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  1. Effects of chronic ingestion of tritiated water on prenatal brain development

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    In view of the anticipated increased use of atomic energy in industry, the possible long-term effects of chronic radiation exposure were studied in five generations of rats. Female rats (F0) were given tritiated drinking water (3HOH;3μCi/ml) from adolescence (60 days) until and throughout pregnancy. A separate study showed that the maximum radioactivity in the urine is reached in 30 days, and in the blood in 42 days. In the newborns, the highest specific activity was in the nucleic acid fraction, but total radioactivity was mainly due to the water (body fluids) compartment. No signs of radiation illness or increase in cataract formation in the mothers were observed. The food and water intake and body weight changes before pregnancy were normal. The course and the outcome of pregnancy were also normal. However, 60% of the newborns (F1) exhibited hematomas, edemas, and subdural hemorrhages, which disappeared at 30 days of age. Bollod analysis of the F1 offspring at various ages did not reveal significant differences from the controls, except for a significant decrease in alkaline phosphatase. Newborn body weight and cerebral weight were also normal. On the other hand, cerebral DNA, protein, and protein/DNA were significantly lower. 3HOH administration was then continued throughout weaning, adolescence, and next pregnancies, to give F3, F4, and F5 generations. The newborns in F3--F5 showed no more cerebral damage than those in F1, i.e., there was no cumulative effect of radiation; presumably the maximum radioactivity level was already attained in F1. As the generations progressed, the radiation damage to the developing brain became less pronounced; a possibility of inducible DNA repair has been discussed

  2. Effects of chronic ingestion of tritiated water on prenatal brain development. [Rats

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    Zamenhof, S.; van Marthens, E.

    1979-01-01

    In view of the anticipated increased use of atomic energy in industry, the possible long-term effects of chronic radiation exposure were studied in five generations of rats. Female rats (F/sub 0/) were given tritiated drinking water (/sup 3/HOH;3..mu..Ci/ml) from adolescence (60 days) until and throughout pregnancy. A separate study showed that the maximum radioactivity in the urine is reached in 30 days, and in the blood in 42 days. In the newborns, the highest specific activity was in the nucleic acid fraction, but total radioactivity was mainly due to the water (body fluids) compartment. No signs of radiation illness or increase in cataract formation in the mothers were observed. The food and water intake and body weight changes before pregnancy were normal. The course and the outcome of pregnancy were also normal. However, 60% of the newborns (F/sub 1/) exhibited hematomas, edemas, and subdural hemorrhages, which disappeared at 30 days of age. Bollod analysis of the F/sub 1/ offspring at various ages did not reveal significant differences from the controls, except for a significant decrease in alkaline phosphatase. Newborn body weight and cerebral weight were also normal. On the other hand, cerebral DNA, protein, and protein/DNA were significantly lower. /sup 3/HOH administration was then continued throughout weaning, adolescence, and next pregnancies, to give F/sub 3/, F/sub 4/, and F/sub 5/ generations. The newborns in F/sub 3/--F/sub 5/ showed no more cerebral damage than those in F/sub 1/, i.e., there was no cumulative effect of radiation; presumably the maximum radioactivity level was already attained in F/sub 1/. As the generations progressed, the radiation damage to the developing brain became less pronounced; a possibility of inducible DNA repair has been discussed.

  3. Oocyte loss in macaques from chronic tritiated water exposure before birth

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    Because massive oocyte loss had been found in squirrel monkeys following low-level /sup 3/HOH exposure prenatally, two species of macaque, rhesus and bonnet monkeys (Macaca mulatta and M. radiata), were studied to test whether intense germ-cell radiosensitivity exists also in other primates before birth (hence perhaps in man). Adult females received 5 μCi/ml of /sup 3/HOH in drinking water from the time pregnancy was hormonally confirmed until shortly after parturition, giving measured body-water levels of 4 μCi/ml, delivering 0.9 rad/day. From the female offspring, ovaries were removed soon after birth and at 6 months; oocytes were enumerated in serial sections. In the newborns, germ-cell deficiencies (comparisons with controls) were about 20%, much less than seen in squirrel monkeys. By 6 months, however, losses were striking: 60% in rhesus and 95% in bonnet monkeys. Such losses, from less than 1 rad/day and seen varyingly in all three primate species examined, warn of possible high prenatal germ-cell vulnerability in the human female

  4. Evaporation reduction from tritiated water pools

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    Spent-fuel storage and disassembly basins at heavy water reactor facilities have maximum allowable temperature and tritium activity levels to protect personnel from exposure to radiation from the tritiated water vapor emanating from these basins. Means of reducing this exposure by suppressing basin water evaporation through the use of monolayer films are presented. The effect of tritiated water on the performance of the monolayer film has been experimentally examined, and tritiated water does not detrimentally affect the film's ability to reduce evaporation. Large-scale light water experiments have demonstrated that an octadecanol monolayer can reduce evaporation by ∼50%. A method for applying and maintaining a monolayer film over large areas with complex surface geometries has been developed. The results demonstrate the feasibility of using octadecanol monolayers to suppress evaporation from tritiated water pools

  5. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Relesed to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Part 1. Description of Tritium Dose Model (DCART) for Chronic Releases from LLNL

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    Peterson, S

    2004-06-30

    DCART (Doses from Chronic Atmospheric Releases of Tritium) is a spreadsheet model developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) that calculates doses from inhalation of tritiated hydrogen gas (HT), inhalation and skin absorption of tritiated water (HTO), and ingestion of HTO and organically bound tritium (OBT) to adult, child (age 10), and infant (age 6 months to 1 year) from routine atmospheric releases of HT and HTO. DCART is a deterministic model that, when coupled to the risk assessment software Crystal Ball{reg_sign}, predicts doses with a 95th percentile confidence interval. The equations used by DCART are described and all distributions on parameter values are presented. DCART has been tested against the results of other models and several sets of observations in the Tritium Working Group of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Biosphere Modeling and Assessment Programme. The version of DCART described here has been modified to include parameter values and distributions specific to conditions at LLNL. In future work, DCART will be used to reconstruct dose to the hypothetical maximally exposed individual from annual routine releases of HTO and HT from all LLNL facilities and from the Sandia National Laboratory's Tritium Research Laboratory over the last fifty years.

  6. Tritiated waste water fixation of solid materials

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    The exchange kinetics between tritiated and distilled water (THO/H2O) from various zeolites, natural and synthetic analcimes, saturated with THO are reported. Kinetic parameters for the diffusion process are calculated from experimental data. Tritiated water releases from the zeolites saturated with THO into distilled water is given for various temperatures and times. Ferric, zinc, cobalt and sodium zeolites are investigated. Results indicated that cobalt zeolite and synthetic analcime release rates of THO are superior to the other zeolites tested

  7. Diffusion of tritiated water in coastal areas

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    The diffusion of tritiated water discharged by Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute at shore line has been investigated. In continuous discharge, the concentration of tritiated water in samples taken at a point downstream fluctuates largely. To reveal the cause, dye diffusion experiments were made in the coastal area. The shapes of dye cloud were photographed by a remote-control camera suspended from a captive balloon as color pictures. The movement of dye is so complex that a three-dimensional model must be employed to assess the diffusion in coastal areas

  8. Comparison of metabolism of tritium in guinea pig after continuous feeding of tritiated food and tritiated water

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    The metabolism of tritium in guinea pigs after continuous ingestion of tritiated food (tritiated wheat seedlings and 3H-thymidine) was compared with that in guinea pigs after continuous feeding of tritiated water. The results showed that more tissuebound tritium could be found after tritiated organic compounds entered into the body. Although the specific activity of tritiated water was about 30 times as much as that of tritiated food, the levels of tissue-bound tritium formed in these two groups were similar. The contributions of tissue-bound tritium to total tritium in tritiated food-fed group and tritiated water-fed group were about 50% and 5%, respectively

  9. Effects of tritiated water ingestion on mice

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    The radiobiological consequences of chronic exposure to 3H at a dose level of 37 kBq/ml or 1 μCi/ml is reported. An inbred strain of Swiss albino mice was exposed up to 5 generations. Metabolic disorders were recorded by monitoring quantitative and qualitative changes in hexokinase and its isozymes from brain, liver and spleen from both sexes. The delivered dose ranged from approximately 41 mGy to 98 mGy. Nonetheless, the changes in enzyme activities as well as electrophoretic mobilities were significant. Deviations from normal levels were recorded in both sexes. The evidence indicates that direct effects of β-irradiation can cause conformational changes in enzyme molecules. However, damage to DNA and to membranes as being causal factors for variations in the enzyme levels cannot be ruled out. These disorders culminated in a gradual reduction in litter size. The implications of exposure to this dose of tritiated water is discussed in the light of NCRP recommendations and relevant literature. (author)

  10. Proliferation and survival of L5178Y murine lymphoma cells exposed to tritiated water and tritiated thymidine

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    Two strains of murine lymphoma cells L5178Y, inversely cross-sensitive to X-rays and UV light, were exposed to various concentrations of tritiated water and tritiated thymidine. The exposure was carried out at 370C to simulate conditions of in vivo chronic exposure. Tritiated water was used at 2, 4 and 100 μCi/ml (74 and 148 kBq/ml and 3.7 MBq/ml) and tritiated thymidine at 0.05 μCi/ml (1.85 kBq/ml). The exposure was carried out for 4, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 h. The strains exposed, L5178Y-R and L5178Y-S, which differ in sensitivity to acute irradiation, also differ in susceptibility to tritiated compounds. It was found that the development of the exposed cell populations proceeds according to a reproducible pattern: growth phases can be distinguished that differ both in their rate of proliferation and in their cell reproductive capacity determined after transfer into a non-radioactive medium. (author)

  11. Forest Irrigation Of Tritiated Water: A Proven Tritiated Water Management Tool

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    Vangelas, Karen; Blount, Gerald; Kmetz, Thomas; Prater, Phil

    2012-11-08

    Tritium releases from the Old Radioactive Waste Burial Ground (ORWBG) at the SRS in South Carolina has impacted groundwater and surface water. Tritiated groundwater plumes discharge into Fourmile Branch which is a small tributary of the Savannah River, a regional water resource. Taking advantage of the groundwater flow paths and the local topography a water collection and irrigation system was constructed and has been used at the SRS for over a decade to reduce these tritiated water releases to Fourmile Branch. The tritiated water is transferred to the atmosphere by evaporation from the pond surface, and after irrigation, wetted surface evaporation and evapotranspiration through the forest vegetation. Over the last decade SRS has irrigated over 120,000,000 gallons of tritiated water, which diverted over 6000 curies away from Fourmile Branch and the Savannah River. The system has been effective in reducing the flux of tritiated groundwater by approximately 70%. Mass balance studies of tritium in the forest soils before operations and over the last decade indicate that approximately 90% of the tritiated water that is irrigated is transferred to the atmosphere. Dose studies indicate that exposure to site workers and offsite maximally exposed individual is very low, approximately 6 mrem/year and 0.004 mrem/year, respectively. To consistently meet the flux reduction goal of tritium into Fourmile Branch optimization activities are proposed. These efforts will increase irrigation capacity and area. An additional 17 acres are proposed for an expansion of the area to be irrigated and a planting of approximately 40 acres of pine forest plantations is underway to expand irrigation capacity. Co-mingled with the tritiated groundwater are low concentrations of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (cVOCs), and 1,4-dioxane. Research studies and SRS field data indicate the forest irrigation system may have an added benefit of reducing the mass of these co-contaminants via

  12. Production of highly tritiated water for tritium exposure studies

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    Tritium Facility staff at Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) have successfully prepared highly tritiated water for use in radiation resistance of PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane-based)electrolyser membrane. The goal of System A was to convert a known amount of elemental tritium (HT) into tritiated water vapour using a copper(II) oxide bed, and to condense the tritiated water vapour into a known amount of chilled heavy water (D2O). The conversion and capture of tritium using this system is close to 100%. The goal of System B was to transfer tritiated water from the containment vessel to an exposure vessel (experiment) in a controlled and safe manner. System B is based on the pushing of D20 with low-pressure argon carrier gas to a calibrated volume and then to the exposure vessel. A method for delivering a known and controlled amount of tritiated water has been successfully demonstrated at CRL. Using both systems Tritium Facility staff have made and distributed highly tritiated water in a safe and controlled manner. This paper focuses on how the tritiated water was produced and dispensed to the experiment

  13. Production of highly tritiated water for tritium exposure studies

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    Muirhead, C.; Pilatzke, K.; Tripple, A.; Philippi, N.; McCrimmon, K.; Castillo, I.; Boniface, H.; Suppiah, S. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2015-03-15

    Tritium Facility staff at Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) have successfully prepared highly tritiated water for use in radiation resistance of PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane-based)electrolyser membrane. The goal of System A was to convert a known amount of elemental tritium (HT) into tritiated water vapour using a copper(II) oxide bed, and to condense the tritiated water vapour into a known amount of chilled heavy water (D{sub 2}O). The conversion and capture of tritium using this system is close to 100%. The goal of System B was to transfer tritiated water from the containment vessel to an exposure vessel (experiment) in a controlled and safe manner. System B is based on the pushing of D{sub 2}0 with low-pressure argon carrier gas to a calibrated volume and then to the exposure vessel. A method for delivering a known and controlled amount of tritiated water has been successfully demonstrated at CRL. Using both systems Tritium Facility staff have made and distributed highly tritiated water in a safe and controlled manner. This paper focuses on how the tritiated water was produced and dispensed to the experiment.

  14. Guidelines on the medical management of tritiated water overexposures

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    The Medical Advisers to the Atomic Energy Control Board provide advice to occupational and family physicians treating overexposed workers. GMA-7 provides information and guidance to medical practitioners on the medical management of individuals who have been overexposed to tritiated water. Various treatment principles are presented with special emphasis on techniques for facilitating removal of tritiated water from the body so as to reduce the total radiation dose. Risks and biological effects from exposures to tritiated water and various radiation protection precautions are also discussed. 32 refs., 1 tab

  15. Metabolism of tritiated water in foetuses and newborn mice

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    The compartment models of transplacental transfer of tritiated water injected into pregnant females, to foetuses and of lacteal transfer of tritiated water injected into nursing females, to sackling newborn mice were presented, respectively. There are many assumptions in the models and they do not fit the experimental data well. However, some of the differences between the models and experimental data can be qualitatively explained by physiological reasoning. The changes in the kidney functions of pregnant women are also the important factors which have to be considered to analyze the dynamics. The present dynamics analyses with mice can contribute to the understanding of the dynamics of tritiated water in humans. (Namekawa, K.)

  16. Detritiation of Tritiated Effluent Gas and Water

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    In a demonstration scale equipment for treatment of tritium in off-gas, Pt/SDBC as oxidation catalyst and Zeolite 13X as adsorbent was charged in the beds, respectively. It was confirmed from the performance test that decontamination factor of the equipment showed more than 100 under the flow rate of off-gas of 90 l/hr and at the temperature of 65 ∼ 80 .deg. C. A small scale CECE process has been developed combining LPCE catalytic column with SPE (solid polymer electrolyte) electrolysis. The catalytic column was a trickle-bed type packed with the mixture of 1 wt% Pt/SDBC catalyst and 4 mm Dixon wire-mesh ring. The experimental results of the CECE process proved that the decontamination factor of 13 ∼ 20 under the operating conditions of the water of the 4 l/day and the effluent hydrogen gas of 16.2 mol/h. A design code of CECE process also developed which will be applied the tritium industry. An experimental method for the reduction of tritiated organic waste by using catalytic oxidation was tested in a heated catalytic reactor of 0.5 wt% Pd/Al2O3. The simulated organic liquid was converted to water over 99%. A gas chromatographic column material was developed for the separation of mixed hydrogen isotopes. 17 wt% Pd-Pt on alumina showed 90% separation efficiency at 77 % yield for the separation of 29.2 % D2-H2 gas mixture

  17. Sorption behavior of tritiated water on Armenian natural zeolites

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    The sorptive behavior of tritiated water on natural, irradiated, chemically treated and heated at high temperatures Armenian zeolites was studied and their capacity for the separation and enrichment of tritiated water was evaluated. The distribution coefficients from the batch experiments were calculated for different zeolites and vary between 0.23 and 3.01. The influence of temperature, acidity, basicity, specific activity, electron and gamma-irradiation on sorption has been studied. (author)

  18. Metabolic behavior of tritiated water in mice

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    Employing a mathod of HClO4-H2O2 digestion and liquid scintillation counting, the distribution and retention of tritium in various wet and dry murine tissues within 65 days after intraperitoneal administration of tritiated water (THO) were investigated, and the radiation dose was estimated. HTO was distributed rapidly and uniformly in the whole body. About 1-3% of tritium was incorporated into various tissues as tissue-bound tritium (TBT) after undergoing an accumulation process of about 1-3 days. The retention fraction curves for both total tritium in wet tissues and TBT in dry tissues could be generally expressed as two exponential components. The first biological half-life of total tritium is about 2 days. Under the experimental condition, the radiation dose to various tissues during 65 days was about 0.8 rad per μCi/g.b.w., and the contribution of TBT was usually not more than 10% of total tritium. The behavior of tritium in fat tissues was different from that in other tissues

  19. Detritiation of Tritiated Effluent Gas and Water

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    Ahn, Do Hee; Kim, Kwang Rag; Paek, Seung Woo; Lee, Min Soo; Yim, Sung Paal; Chung Hong Suk

    2007-06-15

    In a demonstration scale equipment for treatment of tritium in off-gas, Pt/SDBC as oxidation catalyst and Zeolite 13X as adsorbent was charged in the beds, respectively. It was confirmed from the performance test that decontamination factor of the equipment showed more than 100 under the flow rate of off-gas of 90 l/hr and at the temperature of 65 {approx} 80 .deg. C. A small scale CECE process has been developed combining LPCE catalytic column with SPE (solid polymer electrolyte) electrolysis. The catalytic column was a trickle-bed type packed with the mixture of 1 wt% Pt/SDBC catalyst and 4 mm Dixon wire-mesh ring. The experimental results of the CECE process proved that the decontamination factor of 13 {approx} 20 under the operating conditions of the water of the 4 l/day and the effluent hydrogen gas of 16.2 mol/h. A design code of CECE process also developed which will be applied the tritium industry. An experimental method for the reduction of tritiated organic waste by using catalytic oxidation was tested in a heated catalytic reactor of 0.5 wt% Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The simulated organic liquid was converted to water over 99%. A gas chromatographic column material was developed for the separation of mixed hydrogen isotopes. 17 wt% Pd-Pt on alumina showed 90% separation efficiency at 77 % yield for the separation of 29.2 % D{sub 2}-H{sub 2} gas mixture.

  20. Percolation behavior of tritiated water into a soil packed bed

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    Honda, T.; Katayama, K.; Uehara, K.; Fukada, S. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan); Takeishi, T. [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Motooka Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    A large amount of cooling water is used in a D-T fusion reactor. The cooling water will contain tritium with high concentration because tritium can permeate metal walls at high temperature easily. A development of tritium handling technology for confining tritiated water in the fusion facility is an important issue. In addition, it is also important to understand tritium behavior in environment assuming severe accidents. In this study, percolation experiments of tritiated water in soil packed bed were carried out and tritium behavior in soil was discussed. Six soil samples were collected in Hakozaki campus of Kyushu University. These particle densities were of the same degree as that of general soils and moisture contents were related to BET surface area. For two soil samples used in the percolation experiment of tritiated water, saturated hydraulic conductivity agreed well with the estimating value by Creager. Tritium retention ratio in the soil packed bed was larger than water retention. This is considered to be due to an effect of tritium sorption on the surface of soil particles. The isotope exchange capacity estimated by assuming that H/T ratio of supplied tritiated water and H/T ratio of surface water of soil particle was equal was comparable to that on cement paste and mortar which were obtained by exposure of tritiated water vapor. (authors)

  1. Percolation behavior of tritiated water into a soil packed bed

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    A large amount of cooling water is used in a D-T fusion reactor. The cooling water will contain tritium with high concentration because tritium can permeate metal walls at high temperature easily. A development of tritium handling technology for confining tritiated water in the fusion facility is an important issue. In addition, it is also important to understand tritium behavior in environment assuming severe accidents. In this study, percolation experiments of tritiated water in soil packed bed were carried out and tritium behavior in soil was discussed. Six soil samples were collected in Hakozaki campus of Kyushu University. These particle densities were of the same degree as that of general soils and moisture contents were related to BET surface area. For two soil samples used in the percolation experiment of tritiated water, saturated hydraulic conductivity agreed well with the estimating value by Creager. Tritium retention ratio in the soil packed bed was larger than water retention. This is considered to be due to an effect of tritium sorption on the surface of soil particles. The isotope exchange capacity estimated by assuming that H/T ratio of supplied tritiated water and H/T ratio of surface water of soil particle was equal was comparable to that on cement paste and mortar which were obtained by exposure of tritiated water vapor. (authors)

  2. Effect of tritiated water on germ cells

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    As part of a study investigating the biological effects of tritiated water (HTO), the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of HTO was sought by comparison with the results of tritium simulation using Cs-137 and with the results of Co-60 gamma ray and fission neutron (Cf-252) irradiation, using as index the lethal effect on mouse newborn oocytes which are highly sensitive to radiation. As method, HTO was injected into the abdominal cavity of newborn ICR strain mice once on the 14th day after birth in a concentration of 46, 92, 184, or 276 μCi/10 g B.W. and the ovary was removed two weeks later (accumulated dose equivalent to 3.9, 7.7, 15.9, and 24.6 rad, respectively). The survival rates of premature oocytes in serial sections were calculated and compared with the results of tritium simulation using Cs-137 at the same dose rate. The results showed that the number of surviving oocytes decreased exponentially dependent on HTO and Cs-137 dose and gave 1.1 - 3.5 as the RBE of HTO to standard γ ray of Cs-137. As regards the results of irradiation with Co-60 (1 rad/min.) and Cf-252 (1 rad/min.) the lethal effect on oocytes was stronger in the order of Cf-252, HTO, Co-60, and Cs-137, and 1.6 - 2.4 was obtained as the RBE of Cf-252 to standard γ ray of Co-60. (author)

  3. Uptake of tritiated lysine by fresh water alga, Scenedesmus obliquus

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    Tritium uptake by fresh water alga. S.obliquus was studied using tritium labelled lysine, and a sequential solvent extraction procedure was used to study the distribution of tritium in different organic constituents of the algal cells. The accumulation of tritium in the algal cells was found to be 3-4 orders of magnitude more than that obtained for tritiated water. (author)

  4. Genetic and somatic effects in animals maintained on tritiated water

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    The possible genetic (dominant lethal mutations (DLM) and cytogenetic changes in the regenerating liver) and somatic (hematopoietic stem cell changes, growth and nonspecific life time shortening) effects in mice maintained on tritiated water (HTO) over two generations was investigated. Results to date are summarized

  5. Genetic and somatic effects in animals maintained on tritiated water

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    Carsten, A.L.; Brooks, A.; Commerford, S.L.; Cronkite, E.P.

    1981-01-01

    The possible genetic (dominant lethal mutations (DLM) and cytogenetic changes in the regenerating liver) and somatic (hematopoietic stem cell changes, growth and nonspecific life time shortening) effects in mice maintained on tritiated water (HTO) over two generations was investigated. Results to date are summarized. (ACR)

  6. Tritium removal from tritiated water by organic functionalized SBA-15

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    The recovery of tritium from tritiated water is important for reducing tritium emissions to the environment and for recycling tritium. Meso-porous silicas (SBA-15) were modified by -COOH, -SO3H and -NH2 groups and their tritium adsorption ability from tritiated water under solid-liquid sorption was investigated. The adsorption abilities and separation factor of organic functionalized SBAs were comparable to those of bare SBA. The desorption of water from bare SBA and -COOH functionalized SBA were studied by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy using D2O as a probe molecule. An interaction was observed for D2O with -COOH group where the hydrogen bonds became weaker than D2O with bare SBA. (authors)

  7. Bipolar electrolysis for tritium recovery from weakly active tritiated water

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    Detritiation facilities produce low activity tritiated water from which tritium cannot be recovered. Bipolar electrolysis, based on the electrochemical permeation of hydrogen and its isotopes through Pd-Ag alloy membranes, allows tritiated water enrichment together with negligible gaseous tritium release. Our purpose is to enrich water from 500 Ci/l (1.85x1013 Bq/l) to more than 2000 Ci/l (7.40x1013 Bq/l). We first describe the principle of bipolar electrolysis and its application to isotopic enrichment. The experimental part of this work consists of the determination of the isotopic separation factors. From these experimental values, we simulated the working of an operational cell and we demonstrate the feasibility of the process

  8. Tritium removal from tritiated water by organic functionalized SBA-15

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    Taguchi, A.; Kato, Y.; Akai, R.; Torikai, Y.; Matsuyama, M. [Hydrogen Isotope Research Center, University of Toyama, Gofuku, Toyama (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    The recovery of tritium from tritiated water is important for reducing tritium emissions to the environment and for recycling tritium. Meso-porous silicas (SBA-15) were modified by -COOH, -SO{sub 3}H and -NH{sub 2} groups and their tritium adsorption ability from tritiated water under solid-liquid sorption was investigated. The adsorption abilities and separation factor of organic functionalized SBAs were comparable to those of bare SBA. The desorption of water from bare SBA and -COOH functionalized SBA were studied by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy using D{sub 2}O as a probe molecule. An interaction was observed for D{sub 2}O with -COOH group where the hydrogen bonds became weaker than D{sub 2}O with bare SBA. (authors)

  9. Preparation of tritiated water, ammonium [14C]thiocyanate and their applications

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    Tritiated water as a radioactive tracer finds applications in many industries. It is an industrially important tracer used mainly in oil sector. Tritiated water has been used in oil well investigation studies. Due to the scarcity of quality water and water sources throughout the world, tritiated water is in great demand these days for hydrological studies. These studies have gained great national importance as they reveal valuable information about the precious resources mainly oil and water

  10. Tritiated Water Interaction with Stainless Steel

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    Glen R. Longhurst

    2007-05-01

    Experiments conducted to study tritium permeation of stainless steel at ambient and elevated temperatures revealed that HT converts relatively quickly to HTO. Further, the HTO partial pressure contributes essentially equally with elemental tritium gas in driving permeation through the stainless steel. Such permeation appears to be due to dissociation of the water molecule on the hot stainless steel surface. There is an equilibrium concentration of HTO vapor above adsorbed gas on the walls of the experimental apparatus evident from freezing transients. The uptake process of tritium from the carrier gas involves both surface adsorption and isotopic exchange with surface bound water.

  11. Tritium source and behavior of tritiated water vapor in KUR

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    Total tritium release rate from all of nuclear facilities, including thermonuclear experimental facilities, to environment as a gaseous form (HT) or a liquid form (HTO) reaches recently to the production rate of tritium in atmosphere by cosmic ray, although tritium effluent amounts from a single reactor facility is a few in comparison with nuclear explosion experiments in atmosphere. Tritium is produced by the nuclear reaction, D(n,γ)T. Tritium sources in KUR are divided into three pathways as follows: (1) heavy water contained in the primary light water cooling system, (2) heavy were as a moderator in preliminary tank which is installed in the reactor side, (3) liquid deuterium (∼4 L) in a cold neutron source facility (CNS). The tritiated water (HTO) in air-condensed water during stack exhaustion is sampled, and it's concentration is measured by a liquid scintillation method. The HTO concentration of reactor room during ventilation changes at every repair work of heavy water-transport pipe system. An ionization chamber (∼1.5 L) for continuous monitoring is installed near the reactor side. The ionization monitoring system, however, didn't work during reactor operation because of the radioactivity of Ar-41. The behavior of HTO concentration in the decay tank of heavy water exhaustion system is measured, and a tritium gas leakage from the system is detected. The behaviors of tritiated water vapor in KUR containment building are discussed in details. (Suetake, M.)

  12. Radiation dose to mouse liver cells from ingestion of tritiated food or water

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    Tritium incorporated into tissues and DNA of mice was studied after daily ingestion of tritiated food or tritiated water. The tritiated food used was a commercial preparation mixed with brine shrimp that had been reared in tritiated sea water. After ingestion of tritiated food or water for up to 22 d, the specific activity of 3H in tissues was measured as tissue-free-water 3H, tissue-bound 3H, and DNA-bound 3H. Carbon-14 glucose was added to food and drinking water to compare the 3H intake from food with that from water. The specific activity of 3H in tissues was then corrected by the specific activity of 14C in tissues to determine the 3H incorporation from the same amount of ingested food and water. DNA-bound 3H after the ingestion of tritiated food was 4.6 times higher than that of tritiated water, while tissue-bound 3H was 2.2 times higher. The radiation dose to liver from 3H incorporated through food was twofold higher than from tritiated water, which was mainly from the high incorporation of 3H into DNA. Our results demonstrated that the dose calculation based on tissue-free-water 3H alone would under-estimate the radiation exposure of the human population exposed to tritiated food

  13. Model for tritiated water transport in soil

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    Chemical forms of tritium released from nuclear facilities are mostly water (HTO) and hydrogen (HT, TT). Elemental tritium is inert in vegetation and superior animals, but the microorganisms from soil oxidize HT to HTO. After an atmospheric HT emission, in short time an equivalent quantity of HTO is re-emitted from soil. In the vicinity of a tritium source the spatial and temporary distribution of HTO is dependent on the chemical form of tritium releases. During routine tritium releases (continuously and constant releases), the local distribution of tritium reaches equilibrium, and specific activities of tritium in environmental compartments are almost equal. The situation is very different after an accidental emission. Having in view, harmful effects of tritium when it is incorporated into the body several models were developed for environmental tritium transport and dose assessment. The tritium transport into the soil is an important part of the environmental tritium behavior, but, unfortunately, in spite of the importance of this problem the corresponding modeling is unsatisfactory. The aim of this paper was the improvement of the TRICAIAP model, and the application of the model to BIOMOVS scenario. The BIOMOVS scenario predicts HTO concentrations in soil during 30 days, after one hour atmospheric HTO emission. The most important conclusions of the paper are: the principal carrier of tritium into the soil is water; the transfer processes are the reactions of water in soil and the diffusion due to concentration gradient; atmosphere-soil transport is dependent of surface characteristics (granulation, humidity, roughness, etc.); the conversion rate of HT to HTO is not well known and is dependent on active microorganism concentration in soil and on soil humidity. More experimental data are needed to decrease the uncertainty of transfer parameter, for the definition of the influence of vegetation, etc. (authors)

  14. Radioecology of tritiated water in subarctic soils and vegetation

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    The residence times of tritium in various types of soils and plants have been determined in southern and northern Finland. The experiments were conducted in forest and agricultural environments where tritiated water was applied to the soil surface in the form of a single fall of rain. After that the movement and loss of tritiated water from the unsaturated zone was followed over a 2-4-year period in some forest areas. Uptake and loss of tritium in the tissue-free water and organic compounds of some native plants was studied in each area. The results indicated that in the subarctic area the half-residence times of tritium in soils and plants were greatly dependent on the climatic conditions at the time of the labelling and during the short growing seasons and also on the rate of water movement in the soil. In the experiments started during the best growing season the half-residence times in soil and plants do not differ from those determined in more temperate latitudes. (author)

  15. The Separation of Tritiated Water Using Supported Polyphosphazene Membranes

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    Carboxylated poly(diaryloxy)phosphazene was examined as the active constituent of the composite membranes to separate tritiated water (HTO) from light water. These membranes were tested with water containing 10 800 pCi/l and 3 mu-Ci/l of tritiated water, respectively, under cross-flow filtration conditions. Reductions in the permeate of nearly 30% HTO were observed with these tritium concentrations. Low temperature (5 degrees C), low pressure (137.9-551.6 kPa), and high pH (near 10 or above) were required to obtain such reductions (rejection). Salt species (Na2SO4, CaCl2 and CaSO4) at various concentrations and pressures, within a 137.9-551.6 kPa range, did not appear to affect the HTO separation efficiency. Mass balances performed during these experiments indicate an unaccounted small amount of tritium (0.5-2.2%). Sorption experiments with the polyphosphazene suggest that the membrane does not operate by an ion exchange mechanism; that is, tritium accumulation within the membrane

  16. Application of membranes to monitoring for tritiated water vapour

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    Nafion, a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and various perfluoro-sulphonic acids, is very permeable to water compared with other polymers. In the form of tubing, it allows the transfer of tritiated water vapour (HTO) from samples of gaseous effluents to a counter-current gas stream that passes to a radiation detector. The permeation rates for tritiated hydrogen (HT) and radioxenons (Xe) are approximately 10-3 and 10-4 that for HTO. The results of measurements with an assembly of Nafion tubes have demonstrated that, by careful selection of sample and detector flow rates, discrimination factors against HT and Xe of these orders may be attained. At the same time the concentration of HTO in the gas passing to the detector is within a few per cent of the concentration in the air sample. Direct capture of airborne HTO by permeation through a Nafion tube into liquid scintillator has also been demonstrated. With a mixture of 20% water in liquid scintillator and a mixture flow of only 0.1 cm3/min, concentrations of HTO in air down to 250 Bq/m3 (7 nCi/m3) may be measured. (author)

  17. Preliminary testing of an electrolysis cell for highly tritiated water

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    In the framework of the European fusion technology programme, SCK/CEN (Mol, Belgium) has continued the development of an electrolysis cell for highly tritiated water. In the resulting original concept, the liquid inventory is limited to the vertical porous gas separator which is wetted by capillarity. Use is made of thermoelectric heat pumps to cool the cell down to about 80C. Intensive testing with light water has been performed successfully during more than 10,000 cumulated hours with mock-up cells, and during more than 6,000 cumulated hours with a prototype cell. These tests have demonstrated the robustness and the long-term reliability of the proposed system. Further experiments are going on with the aim to characterize the working of the capillary cell. In the same time, peripheral equipment such as demisters and cold traps are being tested. These devices are to be incorporated in a dedicated loop for testing with tritiated water at the nominal specific activity (-- 4.1019 Bq/m3)

  18. Solid oxide electrolysis cell for decomposition of tritiated water

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    The decomposition of tritiated water vapor with solid oxide electrolysis cell was proposed for the application to the D-T fusion reactor system. This method is essentially free from problems such as large tritium inventory, radiation damage, and generation of solid waste, so it is expected to be a promising one. Electrolysis of water vapor in argon carrier was performed using tube-type stabilized zirconia cell with porous platinum electrodes in the temperature range of 5000C to 9500C. High conversion ratio from water to hydrogen up to 99.9% was achieved. The characteristics of the cell is deduced from the Nernst's equation and conversion ratio is described as the function of the open circuit voltage. Experimental results agreed with the equation. Isotope effect in electrolysis is also discussed and experiments with heavy water were carried out. Obtained separation factor was slightly higher than the theoretical value

  19. Conversion of tritiated hydrogen to tritiated water on heated metal surfaces

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    The conversion of tritium to tritiated water on metal surfaces was studied under conditions relevant to releases into a fusion reactor hall (metal temperatures between 473 K and 623 K, air or inert gas atmospheres). The rate constant of oxidation per unit geometric surface area was found to be about a factor of ten higher than the rate constant per unit gas adsorption surface area for H2 to H2O conversion on metal oxides in excess oxygen, probably because of the roughness of the metal surfaces on a gas adsorption scale. Surface roughness and oxides were found to have a major influence on the reaction rate. The reaction exhibited a first-order dependence on Q2 concentration. Changing the dew point of the atmosphere did not affect the rate significantly, and rate constants for most metals were independent of whether the atmosphere was argon or air. Coatings of hydrocarbon and silicone polymers did not significantly affect the reaction rate on carbon steel and ferrous metals and brass all had about the same conversion rate constant. Aluminum alloy gave about three times lower and copper in Ar gave ten times higher conversion rate constants. Based on these data, an accident scenario involving exposure of 1000 m2 of stainless steel at 573 K to a 104m3 room would cause conversion of ca. 0.1% of the Q2 present to Q2O in 24 hours, while air ingress to the torus without leakage of the tritium into the room would cause 1.2% conversion in that time. The rate values are only accurate within a multiplicative factor of three, so they should be applied cautiously in model calculations. (author). 27 refs., 4 tabs., 4 figs

  20. Study optimization of tritiated water flow in a soil column

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    Measurements of sorption parameters in column tests, although yielding more representative results than batch tests, can be hindred by several experimental difficulties, especially in the case of sorptio-prone solutes. Tritiated water is normally used to measure the solvent (water) flow characteristics. Beside testing for an optimizedflow-rate, the water flow should be fitted to a model account for the hydrodynamics in the porous medium. The optimun flow-rate should neither be to slow such as to result in unyeldingly long runs, nor too fast such as to prevent establishing equilibrium conditions. Since the tritium tracer must be sampled, and each discrete sampling takes a finite time lenght, the elution model should take the integrating effect of the sampling procedure into account. An advection-dispersion model was adapted to perform this task, and its performance is quantitatively demonstrated. (author). 12 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  1. Movement of tritiated water injected into blanket peat

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In 1966, tritiated water was injected at five sites at depths between 25 and 100 cm into blanket bog at Moor House National Nature Reserve. The distribution of tritium activity on a logarithmically spaced grid around these sites was sampled in 1990, 24 years after placement. The proportions of tritium accounted for ranged from 80 % for the injection at 100 cm deep, to 20 % for the injection at 25 cm deep. Both 80 and 20 should be considered as ± 10 %. Results imply that diffusion close to the injection may have played a part in movement of tritium; evapotranspiration is not inconsistent with the losses inversely proportional to depth of placement; but the main process of movement is probably bulk (mass flow of water through the peat.

  2. Diffusion of tritiated water across isolated term human amnion

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    The diffusional permeability of isolated human amnion to tritiated water is studied in relation to its histological structure. It is shown that the high permeability of this tissue requires an evaluation of the effects on diffusion of unstirred layers of solution adjacent to the membrane. After correction for such effects the magnitude of the permeability coefficient is found to be both larger and more variable than previously reported. The principal reason for this is found to lie with variations in tissue thickness. The results show that for the purposes of water diffusion the amnion may be treated as a homogeneous membrane in the axial co-ordinate of flow. This finding is discussed in relation to other evidence concerning membrane structure. (U.S.)

  3. Genetic and somatic effects in animals maintained on tritiated water

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    Somatic and genetic effects of the continuous ingestion of tritiated water (HTO) at concentrations of 0.3, 1.0 and 3.0 μCi/ml were investigated in mice of the Hale-Stoner-Brookhaven strain. At these levels, there was no measurable somatic effect. Although genetic effects as measured by dominant lethal mutation (DLM) assay indicated a significant effect (P>0.01) on the number of viable embryos and early deaths in the 3.0 μCi/ml HTO group and on the number of viable embryos in the 1.0 μCi/ml HTO group, no genetic effects were significantly noted in the 0.3 μCi/ml HTO group. Liver cytogenetic studies showed a significant increase in the number of abnormal cells in the 3.0 μCi/ml HTO group. A reduction in bone marrow stem cells, without an attendant reduction in total marrow cellularity, was noted in the 3.0 and 1.0 μCi/ml HTO groups. There was no significant difference in any of the DLM parameters between animals maintained on 3.0 μCi/ml of HTO and animals exposed to the equivalent 137Cs gamma dose (22 hours/day exposure). Consideration of the relative amounts and biological half lives of tritium present in the nucleus as water, DNA and histone suggests that after transient exposure to tritiated water, nearly all significant radiation damage can be attributed to tritium present in the nucleus as water. These data suggest that hazards from tritium attendant with normal reactor operation should not at this time be considered as a deterrent to the further development of fission and/or fusion reactor technology. (Namekawa, K.)

  4. Replacement of tritiated water from irradiated fuel storage bay

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    Castillo, I.; Boniface, H.; Suppiah, S.; Kennedy, B.; Minichilli, A.; Mitchell, T. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited - AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2015-03-15

    Recently, AECL developed a novel method to reduce tritium emissions (to groundwater) and personnel doses at the NRU (National Research Universal) reactor irradiated fuel storage bay (also known as rod or spent fuel bay) through a water swap process. The light water in the fuel bay had built up tritium that had been transferred from the heavy water moderator through normal fuel transfers. The major advantage of the thermal stratification method was that a very effective tritium reduction could be achieved by swapping a minimal volume of bay water and warm tritiated water would be skimmed off the bay surface. A demonstration of the method was done that involved Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling of the swap process and a test program that showed excellent agreement with model prediction for the effective removal of almost all the tritium with a minimal water volume. Building on the successful demonstration, AECL fabricated, installed, commissioned and operated a full-scale system to perform a water swap. This full-scale water swap operation achieved a tritium removal efficiency of about 96%.

  5. Sorption and desorption of tritiated water on paints

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    In this paper the sorption and desorption of tritiated water on paints, such as acryl, silicone, epoxy and fluorine types, has been studied. In dynamic adsorption and desorption experiments, tritium concentration in the chamber, in which painted metal was installed, was measured during HTO vapor charging or purging by N2 + H2O. Slow desorption rate for acryl type was observed. Residual tritium not released by sweeping with N2 + H2O was recovered by heating up to 800 C. Residual tritium fraction for epoxy type was found to be highest among tested. Paint membrane was used in permeation experiments of HTO vapor and liquid. Diffusivity, solubility and permeability were evaluated. Diffusivity for fluorine was largest and that for epoxy smallest

  6. The exchange of tritiated water between natural zeolite analcime and surrounding water

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    Natural zeolite Analcime has been considered as a possible sorbent and storage material for tritiated water. The kinetics of tritiated water release from analcime crystals of two size fractions (20-50 and 50-80 μm dia.) into surrounding water has been investigated at 25-60 0C. At 25 0C the half-life of THO/H2O exchange for the smaller and larger beads is about 1.3 and 5.0 hours, respectively. This is higher than the corresponding results obtained with synthetic analcime, but still of the same order of magnitude. The difference is ascribed to the presence of mineral impurities in natural analcime. If the natural mineral could be processed into particles of 2-5 mm radius, that material might be useful as a storage for tritiated waste water. 6 refs.; 3 figs

  7. Separation of tritiated water using graphene oxide membrane

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    Sevigny, Gary J. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Motkuri, Radha K. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Gotthold, David W. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Fifield, Leonard S. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Frost, Anthony P. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Bratton, Wesley [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-06-28

    In future nuclear fuel reprocessing plants and possibly for nuclear power plants, the cleanup of tritiated water will be needed for hundreds of thousands of gallons of water with low activities of tritium. This cleanup concept utilizes graphene oxide laminar membranes (GOx) for the separation of low-concentration (10-3-10 µCi/g) tritiated water to create water that can be released to the environment and a much smaller waste stream with higher tritium concentrations. Graphene oxide membranes consist of hierarchically stacked, overlapping molecular layers and represent a new class of materials. A permeation rate test was performed with a 2-µm-thick cast Asbury membrane using mixed gas permeability testing with zero air (highly purified atmosphere) and with air humidified with either H2O or D2O to a nominal 50% relative humidity. The membrane permeability for both H2O and D2O was high with N2 and O2 at the system measurement limit. The membrane water permeation rate was compared to a Nafion® membrane and the GOx permeation was approximately twice as high at room temperature. The H2O vapor permeation rate was 5.9 × 102 cc/m2/min (1.2 × 10-6 g/min-cm2), which is typical for graphene oxide membranes. To demonstrate the feasibility of such isotopic water separation through GOX laminar membranes, an experimental setup was constructed to use pressure-driven separation by heating the isotopic water mixture at one side of the membrane to create steam while cooling the other side. Several membranes were tested and were prepared using different starting materials and by different pretreatment methods. The average separation result was 0.8 for deuterium and 0.6 for tritium. Higher or lower temperatures may also improve separation efficiency but neither has been tested yet. A rough estimate of cost compared to current technology was also included as an indication of potential viability of the process. The relative process costs were based on the rough size of facility to

  8. Tritium/tritiated water within atmosphere-plant-soil-hydrosphere system

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    The work has as purpose to highlight tritium/tritiated water participation in processes within atmosphere-plant-soil-hydrosphere system. As a hydrogen's isotope, tritium is fully found in atmosphere-hydrosphere and vegetation-environment-human, and for that reason it has to be supervised and monitored, although it has a small radiotoxicity. This work is structured on the following problems: - tritium and tritiated water sources; - tritium/tritiated water involvement in natural physico-chemical and biologic processes; - tritium cycle within soil-plant-atmosphere-hydrosphere system; - tritium activity measurement in atmosphere and hydrosphere and tritium monitoring. (authors)

  9. Concentrating Low-Level Tritiated Water Through Isotope Exchange

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    Trapping of tritium on polymers with specific functional groups was investigated as a means of treating waste streams containing low levels of tritium. Chemical exchange of tritium with hydrogen on the functional group was used as the mechanism for trapping. The polymers tested include Aurorez polybenzimidazole resin beads, Chelex 100 resin beads, Duolite GT-73, microcrystalline cellulose, and polyethylenimine. The tests were performed under simulated operating conditions on water obtained from the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Tritiated water from the Tritium Systems Test Assembly is discharged to this plant. Polyethylenimine is a water-soluble polymer that was tested using a stirred membrane cell with an ultrafiltration membrane. All of the polymers except polyethylenimine took up tritium from the water. Polybenzimidazole demonstrated the highest tritium uptake. The results are explained on the basis of the type of functional group, hydrogen bonding, and rigidity of the molecular structure of the polymer. The theoretical calculations indicate that significant isotope discrimination requires high-frequency modes with hydrogen bonding contribution and support the experimental findings. Modeling suggested trends that may lead to structures that are more efficient in trapping tritium

  10. Concentrating low-level tritiated water through isotope exchange

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    Trapping of tritium on polymers with specific functional groups was investigated as a means of treating waste streams containing low levels of tritium. Chemical exchange of tritium with hydrogen on the functional group was used as the mechanism for trapping. The polymers tested include Aurorez polybenzimidazole resin beads, Chelex 100 resin beads, Duolite GT-73, microcrystalline cellulose, and polyethylenimine. The tests were performed under simulated operating conditions on water obtained from the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Tritiated water from the Tritium Systems Test Assembly is discharged to this plant. Polyethylenimine is a water-soluble polymer that was tested using a stirred membrane cell with an ultrafiltration membrane. All of the polymers except polyethylenimine took up tritium from the water. Polybenzimidazole demonstrated the highest tritium uptake. The results are explained on the basis of the type of functional group, hydrogen bonding, and rigidity of the molecular structure of the polymer. The theoretical calculations indicate that significant isotope discrimination requires high-frequency modes with hydrogen bonding contribution and support the experimental findings. Modeling suggested trends that may lead to structures that are more efficient in trapping tritium

  11. Link between microstructure and tritiated water diffusivity in mortars

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    Full Text Available Ions and radionuclide diffusivity in concrete is one of the most important factors that determine service life and safety assessment of cement based structures in nuclear power plants and radioactive-waste repositories. Apart from the influence of cement paste microstructure, the presence of aggregates may have an impact on transport properties of the material. The well-known interfacial transition zone, denoted by ITZ, is created near the aggregates and characterized by a greater porosity. The goal of this study is to investigate the competition between the more diffusing ITZ zone and the less diffusing aggregates. To this end, several series of tritiated water diffusion tests are conducted on mortars characterized by different water-to-cement ratios and sand volume fractions. In parallel, microstructure of these materials is explored by mercury and water porosimetry. It was observed that at low sand content (0% – 50%, diffusion properties of mortars are dominated by aggregates dilution effect. At 60% sand, diffusion increases significantly suggesting that percolation’s pores threshold has been reached. Results indicate also that sand particle size distribution has a great impact on the diffusivity of mortars.

  12. Link between microstructure and tritiated water diffusivity in mortars

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    Larbi, B.; Dridi, W.; Le Bescop, P.; Dangla, P.; Petit, L.

    2013-07-01

    Ions and radionuclide diffusivity in concrete is one of the most important factors that determine service life and safety assessment of cement based structures in nuclear power plants and radioactive-waste repositories. Apart from the influence of cement paste microstructure, the presence of aggregates may have an impact on transport properties of the material. The well-known interfacial transition zone, denoted by ITZ, is created near the aggregates and characterized by a greater porosity. The goal of this study is to investigate the competition between the more diffusing ITZ zone and the less diffusing aggregates. To this end, several series of tritiated water diffusion tests are conducted on mortars characterized by different water-to-cement ratios and sand volume fractions. In parallel, microstructure of these materials is explored by mercury and water porosimetry. It was observed that at low sand content (0% - 50%), diffusion properties of mortars are dominated by aggregates dilution effect. At 60% sand, diffusion increases significantly suggesting that percolation's pores threshold has been reached. Results indicate also that sand particle size distribution has a great impact on the diffusivity of mortars.

  13. Link between microstructure and tritiated water diffusivity in mortars

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    Ions and radionuclide diffusivity in concrete is one of the most important factors that determine service life and safety assessment of cement based structures in nuclear power plants and radioactive-waste repositories. Apart from the influence of cement paste microstructure, the presence of aggregates may have an impact on transport properties of the material. The well-known interfacial transition zone, denoted by ITZ, is created near the aggregates and characterized by a greater porosity. The goal of this study is to investigate the competition between the more diffusing ITZ zone and the less diffusing aggregates. To this end, several series of tritiated water diffusion tests are conducted on mortars characterized by different water-to-cement ratios and sand volume fractions. In parallel, microstructure of these materials is explored by mercury and water porosimetry. It was observed that at low sand content (0% - 50%), diffusion properties of mortars are dominated by aggregates dilution effect. At 60% sand, diffusion increases significantly suggesting that percolation's pores threshold has been reached. Results indicate also that sand particle size distribution has a great impact on the diffusivity of mortars. (authors)

  14. Tritium conversion in tritiated water: study of the involved reactions: a literature survey

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    According to ICRP publication 30, hazards due to molecular tritium are not significant in comparison to hazards due to the oxidated form: tritiated water. It is thus important to know the kinetics of tritium/tritiated water conversion to obtain a realistic evaluation of the risks for the environment at level of present facilities and of future nuclear fusion facilities. Laboratory experiments in static contained conditions have shown that tritiated water is produced by two mechanisms: gas phase oxidation, hydrogen isotopic exchange with water. The periods found are relatively long and difficult to specify. In terrestrial atmosphere, the two mechanisms intervening in tritiated water formation are photochemical oxidation and biochemical reactions occurring in soil and in vegetation aerial parts. The corresponding periods are of some years for the first one, of some hours for the second one

  15. Distribution of tritiated compounds (tritiated thymidine and tritiated water) in the mother-fetus system and its consequences for the radiotoxic effect of tritium

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    The incorporation and distribution of tritiated thymidine (3H-TdR) and tritiated water (HTO) have been measured in newborn rats exposed to various levels of tritium by continuous infusion into pregnant rats from day 9 until term. In the animals exposed to HTO, the tritium activity was homogeneously distributed while 3H-TdR led to accumulation of DNA-bound and homogeneously distributed tritium. The incorporated activity and the specific activity of DNA from ovaries which showed a reduction of total oocyte number by approximately 50% were used to estimate the dose absorbed by the ovarian cell nuclei in both systems. From the absorbed dose a factor of 3.7 was calculated for the 'internal relative biological effectiveness' of DNA-bound tritium as compared to homogeneously distributed 3H under the restrictive assumption that the static description of the system at birth reflects the situation during the time of dynamic development of the ovaries when the toxic effect occurs. The influence of these dynamic factors of changing nuclear size and tritium incorporation during the sensitive period is weighed against the possibility that the continuous 3H-TdR infusion during pregnancy might represent a model in which DNA-bound tritium shows a higher effectiveness than homogeneously distributed tritium. (Auth.)

  16. Measurement of transpiration and biomass of coconut palm with tritiated water

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    Measurements of transpiration rate and biomass of coconut palm have been made using tritiated water as a tracer. The method of tracer injection into the coconut trunk and the extraction of tritiated water from coconut leaves are outlined. The transpiration rate of the tree selected for the study was found to be 2.2 litres/hour with a total biomass of 172 kg. (author). 8 refs., 3 tabs

  17. Effect of tritiated water on germ cells and fertility

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    The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritiated water (HTO) was sought by comparison with the results of tritium simulation using Cs-137 and the results obtained by irradiating with Co-60 gamma rays and fission neutrons (Cf-252) for reference, using as index the lethal effect on mouse newborn oocytes. The method was to inject various doses of HTO once into the abdominal cavity of ICR mouse on the 14th day after birth and the survival rate of oocytes were calculated. As a result, the number of surviving oocytes decreased exponentially depending on the dose of HTO or Cs-137, and 1.1-3.5 was given as the RBE. Further, the resutls of the tests with Co-60 and Cf-252 that were made for reference showed the lethal effect on oocytes to be stronger in the order of Cf-252, HTO, Co-60 and Cs-137. The effects of HTO and Cs-137 on the reproductive capacity (RC) were also studied raising the female mice which were exposed to HTO or Cs-137 as same procedure. The mice were delivered of litters four times in two years. The HTO or Cs-137 induced diminution of RC may be dose dependent and seems to be non-stochastic. (author)

  18. Water flux in animals: analysis of potential errors in the tritiated water method

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    Laboratory studies indicate that tritiated water measurements of water flux are accurate to within -7 to +4% in mammals, but errors are larger in some reptiles. However, under conditions that can occur in field studies, errors may be much greater. Influx of environmental water vapor via lungs and skin can cause errors exceeding +-50% in some circumstances. If water flux rates in an animal vary through time, errors approach +-15% in extreme situations, but are near +-3% in more typical circumstances. Errors due to fractional evaporation of tritiated water may approach -9%. This error probably varies between species. Use of an inappropriate equation for calculating water flux from isotope data can cause errors exceeding +-100%. The following sources of error are either negligible or avoidable: use of isotope dilution space as a measure of body water volume, loss of nonaqueous tritium bound to excreta, binding of tritium with nonaqueous substances in the body, radiation toxicity effects, and small analytical errors in isotope measurements. Water flux rates measured with tritiated water should be within +-10% of actual flux rates in most situations

  19. Water flux in animals: analysis of potential errors in the tritiated water method

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    Nagy, K.A.; Costa, D.

    1979-03-01

    Laboratory studies indicate that tritiated water measurements of water flux are accurate to within -7 to +4% in mammals, but errors are larger in some reptiles. However, under conditions that can occur in field studies, errors may be much greater. Influx of environmental water vapor via lungs and skin can cause errors exceeding +-50% in some circumstances. If water flux rates in an animal vary through time, errors approach +-15% in extreme situations, but are near +-3% in more typical circumstances. Errors due to fractional evaporation of tritiated water may approach -9%. This error probably varies between species. Use of an inappropriate equation for calculating water flux from isotope data can cause errors exceeding +-100%. The following sources of error are either negligible or avoidable: use of isotope dilution space as a measure of body water volume, loss of nonaqueous tritium bound to excreta, binding of tritium with nonaqueous substances in the body, radiation toxicity effects, and small analytical errors in isotope measurements. Water flux rates measured with tritiated water should be within +-10% of actual flux rates in most situations.

  20. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Part 2. LLNL Annual Site-specific Data, 1953 - 2003

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    2005-03-07

    It is planned to use the tritium dose model, DCART (Doses from Chronic Atmospheric Releases of Tritium), to reconstruct dose to the hypothetical maximally exposed individual from annual routine releases of tritiated water (HTO) and tritiated hydrogen gas (HT) from all Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) facilities and from the Sandia National (SNL) Laboratory's Tritium Research Laboratory over the last fifty years. DCART has been described in Part 1 of ''Historical Doses From Tritiated Water And Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released To The Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)'' (UCRL-TR-205083). This report (Part 2) summarizes information about annual routine releases of tritium from LLNL (and SNL) since 1953. Historical records were used to derive facility-specific annual data (e.g., source terms, dilution factors, ambient air concentrations, meteorological data, including absolute humidity and rainfall, etc.) and their associated uncertainty distributions. These data will be used as input to DCART to calculate annual dose for each year of LLNL operations. Sources of information are carefully referenced, and assumptions are documented. Confidence on all data post-1974 is quite high. Prior to that, further adjustment to the estimated uncertainty may have to be made if more information comes to light.

  1. Metabolism and transfer pattern of tritium in mice after single injection of tritiated water

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    Metabolism and transfer pattern of tritium from pregnant mice into fetuses after intra peritoneal injection of tritiated water was investigated. The pregnant mice were divided into three experimental groups: group 1 was injected with tritiated water on the first day of gestation to obtain the transfer coefficient of tritium from pregnant mice into fetuses through placenta; group 2 was injected with tritiated water on the first day of parturition to study the transfer coefficient of tritium from pregnant mice into their babies through milk: group 3 was injected with tritiated water in different periods of gestation. The results show that in group 1, tritiated water was almost uniformly distributed in the whole body, including placenta, foetal membrane and amniotic fluid; placenta did not affect tritium transfer from pregnant mouse into foetus. In groups 2 and 3, concentrations of tritium in the baby's tissues were evidently higher than those in the pregnant mouse, and the transfer coefficients in groups 2 and 3 were higher than that in group 1

  2. Preparation of tritiated TNT

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    Tritiated TNT was prepared by catalytic exchange in tritiated aqueous medium. The tritiated water of high activity was prepared from micro amount of T2 and PdO/BaSO4. The crude product was purified by silica gel loaded paper chromatography. The radiochemical purity and specific activity are 90% and 54 mCi/mmol respectively

  3. Tritiated water retention on maize and beans after an acute contamination

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    Although tritium is released in large quantities into environment by nuclear industries and peaceful radioisotope utilization, its behavior is not well known. The International Atomic Energy Agency is sponsoring an international study group to obtain more information about tritiated water (HTO) behavior in different ecological systems. This paper presents the studies made on corn and beans after an acute application of tritiated water during their early stages of growth on an experimental field. Sampling and radiochemical analytical methods of tritium and its behaviour on that plants during their growth cycle are outlined. It is shown that the tritiated water retention plot has at least two components, with effective half lifes of about 10 and 100 days for corn, and 8 and 40 days for beans. (author)

  4. Can tritiated water-dilution space accurately predict total body water in chukar partridges

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    Total body water (TBW) volumes determined from the dilution space of injected tritiated water have consistently overestimated actual water volumes (determined by desiccation to constant mass) in reptiles and mammals, but results for birds are controversial. We investigated potential errors in both the dilution method and the desiccation method in an attempt to resolve this controversy. Tritiated water dilution yielded an accurate measurement of water mass in vitro. However, in vivo, this method yielded a 4.6% overestimate of the amount of water (3.1% of live body mass) in chukar partridges, apparently largely because of loss of tritium from body water to sites of dissociable hydrogens on body solids. An additional source of overestimation (approximately 2% of body mass) was loss of tritium to the solids in blood samples during distillation of blood to obtain pure water for tritium analysis. Measuring tritium activity in plasma samples avoided this problem but required measurement of, and correction for, the dry matter content in plasma. Desiccation to constant mass by lyophilization or oven-drying also overestimated the amount of water actually in the bodies of chukar partridges by 1.4% of body mass, because these values included water adsorbed onto the outside of feathers. When desiccating defeathered carcasses, oven-drying at 70 degrees C yielded TBW values identical to those obtained from lyophilization, but TBW was overestimated (0.5% of body mass) by drying at 100 degrees C due to loss of organic substances as well as water

  5. Separation of tritiated water from water using composite membranes

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    Polymeric composite membranes are being developed to remove tritium from contaminated water at DOE sites. Industrial membrane systems are being developed that have proven to be energy efficient, and membrane technologies such as reverse-osmosis have been well developed for desalination and other industrial/municipal applications. Aromatic polyphosphazene membranes are being investigated because they have excellent radiological, thermal, and chemical stability. The FY 1996 effort is directed toward delineating a potential mechanism, providing a statistical approach to data acquisition, refining a mass balance, and designing a staged array module

  6. Separation of tritiated water from water using composite membranes

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    Duncan, J.; Nelson, D.

