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Appropriate reference amounts are important for the effective use of nutrition labelling information, study reveals    eufic.org

A recent study by Professor Monique Raats of the University of Surrey's Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, in conjunction with the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) in Bruss[...]

Test your knowledge with the new sports cardiology quiz!    escardio.org

The Early Repolarisation pattern in athletes: Definitions and prognostic significance Read the caseReview the chartsAnswer the questionsTake the quiz now! Topics: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - [...]

Global Health Policy Forum, Brussels, 27 November 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission - Brussels, 27 November 2014 [...]

2008-2013 EU funded actions to support the EU public health priorities - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Nutrition & physical activity actions addressing obesity[...]

Physical activity and risk of Parkinson's disease in the Swedish National March Cohort    epda.eu.com

Study results indicate that a medium level of physical activity lowers Parkinson's disease risk.[...]

Herbs and spices: A useful approach to reducing salt content in soup    eufic.org

Researchers from the University of Reading in the UK have found that the addition of herbs and spices can increase consumers' liking of reduced-salt soups. They found that reducing salt led to a sign[...]

Fundación Alborada – First training on Environmental Medicine at public hospital    env-health.org

After a long time of trying to introduce Environmental Medicine into the public health system, Fundación Alborada has taken a big step forward. For the first time in Spain a group of physicians and n[...]

[EPHA Professional Development Programme - Autumn 2014] EU health advocacy training    epha.org

In Brussels on 8th/9th/10th December 2014, EPHA will launch the first part of its 7th Professional Development Programme (PDP). The Autumn 2014 programme aims to train those new to the `EU bubble' to[...]

Agenda - 6th meeting of the eHealth Network (Brussels, 18 November 2014)    europa.eu

European Commission -   Agenda     [...]

Effects of Endurance Exercise Training on The Motor and Non-Motor Features of Parkinson's Disease: A Review    epda.eu.com

Conclusion: Endurance exercise training improves physical conditioning in PD patients; however, to date, there is insufficient evidence to include endurance exercise training as a specific treatment [...]

Dopamine midbrain neurons in health & Parkinson's: Emerging roles of voltage-gated calcium channels & ATP-sensitive potassium ch    epda.eu.com

In this review, authors focus on the emerging physiological and pathophysiological roles of these two ion channels (and their complex interplay with other ion channels), particularly in highly vulner[...]

Our latest "Nutrition Research Highlights" (issue 5/2014) is on-line!    europa.eu

Read about: the benefits of active commuting; the European Code against Cancer; diet and active healthy ageing[...]

Connect4Action: Top level results of the 3-year EU-funded project    eufic.org

The Connect4Action project, which receives support from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme, aims to lower the failure rates of new food technologies in Europe, by increasing consumer accept[...]

Agenda - 15th plenary meeting on European Alcohol and Health Forum (Luxembour, 6 November 2014)    europa.eu

European Commission - 15th Plenary MeetingLuxembourg, 6 November 2014   [...]

Fresh Call for Calorie Labelling on Alcohol    eurocare.org

New research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) shows that the vast majority are unaware of the calories in their alcoholic drinks.[...]

Program for Action on Global Health, Brussels, 28 October 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission - Brussels, 28 October 2014 [...]

EU project Connect4Action: Connecting key players in the food innovation process to improve consumer acceptance of new products    eufic.org

New products provide a means for the food industry to remain competitive. Although thousands of new food products are launched, the majority fail. The success of innovations depends on consumers acce[...]

How hot is your sports cardiology knowledge? Take the new quiz!    escardio.org

Management of young athletes with T-wave inversions[...]

3rd meeting of the HTA Network, Rome, 29 October 2014 - Draft agenda available    europa.eu

European Commission -   Agenda Agenda   [...]

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[...]

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[...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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[...]


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