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

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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Asthma and COPD patients leading healthcare – Project pilot in Spain
EFA EU Policy and Membership Office Jelena Malinina attended the final conference of the EU funded project PALANTE presented eHealth solutions devoted to enhancing the role of patients in the manageme ...

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Bulgarian patients ask for clean air for better lung health
EFA Member ABBA (Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD) was invited to participate on a live show on national TV Channel 7. ABBA’s president Diana Hadzhiangelova talked abo ...

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World No Tobacco Day 2015: patients’ asks
Every year, on 31st of May, the World Health Organisation marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce t ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World No Tobacco Day 2015
[French version below] Respiratory patients ask for equal access to smoking cessation programmes in Europe Brussels, 29 May 2015, Ahead of the WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – Tobacco is the key risk to dev ...

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EU Projects update (April 2015)
In April we launched a call for asthma patients who wish to become experts in myAirCoach consortium, an EU research project that is developing a mobile health system to self-manage asthma. We also par ...

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EFA Members news (April 2015)
This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),  ...

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EU Policy update (April 2015)
Launch of Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma: EFA/EAACI REPORT The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma was launched on the 25th of March. The event was co-hosted by the Inte ...

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Harmonising COPD Care in Europe - EFA project
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes inflammation of the lungs, damages the lung tissue and narrows the airways provoking a significant burde ...

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EFA COPD Projects update (March 2015)
We are delighted to share with you our new report to harmonise prevention, care and rehabilitation for COPD patients across Europe! The report focused on healthcare systems and policies in 19 Europe a ...

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Advancing tobacco control (March 2015)
In March, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and travelled to Abu Dhabi to provide the patient perspective during the World Conference on Tobacco  ...

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COPD explained
Hello, If you are reading this article because you or someone close to you live with COPD, do not worry, you are not alone. Approximately 5-10% of all adults in European countries that live with COP ...

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AirPROM - EU funded project
Our lungs may look similar, but they are not exactly the same. They differ on shape, capacity and properties just like our eyes do not have the same colour. To help understand more about the functioni ...

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Clinical trials for asthma, allergy and COPD
Clinical trials are research conducted in humans to prove the effects of one or more investigational medicinal products. All investigational medicinal products should go through clinical trial. All me ...

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