    1996-10-01

    Polymeric composite membranes are being developed to remove tritium from contaminated water at DOE sites. Industrial membrane systems are being developed that have proven to be energy efficient, and membrane technologies such as reverse-osmosis have been well developed for desalination and other industrial/municipal applications. Aromatic polyphosphazene membranes are being investigated because they have excellent radiological, thermal, and chemical stability. The FY 1996 effort is directed toward delineating a potential mechanism, providing a statistical approach to data acquisition, refining a mass balance, and designing a staged array module.

  7. Selected bibliography on heavy water, tritiated water and hydrogen isotopes (1981-1992)

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    Gopalakrishnan, V. T.; Sutawane, U. B.; Rathi, B. N.

    A selected bibliography on heavy water, tritiated water and hydrogen isotopes is presented. This bibliography covers the period 1981-1992 and is in continuation to Division's earlier report BARC-1192 (1983). The sources of information for this compilation are Chemical Abstracts, INIS Atom Index and also some scattered search through journals and reports available in our library. No claim is made towards exhaustiveness of this bibliography even though sincere attempts have been made for a wide coverage. The bibliography is arranged under the headings: (1) production, purification, recovery, reprocessing and storage; (2) isotope exchange; (3) isotope analysis; (4) properties; and (5) miscellaneous. Total number of references in the bibliography are 1762.

  8. Selected bibliography on heavy water, tritiated water and hydrogen isotopes (1981-1992)

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    A selected bibliography on heavy water, tritiated water and hydrogen isotopes is presented. This bibliography covers the period 1981-1992 and is in continuation to Division's earlier report BARC-1192 (1983). The sources of information for this compilation are Chemical Abstracts, INIS Atom Index and also some scattered search through journals and reports available in our library. No claim is made towards exhaustiveness of this bibliography even though sincere attempts have been made for a wide coverage. The bibliography is arranged under the headings: (1) production, purification, recovery, reprocessing and storage, (2) isotope exchange, 3) isotope analysis, (4) properties and (5) miscellaneous. Total number of references in the bibliography are 1762. (author)

  9. Effect of intravitreal hyaluronidase on the clearance of tritiated water from the vitreous to the choroid.

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    Foulds, W S; Allan, D.; Moseley, H; Kyle, P M

    1985-01-01

    The rate of transfer of intravitreally injected tritiated water from the mid vitreous to the choroid is significantly increased after depolymerization of vitreous hyaluronic acid by injected hyaluronidase. The significance of this finding is discussed in relation to such conditions as retinal detachment and reattachment.

  10. Detection of the contamination of air by tritiated water vapour around the reactor EL3

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    The authors describe the apparatus used for the detection of the tritiated water vapour contamination in the air around the reactor EL 3. The apparatus consists of two air-circulation ionisation chambers; the air in one of these is dried by passage through a silica-gel column. By carrying out a differential measurement of the ionization currents, it is possible to measure the tritiated water vapour concentration. A theoretical study of the response of the chambers is carried out for two types of emission of the tritiated water vapour: continuous, or in bursts. The experimental work comprises: calibration in the measurement range employed; study of the selectivity for other active gases; study of typical accidents; the interpretation of the results in the case of discontinuous emission, taking into account the desorption from the walls of the measurement chamber, a phenomenon which is observed during the emptying process. The authors give finally actual examples of how to use the results. The apparatus built makes it possible to detect, in less than ten minutes, contamination by tritiated water vapour in the presence of other active gases, in a measurement range of between 3 and 2200 MPC, and with an accuracy of about 25 per cent. A transposition to calculations of the risk to workers should be made with the utmost caution; an envelope of this risk can be drawn up more or less accurately depending on particular cases. (authors)

  11. Use of tritiated water as indicator of the water metabolism on normal and operate patients

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    Water disruptions are very frequent during the medical and surgical affections. In order to study the kinetics of the water exchanges as well as the determination of the total water of the body, we have chosen tritiated water as indicator. This work presents a rapid process, faithful and sensitive of dosage of the Tritium in the biologic liquids. This method has been applied to the survey of the intestinal absorption of water among normal subjects and during some medical and surgical affections. The exam of the experimental curves permitted to get information concerning the kinetics of water ingested as well as of data on the volume of total water of the human body and on the biologic period of the Tritium in the organism. (M.B.)

  12. Recycle attuned catalytic exchange (RACE) for reliable and low inventory processing of highly tritiated water

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    The detritiation of highly tritiated water by liquid phase catalytic exchange needs dilution of the feed with water to tritium concentrations suitable for catalyst and safety rules and to assure flow rates large enough for wetting the catalyst. Dilution by recycling detritiated water from within the exchange process has three advantages: the amount and concentration of the water for dilution is controlled within the exchange process, there is no additional water load to processes located downstream RACE, and the ratio of gas to liquid flow rates in the exchange column could be adjusted by using several recycles differing in amount and concentration to avoid an excessively large number of theoretical separation stages. In this paper, the flexibility of the recycle attuned catalytic exchange (RACE) and its effect on the cryogenic distillation are demonstrated for the detritiation of the highly tritiated water from a tritium breeding blanket

  13. Relative biological effectiveness of tritiated water on human chromosomes of lymphocytes and bone marrow cells

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    One of the major toxic effluent from nuclear power industries is tritiated water (HTO), which is released into the environment in large quantities. Low dose radiation effects and dose rate effects of HTO on human lymphocytes and bone marrow cells are not well studied. The present study was performed to investigate dose-response relationship for chromosome aberration frequencies in the human lymphocytes and bone marrow cells, by HTO in-vitro exposure at low dose ranges of 0.1 to 1 Gy. Go lymphocytes and bone marrow cells were incubated for 10 - 150 minutes with HTO at 2 cGy/min. Also 60Co γ and 137Cs γ rays were used as controls. Dicentric chromosomes were scored in 1,000 to 2,000 cells of each experimental series. The RBE values of HTO at low dose range for the induction of dicentric chromosomes and chromatid type aberrations were 2.7 in lymphocytes and approximately 3.8 in bone marrow cells with respect to 60Co γ ray, respectively. Also lymphocytes were chronically exposed to HTO for 24 to 72 hrs at lower dose rates (0.2 and 0.05 cGy/min). The yields of dicentrics and rings decreased with the reduction in the dose rate of HTO, presenting a clear dose rate effects of HTO. These results provide an useful information for the assessment for health risk in humans exposed to low concentration level to HTO. (author)

  14. Improving distillation method and device of tritiated water analysis for ultra high decontamination efficiency.

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    Fang, Hsin-Fa; Wang, Chu-Fang; Lin, Chien-Kung

    2015-12-01

    It is important that monitoring environmental tritiated water for understanding the contamination dispersion of the nuclear facilities. Tritium is a pure beta radionuclide which is usually measured by Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC). The average energy of tritum beta is only 5.658 keV that makes the LSC counting of tritium easily be interfered by the beta emitted by other radionuclides. Environmental tritiated water samples usually need to be decontaminated by distillation for reducing the interference. After Fukushima Nucleaer Accident, the highest gross beta concentration of groundwater samples obtained around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is over 1,000,000 Bq/l. There is a need for a distillation with ultra-high decontamination efficiency for environmental tritiated water analysis. This study is intended to improve the heating temperature control for better sub-boiling distillation control and modify the height of the container of the air cooling distillation device for better fractional distillation effect. The DF of Cs-137 of the distillation may reach 450,000 which is far better than the prior study. The average loss rate of the improved method and device is about 2.6% which is better than the bias value listed in the ASTM D4107-08. It is proven that the modified air cooling distillation device can provide an easy-handling, water-saving, low cost and effective way of purifying water samples for higher beta radionuclides contaminated water samples which need ultra-high decontamination treatment. PMID:26295438

  15. Radiation dosimetry in experimental animals exposed to tritiated water under different conditions

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    The radiation dose to the germ cells of male mice, which sired the offspring scored in a specific-locus mutation test of injected tritiated water, was calculated. The weighted mean dose for germ cells which received all of the radiation at postspermatogonial stages was 430 rads, while that for germ cells irradiated almost entirely as spermatogonia was 615 rads. Most of the animals received a single intraperitoneal injection of HTO of 0.50 mCi/g body weight, but a few of them received 00.75 mCi/g. These weighted mean doses reflect the contribution of both groups. The percentage of the total dose delivered from 3H incorporated into macromolecules is small - less than 0.5%. The percentage of the total radioactivity in dry material from the testis on day 1 postinjection is 0.6%, on day 7 it is 3.2%, and on day 605 it is 95%. Tritium is incorporated into testicular DNA from tritiated water, and peak levels of radioactivity in this macromolecule are reached from 3 to 9 days following injection. The stable incorporation of tritium into trichloracetic acid insoluble materials is about 75% in protein and 25% in nucleic acids at all time periods following injection. Doses from single injections of tritiated water are inherently more variable than for protracted low-level exposures. This is because small differences in water balance near the time of injection can make a very large difference in total radiation dose

  16. Comparative stochastic effects from low level exposure of mice to tritiated water

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    A total of 1,133 C57 Black/6M mick of both sexes were randomly assigned to 5 experimental groups. In the first group, mice received a single injection of tritiated water (HTO) at weaning time. In the second group, weaned mice were exposed to tritated drinking water for the entire lifespan. In the third group the female parent received one single injection of HTO following delivery. In the fourth group, the female parent and her progeny were exposed to tritiated drinking water for the entire lifespan. In the fifth group, dams were exposed to tritiated drinking water from the beginning of pregnancy for the entire lifespan. (Drinking HTO 1 μCi/ml; single dose of HTO 1 μCi). Data from experimental groups were statistically evaluated vis a vis extensive control groups (+- 1,000 control mice of either sex). All mice were autopsied as moribund or soon after death and tissues were microscopically examined. A significantly increased incidence of reticulum cell sarcomas was observed in female offspring from dams in the third and fifth groups. A significantly increased incidence of hepatic tumors was observed in male offspring in the fourth group. Mean survival times did not significantly differ within experimental groups but were significantly different from controls

  17. Behavior of hydrophobic catalysts and NAFION membrane in presence of high activity tritiated water

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    The behavior of hydrophobic catalysts and NAFION membrane was analyzed in presence of high activity tritiated water. Pt/C/PTFE catalysts, NAFION and PTFE samples were immersed in tritiated water.The behavior of catalysts and NAFION membrane has been analyzed by determination of total fluoride emission in HTO and chemical modification in polymeric substrates by FTIR ATR. The catalysts based on PTFE indicate a relative stability in presence of HTO with a radioactive concentration of ∼ 100 Ci/l. The radiolytic processes lead to formation of HF and to minor structural changes of hydrophobic support. The resulted HF from radiolytic processes interacts with metals (stainless steel, Pt) with formation of metallic fluorides. The membranes of NAFION type suffer changes radioinduced by the lost of ionomeric lateral chains (sulphonated polyfloricarbonate). (authors)

  18. Incorporation of tritiated water (HTO) and organically bound tritium (OBT) into phospholipids and gangliosides of rat brain

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    Three generations of rats were long-term exposed to HTO in drinking water at activity of 37.0 kBq/ml or to food containing OBT at activity of 48.1 kBq/g. The rats consumed tritiated water and tritiated food ad libitum. In the experiment the F1 and F2 generation of rats were exposed continuously from conception to the 21-st or 120-th day of age and rats of F3 generation during 22 days of their intrauterine life. It was found that the amount of tritium incorporated into the major rat brain phospholipids and gangliosides after administration of tritiated food was higher than after administration of tritiated water. Tritium activity in all studied phospholipids and gangliosides was the highest in 21-day-old rats exposed during both-pregnancy and lactation. (author)

  19. Experimental procedure for examining the kinetics of tritium gas conversion to tritiated water

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    Research equipment has been designed, fabricated, and evaluated for determining the conversion rate of tritium gas to tritiated water for initial tritium gas concentrations ranging from the maximum permissible concentration of tritium gas for occupational exposures of 7.4 x 10-5 TBq/m3 to 3.7 x 102 TBq/m3. The equipment includes a vacuum system coupled to a gas handling system for preparing up to 15 reaction vessels having identical tritium gas concentrations. Measured concentrations in 4 or 5 prepared flasks were within 1.6% of their mean. Measured concentrations in all 5 flasks were within 8% of the mean. Good control of the tritium concentration was also achieved. A system was required for sampling tritiated water and tritium gas. Efficient collection of HTO was desired and reproducible collection of HTO and HT were essential. Collection efficiencies for tritiated water of at least 99% were obtained reproducibly. Collection efficiencies of tritium gas were also 99% or greater and reproducible

  20. Induction of reactive oxygen species and algal growth inhibition by tritiated water with or without copper.

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    Réty, C; Gilbin, R; Gomez, E

    2012-03-01

    Tritium ((3) H) is a radioactive element of ecological concern because of its release into aquatic ecosystems from nuclear power plants. However, the acute and chronic effects of tritiated water (HTO) on aquatic organisms are poorly documented, as are its effects on oxidative stress. In addition, the effects of HTO in combination with other contaminants remain largely unexamined. Herein, we document the effect of HTO on a primary aquatic producer (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) by measuring growth and oxidative stress using fluorimetric (H(2) DCF-DA) determination of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production. The maximum cell density of the alga (1.65 × 10(6) cells mL(-1) ) was reduced by 23% (1.27 × 10(6) cells mL(-1) ) at the highest exposure tested (59 MBq mL(-1) HTO), whereas cells exposed to 0.9 MBq mL(-1) showed a significantly enhanced maximum cell density of 1.90 × 10(6) cells mL(-1) , an increase of 15%. With regard to oxidative stress, exposure to HTO (0.04, 0.16, and 2.8 MBq mL(-1) ) induced an early dose-dependent peak in ROS production after 14-15 min of exposure, followed by a slow decrease in ROS which stabilized after 60 min. Moreover, this study showed that the presence of HTO may influence the impact of other conventional, nonradioactive contaminants, such as copper, a well known oxidizing trace metal for aquatic organisms. A significant synergic effect of copper and HTO on ROS production was observed. This synergic effect on oxidative stress was shown to be linked to an enhanced copper uptake rate measured in the presence of HTO (> 4 times). We conclude that HTO should be considered as a sensitizer when in a mixture with other contaminants, especially through interactions on the antioxidant system of algae. PMID:20607814

  1. Investigation on processing technology for tritiated water in glove box

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    A 0.5 nm molecular sieve absorption column and a hot decomposing magnesium bed was found to be one of the effective means to collect and decompose HTO in glove box atmosphere. The absorption characteristics of the 0.5 nm molecular sieve column and water decomposing characteristics of the hot Mg bed were obtained. The results showed that the column absorbs water vapour from air with efficiency up to 99.99%. Water in tested gases was between 3.4 x 103 to 4.2 x 103 μg·g-1 and the total water absorbed on the column was up to 162 g, under this condition no water was detected in output gases. Using the hot magnesium bed more than 99.9% desorption water from the column was decomposed

  2. The use of natural mesolite as a storage material for tritiated water

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    The present paper reports the kinetic data on THO/H2O exchange between natural mesolite, its exchanged forms and surrounding water. The release of THO in water as a function of time, temperature and type of cationic forms was investigated. Self-diffusion coefficients and thermodynamic parameters of diffusion are evaluated. The results are compared with those of other zeolites and discussed from the point of view of using mesolite from the Tabas region, as a storage material for tritiated water. (author)

  3. A study on the separation characteristics of tritiated water vapor adsorption-II

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    In order to meet a small tritiated heavy water leakage in the heavy water nuclear reactor building, it is required to increase the sorption efficiency of adsorbent and sorption performance of the present heavy water vapor recovery system. Accordingly, the equilibrium charcteristics of sorption of zeolite molecular sieve 13X and 4A were investigated, and the 4A was confirmed as a substitute of 13X. Furthermore, the pressure swing sorption mechanism was confirmed as a higher efficient substitute of the present temperature swing process, and the detailed design, operational condition and the detailed manufacturing method of it was suggested. (Author)

  4. Investigation on processing technology for tritiated water in glove box

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    A 5A molecular sieve absorption column and a hot decomposing Mg bed are one of the effective means to collect and decompose HTO in glove box atmosphere. The performances of the 5A molecular sieve column and the hot Mg bed are measured. The results show that the column absorbs water vapour from air with efficiency up to 99.99%. No water in the output gases is detected even though the water content in the input gases is about 3.4 x 10-3-4.2 x 10-3, and the total water absorbed on the column is up to 162 g. In the hot bed, more than 99.9% desorption water from the column is decomposed though more than 80% magnesium in the bed is used up

  5. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited monitoring tritiated water in air and water effluents

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    Current on-line methods of monitoring effluents for tritium (as tritiated water, HTO) measure concentrations in air above 250 nCi/m3 (approx. 10 kBq/m3) and in water above 1 uCi/kg (approx. 40 kBq/kg). Some of the problems encountered in such monitoring are the presence of fission and activation products in the effluents and, particularly in water monitoring, the often dirty quality of the sample. In a new design of monitor, HTO is collected directly from air by a flow of liquid scintillator (LS). For water monitoring a flow of air continuously samples the water and transports HTO to the LS. The key features of the new design are that the high detection efficiency of LS is realizable, that the rate of use of LS is only approx. 2 mm3/s, that the controlled evaporation and metering of air provides the low flow of HTO needed for mixing with LS, and that accurate metering of a dirty effluent is not needed. The sensitivities for detecing tritium on-line are improved by at least an order of magnitude

  6. Steady-state leaching of tritiated water from silica gel

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    Das, H.A.; Hou, Xiaolin

    2009-01-01

    Aqueous leaching of tritium from silica gel, loaded by absorption of water vapor, makes part of reactor de-commissioning. It is found to follow the formulation of steady-state diffusion.......Aqueous leaching of tritium from silica gel, loaded by absorption of water vapor, makes part of reactor de-commissioning. It is found to follow the formulation of steady-state diffusion....

  7. Measurement of tritiated water transpiration from tree leaves following root injection

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    The Sydney Water Board were looking for a means of assessing the efficacy and practicality of using tritiated water (HTO) for the treatment of sewer systems infested by tree roots. After discussion, it was agreed that ANSTO would assess the use of tritiated water as a means of determining the water transport function in roots. The proposed method of assessment is based upon measuring the rate at which tritiated water is moved away from the root infesting the sewer by the normal transpiration stream. The method assumes that the treatment applied to the sewer drastically reduces, if not destroys, root function. This should be reflected in a significant increase in the delay of HTO arrival at the leaves following application to the affected root. Any significant flux from the affected root would indicate inadequate treatment as water flow from the affected root would encourage subsequent re-invasion of the sewer. If deemed suitable, this tracer would in turn be used to determine the efficacy of the treatment in inhibiting root function. Constraints on the study as well as the optimal conditions for using HTO are discussed. The method which involves injection of tritium into the xylem tissue of the tree followed by collection of transpirate to observe the pattern of tritium arrival, is amenable to the task of assessing the efficiency of the treatment process if the site of infestation can be excavate without damage to the roots and if HDO can be injected and sealed with a root of adequate dimensions. 2 refs., 1 tab., 7 figs

  8. Tritiated water vapor in the surface air at Tokyo

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    Tritium concentration in water vapor in the air near the surface and in the precipitation at Tokyo was measured during the period from 9 August to 20 November in 1974. From August to the middle of October, tritium mixing ratios in the surface air had relatively higher values except those in air masses which were associated with a typhoon. The mixing ratios of tritium in the air decreased abruptly at the middle of October, which indicates the decrease of tritium influx from aloft. These data exhibit the salient feature that variations in tritium concentration in TR are linear to the reciprocal of the content of water vapor during each period. Tritium concentrations in vapor and rain water collected simultaneously show nearly equal values. One of the reasons for the good correlation of tritium concentration between falling drops and ambient air is considered to be the result of the rapid isotopic exchange. (author)

  9. Measurement of rates of cholesterol synthesis using tritiated water

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    Rates of sterol synthesis in various tissues commonly are assessed by assaying levels of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA (HMG-CoA) reductase on isolated microsomes or by measuring the rates of incorporation of various 14C-labeled substrates or [3H]water into cholesterol by whole cell preparations in vitro or by the tissues of the whole animal in vivo. While measurement of activities of HMG-CoA reductase or rates of incorporation of 14C-labeled substrates into cholesterol give useful relative rates of sterol production, neither method yields absolute rates of cholesterol synthesis. The use of [3H]water circumvents the problem of variable and unknown dilution of the specific activity of the precursor pool encountered when 14C-labeled substrates are used and does yield absolute rates of cholesterol synthesis provided that the 3H/C incorporation ratio is known for a particular tissue. In 12 different experimental situations it has been found that from 21 to 27 micrograms atoms of 3H are incorporated into cholesterol from [3H]water in different tissues of several animal species, so that the 3H/C incorporation ratio is similar under nearly all experimental conditions and varies from 0.78 to 1.00. When administered in vivo, [3H]water rapidly equilibrates with intracellular water and is incorporated into sterols within the various organs at rates that are linear with respect to time. From such data it is possible to obtain absolute rates of cholesterol synthesis in the whole animal and in the various organs of the animal. Current data suggest, therefore, that use of [3H]water yields the most accurate rates of cholesterol synthesis both in vitro and in vivo

  10. Sampling tritiated water vapor from the atmosphere by an active system using silica gel

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    Among the different methods used to collect the tritiated water vapor (HTO) contained in the atmosphere, one of the most worldwide used is its collection using an air pump, which forces the air to pass through a dry silica gel trap. The silica gel is then distilled to remove the water collected, which is measured in a liquid scintillation counting system. In this paper, an analysis of the water collection efficiency of the silica gel has been done as a function of the temperatures involved, the dimensions of the pipe driving the air into the silica gel traps, the air volume passing through the trap and the flow rates used. Among the obtained conclusions, it can be pointed out that placing the traps inside a cooled container, the amount of silica gel needed to collect all the water contained in the air passing through these traps can be estimated using a weather forecast and a psychometric chart. To do this, and as thermal equilibrium between incoming and open air should be established, a suitable design of the sampling system is proposed. - Highlights: → To recollect the atmosphere air tritiated water vapor, an active system was used. → The system is an air pump and three traps with silica gel connected by a rubber pipe. → The silica gel retention depends on the meteorological conditions and the flow rate. → The amount of water collected and the mass of silica gel need were calculated, F.

  11. Removal of tritiated light water from spent fuel bay using thermal stratification

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    Castillo, I.; Boniface, H.; Kutchcoskie, K.; Barry, D. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Baker, D. [Hatch Engineering Limited, Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    The spent fuel bay in the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor has elevated levels of tritiated light water. The tritium concentration has increased over the years due to nuclear isotope production and ongoing fuel operations. The proposed solution to reduce the tritium levels is to efficiently replace the entire volume of the bay (1.07 million liters) in approximately 48 hours using a thermal stratification method. This paper describes the development and testing of the method from bench scale to full scale. Experimental and numerical results will be presented. (author)

  12. Tritiated water processing using liquid phase catalytic exchange and solid oxide electrolyte cell

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    Liquid phase catalytic exchange (LPCE) is an effective method for enrichment and removal of tritium from tritiated water. Combined electrolysis catalytic exchange (CECE) process is an attractive application of a LPCE column. We proposed a new process that improves the CECE process. Using a solid oxide electrolyte (SOE) cell for electrolysis makes the CECE process more energy efficient and eliminates other disadvantages such as large tritium inventory and extremely slow system response. When the cell is used for recombination, the system becomes even more simple, efficiently, reliable and safe. 21 refs., 9 figs

  13. Haematologic changes in young adult Swiss albino mice after tritiated water administration

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    Tritiated water (HTO) injected intraperitoneally to Swiss albino mice at the rate of 370 kBq (10 μCi)/g body weight has been found to cause certain alterations in blood parameters 1, 5, 7 and 15 days post injectionem. Leukocyte count dropped significantly post treatment. Differential leukocyte counting showed lymphocytes to be most affected which were reduced by 38.29% on 5th day p.i. Erythrocyte count, haemoglobin and haematocrit values though showed no significant changes at early intervals, these values were significantly lower at later intervals than those of control. (author)

  14. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Part 1. Description of Tritium Dose Model (DCART) for Routine Releases from LLNL

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    Peterson, S R

    2006-09-27

    DCART (Doses from Chronic Atmospheric Releases of Tritium) is a spreadsheet model developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) that calculates doses from inhalation of tritiated hydrogen gas (HT), inhalation and skin absorption of tritiated water (HTO), and ingestion of HTO and organically bound tritium (OBT) to adult, child (age 10), and infant (age 6 months to 1 year) from routine atmospheric releases of HT and HTO. DCART is a deterministic model that, when coupled to the risk assessment software Crystal Ball{reg_sign}, predicts doses with a 95% confidence interval. The equations used by DCART are described and all distributions on parameter values are presented. DCART has been tested against the results of other models and several sets of observations in the Tritium Working Groups of the International Atomic Energy Agency's programs, Biosphere Modeling and Assessment and Environmental Modeling for Radiation Safety. The version of DCART described here has been modified to include parameter values and distributions specific to conditions at LLNL. In future work, DCART will be used to reconstruct dose to the hypothetical maximally exposed individual from annual routine releases of HTO and HT from all LLNL facilities and from the Sandia National Laboratory's Tritium Research Laboratory over the last fifty years.

  15. Water/polyethylene system radiolysis: application to the tritiated water storage in polyethylene bottle

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    This study deals with the validation and the search of the limitations for the storage of tritiated water (HTO) in polyethylene (PE) containers. The hydroxyl radical (HO.), produced during the radiolysis of water, is known for its reactivity toward alkanes in water. Our competition experiments (with SCN- or coumarin) by pulse radiolysis shows the reactivity of HO. with PE, which gives rise to chemical modifications of PE. Some FTIR analysis of PE, irradiated in the presence of water, show that the amounts of C=C, C-O, and C=O functions are more important when the production of HO. is favoured. Moreover the reactivity of eaq- in the presence of PE has also been highlighted by time resolved spectroscopy. The study of permeability of the HTO/PE system shows that the volumetric activity within PE is 104 fold lower than the water activity after a one year immersion in 1853 Ci.L-1 HTO. The MCNP simulation of the irradiation by the β- of the tritium points out that 200 kGy is deposited within the first 250 nanometers of the PE. In spite of an early diffusion these results show a very weak solubility. Furthermore the value of the diffusion decreases following the modifications induced by the β- at the surface. Crosslinking is a parameter that directly acts on the diffusion of molecules through the polymer. We have adapted and used the thermo-poro-metry technique in order to assess the crosslinking of PE. Using this investigation we have characterized the cross linking as a function of the dose, especially with respect to the mesh size distribution. We have also established a relationship allowing the determination of the crosslinking density in a swelled PE sample by p-xylene by DSC analysis. (author)

  16. Light and ultrastructural studies on liver of Oreochromis niloticus fry grown in tritiated water during embryonic development

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    Oreochromis niloticus embryos of different developmental stages were reared in tritiated water at 3.7, 0.37, 0.037, and 0 GBq/1 and harvested at day 21 stage. In general, gross morphology of liver was altered in fry reared in higher tritium concentrations and in fry reared in tritiated water at earlier stages of development. Under light microscopy, fatty infiltration of liver parenchyma, presence of unresorped yolk sac, occasional vacuolation in cytoplasm of hepatocytes, widening of sinusoids, and increased size of space of Disse were observed in liver of fry reared in tritiated water at higher concentrations. At the electron microscope level, swollen mitochondria, fragmented rough endoplasmic reticulum, and insconspicuous glycogen granules compared to control were noted in liver of treated fish. This study give basic information on how cells may be affected by irradiation at the histological, cellular, and subcellular level. (auth.). 8 figs.; 1 tab

  17. Localized corrosion of 316L stainless steel in tritiated water containing aggressive radiolytic and decomposition products at different temperatures

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    Tritium is one of the more important radionuclides used in nuclear industry as plutonium and uranium. The tritium in tritiated water always causes difficulties in nuclear installations, including equipment corrosion. Moreover, with tritiated water there are, in addition, the radiolytic and decomposition products such as hydrogen peroxide formed during decay, chloride ions produced by degradation of organic seals and oils used for tightness and pumping, and acid pH produced by excitation of nitrogen in air by the β- particle. Highly concentrated tritiated water releases energy and its temperature is about 80 deg. C, moreover heating is necessary in the tritium processes. These conditions highly facilitate the corrosion of stainless steels by pitting and crevice attack. Corrosion tests were performed by electrochemical analysis methods and by visual inspection of the surface of stainless steel

  18. Localized corrosion of 316L stainless steel in tritiated water containing aggressive radiolytic and decomposition products at different temperatures

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    2008-02-01

    Tritium is one of the more important radionuclides used in nuclear industry as plutonium and uranium. The tritium in tritiated water always causes difficulties in nuclear installations, including equipment corrosion. Moreover, with tritiated water there are, in addition, the radiolytic and decomposition products such as hydrogen peroxide formed during decay, chloride ions produced by degradation of organic seals and oils used for tightness and pumping, and acid pH produced by excitation of nitrogen in air by the β - particle. Highly concentrated tritiated water releases energy and its temperature is about 80 °C, moreover heating is necessary in the tritium processes. These conditions highly facilitate the corrosion of stainless steels by pitting and crevice attack. Corrosion tests were performed by electrochemical analysis methods and by visual inspection of the surface of stainless steel.

  19. Pharmacokinetics of tritiated water in normal and dietary-induced obese rats

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    Tritiated water disposition was characterized in normal and dietary-induced obese rats to assess pharmacokinetic concerns in calculating water space and estimating body fat. A monoexponential decline in serum tritium activity was observed in both groups of rats, thus facilitating use of various computational methods. The volume of distribution and the total clearance of tritium in obese rats were larger than in normal rats because of the increased body weight. The values of water space (volume of distribution) estimated from moment analysis or dose divided by serum tritium activity at time zero (extrapolated) or at 2 hr were all similar. Thus, obesity does not alter the distribution equilibrium time and distribution pattern of tritium, and the conventional 2-hr single blood sampling after intravenous injection is adequate to estimate the water space of normal and obese rats

  20. Dose contribution from organically bound tritum after an acute tritiated water intake

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    To assess the dose contribution from retained organically bound tritium (OBT), we have analyzed urinary excretion data from eight individuals who had an acute intake of tritiated water (HTO). The analysis of the bioassay data showed that the mean body water turnover half-time was 6.3 ± 1.0 d and 8.4 ± 1.9 d for the period of increased water and normal water intake respectively. The long term excretion of tritium was also observed, indicting the tritium incorporation and retention in the organic components of the soft tissues. A mathematical model is proposed to estimate the dose increases from the retained OBT by examining the kinetics of tritium excretion in urine. Based on the kinetics of tritium in urine, the average dose increase from the metabolized OBT was 6.2 ± 1.3% of the HTO dose. The uncertainty in the OBT dose estimates was calculated to be less than 50%

  1. Threshold dose-rate observed by administration of tritiated water in mice for radiation risk

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    This paper is the final report of the study series for the dose-rate effect of tritiated water on mice. In the present experiments, mice ([C57-BL/6N x C3H/He]F1 female) was exposed to β-rays by daily administration of tritiated drinking water throughout of life at very low dose-rates, 3.6, 0.9 and 0.2 mGy/day. When compared with the groups exposed at higher dose-rate previously reported, it was found that frequency of tumors was 70∼80% in the range from 240 mGy/day to 9.6 mGy/day and decreased to 50% as same as control with decrease in dose-rate. A linear relationship in semi-log scale was found between the life-shortening and the dose-rate, showing a threshold dose-rate. The threshold dose-rate of 3H β-rays, 2 mGy/day (0.2 mGy/day as tailing threshold dose-rate) was much lower than that of γ-rays, 15 mGy/day(2 mGy/day as tailing threshold dose-rate). In addition, it was observed that the body weight increased by exposure at low dose-rates, most markedly at 0.9 mGy/day. (author)

  2. Utilization of tritiated water dilution technique in determination of nitrogen partitioning in cashmere goats

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    In order to investigate nitrogen partitioning in local cashmere goats, six Inner Mogolia White Cashmere goats between 2 to 2.5 years old were used to determine the nitrogen partitioning in cashmere goats. The total retained nitrogen (TN) in body, distribution of body nitrgen and hair nitrogen were measured by general digestive and metabolism method combined with tritiated water dilution technique. Results showed that the combined methods were ideal for determining body nitrgen (BN) and hair nitrogen (fur nitrogen, FN) of Cashmere goats. There were obvious significance between BN and FN in different seasons. In telogen, BN and FN partitioning was 75.7% ± 0.62% and 24.3% ± 0.62%, respectively. Whereas, it changed to 66.6% ± 2.2% and 33.4% ± 2.2% in anagen. BN partitioning decreased when the season changed from telogen to anagen, while FN partitioning increased, which indicated that more nitrogen substance was partitioned to body growth in telogen, and more nitrogen substance was distribute to cashmere growth in anagen. These transformation were related to the changing of photoperiod and some hormones, such as melatonin (MT), prolactin (PRL) and IGF-I. It could be concluded that tritiated water dilution technique can be used to detect body protein content as well as BN, combining general digestive and metabolism experiment, FN partitoning can be determined. BN and FN partitoning varied with the season in cashmere goats because of hormones changing. (authors)

  3. Effects of exposure to tritiated water on differentiation of melanocytes in hair follicles in mice

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    The frequency of abnormal melanocytes in hair follicles in offsprings of mice exposed to tritiated water was described. Tritiated water with different concentrations of tritium was injected intraperitoneally into female C57BL/6J mice at the 12th and 15th days of pregnancy and abnormal melanocytes of hair follicles were observed on skin of back in the offsprings of first generation (F1) at 3.5 days of their postnatal life. The results show that the frequencies of abnormal melanocytes were found to be 1.0-5.1% when mice received cumulative absorbed doses of 0.11-0.67 Gy at the 15th day of their fetal life and these frequencies to be 3.4-6.0% when mice received cumulative absorbed doses of 0.116-0.463 Gy, which indicates an increase in frequency of abnormal melanocytes in hair follicles with increasing cumulative absorbed dose of beta radiation and a higher frequency of abnormal melanocytes hair follicles of skin in F1 offsprings which were exposed to tritium at the earlier period of their fetal life. For mice exposed to HTO at the 12th day of their fetal life, the frequency of abnormal melanocytes in hair follicles was found to be significantly higher than that for mice exposed to HTO at the 15th day of their fetal life

  4. Induction of specific-locus mutations in the mouse by tritiated water

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    Russell, W.L.; Cumming, R.B.; Kelly, E.M.; Phipps, E.L.

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    The results reported are the first obtained on transmtted gene mutations induced by tritium in any form in any mammal. They are, therefore, of obvious practical importance in the estimaton of the possible biological hazards of man-made tritium in the environment. Male mice were injected intraperitoneally with either 0.75 or 0.50 mCi per gram of body weight of tritiated water. They were then used in our standard specific-locus mutation test in which the treated wild-type stock of mice is mated to a stock homozygous for seven recessive marker genes. Mutations at any of the seven loci are scored in the offspring. The earlier matings provided information on the mutation frequency in germ cells irradiated in postspermatogonial stages, and the later matings gave the mutation frequency in treated spermatogonia. The spermatogonia are the important cells so far as human risks are concerned, and the mouse results for this germ-cell stage yielded a relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of approximately 2 for tritiated water compared with low-dose-rate gamma irradiation. There are various uncertainties involved in arriving at this figure, and the difference between it and l is probably not statistically significant. However, for risk estimation, it seems prudent to use the RBE value of 2, which is, after all, the best point estimate computed from the present data.

  5. Surface Water Modeling Using an EPA Computer Code for Tritiated Waste Water Discharge from the heavy Water Facility

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    Tritium releases from the D-Area Heavy Water Facilities to the Savannah River have been analyzed. The U.S. EPA WASP5 computer code was used to simulate surface water transport for tritium releases from the D-Area Drum Wash, Rework, and DW facilities. The WASP5 model was qualified with the 1993 tritium measurements at U.S. Highway 301. At the maximum tritiated waste water concentrations, the calculated tritium concentration in the Savannah River at U.S. Highway 301 due to concurrent releases from D-Area Heavy Water Facilities varies from 5.9 to 18.0 pCi/ml as a function of the operation conditions of these facilities. The calculated concentration becomes the lowest when the batch releases method for the Drum Wash Waste Tanks is adopted

  6. Influence of ionic strength on the transport parameters of tritiated water and iodide in boom clay

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    To fulfil its role as main barrier for High and Medium Level radioactive waste (HLW and MLW), Boom Clay relies on its advantageous capacity to minimise radionuclide transport by its slow diffusion and high retention properties. One of the key parameters in the radionuclide dispersion process is the diffusion accessible porosity (ηacc). Diffusion accessible porosity, is a transport parameter that is linked to the properties of each dispersing radionuclide and the geochemical conditions of Boom Clay. Disposing radioactive waste in Boom Clay will inevitably cause perturbations of which some can generate changes in the Boom Clay pore water chemistry. One effect of these chemical perturbations will be the increase of ionic strength of the pore water in the vicinity of a repository. This paper synthesises the results of the experimental work done to obtain the transport parameters of tritiated water and iodide for Boom Clay at different ionic strengths. (authors)

  7. Operating experience of the experimental industrial plant for reprocessing of tritiated water wastes

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    The results of 5-year operation of the experimental industrial plant for hydrogen isotope separation using combined electrolysis and catalytic exchange (CECE) process are presented. The plant is used for large-scale studies of CECE process and for reprocessing tritiated heavy water wastes. The main parts of the plant are a 100-mm diameter exchange column of 6.9 m overall height, alkaline electrolytic cells and catalytic burners. The separation performance of the column was determined. The computer code makes it possible to carry out the calculation over a wide range of conditions and to forecast a concentration profile within the column when the values of flow rates are changed. The experience gained during the plant operation shows a high efficiency of isotope separation by CECE process and allows regarding CECE process as a considerable promise for the industrial use, in particular, for water purification from tritium

  8. Corrosion of various types of steel and stainless superalloys in tritiated water - influence of tritium and radiolytic spaces

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    To better understand the phenomena in metal equipment corrosion in tritiated water, a study of the behavior of oxide layers on a cobalt-based stainless superalloy was made in this highly radioactive medium. The oxide characteristics are modified from the corrosion potential, in passivity and up to the passivity and transpassivity limits. The corrosion of oxide sublayers, as exfoliation of the oxide, was shown. This would appear to be due to diffusion of tritiated species in the oxide. These species accumulate at the oxide-alloy interface, thus modifying the number of charge carriers in the oxide. (author)

  9. Effects of prenatal exposure to low-dose β radiation from tritiated water on the neutrobehavior of mice

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    Pregnant adult C57BL/6J mice, randomly assigned to 1 of 4 groups, 3 of them were irradiated with β-rays from tritiated water (HTO) by a single intraperitoneal injection on the 12.5th day of gestation. Their offspring received cumulative doses of 0, 5, 10 or 30 cGy in utero. Male pups were trained and examined using a set of behavioral tests that included avoidance acquisition and avoidance maintenance, open field test, hole-board dipping, a water maze, and a food labyrinth. Results were found for most parameters in the 10 and 30 cGy groups that differed significantly from results for the controls, indicating that the behavioral teratogenic effect of prenatal exposure to chronic β-ray radiation from HTO may be greater than the same dose of acute X- or γ-irradiation and that 10 cGy may be the lowest detectable dose level at which behavioral changes is detectable under the conditions used in this experiment. (author) 56 refs

  10. Diffusion of tritiated water and chloride in basalt-bentonite mixtures

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    Effective diffusion coefficients of tritiated water and chloride (/sup 36/Cl) were measured in mixtures of crushed basalt and bentonite as functions of temperature (20 to 900C) and mixture bulk density (1.5 to 1.9 Mg/m/sup 3/). A quick-freeze technique was used to halt the diffusion process so the tracer distributions could be determined by slicing the core and analyzing slices by liquid scintillation methods. Linear and multiple-linear regression analyses were performed on both data sets. The regression equations were then used to predict diffusion coefficient values outside the range of densities used in these experiments. The predicted values agree very well with published data. Correlation of diffusion coefficients with temperature was highly significant for both elements. Dependence of chloride diffusion on clay density was much larger than for tritium

  11. Biological half-time of tritiated water: comparison of hyperthyroid and hypothyroid patients

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    Eberstadt, P.; Fernandez, M.V.G.; Gonzalez, O.

    1986-01-01

    The half-time values of tritiated water were explored in eleven hyperthyroid patients and in two hypothyroid ones. For reasons of comparability the numbers are expressed in days per square meter (d/m/sup 2/) of body surface. Against the estimated 5.4d/m/sup 2/ in normal subjects, the hyperthyroids reflected 3.9+-0.66 and the two determinations of hypothyroids were 6.42 and 7.13, respectively. During the study neither diagnostic nor therapeutic procedures were ever postponed. The half-time values are not representative of extreme conditions in hyper- or hypothyroids, but are sufficiently clear to indicate well-defined differences from normal people. The total exposure to radiation for the exploratory procedure was minimal, estimated at less than 12 mrem for the normal standard man.

  12. Biological half-time of tritiated water: comparison of hyperthyroid and hypothyroid patients

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    The half-time values of tritiated water were explored in eleven hyperthyroid patients and in two hypothyroid ones. For reasons of comparability the numbers are expressed in days per square meter (d/m2) of body surface. Against the estimated 5.4d/m2 in normal subjects, the hyperthyroids reflected 3.9+-0.66 and the two determinations of hypothyroids were 6.42 and 7.13, respectively. During the study neither diagnostic nor therapeutic procedures were ever postponed. The half-time values are not representative of extreme conditions in hyper- or hypothyroids, but are sufficiently clear to indicate well-defined differences from normal people. The total exposure to radiation for the exploratory procedure was minimal, estimated at less than 12 mrem for the normal standard man. (author)

  13. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Part 5. Accidental Releases

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    Peterson, S

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    Over the course of fifty-three years, LLNL had six acute releases of tritiated hydrogen gas (HT) and one acute release of tritiated water vapor (HTO) that were too large relative to the annual releases to be included as part of the annual releases from normal operations detailed in Parts 3 and 4 of the Tritium Dose Reconstruction (TDR). Sandia National Laboratories/California (SNL/CA) had one such release of HT and one of HTO. Doses to the maximally exposed individual (MEI) for these accidents have been modeled using an equation derived from the time-dependent tritium model, UFOTRI, and parameter values based on expert judgment. All of these acute releases are described in this report. Doses that could not have been exceeded from the large HT releases of 1965 and 1970 were calculated to be 43 {micro}Sv (4.3 mrem) and 120 {micro}Sv (12 mrem) to an adult, respectively. Two published sets of dose predictions for the accidental HT release in 1970 are compared with the dose predictions of this TDR. The highest predicted dose was for an acute release of HTO in 1954. For this release, the dose that could not have been exceeded was estimated to have been 2 mSv (200 mrem), although, because of the high uncertainty about the predictions, the likely dose may have been as low as 360 {micro}Sv (36 mrem) or less. The estimated maximum exposures from the accidental releases were such that no adverse health effects would be expected. Appendix A lists all accidents and large routine puff releases that have occurred at LLNL and SNL/CA between 1953 and 2005. Appendix B describes the processes unique to tritium that must be modeled after an acute release, some of the time-dependent tritium models being used today, and the results of tests of these models.

  14. Application of tritiated water as a tracer for quantitative determination of water flow distribution in an oil-field

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    In order to study the flow of water in an underground oil reservoir, tritiated water was injected in a well and, subsequently, tritium was determined in the water produced by the surrounding wells. Since the specific radioactivity of the water produced by the more remote wells appeared to be rather low, partly owing to dilution of the tritium water by the water present in the formation, enrichment methods were used, in order to increase counting sensitivity. Three methods of enrichment were examined: exchange with ethanol, conversion to toluene, and electrolysis. The latter method proved to be the most useful. The tritium was determined with a liquid scintillation counter; the scintillator consisted of a toluene-ethanol (2:1) mixture with DPO and POPOP, the water sample being dissolved in this liquid. Some statistical problems in connexion with the minimum detectable specific activity and the reduction of background are discussed briefly. (author)

  15. Tritium distribution in newborn mice after providing mother mice with drinking water containing tritiated thymidine

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    Throughout gestation pregnant mice received drinking water which contained [methyl-3H]thymidine (18.5 kBq/ml). The newborn mice were divided into two groups. One group was nursed by their own mothers, which were further supplied with tritiated thymidine until 4 weeks after delivery (Experiment I). The other group was nursed by ''nonradioactive mothers'' which were given no tritiated thymidine (Experiment II). Tritium incorporation into the small molecular components of the acid-soluble fraction, lipid, RNA, DNA, and protein was analyzed for the newborn mice at various ages. In Experiment II, total radioactivity per gram tissue decreased initially after birth with a half life of 2.5-2.9 days in spleen, liver, intestine, stomach, thymus, lung, kidney, heart, and brain. At about 2 weeks after birth, a slower component of tritium elimination due mainly to the DNA-bound tritium appeared. Specific activity of DNA at birth was organ specific, highest in heart and lowest in thymus. Cumulative absorbed dose in various organs was estimated for the first 4 weeks after birth based upon an assumption that total and DNA-bound tritium are uniformly distributed. The result showed that organ specificity of dose accumulation is obvious for DNA-bound tritium, highest in spleen (1.15 mGy) and lowest in brain (0.13 mGy). It was also shown that the tritium supply from mother's milk is of minor importance for dose accumulation of DNA-bound tritium in the cell nuclei of organs of suckling mice

  16. Tritium distribution in newborn mice after providing mother mice with drinking water containing tritiated thymidine

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    Throughout gestation pregnant mice received drinking water which contained [methyl-3H]thymidine (18.5 kBq/ml). The newborn mice were divided into two groups. One group was nursed by their own mothers, which were further supplied with tritiated thymidine until 4 weeks after delivery (Experiment I). The other group was nursed by nonradioactive mothers which were given no tritiated thymidine (Experiment II). Tritium incorporation into the small molecular components of the acid-soluble fraction, lipid, RNA, DNA, and protein was analyzed for the newborn mice at various ages. In Experiment II, total radioactivity per gram tissue decreased initially after birth with a half life of 2.5 to 2.9 days in spleen, liver, intestine, stomach, thymus, lung, kidney, heart, and brain. At about 2 weeks after birth, a slower component of tritium elimination due mainly to the DNA-bound tritium appeared. Specific activity of DNA at birth was organ specific, highest in heart and lowest in thymus. Cumulative absorbed dose in various organs was estimated for the first 4 weeks after birth based upon an assumption that total and DNA-bound tritium are uniformly distributed. The result showed that organ specificity of dose accumulation is obvious for DNA-bound tritium, highest in spleen (1.15 mGy) and lowest in brain (0.13 mGy). It was also shown that the tritium supply from mother's milk is of minor importance for dose accumulation of DNA-bound tritium in the cell nuclei of organs of suckling mice

  17. An innovative distillation device for tritiated water analysis with high decontamination factor

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    Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER) has designed an air-cooling distillation device and got a US patent. The decontamination factor 60Co and 137Cs is above 23,000. Tritium loss rate is one of testing items in ASTM D4107 Standard Test Method for Tritium in Drinking Water. In this study, the 3 levels (high, middle and low level) of tritium concentration of testing samples for the loss rate test were prepared similar to the concentrations reported in ASTM D4107. The loss rate of the high level is −2.37%, the middle is −2.31% and the low level is −2.47%. These results show that the air-cooling distillation device has good performance in the environmental water tritium analysis work. - Highlights: • Provide an easier way to analyze the distillated environmental tritiated water. • Condense the evaporated water sample by air cooling without using water. • The tritium loss rate test in this study is lower than that reported in ASTM D4107. • Excellent decontaminating ability for eliminating potential interference of LSC

  18. Cold trapping of traces of tritiated water from the helium loops of a fusion breeder blanket

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    The ITER Helium Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) Test Blanket Module (TBM) will comprise three helium loops designed for: tritium extraction from the breeder zone, heat removal, and purification of the coolant. The process step envisaged for tritium extraction as well as for coolant purification includes a cryogenic cold trap as main component for the removal of tritiated water vapour (mainly HTO, H2O). The concentrations of water in the gas streams are expected to be extremely small, i.e. of the order of 10 ppm by volume. In this paper, we describe first runs with a cold trap using helium as the carrier gas at flow rates of 0.1 and 1.0 m3/h. The range of water vapour concentration in the helium carrier gas was 0.5 to >200 ppmv. The experiments have demonstrated the ability of the cold trap to remove water vapour efficiently from the He stream down to concentrations of less than 0.02 ppmv when the inlet water concentration is in the range of 300-650 ppmv or higher

  19. Contributions of the CEA-Valduc Centre control to the understanding of the transfers of atmospheric tritiated water into the different parts of the environment

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    After a description of the geological environment of the Valduc Centre dedicated to tritium purification and tritiated waste processing and storage, this document presents the assessment of quantities of tritiated water released by the Valduc Centre and of their evolution in the hydro-geological environment. It provides in situ macroscopically observed data on the transfer mechanisms of water into the different parts of the environment and into the food chain by means. This is made possible by the exceptional traceability of tritiated water. Finally, a comparison between computational models and experimental measurements is given

  20. Sampling tritiated water vapor from the atmosphere by an active system using silica gel

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    Herranz, M.; Alegria, N.; Idoeta, R.; Legarda, F.

    2011-11-01

    Among the different methods used to collect the tritiated water vapor (HTO) contained in the atmosphere, one of the most worldwide used is its collection using an air pump, which forces the air to pass through a dry silica gel trap. The silica gel is then distilled to remove the water collected, which is measured in a liquid scintillation counting system. In this paper, an analysis of the water collection efficiency of the silica gel has been done as a function of the temperatures involved, the dimensions of the pipe driving the air into the silica gel traps, the air volume passing through the trap and the flow rates used. Among the obtained conclusions, it can be pointed out that placing the traps inside a cooled container, the amount of silica gel needed to collect all the water contained in the air passing through these traps can be estimated using a weather forecast and a psychometric chart. To do this, and as thermal equilibrium between incoming and open air should be established, a suitable design of the sampling system is proposed.

  1. Behavior of solid polymer membrane electrolyzers in use with highly tritiated water

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    These days more and more modern electrolysis cells are operated with new solid polymer membranes. These membranes prevailing DuPont's NafionR are not only used for electrolysis but as well for the wide spectrum of fuel cells due to their good mechanical and chemical stability and the high proton conductivity. For that reason it is intended to use these solid polymer membranes for the electrolyzer units in the ITER Water Detritiation System (WDS). The influence of Tritium during water electrolysis to the membrane material is still not sufficiently investigated. Therefore long-term experiments of solid polymer membranes were performed at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK). The chemical degradation and durability behavior of the used NafionR 117 membrane are investigated in details under tritiated water conditions. For comparison a second cell was operated with demineralized water for the same period. In addition to the experimental rigs with single NafionR membranes, two industrial electrolyzer units equipped with NafionR membranes were operated during different tritium experiments at TLK. Before operation they had been modified to be compatible for tritium operation. After long operation period no degradation in the performance of the electrolyzers is observable. (authors)

  2. Demonstration on endurance of ion exchange membrane immersed in high-concentration tritiated water under the Broader Approach Activities

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    Highlights: • Endurance of Nafion ion exchange membrane immersed in 1.38 × 1012 Bq/kg of highly concentrated tritiated water was demonstrated. • Degradation of Nafion backbone structure by tritium beta was similar to that by gamma rays and electron beams at an equivalent dose. • Degradation directly by radiation was dominant at room temperature compared with that by reactions with radicals produced from water radiolysis. -- Abstract: The Nafion® ion exchange membrane is a key material for electrolysis cells of the water detritiation system. Endurance of Nafion ion exchange membrane immersed in 1.38 × 1012 Bq/kg of highly concentrated tritiated water has been demonstrated at room temperature for up to 2 years under the Broader Approach Activities. The curves of percent elongation at break vs. dose and tensile strength vs. dose for the Nafion membranes immersed in tritiated water were well consistent with those for Nafion membranes irradiated to an equivalent dose with gamma rays and electron beams. This shows that the degradation of Nafion backbone structure by tritium beta is similar to that by gamma rays and electron beams. The results of ferric Fenton test indicated that the degradation directly by radiation was dominant at room temperature compared with that by reactions with radicals produced from water radiolysis. The curve of ion exchange capacity vs. dose for the Nafion membranes immersed in tritiated water was also well consistent with that for Nafion membranes irradiated to an equivalent dose with gamma rays and electron beams. These results showed irradiation tests with gamma rays and electron beams were alternative for predicting degradation of ion exchange membrane by tritium beta

  3. The effects of tritiated water on some developmental stages of tilapia nilotica

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    Seven developmental stages of Tilapia nilotica from gastrula (11 hr) to the active feeding and free swimming stage (10-d) were reared in tritiated water of concentrations 10-3 10-2 and 10-1 Ci 1-1. The fish were reared for different lengths of time, the first group for the period till the next developmental stage and the second group till 3 weeks of age or day 21. Treated and control specimens were compared. An over-all delay in development was noted both at the gross morphological and the histological levels in the experimental fish. Growth was stunted. Many had unresorped yolk which was observable externally in the distended abdomens and histologically within the liver. Percent survival was lower in the treated fish and this was, in general, inversely related to developmental stage and tritium concentration of the rearing water. Posthatch larvae were sluggish to inactive. The liver exhibited histological aberrations which include the presence of adipose cells in place of liver parenchyma in the more anterior liver regions. Brains of treated fish, in general were smaller. One instance of an abnormal brain growth and findings on the retinal epithelium, spleen and pancreas are described. Development of gonads and digestive tract was, in general, retarded. (Auth.) 40 refs.; 5 tabs

  4. Transfer of atmospheric tritiated water to foliage and fruit of crops

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    Tritiated water (THO) released to the environment from the effluent streams of nuclear reactors may be easily assimilated by organisms through metabolic fixation following foliar interception of THO vapor. This study was initiated to characterize atmospheric THO exchange parameters in two crops agronomically important to eastern Washington, grape (Vitus vinifera) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa). Short-term exposures using atmospheric THO concentrations ranging from 458 to 1,300,900 pCi/m3 indicated no statistically significant concentration influences on THO exchange into the leaf tissue free-water (TFW) and organically bound tritium (OBT) of the leaves of either species. Long-term exposures indicated that equilibration of the leaf TFW with atmospheric THO concentrations occurred within 24 to 48 h for both species while equilibration of grape TFW appeared to take over 20 days. The rate of THO saturation of the foliage TFW appeared to be directly related to the stomatal resistance of the leaves and fruit. Desorption rates from both leaves and fruit were greater in the light than in the dark, again correlating with stomatal resistance. More than 90% of the absorbed THO was lost from the leaf TFW pool within 24 h following cessation of exposure for both species, while loss of THO from grape TFW and OBT pools was minimal. It appeared that more than 95 to 98% of the THO found in the TFW and OBT pools of the grape fruit was of atmospheric origin and not from transport from other parts of the plant

  5. Laboratory studies conducted for the development of a plant to concentrate the radioactive waste from tritiated water

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    Full text: The Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant is the biggest operational source of tritium, from Europe and one of the most important in the world. Our interest is especially focussed on tritiated water waste with low activity resulting from the maintenance operations performed on reactors with the purpose of reducing their volume and further reprocessing. The system presented in this work is based on the catalytic isotopic exchange and molecular dissociation CECE. The development of technologies in the field of isotopic separation based on the water electrolysis process was not very successful in last decades first of all because of the shortcomings of the classical electrolysers which use a KOH-type electrolyte. The main disadvantages are high KOH electrolyte hold-up and problems regarding hydrogen and oxygen purification and consequently the corrosion risk. Lately, there has been noticed a growing interest regarding the electrolysers having polymer membranes as electrolyte SPM (solid polymer membrane). Such an electrolyser is available in our institute, so the aim of our research was to use this electrolyser in a tritium concentration system from the tritiated water waste using the technology for isotopes separation-CECE. The present paper presents a conceptual design scheme for a concentration system of the tritium resulting from the tritiated water waste. (authors)

  6. Contributions to the monitoring of the installation for tritium separation from tritiated heavy water

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    The aim of this paper is to present the authors' contributions to the development and improvement of information system for control, supervising and ensuring safety in operation of an experimental pilot installation for the separation of tritium from tritiated heavy water, resulting in nuclear reactors used for electrical energy production. The pilot plant features for the tritium separation, allow very different operating regimes. From their observation and study one can draw conclusions concerning the optimization of the separation efficiency and at the same time of installation safety, the environmental protection, as well, to acceptable levels. In terms of hardware, the solutions developed by the authors imply an increasing of the number of sensors and transducers to improve the operation of the data acquisition systems. Consequently, one ensures a better monitoring of the performance parameters and also of the installation equipment. A special attention was given to the software issues emphasizing the introduction of Lab VIEW graphical programming which was proven to be particularly advantageous, having adequate facilities for applications as for instance the process monitoring and control. Also, this software allows capabilities for modelling, simulation and optimization. The authors consider that by implementing the solutions, partially illustrated in this paper, there were met the requirements concerning the flexibility of operating modes and the quantity and quality of information necessary to perform complex research programs in the field of tritium separation. (authors)

  7. Comparison of micronucleus frequencies in poly chrome erythrocytes of mouse fetal liver induced by tritiated water

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    Female 10-12 week old mice of NIH strain were exposed on 10 day gestation to β-rays from tritiated water (HTO) or 60Co gamma rays at constant doses for three days. The pregnant mice were killed by cervical dislocation at 12 h after exposure to THO and 60Co. The fetal liver was removed and slides were made. Micronuclei of poly chrome erythrocytes (PCE) were scored under a binocular microscope. The experimental results showed that the total accumulative doses from β-rays of HTO in the three days were 0, 0.047, 0.093, 0.282, 0.564, 0.846 and 1.270 Gy, and the frequencies of micronuclei of PCE in the fetal liver were 1.64, 2.30, 6.81, 8.43, 12.37, 14.46 and 18.52 per mille respectively. The total accumulative doses from 60Co gamma rays in the three days were 0, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, and 1.50 Gy, and the frequencies of micronuclei of PCE in the fetal liver were 1.64, 4.7, 5.5, 6.4, 6.9, 6.7 and 8.3 per mille, respectively. The RBE of beta rays from HTO at dose range of 0.4-0.1 Gy were 5.5-3.5

  8. Sorption and desorption behavior of tritiated water on lithium titanate with additional Li

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    Katayama, Kazunari, E-mail: kadzu@nucl.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Kashimura, Hideaki [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Hoshino, Tsuyoshi [Blanket Irradiation and Analysis Group, Fusion Research and Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-166, Oaza-Obuchi-Aza-Omotedate, Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan); Takeishi, Toshiharu [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Matsuda, Shohei; Nishikawa, Masabumi; Fukada, Satoshi [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan)

    2013-10-15

    Tritium sorption capacity is an important parameter to evaluate tritium behavior on lithium ceramic breeder materials. In the present study, sorption and desorption behavior of tritiated water on Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} with additional Li, which is in a developmental stage in Japan Atomic Energy Agency as an advanced tritium breeder materials, was observed at 20, 300, 600, and 900 °C. Tritium sorption capacity on Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} with additional Li is larger than that on Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}. At 600 and 900 °C, the sorption capacity approximately agrees with the sum of physical adsorption capacity and chemical adsorption capacity, but at 20 and 300 °C it is smaller than that. The overall mass transfer coefficient for tritium sorption increases with temperature in the range from 20 to 600 °C but it decreases considerably at 900 °C. The sorption capacity and the mass transfer coefficient at 600 °C for the sample once used in sorption and desorption experiment at 900 °C are smaller than that for original ones.

