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Prevention is better than combat intervention, says NATO chief

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 gennaio 2020

AFET and SEDE MEPs discussed with NATO Chief ways to address the EU’s security and geostrategic challenges on Tuesday.
NATO will bring together the EU and the US to address three issues of concern: terrorism, relations with Russia, and new and emerging challenges such as artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons platforms, and big data, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressing the MEPs on Tuesday.He stressed the importance of building global capacity by enabling local forces in the fight against terrorism, instead of solely relying on NATO combat operations. He pointed to current efforts in Afghanistan, Jordan, Tunisia, and, especially, Iraq. “Prevention is better than intervention“, he underlined. “If we don’t react in Iraq now, we risk going into a combat”, he said discussing the security situation in Europe and the world with MEPs from the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), and Delegation for relations with NATO Parliamentary Assembly (DNAT).Regarding relations with Russia, the NATO chief stressed the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the US and Russia in order to achieve results in arms control.Referring to transatlantic relations, he said that the US is not leaving Europe, but is rather increasing its military presence in the region, adding that Europe is also stepping up its efforts. The NATO Chief also underlined that Europe needs to increase its defence spending since tensions are currently increasing.When asked to share his thoughts on Europe´s efforts towards strategic autonomy, he stated that he supports the increase of the EU’s defence capabilities, stressing, however, that NATO will continue to be the corner stone of European defence.

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Sinovac Announces Approval of Varicella Vaccine for Prevention

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 dicembre 2019

Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:SVA) (“Sinovac” or the “Company”), a leading provider of biopharmaceutical products in China, today announced that the China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has approved and issued a Product license for the Company’s varicella vaccine to prevent the varicella-zoster virus in children from 1 to 12 years old. Mr. Weidong Yin, Chairman, President and CEO of Sinovac, commented, “The approval of our varicella vaccine allows us to provide another high-quality product to address unmet medical needs for the Chinese population. This is the first vaccine product approved by the Chinese government after the issuance and implementation of the Vaccine Management Law in China. Our ability to continue to gain approval for our products since the government issued the Vaccine Management Law and implemented stringent management of the vaccine industry is a testament to the strength of our operations and the quality of our products. Moreover, with approximately 40 countries including varicella vaccines in their government sponsored national immunization programs, we have a positive outlook in our ability to provide varicella vaccines to markets outside of China and generate additional sources of growth.”
Varicella, commonly known as “chickenpox,” is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. The disease is spread by direct contact or through respiratory droplets. It is characterized by the appearance on the skin and mucous membranes of successive crops of lesions that are easily broken and become scabbed. Varicella usually affects children and is relatively benign, but complications may arise in the form of pneumonia and encephalitis. After infection, the virus may be reactivated and develop into herpes zoster, commonly known as “shingles,” in older adults.Sinovac’s Varicella Vaccine is derived from Oka strain and performed in the Company’s proprietary Human Diploid Cell. Sinovac completed pre-clinical studies of a human vaccine against varicella and was approved to conduct human clinical trials in October 2015. A phase I clinical trial was conducted and completed in 2016. A phase III efficacy study conducted among 6000 subjects in 2017 shows the protection rate of the vaccine is 87.1%, which was published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection.

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Epigenetics of Cancer Prevention

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 dicembre 2019

Epigenetics of Cancer Prevention, Volume Ten is the first to look at epigenetics and chemoprevention together. Although there is numerous scientific data available on how epigenetics can lead to cancer and how chemoprevention can be beneficial in the treatment of, or improvement of quality of life, together they will set an advanced understanding for the reader in this upcoming field of chemoprevention influencing epigenetics. This book discusses molecular epigenetic targets of natural products, such as green tea polyphenols, curcumin and resveratrol, and organ specific epigenetic targets related to diverse types of cancer, for example prostate, colorectal, breast, lung and skin cancers.Additionally, it encompasses a discussion on research methods and limitations to study epigenetics and epigenomics of chemopreventive drugs and personalized cancer treatment with phytochemicals. The book is ideal for cancer researchers, health care professionals and all individuals who are interested in cancer prevention research and its clinical applications, especially in natural remedies.

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The Prevention, Detection and Investigation of Financial Crime

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 febbraio 2019

During this intensive 1-day course, we will illustrate this real and significant threat to our industry and show you how to take a proactive approach to financial crime, enhance the policies, processes and procedures you currently have in place and ensure that everyone in your organisation is ready to protect your firm and the market place.Governments and financial markets throughout the world recognise Financial Crime as one of the greatest threats to the global financial services industry.The FCA has increased its efforts to fight every aspect of financial crime: Money laundering, terrorist financing, market manipulation and data theft. Along with partner agencies, the FCA looks towards the firms they regulate when combating financial crime. Firms are required to work together with the FCA and the international community in their efforts to make it harder for criminals to exploit their businesses and their clients.The market regulator expects your company to understand where the risks lay in your firm and react appropriately as part of your governance framework.

