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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dessa tre sjukdomar kommer att utgöra ett globalt folkhälsoproblem en lång tid framöver. Rådet uppmanar därför både EU-kommissionen och EU-länderna till större, effektivare och bättre samordnade insatser.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denna rapport om integrering av psykisk hälsa i primärvärden har utarbetats gemensamt av Världshälsoorganisationen (WHO) och Världsorganisationen för allmänläkare (Wonca). Här motiverar man och förklarar fördelarna med att erbjuda psykiatrisk vård inom primärvården.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vi måste utveckla nya antibiotika för att ligga steget före i utvecklingen av multiresistenta bakterier. Det säger EU:s smittskyddsmyndighet (ECDC) och Europeiska läkemedelsmyndigheten (Emea) i sin gemensamma rapport om antibiotikaresistens.
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.
Nederländska forskare har kommit fram till att unga kvinnor med lupusantikoagulans i högre grad riskerar att drabbas av stroke och hjärtattack än kvinnor utan denna antikropp. Risken ökar ytterligare för de kvinnor som röker och använder orala preventivmedel.
I dagsläget lider 7 miljoner människor i EU av alzheimer och närbesläktade sjukdomar. Antalet drabbade kommer att vara dubbelt så stort om tjugo år. De nya planerna på att samla EU-ländernas resurser för att maximera investeringar, sprida goda lösningar och samordna forskningen presenterades för EU-parlamentarikerna den 29 september.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today, in Brussels, over 300 cancer organisations, patients and cancer survivors, health professionals, researchers, health authorities and health ministers gather to mark the official launch of the European Partnership for Action against Cancer. The opening speeches by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium highlight the impact of cancer on individuals and, their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 .
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Nu kan du läsa bidragen från de 27 nationella finalisterna i tävlingen om EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa på vår webbplats. Artiklarna, som finns på originalspråket och engelska, ger en bra inblick i den europeiska hälsojournalistiken.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Hela 180 miljoner européer i 31 europeiska länder har skaffat det europeiska sjukförsäkringskortet, som i sommar fyller fem år. Med kortet är det lättare att söka vård om man blir sjuk eller råkar ut för en olycka i något av de länder som är med i systemet, dvs. EU-länderna, Island, Norge, Liechtenstein och Schweiz.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
The European Commission reinforces its long-term commitment to the fight against cancer by creating a European Partnership for Action against Cancer. The partnership will focus on actions that can be taken at EU level to more effectively prevent and control cancer across Europe. In Europe, one in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime.
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.
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.
Det går inte längre att skicka in bidrag till EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa. Det har kommit in 476 artiklar från de 27 EU-länderna. Under sommaren kommer de nationella juryerna att utse en vinnarkandidat från varje land.
Genomförandeorganet för hälso- och konsumentfrågor utlyser en upphandling som gäller hudallergier, miljö och hälsa, insatser för att utveckla kapaciteten på folkhälsoområdet samt utbyte av organ mellan EU-länderna.
Med denna rekommendation vill man stimulera länderna att utarbeta strategier för patientsäkerhet och samarbeta sinsemellan. Man tar upp viktiga patientsäkerhetsfrågor, t.ex. förebyggande och kontroll av vårdrelaterade infektioner.
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.
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.
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.
EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa ska uppmuntra och belöna bra journalistik som tar upp frågor om hälso- och sjukvård och patienträttigheter. Priset lanserades i februari 2009 och ingår i kampanjen Europa för patienterna.
Hälsovarningar är ett effektivt sätt att avskräcka folk från att röka och spelar därför en central roll på årets internationella rökfria dag. Hör kommissionär Androulla Vassiliou i ett videomeddelande.
Euroheat är ett projekt som samordnas av WHO:s regionala Europakontor och som EU-kommissionen är med och finansierar. Projektet har mätt hur värmeböljor i städer i WHO:s Europaregion påverkar hälsan och kartlagt hur hälso- och sjukvårdens beredskap kan bli bättre så att folkhälsan skyddas.
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.
Sedan de första Europaparlamentsvalen för 30 år sedan har EU växt från 9 till 27 länder. Världen är i ständig förändring och ställer hela tiden EU inför nya problem. Vet du vilka ledamöter som företräder dig i Europaparlamentet och vad de har för befogenheter? Vilka frågor de arbetar med? Hur du kan kontakta dem? Har du redan bestämt vem du ska rösta på?
Enligt den senaste Eurobarometer-snabbenkäten vill en klar majoritet av EU-invånarna att offentliga platser ska vara rökfria, t.ex. kontor (84 %), restauranger (79 %), barer, pubar och klubbar (65 %). Resultaten överensstämmer med 2006 års Eurobarometer och bekräftar det stora stödet för rökförbud i EU.
