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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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Adopting a New Approach to Allergies, Introducing the Finnish Allergy Program 2008-2018

Helsinki, 8-9 November 2012 - Representatives from the Finnish Allergy Programme (FAP) joined participants from three EFA member delegations visiting Helsinki from Bulgaria, Italy and Norway to educate them on the FAP's origins and successful implementation. The two day  meeting introduced the FAP in a clear and understandable format, while allowing for an opportunity for the delegations to collaborate and brainstorm comparable national programmes

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May contains/contains food allergen labelling needs improvement

The adoption of the new EU regulation on the provision of food information to consumers by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU was welcomed by EFA as a positive step to enhance the protection of the health of people with allergies. Clear and understandable food information helps consumers make better-informed choices and safe use of food, important for people with food allergy or intolerance or with special dietary requirements because

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EU Policymakers and the European Allergy Community Joins EFA

Brussels, 22 November 2011 - The statistics speak for themselves: 1 in every 2 Europeans will suffer from an allergy by 2015, but what's worse is that their chronic condition is very likely to be underdiagnosed and undertreated. This is the message of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) to the European Parliament yesterday during the launch of its new book on respiratory allergies. EFA Press Release - EFA

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