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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.

EFSA publishes Annual Report for 2013    europa.eu

Published on: 14 April 2014 From aspartame to zoonoses, EFSA's scientists had another busy year in 2013. The Authority published more than 600 scientific outputs as it carried out its scheduled progr[...]

Hepatitis A: EFSA and ECDC update their rapid outbreak assessment    europa.eu

Published on: 11 April 2014 More than 1,300 hepatitis A cases have been reported in eleven Member States since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to the ongoing outbreak. Initially the ou[...]

Hepatitis C treatment guidelines issued    who.int

WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year wor[...]

First-hand experience: vector-borne diseases    who.int

People in the European Region are at risk from diseases carried by vectors - both within the Region, and when travelling abroad. Individuals whose lives have been touched by these diseases, having ca[...]

New publication: Strategic framework for leishmaniasis control in the WHO European Region 2014–2020    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[...]

Periodic Report Summary - POSTAGBINGALAXIES (Evolved stars: clues to the chemical evolution of galaxies)    europa.eumsw8

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE A comprehensive study of the physical properties of evolved stars (asymptotic giant branch (AGB) and post-AGB), their atmospheres and environments was carried out. Radial veloci[...]

Report - Amendment of Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards computer databases which are part of the surveillance networks in the Member States - A7-0201/2012 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 64/432/EEC as regards computer databases which are part of the surveillance networks in[...]

New publication: Identification of risks from exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals at the country level    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[...]

Peroxyacetic acid: EFSA assesses safety and efficacy to reduce pathogens on poultry carcasses and meat    europa.eu

Published on: 26 March 2014 Using solutions containing peroxyacetic acid (PAA) to reduce contamination from pathogens on poultry carcasses and meat would not pose toxicity concerns, EFSA's experts sa[...]

A high-tech solution for detecting bacteria in water    europa.eu

Water quality and safety can never be taken for granted. Every day, millions of tons of inadequately treated sewage, industrial and agricultural wastes are poured into the world's lakes, rivers, and [...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...    europa.eu

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food:...[...]

Infographic: Europe’s fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 The fourth joint EFSA and ECDC report on antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and foods. The report is based on data collected by EU Mem[...]

Antimicrobial resistance remains commonly detected in bacteria in humans, animals and food: EFSA -ECDC report    europa.eu

Published on: 25 March 2014 Bacteria most frequently causing food-borne infections, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, show significant resistance to common antimicrobials, according to the EFSA-E[...]

Eco-friendly pig and poultry production    europa.eu

Slowing the rate of climate change and improving energy use efficiency, whilst also feeding the growing global population, are key targets for the livestock sector, policy-makers and scientists alike[...]

Regulatory information - EMA issues recommendations for 2014/2015 seasonal flu vaccine composition    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency has issued the European Union (EU) recommendations for the influenza virus strains that should be included in vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza next wint[...]

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

Worksheets for pupils | Toward a malaria-free world This document invites students to find out all about malaria and some of the research projects currently underway with the aim of eradicating the [...]

New publication: Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2014    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[...]

EU research and innovation on preventive vaccines    europa.eu

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 March 2014 Important notice: Depending on their intended use, vaccines can broadly be grouped into preventive vaccines (which are administered to healthy persons[...]

Scientific guideline: Interim guidance on enhanced safety surveillance for seasonal influenza vaccines in the EU, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Interim guidance on enhanced safety surveillance for seasonal influenza vaccines in the EU Interim guidance on enhanced safety surveillance for seasonal influenza vaccines in the EU enhanced-surveil[...]

EFSA lowers dietary exposure estimates for inorganic arsenic    europa.eu

Published on: 6 March 2014 EFSA has updated its analysis of the occurrence of arsenic in food in Europe. The analysis includes around 3,000 data samples on inorganic arsenic, which is more toxic than[...]

50th Anniversary International conference: Register before 31 March to benefit from special Early Bird rates    edqm.eu

03 March 2014 50thAnniversary International conference: Register before 31 March to benefit from special Early Bird rates On 6-8 October 2014, the EDQM is organising a landmark international conferen[...]

Photo story – How can the obesity epidemic in children be stopped?    who.int

Across the WHO European Region, more and more children are now overweight and obese. What can be done, and who needs to take action to stop overweight becoming the new norm?[...]

Photo story – How can the obesity epidemic in children be stopped?    who.int

Across the WHO European Region, more and more children are now overweight and obese. What can be done, and who needs to take action to stop overweight becoming the new norm?[...]

European Medicines Agency advises on compassionate use of a new combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has given an opinion on the use of a fixed-dose combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir in the treatment of chro[...]

Commission welcomes definitive adoption by Council of measures to protect workers against exposure to hazardous chemicals    europa.eu

The European Commission has welcomed the definitive adoption today by the EU's Council of Ministers of measures to better protect workers from risks linked to exposure to chemicals at the workplace.[...]

Health and Safety: Commission welcomes definitive adoption by Council of measures to protect workers against exposure to hazardous chemicals    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 February 2014 The European Commission has welcomed the definitive adoption today by the EU's Council of Ministers of measures to better protect workers [...]

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up – EFSA and ECDC say    europa.eu

EFSA is the EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety. It provides independent scientific advice to risk managers.[...]

Infographic: Zoonoses    europa.eu

Published on: 19 February 2014 Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans, for instance by consuming contaminated foodstuffs or through contact wi[...]

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up – EFSA and ECDC say    europa.eu

Published on: 19 February 2014 Human cases of campylobacteriosis decreased slightly in 2012 for the first time in five years, but campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported zoonotic diseas[...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - REDMAL (Clinical development of a Pfs48/45-based malaria transmission blocking vaccine)    europa.eumsw8

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT Project context and objectives: Malaria vaccines are needed to reduce the unacceptably high burden of disease and death in particular in the lowest income countries.[...]

