Cases of tuberculosis in Limoges, what does this mean for vaccination?

While tuberculosis (BCG) vaccination is no longer mandatory in France, five new cases of tuberculosis were recorded in Limoges this week. This disease, far from having disappeared, causes 5,000 new cases of illness each year, and is responsible for 700 deaths. These latest cases have restarted the debate about vaccination:

Should we get vaccinated? Should we have our children vaccinated? How does a vaccine work? Does vaccination really protect us?

Against this background, Inserm researchers Annick Guimezanes and Marion Mathieu have replied as objectively as possible to the questions everyone wonders about in the 3rd popular science book in the Choc Santé collection: “Vaccination: Agression or Protection?”couverture2

In a clear and accessible style, drawing on the most recent advances in the area, it will enable everyone to better weigh the risks and benefits of vaccination.


Publication of the Food Nutritional Composition Table

The table was published by Editions ECONOMICA, through scientific coordination with the NutriNet-Santé and presents the current data concerning the nutritional composition table of food used in the context of the NutriNet-Santé study.

Launched in France in May 2009, this study of a prospective observation cohort ( developed by the INSERM/Inra/Cnam/University of Paris 13 Mixed Research Unit in collaboration with the Nutritional Supervision and Epidemiology Unit (InVS/University Paris 13) aimed at:
1) a better understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health,
2) identifying the determinants of dietary and nutritional behaviour of the population living in France.

The publication of this table responds to a threefold initiative:

  • Authorizing the database access to the publications of the NutriNet-santé study to all those who wish to interpret the results presented or compare them with their own database.
  • Offering a complete dietary table to the scientific community that could be used for research in the field of nutritional epidemiology.
  • Providing a new tool to healthcare professionals to better treat their patients.

The table published provides the composition into 43 nutrients for 2,122 foods.

For each nutrient the data is expressed for 100 g of the food as consumed.