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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.

EU-funded Food4Me project paves way for personalised nutrition to better public health    eufic.org

Food4Me was a four-year project, which received funding from the European Commission. Its goal was to identify the challenges and opportunities of personalised nutrition through an internet-based per[...]

Sowing the seeds of good health    eufic.org

Plant-based diets are receiving increasing attention, and research shows their potential for disease-prevention. Much has been said about the importance of fruits and vegetables, but what is known ab[...]

70,000 school children in Milan will have a "taste" of Europe on 8 May eating European Healthy School Lunches    europa.eu

European Commission - European Healthy School Lunches is an initiative to promote healthy diets for children. On 8 May, 70,000 children in Milan from pre-school to secondary sc[...]

Events - Tackling obesity via EU-funded R&D - 14 May 2015, Milan, Italy    europa.eu

In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight; of these, over 600 million were obese (source: World Health Organisation). This workshop will give an overview of the obesity research that the [...]

Events - Physical activity and sedentary behaviour, surveillance and assessment - 14 May 2015, Milan, Italy    europa.eu

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours are closely linked to food intake and dietary behaviour and are linked to many non-communicable diseases. Food intake should therefore almost always be co[...]

[Joint letter to WHO Regional Office for Europe] Nutrient profile model    epha.org

Brussels, 14 April 2015- As representatives of a large number of European-based health organisations, we are writing to you to congratulate the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO Euro) on developing[...]

An increase in physical activity may reduce mortality risk in inactive people    eufic.org

Researchers from the EPIC study (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) found that an increase in physical activity (PA) reduced the risk of mortality, particularly when compar[...]

Paving the way for personalised nutrition to improve population health    eufic.org

European-wide study by Food4Me project shows that personalised nutrition advice is more effective to improve dietary behaviour compared to conventional `one-size-fits-all', population-based advice. P[...]

Food price policies are a key factor to promote healthier diets, says WHO    epha.org

Faced with increasing levels of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, caused largely by unhealthy diets, policy-makers right across Europ[...]

WHO recommends cutting sugar intake to six teaspoons per day    epha.org

Reducing sugars intake to less than 10% of total daily calories: a strong recommendation from WHO. The WHO has recommended to governments to take measures to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of d[...]

Trans fats - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Workshop : Brussels, 5 November 2013[...]

Adult education and training in Europe - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Programmes to raise achievement in basic skills : country descriptions[...]

25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The state of integration of East and West in the European Union[...]

Can Nerve Stimulators Conquer Parkinson's and Even Obesity?    epda.eu.com

A recent study out of Duke University found that ongoing spinal cord stimulation could improve symptoms of Parkinson's disease. The report also showed that the treatment could safeguard nerve cells f[...]

New publication: Using price policies to promote healthier diets    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

New research findings on liver cancer published    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development New research findings on liver cancer published World Cancer Resear[...]

Three alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, new research finds    eurocare.org

For the first time research has confirmed that just three alcoholic drinks a day can be enough to cause liver cancer.[...]

Using price policies to promote healthier diets    who.int

Several countries in the WHO European Region have now introduced health-related taxes or subsidies on specific foods and/or nutrients to positively influence dietary intake and health outcomes. A new[...]

Using price policies to promote healthier diets    who.int

Several countries in the WHO European Region have now introduced health-related taxes or subsidies on specific foods and/or nutrients to positively influence dietary intake and health outcomes. A new[...]

New publication: Using price policies to promote healthier diets    who.int

Disaster preparedness and response Haemophilus influenza (HiB) diseases Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being International Health Regulations Vector-borne and parasitic disease[...]

Highlights from the 11th Biennial Congress of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) 2014    eufic.org

In June 2014, the 11th ISSFAL Biennial Congress took place in Stockholm, Sweden. This meeting provided a unique occasion for the exchange of scientific results in the lipid science field. It facilita[...]

EUFIC’s animated video explains science behind energy balance    eufic.org

EUFIC's animated video translates science behind the energy balance concept in a clear, engaging and fun way, and gives practical tips for a healthy energy balance.[...]

Dietary reference values: Vitamin A advice published    europa.eu

Published on:5 March 2015 Dietary reference values: Vitamin A advice published[...]

WHO launches Nutrient Profile guidelines to protect children from marketing of unhealthy foods    epha.org

WHO Europe has published a long-awaited Nutrient Profile Toolto help governments to classify food and drinks based on fat (saturated and trans), salt and added sugar content. The tool provides a clea[...]

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

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    epha.org

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[...]

Polyphenols    eufic.org

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[...]

Agenda - 4th meeting of the HTA Network (Brussels, 23 March 2015)    europa.eu

European Commission - Agenda [...]

Interested in optimising your exercise intervention trials?    escardio.org

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

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

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

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

Facts on Fats - Dietary Fats and Health    eufic.org

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    eufic.org

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    escardio.org

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.org

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'    epha.org

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    europa.eu

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    europa.eu

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    europa.eu

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    europa.eu

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    escardio.org

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    epda.eu.com

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    epda.eu.com

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    epda.eu.com

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    epda.eu.com

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    who.int

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    europa.eu

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

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

European Commission - Agenda [...]

Honey    eufic.org

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    eufic.org

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    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[...]

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 [...]

Ensuring good nutritional status in patients with Parkinson's disease: challenges and solutions    epda.eu.com

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[...]


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