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See detailAdolescent Risk Behaviours and Protective Factors Against Peer Influence
Cattelino, Elena; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg; Born, Michel ULg et al

in Journal of Adolescence (2014), 37(8), 1353-1362

This study examined the relationships between protective factors and involvement in risk behaviour of Italian adolescents with friends involved in risk. Protective factors were drawn from models of peers ... [more ▼]

This study examined the relationships between protective factors and involvement in risk behaviour of Italian adolescents with friends involved in risk. Protective factors were drawn from models of peers and from individual skills (perceived regulatory self-efficacy, intolerant attitudes about deviance) and orientation (to health, school, religion). The data are from two waves, 1 year apart, of a questionnaire survey of adolescents in northwestern Italy. Participants were 908 adolescents (42% boys) ages 14–16 years. Results of a hierarchical regression revealed that religiosity is a protective factor and that friends’ models for conventional behaviours and positive attitude about health can mitigate the influence of deviant friends on adolescent risk behaviour 1 year later, even after controlling for prior levels of risk behaviour. Possible implications of this study suggest the importance of implementing preventive interventions by involving the peer group, especially at about 16 years, and working with heterogeneous (deviant and nondeviant) groups. [less ▲]

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See detailPONTE ET QUALITÉ D’OEUFS DE CAILLES ÉLEVÉES EN CONDITIONS SEMI INTENSIVES DANS L’EST ALGÉRIEN
Moula, Nassim ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma et al

in Archivos de Zootecnia (2014), 63(244), 693-696

This work investigates laying performances and egg quality of 200 quails during 266 laying days. The first collected 240 eggs, for the periods: 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44 weeks were used in this ... [more ▼]

This work investigates laying performances and egg quality of 200 quails during 266 laying days. The first collected 240 eggs, for the periods: 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44 weeks were used in this study. The average laying rate calculated over a period of 37 weeks is 74.44 %. All studied eggs quality parameters were significantly (p<0.001) influenced by the age of the quail. The average weight of the whole egg (13.66 g), yolk (3.99 g) and shell (2.28 g) reach their maximum value at the 40th week. The maximum albumen average weight (7.45 g) was observed at 32nd week. Albumen (12.02) and yolk (48.72) indices recorded their highest values at the 12th and the 16th weeks, respectively. The eggs freshness, expressed here by Haugh units decreased with age. They range from 89.56 at the 12th week to 83.71 at the 44th week of age. Yolk color registered values with irregular fluctuations (7.12 to 9.33) in a colorimetric scale of 15 ladders. Highly significant and positive correlations (p<0.001) and were recorded between the whole egg weight and the weight of albumen, yolk and shell. To conclude, the quail age affects significantly the various egg quality parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailThe sentence repetition task: A powerful diagnostic tool for French children with specific language impairment
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Quémart, Pauline; Magis, David ULg et al

in Research in Developmental Disabilities (2014), 35

This study assesses the diagnostic accuracy and construct validity of a sentence repetition task that is commonly used for the identification of French children with specific language impairment (SLI ... [more ▼]

This study assesses the diagnostic accuracy and construct validity of a sentence repetition task that is commonly used for the identification of French children with specific language impairment (SLI). Thirty-four school-aged children with a confirmed, diagnostically based diagnosis of SLI, and 34 control children matched on age and nonverbal abilities performed the sentence repetition task. Two general scoring measures took into account the verbatim repetition of the sentence and the number of words accurately repeated. Moreover, five other scoring measures were applied to their answers in order to separately take into account their respect of lexical items, functional items, syntax, verb morphology, and the general meaning of the sentence. Results show good to high levels of sensitivity and specificity at the three cut-off points for all scoring measures. A principal component analysis revealed two factors. Scoring measures for the respect of functional words, syntax and verb morphology provided the largest loadings to the first factor, while scoring measures for the respect of lexical words and general semantics provided the largest loadings to the second factor. Sentence repetition appears to be a valuable tool to identify SLI in French children, and the ability to repeat sentences correctly is supported by two factors: a morphosyntactic factor and a lexical factor. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Christophe Colomb à Barack Obama - une chronologie des musiques afro-américaines
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2014), (44), 15

Compte rendu d'un ouvrage de Jean Paul Levet , tome 1 ( sous titré Une chronologie des musiques afro-américaines)

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See detailToward a tool aimed to quantify soil compaction risks at a regional scale: application to Wallonia (Belgium)
D'Or, Dimitri; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Soil & Tillage Research (2014), 144

The spatial analysis of the soil compaction risk has been developed at the regional level and applied to Wallonia (Belgium). The methodology is based on the estimation of the probability of exceeding the ... [more ▼]

