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

Some patients with asthma are affected… SEVERELY!
In March we travelled to the UK and kicked-off our new project “Severely, Asthma!”, a video series that explores the different issues impacting the life of severe asthma patients. Severe asthma is sub ...

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EU Summit on airways diseases, air pollution and mobile health
Digital tools are already part of our daily life, whether they are mobile applications or connected machines. In health, digital tools can play a key role in allowing guided self-management, leading t ...

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EFA supports the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists statement
Last month EFA supported the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy, the joint objectives formulated by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) following a 18-month review process. W ...

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EFA highlights the food labelling and nutrition needs of allergy and COPD patients at first EPF Nutrition task force
Last 23rd of March, EFA took part in the first EU patients’ task force on nutrition organised by the European Patients’ Forum. The kick-off of this discussion platform is of particular interest for EF ...

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EMA update on medicines for COPD and eczema
The European Medicines Agency Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP), responsible for human medicines, has granted a positive opinion on the medical products Riarify and Trydoni ...

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Sign the EU Manifesto on Influenza Vaccination
On March 12, EFA launched a 10-point Manifesto calling the EU for more action to increase seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates in Europe. Influenza is annually responsible for 650 thousand de ...

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EU launches “Chemicals in our life” multilingual website
In March the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a new dedicated website to inform consumers about the benefits and risks of chemicals in their everyday lives. While 65% of Europeans are worri ...

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MyAirCoach will be presented at the most influential 2018 digital health conference
MyAirCoach is almost a reality! The consortium will participate at HIMSS & HEALTH 2.0 conference in Spain next May 27-29, the most influencial eHealth at EU level that will help expose this soluti ...

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Asthma Society of Ireland phone line helped 70% of those under 50 to avoid missing school or work as a result of their asthma
EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland FREE Adviceline service has showed extensive positive impacts for service users. The recent partnership research showed that 70% of service users aged 50 years ...

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Sweden is closer to ban smoking outdoors, as asked by patients
It is well recognized today that tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing diseases like respiratory tract infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But law has been  ...

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FFAAIR brings the patient perspective and needs to major respiratory congresses in France
2018 has started with a bunch of important events devoted to respiratory diseases in France, and EFA Member FFAAIR has been an active member in many of them: the Franchophone Lung Society Congress cel ...

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Take the survey: does your lung disease affect family planning and pregnancy?
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) are looking for information to understand how people with a lung condition are currently cared for  ...

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EFA launches Atopic Eczema working group
The needs and lives of patients living with atopic eczema are very specific sometimes, that is why at EFA we are happy to announce the launch of a  working group on Atopic Eczema. The working gro ...

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We are 230 health organisations asking the EU for more health action
Early 2017, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented a White Paper on the future of Europe, outlining 5 potential scenarios. In these scenarios, option 4 considers “doing ...

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WHO encourages European action on air pollution to protect health
On the 13th of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli participated in a briefing organised by our partner Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) together with the World Health Org ...

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Good push for better air quality, but not indoors
The Council’s Presidency has an important impact on EU policy. Since January 2018, Bulgaria is holding the presidency and therefore establishing the priorities of the council for first 6 months of 201 ...

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Good Indoor Air Quality is possible if industry believes on it
EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli attended the VSK exhibition in Utrecht on the 7th of February, an event that brings together experts from the heating, plumbing, climate control and r ...

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Eurobarometer: Tobacco is the largest avoidable health risk in the EU
According to the latest Eurobarometer, tobacco consumption is responsible for 700,000 deaths each year, remaining the largest avoidable health risk in the European Union (EU). The survey also shows th ...

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Patients’ safety and public health post-Brexit
On the 21st of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli participated in an event organised by a broad coalition of public health actors on the need to prioritise patients’ safety  ...

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Patients Access Partnership partners assembly
On the 5th of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli took part in Patients Access Partnership (PACT) Partners Assembly, representing patients with asthma, allergy and COPD. The fu ...

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