Monthly Archives: June 2017

Students at Increased Risk of Consuming Stimulants

With exam time looming, a certain number of students with intense workloads are succumbing to the use of stimulants to boost their intellectual capacities. Classified as psychotropics, stimulants are medicinal doping agents that boost the brain’s function by increasing its capacity for alertness and performance. A study by Inserm published in April 2016 showed that one third of the 1,700 medical students questioned were taking stimulants. Among them, 29.7% were consuming readily-available products (energy drinks, caffeine tablets), 6.7% prescribed stimulants, and 5.2% illicit drugs.

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Tuesday 6th June 2017

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Refractory cardiac arrest: an aggressive ECPR strategy significantly increases patient survival

Multidisciplinary teams from the AP-HP Paris public hospitals network (SAMU75 emergency response dispatch centers and Hôpital européen Georges-Pompidou), as well as from Inserm, the Université Paris-Descartes, and the Paris BSPP medical emergency service, compared, in the French capital, two strategies of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) used in patients suffering refractory cardiac arrest (defined as lack of return of spontaneous circulation after 30 minutes of resuscitation). The results of this study, which took place between November 2011 and December 2015 and involved 156 patients, were published on the website of the journal Resuscitation on April 14, 2017 and show that an aggressive strategy significantly increases patient survival following discharge from intensive care and with a favorable neurological prognosis.  It is the largest cohort to be studied in Europe and the United States.

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Friday 2nd June 2017

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Twin Pregnancies in France: is Vaginal Delivery Preferable After All?

JUMODA, a prospective study sponsored by the Paris public hospitals (AP-HP) and conducted between 2014 and 2015 by teams of researchers and clinicians from Inserm, Université Paris Descartes and AP-HP, has shed new light on the mode of delivering twins. According to the coordinators of JUMODA (“MOde D’Accouchement des JUmeaux”), Professors Thomas Schmitz and François Goffinet, vaginal delivery is associated with decreased neonatal morbidity and mortality rates for both twins. These results have been published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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Thursday 1st June 2017

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