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

Building up an association for Georgian patients
On the 31st of May EFA met with Dr Maia Rukhadze from Georgia, who is a leading allergologist working in Tbilisi. Dr Rukhadze, a patient herself, is confronted with a steep rise on the prevalence of a ...

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Comic on COPD diagnosis and treatement
Material: A comic explaining how is COPD diagnosed and treated Original name: La BPCO, Broncho Pneumopathie Chronique Obstructive Author: French Federation of Friends of Lung and Respiratory  ...

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Do you know what COPD is?
Material: Do you what COPD is? is a booklet that describes and defines chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, its causes, symptoms and treatments. It explain how patients can improve their qualit ...

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Protect yourself in winter time (COPD)
Material: Protect yourself in winter time is a booklet that provides information regarding the protections that CODP patientes should take  during winter time. It explains the importanc ...

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Pneumonia
Material: Pneumonia is a booklet that explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of pneumonia and its incidence in Portugal.  Original name: A pneumonia Author: Portuguese Ass ...

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Use correctly the inhalers
Material: The booklet explains the basics of inhalers, their conception, the different types and why and how they should be used to obtain the best results and efficiency. Original name ...

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COPD videos
Material: This series of asthma videos explain what is lung disease and how COPD works. It explores how to deal with the disease, especially in the case of exacerbations, how to exercise, or live with ...

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Lung research
Material: This series of lung research videos explain some of the elements of that are being studied now. There are videos about growth factors when repairing damaged lungs and how to get stem cells b ...

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Lung diseases explained
Material: This video series looks into lung disease, from chronic disease such as asthma or COPD, to momentaneous conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis or pleurities. Original name:Wat gebeurt er in ...

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Exercises for healthy lungs
Material: The video provides a set of exercises to ensure healthy lungs. There are nine exercises that can help loosen and expel secretions, stretch the thorax, strengthen muscles which relate to ...

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COPD inhaler technique videos and documentation
Material: This series of videos presents the different COPD inhalers and shows how to use them correctly. There are guidelines to help patients and healthcare professionals.  Original name ...

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Guide to help and encourage smokers to quit tobacco
Material: Guide to help and encourage smokers to quit tobacco Original name: Tänään on oikea päivä and I dag är rätta dagen and Сегодня правильный день Author: The Organisation ...

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Guide on indoor air quality to identify mold and dampness at home
Material: Guide for lung disease patients cope with oxygen treatment at home Original name: Sisäilmaopas and Guide om inneluft Author: The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland ...

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AirPROM brings a promising scanning tool for respiratory patients
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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World No Tobacco Day - Asthma, allergy and COPD patients want plain packaging of tobacco in Europe
Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable deaths and diseases, causing 700,000 deaths every year in the European Union. Yet the number of Europeans starting to smoke as young as 15 continues to in ...

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EU adopts new rules for medical devices – Patients will have better information on devices
On the 25th of May 2016, the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Parliament agreed new rules for evaluation and market access of medical dev ...

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European mHealth guidelines (almost) ready
The working group established this year by the European Commission is rapidly developing the guidelines for assessing the validity and reliability of mobile health applications. Following last face to ...

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Guidelines to assess quality of care include patient outcomes
At the end of April, the EC expert group on health systems performance assessment (HSPA) composed of European countries health authorities and international organisations, published its first report:  ...

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RESPIRA celebrates World No Tobacco Day in Portugal
Tobacco kills 32 people a day in Portugal. To raise awareness of the main cause of COPD, RESPIRA in partnership with a group of pharmacies set up a campaign at national level to draw attention about t ...

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Guide to help and encourage pregnant women to quit smoking
Material: Guide to help and encourage pregnant women to quit smoking Original name: Mikä onkaan parempi syy lopettaa tupakointi? and Det finns ingen bättre orsak att sluta röka! Author:  ...

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