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

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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Environmental health community views to improve indoor air quality
EFA had the chance to touch base with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) membership who gathered in October 20-21 for HEAL’s Annual General Assembly. EFA Isabel Proaño and Roberta Savli repr ...

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New report on the effective ways to invest in health
Access to healthcare is as important as healthcare itself. The Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health’s, formed by the European and international health care expert community stablished ...

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Our suggestions for a more digital healthcare
Digital innovation can be an opportunity to improve people’s health and with that vision EFA has participated in the European public consultation about ‘Transformation Health and Care in the Digital S ...

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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 brings the patients perspective to the European Chemical Agency meeting for the first time
EFA participated for the first time to the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) communicator’s network meeting on the 19th October, as a civil society representative affected by the daily use of chemical ...

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What if asthma disappears with a virus? CURE, the project consortium in which EFA participates
Current treatments allow many asthma patients to control their disease. However, medicine is not yet capable of proposing a cure for asthma. Despite the many ground-breaking discoveries that have impr ...

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Ireland proposes healthier homes for chronic respiratory patients
The Irish Government has adopted ‘The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme’ a plan to renovate the homes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with free energy efficiency upgrades to make them warme ...

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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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The challenges of self-managing diseases at PRO-STEP conference
It is widely recognized that self-management of chronic diseases is key to ensure improved quality of life for the patients. However, it is still difficult to picture integrated approaches that put pa ...

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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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A total of 4.832 signatures for Allergy and Asthma patients
The 30 September was the last day to sign #CallAllergyAsthma, the political call for European action to improve prevention, care and research on allergy and asthma. The results are impressive!  ...

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EFA stresses the need to reduce indoor air pollution at EUREKA conference
EFA participated on 15 September at the EUREKA Roadshow in Italy, as civil society representative. The conference, organised by European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) and the European Partne ...

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