Diabetes, Cancer, Hepatitis

12-12-2017

Combat digestive diseases with tighter controls on the alcohol and food industry

You are what you eat, the saying goes, but what about what we drink? Dietary regulations across Europe need to be stricter if digestive disease rates are to fall, writes Thierry Ponchon.

Agrifood 05-10-2017

Bringing sanity back to Europe’s glyphosate debate

For glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used weed killer, 6 November will be a date with destiny, writes Pieter Cleppe.

Agrifood 25-09-2017

No, the EU does not want to ban your chips

Recently, headlines in Germany and Austria might have made you shiver with fear: “The. EU. Wants. To. Ban. Crispy. Chips”. No less! The same EU which dictates the shape of our bananas and cucumbers is now meddling with our chips. Or is it, asks Monique Goyens.

30-03-2017

Workplace cancer prevention must be extended to reprotoxic substances

Putting more than 10 years of paralysis behind it, the European Commission finally launched a revision of the directive on the prevention of occupational cancers in May 2016. Lawmakers can now address reprotoxic substances in the workplace, writes Laurent Vogel.

Health 13-02-2017

Health matters should supersede European bureaucracy

European red tape should not be an obstacle to effective healthcare. For patients with diseases like sarcoma, waiting means suffering and often avoidable death, writes Marlene Mizzi.

Agrifood 20-10-2016

The EU’s promotion of meat consumption is misguided, Mr Hogan

Ever since he took office, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has promoted the interests of the livestock sector while ignoring health warnings and environmental concerns over meat consumption, writes Olga Kikou.

Health 07-04-2016

The rising wave of privatisation damages healthcare in Europe

The austerity policies pursued in several European countries in the wake of the EU fiscal crisis are pushing the public health sector to the brink – and forcing more and more services into private hands, writes Jan Willem Goudriaan on World Health Day (7 April).

Health 04-04-2016

14.5 million European workers unprotected from risks of skin cancer

Revisiting European policies and legislation to meet the increasing prevalence of skin cancer in outdoor workers should become part of the European agenda, write Swen Malte John and Nikos Manaras.

Health 18-09-2015

Taking action for rare cancers

For many rare cancers patients, it can be difficult to have access to appropriate therapies and clinical expertise, due to the fact that there has been a limited number of clinical studies to find new drugs and treatments, writes Mihaela Militaru.

Health 28-05-2015

Lung cancer screening: A step in the right direction

Given lung cancer’s relative prevalence within Europe when compared to other parts of the world, European Week Against Cancer presents a timely opportunity to discuss what is being done in the fight to reduce its prevalence, writes Jean-Paul Sculier.

Catherine Castledine
Health 04-02-2015

World Cancer Day: The first day in a renewed fight to beat cancer sooner

It’s important that the fight against cancer takes place every day, and across all policies, writes Catherine Castledine on World Cancer Day, writes Catherine Castledine.

Christian Friis Bach
Health 04-02-2015

Clean the air, prevent cancer

We can do more to prevent people from getting cancer, for example by increasing efforts to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air, says Christian Friis Bach.

Health 14-11-2014

How we can win the war against lung cancer

?The European Commission must lead the charge in ensuring that lung cancer, an overlooked but deadly killer, is finally given the recognition it needs in order to effectively combat it, writes Mogens Ekelund.

Health 19-07-2013

Stark inequalities in hepatitis care call for EU action

The strength of national hepatitis plans is the bundling of otherwise uncoordinated EU efforts. Many countries are effective only in some aspects of their response to hepatitis, argues Andrey Kovatchev.

Health 15-11-2012

Europe needs to fight harder against hepatitis

Viral hepatitis belongs to the group of the top 10 infectious disease killers in Europe with 125,000 patients who die each year. Despite its considerable impact, it receives too little attention by health policymakers although small efforts could already yield major improvements, says MEP Marina Yannakoudakis.

Europe’s risk assessment of chemicals has gone wrong

The EU's risk assessment system for chemicals has derailed and should be reformed urgently in favour of a science-based system that takes full account of the work undertaken by the scientific community, argues Hans Muilerman.

Health 05-10-2011

Improving REACH to step up cancer battle

There are many improvements to be made before REACH can fulfil its public health promise to fight diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, impaired fertility and behavioural disorders, writes Paul Whaley from the Cancer Prevention and Education Society.

Health 19-05-2010

Information to patients: as if the Internet were still a walled garden

European cancer patients continue to suffer from a lack of access to quality information and are often lured by untrustworthy sources such as counterfeit online pharmacies. The EU must urgently establish a coherent and comprehensive strategy to allow patients to make informed choices, writes Jan Geissler, director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), in an April blog post.