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Plain Packaging Developments Spreading throughout Europe

28 January 2016
France, Ireland, United Kingdom
- Tobacco & Smoking
France is the latest country to introduce plain cigarette packaging from 2016. Cigarettes in France will be sold in plain packaging under a law that was...

Horizon 2020 Success Story – MeDALL project brings new insights into allergy

28 January 2016
Europe
Asthma , Allergy
- Healthcare
The MeDALL project ended in May with a public event organized by EFA at the European Parliament. During its 5 years of implementation MeDALL partners investigated...

Lack of Action on Air Quality as Council Dilutes NEC Directive

28 January 2016
Europe
- Air Quality
Back in December 2015, the EU Environment Ministers had a discussion on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive. Unfortunately they have taken a considerably...

Recommendations for Equal Treatment of patients in education and employment

28 January 2016
Europe
- Inequalities
People with chronic and long term conditions face a variety of obstacles, including stigma and discrimination, at school or at work. These issues can potentially...

WHO European health report 2015 - Targets and beyond

28 January 2016
Europe
- Healthcare
The World Health Organisation (WHO) European health report is now available to download. Printed copies can also be ordered in French, German and Russian....

WHO: How can we best protect non-smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke?

28 January 2016
Europe, International
- Tobacco & Smoking
There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and comprehensive smoke-free laws are the only effective means of eliminating the risks...

EFA joins European Commission Working Group on mHealth assessment guidelines

28 January 2016
EU
- Digital Health
Mobile Health is an emerging and rapidly developing field: with around 100,000 mHealth apps currently available across multiple platforms on the global...

Public Health Priorities of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU

28 January 2016
EU
The presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates among the EU member states every 6 months.   As of 1st January 2016 the Netherlands holds...

Exciting Developments in Pollen Forecasting in the UK

28 January 2016
United Kingdom
Asthma , Allergy
- Air Quality
Around 5% of the adult UK population has reported suffering hay fever and around 10% suffer asthma, which can be aggravated by pollen. With approximately...

COPD Patient Advocate elected to BREATH Research Steering Committee

27 January 2016
Germany
COPD
BREATH is one of five chapters of the DZL (German Centre for Lung Research) and means "Biomedical Research in Endstage and Obstructive Lung Diseases Hannover"....

Lack of Action on Air Quality as Council Dilutes NEC Directive

17 December 2015
EU, Europe
Asthma , COPD
- Air Quality
Last month the European Parliament voted on the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC), a piece of legislation that sets maximum pollution limits...

Product Recall: Allergy Immunotherapy Products (APSIs)

16 December 2015
Europe
Allergy
- Medicines
On 2nd December the French Health Authority, l’Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament et des produits de santé (ANSM), announced its decision...

Joint letter to Ministers for Environment with Public Health recommendations for strong NEC Directive

14 December 2015
EU
- Air Quality
Ahead of the ENVI Council meeting on 16th December, EFA joined a number of charities in sending a joint letter to Health & Environment ministers...

Patient Engagement Websites and Online Tools for Chronic Conditions

09 December 2015
Asthma , COPD
- Healthcare, - Digital Health
For many patients and their families finding the correct information on their condition is key to helping them manage it effectively. Increasingly we look...

World COPD Day Campaign 2015

07 December 2015
Europe
COPD
- Inequalities, - Healthcare
Wednesday 18th November marked the fourteenth World COPD Day, an annual event to raise awareness of COPD worldwide. For this year’s campaign EFA chose...

Access to health services in the European Union

07 December 2015
Europe
- Inequalities, - Healthcare
This autumn the European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) launched a public consultation on the preliminary...

New webpage on medication errors from EMA

07 December 2015
Europe
- Medicines
In accordance with EU pharmacovigilance legislation, patients have the opportunity not only to report any side effects of medicines, but also on any medication...

MyAirCoach Partner Meeting Update

04 December 2015
Europe
Asthma
- Digital Health
The 3rd myAirCoach partner meeting took place at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London on 17th and 18th November. During these two days the project...

Capacity Building in Spain

04 December 2015
Spain
The EFA team visited FENAER in Malaga (Spain) on the 4th of November for the second meeting of EFA Capacity Building project. The meeting was attended...

A first step in providing a harmonised approach to COPD Care in Europe

04 December 2015
Europe, Belgium
COPD
- Inequalities, - Healthcare
Levels of COPD care can vary from country to country in Europe. Early detection and correct diagnosis is fundamental to guarantee timely diagnosis and...

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