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See detailVariability in elective day-surgery rates between Belgian hospitals - Analyses of administrative data explained by surgical experts
Leroy, Roos; Camberlin, Cécile; Lefevre, Mélanie ULiege et al

in International Journal of Surgery (London, England) (2017), 45

Background In the last decades, day surgery has steadily and significantly grown in many countries, yet the increase has been uneven. There are large variations in day-surgery activity between countries ... [more ▼]

Background In the last decades, day surgery has steadily and significantly grown in many countries, yet the increase has been uneven. There are large variations in day-surgery activity between countries, but also within countries between hospitals and surgeons. This paper explores the variability in day-care activity for elective surgical procedures between Belgian hospitals. Materials and methods The administrative hospital data of all patients formally admitted in a Belgian hospital for inpatient or day-surgery care between 2011 and 2013 were analysed and summarized in graphs. During 11 expert meetings with ad-hoc surgical expert groups the variability in day-surgery share between hospitals was discussed in depth. Results The variability in day-care share between Belgian hospitals is considerable. For 37 out of 486 elective surgical procedures, the variability ranged between 0 and 100%. High national day-care rates do not preclude room for improvement for certain hospitals as for the majority of these procedures there are “low performers”. According to the consulted clinical experts, the high variability in day-care share may for the greater part be explained by medical team related factors, customs and traditions, the lack of clinical guidelines, financial factors, organisational factors and patient related factors. Conclusion If a further expansion of day surgery is envisaged in Belgium the factors that contribute to the current variability in day-surgery rates between hospitals should be addressed. In addition, a feedback system in which hospitals and health care providers have the figures on their percentage of procedures carried out in day surgery compared to other hospitals and care providers (benchmarking) and the monitoring of a number of quality indicators (e.g. unplanned readmission, unplanned inpatient stay, emergency department visit) should be installed. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de Gilbert Gagné : The Trade and Culture Debate Evidence from US Trade Agreements
Vlassis, Antonios ULiege

in Revue Québecoise de Droit International (2017)

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See detailTraumatologie des sports olympiques de ballon en salle. Partie 2 : le handball
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Roberjot, Mathieu; DELVAUX, François ULiege et al

in Journal de Traumatologie du Sport (2017)

Frequent often-rough contact between players explains why handball has one of the highest injury rates (mainly contusion) recorded at the LondonOlympic Games. Ankle injuries predominated. Head injuries ... [more ▼]

Frequent often-rough contact between players explains why handball has one of the highest injury rates (mainly contusion) recorded at the LondonOlympic Games. Ankle injuries predominated. Head injuries (commotion), shoulder injuries (dislocation and instability), and knee injuries (anteriorcruciate ligament tears) were also common. Wingmen are in constant activity both as attackers and defenders, making them the players with thehighest risk of injury. [less ▲]

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See detailDefeatist performance beliefs in a sample of individuals with persistent negative symptoms
Thonon, Bénédicte ULiege; Li, Xueying; Velligan, Dawn

Poster (2017, September)

Objective Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, in particular motivational deficits, have showed to be linked to dysfunctional attitudes, such as defeatist performance beliefs. This relationship has been ... [more ▼]

Objective Negative symptoms of schizophrenia, in particular motivational deficits, have showed to be linked to dysfunctional attitudes, such as defeatist performance beliefs. This relationship has been found in various types of samples but has not been investigated in samples of individuals presenting persistent negative symptoms (PNS). The present study aimed to assess the relationship between defeatist performance beliefs and negative symptoms in a sample of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and PNS. Another objective was to evaluate the link between change in defeatist beliefs and change in negative symptoms, before and after psychosocial intervention. Methods Fifty-one participants diagnosed with schizophrenia and PNS followed 9 months of Motivation and Engagement Training. They were assessed before and after the intervention using the Negative Symptom Assessment (NSA), the Brief Negative Symptom Scale (BNSS), the Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms (CAINS), and de the Defeatist Performance Beliefs scale. Results At baseline, defeatist performance beliefs were not significantly associated with negative symptoms, except with the motivation factor of the BNSS, but only at the trend level. However, change in defeatist beliefs was moderately correlated with change in motivation, as measured with the BNSS, but not with the other measures. Conclusion These results underlie the necessity of broadening the targets of psychosocial interventions to factors related to negative symptoms other than dysfunctional attitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailSmallest salable patent practicing unit (SSPPU) and component licensing: Why $1 is not $1?
Gautier, Axel ULiege

