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See detailExercise-induced physiological adjustments to stressful conditions in sports horses
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Livestock Production Science (2005), 92(2), 101-111

Among athletic/sports animals, the horse has a unique ability to increase its oxygen uptake by a factor of 60 during heavy exercise. This is achieved by physiological adaptations of all the links in the ... [more ▼]

Among athletic/sports animals, the horse has a unique ability to increase its oxygen uptake by a factor of 60 during heavy exercise. This is achieved by physiological adaptations of all the links in the oxygen chain. Ventilation is increased by a factor of 30. Since the horse is a compulsory nasal breather, this hyperpnea necessitates high transmural pressure changes, which may be responsible for the dynamic collapse of the airways. Blood flow is increased by a factor of 10. Since the left ventricle is not very compliant, this increase necessitates a high filling pressure in the pulmonary circulation, which may induce capillary stress failure and exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage. Lastly, oxygen transport is improved by splenic contraction which increases haemoglobinemia by 50%. Sports horses frequently suffer from several problems, which are related either to endogenous or exogenous stresses experienced during their career. These stresses, caused by the use of the horse as a competition animal, may lead to several medical problems. At a systemic level, endogenous stresses include hyperkaliemia, lactacidemia, and hyperthermia; oxidative stress may induce problems at a general, and/or a pulmonary level. External factors, e.g. poor quality of inspired air, transport, hot and humid ambient conditions, and microbiological agents, may also induce abnormal body attacks, and lead to health problems. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in heaves
Harmegnies, N. F.; Duvivier, D. H.; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (2002), 34(suppl), 478-484

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in remission (B(I)) and during clinical signs of disease (B(II)) were investigated. Dimensions of the exercising pulmonary perfusion (QE) images were expressed in percent of the resting perfusion (QR) images. Computed QE to QR ratios (QE/QR) images enabled the definition of the region more perfused at exercise than at rest (R1). In all groups, exercise induced a major enlargement of the Q image but a larger increase of the lung height was found in 'heavey' horses. Compared to A, 'heavey' horses showed a larger R1 region with a significantly higher QE/QR. Location of R1 pointed out the dorsal lung region as a major site of pulmonary perfusion redistribution for all groups. This work demonstrated (1) the feasibility of using scintigraphy for studying exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution; (2) perfusion redistribution to the dorsal lung with exercise and (3) an intensified redistribution in 'heavey' horses, either clinically affected or not. [less ▲]

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See detailExercises in astronomy.
Kleczek, J.; Minnaert, M. G. J.; Allen, D. A. et al

in Exercises in astronomy.. J. Kleczek (Editor).Revised and extended edition of "Practical work in elementary astronomy" by M. G. J. Minnaert. D. ReidelPublishing Co., Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 24+339 pp. Price Dfl. 140.00, US 64.00, £ 49.50 cloth; Dfl. 59.00, US 19.50, £ 18.00 paper (1987). ISBN 90-277-2409-1 cloth, ISBN 90-277-2423-7 paper. (1987)

This book is an updated and considerably extended version of Minnaert's work published in 1969 (01.003.051).Many new exercises referring to new observational techniques and methods have been incorporated ... [more ▼]

This book is an updated and considerably extended version of Minnaert's work published in 1969 (01.003.051).Many new exercises referring to new observational techniques and methods have been incorporated by the editor in collaboration with the contributing authors D. A. Allen, Z. Ceplechka, S. Ferraz Mello, K. J. Gordon, L. Houziaux, C. Jaschek, Z. Kopal, J. Manfroid, J. PalouÅ¡, J. Podolský, G. R. Quast, J. Surdej, A. B. Underhill, J. M. Vreux, D. G. Wentzel.The exercises are organized in the following sections:A. The planetary system: 1. Space and time, instruments. 2. The motions of celestial bodies. 3. Planets and satellites.B. The stars: 1. The Sun. 2. Stars and nebulae. 3. Stellar systems. [less ▲]

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See detailExérèse microchirurgicale atraumatique intranodulaire d'un schwanome bénin du sciatique poplité externe
LEJEUNE, G; LECLERCQ, Daniel ULg; CARLIER, Alain ULg et al

in Actualités chirurgicales - 81ème Congrès Fr. Chirurgie, Orthopédie, Traumatologie (1980)

