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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

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SIS II starts its operations today

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“an enormous improvement for the security of EU citizens”, MEPs say The second generation of the Schengen Information System (SIS II) starts operating today, 9 April 2013. Its implementation will protect the free movement of citizens, reinforcing their security.Commenting on the start of operations of SIS II, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT) and other Members of the European Parliament that have worked on this file, Ioan Enciu (S&D, RO) and Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE), said:”The Schengen Information System is by far the most important instrument for the security of the Schengen area, which is rightly considered the backbone of a Europe without borders and the area of freedom, security and justice. Today (9th of April) the second generation of the Schengen Information System will start operating – it is expected to operate 365 days a year, 24 hours per day.The Members of the European Parliament that have worked as rapporteurs and shadows on this file would like to highlight this major achievement. For several years, we have upheld the need for the establishment of a second generation of the SIS (so-called SIS II), not only because it will end the intergovernmental management and create a real European Schengen Information System.

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M5S e le sue “due anime”

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In questi giorni si stanno intensificando gli inviti al movimento perché assecondi la formazione del governo Pd. Il dibattito pare abbia coinvolto anche gli iscritti e i simpatizzanti e per quello che ci è dato di sapere attraverso una serie di e-mail inviate sul blog di Grillo. Credo, a questo riguardo, sia importante una precisazione. Grillo non è un fanatico moralista che vuole disfarsi dei signori della politica che da 20 anni si sono crogiolati con i loro inciuci. Ne avrebbe buon diritto, ovviamente. Il suo obiettivo è di mettere gli elettori italiani davanti alle loro responsabilità. Se ancora si vota il Pdl di Berlusconi e il Pd di Bersani questo significa che l’animo conciliante degli italiani si traduce in una forma di masochismo poiché finiamo di farci male da soli. Occorre che il sistema imploda e metta a nudo le rispettive responsabilità e si faccia piazza pulita di un sistema partitico, padronale o delle primarie che sia, che è andato in corto circuito ma stranamente a dirsi è proprio il popolo degli elettori a non accorgersene. D’altra parte non giriamoci tanto intorno. Pd e Pdl si sarebbero di certo messi d’accordo se non ci fosse stato nel mezzo la forza elettorale significativa del M5S. D’altra parte è poco credibile l’appello di fare il governo in fretta perché la casa brucia come se non lo sapessero da almeno dieci anni a questa parte. E quelli che avrebbero dovuto cambiare le cose dov’erano? A cercare oggi, come in passato, ancora una volta di spartirsi le poltrone. (Riccardo Alfonso fidest@gmail.com)

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New Report – Child Poverty in rich countries

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A timely study on child well-being in rich countries, launched today by UNICEF’s Office of Research, finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – again sit at the top of a child well-being table; whilst four southern European countries – Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain – are placed in the bottom half of the table.Report Card 11, from UNICEF’s Office of Research examines the state of children across the industrialized world. As debates continue to generate strongly opposed views on the pros and cons of austerity measures and social spending cuts, Report Card 11 charts the achievements of 29 of the world’s advanced economies in ensuring the well-being of their children during the first decade of this century. This international comparison, says the report, proves that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible – and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children. [See attached key findings document]Report Card 11: Child well-being in rich countries measures development according to five dimensions of children’s lives – material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviour and risks, and housing and environment.The study does not find a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being. For instance, Slovenia ranks higher than Canada, the Czech Republic higher than Austria, and Portugal higher than the United States.The report also finds that countries of Central and Eastern Europe are beginning to close the gap with more established industrial economies.Despite setbacks in some countries on specific indicators, the overall story of the 2000s is one of steady improvement in various fields of child well-being in the industrialized world. Every country for which data are available saw reductions in infant mortality and ‘low family affluence’, while the rate of further education enrolment increased.However, given the continued absence of up-to-date internationally comparative data on children’s lives (most data in the report is from 2010, the latest comparative information available), Report Card 11 reflects the outcome of government decisions in the period mostly before the crisis. The report states that the three years of economic hardship since then do not bode well for the present or near future.Nonetheless, for the most part, these data track long-term trends and reflect the results of long-term investments in children’s lives. Average levels of school achievement, or immunization rates, or the prevalence of risk behaviours, for example, are not likely to be significantly changed in the short term by the recessions of the last three years. And, when looking at the ‘behaviours and risks’ dimension of child well-being, there is good news across the board. For instance: among 11-15 year-olds in the 29 countries under review: only eight per cent say they smoke cigarettes at least once a week; just 15 per cent report having been drunk at least twice in their life; 99 per cent of girls do not get pregnant whilst still a teenager; and about two-thirds are neither bullied nor involved in fighting. However, exercise levels are low, with the United States and Ireland the only countries in which more than 25% of children report exercising for at least an hour a day.Report Card 11 also includes the views of the children themselves on their own life satisfaction. These findings – reflected in the children’s life satisfaction league table – are broadly in line with the data-based measurement of child well-being, with some notable exceptions: children in Estonia, Greece and Spain gave their countries a much higher ranking, while Germany, Luxembourg and Poland rank lower.To launch Report Card 11, UNICEF is organizing an event in Dublin on 10 and 11 April in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and in collaboration with Eurochild and the European Anti-Poverty Network. The event will build on the momentum generated by the adoption of the EC Recommendation ‘Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’

