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See detailBackground for studies on the treatment of male osteoporosis: state of the art.
Kaufman, J M; Johnell, O; Abadie, Eric ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2000), 59(10), 765-72

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the ... [more ▼]

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the incidence of osteoporotic fracture, with a female to male incidence ratio of about 2 to 3 to 1 in the elderly for hip and vertebral fractures. Morbidity after osteoporotic fractures appears to be more serious and mortality more common in men than in women. To date, no single treatment has been proved to be effective and safe in published prospective studies. The present report, based on a systematic search of the literature on male osteoporosis, summarises the state of the art on the clinical consequences of male osteoporosis and its risk factors, in relation to the present state of knowledge about female osteoporosis. This constitutes the background for the design of rational clinical development strategies for therapeutic interventions in male osteoporosis. From this review of the literature it is apparent that notwithstanding the existing sex differences in pathophysiology of osteoporosis and the difference in age-specific incidence of osteoporotic fractures, there are also important similarities between osteoporosis in women and men. The higher incidence of fracture in women than in men results from quantitative differences in risk factors rather than from different risk factors. Even though there are sex differences in bone geometry, incidence of fracture seems to be similar in men and women for a same absolute areal bone mineral density. However, the lack of data on the changes in fracture rates in men resulting from pharmacological intervention, leading to changes in bone mineral density or bone turnover, remains the main limitation for extrapolation of established treatment outcomes from women to men. [less ▲]

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See detailBackground Subtraction: Experiments and Improvements for ViBe
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Paquot, Olivier

in Change Detection Workshop (2012, June)

Motion detection plays an important role in most video based applications. One of the many possible ways to detect motion consists in background subtraction. This paper discusses experiments led for a ... [more ▼]

Motion detection plays an important role in most video based applications. One of the many possible ways to detect motion consists in background subtraction. This paper discusses experiments led for a particular background subtraction technique called ViBe. This technique models the background with a set of samples for each pixel and compares new frames, pixel by pixel, to determine if a pixel belongs to the background or to the foreground. In its original version, the scope of ViBe is limited to background modeling. In this paper, we introduce a series of modifications that alter the working of ViBe, like the inhibition of propagation around internal borders or the distinction between the updating and segmentation masks, or process the output, for example by some operations on the connected components. Experimental results obtained for video sequences provided on the workshop site validate the improvements of the proposed modifications. [less ▲]

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See detailBackground/BiResonant decomposition of the non Gaussian buffeting response
Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedigs of 13th International Conference on Wind Engineering (2011)

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See detailBackward Euler method for single time step finite element simulation of the magnetization of high-temperature bulk superconductors with non linear conductivity
Lousberg, Grégory ULg

Conference (2008, May)

We consider a three dimensional (3D) finite element modeling of high temperature superconductors (HTS) submitted to a uniform magnetic field varying linearly with time. HTS are characterized by a non ... [more ▼]

We consider a three dimensional (3D) finite element modeling of high temperature superconductors (HTS) submitted to a uniform magnetic field varying linearly with time. HTS are characterized by a non linear conductivity described by a power law with the critical exponent, n. We implement an A- phi weak formulation into the opensource solver GetDP. Backward Euler method is used for the temporal resolution and is coupled to a non linear Picard iteration scheme for dealing with the non linear resistivity of HTS.We consider single- and multiple-time step methods and show that the single time step method produces an accurate result in a drastically reduced calculation time for HTS with large pinning strength (or similarly, with large values of n). The finite element formulation is validated by comparing the magnetization of a HTS tube calculated either with our finite element formulation or with other well-known techniques. The numerical method is then applied for comparing the magnetization of cylinders that are drilled by different periodic arrangements of columnar holes parallel to the cylinder axis. [less ▲]

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See detailBackyard poultry in Kabylie (Algeria): from an indigenous chicken to a local poultry breed?
Moula, Nassim ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Salhi, Abdellah et al

in Animal Genetic Resources (2012), 50

Backyard poultry is considered as a powerful tool for poverty alleviation. It is further promoted as a way of empowering women in communities where there is gender bias in poultry raising. The low-input ... [more ▼]

