Single injection ‘could repair damaged hearts’ after world-first trial

Professor Noel Caplice, University College Cork, has shown in a trial, the first example  of how a low dose insulin-like growth factor, injected into the heart to repair damage to the muscle, improves remodeling for heart attack patients. Around 20% of people who suffer heart attacks have severe ongoing difficulties due to lasting damage to…

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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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International Nurses’ Day – don’t downgrade nurses

EFN urges governments to not downgrade nurses and risking citizens’ lives to save money! 12th May, Florence Nightingale’s birthday celebrated for International Nurses’ Day, Nurses are the largest occupational group in the health sector, but can nursing in the EU celebrate today? Although the Council conclusions on Innovation for the benefit of patients (2014) recognised…

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Report shows potential of ehealth to increase vaccination coverage

21 EU/EEA countries are expected to use ehealth technologies with built in supports such as automated reminders, a potential to automatically generate lists that identify under vaccinated populations and determine which vaccines are due or overdue, then generate reminders for providers and vaccine recipients. E.g., automated reminders have been used to generate of lists identifying…

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More jobs for girls!

The European Commission is inviting companies and organisations to organise activities to equip more women and girls with digital skills and enthuse them to pursue ICT studies and careers. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market said: “Technology desperately lacks gender balance on all domains – STEM education, digital jobs, decision making and tech business….

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Potential of E-health to increase vaccination coverage

Report shows potential of E-health to increase vaccination. ​Twenty one EU/EEA countries have developed or are developing systems to digitally record information about vaccination, according to a new “ECDC survey report on immunisation information systems implementation and system characteristics”. 14 of these countries already have a system in place, whereas innovative systems are being piloted…

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Home Care – what other countries do?

Looking at regulation and financing in four European countries. The HRB evidence review examined Approaches to the regulation and financing of formal home care services in four European countries. These were Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. The report describes and compares published information on formal home care with respect to: Legislation. National standards. Staff and…

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Vacinate Press Release 2017

Press Release EIWH Launches Multi-Lingual Policy Briefs on Vaccination Launch during European Immunization Week to Encourage a Life-Course Approach to Vaccination 24-30 April 2017— Each year, the WHO-Europe coordinates the European Immunization Week to encourage countries across the region to protect their population against infectious diseases, which like World Immunization Week, occurs annually during the…

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What can sugar tax do for health?

Taxing bad habits! or Avoiding bad habits and reducing other taxes for citizens? Regardless of the main policy driver for this, we really need to introduce appropriate measures to regulate the food industry, starting with managing our inability to control our intake of sugar or whatever the food industry is currently using as a substitute….

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