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Regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: an opportunity to stop cancer before it starts

On 7 January, a meeting on ‘Regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: an opportunity to stop cancer before it starts’ was held in the European Parliament, where MEPs, civil society organisations, and academics called for better regulation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC). MEPs began the session, represented by Alojz Peterle (EPP, Slovenia), Pavel Poc (S&D, Czech Rep.) and Christel Schaldemose (S&D, Denmark). Mr Peterle pointed out that cancer is no longer (...)

[EASL Press Release] Liver disease in Europe: new study reveals pressing need to focus on research and policy action

Brussels, 10 December 2014 – Today, in an event hosted by MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) in the European Parliament, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) (1) launched the ‘Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’ (2). The HEPAMAP stresses the need for further research on liver disease and calls on policy makers to step up their efforts to tackle the disease and its links with lifestyle and other (...)

[Concept note] HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research

On Wednesday 10 December 2014 the launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) will take place at the European Parliament. The event is organised by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) together with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). Concept Note - HEPAMAP: A Roadmap for EU Liver Research Case study for chronic diseases and research Background information Liver diseases not only have a high cost in terms of human suffering, but are also (...)

[ECC Press statement] World COPD Day 2014: Why a disease that affects one in ten adults in Europe is still neglected?

Brussels, 19 November 2014 - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (1) affects up to 10% of European adults and is the fourth cause of death worldwide and is expected to be in third place by 2030 (2). As yet, few EU leaders or policy-makers are aware of this fact. Until this changes, little political action will be given to tackle one of the most acute public health issues in Europe. “As a first step to effectively address this public health threat, we should get much better (...)

[Save the date] Launch: Research Roadmap for Liver Disease - 10 December (15.00 – 17.00), Brussels

MEP Cristian Buşoi (EPP, RO) has the pleasure to invite you to the ‘Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - Case study for chronic diseases & research’, A European Parliament seminar organised in collaboration with the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). 10 December 2014, 15.00 – 17.00 | Venue: The European Parliament, Alteiro Spinell (Brussels). Room: A3F383 Launch of a Research Roadmap for Liver Disease (HEPAMAP) - (...)

Scottish Industry Representatives Support Scotland’s brave Alcohol Policy

On 5 September 2014, following the EPHA Annual Conference, the seminar on Scotland’s innovative Alcohol Policies successfully brought together representatives from Scottish health professionals with around 80 European colleagues and industry representatives to discuss the minimum unit pricing (MUP). This event highlighted the fact that different stakeholders are urging EU Member States and the European Commission to support the Scottish policy on alcohol. MUP is opposed by a (...)

[Press release] The European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to the burden of chronic disease in the form of tobacco subsidies

Brussels, 23 October 2014 – Among all the furore yesterday of the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops (1). While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the EP is happy to continue pumping taxpayer’s money to a harmful industry (2) instead of supporting farmers to make the shift to a more health and sustainable (...)

[Press release] EPHA encourages policy makers to be braver when tackling the cancer epidemic in Europe

14 October 2014, Brussels – The 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer was finally launched today after many months of delay (1). As a member of the recently established Commission Expert Group on Cancer (2), EPHA supports the new version of the Cancer Code. “The burden of cancer is set to increase in the coming years. Making a few consistent lifestyles changes is enough to protect oneself against many forms of cancer. This Code sets out a wide range of measures that (...)

New cancer expert group: cancer is on the EU public health agenda

On the first meeting of the new expert group on cancer, which was held on 22-23 September, the Commission presented an overview of the EU priorities for cancer and an implementation report on previous work done in the field. It gave also an update on the ongoing CANCON Joint Action (European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control) and progress towards a European Cancer Information System. Finally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer presented the 4th (...)

[World Sight Day] European Coalition for Vision (ECV) - press statement

Brussels, 9th October 2014 - On the occasion of World Sight Day, the European Coalition for Vision (ECV) set an ambitious objective to leverage vision and eye health at European level. World Sight Day is a global event that focuses on bringing attention on blindness and vision impairment. It is observed worldwide on the second Thursday of October each year. Meeting on 8th October 2014 in Brussels, members of the European Coalition for Vision agreed to develop and promote a European vision (...)

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