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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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Guide for lung disease patients cope with oxygen treatment at home
Material: Guide for lung disease patients cope with oxygen treatment at home Original name: Opas kotihappihoidosta Author: The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland Language: Finnish  ...

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Practical guide to exercice safely for people with respiratory disease
Material: Practical guide to exercice safely for people with respiratory disease  Original name: Hengitä ja hengästy Author: The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland Language ...

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RESPIRA celebrates the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day
The Portuguese Chronic Respiratory Diseases patients’ organisation, RESPIRA, celebrated on April 21st the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day, were they asked for the establishment of a National Pulmonary Re ...

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48 tobacco additives could be banned in the European Union
The European Commission is due to develop by May 2016 a priority list of at least 15 additives contained in cigarettes and roll your own tobacco that will be prohibited. The list is part of the Tobacc ...

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In Memoriam of Luísa Soares Branco
It was with great sadness that we inform you about the passing of Luísa Soares Branco, the President of EFA Portuguese member RESPIRA. As a patient and patient leader, Luísa was thoroughly committed ...

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Making tobacco a thing of the past: WHO roadmap
A newly published roadmap of actions to strengthen implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the European Region 2015 – 2025  by the WHO European Region envisages a Eur ...

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First steps in harmonising COPD Care across Europe
Our 2014 report “Harmonizing Prevention and Other Measures for COPD Patients across Europe” revealed varying levels of COPD care across Europe. Following on from this research, and with the help of EF ...

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A respiratory tour of the world - Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases Report
We wrote in July that the WHO has put new focus on respiratory diseases through their ‘Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases’ where EFA is happy to be a founding member. The report from GARD’s  ...

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Bulgarian Advocacy Campaign to mark World COPD Day
COPD is among the most common chronic diseases in people over 45 years and one of the leading causes of death. However, the disease is commonly goes unrecognized. To mark World COPD Day on 18th Novemb ...

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FENAER’s New Board Elected and Updates on campaign activity
FENAER elected a new Board at their Extraordinary General Assembly held in November 2015 in Malaga. The new Board of Directors includes the newly elected President, Raquel Nieto from PULMÓNMADRID an ...

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COPD Patient Advocate elected to BREATH Research Steering Committee
BREATH is one of five chapters of the DZL (German Centre for Lung Research) and means "Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Diseases Hannover". The faculty has some 50 pneumologists, c ...

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Lack of Action on Air Quality as Council Dilutes NEC Directive
Last month the European Parliament voted on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC), a piece of legislation that sets maximum pollution limits for 5 main pollutants. You can read more on the o ...

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Patient Engagement Websites and Online Tools for Chronic Conditions
For many patients and their families finding the correct information on their condition is key to helping them manage it effectively. Increasingly we look for health information on line but it’s impor ...

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World COPD Day Campaign 2015
Wednesday 18th November marked the fourteenth World COPD Day, an annual event to raise awareness of COPD worldwide. For this year’s campaign EFA chose to highlight the meaningful actions that societ ...

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