European Parliament debate calls for action on possible mineral wool health risks

The European Parliament was the venue last week for a roundtable discussion highlighting the potential health risks of mineral wool, or Man-made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF) as it is also known. Mineral wool is a type of thermal insulation made from rocks and minerals. After asbestos was banned in most countries in the 1990s, the de facto replacement…

More Involvement for Patients in Developing New Medicines

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) says it is creating a ‘pool’ of patient experts to strengthen the role and voice of patients in IMI activities at both strategic and operational levels.  IMI says it has always involved patients in its work, adding, “now the plan is to take patient engagement at IMI to the next level.”…

WHO sets targets to reduce snakebite deaths

The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the release today of the long-anticipated World Health Organization (WHO) strategy on the prevention and control of snakebite envenoming, with the ambitious targets to cut in half the number of snakebite deaths and cases of disability by 2030.  Governments and funding organisations must step up…

MRR report finds demand for mineral wool market impacted by lung disease effect of inhalation

By Eli Hadzhieva,Guest Contributor A report released by Market Research Reports (MRR) has concluded that “the fact that slivers of mineral wool when inhaled can cause lung disease affects the demand for the overall mineral wool market”.  The report also focused on the need for precautions to be taken when installing the material. The MRR…

Taiwan Campaigns to Join the WHO

Several Taiwan representative offices in Europe have held “Walk With Taiwan” events, short walks to show solidarity with Taiwan. The Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium led the charge on Thursday, gathering a group of Belgium and Luxembourg-based compatriots, foreign exchange students and locals, to take to the streets. They also invited international…

Big Pharma Lobby in Brussels Damaging Consumer Interest

Pharmaceutical industry lobbying in Brussels is blocking any solution to the growing problem of extremely high medicine prices in Europe, a new report by Corporate Europe Observatory claims. It says the crisis of affordability that has “long plagued” health care systems in the Global South has reached the European Union, as the “industry’s profit maximisation logic…

NGOs Call for Stronger EU Healthcare Product Standards

An international group of chemical and health NGOs have come together to publicly express deep regret and disapproval of the EU delegation’s behaviour and actions at the COP9 of the Stockholm convention. Whilst governments agreed to a global ban on Perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) – an extremely persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic chemical – a large number of unjustified 5 years exemptions were included….

What’s a great way of improving posture and losing weight? – Trampolining.

If you doubted the physical benefits of jumping up and down consider a study by NASA, the space agency, which concluded that just one hours’ trampolining can outweigh the benefits of other types of exercise such a jogging. Fans of trampolining in Brussels have been rather deprived of suitable facilities to indulge their passion but,…

What is mineral wool and what are the health concerns? 

Mineral Wool

Concerns have been growing about the health risks of mineral wool (also known as Man-made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF), or by the brand name Rockwool).  A report was published last year that summarised these concerns in terms of health risks to homeowners and those working to install, remove or dispose of mineral wool as an insulation…

EU Food Law Reform

In the final plenary session of this legislature, Members of the European Parliament passed the EU’s General Food Law reform Making the publication of toxicity data mandatory, the approved reform is a massive transparency win that will enable much greater scrutiny of the European Union’s food safety decisions. Reaction to the move was swift and came from Martin Pigeon,…