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Reuters journalists scoop 1st place in health awards
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Published on 01-02-12

Reuters journalists Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland picked-up the 1st prize in the 2011 EU Health Prize for Journalists at an awards ceremony held in Brussels last night. Their article on anti microbial resistance was chosen the best from more than 490 articles submitted to the annual competition organised by the Commission.

    from left to right: Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler

    from left to right: Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler

    Now in its third year, the award is made in recognition of the work journalists do in raising awareness on important health issues that affect the lives of everyone.

    The winning article "When the drugs don't work" puts the spotlight on the emerging health care disaster of "super-bugs"- a subject where there is a lack of awareness, even amongst healthcare professionals.

    The 2nd prize was awarded to Rita Makarész from Hungary for her article "The cheapest antidepressant" which highlights the benefits of exercise as a means to prevent depression and 3rd prize, went to Mateja GroĊĦelj, from Slovenia for her article "From Lojze to Ludvika" breast cancer.

    In addition, this year's competition included a special prize for articles on smoking cessation, to support awareness about what smoking means and does to people's health. Monika Cetera from Poland won this category for her web article "I've come here to have my teeth treated, not to quit smoking" which details an unpleasant but lesser known harmful effect of smoking – poor oral health.

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