Europe Health
Sensors help smartphones keep eye on solo seniors
Europe follows FDA with plans to help early Alzheimer's drugs
Infectious disease in hoverflies linked to honeybee health
Europe Blames Anti-Vaccination Movement For Surge In Measles Cases
Roche wins EU panel's recommendation for hemophilia drug
Europe's safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk
Roche's star MS medicine Ocrevus wins EU approval
A new class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance
2018-04-09 05:00:17 Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Nosopharm, a biotechnology company based in Lyon, France, are part of an international team reporting on the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. The antibiotic, first identified by Nosopharm, is unique and promising on two fronts: its unconventional source and its distinct way of killing bacteria, both of which suggest the compound may be effective at treating drug-resistant or hard-to-treat bacterial infections   Read More ...
Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts dies of heart attack in Paris-Roubaix
2018-04-09 04:46:48 Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack during Sunday's Paris-Roubaix cycling classic, his team said in a statement. He was 23 years old.   Read More ...
'Sleeping' stem cells could aid brain repair
2018-04-05 21:00:32 Scientists at the Wellcome Trust/ Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, have identified a new type of stem cell in the brain which they say has a high potential for repair following brain injury or disease. A major goal of regenerative research is to repair the brain efficiently following injury, for example due to stroke, Alzheimer's disease or head trauma, disease or ageing   Read More ...
You can now test yourself for cancer. Here's why you shouldn't.
2018-03-23 19:00:12 And there it is, right in the opening paragraph, those dreaded words you feared the most: You have the genetic mutation that raises your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Your heart starts racing and your palms start getting sweaty, just some of the responses to the release of glucocorticoids and other stress hormones triggered at the first sign of danger   Read More ...
Medics still report on problems with e-health system – association
2018-03-12 12:08:06 RIGA – Two out of three family physicians are forced to work longer hours because of the work with the e-health system, said Sarmite Veide, the president of the Latvian Association of Family Physicians, at the association’s meeting today. During the meeting a number of family physicians reported on different problems they have faced during the use of the e-health system   Read More ...
Canadian health authorities add more European countries to measles travel warning
2018-03-07 23:07:51 The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning Canadians that they should make sure their measles vaccination is up to date when visiting a long list of European countries.   Read More ...
Europe's medicines regulator calls for recall of Biogen, AbbVie multiple sclerosis drug
2018-03-07 12:11:18 (Reuters) - Europe’s medicines regulator recommended the immediate suspension and recall of Biogen Inc and AbbVie Inc’s multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta, following 12 reports of inflammation of the brain, three of which cases were fatal. Biogen and AbbVie withdrew the drug last week, after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) started an urgent review. "A preliminary review of the available evidence indicates that immune reactions observed in the reported cases may be linked to the use of Zinbryta   Read More ...
Cancer survivor Alfred Sant calls for affordable colorectal screening across EU
2018-03-05 20:00:06 Labour MEP Alfred Sant has called for better access to screening services, which can boost the survival rate of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The former Maltese prime minister, who underwent surgery and chemotherapy to treat colorectal cancer in 2008, said this was the second most common cancer in Europe and survival rates could improve with better screening. Every year, around 470,000 Europeans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and half do not survive   Read More ...
'All EU citizens deserve affordable screening for colorectal cancer' - Alfred Sant
2018-03-05 12:05:55 olorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in EuropeEvery year, around 470,000 people are diagnosed with it. Half do not survive. And while the disease is predominantly experienced by those over 50, there is a frightening increase in those under 50 being diagnosed. In the context of discrepancies in access to healthcare, colorectal cancer survival rates are greatly increased in countries that have better access to screening services, especially endoscopic screening and specialized care, said former Prime Minister and Maltese MEP Alfred Sant when he launched the European Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Sant, himself a cancer survivor, said all citizens in all EU member states, should have access to easy and affordable screening for colorectal cancer Unfortunately, as things stand right now, in Europe we still face huge discrepancies between countries concerning the level of colorectal cancer treatment and prevention   Read More ...
Britain braces for an exodus of E.U. doctors and nurses feeling hurt by Brexit 
2018-03-05 11:02:22 From his wind-scoured bungalow, Andreas Herfurt overlooks the village cemetery, an end place in his line of work. For almost 20 years, the German has served as the town doctor here in the woolly wilds on the north coast of Scotland. “Those are not just my former patients,” Herfurt said of the graves surrounding the old church. “They are my neighbors and my friends   Read More ...
