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What if mini-brains could help us understand dementia?

05-12-2017

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Organoids are artificially grown organs that mimic the properties of real organs. What new possibilities for treating diseases, drug development, and personalised and regenerative medicine do organoids provide?

Prison Conditions in the Member States: Selected European Standards and Best Practices

17-01-2017

This paper provides an overview of European standards and good practices regarding prison conditions. Action by the EU in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters is affected by detention conditions across EU Member States. The Council of Europe has adopted numerous recommendations and standards on conditions of life in prison, and the European Court of Human Rights has found that detention conditions may breach the prohibition against torture and ill-treatment. The paper provides an ...

This paper provides an overview of European standards and good practices regarding prison conditions. Action by the EU in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters is affected by detention conditions across EU Member States. The Council of Europe has adopted numerous recommendations and standards on conditions of life in prison, and the European Court of Human Rights has found that detention conditions may breach the prohibition against torture and ill-treatment. The paper provides an overview of common problems affecting prisons in the EU Member States (from overcrowding to general conditions of life in prison) and describes some of the identified best practices to solve them. Specific attention is paid to pre-trial detention, to the use of alternative (non-custodial) measures, to measures aimed at social reintegration and prevention of recidivism, and to the special safeguards and standards developed as regards vulnerable prisoners (such as children, women, or mentally ill detainees).

European Structural and Investment Funds and People with Disabilities in the European Union

03-11-2016

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI committee, concerns the situation of people with disabilities in the European Union (EU) and how EU funds (‘European Structural and Investment Funds’) can support the reforms needed to replace the outdated systems of institutional care with community-based and inclusive services. It also highlights areas that must be addressed to avoid the mistakes of ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI committee, concerns the situation of people with disabilities in the European Union (EU) and how EU funds (‘European Structural and Investment Funds’) can support the reforms needed to replace the outdated systems of institutional care with community-based and inclusive services. It also highlights areas that must be addressed to avoid the mistakes of the past, in particular the use of EU funds to maintain institutional care, and ensure that instead they are used to promote community living.

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Camilla PARKER and Ines BULIC COJOCARIU (European Network on Independent Living)

Need for action on dementia recalled

12-02-2016

Dementia is one of Europe's biggest challenges in the context of demographic change. It has wide-ranging social and economic consequences for those living with the condition, their families and carers, and society as a whole. The Council's conclusions of December 2015 acknowledge the importance of this challenge. Dementia is not one specific disease, but an overall term for a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language and judgement ...

Dementia is one of Europe's biggest challenges in the context of demographic change. It has wide-ranging social and economic consequences for those living with the condition, their families and carers, and society as a whole. The Council's conclusions of December 2015 acknowledge the importance of this challenge. Dementia is not one specific disease, but an overall term for a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language and judgement. There are many different causes and forms of dementia. The condition remains little understood, and there is currently no cure. Action to tackle dementia is centred on its prevention, early detection and timely diagnosis, and on improving the quality of life of those living with it through care and support. Research focuses on the causes and possible treatments, on better care and prevention, as well as on developing assistive technologies. The European Commission has published a communication on dementia, undertaken various activities and funded research. A European Parliament resolution from 2011 called for dementia to be made a health priority. Major global dementia initiatives include a G8 declaration, the creation of the World Dementia Council, and the first Ministerial Conference on 'Global Action Against Dementia', hosted by the World Health Organization. Civil society is also actively involved.

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Discrimination in Healthcare"

09-04-2014

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on ‘Discrimination in Healthcare’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the challenges faced by discriminated groups in the sector of healthcare, and the solutions taken by the EU and its Member States. The workshop was hosted by MEP Glenis WILLMOTT (S&D, UK) and MEP Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SL), Co-chairs of the Health Working Group within the European Parliament ...

