Science&Santé, the information magazine of Inserm, is scientific but accessible to a wider audience. Each two months, it illustrates discoveries, debates and questions of a biomedical research in constant motion. Steep yourself in the translated special feature !
Genes carry precious information that partially determines what we are. Getting genes to talk is the aim of genetic testing! Their purpose? To reveal special features that might help diagnose a pre-existing condition, personalize treatment or even predict the chance of developing some disease in the future.
Sweet or salty, acidic or bitter, taste lets us appreciate the flavors of our food. But also to regulate what we eat while being a source of pleasure. Sometimes to an extent that we adopt harmful dietary behaviors and get sick! However, it is possible to combine gustatory pleasure and health.
The biggest organ, the heaviest, the densest, the most sensitive, etc. it is difficult to avoid superlatives when talking about the skin. Only normal: our thin covering hides multiple functions on which life depends. A plunge into the depths of an organ whose architectural and functional sophistication continues to fascinate researchers.
Research in animals has never been so strictly controlled with ethics at the heart of all scientific projects. But can we do without using animals? The scientists are sure: if we want to care for humans -and animals- we cannot do without animal research, at least for the time being. However, it is necessary to minimize it as much as possible, take animal wellbeing into consideration, and develop alternative solutions.
So many expectations from digital! With the emergence of new technologies, patients can hope for a medical revolution to enhance their well-being: a health care system that is more fluid, more efficient, less costly, and definitively focused on them. But the road to progress is fraught with all sorts of obstacles, including social economic, technical, and administrative pitfalls.
Asthma, allergies, heat stroke, infections, skin cancer, accidents, etc. Climate change threatens not only biodiversity but also our health. On the occasion of COP21, Science&Santé goes over the details of this major 21st century health challenge, issues that could ultimately save climate change negotiations.
Of all the neurological diseases, epilepsy is the second most common (just after migraine). A high prevalence not matched by deep understanding - particularly by the general public. As for French doctors and researchers, they need to ramp up their efforts to understand these complex diseases.
Every year, 2,500 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in children and teenagers. Considered rare diseases, and often quite distinct from the forms seen in adults, pediatric cancers require specific research – not just to better understand and treat them, but also to better meet the needs of the young patients.
The French resist immunization. Are they afraid of needles? No, it is more their composition that causes worry, and their supposed side effects. Denunciation on how vaccines work, and the risks and benefits of these distinct medicinal products, which each year save two to three million lives worldwide.
Overcoming tiredness, avoiding hair loss, getting a good tan, lowering cholesterol, even preventing cancer, etc. According to their labels, dietary supplements can do everything -or almost everything- to keep us in tip-top form. But what is the truth? With a rapidly-growing market and thousands of products freely available, what about their efficacy? And what about the official recommendations?