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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in low-income settings. EU-funded researchers are working to improve outcomes for populations across the world by ensuring the implementation of best practice based on scientific evidence.
Published: 30 April 2018
New treatments must be tested in clinical trials to ensure they are safe and effective. The EU and industry-funded EHR4CR project has enabled scientists to find suitable patients by searching millions of medical records while keeping personal data secure.
Published: 31 October 2017
Europe has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.
Published: 19 September 2017
EU citizens will be able to compare cancer incidence and survival rates across Member States once a continent-wide cancer information system is operational next year, according to Professor Alexander Katalinic, from the University of Lubeck in Germany, Chairman of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR).
Published: 25 November 2016
Every year all over Europe ambulances come to the aid of millions of people. A study suggests almost half of the cases could be treated on the spot and not need hospital care. On that basis a European research project aims to create a Smart Ambulance that can respond quickly and comprehensively to emergencies.
Published: 25 February 2016
When the nature of a disease is unknown, it is difficult to be prepared. Think Ebola, avian influenza or SARS - news reports of their spread were regularly accompanied by updates on the frantic hunt for vaccines and treatments. EU-funded researchers hope to stay one step ahead from now on with a new platform for detecting and analysing outbreaks.
Published: 13 January 2016
An EU-funded project has shown that the widespread practice of informal healthcare payments in Central and Eastern Europe is inefficient, and means that many patients are unable to pay for the care they need. The positive news is that the project findings are beginning to influence policy in the region.
Published: 11 December 2015
What good is an empty clinic? The brain drain that is depleting health care services in many parts of Africa is leaving entire communities stranded. An EU-funded project is looking into ways to mobilise more human resources for primary health care across the continent.
Published: 22 September 2015
Community-based health insurance schemes are often supported as a route to universal health coverage in countries such as India, with limited public funds. But without government subsidies or technical support, such schemes are unlikely to achieve their objectives, as EU-funded researchers have found out.
Published: 26 August 2015
Access to healthcare is a basic human need, but efforts to provide affordable public care in many developing nations have had mixed results. EU-funded researchers sought to find out why through a landmark evaluation of healthcare systems in six Asian countries. The conclusions highlight the influence of insurance schemes' affordability, understanding what motivates people to take out insurance policies, and how public money is spent.
Published: 30 July 2015