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Aneta Marek and Małgorzata Wieczorek

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The aim of the article is an analysis of tourist traffic in the Aconcagua massif, one of the most popular peaks of the Seven Summits. On the basis of statistical data, the tourist traffic was analysed in a temporal and spatial perspective. The applied data made it possible to capture the dynamics of visits in the period 2000/2001 – 2012/2013 and with a breakdown into months, which helped analyse the tourist traffic in this area. In each of the analysed periods, January dominates. Data concerning the origin of tourists according to countries and continents, their age, gender and type of mountaineering activity were also taken into account. Most tourists came from Argentina, the USA and Germany. These are people of age groups 21–30 (33%) and 31–40 (31%). Men account for over 75% of visitors. The favourite mountaineering activity is climbing (about 60%). Aconcagua has invariably been a very popular peak among tourists and climbers. It is a place for training and acclimatisation for alpinists, participating in Himalayan expeditions and climbers collecting peaks of the Seven Summits.

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Anna Poliwoda, Małgorzata Mościpan and Piotr P. Wieczorek

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Selective molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) with bisphenol A as template were synthesized using the non-covalent imprinting approach. MIPs were prepared using thermally initiated polymerization with 1,1’-azobis(cyclohexanecarbonitryle) (ACHN) as initiator and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) as a cross-linking agent. The tested functional monomers included methacrylic acid, acrylamide, and 4-vinylpyridine. The selectivity of the BPA-MIP for the solid phase extraction of bisphenol A was tested in samples containing other related alkylphenols. The polymers prepared in acetonitrile using methacrylic acid or acrylamide as monomer showed the highest selectivity towards target analyte (the selectivity ratio 8:1, respectively for MIP and NIP). The proposed procedure has been proven to be an effective for selective extraction of bisphenol A in aqueous samples (recoveries over 85%) enabling detection and quantification limits of 25 and 70 μg/dm3, respectively based on 10 cm3 of sample volume, with relative standard deviations (RSD) lower than 6%. The obtained molecularly imprinted material showed interesting properties for selective extraction and preconcentration of studied analyte from large volumes of aqueous samples without any problems of cartridge clogging.

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Łukasz Dobosz, Małgorzata Dobrzycka, Paula Franczak, Jagoda Wieczorek, Grażyna Kobierska-Gulida and Marek Dobosz

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Paraganglioma is a rare neoplasm originating from extra-adrenal pheochromocytes of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. It is usually benign and the treatment method of choice is a complete resection of the tumour. The authors present a case of 66-year-old female patient with a multifocal benign retroperitoneal paraganglioma, which was completely removed during surgery.

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Radosław Kujawski, Justyna Baraniak, Małgorzata Kania, Joanna Bartkowiak-Wieczorek, Anna Bogacz, Marcin Ożarowski, Michał Cichocki, Ewa Spoz and Przemysław Ł. Mikołajczak

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In last centuries, human diet has been modified due to changes in the technological, economic, and cultural mode of the social life. The rapid development of the technology and advances in food production and processing of plants resulted in changes in the structure of consumption. The consequence is an growing interest among researchers, but also among consumers in searching for new alternatives to classical pharmacology, preventive solutions, and therapeutic strategies of age related, chronic diseases and cancer. In this paper, the authors have attempted to assess the benefits of usage in diet cold-pressed oils extracted from the seeds of Brassica napus (oilseed rape) with particular emphasis on the evidence of possible use of B. napus oil, and other bio-active substances contained therein, in the prevention and symptomatic treatment of prostate diseases, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The authors postulate that the information presented in this paper may be important and helpful in the development of new, effective and safe forms of prevention and treatment of progressive age-related disorders (phytotherapeutics) and nutritional strategies (dietary supplements) based on seeds oil of Brassicace family representatives, especially Brassica napus (pollen).