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Actualités  2009

Public Consultation for New Nanotechnologies Action Plan »

On December 18, 2009, the European Commission launched a public consultation on a future action plan on nanotechnologies. This consultation invites input from interested parties. It will close on February 19, 2010.

Adverse effects of the chemicals on human health»

There is growing concern that combined exposure to chemicals from different sources used for example in agriculture and industry may have adverse effects on human health. On 22 December, the Environment Council adopted conclusions on combination effects.

Health issues addressed by the EU Swedish Presidency »

The Presidency is drawing to a close. eHealth, antimicrobial resistance, patient mobility and alcohol and health are some of the issues addressed by the ministers.

Health Programme - Work plan and Calls for proposals 2010 »

The Work plan and the call for proposals defining the activities to be funded in 2010 have been published. The deadline for submitting proposals for funding is 19 March 2010.

New Public Health website on line!»

150 new texts and 14.000 documents are organised in a thematic approach, while the information is presented by topic. From the homepage you can easily access the 8 main themes: Steering EU Public Health, Ensuring Health security, Taking Action against Diseases, Health in the Society, Fostering Good Health, Improving Healthcare, Indicators and Data and Assessing Risks.

10 facts on children's environmental health »

All children need healthy, safe and protective environments to ensure normal growth, development and well-being. Nearly one-third of the nine million under-five child deaths every year are associated with environment-related causes and conditions.

EMEA agency work programme 2010 »pdf

The priorities for the Agency in 2010, in addition to conducting its core-activities, include strengthening of the European medicines network, improving safety-monitoring of medicines, co-operating with international partners, fostering transparency and provision of information, and stimulating innovation and improved availability of medicines.

Joint ECDC/EUPHA meeting report on health communication for innovation in the EU »pdf

Individuals and organisations interested in health communication practice and research gathered in Stockholm on 18–19 May 2009 to discuss the current status of practice and research dedicated to promoting health literacy in the EU.

The European health report 2009 by WHO Europe »pdf

This report presents essential public health information to support countries in choosing sound investments in health. It should encourage the successful implementation of effective health system reforms and policies.

Results of the survey on the Health-EU newsletter»pdf

The survey of Health-Eu newsletter was online from 14 September to 15 October 2009 . We received 150 answers . You can read here the results of the survey. We will take into account your comments and suggestions for the future of our Health EU newsletter. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

The EU "Help, for a Life without Tobacco" campaign was nominated in 2 categories: International Health campaign and Website»

The Help campaign was the award winner in the "International Health Campaign" category and, for the second year in a row, the Help campaign was also awarded the GRAND PRIX EMPREINTES -overall winner in all categories, out of 70 nominated campaigns.

15 countries report high pandemic (H1N1) 2009 activity »

During the period 4–10 December 2009, very high influenza activity was reported in Lithuania, and high activity was reported in 14 other countries: Albania, Estonia, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

New approach of the flu vaccine »

Scientists in Vienna involved in the European Research Project FLUVACC are investigating a new approach - a vaccine in the form of a nasal spray.

World malaria report 2009 »

Half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, and an estimated 243 million cases led to nearly 863 000 deaths in 2008. The World malaria report 2009 describes the global distribution of cases and deaths, how WHO-recommended control strategies have been adopted and implemented in endemic countries.

EuroSafe report on "Injuries in the European Union»pdf

The 2009-report "Injuries in the EU" has been launched this week by EuroSafe. The report presents data collected over the years 2005-2007. It also highlights injury data related to major risk groups and injury causes as identified in the EU-Council recommendation on injury prevention and safety promotion.

Report on the open consultation on the Green Paper on the European Workforce for Health »

The European Commission ran a public consultation on the Green Paper on the European Workforce for Health between 10 December 2008 and 10 April 2009. This summary document aims to provide an overview of the main views expressed on the different topics raised in the Green Paper.

Public hearing of the Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship section of EESC on people with disabilities »

The Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) of the European Economic and Social Committee has organised a public hearing on employment and gradual accessibility for people with disabilities in the EU.

EU Health funding targets SMEs »

The European Commission’s Health programme provides grants for those looking to undertake health-related research. One of its main aims is to provide 15% of its funding contribution to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – an ambitious target.

Protecting the climate means protecting health »

Climate change endangers human health. COP15 represents the most important opportunity in decades to achieve international agreement on how to cut emissions of greenhouse gases deeply enough to reduce the likelihood of dangerous climate change.

EU findings open door to better drugs for fight against heart attacks and strokes»

Researchers partially funded by the EU have made discoveries that could open the door to the development of new and better-targeted drugs for patients at risk of strokes or heart attacks.

EU healthy eating campaign reaches out to children »

Three road shows about the benefits of a healthy diet made the rounds of seven EU countries this autumn, boasting the virtues of fruit, vegetables and dairy products to 17 000 people in all. More importantly, the average age of most audiences was between 8 and 12 years.

Draft 18 months programme on public health by the future Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies »pdf

This document sets out the combined programme of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies covering the period January 2010 to June 2011. (section on public health page 39 ff)

WHO: Pandemic influenza checklist for hospitals published »pdf

It explains what hospitals need to do to be prepared for and function effectively during an influenza pandemic, highlighting issues related to pandemic (H1N1) 2009.

Prevention of depression and suicide conference by the EU Swedish Presidency »

Organised by the European Commission and Hungarian Ministry of Health with the Support of the Swedish Presidency of the EU and in collaboration with WHO Regional Office for Europe, this is the second of five thematic conferences that until 2011 are to implement the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being.

Health Programmes: new complete project database»

A database is now available providing all the projects co-funded by the Commission under the first and second health programme.

Health at a Glance 2009 – OECD Indicators»

This fifth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems.

European LeukemiaNet takes cancer research to new heights »

The objective of the 'European LeukemiaNet' (ELN) project, which is funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme to the tune of EUR 6 million, is the launching of the European Leukaemia Trial Registry.

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2009»

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for protecting people from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke through legislation and enforcement.

EU Competitiveness Council launches joint programming initiative on combating Alzheimer»

To alleviate the burden on patients, their families and carers, as well as national healthcare systems, the Competitiveness Council on 3 December launched a joint programming initiative (JPI) on combating these illnesses.

UN Climate Change Conference - EU documents»

The European Union will be working to achieve maximum progress towards finalisation of an ambitious and legally binding global climate treaty to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2013.

Indoor smoking bans need to be complete, say MEPs»

Smoking bans in all enclosed workplaces, restaurants, public buildings and public transport need to be complete if they are to protect workers and non-smokers and help smokers to quit, said Parliament.

European Medicines Agency (EMEA) advises of risk of fever in young children following vaccination with Pandemrix »pdf

Children may experience fever after their second dose of the pandemic influenza vaccine Pandemrix.

EMEA publishes first weekly pandemic pharmacovigilance report »pdf

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has published today the first in a series of weekly pandemic pharmacovigilance updates.

How can the EU contribute to better global health? »

A seminar on global healht is held on 4 December in Stockholm, by Karolinska Institutet’s Public and International Health network, the Swedish EU presidency and the Global Health Europe network.

COCHISE biosensor ready to tackle cancer »

An EU-funded research team has developed a biosensor that can identify immune system cells that actively suppress tumour growth.

Czech government launches four major new research initiatives with EU support »

Toxicology, mechanical engineering, nanoscience and veterinary medicine are the subjects of four major new EU-funded research initiatives launched recently in the Czech Republic.

WHO: Global measles deaths drop by 78% »

The Measles Initiative announced that measles deaths worldwide fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. However, global immunization experts warn of a resurgence in measles deaths if vaccination efforts are not sustained.

Commission establishes EU Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases»

The Commission adopted today (30 November) a Decision establishing a European Committee of Experts on Rare diseases. The Committee will be composed of one representative per Member State from ministries or government agencies responsible for rare diseases designated by the Government of each Member State, representatives from patient's organisations, the pharmaceutical industry and Community experts in the field of rare diseases.

Children and young people shall be protected from alcohol»

Day two of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council was primarily dedicated to health and public health issues. The ministers adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance, eHealth and alcohol and health.

Annual rate of newly diagnosed HIV infections has doubled since 2000 »

Newly diagnosed cases in the European Region rose from 44 per million population in 2000 to 89 per million in 2008. Data in a report released today, World AIDS Day, show that 13% of new infections are among young people (those aged 15–24) and 35% are in women.

New EU treaty (Lisbon treaty) and public health policy »

The Treaty of Lisbon continues the present situation where the Union's action in the field of Health is largely of a coordinating, complementary and supporting nature.

Main results of EPSCO Council »pdf

Ministers adopted conclusions on innovative incentives for effectice antibiotics, safe and efficient healthcare throught eHealth and alcohol and health. The Council adopted a recommendation calling on the member states to take legal action to protect their citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke.

EU funded health projects help fight HIV/AIDS»

On World AIDS Day, 1 December, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers draws attention to EU funded projects, which bring together people living with HIV, doctors and health personnel, researchers, activists, and policy makers to ensure an adequate response to epidemic.

European researchers suggest school closure during pandemic will reduce transmission»

In the case of an infectious disease pandemic, closing schools could cut down transmission rates by up to 21%. This is the result of a mathematical modelling study by EU-funded researchers now published in the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Infectious Diseases.

Cancer death toll in Europe drops»

Cancer mortality in Europe has declined at a steady pace over recent years. New figures now published online in the journal Annals of Oncology show a drop of 9% between the first half of the 1990s and the period between 2000 and 2004 in the 27 EU Member States (EU-27).

Reducing child mortality »

Nearly 9 million children under the age of five die every year. An updated factsheet shows that the leading causes of death in under-five children are pneumonia, diarrhoea and health problems during the first month of life - conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.

New HIV recommendations to reduce infections and save lives »

On the eve of World AIDS Day, WHO is releasing new recommendations on treatment, prevention and infant feeding in the context of HIV, based on the latest scientific evidence.

Rapport 2009 de l'ONUSIDA sur l'épidémie de SIDA »pdf

Ce rapport, scindé en plusieurs chapitres, fait le point de l'évolution de l'épidémie dans les différentes régions du monde.

Vers un accès universel: étendre les interventions prioritaires liées au VIH/SIDA dans le secteur de la santé»pdf

Ce rapport souligne les progrès accomplis, notamment en ce qui concerne l'accroissement des tests de dépistage et des consultations, et l'amélioration de l'accès aux services destinés à prévenir la transmission du HIV de la mère à l'enfant.

Le nombre de personnes infectées par le VIH continue d'augmenter dans l'Union européenne. Les relations homosexuelles entre hommes sont le principal mode de contamination.»

L'infection par le VIH reste un problème de santé publique majeur en Europe, les nouvelles données de surveillance du VIH/SIDA pour l'Europe, publiées le 1er décembre, témoignant d'une augmentation des cas de contamination dans plusieurs pays européens.

The EU to strengthen patients’ rights when seeking healthcare in other EU countries»

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) is to meet on 30 November–1 December in Brussels. An important issue on the agenda is the Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.

Disability: beyond the medical model»

Around 10% of people worldwide, around 650 million individuals, live with disability. A themed issue of The Lancet, ahead of World Disability Day on Dec 3, "does not look at disability through a purely medical lens".

The European Community Ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities»

The European Community has just ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Unprecedented step forward for the first human rights treaty ratified in the history of Europe and a great signal sent to all EU Members States.

EU-funded researchers use gene therapy to slow brain disease »

The brain disease X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) can be treated with a combination of gene therapy and blood stem cell therapy, new EU-funded research shows.

High salt intake means more strokes and heart disease»

A high salt intake is linked with a significantly increased risk of both strokes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new EU-funded study published this week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

ECDC marks World AIDS Day 2009 »

On Friday 27 November, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December, ECDC and the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden is organising a seminar on HIV/AIDS with a focus on stigma and discrimination. The commemoration of World AIDS Day focuses on the current HIV epidemic, which still affects individual and societies all over the world.

Health programme 2008-2013: Work plan 2010 is coming!»

The Work Plan for 2010 setting the annual priorities for implementing the Health Programme will be published before the end of 2009. Provisional deadline for submitting proposals under the Work Plan is early 2010.

Les nouveaux cas d'infection par le VIH ont diminué de 17 % ces huit dernières années»

Le rapport, publié par l'ONUSIDA (Programme commun des Nations unies sur le VIH/SIDA) et l'OMC (Organisation mondiale du commerce) met en avant les effets positifs des programmes de prévention.

WHO: 40% of road crash victims are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists »pdf

A new WHO report assessing road safety across the European Region calls for greater political commitment to support the needs of all road users.

European Medicines Agency reaffirms efficacy and safety of H1N1 pandemic vaccines »pdf

The European Medicines Agency has reviewed further data on the centrally authorised pandemic vaccines, Celvapan, Focetria and Pandemrix. The Agency has reaffirmed their positive balance of benefits and risks in the context of the current H1N1 influenza pandemic.

WHO: Safety of pandemic vaccines»

WHO estimates that around 80 million doses of pandemic vaccine have been distributed and around 65 million people have been vaccinated. Campaigns are using a variety of different vaccines.

Happy hormone' crucial in preventing diabetes »

Diabetes is growing into one the biggest health problems in the world and is now responsible for nearly 4 million deaths a year. A team of researchers studied the role of the hormone serotonin and their results showed that the absence of serotonin in the pancreas of mice led to their rapidly developing diabetes.

OECD Health Policy Studies - Achieving Better Value for Money in Health Care »

The OECD report examines selected policies that may help countries better achieve the goal of improved health system efficiency and thus better value for money.

Fighting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease »

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life-threatening lung disease that interferes with normal breathing. World COPD Day, celebrated today, aims to raise awareness about the disease and improve patient care.

Research shows the genetic base of fungal infections »

Two independent research studies, published together in the New England Journal of Medicine, used DNA sequencing and genetic mapping techniques to identify two proteins that when missing or mutated impair the body's ability to fight off the fungal Candida infection.

