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Brexit: the European Parliament’s role in prioritising patients, public health and health security across Europe
At a sensitive time when hardly any progress is made between the UK Government and the EU on Brexit, 20 EU health organisations who wish to draw attention to the implications of Brexit for healthcare  ...

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EU-UK patient group meets the European Commission to discuss Brexit
In July, our Director Susanna Palkonen chaired a meeting on behalf of the European Patients’ Forum and coordinated by the Association of Medical Research Charities UK (AMRC) to meet the Brexit taskfor ...

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EUROPEAN REPORT: Itching for life - Quality of Life and costs for people with severe atopic eczema in Europe
EFA's 2018 European report Itching for Life: Quality of Life and costs for people living with severe atopic eczema in Europe uncovers the reality of atopic eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin dis ...

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Campaign on travelling with allergies in the UK
This year the World Allergy Week took place from the 23d of April to the 29th of April, with many patient initiatives to raise awareness about allergies. EFA Member Allergy UK focused on the topic o ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World Asthma Day 2018
Life is possible for patients with severe asthma Provided that they have accurate diagnosis Brussels, 1st May 2018 – WORLD ASTHMA DAY – Today European asthma patients are joining voices under the  ...

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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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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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UK patients not getting their basic asthma care
EFA member Asthma UK published in February their biggest Annual Asthma survey up to date: 7,000 patients responded on their daily difficulties because of asthma. The survey included this year new ques ...

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#Scarfie, the Asthma UK prevention campaign for this winter
Winter time may be hard for asthma patients. Cold air can irritate airways, triggering asthma symptoms and sometimes asthma attacks. To give hints for patients to avoid cold, EFA member Asthma UK ha ...

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‘Your allergy care – what to expect’, new UK website
Knowing what to expect from your GP or other healthcare professional following an allergic reaction, or suspicion of an allergy, will help to identify what is causing the allergy, treat the symptoms a ...

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Food allergy tips from UK youth ambassadors
Anaphylaxis Campaign youth ambassadors scheme was launched in 2016. They are a team of young people that produce social media and website communications for other young allergic people. They have ...

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UK Patients call for Adrenaline Auto-Injectors to be held in all schools
EFA Members Anaphylaxis Campaign and Allergy UK have been advocating together with the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the  British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and  ...

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Plain Packaging Developments Spreading throughout Europe
France is the latest country to introduce plain cigarette packaging from 2016. Cigarettes in France will be sold in plain packaging under a law that was finally passed in the French parliament in Dece ...

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Exciting Developments in Pollen Forecasting in the UK
Around 5% of the adult UK population has reported suffering hay fever and around 10% suffer asthma, which can be aggravated by pollen. With approximately 150 different species of grass in the UK ident ...

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Call to have spare adreline autoinjectors in UK schools
EFA Member Allergy UK has published the results of a survey to gather patient views on the availability of adrenaline auto injectors on educational establishments. Adrenaline auto-injector devices are ...

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Many UK takeaways do not comply with allergen labelling legislation
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has recently published a report showing many takeaways in the United Kingdom are still not adhering to the new EU food allergy regulations, putting peop ...

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Unsafe prescribing increases risk of life threatening asthma attacks
Last year’s National Review of Asthma Deaths highlighted prescribing errors in nearly half of asthma deaths in primary care (47%) in the United Kingdom. Now new analysis from EFA Member Asthma UK, bas ...

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EFA Members news (April 2015)
This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),  ...

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EFA Members News (February 2015)
Patient-led initiatives not only bring meaningful results for patients, but also broader support. In February, EFA Dutch Member Longfonds was awarded with a significant donation to fund their e-nose p ...

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EFA Members news (January 2015)
Patients took the floor in national televisions in January. Allergy UK closely worked with BBC to feature the anxiety of parents of little allergic children and Bulgarian ABBA shown the patients disco ...

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