  9. Biological behavior of tritium after administration of tritiated water in the rat

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    Distribution and retention of tritium in various tissue of a rat after administration of tritiated water (HTO) was investigated during about 100 days. Tritium incorporated into the body was rapidly and uniformly distributed in the whole body and excreted immediately with a biological half-life of 3.5 days for almost all the tissues. However, excretion of tritium incorporated into the tissue constituents was relatively slow and the retention curves were considerably different from tissue to tissue. At the end of this experiment, the highest concentration of total tritium was observed in the fat tissue, followed by brain and muscle. These results suggested that the intake of tritium from HTO into organic compounds and the excretion of tissue-bound tritium would be related to metabolic activity of the tissue. This prediction was reinforced by the experiment on age dependence. The radiation dose to each tissue after the administration of 6.0 μCi/g body weight of HTO ranged from 2.0 to 9.5 rem, which was the highest in blood and the lowest in fat tissue. Contribution from tissue-bound tritium was within 10% of the dose from total tritium for each tissue, except for fat tissue which was 64%. (author)

  10. Penetration of tritium (as tritiated water vapour) into low carbon steel and remediation using abrasive cleaning

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    The UKAEA Winfrith site is in a phase of accelerated decommissioning and de-licensing which will generate significant volumes of metal wastes some of which may be suitable for disposal as exempt wastes. If contamination is present, it is often confined within the surface layers of the metal. The UKAEA Winfrith site operates a shot-blast facility (WACM) that removes paint and surface contamination from low carbon steel enabling surface contaminated painted metal to be processed and therefore certified as exempt. A study was conducted to determine whether tritium (as tritiated water vapour) has penetrated into the metal to levels exceeding the Radioactive Substances Act (1993), Substances of Low Activity (SoLA) Exemption Order criteria, and whether processing via the WACM removes sufficient tritium contamination that the SoLA Exemption Order criteria can be met. The results of sampling and analysis show that the tritium is mainly held in the paint or outer 40 μm layer of the metal and that processing through the WACM removes these layers along with sufficient tritium to meet the SoLA Exemption Order criteria

  11. Immobilization of tritiated waste-water by hydraulic cements. A survey of the state-of-the-art

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    An experimental research programme including as one of its major items the definition of a strategy for tritiated waste management is being prepared at the JRC-Ispra. Laboratory work will be performed in ETHEL, the European Tritium Handling Experimental Laboratory under construction at Ispra. To provide background information needed for defining items and planning the execution of such activities, a survey of the state of the art and R and D performed in the field of tritiated water immobilization by hydraulic cements and ultimate packaging by multiple containment systems has been carried out. Particular attention has been focused on results of tritium leach test programmes performed at various USA laboratories in order to verify the leach resistance properties of some tritium immobilization and containment options. Problems and draw backs associated with such options are discussed. Final conclusions are presented. 49 refs

  12. Dose from organically bound tritium after an acute tritiated water intake in humans

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    We have analyzed the urinary excretion data from eight male workers following an acute intake of tritiated water (HTO) and assessed the dose contribution from organically bound tritium (OBT) in the body. The individuals affected increased their fluid intakes during the first month or more post-exposure, to accelerate the turnover of tritium in the body water for dose mitigation purposes. The volumes of cumulative 24 h urine samples were similar to Reference Man in the latter part of the study (100-300 d post-exposure). The workers' urine samples were analyzed for total tritium up to 300 d post-exposure. The results suggest that a measurement of the tritium activity per unit mass of organic matter in urine can provide an assessment of the specific activity of tritium in the organic fraction of the soft tissue, providing an equilibrium condition exists. A mathematical model is proposed to estimate the dose increase from the retained OBT by examining the kinetics of total tritium excretion in urine. The model accounts for the variable rates of fluid intake. The influence of measurement errors and the limited duration of the study (0-300 d post-exposure) on the OBT dose contribution was assessed through statistical analysis, while the role of direct OBT excretion in urine was estimated by using metabolic models. Based on the time series of tritium concentration in urine, the average dose increase to the workers from the metabolised OBT was calculated as 6.2 ± 1.3% of the HTO dose. 78 refs., 36 tabs., 11 figs

  13. Bioaccumulation of tritiated water in phytoplankton and trophic transfer of organically bound tritium to the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis

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    Large releases of tritium are currently permitted in coastal areas due to assumptions that it rapidly disperses in the water and has a low toxicity due to its low energy emissions. This paper presents a laboratory experiment developed to identify previously untested scenarios where tritium may concentrate or transfer in biota relevant to Baltic coastal communities. Phytoplankton populations of Dunaliella tertiolecta and Nodularia spumigena were exposed at different growth-stages, to tritiated water (HTO; 10 MBq l−1). Tritiated D. tertiolecta was then fed to mussels, Mytilus edulis, regularly over a period of three weeks. Activity concentrations of phytoplankton and various tissues from the mussel were determined. Both phytoplankton species transformed HTO into organically-bound tritium (OBT) in their tissues. D. tertiolecta accumulated significantly more tritium when allowed to grow exponentially in HTO than if it had already reached the stationary growth phase; both treatments accumulated significantly more than the corresponding treatments of N. spumigena. No effect of growth phase on bioaccumulation of tritium was detectable in N. spumigena following exposure. After mussels were given 3 feeds of tritiated D. tertiolecta, significant levels of tritium were detected in the tissues. Incorporation into most mussel tissues appeared to follow a linear relationship with number of tritiated phytoplankton feeds with no equilibrium, highlighting the potential for biomagnification. Different rates of incorporation in species from a similar functional group highlight the difficulties in using a ‘representative’ species for modelling the transfer and impact of tritium. Accumulations of organic tritium into the mussel tissues from tritiated-phytoplankton demonstrate an environmentally relevant transfer pathway of tritium even when water-concentrations are reduced, adding weight to the assertion that organically bound tritium acts as a persistent organic pollutant. The

  14. Tritiated water uptake kinetics in tissue-free water and organically-bound fractions of tomato plants

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    The kinetics of tritiated water (HTO) vapour uptake into tissue-free water tritium (TFWT) and organically bound tritium (OBT) fractions of tomato, Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., cv Vendor, were investigated under controlled growing conditions. Most uptake data fitted a first-order kinetic model, Ct = C∞ (1-e-kt), where Ct is the tritium concentration at time t, Ca the steady-state concentration and k the uptake rate constant. During atmospheric-HTO exposure with clean-water irrigation in open pots the TFWT k values were 0.024 ± 0.023 h-1 for new foliage, 0.104 ± 0.067 h-1 for old foliage and 0.042 ± to 0.136 h-1 for new green fruit. OBT uptake rate constants were 20 percent less for new foliage and 76 percent less for new green fruit. Under steady-state conditions the ratio of tritium specific activities of TWFT to atmospheric HTO were 0.43 in new foliage, 0.46 in old foliage and 0.19 in green fruit. Within the plant, OBT and TFWT ratios were 0.70 for new foliage, 0.63 for old foliage (maximum) and between 0.72 and 1.92 for green fruit. The greater than unity tritium specific activity ratios in green fruit were not attributed to tritium enrichment but rather to the translocation of foliar OBT to the growing fruit which contained lower specific activity TFWT derived from soil water

  15. The long term effects of 137Cs γ-rays and tritiated water on induction on teratogenesis in rats

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    The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the teratogenesis caused by 137Cs γ-rays radiation and tritiated water (tritium β-rays, HTO) in rats under long-term exposures. Many congenital anomalies are caused by environmental factors, and it is likely that this assessment of teratogenesis will be very important in the future. Pregnant Donryu strain rats were irradiated with 137Cs γ-rays on days 9-18 of gestation. The animals were sacrificed on day 18 of gestation and the contents of each uterine horn were examined. The numbers of surviving, dead and resorbed fetuses were recorded. The surviving fetuses were examined for external and visceral malformations. Also given here is a measure of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritiated water (HTO) compared to that for 137Cs γ-rays regarding the induction of developmental anomalies such as neurocristopathy in pregnant Donryu rats. Radiation exposures were approximately 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Gy for both tritiated water and 137Cs γ-rays. Teratogenesis was dose dependent for both radiation groups. Our studies show that 137Cs γ-rays and HTO irradiation induce similar malformations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems in rat fetuses. However, a number of fetuses exhibiting growth retardation, general edema, persistent atrioventricular canal, eye defects, microcephaly and craniofacial defects following maternal exposure to HTO. These include hypoplasia of the pulmonary trunk (tetralogy of Fallot), DORV, ventricular septal defect, right aortic arch, coarctation of the aorta, aberrant right subclavian artery, hypoplasia of the thymus, craniofacial anomalies, hypoplasia or incomplete lungs and trachea, as well as limb and tail malformations in HTO syndrome. These results are similar to those found in human DiGeorge syndrome, which are considered pharyngeal arch syndromes related to a cephalic neutrocristopathy. A best estimation of the RBE for this experiment was also discussed. (author)

  16. The long term effects of {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays and tritiated water on induction on teratogenesis in rats

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    Shoji, Shuneki [Hiroshima Univ., Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima (Japan)

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    The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the teratogenesis caused by {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays radiation and tritiated water (tritium {beta}-rays, HTO) in rats under long-term exposures. Many congenital anomalies are caused by environmental factors, and it is likely that this assessment of teratogenesis will be very important in the future. Pregnant Donryu strain rats were irradiated with {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays on days 9-18 of gestation. The animals were sacrificed on day 18 of gestation and the contents of each uterine horn were examined. The numbers of surviving, dead and resorbed fetuses were recorded. The surviving fetuses were examined for external and visceral malformations. Also given here is a measure of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritiated water (HTO) compared to that for {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays regarding the induction of developmental anomalies such as neurocristopathy in pregnant Donryu rats. Radiation exposures were approximately 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Gy for both tritiated water and {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays. Teratogenesis was dose dependent for both radiation groups. Our studies show that {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays and HTO irradiation induce similar malformations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems in rat fetuses. However, a number of fetuses exhibiting growth retardation, general edema, persistent atrioventricular canal, eye defects, microcephaly and craniofacial defects following maternal exposure to HTO. These include hypoplasia of the pulmonary trunk (tetralogy of Fallot), DORV, ventricular septal defect, right aortic arch, coarctation of the aorta, aberrant right subclavian artery, hypoplasia of the thymus, craniofacial anomalies, hypoplasia or incomplete lungs and trachea, as well as limb and tail malformations in HTO syndrome. These results are similar to those found in human DiGeorge syndrome, which are considered pharyngeal arch syndromes related to a cephalic neutrocristopathy. A best estimation

  17. Lethal and mutagenic effects of tritiated water and incorporated [3H-methyl]-thymidine on extracellular phage lambda

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    A study was made of lethal and mutagenic effects on extracellular phage lam mbda of β-particles from tritiated water and of [ h-methyl]-thymidine incorporated into dna. It was shown that the mean lethal dose d10 and the y yield of c-mutations per unit of the dose absorbed during external β-irradiation in 3h2o or during the decay of incorporated [3H-methyl]-th hymidine were equivalent to those obtained during 60Co-γ-irradiation in 4% nutrient broth or at a dried state respectively

  18. Embryonic/fetal mortality after exposure to tritiated water in pregnant Swiss albino mice during different gestation periods

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    Pregnant Swiss albino mice were given a priming injection(im) of tritiated water (HTO) at the dose rate of 2.3 and 5 μCi/ml body water (74, III or 185 K Bq/ml body water) at 0,6 and 14 day post conception (d.p.c) and were subsequently maintained on tritiated drinking water ad libitum during preimplantation (0-5 d.p.c), organogenetic (6-12 d.c.p.) or fetal (14-18 d.p.c) period, respectively. On day 18 of gestation the females were sacrificed by cervical dislocation to record the implant sites per dam and embryonic/fetal mortality. Significant reduction was observed in average implant sites per dam when the females were exposed to any of the three doses during the preimplantation period due to embryonic resorption before implantation. However, the same was found to be within the normal range when mothers were exposed during the organogenetic or fetal period. Prenatal mortality (embryonic resorption/fetal death) was higher after in utero exposure to different doses during preimplantation period as compared to organogenetic period, but mortality did not occur after exposure to any of the doses during the fetal period. Occurrence of mortality was found to be dose dependent. (author). 25 refs., 1 tab

  19. Effect of the hydrogen peroxide formed in tritiated water on the behavior of 316L stainless steel

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    The tritiated water used (at a concentration of 20 mg cm-3) contains radiolytic hydrogen peroxide and dissolved oxygen. In the plants for the reprocessing of this water, the pH necessarily has various values, and consequently we used two different pH, 4 and 11, in our studies. The free corrosion potential of the stainless steel, as well as the redox potential of the tritiated water taken immediately from stock are in the transpassive region. This results from the concentrations of the dissolved radiolytic species. If these are decomposed in the voltametric scans, these potentials shift to the prepassive region. This will show the importance of the concentration of radiolytic H2O2 on the corrosion of 316L stainless steel. Scanning electron microscope examinations show, that at the free corrosion potential of the steel located in transpassive region, small cracks are formed over all of the oxidized surface. Pits and cavities are also found, the latter tend to be located on the grain boundaries. ((orig.))

  20. Computation and comparison of Pd-based membrane reactor performances for water gas shift reaction and isotope swamping in view of highly tritiated water decontamination

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    Highlights: • A dedicated detritiation process for highly tritiated water (HTW) has to be identified. • Water gas shift and isotopic swamping via Pd–Ag membrane reactor are possible processes. • A parametric analysis through two simulation codes is performed. • A comparison in terms of the decontamination factor is provided. -- Abstract: In a D–T fusion machine, due to the possible reaction between tritium and oxygen, some potential sources of highly tritiated water (HTW) can be identified. Therefore, a dedicated detritiation process has to be assessed either for economic and safety reasons. In this view, the use of a Pd-based membrane reactor performing isotopic exchange reactions can be considered since hydrogen isotopes exclusively permeate the Pd–Ag membrane and their exchange over the catalyst realizes the water detritiation. In this activity, the treatment of highly tritiated water, generated by an ITER-like machine (i.e. 2 kg of stoichiometric HTO containing up to 300 g of tritium), via a Pd-membrane reactor is studied in terms of decontamination capability. Especially, a parametric analysis of two processes (water gas shift and isotopic swamping) performed in a Pd-based membrane reactor is carried out by using two mathematical models previously developed and experimentally verified. Particularly, the effect of the reactor temperature, the membrane thickness, the reaction pressure and the protium sweep flow-rate is investigated. Moreover, a comparison in terms of the decontamination factor and the number of reactors necessary to detritiate the HTW are provided. Generally, the results reveal a higher decontamination capability of the WGS reaction respect with the IS (maximum DF values of about 120 and 1.6 in the case of WGS and IS, respectively). However some drawbacks, mainly related with the formation of tritiated species, can occur by performing the WGS

  1. Molecular and genotoxic effects in Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to tritiated water at an elevated temperature

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    Dallas, L.; Jha, A. [School of Biological Sciences, Plymouth University (United Kingdom); Bean, T.; Lyons, B. [Cefas Weymouth Laboratory (United Kingdom); Turner, A. [School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University (United Kingdom)

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    Radioactive contaminants do not occur in isolation; organisms are also exposed to fluctuations in biological, biotic and physico-chemical factors, such as competition, other contaminants, salinity and temperature. Thermal discharge from nuclear facilities is considered to be one of the most important environmental issues surrounding these establishments, second only to the release of radionuclides. Cooling water from nuclear institutions is one of the major sources of tritium ({sup 3}H) to the aquatic environment; temperature is therefore an abiotic factor of particular concern when it comes to assessing the potential detrimental impacts of {sup 3}H exposure in marine species. In this context, we used a molecular approach to elucidate the potential mechanisms behind the genotoxicity of tritiated water (HTO) to marine mussels, at 'normal' and elevated temperatures. Mussels were exposed to control seawater or 15 MBq L{sup -1} HTO at 15 and 25 deg. C for 7 days, with haemolymph and gill tissue sampling (for comet assay to detect DNA strand breaks and gene expression analysis, respectively) after 0, 1, 12, 72 and 168 h. In addition, a Cu concentration of 40 μg L{sup -1} (previously established as genotoxic under these exposure conditions) was used concurrently as a positive control (at 15 deg. C). Tissue-specific accumulation of {sup 3}H was also determined, allowing the calculation of dose rates using the ERICA tool. Comparison of DNA strand breakage (DSB) as a function of time suggested that significant levels of DSB were induced earlier in haemocytes of mussels exposed to HTO at 25 deg. C compared to 15 deg. C (72 h vs. 168 h). Alterations in transcriptional expression of key genes also suggest that the 72 h time point is critical, with gill showing reduced expression of hsp70, hsp90, mt20, p53 and rad51 during HTO exposure at the elevated temperature. In contrast, HTO exposure at 15 deg. C resulted in significant up-regulation of the same genes after 72

  2. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Part 6. Summary

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    Throughout fifty-three years of operations, an estimated 792,000 Ci (29,300 TBq) of tritium have been released to the atmosphere at the Livermore site of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); about 75% was tritium gas (HT) primarily from the accidental releases of 1965 and 1970. Routine emissions contributed slightly more than 100,000 Ci (3,700 TBq) HT and about 75,000 Ci (2,800 TBq) tritiated water vapor (HTO) to the total. A Tritium Dose Reconstruction was undertaken to estimate both the annual doses to the public for each year of LLNL operations and the doses from the few accidental releases. Some of the dose calculations were new, and the others could be compared with those calculated by LLNL. Annual doses (means and 95% confidence intervals) to the potentially most exposed member of the public were calculated for all years using the same model and the same assumptions. Predicted tritium concentrations in air were compared with observed mean annual concentrations at one location from 1973 onwards. Doses predicted from annual emissions were compared with those reported in the past by LLNL. The highest annual mean dose predicted from routine emissions was 34 {micro}Sv (3.4 mrem) in 1957; its upper confidence limit, based on very conservative assumptions about the speciation of the release, was 370 {micro}Sv (37 mrem). The upper confidence limits for most annual doses were well below the current regulatory limit of 100 {micro}Sv (10 mrem) for dose to the public from release to the atmosphere; the few doses that exceeded this were well below the regulatory limits of the time. Lacking the hourly meteorological data needed to calculate doses from historical accidental releases, ingestion/inhalation dose ratios were derived from a time-dependent accident consequence model that accounts for the complex behavior of tritium in the environment. Ratios were modified to account for only those foods growing at the time of the releases. The highest dose from an

  3. Micro-channel catalytic reactor integration in CAPER and research/development on highly tritiated water handling and processing

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    The CAPER facility of the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe has demonstrated the technology for the tokamak exhaust processing. CAPER has been significantly upgraded to pursue research/development programs towards highly tritiated water (HTW) handling and processing. The preliminary tests using a metal oxide reactor producing HTW afterward de-tritiated with PERMCAT were successful. In a later stage, a micro-channel catalytic reactor was installed in view of long term research program on HTW. The integration of this new system in CAPER was carried out along with a careful safety analysis due to high risk associated with such experiments. First experiments using the μ-CCR were performed trouble free, and HTW up to 360 kCi/kg was produced at a rate of 0.5 g/h. Such HTW was collected into a platinum zeolite bed (2 g of HTW for 20 g of Pt-zeolite), and in-situ detritiation was performed via isotopic exchange with deuterium. These first experimental results with tritium confirmed the potential for the capture and exchange method to be used for HTW in ITER. (authors)

  4. Disposal of tritiated effluents

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    After some introductory remarks on the origin of tritium, its properties and its behaviour in a reprocessing plant three alternative methods for the disposal of tritiated effluents produced during reprocessing are described (deep well injection, in-situ solidification, deep-sea dumping) and compared with each other under various aspects. The study is based on the concept of a 1400 t/a reprocessing plant for LWR fuel, which annually produces 3000 m3 of tritiated waste water with a tritium content of 6.5 x 1012 Bq/m3 as well as a residual fission product and actinide content. An assessment of the three methods under the aspects of simplicity, reliability, safety, costs, state of development and materials handling revealed advantages in favour of 'injection', followed by 'dumping' and 'in-situ solidification'. (orig./HP)

  5. Placental transport of radionuclides. Terminal report, May 1, 1973--July 31, 1975. [Tritiated water, tritium, /sup 14/C, /sup 45/C, and /sup 47/C tracers

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    Kronfeld, D.S.

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    Four successful experiments were conducted with tritiated water on pregnant sheep. This came into equilibrium between fetal and maternal circulations within 60 seconds after injection into the ewe or the fetus. The estimates of total water transport rate averaged 85% of the daily water intake. Six successful experiments were conducted with /sup 3/H- and /sup 14/C-glucose on pregnant ewes. The results for glucose space and transport rate in the ewes agree closely with previously published data. The fetal glucose pool size was large, presumably reflecting the relatively large volume of fetal-placental fluids in exchange with fetal blood. Six successful experiments were conducted with /sup 45/Ca and /sup 47/Ca for 5 days or more on pregnant ewes. The smallest compartment size of exchangeable calcium in mother and fetus were about 2 to 6 hours duration, and the net daily gain of calcium by the fetus was just slightly less in the chronic than in the acute experiments, 0.75 and 0.83 g/day respectively.

  6. Decontamination of Tritiated-Water Using Super-hydrophobic Pt-Catalyst Synthesized with Water-in-Supercritical CO2

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    Tritium, 3H, is one of the hydrogen isotopes, created in coolant of a fission reactor and to be utilized as fuel for nuclear fusion reactors. Since a large amount of tritium will be contained in a fusion reactor or in a fission reactor, a small fraction of the tritiated chemical species, in most cases, tritiated water, may leak to the environment. Tritium is, however, a radioactive isotope whose specific radioactivity is 4 x 1017 Bq kg-1, and easy to transfer in human body, its confinement is very important from the safety aspect. One of the problems of tritium confinement and decontamination of tritiated chemical species is related with necessity of its isotope separation from lighter hydrogen isotopes, 2H and 1H. Most of principles for the isotope separations are based on fractionations of isotopes in different chemical species. A large fractionation for hydrogen isotopes is observed in a chemical exchange of hydrogen atoms between water, Q2O, and hydrogen gas, Q2, where 'Q' denotes one of the hydrogen isotopes. Heavier isotopes are enriched significantly into Q2O rather than Q2. Therefore practical method of tritium removal would be established by hydrogen isotope separation with chemical exchange of water and hydrogen gas. At first, we prepared a catalyst, by reducing Pt4+ in reversed micelles where the reducing agent, aqueous solution of sodium tetra borohydrate, NaBH4 was also contained in reversed micelles prepared separately. In this situation, micelles containing Pt4+ and reducing reagent collided and produced Pt nanoparticles, which were expected to be impregnated in the hydrophobic structure after depressurization. After this type of earlier experiment we determined a mass of impregnated Pt by total dissolution of gauze with aqua regia followed by concentration measurement of Pt with ICP-AES. We performed several trials, unfortunately, however, the mass of Pt deposited on the gauze was very small to detect, and this approach turns to be not successful

  7. Effects of prenatal exposure to low dose beta radiation from tritiated water on postnatal growth and neurobehavior of mice

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    Pregnant adult C57BL/6J mice were randomly assigned to 4 groups and 3 of them were irradiated with beta-rays from tritiated water (HTO) by a single intraperitoneal injection on the 12.5 th day of gestation. Their offsprings received cumulative dose of 0.036, 0.071 and 0.213 Gy, respectively. Offspring of mice were observed for postnatal growth (body weight), the appearance of four physiologic makers (eye opening, pinna detachment, testes decent, vaginal opening), the age of acquisition of two reflexes (cloff avoidance, air righting) and sensuous functions (auditory startle, pain threshold), movement and coordination functions and activity (pivoting, foot splay, continuous corridor activity), and learning and memory (electric avoidance reflex in Y-maze, conditioning reflex). It was found that results for the parameters in 0.036 or 0.071 Gy group were differed significantly from those for the controls, and for most parameters, a dose dependent effect was found

  8. Effects of low level prenatal beta-irradiation of tritiated water on postnatal behavior, learning and memory ability in mice

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    Pregnant adult C57 BL/6J strain mice, randomly assigned to 1 of 4 experimental groups, were irradiated with exponentially decreasing doses of tritium beta-rays but group 1 (used as a control) by single injection of tritiated water (HTO) at their 12.5 th day of gestation. Offsprings of male, received accumulative doses of 0, 0.5, 1.10 or 0.30 Gy in uterus were trained or examined on learning and memory ability or with behavioral tests. Significant dose-response relationships for alternations in those test were found due to exposure to 0.10 Gy or above. These results indicate that exposure to HTO during the fetal period in mice results in dose-dependent alteration in postnatal behavior, learning and memory ability. 0.05-0.10 Gy exposure may represent a threshold for the experimental conditions of this research using these parameters

  9. Genetic and hematopoietic effects of long-term tritiated water (HTO) ingestion in mice

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    The positive effects seen using the somewhat insensitive dominant lethal test system and the effects seen on the blood-forming cells indicates that at least in the mouse there is a hazard in the continuous ingestion of HTO at a concentration of 3 μCCi/ml. A direct comparison of these results to the human drinking an equivalent amount of HTO is impossible due to the obvious differences in water metabolism between the two species. Until further experimentation at lower levels of ingestion are completed, it is difficult to comment concerning the significance of these results as related to current concepts of maximum permissible concentration. Studies are now underway examining the possible effects of lower concentrations of chronic HTO ingestion

  10. Inactive commissioning of a micro channel catalytic reactor for highly tritiated water production in the CAPER facility of TLK

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    Highlights: ► In a DT fusion machine several events will generate highly tritiated water (HTW). ► PERMCAT appears a promising process to recover tritium from HTW. ► In order to perform R and D activity on HTW processing with PERMCAT, such water has to be produced on purpose. ► A tritium compatible micro-channel catalytic reactor (μCCR) has been designed and manufactured to produce up to 10 mL min−1 of HTW with very high specific tritium activity. ► The paper presents the inactive commissioning of the μCCR required before the integration in CAPER facility. ► The combination of the μCCR with the O2 sensor represents a reliable system able to produce HTW in a safe way and without radioactive waste. - Abstract: In future DT fusion machines, several events will generate highly tritiated water (HTW). Among potential techniques for HTW processing, isotopic swamping in a catalytic membrane reactor (PERMCAT) appears promising. The experimental demonstration of PERMCAT for HTW processing has started in the CAPER facility at the Tritium Laboratory of Karlsruhe (TLK). Without any HTW source, such water has to be produced on purpose. Catalytic HT oxidation would ensure clean operation but could be critical for operation due to possible occurrence of explosive mixture. A tritium compatible micro-channel catalytic reactor (μCCR) has been designed and manufactured to produce up to 10 mL min−1 of HTW with very high specific tritium activity (stoichiometric DTO: 5.2 × 1016 Bq kg−1). Prior to its integration in CAPER for tritium operation, this reactor has been commissioned at different feed flow rates, gas composition (air or Helium), and temperature. The results demonstrate the good performances of the μCCR in producing water. The combination of the μCCR with the O2 sensor represents a reliable system able to produce HTW in a safe way and without radioactive waste. Accordingly, the CAPER facility can be upgrade in order to continue the R and D activity on

  11. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Part 2. LLNL Annual Site-specific Data, 1953 - 2005

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    Historical information about tritium released routinely and accidentally from all Livermore Site Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) facilities and from the Tritium Research Laboratory of Sandia National Laboratories/California (SNL/CA) between 1953 through 2005 has been compiled and summarized in this report. Facility-specific data (annual release rates and dilution factors) have been derived from the historical information. These facility-specific data are needed to calculate annual doses to a hypothetical site-wide maximally exposed individual from routine releases of tritiated water (HTO) and tritiated hydrogen gas (HT) to the atmosphere. Doses can also be calculated from observed air tritium concentrations, and mean annual values for one air tritium sampling location are presented. Other historical data relevant to a dose reconstruction (e.g., meteorological data, including absolute humidity and rainfall) are also presented. Sources of information are carefully referenced, and assumptions are documented. Uncertainty distributions have been estimated for all parameter values. Confidence in data post-1974 is high.

  12. The effects of sulfur mustard exposure and freezing on transdermal penetration of tritiated water through ex vivo pig skin.

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    Payne, O J; Graham, S J; Dalton, C H; Spencer, P M; Mansson, R; Jenner, J; Azeke, J; Braue, E

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    The percutaneous absorption of tritiated water ((3)H(2)O) through sulfur mustard (SM) exposed abdominal pig skin was measured using in vitro Franz-type static diffusion cells. The barrier function to water permeation following exposure to liquid SM for 8 min and excision 3h later did not change significantly. A small, but statistically significant difference (P<0.05) in steady state penetration (Jss), permeability coefficient (Kp) and lag time (t(L)) of (3)H(2)O was observed between fresh skin and skin stored frozen (-20 °C) for up to two weeks. Steady-state penetration and Kp values were significantly higher (P < 0.05) in skin stored frozen compared with fresh skin. Fresh naïve skin had an average Kp of 1.65 × 10(-3) cm h(-1), whereas frozen naïve skin was 2.04 × 10(-3) cm h(-1). Fresh SM exposed skin had a mean Kp of 1.72 × 10(-3) cm h(-1), whereas frozen SM exposed skin was 2.31 × 10(-3) cm h(-1). Lag times were also shorter (P<0.05) in skin that had been stored frozen. Frozen, SM-exposed porcine abdominal skin may be used for in vitro penetration studies, but effects of treatment and storage on the barrier layer should be taken into account. PMID:23041075

  13. Limitation of tritium outgassing from tritiated solid waste drums

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    In the framework of the development of fusion thermonuclear reactors, tritiated solid waste is foreseen and will have to be managed. The management of tritiated waste implies limitations in terms of activity and tritium degassing. The degassing tritium can be under the form of tritiated hydrogen, tritiated water and, in some specific cases, negligible amount of tritiated volatile organic compound. Hence, considering the major forms of degassing tritium, CEA has developed a mixed-compound dedicated to tritium trapping in drums. Based on several experiments, the foreseen mixed compound is composed of MnO2, Ag2O, Pt and molecular sieve, the three first species having the ability to convert tritiated hydrogen into tritiated water and the last one acting as a trap for tritiated water. To assess the performance of the trapping mixture, experimental tests were performed at room temperature on tritiated dust composed of beryllium and carbon. It was shown that the metallic oxides mixture used for tritiated hydrogen conversion is efficient and that tritiated water adsorption was limited due to an inefficient regeneration of the molecular sieve prior to its use. Apart from this point, the tritium release from waste was reduced by a factor of 5.5, which can be improved up to 87 if the adsorption step is efficient

  14. Limitation of tritium outgassing from tritiated solid waste drums

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    Liger, K.; Trabuc, P.; Lefebvre, X.; Troulay, M.; Perrais, C. [CEA, Centre de Cadarache, DEN/DTN/STPA/LIPC, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

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    In the framework of the development of fusion thermonuclear reactors, tritiated solid waste is foreseen and will have to be managed. The management of tritiated waste implies limitations in terms of activity and tritium degassing. The degassing tritium can be under the form of tritiated hydrogen, tritiated water and, in some specific cases, negligible amount of tritiated volatile organic compound. Hence, considering the major forms of degassing tritium, CEA has developed a mixed-compound dedicated to tritium trapping in drums. Based on several experiments, the foreseen mixed compound is composed of MnO{sub 2}, Ag{sub 2}O, Pt and molecular sieve, the three first species having the ability to convert tritiated hydrogen into tritiated water and the last one acting as a trap for tritiated water. To assess the performance of the trapping mixture, experimental tests were performed at room temperature on tritiated dust composed of beryllium and carbon. It was shown that the metallic oxides mixture used for tritiated hydrogen conversion is efficient and that tritiated water adsorption was limited due to an inefficient regeneration of the molecular sieve prior to its use. Apart from this point, the tritium release from waste was reduced by a factor of 5.5, which can be improved up to 87 if the adsorption step is efficient.

  15. Effects of low level prenatal β-irradiation from tritiated water on postnatal growth and reflex behavior in mice

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    Pregnant C57BL/6J strain mice randomly assigned to one of four groups were irradiated with exponentially decreasing doses of tritium β-rays but group 1 (used as control) by single intraperitoneal injection of tritiated water (HTO) on the 12.5th day of gestation. Offsprings having received accumulative doses of 0, 0.05, 0.10 or 0.30 Gy at birth were observed for the growth rate, the age of acquisition of three reflexes (surface righting, negative geotaxis and grasp reflex), the appearance of three physiologic markers (eye opening, pinna detachment and incisor eruption and the sensuous functions (visual placing and mother-taxis). Significant dose-response relationships for alterations in postnatal growth retardation, reflex acquisition, physiologic marker and sensuous function appearance were found in groups exposed to 0.05 Gy or above. These results indicate that exposure to HTO during the fetal period in mice results in a dose-dependent alteration in postnatal growth and physiologic development; therefore, 0.05 to 0.10 Gy exposure may represent a threshold dose range for the experimental conditions of this research using these parameters

  16. Effects of prenatal low dose beta radiation from tritiated water on rat hippocampus neurons. Electrophysiological and neuro behavioural changes

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    Pregnent Wistar rats were exposed to tritiated water (HTO) on day 13 of gestation so that for their offsprings, the absorbed doses were estimated to be 0.000, 0.044, 0.088 and 0.264 Gy. The influence of HTO to the morphology and number of hippocampus pyramidal neurons and the maximum electric current of Ca2+ in neurons was observed for the in-vitro-cultured hippocampus of new-born rats and the learning and memory behaviours were assessed by the electric avoidance reflex test in a Y-maze and the condition reflex test for young rats. The results show that prenatal exposure to HTO in a cumulative dose of 0.088 Gy can cause a reduction in number of neurons in hippocampus cultured in vitro, and that the electric current of Ca2+ tends to decline with cumulative dose increasing, with the significant decrease in offsprings prenatally exposed to HTO in dose of 0.264 Gy. The results of electric avoidance reflex test in a Y-maze and condition reflex test indicate that for young rats prenatally exposed to HTO, a cumulative dose of 0.088 Gy could induce damage in their learning and memory behaviours

  17. Uncertainties in dose coefficients for intakes of tritiated water and organically bound forms of tritium by members of the public

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    The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) provides models for the calculation of doses from intakes of radionuclides, including intakes of tritium as tritiated water (HTO) or organically bound tritium (OBT). The ICRP models for HTO and OBT are explained and the assumptions made are examined. The reliability of dose estimates is assessed in terms of uncertainties in central estimates for population groups. The models consider intakes of HTO and OBT by ingestion and inhalation by adults and children and doses to the fetus following intakes by the mother. The analysis includes uncertainties in the absorption of OBT to blood, incorporation of tritium into OBT in body tissues, retention times in tissues, transfer to the fetus and the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of tritium beta emissions compared with gamma rays. Heterogeneity of dose within tissues and cells is also considered. For intakes as HTO, dose is predominantly due to distribution and retention of HTO in body water and it was concluded that adult doses are reliable to within a factor of 2. For intakes of OBT, the extent of incorporation into OBT in body tissues results in greater uncertainties, with estimates relying on animal data for selected compounds. The analysis indicated that adult doses from OBT can be considered to be known to within a factor of 3. Greater uncertainties in estimated doses for children and for in utero exposures were considered. Central values from the uncertainty analyses of doses for HTO and OBT were greater than the corresponding ICRP dose coefficients by about a factor of 2, mainly due to the inclusion of uncertainties in RBE for tritium. A detailed assessment of doses using appropriate parameters and considering uncertainties would be of particular importance in situations where the dose may approach dose limits or constraints. For exposures to known forms of OBT, specific dose assessments may be required. (author)

  18. Water requirement and total body water estimation as affected by species, pregnancy and lactation using tritiated water

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    Radiotracer dilution technique was used to determine total body water (TBW) and the water turnover rate (WTR) estimate of water requirements in water buffaloe, Red Dannish cattle, fat tailed Osemi sheep and Camellus Dromedarius. Water buffaloes were found to have highest TBW, followed by camels, sheep and cattle in a descending order. The WTR ranking was highest for sheep followed by water buffaloe endurance to heat was found inseperable to high water usage, while in camels, an intericate water retention mechanism help animals to thrive in deserts. Fat tailled Osemi sheep and cattle failed to cope with high environmental temperature resulting in temporary dehydration. TBW was 17% and 6% higher in pregnant cattle and sheep than non-pregnant animals respectively, while there was no observed change in pregnant buffaloes. Water retention of pregnant cattle was associated with an appriciable increase in WTR, which was not noticable in buffaloe or sheep. Lactating buffaloe have had a higher TBW and WTR than lactating cattle. Milk yield per day during the period of measurement was higher in buffalo than cattle. Wallowing of buffalo in water pools during grazing, represents a behavioural adaptation for life in hot regions, aside of tendency for higher WTR with concomitant water retention

  19. The estimation of annual limit on intake for tritiated food

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    Tritium incorporation into tissues and DNA of mice was studied after daily ingestion of tritiated food or tritiated water. The tritiated food used was a commercial preparation mixed with brine shrimp which had been reared in tritiated sea water. After ingestion of tritiated food or water for up to 22 d, the specific activity of tritium in tissues was measured as tissue-free-water tritium, tissue-bound tritium and DNA-bound tritium. In order to compare the tritium intake from food with that from water, 14C-glucose was added to food and drinking water. The specific activity of tritium of tissues obtained was then corrected by the specific activity of 14C in tissues in order to analyse the tritium incorporation from the same amount of ingested food and water. DNA-bound tritium after the ingestion of tritiated food was 4.6 times higher than that of tritiated water, while tissue-bound tritium was 2.2 times higher. The radiation dose to liver from tritium incorporated through food was two-fold higher than through tritiated water, which was mainly due to the high incorporation of tritium into DNA. Our results demonstrated that the dose calculation based on tissue-free-water tritium alone would underestimate the radiation exposure of the human population exposed to tritiated food. (author)

  20. Tritiated water detection in the 2.17 µM spectral region by cavity ring down spectroscopy

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    Nuclear waste containers are intended to be stored in dedicated disposal sites. For the inside and environmental safety of the disposal sites, the tiny outgassing rates leaking out the containers are measured. Presently, the radioactive HT gas is measured by liquid scintillation. However an alternative method—cavity ring down spectroscopy, an isotopically selective laser technique based on molecular spectroscopy—is currently developed and evaluated for tritium measurement in its oxidized form, HTO. Applying this method, the number density of the gaseous HTO sample hold in the optical cavity cell, is derived from the laser beam absorption by vibrational symmetric stretching 2ν1 (R) HTO lines in the 4590 and 4600 cm−1 spectral range. To ensure a future accurate HTO measurement, the theoretical line intensities are confronted to the experiment: two tritiated water standards are measured with a dedicated CRDS set-up. Compared to the theoretical database, the line positions are correct (−0.067 to −0.128 cm−1), their relative intensities are in agreement with the database, but their absolute intensities are 20% weaker. Among the seven intense lines, the 4596.485 cm−1 line (intensity 8.22 10−22 cm/molecule) and the 4592.407 cm−1 line (intensity 9.83 10−22 cm/molecule) are isolated and intense for a sensitive detection. The HTO detection limit with the present set-up is 3 kBq (10 min), equivalent to 1.8 1012 molecules in the 111 cm3 CRDS cell. This detection limit could be improved by a factor 3 by reducing the detection noise

  1. Genotoxic, cytotoxic, developmental and survival effects of tritiated water in the early life stages of the marine mollusc, Mytilus edulis

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    Using an integrated approach linking different levels of biological organisation, the genotoxic, cytotoxic, developmental and survival impact of tritiated water (HTO) were investigated in the embryo-larvae of marine mollusc Mytilus edulis. One-hour-old embryos were exposed to a range of concentrations (0.37-370 kBq ml-1) of HTO, which delivered a dose between 0.02 and 21.41 mGy over the exposure period for different end points. Detrimental effects, if any, were monitored at different levels of biological organisation (i.e. DNA, chromosomal, cellular and individual). Genotoxic effects were assessed using molecular and cytogenetic approaches which included analysis of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD), induction of sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) and chromosomal aberrations (Cabs). Cytotoxic effects were evaluated by determining the proliferative rate index (PRI) of the embryo-larval cells. Developmental and survival effects were also monitored every 24 h up to 72 h. Results in general indicated that HTO significantly increased cytogenetic damage, cytotoxicity, developmental abnormalities and mortality of the embryo-larvae as a function of concentration or radiation dose. The analysis of RAPD profiles also revealed qualitative effects in the HTO exposed population compared to controls. However, while the embryo-larvae showed dose or concentration dependent effects for mortality, developmental abnormalities and induction of SCEs, the dose-dependent effects were not apparent for Cabs and PRI at higher doses. The study contributes to our limited understanding of the impact of environmentally relevant radionuclides on non-human biota and emphasises the need for further investigations to elucidate potentially long term damage induced by persistent, low levels of other radionuclides on commercially and ecologically important species, in order to protect human and ecosystem health

  2. Genotoxic, cytotoxic, developmental and survival effects of tritiated water in the early life stages of the marine mollusc, Mytilus edulis

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    Hagger, Josephine A. [School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Devon, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom); Atienzar, Franck A. [School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Devon, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom); Jha, Awadhesh N. [School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Devon, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: ajha@plymouth.ac.uk

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    Using an integrated approach linking different levels of biological organisation, the genotoxic, cytotoxic, developmental and survival impact of tritiated water (HTO) were investigated in the embryo-larvae of marine mollusc Mytilus edulis. One-hour-old embryos were exposed to a range of concentrations (0.37-370 kBq ml{sup -1}) of HTO, which delivered a dose between 0.02 and 21.41 mGy over the exposure period for different end points. Detrimental effects, if any, were monitored at different levels of biological organisation (i.e. DNA, chromosomal, cellular and individual). Genotoxic effects were assessed using molecular and cytogenetic approaches which included analysis of random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD), induction of sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) and chromosomal aberrations (Cabs). Cytotoxic effects were evaluated by determining the proliferative rate index (PRI) of the embryo-larval cells. Developmental and survival effects were also monitored every 24 h up to 72 h. Results in general indicated that HTO significantly increased cytogenetic damage, cytotoxicity, developmental abnormalities and mortality of the embryo-larvae as a function of concentration or radiation dose. The analysis of RAPD profiles also revealed qualitative effects in the HTO exposed population compared to controls. However, while the embryo-larvae showed dose or concentration dependent effects for mortality, developmental abnormalities and induction of SCEs, the dose-dependent effects were not apparent for Cabs and PRI at higher doses. The study contributes to our limited understanding of the impact of environmentally relevant radionuclides on non-human biota and emphasises the need for further investigations to elucidate potentially long term damage induced by persistent, low levels of other radionuclides on commercially and ecologically important species, in order to protect human and ecosystem health.

  3. Tritium metabolism in cow's milk after administration of tritiated water and of organically bound tritium

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    Tritium was administered as THO and as organically bound tritium (OBT) to lactating cows. Urine and milk samples were collected and analyzed for tritium content. Plateau levels in milk water and in milk fat, lactose and casein were reached in about 20 days after feeding either THO or OBT. Comparison of the specific activity (pCi3H/g H) of the various milk constituents with the specific activity of the body water showed that, after administration of THO, the highest tritium incorporation occurred in lactose (0.58), followed by milk fat (0.36) and casein (0.27). Tritium incorporation in milk dry matter (0.45) is considerably higher than in most tissue components of several mammalian species after continuous ingestion of THO as reported in the literature. After feeding OBT, the highest tritium incorporation occurred in milk fat and to a lesser extent in casein. Tritium levels in lactose were surprisingly low and the reason for this is not clear. They were similar to those in milk water. Tritium levels in milk and urine water showed systematic differences during administration of OBT and after this was stopped. There was more tritium in milk water until the last day of OBT feeding and this situation was reversed after this. (author)

  4. Stability analysis of hydrophobic catalysts in presence of tritiated water. Evaluation of polydivynilbenzene support stability

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    The behaviour of hydrophobic catalysts in the isotopic exchange reactions H/D/T was analyzed by quantum chemistry methods. The primary radiolytic effect was analyzed using a two-step radiolytic mechanism: a) the ionization of molecule and spatial redistribution of atoms in order to reach a minimum value of energy, characteristic to the new quantum state; b) the neutralization of molecule by capture of an electron and its rapid dissociation in free radicals. Time period between the capture of electron and molecule dissociation in free radicals is shorter than the time required for geometric reoptimization. Chemical bonds suspected to break are located in the distribution region of LUMO orbital and have minimal bond energy. Evaluation of secondary effects taking place in polymeric structure in the presence of water was carried out through the study of the transition state (activated complex) resulted after the attack of HO· radicals formed in the radiolysis of water. In the case of catalyst on styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer support, the quantum chemistry analysis reveals a good stability of the polymer to the primary radiolytic effect. The secondary effects affect the polymeric structure due to the HO· radicals attack at the benzilic position. These attacks are accompanied by fragmentation of polymeric chain and induction of hydrophobic groups on the chain. Occurrence of these processes is much lower as compared to those taking place in the polytetrafluoroethylene substrate. (authors)

  5. Response of mice liver to continuous beta-irradiation from tritiated water

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    The low-level toxicity of the tritium has been studied on the adult mice liver. A group of adult mice was irradiated continuously at the radioactivity of 1.25 μCi/ml of drinking water up to 30 days and the liver was studied on 1, 5, 7, 15 and 30 days after initiation of treatment. In early intervals, a gradual increase in the degree of damage in the form of histopathological lesions like cytoplasmic vacuolation and degranulation, pycnosis, hemorrhage and lymphocytic infiltration etc. was noticed which reaches to maximum on day 7, after which it was found a bit repaired on the following interval (15 days) and on 30th day exhibited almost a near-normal hepatic architecture with a few histopathological lesions viz. edema and leukocytic infiltration. (author)

  6. Diffusion of Tritiated Water (HTO) and 22Na+-Ions through Non-Degraded Hardened Cement Pastes - II. Modelling Results

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    In this report, the procedure and the results of an inverse modelling study on the through-diffusion of tritiated water (HTO) and 22Na+-ions are presented using high-porous hardened cement pastes with a water/cement ratio of 1.3 in the first stage of the cement degradation. For the analysis two alternative models were applied: 1) a diffusion model where a possible sorption of the tracer was entirely neglected, and 2) a diffusion model with linear sorption. The analysis of the through-diffusion phase allowed extracting values for the effective diffusion coefficient (De) and the rock-capacity factor (α). Both models could fit the breakthrough curves equally well, and also mass-balance considerations did not allow to clearly preferring one of the two competing models to the other. But blind-predictions for tracer out-diffusion using the best-fit parameter values deduced from analysing the former through-diffusion phase gave a clear indication that linear sorption had to be included in the diffusion model. The extracted Kd values for HTO are in excellent agreement with values from batch sorption experiments and are of the order of 0.8. 10-3 m3/kg. Those for 22Na+ are of the order of 1.0. 10-3 m3/kg and are by a factor of two larger than values from batch sorption experiments. The values for the effective diffusion coefficients for HTO are of the order of (2-3).10-10 m2/s, and those for sodium are roughly by a factor of two smaller than values for HTO. On the one hand, the observed tracer uptake could only partially be addressed to isotope exchange; the most obvious process which could account for the remaining part of the uptaken tracer mass is diffusion into a second type of porosity, the dead-end pores. On the other hand, the results and conclusions drawn are encouraging for future investigations; therefore no major deficiency concerning the applied equipment and the modelling methodology could be detected. In the report, however, some suggestions for new and

  7. A feasibility study of catalytic reduction method for tritium recovery from tritiated water

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    Feasibility of catalytic reduction method for the application to the tritium recovery process in the fusion fuel cleanup system and the blanket tritium recovery system was studied by experimental work and the thermodynamic analysis. Reduction experiments of H2O vapor with Ar carrier were carried out under the following conditions: temperature; 350 -- 650 K, H2O vapor concentration in feed gas; 103 -- 104 ppm, mole ratio of CO to H2O; 1 -- 10, space velocity; 2 x 102 -- 2 x 104 hr-1. Catalyst was the mixture of CuO, ZnO and Cr2O3, which has been used as the catalyst for the water-gas shift reaction H2O(g) + CO(g) reversible H2(g) + CO2(g). Relations between the conversion factor for H2O vapor and the operating conditions such as temperature, feed composition and feed flow rate were obtained by the experiments. Catalytic reaction rate equation and the rate constants, which can be used for designing a practicable catalytic reduction bed, were also determined by the treatment of the second order reaction. Advantages of the tritium recovery system composed of the reduction bed and palladium diffusers were verified by the present experiments and the study of several tritium recovery systems. Very high recovery ratio will be obtained at low operation temperature by the systems. (author)

  8. Catalytic membrane reactors for tritium recovery from tritiated water in the ITER fuel cycle

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    Palladium and palladium-silver permeators have been obtained by coating porous ceramic tubes with a thin metal layer. Three coating techniques have been studied and characterized: chemical electroless deposition (PdAg film thickness of 10 μm), ion sputtering (about 1 μm) and rolling of thin metal sheets (50 μm). The Pd-ceramic membranes have been used for manufacturing catalytic membrane reactors (CMR) for hydrogen and its isotopes recovering and purifying. These composite membranes and the CMR have been studied and developed for a closed-loop process with reference to the design requirements of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) blanket tritium recovery system in the enhanced performance phase of operation. The membranes and CMR have been tested in a pilot plant equipped with temperature, pressure and flow-rate on-line measuring and controlling devices. The conversion value for the water gas shift reaction in the CMR has been measured close to 100% (always above the equilibrium one, 80% at 350 deg. C): the effect of the membrane is very clear since the reaction is moved towards the products because of the continuous hydrogen separation. The rolled thin film membranes have separated the hydrogen from other gases with a complete selectivity and exhibited a slightly larger mass transfer resistance with respect to the electroless membranes. Preliminary tests on the sputtered membranes have also been carried out with a promising performance. Considerations on the use of different palladium alloy in order to improve the performances of the membranes in terms of permeation flux and mechanical strength, such as palladium/yttrium, are also reported

  9. Electrochemical impedance spectrometry using 316L steel, hastelloy, maraging, Inconel 600, Elgiloy, carbon steel, TiN and NiCr. Simulation in tritiated water. 2 volumes

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    Polarization and electrochemical impedance spectrometry curves are presented and discussed. These curves make it possible to ascertain the corrosion domains and to compare the slow and fast kinetics (voltammetry) of different stainless steel alloys. These corrosion kinetics, the actual or simulated tritiated water redox potentials, and the corrosion potentials provide a classification of the steels studied here: 316L, Hastelloy, Maraging, Inconel 600, Elgiloy, carbon steel and TiN and NiCr deposits. From the results it can be concluded that Hastelloy and Elgiloy have the best corrosion resistance. (author). 49 refs., 695 figs., tabs

  10. Estimation of tritiated water concentration in vegetables and milk around argentine nuclear power plants obtained from discharge sites and meteorological data

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    The present work shows a methodology to assess the concentration of tritiated water in vegetation and milk. Calculations are depending on the release rate and the meteorological data of the nuclear installations. Methodology is based on existing models that had been modified taking in account available data and specific conditions in the vicinity of the nuclear power plants in Argentina. The predictions of the models are compared with the measurements of tritium concentrations in sampling of vegetables and milk occurred monthly during 2007, near of the plants. (author)

  11. Percutaneous absorption of tritiated oil and dosimetric concerns

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    Tritiated oil deposited on the skin provides an intake route for organically bound tritium (OBT) and tritiated water (HTO). The kinetics of tritium excretion in the urine of hairless rats exposed to tritiated vacuum-pump oil have shown a much shorter effective time constant for OBT, compared to HTO. However, the detection of long-term tritium activity in urine indicates that there is also long-term retention in the body. This is attributed to metabolism and assimilation of tritiated compounds into the body. (author)

  12. Capture and isotopic exchange method for water and hydrogen isotopes on zeolite catalysts up to technical scale for pre-study of processing highly tritiated water

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    Highly tritiated water (HTW) may be generated at ITER by various processes and, due to the excessive radio toxicity, the self-radiolysis and the exceedingly corrosive property of HTW, a potential hazard is associated with its storage and process. Therefore, the capture and exchange method for HTW utilizing Molecular Sieve Beds (MSB) was investigated in view of adsorption capacity, isotopic exchange performance and process parameters. For the MSB, different types of zeolite were selected. All zeolite materials were additionally coated with platinum. The following work comprised the selection of the most efficient zeolite candidate based on detailed parametric studies during the H2/D2O laboratory scale exchange experiments (about 25 g zeolite per bed) at the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK). For the zeolite, characterization analytical techniques such as Infrared Spectroscopy, Thermogravimetry and online mass spectrometry were implemented. Followed by further investigation of the selected zeolite catalyst under full technical operation, a MSB (about 22 kg zeolite) was processed with hydrogen flow rates up to 60 mol*h-1 and deuterated water loads up to 1.6 kg in view of later ITER processing of arising HTW. (authors)

  13. Production of DNA Double Strand Breaks in Human Cells due to Acute Exposure to Tritiated Water (HTO)

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    The average and maximum energies of the beta emission from 3H are 5.69 keV and 18.6 keV respectively. The average range in water (or soft tissues), around 0.5 1/4m (500 nm), is considerably less than the typical diameter of a cell (10-30 1/4m), and even of a cell nucleus (5-10 1/4m), thus the micro-location of the tritium atom may well be crucial in determining its biochemical consequences. Due to the high ionization density of the beta particles emitted by tritium (about 400 ion pairs/1/4m) possible interaction of tritium beta radiation with DNA may play a significant role. Tritiated water (HTO) is the main chemical form in which tritium is found in the environment. In the body it may be retained as organically bound tritium (OBT), binding to biological molecules or remaining as OBT with various degrees of solubility. OBT can be retained in the human body much longer than HTO and therefore the dose arising from OBT can reach 50% of the total tritium dose . Histones are major protein components of chromatin. They function as spools around which DNA winds and play an important role in the regulation of gene expression. In the absence of histones, the DNA in chromosomes would be unmanageably long, as human cells each have about 1.8 m of DNA. During mitosis, DNA is duplicated and condensed, resulting in about 120 1/4m of chromosomes. It was recently reported that the phosphorylation of histone H2AX on serine residue 139 (D3-H2AX) is associated with Double Strand Breaks (DSB) sites in DNA), which indicates the possibility of research based on the detection of DSBs in DNA. The phosphorylated megabase chromatin domain surrounding the DSB can be immunostained and visualized as discrete foci by fluorescence microscopy, as each DNA DSB formed produces a visible D3-H2AX focus. Since 1 Gy of radiation produces approximately 60 DSBs/cell, doses of a few mGy should be distinguishable from the background, and it was recently shown that the exposure to 1 mGy of X-rays induces a

  14. Preparation of tritiated lysine

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    Tritiated L-lysine is used to study the function and metabolism of lysine in vivo. Therefore, it is an important tracer in biochemical research. The precursor, chloro-lysine was obtained by the reaction of L-lysine hydrochloride with chlorine gas in concentrated hydrochloric acid medium under uv light radiation. Then tritiated L-lysine was prepared by catalysed halogen-tritium exchange. The specific activity of L(β, γ-3H) lysine was 5.9 TBq/mmol (∼16 Ci/mmol). The radiochemical purity was over 95%

  15. Transportation of tritiated waste from fusion facilities

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    Gruetzmacher, K.M.; Carlson, R.V.; Stencel, J.R.; Sissingh, R.A.P.

    1988-03-01

    This paper examines methods of handling tritiated waste from a fusion facility, concentrating on handling requirements specific to tritium. Gaseous effluent from a fusion reactor can currently be transported from a fusion facility in two forms )endash) as a gas or solidified on uranium beds. Tritiated water can be transported if it is solidified by absorption onto molecular sieve beds or on clay or cement. Solid waste being shipped for disposal can be transported in low specific activity (LSA, less than 0.3 mCig(1.1 )times) 10/sup 7/Bqg)), type A (less than or equal to 1000 CI(3.7 )times) 10/sup 13/Bq)) or type B (greater than 1000 CI(3.7 )times) 10/sup 13/Bq)) standard containers. The method chosen for transport depends on the amount and level of activity of the tritiated material and whether or not it will be reprocessed at another facility. 4 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. Transportation of tritiated waste from fusion facilities

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    Gruetzmacher, K.M.; Carlson, R.V.; Stencel, J.R.; Sissingh, R.A.P.

    1988-09-01

    This paper examines methods of handling tritiated waste from a fusion facility. Gaseous effluent from a fusion reactor can currently be transported from a fusion facility in two forms - as a gas or solidified on uranium beds. Tritiated water can be transported if it is solidified by adsorption onto molecular sieve beds or on clay or cement. Solid waste being shipped for disposal can be transported in low specific activity (LSA, less than 0.3 mCi/g (1.1x10/sup 7/ Bq/g)), type A (less than or equal to 1000 Ci (3.7x10/sup 13/ Bq)) or type B (greater than 1000 Ci (3.7x10/sup 13/ Bq)) standard containers. The method chosen for transport depends on the amount and level of activity of the tritiated material and whether or not it will be reprocessed at another facility.