Yellow fever vaccination campaign targets 12 million »

The largest-ever yellow fever mass vaccination campaign will kick off next week across three African countries.

Experts urge prudent antibiotic use to combat resistance »pdf

On European Antibiotic Awareness Day 18 November 2009, new European-wide surveillance data on antibiotic resistance from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) shows that the development of antibiotic resistance represents a growing threat to the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Conclusions du Conseil sur le programme européen de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA, le paludisme et la tuberculose»pdf

Ces trois maladies continueront de représenter une grave menace mondiale dans les prochaines décennies. La Commission et les États membres de l'Union doivent donc agir de manière plus concertée afin d'intensifier leurs efforts et de les rendre plus efficaces.

New Call for Proposals regarding operating grants for organisations active in the field of Drug Prevention and Information »

This call is aimed at supporting organisations - such as non-profit organisations, voluntary associations, foundations, NGOs or similar bodies - which are active in the field of Drug Prevention and Information for their activities in their financial year 2010. The deadline for submission of applications is 17 December 2009 12:00 CET.

Researchers follow spread of HIV between cells»

A team of German researchers has successfully tracked a key protein in the HIV (human immuno-deficiency virus) intercellular infection and virus assembly process in real time.

Parliament urges joint EU action on neurodegenerative diseases»

The European Parliament (EP) on 12 November adopted a resolution supporting the pan-European coordination of research on neurodeg...

World diabetes day: understand diabetes, take control »

More than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes. Almost half of diabetes deaths occur in people under the age of 70 years; 55% of diabetes deaths are in women. Read the updated fact sheet on diabetes

Journée européenne de sensibilisation à l’usage des antibiotiques - 2008 »

Première campagne d’information publique européenne appelant à un usage prudent des antibiotiques: méthodes et tour d’horizon des actions menées dans les pays participants

150 sports organisations get financial support from the Commission»

After a tight selection process, 18 project proposals were selected for funding in four priority areas, as for example nine grants were allocated to projects promoting health-enhancing physical activity,

Tracking Progress: UNICEF report calls for urgent international action on nutrition»

A new UNICEF report identifies undernutrition as one of the major causes of death among young children.

Lancet/Global Forum essay competition winners 2009»

The Lancet and the Global Forum for Health Research launched their 4th joint essay competition for authors and researchers under the age of 30 years. This year's theme was innovating for the health of all.

10 countries report high pandemic (H1N1) 2009 activity»

Belarus, Bulgaria, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland only) reported high or very high pandemic activity during the period 27 October to 4 November 2009.

Pollution: new European register gives public access to information on emissions from European industrial facilities»

The register contains information about the quantity and location of pollutants released to air, water and land by industrial facilities throughout Europe.

WHO - Virtual press briefing on pandemic (H1N1) 2009 today at 13:00»pdf

Dr Nikki Shindo, Medical Officer, Clinical Aspects of Influenza, in the WHO Global Influenza Programme will address a virtual press briefing on Thursday, November 12th at 13:00 Geneva time (12 hrs GMT).

Who report : Today women live longer, but not healthier lives»pdf

This report uses currently available data to take stock of the health of girls and women around the world and to draw attention to the consequences and costs of failing to address health issues at appropriate points in their lives.

Who report: Heart disease - leading cause of death in women»

This report reviews the health of women throughout the life-course, to encourage policy dialogue and make health systems work better for them.

Report on Trafficking in Organs, Tissues and Cells»pdf

"Trafficking in organs, tissues and cells and trafficking in human beings for the purpose of the removal of organs". A joint study by the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

Health systems function for environmental health »

This article from the WHO Bulletin explores how involving the entire health system can accelerate and improve delivery of environmental health interventions.

European strategy for benefit-risk monitoring of influenza A/H1N1 vaccines »pdf

The European Medicines Agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Heads of Medicines Agencies have adopted a strategy to further strengthen the coordination of benefit-risk monitoring for influenza A/H1N1 vaccines.

Commission calls on interested parties to submit scientific information on reprocessing of single-use medical devices »

The Commission has requested a scientific opinion from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health risks (SCENIHR) on the safety of reprocessed single-use medical devices.

Annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe»

The upcoming report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction (EMCDDA) provides the latest European data and commentary on the drug situation across the 27 EU Member States, Croatia, Turkey and Norway

Reducing child deaths from pneumonia»

A comprehensive action plan that can save up to 5.3 million children from dying of pneumonia by 2015 is being launched by the WHO and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

EU and USA initiate cooperation against resistant bacteria»

At the EU-US Summit on Tuesday 3 November, President-in-Office of the Council of the EU Fredrik Reinfeldt and President Barack Obama decided to establish a joint task force to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Experts advise WHO on pandemic vaccine policies and strategies»

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, which advises WHO on policies and strategies for vaccines and immunization, devoted a session of its 27–29 October meeting to pandemic influenza vaccines.

Prix européen 2009 du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé – Brochure»pdf

Cette brochure présente la traduction en anglais des 27 articles sélectionnés, ainsi que des informations sur les finalistes et les membres des jurys nationaux et du jury européen.

Influenza at the interface between humans and animals »

The Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou, together with Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, Maria Larsson, will open the conference entitled "Influenza at the interface between humans and animals" on Friday 30 October in the Charlemagne building in Brussels.

Smoke-free movie: from evidence to action (Pour des films sans tabac: de la preuve à l'action)»pdf

Ce rapport de l'OMS souligne la nécessité d'adopter des mesures contraignantes visant à limiter fortement la représentation du tabac dans les films.

Document d'orientation concernant la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA dans l'UE et les pays voisins en 2009-2013 »

Une nouvelle communication de la Commission a été approuvée: elle fixe les priorités pour la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA dans toute l'Europe dans les années à venir.

Utilisation des vaccins contre le virus A/H1N1: questions et réponses»pdf

Le Comité des médicaments à usage humain de l'AEM (Agence européenne des médicaments) a analysé les premiers résultats des études cliniques portant sur les trois vaccins autorisés pour lutter contre la pandémie.

International conference on Prison Health Protection - what works in the prevention and control of major communicable diseases (29-31 October 2009)»

Prisoners who are healthy on entry, have a considerable risk of leaving prison with HIV, TB or a drug problem.

Research sheds light on treatment for sleep disorders»

Researchers partially funded by the EU have made advances in understanding the cellular and molecular pathways affected by sleep deprivation. With millions of people regularly suffering from a lack of sleep, the findings could have significant social and clinical applications.

Who report: Tackling health risks to prevent premature deaths »

Global life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health – childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure.

Overview of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Europe »

During the spring and summer of 2009, Member States in the WHO European Region continued influenza surveillance, owing to the emergence of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 at the end of the 2008/2009 winter season.

A new Eurobarometer survey: 9 out of 10 Europeans want urgent action on poverty»

73% of Europeans consider poverty to be a widespread problem in their country while 89% want urgent action by their government to tackle the problem.

Drugs for obesity?»

Obesity remains a serious public-health problem in many populations, with rates as high as 30% in some European countries. Results from a phase II trial suggest that the drug liraglutide could help weight reduction for obese people; previously this drug had shown efficacy among obese people with type 2 diabetes.

Is it possible to eliminate tuberculosis?»

Results of a new study suggest that the spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is reversible, and that the disease, which often affects people with HIV/AIDS, can be set on a path -- albeit a slow path -- to elimination.

3rd Annual European Scientific Conference - ESCAIDE (on webcast) »

Public health specialists meet in Stockholm from October 26th to 28th for the third annual ESCAIDE, the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology. At the conference experts will discuss many issues including vaccine strategies, prioritization and the challenges for risk communication in the context of pandemic A(H1N1) 20009.

Healthy ageing in Europe - Lessons learnt and ways forward »

The aim of the conference is to stimulate more health promoting activities towards older people and to give opportunities for exchange of experiences among European countries. The conference is arranged in Stockholm 22-23 October.

High-level meeting on eHealth by EU Swedish Presidency »pdf

The Presidency plays host on 22–23 October to the European network of state secretaries responsible for eHealth. The aim is to jointly produce a new European structure for cooperation to implement the Council conclusions in this area that are expected to be adopted on 1 December 2009.

Lancement d’un nouveau site de l’UE consacré à la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1)»

Le site web de la direction générale de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs consacré à la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1) a été réorganisé: sa présentation a été simplifiée, allégée et modernisée.

Handbook on monitoring and evaluation of human resources for health »

This handbook offers health managers, researchers and policy makers a comprehensive and standard reference for monitoring and evaluating human resources for health.

Childhood vaccines at all-time high, but access not yet equitable»

Reversing a downward trend, immunization rates are now at their highest ever and vaccine development worldwide is booming, according to a new assessment released by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Bank.

HELP, for a life without tobacco: the European Commission chooses a web series to raise awareness about tobacco among young Europeans»

After the success of the 2007-2008 'Nicomarket' viral campaign, the European Commission has chosen a web series as the new initiative in the 'HELP, for a life without tobacco' campaign to raise awareness about tobacco among young Europeans: HELPERS.

Rapport épidémiologique annuel de l'ECDC – 2009»

La troisième édition de ce rapport sur les maladies transmissibles en Europe présente un résumé détaillé des données en matière de surveillance pour 2007 et des menaces pour la santé publique ayant fait l’objet d’un suivi en 2008.

WHO: Preparing for the coming influenza season»

The latest edition of the “EURO Immunization Monitor” gives an overview of current pandemic influenza activity across the European Region, and takes an in-depth look at the manufacturing, availability and safety of vaccines against pandemic (H1N1) 2009.

International recognition for the WHO Health in Prisons Project »

In November 2009, the temporary adviser to the WHO Health in Prisons Project, Dr Alex Gatherer, will be presented with the prestigious American Public Health Association (APHA) Presidential Citation award for 2009.

Multilingualism good for brain, report says»

Speaking several languages improves people's ability to master complex thinking processes, a study by an international team of researchers finds.

Adoption of Communication on solidarity in health: reducing health inequalities in the EU »

The Communication sets out actions that the European Commission will take to help address health inequalities including: collaboration with national authorities, regions and other bodies, assessment of the impact of EU policies on health inequalities and regular statistics and reporting on the size of inequalities in the EU.

Launch of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion»

2010 will be the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Stay tunedfor the official launch of the website on 29th October 2009

Proposals on Genetically Modified Organisms at Agri Council in Luxembourg »pdf

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be invited to adopt or to reject, by qualified majority, three proposed decisions about the authorisatio of the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced from genetically modified maize.

European week for the Healthy workplace »

Healthy Workplaces is a two-year campaign of European Agency for Safety and Health at Work which aims to promote a management approach to risk assessment.

Who: Clinical features of severe cases of pandemic influenza»

Prompt treatment with the antiviral drugs, oseltamivir or zanamivir, for persons infected with the pandemic A(H1N1) virus reduces the severity of illness and improves the chances of survival.

Winners of the “Snapshot: Europe!” competition»

The Assembly of European Regions (AER) awarded on 8th of October the winners of “Snapshot: Europe!”, a photo competition for young people organised this year for the first time.

The EU will co-finance new projects on selected youth health issues »

The European Commission in the framework of the Work Plan 2009 has decided to co-finance 34 projects selected for a total of EUR 23.328.525 for the implementation of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013).

EU Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou visits EFSA agency »

European Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou arrives in Parma for a visit to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This is the second time that Commissioner Vassiliou visits EFSA since her appointment as EU Commissioner for Health in April 2008.

Reducing childhood deaths from diarrhoea »

UNICEF and WHO launch strategy to prevent and treat diarrhoea – the second biggest killer of children The objective is to focus attention on the prevention and management of diarrhoeal diseases as central to improving child survival.

Study finds hand hygiene not enough to prevent swine flu»

As swine flu takes the world by storm, certain measures recommended by experts may fail to slow the spread of the disease in the long term, according to a new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK.

Why vCJD is more common in young people»

Specific cells within the immune system could help explain why younger people are more susceptible to variant CJD, scientists believe.

Open Consultation from DG Development: Issues Paper - The EU role in Global Health »

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on the EU role in Global Health. The Consultation will run for eight weeks from 14 October 2009 to 9 December 2009.

Influenza at the interface between humans and animals »

The Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou, together with Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, Maria Larsson, will open the conference entitled "Influenza at the interface between humans and animals" on Friday 30 October in the Charlemagne building in Brussels.

What do Europeans think about their working conditions»

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has just released the results of a Europe-wide opinion poll on safety and health at work.

8th European Round Table on Poverty and Social Exclusion »pdf

Social inclusion in times of recession - New challenges for the Active inclusion strategy is the theme for the 8th Round Table on Poverty and Social Exclusion. It is arranged in Stockholm 15 -16 October.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights international workshop »

An International Workshop on Poverty Eradication and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is taking place in Brussels in cooperation with the ACP Group of States, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

EMEA: New pandemic influenza (H1N1) website»

This website provides information about the role and activities of the European Medicines Agency in relation to the current H1N1 influenza ('swine flu') pandemic. It also provides information on the development and approval of medicines for use in the European Union (EU) during the pandemic.

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2009: safer hospitals »

For two years, WHO and its partners have led a campaign to ensure that health facilities are fully operational during and after disasters and other crises. This is when they are needed most to save lives.

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to infectious retrovirus XMRV»

Two-thirds of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome were found to carry a retrovirus known as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) in their peripheral blood cells, compared with just 4% of unaffected individuals.

Conference on Influenza at the interface between humans and animals : registration is open until 23 October»

The Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou, together with Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, Maria Larsson, will open the conference entitled "Influenza at the interface between humans and animals" on Friday 30 October in the Charlemagne building in Brussels.

"Healthy Life Years in the EU - Facts and figures 2005": new publication available »pdf

This report is the result of the EHEMU (European Health Expectancies Monitoring Unit) Project co-funded under the First EU Public Health Programme 2003-2007.

