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See detailA quantitative and qualitative assessment of verbal short-term memory and phonological processing in 8-year-olds with a history of repetitive otitis media
Majerus, Steve ULg; Amand, Pierre; Boniver, Vincent et al

in Journal of Communication Disorders (2005), 38(6), 473-498

Language outcome in children experiencing fluctuant hearing loss due to otitis media (OME) remains highly equivocal. In the current study, we assessed performance on highly sensitive verbal short-term ... [more ▼]

Language outcome in children experiencing fluctuant hearing loss due to otitis media (OME) remains highly equivocal. In the current study, we assessed performance on highly sensitive verbal short-term memory (STM), new word learning and phonological processing tasks in 8-year-old children who had suffered from recurrent OME before the age of 3. Relative to a control group with no history of OME, we observed strictly normal performance for different STM and new word learning tasks. Performance on these tasks was also normally influenced by phonotactic, lexical and semantic variables. However, at the level of phonological processing, a small but significant decrease of performance was found in a speeded nonword identification task and a rhyme judgment task. The results of this study suggest that outcome of OME is characterized by subtle impairments at the level of perceptual-phonological analysis, but there is no significant impact on verbal STM and new word learning abilities. Learning outcomes: As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to (1) explain the outcome of recurrent OME before age 3 on later language and verbal STM development, (2) be aware of the complex relationships that link language development and verbal STM, (3) explain how fluctuant hearing loss during infancy and early childhood could affect verbal STM development and learning capacity for new phonological information, (4) describe different verbal STM measures that distinguish retention capacities for phonological and lexico-semantic information, and (5) explain the influence of phonotactic frequency on nonword processing in language and verbal STM tasks. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavioral Evaluation of Consciousness in Severe Brain Damage
Majerus, Steve ULg; Gill-Thwaites, Helen; Andrews, Keith et al

in Progress in Brain Research (2005), 150(Boundaries of Consciousness: Neurobiology and Neuropathology), 397-413

This paper reviews the current state of bedside behavioral assessment in brain-damaged patients with impaired consciousness (coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state). As misdiagnosis in this ... [more ▼]

This paper reviews the current state of bedside behavioral assessment in brain-damaged patients with impaired consciousness (coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state). As misdiagnosis in this field is unfortunately very frequent, we first discuss a number of fundamental principles of clinical evaluation that should guide the assessment of consciousness in brain-damaged patients in order to avoid confusion between vegetative state and minimally conscious state. The role of standardized behavioral assessment tools is particularly stressed. The second part of this paper reviews existing behavioral assessment techniques of consciousness, showing that there are actually a large number of these scales. After a discussion of the most widely used scale, the Glasgow Coma Scale, we present several new promising tools that show higher sensitivity and reliability for detecting subtle signs of recovery of consciousness in the post-acute setting. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomedical image classification with random subwindows and decision trees
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Piater, Justus ULg et al

in Computer Vision for Biomedical Image Applications (2005)

In this paper, we address a problem of biomedical image classification that involves the automatic classification of x-ray images in 57 predefined classes with large intra-class variability. To achieve ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we address a problem of biomedical image classification that involves the automatic classification of x-ray images in 57 predefined classes with large intra-class variability. To achieve that goal, we apply and slightly adapt a recent generic method for image classification based on ensemble of decision trees and random subwindows. We obtain classification results close to the state of the art on a publicly available database of 10000 x-ray images. We also provide some clues to interpret the classification of each image in terms of subwindow relevance. [less ▲]

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See detailC, N, P concentrations and requirements of flowering Posidonia oceanica shoots
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Hydrobiologia (2005), 533

The carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus contents in flowering and nonflowering shoots were compared after an important flowering event occurred in the Posidonia meadow of the Bay of Calvi. The flower ... [more ▼]

The carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus contents in flowering and nonflowering shoots were compared after an important flowering event occurred in the Posidonia meadow of the Bay of Calvi. The flower formation caused a significant increase of C and a significant decrease of N concentrations in intermediate and adult leaves. Minimum daily requirements in mg shoot(-1) day(-1) of 3.4 and 4.8 of C, 0.09 and 0.09 N, 0.01 and 0.02 of P respectively for nonflowering and flowering shoots were calculated. It shows that additional quantities of C and P are required for the inflorescence elaboration. The unchanged quantity of N required by the shoot for the inflorescence elaboration and the significant modification of N concentration in intermediate and adult leaves suggests that N is limited in the environment and that an efficient resorption of N occurs from leaves to ensure the inflorescence formation. [less ▲]

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See detailLa néphropathie diabétique
Weekers, Laurent ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(5-6, May-Jun), 479-486

Diabetic nephropathy is a constantly increasing pathology in western countries. The trend is more pronounced in type 2 diabetic patients than in type 1 diabetic patients. Among individuals with type 2 ... [more ▼]

Diabetic nephropathy is a constantly increasing pathology in western countries. The trend is more pronounced in type 2 diabetic patients than in type 1 diabetic patients. Among individuals with type 2 diabetes, kidney disease is often multifactorial. This paper reviews recent developments in the pathophysiology, epidemiology and treatment of diabetic nephropathy. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a genetic traceability test in pig based on single nucleotide polymorphism detection
Goffaux, F.; China, B.; Dams, Laureen ULg et al

in Forensic Science International (2005), 151(2-3), 239-247

In order to assure traceability along the meat transformation process, a powerful system is required. The administrative traceability shows limits that the use of genetic markers could overcome. The ... [more ▼]

In order to assure traceability along the meat transformation process, a powerful system is required. The administrative traceability shows limits that the use of genetic markers could overcome. The individual genomes contain sequence differences, basis of the genetic polymorphism of which the genetic markers are the witnesses. Among them, two classes seem to dominate on the traceability field: the microsatellites and the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP). The aim of this work was to develop a genetic traceability test in pig based on SNPs mainly located in 5' and 3' untranslated regions (UTRs). A set of 21 SNP markers including new SNPs identified in this study and SNPs previously described was selected. A genotyping assay was performed on 96 individuals representing the major crossbred of the pig population in Belgium. Results showed that all individuals tested presented a different genotype. This genotyping method might help the administrative system to guarantee the traceability of pork meat along the transformation process. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of DyBa2CU3O7-d superconducting domains grown by the infiltration technique starting with small size Dy-211 particles
Mathieu, Jean-Philippe; Koutzarova, T.; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2005), 18(2 Sp. Iss. SI), 136-141

An infiltration and growth process is here used as an alternative to the classical top-seeded melt-textured growth process for the production of Dy-123 single-domains with finely dispersed small size Dy ... [more ▼]

An infiltration and growth process is here used as an alternative to the classical top-seeded melt-textured growth process for the production of Dy-123 single-domains with finely dispersed small size Dy-211 particles. The starting materials are the 211-particles and a barium and copper rich liquid phase precursor. The infiltration and growth process allows for controlling both the spatial and size distribution of the 211-particles in the final superconducting 123-single-domain. The main parameters (set-ups, maximum processing temperature with respect to the peritectic temperature, nature of reactant, porosity of the 211-preform) of the infiltration and growth process are discussed. Moreover, different processes of chimie douce are shown in order to produce Dy-211 particles with controlled shape and size, particles that can be used as precursors for the infiltration and growth process. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Sm complexes with Sn compounds for syntheses of copolymers composed of lactide and cyclic carbonates and their biodegradabilities
Nakayama, Yuushou; Yasuda, Hajime; Yamamoto, Katsuhiro et al

in Reactive & Functional Polymers (2005), 63(2), 95-105

The comparison of organolanthanide complexes, (C5Me5)(2)SmMe(THF) (Sm1) and [(C5Me5)(2)SM](2)(PhC=C=C=CPh) (Sm2), with tin compounds, Bu2Sn(OMe), (Sn1) and Bu2Sn(OCH2CH2CH2O) (Sn2), in the preparation of ... [more ▼]

