Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Imminent Return of Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

After 6 months of life in space as part of the Proxima mission, French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will land on Friday, June 2, 2017, in the middle of the afternoon (4:08 p.m. Paris time), aboard the Soyuz capsule which is expected to touch down in the Kazakhstani steppes.

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

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Tuesday 30th May 2017

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Fecal incontinence : a novel therapy for a distressing condition

Inserm researchers in Rouen (Unit 1234 “PANTHER: Physiopathology, autoimmunity, neuromuscular diseases and regenerative therapies”, Inserm/Université de Rouen Normandie) have tested with success a cell therapy aiming to restore the ability of the sphincters to contract in patients with fecal incontinence. As part of a clinical study conducted in partnership with Rouen University Hospital, 60% of the patients who received this innovative therapy observed a reduction in their incontinence.

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Monday 29th May 2017

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Wednesday May, 31: World MS Day

In a few days’ time, it will be World MS Day for which the theme this year is “Life with MS”.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It causes the progressive destruction of the myelin sheath surrounding the nerve cells, which is essential for their protection and for the transmission of nerve impulses, leading to motor, sensory, and cognitive disruption.

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MS : using MRI to predict relapse

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. It generally affects young people, in whom it is the leading cause of non-traumatic motor disability. This disability develops either progressively or in the form of relapses interspersed with periods of remission.

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An alternative route for cholesterol

Cholesterol plays a central role in many living processes. In a new study, a team led by Catherine-Laure Tomasetto, Inserm research director at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (Inserm/CNRS/Université de Strasbourg) reveals the role played by the STARD3 protein in the distribution of cholesterol within cells. A little like molecular velcro, this protein has the capacity to form membrane contacts between two cell organelles, enabling it to transport cholesterol from one organelle to another.

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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