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See detailEvaluation of a weight-adjusted single-bolus plasminogen activator in patients with myocardial infarction: a double-blind, randomized angiographic trial of lanoteplase versus alteplase.
den Heijer, P.; Vermeer, F.; Ambrosioni, E. et al

in Circulation (1998), 98(20), 2117-25

BACKGROUND: Lanoteplase (nPA) is a rationally designed variant of tissue plasminogen activator with greater fibrinolytic potency and slower plasma clearance than alteplase. METHODS AND RESULTS: InTIME ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Lanoteplase (nPA) is a rationally designed variant of tissue plasminogen activator with greater fibrinolytic potency and slower plasma clearance than alteplase. METHODS AND RESULTS: InTIME (Intravenous nPA for Treatment of Infarcting Myocardium Early), a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, double-placebo angiographic trial, evaluated the dose-response relationship and safety of single-bolus, weight-adjusted lanoteplase. Patients (n=602) presenting within 6 hours of acute myocardial infarction were randomized and treated with either a single-bolus injection of lanoteplase (15, 30, 60, or 120 kU/kg) or accelerated alteplase. The primary objective was to determine TIMI grade flow at 60 minutes. Angiographic assessments were also performed at 90 minutes and on days 3 to 5. Follow-up was continued for 30 days. Lanoteplase achieved its primary objective, demonstrating a dose-response in TIMI grade 3 flow at 60 minutes (23.6% to 47.1% of subjects, P<0. 001). Similar results were observed at 90 minutes (26.1% to 57.1%, P<0.001). At 90 minutes, coronary patency (TIMI 2 or 3) increased across the dose range up to 83% of subjects at 120 kU/kg lanoteplase compared with 71.4% with alteplase. Thus, at this dose, lanoteplase was superior to alteplase in restoring coronary patency (difference, 12%; 95% CI, 1% to 23%). The early safety experience in this study suggests that lanoteplase was well tolerated at all doses with safety comparable to that of alteplase. CONCLUSIONS: Lanoteplase, a single-bolus, weight-adjusted agent, increased coronary patency at 60 and 90 minutes in a dose-dependent fashion. Coronary patency at 90 minutes was achieved more frequently with 120 kU/kg lanoteplase than alteplase. In this study, safety with lanoteplase and alteplase was comparable. InTIME-II, a worldwide mortality trial, will evaluate efficacy and safety with this promising new agent. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Accuracy of Pulse Oximetry in Newborn Calves
Uystepruyst, Christophe; Coghe, Joost; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 159(1), 71-76

In human medicine, pulse oximetry is widely used to measure non-invasively and accurately the percentage of oxygen saturation of arterial haemoglobin (SpO(2)). Recently, pulse oximetry has been used in ... [more ▼]

In human medicine, pulse oximetry is widely used to measure non-invasively and accurately the percentage of oxygen saturation of arterial haemoglobin (SpO(2)). Recently, pulse oximetry has been used in calves, but its accuracy has not been evaluated in newborn calves. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a pulse oximeter in newborn calves by comparing SpO(2) with arterial oxyhaemoglobin saturation (SaO(2)) obtained by use of a blood gas analyser. Fifty-five newborn calves were investigated from birth to 20 days old. Pulse oximetry readings and arterial blood samples were performed 5, 15, 30, 45, 60 min, 2, 3, 6, 12, 24 h and 1 and 3 weeks after birth. The transmission-type sensors of the pulse oximeter were fixed at the recommended site in the bovine species (at the base of the calf tail, where the skin had been shaved and was not pigmented) and arterial blood samples were withdrawn from the subclavian artery and analysed for SaO(2). Five-hundred paired data of SaO(2) and mean SpO(2)(mSpO(2)) were collected. Linear regression of the pooled data indicated a highly significant correlation of mSpO(2) with SaO(2) (r = 0.87;P< 0.001; mSpO(2) = 15.8 + 0.84 SaO(2)). The overall data bias value was positive (+2.1%), which indicated that the pulse oximeter tended to overestimate the SaO(2). The bias value for each SaO(2) category tended to become higher for lower ranges of SaO(2). Precision was also lower when SaO(2) values were low. The lower the SaO(2) value, the higher the positive bias (overestimation) and the lower the precision. These results suggest that pulse oximetry provides a relatively accurate non-invasive, immediate and portable method to monitor SaO(2) and to evaluate objectively the pulmonary function effectiveness in newborn calves during their adaptation to extra-uterine life. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Adherence to a Convulsion management Protocol for Children in Rwanda
kaputu-kalal-malu, Célestin; D'Amour Birindabagabo, Jean; Walker, Timothy David et al

