Health Europa Quarterly Issue 08

Discover the evolving world of healthcare, as Health Europa Quarterly issue 08 probes the environment of rare, infectious and chronic diseases and explores the increasingly discussed hot topic of medical cannabis.

Let’s talk medical cannabis

Health Europa Quarterly issue 08 delves into the topic of medical cannabis, which is fast becoming one of the most talked about industries in the world.

  • Professor Mike Barnes highlights the importance of medical education and calls for the creation of regional cannabis centres.
  • We then talk with Miriam Dalli MEP, who makes the case for a common legislative framework on medical cannabis in the EU.
  • CAFMM CEO James O’Hara, along with Dr Franjo Grotenhermen, the executive director of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, Aliza Sherman and Sheri Matteo, of women’s health and wellness network Ellementa, and Global Cannabis Applications Corp. all explore the regulatory and research issues plaguing the world of medical cannabis.

Tackling infectious diseases

  • Professor Scott O’Neill, the director of the World Mosquito Program, opens up this topic, discussing why releasing mosquitoes into the environment instead of killing them could help to eliminate diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
  • Accompanying him is the team at HR Wallingford, who tells Health Europa Quarterly how Earth Observation technology can be used to predict dengue outbreaks and introduces the early warning system being developed in Vietnam for this purpose.
  • Yuliya Chorna, the executive director of the TB Europe Coalition, discusses the global movement to end tuberculosis, following on from the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September.
  • Geoff Prescott, the chief executive of international charity Lepra, reminds everyone that leprosy is still a public health problem.

Antimicrobial resistance

Health Europa Quarterly then ventures further into the vast topic of antimicrobial resistance.

  • Lord James O’Neill, the author of the influential ‘AMR Review UK’, describes the importance of vaccines and improved diagnostics to combat continuing drug resistance.
  • Riina Sikkut, the Estonian Minster of Health and Labour, sets out the benefits of e-health solutions for patients, healthcare providers and governments alike.
  • Alyson Scurfield, CEO of the TEC Services Association, outlines the benefits of bringing health and social care systems out of the digital dark ages.

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