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Food & Lifestyle

Our eating habits or our consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can each have consequences for our health.


Mycotoxins are substances produced by moulds found in food products. What are their effects and how can they be prevented? More...

Latest update: 24 May 2018

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Acrylamide in food

Acrylamide can be formed in many fried and baked food products. Is there a risk to health? More...

Latest update: 10 March 2017

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Alcohol is linked with connotations of pleasure and sociability in the minds of many, but its use also has harmful consequences. What are the impacts of alcohol consumption on human health and society? More...

Latest update: 15 March 2006

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Aspartame is a non caloric sweetener used in some diet soft drinks and food preparations. Many studies have assessed the safety of asparame, but some allegations of health risks have launched a debate. Does this artificial sweetener pose health risks? More...

Latest update: 15 June 2004

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Aspartame is one of the most widely used artificial sweetener, is it safe? More...

Latest update: 28 March 2017

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Cancer rates and mortality, types and causes

This is a synthesis which looks at the evolution of cancer rates and its related mortality, as well as at the main types of cancer and the main known causes and prevention means. More...

Latest update: 27 December 2016

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Diet & Nutrition

The way we eat and live may put us at risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dental disease, and osteoporosis. How can a healthier diet and physical activity help reduce the risk? More...

Latest update: 15 July 2006

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Effects of cannabis

Are teens well informed about the risks associated with cannabis? What are those risks ? More...

Latest update: 1 April 2016

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Genetically Modified Crops

We are regularly confronted with genetically modified foods, be it in the news or on our plates. In what way are GM crops different from conventional crops? What is known about the possible risks for human health or the environment? More...

Latest update: 17 December 2017

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Food Wastage

It is estimated by the FAO that each year, one-third of produced for all food human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. This has impacts for food security and for the environment. More...

Latest update: 20 February 2015

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Gluten intolerance

What is intolerance to gluten? More...

Latest update: 11 March 2016

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Chronic Diseases on Labour Practices

What is their economic impact on labour market? More...

Latest update: 25 November 2016

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Organic Food

Demand for organic food is growing. How is it regulated in Europe and what are the potential health and environmental benefits? More...

Latest update: 27 December 2017

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The increased production of new manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) and their use in consumer and industrial products means that workers in those industries are the first to be exposed to these materials.

How are those risks managed? More...

Latest update: 19 November 2018

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Personal Music Players & Hearing

In recent years, sales of personal music players have soared and an increasing proportion of the population, particularly young people, is exposed to high sound volumes.

In the light of current scientific knowledge, can the use of personal music players damage hearing? More...

Latest update: 13 October 2008

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Psychoactive Drugs

Psychoactive drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin can change consciousness, mood, and thoughts. How do they affect the brain? How does drug addiction develop and how can it be treated? More...

Latest update: 15 September 2006

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Transgenic salmon

Is the AquAdvantage transgenic salmon safe for human consumption and for the environment? More...

Latest update: 23 November 2015

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Aspartame Reevaluation

Aspartame is a sweetener that is in use for several decades.

The latest data has recently been reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority in the context of a systematic re-evaluation of all food additives in use in Europe. More...

Latest update: 30 November 2014

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In Europe, 12% of the population has tattoos, are they safe? More...

Latest update: 17 November 2017

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Sunbeds & UV radiation

In addition to natural sunlight, sunbed users expose themselves to substantial amounts of artificial UV radiation.
The European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Products assessed the health and safety implications of both natural and artificial UV radiation? More...

Latest update: 15 August 2007

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Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are growing more and more popular. What is their effect on health?

Can they have an impact on tobacco control? More...

Latest update: 29 April 2015

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Over one thousand million people worldwide smoke tobacco. Harmful effects of tobacco on smokers are increasingly known. Are passive smokers also at risk? More...

Latest update: 15 January 2005

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Illicit drugs in Europe

This report is a comprehensive overview and summary of Europe’s illicit drugs situation.

It provides insights into key trends, responses and policies. More...

Latest update: 28 September 2016

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Children & Screens

How are children using smartphones and tablets?

What are the potential consequences of screens and what should parents do to protect them? More...

Latest update: 15 November 2018

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