Air pollution responsible for life-threatening arrhythmias

THE ESSENTIAL Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a heart rhythm disorder corresponding to the rapid, disorganized and inefficient contraction of the heart ventricles. In VF, loss of consciousness is usually immediate. It is a cause, if not the main cause of cardiac arrest and sudden death. Without specialized medical intervention, death occurs within minutes if no … Read more

how to adapt our taste buds to a low-salt diet?

THE ESSENTIAL High blood pressure is the leading cause of preventable cerebrovascular accident (CVA) according to Inserm. 10 to 30% of hypertensive patients are resistant to available treatments. In France, one in three adults is affected by high blood pressure, according to National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). When a person has it, … Read more

Second suspected case of monkeypox in man from Europe

The Health Ministry said Sunday it was investigating a second suspected case of monkeypox in Israel. This announcement comes 24 hours after the official confirmation of the very first case in the Jewish state. The alleged patient had recently traveled to western Europe, the ministry said in a statement without giving further details. Receive our … Read more

Research brings hope for spinal cord injury treatment

Scientists from the University of Birmingham have shown that an existing drug can reduce damage after spinal cord injury, by blocking the inflammatory response in the spinal cord. Their research, published today in Clinical and translational medicinedemonstrates that AZD1236, a drug developed by AstraZeneca, can significantly reduce “secondary damage” caused by the body’s response to … Read more

Do you have to wear certain colors to avoid mosquitoes?

Mosquito bites are a nuisance that we would gladly do without. Could adapting the colors we wear avoid getting bitten? Biologist Cassandra Edmunds explores this lead in The Conversation. Undeniably, finding yourself covered in mosquito bites quickly spoils a pleasant summer evening. But more than just a nuisance, mosquitoes are also the deadliest creatures on … Read more

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases

Previously, cases of the smallpox-related disease had only been seen among people with links to West and Central Africa. But over the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States, Sweden and Canada have all reported infections, mostly in young men who have never traveled to Africa. I am dumbfounded. Every day I wake … Read more

a more detailed guide would minimize errors

Users of rapid antigen detection tests for COVID-19 make several errors when handling them and when interpreting the results, Montreal researchers have found, but the situation can be remedied by providing them with instructions more detailed. Some of the most common errors involved the amount of liquid that should be used and the identification of … Read more