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08/12/2016

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Topic: heart disease


Study: Carbon tax on food could cut GHG missions by 9%

A food tax based on a product's carbon footprint would bring benefits not only for the climate, but also for public health, according to a British study published on Monday (7 November). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Health & Consumers 21-10-2016

Malta tops EU obesity rankings, Romania thinnest

Malta has the highest proportion of obese adults in Europe, according to EU figures released yesterday (20 October), while Romania is the least obese.
Agriculture & Food 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.

Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds

Air pollution has become a major contributor to stroke for the first time, with unclean air now blamed for nearly one third of the years of healthy life lost to the condition worldwide.
Health & Consumers 26-05-2016

Andriukaitis: We have the tools to avoid 'unnecessary loss of lives'

Decision-makers should stop ignoring risk factors like tobacco, which causes deaths that could have been avoided, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv.com.
Health & Consumers 18-05-2016

Loneliness can cause heart disease and strokes, says study

Loneliness increases the risk of developing heart disease and suffering strokes, new research has found.
Health & Consumers 10-05-2016

Fatal heart attacks and strokes drop in EU, but costs remain high

The number of deaths from heart attacks and strokes has dropped significantly in the European Union during between 2000 and 2013, according to the latest figures from Eurostat.
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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 06-04-2016

Finland tops Europe's first-ever ‘Nanny State’ index

Finland is the most heavily regulated country in Europe when it comes to alcohol, food and drinks, e-cigarettes and tobacco laws, followed by Sweden, the UK and Ireland, according to a new Nanny State Index published on Tuesday (5 April).
Health & Consumers 27-10-2015

Research links cholesterol to tendonitis and chronic pain

Chronic pain and tendon inflammation could be directly linked to high cholesterol, according to a study by the University of Canberra. EurActiv Spain reports
Health & Consumers 19-10-2015

‘Good’ cholesterol is actually bad after menopause, new research finds

Researchers in the United States have found that hormonal changes in women during the menopause can cause so-called ‘good cholesterol’ to become dangerous to their health. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 13-10-2015

Cardiovascular disease: ‘Better prevention would bring big healthcare savings’

Cardiovascular diseases are still the world’s leading cause of death. Much more should be done to prevent the major risk factors, Philippe Thébault told EurActiv France
Health & Consumers 05-10-2015

Text messages help treat cardiovascular diseases

An new study has found that sending text messages to heart attack survivors, encouraging them to make healthier lifestyle choices, can bring significant health benefits. EurActiv France reports.
Health & Consumers 15-09-2015

Juncker's State of the Union: A historic opportunity fumbled

Jean-Claude Juncker had the unique opportunity to make his State of the Union speech special. Unfortunately, he left many of Europe’s “monumental” challenges unaddressed, writes Kristina Sperkova.
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Health & Consumers 11-09-2015

Cardiologists point to novel areas for prevention?

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Europe’s leading cardiologists have advised policymakers to look into unexpected areas such as e-cigarettes and personalised medicine in their efforts to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
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Health & Consumers 08-09-2015

World Heart Federation chief: ‘It’s unconscionable how little attention cardiovascular diseases get’

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Although cardiovascular diseases are still the number one killer in the world, they do not receive enough attention from policymakers due to many misconceptions, says Johanna Ralston.
Health & Consumers 07-09-2015

Cardiovascular health

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EurActiv reports from the European Society of Cardiology 2015 congress, the largest and most influential cardiovascular event.
Health & Consumers 28-07-2015

McGuinness MEP: 'The high cost of poor cardiovascular health is enormous'

The EU should better coordinate research on cardivascular disease and take action on industrial trans fatty acids, says Mairead McGuinness.

Climate change increases risk of death from heart disease, study says

High temperatures, heat waves and extreme temperature fluctuations pose an ever-increasing threat to the global population, with a recent study by the German Weather Service indicating higher health risks. EurActiv Germany reports.
Health & Consumers 26-06-2015

Patented drugs double the cost of fighting heart disease in France

French doctors prescribe more patented statins than their European counterparts. The country’s health service spends €1.2 billion on statins every year, double the budget of some European countries. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 09-06-2015

Kidney function linked to cardiovascular health

A new study has revealed that tests for kidney function can be equally effective at indicating a patient's risk of heart disease as blood pressure or cholesterol tests. EurActiv France reports
Agriculture & Food 06-05-2015

WHO warns of burgeoning obesity crisis in Europe

Europe will face an obesity crisis of vast proportions by 2030, according to new World Health Organization projections, with many countries likely to see far more than half of adults above the healthy weight limit.
Health & Consumers 23-03-2015

Cardiovascular disease and cholesterol

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EurActiv reports from the European Atherosclerosis Congress 2015 in Glasgow, focusing on cardiovascular diseases, and the overlooked consequences of high levels of bad cholesterol.
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Health & Consumers 19-03-2015

Familial Hypercholesterolemia

What is FH? FH is an inherited condition associated with high “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol or LDL-C) and may predispose a person to premature cardiovascular disease (CVD). People with FH are unable to process the body’s natural supply of cholesterol, leading to very high levels of “bad” cholesterol that can block arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke.