The first edition of Health focuses on the numerous challenges facing the European health sector in key areas such as dementia, cancer, and ageing, and features a Foreword from European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who reflects on the improvements in health and care that have been made in the 60 years since the Treaty of Rome.
How can the EU promote better public health?
- Helmut Brand, the president of the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), discusses the current political climate and its implications for healthcare, as well as reflecting on the challenges facing public services in the EU, which are struggling to cope with the social and welfare expectations of citizens;
- Vicki Dawson, the CEO and founder of the Children’s Sleep Charity, reflects on how best parents, policymakers and healthcare professionals can respond to child sleep deprivation, which is becoming an increasingly important problem around the globe; and
- Frank de Man and David Eaton, of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance, talk about an initiative to promote better nutrition and nutritional care in daily healthcare practice.
What have we still to learn about the brain?
- Professor Philippe Amouyel, the chair of the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research, provides an insight into the forthcoming activities of the JPND and the future of neurodegenerative disease research; and
- Dr Panayiota Poirazi, the director of research at the IMBB-FORTH Computational Biology Lab, Greece, explains why putting young researchers in the driving seat will prove key to the success of neuroscience in Europe.
Can antibiotic resistance be stopped?
- Professors Mario Poljak, Jesus Rodriguez-Bano and Mura Avoka of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) highlight the importance of finding a global solution to the rapid spread of antibiotic resistance, which is projected to cause ten million annual deaths by 2050; and
- Public Health England’s Professor Cliodna McNulty explains how e-Bug is helping to educate young people about infections and antibiotic resistance.
With further features on pain, healthcare innovation, genetics, and chronic diseases, Health provides an invaluable guide to the challenges and opportunities facing European health and care at present.