Conference (2017, September)

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See detailLocals in the Wasteland: The Non-Intended Side Effects of (In)Sensible Local Participatory Technology Development.
Parotte, Céline ULiege

Conference (2017, September)

Implementing high-level radioactive wastes programs on a territory remain a sensitive step for nuclear waste management organizations. At this stage, the preferred solution of radioactive wastes programs ... [more ▼]

Implementing high-level radioactive wastes programs on a territory remain a sensitive step for nuclear waste management organizations. At this stage, the preferred solution of radioactive wastes programs (geological disposal) and their technological developments become highly visible and this is why the new instruments and strategies such as participatory technology development (PDT) have been adopted to tackle the territorial development of geological disposal technology. Considering the coproduction between territory and program (Jasanoff 2004), this presentation focuses on two siting processes of radioactive wastes programs, in France and in Canada to analyze the influence of in(sensible) local participatory technology development strategy and the influence of invited critics (Wynne 2007) on the industrial project. Our results show that frameworks of the participatory technology development have been designed very differently (with or without publics). Consequently, two undesirable, mostly non-intended side effects of information local committees (non) integration have appeared. In France, a closed PDT transformed invited critics as non-invited one. In Canada, a weak engagement of publics has occurred with an opened PDT. In both case, new socio-technical adjustments have occurred in those programs. [less ▲]

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See detailUn théâtre d'ondes
Neelsen, Sarah ULiege

Article for general public (2017)

Texte de présentation de la pièce "Kein Licht" d'Elfriede Jelinek, Prix Nobel de littérature en 2004, pour le programme de l'opéra du même nom, créé par le compositeur Philippe Manoury et le metteur en ... [more ▼]

Texte de présentation de la pièce "Kein Licht" d'Elfriede Jelinek, Prix Nobel de littérature en 2004, pour le programme de l'opéra du même nom, créé par le compositeur Philippe Manoury et le metteur en scène Nicolas Stemann à l'Opéra National du Rhin. [less ▲]

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See detailA multifractal formalism for non-concave and non-increasing spectra: the leaders profile method
Esser, Céline ULiege; Kleyntssens, Thomas ULiege; Nicolay, Samuel ULiege

in Applied & Computational Harmonic Analysis (2017), 43(2), 269-291

We present an implementation of a multifractal formalism based on the types of histogram of wavelet leaders. This method yields non-concave spectra and is not limited to their increasing part. We show ... [more ▼]

We present an implementation of a multifractal formalism based on the types of histogram of wavelet leaders. This method yields non-concave spectra and is not limited to their increasing part. We show both from the theoretical and from the applied points of view that this approach is more e cient than the wavelet-based multifractal formalisms previously introduced. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, characterization, and durability study of Pt-Co hollow nanoparticles deposited on carbon xerogel electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC)
Zubiaur, Anthony ULiege; Asset, Tristan ULiege; Olu, Pierre-Yves et al

Poster (2017, September)

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1 ... [more ▼]

Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) catalysts are generally made of carbon black (CB)supported platinum-based nanoparticles. However, the properties of CBs, as described by RodríguezReinoso [1], are not optimal for electrocatalysis. A possible solution to the drawbacks of CBs is the use of synthetic nanostructured materials with a controllable and reproducible texture and with a pure, known and constant chemical composition; carbon xerogels (CX) exhibit such properties [2]. Recently, various highly dispersed CX-supported Pt nanoparticles catalysts (Pt/CX) have been synthesized via several methods, such as the strong electrostatic adsorption (SEA) [3] or the charge-enhanced dry impregnation (CEDI) [4]. However, the decrease of the Pt mass contained in the PEMFC electrodes, in particular at the cathode where the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is processed, remains a major challenge. Improving the ORR mass activity is currently best achieved by alloying Pt with 3d-transition metal atoms such as cobalt (Co). These alloys perform better than the ORR because the substitution of some Pt atoms by 3d-metal atoms with smaller radius leads to a modified Pt electronic structure [5]. The synthesis and durability of Pt-Co hollow particles/CX (Fig. 1) is currently being studied in our groups. The results indicate that the specific and mass activity of the bimetallic hollow particles dispersed on CX is ca. 10 times higher than that of pure Pt/CB. The first durability results show good stability of the hollow particles structure. Performances and accelerated stress tests (ASTs) in PEMFCs were finally performed. [less ▲]

