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Issue 101, 6 December 2012


Your gateway to trustworthy information on public health

Key indicators of health and health systems across 35 countries presented in new report

By Stefan Schreck, Head of Health Information Unit, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers

By Stefan Schreck, Head of Health Information Unit, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers

In November, DG Health and Consumers of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) jointly published the second edition of the report ‘Health at a Glance: Europe’.

The report, presented in a user-friendly format, gives a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, healthcare resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries.

The publication reflects the long and fruitful collaboration [...]

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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 »

European Health Examination Survey Pilot Joint Action (EHES JA)

Joint Action for European Community Health Indicators and Monitoring (Joint Action for ECHIM)

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Special prize for the best article on smoking cessation


News from the EU 

The European Commission and FC Barcelona launch 'Quit Smoking with Barça'  »

On 1 December at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona and the European Commission launched their partnership encouraging smoking cessation. The iCoach tool is available with personalised advice from Barça stars on quitting smoking.

Tonio Borg appointed new commissioner for health and consumer policy  »

The former Maltese foreign minister is confirmed as the new EU Commissioner.

Report reveals new data on HIV cases in Europe  »

Joint report from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe marked World Aids Day.

High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity publishes its conclusions  »

Flash Report on the progress of the external evaluation of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity health-related issues.

Health First Europe launches pocket card recommendations on health technology assessment  »

Stakeholder involvement and transparency are keys to EU health technology assessment, say Health First Europe.

Teenage girls dance away depression  »

Study shows depression, stress, fatigue and even headaches suffered by young girls can be alleviated through regular dance

Increase your activity for a healthier lifestyle!  »

Researchers have taken up the challenge of getting people moving by creating ‘Hopscotch’, a playful, interactive game for children and adults inspiring them to stay physically and mentally fit.

Reducing dementia risk with a more active lifestyle  »

A new study reveals that older people who increase their physical activity may reduce their chances of getting dementia.

Reporting from across Europe 

Babies to be protected against common diarrhoea bug  [United Kingdom]  »

Children under four months will be vaccinated against rotavirus – a highly infectious bug.

2013 declared Spanish Year of Rare Diseases  [Spain]  »

With this initiative, the Spanish government expects to raise knowledge and awareness of rare conditions.

New campaign against improper use of antibiotics  [Luxembourg]  »

Ministry of Health wants to raise public awareness of antibiotic resistance.

What's New on Health-EU 

European Commission and FC Barcelona launch anti-tobacco partnership  »

‘Quit Smoking with Barça’ is built around the iCoach, a personal health coaching programme that provides smokers with personalised advice on quitting smoking from Barça stars.

Forthcoming events 

11th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases (Florence, Italy 6-10 March, 2013)  »

The meeting is at the forefront of unravelling the mechanisms and improving the treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other related neurodegenerative diseases.

First International Rare Diseases Research Consortium Conference (IRDiRC) (Dublin, 16-17 April 2013)  »

The conference, organised by the European Commission, aims to gather stakeholders active in the rare disease area from across the globe.

New publications 

Alcohol harm: new reports published by the European Commission  »

Two new reports in the field of alcohol reduction are available online.

Austrian Road Safety Board publishes report on Burden of Sport Injuries in the European Union  »

Mainly based on the Injury Data Base, the report is part of the ‘Safety Management Schemes for High Risk Sports’, an EU-funded project.

The Advocate's Guide to Understanding Breast Cancer Research, from Europa Donna  »

This booklet gives breast cancer advocates important skills like the ability to recognise reputable studies as well as to understand study outcomes, statistics and levels of evidence.

Social inequalities in health in Poland  »

Published by the World Health Organization, this study presents the first comprehensive summary of the current knowledge on the scale of health inequalities in Poland.

Measles and rubella monitoring report  »

Measles cases substantially lower but still do not meet elimination target, says report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

EU Press Releases 

World AIDS Day – European Commission issues statement  »

Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, and Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, highlighted the latest figures on HIV/AIDS in Europe and around the world.

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