Authors:O. Pereztol, J. Batista, J. Valdés, L. Rochela, F. Sosa, D. López, E. Sánchez, and B. Pérez
This study test whether sublingual administration of nitroglycerin (NTG) could improve the capability of99mTc-MIBI to detect reversibility in exercise-induced perfusion defects and to compare it with the201TI stress-redistribution-reinjection protocol. Twenty-one patients with previous myocardial infarction were submitted to exercise,
rest and NTG rest99mTc-MIBI imaging (3-day protocol). The patients also underwent exercise, redistribution and reinjection201Tl myocardial scintigraphy. A total of 273 myocardial segments were analyzed: 76 (28%) had irreversible defects on stress-rest99mTc-MIBI, 60 (79%) appeared as fixed defects and 16 (21%) were reversible on NTG rest99mTc-MIBI. Of the 78 myocardial segments with irreversible defects on standard stress-redistribution thallium cardiac imaging,
63 (81%) did not change and 15 (19%) demonstrated enhanced uptake of thallium after reinjection. Data show that rest NTG99mTc-MIBI study improves the detection of reversible myocardium versus standard exercise/rest99mTc-MIBI and achieve similar results than201Tl reinjection protocol.
Authors:Ana Estévez, Paula Jáuregui, Inmaculada Sánchez-Marcos, Hibai López-González, and Mark D. Griffiths
Risky behaviors have been related to emotional regulation and attachment, which may constitute risk factors for developing an addictive behavior. However, there may also be differences between substance and non-substance-related addictions.
This study aimed to examine the relationship of emotional regulation and attachment, with substance (alcohol and drug abuse), and non-substance-related addictions (gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use) in adolescents and emerging adults. The study also aimed to examine gender differences for such predictors.
The sample comprised 472 students aged 13–21 years recruited from high schools and vocational education centers.
Findings demonstrated that emotion regulation was predictive of all addictive behaviors assessed in this study (alcohol and drug abuse, gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use), whereas attachment predicted non-substance-related addictions (gambling disorder, video game addiction, and problematic Internet use). In addition, gender differences were found, with females scoring significantly higher in maternal and peer attachment, whereas males scored significantly higher in gambling disorder and video game addiction.
The findings may be useful for preventive and clinical interventions conducted with youth regarding addictive behaviors.
Authors:O.N. Campas-Baypoli, D.I. Sánchez-Machado, C. Bueno-Solano, A.A. Escárcega-Galaz, and J. López-Cervantes
Moringa oleifera tree has been recognized internationally for its nutritional, therapeutic and medicinal properties. Dry seeds are rich sources of oil with a high potential of commercial exploitation. The present study reports the physicochemical characterization, polyphenol content, DPPH radical scavenging capacity and fatty acid profile of moringa seed oil, and the chemical composition of the seed cultivated in Sonora, Mexico. Moisture, ash, protein and lipid contents in the seed were found to be 4.7, 5.8, 26 and 39%, respectively. The oil showed a refractive index of 1.4642. The saponification number was 183 mg KOH/g oil, iodine value: 75 g I/100 g of oil, acid value: 0.49 (% oleic acid). The polyphenol content was 0.137 mg of gallic acid equivalent/g and DPPH radical scavenging capacity was 87.39%. The moringa seed oil was rich (68%) in the major fatty acid, oleic acid (C18:1n9). Moringa oil extracted by sonication showed a fatty acid profile and physicochemical properties comparable to the oil from seeds grown in different regions of the world. The optimization of the oil extraction process on a large scale shows high potential, as the oil could be marketed as edible vegetable oil, for frying purposes, or as a functional ingredient.
Authors:A. Montero Alvarez, J. R. Estévez Alvarez, H. Iglesias Brito, O. Pérez Arriba, D. López Sánchez, and H. T. Wolterbeek
An epiphytic lichen (Physcia alba sp.) grown over Roystonea regia tree was used as biomonitor of air quality in the Havana City west side. During the survey, 81 sampling sites were selected
according to traffic and industry conditions. The concentration for 14 elements (Mg, Al, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn,
Sr, Cd and Pb) was determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) and anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV). Contents
of Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb obtained by both techniques were compared. Several biological reference materials (RM's) were analyzed
in order to assure the quality of analytical results. Some pollution sources were identified using principal component analysis.
A total of 5 factors were achieved, of which 4 could be interpreted in terms of anthropogenic pollution sources. However,
the expected correlation between traffic influence and lead concentration in lichen could not be demonstrated. The factor
values patterns are presented.
Authors:P. Lam Ramos, D. Frías Fonseca, M. González Garcia, D. Aguiar Lambert, J. Estévez Alvarez, I. Pupo González, and D. López Sánchez
The objective of the present study was the elaboration of a procedure for the determination of Y, La, Ce, Pr and Nd in soils by spectrophotometry with Arsenazo III preceded by a separation-concentration stage, which includes coprecipitation and ion exchange. Multielement analysis by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (including Y, La, Ce and Nd) and flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry was carried out simultaneously in order to obtain a general characterization of the soil samples. Certified reference materials and statistical intercomparison of the obtained results were used to evaluate the accuracy of the methods. The precision was examined by analyzing replicate samples.
Authors:M. Pham, M. Betti, P. Povinec, V. Alfimov, D. Biddulph, J. Gastaud, W. Kieser, J. López Gutiérrez, G. Possnert, J. Sanchez-Cabeza, and T. Suzuki
A certified reference material designed for the determination of 129I in seawater, IAEA-418 (Mediterranean Sea water) is described and the results of certification are presented. The median
of 129I concentration with 95% confidence interval was chosen as the most reliable estimates of the true value. The median, given
as the certified value, is 2.28 × 108 atom L−1 (95% confidence interval is (2.16–2.73) 108 atom L−1), or 3.19 × 10−7 Bq L−1 (95% confidence interval is (3.02–3.82) × 10−7 Bq L−1). The material is intended to be used for standardization procedures applied in accelerator mass spectrometric laboratories.
It is available in 1 L units and may be ordered via IAEA web side (www.iaea.org).
Authors:N. Alberro Macias, I. Pupo González, L. Valcárcel Rojas, D. Frías Fonseca, J. R. Estévez Álvarez, D. López Sánchez, A. Montero Álvarez, D. Simón Pérez, M. A. Isaac Tejera, and J. F. Pérez Oliva
The quality of the potable and purified for haemodialysis waters used in the National Institute of Nephrology was evaluated
since 2002 up to now. A total of 20 chemical components were analyzed. The analytical results were compared with the admissible
maximum concentrations according to the Cuban Standard NC 92-02:85 for potable water and with the Spanish Standard UNE 111-301-90,
related to the quality of water for use in haemodialysis. The quality of both types of water was found to comply with the
Standards regulations. The CEADEN analytical chemistry laboratory operates a quality management system since 1992, that was
credited according to ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.