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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.

Environment: Commission takes Romania to Court over toxic tailing pond    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 October 2014 The European Commission is taking Romania to Court for a failure to comply with EU legislation on mining waste (i.e. waste resulting from t[...]

World Cup 2014 Alcohol Marketing Reached Millions of Children    eurocare.org

In a report released last week, Alcohol Concern urges the UK government to consider whether the harms outweigh the benefits of alcohol marketing in sport.[...]

Community Hygiene Concern    env-health.org

Founded in 1988, Community Hygiene Concern (CHC) is a not-for-profit charity set up to protect people, especially children, and pets, from parasites commonly found in the UK. CHC formulates eradicati[...]

WHO delivers tetanus toxoid vaccine to Ukraine    who.int

On 26 September 2014, WHO delivered a second tranche of medicine to Kyiv. The shipment included 300 000 doses of tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine, which will cover Ukraine's needs until the end of 2015.[...]

 EFSA assesses risks from Salmonella in melons and tomatoes    europa.eu

Published on: 2 October 2014  EFSA assesses risks from Salmonella in melons and tomatoes[...]

EU consults on new mercury controls    env-health.org

The EU Commission is asking whether the EU should go further than the Minimata convention on mercury in a consultation on the treaty's implementation. Although the EU already has extensive rules on m[...]

Research Headlines - Doing away with bacteria in water systems    europa.eu

Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process [...]

New resource for educators: Student worksheets: Toward a malaria-free world    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Student worksheets: Toward a malaria-free world Worksheets for pupils | Toward a malaria-free world We invite you to find out all about malaria and some of the lines of research currently und[...]

New resource for educators: Discussion games: PlayDecide: Malaria    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Discussion games: PlayDecide: Malaria Game to engage in a dialogue | Toward a malaria-free world Malaria is a common parasitic disease transmitted from person to person by mosquitoes. Three b[...]

New resource for educators: Experimental protocol: Investigate the malaria vaccine    xplorehealth.eu

Home › Experimental protocol: Investigate the malaria vaccine Experimental protocol: Investigate the malaria vaccine Experiment protocol | Toward a malaria-free world By following this protocol, you[...]

Contributions invited to develop global action plan on antimicrobial resistance    who.int

WHO is leading the development of a global action plan to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as requested by the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014.[...]

Tackling air pollution, climate change and chemicals: European environmental priorities to protect health    who.int

Air pollution, climate change and chemicals pose key environmental risks to people's health that require political action in the European Region, according to members of the European Environment and [...]

Four countries to benefit from Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework    who.int

Armenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will be the first countries in the WHO European Region to benefit from the PIP Framework, a unique partnership between industry, civil society and gov[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: mother-to-child transmission    who.int

Mother-to-child transmission accounted for just 1% of new cases of HIV infection reported in 2012. In September 2014, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for H[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: mother-to-child transmission    who.int

Mother-to-child transmission accounted for just 1% of new cases of HIV infection reported in 2012. In September 2014, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for H[...]

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of Daklinza in chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Daklinza (daclatasvir) in combination with other medicines[...]

Events - The Biocidal Products Regulations - 9-10 September 2014, Barcelona, Spain    europa.eu

This year Informa Life Sciences is delighted to announce the 21st annual conference of the Biocidal Products Regulation ( previously the BPD conference) will take place on the 9th -10th September 201[...]

Official medicines control laboratories : evolution of its role in Europe in surveillance and control of medicines on the market    edqm.eu

05 June 2014 Official medicines control laboratories : evolution of its role in Europe in surveillance and control of medicines on the market This year's Annual Meeting of the General European OMCL N[...]

Finding new ways to combat pregnancy-associated malaria    europa.eu

Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications [...]

Research Headlines - Fighting Hepatitis B and liver cancer in West Africa    europa.eu

EU-funded researchers are identifying and treating patients with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in West Africa with the aim of reducing their risk of dying from liver cancer. The researchers are also develo[...]

