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See detailNew antiobesity agents in type 2 diabetes: overview of clinical trials with sibutramine and orlistat.
Scheen, André ULg; Ernest, Philippe ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2002), 28(6 Pt 1), 437-45

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight ... [more ▼]

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight subjects. After failure of lifestyle modifications, antiobesity drugs such as orlistat, a potent and selective inhibitor of gastric and pancreatic lipases that reduces lipid intestinal absorption, or sibutramine, a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor that regulates food intake, may be considered to favour weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Several placebo-controlled studies have recently demonstrated that both drugs are able to promote weight loss in obese type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas, metformin or insulin. The greater weight reduction as compared to placebo was associated with a significant reduction of glycated haemoglobin levels and/or of the doses of classical antihyperglycaemic agents, especially in good responders who lost at least 10% of initial body weight. In addition, vascular risk factors associated to insulin resistance were also reduced after weight loss. These antiobesity agents may also contribute to delay or prevent the progression from impaired glucose tolerance to overt type 2 diabetes in at risk obese individuals ("Xenical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects" trial). Large long-term prospective studies, such as the "Sibutramine cardiovascular and diabetes outcome study" should better determine the place of pharmacological anti-obesity strategy in the overall management of obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailNew appendix criteria open for a broader concept of chronic migraine.
Olesen, J.; Bousser, M*-G; Diener, H*-C et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2006), 26(6), 742-6

After the introduction of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache as diagnostic entities in The International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, ICHD-2, it has been shown that ... [more ▼]

After the introduction of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache as diagnostic entities in The International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, ICHD-2, it has been shown that very few patients fit into the diagnostic criteria for chronic migraine (CM). The system of being able to use CM and the medication overuse headache (MOH) diagnosis only after discontinuation of overuse has proven highly unpractical and new data have suggested a much more liberal use of these diagnoses. The International Headache Classification Committee has, therefore, worked out the more inclusive criteria for CM and MOH presented in this paper. These criteria are included in the appendix of ICHD-2 and are meant primarily for further scientific evaluation but may be used already now for inclusion into drug trials, etc. It is now recommended that the MOH diagnosis should no longer request improvement after discontinuation of medication overuse but should be given to patients if they have a primary headache plus ongoing medication overuse. The latter is defined as previously, i.e. 10 days or more of intake of triptans, ergot alkaloids mixed analgesics or opioids and 15 days or more of analgesics/NSAIDs or the combined use of more than one substance. If these new criteria for CM and MOH prove useful in future testing, the plan is to include them in a future revised version of ICHD-2. [less ▲]

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See detailNew applications of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) technologies for space instrumentation
Rochus, Pierre ULg; Plesseria, Jean-Yves ULg; van Elsen, M. et al

in Acta Astronautica (2007), 61

In the frame of a research project, CRIF, KUL and CSL have investigated the possibility to use rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) techniques during space instrument development. Rapid ... [more ▼]

In the frame of a research project, CRIF, KUL and CSL have investigated the possibility to use rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) techniques during space instrument development. Rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing terms gather several techniques with the common baseline that parts are built layer by layer, starting from a CAD model. These techniques imply powder, paste or liquid and are applicable to polymers, ceramics and metals. In a first step, the major advantages of these techniques have been presented to Belgian industries implied in the space sector and, as a result of the discussions, development goals for the project have been identified. Several types of use have also been pointed, from demonstration mock-up to real space hardware. In parallel to technical developments, several case studies and tests have been performed. The case studies have shown that the rapid manufacturing allows complex geometries to be created. A drastic decrease of the number of separate parts and bolted junctions ease the predictability of the mechanical and thermal behaviour and limit the risk of imperfect junction. As a result of the project, a guidelines document has been issued to give as much information as possible on how to perform a space instrument design using the advantages of RP/RM techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Approach for Detection Improvement of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disorder through a Specific Surface Chemistry Applied onto Titration Wel
Mille, Caroline; Debarnot, Dominique; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Biosensors (2012), 2(4), 433-447