The comparison of organolanthanide complexes, (C5Me5)(2)SmMe(THF) (Sm1) and [(C5Me5)(2)SM](2)(PhC=C=C=CPh) (Sm2), with tin compounds, Bu2Sn(OMe), (Sn1) and Bu2Sn(OCH2CH2CH2O) (Sn2), in the preparation of random, diblock, and triblock copolymers composed Of L-lactide (L-LA) or D,L-LA and cyclic carbonates, trimethylene carbonate (TMC) or 2,2-dimethyltrimethylene carbonate (DTC) is reported. The biodegradabilities of the resulting copolymers with proteinase K and a compost were examined. The copolymerization of L-LA with cyclic carbonates by Sm1 or Sm2 afforded copolymers with relatively low melting points (< 160 degrees C) due to the accompanying epimerization in comparison with those obtained with Su1 or Sn2. In the degradation of the polymers with a compost, the copolymers based on D, L-LA were more degradable than those based on L-LA. On the other hand, the effect of the incorporated cyclic carbonate on its degradability was more drastic in the copolymers based on L-LA than those in the copolymers based on D, L-LA. The introduction of only a small amount of the cyclic carbonates into PLLA significantly enhanced the degradability of PLLA with a compost or proteinase K. In the enzymatic degradation of L-LA-containing polymers, the copolymerization of L-LA with TMC was also quite effective to improve the degradability of PLLA. Triblock copolymerization tends to be effective to enhance the degradability of PLLA. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the optimization of closed-loop multibody systems: Application to parallel manipulators
Collard, Jean-François; Fisette, Paul; Duysinx, Pierre ULg

in Multibody System Dynamics (2005), 13(1), 69-84

This paper describes an original and robust method to optimize the design of closed-loop mechanisms, especially parallel manipulators. These mechanisms involve non linear assembling constraints. During ... [more ▼]

This paper describes an original and robust method to optimize the design of closed-loop mechanisms, especially parallel manipulators. These mechanisms involve non linear assembling constraints. During optimization, the Newton-Raphson algorithm we use to solve these constraints may fail when the Jacobian matrix of the constraints is ill-conditioned and stops the redesign process. To circumvent the difficulty, the technique we propose takes advantage of numerical conditioning to penalize the objective function. Applications to an academic example and parallel robots demonstrate the capabilities of the methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailImage processing of 2D resistivity data for imaging faults
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Garambois, Stephane; Jongmans, Denis et al

in Journal of Applied Geophysics (2005), 57(4), 260-277

A methodology to locate automatically limits or boundaries between different geological bodies in 2D electrical tomography is proposed, using a crest line extraction process in gradient images, This ... [more ▼]

A methodology to locate automatically limits or boundaries between different geological bodies in 2D electrical tomography is proposed, using a crest line extraction process in gradient images, This method is applied on several synthetic models and on field data set acquired on three experimental sites during the European project PALEOSIS where trenches were dug. The results presented in this work are valid for electrical tomographies data collected with a Wenner-alpha array and computed with an 1(1) norm (blocky inversion) as optimization method, For the synthetic cases. three geometric contexts are modelled: a vertical and a dipping fault juxtaposing two different geological formations and a step-like structure. A superficial layer can cover each geological structure. In these three situations, the method locates the synthetic faults and layer boundaries, and determines fault displacement but with several limitations. The estimated fault positions correlate exactly with the synthetic ones if a conductive (or no superficial) layer overlies the studied structure. When a resistive layer with a thickness of 6 in covers the model, faults are positioned with a maximum error of 1 m. Moreover, when a resistive and/or a thick top layer is present, the resolution significantly decreases for the fault displacement estimation (error up to 150%). The tests with the synthetic models for surveys using the Wenner-alpha array indicate that the proposed methodology is best suited to vertical and horizontal contacts. Application of the methodology to real data sets shows that a lateral resistivity contrast of 1:5 1:10 leads to exact faults location. A fault contact with a resistivity contrast of 1:0.75 and overlaid by a resistive layer with a thickness or 1 m gives an error location ranging from 1 to 3 m. Moreover, no result is obtained for a contact with very low contrasts (similar to 1:0.85) overlaid by a resistive soil. The method shows poor results when vertical gradients are greater than horizontal ones. This kind of image processing technique should be systematically used for improving the objectiveness of tomography interpretation when looking for limits between geological objects. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place de la transplantation pancreatique dans le traitement du diabete
De Roover, Arnaud ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Coimbra Marques, Carla ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(5-6, May-Jun), 350-4

