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See detailDevelopment and Validation of a Markov Microsimulation Model for the Economic Evaluation of Treatments in Osteoporosis.
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Value in Health (2009), 12(5), 687-696

ABSTRACT Objective: Markov models are increasingly used in economic evaluations of treatments for osteoporosis. Most of the existing evaluations are cohort-based Markov models missing comprehensive memory ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Objective: Markov models are increasingly used in economic evaluations of treatments for osteoporosis. Most of the existing evaluations are cohort-based Markov models missing comprehensive memory management and versatility. In this article, we describe and validate an original Markov microsimulation model to accurately assess the cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Methods: We developed a Markov microsimulation model with a lifetime horizon and a direct health-care cost perspective. The patient history was recorded and was used in calculations of transition probabilities, utilities, and costs. To test the internal consistency of the model, we carried out an example calculation for alendronate therapy. Then, external consistency was investigated by comparing absolute lifetime risk of fracture estimates with epidemiologic data. Results: For women at age 70 years, with a twofold increase in the fracture risk of the average population, the costs per quality-adjusted life-year gained for alendronate therapy versus no treatment were estimated at Euro 9105 and Euro 15,325, respectively, under full and realistic adherence assumptions. All the sensitivity analyses in terms of model parameters and modeling assumptions were coherent with expected conclusions and absolute lifetime risk of fracture estimates were within the range of previous estimates, which confirmed both internal and external consistency of the model. Conclusion: Microsimulation models present some major advantages over cohort-based models, increasing the reliability of the results and being largely compatible with the existing state of the art, evidence-based literature. The developed model appears to be a valid model for use in economic evaluations in osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing nursing interventions classification as a framework to revise the Belgian Nursing Minimum Data Set
VAN DEN HEEDE, Koen; MICHIELS, Dominik; THONON, Olivier ULg et al

in International Journal of Nursing Terminologies & Classifications (2009), 20(3), 122-31

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See detailQuelques contrefaçons liégeoises du 18e siècle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Marchandisse, Alain (Ed.) Florilège du livre en principauté de Liège (2009)

Choice of some of the most well-known counterfeited editions from Liège (18th century)

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See detailCushing disease : Influence of microsurgery on hormonal balance
Vroonen, Laurent ULg; Martin, Didier ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg et al

in European Neuroendocrine Association - Workshop : Novel insights in the management of Cushing's syndrome (2009)

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See detailExploratory approach on a relationship between ration and mastitis prevalence in dairy herds
Froidmont, Eric; Delfosse, C.; Planchon, V. et al

in Rencontres autour des Recherches sur les Ruminants (2009), 16

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See detailMicrowave-Assisted Synthesis of Vinyl Esters through Ruthenium-Catalyzed Addition of Carboxylic Acids to Alkynes
Nicks, Francois ULg; Libert, Lionel ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg et al

in Australian Journal of Chemistry (2009), 62(3), 227-231

A rapid and efficient method is described for the selective synthesis of enol esters via the microwave-accelerated addition of carboxylic acids to terminal alkynes. The method employs the readily ... [more ▼]

A rapid and efficient method is described for the selective synthesis of enol esters via the microwave-accelerated addition of carboxylic acids to terminal alkynes. The method employs the readily available [RuCl2(p-cymene)(PPh3)] complex as catalyst without the need of bases, and reactions are complete in 20 min. [less ▲]

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See detailUne nouvelle macle de la pyrrhotite sur un échantillon de la mine El ,Potosi, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexique
Philippo, Simon; Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in Le règne minéral (2009), 90

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See detailSkizze einer theoretischen Emotion
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in von Wroblewsky, Vincent (Ed.) Lebendiger Sartre (2009)

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See detailCommon variants at five new loci associated with early-onset inflammatory bowel disease.
Imielinski, Marcin; Baldassano, Robert N; Griffiths, Anne et al

in Nature Genetics (2009), 41(12), 1335-40

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are common causes of morbidity in children and young adults in the western world. Here we report the results of a genome-wide ... [more ▼]

