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Issue 127, 27 March 2014


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EU committed to action on chronic diseases

Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health

Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health

Chronic diseases are a major and growing problem in the population. They are by far the leading cause of mortality, representing some 86% of all deaths in the EU. Two million people die every year from cardiovascular diseases, and an estimated 8% of the population has diabetes – some of them needlessly. Many cases of chronic diseases can be prevented by reducing the main risk factors - smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet and insufficient exercise.

The EU is well aware that this problem cannot be ignored and is committed to taking action. We have policies and legislation in place to raise awareness and red [...]

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Health Programme Projects »

Implement: EU Research Project on the Implementation of Chronic Care Improvement

CHRODIS-JA: Joint Action addressing chronic diseases and promoting healthy ageing across the life cycle

The European Network for Action on Ageing and Physical Activity

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

'She's not a quitter', by Karin Pollack, 2012 finalist for Austria

'The old people's village on the island of immortals', by Henrik Ennart, 2013 finalist for Sweden


News from the EU 

'Health in Europe: Making it Fairer' conference looks at ways to address inequalities  »

'Health in Europe: Making it Fairer', a high-level conference on anti-discrimination in health, was held this week to discuss ways to eradicate inequalities in health services and care between the EU Member States.

Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action Plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016  »

The European Commission has just launched an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and extends existing EU action in this area, building on the achievements of the Action Plan 2009-2013.

The Council adopts new Tobacco Product Directive  »

The recently approved Tobacco Product Directive has now been adopted by the Council. The directive calls for stricter regulation on the use and marketing of tobacco products.

The final SCHER Opinion on dental amalgam and environmental risks adopted  »

The Scientific Committees' (SCHER) final Opinion on dental amalgam and environmental effects has been adopted.

Public consultation launched on the safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements  »

The Preliminary Opinion on The safety of Metal-on-Metal joint replacements with a particular focus on hip implants, published by the European Commission and its independent scientific committee SCENIHR, is open for public consultation until 25 April 2014.

The independent Health Expert Panel adopts first three opinions and launches public consultation  »

The independent Health Expert Panel which advises the European Commission on effective ways to invest in health has adopted its first three opinions. A public consultation on the opinion on financing and referral systems in primary care has now been launched.

Change in name, but not in commitment: Chafea is EAHC's successor  »

The Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency, Chafea, is the successor of the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers, EAHC, and has been active since the beginning of 2014.

Child Safety Alliance publishes first EU-wide assessment on child intentional injury  »

The report describes the prevalence of intentional injuries to children, including maltreatment, peer-to-peer and self-directed violence, and for the first time for the EU, comprehensively assesses national actions to address child intentional injury.

Reporting from across Europe 

Malta to launch rare diseases policy  [Malta]  »

Following World Rare Disease Day, Malta announced its commitment to invest further in reducing the burden of rare diseases and caring for rare disease patients, and plans to launch a rare diseases policy for consultation in the third quarter of 2014.

Denmark introduces free mail-in sample screenings for colorectal cancer  [Denmark]  »

People between the ages 50 and 74, the highest risk category for colorectal cancer, will be sent free stool sample kits to mail back in to labs. The Ministry of Health hopes that 6 out of 10 people will respond and that the number of deaths due to cancer can be reduced.

You are what you eat: Belgium studies its national eating habits  [Belgium]  »

Some 3,200 people ages 3 to 64 were randomly selected and invited to participate in a national food consumption survey. Trained health workers visit each participant twice and ask them about their food consumption, health and lifestyle.

Forthcoming events 

Conference on 'Cost-Effectiveness Assessment of European Influenza Human Pandemic Alert and Response Strategies' (Luxembourg, 28 March)  »

This conference in Luxembourg will address how to prioritize public health interventions against human influenza.

Symposium on 'iFightDepression' E-self-management of depression (Brussels, 1 April 2014)  »

This symposium is part of a project that is developing a self-management tool for coping with depression, one of the top three causes of disease and disability in the EU.

First EU Chronic Diseases Summit (Brussels, 3-4 April)  »

The first EU summit on chronic diseases will discuss medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Info Day on the Third Health Programme 2014-2020 (Brussels, 11 April 2014)  »

The purpose of this Info Day is to give an overview of the Third Health Programme which is about to enter force and is designed to encourage cooperation between Member States to improve health policies.

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