This work illustrates the enhancement of the sensitivity of the ELISA titration for recombinant human and native prion proteins, while reducing other non-specific adsorptions that could increase the ... [more ▼]

This work illustrates the enhancement of the sensitivity of the ELISA titration for recombinant human and native prion proteins, while reducing other non-specific adsorptions that could increase the background signal and lead to a low sensitivity and false positives. It is achieved thanks to the association of plasma chemistry and coating with different amphiphilic molecules bearing either ionic charges and/or long hydrocarbon chains. The treated support by 3-butenylamine hydrochloride improves the signal detection of recombinant protein, while surface modification with the 3,7-dimethylocta-2,6-dien-1-diamine (geranylamine) enhances the sensitivity of the native protein. Beside the surface chemistry effect, these different results are associated with protein conformation. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach for the detection of growth promotors residues in animal products
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Helbo, Vincent; Degand, Guy ULg et al

in Third meeting on animal productions. Biotechnologies: society stake. Proceedings of the study day held in Gembloux (Belgium) the 28 January 1998 (1998)

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See detailA new approach in deciphering early protist paleobiology and evolution: Combined microscopy and microchemistry of single Proterozoic acritarchs
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Marshal, C. P.

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2006), 139(1-4), 1-15

Beside a few cases, the biological affinities of Proterozoic and Paleozoic acritarchs remain, by definition, largely unknown. However, these fossils record crucial steps in the early evolution of ... [more ▼]

Beside a few cases, the biological affinities of Proterozoic and Paleozoic acritarchs remain, by definition, largely unknown. However, these fossils record crucial steps in the early evolution of microorganisms and diversification of complex ecosystems. We present how combining microscopy (light microscopy, scanning and transmitted electron microscopy) with microchemical analyses of individual microfossils may offer further insights into the paleobiology and evolution of early microorganisms. We use our ongoing work on early Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic assemblages, as well as other published work, as examples to illustrate how this approach may clarify the evolution of early microorganisms and we underline how useful this approach could be for palynologists working on younger material. Such a multidisciplinary approach offers new possibilities to investigate the biological affinities of acritarchs and the record of early life on Earth and beyond. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach in modelling floods over steep river basins
Dubois, Jérôme; Boillat, Jean-Louis; Schleiss, Anton et al

in 2nd Inter-Regional Conference on Environment-Water (1999)

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See detailA new approach of food microbiology with the metagenomic tools: an application on fish
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Poster (2012, September 03)

Metagenomics has appeared as a powerful tool to study bacterial composition of various environmental samples. Its interest has started to appear in food microbiology but only on the study of very ... [more ▼]

Metagenomics has appeared as a powerful tool to study bacterial composition of various environmental samples. Its interest has started to appear in food microbiology but only on the study of very particular bacterial populations of fermented food. This work describes the application of this technique to study the bacterial population of two fresh fish filets. The two fish species are from freshwater (pangasius) and seawater (haddock), respectively. Samples where directly analyzed the day of receipt. Others samples were analyzed at the end their shelf life after storage at 4°C (1/3 of their shelf life) and 8°C (2/3 of their shelf life). For these samples, packagings were made in plastic wrap for atmospheric air condition and in trays under modified atmosphere. Classical microbiological and 16S rDNA metagenomic analysis were carried out on all these samples. The composition and evolution of microbial populations of fish filet stored under different packaging conditions and temperatures of storage were investigated with identification of bacteria species. A total of 40 different species were identified for both fish types. Gram-negative bacteria are always predominated among the initial flora and at the end of the shelf life in all the trials. At the beginning of storage, the predominant Gram-negative microflora consisted of Moraxellaceae (Acinetobacter spp, Psychrobacter spp.), Pseudomonadaceae (Pseudomonas spp), and Shewanella spp and the Gram-positive flora was identified as Lactobacillaceae (Carnobacterium spp), Brochothrix thermosphacta and Planococcus donghaensis (only for pangasius). Regardless the packaging and the fish origin, significant variations of the initial flora were noted. The important growth of some Gram negative populations could indicate a risk of spoilage. Thus, the metagenomic approach could be used to adequately determine the duration of shelf-life. For the pangasius, Planococcus donghaensis is only present before the fish is packed and its dominant presence could provide an indication of the freshness of the fish. The metagenomic analysis is a useful tool to identify and to measure the relative proportions of bacterial species in fish filet samples. [less ▲]