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See detailExertional hypoxemia in stable COPD is common and predicted by circulating proadrenomedullin.
Stolz, Daiana; Boersma, Wim; Blasi, Francesco et al

in Chest (2014)

BACKGROUND: The prevalence of exertional hypoxemia in unselected COPD patients is unknown. Intermittent hypoxia leads to adrenomedullin (ADM) up regulation through the HIF-1 pathway. We aimed to assess ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The prevalence of exertional hypoxemia in unselected COPD patients is unknown. Intermittent hypoxia leads to adrenomedullin (ADM) up regulation through the HIF-1 pathway. We aimed to assess the prevalence and the annual probability to develop exertional hypoxemia in stable COPD. We also hypothesized that increased ADM might be associated with exertional hypoxemia and envisioned that adding ADM to clinical variables might improve its prediction in COPD. METHODS: 1233 6-minute walking tests and circulating proadrenomedullin levels from 574 patients with clinically stable, moderate to very severe COPD enrolled in a multinational cohort study and followed-up for 2 years were concomitantly analyzed. RESULTS: The prevalence of exertional hypoxemia was 29.1%. In a matrix derived from a fitted-multi-state model, the annual probability to develop exertional hypoxemia was 21.6%. Exertional hypoxemia was associated with greater deterioration of specific domains of health-related QoL, higher severe exacerbation and death annual rates. In the logistic linear and conditional Cox-regression multivariable analyses, both FEV1% predicted and proADM proved independent predictors of exertional hypoxemia (p<0.001 for both). Adjustment for comorbidities, including cardiovascular disorders, and exacerbation-rate did not influence results. Relative to using FEV1% pred alone, adding proADM resulted in a significant improvement of the predictive properties (p=0.018). Based on the suggested non-linear nomogram, patients with moderate COPD (FEV1 predicted=50%) but high proADM levels (>2nmol/l) presented increased risk (>30%) for exertional desaturation. CONCLUSIONS: Exertional desaturation is common and associated with poorer clinical outcomes in COPD. Adrenomedullin improves prediction of exertional desaturation as compared to the use of FEV1%pred alone. [less ▲]

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See detailExfoliated polylactide/clay nanocomposites by in-situ coordination-insertion polymerization
Paul, Marie-Amélie; Alexandre, Michaël ULg; Degée, Philippe et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2003), 24(9), 561-566

Poly(L-lactide)/layered aluminosilicate nanocomposites were synthesized in bulk by ring-opening polymerization in the presence of two organo-modified montmorillonites. When the organo-modifier consisted ... [more ▼]

Poly(L-lactide)/layered aluminosilicate nanocomposites were synthesized in bulk by ring-opening polymerization in the presence of two organo-modified montmorillonites. When the organo-modifier consisted of an ammonium cation bearing primary hydroxyl groups, polymerization was initiated by the alcohol functions after adequate activation. The growing polymer chains were directly "grafted" onto the clay surface through the hydroxyl-functionalized ammonium cations yielding exfoliated nano-composites with enhanced thermal stability. [less ▲]

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See detailExfoliation of clays in poly(dimethylsiloxane) rubber using an unexpected couple: a silicone surfactant and water
Labruyère, Céline ULg; Monteverde, Fabien; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2009), 9(4), 2731-2738

Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)/montmorillonite (MMT) composites have been prepared using a newly synthesized ω-ammonium functionalized poly(dimethylsiloxane) compatibilizer coupled with a dispersion ... [more ▼]

Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)/montmorillonite (MMT) composites have been prepared using a newly synthesized ω-ammonium functionalized poly(dimethylsiloxane) compatibilizer coupled with a dispersion technique in water. The organoclay containing the new siloxane surfactant was characterized by TGA and XRD. For the first time, a nanoscopic dispersion of MMT nanoplatelets in the PDMS composite cured by hydrosilylation and a good compatibility between clay layers and matrix were obtained. The beneficial effect of both the surfactant and the water onto clay nanoplatelet dispersion was evaluated by different microscopy techniques and by measuring different properties such as the viscosity of the uncured PDMS/MMT nanodispersions, and the swelling rate and Young's modulus of the cured PDMS/MMT nanocomposites. [less ▲]

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See detailExforge® (amlodipine/valsartan combination) in hypertension: the evidence of its therapeutic impact
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Cohen, Eric P.

