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See detailBlood lead, urinary lead, urinary δ-aminolevulinic acid and urinary porphyrins levels among people living in kinshasa, D.R. Congo : a pilot biomonitoring study
Mputu Malolo, Corneille-Liévin; Ndelo di Phanzu, Josaphat; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 475

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See detailLa Meuse comme "Barrière" ? Regards croisés sur une frontière stratégique entre la France et l'Allemagne (1870-1914)
Bechet, Christophe ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2013), XCI(4), 1155-1186

In the margins of the London Treaty of 1831, a secret provision – regarding the defence of the Belgian fortresses in case of a war against France by the other Powers was maintained, putting the strategic ... [more ▼]

In the margins of the London Treaty of 1831, a secret provision – regarding the defence of the Belgian fortresses in case of a war against France by the other Powers was maintained, putting the strategic burden of the old « Low Countries Barrier » of 1815 on the frail shoulders of the newly-formed Kingdom of Belgium. To the full satisfaction of the Belgian Government, this « Fortress agreement » was practically forgotten afterwards. Nevertheless, after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, a march of the French and German armies through the Meuse valley became more and more a nightmarish eventuality. As a consequence, the towns of Liège and Namur were surrounded with modern forts to check any invasion attempt by belligerents. This shift in defensive paradigm led to numerous diplomatic and military commentaries in Belgium and abroad. Meanwhile, the new railways established between Meuse and Rhin increased the strategic value of the Ardennes-Eifel area. Finally, these modifications to the border area distorted the French and German war plans. At the beginning of the twentieth century, war-planners had started to look at the Belgian Meuse valley from a completely new perspective. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of cerebrospinal fluid albumin in healthy dogs
Ramery, Eve ULg; Girod, Maud ULg; Allerton, Fergus et al

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2013)

Background: Measurement of CSF albumin aids diagnosis in human medicine but technical difficulties related to its low CSF concentration prohibit its routine use in veterinary medicine. High-resolution ... [more ▼]

Background: Measurement of CSF albumin aids diagnosis in human medicine but technical difficulties related to its low CSF concentration prohibit its routine use in veterinary medicine. High-resolution electrophoresis (HRE) has been described but often results in non-interpretable integration profiles preventing albumin determination. Fraction quantification using HRE may be more precise after concentration (cHRE) using a membrane microconcentrator technique but has not been evaluated in CSF with total protein levels below 20mg/dL. Immunoturbidimetry is routinely used for human CSF albumin measurement and was recently applied on canine samples with encouraging results. Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare HRE (including the use of a concentration step) and immunoturbidimetric assay for the measurement of albumin levels in normal canine CSF. Methods: 30 CSF specimens from 15 healthy dogs were evaluated. CSF total protein was measured by the pyrogallol red methoda and CSF albumin was determined by HREb (n=15), cHREc (n=30) and immunoturbidimetric assayd (n=30). Validation of the human immunoturbidimetric assay was performed using a purified canine albumin standarde. Results: Mean CSF total protein was 17.5 (range 7-39) mg/dL. HRE integration profiles were non-interpretable in all unconcentrated specimens. However, clear distinction of the major protein fractions was achieved for all cHRE specimens. CSF albumin levels were measureable in 29/30 specimens using immunoturbidimetry. Excellent correlation (Pearson r=0.92, p<0.001) was found between the two techniques. Conclusion: Immunoturbidimetry and cHRE may be used for routine measurement of CSF albumin. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal estradiol synthesis in the brain and its implication in male and female sexual motivation of Japanese quail
de Bournonville, Catherine ULg; Schmit, Mélanie; Ball, Gregory F et al

in Trabajos del Instituto Cajal (2013)

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See detailReduction in VAP incidence by subglottic secretion drainage and antibiotic consumption in ICU patients
VAN CAUWENBERGE, Isabelle ULg; ANCION, Arnaud ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2013), 39(Suppl 2), 465-4660898

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See detailBiofilm formation on metal structured packing for the production of high added value biomolecules
Zune, Quentin ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg; Delvigne, Frank ULg et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés (2013)

Many white biotechnology bioprocesses apply techniques from chemical engineering based on bioreactors with mechanical stirring system commonly employed in pharmaceutical sector, food industry or energy ... [more ▼]

Many white biotechnology bioprocesses apply techniques from chemical engineering based on bioreactors with mechanical stirring system commonly employed in pharmaceutical sector, food industry or energy field (Dasilva, 2004). As in chemical engineering, scale-up of these bioprocesses induces physicochemical constraints that affect physiological pathways and decrease performances. In this context, it is essential to think new bioprocesses better suited to physiology of microorganisms, minimizing physicochemical constraints. The aim of this work consists to use stainless steel structured packing (SSP) with high specific area (500-750 m²/m³) as inert support for biomass immobilization in order to produce high added value biomolecules. These bioreactors are biocatalysts in which microbial system is immobilized biomass on the form of a biofilm performing bioconversion of a substrate into a specific product (Rosche, 2009). In this study, an experimental setting containing a SSP reproduces solid-state fermentation (SSF) like conditions. Two well known microorganisms for their ability to form biofilm and secrete metabolites are tested in the experimental setting : Bacillus subtilis for its lipopeptides and Aspergillus oryzae for its glucoamylase. Effectiveness of the bioprocess in term of dynamic of the excretion of the target biomolecule is compared with a classical submerged culture (SmF). For lipopeptides production from B. subtilis, SSP is located in a 20L bioreactor continuously aspersed by liquid medium required to the growth of the biofilm. In the case of A. oryzae, the SSP is partially immerged in a 250 mL shake flask. X-ray tomography of the SSP allows non-invasive visualization and quantification of biofilm repartition inside the support. Implementation of SSP permits almost total immobilization of biomass on the form of a mono-species biofilm to the detriment of the liquid phase. Processing of images obtained by X-ray tomography of the SSP provides relevant information for the optimization of the bioprocess. For both microorganism species, results indicate the influence of parameters such as hydrodynamics, aeration rate and microorganism specificity, on the biofilm morphology inside the support and the performances of the bioprocess. SSF-like conditions in the experimental setting lead to technologic progress, such as absence of foam formation, persistence of the microbial system, and improve the dynamic of metabolites excretion compared with conditions imposed by the submerged culture. Further experiment will consider hydrodynamics aspects and amount of carbon source on effectiveness of the bioprocess. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la Paix d'Angleur (1313) au sac de Liège (1468). Aspects des luttes socio-politiques à Liège aux XIVe et XVe siècles
Xhayet, Geneviève ULg

in Bulletin de la Société d'Art et d'Histoire du Diocèse de Liège (2013), LXX

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See detailEstimation of the fascine efficiency in terms of runoff infiltration and sediments deposition
Degré, Aurore ULg; Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Cantreul, Vincent ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set ... [more ▼]

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set up in agricultural watersheds. The fascines are one of these measures which allow to protect the public and private infrastructures and in the same way, which don’t reduce the famers productivity. They consist in branches faggots piled up between two rows of stakes. These linear constructions are mainly put in place across concentrated runoff axis in order to slow down the water and to filter the mud. Only few quantifications of their effectiveness (in terms of flow and concentration water reduction) exist and are however needed to better recommend these types of mitigation measures. Our experiment aims at measuring discharge and mud concentration reduction due to the fascines in a completely defined context. The tests were realised through fascines planted in field border. A watertight surface of 2,45m to 0,80m carries the water to the fascines. Three types of fascines were tested (willow wood fascine, straw fascine, straw compacted fascine), three different water flows were applied (0,5L/s, 3L/s and 6L/s) and three water concentration in dry soil (13g/L, 26g/L, 38g/L) were used. The different factor combinations were tested. The results show that we can expect a reduction of 60% of the flow for the biggest water flows (proportional efficiency with the water flow). The factor interaction study doesn’t allow to see a difference between the type. About the sediment water concentration, the filtration can reach 50%, the fascine with wood faggots showing a better efficiency. Finally, the difference between the fascine type show that straw fascine can support a biggest watershed (25 hectares) than the wood faggot fascine can (5-10 hectares) but during a smaller return period (one year against five years). [less ▲]

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See detailOptimizing scale search in species distribution models
Serckx, Adeline ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline et al

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

The influence of spatial scale on ecological processes and pattern formation, such as species distribution is a major research topic since decades. It has become even more relevant in the context of ... [more ▼]

