Every Monday since October 24, 2005, Richard Béliveau, Ph.D., publishes a column in the section Votre Vie (Your Life) in the Journal de Montréal in which he describes the latest developments on maintaining health through diet in an easy-to-read and engaging style. Thanks to the generosity of the Journal de Montréal, you can download and consult all of the columns in high resolution PDF format from our website.
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The incredible aggressiveness of pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease which appears suddenly and has a very low chance of survival for the patient. An important publication in the prestigious journal Nature showed that the very aggressive nature of this cancer is caused by a veritable explosion of errors in the DNA of pancreatic cells, which permits them to race through the stages of development and to become cancerous very rapidly. Download the column
Radiation: water bear to the rescue?
A microscopic creature known as the tardigrade possesses a DNA repair system that is very powerful, permitting it to tolerate extreme environmental conditions. Japanese scientists have recently shown that this ability could be used to protect human DNA against radiation. Download the column
Bacteria which improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy
Certain bacteria present at the intestinal mucosa increase the effectiveness of cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of numerous cancers. Download this column
A new weapon against kidney stones?
A study recently published in the distinguished journal Nature showed that hydroxycitrate accelerated dissolution of the crystals responsible for renal calculi and could thus represent a new way of preventing this very painful disease. Download this column
On the trail of a universal influenza vaccine
The effectiveness of vaccines against influenza varies between one year and another due to the incredible ability of the influenza virus to defeat the immune defenses. Some promising results show, however, that the virus possesses a weakness that could be exploited to develop a vaccine that is effective against all of the strains of influenza. Download the column
Numerous studies have shown that elevated consumption of cannabis can lead to losses of memory in the short to long term. Recent studies permit us to consider whether this effect could be due to a perturbation in the mitochondria present within hippocampal cells of the brain. Download the column