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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, June 5th, 2019

The World Health Organization has included air pollution among the top ten threats to public health in 2019.   What is Air pollution?   Air pollution can be defined as the process of various pollutants being dispersed into the air which lead to harmful effects on all living organisms and the environment.1 Pollutants include ozone,...

World No Tobacco Day 2019: Tobacco and Lung Health

Smoking, a classified disease, is the greatest epidemic of all time. Although smoking affects the whole body, the respiratory system is the point of entry and main target for the harmful effects of the noxious toxic substances inhaled through various tobacco products. Some of the main known tobacco-induced respiratory diseases include trachea, bronchus, lung cancers...

World Immunization Week- April 24 2019

Read the Greek version of this article here. VACCINE HESITANCY Vaccine hesitancy, usually expressed by the anti-vaccination movement is not a new concept, it is as old as the first vaccine introduced in the early 1800’s. The current anti-vaccination wave was triggered by an article in the Lancet in 1999 by Andrew Wakefield that claimed...

The Hellenic Post continues to support the SmokeFreeGreece Initiative through the release of a limited edition commemorative stamp!

The George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB is proud to share the recent Hellenic Post launch of a commemorative set of stamps, “Children and Stamps” The Commemorative set includes: • 2 SmokeFreeGreece postage stamps • A postage stamp printed with the 1st place award of a UNESCO competition child’s painting from the 13th Elementary School in...

2019 ENSP-SRP International Conference on Tobacco Control

The 4th annual ENSP-SRP International Conference on Tobacco Control was held recently in Bucharest. Prior to the ENSP conference opening, Professor Behrakis participated in a “Global Forum on Human Rights and a Tobacco Free World”   The George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB team attended the event and presented results of recent scientific studies conducted at...

World Cancer Day- February 4th 2019

Under the auspices and presence of H.E. President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos,   the George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB was honoured to take part in the organisation of the official Hellenic National event for World Cancer Day by the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Greek Ministry of Health   EU Commissioner of...

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD was the 3rd overall cause of death, globally in 2016. –World Health Organization What is COPD? According to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2018 report, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common, preventable and treatable disease...

Visit from the EU Head of Cross-border Healthcare and Tobacco Control

On October 31st, we had the honor of welcoming the EU Head of Cross-border Healthcare and Tobacco Control, DG SANTE, Thea Emmerling, to the Research Lab and Institute of Public health of the American College of Greece in Plaka. Her organized visit also included a trip to the American College of Greece campus in Aghia...

November 9, 2018November 9, 2018In News

World Pneumonia Day!

What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs especially affecting the alveoli that fill with pus and fluid instead of air. (alveoli are tiny air sacs that help to deliver oxygen from the air to the blood). Based on where it was acquired, pneumonia is characterized as: Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) Responsible for the...