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Our own homes are making us sick: Energy efficiency is part of the cure
Editorial: EFA President, Mikaela Odemyr. Published on Euractiv. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, the quality of our homes, schools and workplaces is a critical public health issue. Grow ...

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On World COPD Day EFA COPDMoves into political spotlight
As representative of patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we marked the World COPD Day on the November 15th with several publications, including a political video within  ...

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Meet&Greet the EU training - Empowering EFA members on Health Technology Assessment
In November we welcomed our Member representatives to a thematic Meet&Greet the EU training that this year focused on patients’ involvement on Health Technology Assessment. The meeting gathered 10 ...

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Looking for better outcomes for upper airways patients - European Rhinology Health Forum
EFA represented patients at the European Rhinology Research Forum 2017 on 9-10 November 2017, organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway diseases (EUFOREA) and&nb ...

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How to assess the risk of unintended allergens in food?
Our member Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund e.V. (DAAB) represented EFA at the 14th November roundtable with NGOs organized by the European Food Security Agency (EFSA) to exchange best practices and ...

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What’s the most relevant research on asthma and COPD this year? ERS respiratory update
On the 17th November EFA’s Isabel Proaño attended online the respiratory update organised by the European Respiratory Society in Stockholm, Sweden. The programme was of extreme interest for EFA’s work ...

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Patients organisations, their added value and importance in decision-making
In November, the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) published the report gathering key insights and opinions from the European patients’ movement, including EFA’s, demonstrating the added-value through th ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World COPD Day
Give COPD patients the chance to live healthier through exercise   Brussels, 15/11/2017 World COPD Day – Physical activity positively impacts our health and wellbeing. Under the theme The Many  ...

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Where are we at since the IgE discovery 50 years ago?
The discovery of IgE antibody (immunoglobulin E)  50 years ago by Gunnar Johansson and Hans Bennich in Uppsala, Sweden, revolutionised our understanding of allergy and allergic asthma.  ...

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The EU Public Health programme evaluation
The EU Health programme was subject of mid-term evaluation during the 20th European Health Forum Gastein that took place the 4th-6th of October. During the evaluation, Martin Seychell, Deputy Direc ...

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We are far from the harmonisation of allergen labelling in the EU
“Allergen labelling is a complex issue to approach within the European Union”, concludes the report on “Harmonisation of Approaches for informing EU Allergen labelling legislation” published by the Eu ...

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Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe – New Lancet’s report
Pollution in the air, water, soil and in the workplace is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths, according to a ground-breaking  ...

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400,000 Europeans die due to air pollution annually
Air pollution continues to cause the premature death of more than 400,000 Europeans annually. This is one of the conclusion shown on the new Air quality in Europe 2017 launched by the European Environ ...

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Our recommendations to improve air quality in urban areas
Air quality is one of the priorities included in the European Union’s plan to develop European urban areas. This plan called Urban Agenda and composed by 12 priority themes essential to the developmen ...

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Digital Health becomes a priority for the European Medicines Agency
In October the European Medicines Agency launched a new topic group on digital health that will provide insights and recommendations to the agency on how to tackle the digital dimension of medicines a ...

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EFA participates at the Paediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting 2017
EFA president Mikaela Odemyr participated in the Paediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting - PAAM 2017 in London last 26 - 28 October, organised by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology  ...

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EFA builds capacity at the ‘United Voice for Better EU Health Policy’ workshop
Advocating at EU level for better EU health policy requires joint efforts. This was EFA’s Roberta Savli’s main message at the capacity building workshop organised  by the European Patients Forum  ...

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EFA participated at ‘European Patient Innovation Summit’
Technology is changing the way patients liaise with healthcare professionals and manage their health and has the potentially to eventually reshape the healthcare systems. Bearing this in mind, Novarti ...

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EFA emphasised patient involvement at Human Brain Project Summit
Our Susanna Palkonen was recently invited to take part in the Human Brain Project (HBP) Clinical Advisory Board, as someone coming from a completely different field. HBP is the biggest health project  ...

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EFA Patients at the leading respiratory (ERS) and dermatology (EADV) congresses
EFA Patients travelled in a delegation of five to the European Respiratory Congress to present our patients perspective on allergy, asthma and COPD to a public of more than 20,000 participants from in ...

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Latest research - Allergy

The MeDALL project ended in May with a public event organized by EFA at the European Parliament. During its 5 years of implementation MeDALL partners investigated the mechanisms of allergy from early  ...

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Early this year, EU-funded Project Atopica presented its final results: were published! The main aim of the project was to further understand how global and regional climate, land use and air quality  ...

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Latest research - Food allergy

Background: We have observed patients clinically allergic to red meat and meat-derived gelatin. Objective: We describe a prospective evaluation of the clinical significance of gelatin sens ...

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The Pulmonary and Allergy Patients Association of Slovenia have published the first allergy cookbook in the style of the Belgian ‘Fondation pour la Prevention des Allergies’ (FPA)’s  ...

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