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See detailA cross-sectional study to assess knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention measures in company workers in Ecuador
Cabezas Guerra, Maria del Carmen ULg; Fornasini, Marco; Dardenne, Nadia ULg et al

in BMC Public Health (2013), 13

Background: HIV/AIDS was first reported in Ecuador in 1984 and its prevalence has been increasing ever since. In 2009, the National AIDS Program reported 21,810 HIV/AIDS cases and confirmed that the ... [more ▼]

Background: HIV/AIDS was first reported in Ecuador in 1984 and its prevalence has been increasing ever since. In 2009, the National AIDS Program reported 21,810 HIV/AIDS cases and confirmed that the worker population was amongst the most affected groups. The objective of this study was to assess knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention measures in company workers in Ecuador. Methods: A cross-sectional survey based on a random sample of 115 companies (1,732 workers), stratified by three large provinces and working sectors (commerce, manufacturing and real estate) was conducted. A validated instrument developed by Family Health International was used to evaluate HIV prevention knowledge and common local misconceptions about HIV transmission. Descriptive statistics, chi square test and logistic regression analysis were performed using SAS. Results: Incorrect knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission were found in 49.1% (95% CI: 46.6-51.6) of subjects. Incorrect knowledge was higher among males (OR=1.73 [1.39 –2.15]), older subjects (OR=1.35 [1.02 – 1.77]), subjects with lower education (OR=3.72 [2.44 – 5.65]), manual labor workers (OR=2.93 [1.82 – 4.73]) and subjects without previous exposure to HIV intervention programs (OR=2.26 [1.79 – 2.86]). Incorrect knowledge about preventive measures was found among 32.9% (95%CI: 30.6-35.2) of respondents. This proportion was higher among subjects with lower education (OR=2.28 [1.52 – 3.43]), married subjects (OR=1.34 [1.07 – 1.68]), manual labor workers (OR=1.80 [1.34 – 2.42]), and subjects not previously exposed to HIV intervention programs (OR=1.44 [1.14 – 1.83]). Conclusions: HIV intervention programs targeting company workers are urgently needed to improve knowledge and reduce HIV transmission in Ecuador. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of food frequency questionnaire to assess relationships between dietary habits and cardiovascular risk factors in NESCAV study: validation with biomarkers
Sauvageot, Nicolas ULg; alkerwi, alaa; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Nutrition Journal (2013), 12(143),

Abstract Background: Validation of Food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) is particularly important element, as incorrect information may lead to false associations between dietary factors and diseases. The ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: Validation of Food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) is particularly important element, as incorrect information may lead to false associations between dietary factors and diseases. The aim of the study was to evaluate the validity of the FFQ used in NESCAV (Nutrition, Environment and Cardiovascular Health) study, by comparing the estimated intakes of fruits and vegetables and of several micro-nutrients with corresponding nutritional biomarkers. Methods: Relative validity was assessed in a sample of 922 subjects (452 men and 470 women). Comparisons between FFQ-estimates and their corresponding biomarkers were performed through correlation and cross classification into quintiles by using both crude and energy-adjusted FFQ-estimates. Correlations adjusted for confounders were also computed. All analyses were performed separately for men and women. Results: Concerning micro-nutrients, significant correlations were found for vitamin B9, D, E, B12 β -carotene and iodine in both men and women. Energy-adjustment led to an increase of all correlations cited previously. However, after excluding supplement users, correlations for vitamin D were not significant anymore. Concerning fruits and vegetables, all correlations were significant. Vegetables alone and fruits and vegetables correlated better in men (r around 0.2) than in women (r around 0.1). In men, correlation was also better for vegetables alone and fruits and vegetables than fruits alone. Conclusion: These data demonstrate that this FFQ is a reasonable tool to assess intakes of fruits and vegetables and of several micro-nutrients. We conclude that our FFQ is suitable to be used in NESCAV study, although protein and vitamin D estimates should be interpreted with caution [less ▲]

