Phthalates: 4 drugs under supervision

The National Agency for safety of the drug (ANSM) imposes precautions of employment for four drugs containing phthalates in quantities exceeding the thresholds recommended in Europe.

The European Agency of the drug (EMA) recently published draft recommendations to guide the use of phthalates as excipients in drugs. But in the meantime the replacement of phthalates in these pharmaceutical specialties, and as a precautionary measure, the National Agency for safety of the drug (ANSM) recommends that health professionals limit the dose and duration of treatment of the medicinal products concerned and to advise against use in children and pregnant or lactating.

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3 toxic phthalates to humans
Pushing its investigations, the ANSM has identified the presence of phthalates in about 150 drugs. “These compounds are particularly used for the coating of tablets and especially for tablets with active ingredient must be released gradually explains the ANSM. Continue reading “Phthalates: 4 drugs under supervision”

Male depression: a poorly ignored

Men, it will not do the Blues! How many of us have this type of received ideas? However, they are also affected by this evil being. Wrong diagnosis, denial of the problem… this disorder is underestimated in the male population. What prevents a good support? Update on the reasons for this assessment.

Depression masculine According to us figures, 70% of men with depression are not taken into charge1. Why has this problem? Bad diagnostic criteria?

Male depression

The symptoms of depression are yet known. They are also listed in the diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM – IV). Among the nine cities, at least five must exist for 2 weeks, and one of the 2 first must be present:

1 - Continued depressed mood;
2 - Loss of interest or pleasure for any activity;
3 - Appetite disorders or weight change of 5% at least during the
last month;
4 - Disorders of sleep (insomnia or Hypersonic);
5 - Agitation or a net slowing;
6 - Excessive fatigue;
7 - A feeling of guilt inappropriate;
8 - Concentration difficulties;
9 - Of the "dark thoughts" (or even thoughts of death, suicide).

But these criteria are called in question: they would be at the origin of some of the cases ignored by male depression. Indeed, some scholars consider these as too "female" symptoms. They do not allow to detect a depression in humans, which can be translated in different ways: changes of mood, aggression, rejection of intimacy, refuge in alcohol, drugs, the sports.

A withdrawal

But the problem is not only related to a lack of diagnosis, because man refuses to acknowledge that he suffers from depression. On the contrary, it is contains on himself and cache its State to his family, his friends… And this withdrawal will prevent the recognition of the disorder and its support. This ignorance of male depression and no treatment would have many consequences: alcoholism, violence… This would be also responsible for the problems in the couple. In addition, some men then refugieraient in work, sport or other activities are reported to that they practice intensively to forget their problems. These phenomena are considered conduits "of avoidance" of depression. Some speak even "of depressive equivalents".

An invention of the laboratories?

If the existence of male depression is a fact, some even accuse the pharmaceutical laboratories to artificially enlarge figures, to amplify the phenomenon and creates a new market. This at least is the theory of Philippe Ignore, known for having accused "antidepressants for depression". Exaggerated or not, the problem exists. And male depression is a disease too often silent. Its support through better recognition and acceptance of this disease.

Influenza, how to reduce fever in children?

The flu epidemic is and as every year, it tackles first fragile… If there is no miracle cure to escape, drugs to overcome the most bothersome symptoms, especially fever. Course with your child.

Chills, aches, throat made, difficulties in respirer…et a strong fever, your child, as thousands of others could escape the flu. How to relieve it?


Forget mother cures for large

If your child has flu, or treatment for this virus, it will just relieve symptoms and in particular his fever. Considering that a child has a fever over 38 ° C. According to the recent recommendations of management of fever in children over 6 months, it is useful to treat from 38.5 ° C and, only if the child feels visibly ill. Fever is a normal body’s defense mechanism, and it now has more the obsession to decline at all costs if it not gene not the child and is not too high. Careful, before 6 months, the course is different, and to consult. Continue reading “Influenza, how to reduce fever in children?”

Towards a more effective vaccine against tuberculosis

Of French and Italian researchers have developed an effective protection against the bacterium that causes tuberculosis in mice. Although results are preliminary, they raise the hope of tomorrow to have a more effective vaccine against the disease responsible for death of 1.5 million per year.

80% of TB patients live in sub-Saharan Africa. The limitations of BCG against pulmonary tuberculosis


Tuberculosis is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world. It is due to infection by the mycobacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis , affecting one third of world population. Each year, nearly 9 million people developed tuberculosis and nearly 1.5 million people die. About 80% of patients live in sub-Saharan Africa; it has not disappeared in France. Continue reading “Towards a more effective vaccine against tuberculosis”