Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friday, 29th november 2013

Sorry, this article is only available in French.

Maternal mortality: a reduction in deaths from haemorrhage

The new report, “Maternal Mortality in France,” coordinated by Inserm Unit U953, Epidemiological Research Unit on Perinatal Health and Women’s and Children’s Health, announces a reduction in the rate of mortality due to postpartum haemorrhage—the leading cause of maternal mortality in France—for the 2007-2009 data compared to 2004-2006.

Clinical trial launched to treat Sanfilippo B syndrome using gene therapy

A phase I/II gene therapy clinical trial for children suffering from Sanfilippo B syndrome, a rare genetic disease, enrolled a first patient in October of this year.

Tuesday, 28th november 2013

Sorry, this article is only available in French.

Wednesday, 27th november 2013

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Mechanics and genetics: an indispensable cocktail for embryonic development

In the fruit fly Drosophila and zebrafish, mechanical strain may activate the genetic cascade that initiates the formation of the future organs during embryogenesis. A discovery made by Emmanuel Farge (Inserm Research Director at Institut Curie) and his staff might explain the emergence of the first complex organisms more than 570 million years ago.

30 years of aids research

30 years after discovering the virus that causes AIDS, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, (Nobel Prize 2008), Anna-Laura Ross and Jean-François Delfraissy (Director of the ANRS – French National Agency for AIDS Research) recently published an article in Nature Review Microbiology on the major milestones of AIDS research. They emphasise how translational research has affected the treatment and prevention of HIV. They also mention the areas of current research and future scientific challenges, particularly in the search for HIV treatment.

Tuesday, 26th november 2013

Sorry, this article is only available in French.

Monday, 25th november 2013

Sorry, this article is only available in French.

1 December 2013: World AIDS Day

According to the WHO, 34 million people are currently infected by HIV. Only 1.3 million patients from poor countries have access to treatment and there are 6,800 new cases of HIV each day.

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the cells in the immune system, either destroying them or make them ineffectual. Acquired Immune Deficiency Disorder (AIDS) is the terminal stage of the HIV infection. It can develop 10 to 15 years after the initial infection.

Inserm can provide you with information packs about AIDS during the next World Aids Day on 1 December.

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