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Frost & Sullivan: These are the New Mega Trends that will Shape a Future Britain

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London In the future 81 percent of us in the UK will be living in urban areas, there will be 200 million connected devices and one in four British citizens will be shopping online – the highest number in the world, per capita. The over 65s will represent one fifth of the population, becoming one of the largest consumer groups with increasing healthcare needs. The country’s South East region will grow to become the second largest region after London, accounting for 15.3 percent of total GDP.This is how the UK will look like in 2025 in an exclusive analysis by Frost & Sullivan titled ‘New Mega Trends in the UK’. The new report will officially be launched during Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) congress GIL 2013: Europe, which will take place on 14th May at the Guoman Cumberland Hotel Marble Arch, in London. Over 200 industry leaders will have the opportunity to hear firsthand what the future holds for the UK and the world. They will also discuss strategies and share best practices to make their business choices successful.In this new analysis Frost & Sullivan details and analyses 12 New Mega Trends that will drive growth and innovation in the UK. “These are new areas of growth in key industries that will help economic development, boost private sector investment and promote partnerships with overseas companies,” explains Frost & Sullivan Partner Sarwant Singh.One of the most interesting and important Mega Trends in the UK will be Connectivity and Convergence. The UK will have 200 million connected devices (six for every household) by 2020 which means that the country is on the path to becoming a digital economy with new business models and digital innovation hubs. One of the major industries that has benefited from the proliferation of digital devices is retail. Retail in the UK is transitioning from brick and mortar supermarkets to virtual stores and online hypermarkets – merging both bricks and clicks.The Bricks and Clicks Mega Trend is influencing most British retailers to transition from having a single/multiple channel to an integrated cross-channel model, merging physical and virtual forms of retailing. The UK will have the largest online retail penetration in the world as 26 percent of all retail sales will be online by 2025. Over 80 percent of entertainment products will be sold online by 2025. New retailing business models in the UK have also opened up new commercial opportunities for allied industries such as logistics. We are witnessing the introduction of innovative last mile options such as click and collect, addressing challenges associated with making urban deliveries, given the Mega Trend of Urbanization in Britain.The UK will follow the global pattern of cities – not countries – driving wealth creation in the future. As mentioned, around 81 percent of the total population in UK will live in urban centres. London accounted for 20 percent of UK’s GDP in 2011 and could contribute about 25 percent in 2020. This rapid rate of urbanization will compel companies to target cities as their growth markets, with most UK cities also expected to become the micro manufacturing hubs or digital hubs of the country by 2025. Urbanization will also influence companies to become more rational and optimal in their operations, creating a new ‘smarter’ UK.Smart is the new green. This Mega Trend will see smart initiatives replacing green concepts in many parts of the UK. For example, smart technology will find its way into most homes, with nearly five million broadband homes expected to have at least one smart home system by 2017, generating £1 billion in digital revenues. Smart Mobility will save millions of pounds from reduced congestion as more door-to-door integrated mobility solutions are introduced. A key aspect of dispensing any smart initiative would centre on smart grids which are expected to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent. Nearly 43 million Smart Meters are expected to be installed in 30 million UK homes by 2019 generating £14 billion to Britain by 2020.The study also reveals many Social Trends. For example, one out of five people in the UK will be aged over 65 by 2020. The 65+ group is expected to contribute £77 billion to the British economy by 2030 (from £42 billion in 2011), with spending power to increase to £130 billion in 2030 (£78 billion in 2011). Future opportunities from Social Trends include new services and solutions in Healthcare, and neighbourhoods for aging citizens with new technologies such as robotic care for the elderly. Health, Wellness and Wellbeing in fact would become a key Mega Trend for the UK as preventive care becomes more important and relevant to its aging society. The future of Healthcare will be focussed more on wellness and well-being that define mind, body and soul. This will create new opportunities in e-health, regenerative medicine, personalized medicine, health kiosks, tissue engineering, nutraceuticals, healthcare tourism, cybernetics, and non-invasive surgery.With multiple growth opportunities, the UK is undoubtedly at one of its most crucial development stages of this decade. In addition to identifying these Mega Trends, Frost & Sullivan also provides insights on the implications of these trends on the UK through its Macro to Micro analysis. The ‘Macro to Micro’ scenario analysis carried out by Frost & Sullivan presents the micro impact of each Mega Trend on a business and helps design the company’s future strategy for product and technology planning in Britain. Urbanization, for example, at the micro level, creates many investment opportunities in smart infrastructure and new market / business opportunities for innovative products targeting urban households.
Frost & Sullivan’s Global GIL Community continues to be the industry’s only resource that supports CEOs and their management teams in critical decision-making, offering tools that help industry leaders in achieving the three essential objectives of Growth, Innovation and Leadership. GIL 2013: Europe will provide CEOs and their growth teams an opportunity not just to attend GIL, but to actually experience it.