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15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 gennaio 2019

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure; will host its 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”, April 5-7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.This annual event is the only conference in the U.S. solely dedicated to preventing exposure to eliminate asbestos-caused diseases. Maintaining its commitment to provide meaningful content and connections at a highly affordable rate, the conference brings together treatment, prevention, and policy experts from around the world. Attendees have a unique opportunity to connect and share with the leaders and influencers in the asbestos prevention community, as well as fellow victims sharing in their fight to turn anger into action against asbestos.Dr. David Michaels, epidemiologist and former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), will give Saturday’s keynote address. Author David McCumber, an award-winning journalist and editor of the Montana Standard who co-authored the book An Air that Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana Uncovered a National Scandal, will also deliver the Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture. Award winning musician and ADAO National Spokesperson, Jordan Zevon, will perform at the gala dinner.
ADAO’s conference will kick off with its first ever March for Justice and Remembrance on Friday. The 2019 conference will include an Art-Driven Advocacy theme, featuring leading artists sharing their talents to help drive an asbestos ban forward. Saturday’s five academic sessions focus on the latest medical and prevention information from around the world. The 15th Annual Awards and Recognition Gala dinner will recognize the heroes fighting to end exposure and create a new generation that is asbestos free. The closing event on Sunday is the Unity and Remembrance Brunch to honor and hold close in our hearts those who have been silenced by asbestos as delegates embrace solidarity in the fight against asbestos.

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Symantec Hosts Hackathon to Promote Lawfulness, Crime Prevention and Cyber Security Skills for Students

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 giugno 2018

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, today announced it is collaborating with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Africa Teen Geeks organization to host a three-day hackathon from July 9-11, 2018 at Symantec’s Mountain View campus. UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, international crime and terrorism, and Africa Teen Geeks is a South African non-profit organization that provides computer science training in schools and underserved communities.The hackathon will focus on criminal justice and crime prevention, allowing students to develop educational games that teach values around criminal justice to their peers.The Symantec-sponsored hackathon is the final round of competition for the winners of three regional hackathons that took place in South Africa, Indonesia and Bolivia earlier in the year. Following these contests, 25 secondary school students were selected from amongst the three countries as winners and invited to travel to Silicon Valley for the final hackathon. In addition to the students, members of UNODC, South Africa government representatives, chaperones and mentors will all be in attendance. Symantec Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Cappellanti-Wolf will speak at the event.“We’re thrilled to host these bright young minds on Symantec’s campus,” said Cappellanti-Wolf. “As a world-leading cyber security organization, it’s exciting to watch the next generation of computer science professionals improve their coding skills and develop products for the purpose of crime prevention.”The hackathon is part of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, which came out of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar in 2015. Under the Doha Declaration, UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative was developed to create and disseminate education materials in UNODC-mandated areas of crime prevention and criminal justice across the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.
The E4J initiative helps educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions. The hackathon encourages this engagement by allowing students to play a hands-on role in developing educational games that focus on justice and law issues.

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European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network explores gender-based prevention and treatment

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 marzo 2018

Barcelona, Spain Researchers will use a European network of 90,000 patients to explore different approaches to prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest for men and women, they announced today during a workshop on sex and gender differences at EHRA 2018.1
The European Sudden Cardiac Arrest network (ESCAPE-NET) is backed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).Sudden cardiac arrest is the consequence of a heart rhythm disorder called ventricular fibrillation. It is deadly within minutes if left untreated and survival rates are just 5–20%.
ESCAPE-NET has pooled the patient populations of 16 organisations across Europe. The resulting database of sudden cardiac arrest in the community is sufficiently large to study causes, treatments and prevention strategies, and how these vary between women and men.The electrical properties of the heart differ between men and women. The heart beats by an electrical conduction system in which ions (electrically charged molecules such as potassium) move back and forth across channels in the membranes of heart cells. Women have fewer potassium channels than men.Commonly prescribed drugs that work by blocking ion channels can increase the risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac arrest. For potassium channel blockers, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression, antibiotics including erythromycin, antifungal medications, and domperidone, the increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest may be larger in women.“Doctors want to know when these drugs can be safely prescribed in women,” said Dr Hanno Tan, ESCAPE-NET project leader and cardiologist, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
One of the aims of ESCAPE-NET is to create a risk score that includes age, sex, comorbidities and genetic profile. Doctors will be able to use the score to determine the risk, for example, of prescribing erythromycin for a female patient.Dr Tan said: “We think that sudden cardiac arrest is caused by the interaction of various risk factors. Our research will uncover which factors are relevant in women and men and use this information to develop a risk score.”There is also evidence that women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest than men because they are less likely to be resuscitated by a bystander. This appears to be due to sociological factors rather than biological sex. For example, women are more likely to be living alone because they have outlived their spouse.
ESCAPE-NET will identify specific reasons for differences in survival between men and women and which factors might be changed.Dr Tan said: “The major strength of ESCAPE-NET is the large number of patients. These cohorts are normally very difficult to collect because sudden cardiac arrest occurs quickly.”