ECDC publishes the Annual Epidemiological Report 2009 »

The third annual report on the epidemiology of 47 communicable diseases and two health issues across the European Union and European Economic Area has been published. It presents a comprehensive overview of the data from 2007 in standard tables and graphs, together with an analysis of the health threats monitored by ECDC during 2008.

Studies on radon and cancer »

Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer in many countries. Studies in Europe, North America and China have confirmed that lower concentrations of radon – such as those found in homes – also confer health risks and contribute substantially to the occurrence of lung cancers worldwide.

WHO publication: Night noise guidelines for Europe »

A new WHO publication provides evidence of the damage night noise can do to people’s health and offers guidelines for sound levels at night in Europe.

Extra EU health Council meeting on H1N1 »

The Swedish Presidency has called an extra meeting of EU health ministers on 12 October on the new influenza (H1N1). The meeting, which is to take place in Luxembourg, will be chaired by Swedish Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson.

OECD policy brief about the impact of health on development »pdf

This Policy Brief explains the impact of health on development and discusses how the OECD is using its expertise in multidisciplinary policies to help governments promote coherence in their health and development policies.

What's the secret for future centenarians?»

Better health, advances in technology and more opportunities in life are giving babies born in rich nations since the start of the 21st century a head start over their peers.

World Sight Day 2009 »

World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired held on the second Thursday in October. This year the focus is on eye health and equal access to care.

«De l'exclusion à l'inclusion — Comment promouvoir l'inclusion sociale des personnes ayant des problèmes de santé mentale»»pdf

Une analyse basée sur les rapports nationaux des membres de SME dans les 27 États membres de l'Union européenne.

Intégrer la santé mentale dans les soins de santé primaires»pdf

Rédigé conjointement par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et l'Organisation mondiale des médecins généralistes (World Organization of Family Doctors — WONCA), le rapport sur l'intégration de la santé mentale dans les soins de santé primaires présente les arguments en faveur de l'intégration des services de santé mentale dans les soins de santé primaires et les avantages qui en découlent.

La santé mentale dans les soins de santé primaires: améliorer les traitements et promouvoir la santé mentale »pdf

Cette campagne de sensibilisation mondiale attire l'attention sur la nécessité de «faire des questions de santé mentale une priorité mondiale».

EU strategic plan to develop a low carbon future (SET-Plan) »

The Commission presents a strategic plan to accelerate the development and deployment of cost-effective low carbon technologies. This plan comprises measures relating to planning, implementation, resources and international cooperation in the field of energy technology.

WHO report "How can gender equity be addressed through health systems?" »pdf

Health systems can make important contributions to gender equality and gender equity by addressing gender in a variety of ways. Gender equality and gender equity can be addressed by using various approaches, including legislation, organizational processes and information gathering.

EURORDIS Rare Diseases Europe signs strategic partnership agreement»

EURORDIS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) in the USA to join forces on several key strategic initiatives. This historical agreement will bring the rare disease patient communities from the USA and Europe closer together and will catalyse transatlantic collaboration.

EESC warns of the consequences of alcohol abuse»

At its plenary session of 30 September 2009, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted the opinion on how to make the EU strategy on alcohol-related harm sustainable, long-term and multisectoral.

Survey on the DG Sanco e-newsletters »

Short questionnaire on the DG Sanco e-newsletters (open until 16 October 2009).

What does gender equality mean for economic growth and employment?»

A conference on 15–16 October to discuss how and why gender equality should be viewed as an important factor in achieving long-term sustainable economic growth in the EU.

Occupational Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields: paving the way for a future EU initiative»pdf

The Swedish Work Environment Authority and Umeå University are arranging a conference on occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields. This conference is part of the European Commission’s ongoing work on the directive on occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Behavioural measures are key in protecting patients»

The European Generic medicines Association (EGA) believes that the fight against counterfeiting should primarily focus on behavioural measures that ensure patients’ and supply chain security, by harmonising criminal law among member states.

EMEA recommends updates to Tamiflu product information for use during a pandemic»pdf

The European Medicines Agency(EMEA)has recommended updating the product information for the antiviral medicine Tamiflu, used for the prevention or treatment of influenza.

Keep fat off to stay healthy in older years»

The adage 'To lengthen your life, shorten your meals' weighs on the minds of many who are battling the bulge.

Influenza A (H1N1) vaccines available - are they safe? »

Amid fears of a second wave of the potentially deadly virus, the European Commission on 29 September gave a fast track go-ahead to two new vaccines to fight the influenza H1N1 pandemic.

Exchange programme 2010 for hospital and healthcare professionals»

This 4-week training period is targeting hospital and healthcare professionals with managerial responsibilities. They are working in hospitals and healthcare facilities, adequately experienced in their profession with a minimum of three years of experience and have proficiency in the language that is accepted by the host country.

EFSA delivers its first series of opinions on ‘general function’ health claims »

EFSA has published its first series of opinions on the list of ‘general function’ health claims compiled by Member States and the European Commission.

Étude conjointe de l'ECDC et de l'EMEA: "Le défi bactériologique: il est temps de passer à l’action"»pdf

Cette étude est un appel à réduire le décalage entre le développement des résistances aux antibiotiques dans l’UE et le rythme de mise au point de médicaments antibactériens.

How professional developement and cooperation may increase patient safety in discussion in Stockolm »

The aim of the conference organised by EU Swedish Presidency- National Board of Health and Welfare is to share experiences about how professional developement and cooperation may increase patient safety. The conferences take place in Stockholm.

WHO - Reproductive health rights: new ways to engage young people»

The new issue of Entre Nous explores new ways, such as primary care drop-in centres, networking sites and special events for reaching and engaging young people.

WHO report - Millions of HIV-positive people receiving treatment»

A new report shows increases in the numbers of HIV-positive people receiving antiretroviral therapy in low

EU-funded researchers hunt down tumour killers using bacteria»

EU-funded researchers in Germany may have actually succeeded in putting a positive spin on Salmonellae following the discovery that the bacteria can migrate into solid tumours and destroy them.

Le tabagisme et les contraceptifs oraux pourraient accroître le risque d'AVC chez certaines femmes jeunes »

Des chercheurs néerlandais ont découvert que les femmes jeunes possédant un lupus anticoagulant (LA) présentent un risque plus élevé d'accident vasculaire cérébral ou de crise cardiaque que celles dépourvues de cet anticorps. Ce risque est encore plus important si ces femmes fument ou prennent des contraceptifs oraux.

Le Parlement européen examine les initiatives visant à mettre en commun les ressources européennes dans la lutte contre la maladie d'Alzheimer»

En Europe, plus de sept millions de personnes sont atteintes de la maladie d'Alzheimer ou de troubles associés, et ce chiffre devrait doubler d'ici 20 ans. Le 29 septembre, les députés européens ont examiné de nouvelles initiatives visant à mettre en commun les ressources des différents pays en vue de maximiser les investissements, de diffuser les bonnes pratiques et de coordonner la recherche.

Exchange of views with Commissioner VASSILIOU on H1N1 influenza »

The ENVI Committee will hold an exchange of views with Commissioner VASSILIOU about the situation regarding the H1N1 influenza at its meeting on 30.09.09.

Financial crisis and health policy discussed at 12th European Health Forum Gastein »pdf

The forum discusses the impact of the financial crisis on individual health as well as on healthcare. The aim is to address challenges and opportunities for health systems, population health and the health of individuals.

Le bulletin «Santé» de l'UE lance sa première enquête d'opinion»

Nous vous serions reconnaissant de bien vouloir remplir un bref questionnaire, disponible dans 22 langues. Grâce à votre participation, nous pourrons mieux adapter le bulletin à vos attentes.

Health consequences of the water and sanitation crisis in developing countries »

Today, the EU provides close to €1.5bn each year for water and sanitation programmes in developing countries – making it the biggest contributor. EU development policy promotes an integrated framework for water resources management.

Conference on mental health in youth and education by EC and EU Swedish Presidency »pdf

The conference takes place in Stockholm on 29–30 September 2009 and is one of five scheduled conferences designed to promote the implementation of the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being concluded among the Member States.

Analysis of policy development in European countries for tackling non communicable diseases »

Through a set of case studies, WHO Europe analyses policy development in eight countries over several decades to address the challenge of NCD, and then develops the main themes from these and elsewhere in order to broaden understanding of the policy-making process and conditions that influence it.

Agir ensemble pour lutter contre le cancer – le président Barroso et la commissaire Vassiliou lancent le partenariat européen pour la lutte contre le cancer »

Aujourd’hui, plus de 300 organismes de lutte contre le cancer, de patients atteints du cancer et de personnes ayant survécu à cette maladie, de professionnels des soins de santé, de chercheurs, d’autorités sanitaires et de ministres de la santé se réunissent à Bruxelles à l’occasion du lancement officiel du partenariat européen pour la lutte contre le cancer. Dans leurs allocutions d'ouverture, le président de la Commission européenne, M. José Manuel Barroso, la commissaire en charge de la santé, Mme Androulla Vassiliou, et S.A.R. la Princesse Mathilde de Belgique insisteront sur les conséquences qu’a le cancer sur la vie des malades et de leurs familles.

Preventing cardiovascular disease »

Promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and discouraging tobacco use in the workplace can be simple and inexpensive ways to reduce these risk factors for heart attacks and strokes. WHO describes in a factsheet the risk factors, the common symptoms of the cardiovasculatr diseases.

EU-funded malaria research under Sixth and Seventh Framework programmes »pdf

A leaflet by Dg Research explains how Europe tackles malaria and how, under the Sixth (FP6 2002-2006) and Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7 2007- 2013), the more structured approach to European research in the field of malaria is being consolidated and reinforced.

EU Healthy Eating Campaign »

The Healthy Eating Campaign, which is financed entirely by the EU agricultural budget, run alongside the EU’s School Fruit Scheme and School Milk Scheme – important initiatives for a more balanced diet and healthier eating habits amongst children.

EMEA gives positive opinions for authorisation of two pandemic influenza vaccines»pdf

The European Medicines Agency (EMEA), acting through its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, has given positive opinions on the pandemic influenza vaccines Focetria and Pandemrix.

Global Expert Meeting on Alcohol, Health and Social Development conclusions »

The Global Expert Conference made up the third day of the events focusing on alcohol and health that the Swedish Presidency had gathered together over the three-day period from 21 to 23 September. However, the third day brought a slight shift of focus. Apart from alcohol and health issues, the Global Meeting also covered the issue of social development.

Join us for the Open Days 2009! High-Level Session at Open Days 2009: Towards sustainable healthcare in the EU»pdf

The Open Days 2009 "Global Challenges, European solutions", the largest annual gathering of EU and regional policy makers from banking sector, business, civil society, and academia, will take place in Brussels from 5 to 8 October 2009.

Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Health visit to China (video) »

Eu Commissioner for Health visit to China (Beijing): visit of the Beijing Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd, vaccine production facility, meeting with AQSIQ Minister Mr. Wang Yong and extracts from the press conference.

The elderly, marketing and pricing policy in focus at conference on alcohol and health by Swedish Presidency »

On 22 September the Expert Conference on Alcohol and Health focused on means of protecting adults and elderly people from alcohol-related harm. Marketing and economic policy instruments were other topics discussed on the second and final day of the conference.

How DNA changes play role in diabetes»

Swedish scientists have discovered a significant difference in the structure and expression of genes that control human cell energy consumption between type 2 diabetes sufferers and healthy people.

Work-related stress report by OSHA agency»

Stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem, affecting 22% of workers from the EU 27. Studies suggest that stress is a factor in between 50% and 60% of all lost working days.

Flux RSS Santé-UE: les actualités et événements récents directement sur votre ordinateur»

Vous pouvez vous inscrire dès à présent aux flux RSS du portail Santé-UE pour être tenu(e) au courant des actualités et autres événements

First Progress Report on the implementation of the EU alcohol strategy »pdf

The first EU Alcohol Strategy was adopted by the European Commission in October 2006 in response to the growing recognition of the health impact of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption in the EU. This is the first report to review progress against strategy implementation.

Pandemic vaccine donations for the developing world »

WHO applauds and welcomes the announcement of donations of pandemic vaccine made today by the United States of America, in concert with Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The prevention of alcohol-related harm at an expert meeting organised by EU Swedish Presidency »pdf

In the EU Member States harmful alcohol consumption is a threat to public health, social welfare and economic development. The level of alcohol-related harm is unac­ceptably high both at national and EU level. This is why the Swedish Presidency is prioritising work to prevent harm caused by alcohol consumption.

EMCCDA: Responding to drug driving in Europe»pdf

New EMCDDA policy briefing underlines need for enforceable and evidence-based laws

New WHO Regional Director for Europe nominated»

Zsuzsanna Jakab, a national of Hungary, has been nominated as the next WHO Regional Director for Europe. Mrs Jakab is currently Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Who: Monitoring emergency obstetric care»pdf

The emergency obstetric care indicators described in this handbook can be used to measure progress in a programmatic continuum: from the availability of and access to emergency obstetric care to the use and quality of those services. This handbook is an update of an earlier publication on monitoring the availability and use of obstetric services, issued by UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA in 1997.

The great European health divide »

Heart disease is Europe's biggest killer, but it is hitting Eastern and Central Europe far harder than the rest of the continent. Cardiologists are calling on the EU to help bridge the gap and wean these countries off a deadly diet of cigarettes and fatty food.

ECDC and EMEA publish joint technical report on the bacterial challenge »pdf

There is a need for more development of antibiotics that are effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria. That is the conclusion of a new report prepared jointly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) with contributions from the international network Action on Antibiotic Resistance (ReAct).

WHO: Europe puts health claims to the test »

For the past two decades food manufacturers have grown fat selling “functional foods” that claim to make you healthier. Now regulators in Europe are asking manufacturers to provide scientific evidence to support those claims.

La Commission adopte la stratégie de l'UE sur la grippe pandémique A/H1N1 2009. »

La Commission a adopté un document de stratégie visant à aider les États membres à lutter efficacement contre la grippe pandémique A/H1N1 2009.

