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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.

WORK FORUM ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UN CONVENTION    edf-feph.org

Brussels, 30 April 2015 | This year’s Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place yesterday in Brussels. EDF and its members we[...]

The rising concern of gestational diabetes    eufic.org

Gestational diabetes is a medical condition that occurs during pregnancy. It is rising in prevalence, fuelled mainly by increasing obesity rates and changing lifestyle patterns. Here we look at how t[...]

Statement by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on the European Parliament vote on advancing 1 billion euro in pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative    europa.eu

European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 29 April 2015 I welcome today's vote in the European Parliament on my proposal to make 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed [...]

Codeine not to be used in children below 12 years for cough and cold    europa.eu

The CMDh has agreed by consensus new measures to minimise the risk of serious side effects, including breathing problems, with codeine-containing medicines when used for cough and cold in children.[...]

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[...]

Poor indoor environments at school    who.int

Many children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly functioning toilets. A new WHO report on [...]

Poor indoor environments at school    who.int

Many children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly functioning toilets. A new WHO report on [...]

SPARCs Fly    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development UICC’s advanced breast cancer initiative has kicked off with overwh[...]

COMMISSIONER THYSSEN COMMITS TO SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES    edf-feph.org

In the beginning of the meeting, BDF President, Pierre Gyselinck , underlined that EDF is representing 80 million citizens with disabilities across Europe; therefore the EU has the responsibility to[...]

EMCDDA underlines growing importance of effective treatment for cannabis use    europa.eu

Providing effective treatment for those with cannabis use disorders is likely to become a matter of growing importance in European drug policy. This is according to the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today[...]

Refugee women turn Red Cross volunteers in support of fellow refugees    ifrc.org

Belgorod Red Cross branch helps refugees help themselves.[...]

Administrative data sources on gender-based violence against women in the EU - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Current status and potential for the collection of comparable data : technical analysis[...]

Gender equality law in 33 European countries - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

How are EU rules transposed into national law in 2014 ?[...]

Precarious and less well-paid? - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Wage differences between permanent and fixed-term contracts across the EU countries[...]

Report on equality between women and men 2014 - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Report on equality between women and men 2014[...]

Released: TNM e-learning modules    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development eCancer and UICC have collaborated to produce a set of 7 modules on[...]

Promoting high quality scientific research in paediatric medicines    europa.eu

Registration now open for a workshop of the European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency (Enpr-EMA) on 28 May 2015[...]

SPARC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge grants closing soon    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development SPARC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge grants closing soon Ther[...]

EDF MET THE UN COMMITTEE & DEFENDED ITS ALTERNATIVE REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES BY THE EU    edf-feph.org

Geneva, 2 April 2015 | Today the disability movement met the UN Committee in Geneva and presented its Alternative Report raising its concerns about how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rig[...]

EDF WILL PRESENT THE PRIORITIES OF THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT TO THE UN COMMITTEE    edf-feph.org

This website is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013) Brussels, 30 March 2015 | This Thursday 2 April, the disability movement will be[...]

Gardasil 9 offers wider protection against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV)    europa.eu

Vaccine covers five more types of HPV than previously approved Gardasil vaccine[...]

Tackling youth unemployment: a top priority    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Rome, 27 March 2015 Speech by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, at Conference[...]

European Court of Auditors report on the Youth Guarantee – comment from the Commission    europa.eu

Commission - Fact Sheet European Brussels, 24 March 2015 The Commission welcomes the report published by the Court of Auditors today on the Youth Guarantee, to which the European Commission has provi[...]

POST-2015 FRAMEWORK FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION HAS BEEN ADOPTED    edf-feph.org

The Conference was closed by a statement from Margareta Wahlström , the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Redu[...]

Research Headlines - Improving prostate cancer diagnosis    europa.eu

The European Union (EU)-funded project PRO-NEST has paved the way towards novel therapies to prevent prostate cancer, which is the third most common cause of cancer for males in Europe. New diagnosti[...]

New publication: Empower women: Facing the challenge of tobacco use in Europe    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[...]

Nguyen Khanh Thuong - Founder of Breast Cancer Network VietNam has passed away    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development Nguyen Khanh Thuong - Founder of Breast Cancer Network VietNam has [...]

EDF LAUNCHES ITS ALTERNATIVE REPORT ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES    edf-feph.org

EDF is very happy to announce that it has submitted its Alternative Report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (UN CRPD) in Europe to the United Nat[...]

