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EFA calls for more patient involvement on the development of medical devices
The European Union is currently reviewing the regulatory framework for medical devices to establish new clinical evidence and standards and to align the rules with the new Clinical Trials Regulation f ...

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EFA Young Gasteiner meets EU Health Cabinet
On the 3rd of June, Senior EU Policy Advisor and Young Gasteiner Roberta Savli met with the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Public Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis to discuss the health pri ...

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Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands pursued because of poor air quality
EU regulators are referring Belgium and Bulgaria to the Court of Justice over the quality of their air, which poses a major risk to health. The European Union has also issued a final warning to Sweden ...

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Feasible measures to protect our health and environment from climate change
Climate change is impacting our lives more than we think. The most obvious health impact of a warming climate is, of course, more dangers from extreme heat, to which people with respiratory disease ar ...

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Bigger data for better health
On the occasion of the Day of Action on Data for Health and Science on 16 June 2015 in Brussels, BBMRI-ERIC -Biobanks and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure- hosted a seminar entitled ‘Dat ...

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Getting closer to solve the severe asthma puzzle - U-BIOPRED Results Symposium
On the 24th of June, researchers, healthcare professionals, industry and patient advocates gathered in Leuven for the U-BIOPRED results symposium. U-BIOPRED is an IMI funded project aimed at increasin ...

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Medicines initiative opens the way for more patient involvement
IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) is Europe's largest public-private initiative seeking to speed up the development of better and safer medicines for patients. This year’s IMI forum counted on m ...

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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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