Cleaner living: Plant-friendly is planet-friendly

Climate change is in the news more and more, and the projections from virtually all of the world’s climate scientists are becoming increasingly dire. Almost daily, we are confronted with images of extreme weather patterns, disease outbreaks, and the loss of certain species. It is almost biblical in proportion. Most poignant, to me, are the distressing images of starving, displaced polar bears whose icy habitats are melting away. Many of the things that we can do to prevent or slow climate change are intuitive, difficult as they may be to put into practice: conserve energy, drive less, elect politicians that are dedicated to working on this problem, and recycle, to name the basics. However, many people may be unaware that some simple changes to our daily diet can have a tremendous impact on the emission of greenhouse gasses. How does food production affect the climate? About 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. About half of this is from the livestock sector alone. And it’s not just the greenhouse gasses that are the problem. Food production occupies about 40% of the global land, uses about 70% of our fresh water (which is increasingly in short supply in many places in the world, leading to strife), causes many species to become extinct, and is responsible for large areas of deforestation (cutting down the rain forest so cattle can graze) and desertification (the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of ina...
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CONCLUSION: This systematic review and meta-analysis indicates that propofol use for general anesthesia in young healthy children undergoing surgery does not increase complications and that propofol could be at least comparable to other anesthetic agents. PMID: 31001938 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: A trend toward increasing use of intravitreal anti-VEGF injections for DME treatment was observed in Korea. However, the frequency of dosing and monitoring was lower in clinical practice versus major clinical trials, which may have led to the less-than-favorable improvements in visual outcomes. PMID: 31001935 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The addition of AST-120 to conventional treatments may delay the progression of renal dysfunction in diabetic nephropathy. The antioxidant effect of AST-120 might contribute to improvement in renal function. PMID: 31001934 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Soil Biology and BiochemistryAuthor(s): Andreas Richter, Toni Kern, Sebastian Wolf, Ulrich Struck, Liliane RuessAbstractSoil organisms constitute multitrophic food webs, which are important determinants for nutrient and carbon flow through terrestrial systems. However, these complex interactions are not well understood, particular in the most cryptic compartment – the link between microorganisms and microfauna. The present study investigates binary trophic links between microbial prey and nematodes in a controlled semi-natural soil environment. A microcosm syste...
Source: Soil Biology and Biochemistry - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and BiologyAuthor(s): Pieczyńska Joanna, Płaczkowska Sylwia, Sozański Rafał, Orywal Karolina, Mroczko Barbara, Grajeta HalinaAbstractSelenium (Se) is a trace element essential for the appropriate course of vital processes in the human body. It is also a constituent of the active center of glutathione peroxidase and other antioxidant compounds which play an important role in red-ox processes. Associations between lower blood selenium concentration and obstetric complications has been reported in many studies. The aim of this st...
Source: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Chemico-Biological InteractionsAuthor(s): Susmita Barman, Krishnapura SrinivasanAbstractZinc depletion during diabetes postulates a role for zinc nutrition in the management of associated complications. The present study evaluated zinc supplementation for countering the compromised intestinal integrity through moderation of oxidative stress and suppression of stress-stimulated inflammatory proliferation in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Diabetic rats were provided with supplemental zinc for six weeks (5 and 10-times of normal level). Supplemental zinc nurtured ...
Source: Chemico Biological Interactions - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: TrAC Trends in Analytical ChemistryAuthor(s): Elena V. SuprunAbstractPost-translational modifications (PTMs) occur during or after protein biosynthesis under the action of various specific enzymes or reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. These modifications affect a wide range of protein characteristics such as the size and charge of proteins, their activation state, enzyme activity, cellular localization, interacting partners, and life cycle. Imbalance in protein PTMs can lead to a development of various diseases, among them are cancer and diabetes. It is also genera...
Source: TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Regulatory Toxicology and PharmacologyAuthor(s): Liu Shifeng, Kou Hongru, Mu Baofeng, Wang Jinzhong Zhang ZhiyongAbstractResidues and dietary risk assessment of tetraconazole and bifenazate were investigated in strawberry under greenhouse conditions using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC-DAD) after QuEChERs extraction in Beijing of China. The effects of different processing factors on the two pesticides were studied. The recoveries of tetraconazole and bifenazate were 87.0% and 89.1%, respectively. The dissipation curves of tetraconazole and bifenazate wer...
Source: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology - Category: Toxicology Source Type: research
This study aimed to determine the safety and tolerability of the subretinal injection of hESC-derived RPE cells at higher doses than the established clinical dose (5 × 104 cells/150 μL) by using minipigs. The hESC-derived RPE cells (60 or 120 × 104 cells/150 μL) were injected in subretinal region, and minipigs were sacrificed at Weeks 4, 8, and 12 post-surgery. Time-course examination was performed by using fundus photography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), histopathology, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). After surgery, retinal bleb and pigmentation were seen and retinal...
Source: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology - Category: Toxicology Source Type: research
Publication date: May 2019Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Volume 73, Issue 5Author(s):
Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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