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See detailA review of dietary and non-dietary exposure to bisphenol-A.
Geens, Tinne; Aerts, Dominique; Berthot, Carl et al

in Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association (2012), 50(10), 3725-40

Due to the large number of applications of bisphenol-A (BPA), the human exposure routes are multiple. We aimed to review shortly the food and non-food sources of BPA, and to evaluate their contribution to ... [more ▼]

Due to the large number of applications of bisphenol-A (BPA), the human exposure routes are multiple. We aimed to review shortly the food and non-food sources of BPA, and to evaluate their contribution to the human exposure. Food sources discussed here include epoxy resins, polycarbonate and other applications, such as paperboard and polyvinylchloride materials. Among the non-food sources, exposures through dust, thermal paper, dental materials, and medical devices were summarized. Based on the available data for these exposure sources, it was concluded that the exposure to BPA from non-food sources is generally lower than that from exposure from food by at least one order of magnitude for most studied subgroups. The use of urinary concentrations from biomonitoring studies was evaluated and the back-calculation of BPA intake seems reliable for the overall exposure assessment. In general, the total exposure to BPA is several orders of magnitude lower than the current tolerable daily intake of 50 mug/kg bw/day. Finally, the paper concludes with some critical remarks and recommendations on future human exposure studies to BPA. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganizational and Institutional Arrangements for e-Government: A Preliminary Report on Contemporary IT Management Approaches in US State Governments
Markus, M. Lynne; Jacobson, Dax D.; Bui, Quang Neo et al

E-print/Working paper (2012)

The success of e-government is believed to depend in part on the organizational and institutional arrangements that governments enact for the management of their IT resources. This paper develops the ... [more ▼]

The success of e-government is believed to depend in part on the organizational and institutional arrangements that governments enact for the management of their IT resources. This paper develops the conceptualization of IT management arrangements by considering possible interactions between two dimensions — 1) the organization of IT activities and 2) control over decisions about IT activities (also known as governance) — for each of two categories of IT activities — 1) IT projects (such as website development) and 2) IT services (such as the operation of networks). In addition, the paper provides preliminary empirical evidence obtained from applying this expanded conceptualization in the context of American state governments. Many states appear to employ centralization of IT activities to offset decentralization of IT control and vice versa. Consequently, neither dimension alone provides a good characterization of governmental IT management arrangements. These findings have the potential to enhance our understanding of the barriers to, and enablers of, e-government success. [less ▲]

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See detailRose-Marie François : des mots et des langues
Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

Book published by L3 (2012)

The book brings together thirteen texts commenting on various aspects of Rose-Marie François' work as a poet, whether in actual collections or in novels. The essays move from a personal biographical ... [more ▼]

The book brings together thirteen texts commenting on various aspects of Rose-Marie François' work as a poet, whether in actual collections or in novels. The essays move from a personal biographical approach to more academic analyses of motifs or prosodic forms. [less ▲]

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See detailAménagement et préservation du patrimoine géologique en province de Liège (Belgique): les géosites d'Ampsin et des Tchafornis (Engis)
Mottequin, Bernard ULg; Barchy, Laurent; Chevalier, Emmanuel et al

in Annales de la Société Géologique du Nord (2012), 19 (2ème série)

Several initiatives intended to highlight the geological heritage have been recently developed in the Liège province (Belgium). The Ampsin and Tchafornis (Engis) geosites rank among them. The Ampsin ... [more ▼]

Several initiatives intended to highlight the geological heritage have been recently developed in the Liège province (Belgium). The Ampsin and Tchafornis (Engis) geosites rank among them. The Ampsin geosite shows the clear-cut passage between the shallow carbonate facies of the Middle Viséan and the terrigenous detrital facies of the Namurian. The Tchafornis geosite gives the opportunity to observe a superb example of biostrome with large colonial rugose corals of the base of the Upper Frasnian (Upper Devonian). Both are located in disused quarries and also give prominence to the regional extractive industry. [less ▲]

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See detailMODELING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN JUMP HEIGHT, GROUND CONTACT TIME, REACTIVITY AND STIFFNESS
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Apolloni, Jérémy; Harris, Nigel et al

in Abstract book of 8th International Conference on Strength Training (2012, October)

