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Epstein-Barr virus and cancer: new tricks from an old dog

image d’amplification de centrosomes induite par l’infection par le virus Epstein Barr

Scientists estimate that approximately 95 percent of adults around the world are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In rare cases, an infection with this virus causes cancer. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), at the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), and at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) have now discovered that a component of the Epstein-Barr virus infectious particle promotes carcinogenesis. This viral protein interferes with cell division and impairs proper distribution of the genetic material to the two daughter cells. This confers a risk of subsequent cancer development.

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Inserm inaugurates its History Committee

Inserm announces the creation of its History Committee, reporting directly to its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Yves Lévy. This Committee will be chaired by Professor Pascal Griset (Director of the Institute for Communication Sciences [ISCC], Paris-Sorbonne). This Committee is one of the actions conducted by the Institute in recent decades to reconstitute, preserve and promote its heritage, and as a continuation of the events that marked the 50th anniversary of the Institute in 2014.

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Cured meat and asthma: the best of enemies ?

Une consommation élevée de charcuterie (au moins 4 fois par semaine) est associée à une aggravation des symptômes de l’asthme au cours du temps.

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Personalised home care effective against Alzheimer’s disease

A new home-based therapeutic approach targeting dementia patients, “occupational therapy,” can slow their loss of autonomy and reduce behaviour problems. These results come from a new study published by Inserm researchers (Unit 1219 “Institute of Public Health, Epidemiology and Development” [ISPED]) in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Inserm, a partner in the 2nd National Day of Innovation in Health

Rétine artificielle, prothèse connectée, robot chirurgical : découvrez les derniers progrès en santé lors de la 2e Journée nationale de l’innovation en santé, à la Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie. L’Inserm sera présent lors de cet événement impulsé par le ministère de la Santé.

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Ebola survivors: life afterwards

In November 2014, Inserm organised medical follow-up of people who survived infection by the Ebola virus. 802 individuals (adults and children) were included in the PostEbogui cohort. Results of follow-up show that on average one year after their initial period in hospital, 3 in 4 survivors still report health problems.

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Identification of one of the keys allowing entry of Zika virus into brain cells

L’équipe d’Ali Amara, directeur de recherche Inserm, décrit, dans un article publié dans Cell Reports, les mécanismes permettant au virus Zika d’infecter les cellules du système nerveux.

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Potential of an immunotherapy demonstrated in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

The involvement of the immune system in neurological diseases suggests that immunotherapy, which has shown its effectiveness in the area of cancer and autoimmune diseases, is also of major interest in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers have proven that a molecule called interleukin-2 (IL-2), from the immune system, is able to control inflammation in the brain cells, which is implicated in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, and can restore impaired cognitive functions in the animal model.

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Testosterone for nerve fibre repair

To protect against attack, the body uses natural repair processes.

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Neurons paralyze us during REM sleep

Researchers working in the Centre de Recherche en Neurosciences de Lyon have identified a population of neurons that is responsible for this transient muscle paralysis.

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