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See detailK-type geomagnetic index nowcast with data quality control
Stankov, Stanimir; Stegen, Koen; Warnant, René ULg

in Annals of Geophysics = Annali di Geofisica (2011), 54(3), 285-295

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See detailDioxin2011 Highlights
Focant, Jean-François ULg

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See detailTravailler moins pour travailler plus longtemps
Cremer, Helmuth; Dedonder, Philippe; Maldonado, Dario et al

in Annales d’Economie et de Statistique = Annals of Economics and Statistics (2011), 2(101/102), 257-270

Nous développons un modèle dans lequel les travailleurs peuvent avoir tendance à trop travailler quand ils sont jeunes, parce qu’ils ne peuvent ou ne veulent pas voir les conséquences que cela peut avoir ... [more ▼]

Nous développons un modèle dans lequel les travailleurs peuvent avoir tendance à trop travailler quand ils sont jeunes, parce qu’ils ne peuvent ou ne veulent pas voir les conséquences que cela peut avoir sur leur santé et sur leur capacité à travailler longtemps. Pour les obliger à mieux répartir leurs efforts sur leur cycle de vie, une taxe sur les revenus du travail en début de vie et une subvention de l’épargne sont souhaitables. Si la subvention de l’épargne n’est pas disponible, la taxe optimale arbitre entre quatre considérations différentes. Nous étudions également la taxe optimale quand les individus diffèrent en productivité. [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipaux modèles utilisés en régression logistique
Gillet, Adeline; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(3), 425-433

Regression is a commonly used technique for describing the relationship between a response variable and one or more explanatory variables. When the response variable is a categorical variable, usual ... [more ▼]

Regression is a commonly used technique for describing the relationship between a response variable and one or more explanatory variables. When the response variable is a categorical variable, usual regression based on ordinary least squares should be replaced by logistic regression. Binary logistic regression should be used to perform a regression on a dichotomous response. Nominal polytomous logistic regression applies to a categorical response variable that has more than two levels with a natural ordering. And ordinal polytomous logistic regression is used when the response is a categorical variable that has more than two levels with a natural ordering. This note gives an overview of these logistic regression methods and describes three models commonly used when performing ordinal logistic regression. These models are illustrated by an example related to oak decline in the Walloon Region (Belgium). [less ▲]

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See detailH1N1 vaccines in a large observational cohort of patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with immunomodulators and biological therapy.
Rahier, Jean-Francois; Papay, Pavol; Salleron, Julia et al

in Gut (2011), 60(4), 456-62

BACKGROUND: Safety data are lacking on influenza vaccination in general and on A (H1N1)v vaccination in particular in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) receiving immmunomodulators and/or ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Safety data are lacking on influenza vaccination in general and on A (H1N1)v vaccination in particular in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) receiving immmunomodulators and/or biological therapy. AIMS AND METHODS: The authors conducted a multicentre observational cohort study to evaluate symptoms associated with influenza H1N1 adjuvanted (Pandemrix, Focetria, FluvalP) and non-adjuvanted (Celvapan) vaccines and to assess the risk of flare of IBD after vaccination. Patients with stable IBD treated with immunomodulators and/or biological therapy were recruited from November 2009 until March 2010 in 12 European countries. Harvey-Bradshaw Index and Partial Mayo Score were used to assess disease activity before and 4 weeks after vaccination in Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Vaccination-related events up to 7 days after vaccination were recorded. RESULTS: Of 575 patients enrolled (407 CD, 159 UC and nine indeterminate colitis; 53.9% female; mean age 40.3 years, SD 13.9), local and systemic symptoms were reported by 34.6% and 15.5% of patients, respectively. The most common local and systemic reactions were pain in 32.8% and fatigue in 6.1% of subjects. Local symptoms were more common with adjuvanted (39.3%) than non-adjuvanted (3.9%) vaccines (p < 0.0001), whereas rates of systemic symptoms were similar with both types (15.0% vs 18.4%, p = 0.44). Among the adjuvanted group, Pandemrix more often induced local reactions than FluvalP and Focetria (51.2% vs 27.6% and 15.4%, p < 0.0001). Solicited adverse events were not associated with any patient characteristics, specific immunomodulatory treatment, or biological therapy. Four weeks after vaccination, absence of flare was observed in 377 patients with CD (96.7%) and 151 with UC (95.6%). CONCLUSION: Influenza A (H1N1)v vaccines are well tolerated in patients with IBD. Non-adjuvanted vaccines are associated with fewer local reactions. The risk of IBD flare is probably not increased after H1N1 vaccination. [less ▲]

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See detailA new Barremian (Early Cretaceous) ichthyosaur from western Russia
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Masure, Edwige; Arkhangelsky, Maxim et al

in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2011), 31(5), 1010-1025

A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur, Sveltonectes insolitus gen. et sp. nov., is described from a sub-complete and three-dimensionally preserved specimen from the late Barremian of western Russia. This new ... [more ▼]

