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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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COPD already ranks as the second cause of death worldwide
Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease report 2017 has found that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is already the second highest killer all over the world, accounting for 5.36% of total deaths, ...

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Revolutionary thinking in the conception of asthma
Our knowledge of the human body has steeped in the last decades but there are foundations still escaping our understanding, asthma development being one of them. The Lancet has published a consensus o ...

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Patients and healthcare professionals discussed our role in antimicrobial resistance at the EMA
EFA Vice President Erna Botjes attended three important meetings at the European Medicines Agency: a workshop on antimicrobial resistance, the joint and regular meeting of patients and healthcare prof ...

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New findings confirm reducing environmental risk factors could reduce Chronic Respiratory Disease
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new report that demonstrates that addressing environmental risks is essential to reduce and prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD). Among them, chro ...

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EU’s future: patients have a say
EFA has participated to the ongoing discussion on the future of the European Union, a debate set back in March with the European Commission White Paper on the Future of Europe. EFA provided a formal c ...

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Hungary, 5th European country adopting plain packaging of tobacco
Hungary has become the 5th country to implement plain packaging within the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Scientific evidence shows that plain packagi ...

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New updates on U-BIOPRED, supported by EFA
The U-BIOPRED (Unbiased BIOmarkers in PREDiction of respiratory disease outcomes) outcomes, in which EFA contributed, have been summarised in an interview published by European Respiratory & Pulmo ...

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EFA Meet & Greet training will focus on European Health Technology Assessment
EFA is organising next November our annual Meet and Greet training, under the theme of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and patients’ involvement. It will take place on 7 and 8 November at EFA offic ...

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MyAirCoach, at the forefront of European innovation
MyAirCoach, EFA’s smart inhaler project, has been recognised as an instrument that “provides better ways of treating asthma and helps scientists understand what is driving this growing global epidemic ...

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EFA at the leading respiratory (ERS) and dermatology (EADV) conferences
EFA will participate this September in two leading respiratory and dermatology conferences, where we will expose our projects and bring our patients perspective to those fields.  From the 9 to 13 ...

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Sign up and join the march for the more than 300 million people with Allergy and Asthma
You are still on time to join the 4,200 signatories of the Call to Action on Allergy and Asthma Sign now! http://www.callallergyasthma.eu/
EFA brought the patient perspective to the Bavarian State Ministers for Health and Care panel discussion
EFA’s Susanna Palkonen represented the patient view for us and the European Patients' Forum in a panel discussion “The access to medicines – Challenges and perspectives for Europe” hosted by the Bavar ...

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Fossil fuel subsidies cost around €330 billion annually on airways diseases
A new report from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, shows that  every  year, air pollution from mostly fossil fuel combustion cuts short the lives of an e ...

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More Europe for better innovation for health and wellbeing
Europe is in an ideal position to take the leading role health and wellbeing’ according to the new editorial of Progress and Preventive Medicine “Viva Europa, a land of excellence in research and inno ...

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New tobacco cessation guidelines
Tobacco remains the most significant cause of premature death in the EU, responsible for almost 700,000 deaths every year. The European Union and its Member States have adopted different tobacco con ...

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EFA at the Spanish respiratory research network, CIBERES
On June 30th, EFA Ambassador to the South and Board Secretary Carlos Nunes participated in the annual open days of CIBERES, the Spanish Biomedical Research Network Center on Respiratory Diseases. Cibe ...

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