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Trust your gut: Probiotics for immunity and prevention of infections

If you are reading this, you are probably aware that bad bacteria in the gut can cause infections, in many cases requiring treatment with antibiotics. However, did you also know that your gut contains trillions of GOOD bacteria which help the body maintain digestion, produce vitamin B and K, and play an important role in maintaining your immune system ?   Good bacteria It is...

A leap forward: the AMR Committee welcomes Council Conclusions

The Dutch Presidency last Friday (17.06.2016) adopted their Council Conclusions on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) , marking the end of their rotation of the Presidency of the Council. The issue of resistance has been a priority not only for the Netherlands, but also for Slovakia and Malta as outlined in the Trio Programme . Key overarching themes of the Council Conclusions One...

Digital Skills Committee takes a "megabyte" at the eHealth week 2016

Held every year, the European eHealth Week is probably the most important European event on digital healthcare. This year, the eHealth week took place under the Dutch EU Presidency, in Amsterdam from 8-10 June and for the first time, the European Health Parliament under the representation of the Digital Skills for the Health Professionals Committee made a contribution. Powerful IT...

Time to change the European Common Agricultural Policy: addressing meat over-production and consumption!

What is the European Common Agricultural policy doing about it? The latest estimate of cancer mortality attributable to diets high in red- and processed meat is over 34,000 deaths per year [1] . Animal farming also contributes to 18% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. [2] In the EU27, 29% of GHG emissions are coming from beef production and 25% from pork production [3] . This...

AMR’s environmental impact– the silent part of the story

One of today’s main public health threats, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) already claims 700,000 lives a year. The numbers are continuously increasing; 300 million premature deaths are expected by 2050. Quite a lot of countries have put in place strategic plans to tackle AMR, which represents a threat to national security, and are now calling for a global approach. Yet this global...