Brussels. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive – a key legislative dossier of the Clean Air Policy Package proposed by the European Commission in December 2013.
From the perspective of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, the air we breathe is directly impacting our health and should be cleaned up with ambitious legislation on pollution reduction and sufficient investment to make it possible. This was clearly expressed at the Policy Event of the Interest Group – “Allergy and Asthma Patients Need Clean Air in Europe” – held on the 1 July at the European Parliament co-hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Sirpa Pietikäinen and Nessa Childers. Every year, over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely because of air pollution. Current EU air quality standards are obsolete and not in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines. Although the EU is currently reviewing the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC) on air pollution levels, the discussions held at Council have weakened the initial proposal and suggest flexible air pollution limits until 2030. The European Parliament will have the chance to express its vision further on Wednesday during the vote on the NEC Directive in the ENVI Committee.No air pollution level is healthy. During the Policy Event, Thomas Verheye, responsible for the NEC dossier at the European Commission, reminded that delaying emission reduction in Europe will not help industry whilst costing thousands of lives: “A strong voice from the health community can help overcome undue resistance to taking further cost-effective action on air pollution.” In order to balance the debate, the health community “can help to convince others that healthy citizens mean a healthy economy”, he assured. Furthermore, the President of the EAACI Professor Antonella Muraro, highlighted the detrimental costs of inaction for the health of European citizens over the years to follow. She stated that “breathing dirty air heavily influences the severity of allergic manifestations not only in adults but also in children with huge impact on the health of the next EU generations if no actions are taken to counteract this issue.” This was confirmed by the President of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) Ms Christine Rolland who pointed out that, by 2025, half of the European population will suffer from at least one type of allergy and for them the health effects due to air pollution can be devastating and lead to a significantly reduction of their quality of life.According to Professor Buters, Chair of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) working group on aerobiology and air pollution, the EU should prioritise regulating Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) and Nitric Oxide (NO), which are most dangerous for human health. Ms Anne Stauffer, representing the pan-European NGO Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), further stressed the harmful effects of mercury, ammonia and methane. She called for binding 2025 targets, as an intermediate step to reach the 2030 targets envisaged in the Commission’s NEC proposal, and to have more ambitious legislation adopted by the Council and the Parliament.EAACI and EFA are coordinating the secretariat of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, and are jointly committed to raising awareness about the huge personal, social and economic burden of allergy and asthma in Europe and the need to tackle them through evidence-based and patient-centred policies at EU level.Both organisations therefore call the European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) to stand next to citizens and patients and adopt a clear legislation to put the European Union on track to protect its citizens from dirty air.
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Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Brussels. The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive – a key legislative dossier of the Clean Air Policy Package proposed by the European Commission in December 2013.
Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 17 March 2015
United Nations, New York: Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not possible without sexual and reproductive health and rights. This was the message given by speakers from the Permanent Missions of Uruguay, Denmark and Costa Rica to the United Nations, UN Women and UNFPA at a high-level panel event organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today.The event held in New York on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing+20 Platform for Action during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), launched IPPF’s report “ Sexual and reproductive health and rights- the key to gender equality and women’s empowerment.”The new report sets out specific recommendations to governments, multilateral organisations and the donor community including:
• Making sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality a reality: Sexual and reproductive health and rights must be included in the post 2015 sustainable development framework and in governments’ national plans within gender and health ministries.
• Sustaining the success of sexual and reproductive health interventions: Investment in the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights services must be continued and increased and the post-2015 sustainable development financing framework must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.
• Engaging men and boys as partners in gender transformative change: Men and boys must be involved as partners in programmes on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Measure the things that matter: Governments must invest in the collection of robust data. This includes working with UN agencies to increase data collection and disaggregate data by sex and age and increase examination of links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
• Eliminating sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls: Domestic laws to protect women and girls from sexual and gender based violence in line with international obligations must be enforced. Sexual violence must be addressed as part of women’s political participation, peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction.Opening the event, IPPF Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere, Carmen Barroso said, “We can tackle inequalities and change things. This goes to the very heart of poverty eradication and development goals. Sexual and reproductive health and rights give women the ability to control their fertility which, in turn, affects many other aspects of their lives – employment, education, family life, and social and economic participation. It’s the freedom from which all other freedoms flow.”Talking on Uruguay’s prioritization of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Honorable Gonzalo Koncke, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Uruguay said, “Furthering policies on sexual and reproductive health is the only way to achieve higher levels of happiness, freedom and well-being so people can enjoy a fuller life.”Stefan Kovacs, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Denmark, said in his speech, “Denmark has a long history for supporting and promoting women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights. The right to sexual and reproductive health is key to women’s ability to take charge of their own lives.” Preethi Sundaram, IPPF Policy and Advocacy officer, and author of the report said: “The report assesses what we have long suspected – that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are the cornerstone of gender equality. When women are able to realize their sexual and reproductive rights, their lives can be transformed.”
