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In this edition - 07 April 2017
 

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Editorial
Healthy habits and timely screenings best bets in cancer prevention
The European Code against Cancer, a set of recommendations to provide sound advice on cancer prevention, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Wendy Yared of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), a pan-European umbrella organisation of national and regional cancer leagues, speaks about progress made in the field of cancer prevention.
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Project in the Picture
Cancon - European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control
Cancon was a cooperation project, or "joint action", funded by the EU Health Programme and co-funded by participating member states, organisations, institutes, universities and health care units, and the EU, which ran from 2014 to 2017 and produced a Guide for improving the quality of comprehensive cancer control, among other deliverables.
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News from the EU
Call for projects and operating grants to be funded under the Annual Work Programme 2017 have been published
For more information, please visit the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency website.
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European Commission's Horizon prize for a Low Carbon Hospital to reward cash prize of €1 million
The challenge is to develop an innovative, 100% secure energy supply for hospitals, integrating several European technologies into one energy system. The deadline is 3 April 2019, but it's time to hit the drawing boards now!
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Asylum in the EU Member States: 1.2 million first time asylum seekers registered in 2016
The 2016 number is slightly down compared with 2015 (when 1 257 000 first-time applicants were registered) but almost double that of 2014 (562 700). Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis continued to be the top citizenships seeking asylum.
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WHO proposes new tool for monitoring food and beverage marketing to children on TV and the Internet
The WHO calls on Member States to introduce comprehensive restrictions on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in all media and is proposing a new tool to help ensure national policy objectives are met.
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Forthcoming events
World Parkinson’s Day (11 April)
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European Immunization Week (24 – 30 April)
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Annual Meeting of the Spanish Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (Zaragoza, 27 – 28 April 2017)
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International Integrated Care Conference - ICIC 2017 (Dublin, 8 – 10 May 2017)
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Stakeholder workshop on implementation of Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive (Brussels, 15 May 2017)
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EU Press Releases
Health Ministers meet to shape health agenda on preventing childhood obesity and cooperation on HIV/AIDS
The Informal Meeting of Health Ministers (19-20 March) was an opportunity to further shape the future health agenda on the prevention of childhood obesity, structured co-operation between health systems and HIV/AIDS.
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The cost of a polluted environment: 1.7 million child deaths a year, says WHO
More than 1 in 4 young children die due to unhealthy environments. Factors like air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water and inadequate hygiene are responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million children under 5 years, says the WHO.
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New publications
Factsheet: UV-C Lamps: Could something that kills bacteria and viruses also harm you?
The new science factsheet on UV-C lamps is now available in French, German and Spanish, as well as English.
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Report: BLOCKS: Tools and Methodologies to Access Integrated Care in Europe
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Brochure: European Reference Networks for rare and complex diseases
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EU Health Policy Platform
EU Health Award 2016 recognised NGOs active in the fight against AMR
Through this Award, the Commission aims to draw attention to outstanding good practices by NGOs to reduce the threat to human health from AMR and to encourage their wider replication. Initiatives are highlighted here on a rotating basis – see them all on the Award's webpage.
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Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
The Federation has fought AMR in animals to reduce the risk for people to come in contact with resistant strains and has promoted the responsible use of antimicrobials and their reduced use to stakeholders and the general public.
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European Solidarity Corps
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