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Call for clean air

EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)

Does having more children increase your risk of coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death for women in the world and often has a notable effect on an individual’s life. Previous studies suggest that biological and physiological changes during pregnancy may affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, including CHD. These links were further explored by a recent study which was conducted by our Roma health fellow, Diana Pirjol, as part of her research. The study suggests that women with large families are (...)

[Press Release] ENVI Committee calls for cleaner air

Brussels, 15 July 2015 - Over 90% of city dwellers in Europe are exposed to air pollution levels which are harmful to health. Today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive is an important step towards improving air quality and protecting public health in Europe. Today, air pollution levels around Europe of fine particles (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, sulphur oxides, and other (...)

[Event] The Sugar Reduction Summit; Science, Policy and Public Health

The Sugar Reduction Summit will provide an opportunity for leading scientists, public health professionals, policy makers and the food and nutrition industries to come together to explore evidence-based research on the impact of sugar in our diets and clarify the correlation between sugar, obesity and other diet-related diseases. PROGRAMME SPEAKERS REGISTER Key topics will include: Is sugar reduction a health priority? What’s the science behind the headlines? Sugar and (...)

Every day should be patients’ rights day

Active Citizenship Network (ACN) decided to dedicate the 8th celebration of European Patients’ Rights Day in 2014 to "the role of citizens’ organisations in the empowerment of patients with chronic diseases." On 12 May, speakers examined the different chronic disease networks (e.g. cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)) and their impacts on political decision making. On 13 May, EPHA participated in the panel discussion on how research policy can respond (...)

[EPHA report] EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

On 3 and 4 April 2014 in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) held the first ever ’EU Summit on Chronic Diseases’ to address the medical, social and economic burden of chronic disease in the EU. The event brought together key policymakers, stakeholders, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic diseases effectively. EPHA President Peggy Maguire contributed to the Summit with key messages. At the end of the event, the EC published the Summit Conclusions and calls (...)

EPHA Urges Members of the European Parliament to adopt the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

Brussels 21 February 2013 - Ahead of the plenary vote on the report on the Tobacco Products Directive of 26 February, EPHA calls upon Members of the European Parliament to support the Directive. Why is the vote essential from a public health point of view? Europe has already fallen behind internationally on tobacco control and this Directive is essential if we are going to respect our obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The revision of the Tobacco Products (...)

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Aspartame is safe for general population

After extensive consultation and a full risk assessment of aspartame - an artificial sweetener used in food and drinks - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concludes it is "safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure", including for children and pregnant women. Experts have considered "all available information and, following a detailed analysis, have concluded that the current Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 40mg/kg bw/day is protective for the general population". (...)

Health improves unequally within and among European countries

Every three years the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes its report on European Health. This year its report has a special focus on well-being. "The European Health Report 2012: Charting the Way to Well-Being", released by the WHO Regional Office for Europe on March 13, reveals some bitter-sweet data: even if there have been important health improvements in the European Region, the inequities across and within the countries are persistent. According to the WHO Regional Director for (...)

[EPT] Car noise pollution - new EU regulation - sound level of motor vehicles

Sound level of motor vehicles In December 2011, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation aimed at tightening noise emissions standards for cars, vans, lorries and buses. To become law, the regulation now needs approval by the Parliament and member states. Vehicle noise standards were last updated in 1996, so were long overdue. More than 200 million European citizens (one in three) are regularly exposed to traffic noise levels that put their health at risk. One in (...)