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Inquest finds air pollution contributed to girl’s death in ground-breaking ruling

 The government has been urged to  enshrine World Health Organization (WHO) air pollution limits into UK law, following an inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl.
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Addressing the medical needs of children in Europe

A progress report on the development of the European Commission (EC) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) Action Plan on Paediatrics has been published, highlighting in particular, strategies to address the medical needs of children 
Pregnant women excluded from three quarters of COVID-19 trials

Pregnant women excluded from three quarters of COVID-19 trials

New data has shown that pregnant women are being excluded from three quarters of COVID-19 treatment trials despite being one of the most in-need...
Calls for urgent reforms to improve care for rare disease patients

Calls for urgent reforms to improve care for rare disease patients

Organisations are calling on the UK Government and the NHS to implement urgent reforms in order to improve care for patients in the UK...
Political agreement for EU4Health welcomed by European Commission

Political agreement for EU4Health welcomed by European Commission

The provisional political agreement reached by the European Parliament and Council for the new EU4Health programme has been welcomed by the European Commission. The EU4Health...
Norway ensures equal access to COVID-19 treatments

Norway ensures equal access to COVID-19 treatments

Norway is leading the way to help ensure equal access to COVID-19 treatments, as well as developing a new, flagship initiative on noncommunicable diseases. The...
NHS hospitals to receive £600m for refurbishment

NHS hospitals to receive £600m for refurbishment

Funding of £600m will be provided to NHS Trusts across the country for refurbishment. Staff, patients, and visitors across all regions in England will be...
Leading causes of death worldwide revealed by WHO

Leading causes of death worldwide revealed by WHO

The World Health Organization has revealed that noncommunicable diseases now make up seven of the world’s top 10 causes of death worldwide. The WHO’s 2019...
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£68m to support people with disabilities to live independently

The UK Government has pledged an extra £68m in funding to help support those living with disabilities to live independently in their homes. The Disabled...
The health implications of climate change in the age of COVID-19

The health implications of climate change in the age of COVID-19

A new report has highlighted that no country is immune from the health impacts of climate change, and that the COVID-19 pandemic is an...
Fighting the AMR paradoxes in the age of COVID-19

Fighting the AMR paradoxes in the age of COVID-19

Mariano Votta, Director of the Active Citizenship Network/Cittadinanzattiva, and Neda Milevska-Kostova, Vice Chair of the International Alliance of Patients Organisations, discuss the threat of...
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Free vitamin D supplements for at-risk groups this winter

The government’s Department of Health and Social Care announces plan to offer free vitamin D supplements to 2.7 million vulnerable individuals in England.
Millions at risk if adult social care is not prioritised

Millions at risk if adult social care is not prioritised

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has warned millions of people are at risk if adult social care is not prioritised...
Empowering frontline healthcare workers by reducing bureaucracy

Empowering frontline healthcare workers by reducing bureaucracy

The UK Government has announced a new drive to empower frontline health and care staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy. The drive, announced by Health and...
Better air quality in Europe sees fewer deaths but pollution still a problem

Better air quality in Europe sees fewer deaths but pollution still a problem

The air quality in Europe has improved over the last decade, which has seen fewer deaths linked to pollution, however, a new report has...
Supporting people and communities through social prescribing

Supporting people and communities through social prescribing

A new report has been launched today that reveals how the NHS can make small changes to better support local communities’ health and wellbeing. NHS...
Call for UK Government to protect rehabilitation services during COVID-19

Call for UK Government to protect rehabilitation services during COVID-19

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has called on the Government to protect staff working in rehabilitation services from redeployment and to provide...
Global leaders advocate urgent action on antimicrobial resistance

Global leaders advocate urgent action on antimicrobial resistance

As the antimicrobial resistance crisis accelerates across the globe, world leaders are advocating for urgent action to combat the problem. The leaders, including the heads...
Over 50s in UK to receive free flu vaccine

Over 50s in UK to receive free flu vaccine

The UK Government has announced that citizens over 50 in the UK will be able to receive a free flu vaccine from 1 December...
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Sleep disorder drug modafinil linked to increased risk of birth defects

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning to people using the sleep disorder drug modafinil while pregnant, due to an association with increased risk of birth defects.

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