WHO report: How can health systems navigate through difficult economic times? »

New report released today at the annual session of the WHO European governing body, the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The report, published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, tracks the changes in public health policies and documents the efforts made by the countries in the WHO European Region to respond to the crisis.

EFSA and GMO risk assessment for Human and Animal Health and the Environment »

On 14-15 September 2009, EFSA is organising a conference on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for human and animal health and the environment. The aim of the conference is to share knowledge and current best practices in the risk assessment of GMOs.

Health-e-child: ehealth platform for European pediatrics »pdf

September monthly focus: Health-e-Child supports doctors in their clinical decision process in rare paediatric diseases through an innovative integrated healthcare platform. Health-e-Child brings together four major paediatric hospitals and 10 further European research entities.

EU online debate on consumers's health and safety starts today! Participate until 9 October!»

To mark the 10th anniversary of its creation the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is launching an on-line discussion on European health and consumer policy. A dedicated channel on the Debate Europe forum will be open in all EU official languages from 14 September to 9 October 2009.

WHO:Road accidents, suicide and maternal conditions are leading causes of death in young people»

The first study of global patterns of death among people aged between 10-24 years of age has found that road traffic accidents, complications during pregnancy and child birth, suicide, violence, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) are the major causes of mortality.

WHO advises on measures in schools to reduce the impact of the H1N1 influenza »

WHO is today issuing advice on measures that can be undertaken in schools to reduce the impact of the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Recommendations draw on recent experiences in several countries as well as studies of the health, economic, and social consequences of school closures.

Health research funded through EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)»

On 30 July 2009, six Calls for Proposals were published under the Health Theme Health-2010, with an estimated total budget allocation of EUR 620.5 million. The objective of the Work programme 2010 on Cooperation in the health field is to improve the health of European citizens and increase the competitiveness and boost the innovative capacity of European health-related industries and businesses

Overview of surveillance of influenza 2009/2010 in the EU/EEA»pdf

This document provides technical information on influenza A(H1N1) 2009 surveillance at the European level, including a detailed list of database variables. It is based on the outcomes of the July 2009 meeting of ECDC’s Surveillance and Studies in a Pandemic Working Group and on the WHO guidance on global surveillance of this virus, published on 10 July 2009.

EFSA publishes guidance for assessing the safety of botanicals»

The European Food Safety Authority has published advice for food authorities on how to assess the safety of botanical materials and preparations which are intended for use in food supplements

Electromagnetic Fields 2009 Update (2009) by SCENIHR»

Safety limits have been set by the European Union to protect workers and the general public against the effects of mobile phones and other electromagnetic fields. Are these safety limits adequate ? The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) of the European Commission has reviewed recent scientific evidence.

ECDC publishes report on HIV and STI behavioural surveillance in Europe »pdf

The report is based on a survey conducted in EU/EFTA countries and results show impressive experience and considerable diversity in Europe, with 16 countries reporting having an established HIV/STI behavioural surveillance system.

EFSA takes forward work on cumulative effects of pesticides»

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the results of on-going work to develop methodologies to assess the cumulative effects resulting from consumer exposure to pesticides.

EuroHeart Conference 2009:Combating heart disease & stroke - Planning for a Healthier Europe»pdf

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the main cause of death and disability in Europe, accounting for more than 2 million deaths each year across the member states, and costing the EU economy an estimated €192 billion a year.

EU researchers tackle borderless diseases»

Nations worldwide have programmes in place to track, treat and research common diseases. Despite their successes, however, some of these programmes are duplicated in many countries, while other nations lack access to key information. To address this problem, researchers in Europe used electronic infrastructures (e-Infrastructures) to coordinate and combine a variety of tools, databases, grids and Web portals.

Cell discovery opens new chapter in drug development»

British scientists have uncovered new details about how the cells in our bodies communicate with each other and their environment: findings that are of fundamental importance to human biology.

EFSA invites NGOs to meeting on latest GMO scientific topics»

In line with EFSA’s commitment to regular open dialogue with organisations with a legitimate interest in its work, EFSA is inviting NGOs to a meeting to discuss the latest scientific issues regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The scientific hearing on nanotechnologies will be webstreamed »

On 10 September 2009, the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers) is organising in Brussels a Scientific Hearing on the risk assessment of nanotechnologies. There will be a direct webstream coverage of the event accessible via a link which will be activated tomorrow.

WHO: Over 49 000 cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Europe»

As of 7 September 2009, 48 of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region had reported over 49 000 laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection.

Study reveals gene behind insulin resistance»

EU-funded researchers have identified a human genetic variant that raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

EU researchers tackle borderless diseases»

Nations worldwide have programmes in place to track, treat and research common diseases.

Scientific Hearing on Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies »

In recognition of the importance of the safety of nanotechnologies, the European Commission is organising a one-day scientific hearing on 10 September 2009 in Brussels. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the risk assessment of nanomaterials and a direct webstream access.

WHO Global Database on Vitamin A Deficiency»pdf

In this report that reflects the time period between 1995 and 2005 , the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency is presented by country and by WHO regions.

New public consultation on 15 potential substances of very high concern»pdf

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published on its website proposals to identify chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Interested parties are welcome to comment on these 15 substances BY 15 .

Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2009 »

EU-OSHA is supporting, for the first time, the Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics. The award is endowed with € 8,000 and presented at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig).

WHO: "Pandemic preparedness planning is paying off" »

Last week, experts from 24 countries and territories in the WHO European Region met to discuss the key issues for responding to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 during the coming months. Building on existing national plans, countries are working to mitigate the pandemic’s impact by reducing morbidity and mortality.

EU and Libya to develop HIV/AIDS strategy»

The EU and Libya have launched a project for the development of an HIV strategy and support programme in the North African state. The project is supported with EUR 1 million by the Delegation of the European Commission to Libya.

Launch of the European Network for Sports Injury Prevention»

The project “Safety in Sports”, co-financed by the European Commission aims to share knowledge on the prevention of acute and overexertion injuries in Europe.

WHO global health risks report: progress and challenges»

WHO’s upcoming report Global health risks will identify the global and regional mortality and disease burden associated with 24 health risks. This report describes the changing risk profiles of developing countries. Global health risks are in transition as declining fertility rates and fewer deaths from infectious diseases at young ages are reflected in population age patterns with a predominance of older people.

Commissioner for Enterprise and industry makes final plea for drug information directive »

European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen has called for the revival of the stalled directive on providing information to patients, which has been held up by EU health ministers.

2nd Flash Eurobarometer survey on the rights of the child»pdf

Over 10,000 young people (15-18 years old) across the EU were interviewed in a survey published in August 2009. Education, protection from violence (security) and health were considered as policy areas of primary importance in view of the protection of children's rights

Prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé: les articles des finalistes sont en ligne»

Vous pouvez dès à présent lire les articles des 27 finalistes nationaux en lice pour le prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé. Nous publions les textes dans leur langue originale et en anglais. Nous vous en souhaitons une agréable lecture!

ECDC Director speaks to EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety »

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director of ECDC had the honour of addressing the inaugural meeting of the newly elected European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. 

ESC Congress news - The cardiovascular effect of smoking bans in Europe »

An article by European Society of Cardiology Congress 2009 that gathers some studies on the beneficial effects of smoking bans such as the reduction of the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Swedish Minister for Elderly care and Public Health at the meeting of Ep Committee on the Enviroment, Public Health and Food Safety »

Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson presents the Swedish Presidency’s priorities at the meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

Welcome package on Public Health by the new EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety»pdf

The aim of this Welcome Package is to provide a comprehensive overview of EU policies in the field of public health and serve as an ongoing reference tool for incoming Members of European Parliament for the legislative period 2009-2014.

Swedish ministers meet EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (video) »

Swedish Ministers from the Swedish government outline their priorities for their Council Presidency in meetings with almost all the parliamentary committees. In this video exchange of views with Anders Carlgren, Swedish Minister for Environment on the Swedish Presidency programme and Jo Leinen, Chairman of the EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

WHO warns of second wave of A/H1N1 »

As the H1N1 virus is now the dominant influenza strain, WHO is advising countries to prepare for a second wave of pandemic spread. Increasing numbers of cases, from mild to severe, are likely to place a high burden on health services.

Scientific Hearing on Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies (10 September 2009)»

In recognition of the importance of the safety of nanotechnologies, the European Commission is organising a one-day scientific hearing in Brussels. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the risk assessment of nanomaterials.

Summary of the scientific opinion Energy-Saving Lamps & Health (2008) »

Fluorescent light has been used for many years in overhead fluorescent tubes without causing any problems. Nevertheless, certain “light sensitive” citizens’ associations have voiced concerns about compact fluorescent lamps. An assessment by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).

New ECDC pandemic risk assessment»pdf

ECDC has released an updated risk assessment of the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009. The document points out that the virus will continue to transmit in a heterogeneous manner but at a low level over the summer in European countries and that it is likely that a proper first wave of the pandemic will take place in the autumn and winter.

Health statistics – Atlas on mortality in the European Union 2009»

Health statistics - Atlas on mortality in the European Union describes the situation regarding mortality in the Member States of the European Union. It is an update of an earlier publication published by Eurostat in 2002, based on data for the years 1994-1996. Since then the number of European countries included has increased considerably.

World Day of Organ Donation/European Day of Organ Donation goes online »

The website for the World Day of Organ Donation/European Day of Organ Donation (October 4th 2009) is online. Check out the program, the bands and a lot more information about this event!

The Carbon Chasm Report: Businesses must do more to slash carbon emissions »

The world's largest companies are not doing enough to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report entitled 'The Carbon Chasm', released by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Parkin protein protects neurons and their energy supply »

Recent research has revealed that defects in Parkinson-associated genes are the cause of approximately 10% of Parkinson's disease (PD) cases, while other studies have shown that damaged mitochondria (which are often described as the power plants of cells) could be another cause. A new study by researchers in Germany connects both phenomena, effectively showing the importance of two Parkinson-associated genes in maintaining mitochondrial function.

Last call to implement car safety system voluntarily »

The European Commission made a last call to all EU countries to speed up voluntary implementation of the new in-car communication technology 'eCall' that could save 2 500 lives a year. The eCall system automatically dials 112, Europe's single emergency number when a car has a serious accident and sends its location to the nearest emergency service.

WHO Regional Office for Europe guidance for influenza surveillance in humans »pdf

WHO Europe’s newly released guidance contains practical suggestions for implementing hospital and outpatient-based site surveillance.

Public health communication helps reach newcomers »

This article in the WHO Bulletin shows how clear communication can help reach refugees and asylum seekers, who may be isolated by language or lack of knowledge about the local health-care system.

Cérémonie de lancement du Partenariat européen contre le cancer, le 29 septembre 2009»

Ce partenariat soutiendra les États membres dans leur action contre le cancer.

New Better Training for Safer Food calls for tender launched »

The European Commission has recently launched two calls for tender for organising and implementing Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programmes to run during 2010 and 2011.

Evidence-based guideline ‘Incontinent Urostomy’ published»pdf

The European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) presented their ‘Incontinent Urostomy; Good Practice in Health Care’ document last March in Stockholm (Sweden) during the 10th International EAUN meeting, held in conjunction with the 24th Annual EAU Congress.

Emissions of air pollutants down in EU-27 »

The European Community's air pollutant emission inventory report released by the European Environment Agency finds that in 2007, sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions were down by 72 % from 1990 levels.

Financing health care in the European Union»

This book analyses the organization of health care financing in the Member States of the European Union, discusses the principal financing reform trends of recent years, and assesses their capacity to help ensure fiscal sustainability.

Ireland starts Pandemic H1N1 2009 public information campaign»

A five week radio and TV public information campaign from the HSE about the Pandemic H1N1 2009 (human Swine Flu) will begin, Friday 21st August 2009.

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Recommended use of antivirals»

WHO is issuing guidelines for the use of antivirals in the management of patients infected with the H1N1 pandemic virus.

New website launched to improve diagnosis of TB among people living with HIV»

A new web site, Evidence-Based Tuberculosis Diagnosis, has been launched that aims to provide the most comprehensive single source of evidence synthesis, policies, guidelines and research agendas on TB diagnosis.

50% of young people admit they don't know enough about HIV and AIDS - global survey finds»

According to the results of a global youth survey launched today by Standard Chartered and AIESEC International, the world's largest student organisation, although 84 per cent of young people believe the HIV and AIDS epidemic remains one of the great challenges of our time, almost 50 per cent have a dangerously low knowledge about the killer virus.

WHO/Europe shares experience in promoting physical activity»

Experts at the Weight of the Nation Conference, held in Washington DC, United States of America in late July, learned of WHO/Europe's work to counteract obesity through physical activity.

Guidelines on “active” and “intelligent” substances in food contact materials»

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published guidelines for industry on how to submit applications for the safety assessment of active and intelligent substances in materials which are intended to come into contact with food.

Threats to health: Health security and preparedness»pdf

Exercise Aeolus - A deliberate contamination exercise for the European Union - Final report

Preparedness for pandemic influenza»

The Swedish Presidency of the European Union is trying to bring about an EU agreement on a common strategy for containing the spread of the influenza and dealing with its consequences effectively.

Study reveals factors behind blood vessel cells' fate»

EU-funded researchers have identified a mechanism that controls the fate of cells that make up blood vessel walls. The findings could lead to the development of new drugs to promote blood vessel repair and treat diseases of the blood vessels.

ECDC new portal is now online»

An improved accessibility to websites recently incorporated or created by ECDC (e.g. EPIET, ESCAIDE, Disease Specific Networks websites), the opportunity to benefit from a contextual navigation, as well as other features, such as social bookmarking and a dynamic A–Z index, are among the major improvements.

Call for expression of interest in the renewal of membership in the EU Health Forum »

This notice is a call for expression of interest in becoming a member of the EU Health Forum. The envisaged term will cover the period to the end of the current Health Strategy, i.e. 2010 to 2013.

