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[The Economist Intelligence Unit’s report] Heart Disease - The heart of the matter

’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 (...)

[Joint press statement] Eurocare and EPHA response to misleading industry media campaign ahead of the 13th plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

Brussels, 20 November 2013 - Following the news that a number of Eurocare members and EPHA partners representing young people have withdrawn from the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) (1), a number of inaccurate claims have been made by the alcohol industry to undermine an ambitious future EU Action Plan on alcohol-related harm and NGO commitments to achieve this. In several media articles, alcohol industry representatives (2) have attempted to misrepresent the reasons why these (...)

[Member organisation’s Press Release] EFA and ECC host an event to mark World COPD Day

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 (...)

Cardiovascular health takes centre stage in Brussels

4 November 2013, London - The first ever Cardiovascular Health Week kicks off today in the European Parliament in Brussels. It will go on until 8 November 2013 with awareness-raising activities around the theme ‘Mind Your Heart – for a Heart Healthy Europe’. The initiative is organised by the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Heart Group, under the auspices of the European Parliament and with the support of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and of the (...)

[European Environment Agency - 2013 Air quality report] Try to Keep your Breath while Counting your Money

The European Environment Agency (EEA) launched its air quality in Europe report (2013) on a European Policy Centre (EPC) Breakfast Policy Briefing together with Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. EPHA took part in the debate on behalf of the European COPD Coalition (ECC) as air quality has a great impact on health -and in particular, on respiratory diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 2013 as the European Year of Air - The policy (...)

[Joint press statement] Mixed victory for tobacco control in European Parliament’s vote

The European public health and tobacco control community cautiously welcomes the European parliament’s plenary vote today to start negotiations with the Council in view of reaching agreement on a Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The text adopted in plenary is not perfect, however it does maintain a high level of protection of public health in some areas and advances EU tobacco control in several areas compared to the legislation in force. The Parliament plenary voted today to (...)

[Joint Open Letter to President of European Parliament] Philip Morris lobbying activities on the Tobacco Products Directive

Brussels, 1 October 2013 - Eleven public health and transparency NGOs - including EPHA - sent an open letter today to the President of the European Parliament (EP) Martin Schulz expressing concern about the very large number of undisclosed meetings between at least 233 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) with tobacco industry lobbyists recently revealed by media coverage thanks to leaked Philip Morris documents. With this letter, the signing NGOs encourage the EP President to take (...)

[EPHA Briefing] Mobile Health (mHealth)

September 2013 -Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate. Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be (...)

EPHA Calls for Strong Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) without further delay

Public health civil society organisations expressed their deep concern over the decision taken by the heads of political groups in the European Parliament on 5 September to postpone the debate and vote on the Tobacco Products Directive(TPD). The vote had been scheduled for the European Parliament’s (EP) September plenary session, but has now been delayed until 8 October. EPHA calls on a strong TPD adopted without further delay. How could it happen? The main arguments supporting the (...)

Join FC Barcelona to test your lungs for free (Barcelona, 6 & 7 September 2013)

FC Barçelona, the European Commission (EC) and the European Lung Foundation (ELF) invite you to ‘score a goal for lung health’ at an open public event at Plaça de la Universitat, Barcelona on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of September. This one-off, interactive event calls on members of the public to test their lung health and learn more about the ‘Quit Smoking With Barça’programme. Over 20 health professionals will be onsite to offer free lung function testing (...)

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