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are common causes of morbidity in children and young adults in the western world. Here we report the results of a genome-wide association study in early-onset IBD involving 3,426 affected individuals and 11,963 genetically matched controls recruited through international collaborations in Europe and North America, thereby extending the results from a previous study of 1,011 individuals with early-onset IBD. We have identified five new regions associated with early-onset IBD susceptibility, including 16p11 near the cytokine gene IL27 (rs8049439, P = 2.41 x 10(-9)), 22q12 (rs2412973, P = 1.55 x 10(-9)), 10q22 (rs1250550, P = 5.63 x 10(-9)), 2q37 (rs4676410, P = 3.64 x 10(-8)) and 19q13.11 (rs10500264, P = 4.26 x 10(-10)). Our scan also detected associations at 23 of 32 loci previously implicated in adult-onset Crohn's disease and at 8 of 17 loci implicated in adult-onset ulcerative colitis, highlighting the close pathogenetic relationship between early- and adult-onset IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailValproate, in combination with pemetrexed and cisplatin, provides additional efficacy to the treatment of malignant mesothelioma.
Vandermeers, Fabian ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (2009), 15(8), 2818-28

PURPOSE: Present chemotherapeutic regimens are marginally efficient in tumor cells being particularly resistant to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. We hypothesized that unresponsiveness of tumors to ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Present chemotherapeutic regimens are marginally efficient in tumor cells being particularly resistant to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. We hypothesized that unresponsiveness of tumors to conventional therapeutic agents might be due to inappropriate gene expression resulting from epigenetic modifications and leading to transcriptional silencing. The goal of this study was to evaluate the anticancer effect of a histone deacetylase inhibitor, valproate, on mesothelioma cells in combination with pemetrexed and cisplatin, the usual first-line regimen of chemotherapy for this tumor. Experimental Design and RESULTS: We show that valproate augments apoptosis induced by pemetrexed and cisplatin in mesothelioma cell lines and in tumor cells from patient's biopsies. Onset of apoptosis involves both extrinsic and intrinsic pathways requiring enzymatic activities of caspases 8 and 9, respectively. Valproate but not suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid efficiently stimulates the production of reactive oxygen species. The free radical scavenger N-acetylcysteine inhibits apoptosis, indicating that reactive oxygen species are major mediators of valproate activity. As expected, valproate alone or combined with pemetrexed and cisplatin triggers hyperacetylation of histone H3. Bid protein processing in truncated t-Bid and cytochrome c release from mitochondria are significantly increased in the presence of valproate, providing a mechanistic rationale for improvement of the proapoptotic efficacy of cisplatin and pemetrexed. Finally, valproate when combined with pemetrexed and cisplatin prevents tumor growth in mouse models of epithelioid mesothelioma. CONCLUSIONS: These observations support the potential additional efficacy of valproate in combination with pemetrexed and cisplatin for treatment of malignant mesothelioma. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomie plurielle et régulation publique. Le quasi-marché des titres-services en Belgique
Henry, Arnaud; Nassaut, Stéphane; Defourny, Jacques ULg et al

Book published by Academia Press (2009)

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See detailSocial Enterprise: the Shaping of a New Concept in a Comparative Regional Perspective
Defourny, Jacques ULg; Nyssens, Marthe

in Defourny, Jacques; Develtere, Patrick; Fonteneau, Bénédicte (Eds.) et al The Worldwide Making of the Social Economy. Innovations and Changes (2009)

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See detailSwitchable magnetic dipole induced guided vortex motion (vol 93, 022507, 2008)
Verellen, N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2009), 94(21),

erratum to the Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 022507 (2008)

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See detailImplications of thermal sensitivity of the static internal friction angle
Hueckel, Tomasz; François, Bertrand ULg; Laloui, Lyesse

in 1st International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics (ComGeo I) (2009)

Thermal variability of the coefficient of the critical state, or the angle of internal friction is examined in view of experimental results obtained for clays and hard rocks. This sensitivity has several ... [more ▼]

Thermal variability of the coefficient of the critical state, or the angle of internal friction is examined in view of experimental results obtained for clays and hard rocks. This sensitivity has several implications for the evolution of what is considered as apparent preconsolidation pressure in constant stress heating tests. Failure conditions in soils at elevated temperatures appear to be strongly dependent on the history of application of stress and temperature, and hence are affected by the thermal sensitivity of the internal friction angle. Consequences to ranges of admissible processes are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailStudying chemical activation in carbon xerogels
Zubizaretta, Leire; Arenillas, Ana; Pis, Jose Juan et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2009), 44

