Category Archives: France

Students at Increased Risk of Consuming Stimulants

With exam time looming, a certain number of students with intense workloads are succumbing to the use of stimulants to boost their intellectual capacities. Classified as psychotropics, stimulants are medicinal doping agents that boost the brain’s function by increasing its capacity for alertness and performance. A study by Inserm published in April 2016 showed that one third of the 1,700 medical students questioned were taking stimulants. Among them, 29.7% were consuming readily-available products (energy drinks, caffeine tablets), 6.7% prescribed stimulants, and 5.2% illicit drugs.

May 15 to 19: French skin cancer prevention and screening week

The French Federation of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV) is proposing an information week on the precautions to take in the sun, along with free skin cancer screenings, to take place across the country. This initiative is also an opportunity to raise public awareness of the risk factors that can lead to skin cancer.

1 March 2017: A plan for action on violence against children

Wednesday 1 March 2017 will see the unveiling of the interministerial plan for “mobilisation and action on violence against children” by Laurence Rossignol, Minister for Families, Children and Women’s Rights.

Socioeconomic environment and incidence of cancer in France

Almost 15,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in France each year by improving living conditions and promoting health among the most vulnerable populations. These were the conclusions of a study published in the weekly epidemiological report Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH), and coordinated by Inserm Unit 1086 “Cancer and Prevention” located in Caen.

Air pollution: alarm raised by physicians, scientists and NGOs

While the “Crit’Air” air quality sticker came into force in Paris on 16 January 2017, several physicians, scientists and NGOs launched an appeal for urgent action on air pollution, recalling that it causes 48,000 premature deaths a year in France.

Bientôt 2017 : rétrospective de l’année 2016

L’Inserm vous souhaite de bonnes fêtes de fin d’année. Retrouvez les temps forts de l’année 2016.

Storage of umbilical cord blood

Sang cordon ombilical bébé

For the first time in France, a couple has just been given authorisation to entrust a private company with the storage of umbilical cord cells from their unborn child, in view of a potential therapeutic need.

Les services informatiques de l’Inserm sont à nouveau disponibles

Depuis jeudi 8 décembre, les principaux services informatiques de l’Inserm dont la messagerie ont été indisponibles. Le rétablissement de la messagerie est effectif depuis Lundi 12 décembre vers 14h.

Attacks and risks of post-traumatic stress

In a traumatic event, such as the attacks on Paris on 13 November 2015, and on Nice on 14 July 2016, the risk for victims and witnesses of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is high.

Yes, the time change has physiological effects

Dans la nuit de samedi 29 octobre à dimanche 30 octobre 2016, à A 3 heures il sera 2 heures. Ce changement d’heure n’est pas sans effets sur la physiologie humaine et sur la santé.
Lorsque, en avril 1784, Benjamin Franklin écrit dans le Journal de Paris qu’il suffirait d’avancer l’horaire du lever en hiver pour réduire la consommation de bougies et réduire la pollution, il avait raison. Lorsqu’il clame que le nouvel horaire serait difficile à vivre pendant deux ou trois jours seulement car « ce n’est que le premier pas qui coûte », il avait tort.
La littérature scientifique montre que le changement d’heure peut induire des troubles du sommeil, de la vigilance, des accidents de la route, des dépressions, des suicides, et des infarctus du myocarde.

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