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See detailEtude épidémiologique des comportements alimentaires au service de la promotion de la santé
Lair, ML; Alkerwi, A; Couffignal, S et al

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See detailAlcohol consumption and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome: a meta-analysis of observational studies.
Alkerwi, Ala'a; Boutsen, Michel; Vaillant, Michel et al

in Atherosclerosis (2009), 204(2), 624-35

BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, the metabolic syndrome has given rise to much clinical and research interest. The broad overlap of alcohol consumption with different components of metabolic syndrome ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, the metabolic syndrome has given rise to much clinical and research interest. The broad overlap of alcohol consumption with different components of metabolic syndrome makes alcohol-metabolic syndrome relationship a controversial topic. OBJECTIVES: To support the evidence available about the relationship between alcohol consumption and metabolic syndrome as a comprehensive clinical entity, as well as to identify the gender-specific dose-response, by performing a meta-analysis based on information from published data. METHODS: Manual and computer searches in different bibliographic databases were performed to identify the relevant scientific publications, on the relation between alcohol consumption and metabolic syndrome. Alcohol intake was converted into a same unit (g/day) and then categorized using standard classification in order to provide relevant comparisons. Fixed and random effects models were used to aggregate individual odds ratios and to derive pooled estimates and 95% confidence intervals. RESULTS: Fourteen relevant publications were identified on the relation between alcohol consumption and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome. 7 studies were included in the meta-analysis. The results showed that alcohol consumption of less than 40 g/day in men and 20 g/day in women significantly reduced the prevalence of metabolic syndrome. CONCLUSION: "Responsible alcohol intake" appears to be associated with a reduced prevalence of metabolic syndrome. Favorable metabolic effect seemed to be restricted to alcohol consumption of less than 20 g/day among women, and of less than 40 g/day among men. These findings support the actual recommendations regarding alcohol consumption among apparently healthy people. [less ▲]

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See detailAgreement between two independent groups of raters
Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg

in Psychometrika (2009), 74

We propose a coefficient of agreement to assess the degree of concordance between two independent groups of raters classifying items on a nominal scale. This coefficient, defined on a population-based ... [more ▼]

We propose a coefficient of agreement to assess the degree of concordance between two independent groups of raters classifying items on a nominal scale. This coefficient, defined on a population-based model, extends the classical Cohen's kappa coefficient for quantifying agreement between two raters. Weighted and intraclass versions of the coefficient are also given and their sampling variance is determined by the Jackknife method. The method is illustrated on medical education data which motivated the research. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly termination of ISRCTN45828668, a phase 1/2 prospective, randomized study of sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas in adults.
Robe, Pierre ULg; Martin, Didier ULg; Nguyen-Khac, Minh-Tuan ULg et al

in BMC Cancer (2009), 9

BACKGROUND: Sulfasalazine, a NF-kappaB and x(c)-cystine/glutamate antiport inhibitor, has demonstrated a strong antitumoral potential in preclinical models of malignant gliomas. As it presents an ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Sulfasalazine, a NF-kappaB and x(c)-cystine/glutamate antiport inhibitor, has demonstrated a strong antitumoral potential in preclinical models of malignant gliomas. As it presents an excellent safety profile, we initiated a phase 1/2 clinical study of this anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of recurrent WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic gliomas in adults. METHODS: 10 patients with advanced recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (n = 2) or glioblastoma (n = 8) aged 32-62 years were recruited prior to the planned interim analysis of the study. Subjects were randomly assigned to daily doses of 1.5, 3, 4.5, or 6 grams of oral sulfasalazine, and treated until clinical or radiological evidence of disease progression or the development of serious or unbearable side effects. Primary endpoints were the evaluation of toxicities according to the CTCAE v.3.0, and the observation of radiological tumor responses based on MacDonald criteria. RESULTS: No clinical response was observed. One tumor remained stable for 2 months with sulfasalazine treatment, at the lowest daily dose of the drug. The median progression-free survival was 32 days. Side effects were common, as all patients developed grade 1-3 adverse events (mean: 7.2/patient), four patients developed grade 4 toxicity. Two patients died while on treatment or shortly after its discontinuation. CONCLUSION: Although the proper influence of sulfasalazine treatment on patient outcome was difficult to ascertain in these debilitated patients with a large tumor burden (median KPS = 50), ISRCTN45828668 was terminated after its interim analysis. This study urges to exert cautiousness in future trials of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of malignant gliomas. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN45828668. [less ▲]

