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Italy’s ageing population and the healthcare challenge

Open Access Government examines some of the statistics around Italy's ageing population, related health challenges, and policy action to address the issue Italy is currently the country with the second-highest number of older people – behind Germany. In 2013, it was estimated that more than 12 million elderly people were...

Lighting up future materials and devices

Stefan Hecht at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin outlines how light-based technologies will spark innovation in material science and nanotechnology The emergence of life and our existence is inevitably bound to the sun as the prime energy source for our planet. Photosynthesis provides the basis for the continuous production of biomass, which...
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Engineering workflow: Challenges and methods for improvement

Prof Dr Alexander Fay, Head of the Automation Technology Institute at HSU Hamburg, describes how methods, models and tools can support engineering workflow The engineering of huge and complex technical systems, such as buildings, production, transportation and energy systems, requires the coordinated contributions of different crafts and organisations over a...
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The obesity epidemic and cancer: A disaster in the making?

IARC’s Véronique Terrasse highlights the link between the growing obesity epidemic and cancer in countries around the world, with some alarming statistics The obesity epidemic is reaching alarming proportions in many countries and has become a major public health concern in both developed and low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Indeed, the...
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Food neuroscience: The fascinating world of eating behaviours

Professor Raffaella Rumiati shares some insights into food recognition and eating behaviours that are emerging from food neuroscience research at SISSA In recent years there has been growing interest in finding out how our brain processes food cues and directs our food choices. Food is essential because it provides the...
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Europe needs a plan to address refugees’ and migrants’ mental health

Refugees' and migrants' mental health care needs must be addressed, and a coordinated response is essential, stresses Ophélie Martin at Mental Health Europe More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 and 2016, with more expected to arrive in 2017. Many of them have endured physical...
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Planning the smart private hospitals of the future

UEHP President Dr Paul Garassus writes on the importance of investing in smart private hospitals for sustainable healthcare In an historical moment in which uncertainty is becoming a regular in our agenda, with recent elections and political changes worldwide, social policies and healthcare systems could be shocked by new constraints...
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Through the looking-glass: Endocrine disruption and child health

Alberto Mantovani and Francesca Baldi at the Italian National Health Institute discuss the need for further research on endocrine disruption and child health When assessing potential health hazards in food chains or the environment, it is clear that children cannot be considered as miniature adults. In fact, children breathe more...
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Storytelling will keep the EU stars shining, says MEP

Lambert van Nistelrooij, MEP and EPP Coordinator for the Committee on Regional Development (REGI), shares a new approach for raising awareness of EU added value In September 2016, the EPP Group Conference in Bucharest was a unique opportunity to reflect upon the future of cohesion policy and the European Structural...
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Cancer research and training take centre stage in NCI’s work

Open Access Government spoke to the National Cancer Institute’s Dr S Percy Ivy about cancer research and training and the importance of clinical trials The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is one of 27 institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NCI is the US federal government’s...
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What will happen if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?

Dr Virginia M Stewart asks what will happen if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, sounding a warning for the health and lives of millions of Americans United States (US) citizens have the right to emergency care and medical treatment for life threatening injuries. With rising healthcare costs over prior...
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Restoring dopaminergic nerve cells in Parkinson’s disease

Dr Mehis Pilv, CEO and business development lead at Genecode, discusses the strides being made in Parkinson's disease research Parkinson's disease is a slow but progressive neurodegenerative disorder. About 1% of people aged above 50 are affected worldwide. In Europe alone 1.2 million people suffer from Parkinson's disease, 127,000 of whom...
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Postal operators’ security challenges are great, but collaboration is key

Botond Szebeny, Jean-Paul Forceville, David Pilkington, Antonino Scribellito and Waqas Ahsen at PostEurop describe their work to tackle postal operators' security challenges Can you tell us about the collaboration at PostEurop, and how important this collaboration is from a postal security perspective? Botond Szebeny – Secretary General, PostEurop: The main tasks...
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In GDPR, cyber security meets compliance

With the introduction of GDPR, cyber security will top many business agendas over the next 12 months. RedSocks Security can help in the race for compliance When it comes to malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) protection, many organisations have a false sense of security. They believe they have secured...
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How far have we come on treating gynaecological cancer?

New avenues are opening up for treatment of gynaecological cancer, Professor Gunnar Kristensen of Oslo University Hospital explains to Open Access Government Surgery remains an important step in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Two earlier randomised studies revealed the same survival rates for patients who had surgery as the first...
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Data breaches will get worse – but there is a silver lining

Data breaches are on the rise and things are bound to get worse before they get better, SolarWinds Head Geek Destiny Bertucci tells Open Access Government For better or worse – and most would argue worse – 2016 was a year of change, from celebrity deaths to the shifting sands...
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Innovative device for cataract surgery in sight

John Hendrick, President and CEO of Mynosys, looks at the history of the capsulotomy and the future of innovative equipment for cataract surgery In 1950, the British ophthalmologist Sir Harold Ridley performed the world’s first implantation of an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) to restore a patient’s vision after cataract surgery....
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How do we drive forward gender diversity?

There’s still a way to go to achieve gender diversity in business, as Dr Jill Miller at CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, explains Few would disagree that enabling talented people to reach the top of their game is the right thing to do, irrespective of our...
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Playing the malaria elimination game was never going to be easy

Eradicating malaria will not be easy or cheap, but it will be worthwhile in the long run, argues Professor David H Peyton of Portland State University Malaria is several things: A group of related parasites, an infectious disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes (if you are a human) or by...
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Why we should invest in women leaders as agents of change

ICAEW speaks to Philip Haberman, Senior Partner and Founder of forensic accounting firm Haberman Ilett, about how important it is to invest in women leaders Philip Haberman believes in giving opportunities to employees with potential, supporting them in their career to achieve their true potential, reasoning: “What better way for them...

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