J. L. Pastor

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BACKGROUND Studies of the effects of tobacco smoke often rely on reported exposure to cigarette smoke, a measure that is subject to bias. We describe here the relationship between parental smoking exposure as assessed by urinary cotinine excretion and lung function in children with asthma. METHODS We studied 90 children 4-14 years of age, who reported a(More)
A simple reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method with paired-ion and UV detection has been developed for the rapid quantification of urinary nicotine and cotinine. A one-step solid-liquid extraction on Extrelut was used. Separation from endogenous substances was achieved with a decreasing flow-rate. With 20 ml of urine for extraction,(More)
Having oxidized 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (dopa) with sodium periodate or mushroom tyrosinase in a pH range from 3.5 to 6.0, it has been possible to detect spectrophotometrically 4-(2-carboxy-2-aminoethyl)-1,2-benzoquinone with the amino group protonated (o-dopaquinone-H+), a postulated intermediate in the melanogenesis pathway. When the pH value was(More)
Nowadays, one of the most popular ways to get a more sustainable cement industry is using additions as cement replacement. However, there are many civil engineering applications in which the use of sustainable cements is not extended yet, such as special foundations, and particularly micropiles, even though the standards do not restrict the cement type to(More)
At present, sustainability is of major importance in the cement industry, and the use of additions such as silica fume as clinker replacement contributes towards that goal. Special foundations, and particularly micropiles, are one of the most suitable areas for the use of sustainable cements. The aim of this research is to analyse the effects in the very(More)
University courses in Information Systems (I.!$) are often criticised by industry for concentrating on conceptual learning while failing to provide their students with experience and grounding in managerial skills. This paper describes and discusses an innovative course structure which has been developed in order to ground the teaching of I.S. management(More)
An assay was developed to quantify deuterated cholesterol (used as a tracer) and cholesterol using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Ergosterol and epicoprostanol were used as internal standards. Deuterated cholesterol was quantified by comparing its peak area to that of epicoprostanol and cholesterol to ergosterol. The mean absolute recovery in spiked(More)