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EFA Members’ News – May 2014

In May, EFA’s Members led allergy and asthma related activities during the World Asthma Day 2014. [caption id="attachment_5239" align="alignright" width="300"] Boxes from the Finnish Pieni Ele fundraising campaign[/caption] The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation participated in the “Pieni Ele” (a small gesture in Finnish) fundraising campaign. The campaign, organized in parallel to the European elections, was a result of a collaboration

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New European Parliament!

The new European Parliament will have 751 seats compared to the 766 existing in the old Parliament. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) will remain the largest group with 214 seats, ahead of the 191 for the centre-left Socialists & Democrats, according to the latest count. The rest of the groups present varying degrees of success in the election, as shown in the chart below. This might be one of the most important elections to date

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New Tobacco Measures from 2016

New Tobacco Measures from 2016 The EU has finally published the Tobacco Products Directive After being formally adopted last March by the Council of the European Union, the executive institution at EU level, the Tobacco Products Directive has finally been published and will enter into force in May. It grants Member States a two-year transposition period to implement the provisions contained in the directive in their respective countries. Given that

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European Parliament Elections

The new and the old: past European Parliament achievements and elections polls European Parliament achievements in public health during 2009-2014 During the last 5 years, 766 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) representing 28 countries have adopted decisions in 25 European Parliament (EP) specialised committees and sub-committees, organised 2,819 meetings and adopted 952 legislative acts. There were many discussions, debates and attempts to

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EU Public Health and Chronic Diseases

First ever EU Summit on Chronic Diseases On April 3 and 4, the European Commission organised the first ever EU Summit on Chronic Diseases. The World Health Organisation estimates that chronic diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the European region, accounting for 86% of all deaths. The EU health systems annually spend 700 billion Euros on treating chronic diseases, which amounts to 70-80% of all healthcare costs in the EU. The need to

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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day 2014 Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency. An asthma attack is the result of an inflammation of the air passages that reduces the flow of air in and out of the lungs. Despite the growing use of asthma medications, asthma control remains poor with around 10% of people with asthma suffering from severe asthma. As representatives of patients of asthma,

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EU projects update

  EFA attends the 2014 AirPROM Annual Meeting in Barcelona   The annual meeting for Airway Disease Predicting Outcomes through Patient Specific Computational Modelling (AirPROM) took place on April 24-25th with EFA staff members Susanna Palkonen, David Brennan and Marina Schmitz in attendance. The project, which began in 2011, seeks to create digital and physical models of airway systems of people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary

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EFA in meetings

  European Conference on Tobacco or Health   As announced in March, EFA was present in the sixth European Conference on Tobacco or Health in Istanbul (March 25-29). Jointly organised by the Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control and the National Coalition on Tobacco or Health under the auspices of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the congress gathered more than 400 tobacco control advocates, policy makers,

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The Third Health Programme (2014-2020)

The European Union launches a multiannual health framework with a 30% budget increase The European Parliament and the Council have recently adopted the Third Health Programme for the period 2014-2020. The Programme, presented in Brussels on April 11, will be the main tool to support the implementation of EU legislation on health and will finance projects and not-for-profit organisations aimed at enhancing health in Europe. Built on the experience

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EFA’s EU Innovative Research Projects event

EFA held a public event on June 17th entitled “Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the European Union benefit patients?” The examples of AirPROM, EARIP, MeDALL and U-BIOPRED presented four ongoing EU funded projects where patients are actively participating and should stand to benefit from their outputs. The representatives and patient representatives from each of these EU projects had the opportunity to present the

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EU patient empowerment

This month EFA features activities surrounding patient EU patient empowerment. It features EFA’s presentation of patient involvement within the EU project U-BIOPRED at a conference on patient empowerment and health literacy, the publication of EFA’s event report on its EMA workshop and an invitation for patients to join EUPATI. EFA presents U-BIOPRED as model for patient involvement in clinical trials at the 2014 Careum Conference and participates

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EFA in meetings

This month EFA President spoke about asthma at IMI staff meeting, EFA met with the US COPD Coalition on collaboration as well as European Disability Forum. Other meetings are highlighted in other sections of this ezine.   EFA president tells about asthma at IMI event The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) invited EFA’s Breda Flood, as a patient and Scott Wagers, who is among others involved with the IMI funded research project U-BIOPRED,

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