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (2014), 60(2), 124-128

Inappropriate seizure management may result in high morbidity and mortality. We assessed the adherence of health professionals in southern Rwanda to a national protocol for pharmacological management of ... [more ▼]

Inappropriate seizure management may result in high morbidity and mortality. We assessed the adherence of health professionals in southern Rwanda to a national protocol for pharmacological management of seizures in children. A questionnaire featuring a 5-year-old child with generalized prolonged seizures was administered. The questions focused on the choice of initial treatment and the sequence of management following failure of the initial treatment choice. Benzodiazepine was chosen as initial therapy by 93.7% of physicians and 90.9% of nurses. Only 49.2% of physicians and 41% of nurses would repeat the initial treatment in case of failure of the first dose and 47% of doctors would wait 30 min to intervene. In case of refractory status epilepticus, 34% of physicians would give three doses of benzodiazepine, whereas 19% did not know what to do. These results suggest poor adherence to national protocol. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of aerosol jet printing (AJP) technology for electronic packaging and interconnect technique
Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Seronveaux, Laurent; Laurent, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2012, September 18)

We evaluated AJP (Aerosol Jet Printing) deposited silver layer on variety of organic substrates for the most common interconnect techniques for electronic packaging. Specifically, we checked if the AJP ... [more ▼]

We evaluated AJP (Aerosol Jet Printing) deposited silver layer on variety of organic substrates for the most common interconnect techniques for electronic packaging. Specifically, we checked if the AJP silver layer can be electrically interconnected by Au and Al wires bonding technique. We also evaluated suitability of AJP silver layer for surface-mount technology (SMT). We performed electrical characterization of the AJP silver layer. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of agents used in osteoporosis: What are the needs ?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis Japan (1994), 2

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See detailEvaluation of an electronic nose for the early detection of organic overload of anaerobic digesters
Adam, Gilles ULg; Lemaigre, Sébastien; Romain, Anne-Claude ULg et al

in Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering (2013), 36(1),

This study aims at the analysis of the utilization of an electronic nose (e-nose) to serve as a specific monitoring tool for anaerobic digestion process, especially for detecting organic overload. An ... [more ▼]

This study aims at the analysis of the utilization of an electronic nose (e-nose) to serve as a specific monitoring tool for anaerobic digestion process, especially for detecting organic overload. An array of non specific metal oxide semiconductor gas sensors were used to detect process faults due to organic overload events in twelve anaerobic semi-continuous reactors of 1.8 L. Three different load strategies were followed (i) a cautious organic load (1.3 gVS•L-1•day-1); (ii), an increasing load strategy (1.3 to 5.3 gVS∙L-1•day-1) and (iii) a cautious organic load with load pulses of up to 12 gVS•L-1•day-1. A first monitoring campaign was conducted with three different substrates : sucrose, maize oil, and a mix of sucrose/oil during 60 days. The second campaign was run with dry sugar beet pulp during 45 days. Hotelling's T²-value and upper control limit to a reference set of digesters fed with a cautious OLR (1.3 gVS•L-1•day-1), was used as indirect state variable of the reactors. Overload situations were identified by the e-nose apparatus with Hotelling’s T²-values at least 4-times higher in magnitude than the upper control limit of 23.7. These results confirmed that the e-nose technology appeared promising for online detection of process imbalances in the domain of anaerobic digestion. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of an osteoporosis screening campaign in the general population: does misclassification by screening test impact on the perception of the campaign?
Richy, Florent; Pire, G.; Maassen, P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003, November), 14(Suppl. 7), 68

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See detailEvaluation of Analytical Method Transfer on a Risk Based Methodology using Total Error
Rozet, Eric ULg; Dewe, W.; Govaerts, B. et al

Conference (2007)