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See detailA new approach to analyze genotypes of colony-forming cyanobacteria from environmental samples.
Lara, Yannick ULg; BOUTTE, Christophe; PERETYATKO, Anatoly et al

Poster (2008, August 31)

Several studies have shown the efficiency of sequences as rRNA-ITS, cpcBA, rbcLX and other housekeeping genes to study taxonomy [1, 2, 3], population, community structure of cyanobacteria, or for Multi ... [more ▼]

Several studies have shown the efficiency of sequences as rRNA-ITS, cpcBA, rbcLX and other housekeeping genes to study taxonomy [1, 2, 3], population, community structure of cyanobacteria, or for Multi Locus Sequence Analysis [4]. Recently, the genotypic analysis of single colonies and single filaments directly isolated from the environment has been carried out by other authors. It appears that different genotypes of Microcystis are present in one population in one lake. Besides, succession of toxic and non-toxic genotypes may have a critical influence on toxin concentrations during the blooms [5]. Genotypic analysis of colony-forming cyanobacteria requires enough DNA. So far, the genotypes of environmental single colonies of Microcystis were characterized on the basis of one or two PCR [6]. As the DNA content of one single colony only allows for a few PCR reactions, we have developed a new approach using Whole Genome Amplification with Phi29 polymerase to allow for the Multi Locus Sequences Typing analysis of a single colony or filament. For the first time, we were able to amplify and sequence more than one locus of the genome of a single colony of Microcystis. In addition, we have obtained the first sequences of rpoC1, rbcLX and rRNA-ITS from a single colony of the genus Woronichinia ( identified by microscopy). This approach allows to work with a small amount of DNA, and represents a concrete answer to the lack of data on non-cultivable cyanobacteria. This research is supported by the Belgian Science policy under the science for a sustainable development (SSD) and Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS with a FRIA fellowship. References: [1] Otsuka S, et al (1999) FEMS Microbiology Letters 172 15-21 [2] Gugger M, et al (2002) Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 52 1867-1880 [3] Haverkamp T, et al (2008) Environmental Microbiology 10(1) 174-188 [4] Lodders N, et al (2005) Environmental Microbiology 7 (3) 434-442 [5] Kardinaal E, and Visser P (2005) In Harmfuf cyanobacteria, Springer Dordrecht pp 41-64 [6] Janse I, et al (2004) Appl Environm Microbiol 70 (7) 3979–3987 [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach to quantitative analysis of benzo[a]pyrene in food supplements by an immunochemical column test
Beloglazova, Natalia; Goryacheva, Irina; De Saeger, Sarah et al

in Talanta (2011), 85

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See detailA new approach to the qualitative evaluation of functional disability in dementia
Kurz, Xavier; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Rive, B. et al

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2003), 18

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See detailNew approach to vascular injection in fresh cadaver dissection.
Heymans, Olivier Y; Nelissen, Xavier P; Peters, Stephane et al

in Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery (2004), 20(4), 311-5

Vascular injection techniques for anatomic studies are often complementary. Use of colored gelatinous mixtures with methylene blue provides precious data about descriptive anatomy by the contrast that it ... [more ▼]

Vascular injection techniques for anatomic studies are often complementary. Use of colored gelatinous mixtures with methylene blue provides precious data about descriptive anatomy by the contrast that it produces in the tissues. The introduction of radiopaque medium, such as lead oxide, into the gelatinous mixture can be used as a complement by means of x-ray examination, in order to facilitate and to reduce the time of investigation. Addition of rhodamine B to the radiopaque mixture keeps the advantages of the contrast medium, but also permits further dissection to demonstrate some details shown by prior x-ray examination. This article compares these different injection techniques in the study of the nasal vascular network. Moreover, it depicts a new injection approach that allows the investigation of vascular territories depending on thin caliber arteries by selective reinjection, defining microangiosomes. Each above-cited technique was used in ten facial territories of fresh cadavers. The patterns of the vessels shown by these techniques were identical, with a constant visualization of infra-millimetric arteries. However, selective reinjection was the only method that permitted characterization of the proper vascular territory of the lateral nasal artery. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approaches and neglected areas
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Zbinden, X. (Ed.) Applications of behavioral pharmacology and toxicology (1983)

