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See detailExploring self-defining memories in schizophrenia.
Raffard, Stephane; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Lardi, Claudia et al

in Memory (2009), 17(1), 26-38

Previous studies have shown that patients with schizophrenia are impaired in recalling specific events from their personal past. However, the relationship between autobiographical memory impairments and ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have shown that patients with schizophrenia are impaired in recalling specific events from their personal past. However, the relationship between autobiographical memory impairments and disturbance of the sense of identity in schizophrenia has not been investigated in detail. In this study the authors investigated schizophrenic patients' ability to recall self-defining memories; that is, memories that play an important role in building and maintaining the self-concept. Results showed that patients recalled as many specific self-defining memories as healthy participants. However, patients with schizophrenia exhibited an abnormal reminiscence bump and reported different types of thematic content (i.e., they recalled less memories about past achievements and more memories regarding hospitalisation and stigmatisation of illness). Furthermore, the findings suggest that impairments in extracting meaning from personal memories could represent a core disturbance of autobiographical memory in patients with schizophrenia. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring sex differences in the adult zebra finch brain: in vivo diffusion tensor imaging and ex vivo super-resolution track density imaging
Hamaide, J.; De Groof, G.; Van Steenkiste, G. et al

in NeuroImage (2017)

Zebra finches are an excellent model to study the process of vocal learning, a complex socially-learned tool of communication that forms the basis of spoken human language. So far, structural ... [more ▼]

Zebra finches are an excellent model to study the process of vocal learning, a complex socially-learned tool of communication that forms the basis of spoken human language. So far, structural investigation of the zebra finch brain has been performed ex vivo using invasive methods such as histology. These methods are highly specific, however, they strongly interfere with performing whole-brain analyses and exclude longitudinal studies aimed at establishing causal correlations between neuroplastic events and specific behavioral performances. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to implement an in vivo Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) protocol sensitive enough to detect structural sex differences in the adult zebra finch brain. Voxel-wise comparison of male and female DTI parameter maps shows clear differences in several components of the song control system (i.e. Area X surroundings, the high vocal center (HVC) and the lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium (LMAN)), which corroborate previous findings and are in line with the clear behavioral difference as only males sing. Furthermore, to obtain additional insights into the 3-dimensional organization of the zebra finch brain and clarify findings obtained by the in vivo study, ex vivo DTI data of the male and female brain were acquired as well, using a recently established super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) imaging strategy. Interestingly, the SRR-DTI approach led to a marked reduction in acquisition time without interfering with the (spatial and angular) resolution and SNR which enabled to acquire a data set characterized by a 78μm isotropic resolution including 90 diffusion gradient directions within 44h of scanning time. Based on the reconstructed SRR-DTI maps, whole brain probabilistic Track Density Imaging (TDI) was performed for the purpose of super resolved track density imaging, further pushing the resolution up to 40μm isotropic. The DTI and TDI maps realized atlas-quality anatomical maps that enable a clear delineation of most components of the song control and auditory systems. In conclusion, this study paves the way for longitudinal in vivo and high-resolution ex vivo experiments aimed at disentangling [less ▲]

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See detailExploring Structure and Reformulations in Different Integer Programming Algorithms
Louveaux, Quentin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2004)

In this thesis we consider four topics all related to using problem reformulations in order to solve integer programs, i.e. optimization problems in which the decision variables must be integer. We first ... [more ▼]

