancer cell uptake and biodistribution profile in mice with that of 99mTc-EDDA/HYNIC-Lys3-bombesin. The results suggest a higher lipophilicity for 99mTc(CO)3-triazole-Lys3-bombesin which explains its higher in vivo hepatobiliary elimination. Pancreas-to-blood ratio for 99mTc(CO)3-triazole-Lys3-bombesin was 4.46 at 3 h and both bombesin radiopharmaceuticals showed specific recognition for GRP receptors in MCF7 cancer cells. Click chemistry is a reliable approach for [99mTc(CO)3] labeling of Lys3-bombesin.

  12. Electron-beam induced deposition and autocatalytic decomposition of Co(CO3NO

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    Florian Vollnhals

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The autocatalytic growth of arbitrarily shaped nanostructures fabricated by electron beam-induced deposition (EBID and electron beam-induced surface activation (EBISA is studied for two precursors: iron pentacarbonyl, Fe(CO5, and cobalt tricarbonyl nitrosyl, Co(CO3NO. Different deposits are prepared on silicon nitride membranes and silicon wafers under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, and are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM, including near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS spectroscopy. It has previously been shown that Fe(CO5 decomposes autocatalytically on Fe seed layers (EBID and on certain electron beam-activated surfaces, yielding high purity, polycrystalline Fe nanostructures. In this contribution, we investigate the growth of structures from Co(CO3NO and compare it to results obtained from Fe(CO5. Co(CO3NO exhibits autocatalytic growth on Co-containing seed layers prepared by EBID using the same precursor. The growth yields granular, oxygen-, carbon- and nitrogen-containing deposits. In contrast to Fe(CO5 no decomposition on electron beam-activated surfaces is observed. In addition, we show that the autocatalytic growth of nanostructures from Co(CO3NO can also be initiated by an Fe seed layer, which presents a novel approach to the fabrication of layered nanostructures.

  13. Exploring the Potential of (99m)Tc(CO)3-Labeled Triazolyl Peptides for Tumor Diagnosis.

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    Gaonkar, Raghuvir H; Ganguly, Soumya; Baishya, Rinku; Dewanjee, Saikat; Sinha, Samarendu; Gupta, Amit; Ganguly, Shantanu; Debnath, Mita C

    2016-04-01

    In recent years the authors have reported on (99m)Tc(CO)3-labeled peptides that serve as carriers for biomolecules or radiopharmaceuticals to the tumors. In continuation of that work they report the synthesis of a pentapeptide (Met-Phe-Phe-Gly-His; pep-1), a hexapeptide (Met-Phe-Phe-Asp-Gly-His; pep-2), and a tetrapeptide (Asp-Gly-Arg-His; pep-3) and the attachment of 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole to the β carboxylic function of the aspartic acid unit of pep-2 and pep-3. The pharmacophores were radiolabeled in high yields with [(99m)Tc(CO)3(H2O)3](+) metal aqua ion, characterized for their stability in serum and saline, as well as in His solution, and found to be substantially stable. B16F10 cell line binding studies showed favorable uptake and internalization. In vivo behavior of the radiolabeled triazolyl peptides was assessed in mice bearing induced tumor. The (99m)Tc(CO)3-triazolyl pep-3 demonstrated rapid urinary clearance and comparatively better tumor uptake. Imaging studies showed visualization of the tumor using (99m)Tc(CO)3-triazolyl pep-3, but due to high abdominal background, low delineation occurred. Based on the results further experiments will be carried out for targeting tumor with triazolyl peptides. PMID:27093344

  14. Synthesis, characterization and self-assembly of Co3+ complexes appended with phenol and catechol groups

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    Afsar Ali; Deepak Bansal; Rajeev Gupt

    2014-09-01

    This work presents the syntheses, characterization and hydrogen bonding based self-assembly of Co3+ complexes of pyridine-amide based bidentate ligands containing appended phenol and catechol groups. Placement of multiple hydrogen bond donors (phenolic OH and amidic NH groups) and acceptors (Oamide groups) in these molecules results in interesting self-assembled architectures.

  15. Theoretical Study on Co3+ in Aqueous Solution in Terms of ABEEM/MM Model

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    GUAN,Qing-Mei; YANG,Zhong-Zhi

    2007-01-01

    A detailed theoretical investigation on Co3+ hydration in aqueous solution has been carried out by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on the atom-bond electronegativity equalization method fused into molecular mechanics (ABEEM/MM). The effective Co3+ ion-water potential has been constructed by fitting to ab initio structures and binding energies for ionic clusters. And then the ion-water interaction potential was applied in combination with the ABEEM-7P water model to molecular dynamics simulations of single Co3+(aq.) solution, managing to reproduce many experimental structural and dynamical properties of the solution. Here, not only the common properties (radial distribution function, angular distribution function and solvation energy) obtained for Co3+ in ABEEM-7P water solution were in good agreement with those from the experimental methods and other molecular dynamics simulations but also very interesting properties of charge distributions, geometries of water molecules, hydrogen bond, diffusion coefficients, vibrational spectra are investigated by ABEEM/MM model.

  16. Fabrication and Characterization of Nano-CaCO3/Polypropylene Foam Sheets

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    2007-01-01

    By applying the reinforcing and toughening effect of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanoparticles on polypropylene, foam sheets of good performance were successfully fabricated by extrusion. The equipment and conditions of the extrusion were explored. The mechanical properties of the produced foam sheets were tested. The effect of CaCO3 nano-particles on the mechanical properties and the cellular structure of the sheets was comprehensively studied. The experimental results show that the optimum content of CaCO3 nano-particles in the composite material was~4wt%. At this content, the nano-particles were well dispersed in the substrate, and the composite material had maximum tensile strength and impact strength. Surface treatment of the nano-particles only affected the impact strength of the composite material. CaCO3 micro-particles, on the other hand, showed little effect on the properties of the composite material when the micro-particles content was less than 5 wt%. At a content higher than 5wt%, the properties of the composite material significantly worsened.

  17. Preparation of Co3O4 Nanofibers via an Electrospinning Technique

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    Chang Lu SHAO; Hong Yu GUAN; Shang Bin WEN; Bin CHEN; Xing Hua YANG; Jian GONG; Yi Chun LIU

    2004-01-01

    Thin PVA/cobalt acetate composite fibers were prepared by using sol-gel processing and electrospinning technique.After calcination of the above precursor fibers, Co3O4 nanofibers with a diameter of 50-150 nm could be successfully obtained.The fibers were characterized by SEM, FT-IR,WAXD,respectively.

  18. Preparation and evaluation of New [99Tcm (CO3]+-Labelled phenanthroline complexes

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    The chief requirement to determine if pharmaceuticals may be AD-tracer is that complexes can pass through BBB to enter the brain and have rapid clean from the brain. To develop early diagnose radiopharmaceuticals for Alzheimer's disease, new phenanthroline complexes 2-(9-anthryl)-1H-imidazo [4, 5-f] [1, 10] phenanthroline (aip) and 2-(9-anthryl)-1ethyl-imidazo [4, 5-f] [1, 10] phenanthroline (aeip) based on the early research of Ru complexes banding to DNA used for fluescence method were synthesized and labelled by 99Tcm-tricarbonyl core. Radiochemical purities of complexes 99Tcm(CO)+3-aip and 99Tcm(CO)+3-aeip were found to be more than 95% as proved by radio-HPLC. Paper electrophoresis show that these complexes are neutral. Biodistribution of these complexes in mice shows the higher early uptakes in brain(2 min, 99Tcm(CO)+3-aip: (1.028 ± 0.096)%ID/g; 99Tcm(CO)+3-aeip: (1.191 ± 0.197)%ID/g). (authors)

  19. Morphological Control of Co3O4 and Its Photocatalytic Properties

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    Cobaltosic oxide (Co3O4), a p-type semiconductor, belongs to the normal spinel crystal structure based on a cubic close packing array of oxide ions. The size, surface, geometry, and crystal phase of catalysts are important parameters for controlling their chemical, optical, and ...

  20. Co3O4@Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanoribbon for high performance Asymmetric Supercapacitor

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Abstract: In the work, we have successfully fabricated an aqueous, high potential asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) based on Co3O4/reduced graphene oxide nanoribbon (RGONR) hybrid electrodes. Here, Co3O4/RGONR film worked as the positive electrode while RGONR film served as negative electrode in the designed ASC. Uniformly immobilized Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) onto graphene nanoribbon have the advantage of high electronic conductivity via underlying RGONR with short ion diffusion path in uniform mesoporous structure. As a consequence, ASC Co3O4/RGONR//RGONR exhibited 1.6 V wide operating potential window for charge storage along with significantly improved capacitive performance than symmetric counterpart. It also demonstrates superior device performance with energy density, 64.2 Wh kg−1 (much higher than that of symmetric cell) with high power density, 8.3 kW Kg−1 due to optimized mass ratio of the electrodes. In addition, it reveals long term charge/discharge cycling stability with ~94% capacitance retention after 2000 cycles. This high-performance hybrid ASC pave their way for promising applications of pulse power systems

  1. Study on Tensile Properties of PVC Drainage Pipe Synergistic with ACR/CaCO3%ACR与CaCO3协同作用对PVC管材拉伸性能的研究

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    王帮进

    2012-01-01

    CaCO3, ACR, CaCO3 and ACR blends on the tensile properties of PVCdrainage pipe. When the CaCO3 in an amount up to 20 parts and the ACR amount of 5 parts, The results showed that: the tensile strength is about 40MPa,the elongation at break reaches 120%.%分别研究了CaCO3、ACR、CaCO3与ACR共混体对PVC排水管材的拉伸性能的影响。CaCO3的用量达到20%、用量5%时,当ACR管材的拉伸强度为40MPa,断裂仲长率为120%。

  2. Study of Filling of PVC/CPE Composite by Nano-CaCO3%纳米级CaCO3填充PVC/CPE复合材料研究

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    胡圣飞; 严海标; 王燕舞; 林志云

    2000-01-01

    探讨了纳米级CaCO3粒子增韧增强PVC/CPE基理,研究了纳米级CaCO3与轻质CaCO3用量对PVC/CPE体系力学性能的影响.结果表明:纳米级CaCO3用量为5%~12%时体系拉伸强度,冲击强度都有明显提高,起到了增韧、增强的双重效果.轻质CaCO3填充PVC/CPE体系基本未见增韧效果,同时,随着轻质CaCO3用量的增加,体系的拉伸强度和断裂伸长率明显降低.

  3. Teen smoking cessation help via the Internet: a survey of search engines.

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    Edwards, Christine C; Elliott, Sean P; Conway, Terry L; Woodruff, Susan I

    2003-07-01

    The objective of this study was to assess Web sites related to teen smoking cessation on the Internet. Seven Internet search engines were searched using the keywords teen quit smoking. The top 20 hits from each search engine were reviewed and categorized. The keywords teen quit smoking produced between 35 and 400,000 hits depending on the search engine. Of 140 potential hits, 62% were active, unique sites; 85% were listed by only one search engine; and 40% focused on cessation. Findings suggest that legitimate on-line smoking cessation help for teens is constrained by search engine choice and the amount of time teens spend looking through potential sites. Resource listings should be updated regularly. Smoking cessation Web sites need to be picked up on multiple search engine searches. Further evaluation of smoking cessation Web sites need to be conducted to identify the most effective help for teens. PMID:14610996

  4. Highly acid-durable carbon coated Co3O4 nanoarrays as efficient oxygen evolution electrocatalysts

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    Yang, Xiulin

    2016-04-21

    Most oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalysts are not stable in corrosive acids. Even the expensive RuO2 or IrO2, the most acid-resistant oxides, can be dissolved at an oxidative potential. Herein, we realize that the failures of OER catalysts are mostly caused by the weak interface between catalysts and the substrates. Hence, the study of the interface structure between catalysts and substrates is critical. In this work, we observe that the cheap OER catalysts Co3O4 can be more durable than the state-of-the-art RuO2 if the interface quality is good enough. The Co3O4 nanosheets deposited on carbon paper (Co3O4/CP) is prepared by electroplating of Co-species and followed by a two-step calcination process. The 1st step occurs in vacuum in order to maintain the surface integrity of the carbon paper and converts Co-species to Co(II)O. The 2nd step is a calcination in ambient conditions which enables the complete transformation of Co(II)O to Co3O4 without degrading the mechanical strength of the Co3O4-CP interface. Equally important, an in situ formation of a layer of amorphous carbon on top of Co3O4 further enhances the OER catalyst stability. Therefore, these key advances make the Co3O4 catalyst highly active toward the OER in 0.5 M H2SO4 with a small overpotential (370 mV), to reach 10 mA/cm2. The observed long lifetime for 86.8 h at a constant current density of 100 mA/cm2, is among the best of the reported in literature so far, even longer than the state-of-art RuO2 on CP. Overall, our study provides a new insight and methodology for the construction of a high-performance and high stability OER electrocatalysts in corrosive acidic environments.

  5. Tobacco harm reduction: an alternative cessation strategy for inveterate smokers

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    Godshall William T

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45 million Americans continue to smoke, even after one of the most intense public health campaigns in history, now over 40 years old. Each year some 438,000 smokers die from smoking-related diseases, including lung and other cancers, cardiovascular disorders and pulmonary diseases. Many smokers are unable – or at least unwilling – to achieve cessation through complete nicotine and tobacco abstinence; they continue smoking despite the very real and obvious adverse health consequences. Conventional smoking cessation policies and programs generally present smokers with two unpleasant alternatives: quit, or die. A third approach to smoking cessation, tobacco harm reduction, involves the use of alternative sources of nicotine, including modern smokeless tobacco products. A substantial body of research, much of it produced over the past decade, establishes the scientific and medical foundation for tobacco harm reduction using smokeless tobacco products. This report provides a description of traditional and modern smokeless tobacco products, and of the prevalence of their use in the United States and Sweden. It reviews the epidemiologic evidence for low health risks associated with smokeless use, both in absolute terms and in comparison to the much higher risks of smoking. The report also describes evidence that smokeless tobacco has served as an effective substitute for cigarettes among Swedish men, who consequently have among the lowest smoking-related mortality rates in the developed world. The report documents the fact that extensive misinformation about ST products is widely available from ostensibly reputable sources, including governmental health agencies and major health organizations. The American Council on Science and Health believes that strong support of tobacco harm reduction is fully consistent with its mission to promote sound science in regulation and in

  6. 超细CaCO3对ABS材料力学性能的影响%Effect of ultrafine CaCO3 on mechanical properties of ABS blending material

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    钱岑; 李怀栋

    2013-01-01

    采用双螺杆挤出机熔融挤出共混的方法,在较高螺杆转速条件下研究了CaCO3表面处理剂品种、CaCO3颗粒直径及其含量等因素对ABS/弹性体/CaCO3共混材料力学性能和加工流动性能的影响.结果表明,在CaCO3颗粒直径1.08~1.96 μm、C型表面处理剂、螺杆转速480r/min、220℃的共混条件下,可制得综合力学性能较好的ABS/高胶粉(GP)/CaCO3(质量比62.9∶17.1∶20)和ABS/EVA/CaCO3(质量比74.6∶20.4∶5)共混材料.%The effect of CaCO3 surface treated agents,CaCO3 particle diameter and content on mechanical properties and the melt flow rate of ABS/elastomer/CaCO3 blending material is investigated by means of melt extrusion and blending with twin-screw extruder.The results show that the blending materials with better mechanical properties such as ABS/GP/CaCO3 (mass ratio:62.9/17.1/20)and ABS/EVA/CaCO3 (mass ratio:74.6/20.4/5) can be obtained under the conditions of CaCO3 particle diameter 1.08-1.96 μm,screw rotation speed 480 r/min and extrusion temperature 220 ℃.

  7. Study on Surface Modification of Nano-CaCO3 and Its Application in PP%Nano-CaCO3的表面改性及其在PP中的应用

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    崔文广; 高岩磊; 牟微; 雷霓

    2013-01-01

    选用钛酸酯偶联剂对纳米碳酸钙(nano-CaCO3)进行表面改性,以改善其在聚丙烯(PP)中的分散性.利用透射电镜(TEM)和扫描电镜(SEM)表征了nano-CaCO3的改性效果,研究了改性条件对PP/nano-CaCO3复合材料性能的影响.结果表明:在偶联剂用量2.0%、改性时间25 min、改性温度85℃的条件下,PP/nano-CaCO3复合材料的综合性能较好;改性后nano-CaCO3的分散性得到有效改善.%Nano-CaCO3 was modified by titanate coupling agent in order to improve its dispersion in PP. The modified effect of nano-CaCO3 was analyzed by TEM and SEM, and the effects of conditions of modification on property of PP/nano-CaCO3 composite were studied. The results show that the comprehensive properties of PP/nano-CaCO3 composite are optimal when nano-CaCO3 is modified by 2.0% coupling agent for 25 min at 85℃. The dispersion of modified nano-CaCO3 is better than that of unmodified nano-CaCO3.

  8. New synthetic route to Mg–Al–CO3 layered double hydroxide using magnesite

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    Highlights: ► The use of magnesite to prepare Mg–Al–CO3 LDH is novel. ► The result sample is systematically studied. ► Furthermore, the cost of preparing Mg–Al–CO3 LDH may be reduced through this synthetic route. ► In the synthesis process, there is no CO2 released. That is significant to environmental protection. - Abstract: A novel synthesis of Mg–Al–CO3 layered double hydroxide (LDH) through chemical precipitation and hydrothermal methods has been investigated in this paper. The advantages of this method are using magnesite as magnesium source and no CO2 released in the process of preparation. Mg–Al–CO3 LDH (ZY) prepared under the optimized condition (the molar ratio of magnesite and Al(NO3)3·9H2O was 2.5:1; the aging time and temperature were 16 h and 100 °C, respectively) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analyser (TG–DTA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The crystal morphology of the prepared LDH displays platelet-like structure with a hexagonal shape, which is agreed with the LDH produced by industrial chemicals. Through elemental analysis and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), the chemical formula of ZY is determined as Mg0.70Al0.30(OH)2(CO3)0.15·0.6H2O

  9. Studies on Electrochemical Deposition and Characterization of Co3o4 Films

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The Co3O4 films are prepared using two steps method. Initially, the films are electrochemically deposited on stainless steel and copper substrates from the solution containing CoSO4 and H3BO3 at various molar concentrations (0.05, 0.09, 0.13, 0.17, 0.21, 0.25 and 0.28 M of CoCl2 in deposition bath. These as-deposited films are transformed into Co3O4 phase by heating them at 350 °C / 2 hr. These as-heated films are characterized by using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. From the characterization studies, the as-heated films are found to be containing single cubic spinel Co3O4 phase with high purity. The variation in molar concentration of CoCl2 in electrochemical deposition bath showed the profound effect on optical properties of Co3O4 films. The better optical properties, (i absorptance (α = 0.945, emittance (ε = 0.071 and (ii absorptance (α = 0.950, emittance (ε = 0.070 are obtained for the Co3O4 films prepared on stainless steel and copper substrates respectively at 0.28 M concentration of CoCl2 as compared to the data reported in literature. The strength and adhesion of as-heated films on both the substrates are found to be good for the molar concentrations of CoCl2 < 0.28 M.

  10. Promotional effects of samarium on Co3O4 spinel for CO and CH4 oxidation

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    徐香兰; 韩红; 刘建军; 刘文明; 李文龙; 王翔

    2014-01-01

    A series of Co3O4 spinel catalysts modified by Sm were prepared by co-precipitation method and tested for CH4 and CO oxidation. The addition of a small amount of Sm into Co3O4 led to an improvement in the catalytic activity for both reactions. Co0.98Sm0.02 and Co0.95Sm0.05, the two samples with Co/Sm molar ratio of 0.98/0.02 and 0.95/0.05 in sequence, showed the similar and the highest activity for CH4 oxidation, with CH4 complete conversion at 450 ºC. In contrast, Co0.90Sm0.10 was the most active sample for CO oxidation, with CO complete conversion at 120 ºC. The catalysts were characterized by techniques of N2 adsor-tion-desorption with Brunauer-Emmett-Teller technique (N2-BET), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermal gravity analy-sis-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), H2 temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR) and X-ray photoelectron spec-troscopy analysis (XPS). Compared with pure Co3O4, for Co1-xSmx catalysts with 0.02≤x≤0.10, the addition of a small amount of Sm resulted in the formation of spinel Co3O4 and amorphous SmCoO3, hence increasing the number of Co3+and the active surface oxygen species, which was responsible for the improvement of the activity. Co0.95Sm0.05 catalyst showed not only high thermal stability and activity but also good reaction durability in the presence of 5%water vapor for CH4 oxidation.

  11. Factors Associated with Successful Smoking Cessation in Korean Adult Males: Findings from a National Survey.

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    Youngmee Kim

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Smoking cessation rates have remained stagnant globally. This study was conducted to explore the factors associated with successful smoking cessation among South Korean adult males using nationally representative data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES from 2007 to 2012. A comparison was made between successful quitters and those who failed to quit after attempts to stop smoking.A total of 7,839 males, aged 19-65 years, were included in this cross-sectional study. The outcome measures were the success and failure rates in smoking cessation, sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, health behaviors, perceived health status, quality of life, and mental health. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to examine the various factors associated with smoking cessation success.The cessation success and failure rates were 45.5% and 54.5%, respectively. Smoking cessation was related to older age, marriage, higher income, smoking larger amounts of cigarettes, use of willpower, alcohol abstinence, cancer history, better mental health, and higher levels of quality of life, after controlling for multiple variables. Second-hand smoke exposure at home and using nicotine replacement therapy were associated with a lower likelihood of smoking cessation.A smoke-free environment, use of willpower, alcohol abstinence, and better stress management are important for smoking cessation. Unlike previous studies, not using nicotine replacement therapy and higher levels of daily cigarette consumption were associated with successful smoking cessation, suggesting that motivation appears to be important to smoking cessation in Korean adult male population.

  12. Comparing the Efficacy of Two Internet-Based, Computer-Tailored Smoking Cessation Programs: A Randomized Trial

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    Etter, Jean-François

    2005-01-01

    Background Online computer-tailored smoking cessation programs have not yet been compared directly. Objective To compare the efficacy of two Internet-based, computer-tailored smoking cessation programs. Methods Randomized controlled trial conducted in 2003-2004. Visitors to a smoking cessation website were randomly assigned to either an original online, interactive smoking cessation program or to a modified program. Both programs consisted of tailored, personalized counseling letters based on...

  13. 填料表面处理对ABS/CaCO3复合材料性能的影响%Influence of filler's surface treatment on mechanical and thermal properties of ABS/CaCO3 composites

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    梁基照

    2004-01-01

    在室温下,测定了CaCO3填充丙烯腈-丁二烯-苯乙烯三元共聚物(ABS)复合材料的力学性能.结果表明,随着CaCO3质量分数[w(CaCO3)]的增加,试样的拉伸弹性模量呈非线性提高,而拉伸强度和拉伸断裂能下降.当w(CaCO3)小于10%时,试样的简支梁缺口冲击强度随着w(CaCO3)的增加而迅速减小,而弯曲强度却增大,w(CaCO3)达10%后两者均缓慢地减小.CaCO3的表面处理及其粒径大小对上述力学性能的影响不太明显.此外,测量了试样的维卡软化温度(Tvc),Tvc随着w(CaCO3)的增加而提高,这表明填充CaCO3粒子有利于改善ABS的耐热性能.

  14. Study on Friction Reducing and Anti-wear of CaCO3 Nanoparticles as Additives in Lubricating Oils

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    GU Zhou-ming; GU Cai-xiang; WANG Ren-bin

    2004-01-01

    This paper has insepected the size and the structure of the calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles by adopting X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The suitable surfactants have been selected and put into lubricating oil with nanometer CaCO3 particles. By testing some parameters, such as the maximum non-seizure load, the shape and diameter of wear scar, the friction factor, the nanometer CaCO3 particles' properties of extreme pressure,anti-wear and friction reduction have been tested and analyzed. The properties of the nanometer CaCO3 particles' tribology chemistry have been analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) test. Also the nanometer CaCO3 particles'mechanism of anti-wear and friction reduction has been studied systematically. The research results show that, the lubricating oil with nanometer CaCO3 particles have good tribological properties.

  15. Study on Friction Reducing and Anti-wear of CaCO3 Nanoparticles as Additives in Lubricating Oils

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    GUZhou-ming; GUCai-xiang; WANGRen-bin

    2004-01-01

    This paper has insepected the size mad the structure of the calcium carbonate (CaCO3) particles by adopting X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The suitable surfactants have been selected and put into lubricating oil with nanometer CaCO3 particles. By testing some parameters, such as the maximum non-seizure load, the shape and diameter of wear scar, the friction factor, the nanometer CaCO3 particles' properties of extreme pressure, anti-wear and friction reduction have been tested and analyzed. The properties of the nanometer CnCO3 particles' tribology chemistry have been analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) test. Also the nanometer CaCO3 particles' mechanism of anti-wear and friction reduction has been studied systematically. The research results show thai, the lubricating oil with nanometer CaCO3 particles have good tribological properties.

  16. A successful population-based smoking cessation program

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    Hovan-Somborac Jaroslava

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Our country is in the third place in Europe concerning tobacco smoking. Although strict law regulations regarding indoor smoking have been brought, the law banning all tobacco advertising, and the behaviour of our population are inadequate. Our objective was to persuade smokers for the 'Quit and Win' campaign and to establish the number of smokers in health personnel employed in health facilities. Material and methods This population-based smoking cessation campaign was coordinated by Federal Institute of Public Health, through a network of Public Health Institutes within the country with the support of national and local media. Results and discussion Quit and Win campaign was organized for the third time. The campaign was realized with the financial support and sponsorship at community level throughout the country. The Federal Ministry provided a national health award. The national and local media accompanied the campaign. The campaign included 3.178 smokers and 2.575 supporters, that is 0.1% of the population over 18 years of age. This is in accordance with participants in some other countries, who had a better support. More than 60% of health care facility employees are smokers. Conclusions Our tradition, habits in the society and overall situation encourage smoking habits to spread in general population. Our campaign has proved that people should be motivated to quit smoking, but they need to be informed. Actions taken in general population and based on a positive smoking cessation program in which smokers are willing to stop smoking have given unexpectedly good results.

