Protein may yield early detection of pancreatic cancer

Protein may yield early detection of pancreatic cancerParis : Scientists said Wednesday they had identified a marker in blood for pancreatic cancer, raising hopes for a test that would allow earlier diagnosis of this deadly disease.

A research team from the United States and Europe said people with cancer of the pancreas had a protein called glypican-1 (GPC1) in their blood.

Contraceptive pills kill 20 in France

Contraceptive pills kill 20 in FranceParis, March 27 - The use of contraceptive pills cause some 2,500 accidents and 20 deaths every year in France.

This is the finding of the National Agency for the Safety of Drugs and Health Products (ANSM), reports Xinhua.

ANSM's undated study estimated that the contraceptive pills are tied to blood clots, and 1,751 accidents as well as 14 of 20 deaths were caused by the third and fourth generation pills.

Gut bugs and cancer - research buttresses link

Gut bugs and cancer - research buttresses linkParis, Dec 20 : Gut microbes, vital to health, comprise a community that interacts with the mammalian nervous system, and could trigger diseases like cancer and affect moods, say researchers at the University of Rouen, France.

Hungry? The bugs in the gut want more!

Hungry? The bugs in the gut want more!Paris, Dec 20 : Gut bugs, which play a vital role in the biology of human beings and animals, could also be driving appetite, say researchers in France.

"The gut microbiota (bugs) respond both to nutrients consumed by their hosts and to the state of their hosts as signalled by various hormones," write Vic Norris and colleagues from the University of Rouen, France.

Post-menopause, women more vulnerable to heart attacks

Post-menopause, women more vulnerable to heart attacksParis, June 12 - Women tend to suffer less from cardiovascular disease than men, but this difference becomes less marked post-menopause.

This observation is behind a great deal of received wisdom, where oestrogen is assumed to have a beneficial effect on the heart and blood vessels. Today, new data seems to question these assumptions.

Cancer cases found in women with French brand implants

Cancer cases found in women with French brand implantsParis, Dec 31 - Health authorities in France have confirmed to have come across at least 20 cases of cancer among women having breast implants of a French brand.

France advises breast implant removal over cancer risk

France advises breast implant removal over cancer riskParis, Dec 24 - French health authorities Friday urged 30,000 women to remove the locally-made breast implants, pledging that relevant expenses would be covered by the state.

The health ministry said in a statement that they spot "no increased risk of cancer currently in women wearing the PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) brand compared with other implants", reported Xinhua.

'Miracle'' diet drug ''linked to deaths of thousands'' in France

'Miracle'' diet drug ''linked to deaths of thousands'' in FranceLondon, Dec 28: A new official report has revealed that a `miracle' diet drug prescribed to French people may have killed thousands.

Since its launch in 1979, Mediator was prescribed to up to five million people until it was banned last year. It was also used as an appetite-suppressing drug by thousands of healthy men and women.

Researchers find link between blood lipids and elderly depression

Researchers find link between blood lipids and elderly depressionFrench researchers have revealed that depression in women is linked to low levels of high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol, increasing their heart risk.

Astronauts open seven eyelids on International Space Station

Paris, Feb 18 : Reports indicate that astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have opened the shutters on the seven Cupola windows on February 17, providing them with the first view of Earth from their new observation deck.

The Cupola is an observation and control tower with six side windows and a top window, which are all equipped with shutters to protect them from passing space debris and micrometeoroids, and will be closed when not in use.

CryoSat to investigate Earth’s ice cover

Paris, Feb 16 : Reports indicate that the European Space Agency (ESA) is about to launch CryoSat on February 25, which would be the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth’s ice fields and map ice thickness over water and land.

ESA’s ice mission satellite CryoSat will be placed into orbit 700 km above Earth by a Russian Dnepr rocket to be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

CryoSat will be the third of ESA’s Earth Explorer satellites in orbit, following on from GOCE (launched in March 2009) and SMOS (launched in November 2009).

Beautiful spiral galaxies were ‘ugly ducklings’ 6 bln yrs ago

Paris, Feb 5 : The Hubble Space Telescope has shown that the beautiful spirals galaxies of the modern Universe were the ugly ducklings of six billion years ago.

Using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers created a census of galaxy types and shapes from a time before Earth and the Sun existed, up to the present day.

The results show that, contrary to contemporary thought, more than half of the present-day spiral galaxies had peculiar shapes as recently as six billion years ago.

French woman of 59 to give birth to triplets

Paris - A 59-year-old French woman is due to give birth to triplets in a few days, the daily Le Parisien reported on Thursday.

The woman, who has only been identified as being of Vietnamese origin, is being treated in a Paris hospital specializing in potentially dangerous pregnancies.

Childhood obesity tails off in France and Switzerland

Geneva  - Switzerland and France have seen a slight fall or levelling off in childhood obesity in recent years, according to three new studies published Thursday at the European Congress on Obesity meeting in Geneva.

Researchers said greater public awareness and national public health initiatives could be the reason for the improvement.

In France, two studies revealed a "levelling off" in the prevalence of childhood obesity, though there were marked differences regarding social class with the problem remaining worse in poorer children.

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