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See detailAssortative mating and personality in human couples : A study using Cloninger's Temperament and Character Inventory
LE BON, O; Hansenne, Michel ULg; AMARU, D et al

in Psychology (2013), 4(1), 11-18

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See detailOn the Potential Effect of Increased Dietary Intake of Fruits and Vegetables on Biomarkers of Lipid Peroxidation in Type 2 Diabetes Patients
PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; Cillard, J et al

in Journal of Pharmacy & Nutrition Sciences (2013), 3(3),

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See detailThe weather-beaten dorsal hand. Clinical rating, shadow casting optical profilometry and skin capacitance mapping.
Delvenne, Marie; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2013), 2013

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See detailValidation par biomarqueurs d’un FFQ permettant d’étudier le lien entre alimentation et risques cardiovasculaires
Sauvageot, Nicolas ULg; Alkerwi, Alaa; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg et al

Poster (2012, September)

Introduction La recherche sur l'alimentation et son lien avec les maladies nécessite une collecte rigoureuse des données nutritionnelles permettant d'estimer avec précision l'apport nutritionnel. Le « ... [more ▼]

Introduction La recherche sur l'alimentation et son lien avec les maladies nécessite une collecte rigoureuse des données nutritionnelles permettant d'estimer avec précision l'apport nutritionnel. Le « Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) » a été choisie pour étudier le lien entre alimentation et risques cardiovasculaires dans un échantillon représentatif de la Grande région recruté pour l’étude NESCAV (Nutrition, environnement et santé cardio-vasculaire). Objectif Valider le FFQ utilisé à l’aide de biomarqueurs afin d’évaluer son habilité à estimer correctement les habitudes alimentaires. Méthodes Afin de prendre en compte les spécificités de la Grande région et le volet cardio-vasculaire, la liste d’items d’un FFQ existant a été modifiée et élargie. Tous les nutriments calculés à partir du FFQ ont été ajustés par rapport à l’énergie par la méthode des résidus. La comparaison des nutriments calculés par le FFQ et les bio-marqueurs correspondants a été faite par le calcul des coefficients de corrélation avec ajustement sur plusieurs facteurs confondants. L’accord entre les deux méthodes a été estimé par le calcul des pourcentages de concordance et du coefficient Kappa. Résultats La validation s’est effectuée sur un échantillon de 466 sujets (236 hommes et 241 femmes). Des corrélations significatives ont été observées pour les folates, le β-carotène dans les deux sexes et pour la vitamine B12 et l’iode chez les femmes. Discussion Ces résultats sont comparables à ceux d’études précédentes. Les corrélations sont souvent expliquées par le fait que les nutriments du FFQ représentent la quantité ingérée alors que les biomarqueurs représentent la quantité absorbée par le corps. [less ▲]

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See detailMultidisciplinary and Evidence-based Method for Prioritizing Diseases of Food-producing Animals and Zoonoses
Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Emerging Infectious Diseases (2012), 18(4),

To prioritize 100 animal diseases and zoonoses in Europe, we used a multicriteria decision-making procedure based on opinions of experts and evidence-based data. Forty international experts performed ... [more ▼]

To prioritize 100 animal diseases and zoonoses in Europe, we used a multicriteria decision-making procedure based on opinions of experts and evidence-based data. Forty international experts performed intracategory and intercategory weighting of 57 prioritization criteria. Two methods (deterministic with mean of each weight and probabilistic with distribution functions of weights by using Monte Carlo simulation) were used to calculate a score for each disease. Consecutive ranking was established. Few differences were observed between each method. Compared with previous prioritization methods, our procedure is evidence based, includes a range of fields and criteria while considering uncertainty, and will be useful for analyzing diseases that affect public health [less ▲]

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See detailApplication d’une méthodologie fondée sur la multidisciplinarité et la médecine factuelle pour ordonnancer et classer les maladies des animaux producteurs de denrées alimentaires et les zoonoses
Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Epidémiologie et Santé Animale (2012), 62