Posted by fidest on Sunday, 28 September 2014
Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Geneva delegate to the United Nations for Caritas Internationalis, departs Friday 26 September for Liberia to assist with strengthening the Caritas response to the Ebola crisis. Caritas is the worldwide Catholic humanitarian aid network.Msgr. Vitillo has extensive experience with major health crises, having worked on the Church’s HIV and AIDS response for more than 25 years.In Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, Caritas networks and local Church groups that have worked on HIV prevention are now also reaching villages and remote dioceses with public health information about Ebola. These efforts also help to prevent stigma, discrimination, and misinformation about this major health challenge.“Any major health crisis puts a strain on already weak health care systems. We’ve seen that with HIV and AIDS over the years,” says Msgr. Vitillo. “Caritas members on the ground are now educating people to prevent the spread of Ebola and providing other support, like food assistance and help for orphans, widows, as well as those who have recovered from the disease.”
The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) calls for major prioritization of allergic diseases in the European political agenda
Posted by fidest on Thursday, 12 June 2014
Copenhagen (Denmark), With more than 150 million Europeans affected by an allergic disease and a prediction of an increase to 250 million in the next decade, allergic diseases have become a major epidemic in the European Union (EU). Indeed, in some countries, more than half of the population is already sensitized, while more than 30% suffer from at least one allergic condition.
Allergic diseases have become a major epidemic in the EU: more than 150 million Europeans are affected by an allergic disease and they will be 250 million in the next decade1Allergy research remains a key need in Europe, and high standard education and a common practice of the speciality is needed to allow free movement of patients and healthcare professionals across EU countries Prioritization of allergic diseases will come through partnerships with organisations seeking similar goals in the field of health and research.
Caritas Internationalis and the Fidel Götz Foundation are launching the Women Sowers of Development Prize to honour the role of women in solving world hunger
Posted by fidest on Sunday, 9 March 2014
The award will be launched on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day at the inaugural Voices of Faith event in Rome.President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, said: “The Women Sowers of Development Prize aims to recognise best practises of women in agriculture. By celebrating them, we come closer to ending global hunger.”Women produce about half of the world’s food, but own only two percent of all land.In every region, they have less access than men to resources. If the opportunities were level, women could raise their farm productivity by 20-30 percent. Globally that would lift 100-150 million people out of hunger.And when women do control additional income, evidence shows they spend it on food, health, clothing and education for their children.The 2014 Women Sowers of Development Prize consists of two prizes of €10,000 each. One category is aimed at programmes supported by Caritas national organisations. The other is aimed at bodies outside the Caritas network.The winner will be announced on 16 October, World Food Day.To download an application pack and find out more about the award, please visit http://www.caritas.org
Posted by fidest on Friday, 6 December 2013
Contengono acidi grassi efficaci contro un batterio responsabile di molte forme di acne. Le alghe marine e i salmoni hanno in comune alcuni acidi grassi che sembrano essere efficaci contro un batterio responsabile di molte forme di acne e altri disturbi della pelle. Lo sostengono gli scienziati della University of Stirling, Scozia, con una ricerca pubblicata su Marine Drugs che Giovanni D’Agata, presidente dello “Sportello dei Diritti”, associazione che si occupa anche di tutela della salute e quindi di divulgare i più recenti e importanti studi in materia, ritiene opportuno portare all’attenzione del pubblico giacché l’acne costituisce un problema serio che riguarda milioni di giovani e comporta anche non pochi riflessi psicologici nei casi più acuti. Gli autori hanno studiato le proprietà di alcune alghe marine brune, accumulate attraverso la catena del cibo in pesci come i salmoni. Contengono rispettivamente l’acido Epa omega 3 e l’acido Dgla omega 6, entrambi con proprietà antinfiammatorie, in particolare contro il batterio Propionibacterum acnes. “Gli acidi grassi possono inibire o eliminare i batteri, sono presenti naturalmente sulla pelle ma si possono anche implementare”, si legge nello studio,”si possono assumere mangiando alghe e salmone, oppure spalmando sul viso creme che li contengano”, concludono gli studiosi. Ora stanno sviluppando farmaci topici contenenti questi composti antibatterici contro l’acne e altre patologie della pelle.
Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Toronto Thursday, October 10, 2013 Health Sciences Building Auditorium, HS610 155 College Street University of Toronto. International bilateral cooperation between Italy and Canada in scientific research and technology innovation is one of the priorities of Italy’s foreign policy, in order to ensure, through Italian know‐how, the country’s competitive abilities and the development of advanced production industries. The goal of this meeting of experts is to highlight Canada’s excellent capabilities in nutrition, as well as Italian areas of excellence in nutrition, food packaging, genomics, traceability, and the history of nutrition. Another aim is to increase awareness of the Canadian and Italian scientific communities, with a view to promoting innovation development at the international level and further enhancing bilateral cooperation between Italian and Canadian research centres and universities in a European context.
Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 27 March 2013
London, PRNewswire Acne treatment has been in the headlines in recent months as studies have been conducted into the causes of the condition and the therapies used to tackle it. The team at The Laser Treatment Clinic in London has read the recent developments in this key area of dermatology with interest and has some advice for sufferers. A recent report in the Daily Mail suggested that a long-term study of the relationship between diet and acne found that high fat and high sugar diets were indeed related to the condition. This has inevitably led dermatologists and skin experts like those at The Laser Treatment Clinic to suggest that lifestyle changes represent a positive form of acne management. Taking more exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet that does not rely too heavily on fat and sugar are considered the most positive changes to make. However, another report regarding the treatment of acne has also surfaced this month. Dianette is one of the drugs used to tackle persistent and troublesome cases of acne, but as this report, also from the Daily Mail, indicates, the medication is now banned in several countries in Europe. Dianette has been linked to the deaths of a number of British women but the drug is still prescribed for severe skin complaints in the UK. The team at The Laser Treatment Clinic is keen to point out that there is an alternative to intensive drug therapy when it comes to the treatment of active acne vulgaris and the scars left behind by the condition. Laser acne treatment and acne scar treatment are gaining popularity as successful and non-invasive means of diminishing breakouts of acne and reversing the damage historical breakouts do to the complexion. These forms of treatment are available at The Laser Treatment Clinic and the clinic currently has a promotion in place offering considerable discounts on forms of laser therapy. The Laser Treatment Clinic is based in Harley Street in London. The clinic was one of the very first advanced laser skin clinics to be founded in the capital and the team boasts over 13 years of experience in a wide range of treatment areas, including hair removal and scar treatment.
Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 26 September 2012
London Frost & Sullivan’s “New Mega Trends” identifies and evaluates emerging Mega Trends and their sub trends, translating these to real opportunities for everyday business and personal life. This analysis – tested with Fortune 1000 companies – has now been developed into a book, “New Mega Trends,” which will launch this week.
Frost & Sullivan’s “New Mega Trends” identifies the 10 most important global New Mega Trends – sustained and macroeconomic forces of development that influence global businesses, economies, societies, cultures and our personal lives – that will redefine the future world.“New Mega Trends” includes:Connectivity and Convergence – With more than 80 billion connected devices, 9 billion mobile phones, 5 billion Internet users, five connected devices for every individual, 10 connected devices for every household, and 500 devices with unique digital IDs per square kilometre, consumers will pave the way to a digital planet by 2020. Connectivity will see wide-spread convergence of technologies, products and even industries.Health, Wellness and Wellbeing – Sustainability was one of the major trends of the last decade. Health, wellness and wellbeing will be the most important factor of discussion and differentiation in this decade. Healthcare spending will consume more than 15 percent of GDP by the middle of this decade (20 percent to 30 percent by 2050) and government’s inability to make the necessary investments will lead to a paradigm shift in the concept of healthcare.Smart is the new Green – The failure of green technology to show a manageable and predictable ROI will lead to a shift towards intelligent products that ‘behave’ green by adapting and changing to the environment around them through use of intelligent sensing and communication technology. The future will see use of several Smart products in our daily life, ranging from Smart (home) hubs connecting and integrating electronic/electrical equipment in our houses, Smart appliances that switch on and off themselves and Smart cloths that react to our body temperature or interact with mobile phones. This trend will lead to convergence of competition, with IT players, mobile operators, and energy companies competing to be the first to provide advanced smart solutions.In addition, the “New Mega Trends” addresses the “Macro to Micro” methodology, which can be applied to help identify “blue ocean,” or uncontested white space market opportunities, and also answer questions like:
How will we travel to work in the cities of the future?