  17. INTERFACIAL ADHESION AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PMMA-COATED CaCO3 NANOPARTICLE-REINFORCED PVC COMPOSITES

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    Xuehua Chen; Chunzhong Li; Shoufang Xu; Ling Zhang; Wei Shao; H. L. Du

    2006-01-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)-coated nano-CaCO3 particles were prepared by in-situ emulsion polymerization. The mechanical properties of nano-CaCO3 particles-reinforced PVC were investigated using an AG-2000A universal testing machine and an XJU-2.75 izod impact tester; interfacial adhesion between CaCO3 nanoparticles and PVC matrix by SEM, and structure of PMMA coated on the surface of CaCO3 by FTIR and 1H-NMR. The results indicate that the PMMA coated on the nano CaCO3 particles consists mainly of syndiotactic structure, and their three tacticity contents were rr 52.8%, mm 7.3% and mr 39.9%, respectively. The interfacial adhesion between CaCO3 nanoparticles and PVC matrix was significantly improved when the CaCO3 nanoparticles were coated with PMMA, which led to increased Young's moduli and tensile strengths of the PMMA-coated CaCO3/PVC composites. The izod impact strengths of the composites were strongly affected by the PMMA coating thickness and increased significantly with increasing the volume fraction of CaCO3 filler in the composites.

  18. Effects of the Na2CO3 dopant on electron injection and transport in organic light emitting devices

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    Na2CO3 is used as an n-type dopant to improve the electro-optical properties of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum (Alq3)-based organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Device properties such as the turn-on voltage, maximum luminance, and device efficiency were improved as Na2CO3 was doped. The higher mobility of Na2CO3-doped samples has been derived using space-charge-limited current measurements. Photoelectron spectroscopy results show that some electrons transfer from Na2CO3 into Alq3, which moves the Fermi level close to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of Alq3. Therefore, both the electron-transporting ability and electron-injection efficiency were enhanced, which improves the charge carrier balance in OLEDs and leads to better device efficiency. - Highlights: ► Na2CO3-doped OLEDs have improved opto-electrical properties. ► Na2CO3-doped Alq3 layers possess an enhanced electron injection ability. ► The higher mobility of the Na2CO3-doped samples derived by the SCLC model. ► The reaction between Na2CO3 and Alq3 results in an electron transfer process. ► The Na2CO3-doping moves the Fermi level close to the LUMO of Alq3

  19. Effect of magnesium addition on structural and magnetic properties of NiO, Co3O4 nanoparticles

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    Magnesium added NiO and Co3O4 nanoparticles were prepared from microwave assisted method. The cubic phase natures of NiO, Co3O4 nanoparticles have been ascertained from X-ray diffraction. XRD pattern reveals the size of the particles was reduced to quantum level for NiO than Co3O4 due to the addition of magnesium ion. FTIR spectra have been performed to identify the vibration peaks of metal oxygen. Room temperature magnetic measurement ensures small ferromagnetic nature for Mg added NiO with higher saturation magnetization. superparamagnetic nature was examined for Mg added Co3O4 nanoparticles

  20. Assessment of successful smoking cessation by psychological factors using the Bayesian network approach.

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    Yang, Xiaorong; Li, Suyun; Pan, Lulu; Wang, Qiang; Li, Huijie; Han, Mingkui; Zhang, Nan; Jiang, Fan; Jia, Chongqi

    2016-07-01

    The association between psychological factors and smoking cessation is complicated and inconsistent in published researches, and the joint effect of psychological factors on smoking cessation is unclear. This study explored how psychological factors jointly affect the success of smoking cessation using a Bayesian network approach. A community-based case control study was designed with 642 adult male successful smoking quitters as the cases, and 700 adult male failed smoking quitters as the controls. General self-efficacy (GSE), trait coping style (positive-trait coping style (PTCS) and negative-trait coping style (NTCS)) and self-rating anxiety (SA) were evaluated by GSE Scale, Trait Coping Style Questionnaire and SA Scale, respectively. Bayesian network was applied to evaluate the relationship between psychological factors and successful smoking cessation. The local conditional probability table of smoking cessation indicated that different joint conditions of psychological factors led to different outcomes for smoking cessation. Among smokers with high PTCS, high NTCS and low SA, only 36.40% successfully quitted smoking. However, among smokers with low pack-years of smoking, high GSE, high PTCS and high SA, 63.64% successfully quitted smoking. Our study indicates psychological factors jointly influence smoking cessation outcome. According to different joint situations, different solutions should be developed to control tobacco in practical intervention. PMID:26264661

  1. Evolution of a tobacco cessation curriculum for dental hygiene students at Indiana University School of Dentistry.

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    Coan, Lorinda L; Christen, Arden; Romito, Laura

    2007-06-01

    Barriers to consistent implementation of tobacco cessation strategies by dental hygiene students in practice may be overcome through mentoring by expert faculty members. This article describes a pilot study using an innovative method to achieve higher levels of student-perceived confidence and skill in delivering cessation messages to patients. Following completion of the didactic course content, each student selected a tobacco user to complete the Indiana University Nicotine Dependence Program Patient Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ). Detailed analysis of the questionnaire and development of specific cessation strategies were accomplished in a one-to-one interchange with expert faculty members. Students provided suggestions to patients, wrote papers summarizing their experiences, and were asked to complete an anonymous survey. Forty-four of forty-six students completed the survey. Eighty percent reported the mentored session was useful in learning specific cessation strategies; 83 percent reported the session helped to boost their confidence levels in approaching patients in tobacco cessation; 83 percent believed they would use learned strategies with other patients; and 86 percent recommended this educational approach for future students. Additional mentoring may overcome barriers to approaching patients in tobacco cessation by increasing levels of confidence and skill when delivering cessation messages. This may translate into continued application of these strategies in private practice, resulting in potential benefits to the health of the public. PMID:17554095

  2. An educational campaign to increase chiropractic intern advising roles on patient smoking cessation

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    Strasser Sheryl M

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tobacco use, particularly smoking, is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. More than 400,000 premature deaths are associated with its use and the health care costs are in the billions. All health care provider groups should be concerned with patients who continue to smoke and use tobacco. The US Preventive Services Taskforce and Health People 2010 guidelines encourage providers to counsel smokers on cessation. Current studies, though limited regarding chiropractic advising practices indicate a low engagement rate when it comes to providing cessation information. Objective To test a campaign regarding initial impact aimed at increasing chiropractic interns advising on cessation and delivery of information to smokers on cessation. Discussion Chiropractic interns do engage patients on smoking status and can be encouraged to provide more cessation messages and information to patients. The initial impact assessment of this campaign increased the provision of information to patients by about 25%. The prevalence of smoking among chiropractic patients, particularly at teaching clinics may be lower than the national averages. Conclusion Chiropractic interns can and should be encouraged to advise smokers about cessation. A systematic method of intake information on smoking status is needed and a standardized education protocol for chiropractic colleges is needed. Chiropractic colleges should assess the adequacy of their advising roles and implement changes to increase cessation messages to their patients as soon as possible.

  3. Neutron powder diffraction and magnetic studies of mesoporous Co3O4

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    Samples of mesoporous Co3O4, created by using mesoporous silicas KIT-6 and SBA-16 as hard templates to control the growth of Co3O4 have been investigated with SQUID magnetometry and neutron powder diffraction, to reveal the effects of high surface area on the magnetic and electronic properties. DC magnetic susceptibility measurements show lower Neel ordering temperatures and lower magnetic moments than in a 'bulk' reference. A lower second transition temperature is also observed in the mesoporous samples, associated with the freezing of the surface (shell) magnetic moments. Measurements taken with increasing applied field at constant temperature show the materials to be antiferromagnetic as expected. Complementary parametric neutron powder diffraction studies show similar trends between the two mesoporous samples when looking at their Neel temperatures, and verify long range order within the samples.

  4. 51V-NMR study of the Kagome staircase compound Co3V2O8

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    Kagome staircase compound Co3V2O8 (S = 3/2) has a structure very similar to multiferroic compound Ni3V2Og (S = 1), but their magnetic phase diagrams differ noticeably. We present the results of the first NMR study in Co3V2O8 single crystal. From 51V-NMR spectra, the components of electric field gradient (EFG) tensor and of magnetic shifts tensor, Ki, are obtained. The temperature dependences of NMR shifts 51Ki for each main crystal axis direction are well described by a spin contributions in the paramagnetic phase. In ferromagnetic phase the zero field 51V-NMR spectrum is observed in the temperature range of 1.5-6.3 K.

  5. Magnetic Properties of Nd8Fe83Co3B6 Nanocomposite Magnets

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    The influence of quenching technology, annealing temperature and time on the structures and magnetic properties of Nd8Fe83Co3B6 nanocomposite magnets was investigated. The results show that the α-Fe/Nd2Fe14B nanocomposite magnet containing a small amount of B is difficult to form amorphous state. The magnetic properties of 26 m/s quenched Nd8Fe83Co3B6 powders annealed at 640℃×480 s reach iHc=513 kA/m, Br=1.05 T and (BH)max=92.0 kJ/m3. The grain size is Dα-Fe=21.5 nm and DNd2Fe14B=30.2 nm.

  6. Electric Field-Controlled Crystallizing CaCO3 Nanostructures from Solution.

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    Qi, Jian Quan; Guo, Rui; Wang, Yu; Liu, Xuan Wen; Chan, Helen Lai Wah

    2016-12-01

    The role of electric field is investigated in determining the structure, morphology, and crystallographic characteristics of CaCO3 nanostructures crystallized from solution. It is found that the lattice structure and crystalline morphology of CaCO3 can be tailed by the electric field applied to the solution during its crystallization. The calcite structure with cubic-like morphology can be obtained generally without electric field, and the vaterite structure with the morphology of nanorod is formed under the high electric field. The vaterite nanorods can be piled up to the petaliform layers. Both the nanorod and the petaliform layer can have mesocrystal structures which are piled up by much fine units of the rods with the size of several nanometers. Beautiful rose-like nanoflowers can be self-arranged by the petaliform layers. These structures can have potential application as carrier for medicine to involve into metabolism of living cell. PMID:26932759

  7. Magnetization of the canted antiferromagnetic CoCO3 in Abragam-Pryce approximation

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    Weiss molecular field theory was used to calculate the magnetization of the canted antiferromagnetic CoCO3 (TN=18.1K). Wave functions of magnetic doublets near Co2+ ground state in Abragam-Pryce approximation were determined. One of the crystal field variables, free Co2+ ion isotropic exchange interaction inside, and between magnetic sublatticies, and rotation angle φ, characterizing nonequivalence ion Co2+ positions, were used as parameters. From comparison with the experimental data exchange interaction anisotropy and g-factors g-bar , g-bar were obtained. At low temperatures T2+(1%)+CdCO3 single crystals. At high temperatures in the paramagnetic region, experimental data differs from calculated ones by more than two times. It is shown that this discrepancy cannot be described within the frames of used approximations

  8. Influence of Modified Nanosized CaCO3 on the Properties of Pigment Coated Paper%改性纳米CaCO3对涂布纸性能的影响

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    唐艳军; 李友明; 薛国新

    2008-01-01

    研究了纳米CaCO3、偶联剂改性纳米CaCO3及脂肪酸改性纳米CaCO3对涂布纸物理性能的影响.结果表明,含纳米CaCO3的纸张涂层具有较高的印刷光泽度和表面强度.表面改性对纳米CaCO3在涂布纸巾的应用有重要影响.以偶联剂和脂肪酸改性纳米CaCO3替代普通CaCO3,涂布纸的平滑度、光泽度、及油墨吸收性都大大提高,尤其表面强度改善更为明显,表面抗水性增强,水滴接触角明显增大.随着改性纳米CaCO3用量在5%~20%范围内增加,涂布纸性能持续改善.

  9. Nano-CaCO3/HDPE复合材料流变性能的研究%Study on Rheological Behavior of Nano-CaCO3/HDPE Composites

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    常杰云; 张帆

    2012-01-01

    通过熔融共混法制备了纳米碳酸钙/高密度聚乙烯( nano-CaCO3/HDPE)复合材料,使用旋转流变仪研究了复合材料的动态流变性能.结果表明,当nano-CaCO3加入量≤4%(质量分数)时,随着nano-CaCO3含量的增加,nano-CaCO3/HDPE复合材料的储能模量、损耗模量和复数黏度均高于纯HDPE,并逐渐上升.%By the method of melt blending, HDPE/nano-CaCO3composites were prepared and the dy-namic rheological properties were studied by rotational rheometer. The results indicated after nano-CaCO 3 was treated with silane coupling agent, with the increasing content ( ≤4% ) of namo-CaCO3, the storage modu-lus , loss modulus and complex viscosity were rising with the nano-CaCO3 content, and higher than that of pure HDPE.

  10. Co3O4/C nanocapsules with onion-like carbon shells as anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: Co3O4 nanocapsules with the onion-like carbon shells were synthesized. As anode materials for lithium ion battery, the Co3O4 nanocapsules deliver an initial discharge capacity of 1467.6 mAh g−1 at 0.5 C and maintain a high reversible capacity of 1026.9 mAh g−1 after 50 cycles. -- Highlights: • Co3O4 nanocapsules with onion-like carbon shell have been synthesized. • Co3O4 nanocapsules deliver an initial discharge capacity of 1467.6 mAh g−1 at 0.5 C. • Co3O4 nanocapsules maintain a reversible capacity of 1026.9 mAh g−1 after 50 cycles. • Onion-like carbon shells can improve the electrochemical performance of Co3O4. -- Abstract: The synthesis and characterization of core/shell-type Co3O4/C nanocapsules for application as anode material in lithium ion batteries are reported in this paper. The synthesis process involves the preparation of Co/C nanocapsules using a modified arc-discharge method and the annealing of the Co/C nanocapsules at 300 °C for 2 h in air. The as-synthesized products show a spherical shape and a core/shell-type structure in which a Co3O4 nanoparticle core of diameter 10–30 nm is encapsulated by an onion-like carbon shell of thickness approximately 1 nm. The Co/C nanocapsules can be stable below 130 °C, and be oxidized above 205 °C in air. The Co3O4/C nanocapsules deliver an initial discharge capacity of 1467.6 mAh g−1 at 0.5 C and maintain a high reversible capacity of 1026.9 mAh g−1 after 50 charge–discharge cycles, much higher than the Co3O4 nanoparticles (471.5 mAh g−1). A postmortem analysis of the Co3O4 and Co3O4/C anodes subjected to prolonged cycling reveals the existence of a lower degree of surface cracking and particle breakage in the Co3O4/C anode than the Co3O4 anode. The improved electrochemical performance and structural stability in the Co3O4/C nanocapsules are attributed to the enhanced electrical conductivity and structural buffering provided by the onion-like carbon shell

  11. Heterogeneous microchemistry between CdSO4 and CaCO3 particles under humidity and liquid water

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    Highlights: ► Raman analysis of chemical reactions between CdSO4 and CaCO3 particles. ► Under humid air no changes of morphology and chemical composition were observed. ► Condensation of liquid water generates an insoluble CdCO3 layer on CaCO3 surface. ► Addition of water previously equilibrated with CaCO3 generates CdCO3 and CaSO4. -- Abstract: Laboratory experiments using in situ Raman imaging combined with ex situ TOF-S-SIMS demonstrate the behavior of CdSO4·8/3H2O microparticles in contact with {101¯4} CaCO3 (calcite) surface under three different experimental conditions representative of unpolluted atmosphere. The contact of CdSO4·8/3H2O particles with CaCO3 surface in humid air (RH ∼ 40–80%) does not induce any chemical reaction. In contrast, the condensation of a water drop on CdSO4·8/3H2O/CaCO3 interface causes the free dissolution of CdSO4·8/3H2O particle in the drop. A CdSO4·8/3H2O microcrystal is reformed after gentle drying with a CdSO4·H2O coating of the CaCO3 surface. The TOF-S-SIMS image of the CaCO3 surface provides evidence of a thin layer corresponding probably to insoluble coating of CdCO3 (otavite) or CdxCa1−xCO3 solid solution at the liquid–solid interface. This layer armours the CaCO3 from further dissolution and stops the reaction. The deposition of CdSO4·8/3H2O particle in water drop previously in contact with CaCO3 for a long time generates CdCO3 small rhombohedral crystals while gentle drying provokes the crystallization of bar shape crystals of CaSO4·2H2O (gypsum). These laboratory results provide valuable chemical prediction for a possible fate of cadmium rich particles emitted in the atmosphere and thus, can contribute to realistic assessment of human exposure to Cd hazard

  12. CO2 assisted synthesis of highly dispersed Co3O4 nanoparticles on mesoporous carbon for lithium ion battery

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    Graphical abstract: Co3O4 nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed onto the mesoporous carbon support (Co3O4/mC) using a facile process in CO2–expanded ethanol (CE) solution. Compared with Co3O4/mC-E synthesized in pure ethanol, the Co3O4/mC-CE exhibited better cycle performance which could be attributed to the synergistic effects between the superior structures of mesoporous C support and the highly dispersed Co3O4 nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Co3O4 nanoparticles were highly dispersed on mesoporous C in CE system. • The synthesis avoided the use of precipitants and aggregation of Co3O4 particles. • Co3O4/mC exhibited better cycle performance than the reference sample. • The synergistic effects of the mC and Co3O4 resulted in the improved performance. - Abstract: Co3O4 nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed onto the mesoporous carbon support (Co3O4/mC) using a facile process in CO2–expanded ethanol (CE) solution. During the synthesis, CO2 played the dual roles, one is to provide a simple physical expansion to evenly disperse the precursors onto the mesoporous carbon support, and the other is to offer some chemical groups such as CO32− to facilitate the complete and uniform deposition through the coordination to the metallic cations with these anions. When used as anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs), the Co3O4/mC synthesized in CO2-expanded ethanol solution exhibited larger surface area and better cycle performance compared with the reference sample synthesized in pure ethanol. The enhanced cycle performance could be attributed to the synergistic effects between the superior structures of mesoporous C support and the highly dispersed Co3O4 nanoparticles. More importantly, the synthesis of Co3O4/mC composite in CE solution was green and highly efficient, avoiding the use of precipitant and the aggregation of Co3O4, which would definitely enrich the strategies for the fabrication of carbon-based transition-metal oxide composites with great

  13. Insights into Reaction Mechanism of Na2CO3 in Foaming Process of Cullet Powder

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

    prior to glass melting, the resulting decomposition product Na2O has strong impact on the melt viscosity, phase separation and crystallisation behaviour, and also mechanical properties of the final glass. This is relatively well understood in literature. In contrast, when Na2CO3 is added as a foaming...... in the glass, making the studied cullet powder potentially suitable for producing insulation materials. Finally, we discuss these results based on supplementary x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analyses....

  14. Poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyhexanoate)/Collagen Hybrid Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Applications

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    Lomas, Alex J.; Webb, William R.; Han, Jianfeng; Chen, Guo-Qiang; Sun, Xun; Zhang, Zhirong; Alicia J. El Haj; Forsyth, Nicholas R.

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    The benefits associated with polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in tissue engineering include high immunotolerance, low toxicity, and biodegradability. Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx), a molecule from the PHA family of biopolymers, shares these features. In this study, the applicability of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), spontaneously differentiated hESCs (SDhESCs), and mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in conjunction with PHBHHx and collagen as a biocompatible replacement st...

  15. Crystallization of the CaCO3 mineral in the presence of the protein ovalbumin

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    The kinetics of CaCO3 mineralization was studied by SANS in a 0.1 M aqueous CaCl2 solution in the presence of the protein ovalbumin found in chicken eggs. As the scattering from the protein and the mineral was observed within different Q regimes the evolution of the protein and mineral could be followed independently. It is observed that ovalbumin denaturates during the first 3 h and leads to a strong enhancement of mineralization

  16. Gas Permeability Properties of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate)

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    Vandewijngaarden, Jens; Murariu, Marius; Dubois, Philippe; Carleer, Robert; Yperman, Jan; Adriaensens, Peter; Schreurs, Sonja; LEPOT, Nadia; Peeters, Roos; Buntinx, Mieke

    2014-01-01

    Environmental issues, such as the depletion of fossil resources and waste disposal, have instigated the development of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx), a biobased and biodegradable polymer, bacterially produced from palm oil. PHBHHx is a versatile polymer and this study aims to further characterize it for the possible application as food packaging material. In this respect, barrier properties for gases such as O2, water vapor and CO2 are of great importance. PHBHHx film...

  17. Formation of Co3O4 Nanotubes and the Magnetic Behaviour at Low Temperature

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    LI Tao; YANG Shao-Guang; HUANG Li-Sheng; GU Ben-Xi; DU You-Wei

    2004-01-01

    @@ Tubular Co3O4 nanostructures were prepared from cobalt nanowires embedded in an anodic alumina template.The morphologies of nanowires / nanotubes were studied by transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction was used in the analysis of the nanostructures and phases. A possible formation mechanism of the process from nanowires to nanotubes is discussed. The vibrating sample magnetometer measurements show anomalous magnetic behaviour of the cobalt oxide nanotubes at low temperature.

  18. High power Co3O4/ZnO p–n type piezoelectric transducer

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    Enhancing the output power of piezoelectric transducer is essential in order to supply sufficient and sustainable power to wireless sensor nodes or electronic devices. In this work, a Co3O4/ZnO p–n type power piezoelectric transducer which can be operated at low frequencies has been developed by utilizing n-type semiconducting zinc oxide (ZnO) and p-type semiconducting tricobalt tetroxide (Co3O4). We utilize ZnO to be the piezoelectric transducer and build a multi-layer (Au/Co3O4/ZnO/Ti) thin film structure. The ZnO thin film with preferred orientation along the (002) plane was deposited under optimized deposition conditions on the flexible titanium (Ti) foil with thickness of 80 μm. The Co3O4/ZnO interface forms a p–n junction and increases the difference in Fermi levels between the two electrodes, resulting in the great enhancement of output power. The measured output power of the p–n type piezoelectric transducer with optimal resistance of 100 kΩ is 10.4 μW at low operating frequency of 37 Hz, which is 10.9 times of output power of ZnO piezoelectric transducers. - Highlights: • Deposited zinc oxide performed good piezoelectric coefficient. • ZnO thin film with preferred orientation along the (002) plane was deposited. • A p–n type piezoelectric transducer with enhanced output power was fabricated. • 10.9 times increment in output power was obtained. • Increase of difference in Fermi level and p–n junction formation was explained

  19. CuO and Co3O4 Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterizations, and Raman Spectroscopy

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    Rashad, M.; Rüsing, M.; Berth, G.; Lischka, K.; Pawlis, A.

    2013-01-01

    Copper oxide and cobalt oxide (CuO, Co3O4) nanocrystals (NCs) have been successfully prepared in a short time using microwave irradiation without any postannealing treatment. Both kinds of nanocrystals (NCs) have been prepared using copper nitrate and cobalt nitrate as the starting materials and distilled water as the solvent. The resulted powders of nanocrystals (NCs) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an...

  20. CYP2B6 and bupropion’s smoking cessation pharmacology: the role of hydroxybupropion

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    Zhu, Andy Z.X.; Cox, Lisa Sanderson; Nollen, Nikki; Faseru, Babalola; Okuyemi, Kolawole S; Ahluwalia, Jasjit S.; Benowitz, Neal L.; Tyndale, Rachel F.

    2012-01-01

    Bupropion is indicated to promote smoking cessation. Animal studies suggest that bupropion’s major metabolite hydroxybupropion can mediate bupropion’s pharmacologic activity. We measured plasma bupropion and metabolite levels in a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized smoking cessation trial. Among the treatment adherent individuals, higher hydroxybupropion concentrations (per µg/mL) resulted in better smoking cessation outcomes (Week 3, 7 and 26 OR=2.82, 2.96 and 2.37, P=0.005–0.040),...

  1. Preliminary Examination of Adolescent Spending in a Contingency Management Based Smoking Cessation Program.

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    Cavallo, Dana A; Nich, Charla; Schepis, Ty S; Smith, Anne E; Liss, Thomas B; McFetridge, Amanda K; Krishnan-Sarin, Suchitra

    2010-09-01

    Contingency management (CM) utilizing monetary incentives is efficacious in enhancing abstinence in an adolescent smoking cessation program, but how adolescents spend their money has not been examined. We assessed spending habits of 38 adolescent smokers in a CM-based smoking cessation project prior to quitting and during treatment using a questionnaire about spending in a number of categories, including cigarettes, other addictive substances, durable goods, and disposable goods. Our preliminary results indicate that participation in a CM based program for smoking cessation did not lead to greater spending on cigarettes and other substances and may have produced more socially acceptable spending. PMID:20802850

  2. Production of CaCO3/hyperbranched polyglycidol hybrid films using spray-coating technique.

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    Malinova, Kalina; Gunesch, Manfred; Montero Pancera, Sabrina; Wengeler, Robert; Rieger, Bernhard; Volkmer, Dirk

    2012-05-15

    Biomineralizing organisms employ macromolecules and cellular processing strategies in order to produce highly complex composite materials such as nacre. Bionic approaches translating this knowledge into viable technical production schemes for a large-scale production of biomimetic hybrid materials have met with limited success so far. Investigations presented here thus focus on the production of CaCO(3)/polymer hybrid coatings that can be applied to huge surface areas via reactive spray-coating. Technical requirements for simplicity and cost efficiency include a straightforward one-pot synthesis of low molecular weight hyperbranched polyglycidols (polyethers of 2,3-epoxy-1-propanol) as a simple mimic of biological macromolecules. Polymers functionalized with phosphate monoester, sulfate or carboxylate groups provide a means of controlling CaCO(3) particle density and morphology in the final coatings. We employ reactive spray-coating techniques to generate CaCO(3)/hybrid coatings among which vaterite composites can be prepared in the presence of sulfate-containing hyperbranched polyglycidol. These coatings show high stability and remained unchanged for periods longer than 9 months. By employing carboxylate-based hyperbranched polyglycidol, it is possible to deposit vaterite-calcite composites, whereas phosphate-ester-based hyperbranched polyglycidol leads to calcite composites. Nanoindentation was used to study mechanical properties, showing that coatings thus obtained are slightly harder than pure calcite. PMID:22386308

  3. Rambutan-like FeCO3 hollow microspheres: facile preparation and superior lithium storage performances.

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    Zhong, Yiren; Su, Liwei; Yang, Mei; Wei, Jinping; Zhou, Zhen

    2013-11-13

    Rambutan-like FeCO3 hollow microspheres were prepared via a facile and economic one-step hydrothermal method. The structure and morphology evolution mechanism was disclosed through time-dependent experiments. After undergoing the symmetric inside-out Ostwald ripening, the resultants formed microporous/nanoporous constructions composed of numerous one-dimensional (1D) nanofiber building blocks. Tested as anode materials of Li-ion batteries, FeCO3 hollow microspheres presented attractive electrochemical performances. The capacities were over 1000 mAh g(-1) for initial charge, ~880 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 50 mA g(-1), and ~710 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at 200 mA g(-1). The 1D nanofiber assembly and hollow interior endow this material efficient contact with electrolyte, short Li(+) diffusion paths, and sufficient void spaces to accommodate large volume variation. The cost-efficient FeCO3 with rationally designed nanostructures is a promising anode candidate for Li-ion batteries. PMID:24066809

  4. A laboratory investigation of cyanobacterial extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) in influencing CaCO 3 polymorphism

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    Kawaguchi, T.; Decho, A. W.