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See detailWater chemical evolution in Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower plants and induced consequences
Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege; Jurado Elices, Anna ULiege et al

in Energy Procedia (2017), 125

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) is an alternative to manage the electricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs of which at least one is underground. For this last reservoir, abandoned mines could be considered. UPSH related activities may induce hydrochemical variations, such as the increase of the oxygen (O2) partial pressure (pO2), which may entail negative consequences in terms of environment and efficiency, especially in coal mined areas where the presence of sulfide minerals is common. This work assesses the main expected environmental impacts that UPSH using abandoned coal mines may induce. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of rock fragments on hydraulic properties of Ultisols in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
Khetdan, Channarong; Chittamart, Natthapol; Tawornpruek, Saowanuch et al

in Geoderma Regional (2017), 10

In Thailand, stony soils are mainly located in hillside areas. Even though they have physical limitations for agricultural use and they are exposed to a risk for soil erosion, they continue to be used for ... [more ▼]

In Thailand, stony soils are mainly located in hillside areas. Even though they have physical limitations for agricultural use and they are exposed to a risk for soil erosion, they continue to be used for crop production. A good understanding of the hydraulic characteristics of soils containing an important fraction of rock fragments is crucial for soil and water management in these areas. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of different rock fragment contents on effective hydraulic properties of skeletal soil with a clay content lower than 35% using measurements of the water retention curve and the hydraulic conductivity. A tension infiltrometer was used to determine the field hydraulic conductivity at four pressure heads (h) of 0, − 30, − 60 and − 120 mm. Soil water retention was determined on a pressure plate between − 33 and − 1500 kPa. Finally, the Hydrus-1D was used to predict soil moisture dynamics using the obtained effective hydraulic parameters. The results show a decreasing water retention capacity with increasing rock fragment content. The saturated hydraulic conductivity decreased with increasing stone contents from 0 to 20%, but then increased for increasing stone content. Contradicting behavior can be observed using field and lab measurements, clearly exposing the need for a better understanding of the functioning of stony soils. [less ▲]

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See detailLe pouvoir judiciaire et l'équilibre des pouvoirs : réflexions à propos des récentes réformes
Bouhon, Frédéric ULiege; Pironnet, Quentin ULiege

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2017), 29

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See detailImpact of a mountain ultra-marathon (UTMB) on cardiac biomarkers
Le Goff, Caroline ULiege; Gergelé, Laurent; Kaux, Jean-François ULiege et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2017, September), 5(Supplement 1), 15-16