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See detailA note on the linearly weighted kappa coefficient for ordinal scales
Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg

in statistical methodology (2009), 6

A frequent criticism formulated against the use of weighted kappa coeffcients is that the weights are arbitrarily defined. We show that using linear weights for a K-ordinal scale is equivalent to deriving ... [more ▼]

A frequent criticism formulated against the use of weighted kappa coeffcients is that the weights are arbitrarily defined. We show that using linear weights for a K-ordinal scale is equivalent to deriving a kappa coeffcient from K-1 embedded 2 x 2 tables. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of bone marker feedback on adherence to once monthly ibandronate for osteoporosis among Asian postmenopausal women
Kung, Annie Wai-Chee; Rachman, A Ichramsjah; Adam, MF John et al

in International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases (2009), 12

Aim: This study assesses the impact of serum carboxy-terminal collagen crosslinks (CTX) bone marker feedback (BMF) on adherence to ibandronate treatment in Asian postmenopausal women with osteoporosis ... [more ▼]

Aim: This study assesses the impact of serum carboxy-terminal collagen crosslinks (CTX) bone marker feedback (BMF) on adherence to ibandronate treatment in Asian postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Methods: This was a 12-month (6-monthly phased), randomized, prospective, open-label, multi-center study conducted in 596 (of 628 enrolled) postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (£ 85 years old) who were naı¨ve, lapsed, or current bisphosphonate users. Patients were randomized into two arms: serum CTX BMF at 3 months versus no-BMF. Once-monthly 150 mg ibandronate tablet was administered for 12 months and adherence to therapy was assessed at 6 and 12 months. In addition, patient satisfaction and safety of ibandronate treatment were also assessed. Results: Serum CTX BMF at 3 months showed no impact on adherence. The proportions of adherent patients were comparable in the BMF versus no-BMF arms (92.6% vs. 96.0%, P = 0.16); overall, serum CTX levels were similar for adherent and non-adherent patients. However, BMF patients felt more informed about their osteoporosis (P < 0.001) and more satisfied (P < 0.01) than no-BMF patients. Conclusions: The Asian postmenopausal osteoporosis patients in this study had a high adherence rate to once-monthly ibandronate therapy. Use of serum CTX BMF had no further impact on increasing adherence, but increased treatment satisfaction. [less ▲]

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See detailA bootstrap method for comparing correlated kappa coefficients
Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg

in Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation (2008), 78(11), 1009-1015

Cohen’s kappa coefficient is traditionally used to quantify the degree of agreement between two raters on a nominal scale. Correlated kappas occur in many settings (e.g., repeated agreement by raters on ... [more ▼]

Cohen’s kappa coefficient is traditionally used to quantify the degree of agreement between two raters on a nominal scale. Correlated kappas occur in many settings (e.g., repeated agreement by raters on the same individuals, concordance between diagnostic tests and a gold standard) and often need to be compared. While different techniques are now available to model correlated κ coefficients, they are generally not easy to implement in practice. The present paper describes a simple alternative method based on the bootstrap for comparing correlated kappa coefficients. The method is illustrated by examples and its type I error studied using simulations. The method is also compared with the generalized estimating equations of the second order and the weighted least-squares methods. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical analysis of serum protein electrophoresis results in External Quality Assessment schemes
Zhang, Lixin ULg; Van Campenhout, Christel; Devleeschouwer, Nicole et al

in Accreditation and Quality Assurance (2008), 13(3), 149-155

The goal of External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes is to ensure that results obtained on a particular specimen in a given clinical laboratory are compatible with those obtained by other laboratories on ... [more ▼]

