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This section on health in the EU has been created as a trustworthy gateway to a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European, national and international level. The content is produced by the European Commission, the Member States of the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), plus EU candidate countries; by international organisations; and by pan-European non-governmental organisations in the area of public health.

Vitamin D deficiency increases poor brain function after cardiac arrest by seven-fold    escardio.org

According to research presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2014 by Dr Jin Wi from Korea, patients with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have a poor neurological outcome or die after sudden [...]

Flash report - 15th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action    europa.eu

European Commission - 15th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and ActionLuxembourg, 7-8 October 2014   [...]

New publication: WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Implementation of round 1 (2007/2008) and round 2 (2009/2010)    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being Vector-borne and parasitic diseases The former Yugoslav Republic of[...]

Combating obesity through national school food policies across Europe    eufic.org

Schools are regarded as a promising intervention target to counteract the increase of childhood obesity levels. In this context, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a repo[...]

Physical training prevents depressive symptoms and a decrease in brain-derived neurotrophic factor in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Study results demonstrate that exercise training was effective for neuroprotection in the striatum and the hippocampus in an experimental model of PD.[...]

Pilot test of the LiveWell platform and training contents is completed!    epda.eu.com

During the summer period coordinated pilot test sessions were implemented in Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Iceland, Slovenia and Romania, involving patients, caregivers and health profess[...]

Peptidoglycan recognition protein genes and risk of Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Authors tested the hypothesis that variants in genes that encode PGRPs are associated with PD risk. Participants in two independent case-control studies were genotyped for 30 single-nucleotide polymo[...]

Effects of augmented visual feedback during balance training in Parkinson's disease: A pilot randomized clinical trial    epda.eu.com

VFT proved to be a feasible and safe approach to balance therapy for patients with PD. In this proof-of-concept study VFT was not superior over conventional balance training although observed trends [...]

Reducing salt consumption    who.int

No Member State in the WHO European Region meets the recommended adult daily salt intake of less than 5 g/day. Finland and the United Kingdom have introduced effective salt reduction programmes, as p[...]

Highlights of RC64 day 4 − Update on Ebola emergency, discussion on 6 European progress reports, and adoption of food and nutrition action plan    who.int

Welcomed with warm support by Member States, the European food and nutrition action plan 2015-2020 was adopted on the final day of the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.[...]

Effects of cognitive training in Parkinson's Disease: a randomized controlled trial    epda.eu.com

Cognitive and affective functions can be improved by cognitive trainings in PD patients. Specific effects (e.g. on memory and working memory versus depression) seem to be dependent on the type of tra[...]

Europe leads the world in eliminating trans fats    who.int

Consumption of trans fats is strongly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, and has been linked to several types of cancer. A growing number of countries in the WHO European R[...]

“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities    europa.eu

“We Love Eating”: Project to promote healthy lifestyles launches in 7 EU cities - Directorate General for Health & Consumers[...]

Highlights of RC64 day 3 – Adoption of action plans on vaccines, prevention of child maltreatment, and food and nutrition    who.int

Three far-reaching action plans - on vaccines, prevention of child maltreatment, and food and nutrition - were adopted, mapping the path for interventions in these areas until 2020.[...]

The role of iron in brain ageing and neurodegenerative disorders    epda.eu.com

During ageing, different iron complexes accumulate in brain regions associated with motor and cognitive impairment. In various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's [...]

Prevalence of Malnutrition in Patients with Parkinson's: Comparative Study with Healthy Controls using MNA questionnaire    epda.eu.com

Study findings indicate the same nutritional status among mild to moderate PD patients compared with healthy controls. However, more than a quarter of the PD population was found to be at risk of mal[...]

Dopaminergic agents and nutritional status in Parkinson's disease    epda.eu.com

Results: In linear regression, total levodopa (l-dopa) equivalent daily dose (LEDD) was associated with worse MNA (B = 0.14, 95% CI = 0.26-0.02; P = 0.019). This association remained significant only[...]

After the Mediterranean diet, now try a Nordic diet    escardio.org

The new Nordic diet, specially created to bridge the sometimes conflicting interests of health, gastronomy and sustainability, offers the potential to help weight control and reduce blood pressure. T[...]

Minutes - Commission Expert Group on Rare Diseases (Luxembourg, 03-04 July 2014)    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda Minutes [...]

Food & Addiction    eufic.org

The concept of `food addiction' has gained a lot of interest, not only by the media, but also within the scientific community. Can someone really be addicted to food? We interviewed Professor Julian [...]

Active and healthy ageing: the importance of nutrition to add healthy life years    eufic.org

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service, has published a science and policy report highlighting the importance of diet and nutrition in increasing healthy [...]

