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Is polio eradication worth it?

It’s a question that seems almost rhetorical to most public health advocates. “Of course,” they say. “If we can, we should.” This is the conventional wisdom, often presumed to have been settled long ago and to be effectively beyond question. But historian Dr William Muraskin from the City University of New York has just published… » read more

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The EU’s clinical trials directive has been a catastrophe but Brussels is keen to make amends “Arguably the most criticised piece of legislation” the EU has ever produced on medicines. That’s how the European Commission describes its own law on clinical trials, drafted a decade ago in an effort to streamline medical research in Europe.… » read more

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Too many Europes

At a time when Europe is in crisis, it’s alarming to see so many conflicting statements from its leaders EU Compeittion Commission Joaquin Almunia said today that Ireland’s bank guarantee, introduced in September 2008, was a mistake. I think you’d struggle to find an Irish person who hadn’t come to the conclusion two years ago,… » read more

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Irish health services have been slow to embrace technology and need to mobilise its staff to catch up Electronic patient records, access to specialist services from home, and more efficient use of scarce resources are just some of the much-vaunted benefits touted by advocates of e-health. But while technology has transformed most industries and public… » read more

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Lisbon: The Live Blog

Welcome to the Blogactiv Lisbon Referendum Live Blog. If you’re following live, just refresh your browser to read the latest news… 18.30: Well, that’s that. If you didn’t follow the excitement this afternoon, the final result was 67.1% ‘Yes’. Follow all the fallout throughout the week on EurActiv. All eyes now turn to Prague…over to… » read more

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Sitting listening to the EU’s enterprise commissioner holding forth at the European Parliament’s environmental committee on the subject of regulating medicines, I was prompted to wonder how the status of health policy could be so low. Swine flu, counterfeit drugs, and our ageing population are supposed to be priorities but health is an afterthought. The… » read more

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“European Research Council in full flight,” screams the July issue of the Europe4Researchers newsletter published by the European Commission, which landed in my inbox on this afternoon. The article boasts that the ERC has “developed into a well-functioning research funding body”. Great news, if it were true. Yesterday a panel of experts – assembled by… » read more

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€228 million for entrepreneurs in Cyprus, €300 million for Dutch SMEs, and €200 million for a train in Spain: The European Investment Bank promised three quarters of a billion Euro in loans to help keep economies moving during the credit crunch – and that was just Friday! The Bank has pledged to make €30 billion… » read more

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