The influence of spatial scale on ecological processes and pattern formation, such as species distribution is a major research topic since decades. It has become even more relevant in the context of global change. In many studies the influence of a predictor on a response derived over multiple and discrete spatial scales is evaluated. Due to inherent issue of multiple testing, this approach can be problematic. In this study on bonobos distribution, we suggest a 3-steps procedure that overcomes this problem. It takes into account the decay of a predictor by using a weighting function of distance to the observation of interest. We use variables to account for human pressure, food availability, patchy structure of the forest and nesting sites re-use. In a first step, we run a model with a fixed scale for every predictor based on expert opinion. For significant variables, we derive then in a second step the distance weighted influence over a range of scales. This helps to narrow down the search for the final model parameter estimates. Findings indicate that bonobo distribution is driven on the intermediate scale by forest patches structure. Food availability explains their abundance only at smaller scales. Those results demonstrate the sadly well-known influence of habitat fragmentation on animals’ density and distribution but also highlight the importance to understand influences of scale, the animal perceptions of their environment, by using appropriate statistical procedures. Our method can be particularly useful to formulate specific management hypotheses for conservation. Furthermore, its principles can be of use to other types of studies, such as behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst retrievals of HCFC-142b from ground-based high resolution FTIR solar observations: application to high altitude Jungfraujoch spectra
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; O'Doherty, Simon; Reimann, Stefan et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are the first substitutes to the long-lived ozone depleting halocarbons, in particular the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Given the complete ban of the CFCs by the Montreal ... [more ▼]

Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are the first substitutes to the long-lived ozone depleting halocarbons, in particular the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Given the complete ban of the CFCs by the Montreal Protocol, its Amendments and Adjustments, HCFCs are on the rise, with current rates of increase substantially larger than at the beginning of the 21st century. HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) is presently the second most abundant HCFC, after HCFC-22 (CHClF2). It is used in a wide range of applications, including as a blowing foam agent, in refrigeration and air-conditioning. Its concentration will soon reach 25 ppt in the northern hemisphere, with mixing ratios increasing at about 1.1 ppt/yr [Montzka et al., 2011]. The HCFC-142b lifetime is estimated at 18 years. With a global warming potential of 2310 on a 100-yr horizon, this species is also a potent greenhouse gas [Forster et al., 2007]. First space-based retrievals of HCFC-142b have been reported by Dufour et al. [2005]. 17 occultations recorded in 2004 by the Canadian ACE-FTS instrument (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer, onboard SCISAT-1) were analyzed, using two microwindows (1132.5–1135.5 and 1191.5–1195.5 cm-1). In 2009, Rinsland et al. determined the HCFC-142b trend near the tropopause, from the analysis of ACE-FTS observations recorded over the 2004–2008 time period. The spectral region used in this study extended from 903 to 905.5 cm-1. In this contribution, we will present the first HCFC-142b measurements from ground-based high-resolution Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) solar spectra. We use observations recorded at the high altitude station of the Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8°E, 3580 m asl), with a Bruker 120HR instrument, in the framework of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC, visit http://www.ndacc.org). The retrieval of HCFC-142b is very challenging, with simulations indicating only weak absorptions, lower than 1% for low sun spectra and current concentrations. Among the four microwindows tested, the region extending from 900 to 906 cm-1 proved to be the most appropriate, with limited interferences, in particular from water vapor. A total column time series spanning the 2004-2012 time period will be presented, analyzed and critically discussed. After conversion of our total columns to concentrations, we will compare our results with in situ measurements performed in the northern hemisphere by the AGAGE network. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysico-chemical and membrane-interacting properties of D-xylose-based bolaforms. Influence of the anomeric configuration
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Legrand, Vincent; Gatard, Sylvain et al

in MATEC Web of Conferences (2013), 4

Sugar-based biosurfactants such as xylose-derived bolaforms have interesting properties, for example high biocompatibility and biodegradability which make them potential useful molecules in the ... [more ▼]

Sugar-based biosurfactants such as xylose-derived bolaforms have interesting properties, for example high biocompatibility and biodegradability which make them potential useful molecules in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields. Until now, no detailed analyses of the physico-chemical properties of these compounds have been undertaken. Two symmetrical D-xylose-based bolaforms were chemically synthesized where the two xylose heads are linked via an acetal link to a hydrocarbon chain containing 18 carbon atoms and an unsaturation. The two bolaforms differ only by their anomeric configuration: or The bolaform exhibits interfacial properties at the air-water interface which is not the case for the . FTIR spectroscopy showed that the interactions between the bolaform and POPC, a model phospholipid, involve the carbonyl groups of the phospholipid [less ▲]

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See detailGrote scheppen zoete broodpap : de receptie van Hendrik Conscience in Frankrijk
Andringa, Kim ULg

in Verslagen en Mededelingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (2013), 123(2/3),

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See detailQUASI-STATIC MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF TI-6AL-4V ALLOY AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
Tuninetti Vásquez, Victor ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Milis, Olivier ULg et al

in Complas XII (2013), XII

In order to determine the mechanical behavior of a bulk TA6V alloy, a set of mechanical tests such as shear, compression, tensile monotonic tests, and tensile tests on notched samples are performed. The ... [more ▼]

In order to determine the mechanical behavior of a bulk TA6V alloy, a set of mechanical tests such as shear, compression, tensile monotonic tests, and tensile tests on notched samples are performed. The material is tested at constant strain rate. Full-field optical technique for displacement measurements and strain computation are used for all the experiments. Plastic anisotropy and tension–compression asymmetry are observed. The CPB06 [1] yield criterion adapted for hexagonal close packed (hcp) material is identified. The sensitivity of the material parameters on the identification method as well as the efficiency of the model to predict forces and displacement field are discussed. Validation is done by using Finite Element method (FEM) simulations and 3D Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC) measurements on specimens with multi-axial stress and strain fields subjected to large deformation. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation du captage post-combustion du CO2 avec évaluation de la dégradation des solvants
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; BELLETANTE, Ségolène; Cabeza Mogador, Bruno et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés (2013), 104

Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy ... [more ▼]

Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy demand. CO2 is chemically absorbed in an amine solvent that can be regenerated at higher temperature, producing a pure CO2 stream. However, the large impact of this technology on the power plant efficiency and the environmental penalty are the main drawbacks for large-scale implementation. In this work, an innovative approach combining process modeling and evaluation of the environmental penalty due to amine degradation is presented. Based on experimental results, the kinetics of solvent oxidative and thermal degradation is estimated and included in the process model developed in Aspen Plus. Using this model, the influence of operating parameters like the oxygen concentration in the flue gas or the solvent regeneration pressure is studied. This model is a first step for a multi-objective optimization of the CO2 capture process, assessing both energy and environmental penalties of this technology. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement et validation de la version française d'un questionnaire traitant des attentes des patients dans l'arthrose des membres inférieurs
NEUPREZ, Audrey ULg; Delcour, JP; Fatemi, F et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2013), 80(S1), 181

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See detailOn differentially dissipative dynamical systems
Forni, Fulvio ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in IFAC-PapersOnLine website. (2013)

Dissipativity is an essential concept of systems theory. The paper provides an extension of dissipativity, named differential dissipativity, by lifting storage functions and supply rates to the tangent ... [more ▼]

Dissipativity is an essential concept of systems theory. The paper provides an extension of dissipativity, named differential dissipativity, by lifting storage functions and supply rates to the tangent bundle. Differential dissipativity is connected to incremental stability in the same way as dissipativity is connected to stability. It leads to a natural formulation of differential passivity when restricting to quadratic supply rates. The paper also shows that the interconnection of differentially passive systems is differentially passive, and provides preliminary examples of differentially passive electrical systems. [less ▲]

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See detailRisks factors for valvular regurgitations in 3499 equids: a cross-sectional study.
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2013 ACVIM Forum (2013)

