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Alebic-Juretic A.,Teaching Institute of Public Health
International Journal of Remote Sensing | Year: 2012

The first evaluation of ozone concentration at four selected sampling sites is given: urban site 1, resort site 2, industrial ('fence line') site 3 and suburban site 4. The lowest ozone level was found at site 1, while the highest was obtained at the suburban site 4, as expected. All sites exhibit decline in ozone concentrations, the most pronounced at suburban site 4, while the concentration is almost constant at resort site 2. The concentration roses for site 3 and 4 agree with the prevailing wind directions, pointing to the coastal line, where the major pollution sources are detected. In spite of the dominant wind direction from the N-NW sector, the dominant sector in concentration rose is SW at site 1, while there is no distinct direction in the concentration rose at resort site 2. Due to different meteorological conditions, the AOT40 values differ considerably, e.g. several thousands in 2007 or up to 45 000 μg m-3 h in 2005. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

Fistonic I.,University of Split | Sorta Bilajac Turina I.,Teaching Institute of Public Health | Fistonic N.,University of Zagreb | Marton I.,University of Zagreb
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine | Year: 2016

Background and Objective To evaluate safety and efficacy of focused monopolar radio frequency (RF) device for non-invasive labia tissue tightening and improvement of labial laxity. Methods This prospective cohort study participants were 17 female subjects aged between 27 and 56 years with lax skin at the labia area. All subjects received four consecutive treatments at 7-day intervals with RF device (Exilis Protege IntimaR, BTL Industries Inc., Boston, MA). The primary efficacy outcome measure was defined as one or more point improvement on 1-4 scale for vulva appearance determined by three blinded evaluators. Digital photographs were taken at the baseline and 1 month after the last treatment. Sexual gratification was assessed with Female Sexual Functioning Index (FSFI) and patient discomfort by Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Results An average 2.9 (of maximum 4) points improvement rate in vulvar appearance was observed (P < 0.01). Mean of the total FSFI score enhanced from initial 75-87% (P < 0.001). Resultant 4.7 (18%) points increase was achieved. Ninety four percent of subjects reported mild to none discomfort during the treatment. No adverse events during the study course were reported. Conclusion The present study demonstrates the positive effect of focused monopolar RF device for non-invasive labia tissue tightening. The treatment is effective and safe with high patient satisfaction. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Alebic-Juretic A.,Teaching Institute of Public Health
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2011

The first analyses of PAHs in marine sediments within Rijeka Bay started in 1998 at three sampling sites offshore from the petroleum refinery facilities and were extended in 1999 to three more sampling points in front of the repair shipyard within the same east industrial zone. The small Svezanj cove, lying between the shipyard and the petroleum refinery was chosen as the reference point. The concentrations of PAHs were considerably higher in the shipyard environment (average: 3009-6314μgkg-1 d.w.) in comparison to the petroleum refinery area (average: 279-919μgkg-1 d.w.), while the PAHs load at reference point was close to the latter level (average: 717μgkg-1 d.w.). The Phe/Anth and Flo/Py ratios indicate the dominant pyrogenic sources, except for the results from 1999 to 2000 with dominant petrogenic origin at some sites. A declining trend of total PAHs, and consequently toxicity indices was observed at all sites. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Spiric Z.,Oikon Ltd | Stafilov T.,Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje | Vuckovic I.,Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje | Glad M.,Teaching Institute of Public Health
Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering | Year: 2014

During the summer and autumn of 2006 moss samples were collected from 98 sampling sites evenly distributed all over the territory of Croatia. Moss sampling was repeated in 2010 when additional sampling sites were added and a total of 121 samples were collected. Kjeldahl method was used to determine the nitrogen content in the samples. Descriptive statistics and distribution maps were prepared. Data obtained from these two surveys were compared, and additional comparison was done with data obtained from similar studies in neighbouring countries and Finland as a clean area. The median value of N content in the samples collected in 2006 is 1.60% and varies from 0.79% to 3.16%. The content of N in samples collected in 2010 ranges between 0.71% and 2.93% with the median value of 1.49%. High contents of N (2.32% - 3.17%) were found in the regions of Slavonia, Podravina, Posavina and cities Zagreb and Sisak as a result of agricultural activities, industry and traffic. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Puljak T.,Public Health Institute of Split and Dalmatia County | Mamic M.,Public Health Institute of Split and Dalmatia County | Mitic B.,University of Zagreb | Hrga I.,Teaching Institute of Public Health | Hrusevar D.,University of Zagreb
Aerobiologia | Year: 2016

The aim of this study was to investigate aerobiological dynamics of pollen in the Mediterranean part of Croatia in the air of the city of Split. Pollen monitoring during the period from 2005 to 2013 was performed using a Hirst volumetric trap. Among the identified pollen of 50 taxa, 21 were allergenic. The average annual pollen index was 33,513. Three pollination seasons were established: early winter season dominated by tree pollen, spring–summer season dominated by herbaceous plants and summer–autumn season with lower amounts of Parietaria and Cupressaceae pollen. According to the abundance, the main taxa were: Cupressaceae, Parietaria/Urtica, Pinus, Quercus, Olea, Carpinus/Ostrya, Poaceae, Platanus and Ambrosia. The annual pollen index together with the daily maximum concentrations showed an upward trend for selected taxa during the study period. The highest monthly pollen index and the highest biodiversity were recorded in April and the lowest during the late autumn and winter months. The pollen calendar created for the city of Split confirmed Mediterranean features of the pollen spectrum. The longest pollen seasons were recorded for Cupressaceae, Parietaria/Urtica and Poaceae pollen types. The correlations between pollen concentrations and meteorological parameters were analyzed. The correlations between pollen concentrations and temperature were positive, while the humidity and the precipitation mostly showed negative influence. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

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