    2002-04-01

    Bahamian stromatolites are well-laminated structures, consisting of lithified layers alternating between unlithified layers containing fine-grained carbonate ooids. The lithified layers consist of abundant aragonite needles embedded within a matrix of extracellular polymeric secretions (EPS) by cyanobacteria, Schizothrix sp. Laboratory investigations were conducted using EPS extracted from natural stromatolites and laboratory isolates of Schizothrix sp., to chemically characterize EPS, and determine in vitro how EPS may influence CaCO 3 polymorphism. EPS mainly consisted of acidic polysaccharides and proteins. Biochemical analyses indicated that contents of uronic acids and carbohydrates in EPS from lithified layers decreased when compared with unlithified layer EPS, while the protein content remained relatively constant. CaCO 3 nucleation experiments demonstrated that EPS from the lithified layer, induced aragonite crystal formation in vitro, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. In contrast, EPS from the unlithified layer or laboratory-cultured Schizothrix sp. induced calcite crystal formation. These laboratory results suggest the possibility that the biochemical composition, specifically small proteins, of EPS influences the resulting mineralogy of CaCO 3.

  5. Effect of Li 2CO 3 additive on gas generation in lithium-ion batteries

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    Shin, Jee-Sun; Han, Chi-Hwan; Jung, Un-Ho; Lee, Shung-Ik; Kim, Hyeong-Jin; Kim, Keon

    To elucidate the mechanism of gas generation during charge-discharge cycling of a lithium-ion cell, the generated gases and passive films on the carbon electrode are examined by means of gas chromatography (GC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. In ethyl carbonate/dimethyl carbonate and ethyl carbonate/diethyl carbonate 1 M LiPF 6 electrolytes, the detected gaseous products are CO 2, CO, CH 4, C 2H 4, C 2H 6, etc. The FTIR spectrum of the surface of the carbon electrode shows bands which correspond to Li 2CO 3, ROCO 2Li, (ROCO 2Li) 2, and RCO 2Li. These results suggest that gas evolution is caused by electrode decomposition, reactive trace impurities, and electrolyte reduction. The surface of the electrode is composed of electrolyte reduction products. When 0.05 M Li 2CO 3 is added as an electrolyte additive, the total volume of generated gases is reduced, and the discharge capacity and the conductivity of lithium-ions are increased. These results can be explained by a more compact and thin 'solid electrolyte interface' film on the carbon electrode formed by Li 2CO 3, which effectively prevents solvent co-intercalation and carbon exfoliation.

  6. Fabrication and Properties of Degradable PPC/ EVOH/ starch/ CaCO3 Composites

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    QIAO Junjuan; DU Fengguang; PANG Maizhi; XIAO Min; WANG Shuanjin; MENG Yuezhong

    2008-01-01

    Thermally stable and biodegradable composites from poly (propylene carbonate) (PPC), poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH), starch and CaCO3, were fabricated by melt blending. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), differential thermal analysis/ thermal gravimetric analysis (DTA/TGA), tensile test and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were performed to investigate the miscibility, thermal behavior and tensile properties of the PPC/ EVOH/ Starch/ CaCO3 composites. DSC results indicate that the introduction of EVOH could improve the compatibility between PPC and starch to some extent because of the interfacial interaction between PPC and EVOH, leading to an increase in tensile strength. The tensile strength began to decrease when more starch was added due to the aggregation of starch particles. SEM examination showed the good interfacial bonding between the fillers and polymeric components. The incorporation of both EVOH and fillers can greatly increase the thermal stability of PPC matrix. The PPC/ EVOH/ Starch/ CaCO3 composites can be melt processed and can be used as a common biodegradable material for a wide application.

  7. Effect of nano BaCO3 on pyrolytic reaction of phenol-formaldehyde resin

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    Zhang, Xu; Ma, Qing-zhi; Zhang, Zhong-feng; Peng, Wan-xi; Zhang, Ming-long

    2009-07-01

    Phenol-formaldehyde resin is used as the most adhesive to produce waterproof plant-based composite. However, this product contains phenol and formaldehyde which can be easily released to pollute air and water. Based on the single-factor method, the effect of nano BaCO3 on situabtion of pyrolytic reaction of PF resin was studied by Py-GC/MS. There were components including carbon dioxide, D,.alpha.-tocopherol, 1,3-bis(trimethylsilyl) benzene, phenol from PF resin in 590(see manuscript) He gas. However, the 17 compounds including phenol, 2-methyl-, phenol, carbon dioxide, p-xylene, toluene, phenol, 2-ethyl-, phenol, 2,3-dimethyl-, benzene, 1,2,3-trimethyl-, etc were identified by Py-GC/MS after PF/BaCO3 composite was pyrolyzed in 590(see manuscript) He gas, and phenol and phenol derivants were found in the compounds. The result showed that nano BaCO3 could effectively delay the pyrolysis of PF resin.

  8. 12CO(3-2) Emission in Spiral Galaxies: Warm Molecular Gas in Action?

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    Galaz, Gaspar; Bronfman, Leonardo; Rubio, Monica

    2008-01-01

    Using the APEX sub-millimeter telescope we have investigated the 12CO(3-2) emission in five face-on nearby barred spiral galaxies, where three of them are high surface brightness galaxies (HSBs) lying at the Freeman limit, and two are low surface brightness galaxies (LSBs). We have positive detections for two of three HSB spirals and non-detections for the LSBs. For the galaxies with positive detection (NGC0521 and PGC070519), the emission is confined to their bulges, with velocity dispersions of ~90 and ~73 km/s and integrated intensities of 1.20 and 0.76 K/km/s, respectively. For the non-detections, the estimated upper limit for the integrated intensity is ~0.54 K/km/s. With these figures we estimate the H2 masses as well as the atomic-to-molecular mass ratios. Although all the galaxies are barred, we observe 12CO(3-2) emission only for galaxies with prominent bars. We speculate that bars could dynamically favor the 12CO(3-2) emission, as a second parameter after surface brightness. Therefore, secular evolu...

  9. CuO and Co3O4 Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterizations, and Raman Spectroscopy

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    M. Rashad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Copper oxide and cobalt oxide (CuO, Co3O4 nanocrystals (NCs have been successfully prepared in a short time using microwave irradiation without any postannealing treatment. Both kinds of nanocrystals (NCs have been prepared using copper nitrate and cobalt nitrate as the starting materials and distilled water as the solvent. The resulted powders of nanocrystals (NCs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and atomic force microscopy (AFM measurements. The obtained results confirm the presence of the both of oxides nanopowders produced during chemical precipitation using microwave irradiation. A strong emission under UV excitation is obtained from the prepared CuO and Co3O4 nanoparticles. The results show that the nanoparticles have high dispersion and narrow size distribution. The line scans of atomic force microscopy (AFM images of the nanocrystals (NCs sprayed on GaAs substrates confirm the results of both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, vibrational studies have been carried out using Raman spectroscopic technique. Specific Raman peaks have been observed in the CuO and Co3O4 nanostructures, and the full width at half maximum (FWHM of the peaks indicates a small particle size of the nanocrystals.

  10. Phase transitions ordering–phase separation in the Co3V alloy

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    Highlights: • Ordering–phase separation transition in the Co3V alloy occurs two times. • A tendency to phase separation takes place above 800 and below 450 °C. • Ordering with L12 phase formation occurs in the 450–800 °C interval. - Abstract: An electron microscopic study of the Co3V alloy microstructure formed after heat treatment at different temperatures has been conducted. Two phase transitions ordering–phase separation have been discovered, which occur in the alloy at temperatures of about 450 and 800 °C. At high-temperature phase separation, the microstructure consists of bcc vanadium atom particles and a fcc solid solution; at low-temperature phase separation, it is a cellular structure, in which the cellular boundaries are enriched in vanadium. In the region of ordering, it consists of particles of the Co3V chemical compound, randomly distributed in the solid solution. It is shown that at none of the temperatures do these microstructures correspond to those shown in the Co–V phase diagram.

  11. Synthesis of nano-CaCO3 composite particles and their application

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    Wei Wu; Xueqin Zhang; Jianfeng Chen; Shuling Shen

    2008-01-01

    Nano-calcium carbonate composite particles were synthesized by the soapless emulsion polymerization technique of dou-ble monomers. The composite particles formation mechanism was investigated. The effects of composite particles on the mechanical properties of nano-CaCO3-ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer) composite material were studied. It was validated that the composite particles are made up of the nano-calcium carbonate cores and the shells of alternating copolymers of butyl acrylate (BA) and styrene (St). The shells are chemically grafted and physically wrapped on the surface of nano-calcium carbonate particles.When the composite particles were filled in ABS matrix, the CaCO3 particles are homogeneously dispersed in the composite material as nanoscales. The impact strength of the composite material is obviously enhanced after idling appropriate amounts of composite particles. It can be concluded that the soapless emulsion polymerization of double monomers is an effective method for nano-CaCO3 surface treatment.

  12. Minicrystal and XPS Analysis of SiO2 coated superfine CaCO3 Powder%SiO2包覆超细CaCO3的微晶分析和XPS研究

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    华益苗; 袁骏; 岳林海; 蔡菊香

    2001-01-01

    The superfine CaCO3 powder coated with SiO2 was synthesized. Through XRD technique, the cell parameters and crystallite size of reference and coated CaCO3 were calculated. SiO2 present in the state of amorphous and prevent the agglomeration and growth of CaCO3 micro-crystal. By comparing the result of XPS analysis of reference compound to coated sample, CaCO3 has been coated successfully with SiO2. The thickness of the coating is about 2.4~3.4nm. From the difference (0. BeV increase) of the binding energy of Ca2p, we presume that the bind Si-O-Ca has formed in the surface of CaCO3.

  13. Effects of Surface-treated CaCO3 on Polyurethane Sealant Characteristics%表面处理CaCO3对单组分聚氨酯密封剂性能的影响

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    2005-01-01

    对轻质CaCO3、重质CaCO3和滑石粉3种填料进行了表面处理,考察了它们对聚氨酯密封剂性能的影响.结果表明:使用表面处理轻质CaCO3作填料的聚氨酯密封剂与使用未处理轻质CaCO3作填料制备的聚氨酯密封剂相比,其邵氏硬度降低,伸长率提高.此外,使用表面处理轻质CaCO3作填料时在增加填料用量的同时,能确保密封剂的物理机械性能.

  14. 改性纳米CaCO3/PVC复合材料的力学性能%Mechanical Properties of Modified Nano-CaCO3/PVC Composites

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    徐守芳

    2007-01-01

    采用钛酸酯偶联剂和PMMA 接枝方法改性纳米碳酸钙,并采用熔融共混法制备了改性纳米CaCO3增韧PVC( CaCO3/PVC)复合材料,研究了复合材料的力学性能.对比于未处理纳米CaCO3和钛酸酯偶联剂处理纳米CaCO3,PMMA接枝聚合改性纳米CaCO3与基体的相容性最好,增韧PVC复合材料的拉伸强度得到较大幅度提高.

  15. Sexual risk behaviour among people living with HIV according to the biomedical risk of transmission: results from the ANRS-VESPA2 survey

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: People living with HIV (PLHIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART, with sustained undetectable viral load (sUVL and no history of sexually transmitted infections for at least six months, are considered to have a low risk of HIV transmission (LRT. We aimed to characterize, in a representative sample of French PLHIV, the sexual behaviour of LRT PLHIV compared with non-LRT PLHIV. Methods: The cross-sectional ANRS-VESPA2 survey was conducted on adult PLHIV attending French hospitals in 2011. The LRT PLHIV group included participants with sUVL and no sexually transmitted infection for at least 12 months. Socio-behavioural and medical data were collected. Chi-square tests helped compare sexual risk indicators between LRT and non-LRT PLHIV. The survey's retrospective nature allowed us to perform complementary category-based analyses of LRT PLHIV according to whether they had sUVL for at least 18, 24 or 36 months in three socio-epidemiological groups: men who have sex with men (MSM, other men and women. Results: Analysis included 2638 PLHIV diagnosed >12 months with available viral load data. The proportion of LRT PLHIV varied from 58% (≥12 months sUVL to 38% (≥36 months sUVL. Irrespective of sUVL duration, we found the following: 1 LRT men (MSM and other men were more likely to report having no sexual partner than their non-LRT counterparts. Among men having sexual partners in the previous 12 months, no significant difference was seen between LRT and non-LRT men in the number of sexual partners. LRT women were less likely to report having more than one sexual partner than non-LRT women; 2 LRT MSM were more likely to report being in sexually inactive couples than their non-LRT counterparts; 3 among sexually active participants, no difference was observed between LRT and non-LRT PLHIV concerning condom use with their serodiscordant steady partner or with their most recent casual sexual partners. Conclusions: LRT PLHIV with sUVL ≥12 months

  16. Sexual risk behaviour among people living with HIV according to the biomedical risk of transmission: results from the ANRS-VESPA2 survey

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    Suzan-Monti, Marie; Lorente, Nicolas; Demoulin, Baptiste; Marcellin, Fabienne; Préau, Marie; Dray-Spira, Rosemary; Lert, France; Spire, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    Introduction People living with HIV (PLHIV) on antiretroviral therapy (ART), with sustained undetectable viral load (sUVL) and no history of sexually transmitted infections for at least six months, are considered to have a low risk of HIV transmission (LRT). We aimed to characterize, in a representative sample of French PLHIV, the sexual behaviour of LRT PLHIV compared with non-LRT PLHIV. Methods The cross-sectional ANRS-VESPA2 survey was conducted on adult PLHIV attending French hospitals in 2011. The LRT PLHIV group included participants with sUVL and no sexually transmitted infection for at least 12 months. Socio-behavioural and medical data were collected. Chi-square tests helped compare sexual risk indicators between LRT and non-LRT PLHIV. The survey's retrospective nature allowed us to perform complementary category-based analyses of LRT PLHIV according to whether they had sUVL for at least 18, 24 or 36 months in three socio-epidemiological groups: men who have sex with men (MSM), other men and women. Results Analysis included 2638 PLHIV diagnosed >12 months with available viral load data. The proportion of LRT PLHIV varied from 58% (≥12 months sUVL) to 38% (≥36 months sUVL). Irrespective of sUVL duration, we found the following: 1) LRT men (MSM and other men) were more likely to report having no sexual partner than their non-LRT counterparts. Among men having sexual partners in the previous 12 months, no significant difference was seen between LRT and non-LRT men in the number of sexual partners. LRT women were less likely to report having more than one sexual partner than non-LRT women; 2) LRT MSM were more likely to report being in sexually inactive couples than their non-LRT counterparts; 3) among sexually active participants, no difference was observed between LRT and non-LRT PLHIV concerning condom use with their serodiscordant steady partner or with their most recent casual sexual partners. Conclusions LRT PLHIV with sUVL ≥12 months did not

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

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

    2016-01-01

    Introduction We aimed to quantify and identify associated factors of linkage to HIV care following home-based HIV counselling and testing (HBHCT) in the ongoing ANRS 12249 treatment-as-prevention (TasP) cluster-randomized trial in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Methods Individuals ≥16 years were offered HBHCT; those who were identified HIV positive were referred to cluster-based TasP clinics and offered antiretroviral treatment (ART) immediately (five clusters) or according to national guidelines (five clusters). HIV care was also available in the local Department of Health (DoH) clinics. Linkage to HIV care was defined as TasP or DoH clinic attendance within three months of referral among adults not in HIV care at referral. Associated factors were identified using multivariable logistic regression adjusted for trial arm. Results Overall, 1323 HIV-positive adults (72.9% women) not in HIV care at referral were included, of whom 36.9% (n=488) linked to care 42%, p<0.001). Linkage to care was lower in students (adjusted odds-ratio [aOR]=0.47; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.24–0.92) than in employed adults, in adults who completed secondary school (aOR=0.68; CI 0.49–0.96) or at least some secondary school (aOR=0.59; CI 0.41–0.84) versus ≤ primary school, in those who lived at 1 to 2 km (aOR=0.58; CI 0.44–0.78) or 2–5 km from the nearest TasP clinic (aOR=0.57; CI 0.41–0.77) versus <1 km, and in those who were referred to clinic after ≥2 contacts (aOR=0.75; CI 0.58–0.97) versus those referred at the first contact. Linkage to care was higher in adults who reported knowing an HIV-positive family member (aOR=1.45; CI 1.12–1.86) versus not, and in those who said that they would take ART as soon as possible if they were diagnosed HIV positive (aOR=2.16; CI 1.13–4.10) versus not. Conclusions Fewer than 40% of HIV-positive adults not in care at referral were linked to HIV care within three months of HBHCT in the TasP trial. Achieving universal test

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

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    Mélanie Plazy

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: We aimed to quantify and identify associated factors of linkage to HIV care following home-based HIV counselling and testing (HBHCT in the ongoing ANRS 12249 treatment-as-prevention (TasP cluster-randomized trial in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Methods: Individuals ≥16 years were offered HBHCT; those who were identified HIV positive were referred to cluster-based TasP clinics and offered antiretroviral treatment (ART immediately (five clusters or according to national guidelines (five clusters. HIV care was also available in the local Department of Health (DoH clinics. Linkage to HIV care was defined as TasP or DoH clinic attendance within three months of referral among adults not in HIV care at referral. Associated factors were identified using multivariable logistic regression adjusted for trial arm. Results: Overall, 1323 HIV-positive adults (72.9% women not in HIV care at referral were included, of whom 36.9% (n=488 linked to care 42%, p<0.001. Linkage to care was lower in students (adjusted odds-ratio [aOR]=0.47; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.24–0.92 than in employed adults, in adults who completed secondary school (aOR=0.68; CI 0.49–0.96 or at least some secondary school (aOR=0.59; CI 0.41–0.84 versus ≤ primary school, in those who lived at 1 to 2 km (aOR=0.58; CI 0.44–0.78 or 2–5 km from the nearest TasP clinic (aOR=0.57; CI 0.41–0.77 versus <1 km, and in those who were referred to clinic after ≥2 contacts (aOR=0.75; CI 0.58–0.97 versus those referred at the first contact. Linkage to care was higher in adults who reported knowing an HIV-positive family member (aOR=1.45; CI 1.12–1.86 versus not, and in those who said that they would take ART as soon as possible if they were diagnosed HIV positive (aOR=2.16; CI 1.13–4.10 versus not. Conclusions: Fewer than 40% of HIV-positive adults not in care at referral were linked to HIV care within three months of HBHCT in the TasP trial. Achieving universal

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

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: NEAT001/ANRS143 was an open-label, randomized, non-inferiority study comparing raltegravir+darunavir/r(RGV+DRV/r vs. tenofovir/emtricitabine+darunavir/r (TDF/FTC+DRV/r in HIV-infected antiretroviral naïve adults. Primary efficacy outcome was a composite of virological and clinical events by week 96. Materials and Methods: Clinical trial units collected and translated supporting documentation (SD related to the investigator-reported events. A coordinator checked events and SD for consistency and completeness. The Endpoint Review Committee (ERC determined if clinical events met pre-defined diagnostic criteria in categories “confirmed” or “probable”. The ERC of 12 experienced, independent clinicians served in groups of three conducting individual reviews in writing, blinded to treatment arm. Differences of opinion were adjudicated in a second review by direct dialogue between reviewers. “Confirmed” events required adequate SD like laboratory, radiographic or pathology diagnostic reports. “Probable” events were typically based on clinical criteria. Results: Of the 164 serious and 3,964 adverse events reported in the study, 133 qualified for endpoint review, for a total of 153 adjudications:Sixty of 111 per protocol endpoints were confirmed (n=53 or probable (n=7, which equals an acceptance rate of 54%. In two confirmed cases, SD was partly adequate and evaluation uncertain. Of 51 rejected events, 13 had insufficient SD, two were recurrent events. The rate of rejected events was comparable between treatments with 41% rejected events in the RGV+DRV/r arm compared to 52% in the TDF/FTC+DRV/r arm. The IRIS acceptance rate was low (3 of 18, demonstrating the difference in perception of IRIS in daily patient management and the stricter protocol definition. Conclusions: Blinded endpoint review prevented unacceptably high false positive event rates documenting that real-time ascertainment of clinical endpoints is crucial for

  20. New and old complex recombinant HIV-1 strains among patients with primary infection in 1996–2006 in France: The French ANRS CO06 primo cohort study

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    Peeters Martine

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prevalence of HIV-1 non-B subtypes has increased overtime in patients diagnosed at the time of primary infection (PHI in France. Our objective was to characterize in detail non-B strains which could not be genetically classified into the known subtypes/Circulating Recombinant Forms (CRFs. Methods Among 744 patients enrolled in the ANRS PRIMO Cohort since 1996, 176 (23.7% were infected with HIV-1 non-B strains. The subtype/CRF could not be identified in RT for 15 (2%. The V3-V5 env region was sequenced and 3 strains (04FR-KZS, 06FR-CRN, 04FR-AUK were full-length sequenced. Phylogenetic and bootscan analyses were used to characterize the mosaic structures. Results Among V3-V5 sequences, 6 were divergent A, 2 distantly related to E or D, 2 C, 1 B and 2 remained unclassified. 04FR-KZS, isolated in a Congolese woman infected in France, clustered with 2 previously described viruses from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They represent CRF27_cpx involving A/E/G/H/J/K/U subtypes. 06FR-CRN, isolated in a homosexual Caucasian patient, was a B/C/U recombinant involving a Brazilian C strain. 04FR-AUK, isolated in a Congolese patient infected in France, was a A/K/CRF09/U recombinant clustering from gag to vif with HIV-1 MAL. Others PHI were further observed in 2006–2007 with 1 KZS and 5 CRN-like viruses, suggesting their spread in France. Conclusion This study illustrates the increasing HIV-1 diversity in France associating new (06FR-CRN and old (CRF27_cpx and "MAL-like" 04FR-AUK strains, which are rare in their region of origin but may have a possible founder effect in France. Our results strengthen the French guidelines recommending viro-epidemiological surveillance of HIV-1 diversity.

  1. Morphology-controlled synthesis of Co3O4 by one step template-free hydrothermal method

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    Highlights: • Co3O4 crystals had been synthesized by one step template-free hydrothermal method. • The H2O2 plays a crucial role in morphological control of Co3O4 nanostructures. • The morphology has significant effect on the optical property of Co3O4. - Abstract: We had developed a facile synthetic route of Co3O4 crystals with different morphologies via one step template-free hydrothermal method. The phase and composition of the Co3O4 were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectrum. The morphology and structure of the synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The H2O2 played a crucial role in morphological control of Co3O4 nanostructures. It only obtained Co-based precursor in the absence of H2O2. On the contrary, the Co3O4 with different morphologies including nanoparticles, nano-discs and well-defined octahedral nanostructures were synthesized in the presence of H2O2. In addition, the optical property of the obtained Co3O4 samples was investigated by UV–vis spectra

  2. Facile synthesis of Co3O4 nanowires grown on hollow NiO microspheres with superior electrochemical performance

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • The NiO hollow spheres were decorated by Co3O4 nanowires. • The NiO hollow spheres were comprised of many NiO particles. • The Co3O4 nanowires were composed of nanoparticles. • The NiO/Co3O4 core/shell nanocomposites have good electrochemical properties. - Abstract: The NiO/Co3O4 core/shell composites as a promising supercapacitor material have been fabricated by facile hydrothermal process. The structure and morphology of the NiO/Co3O4 core/shell composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the NiO hollow spheres were decorated by Co3O4 nanowires, and the nanowires were composed of nanoparticles. Electrochemical properties were characterized by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results suggested that the NiO/Co3O4 core/shell composites had good electrochemical reversibility and displayed superior capacitive performance with large capacitance (510 F g−1). Moreover, NiO/Co3O4 core/shell composites showed excellent cyclic performanceafter 1000 cycles

  3. Synthesis and characterization of spinel Co3O4 octahedra enclosed by the {1 1 1} facets

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    Spinel Co3O4 octahedra synthesized by a facile redox-precipitation method were investigated for the complete oxidation of methane. XRD analysis showed that the spinel structural Co3O4 octahedra had a relatively strong (1 1 1) diffraction peak as compared with that of the irregular shaped Co3O4 nanoparticles prepared by a conventional precipitation method. The results of methane combustion test demonstrated that the Co3O4 octahedra had no catalytic activity at 300-500 deg. C, while the Co3O4 irregular nanoparticles were highly active at the same reaction conditions. HRTEM studies revealed that the Co3O4 octahedra were predominantly exposed by the low Miller-index {1 1 1} facets with the lowest surface energy, and the Co3O4 irregular nanoparticles were exposed by various crystal facets. The results exhibited that the {1 1 1} facets with the low surface energy of the Co3O4 octahedra resulted in the inert catalytic activity in the methane oxidation reaction

  4. Solubility of Li2CO3 in Na–K–Li–Cl brines from 20 to 90 °C

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    Highlights: • Solubility of Li2CO3 was measured by isothermal dissolution method. • New Pitzer activity coefficient model parameters were obtained. • New chemical model was built with Aspen Plus platform. • Solubility of Li2CO3 was successfully predicted by the new model. -- Abstract: The solubility of Li2CO3 in Na–K–Li–Cl brines was measured by isothermal dissolution method within the temperature range of 20 to 90 °C. It was found the solubility of Li2CO3 in all systems investigated decreased with increasing temperature. In NaCl and KCl solutions, the solubility of Li2CO3 initially increased to a maximum value and then decreased gradually with increasing solution concentration. However, the solubility of Li2CO3 in LiCl solutions decreased with increasing LiCl concentration due to the common ion effect of added Li+. New Pitzer activity coefficient model parameters for the Li+–CO32− ion pair were obtained by using experimental solubility data of Li2CO3 in pure water, and a new chemical model was built with the aid of Aspen Plus platform. The new model was shown to successfully predict the solubility of Li2CO3 in NaCl, KCl, LiCl and mixed NaCl–KCl solutions. Moreover, the new model could aid in analyzing the separation of lithium and magnesium in brines

  5. In Operando Identification of Geometrical-Site-Dependent Water Oxidation Activity of Spinel Co3O4.

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    Wang, Hsin-Yi; Hung, Sung-Fu; Chen, Han-Yi; Chan, Ting-Shan; Chen, Hao Ming; Liu, Bin

    2016-01-13

    Spinel Co3O4, comprising two types of cobalt ions: one Co(2+) in the tetrahedral site (Co(2+)(Td)) and the other two Co(3+) in the octahedral site (Co(3+)(Oh)), has been widely explored as a promising oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst for water electrolysis. However, the roles of two geometrical cobalt ions toward the OER have remained elusive. Here, we investigated the geometrical-site-dependent OER activity of Co3O4 catalyst by substituting Co(2+)(Td) and Co(3+)(Oh) with inactive Zn(2+) and Al(3+), respectively. Following a thorough in operando analysis by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, it was revealed that Co(2+)Td site is responsible for the formation of cobalt oxyhydroxide (CoOOH), which acted as the active site for water oxidation. PMID:26710084

  6. Nanoparticle Decorated Ultrathin Porous Nanosheets as Hierarchical Co3O4 Nanostructures for Lithium Ion Battery Anode Materials

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    Mujtaba, Jawayria; Sun, Hongyu; Huang, Guoyong; Mølhave, Kristian; Liu, Yanguo; Zhao, Yanyan; Wang, Xun; Xu, Shengming; Zhu, Jing

    2016-02-01

    We report a facile synthesis of a novel cobalt oxide (Co3O4) hierarchical nanostructure, in which crystalline core-amorphous shell Co3O4 nanoparticles with a bimodal size distribution are uniformly dispersed on ultrathin Co3O4 nanosheets. When tested as anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the as-prepared Co3O4 hierarchical electrodes delivered high lithium storage properties comparing to the other Co3O4 nanostructures, including a high reversible capacity of 1053.1 mAhg-1 after 50 cycles at a current density of 0.2 C (1 C = 890 mAg-1), good cycling stability and rate capability.

