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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.

FN:s rapport om aidsepidemin 2009»pdf

Rapporten sammanfattar utvecklingen i olika delar av världen.

Allmän tillgång till hiv- och aidsvård – lägesrapport»pdf

Fler människor har hivtestat sig och fått rådgivning, och fler gravida kvinnor har fått behandling för att inte smitta sina barn. Det visar WHO:s lägesrapport.

Počet prípadov nakazených vírusom HIV v EÚ naďalej stúpa. Najrozšírenejším spôsobom nákazy je pohlavný styk medzi homosexuálnymi mužmi»

Hiv är fortfarande en viktig folkhälsofråga i Europa. Smittspridningen ökar i flera europeiska länder visar ny statistik från hiv-/aidsövervakningen i Europa, som presenterades den 1 december.

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.

17 % färre nysmittade de senaste åtta åren»

WHO:s och UN Aids senaste rapport om aidsepidemin visar att hivförebyggande insatser ger resultat.

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.

Rådets slutsatser om hiv/aids, malaria och tuberkulos»pdf

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.

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

Europeiska antibiotikadagen 2008»

Första europeiska informationskampanjen om ansvarsfull användning av antibiotika: metoder och verksamhet i de deltagande länderna

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.

EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa 2009 – de bästa artiklarna»pdf

I den här broschyren kan du läsa engelska översättningar av de 27 nationella finalisternas artiklar. Här finns också uppgifter om journalisterna och EU-juryn.

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.

Rökning på film – rapport från WHO»pdf

WHO understryker i sin rapport att det behövs hårdare tag mot rökning på film.

Kampen mot hiv och aids i EU och grannländerna 2009–2013»

Kommissionen föreslår en rad insatser mot hiv och aids i hela Europa.

Vaccin mot A(H1N1) (svininfluensan) – vanliga frågor»pdf

Kommittén för humanläkemedel vid Europeiska läkemedelsmyndigheten har granskat de första uppgifterna från kliniska prövningar av de tre godkända pandemivaccinen.

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.

EU:s webbplats om svininfluensan uppdaterad»

EU-kommissionens webbplats om den nya influensan A(H1N1) har omstrukturerats för att bli både snyggare och lättare att hitta på.

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.

Epidemiologisk årsrapport 2009»pdf

I sin tredje epidemiologiska årsrapport om smittsamma sjukdomar i Europa sammanfattar ECDC uppgifter från 2007 och aktuella folkhälsohot under 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.

Från utanförskap till delaktighet – Hur man främjar social delaktighet för människor med psykiska problem i EU»pdf

En analys som bygger på de nationella rapporterna från medlemmarna i MHE (Europeiska föreningen för psykisk hälsa) i de 27 EU-länderna.

Att integrera den psykiska hälsan i primärvården»pdf

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.

Psykisk hälsa i primärvården: bättre vård och främjande av psykisk hälsa »pdf

I denna internationella informationskampanj vill man lyfta fram det ständiga behovet av att ”göra frågor om psykisk hälsa till en världsangelägenhet”.

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.

Multiresistenta bakterier – dags att agera»pdf

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.

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.

Rökning och orala preventivmedel kan öka risken för stroke hos unga kvinnor »

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.

Europaparlamentet diskuterar om man ska samla EU:s resurser mot alzheimer »

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.

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.

Enkät om Hälso-EU:s nyhetsbrev»

Hjälp oss att bli bättre genom att svara på denna korta enkät! Det tar bara några minuter. Enkäten finns på 22 EU-språk.

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.

Working together to fight cancer- President Barroso and Commissioner Vassiliou launch the European Partnership for Action against Cancer »

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.

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.

Folkhälsoportalen får RSS – nyheter och aktuella evenemang direkt till din dator»

Nu kan du prenumerera på RSS-flöden och få nyheter och tips på evenemang från EU:s folkhälsoportal.

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.

Commission adopts EU strategy on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 »

The Commission adopted a strategy paper supporting Member States in their efforts to respond efficiently to the pandemic 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

EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa: finalisternas artiklar nu på nätet»

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.

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.

Det europeiska partnerskapet för åtgärder mot cancer lanseras den 29 september 2009»

Parternskapet ska stödja EU-ländernas arbete med att bekämpa cancersjukdomar.

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.

Säker mat på semestern – råd från WHO»pdf

WHO:s råd gäller alla som ska ut och resa, men särskilt de som löper högre risk att bli sjuka, dvs. småbarn, gravida, äldre och personer med nedsatt immunförsvar.