Public health use of influenza antivirals»pdf

The paper is based on scientific evidence, WHO guidance, expert opinions including those from ECDC’s Advisory Forum and recommendations in European national pandemic preparedness plans. It focuses on option for the use of antiviral drugs in the context of an influenza pandemic.

BRIDGE shows why supply chain traceability matters»

The results of Pharma Traceability, a pilot of the EU-funded BRIDGE ('Building radio frequency identification solutions for the global environment') project, are in. This project implements a track-and-trace solution bolstering patient safety in the branded and generic pharmaceutical supply chain for all types of pharmaceutical products.

Surveillance and studies in a pandemic: Fourth meeting of the SSiaP working group»pdf

The final report of the fourth meeting of ECDC’s Surveillance and Studies in a pandemic (SSiaP) working group, which took place on 14-15 July in Stockholm, presents the outcomes of the discussions on how to address the challenges of surveillance during a pandemic.

EU Health programme - EAHC assessment report of 2008 Call for proposals »pdf

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers has assessed the results and the process of evaluating the proposals received under the 2008 Calls for proposals in the framework of the EU Health Programme.

Health Security Committee/ Early Warning and Response System Statement on School closures»pdf

The Health Security Committee/ Early Warning and Response System (HSC/EWRS) national contact points discussed during the last joint audio conference meeting on 31 July the issue of school closures in the context of the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.1

Health Security Committee/ Early Warning and Response System Statement on Influenza A(H1N1) Symptomatic Individuals Travelling»pdf

The following statement is a summary of the discussions for consideration by national contact points. It intends to provide a general guide to the Member States that would be reviewed according to the evolution of the situation.

Four key databases now offer latest statistics»

The European Health for All database, as well as the databases on European mortality, detailed mortality and hospital morbidity, have all just been updated.

Facts on pneumonia in children»

This new fact sheet describes the infection and how it can be prevented by immunization, adequate nutrition and by addressing environmental factors.

New video clip: The Best of the Youth Health Conference»

Today, on the occasion of the International Youth Day, the Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou is proud to release a short video clip illustrating the highlights of the first ever EU level youth health conference held in Brussels on 8-10 July.

Over 33 000 laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection in Europe»

As of 10 August 2009, 46 of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region had reported over 33 000 laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection, including 55 fatalities in 7 countries: Belgium, France, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Summer motoring - keeping Europe's roads safer»

There are many reasons for taking the car on holiday - practicality, fear of flying or the feeling of independence it gives. Sadly however, the holiday season regularly brings a spate of deaths on the roads.

'Jumping genes' create diversity in human brain cells»

The findings, to be published in the Aug. 5, 2009, advance online edition of Nature, could help explain brain development and individuality, as well as lead to a better understanding of neurological disease.

GenoMEL project tackles melanoma»

Researchers in the GenoMEL ('Genetic and environmental determinants of melanoma) project are investigating the genetic and environmental risk factors for melanoma. Initial results are in and have been published in the journal Nature Genetics.

A/H1N1 virus rears its ugly head in… pigs»

Researchers in Germany have added a twist to the pandemic currently affecting humans: the influenza virus A/H1N1 has been shown to be infectious in pigs and to spread quickly in a trial pig population.

EMEA announces priorities for adverse drug reaction research»pdf

The European Medicines Agency has released a set of documents detailing priority areas for EU-funded research into adverse drug reactions under the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.

EU-funded study: elevated cholesterol in 40s raises late-life dementia risk»

The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia is greater for people who had elevated blood cholesterol when they were in their 40s compared with those whose cholesterol levels were at optimal levels, an EU-funded study has found.

Safety of pandemic vaccines»

WHO is aware of some media reports that have expressed concern about the safety of vaccines for pandemic influenza. The public needs to be reassured that regulatory procedures in place for the licensing of pandemic vaccines, including procedures for expediting regulatory approval, are rigorous and do not compromise safety or quality controls.

Swine flu: GP Surgeries use SMS to Advise Patients»

GP Surgeries in Camden are successfully sending out text messages advising patients on what to do if they think they have Swine Flu. The GP surgeries are some of the first to use text messaging as a way to help people deal with the Swine Flu pandemic.

Counselling for maternal and newborn health care: a handbook for building skills»pdf

The main aim of this MNH Counselling Handbook is to strengthen counselling and communication skills of health providers

"Strengthening food safety and nutrition policies and services in south-eastern Europe"»pdf

This publication provides information on the effectiveness of food and nutrition control systems in south-eastern countries, and recommendations to ensure effective, science-based food safety systems and healthy diets.

The people behind smoke-free environments - video interviews»

Measures to introduce smoke-free public places are taking off across the European Region. This is in part due to determined individuals whose resolve has led to successful adoption and implementation of legislation against public smoking.

New EU project links up top formulation-science experts»

A new EU-funded project is set to link up the world's leading formulation-science experts in a single network.

Gruesome photos on cigarette packages reduce tobacco use »

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is revolutionizing health warnings on product packaging worldwide to inform more people about the risks of tobacco use, says an article in the WHO Bulletin.

New fluorescent probe technique: hope for killer lung disease»

A team of researchers in Germany has used a new technique to shed light on the development of chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis. The study, which was partly funded by the EU, is published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

World Drug report 2009 »pdf

This year’s World drug report by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime pays special attention to the impact of drug related crime, calling for stronger measures to fight such crime and for more resources for drug prevention and treatment.

European Health Insurance Card »

The holiday season has arrived. When travelling abroad, you may decide to bring your own European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), to get access and cover your possibly needed medical treatments.

Joint report on social protection and social inclusion 2008 »

Social inclusion, pensions, healthcare and long-term care: this 24-pages free booklet shows how the member states are working together through the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), learning from each other to improve their own strategies and better defining the challenges they commonly face.

WHO recommendations for treatment of H1N1 pandemic virus in pregnant women »

Research conducted in the USA and published 29 July in The Lancet has drawn attention to an increased risk of severe or fatal illness in pregnant women when infected with the H1N1 pandemic virus. So WHO strongly recommends that, in areas where infection with the H1N1 virus is widespread, pregnant women, and the clinicians treating them, be alert to symptoms of influenza-like illness.

How does stress influence bad decision-making?»

Portuguese and US researchers have discovered the link behind stress and bad decision-making. Their findings, published in Science, show that chronic stress freezes us into an automatic response mode, preventing us from considering potentially more suitable and beneficial responses.

EFSA advice - Blood cholesterol reduction health claims on phytosterols »

EFSA experts have concluded that foods such as yoghurt and margarine containing certain levels of plant stanols and sterols can reduce blood cholesterol levels. This advice will now help further guide the European Commission and Member States in any future authorisation of such health claims.

European Commission supports 106 new health research projects »

The European Commission will fund 106 health research projects which together will receive up to €610 million under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). These projects cover issues such as diagnostics, new therapies and vaccines.

WHO joins the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action»

WHO joins the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and celebrates the World Breastfeeding Week from 1 to 7 August 2009. This year's theme stresses the importance of breastfeeding as a life-saving intervention, especially during emergencies.

Sunbeds and UV Radiation»

An IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) Working Group has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as “carcinogenic to humans”.

New approach to the treatment of prostate cancer »

Targeted Radionuclide Therapy is such a new kind of cancer treatment. It combines new developments in molecular biology and in radionuclides that are new for medical applications.

EU Swedish Presidency - Results of the conference on assessing drug effectiveness »

The Conference is a step towards increased European cooperation on assessment of the effectiveness of medicinal products after they have been approved. The ultimate objective is to provide greater assurance and safety to the individual patient by means of a better knowledge base on the part of the health and medical services when drug treatment is started.

EU's eTen programme supports the Healthwear system »

Healthwear ('Remote health monitoring with wearable non-invasive mobile system') was supported with EUR 990 000 by the EU's eTEN programme. The collaborative project targeted the delivery of a service that provides uninterrupted and ubiquitous monitoring of the health condition of people during their rehabilitation phase.

Clearer info on which sunscreen protection to use »

Effective sun cream is one defence and for 2009 there are new EU-wide rules to make it easier for people to understand what suntan lotion they should be using.

Winners of the youth health competition»

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou awarded the young winners during the evening ceremony of the youth health conference on 09/07/09. See the winning contributions

WHO publishes first indoor air quality guidelines»

WHO publishes its first guidelines on indoor air quality, addressing dampness and mould.

Project about digital fight against breast cancer »

In the Netherlands women aged between fifty and seventy-five are tested for breast cancer every two years. Here traditional mammograms are being phased out by digital mammograms.

EU Swedish Presidency - Conference on assessing drug effectiveness»

On 29 July the Swedish Presidency of the EU will hold an expert conference on how patients’ use of drugs is assessed. The purpose of the conference is to increase cooperation across Europe to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of drugs.

Special Eurobarometer Survey: European employment and social policy »pdf

A new survey published on 24 July shows that 61% of Europeans think further impacts of the economic crisis on jobs are to be expected. 78% think the EU has a positive role in improving access to education and training, 76% on promoting gender equality, 73% on combating other forms of discrimination and 72% on creating job opportunities and fighting unemployment.

Swedish Presidency report "eHealth for a Healthier Europe!" »pdf

The Swedish Presidency of the EU presents a report on eHealth that demonstrates the connection between political goals, eHealth technologies and potential benefits in order to introduce an approach for facilitating decision-making when prioritis-ing investments in eHealth.

Council adopts new rules for the coordination of social security systems »pdf

The Council adopts two regulations modernising and simplifying the coordination of member states' social security systems. The adoption of the two new regulations will allow the so-called new EU social security coordination rules to enter into application on 1 March 2010.

E-health in Europe »pdf

This special publication reflects the diversity of people involved in developing eHealth and integrating it to healthcare policies. The first issue is by Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Health.

EU-OSHA Annual Report 2008: Health and Safety in Hard Times »

The Annual Report for 2008 highlights significant Agency achievements over the year, in the context of the Community Strategy for Health and Safety at Work (2007-2012). These include the Healthy Workplaces campaign on risk assessment, a new report on emerging chemical risks, the launch of the ‘European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks’ and the new Agency Strategy for 2009-2013

Swedish presidency - Working party on Public Health discusses about crossborder healthcare, eHealth and Smoke-free environments »

The party examines the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients' rights in cross‑border healthcare, safe and efficient healthcare through eHealth and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Smoke-free environments.

State of play on influenza A (H1N1) by Commissioner Vassiliou (video) »

Extracts from the press conference by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Health

Webstreaming on Alzheimer's EC communication and proposal »

Press Conference with Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik.

Turkish Minister of Health discusses about public smoking ban»

In this video the Minister of Health of the Republic of Turkey, Dr Akdag includes strong public support and the full backing of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as significant contributing factors to their public smoking ban, which is to be fully implemented in July 2009.

EAHC New Call for tenders 2009 »

The Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) launches four calls for tender in the area of: multiple framework contracts, healthcare, social conditions and background of children in Europe, health status, social conditions and background of men. The fourth call invites offers to evaluate the performance of and the situation in the EU Member States with respect to current practices in new born screening for rare diseases.

Health and social issues by EU Swedish Presidency »pdf

This brochure includes some of the most important health and social issues that the Swedish Presidency plans to pursue.

Social Partners' agreement: Sharp injuries »

A new framework agreement on prevention from sharp injuries will be signed by the European social partners, EPSU (European Public Services Union) and HOSPEEM (European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association) in Brussels on 17 July.

Swedish EU Presidency - Working party on Public Health»

The Working Party on Public Health discusses issues concerning opportunities for patients to seek care in another EU country or other cooperation matters in the area of health and medical care.

30 years Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed »

To mark the anniversary of the system there will be a conference on the latest developments of the RASFF in Brussels. The system assembles all EU countries but Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and the European Food Safety Authority belong to the network as well. EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will present the RASFF annual report 2008 in a press conference after the midday briefing.

EU project tackles pain relief without the side effects»

The EU-funded SOS ('Safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs') project is working to provide medical professionals with guidance on the risks (both cardiovascular and gastrointestinal) associated with certain painkillers.

Webstreaming on Alzheimer's EC communication and proposal (22 July 2009)»

Press Conference with Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik. 

The Pharmaceutical Industry in figures - Edition 2009»

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the remaining leading high technology industries in Europe, amounting to about 19,2% of global business R&D investments and about 3.5% of the total EU manufacturing value added. Since the 90s, the industry has been losing competitiveness with respect to its main competitors.

Road safety in Europe »pdf

On 22nd June, the European Transport safety Council (ETSC) published its annual Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) – report that compares country road safety performances in 30 countries in Europe.

Declaration on Child injury prevention and Child mental health »

On 10th July, the Czech Presidency at the European Union and the WHO country office in Prague of the WHO Regional Office for Europe published a joint Declaration as a result of the international seminar on "Child injury prevention - Child Violence prevention - Child Mental Health Promotion", that they organized in Prague, Czech Republic on 4-5 June 2009.

Guide à l'usage des voyageurs sur la sécurité sanitaire des aliments»pdf

Ce guide donne des conseils très utiles pour tous les voyageurs, et notamment les catégories à risques comme les nourrissons et les jeunes enfants, les femmes enceintes, les personnes âgées et les immunodéprimés, dont les malades du VIH/sida.

OECD Health Data 2009 – comparing health statistics across OECD countries »

The number of doctors per capita increased 2% per year on average across OECD countries between 1990 and 2007, but in some countries the trend is reversing. These are some of the findings from OECD Health Data 2009, the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across the 30 OECD countries.

Quality and safety in European Union hospitals research project»

The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare in Sweden is part of a six-member consortium involved in the project titled, 'Quality and safety in European Union hospitals: a research-based guide for implementing best practice and a framework for assessing performance'. The project is funded by the Health theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

180 millions d'Européens vont bénéficier cet été de la carte européenne d’assurance maladie»

Alors que les vacances d’été battent leur plein, la carte européenne d’assurance maladie (CEAM), détenue aujourd’hui par 180 millions d’Européens, fête son cinquième anniversaire. Les citoyens de 31 pays européens peuvent l’utiliser pour se faire soigner en cas de maladie ou d'accident survenu dans un des pays participants (UE, Norvège, Liechtenstein, Islande et Suisse).