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See detailPotential of CE/MS for Small Carboxylic Acids Analysis as Alternative to GC/MS Reference Analytical Methods
Far, Johann ULg; Falmagne, Jean-Bernard, ANALIS R&D; de l'Escaille, François, ANALIS R&D et al

Poster (2012, October)

GC/MS (Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry) is the analytical method of choice for carboxylic acids analysis because of good sensitivity, low limit of detection and the possibility to compare ... [more ▼]

GC/MS (Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry) is the analytical method of choice for carboxylic acids analysis because of good sensitivity, low limit of detection and the possibility to compare the pattern of fragmentation with existing databases for identification. However GC requires that the analytes are volatile. If it is not the case, the use of chemicals in order to perform the derivatization is mandatory, this may induce analytical bias. CE (Capillary electrophoresis) is a technique of choice for ions separation without prior treatments. The method is fast and do not require highly technical skills. A UV detector is the most common detection method; however electrospray mass spectrometry detection is recently gaining interest, while it really helps for structural information of the detected compounds. In this poster, the preliminary results of CE/MS analysis of several carboxylic acids are presented. All carboxylic acids are analyzed without any sample pretreatment. These acids looked at are from the “Citric Acid Cycle” including pyruvate and some isotope labeled analogues but also glyoxylate, lactate, oxalate and tartrate. Moreover, the preliminary results of a sample preparation approach to remove phosphate salts are presented. Phosphate is a very common salt that is often used in biological buffers but prevents the derivatization of carboxylic acid for GC/MS analysis and reduces the reproducibility of results for both GC/MS and CE/MS analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the excavation damaged zone in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone with strain localization
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg et al

Conference (2012, October)

Gallery excavation in clayey rocks induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone in which properties are modified ... [more ▼]

Gallery excavation in clayey rocks induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone in which properties are modified. The prediction of the extension and especially of the fracturing structure in this zone remains a crucial issue in the context of underground storage. Since strain localization in shear band mode is frequently observed in experimental works, the excavation damaged zone can be modeled by considering the development of strain localization bands. A hydro-mechanical modelling of a gallery excavation is performed. The numerical results exhibit an excavation damaged zone extension similar to the in situ measurements and provides information about the rock state within this zone. [less ▲]

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See detailBecoming a Mother by AID within a Lesbian Couple: The Issue of the Third’
Naziri, Despina ULg

Conference (2012, October)

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See detailAssessment of lumbopelvic movement control in tennis players with and without low back pain
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Lemaire, Vincent et al

Poster (2012, October)

Relevance: LBP is common among tennis players. More than one third of professional tennis players reported LBP as reason for missing at least one tournament. As impaired lumbar motor functions have been ... [more ▼]

Relevance: LBP is common among tennis players. More than one third of professional tennis players reported LBP as reason for missing at least one tournament. As impaired lumbar motor functions have been associated with LBP, it appears particularly relevant to assess lumbopelvic movement control in tennis players. Methods: Twenty amateur tennis players (male, 22.9 ± 3.0 years) were included. Subjects were pooled into two groups: 10 players with chronic LBP (mean pain duration: 3.1 ± 2.6 years, pain severity score: 3.5/10 on a pain visual analogue scale) and 10 players without LBP. The Bent Knee Fall Out (BKFO) test was used to assess the players’ ability to control movement of lumbopelvic region. BKFO was performed in supine position and monitored by means of two pressure biofeedback units inflated to 40 mmHg and positioned under the lumbar spine of the participant. The reliability of this test has been previously assessed. Players were instructed to make an active abduction-external rotation movement of the hip (45°) without concomitant lumbopelvic movement of the pelvis and low back. Pressure modification (mmHg) was recorded, each side was assessed. Results: Tennis players with LBP had a worse lumbopelvic movement control than players without LBP both for dominant (9.0 mm Hg vs 3.4 mmHg, P<0.05) as well for the non-dominant side (9.1 mmHg vs 4.6 mmHg, P<0.05). Conclusions: Tennis players with LBP experience similar alterations of motor control as those observed in sedentary people with LBP. However, it remains unclear if these alterations are the cause of the consequence of chronic LBP. Implications: Further prospective studies should assess the cause or effect relationship and should determine whether motor control exercises are effective in tennis players with chronic LBP. [less ▲]

