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Research Grant Available from International Ragweed Society
The International Ragweed Society (IRS) is offering 3 grants (2 oral presentations and 1 poster) for young ragweed researchers. Applicants must be under 35 years of age. Only applicants with an acce ...

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IMI GetReal COPD case study
On the 9th of September, the Chair of the EFA COPD Working Group, Michael Wilken, represented COPD patients’ views on the IMI GetReal COPD case study workshop held in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in ...

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Patients’ input in research: the soonest and the deepest, the better
The involvement of patients in research projects is often limited to the participation in clinical trials or other forms of research where patients provide samples. To overcome this common limitation, ...

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Asthma and COPD patients leading healthcare – Project pilot in Spain
EFA EU Policy and Membership Office Jelena Malinina attended the final conference of the EU funded project PALANTE presented eHealth solutions devoted to enhancing the role of patients in the manageme ...

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Getting closer to solve the severe asthma puzzle - U-BIOPRED Results Symposium
On the 24th of June, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry and patient advocates gathered in Leuven for the U-BIOPRED results symposium. U-BIOPRED is an IMI funded project aimed at increasin ...

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Responsible health research involving patients: myAirCoach case
On the 8-9th of July, EFA will represent myAirCoach consortium at the Responsible Research Innovation-ICT 2015 workshop. The workshop is a European Commission DG Connect initiative together with the R ...

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ATOPICA Results: The air concentrations of allergenic ragweed pollen could quadruple in Europe by 2050
Early this year, EU-funded Project Atopica presented its final results: were published! The main aim of the project was to further understand how global and regional climate, land use and air quality  ...

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School-based programme reduced absenteeism due to asthma
We are in the middle of the final exam period at school and students all over the world are doing their best to perform great. However, kids that have missed some lessons due to health issues might fi ...

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Novel vaccine could open new horizons against house dust mites allergy
Many asthma patients have dust mite allergy, but maybe not for so long: researchers from France and Austria have developed a new preventive vaccine. House dust mites are microscopic organisms that t ...

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Twitter can predict asthma-related emergency rooms visits
American researchers have analysed asthma-related tweets, along with data from air quality sensors, to successfully predict how many sufferers would visit the emergency room on a given day. Sci ...

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Poor air quality in European schools
Children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools in many countries in the WHO European Region, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly fu ...

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World leaders adopt the first ever resolution on air pollution and health
On the 18th-26th of May, world health leaders gathered in Geneva for the 68thsession of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the heal ...

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Enabling Air Travel with Oxygen in Europe Booklet
EFA Booklet:  Stop discrimination against patients on board aircrafts! For patients requiring oxygen on board planes, an ordinary flight can turn into a nightmare. The rules and prices reg ...

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Red meat allergy
Background: We have observed patients clinically allergic to red meat and meat-derived gelatin. Objective: We describe a prospective evaluation of the clinical significance of gelatin sens ...

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Launch of EFA Respiratory Allergy Book at European Parliament
On the 22 of November, EFA marked the launch of its new book on respiratory allergies. The event took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. The aim of the EFA respiratory allergy book is  ...

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Launch Event of EFA Allergy Book and Call to Action
EFA hosted an event in Room A5E-3 (Alteiro Spinelli Building) at the European Parliament in Brussels to launch the EFA Book on Respiratory Allergies in Europe: Raising Awareness, Relieve the Burden. & ...

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EFA Book on Respiratory Allergy in Europe: Relieve the Burden
This book, published in November 2011, contains the first comprehensive survey of its kind conducted “by patients, for patients” reporting on the diagnosis, quality and accessibility of best practices ...

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EFA Book on COPD in Europe: Sharing and Caring
The EFA Book on COPD was published in June 2010, presenting COPD as a preventable and treatable disease which undermines European society by reducing productivity among the working population, while i ...

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First Allergy Cookbook published by EFA
The Pulmonary and Allergy Patients Association of Slovenia have published the first allergy cookbook in the style of the Belgian ‘Fondation pour la Prevention des Allergies’ (FPA)’s  ...

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