Pancreas transplantation has now become an established option in the treatment of diabetic complications. It normalizes glucose metabolism, prevents, stabilizes and improves the evolution of diabetes ... [more ▼]

Pancreas transplantation has now become an established option in the treatment of diabetic complications. It normalizes glucose metabolism, prevents, stabilizes and improves the evolution of diabetes-associated lesions. Improvements in surgical procedure and in immunosuppression have better defined its indications. Combined kidney-pancreas transplantation appears today as the best treatment for the diabetic patient with end stage renal disease. Isolated pancreas transplantation is reserved to non-uremic patients with severe diabetic complications or with hyperlabile glycaemic control and severe impairment of quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of adenocarcinoma in chronic fistula in Crohn's disease
Laurent, Stanislas; Barbeaux, A.; Detroz, Bernard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2005), 68(1, Jan-Mar), 98-100

The authors report the case of a 55 yr-old woman suffering from Crohn's disease since 31 years with stricture and fistulas developed in the ileocolic junction and anorectal portion. Long-standing ... [more ▼]

The authors report the case of a 55 yr-old woman suffering from Crohn's disease since 31 years with stricture and fistulas developed in the ileocolic junction and anorectal portion. Long-standing anorectal fistulas and stricture led to adenocarcinoma and finally fistulisation in the vagina. Diagnosis was made by perineal examination with biopsies under general anaesthesia. Treatment was first posterior pelvectomy with resection of the anterior wall of vagina. Secondarily, radiochemotherapy was administrated. The authors discuss the incidence and risk factors of carcinoma in Crohn's disease with chronic fistulas. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation of upper rim acylated calix[4]arenes using a sacrifici al zinc anode
Louati, Alain; Vataj, Rame; Gabelica, Valérie ULg et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2005), 46(44), 7499-7502

A straightforward electrosynthetic method is described, which allows upper rim acylation of non-p-halogenated calix[4]-arenes. For example, a solution of tetrapropoxycalix[4]arene 4 was electrolysed in ... [more ▼]

A straightforward electrosynthetic method is described, which allows upper rim acylation of non-p-halogenated calix[4]-arenes. For example, a solution of tetrapropoxycalix[4]arene 4 was electrolysed in the presence of ZnBr2, in an undivided cell fitted with a sacrificial zinc anode using pure acetonitrile as solvent, yielding an organozinc species, which was then treated with acetyl chloride in the presence of a palladium catalyst to afford 5,11-diacety1-25,26,27,28-tetrapropoxycalix[4]arene 5 in ca. 35% yield after workup. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of saturation on spin effects in proton-proton scattering
Selyugin, Oleg Viktorovich; Cudell, Jean-René ULg

in Czechoslovak Journal of Physics (2005), 55(Suppl. A), 235-242

For pomerons described by a sum of two simple-pole terms, a soft and a hard pomeron, the unitarity bounds from saturation in impact-parameter space are examined. We consider the effect of these bounds on ... [more ▼]