  7. Porous nanocubic Mn3O4-Co3O4 composites and their application as electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Pang, Huan; Deng, Jiawei; Du, Jimin; Li, Sujuan; Li, Juan; Ma, Yahui; Zhang, Jiangshan; Chen, Jing

    2012-09-14

    A simple approach has been developed to fabricate ideal supercapacitors based on porous Mn(3)O(4)-Co(3)O(4) nanocubic composite electrodes. We can easily obtain porous corner-truncated nanocubic Mn(3)O(4)-Co(3)O(4) composite nanomaterials without any subsequent complicated workup procedure for the removal of a hard template, seed or by using a soft template. In such a composite, the porous Mn(3)O(4)-Co(3)O(4) enables a fast and reversible redox reaction to improve the specific capacitance. The porous nanocubic Mn(3)O(4)-Co(3)O(4) composite electrode can effectively transport electrolytes and shorten the ion diffusion path, which offers excellent electrochemical performance. These results suggest that such porous Mn(3)O(4)-Co(3)O(4) composite nanocubes are very promising for next generation high-performance supercapacitors. PMID:22814313

  8. Nanoparticle Decorated Ultrathin Porous Nanosheets as Hierarchical Co3O4 Nanostructures for Lithium Ion Battery Anode Materials.

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    Mujtaba, Jawayria; Sun, Hongyu; Huang, Guoyong; Mølhave, Kristian; Liu, Yanguo; Zhao, Yanyan; Wang, Xun; Xu, Shengming; Zhu, Jing

    2016-01-01

    We report a facile synthesis of a novel cobalt oxide (Co3O4) hierarchical nanostructure, in which crystalline core-amorphous shell Co3O4 nanoparticles with a bimodal size distribution are uniformly dispersed on ultrathin Co3O4 nanosheets. When tested as anode materials for lithium ion batteries, the as-prepared Co3O4 hierarchical electrodes delivered high lithium storage properties comparing to the other Co3O4 nanostructures, including a high reversible capacity of 1053.1 mAhg(-1) after 50 cycles at a current density of 0.2 C (1 C = 890 mAg(-1)), good cycling stability and rate capability. PMID:26846434

  9. A Comparative Study on Tobacco Cessation Methods: A Quantitative Systematic Review

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    Gholamreza Heydari

    2014-01-01

    Conclusions: Results of this review indicate that the scientific papers in the most recent decade recommend the use of NRT and Champix in combination with educational interventions. Additional research is needed to compare qualitative and quantitative studies for smoking cessation.

  10. Characteristics of smoking cessation in former smokers in a rural area of Japan

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    Koshi Nakamura

    2012-01-01

    Conclusions: Personal health concerns in former smokers in Nanao, Japan were the predominant motivation for quitting smoking, with the vast majority of former smokers achieving successful smoking cessation by themselves.

  11. Pragmatic, observational study of bupropion treatment for smoking cessation in general practice

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    Wilkes, S; Evans, A; Henderson, M.; Gibson, J

    2005-01-01

    Background: Cigarette smoking remains the single largest cause of premature death in the United Kingdom. As part of the government's national service framework for coronary heart disease, smoking cessation forms a key part of the strategy.

  12. Survival to reproductive cessation drives variation in post-reproductive lifespan

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    Proske, Beate; Burger, Oskar; Levitis, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    How many post-reproductive individuals are found in a population depends on how many individuals survive to reproductive cessation and how long they live thereafter. Post-reproductive Representation (PrR), a measure of post-reproductive lifespan intended for interspecific comparisons, allows a...... close examination, via decomposition, of the relative importance of survival to and life-expectancy after cessation. We show that the survival portion of PrR, rather than the life-expectancy portion, is the primary driver of variation in PrR. Variation in survival to reproductive cessation explains the...... majority of variation in PrR among a group of small cohorts of rotifers, and among several historical Swedish cohorts. We emphasize that women are distinct from other primates in the proportion reaching reproductive cessation, but not in the proportion of adult life-expectancy that is post-reproductive...

  13. Kefir protective effects against nicotine cessation-induced anxiety and cognition impairments in rats

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    Negin Noori

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: This study revealed that Kefir had a potential effect on the treatment of nicotine cessation-induced depression, anxiety and cognition impairment in the animal model. Kefir may be useful for adjunct therapy for nicotine abandonment treatment protocols.

  14. A Critical Review of Repurposing Apomorphine for Smoking Cessation.

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    Morales-Rosado, Joel A; Cousin, Margot A; Ebbert, Jon O; Klee, Eric W

    2015-12-01

    Tobacco use disorder is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the United States, with one in five Americans currently smoking cigarettes. Only two non-nicotine medications are FDA approved for treating tobacco use disorder, and advances in drug discovery are profoundly outpaced by the morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco dependence. Drug repurposing may provide an approach for addressing this health hazard, offering hope to tobacco users attempting to quit who have failed existing therapies. The focus of this review is to evaluate the potential role of apomorphine (APO) in treating tobacco dependence. Previously described in the literature as a non-specific dopamine agonist effective in treating Parkinson's disease and erectile dysfunction, APO's dopaminergic targeting activity may be effective in counteracting the modified response arising from tobacco use. Here, the literature describing APO's activity is reviewed and presented in the context of known nicotine-induced response in neurotransmitter systems. Based on these data, whether APO may be an effective smoking cessation agent by ameliorating a tobacco user's anhedonic state is critically appraised, along with withdrawal symptoms and the chemical reinforcement associated with drug-seeking behaviors. PMID:26690764

  15. Duration of increased bleeding tendency after cessation of aspirin therapy.

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    Cahill, Ronan A

    2012-02-03

    BACKGROUND: Aspirin has a significant effect on hemostasis, so it is often recommended that patients taking aspirin discontinue treatment before elective surgery. While off aspirin, these patients may be at risk of thrombosis. The optimum period of time that aspirin should be withheld is controversial. The aim of this study was to establish the duration of the antihemostatic effect of prolonged aspirin therapy. STUDY DESIGN: In a prospective study, 51 healthy volunteers were randomly assigned into 3 groups, each receiving an identical tablet for 14 days. One group received a placebo tablet; individuals in the other two groups received either 75 mg or 300 mg of aspirin once a day. Template bleeding times and specific platelet function testing (using the PFA-100; Dade Behring) were carried out on subjects before therapy and again after its completion until they returned to baseline. RESULTS: Thirty-eight volunteers complied sufficiently with the protocol to provide useful results. All bleeding times normalized within 96 hours and all platelet function tests within 144 hours after stopping aspirin. There was no demonstrable hemostatic defect in any volunteer persisting by or beyond the sixth day after treatment cessation. There was no apparent difference in duration of effect between those taking either 75 mg or 300 mg of aspirin. CONCLUSIONS: This study uses sensitive measures of platelet function to demonstrate the duration of increased bleeding tendency after withdrawal of aspirin therapy. It supports discontinuation of aspirin therapy 5 days before elective surgery (with the operation being performed on the sixth day).

  16. Invited review: Cessation of lactation: Effects on animal welfare.

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    Zobel, G; Weary, D M; Leslie, K E; von Keyserlingk, M A G

    2015-12-01

    The forced cessation of milk production, or dry-off, is a routine management practice in dairy cattle, sheep, and goats. This practice initiates a dry period, during which the animal is not milked. Milking begins again after parturition. Most of the literature on the dry period has focused on how various drying-off strategies affect milk production and disease; little work to date has addressed how dry-off affects the overall welfare of the dairy animal. The first aim of this review was to present an overview of the importance of dry-off and how it is commonly achieved. Our review shows that much scientific progress has been made in improving health status between lactations. The second aim was to identify important gaps in the literature, of which 2 key research disparities have been identified. We find that much of the work to date has focused on cattle and very little research has examined dry-off in dairy sheep and goats. We also find a lack of research addressing how common dry-off methodologies affect animal welfare on more than just a biological level, regardless of species. PMID:26409963

  17. Effect of self-administered auricular acupressure on smoking cessation --a pilot study

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    Leung Lawrence; Neufeld Troy; Marin Scott

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Tobacco smoking is still a worldwide health risk. Current pharmacotherapies have at best, a success rate of no more than 50%. Auricular (ear) acupressure has been purported to be beneficial in achieving smoking cessation in some studies, while in others has been deemed insignificant. We hereby describe the protocol for a three-arm randomised controlled trial to examine the possible benefits of self-administered acupressure for smoking cessation. Methods Sixty consenting pa...

  18. Who Uses Smoking Cessation Apps? A Feasibility Study Across Three Countries via Smartphones

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    BinDhim, Nasser F; McGeechan, Kevin; Trevena, Lyndal

    2014-01-01

    Background Smartphone use is growing worldwide. While hundreds of smoking cessation apps are currently available in the app stores, there is no information about who uses them. Smartphones also offer potential as a research tool, but this has not previously been explored. Objective This study aims to measure and compare the uptake of a smoking cessation app over one year in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It also assesses the feasibility of conducting research via an app...

  19. The development of an adolescent smoking cessation intervention—an Intervention Mapping approach to planning

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    Dalum, Peter; Schaalma, Herman; Kok, Gerjo

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this project was to develop a theory- and evidence-based adolescent smoking cessation intervention using both new and existing materials. We used the Intervention Mapping framework for planning health promotion programmes. Based on a needs assessment, we identified important and changeable determinants of cessation behaviour, specified change objectives for the intervention programme, selected theoretical change methods for accomplishing intervention objectives and finally op...

  20. Factors affecting commencement and cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour in Malaysian adults

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    Ghani, W. M. N.; I. A. Razak; Yang, Y. H.; Talib, N. A.; Ikeda, N; Axell, T.; P C Gupta; Handa, Y.; N Abdullah; Zain, R. B.

    2011-01-01

    Background. Betel quid chewing is a common habit widely practiced in Southern Asian populations. However, variations are seen in the content of a betel quid across the different countries. Factors associated with commencement and cessation of this habit has been numerously studied. Unfortunately, data on Malaysian population is non-existent. This study aims to determine the factors associated with the inception and also cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour among Malaysian adults. Method....

  1. Factors affecting commencement and cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour in Malaysian adults

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    Handa Yujiro; Gupta Prakash C; Axell Tony; Ikeda Noriaki; Talib Norain A; Yang Yi-Hsin; Razak Ishak A; Ghani Wan MN; Abdullah Norlida; Zain Rosnah B

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Betel quid chewing is a common habit widely practiced in Southern Asian populations. However, variations are seen in the content of a betel quid across the different countries. Factors associated with commencement and cessation of this habit has been numerously studied. Unfortunately, data on Malaysian population is non-existent. This study aims to determine the factors associated with the inception and also cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour among Malaysian adults....

  2. Smoking cessation interventions involving significant others: the role of social support

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    Shahab, L

    2011-01-01

    It is well established that the social environment influences smoking initiation, maintenance as well as cessation. This effect, in particular on stopping smoking, is likely to be partly mediated by social support that is provided to smokers by significant others. Indeed, observational studies investigating the natural progression towards smoking cessation show that social support is clearly associated with abstinence – positive social support generally increasing the likelihood of succ...

  3. Predicting Self-Initiated Marijuana Use Cessation among Youth at Continuation High Schools

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    Little, Melissa A.; Spruijt-Metz, Donna; Pokhrel, Pallav; Sun, Ping; Rohrbach, Louise Ann; Sussman, Steve

    2013-01-01

    The current article reports a large scale study of the prediction of marijuana use cessation among individuals attending alternative high schools who were regular users at baseline. Based on the Triadic Influence Theory, predictors of marijuana use cessation at 1-year follow-up were organized by type of influence (e.g., interpersonal, cultural and attitudinal, and intrapersonal) and level of influence (e.g., distal and ultimate). Among the 522 students who were past 30-day marijuana users at ...

  4. Predicting self-initiated marijuana use cessation among youth at continuation high schools

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    MelissaA.Little; DonnaSpruijt-Metz

    2013-01-01

    The current article reports a large scale study of the prediction of marijuana use cessation among individuals attending alternative high schools who were regular users at baseline. Based on the Triadic Influence Theory, predictors of marijuana use cessation at one-year follow-up were organized by type of influence (e.g., interpersonal, cultural and attitudinal, and intrapersonal) and level of influence (e.g., distal and ultimate). Among the 522 students who were past 30-day marijuana users ...

  5. Smoking Cessation Intervention on Facebook: Which Content Generates the Best Engagement?

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    Thrul, Johannes; Klein, Alexandra B; Ramo, Danielle E.

    2015-01-01

    Background Social media offer a great opportunity to deliver smoking cessation treatment to young adults, but previous online and social media interventions targeting health behavior change have struggled with low participant engagement. We examined engagement generated by content based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (TTM) in a motivationally tailored smoking cessation intervention on Facebook. Objective This study aimed to identify which intervention content based on the TT...

  6. Promoting hospital-based smoking cessation services at major Swiss hospitals: a before and after study

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    Bolliger, Chris T; van Biljon, X.; Humair, Jean-Paul Luc André; El Fehri, V.; Cornuz, J.

    2008-01-01

    QUESTIONS UNDER STUDY: Whether a 1-year nationwide, government supported programme is effective in significantly increasing the number of smoking cessation clinics at major Swiss hospitals as well as providing basic training for the staff running them. METHODS: We conducted a baseline evaluation of hospital services for smoking cessation, hypertension, and obesity by web search and telephone contact followed by personal visits between October 2005 and January 2006 of 44 major public hospitals...

  7. Smoking Cessation and Chronic Pain: Patient and Pain Medicine Physician Attitudes

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    Hooten, W. Michael; Vickers, Kristin S.; Shi, Yu; Ebnet, Kaye L.; Townsend, Cynthia O.; Patten, Christi A.; Warner, David O.

    2011-01-01

    Although previous studies suggest that the clinical setting of an interdisciplinary pain treatment program may provide an optimal environment to promote smoking cessation, currently available smoking cessation interventions may be less effective for adults with chronic pain due, in part, to unrecognized clinical factors related to chronic pain. The specific aim of this qualitative study was to solicit information from adult smokers with chronic pain participating in an interdisciplinary pain ...

  8. Effect of Acupuncture on Smoking Cessation and Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain

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    2008-01-01

    Tobacco smoking, and chronic neck and shoulder pain are major public health problems in the modern society, and both lack effective treatments. This thesis presents two trials focusing on acupuncture as a treatment for these two problems. Objectives Study A was undertaken to examine the effects of acupuncture on smoking reduction and cessation, and to examine whether some ‘real’ acupoints are more effective than ‘sham’ acupoints for smoking cessation. An additional aim was to examine w...

  9. Assessment of effectiveness of smoking cessation intervention among male prisoners in India: A randomized controlled trial

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    Naik, Sachin; Khanagar, Sanjeev; Kumar, Amit; Ramachandra, Sujith; Vadavadagi, Sunil V.; Dhananjaya, Kiran Murthy

    2014-01-01

    Background: Tobacco smoking is an integral part of prison life and an established part of the culture. Little attention has been paid to prevention of smoking in prison. Approximately 70–80% of prisoners have been identified as current smokers. Aim: To assess the effectiveness of smoking cessation intervention among male prisoners at Central Jail, Bangalore city. Aim: To assess the effectiveness of smoking cessation intervention among male prisoners at Central Jail, Bangalore city. Materials ...

  10. Preliminary Examination of Adolescent Spending in a Contingency Management Based Smoking Cessation Program

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    Cavallo, Dana A.; Nich, Charla; Schepis, Ty S.; Smith, Anne E.; Liss, Thomas B.; McFetridge, Amanda K.; Krishnan-Sarin, Suchitra

    2010-01-01

    Contingency management (CM) utilizing monetary incentives is efficacious in enhancing abstinence in an adolescent smoking cessation program, but how adolescents spend their money has not been examined. We assessed spending habits of 38 adolescent smokers in a CM-based smoking cessation project prior to quitting and during treatment using a questionnaire about spending in a number of categories, including cigarettes, other addictive substances, durable goods, and disposable goods. Our prelimin...

  11. Smoking Cessation Apps for Smartphones: Content Analysis With the Self-Determination Theory

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    Choi, Jounghwa; Noh, Ghee-Young; Park, Dong-Jin

    2014-01-01

    Background Smartphones are increasingly receiving attention from public health scholars and practitioners as a means to assist individuals’ health management. A number of smartphone apps for smoking cessation are also available; however, little effort has been made to evaluate the content and functions of these apps employing a theoretical framework. Objective The present study aims to analyze and evaluate the contents of smoking cessation apps available in South Korea employing the self-dete...

  12. A Theory-Based Video Messaging Mobile Phone Intervention for Smoking Cessation: Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Whittaker, Robyn; Dorey, Enid; Bramley, Dale; Bullen, Chris; Denny, Simon; Elley, C Raina; Maddison, Ralph; McRobbie, Hayden; Parag, Varsha; Rodgers, Anthony; Salmon, Penny

    2011-01-01

    Background Advances in technology allowed the development of a novel smoking cessation program delivered by video messages sent to mobile phones. This social cognitive theory-based intervention (called “STUB IT”) used observational learning via short video diary messages from role models going through the quitting process to teach behavioral change techniques. Objective The objective of our study was to assess the effectiveness of a multimedia mobile phone intervention for smoking cessation. ...

  13. Socio-demographic factors associated with tobacco consumption and cessation in Portugal

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    Leite, Andreia; Machado, Ausenda; Dias, Carlos Matias

    2013-01-01

    Background: Smoking is a significant risk factor for several diseases. Social inequalities have been described for tobacco consumption and though to a lesser extend for tobacco cessation. Objectives: Describe sociodemographic factors associated with tobacco consumption and cessation. Methods: Data from the 2005/2006 Portuguese National Health Interview Survey was analysed. A multinomial log-linear model was fitted considering 3 groups: present smokers, former smokers and ...

  14. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Smoking Cessation Interventions in Japan Using a Discrete-Event Simulation

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    Igarashi, Ataru; Goto,Rei; Suwa, Kiyomi; Yoshikawa, Reiko; Ward, Alexandra J; Moller, Jörgen

    2015-01-01

    Background Smoking cessation medications have been shown to yield higher success rates and sustained abstinence than unassisted quit attempts. In Japan, the treatments available include nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and varenicline; however, unassisted attempts to quit smoking remain common. Objective The objective of this study was to compare the health and economic consequences in Japan of using pharmacotherapy to support smoking cessation with unassisted attempts and the current mix o...

  15. Issues Related to Implementing a Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial for Cancer Patients1

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    Martinez, Elisa; Tatum, Kristina L.; Weber, Dorothy M.; Kuzla, Natalie; Pendley, Anna B.S.; Campbell, Kirsten; Ridge, John A; Langer, Corey; Miyamoto, Curtis; Schnoll, Robert A.

    2008-01-01

    Given high rates of smoking among cancer patients, smoking cessation treatment is crucial, yet limited data exist to guide integration of such trials into the oncologic context. To determine the feasibility of conducting smoking cessation clinical trials with cancer patients, screening and baseline data from a large randomized placebo-controlled pharmacotherapy trial were analyzed. Descriptive statistics and regression analyses were used to compare enrollees to decliners, describe program enr...

  16. Study on Mechanical Properties of PVC Synergistic Toughened with CPE/CaCO3%CPE与CaCO3协同增韧PVC力学性能的研究

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    张宁

    2012-01-01

    用CPE与CaCO3复配制备出高韧性PVC复合材料,研究了CPE、CaCO3对PVC复合材料力学性能的影响.结果表明:CPE能有效提高PVC的冲击强度;CaCO3在一定用量范围内,可以提高PVC的冲击强度;CPE与CaCO3协同增韧,PVC复合材料的冲击强度可达60 k J/m2,拉伸强度约为37 MPa,断裂伸长率可达65%.%The high toughness PVC composite was prepared by adding CPE and CaCO3 Into PVC, and the effects of CaCO3 and CPE on mechanical properties of PVC were studied. The results show that: the impact strength of PVC improves with the using amount of CaCO3 in a certain range; the impact strength of PVC composite reaches to 60 kJ/m2, the tensile strength is about 37 Mpa, and then the elongation at break reaches to 65% while CPE and CaCO, has synergistic toughening effect on PVC.

  17. Study of Nano-CaCO3 Toughening and Reinforcing PVC%纳米 CaCO3增韧增强 PVC 的研究

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    李勇

    2015-01-01

    研究纳米CaCO3不同含量共混对PVC的增韧增强改性影响,结果表明纳米CaCO3用量为10%时PVC样品冲击强度和拉伸强度达到最大值,同时随着纳米CaCO3加入量的增加,断裂伸长率一直呈下降趋势。综合实验数据,加工性能良好的PVC中纳米CaCO3的加入量控制在5%~10%较为适宜。%The modification with different content nano-CaCO3 in order to toughen and reinforce PVC was studied.The results showed that when nano-CaCO3 concentration was 10%, the impact strength and tensile strength of PVC reached maximum value, but the breaking elongation decreased along.PVC with better processing property were producted when adding content of nano-CaCO3 was between 5%and 10%.

  18. Structures and Properties of Nano-CaCO3 PVC Composites%纳米CaCO3粒子填充PVC复合材料的结构与性能的研究

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    耿涛; 张秀斌; 李峰

    2007-01-01

    研究纳米CaCO3/PVC复合材料的微观结构、力学性能及流变性能,SEM观察复合材料冲击缺口的断面微观形态和纳米CaCO3粒子在PVC中的分散情况.结果表明:在PVC共混体系中加入纳米CaCO3可明显提高材料的韧性.当CaCO3用量在10份左右时,纳米CaCO3/PVC复合材料的冲击强度达到最大值,是普通CaCO3/PVC复合材料冲击强度的2倍,且复合材料的拉伸强度也略有提高.在流变学研究方面,纳米CaCO3/PVC复合材料与普通CaCO3/PVC复合材料同是假塑性流体.

  19. Influence of CaCO3 on explosion characteristics of coal consumed by industrial pulverized coal boiler%CaCO3对煤粉工业锅炉用煤爆炸特性影响研究

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    为研究CaCO3对煤粉工业锅炉用煤爆炸特性的影响,以20 L爆炸测试装置中所测数据为基础,对2种煤粉工业锅炉典型用煤-CaCO3混合体系的爆炸行为进行研究,探讨CaCO3对煤粉工业锅炉用煤爆炸特性影响规律.结果表明,挥发分对煤粉的最大爆炸压力和最大爆炸指数有较大的影响,挥发分高的煤粉,其最大爆炸压力Pmax、最大爆炸指数Kmax相应较大;煤粉-CaCO3混合体系的最大爆炸压力Pmax和最大爆炸指数Kmx随CaCO3混合比例的提高而下降,CaCO3混合比例越高,Pmax、Kmax降低越多;Kmax降低比例与CaCO3的掺混比例近似成正比,比例系数为1.23.煤粉中混入CaCO3可以降低粉尘爆炸的风险,CaCO3对煤粉爆炸的抑制效力与煤种挥发分和可燃基含量有关,挥发分高、可燃基低的煤,惰化作用明显.

