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European Respiratory Society Congress, Copenhagen, Monday, 19 September, 2005 – The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) launches a new report i…

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The European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) has released a report giving an overview of the main objectives, current activities, recent achievements and priorities for the future for each of th…

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The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) Environment Network (EEN) held its second Annual General Meeting this month. This year's policy priorities were adopted and these include: children's environ…

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The use of unlicensed and off-label medicine for children is widespread and it has been of increasing concern in recent years. In the EU, fifty per cent or more of medicines used for children have nev…

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The health industry wants the future EU health policy (see ezine 1/2005 issue) to focus on enhancing the competitiveness of the sector while NGOs wish to see bigger healthcare budgets. The European Pu…

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Oxygen supply for COPD patients traveling abroad

On 1 September 2005, the Netherlands based Oxygen supply company, CARE 0², who organizes various details involved in delivering medical oxygen rel…

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EFA launched the results of the survey: Fighting for Breath - a European Patient's Perspective on Severe Asthma at the ERS Congress in Copenhagen this month. The first report of its kind, the report i…

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September has been a very busy month for EFA with the launch of the 'Fighting for Breath' report at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Copenhagen, where we also held a stand, as well as meet…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) publication, Preparing a Healthcare Workforce for the 21st Century: The Challenge of Chronic Conditions calls for the transformation of healthcare professionals tra…

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The European Public Health Alliance Environment Network (EEN) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) recently released a new guide to help non-governmental organisations and other health and e…

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The Patient and Consumer workshop on patient safety, which was highlighted in the EFA Newsletter nro 1 will take place from November 27th to 1st December 2005 in London as part of the World Health Org…

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The Czech Republic failed to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Czech Senate refused its ratification on June, 23, 2005 with one voice missing. A petition to persuade C…

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A Directive banning tobacco advertising in the print media, on radio and over the internet entered into force on 31st July 2005. It also prohibits tobacco sponsorship of cross-border cultural and spor…

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The European Council of Ministers has finally made the appointments of the two patient representatives to the European Medicines Authority (EMEA) Management Board. EMEA coordinates the evaluation and …

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The Advisory Forum of the European Centre of Diseases Prevention and Control had its’ first meeting with their new Advisory Forum 11-12 July 2005. The meeting was mostly dedicated to organizational ma…

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The partners of the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network of Excellence (GA²LEN) have designed a new pan-European skin prick test panel to study the prevalence of allergens throughout the EU. The …

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If you are attending the ERS Congress in Copenhagen, be sure not to miss the joint ERS-EFA Postgraduate Course (PG 22) Improving physician-patient communication. The aim of the PG is to update partici…

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The results of the EFA survey on severe asthma in Europe will be presented at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Copenhagen in September. 1300 patients from France, Spain, Germany, Sweden an…

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Thank you for all those who sent us feedback on the new eZine and the newly launched website. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and tips for improvement very useful. We would be grateful if You …

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The Czech Republic failed to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Czech Senate refused its ratification on June, 23, 2005 with one voice missing. A petition to persuade C…

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