The goal of External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes is to ensure that results obtained on a particular specimen in a given clinical laboratory are compatible with those obtained by other laboratories on the same specimen. Serum protein electrophoresis is a laboratory test consisting of five fractions (albumin, a1, a2, b and c globulins), which sum up to 100% of total proteins. So far, in EQA schemes the five fractions have been analyzed separately as for ordinary tests like glucose or cholesterol. This approach does not consider the fractions as a whole and the linear relationship between them. A statistical approach has been developed to analyze EQA electrophoresis results from a global standpoint by using robust multivariate method to eliminate the effect of outlying profiles. As illustrated on electrophoretic data from the Belgian EQA scheme, the novel approach improves the detection of poor performing laboratories. The method will be implemented in the Belgian EQA scheme on a routine basis. [less ▲]

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See detailBrief introduction to the use of the STATISTICA software
Albert, Adelin ULg; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Zhang, Lixin

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See detailDétermination d'un index prédictif de la preeclampsie en préconceptionnel et propositions thérapeutiques de prévention primaire
Emonts, Patrick ULg; Seaksan, Sontera; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (2008), 37(5), 469-476

Objective To derive a prediction index based on the most salient history, laboratory and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk of developing preeclampsia (PE) and to suggest a primary ... [more ▼]

Objective To derive a prediction index based on the most salient history, laboratory and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk of developing preeclampsia (PE) and to suggest a primary prevention. Material and method Non-pregnant women with a history of PE (n =101) were compared to non-pregnant parous women with a history of one or more successful normotensive pregnancies (n =50) but with comparable age, gestation and parity profiles. The parameters included history and clinical examination; laboratory studies (hemostasis, coagulation, vitamins); and morphological and functional tests (cardiovascular and renal functions). Stepwise logistic regression analysis was applied to develop a three step PE prediction index based on the most discriminant parameters. Strategies to prevent PE in the high-risk group are described. Results Identification of women at high risk of PE can be done efficiently (88% sensitivity and specificity) using a predictive index based on a simple history, laboratory, clinical and functional information. Stategies to prevent PE in our high-risk group have given encouraging results during next pregnancy. Conclusion Our study gives a predictive index of PE outside of pregnancy and possibilities to do a primary prevention. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between player specialization, anthropometric characteristics and jumping ability in top-level volleybal players
Ciccarone, Guido; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Fontani, G. et al

in Medicina dello Sport : Rivista di Fisiopatologia dello Sport (2008), 61

Aim. Volleyball is an open skill sport with predominant anaerobic alactic acid power. At higher skill levels, performance characteristics are mainly determined by speed and vertical jumping ability. The ... [more ▼]

Aim. Volleyball is an open skill sport with predominant anaerobic alactic acid power. At higher skill levels, performance characteristics are mainly determined by speed and vertical jumping ability. The aim of this study was to compare anthropometric parameters and jumping ability in a group of elite male volleyball players in relation to technical skills required by player position. Methods. The study population included 36 elite male volleyball players (coming from the Italian First and Second Division Championships). Subjects were grouped by playing position on the court: setters (7); blockers (10); hitters (16); liberos (3). Assessment included anthropometric parameters such as height, weight, body mass index (weight in kg/height in m2), indirect calculation of body fat mass by means of the Katch method (%BFM), measurement of reach with one hand (R1) and two hands (R2); and indirect measurement of explosive strength by means of the Bosco method: squat jump, countermovement jump (CMJ), CMJ with arm swing (CMJas), and repeated jumps for 15 s (R15”); measurement of motor coordination and jumping ability by means of the Vertec test combined with specific offense (Vertec attack [VA]) and defense (Vertec block [VB]) skills. Results. Significant differences were observed between player specialization and anthropometric parameters (height, weight, BMI, R1 and R2). Results of the Bosco (SJ, CMJ, CMJas) and Vertec tests (VA and VB) also differed significantly among the player groups. Conclusion. Functional assessment protocols that evaluate anthropometric characteristics and jumping ability by means of two different unrelated methods, confirming that the two measure different aspects of the same performance, provide more complete indications for selecting players, workload planning and monitoring of player development during training. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of maternal predisposition to preeclampsia
Emonts, Patrick ULg; Seaksan, S.; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Hypertension in Pregnancy : Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (2008), 27(3), 237-45