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).

Europeiska sjukförsäkringskortet – 180 miljoner européer har ett kort»

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.

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

Bättre badvatten i EU»

Enligt kommissionens och Europeiska miljöbyråns senaste badvattenrapport uppfyllde de allra flesta badplatserna EU:s kvalitetskrav under 2008.

Nanopartiklar – den senaste forskningen»

Europeiska centrumet för riskövervakning sammanfattar i en rapport den senaste forskningslitteraturen om nanopartiklar. Man har särskilt tittat på hälsoriskerna vid exponering i arbetsmiljön.

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.

Solskyddsrekommendationer från de europeiska cancerförbunden»pdf

Överdriven UV-exponering kan orsaka hudcancer och gör att huden åldras fortare! Så lyder budskapet från Association of European Cancer Leagues.

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

Screening för prostatacancer – Europeiska urologiföreningens ståndpunkt»pdf

Europeiska urologiföreningen bygger sin ståndpunkt på resultaten från en randomiserad studie av screening för prostatacancer (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.

Sola smart i sommar – köp rätt solkräm»

Så här i semestertider vill EU-kommissionen uppmana alla att skydda sig ordentligt mot solen.

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.

Fighting Cancer: A European partnership is born»

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.

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.

Konferens om ungdom och hälsa ”Tänk på din hälsa” den 9–10 juli 2009»

Denna tvådagarskonferens anordnas av EU-kommissionen tillsammans med Europeiska ungdomsforumet och andra ungdomsorganisationer. Invigningstalare är folkhälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou.

Tävling om ungas hälsa – deadline den 26 juni 2009»

Sista dag för att skicka in din video, affisch eller ditt foto om unga och hälsa är den 26 juni!

EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa – anmälningstiden har gått ut»

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.

Rapport med råd om hur man förebygger trafikolyckor bland unga»

Rapporten ska hjälpa beslutsfattare, forskare och säkerhetsexperter att utforma och genomföra insatser för trafiksäkerhet som är inriktade på unga människor.

Hälsan som tema i Europeiska ungdomsforumets tidning»

Detta nummer av ”Youth Opinion” har hälsa som tema och innehåller artiklar om ungdomar som arbetar med hälsofrågor samt en intervju med EU:s folkhälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou.

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.

Främjande av god hälsa hos barn och ungdomar»

Tal av folkhälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou

Upphandling – insatser mot hudallergier och inom miljö och hälsa»

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.

Rådet antar rekommendation om patientsäkerhet»pdf

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.

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.

Rådet antar rekommendation om sällsynta sjukdomar»

Syftet med rekommendationen är att hjälpa EU-länderna med att bekämpa sällsynta sjukdomar på ett effektivare sätt.

Inbjudan att lämna information om blodtrycksmätare som innehåller kvicksilver och möjliga alternativa instrument»

Sista dag för att skicka in vetenskapliga yttranden är den 24 juni 2009.

Vetenskaplig utfrågning om nanoteknik – offentligt samråd»

Sista dag för att skicka in synpunkter är den 19 juni 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.

Skillnader i barns och ungdomars hälsa»pdf

En WHO-rapport med statistik om barn i skolåldern och deras hälsa, vanor, riskbeteenden samt en diskussion om hälsoskillnaderna.

Det svenska EU-ordförandeskapet – nedräkningen har börjat!»

Från och med den 1 juli och ett halvår framåt är Sverige ordförandeland i EU.

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.

EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa – skicka in ditt bidrag senast den 15 juni 2009!»

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.

Helpkampanjen – videoklipp med EU:s hälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou»

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.

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

Euroheat – bättre folkhälsoåtgärder vid värmeböljor»pdf

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.

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.

Frukosten är dagens viktigaste mål»

Kampanjen ”Breakfast is Best” vill få allmänheten och beslutsfattare runtom i Europa att inse vikten av bra frukostvanor.

Fototävling om arbetsmiljö»

Europeiska arbetsmiljöbyrån vill med sin fototävling uppmärksamma arbetsmiljöfrågor. Alla som bor i något EU-land kan delta genom att skicka in foton som visar hur deras arbetsmiljö ser ut.

Val till Europaparlamentet»pdf

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?

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.

Vattenpipa – häftigt men farligt»pdf

Att röka vattenpipa har blivit allt populärare i Europa. Det öppnas vattenpipekaféer och allt fler unga köper en egen vattenpipa för att röka hemma. Men många är inte medvetna om hälsoriskerna.