In this thesis we consider four topics all related to using problem reformulations in order to solve integer programs, i.e. optimization problems in which the decision variables must be integer. We first consider the polyhedral approach. We start by addressing the ques- tion of lifting valid inequalities, i.e. finding a valid inequality for a set Y from the knowledge of a valid inequality for a lower-dimensional restriction X of Y . We simplify and clarify the presentation of the procedure. This allows us to derive conditions under which the computation of the lifting is tractable. The second topic is the study of valid inequalities for the single node flow set. The single node flow set is the problem obtained by considering one node of a fixed charge network flow problem. We derive valid inequalities for this set and various generalizations. Our approach is a systematic procedure using only basic tools of integer programming: fixing and complementing variables, mixed- integer rounding and lifting. The method allows us to explain and generate a large range of inequalities describing the convex hull of such sets. The last two topics are based on non-standard approaches for integer pro- gramming. We first show how the group relaxation approach can be used to provide reformulations for the integral basis method. This is based on a study of extended formulations for the group problem. We present four extended for- mulations and show that the projections of three of these formulations provide the convex hull of the original group problem. Initial computational tests of the approach are also reported. Finally we consider a problem that is difficult for the standard branch-and- bound approach even for small instances. A reformulation based on lattice basis reduction is known to be more effective. However the step to compute the re- duced basis is O(n4) and becomes a bottleneck for small to medium instances. By using the structure of the problem, we show that we can decompose the problem and obtain the basis by taking the kronecker product of two smaller bases easier to compute. Furthermore, if the two small bases are reduced, the kronecker product is also reduced up to a reordering of the vectors. Computa- tional results show the gain from such an approach. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring The Active Site Cavity Of Human Pancreatic Lipase
Colin, Damien Yann; Deprez-Beauclair, Paule; Allouche, Maya et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2008), 370(3), 394-8

Within the scope of improving the efficiency of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in cystic fibrosis, the feasibility of shifting the pH-activity profile of pancreatic lipase toward acidic values was ... [more ▼]

Within the scope of improving the efficiency of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy in cystic fibrosis, the feasibility of shifting the pH-activity profile of pancreatic lipase toward acidic values was investigated by site specific mutagenesis in different regions of the catalytic cavity. We have shown that introducing a negative charge close to the catalytic histidine induced a shift of the pH optimum toward acidic values but strongly reduced the lipase activity. On the other hand, a negative charge in the entrance of the catalytic cleft gives rise to a lipase with improved properties and twice more active than the native enzyme at acidic pH. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the Antarctic soil metagenome as a source of novel cold-adapted enzymes and genetic mobile elements
Berlemont, Renaud ULg; Pipers; Delsaute, Maud ULg et al

in Revista Argentina de Microbiologia (2011)

Metagenomic library PP1 was obtained from Antarctic soil samples. Both functional and genotypic metagenomic screening were used for the isolation of novel cold-adapted enzymes with potential applications ... [more ▼]

Metagenomic library PP1 was obtained from Antarctic soil samples. Both functional and genotypic metagenomic screening were used for the isolation of novel cold-adapted enzymes with potential applications, and for the detection of genetic elements associated with gene mobilization, respectively. Fourteen lipase/esterase-, 14 amylase-, 3 protease-, and 11 cellulase-producing clones were detected by activity-driven screening, with apparent maximum activities around 35 °C for both amylolytic and lipolytic enzymes, and 35-55 °C for cellulases, as observed for other cold-adapted enzymes. However, the behavior of at least one of the studied cellulases is more compatible to that observed for mesophilic enzymes. These enzymes are usually still active at temperatures above 60 °C, probably resulting in a psychrotolerant behavior in Antarctic soils. Metagenomics allows to access novel genes encoding for enzymatic and biophysic properties from almost every environment with potential benefits for biotechnological and industrial applications. Only intI- and tnp-like genes were detected by PC R, encoding for proteins with 58-86%, and 58-73% amino acid identity with known entries, respectively. Two clones, BAC 27A-9 and BAC 14A-5, seem to present unique syntenic organizations, suggesting the occurrence of gene rearrangements that were probably due to evolutionary divergences within the genus or facilitated by the association with transposable elements. The evidence for genetic elements related to recruitment and mobilization of genes (transposons/integrons) in an extreme environment like Antarctica reinforces the hypothesis [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the bacterial diversity of Belgian steak tartare using metagenetics and qPCR analysis
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2016), 79(2), 220-229

Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium. It is prepared with raw ground minced beef and eaten with sauce, vegetables, and spiced. Since it contains raw meat, steak tartare is highly prone to ... [more ▼]

Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium. It is prepared with raw ground minced beef and eaten with sauce, vegetables, and spiced. Since it contains raw meat, steak tartare is highly prone to bacterial spoilage. The objective of this study was to explore the bacterial flora diversity in steak tartare in Belgium according to the source and to determine which bacteria are able to grow during the shelf life. A total of 58 samples from butchers’ shops, restaurants, sandwich shops and supermarkets were collected. These samples were analyzed using 16S rDNA metagenetics, a classical microbiological technique, and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) targeting the Lactobacillus genus. Samples were analyzed at the beginning and at the end of their shelf life, except for those from restaurants and sandwich shops analyzed only at the purchase date. Metagenetic analysis identified up to 180 bacterial species and 90 genera in some samples. But only seven bacterial species were predominant in the samples, depending on the source: Brochothrix thermosphacta, Lactobacillus algidus, Lactococcus piscium, Leuconostoc gelidum, Photobacterium kishitani, Pseudomonas spp. and Xanthomonas oryzae. With this work, an alternative method is proposed to evaluate the total flora in food samples based on the number of reads from metagenetic analysis and the results of qPCR. The degree of underestimation of aerobic plate counts (APCs) at 30°C estimated with the classical microbiology method was demonstrated in comparison with the proposed culture independent method. Compared to culture-based methods, metagenetic analysis combined with qPCR targeting Lactobacillus provides valuable information for characterizing the bacterial flora of raw meat. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the cultural politics of labour in South China
Florence, Eric ULg

Scientific conference (2013, June 20)

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See detailExploring the Deltaretrovirus Tumor Transcriptome: Lessons from RNA-Seq
Rosewick, Nicolas; Durkin, Keith ULg; Thys, Wannes et al

Conference (2014, June)

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See detailExploring the Diversity of Fair Trade Social Enterprises
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg; Defourny, Jacques ULg

E-print/Working paper (2010)

Fair trade (FT) organisations have been quite early taken as examples of social enterprises (SE) and have contributed to the shaping of the SE concept. The goal of this article is to examine more deeply ... [more ▼]

Fair trade (FT) organisations have been quite early taken as examples of social enterprises (SE) and have contributed to the shaping of the SE concept. The goal of this article is to examine more deeply, both at a conceptual and at an empirical level, to what extent FT organisations can be considered as social enterprises. First, we introduce different theoretical frameworks of SE and examine FT in the context of each of these frameworks. In a second step, we use an empirical study on fair trade social enterprises (FTSEs) across four European countries to illustrate and deepen the links between FT and SE, focusing on the goals and the governance structures of FTSEs. It appears that all FTSEs combine in some way economic, social and sometimes also political goals. FTSEs are thus in line with the "hybrid-goal" nature of SEs. FTSEs' governance is also quite specific and often innovative in terms of organisational architecture and stakeholders' involvement. Some FTSEs are closer to the European – participatory – approach of social enterprise, while others are closer to US – individual – approaches. Finally, the governance structures of FTSEs seem to reflect quite well their goal mix. This article provides a more solid basis for the often implicit link between FT and SE. Future researches could use our work to explore specific topics of the SE literature (e.g. stakeholders' involvement) in the context of FT. The FT example could also be used to examine further the shifting boundaries of the SE reality. The originality of this article is to apply the SE concept to a specific field and to show how, within this field, there is at the same time (1) a diversity of organisations, reflecting the diversity of SE approaches and (2) a range of specific features (especially in terms of goal mix and governance) distinguishing SEs from other types of organisations operating in the same field. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effect of a second closely-timed infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat proximal patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; CROISIER, Jean-Louis ULg; FORTHOMME, Bénédicte ULg et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2016, April), 54(Suppl. 1 No. 2), 199

Intorduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to ... [more ▼]

Intorduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to be an effective treatment for this indication, most of the existing studies evaluated the effects of 2 or 3 successive infiltrations. Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether 2 infiltrations of PRP proves more effective than a single treatment. Methods: Twenty patients suffering from chronic jumper’s knee were enrolled into the study and split into two randomized groups (1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP, respectively). The 3-month follow-up evaluation consisted of VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores, along with algometer, isokinetic and ultrasounds evaluations. After 1 year, subjects were contacted to define their functional evolution. Results: The concentration of the PRP used for each infiltration was similar in both groups, and contained no red or white cells. Results revealed no difference in treatment efficacy between the groups. Discussion and Conclusion: The comparison between 1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP did not reveal any difference between the 2 groups at short to mid term. A second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat jumper’s knees is not necessary to improve the efficacy of this treatment in the short term. A second infiltration should perhaps be envisaged later, but this remains to be demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effect of a second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat proximal patellar tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2015, September), 3(Suppl 1), 54

Introduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of proximal patellar tendinopathy. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of proximal patellar tendinopathy. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to be an effective treatment for this indication, most of the existing studies evaluated the effects of 2 or 3 successive infiltrations. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether 2 infiltrations of PRP proves more effective than a single treatment. Material and methods: Twenty patients suffering from chronic proximal patellar tendinopathy were enrolled into the study and split into two randomized groups (1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP, respectively). The 3-month follow-up evaluation consisted of VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores, along with algometer, isokinetic and ultrasounds evaluations. After 1 year, subjects were contacted to define their functional evolution. Results: The concentration of the PRP used for each infiltration was similar in both groups, and contained no red or white cells. Results revealed no difference in treatment efficacy between the groups. Discussion and conclusion: The comparison between 1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP did not reveal any difference between the 2 groups at short to mid term. A second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat chronic proximal patellar tendinopathy is not necessary to improve the efficacy of this treatment in the short term. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effect of action familiarity on SPTs recall performance in Alzheimer's disease
Lekeu, Françoise ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (2002), 24(8), 1057-1069

This study examined the performance of normal controls (NC) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients on free recall, semantic cued recall and object cued recall of both subject-performed tasks (SPTs) and ... [more ▼]

This study examined the performance of normal controls (NC) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients on free recall, semantic cued recall and object cued recall of both subject-performed tasks (SPTs) and verbal descriptions of actions, by controlling familiarity of actions associated to objects. The results showed that both groups performed better after SPT encoding than after verbal encoding. in all three types of recall. In addition, this SPT advantage was greater for AD patients than for NC in the object cued recall test, emphasizing AD patients' sensibility to the congruence of cues between encoding and retrieval conditions. Following verbal encoding. NC showed a better recall for less familiar actions than for highly familiar actions, whereas AD patients exhibited the opposite pattern. These results reflect that AD patients did not benefit from a distinctiveness effect at encoding for improving subsequent retrieval of verbal information, probably due to a reduced level of elaboration during encoding. However, there was no effect of action familiarity on recall performance by both groups following SPT encoding. These results suggest that memory for verbal actions and SPTs is governed by different principles. In addition. they demonstrate the robustness of the SPT effect in AD patients, who were able to improve memory performance in the SPT condition not only with highly familiar actions but also with less familiar actions. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effects of seismicity on landslides and catchment sediment yield: An Italian case study
Vanmaercke, Matthias ULg; Ardizzone, F.; Rossi, M. et al

in Geomorphology (2017), 278

Recent studies showed that contemporary average catchment sediment yields (SY, [t km− 2 y− 1]) at regional and continental scales are often strongly correlated to spatial patterns of seismic activity ... [more ▼]

Recent studies showed that contemporary average catchment sediment yields (SY, [t km− 2 y− 1]) at regional and continental scales are often strongly correlated to spatial patterns of seismic activity. Nonetheless, we currently have little insights into the mechanisms that explain these correlations. We investigated how spatial patterns of SY in Italy are linked to patterns of seismic activity. For a dataset of 103 Italian catchments with average SY measured over a period of years to decades, we extracted tectonic and none-tectonic variables that potentially explain observed differences in SY. These include proxies for vertical uplift rates and cumulative seismic moments (CSM) associated with historic earthquakes of different ranges of magnitude. Results showed that also across Italy, SY is significantly correlated to seismicity. However, SY showed much stronger correlations with proxies of seismicity relating to small but frequent earthquakes (2 ≤ Mw < 4) than with proxies relating to tectonic uplift or large, potentially landslide-triggering earthquakes (Mw ≥ 4). Analyses of a dataset of about 500,000 landslides across Italy showed very comparable trends: spatial patterns of landslides within similar lithological units generally show a significant positive correlation with CSM of weak but frequent seismicity and generally not with CSM of large earthquakes. These results suggest that, on a decadal time scale and at a regional/continental spatial scale, frequent but relatively weak seismicity may exert a more important geomorphic impact than large earthquake events or tectonic uplift. © 2016 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the Formation Pathways of DNA G-Quadruplex Architectures
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Poncelet, Harmonie; Teulade-Fichou, Marie-Paule et al