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See detailNew approaches and old controversies to postoperative pain control following cardiac surgery
Roediger, Laurence ULg; Larbuisson, Robert ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2006), 23(7), 539-550

Objective: To evaluate the effect of postoperative pain control in cardiac surgical patients on morbidity, mortality and other outcome measures. Background: New approaches in pain control have been ... [more ▼]

Objective: To evaluate the effect of postoperative pain control in cardiac surgical patients on morbidity, mortality and other outcome measures. Background: New approaches in pain control have been introduced over the past decade. The impact of these interventions, either alone or in combination, on perioperative outcome was evaluated in cardiac surgical patients. Methods: We searched Medline for the period of 1980 to the present using the key terms analgesics, opioid, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cardiac surgery, regional analgesia, spinal, epidural, fast-track cardiac anaesthesia, fast-track cardiac surgery, myocardial ischaemia, myocardial infarction, postoperative care, accelerated care programmes, postoperative complications, and we examined and discussed the articles that were identified to be included in this review. Results: Pain management in cardiac surgery is becoming more important with the establishment of minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery and fast-track management of conventional cardiac surgery patients. Advances have been made in this area and encompass specific techniques, such as central neuraxial blockade or selective nerve blocks, and drugs (opioids, sedative-hypnotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Ideally, these therapies provide not only patient comfort but also mitigate untoward cardiovascular responses, pulmonary responses, and other inflammatory and secondary sympathetic responses. The introduction of these newer approaches to perioperative care has reduced morbidity, but not mortality, in cardiac surgical patients. Conclusions: Understanding perioperative pathophysiology and implementation of care regimes to reduce the stress of cardiac surgery, will continue to accelerate rehabilitation associated with decreased hospitalization and increased satisfaction and safety after discharge. Reorganization of the perioperative team (anaesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses and physical therapists) will be essential to achieve successful fast-track cardiac surgical programmes. Developments and improvements of multimodal interventions within the context of 'fast-track' cardiac surgery programmes represents the major challenge for the medical professionals working to achieve a 'pain and risk free' perioperative course. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approaches in light/laser therapies and photodynamic treatment of acne.
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine; PAQUET, Philippe ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg

in Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy (2011), 12(4), 493-501

Acne is a domain in which the technology and understanding of light/laser therapeutic procedures have advanced considerably. The aim of the paper was to revisit adjunctive physical treatments of acne ... [more ▼]

Acne is a domain in which the technology and understanding of light/laser therapeutic procedures have advanced considerably. The aim of the paper was to revisit adjunctive physical treatments of acne, including light/laser treatments and photodynamic therapy. This review summarizes findings about such treatment modalities with particular emphasis on efficacy and safety. A number of laser/light-based modalities have been developed to meet the increasing demand for new acne treatments. The current devices correspond, on the one hand, to light-emitting diode therapy and, on the other hand, to the 532-nm potassium titanyl phosphate laser, the 585- and 595-nm pulsed dye laser, the 1450-nm diode laser, the 1320-nm Nd:YAG laser and intense pulsed light. Photodynamic therapy is also available. It is claimed that light/laser treatments might induce a faster response compared with the 1-3 months needed for response to traditional oral and topical treatments. In conclusion, pulsed dye laser shows efficacy in some patients with mild to moderate acne. The relative effectiveness compared with other treatments is unconfirmed; from the published information, evidence-based efficacy assessment of light/laser therapies in acne remains almost impossible. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Approaches in Text Linguistics
Longrée, Dominique ULg; Mellet, Sylvie

Book published by John Benjamins (2009)

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