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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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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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Press Release: EFA Calls for Strategy at Chronic Diseases Summit

Patients with asthma, allergy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease call for an EU strategy on chronic diseases European institutions must take the lead to tackle respiratory diseases affecting more than half of EU citizens The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) participates today and tomorrow in the first-ever EU Chronic Diseases Summit to call on the EU institutions to adopt an EU strategy on

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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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EFA Member News

News from EFA’s members this month includes worrying details of legislative changes in Belgium which could negatively impact EFA’s members in the country and an update from EFA’s members working on national allergy and asthma programmes in their countries.   Prévention des Allergies: Meeting with EFA in Brussels highlights concerning changes for the representation of Belgian patients with allergy, asthma and COPD On March 13th, Suzanne

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