Backyard poultry is considered as a powerful tool for poverty alleviation. It is further promoted as a way of empowering women in communities where there is gender bias in poultry raising. The low-input systems involved are based on local breeds that are perfectly suited to their environment. However, socio-economic processes put local genetic resources under pressure, leading to the erosion of biodiversity. The present survey addresses this issue in the case of Kabylie, a mountainous coastal region of Algeria, through a survey conducted in 90 households raising poultry, a morpho-biometric description of 315 local chickens, and a performance evaluation of both growth and egg production in experimental semi-intensive conditions. The socio-economic profile of poultry smallholders in Kabylie reveals poor education and high diversification of agricultural assets and confirms gender bias in poultry keeping. The erosion of local genetic resources in chicken is found to be severe despite their cultural importance in Kabylie. From complementary surveys among experienced poultry keepers, the major original local type is postulated to consist of three varieties with black plumage (pure black, mottled and barred). The performance evaluation raised promising results, suggesting that some degree of improvement of low-input backyard systems could be pursued by exploiting the local breed. Finally, a strategy for a revival of the local breed through the support of the most involved smallholders is outlined in accordance with the information collected in the survey. [less ▲]

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See detailLes bacs à graisse : une solution aux problèmes des matières grasses pour les PME
Thonart, Philippe ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Zgoulli, S. et al

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1997), 586/2

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See detailBacteremia after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: incidence and predictive value of surveillance cultures.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Hermanne, J.-P.; Debouge, M.-H. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2004), 33(7), 745-9

We studied 622 transplants undertaken between 1982 and 2001 to: (1) determine the incidence, timing and etiology of bacteremias, and (2) examine the ability of routine surveillance cultures to predict ... [more ▼]

We studied 622 transplants undertaken between 1982 and 2001 to: (1) determine the incidence, timing and etiology of bacteremias, and (2) examine the ability of routine surveillance cultures to predict bacteremias. A total of 404 episodes (0.65 episode per patient) occurred in 248 patients, due to coagulase-negative staphylococci (n=171, 42%), Gram-negative bacteria (n=129, 32%), streptococci (n=48, 12%), other Gram-positive bacteria (n=33, 8%), anaerobes (n=9, 2%) and fungi (n=14, 3%). Bacteremias were more frequent in allogeneic (0.96 episode/patient) compared to autologous (0.44) transplants (P<0.0001). The overall incidence decreased from 0.92 episode/patient until 1990 to 0.66 in 1991-1996 and 0.55 in 1997-2001 (P<0.0001), but this was only observed in autologous transplants. Among them, 212 (53%) occurred before hospital discharge and 192 (47%) thereafter. This proportion was lower for coagulase-negative staphylococci, other Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria compared to other agents (P=0.001). In 50% of the cases, the agent responsible for the bacteremic episode was present in routine surveillance cultures previously. In conclusion: (1) bacteremias remain a frequent complication, particularly in allogeneic transplantation, even long after hospital discharge; (2) routine surveillance cultures can predict bacteremias in 50% of the cases, but the practical impact of this observation is limited in view of the costs. [less ▲]

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See detailBacteria and nanoscale biophysics
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Vanderleyden, Jozef

in Microbial Biotechnology (2011), 4(2), 129-130

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See detailBacteria, bonds between classical karsts and karsts in silicated non carbonated rocks ?
Willems, Luc ULg

Poster (2014, June)

For several years, similar karsts to those found in the limestone have been observed in various silicated non-carbonated rocks. Several morphological arguments show that a complete dissolution of rocks is ... [more ▼]

For several years, similar karsts to those found in the limestone have been observed in various silicated non-carbonated rocks. Several morphological arguments show that a complete dissolution of rocks is necessary to explain the formation of some caves and other related forms independently of hydrotermalisme phenomena. However, the physico-chemical processes generally considered do not provide a satisfactory explanation to this dissolution. Bacterial activity found deep in many lithologies provides a solution to this apparent contradiction. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial Active-Site Serine Penicillin-Interactive Proteins and Domains: Mechanism, Structure, and Evolution
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Reviews of Infectious Diseases (1988), 10(4), 726-732

The bacterial active-site serine penicillin-hydrolyzing and penicillin-binding proteins or domains operate by a serine-ester-linked acyl enzyme mechanism similar to that of the peptidases of the trypsin ... [more ▼]

The bacterial active-site serine penicillin-hydrolyzing and penicillin-binding proteins or domains operate by a serine-ester-linked acyl enzyme mechanism similar to that of the peptidases of the trypsin and subtilisin families. On the basis of known primary and tertiary structures, predictive studies support the view that these proteins or domains form a superfamily of evolutionarily related enzymes. Although--depending on the evolutionary distance--they may have very different amino acid sequences and distinct functional characteristics and specificities, they all would have conserved the same unprecedented type of polypeptide scaffolding. When obtained, complete structural information should provide the necessary tools for the rational design of novel types of inactivators of these important enzyme targets. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial and viral pneumonia
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings 35 Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten (2014, February)

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See detailBacterial Bronchopneumonia
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 24th Program - Symposium on diseases of small animals - Portoroz - Slovenia (2011, April)