OBJECTIVES: While moderate exercise has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supraphysiological effort are not clear yet. In particular, the physiological consequences of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: While moderate exercise has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supraphysiological effort are not clear yet. In particular, the physiological consequences of ultramarathons need to be further documented. The aim of the study was to assess the changes of various cardiac biomarkers after a mountain ultramarathon. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Blood and urine samples were collected on 28 runners (17 men) participating to the UltraTrail du Mont Blanc (105 km, total positive elevation: 5600 m) at 3 different times: before the race (Pre), within 1 h after the finish (Post) and 7 days after the finish (D+7). Several biomarkers involved in heart disease (coronary syndrome, heart failure and fibrosis) and in inflammation were assayed on different analyzers such a COBAS® (for CKMB,TnThs, NTproBNP, HFABP and CRPs) and KRYPTOR® (for Copeptin). ST2 was measured manually with the Presage kit from CRITICAL DIAGNOSTIC®. RESULTS: Plasma levels of cardiac markers (CKMB, TnThs, NTproBNP, copeptin, HFABP, ST2) and inflammation (CRPs) increased significantly at Post. Means values increased from Pre to Post as follows: 2.3 to 91.9 UI/L for CKMB (p<0.0001); 7.6 to 31.7 ng/L for TnThs (p<0.0001); 41.7 to 1190.5 ng/L for NTproBNP, 4.2 to 22.9 pmol/L for copeptin (p=0.001); 3.6 to 107.8 ng/mL for HFABP (p<0.0001), 29.7 to 126.2 ng/mL for ST2 (p<0.0001); 0.5 to 29.1 mg/L for CRPs (p<0.0001). With the exception of a few (HFABP, ST2, CRPs) biomarkers in some subjects, all values were back to Pre values at D+7. DISCUSSION/CONCLUSION: Prolonged strenuous running exercise caused an elevation in cardiac biomarkers. Elevation in CKMB levels lacks specificity for cardiac damage as runners have increased CKMB from skeletal muscles as well. Previous studies suggested that exercise induced TnThs elevation is a benign reversible physiologic phenomenon but this parameter, as well as HFABP, could be a sign of ischemia. Different phenomena occurred such as stretch of myocytes causing an increase in pressure or volume and neurohormonal activation which can explain the Copeptine and NTproBNP increase, while ST2 is a biomarker of cardiac remodeling and fibrosis. CRP is an acute phase compound that tends to increase following a strenuous and prolonged bout of exercise and/or muscular injury. As the values tended to return within the normal reference range values within 7 days after the race, our study suggests that there is no permanent structural damage at the myocardium level. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet-rich plasma versus hyaluronic acid to treat tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Robertjot, Mathieu; SAMSON, Antoine ULiege et al

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2017, September), 5(Supplement 1), 21-22

INTRODUCTION: The treatment of patellar tendinopathies could be difficult. This is the reason why new treatments have been developed, among which platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Some clinical ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: The treatment of patellar tendinopathies could be difficult. This is the reason why new treatments have been developed, among which platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. Some clinical series have previously evaluated the effect of PRP in the treatment of proximal patellar tendinopathies. Recent systematic review concluded that PRP could be recommend as a treatment in such indication (1). Recently, the viscoelastic properties of hyaluronic acid (HA) on liquid connective tissue have been proposed for the treatment of tendinopathies (2). Some fundamental studies show encouraging results on HA’s ability to promote tendon gliding and reduce adhesion as well as to improve tendon architectural organisation. Some observations also support its use in a clinical setting to improve pain and function. PURPOSE: We aimed to compare the effect of PRP injection versus two injections of HA after three months on patients who have a proximal patellar tendinopathy. METHODS: Thirtythree sportsmen with proximal patellar tendinopathies being not relieved after minimum three months of normal physiotherapy treatments where included. Eighteen of them (group 1) have received a leukocyte poor PRP injection (obtained using an aphaeresis machine (3)) and the other fifteen (group 2) two HA injections, all of them have benefited of standardized rehabilitation. Concerning the evaluation of the pathology, algofunctional tests (visual analogic scale (VAS), pressure algometer, IKDC score, VISAP score), isokinetic (associated to VAS) along with the patellar tendon ultrasonography (US) have been realized over three times (preinjection, after 6 weeks, after 3 months postinjections). RESULTS: The results of VAS (p<0,01), algometric scores (p<0,01), IKDC scores (p<0,01) and VISAP (p<0,01) show a considerable improvement in the two groups, but not for the US findings. For the group 1, isokinetic tests show significative results for the hamstrings in C60°/s with an improvement of maximum peak torque (p=0,01) for the pathological member, a diminution (p>0,05) for the healthy limb and during the analysis of the bilateral difference (p=0,0002). For the group 2, the improvement of quadriceps maximum peak torque in C240°/s is significant (p>0,01) for the pathological knee after 6 weeks post injections only. The VAS associated with isokinetic tests decreases significantly for all contraction modes after three months of study. CONCLUSIONS: Both PRP and HA can improve the symptoms of proximal patellar tendinopathy, even if the results are slightly better in the PRP group. REFERENCES: Andia I et al., Plateletrich plasma in the conservative treatment of painful tendinopathy: a systematic review and metaanalysis of controlled studies. Br Med Bull. 2014 Jun;110(1):99115. Kaux JF et al., Hyaluronic acid and tendon lesions. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2016 Feb 13;5(4):2649. Kaux JF et al. Using platelet rich plasma to treat jumper's knees: Exploring the effect of a second closely timed infiltration. J Sci Med Sport. 2016 Mar;19(3):2004. [less ▲]

