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SAVE THE DATE: World Atopic Eczema Day 14th September
On September 14th, EFA together with Global Skin we are marking the 2nd World Atopic Eczema Day with the theme BENEATH THE SURFACE to raise awareness and understanding of this allergic skin disease. A ...

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We spoke about adrenaline auto-injectors at the 2019 EAACI 2019 Congress
EFA participated in the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress, celebrated in Lisbon from 1st to 5th June. The Congress is the biggest world allergy forum in the world, a ...

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EFA response to EFSA consultation on the appropriate age for food diversification on babies
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched in April a public consultation on the appropriate age for the introduction of complementary feeding into an infants’ diet. EFA welcomed the initiativ ...

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EFA response to EMA consultation on information on lactose
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched a public consultation that discussed the ‘Information for the package leaflet regarding lactose used as an excipient in medicinal products for human use’.  ...

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Push for an EU strategic framework to prevent non-communicable diseases
The European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the Non-communicable Disease Alliance (NCD) have   developed the paper “Towards an EU-Strategic F ...

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EFA at the EU Green Week 2019
The implementation of environmental legislation was also the main topic of this year’s EU Green Week, which took place in several cities across Europe between 13 and 17 May. EFA participated in three  ...

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Finnish EU Presidency Programme: Health insights
From 1st of July onwards, Finland will lead the European Council’s work for six months. The Scandinavian country plans to focus on the Economy of Wellbeing – an umbrella topic that encompasses policie ...

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EFA atopic eczema scientific publications
Our study ITCHING FOR LIFE – Quality of Life and costs for people with severe atopic eczema in Europe continues to be to date the largest survey conducted in Europe on quality of life, with 1,189 seve ...

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Apply to participate in the IMI pool of patient experts
The Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) is a public-private partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry. It is working to improve health by speeding up the develop ...

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World Asthma Day: European grassroots initiatives to connect with the asthma community
On May 7th, airways diseases patients celebrated World Asthma Day all over the globe to raise awareness for the disease. In Europe, EFA communicated about current problems related to access to diagnos ...

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Event report of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma published
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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Can people in Europe afford to pay for healthcare? New WHO Report
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has conducted the first systematically report to monitor healthcare related financial protection in Europe. It focuses on financial hardship and unmet needs for hea ...

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EU leaders discuss Future of Europe in Sibiu: our health struggles to be a priority
On May 9th, the EU prime ministers and presidents convened in Sibiu (Romania) to discuss the Future of Europe. The purpose of the meeting was the renewal of the leaders’ commitment to the EU, as well  ...

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EFA joins academics in calling for EU health research in action for equality in health
EU health research has made significant strides in better knowledge on prevention and care related topics, but how can research actually promote equality in health. The third forum of the Horizon 2020 ...

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CURE asthma project news
In early May, CURE has been highlighted in an article presenting the project and its first results. The article can be found here. Furthermore, EFA did an interview with Prof. Dr. Johan Garssen, Mem ...

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FENAER asks for more nurses at schools to care for asthma
EFA Member, FENAER, has held a special meeting with the president of the Spanish nurses and physiotherapists trade union to promote the presence of nurses at school. In addition, FENAER carried out mu ...

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World Asthma Day in Italy
EFA Member, Federasma e Allergie Onlus Italia, attended a press conference on new initiatives for Asthma in the Gemelli Hospital, affiliated with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Rome. The ...

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HTA Stakeholder Forum discusses patients quality of life and involvement
On April 11th, EFA participated in the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EunetHTA) annual stakeholder forum in Amsterdam. The meeting brought together speakers and participants from v ...

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Delivering patient value discussed at EU Parliament
To mark the 13th European Patients’ Rights Day, EFA attended the conference on ‘Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system’ organised in the European Parliament by the Active Citizenshi ...

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EFA at Land Baden-Württemberg event on personalised medicine
Personalised medicine is both a big opportunity for patients but also a necessity for many people living with a chronic diseases whose severity does not respond to widespread treatments. On March 21st ...

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Latest research - COPD

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) are looking for information to understand how people with a lung condition are currently cared for  ...

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During 2017 we will promote physical exercise to improve the quality of life of patients living with COPD. The first videos have already been realised by our friends and patient advocates Günther Hirs ...

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