  20. Application of PEI–K2CO3/AC for capturing CO2 from flue gas after combustion

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    Highlights: • A novel PEI–K2CO3/AC sorbent was prepared with the co-impregnation method. • The coupling characteristics of PEI and K2CO3 in the sorbent are expounded. • Both PEI and K2CO3 contribute to the total CO2 capture capacity of PEI–K2CO3/AC. • PEI–K2CO3/AC presents high CO2 capture capacity and long-term stability. • PEI–K2CO3/AC should be considered as a new option for post-combustion CO2 capture. - Abstract: The capture of CO2 from flue gas after combustion using solid sorbents is one of the efficient options for reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. To satisfy the requirement of large quantities flue gas treatment, the CO2 capture capacities of the solid sorbents must be focused on. In order to obtain a sorbent with high CO2 capture capacity, a novel PEI–K2CO3/AC sorbent was prepared by impregnating potassium carbonate (K2CO3) and polyethylenimine (PEI) on activated carbon (AC) in this work. The CO2 capture performance of this sorbent was investigated using a fixed bed reactor system. The CO2 capture capacity of PEI–K2CO3/AC with the total K2CO3 and PEI loadings of 50 wt% was measured as 3.60 mmol CO2/g under the condition of 60 °C, 8% CO2 + 10% H2O. In addition, this sorbent is proved to be regenerable and stable during 5 cycle CO2 sorption–desorption tests. Compared with K2CO3/AC (loading of 58 wt%) and PEI/AC (loading of 43 wt%), PEI–K2CO3/AC presents higher CO2 capture capacity and long-term stability. Therefore, PEI–K2CO3/AC should be considered as a new option for capturing CO2 from flue gas after combustion

  1. Effectiveness of smoking cessation therapies: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Dimoulas Popey

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature deaths. Several pharmacological interventions now exist to aid smokers in cessation. These include Nicotine Replacement Therapy [NRT], bupropion, and varenicline. We aimed to assess their relative efficacy in smoking cessation by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods We searched 10 electronic medical databases (inception to Sept. 2006 and bibliographies of published reviews. We selected randomized controlled trials [RCTs] evaluating interventions for smoking cessation at 1 year, through chemical confirmation. Our primary endpoint was smoking cessation at 1 year. Secondary endpoints included short-term smoking cessation (~3 months and adverse events. We conducted random-effects meta-analysis and meta-regression. We compared treatment effects across interventions using head-to-head trials and when these did not exist, we calculated indirect comparisons. Results We identified 70 trials of NRT versus control at 1 year, Odds Ratio [OR] 1.71, 95% Confidence Interval [CI], 1.55–1.88, P = Varenicline was superior to placebo at 1 year (4 RCTs, OR 2.96, 95% CI, 2.12–4.12, P = Conclusion NRT, bupropion and varenicline all provide therapeutic effects in assisting with smoking cessation. Direct and indirect comparisons identify a hierarchy of effectiveness.

  2. Delays and Factors Related to Cessation of Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus.

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    Kämppi, Leena; Ritvanen, Jaakko; Mustonen, Harri; Soinila, Seppo

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. This study was designed to identify the delays and factors related to and predicting the cessation of generalized convulsive SE (GCSE). Methods. This retrospective study includes 70 consecutive patients (>16 years) diagnosed with GCSE and treated in the emergency department of a tertiary hospital over 2 years. We defined cessation of SE stepwise using clinical seizure freedom, achievement of burst-suppression, and return of consciousness as endpoints and calculated delays for these cessation markers. In addition 10 treatment delay parameters and 7 prognostic and GCSE episode related factors were defined. Multiple statistical analyses were performed on their relation to cessation markers. Results. Onset-to-second-stage-medication (p = 0.027), onset-to-burst-suppression (p = 0.005), and onset-to-clinical-seizure-freedom (p = 0.035) delays correlated with the onset-to-consciousness delay. We detected no correlation between age, epilepsy, STESS, prestatus period, type of SE onset, effect of the first medication, and cessation of SE. Conclusion. Our study demonstrates that rapid administration of second-stage medication and early obtainment of clinical seizure freedom and burst-suppression predict early return of consciousness, an unambiguous marker for the end of SE. We propose that delays in treatment chain may be more significant determinants of SE cessation than the previously established outcome predictors. Thus, streamlining the treatment chain is advocated. PMID:26347816

  3. Delays and Factors Related to Cessation of Generalized Convulsive Status Epilepticus

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    Leena Kämppi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. This study was designed to identify the delays and factors related to and predicting the cessation of generalized convulsive SE (GCSE. Methods. This retrospective study includes 70 consecutive patients (>16 years diagnosed with GCSE and treated in the emergency department of a tertiary hospital over 2 years. We defined cessation of SE stepwise using clinical seizure freedom, achievement of burst-suppression, and return of consciousness as endpoints and calculated delays for these cessation markers. In addition 10 treatment delay parameters and 7 prognostic and GCSE episode related factors were defined. Multiple statistical analyses were performed on their relation to cessation markers. Results. Onset-to-second-stage-medication (p=0.027, onset-to-burst-suppression (p=0.005, and onset-to-clinical-seizure-freedom (p=0.035 delays correlated with the onset-to-consciousness delay. We detected no correlation between age, epilepsy, STESS, prestatus period, type of SE onset, effect of the first medication, and cessation of SE. Conclusion. Our study demonstrates that rapid administration of second-stage medication and early obtainment of clinical seizure freedom and burst-suppression predict early return of consciousness, an unambiguous marker for the end of SE. We propose that delays in treatment chain may be more significant determinants of SE cessation than the previously established outcome predictors. Thus, streamlining the treatment chain is advocated.

  4. SMOKING CESSATION FOR ADOLESCENTS: A REVIEW OF PHARMACOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL TREATMENTS

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    Schepis, TS; Rao, U

    2016-01-01

    Unlike the vast literature on smoking cessation in adults, research in adolescents has gained significant attention only within the last decade. Even with this increase in focus, research into pharmacological aids for smoking cessation in adolescents (e.g., nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion) is a more recent phenomenon and has produced only modest results. While more extensive, much of the research on behaviorally- or psychosocially-based adolescent smoking cessation interventions has been limited by a lack of control for contact time, biochemical verification of self-reported abstinence, and/or a theoretical focus for the interventions. The MEDLINE, PubMed, PSYCInfo CINHAL and Cochrane Systematic Review databases were searched for articles relevant to adolescent smoking cessation treatment. After briefly examining the adolescent smoking cessation research prior to 2000, more recent developments in pharmacological aids and psychological treatment will be reviewed. Investigations have made progress in elucidating efficacious treatments for adolescent smokers, but much work remains to be done in both pharmacological and non-pharmacological areas of treatment. With the current state of the literature as a guide, future directions for research into smoking cessation for adolescents will be proposed. PMID:19630713

  5. Exploring Smoking Cessation Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices in Occupational Health Nursing.

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    Ganz, Ollie; Fortuna, Grace; Weinsier, Stephanie; Campbell, Kay; Cantrell, Jennifer; Furmanski, William L

    2015-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore occupational health nurses' attitudes, beliefs, and practices regarding the delivery of smoking cessation services to workers. The study included 707 members of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) who completed a one-time survey during the fall of 2012. Results indicated that occupational health nurses believed that evidence-based treatments are at least somewhat effective and that they should provide smoking cessation services to their workers; however, a majority of occupational health nurses reported that they did not have appropriate smoking cessation training or guidelines in their workplaces. Occupational health nurses would benefit from training in the use of smoking cessation guidelines and evidence-based smoking cessation interventions, which could be used in their clinical practice. Employers should ensure that workplace policies, such as providing coverage for cessation services, facilitate smokers' efforts to quit. Employers can benefit from many of these policies through cost savings via reduced health care costs and absenteeism. PMID:26187173

  6. Smoking and management methods. The practice of smoking cessation programme in University Hospital of Larissa.

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    Zarogiannis S.,

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Smoking is the most important, preventable cause of premature death and this addiction can be regarded as a chronic, recurrent disease. The benefits of smoking cessation are unquestionable and all health care professionals should become more active in recommending it. Aim: To characterise the population seeking medical support for smoking cessation and to investigate the effectiveness of a smoking cessation programme performed, in the University Hospital of Larissa, for outpatients. Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of medical records of outpatients in follow-up between March 2004 and October 2007. Age, gender, level of education, smoking habits, compliance in pharmacological treatment, gain weight and abstinence and relapse rates were evaluated.Results: Were studied 376 smokers, 60% male with an average age of 46.9 years. Men, upper graduated smokers have higher cessation rates whereas, in heavy smokers with high degree of dependence was observed lower cessation rates. The continuous abstinence rate at 12 months was 38%, and among pharmacological treatment, varenicline resulted elevated rate of quit smoking. The rate of relapse was found in 39%.Conclusions: This study suggests that smoking cessation programmes may be highly effective in helping smoking withdrawal and should be a strongly recommended component of daily clinical practice.

  7. 纳米CaCO3在环保型聚氯乙烯管材中的应用%The application of nano-CaCO3 to the environment-friendly PVC pipes

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    张友新

    2006-01-01

    介绍了纳米CaCO3对PVC/ACR复合材料的增韧增强机理及在两种环保型材料(Ca/Zn稳定剂和食品级PVC树脂)配方体系中的加工应用情况.结果表明:与普通轻质CaCO3配方对比,添加纳米CaCO3配方体系生产的无毒PVC管材综合物理性能得到提高.

  8. Physical properties and electronic band structure of noncentrosymmetric Th7Co3 superconductor.

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    Sahakyan, M; Tran, V H

    2016-05-25

    The physical properties of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor Th7Co3 have been investigated by means of ac-magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance and Hall effect measurements. From these data it is established that Th7Co3 is a dirty type-II superconductor with [Formula: see text] K, [Formula: see text] and moderate electron-phonon coupling [Formula: see text]. Some evidences for anisotropic superconducting gap are found, including e.g. reduced specific heat jump ([Formula: see text]) at T c, diminished superconducting energy gap ([Formula: see text]) as compared to the BCS values, power law field dependence of the Sommerfeld coefficient at 0.4 K ([Formula: see text]), and a concave curvature of the [Formula: see text] line. The magnitudes of the thermodynamic critical field and the energy gap are consistent with mean-squared anisotropy parameter [Formula: see text]. The electronic specific heat in the superconducting state is reasonably fitted to an oblate spheroidal gap model. Calculations of scalar relativistic and fully relativistic electronic band structures reveal considerable differences in the degenerate structure, resulting from asymmetric spin-orbit coupling (ASOC). A large splitting energy of spin-up spin-down bands at the Fermi level E F, [Formula: see text] meV is observed and a sizeable ratio [Formula: see text] could classify the studied compound into the class of noncentrosymmetric superconductors with strong ASOC. The noncentrosymmetry of the crystal structure and the atomic relativistic effects are both responsible for an importance of ASOC in Th7Co3. The calculated results for the density of states show a Van Hove singularity just below E F and dominant role of the 6d electrons of Th to the superconductivity. PMID:27120582

  9. Physical properties and electronic band structure of noncentrosymmetric Th7Co3 superconductor

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    Sahakyan, M.; Tran, V. H.

    2016-05-01

    The physical properties of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor Th7Co3 have been investigated by means of ac-magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance and Hall effect measurements. From these data it is established that Th7Co3 is a dirty type-II superconductor with {{T}\\text{c}}=1.8+/- 0.02 K, Hc2\\text{orb}energy gap ({{Δ }0}/{{k}\\text{B}}{{T}\\text{c}}=2.17 ) as compared to the BCS values, power law field dependence of the Sommerfeld coefficient at 0.4 K ({{C}p}/T\\propto {{H}0.6} ), and a concave curvature of the {{H}c2}≤ft({{T}\\text{c}}\\right) line. The magnitudes of the thermodynamic critical field and the energy gap are consistent with mean-squared anisotropy parameter ∼ 0.23 . The electronic specific heat in the superconducting state is reasonably fitted to an oblate spheroidal gap model. Calculations of scalar relativistic and fully relativistic electronic band structures reveal considerable differences in the degenerate structure, resulting from asymmetric spin–orbit coupling (ASOC). A large splitting energy of spin-up spin-down bands at the Fermi level E F, Δ {{E}\\text{ASOC}}∼ 100 meV is observed and a sizeable ratio Δ {{E}\\text{ASOC}}/{{k}\\text{B}}{{T}\\text{c}}∼ 640 could classify the studied compound into the class of noncentrosymmetric superconductors with strong ASOC. The noncentrosymmetry of the crystal structure and the atomic relativistic effects are both responsible for an importance of ASOC in Th7Co3. The calculated results for the density of states show a Van Hove singularity just below E F and dominant role of the 6d electrons of Th to the superconductivity.

  10. Estimating the probabilities of making a smoking quit attempt in Italy: stall in smoking cessation levels, 1986-2009

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    Carreras Giulia

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background No data on annual smoking cessation probability (i.e., the probability of successfully quit in a given year are available for Italy at a population level. Mathematical models typically used to estimate smoking cessation probabilities do not account for smoking relapse. In this paper, we developed a mathematical model to estimate annual quitting probabilities, taking into account smoking relapse and time since cessation. Methods We developed a dynamic model describing the evolution of current, former, and never smokers. We estimated probabilities of smoking cessation by fitting the model with observed smoking prevalence in Italy, 1986-2009. Results Annual cessation probabilities were higher than 5% only in elderly persons and in women aged Conclusions Over the last 20 years, cessation probabilities among Italian smokers, particularly for those aged 30-59 years, have been very low and stalled. Quitting in Italy is considered as a practicable strategy only by women in the age of pregnancy and by elderly persons, when it’s likely that symptoms of tobacco-related diseases have already appeared. In order to increase cessation probabilities, smoking cessation treatment policies (introducing total reimbursement of cessation treatments, with a further development of quitlines and smoking cessation services should be empowered and a country-wide mass media campaign targeting smokers aged 30-59 years and focusing on promotion of quitting should be implemented.

  11. Methane formation from CaCO3 reduction catalyzed by high pressure

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    Jin Yang Chen; Lu Jiang Jin; Jun Ping Dong; Hai Fei Zheng; Gui Yang Liu

    2008-01-01

    Under high pressures of several giga-pascals using hydrothermal diamond anvil cell,methane generated directly from CaCO3 reduction in gold-lined chamber is in situ measured by Raman spectroscopy at the temperature of 550 ℃.The reducing agents include FeO,SiO and natural fayalite (Fe2SiO4),and the resource of hydrogen are water and natural serpentine (Mg3Si2O5(OH)4).The study demonstrates the existence of abiogenic formation of methane under high pressures in the Earth's interior and that the application of high pressure to catalyze multicomponent reactions is a very promising method.

  12. Sintering kinetics of MgCO3-TiO2 systems

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    2006-01-01

    Ceramic materials have been in use in many different areas of human well-being for a very long time. The most common way of obtaining this material is using the process of sintering. During mechanical activation inorganic materials are ground when the grain size reduced. The crystal structure distorts and also changes, leading some systems to a chemical reaction and formation of a new compound. In this work we explain the influence of mechanical activation on sintering kinetics in MgCO3-TiO2 ...

  13. Magnetic phase diagram of the kagome staircase Co3V2O8

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    Magnetization and specific heat measurements have been performed for the S=3/2 antiferromagnet on a kagome staircase, Co3V2O8 single crystal as a function of temperature and magnetic field . Using these data the phase diagram was established on the H-T plane and compared with that determined for Ni3V2O8. The both phase diagrams are described by a model of competing first and second neighbor interactions and uniaxial anisotropy with the easy-axis magnetization along the a-axis

  14. Optical, structural and morphological properties of CdS-CdCO3 films

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    CdS-CdCO3 thin films were grown by chemical bath deposition. Different constant deposition temperatures were employed in the range of 20-80 grades C. From X-ray diffraction results can be observed that intensity of CdS peak is abruptly reduced when deposition temperature is decreased. By Sem images the formation and change in shape and size of crystallites can be observed as temperature is decreased. The forbidden energy band gap was 2.4-4.1 eV, determined from optical absorption. The formation of products was further confirmed with Ftir studies. (Author)

  15. STUDY ON BIODEGRADABILITY OF POLY (3-HYDROXYBUTYRATE-co-3-HYDROXYVALERATE)/ORGANOPHILIC MONTMORILLONITE NANOCOMPOSITES

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    WANG Shufang; SONG Cunjiang; CHEN Guangxin; LIU Jing; YANG Chao; ZHANG Xihui; GUO Tianying; ZHANG Banghua

    2004-01-01

    Poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)/Organophilic montmorillonite (PHBV/OMMT) nanocomposites were prepared and the biodegradability of the PHBV/OMMT nanocomposites was studied by a cultivation degrading method in soil suspension. The relationship between structure and biodegradability of PHBV/OMMT nanocomposites was investigated. The results showed that the biodegradability of PHBV/OMMT nanocomposites decreased with increasing amount of OMMT and it was related to the number of PHBV degrading microorganisms in degradation environment, the anti-microbial property of OMMT and the degree of crystallinity of the nanocomposites.

  16. Synthesis of CaCO3 crystals using hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose hydrogel as template

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    ZHAO Jin; LI YanJun; CHENG GuoXiang

    2007-01-01

    Calcium carbonate crystallization was performed in hydrogel of hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC). Results showed that the polyhydroxy functionalities in HPMC gel network facilitated the nucleation of aragonite which was not found in experiment without HPMC hydrogel and in experiment using methylcellulose (MC) hydrogel as template. On the other hand,due to the unique assembly of the macromolecules in HPMC hydrogel network,which was different from other hydrogels used in some previous reports,particular crystal morphology,corncob-like CaCO3,was obtained for the first time.

  17. 油田采出水中CaCO3成垢影响因素试验

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    余宏伟

    2009-01-01

    针对油田结垢严重的问题,采用X-射线衍射仪对垢样进行检测,考察了油田采出水中常见成分NaCl、KCl、Mg2+的浓度及温度等因素对CaCO3溶解度的影响,分析了这些因素对CaCO3成垢的影响规律,研究了超声波对CaCO3成垢的影响,绘制出各种条件下CaCO3的溶解度曲线。结果表明,油田垢物主要以CaCO3为主,温度是影响CaCO3结垢的重要因素,NaCl、KCl,Mg2+对CaCO3有一定的增溶作用,超声波能达到防垢的目的。

  18. Study of the strength and erosive behavior of CaCO3/glass fiber reinforced polyester composite

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    Full Text Available In this study, the strength and erosive characteristics of CaCO3 filled unsaturated polyester/glass fiber (UPR/GFR composite are evaluated. Samples of UPR with 40, 50 and 60 wt% content of CaCO3 and different CaCO3 particle sizes of 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 micron were prepared and tested under tensile loading, indentation and erosion conditions. The tensile strength, hardness and erosion wear rate of unsaturated polyester/glass fiber (UPR composite/CaCO3 composite were obtained and evaluated. The results showed that the higher is the percentage of CaCO3 in the composite and the smaller is the CaCO3 particle size, the higher is the strength and the erosive resistance of the glass fiber reinforced/unsaturated polyester composite (UPR-GFR. Furthermore, the highest erosion wear rate is at 90° impingement angle. Finally the results show that the erosive wear of CaCO3 content UPR/GFR composite in a brittle manner.

  19. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Alfredo Márquez-Herrera

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB. The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanoparticles with particle size below 100 nm which were embedded within a semiconducting polypyrrole matrix (PPy. The SrCO3-Sr(OH2 and SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposites were tested in the photodegradation of MB dye under visible light irradiation. Also, the effects of MB dye initial concentration and the catalyst load on photodegradation efficiency were studied and discussed. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of photodegradation of MB employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposite increases as compared with that obtained employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanocomposite.

  20. Mesoporous Co3O4 nanocrystals as an effective electro-catalyst for highly reversible Li-O2 batteries

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    Zeng, J.; Francia, C.; Amici, J.; Bodoardo, S.; Penazzi, N.

    2014-12-01

    Lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery is considered as one of the most promising technologies among various electrochemical energy systems, since it can offer much higher theoretical energy density than the conventional lithium-ion battery. However, a high voltage gap between charge and discharge significantly limits the round-trip efficiency and cycle stability of Li-O2 batteries. In the present work, mesoporous Co3O4 is simply prepared and studied as a catalyst in Li-O2 cells. The Co3O4 nanoparticles possesses a high specific surface area and a spinel crystalline structure. Cyclic voltammetries demonstrate that mesoporous Co3O4 catalyst enhances the kinetics for either oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) or oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Such excellent catalytic performance of Co3O4 could be associated with its larger surface area and 3D ordered mesoporous structure. The electrode with mesoporous Co3O4 exhibits a higher discharge capacity and lowers the over-potential for discharge process, compared with the pure carbon electrode. In Li-O2 cells, the Co3O4 cathodes show enhanced electrochemical performances, including a high round-trip efficiency and a prolonged cycle life. More than 65 stable cycles are observed with a Co3O4-catalyzed electrode, which could be attributed to the low recharge voltage, at which main side reactions due to decomposition of TEGDME-based electrolyte can be suppressed.

  1. Studies of Nano-sized Co3O4 as Anode Materials for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    HUANG, Fenga; ZHAN, Hui; ZHOU, Yun-Hong

    2003-01-01

    The structural evolution of the Co3O4 fine powders prepared by rheological phase reaction and pyrolysis method upon different temperature has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) topography. The electrochemical performance of Co3O4electrode materials for Li-ion batteries is studied in the form of Li/Co3O4 cells. The reversible capacity as high as 930 mAh/g for the Co3O4 sample heat-treated at 600 C is achieved and sustained over 30 times charge-discharge cycles at room temperature. The detailed information concerning the reaction mechanism of Co3O4 active material together with lithium ion is obtained through ex-situ XRD topography, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis and cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. And it is revealed that a "two-step" reaction is involved in the charge and discharge of the Li/Co3O4 cells, in which Co3O4 active material is reversibly reduced into xCo·(3 - x )CoO and then into metallic Co.

  2. Enhanced rate and cycling performance of FeCO3/graphene composite for high energy Li ion battery anodes

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    A FeCO3/graphene nanocomposite (FCO/GNS), in which FeCO3 nanoflakes aligned by nanowires well dispersed in graphene matrix, is successfully synthesized via a simple one-pot hydrothermal route. With the electronic conductor, buffer, dispersion and synergetic lithium storage effect of graphene, the composite exhibits significantly improved electrochemical activity and cycling stability relative to bare flower-like FeCO3 microspheres, as well as excellent rate performance and a great recovery capability, delivering a charge capacity of 934.4, 798.6, 661.4, 451.9, 403.4, 268.9 and 193.1 mAh g−1 at 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 2, 3, 4 and 5 C, respectively, and a recovery capacity of up to 1166 mAh g−1 after 255 cycles from 0.1 to 5 C. Combining the experimental data with voltage profiles and CV curves, conversion reactions of the resulted FeCO3 are inferred to be not limited to the transition between FeCO3 and Li2CO3 but involving further reduction of Li2CO3. All the results suggest that the obtained FCO/GNS nanocomposite is a very promising anode material for lithium ion batteries

  3. Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange strategy for construction of Bi2O2CO3/BiOI photocatalysts

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    Highlights: • Heterostructured Bi2O2CO3/BiOI microspheres were prepared via anion exchange. • Sodium citrate-assisted anion exchange for construction of composite photocatalysts. • Bi2O2CO3/BiOI composites show high visible light photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Bi2O2CO3/BiOI heterojuncted photocatalysts were constructed through a facile partial anion exchange strategy starting from BiOI microspheres and urea with the assistance of sodium citrate. The content of Bi2O2CO3 in the catalysts was regulated by modulating the amount of urea as a precursor, which was decomposed to generate CO32− in the hydrothermal process. Citrate anion plays a key role in controlling the morphology and composition of the products. The Bi2O2CO3/BiOI catalysts display much higher photocatalytic activity than pure BiOI and Bi2O2CO3 towards the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and bisphenol A (BPA). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the heterojuncted catalysts is attributed to the formation of p–n junction between p-BiOI and n-Bi2O2CO3, which is favorable for retarding the recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. Moreover, the holes are demonstrated to be the main active species for the degradation of RhB and BPA

  4. Synthesis and enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity of p–n junction Co3O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Highlights: ► Co3O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were prepared by an impregnating–deposition–decompostion method treatment. ► Co3O4/TiO2 NTs exhibit high photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity. ► The high PEC activity was attribute to the formation of p–n junction between Co3O4 and TiO2. - Abstract: Co3O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were prepared by depositing Co3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) on the tube wall of the self-organized TiO2 NTs using an impregnating–deposition–decompostion method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity is evaluated by degradation of methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution. The prepared Co3O4/TiO2 NTs exhibit much higher PEC activity than TiO2 NTs due to the p–n junction formed between Co3O4 and TiO2.

  5. Community pharmacists' involvement in smoking cessation: familiarity and implementation of the National smoking cessation guideline in Finland

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    Sandström Patrick

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Guidelines on smoking cessation (SC emphasize healthcare cooperation and community pharmacists' involvement. This study explored the familiarity and implementation of the National SC Guideline in Finnish community pharmacies, factors relating to Guideline familiarity, implementation and provision of SC services. Methods A nationwide mail survey was sent to a systematic, sample of community pharmacy owners and staff pharmacists (total n = 2291. Response rate was 54% (n = 1190. Factors related to the SC Guideline familiarity were assessed by bivariate and multivariate analysis. Results Almost half (47% of the respondents (n = 1190 were familiar with the SC Guideline and familiarity enhanced Guideline implementation. The familiarity was associated with the respondents' perceptions of their personal SC skills and knowledge (OR 3.8; of customers' value of counseling on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT (OR 3.3; and regular use of a pocket card supporting SC counseling (OR 3.0. Pharmacists' workplaces' characteristics, such as size and geographical location were not associated with familiarity. In addition to recommending NRT, the pharmacists familiar with the Guideline used more frequently other Guideline-based SC methods, such as recommended non-pharmacological SC aids, compared to unfamiliar respondents. Conclusions SC Guideline familiarity and implementation is crucial for community pharmacists' involvement in SC actions in addition to selling NRT products. Pharmacists can constitute a potential public health resource in SC easily accessible throughout the country.

