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Issue 119, 21 November 2013


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European Antibiotic Awareness Day promotes prudent antibiotic use in over 40 countries

By Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

By Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Antibiotic-resistant infections are increasing at an alarming pace, posing a great threat to human health. I believe that improving antibiotic use practices is the most important action needed to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are frequently used inappropriately or when they are not needed in both humans and animals.


The 2001 Council Recommendation on the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in human medicine stated that EU Member States should inform the general public of the importance of prudent use of antimicrobial agents. ECDC decided in 2008 [...]

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Antibiotic Resistance and Prescribing in European Children (ARPEC)

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

A body full of life, Kim Verhaeghe, National winner 2012 for Belgium

When the drugs don’t work, Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, National winners 2011 for United Kingdom and 1st Prize winners

Losing the superbug war, Gary Finnegan, National winner 2011 for Ireland


News from the EU 

Some 80% of cardiovascular diseases are to a large extent preventable – EU Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg  »

Commissioner Borg addressed the MEP Heart Group for Cardiovascular Health Week, highlighting the need for prevention in order to combat cardiovascular diseases.

Reflection process on innovative approaches for chronic diseases in public health and healthcare systems  »

At its meeting on 6 June 2011 the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on "Innovative approaches for chronic diseases in public health and healthcare systems", inviting Member States and the Commission to initiate a reflection process aiming to optimise the response to the challenges of chronic diseases.

Second Health Programme: awarding decision for 2013 adopted  »

The awarding of grants for proposals for 2013 under the second Health Programme (2008-2013) was adopted on 29 October.

Decision on serious cross border threats to health enters into force  »

The new Decision is an important step forward in improving health security in the EU and protecting citizens from a wide range of health threats, such as possible pandemics and serious cross border threats caused by communicable diseases, chemical, biological or environmental events.

Mercury from dental amalgam – Fact sheet based on the opinion of the European Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER)  »

This new fact sheet summarizes the environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam.

Commission report highlights the potential of personalised medicine  »

The European Commission published a report highlighting the progress made in the field of personalised medicine, which has the potential to offer new treatment opportunities for the benefit of patients.

Reporting from across Europe 

First report on seasonal influenza published  [Italy]  »

The first report on seasonal influenza 2013 has been published together with guidelines and information material. The seasonal flu is the main cause of absence from work and school and it is still nowadays the third cause of death in Italy for communicable diseases.

Five year antimicrobial resistance strategy 2013-2018  [United Kingdom]  »

This Strategy sets out actions to address the key challenges to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with a focus on antibiotics. The overarching goal of the Strategy is to slow the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Alcohol in Slovenia – Trends and health consequences of harmful drinking and proposals for action  [Slovenia]  »

A new report from Slovenia presents the trends in harmful drinking, the health consequences and suggested effective measures to take in the area of alcohol policy.

Forthcoming events 

4th eHealth Network meeting (Brussels, 19 November 2013)  »

During the meeting, the first Guidelines on “patient summary” were adopted. These voluntary guidelines are a set of recommendations on which basic medical information about a patient should be shared across EU borders, and how these should be shared. This falls under the CBHC Directive, supporting its objective of ‘continuity of care’.

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (Brussels, 25 November 2013)  »

This conference aims to foster a high level policy debate about how to best scale up innovation within the care systems in response to the demographic challenge and how to create the associated opportunities for new growth and jobs.

Open Forum of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) (26-27 November 2013)  »

The Forum is hosted by Slovenia's National Institute of Public Health and will focus on the themes of national cancer plans and screening, as well as present and final conclusions by the EPAAC.

European Patients' Forum Campaign for the 2014 EU Elections  »

The campaign aims to highlight patients as part of the solution in addressing fundamental roadblocks in patients’ access to high-quality, effective and sustainable healthcare.

Joint Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (Brussels, 11 December 2013)  »

The European Commission is organizing this conference with the aim to carry out a mid-term review of the Commission's action plan against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance. Discussions will focus on the challenges ahead and the drivers and possible limitations of the envisaged measures to reduce the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance.

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