Risk factors for valvular regurgitations (VR) have been suspected in equids, but no extensive epidemiologic study has been performed in a large mixed equine population. Therefore, the aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Risk factors for valvular regurgitations (VR) have been suspected in equids, but no extensive epidemiologic study has been performed in a large mixed equine population. Therefore, the aim of this study was to statistically test risk factors for VR in a large population of equids. Hospital records were reviewed for 3.499 equids, admitted at the internal medicine department of the Liege Equine Teaching Hospital between 1994 and 2011, aged ≥2 years, and which underwent thorough cardiac clinical evaluation. Of this population, 495 cases had ECG and echocardiography performed because of a clinical suspicion of cardiac disease. Chi-square test or logistic regressions (as appropriate) were used to test if breed, gender, age, body weight (BW), and co-existence of various cardiac diseases were risk factors for each VR. Moreover, the risk of development of congestive heart failure (CHF) was tested for each VR. Significance was set at p<0.05. Most of the studied animals were warmbloods, and observed prevalences were 4.4% for mitral regurgitation (MR), 2.1% for aortic regurgitation (AR), 1.7% for tricuspid regurgitation (TR), and 1.0% for pulmonary regurgitation (PR). Significant risk factors were male gender and increasing age for AR (OR=2.03, CI=1.07-4.94), and racehorses breed group and middle-age for TR (OR=4.36; CI=1.10-17.24). No effect of age or BW was demonstrated for MR. MR was the major valvular disease associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), ventricular tachyarrhythmia, PR and CHF. TR was also linked to AF, PR and CHF; but AR was not linked to CHF. In conclusion, several previously suspected risks factors for VR were confirmed statistically in this study and should be taken into account in health and athletic monitoring of horses presenting predisposing factors. [less ▲]

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See detailOleuropein or rutin consumption decreases the spontaneous development of OA in Hartley guinea pig
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Horcajada, Marie-Noëlle; Membrez, Fanny et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2013), 65

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See detailComparing Co-Parenting Among Gay- and Straight-Parented Triads
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg; Miscioscia, Marina ULg; Delvoye, Marie

in Psychology, Community & Heath (2013), 2(2), 87-88

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See detailThe spatial relationship between bone formation and bone resorption in healthy and ovariectomized mice treated with PTH, bisphosphonate or mechanical loading
Ruffoni, Davide ULg; Weigt, Claudia; Fattorini, Elisa et al

in Bone (DOI:10.1530/boneabs.1.PP437) (2013)

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See detailResearch Contributions from Lola Ya Bonobo
André, Claudine; Songrady, Judy; Serckx, Adeline ULg et al

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

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See detailImportance of LUC and ILUC on the carbon footprint of bioproduct:case of bio-HDPE
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in International seminar on society and materials (2013)

Due to the depletion of fossil fuels and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions, solutions are needed to replace petrol based products. As a consequence, the number of biobased products developed using ... [more ▼]

Due to the depletion of fossil fuels and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions, solutions are needed to replace petrol based products. As a consequence, the number of biobased products developed using agricultural feedstock is continuously increasing. This study focuses on the carbon footprint of bio-HDPE produced either from Brazilian sugar cane or Belgian sugar beet. The goal of this study is to compare the carbon footprint of bio-HDPE with the fossil one, taking into account the effect of land use change. Common boundaries of the agricultural systems comprise the cultivation step for both crops, i.e. sugar cane and sugar beet, with all associated energy and fertilizer consumptions, the transportation step from field to the industrial plant, the sugar crops transformation into hydrate bioethanol, the by-products valorisation, the dehydration and polymerization steps and the HDPE incineration as end of life issue. Fossil scenario includes the production of ethylene, its polymerization and its incineration. When comparing the entire life cycle of bio and fossil HDPE, the GHG emissions are lower for the biobased product which is the willing effect. This result is only valid if no Land Use Change (LUC) or Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) effect appears. To assess the environmental impact of the deforestation or of the transformation of a pasture into a field, the EC-Guidelines from the European Union were used in order to calculate the CO2 emissions depending on several parameters. For sugar cane, LUC consists in the transformation of pastures into fields in the region of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Three scenarios can be developed based on different agricultural practices for pasture and field (tillage and fertilizers inputs): the best, the worst and the average. The best case leads to a supplementary environmental gain. The worst and average achieve additional emissions. A payback time, considering the time needed to find again an environmental gain compared to the fossil counterpart, was calculated for the average scenario which is equal to 12 years. The ILUC effect for sugar cane is assumed to be deforestation due to the transformation of forest into pasture induced by the previous LUC effect. The rate of deforestation can vary between 16% or 100% depending on used statistics and leads to a payback time of respectively 26 and 101 years. For sugar beet, no LUC is considered. Indeed, no land expansion is available in Belgium due to small available areas. In the case of an increase of bioplastics production, Belgium should import sugar beet from neighboring countries which can induce ILUC. In this study, sugar beet is assumed to be provided by the Netherlands on pastures previously transformed into fields. The average scenario implies a payback time of 8 years. This study permits to highlight the importance of LUC and ILUC especially for energetic crops dedicated to replace fossil products. This effect can reverse expected results and induce long payback times. [less ▲]

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See detailPartonic Picture of Generalized Transverse Momentum Distributions
Liuti, Simonetta; Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Goldstein, Gary R. et al

in World Scientific (2013)

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See detailIn silico simulations of bone remodeling with improved parameter estimation from local strains and dynamic morphometry in vivo
Levchuk, Alina; Sommer, Remo; Badilatti, Sandro D. et al

in JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH (2013), 28(1),

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See detailComparison of Immune Reconstitution after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation with Flu-TBI versus TLI-ATG Conditioning
Hannon, Muriel ULg; Humblet-Baron, S.; Graux, C. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013), Abstracts book(Supplement of 28th General Meeting of the Belgian Hematological Society), 38

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See detailDeciphering the role of 75KDA SIRT1 fragment in osteoarthritis
Dvir-Ginzberg, M; Oppenheimer, H; Meir, H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2013), 21

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See detailSymmetries in multi-Higgs-doublet models
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Vdovin, Evgeny

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2013)

We report the recent progress in understanding of symmetries which can be implemented in the scalar sector of electroweak symmetry breaking models with several Higgs doublets. In particular we present the ... [more ▼]

We report the recent progress in understanding of symmetries which can be implemented in the scalar sector of electroweak symmetry breaking models with several Higgs doublets. In particular we present the list of finite reparametrization symmetry groups which can appear in the three-Higgs-doublet models. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface and lipid interaction properties of novel rhamnolipids to explain their eliciting activity
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Monhonval, Pierre; Nott, Katherine ULg et al

in European Biophysics Journal [=EBJ] (2013), 42(S1), 168

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See detailSelf-shuffling words
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Kamae, Teturo; Puzynina, Svetlana et al

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2013), 7966

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words which is invariant under the action of a morphism: We say an infinite word x, defined over a finite alphabet A, is self-shuffling if x ... [more ▼]

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words which is invariant under the action of a morphism: We say an infinite word x, defined over a finite alphabet A, is self-shuffling if x admits factorizations: x=\prod_{i=1}^\infty U_iV_i=\prod_{i=1}^\infty U_i=\prod_{i=1}^\infty V_i with U_i,V_i \in \A^+. In other words, there exists a shuffle of x with itself which reproduces x. The morphic image of any self-shuffling word is again self-shuffling. We prove that many important and well studied words are self-shuffling: This includes the Thue-Morse word and all Sturmian words (except those of the form aC where a is a letter and C is a characteristic Sturmian word). We further establish a number of necessary conditions for a word to be self-shuffling, and show that certain other important words (including the paper-folding word and infinite Lyndon words) are not self-shuffling. In addition to its morphic invariance, which can be used to show that one word is not the morphic image of another, this new notion has other unexpected applications: For instance, as a consequence of our characterization of self-shuffling Sturmian words, we recover a number theoretic result, originally due to Yasutomi, which characterizes pure morphic Sturmian words in the orbit of the characteristic. [less ▲]

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See detailValence transversities: the collinear extraction
Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Bacchetta, Alessandro; Radici, Marco

in PoS - Proceedings of Science (2013)

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See detailAnother Generalization of Abelian Equivalence: Binomial Complexity of Infinite Words
Rigo, Michel ULg; Salimov, Pavel ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2013), 8079

The binomial coefficient of two words u and v is the number of times v occurs as a subsequence of u. Based on this classical notion, we introduce the m-binomial equivalence of two words refining the ... [more ▼]

The binomial coefficient of two words u and v is the number of times v occurs as a subsequence of u. Based on this classical notion, we introduce the m-binomial equivalence of two words refining the abelian equivalence. The m-binomial complexity of an infinite word x maps an integer n to the number of m-binomial equivalence classes of factors of length n occurring in x. We study the first properties of m-binomial equivalence. We compute the m-binomial complexity of the Sturmian words and of the Thue-Morse word. We also mention the possible avoidance of 2-binomial squares. [less ▲]