  6. PP/CaCO3复合材料的力学性能研究

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    张志洪

    2007-01-01

    通过采用熔融共混的方法制备了PP/CaCO3复合材料,然后对复合材料的力学性能进行分析,研究了微米级和纳米级CaCO3的表面处理、含量对PP/CaCO3复合材料力学性能的影响规律,并对此影响规律进行合理的解释。

  7. THE EFFECT OF MATRIX TOUGHNESS ON THE BRITTLE-DUCTILE TRANSITION OF HDPE/CaCO3 BLENDS

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    FU Qiang; ZHANG Yulin; WANG Guiheng

    1994-01-01

    The effects of HDPE matrix toughness on the brittle-ductile transition of HDPE/CaCO3 blends are investigated. Not all HDPE can be toughened by CaCO3 particles. The ability of the matrix to yield plays a fundamental role in determing whether HDPE can be toughened or not.There exists a critical matrix toughness (Isc≈45J/m) below which HDPE can not be toughened observably by CaCO3 particle at given average size, and above which the critical matrix ligament thickness (τc) is proportional to matrix impact strength.

  8. Influence of electromagnetic field intensity on the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization in circulating water

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    Wang, Jianguo; Liang, Yandong; Chen, Si

    2016-09-01

    In this study, changes in the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization was determined through conductivity titration by altering electromagnetic field parameters applied to the circulating water system. The critical conductivity value and metastable zone curves of CaCO3 crystallization were determined under different solution concentrations and electromagnetic field intensities. Experimental results indicate that the effect of the electromagnetic field intensity on the critical conductivity value intensifies with the increase of solution concentration. Moreover, the metastable zone width of CaCO3 crystallization increases with the increase of electromagnetic field intensity within 200 Gs, thereby prolonging the induction period of nucleation.

  9. The Comparative Study of Electrochemical Capacitance Performance between Sulphur-Doped Co3O4 and CoS Anodes

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    Xu, Wei; Khan, M. A.; Chen, Jiahui; Long, Yongbing; Xu, Gui; Bai, Yu; Zhang, Xiaodong; Qiu, Zhenmin; Lin, Sennian; Fan, Donghua

    2016-01-01

    Anode materials with high capacitance performance are highly desirable for supercapacitors (SCs). In this work, nanomaterials cobalt sulfide (CoS), sulphur-doped Co3O4 (S-Co3O4), and Co3O4 were fabricated on a carbon cloth substrate by hydrothermal method. The composition and morphology of the material were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The electrochemical measurements were performed in a three-electrode system. The result shows that...

  10. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Alfredo Márquez-Herrera; Victor Manuel Ovando-Medina; Blanca Estela Castillo-Reyes; Martin Zapata-Torres; Miguel Meléndez-Lira; Jaquelina González-Castañeda

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    Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH)2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB). The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH)2 nanoparticles wi...

  11. Sensing Properties of Pd-Loaded Co3O4 Film for a ppb-Level NO Gas Sensor

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    Takafumi Akamatsu; Toshio Itoh; Noriya Izu; Woosuck Shin; Kazuo Sato

    2015-01-01

    We prepared 0.1 wt%–30 wt% Pd-loaded Co3O4 by a colloidal mixing method and investigated the sensing properties of a Pd-loaded Co3O4 sensor element, such as the sensor response, 90% response time, 90% recovery time, and signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio, toward low nitric oxide (NO) gas levels in the range from 50 to 200 parts per billion. The structural properties of the Pd-loaded Co3O4 powder were investigated using X-ray diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy. Pd in the powder...

  12. A before-after implementation trial of smoking cessation guidelines in hospitalized veterans

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    Reisinger Heather

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although most hospitalized smokers receive some form of cessation counseling during hospitalization, few receive outpatient cessation counseling and/or pharmacotherapy following discharge, which are key factors associated with long-term cessation. US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA hospitals are challenged to find resources to implement and maintain the kind of high intensity cessation programs that have been shown to be effective in research studies. Few studies have applied the Chronic Care Model (CCM to improve inpatient smoking cessation. Specific objectives The primary objective of this protocol is to determine the effect of a nurse-initiated intervention, which couples low-intensity inpatient counseling with sustained proactive telephone counseling, on smoking abstinence in hospitalized patients. Key secondary aims are to determine the impact of the intervention on staff nurses' attitudes toward providing smoking cessation counseling; to identify barriers and facilitators to implementation of smoking cessation guidelines in VA hospitals; and to determine the short-term cost-effectiveness of implementing the intervention. Design Pre-post study design in four VA hospitals Participants Hospitalized patients, aged 18 or older, who smoke at least one cigarette per day. Intervention The intervention will include: nurse training in delivery of bedside cessation counseling, electronic medical record tools (to streamline nursing assessment and documentation, to facilitate prescription of pharmacotherapy, computerized referral of motivated inpatients for proactive telephone counseling, and use of internal nursing facilitators to provide coaching to staff nurses practicing in non-critical care inpatient units. Outcomes The primary endpoint is seven-day point prevalence abstinence at six months following hospital admission and prolonged abstinence after a one-month grace period. To compare abstinence rates during the

  13. Prevalence and behavioural risks for HIV and HCV infections in a population of drug users of Dakar, Senegal: the ANRS 12243 UDSEN study

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    Leprêtre, Annie; Ba, Idrissa; Lacombe, Karine; Maynart, Maryvonne; Toufik, Abdalla; Ndiaye, Ousseynou; Kane, Coumba Toure; Gozlan, Joël; Tine, Judicaël; Ndoye, Ibrahim; Raguin, Gilles; Girard, Pierre-Marie

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Data on the extent of drug use and associated HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection in West Africa are lacking. The objectives of ANRS12244 UDSEN study were to estimate the size of the heroin and/or cocaine drug user (DU) population living in the Dakar area (Senegal), and assess the prevalence and risk factors of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV), including behavioural determinants in this population, in order to set up an integrated prevention and treatment programme for DUs. Design and methods A capture-recapture method was applied for population size estimation, whereas the respondent-driven sampling (RDS) method was used to recruit a sample of DUs living in the Dakar area and determine HIV, HBV and HCV prevalence. Behavioural data were gathered during face-to-face interviews, and blood samples were collected on dried blood spots for analysis in a central laboratory. Data analysis was performed using the RDS analysis tool, and risk factors were determined by logistic regression. Access to laboratory results was organized for the participants. Results The size of the DU population in the Dakar area was estimated to reach 1324 (95% confidence interval (95% CI: 1281–1367)). Based on the 506 DUs included in the study, the HIV, HCV and HBV prevalence were 5.2% (95% CI: 3.8–6.3), 23.3% (95% CI: 21.2–25.2) and 7.9% (95% CI: 5.2–11.1), respectively. In people who inject drugs (PWID), prevalence levels increased to 9.4% for HIV and 38.9% for HCV (p=0.001 when compared to those who never injected). Women were more at risk of being HIV infected (prevalence: 13.04% versus 2.97% in males, p=0.001). Being PWID was a risk factor for HCV and HIV infection (odds ratio, OR: 2.7, 95% CI: 1.7–4.3, and OR: 4.3, 95% CI: 1.7–10.7, respectively), whereas older age and female sex were additional risk factors for HIV infection (10% increase per year of age, p=0.03 and OR: 4.9, 95% CI: 1.6–156, respectively). No specific determinant was

  14. Prevalence and behavioural risks for HIV and HCV infections in a population of drug users of Dakar, Senegal: the ANRS 12243 UDSEN study

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    Annie Leprêtre

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Data on the extent of drug use and associated HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B infection in West Africa are lacking. The objectives of ANRS12244 UDSEN study were to estimate the size of the heroin and/or cocaine drug user (DU population living in the Dakar area (Senegal, and assess the prevalence and risk factors of HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV and hepatitis B virus (HBV, including behavioural determinants in this population, in order to set up an integrated prevention and treatment programme for DUs. Design and methods: A capture-recapture method was applied for population size estimation, whereas the respondent-driven sampling (RDS method was used to recruit a sample of DUs living in the Dakar area and determine HIV, HBV and HCV prevalence. Behavioural data were gathered during face-to-face interviews, and blood samples were collected on dried blood spots for analysis in a central laboratory. Data analysis was performed using the RDS analysis tool, and risk factors were determined by logistic regression. Access to laboratory results was organized for the participants. Results: The size of the DU population in the Dakar area was estimated to reach 1324 (95% confidence interval (95% CI: 1281–1367. Based on the 506 DUs included in the study, the HIV, HCV and HBV prevalence were 5.2% (95% CI: 3.8–6.3, 23.3% (95% CI: 21.2–25.2 and 7.9% (95% CI: 5.2–11.1, respectively. In people who inject drugs (PWID, prevalence levels increased to 9.4% for HIV and 38.9% for HCV (p=0.001 when compared to those who never injected. Women were more at risk of being HIV infected (prevalence: 13.04% versus 2.97% in males, p=0.001. Being PWID was a risk factor for HCV and HIV infection (odds ratio, OR: 2.7, 95% CI: 1.7–4.3, and OR: 4.3, 95% CI: 1.7–10.7, respectively, whereas older age and female sex were additional risk factors for HIV infection (10% increase per year of age, p=0.03 and OR: 4.9, 95% CI: 1.6–156, respectively. No specific

  15. 加工工艺对HDPE/CaCO3共混体系性能的研究%Study of processing on properties of HDPE/CaCO3 blends

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    李清江

    2016-01-01

    采用偏光显微镜研究了4种不同加工工艺对改性HDPE结晶结构的影响,并且通过SEM分析方法研究了纳米CaCO3在HDPE基体中的分散特性.研究结果表明:在HDPE/CaCO3共混体系配方不变的情况下,加工工艺d更有利于提高纳米CaCO3粒子在HDPE基体中的最终分散性和HDPE/CaCO3共混体系的力学性能.

  16. Biosynthesis of P(3HB-co-3HV-co-3HHp terpolymer by Cupriavidus necator PHB-4 transformant harboring the highly active PHA synthase gene of Chromobacterium sp. USM2

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    Rathi, D-N.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: This study evaluates potentials of Cupriavidus necator PHB4 transformant harboring the highly activepolyhydroxyalkanoate synthase gene (phaC of a locally isolated Chromobacterium sp. USM2 for its ability toincorporate 3-hydroxyheptanoate (3HHp monomer.Methodology and results: A mixture of fructose and sodium heptanoate fed to the culture gave rise to poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-co-3-hydroxyheptanoate, [P(3HB-co-3HV-co-3HHp] terpolymer synthesis, withtraces of 3HHp monomers confirmed through gas chromatography (GC, proton (1H and carbon (13C NMR spectra.Conclusion, significance and impact of study: This study has revealed that the PHA synthase of Chromobacteriumsp. USM2 has a broad range of substrate specificity. The synthase is able to polymerize 3-hydroxyalkanoate monomershaving 4–7 carbon atoms.

  17. Correction of enhanced endothelial permeability by cessation of cholesterol feeding

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    Changes in endothelial permeability and the transport of macromolecules may be important in the initiation and/or progression of atherosclerosis. We have previously shown, with a carotid artery preparation isolated in situ with intact adventitia, that long-term cholesterol feeding in rabbits will result in a seven- to tenfold increase in 125I albumin transport across the artery into the systemic circulation. The current studies were undertaken to determine whether this abnormality of enhanced permeability could be reversed by cessation of cholesterol feeding and correction of the hyperlipidemia. Two groups of rabbits were fed either a standard Rabbit Chow or a diet containing 1.5% cholesterol and 5.2% corn oil for 12 to 15 weeks. Another group of rabbits was given cholesterol for 12 to 15 weeks with change to standard rabbit chow for an additional 22 to 24 weeks after which albumin transport studies were then performed. Mean plasma cholesterol level after 12 to 15 weeks of cholesterol feeding was 2052 +/- 395 mg/dl. After the animals were withdrawn from the cholesterol diet for 22 to 24 weeks, the mean plasma cholesterol level decreased to 80 +/- 21 mg/dl. The mean plasma cholesterol value in chow-fed animals was 39 +/- 6 mg/dl. Perfusion studies were done with 125I-labeled albumin and plasma radioactivity served as a measure of transport across the carotid artery. The average level of albumin transport across the artery into venous blood in the cholesterol-fed animals (13,911 dpm/ml of plasma) was significantly greater than that of control animals (2049 dpm/ml of plasma)

  18. The JCMT 12CO(3-2) Survey of the Cygnus X Region: I. A Pathfinder

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    Gottschalk, M; Matthews, H E; Landecker, T L; Dent, W R F

    2012-01-01

    Cygnus X is one of the most complex areas in the sky. This complicates interpretation, but also creates the opportunity to investigate accretion into molecular clouds and many subsequent stages of star formation, all within one small field of view. Understanding large complexes like Cygnus X is the key to understanding the dominant role that massive star complexes play in galaxies across the Universe. The main goal of this study is to establish feasibility of a high-resolution CO survey of the entire Cygnus X region by observing part of it as a Pathfinder, and to evaluate the survey as a tool for investigating the star-formation process. A 2x4 degree area of the Cygnus X region has been mapped in the 12CO(3-2) line at an angular resolution of 15" and a velocity resolution of ~0.4km/s using HARP-B and ACSIS on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. The star formation process is heavily connected to the life-cycle of the molecular material in the interstellar medium. The high critical density of the 12CO(3-2) trans...

  19. Study of the Li2CO3 as thermal neutrons detector

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    The use every day but it frequents of the thermal neutrons in the treatment of tumours, using the neutron capture therapy technique in boron, there is generated the necessity to develop a dosimetric system that allows to evaluate in a reliable way the fluence and consequently the dose of neutrons that it is given in the tumours of the patients. One of the techniques but employees to determine the neutron fluence sub cadmic and epi cadmic in an indirect way, it is the activation of thin sheets of gold undress and covered with cadmium respectively that when being exposed to a neutron beam to the nuclear reaction 197Au (n, γ ) 198 Au, emitting gamma radiation with an energy of 0.4118 MeV, being this, a disadvantage to be used as dosemeter. On the other hand, when exposing the lithium carbonate to a thermal neutron beam, free radicals of CO3 that are quantified by the electron paramagnetic resonance technique are generated. This work analyzes those basic parameters that determine if those made up of Li2CO3 complete with the requirements to be used as detectors and/or dosemeters of thermal neutrons. (Author)

  20. Biodiesel synthesis using K2CO3/Al–O–Si aerogel catalysts

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    IVANA LUKIĆ

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, catalysts for fatty acid methyl esters (FAME or bio-diesel synthesis with K2CO3 as the active component on an alumina/silica support were synthesized using the sol–gel method, which was followed by drying the “dense” wet gels with supercritical carbon dioxide to obtain the aerogels. The prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD analysis, FTIR spectroscopy and N2 physisorption at 77 K, and tested in the methanolysis of sunflower oil. The effects of reaction variables, such as reaction time, temperature and methanol to oil molar ratio, on the yield of FAME were investigated. The aerogel catalysts with K2CO3 as the active component on an alumina/silica support exhibited good activity in the methanolysis of sunflower oil. The leaching of potassium when the catalyst was in contact with pure methanol under the working conditions of methanolysis was also tested in this study, indicating that it occurred only at higher temperatures, while at lower ones, it was negligible.

  1. Synthesis of morphology-controllable mesoporous Co3O4 and CeO2

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    Recently, extensive works have been devoted to the morphology control of mesoporous materials with respect to their use in various applications. In this paper, we used two kinds of mesoporous silica, SBA-15 rods and spheres as hard templates to synthesize morphology-controllable mesoporous metal oxides. By carefully controlling the loading of metal precursors in the mesopores of the hard template, mesoporous Co3O4 and CeO2 with different morphologies, such as micrometer-sized rod, hollow sphere, saucer-like sphere, and solid sphere were conveniently obtained. The structural properties of these materials were characterized by XRD, BET, SEM and TEM. In addition, it is found that the differences observed in the textural properties of the two mesoporous metal oxides nanocasted from the same template can be attributed to the properties of metal precursors and the interaction between metal oxide and SiO2. Thus-obtained mesoporous metal oxides with such special morphologies may have a potential application in the field of environmental catalytic oxidation. - Graphical Abstract: Mesoporous Co3O4 and CeO2 with different morphologies, such as micrometer-sized rod, hollow sphere, saucer-like sphere, and solid sphere were synthesized by nanocasting.

  2. A CO(3-2) survey of a merging sequence of luminous infrared galaxies

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    Leech, J; Papadopoulos, P P; Gao, Y; Davis, G R

    2010-01-01

    Luminous infrared galaxies ($L_{\\rm{IR}}>10^{11} L_{\\odot}$) are often associated with interacting galactic systems and are thought to be powered by merger--induced starbursts and/or dust--enshrouded AGN. In such systems, the evolution of the dense, star forming molecular gas as a function of merger separation is of particular interest. Here, we present observations of the CO(3-2) emission from a sample of luminous infrared galaxy mergers that span a range of galaxy-galaxy separations. The excitation of the molecular gas is studied by examining the CO(3-2)/CO(1-0) line ratio, $r_{31}$, as a function of merger extent. We find these line ratios, $r_{31}$, to be consistent with kinetic temperatures of $T_k$=(30--50) K and gas densities of $n_{\\rm{H}_2}=10^3 \\rm{cm}^{-3}$. We also find weak correlations between $r_{31}$ and both merger progression and star formation efficiency ($L_{\\rm{fIR}} / L_{\\rm{CO(1-0)}}$). These correlations show a tendency for gas excitation to increase as the merger progresses and the st...

  3. Antibacterial characteristics of CaCO3-MgO composites

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    Dentifrices, such as tooth-paste, are pastes containing insoluble abrasives that aid in the removal of plaque from the teeth and help to polish them. Composite powders contributing to oral hygiene application, i.e., nano-scale MgO crystallite dispersed in CaCO3 grain, were fabricated by the thermal decomposition of dolomite. The composite obtained by heating at 800 deg. C consisted of CaCO3 grains including 20 nm MgO fine crystallite, being the purpose powder in this study. The antibacterial activity of these powders related to gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was evaluated in vitro. The thermal decomposition above 800 deg. C resulted in the mixture of CaO and MgO. Antibacterial activity of the composite enhanced with increasing powder concentration. Though antibacterial action toward Staphylococcus aureus was greater than towards Escherichia coli, the death rate constant was identical in both bacteria. It can be concluded that the obtained composite possesses two functions able to improve the oral hygiene: as a tooth abrasive and as an antibacterial agent.

  4. Monolayer Co3 O4 Inverse Opals as Multifunctional Sensors for Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Lee, Chul-Soon; Dai, Zhengfei; Jeong, Seong-Yong; Kwak, Chang-Hoon; Kim, Bo-Young; Kim, Do Hong; Jang, Ho Won; Park, Joon-Shik; Lee, Jong-Heun

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    Monolayers of periodic porous Co3 O4 inverse opal (IO) thin films for gas-sensor applications were prepared by transferring cobalt-solution-dipped polystyrene (PS) monolayers onto sensor substrates and subsequent removal of the PS template by heat treatment. Monolayer Co3 O4 IO thin films having periodic pores (d≈500 nm) showed a high response of 112.9 to 5 ppm C2 H5 OH at 200 °C with low cross-responses to other interfering gases. Moreover, the selective detection of xylene and methyl benzenes (xylene+toluene) could be achieved simply by tuning the sensor temperature to 250 and 275 °C, respectively, so that multiple gases can be detected with a single chemiresistor. Unprecedentedly high ethanol response and temperature-modulated control of selectivity with respect to ethanol, xylene, and methyl benzenes were attributed to the highly chemiresistive IO nanoarchitecture and to the tuned catalytic promotion of different gas-sensing reactions, respectively. These well-ordered porous nanostructures could have potential in the field of high-performance gas sensors based on p-type oxide semiconductors. PMID:27125495

  5. Electrical conductivity measurement of MgCO3 up to 6 GPa and 1000 K

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    Mibe, K.; Ono, S.

    2012-04-01

    Magnesite, MgCO3, is a naturally occurring carbonate mineral and is stable over a wide range of pressure and temperature. It is known that magnesite is one of the important host phases of carbon in the Earth's deep interior. A knowledge of how magnesite's electrical properties vary as a function of pressure and temperature will be important in interpreting the observed electrical conductivity map of the Earth's interior. We, therefore, measured the electrical conductivity of polycrystalline magnesite at pressures 3-6 GPa at high temperatures using complex impedance spectroscopy in a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus. Synthetic powdered magnesite (MgCO3)(purity > 99.5%) was used as the starting material. The measured electrical conductivity increased with increasing pressure. The activation enthalpy calculated in the temperature range 650-1000 K also increased with increasing pressure. The effect of pressure was interpreted as being the activation volume in the Arrhenius equation, and the fitted data gave an activation energy and volume of 1.76 ± 0.03 eV and -3.95 ± 0.78 cm3/mole, respectively. The negative activation volume and relatively large activation energy observed in this study suggests that the hopping of large polarons is the dominant mechanism for the electrical conductivity over the pressure and temperature range investigated.

  6. Na2CO3和NaHCO3胁迫对菊苣种子萌发的影响%Effects of Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 Stress on Seed Germination of Chicory

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    郭丹丹

    2013-01-01

    [目的]为研究Na2CO3和NaHCO3等碱性盐对植物的胁迫伤害提供依据.[方法]用不同浓度的Na2CO3和NaHCO3溶液处理菊苣种子,并对其发芽率、发芽势、根长、苗长和鲜重等生理指标进行研究.[结果]低浓度Na2CO3和NaHCO3对萌发后菊苣的苗长、根长和鲜重有一定的促进作用,但对根苗比的影响表现为抑制.[结论]低浓度Na2CO3和NaHCO3对种子萌发有增效效应.%[Objective] The research aimed to provide the basis for the study of the damage of the stress of basic salt such as Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 on the plants.[Method] Chicory seeds were treated with Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 solution of different concentration.The physiological indicators such as germination rate,germination potential,root length,seedling length and fresh weight were studied.[Result] A low concentration of Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 could promote germination rate,germination potential,then promote seedling length,root length and fresh weight after germination.However,it showed the performance for suppression on the ratio of root and shoot.[Conclusion] A low concentration of Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 had synergistic effect on chicory seed germination rate and germination potential.

  7. Labelling of central neural system receptor ligands with the fac-[Tc(CO)3]+ moiety

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    During the period of the IAEA Co-ordinated Research Project on Development of Agents for the Imaging of CNS Receptors based on 99mTc, many efforts were made to find an improved system or alternative methods for the labelling of various central nervous system (CNS) receptor binding agents based on the fac-[Tc(CO)3]+ fragment. Within the same period the chemistry of the fac-[Tc(CO)3]+ fragment has been developed as a useful label more and more not only for the labelling of CNS receptor ligands but also for peptides, antibodies and other biologically active molecules such as B12. Especially the latter molecule is known to be taken up as well through the blood-brain barrier but is obviously not an CNS receptor ligand. One of the most important achievements over the whole period of the project has been the final formulation of a kit useful for the preparation of [99mTc(OH2)3(CO)3]+ without the requirement for using free CO. Much time was invested in that particular topic, since it will allow this relevant moiety to be applied not only on a routine basis but also for research into CNS ligands. A major achievement has thus been the commercial availability of these kits by the beginning of 2002. During the period of the project, a number of new systems were introduced, some of which were specially designed not only for CNS receptor ligands but also for other biomolecules. Among these is that for the syntheses of highly lipophilic ligands, the complex formation of which is based on classical co-ordination chemistry. In addition, the feasibility of the mixed ligand concept from a chemical point of view has been proved in principle. A number of complexes have been prepared where the CNS receptor ligand is attached to the monodentate ligand system. In principle it can also be attached to the bidentate moiety, allowing a screening of the biological behaviour as a function of the co-ligand. A major breakthrough could be achieved with the aqueous synthesis of cymantren

  8. 超细CaCO3的粒子尺寸对PP结晶行为的影响%INFLUENCE OF THE SIZE OF ULTRAFINE CaCO3 POWDER ON PP CRYSTALLIZATION

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    杨军; 刘万军; 陈广新; 刘景江

    2001-01-01

    The effects of CaCO3 on the crystallization behavior of polypropylene (PP) were studied by means of DSC and WAXD.The average sizes of the CaCO3 powders used were 0.1μm (UC) and 0.5μm (GC),respectively.The PP/CaCO3 composites at compositions of 1phr and 10 phr were investigated.The results showed that the addition of CaCO3 reduced the supercooling,the rate of nucleation and the overall rate of crystallization (except for the 10phr UC/PP sample).The crystallinity of PP was increased and the size distribution of the crystallites of α-PP was broadened.On the other hand,the crystallization rate of 10phr UC/PP is 1.5 times higher than that of neat PP.It has an overall rate of crystallization 2 times as much as that of the neat PP and has the maximum crystallinity.The sizes of crystallites and the unit cell parameters of α-PP were varied by the addition of CaCO3.β-PP was formed by addition of GC and was not detected by addition of UC.The differences of crystallization behaviors of PP might be attributed to the combined effects of the content and size of CaCO3 filled.

  9. Nano-Crystalline Co3O4 Spinel Prepared by Combustion Method as a Catalyst for Direct Decomposition of N2O

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    Makhlouf MT

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Combustion method has been used as a fast and facile method to prepare nano-crystalline Co3O4 spinel employing urea as a combustion fuel. Alkali-promoted catalysts were prepared by the incipient wetness impregnation of the prepared nano-material with the aqueous solutions of alkali carbonates (Li2CO3, Na2CO3, K2CO3, and Cs2CO3. N2O decomposition was investigated over pure and alkali promoted nano-crystalline Co3O4 catalysts. The beneficial influence of dopants on the catalyst activity increases in the order: un-promoted

  10. Factors affecting commencement and cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour in Malaysian adults

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    Handa Yujiro

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Betel quid chewing is a common habit widely practiced in Southern Asian populations. However, variations are seen in the content of a betel quid across the different countries. Factors associated with commencement and cessation of this habit has been numerously studied. Unfortunately, data on Malaysian population is non-existent. This study aims to determine the factors associated with the inception and also cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour among Malaysian adults. Method This study is part of a nationwide survey on oral mucosal lesions carried out among 11,697 adults in all fourteen states in Malaysia. The questionnaire included sociodemographic information and details on betel quid chewing habit such as duration, type and frequency. The Kaplan-Meier estimates were calculated and plotted to compare the rates for the commencement and cessation of betel quid chewing behaviour. Cox proportional hazard regression models were used to calculate the hazard rate ratios for factors related to commencement or cessation of this habit. Results Of the total subjects, 8.2% were found to be betel quid chewers. This habit was more prevalent among females and, in terms of ethnicity, among the Indians and the Indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak. Cessation of this habit was more commonly seen among males and the Chinese. Females were found to be significantly more likely to start (p Conclusion Factors that influence the development and cessation of this behaviour are gender, age, ethnicity, and also history of smoking habit while frequency and type of quid chewed are important factors for cessation of this habit.

