Final guidance for treating neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)

Guidance issued by NICE (England) for treating neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) Final guidance recommending everolimus (Infinitor, Novartis) and sunitinib (Sutent, Pfizer) to treat neuroendocrine tumours (NETs). The drugs are recommended as an option for pancreatic NETs that cannot be operated on and have progressed. Everolimus is also recommended as an option for those with NETs of…

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Tobacco smoking cessation in France, 2016

Tobacco sales have once again showed a downward trend in 2016 while two exceptional events took place: The arrival of standardised tobacco packaging at retailers and The 1st edition of “Moi(s) sans tabac” campaign. where French public authorities are rallying against tobacco use all the indicators for smoking cessation initiatives. Download English note(4p.) Download French…

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International Day Against Drug Abuse

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June 2017 This day is an expression of the determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. To underline this activity we present some outcomes of cooperation. I-TREND Project: Internet tools for researching new drugs in…

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Genetic risk of cancer improve in study.

Breast and ovarian cancers: Larger study improves estimates of genetic risk These findings will help doctors improve their advice and counselling they give for possible treatments and reducing risks through lifestyle changes. Lead author Antonis Antoniou, Ph.D., of Cambridge’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care, said, “We have been able to provide the most…

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Draft guidance for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – copd

NICE published draft guidance recommending roflumilast (Daxas, AstraZeneca) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 2012, NICE issued guidance that recommended roflumilast only if patients were taking it as part of a research study. New evidence since that guidance was published led to a positive recommendation for routine use. The company estimates that around 122,000…

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Open letter to EU Commission about Health Policy and programmes

Open letter to EU Commission – Health Policy and Programmes To: Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission cc: Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission,  Vytenis Andruikaitis, Commissioner, DG Health & Food Safety, Günther Oettinger, Commissioner, DG Budget & Human Resources, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner, Research, Science & Innovation EU Health Collaboration is crucial for Europe’s future Dear…

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World No Tobacco Day – WHO Award for Ireland

World No Tobacco Day – WHO Award for the Department of Health, Ireland The World Health Organisation has awarded the Department of Health a 2017 World No Tobacco Day Award for its achievements in the area of tobacco control. Ireland is a world leader in tobacco control, and the team at the Department of Health…

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Future of Healthcare in Ireland – Report

Final report of the cross-party Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD acknowledged the conclusion and publication of the final report of the cross-party Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. The establishment of the cross-party Committee in June 2016 was one of the first actions arising from the…

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12 steps to reduce your cancer risk

Press release European Week Against Cancer Start today by taking twelve steps to reduce your cancer risk! During the European Week against Cancer, which takes place every year at the end of May, it is time to remind us all that many cancers can be prevented by following the recommendations set out in the European…

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Measles Outbreak in Romania – a Wake-up Call for Europe

Press release Measles Outbreak in Romania – a Wake-up Call for Europe 11 May 2017 – Currently Romania is experiencing the largest measles outbreak in the European Union with 4.800 measles cases and 24 deaths as of 30 April 2017. This should be a wake up call for all European countries. The European Institute of…

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