Conference (2007, September 07)

Guanine-rich DNA strands can form the so-called G-quadruplex architectures due to the formation of quartets of guanines linked by 8 hydrogen bonds. G-quadruplexes are further stabilized by the inclusion ... [more ▼]

Guanine-rich DNA strands can form the so-called G-quadruplex architectures due to the formation of quartets of guanines linked by 8 hydrogen bonds. G-quadruplexes are further stabilized by the inclusion of cations between the G-quartets. The abundance of G-rich regions throughout the genome and their very presence in telomeric regions made G-quadruplexes interesting targets. NMR and crystallographic studies of G-quadruplex structures revealed amazing variety in the G-quadruplex topologies. The next challenge will be to understand the rules governing the formation of the various topologies, in order to predict relevant G-quadruplexes in the genome, and in order to act rationally on their formation or disruption. To date, only few experimental [1] or theoretical [2] studies have been devoted to investigating the mechanisms of G-quadruplex formation. We report here a detailed investigation of DNA G-quadruplex formation pathways using electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The sequences TGnT (n = 3-6) were purchased from Eurogentec (Seraing, Beliugm). ESI-MS experiments were performed in the negative ion mode on a Q-TOF Ultima Global (Waters, Manchester, UK). The cation used was ammonium (up to 150 mM). Experiments were performed in the presence and absence of methanol (up to 20%) as co-solvent. ESI-MS allows counting both the number of strands and the number of cations in each intermediate. We could confirm the presence of transient dimer and trimer intermediates in low abundance. More unexpectedly, ESI-MS also reveals unambiguously the formation of pentamers which contain ammonium cations. The pentamers slowly convert into tetramers. Counting the number of included cations also revealed that, in the case of (TG6T)4, inclusion of four ammonium cations is fast, while the inclusion of the last ammonium ion is very slow. We also found that the addition of methanol (initially added to obtain higher ion intensities) significantly increases the rate of G-quadruplex formation. Finally, we also investigated the role of G-quadruplex ligands in the rate of formation of G-quadruplexes. We could classify the ligands according to their increase of G-quadruplex formation kinetics, and distinguish the intermediates. Interestingly, one ligand showed formation of a higher-order structure by bridging two G-quadruplexes. Acknowledgement: The authors thank the FRS-FNRS for their support. References: [1] J. Gros et al., Nucleic Acids Res., 2007, doi:10.1093/nar/gkm111. [2] R. Stefl et al., Biophys. J., 2003, 85(3), 1787-1804. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the Fundamentals of Microreactor Technology with Multidisciplinary Lab Experiments Combining the Synthesis and Characterization of Inorganic Nanoparticles
Emmanuel, Noémie ULg; Emonds-Alt, Gauthier ULg; Lismont, Marjorie et al

in Journal of Chemical Education (2017)

Multidisciplinary lab experiments combining microfluidics, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization are presented. These experiments rely on the implementation of affordable yet efficient microfluidic ... [more ▼]

Multidisciplinary lab experiments combining microfluidics, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization are presented. These experiments rely on the implementation of affordable yet efficient microfluidic setups based on PFA capillary coils and standard HPLC connectors in upper undergraduate chemistry labs. Fundamental principles and concepts, as well as practical tips for the rapid deployment of microfluidics are presented. In-line membrane separation, segmented-flow regime, high temperature experiments, and in-line analytical techniques are illustrated with the preparation of inorganic nanoparticles (silver, gold, cadmium selenide or telluride) in microreactors. Besides microfluidics, analytical techniques for nanoparticle analysis are also illustrated. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the gravitationally lensed system HE 1104-1805: near-IR spectroscopy
Courbin, F.; Lidman, C.; Meylan, G. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 360