in Core Evidence (2008), 3(2), 117-126

Abstract Introduction: Hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and its management requires improvement. New treatment strategies are needed. Aims: This review analyses one of ... [more ▼]

Abstract Introduction: Hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and its management requires improvement. New treatment strategies are needed. Aims: This review analyses one of these strategies, which is the development of effective and safe combination therapy. Indeed, at least two antihypertensive agents are often needed to achieve blood pressure control. Exforge® (Novartis) is a new drug combination of the calcium channel blocker, amlodipine, and the angiotensin II receptor blocker, valsartan. Evidence review: The amlodipine/valsartan combination is an association of two well-known antihypertensive products with specific targets in cardiovascular protection, namely calcium channel blockade and antagonism of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. This kind of association, with neutral metabolic properties and significant antihypertensive efficacy, could be a useful new antihypertensive product. Currently available data have shown that this new combination is well-tolerated and effective even in severe hypertension. Clinical value: Clinical trials are ongoing for further assessment of the efficacy, compliance, and safety of this combination and its congeners. No data exist to prove that the amlodipine/valsartan combination is better than other antihypertensive strategies for cardiovascular or renal protection, but some trials with other combination therapies show such potential advantage. [less ▲]

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See detailExhaled nitric oxide as a marker of asthma control in smoking patients.
Michils, A.; Louis, Renaud ULg; Peche, R. et al

in European Respiratory Journal (2009), 33(6), 1295-301

Exhaled nitric oxide fraction (F(eNO)), which is a reliable marker of eosinophilic airway inflammation, is partially suppressed by tobacco smoking. Consequently, its potential as a biomarker in asthma ... [more ▼]

Exhaled nitric oxide fraction (F(eNO)), which is a reliable marker of eosinophilic airway inflammation, is partially suppressed by tobacco smoking. Consequently, its potential as a biomarker in asthma management has never been evaluated in smoking patients. In the present study, the authors tested the validity of F(eNO) to predict asthma control in this population. F(eNO) and the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) were recorded at least once in 411 nonsmoking (345 with at least two visits) and 59 smoking (51 with at least two visits) asthma patients. Despite similar mean ACQ scores (1.5 versus 1.7), F(eNO) was reduced in smoking asthmatics (18.1 ppb versus 33.7 ppb). A decrease in F(eNO) of <20% precludes asthma control improvement in nonsmoking (negative predictive value (NPV) 78%) and in smoking patients (NPV 72%). An increase in F(eNO) <30% is unlikely to be associated with deterioration in asthma control in both groups of patients (NPV = 86% and 84% in nonsmoking and smoking patients, respectively). It is concluded that, even in smokers, sequential changes in F(eNO) have a relationship with asthma control. The present study is the first to indicate that cigarette smoking does not obviate the clinical value of measuring F(eNO) in asthma among smokers. [less ▲]

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See detailExhaled nitric oxide thresholds associated with a sputum eosinophil count >=3% in a cohort of unselected patients with asthma.
Schleich, FLorence ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg; Sele, Jocelyne ULg et al

in Thorax (2010), 65(12), 1039-1044

Background It has been claimed that exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) could be regarded as a surrogate marker for sputum eosinophil count in patients with asthma. However, the FeNO threshold value that ... [more ▼]

Background It has been claimed that exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) could be regarded as a surrogate marker for sputum eosinophil count in patients with asthma. However, the FeNO threshold value that identifies a sputum eosinophil count >/=3% in an unselected population of patients with asthma has been poorly studied. Methods This retrospective study was conducted in 295 patients with asthma aged 15-84 years recruited from the asthma clinic of University Hospital of Liege. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve and logistic regression analysis were used to assess the relationship between sputum eosinophil count and FeNO, taking into account covariates such as inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), smoking, atopy, age and sex. Results Derived from the ROC curve, FeNO >/=41 ppb gave 65% sensitivity and 79% specificity (AUC=0.777, p=0.0001) for identifying a sputum eosinophil count >/=3%. Using logistic regression analysis, a threshold of 42 ppb was found to discriminate between eosinophilic and non-eosinophilic asthma (p<0.0001). Patients receiving high doses of ICS (>/=1000 mug beclometasone) had a significantly lower FeNO threshold (27 ppb) than the rest of the group (48 ppb, p<0.05). Atopy also significantly altered the threshold (49 ppb for atopic vs 30 ppb for non-atopic patients, p<0.05) and there was a trend for a lower threshold in smokers (27 ppb) compared with non-smokers (46 ppb, p=0.066). Age and sex did not affect the relationship between FeNO and sputum eosinophilia. When combining all variables into the logistic model, FeNO (p<0.0001), high-dose ICS (p<0.05) and smoking (p<0.05) were independent predictors of sputum eosinophilia, while there was a trend for atopy (p=0.086). Conclusion FeNO is able to identify a sputum eosinophil count >/=3% with reasonable accuracy and thresholds which vary according to dose of ICS, smoking and atopy. [less ▲]

