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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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Press Release: EFA’s position on Alpro precautionary warnings

Leading brand soya products no longer guaranteed safe for people with nut allergies EFA, the umbrella organisation representing people with food allergy in Europe, is deeply concerned about the latest developments on the use of precautionary labelling by Alpro, one of the biggest suppliers of soya products in Europe, which could result in decreased quality of life and life-threatening consequences for many people with allergy. The company has decided

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Joint EAACI – EFA Press Release on EP Written Declaration

177 Members of the European Parliament call for coordinated European action on allergies 24.1.2014 Brussels, Belgium Three months ago, 11 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) proposed a draft Written Declaration1  on recognising the burden of allergic disease, calling upon the Commission and Member States to recognise the burden of allergic disease and develop policy tools to combat this illness. At the end of the consultation period, the Declaration

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Press Release: EFA’s new book on Minimum Standards of COPD care

Standards of Care for COPD patients are not equal in Europe EFA reveals the state of play and releases Minimum Standards of Care to enable active patients participating in society COPD is a serious lung disease and will become the third leading cause of death by 2020, but how do patient associations view the care and preventative actions in Europe? EFA conducted a survey in 16 countries in Europe through its member associations on care as well as

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Press Release: EFA-ECC Event marked the World COPD Day 2013

Lessons to address the poor state of COPD care in Europe and research in Horizon 2020 To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) (1), and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) (2) organised an event (3) under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases

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Press Release: EFA-ECC Event to mark the World COPD Day 2013

For immediate release EFA and ECC host an Event to mark World COPD Day To mark World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day 2013, the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) are organising an event under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The conference entitled “What role for diseases and patients in shaping

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EAACI and EFA Joint Statement on EP Written Declaration on allergies

EAACI and EFA Joint Statement: Written Declaration by the European Parliament on allergies Europe’s Leading Patient and Academic Groups urge the EU to Tackle Burden of Allergic Disease Proposed European Parliament Written Declaration calls for coordinated European action 23.10.2013 Brussels, Belgium - Allergic diseases affect over 150 million Europeans, of whom some are affected by severe, debilitating diseases, but these are neglected as a public

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PRESS RELEASE: Discrimination against patients on aircraft!

Fancy going from Paris to Marseilles by plane? As an healthy passenger, you would pay 100 Euro. If you require oxygen on board the plane, the cost of the ticket can go up to 700 Euro! When you are a patient with a severe respiratory disease, even booking an ordinary flight can turn into a nightmare. The rules and prices regarding the use of oxygen on flights vary considerably between airlines in Europe, often leading to confusion for travellers,

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PRESS RELEASE: Ten easy steps to defeat difficult-to-manage asthma

What action would you take to stop 10 jumbo jets crashing every week of the year, to prevent the deaths of nearly 700 people on board each time, when regular systematic checks of each aircraft could virtually eliminate the problem?  Each day nearly 700 people die because of asthma. Most of these deaths are preventable, often related to inadequate long-term medical care. The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) launches today a briefing

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PRESS RELEASE: We need to secure real-time pollen monitoring in Europe!

Pollen emissions are not man-made and hence cannot be reduced by Member States action. That was the Commission’s reply to a question on facilitating real-time pollen monitoring in the EU, asked by the Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni earlier this year. While pollen might not be directly produced by humans, pollen emissions are very much affected by human activities. Therefore, EFA (the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations),

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PRESS RELEASE: Industry Guidance on Food Allergens has to be improved!

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients' Associations (EFA) welcomes the launch of FoodDrinkEurope Guidance on Food Allergen Management, but some improvements are essential. Setting out general principles to manage specific pre-packed food causing allergy, the Guidance represents a remarkable step forward, especially for countries that do not have such guidelines in place. Nevertheless, from EFA’s perspective there is still

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PRESS RELEASE: Help! Europe’s expertise in allergy is at risk

By 2040 every second patient in the EU will suffer from some type of allergy. Despite the fact that allergies affect more than 60 million people in all European countries, there is an alarming deficit and growing disparity in the number of allergists and number of severe allergy patients. In many European countries there are not enough allergists and general practitioners who are able to diagnose the disease at an early stage. This extremely worrisome

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