Growing greener fuel for cleaner transport    europa.eu

Plants might be the source of a new renewable fuel for planes, or new greener ingredients to replace fossil resources used to produce plastics. At an experimental agriculture plot near Athens in Gree[...]

Differential treatment of workers under 25 with a view to their access to the labour market - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Differential treatment of workers under 25 with a view to their access to the labour market[...]

Assuring quality in education - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Policies and approaches to school evaluation in Europe[...]

PRAC recommends restrictions on the use of codeine for cough and cold in children    europa.eu

EMA's Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended restrictions on the use of codeine-containing medicines for cough and cold in children because of the risk of serious side eff[...]

Nineteen endocrine disrupting pesticides found in samples of women's hair    env-health.org

To what extent are women in the child bearing age group exposed to endocrine disrupting pesticides? The fourth part of a study series by HEAL Member Générations Futures' in France provides results of[...]

Munich workshop for health and patient groups on EDCs    env-health.org

On 5 March, HEAL organised with its member Women in Europe for a Common Future Germany (WECF) and the Women's Health Centre (Frauengesundheitszentrum) a one day event to discuss EDCs and their link t[...]

Improving indoor air quality in EU schools    env-health.org

HEAL and several of its members were partners of SINPHONIE, an EU-funded research project on indoor air quality in EU schools and its impact on children's health. The results of the investigations ar[...]

TIME FOR DISABILITY INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT!    edf-feph.org

Brussels, 9 March 2015 | On 5 March, representatives of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) met with European Commissioner for I[...]

Women’s health and well-being    who.int

Women in the European Region generally live longer than men, but still suffer huge health inequalities. The theme for International Women's Day 2015 is: [...]

International Women's Day 2015    uicc.org

On International Women’s Day, the Norwegian Cancer Society, the Norwegian Breast Cancer Society, PATH and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) call for global solidarity amongst differe[...]

Press Release: International Women’s Day    efanet.org

Take action to decrease the burden of asthma in women Brussels, 8 March 2015, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - In the European Union women live on average five years longer than men (1) but report having [...]

EDF CALLS FOR EQUALITY & FULL INCLUSION FOR WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES!    edf-feph.org

Brussels, 6 March 2015 | On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, EDF calls for equality and the full inclusion of women and girls with disabilities in all actions that European [...]

Cardiovascular disease kills 51% of women in Europe and breast cancer kills 3%    escardio.org

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills 51% of women in Europe and breast cancer kills 3%, bucking the misperception that CVD is a man's disease. CVD is the top killer in women and is largely preventable.[...]

Questions and Answers: What is the EU doing for women's rights and gender equality?    europa.eu

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 05 March 2015 What do the EU Treaties say about gender equality? The Treaty of Rome in 1957 already included the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Art[...]

THE EU MONITORING FRAMEWORK RENEWS ITS COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE THE UN CONVENTION    edf-feph.org

Morten Kjaerum and the Vice-President of the European Disability Forum Gunta Anca, renewed their commitment to promote, protect and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU in line [...]

SPARC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge now open for applications    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development SPARC - Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge now open for application[...]

The Commission renews its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities    europa.eu

The first high-level meeting of the EU's monitoring Framework for the UN Disability Convention will be held today and will see the Commission renew its commitment to promoting, protecting and monitor[...]

Alcohol Policy Network (APN) presenting main conclusions to the Commissioner for Health    eurocare.org

APN met last November in Brussels, and the network is now sharing their main conclusions in a letter to the Commissioner of Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis.[...]

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[...]

EUROPEAN ECONOMIC STRATEGY FAILS TO INCLUDE EUROPEAN CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES    edf-feph.org

At EDF's Board meeting in Latvia this weekend, members took part in a general discussion on Europe 2020 and the European Semester process. New evidence came to light of the negative impact that this[...]

[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[...]

Accessibility to suitable and age-appropriate unlicensed medicines for children: the “PaedForm” project    edqm.eu

12 February 2015 Accessibility to suitable and age-appropriate unlicensed medicines for children: the [...]

Council of Europe publishes new guide on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking for soon-to-be parents    edqm.eu

20 February 2015 Council of Europe publishes new guide on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking for soon-to-be parents Did you know ? The collection and storage of umbilical cord blood when a baby is born is [...]

Is reduced myocardial sympathetic innervation associated with clinical symptoms of autonomic impairment in idiopathic PD?    epda.eu.com

Reduced myocardial sympathetic innervationas revealed by MIBG scintigraphyis associated with clinical symptoms of autonomic impairment. This association is more pronounced in male than in female pati[...]

