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28/08/2016

Commission energy drinks proposal leads to fresh calls for minimum age limit

Health & Consumers


Health & Consumers 25-08-2016

EU asks for WTO panel over Colombia’s tax practices on spirits

The European Commission has requested the establishment of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel over Colombia's alleged discrimination against imported spirits.
Development Policy 23-08-2016

Brexit casts doubt over Uganda development project on lung disease

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has come at a crucial moment in the development of an international medical project that throws into sharp relief the state of flux Brexit has cast over collaborative research, says Jack Barton.
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Health & Consumers 22-08-2016

Are young professionals ready to face demographic challenges – and recognize opportunities for health?

The European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) goes into its 19th edition this year. The topic: Demographics and Diversity in Europe – New Solutions for Health.
UK & Europe 17-08-2016

UK consumers begin to feel post-Brexit pinch

From computers and cars to carpets and food, Britain's decision to leave the EU is beginning to hit consumers in the pocket, having already spread uncertainty through the property market.

What does an innovation agenda mean for consumers?

Innovation and consumer protection are not opposites. Indeed there is huge potential to use innovation to deliver safer products that benefit consumers, writes Monique Goyens.
Health & Consumers 12-08-2016

Report: ‘Drunkorexia’ among young people raises concerns in the UK

A new report has found that 43% of British men and 35% of British women between the ages of 18-24 ditch meals in favour of binge drinking, a phenomenon known as “drunkorexia”.
Health & Consumers 11-08-2016

TTIP regulatory cooperation would drive innovation

TTIP could make regulation better and more efficient—cutting costs for consumers and industry, writes Csilla Magyar.
Health & Consumers 09-08-2016

Water industry: Light criteria on endocrine disruptors benefit polluters

A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told EurActiv.com.
UK & Europe 09-08-2016

UK consumers carry on spending despite Brexit fears

British retail spending bounced back in July as sales promotions and good weather outweighed any immediate concern about the consequences of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, a survey showed on Tuesday (8 August).

EU criteria on endocrine disruptors insufficient, warns chemical industry

The European Commission's draft criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors in pesticides and biocides are "not sufficient" to protect people and the environment, the European chemical industry has warned.
Health & Consumers 04-08-2016

By playing doctor, the UN may kill the patient

The United Nations High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines does not address the actual problems of developing countries, such as inadequate infrastructure and shortage of medical staff, writes Dr. Barbara Kolm.
Health & Consumers 03-08-2016

Study: Alcohol advertising and adolescent drinking are linked

Adolescent drinking culture is linked to young people's exposure to various types of alcohol advertising, a new study has found.


Health & Consumers 02-08-2016

Greece mulls reimbursement of anti-smoking medicines

In an effort to implement an effective anti-smoking law in enclosed public places, the Greek government is examining whether to start reimbursing the cost of anti-smoking drugs.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

Glyphosate: Understanding the controversy

The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised, writes André Heitz.
Health & Consumers 01-08-2016

EU drugs agency to unveil results on 'early medicines' project this week

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will this week publish the much-awaited results of a pilot project on the early marketing authorisation of drugs, EurActiv has learnt.
Euro & Finance 29-07-2016

Italy and Spain lead the fight to conquer UK-based EU agencies

In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, Rome and Madrid are leading the race to gain the right to host influential EU agencies, while Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Slovakia could remain empty-handed.
Health & Consumers 27-07-2016

EU has chance to stop illegal tobacco trade

The trade in illicit tobacco is a massive problem, but the European Commission has been presented with a golden opportunity to strike a blow against the smugglers. But it must look long-term, writes Eric Lequenne.
Health & Consumers 27-07-2016

Fake wines and spirits cost the EU ‘at least’ 4,800 jobs per year

The rise of counterfeit products in spirits and wine across Europe cause annual government losses estimated at €1.2 billion as well as approximately 4,800 jobs in these sectors, a new study has found.
Health & Consumers 26-07-2016

Pharma expert: new 'value added medicines' offer cheaper, customised treatment

A new breed of drugs, called “value added medicines”, could help patients improve their everyday life while in treatment, without increasing healthcare budgets, Christoph Stoller said in an interview with EurActiv.com
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Controlling the AIDS epidemic: Lessons learnt from six countries

While HIV/AIDS still claims too many lives and causes suffering to millions of affected people and their loved ones across the world, substantial progress has been recorded to put an end to the epidemic, write Tim Wilsdon and Lilian Li.
Health & Consumers 18-07-2016

Door open for health NGOs to rejoin EU alcohol forum

The European Commission is exploring ways to bring back health organisations to its alcohol policy forum, in light of recent reports suggesting a decrease in underage drinking across Europe.
Health & Consumers 14-07-2016

‘Siesta’ protects Southern Europeans from skin cancer

Despite being less exposed to the sun, Northern Europeans face a higher risk of skin cancer than their southern neighbours, a new study has found.
Health & Consumers 13-07-2016

Swedwatch: Report highlights abuses in Bangladeshi tobacco industry

The EU should require traceability of raw tobacco from a farmer to the final product, and include country of origin in export and import information, a Swedish campaign group told EurActiv.com.
Health & Consumers 11-07-2016

Commission energy drinks proposal leads to fresh calls for minimum age limit

The European Commission intends to widen the scope for energy drink makers to advertise their products, but consumer protection activists have voiced concerns about misleading health claims and their effect on young people. EurActiv Germany reports.