Death rates from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes are falling but still cost the EU economy an estimated €210 billion a year, according to new figures.
EU states are alarmed at the bulging waistlines of their citizens, but governments remain unwilling to commit to binding measures or an EU-wide approach to the problem.
The rapid advancement of medical technology has contributed to people living longer, healthier lives but consumer and campaign groups say devices should come under more scrutiny before they are used on patients.
Column / Health Matters
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Rates of infection have stayed constant for a decade in the EU, though there has been a massive surge in Russia apparently caused by drug users sharing needles.
Denmark ditched their fat tax and cut levies on beer, but Danes still furnish health campaigners with the bulk of their evidence for "sin taxes" on unhealthy food and drink.
Age and poor education factor into high obesity rates, according to the EU's statistical office Eurostat. On Thursday, it released figures showing Malta is the most obese country, relative to other EU states.
European town planners still borrow from the “garden city” ideals of the 19th century, but they might be doing more harm than good.
Europeans get through a huge amount of sugary drinks, causing serious risks to their health, a study backed by anti-obesity campaigners suggests. But southern Europe has seen a marked decline in consumption.
Around 1.6 million premature deaths would be prevented every year if the world's governments stopped subsidising fossil fuels, an IMF study has found.
EU health commissioner Vytenis Andruikaitis has said he intends to help member states face the challenges of chronic diseases.
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With a growing older population and an overall increase in chronic diseases, Europe is facing a new kind of health problem.
One of the most frequent chronic diseases in Europe is estimated to take the life of over 250 people worldwide every hour. Tobacco is the direct cause for most cases.
The European Union is beginning to take the problem of chronic diseases seriously.
Over one third of the European population above the age of 15 have a chronic disease.
Obesity may be considered a disability if it affects how a person does their job, the EU's top court said Thursday
Athens and its creditors are guilty of "denialism" about the scale of the public health crisis caused by the country's harsh austerity programme, medical researchers have claimed.
The metal box in Hugo Campos’ chest keeps him alive. It also collects data. Who owns it and how they use it is posing questions for EU lawmakers.
Europeans are living longer but health inequalities between men and women, countries and population segments are in some cases getting worse.
Speculators are threatening the supply of medication to countries worst hit by the sovereign debt crisis, according to research by business analysts GlobalData.
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