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Stroke prevention drugs may help reduce dementia risk for atrial fibrillation patients

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 marzo 2018

Barcelona, Spain – Patients with atrial fibrillation could reduce the risk of dementia by taking stroke prevention medications, according to recommendations published online today in EP Europace1, a European Society of Cardiology journal, and presented at EHRA 2018.2 The international consensus document was also published in HeartRhythm, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), and Journal of Arrhythmia, the official journal of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS) and the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS).The expert consensus statement on arrhythmias and cognitive function was developed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC); the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS); the Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS); and the Latin American Heart Rhythm Society (LAHRS).Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias), as well as some procedures undertaken to treat them, can increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. The international consensus document was written for doctors specialising in arrhythmias and aims to raise awareness of the risks of cognitive impairment and dementia and how to reduce them.The document states that atrial fibrillation is associated with a higher risk for cognitive impairment and dementia, even in the absence of apparent stroke. This may be because atrial fibrillation is linked with a more than two-fold risk of silent strokes. The accumulation of silent strokes and the associated brain injuries over time may contribute to cognitive impairment.Stroke prevention with oral anticoagulant drugs is the main priority in the management of patients with atrial fibrillation. The consensus document says that oral anticoagulation may reduce the risk of dementia.Adopting a healthy lifestyle may also reduce the risk of cognitive decline in patients with atrial fibrillation. This includes not smoking and preventing or controlling hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and sleep apnoea.“Patients with atrial fibrillation may be able to reduce their risk of cognitive impairment and dementia by taking their oral anticoagulation medication and having a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr Nikolaos Dagres, lead author and consultant, Department of Electrophysiology, Heart Centre Leipzig, Germany.The document also reviews the association between other arrhythmias and cognitive dysfunction, including post-cardiac arrest, in patients with cardiac implantable devices such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers, and ablation procedures.Treatment of atrial fibrillation with catheter ablation can itself lead to silent strokes and cognitive impairment. To reduce the risk, physicians should follow recommendations for performing ablation and for the management of patients before and after the procedure.3,4
The consensus document notes that physicians may suspect cognitive impairment if a patient’s appearance or behaviour changes — for example, if appointments are missed. Family members should be asked for collateral information. If suspicions are confirmed, the consensus document recommends tools to conduct an objective assessment of cognitive function.The paper highlights gaps in knowledge and areas for further research. These include, for instance, how to identify atrial fibrillation patients at increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, the effect of rhythm control on cognitive function, and the impact of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) on cognitive function.

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Clean Your Hands: promote infection prevention!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 ottobre 2017

manoBerlin. It is 22 days until World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) which takes place on 13-19 November 2017. A wide range of resources have already been launched to help everyone take part in the campaign.
You can subscribe to ‘handle antibiotics with care’ updates, and more resources for use on social media will be launched in the coming weeks ( It is clear that the world is finally starting to come together on this issue and a recent global meeting in Berlin demonstrated the latest political, academic and operational commitment.
Working together with a range of experts, the WHO IPC global unit has developed a new infographic on the subject. It specifically highlights the role of IPC in preventing antibiotic resistance in health care and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Once launched, please use the infographic to actively promote IPC as one of the solutions to the global AMR burden.
During WAAW, new WHO Guidelines for Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Carbapenemase-producing (CP) Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii will also be issued on the WHO web pages. A presentation on these new guidelines will be given by Professor Lindsay Grayson (Austin Health and University of Melbourne, Australia) on 13 November 2017 through Webber Training:, in the Lancet Global Health, there will be an article on priorities for IPC, including in relation to AMR. This publication has been authored by WHO staff, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff and other leading global health experts. It has been informed by the organizations participating in WHO’s Global Infection Prevention and Control Network (GIPCN), making this publication a leading paper in shaping the future of IPC around the world.European Antibiotic Awareness Week supporting WAAW – For the first time, the European Centres for Diseases Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe are making a joint media toolkit available with the aim of providing materials to assist in local activities. A summary of latest data on antibiotic resistance in the European Union (EARS-Net) will also be released on 15 November. (

