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23/05/2016

Germans spend more on medicine than most of Europe

Topic: Health


Health & Consumers 12-05-2016

How will Europe’s health services cope with the refugee crisis?

Mass migration causes serious challenges, but fears that it will overwhelm European health systems are unfounded: we can and must adapt now, writes Helmut Brand.
Trade & Society 10-05-2016

Malmström concerned about public perception of TTIP

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has admitted she is worried about the increasingly negative attitude in the EU towards the trade talks with the United States.
Trade & Society 02-05-2016

Commission lashes out at TTIP leaks as ‘storm in a teacup'

The EU hit back at Greenpeace on Monday (2 May) for promoting "misconceptions" after it leaked documents about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) showing that the US is pressuring Brussels to roll back health and environmental standards.
Development Policy 25-04-2016

UNITAID: Health spending in developing countries brings a ‘five-fold return’

Access to new treatments for the big pandemics in Africa has improved, thanks to falling prices, and the ending of medical patents, Philippe Duneton told EurActiv France.
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Energy 21-04-2016

Commission considering health rules in Energy Union efficiency bill

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will consider indoor climate rules in its forthcoming legislation on Energy Union, the Commission Vice-President in charge of the strategy yesterday (20 April) revealed.
Health & Consumers 19-04-2016

Doctors launch awareness campaign on ‘apocalyptic’ Greek healthcare

With the launch of the Emergency Greece campaign, a group of doctors has decried the medical situation in the country as "apocalyptic", blaming the Troika’s crippling austerity measures. EurActiv France reports.
Health & Consumers 12-04-2016

Council of Europe raps Italy over difficulty in obtaining abortions

Women's rights are being violated in Italy by the serious difficulties they face in trying to obtain safe abortions due to many doctors refusing to carry out the procedure, the Council of Europe said on Monday (11 April).
Health & Consumers 30-03-2016

Call for coordinated European response on tuberculosis

Every year on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the World remembers those who have died and the millions that suffer every year from of an infection that is both preventable and curable, write a group of health experts.
Health & Consumers 21-03-2016

Many European doctors still think homosexuality is a disease

A "large number" of doctors in certain EU member states still view homosexuality as a disease, a report has revealed. Euroefe reports.

Brussels promises hormone disruptors definition 'by this summer'

The European Commission has responded to criticism over its weaknesses on health and food safety with a series of goodwill gestures on hormone disruptors and glyphosate. EurActiv France reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-03-2016

Climate change will kill more Italians and Greeks than Syrians

Climate change will kill more Italians and Greeks than Syrians in 2050, as soaring temperatures destroy crops and disrupt food supplies, new research published in medical journal The Lancet has found.
Agriculture & Food 18-02-2016

MEPs want to restrict farmers’ use of antibiotics in healthy animals

The use of existing antimicrobial drugs on EU farms should be restricted particularly when these are used as preventive measures, lawmakers urged yesterday (17 February).
Health & Consumers 15-02-2016

EU sets up medical corps after Ebola, Zika outbreaks

The EU wants to quickly respond to health emergencies,  such as the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks in the future with a new medical corps, the European Commission said on Monday (15 February).
Transport 02-02-2016

Killing three birds with one stone in the Arctic

The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could have disastrous consequences. Banning this fuel would protect the region’s rich wildlife, improve human health and benefit the climate, writes Sue Libenson.
Health & Consumers 01-02-2016

Cancer patient organisation: A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence

Cancer patients still suffer from unacceptable discrimination because of the common prejudice that a cancer diagnosis is a death sentence, says Francesco de Lorenzo.

Assessing co-benefits could accelerate action on climate change

Despite the encouraging and historic climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris, politicians all over the world argue that quick climate action is too costly. But if they redid the calculation and included co-benefits they would take action now. And they should, argues Christian Friis Bach.

EU project hopes to phase out animal-testing

When chemicals are considered too dangerous to be tested on humans, animals have long been the answer to some scientific quandaries. The EU project ToxRisk will act as Europe's flagship for safety assessments that do not require the use of animals. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU countries advised to prepare for health threats from refugees

A report by the EU’s disease prevention agency says the risk of Europeans being affected by infectious diseases brought by refugees remains low, but recommends that countries should be prepared to respond to such health threats.
Health & Consumers 11-12-2015

Pharma pollution is overlooked cause of antimicrobial resistance

Unused pharmaceuticals, which end up in the environment, such as in groundwater, pose a major threat to public health and the environment, by leading to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans.
Health & Consumers 02-12-2015

Wales switches to ‘opt-out’ system of organ donation

Organ donation will now operate on an “opt-out” basis in Wales, after a new law intended to address the shortage of donors currently facing the EU came into effect.
Health & Consumers 02-12-2015

High cholesterol wrongly blamed on unhealthy lifestyles

High cholesterol levels are often associated with unhealthy lifestyle choices. But in reality, up to 80% of hypercholesterolemia is genetically pre-determined. EurActiv France reports

MEPs block Commission proposal to recycle hormone disrupting plastics

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Commission's plans to allow the recycling of PVC plastics containing DEHP, a hormone disruptor banned in the EU since February 2015. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Health & Consumers 20-11-2015

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of cardiovascular disease

A vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by 35%. This risk is particularly high in Northern Europe, which has relatively few sunlight hours. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 05-11-2015

Germans spend more on medicine than most of Europe

Expenditure on medicinal drugs in Germany is higher than in most other European countries, according to the OECD. EurActiv Germany reports.