Health

11-05-2017

Don’t thwart an ally in the war on tobacco

Declining smoking rates in Europe mean less tax revenue for many fiscally strained governments. Trying to make up for these losses with a tax on e-cigarettes would be a big mistake, writes Alex Brill.

Development Policy 09-05-2017

Health leadership in a multipolar world: A view from Europe

Europe is still the most powerful international player in global health. But in an increasingly multipolar world, where differences between the developing and developed health worlds are dissolving, the way we look at global health is outdated, writes Johanna Ralston.

Clinical trials 03-05-2017

Allowing patients to choose could save billions

The Commission’s recent musings on the social dimension of Europe touches on common drug pricing among member states. But it misses out on solutions for faster access to medicine, Fred Roeder.

07-04-2017

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz.

07-04-2017

World Health Day 2017: Depression, it’s time to talk!

If you are depressed, talking about it with someone you trust can be a first step towards recovery, write Vytenis Andriukaitis and Zsuzsanna Jakab.

Electric cars 06-04-2017

Rethinking the cost of conventionally fueled road transport

If the human health costs from air pollution were to be accounted and paid for by the fossil car industry, we would see the price tag of conventional cars double, writes Teodora Serafimova.

Energy 06-04-2017

Energy poverty: A blight on the EU

For something that blights the lives of between 50 and 125 million European citizens it is strange to discover that there is no EU-wide definition of 'energy poverty', writes Adrian Joyce.

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.

Airlines failing to accommodate passengers in need of oxygen treatment

Airlines are unfairly discriminating against passengers that need to bring portable oxygen tanks with them on their flights. Susanna Palkonen explains the obstacles many people face.

Agrifood 15-03-2017

Bayer-Monsanto’s ugly offspring

As safety watchdogs battle over just how toxic and dangerous Monsanto’s controversial weed-killer glyphosate actually is, the even more toxic half-brother from Bayer, glufosinate, is making a timely return, warns Mute Schimpf.

Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

The Commission’s innovation confusion

Unless the European Commission changes its attitude, the innovation gap between Europe and the US will likely increase, and it could be overtaken soon by China, with dire consequences for living standards, warns Philip Stevens.

13-03-2017

Turning back the clock on EU health protection is unthinkable

As we debate the future of Europe, the EU must not abandon public health, writes Nina Renshaw.

08-03-2017

Commission’s digital health strategy will help EU patients

A new European Commission task force aimed at further developing the digital strategy in health will significantly help Europe’s healthcare systems and thus their patients, writes Denis Horgan.

08-03-2017

There’s nothing private about women’s sexual and reproductive rights

In 2017, women’s sexual and reproductive rights should be recognised as human rights. But first they must be freed from the political agenda, writes Carina Autengruber.

03-03-2017

Make a sound investment: Prevent and treat hearing loss

Around 52 million EU citizens have self-reported hearing loss. The cost of not treating hearing loss is estimated at some €178 billion every year, write Lidia Best, Mark Laureyns and Soren Hougaard.

21-02-2017

Antibiotic resistance needs global response

Bacteria are becoming more resistant and only a few new types of antibiotic have been introduced in recent decades. Humanity could once again suffer millions of deaths each year from infectious diseases, warn Lars Adaktusson and Magnus Oscarsson.

13-02-2017

Commission must bring healthcare to the fore

Given that the current European Commission has not prioritised healthcare, it looks as though it is up to the European Parliament to push the agenda, writes Denis Horgan.

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.

09-02-2017

Commission must take action against endocrine disruptors

Reducing exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals will benefit healthcare systems and economies as a whole, writes Christian Zahn.

31-01-2017

Better Regulation: Are laws aligning?

We are halfway through this European Parliament’s mandate and, as ever, many laws have been voted, with many more to come. But will they be effectively introduced at the national level in the area of health? Denis Horgan asks.

Innovation and the EU: Fewer apps, more vaccines

Innovation is worthy of support, but European leaders need to focus more on life-saving vaccines rather than the development of more delivery apps, writes Cecile Vernant. 

24-01-2017

Unhealthy divisions don’t help access to best healthcare

In the wake of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump being sworn in as US president, the divisions in crucial parts of the Western world are clear and stark, warns Denis Horgan.

20-12-2016

Europe must do more to stamp out lung cancer stigma

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the EU and 267,700 people die from it each year across Europe. MEPs and cancer activists call for more to be done to tackle the burden of this disease on the individuals diagnosed, their families and our society.

Digital 15-12-2016

EU dithering on Google probe is costing jobs

The EU’s antitrust case against Google should be widened to cover the local search market. Lack of competition in this domain harms consumers, EU companies and the Digital Single Market, writes Kostas Rossoglou.