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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.


French researchers ask more fund for anti-AIDS projects

Paris, March 27 - The French National Agency on AIDS Research (ANRS) has expressed concern over lack of funding for new projects regarding prevention of the dreaded disease in the country.

Director of ANRS, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, told BEM-TV that the budget of the institution has not changed in the last five years, Prensa Latina reported.


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