WEBSITE: Take a look at the new website for the unique project "European Patients‘ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation" (EUPATI), funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative. The project aims to provide scientifically reliable, objective, comprehensive information to patients on medicines research and development.
WEB FEATURE: Soul Nutrition is a new, interactive, online support resource for patients and carers, and aims to enable them to cope with a diagnosis. Soul Nutrition offers three tools to help people cope more easily with life's challenges:
* The 'Happiness Calendar' is used to record three moments of happiness each day, helping to maintain a positive outlook, and build up a virtual 'cloud' of happy memories.
* 'Nourish' is a food diary to promote wellbeing, and offers advice on appropriate foods.
* 'Shift' is a life-coaching model which helps patients and carers recognise their strengths, and shift their balance in life, with the aim of to experiencing happiness more often.
Soul Nutrition was launched by Katie Sheen, founder of UK brain tumour charity Astro Fund. Soul Nutrition is available on a 30-day free trial, with a charge after of £9.99 [Euros 12.40; US$15.60] for six months and £18.99 [Euros 23.57; US$29.63] for a year. A minimum of 10% of the site's net profits go to the Astro Fund.
The Lancet's May 5th 2012 editorial examines the subject of patient empowerment. The editorial was reacting to the 1st European Conference on Patient Empowerment, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on April 11th-12th 2012, and hosted by the European Network on Patient Empowerment (ENOPE 2012). The conference was organized under the auspices of various official bodies, including the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Danish Ministry of Health, the Danish National Board of Health, and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.