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To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) (1), and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) (2) organised an event (3) under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” discussed the EU Framework (...)
The European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) was launched in 2009, after the European Commission published its Communication on Action Against Cancer: European Partnership. Although this Joint Action will end in 2013, participants are committed to continue the work apart from 2014, under a renewed mandate.
What is the EPAAC all about?
After circulatory diseases, cancer was the second most common cause of death in 2006, accounting for two out of ten deaths in women and (...)
The European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), under the patronage of the Lithuanian EU presidency, invite you to a conference and (lung) spirometry test to mark 2013 World COPD Day.
28 November 2013 - Lithuanian EU Presidency calendar (Lithuanian version)
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD – is a treatable but irreversible (...)
’The heart of the matter: Rethinking prevention of cardiovascular disease’ is an Economist Intelligence Unit report. It investigates the health challenges posed by cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the developed and the developing world, and examines the need for a fresh look at prevention.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading killer. It accounted for 30% of deaths around the globe in 2010 at an estimated total economic cost of over US$850bn.he common feature (...)
On 21 November 2013 the Commission presented the legislative proposals for new information and promotion policy for agricultural and food products on the internal market and in the third countries. While the policy may support health-promoting products such as fruit and vegetables or organic produce, it is much about such products as processed agri-foods, wine and spirits, dairy or red meat.
With the slogan "Enjoy, it’s from Europe", the aim of the policy is to develop, explore and (...)
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the 7th edition of ’Health at Glance’, which provides the latest comparable data on health systems across all 34 OECD countries. Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected
This seventh edition of ’Health at a Glance’ provides evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and (...)
To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) , and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) are organising an event under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU).
The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping Horizon 2020? A COPD case study of patient involvement” will take place in the Residence (...)
At this week’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg (18-21 November 2013), the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposals. Four reports - on Direct Payments, Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Horizontal Measures, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - presented a set of demands from democratically elected representatives of EU citizens on the CAP and its direction to steer what food; where and how is to be produced; (...)
In late October, EPHA attended a Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue’s (TACD) event intended to debate the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US and whether and how it is to benefit the consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. The event brought up a number of crucial considerations to be looked into what relate to public health issues. In a nutshell, this seminar stressed that the TTIP is mostly a drive towards de-regulation and a (...)
food, diet and nutrition
Trade and Health
Access to Medicines
Addictive and harmful substances and behaviours
Earlier this year, after the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific opinion on health claim assigned to fructose, the European Union authorized a claim stating that fructose has "a beneficial impact on blood glucose levels when it is used to substitute sucrose or glucose in the finished product". However, EFSA’s opinion also contains a negative health warning of "metabolic complications". The decision has met sceptical if not negative reactions from a vast array of (...)