UK –  Secure Epidemiology Research Platform (SERPent)

USA –  How Big Data Analytics on Twitter Can Help Predict Disease Spread?

WORLD –  New guidelines to control foodborne diseases

SWITZERLAND –  AQUAVET - VET training on « green jobs »

WORLD –  Changing Diseases Landscapes – World livestock


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Changing Diseases Landscapes – World livestock


Surge in diseases of animal origin necessitates new approach to health. Population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread, according to an FAO report released today. A new, more holistic approach to managing disease threats at the animal-human-environment interface is needed, it argues. Seventy percent of the new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to the human quest for more animal-sourced food, according to the report. 

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- WORLD - A new application providing information about wild animal diseases -

- The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) announces the public release of a newly developed web application named WAHIS-Wild Interface, available on its website. This interface contains information on non OIE-listed diseases of wild animals, collected annually on a voluntary basis by the Member Countries. One of the main missions of the OIE is to ensure transparency of the worldwide animal disease situation, in particular through the legal obligation for all Member Countries to report cases of 116 diseases of domestic and wild animals grouped in an official list.

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- SWITZERLAND - AQUAVET - VET training on « green jobs » -

 - The main goals of the project AQUAVET are: 1) Development of new VET (vocational education and training) profession, Aquaponic Urban Farmer. 2) Transfer of aquaponic technology into VET in different countries; 3) Transfer of teaching Units into VET in different countries. 4) Adaption of training resources and support of the training of VET teachers/trainers. 5) Piloting of the training modules for Aquaponic Farmers “Qualification. The focus is on practical applications: VET training on « green jobs ».

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- EUROPE - Plant Health- Regulatory Framework

- Protective measures against the introduction into the European Union (EU) of organisms harmful to plants or plant products and against their spread within the EU are established by Council Directive 2000/29/EC. It contains lists of harmful organisms that threaten plant health in the EU. The EU Council has approved “Guidelines for the EC coordination of pest risk analysis” aimed at clarifying the process of pest risk analysis in the EU and the roles of the different institutions involved. EFSA welcomes the guidelines and has published a document detailing EFSA’s role in plant health and in the implementation of these guidelines.

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- UK - Secure Epidemiology Research Platform (SERPent) -

- The SERPent project represents an opportunity to significantly improve the design and management of epidemiological studies within UCL. A collection of data managers, epidemiologists and software developers have agreed to work together on this short project to establish whether an existing standard, the Data Documentation Initiative, with its associated tools represents a viable mechanisms to represent study metadata.

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- EUROPE - Fight against obesity -

- The European Commission issued a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework. In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity. With the slogan "Eat well - feel good", this enhanced scheme from farm to school will put greater focus on educational measures to improve children's awareness of healthy eating habits, the range of farm produce available, as well as sustainability, environmental and food waste issues.

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- USA - How Big Data Analytics on Twitter Can Help Predict Disease Spread ? -

- Social networks have become so common in our lives that we post everything on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter. As such we also post how we feel and if we feel sick. Researchers at the University of Rochester have now been able to use Twitter to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. In the following video they show how they use Twitter to model how other factors — social status, exposure to pollution, interpersonal interaction and others — influence our health. The looked in total at 70 different factors and whether they had a positive, negative or neutral impact on the users’ health. They make predictions up to 8 days in advance what your health is going to be.

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- WORLD - Vitamin D status and ill health: a systematic review   -

- Low serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) have been associated with many non-skeletal disorders. However, whether low 25(OH)D is the cause or result of ill health is not known. Authors did a systematic search of prospective and intervention studies that assessed the effect of 25(OH)D concentrations on non-skeletal health outcomes in individuals aged 18 years or older. Investigators of most prospective studies reported moderate to strong inverse associations between 25(OH)D concentrations and cardiovascular diseases, serum lipid concentrations, inflammation, glucose metabolism disorders, weight gain, infectious diseases, multiple sclerosis, mood disorders, declining cognitive function, impaired physical functioning, and all-cause mortality.

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15th International Conf. Functional Food Center



May 10-11, 2014, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

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Public Health Intervention in Wars and Disasters



Natural disasters are mainly caused by climate change. Urbanization, deforestation and environmental degradation could improve the disaster consequences. Although armed conflicts have been decreasing, several armed conflicts persist. Natural disasters and armed conflicts cause breakdown of health programs (such as vaccination programs, maternal care, food security and safety, etc) so malnutrition and diseases could increase.  Projects to solve this has been available exist on internet.


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-  WORLD - New guidelines to control foodborne diseases -

- As production systems change and the food chain lengthens to meet the needs of a globalized industry, the potential for contamination at different points along that chain also changes. To address this, the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 2009 began updating its guidelines for establishing and implementing criteria to help ensure the microbiological safety of food. These efforts quickly reached an impasse, however. Many countries, especially developing ones, felt unsure about the technical aspects and questioned how the guidelines would affect their food and trade sectors. In response, and with the support of FAO staff, Codex established a novel mentoring programme, setting up teams through which experienced country mentors worked with less-experienced mentees to simplify the setting of safety criteria.

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XIIIth International Nidovirus Symposium



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