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See detailL'e-commerce (commerce électronique): les bonnes pratiques pour réussir
Jacob, Damien ULg

Book published by Edipro (2012)

Ce livre s’adresse plus particulièrement aux commerçants «indépendants», débutants ou confirmés. Il concerne autant ceux qui envisagent de lancer une nouvelle activité commerciale en ligne que ceux qui ... [more ▼]

Ce livre s’adresse plus particulièrement aux commerçants «indépendants», débutants ou confirmés. Il concerne autant ceux qui envisagent de lancer une nouvelle activité commerciale en ligne que ceux qui souhaiteraient positionner leur business actuel également en ligne. Il fait le point sur le "commerce connecté" et sur les bonnes pratiques de mise en place d’une stratégie en la matière. Si la volonté affichée est d’inciter à entreprendre une activité commerciale en ligne, il serait trompeur de faire croire qu’il s’agit d’un eldorado. Cet ouvrage se veut donc réaliste en livrant l’état de l’art, avec des recommandations concrètes pour maximaliser les chances de réussite et éviter les écueils les plus fréquemment observés. [less ▲]

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See detailConceptualizing, Measuring and Financing the Legacy Costs in an NDC Reform
Jousten, Alain ULg; Holzmann, Robert

in Journal of Pension Economics & Finance (2012), 11(4), 606-630

The paper provides a framework for the conceptualization, definition and measurement of the legacy costs that needs to be addressed in a reform that transforms an unfunded (or non‐financial) defined ... [more ▼]

The paper provides a framework for the conceptualization, definition and measurement of the legacy costs that needs to be addressed in a reform that transforms an unfunded (or non‐financial) defined benefit (NDB) scheme into an equally unfunded notional (or non‐financial) defined contribution (NDC) scheme. During a transition from NDB to NDC a financing gap typically arises due to accrued to date liabilities from the old system in excess of the NDC scheme’s sustainable flow of benefits. This gap ‐ or legacy cost ‐ needs to be estimated and financed. We illustrate different techniques to gauge the scope of the cost. The paper applies the proposed approach to a hypothetical NDC reform in China. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimizing Early Nutritional Support Based on Recent Recommendations in VLBW Infants.
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in 4th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (2012, October)

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See detailDemystifying ethnic/sex differences in kidney function: is the difference in (estimating) glomerular filtration rate or in serum creatinine concentration?
Pottel, Hans; Hoste, Liesbeth; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2012), 413(19-20), 1612-17

BACKGROUND: The recent evaluation of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in multiple ethnicities has raised the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The recent evaluation of the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation for estimating the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in multiple ethnicities has raised the question on how well this equation performs for African-American and Asian subjects. There is no doubt that serum creatinine (Scr) concentration differs between ethnicities and sexes. We show that creatinine-based equations for white populations may be inaccurate for estimating GFR in other ethnic/gender groups, especially in populations from Asia. METHODS: This study presents a mathematical analysis of the CKD-EPI-equation complemented with a literature review of median and reference values for IDMS-standardized Scr-concentrations for multiple ethnicities. RESULTS: The study shows that at equal eGFR-CKD-EPI-values, the ratio of Scr between females and males equals 0.79 and between other ethnicities/sexes and white males is constant too. From this information, it is possible to calculate mean Scr-values that correspond very well with literature values directly obtained from Scr-distributions in healthy white males and females and in black males, but the discrepancy is larger for other populations. CONCLUSIONS: Our results confirm the criticism that has been raised for using the CKD-EPI-equation for these ethnicities. An alternative eGFR-model is proposed based on a population-normalized Scr that needs further validation. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing ghost rock weathering as a new tool for quarry management
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Vergari, Anne

Conference (2012, October)

Although karstic weathering (sensu lato) is a major concern for the exploitation of limestone quarries, the importance, spatial extension, and intensity of this natural phenomenon are rarely investigated ... [more ▼]