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ClearSale to Visit Mexico to Meet with Merchants on Fraud Prevention

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 agosto 2017

messicoWhile 4 of every 5 online purchases from Mexico are legitimate, issues with high chargeback rates and declines have created issues for e-commerce merchants and customers alike. ClearSale, pioneers in fraud protection and with extensive experience in the Latin American market, will be addressing these challenges during a roadshow to Mexico the week of August 28th, 2017.Executive Vice President Rafael Lourenco will be visiting Mexico during the last week of August to meet with merchants and payment companies with the intent of educating companies on how ClearSale’s industry-leading fraud prevention tools can help build consumer confidence in the region, while gaining a greater understanding of the challenges facing e-commerce in Mexico.The Mexican market has been a challenge for online merchants, due to a poor reputation for fraud. Chargeback rates from the region are 2.8 times higher than the global average, with decline rates in 2015 being as much as twice that of the global average.As a result, fear of fraud can lead some merchants to avoid transactions with customers whose purchases originate from Mexico. Worse, false declines can damage a merchant’s reputation, with 32 percent of customers refusing to return to a vendor where their purchase was erroneously declined.ClearSale is looking to change that, starting with Mr. Lourenco’s visit. The company already has extensive experience in high risk markets in Latin America, where ClearSale holds an 85% market share. The company uses a unique and innovative review process that has led to the lowest false positives and the highest levels of approval in the industry. No transaction is ever declined without it being manually reviewed by one of ClearSale’s on-site team of seasoned analysts.

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Obesità infantile, pubblicate le nuove raccomandazioni Usa per lo screening

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 giugno 2017

Fat boy measuring his belly with measurement tape on gray backgroundLa U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Uspstf) raccomanda che i medici sottopongano a screening per l’obesità i bambini e gli adolescenti in base all’indice di massa corporea a partire dai sei anni e che offrano interventi sul comportamento e piani per promuovere il miglioramento del peso, secondo un rapporto pubblicato su Jama. «Circa il 17% dei bambini e degli adolescenti dai 2 ai 19 anni negli Stati Uniti è obeso, in base ai grafici di crescita del Centers for Disease Control and Prevention e quasi il 32% è in sovrappeso» afferma David Grossman, del Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute di Seattle, che ha guidato la task force in questo studio. «L’obesità nei bambini e negli adolescenti è associata a problemi di salute mentale e psicologica, asma, apnea ostruttiva del sonno, problemi ortopedici ed esiti avversi cardiovascolari e metabolici quali pressione sanguigna alta, livelli lipidici anomali e resistenza all’insulina. Bambini e adolescenti possono subire scherni e bullismo a causa del loro peso e avere problemi cardiovascolari o di diabete di tipo 2 nell’età adulta» aggiunge. L’USPSTF ha trovato prove sufficienti riguardo al fatto che gli screening e gli interventi comportamentali intensivi per l’obesità nei bambini e negli adolescenti dai sei anni di età possano portare a miglioramenti nel peso, e la grandezza di questo beneficio è stata stimata come moderata. Per quanto riguarda invece interventi con farmaci quali metformina e orlistat, la grandezza di questo beneficio è incerta perché le prove relative all’efficacia della metformina e dell’orlistat sono inadeguate. L’Uspstf ha trovato inoltre prove sufficienti per definire come lievi o assenti i danni potenziali dello screening e di un intervento comportamentale completo e intensivo per l’obesità nei bambini e negli adolescenti. «L’adozione delle linee guida dell’Uspstf nella pratica pediatrica offre ai pediatri e ai professionisti della salute un’opportunità per dare un contributo vitale al miglioramento della salute dei bambini e a una possibilità di un futuro migliore, cambiando la tendenza del loro peso e stabilendo uno stile di vita sano» scrivono in un editoriale di accompagnamento Teresa Quattrin, della University of Buffalo, e Denise Wilfley, della Washington University School of Medicine di St Louis. (fonte doctor33) (foto. obesità)

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Exercise associated with improved heart attack survival

