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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

UNFPA - UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries    unfpa.org

The agreement will draw on both organizations’ strengths and expertise in support of the global goal of expanding access to high-quality, voluntary family planning supplies and services for an addit[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries    unfpa.org

The agreement will draw on both organizations’ strengths and expertise in support of the global goal of expanding access to high-quality, voluntary family planning supplies and services for an addit[...]

EMA and EU national competent authorities agree on action plan to address medication errors    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency and the National Competent Authorities of the European Union (EU) have agreed an action plan to address the issue of medication errors, a major public-health burden.[...]

Access all the presentations from EuroHeartCare 2014    escardio.org

The ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions has made the slides from all EuroHeartcongress presentations available here. Topics: Cardiovascular Nursing[...]

Poor sleep doubles hospitalisations in heart failure patients    escardio.org

Chronic sleep deprivation previously linked to inflammation and higher stress levels according to research presented during EuroHeartCare 2014; Dr Peter Johansson, first author said: [...]

[Press Release] European Parliament takes leap towards patient safety    epha.org

Brussels, 3 April 2014 - EPHA welcomes the majority of the measures adopted yesterday by the European Parliament as part of the revision of the EU Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and the In Vitro Dia[...]

Exercise training improves HDL quality in CHF patients    escardio.org

Nicolle Kraenkel comments on a study by V. Adams et al. (Circulation Research, 2013), suggesting that in patients with severe CHF, exercise training achieves a [...]

Europe for Patients at EP Elections    efanet.org

The European Parliament elections are approaching. In less than two months European citizens will be called to vote on their future representatives in Europe. EFA continues its efforts to share EFA M[...]

EU patient empowerment    efanet.org

This month EFA features activities surrounding patient EU patient empowerment. It features EFA's presentation of patient involvement within the EU project U-BIOPRED at a conference on patient empower[...]

[EPHA answer] Public consultation on patient safety and quality of care    epha.org

In December 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation on patient safety and quality of care in the EU, which ran until the end of February 2014. As Europe's leading NGO advocating [...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...    europa.eu

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...[...]

Infographic: Europe’s fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 The fourth joint EFSA and ECDC report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and foods. The report is based on data collected by EU Mem[...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food: EFSA -ECDC report    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 Bacteria most frequently causing food-borne infections, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, show significant resistance to common antimicrobials, according to the EFSA-E[...]

Final Report Summary - INFBIOSYS (The role of Bacterial Multigene Families in Infection: Identification of Host Target Networks by High-throughput Protein Interactomics)    europa.eumsw8

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH The genomes of pathogenic bacteria often contain multiple copies of genes with similar sequence, thus forming what is known as a multigene family. Multigene families arise[...]

Periodic Report Summary - INFBIOSYS (The role of Bacterial Multigene Families in Infection: Identification of Host Target Networks by High-throughput Protein Interactomics)    europa.eumsw8

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH The genomes of pathogenic bacteria often contain multiple copies of genes with similar sequence, thus forming what is known as a multigene family. Multigene families arise[...]

World TB Day – three new medicines recommended in last six months for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis    europa.eu

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis that primarily affects the lungs.[...]

Prof. Thorsten Bach appointed EAU Patient Information Consultant    uroweb.org

Prof. Thorsten Bach (Hamburg, DE) has been appointed EAU Patient Information Consultant. In this newly created function within the European School of Urology (ESU), Bach will focus on encouraging par[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on the evaluation of the pharmacokinetics of medicinal products in patients with decreased renal function, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Pharmacokinetic studies can be used to estimate drug exposure in subpopulations of patients with characteristics that might affect the pharmacokinetics of the drug, and alternative dosing regimens ma[...]

EFA Training on EMA    efanet.org

EFA training for patient experts on allergy, asthma and COPD on getting involved with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) As we informed you in the last issue of our eZine, EFA planned to host on 18t[...]

Rare Disease Day 2014 – twelve new orphan medicines available to patients over the past year    europa.eu

Over the past twelve months, a total of 12 medicines for the treatment of rare diseases were recommended for marketing authorisation by the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal P[...]

[Save the date] Patients' Needs Driving Innovation in Global Health: March 10th, 2014    epha.org

EPHA is organising a joint debate in the pivotal role that patients should play in creating innovative, affordable and quality technologies and products for poverty-related and neglected diseases. To[...]

One-quarter of high risk patients denied anticoagulation after AF ablation    escardio.org

Very good long-term results for AF ablation across Europe: The EORP Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study reveals that 65% of patients were taking anticoagulants one year after ablation of AF. But[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality    unfpa.org

The renewed memorandum, first signed in 2010, states that Pathfinder will provide technical support for a range of UNFPA initiatives including contraception education, counseling, and services; adol[...]

UNFPA - UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality    unfpa.org

The renewed memorandum, first signed in 2010, states that Pathfinder will provide technical support for a range of UNFPA initiatives including contraception education, counseling, and services; adol[...]

Patient Safety: New EU Rapid Alert platform for human Blood and Blood Components    europa.eu

Directorate General for Health & Consumers[...]

Just published: Multidimensional family therapy review    europa.eu

During adolescence, some young people may experiment with both licit and illicit substances (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other drugs). This can have an impact on their behaviour, their relationshi[...]

Outpatient management of patients with venous thromboembolic disease    escardio.org

Authors: Poredoš P, Kaja Jezovnik M. Low molecular weight heparin in outpatient departments or at home are great advancements in the management of deep vein thrombosis. New oral anticoagulant agents [...]