Final Report Summary - KALADRUG-R (New tools for monitoring drug resistance and treatment response in visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent)    europa.eumsw8

PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE Executive Summary: Early treatment is a major pillar of the programme for Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) elimination in the Indian sub-continent (ISC).[...]

New publication: Health-sector involvement in chemicals management at the national level: review of current practice    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[...]

Identifying chemical risks in the food chain: new framework proposed    europa.eu

Published on: 5 February 2014 EFSA has proposed a new process for identifying emerging chemical risks in the food and feed chain using a variety of databases that log the incidence of industrial chem[...]

European Medicines Agency updates guidance for annual strain change of seasonal influenza vaccines    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency has published an update to its guidance for the annual strain change of influenza vaccines.[...]

Did you know that it's possible to catch cancer?    uicc.org

GAVI Alliance Debunks the Cancer Myths on World Cancer Day GAVI Alliance is marking World Cancer Day by joining hundreds of organisations worldwide to Debunk the Myths about cancer and dispel the myt[...]

Report examines how HIV and TB drug procurement loopholes feed epidemics in the Ukraine    aidsactioneurope.org

Spread of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine is the second highest in Europe after Russia. Because of corruption in public procurement of drugs thousands of Ukrainians don't receive proper treatment, accordi[...]

Controlling malaria in southern Africa    europa.eu

Malaria is still a big killer in southern Africa, and all available technologies need to be employed effectively to control the mosquitoes that spread it. Earth Observation (EO) techniques, such as r[...]

[Press release] Ireland leads the way in Europe in tackling the tobacco epidemic    epha.org

Brussels, 23 January 2014 - Today, the Irish parliament, the Oireachtas, launched a consultation on a draft public health bill that introduces standardised tobacco packaging. If the bill passes, Irel[...]

European Commission report reveals unmet flu vaccination targets    epha.org

A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza [...]

Fifth European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia (14 -17 September)    epha.org

The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) invites you to join other scientists and public health officials at the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia, on 14 -17 September [...]

Protecting vulnerable groups from influenza    who.int

Every winter season, flu is a particular health risk for some groups, including pregnant women, elderly people and health care workers.[...]

Seamless panoramic video surveillance in any environment    europa.eu

A cost effective, fast-to-deploy, flexible video surveillance system has been developed thanks to EU funding. The CHAMELEON video surveillance system automatically combines images from multiple camer[...]

ESO meeting in Amsterdam to explore the limits of active surveillance    uroweb.org

In collaboration with the EAU, the European School of Oncology (ESO) is organising a two-day meeting in Amsterdam on 21-22 February, 2014 on the topic of active surveillance for low-risk prostate can[...]

Report - Amendment of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products - A7-0354/2013 - Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety    europa.eu

REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products w[...]

Modular, flexible, sustainable: the future of chemical manufacturing    europa.eu

Picture a chemical plant. How would you describe it? You re probably not thinking along the lines of compact, nimble or adaptable but that's about to change. Europe's chemical industry is innovatin[...]

EDCTP stakeholder meeting on malaria: report now available    edctp.org

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has published its report of the Stakeholder meeting on malaria today. The meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, on 19-20 Sep[...]

EFSA evaluates molecular typing methods for food-borne pathogens    europa.eu

Published on: 18 December 2013 Molecular typing methods are laboratory techniques, such as whole genome sequencing, that enable the classification and comparison of strains of disease-causing bacteri[...]

EFSA publishes opinion on carbapenem resistance in food-producing animals and derived food    europa.eu

Published on: 17 December 2013 Carbapenems are antimicrobials used for the treatment of serious infections in humans. Resistance of bacteria to carbapenems poses a public health risk as it could leav[...]

Regulatory and procedural guideline: Draft recommendation on pharmacovigilance surveillance and signal detection of veterinary medicinal products, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) are granted a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) based on demonstration of quality, safety and efficacy through experimental data involving the ta[...]

Countries urged to sink health risks from asbestos, second-hand smoke and toxic chemicals by 2015    who.int

Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland WHOLIS, HINARI, WHO libraries, documentation centres Important statements of or about [...]

Public consultation on Nanosilver: safety, health and environmental effects and role in antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

European Commission - When preparing its policy and proposals relating to consumer safety, public health and the environment, the Commission relies on independent Scientific Committees to provide it [...]

EMA publishes report on workshop on regulatory options in the fight against antimicrobial resistance    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today published a report highlighting the outcomes of its workshop entitled `Best use of medicines legislation to bring new antibiotics to patients and combat the [...]

Assessment of the risk to humans posed by exposure to low levels of chemicals    eufic.org

The Threshold for Toxicological Concern (TTC) is an approach used to assess the risk (if any) posed by chemicals to which humans are exposed at very low levels but when no toxicity data are available[...]

Development of a 'universal' influenza vaccine underway in Europe    europa.eu

A newly launched European project is set to take a major step toward the development of a universal flu vaccine. It aims to counter the emergence of new strains and seasonal epidemics. The viral infe[...]

New publication: HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2012    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[...]

ESMO-led collaborative opioid survey published today    uicc.org

Untreated cancer pain shown as a `scandal of global proportions' Thursday, 28 November - R esults from the Global Opioid Policy Initiative (GOPI) project have just been published in Annals of Oncolog[...]

Interpretation of the WSSD 2020 chemicals - Just Published - EU Bookshop    europa.eu

Goal and assessment of EU efforts to meet the WSSD commitment[...]

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