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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...
modafinil

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.
Care homes to be tested for COVID-19 immune response

Care homes to be tested for COVID-19 immune response

Thousands of care home staff and residents in the UK are to have their immune response to COVID-19 tested as part of an expansion...
COVID-19 care home deaths in UK ‘hugely underestimated’

COVID-19 care home deaths in UK ‘hugely underestimated’

An early draft of a recent study has shown that up to 10,000 more people may have died in care homes from COVID-19 than...
digital inclusion

Digital inclusion fundamental to tackling health inequalities

The NHS’s Widening Digital Participation Programme, delivered by NHS Digital, found that tackling the ‘digital divide’ is essential to reducing health inequalities.
First meeting of EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform

First meeting of EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform

The European Commission has held the first meeting of the EU COVID-19 national scientific advice platform. Member States were welcomed to the first meeting of...
WHO, COVID-19, and winter preparations

WHO, COVID-19, and winter preparations

World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, highlights concerns over a winter wave of COVID-19. Speaking at an emergency meeting of ministers...
workplace mental health

Workplace mental health: from bit player to the red carpet?

Acas Senior Policy Advisor Adrian Wakeling explores the increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace. It has become increasingly apparent that mental health is...
routine testing

Routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could save lives

A new study, led by researchers at the University of Birmingham, revealed that routine testing patients for COVID-19 before major surgery could reduce the risk of respiratory complications and save lives.
Contact tracing and data protection in the UK

Contact tracing and data protection in the UK

JMW Solicitors Head of Data Protection Toni Vitale speaks to HEQ about data security in the UK’s Test and Trace programme. Earlier this year, the...
The creation of a European Health Union

The creation of a European Health Union

The European Commission is beginning the building of the new European Health Union to help strengthen the EU’s health security framework, and to reinforce...
childhood vaccinations

Parents advised to keep childhood vaccination appointments

Public Health England (PHE) is urging parents to keep vaccination appointments for their children during national COVID-19 restrictions.
World Health Assembly

WHO Director-General calls for new era of cooperation at World Health Assembly

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,  Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered a powerful speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly on 9 November.
Could COVID-19 lead to measles and polio epidemics?

Could COVID-19 lead to measles and polio epidemics?

UNICEF and the World Health Organization are calling for emergency action to avoid potential measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 disrupts normal immunisation programmes. The...
ENISA discusses cyber-challenges in digital health

ENISA discusses cyber-challenges in digital health

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity speaks to HEQ about cybersecurity and data protection in healthcare. The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is the EU’s...
Fighting for what’s right: protecting the older population

Fighting for what’s right: protecting the older population

The Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), Dr Jane M Barratt, spoke to Health Europa Quarterly about how COVID-19 is impacting...
The vaccine industry – meeting the challenges of COVID-19

The vaccine industry – meeting the challenges of COVID-19

Magdalena Rodriguez de Azero, Executive Director Vaccines Europe, discusses issues around vaccine provision, including supply and increased demand, as well as vaccine hesitancy in...

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