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 aprile 2017

Sophia Antipolis, 12 April 2017: Exercise is associated with improved survival after a heart attack, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 The chances of suSophia Antipolisrvival increased as the amount of exercise rose.“We know that exercise protects people against having a heart attack,” said last author Professor Eva Prescott, professor of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. “Animal studies suggest that myocardial infarctions are smaller and less likely to be fatal in animals that exercise. We wanted to see if exercise was linked with less serious myocardial infarctions in people.” The study included 14 223 participants of the Copenhagen City Heart Study who had never had a heart attack or stroke. Levels of physical activity were assessed at baseline in 1976–1978 and classified as sedentary, light, moderate, or high.2
Participants were followed through registries until 2013. A total of 1 664 participants had a myocardial infarction, of whom 425 died immediately.The investigators compared levels of physical activity between those who died immediately from their myocardial infarction and those who survived. They found that patients who exercised were less likely to die from their myocardial infarction.There was a dose-response relationship between exercise and death from myocardial infarction. Patients with light or moderate/high physical activity levels were 32% and 47% less likely to die from their myocardial infarction, respectively, than sedentary patients.Professor Prescott said: “Patients who were sedentary were more likely to die when they got a myocardial infarction and patients who did exercise were more likely to survive. There was also a dose-response relationship, so that the odds of dying if people got a myocardial infarction declined with the level of exercise they did, reaching an almost 50% reduction for those who were the most physically active.” “One possible explanation is that people who exercise may develop collateral blood vessels in the heart which ensure the heart continues to get enough blood after a blockage,” she continued. “Exercise may also increase levels of chemical substances that improve blood flow and reduce injury to the heart from a heart attack.”
Professor Prescott said: “This was an observational study so we cannot conclude that the associations are causal. The results need to be confirmed before we can make strong recommendations. But I think it’s safe to say that we already knew exercise was good for health and this might indicate that continuing to exercise even after developing atherosclerosis may reduce the seriousness of a heart attack if it does occur.”

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Transnational experiences of prevention and protection

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 gennaio 2017

madridMadrid Spain Venerdì 3 Febbraio 2017, ore 0:00 / 4 Febbraio 2017 Univ. Rey Juan CarlosMichela Fusaschi, professoressa di Antropologia culturale e projet director (Dip Scienze Politiche ) del Progetto Daphne Multisectorial Academic Program to prevent and combat female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) insieme agli altri componenti del team di Roma Tre: Francesco Pompeo, professore di Antropologia sociale (Dipp. Sc. Formazione), Valentina Vitale e Giovanna Cavatorta, post doc, prenderanno parte ai lavori dell’international seminar Socio-cultural and legal aspects of MGF/C: transnational experiences of prevention and protection.

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Global research priorities for interpersonal violence prevention: a modified Delphi study

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 gennaio 2017

Almost half a million people are victims of homicide every year and one in three women has experienced violence from an intimate partner at some point during her life. Furthermore, a quarter of adults report having been physically abused in childhood and one in five women and one in 13 men report having been sexually abused in childhood. Interpersonal violence during childhood can have serious, lifelong consequences that affect mental and physical health, academic and job performance and social functioning.In addition, interpersonal violence, which includes child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, youth violence, armed violence, sexual violence and elder abuse, create an economic burden on society. Over the last two decades, the prevention of interpersonal violence has risen on the international public health agenda. In May 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a global plan of action to strengthen the role of health systems in World Health Organizationaddressing interpersonal violence, particularly against women and girls and against children. The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the United Nations include four targets on interpersonal violence: to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, to eliminate all harmful practices against women and girls (target, to reduce significantly all forms of violence and related deaths everywhere; and (iv) to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against children In spite of progress in the past 20 years, major gaps in violence prevention remain. The Global status report on violence prevention1 reveals that civil and vital registration data on homicide are lacking in 40% of countries. Moreover, fewer than half of all countries have reported conducting population-based surveys on most forms of nonfatal violence, such as child maltreatment, youth violence and elder abuse. Only 9.3% of all outcome evaluation studies in violence prevention have been conducted in low- and middleincome countries and there is no indication that this is increasing, despite over 85% of violent deaths occurring in these countries.
Research has a major role to play in reducing the global burden of interpersonal violence, by: clearly defining the magnitude and distribution of violence; identifying risk and protective factors; developing effective interventions that target these factors to prevent and respond to violence; and increasing understanding of the legislative and policy environment and the human, institutional and financial resources required to scale up effective interventions. However, current research remains under-resourced relative to the burden of the problem, it is fragmented and disproportionately focused on high-income countries.

