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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.

Rehabilitation: key to an independent future for children with poliomyelitis in Tajikistan    who.int

A WHO disability-rehabilitation team in Tajikistan has worked with representatives of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics to support the rehabilitation of people who contracted pol[...]

H5N8 avian influenza: EFSA assesses entry routes into Europe    europa.eu

Published on: 15 December 2014 H5N8 avian influenza: EFSA assesses entry routes into Europe[...]

Health-EU Newsletter - "Mental health - Let's put plans into action"    europa.eu

The need to include mental health among the first priorities of the public health agenda has been increasingly recognized in Europe over the past decades and has long been a priority of the European[...]

New analysis aids planning for climate change    europa.eu

A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for clima[...]

Seasonal influenza vaccines 2014–2015 provide protection against circulating flu viruses    who.int

Vaccination against seasonal influenza is particularly important for older people, pregnant women, those with underlying health problems, such as asthma or cardiovascular disease, and health care wor[...]

Brains in the balance: New $11.5M grant fuels University of Michigan Parkinson's disease research center to aid patients    epda.eu.com

NIH grant creates Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research focused on developing a treatment to prevent falls.[...]

Aid to the most deprived: Commission approves national programmes worth more than 1 billion EUR    europa.eu

The European Commission has recently approved the operational programmes for eight EU countries to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).[...]

Poverty: Commission adopts Polish programme to use €473 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 03 December 2014 The European Commission has today approved the Polish Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (F[...]

Smart statistical reporting to aid transparency    europa.eu

Published on: 2 December 2014 Smart statistical reporting to aid transparency[...]

Europe and Africa double research efforts to tackle AIDS, Ebola and other infectious diseases    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release 02 December 2014 Cape Town, South Africa The EU and Africa are today doubling the research efforts to develop new and better medicines for poverty-related diseases[...]

Gaps in HIV prevention expose Europe to risk of outbreaks    europa.eu

In Europe, decades of investment in effective HIV prevention measures targeting people who inject drugs continue to bear fruit as demonstrated by the long-term decline HIV diagnoses related to drug i[...]

World Aids Day 2014: second EDCTP programme starts tomorrow, 2 December 2014    edctp.org

The message for World Aids Day 2014 is one of hope across the range of expert and advocacy voices. In the same breath however, all warn that much still has to be done to fight the disease and defeat [...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on revision of the addendum to the note for guidance on evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections to specifically address the clinical development of new agents to treat disease due to mycobacterium tuberculosis, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper proposes a revision of the CHMP's addendum to the note for guidance on evaluation of medicinal products indicated for treatment of bacterial infections, to specifically address the[...]

New antiretrovirals improve quality of life of HIV/AIDS patients    europa.eu

EMA supports World AIDS Day on 1 December[...]

Poverty: Commission adopts Romanian programme to use over €441 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 November 2014 The European Commission has approved the Romanian Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD)[...]

Commission adopts Austrian programme to use €18,03 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 28 November 2014 The European Commission has approved today the Austrian Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived [...]

World AIDS Day 2014: "We need to keep up the momentum in the fight against HIV/AIDS", says EU Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission - Statement Brussels, 27 November 2014 Speaking at the Ministerial Conference [...]

“We call on your leadership“ - The EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum    aidsactioneurope.org

Press release, Rome, 27th November 2014 Over 30 years into the epidemic, there is ample evidence of what works and what does not work in addressing HIV and yet, strikingly, the epidemic continues to [...]

Europe’s HIV response falls short in curbing the epidemic: 80% more new HIV cases compared to 2004    who.int

The HIV epidemic has continued to spread in Europe since 2004 despite advances in medical treatment and new prevention options. In 2013, more than 136 000 new HIV cases were diagnosed across Europe a[...]

Avian flu: urgent request for scientific advice    europa.eu

Published on: 26 November 2014 Avian flu: urgent request for scientific advice[...]

First European outbreak of avian influenza H5N8 confirmed in poultry    who.int

Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have recently identified outbreaks of avian influenza. The first was reported on 5 November 2014 on a turkey farm in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. T[...]

Two new medicines recommended for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

Additional treatment options with high cure rates to be available to patients[...]

Regulatory and procedural guideline: Draft qualification opinion on in vitro hollow-fibre-system model of tuberculosis (HFS-TB), draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Approximately 10 years ago, the HFS-TB was developed by Gumbo et al. and first presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Since that time, the model ha[...]

EU boosts anti-Ebola aid after Commissioners' mission to worst-hit countries    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 November 2014 The European Union is continuing to scale up its response to the Ebola epidemic as i[...]

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Portugal    who.int

As of 13 November 2014 (17:00), the Directorate-General for Health of Portugal has reported a total of 311 cases of Legionnaires' disease, all of which have epidemiological links to Vila Franca de Xi[...]

Success Stories - Stem cells use 'first aid kits' to repair damage    europa.eu

Neural stem cells master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell-are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published tod[...]

Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa: travel and transport recommendations    who.int

Leading international organizations and associations from the transport, trade and tourism sector stand firmly with WHO against general bans on travel and trade, as well as restrictions that include [...]

Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the risk to Europe    who.int

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease that began in Guinea in December 2013 is the largest ever. The risk of Ebola spreading in Europe is very low. While ensuring that countries have the capacities to [...]

