Category Archives: International health & social care

WHO report on sugar in foods

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have produced a report investigating the use of sugar in foods. The publication ‘Incentives and disincentives for reducing sugar in manufactured foods: an exploratory supply chain analysis’ concludes that a comprehensive approach encompassing the entire food system is necessary in order to reduce sugar intake.


Country health profiles

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has released Country Health Profiles for EU countries. Each Country Health Profile provides a short synthesis of health status; determinants of health, focusing on behavioural risk factors; organisation of the health system and the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of the health system.

Brexit and medicines regulation

The House of Commons Library have produced a briefing on medicines regulation following the announcement that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to move from London to Amsterdam. The paper gives an overview of current medicines regulation in the UK and the relationship with the EMA and regulatory agencies in EU Member States. It also considers what the options may be in this area following Brexit.

Cochrane review on mass media interventions for smoking cessation

A Cochrane systematic review has been published on the effectiveness of mass media campaigns for smoking cessation in adults. The reveiw concludes that there is evidence such campaigns can be effective in changing smoking behaviour in adults but that the evidence comes from studies of variable quality and from an environment where there are other influences on smoking behaviour.

BC SUPPORT Unit newsletter

The Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit is based in British Columbia, Canada and Professor Stirling Bryan of HERU is involved in their work. This issue of the newsletter carries a blog post by the Unit’s Patient Engagement Lead on supporting patients as partners in research and a feature on a project engaging stakeholders to set priorities for primary care research.