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Pilot projects on health inequality

The EU has funded a number of pilot projects in the field of health inequalities to develop evidence-based strategies, identify good practices and provide policy guidance for the benefit of possible future initiatives. To find out more about these particular projects on Health Inequalities on the ec.europa.eu website

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Depression – Let’s talk

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization and it provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of the 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression,…

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EU support for public health priorities

In Europe, six of the seven biggest risk factors for premature death are directly linked to how we eat, drink and move. Moreover, rising levels of obesity across Europe is a great concern and can contribute to or aggravate many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. More than…

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Health Policy Journal

Health Policy is a journal produced by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. It is intended to enable a wide discussion of health policy issues and is aimed in particular at improving communication between health policy researchers, legislators, decision-makers and professionals concerned with developing, implementing and analysing health policy. For more information about…

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UN European coalition on health

The UN European coalition on health is a coordination mechanism focusing on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 – to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages – in the pan-European Region, and of the health-related targets present in other SDGs. At its initial meeting in 2016 the coalition…

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Tobacco Control Playbook counters aggressive tobacco industry tactics

The tobacco industry has become more focused, aggressive and sophisticated in its efforts to block tobacco control measures. However, no single source has yet provided the resources to understand how governments and the public health community can respond to the arguments of tobacco industry players. In light of this, WHO/Europe has developed the Tobacco Control…

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UK researchers are top recipients of EU funding

UK-based researchers are top of the league in the European Research Council’s (ERC) latest round of mid-career consolidator grants. 58 researchers working in UK institutions will each receive up to €2 million (£1.7m) to set up their own teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas. Germany is in second place with 48 successful applicants. The funding has been…

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Carbapenem-resistant A. Baumannii

Outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii in healthcare facilities have been reported in Europe and worldwide. Infections with carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii occur in patients with severe underlying diseases, mainly in intensive care units, and are often related to invasive procedures or indwelling devices. However, such infections are increasingly being reported in patients admitted to conventional medical/surgical…

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Big Data in Health

A new study on Big Data in Public Health, Telemedicine and Healthcare identifies examples of the use of Big Data in Health, and puts forward recommendations covering 10 relevant fields: awareness raising, education and training, data sources, open data and data sharing, applications and purposes, data analysis, governance of data access and use, standards, funding…

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Guidance on endocrine disruptors

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) are developing scientific guidance to enable identification of endocrine disruptors. In 2016 the European Commission proposed science-based criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in the context of EU legislation on pesticides and biocides. Discussions with Member States and experts are on-going and the criteria…

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