Surveillance and society    europa.eu

Whatever we think about it, it is clear that surveillance has increased-it is hard to ignore as the topic frequently hits the headlines. But does it matter? The EU-funded IRISS project is intent on f[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: sexual transmission of HIV    who.int

In September, WHO/Europe will report on progress in implementing the European Action Plan for HIV/AIDS 2012-2015. Each month until then, it highlights a specific area of the Action Plan, focusing in [...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: sexual transmission of HIV    who.int

Sexual transmission of HIV occurs through heterosexual contact and among men who have sex with men. Unprotected anal or vaginal sex puts people at greater risk of HIV.[...]

Research Headlines - Achieving water efficiency in Europe's chemical industry    europa.eu

If Europe's chemical industry a sector with enormous growth potential can achieve greater water efficiency, then the benefits will not just be environmental. Making better use of natural resource[...]

Trending science: A GM mosquito to eradicate malaria    europa.eu

A new technique developed by researchers on the genetic modification of mosquitoes may make a vital contribution to eradicating malaria. Malaria kills more than 1 million people each year. The new te[...]

Official medicines control laboratories : evolution of its role in Europe in surveillance and control of medicines on the market    edqm.eu

05 June 2014 Official medicines control laboratories : evolution of its role in Europe in surveillance and control of medicines on the market This year's Annual Meeting of the General European OMCL N[...]

World Malaria Day 2014: ‘Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria’    edctp.org

On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2014, the World Health Organization calls on all to continue investing in the future and defeat malaria which still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, [...]

World Malaria Day 2014: ‘Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria’    edctp.org

On the occasion of World Malaria Day 2014, the World Health Organization calls on all to continue investing in the future and defeat malaria which still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, [...]

Success Stories - Recruiting enzymes to help the chemical industry    europa.eu

Industry can be hazardous when it mixes corrosive, polluting and potentially explosive chemicals. Sometimes nature offers alternatives to the classic chemical approach, and enzymes, the proteins that[...]

Progress fighting the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine under pressure    aidsactioneurope.org

According to the results of the All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), Ukraine for the first time has achieved considerable progress in counteracting HIV/AIDS epidemic. New AIDS[...]

World Health Assembly closes: resolution on antimicrobial resistance approved    who.int

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closed on Saturday 24 May 2014, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.[...]

Success Stories - A new weapon in the battle against malaria    europa.eu

Through the work of the EU-funded NanoMal project, a new robust, handheld diagnostic device, known as Q-POC has entered the malaria arena.[...]

Research Headlines - Breaking the Hepatitis C lifecycle    europa.eu

Cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer are just some of the many life-threatening conditions caused by the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Unlike Hepatitis A and B there is no vaccine, and although new t[...]

Interview with Ron Fouchier: transmission of influenza viruses from animals to humans    europa.eu

Published on: 22 May 2014 Influenza viruses circulating in animals pose threats to human health in that they can develop the ability to infect humans and cause illness. In rare cases, these viruses b[...]

Influenza viruses: EFSA looks at transmission from animals to humans    europa.eu

Published on: 22 May 2014 The final report of the EFSA's FLURISK project is published today. It proposes a tool to rank animal influenza strains according to their potential to infect humans. Influen[...]

HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe: HIV transmission through injecting drug use    who.int

Opioid substitution therapy is one of the best ways to prevent HIV transmission among people who inject drugs. Integrating such therapy with HIV treatment and care is key to addressing the HIV epidem[...]

First draft finished product monograph with chemically defined active substance published for comment    edqm.eu

16 May 2014 First draft finished product monograph with chemically defined active substance published for comment Deadline for comments: 30 September 2014 In March 2014, the European Pharmacopoeia Co[...]

European Medicines Agency and European Chemicals Agency enhance cooperation    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Executive Director Guido Rasi and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Executive Director Geert Dancet have today signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to str[...]

Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance reports progress and outcomes of 17 recommendations    europa.eu

The European Commission and the US Department of Health and Human Services have published today a progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR).[...]

Success Stories - Understanding bacteria for healthier living    europa.eu

Bacillus subtilis is a bacterium that lives naturally in the soil, but is widely used as a laboratory organism for basic research.[...]

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