Olympic Games and the fight against doping; tribute to the father of statins; dengue epidemic…

Olympic Games and the fight against doping; tribute to the father of statins; dengue epidemic…
Olympic Games and the fight against doping; tribute to the father of statins; dengue epidemic…

International – Olympic Games and the fight against doping; tribute to the father of statins; dengue epidemic… A selection of international health news covered by our local editorial teams.

TRIBUTE

Death of Professor Akira Endo, discoverer of statins

The Japanese microbiologist and biochemist Akira Endo, father of statins, died at the age of 90 on June 5. His research led to the discovery and advent of a class of drugs that revolutionized the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. A look back at a scientific adventure that began more than half a century ago.

OLYMPIC GAMES

Fight against doping: update 40 days before the Olympics

Twenty years after the entry into force of the World Anti-Doping Code, where is the fight against this scourge of sport? What resources will be put in place during the Paris 2024 Games? The point with the Professor Olivier Rabin from the World Anti-Doping Agency on Medscape.fr.

DENGUE

Dengue cases in first four months of 2024 already surpass 2023 figures, WHO says

The global number of dengue cases recorded between January and April 2024 already exceeds the total number of cases recorded in 2023. In the first four months of this year, 7.89 million probable cases of the disease were identified, up from 6 .6 million last year. The data was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, June 13, during an online seminar on the epidemiological situation of dengue, which has already caused 4,000 deaths in 2024 (read on Medscape in Portuguese).

AVIAN FLU

First case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N2) confirmed

The World Health Organization has announced the first case of human infection with the avian influenza A virus type H5N2. The infection, which was confirmed by PCR, occurred in a Mexican male patient. The 59-year-old patient was hospitalized at the “Ismael Cosío Villegas” National Institute of Respiratory Diseases before dying. Despite showing symptoms of the virus, the Department of Health (SSA) initially said the patient’s death was attributed to the patient’s chronic illnesses, not bird flu. The source of the contamination is unknown but contamination of poultry by this virus has been reported in Mexico. Based on available information, WHO estimates that the current risk to the general population posed by this virus is low.

HEALTH POLICIES

Legislative: a program and candidates for health

In France, the main political forces are defending various health policies for the legislative elections, while presenting experts in the field among their candidates.

Emergency crisis or societal change? Interview with François Braun

Despite the measures taken, the health system remains under pressure. Dominique Savary interrogates François Braunemergency doctor and former French Minister of Health, on the evolution of the emergency crisis and the role of the doctor at the end of life.

RESEARCH

Belgian researchers discover the role of a protein in Charcot disease

A study led by researchers at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research reveals how FUS proteins spread and behave, thereby contributing to neurodegeneration (read on Mediquality.net).

Link between prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors and risk of pediatric metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome may be linked to prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors, according to a new study. As explained in the recent study, led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and involving 1,134 mothers and their children from six European countries, although previous studies have established a relationship between individual exposure to some of these compounds during the prenatal phase and some of the factors that make up metabolic syndrome, particularly obesity and blood pressure, this research highlights the combined impact of these types of substances on all of the factors that make up metabolic syndrome.

AI

Artificial Intelligence for Real-Time Diagnosis of Neoplastic Polyps

Artificial intelligence could help differentiate malignant polyps from benign polyps in real time during a colonoscopy, making it easier for the endoscopist to decide whether or not a resection is necessary. A magazine to consult on Univadis Spain.

ALERT

Nighttime heat increases risk of stroke by 7%
A recent German study concludes that the risk of stroke has increased significantly due to the increase in nighttime heat episodes in our latitudes. This underlines the importance of better and more targeted protection of vulnerable groups in particular and a more resolute pursuit of climate policy objectives.

IN NUMBERS

Many doctors soon to retire in Germany
According to the Federal Statistical Office, a large proportion of German doctors will retire in the coming years. No less than 31% of doctors and dentists are aged 55 or over, statisticians announced at the end of May. The proportion of this age group is therefore significantly higher than that of all employees (26%).

PSYCHEDELIC

Post-traumatic disorders: MDMA rejected by the FDA

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expert panel has rejected the possibility of approving MDMA, a psychedelic substance, in combination with a psychological intervention for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), finding that the risks outweigh the benefits (read on Medscape.com).

NEW

Cardiologists installed a pacemaker the size of a pen cap

In the United Kingdom, a 76-year-old man was fitted with a new pacemaker 10 times smaller than a standard device and whose battery can last up to 20 years (read on Medscape.uk).

*Aude Lecrubier (Medscape French edition), Claudia Bravo (Medscape in Spanish), Leoleli Schwartz (Medscape in Portuguese), Maria Baena (Univadis Spain), Sebastian Schmidt (Coliquio, Germany) collaborated on this article.

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