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    Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

New tobacco cessation guidelines
Tobacco remains the most significant cause of premature death in the EU, responsible for almost 700,000 deaths every year. The European Union and its Member States have adopted different tobacco con ...

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EFA at the Spanish respiratory research network, CIBERES
On June 30th, EFA Ambassador to the South and Board Secretary Carlos Nunes participated in the annual open days of CIBERES, the Spanish Biomedical Research Network Center on Respiratory Diseases. Cibe ...

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Air pollution remains higher than in 2014
Outdoor air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature death in the European Union and its all inhaled though our lungs, our patients, children, older people are the most concerned.  ...

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EFA working groups update
Patient education working group On April 13th EFA Patient Education working group held a webmeeting to discuss the plans of the year, the agenda of the physical meeting in Florence in May and the di ...

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Swiss new learning air quality platform for pupils of aged 13 to 16
French and German speaking Swiss pupils, can now explore the air they breathe though an online platform put developed by Swiss federal office of environment. EFA Member the Swiss LungenUnion has colla ...

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New website! Steps to take to fly with medical oxygen
Are you or someone you know going on a trip and need to have medical oxygen therapy on-board a plane? We are delighted to launch a new EFA website to guide people with COPD and any other respiratory p ...

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COPD MOVE, we are looking for COPD patient ambassadors
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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Respira turns 10!
EFA Member the Portuguese COPD patients association RESPIRA has celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lisbon on the 23rd February. During the meeting they presented RESPIRA’s growth and activities during ...

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The first EP event of the year put the focus on health: Act. Believe. Care.
Chronic respiratory diseases need public policy solutions at European level to respond to increasing disease prevalence, unmet treatment needs, high cost of hospitalisations, work and school sick-leav ...

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First congress of allergy respiratory patients in Spain
On the occasion of World COPD Day EFA Spanish Member FENAER, organized the First Congress of Allergy and Respiratory Patients in Madrid. During the event, FENAER presented the outcome of their latest  ...

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Respira promotes day to day outdoor breathing activities
EFA’s Member Respira together with a private company and a public hospital launched. The project Breath: a Day to Day Activity with the objective to promote outdoor activities in Lisbon parks for Resp ...

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FENAER organises first respiratory patients congress in Madrid
EFA Member the Spanish Federation of Respiratory Diseases’ Associations (FENAER) is organising the first ever respiratory patients symposium in Spain.  The symposium will gather the patien ...

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Chronic diseases in Europe: the Commission is urged to act
EFA, the European Chronic Diseases Alliance (ECDA) and other public health organisations have sent an open letter to the European Commission urging them to act on chronic diseases. Chronic diseases  ...

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European Medicines Agency celebrates 10 years of collaboration with patients
Our continuous input into the information, evaluation and safety and development policies of medicines in Europe is an achievement that we celebrate, especially after the renewal of EFA membership to  ...

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European Parliament fights illicit trade of tobacco products
In the EU, tobacco continues to be the most significant cause of premature deaths responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year. One week after the World No Tobacco Day, the European Parliament rat ...

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New air quality legislation approved in Europe
A deal on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive has been reached under the Dutch Presidency of the European Union between the Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.  ...

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Take part in the Commission public consultations for patient-friendly clinical trials
In the month of June, the European Commission has launched four new public consultations on clinical trials. The consultations are on risk proportionate approaches, on the summary of the clinical tria ...

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Map and improve patient education in Europe – Participate in EFA’s survey
As part of our work to improve timely and equal access to quality care for allergy, asthma and COPD patients in Europe, specifically self-management, EFA is launching a survey on patient education to  ...

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Increasing tobacco awareness among teenagers in Portugal
EFA Portuguese member RESPIRA has run awareness campaigns in Portuguese schools to inform about tobacco. The sessions were led by ex-smokers that gave a vivid testimony of their experiences with tobac ...

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Norway closer to adopt plain tobacco packaging
Thanks to public calls from patient organisations like EFA Member the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Foundation (NAAF), the Norweigian Minister of Health has sent to Parliament a proposal to adopt a new ...

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