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The information magazine of Inserm is scientific but accessible to a wider audience. Every quarter, it illustrates discoveries, debates and questions of a biomedical research in constant motion. Steep yourself in the translated special feature !

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Inserm, le magazine no. 50

In the July 2021 issue, discover our special feature called The gut – Does It Get the Attention It Deserves?

Looking after our gut is considered the key to good health. Seen as the center of the body and of many of its essential functions, the balance of this microbiota site is associated with the vitality of the whole body. Yet, in our modern society, it appears to be subject to a growing number of afflictions. These not only cause abdominal pain but also play a role in disorders which, on first glance, do not seem to be linked to our intestines. Are our diets responsible for these diseases? Are they also our means of treating them? Given the increasing medicalization of diet, we have devoted this issue of the Inserm magazine to sorting the wheat from the chaff.

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Inserm, le magazine no. 49

In the April 2021 issue, discover our special feature called Zoonotic diseases – Animals: friends of foes?

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Zoonotic diseases - Animals: friends of foes?

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is a reminder that far from being a thing of the past, infectious diseases of animal origin, or zoonoses, represent a major threat to humanity. The research community is reorganizing itself in the hope of being better prepared for similar health risks in the future. What do we know about zoonoses? What challenges do we need to address to guard against them? What major advances have been made recently?

Read on for the answers

Inserm, le magazine no. 48

In the December 2020 issue, discover our special feature called Mental Health: New Approaches?

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Mental Health: New Approaches ?

The subject of mental illness is all too often considered taboo. We struggle to acknowledge them as commonplace disorders that can affect us and our loved ones, and we struggle to take action when needed. It is difficult, then, to associate the private torments of our intimate psyche with more general disorders, which could have an environmental or biological origin and could be studied on a human group scale. Nowadays, the challenge facing biomedical research is to elucidate these links – not just to provide better care but also to shatter the stereotypes that stand in the way of that care. Because, no, it is not just in our heads.

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Inserm, le magazine no. 47

In the July 2020 issue, discover our special feature called Diet: What will we be eating in 2050?

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Diet : What will we be eating in 2050?

What will we be eating in 2050? This question will be at the heart of a public debate to take place at the French Senate before the end of the year. Preparatory hearings have enabled the senators to identify a number of major trends, including local production, organic farming, cultured meats, algae, and insects. So what can we expect in 2050? Will we all be eating organic? Will insects become a staple? Will meat come from the laboratory or the farm? Read on for some insights from recent research and reflection by experts from Inserm and its partner institutes.

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Inserm, le magazine no. 46

In the March 2020 issue, discover our special feature called Hearing: Hopeless decline?

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Hearing : Hopeless decline ?

The sense of hearing is of near vital importance. Animals use it as one way of detecting and locating danger. It contributes to our survival as humans too, and also plays a major emotional role through the perception of environmental sounds and the enjoyment of music. Our ability to hear gives us valuable information about our surroundings and helps us to memorize places and events. First and foremost, however, is the decisive social role given to it by its involvement in verbal communication. Hearing is about listening and understanding what others say, express, and do, it is about being able to respond to them and join with their activities. Yet not only is this sense fragile, we also do not take care of it. We willingly expose our ears to frequent concert-going and headphone use, for example, and not so willingly to urban noise pollution. To make matters worse, the sensory structures that decipher sounds cannot regenerate: their destruction is permanent. Luckily, research in this field is in full swing. Although there are still no cures, impressive rehabilitation techniques have now proved successful and we can hope to be able to treat certain forms of hearing loss in the decades to come.

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Inserm, le magazine no. 45

In the December 2019 issue, discover our special feature called Autism: A Multifaceted Disorder

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Autism: A Multifaceted Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder thought to affect 700,000 people in France, named after a spectrum of characteristics that first manifest in early childhood. Destined to evolve throughout life according to a developmental pathway that differs from one individual to the next, the signs of ASD–when bothersome–are likely to respond well to education and rehabilitation programs, or innovative therapies. Nowadays, the challenge we face is multifaceted. Before anything else, the factors characteristic of ASD need to be diagnosed early. Then, to guide its progression, it is necessary to have in-depth knowledge of its multiple characteristics, how they fit together, the underlying biological mechanisms, and to anticipate the distress they can cause for people with the condition and their loved ones. Finally, it is about reflecting on their fulfilment within society and more broadly on quality of life, particularly for adults… because ASD does not end at 18.

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Inserm, le magazine no. 44

In the September 2019 issue, discover our special feature called Environmental Health Overcoming Uncertainty

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Environmental Health Overcoming Uncertainty

“How can we live healthily in a contaminated world?” A question which is justified, given the latest reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the World Bank on the state of our environment. In our globalized economy, no manufactured products are spared the substances supplied by the chemical industries, and production creates pollution through the extraction of raw materials, transport, and storage of waste, placing the ecosystems of our planet under unprecedented strain. We feel that our living environments are steeped in invisible threats, bringing with them new disease. But this fear is primarily the symptom of the general realization throughout society that the environment is something upon which we depend. At present, while our societies are trying to initiate an environmental revolution, new forms of knowledge are being mobilized within and also beyond research, in order to understand what is really affecting our bodies.

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