Identification of materials at the nanometre scale closer thanks to European research

Spanish and German researchers funded by EU programs in support to research and technological development have gone a step further in determining the chemical nature of materials at the nanometer scale. The results of this research may be applied to the chemical identification of of virtually any infrared-active material on the nanometer scale.

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Two European projects take part at the XIX International AIDS Conference 2012

Two European groups have take part in the 2012 International AIDS Conference held in Washington D.C., USA, between 22 and 27 July. This conference, organized by the International AIDS Society, aims at presenting key scientific advances made in the fight against AIDS and providing a new opportunities to exchange experiences and knowledge.

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A paper examines how to prevent and reduce the health and social risks associated with drug and alcohol use on the …

A new paper from the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) reviews some of the approaches used today to minimise the hazards for young people in recreational settings. Surveys confirm that in many recreational venues drug use is more prevalent than in the general population. The report highlights the need for a balanced mix of prevention, harm reduction and law enforcement interventions to tackle the issue.

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Medicines, at the top of categories of articles stopped by EU customs for fake goods in 2011

A report published by the European Commission shows that in 2011, EU Customs detained almost 115 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR). The number of intercepted cases increased by 15% compared to 2010. Products for daily use and products that could be potentially dangerous to the health and safety of consumers accounted for a total of 28.6% of the total amount of detained articles.

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The Commission published a report with assures that EU controls ensure our food is safe

Thanks to the EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) many food safety risks have been averted or mitigated and safety controls ensure our food is safe, according to the European Commission. The results drawn from the RASFF 2011 report shows that in 2011 9157 notifications in RASFF related to non-compliances with EU food legislation were reported, of which 617 concerned serious risks.

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New European rules on biocides enter into force

The new Regulation on biocides that has as main aim to ensure that only safe products are made available and that the most dangerous substances are kept out of our market, entered into force on the 17 of July 2012.

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The Commission proposes to reform the European rules on clinical research

The European Commission proposed to reform the European rules to speed up and simplify the authorisation and reporting procedures, while maintaining the highest standards of patient safety and robustness and reliability of data.

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European scientists presents a test with the capacity to detect signs of a disease in its earliest stages

Scientists from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and the University of Vigo in Spain has made a technological breakthrough with its development of an ultra-sensitive test with the capacity to detect signs of a disease in its earliest stages.

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261 projects submitted for inclusion in the European Innovation Partnership for active and healthy ageing

The European Commission announced that 261 projects were submitted for inclusion in the European Innovation Partnership for active and healthy ageing by groups of stakeholders spanning the public and private sector. In addition, 54 regions and municipalities offered themselves as 'reference sites', to exchange good practice and to share knowledge and experience on past successes in this domain.

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The EIB granted a €350 million loan to finance water facilities in Mediterranean basin in Spain

Acuamed, the Spanish public corporation “Aguas de las Cuencas Mediterráneas” has been granted with the first instalment (€350 million) of a total loan of up to €500 million by the European Investment Bank (EIB). In particular, the loan will finance investments in the water supply, wastewater treatment and environmental protection in Spain’s five Mediterranean river basins.

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