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Health 25-06-2022

Standardised data is needed to decode mystery hepatitis in children

While the rate of diagnoses of hepatitis cases of unknown origin among children has started to decrease, scientists' understanding of the infections remains “mixed” - in part, due to a lack of standardisation of data collection across the globe.
Alcohol 30-05-2022

Loophole can undermine countries’ stricter laws for alcohol marketing

A loophole in the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) could undermine EU countries' efforts to impose stricter rules on alcohol advertising, threatening a key objective of the EU's Beating Cancer Plan. 
Health 18-05-2022

Cholera outbreak: A new health concern in war-torn Ukraine

The areas in Ukraine suffering from water and sanitation infrastructure damage are at risk of a potential cholera outbreak, the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday (17 May), adding it was already deploying cholera kits on the ground. 
Health 17-05-2022

Nearly one billion disabled people cannot access assistive technology

Almost one billion children and adults with disabilities, as well as older persons, do not have access to the assistive technology they need, warned a new report by the World Health Organisation, whose chief urged all the countries to make this issue a priority.

Adenovirus, COVID-19 examined as possible cause for mysterious hepatitis

As acute hepatitis cases of unknown origin continue to grow across the globe, the investigation into its origin is ongoing. While the leading hypothesis is adenovirus, the link to COVID-19 is also being looked at. 
Health 09-05-2022

WHO verified over 200 attacks on healthcare in Ukraine

Over 200 healthcare facilities in Ukraine have been attacked since Russia's invasion, according to data verified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Health 06-05-2022

ECDC: Around 95 cases of mysterious child hepatitis in 15 EU countries

Fifteen EU countries have reported cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, while health authorities continue trying to figure out the cause.
Health 05-05-2022

Obesity causes 1.2m deaths in Europe each year, says WHO

A new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that obesity causes 1.2 million European deaths every year, while not a single EU country is on track to reach the target of reducing obesity rates by 2025.
Coronavirus 28-04-2022

How to avoid reverting to pandemic day one amid vaccination fatigue

Living with the COVID-19 pandemic for over two years, Europeans are falling into "pandemic and vaccination fatigue", but health organisations worldwide are concerned about how new variants could set the world back to day one, as low-income countries reached only 15% of vaccination coverage.
Health 22-04-2022

Commission confirms support for EMA’s advice on antimicrobials for humans only

Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides reaffirmed support for the European Medicines Agency (EMA)'s set of recommendations for antimicrobials to be reserved for humans only despite criticism over the non-inclusion of colistin, an antibiotic used in veterinary medicine.
Health 14-04-2022

New global compact to accelerate fight against noncommunicable diseases

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have called for concrete action to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancers, and heart and lung disease, calling their prevalence a "pandemic".
Health 13-04-2022

Tuberculosis patients in Ukraine at risk, some refugee groups to be tested

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put tuberculosis (TB) patients inside the country at high risk due to the lack of access to treatment, while countries receiving refugees have been advised to screen and test certain groups. 
Health 11-04-2022

One vaccine against HPV gives ‘solid protection’, says WHO

The WHO announced on Monday (11 April) that a one-dose human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine gives “solid protection” against cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer among women - a promising discovery considering the global shortage of HPV vaccines.
Health 07-04-2022

WHO: We are seeing the worst case scenario in Ukraine

The WHO warned that people in Ukraine "are going to start dying from common causes", due to the lack of access to medical care and humanitarian aid, adding that they are now preparing healthcare workers for treating chemical attacks.
Health 07-04-2022

Air pollution threatens health of billions of people around the world, warns WHO

Ninety-nine per cent of the global population lives in places that exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality standards, threatening health and causing premature deaths, according to a new study published this week.
Health 25-03-2022

WHO: saving patients in Ukraine is challenging as bombs fall

Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, it is becoming increasingly difficult for citizens to access healthcare, and saving people from very common diseases has also become more complex, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) official.
Health 24-03-2022

COVID-19 and Ukraine war reversed gains in fighting tuberculosis

The global number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths increased last year for the first time in over a decade due to disruptions in vaccination and diagnosis created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health 09-03-2022

Health Brief: Leave no one behind

As another Women’s Day has come and gone, the invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the precarious situation of the country's women and put their health needs at the forefront of international discussions.

Revision of orphan and paediatric drug framework needed, say reports

Both the European Parliament and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have reiterated the need to update the regulations on medicines for children and orphan drugs, in order to better address unmet needs of children and adolescents in cancer care.
Health 03-03-2022

Delivery of critical medical supplies to Ukraine becomes increasingly urgent

An urgent call for medical oxygen and other critical medical supplies from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) comes as supplies dwindle and difficulties in delivering WHO medical supplies to Ukrainian hospitals intensify.
Health 19-02-2022

EU-AU summit makes big health promises, but not on IP waivers

EU and African leaders laid out a number of promises to secure equitable access to vaccines at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday (18 February). No decision on lifting intellectual property rights was reached, however.
Coronavirus 10-02-2022

EU top executives: Administering COVID vaccines is now priority in Africa

Too many doses of vaccines delivered to Africa are wasted, according to both the French EU Council presidency and the European Commission, who now want to strengthen local health systems to ensure that these doses are administered to the population.
Coronavirus 23-01-2022

Europe could be headed for pandemic ‘endgame’: WHO

The Omicron variant has moved the COVID-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday (23 January). “It’s plausible that the region is moving towards a kind of...
Health 18-01-2022

COVAX donates one billionth COVID vaccine, but many donations rejected

The COVAX vaccination initiative donated its billionth vaccine on Friday (15 January) to much acclaim, but this is just half the original target.