Vaccination reduces illness in children!

Vaccination reduces illness in children A recent study shows that the UK’s vaccination programme against group B meningococcal disease (MenB) has reduced cases of meningitis and septicaemia in young children by almost two-thirds. The UK was the first country to offer this new vaccine against MenB in 2015 and since then approximately 90% of infants…

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Philip Morris International lose tobacco use case

Uruguay wins legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold strong laws reducing tobacco use. The case covers  The Right to Use a trade mark (highly relevant for plain packaging) Expropriation of property (critical for plain packaging measures) Value of the Claimant’s property Use of ‘police powers’ (or the State’s right to regulate in the…

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Zika virus – take precautions

Take precautions against Zika virus Pregnant women can be infected with the Zika virus throughout the pregnancy, however the incidence of infection in pregnant women is not known and data is limited (Petersen et al 2016).  Also, no data exists that suggests pregnant women are more susceptible to Zika virus infection, or experience the disease…

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A strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive

An Open letter To:  EU Ministers for a strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive Dear Ministers, Subject: Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive We, the undersigned 17 health organisations, representing thousands of health professionals and affected European citizens, are writing to you ahead of the 16th December meeting where you will…

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Tackling alcohol misuse in Ireland

Irish Government tackle alcohol misuse Wednesday 9th December 2015 Govt approves groundbreaking legislation to tackle alcohol misuse – Varadkar, Minister of Health. Minimum Unit Pricing to tackle cheap alcohol set at 10c/gram of alcohol Strict separation of alcohol products in outlets Compulsory health labelling on drinks requiring grams, calorie count, health warnings and a link…

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ENS4CAre – Integrated Care Event the knowledge4innovation summit

PRESS RELEASE Integrated Care Event European Parliament 8 December 2015 Nursing and social care e-health services creating sustainable ecosystem 8th December, from 15.00 to 17.00, the knowledge4innovation summit at the European Parliament will highlight the potential of eHealth services in supporting the health and social ecosystem, as 24 National and EU stakeholders designed EU guidelines…

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e-learning about Angiogenesis in Gastric Cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the world, and it remains difficult to cure in Western countries, mainly as most patients present with advanced disease. To understand more about angiogenesis in gastric cancer, cancer.org have produced informaiton sets including: Angiogenesis in Gastric Cancer e-learning module…

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EU – Court to decide on Scottish drink pricing policy

Highest EU Court to decide on pricing of alcoholic drinks Plans for a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland went before the highest court in matters of European Union law, in the latest stage of a lengthy legal battle over this matter of public health.  The hearing on the Scottish Government’s proposal for a minimum unit…

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eu: Endocrine disruptors, identification and related impacts

Event European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Conference – “Endocrine disruptors: criteria for identification and related impacts”, 1 June 2015, Brussels The conference will inform Member States, Members of the European Parliament, third country representatives and stakeholders about the on-going impact assessment on criteria to identify endocrine disruptors and to provide a platform for further exchanges…

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ie – New strategic plan for health research

Health Research Board (HRB) Ireland developing a new strategic plan for 2016-2020. They are seeking constructive feedback from stakeholders to: – 1.   Test our provisional ideas ‘in the field’. 2.   Identify significant gaps, or potential errors, in those ideas. They have published a strategy consultation document  providing a brief background and outline of areas of…

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