  17. Transportation of tritiated waste from fusion facilities

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    This paper examines methods of handling tritiated waste from a fusion facility, concentrating on handling requirements specific to tritium. Gaseous effluent from a fusion reactor can currently be transported from a fusion facility in two forms /endash/ as a gas or solidified on uranium beds. Tritiated water can be transported if it is solidified by absorption onto molecular sieve beds or on clay or cement. Solid waste being shipped for disposal can be transported in low specific activity (LSA, less than 0.3 mCig[1.1 /times/ 107Bqg]), type A (less than or equal to 1000 CI[3.7 /times/ 1013Bq]) or type B (greater than 1000 CI[3.7 /times/ 1013Bq]) standard containers. The method chosen for transport depends on the amount and level of activity of the tritiated material and whether or not it will be reprocessed at another facility. 4 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs

  18. Biokinetics and dosimetry of inhaled tritiated aerosols

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    Trivedi, A. [Radiation Biology and Health Physics Branch, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, Ontario (Canada); Cheng, Y.S. [Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico (United States)

    2000-05-01

    Inhalation of tritiated pump oils and metal tritides is a potential radiological protection problem in some situations in tritium facilities. At present, the biokinetic data and validated dose models do not generally exist for chemical forms of tritium other than tritiated water and tritium gas. This situation calls for improving our radiobiological and dosimetric understanding for inhalation of tritiated aerosols. When tritiated pump oils or metal tritides were instilled into the lung, tritium was biotransformed to organically bound tritium (OBT) and tritiated water (HTO) in the body. The biokinetics of tritium-in-urine exhibited a sum of two exponential functions for OBT and HTO: short and long-term clearance components. For tritiated pump oils, 68% of the instilled activity was excreted in feces and less than 10% in urine. More than 90% of the applied activity was retained in the lung up to 5 d post-exposure, this declined to 40% and 5% of the instilled activity 7 d and 28 d post-exposure, respectively. No major long-term storage of OBT was observed in the body. For metal tritides (i.e., titanium tritide), 37% of instilled activity was eliminated via urine, 29% via feces, and 16% through exhaled air. The results on distribution and dynamics of tritium in the body were remarkably similar with our earlier studies on percutaneous absorption of tritiated pump oils or skin-contact exposure to tritium-gas-contaminated metal surfaces. Urinary excretion bioassay data from workers exposed to metal tritides or pump oils were analyzed using the MS-Windows 95 PC version of GENMOD{sup TM} internal dosimetry code. (GENMOD implements the ICRP Publication 66 respiratory tract model and compartment models rather than retention functions of tritium compounds as describes by ICRP Publication 67). The simulated tritium urinary excretion data for exposed workers indicated that Type S solubility classification is more appropriate that Type M default as prescribed ICRP Publication 66

  19. Synthesis of tritiated clenbuterol

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    Pri-Bar, Ilan; Buchman, Ouri (Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Beersheba (Israel). Nuclear Research Center-Negev)

    1990-12-01

    Tritiated clenbuterol was prepared starting from 4-aminoacetophenone (I) which was selectively brominated to 4-amino-3,5-dibromoacetophenone (II), then to 4-amino-{alpha},3,5-tribromoacetophenone (III) and reacted with tert. butylamine to 4-amino-3,5-dibromo-{alpha}-tert.butylaminoacetophenone (IV). (IV) was dehalogenated and reduced with tritium gas to give 2-(tert.butylamino)-1-(4-amino-(3,5-{sup 3}H)-phenyl)-(1-{sup 3}H)-ethanol (V). This tritiated compound underwent selective aromatic chlorination to give the desired 2-(tert.butylamino)-1-(4-amino-3,5-dichlorophenyl)-(1-{sup 3}H)-ethanol, (ethanol-1-{sup 3}H)clenbuterol, with specific activity of 13.4 Ci/mmol (496 GBq/mmol). (author).

  20. Synthesis of tritiated clenbuterol

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    Tritiated clenbuterol was prepared starting from 4-aminoacetophenone (I) which was selectively brominated to 4-amino-3,5-dibromoacetophenone (II), then to 4-amino-α,3,5-tribromoacetophenone (III) and reacted with tert. butylamine to 4-amino-3,5-dibromo-α-tert.butylaminoacetophenone (IV). (IV) was dehalogenated and reduced with tritium gas to give 2-(tert.butylamino)-1-(4-amino-[3,5-3H]-phenyl)-[1-3H]-ethanol (V). This tritiated compound underwent selective aromatic chlorination to give the desired 2-(tert.butylamino)-1-(4-amino-3,5-dichlorophenyl)-[1-3H]-ethanol, [ethanol-1-3H]clenbuterol, with specific activity of 13.4 Ci/mmol (496 GBq/mmol). (author)

  1. Tritium in the food chain. Intercomparison of model predictions of contamination in soil, crops, milk and beef after a short exposure to tritiated water vapour in air

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    Future fusion reactors using tritium as fuel will contain large inventories of the gas. The possibility that a significant fraction of an inventory may accidentally escape into the atmosphere from this and other potential sources such as tritium handling facilities and some fission reactors e g, PWRs has to be recognized and its potential impact on local human populations and biota assessed. Tritium gas is relatively inert chemically and of low radiotoxicity but it is readily oxidized by soil organisms to the mixed oxide, HTO or tritiated water. In this form it is highly mobile, strongly reactive biologically and much more toxic. Models of how tritiated water vapour is transported through the biosphere to foodstuffs important to man are essential components of such an assessment and it is important to test the models for their suitability when used for this purpose. To evaluate such models, access to experimental measurements made after actual releases are needed. There have however, been very few accidental releases of tritiated water to the atmosphere and the experimental findings of those that have occurred have been used to develop the models under test. Models must nevertheless be evaluated before their predictions can be used to decide the acceptability or otherwise of designing and operating major nuclear facilities. To fulfil this need a model intercomparison study was carried out for a hypothetical release scenario. The study described in this report is a contribution to the development of model evaluation procedures in general as well as a description of the results of applying these procedures to the particular case of models of HTO transport in the biosphere which are currently in use or being developed. The study involved eight modelers using seven models in as many countries. In the scenario farmland was exposed to 1E10 Bq d/m3 of HTO in air during 1 hour starting at midnight in one case and at 10.00 a.m. in the other, 30 days before harvest of crops

  2. The Lack of Cytotoxic Effect and Radioadaptive Response in Splenocytes of Mice Exposed to Low Level Internal β-Particle Irradiation through Tritiated Drinking Water in Vivo

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    Full Text Available Health effects of tritium, a β-emitter and a by-product of the nuclear industry, is a subject of significant controversy. This mouse in vivo study was undertaken to monitor biological effects of low level tritium exposure. Mice were exposed to tritiated drinking water (HTO at 10 KBq/L, 1 MBq/L and 20 MBq/L concentrations for one month. The treatment did not result in a significant increase of apoptosis in splenocytes. To examine if this low level tritium exposure alters radiosensitivity, the extracted splenocytes were challenged in vitro with 2 Gy γ-radiation, and apoptotic responses at 1 and 24 h were measured. No alterations in the radiosensitivity were detected in cells from mice exposed to tritium compared to sham-treated mice. In contrast, low dose γ-irradiation at 20 or 100 mGy, resulted in a significant increase in resistance to apoptotic cell death after 2 Gy irradiation; an indication of the radioadaptive response. Overall, our data suggest that low concentrations of tritium given to mice as HTO in drinking water do not exert cytotoxic effect in splenocytes, nor do they change cellular sensitivity to additional high dose γ-radiation. The latter may be considered as the lack of a radioadaptive response, typically observed after low dose γ-irradiation.

  3. Selectively tritiated primary alcohols

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    A procedure is suggested for the preparation of aliphatic primary alcohols selectively tritiated in the alpha position. The tritium donor is HTO; out of the catalysts tested, dichlorotris(triphenylphosphine)ruthenium(VI) gave the best results. The isotopic exchange can be performed over the temperature region of 130-200 degC. The amount of side products formed is negligible. The specific activity of the product is determined by the specific activity of HTO used and by the reactant ratio. The method is analogous to the reaction with D2O described by S.L. Regen in 1974. (author). 2 figs., 2 tabs., 17 refs

  4. Effects of the combinations of caffeine with 137Cs-gamma rays or tritiated water on the proliferation and malignant transformation CHL-1 cells

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    The effects of the combinations of caffeine with 137Cs-gamma rays or tritiated water on the proliferation and malignant transformation in vitro in CHL-1 cells were observed in experiments. At the concentrations of caffeine from 1 mmol/L to 2 mmol/L, the dose ranges of 137Cs-gamma rays from 0.837 Gy and to 2.51 Gy and of tritium-beta radiation from 0.837 Gy to 0.528 Gy, the cell proliferation of CHL-1 cells was found to be inbigited when cells were exposed to caffeine, gamma and beta radiations, respectively, as well as when they were exposed to various combinations of caffeine with the two latters. The degree of inhibition of cell proliferation was dependent upon the concentration of caffeine and on the doses of radiation. In the transformation experiments, cell malignant transformation rates for all treated groups were higher than that for contol group and the rates for irradiated plus caffeine-treated groups were higher than those for corresponding single-agent-treated ones. After the subcutaneous injection of transformed cells into irradiated mice, tumours in size of about 2 mm3 were found in some animals and the tumour cells were identical with in-vitro-transformed CHL-1 cells histopathologically

  5. The treatment and disposal of tritiated effluents. Technology and safety

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    The study on the disposal of tritiated effluents has been conducted in coordination with investigations carried out at NUKEM GmbH under the heading ''Compilation of Safety-Related Data for an Industrial Disposal of Tritiated Effluents on the Basis of Large-Scale Invenstigations''. The findings of this study were adopted, in particular with a view to tritium exchange rates ascertained experimentally. After some introductory remarks on the origin of tritium, its properties and its behaviour in a reprocessing plant three alternative methods for the disposal of tritiated effluents produced during reprocessing are described in the present study and compared with each other under various aspects. The study is based on the concept of a 1400 t/a reprocessing plant for LWR fuel, which annually produces 3000 m3 of tritiated waste water with a tritium content of 6.5 x 1012 Bq/m3 as well as a residual fission product and actinide content. (orig./RW)

  6. A systems engineering analysis to examine the economic impact for treatment of tritiated water in the Hanford KE-Basin

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    Federal and state agencies have established a Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) to address some key environmental issues faced at the Hanford Site. Under the TPA, the Department of Energy is currently under a consent order to reduce the tritium concentration in the spent fuel storage basin for KE-Reactor from 3.0 μCi/L to 0.3 μCi/L in the KE spent fuel storage basin, starting in 1996. The 100KE and 100KW Area fuel storage basins (K-Basins) at Hanford were built in the early 1950s to receive and provide temporary storage for irradiated fuel from the now shutdown KE and KW production reactors. In 1977, the KE-Basin began to leak at a rate of 13.5 gpm (51 L/min.), but, decreased to 0.03 to 0.05 gpm (0. 13 to 0.19 L/min.) by 1980. In 1993, the leak increased to a rate of 0.42 gpm (1.6 L/min.). This engineering analysis examines the relative costs to reduce the tritium concentration KE-Basin water using a polyphosphazene polymer membrane under development at Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The estimated cost of using the membrane to reduce the tritium concentration is compared to three no-treatment alternatives that include: (1) disposing of the tritium-contaminated water directly to the Columbia River, (2) disposing of the contaminated water to the soil at the on-site Effluent Treatment Facility, and (3) disposing of the contaminated water by evaporation using solar evaporation ponds

  7. Influence of exposure of pregnant rats to tritiated water (HTO) on swimming function and brain weight of their litters

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    In order to understand the effects of HTO exposure on the development of central nervous system in rats, the influence of exposure of pregnant rat to HTO on the swimming ability of their litters was studies. Experiment was completed in 21 rats and their 237 litters. It was found that exposure of rats to HTO at activity of 0.185 MBq/ml of body water (5 μCi/ml) or 0.740 MBq/ml (20 μCi/ml), begining on the 8th day of gestation, may retard the development of swimming ability in young litters (up to 18 day of life). These findings indicate that exposure to HTO at lower doses (0.20-1.85 Gy) may resut in a retardation of the function of the development of central nervous system in rats

  8. Diffusion of Tritiated Water (HTO) and {sup 22}Na{sup +}-Ions through Non-Degraded Hardened Cement Pastes - II. Modelling Results

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    Jakob, A

    2002-12-01

    In this report, the procedure and the results of an inverse modelling study on the through-diffusion of tritiated water (HTO) and {sup 2}2Na{sup +}-ions are presented using high-porous hardened cement pastes with a water/cement ratio of 1.3 in the first stage of the cement degradation. For the analysis two alternative models were applied: 1) a diffusion model where a possible sorption of the tracer was entirely neglected, and 2) a diffusion model with linear sorption. The analysis of the through-diffusion phase allowed extracting values for the effective diffusion coefficient (D{sub e}) and the rock-capacity factor ({alpha}). Both models could fit the breakthrough curves equally well, and also mass-balance considerations did not allow to clearly preferring one of the two competing models to the other. But blind-predictions for tracer out-diffusion using the best-fit parameter values deduced from analysing the former through-diffusion phase gave a clear indication that linear sorption had to be included in the diffusion model. The extracted K{sub d} values for HTO are in excellent agreement with values from batch sorption experiments and are of the order of 0.8. 10{sup -3} m{sup 3}/kg. Those for {sup 2}2Na{sup +} are of the order of 1.0. 10{sup -3} m{sup 3}/kg and are by a factor of two larger than values from batch sorption experiments. The values for the effective diffusion coefficients for HTO are of the order of (2-3).10{sup -1}0 m{sup 2}/s, and those for sodium are roughly by a factor of two smaller than values for HTO. On the one hand, the observed tracer uptake could only partially be addressed to isotope exchange; the most obvious process which could account for the remaining part of the uptaken tracer mass is diffusion into a second type of porosity, the dead-end pores. On the other hand, the results and conclusions drawn are encouraging for future investigations; therefore no major deficiency concerning the applied equipment and the modelling methodology

  9. The electrochemical corrosion behavior of austenitic alloys, cobalt or nickel based super alloys, structurally hardened martensitic, Inconel, zircaloy, super austenitic, duplex and of Ni-Cr or NTi deposits in tritiated water. 3 volumes

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    The redox potential of 3 H2O, as well as the corrosion potentials in this medium are found, abnormally, in the trans-passive region. This is completely different from the behavior in the chemical industry or in the water in nuclear powers. With such behavior, there will be breakdowns of the protective oxide layers, and in the presence of chloride there will be immediate pitting. The steels that are most resistant to this behavior are the super austenitic and super Duplex. To avoid corrosion, another solution is to decompose the radiolytic products by imposing a slight reducing potential. Corrosion inhibitors, which are stable in tritiated water, can be used. (author). 69 refs., 421 figs., tabs

  10. Water/polyethylene system radiolysis: application to the tritiated water storage in polyethylene bottle; Radiolyse du systeme eau/polyethylene: application au stockage d'eau tritiee en bonbonne polyethylene

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    2007-04-15

    This study deals with the validation and the search of the limitations for the storage of tritiated water (HTO) in polyethylene (PE) containers. The hydroxyl radical (HO{sup .}), produced during the radiolysis of water, is known for its reactivity toward alkanes in water. Our competition experiments (with SCN{sup -} or coumarin) by pulse radiolysis shows the reactivity of HO{sup .} with PE, which gives rise to chemical modifications of PE. Some FTIR analysis of PE, irradiated in the presence of water, show that the amounts of C=C, C-O, and C=O functions are more important when the production of HO{sup .} is favoured. Moreover the reactivity of e{sub aq}{sup -} in the presence of PE has also been highlighted by time resolved spectroscopy. The study of permeability of the HTO/PE system shows that the volumetric activity within PE is 10{sup 4} fold lower than the water activity after a one year immersion in 1853 Ci.L{sup -1} HTO. The MCNP simulation of the irradiation by the {beta}{sup -} of the tritium points out that 200 kGy is deposited within the first 250 nanometers of the PE. In spite of an early diffusion these results show a very weak solubility. Furthermore the value of the diffusion decreases following the modifications induced by the {beta}{sup -} at the surface. Crosslinking is a parameter that directly acts on the diffusion of molecules through the polymer. We have adapted and used the thermo-poro-metry technique in order to assess the crosslinking of PE. Using this investigation we have characterized the cross linking as a function of the dose, especially with respect to the mesh size distribution. We have also established a relationship allowing the determination of the crosslinking density in a swelled PE sample by p-xylene by DSC analysis. (author)

  11. Changes in contents of somatostatin in hypophysis and arginine vasopressin in hypothalamus of postnatal developing brain induced by low level prenatal β-irradiation of tritiated water in mice

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    Changes in contents of the two kinds of neuropeptides have been measured in the brains of postnatal G57BL/6J strain mice that received accumulative doses of 0, 0.05, 0.10 or 0.30 Gy respectively in utero from tritium β-irradiation during the mother mice's pregnancy from the 12.5th day of gestation to the day of delivery. Dose response relationship for alteration in somatostatin content due to exposure to 0.10 Gy or above was observed, and it was also noted that 0.30 Gy could cause decrease in arginine vasopressin in hypothalamus. These results were consistent with findings in research on brain development and reflex behavior in the literature. 0.10 Gy exposure may represent a threshold for exposure to tritiated water within the range from day 12.5 of gestation to the day of delivery using change in content of somatostatin in hypophysis as a parameter

  12. Disposal pathway for tritiated reactive metals and tritiated hydrogen gas

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    Kinectrics and its predecessor company Ontario Hydro Research Div. (a division of Ontario Hydro) had a fully operational tritium laboratory on site since the early 1980's. During those years numerous projects and experiments were undertaken using hydrogen and tritium for the most part. Metals with an affinity for hydrogen are commonly employed as scavengers of hydrogenic gases from process streams or as hydrogen storage mediums. The two most common of these metals used were depleted uranium and a zirconium-iron alloy (SAES St198). The break-up of Ontario Hydro through deregulation activities resulted in the building of a new, smaller, tritium laboratory and the decommissioning of the original tritium laboratory. Decommissioning activities resulted in the need to safely dispose of these reactive metals. Disposal of these metals is not straight forward. For safe, long term, disposal it has been decided to oxidize the metals in a controlled fashion. The oxidized beds, containing the metals, will be sent to a radioactive waste site for long term storage. Options for disposal of tritiated hydrogen gas are presented and discussed. This paper provides a disposal pathway for tritiated reactive metals and hydrogen thereby closing the loop in tritium handling. (authors)

  13. Labeling lake water with tritium

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    Frederick, B.J.

    1963-01-01

    A method of packaging tritiated water in a manner that facilitates safe handling in environmental labeling operations, and procedures followed in labeling a large body of water with a small volume of tritiated water are described. ?? 1963.

  14. Water metabolism in rats subjected to chronic alcohol administration

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    Parlesak, Alexandr; Pohl, C.; Bode, J.C.;

    2004-01-01

    AIM: While the diuretic action of acute ingestion of alcohol has been studied extensively, the effect of chronic alcohol consumption has received less attention. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of chronic alcohol consumption on the balance of water intake and excretion...... fed the low-protein/high-fat diet. The reduced urine excretion was not due to lower liquid consumption and the pattern of daily excretion of faeces was comparable with that observed for urine excretion. Both sodium and potassium excretion and the diuretic response to an acute water load were...... significantly reduced in group A compared with group C. The changes in water balance induced by chronic alcohol consumption were reversible within a few days when the rats received water instead of 15% alcohol. CONCLUSIONS: Chronic alcohol consumption has an antidiuretic effect in rats. The percentage of total...

  15. Water metabolism in rats subjected to chronic alcohol administration

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    Parlesak, Alexandr; Pohl, C.; Bode, J.C.;

    2004-01-01

    AIM: While the diuretic action of acute ingestion of alcohol has been studied extensively, the effect of chronic alcohol consumption has received less attention. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of chronic alcohol consumption on the balance of water intake and excretion...... A compared with group C. The changes in water balance induced by chronic alcohol consumption were reversible within a few days when the rats received water instead of 15% alcohol. CONCLUSIONS: Chronic alcohol consumption has an antidiuretic effect in rats. The percentage of total ingested fluid leaving...... and certain renal functions in rats during a period of 12 months. ANIMALS AND STUDY DESIGN: Male Wistar rats received either alcohol (15% v/v; group A, n = 65) or tap water (group C, n = 35) as drinking fluid. Urine and faeces were collected from 6 rats of each group during 7 days, at monthly intervals...

  16. Preparation of tritiated polystyrene coated radioluminescent phosphor

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    Soft beta-particles emitted by tritiated polystyrene are impinged upon a copper activated zinc sulphide phosphor to provide self-sustained light sources for nocturnal illumination of watch dials and timepieces, product advertisements, telephone numbers, exit signs etc. For this purpose phenylacetylene was partially reduced with tritium in di-isopropyl ether medium using 10% Pd/CaCO3 poisoned with quinoline to give styrene. Styrene was polymerized to polystyrene by γ-radiation (200 kGy dose). The copper activated zinc sulphide phosphor was then coated with that tritiated polystyrene to give self-sustained light sources. (author)

  17. Electrochemical impedance spectrometry using Inconel 690, zircaloy 4, 316Ti steel, 17-4-PH, UR52N et URSB8. Simulation in tritiated water. Tome 2

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    The redox potential of 3 H2O, as well as the corrosion potentials in this medium are found, abnormally, in the trans-passive region. This is completely different from behavior in the chemical industry or in the water in nuclear powers. With such behavior, there will be breakdowns of the protective oxide layers, and in the presence of chloride there will be immediate pitting. Polarization and electrochemical impedance spectrometry curves are presented and discussed. These curves make it possible to ascertain the corrosion domains and to compare the kinetics of different stainless steel alloys. These corrosion kinetics and the corrosion potentials provide a classification of the steels studied here: Inconel 690, zircaloy 4, 316 Ti steel, 17-4-PH, UR52N et URSB8. From the results it can be concluded that URSB8 has the best corrosion resistance. (author). 13 refs., 522 figs., tabs

  18. Electrochemical impedance spectrometry using Inconel 690, zircaloy 4, 316Ti steel, 17-4-PH, UR52N et URSB8. Simulation in tritiated water. Tome 1

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    The redox potential of 3 H2O, as well as the corrosion potentials in this medium are found, abnormally, in the trans-passive region. This is completely different from the behavior in the chemical industry or in the water in nuclear powers. With such behavior, there will be breakdowns of the protective oxide layers, and in the presence of chloride there will be immediate pitting. Polarization and electrochemical impedance spectrometry curves are presented and discussed. These curves make it possible to ascertain the corrosion domains and to compare the kinetics of different stainless alloys. These corrosion kinetics and the corrosion potentials provide a classification of the steels studied here: Inconel 690, zircaloy 4, 316 Ti steel, 17-4-PH, UR52N et URSB8. From the results it can be concluded that URSB8 has the best corrosion resistance. (author). 279 figs., tabs

  19. Treatment of tritiated exhaust gases at the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe

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    Hutter, E.; Besserer, U. [Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (Germany); Jacqmin, G. [NUKEM GmbH, Industreistr, Alzenau (Germany)

    1995-02-01

    The Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK) accomplished commissioning; tritium involving activities will start this year. The laboratory is destined mainly to investigating processing of fusion reactor fuel and to developing analytic devices for determination of tritium and tritiated species in view of control and accountancy requirements. The area for experimental work in the laboratory is about 800 m{sup 2}. The tritium infrastructure including systems for tritium storage, transfer within the laboratory and processing by cleanup and isotope separation methods has been installed on an additional 400 m{sup 2} area. All tritium processing systems (=primary systems), either of the tritium infrastructure or of the experiments, are enclosed in secondary containments which consist of gloveboxes, each of them connected to the central depressurization system, a part integrated in the central detritiation system. The atmosphere of each glovebox is cleaned in a closed cycle by local detritiation units controlled by two tritium monitors. Additionally, the TLK is equipped with a central detritiation system in which all gases discharged from the primary systems and the secondary systems are processed. All detritiation units consist of a catalyst for oxidizing gaseous tritium or tritiated hydrocarbons to water, a heat exchanger for cooling the catalyst reactor exhaust gas to room temperature, and a molecular sieve bed for adsorbing the water. Experiments with tracer amounts of tritium have shown that decontamination factors >3000 can be achieved with the TLK detritiation units. The central detritiation system was carefully tested and adjusted under normal and abnormal operation conditions. Test results and the behavior of the tritium barrier preventing tritiated exhaust gases from escaping into the atmosphere will be reported.

  20. Distribution, biokinetics and dosimetry of tritiated organics

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    We have examined the biodistribution and biokinetics of tritium-in-macromolecules of male hairless rats for a period of up to 42 d post-exposure after skin contact exposure to tritiated pump oil or tritiated formaldehyde. Most of the retained organically bound tritium (OBT) was found in the cellular lipid (76%) and protein (22%), when the source of tritium intake was pump oil. For tritiated formaldehyde, 36 % of the OBT was in lipid and 49 % in the protein of tissues. The biological half-lives for tritium-in-lipid were about 3 d for the fast component and 12 d for the slower component. The tritium-in-protein has half-lives of about 0.5 d and 7 d. Tritium in DNA and RNA was cleared with half-lives of about 0.5 d and 20 d. The time-integrated tritium activity in macromolecules showed that the percent contribution to the total OBT dose was exposure- and organ-specific. Most of the OBT dose was due to lipid (42-74% for tritiated pump oil) and acid-insoluble protein (52-69% for tritiated formaldehyde). Only 2-8% of time-integrated OBT activity was found in the nuclei acids. These in vivo biokinetics results of OBT have indicated that a majority of tritium in organic macromolecules of the tissue is incorporated and retained in lipid and protein. The low levels of tritium bound to genetic materials, taken up by the cells in organs, are unlikely to contribute significantly to the effective dose. (authors)

  1. Middle East Chronic Water Problems: Solution Prospects

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    Hussein Al-Rimmawi

    2012-01-01

    Water shortages have been for a long time a serious problem in the Middle East as well as other parts of the world. The large and arid land of the Middle East has also been dependant on water which is provided by few rivers. This issue has been tackled by researchers, orientalists and exploration associations (Palestine Exploration Fund 1882, and Oliphant, 1880). The aim of this paper is to tackle ways of managing and solving chromic water shortages and hydropolitical tensions in the Middle E...

  2. Excretion of organic and inorganic tritiated compounds in cow's milk after ingestion of tritium oxide

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    The secretion in milk of tritium as water and organic molecules (casein and lipids) was studied after giving cows tritiated water for a period of 25 days. The data indicate that after a single application, tritium is mainly excreted as tritium water of rapid turnover. After continuous application, molecules with long half life, particularly lipids, become more important and may represent somewhat more than 4% of the total. (H.K.)

  3. Incorporation of tritiated stearic acid in polymer

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    The chemical fixation of tritium in stearic acid followed by embedding the tritiated stearic acid into an epoxy resin proved to be a good method for permanent waste disposal of tritium gas. Tc-126 and Tc-136 hardener were used for this purpose. The polymerization temperature of the polymer products was found to be highly decreased by adding stearic acid and slightly decreased by adding stearic acid or by raising the temperature of the leachant medium and slightly decreased by irradiation. On the other hand, small improvement in the compressive strength of the polymer products was achieved by adding silica powder. The polymer product showed high flame points above 573 K although it contains stearic acid. DTA and TG analysis indicate that the thermal stability of polymer products containing stearic acid and silica powder is better than samples containing only stearic acid. Stearic acid was found to possess good resistance to irradiation and the amount of hydrogen and oxygen gases measured due to irradiation of the epoxy resin products containing stearic acid was found to be negligible. The leaching rate of tritium from the epoxy resin sample containing tritiated stearic acid was measured under different experimental conditions. The dominant factors affecting the leaching rate of tritium are the leachant medium and its temperature. From the above results it can be generally recommended to incorporate tritiated stearic acid in the epoxy resin Tc-126 alone without silica powder and to avoid great rise in the temperature of the leachant medium. Under optimum conditions excellent results can be achieved for permanent waste disposal of tritium gas and about 1.5.1016 Bq tritium gas could be fixed on about 1 kg Tc-126 epoxy resin. (author) 16 figs., 3 tabs., 11 refs

  4. Uptake, excretion, and radiation hazards of tritiated thymidine in humans

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    Nine patients with malignant disease were given iv injections of tritiated thymidine, 0.2 mCi/kg, for tumor cell kinetics studies. Serial plasma, urine, saliva, and air vapor samples were collected variously for up to 79 days, and tritium activity was measured. The initial half-life of plasma activity was rapid. After 1 day, the activity decayed with a half-life of 10.8 days, indicating equilibration of activity with the total body water. Urine activity was over 100 times the plasma activity within 1 hr, with equilibration approaching the plasma activity after 2 days, and then decayed at a similar rate. Saliva and air vapor activity increased to plasma levels and then decayed at the same rate as did plasma activity. In the first 24 hr, approximately one-third of the total injected activity was excreted in the urine. During the first 12 days there were 54.2% urinary and 10.6% insensible losses. Maximum losses determined by extrapolation of observed data were 68% urinary and 19.5% insensible losses, or a total of 87.5%. Approximately 7% of the injected activity may represent material initially incorporated into DNA but later metabolized and excreted. The radiation dose from total body water is estimated at 0.69 rad. The estimated dose absorbed by cell nuclei from incorporated material is a maximum of 20.5 rads. These radiation doses would not seem to contraindicate injection of 0.2 mCi tritiated thymidine per kg to patients in this clinical and experimental setting. Measurements of activity in personnel and room air indicate that the use of such doses is not hazardous if appropriate precautions are followed

  5. Generation of tritiated methane using a CuO-Al4C3 bed

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    With the supply of a constant flow rate of hydrogen with a constant tritium concentration to a CuO-Al4C3 bed at 573 K, methane with a constant radioactivity was generated at a high conversion ratio. Although tritiated methane was conventionally generated using a set of tritiated water vapor bubbler and an Al4C3 bed, its tritium radioactivity was limited by the saturated water vapor pressure and was dropped by a large decrease in density when water was vaporized. The present CuO-Al4C3 bed can substantially eliminate its limit because of the successive conversion from hydrogen to methane using a CuO-Al4C3 bed heated to 573 K. The difference in output between the ionization chamber and the gas chromatography was discussed based on the complete-mixing series-tank model. (author)

  6. DETERMINATION OF IN-VITRO LUNG SOLUBILITY AND INTAKE-TO-DOSE CONVERSION FACTOR FOR TRITIATED LANTHANUM NICKEL ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    Farfan, E.; Labone, T.; Staack, G.; Cheng, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Varallo, T.

    2011-11-11

    A sample of tritiated lanthanum nickel aluminum alloy (LaNi4.25Al0.75 or LANA.75) similar to that used at the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities was analyzed to estimate the particle size distribution of this metal tritide powder and the rate, at which this material dissolves in the human respiratory tract after it is inhaled. This information is used to calculate the committed effective dose received by a worker after inhaling the material. These doses, which were calculated using the same methodology given in the DOE Tritium Handbook, are presented as inhalation intake-to-dose conversion factors (DCF). The DCF for this metal tritide is less than the DCF for tritiated water and radiation worker bioassay programs designed for tritiated water are adequate to monitor for intakes of this material.

  7. Characterization of tritium exposures by measuring tritiated metabolites in urine

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    A high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-based method was developed to look for the presence of characteristic urinary metabolites associated with different tritium-exposure situations. Non-volatile metabolites in urine were isolated by evaporating an aliquot of urine samples, at room temperature under nitrogen, from animals percutaneously exposed to tritiated thymidine, tritiated formaldehyde, tritium-gas-contaminated metal surfaces and tritiated pump oil. A total of 40 fractions were collected at 1 min intervals with a flow rate of 1 ml x min-1, and their tritium activities were measured. The activity profile of tritium showed that the ratios of non-volatile tritiated metabolites in fraction I (0-20 min) to fraction II (20-40 min) were noticeably different among the animals exposed to tritiated thymidine (77.2±4.5), tritiated formaldehyde (40.9±3.3), tritium-gas-contaminated metal surfaces (16.5±2.5), or tritiated pump oil (8.7±0.4) 24 h post-exposure. Our results suggest that, if the nature of a tritium exposure is unknown, comparison of the ratio of fraction I to fraction II in non-volatile tritiated metabolites may be useful in characterizing the source and the nature of tritium exposure. (author)

  8. Tritiation and characterization of several polyamine natural products

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    Methods are presented to tritiate the polyamines putrescine and spermine. - Highlights: • This paper describes the synthesis of [3H] putrescine and [3H] spermine. • Several diverse tritiation methods were used to accomplish these radiolabellings including tritium reduction of an olefin as well as tritium reduction of a bis nitrile precursor. • This paper also describes the characterization of [3H] putrescine by tritium NMR

  9. Tritiation and characterization of several suicide substrate enzyme inactivators

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    Methods are presented to tritiate the enzyme inhibitors pargyline and caracemide. - Highlights: • This paper describes the synthesis of [3H] pargyline and [3H] caracemide. • Several diverse tritiation methods were used to accomplish these labellings and include halogenation–tritium dehalogenation as well as the preparation of [3H] methyl isocyanate. • This paper also describes the characterization of these substances by tritium NMR

  10. Tritiated wastewater treatment and disposal evaluation for 1995

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    A second annual summary and analysis of potential processes for the mitigation of tritium contained in process effluent, ground water and stored waste is presented. It was prepared to satisfy the Hanford Federal Facility and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) Milestone M-26-05B. Technologies with directed potential for separation of tritium at present environmental levels are organized into two groups. The first group consists of four processes that have or are undergoing significant development. Of these four, the only active project is the development of membrane separation technology at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL). Although research is progressing, membrane separation does not present a near term option for the mitigation of tritium. A second grouping of five early stage projects gives an indication of the breadth of interest in low level tritium separation. If further developed, two of these technologies might prove to be candidates for a separation process. At the present, there continues to be no known commercially available process for the practical reduction of the tritium burden in process effluent. Material from last year's report regarding the occurrence, regulation and management of tritium is updated and included in the appendices of this report. The use of the State Approved Land Disposal Site (SALDS) for disposal of tritiated effluent from the 200 Area Effluent Treatment Facility (ETF) begins in the fall of 1995. This is the most significant event impacting tritium in the environment at the Hanford Site this coming year

  11. Percutaneous absorption and metabolism of tritiated oil. I

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    The chemical and radiolytic interaction of tritium with oils produces a variety of tritiated compounds. To understand the metabolic behavior and possible dosimetric consequences of tritiated oil contamination, the course of urinary tritium activity in hairless rats exposed to tritiated pump oils has been investigated. The contaminated oil was applied on the animals' skin, and the excretion of tritium in urine was assayed for 112 days, allowing for the measurement of long-term tritium retention and excretion in the body. Tritiated oil deposited on the skin provides an input of OBT (organic-bound tritium) and HTO to the body. The excretion of HTO was found to be biphasic with exponential function half-lives of 3.3 ± 0.4 days and 25.5 ± 3.5 days. Elevated levels of OBT were noticed in the urine. The excretion of OBT was analyzed in terms of fast, slow and long-term components. OBT had a much shorter effective time constant than HTO. The half-lives for these components were 1.0 ± 0.1 day, 5.4 ± 0.6 days, and 31.4 ± 1.9 days, respectively. The long-term retention of tritium in the body is attributed to metabolism and the assimilation of tritiated compounds into the body. (Author) (3 figs., 3 tabs., 11 refs.)

  12. The electrochemical corrosion behavior of austenitic alloys, cobalt or nickel based super alloys, structurally hardened martensitic, Inconel, zircaloy, super austenitic, duplex and of Ni-Cr or NTi deposits in tritiated water. 3 volumes; Comportement electrochimique a la corrosion d`alliages austenitiques, superalliages base cobalt ou nickel, martensitiques a durcissement structural, inconel, zircaloy, superaustenitiques et duplex, de depots Ni-Cr et NTi en eau tritiee. 3 volumes

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    Bellanger, G.

    1994-12-31

    The redox potential of {sup 3} H{sub 2}O, as well as the corrosion potentials in this medium are found, abnormally, in the trans-passive region. This is completely different from the behavior in the chemical industry or in the water in nuclear powers. With such behavior, there will be breakdowns of the protective oxide layers, and in the presence of chloride there will be immediate pitting. The steels that are most resistant to this behavior are the super austenitic and super Duplex. To avoid corrosion, another solution is to decompose the radiolytic products by imposing a slight reducing potential. Corrosion inhibitors, which are stable in tritiated water, can be used. (author). 69 refs., 421 figs., tabs.

  13. Transfer of tritium to prenatal and neonatal rats from their mothers exposed to tritiated compounds

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    The transfer of tritium through the placenta or milk was investigated to estimate the radiation dose to the fetus and newborn. Female rats at gestational stages or after delivery were exposed to tritium in the form of water, thymidine and lysine by a single oral administration and radioactivity in tissues including conceptuses (placenta, fetal membrane and fetus) and in the newborn was determined at various times after administration. In all cases of the investigated triated compounds, there was no significant difference between the tritium concentration in the fetus and that in the maternal tissues, suggesting that the placenta has no effect in preventing or accelerating the placental transfer of tritium. The time course of tritium concentration and tritium content in the fetus and newborn were, however, dependent on the chemical form of tritium and on the prenatal or neonatal stages at the time of ingestion. In general, the tritium concentration and tritium content after the ingestion of 3H-lysine were higher than that after the ingestion of tritiated water or 3H-thymidine. The result of dose estimation showed that 3H-lysine gave higher prenatal and neonatal doses than tritiated water or 3H-thymidine by a factor of 1.5 to 6.0. (author)

  14. Tritium levels in milk in the vicinity of chronic tritium releases.

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    Le Goff, P; Guétat, Ph; Vichot, L; Leconte, N; Badot, P M; Gaucheron, F; Fromm, M

    2016-01-01

    Tritium is the radioactive isotope of hydrogen. It can be integrated into most biological molecules. Even though its radiotoxicity is weak, the effects of tritium can be increased following concentration in critical compartments of living organisms. For a better understanding of tritium circulation in the environment and to highlight transfer constants between compartments, we studied the tritiation of different agricultural matrices chronically exposed to tritium. Milk is one of the most frequently monitored foodstuffs in the vicinity of points known for chronic release of radionuclides firstly because dairy products find their way into most homes but also because it integrates deposition over large areas at a local scale. It is a food which contains all the main nutrients, especially proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. We thus studied the tritium levels of milk in chronic exposure conditions by comparing the tritiation of the main hydrogenated components of milk, first, component by component, then, sample by sample. Significant correlations were found between the specific activities of drinking water and free water of milk as well as between the tritium levels of cattle feed dry matter and of the main organic components of milk. Our findings stress the importance of the metabolism on the distribution of tritium in the different compartments. Overall, dilution of hydrogen in the environmental compartments was found to play an important role dimming possible isotopic effects even in a food chain chronically exposed to tritium. PMID:26551587

  15. Tritiated thymidine and deoxycytidine suicide of mouse hemopoietic colony forming cells (CFC)

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    Significant enhancement of tritiated dCyd suicide occurred when unlabelled dThd was added to cultures of mouse monocytic colony-forming cells. Incorporation experiments supported the suicide experiments in that incorporation of tritiated dCyd into DNA was significantly increased. One hundred micromolar dCyd significantly reduced the radiotoxicity of 0.3 μCi of tritiated dThd; incorporation experiments indicated a dose-related reduction in the incorporation of tritiated dThd into DNA with the addition of 1-100 μM unlabelled dCyd. The addition of 1 μM aminopterin reversed the effect of 100 μM deoxycytidine; viz., incorporation of dThd into DNA was 90% of controls. Aminopterin had a similar effect on deoxyuridine reversal of tritiated dThd incorporation into DNA. Aminopterin had no effect on the reduction of tritiated dThd incorporation into DNA due to the addition of 100 μM unlabelled thymidine. Unlabelled ribonucleosides, Urd and Cyd, did not significantly affect the suicide pattern of tritiated dThd or dCyd when they were added to CFC cultures. Unlabelled deoxyribonucleosides, dThd or dCyd, did not significantly affect the suicide pattern of either tritiated Cyd or Urd when they were added to cultures containing tritiated ribonucleosides. Unlabelled Urd or Cyd was effective in reversing the suicide due to tritiated Urd or Cyd. (author)

  16. The evaluation of uptake of tritiated methane to the plants

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    The experiment of the exposure of tritiated methane (CH3T) to plants was carried. Plants were put in the airtight container that CH3T gas was added. The amount of light that it irradiated plants was changed, and the amounts of photosynthesis as the metabolic change activities of the plants were adjusted, and processes of assimilation to the plant of CH3T were evaluated under a constant temperature. The leaves in the container and the inside gas were collected in every interval, and tritium concentrations in the samples were determined. It is observed that CH3T concentration in the container decreased under both the light and dark conditions. On changing from dark to light condition, there was no change in the decreasing tendency of the CH3T concentration. These show that tritiated methane would be taken in the plants without the photosynthesis process, but through the oxidation by microorganism on plants. (author)

  17. Tritiated Dust Levitation by Beta Induced Static Charge

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    C.H. Skinner; C.A. Gentile; L. Ciebiera; S. Langish

    2003-06-04

    Tritiated particles have been observed to spontaneously levitate under the influence of a static electric field. Tritium containing co-deposits were mechanically scraped from tiles that had been used in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) inner limiter during the deuterium-tritium campaign and were placed in a glass vial. On rubbing the plastic cap of the vial a remarkable ''fountain'' of particles was seen inside the vial. Particles from an unused tile or from a TFTR co-deposit formed during deuterium discharges did not exhibit this phenomenon. It appears that tritiated particles are more mobile than other particles and this should be considered in assessing tokamak accident scenarios and in occupational safety.

  18. Autoradiographic Study of Incorporation of Tritiated Thymidine in the Rat

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    The authors used tritiated thymidine to evaluate desoxyribonucleic acid synthesis in various rat organs. They show by autoradiographs that this synthesis takes place mainly in tissue having intensive mitotic activity (bone marrow, seminiferous tubules of the testis, mucous membrane of the intestine, oesophagus and tongue). The authors also studied the regeneration of the convoluted renal tubules during the months following local irradiation of the kidney at various doses. (author)

  19. Use of hydra for chronic toxicity assessment of waters intended for human consumption

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    Arkhipchuk, Victor V. [Laboratory of Biomarkers and Biotesting, Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Water Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Vernadsky Blvd. 42, Kiev 03142 (Ukraine)]. E-mail: arvic@nbi.com.ua; Blaise, Christian [Centre Saint-Laurent, Environment Canada, 105 McGill Street, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2E7 (Canada); Malinovskaya, Maria V. [Laboratory of Biomarkers and Biotesting, Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Water Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Vernadsky Blvd. 42, Kiev 03142 (Ukraine)

    2006-07-15

    Methods developed with the cnidarian, Hydra attenuata (Pallas), have proven effective for screening acute toxicity in aqueous samples, whereas their use in revealing (sub)chronic toxic effects have had mitigated success. We therefore sought to explore manifestations of hydra mortality and abnormal morphological changes, as well as the reproductive capacity of hydras to further enhance the bioassay sensitivity and to assess (sub)chronic toxicity. These parameters were recorded following the onset of experiments after 8, 12 and 19-21 days of hydra exposure. Results obtained with potable waters (30 brands of bottled waters and artesian waters from 9 wells) showed chronic sublethal and lethal effects or reproduction rate inhibition for most samples. The effectiveness of the hydra toxicity test was demonstrated in comparison with other widely used bioassays. Our previous and present investigations suggest that hydra is a reliable and relevant test organism for the assessment of acute and chronic water toxicity. - Hydra is a reliable and relevant test organism for the assessment of acute and chronic toxicity of waters intended for human consumption.

  20. Use of hydra for chronic toxicity assessment of waters intended for human consumption

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    Methods developed with the cnidarian, Hydra attenuata (Pallas), have proven effective for screening acute toxicity in aqueous samples, whereas their use in revealing (sub)chronic toxic effects have had mitigated success. We therefore sought to explore manifestations of hydra mortality and abnormal morphological changes, as well as the reproductive capacity of hydras to further enhance the bioassay sensitivity and to assess (sub)chronic toxicity. These parameters were recorded following the onset of experiments after 8, 12 and 19-21 days of hydra exposure. Results obtained with potable waters (30 brands of bottled waters and artesian waters from 9 wells) showed chronic sublethal and lethal effects or reproduction rate inhibition for most samples. The effectiveness of the hydra toxicity test was demonstrated in comparison with other widely used bioassays. Our previous and present investigations suggest that hydra is a reliable and relevant test organism for the assessment of acute and chronic water toxicity. - Hydra is a reliable and relevant test organism for the assessment of acute and chronic toxicity of waters intended for human consumption

  1. Classification methodology for tritiated waste requiring interim storage

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    Cana, D.; Dall' ava, D. [CEA/DEN/DADN, Centre de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Decanis, C.; Liger, K. [CEA/DEN, Centre de Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Pamela, J. [CEA, Agence ITER-France, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    2015-03-15

    Fusion machines like the ITER experimental research facility will use tritium as fuel. Therefore, most of the solid radioactive waste will result not only from activation by 14 MeV neutrons, but also from contamination by tritium. As a consequence, optimizing the treatment process for waste containing tritium (tritiated waste) is a major challenge. This paper summarizes the studies conducted in France within the framework of the French national plan for the management of radioactive materials and waste. The paper recommends a reference program for managing this waste based on its sorting, treatment and packaging by the producer. It also recommends setting up a 50-year temporary storage facility to allow for tritium decay and designing future disposal facilities using tritiated radwaste characteristics as input data. This paper first describes this waste program and then details an optimized classification methodology which takes into account tritium decay over a 50-year storage period. The paper also describes a specific application for purely tritiated waste and discusses the set-up expected to be implemented for ITER decommissioning waste (current assumption). Comparison between this optimized approach and other viable detritiation techniques will be drawn. (authors)

  2. The metabolism of tritiated oleic acid in the rat. A radiological protection study

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    The metabolism of 3H-labelled oleic acid has been studied in the rat during 600 days. The results of urinary and fecal excretions, of the retention of the total and fixed activities in 25 tissues or organs and the cumulative activity from day 4 to 616 are discussed. Oleic acid is more widely spread than other labelled molecules studied previously both as regard excretion or retention. During the first 4 days one can grossly admit that half the activity is fixed to water and half is stored in the adipose tissues which it leaves quickly first, then more slowly with a half-life of 200 days about. For some ten tissues, the cumulative activity due to the fixed fraction exceeds the cumulative activity due to tritiated water obtained by metabolism of oleic acid

  3. SEAMIST trademark soil sampling for tritiated water: First year's results

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    SEAMIST trademark is a recently developed sampling system that enables one to measure various soil parameters by means of an inverted, removable, impermeable membrane tube inserted in a borehole. This membrane tube can have various measuring devices installed on it, such as gas ports, adsorbent pads, and electrical sensors. These membrane tubes are made of a laminated polymer. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, has installed two of these systems to monitor tritium in soil resulting from a leak in an underground storage tank. One tube is equipped with gas ports to sample soil vapor and the other with adsorbent pads to sample soil moisture. Borehole stability was maintained using either sand-filled or air-inflated tubes. Both system implementations yielded concentrations or activities that compared well with the measured concentrations of tritium in the soil taken during borehole construction. In addition, an analysis of the data suggest that both systems prevented the vertical migration of tritium in the boreholes. Also, a neutron probe was successfully used in a blank membrane inserted in one of the boreholes to monitor the moisture in the soil without exposing the probe to the tritium. The neutron log showed excellent agreement with the soil moisture content measured in soil samples taken during borehole construction. This paper describes the two SEAMIST trademark systems used and presents sampling results and comparisons

  4. Link between microstructure and tritiated water diffusivity in mortars

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    Dangla P.; Le Bescop P.; Dridi W.; Larbi B.; Petit L.

    2013-01-01

    Ions and radionuclide diffusivity in concrete is one of the most important factors that determine service life and safety assessment of cement based structures in nuclear power plants and radioactive-waste repositories. Apart from the influence of cement paste microstructure, the presence of aggregates may have an impact on transport properties of the material. The well-known interfacial transition zone, denoted by ITZ, is created near the aggregates and characterized by a greater porosity. T...

  5. Reaction of fresh water zooplankton community to chronic radiation exposure

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    Osipov, D.; Pryakhin, E. [Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine - URCRM (Russian Federation); Ivanov, I. [FSUE Mayak PA (Russian Federation)

    2014-07-01

    The characteristic features of ecological community as a whole and cenosis of zooplankton organisms as part of it determine the intensity of the processes of self-purification of water and the formation of a particular body of water. Identifying features of the structure and composition of the zooplankton community of aquatic ecosystems exposed to different levels of radiation exposure, it is necessary to identify patterns of changes in zooplankton and hydro-biocenosis as a whole. Industrial reservoirs, the storage of liquid low-level radioactive waste 'Mayak' for decades, have high radiation load. A large range of levels of radioactive contamination (total volume beta-activity in water varies from 2.2x10{sup 3} to 2.3x10{sup 7} Bq/l, total volume alpha-activity - from 2.6x10{sup -1} to 3.1x10{sup 3} Bq/l) provides a unique opportunity to study ecosystems in a number of reservoirs with increasing impact of radiation factor. We studied five reservoirs that were used as the storage of low-and intermediate-level liquid radioactive waste pond and one comparison water body. In parallel with zooplankton sampling water samples were collected for hydro-chemical analysis. 41 indicators were analysed in order to assess the water chemistry. To determine the content of radionuclides in the various components of the ecosystem samples were collected from water, bottom sediments and plankton. Sampling of zooplankton for the quantitative analysis was performed using the method of weighted average auto bathometer. Apshteyn's plankton net of the surface horizon was used for qualitative analysis of the species composition of zooplankton. Software package ERICA Assessment Tool 2012 was used for the calculation of the absorbed dose rate. Species diversity and biomass of zooplankton, the share of rotifers in the number of species, abundance and biomass decrease with the increase of the absorbed dose rate and salinity. The number of species in a sample decreases with the

  6. Tritiated imipramine binding sites are decreased in the frontal cortex of suicides

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    Binding characteristics of tritiated imipramine were determined in the frontal cortex of suicides and well-matched controls. Maximal binding was significantly lower in brains from the suicides. This finding is consistent with reports of decreased tritiated imipramine binding in the platelets of patients diagnosed as having a major affective disorder

  7. A method for screening for the risk of chronic effects of surface water pollution.

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    Soldán, Přemysl; Badurová, Jana

    2013-01-01

    The article describes a method for screening for the risk of chronic surface water pollution which was developed at the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute. The approach, which is based on exotoxicological analyses, can be classed as a rapid method of assessment. The degree of risk of chronic effects surface water pollution is determined from an evaluation of two major parameters-toxicity and genotoxicity. As the method utilizes relative simple procedures for sample collection, pretreatment of the sample, chemical analyses, bioassays and results assessment, this approach is suitable for widespread practical use. Extensive utilization of this approach for assessing river basins in the Czech Republic has proved its suitability for a more sophisticated detection of the biological impact of surface water pollution. This is documented in the article where the method is used in a study of the Bílina River, and in the overview of the results of the risk assessment of chronic effects of surface water pollution in selected sections of three international river basins in the Czech Republic. PMID:22318738

  8. Chronic toxicity of chloride to freshwater species: effects of hardness and implications for water quality guidelines.

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    Elphick, James R F; Bergh, Kelli D; Bailey, Howard C

    2011-01-01

    Toxicity tests using nine freshwater species (Ceriodaphnia dubia, Daphnia magna, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Pimephales promelas, Lumbriculus variegatus, Tubifex tubifex, Chironomus dilutus, Hyallela azteca, and Brachionus calyciflorus) were conducted to evaluate their sensitivity to chloride. Acute-to-chronic ratios (ACRs) from these tests indicate the ACR of 7.59 employed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in deriving its water quality guideline for chloride may be conservative; a revised ACR of 3.50 is presented here. The endpoints used to calculate the ACR included 24-h to 96-h median lethal concentrations (LC50s) for acute tests, and 48-h to 54-d inhibition concentration (ICx) values for growth or reproduction for chronic exposures. Data from the present chronic toxicity tests, and other investigators, were used to propose a water quality guideline for long-term exposure to chloride using a species sensitivity distribution (SSD) approach. The 5th percentile from the SSD was calculated as 307 mg/L and proposed as the water quality guideline. Cladocerans were the most sensitive species in the dataset. Ceriodaphnia dubia was used to evaluate the relationship between water hardness and sensitivity to chloride. A strong relationship was observed and was used to establish a hardness-related equation to modify the proposed water quality guideline on the basis of water hardness, resulting in values ranging from 64 mg/L chloride at 10 mg/L hardness to 388 mg/L chloride at 160 mg/L hardness (as CaCO₃). These data suggest that current water quality guidelines for chloride may be overly conservative in water with moderate-to-high hardness, and may not be sufficiently protective under soft-water conditions. PMID:20872898

  9. Acute and chronic toxicity of sodium sulfate to four freshwater organisms in water-only exposures

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    Wang, Ning; Consbrock, Rebecca A.; Ingersoll, Christopher G.; Hardesty, Douglas K.; Brumbaugh, William G.; Hammer, Edward J.; Bauer, Candice R.; Mount, David R.

    2015-01-01

    The acute and chronic toxicity of sulfate (tested as sodium sulfate) was determined in diluted well water (hardness of 100 mg/L and pH 8.2) with a cladoceran (Ceriodaphnia dubia; 2-d and 7-d exposures), a midge (Chironomus dilutus; 4-d and 41-d exposures), a unionid mussel (pink mucket, Lampsilis abrupta; 4-d and 28-d exposures), and a fish (fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas; 4-d and 34-d exposures). Among the 4 species, the cladoceran and mussel were acutely more sensitive to sulfate than the midge and fathead minnow, whereas the fathead minnow was chronically more sensitive than the other 3 species. Acute-to-chronic ratios ranged from 2.34 to 5.68 for the 3 invertebrates but were as high as 12.69 for the fish. The fathead minnow was highly sensitive to sulfate during the transitional period from embryo development to hatching in the diluted well water, and thus, additional short-term (7- to 14-d) sulfate toxicity tests were conducted starting with embryonic fathead minnow in test waters with different ionic compositions at a water hardness of 100 mg/L. Increasing chloride in test water from 10 mg Cl/L to 25 mg Cl/L did not influence sulfate toxicity to the fish, whereas increasing potassium in test water from 1mg K/L to 3mg K/L substantially reduced the toxicity of sulfate. The results indicate that both acute and chronic sulfate toxicity data, and the influence of potassium on sulfate toxicity to fish embryos, need to be considered when environmental guidance values for sulfate are developed or refined.

  10. Corrosion behavior of 316 L stainless steel simulated by studying the influence of the species produced in the radiolysis in tritiated aqueous solutions

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    The corrosion of 316 L stainless steel in tritiated aqueous solutions was simulated by studying the influence of species produced or present in the radiolysis in these solutions. The species studied were nitrates, fluorides, nitrites, hydrogen peroxide and components of the steel, as well as the pH. The method used was voltammetry. The corroded or passivated surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy and the corrosion rates were determined by measuring the electrochemical impedance. The depletion of the component elements of the stainless steel at the surface was observed by X-ray fluorescence. From our results we propose methods to limit the corrosion in an industrial tritiated water installation by controlling the pH, the oxidation-reduction potential of the water and the voltage of the installation

  11. Preliminary results of a study on hydrodynamics of Danube-Black Sea Channel using tritiated wastewater from NPP Cernavoda

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    In this study we plan to use tritiated liquid effluents from a CANDU type nuclear power plant as a tracer, to study hydrodynamics on Danube-Black Sea Channel, thus extending the observation area along this important man-made channel. This channel is ideal for this kind of study, because wastewater evacuations are occasionally due to technical operations of a nuclear power plant. Tritiated water can be used to simulate the transport and dispersion of solutes in Danube-Black Sea Channel because they have the same physical characteristics as water. Measured tracer-response curves produced from injection of a known quantity of soluble tracer provide an efficient method of obtaining necessary data. This paper presents the mixing length calculation for particular conditions (lateral branch of the channel, and lateral injection of wastewater from nuclear power plant). A study of experimental published formulas was used to determine proper mixing length and the initial location of the experiment. Another result used in the further experiment concerns the tritium level along the Danube-Black Sea Channel. We measured tritium activity concentration in water sampled along the Channel between July-October 2002. The paper also presents future attempts to obtain unit-peak-attenuation (UPA) curve as related to different mixing times. (author)

  12. Electromyographical modulations in the man under chronic and acute immersion in cold water

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    Meigal Alexandr Yu

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to estimate adaptation of the neuromuscular system (NMS to severe acute and chronic immersion in cold water in the winter swimmers using electromyogra-phy (EMG. It has been found that winter swimming exerts only minimal effect on the NMS in comparison with healthy controls. Statistically significant decrease of the motor unit firing rate and the non-linear parameters of the interference EMG was documented for the condition of acute immersion in the icy water. In conclusion, the motor system of the man does not present adaptation to chronic intermittent cold immersion, albeit it reacts on the acute cold stimulus by remodeling of the motor units activity.

  13. Investigation of sodium metabolism in the ruminants, in vitro and in vivo studies with 24Na isotope, after different intake of potassium and water. Part of a coordinated programme on water requirements of tropical herbivores based on measurements with tritiated water

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    The water and electrolyte content of the rumen which gives the 15% of the water space of the body has an important role in the regulation of the water and electrolyte metabolism of the sheep. The diuresis is very important in the standardization of the volume of the body-water space but in the ruminant the saliva secretion is also a significant-factor in the water and electrolyte metabolism of the body. In our experiments the mechanism of the regulation of the water and electrolyte metabolism was examined in two points of view. In one hand the range of the ion transport was determined in vitro in the sheep's erythrocytes of low and high K+ content. On the other hand in 3 in vivo experiments the function of water and salt metabolism was examined during saline overcharge by animals supplied with different quantity of saline and water and the alterations of Na+ and K+ concentrations of plasma and saliva, moreover the saliva secretion and the diuresis rates were studied

  14. Potential for tumor therapy with tritiated tetracycline. Summary evaluation

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    Reports of tetracycline accumulation in human and animal tumors have led a number of investigators to postulate that this drug, if radio-labeled, might have potential as a therapeutic or diagnostic agent. This paper describes attempts to investigate this potential for tritiated tetracycling. The therapeutic studies demonstrated that while a significant reduction in the growth rates of transplanted tumors could be obtained by the administration of heavy doses of TTC relative to uninjected controls, similar reductions were observed in the growth rates of tumors in animals receiving unlabeled TC. In the localization studies in rodents, the concentrations of TTC in normal tissues and tumors were compared and were correlated with the corresponding concentrations of 14C-thymidine, a measure of proliferative activity

  15. Use of an Ionization Chamber and Tritiated Oil for Continuous Measurement of the Oil Consumption of an Internal Combustion Engine

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    By adding tritiated squalene to the lubricating oil and passing some of the exhaust gases through an ionization chamber kept at 150°C to avoid water vapour condensation, it was possible to carry out continuous measurement of the oil consumption of an internal combustion engine. The sensitivity of the chamber is of the order of 0.015 μCi of tritiated water per litre of exhaust gas. The specific activities used were of the order of 0.3 Ci per litre of oil; this value is considerably higher than that used when measuring the samples by liquid scintillation, but this disadvangage is largely offset by the continuity of the measurements. Owing to the intense ionization of the exhaust gases, it was necessary to placc an ion trap before the chamber. The method has been used on an engine test bench for two years and has now reached a stage suiiable for practical development. By making further improvements, which have not yet been tackled, it seems likely that this method can be applied to a vehicle in normal operation. (author)

  16. Ecological study on chronic kidney disease and arsenic in drinking water in districts of Guanacaste

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    Darner Mora-Alvarado; Azucena Urbina-Campos; Horacio Chamizo-García

    2015-01-01

    To analyze the association between arsenic-contaminated drinking water intake (total-As) above 10 ug/L and the Standardized Morbidity Index (SMI) for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the 59 districts of the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.  1600 sampling and analyses for total-As were performed on water from 421 aqueducts and population weighted averages were calculated in each of the 59 districts. SMI were established using the CKD hospital discharge data for the year 2012. Using the ab...