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Campania, per operarsi fuori regione serve un’autorizzazione

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Per operarsi fuori dalla propria regione, i cittadini campani hanno oggi bisogno di un nulla osta, oppure devono pagare di tasca propria. Lo stabilisce il decreto commissariale 156, pubblicato un paio di giorni fa sul Bollettino ufficiale della Regione Campania, che ha l’obiettivo di porre un freno alla fuga dei pazienti che si rivolgono a strutture situate fuori dal territorio regionale, fenomeno che costa alla Campania 400 milioni di euro all’anno. Per il momento è in fase sperimentale ed è limitato ad alcuni interventi “a elevato rischio in appropriatezza”, tuttavia il provvedimento appare destinat o a suscitare polemiche: c’è chi lo ritiene incostituzionale e chi pensa invece che potrebbe essere esteso sul territorio nazionale. Così spiega Raffaele Calabrò, consigliere del governatore per la salute, in una sua dichiarazione al Mattino di Napoli: «i cittadini hanno il diritto di scegliere dove farsi operare ma, se ciò determina gravi sprechi, la Regione può e deve controllare, nell’interesse degli stessi cittadini che pagano le tasse e chiedono legittimamente servizi e prestazioni adeguate». L’autorizzazione preventiva è rilasciata – o negata – da un’apposita commissione dell’Asl ed è richiesta solo per alcune patologie: in oculistica, gli interventi sulla retina, sul cristallino o sulle strutture intraoculari (a eccezione di retina, iride e cristallino), inoltre le malattie e disturbi dell’apparato muscolo-scheletrico e connettivo e gli interventi sul ginocchio purché non motivati da infezione. L e Regioni a cui si applicherà il decreto e che non potranno accogliere direttamente i pazienti provenienti dalla Campania sono solo quattro: Basilicata, Lazio, Molise e Puglia. È, infatti, alle strutture di queste Regioni che si rivolgono principalmente i cittadini campani. Il decreto 156 ha anche rivisto le tariffe per i non residenti che «usufruiscono del pronto soccorso presso gli ospedali campani senza ricovero»: c’è chi ha fatto notare che alcune sono molto più elevate di quelle richieste da una nazione ricca come la Svizzera.(fonte doctor news33)

