Posts Tagged ‘EU’
According to data from several Eurozone countries, the economic crisis is changing people’s shopping and eating habits. In Italy, 13 percent of people have reported buying cheaper, lower quality food since the economic crisis began. Italians are also buying less food overall, according to data from the national statistics agency. While Italians are buying less food, [...]
New studies reveal for the first time the true economic and human costs of caring for cancer patients in Europe. Cancers cost the EU €124 billion each year with lung cancer responsible for the highest overall burden. Dr Ramon Luengo-Fernandez from the University of Oxford, UK, and colleagues included direct health costs such as primary care, [...]
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled the description “easily digestible” printed on certain wines from Germany is illegal. Deutsches Weintor, a wine-growers’ cooperative based in Germany has been marketing its wines which use a certain grape as “easily digestible”. EU law prohibits all health claims on advertising for beverages containing more than 1.2% [...]
Air pollution from traffic, industry and households is still above internationally agreed limits in many European countries. According to recently released data, 12 EU states had pollution levels above the limits in 2010. Under a National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) directive countries agreed to meet limits for four important pollutants. These were nitrogen oxides (NOX), non-methane [...]
Every year 695,000 Europeans die prematurely of tobacco related causes. It is estimated, in terms of economic impact, smoking costs EU countries at least €100 billion. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, 28 percent of the EU population smoke and 29 percent of young people aged between 15-24. The survey, carried out across all the [...]
We usually read about videogames being bad for our health: encouraging laziness, lack of sleep and less physical activity. But the EU’s Playmancer project aims to change all that. It’s developed a “healthy” videogame to help doctors and therapists treat a number of health issues. Supposedly Playmancer can treat everything from binge eating to gambling [...]
Are you doing anything special for European Antibiotic Awareness Day? No? Fortunately the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has put out enough party favors for everyone: a slew of information on drug-resistant bacteria. According to an ECDC risk assessment, these kinds of infections are on the rise across Europe.
You don’t have to smoke a cigarette for it to kill you. Unattended cigarettes started 30,000 fires between 2003 and 2008, according to EU data, killing 1,000 people and injuring 4,000 more. The grim statistics have driven the EU to impose new rules on cigarette manufacturers. They are now required to produce “reduced ignition propensity” [...]
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