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See detailEvaluation of aphidophagous ladybird populations in a vegetable crop and implications as biological agents
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Colignon, Pierre; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Med. Fac. Landbouw. Univ. Gent (2001), 66(2a), 333-340

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See detailEvaluation of arabinoxylan oligosaccharides on physicochemical properties of chitosan based films
Costa, Maria J.; Cerqueira, Miguel A.; Ruiz, Hector A. et al

in Lagarón, José M.; Cabedo, Luis; López, Amparo (Eds.) et al Polymar 2013 [Recurs electrònic]: 1st. International Conference in polymers with special focus in early stage researchers (2013, November)

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See detailEvaluation of Autoantibodies against Oxidized Ldl and Antioxidant Status in Top Soccer and Basketball Players after 4 Months of Competition
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Lecomte, J.; Castiau, J. et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2000), 28(4), 559-65

Antioxidant status and titers of autoantibodies against oxidized low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL-Ab) were investigated in top soccer (S; n = 21, age 24.6 +/- 4.3 years) and basketball (B; n 3,000 mIU/ml ... [more ▼]

Antioxidant status and titers of autoantibodies against oxidized low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL-Ab) were investigated in top soccer (S; n = 21, age 24.6 +/- 4.3 years) and basketball (B; n 3,000 mIU/ml) in ox-LDL-Ab were found in half the players (12S and 4B) with a maximum reaching 6000 mIU/ml (normal range: 200-600 mIU/ml), showing an in vivo LDL oxidation. There was no correlation between ox-LDL-Ab titers and chlolesterol, LDL cholesterol, or antioxidant levels. Nevertheless, plasma vitamin C concentration was lower in athletes having high levels of ox-LDL-Ab when compared with those with normal levels (8.49 +/- 3.14 mirogram/ml vs. 10.39 +/- 2.55 microgram/ml), but this difference was not statistically significant. In conclusion, our data suggest that potential atherogenic and cardiovascular risks as reflected by high titers in ox-LDL-Ab may exist in some top athletes despite a nonaltered antioxidant status. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of bio-based additives in architectural paints
Wenkin, M.; Delvaux, M.H.; de Lame, C. et al

Poster (2014)

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See detailEvaluation of BM-573, a novel TXA(2) synthase inhibitor and receptor antagonist, in a porcine model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Rolin, S.; Tchana-Sato, Vincent ULg et al

in Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators (2006), 79(1-2), 53-73

Aims: To investigate whether BM-573 (N-tert-butyl-N'-[2-(4'-methylphenylam\ino)-5-nitro-benzenesulfonyl]urea), an original combined thromboxane A(2) synthase inhibitor and receptor antagonist, prevents ... [more ▼]

Aims: To investigate whether BM-573 (N-tert-butyl-N'-[2-(4'-methylphenylam\ino)-5-nitro-benzenesulfonyl]urea), an original combined thromboxane A(2) synthase inhibitor and receptor antagonist, prevents reperfusion injury in acutely ischemic pigs. Methods: Twelve animals were randomly divided in two groups: a control group (n = 6) intravenously infused with vehicle, and a BM-573-treated group (n = 6) infused with BM-573 (10 mg kg(-1) h(-1)). In both groups, the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery was Occluded for 60 min and reperfused for 240 min. Either vehicle or BM-573 was infused 30 min before LAD occlusion and throughout the experiment. Platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid ex vivo measured was prevented by BM-573. Results: In both groups, LAD occlusion decreased cardiac output, ejection fraction, slope of stroke work-end-diastolic volume relationship, and induced end-systolic pressure-volume relationship (ESPVR) rightward shift, while left ventricular afterload increased. Ventriculo-arterial coupling and mechanical efficiency decreased. In both groups, reperfusion further decreased cardiac output and ejection fraction, while ESPVR displayed a further rightward shift. Ventriculo-arterial coupling and mechanical efficiency remained impaired. Area at risk, evidenced with Evans blue, was 33.2 +/- 3.4% of the LV mass (LVM) in both groups, and mean infarct size, revealed by triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC), was 27.3 +/- 2.6% of the LVM in the BM-573-treated group (NS). Histological examination and immunohistochemical identification of desmin revealed necrosis in the anteroseptal region similar in both groups, while myocardial ATP dosages and electron microscopy also showed that BM-573 had no cardioprotective effect. Conclusions: These data suggest that BM-573 failed to prevent reperfusion injury in acutely ischemic pigs. (C) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of bromocriptine in the treatment of acute severe peripartum cardiomyopathy: a proof-of-concept pilot study.
Sliwa, Karen; Blauwet, Lori; Tibazarwa, Kemi et al

