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In November, the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) published the report gathering key insights and opinions from the European patients’ movement, including EFA’s, demonstrating the added-value through th…

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EFA Dutch member Longsfonds launched a mini documentary to mark World COPD Day. In the film, Lia Breed explains her story. How she had to stop to stop working just before her retirement because she wa…

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EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association celebrated this November the Non Fragance Week. Fragrances can make people with asthma or allergy get sick easier so that is why the campaign, arrange…

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EFA members have got to know the Finnish federation for being specialised in allergies and asthma. After being united with the Finnish Association for Skin Patients in March 2017, the target group of…

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Give COPD patients the chance to live healthier through exercise  

Brussels, 15/11/2017 World COPD Day – Physical activity positively impacts our health and wellbeing. Under the theme The Many Fa…

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The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE…

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The discovery of IgE antibody (immunoglobulin E)  50 years ago by Gunnar Johansson and Hans Bennich in Uppsala, Sweden, revolutionised our understanding of allergy and allergic asthma.…

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The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c…

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The EU Health programme was subject of mid-term evaluation during the 20th European Health Forum Gastein that took place the 4th-6th of October.


During the evaluation, Martin Seychell, Deputy Director…

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“Allergen labelling is a complex issue to approach within the European Union”, concludes the report on “Harmonisation of Approaches for informing EU Allergen labelling legislation” published by the Eu…

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Pollution in the air, water, soil and in the workplace is linked to an estimated nine million deaths each year worldwide – equivalent to one in six (16%) of all deaths, according to a ground-breaking…

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Air pollution continues to cause the premature death of more than 400,000 Europeans annually. This is one of the conclusion shown on the new Air quality in Europe 2017 launched by the European Environ…

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Air quality is one of the priorities included in the European Union’s plan to develop European urban areas. This plan called Urban Agenda and composed by 12 priority themes essential to the developmen…

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EFA had the chance to touch base with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) membership who gathered in October 20-21 for HEAL’s Annual General Assembly.

EFA Isabel Proaño and Roberta Savli repres…

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Access to healthcare is as important as healthcare itself. The Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health’s, formed by the European and international health care expert community stablished…

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Digital innovation can be an opportunity to improve people’s health and with that vision EFA has participated in the European public consultation about ‘Transformation Health and Care in the Digital S…

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In October the European Medicines Agency launched a new topic group on digital health that will provide insights and recommendations to the agency on how to tackle the digital dimension of medicines a…

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EFA participated for the first time to the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) communicator’s network meeting on the 19th October, as a civil society representative affected by the daily use of chemical…

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Current treatments allow many asthma patients to control their disease. However, medicine is not yet capable of proposing a cure for asthma. Despite the many ground-breaking discoveries that have impr…

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The Irish Government has adopted ‘The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme’ a plan to renovate the homes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with free energy efficiency upgrades to make them warme…

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