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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 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 detailDix sites Internet d'usage frequent en medecine generale
Sepulchre, Christophe; Bouniton, Marc ULg; Collette, Georges ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2006), 61(5-6), 520-37

Internet use is booming worldwide. The general practitioner can find on the Web a significant help for his research of information, as well as for his medical practice and the administrative management of ... [more ▼]

Internet use is booming worldwide. The general practitioner can find on the Web a significant help for his research of information, as well as for his medical practice and the administrative management of his office. The proportion of general practitioners who make use of Internet in their professional life is constantly increasing, but their major difficulty remains to know where to quickly find the reliable information. The purpose of this paper is to describe ten Websites of particular interest in general practice. [less ▲]

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See detailDoit-on encore recommander le vaccin BCG?
Collette, Georges ULg; Bourhaba, Maryam ULg; Moutschen, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2006), 61(5-6, May-Jun), 430-2

The BCG vaccine has demonstrated its efficacy to protect young children from severe extrapulmonary forms of tuberculosis. Nevertheless, the immunity induced by the vaccine disappears in adults and cannot ... [more ▼]

The BCG vaccine has demonstrated its efficacy to protect young children from severe extrapulmonary forms of tuberculosis. Nevertheless, the immunity induced by the vaccine disappears in adults and cannot be boosted by readministration of BCG. Adverse effects of BCG are rare, but potentially dangerous (i.e. disseminated vaccinal infections) and they justify the fact that BCG should not be administered anymore in Western European countries where the incidence of pediatric tuberculous meningitis is very low. The vaccine is still recommanded for children living in countries with high tuberculosis prevalence and for resident children leaving Belgium for these countries. [less ▲]

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