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Issue 107, 27 March 2013


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Patient safety gets better treatment across EU countries

Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

Martin Seychell, Deputy Director-General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

When a patient is treated in a hospital, they expect to get well and receive the best care possible without being exposed to medical errors that could lead to adverse health effects or infection. However, nearly half of EU citizens feel they could be harmed while being treated: both in hospital and in primary care settings.

Ensuring the safety of anyone that comes into contact with healthcare services is one of the most pressing healthcare challenges to date, which is why in 2009 EU Member States adopted a Recommendation where they agreed on a number of actions to increase patient safety.

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Health Programme Projects »

The European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care, PaSQ Joint Action

TRANSFoRm Translational Research and Patient Safety in Europe

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

Medical alert dogs for diabetic and autistic persons, by Melisa Tuya Sánchez, national winner for Spain


News from the EU 

EU Health Programme – Launch of the Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-Being  »

Europe is facing a rise in mental disorders, estimated to affect about 11% of the population. The EU strengthens resources and expertise to face this problem funding a Joint Action which will run from February 2013 till January 2016.

Adequate treatment essential to stop tuberculosis across Europe – new European data available  »

Over 1 000 patients are estimated to fall sick with tuberculosis every day across Europe – or more than 380 000 yearly. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe have released new surveillance data for 2011.

Examining the effects of breast cancer radiotherapy  »

A new study by Swedish, British and Danish researchers shows a clear correlation between radiation dose and risk of ischemic heart disease.  

Better information on health and well-being  »

A new collaboration between the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and WHO Regional office for Europe will provide expertise on health and well-beingone of the first tangible products will be a new online health information portal at WHO/Europe.

Test your knowledge on hazard pictograms with a new online quiz!  »

To increase recognition of pictograms for the labelling of hazardous chemicals in the EU, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has launched an interactive quiz.

Reporting from across Europe 

Monitoring tool system for overweight and obesity in 8-9-year-old Italian children  [Italy]  »

The biennial survey, now in its third year and involving 46 492 children, shows that 22.1% of children aged 8-9 years are overweight compared to 23.2% in 2008, of which 10.2% are obese, while in 2008/09 it was 12%.

'Feel good in your own skin' – campaign to encourage people to eat healthier and exercise more  [Belgium]  »

The concept behind it: whether you are 6 or 80, a seasoned athlete or a couch potato, everyone can eat healthier and exercise more.

Forthcoming events 

ERS Annual Congress 2013 (Barcelona, 7-11 September, 2013)  »

Take part in European Respiratory Society (ERS) congress and help shape the future of respiratory medicine.

3rd SHE Summer School: 4th European Conference on Health Promoting Schools: Equity, Education and Health (Copenhagen, 25-27 June)  »

The Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) Summer School aims to establish a creative and interactive space for researchers and practitioners within the field of school-based health education and promotion. Registration deadline: 10 May 2013.

New publications 

The European Health Report 2012  »

The World Health Organization’s new report reveals unequal improvements in health in Europe, and calls for measurement of well-being as marker of progress.

Report on childhood immunisation conference (Progress, challenges and priorities for further action, Luxembourg, 16-17 October 2012)  »

The summary report is now available from the European Commission, Health and Consumers Directorate-General.

ECDC’s Annual Epidemiological Report 2012  »

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) new Annual Epidemiological Report provides a comprehensive review of more than 50 communicable diseases currently notifiable under EU legislation.

The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants make us sick  »

A report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) provides an overview of the scientific evidence of how air pollution impacts health. It presents the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe.

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Launch of the new Scientific Committees

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