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

“It’s not too late” to travel freely with COPD
Press release Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a non-communicable lung disease that progressively robs sufferers of breath. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide1, caus ...

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The Campaign for Clean Air, Update on NEC Vote
Over 400,000 people die prematurely each year because of air pollution, and the European Commission estimates that the health-related costs in the EU range from 390 to 940 billion euros per year.  ...

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This World COPD Day remember it’s not too late to travel the globe!
At the present time 10% of the adults in Europe are diagnosed with COPD. 3.5 million people need supplemental oxygen, and the numbers keep growing. Many patients are advised by their physician to trav ...

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Has your organisation developed patient education materials? Please share them with us!
By the end of 2015 EFA aims to collect samples of best practice patient education materials, developed by EFA Members, in the areas of asthma, allergy and COPD. These materials will be published on a  ...

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Which priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity?
On the 27th of October, EFA EU Policy and Membership Officer Jelena Malinina attended the conference on multimorbidity organised by the European Commission (EC). The conference highlighted the curre ...

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Scoping study on communication to address and prevent chronic diseases: Final Report
The Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission released the Final Report on the scoping study on communication in preventing and addressing chronic diseases. The study ...

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Towards a Tobacco Free Europe
On the 19th-21st of October, EFA representative at the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) Roberta Savli participated in their network meeting and capacity building workshop. To ...

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Press Release: Will the European Parliament confirm its commitment to clean air & better health?
Air pollution is often considered as an environmental issue, rather than a health matter when in fact over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely from the effects of air pollution every year. This is 10 ti ...

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Sharing best practice in patient education materials
Following its launch meeting in May 2015, EFA Patient Education Working Group held a teleconference on the 9th of September to discuss the group’s priorities for 2015 and 2016. All the participants  ...

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Who is responsible for dirty air?
In September, the German car manufacturer Volkswagen was forced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recall almost 500,000 vehicles, after discovering that the company was using in-car i ...

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IMI GetReal COPD case study
On the 9th of September, the Chair of the EFA COPD Working Group, Michael Wilken, represented COPD patients’ views on the IMI GetReal COPD case study workshop held in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in ...

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6,000 Poles get their lungs tested during the Polish Spirometry Days
From 14 to 19 September, EFA Member the Polish Federation of Asthma, Allergy and COPD Patients celebrated the 3rd Polish Spirometry Days event. The campaign slogan was  “Breathe Clean Air” (Oddyc ...

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ASI inhaler technique campaign
EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) have run an Inhaler Technique awareness campaign to encourage people with asthma to check that they are using their in ...

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EU pharmaceutical regulation celebrates 50 years
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first law on the authorisation of pharmaceuticals at EU level.  This law set the basis for some of the key principles that are still valid t ...

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Making the case of COPD patients needs at ERS
Are you attending the European Respiratory Society Congress 2015? Let’s meet up! This year we will be presenting our latest research on COPD care in Europe, that shows we are far from having harmonise ...

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EFA brings the patients' perspective to the WHO Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases
Did you know that some time back the World Health Organisation decided to put spotlight on respiratory diseases, including asthma and COPD and established GARD - the Global Alliance against chronic Re ...

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AirPROM: a virtual model of the lung now explained on video
This summer the EU funded project AirPROM has released a series of video interviews to explain how its virtual lung model to predict airways diseases work. The videos collect interviews with the proje ...

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Lessons from pilot projects on COPD: United4Health
The United4Health User Policy Advisory Board (UPAB) met on the 6th of July to discuss the health condition of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), one of the three core chronic  ...

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Clean air is of supreme importance to our health and environment –European Parliament Group on Allergy and Asthma
On the 1st of July, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma met to discuss how air quality affects EU citizens’ health and how allergy and asthma – which are among the top chronic ...

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FFAAIR Celebrates Annual Congress
EFA Member FFAAIR (Fédération Française des Associations et Amicales de malades, Insuffisants ou handicapés Respiratoires) met on 5-7 June in Grenoble to celebrate its 27th Annual General Meeting. Mor ...

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