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19/01/2017

Medical community alarmed by global rise in diabetes cases

Health & Consumers


Transport 13-01-2017

EU expects answers from Italy over alleged Fiat emissions cheating

The European Commission yesterday (12 January) called on Italy to provide proof against Germany's allegation that Fiat Chrysler used illegal exhaust emissions defeat devices, stepping up pressure on the group amid accusations against it in the US.
Agriculture & Food 12-01-2017

Greenpeace: Neonicotinoids pose risks to multiple species

Neonicotinoid pesticides should be considered a serious threat not only to honeybees, but also to many other species, according to a scientific review published today (12 January) by Greenpeace.

Monsanto’s Roundup linked to liver disease, study says

A new study has found that low-dose and long-term exposure to Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup could cause a liver disease to female rats.
Health & Consumers 11-01-2017

Tattoos could pose health risk says new Commission report

Ink used in tattoo parlours can contain low-purity pigments that are not meant to be applied to the skin and may pose a health risk, according to a European Commission report. EurActiv Spain reports.
Agriculture & Food 11-01-2017

Citizens' initiative aimed at banning glyphosate gets the go-ahead

Brussels has agreed to the launch of a European Citizens' Initiative on banning glyphosate in the EU. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 10-01-2017

EU plans first laws on robotics

A European Parliament committee will look Thursday (12 January) at a draft resolution relating to the regulation of robotics. The text could become the basis for the first European legislation on automation and robots. EurActiv Germany reports.

Agriculture & Food 09-01-2017

Neurological study: Mediterranean diet helps brain health

Older people who don’t follow a “Mediterranean diet” are more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over time, new scientific research has found.
Health & Consumers 05-01-2017

Novartis under scrutiny for alleged pharma scandal in Greece

The Greek government launched an official investigation into pharmaceutical giant Novartis, following the publication of allegations of corruption and bribery in national news media.
Health & Consumers 05-01-2017

Study denounces 'false belief' in antibiotics

An unprecedented study carried out by a multinational team shows that antibiotic use among Spanish children is verging on excessive, as they are given twice what their German and American equivalents are. EurActiv Spain reports.
Health & Consumers 05-01-2017

France orders massive duck cull to contain bird flu

France yesterday (4 January) ordered a massive cull of ducks in three regions most affected by a severe outbreak of bird flu as it tries to contain the virus which has been spreading quickly over the past month, the agriculture ministry said.
Special Report
Health & Consumers 23-12-2016

Personalised medicine – the future of CVD treatment?

SPECIAL REPORT / Doctors are already able to calculate patients’ risk of getting cardiovascular disease based on their electronic medical records, including age, gender and smoking habits. Adding genetic assessments to the mix will make their job easier.
Special Report
Health & Consumers 23-12-2016

A soft target: EU countries go after sugar in CVD fight

SPECIAL REPORT / If the UK is a leader among European countries in statin treatment and cardiac rehabilitation, it lags behind in addressing the behavioural causes of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as child obesity.


Health & Consumers 22-12-2016

EU member states still divided over endocrine disruptor regulation

At a meeting of experts yesterday (21 December) the European Commission failed to bridge the gap between member states on setting criteria for endocrine disruptors.
Agriculture & Food 22-12-2016

High levels of acrylamide found in German gingerbread

Campaigners today (22 December) published a survey identifying high levels of the cancer-causing substance acrylamide in a range of gingerbread varieties on the German market.
Special Report
Health & Consumers 22-12-2016

UK and US at odds with Europe over statin use

SPECIAL REPORT / Statins are already the United Kingdom’s most commonly prescribed medicines – roughly 6 million Brits take the drugs on a regular basis to lower the risk of a cardiovascular incident, in line with US practice. But in continental Europe, views tend to differ.
Agriculture & Food 21-12-2016

Food and drinks withdrawn from Greek supermarkets after poisoning threat

Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Delta decided to withdraw some of their products from the supermarkets in Athens, after threats of contamination were posted on a Greek website.

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face prison, says UN boss

Dieselgate-style fraudsters should face tough punishments, including prison sentences, for cheating air pollution rules, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme said today (20 December).
Special Report
Health & Consumers 20-12-2016

Prevention is the name of the CVD game

SPECIAL REPORT / Early prevention is the name of the game these days for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) when it comes to tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Health & Consumers 19-12-2016

MEPs criticise delays to new rules on car engine emissions

Several EU countries, including Italy, France and Spain, have delayed the adoption of stricter car engine emissions' tests, despite evidence that this has allowed pollution to go above legal limits, a draft report by European Parliament said on Monday (19 December).
Special Report
Health & Consumers 19-12-2016

Counting the cost of cardiovascular disease

SPECIAL REPORT / Death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) may have fallen substantially in the UK and across the world, but it remains the single biggest killer, and a sizeable economic burden.
Health & Consumers 16-12-2016

European Parliament demands Berlin compensate victims of killer drug

The European Parliament has demanded justice for the victims of a German pharmaceutical drug that caused thousands of children to be born with deformities and many more to die, 60 years after the scandal first broke. EurActiv Spain reports.

Special Report
Health & Consumers 15-12-2016

E-health and the ‘fine line’ of big data

SPECIAL REPORT / The introduction of digital technology in healthcare systems might be viewed by health stakeholders in a positive light. However, policymakers are yet to address issues related to data collection and use that are considered crucial in the management of chronic conditions like diabetes.
Special Report
Health & Consumers 14-12-2016

E-health should not exacerbate existing inequalities, NGO warns

SPECIAL REPORT / Efforts to digitalise healthcare for chronic disease patients – including those suffering from diabetes – are helpful, according to the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). But the move towards digitalisation should not exacerbate existing health inequalities, it warns.
Special Report
Health & Consumers 12-12-2016

Medical community alarmed by global rise in diabetes cases

SPECIAL REPORT / The rise of diabetes is causing avoidable deaths and imposing substantial costs on ailing healthcare systems. Alarmed, lawmakers are attempting to improve prevention and get the emerging pandemic under control.