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health policy

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EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Youth empowerment [Policy Podcast]

The proportion of young people (15-29 years old) in the general EU population is declining. On the whole, young people have a higher level of education than older adults, and youth unemployment rates have begun to decrease. Continue reading

Mobile phones and health: Where do we stand?

Mobile phones are an integral part of everyday life, and it is hard to imagine a world without them. There are nevertheless health concerns, and the debate is ongoing. Continue reading

What if your emotions were tracked to spy on you? [Science and Technology Podcast]

Recent reports of celebrity singer, Taylor Swift, deploying facial recognition technology to spot stalkers at her concerts raised many eyebrows. What started out as a tool to unlock your smartphone or tag photos for you on social media is surreptitiously becoming a means of monitoring people in their daily lives without their consent. Continue reading

EU policies – Delivering for citizens: Health and social security [Policy Podcast]

While the main responsibility for health and social security lies primarily with the governments of the individual European Union (EU) Member States, the EU complements national policies, especially those having a cross-border dimension. Continue reading

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

The European Union is committed to working collectively to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of broader efforts to combat all forms of violence against women and girls, and to support the efforts of its Member States in this field. Continue reading

Nurses without borders [What Europe does for you]

If you are one of the nearly 3.5 million nurses practicing in the EU and you are wondering which European countries offer the best job prospects in your line of work, here is a tip for you! In 2015, there were between 400 1 000 nursing professionals per 100 000 inhabitants in most of the EU countries, peaking at 1 191 in Luxembourg and Ireland, and falling as low as 260 or less in Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and Romania. Continue reading

Antibiotic users [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for antibiotic users. Continue reading

People in an emergency situation [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for people in an emergency situation. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, October II 2017

The highlights of the October II plenary session included a debate on the conclusions of the last European Council meeting and the presentation of a new agenda for EU leaders, as well as the presentation of the 2018 Commission work programme. Continue reading

Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Second proposal [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Commission has proposed to amend Directive 2004/37/EC by expanding its scope and by including and/or revising occupational exposure limit values for a number of cancer- or mutation-causing chemical agents. Continue reading

Medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Nicole Scholz, The current EU approval system for medical devices (MDs) and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) is based on conformity assessment by ‘notified bodies’. A number of scandals stressed the need to tighten the regulatory framework for such devices. The European Commission’s proposals for regulations on MDs and IVDs, being discussed … Continue reading

Investing in health in the developing world

Written by Sarah McCormack and Gianluca Quaglio, Investing in health in the developing world: an introduction Many challenges face healthcare in the developing world. The Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) workshop entitled ‘The case for investing in health within the developing world‘ provided an opportunity for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), international experts … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Health Programme

Written by Matthew Parry and Nicole Scholz, The European Union is legally obliged (Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)) to ‘ensure a high level of human health protection’ when shaping and implementing its policies and activities. However, since public health policy remains a Member State competence, with individual … Continue reading

The Importance of Statistics in Public Health Sector Analysis

Written by Caterina Francesca Guidi and Gaby Umbach, both GlobalStat In cooperation with Nicole Scholz, EPRS Accurate, comprehensive, high-quality data and statistics are not only central elements of evidence-based public health policy. By raising health awareness among the general public, they can also help achieve better social and health outcomes and reduce health inequalities. The health … Continue reading

How can technologies re-shape healthcare in Europe?

Workshop hashtag: #ehealthSTOA STOA website & registration   Written by Nera Kuljanic and Liliana Cunha The demand for healthcare services is growing fast in Europe, partly due to the ageing population and the higher prevalence of chronic diseases. E-Health, defined by the WHO as ‘the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health’, is … Continue reading

Obesity policy in the EU

Written by Adela Maghear and Teresa Lopez Garcia At the present time, more than half (52%) of the adult population in the European Union (EU) is overweight or obese (2012 data ). Persons who are overweight or obese have excessive weight which can lead to important health risks due to a high proportion of body fat. Overweight … Continue reading

Medicinal products in the European Union: The legal framework for medicines for human use

Written by Nicole Scholz A high level of protection for human health is a central objective of European Union (EU) public health policy. To guarantee this objective, high standards of quality and safety for medicinal products are essential. Although pharmaceuticals are primarily regulated at the national level by the Member States, there is a large body of EU legislation … Continue reading

The EU’s policy on alcohol

In the context of the rise of non-communicable diseases, alcohol-related harm is a major public health concern for the European population. Europe has the highest proportion of drinkers in the world, the highest levels of alcohol consumption per capita and a high level of alcohol-related harm. Alcohol consumption is accountable for over 15% of all … Continue reading

EU health programme for 2014 to 2020

6 language versions available in PDF format Gesundheitsprogramm der EU für 2014 bis 2020 Programa de Salud de la UE 2014-2020 Le programme de l’Union européenne dans le domaine de la santé 2014-2020 Programma dell’UE in materia di sanità 2014 2020 Program działań UE w dziedzinie zdrowia na lata 2014–2020 EU health programme for 2014 … Continue reading

Neurodegenerative diseases in the workplace

Hundreds of thousands of working-age Europeans suffer from neurodegenerative diseases (NDD) such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease (PD) and multiple sclerosis (MS). With an increase in retirement age and in life expectancy, the number of both NDD patients and carers of working age is expected to increase in the coming decades. … Continue reading

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