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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NOVA TV, "On your side", October 29, 2020

Starting next year, many more drug tests will be purchased for testing drivers. In the last month alone, more than 200 drivers have tested positive for narcotics, informs us a NOVA report.

"From the lack of reactions to euphoria and aggression, this is generally the effect of drugs" - said Dr. Vladimir Nakov, head of the department “Mental Health” at NCPHA. – “When using depressants (alcohol, cannabis and benzodiazepines) people have delayed reactions, their overall perception of the route have deteriorated. Those that activate the central nervous system change our behavior as regard to activation - that is, we become more aggressive, harsher, less restrained, and have more unpredictable reactions.”

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Prof. Veselka Duleva, Head of the Department of Food and Nutrition at NCPHA and National Consultant in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Ministry of Health, was awarded for overall contribution at the annual awards "Access to Good Food - 2020".

Prof. Duleva actively participates in the development of the national food policy and normative base related to the food and nutrition of the population in Bulgaria.

She has extensive research and teaching experience, more than 100 scientific publications and over 150 participations in scientific forums at home and abroad, lecturer and leader of postgraduate courses for medical doctors, as well as the Basic course in medicine "Nutrition and dietetics ”

The awards were established in 2014 and among the main criteria for nomination are activities to promote the initiative, as well as those related to production, trade and public debate in order to expand access to good food. The contribution to the development of partnerships between the various sectors in the field of food is also taken into account.


bTV, "This Morning", October 27, 2020

There are no data on persons being infected with coronavirus through food – consumption is considered safe, but under one condition: observance of good hygiene practices, such as shopping with a mask, hand disinfection and maintaining cleanliness both in the store and after at home, pointed out in the studio of "This Morning" Prof. Veselka Duleva, head of the Department of "Food and Nutrition" at NCPHA.
According to her, on surfaces the virus can survive for about 3 hours, and even these results are achieved mainly in strictly controlled in terms of light, temperature and humidity conditions.

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BNR, Horizont, October 16, 2020

"There is no connection between electromagnetic fields and radiation and viruses, much less with the coronavirus." This was said for BNR by Prof. Michel Israel from the National Center of Public Health and Analyses. "Mobile thermometers are safe for children's health, with which the temperature at the school entrance is measured every morning. This is not an infrared light, just a red lamp. The operation of the thermal frames on the checkpoints is different, because they radiate so that they can detect metal objects, but they can be passed through in seconds”, the expert explained.

You can hear the whole interview here, 8.10.2020

A new mental health strategy has been prepared by the Ministry of Health. The project envisages better financing of specialists in this field, relocation of psychiatric hospitals and construction of centers for complex care and rehabilitation. Will all this solve the problems for patients with mental illness, will they finally receive care and a life worthy of the 21st century, we asked Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov. He is a psychiatrist, director of the NCPHA and one of the co-authors of the project.

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English translation

Channel 3, "Social Network", October 13, 2020
"The incidence of anxiety disorders and depression is not increasing in Bulgaria during the COVID pandemic. Increased demand for the so-called sedatives is noted, but this does not mean illness. In March 2020, there was a 12% increase in acute alcohol intoxication compared to the same month last year. More and more young people are turning to a psychiatrist because they realize what mental health means, "said Dr. Zahari Zarkov of the National Center of Public Health and Analyses on the Social Network.
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