Citizens' summary: Seasonal Flu Vaccination»pdf

Commission proposal for a Council recommendation on seasonal influenza vaccination with a view to increasing vaccination coverage in risk groups to 75% by 2015.

Focusing on obesity through a health equity lens»

The report, “Focusing on Obesity Through a Health Equity Lens”, has been produced to demonstrate the link between health inequalities and rising rates of obesity, and how existing measures to tackle the condition might be able to take this into account.

Webstreaming of the youth health conference 2009 (9-10 July 2009)»

Watch live the conference which will explore. The webstreaming will be in English, French and German.

Health determinants: European Alcohol and Health Forum»

2nd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health, Brussels, 30 April 2009 - Results of the participant satisfaction survey available

La qualité des eaux de baignade de l'UE s'améliore »

Le rapport annuel sur les eaux de baignade présenté par la Commission européenne et par l'Agence européenne pour l'environnement montre qu'en 2008 la grande majorité des sites de baignade de l'Union européenne étaient conformes aux normes d'hygiène en vigueur.

Nouvelle revue de la littérature sur les nanoparticules publiée par l'Observatoire européen des risques »

Cette nouvelle revue de la littérature consacrée à l'exposition aux nanoparticules sur le lieu de travail recense les dernières publications sur le sujet et évalue les risques sanitaires qui y sont liés.

ECA Special Report “The European Union’s Public Health Programme (2003-2007): an effective way to improve health?” »

In this special report the European Court of Auditors analyses the European Union’s Public Health Programme (PHP) for 2003-2007, managed by the European Commission. The Court’s audit asked whether the right conditions were set for health promotion actions financed from the EU budget to complement the measures taken by Member States to protect and improve public health.

ECDC Director Presents to Informal EPSCO Council meeting on Antibiotic Resistance and the 2009-2010 Influenza Pandemic »

ECDC’s Director Zsuzsanna Jakab addressed health ministers at the Informal meeting of the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) in Jonkoping, Sweden on 6-7 July.

Recommandations de l'ECL en matière d'exposition soleil »pdf

L'association des ligues européennes de lutte contre le cancer (ECL) lance le message suivant: l'exposition excessive aux rayonnements ultraviolets entraîne un vieillissement prématuré de la peau et provoque des cancers cutanés!

EU health ministers discuss the Commission's proposal for a Directive on patients’ rights and cross-border care »pdf

The ministers will also discuss about the Patients' entitlement to health care in another EU Member State

EU health ministers discuss about preparedness for pandemic influenza in Sweden »pdf

When the EU health ministerial meeting opens on Monday, 6 July, the ministers discuss preparedness for pandemics and the spread of the new influenza.

Informal meeting of Health ministers in Sweden »

The new influenza, antibiotic resistance, prevention of alcohol-related harm and patients’ rights are some of the issues on the agenda when the EU health ministers meet in Jönköping for the first informal ministerial meeting in Sweden, 6–9 July

Communiqué de l'AEU sur le dépistage du cancer de la prostate»pdf

L'Association européenne d'urologie (AEU) a pris note des récentes informations scientifiques publiées sur des études randomisées analysant le dépistage du cancer de la prostate (Schröder et al, NEJM 2009).

First official EU-wide health study 'hugely significant' »

The Report on the Status of Health in the European Union" is the final deliverable of the EUGLOREH project and is the result of three years work involving more than 140 experts from across the EU and involving the health authorities of all EU member states plus Croatia, Turkey, Iceland and Norway as well as intergovernmental, international and European organisations and agencies. It provides a valuable tool for the European Commission, national policy makers and other stakeholders to monitor impacts of main health interventions and policies.

eHealth: A Solution for European Healthcare Systems? »pdf

This special issue reflects the diversity of people involved in developing eHealth and integrating it to healthcare policies.

The 'virtual human' healthcare model»

A revolution in healthcare treatment and diagnosis may be imminent with a pan-European personalised healthcare project, the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH), a Network of Excellence (NoE).

The Swedish Presidency of the EU is launched»

From 1 July until the end of the year, it will be Sweden’s task to drive the EU’s work forward.

Sunscreen products: Be smart and protect yourself this summer! »

Les vacances venues, la Commission européenne appelle les consommateurs à mieux se protéger du soleil cet été.

Smoke-Free Environments: Recommendation 30/06/09»

Commissioner Vassiliou will present in a press conference, the Recommendations for smoke-free environments in the Berlaymont Press room, Brussels.

Broadcasting on Health Council (6 july 2009)»

EU Health ministers will discuss important common issues, including access to antibacterial treatment and the prevention of alcohol-related harm.

European policy makers focus on tuberculosis (30 June - 1 July 2009)»

The European Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation's Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) meet in Luxembourg for a two-day meeting on how to prevent and control tuberculosis.

ECDC launches summaries of key publications»pdf

ECDC has created a new series of publications: a yearly compilation of executive summaries from its most important documents.

Advances in brain research throw light on addiction»

How people become addicted to drugs and why they may find it difficult to stop are issues explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today in new material released ahead of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking (26 June).

Scientific Hearing on Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies: registration is now open!»

In recognition of the importance of the safety of nanotechnologies, the Commission is organising a one-day scientific hearing on 10 September 2009 in Brussels. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the risk assessment of nanomaterials.

Lutte contre le cancer: un partenariat européen voit le jour»

Aujourd’hui, en créant un Partenariat européen pour la lutte contre le cancer , la Commission européenne renforce son engagement à long terme dans ce combat. L’action du partenariat sera concentrée sur des mesures pouvant être prises à l’échelon de l’Union européenne (UE) en faveur d’une prévention du cancer et d’une lutte contre la maladie plus efficaces à travers l’Union.

Agriculture and fisheries Council ( 23-24 June 2009)»

In presence of Commissioner Vassiliou, the Council will intend to endorse a political agreement on the welfare of animals at the time of killing and to adopt conclusions on the evaluation of existing control measures relating to certain plant harmful organisms.

EU Action on Drugs: Launch »

On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, Vice-President Barrot is to launch the European Action on Drugs (EAD) in Brussels at an event involving some one hundred people, at which declarations will be made by the Action's first signatories.

Conférence sur la santé des jeunes «Be healthy – Be yourself» (9-10 juillet 2009) »

Cette conférence sur les jeunes et la santé, organisée par la Commission européenne en coopération avec le Forum européen de la jeunesse et d'autres organisations de jeunesse, sera inaugurée par la Commissaire à la santé, Androulla Vassiliou.

Concours sur la santé des jeunes – Date limite d'inscription: 26 juin 2009»

Vous avez jusqu'au 26 juin 2009 pour envoyer vos vidéos, affiches, dessins ou photos sur le thème de la santé!

Clôture du dépôt de candidatures pour le Prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé»

La période de dépôt de candidatures pour le Prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé est arrivée à expiration. 476 articles ont été soumis par des journalistes des 27 États membres de l'UE. Dans chaque pays, un jury se réunira en juin et en juillet pour désigner les lauréats.

Rapport sur les recommandations en matière de prévention des accidents de la route chez les jeunes»

Ce rapport est destiné à aider les responsables politiques et les spécialistes de la prévention et de la sécurité routière à élaborer et mettre en œuvre des mesures ciblant les adolescents et les jeunes.

Publication du Forum européen de la jeunesse sur le thème «La santé et les jeunes» »

Ce premier numéro de la publication «Opinion jeunesse» présente des informations sur la santé et les grands thèmes qui concernant les jeunes. Il comprend également un entretien avec Androulla Vassiliou, commissaire européenne chargée de la Santé.

The new Help 2.0 campaign invites young people to share their tips»

Smoke cessation, prevention and passive smoking shown from a different angle in three new videos of the help 2.0 campaign.

Promotion de la santé et du bien-être chez les jeunes et les enfants»

Discours d'Androulla Vassiliou, commissaire européenne chargée de la santé

Appel d'offres de l'Agence exécutive pour la santé et les consommateurs (2009) »

L'Agence exécutive pour la santé et les consommateurs (AESC) lance des appels d'offres dans les domaines suivants: allergies cutanées, environnement et santé, renforcement des capacités en matière de santé publique et échanges d'organes entre États membres de l'UE.

Recommandation du Conseil sur la sécurité des patients»pdf

Cette recommandation vise à créer un cadre favorisant, au sein de et entre les États membres, les stratégies et les actions en faveur de la sécurité des patients, notamment la prévention des infections associées aux soins et la lutte contre celles-ci.

EuroSafe Alert Vol. 4, Issue 2»pdf

This newsletter brings you up to date with information and developments in the field of injury prevention and safety promotion.

New EC Research Health Website»

Specific websites are devoted to Health Biotechnology, Genomics & Systems Biology, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, and Innovative Medicines Initiative.

Adoption par le Conseil d'une recommandation sur les maladies rares»

Cette recommandation a pour objectif d'aider les États membres de l'UE à lutter de manière plus efficace et globale contre les maladies rares.

Consultation publique pour une audition scientifique sur les nanotechnologies»

Délai d'introduction des propositions: 19 juin 2009

European Youth Forum Publication: Health and Young People»pdf

This issue includes information regarding health and how young people are involved in the differnt issues affecting them. Some burning issues such as alcohol, drugs or HIV/AIDS… You will find as well an interview with the European Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou.

Disparités de comportements face à la santé chez les jeunes»pdf

Cette publication de l'OMS fournit un large éventail de données sur les jeunes, concernant la santé, l’éducation et le contexte social et familial.

Début du compte à rebours pour la présidence suédoise de l'Union européenne!»

Du 1er juillet à la fin de l'année, la Suède assumera la présidence de l'Union européenne.

Youth in action: Mobilising the potential of young Europeans»

Publication by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission

Adolescent pregnancy: a culturally complex issue »

Adolescent pregnancy is an issue that calls for more education and support to encourage girls to delay motherhood until they are ready.

How to overcome barriers to implement recommendations for youth injury prevention: The Case of Road Traffic Injuries»

This report aims to serve as a useful guide for policy makers, injury prevention researchers and safety practitioners wishing to effectively design and implement road traffic safety interventions targeting adolescents and young adults.

HIV prevention with young people: The key to tackling the epidemic»pdf

This report seeks to describe the current situation of the epidemic, the key challenges faced by adolescents and young people, and the actions that UNICEF is taking to respond in each region.

Results of European Conference on Cross-Border Volunteering of Young People»

More young people should have the chance to volunteer in another EU country. This is the aim of a Recommendation of EU Youth Ministers. The Czech Presidency and the Commission organised a conference to help achieve this aim.

Youth Event on Future EU Youth Policy »

This Event will seek to finalise the evaluation process of the framework of cooperation in the youth field and to trigger the discussion on the future youth cooperation framework.

Governments promise to improve patient safety »

National governments will promise next month (9 June) to improve their record on patient safety and do more to stop people catching infections in hospitals.

Pocket guide to the European Code of Good Practice in Multiple Sclerosis»pdf

To ensure a wider awareness, European multiple sclerosis (MSP) has realised a Pocket Guide to the European Code of Good Practice in MS.

Dernier appel pour participer au prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé! Date limite de soumission des candidatures: 15/06/2009»

Lancé en février 2009 dans le cadre de la campagne «L'Europe pour les patients», le prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé vise à encourager et à récompenser un travail journalistique de qualité ayant trait aux soins de santé et aux droits des patients.

Journée mondiale sans tabac – Lancement par la Commission de la deuxième phase de la campagne télévisée «Help»»

La Commission va lancer, à l'occasion de la Journée mondiale sans tabac, la deuxième phase de la campagne «Help – Pour une vie sans tabac».

World Multiple Sclerosis Day - 27 May 2009»

World MS Day has been established by the  Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and its member MS societies for any individual, group and organisation involved in the global MS movement.

Join the forum on the European Elections! »

Discuss about the future European challenges by joining Debate Europe forum and then have your say on the European elections

Projet EuroHEAT: améliorer la réaction des systèmes de santé publique aux conditions climatiques extrêmes et aux vagues de chaleur»pdf

EuroHEAT, un projet coordonné par le Bureau régional de l'OMS pour l'Europe et cofinancé par la direction générale de la santé et des consommateurs de la Commission européenne, a quantifié les effets sanitaires des vagues de chaleur survenues dans des villes de la région européenne de l'OMS et défini un plan d'action afin que les systèmes de santé soient mieux préparés et adoptent des mesures de protection sanitaire adaptées.

Influenza A(H1N1): WHO/European region outbreak update »

WHO has made a preliminary analysis of the information available on confirmed cases in the WHO European Region up to 21 May 2009. This analysis underlines the overall mildness of the illness caused by influenza A(H1N1) in the confirmed cases identified so far.

Campagne «Breakfast is best»»

La campagne «Breakfast is best» («Rien de tel qu'un bon petit-déjeuner») vise à faire comprendre l'importance du petit-déjeuner aux citoyens et aux responsables politiques européens.

Lancement d'un concours de photographie par l'AESST»

Ce concours – qui est ouvert à tous les citoyens de l'UE – est organisé par l'Agence européenne pour la santé et la sécurité au travail (AESST). Il vise à sensibiliser aux questions d'hygiène et de sécurité sur le lieu de travail. Envoyez-nous des photos illustrant ce thème!

Élections européennes»pdf

Depuis les premières élections européennes, il y a 30 ans, l'Union est passée de 9 à 27 membres et elle a été confrontée à une multitude d'enjeux dans un monde en pleine mutation. Savez-vous qui sont vos représentants au Parlement européen? Connaissez-vous leurs pouvoirs? Les dossiers sur lesquels ils travaillent? Savez-vous comment les contacter? Avez-vous déjà une idée de la personne pour qui vous allez voter?

