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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.

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 [...]

Food4Me: Protecting the consumer with guidelines for 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,[...]

Speech: "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life"    europa.eu

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Speech: Opening Address to the Conference on the Joint Programming Initia[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the revision of the guideline on immunogenicity assessment of biotechnology-derived therapeutic proteins, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

The Guideline on Immunogenicity Assessment of Biotechnology-derived Therapeutic Proteins, CHMP/BMWP/42832/2005 laid down general recommendations for the performance of a systematic immunogenicity ass[...]

EPHA submit comments to the draft political declaration in run towards FAO/WHO the Second International Conference on Nutrition.    epha.org

In run towards the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested s[...]

Final Report Summary - INFBIOSYS (The role of Bacterial Multigene Families in Infection: Identification of Host Target Networks by High-throughput Protein Interactomics)    europa.eumsw8

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH The genomes of pathogenic bacteria often contain multiple copies of genes with similar sequence, thus forming what is known as a multigene family. Multigene families arise[...]

Periodic Report Summary - INFBIOSYS (The role of Bacterial Multigene Families in Infection: Identification of Host Target Networks by High-throughput Protein Interactomics)    europa.eumsw8

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH The genomes of pathogenic bacteria often contain multiple copies of genes with similar sequence, thus forming what is known as a multigene family. Multigene families arise[...]

EU sugar policy - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

A sweet transition after 2015?[...]

Anticipating the future of doping in sport    europa.eu

Doping in sport is nothing new. Ancient Greek athletes used stimulating potions to fortify themselves. Strychnine, caffeine, cocaine, and alcohol were regularly used by cyclists in the 19th century. [...]

Our latest "Nutrition Research Highlights" (issue 1/2014) is on-line!    europa.eu

In this issue: Dietary phosphorus on the rise; Better body weight prediction tools; New Nordic Diet recommendations; Interplay of socio-economic status, diet, and health.[...]

[Joint press release] Ball is in Council's court to end health discrimination    epha.org

Brussels, 18 March 2014 - The multiple forms of health and other discrimination faced by patients with chronic diseases and vulnerable groups, as well as the political commitment needed to combat thi[...]

The Council approves EU tobacco legislation fitted to the twenty-first century    epha.org

Brussels, 14 March 2014 - Today the Council endorsed the new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the European Parliament last December. After more than three years of delays and policy m[...]

Periodic Report Summary - MYWEAR (Customised green, safe, healthy and smart work and sports wear)    europa.eumsw8

BASE PROTECTION SRL Project context and objectives: Nowadays, the full adoption of customer-driven production methodologies and technologies is recognised as of definitive importance for the European[...]

Researchers identify key personalised-nutrition business models and factors to attract and keep consumers    eufic.org

Personalised nutrition advice provides consumers with individual dietary recommendations based on individual genotype and phenotypic data such as height, weight and blood type. Personalised Nutrition[...]

WHO revising sugar guidelines    who.int

WHO is opening a public consultation on draft guidelines on sugar intake. They will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems such [...]

Events - Conference JPI Health Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL) - 28 March 2014, Brussels, Belgium    europa.eu

The vision of JPI HDHL is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity and [...]

Member States agree Plan to tackle Childhood Obesity    europa.eu

Directorate General for Health & Consumers[...]

Alarming obesity rates in the WHO European Region require urgent action to protect children's health    epha.org

A recent WHO Europe Report, presenting an update on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in the period 2012-2013, highlights increasing obesity rates in children. The overvi[...]

New WHO analysis shows alarming rates of overweight children    who.int

According to a new report published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, being overweight is so common that it risks becoming a new norm in the WHO European Region. For example, up to 27% of 13-yea[...]

Water: nutrient and heavy metal pollution 'decoupling' from growth    europa.eu

European households are generating lower levels of nutrient pollution in water, despite a growing population. In a similar example of 'absolute decoupling', levels of some pollutants from agriculture[...]

Events - SME Instrument in HORIZON 2020 - Webinar from Fit for Health 2.0 - 14 March 2014, Online    europa.eu

Fit for Health 2.0 supports SMEs to successfully participate in Health-related projects in Horizon 2020. We invite you to participate in a webinar focussed on the new SME Instrument on 14 March from [...]

Photo story – How can the obesity epidemic in children be stopped?    who.int

Across the WHO European Region, more and more children are now overweight and obese. What can be done, and who needs to take action to stop overweight becoming the new norm?[...]

Photo story – How can the obesity epidemic in children be stopped?    who.int

Across the WHO European Region, more and more children are now overweight and obese. What can be done, and who needs to take action to stop overweight becoming the new norm?[...]

Periodic Report Summary - PLEASURE (Novel processing approaches for the development of food products low in fat, salt and sugar)    europa.eumsw8

BIOZOON GMBH Project context and objectives: More than 60 % of all reported diseases in modern industrial countries are said to have their origin from malnutrition. It has been identified that an imp[...]

131213_ECO 2013 Pedro Texeira_p7    eufic.org

Pedro Teixeira, Ph.D. is Full Professor and director of the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity research group at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics. His research focuses on be[...]

