Monthly Archives: June 2014

Can injuries to the skin be painless?

Teams led by Priscille Brodin in Lille and Laurent Marsollier in Angers have studied lesions in patients with Buruli ulcer, a tropical disease.

Thursday june 19, 2014

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Wednesday june 18, 2014

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2014 World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Thursday 19 June 2014 is World Sickle Cell Disease Day. This is the most widespread genetic disorder in the world: It affects over five million people(1). It can have serious consequences—anaemia, episodes of pain—and may involve different organs or reduced resistance to certain infections.

The Inserm Ethics Committee publishes two notes on embryo research and gender research

A l’occasion de leur première grande réunion annuelle, qui a eu lieu ce mardi 17 juin à l’Auditorium de l’Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, plusieurs groupes de travail du Comité d’éthique de l’Inserm dont le groupe « Embryon & développement » et le groupe « Genre et recherche en santé » rendent leur avis sous forme de note.

Tuesday june 17, 2014

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Monday june 16, 2014

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Friday june 13, 2014

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H1N1 influenza: Vaccination induces an immune memory response comparable to that of a moderate infection

How long does the immune memory response produced by vaccination last? Is it similar to that induced by the infection itself? New information on the A(H1N1) pandemic influenza virus has just been brought to light by researchers at Joint Research Unit 1135, Cimi-Paris (Centre for Immunology and Infectious Diseases – Inserm – Pierre and Marie Curie University).

Mild hearing impairment may indicate greater underlying problems

Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, INSERM, Collège de France, and Pierre and Marie Curie University, in collaboration with a team from the University of Auvergne, identified mice models that mimic high-frequency hearing impairment in humans, with a strong low-frequency sound interference. Their work sheds light on the anomalies causing the hearing impairment and reveals cochlear defects that profoundly affect the way sound frequencies are processed. This work could explain the pronounced masking effect experienced by some hearing-impaired individuals when trying to discriminate high-frequency sounds in noisy environments. The scientists suggest that more substantial auditory assessments would enable clinicians to improve diagnosis of these auditory impairments and provide better care for individuals who, despite showing only a mild hearing impairment using standard audiometric evaluations, should be fitted with hearing aids that appropriately target the defective sound frequencies and correct the hearing impairment.

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