Foodborne disease outbreaks: Guidelines for investigation and control»pdf

This book focuses on practical aspects of outbreak investigation and control and provides guidance that can be adapted to local needs.

La pipe à eau: un plaisir dangereux»pdf

L'usage de la pipe à eau (également appelée narguilé ou chicha), s'est répandu ces dernières années en Europe. Les bars où l'on peut fumer le narguilé ont fleuri dans les villes européennes et de plus en plus de jeunes achètent des pipes à eau pour fumer chez eux.

Enquête Eurobaromètre sur le tabac»pdf

Selon la dernière enquête Flash Eurobaromètre, une écrasante majorité de citoyens de l'UE approuvent l'interdiction de fumer dans des lieux publics tels que les bureaux (84 %), les restaurants (79 %), et les bars, pubs et clubs (65 %). Ces résultats concordent avec ceux de l'enquête Eurobaromètre réalisée en 2006 et confirment l'adhésion massive de la population à la politique menée par l'UE contre le tabagisme.

Monographie sur la tuberculose et la lutte contre le tabac»pdf

L'OMS et l'Union internationale contre la tuberculose et les maladies respiratoires viennent de publier une monographie sur la lutte contre ces deux affections étroitement liées.

Voyager en Europe 2009»

Cette brochure donne des informations pratiques aux personnes souhaitant voyager ou passer leurs vacances dans l'UE

Launch of ECOG and Louis Bonduelle Award »

The ECOG (European Childhood Obesity Group) and the Louis Bonduelle Foundation have joined forces to create a €10,000 prize to reward research work or public health activities aimed at combating child obesity.

62nd World Health Assembly opens »

The 62nd session of the World Health Assembly begins in Geneva. At this session, the Health Assembly will discuss key public health issues and the programme budget of WHO.

Diet, Physical Activity and Health - EU Platform for Action»pdf

The Platform has released its 2009 Annual report which presents the 2008 activities and achievements of the Platform, and also examines how successfully the Platform’s members are monitoring the Platform’s progress.

Instrument d'aide à la préparation des hôpitaux en cas de crise sanitaire»pdf

Cette publication donne des conseils sur les mesures devant être prises par les hôpitaux ou les établissements de soins de santé afin d'être mieux préparés à affronter une crise sanitaire. Elle propose des mesures spécifiques et aborde les mesures à prendre en cas d'épidémie infectieuse telle qu'une pandémie de grippe. (Uniquement en anglais)

WHO - Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)»

The World Health Organization selects "Tobacco Health Warnings" as the theme for the World No Tobacco Day 2009.

Internet-based drug treatment interventions: Best practice and applications in EU Member States»pdf

This report provides a comprehensive review of the relatively new phenomenon of Internet-based drug treatment interventions (DTI).

Les commissaires Vassiliou et Kuneva présentent les bulletins européens 2009 sur la sécurité des enfants»

Les blessures demeurent une cause majeure de décès d'enfants dans toute l’UE.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands»

Launched 5 May 2009, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands initiative aims to support health-care workers to improve hand hygiene and stop the spread of infection.

Start HIV antiretroviral treatment sooner not later, researchers say»

HIV-1 infected patients should receive combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) earlier, new research shows. Currently, the cell count threshold of T-cells (white blood cells) used to determine when antiretroviral therapy should start is set too low, the study published online in The Lancet says.

Voyages internationaux et santé 2009»pdf

Cet ouvrage informe les voyageurs sur l’ensemble des problèmes de santé graves qui peuvent survenir dans le cadre de leurs voyages. Il aborde le rôle que peuvent jouer les professions médicales, le secteur du tourisme et les voyageurs eux-mêmes pour éviter les problèmes sanitaires.

Investir dans les hôpitaux du futur»pdf

Cet ouvrage fait le point des connaissances actuelles sur les aspects clés de l’investissement de capital dans le secteur de la santé.

Plan d’action de l’Alliance mondiale contre les affections respiratoires chroniques»pdf

Le plan d’action 2008-2013 de l’Alliance mondiale contre les affections respiratoires chroniques (GARD) propose à ses partenaires une vision et des objectifs, y compris stratégiques, afin d’orienter leurs travaux pour cette période.

Onzième forum prospectif sur la gouvernance éthique de la préparation aux grippes pandémiques»pdf

Ce rapport décrit les considérations éthiques sous-tendant les programmes de gestion des pandémies de grippe dans la région européenne de l’OMS.

Conclusions du Conseil sur l’épidémie de grippe A/H1N1»pdf

Les ministres de la santé ont adopté ces conclusions à la suite de la réunion extraordinaire du Conseil du 30 avril 2009. Ils ont également décidé de reprendre la dénomination «grippe A/H1N1» utilisée par l’OMS pour désigner cette grippe.

Current level of influenza pandemic alert raised from phase 4 to 5»

Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General raised the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5. She stated that all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans.

Extraordinary meeting of the Council of EU health ministers on swine influenza »

An extraordinary meeting of the Council of EU health ministers convenes in Luxemburg on Thursday 30 April to discuss the EU's collective response to the rapidly evolving situation of the novel flu virus and to coordinate European efforts. The meeting will focus on precautionary measures, monitoring and surveillance, and diagnosis and treatment.

Action plan of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases»pdf

This book brings together current knowledge about key dimensions of capital investment in the health sector.

Speech by Health Commissionner, Androulla Vassiliou, on novel flu virus»

Speech delivered at the Press Room in Berlaymont Brussels, 28 April 2009

MEPs back reimbursement for treatment abroad»

MEPs have backed the right to access healthcare abroad and be reimbursed. It will cover everything from a walk-in at a doctor's or dentist's surgery to hospital and specialised care.

Missing link between Alzheimer's and epilepsy found»

Researchers have discovered a protein link between Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the research is the first major finding of the EU-funded MEMOLOAD ('Neurobiological mechanisms of memory loss in Alzheimer's disease') project and will shed light on how to improve treatment for both diseases.

EMCDDA to celebrate 15 years of drug monitoring with international conference»

'Identifying Europe’s information needs for effective drug policy', will be the focus of an international conference to be hosted by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) in Lisbon from 6–8 May. Commemorating 15 years of monitoring Europe’s drug situation, the event will reflect on past achievements and future challenges.

Premier rapport européen sur la jeunesse»

Le rapport sur la jeunesse est un recueil de données, de statistiques et d’analyses succinctes sur la situation des jeunes en Europe. Il donne une vue d’ensemble de la situation des États membres dans toute une série de domaines et révèle les différences entre pays.

Challenges to protecting children’s health from hazardous environments»

This is the focus of the final meeting in preparation for the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health hosted by the German Government in Bonn, on 27–29 April 2009. On this occasion, WHO calls on all European countries to strengthen health systems and maintain investment in measures aimed at protecting children’s health from increasingly hazardous environments.

Novel flu virus is not a 'food chain' disease»

Briefing on Novel flu virus crisis and how the disease may be spread, by Robert Madelin, Director General for Health and Consumer Protection

Statement by Androulla Vassiliou, EU Health Commissioner for Health on the EC's reaction to the novel flu virus outbreak in Mexico»

Statement made at the operations room of DG SANCO, on the EC's reaction to the novel flu virus outbreak in Mexico

Novel flu virus: visit in the operations room and statement»

Extracts from the visit in the operations room of DG SANCO by Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Health and statement.

Novel flu virus»

Following human cases of novel flu virus notified to WHO by the United States and Mexico, DG SANCO is leading the EU coordination

A Healthy Audience»pdf

L'association des télévisions commerciales européennes (ACT) vient de publier une brochure sur les programmes télévisuels promouvant la santé.

Projet d'enquête paneuropéenne sur l'alcool et les autres drogues en milieu scolaire (ESPAD)»pdf

Les données 2007 du projet d’enquête paneuropéenne sur l’alcool et les autres drogues en milieu scolaire (ESPAD) viennent d'être publiées. L'étude présente, au moyen de nombreux diagrammes, cartes et tableaux, des données sur plus de 100 000 jeunes scolarisés.

Consultation des citoyens européens»

Les consultations européennes des citoyens organisées en 2009 réuniront des citoyens choisis au hasard dans les vingt-sept États membres de l'UE, afin de débattre des grands enjeux auxquels l'Union et les responsables politiques doivent faire face.

Lutter contre la crise économique mondiale»

Sous l'effet de la récession, les recettes fiscales devraient baisser dans la quasi-totalité des cinquante-trois pays de la région européenne de l'OMS.

Nouvelles lignes directrices à l'intention des pharmaciens»

L'OMS-Europe et l'EuroPharm Forum sont en train de préparer ensemble des modèles de bonnes pratiques à l'intention des pharmaciens. Ces modèles couvriront les maladies chroniques, les troubles mentaux, l'obésité et les soins palliatifs.

Rapport sur les incidences du changement climatique sur la santé de l'homme, des animaux et des plantes»

Le 1er avril, la Commission a adopté un livre blanc intitulé «Adaptation au changement climatique: vers un cadre d'action européen». Un rapport accompagnant le livre blanc décrit comment le changement climatique pourrait affecter la santé de l'homme, des animaux et des plantes.

Participation de la commissaire Vassiliou à la Journée européenne des droits des patients»pdf

Dans un message vidéo, la commissaire chargée de la santé, Androulla Vassiliou, a exprimé son soutien à la Journée européenne des droits des patients, organisée sous son patronage.

A Healthy Audience»pdf

Brochure on Healthy Programming 2008 by Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT)

Nouveau service d'information sur les blessures dans l'UE»

Ce nouveau service fait partie du projet PHASE («Public Health Actions for a Safer Europe») mené par EuroSafe. Il vise à fournir des informations pertinentes, complètes et actualisées sur les blessures dans l'Union européenne.

HIV/AIDS: EATG Training Treatment Literacy and Treatment Advocacy»

Open Call for Participants from Eastern Europe

New OECD Health Working Papers»

Health Working Papers on: Longterm Workforce, Disparities in Health Status and Healthy Ageing

Premier prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé»

Ce nouveau prix lancé par la Commission européenne vise à encourager le journalisme de qualité dans le domaine de la santé et à susciter le débat sur les questions de santé. La sélection portera sur des articles imprimés et en ligne publiés entre le 2 juillet 2008 et le 15 juin 2009

Initiative pour la santé des jeunes: exprimez-vous! »

La Commission invite les jeunes âgés de 15 à 25 ans à dire ce qu'ils pensent sur un blog et à participer à un concours de vidéos, d'affiches et de dessins portant sur la santé. Pour participer, un seul critère: être créatif!

Consultation sur l'action de l'UE pour lutter contre les inégalités en matière de santé»

Une consultation a été lancée afin de recueillir des contributions sur la façon dont l'UE peut contribuer à réduire les inégalités en matière de santé dans et entre les États membres de l'Union.

Les parlementaires européens approuvent un nouveau règlement sur les produits cosmétiques»

Le nouveau règlement supprime les incertitudes et les incohérences juridiques, tout en rendant les produits cosmétiques plus sûrs.

Les infections liées aux soins de santé coûtent 5,5 milliards d'euros par an à l'Europe»

Ces infections, qui grèvent les systèmes de soins en Europe, demandent une action urgente.

Résultats de l'étude Flash Eurobaromètre sur le tabac »pdf

Le nouveau Flash Eurobaromètre sur le tabac analyse le comportement dans l'UE et en Norvège vis-à-vis de la consommation de tabac.

World Tuberculosis Day 2009: Every hour, 55 people are diagnosed with TB in Europe, new report says»

According to newly published data, there were 477 327 tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in Europe1 in 2007. This is the equivalent of 55 cases of TB diagnosed every hour.

Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies»

World Health Day 7 April 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies.

EU Summit cannot ignore health»

In view of the EU Summit on 19-20 March 2009, EPHA published a Press Release calling on Member States to do all within their power to protect health.

Portalul UE privind sănătatea disponibil acum şi în limba română »

La data de 20 martie, comisarul european Androulla Vassiliou lansează, la București, versiunea în limba română a Portalului UE privind sănătatea.

Health-EU portal now available in Bulgarian»

Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou will launch the Bulgarian version of the Health-EU portal in Sofia on 19 March.

Water safety plan manual: step-by-step risk management for drinking-water suppliers»

This workbook describes in clear and practical terms how to develop and implement a water safety plan (WSP).

Manuel de l'OMS relatif à l'adoption d'une approche pratique de la santé respiratoire»pdf

Ce manuel fournit des conseils pratiques destinés aux responsables de soins de santé, dont les efforts sont indispensables à la réalisation des objectifs mondiaux de lutte contre la tuberculose et de objectifs nationaux de gestion des cas d'affections respiratoires. Il sera également utile au personnel soignant des établissements de soins de santé de premier niveau et pour l'orientation des patients.

La Bulgarie lance un portail national de la santé et un dossier médical électronique individuel»

La Bulgarie lance un portail national de la santé, qui contiendra les dossiers médicaux électroniques des citoyens (еLАК) et fournira notamment des informations actualisées, des formulaires de santé, ainsi que des annuaires des professionnels de la santé, des hôpitaux, des pharmacies et des services médicaux.

ENIL Launches Campaign on Personal Assistance»

The campaign wants to draw attention to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and especially Article 19 which says that all disabled people should have access to personal assistance.

Mental health, resilience and inequalities": how individuals and communities are affected»pdf

Launch of a WHO report on mental health, resilience and inequalities. This report looks at the interrelationships between mental health, resilience and inequalities - the effects both good and bad - on individuals and communities, as well as the implications for policy

EU looks ahead to future gender equality challenges»

European Commissioners were joined by other EU institutions and representatives of civil society at a special meeting on 10th March to discuss the future of gender equality policy in Europe.

Nanotechnology: Europeans showing how big nanomedicine really is»

Scientists have been making strides in the field of nanomedicine, a key subfield of nanotechnology tackling disease treatment, drug delivery and medical diagnostics. The EU-funded NANOMED ('Nanomedicine ethical, regulatory, social and economic environment') project is focusing on all aspects of nanomedicine, with emphasis on providing an objective answer to claims that this field will have a huge impact on the healthcare sector.