The spatial analysis of the soil compaction risk has been developed at the regional level and applied to Wallonia (Belgium). The methodology is based on the estimation of the probability of exceeding the preconsolidation stress due to the application of loads on the soil. Preconsolidation stresses (Pc) are computed from the pedotransfer functions of Horn and Fleige (2003) at pF 1.8 and 2.5 and classified into 6 categories ranging from very low Pc (< 30 kPa) to extremely high Pc (> 150 kPa). The computation requires the knowledge of pedological (texture, organic content), mechanical (bulk density, cohesion, internal friction angle), and hydraulic variables (water content available, non-available water content, air capacity, saturated hydraulic conductivity). These variables are obtained from databases like HYPRES or AARDEWERK or from pedotransfer functions. The computation of Pc takes into account the spatial structure of the data: in some cases, data are abundant (e.g. texture data) and spatial variability is taken into account through geostatistical methods. In other cases, the data is sparse but uncertainty information can be extracted from the knowledge of the statistical distribution. Maps of the most probable Pc class are produced. Uncertainty is computed as the classification error probability. Implementation of these methods in Wallonia showed that Pc values higher than 120 kPa are reached either on 64 % of the territory at pF 2.5 or on 55 % at pF 1.8. A higher uncertainty was found at pF 2.5 than at pF 1.8. Uncertainty was also found higher for clay and clayed loess than for other textural classes present in Wallonia. The risk of compaction is defined as the probability that Pc is exceeded by the stress created by a load applied to the soil at a depth of 40 cm, the loads being similar to those induced by agricultural or forestry tires. It appeared that subsoil compaction risks exist mainly in loamy forest soils with small coarse fragments supporting loads similar to that existing on logging machines. In the zones where the uncertainty is low, the developed tool could be used as a basis for providing policy measures in order to promote soil-friendly farming and forest practices. [less ▲]

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See detailPicpus et ses doubles
Demoulin, Laurent ULg; Lemoine, Michel

in Traces (2014), 21

Simenon a écrit Signé Picpus dans des conditions particulières. Il s’est essayé à construire une intrigue complexe en multipliant les personnages, les indices matériels et les mobiles sordides. Ce faisant ... [more ▼]

Simenon a écrit Signé Picpus dans des conditions particulières. Il s’est essayé à construire une intrigue complexe en multipliant les personnages, les indices matériels et les mobiles sordides. Ce faisant, il n’a pas laissé à ses lecteurs le rôle d’herméneutes psychologiques qu’il leur confère d’ordinaire. [less ▲]

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See detailGrey-box identification of a non-linear solar array structure using cubic splines
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Foltête, Emmanuel et al

in International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics (2014), 67

Most identification methods in non-linear structural dynamics assume in advance a mathematical model of the non-linearities. This is however possible in specific situations only, since non-linear effects ... [more ▼]

Most identification methods in non-linear structural dynamics assume in advance a mathematical model of the non-linearities. This is however possible in specific situations only, since non-linear effects may be caused by numerous phenomena and a priori knowledge is generally limited. The present paper investigates the usefulness of piecewise third-order polynomials, termed cubic splines, to identify the complex non-linear dynamics of solar arrays in their stowed configuration. The estimation of the model parameters is achieved using the frequency-domain non-linear subspace identification (FNSI) method. A distinct advantage of the FNSI approach is its capability to calculate accurately a large number of parameters, while maintaining an acceptable computational burden. This makes tractable the use of cubic splines to represent non-linearity in real-life mechanical systems, as the dimensionality of the inverse problem is known to increase dramatically in this case. The experimental structure of interest consists of two parallel aluminium plates assembled with bolted connections. This application is challenging because of the existence of impacts between the two plates at high excitation amplitude, and of the activation of complicated stiffness and damping mechanisms within the bolted connections. [less ▲]

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See detailVitrification, an efficient cryopreservation procedure but still rising some debates
Vanderzwalmen, Pierre; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Stecher, Astrid et al

in Current Trends in Clinical Embryology (2014), 1(1), 34-45

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See detailAspects juridiques de la fiscalité du logement en Wallonie
Bahi, Sacha; Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Farah, Jihad ULg et al

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Ce numéro des « Notes de recherche » synthétise un des volets d’une étude dont l’objet est « la fiscalité relative au logement et l’aménagement du territoire ». Or, afin de bien appréhender les tenants et ... [more ▼]