Science Says: Why Europe still has so many measles outbreaks
2018-03-02 21:07:39 In Europe, there were more than 21,000 cases of measles and 35 deaths last year, a fourfold increase in a year Related Stories While parts of the world have all but banished measles, Europe is still getting hit with large outbreaks where some people don't get vaccinated. Measles is still a bigger problem across parts of Africa and Asia, where outbreaks can be particularly devastating in malnourished children or those with other illnesses like tuberculosis or AIDS   Read More ...
Deadly fire hits Azerbaijan health centre
2018-03-02 08:33:00 Fire rips through drug rehabilitation centre in Azerbaijan's capital Baku killing at least 26 people, local media say. Television pictures showed flames leaping through barred windows of single-storey buildings. Four people were taken to hospital, Azarbaijan's news agency APA says. The cause of the fire is not known. You can also follow to get the latest alerts.   Read More ...
Sensors help smartphones keep eye on solo seniors
2018-02-28 20:03:11 BARCELONA (AFP) - Looking after an elderly relative who lives alone can be a huge source of worry. But what if your smartphone could automatically alert you if your mother has stayed in bed all morning or suffered a fall? Small sensors that monitor home activity and can send alerts to smartphones are marking it easier to keep an eye on seniors from a distance, helping them to live independently for longer instead of going to a nursing home   Read More ...
Europe follows FDA with plans to help early Alzheimer's drugs
2018-02-28 17:30:56 LONDON: European regulators are following in the footsteps of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with plans to help pharmaceutical companies win approval for novel Alzheimer's drugs that treat the earliest stages of the memory-robbing disease. The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday its new guidance would encourage the testing of new medicines even before symptoms appeared, as well as the potential use of biomarkers, such as signs of protein build-up in the brain   Read More ...
Europe follows FDA with plans to help early Alzheimer's drugs
2018-02-28 16:44:28 LONDON (Reuters) - European regulators are following in the footsteps of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with plans to help pharmaceutical companies win approval for novel Alzheimer’s drugs that treat the earliest stages of the memory-robbing disease. The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday its new guidance would encourage the testing of new medicines even before symptoms appeared, as well as the potential use of biomarkers, such as signs of protein build-up in the brain   Read More ...
Infectious disease in hoverflies linked to honeybee health
2018-02-28 16:00:13 In research published on 28 February, 2018 in Biology Letters, scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, Oxford University and Cornell University have shown for the first time that viruses that are harmful to honeybees are also present in hoverfly pollinators. Infectious diseases have been identified as a key driver of bee population declines. The new research suggests that hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae) are exposed to the same diseases, and may move the infections around when they feed from the same flowers as the honeybees   Read More ...
Could Canada see measles outbreaks like Europe?
2018-02-27 15:35:53 The World Health Organization is warning about soaring rates of measles in Europe – a situation they’re calling a tragedy. And while Canada has had nowhere near the number of cases, the fact that infections are on the rise is worrying, says one infectious diseases expert. Given that a highly effective measles vaccine has been around for more than 40 years, Dr   Read More ...
Measles cases in Europe quadruple amid vaccination resistance
2018-02-27 06:08:03 Measles cases soared in Europe last year, and at least 35 children died of the highly infectious disease, according to the World Health Organization. The virus found its way into pockets of unvaccinated children all over the continent, from Romania to Britain. The number of recorded cases quadrupled, to 21,315 in 2017 from 5,273 in 2016, a record low. The biggest outbreak last year was in Romania, where there were 5,562 cases and which accounted for most of the deaths   Read More ...
Filmmaker Kevin Smith tweets he has had a 'massive heart attack'
2018-02-26 17:00:17 Text size American filmmaker Kevin Smith has revealed that he has suffered a massive heart attack. he 47-year-old tweeted from his hospital bed in California to say that it happened between his comedy stand-up shows on Sunday night. He said that if he hadn't cancelled the second performance he would have died. Actor Chris Pratt was among those who went online to send their best wishes to Smith, the director and star of 'Clerks'   Read More ...
EU panel recommends against nod for Puma Biotech's breast cancer drug
2018-02-23 14:09:09 (Reuters) - A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday recommended against approving Puma Biotechnology’s lead breast cancer drug, an outcome the U.S drugmaker had signaled last month. The EMA said the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) considered that while the drug lowered the risk of the cancer returning after initial treatment, it was uncertain the benefit would translate in clinical practice   Read More ...
Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017
2018-02-23 11:34:58 Photo Measles cases soared in Europe last year, and at least 35 children died of the highly infectious disease, according to the World Health Organization. The virus found its way into pockets of unvaccinated children all over the continent, from Romania to Britain. The number of recorded cases quadrupled, to 21,315 in 2017 from 5,273 in 2016, a record low. The biggest outbreak last year was in Romania, where there were 5,562 cases and which accounted for most of the deaths   Read More ...
Europe Blames Anti-Vaccination Movement For Surge In Measles Cases
2018-02-22 03:15:43 CBS Local — European health officials have released some disturbing news about the spread of measles across the entire continent. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there were over 21,000 cases of the dangerous virus recorded in Europe last year, four times the number recorded in 2016. “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others,” WHO officials wrote in a   Read More ...
Europe Blames Anti-Vaccination Movement For Surge In Measles Cases
2018-02-22 02:04:43 CBS Local — European health officials have released some disturbing news about the spread of measles across the entire continent. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there were over 21,000 cases of the dangerous virus recorded in Europe last year, four times the number recorded in 2016. “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others,” WHO officials wrote in a   Read More ...
Europe Blames Anti-Vaccination Movement For Surge In Measles Cases
2018-02-22 01:14:44 CBS Local — European health officials have released some disturbing news about the spread of measles across the entire continent. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there were over 21,000 cases of the dangerous virus recorded in Europe last year, four times the number recorded in 2016. “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others,” WHO officials wrote in a   Read More ...
Europe is getting its biggest IPO in years
2018-02-19 16:14:36 Is now the time to buy new shares? One of Europe's biggest companies certainly hopes so. German conglomerate Siemens is set to spin off its health care division -- Siemens Healthineers -- which specializes in imaging and diagnostic equipment used in hospitals. The unusually named company -- which merges "health" and "engineers" -- is expected to be valued between $40 billion to $50 billion   Read More ...
Measles tripled in Europe in 2017, European CDC reports
2018-02-14 20:18:58 Romania reported the most measles cases in 2017: 38% of the total Measles is a leading cause of child deaths, according to the World Health Organization (CNN)Thirty European nations reported a total of 14,451 measles cases in 2017 -- more than three times the number reported in 2016, according to a new surveillance update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, an agency of the European Union   Read More ...
Measles epidemics sweeping Europe as infections triple, EU diseases agency warns
2018-02-13 18:08:21 Cases of life-threatening measles tripled in Europe last year because of a continent-wide outbreak that has even reached the , an EU body has warned. Data for 2017, released last month by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, shows there were 14,451 cases reported across 30 countries in 2017, compared to 4,600 in the previous 12 months. Since the beginning of 2016 there have been 50 deaths due to the disease reported in the EU   Read More ...
European experts advise against epilepsy drug in pregnancy
2018-02-10 01:01:47 PARIS (AFP) - An expert committee of Europe's medicines watchdog recommended Friday that a drug used to treat epilepsy and linked to malformations in children not be used in pregnancy. The compound, valproate, is also used for migraine and bipolar disorder, and doctors already advised against prescribing the medicine for pregnant women in France. France's medicines regulator, known by the acronym ANSM, asked the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to conduct a risk review   Read More ...
Atletico captain Godin has dental surgery after losing teeth in clash with Neto
2018-02-05 18:03:27 Diego Godin has undergone reconstructive surgery on his mouth after the Atletico Madrid defender had some teeth knocked out in a collision during Sunday's 1-0 win over Valencia. Related Atleti later confirmed Godin underwent an operation to repair damage to his upper jaw, but a timescale is yet to be placed upon his recovery period. "Diego Godin suffered an injury to his face during the match against Valencia," a statement read   Read More ...
EU proposes joint studies to speed acceptance of new medicine
2018-01-31 17:26:35 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Wednesday joint clinical assessments to determine whether approved new drugs and medical devices offer value for money and should be prescribed for patients within national healthcare systems. The joint action, set to take more than three years to enter into force, would replace a largely national approach to health technology assessment (HTA) that duplicates work, limits transparency and impedes market access for innovation   Read More ...
