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EFA Patients will discuss at the European Parliament

Benefits of EU research on allergy, asthma and COPD On June 17th 2014, EFA invites all stakeholders interested in ongoing EU-funded research initiatives for allergy, asthma and COPD to the European Parliament for the event “Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the European Union benefit patients?”. The event will be hosted by Catherine Stihler, Member of European Parliament underscoring the importance of innovative

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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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Consultation on fragance allergens

The European Commission might include new measures for fragrance allergens The European Commission has recently launched an open consultation on fragrance allergens to respond to new allergic reactions to certain cosmetics. To date, legislation regulating cosmetic products provides that perfume should be listed as ingredient under the words “parfum” or “aroma”, while a total of 26 fragrance allergens should be explicitly mentioned. However,

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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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Press Release: World Asthma Day 2014

“Know your air for health” aims to help us breathe more easily Improving air quality can limit the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems in children and adults, say HEAL/EFA on the launch of the “Know your air for health” website today. Information on the website sheds light on how air pollution is implicated in the development and rise of asthma, and provides tips on reducing exposure – for example, by checking local pollution

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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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EFA Member news

New campaign and tools for allergy-friendly schools in Belgium Prévéntion des Allergies, in partnership with the Flemish patient organisation Allergienet launched on April 22nd, “Allergie à L’École”, a school campaign that aims at improving awareness of allergy sympthoms and treatments at school, especially anaphylaxis. The widespread problem of allergies in school is a continued concern from parents across Belgium, where 1 in 4 children

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