  17. Water detritiation processing of JET purified waste water using the TRENTA facility at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe

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    Michling, R., E-mail: robert.michling@kit.edu; Bekris, N.; Cristescu, I.; Lohr, N.; Plusczyk, C.; Welte, S.; Wendel, J.

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Operation of a water detritiation facility under optimized conditions for high detritiation performances. • Improvement of operational procedures to process tritiated waste water. • Handling and reduction of tritiated waste water to achieve enriched low volume tritiated water for sufficient storage. • Demonstration of the efficient availability of the TRENTA WDS facility for technical scale operation. -- Abstract: A Water Detritiation System (WDS) is required for any Fusion machine in order to process tritiated waste water, which is accumulated in various subsystems during operation and maintenance. Regarding the European procurement packages for the ITER tritium fuel cycle, the WDS test facility TRENTA applying the Combined Electrolysis Catalytic Exchange (CECE) process was developed, installed and is currently in operation at the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK). Besides the on-going R and D work for the design of ITER WDS, the current status of the TRENTA facility provides the option to utilize the WDS for processing tritiated water. Therefore, in the framework of the EFDA JET Fusion Technology Work Programme 2011, the TLK was able to offer the capability on a representative scale to process tritiated water, which was produced during normal operation at JET. The task should demonstrate the availability of the CECE process to handle and detritiate the water in terms of tritium enrichment and volume reduction. The operational program comprised the processing of purified tritiated water from JET, with a total volume of 180 l and an activity of 74 GBq. The paper will give an introduction to the TRENTA WDS facility and an overview of the operational procedure regarding tritiated water reduction. Data concerning required operation time, decontamination and enrichment performances and different operating procedures will be presented as well. Finally, a preliminary study on a technical implementation of processing the entire stock of JET

  18. Water detritiation processing of JET purified waste water using the TRENTA facility at Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe

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    Highlights: • Operation of a water detritiation facility under optimized conditions for high detritiation performances. • Improvement of operational procedures to process tritiated waste water. • Handling and reduction of tritiated waste water to achieve enriched low volume tritiated water for sufficient storage. • Demonstration of the efficient availability of the TRENTA WDS facility for technical scale operation. -- Abstract: A Water Detritiation System (WDS) is required for any Fusion machine in order to process tritiated waste water, which is accumulated in various subsystems during operation and maintenance. Regarding the European procurement packages for the ITER tritium fuel cycle, the WDS test facility TRENTA applying the Combined Electrolysis Catalytic Exchange (CECE) process was developed, installed and is currently in operation at the Tritium Laboratory Karlsruhe (TLK). Besides the on-going R and D work for the design of ITER WDS, the current status of the TRENTA facility provides the option to utilize the WDS for processing tritiated water. Therefore, in the framework of the EFDA JET Fusion Technology Work Programme 2011, the TLK was able to offer the capability on a representative scale to process tritiated water, which was produced during normal operation at JET. The task should demonstrate the availability of the CECE process to handle and detritiate the water in terms of tritium enrichment and volume reduction. The operational program comprised the processing of purified tritiated water from JET, with a total volume of 180 l and an activity of 74 GBq. The paper will give an introduction to the TRENTA WDS facility and an overview of the operational procedure regarding tritiated water reduction. Data concerning required operation time, decontamination and enrichment performances and different operating procedures will be presented as well. Finally, a preliminary study on a technical implementation of processing the entire stock of JET

  19. Experimental study and phenomenological modeling of the hydrolysis of tritiated sodium: influence of experimental conditions on the tritium distribution in the effluents

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    Within the framework of the decommissioning of fast reactors, several processes are under investigation regarding sodium disposal. One of them rests on the implementation of the sodium-water reaction (SWR), in a controlled and progressive way, to remove residual sodium containing impurities such as sodium hydrides, sodium oxides and tritiated sodium hydrides. Such a hydrolysis releases some amount of energy and produces a liquid effluent, composed of a solution of soda, and a gaseous effluent, composed of hydrogen, steam and an inert gas. The tritium, originally into the sodium as a soluble (T-) or precipitate form (NaT), will be distributed between the liquid and gaseous effluent, and according to two chemical forms, the tritium hydride HT and the tritiated water HTO. HTO being 10,000 times more radio-toxic than HT, a precise knowledge of the mechanisms governing the distribution of tritium is necessary in order to estimate the exhaust gas releases and design the process needed to treat the off-gas before its release into the environment. An experimental study has been carried out in order to determine precisely the phenomena involved in the hydrolysis. The influence of the experimental conditions on the tritium distribution has been tested. The results of this study leaded to a phenomenological description of the tritiated sodium hydrolysis that will help to predict the composition of the effluents, regarding tritium. (author)

  20. Cost effectiveness of detritiating water with resin columns

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    Drake, R.H.; Williams, D.S.

    1997-10-01

    There are technologies in use for cleaning up concentrated tritiated process water. These are not cost effective for tritiated water with low concentrations of tritium. There are currently no cost-effective technologies for cleaning up low-tritium-concentration tritiated water, such as most tritiated groundwater, spent fuel storage basin water, or underground storage tank water. Resin removal of tritium from tritiated water at low concentrations (near the order of magnitude of drinking water standard maximums) is being tested on TA-SO (Los Alamos National Laboratory`s Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Facility) waste streams. There are good theoretical and test indications that this may be a technologically effective means of removing tritium from tritiated water. Because of likely engineering design similarity, it is reasonable to anticipate that a resin column system`s costs will be similar to some common commercial water treatment systems. Thus, the potential cost effectiveness of a resin treatment system offers hope for treating tritiated water at affordable costs. The TA-50 resin treatment cost projection of $18 per 1,000 gallons is within the same order of magnitude as cost data for typical commercial groundwater cleanup projects. The prospective Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) resin treatment system at $18 per 1,000 gallons appears to have a likely cost advantage of at least an order of magnitude over the competing, developmental, water detritiation technologies.

  1. Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA) in acute and chronic wounds

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    Hoffmann, Gerd

    2009-01-01

    Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA), as a special form of heat radiation with a high tissue penetration and a low thermal load to the skin surface, can improve the healing of acute and chronic wounds both by thermal and thermic as well as by non-thermal and non-thermic effects. wIRA increases tissue temperature (+2.7°C at a tissue depth of 2 cm), tissue oxygen partial pressure (+32% at a tissue depth of 2 cm) and tissue perfusion. These three factors are decisive for a sufficient supply of tissu...

  2. Nephrotoxic contaminants in drinking water and urine, and chronic kidney disease in rural Sri Lanka

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    Rango, Tewodros, E-mail: tg67@duke.edu [Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC (United States); Jeuland, Marc [Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC (United States); Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore (Singapore); Manthrithilake, Herath; McCornick, Peter [International Water Management Institute, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

    2015-06-15

    Chronic kidney disease of unknown (“u”) cause (CKDu) is a growing public health concern in Sri Lanka. Prior research has hypothesized a link with drinking water quality, but rigorous studies are lacking. This study assesses the relationship between nephrotoxic elements (namely arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), and uranium (U)) in drinking water, and urine samples collected from individuals with and/or without CKDu in endemic areas, and from individuals without CKDu in nonendemic areas. All water samples – from a variety of source types (i.e. shallow and deep wells, springs, piped and surface water) – contained extremely low concentrations of nephrotoxic elements, and all were well below drinking water guideline values. Concentrations in individual urine samples were higher than, and uncorrelated with, those measured in drinking water, suggesting potential exposure from other sources. Mean urinary concentrations of these elements for individuals with clinically diagnosed CKDu were consistently lower than individuals without CKDu both in endemic and nonendemic areas. This likely stems from the inability of the kidney to excrete these toxic elements via urine in CKDu patients. Urinary concentrations of individuals were also found to be within the range of reference values measured in urine of healthy unexposed individuals from international biomonitoring studies, though these reference levels may not be safe for the Sri Lankan population. The results suggest that CKDu cannot be clearly linked with the presence of these contaminants in drinking water. There remains a need to investigate potential interactions of low doses of these elements (particularly Cd and As) with other risk factors that appear linked to CKDu, prior to developing public health strategies to address this illness. - Highlights: • Drinking water in rural Sri Lanka contains low levels of inorganic nephrotoxicants • Urinary nephrotoxicants are consistent with reference levels from

  3. Nephrotoxic contaminants in drinking water and urine, and chronic kidney disease in rural Sri Lanka

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    Chronic kidney disease of unknown (“u”) cause (CKDu) is a growing public health concern in Sri Lanka. Prior research has hypothesized a link with drinking water quality, but rigorous studies are lacking. This study assesses the relationship between nephrotoxic elements (namely arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), and uranium (U)) in drinking water, and urine samples collected from individuals with and/or without CKDu in endemic areas, and from individuals without CKDu in nonendemic areas. All water samples – from a variety of source types (i.e. shallow and deep wells, springs, piped and surface water) – contained extremely low concentrations of nephrotoxic elements, and all were well below drinking water guideline values. Concentrations in individual urine samples were higher than, and uncorrelated with, those measured in drinking water, suggesting potential exposure from other sources. Mean urinary concentrations of these elements for individuals with clinically diagnosed CKDu were consistently lower than individuals without CKDu both in endemic and nonendemic areas. This likely stems from the inability of the kidney to excrete these toxic elements via urine in CKDu patients. Urinary concentrations of individuals were also found to be within the range of reference values measured in urine of healthy unexposed individuals from international biomonitoring studies, though these reference levels may not be safe for the Sri Lankan population. The results suggest that CKDu cannot be clearly linked with the presence of these contaminants in drinking water. There remains a need to investigate potential interactions of low doses of these elements (particularly Cd and As) with other risk factors that appear linked to CKDu, prior to developing public health strategies to address this illness. - Highlights: • Drinking water in rural Sri Lanka contains low levels of inorganic nephrotoxicants • Urinary nephrotoxicants are consistent with reference levels from

  4. Factors affecting the inhalation dose from tritiated dust and flakes

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    Di Pace, L. [Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Via Enrico Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy)]. E-mail: di_pace@frascati.enea.it; Patel, B. [Euratom/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3EA (United Kingdom)

    2005-11-15

    Tritiated dust and flakes were produced in JET during D-T campaigns. Measurements showed some atypical radiological effects; a very large T concentration and off-gas rate. A higher dose per unit intake was foreseen and it is a consequence of the particulate nature of the material and of the expected longer biological retention. Particle size plays an important role in the deposition pattern in the human respiratory tract. Larger particles are mostly deposited in the anterior nasal passage and remaining airways of the head and neck and removed in less than 1 day. Smaller particles are mostly retained in the bronchial and bronchiolar regions and alveoli and cleared in longer periods (up to 1 year). The only clearing mechanism of tritium in the latter case is its absorption into lung fluid, an important phenomenon which can be reproduced by in vitro tests to determine doses and dose conversion factors. Based on a review of initial in vitro tests performed on JET dust and from a literature study related to in vitro dissolution experiments, some recommendations for next in vitro experiments on JET dust were formulated.

  5. The chronic toxicity of sodium bicarbonate, a major component of coal bed natural gas produced waters

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    Farag, Aida M.; Harper, David D.

    2014-01-01

    Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) is the principal salt in coal bed natural gas produced water from the Powder River Structural Basin, Wyoming, USA, and concentrations of up to 3000 mg NaHCO3/L have been documented at some locations. No adequate studies have been performed to assess the chronic effects of NaHCO3 exposure. The present study was initiated to investigate the chronic toxicity and define sublethal effects at the individual organism level to explain the mechanisms of NaHCO3 toxicity. Three chronic experiments were completed with fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), 1 with white suckers (Catostomus commersoni), 1 with Ceriodaphnia dubia, and 1 with a freshwater mussel, (Lampsilis siliquoidea). The data demonstrated that approximately 500 mg NaHCO3/L to 1000 mg NaHCO3/L affected all species of experimental aquatic animals in chronic exposure conditions. Freshwater mussels were the least sensitive to NaHCO3 exposure, with a 10-d inhibition concentration that affects 20% of the sample population (IC20) of 952 mg NaHCO3/L. The IC20 for C. dubia was the smallest, at 359 mg NaHCO3/L. A significant decrease in sodium–potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na+/K+ ATPase) together with the lack of growth effects suggests that Na+/K+ ATPase activity was shut down before the onset of death. Several histological anomalies, including increased incidence of necrotic cells, suggested that fish were adversely affected as a result of exposure to >450 mg NaHCO3/L.

  6. Effect of thermal therapy using hot water bottles on brain natriuretic peptide in chronic hemodialysis patients

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    Yoko Uchiyama-Tanaka

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The use of repeated thermal therapy for improving the symptoms of chronic heart failure (CHF has been recently demonstrated. Usually, thermal therapy requires an infrared dry sauna. However, it is difficult for small clinics to acquire such an expensive and extensive system. The author assessed the efficacy of its substitution with hot water bottles. Moreover, there are no prior studies demonstrating the efficacy of thermal therapy in hemodialysis patients with chronic heart failure. Methods: The author evaluated plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP levels in 98 hemodialysis patients in a clinic. A total of nine patients whose BNP levels were more than 500 pg/mL agreed to be enrolled in this study and received thermal therapy using hot water bottles. Results: Plasma BNP levels, a potential marker for CHF, tended to decrease (891 ± 448 pg/mL to 680 ± 339 pg/mL, but the difference was not significant (P = 0.0845. The oral temperature changed from 36.44℃± 0.45℃ to 37.04℃ ± 0.48℃ (+0.597℃, P

  7. Measurement of bacterial growth rates in subsurface sediments using the incorporation of tritiated thymidine into DNA.

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    Thorn, P M; Ventullo, R M

    1988-07-01

    Microbial growth rates in subsurface sediment from three sites were measured using incorporation of tritiated thymidine into DNA. Sampling sites included Lula, Oklahoma, Traverse City, Michigan, and Summit Lake, Wisconsin. Application of the thymidine method to subsurface sediments required (1) thymidine concentrations greater than 125 nM, (2) incubation periods of less than 4 hours, (3) addition of SDS and EDTA for optimum macromolecular extraction, and (4) DNA purification, in order to accurately measure the rate of thymidine incorporation into DNA. Macromolecule extraction recoveries, as well as the percentage of tritium label incorporated into the DNA fraction, were variable and largely dependent upon sediment composition. In general, sandy sediments yielded higher extraction recoveries and demonstrated a larger percentage of label incorporated into DNA than sediments that contained a high silt-clay component. Reported results also indicate that the acid-base hydrolysis procedure routinely used for macromolecular fractionation in water samples may not be routinely applicable to the modified sediment procedure where addition of SDS and EDTA are required for macromolecule extraction. Growth rates exhibited by subsurface communities are relatively slow, ranging from 5.1 to 10.2×10(5) cells g(-1) day(-1). These rates are 2-1,000-fold lower than growth rates measured in surface sediments. These data lend support to the supposition that subsurface microbial communities are nutritionally stressed. PMID:24201529

  8. Modeling and data analysis of a palladium membrane reactor for tritiated impurities cleanup

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    A Palladium Membrane Reactor (PMR) is under consideration for the tritium plant for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The ITER reactor exhaust will contain tritiated impurities such as water and methane. Tritium will need to be recovered from these impurities for environmental and economic reasons. For this purpose a promising device, PMR, has been proposed. The PMR is a combined permeator and catalytic reactor. Shift catalysts are used to foster reactions such as water-gas shift, H2O + CO → H2 + CO2, and methane steam reforming, CH4 + H2O → 3H2 + CO. Due to thermodynamic limitations these reactions only proceed to partial completion. Thus, a Pd/Ag membrane, which is exclusively permeable to hydrogen isotopes, is incorporated into the reactor. By maintaining a vacuum on the permeate, product hydrogen isotopes are removed, enabling the reactions to proceed to completion. A model has been developed to study the complex interactions in a PMR so that the optimal design can be determined. The model accounts for the coupled effects of transport-limited permeation of hydrogen isotopes and chemical reactions. The permeation model is an extension of previous models that include the effects of temperature, wall thickness, reaction-side pressure, and permeate-side pressure. Reaction rates for methane steam reforming and the water-gas shift reaction are incorporated into the model along with the respective reverse reactions. The model is compared to PMR data and used to investigate the concentration and pressure profiles in the reactor. Due to the interactions of permeation and reaction complex profiles can be produced in a PMR. For example, the water concentration often increases after the inlet to the PMR to a maximum value, and then decreases to the low values expected with a PMR. Detailed information like this is required for the design and optimization of PMRs for the ITER tritium plant

  9. Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA in acute and chronic wounds

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    Hoffmann, Gerd

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA, as a special form of heat radiation with a high tissue penetration and a low thermal load to the skin surface, can improve the healing of acute and chronic wounds both by thermal and thermic as well as by non-thermal and non-thermic effects. wIRA increases tissue temperature (+2.7°C at a tissue depth of 2 cm, tissue oxygen partial pressure (+32% at a tissue depth of 2 cm and tissue perfusion. These three factors are decisive for a sufficient supply of tissue with energy and oxygen and consequently also for wound healing and infection defense. wIRA can considerably alleviate pain (without any exception during 230 irradiations with substantially less need for analgesics (52–69% less in the groups with wIRA compared to the control groups. It also diminishes exudation and inflammation and can show positive immunomodulatory effects. The overall evaluation of the effect of irradiation as well as the wound healing and the cosmetic result (assessed on visual analogue scales were markedly better in the group with wIRA compared to the control group. wIRA can advance wound healing (median reduction of wound size of 90% in severely burned children already after 9 days in the group with wIRA compared to 13 days in the control group; on average 18 versus 42 days until complete wound closure in chronic venous stasis ulcers or improve an impaired wound healing (reaching wound closure and normalization of the thermographic image in otherwise recalcitrant chronic venous stasis ulcers both in acute and in chronic wounds including infected wounds. After major abdominal surgery there was a trend in favor of the wIRA group to a lower rate of total wound infections (7% versus 15% including late infections following discharge from hospital (0% versus 8% and a trend towards a shorter postoperative hospital stay (9 versus 11 days. Even the normal wound healing process can be improved.The mentioned effects have been proven in six

  10. Nephrotoxic contaminants in drinking water and urine, and chronic kidney disease in rural Sri Lanka.

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    Rango, Tewodros; Jeuland, Marc; Manthrithilake, Herath; McCornick, Peter

    2015-06-15

    Chronic kidney disease of unknown ("u") cause (CKDu) is a growing public health concern in Sri Lanka. Prior research has hypothesized a link with drinking water quality, but rigorous studies are lacking. This study assesses the relationship between nephrotoxic elements (namely arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), and uranium (U)) in drinking water, and urine samples collected from individuals with and/or without CKDu in endemic areas, and from individuals without CKDu in nonendemic areas. All water samples - from a variety of source types (i.e. shallow and deep wells, springs, piped and surface water) - contained extremely low concentrations of nephrotoxic elements, and all were well below drinking water guideline values. Concentrations in individual urine samples were higher than, and uncorrelated with, those measured in drinking water, suggesting potential exposure from other sources. Mean urinary concentrations of these elements for individuals with clinically diagnosed CKDu were consistently lower than individuals without CKDu both in endemic and nonendemic areas. This likely stems from the inability of the kidney to excrete these toxic elements via urine in CKDu patients. Urinary concentrations of individuals were also found to be within the range of reference values measured in urine of healthy unexposed individuals from international biomonitoring studies, though these reference levels may not be safe for the Sri Lankan population. The results suggest that CKDu cannot be clearly linked with the presence of these contaminants in drinking water. There remains a need to investigate potential interactions of low doses of these elements (particularly Cd and As) with other risk factors that appear linked to CKDu, prior to developing public health strategies to address this illness. PMID:25782025

  11. Therapy of chronic wounds with water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA

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    Daeschlein, Georg

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The central portion of chronic wounds is often hypoxic and relatively hypothermic, representing a deficient energy supply of the tissue, which impedes wound healing or even makes it impossible. Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA is a special form of heat radiation with a high tissue penetration and a low thermal load to the skin surface. wIRA produces a therapeutically usable field of heat and increases temperature, oxygen partial pressure and perfusion of the tissue. These three factors are decisive for a sufficient tissue supply with energy and oxygen and consequently as well for wound healing, especially in chronic wounds, and infection defense. wIRA acts both by thermal and thermic as well as by non-thermal and non-thermic effects. wIRA can advance wound healing or improve an impaired wound healing process and can especially enable wound healing in non-healing chronic wounds. wIRA can considerably alleviate the pain and diminish wound exudation and inflammation and can show positive immunomodulatory effects.In a prospective, randomized, controlled study of 40 patients with chronic venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs irradiation with wIRA and visible light (VIS accelerated the wound healing process (on average 18 vs. 42 days until complete wound closure, residual ulcer area after 42 days 0.4 cm² vs. 2.8 cm² and led to a reduction of the required dose of pain medication in comparison to the control group of patients treated with the same standard care (wound cleansing, wound dressing with antibacterial gauze, and compression garment therapy without the concomitant irradiation. Another prospective study of 10 patients with non-healing chronic venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs included extensive thermographic investigation. Therapy with wIRA(+VIS resulted in a complete or almost complete wound healing in 7 patients and a marked reduction of the ulcer size in another 2 of the 10 patients, a clear reduction of pain and required dose of pain

  12. Chronic release of tritium from stainless steel 316

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    To understand the release mechanism of tritium from solid materials, release rate of tritium was measured when a tritium loaded 316 stainless steel specimen was put in dry argon gas flow of atmospheric pressure at room temperature. During blowing of argon gas released products from the specimen were collected in water bubblers which were set in the downstream of the blowing circuit, and the tritium content in the bubbler water was periodically measured as a function of time by scintillation counter. More than 99% of released species from the specimen was tritiated water, HTO. The measured result of tritium release rate showed that tritium is released chronically for a long time. The chronic release rate of tritium was evaluated using the diffusion model reported by Calder and Lewin, and it was found that when a reasonable value for the bulk diffusion coefficient of tritium is assumed, the tritium release rate can be described with the diffusion flux at the surface boundary of the specimen. (author)

  13. Preparation of a specifically tritiated locust adipokinetic hormone analog with full biological potency

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    A synthetic peptide related to locus adipokinetic hormone (AKH) and shrimp red pigment concentrating hormone (RPCH) containing a tyrosine residue in place of phenylalanine was iodinated and the 3,5-diiodotyrosyl derivative was isolated by reverse phase HPLC. Catalytic dehalogenation of the diiodo derivative in the presence of tritium yielded the tritiated AKH analog which was isolated by gel filtration on Sephadex LH-20 and reverse phase HPLC. The tritiated peptide was formed to be identical to AKH in its ability to stimulate lipid release into the hemolymph of locusts in vivo where the diiodotryrosyl derivative was inactive. The specific radioactivity of the tritiated peptide was 57.2 Ci/mmol, or 99% of the theoretical value. (author)

  14. Kinetics of Chronic Oxidation of NBG-17 Nuclear Graphite by Water Vapor

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    Contescu, Cristian I [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Burchell, Timothy D [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Mee, Robert [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

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    This report presents the results of kinetic measurements during accelerated oxidation tests of NBG-17 nuclear graphite by low concentration of water vapor and hydrogen in ultra-high purity helium. The objective is to determine the parameters in the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) equation describing the oxidation kinetics of nuclear graphite in the helium coolant of high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGR). Although the helium coolant chemistry is strictly controlled during normal operating conditions, trace amounts of moisture (predictably < 0.2 ppm) cannot be avoided. Prolonged exposure of graphite components to water vapor at high temperature will cause very slow (chronic) oxidation over the lifetime of graphite components. This behavior must be understood and predicted for the design and safe operation of gas-cooled nuclear reactors. The results reported here show that, in general, oxidation by water of graphite NBG-17 obeys the L-H mechanism, previously documented for other graphite grades. However, the characteristic kinetic parameters that best describe oxidation rates measured for graphite NBG-17 are different than those reported previously for grades H-451 (General Atomics, 1978) and PCEA (ORNL, 2013). In some specific conditions, certain deviations from the generally accepted L-H model were observed for graphite NBG-17. This graphite is manufactured in Germany by SGL Carbon Group and is a possible candidate for the fuel elements and reflector blocks of HTGR.

  15. Uranium bone content as an indicator of chronic environmental exposure from drinking water

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    Uranium (U) is an ubiquitous radioelement found in drinking water and food. As a consequence of its prevalence, most humans ingest a few micrograms (μg) of this element daily. It is incorporated in various organs and tissues. Several studies have demonstrated that ingested U is deposited mainly in bones. Therefore, U skeletal content could be considered as a prime indicator for low-level chronic intake. In this study, 71 archived vertebrae bone samples collected in seven Canadian cities were subjected to digestion and U analysis by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. These results were correlated with U concentrations in municipal drinking water supplies, with the data originating from historical studies performed by Health Canada. A strong relationship (r2 = 0.97) was observed between the averaged U total skeletal content and averaged drinking water concentration, supporting the hypothesis that bones are indeed a good indicator of U intake. Using a PowerBASIC compiler to process an ICRP systemic model for U (ICRP, 1995a), U total skeletal content was estimated using two gastrointestinal tract absorption factors (f1 = 0.009 and 0.03). Comparisons between observed and modelled skeletal contents as a function of U intake from drinking water tend to demonstrate that neither of the f1 values can adequately estimate observed values. An f1value of 0.009 provides a realistic estimate for intake resulting from food consumption only (6.72 μg) compared to experimental data (7.4 ± 0.8 μg), whereas an f1value of 0.03 tends to better estimate U skeletal content at higher levels of U (1–10 μg L−1) in drinking water

  16. Evaluation of chronic arsenic poisoning due to consumption of contaminated ground water in West Bengal, India

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic arsenic poisoning is an important public health problem and most notable in West Bengal and Bangladesh. In this study different systemic manifestations in chronic arsenic poisoning were evaluated. Methods: A nonrandomized, controlled, cross-sectional, observational study was carried out in Arsenic Clinic, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, over a period of 1 year 4 months. Seventy-three cases diagnosed clinically, consuming water containing arsenic ≥50 μg/L and having hair and nail arsenic level >0.6 μg/L, were included. Special investigations included routine parameters and organ-specific tests. Arsenic levels in the drinking water, hair, and nail were measured in all. Twenty-five nonsmoker healthy controls were evaluated. Results: Murshidabad and districts adjacent to Kolkata, West Bengal, were mostly affected. Middle-aged males were the common sufferers. Skin involvement was the commonest manifestation (100%, followed by hepatomegaly [23 (31.5%] with or without transaminitis [7 (9.58%]/portal hypertension [9 (12.33%]. Restrictive abnormality in spirometry [11 (15.06%], bronchiectasis [4 (5.47%], interstitial fibrosis [2 (2.73%], bronchogenic carcinoma [2 (2.73%], oromucosal plaque [7 (9.58%], nail hypertrophy [10 (13.69%], alopecia [8 (10.95%], neuropathy [5 (6.84%], and Electrocardiography abnormalities [5 (6.84%] were also observed. Conclusions: Mucocutaneous and nail lesions, hepatomegaly, and restrictive change in spirometry were the common and significant findings. Other manifestations were characteristic but insignificant.

  17. Overview of Chronic Oral Toxicity Values for Chemicals Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Flowback, and Produced Waters.

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    Yost, Erin E; Stanek, John; DeWoskin, Robert S; Burgoon, Lyle D

    2016-05-01

    Concerns have been raised about potential public health effects that may arise if hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals were to impact drinking water resources. This study presents an overview of the chronic oral toxicity values-specifically, chronic oral reference values (RfVs) for noncancer effects, and oral slope factors (OSFs) for cancer-that are available for a list of 1173 chemicals that the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified as being associated with hydraulic fracturing, including 1076 chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids and 134 chemicals detected in flowback or produced waters from hydraulically fractured wells. The EPA compiled RfVs and OSFs using six governmental and intergovernmental data sources. Ninety (8%) of the 1076 chemicals reported in hydraulic fracturing fluids and 83 (62%) of the 134 chemicals reported in flowback/produced water had a chronic oral RfV or OSF available from one or more of the six sources. Furthermore, of the 36 chemicals reported in hydraulic fracturing fluids in at least 10% of wells nationwide (identified from EPA's analysis of the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry 1.0), 8 chemicals (22%) had an available chronic oral RfV. The lack of chronic oral RfVs and OSFs for the majority of these chemicals highlights the significant knowledge gap that exists to assess the potential human health hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing. PMID:27050380

  18. Preparation of tritiated polystyrene and its application in radio luminescent paints

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    Beta radiation emanating from tritiated polystyrene in close proximity with copper activated zinc sulphide phosphor will provide self-sustained light sources and are used for nocturnal illumination of watches and clocks, product advertisements, telephone numbers, exit signs etc. Phenylacetylene was partially reduced in diethyl ether medium with tritium using 5% Pd/C poisoned with quinoline to give styrene. Styrene formed was polymerised to polystyrene by subjecting it to irradiation with γ-radiation (20 mega rad dose). Copper activated zinc sulphide phosphor was coated with tritiated polystyrene to give self-sustained light sources. (author)

  19. Overview of Chronic Oral Toxicity Values for Chemicals Present in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Flowback and Produced Waters

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    As the use of hydraulic fracturing has increased, concerns have been raised about potential public health effects that may arise if hydraulic fracturing-related chemicals were to impact drinking water resources. This study presents an overview of the chronic oral toxicity values—...

  20. DNA DAMAGE IN BUCCAL EPITHELIAL CELLS FROM INDIVIDUALS CHRONICALLY EXPOSED TO ARSENIC VIA DRINKING WATER IN INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA

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    The purpose of this pilot study was to assess DNA damage in buccal cells from individuals chronically exposed to arsenic via drinking water in Ba Men, Inner Mongolia. Buccal cells were collected from 19 Ba Men residents exposed to arsenic at 527.5 ? 23.7 g/L (mean ? SEM) and ...

  1. HEALTH RISKS FROM CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO ARSENIC VIA DRINKING WATER: FINDINGS FROM THE CLINICAL INVESTIGATIONS DATA IN INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA

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    Prior studies have reported a large number of arsenicism cases in the Mongolia Autonomous Region of China due to drinking arsenic-contaminated water with concentrations up to 1.8 mg/L. However, the endemic health risks from chronic exposure to arsenic in this population have not...

  2. Water Remedial Gymnastics as a Component of Preconception Training of Patients with Chronic Inflammatory Diseases of Pelvic Organs

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    K.V. Gordon; S.M. Avtomeenko

    2012-01-01

    The article considers medical and preventive efficiency of remedial gymnastics in fresh water swimming pool and thalassotherapy in the course of preconception training of 370 gynecological patients, suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases of pelvic organs and planning pregnancy. Combination of water remedial gymnastics, as well as natural and preformed physical therapeutic factors for complex preconception training enables to normalize women psycho-vegetative and immune status, increases...

  3. Carbon dioxide insufflation or warm-water infusion for unsedated colonoscopy: A randomized controlled trial in patients with chronic constipation in China

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    Xiaoling Xu; Haihang Zhu; Di Chen; Langui Fan; Ting Lu; Qin Shen; Chaowu Chen; Denghao Deng

    2016-01-01

    Aims: The effect of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) insufflation and warm-water infusion during colonoscopy on patients with chronic constipation remains unknown. We evaluated CO 2 insufflation and warm-water irrigation versus air insufflation in unsedated patients with chronic constipation in China. Patients and Methods: This randomized, single-center, controlled trial enrolled 287 consecutive patients, from January 2014 to January 2015, who underwent colonoscopy for chronic constipation. Patients we...

  4. Synthesis of tritiated 3-hydroxy-5-androstene-17-one with high specific activity

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    Tritiated DHA with a high specific activity is necessary for radioimmunoassays. We synthesized DHA labelled with tritium in three positions (Specific Activity: 90 Ci/mM). Data concerning U.V. spectra NMR and optical activity are given for the main products and for side-reactions compounds. (author)

  5. Application of an acute biotic ligand model to predict chronic copper toxicity to Daphnia magna in natural waters of Chile and reconstituted synthetic waters.

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    Villavicencio, German; Urrestarazu, Paola; Arbildua, Jose; Rodriguez, Patricio H

    2011-10-01

    The objective of the present study was to assess the predictive capacity of the acute Cu biotic ligand model (BLM) as applied to chronic Cu toxicity to Daphnia magna in freshwaters from Chile and synthetic laboratory-prepared waters. Samples from 20 freshwater bodies were taken, chemically characterized, and used in the acute Cu BLM to predict the 21-d chronic Cu toxicity for D. magna. The half-maximal effective concentration (EC50) values, determined using the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 21-d reproduction test (OECD Method 211), were compared with the BLM simulated EC50 values. The same EC50 comparison was performed with the results of 19 chronic tests in synthetic media, with a wide range of hardness and alkalinity and a fixed 2 mg/L dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration. The acute BLM was modified only by adjustment of the accumulation associated with 50% of an effect value (EA50). The modified BLM model was able to predict, within a factor of two, 95% of the 21-d EC50 and 89% of the 21-d half-maximal lethal concentrations (LC50) in natural waters, and 100% of the 21-d EC50 and 21-d LC50 in synthetic waters. The regulatory implications of using a slightly modified version of an acute BLM to predict chronic effects are discussed. PMID:21796669

  6. Sertindole, in contrast to clozapine and olanzapine, does not disrupt water maze performance after acute or chronic treatment

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    Didriksen, Michael; Kreilgaard, Mads; Arnt, Jørn

    2006-01-01

    -mediated impairment was enhanced after chronic treatment. Sertindole (2.5 mg/kg, p.o.) had no disruptive effect on performance after either acute or chronic treatment. Exposure measurements confirmed that all three compounds were present in the serum at least at clinically effective concentrations. Thus, the three......Cognitive deficits in schizophrenia are associated with poor functional outcome, and may be further aggravated by treatment with antipsychotics. In the present study the acute and chronic (3 weeks of treatment) effects of clozapine, olanzapine, and sertindole on performance in the Morris water maze...... in rats was compared, using pharmacologically and/or clinically relevant dose regimens. An experimental design consisting of three trials/day over 3 days was used. Performance was expressed as the distance and latency to find a submerged platform, as well as the percentage of "non-finders", i...

  7. The water maze paradigm in experimental studies of chronic cognitive disorders: Theory, protocols, analysis, and inference.

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    Kapadia, Minesh; Xu, Josie; Sakic, Boris

    2016-09-01

    An instrumental step in assessing the validity of animal models of chronic cognitive disorders is to document disease-related deficits in learning/memory capacity. The water maze (WM) is a popular paradigm because of its low cost, relatively simple protocol and short procedure time. Despite being broadly accepted as a spatial learning task, inference of generalized, bona fide "cognitive" dysfunction can be challenging because task accomplishment is also reliant on non-cognitive processes. We review theoretical background, testing procedures, confounding factors, as well as approaches to data analysis and interpretation. We also describe an extended protocol that has proven useful in detecting early performance deficits in murine models of neuropsychiatric lupus and Alzheimer's disease. Lastly, we highlight the need for standardization of inferential criteria on "cognitive" dysfunction in experimental rodents and exclusion of preparations of a limited scientific merit. A deeper appreciation for the multifactorial nature of performance in WM may also help to reveal other deficits that herald the onset of neurodegenerative brain disorders. PMID:27229758

  8. Chronic toxicity of tire and road wear particles to water- and sediment-dwelling organisms.

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    Panko, Julie M; Kreider, Marisa L; McAtee, Britt L; Marwood, Christopher

    2013-01-01

    Tire and road wear particles (TRWP) consist of a complex mixture of rubber, and pavement released from tires during use on road surfaces. Subsequent transport of the TRWP into freshwater sediments has raised some concern about the potential adverse effects on aquatic organisms. Previous studies have shown some potential for toxicity for tread particles, however, toxicity studies of TRWP collected from a road simulator system revealed no acute toxicity to green algae, daphnids, or fathead minnows at concentrations up to 10,000 mg/kg under conditions representative of receiving water bodies. In this study, the chronic toxicity of TRWP was evaluated in four aquatic species. Test animals were exposed to whole sediment spiked with TRWP at concentrations up to 10,000 mg/kg sediment or elutriates from spiked sediment. Exposure to TRWP spiked sediment caused mild growth inhibition in Chironomus dilutus but had no adverse effect on growth or reproduction in Hyalella azteca. Exposure to TRWP elutriates resulted in slightly diminished survival in larval Pimephales promelas but had no adverse effect on growth or reproduction in Ceriodaphnia dubia. No other endpoints in these species were affected. These results, together with previous studies demonstrating no acute toxicity of TRWP, indicate that under typical exposure conditions TRWP in sediments pose a low risk of toxicity to aquatic organisms. PMID:23001428

  9. Effects of acute or chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence on behavioral inhibition and efficiency in a modified water maze task.

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    Full Text Available Ethanol is well known to adversely affect frontal executive functioning, which continues to develop throughout adolescence and into young adulthood. This is also a developmental window in which ethanol is misused by a significant number of adolescents. We examined the effects of acute and chronic ethanol exposure during adolescence on behavioral inhibition and efficiency using a modified water maze task. During acquisition, rats were trained to find a stable visible platform onto which they could escape. During the test phase, the stable platform was converted to a visible floating platform (providing no escape and a new hidden platform was added in the opposite quadrant. The hidden platform was the only means of escape during the test phase. In experiment 1, adolescent animals received ethanol (1.0 g/kg 30 min before each session during the test phase. In experiment 2, adolescent animals received chronic intermittent ethanol (5.0 g/kg for 16 days (PND30 To PND46 prior to any training in the maze. At PND72, training was initiated in the same modified water maze task. Results from experiment 1 indicated that acute ethanol promoted behavioral disinhibition and inefficiency. Experiment 2 showed that chronic intermittent ethanol during adolescence appeared to have no lasting effect on behavioral disinhibition or new spatial learning during adulthood. However, chronic ethanol did promote behavioral inefficiency. In summary, results indicate that ethanol-induced promotion of perseverative behavior may contribute to the many adverse behavioral sequelae of alcohol intoxication in adolescents and young adults. Moreover, the long-term effect of adolescent chronic ethanol exposure on behavioral efficiency is similar to that observed after chronic exposure in humans.

  10. Derivation of a chronic site-specific water quality standard for selenium in the Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA.

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    Brix, Kevin V; DeForest, David K; Cardwell, Rick D; Adams, William J

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    The purpose of this study was to develop a site-specific water quality standard for selenium in the Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA. The study examined the bioavailability and toxicity of selenium, as selenate, to biota resident to the Great Salt Lake and the potential for dietary selenium exposure to aquatic dependent birds that might consume resident biota. Because of its high salinity, the lake has limited biological diversity with bacteria, algae, diatoms, brine shrimp, and brine flies being the only organisms present in the main (hypersaline) portions of the lake. To evaluate their sensitivity to selenium, a series of acute and chronic toxicity studies were conducted on brine shrimp (Artemia franiciscana), brine fly (Ephydra cinerea), and a hypersaline alga (Dunaliella viridis). The resulting acute and chronic toxicity data indicated that resident species are more selenium tolerant than many freshwater species. Because sulfate is known to reduce selenate bioavailability, this selenium tolerance is thought to result in part from the lake's high ambient sulfate concentrations (>5,800 mg/L). The acute and chronic test results were compared to selenium concentrations expected to occur in a mining effluent discharge located at the south end of the lake. Based on these comparisons, no appreciable risks to resident aquatic biota were projected. Field and laboratory data collected on selenium bioaccumulation in brine shrimp demonstrated a linear relationship between water and tissue selenium concentrations. Applying a dietary selenium threshold of 5 mg/kg dry weight for aquatic birds to this relationship resulted in an estimate of 27 microg/L Se in water as a safe concentration for this exposure pathway and an appropriate chronic site-specific water quality standard. Consequently, protection of aquatic birds represents the driving factor in determining a site-specific water quality standard for selenium. PMID:15285352

  11. Measurement of tritiated species in urine for characterization of an exposure

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    Since tritium exposures in some tritium handling facilities can involve intakes of both organic tritium and HTO, the ability to distinguish between HTO and non-HTO intakes may be important for radiation protection purposes. We have previously demonstrated that the measurement of HTO to organically bound tritium (OBT) ratios in urine can distinguish between HTO and non-HTO intakes, but current bioassay methods are of limited value in identifying the nature and characteristics of the original exposure. A high performance liquid chromatography-based (HPLC) method was developed to examine for the presence of characteristics urinary metabolites associated with different exposure situations. Non-volatile metabolites in urine were isolated by evaporating an aliquot of urine samples, at room temperature under the nitrogen, from animals percutaneously exposed to tritiated formaldehyde, tritium gas-contaminated metal surfaces and tritiated pump oil, and were dissolved in a mobile phase (11% acetonitrile with 2.5% tetrabutlyammonium dihydrogen phosphate in 20 mM glycine buffer, with the pH adjusted to 2.95 with 0.1 N HCl) to be chromatographed on a column C8 Delta-bond octyl. Forty fractions were collected at I min intervals with flow rate of 1.3 mL min-1, and their tritium activities were measured. The data showed that the ratios of non-volatile tritiated metabolites in fraction I (0-20 min) to fraction II (20-40 min) were noticeably different between the animals exposed to tritiated formaldehyde (40.9±3.3), tritium gas-contaminated metal surfaces (16.5±2.5), or tritiated pump oil (8.7±0.4) up to 48 h post-exposure. Therefore, if the nature of tritium exposure is unknown, measuring the ratios of HTO to OBT in urine and/or characterizing the ratio of non-volatile tritiated metabolites in fraction I to fraction II may be useful in identifying the source and nature of tritium intakes

  12. Chronic ingestion of cadmium and/or tritium in rats. I. Accumulation and distribution of cadmium in two generations

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    Sprague-Dawley rats continuously ingested low levels of Cd(0.1 to 5.1 ppM) or tritiated water from conception of the F1 through delivery of the F2 generation. Analyses of tissues at various ages during treatment showed that (1) blood is a poor indicator of chronic exposure history; (2) the placenta was an efficient barrier to Cd transfer to the fetus, permitting detectable levels of Cd in neonatal organs only at the highest exposure level; (3) milk does not appear to be an important source of neonatal exposure; (4) the postnatal accumulation rate of the metal appeared hightest during preweaning stages; and (5) during prolonged ingestion, Cd levels in liver and kidney were roughly proportional to exposure while little accumulation was noted in brain and testes

  13. The fate of tritiated rm-epidermal growth factor in the sheep: validation of the labelling procedure and rate of tissue clearance

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    A tritiated plasmid-derived recombinant mouse epidermal growth factor, rm-α-EGF was used to determine the excretion rate and tissue distribution pattern in the sheep. It was administered by intravenous infusion for 24 h at a dose rate of 120 μg kg-1 live weight. Blood, urine and faeces were collected at frequent intervals from all sheep up to slaughter. Sheep were slaughtered at 24 h (3 sheep), 48 h (3 sheep) and 192 h (1 sheep) from the start of infusion and samples of all tissues and organs collected. Samples were assayed by liquid scintillation counting, directly from liquids, and after combustion to tritiated water for solids. For residue studies all solid samples were lyophilized to constant weight before combustion, and volatile tritium determined from the lyophilisate. The overall recoveries of 97.4% (24 h), 100.5% (48 h), and 97.8% (192 h) confirm that the label was in stable positions. This result thus validates the labelling procedure and the use of a generally labelled compound, and confirms the efficacy of the sampling procedure. Complete inhibition of wool growth, as shown by wool shedding 192 h after the start of the infusion indicated that this biological activity of the compound was not affected by the labelling procedure. These residue data were used to assess the risk to humans from the consumption of meats and offal from sheep treated with EGF. It was concluded that no harmful effects were likely. 35 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs

  14. Water and sodium restriction on cardiovascular disease in young chronic hemodialysis patients

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    LIANG Xue; WANG Wei; LI Han

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    Background Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality in chronic hemodialysis (CHD) patients.It remains unclear whether efforts to correct fluid overload in young CHD can reverse LVH.This prospective single-center cohort study evaluated left ventricular masses index (LVMI) evolution in fluid overloaded young CHD patients with or without water-sodium control.Methods A total of t06 young patients aged between 22 and 44 years on CHD were enrolled in this prospective,control study.Patients were divided into three groups according to the percentage of interdialytic weight gain (PIDWG (%) =100% × (predialysis weight-dry weight)/dry weight) at baseline.Thirty-six patients with PIDWG more than 5% received health education to restrict water-sodium intake strictly (Group I).Other 36 patients with comparable fluid status levels (the PIDWG more than 5%) did not receive health education to restrict water-sodium intake strictly (Group Ⅱ) and those with PIDWG less than 5% (Group Ⅲ,n=34) were served as controls.Echocardiographic studies were performed to evaluate LVMI at baseline and then after 1,3 and 6 months.The total follow-up time was 6 months.Results There was no significant difference in clinical data (such as age,gender,aetiology of renal failure and nutritional state,etc.) among the three groups at baseline.At baseline,the prevalence of LVH in Group Ⅰ,Ⅱ and Ⅲ was 75.0%,72.2% and 55.9%,respectively.LVMI was directly correlated with PIDWG (r =0.779,P <0.01).After 6 months,the PIDWG in Group I decreased in mean by (3.77±1.09)%,and LVMI decreased in mean by (27.59±12.15) g/m2.The prevalence of LVH decreased in mean by 25.0%,and the blood pressure decreased in mean by (14.69±11.50) mmHg/(7.14±7.51) mmHg.The medication category and total medication frequency of hypotensive drugs significantly decreased in Group I at 6 months.However the urine volume and the levels of serum creatinine and serum

  15. Investigations into the water flow and water conduction in spruce trees

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    The water-flow systems in the xylem of healthy and ailing spruce trees, based on the distribution patterns of tritiated water (HTO), were compared. In case of the ailing tree a severely altered water-flow system was observed. Whereas in the healthy tree the injected HTO spread in the apex in a distinctly differentiated manner following the spiral pattern of the ligneous fibers, no comparable spreading pattern was detected in the ailing tree. Also the labeled water molecules distributed twice as fast in the ailing as in the healthy tree. We conclude that the water conducting cross section of the diseased tree is reduced. Indeed, heartwood formation was about 60% in the ailing as compared to 5-20% in healthy trees. The methods of determining water content in the annual rings are described. The tissue water of needles from the healthy tree showed a distinct gradation of tritium concentrations according to age. This finding suggests that there is an age specific stomatal regulation in the healthy but not in the diseased needles. Water potential measurements at various times during the vegetation period provided evidence of a tighter water budget in diseased trees; however, a chronically enhanced water stress was not evident. The role of pathological heartwood formation during the disease is discussed. (orig.) With 27 figs., 38 refs

  16. ITER tritiated waste management by the Host state and first lessons learned for fusion development

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    This paper summarises the present status of the ITER tritiated waste management strategy under development in France. This paper describes the specific challenges posed by this radioactive waste containing tritium as well as the solutions planned for the various waste categories and the implementation expected for the ITER tritiated waste, including the features of the future interim storage facility called INTERMED. Several options to reduce temporary storage duration as well as to minimise out-gassing rates and tritium discharges into the environment are under study, the related issues and the preliminary results obtained are shown. The first lessons learned for fusion development and their extrapolation to future reactors are outlined based on four parameters: materials, operating temperature, fuel cycle efficiency and tritium removal technologies

  17. ITER tritiated waste management by the Host state and first lessons learned for fusion development

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    Pamela, Jérôme, E-mail: jerome.pamela@cea.fr [CEA, Agence ITER-France, centre de Cadarache, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Bottereau, Jean-Michel [CEA, Agence ITER-France, centre de Cadarache, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Canas, Daniel [CEA, DEN/DADN, centre de Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Decanis, Christelle; Liger, Karine; Gaune, Frédéric [CEA, DEN, centre de Cadarache, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    2014-10-15

    This paper summarises the present status of the ITER tritiated waste management strategy under development in France. This paper describes the specific challenges posed by this radioactive waste containing tritium as well as the solutions planned for the various waste categories and the implementation expected for the ITER tritiated waste, including the features of the future interim storage facility called INTERMED. Several options to reduce temporary storage duration as well as to minimise out-gassing rates and tritium discharges into the environment are under study, the related issues and the preliminary results obtained are shown. The first lessons learned for fusion development and their extrapolation to future reactors are outlined based on four parameters: materials, operating temperature, fuel cycle efficiency and tritium removal technologies.

  18. Effects of chronic produced water exposure on the expression of some immune-related genes of juvenile Atlantic cod

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    This study assessed the impacts of exposure to processed water produced by offshore oil operators on immune-related genes of juvenile Atlantic cod exposed to processed water for a period of 22 weeks. The study investigated the influence of processed water concentrations on growth parameters; food consumption; plasma cortisol; respiratory burst activity (RB); and mRNA expression. The study showed that the RB of circulating leukocytes was significantly elevated. Significant up-regulation of the mRNA expression of microglobulin, immunoglobulin light chain, and interleukins was observed in some fish. The down-regulation of the interferon stimulated gene was also observed. The study indicated that chronic exposure to significant amounts of processed water causes modulations of the immune system of juvenile Atlantic cod.

  19. Chronic health effects in people exposed to arsenic via the drinking water: dose-response relationships in review

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    Chronic arsenic (As) poisoning has become a worldwide public health issue. Most human As exposure occurs from consumption of drinking water containing high amounts of inorganic As (iAs). In this paper, epidemiological studies conducted on the dose-response relationships between iAs exposure via the drinking water and related adverse health effects are reviewed. Before the review, the methods for evaluation of the individual As exposure are summarized and classified into two types, that is, the methods depending on As concentration of the drinking water and the methods depending on biological monitoring for As exposure; certain methods may be applied as optimum As exposure indexes to study dose-response relationship based on various As exposure situation. Chronic effects of iAs exposure via drinking water include skin lesions, neurological effects, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes mellitus, and malignancies including skin cancer. The skin is quite sensitive to arsenic, and skin lesions are some of the most common and earliest nonmalignant effects related to chronic As exposure. The increase of prevalence in the skin lesions has been observed even at the exposure levels in the range of 0.005-0.01 mg/l As in drinking waters. Skin, lung, bladder, kidney, liver, and uterus are considered as sites As-induced malignancies, and the skin is though to be perhaps the most sensitive site. Prospective studies in large area of endemic As poisoning, like Bangladesh or China, where the rate of malignancies is expected to increase within the next several decades, will help to clarify the dose-response relationship between As exposure levels and adverse health effects with enhanced accuracy

  20. Synthesis of tritiated derivatives of the diphenylether herbicides acifluorfen and acifluorfen methyl

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    Acifluorfen 1 and acifluorfen methyl 2, two herbicides of the diphenylether family, are inhibitors of protoporphyrinogen oxidases. Two tritiated derivatives of these compounds, namely 3-[3H]-5-[2-chloro-4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]-2-nitrobenzoic acid [3H]-1, and methyl 3-[3H]-5-[2-chloro-4-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]-2-nitrobenzoate [3H]-2, have been synthesised from 3-[3H]-5-hydroxybenzoic acid, in order to probe their interactions with the target enzymes. (Author)

  1. Cultured focusidosis fibroblasts: A simple technique demonstrating storage of tritiated-fucose labeled material

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    Incorporation of tritiated fucose into the acid-soluble and acid-insoluble fractions of cultured fucosidosis and control fibroblast monolayers was determined over a 10-day period. Fucosidosis cells incorporated significantly more label into the acid-soluble, but not the acid-insoluble fraction, than control cells. The ratio of acid-soluble to acid-insoluble radioactivity increased linearly from 1 to 10 days for the fucosidosis cells, indicating the storage of low molecular weight partial degradation products. (author)

  2. The toxicity of tritium: the effects of tritiated amino-acids on preimplanted mouse embryos

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    The effects of tritiated amino-acids, arginine, lysine, histidine and aspartic acid on the growth and development of two-cell mouse embryos, cultured in vitro, were investigated. The LD50 for the dibasic amino acids, measured on the third day of growth, ranged from 30 to 130 nCi/ml. This was compared with the DNA precursor, thymidine, for which the LD50 was 80 nCi/ml. (author)

  3. Acute and chronic toxicity studies of the water extract from dried fruits of Terminalia chebula Rezt. in rats

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Summary: Terminalia chebula Retz. has been extensively used in traditional medicine for laxative, carminative, astringent, expectorant, and tonic. The chronic toxicity of water extract has not yet been studied. To evaluate its safety, the water extract from the dried fruits of T. chebula was orally administrated in rats. For acute toxicity, a single oral administration was performed at a dose of 5,000 mg/kg body weight (five females, five males. The study of chronic toxicity was determined by oral feeding both female and male rats (ten females, ten males daily with the test substance at the dose of 300, 600 and 1,200 mg/kg body weight continuously for 270 days. The results of acute toxicity showed no signs of toxicity such as general behavior changes, mortality, changes on gross appearance or histophatological changes of the internal organs of rats. The examinations of signs of chronic toxicity showed no abnormalities in the test groups as compared to the controls. Hematological and blood chemical values in treated groups were normal in comparison with the control group. Non-toxicity effect of T. chebula was present as no changes in body weight, internal organ weight, and general behaviors. Macroscopic or microscopic of internal organs or tissues in treated rats showed no changes. Therefore, the water extract of T. chebula given orally to female and male rats did not produce both acute and chronic toxicities in rats. Industrial relevance: The use of medicinal plants and preparations derived from them as dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbal medicinal products has become more widely accepted in developing countries. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the adverse effects of these plants and their preparations. Among them, T. chebula has received high attention because decoction of its fresh and dried fruits is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several illnesses such as laxative, carminative

  4. Incorporation and metabolism of tritium in pregnant mice and their offspring after feeding organically labelled tritiated milk powder during pregnancy

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    Food mixed from equal amounts of organically labelled tritiated milk powder and normal food pellets was given to mice during pregnancy and lactation. At birth, some new-born were swapped with those from non-exposed mothers to compare separately accumulation and metabolism during pregnancy and lactation. Young mice were sacrificed at different time after birth, and tritium activity in different organs was determined. Tritium activity was also determined in maternal organs at various times during and after the 42 days feeding period. The activity per g in some tissues of the young, particularly in fat, exceeded that of the food given, probably as a result of the high activity and low metabolic dilution of the fats in the food. Young mice contaminated during lactation and pregnancy contained still detectible activity at an age of 2 months. Activity was nearly the same in mice receiving tritium only during lactation as in those receiving it also during pregnancy. Dilution was more marked due to rapid growth when tritium application was discontinued at birth. Tritium water was replaced most rapidly, organic tritium in brain turned over most slowly with and additional metabolic component of a half life in the order of 1 month. Organic tritium in liver displayed an intermediate half life. (author)

  5. Intervention to repair a tritiated JET neutral beam injector

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    Watson, M.J.; Bell, A.C.; Dines, A.J.; Hurd, F.H.; Lundquist, J.G.; Macklin, B.J.; Orchard, J.C.; Patel, B. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon (United Kingdom)

    1998-07-01

    At the end of May 1997, tritium neutral beams were run for the first time in the JET Octant 8 Neutral Injector Box (NIB8). On 4 June 1997 there were indications of a water leak in the NIB8. The leak was associated with operation of the Fast Shutter system positioned between the Injector and the Rotary Valve. The presence of water was detected at a very early stage by routine operating procedures using the NIB Mass Spectrometer and Penning gauge instrumentation. Operations on NIB8 were suspended whilst the pressure was still below 5.10{sup -7} mb with the Cryopumps cold. The pressure was still two orders of magnitude below the interlock trip level from the Fast Beam Interlock system which would have automatically inhibited pulsing. Some 3 cm{sup 3} of water was estimated to have leaked into the NIB. In order to effect a manned intervention with minimal impact on the JET operational programme several critical issues had to be addressed in parallel: Rate of tritium removal from NIB8 using the Exhaust Detritiation System (EDS). Health Physics procedures to be agreed and the appropriate controls established. NIB access requirements and the removal of the Octant 8 Central Support Column (CSC). The design and procurement of an access facility together with the appropriate services. (author)

  6. ACUTE AND CHRONIC TOXICITY OF PHENYL QUINOLINE ON WATER FLEA DAPHNIA MAGNA

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The aquatic ecotoxicological determination of phytonematicide products using the zooplanktonic cladoceran Daphnia magna is important for environmental risk assessment. Evaluations were made of the acute median lethal concentration (LC50 of phenyl quinoline on D. magna, that was 4.12 ug i.a. L-1 at 48 h of exposure. The chronic effects of phenyl quinoline in the mortality rate of the cladoceran D. magna at 17 d of exposure, with 0.18 ug ai L-1 of LOEC (Lowest Observed Effect Concentration and 0.072 ug ai L-1 of NOEC (No Observed Effect Concentration were determined. Evaluations of the chronic effect of phenyl quinoline on three parameters of growth of D. magna (total length, antenna length and caudal length to 17 d of exposure, only showed significant differences in length of the antenna between the control and 0.072 ug ai L-1 been this the value of LOEC and thus the lower concentration 0.0288 ug ai L-1, the NOEC value for phenyl quinoline. The ratio between acute and chronic toxicity (RAC for the relationship showed acute 48 h exposure on mortality NOEC 17 d a value of 57.22, and for the ratio of acute NOEC on of the length of the antenna to 17 d was a value of 143. The environmental risk assessment (ERA shows that the PEC (Probable Effect Concentration / PNEC (Predicted No-Effect Concentration for acute assay was 582 524 and for the PEC / PNEC for chronic test was 83 333 333. These results demonstrate that phenyl quinoline has a high impact on aquatic biota represented by the trophic level that belongs to D. magna, and therefore shows that the substance is a candidate for a comprehensive ecotoxicological assessment.