Le processus de hiérarchisation présenté dans ce travail repose sur une prise de décision multicritères qui inclut les opinions d’experts multidisciplinaires et des données de médecine factuelle. Cent ... [more ▼]

Le processus de hiérarchisation présenté dans ce travail repose sur une prise de décision multicritères qui inclut les opinions d’experts multidisciplinaires et des données de médecine factuelle. Cent maladies animales et zoonotiques ont été considérées dans l’exercice et cinq catégories regroupant 57 critères ont été prises en compte. Des experts internationaux ont réalisé une pondération intra-catégorie et inter-catégories des critères. L’information correspondant à chaque critère/maladie a été collectée sur base de la médecine factuelle. Un score global pondéré a été calculé pour chaque maladie sur base de deux approches, déterministe et probabiliste. Un classement consécutif des maladies a été établi. Un arbre de classification et de régression a permis de classer les maladies en quatre sous-groupes. Peu de différences ont été observées entre les méthodes déterministe et probabiliste. Cet outil générique et prédictif pourrait être appliqué dans différents contextes et à des maladies affectant d’autres espèces animales [less ▲]

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See detailOn the potential increase of the oxidative stress status in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm.
PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Cheramy-Bien, J. P. et al

in Redox Report : Communications in Free Radical Research (2012), 17(4), 139-44

BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a major cause of preventable deaths in older patients. Oxidative stress has been suggested to play a key role in the pathogenesis of AAA. However, only few ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a major cause of preventable deaths in older patients. Oxidative stress has been suggested to play a key role in the pathogenesis of AAA. However, only few studies have been conducted to evaluate the blood oxidative stress status of AAA patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty seven AAA patients (mean age of 70 years) divided into two groups according to AAA size (</= 50 or > 50 mm) were compared with an age-matched group of 18 healthy subjects. Antioxidants (vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, glutathione, thiols, and ubiquinone), trace elements (selenium, copper, zinc, and copper/zinc ratio) and markers of oxidative damage to lipids (lipid peroxides, antibodies against oxidized patients, and isoprostanes) were measured in each subject. The comparison of the three groups by ordinal logistic regression showed a significant decrease of the plasma levels of vitamin C (P = 0.011), alpha-tocopherol (P = 0.016) but not when corrected for cholesterol values, beta-carotene (P = 0.0096), ubiquinone (P = 0.014), zinc (P = 0.0035), and of selenium (P = 0.0038), as AAA size increased. By contrast, specific markers of lipid peroxidation such as the Cu/Zn ratio (P = 0.046) and to a lesser extent isoprostanes (P = 0.052) increased. CONCLUSION: The present study emphasizes the potential role of the oxidative stress in AAA disease and suggests that an antioxidant therapy could be of interest to delay AAA progression. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of different approaches to evaluate External Quality Assessment Data.
Coucke, Wim; China, Bernard; Delattre, Isabelle et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2012), 413(5-6), 582-6

In EQA programs, Z-scores are used to evaluate laboratory performance. They should indicate poorly performing laboratories, regardless of the presence of outliers. For this, two different types of ... [more ▼]

In EQA programs, Z-scores are used to evaluate laboratory performance. They should indicate poorly performing laboratories, regardless of the presence of outliers. For this, two different types of approaches exist. The first type are "outlier-based" approaches, which first exclude outlying values, calculate the average and standard deviation on the remaining data and obtain Z-scores for all values (e.g., Grubbs and Dixon). The second type includes the "robust" approaches (e.g., Tukey and Qn or the algorithm recommended by ISO). The different approaches were assessed by randomly generated samples from the Normal and Student t distributions. Part of the sample data were contaminated with outliers. The number of false and true outliers was recorded and subsequently, Positive and Negative Predictive Values were derived. Also, the sampling mean and variability were calculated for location and scale estimators. The various approaches performed similarly for sample sizes above 10 and when outliers were at good distance from the centre. For smaller sample sizes and closer outliers, however, the approaches performed quite differently. Tukey's method was characterised by a high true and a high false outlier rate, while the ISO and Qn approaches demonstrated weak performance. Grubbs test yielded overall the best results. [less ▲]

