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Issue 128, 10 April 2014


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Showcasing the best health journalism in Europe

By Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health

By Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health

Absorbing, original and intense are adjectives I would use to describe all three of the winning articles I had the honour to award at the Award Ceremony of the 5th EU Health Prize for Journalists in Brussels on 8 April. These articles were selected from the over 850 submitted by journalists from across the EU.

Amidst the shortlist of 28 excellent articles, the winner of the first prize, Henk Blanken from the Netherlands, stood out with his gripping article “Carel’s Head". His story follows a young man suffering from Parkinson's disease from diagnosis to treatment, and gives a detailed and emotional acco [...]

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Health Programme Projects »

European Expert Paediatric Oncology Reference Network for Diagnostics and Treatment

Preventing Depression and Improving Awareness through Networking in the EU

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

ProYouth - European initiative for the promotion of mental health and the prevention of eating disorders in young people.

Vigilance and Surveillance of Substances of Human Origin

EU Health Prize for Journalists – Articles »

EU Health Prize for Journalists promotes high quality journalism that raises awareness


News from the EU 

Commission adopts Report on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Regulation  »

In the Regulation Report, the Commission takes stock of the situation of advanced therapy medicinal products in the EU and analyses the impact of the Regulation on advanced therapies.

Public hearing and workshop on electromagnetic fields held in Athens  »

The European Commission and the Greek Presidency held a public hearing on the Scientific Opinion on electromagnetic fields and potential health effects in Athens on 27 March, followed the next day by a related workshop. Read the presentations.

Health and Environment Alliance re-launches Chemicals Health Monitor  »

The Alliance has re-launched its website and online newsletter and launched new social media tools with the aim of improving public health by promoting support for more protective regulation of hazardous chemicals in Europe and beyond.

International Diabetes Federation Europe reports on access to diabetes treatment  »

The first of its kind for diabetes, this study looks at the challenges diabetics face when trying to get the treatment they need. It reviews access to treatment options at the national level, gives regional perspective and may inspire new solutions.

EU Press Releases 

Eurobarometer on sport reveals high levels of inactivity in the EU  »

According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity, 59% of European Union citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport, while 41% do so at least once a week. The Commission encourages the public to be more active.

Estonian doctors on-board and on-line, making full use of ePrescription  »

General Practitioners make only limited use of ePrescription (32% ), but Estonia topped the list of EU countries for the percentage of doctors using it to full advantage, with 100% participation. Read more about how Europe is using e-Health options.

German company wins EU's €2 million inducement prize for innovative vaccine technology  »

German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH has won the EU's first ever innovation inducement prize, offered by the Commission to encourage inventors to overcome one of the biggest barriers to using vaccines in developing countries.

Forthcoming events 

eHealth Forum 2014, (Athens, 12-14 May 2014)  »

Organised by the European Commission and the Greek Presidency of the EU, this forum will showcase innovative practices which have demonstrated their health, social and economic impact and have real potential for replication and scaling up.

New publications 

Compilation of scientific committees 2013 Opinions now available on CD  »

This CD contains the 2013 Opinions and memoranda of the scientific committees on consumer safety, on health and environmental risks and on emerging and newly identified health risks.

Updated dental amalgam factsheet published  »

This newly updated factsheet is based on the final opinion on dental amalgam, as adopted by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks in March 2014.

Health communication and its role in the prevention and control of communicable diseases in Europe  »

This publication results from the Translating Health Communication research project to support the health communication activities for the prevention and control of communicable diseases.

Reporting from across Europe 

'With your eyes', a video story, explains rare diseases to children  [Italy]  »

The Ministry of Health has produced a video and a didactic kit to explain rare diseases to children in primary school.

Ireland marks 10th anniversary of the Workplace Smoking Ban  [Ireland]  »

“The Workplace Smoking Ban in 2004 was a ground breaking initiative," said Dr James Reilly, T.D., Minister for Health, "and it has had a huge impact”. Researchers found 3,726 fewer smoking related deaths than expected had the ban not been in place.

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