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See detailFinal analysis of overall survival for the Phase III CONFIRM trial: fulvestrant 500 mg versus 250 mg
DI LEO, Angelo; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg; PETRUZELKA, Lubos et al

in Cancer Research. Supplement (2012, December 15), 72(24), 1-4

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See detailDiscriminant BOLD Activation Patterns during Mental Imagery in Parkinson’s Disease
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; Cremers, Julien ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg et al

in Proceedings of MLINI 2012 (2012, December 07)

Using machine learning based models in clinical applications has become current practice and can prove useful to provide information at the subject’s level, such as predicting an (early) diagnosis or ... [more ▼]

Using machine learning based models in clinical applications has become current practice and can prove useful to provide information at the subject’s level, such as predicting an (early) diagnosis or monitoring the evolution of a disease. However, the performance of these models depends on the choice of a biomarker to detect the presence or absence of a disease. Choosing a biomarker is not straightforward, especially in the case of Parkinson’s disease when compared to healthy subjects. In the present work, we investigated the mental imagery of gait as a biomarker of Parkinson’s disease and showed that the signal in the mesencephalic locomotor region during the mental imagery of gait at a comfortable pace can discriminate significantly between idiopathic Parkinson’s disease patients and healthy subjects. Although there is room for improvement, the results of this preliminary study are promising. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensing architectures
desfours, Caroline; Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Drucbert, Anne-Sophie et al

in International Conference on Fibre Optics and Photonics (2012, December)

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological ... [more ▼]

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological molecules with a two-wavelength sensor and a SPR Coupler- Disperser spectroscopic sensor. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiel de dispersion du sanglier et historique de la colonisation de la plaine agricole
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Prévot, Céline

in Forêt Wallonne (2012, December), 121

Les populations de sangliers augmentent en nombre et étendent leur aire de répartition un peu partout en Europe. En Wallonie, la population de sangliers a quadruplé en 30 ans. Plusieurs études se sont ... [more ▼]

Les populations de sangliers augmentent en nombre et étendent leur aire de répartition un peu partout en Europe. En Wallonie, la population de sangliers a quadruplé en 30 ans. Plusieurs études se sont penchées sur le sujet et les raisons de cette augmentation concernent souvent l’influence du climat. Grâce aux différents suivis réalisés par le DEMNA, les déplacements au sein des populations de sangliers sont mieux compris. L’article se penche d’abord sur le potentiel de dispersion du sanglier en se basant sur les données de bagage de marcassins. Deux variables sont analysées : la distance parcourue dans le cadre de la dispersion natale (mouvement à sens unique à partir du site de naissance d’un individu jusqu’à son site de première reproduction) et le taux de cette dispersion natale. Quelques résultats provenant d’une étude génétique sont également présentés. Le génotypage de 1153 sangliers répartis sur l’ensemble de la Wallonie a mis en évidence quatre sous-populations génétiquement homogènes. Parallèlement à l’augmentation de la taille de ses populations, le sanglier a vu son aire de distribution s’accroître en Wallonie. Un suivi par enquête a été réalisé auprès des conseils cynégétiques et des agents du DNF pour mieux comprendre l’expansion géographique observée. Une première phase de l’enquête visait à retracer l’expansion géographique du sanglier en Wallonie. La seconde phase consistait à réaliser un état des lieux sur la situation actuelle de la distribution du sanglier en périphérie du sillon Sambre-et-Meuse. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic simulations of solar combisystems integrating a seasonal sorption storage: Influence of the combisystem configuration
Hennaut, Samuel ULg; Thomas, Sébastien ULg; Davin, Elisabeth ULg et al

in Strojarstvo: Journal for Theory and Application in Mechanical Engineering (2012, December), 54(6), 433-440

This paper focuses on the sizing of solar combisystems with adsorption seasonal storage to target autonomous solar space heating. Two main configurations of the combisystem are simulated, including one or ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on the sizing of solar combisystems with adsorption seasonal storage to target autonomous solar space heating. Two main configurations of the combisystem are simulated, including one or two tanks. The influence of the seasonal storage on the sizing of the tanks is also discussed. Results show that performances of the system with two tanks are better (2 to 4 % with seasonal storage) but some improvements should be possible for the single tank configuration. The sizing of the sensible storage is nearly independent of the solar collectors area if there is a seasonal storage. The sensible storage size increase with the collectors area without adsorption storage. The analysis is conducted in simulation using the TRNSYS program. [less ▲]

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See detailUne étude de la vulnérabilité cognitive des parents au premier degré de patients schizophrènes
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Duke, Géraldine; Xhenseval, Laure et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2012, December), XVII(4), 53

Schizophrenic patients and their first-degree relatives suffer from cognitive deficits in different area (memory, executive, attentional and language functions) which allows us to consider these deficits ... [more ▼]

Schizophrenic patients and their first-degree relatives suffer from cognitive deficits in different area (memory, executive, attentional and language functions) which allows us to consider these deficits as endophenotypes of schizophrenia. Schizophrenic patients also suffer from a lack of autobiographical memory and instability of identity: our study aims to determine whether this deficit and this instability are endophenotypes of schizophrenia. In order to reach this objective, we evaluated first-degree relatives. The results show that first-degree relatives suffer from cognitive deficits but, contrary to our hypotheses, not any deficit of specificity or instability of identity have been highlighted among these parents. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of serum albumin by protein electrophoresis and bromocresol green methods in canine and equine patients
Ramery, Eve ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2012, December), 41(4), 5

Background: Bromocresol green method (BCG) is routinely used in veterinary laboratories to measure albumin. A good agreement between BCG and electrophoresis (SPE) in healthy domestic animals is reported ... [more ▼]

Background: Bromocresol green method (BCG) is routinely used in veterinary laboratories to measure albumin. A good agreement between BCG and electrophoresis (SPE) in healthy domestic animals is reported. However, in human medicine, at low albumin and high globulin concentrations, BCG also binds to α- and β-globulins fractions. Surprisingly, there is no recent literature evaluating the BCG method in diseased domestic animals. Objective: The purpose of the present study was therefore to compare the serum albumin values obtained by SPE and BCG in canine and equine patients. Methods: Albumin measured by BCG and SPE was compared in the serum from 30 canine and 30 equine patients. Results: Good correlation was found (Spearman´s rho rs = 0.91 in dogs and 0.84 in horses). However, Altman and Bland analysis of results showed a positive bias of BCG with SPE (3.41 g/l in horses and 0.41 g/l in dogs) that increased when only hypoalbuminemic patients were considered (4.17 g/l in horses and 1.31 g/l in dogs). Conclusion: Results confirm that, despite good correlation, BCG method tends to overestimate albumin, especially in hypoalbuminemic patients. This is particularly evident in horses. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-thermal radiation from a runaway early-type star
del Valle, M.; Romero, G.E.; De Becker, Michaël ULg

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2012, December), 1505

HD 195592 is an O-type supergiant star, known as a well-established runaway. Recently, a Fermi γ-ray source (2FGL J2030.7+4417) with a position compatible with that of HD 195592 has been reported. Our ... [more ▼]

HD 195592 is an O-type supergiant star, known as a well-established runaway. Recently, a Fermi γ-ray source (2FGL J2030.7+4417) with a position compatible with that of HD 195592 has been reported. Our goal is to explore a scenario where HD 195592 is the counterpart of the Fermi γ-ray source. The high-energy emission would be inverse Compton radiation produced in the bowshock of the runaway star. We calculate relativistic particle energy losses and the resulting radiation from the bowshock of HD 195592 and show that the latter is compatible with the detected γ-ray emission. We conclude that the Fermi source 2FGL J2030.7+4417 might be produced, under some energetic assumptions, by inverse Compton up-scattering of infrared photons from locally heated dust. HD 195592 might therefore be the very first object detected belonging to the category of γ-ray emitting runaway massive stars, whose existence has been recently predicted. [less ▲]

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See detail(Pré)textes : perspective didactique sur le dépeçage des textes littéraires à des fins d'exemplification
Van Beveren, Julien ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (2012, December), 4