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.
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.
Publikationen hjälper sjukhusen och andra vårdinrättningar att planera lämpliga åtgärder så att de blir bättre på krishantering. Den innehåller exempel på konkreta åtgärder och råd om hur man hanterar epidemier, t.ex. influensapandemier (på engelska).
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.
Handlingsplanen för 2008–2013 har utarbetats av den internationella sammanslutningen mot kroniska luftvägssjukdomar (Gard). Planen innehåller visioner, syfte och strategiska mål för Gards samarbetspartner som en vägledning för deras arbete.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Den 1 april antog EU-kommissionen vitboken ”Anpassning till klimatförändring: en europeisk handlingsram”. I ett arbetsdokument som åtföljer vitboken beskrivs hur klimatförändringen kan påverka människors, djurs och växters hälsa.
Kommissionens nya journalistpris ska främja god hälsojournalistik i EU och skapa debatt om hälsofrågor. Artiklar som publicerats i tryckt press eller på nätet mellan den 2 juli 2008 och 15 juni 2009 kan skickas in.
Handledningen innehåller praktiska råd till hälso- och sjukvårdschefer vars arbete är avgörande för att uppnå globala mål för arbetet mot tbc och nationella mål för vård av luftvägssjukdomar. Den är också användbar för hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal inom primärvård och första remissinstanser.
Bulgarien öppnar en nationell folkhälsoportal som ska innehålla patientjournaler i elektronisk form (еLАК). Via portalen hittar man också aktuell hälsoinformation, adresser och telefonnummer till verksamma inom hälso- och sjukvård, sjukhus, apotek och annan sjukvård, blanketter m.m.
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.
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
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.
Efsa:s vetenskapliga kommitté har avgett ett yttrande om riskerna med att använda nanoteknik i livsmedels- och foderindustrin. Kommittén drar slutsatsen att kända internationella strategier för riskbedömning också kan tillämpas på designade nanomaterial.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Den 26 februari offentliggjorde kommissionen 2009 års arbetsplan för EU:s andra folkhälsoprogram (2008–2013). Genomförandeorganet för hälso- och konsumentfrågor (EAHC) inledde ansökningsomgångar för projekt, bidrag och konferenser och även en inbjudan att lämna förslag till gemensamma folkhälsoåtgärder. Förslagen ska lämnas in senast den 20 maj 2009.
Tuberkulos är ett allvarligt problem i Ryssland. WHO/Europa har fått ett pris för sitt arbete med att förbättra diagnosmetoderna, t.ex. användningen av mikroskop i laboratorier och tester av tuberkulosbakteriernas känslighet för läkemedel.
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.
I detta nummer: oro över Spice, senaste rönen om mätning av olaglig narkotika i avloppsvatten och om narkotika och bilkörning, rättsliga insatser mot psykoaktiva ämnen i Europa samt en ny rapport om indikerad prevention.
I en rapport från EMCDDA bygger man vidare på befintlig kunskap om riskfaktorer för att barn senare i livet får problem och blir drogberoende. Tonvikten ligger på psykisk hälsa och beteendeproblem som uppstår under barndomen.
Med priset vill EU stärka mediernas bevakning av hälsofrågor och belöna god journalistik. 2009 års pris är inriktat på nyhetsrapportering i press och på Internet i samband med kampanjen ”Europa för patienterna”.
Konferensen utgjorde en vändpunkt för folkhälsans utveckling och kulminerade i Tallinnstadgan om hälso- och sjukvårdssystem för hälsa och välstånd. Denna rapport är ett viktigt verktyg för att man ska kunna tillämpa stadgan och omsätta principerna om solidaritet, rättvisa och delaktighet i praktiken.
Deltagarna i två europeiska projekt för IT-baserade tjänster för hälso- och sjukvård över gränserna – TEN4Health och NetC@rds – har enats om gemensamma europeiska webbspecifikationer för standardiserade meddelanden. På så sätt ska sjukhus och andra vårdgivare kopplas till försäkringar och nationella IT-infrastrukturer inom vården.
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.
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.
WHO:s guide är ett svar på Världshälsoförsamlingens resolution från 2005 om förebyggande och kontroll av cancer (WHA58.22), där WHO-länderna uppmanades att utveckla och intensifiera sina program för cancerkontroll.
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".
På webbplatsen Know your air for health hittar du information om luftföroreningar runtom i Europa. Där finns också länkar till andra webbplatser och information om vad som görs för att förbättra luftens kvalitet.
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.