Ce numéro des « Notes de recherche » synthétise un des volets d’une étude dont l’objet est « la fiscalité relative au logement et l’aménagement du territoire ». Or, afin de bien appréhender les tenants et les aboutissants de cette causalité et, surtout, de formuler des recommandations et propositions relatives au système fiscal en regard d’objectifs territoriaux, une analyse approfondie du cadre juridique s’avère indispensable. Cet examen constitue, en soi, un tout cohérent auquel pourra se référer le praticien de la gestion territoriale. La présente réflexion vise ainsi à présenter les divers mécanismes juridiques qui constituent des impôts frappant les biens immobiliers affectés au logement en Wallonie. L’étude s’intéresse principalement au territoire géographique wallon et non pas au seul pouvoir taxateur : « Région wallonne ». La précision est d’importance, a fortiori depuis l’entrée en vigueur de la sixième Réforme de l’État qui élargit considérablement la compétence du législateur wallon en la matière. Sont donc traités dans ce cadre tant les impôts fédéraux que régionaux, sans oublier les diverses « taxes locales » propres à chacune des communes et provinces de Wallonie. Les impôts directs, comme les impôts indirects seront analysés. Partant de ce balayage législatif de lege lata, la réflexion s’efforce de faire ressortir les diverses nuances politiques qui se dégagent des impôts analysés. Le doigt est tantôt mis sur les lacunes légistiques des textes, tantôt sur les critiques jurisprudentielles adressées aux taxes, tantôt encore, sur les potentialités qu’offriraient la redéfinition ou le recalibrage d’un mécanisme existant. L’étude vise, lorsqu’une possibilité lui est laissée, à formuler des propositions de lege feranda afin d’affermir la légalité de certains mécanismes fiscaux et d’améliorer l’utilisation qui est faite de ceux-ci à l’heure actuelle. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Growth of the Skull Roof Plates in Arabosteus variabilis (Acanthothoraci, Placodermi) from the Early Devonian Jauf Formation (Saudi Arabia): Preliminary Results
Olive, Sébastien ULg; Goujet, Daniel; Lelièvre, Hervé et al

in Paleontological Journal (2014), 48(9), 992-1002

The skull roof growth of Arabosteus variabilis (Acanthothoraci), from the Pragian-Early Emsian of Saudi Arabia is studied on the basis of well preserved growth lines on the dermal plates. A clear tendency ... [more ▼]

The skull roof growth of Arabosteus variabilis (Acanthothoraci), from the Pragian-Early Emsian of Saudi Arabia is studied on the basis of well preserved growth lines on the dermal plates. A clear tendency towards growth in length, i.e. allometry in length, can be observed for all studied skull roof plates of Arabosteus variabilis as well as for the skull roof in general. Each studied plate displays particular growth shaping the skull roof according to its position in the skull roof pattern, e.g., the preorbital plate controls the shape of the part of the orbit and the nuchal plate retains the relative proportions in the skull roof during growth. [less ▲]

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See detailSegmentation semi-automatique pour le traitement de données 3D denses : application au patrimoine architectural
Poux, Florent; Hallot, Pierre ULg; Jonlet, Benoît ULg et al

in XYZ : la Revue de l'Association Française de Topographie (2014), 141(36), 69-75

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See detailBronchial thermoplasty: a new therapeutic option for the treatment of severe, uncontrolled asthma in adults.
Dombret, Marie-Christine; Alagha, Khuder; Philippe Boulet, Louis et al

in European respiratory review : an official journal of the European Respiratory Society (2014), 23(134), 510-8

Bronchial thermoplasty is a young yet promising treatment for severe asthma whose benefit for long-term asthma control outweighs the short-term risk of deterioration and hospitalisation in the days ... [more ▼]

Bronchial thermoplasty is a young yet promising treatment for severe asthma whose benefit for long-term asthma control outweighs the short-term risk of deterioration and hospitalisation in the days following the treatment. It is an innovative treatment whose clinical efficacy and safety are beginning to be better understood. Since this is a device-based therapy, the overall evaluation of risk-benefit is unlike that of pharmaceutical products; safety aspects, regulatory requirements, study design and effect size assessment may be unfamiliar. The mechanisms of action and optimal patient selection need to be addressed in further rigorous clinical and scientific studies. Bronchial thermoplasty fits in perfectly with the movement to expand personalised medicine in the field of chronic airway disorders. This is a device-based complimentary asthma treatment that must be supported and developed in order to meet the unmet needs of modern severe asthma management. The mechanisms of action and the type of patients that benefit from bronchial thermoplasty are the most important challenges for bronchial thermoplasty in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of phenotypes in severe asthmatics. The Belgian Severe Asthma Registry (BSAR).
SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; Brusselle, G.; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Respiratory medicine (2014), 108(12), 1723-32

The Belgian severe asthma registry is a web-based registry encompassing demographic, clinical, functional and inflammatory data of severe asthmatics (SA), aiming at improving awareness, knowledge on its ... [more ▼]