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See detailEvaluation d'un protocole de prise en charge nutritionnelle interdisciplinaire chez des patients brulés
MALHERBE, Christian ULg; VERBRUGGE, Anne-Marie ULg; MAGNETTE, André ULg et al

in Nutrition Clinique et Metabolisme (2012, December), 26-Supp1

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See detailPatterns of Clinical Management and Resource Utilisation for Postmenopausal Hormone-Receptor-Positive HER2-Negative (HR+ HER2-) Advanced Breast Cancer (BC) in Europe
ANDRE, Fabrice; MARINSEK, Nina; RICCI, Jean-François et al

in Value in Health (2012, November), 15(7), 419

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See detailSingle nucleotide polymorphisms in the promoter regions of Foxp3 and ICOSLG genes are associated with Alopecia areata.
Conteduca, Giuseppina ULg

in Clinical & Experimental Medicine (2012, November), 14(1), 91-7

Alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disease affecting anagen stage hair follicles, is associated with polymorphisms in immune-related genes and with decreased number of CD4+ CD25+ T regulatory cells (Treg ... [more ▼]

Alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disease affecting anagen stage hair follicles, is associated with polymorphisms in immune-related genes and with decreased number of CD4+ CD25+ T regulatory cells (Treg). Treg function is modulated by the forkhead box protein 3 (FOXP3) transcription factor and by inducible costimulator (ICOS), through interaction with the relative ligand, ICOSLG, whose genes are polymorphic. The aim of the study was to investigate whether specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the rs2294020 FOXP3 and/or rs378299 ICOSLG genes may be associated with AA. A case-control study was performed in 120 AA patients and 84 controls. SNPs were analyzed by gene sequencing. FOXP3 and ICOSLG gene expressions were analyzed by real-time PCR. Increased frequencies of the genotype carrying the FOXP3 rs2294020-3675(A) [P = 0.002, OR (95 % CI): 2.55 (1.2-2.7)] or the ICOSLG rs378299-509(C) [P = 0.01, OR (95 % CI): 2.21 (1.1-2.6)] allelic variants were observed in AA patients than in controls. The genotype carrying the combination of the FOXP3 rs2294020-3675(A) and ICOSLG rs378299-509(C) allelic variants with the HLA DQB1*03 allele was more frequently present in AA patients than in controls (P = 0.04). The presence of the FOXP3 rs2294020-3675(A) or the ICOSLG rs378299-509(C) allelic variant was associated with reduced relative gene expression in AA patients. These data suggest that rs2294020 SNP of FOXP3 gene and rs378299 SNP of ICOSLG gene are associated with AA and with a reduced expression of the FOXP3 and ICOSLG genes in alopecia patients. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de l’impact de la filiere de production porcine sur les caractéristiques des jambons de l’IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) Jambon d’Ardenne
Dzaomuho-Lenieregue, Phidias ULg; Eloundou Mballa, Pierre ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

in Viandes et Produits Carnés (2012, November), Hors-Série

The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of pork production sector on technological behavior of raw material, properties of the ham final product and consumer preferences. An experimental ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of pork production sector on technological behavior of raw material, properties of the ham final product and consumer preferences. An experimental manufacturing assay of Ardenne Ham has been conducted for this purpose. Results show few incidence of pork production conditions on technological properties and chemical or sensory characteristics of hams. The preference tests, carried out with a sensory panel using several criteria, showed that consumers were able to distinguish two groups of hams, according to their fat content. They have a preference for lower-fat ham from one of the studied sectors. Method of multicriteria decision shows no overall preference for one of the submitted ham. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is the potential increase of the heart graft pool by cardiac donation after circulatory death?
NOTERDAEME, Timothée; NELLESSEN, Eric ULg; HANS, Marie-France ULg et al

in Transplantation (2012, November), 94

Background: Heart transplantation remains to date the only definite treatment option for end-stage heart diseases. Currently only heart procured from brain death (DBD) donors are used. Combined with an ... [more ▼]

Background: Heart transplantation remains to date the only definite treatment option for end-stage heart diseases. Currently only heart procured from brain death (DBD) donors are used. Combined with an increasing demand, the constant heart graft shortage leads to an increase of deaths on cardiac transplantation waiting lists. The use of hearts procured after donation after circulatory death (DCD) could help to partly decrease the heart graft shortage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential increase of heart graft pool by development of DCD heart transplantation. Methods: The authors retrospectively reviewed their local donor database for the period 2006-2011, and screened the complete controlled DCD donor population for potential heart donors, using the same criteria as for DBD heart transplantation. The acceptable warm ischemic time (WIT) was limited to 30min from life support withdrawal to aortic cannulation. Results: During the analyzed timespan, 177 DBD and 70 DCD were effectively performed. From the 177 DBD, a total of 70 (39.5%) hearts were procured and transplanted locally or in another center. Out of the 70 DCD, 8 (11%) donors fulfilled the criteria for heart graft procurement and had a WIT of less than 30 minutes. During the same period, 82 patients were newly listed for heart transplantation, of which 53 were transplanted, 20 died or were unlisted, and 9 were still awaiting transplantation. Conclusions: Based on our database and a WIT of less than 30min, it could be estimated that 11% of the DCD might be heart graft donors, representing a 11% increase in heart graft procurement, as well as potential reduction of the deaths on the waiting list by 40%. [less ▲]

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See detailVocal Impact of a Prolonged Reading Task in Dysphonic versus Normophonic Female Teachers
Remacle, Angélique ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Berrué, Elise et al

in Journal of Voice (2012, November), 26(6), 8201-82013

OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact on voice of a 2-hour reading task between 70-75 dB(A) in 16 normophonic and 16 dysphonic female teachers with vocal nodules. METHODS: Objective measurements ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact on voice of a 2-hour reading task between 70-75 dB(A) in 16 normophonic and 16 dysphonic female teachers with vocal nodules. METHODS: Objective measurements (acoustic analysis, voice range measurements, aerodynamic measurements) and subjective self-ratings were collected before the task and every 30 minutes during the reading to determine the voice evolution in both groups. RESULTS: Fundamental frequency, lowest frequency, highest frequency (F-High), highest intensity and intensity range increase through the reading, whereas Shimmer decreases. Maximum phonation time decreases after 30 minutes. Estimated subglottal pressure (ESP) and sound pressure level increase during the first hour. Afterwards, ESP decreases. Self-ratings worsen through time. When comparing the normophonic and the dysphonic teachers, self-ratings reveal more complaints in the dysphonic group. Few differences in objective measurements are found between both groups: normophonic teachers show lower ESP, higher F-High and greater frequency range. CONCLUSIONS: Frequency modifications from acoustic analysis and voice range measurements suggest an increased laryngeal tension during vocal load, while subjects perceive a worsening of voice. Aerodynamic parameters depict first a deterioration of voice efficiency and then an adaptation to the prolonged reading. The comparison between both groups shows a discrepancy between objective measurements and self-ratings, suggesting that both approaches are necessary to have a complete view of vocal load effects. Surprisingly, both groups behave similarly through vocal load, without more or quicker deterioration of voice in the dysphonic group. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly excited states of baryons in large Nc QCD
Matagne, Nicolas; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Bled Workshops in Physics (2012, November), 13(1), 47-53

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See detailCouplage des modèles numériques SWAT et FeFlow pour l'étude des flux de nitrate à l'échelle d'un bassin versant agricole posé sur un aquifère sableux. Calibrage, validation et test de scénarios pour l'évaluation de pratiques agricoles plus durables en terme de gestion de l'azote
Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Deneufbourg, Mathieu ULg; Gaule, David et al

in Bulletin du groupe francophone Humidimétrie et Transferts en milieux poreux (2012, November), 58

Quatre prises d’eau exploitées à Arquennes (Belgique) sont contaminées par le nitrate. Leurs bassins d’alimentation sont situés en zone agricole caractérisée par un sol limoneux sur un aquifère sableux ... [more ▼]

Quatre prises d’eau exploitées à Arquennes (Belgique) sont contaminées par le nitrate. Leurs bassins d’alimentation sont situés en zone agricole caractérisée par un sol limoneux sur un aquifère sableux. Depuis 2004, ces bassins servent de site pilote dans le cadre de l’évaluation du Programme de Gestion Durable de l’Azote (PGDA), transposition de la Directive « Nitrates » en droit wallon. Les modèles numériques SWAT et FEFLOW ont permis de simuler les flux d’eau et de nitrate depuis la surface jusqu’aux galeries. Après calibrage et validation des modèles (sur la base d’une caractérisation du sol et du sous-sol et de traçages en milieux saturé et non saturé), plusieurs scénarios de pratiques agricoles ont été simulés afin de prédire l’évolution qualitative des eaux. L’expérience d’Arquennes a démontré que le recours au couplage SWAT / FEFLOW permet de proposer des solutions environnementales réalistes pour atteindre les objectifs fixés par la DCE. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes processing speed protect from age-related decline in cognitive control?
Manard, Marine ULg; Carabin, Delphine; Collette, Fabienne ULg