[Members News] NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International's Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets    epha.org

The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - its updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication [...]

Test your knowledge with the January ECG quiz    escardio.org

A 17-year-old national rower underwent a 12 lead ECG as part of pre-participation cardiac screening. He was asymptomatic. There was no significant past medical history or drug history. His sister had[...]

Our latest "Nutrition Research Highlights" (issue 6/2013) is on-line!    europa.eu

In this issue: Social influences on food choice; food reward messaging; the food addiction concept; approaches to ensuring good hydration.[...]

Nutrition: EFSA consults on dietary reference values for iodine    europa.eu

Published on: 15 January 2014 EFSA has launched a public consultation on its Scientific Opinion proposing adequate intakes of iodine. The opinion is part of EFSA's ongoing work on Dietary Reference V[...]

Does wheat make us fat and sick?    eufic.org

Researchers from the Department of Human Biology, Health Food Innovation Management, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and the Plant Biology and Crop Science group of Rothamsted Research, UK, c[...]

Highlights from the 20th European Congress on Obesity 2013    eufic.org

In May 2013, the 20th European Congress on Obesity, hosted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), took place in Liverpool. With the prevalence of obesity still on the rise, the [...]

New global campaign to put pressure on governments and industry to cut sugar content of food and drinks by up to 30%    epha.org

A new global campaign will bring together health experts and policy-makers to comprehensively address the current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes by reducing 'unnecessarily high' levels of su[...]

Periodic Report Summary 1 - AUTO-UBIQUITYLATION (Structural insight into auto-ubiquitylation as a regulatory mechanism for protein trafficking)    europa.eumsw8

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY Proteins interact within a cell by a special sign language. One pivotal signal is a small protein named ubiquitin (Ub). Aberrations in the Ub system are involved in a large number[...]

Fit teenagers are less likely to have heart attacks in later life    escardio.org

Swedish researchers found that every 15% increase in aerobic fitness was linked to an approximately 18% reduced risk of myocardial infarction 30 years later. The study found that the relationship bet[...]

Periodic Report Summary - EPIHEALTH (Linking perturbed maternal environment ... due to diabetes, obesity or assisted reproductive technologies, and altered health during ageing.)    europa.eumsw8

BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT Project context and objectives: The main goal of EPIHEALTH is to improve health of the human population by understanding the mechanisms and pathways in early developmen[...]

Periodic Report Summary - HIGHGLYCAN (Methods for high-throughput (HTP) analysis of protein glycosylation)    europa.eumsw8

ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS LEIDEN - LEIDS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM Project context and objectives: The HIGHGLYCAN project (see http://www.highglycan.eu/ for details) develops technology for the analys[...]

Food supplements: who needs them and when?    eufic.org

There are numerous food supplements on the market, but whom are they for? When are they beneficial, ineffective or even harmful? In this article we explore the general recommendations on taking food [...]

[Press release] European Council puts people living in Europe closer to a tobacco regulation better fit for purpose    epha.org

18 December 2013, Brussels -The European Council, via the heads and deputy of mission from the EU member states (so-called COREPER), has today endorsed (1) an agreement for the new EU Tobacco Product[...]

Test your knowledge with the December ECG quiz    escardio.org

Prepared for you by experts on behalf of the EACPR Sports Cardiology Section: A 28-year-old male footballer of African descent was referred to the Sports cardiology outpatient clinic for further eval[...]

About Stevia    eufic.org

Stevia is a natural, zero-calorie sweetening ingredient named after a plant that has been used to sweeten foods and beverages in many parts of the world for hundreds of years. The leaves contain the [...]

Working conditions of professional athletes    europa.eu

Professional athletes in Europe rarely have the benefit of collective agreements or social dialogue to help establish good basic working conditions and some form of employment protection. A study pre[...]

New screening strategy to prevent cardiovascular complications in sports    escardio.org

Conventional echocardiography is simple, accurate and cost effective. Dr Alexander Kisko: [...]

Periodic Report Summary - NANOANTENNA (Development of a high sensitive and specific nanobiosensor (...) dedicated to the in vitro proteins detection and disease diagnosis)    europa.eumsw8

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE Project Context and Objectives: Despite some recent advances, the detection of traces of biological species in medical diagnosis remains a challenge at th[...]

When nutrition labels increase our food consumption    eufic.org

The selection of portion size and actual consumption are driven by many physiological, environmental, sensory and cognitive cues which surround the eating experience. Researchers from the Northern Ir[...]

EU Council adopts the first ever Recommendation on sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA)    epha.org

On 26 November of 2013 the Council adopted the first ever Council Recommendation in sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors (HEPA). It also adopted Council concl[...]

Using sensory technology to provide daily dietary guidance    europa.eu

An innovative new way of providing personal behavioural guidance to children and young adults could play a crucial role in tackling the ongoing obesity epidemic. The EU-funded SPLENDID project, which[...]

Food labels – Who reads them? Do they understand them?    eufic.org

EUFIC announces the results of its pan-European consumer research on in-store behaviour, understanding and use of nutrition information on food labels, and nutrition knowledge. Listen here to the web[...]

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