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Issue 100, 22 November 2012


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Special edition: ageing healthily

By Paola Testori, Director-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission

By Paola Testori, Director-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission

It is with great pleasure I am able to celebrate with you the 100th edition of this newsletter which started 5 years ago. Since then it has grown to have almost 14 000 subscribers from all over Europe, in 22 languages. It is also a great opportunity to introduce with this issue the new format and layout, which I hope will enhance your reading pleasure.


As the number of Europeans aged 65 and over will double in the next 50 years, it is important that the European Commission continues to address the issue of active and healthy ageing. Getting old now is no longer what it used to be years ago. A [...]

In this edition

News from the EU » 
Reporting from across Europe » 
What's New on Health-EU » 
Forthcoming events » 
New publications » 
EU Press Releases » 
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Also in this focus

Health Programme Projects »

Geriatric study in Europe on health effects of air quality in nursing homes (GERIE)

European Health and Life Expectancy Information System (EHLEIS)

European Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity (EUNAAPA)

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Follow the Prize on Facebook and read the national finalists’ entries


News from the EU 

Report on patient safety published  »

It focuses on the state of implementation of a number of actions to increase patient safety agreed by the EU's countries in 2009.

Health for Growth Programme (2014-2020): State of play  »

Commission publishes update on next steps for the third Health Programme.

Latest trends in Europe’s drugs problem  »

The EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) publishes its Annual report 2012 containing the latest statistics, trends and analysis on drugs in Europe.

Video to raise awareness about children of addicts  »

Association for Alcohol and other Drug problems (VAD) has launched a campaign with a gripping video, targeting children of parents with an alcohol or drug problem.

New WHO action plan focuses on disease prevention and health promotion  »

It presents 10 essential public health operations that countries can adapt and work on together, with WHO technical leadership and support, to assess and plan stronger public health services and capacity.

Best work-related documentary film of the year awarded  »

‘Pablo’s Winter’ by Chico Pereira of Spain is the 2012 winner. It tells the story of a retired miner in Spain. The Healthy Workplaces Film Award, presented by EU-OSHA, honours the best documentary on work-related topics.

Europe's first International Diagnostics Centre launched  »

The International Diagnostics Centre situated at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will be a focal point, forum and centre for learning, addressing the diagnostics priorities and challenges that diagnostic researchers face today.

Reporting from across Europe 

‘My health also depends on me’ – New campaign to promote women's health  [Italy]  »

The Italian government’s campaign aims to encourage and support women of all ages to get into the habit of taking better care of their own health.

New act to safeguard quality of health services for the elderly  [Finland]  »

The 'Senior Citizens Services Act', which will come into force in January 2013, will apply to retirement age population whose ability to function is significantly impaired due to ageing.

What's New on Health-EU 

SHIPSAN TRAINET – Healthier cruising in Europe  »

This project proposes a common European framework for the regulation of hygiene on cruise ships.

Free fruit for children!  »

Evaluation of the European School Fruit Scheme shows positive impact on children's diet.

Forthcoming events 

EHTEL 2012 Symposium – Fact not Fiction, the future of eHealth is already here (Brussels, 6-7 December 2012)  »

Everyone in health now uses some form of digital communication. At this conference the European Health Telematics Association will address what is already being implemented and what challenges still lie ahead.

Eurosymposium on Healthy Ageing – A new age of long-term health and longevity (Brussels, 12-14 December 2012)  »

The conference organised by the Healthy Life Extension Society aims to show how to add many years of healthy life through innovations based on the biology of ageing and how these can contribute to improve healthy life in a very significant way.

New publications 

Health at a Glance: Europe 2012  »

The joint report by the OECD and the European Commission presents key indicators of health status, determinants of health, healthcare resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries.

Ageing in the Twenty-First Century –A Celebration and A Challenge  »

Published by UNFPA and HelpAge International, this publication, representing a collaboration of over 20 United Nations entities and major international organisations working in the field of ageing, reviews policies and action taken by governments and other stakeholders since 2002.

Management of contacts of MDR TB and XDR TB patients  »

This European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) publication provides guidance on all relevant issues related to managing contacts of people afflicted with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) or extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB).

EU Press Releases 

EFSA and DG SANCO hold high level event to discuss ‘challenges of tomorrow’  »

To mark the 10th anniversary of the General Food Law and the establishment of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), a joint conference was held in Parma, Italy.

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Health at a Glance Report 2012

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