  11. Partial nicotinic acetylcholine (α4β2 agonists as promising new medications for smoking cessation

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    Singh J

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To review the pharmacology, clinical efficacy and safety of partial agonists of a4β 2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Data Sources: Primary literature and review articles were obtained via a PUBMED search (1988-August 2006 using the key terms smoking cessation, partial agonist alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, varenicline, cytisine and SSR591813. Additional studies and abstracts were identified from the bibliographies of reviewed literature. Study Selection and Data Extraction: Studies and review articles related to varenicline, cytisine and the partial agonist alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor were reviewed. Data Synthesis: Smoking is widely recognized as a serious health problem. Smoking cessation has major health benefits. According to the US Public Health Services, all patients attempting to quit smoking should be encouraged to use one or more effective pharmacotherapy. Currently, along with nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, nortriptyline and clonidine, are the mainstay of pharmacotherapy. More than ¾ of patients receiving treatment for smoking cessation return to smoking within the first year. Nicotine, through stimulating α4β 2 nAChR, releases dopamine in the reward pathway. Partial agonist of α4β 2 nAChR elicits moderate and sustained release of dopamine, which is countered during the cessation attempts; it simultaneously blocks the effects of nicotine by binding with α4β 2 receptors during smoking. Recently, varenicline, a partial agonist at α4β 2 nAChR, has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation. Conclusion: Partial agonist α4β 2 nAChR appears to be a promising target in smoking cessation. Varenicline of this group is approved for treatment of smoking cessation by the FDA in May 2006.

  12. Effect of smoking cessation on airway inflammation of rats with chronic bronchitis

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    LI Qing-yun; HUANG Shao-guang; WAN Huan-ying; WU Hua-cheng; ZHOU Tong; LI Min; DENG Wei-wu

    2007-01-01

    Background Smoking is the major cause of airway inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),and smoking cessation is regarded as one of the important strategies for prevention and treatment of the inflammation.The inflammation of the chronic airway may be present and deteriorated even if the COPD patients stop smoking.Whether and how early smoking cessation affects the progress of inflammation is still obscure. This study was conducted to find the appropriate time for smoking cessation to terminate the airway inflammation in rats with smoke-induced chronic bronchitis.Methods A rat model of COPD was established by passively inhaling smoke mixture. Fifty-four young male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 9 groups with different periods of smoke exposure and different time points of cessation. The inflammation markers to be detected included inflammatory cells in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), the myeloperoxidose (MPO) activity, the morphologic changes and the expression of ICAM-1 on the airway epithelium.Results When smoking was terminated at early stage, the inflammatory markers and related indexes were different from those of the typical chronic bronchitis group (group M7) (P<0.01). The pathologic score of group SC7 (2 weeks of smoking cessation after occurrence of typical chronic bronchitis ) was not different from that of group M7, and the level of ICAM-1 was still up-regulated (compared to group M7, P>0.05). Meanwhile, most of inflammatory cells in BALF were neutrophils compared to other groups (P<0.01).When smoking was terminated, the MPO activity was significantly lower than that of group M7 (P<0.01).Conclusions Smoking cessation at early stage can effectively inhibit the inflammatory reaction of COPD. Once chronic bronchitis occurs, little could be improved by smoking cessation.

  13. Use of a New Comprehensive Insurance Benefit for Smoking-Cessation Treatment

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    Marguerite E. Burns, MA

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Uncertainty about levels of employee use of an insurance benefit for smoking-cessation treatment has presented a barrier to employers considering the adoption of such coverage. This study examined self-reported awareness and use of a new insurance benefit for smoking-cessation treatment among a sample of Wisconsin state employees, retirees, and adult dependents. Methods We evaluated the self-reported use of insurance coverage for smoking-cessation treatment during the first 2 years of its availability to the Wisconsin state employee, retiree, and adult dependent population. We conducted analyses of responses to smoking-related questions in 2001 and 2002 cross-sectional surveys of insured state employees, retirees, and adult dependents, weighted to represent this population. Results In 2002, benefit use among smokers aware of the benefit was 39.6%, and benefit use among smokers unaware of the benefit was 3.5%. Only 27.4% of smokers were aware of the benefit in 2002; use among all smokers was 13.6%. Of all smokers, 30.4% used smoking-cessation treatment medication (over-the-counter or covered in 2002. Smoking prevalence was 15.6% in 2001 and 13.2% in 2002. Conclusion In an educated employee population, self-reported smoking-cessation treatment benefit use was modest among all smokers during its first 2 years of availability. Benefit awareness was low in this educated population, which may help explain low use rates, particularly given the 30% of all smokers who attempted to quit smoking with the help of smoking-cessation treatment medication. These data provide use-rate estimates for states contemplating adoption of an evidence-based smoking-cessation treatment benefit.

  14. Structural study in ceramic multiferroic Co3TeO6 and analysis of possible Co-Co networks

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    We show that there exist four networks (Co1-Co4, Co2-Co3-Co5, Co1-Co5 and Co2-Co3-Co4) in contrast to earlier observations of two networks (Co1-Co4 and Co2-Co3-Co5) in Co3TeO6 (CTO) multiferroic [Phys. Rev. B 88, 184427 (2013)]. Due to five crystallographically different sites of Co ions coordinated by [IV], [V] and [VI] oxygen atoms, the coordination polyhedra exhibit strong distortions from their respective ideal polyhedra, and thus potentially allow to resolve low-symmetry crystal field splittings of d-d electronic transitions. Our structural analysis using Rietveld refinements on the room temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction data indicates possible magnetic order, and may provide a basis for the complex and multiple magnetic transitions of CTO at low temperature

  15. 双测定法评定石灰石中CaCO3含量

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    郭佺

    2001-01-01

    本文指出通过测定钙离子来换算成CaCO3含量这一方法有不妥之处,并提出用双测定法来评定石石中CaCO3含量。这一方法主要是在原测定方法的基础上,在对试样中CO2-3含量进行测定,根据CO2-3含量换算成CaCO3。然后对两种方法换算的CaCO3进行比较,取其最低值为最佳真实值。

  16. Structure, flame retarding and smoke suppressing properties of Zn-Mg-Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides

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    SHI Ling; LI Dianqing; LI Sufeng; WANG Jianrong; Evans D. G.; DUAN Xue

    2005-01-01

    Zn-Mg-Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides (LDHs) have been synthesized by a new method involving separate nucleation and aging steps. The Zn-Mg-Al-CO3 LDHs were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, ICP and TG-DTA. The limiting oxygen index and smoke density of composites of the LDHs with EVA-28 were determined. Incorporation of Zn2+ in the layers of the LDHs was found promoting material charring and smoke suppression. The mechanism of flame retardation and smoke suppression is discussed. The results show that Zn-Mg-Al-CO3 LDHs have better flame retarding and smoke suppressing effects than Mg-Al-CO3 LDHs.

  17. A facile route to controlled synthesis of Co3O4 nanoparticles and their environmental catalytic properties

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    Using ammonia and Co(CH3COO)2·4H2O as starting materials, a facile and surfactant-free route to controlled synthesis of Co3O4 nanoparticles was proposed. Co3O4 nanoparticles with average sizes of 3.5, 6, 11, 19 and 70 nm were obtained through adjusting the ethanol amount in the solvent (the ratio of ethanol to water) or the concentration of raw materials. In this process, the presence of enough O2 was crucial for the formation of pure Co3O4 phase. The environmental catalytic properties of as-obtained Co3O4 nanoparticles were investigated. The results indicated their remarkable catalysis for ozonation degradation of phenol, which denoted a promising application as catalyst in waste-water treatment

  18. The critical re-evaluation of the aromatic/antiaromatic nature of Ti3(CO)3: a missed opportunity?

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    Foroutan-Nejad, Cina; Shahbazian, Shant; Rashidi-Ranjbar, Parviz

    2011-03-14

    The nature of bonding and aromaticity of Ti(3)(CO)(3), a mill-shaped metal-carbonyl complex, is studied carefully. A unique bonding mechanism between metal and carbonyl groups is found in this species. Ti(3)(CO)(3) is an example of a metal-carbonyl complex with prominent metal to carbonyl donation. Moreover, it is proven that not only is Ti(3)(CO)(3) not an antiaromatic complex but also it is the first synthesized example of d-block, σ+π aromatic species. A quick survey among the first row of transition metals in the periodic table shows that other local minima with similar structures and aromaticity are present and Ti(3)(CO)(3) is the first synthesized species of an unknown family. PMID:21279217

  19. Urchin-like Co3O4 Nanostructure and Their Electrochemical Behavior in Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

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    Hui Li; Guang Tao Fei; Ring Cui; Yi Jin; Xu-yong Feng; Chun-hua Chen

    2011-01-01

    3D urchin-like Co3O4 have been successfully prepared by calcination of the urchin-like precursors, which were synthesized through a facile hydrothermal route. The morphology and structure of the 3D urchin-like Co3O4 have been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction. The as-synthesized Co3O4 products are of urchin-like structures with approximated 5-7 μm in diameter, and are composed of numerous nanoparticles chains with the parzicles diameter of about 15 nm. This kind of urchin-like Co3O4 exhibits superior energy storage properties with the high capacity of 1.369 Ah/g and its good cyclic stability shows great potential in the rechargeable Li-ion battery.

  20. Investigation of the sintering of barytocalcite with BaCO3 as a secondary phase for immobilizing carbon-14

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    Massoni, Nicolas; Le Gallet, Sophie

    2016-08-01

    The effect of a secondary phase (BaCO3) on the sintering of synthetic barytocalcite has been investigated. It was found that this phase impacts the sintering positively by lowering the sintering activation energy from 230 to 160 kJ mol-1, by increasing the shrinkage rate and by reaching higher densities. However, BaCO3, originally dispersed in the powder, was segregated by diffusion during sintering with a large part of it being located at the grain boundaries. The dense pellet is made of both phases barytocalcite and BaCO3, what should be avoided to give the best leaching resistance. Thus the BaCO3 presence should be limited as much as possible by controlling the reactants stoichiometry during the synthesis.

  1. Facile and Eco-Friendly Synthesis of Finger-Like Co3O4 Nanorods for Electrochemical Energy Storage

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    Shijiao Sun

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Co3O4 nanorods were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. Eco-friendly deionized water rather than organic solvent was used as the hydrothermal media. The as-prepared Co3O4 nanorods are composed of many nanoparticles of 30–50 nm in diameter, forming a finger-like morphology. The Co3O4 electrode shows a specific capacitance of 265 F g−1 at 2 mV s−1 in a supercapacitor and delivers an initial specific discharge capacity as high as 1171 mAh g−1 at a current density of 50 mA g−1 in a lithium ion battery. Excellent cycling stability and electrochemical reversibility of the Co3O4 electrode were also obtained.

  2. Sensation Seeking as a Predictor of Treatment Compliance and Smoking Cessation Treatment Outcomes in Heavy Social Drinkers

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    Kahler, Christopher W.; Spillane, Nichea S.; Metrik, Jane; Leventhal, Adam M.; Monti, Peter M.

    2009-01-01

    The personality trait of sensation seeking has been positively associated with risk of smoking initiation and level of tobacco use. However, its role in smoking cessation is much less established. This study examined the association between sensation seeking and smoking cessation among 236 heavy social drinkers participating in a clinical trial testing the efficacy of incorporating brief alcohol intervention into smoking cessation treatment. As hypothesized, higher sensation seeking predicted...

  3. The Influence of Antismoking Television Advertisements on Cessation by Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Mental Health Status

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    Nonnemaker, James M.; Allen, Jane A.; Davis, Kevin C.; Kamyab, Kian; Duke, Jennifer C.; Farrelly, Matthew C.

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    Disparities in tobacco use and smoking cessation by race/ethnicity, education, income, and mental health status remain despite recent successes in reducing tobacco use. It is unclear to what extent media campaigns promote cessation within these population groups. This study aims to (1) assess whether exposure to antitobacco advertising is associated with making a quit attempt within a number of population subgroups, and (2) determine whether advertisement type differentialy affects cessation ...

  4. Approaching tobacco dependence in youngsters: impact of an interactive smoking cessation program in a population of Romanian adolescents

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    Trofor, Antigona; Mihaicuta, Stefan; Man, Milena Adina; MIRON Ramona; Esanu, Valentina; Trofor, Letitia

    2010-01-01

    Objectives: The main objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of an interactive smoking cessation program when first implemented in a naïve population of Romanian adolescents. The secondary objective was to assess youngsters\\' attitudes and beliefs towards tobacco dependence, their compliance to smoking cessation interventions and success rate of a standard smoking cessation pilot program. Materials and methods: A total of 231 subjects 14-19 years old particip...

  5. An evaluation study of a gender-specific smoking cessation program to help Hong Kong Chinese women quit smoking

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    Li, Ho Cheung William; Chan, Sophia Siu Chee; Wan, Zoe Siu Fung; Wang, Man Ping; Lam, Tai Hing

    2015-01-01

    Background There is a lack of population-based smoking cessation interventions targeting woman smokers in Hong Kong, and in Asia generally. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a gender-specific smoking cessation program for female smokers in Hong Kong. Methods To evaluate the effectiveness of the service, a total of 457 eligible smokers were recruited. After the baseline questionnaire had been completed, a cessation counseling intervention was given by a trained counselor accord...

  6. Variabilities in Rainfall Onset, Cessation and Length of Rainy Season for the Various Agro-Ecological Zones of Ghana

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    Leonard K. Amekudzi; Edmund I. Yamba; Kwasi Preko; Ernest O. Asare; Jeffrey Aryee; Michael Baidu; Samuel N. A. Codjoe

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    This paper examines the onset and cessation dates of the rainy season over Ghana using rain gauge data from the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) over the period of 1970–2012. The onset and cessation dates were determined from cumulative curves using the number of rainy days and rainfall amount. In addition, the inter-annual variability of the onset and cessation dates for each climatic zone was assessed using wavelet analysis. A clear distinction between the rainfall characteristics and the...

  7. Persistence of Th17/Tc17 Cell Expression upon Smoking Cessation in Mice with Cigarette Smoke-Induced Emphysema

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    Min-Chao Duan; Hai-Juan Tang; Xiao-Ning Zhong; Ying Huang

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    Th17 and Tc17 cells may be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a disease caused predominantly by cigarette smoking. Smoking cessation is the only intervention in the management of COPD. However, even after cessation, the airway inflammation may be present. In the current study, mice were exposed to room air or cigarette smoke for 24 weeks or 24 weeks followed by 12 weeks of cessation. Morphological changes were evaluated by mean linear intercepts (Lm)...

  8. Potential influence of sea cucumbers on coral reef CaCO3 budget: A case study at One Tree Reef

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    Schneider, Kenneth; Silverman, Jacob; Woolsey, Erika; Eriksson, Hampus; Byrne, Maria; Caldeira, Ken

    2011-12-01

    To endure, coral reefs must accumulate CaCO3 at a rate greater or equal than the sum of mechanically, biologically, and chemically mediated erosion rates. We investigated the potential role of holothurians on the CaCO3 balance of a coral reef. These deposit feeders process carbonate sand and rubble through their digestive tract and dissolve CaCO3 as part of their digestive process. In aquarium incubations with Stichopus herrmanni and Holothuria leucospilota total alkalinity increased by 97 ± 13 and 47 ± 7 μmol kg-1, respectively. This increase was due to CaCO3 dissolution, 81 ± 13 and 34 ± 6 μmol kg-1 and ammonia secretion, 16 ± 2 and 14 ± 2μmol kg-1, respectively, for these species. Surveys conducted at a long-term monitoring site of community calcification (DK13) on One Tree Reef indicated that the density of sea cucumbers was approximately 1 individual m-2. We used these data and data from surveys at Shark Alley to estimate the dissolution of CaCO3 by the sea cucumbers at both sites. At DK13 the sea cucumber population was estimated to be responsible for nearly 50% of the nighttime CaCO3 dissolution, while in Shark Alley for most of the nighttime dissolution. Thus, in a healthy reef, bioeroders dissolution of CaCO3 sediment appears to be an important component of the natural CaCO3 turnover and a substantial source of alkalinity as well. This additional alkalinity could partially buffer changes in seawater pH associated with increasing atmospheric CO2 locally, thus reducing the impact of ocean acidification on coral growth.

  9. Synthesis and formation mechanism of micro/nano flower-like MgCO3·5H2O

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    Yin, Wan-zhong; Wang, Yu-lian; Ji, Qiang-dong; Yao, Jin; Hou, Ying; Wang, Lei; Zhong, Wen-xing

    2014-03-01

    Micro/nano magnesium carbonate pentahydrate (MgCO3·5H2O) with flower-like morphology was synthesized using magnesite as a substrate and potassium dihydrogen phosphate as an additive. The synthesized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry. The influence of pyrolysis time on crystal morphology was explored. The formation mechanism was investigated on the basis of the characterized results and the crystal structure of MgCO3·5H2O. The results showed that the flower-like MgCO3·5H2O was 1.5-3.0 μm in length and 100-500 nm in diameter and was successfully obtained with a pyrolysis time of 30 min. The formation mechanism of flower-like MgCO3·5H2O is suggested to be the selective adsorption of potassium dihydrogen phosphate on the surface. The process of flower-like crystal growth is as follows: amorphous nanoparticles formation, acicular and rod monocrystal formation, flower-like monocrystal formation, and flower-like polymers (MgCO3·5H2O) crystallization. In the MgCO3·5H2O crystal, the magnesium ion presents two different octahedral coordinations corresponding to Mg(H2O){6/2-} and [Mg(H2O) (CO{3/2-})2]2-, and the chemical formula of the crystal is Mg(H2O)6 · Mg(H2O)4 (CO{3/2-})2.

  10. Template-free synthesis of hierarchical porous Co3O4 microspheres and their application for electrochemical energy storage

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    Graphical abstract: We report a facile template-free chemical bath deposition method for the growth of Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres and demonstrate noticeable electrochemical properties with higher capacities and better cycling life than the nanowire counterparts. Display Omitted -- Highlights: •Construct Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres by a template-free method. •Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres show high capacity and good cycling life. •Nanoflake microspheres are favorable for fast ion and electron transfer. -- Abstract: Tailored high-activity cathode materials are of great importance for construction of high-performance capacitors and hybrid batteries. In this work, we report a facile template-free chemical bath deposition method to fabricate porous Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres consisting of self-assembled nanoflakes with thicknesses of ∼10 nm. The as-prepared Co3O4 microspheres have average diameters of ∼2 μm and the secondary Co3O4 nanoflakes are interconnected with each other forming a highly open net-structure with pore diameters of 20-200 nm. When evaluated as cathode materials for pseudocapacitive hybrid batteries, the Co3O4 nanoflake microspheres deliver a specific capacity of 83 mAh g−1 at 1 A g−1 after 10,000 cycles, higher than the Co3O4 nanowire microspheres counterpart (70 mAh g−1). In addition, the electrode exhibits excellent long-term cycling stability with 94.5% capacity retention after 10,000 cycles at 1 A g−1. The enhancement of high-rate electrochemical performances is due to the unique nanoflake microspheres architecture with large surface area and open porous structure

  11. Formation of Co3O4 microframes from MOFs with enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium storage and water oxidation.

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    Feng, Yi; Yu, Xin-Yao; Paik, Ungyu

    2016-05-01

    Co3O4 microframes are synthesized through a template-engaged strategy via the etching of Co-Co Prussian blue analogue microcubes with ammonia solution and subsequent annealing treatment. Benefitting from their unique structural merits including 3D open structure and high porosity, these Co3O4 microframes exhibit enhanced electrochemical properties for both lithium-ion batteries and water oxidation. PMID:27078114

  12. Synthesis of one-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanobelts and their ethanol gas sensing properties

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    Graphical abstract: 1D porous porous Co3O4 nanobelts were synthesized via a facile route without use of any surfactants or organic solvent, exhibiting ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co3O4 powders. - Highlights: • One-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanobelts were synthesized. • The belt-like morphology can be finely controlled via adjusting the reaction parameters. • The evolution process of porous Co3O4 nanobelts was investigated. • Porous Co3O4 nanobelts exhibit superior ethanol gas sensing properties. - Abstract: In this paper, one-dimensional porous Co3O4 nanobelts were synthesized via a facile template-free hydrothermal method and subsequent the thermal decomposition. Their microstructures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N2 adsorption–desorption techniques. The results indicate that the reaction parameters such as the molar ratio of Co(NO3)2·6H2O to C2H4N4, the amount of Co(NO3)2·6H2O, the hydrothermal temperature and time play crucial rules in controlling the microstructures and morphologies of the as-prepared cobalt precursors. A possible formation mechanism was proposed. Moreover, the obtained porous Co3O4 nanobelts exhibit ethanol gas sensing properties superior to the commercial Co3O4 powders at a working temperature of 200 °C, suggesting their potential applications as nanosensors

  13. Effects of solvent on the morphology of nanostructured Co3O4 and its application for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nano-structured cobalt oxides (Co3O4) with various morphologies (sheet-like, herbs-like and net-like) synthesized on the surfaces of nickel foam via a facile solvothermal method. • Ethanol, ethylene glycol (EG) and glycerol (GR) were used to investigate the effects of solvent on the size and morphology of nanocrystals in detail. • The open structure improves the contact between the electrode and the electrolyte. • Results showed that net-like Co3O4 have good electrochemical property. - Abstract: Nano-structured cobalt oxides (Co3O4) with various morphologies (sheet-like, herbs-like and net-like) have been in situ synthesized on the surface of nickel foam via a facile solvothermal method. Ethanol, ethylene glycol (EG) and glycerol (GR) were used to investigate the effects of solvent on the size and morphology of nanocrystals in detail. The possible formation mechanisms have been proposed that the dielectric constants and viscosity of solvents is speculated to be the main factor to determine the morphology of Co3O4 crystal. Applied for supercapacitor, the fabricated Co3O4 electrodes show the desired properties of macroporosity, allowing facile electrolyte flow and fast electrochemical reaction kinetics. Results show that the nanonet-like Co3O4 electrode synthesized in glycerol solvothermal condition has the highest capacitance (1063 F/g at a discharge current density of 10 mA/cm2), and good rate capability, excellent electrochemical stability (90.8% retention after 1000 cycles). The enhanced electrochemical performance is attributed to the open and ultrathin nanostructure of net-like Co3O4 electrode, which facilitates the electron transport. The findings in this work demonstrate the importance of solvents used for solvothermal reaction, and are meaningful in understanding the self-assembly process of various Co3O4 nanostructures

  14. Synthesis of carbon-coated Co3O4 composite with dendrite-like morphology and its electrochemical performance for lithium-ion batteries

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    Carbon-coated Co3O4 microparticles (Co3O4-C) with dendrite-like morphology are prepared by a low-temperature hydrothermal method and subsequent C2H2 chemical vapor deposition (CVD) for the first time. The synthesized precursor Co3O4 has a size of 8–10 μm, which is assembled by lots of aligned Co3O4 wire with 4–5 μm in length. After carbon coating, Co3O4 microparticles were proved to be coated in amorphous carbon of ∼10 nm. A plausible formation process of the dendrite-like Co3O4 and Co3O4-C is proposed based on the morphology and structure characterizations of the materials. As an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the Co3O4-C composite electrode exhibits higher reversible capacity and better cycling performance than the unmodified Co3O4 electrode. The reversible capacity of the Co3O4-C composite after 40 cycles is 500 mAh g−1, much higher than that of Co3O4 (148 mAh g−1). Electrochemical impedance spectra and cyclic voltammogram indicate that the carbon layer coated on Co3O4 by CVD can improve the electrochemical activity and enhance the reversibility of Co3O4 during charge/discharge cycles.

  15. THE ORIENTATION OF CaCO3 ARAGONITE CRYSTALS FROM SEVERAL ORGANISMS%几种生物CaCO3霰石结晶的取向性

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    蒋新农; 李敬之; 徐学红

    2001-01-01

    The CaCO3 crystals are widely distributed in organisms. Thecalcite, aragonite and vaterite are the main crystal polymorphisms of CaCO3. In this paper, CaCO3 crystals were obtained from the nacreous layers of Hyriopsis cumingii Lea and Pinctada martensii Dunker, the internal shell of a cuttlefish and the otolith of Pseudosciaena crocea. X-ray diffraction measurement was used to analyze the crystal orientation of CaCO3 crystals: The results showed that each kind of natural CaCO3 crystal has an orientation on specific plane. In detail, the crystal orientations of the nacreous layers are higher than the internal shell, and the orientation of the otolith is the lowest. Except the nacreous layers of Pinctada martensii, whose highest peak is on the crystal plane (312), all the other three natural samples have the highest peak on the crystal plane (012). As to ground CaCO3 crystals, the differences between their corresponding d values are very small, so each ground sample has the CaCO3 aragonite structure characterized by the JCPDS card (5-0453).%CaCO3结晶广泛分布于生物界,其主要结晶形式为方解石、霰石及球霰石。用X-射线衍射法对三角帆蚌及合浦珍珠母贝的珍珠层、墨鱼骨和大黄鱼耳石的CaCO3结晶进行测定,发现各样品均有一定取向性,以三角帆蚌和合浦珍珠母贝珍珠层的取向性为最强,墨鱼骨的取向性次之,大黄鱼耳石的取向性最小,以上材料粉末样的衍射分析表明,各样品对应d值间差异极小,均为X射线衍射卡(5-0453)所表征的CaCO3霰石结构。

  16. One-pot facile synthesis and optical properties of porous La2O2CO3 hollow microspheres

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    Graphical abstract: . Display Omitted Research highlights: → Porous hollow La2O2CO3 microspheres have been synthesized via a one-pot hydrothermal treatment. → Carbon microspheres act as not only templates but also carbon sources. → La2O2CO3 hollow spheres show a green emission band under UV excitation. - Abstract: Lanthanum oxycarbonate (La2O2CO3) hollow microspheres with novel porous architectures were successfully fabricated by a simple one-pot hydrothermal treatment of an aqueous solution containing glucose, La(NO3)3.6H2O, and subsequent calcination. The as-prepared La2O2CO3 porous hollow spheres are composed of nanoparticles with a mean particle size of 15 nm. Carbon microspheres act as not only templates but also carbon sources for the formation of La2O2CO3 hollow spheres. Interestingly, the as-prepared La2O2CO3 hollow spheres show a green emission band under UV excitation, which may be used as fluorescent biological labels.