See detailBacterial cell wall
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Hackenbeck, Regine

Book published by Elsevier (1994)

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See detailBacterial cell wall growth, shape and division.
Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Terrak, Mohammed ULg; Den Blaauwen, Tanneke et al

in Bacterial Membranes: Structural and Molecular Biology (2013)

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See detailBacterial cholangiohepatitis in a dog
Ramery, Eve ULg; Papakonstantinou, Stratos; Pinilla, Manuel et al

in Canadian Veterinary Journal = Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne (2012), 53(4), 423-425

A 9-year-old female Yorkshire terrier was presented for vomiting and diarrhoea. Blood chemistry tests revealed hepatic dysfunction, cholestasis and inflammation. Liver ultrasonography and liver biopsy ... [more ▼]

A 9-year-old female Yorkshire terrier was presented for vomiting and diarrhoea. Blood chemistry tests revealed hepatic dysfunction, cholestasis and inflammation. Liver ultrasonography and liver biopsy were consistent with cholangiohepatitis. Fine needle aspiration of the gall-bladder revealed the presence of bacteria later identified as Clostridium spp. The cholangiohepatitis diagnosed was successfully treated. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial Constituents .71. Absolute Configuration Of The Isopyoverdin Chromophore
Michalke, R.; Taraz, K.; Budzikiewicz, H. et al

in Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-A Journal of Biosciences (1997), 52(7-8),

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See detailBacterial diversity and its evolution during storage of fresh beef from different origins under different atmosphere and temperature conditions
Didimo Imazaki, Pedro Henrique ULg; Tahiri, Assia ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 11)

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bacterial diversity and its evolution during storage of fresh beef, depending on its origin, packaging and storage temperature. Two batches of three vacuum ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bacterial diversity and its evolution during storage of fresh beef, depending on its origin, packaging and storage temperature. Two batches of three vacuum packed striploins from United Kingdom and Belgium were obtained from a food wholesaler located in the Walloon Region. Fifteen days after slaughter, the striploins were sliced and individually kept under vacuum for 30 days: i) at −1 °C; ii) at +4 °C and iii) at −1 °C for 15 days and then at +4 °C for 15 days. The bacterial diversity was evaluated by metagenomic approach 15, 30 and 45 days after slaughter. Furthermore, each 15 days part of the vacuum packed striploin slices were repacked under modified atmosphere (70 % O2/30 % CO2), stored at +4 °C for 2 days and at +8 °C for 5 days, and then analyzed. Metagenomic analysis revealed a selection of the initial flora depending on atmosphere and temperature conditions. The development of Lactobacillus algidus was favored in samples preserved under vacuum at −1 °C, while a predominance of Lactococcus piscium was observed for samples stored at +4 °C. Moreover, storage under modified atmosphere favored the development of Leuconostoc gasicomitatum. These microorganisms have already been isolated from beef, but no study has evaluated their role in food conservation. The next step of this study will be to isolate and characterize strains of Lactobacillus algidus from meat and to assess their bioprotective potential. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial diversity of field-caught mosquitoes from different regions of Belgium and potential impact on virus transmission
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 02)

Several vectors disease presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. Endosymbiotic bacteria was an alternative solution found because of their probably interactive effects with their host ... [more ▼]

Several vectors disease presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. Endosymbiotic bacteria was an alternative solution found because of their probably interactive effects with their host. According to the introduction risks of these virus and disease dispersion, we propose to investigate the bacterial endosymbiont role in Culicidae in Belgium. Among the 30 species of mosquitoes identified in this country, about ten are considered as potential vectors of arboviruses. In this study, eleven species of Culicidae belonging to five genera (Culex pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium, Cx. hortensis, Anopheles claviger, An. maculipennis s.l., An. plumbeus, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus geniculatus, Oc. dorsalis, Aedes albopictus and Coquillettidia richiardii) mosquitoes fields from eight sites of Belgium were used for the screening of the presence of six genera endosymbiotic bacteria (Wolbachia sp, Commamonas sp, Delftia sp, Pseudomonas sp, Acinetobacter sp and Asaia sp) according their possible impact in mosquito biology. PCR was done for the screening of endosymbiotic bacteria mosquitoes studied. A total of 176 individuals (144 larvae and 32 adults) were used. Our results allowed us to confirm the absence of Wolbachia in An. clavigere, An. maculipennis s.l and Cx. torentium. Acinetobacter was found in every species. Current advances in understanding the mosquito–microbiota relationships may have a great impact in a better understanding of some traits of mosquito biology and in the development of innovative mosquito-borne disease-control strategies aimed to reduce mosquito vectorial capacity and/or inhibiting pathogen transmission. [less ▲]

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