Health

Public health in Europe (Who)

Sunday 14 July 2019 | OBC Transeuropa

The European Health Information Gateway is a portal that collects databases, reports and news on public health. Much of the data can be explored via graphs or exported. 


The EU and Italy ban fishing in the most important protected habitats, but not without delay 

Thursday 11 July 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The EU obliges Mediterranean countries, Italy in particular, to ban fishing in three important fish reserves in the Strait of Sicily, as recommended by the FAO in 2016. The NGO Oceana is publishing the names of vessels suspected of ignoring the ban.


The Balkans (and Europe) are choking on coal pollution 

Friday 29 March 2019 | Maria Giulia Anceschi
| OBC Transeuropa

The 16 coal power plants in the western Balkans cause as much pollution as the 250 plants active within the European Union. The health impact is severe, and not just within the region.


Measles, journalism and herd immunity 

Thursday 11 April 2019 | Davide Sighele
| OBC Transeuropa

From Serbia to Spain – by way of Italy – vaccination has become a subject of heated debate. Given the complexity of the issue, however, the debate is only harmed by distorted, overly simplistic use of data.


Public spending on health (WHO)

Wednesday 27 February 2019 | Alternatives Economiques

Countries are spending more on health, but too many costs are still borne by the patient. 


Fewer antibiotics in European livestock farming  in depth

Wednesday 27 March 2019 | Antoine Vergely
| VoxEurop

The improper use of antibiotics for animals contributes to the emergence of resistant bacteria. While their use in the EU is declining, this phenomenon remains a threat to human health.


Europe is going veg  in depth

Tuesday 12 March 2019 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

If the EU is serious about the environment, it can no longer ignore the connection between animal farming and carbon emissions. No wonder a growing number of Europeans are turning vegetarians or even vegans.


Europe’s vaccine issue: the fault of anti-vaxers or religion? 

Sunday 13 January 2019 | Antonio Villarreal
Cristina Suárez
| El Confidencial

The vast majority of member states have immunization rates below recommended WHO levels. Religion could be playing a decisive role. 


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The antibiotic resistance crisis deepens  in depth

Wednesday 13 February 2019 | Antoine Vergely
| VoxEurop

European healthcare systems are increasingly dealing with new bacteria which resist traditional antibiotics. The situation threatens quality standards and budgets across Europe.


Mental illness costs Europe 600 billion euro 

Tuesday 18 December 2018 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

One European in six experience mental health problems, and this comes at a cost. On average, mental illness costs EU countries more than 4% of GDP.