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Health 11-09-2018

Industry questions WHO’s conviction about health impact of sugar taxes

The industry believes that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has no evidence to back its claim that sugar taxes are an effective way to improve public health. Instead, the industry says, taxes only lead consumers to cheaper brands with similar or even higher calorie content, which may undermine any positive health outcome.
Health 23-08-2018

Sudden spike in number of measles cases in Europe, highest death toll in Serbia

The first six months of 2018 have seen a sudden increase in the number of measles cases in Europe with at least 37 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.
Health 31-05-2018

WHO makes U-turn in taxation of sugary drinks

The World Health Organisation's Independent Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases released a draft report on 10 May which - if implemented - will back away from its initial recommendation to introduce sugar taxes in order to tackle the so-called obesity epidemic. The final report will be released on 1 June.
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
Development Policy 28-03-2018

Leading the charge against fake medicine, Africa’s silent killer

Low quality and fake medicines kill tens of thousands of people each year, most of them in developing countries. Yet data and political action to address the enormous human and economic cost is distinctly thin on the ground.
Agrifood 03-08-2017

Dutch egg scandal puts consumer health at risk

Hundreds of thousands of Dutch eggs have been declared unsuitable for consumption as they contained high quantities of fipronil, an insecticide toxic to humans.
Development Policy 19-04-2017

UK doubles funding to fight tropical diseases in developing world

The UK has pledged to double the funding it gives to fighting neglected tropical diseases, in a move that will protect more than 200 million people around the world from debilitating and painful conditions.
Health 07-04-2017

IMI chief: ‘We need to learn how to share data in a safe and ethical manner’

Ethicists, humanists, lawyers and patients should come together to understand the risk of data in healthcare and whether patients are willing to take that risk, Pierre Meulien told EURACTIV.com.
Health 07-04-2017

World Health Day 2017: Depression, it’s time to talk!

If you are depressed, talking about it with someone you trust can be a first step towards recovery, write Vytenis Andriukaitis and Zsuzsanna Jakab.
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Health 16-03-2017

Action for hearing loss: Make a sound investment

In March of 2017, MEPs Helga Stevens and Roberta Metsola hosted a lunch debate in the European Parliament titled, “Action for hearing loss: Make a sound investment”.
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2017

Industry involvement in EU tobacco tracking system divides stakeholders

The involvement of the tobacco industry in an EU-wide track and trace system to tackle smuggling has divided relevant stakeholders.
Agrifood 17-05-2016

UN panel now says Monsanto weedkiller ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer

The controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which is used by Monsanto in its herbicide Roundup, is "unlikely" to cause cancer, a United Nations finding said Monday, in a blow to critics who have called for its ban.
Development Policy 04-12-2015

New TB drug for children finally developed

Tuberculosis was discovered late in the 19th century, with antibiotics introduced for its treatment halfway through the 20th. Now, treatment specifically for children is set to be rolled out. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
Health 27-11-2015

WHO records highest number of new HIV cases in Europe ever

Over 142,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in Europe in 2014. This is the highest number in a single year to be reported since the 1980s, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Health 29-10-2015

You probably have herpes, says the WHO

Two-thirds of the world's population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday (28 October), in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.
Development Policy 22-10-2015

Ivermectin: A Nobel Prize medicine inaccessible to the world’s poorest

The true potential of new medical breakthroughs can only be unlocked if they are offered at an affordable cost to those who need them most, writes Jose Muñoz.
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Health 06-10-2015

Significant and Enduring Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Europe

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women and men in Europe, causing over 4.35 million deaths each year in the 53 member states of the World Health Organization European Region and more than 1.9 million deaths each year in the European Union
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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).  

Supermarkets and garden centres ban ‘carcinogenic’ Roundup weed killer

Monsanto is far from happy. The main ingredient of its highly profitable weedkiller, RoundUp, often used in conjunction with GM crops, has been declared “probably carcinogenic”.
Health 28-07-2015

WHO: 400 Europeans die of hepatitis each day

About 400 Europeans, mostly people living in Eastern Europe, die each day of hepatitis B and C, while almost 30 million live with the infection, the World Health organisation (WHO) said on World Hepatitis Day (28 July).
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Development Policy 20-07-2015

Mental healthcare 50 times more accessible in wealthy countries

Nearly one in every 10 people has a mental health disorder, but just 1% of the global health workforce are working as psychiatrists, occupational therapists or social workers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed in a report that highlights deepening inequality in access to mental health treatment.

German states call for ban on household pesticide

Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for an EU-wide ban on the leading global pesticide Glyphosate, after it was categorised as carcinogenic by the WHO. However, the federal government sees no need for action. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Protecting citizens from hazardous chemicals is in everyone’s interest

Hazardous chemicals are a vital part of many industries, but lax and inconsistent safety standards put workers' health and lives at risk all over the world, writes Christian Friis Bach. 
Health 24-04-2015

WHO promotes vaccination to eradicate measles

This week is the World Health Organisation's 10th annual European Immunisation Week. Running from 20-25 April, the annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in the EU. EURACTIV France reports