SKAT, "Healthy" Programme, 13.05.2019

The European Health Week (13-17 May 2019) is held for the first time, said Prof. Gena Grancharova, President of the Bulgarian Public Health Association. The initiative is organized by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), which brings together more than 20,000 public health professionals from 47 countries. The idea is to improve the public's awareness of health promotion, risk factors, the role of healthy lifestyles.
Assoc. Prof. Lalka Rangelova, MD, PhD from the Food and Nutrition Department at the NCPHA shared the main aspects of healthy eating in children and adults. You can watch the entire programme here., 13.05.2019

According to the first homeopathic care study in Bulgaria, launched in 2015, about 47% of patients are satisfied with homeopathic treatment. The data were presented by Assoc. Prof. Iliana Yaneva-Balabanska from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses. 93% of the patients surveyed observed that the reason for visiting a homeopath is a disease. 85% turn to a homeopath before they visit a doctor. A total of 527 doctors and dentists are surveyed, with about 95% believing that they need to continue attending courses for continuous homeopathy training. 85.7% want homeopathy to be recognized as a medical specialty.

NCPHA invites schools in the the European Network of Health Promoting Schools
Within the framework of the Project European Network of Health Promoting Schools NCPHA will methodologically support 20 schools to join the International network of health promoting schools in Europe. All others who are interested will receive methodical materials and the opportunity to join the network later. The project information, requirements and the questionnaire/school profile for the application can be found on the NCPHA website (at the link below).
The deadline for submitting the documents is May 20, 2019 (the date of the email is valid). They should be sent by e-mail to addresses:
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SKAT TV, Programme "Healthy", 22.04.2019
Can the cosmetics be dangerous to health, discussed Assoc. Prof. Anton Tachev, PhD, Head of the Department “Chemical substances and mixtures and food contact materials” at the NCPHA. As for the parabens in cosmetics, he commented that two or three of the parabens are no longer used. In general, they are a type of preservative ingredients that are extremely studied, have low toxicity and do not pose a health hazard. However, if cosmetics are free of parabens, they contain other types of preservatives - as stated by Assoc. Tachev - and if they are absent, it could be counterproductive due to the low durability and the special storage conditions of the products. Sun protection products should at least have SPF 6 and have a third UV protection.
You can watch the entire show here

Bulgarian National Radio, Horizont Programme, April 3, 2019
There is a tendency to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables and reduce the seasonal difference said to the BNR Prof. Veselka Duleva, Head of Food and Nutrition Department at the NCPHA. "Our latest data from 2014 show that there is a much higher consumption of fruits and vegetables in the summer-autumn period. The difference in consumption across seasons is about 20-30%. The most active age group is from 30 to 60 years of age. If about 64% of the population consume fruits every day during the winter-spring season, they are 92% in the summer. The average daily consumption of fruit and vegetables is 400 or more grams.
You can hear the entire interview here

24 hours Newspaper, 18 March, 2019

The source of the substance is also cigarette smoke. Studies show twice as high in smokers, said Assoc. Prof. Terry Vrabcheva from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses in an interview for 24 hours. In fact, there was always acrylamide in the food, we just did not know about it. Studies have been relatively recently conducted, but in medicine and nutrition science it has always been recommended to avoid frying and baking to a brown crust because it may increase the risk of stomach cancer, for example.
You can read the entire interview here

A team from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA) carried out training related to the protection of workers from the impact of non-ionizing radiation. It was attended by specialists and directors of the Regional Health Inspections (RHIs), members of the management of the “Labor Conditions” Fund, representatives of the Ministry of Health, occupational medicine and companies. The training was conducted in two stages and at a different level according to the qualification of the participants and their interests in the field of non-ionizing radiation. The experts were acquainted with up-to-date normative documents of the European legislation, regulations introduced in our country regulating the minimum requirements for ensuring the health and safety of the workers at risks related to exposure to non-ionizing radiation - artificial optical and laser radiation, electromagnetic fields. The Practical Guides to the two Regulations, which can be used by both the employers and the Occupational Health Services, the control bodies, the control laboratories, etc., which have been published on the website of the NCPHA, have been mainly addressed.

The WHO has released the Fourth Global Road Safety Annual Report 2018.
Information about Bulgaria is collected, analyzed and provided to the WHO by experts from the Ministry of Health (MoH), NCPHA, Ministry of Interior (MVR), State-Public Consultative Commission on Road Safety Issues (DOKKPBDP), Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC), National Statistical Institute (NSI) and Road Infrastructure Agency (API). The National Center for Public Health and Analyses is the leading institution in the preparation of the data for our country.

Specialists from NCPHA participate in an international working group to the NATO ResearchTaskGroup (RTG) - 298. The project is part of the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Collaborative Programme.

The main goal of the project, led by Professor Michel Israel from the NCPHA, is to develop limit values for high energy electromagnetic impulses as well as preventive measures for workers and the population in military exercises and actions by NATO countries. High-power pulse radio frequency fields in state-of-the-art technologies are increasingly being applied to both communication systems, and radar installations, as well as to new defense and weapon systems.

TV SKAT, "Healthy" telecast, 26.02.2019

Bulgaria has over 225 mineral springs said in the studio of "Healthy" telecast Dr. Vesela Georgieva, Head of "Microbiological Factors Unit" at the NCPHA.

Mineral water comes from a greater depth than the spring ones, which are younger waters. Minerals also have a higher temperature and richer mineral composition. These two types of waters have nothing to do with the underlying groundwaters, which can be reached with a probe in the yard, for example, Dr. Georgieva explained.

bTV Radio, 25.01.2019

Current data from a new epidemiological study on the prevalence of common mental disorders show that 14.5% of Bulgarians suffer from them at some point of their lives, Dr. Zahari Zarkov, Head of Mental Health Department at the NCPHA, said in an interview with bTV Radio. He added that 15 years ago this percentage was 19%. Women suffer 2-3 times more often than men from anxiety and depression and seek 3.5 times more help from a specialist.