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Finnish patients encourage first aid training on anaphylaxis
On the International Day of the Emergency Number 112, EFA member the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation launched an awareness campaign on allergy management, encouraging Finns to learn how to ...

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New guidelines to establish diets in children with food allergy
Food allergy is becoming increasingly common in infants and young children. Managing this disease can be a great challenge due to the patients’ young age. Researchers have been looking at how to devel ...

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Welcome to an exciting 2018 for @EFA_Patients
I hope you, all our members, supporters, readers and allergy, asthma and COPD patients have had a good, inspiring start of the year. At EFA, we recap on our actions from the previous year to assess ...

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Skills-transfer in Belgium and Austria
One EFA’s objectives is to help in empowering members with specific needs on their work for patients. We do this through capacity building workshops, where we discuss and share examples to develop a s ...

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Real World Evidence data in allergy, the case of immunotherapy - Interview with Professor Ulrich Wahn
For some decades already, some allergy patients can start a treatment option called allergen immunotherapy (AIT). Immunotherapy involves exposing patients to larger and larger amounts of allergen in a ...

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Where is Health within Bulgaria’s Council Presidency?
From the 1st of January 2018 Bulgaria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The Presidency rotates between different EU member states and gives Bulgaria the opportunity  ...

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EFA calls for a better access to employment of people with chronic diseases
EFA signed the Call to Action to enhance labor opportunities for people with chronic diseases. EFA not only endorsed the Call to action but also contributed to draft it together with a Framework paper ...

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EFA Patients at BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum
EFA's Roberta Savli participated on the 25th of January in the Stakeholder Forum meeting of the BBMRI-ERIC. The meeting served to identify the priorities of action and to organize and agree on the wor ...

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European Commission proposal on HTA: good news for patients
On the 31st of January, the European Commission published a new proposal for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) cooperation in the European Union (EU)  beyond 2020. EFA welcomes this announcement ...

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Air quality: Many Member States not complying, EU softens pollution targets
Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe and is one of EFA’s main concerns, as airways diseases patients are particularly affected by dirty air. According to the World Health Organisa ...

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EMA will organise a workshop on digital health
We wish to report on the second TC of the Digital Health Topic Group that was held by the European Medicines Agency organised in January. As Members of the group, EFA will be contributing to the task  ...

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The promising future of myAirCoach smart inhaler
In January 2015 the myAirCoach consortium met for the first time in Thessaloniki. Three years later we came back to Greece with lots of excitement for finally seeing the myAirCoach mobile asthma monit ...

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COPD should be treated as a public health emergency, French patients claim
 EFA French member FFAAIR together with other patients and healthcare professionals’ organisations and with the support of a group of parliamentarians presented “Make COPD a public health emer ...

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Join French allergy patients to get access to desensitisation treatments
EFA member AFPRAL (in French, l’Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies) launched in January a campaign defending the reimbursement for allergy desensitisation treatments. French heal ...

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New European Tobacco Cessation Guidelines are published
Smoking causes a great deal of respiratory diseases. It is source of nuisance and exacerbation for people with asthma, allergy; and is the main cause for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  ...

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Respiratory patients will walk the Road to Santiago: join the group!
FENAER member Alfa-1 Spain organises, in the last week of August 2018, the “Alfas en Camino 2018”, the inspiring exercising trail towards Santiago de Compostela, adapted for respiratory patients. &nbs ...

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Go to vote, but without allergens
Finnish EFA member Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation updated their poster for the Finnish presidential and other upcoming elections. In Finland, the polling stations are usually situated in school p ...

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Our own homes are making us sick: Energy efficiency is part of the cure
Editorial: EFA President, Mikaela Odemyr. Published on Euractiv. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, the quality of our homes, schools and workplaces is a critical public health issue. Grow ...

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Air pollution is everywhere, but in what form? – ERS Masterclass
Whilst the air we breathe has immediate effects on our health, the quality and control of the air depend on many factors, sometimes unknown to patients because too technical. We thank in advance the E ...

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Juncker replies to health community concerns about the future of the EU
Since before the summer, EFA together with other health non-for-profit stakeholders at European level, has been calling on the EU to do more on health as a response to the debate around the future of  ...

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