Health

Development Policy 25-05-2018

It will be tough and costly to contain current Ebola outbreak, says WHO

Following a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo early May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided it is not yet an international public health emergency but is deploying an action plan to contain the disease, a move which proves particularly challenging this time

European Commission urged to deliver on new EDCs strategy

MEPs and civil society representatives urged the European Commission on 24 May to act soon on defining a new strategy following the rejection by the European Parliament last autumn of its endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC) definition.
24-05-2018

MEP: Europe must unlock the potential of combination vaccines

Multicomponent or combined vaccines are an indispensable tool to address the current public health challenges and Europe should, therefore, help unlock their potential, said Swedish MEP Christofer Fjellner.
23-05-2018

Raising awareness of disabilities through sporting Intégrathlon

Since 2009, the Intégrathlon has challenged preconceived ideas about disabilities with sports events organised in five towns in Seine-Saint-Denis. EURACTIV.fr went to Tremblay-en-France, one of the cities at the heart of this year’s project.
22-05-2018

Measles cases increase in the EU in April, significant outbreaks ongoing, new figures show

Measles cases continue to increase in a number of EU/EEA countries according to the most recent measles data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) through epidemic intelligence and published in the Communicable Diseases Threats Report (CDTR) today (22 May).
08-05-2018

Time to end fragmentation of EU healthcare, experts say

Experts are asking for a more collaborative approach in EU healthcare and greater involvement of the European Commission in order to face rising challenges and put patients at the core of decision-making.
07-05-2018

MEPs step up action to protect terminally ill workers in the EU

A group of EU lawmakers has taken the UK-led “Dying to Work” campaign to the EU in an effort to mobilise support for terminally ill patients across Europe, who face unfair treatment at work.
04-05-2018

EU Parliament calls for global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

The European Parliament on Thursday (3 May) called on the European Union to launch a high-level diplomatic campaign to impose a worldwide ban on animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
03-05-2018

Andriukaitis: E-cigarettes under thorough scrutiny, and not the way to stop smoking

Electronic cigarettes are currently known for being “less damaging” than traditional smoking but they still cause harm and people should not use them to cut smoking, EU health chief told EURACTIV.com.

Exposure to carcinogens at work in EU’s crosshairs

The EU Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a joint campaign with the European Commission and the Bulgarian EU Presidency aimed at raising awareness of dangerous substances at work while sounding the alarm about the surging costs related to cancer.
Alcohol 02-05-2018

Scotland rolls out minimum alcohol pricing after years of legal blocks

Scotland on Tuesday (1 May) introduced minimum pricing for alcohol, in what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed as a "bold" and "brave" policy move that has endured years of legal battles.
Agrifood 27-04-2018

Andriukaitis: Neonics case proves Commission is ‘consistent’ with science

No one can blame the European Commission of being in the hands of industry lobbies, as in both the glyphosate and neonicotinoids cases, it made “consistent” decisions, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.
27-04-2018

EU health chief: Time for scientists to be heard under new vaccination proposals

With the European Commission’s new vaccination proposals, scientists have a good opportunity to join forces and use IT tools to explain their scientific opinions to people, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
26-04-2018

‘Famous’ Messi triumphs in Europe court case

Football superstar Lionel Messi won the backing of European Court of Justice judges on Thursday (26 April), when they ruled that the Barcelona player’s request for a trademark is legitimate, citing his fame outside the world of football as a crucial element of the case.
26-04-2018

How Italy’s scientific community joined forces and shaped national vaccination plan

If the scientific community sticks together and makes a coordinated effort, it can be very influential in shaping national vaccination plans, Italian professor Paolo Bonanni told EURACTIV.com, citing Italy as a prime example.
25-04-2018

Commission could play greater role in harmonising vaccines supply, industry says

The European Commission could play a decisive role in further harmonising the regulatory framework of vaccines and therefore avoid delays in the supply of vaccines in case of shortages or emergencies, Vaccines Europe told EURACTIV.com. 
24-04-2018

How patient groups could help tackle ‘fake news’ on vaccination

Patient groups play a crucial role in providing the right information and thus tackling fake news on vaccination, according to experts, who say this is increasingly necessary to restore confidence in this field.
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23-04-2018

Climate change affects workers’ health in all business segments, says French agency

Workers from all business segments are and will be affected by climate and environmental changes, with the exception of risks related to noise and artificial radiations, the French Agency for Food, Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety (Anses) said in a study published 19 April.
23-04-2018

MEP: Vaccination is a lifelong process, not only for children

Parents have a particular responsibility to protect their children, as they are more vulnerable to infections, but vaccination should be seen as a lifelong approach that applies to adults too, centre-right MEP Renate Sommer told EURACTIV.com.
Air Quality 17-04-2018

Over 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, study finds

More than 95% of the world’s population breathe unsafe air and the burden is falling hardest on the poorest communities, with the gap between the most polluted and least polluted countries rising rapidly, a comprehensive study of global air pollution has found. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
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Automated vehicles 10-04-2018

Carmakers delaying more efficient models until 2019 to maximise profit, report says

Carmakers are delaying building more efficient models until 2019 in a bid to maximise profit margins before new EU rules on CO2 emissions kick in, according to a new report.
Africa 09-04-2018

Ebola outbreak revealed failings of Guineas health system, helped to addressed them

The Ebola epidemic, which left more than 11,000 dead over an expanse of West Africa between 2014 and 2016, has enabled experts to draw a series of conclusions in a bid to improve health services in Guinea at least, a Parliament delegation visiting the country found. EURACTIV's media partner efe-epa reports.
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09-04-2018

EU’s energy intensive industries paid to pollute, says NGO

Instead of pursuing real decarbonisation plans, energy-intensive industry in the EU has managed to turn pollution into profit, Climate Action Network Europe said in a study published 9 April.
30-03-2018

Greek court says e-cigarettes do not differ from traditional smoking

A top Greek court has decided that electronic cigarettes should have the same legal restrictions as traditional smoking does when it comes to bans in public places and advertising.