MEPs call for a single European data base to prevent recurrence of the PIP defective breast implants case

A resolution passed unanimously by MEPs from the Environment and Public Health Committee proposes measures such as a breast implant register, more stringent checks and product traceability, and a pre-market authorisation system. The proposed measures are aimed at preventing recurrence of the PIP defective breast implants case.

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In 2010, Sweden had the longest life expectancy at birth for men, while Lithuania had the shortest in the EU

In the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing, the European Commission published an article with the data gathered by Eurostat on life expectancy (LE) and Healthy Life Years' (HLY), an important European policy indicator. In particular, the figures in the EU in 2010 showed that Sweden had the longest LE at birth, at 79.6 years for men, and the HLY rate was of 71.7 years.

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epSOS European project seeks to facilitate access to cross-border eHealth services

The epSOS project develops an eHealth framework and ICT infrastructure that intends to enable secure access to patient health information among different European healthcare systems. The project, according to the European Commission, uses the European Health Insurance Card as one of the tools for identifying patients.

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EU-funded study shows that mums and babies benefit from salmon intake

A European study founded that two servings of salmon per week give mothers and babies the means to secure the minimum recommended omega-3 fatty acid intake. The researchers also found that salmon does not modify oxidative stress levels, inflammatory response or vascular homeostasis.

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The European Medicines Agency published a guide to assure ethical standards in the conduct of clinical trials

The final reflection paper on ethical and good clinical practice (GCP) published by the European Medicines Agency has as main aim to strengthen existing processes to provide assurance to regulators and stakeholders that clinical trials meet the required ethical and GCP standards.

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Commission will be investigated to know if has taken appropriate measures to combat bee mortality in the EU

The European Ombudsman has opened an investigation into whether the European Commission has taken appropriate measures to combat increased bee mortality in the EU. According to a complaint from the Austrian Ombudsman Board, the Commission has failed to take into account scientific evidence which recommends restricting the use of certain insecticides.

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11 Member States participated in a course on counterfeit medicine and pharmaceutical crime

The course from CEPOL, the European Police College on identifying and fighting counterfeit medicine and pharmaceutical crime and organised by the Central Office for Coordinating Environment and Health Crime in France on 26-30 March, attracted fourteen participants from eleven different Member States. Participants enjoyed of a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of this kind of organised crime.

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A European study has identified a link between a chromosomal abnormality and a deadly form of brain cancer

A team of researchers from the UK and France have identified a link between a chromosomal abnormality and a greater risk of dying in children suffering from a deadly form of brain cancer. The European scientists states that their research results could develop a new diagnostic test more precisely.

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European regulators examined the reasons for and against the open access of the results of clinical trials

The European Medicines Agency echoes the publication of the results of clinical trials of authorised medicines: 'Open clinical trial data for all? A view from regulators' in the journal PloS Medicine, which examines the reasons for and against the open access of these data. It is a from European regulators to another article which calls for open access to all clinical-trial data so that independent re-analysis of medicines' benefits and risks can be conducted.

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Member States should make an extra effort to reduce summer ozone

According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), in summer 2011, exceedances of ozone targets were lower than average. However, the long-term objective was exceeded in all EU Member States and it is likely many of them will not meet the target value, applicable as of 2010.

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