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From disease burden to prevention and health promotion

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2016

AllergensZurich. The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is using its 60th anniversary to highlight the value of prevention and health promotion during the World Allergy Week, which will be marked around the world from 4 to 10 April.sthma and allergic diseases, which include atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, food allergy, are a public health concern of pandemic proportions that requires immediate and coordinated response.Allergies to pollen are the most prevalent allergies in the world, followed by allergies against house dust mites. 150 million Europeans have allergic rhinitis. By 2025, more than 50 percent of all Europeans will suffer from some type of allergy. Disease prevention is vital to controlling this growing public health burden. If patients in Europe were treated appropriately with available cost-effective treatments, savings of €142 billion each year could be made.According to the EAACI Interest Group on Aerobiology and Pollution, “Climate change and globalization are affecting local natural habitats, so consequently the exposure to pollen is changing. Small changes in temperature can already have a large impact on pollen exposure.”
The most optimal way for allergy sufferers to experience relief is to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment early. The safest way to manage allergy symptoms is to treat them before they set in. Allergy specialists have the professional expertise to help pinpoint and confirm the allergies and offer advice on treatment and environmental control options that can reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life.
We have tools to prevent allergic disease by guiding avoidance (e.g. pollen monitoring). Unfortunately, although pollen is easy and cost-effective to monitor, the density, quality and continuity of the existing pollen volunteer-based monitoring networks is diminishing. This reduces the level of information about biological air quality (pollen, moulds and bacteria), especially when compared to chemical air quality data.EAACI is urging officials and governments to maintain a biological air quality and to use this information to estimate future allergenic exposure and its consequences for health.Additional information and content in other languages Get a backgrounder on the topic of allergies or access this press release and the allergy backgrounder
in French, German, Italian or Spanish.
The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is a non-profit organisation active in the field of allergic and immunologic diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, eczema, occupational allergy, food and drug allergy, and anaphylaxis. EAACI was founded in 1956 in Florence and has become the largest medical association in Europe in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. It

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Cardiovascular prevention in refugees on nursing conference agenda

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 marzo 2016

ateneSophia Antipolis. In line with current events and particularly pertinent to Greece, cardiovascular prevention in refugees and other marginalised groups is on the agenda of EuroHeartCare 2016, which will be held 15 to 16 April at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre in Athens, Greece.
EuroHeartCare is the official annual meeting of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This year’s meeting is held in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Experts will discuss the challenges and practicalities of providing preventive cardiac care in marginalised groups including refugees and Roma. “The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East highlights the difficult conditions refugees live in,” said Dr Jeroen Hendriks, CCNAP communications officer. “Journalists will hear whether cardiovascular prevention is feasible in different cultures and situations.”Delegates from around 40 countries are set to attend the two day scientific congress. The packed programme includes 13 scientific sessions with lectures from leaders in the field. Original research will be presented in more than 200 abstracts, providing stories for the press. The scientific programme is available here.Cutting edge cardiovascular prevention and risk reduction is the focus of a session that will report the latest news on the link between periodontal disease (also called gum disease) and cardiovascular disease. Dr Hendriks said: “Smoking, lack of physical activity, diabetes and high blood pressure are well known risk factors for heart disease. Novel targets for reducing risk will be explored in this session.”This year’s theme is “Excellence in patient care: the heart of EuroHeartCare”. Innovative approaches to cardiovascular care will be highlighted, for example challenges in implementing psychosocial interventions, palliative care in cardiovascular disease, and nurse-led management of arrhythmias. Dr Hendriks said: “Excellence in patient care requires actively involving patients and providing patient education, and nurses have a crucial role in achieving that.”
Results of a CCNAP survey based on the launch of the Guidelines Toolkit in 2015 will be presented for the first time in full and reveal what prevents nurses from implementing clinical practice guidelines. “Nurses face a number of barriers to putting guidelines into practice,” said Dr Gabrielle McKee, programme chair of EuroHeartCare. “Whilst in some countries it is perfectly acceptable for nurses to prompt a physician to prescribe a medication that has been forgotten, for example an anticoagulant for a patient at high risk of stroke, in other countries nurses feel obliged to simply follow doctors’ orders without question.” Also on the topic of guidelines, a session on the latest in arrhythmia management will underline the implications for nurses of the 2015 ESC guidelines on the prevention on ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.Advances in cardiac care have improved prognosis, especially for patients with heart failure. This has led to an emerging need for high quality palliative care. “Delegates and the media will discover the most up to date knowledge and practice in this developing field,” said Dr Hendriks. Dr McKee said: “EuroHeartCare is the event of the year for cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals. Journalists should mark their calendars to get up to the minute evidence on hot topics in this exciting field.”