80 MILLION PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CALL FOR ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES    edf-feph.org

Latvia, 21 February 2015 | The disability movement in Europe gathered this weekend in Jurmala, Latvia for EDF’s Board meeting. Before the meeting, a European conference on information and communicat[...]

Council of Europe publishes new guide on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking for soon-to-be parents    edqm.eu

20 February 2015 Council of Europe publishes new guide on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking for soon-to-be parents Did you know ? The collection and storage of umbilical cord blood when a baby is born is [...]

New research shows maldevelopment of baby boys' genitals linked to DEHP exposure    env-health.org

New research shows maldevelopment of baby boys' genitals linked to DEHP exposure New research confirms and consolidates the links already found between the exposure of pregnant women to diethylhexyl [...]

New research shows link between DEHP phthalate exposure and development of baby boys    env-health.org

New research finds that there is a link between the exposure of pregnant women to the phthalate DEHP and the development of their baby boys. New research finds that there is a link between the exposu[...]

New horizons in crop fertilisation    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers have developed an automated prototype to help farmers monitor and control the amount of water and fertiliser they need for their crops. It has already been successfully tested o[...]

EFA - French symposium on health impacts of allergies and environment at school    env-health.org

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) participated in a national symposium on `Allergies and the environment: their impact on health and education' in Par[...]

INCHES - Impact of toxins on children    env-health.org

The International Network on Children's Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) recommends to watch a new video produced by Bruce Lanphear from the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada[...]

Breast Cancer UK - Pregnancy guide on avoiding hazardous chemicals    env-health.org

Breast Cancer UK are set to launch a new pregnancy guide on 14 February which is designed to inform and help pregnant women reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals. There is growing scientific con[...]

Top policy makers support curbing EDC exposure to prevent cancer    env-health.org

MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) addressed a well-attended meeting on preventing cancer through reductions in exposure to EDCs. The meeting was co-organised by the association of European Cancer Leagues (EC[...]

Accessibility to suitable and age-appropriate unlicensed medicines for children: the “PaedForm” project    edqm.eu

12 February 2015 Accessibility to suitable and age-appropriate unlicensed medicines for children: the [...]

New molecule protects heart from toxic breast cancer drugs    escardio.org

A new molecule has been found that protects the heart from toxic breast cancer drugs and also kills the cancerous tumour. The research from Italy addresses the burgeoning problem of heart disease in [...]

Women with a pregnancy history of spontaneous preterm delivery found at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases    escardio.org

Meta-analysis shows that history of spontaneous preterm delivery appears to double a woman's risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, according to results of a study published[...]

Norwegian Government to consult on proposal for standardised packaging of tobacco products    uicc.org

Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development Norwegian Government to consult on proposal for standardised packaging of tobacco products Announcement made at joint press conference with Norwegia[...]

Children of Alcoholics Week 2015 (8-14th of February 2015)    eurocare.org

Between 8th and 14th of February, Active - Sobriety, Friendship and Peace and its member organizations are going to mark the Children of Alcoholics week.[...]

Scientific guideline: Concept paper on the revision of annex 1 of the guidelines on good manufacturing practice – manufacture of sterile medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

This concept paper addresses the need to update annex 1 (manufacture of sterile medicinal products) of the good manufacturing practice (GMP) guide. Annex 1 is common to the Member States of the Europ[...]

Alcohol&Society (Denmark) focusing on online marketing    eurocare.org

Alcohol&Society, Eurocare's Danish member organisation, has been following alcohol marketing closely. In this article, they report on their latest development.[...]

Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Estimating the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union[...]

PAHO/WHO World Cancer Day Webinar: Breast Cancer    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development PAHO/WHO World Cancer Day Webinar: Breast Cancer On Tuesday 3 Febru[...]

Pfizer marks World Cancer Day with grant to UICC to address the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients    uicc.org

Pfizer marks World Cancer Day with grant to UICC to address the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients Citing the need for more support for metastatic breast cancer patients, Pfizer pledges $500[...]

Juncker Commission makes 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed    europa.eu

Today the European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) available as early as this year.[...]

Accelerated pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative: Questions and Answers    europa.eu

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 04 February 2015 Why increase the pre-financing rate? The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) followed a proposal from the Commission and a high-level politic[...]

EU Youth Guarantee: Questions and Answers    europa.eu

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 04 February 2015 What is the Youth Guarantee? In April 2013, EU Member States made a commitment to ensure young people's successful transition into work by [...]

