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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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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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World COPD patients meet in Milan
EFA Director of Policy and Strategyr Roberta Savli participated at a Global conference on COPD representing EFA, its members and European COPD patients. The meeting took place in Milan on 13th -  ...

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Swedish patients ask the government to establish national goals for people with chronic diseases
¨People with chronic diseases should be high-lighted," stated the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association towards the Swedish government. EFA member, the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association believes ...

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Bulgarian patients organise a concert to inform about of air pollution
EFA member, the Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA), organised on 2nd September an acoustic concert in the cave "God's eyes" under the title "Better air for better ...

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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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