Objective: To derive a prediction index based on the most salient patient history, laboratory, and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk for developing preeclampsia (PE). Methods ... [more ▼]

Objective: To derive a prediction index based on the most salient patient history, laboratory, and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk for developing preeclampsia (PE). Methods: Nonpregnant women with a history of PE (n = 101) were compared with nonpregnant parous women with a history of one or more successful normotensive pregnancies (n = 50) but with comparable age, gestation, and parity profiles. The parameters included a medical examination (demographics, patient history, family history, and clinical and obstetrical findings), laboratory investigations (hemostasis, coagulation, and vitamins), and morphological and functional tests (cardiovascular and renal functions). Stepwise logistic regression analysis was applied to develop a three-step PE prediction index based on the most discriminant parameters. Results: Patients with and without PE differed significantly (p < 0.05) with respect to 1) maternal history of chronic hypertension, body mass index, and blood pressure; 2) APTT, PT, activated factor VIII, homocystein, free protein S and vitamin B1; and 3) relative plasma volume. Based on these three sets of parameters, a three-step PE prediction index was developed. The likelihood ratio of a positive index score was equal to 3.4, 7.3, and 8.8, respectively. Thus, assuming a PE prevalence (or prior probability) of 5%, a patient's chances of developing PE when presenting with a positive score on the three-step prediction index were 15%, 28%, and 32%, respectively. Discussion: In the absence of welldefined pre-pregnancy screening guidelines for PE, the present study attempts to proceed in a stepwise fashion by looking at medical examination data first, requesting, if necessary, specific hemostasis and coagulation tests next, and finally measuring the relative plasma volume for confirmatory purposes. This approach offers a satisfactory positive predictive value and cost efficiency ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics and expectations of patients with erectile dysfunction: results of the SCORED study.
Claes, Hubert; Opsomer, R.-J.; Andrianne, Robert ULg et al

in International Journal of Impotence Research : Official Journal of the International Society for Impotence Research (2008), 20(4), 418-24

In an observational study in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) consulting a general practitioner (GP) or urologist in Belgium, demographics, ED characteristics (including erection hardness score), co ... [more ▼]

In an observational study in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) consulting a general practitioner (GP) or urologist in Belgium, demographics, ED characteristics (including erection hardness score), co-morbidities and treatment expectations were evaluated using a structured questionnaire. In total, 341 GPs and 41 urologists recruited 1492 patients. Most (74%) were untreated and 25% had ED for >3 years. Considering PDE5 inhibitors, erection hardness (89%) and maintenance (92%) were considered 'very important' by most patients. Only 18% of physicians initiated discussion about ED, despite 41% of patients having >or=3 known risk factors. The questionnaire was considered helpful by 81% of GPs and 83% of their patients. Overall, patients are under-diagnosed, and physicians are reluctant to ask about ED. A questionnaire including erection hardness score is useful to facilitate discussion about ED in general practice. Erection hardness and maintenance are more important to patients as compared to fast onset or long duration of action. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of different contraceptive methods on the oxidative stress status in women aged 40-48 years from the ELAN study in the province of Liege, Belgium
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Gaspard, Ulysse ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (2007), 22(8), 2335-2343

Oxidative stress is associated with the development of several disorders including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Among conditions known to influence oxidative stress, the use of oral contraception ... [more ▼]

