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

EFA Patients at the leading respiratory (ERS) and dermatology (EADV) congresses
EFA Patients travelled in a delegation of five to the European Respiratory Congress to present our patients perspective on allergy, asthma and COPD to a public of more than 20,000 participants from in ...

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COPD already ranks as the second cause of death worldwide
Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease report 2017 has found that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is already the second highest killer all over the world, accounting for 5.36% of total deaths, ...

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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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EU’s future: patients have a say
EFA has participated to the ongoing discussion on the future of the European Union, a debate set back in March with the European Commission White Paper on the Future of Europe. EFA provided a formal c ...

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Hungary, 5th European country adopting plain packaging of tobacco
Hungary has become the 5th country to implement plain packaging within the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Scientific evidence shows that plain packagi ...

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New updates on U-BIOPRED, supported by EFA
The U-BIOPRED (Unbiased BIOmarkers in PREDiction of respiratory disease outcomes) outcomes, in which EFA contributed, have been summarised in an interview published by European Respiratory & Pulmo ...

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World COPD patients meet in Milan
EFA Director of Policy and Strategyr Roberta Savli participated at a Global conference on COPD representing EFA, its members and European COPD patients. The meeting took place in Milan on 13th -  ...

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Bulgarian patients organise a concert to inform about of air pollution
EFA member, the Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA), organised on 2nd September an acoustic concert in the cave "God's eyes" under the title "Better air for better ...

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“The word “I can’t” must not exist when you live with COPD”
Since the beginning of the year we have introduced you to COPD patients who help themselves through regular exercise in their own terms. People like us who one day get the heavy diagnosis of a tough,  ...

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Sign up and join the march for the more than 300 million people with Allergy and Asthma
You are still on time to join the 4,200 signatories of the Call to Action on Allergy and Asthma Sign now! http://www.callallergyasthma.eu/
Fossil fuel subsidies cost around €330 billion annually on airways diseases
A new report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, shows that  every  year, air pollution from mostly fossil fuel combustion cuts short the lives of an e ...

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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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