Although karstic weathering (sensu lato) is a major concern for the exploitation of limestone quarries, the importance, spatial extension, and intensity of this natural phenomenon are rarely investigated because of the lack of applicable technique to assess these variables other than subsurface geophysical exploration methods. Here, we propose to use the intrinsic property of ghost-rock weathering, tectonic control, to predict the degree and type of weathering of the reserve of two contiguous limestone quarries in the Tournai area (western Belgium). First, we revised the macrotectonic setting of these quarries, creating five tectonic entities. Then, we built an extensive fracture database (1357 ‘events’), recording fracture direction, dip, width, height, mineralization, and weathering. Then, we calculated a “Sterile Index” that is a simple function of the relative occurrence and mean width of karstified fractures. The rose diagrams of fracture orientations are contrasted between tectonic entities and so are the intensity and the dominant type of weathering: tectonic entities with widely dispersed fracture directions are significantly more weathered than entities with narrowly dispersed rose diagrams. Preliminary tests indicate fracture orientation and weathering are consistent within the tectonic entities, allowing extrapolation to quarries reserves. Ultimately, this technique can be used to predict the rock waste volume of the quarries reserves (when combined with geophysical exploration methods) and manage the development of the quarries accordingly. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vivo Tumorigenesis Was Observed after Injection of In Vitro Expanded Neural Crest Stem Cells Isolated from Adult Bone Marrow
Wislet, Sabine ULg; Poulet, Christophe ULg; Neirinckx, Virginie ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(10), 46425

Bone marrow stromal cells are adult multipotent cells that represent an attractive tool in cellular therapy strategies. Several studies have reported that in vitro passaging of mesenchymal stem cells ... [more ▼]

Bone marrow stromal cells are adult multipotent cells that represent an attractive tool in cellular therapy strategies. Several studies have reported that in vitro passaging of mesenchymal stem cells alters the functional and biological properties of those cells, leading to the accumulation of genetic aberrations. Recent studies described bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) as mixed populations of cells including mesenchymal (MSC) and neural crest stem cells (NCSC). Here, we report the transformation of NCSC into tumorigenic cells, after in vitro long-term passaging. Indeed, the characterization of 6 neural crest-derived clones revealed the presence of one tumorigenic clone. Transcriptomic analyses of this clone highlighted, among others, numerous cell cycle checkpoint modifications and chromosome 11q down-regulation (suggesting a deletion of chromosome 11q) compared with the other clones. Moreover, unsupervised analysis such as a dendrogram generated after agglomerative hierarchical clustering comparing several transcriptomic data showed important similarities between the tumorigenic neural crest-derived clone and mammary tumor cell lines. Altogether, it appeared that NCSC isolated from adult bone marrow represents a potential danger for cellular therapy, and consequently, we recommend that phenotypic, functional and genetic assays should be performed on bone marrow mesenchymal and neural crest stem cells before in vivo use, to demonstrate whether their biological properties, after ex vivo expansion, remain suitable for clinical application. [less ▲]

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See detailUne infiltration de plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) améliore les symptômes des tendinopathies patellaires supérieures
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg et al

in 5ème Congrès Commun SFMES & SFTS (2012, October)