  7. Vibrio alginolyticus Associated Chronic Myringitis Acquired in Mediterranean Waters of Turkey

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    Burak Ekrem Citil; Serhan Derin; Funda Sankur; Murat Sahan; Mahmut Ugur Citil

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    Vibrio alginolyticus was originally classified as biotype 2 of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Most clinical isolates are recovered from superficial wounds or the external ear infections. V. alginolyticus is acknowledged to be nearly nonpathogenic in humans. The reason for presence of V. alginolyticus’s virulence is uncertain. We describe a chronic myringitis case in a 47-year-old female due to V. alginolyticus. According to her anamnesis, it was detected that she had sea bathing history in Mugla Co...

  8. Impact of water-accommodated fractions of crude oil on Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua following chronic exposure

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    This study examined the long-term effects of hydrocarbon exposure on the gonadal development of fish. Mature Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) were exposed to low concentrations of water accommodated fractions (WAFs) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in an ambient flowthrough seawater system. Some PAH-exposed cod groups were depurated afterwards for 38 to 287 days. Mortality was rare, and external lesions occurred only in the PAH-exposed groups. The gonado-somatic index revealed that gonadal development was disrupted in both sexes and spawning and spermiation was delayed in the 33 depurated PAH-groups. The findings indicate that chronic exposure to WAFs in the water column may have an adverse effect on reproduction in Atlantic cod.

  9. Performances of models for predicting mercury concentrations in fresh-water fish after chronic releases into rivers

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    The performances of assessment models for estimating the transfer and bioaccumulation of mercury in fresh-water ecosystems were tested by being applied to a test scenario proposed in an international cooperative study BIOMOVS. Two kinds of models have been developed to estimate mercury concentrations in fish after chronic releases into rivers. One uses a bioaccumulation factor approach which is applied to ecosystems in equilibrium, whereas the other is a dynamic model which considers the change of the concentrations in water and the metabolism in fish. The success of the models tested by three different scenarios depended upon whether mercury was in equilibrium in the environment. For the scenario where mercury concentrations reached equilibrium, the first model performed satisfactorily. For the scenario where equilibrium was not attained, the first model was not adequate but the second model could predict more accurately. The limitations of applications were suggested for the two models employed here. (author)

  10. Free-water and BOLD imaging changes in Parkinson's disease patients chronically treated with a MAO-B inhibitor.

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    Burciu, Roxana G; Ofori, Edward; Shukla, Priyank; Pasternak, Ofer; Chung, Jae Woo; McFarland, Nikolaus R; Okun, Michael S; Vaillancourt, David E

    2016-08-01

    Rasagiline is a monoamine oxidase type B inhibitor that possesses no amphetamine-like properties, and provides symptomatic relief in early and late stages of Parkinson's disease (PD). Data in animal models of PD suggest that chronic administration of rasagiline is associated with structural changes in the substantia nigra, and raise the question whether the structure and function of the basal ganglia could be different in PD patients treated chronically with rasagiline as compared with PD patients not treated with rasagiline. Here, we performed a retrospective cross-sectional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study at 3 T that investigated nigrostriatal function and structure in PD patients who had taken rasagiline before testing (∼8 months), PD who had not taken rasagiline before testing, and age-matched controls. The two PD groups were selected a priori to not differ significantly in age, sex, disease duration, severity of symptoms, cognitive status, and total levodopa equivalent daily dose of medication. We evaluated percent signal change in the posterior putamen during force production using functional MRI, free-water in the posterior substantia nigra using diffusion MRI, and performance on a bimanual coordination task using a pegboard test. All patients were tested after overnight withdrawal from antiparkinsonian medication. The rasagiline group had greater percent signal change in the posterior putamen, less free-water in the posterior substantia nigra, and better performance on the coordination task than the group not taking rasagiline. These findings point to a possible chronic effect of rasagiline on the structure and function of the basal ganglia in PD. Hum Brain Mapp 37:2894-2903, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27089850

  11. Study on Cholesterol Renewal of Fatty Livers by Means of Tritiated Cholesterol

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    It is known that ingestion by rats of a diet rich in cholesterol (2%) results in the formation of cholesterol-fatty liver. In the experiment, animals so fed for periods of one to three months were made to ingest the same diet in which the cholesterol had been replaced by tritiated cholesterol of known specific radioactivity. The rats were sacrificed after various ingestion periods up to a maximum of 51 d. Examination of the specific radioactivities of liver and serum cholesterol, free and esterified, gave the same values. Hence, the cholesterol of cholesterol-fatty livers is entirely renewed and does not represent an inert mass in the liver. (author)

  12. Metabolic profiles in serum of mouse after chronic exposure to drinking water.

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    Zhang, Yan; Wu, Bing; Zhang, Xuxiang; Li, Aimin; Cheng, Shupei

    2011-08-01

    The toxicity of Nanjing drinking water on mouse (Mus musculus) was detected by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabonomic method. Three groups of mice were fed with drinking water (produced by Nanjing BHK Water Plant), 3.8 μg/L benzo(a)pyrene as contrast, and clean water as control, respectively, for 90 days. It was observed that the levels of lactate, alanine, and creatinine in the mice fed with drinking water were increased and that of valine was decreased. The mice of drinking water group were successfully separated from control. The total concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates (PAEs), and other organic pollutants in the drinking water were 0.23 μg/L, 4.57 μg/L, and 0.34 μg/L, respectively. In this study, Nanjing drinking water was found to induce distinct perturbations of metabolic profiles on mouse including disorders of glucose-alanine cycle, branched-chain amino acid and energy metabolism, and dysfunction of kidney. This study suggests that metabonomic method is feasible and sensitive to evaluate potential toxic effects of drinking water. PMID:21172972

  13. Chronic toxicity of water-soluble fractions of fresh and water-leached solvent refined coal-II liquids to a freshwater benthic invertebrate

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    Dauble, D.D.; Fallon, W.E.; Gray, R.H.; Bean, R.M.

    1981-01-01

    A solvent refined coal (SRC-II) liquid blend (2.9:1, middle to heavy distillate) obtained from a pilot plant was sequentially extracted with water to observe compositional changes in water soluble fractions (WSF). An initial WSF, designed to simulate chemicals present after contact with water, and a water-leached (artificially weathered) WSF, designed to represent conditions after exposure to the aqueous environment were chemically characterized. Toxicities of the two WSFs were compared by observing chronic effects on a freshwater benthic invertebrate, Tanytarsus dissimilis. Survival to emergence was suppressed at 3.0 ppth of the initial WSF and at 9.4 ppth of the artificially weathered WSF. However, based on equal concentrations of organic carbon and phenolics, weathered WSF solutions were three to five times more toxic. Concentrations, relative distributions, and loss over time of phenols and aromatic hydrocarbons differed between aqueous extractions derived from the fresh and weathered SRC II material. Tests assessing long-term effects of complex materials must be designed and interpreted on the basis of organism exposure to compounds most likely to persist in the environment.

  14. Use of Tritiated Thymidine to Study the Origin and Fate of Inflammatory Cells

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    In a series of experiments mice were injected with tritiated thymidine at various times following a challenging injection of either tetanus or diphtheria toxoid and the number and proportion of mononuclear cells synthesizing DNA at the site of injection determined. It was noted that the increase in mononuclear inflammatory cells was not preceded by a similar decrease in cells synthesizing DNA. This indicates that the majority of inflammatory mononuclear cells must migrate into the inflamed area, presumably from the blood vessels. Inflammatory cells labelled with tritiated thymidine were injected into the site of inflammation, and autopsies performed at various times. Labelled cells were found not only in the inflammatory area, but in the spleen, bone marrow and lymph nodes. These experiments indicate that as the inflammation subsides, inflammatory cells pass back into the lymphatic and blood vascular systems and eventually some find their way to the hemopoietic tissues of the body. Experiments will be reported indicating formation of plasma cells by inflammatory mononuclear cells. These findings will be discussed in relation to hemopoiesis. (author)

  15. Effect of tritiated compounds on sister-chromatid exchanges (SCE) in human lymphocytes in vitro

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    Human lymphocytes treated in vitro with various activities of 3H-TdR and 3H-UdR were cultured to understand the effects of tritium on the cell cycle and the frequency of SCE. The results of these experiments indicated that both tritiated compounds make the frequency of SCE increase and the cell cycle delay. The frequency of SCE increased markedly with activity of 3H. With respect to delaying cell cycle, 3H-UdR was more effective than 3H-TdR. The average frequencies of SCE for 3H-UdR were higher than those for 3H-TdR. With the exception of 3.7 x 103 Bq/mL group and differences between other 3H-UdR groups and corresponding 3H-TdR group were significant (t test, p < 0.01). These results suggest that tritiated compounds may have the effect on the cell proliferating rate. The cell proliferating rate index (PRI) seems to be related with the frequency of SCE: the higher the frequency of SCE, the lower the PRI is

  16. Chronic pancreatitis

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    Chronic pancreatitis - chronic; Pancreatitis - chronic - discharge; Pancreatic insufficiency - chronic; Acute pancreatitis - chronic ... abuse over many years. Repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis. Genetics may be ...

  17. Effects of water deprivation on renal hydroelectrolytic excretion in chronically Trypanosoma cruzi-infected rats

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    Full Text Available The effect of an 8 hour-period of water deprivation on fluid and electrolyte renal excretion was investigated in male Wistar rats infected with the strain São Felipe (12SF of Trypanosoma cruzi, in comparison with age and sex matched non-infected controls. The median percent reductions in the urinary flow (-40% v -63% and excretion ofsodium (-57% v-79% were smaller in chagasic than in control rats, respectively. So, chagasic rats excreted more than controls. On the other hand, the median percent decrement in the clearance of creatinine was higher in chagasic (-51% than in controls (-39%. Thus, chagasic rats showed some disturbed renal hydroelectrolytic responses to water deprivation, expressed by smaller conservation, or higher excretion of water and sodium in association with smaller glomerularfiltration rate. This fact denoted an elevation in the fractional excretion of sodium and water.

  18. HEALTH EFFECTS FROM CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO ARSENIC VIA DRINKING WATER IN INNER MONGOLIA

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    Arsenite and arsenate are widely present in natural waters. The inorganic forms , especially arsenite, are believed to be the most toxic species. Methylation is often considered to be the primary detoxification pathway for the metaboliism of inorganic arsenic. Recently studi...

  19. Benefit of warm water immersion on biventricular function in patients with chronic heart failure

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    Kardassis Dimitris; Angwald Eva; Täng Margareta; Cider Åsa; Grüner Sveälv Bente; Andersson Bert

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Regular physical activity and exercise are well-known cardiovascular protective factors. Many elderly patients with heart failure find it difficult to exercise on land, and hydrotherapy (training in warm water) could be a more appropriate form of exercise for such patients. However, concerns have been raised about its safety. The aim of this study was to investigate, with echocardiography and Doppler, the acute effect of warm water immersion (WWI) and effect of 8 weeks of ...

  20. Effects of acute and chronic exposition on larvae of pejerrey Odontesthes Argentinensis to water soluble fraction (WSF) of crude oil

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    Gusmao, Emeline P.; Rodrigues, Ricardo V.; Moreira, Caue B.; Seyffert, Bianca; Ignacio, Gabriela; Fillmann, Gilberto; Sampaio, Luis A.; Miranda-Filho, Kleber C. [Fundacao Universidade do Rio Grande (FURG), RS (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Petroleum is considered one of the greatest marine water pollutants, but there have been few studies on the impact of oil on biota. The water-soluble fraction (WSF) of a crude oil contains a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phenols and heterocyclic compounds. Marine 'pejerrey' Odontesthes argentinensis (Teleostei: Atherinopsidae) is a important commercial species in Brazilian southern region and has great potential for mariculture. The aim of this study was to investigate the lethal and sub-lethal effects of the WSF crude oil exposition on the early life stages of O. argentinensis using acute (96 hours) and chronic (21 days) toxicity tests. Water-soluble fraction of heavy crude oil was prepared using a ratio of one part crude oil to nine parts filtered seawater and mixing for 24 h. Newly hatched larvae and 17 days old larvae were used for the tests, respectively. According to the results, median lethal concentration (LC50) was estimated in 55.0% of the WSF and safe level was estimated in 5.5% of WSF. These data can be used as a tool in environmental conservation studies. Heavy crude oil WSF presented total PAHs of 197.83 ng/mL and total BTEX of 106.1 {mu}g/L. (author)

  1. Multi-trace elements level in drinking water and the prevalence of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning in residents in the west area of Iran

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    First, we determined the levels of 8 trace elements (As, Se, Hg, Cd, Ag, Mn, Cr and Pb) in 530 village drinking water sources by graphite furnace or flame atomic absorption spectroscopy method, in Kurdistan Province in the west of Iran. The results showed that the level of As, Cd and Se in 28 village drinking water sources exceeded WHO or National Standard limits. The levels of concentration of arsenic in drinking water ranged from 42 to 1500 μg/L. Then in a cross-sectional survey, 587 people from 211 households were chosen for clinical examinations of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning including pigment disorders, keratosis of palms and soles, Mee's line in fingers and nails and the gangrene as a systemic manifestation. Of 587 participants, 180 (30.7%) participants were affected by representing the type of chronic arsenical poisoning. The prevalence of Mee's line, keratosis, and pigment disorders were 86.1%, 77.2% and 67.8% respectively. Therefore, the prevalence of Mee's line between inhabitants was higher than the other disorders. The results show a strong linear relationship between arsenic exposure and occurrence of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning (R2 = 0.76). The association between age for more than 40 years and gender for more than 60 years with chronic arsenical poisoning is significant (p < 0.05). Also, there is a relationship between subjects who were affected with disorders and duration of living in the village. Except for gangrene disorder, the odds ratio of prevalence of other disorders with arsenic exposure level in drinking water show a highly significant relationship between arsenic content and the risk of chronic disorders (p < 0.01). These results confirm the need to further study trace elements in drinking waters, food products and other samples in this area and the relationship to other chronic diseases arising out of arsenicosis.

  2. Multi-trace elements level in drinking water and the prevalence of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning in residents in the west area of Iran

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    Barati, A.H., E-mail: ah_barati@yahoo.com [Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, P.O.Box-66135-756, Pasdaran Street, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Maleki, A. [Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Alasvand, M. [Department of Medical Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-03-01

    First, we determined the levels of 8 trace elements (As, Se, Hg, Cd, Ag, Mn, Cr and Pb) in 530 village drinking water sources by graphite furnace or flame atomic absorption spectroscopy method, in Kurdistan Province in the west of Iran. The results showed that the level of As, Cd and Se in 28 village drinking water sources exceeded WHO or National Standard limits. The levels of concentration of arsenic in drinking water ranged from 42 to 1500 {mu}g/L. Then in a cross-sectional survey, 587 people from 211 households were chosen for clinical examinations of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning including pigment disorders, keratosis of palms and soles, Mee's line in fingers and nails and the gangrene as a systemic manifestation. Of 587 participants, 180 (30.7%) participants were affected by representing the type of chronic arsenical poisoning. The prevalence of Mee's line, keratosis, and pigment disorders were 86.1%, 77.2% and 67.8% respectively. Therefore, the prevalence of Mee's line between inhabitants was higher than the other disorders. The results show a strong linear relationship between arsenic exposure and occurrence of multi-chronic arsenical poisoning (R{sup 2} = 0.76). The association between age for more than 40 years and gender for more than 60 years with chronic arsenical poisoning is significant (p < 0.05). Also, there is a relationship between subjects who were affected with disorders and duration of living in the village. Except for gangrene disorder, the odds ratio of prevalence of other disorders with arsenic exposure level in drinking water show a highly significant relationship between arsenic content and the risk of chronic disorders (p < 0.01). These results confirm the need to further study trace elements in drinking waters, food products and other samples in this area and the relationship to other chronic diseases arising out of arsenicosis.

  3. The water channel aquaporin-1 contributes to renin cell recruitment during chronic stimulation of renin production

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    Tinning, Anne Robdrup; Jensen, Boye L; Schweda, Frank; Machura, Katharina; Hansen, Pernille B L; Stubbe, Jane; Gramsbergen, Jan Bert; Madsen, Kirsten

    2014-01-01

    Processing and release of secretory granules involve water movement across granule membranes. It was hypothesized that the water channel aquaporin-1 (AQP-1) contributes directly to recruitment of renin-positive cells in the afferent arteriole. AQP1(-/-) and (+/+) mice were fed a low NaCl diet (LS......, 0.004% w/w) for 7 days and given enalapril (ACEI, 0.1 mg/ml) in the drinking water for 3 days. There were no differences in plasma renin concentration at baseline. After LS-ACEI, plasma renin concentration increased markedly in both genotypes but was significantly lower in AQP1(-/-) compared to...... baseline with no difference between genotypes. Plasma nitrite/nitrate concentration was unaffected by genotype and LS-ACEI. In AQP1(-/-) mice, the number of afferent arterioles with recruitment was significantly lower compared to (+/+) after LS-ACEI. It is concluded that aquaporin-1 is not necessary for...

  4. Chronic toxicity of the `water-soluble fraction` of Norman Wells crude oil to juvenile fish

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    Lockhart, W. L.; Duncan, D. AS.; Billeck, B. N.; Danell, R. A. [Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Winnipeg, MB (Canada); Ryan, M. J. [Manitoba Univ., Winnipeg, MB (Canada). Dept. of Zoology

    1997-10-01

    Experiments with young rainbow trout exposed to Norman Wells crude oil for periods up to 55 days showed light mortality in the first few days and increased mortality at the higher exposure levels towards the end of the period. The mortality rate was aggravated in the presence of oil dispersant Corexit 7664 or 9600. Exposure to oil resulted in increased fish body water content from about 84 per cent to over 90 per cent. It is believed that the oil affected the ability of the fish to regulate their water content, however, the presence of dispersant did not appear to influence this effect. 11 refs., 2 tabs., 1 fig.

  5. Localization and quantitation of tritiated compounds in tissue sections with a gaseous detector of beta particles: Comparison with film autoradiography

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    Tribollet, E.; Dreifuss, J.J.; Charpak, G.; Dominik, W.; Zaganidis, N. (Univ. Medical Centre, Geneva (Switzerland))

    1991-02-15

    Quantitative analysis of tritium polymer standards and of brain sections labeled with tritiated vasopressin was carried out by using a gaseous detector of beta particles designed for this purpose. The gaseous detector showed major advantages compared with film autoradiography: the linearity and the large dynamic range of intensity measurements as well as the short time needed for data acquisition.

  6. Adjunctive effect of a water-cooled Nd : YAG laser in the treatment of chronic periodontitis

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    Slot, Dagmer Else; Kranendonk, Aart A; Van der Reijden, Wil A; Van Winkelhoff, Arie Jan; Rosema, Nanning A M; Schulein, Wendelien H; Van der Velden, Ubele; Van der Weijden, Fridus A

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To test whether use of a water-cooled Nd:YAG laser adjunctive to supra- and subgingival debridement (SRP) with hand and ultrasonic instruments results in greater clinical improvement than SRP alone. Another objective was to investigate the reduction in the number of microorganisms. METHO

  7. Acute and chronic effects of growth hormone on renal regulation of electrolyte and water homeostasis.

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    Dimke, H.; Flyvbjerg, A.; Frische, S.

    2007-01-01

    For decades, growth hormone (GH) has been known to influence electrolyte and water handling in humans and animals. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the GH-induced anti-natriuretic and anti-diuretic effects have remained elusive. This review will examine the existing literature on renal e

  8. Ecological study on chronic kidney disease and arsenic in drinking water in districts of Guanacaste

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    Darner Mora-Alvarado

    2015-06-01

    Recommendations: cross sectional and case/control studies should be done, without neglecting any hypothesis regarding the common risk factors in the CKD affected districts, including exposure to pesticides, high temperature, heavy metals (including total-As in drinking water agrochemicals, agricultural occupation, among others.

  9. CHRONIC ZINC SCREENING WATER EFFECT RATIO FOR THE H-12 OUTFALL, SAVANNAH RIVER SITE

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    Coughlin, D.; Looney, B.; Millings, M.

    2009-01-13

    In response to proposed Zn limits for the NPDES outfall H-12, a Zn screening Water Effects Ratio (WER) study was conducted to determine if a full site-specific WER is warranted. Using standard assumptions for relating the lab results to the stream, the screening WER data were consistent with the proposed Zn limit and suggest that a full WER would result in a similar limit. Addition of a humate amendment to the outfall water reduced Zn toxicity, but the toxicity reduction was relatively small and unlikely to impact proposed Zn limits. The screening WER data indicated that the time and expense required to perform a full WER for Zn is not warranted.

  10. Historical Doses from Tritiated Water and Tritiated Hydrogen Gas Released to the Atmosphere from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Part 3. Routine Releases, 1973 - 2005

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    Peterson, S

    2007-08-15

    Annual mean concentrations of tritium in air moisture, calculated from data obtained from an air tritium sampler near the LLNL Discovery Center, were compared with annual mean air moisture concentrations predicted from atmospheric releases of tritium for the years 1973 through 2005. The 95% confidence intervals on the predictions and observations usually overlapped. When the distributions of predictions and observations were different, predictions were higher. Using both the observed and predicted air concentrations as input to the tritium dose model, DCART, annual doses to a hypothetical adult, child (age 10) and infant (age 6 months to 1 year) assumed to be living at LLNL's Discovery Center were calculated. Although the doses based on predicted air concentrations tended to be higher, they were nevertheless indistinguishable from doses based on observed air concentrations when uncertainties were taken into account. Annual doses, calculated by DCART and based on observed and predicted air concentrations, were compared with historical tritium doses reported annually by LLNL. Although the historical doses were calculated using various assumptions over the years, their agreement with the DCART predictions is remarkable. The Discovery Center was not the location of the site-wide maximally exposed individual (SWMEI) from 1974 through 1978. However, doses at the location of the SW-MEI for those years were indistinguishable from those at the Discovery Center when uncertainties were taken into account. The upper confidence limits for all doses were always well below the current regulatory limit for dose to a member of the public (100 {micro}Sv or 10 mrem per year) from atmospheric releases (40 CFR Part 61, Subpart H). Based on observed air concentrations, the 97.5% confidence limit on the cumulative dose to the hypothetical person born in 1973 and living through 2005 at the Discovery Center was 150 {micro}Sv (15 mrem), while that of the hypothetical adult who spent his entire life at the Discovery Center was 100 {micro}Sv (10 mrem). Comparable doses calculated from predicted air concentrations were about 35% greater. The comparison of predicted and observed air concentrations demonstrate that some reasonable confidence can be placed in the concentrations that will be predicted from tritium releases to the atmosphere in Part IV (1953 - 1972) of the Tritium Dose Reconstruction; because dose estimations are linearly related to air concentrations, reasonable confidence can also be placed in the doses that will be predicted.

  11. Benefit of warm water immersion on biventricular function in patients with chronic heart failure

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Regular physical activity and exercise are well-known cardiovascular protective factors. Many elderly patients with heart failure find it difficult to exercise on land, and hydrotherapy (training in warm water could be a more appropriate form of exercise for such patients. However, concerns have been raised about its safety. The aim of this study was to investigate, with echocardiography and Doppler, the acute effect of warm water immersion (WWI and effect of 8 weeks of hydrotherapy on biventricular function, volumes and systemic vascular resistance. A secondary aim was to observe the effect of hydrotherapy on brain natriuretic peptide (BNP. Methods Eighteen patients [age 69 ± 8 years, left ventricular ejection fraction 31 ± 9%, peakVO2 14.6 ± 4.5 mL/kg/min] were examined with echocardiography on land and in warm water (34°C. Twelve of these patients completed 8 weeks of control period followed by 8 weeks of hydrotherapy twice weekly. Results During acute WWI, cardiac output increased from 3.1 ± 0.8 to 4.2 ± 0.9 L/min, LV tissue velocity time integral from 1.2 ± 0.4 to 1.7 ± 0.5 cm and right ventricular tissue velocity time integral from 1.6 ± 0.6 to 2.5 ± 0.8 cm (land vs WWI, p There was no change in the cardiovascular response or BNP after 8 weeks of hydrotherapy. Conclusion Hydrotherapy was well tolerated by all patients. The main observed cardiac effect during acute WWI was a reduction in heart rate, which, together with a decrease in afterload, resulted in increases in systolic and diastolic biventricular function. Although 8 weeks of hydrotherapy did not improve cardiac function, our data support the concept that exercise in warm water is an acceptable regime for patients with heart failure.

  12. Characterization of tritiated hydrocarbon species and measurement of their concentrations in air during vacuum pump maintenance

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    When organic materials are exposed to elemental tritium, the hydrocarbons incorporate the tritium as a result of radiation induced reactions. The use of oil based vacuum pumps in tritium service gives rise to waste oil which contains, in addition to significant amounts of dissolved HT and HTO, a complex mixture of dissolved hydrocarbon species with a wide range of volatilities. The behavior of these species in the human body is not as well understood, and consequently, reliable dosimetry models only exist for the two most common tritiated species, HT and HTO. A quantitative radio-gas chromatography technique was developed to analyse the head space above waste vacuum pump oils. The technique was then applied at the Darlington Tritium Removal Facility (TRF) to assess the tritium exposure to personnel changing the oil from one of the high tritium cold boxes. 7 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  13. Theoretical investigation of the mechanism of tritiated methane dehydrogenation reaction using nickel-based catalysts

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    Dong, Liang; Li, Jiamao; Deng, Bing; Yang, Yong; Wang, Heyi [Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China); Li, Weiyi [School of Physics and Chemistry, Xihua University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Li, Shuo, E-mail: lishuo@cqut.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University of Technology, Chongqing 400054 (China); Tan, Zhaoyi, E-mail: tanzhaoyi@caep.cn [Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2015-06-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Four-step dehydrogenation of CT{sub 4} catalyzed by Ni to form Ni–C by releasing T{sub 2}. • The process of Ni + CT{sub 4} → NiCT{sub 2} + T{sub 2} is more achievable than that of NiCT{sub 2} → NiC + T{sub 2}. • TNiCT → T{sub 2}NiC step is the RDS with the rate constant of k = 2.8 × 10{sup 13} exp(−313,136/RT). • The hydrogen isotope effect value of k{sub H}/k{sub T} is 2.94, and k{sub D}/k{sub T} is 1.39. • CH{sub 4} and CD{sub 4} dehydrogenations are likely to occur, accompanied by the CT{sub 4} cracking. - Abstract: The mechanism of tritiated methane dehydrogenation reaction catalyzed by nickel-based catalyst was investigated in detail by density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/[6-311++G(d, p), SDD] level. The computational results indicated that the dehydrogenation of tritiated methane is endothermic. The decomposition of tritiated methane catalyzed by Ni to form Ni-based carbon (Ni–C) after a four-step dehydrogenation companied with releasing tritium. After the first and second dehydrogenation steps, Ni + CT{sub 4} formed NiCT{sub 2}. After the third and fourth dehydrogenation steps, NiCT{sub 2} formed NiC. The first and second steps of dehydrogenation occurred on both the singlet and triplet states, and the lowest energy route is Ni + CT{sub 4} → {sup 1}COM → {sup 1}TS1 → {sup 3}IM1 → {sup 3}TS2 → {sup 3}IM2. The third and fourth steps of dehydrogenation occurred on both the singlet and quintet states, and the minimum energy reaction pathway appeared to be IM3 → {sup 1}TS4 → {sup 5}IM4 → {sup 5}TS5 → {sup 5}IM5 → {sup 5}pro + T{sub 2}. The fourth step of dehydrogenation TNiCT → T{sub 2}NiC was the rate-determining step of the entire reaction with the rate constant of k{sub 2} = 2.8 × 10{sup 13} exp(−313,136/RT) (in cm{sup 3} mol{sup −1} s{sup −1}), and its activation energy barrier was calculated to be 51.8 kcal/mol. The Ni-catalyzed CH{sub 4} and CD{sub 4} cracking

  14. Simultaneous ultrastructural visualization of acetylcholinesterase activity and tritiated norepinephrine uptake in renal nerves

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    In this investigation we have combined the methods of ultrastructural demonstration of acetylcholinesterase activity with electron microscopic autoradiography for the demonstration of norepinephrine uptake. The results show electron-dense deposits indicative of acetylcholinesterase activity associated with perivascular axons overlaid by concentrations of silver grains representing exogenous tritiated norepinephrine. Forty-five percent of the intervaricose regions and 19% of the varicosities overlaid by autoradiographic grains showed ''moderate'' amounts of cholinesterase staining. A greater proportion of autoradiographic grains was observed on the varicosities than in the intervaricose regions; however, the amount of acetylcholinesterase activity was greater in the intervaricose regions than in the varicosities. This investigation provides evidence for the presence of periaxonal acetylcholinesterase staining in adrenergic axons in the rat kidney

  15. Autoradiographic analysis of tritiated imipramine binding in the human brain post mortem: effects of suicide

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    In vitro quantitative autoradiography of high-affinity tritiated imipramine binding sites was performed on brains of 12 suicide victims and 12 matched controls. Region-specific differences in imipramine binding were found between the two groups. Thus, the pyramidal and molecular layers of the cornu ammoni hippocampal fields and the hilus of the dentate gyrus exhibited 80%, 60%, and 90% increases in binding in the suicide group, respectively. The postcentral cortical gyrus, insular cortex, and claustrum had 45%, 28%, and 75% decreases in binding in the suicide group, respectively. No difference in imipramine binding was observed in prefrontal cortical regions, in the basal ganglia, and in mesencephalic nuclei. No sex and postmortem delay effects on imipramine binding were found. Imipramine binding was positively correlated with age, the effect of age being most pronounced in portions of the basal ganglia and temporal cortex

  16. Potential for tumor therapy with tritiated tetracycline. Summary evaluation. [Animal tests

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    Davis, R.C.; Wood, P.; Wood, L.L.; Mendelsohn, M.L.

    1976-10-26

    Reports of tetracycline accumulation in human and animal tumors have led a number of investigators to postulate that this drug, if radio-labeled, might have potential as a therapeutic or diagnostic agent. This paper describes attempts to investigate this potential for tritiated tetracycling. The therapeutic studies demonstrated that while a significant reduction in the growth rates of transplanted tumors could be obtained by the administration of heavy doses of TTC relative to uninjected controls, similar reductions were observed in the growth rates of tumors in animals receiving unlabeled TC. In the localization studies in rodents, the concentrations of TTC in normal tissues and tumors were compared and were correlated with the corresponding concentrations of /sup 14/C-thymidine, a measure of proliferative activity.

  17. Applicability of fractional liberation method using tritiated neurotransmitters in neurotoxins study

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    During the last two decades much progress in neuro physiology was achieved, partly due to successful use of toxins as tools to elucidate structural and physiological functions of neuronal systems. Additionally, the development of the in vitro tritiated neurotransmitters perfusion method made the access of several neuronal transmission steps possible, at only one assay. This procedure maintains an active uptake/release function which is fairly changed by membrane polarization state, ion channel activation and enzymatic activity as well as other still unknown steps involved in neurotransmission. This paper shows the results with some toxins (tetrodotoxin, crotoxin and flaccid paralysis) using 3 H.Dopamine or 3 H.Acetylcholine and K+ 20 mM or Glu 100 μ M. (author)

  18. Bacterial incorporation of tritiated thymidine and populations of bacteriophagous fauna in the rhizosphere of wheat

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    Christensen, Henrik; Griffiths, Bryan; Christensen, Søren

    1992-01-01

    Bacterial and microfaunal populations, and bacterial productivity measured by tritiated thymidine (3HTdr) incorporation, in the rhizosphere of wheat seedlings were measured. Soil from planted pots was fractionated into rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere (bulk) soil, while unplanted soil was taken from...... pots without plants. Total bacterial counts and biovolume did not differ between fractions but viable (plate) counts were 8 times higher in the rhizosphere compared to bulk and unplanted soil. 3HTdr was incorporated at a constant rate with low variability in bulk or unplanted soil. In rhizosphere soil...... 3HTdr incorporation was lower than in bulk or unplanted soils and showed high variability. The populations of bacterial-feeding protozoa and nematodes indicated that rhizosphere bacterial activity was actually 3–4 times greater in rhizosphere than bulk soil in accordance with the results of the...

  19. Penetration of tritiated water vapor through hydrophobic paints for concrete materials

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    Behavior of tritium transfer through hydrophobic paints of epoxy and acrylic-silicon resin was investigated experimentally. The amounts of tritium permeating through their paint membranes were measured under the HTO concentration condition of 2–96 Bq/cm3. Most of tritium permeated through the paints as a molecular form of HTO at room temperature. The rate of tritium permeating through the acrylic-silicon paint was correlated in terms of a linear sorption/release model, and that through the epoxy paint was controlled by a diffusion model. Although effective diffusivity estimated by a diffusion model was obtained 1.1 × 10−13–1.8 × 10−13 m2/s for epoxy membranes at the temperature of 21–26 °C, its value was found to be hundreds times larger than that for cement-paste coated with epoxy paint. Hence, resistance of tritium diffusion through interface between cement-paste and the epoxy paint was considered to be the most effective in the overall tritium transfer process. Clarification of tritium transfer behavior at the interface is important to understand the mechanism of tritium transfer in concrete walls coated with various paints

  20. Dose Estimates from Irrigation with Tritiated Water at the Savannah River Site

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    The Savannah River Site (SRS) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex. It was constructed in the early 1950's to produce special nuclear materials (such as plutonium-239 and tritium) used in the production of nuclear weapons. The 310-square-mile site is located in South Carolina, about 15 miles southeast of Augusta, Georgia. The production of nuclear materials at SRS continued for more than 40 years. However, the end of the Cold War caused a downsizing of this original national defense mission. Current missions are focused on: (1) nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship which emphasizes science-based maintenance of the country's nuclear weapons stockpile; (2) nuclear materials stewardship for management of excess nuclear materials, including transportation, stabilization, storage, and safe and secure disposition; and (3) environmental stewardship involving management, treatment, and disposal of radioactive and nonradioactive wastes resulting from past, present, and future operations

  1. Sorption and desorption of tritiated water vapor on piping materials of nuclear fusion reactor

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    Sorption and desorption of D2O on Cr2O3, NiO, SS316 powders were studied at ambient temperature. When D2O were contacted with samples after drying at 303K, broad peak was observed at 2100-2700cm-1 on Cr2O3 and NiO. Sorption and desorption rate depended on wave numbers. Isotope exchange rate with H2O vapor was faster than dry desorption rate. By heating pretreatment, sorption amount and desorption rate for Cr2O3 and NiO decreased. For SS316, broad peak was observed only after heating pretreatment at 673K. (author)

  2. RBE for loss of brain cells induced by prenatal exposure to tritiated water and gamma irradiation

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    Pregnant rats in two groups were exposed to β-rays by single injection of HTO at 11th day of gestation and to 137Cs γ-rays from 11th to 19th day of gestation, respectively. The changes in the number of cerebral pyramidal cells of their 18-day-old offsprings were observed. The dose response relationships of the two kinds of radiation were determined and the RBE of tritium were calculated. The experimental results showed that under the two conditions of exposure the numbers of cerebral pyramidal cells in the young rats decreased significantly with increasing doses (Pβ; for 137Cs γ-irradiation in doses from 0.12 to 1.32 Gy, Yγ = 18.5 + 13.9 1gDγ. The RBE of tritium β-rays to standard source of 137Cs γ-rays increased with the absorbed doses; with doses of HTO β-rays ranging from 1.7 to 0.17 Gy, the RBE changed from 3.4 to 8.5

  3. General Tritium labelling of gentamicin C by catalytic hydrogen exchange reaction with tritiated water

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    Gentamicin C was labelled with tritium by means of a PtO2 catalized hydrogen exchange reaction. Under the conditions of the exchange (100 mg of gentamicin, basic form, 0,3 ml H2O-3H, and 50 mg of prereduced PtO2) the radiochemical yield was 0,24, 0,38 and 0,48 % at 120oC, for 8, 16 and 24 hours respectively. Chemical yield for purified gentamicin was about 60 %. Purification was accoumplished with a cellulose column eluted with the lower phase of chloroform-methanol 17 % ammonium hydroxide (2:1:1, v/v). Chemical purity, determined by HPLC, was 96,5 % and radiochemical one was 95 % . Main exchange degradation products show biological activity. (Author). 12 refs

  4. Improved characteristics of hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene-platinum catalysts for tritium recovery from tritiated water

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    This paper presents recent results concerning a new preparation method and characteristics of the hydrophobic catalysts used in hydrogen isotopes separation. The objectives of the paper are: (1) to assess the current status and find a new procedure for the preparation of a new improved hydrophobic catalyst; (2) to improve the characteristics and performance of platinum hydrophobic catalysts. As a result of review of references it was concluded that platinum is one of the most active and efficient catalytic metal and polytetrafluoroethylene is a very good wet-proofing agent in the hydrogen isotopes separation processes. A category of newly improved hydrophobic Pt-catalysts has been proposed, prepared and characterized and are now under testing. The novelty consists in adding of metallic oxides (titanium dioxide, zirconium dioxide) as a new binding and wet-proofing agents. The added metallic oxides play a catalytic role, too. The physico-structural parameters of the improved catalyst have been determined and are discussed. Preliminary tests concerning the catalytic activity and stability in tritium separation process have been carried-out. The new proposal is a promising idea to improve the performance of conventional hydrophobic Pt-catalysts

  5. Sorption and desorption of tritiated water vapor on piping materials of nuclear fusion reactor

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    Tanaka, Satoru; Ohmori, Rumi [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1996-10-01

    Sorption and desorption of D{sub 2}O on Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, NiO, SS316 powders were studied at ambient temperature. When D{sub 2}O were contacted with samples after drying at 303K, broad peak was observed at 2100-2700cm{sup -1} on Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NiO. Sorption and desorption rate depended on wave numbers. Isotope exchange rate with H{sub 2}O vapor was faster than dry desorption rate. By heating pretreatment, sorption amount and desorption rate for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NiO decreased. For SS316, broad peak was observed only after heating pretreatment at 673K. (author)

  6. Advances in the electrolysis of tritiated water for its application to a fusion plasma processing plant

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    The exhaust plasma processing scheme, proposed a few years ago as an alternative to the TSTA plant in operation at Los Alamos (N.M.), USA, required further research on some topics such as a low liquid inventory electrolytic cell and the types of separator or membrane resistant to beta radiation. Moreover, it was suggested that the value of the separation factors among H2, D2, T2 should be checked during the electrolysis by using different cathode materials in an alkaline medium. The results of the experimental work carried out on these topics have shown the feasibility of the process although some improvements are still possible as far as the optimization of the separators and the design of the electrolytic cells are concerned. This paper describes the research carried out in the JRC Ispra (Italy) together with some Institutes which have studied contracts with our Establishment

  7. General Tritium Labelling of Gentamicin C by catalytic hydrogen exchange Reaction with Tritiated Water

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    Gentamicin C was labelled with tritium by means of a PtO2 catalyzed hydrogen exchange reaction. Under the conditions of the exchange (100 mg of gentamicin, basic form, 0,3 ml H2O-3H, and 50 mg of prereduced PtO2) the radiochemical yield was 0,24, 0,38 and 0,48 % at 120 degree celsius, for 8, 16 and 24 hours respectively. Chemical yield for purified gentamicin was about 60 %. Purification was accomplished with a cellulose column eluted with the lower phase of chloroform-methanol 17 % ammonium hydroxide (2:1:1, v/v) . Chemical purity, determined by HPLC, was 96,5 % and radiochemical one was 95. Main exchange degradation products show biological activity. (Author) 12 refs

  8. Transfer of tritium to foetuses and newborns from mother mice administered with tritiated water

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    The kinetics of tritium release from the skin, liver and brain of pregnant and nursing mice or foetuses and sucking newborns were studied after single subcutaneous or intraperitoneal injections and the per oral uptake. When female mice were injected subcutaneously at various times during pregnancy, tritium in wet tissues at delivery was reduced lineally on a semi-log scale with prolongation of the exposure time in both pregnant females and foetuses. Tritium in dry tissues was not reduced for a short time before delivery. The estimated half-lives of tissues were longer in pregnant females than in non-pregnant ones. The half-lives of wet tissues were shorter in pregnant females than in foetuses but those of dry tissues were shorter in foetuses. The estimated doses in wet and dry tissues for 10 days after delivery were larger in foetuses than in pregnant females. In the oral uptake, the tritium in wet tissues of both pregnant females and foetuses increased with prolongation of the drinking period, reached a maximum after about 200 h and fell with the further prolongation of the period. The patterns of tritium release in nursing females injected intraperitoneally immediately after delivery were similar to those of normal females, and those of sucking newborns depended upon those of nursing females. The estimated doses in tissues at 300 h after delivery were larger in nursing females than in sucking newborns except for the amount in the skin. (author)

  9. Emission to atmosphere of tritiated water formed at soil surface by oxidation of HT

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    In the event of a release of molecular tritium to atmosphere, some tritium can oxidized at soil surface and be gradually re-emitted to atmosphere as HTO. The two processes are characterized by a deposition velocity and an emission rate, which are commonly used in deposition/emission models designed to calculate the concentrations of HTO in atmosphere. A technique has been developed to determine the emission rate and its evolution, by covering a small area of undisturbed soil by a field chamber, exposing the enclosed soil to molecular tritium, then determining the changes in HTO vapour content of a measured air-stream passing through the chamber. The emission rate is derived by dividing the amount of HTO extracted from the chamber during a given period of time, by the average amount of HTO contained in the soil during the same period. First experiments have been done on bare and grass-covered soils. The data obtained from these small-scale field experiments are consistent with those obtained from a full-scale field study carried out at nearly the same place

  10. Penetration of tritiated water vapor through hydrophobic paints for concrete materials

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    Edao, Y., E-mail: edao.yuki@jaea.go.jp [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (Japan); Kawamura, Y.; Yamanishi, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki (Japan); Fukada, S. [Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    Behavior of tritium transfer through hydrophobic paints of epoxy and acrylic-silicon resin was investigated experimentally. The amounts of tritium permeating through their paint membranes were measured under the HTO concentration condition of 2–96 Bq/cm{sup 3}. Most of tritium permeated through the paints as a molecular form of HTO at room temperature. The rate of tritium permeating through the acrylic-silicon paint was correlated in terms of a linear sorption/release model, and that through the epoxy paint was controlled by a diffusion model. Although effective diffusivity estimated by a diffusion model was obtained 1.1 × 10{sup −13}–1.8 × 10{sup −13} m{sup 2}/s for epoxy membranes at the temperature of 21–26 °C, its value was found to be hundreds times larger than that for cement-paste coated with epoxy paint. Hence, resistance of tritium diffusion through interface between cement-paste and the epoxy paint was considered to be the most effective in the overall tritium transfer process. Clarification of tritium transfer behavior at the interface is important to understand the mechanism of tritium transfer in concrete walls coated with various paints.

  11. Fluoride in drinking water and diet: the causative factor of chronic kidney diseases in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka.

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    2015-07-01

    A significant number of people in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka suffer from chronic kidney diseases (CKD), and the author revisits existing literature related to CKD to find its causative factor. There is a direct connection between high fluoride levels in drinking water and kidney disease, and there are unhealthy levels of fluoride in the groundwater in Sri Lanka's CKD-affected areas. Based on the following observations, the author believes with confidence that excess fluoride in drinking water and in the locally grown food in the affected areas are the culprits of CKD in Sri Lanka. Fluoride excretion rate is considerably lower in children than adults, leading to renal damage of children living in areas with high fluoride. Adults who had renal damage due to fluoride in childhood are vulnerable to CKD with continued consumption of water from the same source. Patients with chronic renal insufficiency are at an increased risk of chronic fluoride toxicity. High content of fluoride in groundwater paves the way to excess fluoride in local food crops, consequently adding more fluoride to the systems of the consumers. People who work outdoors for prolonged periods consume excess water and tea, and are subjected to additional doses of fluoride in their system. In the mid-1980s, the increase in water table levels of the affected areas due to new irrigation projects paved the way to adding more fluorides to their system through drinking water and locally grown foods. PMID:25916575

  12. Stability of RNA and DNA in Bone Marrow Cells, Demonstrated with Tritiated Cytidine and Thymidine

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    DNA and RNA metabolism was studied using tritiated thymidine (H3Th), a specific precursor for DNA, and tritiated cytidine (H3C), a common precursor for both RNA and DNA. With H3C, differential incorporation into RNA, DNA or the soluble pool was determined autoradiographically in the single cell, and/or chemically for cell populations by means of differential extraction using appropriate treatment with perchloric acid. Initial turnover studies in the Hela cell with H3C indicated the precursor role of nuclear RNA for cytoplasmic RNA. Conservation and distribution of label in the RNA fraction was consistent with major macromolecular RNA stability, and continued incorporation of label into the DNA fraction was consistent with the presence of a late precursor for DNA. Similar findings were observed in the immature bone marrow cells of the rat studied over a period of several days after intravenous administration of H3C. The amount of tritium activity in the acid-soluble' RNA and DNA fractions was followed chemically and/or autoradiographically. The three curves were found to be parallel from the first day after injection and parallel to curves for tritium label in DNA following H3Th administration. The expected rate of fall off in label, calculated from kinetics of the rat bone marrow cell populations studied separately by H3Th and autoradiography, assuming no turnover of RNA or DNA and loss of label only by loss of marrow cells by division and maturation, was in agreement with the slopes obtained. The results indicate that, once synthesized, soluble and macromolecular RNA is retained by the bone marrow cell in a manner similar to DNA. Newly formed RNA and DNA are diluted in the cells only through cell division. (author)

  13. Chronic Diarrhea

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    ... infections that cause chronic diarrhea be prevented? Chronic Diarrhea What is chronic diarrhea? Diarrhea that lasts for more than 2-4 ... represent a life-threatening illness. What causes chronic diarrhea? Chronic diarrhea has many different causes; these causes ...

  14. Effects from offshore oil production: chronic exposure of fish to produced water

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    Holth, Tor Fredrik

    2009-07-01

    The results of this study demonstrated that environmentally relevant levels of components of produced water may affect condition factor, maturation, biochemical processes and gene expression in fish. The usefulness of bile PAH and AP metabolite measurements to evaluate exposure was demonstrated in two fish species. The development of bio marker responses was shown to depend on exposure regime as well as exposure period. Lysosomal stability (LMS) in cod kidney was related to dose, the effects were observed early (within two weeks) and remained at a stable level throughout the exposure period in fish receiving both continuous and pulsed exposure. Thus, LMS appeared to be a useful marker for effects in Atlantic cod. Formation of DNA adducts in female cod liver was also related to dose, but in contrast to LMS, more than 16 weeks was required for formation of significant levels. This parameter may therefore be underestimated following short-term exposures, such as most offshore fish caging studies (often 4-6 weeks). Although a time-dependent increase was observed, it also required a continuous exposure regime, which is not often observed in the environment. Other bio markers were demonstrated either to adapt or appeared to be insensitive to the exposures. CYP1A activity (EROD) in female cod was responsive on occasion, but a reduction of activity over time was observed. Protein levels of vitellogenin and hepatic CYP1A in zebra fish, as well as AOX in cod kidneys, were not affected in the current study. Gene transcription of several distinct cellular mechanisms was clearly affected in both species, and a predominance of differentially expressed genes in zebra fish was down regulated. This indicated that down-regulation of responsive pathways may be as important or more important than up-regulation. As both presence and absence of effects following pulsed exposure were apparent (DNA adduct formation; oocyte maturation; condition factor), the effects of exposure regime on

  15. Growth and Histopathological Effects of Chronic Exposition of Marine Pejerrey Odontesthes argentinensis Larvae to Petroleum Water-Soluble Fraction (WSF)

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    Gusmao, Emeline Pereira; Rodrigues, Ricardo Vieira; Moreira, Caue Bonucci [Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Aquicultura, Laboratorio de Piscicultura Estuarina e Marinha, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande (Brazil); Romano, Luis Alberto; Sampaio, Luis Andre [Laboratorio de Piscicultura Estuarina e Marinha, Instituto de Oceanografia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Rio Grande (Brazil); Miranda-Filho, Kleber Campos [Escola de Veterinaria, Departamento de Zootecnia, Laboratorio de Aquacultura, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)], e-mail: kmiranda2010@ufmg.br

    2012-07-15

    The water-soluble fraction (WSF) of petroleum contains a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile hydrocarbons, phenols, and heterocyclic compounds, considered deleterious to aquatic biota. Marine 'pejerrey' Odontesthes argentinensis (Teleostei: Atherinopsidae) has a great commercial importance in local fisheries and a high potential for aquaculture. The aim of this study was to evaluate the histopathological effects in 'pejerrey' larvae exposed to different concentrations of petroleum WSF. The chronic toxicity test was conducted with newly hatched larvae exposed for 21 days to sublethal concentrations of WSF (2.5, 5, 10, and 20 % of WSF), plus one control. Survival and growth were significantly lower in the highest concentration. Several histopathological changes were found in the gills (e.g., hyperplasia, aneurysms, edema, and necrosis), kidney (e.g., nuclear alterations, decrease in the hematopoietic cells), and liver (e.g., hypertrophy, karyorrhexis, and karyopyknosis). An index of branchial lesion was proposed to standardize gill lesions to different pollutants.

  16. Trees as indicators of subterranean water flow from a retired radioactive waste disposal site.

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    Rickard, W H; Kirby, L J

    1987-02-01

    Tree sampling helped locate a subterranean flow of tritiated water from a low-level radioactive waste disposal site that had not been detected by well water monitoring alone. Deciduous trees growing in a natural forest on the hillsides downslope from the site were sampled for the presence of tritiated water in sap of maple trees and in leaf water extracted from oak and hickory trees. Elevated concentrations of 3H were detected in the leaf water extracted from several trees located 50 m downslope from the western boundary of the fenced exclusion zone. A 3-m-deep well drilled near these trees indicated that the source of tritiated water was a narrow zone of subterranean flow. PMID:3818287

  17. Trees as indicators of subterranean water flow from a retired radioactive waste disposal site

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    Tree sampling helped locate a subterranean flow of tritiated water from a low-level radioactive waste disposal site that had not been detected by well water monitoring alone. Deciduous trees growing in a natural forest on the hillsides downslope from the site were sampled for the presence of tritiated water in sap of maple trees and in leaf water extracted from oak and hickory trees. Elevated concentrations of 3H were detected in the leaf water extracted from several trees located 50 m downslope from the western boundary of the fenced exclusion zone. A 3-m-deep well drilled near these trees indicated that the source of tritiated water was a narrow zone of subterranean flow

  18. Radioautographic identification of central monoaminergic neurons after local micro-instillation of tritiated serotonin and norepinephrine in the cat

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    Monoaminergic neurons in nuclei raphe dorsalis and locus coeruleus of the cat may be visualized by radioautography after local micro-instillation of tritiated serotonin and noradrenaline. The concomitant administration of the appropriate tracer with the other biogenic amine in non radioactive form permits a specific identification of serotoninergic and catecholaminergic nerve cell bodies. A small contingent of presumptive serotoninergic neurons is thus demonstrated in the region of the locus coeruleus

  19. Sensitivity and specificity of tritiated thymidine incorporation and ELISPOT assays in identifying antigen specific T cell immune responses

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    MacLeod Beth; Slota Meredith; dela Rosa Corazon; Goodell Vivian; Disis Mary L

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background Standardization of cell-based immunologic monitoring is becoming increasingly important as methods for measuring cellular immunity become more complex. We assessed the ability of two commonly used cell-based assays, tritiated thymidine incorporation (proliferation) and IFN-gamma ELISPOT, to predict T cell responses to HER-2/neu, tetanus toxoid (tt), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) antigens. These antigens were determined to be low (HER-2/neu), moderate (tt), and robustly (CMV) i...

  20. Long-term incorporation of tritiated adenine into deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid by Treponema pallidum (Nichols strain).

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    Treponema pallidum (Nichols strain), extracted in medium containing Eagle minimal essential medium 50% fresh, heat-inactivated normal rabbit serum, and 1.0 mM dithiothreitol, was incubated under 3% oxygen in the presence of tritiated nucleic acid precursors. [8-3H]adenine was incorporated with high efficiency into trichloroacetic acid-insoluble material; 2'-deoxyadenosine and uridine were incorporated in lower quantities, and thymine and thymidine were not incorporated. Incorporation of [3H]a...

  1. Carbon dioxide insufflation or warm-water infusion for unsedated colonoscopy: A randomized controlled trial in patients with chronic constipation in China

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    Xiaoling Xu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: The effect of carbon dioxide (CO 2 insufflation and warm-water infusion during colonoscopy on patients with chronic constipation remains unknown. We evaluated CO 2 insufflation and warm-water irrigation versus air insufflation in unsedated patients with chronic constipation in China. Patients and Methods: This randomized, single-center, controlled trial enrolled 287 consecutive patients, from January 2014 to January 2015, who underwent colonoscopy for chronic constipation. Patients were randomized to CO 2 insufflation, warm-water irrigation and air insufflation colonoscopy insertion phase groups. Pain scores were assessed by the visual analog scale (VAS. The primary outcome was real-time maximum insertion pain, recorded by an unblinded nurse assistant. At discharge, the recalled maximum insertion pain was recorded. Meanwhile, patients were requested to select the VAS at 0, 10, 30, and 60 min after the procedure. In addition, cecal intubation and withdrawal time, total procedure time, and adjunct measures were recorded. Results: A total of 287 patients were randomized. The correlation between real-time and recalled maximum insertion pain ((Pearson coefficient r = 0.929; P < 0.0001 confirmed internal validation of the primary outcome. The mean real-time maximum pain scores during insertion 2.9 ± 2.1 for CO 2 , 2.7 ± 1.9 for water achieved a significantly lower pain score compared with air (5.7 ± 2.5 group (air vs CO 2 P < 0.001; air vs water P < 0.001. However, no significant pain score differences were found between the patients in the CO 2 and water groups (CO 2 vs water, P = 0.0535. P values in painless colonoscopy and only discomfort colonoscopy (pain 1-2 were, respectively, 6 (6.4% and 8 (8.5% for air; 17 (17.7% and 29 (30.2% for CO 2 ; 16 (16.5% and 31 (31.9% for water. At 0, 10, 30, and 60 min postprocedure, pain scores showed in the CO 2 and water groups had significantly reduced than in air group. Insertion time was signi

  2. Distribution of Tritiated Tetanus Toxin Following an Intraperitoneal Injection in Immunized and Non-Immunized Mice

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    Tetanus toxin, purified by ultra-filtration and precipitation with ammonium sulphate, was lyophilized and exposed to 5 c of tritium gas (Wilzbach procedure) for 2½ d in a deep freeze cabinet at 0.38 atm of pressure. The toxin was then homogenized and the precipitated material removed by filtration through a HA millipore membrane. The filtrate was washed and concentrated in a membrane colloidal dialyzer. The resuspended material (particles estimated to be below 450 mpm in size) was highly toxic when injected into mice. Both the crude precipitate and the suspended toxin were injected into immunized mice and the animals autopsied at various times to determine the presence of radioactivity in the various inflammatory cells. These results were compared with those obtained when the toxins were neutralized and injected into non-immunized mice. In the inflammatory area produced by the injection of tritiated toxin, neutrophils containing radioactivity were found during the first 2 d, and macrophages containing radioactivity were found in the spleen as well as in the inflammatory area for as long as 15 d. Trace amounts of radioactivity were found in eosinophils. No radioactivity was found within mast cells in either the immunized or non-immunized animals. The significance of these results will be discussed in relation to initiation of antitoxin production. (author)

  3. Role of drinking water with high Silica and Strontium in Chronic Kidney Disease: An Exploratory Community-based Study in an Indian Village

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    Arjun L Khandare

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Ground water is the ultimate and inevitable source of drinking water in rural India. Seepage of earth’s crust elements into drinking water sources may lead to adverse health effects. Media reported unusually high kidney related disorders among the population in Uchapally village of Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Objective: The objective of the present study was to assess the role of drinking water in chronic kidney disease (CKD. Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was carried out among the population residing in two villages namely Uchapally with reported cases of renal diseases (Village-A; n=52 and Pedarajupalem with no reported cases of renal diseases (Village-B; n=50 from Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Blood and urine samples were collected to estimate the renal parameters. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR as calculated by Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD equation was used to assess the staging of CKD. Results: Majority of subjects in village-A were suffering from different stages of CKD. Blood urea and creatinine, intact parathyroid hormone and alkaline phosphatase levels were significantly (p<0.01 higher among the subjects in village-A. Silicon and Strontium levels in the drinking water samples from village-A were significantly higher as compared to the water samples from Village-B. The subjects from Village-A had a history of prolonged consumption of various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs. Conclusion: The high prevalence of CKD among the population in village-A could be attributed to the synergistic effect of chronic exposure to silicon and strontium through drinking water and prolonged consumption of NSAIDs.