Ebola response: EU scales up aid with planes, material aid and research support    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 06 November 2014 The European Union and its Member States have now pledged more than €1 billion in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This mean[...]

Revised framework for development of influenza vaccines    europa.eu

EMA releases third and final module for public consultation[...]

Scientific guideline: Draft guideline on influenza vaccines – submission and procedural requirements, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The need to update the current guidelines regarding the development of influenza vaccines was recognised in the wake of the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic, as the Agency conducted its [...]

Influenza: common questions answered    who.int

WHO recommends that people with a higher risk of developing serious health complications as a result of influenza be vaccinated against seasonal influenza every autumn. Because health care workers ar[...]

Poverty: Commission adopts Lithuanian programme to spend €77 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 October 2014 The European Commission has approved today the Lithuanian Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived ([...]

Poverty: Commission adopts Latvian programme to spend €41 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 October 2014 The European Commission has approved today the Latvian Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEA[...]

ECG on the run: continuous ECG surveillance of marathon athletes is feasible following first proof-of-concept study    escardio.org

The condition of an athlete's heart has for the first been accurately monitored throughout the duration of a marathon race. The real-time monitoring was achieved by continuous electrocardiogram (ECG)[...]

The Time to Act Is Now!    aidsactioneurope.org

AIDS Action Europe supports the Manifesto [...]

New drug combination could improve adherence to tuberculosis treatment    edctp.org

A novel combination of the drugs rifapentine and moxifloxacin can reduce the number of tablets to be taken by patients from 360 to 140 over the six-month tuberculosis treatment period.[...]

Research Headlines - The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have developed three new tools to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They are now working to bring their low-cost innovations to market quickly - a boost to the global battle aga[...]

AIDS ACTION EUROPE IS LOOKING FOR YOU! Become an AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee Member    aidsactioneurope.org

Are you involved in an HIV/AIDS related NGO or community group in Eastern Europe or Central Asia? Is your organisation a member or partner of AIDS Action Europe? Are you motivated to work towards a m[...]

[Press release] EPHA encourages policy makers to be braver when tackling the cancer epidemic in Europe    epha.org

14 October 2014, Brussels - The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Gr[...]

New publication: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Implementation of round 1 (2007/2008) and round 2 (2009/2010)    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[...]

Brains in the balance: New $11.5M grant fuels University of Michigan Parkinson's disease research center to aid patients    epda.eu.com

NIH grant creates Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research focused on developing a treatment to prevent falls.[...]

WHO delivers tetanus toxoid vaccine to Ukraine    who.int

On 26 September 2014, WHO delivered a second tranche of medicine to Kyiv. The shipment included 300 000 doses of tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine, which will cover Ukraine's needs until the end of 2015.[...]

HepHIV 2014 Conference: HIV and Viral Heptitis: Challenges of Timely Testing and Care, 5-7 October 2014, Barcelona    aidsactioneurope.org

Coupling of two widespread infections Experience shows that challenges in connection with diagnosing HIV and hepatitis patients have many overlaps. This topic will be debated at a conference in Barce[...]

Nominations for COMMUNITY delegation members for the Global Fund Board delegation of the Communities Living with HIV, TB and affected by Malaria    aidsactioneurope.org

Nominations for COMMUNITY delegation members for the Global Fund Board delegation of the Communities Living with HIV, TB and affected by Malaria For years 2015 through 2017 CLOSING DATE of the first [...]

Ebola outbreak: EMA to review experimental medicines to support treatment decisions    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started to review available information on Ebola treatments currently under development.[...]

Harvoni recommended for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

Growing number of treatment options improve patients' chances of longer and healthier lives[...]

5th ESWI Influenza Conference highlights benefits of vaccination    epha.org

The fifth international influenza conference organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI) took place in Riga on 14-17 September. A number of plenary and 'science[...]

President Barroso joins Obama and Ban Ki Moon in the fight against Ebola and announces additional 30 million euros for humanitarian aid    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission President President High-level meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak New [...]

[Press release] France is on the right track in the fight against tobacco epidemic in Europe    epha.org

September 25 2014, Brussels - Today, the French government outlined new legislation (1) to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes following Ireland (2) and the UK's recent initiatives (3). I[...]

Mefloquine not recommended as alternative drug for malaria prevention treatment in pregnancy    edctp.org

The results of two large randomised controlled trials conducted in Africa that tested mefloquine, a drug for malaria prevention in HIV-negative and HIV-positive pregnant women, were published in the [...]

Proceedings of the EDCTP stakeholder meeting on capacity development published    edctp.org

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) published its report of the Stakeholder meeting on capacity development. The meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, on 3 July[...]

Hepatitis C: Sit in of European patients to request access to new medicines, on occasion of the informal meeting of European Health Ministers in Milan    aidsactioneurope.org

September 22nd, 2014 In support of the Call to EU Ministers of Health and CEOs of Abbvie, BMS, Gilead, Janssen and Merck/MSD regarding Universal Access to Curative Hepatitis C Treatment in the EU an [...]

Research Headlines - Stem cells use 'first aid kits' to repair damage    europa.eu

Neural stem cells - master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell - are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published t[...]

Success Stories - The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have developed three new tools to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They are now working to bring their low-cost innovations to market quickly a boost to the global battle again[...]

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