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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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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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Asthma videos
Material: This series of asthma videos explain what is lung disease and how asthma works. It explores how to deal with the disease and accept it and gives advice on how to continue a normal life, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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