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The Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September

As we get closer to the Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September 2019, the NCD Alliance invites you to start sharing your plans for the week through enoughncds.com. The Week for Action on NCDs will harness the strengths of the NCD community and momentum toward the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) … Continue reading The Second Global Week for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2-8 September

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Meet the first European country to legalise cannabis: Luxembourg

Calling on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws, Luxembourg’s health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption. Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy cannabis for recreational use legally within two years. Nevertheless, the state will regulate production and … Continue reading Meet the first European country to legalise cannabis: Luxembourg

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Support Julie Webster’s Wing Walk

At 12 noon on 29th August  2019 Julie from Medway Community Health is taking the opportunity to fly through the sky and raise awareness of the DWELL project and raise some money at the same time!  Half of the money raised will be donated to ourZone and half will be used to raise awareness of … Continue reading Support Julie Webster’s Wing Walk

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Did you know taking pain medications could lead to higher cardiovascular risks?

Researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada, have discovered that pain medications are linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new arthritis & rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these … Continue reading Did you know taking pain medications could lead to higher cardiovascular risks?

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Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

Becoming the parent of a new baby is both a life-altering gift and an immense responsibility. This week, as countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Empower Parents, Enable … Continue reading Empower parents, enable breastfeeding

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Ebola: 1 year into the DRC outbreak

1 August is the 1-year mark since the Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the last year, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases, including more than 1,800 deaths in parts of Ituri and North Kivu provinces. Almost one in three cases is a child. “At this critical juncture, we reaffirm … Continue reading Ebola: 1 year into the DRC outbreak

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Call for an EU Commissioner for Children

Even though there are 100 million children in the European Union, there is no Commissioner for Children – nobody fighting to protect children and promote their rights at the highest level of European government. To sign the petition for an EU Commissioner for Children, go to: http://www.commissionerforchildren.com/children

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Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the World Hepatitis Day

July 28th 2019 marked World Hepatitis Day. Each year on this day, we have an opportunity to reflect how far we have come on the path to eliminating hepatitis globally, but also, to think how much more needs to be done to achieve this goal by 2030. ‘Invest in eliminating hepatitis’, this year’s theme could not … Continue reading Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the World Hepatitis Day

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2019 EU Health Award: the Commission unveils shortlisted initiatives

The European Commission selected the shortlisted initiatives of the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years old).The nine shortlisted per category, in alphabetical order by organisation, are: CITY category Amsterdam Health Weight Programme (AHWP) by Amsterdam (The Netherlands) Weighty Friends (Ik heb … Continue reading 2019 EU Health Award: the Commission unveils shortlisted initiatives

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Why are STIs on the rise in older people?

Whilst STIs are on the rise in virtually every age group in the UK, there is a notable upwards trend in older people. Changing attitudes to sex and relationships and more casual sex among older age groups is contributing to a sexual health crisis. A recent report from Public Health England made the case for better sexual … Continue reading Why are STIs on the rise in older people?

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