Zdrave.net, 12.12.2020

In her interview, Assoc. Prof. Lalka Rangelova from NCPHA commented on the healthy diet in the conditions of a pandemic of COVID-19, including the additional intake of vitamins.

"Vitamins cannot be overdosed through food, as they are contained in small amounts. Only an overdose of vitamin A is possible through food. In all others, it can only be obtained by taking supplements that contain them in large quantities. And even if for some of the vitamins no toxic amounts have been found or no adverse effects on the body have been registered in case of overdose, the toxic effects of vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K have been well studied” said Assoc. Prof. Rangelova.

You can read the whole interview here

21 projects of pupils and students from all over the country were awarded in the first edition of the National Poster Competition: “Let's talk openly about the consequences of tobacco! (Speak Out. #TobaccoExposed), dedicated to the prevention of tobacco dependence, announced the Ministry of Health.

The competition is organized within the National Program for Prevention of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases 2014-2020 by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the WHO Regional Office in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross, the National Center of Public Health and Analyses, Coalition for Smoke-Free Life and Bulgaria Without Smoke Association.

The national poster competition covers two age groups: students from IX-XII grade, and students and doctoral students. In the first group 9 posters are ranked, in the second - 12.

There will be no official award ceremony in relation with the anti-epidemic measures. The awarded participants will receive diplomas and prizes by mail. The Ministry of Health expresses its gratitude to all participants who participated in the National Poster Competition: "Let's talk openly about the consequences of tobacco!".

You can see the names of the winners in bulgarian here


120 leading world experts from 35 academic institutions and UN agencies have studied more than 40 indicators in this year's report of the magazine Lancet, on climate change and human health. It examines the latest global health profile of climate change in the context of unprecedented conditions and challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 The new report will be presented at an online workshop of 16.12.2020 in Bulgaria with the participation of international experts.

The event is organized jointly by the Ministry of Health, NCPHA, the Bulgarian office of the WHO and the Bulgarian Red Cross, among the speakers is Prof. Tsveta Georgieva from NCPHA.

Climate change is threatening the health of people around the world, this is no longer a problem of the future, experts conclude. Our food supplies are compromised, our land is burning, our air is polluted, and the hospitals and clinics we rely on are under increasing pressure. Yet the response to climate change offers a brighter future for global health. Clearer skies, healthier diets and better for living cities.


Eurocom TV, October 2, 2020

Healthy eating is important in a pandemic. It has been established that malnutrition leads to a higher incidence of infectious diseases, as well as to their more severe course, said in the studio of Eurocom TV Assoc. Prof. Lalka Rangelova from the Food and Nutrition Department at NCPHA.

Overeating, which consumes more nutrients and energy, also has its side effects. It has already been proven that obese people recover from COVID-19 harder because the coronavirus is released more slowly from fat cells, explained Assoc. Prof. Rangelova.

In a pandemic, nutrition should be varied and balanced, and vitamins A and D should not be overdosed.

You can watch the whole show here

bTV, "Tazi Sutrin", November 26, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic broke out suddenly and flooded the world in a short time.

According to studies during social isolation this spring, between 80 and 90% of people of working age monitored the flow of information almost 24 hours a day. The pandemic also favors the creation of fake news, often fueling horror and apocalyptic expectations.

What are the side effects of the pandemic on mental health, how it affects anxiety, medication, increasing domestic violence, are some of the topics discussed in the studio by Dr. Vladimir Nakov, head of the Department of Mental Health at NCPHA. He also presented the latest data of the institution related to this aspect of the pandemic.

You can watch the whole show (after the 55th second of the video) here

There are 30 projects of students from 1st to 12th grade from all over the country nominated in the XI edition of the National Student Competition "Ambassadors of Health" for the academic year 2019/2020.

The competition is organized within the National Program for Prevention of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases 2014-2020 at the initiative of the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Environment and Water, WHO Office in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross.

The National Center of Public Health and Analyses is a partner of the initiative.

You can get acquainted with the press release about the results of the competition here Information about the nominated projects in Bulgarian: 1–4 grade, 5–7 grade, 8–12 grade


BNR, "Horizont do obed", November 17, 2020

A varied and balanced diet is important for maintaining good immunity during Covid-19. At the same time, it is recommended not to use uncontrollably food supplements containing selenium, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin C.

"When taken in large quantities, vitamin D is hepatotoxic and is deposited in the body's depots, it can have an adverse effect on kidney function and bone system. The unchecked intake of high doses in the long run hides health risks ", warned in the program" Horizont do obed" Prof. Dr. Veselka Duleva, Head of the Department of Food and Nutrition at NCPHA.

You can hear the whole conversation here

EUROCOM TV, “Akademia Zdravitel”, November 17, 2020

Prof. Tsveta Georgieva, head of the GMO laboratory at the National Center of Public Health and Analyses, explains and comments on the numerous aspects of the topic of genetically modified organisms and their application in various fields, such as agriculture, industry, medicine, pharmacy. In the program, Prof. Georgieva also informed about the strict European regulations, including the restrictions in the Bulgarian legislation related to the use of GMOs in food.

You can watch the whole show here

ESPAD: Drinking and smoking among teenagers are declining. The risky use of cannabis and new addictive behaviors are a cause for concern

Cigarette and alcohol use among 15-16 year olds tends to decrease, but the potentially risky use of cannabis and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviors are a cause for concern. These are the conclusions of the data in the new report of the European School Research Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), presented today. The study, conducted in partnership with the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), is based on representative studies in 35 European countries, including 25 EU member states.

The whole report can be found here Additional information, data, tables, graphs here


bTV, "This Morning", October 9, 2020

The presence of hazardous chemicals in toys was found by an inspection of bTV after a chemical analysis that showed multiple exceedances of the permissible levels of phthalates used in plastics.

Children have more active ventilation and metabolism and phthalates are even more dangerous for them, explained Assoc. Prof. Valentina Baghdasaryan from NCPHA. They may be separating continuously while in the hands of the child. The higher temperature during the winter heating of the room or in the sun also causes the release of phthalates and so they may enter the child's body not only by direct swallowing, warned Assoc. Prof. Baghdasaryan. Phthalates do not have acute toxicity, but have time-related toxicity and it may be prolonged at low doses. They affect the reproductive system, and in particular boys. They can cause tumors or enlargement of the liver. Such toys have no place on the market, commented Assoc. Prof. Baghdasaryan.

You can watch the whole show here

Trud, November 3, 2020

As of today, 20 employees of the National Center of Public Health and Analyses will be available to the Sofia Regional Health Inspectorate.
Their goal is to support their colleagues engaged in the implementation of state health control, incl. by handing over prescriptions and updating the data in the National Information System for Combating COVID-19 et al.

You can read all the information here