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PRESS RELEASE: International Ragweed Day 2015
[French version below] More Europeans will be allergic to pollen if no measure is taken to reduce exposure Brussels, 24 June 2015, ahead of INTERNATIONAL RAGWEED DAY – Climate change is a result o ...

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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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School-based programme reduced absenteeism due to asthma
We are in the middle of the final exam period at school and students all over the world are doing their best to perform great. However, kids that have missed some lessons due to health issues might fi ...

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Launch of Patient Empowerment campaign
On 20-21 May, EFA participated at the European Patients' Forum (EPF) Conference on Patient Empowerment. The conference served to gather all partners involved in healthcare and the involvement of patie ...

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Two days to reflect on tobacco consequences to our health
Two days to reflect on tobacco consequences to our children’s health On the 26th of May, our partner organisation European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) organised a special event ...

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World No Tobacco Day 2015: patients’ asks
Every year, on 31st of May, the World Health Organisation marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce t ...

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Four more MEPs support the EP Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma
On the 6th May, one day after the World Asthma Day, EFA President Breda Flood and the leadership of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) met with several Members of the Euro ...

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We welcome new EFA Members and Board
EFA’s 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Network Meeting took place on the 18th-19th of May in Malaga. The event was co-hosted by EFA member FENAER (Spanish Federation of Respiratory Diseases Assoc ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World No Tobacco Day 2015
[French version below] Respiratory patients ask for equal access to smoking cessation programmes in Europe Brussels, 29 May 2015, Ahead of the WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – Tobacco is the key risk to dev ...

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Novel vaccine could open new horizons against house dust mites allergy
Many asthma patients have dust mite allergy, but maybe not for so long: researchers from France and Austria have developed a new preventive vaccine. House dust mites are microscopic organisms that t ...

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Twitter can predict asthma-related emergency rooms visits
American researchers have analysed asthma-related tweets, along with data from air quality sensors, to successfully predict how many sufferers would visit the emergency room on a given day. Sci ...

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Poor air quality in European schools
Children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools in many countries in the WHO European Region, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly fu ...

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Save the Date: MeDALL Results Symposium
We are pleased to announce on behalf of the MeDALL Consortium the celebration of the event “Are Europeans developing more allergies? – From research to policies”, an event at the European Parliam ...

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World leaders adopt the first ever resolution on air pollution and health
On the 18th-26th of May, world health leaders gathered in Geneva for the 68thsession of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the heal ...

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EU Projects update (April 2015)
In April we launched a call for asthma patients who wish to become experts in myAirCoach consortium, an EU research project that is developing a mobile health system to self-manage asthma. We also par ...

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Reducing tobacco use
After our contribution to the WHO Tobacco or Health conference in March, we travelled to Athens in April to participate at the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) Annual General ...

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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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EU Policy update (April 2015)
Launch of Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma: EFA/EAACI REPORT The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma was launched on the 25th of March. The event was co-hosted by the Inte ...

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EFA in Meetings (April 2015)
In April we had the pleasure to participate in a training on Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to increase patient involvement in development of medicines and medical devices. We also travelled to Sw ...

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Linking air pollution and health
In April EFA participated at the 18th meeting of the WHO Task Force on Health Effects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, a sharing platform that advices the United Nations Economic Commission  ...

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