• Medicine 1

    When patients are involved, medical research results become meaningful solutions

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    We provide patient input to the latest research for chronic diseases

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    Improving patient knowledge and involvement in clinical trials

Some patients with asthma are affected… SEVERELY!
In March we travelled to the UK and kicked-off our new project “Severely, Asthma!”, a video series that explores the different issues impacting the life of severe asthma patients. Severe asthma is sub ...

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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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MyAirCoach will be presented at the most influential 2018 digital health conference
MyAirCoach is almost a reality! The consortium will participate at HIMSS & HEALTH 2.0 conference in Spain next May 27-29, the most influencial eHealth at EU level that will help expose this soluti ...

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Asthma Society of Ireland phone line helped 70% of those under 50 to avoid missing school or work as a result of their asthma
EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland FREE Adviceline service has showed extensive positive impacts for service users. The recent partnership research showed that 70% of service users aged 50 years ...

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Take the survey: does your lung disease affect family planning and pregnancy?
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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Asthma patients are testing myAirCoach
In the last three years EFA has worked on the development of myAirCoach, a mHealth system for asthma patients. Now it’s time to test the system in real life and assess its effectiveness and whether it ...

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UK patients not getting their basic asthma care
EFA member Asthma UK published in February their biggest Annual Asthma survey up to date: 7,000 patients responded on their daily difficulties because of asthma. The survey included this year new ques ...

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Higher grades for the Swedes studying in rooms with clean air
There seems to be a connection between indoor air quality in classrooms and school results in Sweden. EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association went through the country's best schools list in  ...

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Severely, Asthma! project
Approximately 30 million people suffer from asthma in Europe, and 5-10% of them have severe asthma. Severe asthma is a type of asthma where, despite people taking their regular preventer medication on ...

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The promising future of myAirCoach smart inhaler
In January 2015 the myAirCoach consortium met for the first time in Thessaloniki. Three years later we came back to Greece with lots of excitement for finally seeing the myAirCoach mobile asthma monit ...

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Respiratory patients will walk the Road to Santiago: join the group!
FENAER member Alfa-1 Spain organises, in the last week of August 2018, the “Alfas en Camino 2018”, the inspiring exercising trail towards Santiago de Compostela, adapted for respiratory patients. &nbs ...

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#Scarfie, the Asthma UK prevention campaign for this winter
Winter time may be hard for asthma patients. Cold air can irritate airways, triggering asthma symptoms and sometimes asthma attacks. To give hints for patients to avoid cold, EFA member Asthma UK ha ...

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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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Spanish respiratory patients can access online physiotherapy for free
EFA Member the Spanish FENAER has launched a website to support patients with pulmonary rehabilitation online and for free. The website can be opened in all devices and offers several videos, 3 minute ...

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Singing Christmas carols, another way of treating respiratory diseases
Since October, Asmamadrid, part of EFA member FENAER, organizes singing workshops with the objective of improving pulmonary capacity and better oxygenation control. The activity has been very well per ...

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EFA among the few patients representatives at GARD
EFA participated in the global GARD (Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases) meeting 2017 that took place in Brussels, Belgium the 9-11 November, represented by EFA Secretary of the Boar ...

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Looking for better outcomes for upper airways patients - European Rhinology Health Forum
EFA represented patients at the European Rhinology Research Forum 2017 on 9-10 November 2017, organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway diseases (EUFOREA) and&nb ...

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”No perfume in public places, please”, say the Swedes
EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association celebrated this November the Non Fragance Week. Fragrances can make people with asthma or allergy get sick easier so that is why the campaign, arrange ...

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EFA Finnish member also covers now rare skin diseases
EFA members have got to know the Finnish federation for being specialised in allergies and asthma. After being united with the Finnish Association for Skin Patients in March 2017, the target group of  ...

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Where are we at since the IgE discovery 50 years ago?
The discovery of IgE antibody (immunoglobulin E)  50 years ago by Gunnar Johansson and Hans Bennich in Uppsala, Sweden, revolutionised our understanding of allergy and allergic asthma.  ...

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What's new - Medical devices

EFA's Roberta Savli participated on the 25th of January in the Stakeholder Forum meeting of the BBMRI-ERIC. The meeting served to identify the priorities of action and to organize and agree on the wor ...

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On the 31st of January, the European Commission published a new proposal for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) cooperation in the European Union (EU)  beyond 2020. EFA welcomes this announcement ...

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Latest research - Medical devices

In November 2016, we met in Manchester with our partners of the Horizon 2020 project myAirCoach to track the status quo in all work-packages, the main results achieved in 2016 and to plan the third an ...

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EFA organised the final event of AirPROM, an EU funded project that during five years has pulled out the best knowledge of lung research in Europe to come up with a virtual model of the human lungs. E ...

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