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2012, October 27)

Age-related difficulties have been reported on proactive control whereas reactive control seems to remain intact (Braver, Gray, & Burgess, 2007; Braver, 2012). This study investigated the potential ... [more ▼]

Age-related difficulties have been reported on proactive control whereas reactive control seems to remain intact (Braver, Gray, & Burgess, 2007; Braver, 2012). This study investigated the potential influence of speed of processing abilities on the age-related decline in proactive control. We used a working memory recognition paradigm involving proactive or reactive cognitive control by manipulating the interference level across items. 80 young adults (18-29 years old) and 80 healthy older adults (60-89 years old) were included. The main results revealed significant effects of age on sensitivity to interference. As expected, reactive control performance remained intact with aging (similar interference effect in the two groups). In contrast, we observed a larger interference effect in the proactive condition in aging. Finally, when the groups are matched according to their processing speed (assessed by the Code task of the WAIS III, with both younger and older adults having a score comprised between 60 and 93), the effect of age on sensitivity to interference disappeared. In other words, when younger and older adults had similar speed of processing abilities, no age-related proactive control decline was observed. In conclusion, beyond the fact that this study confirms the selective age-related decline in proactive control, it also indicates that speed of processing, a measure considered as reflecting the integrity of cognitive functioning during aging (Salthouse, 1996), influences the efficiency of proactive control in that population. [less ▲]

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See detailMammoths used as food and building resources by Neanderthals: Zooarchaeological study applied to layer 4, Molodova I (Ukraine)
Demay, Laëtitia ULg; Péan, Stéphane; Patou-Mathis, Marylène

in Quaternary International (2012, October 25), 276-277(25 October 2012), 212-226

Considering Neanderthal subsistence, the use of mammoth resources has been particularly discussed. Apart from procurement for food, the use of mammoth bones as building material has been proposed. The ... [more ▼]

Considering Neanderthal subsistence, the use of mammoth resources has been particularly discussed. Apart from procurement for food, the use of mammoth bones as building material has been proposed. The hypothesis was based on the discovery made in Molodova I, Ukraine (Dniester valley). In this large multistratified open-air site, a rich Mousterian layer was excavated. Dated to the Inter-Pleniglacial (MIS 3), it has yielded 40 000 lithic remains associated with ca. 3000 mammal bones, mostly from mammoth. Several areas have been excavated: a pit filled with bones, different areas of activities (butchering, tool production), twenty-five hearths and a circular accumulation made of mammoth bones, described as a dwelling structure set up by Neanderthals. Attested dwelling structures made of mammoth bones are known in Upper Paleolithic sites, from Ukraine and Russia, attributed to the Epigravettian tradition. This paper presents a zooarchaeological study of large mammal remains from Molodova I layer 4, to understand the modalities of acquisition and utilization of mammoth resources for food and technical purposes, especially to test the hypothesis of using bones as building elements. The number of mammoths is estimated to at least fifteen individuals of all age classes and both sexes, which died during several episodes, near or on the site. The taphonomic modifications due to weathering, water percolation and plant roots indicate the location of bones in holes, such as the pit and the basement of the circular accumulation. Secondary actions of carnivores, especially of hyaenid type, are rare on bones, showing that the assemblage was not accumulated by these predators. The anatomical preservation, the age and sex features and the taphonomic data indicate several modalities of mammoth acquisition by hunting, scavenging and collecting. Based on anthropogenic marks, mammoth meat has been eaten. The presence of series of striations and ochre on mammoth bones are associated with a technical or symbolic use. Furthermore, mammoth bones have been deliberately selected (long and flat bones, tusks, connected vertebrae) and circularly arranged. This mammoth bone structure could be described as the basement of a wooden cover or as a wind-screen. The inner presence of fifteen hearths, lithic artifacts and waste of mammal butchery and cooking is characteristic of a domestic area, which was probably the centre of a residential camp recurrently settled. It appears that Neanderthals were the oldest known humans who used mammoth bones to build a dwelling structure. [less ▲]

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See detailDeciphering Distance-Induced Deceleration of Gait and Ataxia in People with Multiple Sclerosis
PHAN BA, Remy ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg et al

in Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2012, October 12), 18(S4), 338

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See detailDetection and Quantification of Efficiency and Quality of Gait Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis through Foot Path Analysis
PHAN BA, Remy ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; MOONEN, Gustave ULg et al

in Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2012, October 11), 18(S4), 110

Introduction: Walking speed is generally considered as the best outcome measure in trials for people with multiple sclerosis (pMS). We recently designed a device based on range laser scanner capable to ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Walking speed is generally considered as the best outcome measure in trials for people with multiple sclerosis (pMS). We recently designed a device based on range laser scanner capable to track feet paths of walking subjects. Our purpose was to explore gait descriptors of pMS and compare them with those of healthy volunteers (HV). Methods: Fourty-four pMS (considered as moderatly or highly disabled according to a cut-off EDSS value of 3.0) and 28 HV performed 4 walking tasks along 2 trajectories in 3 walking modes. Twenty-six gait descriptors crudely dichotomized in « efficiency» and « quality » of gait were compared in the 2 populations using unpaired t-tests. Results: (i) apart from an older age in pMS, the two populations were comparable, (ii) efficiency of gait descriptors including walking speed distinguished HV from pMS, and pMS with moderate from pMS with high disability, (iii) quality of gait descriptors were also significantly altered in pMS, including in walking tasks where their walking speed was comparable to that of HV. Conclusions: RLS technology can distinguish pMS from HV according to (i) more efficiency of gait descriptors than the sole walking speed and (ii) quality of gait descriptors, including in subjects with a « normal » walking speed. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of Romanian alfalfa crude protein and crude fiber contents as well as in vitro organic matter digestibility by NIR spectrometry
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Scientific Papers. Series D, Animal Science (2012, October 04)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a high quality forage which has been used worldwide. The superiority of alfalfa lies in its high yield, high protein content and high digestibility. The aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a high quality forage which has been used worldwide. The superiority of alfalfa lies in its high yield, high protein content and high digestibility. The aim of this study was to develop a simple, fast and non-destructive method, named Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to determinate alfalfa quality. To realize this study, alfalfa samples were obtained from Mănăştur Experimental Station – Farm Cojocna in 2008–2009, in one experiment carried out using randomization blocks design with two experimental factors (mineral fertilization and period of harvest). Alfalfa quality was first determinated on 48 samples by classical analyses: crude protein CP (AOAC, 1990), crude fiber CF (Fiber Cap, FOSS, DK) and in vitro organic matter digestibility OMDrt (DeBoever, 1986). Then the samples were scanned by NIRS. Calibration models were performed by PerkinElmer Spectrum Quant + 4.21 program (USA) on the 48 samples determinated by classical analysis. The results showed fully confirmed by acceptable coefficients of determination and standard error of cross-validation (R2=0.96 for CP, 0.94 for CF, 0.98 for OMDrt and SECV=0.77 for CP, 1.35 for CF, 1.13 for OMDrt). Successful results for prediction of other 176 alfalfa samples were then obtained using these calibration models: SEP=0.869 for CP, 1.058 for CF, 1.058 for OMDrt). The highest CP and OMDrt values of alfalfa were obtained in bud stage (22.0% and 66.0% respectively). While for CF, the highest content was registered in the seed formation stage (46.0%). The NIRS technique offers us the possibility to determinate rapidly and easily Romanian alfalfa important parameters, but the system could also be used for the determination of other constituents. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between chondrocytes hypertrophy and angiogenesis of cartilage in osteoarthritis
Pesesse, Laurence ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Delcour, Jean-Pierre et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2012, October), 64(10 (Suppl)), 760

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See detailCumulative Time in Band (cTIB): Glycemic Level, Variability and Patient Outcome All in 1
Penning, Sophie ULg; Signal, Matthew; PREISER, Jean-Charles ULg et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2012, October), 38 (Suppl 1)

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See detailPulsational Mode Identification Based on Chromatic Amplitude Behaviour: Recent Results for Rapidly Oscillating Subdwarf B Stars
Randall, S.K.; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2012, October), 462

We present recent results from mode identification based on the amplitude-wavelength behaviour for three rapidly pulsating subdwarf B stars: HS 2201+2610, EC 11583–2708 and EC 20338–1925.