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See detailDietary, behavioural and socio-economic determinants of the metabolic syndrome among adults in Luxembourg: findings from the ORISCAV-LUX study.
Alkerwi, Ala'a; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Sauvageot, Nicolas et al

in Public Health Nutrition (2012), 15(5), 849-59

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present research was to investigate the epidemiological profile of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and to explore its potential dietary, behavioural and socio-economic ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present research was to investigate the epidemiological profile of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and to explore its potential dietary, behavioural and socio-economic determinants among European adults residing in Luxembourg. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, population-based ORISCAV-LUX survey. SETTING: European adults aged 18-69 years residing in Luxembourg. SUBJECTS: A total of 1349 Europid adults, who participated in the ORISCAV-LUX survey, were included in the study. The prevalence of MetS was estimated according to the Revised-Adult Treatment Panel (R-ATPIII) criteria. Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify the dietary, behavioural and socio-economic factors independently associated with MetS. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of MetS was 24.7 % with significant gender difference (18.5 % for women v. 30.8 % for men, P < 0.0001). Age, male gender, primary level of education, physical inactivity, family history of diabetes and hypertension and inadequate protein intake were identified as significant determinants of MetS, after adjusting for other socio-economic, family medical history and lifestyle factors. CONCLUSIONS: MetS is a common condition among Europid adults in Luxembourg and increases dramatically with age, in both genders. Several dietary, socio-economic and behavioural factors explain the disparity observed. These findings highlight the importance of a comprehensive approach to MetS encompassing dietary, lifestyle and socio-economic aspects, both in clinical and community settings. [less ▲]

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See detailPopulation compliance with national dietary recommendations and its determinants: findings from the ORISCAV-LUX study.
Alkerwi, A; Sauvageot, N; Nau, A et al

in British Journal of Nutrition (2012)

The objective of the present study was to determine the proportion of adults meeting national recommendations for food and nutrient intake and to identify the demographic, socio-economic and behavioural ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to determine the proportion of adults meeting national recommendations for food and nutrient intake and to identify the demographic, socio-economic and behavioural factors that may contribute to weaken dietary compliance. ORISCAV-LUX is a cross-sectional study that took place in Luxembourg (2007-8). A representative stratified random sample of 1352 adults aged 18-69 years participated in the nationwide cardiovascular health survey. A FFQ was used to estimate food intake. Radar charts were built to compare graphically the compliance of the participants with different key dietary guidelines on the same set of axes. The thirteen food- and nutrient-based recommendations were scored and summed to create a recommendation compliance index (range - 0.5 to 14). Ordinal logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the factors contributing to poor dietary compliance. Several food- and nutrient-based guidelines were insufficiently respected compared with others. The greatest gaps occurred in the adherence to grain and dairy product consumption guidelines, as well as to total fat and notably to SFA recommendations. Age, country of birth, economic status, smoking status and subject's awareness of the importance of balanced meals emerged as independently associated with weak dietary compliance. Obese subjects conformed more to dietary recommendations compared with normal-weight subjects. The findings underscore the need for specific nutrition education messages along with targeted interventions. Efforts should be continued to increase population awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. [less ▲]

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See detailInstruments de gestion économique des crises sanitaires touchant les animaux de production en Europe
Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg; Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique / Office International des Epizooties = Revista Cientifica y Tecnica / Officina Internacional de Epizootias = Scientific and Technical Review / International Office of Epizootics (2011), 30(3), 683-701

The importance of animal health crises has considerably increased over the last few years. When a crisis occurs, farmers can receive financial support through various public, private and mixed ... [more ▼]