A new technique for the spatial deconvolution of spectra is applied to near-IR (0.95-2.50 mum) NTT/SOFI spectra of the lensed, radio-quiet quasar HE 1104-1805. The continuum of the lensing galaxy is ... [more ▼]

A new technique for the spatial deconvolution of spectra is applied to near-IR (0.95-2.50 mum) NTT/SOFI spectra of the lensed, radio-quiet quasar HE 1104-1805. The continuum of the lensing galaxy is revealed between 1.5 mum and 2.5 mum. Although the spectrum does not show strong emission features, it is used in combination with previous optical and IR photometry to infer a plausible redshift in the range 0.8 < z < 1.2. Modeling of the system shows that the lens is complex, probably composed of the red galaxy seen between the quasar images and a more extended component associated with a galaxy cluster with fairly low velocity dispersion (~ 575 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]). Unless more constrains can be put on the mass distribution of the cluster, e.g. from deep X-ray observations, HE 1104-1805 will not be a good system to determine H[SUB]0[/SUB]. We stress that multiply imaged quasars with known time delays may prove more useful as tools for detecting dark mass in distant lenses than for determining cosmological parameters. The spectra of the two lensed images of the source are of great interest. They show no trace of reddening at the redshift of the lens nor at the redshift of the source. This supports the hypothesis of an elliptical lens. Additionally, the difference between the spectrum of the brightest component and that of a scaled version of the faintest component is a featureless continuum. Broad and narrow emission lines, including the FeII features, are perfectly subtracted. The very good quality of our spectrum makes it possible to fit precisely the optical Fe II feature, taking into account the underlying continuum over a wide wavelength range. HE 1104-1805 can be classified as a weak Fe II emitter. Finally, the slope of the continuum in the brightest image is steeper than the continuum in the faintest image and supports the finding by Wisotzki et al. (1993) that the brightest image is microlensed. This is particularly interesting in view of the new source reconstruction methods from multiwavelength photometric monitoring. While HE 1104- 1805 does not seem the best target for determining cosmological parameters, it is probably the second most interesting object after Q 2237+0305 (the Einstein cross), in terms of microlensing. Based on observations collected with the ESO New Technology Telescope (program 61.B-0413) [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the Holocene through fossil cyanobacterial sequences from Antarctic lake sediments.
Fernandez Carazo, Rafael ULg; Waleron, Krzysztof; Hodgson, Dominic et al

Poster (2009, July 27)

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See detailExploring the Interest in and the Usage of the Internet Among Patients Eligible for Osteoporosis Screening.
Slomian, Justine ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Ulysse ULg et al

in Calcified tissue international (2015), 96

The aim of this study was to evaluate the interest in the Internet and its usage for health-related issues among people eligible for osteoporosis screening. Self-administered questionnaires have been ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the interest in the Internet and its usage for health-related issues among people eligible for osteoporosis screening. Self-administered questionnaires have been distributed to subjects who were screened for osteoporosis and to menopausal women. 177 patients have responded to the survey (64.5 +/- 10.1 years, 88.1 % of women). There are 78.5 % of Internet users. Among them, 67.2 % said searching information about their health and 74.5 % said using the Internet for this purpose. All respondents attributed an average score, out of 10, of 5.7 +/- 2.3 regarding the reliability of information that they could find on the Internet. The use of the Internet differs significantly depending on age: those who use the Internet are younger (62.1 +/- 8.91 years) than those who do not use it (73.3 +/- 9.42 years). The socioeconomic status also has an impact on the Internet use: Internet users have a higher education, are more professionally active and have a higher net monthly household income compared to the group of non-users. Even if age and socioeconomic status appear to be determining factors in the use of the Internet for the search of health information in patients eligible for osteoporosis screening, almost 75 % of the study population use the Internet for this purpose. Action to promote health through an Internet platform must therefore take these parameters into account. [less ▲]

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