New resource for educators: Student worksheets: Is our diet healthy?    xplorehealth.eu

Obesity affects more and more people around the world every day. Concerned about the threat this poses for health in the long term, doctors and scientists are trying to understand why people develop[...]

New resource for educators: Discussion games: Obesity    xplorehealth.eu

Obesity is a complex disease involving multiple factors (genetic, environment, economic level, etc.). It also leads to many other diseases. In this game we propose a discussion of the ethical, legal[...]

New resource for educators: Experimental protocol: Investigating the genetic origins of obesity    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Experimental protocol: Investigating the genetic origins of obesity Experimental protocol: Investigating the genetic origins of obesity Family history plays a very important role in the predi[...]

CHANCE project presents foods and strategies to enhance nutritional health for people on a low budget    eufic.org

On 2nd July 2014 the findings from the CHANCE project were presented, alongside research from experts working in similar fields, at the CHANCE final conference `Targeting at risk-of-poverty populatio[...]

Association found between high cholesterol and breast cancer    escardio.org

An association between high blood cholesterol and breast cancer has been found in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK. Read moreTopics: Basic Science, Cardiov[...]

Our latest "Nutrition Research Highlights" (issue 3/2014) is on-line!    europa.eu

Read about: antimicrobial resistance; cardiovascular health; dietary habits and the environment; trans fatty acids and food regulation[...]

EU-funded MyNewGut project looks at gut microbiome’s influence on health and well-being    eufic.org

Microbes in the human intestines are known to affect the body's ability to extract energy from diet and to influence brain functions. The MyNewGut project, which receives funding from the European Un[...]

EU-funded CHANCE project develops new foods that are tasty, more nutritious and cheaper to manufacture    eufic.org

Over 125 million people in Europe were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2012, from a report by the European Commission Directorate-General EUROSTAT. The Commission has pledged to bring at le[...]

Success Stories - Deciphering the drivers of appetite to support a healthier diet    europa.eu

In recent decades the developed world has benefitted from a significant increase in the amount and variety of readily available food. But this abundance of food, often high in fat and sugar, may be a[...]

Research Headlines - Giving folding bikes the push they need    europa.eu

BIKE INTERMODAL, an EU-funded research project, combines two or more modes of transportation, in this case, cycling with public commuting or driving.[...]

Progress and hurdles: Prevention reports from Poland and Bulgaria    escardio.org

The EACPR brings you monthly reports on the challenges facing preventive cardiology across Europe. [...]

Watch the HFA webinar on Iron deficiency in heart failure - From evidence to practice    escardio.org

Get an update with key opinion leaders on the impact of iron deficiency (ID) on CHF patients' outcomes and quality of life (QoL) independent of anaemia, and a review of newly released guidelines for [...]

Agenda and presentations - Twenty-first plenary meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity, Brussels, 11 June 2014    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda Presentations Social Health Inequalities and Nutrition: Elements fr[...]

Agenda and presentations - Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Brussels, 10 June 2014    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda Presentations Overview of Commitments in the field of Advocacy and [...]

Nutrition and food safety on agenda during Regional Director’s visit to Uzbekistan    who.int

Nutrition, obesity and food safety were in focus when Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited Uzbekistan on 5-6 June 2014. Her visit coincided with an international conference in T[...]

¨Alcohol industry versus health ministry 2:0    eurocare.org

FIFA World Cup 2014 should not be sponsored by alcohol industry.[...]

Alcohol industry versus health ministry 2:0    eurocare.org

FIFA World Cup 2014 should not be sponsored by alcohol industry.[...]

EU launches campaign to combat sexual violence against minors during World Cup    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 June 2014 A new campaign designed to raise awareness of the sexual exploitation of minors in Brazil during the World Cup was today launched by the Europ[...]

Making diet count in cancer prevention    europa.eu

Cancer risk factors can be reduced by correct nutrition and physical activity, which are key elements in all recommendations for cancer prevention, such as the European code against cancer.[...]

Research Headlines - Peptide printouts help unravel protein interactions    europa.eu

An EU-funded project has built a 'printer' that can produce protein-type samples to advance healthcare research, particularly diagnostics and drug therapies for virulent diseases such as cancer. The [...]

Nutrition & Physical Activity: High Level Group and EU Platform meet today in Brussels    europa.eu

Directorate General for Health & Consumers[...]

Call for proposals "Healthy diet: Early years and Ageing Population". Deadline for proposals: 14 August 2014    europa.eu

Directorate General for Health & Consumers - Funding - Contracts[...]

Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for promoting healthy diets    epha.org

The Eating Better Alliance - of which EPHA is a partner network - has published its new Policy Briefing outlining a set of recommendations to policy makers aim at promoting healthy diets. Although th[...]

Prof. Grunert presents EUFIC consumer study at Green Week: price and nutritional value come first, while sustainability awareness could influence food choice in the future    eufic.org

Brussels, 3 June 2014, from the European Food Information Council (EUFIC): EUFIC study shows that, when it comes to choosing foods, price and nutritional value come first. But consumer interest in su[...]

WHO launches new High Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity    epha.org

At the 67th World Health Assembly, a new High-Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was officially launched. This new Commission aims to gather the best possible advice on dealing with the cri[...]

SCHER - Public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the use of calcium cyanamide as fertiliser    europa.eu

European Commission - When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it [...]

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD    oecd.org

Most people in OECD countries are overweight or obese. The social and economic consequences of this epidemic are dramatic, exposing an increasing number of people to chronic diseases such as diabetes[...]

Eurocare French member ANPAA supports petition on better labeling    eurocare.org

Petition for a simple nutrition labeling, intuitive and understandable by all on the front face of the food packaging is strongly supported by ANPAA.[...]

World Health Assembly, day 3: monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition approved    who.int

At the World Health Assembly on Wednesday, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations[...]

Childhood obesity and tuberculosis on agenda on first day of World Health Assembly    who.int

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, WHO's annual global meeting of ministers and senior health officials, opened on 19 May 2014.[...]

20 kilometres of Brussels run: more than 40 000 people took the start on the 35th edition    europa.eu

European Commission - 18 May 2013 - 20 km Brussels 26 September 2013 - [...]

Iron deficiency predicts outcome in AHF    escardio.org

Iron deficiency (ID), defined as a combination of depleted body iron stores and unmet cellular iron requirements, identified acute heart failure (AHF) patients with the worst outcomes, reported a Pol[...]

Negative iron balance predicts acute heart failure survival    escardio.org

Professor Ewa Jankowska, first author of the study, said: [...]

Calories we forget to count- alcoholic drinks    eurocare.org

On the European Obesity Day (17th May), Eurocare warns people not to let extra calories sneak up on them through calorific alcoholic drinks.[...]

Success Stories - Fitted, fast and high-tech: a new generation of surgical implants    europa.eu

A new manufacturing process for surgical implants will reduce the recovery time associated with traditional implants. Developed by EU-funded researchers, the innovative method can be used to build ma[...]

Our latest "Nutrition Research Highlights" (issue 2/2014) is on-line!    europa.eu

Read about: Do protein-rich diets spell disease?; Tackling childhood obesity early on; Food variety and biodiversity; Vitamin D and bone health[...]

EFSA: call to renew membership of its Scientific Committee and eight of its ten Scientific Panels    EFSA

Applications are invited from high-calibre scientists on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) website by 18 June 2014.


Sports field transformed for breast cancer    uicc.org

Melbourne, 10th May 2014 - 15,000 people stood together in the name of breast cancer awareness on Australia's principal sporting ground, the MCG, in the shape of BCNA's iconic Pink Lady logo. read mo[...]

Sporting field transformed for breast cancer    uicc.org

Melbourne, 10th May 2014 - 15,000 people stood together in the name of breast cancer awareness on Australia's principal sporting ground, the MCG, in the shape of BCNA's iconic Pink Lady logo. read mo[...]

The shape of things to come: study predicts increase in adult obesity prevalence in almost all European countries by 2030    escardio.org

Rates of obesity and overweight in both male and females are projected to increase in almost all countries of Europe by 2030, according to a statistical modelling study. However, the forecast rates v[...]

Success Stories - Micronutrients against malnutrition    europa.eu

In a part of southern Kenya where malnutrition is rife, Stanley is an active three year old boy. Along with hundreds of other Kenyan youngsters, he is part of a research project aimed at fighting chi[...]

Addressing degenerative ageing with long-term dietary studies    eufic.org

Researchers from the NU-AGE project have published a special issue in the journal Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, which summarises new methods to tackle a key factor of ageing in elderly people[...]

[ToyBox project report] Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: policies and evidence    epha.org

On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association for the Study of Obesity) published its report [...]

Replacing sugars - rationale, benefits and challenges    eufic.org

Food and beverage companies are reformulating foods, i.e. changing the composition of processed foods, including the reduction of sugars. However food reformulation is no simple task. Apart from swee[...]

Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage    europa.eu

Child poverty and social exclusion is one of the major challenges facing the European Union and, in February 2013, as a key part of its Social Investment Package (SIP), the European Commission issued[...]


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