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Delayed treatment of COPD Causes Avoidable Suffering

BRUSSELS, 6 November 2010 - EFA announced today the finalisation of a book for the first time analysing the ‘state’ of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Europe from patient perspective. COPD, although ranked the 4th cause of death in the EU, remains largely unknown. Recognising the urgent need to bring COPD out of the shadows, EFA collected information from patients associations from 12 European countries. The book will be launched

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IHO unite to call for European action to combat COPD

BRUSSELS, 14 July 2010 - COPD affects 44 million people in Europe and is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide. The WHO predicts it will become the 3rd by 2030. The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) launched a Call to Action on 30th of June at the European Parliament. EFA, the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Lung Foundation (ELF), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the

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Commission urged to come forward with another Environment and Health Action Plan

BRUSSELS, 1 July 2010 - The "Environment and Health and EU policy" session of the European Commission’s Open Health Forum meeting in Brussels 29th of June, co-organised by EFA and the Health and Environment Alliance, gave strong recommndation to the European Commission that European Union's role in protecting health through environmental policy could be enhanced by a visionary second European Union Environment and Health Action Plan (EHAP). Press

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EFA launches the first European Call to Action on COPD

BRUSSELS, 30 June 2010 - EFA has united EU officials, patients, NGOs and the medical community to address this major chronic disease and present the EFA book on COPD with a detailed Call to Action for Europe. Today, EFA is organising an event at the European Parliament to gather support on the need to adopt a common approach at EU level on COPD. COPD is a disabling disease, which causesgradual restriction of airflow and consequent difficulty in breathing,

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Will Europe Suffocate or Breathe?

BRUSSELS,16 June 2010 - On June 30th following the European Open Health Forum, EFA will hold an important event hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler, at the European Parliament in Brussels to mark the launch of a new European Call to Action on COPD. COPD affects approximately 44 million in Europe, and is the fourth leading cause of mortality. The “EFA Book on COPD in Europe. Sharing and Caring” shed light on this “underdiagnosed, undertreated and

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Live-saving decisions at the European Parliament on food labelling

BRUSSELS, 14 June 2010 - EFA together with the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) highlight the importance of the plenary vote at the European Parliament on the food labelling regulation on 16th of June. MEPs have a unique opportunity to improve the life of people with food allergy in several ways, through making information on non prepacked food mandatory, and through adopting an amendment which proposes to establish

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Governments not protecting the health of citizens

BRUSSELS, 10 June- The European Respiratory Society (ERS) together with the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) slam the non-action of the Council of Minster’s on the Industrial Emissions Directive. "Governments should not chicken out of their responsibility by seeking unnecessary derogations that fly in the face of the EU’s air quality targets. Citizen’s respiratory health can be improved through

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Today is World Asthma Day: All severe asthma is not the same!

BRUSSELS, 4 May 2010 - One person still dies of severe asthma every six hours in Europe. In order to inform patients, the public and healthcare professionals on severe asthma and research progress, the U-BIOPRED consortium is launching its website today! EFA is a proud partner of the U-BIOPRED. Too few therapies are successfully developed for severe asthma and the U-BIOPRED project aims at fostering the development of targeted therapies, by proving

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Urgent need for change and an EU strategy to fight COPD

BRUSSELS, 18 November 2009 , World COPD Day - EFA launched today the 'EFA Book on COPD in Europe - Sharing and Caring for the first time from patient perspective comparing the care of people with COPD from patient perspective in 12 countries. The book sheds light on an “underdiagnosed, undertreated and neglected disease”. Mrs Catherine Stihler, MEP said “I highly commend the work of EFA. It is vital that people across Europe and the world are

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WHO and EFA Call for Global Action on Respiratory Disease

ROME, 11 June 2009 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases (EFA) today announced that they are bringing together over 150 international delegates to discuss the growing epidemic of Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) that affects one billion people worldwide. The conference will look into the role of patient organisations and the implementation of the GARD Action Plan 2008-2013 within the framework

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Know Your Air For Health

BRUSSELS, 19 November 2008, World COPD Day (WCD) - EFA and Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) launched today a website www.knowyourairforhealth.eu tailored to the needs of people with COPD and other respiratory diseases to check national and local air quality and to learn the steps they can take to minimise any adverse effects. The website also provides information about the current action of the European Union to improve air quality. EFA and

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Two thirds of people with asthma do not lead a full life

BRUSSELS, 6 May 2008, World Asthma Day (WAD) - Two in three people with asthma still feel that their condition is in some way preventing them achieving what they want from life and they want to know more. 'I am delighted that patients want to know more, prevent and take control of their asthma - we should all - patient organisations, health care professionals, policy makers and others support this and spring into action on asthma together with the

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