What is the value of the outdoors for someone living with dementia?

Spending time in the outdoors holds many benefits, from achieving the necessary dose of Vitamin D to exploring our senses and socialising, and this is no different for someone living with dementia.

Whilst extra care may be necessary, there is true value to experiencing the outdoors when living with dementia.

As we age it’s common for our senses to decline and it’s therefore important to explore different ways of engaging them to stay connected. When living with dementia, our connection to the world may feel even more distant, as communication difficulties arise, it is therefore vital that other dementia activities are explored. The outdoors provides an excellent multi-sensory platform and can be brilliant way to explore the senses.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/living-with-dementia/91377/

Our CASCADE project is aiming to improve the lives and the care for people living with dementia. To read more about the project go to: https://www.interreg2seas.eu/en/cascade

News from the Interreg 2Seas mid-term review event in Ghent

On the 25th and 26th of April 2019, the Health and Europe Centre attended the Interreg 2Seas mid-term review event in Ghent, Belgium. We are currently lead partner on 6 of the 15 approved projects in the social innovation category, so the event was a great opportunity to showcase our work and learn about the other projects. It was an excellent event with the highlight being our CASCADE project’s video winning third prize in the project video awards.

To watch the video go to: https://youtu.be/wui8rgPwmgk and to read more about any of our projects go to: http://www.healthandeuropecentre.nhs.uk/home-3/projects/current-projects-2/

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The 29th April – 5th of May 2019 marks this year’s maternal mental health awareness week. The Health and Europe Centre is the lead partner of a newly EU Interreg 2Seas funded project aiming to tackle to stigma surrounding perinatal mental health. Maternal mental health awareness week will be a week long Twitter campaign run by the UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance. Our project partners will be getting involved via our Twitter page @2SeasPATH and using the hashtag #2SeasPATH.

To read more about this awareness week, follow us PATH on Twitter or go to: https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/news/uk-maternal-mental-health-matters-awareness-week-2019/

European Commission funded project uses groundbreaking “CRMs” to check food pesticides

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) is developing Certified Reference Materials (“CRM”). CRM is a measurement standard supporting laboratories to check the quality of their measurement methods.

CRMs are being developed at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium. The labs are performing quality checks to monitor ingredients and contaminants in the food, such as the pesticides in cucumber. They have even developed a ‘pesticides in cucumber’ CRM. Its powder made from cucumbers that comes with a certificate indicating the concentration of multi-pesticides. Euronews spoke to Marta Dabrio a project Officer at JRC-Geel about the CRM.

“Laboratories can use our cucumber CRM by integrating it into their own measurements. This means that if they analyze the CRM with their own methods, and if they obtain the results that we indicate in the certificate, they measure correctly.”

But they also analyse real food products. The cucumber needs to be prepared. If the number of pesticides analyzed in the cucumber CRM match those in the certificate, it confirms that the analytical method and the instruments used by the laboratory are reliable.

To read more about this on the Euronews website, go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/22/european-commission-funded-project-use-groundbreaking-crms-to-check-food-pesticides

Brexit pledge on European health insurance cards

The Irish government has said it will, if necessary, cover the cost of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) for citizens in NI after Brexit.

Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday.

The EHIC currently entitles UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an accident in EU or EFTA-member countries.

If the UK leaves with no deal, EHICs issued in the UK will not be valid.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar previously said he wanted it to be retained post-Brexit for people in Northern Ireland. The UK is trying to reach agreements with EU governments to extend the reciprocal health care arrangements.

To read more about this go to: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47955980

#RosaceaNoFilter – Time to emphasise Rosacea Awareness Month

Online influencers take the lead in raising rosacea awareness in Galderma’s empowering Rosacea Awareness Month social media campaign.

As part of its ongoing commitment to raising awareness of rosacea and the hidden burden of the disease, Galderma, Nestlé Skin Health’s medical solutions business, is collaborating with top social media influencers this Rosacea Awareness Month, to encourage people with rosacea to speak up and share experiences of the beyond the visible impact of living with this distressing skin disease.

To read more about rosacea and the awareness month, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/rosacea-awareness-month/91330/

Member States urged to ramp up fight against noncommunicable diseases

Governments in WHO Member States must implement existing policies and set ambitious goals at national level if they are to live up to their commitment to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the WHO European Region. That was the message from speakers and participants at the plenary session of the WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 9–10 April 2019.

Reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030

Under Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4, governments have committed to reduce deaths from NCDs by one third by 2030, to prevent people from dying too young. The actions countries can take to achieve this target were the focus of the conference, attended by 44 countries from across the Region.

To read more about this, go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/turkmenistan/news/news/2019/4/member-states-urged-to-ramp-up-fight-against-noncommunicable-diseases

Towards a digital health roadmap for the WHO European Region

The benefits of digital health are clear. It can improve the reach, impact and efficiency of health care. It can help improve the training of the health workforce, strengthen public health surveillance, and provide health services to remote and underserved populations. Digital health can also empower patients to take control of their health, and aid in the transition from reactive treatment to proactive prevention of diseases. However, barriers remain to adopting digital tools.

More than 300 decision-makers, policy experts and researchers from 50 countries gathered at the WHO symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in Denmark to discuss the way forward.

Source: WHO/Europe | Health systems – Towards a digital health roadmap for the WHO European Region

HIV and co-infection prevention

The Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) has come to its end on 31 January 2019. HA-REACT had 22 partners, representing 18 EU Member States, with additional expertise provided by 14 collaborating partners, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) who, through their work, have shown how funding and national policies affect harm reduction programmes.

HA-REACT was co-funded by the EU Health Programme.

The European-wide project had the ambitious objectives of ending new HIV cases and reducing HCV and tuberculosis (TB) transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the EU by 2020 and focused on three EU countries (Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania) specifically. Through a range of activities ranging from HIV and HCV rapid testing trainings, to a condom vending machine pilot project in a Czech prison, and a mobile unit offering harm reduction services for people who inject drugs in Riga, HA-REACT demonstrated the European Commission’s commitment to harm reduction, and the many challenges associated with such services.

Source:  https://www.hareact.eu/en

Diabetes Prevention Week: Know your risk

About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before you find out you have it.

That’s why it’s very important to know the risk factors. You can find out your risk with our Know Your Risk tool or you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, so you can do something about it. 

Your risk increases with age.You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian. You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent. You’re more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.

To read more about this and check your risk, go to: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-factors