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

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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Longfonds launches a documentary to show the reality of COPD
EFA Dutch member Longsfonds launched a mini documentary to mark World COPD Day. In the film, Lia Breed explains her story. How she had to stop to stop working just before her retirement because she wa ...

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”No perfume in public places, please”, say the Swedes
EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association celebrated this November the Non Fragance Week. Fragrances can make people with asthma or allergy get sick easier so that is why the campaign, arrange ...

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EFA Finnish member also covers now rare skin diseases
EFA members have got to know the Finnish federation for being specialised in allergies and asthma. After being united with the Finnish Association for Skin Patients in March 2017, the target group of  ...

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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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Indoor Air Quality vaguely covered in the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings directive
The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE  ...

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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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Timid health activities planned for 2018 by the European Commission
The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c ...

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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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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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