Michel Laroche

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Intangibility has long been studied as a unidimensional construct with the focus being placed upon the physical element. This paper explores the effects of three unique intangibility dimensions on a consumer’s ability to evaluate goods and services, and the perceived risk (PR) associated with the transaction. The authors examine these relationships in(More)
OBJECTIVE To test if interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), IL-4, or IL-10 gene polymorphisms could be used as markers of susceptibility or severity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS The study included 108 patients with early RA followed up for 2 years and 128 healthy controls. From genomic DNA, 6 polymorphisms in genes for(More)
Ce document compare l’état de santé des immigrants et leur utilisation des services de santé à ceux de la population d’origine canadienne à l’aide de données provenant de deux cycles (1985 et 1991) de l’Enquête sociale générale (ESG). Les résultats obtenus démontrent que l’état de santé des immigrants de même que leur utilisation des services de santé ne(More)
Concerns related to the environment are evident in the increasingly ecologically conscious marketplace. Using various statistical analyses, investigats the demographic, psychological and behavioral profiles of consumers who are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products. Finds that this segment of consumers were more likely to be females,(More)
STUDY DESIGN This study analyzed computed tomographic scans, magnetic resonance images, and biopsies of the paravertebral muscles of patients with camptocormia and age-matched patients with lumbar interapophyseal osteoarthritis or lumbar vertebral stenosis. OBJECTIVES To define the muscular lesions and clarify their nature in this particular disorder. (More)
A study was undertaken with marketable size turbot to evaluate the effects of dietary fat levels on chemical composition, lipogenesis and flesh quality. Four experimental diets containing graded levels of fish oil in order to obtain 10%, 15%, 20% and 25% of crude fat were fed to triplicate Ž . groups of turbot initial body weight of 660 g for 12 weeks in(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the regional distribution of bone mass and look for factors leading to bone loss in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Thirty-nine patients, all men, aged 20 to 55 years and presenting with AS were studied. Four hundred sixteen gendarmes, all men aged 20 to 55 years, formed an age matched control population used to define standard(More)
Social media based brand communities are communities initiated on the platform of social media. In this article, we explore whether brand communities based on social media (a special type of online brand communities) have positive effects on the main community elements and value creation practices in the communities as well as on brand trust and brand(More)
Cells of two strains of Listeria monocytogenes CNL 895807 and Scott A were grown to late exponential phase at different growth temperatures (37, 20 and 4 degrees C) with or without NaCl (7%), and their fatty acid compositions were analysed. The results showed that low thermal adaptation response of L. monocytogenes CNL was different than that of the Scott A(More)
Blood flow within bones is unique in two ways: (1) the blood circulates within a closed cavity in which pressure must remain constant, a feat achieved in part thanks to the considerable distensibility of the intraosseous vessels and, above all, veins; (2) the intraosseous circulation allows traffic of minerals between the blood and bone tissue and sends the(More)