  17. CaCO3/CPE/PP三元复合材料的性能研究

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    周松; 张炜; 简思强; 廖强; 易锋

    2009-01-01

    分别研究了CPE和SBS对聚丙烯性能的影响,CPE使PP的熔融指数略有下降,CPE含量为10%时,CPE/PP的冲击和拉伸强度分别比纯聚丙烯提高了108%和12%;进一步研究了微米CaCO3和纳米CaCO3对CPE/PP复合材料性能的影响,微米CaCO3使CPE/PP的拉伸强度提高,但冲击强度降低;纳米CaCO3对CPE/PP同时具有增强和增韧作用,当纳米CaCO3含量为8%时,CaCO3/CPE/PP三元复合材料的综合力学性能较好。

  18. The facettes of [99TcCl3(CO)3]2- chemistry and its application to life science

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    This article gives a brief summary about the current status of radiochemistry and radiopharmaceutical chemistry as related to the fac-[99mTc(OH2)3(CO)3]+ and fac-[99Tc(OH2)3(CO)3]+ synthon. Since the synthesis and availability of synthons or direct precursors for the labeling of biomolecules (and for the exploration of fundamental inorganic and organometallic chemistry) is a crucial prerequisite for developing new radiopharmaceuticals, some consideration about composition and characteristics of such complexes are discussed at the beginning and their suitability is discussed. Beside widely investigated basic and applied Tc chemistry in the oxidation state (V) with the [Tc=O]3+ or [Tc≡N]2+ moieties, the aforementioned [99(m)Tc(CO)3]+ and [99Tc(CO)3]+ core are new members in this group. Although is pressureless synthesis from organic solvents has been described about eight years ago, it is only recently that exploitation of its radiopharmaceutical potential could reasonably start owing to the availability of a routinely applicable kit. We will summarize basic coordination chemistry of the [99(m)Tc(CO)3)]+ and [99Tc(CO)3)]+ moieties as relevant for radiopharmaceutical purposes, focusing on some fundamental reactions in the context of low valent Tc chemistry. Due to its special properties, new research directions possible only through its very special physico-chemical properties will be emphasized as well. (author)

  19. Effects of CaCO3 treatment on the morphology, crystallinity, rheology and hydrolysis of gelatinized maize starch dispersions.

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    Garcia-Diaz, S; Hernandez-Jaimes, C; Escalona-Buendia, H B; Bello-Perez, L A; Vernon-Carter, E J; Alvarez-Ramirez, J

    2016-09-15

    Using calcium salts instead of lime allows for an ecological nixtamalization of maize grains, where the negative contamination impact of the traditional lime nixtamalization is reduced. This work assessed the effects of calcium carbonate (0.0-2.0%w/w CaCO3) on the morphology, crystallinity, rheology and hydrolysis of gelatinized maize starch dispersions (GMSD). Microscopy analysis showed that CaCO3 changed the morphology of insoluble remnants (ghosts) and decreased the degree of syneresis. Analysis of particle size distribution showed a slight shift to smaller sizes as the CaCO3 was increased. Also, X-ray patterns indicated that crystallinity achieved a minimum value at CaCO3 concentration in the range of 1%w/w. GMSD with higher CaCO3 concentrations exhibited higher thixotropy area and complex viscoelastic behavior that was frequency dependent. A possible mechanism involved in the starch chain modification by CaCO3 is that starch may act as a weak acid ion exchanger capable of exchanging alcoholic group protons for cations (Ca(+2)). PMID:27080890

  20. Observation of high-spin mixed oxidation state of cobalt in ceramic Co3TeO6

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    We report coexistence of high spin Co3+ and Co2+ in ceramic Co3TeO6 using X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES), DC magnetization, and first principles ab-initio calculations. The main absorption line of cobalt Co K-edge XANES spectra, along with a linear combination fit, led us to estimate relative concentration of Co2+ and Co3+as 60:40. The pre edge feature of XANES spectrum shows crystal field splitting of ∼1.26 eV between eg and t2g states, suggesting a mixture of high spin states of both Co2+ and Co3+. Temperature dependent high field DC magnetization measurements reveal dominant antiferromagnetic order with two Neel temperatures (TN1 ∼ 29 K and TN2 ∼ 18 K), consistent with single crystal study. A larger effective magnetic moment is observed in comparison to that reported for single crystal (which contains only Co2+), supports our inference that Co3+ exists in high spin state. Furthermore, we show that both Co2+ and Co3+ being in high spin states constitute a favorable ground state through first principles ab-initio calculations, where Rietveld refined synchrotron X-ray diffraction data are used as input

  1. Co3O4 Electrode Prepared by Using Metal-Organic Framework as a Host for Supercapacitors

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Co3O4 nanoparticles were prepared from cobalt nitrate that was accommodated in the pores of a metal-organic framework (MOF ZIF-8 (Zn(MeIM2, MeIM = 2-methylimidazole by using a simple liquid-phase method. Analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM showed that the obtained Co3O4 was composed of separate nanoparticles with a mean size of 30 nm. The obtained Co3O4 nanoparticles exhibited superior electrochemical property. Co3O4 electrode exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 189.1 F g−1 at the specific current of 0.2 A g−1. Meanwhile, the Co3O4 electrode possessed the high specific capacitance retention ratio at the current density ranging from 0.2 to 1.0 A g−1, thereby indicating that Co3O4 electrode suited high-rate charge/discharge.

  2. UV-Ozone Treatment on Cs2CO3 Interfacial Layer for the Improvement of Inverted Polymer Solar Cells

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    Inverted configuration polymer solar cells (IPSCs) were prepared by using Cs2CO3 modified indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates as cathode and MoO3/Al as anode, ITO/Cs2CO3/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Al. The interfacial Cs2CO3 layers were conducted with annealing treatment and different time UV-Ozone treatment. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of IPSCs was improved to 1% when the UV-Ozone treatment time is 15 minutes, with the open-circuit voltage of 0.48 V, short-circuit current density of 5.4 mA/cm2, and fill factor of 39%. The improvement of IPSCs should be attributed to the increased electron transporting and collection ability of Cs2CO3 layer induced by UV-Ozone treatment. The underlying mechanism of PCE improvement was discussed in terms of series and shunt resistance of cells induced by UV-Ozone treatment on Cs2CO3 layer, and the mole ratio of Cs to O of Cs2CO3 layer with different UV-Ozone treatment was investigated by scanning electron microscopy operating in the mode for in situ energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra.

  3. Synthesis of Co3O4/NiO nanofilms and their enhanced electrochemical performance for supercapacitor application

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    Zuo, Yong; Ni, Jing-Jing; Song, Ji-Ming; Niu, He-Lin; Mao, Chang-Jie; Zhang, Sheng-Yi; Shen, Yu-Hua

    2016-05-01

    Transition metallic oxides have attracted considerable attention for supercapacitor applications because of their superior electrochemical performance at relatively low cost. Co3O4/NiO nanofilms were successfully prepared by calcination of precursor α-Co(OH)2/α-Ni(OH)2. XRD, XPS, SEM and TEM techniques were used to characterize the composition and morphology of as-prepared samples. The results demonstrated that Co3O4/NiO nanofilms presented graphene-like morphology with shrinkage and wrinkles. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurement showed that specific surface area of Co3O4/NiO was 176.5 m2/g. Electrochemical properties tests indicated that the Co3O4/NiO nanofilms had a higher specific capacitance and better rate capability than that of precursor α-Co(OH)2/α-Ni(OH)2 at high current density. As to the cycling performance, the specific capacitance of Co3O4/NiO electrode would first increase from 556 F/g to 710 F/g quickly at 2 A/g after 80 cycles and then remained stable. Therefore, compared with that of precursor α-Co(OH)2/α-Ni(OH)2, the capacitance performance of as-prepared Co3O4/NiO nanofilms was improved after calcination. The possible reason for the enhancement of capacitance performance was discussed.

  4. The hybridization of Ag2CO3 rods with g-C3N4 sheets with improved photocatalytic activity

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    Konglin Wu

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A series of graphitic carbon nitride/silver carbonate (g-C3N4/Ag2CO3 rod-like composites with different weight contents of g-C3N4 have been prepared by a facile precipitation method. The g-C3N4/Ag2CO3 rod-like composites exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than pure Ag2CO3 toward degradation of rhodamine B (RhB and methylene blue (MB under visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic reaction follows a pseudo-first-order reaction and the rate constants for the degradation of RhB and MB by 3.5% g-C3N4/Ag2CO3 are about 2 times and 1.7 times that of pure Ag2CO3, respectively. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on the photoluminescence (PL spectra and a series of radical trapping experimental analyses. The remarkably improved photocatalytic performance should be ascribed to the heterostructure between Ag2CO3 and g-C3N4, which greatly promoted the photoinduced charge transfer and inhibited the recombination of electrons and holes.

  5. A study on labelling of bioactive molecules using 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+ precursor

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    To radiolable bioactive molecules, we synthesized 99mTc precursor, 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+ with a low oxidation state (1). We evaluated the characteristics of bioactive molecules labeled with precursor using in vitro and in vivo study. The 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+ was synthesized by low pressure carbonylation (1 atm CO) of 99mTcO)4- in the presence of NaBH4 with high labeling yield (>98%) and stability up to 8 hrs. A prepared 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+ was reacted with common ligands for 99mTc labeling and amino acids to investigate labeling property of 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+. And we also assessed the biodistribution property of 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+-complexes in rabbit. 99mTc-tricarbonyl complexes with ligands for 99mTc labeling was also easily prepared and the properties of biodistribution differ between 99mTc-tricarbonyl labeling group and 99mTc labeling one. From these results, we concluded that 99mTc(CO)3(H2O)3+ and 99mTc-tricarbonyl complex is a potential precursor for the development of radiopharmaceuticals, especially for labeling of biomolecules

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

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neonatal anxiety and depression and breastfeeding cessation are significant public health problems. There is an association between maternal symptoms of anxiety and depression and early breastfeeding cessation. In earlier studies, the causality of this association was interpreted both ways; symptoms of anxiety and depression prepartum significantly impacts breastfeeding, and breastfeeding cessation significantly impacts symptoms of anxiety and depression. First, we aimed to investigate whether breastfeeding cessation is related to an increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression from pregnancy to six months postpartum. Second, we also investigated whether the proposed symptom increase after breastfeeding cessation was disproportionately high for those women already suffering from high levels of anxiety and depression during pregnancy. Methods To answer these objectives, we examined data from 42 225 women in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa. Subjects were recruited in relation to a routine ultra-sound examination, and all pregnant women in Norway were eligible. We used data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway and questionnaires both pre and post partum. Symptoms of anxiety and depression at six months postpartum were predicted in a linear regression analysis by WHO-categories of breastfeeding, symptoms of anxiety and depression prepartum (standardized score, and interaction terms between breastfeeding categories and prepartum symptoms of anxiety and depression. The results were adjusted for cesarean sections, primiparity, plural births, preterm births, and maternal smoking. Results First, prepartum levels of anxiety and depression were related to breastfeeding cessation (β 0.24; 95% CI 0.21-0.28, and breastfeeding cessation was predictive of an increase in postpartum anxiety and depression ( β 0.11; 95%CI 0.09-0.14. Second, prepartum anxiety and depression interacted with the relation between

  7. The Systematic Development of an Internet-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Adults.

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    Dalum, Peter; Brandt, Caroline Lyng; Skov-Ettrup, Lise; Tolstrup, Janne; Kok, Gerjo

    2016-07-01

    Objectives The objective of this project was to determine whether intervention mapping is a suitable strategy for developing an Internet- and text message-based smoking cessation intervention. Method We used the Intervention Mapping framework for planning health promotion programs. After a needs assessment, we identified important changeable determinants of cessation behavior, specified objectives for the intervention, selected theoretical methods for meeting our objectives, and operationalized change methods into practical intervention strategies. Results We found that "social cognitive theory," the "transtheoretical model/stages of change," "self-regulation theory," and "appreciative inquiry" were relevant theories for smoking cessation interventions. From these theories, we selected modeling/behavioral journalism, feedback, planning coping responses/if-then statements, gain frame/positive imaging, consciousness-raising, helping relationships, stimulus control, and goal-setting as suitable methods for an Internet- and text-based adult smoking cessation program. Furthermore, we identified computer tailoring as a useful strategy for adapting the intervention to individual users. Conclusion The Intervention Mapping method, with a clear link between behavioral goals, theoretical methods, and practical strategies and materials, proved useful for systematic development of a digital smoking cessation intervention for adults. PMID:27101996

  8. Views on electronic cigarette use in tobacco screening and cessation in an Alaska Native healthcare setting

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    Vanessa Y. Hiratsuka

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: American Indian (AI and Alaska Native (AN communities confront some of the highest rates of tobacco use and its sequelae. Methods: This formative research project sought to identify the perspectives of 41 stakeholders (community members receiving care within the healthcare system, primary care providers, and tribal healthcare system leaders surrounding the use of pharmacogenetics toward tobacco cessation treatment in the setting of an AI/AN owned and operated health system in south central Alaska. Results: Interviews were held with 20 adult AI/AN current and former tobacco users, 12 healthcare providers, and 9 tribal leaders. An emergent theme from data analysis was that current tobacco screening and cessation efforts lack information on electronic cigarette (e-cigarette use. Perceptions of the use of e-cigarettes role in tobacco cessation varied. Conclusion: Preventive screening for tobacco use and clinical cessation counseling should address e-cigarette use. Healthcare provider tobacco cessation messaging should similarly address e-cigarettes.

  9. Cardiovascular Risk Behavior among Sedentary Female Smokers and Smoking Cessation Outcomes

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    Terwal Donna

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We examined female sedentary smokers' additional cardiovascular disease (CVD risk behaviors and their associations to smoking cessation. Methods This study was part of a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of exercise and nicotine gum in smoking cessation. Included in the analyses were 148 participants. Dietary habits and alcohol consumption were measured as additional CVD risk behaviors. High-fat diet and heavy alcohol use were considered those risk behaviors. Nicotine dependence, length of the longest quit attempt, depressive symptoms, self-efficacy, and education were examined as other baseline variables. Abstinence from tobacco was recorded through 12 months. Results Diet was related to depressive symptoms at baseline. Alcohol use was related to nicotine dependence and education level. Heavy alcohol use alone and accumulation of two added risk behaviors predicted poorer smoking cessation outcome. Although diet alone was not associated with cessation outcome the high-fat diet interacted with depressive symptoms, such that the depressed women with high-fat diet were significantly more likely to relapse in their quit attempt compared to other subgroups. Conclusion Non-moderate alcohol use alone and accumulation of multiple CVD risk behaviors seem to be associated with lower success in smoking cessation.

  10. Tobacco use prevention and cessation in dental and dental hygiene undergraduate education.

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    Ramseier, Christoph A; Christen, Arden; McGowan, Joan; McCartan, Bernard; Minenna, Luigi; Ohrn, Kerstin; Walter, Clemens

    2006-01-01

    Oral health care professionals are aware of their responsibility to advise patients to stop using tobacco. However, they do not feel sufficiently prepared to help their patients to quit, and consequently are not confident in providing these preventive measures. This fact reflects the lack of emphasis on tobacco cessation in both dental and dental hygiene undergraduate education. It may therefore be assumed that improvement of dental and dental hygiene education in tobacco use cessation counselling may result in increased self-confidence and frequency of its provision. The importance of making space in the curriculum for tobacco use prevention and cessation has to be emphasised. Dental schools and dental hygiene programmes have to be reminded of the key role the dental profession has in tobacco control. Next to the public health aspect of tobacco control, such involvement may be both an ethical and a legal responsibility. The implementation of effective tobacco use prevention and cessation in a dental educational setting requires a multidisciplinary approach involving the school's entire teaching personnel and external experts. In general, a knowledge base attained through lecture, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), or E-Learning, and clinical skills attained through clinical instructions and practices is required. It is suggested that curriculum content should include (1) the biological effects of tobacco use, (2) the history of tobacco culture and psychosocial aspects of tobacco use, (3) prevention and treatment of tobacco use and dependence, and (4) development of clinical skills for tobacco use prevention and cessation. PMID:16683397

  11. Cardiovascular Risk Behavior among Sedentary Female Smokers and Smoking Cessation Outcomes

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    Quiles Zandra

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We examined female sedentary smokers' additional cardiovascular disease (CVD risk behaviors and their associations to smoking cessation. Methods This study was part of a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of exercise and nicotine gum in smoking cessation. Included in the analyses were 148 participants. Dietary habits and alcohol consumption were measured as additional CVD risk behaviors. High-fat diet and heavy alcohol use were considered those risk behaviors. Nicotine dependence, length of the longest quit attempt, depressive symptoms, self-efficacy, and education were examined as other baseline variables. Abstinence from tobacco was recorded through 12 months. Results Diet was related to depressive symptoms at baseline. Alcohol use was related to nicotine dependence and education level. Heavy alcohol use alone and accumulation of two added risk behaviors predicted poorer smoking cessation outcome. Although diet alone was not associated with cessation outcome the high-fat diet interacted with depressive symptoms, such that the depressed women with high-fat diet were significantly more likely to relapse in their quit attempt compared to other subgroups. Conclusion Non-moderate alcohol use alone and accumulation of multiple CVD risk behaviors seem to be associated with lower success in smoking cessation.

  12. Smoking cessation in patients with respiratory diseases: a high priority, integral component of therapy.

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    Tønnesen, P; Carrozzi, L; Fagerström, K O; Gratziou, C; Jimenez-Ruiz, C; Nardini, S; Viegi, G; Lazzaro, C; Campell, I A; Dagli, E; West, R

    2007-02-01

    Smoking cessation is the one of the most important ways to improve the prognosis of patients with respiratory disease. The Task Force on guidelines for smoking cessation in patients with respiratory diseases was convened to provide evidence-based recommendations on smoking cessation interventions in respiratory patients. Based on the currently available evidence and the consensus of an expert panel, the following key recommendations were made. 1) Patients with respiratory disease have a greater and more urgent need to stop smoking than the average smoker, so respiratory physicians must take a proactive and continuing role with all smokers in motivating them to stop and in providing treatment to aid smoking cessation. 2) Smoking cessation treatment should be integrated into the management of the patient's respiratory condition. 3) Therapies should include pharmacological treatment (i.e. nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion or varenicline) combined with behavioural support. 4) Respiratory physicians should receive training to ensure that they have the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to deliver these interventions or to refer to an appropriate specialist. 5) Although the cost of implementing these recommendations will partly be offset by a reduction in attendance for exacerbations, etc., a budget should be established to enable implementation. Research is needed to establish optimum treatment strategies specifically for respiratory patients. PMID:17264326

  13. Synthesis of PtCo3 polyhedral nanoparticles and evolution to Pt3Co nanoframes

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    Becknell, Nigel; Zheng, Cindy; Chen, Chen; Yu, Yi; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-01

    Bimetallic nanoframes have great potential for achieving new levels of catalytic activity in various heterogeneous reactions due to their high surface area dispersion of expensive noble metals on the exterior and interior surfaces of the structure. PtCo3 nanoparticles with polyhedral shapes were synthesized by a hot-injection method. Scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) showed that these nanoparticles demonstrated elemental segregation of platinum to the edges of the polyhedron, forming the basis for a framework nanostructure. The process of preferential oxidative leaching which removed cobalt from the interior of the framework was tracked by EDS and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. This evolution procedure left the platinum-rich edges intact to form a Pt3Co nanoframe. This is the first reported synthesis of a platinum-cobalt nanoframe and could have potential applications in catalytic reactions such as oxygen reduction.

  14. Thermal depolymerization mechanisms of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)

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    Hengxue Xiang; Xiaoshuang Wen; Xiaohui Miu; Yan Li; Zhe Zhou; Meifang Zhu

    2016-01-01

    Thermal degradation processes and decomposition mechanisms of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) were investigated by using thermal gravity analysis(TGA), Gel permeation chromatography (GPC), elemental analyzer, pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (PyGC-MS) and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR). The degradation activation energy was calculated via the dependence of residual mass on isothermal temperature. 1H NMR and PyGC-MS were used to investigate the chemical structure and component proportion of volatile gases and degradation residues which were produced by thermal decomposition, and to infer the process of macromolecular chain scission. Besides, the influence of the factors, such as outfield atmosphere, residual metal ions, on the degradation behaviors of PHBV was also studied. Finally, the PHBV thermal decomposition mechanisms were speculated on the basis of the degradation behaviors of molecular and chemical structure.

  15. The effect of crystallinity on photocatalytic performance of Co3O4 water-splitting cocatalysts.

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    Chua, Chin Sheng; Ansovini, Davide; Lee, Coryl Jing Jun; Teng, Yin Ting; Ong, Lay Ting; Chi, Dongzhi; Hor, T S Andy; Raja, Robert; Lim, Yee-Fun

    2016-02-21

    Cocatalysts, when loaded onto a water splitting photocatalyst, accelerate the gas evolution reaction and improve the efficiency of the photocatalyst. In this paper, we report that the efficiency of the photocatalyst is enhanced using an amorphous cobalt oxide cocatalyst. The WO3 film, when loaded with amorphous or nanocrystalline Co3O4, shows an improvement of up to 40% in photocurrent generation and 34% in hydrogen gas evolution. The effect of cocatalyst crystallinity on performance was systematically studied, and we found that the photocurrent deteriorates with the conversion of the cocatalyst to a highly crystalline phase at an annealing temperature of 500 °C. The mechanism of this effect was studied in detail using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and the enhancement effect produced by the amorphous cocatalyst is attributed to the large density of unsaturated catalytically active sites in the amorphous material. PMID:26805577

  16. Electrical conductivity of MgCO 3 at high pressures and high temperatures

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    Mibe, Kenji; Ono, S.

    2011-05-01

    The electrical conductivity of polycrystalline magnesite (MgCO 3) was measured at 3-6 GPa at high temperatures using complex impedance spectroscopy in a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus. The electrical conductivity increased with increasing pressure. The activation enthalpy calculated in the temperature range 650-1000 K also increased with increasing pressure. The effect of pressure was interpreted as being the activation volume in the Arrhenius equation, and the fitted data gave an activation energy and volume of 1.76±0.03 eV and -3.95±0.78 cm 3/mole, respectively. The negative activation volume and relatively large activation energy observed in this study suggests that the hopping of large polarons is the dominant mechanism for the electrical conductivity over the pressure and temperature range investigated.

  17. Post-perovskite MgCO3 phase at pressures up to 800 GPa

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    Tsz-Kai Wan, Jones

    2008-03-01

    The high-pressure phases of magnesite (MgCO3) are investigated by variable cell first-principles molecular dynamics simulations. At pressures compatible to lower mantle conditions (˜120 GPa), the carbon atoms are surrounded by 4 oxygen atoms, which is consistent with the work of Skorodumova et al. (2005). Perovskite phase is observed at pressures greater than 300 GPa, but its stability is still subject to further studies. Stable post-perovskite structure is observed at pressures up to 800 GPa, and is found to be more stable than the perovskite phase. The results may bring important implications to interior models of giant planets, which may lead to a better understanding in giant planets physics.

  18. Melting and decomposition of MgCO3 at pressures up to 84 GPa

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

    2015-01-01

    Magnesium carbonate MgCO3 (magnesite) was experimentally studied at pressures of 12-84 GPa and temperatures between 1,600 and 3,300 K. We applied the high-pressure technique using a multianvil press and a diamond anvil cell with laser heating. The phase relations and melting of magnesite were investigated by means of Raman and time-resolved multi-wavelength spectroscopy. Magnesite is found to melt congruently within the entire studied pressure range at temperatures of 2,100-2,650 K. At temperatures above 2,700 K, we observed decomposition of magnesite with formation of MgO and a carbon phase (diamond). Our results demonstrate that at high pressures, the magnesium carbonate melt can exist at a wide range of thermodynamic conditions.

  19. Thermal conductivity of the diamond-chain compound Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2

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    Wu, J. C.; Song, J. D.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Shi, J.; Xu, H. S.; Zhao, J. Y.; Liu, X. G.; Zhao, X.; Sun, X. F.

    2016-02-01

    Thermal conductivity (κ) of a distorted spin diamond-chain system, Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2, is studied at low temperatures down to 0.3 K and in magnetic fields up to 14 T. In zero field, the κ (T) curve with heat current along the chain direction has very small magnitudes and shows a pronounced three-peak structure. The magnetic fields along and perpendicular to the chains change the κ strongly in a way having good correspondence to the changes of magnetic specific heat in fields. The data analysis based on the Debye model for phononic thermal conductivity indicates that the heat transport is due to phonons and the three-peak structure is caused by two resonant scattering processes by the magnetic excitations. In particular, the spin excitations of the chain subsystem are strongly scattering phonons rather than transporting heat.

  20. Crystal field and magnetization of canted antiferromagnet CoCO3

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    Meshcheryakov, V. F.

    2007-11-01

    The magnetization of the canted antiferromagnet CoCO3 ( T N = 18.1 K) is calculated in the Weiss molecular field approximation taking into account the microscopic state of the Co2+ ion in the entire range of temperatures and magnetic fields. The values of T N, magnetic susceptibility in the basal plane, and ferromagnetic moment were used as parameters. It is shown that the anisotropy of the g factor and of the exchange interaction at low temperatures ( T < 30 K) including the magnetic ordering temperature is correctly described in the Abragam-Pryce approximation. At high temperatures, the g factor increases and becomes isotropic, but it cannot be described using the Abragam-Pryce approximation. The reasons for g factor variation and the magnitude of the magnetic moment are discussed.