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EFA plans new airline oxygen harmonization project
EFA plans new airline oxygen harmonization project All around the world, airlines have separate rules for the use of oxygen in air travel, creating inequalities for passengers who need oxygen suppor ...

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Oxygen Harmonisation Project (closed EFA Project)
Background The EFA Oxygen Harmonization Project was a project officially completed in 2013 and focused on the inequalities which exist in relation to the availability of oxygen during travel on comm ...

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Former EFA President speaks at COPD conference in Shanghai
The International COPD Coalition (ICC) was pleased to announce that 480 people participated in the Second World Conference of COPD Patient Organisations held in Shanghai on 6-7 of November.  ...

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2nd EFA COPD Workshop held
Following the success of the 1st EFA COPD Workshop focussing on prevention and diagnosis held in June, a 2nd Workshop was held on November 9th in the European Parliament in Brussels. This time the foc ...

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Press Release: World COPD Day 2011
Policymakers to prevent Europe from suffocating Brussels, 15 November 2011 - EFA commemorates World COPD Day 2011 with a press relese to simultaneously acknowledge the work accomplished during the S ...

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AirPROM project launches new website
On the 16th of September, the pan-European AirPROM project – in which EFA is partnering, and with the European Lung Foundation (ELF) co-leading on project dissemination to patients and public – launch ...

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1st EFA COPD workshop newsletter
Following the success of the first EFA COPD expert workshop in the European Parliament in Brussels on June 29 – attended by COPD patients and their representatives, medical experts, MEPs from th ...

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EFA Book on COPD in Europe: Sharing and Caring
The EFA Book on COPD was published in June 2010, presenting COPD as a preventable and treatable disease which undermines European society by reducing productivity among the working population, while i ...

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New treatment for people with COPD
At the American Thoracic Society meeting this May the results of two major studies demonstrating the effectiveness of a new treatment in the improvement of lung functioning of people with severe COPD, ...

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MEP Catherine Stihler hosts EU Parliament reception on COPD
On the 15th of June, MEP Catherine Stihler hosted a dinner reception in the European Parliament in Brussels to present and discuss the need for a comprehensive strategy to combat COPD in Europe. The e ...

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Press Release: Virtual lung models set to personalise asthma and COPD treatment
Virtual lung models set to personalise asthma and COPD treatment World Asthma Day 2011 (3 May) - A team of international experts are set to develop a pioneering tool to help tailor the treatment of  ...

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EFA in 2nd ICC World Conference of COPD patient organisation
Preparations are underway for the 2nd World Conference of COPD Patient Organisations. This year it will take place on November 6th and 7th in Shanghai, and will be conducted by the International COPD  ...

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EFA COPD Project follow-up
After EFA's 'Call to Action' on COPD in the European Parliament in 2010 and the successful launch of the EFA Book on COPD in Europe , plans are now underway for a follow-up project to begin this year. ...

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Astma Fonds launches national COPD risk test
The Netherlands is estimated to have 300,000 people with undiagnosed COPD. Astma Fondsthe Netherlands Asthma Foundation, has launched a COPD risk test in order to identify these sufferers. Based on a  ...

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Media Alert: EFA launches video clip to mark World COPD Day 2010
EFA LAUNCHES VIDEO CLIP TO MARK WORLD CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE DAY 2010 Brussels, 17 November 2010 - "It took me 3/4 hours to walk 259 yards (228m)' said Allan Stone, COPD patient. ...

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Announcement: Delayed treatment of COPD Causes Avoidable Suffering
Disease Causes Avoidable Suffering and Elevates Healthcare Costs According to EFA’s New Book Brussels, 6. November 2009– The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients  ...

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EU support EFA Call to Action on COPD
The European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Lung Foundation (ELF), the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), the Internationa ...

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Press Release: IHO unite to call for European action to combat COPD
European and International Health Organisations unite to call for European action to combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) BRUSSELS, 14 July 2010 - COPD affects 44 million people  ...

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Launched Call to Action on COPD at the European Parliament
Just after the EU Open Health Forum on the 30th of June, EFA reunited many stakeholders at the European Parliament in Brussels to make the case for strong European action and cooperation to combat Chr ...

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Press Release: EFA launches the first European Call to Action on COPD
EFA launches the first European Call to Action on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at the European Parliament Brussels, 30 June 2010 - EFA has united EU officials, patients and the medical ...

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