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See detailImpact of aortic stiffness on left ventricular function and B-type natriuretic peptide release in severe aortic stenosis.
Rosca, M.; Magne, Julien ULg; Calin, A. et al

in European Journal of Echocardiography (2011), 12(11), 850-856

Aims: In aortic stenosis (AS), both reduced systemic arterial compliance and increased valvular load have been shown to contribute to impaired left ventricular (LV) function. However, the relationship ... [more ▼]

Aims: In aortic stenosis (AS), both reduced systemic arterial compliance and increased valvular load have been shown to contribute to impaired left ventricular (LV) function. However, the relationship between LV function and aortic stiffness has not yet been investigated. We aimed to assess the relationship between aortic stiffness and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), LV filling pressures (E/E′) and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in AS. <br />Methods and results : A comprehensive echocardiogram was performed in 48 consecutive patients with severe AS (,0.6 cm2/m2) and preserved LV ejection fraction (≥50%). Aortic stiffness index (beta) was calculated based on aortic diameters measured by echocardiography and blood pressure. Systemic arterial compliance (SAC) and valvulo-arterial impedance (Zva) <br />were also determined. Aortic beta index was significantly correlated with Zva (r ¼ 0.30, P ¼ 0.03) and SAC (r ¼ 20.29, P ¼ 0.04). GLS (r ¼ 0.45, P ¼ 0.001), E/E′ (r ¼ 0.48, P ¼ 0.001) and BNP levels (r ¼ 0.45, P ¼ 0.001) were significantly related to aortic beta index. No significant correlation was found between GLS or E/E′ and SAC or Zva. In multivariate regression analysis, aortic beta index remained correlated with GLS, E/E′, and BNP levels. <br />Conclusions : In patients with severe AS and preserved LV ejection fraction, independently of the valvular load, an increase in aortic rigidity, as assessed by aortic beta index, is independently correlated with reduced LV longitudinal function, increased LV filling pressures, and BNP levels. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore... Une arythmie ventriculaire chez le sportif
Tombeux, C.; MELON, Pierre ULg; Close, P. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2011), 66(1), 30-33

How I explore : ventricular arrhythmhmias in athletes <br />SUMMARY : Documented ventricular tachyarrhythmias or related symptoms need meticulous cardiac investigations. The mechanism of ventricular ... [more ▼]

How I explore : ventricular arrhythmhmias in athletes <br />SUMMARY : Documented ventricular tachyarrhythmias or related symptoms need meticulous cardiac investigations. The mechanism of ventricular arrhythmia must be defined. The prognosis is related to underlying cardiac electrical or structural disorders. In the absence of cardiovascular abnormalities, the prognosis is good. No disqualification to competitive activity is required in most cases. Assessment of the risk of sudden death remains a continuing challenge in athletes. This article reviews the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of ventricular arrhythmias encountered in trained athletes. [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropic damage model with initial stresses for microcracked materials
Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Fifth International Conference on Advanced COmputational Methods in ENgineering (ACOMEN 2011) (2011)

In a recent study (Levasseur et al., 2010), we proposed a class of isotropic damage models which account for initial stresses. The present paper extends this approach to anisotropic damage due to growth ... [more ▼]

In a recent study (Levasseur et al., 2010), we proposed a class of isotropic damage models which account for initial stresses. The present paper extends this approach to anisotropic damage due to growth of an arbitrarily penny-shaped microcracks system. The basic principle of the upscaling technique in the presence of initial stress is first recalled. Then, we derive a closed-form expression of the elastic energy potential corresponding to a system of arbitrarily oriented microcracks. Thanks to the investigation of the influence of initial stresses on the material response under non monotonous loading paths, it is shown how the coupling between initial stresses and damage is strongly dependent of the microcracks density and orientation. In case of a particular distribution of microcracks orientation, described by a second order damage tensor, this model corresponds to a generalization of the macroscopic damage model of Halm and Dragon (1996), for which a physically-based interpretation can be proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous SiO2 thin films containing ZnO photoluminescent nanoparticles. Simultaneous SAXS / WAXS / Ellipsometry investigations
Krins, Natacha ULg; Bass, J. D.; Julián-López, B. et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21

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See detailMotives to begin physical education studies. Comparative analysis in Algeria and Wallonia
Kerfes, Nabil; Alem, Jaouad; Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2011)

There are many reasons explaining why students choose one professional project and/or an academic programme. Usually, they consider higher education according to various aspects focusing on the content of ... [more ▼]

