Press releases

EFA Commemorates World COPD Day 2011

Brussels, 15 November 2011 - EFA commeorates World COPD Day 2011 with a press relese to simultaneously acknowledge the work accomplished during the Second COPD Workshop hosted by MPs Seán Kelly and Karin Kadenbach at the European Parliament on 9 November. The meeting on the eve of World COPD Day 2011 successfully brought together policymakers, doctors, patients and other stakeholders to discuss the necessary directions for the research and treatment

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Virtual lung models set to personalise asthma and COPD treatment

On World Asthma Day 2011 (3 May), A team of international experts are set to develop a pioneering tool to help tailor the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as part of a new EU project. The 5-year AirPROM* project, which is being launched this month (May 2011), will create computed and physical models of the whole airways system, to help scientists and doctors predict how patients might react to different treatments.

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Art contest to show what life is like with asthma

On World Asthma Day 2011 (3 May), people with asthma and severe asthma in Europe are being encouraged to get creative for a unique art contest which will explore what it is like to live with the condition. The contest is open to people of all ages and will help bridge the gap between doctors’ understanding of the condition and a person’s experience of it. EFA Press release - About the contest and how to join

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EFA announces kick-off of the MeDALL project

Barcelona, 24 January 2011 - EFA is today attending the kick-off meeting of the MeDALL project (Mechanisms of the Development of ALLergy) in Barcelona. EFA is a partner in this project, which aims to increase understanding of allergy in Europe, improve and mainstream allergy managment practices, and and develop prevention of allergy in general. EFA press release

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EFA launches video clip to mark World COPD Day 2010

Brussels, 17 November 2010 - "It took me 3/4 hours to walk 259 yards (228m)' said Allan Stone, COPD patient. The video clip presents Allan's experience of living with COPD, key information on the disease, the launch of the EFA publication on COPD in twelve European countries and the EFA Call to Action at the European Parliament in June 2010. Media Alert

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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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