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Round-up: Governor Wolf Announces the Launch of “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 febbraio 2016

Harrisburg, PAHarrisburg, PA – Last Friday, Governor Wolf announced the launch of “It’s On Us PA” – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” will engage education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Governor kicks off Pennsylvania’s campaign to end campus, school sex crime. ”Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday announced the start of a statewide campaign against campus sexual assault modeled on an initiative of President Barack Obama. The campaign will work to increase awareness and prevention efforts and to remove barriers to reporting assaults, Mr. Wolf told an audience at Elizabethtown College, southeast of Harrisburg. ‘We are the first state to respond to President Obama’s call for a real crusade, a real campaign, against sexual assault,’ Mr. Wolf said. Mr. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the initiative, called ‘It’s On Us,’ which asks everyone to help stop sexual assault, in September 2014.”
Lancaster Online: Gov. Wolf launches ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign against sexual violence. “Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed Pennsylvania onto a White House campaign against sexual violence, making it the first state to join the national effort. “I’m determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example,” Wolf said Friday at Elizabethtown College, announcing the launch of ‘It’s On Us PA.’ The national ‘It’s On Us’ initiative enlists colleges, universities, school districts and communities in a broad-based fight against sexual violence of all kinds.”
AP: Pennsylvania starts campaign to end campus, school sex crime. “Gov. Tom Wolf is helping kick off Pennsylvania’s new campaign to prevent sexual assaults in high schools and on college campuses. Wolf introduced the campaign at Elizabethtown College on Friday. His administration plans to develop policy recommendations and resources for high schools and colleges. An estimated 1 in 5 college women experience an attack. In 2014, President Barack Obama unveiled the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to encourage everyone to make stopping sexual assault a personal responsibility.”
Fox43: “It’s On Us PA” campaign launched by Governor Wolf. “President Barack Obama launched the “It’s On Us” campaign in 2014. It is to promote awareness, education, and bystander intervention to end sexual assault on campus. Pennsylvania is the first state to launch a statewide “It’s On Us” campaign, according to Governor Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf and the “It’s On Us” partners are inviting schools, law enforcement, victim services organizations, and other community members to step up to make a difference. ‘Safety is a fundamental Civil Right,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘When a violation like that occurs for any member of the community it occurs for all of us.’”
ABC27: Pennsylvania taking strides to end sexual assaults on campuses. “Calling the problem a crisis, Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that Pennsylvania is taking strides to prevent sexual assaults on college and high school campuses. ‘It’s a fundamental civil right to live in a safe secure environment,’ he said. ‘We need to make sure we’re doing that.’”
WBRE/WYOU: “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative​. “”It’s on Us PA” is a new initiative against sexual violence. On Friday, Governor Wolf announced the launch the statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses ‘It’s on Us PA’ encourages education leaders, students, teachers and communities to take a pledge to prevent, address, and respond effectively to sexual violence.”
Fox29: Governor Wolf unveils new campaign to end sexual assault in PA. “Wolf and his administration plan to ‘work with community leaders and stakeholders from across the commonwealth to develop state-level policy recommendations to address the pressing issue of sexual assault in our schools and postsecondary institutions.’ Additionally, Wolf will partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, who ‘will develop and share new resources, including webinars, data, and digital toolkits for secondary and postsecondary institutions that help inform policy, research, and practice’”

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The prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 ottobre 2015

bruxellesBrussels Monday, 19 October 2015 Room József Antall (JAN) 6Q2 The prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations – vote on a draft report by Rachida Dati (EPP, FR) (17.30 – 18.30)
The situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration – co-rapporteurs Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT) – debate on a working document on tackling criminal smuggling, trafficking and labour exploitation of irregular migrants (16.25 – 17.30)
proposal for a Council decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) and of the Additional Protocol to that Convention – presentation by the Commission (15.00 – 15.40)
EU agency for law enforcement cooperation and training – presentation of the state of play of trilogue negotiations (including the issue of the Internet Referral Unit) in the presence of the Council Presidency and the Commission (15.40 – 16.00)

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Facing the Allergy Crisis through Education and Prevention