  4. Comparison of monoclonal antibodies and tritiated ligands for estrogen receptor assays in 241 breast cancer cytosols

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    Estrogen receptor determinations have been performed on 241 cytosols from 160 breast cancer tumors using both radioactive ligands ([3H]-estradiol, [3H]R2858) and monoclonal antibodies (Abbott ER-EIA Kit) to compare the two methods and to evaluate the clinical usefulness of the new immunological, simplified assay. Intra- and interassay reproducibility of the enzyme immunoassay (EIA) method was studied during a 6-month period on 35 standard curves with 4 different batches of monoclonal antibodies. Intraassay coefficients of variation studied on duplicates were smaller than 5% in most cases and reproducibility of the curves showed coefficients of variation lower than 10% except for standard 0 and 5 fmol/ml. Pooled cytosols used as control for the dextran coated charcoal method had interassay variation coefficients between 3.8 and 11.4%. Reproducibility has been studied on clinical specimens assayed twice at two different periods with either EIA or dextran coated charcoal methods. Slopes obtained were 1.05 and 0.96, respectively. A good stability of EIA results was obtained with protein concentrations in the range 4-0.15 mg/ml cytosol. No significant effects of dithiothreitol or monothioglycerol (1 mM) on EIA and dextran coated charcoal assay were observed. Eighty breast cancer cytosols were assayed with both EIA and Scatchard analysis. The slope of the regression curve obtained was 1.04 (r = 0.963). Cytosols were assayed by EIA and by a saturating concentration of tritiated ligand (5 nM). With 153 cytosols the EIA/5 nM slope was 1.34 (r = 0.978). This slope can be compared with the slope Scatchard/5 nM obtained with 90 cytosols: 1.29 (r = 0.985). Absence of cross-reactivity of monoclonal ER antibodies with progesterone receptor was observed

  5. Study of an Oil Field (Hassi Messaoud) by Injection of Tritiated Methane, Ethane, Propane and Butane

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    Gas is injected into a deposit to increase the yield of oil contained in the rock and to maintain the pressure of the fluids at a value sufficient for the wells to remain naturally eruptive. The efficiency of this technique depends mainly on establishing a uniform displacement front in spite of heterogeneities. When the gas is injected simultaneously into several wells, the gas-oil displacement can be checked only if the origin of the gas reaching the producer wells is known with certainty. This is achieved by mixing with the gas from each of the injection wells a radioactive tracer whose path in the oil-bearing rock faithfully reproduces the movement of the gas-oil front. The tracers used are tritiated methane, ethane, propane and butane, which are injected respectively into four wells in amounts of up to 200 Ci. The distance separating each injection well from a producer well is considerable (1-6 km) and the oil volume is great, so that the radioactive tracer undergoes very marked dilution during its displacement. For industrial-scale detection of the arrival of the different tracers at the producers, it is therefore necessary to use very sensitive methods. Samples of oil are taken at the head of the producers at a pressure of approx. 50 kg/cm2. The gas in solution in the oil is separated into four fractions, which are respectively rich in C1, C2, C3 and C4 with a degree of purity better than 90%. The beta radiation of each of the fractions is then measured using a double-envelope proportional counter placed in a lead container and connected to an anti-coincidence counting system. The long-term possibility of isotopic exchange between the different tracers and the hydrocarbons present in the rock were studied experimentally under the conditions of pressure and temperature at the deposit. (author)

  6. Tritiated thymidine-labeled bronchioloalveolar cells and radiation dose following inhalation of plutonium in rats

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    The goal of this study is to show the relationship of inhaled Pu particle distribution and alveolar-bronchiolar target-cell response with respect to the formation of pulmonary carcinoma. The proliferation of type 2 alveolar epithelium and nonciliated bronchiolar epithelium appears critical in the induction of lung tumors associated from inhaled 239PuO2. Female, Wistar rats were either sham-exposed (40 rats) or given a single inhalation to 169Yb-239PuO2 (99 rats, ILB, 3.9 +/- 1.2 kBq) and examined at 20 time intervals from 1 day to 700 days postexposure for Pu particle distribution in airways by SEM quantitative autoradiography and for cell labeling with tritiated thymidine. Initially, deposited Pu particles were rapidly cleared from the surface of the trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles within a few days. Thereafter, about 5 times more alpha track exposure to the bronchiolar epithelium was delivered from Pu particles found in peribronchiolar alveoli than from Pu particles being cleared from bronchiolar surfaces. Exposure of bronchiolar epithelium at later times was due mostly to the formation of peribronchiolar Pu particle aggregates. A maximal increase in labeled alveolar wall cells was seen at 60 days after exposure, decreasing gradually to control levels by 400 days. Cell labeling in focal alveolar regions of Pu aggregation was about 5 fold higher. Increased bronchiolar epithelium labeling appeared in two phases. The first phase was seen 15 days after exposure, associated with initial deposition and clearance of Pu particles. The second phase slowly reached a maximum at 250 days and was associated with peribronchiolar Pu aggregate formation. The temporal-spatial dose-distribution pattern for inhaled Pu particles is an important aspect of Pu-induced pulmonary carcinogenesis

  7. The Effect of Tritiated Thymidine on the Morphogenesis of Lateral Roots

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    Along the axis of a primary root exists a series of successive developmental stages of the same organ — the lateral root, a system ideal for assaying effects of various agents on organogenesis. Primary roots of several species grown in H3-thymidine in various concentrations arid for different periods of time, show a region devoid of lateral roots which corresponds closely to the region of differentiation at time of treatment. Anatomical analysis combined with autoradiography indicates that ''hot'' pericycle cells may be capable of 1 or 2 cell divisions before further development of the lateral root is inhibited. There is evidence that a minimum number of cells must be affected before substitution by adjacent cells is eliminated. This may be a function of the length of the cell division cycle and thus prescribe the duration of treatment for the desired morphological effect. Root primordia already established at time of treatment do riot appear affected if the amount of radioactivity is chosen discriminately. In Zea mays the effect of ''nuclear irradiation'' on differentiation has been compared with the effect of X-rays and gamma irradiation (Co60). In general the external irradiation results in a more diffuse disturbance of both lateral and primary root growth. When duration of exposure and dose of an external source are properly chosen the internal effect of tritiated thymidine can be approached. The system offers opportunity to discriminate between damage due to nuclear irradiation (genetic effects ?) and general irradiation (genetic + physiological ?). Pisum sativum and Cucumis sativus have also been used. Current Work involves autoradiography to determine the amount of chromosomal radiation needed to disturb these developmental processes. (author)

  8. Platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptors in major depressive disorder. Binding of tritiated clonidine before and after tricyclic antidepressant drug treatment

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    The specific binding of tritiated (3H)-clonidine, an alpha 2-adrenergic receptor agonist, to platelet membranes was measured in normal subjects and in patients with major depressive disorder. The number of platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptors from the depressed group was significantly higher than that found in platelets obtained from the control population. Treatment with tricyclic antidepressant drugs led to significant decreases in the number of platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptors. These results support the hypothesis that the depressive syndrome is related to an alpha 2-adrenergic receptor supersensitivity and that the clinical effectiveness of tricyclic antidepressant drugs is associated with a decrease in the number of these receptors

  9. Chronic toxicity and physical disturbance effects of water- and oil-based drilling fluids and some major constituents on adult sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus)

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    Adult sea scallops, Placopecten magellanicus, were exposed in the laboratory under environmentally representative conditions to different types and concentrations of used operational drilling fluids and their major constituents. Threshold waste concentrations causing reductions in somatic and/or reproductive tissue growth are: greater than 10 mg1-1 for used water-based mud (WBM); 2 mg 1-1 for bentonite; and less than 0.5 mg1-1 for barite and used oil-based mud (OBM). Chronic exposure to OBM caused high mortalities at concentrations as low as 1.0 mg1-1. Non-nutritious particles in the food supply (all wastes) and chemical toxicity (OBM and perhaps barite) affected the growth rate and survival of sea scallops by altering physiological state (scope for growth) and nutritional condition (O:N ratio). The value of scope growth (SFG) calculations for assessing the relative chronic toxicity of the drilling wastes was demonstrated by the close relation observed between SFG and actual growth measurements. These results show that chronic intermittent exposure of sea scallops to dilute concentrations of operational drilling wastes, characterized by acute lethal tests as practically non-toxic, can affect growth, reproductive success and survival. (author)

  10. Acute and chronic sensitivity of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to cadmium, copper, lead, or zinc in laboratory water-only exposures

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    Ingersoll, Christopher G.; Contributions by Wang, Ning; Calfee, Robin D.; Beahan, Erinn; Brumbaugh, William G.; Dorman, Rebecca A.; Hardesty, Doug K.; Kunz, James L.; Little, Edward E.; Mebane, Christopher A.; Puglis, Holly J.

    2014-01-01

    White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) are experiencing poor recruitment in the trans boundary reach of the upper Columbia River in eastern Washington State. Limited toxicity data indicated that early life stages of white sturgeon are sensitive to metals. In acute 4-day (d) exposures with larval white sturgeon, previous studies have reported that the 4-day median lethal concentrations (LC50) based on biotic ligand model (BLM) normalization for copper were below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency national recommended acute water-quality criterion. In previously published chronic 66-d exposures starting with newly fertilized eggs of white sturgeon, 20-percent lethal effect concentrations (LC20s) for copper, cadmium, or zinc generally were within a factor of two of the chronic values of the most sensitive fish species in the databases of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency water-quality criteria (WQC) for the three metals. However, there were some uncertainties in the chronic exposures previously performed with white sturgeon, including (1) low control survival (37 percent), (2) more control fish tested in each replicate compared to other treatments, (3) limited replication of treatments (n=2), (4) lack of reported growth data (such as dry weight), and (5) wide dilution factors for exposure concentrations (6- to 8-fold dilutions). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that additional studies are needed to generate more toxicity data to better define lethal and sublethal toxicity thresholds for metals for white sturgeon. The objective of the study was to further evaluate the acute and chronic toxicity of cadmium, copper, lead, or zinc to early life stages of white sturgeon in water-only exposures. Toxicity tests also were performed with commonly tested rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under similar test conditions to determine the relative sensitivity between white sturgeon and rainbow trout to these metals. Toxicity data generated from

  11. Sensitivity and specificity of tritiated thymidine incorporation and ELISPOT assays in identifying antigen specific T cell immune responses

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    MacLeod Beth

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Standardization of cell-based immunologic monitoring is becoming increasingly important as methods for measuring cellular immunity become more complex. We assessed the ability of two commonly used cell-based assays, tritiated thymidine incorporation (proliferation and IFN-gamma ELISPOT, to predict T cell responses to HER-2/neu, tetanus toxoid (tt, and cytomegalovirus (CMV antigens. These antigens were determined to be low (HER-2/neu, moderate (tt, and robustly (CMV immunogenic proteins. Samples from 27 Stage II, III, and IV HER-2/neu positive breast cancer patients, vaccinated against the HER-2/neu protein and tt, were analyzed by tritiated thymidine incorporation and IFN-gamma ELISPOT for T cell response. Results Linear regression analysis indicates that both stimulation index (SI (p = 0.011 and IFN-gamma secreting precursor frequency (p Conclusion These data underscore the importance of taking into consideration the performance characteristics of assays used to measure T cell immunity. This consideration is particularly necessary when determining which method to utilize for assessing responses to immunotherapeutic manipulations in cancer patients.

  12. Proposal for secondary enclosure setup for experiments to expose plasma facing materials to tritiated plasma in VISIONI

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    Broeckx, W.E.K.; Dylst, K. [SCK-CEN, Mol (Belgium); Bornea, A.; Zamfirache, M. [ICSI, Valcea (Romania)

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    VISIONI is an equipment at SCK-CEN that allows the exposure of candidate plasma facing materials to tritium - deuterium plasmas at ITER first wall conditions. VISIONI itself, being a vacuum setup, acts as primary confinement. To protect operators against exposure to a tritiated atmosphere VISIONI must be placed in a secondary confinement. The current Tritium lab at SCK-CEN has a walk-in process cell which can be used to enclose the plasma chamber and diagnostics of the VISIONI setup, which have a limited tritium inventory. This allows easy accessibility to the setup in a well-ventilated environment. Routine operations should be conducted from outside the process cell and maintenance operations can be conducted from within the process cell with proper protections. The tritium storage and supply can be enclosed in a glove box with a dedicated air detritiation system which is activated during an experiment or in case of an incident. The detritiation system will oxidize tritium and capture it on molecular sieves. By using this confinement approach it is possible to expose materials to a tritiated plasma while maintaining good accessibility of the VISIONI setup. This paper describes the proposed confinement system and compares it to the most common approach where the entire system is enclosed into one large glovebox.

  13. Comparison of effects of six tritiated compounds on chromosomal aberrations in human lymphocytes in vitro and dose-response relationships

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    The effects of six tritiated compounds on chromosomal aberrations were compared in cultured human lymphocytes, and dose-response relationships were analysed. According to the efficiency of inducing aberrations, these compounds could be arranged in decreasing order as follows: 3H-TdR > 3H-UdR > 3H-lysine > 3H-thymine > 3H-leucine > HTO, when the dose-response relationship was expressed in radioactivity/ml of the medium. This order is determined mainly by the radioactivities incorporated into the nuclei or the cells. However, when compared in terms of the dose absorbed by the nuclei or the cells, the differences among various compounds would be much more reduced. The data of aberration yields for different tritium activities (or absorbed dsoes) were fitted satisfactorily to the linear-quadratic dose-response equation Y = A + BX + CX2. The yields of chromatid-type and chromosometype aberrations induced by various tritiated compounds were quite different. These differences are related to the metabolism of the compounds

  14. Tritium removal from contaminated water via infrared laser multiple-photon dissociation

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    Maienschein, J.L.; Magnotta, F.; Herman, I.P.; Aldridge, F.T.; Hsiao, P.

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    Isotope separation by means of infrared-laser multiple-photon dissociation offers an efficient way to recover tritium from contaminated light or heavy water found in fission and fusion reactors. For tritium recovery from heavy water, chemical exchange of tritium into deuterated chloroform is followed by selective laser dissociation of tritiated chloroform and removal of the tritiated photoproduct, TCl. The single-step separation factor is at least 2700 and is probably greater than 5000. Here we present a description of the tritium recovery process, along with recent accomplishments in photochemical studies and engineering analysis of a recovery system.

  15. Labelled water in desert survival patterns

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    Tritiated water (3HOH) was used as a tracer to explain, at least in part, the survival of some plants and animals in the Namib Desert. Special attention is given to grass (Stipagrostis sabulicola), a variety of beetles, small desert mammals and the desert ostrich. The potential of doubly-labelled water (3HH18O and 2HH18O) in desert research is briefly mentioned

  16. Reduction of isotopic waters with sublimated under vacuum zinc for tritium and deuterium analysis

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    Previous methods of reduction of water vapors with zinc powder have been reviewed, the reduction of tritiated water with sublimated under vacuum zinc, used in tritium exchange and isotope effect studies, has been described and the value of tritium fractionation factor has been estimated. 10 refs. (author)

  17. Water metabolism and modification of tritium excretion in the rat

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    1. The intake and excretion of tritium were studied in rats exposed to tritiated water vapor. The metabolism of tritium was also investigated in rats given single administrations of tritiated water and in rats given daily administrations (per os or i.p.). The results were essentially in accord with those reported previously. 2. Amounts of drinking water consumed and urine excreted by rats drinking water with 0.15% saccharin were 1.5 to 2 times higher than in rats drinking tap water. The tritium activity in various tissues of rats drinking water with 0.15% saccharin decreased to about half of that of rats drinking tap water. A similar tendency was observed also in rats drinking beer. The diuretic agent sodium acetazolamide also enhanced the urinary excretion of tritium. (author)

  18. Recovery from chronic and snowmelt acidification: Long-term trends in stream and soil water chemistry at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USA

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    Fuss, Colin B.; Driscoll, Charles T.; Campbell, John L.

    2015-11-01

    Atmospheric acid deposition of sulfate and nitrate has declined markedly in the northeastern United States due to emissions controls. We investigated long-term trends in soil water (1984-2011) and stream water (1982-2011) chemistry along an elevation gradient of a forested watershed to evaluate the progress of recovery of drainage waters from acidic deposition at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, USA. We found slowed losses of base cations from soil and decreased mobilization of dissolved inorganic aluminum. Stream water pH at the watershed outlet increased at a rate of 0.01 units yr-1, and the acid neutralizing capacity (ANC) gained 0.88 µeq L-1 yr-1. Dissolved organic carbon generally decreased in stream water and soil solutions, contrary to trends observed at many North American and European sites. We compared whole-year hydrochemical trends with those during snowmelt, which is the highest-flow and lowest ANC period of the year, indicative of episodic acidification. Stream water during snowmelt had long-term trends of increasing ANC and pH at a rate very similar to the whole-year record, with closely related steady decreases in sulfate. A more rapid decline in stream water nitrate during snowmelt compared with the whole-year trend may be due, in part, to the marked decrease in atmospheric nitrate deposition during the last decade. The similarity between the whole-year trends and those of the snowmelt period is an important finding that demonstrates a consistency between recovery from chronic acidification during base flow and abatement of snowmelt acidification.

  19. Growth and biochemical responses of juvenile cod to acute and chronic exposure to production water from the Hibernia oil rig

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    Burridge, L.; Lyons, M.; Blair, T.; Haya, K.; Lee, K. [Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dartmouth, NS (Canada). Maritimes Region, Ocean Sciences Division

    2007-07-01

    A study was conducted in which the chemical characteristics of production water collected from the Hibernia oil production platform in June, 2006 were determined. Bioassays were also performed on juvenile cod in order to determine acute responses after 48 hour exposure to concentrations of production water ranging from 0.06 to 5 per cent. Of the 70 juvenile cod that were exposed continuously for 45 days to 0.05 per cent Hibernia production water, 8 were sacrificed and liver, gill muscle and plasma was collected for biochemical analysis at day 3, 14, 28 and 45 during the exposure. Length and weight data were also collected to compare growth rates of exposed fish with unexposed fish. Results did not reveal any difference in growth rate in cod exposed for 45 days to Hibernia production water compared to those held in untreated water under the same conditions. Tissues for mixed function oxygenase (MFO) induction are undergoing analysis.

  20. Growth and biochemical responses of juvenile cod to acute and chronic exposure to production water from the Hibernia oil rig

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    A study was conducted in which the chemical characteristics of production water collected from the Hibernia oil production platform in June, 2006 were determined. Bioassays were also performed on juvenile cod in order to determine acute responses after 48 hour exposure to concentrations of production water ranging from 0.06 to 5 per cent. Of the 70 juvenile cod that were exposed continuously for 45 days to 0.05 per cent Hibernia production water, 8 were sacrificed and liver, gill muscle and plasma was collected for biochemical analysis at day 3, 14, 28 and 45 during the exposure. Length and weight data were also collected to compare growth rates of exposed fish with unexposed fish. Results did not reveal any difference in growth rate in cod exposed for 45 days to Hibernia production water compared to those held in untreated water under the same conditions. Tissues for mixed function oxygenase (MFO) induction are undergoing analysis

  1. Tritiated Thymidine as Tracer in DNA Metabolism and Cell Dynamics of Experimental Myeloid Leukaemia

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    Tritium has been used as an isotopic tracer in a variety of biological problems in Israel. We wish to report, in particular, some findings in which tritiated thymidine (TH3) has been used to follow the cell dynamics in experimental myeloid leukaemia and also to investigate the mechanism of its incorporation into the DNA of these and Ehrlich ascites tumour cells. The leukaemic cells were labelled in-vivo by injecting the TH3 into the jugular vein. The dose was 1 pc/g/rat. The rate of appearance of the labelled cells in the peripheral blood and in the ascitic tumour of the animal, was estimated. In other experiments the rate of the dilution of the label in the nuclei was evaluated and thus it was possible to estimate the cellular doubling time in the myelocyte population. The dynamics of transfused leukaemia cells were investigated by injecting labelled myelocytes into the jugular vein of normal and leukaemic rats. Their rate of disappearance from the blood was measured. Various organs were examined for the labelled cells and it was found that soon after injection the cells were mainly trapped by the lungs, later by the spleen and to a lesser extent by the liver. After 24 h no labelled cells were detectable in any of the organs. Information was thus obtained on the fate of the leukaemic myelocytes in various organs of the normal and leukaemic animals. In in-vitro experiments, TH3 was added to the cell suspension in a concentration of 1 p.c/ml. In the course of the in-vitro labelling it was observed that the number of labelled cells was 40 times higher than the number of mitoses. (The same was found also after administering the TH3 in-vivo.) The rate of incorporation of the TH3 was established. Concentrations between 0.0036 p mole x 103 and 1.8 μmolex 10-3 were tested. It was found that the per cent of cells incorporating the label is constant for the various concentrations of thymidine. The number of grains per nucleus increased with the increase of the

  2. CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO DIBROMOACETIC ACID, A WATER DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCT, DIMINISHES PRIMORDIAL FOLLICLES IN THE RABBIT

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    Exposure to dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a commonly occurring water disinfection by-product, has detrimental effects on spermatogenesis and fertility in rats and rabbits. Despite indications of important reproductive consequences of DBA exposure in males, reproductive sequelae follo...

  3. Chronic Bronchitis

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    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It ... chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Chronic bronchitis is one type ...

  4. Patterns of transfer of tritiated progesterone into blood and cerebrospinal fluid of rhesus monkeys following diverse methods of administration

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    Tritiated progesterone (3H-P) was administered to adult ovariectomized rhesus monkeys by different routes and methods. About 200 Ci of 3H-P was administered to each monkey by intravenous injection, as eye drops, intranasal spray of a solution containing 3H-P or intranasal spray of powdered dextrose containing adsorbed 3H-P. Radioactivity was estimated in cerebrospinal fluid (csf) and serum at 5, 10, 15, 30, 60 and 120 min after administering the steroid, and the data expressed as ratios radioactivity (dpm/ml) in csf and serum. There was no difference in csf: serum ratios following intravenous or ocular routes of administration. The intransal routes of administration differed from the intravenous and the ocular routes in that the ratios showed a slow but gradual increase and also higher values. (author)

  5. Depressed patients have decreased binding of tritiated imipramine to platelet serotonin ''transporter''

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    Paul, S.M.; Rehavi, M.; Skolnick, P.; Ballenger, J.C.; Goodwin, F.K.

    1981-12-01

    The high-affinity tritiated (3H) imipramine binding sites are functionally (and perhaps structurally) associated with the presynaptic neuronal and platelet uptake sites for serotonin. Since there is an excellent correlation between the relative potencies of a series of antidepressants in displacing 3H-imipramine from binding sites in human brain and platelet, we have examined the binding of 3H-imipramine to platelets from 14 depressed patients and 28 age- and sex-matched controls. A highly significant decrease in the number of 3H-imipramine binding sites, with no significant change in the apparent affinity constants, was observed in platelets from the depressed patients compared with the controls. These results, coupled with previous studies showing a significant decrease in the maximal uptake of serotonin in platelets from depressed patients, suggest that an inherited or acquired deficiency of the serotonin transport protein or proteins may be involved in the pathogenesis of depression.

  6. A new method for determining the metabolic activity of specific bacterial populations in soil using tritiated leucine and immunomagnetic separation

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    Sengeløv, Gitte; Sørensen, Søren Johannes; Frette, Lone;

    2000-01-01

    time with immunomagnetic beads was not critical for optimal target cell recovery, but samples needed to be washed at least 5¿times during the immunomagnetic separation to reduce unspecific binding of the indigenous soil bacteria to the magnetic beads. Soil absorption of the polyclonal antibody further......A new assay, using immunomagnetic separation and uptake of tritiated leucine ([3H]-Leu), was developed for measuring the in situ metabolic activity of specific bacterial populations in soil. Such assays are needed to assess the role individual species play in diverse microbial soil communities. The...... method was optimized using Pseudomonas putida KT2440¿:¿:Tc+/TOL::gfp inoculated into soil microcosms. Inoculated soil samples were incubated with [3H]-Leu followed by an immunomagnetic separation to recover the target bacteria. Radiolabel incorporated by the target bacteria was then measured. Incubation...

  7. Chronic gastritis

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    Sipponen, Pentti; Maaroos, Heidi-Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Prevalence of chronic gastritis has markedly declined in developed populations during the past decades. However, chronic gastritis is still one of the most common serious pandemic infections with such severe killing sequelae as peptic ulcer or gastric cancer. Globally, on average, even more than half of people may have a chronic gastritis at present. Helicobacter pylori infection in childhood is the main cause of chronic gastritis, which microbial origin is the key for the understand...

  8. Chronic prostatitis

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    Erickson, Bradley A.; Schaeffer, Anthony J.; Le, Brian

    2008-01-01

    Chronic prostatitis can cause pain and urinary symptoms, and usually occurs without positive bacterial cultures from prostatic secretions (known as chronic abacterial prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome, CP/CPPS). Bacterial infection can result from urinary tract instrumentation, but the cause and natural history of CP/CPPS are unknown.

  9. Dosimetric Implications of Atmospheric Dispersal of Tritium Near a Heavy-water Research Reactor Facility

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    An estimate of the tritium dose to the public in the vicinity of the heavy water research reactor facility at AECL-Chalk River Laboratories, Ontario, Canada, has largely been accomplished from analyses on regularly-collected samples of air, precipitation, drinking water and foodstuffs (pasture, fruit, vegetables and milk) and environmental dose models. To increase the confidence with which public doses are calculated, tritium doses were estimated directly from the ratio of tritiated species in urine samples from members of the general public. Single cumulative 24 h urine samples from a few adults living in the vicinity of the heavy-water research reactor facility at Chalk River Laboratories, Canada were collected and analysed for tritiated water and organically bound tritium. The participants were from Ottawa (200 km east), Deep River (10 km west) and Chalk River Laboratories. Tritiated water concentrations in urine ranged from 6.5 Bq.l-1 for the Ottawa resident to 15.9 Bq.l-1 for the Deep River resident, and were comparable to the ambient levels of tritium-in-precipitation at their locations. The ultra-low levels of organically bound tritium in urine from these same individuals were measured by 3He-ingrowth mass spectrometry and were 0.06 Bq.l-1 (Ottawa) and 0.29 Bq.l-1 (Deep River). For Chalk River Laboratories workers, tritiated water concentrations in urine ranged from 32 Bq.l-1 to 9.2x104 Bq.l-1, depending on the ambient levels of tritium in their workplace. The organically bound tritium concentrations in urine from the same workers were between 0.08 Bq.l-1 and 350 Bq.l-1. With a model based on the ratio of tritiated water to organically bound tritium in urine, the estimated dose arising from organically bound tritium in the body for the Ottawa and Deep River residents was about 26% and 50%, respectively, of the body water tritium dose. The workers in a reactor building at Chalk River Laboratories has less than 10% dose contribution from organically bound

  10. Water

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    ... www.girlshealth.gov/ Home Nutrition Nutrition basics Water Water Did you know that water makes up more ... to drink more water Other drinks How much water do you need? top Water is very important, ...

  11. Adjunctive effect of a water-cooled Nd:YAG laser in the treatment of chronic periodontitis

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    D.E. Slot; A.A. Kranendonk; W.A. van der Reijden; A.J. van Winkelhoff; N.A.M. Rosema; W.H. Schulein; U. van der Velden; F.A. van der Weijden

    2011-01-01

    Objectives: To test whether use of a water-cooled Nd:YAG laser adjunctive to supra- and subgingival debridement (SRP) with hand and ultrasonic instruments results in greater clinical improvement than SRP alone. Another objective was to investigate the reduction in the number of microorganisms. Metho

  12. CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO DIBROMOACETIC ACID, A WATER DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCT, DIMINISHES PRIMORDIAL FOLLICLE POPULATIONS IN THE RABBIT

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    To determine if dibromoacetic acid (DBA) affects folliculogenesis, four groups of female Dutch-belted rabbits were exposed daily to 0, 1, 5, or 50 mg DBA/kg body wt. in drinking water beginning in utero from gestation day 15 throughout life. Functionality of the endocrine axis w...

  13. Effect of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) on in vitro percutaneous penetration of water, hydrocortisone and nickel

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    Frankild, S; Andersen, Klaus Ejner; Nielsen, Gunnar

    1995-01-01

    The dose- and time-related effect of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) on in vitro percutaneous penetration was studied using 3 radiolabeled tracer compounds with different physicochemical properties: tritiated water, hydrocortisone and nickel. Human cadaver abdominal skin from caucasian women was used...

  14. Chronic migraine.

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    Schwedt, Todd J

    2014-01-01

    Chronic migraine is a disabling neurologic condition that affects 2% of the general population. Patients with chronic migraine have headaches on at least 15 days a month, with at least eight days a month on which their headaches and associated symptoms meet diagnostic criteria for migraine. Chronic migraine places an enormous burden on patients owing to frequent headaches; hypersensitivity to visual, auditory, and olfactory stimuli; nausea; and vomiting. It also affects society through direct and indirect medical costs. Chronic migraine typically develops after a slow increase in headache frequency over months to years. Several factors are associated with an increased risk of transforming to chronic migraine. The diagnosis requires a carefully performed patient interview and neurologic examination, sometimes combined with additional diagnostic tests, to differentiate chronic migraine from secondary headache disorders and other primary chronic headaches of long duration. Treatment takes a multifaceted approach that may include risk factor modification, avoidance of migraine triggers, drug and non-drug based prophylaxis, and abortive migraine treatment, the frequency of which is limited to avoid drug overuse. This article provides an overview of current knowledge regarding chronic migraine, including epidemiology, risk factors for its development, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and guidelines. The future of chronic migraine treatment and research is also discussed. PMID:24662044

  15. Technological approach of highly concentrated tritium production by cryogenic distillation in a heavy water de-tritiation installation

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    A theoretical study on optimizing the helium cryogenic cycle operation, using a cryogenic distillation module, was undertaken to get information about high concentration tritium production starting from a D2 + DT mixture. The layout of the cryogenic distillation module is presented. To obtain high concentration tritium, two separation columns are necessary - a primary separation column for the DT + D2 mixture, followed by a final separation column for tritium concentration. The novelty of the experimental pilot installation consists in the introduction of the second separation column and of the helium cryogenic cycle, ensuring a temperature working range of 13 - 22 K in the condensers of the two separation columns. These temperatures correspond to the pressure of the column operation so that a total condensation of the hydrogen isotopes at the column tops is realized

  16. Suppression of the primary immune response in rainbow trout, Salmo gairdneri, sublethally exposed to tritiated water during embryogenesis

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    Antibody synthesis in response to vaccination with a 0.1 cc (1.8 x 108 cells/cc) intraperitoneally injected heat-killed strain of Flexibacter columnaris was employed to investigate the effect of tritium irradiation (0, 0.04, 0.4, 4.0 and 40.0 rads total dose for 20 days during embryogenesis) on development of the primary immune response in 5-month rainbow trout, Salmo gairdneri. Total serum protein measurements and electrophoretic separation of blood serum proteins followed by densitometric analyses were performed to assess the potential for qualitative and quantitative changes in blood serum components which conceivably accounted for suppressed immune responsiveness in tritium-irradiated fish. Data on the biological effects of tritium on early life stages in terms of hatchability, abnormality, latent mortality, and growth were also collected. A review of all experiments directed at determining the effects of early radiation exposure on the parameters of hatchability, incidence of abnormality, latent mortality and depressed growth, revealed considerable variation among similar treatments and indicated that significant effects at dose levels of 50 rads and below were not consistently demonstrated. While present experimental results demonstrated that the primary immune response in juvenile rainbow trout was significantly suppressed following embryonic exposure to tritium at essentially the 1.0 μCi/ml level, and perhaps at the 0.1 μCi/ml level, these concentrations are no less than 5 to 6 orders of magnitude above present levels for tritium in the aquatic environment

  17. Combined Electrolysis and Catalytic Exchange (CECE) upgraders - an alternative to Water Distillation (DW) heavy water upgraders

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    All operating CANDU stations are equipped with Water Distillation (DW) systems for heavy water upgrading. An alternative process, Combined Electrolysis and Catalytic Exchange (CECE), is being considered for use in future CANDU stations. The CECE process has several operating advantages over DW systems, including lower emissions and heavy water losses. Changes in nuclear standards may change seismic requirements and classification of upgrader systems. These changes will likely increase the cost of heavy water upgraders, but the cost increase will be smaller for a CECE upgrader. Research at Chalk River Labs has identified materials for use in the CECE process that will not chemically or mechanically degrade when exposed to highly tritiated water. (author)

  18. A convenient procedure for the preparation of high specific activity tritiated α - amino acids : L - leucine - T (G) and L - iso - leucine - T (G)

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    In this paper a convenient procedure for the synthesis of high specific activity tritiated amino acids, L- leucine-T (G) and L- iso - leucine - T (G) is presented. The method can very well be adopted for the synthesis of other amino acids. The experimental details of the synthesis carried out to obtain a product of high specific activity of 70 - 85 Ci / m mole (2590 - 3145 GBq / m mole) are described. (author)

  19. Peptide synthesis by enzymatic catalysis: new application to the total radiosynthesis of the tritiated leucine-enkephalin hormone, using Y carboxypeptidase

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    A new method of enzymatic labelling of peptide hormones is described. The enzyme used, a protease, Y carboxypeptidase is able, in some conditions, to catalyze the formation of peptide bounds. This property has been used for the synthesis of a pentapeptide, the tritiated leucine-enkephalin, with the incorporation of every radioactive amino acid. The specific radioactivity of the labelled molecule is 139 Ci/mmole and its biological properties (receptor binding and immunoreactivity) are identical with native leucine-enkephalin properties

  20. Chronic kidney disease

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    ... enable JavaScript. Chronic kidney disease is the slow loss of kidney function over time. The main job of the kidneys is to remove wastes and excess water from the body. Causes ... over months or years. You may not notice any symptoms for some time. The loss of function may be so slow that you ...

  1. Human health risk assessment with spatial analysis: Study of a population chronically exposed to arsenic through drinking water from Argentina

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    Arsenic (As) is a ubiquitous element widely distributed in the environment. This metalloid has proven carcinogenic action in man. The aim of this work was to assess the health risk related to As exposure through drinking water in an Argentinean population, applying spatial analytical techniques in addition to conventional approaches. The study involved 650 inhabitants from Chaco and Santiago del Estero provinces. Arsenic in drinking water (Asw) and urine (UAs) was measured by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Average daily dose (ADD), hazard quotient (HQ), and carcinogenic risk (CR) were estimated, geo-referenced and integrated with demographical data by a health composite index (HI) applying geographic information system (GIS) analysis. Asw covered a wide range of concentration: from non-detectable (ND) to 2000 μg/L. More than 90% of the population was exposed to As, with UAs levels above the intervention level of 100 μg/g creatinine. GIS analysis described an expected level of exposure lower than the observed, indicating possible additional source/s of exposure to inorganic arsenic. In 68% of the locations, the population had a HQ greater than 1, and the CR ranged between 5·10−5 and 2,1·10−2. An environmental exposure area through ADD geo-referencing defined a baseline scenario for space-time risk assessment. The time of residence, the demographic density and the potential health considered outcomes helped characterize the health risk in the region. The geospatial analysis contributed to delimitate and analyze the change tendencies of risk in the region, broadening the scopes of the results for a decision-making process. - Highlights: • Risk assessment (RA) to As using deterministic procedures • Integration of RA through deterministic procedures with GIS tools • Analysis of the time-space behavior of the risk area • Analysis of As effect outcomes through HI • Broaden the scopes of deterministic approaches

  2. Human health risk assessment with spatial analysis: Study of a population chronically exposed to arsenic through drinking water from Argentina

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    Navoni, J.A., E-mail: jnavoni@ffyb.uba.ar [Cátedra de Toxicología y Química Legal, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Junín 956, C1113AAD Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina); De Pietri, D., E-mail: depietrid@hotmail.com [Dirección Nacional de Determinantes de la Salud e Investigación, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación, Av. 9 de Julio 1925, C1073ABA Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Olmos, V. [Cátedra de Toxicología y Química Legal, Facultad de Farmacia y Bioquímica, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Junín 956, C1113AAD Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Gimenez, C. [Cátedra Química Analítica I, Universidad Nacional del Chaco Austral. Cmte., Fernández 755 (3700), Pres. Roque Sáenz Peña, Chaco (Argentina); Bovi Mitre, G. [Grupo INQA (Investigación Química Aplicada) Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy, Alberdi 47, piso 1, San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy CP 4600 (Argentina); and others

    2014-11-15

    Arsenic (As) is a ubiquitous element widely distributed in the environment. This metalloid has proven carcinogenic action in man. The aim of this work was to assess the health risk related to As exposure through drinking water in an Argentinean population, applying spatial analytical techniques in addition to conventional approaches. The study involved 650 inhabitants from Chaco and Santiago del Estero provinces. Arsenic in drinking water (Asw) and urine (UAs) was measured by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Average daily dose (ADD), hazard quotient (HQ), and carcinogenic risk (CR) were estimated, geo-referenced and integrated with demographical data by a health composite index (HI) applying geographic information system (GIS) analysis. Asw covered a wide range of concentration: from non-detectable (ND) to 2000 μg/L. More than 90% of the population was exposed to As, with UAs levels above the intervention level of 100 μg/g creatinine. GIS analysis described an expected level of exposure lower than the observed, indicating possible additional source/s of exposure to inorganic arsenic. In 68% of the locations, the population had a HQ greater than 1, and the CR ranged between 5·10{sup −5} and 2,1·10{sup −2}. An environmental exposure area through ADD geo-referencing defined a baseline scenario for space-time risk assessment. The time of residence, the demographic density and the potential health considered outcomes helped characterize the health risk in the region. The geospatial analysis contributed to delimitate and analyze the change tendencies of risk in the region, broadening the scopes of the results for a decision-making process. - Highlights: • Risk assessment (RA) to As using deterministic procedures • Integration of RA through deterministic procedures with GIS tools • Analysis of the time-space behavior of the risk area • Analysis of As effect outcomes through HI • Broaden the scopes of deterministic approaches.

  3. Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy

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    Polyneuropathy - chronic inflammatory; CIDP; Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy ... of the body equally. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is the most common chronic neuropathy caused by ...

  4. Conceptual design and optimization for JET water detritiation system cryo-distillation facility

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    The aim of the Exhaust Detritiation System (EDS) of the JET Active Gas Handling System (AGHS) is to convert all Q-based species (Q2, Q-hydrocarbons) into Q2O (Q being indifferently H, D or T) which is then trapped on molecular sieve beds (MSB). Regenerating the saturated MSBs leads to the production of tritiated water which is stored in Briggs drums. An alternative disposal solution to offsite shipping, is to process the tritiated water onsite via the implementation of a Water Detritiation System (WDS) based, in part, on the combination of an electrolyser and a cryo-distillation (CD) facility. The CD system will separate a Q2 mixture into a de-tritiated hydrogen stream for safe release and a tritiated stream for further processing on existing AGHS subsystems. A sensitivity study of the Souers' model using the simulation program ProSimPlus (edited by ProSim S.A.) has then been undertaken in order to perform an optimised dimensioning of the cryo-distillation system in terms of available cooling technologies, cost of investment, cost of operations, process performance and safety. (authors)

  5. Conceptual design and optimization for JET water detritiation system cryo-distillation facility

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    Lefebvre, X.; Hollingsworth, A.; Parracho, A.; Dalgliesh, P.; Butler, B.; Smith, R. [JET-EFDA, Culham Science Center, Abingdon, Oxon (United Kingdom)

    2015-03-15

    The aim of the Exhaust Detritiation System (EDS) of the JET Active Gas Handling System (AGHS) is to convert all Q-based species (Q{sub 2}, Q-hydrocarbons) into Q{sub 2}O (Q being indifferently H, D or T) which is then trapped on molecular sieve beds (MSB). Regenerating the saturated MSBs leads to the production of tritiated water which is stored in Briggs drums. An alternative disposal solution to offsite shipping, is to process the tritiated water onsite via the implementation of a Water Detritiation System (WDS) based, in part, on the combination of an electrolyser and a cryo-distillation (CD) facility. The CD system will separate a Q{sub 2} mixture into a de-tritiated hydrogen stream for safe release and a tritiated stream for further processing on existing AGHS subsystems. A sensitivity study of the Souers' model using the simulation program ProSimPlus (edited by ProSim S.A.) has then been undertaken in order to perform an optimised dimensioning of the cryo-distillation system in terms of available cooling technologies, cost of investment, cost of operations, process performance and safety. (authors)

  6. Chronic pancreatitis

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    Kocher, Hemant M; Froeling, Fieke EM

    2008-01-01

    Chronic pancreatitis is characterised by long-standing inflammation of the pancreas owing to a wide variety of causes, including recurrent acute attacks of pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis affects 3–9 people in 100,000; 70% of cases are alcohol-induced.

  7. Chronic pancreatitis

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    Kocher, Hemant M; Kadaba, Raghu

    2011-01-01

    Chronic pancreatitis is characterised by long-standing inflammation of the pancreas due to a wide variety of causes, including recurrent acute attacks of pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis affects between 3 and 9 people in 100,000; 70% of cases are alcohol-induced.

  8. Reformulating sunscreen cosmetics with better water resistance and efficacy to inhibit trans-epidermal water loss in response to global warming and climate change

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    Three inhouse developed skin care formulations and four commercial formulations were tried out on dermatomed porcine skins for wettability and emoliency. Surface applied skin care formulations are alleged to reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Sunscreens/sunblocks absorb or reflect the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on skin exposed to sunlight and thus helps protect against sunburn. Measurements of water resistance of topical application are normally done using contact angle measurements and swimming pool immersion approaches. TEWL is measured using vapometers. None of the conventional methods directly measure TEWL and water wash out rates. In this study, the effectiveness of skin moisturizers to inhibit TEWL was tested using tritiated water as radioactive tracer on degreased porcine skins. Topical emollients were applied on the epidermises of the skins and the skins were mounted epidermis facing down. Tritiated water was dropped on the top side of the skins and tritium activity concentrations of the moisture that passed through were measured. A modified immersion method was also developed as a screening tool to identify water resistant formulations. Sunscreens labelled with tritiated water were applied on the skin surfaces. The skins were immersed in water (distilled and sea water were compared) and aliquots of the water were counted for tritium every hour for 3 hours. Hydrophobicities of the formulations were predicted by the amounts of tritium that leached out from the skins. (author)

  9. Chronic toxicity of uranium to a tropical green alga (Chlorella sp.) in natural waters and the influence of dissolved organic carbon

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    The chronic toxicity (72-h cell division rate) of uranium (U) to the unicellular alga, Chlorella sp., was assessed in natural Magela Creek water (NMCW) to provide data for the derivation of a site-specific water quality trigger value for U in Magela Creek, NT, Australia. In addition, the data were compared to those for Chlorella sp. when tested for U toxicity using synthetic Magela Creek water (SMCW), which simulates the inorganic composition of Magela Creek water and contains no organic component. Based on one rangefinder and four definitive toxicity tests, concentrations causing a 50% inhibition of algal growth after 72 h exposure (72 h IC50s) ranged between 137 and 238 μg/L U, no-observed-effect concentrations (NOECs) from 72 to 157 μg/L U and lowest-observed-effect concentrations (LOECs) from 120 to 187 μg/L U. Based on these data, Chlorella sp. was the second most sensitive organism to U of five local species that have been assessed using NMCW. The U toxicity data for Chlorella sp. were incorporated with existing data for the four other species to derive a site-specific guideline value for Magela Creek that is protective of 99% of species of 6 μg/L. The toxicity of U to Chlorella sp. in NMCW was approximately two to four times lower than in SMCW. Based on geochemical speciation modelling, this difference corresponded to a four-fold decrease in the proportion of free uranyl ion (UO22+) in NMCW compared to SMCW, most likely due to the presence of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in NMCW. Relatively, large variability in U toxicity across the tests conducted in NMCW was found to be inversely related to DOC concentration (r 2 = 0.996, n = 4, P = 0.002). Speciation modelling indicated that the increase in DOC was associated with an increase in the proportion of U complexed with DOC (r 2 = 0.986, n = 4, P 22+ (r 2 = 0.989, n = 4, P = 0.006). When the proportion of UO22+ was regressed against U toxicity, a very strong, positive relationship was observed (r 2 = 1, n

  10. Application of Tritiated Compounds to the Midge Chironomus and some Aspects of the Metabolism of Salivary Gland Chromosomes

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    The investigations were carried out on the salivary gland chromosomes of Chironomus tentons. Tritiated compounds (H3-thymidine, H3-uridine, H3-amino-acids), injected into the haemolymph of the larvae should indicate the place of incorporation within the giant chromosomes. After fixation of the salivary glands autoradiographs of the squash-preparations were made. The autoradiographs show that giant chromosomes are most suitable to localize the activity at chromosomal structures with high resolution. DNA-synthesis (thymidine), RNA-synthesis (uridine) and protein-synthesis within the cell could be followed by determining the time and approximatively the quantity of incorporation: Contrary to the protein-synthesis, the DNA-synthesis and the RNA-synthesis are restricted to the chromosomes. The essential physiological activity of the chromosomes seems to be represented by RNA synthesis which takes place at certain distinct loci (nuceolar organizers, ''Balbiani-rings'', puffs, and other chromosomal bands). The report discusses some features of RNA synthesis. (author)

  11. Incorporation of tritiated thymidine by epithelial and interstitial cells in bronchiolar-alveolar regions of asbestos-exposed rats

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    Inhaled asbestos causes progressive interstitial lung disease. The authors have performed a series of studies to elucidate early pathogenetic events at sites of fiber deposition in asbestos-exposed rats. This study reports that a single 5-hour exposure to chrysotile asbestos induces significant increases in incorporation of tritiated thymidine (3HTdR) into nuclei of epithelial and interstitial cells of bronchiolar-alveolar regions. No cell populations in air-exposed or carbonyl iron-exposed control animals exhibited more than 1% labeling at any point in time. Immediately after the 5-hour asbestos exposure, incorporation was normal. By 19 hours after exposure there was a significant increase in incorporation of 3HTdR, particularly by Type II epithelial cells of the first alveolar duct bifurcations. The greatest increase in degree of incorporation (up to 18-fold) was observed 24 hours after exposure, and increased percentages of 3HTdR-labeled cells were maintained through the 48 hours postexposure period. Normal labeling was present by 8 days after exposure, and this level remained through the 1-month period studied. This apparent mitogenic response correlates with increased numbers of bronchiolar-alveolar epithelial and interstitial cells demonstrated by ultrastructural morphometry in correlative studies. The authors speculate that the incorporation of 3HTdR could be induced by the direct effects of inhaled fibers or by mitogenic factors released from macrophages attracted to the inhaled asbestos

  12. Localization of tritiated vitamin A in lymph nodes of the mouse: an autoradiographic study of vitamin A-storing cells

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    Localization of tritiated vitamin A in lymph nodes of the mouse was investigated by the use of light- and electron-microscopic autoradiography. Young male mice were fed a diet containing 3H-vitamin A acetate for a week. Lymph nodes were removed and prepared for autoradiography. Lipid droplets in fibroblast-like cells showed high concentrations of radioactivity. These cells were distributed around lymphatic sinuses and blood vessels. The cells can, therefore, be classified as ''vitamin A-storing cells'' according to criteria proposed earlier by Yamada and Hirosawa (1976). Control animals from the same litter were maintained on ordinary laboratory food for the same period and examined by electron microscopy. Lipid-droplet-containing cells were found in the same areas as in the experimental animals but in fewer numbers. This suggests that the increased number of vitamin A-containing lipid droplets is due to hypervitaminosis A in the experimental animals. The presence of some cells containing these droplets in the control animals would imply that even under normal feeding conditions the animals ingested excess amounts of vitamin A, which was retained in lipid droplets. The stored vitamin A probably participates in metabolic processes such as the formation of glycoproteins in ground substance

  13. Chronic cholecystitis

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    ... foods may relieve symptoms in people. However, the benefit of a low-fat diet has not been proven. Alternative Names Cholecystitis - chronic Images Cholecystitis, CT scan Cholecystitis, cholangiogram Cholecystolithiasis Gallstones, cholangiogram Cholecystogram References Wang ...

  14. Chronic Pain

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    ... who have chronic pain may also have low self-esteem, depression, and anger. Causes & Risk Factors What causes ... as stretching and strengthening activities) and low-impact exercise (such as walking, swimming, or biking) can help ...

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    ... Sugar Control Helps Fight Diabetic Eye Disease Are 'Workaholics' Prone to OCD, Anxiety? ALL NEWS > Resources First ... weeks after heart surgery) and is considered subacute. Causes Usually, the cause of chronic effusive pericarditis is ...

  17. Liver and water metabolism

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    The causes for the disturbance of hydro-electrolytic equilibrium observed in cirrhosis patients are far from clear. Studies on the static distribution of liquid in the organism and also on anomalies in the distribution of deuterium oxide and tritiated water provide no direct explanation of the nature of the water retaining mechanism. At the period when the illness is established, endocrine factors and electrolytic perturbations contribute to maintaining or increasing oliguresis, but they cannot be held solely responsible in the initial stages of evolution. An explanation of the ascites should therefore be looked for in a non-functioning of the polygonal or Kupffer cells. The hypothesis of an insufficient rejection of water outside the lymph spaces of the liver during cirrhosis is put forward, but the experimental demonstration of such a phenomenon proves very difficult. (author)

  18. Synthesis of a precursor for the preparation of 9 alpha,11 alpha-tritiated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha,17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide

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    Starting from 11 beta-hydroxytestosterone, the synthesis of a strategic precursor, C-9 (11) unsaturated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide (9a), for the preparation of 9 alpha,11 alpha-tritiated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide has been achieved. The authors optimized the reaction conditions for catalytic reduction employing hydrogen and subsequent base hydrolysis followed by purification on Amberlite XAD-2 resin to obtain the saturated 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol 17-glucuronide

  19. Hepatic regeneration after partial hepatectomy in mice infected with Schistosoma mansoni, at the acute and chronic phases of the disease Regeneração hepática após hepatectomia parcial em camundongos infectados com Schistosoma mansoni, nas fases aguda e crônica da doença

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    Outbred male albino mice normal or infected with 30 cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni (LE strain) were submitted to 65% hepatectomy during the acute (70 days) and chronic phase (160 days) phases of the disease. A group of the infected animals was treated with 400 mg/kg of oxamniquine during the acute phase before hepatectomy. Non-infected, infected and treated but not hepatectomized animals were kept as controls. Hepatic regeneration was evaluated by incorporation of tritiated thymidine, intra...

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    An up-date overview of the situation of the Austrian waters is given by analyzing the status of the water quality (groundwater, surface waters) and water protection measures. Maps containing information of nitrate and atrazine in groundwaters (analyses at monitoring stations), nitrate contents and biological water quality of running waters are included. Finally, pollutants (nitrate, orthophosphate, ammonium, nitrite, atrazine etc.) trends in annual mean values and median values for the whole country for the years 1992-1999 are presented in tables. Figs. 5. (nevyjel)

  1. Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)

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    CML; Chronic myeloid leukemia; Chronic granulocytic leukemia; Leukemia - chronic granulocytic ... nuclear disaster. It takes many years to develop leukemia from radiation exposure. Most people treated for cancer ...

  2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    ... airways disease; Chronic obstructive lung disease; Chronic bronchitis; Emphysema; Bronchitis - chronic ... a protein called alpha-1 antitrypsin can develop emphysema. Other risk factors for COPD are: Exposure to ...

  3. Low back pain - chronic

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    Nonspecific back pain; Backache - chronic; Lumbar pain - chronic; Pain - back - chronic; Chronic back pain - low ... Low back pain is common. Almost everyone has back pain at some time in their life. Often, the exact cause of ...

  4. Chronic Pelvic Pain

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    ... Events Advocacy For Patients About ACOG Chronic Pelvic Pain Home For Patients Search FAQs Chronic Pelvic Pain ... Pain FAQ099, August 2011 PDF Format Chronic Pelvic Pain Gynecologic Problems What is chronic pelvic pain? What ...

  5. Employees with Chronic Pain

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    ... Home | Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Chronic Pain By Beth Loy, Ph.D. Preface Introduction Information ... at http://AskJAN.org/soar. Information about Chronic Pain How prevalent is chronic pain? Chronic pain has ...

  6. Chronic coughing

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    Chronic coughing was acknowledged to result from pathological state of the respiratory organs. Cardiac diseases could be accompanied by coughing as well. It was recommended to perform x-ray examinations, including biomedical radiography of the chest, computerized tomography, scintiscanning with 67Ga-citrate, bronchi examination in order to exclude heart disease. The complex examination permitted to detect localization and type of the changes in the lungs and mediastinum, to distinguish benign tumor from malignant one

  7. Chronic stress impairs performance, energy metabolism and welfare indicators in European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax): The combined effects of fish crowding and water quality deterioration

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    Santos, G.A.; Schrama, J.W.; Mamauag, R.E.P.; Rombout, J.H.W.M.; Verreth, J.A.J.

    2010-01-01

    Rearing fish at high densities may act as a chronic stressor leading to a reduced performance. We hypothesise that this is due to an increase in energy requirements for maintenance and altered energy partitioning. To test this hypothesis, European seabass (mean initial weight 82.1 g) were stocked at

  8. PENGARUH KONSUMSI MINUMAN BEROKSIGEN TERHADAP INFLAMASI DAN KAPASITAS ANTIOKSIDAN PENDERITA PENYAKIT-PARU-OBSTRUKTIF-KRONIK (PPOK [Influence of Oxygenated Water Consumption in Chronic-Obstructive-Pulmonary-Disease (COPD Patients

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    Full Text Available Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD is one of the leading cause of death in the world that represents an important public health problem. Oxygenated water is water added with high concentration of oxygen such that the oxygen concentration is higher than normal water. The objective of this study was to assess the influence of oxygenated water consumption on the alteration of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL1-β, and IL6 and antioxidant capacity of COPD patients. Sixteen COPD patients were allowed to drink 385 mL oxygenated water two times a day for 21 days. The alteration of proinflammatory cytokines and antioxidant capacity are measured by comparing plasma concentration before and after intervention. The results suggest that oxygenated water consumption significantly reduce proinflammatory cytokines plasma (TNF-α, IL1-β, and IL6 at 5% significance level with 81.25% of respondents having lower TNF-α, 75% of respondents with lower IL-1β, and 62.25% of respondents having lower the IL-6 in plasma concentration after 21 days intervention. There were 43.75% of respondents with decreased antioxidant capacity concentration. However, it was not significant at the 5% level significance. Decrease in antioxidant capacity was probably a resulted from poordiet and drugs consumption during the intervention period.

  9. Tritium distribution in the environment in the vicinity of a chronic atmospheric source-assessment of the steady state hypothesis

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    The Savannah River Site (SRS) is a major radionuclide production center. Tritium has been released to the atmosphere over the 36 year period of operation. The tritiated water concentration of the atmosphere, rain, vegetation and food have been routinely monitored during this period. Special studies have been made of tritium in soils and in the organic fractions of these same materials. The available data suggest that the average tritium concentration in the components of the terrestrial environment have approached a steady state with the two main sources of tritium, rainfall and atmospheric water vapor

  10. Studies on water turnover and water requirement in buffalo calves fed on different levels of energy and protein in the diet

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    Experiments were conducted for measuring water turnover and water requirement in buffalo calves fed on different levels of energy and protein in the diet. There was significant difference (P<0.01) in the biological half life of tritiated water between various groups of animals. Water turnover rates were statistically (P<0.05) more in groups I and II (106.52 and 99.74 ml/kg/24 hr) than groups III and IV (93.03 and 77.09 ml/kg/24 hr). There was no significant difference in water requirement due to various treatments. (author)

  11. Chronic Insomnia

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    Ms. F, a 42-year-old divorced woman, presents for evaluation of chronic insomnia. She complains of difficulty falling asleep, often 30 minutes or longer, and difficulty maintaining sleep during the night, with frequent awakenings that often last 30 minutes or longer. These symptoms occur nearly every night, with only one or two “good” nights per month. She typically goes to bed around 10:00 p.m. to give herself adequate time for sleep, and she gets out of bed around 7:00 a.m. on work days and...

  12. Validation of the doubly-labeled water (H/sup 3/H/sup 18/O) method for measuring water flux and energy metabolism in tenebrionid beetles

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    Cooper, P.D.

    1981-01-01

    Doubly-labeled water (H/sup 3/H/sup 18/O) has been used to determine water flux and energy metabolism in a variety of vertebrates. This study examines the applicability of this technique to arthropods. The theory of the technique depends upon the assumption that doubly-labeled water introduced into the animal's body water equilibrates with water and carbon dioxide by the action of carbonic anhydrase. Tritium (/sup 3/H) is lost from the animal only with water while oxygen-18 is lost with both water and carbon dioxide. The difference bwtween the rates of loss of the two isotopes is proportional to CO/sub 2/ loss rate. Validation of the use of tritiated water for measuring water flux was accomplished by comparing gravimetric measurements of water gain with flux rates determined by loss of tritiated water. At room humidity, an overestimate for influx calculated from labeled water calculations was found, averaging 12 mg H/sub 2/O (g.d)/sup -1/. Comparison of CO/sub 2/ loss rate determined isotopically with rates of CO/sub 2/ loss determined by standard metabolic rates also yielded overestimates for the isotopic technique, overestimates ranging between 20 and 30%. The relevance of this for studies using labeled water for studying water fluxes and free metabolism of free-ranging arthropods is discussed.

  13. Validation of the doubly-labeled water (H3H18O) method for measuring water flux and energy metabolism in tenebrionid beetles

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    Doubly-labeled water (H3H18O) has been used to determine water flux and energy metabolism in a variety of vertebrates. This study examines the applicability of this technique to arthropods. The theory of the technique depends upon the assumption that doubly-labeled water introduced into the animal's body water equilibrates with water and carbon dioxide by the action of carbonic anhydrase. Tritium (3H) is lost from the animal only with water while oxygen-18 is lost with both water and carbon dioxide. The difference bwtween the rates of loss of the two isotopes is proportional to CO2 loss rate. Validation of the use of tritiated water for measuring water flux was accomplished by comparing gravimetric measurements of water gain with flux rates determined by loss of tritiated water. At room humidity, an overestimate for influx calculated from labeled water calculations was found, averaging 12 mg H2O (g.d)-1. Comparison of CO2 loss rate determined isotopically with rates of CO2 loss determined by standard metabolic rates also yielded overestimates for the isotopic technique, overestimates ranging between 20 and 30%. The relevance of this for studies using labeled water for studying water fluxes and free metabolism of free-ranging arthropods is discussed

  14. Estimation of S phase duration in goat epidermis by an in vivo intradermal double labelling technique using bromodeoxyuridine and tritiated thymidine

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    When studying skin diseases resulting from alterations in the rate of epidermal cell turnover it is useful to be able to quantify parts of the epidermal cell cycle. An in vivo intradermal technique is described which uses tritiated thymidine followed by bromodeoxyuridine to label cells in the S phase of the cell cycle. Combined autoradiographic and immunocytochemical techniques were used to quantify the flux of cells into and out of S phase. These results were then used to estimate the length of S phase. The technique was found to provide clear distinctive labelling of S phase nuclei with both reagents. This avoided many of the problems encountered with double labelling techniques using two radioactive labels. S phase was calculated to be 7.7 hours for goat skin

  15. Applicability of fractional liberation method using tritiated neurotransmitters in neurotoxins study; Aplicabilidade do metodo de liberacao fracional utilizando neurotransmissores tritiados no estudo de neurotoxinas

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    Camillo, M.A.P.; Arruda Paes, P.C.; Rogero, J.R. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Troncone, L.R.P. [Instituto Butantan, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Farmacologia

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    During the last two decades much progress in neuro physiology was achieved, partly due to successful use of toxins as tools to elucidate structural and physiological functions of neuronal systems. Additionally, the development of the in vitro tritiated neurotransmitters perfusion method made the access of several neuronal transmission steps possible, at only one assay. This procedure maintains an active uptake/release function which is fairly changed by membrane polarization state, ion channel activation and enzymatic activity as well as other still unknown steps involved in neurotransmission. This paper shows the results with some toxins (tetrodotoxin, crotoxin and flaccid paralysis) using {sup 3} H.Dopamine or {sup 3} H.Acetylcholine and K{sup +} 20 mM or Glu 100 {mu} M. (author)

  16. Comparative Autoradiographic Study of the RNA and Protein Metabolism within the Various Tissues and Cells of the Mouse with Tritiated RNA Precursors and Labelled Amino Acids

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    The first part of this report deals with autoradiographic studies of the incorporation of labelled amino acids into the various kinds of cells in mice and rats. The amount of the incorporation into the nucleus and into the cytoplasm was determined by grain counting. The results show that all nuclei within one cell-type and the nuclei of different cell-types have approximately the same incorporation rate per unit of nuclear volume. That means, that the amino acid incorporation within certain limits is generally proportional to the volume of a nucleus. Furthermore, the amino acid incorporation into the whole cytoplasm of the various examined cell-types was found to be 5 — 10 times greater than the nuclear incorporation. Therefore, the blackening distribution on autoradiographs with labelled amino acids can be understood by this simple incorporation scheme in connection with the varying size of the nuclear and cytoplasmatic volume of the different cell-types. On the other hand autoradiographic studies with tritiated cytidine and uridine have shown, that the incorporation of RNA precursors into the various tissues of mice and rats is proportional to that of amino acids. That suggests, that in all cells of the organism there exists a constant ratio between the size of protein metabolism and the size of (macromolecular) RNA metabolism. The protein metabolism in a cell is generally 20—30 times greater than the RNA metabolism. As in the case of amino acids incorporation the incorporation of tritiated cytidine into the nuclei of one cell-type and into the nuclei of different cell-types was found to be approximately proportional to the nuclear volume. (author)

  17. Hepatic and extrahepatic responses to insulin in NIDDM and nondiabetic humans. Assessment in absence of artifact introduced by tritiated nonglucose contaminants

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    It is well established that patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) are resistant to insulin. However, the contribution of hepatic and extrahepatic tissues to insulin resistance remains controversial. The uncertainty may be at least in part due to errors introduced by the unknowing use in previous studies of impure isotopes to measure glucose turnover. To determine hepatic and extrahepatic responses to insulin in the absence of these errors, steady-state glucose turnover was measured simultaneously with [6-3H]- and [6-14C]glucose during sequential 5- and 4-h infusions of insulin at rates of 0.4 and 10 mU.kg-1.min-1 in diabetic and nondiabetic subjects. At low insulin concentrations, [6-3H]- and [6-14C]glucose gave similar estimates of glucose turnover. Hepatic glucose release was equal to but not below zero in the nondiabetic subjects, but persistent glucose release (P less than 0.001) and decreased glucose uptake (P less than 0.001) was observed in the diabetic patients. At high insulin concentrations, both isotopes underestimated glucose turnover during the 1st h after initiation of the high-dose insulin infusion. More time (P less than 0.05) was required to reachieve steady state in NIDDM than nondiabetic subjects. At steady state, [6-3H]- but not [6-14C]glucose systematically underestimated (P less than 0.05) glucose turnover in both groups due to the presence of a tritiated nonglucose contaminant. The percentage of radioactivity in plasma due to tritiated contaminants was linearly related to turnover

  18. Atypical Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

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    ... myeloproliferative neoplasms, leukemia , and other conditions . Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia Key Points Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia is a disease ... chance of recovery) and treatment options. Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia is a disease in which too many myelocytes ...