Eurobarometerundersökning om tobak»pdf

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.

Tuberkulos och tobakskontroll»pdf

WHO och Internationella unionen mot tuberkulos och lungsjukdomar har gett ut en publikation om sina gemensamma insatser för att bekämpa två sammanlänkade globala hälsoproblem.

Att resa i Europa 2009»

Praktisk information för alla som ska ut och resa.

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.

Krisberedskapsplan för sjukvården – en vägledning »pdf

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).

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).

Kommissionärerna Androulla Vassiliou och Meglena Kuneva deltar i presentationen av betyg i barnsäkerhet för 2009 »

Olyckor är fortfarande en av de vanligaste dödsorsakerna bland barn i alla EU-länder.

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.

Internationella resor och hälsa 2009»pdf

Boken innehåller hälsoråd i samband med resor. Där diskuteras också vad vårdpersonalen, reseindustrin och resenärerna kan göra för att undvika hälsoproblem.

Investera i framtidens sjukhus»pdf

I den här boken samlas aktuell kunskap om kapitalinvesteringar i hälsosektorn.

Handlingsplan mot kroniska luftvägssjukdomar»pdf

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.

Elfte framtidsforumet om etisk styrning av beredskap inför en influensapandemi»pdf

I rapporten beskrivs de etiska övervägandena vid planeringen inför en influensapandemi i WHO:s Europaregion.

Rådets slutsatser om influensa A(H1N1) »pdf

Vid det extrainkallade rådsmötet den 30 april 2009 antog EU:s hälsoministrar följande slutsatser. De beslutade också att kalla det nya viruset influensa A(H1N1) enligt WHO:s modell.

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.

EU:s första ungdomsrapport»

Rapporten innehåller uppgifter, statistisk och kortfattade analyser av ungdomarnas situation i EU-länderna. Den täcker en rad områden och beskriver också skillnaderna mellan länderna.

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

En hälsosam tv-publik»pdf

Broschyr med tv-program på temat sund livsstil. Sammanställd 2008 av de kommersiella tv-kanalernas förbund ACT (Association of Commercial Television in Europe).

Alkohol och droger i europeiska skolor – Espadprojektet»pdf

Rapport från den fjärde undersökningen om alkohol och andra droger i skolorna i Europa (Espad). Här finns diagram, kartor och tabeller med uppgifter om över 100 000 skolungdomar i Europa.

Samråd med EU-invånarna»

Under 2009 kommer slumpvis utvalda invånare från alla 27 EU-länder att delta i EU:s medborgarsamråd för att diskutera viktiga frågor – med varandra och med beslutsfattarna.

Den globala ekonomiska krisen och folkhälsan»

På grund av den ekonomiska krisen beräknas skatteintäkterna minska i praktiskt taget alla de 53 länder som ingår i WHO:s Europaregion. Vilka bli konsekvenserna för folkhälsan och hur hanterar man dem?

Nya riktlinjer för apotekare»

WHO Europa och nätverket EuroPharm Forum ska tillsammans utarbeta riktlinjer för apotekare. Riktlinjerna gäller kroniska sjukdomar, psykisk ohälsa, fetma och palliativ vård.

Hur kan vi anpassa oss till klimatförändringen?»

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.

Kommissionär Androulla Vassiliou deltar i europeiska dagen för patienträttigheter»pdf

EU:s hälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou framför i ett videomeddelande sitt stöd till evenemanget.

A Healthy Audience»pdf

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

EU:s skadedatabas och rapporteringstjänst»

Den här nya tjänsten ingår i projektet Phase (Public Health Actions for a Safer Europe). Projektet leds av organisationen EuroSafe och ska ge samlad, relevant och aktuell information om personskador.

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

EU:s första journalistpris för folkhälsa»

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.

Initiativet för ungas hälsa»

EU-kommissionen inbjuder dig mellan 15 och 25 år att blogga och tävla med videoklipp, affischer och foton och berätta vilka hälsofrågor som berör dig. Det finns bara en regel i tävlingen: Var kreativ!

Samråd om EU:s insatser för att minska ojämlikhet i hälsa»

Kommissionen har inlett ett samråd för att få in synpunkter på hur EU kan bidra till att minska ojämlikheterna i hälsa mellan och inom medlemsländerna.

Europaparlamentet godkänner nya kosmetikaregler»

Den nya kosmetikaförordningen innebär tydligare regler och ska ge konsumenterna säkrare kosmetika.

