About: Chronic disease

Improving access to diabetes care will fit into EU’s health data space

Diabetes patients will be among the beneficiaries of the much-awaited European health data space seeking to make good use of healthcare data across the bloc, according to policymakers and health stakeholders.
Health 25-10-2019

New EU Commission should take on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

The new European Commission should tackle "head-on" rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, the president of the European League Against Rheumatism (Eular) told EURACTIV in an interview, referring to chronic diseases that affect one-quarter of all Europeans, creating healthcare and social security costs.
Health 24-11-2017

Andriukaitis: National health systems need ‘fundamental reform’

EU countries could save money and lives by increasing investment in disease prevention and health promotion, the European Commission said on Thursday (23 November), stressing that good health policy requires political will across all sectors.
Health 24-03-2017

EU regions call for better integration of healthcare systems

The Committee of the Regions on Wednesday (22 March) made the case for better integration between the EU’s healthcare systems, to close “inequalities” between member states and ensure that “everyone has access to healthcare”. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Health 19-12-2016

Counting the cost of cardiovascular disease

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 15-12-2016

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

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.
Health 14-12-2016

E-health should not exacerbate existing inequalities, NGO warns

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.
Health 12-12-2016

Medical community alarmed by global rise in diabetes cases

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.
Health 23-11-2016

EU citizens enjoy longer lives, but not health equality

Europeans live almost 7 years more compared to 1990, but this does not necessarily mean that these years are healthy, a new report has found.
Health 04-11-2016

Denmark aims to become ‘dementia-friendly nation’ by 2025

Denmark has put forward a national plan aimed at making the country dementia-friendly by 2025, Minister of Health Sophie Loehde told EURACTIV.com in Copenhagen.
Health 02-11-2016

Rising dementia numbers in EU causes alarm

The European Union is stepping up efforts to combat dementia, but is being urged to do more, as 18.7 million EU citizens are expected to suffer from the illness by 2050.
Development Policy 24-11-2015

Diabetes: A silent killer that hurts the world’s poorest

Diabetes is on the rise, both in Europe and worldwide. In Nicaragua, 600,000 people, more than 12% of the population, are affected by the chronic disease. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
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Health 01-10-2015

WHO calls on private sector to finance costs of chronic diseases

SPECIAL REPORT / As the economic burden of chronic diseases continues to grow in Europe, the private sector - including pharmaceutical and insurance companies - needs to contribute more, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).  
Health 18-08-2015

Britain sees surge in diabetes

New figures show that the number of persons living with diabetes in the UK has risen by 1.2 million in just one decade.
Health 16-04-2014

France launches nationwide public health study

The French government has given the go ahead for a wide study of public health, which will complement the European Health Examination Survey. EURACTIV France reports.

Experts mull ways to reverse chronic diseases trend

SPECIAL REPORT / Cancer, diabetes, mental disorders, and chronic respiratory illnesses account for 86% of deaths, and 77% of the disease burden in Europe, with the main risk factors being tobacco use, alcohol abuse, poor diets and lack of physical activity.
Health 05-03-2014

EU must break rising diabetes curve, experts say

Around 32 million people in the EU have diabetes and the number is growing. The curve for the chronic disease must be broken as it has not only great economic consequences, but also generates social inequality, experts stress.

Europe blind to eyecare policy

SPECIAL REPORT/ MEPs have called for urgent measures to increase eyecare, as Europe's aging population and an uptick in chronic diseases threatens a rapid increase in the numbers suffering from impaired vision.

Europe urged to recognise ‘chronic’ obesity

Obesity should be formally recognised as a chronic disease, campaigners urged this week, saying Europe is in the grip of an "obesity epidemic" with half its citizens overweight.