Sanofi and partner seek European Medicines Agency review for sleep sickness product
2018-01-31 09:01:29 PARIS: French healthcare group Sanofi, along with its business partner, has asked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to review the fexinidazole product for the treatment of sleeping sickness, the company said on Wednesday. Fexinidazole is being developed in collaboration with the Drugs for Neglected Disease initiative (DNDi), a not-for-profit research organization. It would be the first all-oral treatment under examination for Trypanosoma brucei gambiense human African trypanosomiasis (g-HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness which affects many in Africa, added Sanofi   Read More ...
EU drugs agency chief says temporary Amsterdam housing 'not optimal'
2018-01-29 15:30:34 AMSTERDAM: The head of the European drugs agency said on Monday the temporary space it will use in Amsterdam while a permanent new facility is being constructed is "not optimal" but the best possible under the circumstances. European Medicines Agency Executive Director Guido Rasi said in a statement his organization had little choice other than to accept a temporary Amsterdam base with half the space of its London offices as it rushes to relocate ahead of Britain's March 2019 exit from the European Union   Read More ...
Roche wins EU panel's recommendation for hemophilia drug
2018-01-26 14:30:35 ZURICH: A European Union panel on Friday recommended approval of Roche's Hemlibra to treat hemophilia in some patients after the Swiss drugmaker got the green light last year to begin selling the medicine in the United States. The EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion for Hemlibra for routine prophylaxis of bleeding in people with hemophilia A who have developed resistance to standard treatments   Read More ...
New stroke guidelines could save many lives
2018-01-25 13:45:08 New guidelines on treating stroke suggest that more people could be eligible for life-saving clot removal and treatments, expanding the "golden window" when doctors can minimize or prevent permanent damage from six to 24 hours. The guidelines, released Wednesday, could completely change the landscape of acute stroke treatment, doctors say — meaning that instead of dying or suffering lifelong disability, one out of three stroke patients could fully recover   Read More ...
Puma Biotechnology sinks after Europe unlikely to OK breast cancer drug
2018-01-24 00:41:27 (Reuters) - Puma Biotechnology Inc said on Tuesday a European regulatory panel indicated it was unlikely to provide a positive opinion on the company’s breast cancer drug, sending its shares down 30 percent. The setback comes six months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the experimental breast cancer drug that lowers the risk of the disease returning after initial treatment   Read More ...
Europe's safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk
2018-01-23 14:01:57 LONDON: European food safety officials issued a warning on Tuesday about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as senna and rhubarb extract. Laxatives often contain hydroxyanthracenes, a class of substances found in roots, outer leaves, seed and bark of plants such as aloe, rhubarb or senna. Evidence from animal studies suggests some of these substances can cause cancer of the intestine, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said in a statement   Read More ...
Europe's safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk
2018-01-23 13:09:37 LONDON (Reuters) - European food safety officials issued a warning on Tuesday about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as senna and rhubarb extract. Laxatives often contain hydroxyanthracenes, a class of substances found in roots, outer leaves, seed and bark of plants such as aloe, rhubarb or senna. Evidence from animal studies suggests some of these substances can cause cancer of the intestine, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) said in a statement   Read More ...
Europe's safety watchdog says laxatives may increase cancer risk
2018-01-23 13:00:10 LONDON (REUTERS) - European food safety officials issued a warning on Tuesday (Jan 23) about potential health problems, including an increased risk of some cancers, linked to long-term use of laxatives such as senna and rhubarb extract. Laxatives often contain hydroxyanthracenes, a class of substances found in roots, outer leaves, seed and bark of plants such as aloe, rhubarb or senna   Read More ...
State Gives Cancer Treatment Foundation 90,000 Euros
2018-01-22 12:07:36 The parliament of Estonia made a decision in December to donate 90,000 euros to the Gift of Life Cancer Treatment Foundation from the state budget as an operating grant, or so-called political protection money. This is the first time in its four years of operation the foundation has had an opportunity to use public funds. The foundation's operating grant consists of two parts   Read More ...
New blood test could be game-changer in fight against cancer, say researchers
2018-01-19 18:45:20 A new blood test developed for the early detection of eight common types of cancer could reduce the number of deaths caused by the disease, according to researchers. The non-invasive test, called CancerSEEK, simultaneously looks for the presence of ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, bowel, lung and breast cancer, diagnosing tumours before they have spread. Developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University in the US, in collaboration with Australian and Italian researchers, the test looks for key proteins and gene mutations that commonly arise in cancer   Read More ...