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See detailArbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Modelling of Tension Levelling
Boman, Romain ULg; Parrico, Anthony; Legrand, Nicolas et al

in Matériaux et Techniques (2012, October), 100(Hors série 2012), 40-42

This paper presents a two-dimensional model of tension levelling using the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) approach. During the simulation, the ALE mesh remains globally fixed along the rolling ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a two-dimensional model of tension levelling using the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) approach. During the simulation, the ALE mesh remains globally fixed along the rolling direction. Therefore, the required number of finite elements is much smaller than in the Lagrangian case and smaller CPU times are obtained for the same accuracy on the results. The ALE model is first validated against a classical equivalent Lagrangian model. Then, both sets of numerical results are compared to experimental measurements from the pilot mill of ArcelorMittal Maizières R&D. [less ▲]

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See detailAccompagnement des aidants des patients Alzheimer comme approche non-pharmacologique essentielle!
Adam, Stéphane ULg; Bottard, Aude ULg; Crespin, Maurane ULg et al

in Revue Francophone de Gériatrie et de Gérontologie (2012, October), XIX(188), 326-327

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See detailINTERRATER AGREEMENT OF CLINICAL TESTS/SIGNS USED TO IDENTIFY PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR FUNCTIONAL INSTABILITY
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Emmanuel, P.; DISTREE, Vincent ULg et al

in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (2012, October), 42(10), 57

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See detailSacralisation et légitimation. Les hors-textes de la revue "L'Éprouvette" : fragments d’une Histoire discriminante
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in Comicalités : Études de Culture Graphique (2012, September 27)

Between 2006 and 2007, L’Association have published the three issues of L’Éprouvette. These are, among other, illustrated by thirty-four images that are hugely enlarged fragments of comic’s panels. By ... [more ▼]

Between 2006 and 2007, L’Association have published the three issues of L’Éprouvette. These are, among other, illustrated by thirty-four images that are hugely enlarged fragments of comic’s panels. By comparing this with similar realizations (the exhibition Bande dessinée et Figuration narrative, the column « Cases mémorables » of the journal Les Cahiers de la bande dessinée), this paper asks about what it means reproducing comics’ fragments. It also tries to analyze the role played by these images within the journal and the links with the rest of the content. Endlessly, still by putting it in prospect with the realizations here above mentioned, it tries to see in what extent these images reflect a certain view about the history of the comic. [less ▲]

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See detailChemometric tools for NIRS and NIR hyperspectral imaging
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Bulletin of USAVM Cluj Napoca, Agriculture (2012, September 27), 69(1), 70-76

Nowadays in agriculture, new analytical tools based on spectroscopic technologies are developed. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a well known technology in the agricultural sector allowing the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays in agriculture, new analytical tools based on spectroscopic technologies are developed. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a well known technology in the agricultural sector allowing the acquisition of chemical information from the samples with a large number of advantages, such as: easy to use tool, fast and simultaneous analysis of several components, non-polluting, non-invasive and non destructive technology, and possibility of online or field implementation. Recently, NIRS system was combined with imaging technologies creating the Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging system (NIR-HSI). This technology provides simultaneously spectral and spatial information from an object. The main differences between NIR-HSI and NIRS is that many spectra can be recorded simultaneously from a large area of an object with the former while with NIRS only one spectrum was recorded for analysis on a small area. In this work, both technologies are presented with special focus on the main spectrum and images analysis methods. Several qualitative and quantitative applications of NIRS and NIR-HSI in agricultural products are listed. Developments of NIRS and NIR-HSI will enhance progress in the field of agriculture by providing high quality and safe agricultural products, better plant and grain selection techniques or compound feed industry’s productivity among others. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of temperature estimates from heat transport model and electrical resistivity tomography during a shallow heat injection and storage experiment
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Daoudi, Moubarak ULg; Vandenbohede, Alexander et al

in Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (2012, September), 93

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world as geothermal systems. Understanding physical processes and quantification of parameters determining heat transport in porous media is ... [more ▼]

Groundwater resources are increasingly used around the world as geothermal systems. Understanding physical processes and quantification of parameters determining heat transport in porous media is therefore important. Geophysical methods may be useful in order to yield additional information with greater coverage than conventional wells. We report a heat transport study during a shallow heat injection and storage field test. Heated water (about 50°C) was injected for 6 days at the rate of 80 l/h in a 10.5°C aquifer. Since bulk electric resistivity variations can bring important information on temperature changes in aquifers (water electric conductivity increases about 2%/°C around 25°C), we monitored the test with surface electric resistivity tomography and demonstrate its ability to monitor spatially temperature variations. Time-lapse electric images clearly show the decrease and then the increase in bulk electric resistivity of the plume of heated water, during respectively the injection and the storage phase. This information enabled to calibrate the conceptual flow and heat model used to simulate the test. Inverted resistivity values are validated with borehole electromagnetic measurements (EM39) and are in agreement with the temperature logs used to calibrate the parameters of the thermo-hydrogeological model for the injection phase. This field work demonstrates that surface electric resistivity tomography can monitor heat and storage experiments in shallow aquifers. These results could potentially lead to a number of practical applications, such as the monitoring or the design of shallow geothermal systems or the use of heated water to replace salt water in tracer tests. [less ▲]

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See detailSleep pressure and a PER3 polymorphism affect blood pressure in healthy young people
Viola, Antoine; Reichert, Carolin; Maire, Micheline et al

in Journal of Sleep Research (2012, September), 21(Suppl.1), 81

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat patellar tendinopathy: preliminary results
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; SIMONI, Paolo ULg et al

in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (2012, September), 37(5 - Suppl 1), 216

Introduction: Patellar tendinopathy, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Researches have specifically demonstrated the platelets action as mediator and/or enhancer of tissue healing. The aim of ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Patellar tendinopathy, often remain rebel to conservative treatments. Researches have specifically demonstrated the platelets action as mediator and/or enhancer of tissue healing. The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of 1 injection of PRP in patients suffering from chronic patellar tendinopathy. Methods: Patients performed imaging (US and MRI) and functional assessments, and a clinical examination using an algometer, before treatment and 6 weeks after PRP treatment. They were also invited to answer to questionnaire relative to pain and functional status. PRP was obtained from autologous blood using an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). The injection of 6mL of PRP was realised without local anaesthesia into the proximal insertion of the patellar tendon. A 48h rest-time was recommended after infiltration. Afterwards, a submaximal eccentric reeducation was initiated 1 week after infiltration 3 times a week during 5 weeks. In case of pain, anti-inflammatory drugs were prohibited and patient were encouraged to take class I or II painkillers. Results: At this time, 10 patients with patellar tendinopathy were included in our study. Pre-injection tests revealed pain of the upper part of the patellar tendon just below the patella, associated with loss of function. Imaging exams confirmed diagnosis. Six weeks post-injection, the clinical status was improved in all patients, with a significant decrease of algo-functional scores. The pain reported during functional assessments was decreased (in particular for the eccentric actions), yet no significant improvement of physical performances was observed. We found no significant differences between imaging exams before and 6 weeks after PRP injection. Conclusion: One in situ injection of PRP clinically improved patients with patellar tendinopathy 6 weeks after treatment. All the 10 patients reported a decrease of pain during day-life and through physical activities. However nor functional performances neither imaging were improved. [less ▲]

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See detailBevacizumab for recurrent glioblastoma, early observations on patient outcome in the belgian medical need program
Duerinck, Johnny; Clement, Paul; Bouttens, F et al

in Neuro-Oncology (2012, September), 14(3), 51

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See detailGH or IGF-1 : which one is raising blood glucose ? Hints from the LAS (Liege Acromegaly Survey)
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Zacharieva, S; Chanson, P et al

in Journal of Klinische Endokrinologie und Stoffwechsel (2012, September), 5(3),

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See detailAge, GH and tumor size : the triangular relation in acromegaly. Data from the LAS (Liege Acromegaly Survey)
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Zacharieva, S; Chanson, P et al

in Journal für Klinische Endokrinologie und Stoffwechsel (2012, September), 5(3), 43

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See detailPulsational Mode Identification Based on Chromatic Amplitude Behaviour: Recent Results for Rapidly Oscillating Subdwarf B Stars
Randall, Suzanna K; Fontaine, Gilles; Brassard, Pierre et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2012, September), 462(232),

We present recent results from mode identification based on the amplitude-wavelength behaviour for three rapidly pulsating subdwarf B stars: HS 2201+2610, EC 11583-2708 and EC 20338-1925.