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on ‘Discrimination in Healthcare’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the challenges faced by discriminated groups in the sector of healthcare, and the solutions taken by the EU and its Member States. The workshop was hosted by MEP Glenis WILLMOTT (S&D, UK) and MEP Alojz PETERLE (EPP, SL), Co-chairs of the Health Working Group within the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

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Graham THORNICROFT (Institute of Psychiatry and King’s College of London, the UK) , Anthony BABAJEE (LGBT activist, the UK) , Marian MANDACHE (NGO Romani Criss, Romania) , Ioannis N. DIMITRAKOPOULOS (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, France) and Gianfranco COSTANZO (National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty, Italy)

Psychiatry as a Tool for Coercion in Post-Soviet Countries

16-07-2013

During the 1960-1980s in the USSR, psychiatry was turned into a tool of repression. Soviet psychiatry was cut off from world psychiatry and developed its own - highly institutional and biologically oriented – course, providing at the same time a “scientific justification” for declaring dissidents mentally ill. Since the collapse of the USSR there have been frequent reports of persons hospitalized for non-medical reasons, mostly in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The abuses are caused by an underdeveloped ...

During the 1960-1980s in the USSR, psychiatry was turned into a tool of repression. Soviet psychiatry was cut off from world psychiatry and developed its own - highly institutional and biologically oriented – course, providing at the same time a “scientific justification” for declaring dissidents mentally ill. Since the collapse of the USSR there have been frequent reports of persons hospitalized for non-medical reasons, mostly in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The abuses are caused by an underdeveloped mental health profession with little knowledge of medical ethics and professional responsibilities of physicians; by a system that is highly abusive and not able to guarantee the rights of patients; because of corrupt societies where also psychiatric diagnoses are for sale; because of lack of financing and interest by the authorities and in some cases because of a deteriorating political climate in which local authorities feel safe to use psychiatry again as a tool of repression. Through targeted interventions from outside the situation could be considerably ameliorated and a clear break with the past could be made possible. In this respect the European Parliament can play a crucial role in empowering those who wish to make a clear break with the Soviet past.

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Robert VAN VOREN (Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry - FGIP , Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia , Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania)

Proceedings of the Workshop on "Mental Health in Times of Economic Crisis"

15-06-2012

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on Mental Health in times of Economic crisis, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on the detrimental effects of the economic crisis on the mental health of European citizens. The workshop reviewed evidence on the link between mental health and the global financial crisis and included a panel discussion on possible solutions to tackle the issue. ...

This report summarises the presentations and discussions at the Workshop on Mental Health in times of Economic crisis, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. The aim of the workshop was to exchange views on the detrimental effects of the economic crisis on the mental health of European citizens. The workshop reviewed evidence on the link between mental health and the global financial crisis and included a panel discussion on possible solutions to tackle the issue. The workshop was chaired by MEP Glenis Willmott.

Autore esterno

David McDaid (European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, London School of Economics and Political Science) , Jean-Paul Matot (Action for Teens) , Roberto Bertollini (WHO Regional Office for Europe) , Michael Huebel (DG SANCO) , Jurgen Scheftlein (DG SANCO) , Jorge Costa-David (DG EMPL) , José Luis Ayuso-Mateos (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, CIBERSAM) and Pedro Montellano (GAMIAN)

Transgender Persons' Rights in the EU Member States

15-11-2010

The paper presents the specific situation of transgender people in the 27 Member States of the European Union. It gives an overview of the existing EU legislation applying to transgender persons and lists the specific human rights issues that they face.

The paper presents the specific situation of transgender people in the 27 Member States of the European Union. It gives an overview of the existing EU legislation applying to transgender persons and lists the specific human rights issues that they face.

The Death Penalty in the United States

15-01-2007

Autore esterno

Richard C. Dieter (Death Penalty Information Center and Catholic University Law School)

Key Strategic Issues in Connection With the Green Paper of the European Commission on Improving the Mental Health of the Population: Towards a Strategy on Mental Health for the European Union

01-03-2006

Autore esterno

Dr. Ramin Walter Parsa-Parsi, Berlin, Germany

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