Introduction : Le plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) aurait des effets bénéfiques sur les symptômes des tendinopathies grâce à la libération locale de leurs nombreux facteurs de croissance. Le but de cette ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Le plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) aurait des effets bénéfiques sur les symptômes des tendinopathies grâce à la libération locale de leurs nombreux facteurs de croissance. Le but de cette étude est d’évaluer les résultats d’une injection de PRP sur la symptomatologie des patients présentant une tendinopathie patellaire supérieure. Matériels et Méthodes : Vingt patients atteints d’une tendinopathie patellaire supérieure, rebelle aux traitements conservateurs classiques depuis au moins 3 mois, ont bénéficié d’une évaluation du statut algo-fonctionnel (EVA, algomètre de pression, VISA-P et IKDC) et des performances physqiues (isocinétique et optojump), ainsi que d’un bilan d’imagerie (échographie et IRM). Ces analyses ont été réalisées en pré-injection ainsi qu’aux 6èmeet 12èmesemaines post-injection. Le test isocinétique évaluait la force des quadriceps et des ischios-jambiers des deux membres suivant différentes modalités (C60°/sec, C240°/sec et E30°/sec). Le test Optojump évaluait la détente et la puissance musculaire par la mesure de la hauteur de saut via deux modalités («Counter Movement Jump » et « Drop Jump »). Le PRP est obtenue à l’aide d’une machine d’aphérèse (COM.TEC, Fresenius-Kabi), permettant d’obtenir une concentration plaquettaire reproductible d’un patient à l’autre, en l’absence quasi totale de globules rouges et blancs. L’infiltration intratendineuse de PRP (6mL) est réalisé à la pointe de la rotule in loco dolenti sans anesthésie locale. Résultats : Les résultats de notre expérimentation démontrent qu’une seule injection locale de PRP accompagnée d’un programme de rééducation excentrique améliore significativement la cicatrisation du tendon patellaire au niveau du score EVA, de l’algomètre de pression, des scores VISA-P et IKDC. Lors du test isocinétique, seuls l’augmentation du MFM des ischios jambiers en C240°/sec, de la différence bilatérale des ischios jambiers en C60°/sec ainsi que de l’EVA en E30°/sec était significative. Les résultats optojump en terme de détente et puissance musculaire ne montrent pas d’amélioration des performances. Néanmoins, l’EVA du « Counter Movement Jump » se voit significativement diminuée après l’infiltration. Enfin, les résultats de l’imagerie (échographie et IRM) ne démontrent pas de modification significative du tendon. Conclusions : L’injection locale de PRP dans le cadre de tendinopathies patellaires supérieure permet une diminution de la symptomatologie douloureuse à 6 semaines, se poursuivant à 12 semaines. La performance fonctionnelle et l’imageries, quant à elles, ne sont pas modifiées. [less ▲]

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See detailDe quelques retours de M. Chat: Historiographie politique dans "Le fond de l'air est rouge"
Hamers, Jérémy ULg; Van Cauwenberge, Geneviève ULg

in Relief : Revue Electronique de Littérature Française (2012), 6

Dans son film de montage Le fond de l’air est rouge, Chris Marker compile un ensemble de représentations hétérogènes issues d’une décennie de luttes (ouvrières, étudiantes, indépendantistes, etc.) dans le ... [more ▼]

Dans son film de montage Le fond de l’air est rouge, Chris Marker compile un ensemble de représentations hétérogènes issues d’une décennie de luttes (ouvrières, étudiantes, indépendantistes, etc.) dans le monde. Par l’assemblage de ces images, le cinéaste déploie une historiographie a priori mélancolique et défaitiste. Le présent texte entend dépasser cette interprétation unilatérale de la critique politique des images pour y identifier les traces d’un retour chronique à l’espoir militant. [less ▲]

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See detailConclusion générale
Thiry, Aline ULg; Fallon, Catherine ULg

in Brunet, Sébastien; Fallon, Catherine; Ozer, Pierre (Eds.) et al Articuler risques, planification d'urgence et gestion de crise (2012)

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See detailArticuler risques, planification d'urgence et gestion de crise
Brunet, Sébastien ULg; Fallon, Catherine ULg; Ozer, Pierre ULg et al

Book published by de boeck (2012)

Une maison explose en plein coeur de la ville de Liège, piégeant plusieurs victimes sous les décombres... C'est le déclenchement de nombreuses actions menées dans l'urgence par des professionnels du ... [more ▼]

Une maison explose en plein coeur de la ville de Liège, piégeant plusieurs victimes sous les décombres... C'est le déclenchement de nombreuses actions menées dans l'urgence par des professionnels du risque et de la gestion de crise. Partant de l'analyse de cet événement et de ses enseignements, cet ouvrage, fruit de rencontres entre chercheurs et professionnels, tente d'articuler risques, planification d'urgence et gestion de crise. La diversité des phénomènes auxquels nos sociétés sont confrontées est grande et l'organisation de l'action publique dans ce domaine nécessite la coordination d'acteurs et d'institutions aux compétences et horizons différents. Cet ouvrage a pour ambition de décortiquer cette réalité en l'éclairant ici avec des considérations théoriques et là avec des exemples concrets issus de l'expérience de terrain. [less ▲]

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