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Novità regolatorie per allergie e influenza

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L’Fda ha approvato l’estensione dell’indicazione richiesta per carbinossamina maleato (Karbinal ER di Tris Pharma) sospensione orale a rilascio prolungato indicata per le riniti allergiche, perenni o stagionali, ora anche nei bambini a partire dai 2 anni d’età in poi. Il medicinale è un antistaminico in formulazione orale, a lento rilascio del principio attivo che ne consente la somministrazione una sola volta al giorno, praticabile quindi anche nei bimbi e nei ragazzi che frequentano la scuola. Il farmaco è autorizzato anche per: rinite vasomotoria, congiuntivite allergica da cibi e inalazione di allerg eni, forme lievi e non complicate di reazioni allergiche cutanee come orticaria e angioedema; inoltre è una valida alternativa per tutti i casi di non responder agli antistaminici di seconda generazione che non sono soddisfatti della pesante posologia degli antistaminici di prima generazione. In Europa ma non dall’Agenzia europea dei medicinali, prima autorizzazione per il vaccino antinfluenzale quadrivalente di Gsk, in Germania e Regno Unito. Seguendo una procedura decentralizzata il Paul Ehrlich Institut Tedesco è stato il primo ente regolatorio europeo a concedere l’autorizzazione all’immissione in commercio al nuovo vaccino (Influsplit Tetra), seguito dalla Medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (Mhra) agenzia regolatoria britannica che a sua volta ha autorizzato il farmaco (Fluarix Tetra). Per la prossima stagione influenzale 2013-2014 quindi il vaccino tetravalente, già autorizzato a fine 2012 anche dall’Fda (Fluarix quadrivalent), dovrebbe gi& agrave; essere disponibile in Germania e Gran Bretagna per l’immunizzazione attiva di adulti e bambini dai 3 anni d’età compiuti in poi. Il vaccino permette l’immunizzazione contro due sottotipi A del virus e due, invece di uno solo come nei vaccini in commercio finora, sottotipi B.(fonte farmacista33)

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Ca colorettale: chirurgia laparoscopica o a cielo aperto?

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La chirurgia laparoscopica come alternativa alla chirurgia a cielo aperto in pazienti con cancro rettale non ha ancora dimostrato di essere oncologicamente sicura. A tale proposito è stato progettato il COlorectal cancer Laparoscopic or Open Resection (COLOR II) trial, proprio allo scopo di confrontare la chirurgia laparoscopica e quella a cielo aperto in questo tipo di pazienti. Il trial si è svolto su 30 centri di 8 nazioni ed ha coinvolto 1.044 pazienti > 18 aa di età con Ca rettale senza evidenti metastasi a distanza. Lo studio è durato 6 anni. I pazienti sono stati assegnati, random in rapporto 2:1, alla chirurgia laparoscopica e alla chirurgia a cielo aperto, stratificandoli per centro, localizzazione del tumore e radioterapia preoperativa. I pazienti sottoposti a chirurgia laparoscopica hanno avuto una durata media dell’intervento più lunga (240 min vs 188; p> 0.0001) ma:
meno sanguinamenti (300 ml vs 400 ml; p< 0.0001)
più precoce ricanalizzazione intestinale (2 gg vs 3 gg; p< 0.0001)
più breve periodo di degenza (8 gg vs 9 gg; p=0.036).
Non ci sono state invece differenze significative per:
la compiutezza macroscopica della resezione
i margini delle resezione (p=0.250)
le complicazioni (40% vs 37%; p=0.424)
la mortalit&agrav e; a 1 mese (1% vs 2%; p=0.409).
In conclusione, in pazienti selezionati con Ca rettale, la chirurgia laparoscopica, eseguita da chirurghi qualificati, ha la stessa sicurezza, gli stessi margini di resezione, la stessa completezza della resezione di quella a cielo aperto. E in compenso si assiste ad un recupero migliore. I risultati dell’end-point primario – recidiva loco regionale – sono attesi per la fine del 2013. (donte Edra,The Lancet Oncology 2013; 14 (3): 210-218)

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