For pomerons described by a sum of two simple-pole terms, a soft and a hard pomeron, the unitarity bounds from saturation in impact-parameter space are examined. We consider the effect of these bounds on observables linked with polarisation, such as the analyzing power A(N) in elastic proton-proton scattering, for LHC energies. We obtain the s and t dependence of the Coulomb-nuclear interference at small momentum transfer, and show that the effect of the hard pomeron may be observed at the LHC. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of automatic memory during general anesthesia for elective surgery using the process dissociation procedure
Willems, Sylvie ULg; Iselin-Chaves, Irène A.; Jermann, Françoise J. et al

in Anesthesiology (2005), 103

Background: This prospective study evaluated memory function during general anesthesia for elective surgery and its relation to depth of hypnotic state. The authors also compared memory function in ... [more ▼]

Background: This prospective study evaluated memory function during general anesthesia for elective surgery and its relation to depth of hypnotic state. The authors also compared memory function in anesthetized and nonanesthetized subjects. Methods: Words were played for 70 min via headphones to 48 patients (aged 18–70 yr) after induction of general anesthesia for elective surgery. Patients were unpremedicated, and the anesthetic regimen was free. The Bispectral Index (BIS) was recorded throughout the study. Within 36 h after the word presentation, memory was assessed using an auditory word stem completion test with inclusion and exclusion instructions. Memory performance and the contribution of explicit and implicit memory were calculated using the process dissociation procedure. The authors applied the same memory task to a control group of nonanesthetized subjects. Results: Forty-seven patients received isoflurane, and one patient received propofol for anesthesia. The mean ( SD) BIS was 49 9. There was evidence of memory for words presented during light (BIS 61–80) and adequate anesthesia (BIS 41–60) but not during deep anesthesia (BIS 21–40). The process dissociation procedure showed a significant implicit memory contribution but not reliable explicit memory contribution (mean explicit memory scores 0.05 0.14, 0.04 0.09, and 0.05 0.14; mean automatic influence scores 0.14 0.12, 0.17 0.17, and 0.18 0.21 at BIS 21–40, 41–60, and 61–80, respectively). Compared with anesthetized patients, the memory performance of nonanesthetized subjects was better, with a higher contribution by explicit memory and a comparable contribution by implicit memory. Conclusion: During general anesthesia for elective surgery, implicit memory persists even in adequate hypnotic states, to a comparable degree as in nonanesthetized subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailLe diabete gestationnel
Pintiaux, Axelle ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(5-6, May-Jun), 338-43

Gestational diabetes mellitus is one of the major medical complications of pregnancy. This review describes the short and long term consequences of this affection, the screening strategy and the diagnosis ... [more ▼]

Gestational diabetes mellitus is one of the major medical complications of pregnancy. This review describes the short and long term consequences of this affection, the screening strategy and the diagnosis approach. The obstetrical management and the diabetes treatment with dietary strategies reducing carbohydrate intake and minimising the postprandial glucose levels are explained. Insulin treatment indication, place of insulin analogues, and use of oral antihyperglycaemic agents are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes bibliothèques vues par le monde de l'enseignement
Baye, Ariane ULg; Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Lectures : La Revue des Bibliothèques (2005), 141

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See detailL'orientation scolaire en Communauté française de Belgique
Demeuse, Marc ULg; Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Revue Internationale d'Education (2005), 38

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See detailMagneto-transport characterization of Dy123 monodomain superconductors
Pekala, Marek; Mucha, Jan ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Applied Physics A : Materials Science & Processing (2005), 81(5), 1001-1007

We consider textured materials of the DyBa2Cu3O7 type seeded with a Nd123 seed as initiator. They are grown with an excess 20% Dy211 phase on a Dy2O3 substrate. We report chemical characterization ... [more ▼]

We consider textured materials of the DyBa2Cu3O7 type seeded with a Nd123 seed as initiator. They are grown with an excess 20% Dy211 phase on a Dy2O3 substrate. We report chemical characterization, electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity over a broad temperature range as a function of an applied magnetic field up to 6 T. We show that specific features appear in the magneto-thermal transport properties, different in these materials from those found in single crystals and polycrystalline samples. We propose that two vortex regimes can be distinguished in the mixed phase, due to the intrinsic microstructure. We calculate the viscosity, entropy and figure of merit of the samples. [less ▲]

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