There are many reasons explaining why students choose one professional project and/or an academic programme. Usually, they consider higher education according to various aspects focusing on the content of the programme as well as on professions to which the latter leads. This study is in the field on comparative education. It offers a comprehensive reading of two education systems in a spirit of openness and expansion of knowledge. With inspiration from two studies conducted in the education of physical educators in very different cultural contexts (Research Group MJS, 1993, for Algeria – Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire, 2003, for French-speaking Belgium), we have assumed that the students’ motives for registering in studies in physical education should differ considerably. The purpose of this research has therefore been to determine the reasons motivating students to begin a physical education programme at the university or at a non university context. Our research was based, firstly, on the analysis of official texts concerning the organization of higher education in the field of physical education and, secondly, on data collected from the actions involved in four educational institutions, two in the Algiers region and two in the Liege region. In both cultural contexts, one institution belonged to one university and the other one was organized in a non university context. Our results relate to a total sample of 290 subjects (40 members of teaching staffs, 108 students and 142 graduates). The staff members were interviewed while the subjects of two other groups have responded to questionnaires. The Arabic version of each instrument was translated from an original French version. One expert has assured the validity check. In this paper, we are focusing our attention on the analysis of the responses provided by the three types of actors to a question aiming to identify, through four levels Lickert scales, the degree of importance accorded by subject to nine reasons of registration for studies in physical education. Answer were encoded in a computer database and processed using the Statistica software (Stat Soft, 2006). No significant difference was identified when comparing the answers of respondents. However, we noticed that the love of sport and the desire to do sport belonged to the most important reasons for the registration of the new students for training programs in physical education. Cultural context does not seem to affect the opinions of the subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailProspects for harmonized biodiversity assessments using national forest inventory data
McRoberts, Ronald E.; Chirici, Gherardo; Winter, Susanne et al

in Chirici, Gherardo; Winter, Susanne; McRoberts, Ronald E. (Eds.) National Forest Inventories - contributions to Forest Biodiversity Assessments (2011)

After selection of the 13 biodiversity variables (Sect. 2.3) based on their importance and feasibility for assessment by NFIs, responses were solicited from participating countries regarding the degree to ... [more ▼]

After selection of the 13 biodiversity variables (Sect. 2.3) based on their importance and feasibility for assessment by NFIs, responses were solicited from participating countries regarding the degree to which the variables are now assessed. Two conclusions were evident: (1) most countries currently assess most of the variables, but (2) consensus is lacking on assessment methods and necessary field crew expertise, suggesting that harmonization would require emphasis on field operations. For each of the seven essential features into which the 13 variables were grouped, more detailed assessments were conducted. For forest categories, the conclusion was that the only major difference in classification systems used by European NFIs was whether potential or actual vegetation was used to define classes. Thus, the prospects for harmonization of forest categories are considered excellent. For forest structure, the prospects depend on the variable. For tree species, the prospects are excellent because the variable is assessed in the same manner by all NFIs. For dbh and height, considerable variability in measurementthresholds were found, but otherwise the harmonization prospects are good. For social position, definitions of classes varied, but harmonized estimates of proportions for dominant, intermediate, and suppressed classes are considered possible. Prospects for harmonized estimates of layers are consideraly poorer because of different definitions, thresholds and the uncertainty associated with visual assessment methods. Harmonized estimation of forest age is impeded by the increasing proportion of uneven-aged stands for which age is often not assessed, different definitions, and different assessment methods. However, agreement on dominant age as a reference definition would greatly increase the prospects. Deadwood is becoming an increasingly popular indicator of sustainable forest management. Unfortunately, considerable variability was found in deadwood definitions, components (e.g., stumps, limbs), sampling methods, and measurement thresholds. Thus, harmonized deadwood estimation will require development of bridges. Harmonization of regeneration estimates faces challenges due to differences in assessment approaches such as presence/absence versus coverage and all species versus dominant species. Harmonized estimation may be restricte to change in regeneration success. Harmonized estimation for ground vegetation also faces serious challenges due to differences in the components assessed (e.g., small trees, shrubs, herbs, bryophytes, lichens), difference in height thresholds, and differences in categories for which ground vegetation is reported. Forest naturalness integrates many of the other essential feature. However, many countries do not assess naturalness, and among those that do, assessment variables, methods, and reporting classes vary considerably. For harmonized assessment using NFI variables, the hemeroby approach, which emphasizes indications of human influence, is extremely sensitive to plot size. Harmonization using the ecosystem processes approach requires a common dbh threshold and similar plot sizes. The overall conclusion is that harmonization will be considerably easier for some essential features than for others. The factors leading to difficulties often are related to different definitions, different reporting classes, different measurement thresholds, and different features of sampling protocols such as plot sizes and configurations. Nevertheless, construction of reference definitions and bridges greatly facilitate harmonization for all essential features as is illustrated in Chap. 5. [less ▲]