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See detailNew computational method of the ball/race contacts transverse loads of high speed ball bearings without race control hypothesis
Servais, Christophe ULiege; Bozet, Jean-Luc ULiege

in Tribology International (2017), 113

Some hypotheses are still necessary in order to access the ball bearing Newtonian equilibrium with quasi-static methods. Among these hypotheses are the values of the transverse loads within ball/race ... [more ▼]

Some hypotheses are still necessary in order to access the ball bearing Newtonian equilibrium with quasi-static methods. Among these hypotheses are the values of the transverse loads within ball/race contacts. Those loads are due to the gyroscopic torques. Nowadays, the transverse loads are estimated without any equilibrium criterion by the specialized literature. Moreover, the race control assumption is often employed in addition to the hypotheses made about the transverse loads. The paper describes a new method to compute the transverse loads without using the race control assumption. Then, a correlation between the ball bearing kinematics and the transverse loads is established. It leads to an accurate and efficient computational method to access the Newtonian equilibrium of high speed ball bearings. [less ▲]

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See detailTranslation and validation of the VISA-P questionnaire for French-speaking patients
Kaux, Jean-François ULiege; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULiege; Bruyère, Olivier ULiege

in European Journal of Sports Medicine (2017), 5(supplement 1), 63

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See detailDEVELOPMENT OF AN ELECTRONIC EDUCATION BOOKLET FOR PATIENTS WITH LOW BACK PAIN
Demoulin, Christophe ULiege; Pauly, Laura; Grosdent, Stéphanie ULiege et al

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See detailPRELIMINARY STUDY ON BEAM-TO-COLUMN JOINTS UNDER IMPACT LOADING
D'Antimo, Marina ULiege; Latour, Massimo; Rizzano, Gianvittorio et al

in Proceedings CTA 2017 (2017, September)

Recent catastrophic events have pointed out the necessity of ensuring the integrity for structures under “exceptional” events. Since many years, the University of Liège is involved in different activities ... [more ▼]

Recent catastrophic events have pointed out the necessity of ensuring the integrity for structures under “exceptional” events. Since many years, the University of Liège is involved in different activities and projects mainly related to the robustness assessment of structures. The robustness of a structure is the capacity of the system to remain globally stable after events not directly ac- counted for in the design, like impact, fire or consequences of a human error, leading to a reason- able damage when compared to the original cause. Particular attention has been dedicated to the loss of column scenario with analytical and numerical investigations. As a contribution to differ- ent European projects (FREEDAM and ROBUSTIMPACT), experimental campaigns have been carried out or are currently undergoing, with the aim of understanding the behaviour of different joint typologies under impact loads. The experimental campaigns have the goal to underline the influence of the strain-rate of the joint components on the behaviour of the tested connections. In the present paper, an overview on the design criteria for the ongoing experimental campaign, on the preliminary results and findings is given and critically analysed. Particularly, an application in the field of the FREEDAM project is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailL’enjeu institutionnel - Le territoire de « Liège » en droit public belge
Behrendt, Christian ULiege; Pironnet, Quentin ULiege

in Demoulin, Bruno (Ed.) Histoire de Liège : Une cité, une capitale, une métropole (2017)

Chapitre de l'ouvrage "Histoire de Liège, Une cité, une capitale, une métropole", publié à l'occasion du bicentenaire de l'Université de Liège, sous la direction scientifique de Bruno Demoulin, et en ... [more ▼]

Chapitre de l'ouvrage "Histoire de Liège, Une cité, une capitale, une métropole", publié à l'occasion du bicentenaire de l'Université de Liège, sous la direction scientifique de Bruno Demoulin, et en coédition avec les Grandes Conférences Liégeoises [less ▲]

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