Infektioner i vården kostar EU-länderna 5,5 miljarder euro varje år»

De vårdrelaterade infektionerna kostar EU:s hälso- och sjukvård enorma summor, och det krävs omedelbara insatser.

Flash Eurobarometer om tobak»pdf

I den senaste Flash Eurobarometer om tobak undersöktes invånarnas inställning till tobak i EU och Norge.

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).

WHO – handledning för praktiskt arbete med lunghälsa»pdf

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.

Ny folkhälsoportal och elektroniska journaler i Bulgarien»

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.

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

Efsa yttrar sig om riskerna med nanoteknik i livsmedel och foder»

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.

Sällsynta sjukdomar – Lyssna på 12 000 patienter»

På EU-dagen för sällsynta sjukdomar presenterade EU:s folkhälsokommissionär Androulla Vassiliou boken ”The Voice of 12,000 Patients”, som EU-kommissionen har samfinansierat.

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.

Stoppa kvinnovåldet»

En analys av resultaten från den andra utvärderingen av hur Europarådets rekommendation om skydd mot kvinnovåld har genomförts.

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.

Folkhälsoprogrammet – årets arbetsplan och ansökningsomgång»

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.

Världsbanken prisar WHO:s ryska tuberkulosprojekt»

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.

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 nr 65 – EMCDDA:s nyhetsbrev (januari–mars)»

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.

Att förebygga beroende – 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.

Kampanj för det europeiska sjukförsäkringskortet »

Syftet med kampanjen är att informera vårdpersonal och resande (turister, affärsresande och studerande) i elva EU-länder om det europeiska sjukförsäkringskortet.

EU:s journalistpris för folkhälsa 2009 – så anmäler du dig»

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”.

Finansieringskällor och strategiska rekommendationer för ökade investeringar i e-hälsa – slutrapport »pdf

I studien undersöks olika alternativ för finansiering av investeringar i e-hälsa.

E-hälsa på fältet – god praxis i europeiska länder»pdf

Bra och hållbar e-hälsovård.

Rapport från europeiska WHO-ministerkonferensen om hälso- och sjukvårdssystem»

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.

Europeisk e-hälsostandard för hälso- och sjukvård över gränserna»

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.

Bättre hälso- och sjukvårdssystem – från ord till handling»

På ett möte i Köpenhamn den 5–6 februari 2009 diskuterade medlemsländerna i WHO:s Europaregion hur man ska tillämpa Tallinnstadgan om hälsosystem mot bakgrund av konjunkturnedgången.

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.

Cancerkontroll – från kunskap till handling»pdf

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.

Rådets rekommendation om cancerscreening (2003) – rapport om genomförandet»

Kommissionen redogör i sin rapport för i vilken utsträckning cancerscreening genomförs, hur den fungerar och om det behövs fler insatser.

Epidemiologisk rapport om smittsamma sjukdomar i Europa 2008»pdf

Rapporten ger en överblick över läget för de 49 smittsamma sjukdomar som är anmälningspliktiga i EU och tre EES-/Eftaländer.

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".

Kolla luften där du bor»

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.

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.

Europaparlamentet säger ja till ny lag om växtskyddsmedel»

Europaparlamentet antog i andra behandlingen en förordning som ska ersätta nuvarande regler om växtskyddsmedel. Förordningen bygger på ett förslag från kommissionen från 2006.

Frivilliga avtal om säker förvaring av kvicksilver»

Kommissionen välkomnar den europeiska kloralkaliindustrins frivilliga överenskommelse att se till att överskottet av kvicksilver förvaras säkert när exportförbudet väl träder i kraft.

Ny studie om åldrande och hälsa i EU»

Den förväntade livslängden i EU-länderna ökar visserligen, men ett längre liv betyder inte alltid att man åldras med bibehållen hälsa enligt europeiska forskare.

Eurobarometer om barns psykiska hälsa»pdf

I en ny Flash Eurobarometer har man undersökt hur föräldrar i de 27 EU-länderna upplever sina barns psykiska hälsa och välbefinnande.

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.

Folkhälsa i Nederländerna – en jämförelse med EU:s hälsoindikatorer»

För första gången har man gjort en internationell jämförelse av nederländarnas hälsa med hjälp av EU:s hälsoindikatorer.

Andra europeiska konferensen om förebyggande av skador och främjande av säkerhet – slutsatser från konferensen»

Rapporten innehåller slutsatserna från konferensen och sammanfattar gruppdiskussionerna.