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The aim of the present investigation, which is a continuation and extension of a previous published pilot study [Forensic Sci. Int. 129 (2002) 110], was to calculate the chronological age of an individual based on the dental developmental stages of third molars (so-called wisdom teeth). The evaluated material consisted of 2513 orthopantomograms (OPG's) of(More)
OBJECTIVE Infliximab is an effective treatment for refractory or fistulizing Crohn's disease (CD). However, about 30% of patients do not respond to infliximab for unknown reasons. Identifying predictive factors of response is important for optimizing clinical management and for better understanding infliximab's mechanisms of action. The aim of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Tamoxifen may induce uterine abnormalities of clinical concern. Our aim was to compare early uterine changes occurring in postmenopausal breast cancer patients treated in first-line with tamoxifen or third generation aromatase inhibitors. We also assessed the effect of aromatase inhibitors on tamoxifen-induced uterine changes. PATIENTS AND(More)
AIMS To evaluate the effectiveness of a two-arm quality improvement program (QIP) to support general practice with limited tradition in chronic care on type 2 diabetes patient outcomes. METHODS During 18 months, we performed a cluster randomized trial with randomization of General Practices. The usual QIP (UQIP: 53 GPs, 918 patients) merged standard(More)
The aim of this cross-sectional study was, first, to identify swallowing dysfunctions in an ALS population of 40 consecutive patients through combined videofluoroscopy and manometry. Secondly, these objective swallowing data were correlated with the functional feeding status as reported by the patient or family member. Videofluoroscopic evaluation showed(More)
The aim of the present investigation was to reconstruct the chronological age based on the dental developmental stages of third molars evaluated on orthopantomograms. A total of 1175 orthopantomograms were assembled from patients of Caucasian origin between 16 and 22 years of age. Each third molar present was scored by two observers according to a 10-stage(More)
Endocrine treatments of breast cancer patients antagonize estrogen and may lead to consequences of estrogen deprivation including menopausal symptoms. We analyzed the changes in frequency and severity of menopausal symptoms in patients receiving tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors and identified factors influencing these symptoms. One hundred and eighty-one(More)
The aim of this survey was to correlate chronological age with the root development of only one third molar using a sample of 2513 subjects of Belgian Caucasian origin within the age range of late 15 to 22 years. Observations were performed by two observers, who were calibrated for intra- and inter-rater reliability by means of Kappa statistics and each(More)
Foreign-body infection (FBI) is notoriously resistant to eradication by antibiotic treatment. It is hypothesized that reduced bacterial metabolic activity contributes to this resistance. We examined the metabolic activity of Staphylococcus epidermidis in 204 samples recovered during in vitro foreign-body colonization and in 424 samples recovered during in(More)
BACKGROUND The widespread use of fragrance-containing products is probably the most important reason for its high impact in allergic contact dermatitis. OBJECTIVES To describe the frequency of contact allergy to fragrance allergens as tested in the standard series, in relation to age, sex and lesion locations. To determine trends in frequency over the(More)