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Lessons from pilot projects on COPD: United4Health
The United4Health User Policy Advisory Board (UPAB) met on the 6th of July to discuss the health condition of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), one of the three core chronic  ...

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World Allergy Association statement on climate change, allergy and asthma
The prevalence of allergic airway diseases such as asthma and rhinitis has increased dramatically to epidemic proportions worldwide. Besides air pollution from industry derived emissions and motor veh ...

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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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Higher taxes on tobacco are reducing smoking in New Zealand
Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century and if the current trend continues, it could cause many more deaths in the 21st century: 21% of the population worldwide aged 15 and above consume ...

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More than 60 NGOs ask for clean air - NEC Recommendations
On 15 July 2015, the European Parliament Commitee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote on Julie Girling’s report concerning the revised National Emission Ceilings (NE ...

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Patients’ input in research: the soonest and the deepest, the better
The involvement of patients in research projects is often limited to the participation in clinical trials or other forms of research where patients provide samples. To overcome this common limitation, ...

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Clean air is of supreme importance to our health and environment –European Parliament Group on Allergy and Asthma
On the 1st of July, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma met to discuss how air quality affects EU citizens’ health and how allergy and asthma – which are among the top chronic ...

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Patients vision to prevent allergy at EAACI Congress
If healthcare professionals, patients, industry leaders and policy makers join forces to reduce the burden of allergy, allergy prevention can be achieved in the future. That is the vision we presented ...

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Patient Access to Innovative Therapies - EAPM Conference
On the 2nd and 3rd June EFA representative Breda Flood participated at the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Presidency Conference 'Smaller Members And Regions Together ...

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Could genetically modified plants be beneficial for people with allergies?
On the 17th of June, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) organised a workshop on the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified plants, gathering over 80 international experts. Following t ...

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What is the best way towards digital health?
On 10th of June 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a public hearing on digital health with EU representatives, academics, researchers, business and patients' representati ...

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European Health Parliament issues 7 recommendations to improve healthcare
The European Health Parliament (EHP) – a pan-European platform of 80 young healthcare experts, has issued recommendations on the European healthcare, covering aspects relevant to patients such as pati ...

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EU Council finds an agreement on the Medical Devices Regulation
The Council of the European Union has come to a common position in June on two draft Regulations intended to replace the current Medical Devices Directive: the Active Implantable Medical Devices Direc ...

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EFA calls for more patient involvement on the development of medical devices
The European Union is currently reviewing the regulatory framework for medical devices to establish new clinical evidence and standards and to align the rules with the new Clinical Trials Regulation f ...

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EFA Young Gasteiner meets EU Health Cabinet
On the 3rd of June, Senior EU Policy Advisor and Young Gasteiner Roberta Savli met with the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Public Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to discuss the health pri ...

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Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands pursued because of poor air quality
EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the Court of Justice over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk to health. The European Union has also issued a final warning to Sweden ...

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Feasible measures to protect our health and environment from climate change
Climate change is impacting our lives more than we think. The most obvious health impact of a warming climate is, of course, more dangers from extreme heat, to which people with respiratory disease ar ...

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Bigger data for better health
On the occasion of the Day of Action on Data for Health and Science on 16 June 2015 in Brussels, BBMRI-ERIC -Biobanks and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure- hosted a seminar entitled ‘Dat ...

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Getting closer to solve the severe asthma puzzle - U-BIOPRED Results Symposium
On the 24th of June, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry and patient advocates gathered in Leuven for the U-BIOPRED results symposium. U-BIOPRED is an IMI funded project aimed at increasin ...

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Medicines initiative opens the way for more patient involvement
IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) is Europe's largest public-private initiative seeking to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. This year’s IMI forum counted on m ...

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