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See detailGéographie, tourisme et tourisme rural : une critique de quatre ouvrages
Dubois, Charline ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2011), 57

Four books studying either tourism in a global sense or more specifically rural tourism, have been explored and subjected to some reviews: The Geography of Tourism and Recreation - Environment, Place and ... [more ▼]

Four books studying either tourism in a global sense or more specifically rural tourism, have been explored and subjected to some reviews: The Geography of Tourism and Recreation - Environment, Place and Space by C. Michael Hall and Stephen J. Page (2005), Rural Tourism and Sustainable Business by Derek Hall, Irene Kirkpatrick and Morag Mitchell (2005), Tourism and tourism spaces by Gareth Shaw and Allan M. Williams (2004), and Rural Tourism and Recreation: Principles to Practice by Lesley Roberts and Derek Hall (2001). After the step of synthesis of each one, their own developments and their utilities will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailKrypton adsorption as a suitable tool for surface characterization of multi-walled CNTs
Zilli, Dario; Bonelli, P.; Gommes, Cédric ULg et al

in Carbon (2011), 49

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See detailBiophysical studies of trigger factors adapted to extreme biological temperatures
Struvay, Caroline; Piette, Florence; Feller, Georges ULg

Poster (2011)

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See detailContrasted views on environmental migration: the case of Tuvaluan migration to New Zealand
Shen, Shawn; Gemenne, François ULg

in International Migration (2011), 49

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See detailLa famille transnationale dans tous ses états
Razy, Elodie ULg; Baby-Collin, Virginie

in Autrepart : Revue de Sciences Sociales au Sud (2011), 57-58

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See detailInfluence of the alveoli slopes on the discharge capacity of Piano Key Weirs
Machiels, Olivier ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 34th IAHR world congress (2011)

Piano Key Weir is a cost effective solution for rehabilitation as well as for new dam project with a high level of constraints (space, flood discharge, reservoir level).If the efficiency of the Piano Key ... [more ▼]

Piano Key Weir is a cost effective solution for rehabilitation as well as for new dam project with a high level of constraints (space, flood discharge, reservoir level).If the efficiency of the Piano Key Weir has already been well demonstrated, the definition of its optimal geometry has been still poorly approached. In order to improve the design of the complex geometry of this structure, the study of the influence of the mean geometrical parameters on the discharge capacity is an essential stage. Following a former experimental study of the flow over Piano Key Weirs, highlighting the mean influence of three geometrical parameters, this paper presents the results of an experimental parametric study. These results highlight the influence of the alveoli bottom slopes on the Piano Key Weir release capacity. Comparisons with numerical and analytical results, as well as design advices are also provided. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of the UNIQUAC combinatorial-entropy term by adjusting the standard segment
Bronneberg, Rob; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data (2011), 56

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See detailTVA et droits d'enregistrement sur les ventes de terrains depuis le 1er janvier 2011. La mise en pratique du nouveau régime
Douny, Raphaël ULg; Pace, Xavier ULg

in En quête de fiscalité et autres propos… Mélanges offerts à Jean-Pierre BOURS (2011)

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See detailRobust maximum weighted independent-set problems on interval graphs
Talla Nobibon, Fabrice ULg; Leus, Roel

Report (2011)

We study the maximum weighted independent-set problem on interval graphs with uncertainty on the vertex weights. We use the absolute robustness criterion and the min-max regret criterion to evaluate ... [more ▼]

We study the maximum weighted independent-set problem on interval graphs with uncertainty on the vertex weights. We use the absolute robustness criterion and the min-max regret criterion to evaluate solutions. For a discrete scenario set, we nd that the problem is NP-hard for each of the robustness criteria; we also provide pseudo-polynomial time algorithms when there is a constant number of scenarios and show that the problem is strongly NP-hard when the set of scenarios is unbounded. When the scenario set is a Cartesian product, we prove that the problem is equivalent to a maximum weighted independent-set problem on the same interval graph but without uncertainty for the rst objective function and that the scenario set can be reduced for the second objective function. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular uptake of liposomes monitored by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry
Ducat, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Peulen, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology [=JDDST] (2011), 21(6), 469-477

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See detailSimulations numériques de figures de diffractions à l'usage de la sixième secondaire et du premier baccalauréat
Leblanc, Christophe ULg

in Bulletin de l'Association Belge des Professeurs de Physique et de Chimie [Bulletins de l'ABPPC] (2011), 49(190),

La diffraction constitue de nos jours un phénomène physique incontournable pour la recherche (diffraction par rayons X, diffraction de neutrons, cristallographie, ...) et est, à juste titre, enseignée ... [more ▼]