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 giugno 2015

barcelonaBarcelona (Spain) Allergy is a public health problem of pandemic proportions that affects more than 150 million people in Europe, where it is one of the most common chronic diseases. It is predicted that this number will increase within 10 years by 50%.The European Academy for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) works in different fields, ultimately striving to ease patients’ lives. Since June 2014, EAACI raises awareness for the burden of allergies through its Beware of Allergy Campaign, addressing the following allergic diseases: Asthma, Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis, and Allergic Rhinitis, together with allergy targeted treatment based on Allergen Immunotherapy. The online campaign has been well received and generated a total of 53 million impressions with almost 170,000 clicks in its first two waves.More than 20 organisations from all around Europe endorse the campaign, including European National Allergy Societies, Patients Organisations and community pharmacists (The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union).In addition to this pan-European Allergy Awareness campaign EAACI will organise two activities during its annual congress in Barcelona (6-10 June) to inform the general public about allergy: the Anaphylaxis School and the Beat Allergy Run & Walk.Together with the Spanish Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (SEAIC), the Spanish Pediatric Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (SEICAP) and the patients organisations AEPNAA and Immunitas Vera, EAACI will set up an “Anaphylaxis School” on 6 June 2015 in Plaza de la Universidad. The event has the format of a classroom with a corner for younger children to play in, while parents and older children can learn more about anaphylactic symptoms, how to use an autoinjector and how to prevent anaphylaxis. A certificate will be given to the graduates with the most important information summarised on it.Anaphylaxis is a very serious allergic reaction triggered by foods, insect stings, some medicines and latex. If it is not treated in time, it can be fatal. Prompt adrenaline administration may be lifesaving. In the past 10 years, the number of hospitalisations caused by anaphylaxis has increased 7 fold.More knowledge on allergic diseases will help to identify preventive measures, allow more scientific research and increase standardisation in patient care. To bring the burden of allergy to the attention of the people in Barcelona, the public together with participants of the EAACI Congress are invited to participate in the Beat Allergy Run & Walk on Sunday 7 June, starting at 20.00 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona. Registration is required either online or directly on-site.EAACI’s Beware of Allergy campaign is available in 5 languages:

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“Giornata Mondiale Lotta Tubercolosi”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 marzo 2011

Portrait of Robert Koch (1843—1910).

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Il 24 marzo prossimo venturo si celebrerà, come ogni anno, la Giornata Mondiale per la Lotta alla Tubercolosi (World TB Day) per commemorare il giorno nel 1882, in cui il Dr Robert Koch comunicò di aver trovato la causa della TBC. In occasione di tale evento, Giovanni D’Agata, componente del Dipartimento Tematico Nazionale “Tutela del Consumatore” di Italia dei Valori e fondatore dello “Sportello dei Diritti” porta all’attenzione della cittadinanza quanto già segnalato dall’European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) e la Regione Europea dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità (OMS) le quali hanno ribadito, in questi giorni, l’importanza di eliminare la TBC nei bambini ed il grave problema della tubercolosi multi-resistente (MDR TB). Secondo il nuovo rapporto “Tuberculosis surveillance in Europe 2009” dell’ECDC e Regione europea dell’OMS, sono molto più preoccupanti di quanto si pensi, i nuovi dati relativi a questi due fenomeni che hanno spinto le due organizzazioni a sviluppare un Piano regionale per la MDR-TB e per affrontare i problemi di prevenzione e controllo della TBC nei bambini. Sorprendono, infatti, le rilevazioni sulla tubercolosi multi-resistente, le cui incidenze più elevate a livello mondiale sono state registrate all’interno della regione Europea, nonché i casi di diffusione della TBC tra i bambini. Il report che si rifà agli ultimi dieci anni parla di quasi 40.000 casi nei Paesi EU/EEA e più di 3.300 casi nel solo 2009. Per quanto riguarda il Nostro Paese l’incidenza della tubercolosi (TBC) è notevolmente diminuita a partire dagli anni cinquanta seguendo la tendenza di quasi tutti i Paesi dell’Europa Occidentale. Proprio in conseguenza del drastico calo di contagi si è abbassato notevolmente il livello di attenzione al problema, così come il grado di sospetto diagnostico e le competenze specialistiche, nonostante in Italia vengano acclarati ogni anno più di 4 mila nuovi casi di TBC e vi sia comunque una modesta incidenza della TBC nei bambini che riguarderebbe il 5% dei casi verificati nel 2008 tra bambini di età compresa tra 0 e 14 anni e il 2,4% sotto i 5 anni. Peraltro, in letteratura medica sono da segnalarsi anche vari focolai nelle scuole del nostro Paese. Questo dato che dimostra che la malattia non è affatto scomparsa dal Nostro territorio deve necessariamente causare un nuovo innalzamento dei livelli di guardia tra gli operatori così come una loro continua formazione ed efficaci strategie di prevenzione e attività di controllo. Per queste ragioni lo “Sportello dei Diritti” da sempre impegnato nell’opera di prevenzione e nella Tutela della Salute pubblica e dei singoli cittadini, condivide e rilancia la necessità di aumentare la consapevolezza del pubblico rispetto a questa malattia che ancora oggi causa il decesso di milioni di persone all’anno e che la “Giornata Mondiale per la Lotta alla Tubercolosi” si è prefissata quale obiettivo principale.

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