  19. Living with Chronic Bronchitis

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With Chronic Bronchitis If you have chronic bronchitis, you can take steps to control your symptoms. ... and a pneumonia vaccine. If you have chronic bronchitis, you may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). PR ...

  20. Chronic urticaria

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic urticaria (CU is a disturbing allergic condition of the skin. Although frequently benign, it may sometimes be a red flag sign of a serious internal disease. A multitude of etiologies have been implicated in the causation of CU, including physical, infective, vasculitic, psychological and idiopathic. An autoimmune basis of most of the ′idiopathic′ forms is now hypothesized. Histamine released from mast cells is the major effector in pathogenesis and it is clinically characterized by wheals that have a tendency to recur. Laboratory investigations aimed at a specific etiology are not always conclusive, though may be suggestive of an underlying condition. A clinical search for associated systemic disease is strongly advocated under appropriate circumstances. The mainstay of treatment remains H1 antihistaminics. These may be combined with complementary pharmacopeia in the form of H2 blockers, doxepin, nifedipine and leukotriene inhibitors. More radical therapy in the form of immunoglobulins, plasmapheresis and cyclophosphamide may be required for recalcitrant cases. Autologous transfusion and alternative remedies like acupuncture have prospects for future. A stepwise management results in favorable outcomes. An update on CU based on our experience with patients at a tertiary care centre is presented.

  1. Pharmacological challenges in chronic pancreatitis

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    Full Text Available Drug absorption in patients with chronic pancreatitis might be affected by the pathophysiology of the disease. The exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is associated with changes in gastrointestinal intraluminal pH, motility disorder, bacterial overgrowth and changed pancreatic gland secretion. Together these factors can result in malabsorption and may also affect the efficacy of pharmacological intervention. The lifestyle of chronic pancreatitis patients may also contribute to gastrointestinal changes. Many patients limit their food intake because of the pain caused by eating and in some cases food intake is more or less substituted with alcohol, tobacco and coffee. Alcohol and drug interaction are known to influence the pharmacokinetics by altering either drug absorption or by affecting liver metabolism. Since patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis experience severe pain, opioids are often prescribed as pain treatment. Opioids have intrinsic effects on gastrointestinal motility and hence can modify the absorption of other drugs taken at the same time. Furthermore, the increased fluid absorption caused by opioids will decrease water available for drug dissolution and may hereby affect absorption of the drug. As stated above many factors can influence drug absorption and metabolism in patients with chronic pancreatitis. The factors may not have clinical relevance, but may explain inter-individual variations in responses to a given drug, in patients with chronic pancreatitis.

  2. Chronic pain after hysterectomy

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    Brandsborg, B; Nikolajsen, L; Kehlet, Henrik;

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is a well-known adverse effect of surgery, but the risk of chronic pain after gynaecological surgery is less established. METHOD: This review summarizes studies on chronic pain following hysterectomy. The underlying mechanisms and risk factors for the development of chronic...... post-hysterectomy pain are discussed. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Chronic pain is reported by 5-32% of women after hysterectomy. A guideline is proposed for future prospective studies. Udgivelsesdato: 2008-Mar...

  3. Untying chronic pain

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    Häuser, Winfried; Wolfe, Frederik; Henningsen, Peter; Schmutzer, Gabriele; Brähler, Elmar; Hinz, Andreas

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    Background: Chronic pain is a major public health problem. The impact of stages of chronic pain adjusted for disease load on societal burden has not been assessed in population surveys. Methods: A cross-sectional survey with 4360 people aged ≥ 14 years representative of the German population was conducted. Measures obtained included demographic variables, presence of chronic pain (based on the definition of the International Association for the Study of Pain), chronic pain stages (by chronic ...

  4. Sorption of Cs, U, Np and Pu and diffusion of water, Cs and Np in basic plutonic rocks and vulcanite

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    Kaukonen, V.; Hakanen, M. [Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Dept. of Radiochemistry; Lindberg, A. [Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo (Finland)

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    Sorption of cesium, neptunium, plutonium and uranium on crushed basic rocks from Maentsaelae, Syyry and Sodankylae (in Finland) was investigated under oxic and anoxic conditions. Diffusion of of tritium (tritiated water), cesium and neptunium in drill core prepared of the same rocks was studied under oxic conditions. The study is a part of the preliminary site investigations for the radioactive waste disposal in Finnish bedrock.

  5. Comparative study on body water dynamics in working and non workwing swamp buffalo

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    Swamp buffaloes are mostly used by farmers in the wetter regions of Indonesia to prepare the land for planting rice. A study on the body water dynamics in non working and working swamp buffalo was conducted at BPT Ciawi. Eight non pregnan female swamp buffaloes aged 4 to 6 years given a diet of fresh field grasses and rice straw (1:1 fresh weight basis) were used in this study. Four of them followed a daily work program consisting of pulling a metal sledge with a mean draught force of about 100 kg for 3 h along a dirt track. The other four were not subjected to work and were confined in pens. They were denied accens to water and feed while the first group were working All animals were intra vena jugular injected with approx. 200 uCi of tritiated water in 10 ml of physiological NaCl. Blood samples were taken before the isotope injection and over the next three days after equilibration time. Total Body water (TBW), the half time of the tritiated water ( t 1/2) and the rate of water loss were determined. The result showed that the TBW of the non worker was significantly higher (p<0.01) than that of working buffaloes (264 vs 245 l), the t 1/2 the tritiated water was significantly shorter (p<0.01) in the worker then in the non worker (71 vs 84 h) the rate of water loss from the animal's body was not significantly different between non working and working buffaloes (53 vs 59 l/d). It seems that while buffaloes need frequent access to drinking water, their requirement are not significantly increased by the traditional routines of work. (authors). 3 refs, 1 fig, 1 tab

  6. Removal and recovery of tritium from light and heavy water

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    A method and apparatus for removing tritium from light water are described, comprising contacting tritiated feed water in a catalyst column in countercurrent flow with hydrogen gas originating from an electrolysis cell so as to enrich this feed water with tritium from the electrolytic hydrogen gas and passing the tritium enriched water to an electrolysis cell wherein the electrolytic hydrogen gas is generated and then fed upwards through the catalyst column or recovered as product. The tritium content of the hydrogen gas leaving the top of the enricher catalyst column is further reduced in a stripper column containing catalyst which transfers the tritium to a countercurrent flow of liquid water. Anodic oxygen and water vapour from the anode compartment may be fed to a drier and condensed electrolyte recycled with a slip stream or recovered as a further tritium product stream. A similar method involving heavy water is also described. (author)

  7. [Antidiarrheal drugs for chronic diarrhea].

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    Vohmann, B; Hoffmann, J C

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    Chronic diarrhea can be caused by multiple disease entities. Basic diagnostic tests are required in order to administer specific therapies whenever possible. If no specific treatment can be used, a symptomatic management should be initiated in order to prevent massive electrolyte- and water losses. Substances that can be used are loperamide, cholestyramine, bulking agents, probiotics, anticholinergic agents and in severe cases opioids. If used properly these agents can be prescribed longterm with an acceptable side effect profile. PMID:24163167

  8. Accuracy of PET in predicting functional recovery after revascularisation in patients with chronic ischaemic dysfunction: head-to-head comparison between blood flow, glucose utilisation and water-perfusable tissue fraction

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    Accurate prediction of improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after revascularisation is critical in the therapeutic decision-making process in patients with chronic ischaemic dysfunction. Positron emission tomography (PET) allows non-invasive evaluation of myocardial blood flow (MBF), metabolic rate of glucose (MRG, absolute and relative) and the water-perfusable tissue fraction (PTF). Each of these indices has been proposed for the prediction of functional recovery. Their relative merits, however, are unknown, because a direct head-to-head comparison of their predictive accuracy in the same patients has not been performed. In this study, MBF, MRG (absolute and relative) and PTF were evaluated in 34 patients with severe ischaemic LV dysfunction (LVEF 32%±9%). MBF and PTF were determined by oxygen-15 labelled water PET, and MRG (absolute and relative) was determined by fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET during hyperinsulinaemic euglycaemic clamp. LVEF was measured by radionuclide ventriculography before and 4-6 months after surgery. Sensitivities of MBF, PTF, absolute MRG and relative MRG in predicting improvement in LVEF were 80%, 80%, 90% and 100%, respectively. Their specificities were 54%, 67%, 71% and 71%, respectively. The lowest specificity was obtained for MBF, an intermediate specificity was obtained for PTF and the highest specificities were obtained with FDG PET using absolute and relative MRG. It is concluded that metabolic imaging is superior to perfusion-based indexes for assessment of the potential for functional recovery after revascularisation. (orig.)

  9. Synthesis of tritium-free water for liquid-scintillation counting, 1

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    In order to carry out the measurement of low-level tritiated samples, such as environmental ones, liquid scintilation couting method is mainly used. In this method the back-ground water, tritium free water, plays a vital role. Generally, deep well water or deep sea water are adopted, but it is difficult to prove clearly that the waters do not contain any tritium . On this account, we developed an apparatus which synthesizes 'tritium free water' from natural gas. The gas and oxygen mixed with argon were circulated in a closed system, the gas was oxydized to water by means of paradium catalyst, and synthesized water was trapped by a column filled with molecular sieve. The examination results on the synthesized water, which was produced by using the commercial oxygen gas products, indicated an unexpected level of tritium, 6.8±1.6pCi/l, and it was clarified that the presence of tritiated methane in the oxygen caused it. By this reason, we concluded that using more purified oxygen and improving the system would bring us 'tritium free water' which was practically fit for use. (author)

  10. Dynamics of radioactive water penetration from hydrophilic contact lenses into eye and central nervous system

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    Rapid penetration was shown of radioactivity into the cornea, lens, eye bulb, and by axoplasma transport and by the blood stream into the optic nerve, the visual pathways and into the occipital lobe - the cortical part of the visual pathway. With the application of a corneal hydrophylic lens saturated with tritiated water the penetration of radioactive water into the CNS was rapid and did not exceed 5 minutes in the experimental animals. Attention is drawn to the danger of easy contamination with radioactive water and to the fact that the eye represents a significant entrance for the penetration of radioactivity into eye tissue and into the central nervous system. (author)

  11. Chronic hepatitis E: A brief review

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    Hepatitis E viral infection has traditionally been considered an acute, self-limited, water borne disease similar to hepatitis A, endemic to developing countries. However, over the past decade, zoonotic transmission and progression to chronicity in human patients has been identified, resulting in persistently elevated transaminase levels, progressive liver injury and cirrhosis. In addition to liver injury, neurological, renal and rheumatological manifestations have also been reported. Chronic...

  12. Complex approach to the assessment of the chronic influence of the radioactive factor on populations of mollusks in water bodies of Chernobyl nuclear accident zone

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    Mollusks from river Pripyat and lake Perstok in the Chernobyl zone differed from the view point of the content of gamma-isotopes, proportion of the cells with cytogenetic damages and death features, cell composition of hemolymph and radioresistance. In 2003 gamma-activity of mollusks from river and lake amounted to 12,7 and 585 Bq kg-1, respectively. Specimens from the lake were characterized by increase of the proportion of the cells with cytogenetic damages (micronuclei) and by decrease of cells with interphase death and proportion of the young cells in hemolymph. It indicates the unfavourable environmental conditions in this water reservoir due to increased level of radioactive contamination. Nevertheless, the radioresistance of mollusks in the lake was much higher than that in the river. The revealed ratio of the cells with cytogenetic damages and apoptosis in mollusks from these water reservoirs remained after their exposure to ?-radiation in the dose of 500 Gy under the experimental conditions. The lake specimens exposed to gamma-radiation were able to produce the egg masses, but viability of the latter was restored only in one month following the exposure. It indicates intensification of the radioadaptation processes of L.stagnalis population from the lake. (authors)

  13. Prevalence of symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and of fluorescent antinuclear antibodies associated with chronic exposure to trichloroethylene and other chemicals in well water

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    Kilburn, K.H.; Warshaw, R.H. (Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles (United States))

    1992-02-01

    Criteria for the recognition of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were applied to 362 subjects exposed to trichloroethylene, trichloroethane, inorganic chromium, and other chemicals in water obtained from wells in an industrially contaminated aquifer in Tucson, Arizona. Their antinuclear autoantibodies were measured by fluorescence (FANA) in serum. Ten patients with clinical SLE and/or other collagen-vascular diseases were considered separately. Results were compared to an Arizona control group, to published series, and to laboratory controls. Frequencies of each of 10 ARA symptoms were higher in exposed subjects than in any comparison group except those with clinical SLE. The number of subjects with 4 or more symptoms was 2.3 times higher compared to referent women and men. FANA titers > 1:80 was approximately 2.3 times higher in women but equally frequent in men as in laboratory controls. ARA score and FANA rank were correlated with a coefficient (cc) of .1251, r{sup 2} = .0205 in women and this correlation was almost statistically significant in men cc = .1282, r{sup 2} = .0253. In control men and women neither correlation was significant. Long-term low-dose exposure to TCE and other chemicals in contaminated well water significantly increased symptoms of lupus erthematosus as perceived by the ARA score and the increased FANA titers.

  14. Chronic granulomatous disease

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    CGD; Fatal granulomatosis of childhood; Chronic granulomatous disease of childhood; Progressive septic granulomatosis ... In chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), immune system cells called ... some types of bacteria and fungi. This disorder leads to long- ...

  15. People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

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    ... Experiencing Chronic Homelessness Share This: People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness We've made significant progress in our national ... the USICH newsletter. We know how to end homelessness. Let's do it, together. Sign up for our ...

  16. Chronic motor tic disorder

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    Chronic motor tic disorder is more common than Tourette syndrome . Chronic tics may be forms of Tourette syndrome. Tics usually start at age 5 or 6 and get worse until age 12. They often improve during adulthood.

  17. Chronic Diarrhea in Children

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    ... can include cramping abdominal pain nausea or vomiting fever chills bloody stools Children with chronic diarrhea who have ... can include cramping, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, fever, chills, or bloody stools. Children with chronic diarrhea who ...

  18. "Chronic Lyme Disease"

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    ... Content Marketing Share this: Main Content Area "Chronic Lyme Disease" What is "chronic Lyme disease?" Lyme disease is an infection caused by ... J Med 357:1422-30, 2008). How is Lyme disease treated? For early Lyme disease, a short ...

  19. Water detritiation for present and future fusion plants

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    All fusion reactors that use deuterium-tritide (DT) for fuel will produce tritium-containing water. The quantity and quality (tritium per unit volume) of tritiated water produced depends on several factors. In general, however, the higher the reactor availability the greater the quantity and quality of water produced. This water must be collected and processed to avoid worker exposure and release to the environment. The options for disposition of this water are limited, and in more advanced reactors the tritium contained in water could represent a significant loss to the fuel cycle. The technology currently exists or is being developed to support near term, low availability machines. The technology to support more advanced concepts must be identified and further developed so that it is available when needed

  20. Improvement of wound healing by water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA in patients with chronic venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs including evaluation using infrared thermography

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    Hoffmann, Gerd

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    Full Text Available Background: Water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA is a special form of heat radiation with a high tissue-penetration and with a low thermal burden to the surface of the skin. wIRA is able to improve essential and energetically meaningful factors of wound healing by thermal and non-thermal effects. Aim of the study: prospective study (primarily planned randomised, controlled, blinded, de facto with one exception only one cohort possible using wIRA in the treatment of patients with recalcitrant chronic venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs with thermographic follow-up. Methods: 10 patients (5 males, 5 females, median age 62 years with 11 recalcitrant chronic venous stasis ulcers of the lower legs were treated with water-filtered infrared-A and visible light irradiation (wIRA(+VIS, Hydrosun® radiator type 501, 10 mm water cuvette, water-filtered spectrum 550–1400 nm or visible light irradiation (VIS; only possible in one patient. The uncovered wounds of the patients were irradiated two to five times per week for 30 minutes at a standard distance of 25 cm (approximately 140 mW/cm2 wIRA and approximately 45 mW/cm2 VIS. Treatment continued for a period of up to 2 months (typically until closure or nearly closure of the ulcer. The main variable of interest was “percent change of ulcer size over time” including complete wound closure. Additional variables of interest were thermographic image analysis, patient’s feeling of pain in the wound, amount of pain medication, assessment of the effect of the irradiation (by patient and by clinical investigator, assessment of feeling of the wound area (by patient, assessment of wound healing (by clinical investigator and assessment of the cosmetic state (by patient and by clinical investigator. For these assessments visual analogue scales (VAS were used. Results: The study showed a complete or nearly complete healing of lower leg ulcers in 7 patients and a clear reduction of ulcer size in another 2 of 10

  1. Prostaglandins and chronic inflammation

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    Aoki, Tomohiro; Narumiya, Shuh

    2012-01-01

    Chronic inflammation is the basis of various chronic illnesses including cancer and vascular diseases. However, much has yet to be learned how inflammation becomes chronic. Prostaglandins (PGs) are well established as mediators of acute inflammation, and recent studies in experimental animals have provided evidence that they also function in transition to and maintenance of chronic inflammation. One role PGs play in such processes is amplification of cytokine signaling. As such, PGs can facil...

  2. Study on dose-response relationship between prenatal exposure to tritiated water (HTO) and loss of the cerebral cells in rats

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    A single intraperitoneall injection of HTO into rats at the 11th day of gestation which resulted in the absorbed dose as low as 0.012 Gy might induce a significant decrease in the number of the cerebral pyramical cells in their 18-day-old offsprings. The percentage of the decrease in number of the cerebral pyramidal cells was positively related to the logarithm of doses at the range of 0.012-1.7 Gy. The correlation coefficient was 0.962 (p < 0.01) and the relationship between the decrease of percentage (Y, %) and the absorbed dose (D, Gy) gave a good fit to a linear regression equation

  3. Kinetic estimation of hydrogen isotope exchange reaction between tritiated-water (HTO) vapor and each amino acid in a heterogeneous system

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    The hydrogen isotope exchange reaction between HTO vapor and each amino acid has been observed in order to establish a method of estimation of the internal exposure of organically bound tritium in a heterogeneous system at 25-70degC. Rate constants (k) for the amino acids have been obtained by applying the A''-McKay plot method. Using these k values, Arrhenius plots for both the COOH and NH2 groups are drawn, and linearity was obtained over the range of 25-70degC. Comparing the rate constants, the following four statements can be made regarding the T-for-H exchange reaction. (1) The reactivity of the functional groups in amino acids increases with increasing temperature. (2) Applying Taft's equation, the ratio of polar effect to steric effect is 2:8 in the COOH group and 9:1 in the NH2 group at 25degC. (3) The A''-McKay plot method is useful for studying the reactivity of materials, not only with one (or the same kind of) functional group(s) but also with two different kinds of functional groups. (4) The method used in this work may be useful to investigate the behavior of organically bound tritium, quantitatively. (author)

  4. Effective method for recovering and enriching tritium from tritiated water by dual-temperature H2O-H2 exchange process

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    The composite packing with the hydrophobic platinum catalyst for the isotope exchange reaction in H2O-H2 system was improved to be appreciably active. Therefore, it became realistic to design a process for tritium recovery by the dual-temperature exchange method. The separation performance of dual-temperature 5stage cascade (S3-E2) was simulated. The process was designed to be operated under the condition of P = 0.1 MPa, T /sub H/ = 700C, T /sub c/ = 15 about 20 0C. The cascade could attain tritium recovery ratio of 0.99 and enriching ratio larger than 103

  5. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

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    Dimachkie, Mazen M.; Barohn, Richard J.

    2013-01-01

    Chronic Inflammatory polyneuropathies are an important group of neuromuscular disorders that present chronically and progress over more than 8 weeks, being referred to as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). Despite tremendous progress in elucidating disease pathogenesis, the exact triggering event remains unknown. Our knowledge regarding diagnosis and management of CIDP and its variants continues to expand, resulting in improved opportunities for identification and treat...

  6. Liquid scintillation counting for measurement of tritiated uptake in lymphocyte transformation in vitro: a new direct-suspension procedure

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    Liquid scintillation counting of trichloracetic acid extracts of [3H]TdR-labelled lymphocytes has been studied by a direct suspension method without previous solubilization. In this method, mixing of the labelled powder in water suspension with Scintillator Emulsifying Mixture (SEM) results in a firm gel whose mechanical properties provide an heterogeneous sample ready for counting. Counting efficiency and stability of such samples are related to the amount of labelled cells. Comparative studies with standard hyamine procedure have shown that this simple and rapid method gives reliable results

  7. Chronic Dehydration and Regularly Drinking Water to Mitigate Age-Related Cognitive Impairment%慢性脱水与老年认知损伤及饮水干预

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    李婷; 强敏; 赫荣乔

    2012-01-01

    Age-related cognitive impairment undergoes a continuous progression:pre-mild cognitive impairment(preMCI),mild cognitive impairment(MCI)and Alzheimer’s disease(AD). So far,chronic dehydration is regarded as a common symptom for the patients with age-related cognitive impairment,in particular of those with AD. Monitored with an infrared-CCD camera,a marked decrease in the drinking frequency(P65 years old)and in the hippocampus of Alzheimer’s patients. Regularly drinking water relieves not only chronic dehydration for aging people,but also significantly decreases the concentration of endogenous formaldehyde, which may offer protection of central nervous system. Therefore,building the habit to regularly drink water should be emphasized at the early stage to relieve chronic dehydration and scavenge cytotoxic metabolic products including formaldehyde for aging people,which might be beneficial to mitigate age-related cognitive impairment at its early stage.%老年认知损伤被认为是一个连续发展的病理生理学过程,包括轻度认知损伤前期(pre-mild cognitive impairment,pre-MCI)、轻度认知损伤(mild cognitive impairment,MCI)、阿尔茨海默病(Alzheimer’s disease, AD)三个阶段,慢性脱水是老年性痴呆患者共同具有的一种特征。红外线摄像监控C57 BL/6小鼠饮水频率和饮水量的结果显示,老龄鼠的饮水频率和饮水量均较年轻对照组显著减少(P65岁)而逐渐升高,且AD病人脑内甲醛含量也显著升高。研究表明,甲醛代谢失调所造成的中枢神经系统慢性损伤被认为是老年认知损伤的原因之一,合理饮水不但可以改善老龄化人群的慢性脱水状态,同时能够明显降低体内的甲醛浓度,防止甲醛过量对中枢神经系统的危害,因此,合理饮水习惯的建立,被认为是减缓中老年人慢性脱水和体内细胞毒性代谢产物累积的方法之一,也可能在某种程度上,起

  8. Heredity of chronic bronchitis

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    Meteran, Howraman; Backer, Vibeke; Kyvik, Kirsten Ohm; Skytthe, Axel; Thomsen, Simon Francis

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Smoking is a major risk factor for lung diseases and lower respiratory symptoms, but since not all smokers develop chronic bronchitis and since chronic bronchitis is also diagnosed in never-smokers, it has been suggested that some individuals are more susceptible to develop chronic...... bronchitis due to genetics. OBJECTIVE: To study the relative influence of genetic and environmental factors on the variation in the susceptibility to chronic bronchitis. METHODS: In a population-based questionnaire study of 13,649 twins, 50-71 years of age, from the Danish Twin Registry, we calculated sex......-specific concordance rates and heritability of chronic bronchitis. The response rate was 75%. RESULTS: The prevalence of chronic bronchitis was 9.3% among men and 8.5% among women. The concordance rate for chronic bronchitis was higher in monozygotic twins than in dizygotic twins among women; 0.30 vs. 0.17, but not...

  9. Chronic Treatment with a Water-Soluble Extract from the Culture Medium of Ganoderma lucidum Mycelia Prevents Apoptosis and Necroptosis in Hypoxia/Ischemia-Induced Injury of Type 2 Diabetic Mouse Brain

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    Meiyan Xuan

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    Full Text Available Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been known to increase systemic oxidative stress by chronic hyperglycemia and visceral obesity and aggravate cerebral ischemic injury. On the basis of our previous study regarding a water-soluble extract from the culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia (designed as MAK, which exerts antioxidative and neuroprotective effects, the present study was conducted to evaluate the preventive effects of MAK on apoptosis and necroptosis (a programmed necrosis induced by hypoxia/ischemia (H/I in type 2 diabetic KKAy mice. H/I was induced by a combination of unilateral common carotid artery ligation with hypoxia (8% O2 for 20 min and subsequent reoxygenation. Pretreatment with MAK (1 g/kg, p.o. for a week significantly reduced H/I-induced neurological deficits and brain infarction volume assessed at 24 h of reoxygenation. Histochemical analysis showed that MAK significantly suppressed superoxide production, neuronal cell death, and vacuolation in the ischemic penumbra, which was accompanied by a decrease in the numbers of TUNEL- or cleaved caspase-3-positive cells. Furthermore, MAK decreased the expression of receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 mRNA and protein, a key molecule for necroptosis. These results suggest that MAK confers resistance to apoptotic and necroptotic cell death and relieves H/I-induced cerebral ischemic injury in type 2 diabetic mice.

  10. Chronic Treatment with a Water-Soluble Extract from the Culture Medium of Ganoderma lucidum Mycelia Prevents Apoptosis and Necroptosis in Hypoxia/Ischemia-Induced Injury of Type 2 Diabetic Mouse Brain.

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    Xuan, Meiyan; Okazaki, Mari; Iwata, Naohiro; Asano, Satoshi; Kamiuchi, Shinya; Matsuzaki, Hirokazu; Sakamoto, Takeshi; Miyano, Yoshiyuki; Iizuka, Hiroshi; Hibino, Yasuhide

    2015-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been known to increase systemic oxidative stress by chronic hyperglycemia and visceral obesity and aggravate cerebral ischemic injury. On the basis of our previous study regarding a water-soluble extract from the culture medium of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia (designed as MAK), which exerts antioxidative and neuroprotective effects, the present study was conducted to evaluate the preventive effects of MAK on apoptosis and necroptosis (a programmed necrosis) induced by hypoxia/ischemia (H/I) in type 2 diabetic KKAy mice. H/I was induced by a combination of unilateral common carotid artery ligation with hypoxia (8% O2 for 20 min) and subsequent reoxygenation. Pretreatment with MAK (1 g/kg, p.o.) for a week significantly reduced H/I-induced neurological deficits and brain infarction volume assessed at 24 h of reoxygenation. Histochemical analysis showed that MAK significantly suppressed superoxide production, neuronal cell death, and vacuolation in the ischemic penumbra, which was accompanied by a decrease in the numbers of TUNEL- or cleaved caspase-3-positive cells. Furthermore, MAK decreased the expression of receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 mRNA and protein, a key molecule for necroptosis. These results suggest that MAK confers resistance to apoptotic and necroptotic cell death and relieves H/I-induced cerebral ischemic injury in type 2 diabetic mice. PMID:25945116

  11. Influence of diffuse and chronic metal pollution in water and sediments on edible seafoods within Ondo oil-polluted coastal region, Nigeria.

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    Ololade, Isaac A; Lajide, Labunmi; Olumekun, Victor O; Ololade, Olusola O; Ejelonu, Benjamin C

    2011-01-01

    The bioconcentration levels of 3 non-essential elements (Pb, Cd and Ni) have been investigated in three different seafoods; Fish (Tilapia zilli), Crab (Callinectes sapidus) and periwinkle (Littorina littorea), to investigate the ecosystem health status in Ondo oil-polluted coastal region, Nigeria. The seafood samples were chosen based on their popularity as a food source and the potential of the species to contain high levels of metals based on past research results. Metal concentrations in the biota showed marked interspecific differences with C. sapidus recording the highest concentrations of all the metals. The bioconcentration factor (BCF) showed that C. sapidus and T. zilli have the greatest potential to concentrate Cd (BCF = 3-10) and Pb (BCF = 11-84) respectively. Lead uptake from both water and sediment (BCF ≈ BSAF: 0.003-0.018) were abysmally low in L. littorea as compared with other organisms. The high concentrations of Pb in fish species, effective bioaccumulation of Cd in species of crab and periwinkles, as well as very high BSAF of Ni found in species of crab indicated a strong influence from anthropogenic pollutant source on the biotic community. Oil pollution appears to be a major source of bioavailable metal contaminants for the selected biota. The study shows that C. sapidus and L. littorea can effectively compartmentalize potentially toxic metals such as Cd, Pb and Ni within their tissues. In terms of toxicity, C. sapidus had Cd concentrations greater than the 3,000 ng/g limit set by the Commission of the European Communities while Pb concentration exceeded their limits in both C. sapidus and T. zilli. All levels of Ni were below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration action levels for these metals in fish, crustaceans and shellfish. The study revealed anthropogenic enrichment of the metals studied which can possibly pose potential threats to the ecology of the area. PMID:21714630

  12. Chronic granulomatous disease associated with chronic glomerulonephritis

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    Frifelt, J J; Schønheyder, Henrik Carl; Valerius, Niels Henrik;

    1985-01-01

    A boy with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) developed glomerulonephritis at the age of 12 years. The glomerulonephritis progressed to terminal uraemia at age 15 when maintenance haemodialysis was started. The clinical course was complicated by pulmonary aspergillosis and Pseudomonas septicaemia...

  13. Adsorption characteristics of water vapor on gear-pellet and honeycomb-pellet types of adsorbents containing A-type zeolite

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    It is necessary to recover or process tritiated species that are extensively coexistent in nuclear fusion installations. A conventional way to recover tritium release to atmosphere is catalytic oxidation of tritiated species and adsorption of tritiated water vapor on adsorbents with high surface areas. Therefore, new adsorbents with low pressure loss and high surface areas need to be developed and utilized for such large-scale adsorption systems. In this study, attention was focused on new adsorbents, which are gear-type pellet MS5A adsorbent, gear-type pellet MS4A adsorbent and honeycomb-type pellet MS5A adsorbent. The adsorption characteristics of the new adsorbent were comparatively studied with conventional type of adsorbents (pellet-type MS5A adsorbent and pebble-type MS5A adsorbent), in terms of adsorption capacity, pressure loss and adsorption rate. It was found that the adsorption capacity of water vapor on the gear-type adsorbents is higher than that on a honeycomb-type adsorbent. The experimental breakthrough curves indicate that the adsorption rates of water vapor on gear-type and honeycomb-type adsorbents are smaller than that on conventional type adsorbents. Various adsorption models were also tested to correlate the experimental isotherms. It was found that the Langmuir-Freundlich model could properly correlate the experimental adsorption isotherms

  14. Lithium clearance in chronic nephropathy

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    Kamper, A L; Holstein-Rathlou, N H; Leyssac, P P;

    1989-01-01

    1. Lithium clearance measurements were made in 72 patients with chronic nephropathy of different aetiology and moderate to severely reduced renal function. 2. Lithium clearance was strictly correlated with glomerular filtration rate, and there was no suggestion of distal tubular reabsorption of...... clearance data were independent of whether renal disease was of primarily glomerular or tubular origin and, further, were not influenced by long-term conventional antihypertensive treatment. 6. It is concluded that, even with a reduced kidney function, the data are compatible with the suggestion that...... lithium clearance may be a measure of the delivery of sodium and water from the renal proximal tubule. With this assumption it was found that adjustment of the sodium excretion in chronic nephropathy initially takes place in the distal parts of the nephron (loop of Henle, distal tubule and collecting duct...

  15. Lithium clearance in chronic nephropathy

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    Kamper, A L; Holstein-Rathlou, N H; Leyssac, P P;

    1989-01-01

    1. Lithium clearance measurements were made in 72 patients with chronic nephropathy of different aetiology and moderate to severely reduced renal function. 2. Lithium clearance was strictly correlated with glomerular filtration rate, and there was no suggestion of distal tubular reabsorption of...... lithium or influence of osmotic diuresis. 3. Fractional reabsorption of lithium was reduced in most patients with glomerular filtration rates below 25 ml/min. 4. Calculated fractional distal reabsorption of sodium was reduced in most patients with glomerular filtration rates below 50 ml/min. 5. Lithium...... lithium clearance may be a measure of the delivery of sodium and water from the renal proximal tubule. With this assumption it was found that adjustment of the sodium excretion in chronic nephropathy initially takes place in the distal parts of the nephron (loop of Henle, distal tubule and collecting duct...

  16. Pharmacological challenges in chronic pancreatitis

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    Olesen, Anne Estrup; Brokjaer, Anne; Fischer, Iben Wendelboe Deleuran;

    2014-01-01

    . Together these factors can result in malabsorption and may also affect the efficacy of pharmacological intervention. The lifestyle of chronic pancreatitis patients may also contribute to gastrointestinal changes. Many patients limit their food intake because of the pain caused by eating and in some cases......Drug absorption in patients with chronic pancreatitis might be affected by the pathophysiology of the disease. The exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is associated with changes in gastrointestinal intraluminal pH, motility disorder, bacterial overgrowth and changed pancreatic gland secretion...... often prescribed as pain treatment. Opioids have intrinsic effects on gastrointestinal motility and hence can modify the absorption of other drugs taken at the same time. Furthermore, the increased fluid absorption caused by opioids will decrease water available for drug dissolution and may hereby...

  17. Development of a microcontroller based monitor for measurement of tritium in heavy water

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    A microcontroller based instrument for measurement of tritium in heavy water at concentration equal to or more than hundred milli-curie per litre is described. The tritium monitor has been designed using plastic scintillation film in a perspex cell and two photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) working in coincidence mode. The scintillation cell with coincidence electronics has a discrimination capability and enables to detect tritium in the presence of external gamma radiation. The monitor characteristics measured with tritiated water are presented. Sensitivity of the system is ∼ 460 CPS/Ci/litre under normal background level of 10-20 μR/hr. (author)

  18. Water metabolism in Australian marsupials

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    Several studies are discussed in which tritiated water (TOH) has been used to investigate water metabolism in Australian marsupials, particularly arid-zone species. Equilibration of injected TOH in large kangaroos was slower than in smaller marsupials and similar to that in ruminants and camels, presumably because of the high gut water space of all large forestomach fermenters. Loss of TOH in urine, faeces and insensible water during equilibration was also similar to that in ruminants. Total body water (TBW) was similar whether estimated by equilibration or extrapolation. TBW of small marsupial species (16 g to 6.5 kg body weight) was usually in the range found for small eutherian mammals (56 to 68% of body weight). However, in the larger kangaroos TBW ranged from 73 to 78% of body weight, possibly due to the low body fat content and the high ratio of gut contents to total body weight of kangaroos. In general, the water turnover rate of marsupials is about 30% below that of eutherians; this has been related to their lower metabolic rate. Nevertheless, significant differences in water turnover have been found between some species. It has been suggested that there may be a correlation between the water turnover rates measured under ad libitum water availability and the aridity of the animal's habitat. However, this is not always so; differences in behaviour and in the water content of the natural diet explain why some marsupials with high ad libitum water turnovers can survive in desert environments. The physiological state of the animals (e.g. lactation) has also been shown to affect water turnover, both in the laboratory and in the field. (author)

  19. Chronic diseases in adolescence

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    Rončević Nevenka; Stojadinović Aleksandra; Odri Irena

    2006-01-01

    Introduction. The prevalence of chronic diseases in adolescence is constantly increasing, especially in the last two decades. Adolescence is a period of important changes: body growth and development, sexual development, development of cognitive abilities, change in family relations and between peers, formation of personal identity and personal system of values, making decisions on future occupation etc. Chronic diseases in adolescence. Chronic disorders affect all development issues and repr...

  20. Chronic penile strangulation

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    Lopes, Roberto I.; Silvia I Lopes; Roberto N. Lopes

    2003-01-01

    Chronic penile strangulation is exceedingly rare with only 5 cases previously reported. We report an additional case of progressive penile lymphedema due to chronic intermittent strangulation caused by a rubber band applied to the penile base for 6 years. A 49-year-old man presented incapacity to exteriorize the glans penis. For erotic purposes, he had been using a rubber-enlarging band placed in the penile base for 6 years. With chronic use, he noticed that his penis swelled. Physical examin...

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    2007-01-01

    The global prevalence of physiologically defined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adults aged >40 yr is approximately 9-10 per cent. Recently, the Indian Study on Epidemiology of Asthma, Respiratory Symptoms and Chronic Bronchitis in Adults had shown that the overall prevalence of chronic bronchitis in adults >35 yr is 3.49 per cent. The development of COPD is multifactorial and the risk factors of COPD include genetic and environmental factors. Pathological changes in COPD are...

  2. Deposition of heavy water on soil and reemission to the atmosphere

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    Field experiments using heavy water as a tracer instead of tritiated water (HTO) were carried out in November 1995 and August 1996 in Japan. The objective of these experiments was to estimate the behavior of HTO in the environment when HTO was released to the atmosphere. We measured the evolution of depth profiles of heavy water concentrations in soil water and compared the reemission rates with the evaporation velocities to study the deposition and reemission of heavy water to/from soil. The depth profiles of heavy water concentrations in soil were expressed by exponential functions of which the gradient depended on the deposition period. The initial reemission rates of heavy water from the soil were the highest, regardless of the meteorological conditions. The reemission occurred not only during the day but also at night, suggesting that the exchange of heavy water in the soil surface layer with H2O in air played a dominant role during nighttime. (orig.)

  3. Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD)

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    ... Share this: Main Content Area Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) Phagocyte (purple) engulfing Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (yellow). Credit: NIAID CGD is a genetic disorder in which white blood ...

  4. Chronic silent otitis media.

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    Paparella, Michael M; Schachern, Patricia A; Cureoglu, Sebahattin

    2002-01-01

    Otitis media occurs along a continuum. For example, otitis media with effusion characterized by fluid pathology can lead to chronic otitis media plus chronic mastoiditis, characterized by the presence of intractable tissue pathology such as cholesteatoma, cholesterol granuloma or granulation tissue. The literature defines chronic otitis media as having a tympanic membrane perforation and otorrhea. Amongst many other sequelae, which can result from the continuum, an important common one is chronic silent otitis media. This overlooked entity which includes pathology beneath an intact tympanic membrane is commonly seen in our human temporal bone laboratory and in patients. The clinical pathological correlates of this important disease are discussed herein. PMID:12021496

  5. Alterations in mesolimbic dopamine function during the abstinence period following chronic ethanol consumption.

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    Bailey, C P; O'Callaghan, M J; Croft, A P; Manley, S J; Little, H J

    2001-12-01

    Previous work demonstrated that the locomotor stimulant actions of amphetamine, cocaine and nicotine were increased when these drugs were given during the abstinence phase after chronic ethanol consumption. These changes were seen at 6 days and at 2 months after cessation of alcohol. The present study examined neuronal alterations which might be related to these changes in behaviour. Markedly reduced spontaneous firing rates of dopaminergic cells in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in midbrain slices were seen 6 days into the abstinence period after cessation of chronic ethanol consumption, but by 2 months the firing rates had returned to control values. Increased affinity of striatal receptors for the D1-like receptor ligand 3H-SCH23390, but no change in the receptor density, was found both at the 6 day and the 2 month intervals. The binding properties of striatal D2-like receptors, of D1-like and D2-like receptors in the frontal cerebral cortex, and the release of tritiated dopamine from slices of striatum or frontal cerebral cortex, were unchanged at 6 days and 2 months. It is suggested that the decreased neuronal firing leads to a persistent increase in sensitivity of D1-like receptors and that these changes could explain the increased effects of the other drugs of abuse. PMID:11747903

  6. Water diffusivity in human nail plate.

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    Gunt, Hemali B; Miller, Matthew A; Kasting, Gerald B

    2007-12-01

    The diffusivity of water in human nail at 32 degrees C was determined for cadaveric, human finger nails having water contents ranging from 0.536 g H(2)O/g dry nail to 0.035 g H(2)O/g dry nail by measuring the desorption of tritiated water from nails suspended in water or in the vapor phase above salt solutions yielding a range of relative humidities (RH). Diffusivity increased with increasing RH from (7.7 +/- 1.3) x 10(-10) cm(2) s(-1) at 15% RH to (3.2 +/- 1.1) x 10(-7) cm(2) s(-1) in the liquid phase study at 100% RH, a more than 400-fold increase. The diffusivity values, which may be understood in terms of the equilibrium water content of the nail and a free volume theory for diffusion in hydrophilic polymers, were consistent with water diffusivities measured in other keratinized tissues including wool, horn and the corneocyte phase of stratum corneum. Analysis of the tritium desorption data was complicated by a tritium exchange process between (3)H(2)O and nail keratin, the kinetics of which are presented in part. The combination of the concentration-dependent water diffusivity with the natural water activity gradient in nail in vivo leads to the prediction of a nonlinear steady-state water concentration profile in human nail in vivo which, in turn, has implications for ungual drug delivery. PMID:17786922

  7. Managing your chronic pain

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    ... your chronic back pain To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Managing chronic pain means finding ways to make your back pain tolerable so you can live your life. You may not be able to ...

  8. Chronic diseases in adolescence

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    Rončević Nevenka

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The prevalence of chronic diseases in adolescence is constantly increasing, especially in the last two decades. Adolescence is a period of important changes: body growth and development, sexual development, development of cognitive abilities, change in family relations and between peers, formation of personal identity and personal system of values, making decisions on future occupation etc. Chronic diseases in adolescence. Chronic disorders affect all development issues and represent an additional burden for adolescents. The interaction between chronic disorders and various development issues is complex and two-way: the disease may affect development, and development may affect the disease. Developmental, psychosocial and family factors are of great importance in the treatment of adolescents with chronic disorders. Chronic disorders affect all aspects of adolescent life, including relations with peers, school, nutrition, learning, traveling, entertainment, choice of occupation, plans for the future. Physicians should keep in mind that chronic diseases and their treatment represent only one aspect of person's life. Adolescents with chronic diseases have other needs as well, personal priorities, social roles and they expect these needs to be recognized and respected. Adolescent health care should be adjusted to the life style of adolescents.

  9. The Chronic Responsibility

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    Ravn, Iben M; Frederiksen, Kirsten; Beedholm, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    This article reports on the results of a Fairclough-inspired critical discourse analysis aiming to clarify how chronically ill patients are presented in contemporary Danish chronic care policies. Drawing on Fairclough’s three-dimensional framework for analyzing discourse, and using Dean’s concepts...... of governmentality as an interpretative lens, we analyzed and explained six policies published by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority between 2005 and 2013. The analysis revealed that discourses within the policy vision of chronic care consider chronically ill patients’ active role, lifestyle......, and health behavior to be the main factors influencing susceptibility to chronic diseases. We argue that this discursive construction naturalizes a division between people who can actively manage responsible self-care and those who cannot. Such discourses may serve the interests of those patients who...

  10. [Chronic migraine: treatment].

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    Pascual, Julio

    2012-04-10

    We define chronic migraine as that clinical situation in which migraine attacks appear 15 or more days per month. Until recently, and in spite of its negative impact, patients with chronic migraine were excluded of the clinical trials. This manuscript revises the current treatment of chronic migraine. The first step should include the avoidance of potential precipitating/aggravating factors for chronic migraine, mainly analgesic overuse and the treatment of comorbid disorders, such as anxiety and depression. The symptomatic treatment should be based on the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents and triptans (in this case ergotamine-containing medications. Preventive treatment includes a 'transitional' treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents or steroids, while preventive treatment exerts its actions. Even though those medications efficacious in episodic migraine prevention are used, the only drugs with demonstrated efficacy in the preventive treatment of chronic migraine are topiramate and pericranial infiltrations of Onabotulinumtoxin A. PMID:22532241

  11. Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

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    ... People About NINDS NINDS Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Information Page Table of Contents (click to jump ... en Español What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)? Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a neurological ...

  12. Stages of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

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    ... ALL Treatment Childhood AML Treatment Research Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Go to Health Professional Version Key Points Chronic ...

  13. Stages of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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    ... ALL Treatment Childhood AML Treatment Research Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Go to Health Professional Version Key Points Chronic ...

  14. Chronic Release of Tritium from SS316 at Ambient Temperature: Correlation Between Depth Profile and Tritium Liberation

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    One conceivable option for the disposal of tritium-contaminated stainless steel consists in its storage at ambient temperature in a purged containment. To assess this option several stainless steel 316 specimens, previously loaded at elevated temperatures with 0.8-8.5 MBq of tritium, were flushed continuously with dry argon (water partial pressure 0.073 Pa) for extended periods of time. The released tritium (more than 99 % in the form of tritiated water (HTO)) was collected in bubblers and monitored periodically by liquid scintillation counting. After an initial fast liberation a fairly constant rate of the order of 0.2 % per day established. Tritium depth profile in the SS specimens could be simulated by a diffusion limited desorption model. The rate determining step for tritium release appears to be bulk diffusion

  15. Preparation of a tritiated ginkgolide

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    Strømgaard, Kristian; Suehiro, Makiko; Nakanishi, Koji

    2004-01-01

    Ginkgolide B, a constituent of the tree Ginkgo biloba, was radiolabeled with the beta-emitter tritium ([(3)H]) in two steps from ginkgolide C. First, a triflate precursor was prepared utilizing the selective reactivity of 7-OH in ginkgolide C; the triflate was then reduced with sodium borotritide...

  16. Decreased numbers of chemotactic factor receptors in chronic neutropenia with defective chemotaxis: spontaneous recovery from the neutrophil abnormalities during early childhood

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    Childhood chronic neutropenia with decreased numbers of chemotactic factor receptors as well as defective chemotaxis was first demonstrated in an 8-month-old girl. Chemotactic factor receptors on neutrophils were assayed using tritiated N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (3H-FMLP). The patient's neutrophils had decreased numbers of the receptors: numbers of the receptors were 20,000 (less than 3 SD) as compared with those of control cells of 52,000 +/- 6000 (mean +/- SD) (n = 10). The neutropenia disappeared spontaneously by 28 months of age parallel with the improvement of chemotaxis and increase in numbers of chemotactic factor receptors. These results demonstrate a transient decrease of neutrophil chemotactic factor receptors as one of the pathophysiological bases of a transient defect of neutrophil chemotaxis in this disorder

  17. Chronicity and control

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    Whyte, Susan Reynolds

    2012-01-01

    This paper proposes a way of framing the study of ‘noncommunicable diseases’ within the more general area of chronic conditions. Focusing on Africa, it takes as points of departure the situation in Uganda, and the approach to health issues developed by a group of European and African colleagues...... over the years. It suggests a pragmatic analysis that places people's perceptions and practices within a field of possibilities shaped by policy, health care systems, and life conditions. In this field, the dimensions of chronicity and control are the distinctive analytical issues. They lead on to...... consideration of patterns of sociality related to chronic conditions and their treatment....

  18. Safety system in a heavy water detritiation plant

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    In a CANDU 6 type reactor a quantity of 55·1015Bq/year of tritium is generated, 95% being in the D2O moderator which can achieve a radioactivity of 2.5-3.5·1012Bq/kg. Tritium in heavy water contributes with 30-50% to the doses received by operation personnel and up to 20% to the radioactivity released in the environment. The large quantity of heavy water used in this type of reactors (500 tones) make storage very difficult, especially for environment. The extraction of tritium from tritiated heavy water of CANDU reactors solve the following problems: the radiation level in the operation area, the costs of maintenance and repair reduction due to reduction of personnel protection measures, the increase of NPP utilisation factor by shutdown time reduction for maintenance and repair, use the extracted tritium for fusion reactors and not for the last, lower costs and risk for storage heavy water waste. Heavy water detritiation methods, which currently are used in the industrial or experimental plant, are based on catalytic isotope exchange or electrolysis followed cryogenic distillation or permeation. The technology developed at Institute of Cryogenics and Isotope Separation is based upon catalytic exchange between tritiated water and deuterium, followed by cryogenic distillation of hydrogen isotopes. The nature of the fluids that are processed in detritiation requires the operation of the plant in safety conditions. The paper presents the safety system solution chose in order to solve this task, as well as a simulation of an incident and safety system response. The application software is using LabView platform that is specialised on control and factory automation applications. (author)

  19. Chronic Conditions Dashboard

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The CMS Chronic Conditions Dashboard presents statistical views of information on the prevalence, utilization and Medicare spending for Medicare beneficiaries with...

  20. Anemia of chronic disease

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    Anemia of inflammation; AOCD; ACD ... Anemia is a lower-than-normal number of red blood cells in the blood. Some conditions can lead to anemia of chronic disease include: Autoimmune disorders , such as ...

  1. What Is Chronic Pain?

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  2. Sleep and Chronic Disease

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    ... message, please visit this page: About CDC.gov . Sleep About Us About Sleep Key Sleep Disorders Sleep ... Sheets Data & Statistics Projects and Partners Resources Events Sleep and Chronic Disease Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share ...

  3. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... after a period of time the spinal cord has changed, after a period of time there are ... absence of an apparent cause. But chronic pain has a physiological or neurological basis even when we ...

  4. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... acute pain and both naturally expect that some cause will be found, and when it’s found, it ... pain even in the absence of an apparent cause. But chronic pain has a physiological or neurological ...

  5. Chronic rhinosinusitis pathogenesis.

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    Stevens, Whitney W; Lee, Robert J; Schleimer, Robert P; Cohen, Noam A

    2015-12-01

    There are a variety of medical conditions associated with chronic sinonasal inflammation, including chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and cystic fibrosis. In particular, CRS can be divided into 2 major subgroups based on whether nasal polyps are present or absent. Unfortunately, clinical treatment strategies for patients with chronic sinonasal inflammation are limited, in part because the underlying mechanisms contributing to disease pathology are heterogeneous and not entirely known. It is hypothesized that alterations in mucociliary clearance, abnormalities in the sinonasal epithelial cell barrier, and tissue remodeling all contribute to the chronic inflammatory and tissue-deforming processes characteristic of CRS. Additionally, the host innate and adaptive immune responses are also significantly activated and might be involved in pathogenesis. Recent advancements in the understanding of CRS pathogenesis are highlighted in this review, with special focus placed on the roles of epithelial cells and the host immune response in patients with cystic fibrosis, CRS without nasal polyps, or CRS with nasal polyps. PMID:26654193

  6. Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy

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    ... very commonly used to treat chronic hypertension. This drug class can cause problems in the fetus, in- cluding an increased risk of birth de- fects 4 and kidney failure. Angiotensin II receptor blockers also should be avoided ...

  7. Chronic Conditions PUF

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Chronic Conditions PUFs are aggregated files in which each record is a profile or cell defined by the characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries. A profile is...

  8. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... ACPA Contact Us Shop FAQs The Art of Pain Management Resources Going to the ER Glossary Surveys What We Have Learned Communication Tools Videos Pain Management Programs Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Treatments Pain ...

  9. Chronic penile strangulation

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    Lopes Roberto I

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic penile strangulation is exceedingly rare with only 5 cases previously reported. We report an additional case of progressive penile lymphedema due to chronic intermittent strangulation caused by a rubber band applied to the penile base for 6 years. A 49-year-old man presented incapacity to exteriorize the glans penis. For erotic purposes, he had been using a rubber-enlarging band placed in the penile base for 6 years. With chronic use, he noticed that his penis swelled. Physical examination revealed lymphedema of the penis, phimosis and a stricture in the penile base. The patient was submitted to circumcision and the lymphedema remained stable 10 months postoperatively. Chronic penile incarceration usually causes penile lymphedema and urinary disturbance. Treatment consists of removal of foreign devices and surgical treatment of lymphedema.

  10. Neuromodulation of chronic headaches

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    Martelletti, Paolo; Jensen, Rigmor H; Antal, Andrea;

    2013-01-01

    The medical treatment of patients with chronic primary headache syndromes (chronic migraine, chronic tension-type headache, chronic cluster headache, hemicrania continua) is challenging as serious side effects frequently complicate the course of medical treatment and some patients may be even...... medically intractable. When a definitive lack of responsiveness to conservative treatments is ascertained and medication overuse headache is excluded, neuromodulation options can be considered in selected cases.Here, the various invasive and non-invasive approaches, such as hypothalamic deep brain...... proper RCT-based evidence is limited. The European Headache Federation herewith provides a consensus statement on the clinical use of neuromodulation in headache, based on theoretical background, clinical data, and side effect of each method. This international consensus further gives recommendations for...

  11. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... Contact Us Shop FAQs The Art of Pain Management Resources Going to the ER Glossary Surveys What We Have Learned Communication Tools Videos Pain Management Programs Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Treatments Pain ...

  12. Chronic Conditions Chartbook

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Chronic Conditions among Medicare Beneficiaries is a chartbook prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and created to provide an overview of...

  13. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... Programs Resource Guide to Chronic Pain Treatments Pain Awareness Toolkits Partners for Understanding Pain September is Pain Awareness Month Home Pain Management Tools Videos What Is ...

  14. What Is Chronic Pain?

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    Full Text Available ... chronic pain there may be no apparent physical injury or illness to explain it. The physician and ... expected period of healing for an illness or injury. You can experience pain even if you are ...

  15. Chronic Condition Data Warehouse

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The CMS Chronic Condition Data Warehouse (CCW) provides researchers with Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary, claims, and assessment data linked by beneficiary across...

  16. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disorder that causes extreme fatigue. This fatigue is not the kind of tired feeling that ... activities. The main symptom of CFS is severe fatigue that lasts for 6 months or more. You ...

  17. Influence of deuterium on the design of the JET water detritiation system

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    Cristescu, I. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, TLK, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)]. E-mail: ion.cristescu@hvt.fzk.de; Cristescu, I.-R. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, TLK, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Doerr, L. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, TLK, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Glugla, M. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, TLK, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Bell, A. [JET, UKAEA, Culham Science Center, Abigdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Brennan, D. [JET, UKAEA, Culham Science Center, Abigdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Murdoch, D. [EFDA-CSU Boltzmannstrasse 2, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2005-11-15

    The water detritiation system (WDS) for JET is based on the combined electrolysis catalytic exchange (CECE) process employing a liquid phase catalytic exchange (LPCE) column. The final goal of WDS is to convert tritiated water to tritium-deuterium-hydrogen mixture for further enrichment of tritium by cryogenic distillation (CD), followed by recovery of high quality tritium in the gas chromatography (GC) from active gas handling system (AGHS) of JET. A tritium decontamination factor (DF) of 10{sup 4} is required along the striping section of the LPCE column in order to discharge essentially tritium free molecular hydrogen product into the environment. A detailed analysis of the combination CECE-CD processes revealed the necessity to consider also the deuterium content in the water to be processed. Based on deuterium content measured in tritiated water collected at JET, the interface between the CECE and CD was evaluated in detail and the optimum values for deuterium and tritium composition at this interface have been established.

  18. Chronic dysimmune neuropathies: Beyond chronic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy

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    Khadilkar Satish

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The spectrum of chronic dysimmune neuropathies has widened well beyond chronic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP. Pure motor (multifocal motor neuropathy, sensorimotor with asymmetrical involvement (multifocal acquired demylinating sensory and motor neuropathy, exclusively distal sensory (distal acquired demyelinating sensory neuropathy and very proximal sensory (chronic immune sensory polyradiculopathy constitute the variants of CIDP. Correct diagnosis of these entities is of importance in terms of initiation of appropriate therapy as well as prognostication of these patients. The rates of detection of immune-mediated neuropathies with monoclonal cell proliferation (monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance, multiple myeloma, etc. have been facilitated as better diagnostic tools such as serum immunofixation electrophoresis are being used more often. Immune neuropathies associated with malignancies and systemic vasculitic disorders are being defined further and treated early with better understanding of the disease processes. As this field of dysimmune neuropathies will evolve in the future, some of the curious aspects of the clinical presentations and response patterns to different immunosuppressants or immunomodulators will be further elucidated. This review also discusses representative case studies.

  19. Tritium fractionation in anomalous water bound to environmental samples

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    The quantification of the hydrogen isotope effect involved in the physi- and chemisorption of water on to environmental samples provides the possibility for the characterization of their bound water. This is realized by distilling suspensions of samples in tritiated water (HTO/H2O) under near-equilibrium conditions at 5o C and 5 mbar, and measuring the specific tritium activity in fractions of the condensed gas phase in the course of water removal. The tritium fractionation is caused by isotope effects during the evaporation of water as well as during the sorption of water on to the sample matrix. The two isotope effects are separated by comparing the fractionation in the sample-water mixtures with that in pure water. Three typical soils and maize plant seeds are chosen for investigation. The experimental procedure is tested for model substances with well known amounts of bound water, e.g. Na-tartrate-dihydrate and molecular sieve. The investigated examples show a different water sorption capacity from 4 to 60% related to the dry substance. Dehydration kinetics further demonstrate the existence of at least four types of sorbed water with distinct fractionation factors. They are characterized by the specific-activity ratio of sorbed water to free water, which ranges from 0.97 to 1.46. (Author)

  20. Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia

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    Cordier Jean-François; Marchand Eric

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Idiopathic chronic eosinophilic pneumonia (ICEP) is characterized by subacute or chronic respiratory and general symptoms, alveolar and/or blood eosinophilia, and peripheral pulmonary infiltrates on chest imaging. Eosinophilia is present in most cases, usually in excess of 1000/mm3. In absence of significant blood eosinophilia, a diagnosis of ICEP is supported by the demonstration of bronchoalveolar lavage eosinophilia. ICEP is typically associated with eosinophil counts higher than ...