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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 ...

    02 September 2015

  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 ...

    01 September 2015

  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 ...

    02 September 2015

  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 ...

    02 September 2015

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. What we breathe impacts our health: improving understanding of the link between air pollution and health

    Air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of millions of people each year around the world, and air quality problems are growing in many developing nations. While past policy efforts have succeeded in reducing particulate matter and trace gases in ...

    23 May 2016

  15. A combined proteomics and metabolomics approach to assess the effects of gold nanoparticles in vitro

    Omics technologies, such as proteomics or metabolomics, have to date been applied in the field of nanomaterial safety assessment to a limited extent. To address this dearth, we developed an integrated approach combining the two techniques to study the eff ...

    15 May 2016

  16. The need for a rapid and comprehensive adoption of the revised European standard population in cancer incidence comparisons

    As cancer incidence varies according to age, it is important to rule out differences in age structures in any comparison. A common way of adjusting for these differences is using direct age standardization, which applies age-specific weights from a standa ...

    14 May 2016

  17. Defining the roadmap towards revision of ENCR coding standards and training for cancer registries

    The European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) jointly support harmonising the activities of the European population-based cancer registries (CR) in providing reliable and valid data on cancer. The process to supply v ...

    15 May 2016

  18. World cancer day – JRC contribution to the fight against cancer

    04 Feb 2016 Cancer is one of the main causes of death in the EU, responsible for almost 1.3 million deaths in 2013, according to Eurostat. The JRC's work on cancer focuses on developing harmonised data on cancer incidence in the EU, development and p ...

    04 February 2016

  19. More reliable measurements for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

    08 Feb 2016 JRC scientists contributed to the evaluation of the method performance related to the quantification of Alzheimer's biomarkers. The study revealed the importance of developing a certified reference material, which is currently in progress ...

    08 February 2016

  20. Plenary of the ECIBC 2015: Improving breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care in Europe

    09 Dec 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) is built upon the principles of sustainability, continuity and the transparent inclusion of experts and stakeholders to develop a project that will have an impact on br ...

    26 November 2015

  21. Improved clinical pathogen testing using innovative methods will benefit patients

    29 Jan 2016 JRC scientists, in collaboration with partners of a European research project, addressed measurement issues that impact on the monitoring of harmful microorganisms. They conclude that innovative and standardised methods have the potential for ...

    29 January 2016

  22. Indoortron

    Indoortron The INDOORTRON Facility is a 30m 3 walk-in environmental chamber permitting precise control of parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, air quality and exchange rate. Within its large working space, it is possible to measure emissions ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Understanding the capabilities of expert laboratories in detecting Botulinum neurotoxins

    18 Jan 2016 In close collaboration with partners of the European project EQuATox (establishment of quality assurance for the detection of biological toxins of potential bioterrorism risk)- coordinated by the German Robert Koch Institute – JRC scientists s ...

    18 January 2016

  24. Breast cancer: new steps towards harmonisation and quality of screening and care in Europe

    05 Jan 2016 The plenary of the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) entitled 'Improving breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care in Europe' took place in Baveno, Italy on 9-11 December 2015. The plenary focused on improving ...

    05 January 2016

  25. Public Launch Conference: Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring (IPCHeM)

    19 Oct 2015 The public launch of IPCheM, the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring, will take place on Monday, 19 October 2015, in Brussels. IPCheM is a single access point for locating and retrieving chemical monitoring data collections. Supportin ...

    14 October 2015