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EU Summit on airways diseases, air pollution and mobile health
Digital tools are already part of our daily life, whether they are mobile applications or connected machines. In health, digital tools can play a key role in allowing guided self-management, leading t ...

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Sweden is closer to ban smoking outdoors, as asked by patients
It is well recognized today that tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing diseases like respiratory tract infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But law has been  ...

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WHO encourages European action on air pollution to protect health
On the 13th of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli participated in a briefing organised by our partner Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) together with the World Health Org ...

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Good push for better air quality, but not indoors
The Council’s Presidency has an important impact on EU policy. Since January 2018, Bulgaria is holding the presidency and therefore establishing the priorities of the council for first 6 months of 201 ...

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Air quality: Many Member States not complying, EU softens pollution targets
Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe and is one of EFA’s main concerns, as airways diseases patients are particularly affected by dirty air. According to the World Health Organisa ...

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Our own homes are making us sick: Energy efficiency is part of the cure
Editorial: EFA President, Mikaela Odemyr. Published on Euractiv. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, the quality of our homes, schools and workplaces is a critical public health issue. Grow ...

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Air pollution is everywhere, but in what form? – ERS Masterclass
Whilst the air we breathe has immediate effects on our health, the quality and control of the air depend on many factors, sometimes unknown to patients because too technical. We thank in advance the E ...

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Build Up Webinar: Health performance of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
EFA continue to raise awareness on indoor air pollution and the need to improve Indoor Air quality (IAQ). This time, EFA's Roberta Savli explained ‘The importance of good IAQ and ventilation’ at the B ...

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Irish patients will not breathe smoky coal anymore
On the 5th December, the Irish National Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, announced a full Smoky Coal Ban for Ireland. Bituminous, or smoky, coal creates d ...

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EFA calls for the right to good indoor air quality at REHVA conference
EFA Director of Strategy and Policy Roberta Savli participated on the 14th November at the “Delivering healthy & energy efficient building with Energy performance on Buildings Directive (EPBD)” su ...

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Europe beyond coal campaign at COP 23
According to a new health impact modelling, in 2015 the EU’s coal fleet alone was responsible for an estimated 19,500 premature death, 10,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults and 458,000 asthma a ...

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Indoor Air Quality vaguely covered in the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive
The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE  ...

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Timid health activities planned for 2018 by the European Commission
The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c ...

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Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe – New Lancet’s report
Pollution in the air, water, soil and in the workplace is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths, according to a ground-breaking  ...

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400,000 Europeans die due to air pollution annually
Air pollution continues to cause the premature death of more than 400,000 Europeans annually. This is one of the conclusion shown on the new Air quality in Europe 2017 launched by the European Environ ...

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Our recommendations to improve air quality in urban areas
Air quality is one of the priorities included in the European Union’s plan to develop European urban areas. This plan called Urban Agenda and composed by 12 priority themes essential to the developmen ...

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Environmental health community views to improve indoor air quality
EFA had the chance to touch base with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) membership who gathered in October 20-21 for HEAL’s Annual General Assembly. EFA Isabel Proaño and Roberta Savli repr ...

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Ireland proposes healthier homes for chronic respiratory patients
The Irish Government has adopted ‘The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme’ a plan to renovate the homes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with free energy efficiency upgrades to make them warme ...

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EFA stresses the need to reduce indoor air pollution at EUREKA conference
EFA participated on 15 September at the EUREKA Roadshow in Italy, as civil society representative. The conference, organised by European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) and the European Partne ...

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New findings confirm reducing environmental risk factors could reduce Chronic Respiratory Disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new report that demonstrates that addressing environmental risks is essential to reduce and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD). Among them, chro ...

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