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See detailThe Physics of Pulsating White Dwarf Stars
Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P.; Charpinet, S. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2012, September), 462

We present a summary of the properties of white dwarf stars, beginning with a brief reminder of their basic characteristics. We continue with a discussion of the spectral types, evolution, and other ... [more ▼]

We present a summary of the properties of white dwarf stars, beginning with a brief reminder of their basic characteristics. We continue with a discussion of the spectral types, evolution, and other properties of cooling white dwarfs, with an emphasis on the internal physics. We then introduce the pulsating white dwarfs and provide an updated view of their status. We finally discuss the impact (real and potential) of asteroseismology on our knowledge of degenerate stars. [less ▲]

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See detailA salt tracer test monitored with surface ERT to detect preferential flow and transport paths in fractured/karstified limestones
Robert, Tanguy ULg; Caterina, David ULg; Deceuster, John et al

in Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (2012, September), 93

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See detailAging of the newly diagnosed acromegalic patients : data frome the LAS (Liege Acromegaly Survey)
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Zacharieva, S; Chanson, P et al

in Journal für Klinische Endokrinologie und Stoffwechsel (2012, September), 5(3), 33

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See detailCurrent evidence and indications for Prolotherapy with Platelet Rich Plasma in chronic musculoskeletal conditions
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (2012, September), 37(5 - Suppl 1), 104-106

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See detailImpact of extracorporeal shock wave therapy in the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis
Deroanne, Adrien; Deroanne, Didier; Florkin, Marc et al

in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine (2012, September), 37(5 - Suppl 1), 263

Background and aim: radial shock wave therapy (RSWT) is a relatively new way to treat chronic tendinopathies, such as lateral epicondylitis. However, very few studies have been realized on this subject ... [more ▼]

Background and aim: radial shock wave therapy (RSWT) is a relatively new way to treat chronic tendinopathies, such as lateral epicondylitis. However, very few studies have been realized on this subject, and the results are very divergent. We aimed to observe the impact of this technique on chronic lateral elbow pain. Method: fifteen subjects who had a lateral epicondylitis for at least 3 months were included in the study. Two groups were formed: experimental (10 subjects) who received 6 sessions of physiotherapy and RSWT, and the control group (5 subjects) who received exclusively physiotherapy. Physiotherapy sessions were composed of massage, stretching, diacutaneous fibrolysis, and a muscular eccentric program of the wrist extensor muscles. We evaluated the subjects before the first session, and after 6 weeks of treatment with a pain visual analog scale (VAS), the painless wrist flexion amplitude, ant the “Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation” (PRTEE) questionnaire. Results: the difference between initial and final evaluations was significant (regarding to the wilcoxon test) for all of the parameters studied (p=0,028 for the VAS, p=0,005 for the wrist flexion amplitude, and p=0,005 for the PRTEE) in the experimental group. It wasn’t significant in the control group (VAS p=0,144128, wrist flexion amplitude p=0,079617, and PRTEE p=0,067890). The comparison between the two groups was not significant, neither in the beginning, nor in the end of the treatment (regarding to the Umann and Whitney test) Conclusions: RSWT associated to physiotherapy is a more effective treatment for lateral epicondylitis than physiotherapy alone. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythm on waking EEG oscillations during a constant routine
Muto, Vincenzo ULg; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; Meyer, C et al

in Journal of Sleep Research (2012, September)

Human sleep and wake EEG oscillations are modulated by complex non-additive interaction between homeostatic and circadian processes. Quantitative analysis of EEG data, during extended wakefulness ... [more ▼]

Human sleep and wake EEG oscillations are modulated by complex non-additive interaction between homeostatic and circadian processes. Quantitative analysis of EEG data, during extended wakefulness, indicate that its frequency-specificity is influenced by both factors, such that low-frequencies (<8Hz) increase with time spent awake, thus more homeostatically-driven, while alpha activity undergoes a clear circadian modulation. Interindividual differences in sleep-wake regulation in young volunteers are associated with the variable-number tandem-repeat (VNTR) polymorphism in the coding region of the circadian clock gene PERIOD3 (PER3). Individuals homozygous for the longer allele of PER3 (PER3 5/5) were reported to generate more slow wave activity during NREM sleep and theta activity during wakefulness, relative to individuals with the shorter allele (PER3 4/4). However, the phase and amplitude of circadian markers do not differ between these genotypes. Here we tested the hypothesis if fluctuations in the dynamics of waking EEG frequency-specificity are modulated by a polymorphism in the clock gene PER3, under 42h of sustained wakefulness. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoiesis in acromegaly : effect of GH or IGF-1 ? Data from the LAS (Liege Acromegaly Survey)
PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Zacharieva, S; Chanson, P et al

in Journal für Klinische Endokrinologie und Stoffwechsel (2012, September), 5(3), 45

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See detailChange in naming abilities between the ages of 50 and 90: The importance of analyzing naming latency
Verhaegen, Clémence ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg

in Stem-, spraak- en taalpathologie (2012, September), 17(2), 126-128

This study tests the controversial hypothesis that word naming difficulties may arise in individuals as young as their 50s. Participants of 25-35, 50-59, 60-69 and above 70 years of age were given a ... [more ▼]

This study tests the controversial hypothesis that word naming difficulties may arise in individuals as young as their 50s. Participants of 25-35, 50-59, 60-69 and above 70 years of age were given a picture naming task. To uncover subtle naming difficulties, correct naming latencies were analyzed, in addition to accuracy. Moreover, in order to control whether the expected slower naming latencies could be due to a general slowing affecting all cognitive tasks, participants were also given an odd/even judgment task to assess cognitive processing speed. In participants in their 50s, we found subtle naming difficulties revealed by longer naming latencies, unaccompanied by any decrease in naming accuracy. The age-related naming disadvantage increased with age with the onset of naming errors. Thus, in adults in their 60s and their 70s, the results showed both a decrease in accuracy and an increase in correct naming latencies. Moreover, the increase in naming latencies remained significant even after controlling for odd/even judgment latencies, suggesting a degradation specific to the picture naming task. We assumed that these slower latencies may result from a language-specific impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailAnodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the visual cortex as a preventive treatment of migraine: a proof-of-concept study.
Sasso d'Elia, Tullia; Vigano, Alessandro; SAVA, Simona Liliana ULg et al

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2012, September)

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See detailAires et agrandissements. Maths & Manips pour la transition primaire-secondaire
Guissard, Marie-France; Henry, Valérie ULg; Lambrecht, Pauline et al

in Losanges (2012, September), 18

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See detailIn vivo antimalarial activity of twigs extracts from Keetia leucantha
Béro, Joanne; Frederich, Michel ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, Joëlle

in Planta Medica (2012, August), 78(11), 1188

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See detailRaw semen concentration directly influences CASA velocity pathways
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Van Den Berghe, Femke ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2012, August), 32(8), 505

We observed an influence of the stallion on volume, spermatozoa concentration and all CASA parameters (p<0.0001), which are highly dependant on each other due to geometrical association of these data ... [more ▼]

We observed an influence of the stallion on volume, spermatozoa concentration and all CASA parameters (p<0.0001), which are highly dependant on each other due to geometrical association of these data. That stallion effect may have interfered with the associations we observed as stallions seem to have specific concentration and motility pathways. More studies, with more replicates, will allow comparing results from a same stallion and further establish the correlations we report here. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential anticancer activity of young Carpinus betulus leaves
Cieckiewicz, Ewa ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg; Gras, T et al

in Planta Medica (2012, August), 78(11), 1178

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See detailEnvironmental enrichment can accentuate condtioned reward induced by representative cocaine doses in mice
Geuzaine, Annabelle ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

in Journal of Psychopharmacology (2012, August), 26(8), 70

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See detailMeasurement of human levels of Dechlorane 602 by CZC-NCI-HRTOFMS
Brasseur, Catherine ULg; PIRARD, Catherine ULg; L'Homme, Benjamin ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2012, August), 74

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