Oxidative stress is associated with the development of several disorders including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Among conditions known to influence oxidative stress, the use of oral contraception (OC) in women has been a matter of ongoing discussion. METHODS: A total of 897 eligible and healthy volunteers were recruited from among the patients of 50 general practitioners participating in the ELAN study (Etude Liegeoise sur les ANtioxydants). A subsample consisting of 209 women aged 40-48 years was studied for a comprehensive oxidative stress status (OSS), including the analysis of antioxidants, trace elements and three markers of oxidative damage to lipids. Among 209 subsample, 49 (23%) were OC users (OCU), 119 (57%) non-contraception users (NCU) and 41 (20%) were intrauterine (hormonal and copper) devices users (IUD). RESULTS: After adjustment for smoking, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and BMI (or waist circumference), a marked and significant increase in lipid peroxides was observed among OCU women when compared with NCU and IUD users. A cut-off value of 660 mu M in lipid peroxides allowed the discrimination of OCU from the two other groups. In contrast, no difference was observed in the plasma concentration of both oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and their related antibodies. The increased level in lipid peroxides was strongly related to higher concentrations of copper (r < 0.84; P < 0.0001, cut-off value 1.2 mg/1). When compared with NCU and IUD users, plasma antioxidant defences were significantly altered in OCU women as shown by lower levels of beta-carotene (decrease of 39%; P < 0.01) andytocopherol (decrease by 22%; P < 0.01). In contrast, higher concentrations of selenium (increased by 11.8%; P < 0.01) were observed in OCU women. Blood concentrations of vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol and zinc were unaffected by OC use. CONCLUSIONS: The intake of OC significantly increases the lipid peroxidation in women aged 40-48 years. This may represent a potential cardiovascular risk factor for these women. [less ▲]

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See detailPancreatic cellular injury after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass: Frequency, time course and risk factors
Nys, Monique ULg; Venneman, Ingrid ULg; Deby-Dupont, G. et al

in Shock (Augusta, Ga.) (2007), 27(5), 474-481

Although often clinically silent, pancreatic cellular injury (PCI) is relatively frequent after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass; and its etiology and time course are largely unknown. We ... [more ▼]

Although often clinically silent, pancreatic cellular injury (PCI) is relatively frequent after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass; and its etiology and time course are largely unknown. We defined PCI as the simultaneous presence of abnormal values of pancreatic isoamylase and immunoreactive trypsin (IRT). The frequency and time evolution of PCI were assessed in this condition using assays for specific exocrine pancreatic enzymes. Correlations with inflammatory markers were searched for preoperative risk factors. One hundred ninety-three patients submitted to cardiac surgery were enrolled prospectively. Blood IRT, amylase, pancreatic isoamylase, lipase, and markers of inflammation (alpha1-protease inhibitor, alpha2-macroglobulin, myeloperoxidase) were measured preoperatively and postoperatively until day 8. The postoperative increase in plasma levels of pancreatic enzymes and urinary IRT was biphasic in all patients: early after surgery and later (from day 4 to 8 after surgery). One hundred thirty-three patients (69%) experienced PCI, with mean IRT, isoamylase, and alpha1-protease inhibitor values higher for each sample than that in patients without PCI. By multiple regression analysis, we found preoperative values of plasma IRT >or=40 ng/mL, amylase >or=42 IU/mL, and pancreatic isoamylase >or=20 IU/L associated with a higher incidence of postsurgery PCI (P < 0.005). In the PCI patients, a significant correlation was found between the 4 pancreatic enzymes and urinary IRT, total calcium, myeloperoxidase, alpha1-protease inhibitor, and alpha2-macroglobulin. These data support a high prevalence of postoperative PCI after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass, typically biphasic and clinically silent, especially when pancreatic enzymes were elevated preoperatively. [less ▲]

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See detailTest de Concordance de Script: un nouveau mode d’établissement des scores limitant l’effet du hasard
Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Massart, Valérie ULg; Giet, Didier ULg et al

in Pédagogie médicale (2007), 8

Context: The method of combined scores is currently used to determine the score obtained by the Script Concordance Test (SCT). Goal: To propose a novel measure of agreement between the SCT responses given ... [more ▼]

Context: The method of combined scores is currently used to determine the score obtained by the Script Concordance Test (SCT). Goal: To propose a novel measure of agreement between the SCT responses given by the candidate and those provided by the panel of experts. Results: The current scoring method of the SCT does not take into account the fact that agreement between the candidate and the panel of experts may be arbitrary. The proposed measure allows correcting this fact. Conclusion: This article addresses the problem of scores obtained by guessing. The new measure of agreement allows to improve the actual scoring method. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian schizophrenia outcome survey (SOS)
Peuskens, J.; Gillain, B.; De Graeve, D. et al

in European Psychiatry (2007, March), 22(Suppl. 1), 132

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