The Belgian severe asthma registry is a web-based registry encompassing demographic, clinical, functional and inflammatory data of severe asthmatics (SA), aiming at improving awareness, knowledge on its natural history and subphenotypes, and offering tools to optimize care of this asthma population. METHODS: The cross-sectional analyses of this registry included 350 SA as defined by the ATS (2000) from 9 Belgian centres, with at least one year follow up. RESULTS: Mean age was 55 +/- 14 yrs. SA were more frequently female (57%) and atopic (70%). Late-onset asthma (>/=40 yr) was observed in 31% of SA. Current smokers represented 12% while 31% were ex-smokers. In addition to high doses ICS + LABA, 65% of patients were receiving LTRA, 27% anti-IgE and 24% maintenance oral corticosteroids (8 mg (Interquartile range-IQR:4-8) methylprednisolone). Despite impaired airflow (median FEV1:67%; IQR: 52-81) only 65% had a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC ratio <70%. The median blood eosinophil count was 240/mm(3). The median FENO was 26 ppb (IQR: 15-43) and 22% of SA had FENO >/= 50 ppb. Induced sputum was successful in 86 patients. Eosinophilic asthma (sputum Eos >/= 3%) was the predominant phenotype (55%) while neutrophilic (sputum Neu >/= 76%) and paucigranulocytic asthma accounted for 22% and 17% respectively. Comorbidities included rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis (49%), nasal polyposis (19%), oesophageal reflux (36%), overweight and obesity (47%) and depression (19%). In addition, 8% had aspirin-induced asthma and 3% ABPA. Asthma was not well-controlled in 83% according to ACT < 20 and 77% with ACQ > 1.5. CONCLUSION: In this cohort of patients with severe asthma, the majority displayed indices of persistent airflow limitation and eosinophilic inflammation despite high-dose corticosteroids, suggesting potential for eosinophil-targeted biotherapies. [less ▲]

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See detailCellules stromales mésenchymateuses et transplantation d'organes
DETRY, Olivier ULg; JOURET, François ULg; VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent and self-renewing cells. MSC are studied for their in vivo and in vitro immunomodulatory effects, in the prevention or the treatment of ischemic injury, and ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent and self-renewing cells. MSC are studied for their in vivo and in vitro immunomodulatory effects, in the prevention or the treatment of ischemic injury, and for their potential properties of tissue or organ reconstruction. Over the last few years, the potential role of MSC in organ transplantation has been studied both in vitro and in vivo, and their properties make them an ideal potential cell therapy after solid organ transplantation. A prospective, controlled, phase 1-2 study has been initiated at the CHU of Liege, Belgium. This study assesses the potential risks and benefits of MSC infusion after liver or kidney transplantation. Even if the preliminary results of this study look promising, solely a prospective, randomized, large scale, phase 3 study will allow the clinical confirmation of the theoretical benefits of MSC in solid organ transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative morphology of cephalic cartilage and statocysts of Mediterranean cephalopods using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Gillet, Amandine ULg; Solé, Marta; Jauniaux, Thierry et al

Conference (2014, December)

Organs responsible for equilibrium of cephalopods, the statocysts, possess numerous similarities with the vestibular systems of vertebrates. The statocysts are embebbed in the cephalic cartilage ... [more ▼]

Organs responsible for equilibrium of cephalopods, the statocysts, possess numerous similarities with the vestibular systems of vertebrates. The statocysts are embebbed in the cephalic cartilage protecting the brain. Although statocysts have been largely described, few studies focused on the cephalic cartilage and its morphology. The aim of this study is to describe the morphology of both statocysts and cartilage, to compare them between different species and to determine which are the parameters influencing their morphology. For species of Decapodiformes (Sepia officinalis, Sepiola rondeletii, Loligo vulgaris and Illex coindetii) and two species of Octopodiformes (Octopus vulgaris and Eledone cirrhosa) have been studied. Cephalic cartilages from these species have been scanned by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and volumes and linear measurements have been taken on the 3 dimension reconstructed models of the cartilages and statocysts. Results show that Octopodiformes possess a globular cartilage which surrounds almost totally the brain. On the other hand Decapodiformes posses a cartilage with bigger lateral and anterior foramens and then surrounds a smaller part of the brain. The morphology of the statocysts also varies between the two superorders. The statocysts of Octopodiformes are divided into two parts: endolymph and perilymph while those of Decapodiformes aren’t. These morphological variations between the two groups might be related to their ecology. Eledone cirrhosa and Octopus vulgaris are typically benthic species and then might receive shocks more often than Decapodiformes that possess a more pelagic lifestyle. Octopodiformes might then need a better protection for their brain than Decapodiformes. [less ▲]

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See detailLe coût en droit européen de la concurrence, essai sur la réception d'une notion économique
Provost, Elise

Doctoral thesis (2014)

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