A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur, Sveltonectes insolitus gen. et sp. nov., is described from a sub-complete and three-dimensionally preserved specimen from the late Barremian of western Russia. This new taxon is supported by 11 cranial, dental, and postcranial autapomorphies, and is also characterized by features previously considered as autapomorphic for some other Ophthalmosauridae, such as a processus narialis on the prefrontal and relatively long hindfins with pre- and postaxial accessory digits. We conducted a new phylogenetic analysis of Thunnosauria, which supports a ‘Stenopterygius-origin’ for Ophthalmosauridae. Sveltonectes is regarded as the sister taxon of Aegirosaurus, which shares a similar skull roof construction. Contrary to most other Cretaceous ichthyosaurs, Sveltonectes is characterized by delicate and sharply pointed teeth, confirming that the Ophthalmosauridae were ecologically highly diversified during the Early Cretaceous [less ▲]

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See detailA study of institutional environment and household food security at local level in Rwanda
Mathai, Jose A.; Musabanganji, Edouard ULg; Niwemahoro, Celine et al

in Rwanda Journal (2011), 22(Série B : Social Sciences), 96-128

The study looked into the current scenario of food security in Rwanda. After analysing the national level institutional and food security scenarios by using available secondary data, the researchers used ... [more ▼]

The study looked into the current scenario of food security in Rwanda. After analysing the national level institutional and food security scenarios by using available secondary data, the researchers used primary data that have been collected from a random sample of 200 households spreading over six sectors of the Huye district by using structured interview schedule, as well using a case study of a rice cooperative in Huye district. Focus group discussions with all stake holders concerned with food security at local level enriched the data that we collected by other means. The general conclusion that emerges from the study is that in order to attain the food security at local level in Rwanda lot more to be done. Among other things, strengthening existing local institutions like farmer cooperatives, improving agricultural production technology, diversifying household income sources for better access, and genuine integration of food security concerns in the district development plans. The researchers come out with certain policy recommendations that may make the local level food security more sustainable which includes, among others, the orientation of the households well into the new modes of agricultural production and planning of household income. The need for much more local level institutional support in many areas is highlighted. On the whole, the study addressed the concerns of food access among rural households in Rwanda, and also the much wanted institutional support being exposed. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron-deficient 1- and 2-aza-1,3-dienes: a comprehensive survey of their synthesis and reactivity
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Masschelein, Kurt; Stevens, Christian

in Chemical Society Reviews (2011), 40

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See detailInterface cerveau-ordinateur : une aide à la communication ?
Chatelle, Camille ULg; Lugo, Zulay; Noirhomme, Quentin ULg et al

in Schnakers, Caroline; Laureys, Steven (Eds.) Coma et états de conscience altérée (2011)

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See detailDirect nano-in-micropatterning of TiO2 thin layers and TiO2/Pt nanoelectrode arrays by deep X-ray lithography
Faustini, M.; Marmiroli, B.; Malfatti, L. et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21

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See detailFamiliarité spatiale dans deux communes périurbaines belges
Dubois, Charline ULg; Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Cahiers de Géographie du Quebec (2011), 55(154), 51-65

Analysing spatial familiarity aims to measure how places included in the life-world and in the cognitive map are familiar. Based on the study of Gale, Golledge, Halperin & Couclelis (1990), this paper ... [more ▼]

Analysing spatial familiarity aims to measure how places included in the life-world and in the cognitive map are familiar. Based on the study of Gale, Golledge, Halperin & Couclelis (1990), this paper explores the spatial familiarity of the inhabitants of two municipalities at the fringe of Liege (Belgium): it questions the links between the cognitive dimensions (visual, nominal, localisation) and themselves and the behavioural dimension (passing). It seeks new relevant places for the population of these urban fringe as well as the favourable factors to a good familiarity of a place. Finally, it scrutinizes the influence of people's mobility – period of residence, commuting to work, modes of transport – on spatial familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailIl dinar contro il ducato
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in dal Pozzolo, Enrico; Dorigo, Rosella; Pedani, Maria Pia (Eds.) Venezia e l'Egitto (2011)

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See detailLe dosage de l'inuline: mise au point
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Souvignet, Marie; Dubourg, Laurence et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2011), 69(3), 273-84

L’inuline, polymère de fructose, reste le marqueur de référence du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG). Popularisé par les études de Smith et Shannon, son dosage n’en demeure pas moins complexe et ... [more ▼]