Events - 6th Familial Cancer Conference (ESO-CNIO) - 5-6 June 2014, Madrid, Spain    europa.eu

Main Topics: General concepts in familial cancer; genetic variants and familial cancer; genetic counseling * Common cancers: The family of breast cancer genes; selection criteria and clinical man[...]

The EDQM adds NMR to its analytical competencies    edqm.eu

07 January 2014 The EDQM adds Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to its analytical competencies As a result of a project launched in 2011, and completed in December 2013, the European Directorate for t[...]

New Resolution on organ transplantation adopted by the Committee of Ministers    edqm.eu

22 January 2014 Resolution CM/Res(2013)55 on establishing procedures for the collection and dissemination of data on transplantation activities outside a domestic transplantation system Trafficking i[...]

Surgery in severe mitral regurgitation: focus on patients with no symptoms or complications    escardio.org

Authors: De Bonis M, Al-Attar N. Mitral valve repair is often recommended in severe mitral regurgitation however absence of symptoms and episodes of atrial fibrillation, a preserved left ventricular [...]

Improving interprofessional communication    uroweb.org

Sometimes small initiatives can make a big difference to patient care, and yet as a topic they may seem too `simple' for presentations at a nursing conference.[...]

11th ESOU: A sharper focus on the treatment of elderly patients    uroweb.org

From 17-19 January the 11th meeting of the EAU Section of Oncological Urology (ESOU) took place in Prague, Czech Republic. Close to 900 delegates heard from world-leading experts about the biggest ch[...]

New Resolution on organ transplantation adopted by the Committee of Ministers    edqm.eu

22 January 2014 Resolution CM/Res(2013)55 on establishing procedures for the collection and dissemination of data on transplantation activities outside a domestic transplantation system Trafficking i[...]

Making family planning integral to sexual and reproductive health    who.int

Family planning remains a neglected public health priority. The latest issue of [...]

The EDQM adds NMR to its analytical competencies    edqm.eu

07 January 2014 The EDQM adds Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to its analytical competencies As a result of a project launched in 2011, and completed in December 2013, the European Directorate for t[...]

EFA-ECC Event Report    efanet.org

Report from our joint event with the ECC [...]

Warfarin increases risk of stroke among atrial fibrillation patients in first 30 days of use    escardio.org

Patients with atrial fibrillation - an irregular and often abnormally fast heartbeat - have nearly double the risk of suffering a stroke in the first 30 days after starting to take the anti-clotting [...]

Report from the EFA-ECC event on COPD    efanet.org

On the 28th of November 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) celebrated World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary[...]

[Event report] What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? - A COPD case study of patient involvement    epha.org

On the 28th of November 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) celebrated World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary D[...]

Families find refuge and reconnection after a dangerous trip from Syria    ifrc.org

The Bulgarian Red Cross is providing vital support for families fleeing violence in Syria.[...]

Public consultation on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

European Commission - When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it [...]

EMA publishes report on workshop on regulatory options in the fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today published a report highlighting the outcomes of its workshop entitled `Best use of medicines legislation to bring new antibiotics to patients and combat the [...]

Confessions of an echocardiographer: relishing contact with patients    escardio.org

Anthony DeMaria, who is just coming to the end of his ten year term as editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), feels extraordinarily privileged to have had a ring side sea[...]

New publication: Early years, family and education task group: report    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being Vector-borne and parasitic diseases The former Yugoslav Republic of[...]

Taking a patient centred approach    escardio.org

Fausto Pinto, who becomes President of the ESC next September, plans to introduce the system of accreditation that he first pioneered as President of the EAE (now EACVI) into the wider cardiovascular[...]

PRAC considers benefits of Kogenate Bayer/Helixate NexGen outweigh risks in previously untreated patients    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has reviewed the medicines Kogenate Bayer and Helixate NexGen and concluded that current evidence did not confirm an[...]

Press Release: EFA’s new book on Minimum Standards of COPD care    efanet.org

Standards of Care for COPD patients are not equal in Europe EFA reveals the state of play and releases Minimum Standards of Care to enable active patients participating in society COPD is a serious l[...]

Public consultation on patient safety and quality of care (open until 28 February 2014)    europa.eu

European Commission - The specific objective of this consultation is to seek opinion of civil society on: Whether patient safety measures included in the Recommendation[...]

European Commission steps up the fight against anti-microbial resistance    eugms.org

While the EU has witnessed a decrease in antibiotic use since 2009, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention has shown a significant increase of the multi-drug resistant bacteria across t[...]

EFA in Meetings    efanet.org

Extraordinary General Assembly and Networking Meeting by ENSP From the 4th to the 6th of November, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) organised its Extraordinary General A[...]

Standards for COPD Care Now    efanet.org

EFA Releases its Book on COPD in Europe Seeking Minimum Standards of Care At the EFA-ECC World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day Event in Brussels on November 28th, the EFA Book on Min[...]

Minimum Standards of Care for COPD Patients in Europe    efanet.org

EFA is excited to release its second book concerning COPD in Europe, the EFA Book on Minimum Standards of Care for COPD patients in Europe, which was produced as a result of the EFA COPD Project. The[...]

[Event Press Release] Lessons to address the poor state of COPD care in Europe and research in Horizon 2020    epha.org

To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) (1), and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) (2[...]

The European survey on language competences - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

School-internal and external factors in language learning[...]

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