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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.

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[...]

Cancer Country Profiles 2014 now available!    uicc.org

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    epda.eu.com

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!    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[...]

Mediterranean diet linked to improved CV function in erectile dysfunction patients    escardio.org

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    who.int

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    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[...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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