The importance of animal health crises has considerably increased over the last few years. When a crisis occurs, farmers can receive financial support through various public, private and mixed compensation schemes. Economic losses resulting from diseases may be direct and indirect. If a disease is covered by European Union regulations then countries have a legal obligation to partly compensate farmers for direct losses, either directly through the national budget, or through a specific fund. The European Veterinary Fund also cofinances these losses. Only a few countries provide compensation for indirect losses. The private insurance sector also provides protection against some direct and indirect losses but the risks covered are variable. To encourage farmers to subscribe to this kind of insurance, some public authorities provide subsidies to help pay the premium. Insurance companies do not generally cover the risks linked to contagious diseases, but some companies do extend cover to include this type of risk. Several alternatives, such as mutual funds, are available to improve risk coverage. There is a lack of harmonisation among the various compensation schemes of different countries. Public authorities cannot provide full compensation, but mutual funds and private insurance companies are alternatives that should be further investigated and their use should be extended to other countries. A classification of diseases would harmonise the situation at the European level. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased oxidative stress status is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm
PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in University of Ferrara (Ed.) Second Internaional conference on environmental stressors in biology and medicine (2011, October)

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See detailEtude comparative de 5 techniques de préparation plaquettaire (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Le Goff, Caroline ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Pathologie Biologie (2011), 59

Aim of the study: Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) constitute a new therapeutic for treating chronic tendinopathies. The injection being carried out in the tendon, the volume of PRP should thus be ... [more ▼]

Aim of the study: Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) constitute a new therapeutic for treating chronic tendinopathies. The injection being carried out in the tendon, the volume of PRP should thus be minimal (to decrease the intra-tendinous pressure and to minimize pain). This PRP should also have a raised platelet count. The quantity of released growth factors could be related to the system of preparation employed. We thus carried out a comparative study of 5 techniques of preparation of PRP described in the literature. Patients and methods: Samples of venous blood were taken among 5 patients in order to compare 5 techniques of preparation of PRP: University Hospital of Liège technique, Curasan® PRP Kit, Plateltex®, GPS® and RegenLab®. Results: The various techniques make it possible to obtain more important platelet concentration than in blood, with variable volumes (0,3 mL to 6 mL). The number of platelets/microlitre appears higher with Plateltex® and obtains smallest volume of PRP. The other techniques also give small volumes excepted for the GPS® II. The number of collected platelets with this technique appears thus higher. The best collect efficiency is obtained with RegenLab®. Conclusion: The technique Plateltex® makes it possible to collect the highest concentration of platelets in the smallest volume available. [less ▲]

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See detailLifestyle Behaviours and Plasma Vitamin C and β-Carotene Levels from ELAN Population (Liège, Belgium)
PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Degrune, Fabien et al

in Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (2011), 2011

Several factors, including fruit and vegetables intakes, have been shown to significantly influence the plasma concentrations of the two antioxidants vitamin C and β-carotene. Deficiency levels of 6 mg/L ... [more ▼]

Several factors, including fruit and vegetables intakes, have been shown to significantly influence the plasma concentrations of the two antioxidants vitamin C and β-carotene. Deficiency levels of 6 mg/L (34.2 μM) for vitamin C and of 0.22 mg/L (0.4 μM) for β-carotene have been suggested below which cardiovascular risk might be increased. The present study performed on 897 presumably healthy subjects aged 40–60 years aimed to examine how modifiable lifestyle factors may be related to vitamin C and/or β-carotene deficiency. Gender, smoking, lack of regular physical activity and of daily fruit consumption (≥2/day), and social status (in particular, unemployment) were found to be significant risk factors for vitamin C deficiency. For β-carotene deficiency, the same factors were identified except social status; moreover, overweight and OC use in women were also found to have a deleterious effect. For non exposed subjects, the probability of developing vitamin C deficiency was 4% in men and 2.4% in women. This probability increased to 66.3% for men and to 44.3% for women (and even to 50.4% under OC use), when all risk factors were present. For β-carotene deficiency, the corresponding probabilities were equal to 29.7% in men and 13.7% in women (no risk factor present), and to 86.1% for men and 69.9% (91.6% for OC use) for women (all factors present), respectively [less ▲]

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See detailAcromégalie et apnées du sommeil : évaluations céphalométriques
BRUWIER, Annick ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2011)

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