La diffraction constitue de nos jours un phénomène physique incontournable pour la recherche (diffraction par rayons X, diffraction de neutrons, cristallographie, ...) et est, à juste titre, enseignée aussi bien en dernière année de secondaire qu'à l'université. Le logiciel présenté ci-dessous est un programme permettant de réaliser des figures de diffractions de manière simple et intuitive. Il existe naturellement déjà de nombreux programmes de simulations de figures de diffractions que l'on peut facilement trouver sur internet. Cependant ceux-ci sont, pour la plupart, ou bien limités (à la connaissance de l'auteur) à quelques cas particuliers - diffractions sur une ou plusieurs fentes, un rond, plus rarement un carré - ou bien complexes à l'utilisation. Bien que ces programmes soient dignes d'intérêts et peuvent se montrer utiles dans le cadre d'un enseignement, leurs limitations empêchent d'acquérir une intuition réelle de ce qu'est la diffraction. Par exemple, quelle est la figure de diffraction obtenue par un réseau cristallin cubique, un réseau hexagonal, ou encore une hélice ? C'est précisément cette faille pédagogique que vient combler le logiciel présenté ci-dessous. En effet, celui-ci permet d'obtenir la figure de diffraction de « n'importe quelle forme » (en deux dimensions), « forme » entièrement paramétrable par l'utilisateur au moyen d'un simple fichier bitmap ; format de fichier graphique le plus répandu et le plus simple à employer. Il est naturellement également possible d'effectuer de la diffraction de manière expérimentale au moyen d'un simple laser hélium-néon (facilement accessible dans le commerce et d'un prix modéré) et de diapositives. Cependant, outre que le logiciel présenté ci-dessous peut-être obtenu gratuitement par simple demande à l'auteur, celui-ci se montre beaucoup plus souple d'utilisation que de simples diapositives car entièrement paramétrable, et, comme tout logiciel, échappe aux aléas expérimentaux (poussières sur les diapositives, problèmes d'alignements diapositives-laser, nécessité d'un local sombre, ...) [less ▲]

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See detailThe Producerist Narrative in Right-wing Flanders
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

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See detailDescription of the bone-remodeling pattern after socket preservation procedures in human: a methodological study
LAMBERT, France ULg; VINCENT, Kim ULg; VANHOUTTE, Vanessa ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Background: The bone remodeling after tooth extraction can result in the loss of as much as 50% of the buccal wall and a global crestal reduction in width of 3.87mm according to a recent systematic review ... [more ▼]

Background: The bone remodeling after tooth extraction can result in the loss of as much as 50% of the buccal wall and a global crestal reduction in width of 3.87mm according to a recent systematic review. Multiple surgical protocols using biomaterials are proposed in order to limit the typical postextraction bone resorption. However, because of the heterogeneity of the studies and, more specifically, of the assessment methods, it is difficult to assert the superiority of one technique over another. Aim: The objective of this study was to develop a new radiographic method to assess alveolar bone remodeling after socket preservation procedures. Methods: Sixteen extraction sites (in 14 patients) localized in the upper anterior maxilla were treated with bovine hydroxyapatite (0.25–1mm particles) and a saddled connective tissue graft. A radiographic 3-dimensional assessment of the hard tissues was performed at baseline and at 3 months after the procedure. Standardized horizontal measurements were taken at three corono apical levels ( 2, 5, and 9mm) and at three mesio-diatal level (Mesial, Center, and Distal) in the buccal and palatal aspects. Vertical measurements were also recorded in nine regions over the top of the alveolar crest. Results: Extraction socket-preservation technique assessed in the present study significantly reduced horizontal bone remodeling. The horizontal dimension of the crest decreased by 1.6mm (20%) in the cervical regions ( 2mm level), experienced a moderate decrease of 1mm (12%) at the 5mm level, and experienced a very low decrease of 0.5mm(6%) in the apical ( 8mm) level. The losses were always significantly higher in the buccal than in the palatal aspect. Buccally, the maximal bone remodeling at the cervical level remained below 1mm. Vertical bone resorption was homogeneous and was < 1mm in the nine measured regions. Conclusions and clinical implications: The radiographic measuring methodology proved to be accurate and reproducible. It can be applied in other clinical settings. Moreover, the surgical procedure evaluated in the present study, significantly limits the postextraction buccal bone remodeling compared with the data found in the literature for untreated extraction socket in the aesthetic area. However, a complete inhibition of the bone remodeling was not reached and the authors suggest a surgical technique using a ‘‘saddled’’ connective tissue graft to thicken buccal soft tissue biotype and consequently compensate for cervical bone loss. [less ▲]

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