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NEW sports cardiology quiz from the EACPR - test your knowledge!

Incidental findings in cardiovascular pre-participation screening programmes: A 14 year old Caucasian boy had a 12-lead ECG performed as part of a voluntary cardiovascular screening event for young i[...]

[Joint press statement] Save the EU School Fruit Scheme ‘Better Regulation' must not be put ahead of children's health

25 February 2015, Brussels - The European Commission may be planning to abandon (1) the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits[...]


Diets high in fruits and vegetables are associated with a lower risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. It is thought that dietary compounds including polyphenols present in[...]

Interested in optimising your exercise intervention trials?

Take part in the new EACPR training course: 'Performing exercise intervention trials in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation'. Meet well-known experts and learn best practices with this pract[...]

Presentations - Twenty-second plenary meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity (18 February 2015)

European Commission - Agenda Presentations Make the Healthy Option, The Easier Option [...]

Presentations - Plenary meeting of the European Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (19 February 2015)

European Commission - Agenda Presentations Updated European Code Against Cancer  Isabelle Romieu[...]

Facts on Fats - Dietary Fats and Health

EUFIC's review Facts on Fats provides the reader with an extensive, though easy to understand, overview of the various aspects related to the fats we consume through our diets. To make this informati[...]

Highlights from the 21st European Congress on Obesity 2014

In May 2014, the 21st European Congress on Obesity (ECO), hosted by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Obesity is one of the fastest developing p[...]

NEW sports cardiology quiz: An asymptomatic athlete with-pre-excitation

A 16-year-old Caucasian international level cyclist underwent pre-participation cardiac screening. He reported no sinister cardiac symptoms or family history of heart disease or sudden cardiac death [...]

Plans to put existing code of conduct on sport’s sponsorship on a statutory footing weaken the new Irsish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Eurocare and its Irish member Alcohol Action Ireland are disapointed over the lack of commitment on regulation of sport sponsorship.[...]

EPHA comment on European Commission investigation into Danish 'fat tax'

Brussels, 9 February 2015 - The European Commission opened last week an investigation looking into whether application of a tax on some high-fat foods by the Danish government between October 2011 un[...]

Oral question - Country of origin labelling for meat ingredients in processed food - O-2014-000091

Question for oral answer O-000091/2014 to the Commission Rule 128 Giovanni La Via, on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Source : © European Union, 2014 - EP[...]

Motion for a resolution on country of origin labelling for meat in processed food - B8-2015-0097

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION further to Question for Oral Answer B8-0101/2015 pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure on country of origin labelling for meat in processed food (2014/2875(RSP)) G[...]

“Together”: Pilot project promoting healthy diets to pregnant and lactating women

European Commission - A pilot project is an initiative of an experimental nature designed to test the feasibility and usefulness of action. It is meant to try different approaches to ad[...]

Low-calorie diets: EFSA updates nutrition advice

Published on: 13 January 2015 Low-calorie diets: EFSA updates nutrition advice[...]

Blood sugar levels in heart failure patients predict risk of early death, hospitalisations and diabetes

New research suggests that people who arrive at hospital emergency departments with acute heart failure should have their blood sugar levels checked on arrival. This simple and inexpensive measure co[...]

Cognitive training in Parkinson's disease reduces cognitive decline in the long term

Significant time treatment effects on overall cognitive functions were found for both training groups, each compared separately to the CG (DemTect, P < 0.05).[...]

Vitamin D from different sources is inversely associated with Parkinson disease

Study data confirm the association between vitamin D deficiency and PD, and for the first time demonstrate an inverse association of 25(OH)D2 with PD. Given that 25(OH)D2 concentration is independent[...]

Dietary fat intake and risk for Parkinson's disease

The study suggests that fat intake in general is not related to the risk for PD. The weak positive association between intake of n-6 PUFA and PD risk needs further investigation.[...]

DNA methylation of the MAPT gene in Parkinson's disease cohorts and modulation by vitamin E In Vitro

The significant effects of sex, diplotype, and brain region suggest that hypermethylation of the MAPT gene is neuroprotective by reducing MAPT expression. The effect of vitamin E on MAPT represents a[...]

Malta launches food and nutrition policy and action plan

Dietary factors are the single most important risk factors for the burden of disease in all 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. In Malta, levels of obesity among school-age children are a pa[...]

Mysimba recommended for approval in weight management in adults

Medicine to be used in addition to reduced-calorie diet and physical activity[...]

Agenda - 7th meeting of the eHealth Network (Riga, 12 May 2015)

European Commission - Agenda [...]


Honey is a natural ingredient used for its sweetness, energy and potential health benefits. There are hundreds of different honey types such as clover, acacia or manuka, depending on the botanical or[...]

Healthy bones for life

Healthy bones are key for healthy ageing. The foundations of a healthy skeleton are laid down early in life, but our dietary and lifestyle habits throughout life also play an important role determini[...]

Effects of cognitive training in Parkinson's Disease: a randomized controlled trial

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[...]

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

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 [...]

Ensuring good nutritional status in patients with Parkinson's disease: challenges and solutions

The means of ensuring good nutritional status in PD range from providing adequate energy and nutrients for the body, to considering in a broader perspective, the management of motor and nonmotor symp[...]

Cancer Country Profiles 2014 now available!

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development Cancer Country Profiles 2014 now available! The Cancer Country Prof[...]

Longitudinal midbrain changes in early parkinson's disease: Iron content estimated from R2*/MRI

Conclusions: High field MRI demonstrates lateral SNc abnormalities that progress over 3 years in early PD consistent with increased iron content in those with more advanced disease, corresponding to [...]

Pilot test of the LiveWell platform and training contents is completed!

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[...]

Mediterranean diet linked to improved CV function in erectile dysfunction patients

Erectile dysfunction is not a symptom of ageing, it is a bad sign from the body that something is wrong with the vasculature. In 80% of cases erectile dysfunction is caused by vascular problems and i[...]

High cancer burden due to overweight and obesity in most European countries

A new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), WHO's specialized cancer agency, shows that overweight and obesity are a major risk factor for cancer: responsible for an estima[...]

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

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!

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

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

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

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

Physical activity and risk of Parkinson's disease in the Swedish National March Cohort

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

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

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

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)

European Commission -   Agenda     [...]

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

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

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!

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

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)

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

Fresh Call for Calorie Labelling on Alcohol

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

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

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

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!

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


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