Health

Is it possible to have a European generation of non-smokers? 

Friday 30 September 2022 | Kata Moravecz
| EUrologus

The European Commission recently registered a European Citizens’ Initiative, that, among other measures, would prohibit any European citizen born after 2010 from buying cigarettes. The idea intends to phase out legal smoking, but according to statistics, it would cause significant issues in some member states, since young people apparently like to smoke.


Europe fights the monkeypox outbreak with unequal defences 

Tuesday 19 July 2022 | Ángela Bernardo
| Civio

Only two European Union member states confirm that they had strategic reserves of the most effective and safe vaccine against monkeypox, a smallpox-like virus.


A luxury called psychotherapy 

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | Marina Kelava
| H-Alter

Anxiety and depression were among the most common mental-health problems across the European Union even before the pandemic. But in every EU country that provides psychological help as part of its public healthcare, there are limits to this in practice. And some countries do not even offer such help.


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France: The pandemic has exposed a dysfunctional prison system 

Monday 13 December 2021 | Margot Hemmerich
| Alternatives Economiques

While the poor state of French prisons led many to fear a serious health crisis in the wake of Covid-19, the worst of those fears have not materialised. However, the drastic lockdown measures have done nothing to benefit the mental health of detainees. Nor have they led to any serious reevaluation of the system itself.


Ten European countries pay egg donors anywhere from 250 to 2,000 euros 

Thursday 03 March 2022 | Ángela Bernardo
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

In addition to economic or altruistic motivation, anonymity plays a key role in egg or sperm donation, although an increasing number of countries require disclosure of donor identities.


More than half of European countries prohibit access to assisted reproduction for lesbians and almost a third do so for single women 

Tuesday 02 November 2021 | Eva Belmonte
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
Antonio Hernández
| Civio

The situation is much more difficult for trans and intersex people. In addition to the legal barriers, they face economic stumbling blocks: most public health systems cover only part of the costs or have very long wait lists or narrow access criteria.


Covid-19 vaccine access for undocumented migrants: a missed opportunity for European public health 

Friday 11 February 2022 | Francesca Spinelli
| Voxeurop

A survey coordinated by Lighthouse Reports and Picum reveals that when it comes to vaccinating undocumented residents, governments have often not done enough, and sometimes nothing at all, putting the health of the general population at risk.


The impact of Covid-19 on prisons in Hungary 

Thursday 20 January 2022 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Football, the gym, personal visits, all came to an abrupt end in Hungarian prisons as the coronavirus outbreak hit. Since then, prisoners and relatives have taken to Skype. The lack of face-to-face meetings has been offset by the fact that the great majority of prisoners have been vaccinated.


Assisted reproduction in Hungary has a success rate of 2% 

Tuesday 15 February 2022 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Erika and her husband have tried in-vitro fertilisation four times since 2017, but after two implantations without success they had enough of the overworked Hungarian healthcare system and decided to try their luck abroad. They have never regretted their decision.


Anti-Covid measures in Italian and European prisons 

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Openpolis

Cramped, often unhygienic, and already characterised by numerous restrictions, many prisons in Europe were hit hard by the pandemic. In Italy, where prison facilities are among the most overcrowded in the EU, the pandemic aggravated a number of preexisting systemic problems.