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  1. Healthcare quality

    Healthcare quality is the extent to which health services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes. Care should be evidence-based and provided in a technically and culturally competent manner with good communication ...

    29 June 2016

  2. Human exposure

    A person is exposed to many environmental factors within his/her local environment: chemical emissions from consumer products (particles, air pollutants), environmental noise, molds etc. These chemical, physical, and biological factors play an important r ...

    29 June 2016

  3. Nutrition

    Eating habits can go a long way towards ensuring good health. Low consumption of fruits, vegetables or fibre, and excess intakes of salt, sugars, and trans and saturated fats are among the top contributors to death and disability caused by non-communicabl ...

    29 June 2016

  4. Reference materials for clinical analysis

    The measurement of biomarkers, mainly in blood, is performed in many thousands of hospital laboratories.  The results are used to monitor health status, screen for disease, support diagnosis, and monitor the effect of therapies for diseases. However, meas ...

    02 September 2015

  5. Medical applications of radionuclides and targeted alpha therapy

    Cancer is one of the main health problems of today. Unfortunately, the treatments that are currently available, even though often effective, cannot permanently cure the majority of cancers. This is typically true for cancers that have formed metastases an ...

    01 September 2015

  6. Global health security and support

    The Global Health Security Initiative is an international partnership of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), Mexico, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengt ...

    01 September 2015

  7. Public health

    Maintaining the highest possible level of public health protection, especially for an ageing population, is a key challenge for Europe in the changing global socio-economic landscape. Effective public health policies need to address a wide variety of comp ...

    29 June 2016

  8. Summary records available for the meeting of EURL ECVAM with its stakeholders and regulatory advisory network

    21 Jun 2016 The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has published the summary records for the meetings which took place with the members of the Preliminary Assessment of Regulatory Relevance (PARERE) network ...

    21 June 2016

  9. EURL ECVAM hosts meeting of European 3Rs Centres

    08 Jun 2016 From 31 May to 1 June 2016, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre hosted a second meeting of European 3Rs Centres at the JRC site in Ispr ...

    08 June 2016

  10. EURL ECVAM training on modern toxicological sciences

    31 May 2016 On 18-19 May 2016 EURL ECVAM ran a training course on "Basic knowledge in modern toxicological sciences" designed for students of Master’s programmes of Toxicology.  23 students from 12 different countries participated in the course ...

    31 May 2016

  11. Robotic surgical system for performing minimally invasive medical procedures

    One of the objects of the invention is to provide a robotic surgical system for performing minimally invasive medical procedures comprising a robot manipulator, which is configured such that it allows the use of available standard laparoscopic instruments ...

    02 June 2016

  12. Medical Robotic System

    A medical robotic system for performing medical procedures comprises a robot manipulator for robotically assisted handling of a medical instrument, in particular a laparoscopic surgery instrument. The robot manipulator comprises a base; a manipulator arm ...

    02 June 2016

  13. Radioimmunoconjugates for targeted alpha therapy

    The present radioimmunoconjugate combines an alpha-emitting radioisotope (e.g. Tb-149, At-211, Bi-212, Bi-213 or Ac-225) with a monoclonal antibody against the MUC-1 receptor. A merit of the present invention is to have found a specific combination of rad ...

    30 May 2016

  14. Method for producing Ac-225 by irradiation of Ra-226 with protons

    The invention proposes a method that allows reducing or even eliminating the waiting period necessary to eliminate undesired radionuclides, especially Ac-224 and Ac-226, which come from the irradiation of Ra-226 by a proton beam. This method supplies a hi ...

    30 May 2016

  15. Computer-assisted method and device for restoring three-dimensional images

    The present invention relates generally to reproducing images in three dimensions and more particularly to synthesizing holograms digitally and reproducing images in three dimensions from those holograms. There is provided a method of reproducing at least ...

    30 May 2016

  16. EU and Brazil strengthen international cooperation on alternatives to animal testing

    04 May 2016 From the 5 th to 8 th April 2016, four representatives from the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) undertook a mission to promote al ...

    04 May 2016

  17. From nuclear research to surgery technology

    02 Oct 2015 A JRC invention initially stemming from its research in the nuclear sector will soon be used by hospitals for minimally-invasive robotic surgery. TELELAP ALF-X is an advanced multi-port robotic system that will empower surgeons with new techno ...

    02 October 2015

  18. Screening methodology to identify potential endocrine disruptors according to different options in the context of an impact assessment

    Several pieces of EU legislation regulate the marketing and use of chemical substances. While several regulations, including the regulations on Plant Protection Products (PPPR), Biocidal Products (BPR) and Chemicals (REACH), include provisions for endocri ...

    17 June 2016

  19. Radionuclides for medical use

    The most appropriate pair would be pure alpha-emitters with high cumulative energy providing a high cytotoxic dose to targeted cells as well as allowing imaging of the biodistribution of the nuclides in the body and a stable binding to biological carrier ...

    20 May 2016

  20. Improved protocol for the synthesis of monoclonal antibodies labelled with the alpha emitter Ac-225

    The invention relates to an improved protocol for the synthesis of monoclonal antibodies labelled with the alpha emitter Ac-225, said radioconjugates being highly interesting for clinical application (one of them being currently tested in a multicentre tr ...

    20 May 2016

  21. Combatting diabetes: World Health Day 2016

    07 Apr 2016 The focus of World Health Day on April 7 is diabetes, a disease which affects about 32 million people in the EU. The JRC supports the efforts to combat diabetes through its nutrition and health related activities, with special focus on childre ...

    07 April 2016

  22. Monitoring and Assessment Framework for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (MAFEIP)- Gap analysis

    DG JRC-IPTS has been developing a Monitoring and Assessment Framework to assess the health and economic impact of the activities carried out by stakeholders of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) within the MAFEIP ...

    12 June 2016

  23. Applying the model of goal-directed behavior, including descriptive norms, to physical activity intentions: A contribution to improving the theory of planned behavior

    The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) has received its fair share of criticism lately, including calls for it to retire. We contribute to improving the theory by testing extensions such as the model of goal-directed behaviour (MGDB, which adds desire and ...

    10 June 2016

  24. The European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory launches first call for innovative nanomedicines in cancer therapy

    17 Mar 2016 The use of nanotechnology in healthcare promises new diagnostic opportunities and innovative therapeutic concepts that may help to tackle major medical challenges such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and antimicrobial resistance.   Howev ...

    17 March 2016

  25. How to promote water intake in schools: a toolkit

    Schools are a key environment to teach children healthy hydration and form long-term positive beverage consumption behaviours. School-based interventions can reach large groups of children of all social classes, and messages learned may be taken home to i ...

    03 June 2016