Women's voices — experiences and perceptions of women facing drug problems »

A collection of narratives from women facing drug-related problems in Europe has been published by the EMCDDA to mark International Women’s Day (8 March)

Thematic paper: Women’s voices — experiences and perceptions of women facing drug problems»pdf

This review presents quotations gleaned from interviews with women in eight countries

Avis de l'EFSA sur les risques potentiels des nanotechnologies pour la sécurité de l’alimentation humaine et animale»

Le comité scientifique de l'EFSA a publié un avis sur les nanosciences et les nanotechnologies dans le cadre de la sécurité de l’alimentation humaine et animale. Il a conclu que les méthodes reconnues au niveau international en matière d’évaluation des risques [1] pouvaient aussi être appliquées aux nanomatériaux manufacturés (ENM).

Maladies rares: 12 000 patients s'expriment»

À l'occasion de la Journée européenne des maladies rares, Androulla Vassiliou, commissaire européenne chargée de la santé, a présenté le livre intitulé «The Voice of 12,000 Patients» (12 000 patients s'expriment), cofinancé par la Commission.

A big leap for the small in fighting disease»

Given the opportunity, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can play a key role in developing therapies for some of society's most common diseases. It was for this reason that the European Commission (EC) supported a team of European universities and SMEs with over EUR 2 million to pursue the aims set out by the MACROCEPT project, and its daughter project KINACEPT, to find a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

HIV in arms race with human immune system, study reveals»

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is evolving rapidly to get round the weaponry of the human immune system, according to new research by an international team of scientists.

MEPs back final switch to energy efficient light bulbs»

Old fashioned and energy inefficient light bulbs will be phased out for a new generation of bulbs that consume 75% less energy. That is the decision MEPs on the Environment Committee have taken on a proposed new pan-European piece of legislation to outlaw wasteful bulbs which will disappear from shops between 2009 and 2012. Supporters of the move say it will save on average between €25 and €50 a year on household electricity bills.

Call for year against violence against women»

Violence against women is one of the most common forms of all violence, with more casualties than are produced in wars, terrorist attacks or natural disasters. The written declaration calls for a "European Year on Zero Tolerance of Violence against Women".

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes »

Biological and medical research has led to remarkable progress in the field of human health. The rapid developments in this sphere have prompted the Council of Europe to consider the ethical and legal aspects of applications of genetics, particularly genetic testing, and to draw up legal rules to protect fundamental human rights with regard to these applications.

Healthy Workplaces campaign: 30 multinational organisations and companies take action»

The campaign aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses by promoting risk assessment as the first step to a sustainable prevention culture.

WHO calls for scaling up of measles vaccination. Children in affluent European countries have a higher risk of infection»

The WHO Regional Office for Europe calls on governments, health professionals, civil society and donors rapidly to scale up national immunization programmes, as outbreaks of measles grow larger and cross country borders. This highly contagious respiratory illness could spread because many children are not immunized or have received less than the required two doses of measles vaccine.

Scientists close to cracking Clostridium difficile's shell»

EU-funded scientists have produced the first-ever high resolution images of one of the proteins that forms a protective 'shell' around the notorious superbug, Clostridium difficile. The new knowledge of the shell's structure could lead to the development of new drugs and possibly even a vaccine against the bacteria.

Climate change: The European Parliament leads by example»

Climate change is something that needs to be addressed by everybody, including public institutions. It's a well-known adage that actions speak louder than words, which is the reason the European Parliament is planning to cut its CO2 emissions 30% by 2020.

Guidance - Priority risk groups for influenza vaccination »pdf

This paper identifies and describes population groups at increased risk for severe outcomes of influenza (“risk groups”) and advocates vaccination for two major groups, namely a) persons in the older age group, usually 65 years and older; and b) persons with chronic medical conditions.

"Have your say!" - Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life»

Youth participation is not an end in itself, but a means of achieving positive changes in young people's lives and of building a better society, in recent years a growing number of initiatives promoting and strengthening youth involvement at different levels — international, regional, national and local — have emerged. New tools have been created for different actors working in this area.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Surveillance in Europe»pdf

“Sexually Transmitted Infections in Europe” is an annual report prepared by the European Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections (ESSTI) network. It presents information provided by STI surveillance collaborators in Europe.

The "invisible enemy" of depression»

Mental health problems can affect our "daily life, family, school, work and leisure" and early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to avert personal catastrophe, according to Greek Socialist Evangelia Tzampazi, who is preparing a report on the subject. Mental illness affects millions of Europeans and is linked to 90% of all suicides. She talked to us about the issues involved.

Protéger les femmes contre la violence »

Étude analytique des résultats du deuxième cycle de suivi de la mise en œuvre de la recommandation Rec (2002) 5 sur la protection des femmes contre la violence.

Occupational skin diseases and dermal exposure in the European Union (EU-25): policy and practice overview»

A new report on occupational skin diseases has been issued by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, analysing EU policies and practices. Report findings include guidelines and recommendations, collective actions and programmes along with good practice examples for preventive measures.

Programme de santé: publication du plan de travail 2009 et des appels»

Le 26 février, la Commission a publié le plan de travail annuel 2009 en vue de la mise en œuvre du deuxième programme de santé de l'Union européenne (2008-2013). L'Agence exécutive pour la santé et les consommateurs (AESC) a publié des appels à propositions pour des projets, des subventions de fonctionnement et des conférences, ainsi que des invitations concernant des actions conjointes en matière de santé publique. La date limite de dépôt des propositions est le 20 mai 2009.

Le projet de l'OMS relatif à la tuberculose récompensé par la Banque mondiale »

La tuberculose reste un grave problème en Russie. L'OMS-Europe a été récompensée pour son travail visant à améliorer le dépistage de la maladie, notamment grâce à l'utilisation de microscopes en laboratoire et aux tests de sensibilité aux médicaments.

New resources for preventing falls among elderly people in the EU are now available»

These documents have been produced by APOLLO Work Package 4, 'Development and assessment of strategic materials for implementation of recommendations for preventing falls among elderly people in the EU’. The main aim of this project was to fill gaps in knowledge on specific aspects that hinder the implementation of large scale interventions for the prevention of falls in older people.

Drugnet Europe n° 65 – bulletin d'information de l'OEDT (janvier-mars)»

Ce numéro aborde les inquiétudes suscitées par les produits de type «Spice», les dernières informations relatives à la mesure de la consommation de drogues illicites par l'analyse des eaux usées, le problème de la drogue et de la sécurité routière, les réponses juridiques aux nouvelles substances psychoactives en Europe, ainsi qu'une nouvelle publication sur les moyens de prévention.

Prévenir l'apparition de la dépendance: nouveau document thématique de l'OEDT sur les moyens de prévention adéquats»

Ce document publié par l'Observatoire européen des drogues et des toxicomanies (OEDT) se propose de contribuer à la compréhension des facteurs de risques liés à l'apparition des problèmes de drogue et de la dépendance. Il est axé sur les problèmes comportementaux et de santé mentale qui apparaissent pendant l'enfance.

Lancement d’une campagne d’information sur la carte européenne d'assurance maladie »

Cette campagne vise à faire connaître la carte européenne d'assurance maladie aux professionnels de santé et aux voyageurs (touristes, professionnels et étudiants) dans onze pays de l'Union européenne.

Prix européen du journalisme 2009. Conditions de participation.»

Le prix européen du journalisme dans le domaine de la santé vise à encourager la publication d'articles dans le domaine de la santé en Europe et à promouvoir le journalisme de qualité. Le prix 2009 récompensera des reportages portant sur des initiatives du programme «L'Europe pour les patients» et publiés dans la presse écrite et en ligne.

Rapport final - Sources de financement et recommandations sur les moyens de stimuler les investissements dans la santé en ligne »pdf

Cette étude a été commandée par l’unité «TIC pour la santé» de la direction générale de la société de l'information et des médias (DG INFSO). Elle a pour objectif d'évaluer les différentes possibilités de financement, par rapport aux investissements nécessaires dans le domaine de la santé en ligne.

Santé en ligne: les bonnes pratiques dans les pays européens»pdf

Les services de santé en ligne s’avèrent non seulement utiles, mais aussi durables.

Conférence ministérielle européenne de l’OMS sur les systèmes de santé: publication du rapport»

Cette conférence, qui a abouti à l’adoption de la charte de Tallinn intitulée «Des systèmes de santé pour la santé et la prospérité», a représenté un tournant dans l’évolution de la santé publique. Ce rapport est un précieux outil pour mettre en œuvre la charte et traduire en actes les valeurs de solidarité, d'équité et de participation des systèmes de santé.

Accord sur des normes en matière de prestations de services de santé en ligne dans un contexte transfrontalier»

Deux projets européens, TEN4Health et NetC@rds, qui mettent en place des services basés sur les technologies de l’information pour la prestation de soins de santé transfrontaliers, ont convenu de normes européennes communes pour la communication par messagerie électronique entre, d‘une part, les hôpitaux et d’autres prestataires de soins, et, d’autre part, les organismes d’assurance maladie et les infrastructures informatiques des systèmes nationaux de soins de santé.

Renforcer les systèmes de santé: des valeurs à l’action»

Lors d’une réunion organisée à Copenhague, les 5 et 6 février 2009, les pays membres de la Région européenne de l’OMS ont présenté les premières mesures prises pour mettre en œuvre la charte de Tallinn intitulée «Des systèmes de santé pour la santé et la prospérité» dans un contexte de crise économique mondiale.

Healthy indoor environments protect children’s health»

On 28–29 January 2009, European policy-makers gathered in Luxembourg at the Thematic Meeting on Healthy Environments to recommend actions and policies to protect children’s health from poor indoor air quality, obesity and injuries.

Sexual Health»

DG SANCO continues its discussions on sexual health for young people and is inviting stakeholders to expressions their interest to participate in the ongoing debate

Video from Exercise Aeolus »

Exercise Aeolus was a European Commission initiative designed to provide with an opportunity to examine the capability of departments and institutions at a Member State and Commission level to work together and share information during a fast-evolving health threat which cuts across departmental responsibilities.

Guide de l'OMS concernant la lutte contre le cancer («Cancer control – knowledge into action») »pdf

Ce guide fait suite à la résolution adoptée en 2005 par l'Assemblée mondiale de la santé (AMS) sur la prévention et la lutte contre le cancer (WHA 58.22). Il appelle les pays membres de l'OMS à développer et à intensifier les programmes de lutte contre le cancer.

Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la recommandation du Conseil relative au dépistage du cancer adoptée en 2003 »

Dans ce rapport, la Commission européenne examine la mise en œuvre des programmes de dépistage, évalue les résultats obtenus et indique si d'autres mesures sont nécessaires.

Rapport épidémiologique annuel 2008 sur les maladies contagieuses en Europe»pdf

Le rapport offre un aperçu de la situation concernant les 49 maladies contagieuses et problèmes sanitaires qui requièrent une surveillance dans les pays de l'UE et de l'EEE/AELE.

The first phase of the new "help 2.0" campaign has been launched »

The idea is to collect concrete messages for the next campaign. Young people are invited to tell their experiences and give their tips on "how not to start smoking, to stop smoking or to avoid the dangers of passive smoking".

Mieux connaître l’air pour vivre en bonne santé»

Ce site permet aux citoyens de s'informer sur la pollution de l'air dans les pays et villes d'Europe. Il contient également des liens et des références utiles pour connaître les actions en faveur de la qualité de l'air aux niveaux national et local.

MEPs to debate ban on toxic chemicals and cuts in pesticides»

Parliament will debate new measures to make sure that cancer-causing pesticides are banned from going on sale whilst also ensuring that the amounts of current pesticides used are greatly reduced.

La Commission européenne se félicite du vote du Parlement européen sur le règlement relatif aux produits phytopharmaceutiques.»

Le Parlement européen a adopté en seconde lecture un règlement, basé sur une proposition de la Commission de 2006, qui remplace la règlementation actuelle sur les produits phytopharmaceutiques.

La Commission se félicite de l'accord volontaire sur le stockage sécurisé du mercure»

La Commission européenne se félicite de l'accord volontaire sur le stockage sécurisé des excédents de mercure générés par l'industrie européenne du chlore et de la soude. Celui-ci entrera en vigueur lorsqu'aura pris effet l'interdiction des exportations vers les pays tiers de ce métal hautement toxique.

Une étude démontre l’existence de disparités entre États membres en matière de santé des personnes âgées.»

Les chercheurs européens ont établi que, si l'espérance de vie augmente dans les États membres, vivre plus longtemps ne signifie pas forcément bien vieillir.

Premier sondage eurobaromètre sur la santé mentale des enfants»pdf

La façon dont les parents perçoivent la santé mentale et le bien-être de leurs enfants a fait l'objet d'un nouveau sondage Eurobaromètre Flash dans les 27 États membres de l'Union européenne.

Czech EU Presidency: Health priorities»

Together with the French and the Swedish Presidencies, the Czech Republic will concentrate on the financial impact of demographic changes and on the need for innovation, aiming to maintain a high quality of health service provision and to ensure access to these services.

ECDC concludes that vaccination of risk groups and healthcare workers should be further strengthened as seasonal influenza spreads across Europe »

ECDC issued scientific advice stressing the importance of further strengthening influenza vaccination of people in risk groups and healthcare workers to ensure a high level of protection.

Osons comparer! : Évaluation des performances du secteur de la santé des Pays-Bas à l'aune des indicateurs de santé de la Communauté européenne. »

Pour la première fois, une étude compare l'état de la santé publique aux Pays-Bas avec la situation dans d’autres pays, sur la base des principaux indicateurs de santé de la Communauté européenne.

Conclusions de la deuxième conférence européenne sur la prévention des blessures et la promotion de la sécurité »

Ce rapport présente les conclusions de la conférence, ainsi qu'un résumé des débats organisés à cette occasion.

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