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Nobel Prize in medicine 2016

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016 is awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy.

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A tailored sports training programme for people with paraplegia

Now that the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are over, Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the Paralympic Games from 7 to 18 September. The participating athletes will be attempting to win Olympic medals, thus testing their bodies to the limit.

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The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio

The world’s finest athletes will meet at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to try to win Olympic medals, thus testing their bodies to the limit.

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One hour of physical activity per day may attenuate the increased risk of death associated with sitting time

A meta-analysis of data from over one million people, published on July 27th in a new Series of The Lancet ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, emphasize the importance of physical activity to attenuate the harmful effect of sitting time.

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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.

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Launching of UEFA EURO 2016 Football Championships

France will be hosting the UEFA EURO 2016 Football Championships from Friday 10 June to Sunday 10 July. During this competition, many parts of the players’ bodies will be severely tested.

Although the benefits of regular physical activity on physical and mental health have been demonstrated by many studies, what are the risks associated with excessive physical exercise? What methods would allow athletes to optimise their physical abilities? Do some activities promote addiction to sport? What are the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the motivation of athletes?

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Sunday 5 June 2016: World Environment Day

Initiated by the United Nations, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year in order to encourage awareness of the world environment, and stimulate individual actions.

At Inserm, there is active ongoing research to identify the impacts of our environment on health, especially the effects of atmospheric pollution, endocrine disruptors and their consequences for reproductive function, and the relationship between environment and cancers.[1]

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Early morning waking, a winning trend among the French

Setting one’s alarm an hour or two earlier to run, meditate, read or even cook is a trend that is attracting many followers in France, also known as “morningophiles.” Recommended by Hal Elrod in his book The Miracle Morning, this lifestyle, which started in the United States, extols the virtues of waking up very early in the morning, as a source of well-being and productivity.

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Tuesday 3 May 2016: World Asthma Day

Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease, usually results from the combination of a genetic predisposition and environmental factors such as allergens (moulds, house dust mites and pollen), tobacco smoke or air pollution. During an episode, the lining of the bronchi swells, causing their diameter to become narrower, and leading to breathing difficulties, accompanied by wheezing.

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Monday 25 April 2016: World Malaria Day

Caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium, malaria is transmitted to humans through bites from the female Anopheles mosquito.

World Malaria Day is held every year on 25 April and the theme for this year will be: “End Malaria For Good”. Advances in the prevention and treatment of malaria have led to a considerable reduction in the number of cases and deaths related to the disease. The mortality rate due to the disease has fallen by 60% in the last fifteen years.

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