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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.

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: 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: 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 [...]

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.

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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[...]

Public consultation: composition of infant and follow-on formulae    europa.eu

Published on: 24 April 2014 EFSA has launched a public consultation on its draft Scientific Opinion on the essential composition of infant and follow-on formulae. The Opinion reviews the existing adv[...]

Highlights from the 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN), Granada 2013    eufic.org

The 20th edition of the International Congress of Nutrition took place in Granada, Spain, from 15th to the 20th September 2013. Organised by the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and the Sp[...]

Nutrition in European Parliament's Motion for Resolution on European Gastronomic Hertitage    epha.org

This newly adopted motion for a resolution drafted by Santiago Fisas Ayxela MEP (EPP, ES) from the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Culture and Education calls for improved food literacy among E[...]

Cycling can create at least 76 600 jobs and save 10 000 lives every year in major European cities    who.int

Over 76 600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10 000 lives would be saved if major European cities reached the cycling modal share of Copenhagen. This is the conc[...]

Encouraging kids' fitness by improving their experiences in organised sport    europa.eu

In many European countries more than 20 per cent of children are overweight, and that number is rising. One of the most effective ways to keep children active is through organised sport. However, man[...]

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children    epha.org

At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization's (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Put recently for public consideration, the new proposal ai[...]

Food4Me: Legal challenges of personalised nutrition offerings    eufic.org

In this podcast the work within the Food4Me project in addressing the legal challenges and issues associated with the delivery of personalised nutrition services or advice to the public is discussed [...]

Research Headlines - A new running shoe that helps prevent injury    europa.eu

Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. However, the resulting repetitive stresses and strains on joints can cause injuries. In fact, many joggers have to stop practising the sport[...]

Periodic Report Summary - SHSPCOMPLEX (Structural studies of human small heat shock proteins and their complexes)    europa.eumsw8

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN Summary of project objectives: The collective goal of the project is to obtain detailed molecular insight into the structure and activity of human small heat shock prot[...]

Periodic Report Summary - PROTEOSTASIS (Cell-type-specific modulation of protein homeostasis in health and disease)    europa.eumsw8

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV The project PROTEOSTASIS's main goal is to elucidate how cell-specific differences in protein expression affect cellular quality control networks. During the first [...]

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