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EFA Executive Officer Susanna Palkonen spoke on ‘New networks, new technologies, new patient’ in the annual conference of the European Federation of Medical Informatics in Oslo at the end of August. H…

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EFA Vice president Christine Rolland was invited to speak from the perspective of older patients with respiratory diseases as a response to the Polish Presidency’s representative presentation on their…

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Following the success of the first EFA COPD expert workshop in the European Parliament in Brussels on June 29 – attended by COPD patients and their representatives, medical experts, MEPs from th…

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EFA is very pleased to announce that Poland, which took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council in July, will prioritise children’s allergy and respiratory diseases during its 6 month stint at…

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The EFA Book on COPD was published in June 2010, presenting COPD as a preventable and treatable disease which undermines European society by reducing productivity among the working population, while i…

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The AGM of the German member of EFA, the Patientenliga-Atemwegserkrankungen, took place at the end of May this year. The motto of the event was '25 years of celebration', and it also marked the launch…

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'Smoky Rabbit' is the name of a new video game just launched to promote tobacco prevention! The game was released on the 31st of May this year, World No Tobacco Day, and is available to play for free …

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At the American Thoracic Society meeting this May the results of two major studies demonstrating the effectiveness of a new treatment in the improvement of lung functioning of people with severe COPD,…

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The European Commission has just launched a campaign aimed at encouraging smokers between the ages of 25 and 34 to quit. Unlike previous campaigns, the focus will be on the advantages to be gained fro…

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A new independent survey commissioned by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and carried out by Dr Frederic Bouder has provided several new recommendations on how the EMA – which is responsible for th…

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On June 11 the first AGM and third meeting of the Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform (GAAPP), an initiative from EFA took place during the EAACI (European Academy of Allergology and Clinical I…

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The EFA Respiratory Allergy Awareness project is currently underway and responses to our questionnaire for patient groups have so far been received from 15 countries across Europe.

The questionnaire p…

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The newly elected President of EFA, Breda Flood, was invited by IMI (the Innovative Medicines Initiative) in June to speak at an ‘open information day’ to mark the launch of IMI’s 4th call for researc…

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On the 15th of June, MEP Catherine Stihler hosted a dinner reception in the European Parliament in Brussels to present and discuss the need for a comprehensive strategy to combat COPD in Europe. The e…

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EFA has elected a new board and President at theits 20 year anniversarycelebration AGM in Paris on the 6th of May this year! Breda Flood of the Asthma Society of Ireland took over from outgoing Presid…

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EFA board member Lina Buzermaniene has been granted patient fellowship of the Drug Information Association (DIA), and attended the DIA EuroMeeting in Geneva from the 28th to 30th of March. DIA is a no…

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On April 12th and 13th, Susanna Palkonen and Breda Flood attendedthe European Patients' Forum's Annual General Meeting and Capacity BuildingSeminar in Brussels. Susanna co-moderated a session on membe…

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The French Association Asthme & Allergies will celebrate World Asthma Day by promoting “asthma schools” in France

Patient education has a positive impact on chronic diseases, but many…

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Virtual lung models set to personalise asthma and COPD treatment

World Asthma Day 2011 (3 May) - A team of international experts are set to develop a pioneering tool to help tailor the treatment of as…

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On World Asthma Day 2011 (3 May), people with asthma and severe asthma in Europe are being encouraged to get creative for a unique art contest which will explore what it is like to live with the condi…

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