L’inuline, polymère de fructose, reste le marqueur de référence du débit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG). Popularisé par les études de Smith et Shannon, son dosage n’en demeure pas moins complexe et sujet à des interférences dont celle du glucose est la plus importante. Il existe deux grands types de dosages de l’inuline : les méthodes de dosage « acide » et enzymatiques. Le dosage « acide » consiste en un dosage colorimétrique du fructose obtenu après hydrolyse de l’inuline en milieu très acide. Le dosage du fructose englobe différentes méthodes de dosage dont la plus utilisée est la réaction à l’anthrone. Toutes ces méthodes présentent des interférences au glucose. Différentes méthodes « enzymatiques » ont été décrites au cours du temps. Celles-ci apparaissent plus précises et sans doute moins sujettes aux interférences même si peu d’études comparatives sont disponibles. Plusieurs auteurs ont également développé des dosages de type CLHP. Cette méthode spécifique et précise demeure cependant moins adaptée à la routine. Ainsi, si l’utilisation de l’inuline comme marqueur de référence n’est pas remise en cause, son dosage reste délicat, sujet aux interférences et à une certaine interprétation. Des études supplémentaires restent nécessaires pour valider analytiquement et comparativement les techniques de dosage de l’inuline. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Activity of Meprin-a, a Pro-Migratory and Pro-Angiogenic Protease, in Colorectal Cancer
Lottaz, Daniel; Maurer, Christoph A; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(11), 26450

Meprin-α is a metalloprotease overexpressed in cancer cells, leading to the accumulation of this protease in a subset of colorectal tumors. The impact of increased meprin-α levels on tumor progression is ... [more ▼]

Meprin-α is a metalloprotease overexpressed in cancer cells, leading to the accumulation of this protease in a subset of colorectal tumors. The impact of increased meprin-α levels on tumor progression is not known. We investigated the effect of this protease on cell migration and angiogenesis in vitro and studied the expression of meprin-α mRNA, protein and proteolytic activity in primary tumors at progressive stages and in liver metastases of patients with colorectal cancer, as well as inhibitory activity towards meprin-α in sera of cancer patient as compared to healthy controls. We found that the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)- induced migratory response of meprin-transfected epithelial cells was increased compared to wild-type cells in the presence of plasminogen, and that the angiogenic response in organ-cultured rat aortic explants was enhanced in the presence of exogenous human meprin-α. In patients, meprin-α mRNA was expressed in colonic adenomas, primary tumors UICC (International Union Against Cancer) stage I, II, III and IV, as well as in liver metastases. In contrast, the corresponding protein accumulated only in primary tumors and liver metastases, but not in adenomas. However, liver metastases lacked meprin-α activity despite increased expression of the corresponding protein, which correlated with inefficient zymogen activation. Sera from cancer patients exhibited reduced meprin-α inhibition compared to healthy controls. In conclusion, meprin-α activity is regulated differently in primary tumors and metastases, leading to high proteolytic activity in primary tumors and low activity in liver metastases. By virtue of its pro-migratory and pro-angiogenic activity, meprin-α may promote tumor progression in colorectal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailInfections à herpèsvirus chez les ruminants et les éléphants
Thiry, Etienne ULg; Thiry, J.

in Bulletin de l'Académie Vétérinaire de France (2011), 164

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See detailInterpretations of Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Tracks by Inuit Hunters: Inter-rater Reliability and Inferences Concerning Accuracy
Wong, Pamela; Van Coeverden de Groot, Peter; Fekken, Cynthia et al

in Canadian Field-Naturalist (2011), 125(2), 140-153

due to their tracking experience in pursuing Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus), Inuit hunters could provide non-invasive estimates of Polar Bear characteristics from tracks, and Polar Bear monitoring programs ... [more ▼]

due to their tracking experience in pursuing Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus), Inuit hunters could provide non-invasive estimates of Polar Bear characteristics from tracks, and Polar Bear monitoring programs could benefit from Inuit input. We determined i) inter-rater reliability of estimates of the sex, age, and size of Polar Bears, and estimates of the age of tracks made by a group of nine Inuit hunters who interpreted 78 tracks; ii) we made preliminary comparisons of sex and size estimates with conventional (scientific) estimates; iii) we catalogued the Polar Bear hunting experience and track interpretation techniques of nine Inuit hunters; and iv) we explored relationships between hunting experience and the ability to interpret tracks. The group of Inuit hunters made reliable and consistent estimates of Polar Bear sex, age, and size, as well as estimates of age of track (after data from one participant was excluded). Although our comparisons are based on small samples, our findings suggest that Inuit hunters may be accurate in estimating the sex of Polar Bears (74.42% agreement with genetic determinations) and the size of Polar Bears from their tracks. our data indicate shared tracking techniques used by hunters may explain high agreement in making specific estimates, while individual hunting experience and particular methods used to interpret tracks may lead to inter-rater reliability and accuracy in interpreting tracks. [less ▲]

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