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See detailExhaust Heat Recovery Rankine System for passenger cars: modelling and design
Glavatskaya, Yulia; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Podevin, Pierre et al

(2011, July)

Nowadays, in average, one third of the fuel energy consumed by an engine is wasted throughout the exhaust gases. The recovery of this amount of energy would enable a reduction of the fuel consumption. One ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, in average, one third of the fuel energy consumed by an engine is wasted throughout the exhaust gases. The recovery of this amount of energy would enable a reduction of the fuel consumption. One solution is to integrate an exhaust heat recovery system based on a Rankine cycle. The first and most crucial step in the design is the definition of its architecture, the definition of the rated operating conditions and the sizing of the different components whilst considering the heat recovery over customer driving cycles. This paper presents a steady-state model of a steam Rankine cycle built by interconnecting sub-models of the heat exchangers, the pump and the expander. All the models were developed under EES (Engineering Equation Solver) environment. The models of heat exchanger are developed using the ε-NTU method. A heat exchanger is subdivided into three zones, each of them being characterized by both the exhaust gases and water side pressure drop as well as heat transfer coefficient. The evaluation of the two-phase zone pressure drop and heat transfer with respect to the vapour quality was carried out. The model of rotary piston expander describes the evolution of the fluid through the device and was split into three global steps: pressure drop across the supply port, isentropic and expansion at constant volume, internal and external heat transfers. The overall simulation model is finally used to predict the performance of the heat recovery system as the operating conditions and geometrical characteristics of each component are modified. An optimal sizing of the system is proposed and the underlying methodology is discussed. The analysis of the results pointed out that the levels of high/low pressure and the amount of superheat are the main parameters that impact the performance of the cycle and the sizing of the components. [less ▲]

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See detailExhaustion of blood glucose response and enhancement of insulin response after repeated glucagon injections in type-2 diabetes: potentiation by progressive hyperglycemia.
Castillo, M. J.; Scheen, André ULg; Paolisso, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (1996), 57(5), 395-402

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients ... [more ▼]

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients, three i.v. glucagon (1 mg) injections were given as a bolus at two-hour intervals. In the hour preceding each glucagon injection, 6 patients received saline and they were tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, while 8 patients received a glucose-controlled glucose infusion and they were tested at increasing blood glucose levels (7.5 +/- 0.2, 12.9 +/- 0.5 and 18.7 +/- 0.7 mmol/l). Blood samples were collected at 0, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 min after each glucagon injection. RESULTS: In the patients tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, the blood glucose rise induced by glucagon was smaller after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response to glucagon was well preserved. In the patients tested at increasing blood glucose levels, the blood glucose response to glucagon was abolished after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response was significantly potentiated. The respective areas under the curve of plasma insulin levels in response to glucagon were 563 +/- 72, 1047 +/- 154 and 1844 +/- 305 m U x 30 min/l (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: In Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients, repeated glucagon injections, even when administered in a short (4 h) period of time, do not exhaust the B-cell. Endogenous insulin secretion is even potentiated at increasing blood glucose levels. By contrast, the hyperglycemic response to glucagon is significantly abolished, particularly at high blood glucose levels. [less ▲]

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See detail‘L’exigence de mémoire’ à l’épreuve de la diversité
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

in Foblets, Marie-Claire; Schreiber, Jean-Philippe (Eds.) Les Assises de l’interculturalité (2013)

La contribution analyse les « exigences de mémoire » telles que recommandées par le rapport final des Assises de l’Interculturalité qui souligne l’importance de l’histoire et de la mémoire pour l’identité ... [more ▼]