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See detailUltrasonic internal defect detection in cheese
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Journal of Food Engineering (2009), 90(3), 333-340

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was ... [more ▼]

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was carried out by using either correlation with a reference signal or a wavelet decomposition. The principle of the detection consisted in measuring the time of flight of the transmitted signals and of the echoes, the latter in the absence of foreign body should be the double of the former. The presence of a foreign object affected this pattern in several ways. In order to assess the method, a small plastic cylindrical object of 3 mm in diameter was introduced in one half of the cheese and was tested for detection, the second half being used as reference for the control cheese. The results showed that the two signals and the two detection methods were able to localise the transmitted signals and the echo from the opposite face of the cheese under all circumstances. For the foreign body detection, the correlation method gave superior results, in term of signal to noise ratio as well as in term of error rate, while the two signals gave similar results. The analysis of the mean and standard deviation of the signal to noise ratio of the object echo showed that some samples presented peak values close to those due to the noise. Nevertheless, the object was detected in 90% of the tests. There was no significant effect of temperature on the detection technique. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-term post-dispersal fate of seeds defecated by two small primate species (Saguinus mystax and Saguinus fuscicollis) in the Amazonian forest of Peru
Culot, Laurence ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Gérard, Paul ULg et al

in Journal of Tropical Ecology (2009), 25

Post-dispersal fate of seeds dispersed by large primates is well studied but little is known about this process in small frugivores like tamarins. This study in the Amazonian forest of Peru aimed at ... [more ▼]

Post-dispersal fate of seeds dispersed by large primates is well studied but little is known about this process in small frugivores like tamarins. This study in the Amazonian forest of Peru aimed at investigating if characteristics related to the defecation patterns of tamarins (Saguinus mystax and Saguinus fuscicollis) affected short-term post-dispersal seed fate, through secondary seed dispersal by dung beetles and removal by seed predators. Data on dung beetle activity were based on direct observations of 49 defecations while seed fate was studied using semi-controlled experiments (N = 458 for secondary dispersal and N = 398 for predation). Tamarins produce small defecations with a low number of seeds. Thirty-five per cent of defecations were visited by an average of 1.5 dung beetles that usually transport the faeces as pellets. Twenty-four per cent of seeds were buried by beetles at a mean depth of 3.5 cm. With increasing quantities of faecal matter, the probability of secondary seed dispersal increased but not the depth of burial. Seed predation pressure was low (17.6%) after 4 d and higher in faeces of S. mystax than in faeces of S. fuscicollis. Despite their small size, tamarins could be considered as high-quality seed dispersers, with a potential role for forest regeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement des filières Jatropha décentralisées au Sénégal
Terren, Marieke ULg; Saverys, S.; Jacquet de Haverskercke, P et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailGenetic variability of milk fatty acids.
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Applied Genetics (2009), 50(1), 29-39

The milk fatty acid (FA) profile is far from the optimal fat composition in regards to human health. The natural sources of variation, such as feeding or genetics, could be used to increase the ... [more ▼]

The milk fatty acid (FA) profile is far from the optimal fat composition in regards to human health. The natural sources of variation, such as feeding or genetics, could be used to increase the concentrations of unsaturated fatty acids. The impact of feeding is well described. However, genetic effects on the milk FA composition begin to be extensively studied. This paper summarizes the available information about the genetic variability of FAs. The greatest breed differences in FA composition are observed between Holstein and Jersey milk. Milk fat of the latter breed contains higher concentrations of saturated FAs, especially short-chain FAs. The variation of the delta-9 desaturase activity estimated from specific FA ratios could explain partly these breed differences. The choice of a specific breed seems to be a possibility to improve the nutritional quality of milk fat. Generally, the proportions of FAs in milk are more heritable than the proportions of these same FAs in fat. Heritability estimates range from 0.00 to 0.54. The presence of some single nucleotide polymorphisms could explain partly the observed individual genetic variability. The polymorphisms detected on SCD1 and DGAT1 genes influence the milk FA composition. The SCD1 V allele increases the unsaturation of C16 and C18. The DGAT1 A allele is related to the unsaturation of C18. So, a combination of the molecular and quantitative approaches should be used to develop tools helping farmers in the selection of their animals to improve the nutritional quality of the produced milk fat. [less ▲]

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