in Circulation (2010), 121(13), 1465-73

BACKGROUND: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a potentially life-threatening heart disease that occurs in previously healthy women. We identified prolactin, mainly its 16-kDa angiostatic and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a potentially life-threatening heart disease that occurs in previously healthy women. We identified prolactin, mainly its 16-kDa angiostatic and proapoptotic form, as a key factor in PPCM pathophysiology. Previous reports suggest that bromocriptine may have beneficial effects in women with acute onset of PPCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: A prospective, single-center, randomized, open-label, proof-of-concept pilot study of women with newly diagnosed PPCM receiving standard care (PPCM-Std; n=10) versus standard care plus bromocriptine for 8 weeks (PPCM-Br, n=10) was conducted. Because mothers receiving bromocriptine could not breast-feed, the 6-month outcome of their children (n=21) was studied as a secondary end point. Blinded clinical, hemodynamic, and echocardiographic assessments were performed at baseline and 6 months after diagnosis. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed 4 to 6 weeks after diagnosis in PPCM-Br patients. There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics, including serum 16-kDa prolactin levels and cathepsin D activity, between the 2 study groups. PPCM-Br patients displayed greater recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (27% to 58%; P=0.012) compared with PPCM-Std patients (27% to 36%) at 6 months. One patient in the PPCM-Br group died compared with 4 patients in the PPCM-Std group. Significantly fewer PPCM-Br patients (n=1, 10%) experienced the composite end point of poor outcome defined as death, New York Heart Association functional class III/IV, or left ventricular ejection fraction <35% at 6 months compared with the PPCM-Std patients (n=8, 80%; P=0.006). Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed no intracavitary thrombi. Infants of mothers in both groups showed normal growth and survival. CONCLUSIONS: In this trial, the addition of bromocriptine to standard heart failure therapy appeared to improve left ventricular ejection fraction and a composite clinical outcome in women with acute severe PPCM, although the number of patients studied was small and the results cannot be considered definitive. Larger-scale multicenter and blinded studies are in progress to test this strategy more robustly. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Carabids as bioindicators : a case study in Belgium.
Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Baguette, Michel; Desender, Konjev et al

in Stork, Nigel (Ed.) The Role of Ground Beetles in Ecological and Environmental Studies (1990)

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See detailEvaluation of chicory seeds maturity by chlorophyll fluorescence imaging
Ooms, David ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Biosystems Engineering (2011), 110

Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) seed production includes sorting to remove foreign materials and non-viable seeds. A machine vision system was developed to monitor the fluorescence in order to detect the ... [more ▼]

Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) seed production includes sorting to remove foreign materials and non-viable seeds. A machine vision system was developed to monitor the fluorescence in order to detect the immature chicory seeds. It comprised a monochromatic light source, a highpass filter and a monochromatic CCD camera sensitive to red and infrared. With this device, blue light reflected by the seeds was blocked whilst red fluorescence was measured by the camera. A segmentation algorithm was designed to estimate separately the fluorescence intensities of the pappus, a crown of scales, and the main body of the pericarp. Experiments were carried out on five clones of cross-pollinated chicory plants used for seed production. Two hundred flower heads were labelled at flowering and harvested at different times during the maturation process expressed in “days after flowering” (DAF). Germination tests were performed according to the recommendations of the International Seed Testing Association to measure the germination percentage (GP) and the germination rate (GR), an indicator of seed vigour. Seed chlorophyll content diminished during maturation following a different logistic trend for the pappus and the pericarp. The GP increased from 18 DAF to reach its maximum value at 21 DAF, but the GR remained low until 30 DAF and increased afterwards. The potential of chlorophyll fluorescence to be used as an indicator of chicory seed vigour was the greatest between 21 and 36 DAF. [less ▲]

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