La contribution analyse les « exigences de mémoire » telles que recommandées par le rapport final des Assises de l’Interculturalité qui souligne l’importance de l’histoire et de la mémoire pour l’identité de tout être humain. Deux thématiques sont abordées dans ce rapport : le négationnisme et le colonialisme. Concernant le négationnisme, le rapport indique qu’il convient de conserver la législation belge réprimant la négation, la minimisation, la justification ou l’approbation du génocide commis par le régime national-socialiste allemand pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En effet, une telle législation s’avère nécessaire pour lutter contre le racisme. Le Comité de pilotage ayant rédigé le rapport propose toutefois d’élargir le champ d’application de cette loi à d’autres génocides. Concernant le colonialisme, le rapport final se penche sur la manière silencieuse dont la Belgique envisage son passé colonial qui n’est pas sans conséquence pour l’importante communauté congolaise présente sur le territoire belge. Pour cette raison, le Comité de pilotage propose une reconnaissance de la responsabilité de la Belgique pour les actes commis durant l’époque coloniale, accompagnée, entre autres, d’un projet de Musée de l’immigration. Ces recommandations sont mises en perspective par rapport à certains enjeux mémoriels au sein de nos sociétés contemporaines diversifiées. C’est ainsi que la concurrence des victimes est d’abord envisagée. En insistant sur le nécessaire processus de reconnaissance des souffrances passées, les propositions font échos à une certaine concurrence des victimes qui a pu voir le jour entre des individus qui voient leur passé nié ou relégué au second plan. D’une manière générale, les exigences de mémoire énoncées dans le rapport peuvent contribuer à une concurrence mémorielle renvoyant à la compétition complexe et parfois douloureuse entre des groupes sociaux multiples qui souhaitent défendre et promouvoir le souvenir de certains faits historiques. Cette concurrence mémorielle se manifeste avec d’autant plus d’acuité que nos sociétés contemporaines sont de plus en plus diversifiées et plurielles. En outre, en insistant sur l’importance de la reconnaissance de certaines souffrances, le rapport final permet de relever l’influence que peuvent jouer les considérations électoralistes dans le système politique belge. À cet égard, la répression de la négation du Génocide des Arméniens se révèle être un cas d’école. En soulignant l’importance de la répression du négationnisme, le rôle du pouvoir judiciaire est également précisé puisque certaines juridictions belges ont eu l’occasion d’apporter leur pierre à l’édifice et de participer activement à la définition du négationnisme. Au final, les exigences de mémoire formulées dans le rapport final des Assises de l’Interculturalité permettent de mettre en discussion le fondement même de la démocratie. Alors que les interventions politiques sur des questions de mémoire sont souvent dépeintes de manières négatives, les recommandations du Comité de pilotage montrent qu’un système démocratique doit pouvoir garantir le débat et la discussion sur n’importe quel sujet en évitant certains tabous. [less ▲]

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See detailL'exigence de motivation des décisions ordonnant un repérage ou une écoute téléphonique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2001)

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See detailExigences administratives et condition suspensive dans la vente immobilière
Kohl, Benoît ULg; Onclin, François ULg

in Revue Critique de Jurisprudence Belge [= RCJB] (2014), (1), 13-55

Cette étude est consacrée à l'utilisation de la condition suspensive en lien avec les exigences administratives, dans la matière spécifique de la vente immobilière. Le foisonnement des exigences de nature ... [more ▼]

Cette étude est consacrée à l'utilisation de la condition suspensive en lien avec les exigences administratives, dans la matière spécifique de la vente immobilière. Le foisonnement des exigences de nature urbanistique, environnementale et énergétique, en lien avec les biens immeubles, pousse les intervenants à la vente de biens immeubles - qu'il s'agisse de particuliers ou de professionnels - à recourir à la modalité de la condition suspensive. Se pose dès lors la question de la validité de cette pratique. Cette contribution suit en réalité un arrêt de la Cour de cassation du 24 février 2011 qui porte sur la conclusion de la vente d'une parcelle, issue de la division d'un bien, sous la condition suspensive de la délivrance d'un permis de lotir. L'étude se divise en deux parties. La première offre un rappel, bien nécessaire, du droit commun. Elle analyse donc les différentes composantes de la condition suspensive. La seconde étudie, de manière plus spécifique, la mise sous condition suspensive de différentes exigences administratives en lien avec la vente immobilière. L'arrêt de la Cour de cassation précité y est notamment commenté. [less ▲]

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See detailExigences bioclimatiques du veau à la naissance
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Dechamps, P.

Article for general public (1985)

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