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Active ageing 23-09-2021

Early detection of Alzheimer’s a wish, not yet a reality in Slovenia

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease is a stated objective of health policy in Slovenia, but it remains largely unattained.
Health 21-09-2021

Health Brief: DG SANTE’s to-do list

Welcome to EURACTIV’s very first Health Brief! In this first edition, we spoke to the European Commission's director-general for health and food safety, Sandra Gallina, to find out what is in store this autumn when it comes to health.
Coronavirus 14-07-2021

French health agency: Women’s health more affected by pandemic than men’s

The coronavirus pandemic has affected women more than men in France in 2020, according to the national public health agency Santé Publique France, which said that women's socioeconomic status played a greater role than purely health factors. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 01-07-2021

France to give €7 billion boost to healthcare system

After France failed to complete clinical trials and launch its own COVID-19 vaccine, President Emmanuel Macron now wants to turn things around and invest €7 billion in the medical sector. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 20-05-2021

Former top health official calls for EU to step up on health issues

Health stakeholders, including a former European health Commissioner, are calling for the EU to play a more active role on health issues to ensure that action taken during the pandemic continues to be built upon in the future.
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Health 18-05-2020

Malnutrition – A condition that affects 33 million people in Europe

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Malnutrition can affect everyone: from premature babies to adults and older people. Malnutrition is associated with higher complications rate and risk of infections, longer hospital stays and increased mortality. Read more about the prevalence, consequences, and estimated costs of malnutrition...
Coronavirus 11-05-2020

How immigration strengthens the German healthcare system

In Germany, there has been a shortage of doctors for years. The coronavirus crisis shows how the country has profited from immigration in recent years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 22-04-2020

US study indicates ineffectiveness of antimalarial drug in COVID-19 patients

Initial research indicates that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does not help to fight the coronavirus. The study even showed that the mortality rate in patients treated with the drug was significantly higher than in patients treated without the drug.
Global Europe 08-04-2020

COVID-19 crisis triggers EU racism against Asians, rights agency says

There has been a spike in recorded cases of racist abuse against people perceived to be of Chinese or Asian descent in the European Union amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) said in a report published on Wednesday (8 April).
Economy & Jobs 07-04-2020

Any EU Corona Fund must treat the cause, not just the symptoms

Every evening, thousands of Europeans step out of their confinement for a few minutes to applaud the efforts of every health worker involved in fighting COVID-19. The first time I heard it, it gave me a sense of solidarity, shared...
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Austria imports workers from Bulgaria, Romania to plug gaps in COVID-19 care

Chartered flights brought more than 200 health workers to Austria on Monday (30 March) to ensure that care was not disrupted by COVID-19 travel restrictions, a regional official said.
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Health 03-12-2019

How the data wave in healthcare will help improve patient outcomes

Healthcare has never been more accessible, intelligent or dynamic. The increased use of advanced data analytics, connected devices, genomics and AI is ushering in a new era with the potential for real breakthroughs in patient outcomes and operational efficiencies across...
Health 29-11-2019

UK relies on migration to sustain health system, says new report

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) faces increasing demand thanks to historical underfunding and recruitment deficits, according to a European Commission report published on Thursday (28 November). 
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Health 02-10-2019

How are European healthcare systems performing in healthcare sustainability?

Futureproofing Healthcare: The Sustainability Index calls for digitisation and personalisation of healthcare to deliver sustainable healthcare systems across Europe.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Disabled in need of full-time care cleared to take part in EU vote in Germany

For the first time, people who are in need of full-time care due to severe disabilities are allowed to vote - including in EU elections. This was decided by the Federal Constitutional Court, though the coalition of CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats wanted to postpone the decision due to time constraints. EURACTIV Germany reports.
08-03-2019

Finland’s government falls over failed healthcare reform

Finland’s government resigned on Friday (8 march) after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key policy, the Finnish president’s office said, throwing the country into political limbo.
Freedom of thought 19-11-2018

Women’s reproductive safety – the most important moral concern

Women in Europe are still dying because doctors refuse to perform abortions. Caroline Hickson explains why moral concerns should not stand in the way of the primary goal of any healthcare system, to care for and protect its patients by providing quality care for all.
Health 22-03-2018

MEPs call to raise awareness on benefits of vaccines

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee called on member states to tighten their law against anti-vaccination movements and better inform their citizens about its myths and benefits. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Future EU 07-02-2018

Merkel ready for ‘painful compromises’ with coalition deal in sight

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (6 February) she was ready to make "painful compromises" as negotiators from her conservative bloc and the Social Democrats (SPD) rushed to clinch a coalition government deal after months of political uncertainty.
Elections 05-02-2018

German parties to tackle labour, healthcare in extra round of coalition talks

Negotiators for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) will try on Monday (5 February) to hammer out compromises on healthcare and labour policy - the final stumbling blocks in the way of another 'grand coalition'.
Health 29-01-2018

Big data revolution and EU healthcare

The ongoing big data revolution could have a significant impact on health policies in the EU. EU policymakers say the big data could considerably change the way healthcare policies are shaped. Through a data-driven approach, health systems will be more...
Health 15-11-2017

Defeating antimicrobial resistance: The future of hygiene in the healthcare sector

The European Commission adopted in June 2017 a new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), responsible for 25,000 deaths and a loss of €1.5bn in the EU every year.
Health 11-10-2017

Estonian official: Coalition of the willing can ‘drive’ healthcare data in Europe

As long as the political will exists, a coalition of EU member states can speed up the healthcare data mobility in Europe and start showing results in a cross-border manner in order for others to join, an Estonian government official told EURACTIV.
Health 04-10-2017

Gastein boss: Drugs access is ‘sensitive’ and cannot be viewed in isolation

Accessibility of medicines is a sensitive issue that must not be examined in isolation. Policymakers, academics, business and patients must be part of the discussion as well as “innovation” because access would not get the focus it needs without it, according to Dorli Kahr-Gottlieb.