What is Zero Vision, and is it the next big thing?
How will we stay connected in the future?
Will our wellness and wellbeing top the business agenda, and be more important than sustainability and the environment?
What new business models will succeed in future?
If you are a leader with a corporate vision, a strategic planner within your organization, or just curious about your future, Frost & Sullivan’s book, “New Mega Trends,” provides stimulating stories, startling facts and thought provoking case studies that will not only give a glimpse of how your future will be, but also reveals what opportunities lay in the here and now.“New Mega Trends,” written by Frost & Sullivan Partner Sarwant Singh and published by Palgrave Macmillan, will be launched Friday, 28th Sept. in the UK, Europe and Asia, and in the USA on Tuesday, 30th Oct.
Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Bradford, England, (PRNewswire) A leading nutritional expert has called for more to be done by influential figures within the UK health and fitness industry after branding worrying obesity and diabetes levels as “freight trains running out of control”. Dr John Berardi, who was recently in the UK attending the FitPro convention, is a prominent researcher in the field of exercise and nutritional science and he believes a greater emphasis needs to be placed on engaging with and educating people of all ages on the benefits of eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. Nearly a third of all children in the UK are now believed to be classified as overweight and just over a quarter of adults in England were classified as obese in 2010, highlighting how a major cultural problem is escalating. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Predator Nutrition founder Reggie Johal, Dr Berardi said: “While the health and fitness industry in the UK always impresses me, as a health and fitness culture, the UK is doing just about as poorly as we are in North America. “Personally, I split my time between the US and Canada, living part of the year in each country. And whether it’s the US, Canada, or the UK, we’re all struggling. Obesity and diabetes seem like freight trains running out of control. “Of course, that’s not a fitness industry thing. Instead, it has everything to do with the combination of sedentary labor, few natural opportunities for exercise and movement, huge access to high calorie, processed foods, and a tremendous amount of personal stress. “Just telling people to eat less and exercise more doesn’t work. Sure, it theoretically could work. But it can be damn hard for some people to get moving in this direction.”And the problem isn’t necessarily willpower. I know that’s hard to understand at first. But once you have a family to take care of, become a full-time member of a sedentary work force, and become responsible for meeting the needs of either young children or aging parents – and you have to do it all on a limited budget – does it become apparent why this is so hard for people.”That’s why I’m so passionate about reaching people where they’re at. Honestly, the obesity epidemic isn’t going to be solved by the fitness industry unless we reimagine what it is we do. Because, right now, the industry is confined to the four walls of gyms and health clubs.”It’s only when we’re willing reach out beyond fitness club walls and engage people at home, in their workplaces, and in the other places they spend time, that we’ll really have the impact we hope to.” Predator Nutrition is a prominent UK sports nutrition retailer. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook, and circle them on Google+ to receive news of the latest offers and money-saving deals.
Posted by fidest on Saturday, 19 May 2012
Qatar 23 May 2012, from 12:30-14:00 Salle IX, Palais des Nations Hosted by the Supreme Council of Health, The WHA technical session will share some of the achievements in patient safety since WHA Resolution 55.18 passed exactly 10 years ago in 2002, and serve as a renewed call to action to promote patient safety as a fundamental principle of all health systems. The session will focus on the successes and lessons learned from the implementation of global and national patient safety programmes in the past decade, and distil the key features of success that can be applied to strengthen health systems for quality improvements and safety. The session will also present a call to action coming from the recent Salzburg Global Seminar on Safety and Quality and look at new ways of moving forward to strengthen existing national efforts, while intensifying further global patient safety actions and the development of interventions.
ResearchMoz: Telemedicine Monitoring Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018
Posted by fidest on Friday, 4 May 2012
Albany, New York, (PRNewswire) New Report Added in ResearchMoz Reports Database Telemedicine Monitoring Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018 The 2012 study has 590 pages, 206 tables and figures. Worldwide markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the telemedicine systems provide a way to improve clinical care delivery to patients with chronic disease, decreasing hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room. To Browse Full TOC, Tables & Figures visit: http://www.researchmoz.com/telemedicine-monitoring-market-shares-strategies-and-forecasts-worldwide-2012-to-2018-report.html Chronic disease conditions are best treated early on when there is a change in patient condition and an early intervention can make a difference. It is even better to treat them in a wellness treatment environment before there are indications of chronic disease, before symptoms develop, by addressing lifestyle issues early on. Left to their own judgments, some patients typically are apt to make terrible decisions relating to their personal health either because of ignorance, genetic inheritance, or because of lifestyle habit. The ability to accurately access patient condition via a combination of advanced testing and telemonitoring creates the opportunity to intervene when what is called for clinically can make a difference, and permits provision for education regarding healthy living in a way that is likely to create compliance with clinician recommendations. Home telemonitoring programs need to use advanced technology. Effective monitors support patient education. They support timely clinician intervention based on real vital signs data gathered on a daily basis. Health care for patients with congestive heart failure has been shown to be successful in reducing hospitalizations and trips to the emergency department, making these critical measures unnecessary in many cases.
Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Woodcliff Lake New Jersey, (PRNewswire)The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM) now has available, from its web site at http://www.rifm.org, human health safety assessments on Macrocyclic and Cinnamyl Phenyl Propyl fragrance Ingredients. Found in the Publications section of the RIFM site, Toxicologic and Dermatologic Assessments for Three Groups of Fragrance Ingredients: 1) Macrocyclic Ketones, 2) Macrocyclic Lactones and Lactides, 3) Cinnamyl Phenyl Propyl was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, Vol 49, Suppl 2S, Dec 2011 and is already one of the journal’s top ten downloaded publications. Included in the review of the three groups are 24 related Fragrance Material Reviews (FMRs). Printed copies can be ordered from the RIFM Online Store.
These fragrance ingredients are used in many different product types, including cosmetic, personal care, household and air care. Based on all the data available, RIFM’s human health safety assessment shows that, at the current levels of use, these materials are practically nonirritating, have a low sensitization potential, no genotoxicity potential and a low order of repeat dose toxicity. The materials were already reviewed by RIFM for environmental impact and showed no grounds for environmental concern.
The opinion of the independent Expert Panel that reviews RIFM’s research is that, under the anticipated levels of exposure in fine fragrance and consumer products, there are no safety concerns regarding use of these materials.
RIFM is the international scientific authority for the safe use of fragrance materials. RIFM generates, evaluates and distributes scientific data on the safety assessment of fragrance raw materials found in personal and household care products. Through extensive research, testing and constant monitoring of all scientific literature available, RIFM maintains its Database as the most comprehensive source worldwide of physical-chemical, toxicological and eco-toxicological data associated with known fragrance and flavor materials. All of RIFM’s scientific findings are evaluated by an independent Expert Panel—an international group of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists, reproduction, respiratory and environmental scientists. The Expert Panel evaluates the safety of fragrance ingredients under conditions of intended use and publishes their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The decisions of the Expert Panel regarding restrictions of use are also published in the IFRA Standards. For more information about RIFM and its activities, visit http://www.rifm.org
Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 11 April 2012
WHO’s Patient Safety Programme is proud to announce the release, last week, of the results of the first multi-country study on hospital adverse events, conducted in the Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions of WHO. These data show that patient safety concerns are as important in these regions as had been previously recognized in more economically developed ones. Results from the Eastern Mediterranean/African Adverse Events Study reveals that patients are suffering preventable permanent disability or dying due to unsafe health care in developing and transitional countries. On average, health-care related harmful incidents affected 8 in every 100 patients studied. These are conservative estimates that probably only reveal the tip of the iceberg, but that nevertheless highlight the importance and urgency of addressing patient safety globally.Experts found that an average of 8.2% of patients suffered what they term an “adverse event”. These were defined as unintended injuries that resulted in permanent disability or death that came about as a result of health-care management. In some hospitals, the situation was much worse, with almost one in five patients being affected by accidents and poor care. The researchers say that adverse events happen in the developed world too, but they point out that the chance of dying from an adverse event in a developing world hospital is much higher.
With 26 hospitals participating in the research, spread across Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, South Africa and Yemen, and in collaboration with the respective ministries of health and the two WHO Regional Offices, this study, which started back in 2005, has been one of the largest ones undertaken by the Patient Safety Programme.WHO would like to thank the participating hospitals who agreed to participate in this important and valuable patient safety study, acknowledging their courage and determination to help improve the situation in their own hospitals and further afield. Recognition is also due to the scientific teams in the eight participating countries, led by Prof. Ross Wilson. This study will now contribute towards placing patient safety strongly on the health policy agenda of developing and transitional countries. The EMRO-AFRO Adverse Event Study will shortly be published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2012;344:e832).The article can be read via this link to BMJ’s website http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e832, and you can also find below a link to our website where you can read the policy booklet prepared by PSP, as well as a media piece from the BBC: http://www.who.int/ patientsafety/ research/evidence_ of_unsafe/en/index.html, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17359796.