Juncker Commission makes 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed    europa.eu

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 04 February 2015 Today the European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This[...]

“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[...]

Pfizer Marks World Cancer Day with Grant to Union for International Cancer Control to Address the Needs of Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients    uicc.org

Pfizer Marks World Cancer Day with Grant to Union for International Cancer Control to Address the Needs of Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Citing the need for more support for metastatic breast ca[...]

Knowledge Summaries of Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control    uicc.org

Global Education and Training Initiative Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development Knowledge Summaries of Comprehensive Breast Cancer Control The Unio[...]

Disorders of the Oral Cavity in Parkinson's Disease and Parkinsonian Syndromes    epda.eu.com

This paper reviews current knowledge regarding the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options of disorders of the oral cavity in Parkinson's disease patients.[...]

Regulatory information - Paediatric guidance revised to reflect changes to European Commission guideline    europa.eu

Documents relate to submission of applications, re-examination and compliance check procedures[...]

"Avoiding a "Lost Generation": what (more) can the EU do tackle youth unemployment?    europa.eu

European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 19 January 2015 Marianne Thyssen - Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Closing speech at seminar [...]

Tajikistan introduces rotavirus vaccine to protect children from diarrhoeal disease    who.int

With an official launch ceremony on 8 January 2015, Tajikistan became the fourteenth country in the WHO European Region to introduce rotavirus vaccination into its national immunization schedule, and[...]

Growing up in the shadow of intolerance    europa.eu

Despite the recent rise of radical, extreme or populist movements in Europe, young Europeans still accept democracy and reject violence, an EU-backed project has found. However, many feel that the po[...]

Tajikistan introduces rotavirus vaccine to protect children from diarrhoeal disease    who.int

With an official launch ceremony on 8 January 2015, Tajikistan became the fourteenth country in the WHO European Region to introduce rotavirus vaccination into its national immunization schedule, and[...]

Registration opens for fourth European drugs summer school    europa.eu

The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) and the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) will be joining forces again this summer to hold the fourth European drugs summer school (EDSS) on 'Illicit drugs in Eu[...]

THE DISABILITY INTERGROUP ELECTED ITS NEW BUREAU    edf-feph.org

This website is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013) THE DISABILITY INTERGROUP ELECTED ITS NEW BUREAU Strasbourg, 15 January 2015 | T[...]

New documents from EBU.    euroblind.org

New resources made available by EBU in the framework of our BASIC work programme.[...]

Children’s Health    oecd.org

Children can be more vulnerable than adults to chemicals. Considering global concern for children's health, the OECD has been working to bring together knowledge and experiences to reduce risks to ch[...]

The situation of women in the Gulf States - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

The situation of women in the Gulf States[...]

Kyrgyz initiatives help reduce preventable child mortality    who.int

Several initiatives in Kyrgyzstan, such as programmes to prevent micronutrient deficiency and anaemia and to manage common childhood diseases, have contributed to a substantial decline in child morta[...]

MEPs discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals    env-health.org

MEP Christel Schaldemose hosted an inter-party meeting of MEPs today to discuss cancer prevention through better regulation of hormone disrupting chemicals. The meeting was co-organised by the Associ[...]

HAPPY INCLUSIVE & ACCESSIBLE 2015    edf-feph.org

This website is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013) In 2014, the European Union has crossed a critical year for the future of all Eu[...]

EU Menu: contracts awarded, guidance updated    europa.eu

Published on: 22 December 2014 EU Menu: contracts awarded, guidance updated[...]

Rehabilitation: key to an independent future for children with poliomyelitis in Tajikistan    who.int

A WHO disability-rehabilitation team in Tajikistan has worked with representatives of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics to support the rehabilitation of people who contracted pol[...]

[EPHA-TACTICS briefing] Child Injury Prevention in Europe    epha.org

In the framework of the TACTICS project, coordinated by the European Child Safety Alliance, EPHA released and prepared a briefing entitled 'Mandated responsibility for Intentional and Unintentional C[...]

Press Centre - Major contract to support new pan-EU pension fund    europa.eu

The European Commission has made a key step on the way to establishing a new pan-European pension arrangement, designed to boost research mobility in Europe. It announced today (16 December 2014) the[...]

18 months and counting – EU undecided on ratifying Marrakech Treaty, as blind people miss out on reading books    euroblind.org

Visitors to EBU's website will know that we, our friends in WBU and many other organisations campaigned hard for years to get agreement on a treaty at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, WI[...]

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