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A global view on the prevention of cardiovascular disease    escardio.org

The theme of this year's congress is [...]

Joint purchasing of vaccines and medicines becomes a reality in the EU    europa.eu

European Commission - Press Release details page - European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 April 2014 Today, the Commission approved a Joint Procurement Agreement, which will enable all EU co[...]

IARC Working Group Report No 7: Primary End-points for Prophylactic HPV Vaccine Trials    iarc.fr

The potential of the current licensed preventive virus-like particle human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines to have a major public health impact is leading to additional clinical trials. The Internation[...]

Oral question - Eradication of polio - O-2014-000052    europa.eu

Question for oral answer O-000052/2014 to the Commission Rule 115 Miguel Angel Martínez Martínez, Thijs Berman, Gay Mitchell, Ricardo Cortés Lastra, Sajjad Karim, on behalf of the Committee on Develo[...]

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[...]

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[...]

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of a locally targeted treatment for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease    europa.eu

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Entyvio (vedolizumab) for the treatment of adult patients [...]

Satellite applications for emergency handling, traffic alerts, road safety and incident prevention    europa.eu

With supporting infrastructure and applications in place, SafeTRIP technology could allow automatic payment of road-user charges (such as road tolls or congestion charges) across Europe or give passe[...]

Statement on today’s incident at EFSA premises    europa.eu

Published on: 20 March 2014 This morning a group of protestors forced entry into EFSA's premises to denounce the Authority's role in assessing GMO applications in the European Union. EFSA respects th[...]

New data on antibiotic use in European Region    who.int

WHO/Europe and the University of Antwerp, Belgium have made the first collection and analysis of data on antibiotic use in 13 countries and areas in eastern Europe and central Asia. This research is [...]

Four-fold difference in antibiotic consumption across the European Region – new WHO report    who.int

A new report published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on 20 March 2014, is the first to release data on total antibiotic consumption for countries outside the European Union (EU). The data (from 2[...]

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 [...]

Only a small number of symptomatic side effects reported in those taking statins are actually attributable to statins    escardio.org

According to large meta-analysis of prevention trials, At a time when the wider prescription of statins is under renewed public scrutiny, a substantial analysis of placebo-controlled randomised trial[...]

Periodic Report Summary 3 - CUT'HIVAC (Cutaneous and Mucosal HIV Vaccination)    europa.eumsw8

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6 Project context and objectives: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / AIDS is one of the greatest health challenges the world faces today. To date approx[...]

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[...]

German company wins EU's €2 million inducement prize for innovative vaccine technology    europa.eu

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 March 2014 German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH has won the EU's first ever innovation inducement prize. The company received the prize for pro[...]

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[...]

THYMISTEM researches stem cell therapies for damaged immune systems    europa.eu

The thymus plays a central role in the development of our immune system by producing important immune cells. However, this crucial organ deteriorates with age and is also vulnerable to harm from tran[...]

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?[...]

Scientific guideline: Lessons learned from the review of the labelling of centrally authorised pandemic vaccines, draft: consultation open    europa.eu

Lessons learned from the review of the labelling of centrally authorised pandemic vaccines Lessons learned from the review of the labelling of centrally authorised pandemic vaccines Email address fo[...]

Acute Pericarditis    escardio.org

An article from the e-journal of the ESC Council for Cardiology Practice Topics: Pericardial Disease Authors: Valladares C. The typical complaint of acute pericarditis is chest pain, which radiates t[...]

Events - New Horizons for Vaccine Research and Innovation - 12-13 March 2014, Brussels    europa.eu

Meet the world's top vaccine experts and have your say on the future of EU vaccine research funding!World-renowned experts will discuss with you the future of vaccine research, touching on the main s[...]

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.[...]

Periodic Report Summary 2 - TEMPOTEST-QC (An integrated toolkit for the clinical evaluation of microbial detection and antibiotic susceptibility point-of-care testing technologies)    europa.eumsw8

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM Project context and objectives: In 2007, 2 European Union (EU) expert groups recommended that more emphasis be placed on research into tackling antimicr[...]

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[...]

[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 [...]

Trends in initial evaluation of veterinary medicines by EMA in 2013    europa.eu

In 2013, the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use started the evaluation of a record number of 23 marketing-authorisation applications for new veterin[...]

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week | 19 - 25 January 2014    epha.org

The European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH) invites its members, friends and colleagues to join us to celebrate the 8th Annual European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week to help stop this uniquely [...]

Dr. Valovirta on Finnish Asthma and Allergy Programmes    efanet.org

Dr. Erkka Valovirta (EFA Honorary Member and Medical Adviser) speaking about the Finnish Asthma Programme 1994 - 2004 and the Finnish Allergy Programme 2008 - 2018. For more information, please visit[...]

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[...]

First test to predict acute mountain sickness    escardio.org

The first test to identify acute mountain sickness has been developed by a team of researchers in Italy and France, presented at EuroEcho-Imaging. The test could revolutionise trekking and climbing b[...]

HIV causes structural heart disease - detectable blood viral load nearly doubles the prevalence of heart disease    escardio.org

Presented at EuroEcho-Imaging, the findings support the introduction of CV screening in all HIV patients: [...]

New publication: Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the European Region: a progress report    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[...]

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: Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the European Region: a progress report    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[...]

Winter is Coming    efanet.org

Allergy UK shared Important Information: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine and people with egg allergy In the last week of October the NHS has launched their `Protect their future: Don't wait to vaccinate' cam[...]

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