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Eurostat: Europe’s investement on disease prevention remains scarce
According to the latest Eurostat report on European governments’ investemnt on health, social protection is the area where countries expend the most in all EU Member States. Although its importance va ...

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WHO: The tobacco epidemic should be fought back with higher taxes
Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Approximately 1 person dies from a tobacco-related disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to around 6 million ...

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First-ever ministerial meeting on plain tobacco packaging
On the 20th July, the Ministers and representatives of Ministries of Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the Head of  ...

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The Riga Roadmap: a path to invest in health and wellbeing in Europe
On the 29-30th of June, EU Policy and Membership Officer Jelena Malinina attended the Universal Health Conference in Riga, Latvia, which was held to conclude the Latvian Presidency of the European Uni ...

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European Forum Alpbach Summer School
From the 19th to the 27th of August, EFA Senior Advisor and Young Gasteiner Roberta Savli took part in the Summer School in European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition organised by the Medic ...

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AirPROM: a virtual model of the lung now explained on video
This summer the EU funded project AirPROM has released a series of video interviews to explain how its virtual lung model to predict airways diseases work. The videos collect interviews with the proje ...

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RRI-ICT: enhancing responsibility in technological research
DG CONNECT and RRI-ICT Forum (Responsible Research and Innovation in Information and Communication Technology) organized the first RRI-ICT event on July 8-9, 2015 to discuss about how to enact a respo ...

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Lessons from pilot projects on COPD: United4Health
The United4Health User Policy Advisory Board (UPAB) met on the 6th of July to discuss the health condition of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), one of the three core chronic  ...

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World Allergy Association statement on climate change, allergy and asthma
The prevalence of allergic airway diseases such as asthma and rhinitis has increased dramatically to epidemic proportions worldwide. Besides air pollution from industry derived emissions and motor veh ...

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Many UK takeaways do not comply with allergen labelling legislation
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has recently published a report showing many takeaways in the United Kingdom are still not adhering to the new EU food allergy regulations, putting peop ...

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Higher taxes on tobacco are reducing smoking in New Zealand
Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century and if the current trend continues, it could cause many more deaths in the 21st century: 21% of the population worldwide aged 15 and above consume ...

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More than 60 NGOs ask for clean air - NEC Recommendations
On 15 July 2015, the European Parliament Commitee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on Julie Girling’s report concerning the revised National Emission Ceilings (NE ...

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Patients’ input in research: the soonest and the deepest, the better
The involvement of patients in research projects is often limited to the participation in clinical trials or other forms of research where patients provide samples. To overcome this common limitation, ...

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Clean air is of supreme importance to our health and environment –European Parliament Group on Allergy and Asthma
On the 1st of July, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma met to discuss how air quality affects EU citizens’ health and how allergy and asthma – which are among the top chronic ...

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Patients vision to prevent allergy at EAACI Congress
If healthcare professionals, patients, industry leaders and policy makers join forces to reduce the burden of allergy, allergy prevention can be achieved in the future. That is the vision we presented ...

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Patient Access to Innovative Therapies - EAPM Conference
On the 2nd and 3rd June EFA representative Breda Flood participated at the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Presidency Conference 'Smaller Members And Regions Together ...

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Could genetically modified plants be beneficial for people with allergies?
On the 17th of June, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) organised a workshop on the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants, gathering over 80 international experts. Following t ...

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What is the best way towards digital health?
On 10th of June 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a public hearing on digital health with EU representatives, academics, researchers, business and patients' representati ...

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European Health Parliament issues 7 recommendations to improve healthcare
The European Health Parliament (EHP) – a pan-European platform of 80 young healthcare experts, has issued recommendations on the European healthcare, covering aspects relevant to patients such as pati ...

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EU Council finds an agreement on the Medical Devices Regulation
The Council of the European Union has come to a common position in June on two draft Regulations intended to replace the current Medical Devices Directive: the Active Implantable Medical Devices Direc ...

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