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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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
Tracking down the ideal analgesic
The spectacular discovery of a compound possessing an analgesic action as strong as that of morphine, but lacking its secondary effects, could revolutionize the treatment of pain. Download the column
The 2016 Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded last week to the biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries on autophagy, a form of cellular death which plays a fundamental role in the maintenance of good health. This is a good occasion to recall that understanding death often allows us to better appreciate life and to plainly see the incredible complexity of the human body. Download this column