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Countdown to the ERS International Congress

25 August, 2016

The ERS International Congress 2016: the world’s largest respiratory meeting

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Healthy Lungs for Life 2016: Breathe Clean Air

25 August, 2016

The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign is a joint project undertaken by ERS and the European Lung Foundation (ELF). It is one of the largest lung health campaigns to date.

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Enjoy complete and interactive coverage of ERS 2016 with new digital resources

25 August, 2016

The ERS International Congress 2016 has a number of digital resources designed to enable complete and interactive coverage of the goings-on at this year’s event.

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Healthy Lungs for Life workshops in Malawi see success

19 August, 2016

A number of Healthy Lungs for Life asthma training workshops and respiratory health events for communities in Malawi were held this month.

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Emergence of unregulated stem cell treatments for respiratory diseases on the rise

19 August, 2016

There are a growing number of programmes offering unregulated stem cell treatments designed to treat respiratory infections, according to a new statement from respiratory societies across the world.

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Call for applications: Executive Director of FIRS

19 August, 2016

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is looking to appoint a new Executive Director. ERS is an active member of FIRS and as such we would like to share this exciting opportunity amongst our network.

Applications must be submitted before 15 September, 2016.

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New drug shows early promise for treatment of eosinophilic asthma

19 August, 2016

A study has determined that the drug Feviprant is effective in reducing eosinophilic airway inflammation in patients with mild-to-severe asthma and could improve asthma treatment.

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Have you voted for the next ERS leaders?

19 August, 2016

Voting is open for the ERS Elections 2016. We would like to encourage all ERS members to participate before voting closes on 5 September 2016.

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Higher intake of alcohol impacts breathing

2 August, 2016

Adults who consume large amounts of alcohol were found to have less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath compared to those who consumed less alcohol.

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New features and topics available on Respipedia

1 August, 2016

Respipedia, ERS’s respiratory focussed wiki, has had a number of new topics added in recent weeks – broadening the scope of specialist subjects available through the site. Additionally, we have added a number of new useful features to improve usability of the system – including notification of most viewed articles, email alerts and citation improvements.

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ERS joins Forum of International Respiratory Societies to observe World Lung Cancer Day 2016

1 August, 2016

This World Lung Cancer Day on 1 August, the European Respiratory Society (ERS), alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS joins the grassroots efforts of the lung cancer community to raise awareness about lung cancer and its global impact, creating an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks as well as early treatment around the world.

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Study finds new mechanism of tuberculosis infection

27 July, 2016

Researchers have identified a new route of entry that Mycrobacterium tuberculosis infects the body through, that could have significant implications for the development of new therapies to prevent tuberculosis infection.

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Study links new opioid use in older COPD patients to increased risk of death

18 July, 2016

Researchers have found that older adults with COPD who take prescribed opioids are twice as likely to die due to respiratory-related complications when compared to non-opioid users, and the risk for users of the most potent opioids increases further to five times the level of non-opioid users.

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Highlights from the ERS International Congress 2015, Amsterdam

14 July, 2016

Last year’s ERS International Congress was the largest ever with over 23,000 delegates in attendance and 4,021 abstract presentations, covering the broad spectrum of respiratory medicine.

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Study finds link between Great Smog of 1952 and increased asthma rates

13 July, 2016

Researchers have found that the Great Smog of 1952 led to increased rates of childhood asthma, in addition to increasing the likelihood of developing adult asthma later in life.

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Tuberculosis in the Americas and the challenges of disposal

6 July, 2016

Dr Giovanni Battista Migliori, member of the ELF Council and Secretary General of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) participated in a World Health Organization meeting which looked at efforts to fight tuberculosis (TB) in the Americas.

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MEPs urged to give their consent in the European Parliament vote on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the WHO FCTC

30 June, 2016

On 7th June, The European Parliament will vote on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. the European Respiratory Society, the European Network on Smoking and Tobacco Prevention and the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients' Associations call on MEPs to give their consent to the ratification.

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Member states encouraged to adopt plain packaging to tackle smoking epidemic

30 June, 2016

On World No Tobacco Day (31 May, 2016), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) encouraged Member States to follow the example set by France, Ireland and the UK and adopt plain packing to tackle the burden of tobacco-related disease.

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EU Tobacco Products Directive enters into Force Today

30 June, 2016

The European Respiratory Society calls on Member States to swiftly implement the EU Tobacco Products Directive

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The European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation recommend that UK members and citizens vote to remain in the European Union

30 June, 2016

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Lung Foundation (ELF) recommend that all UK members and citizens vote to remain in the European Union (EU) in the upcoming referendum on 23 June, 2016. Science and research are by their nature international, collaborative and cross-border. All UK citizens in favour of the advancement of medical science and progress for patients, should vote to remain in the European Union.

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ERS adopts BioMed Alliance Code of Conduct

30 June, 2016

ERS has recently adopted a Code of Conduct for healthcare professionals and scientific organisations developed by the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe, which ERS is a founding member of.

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ERS welcomes decision that plain packaging and the Tobacco Products Directive are legal

30 June, 2016

The European Respiratory Society has welcomed today’s (4 May, 2016) ruling from the European Court of Justice that the European Union’s (EU) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and plain packaging are legal.

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RESPIRE2 Fellowships awarded to 8 researchers ahead of open call for RESPIRE3

30 June, 2016

8 researchers have been awarded the European Respiratory Society (ERS)/EU RESPIRE2 Post-doctoral Research Fellowship following the 3rd and final call for applications.

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Study looks at the link between lung transplant and cardiac arrhythmia

30 June, 2016

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have investigated the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmia in lung transplant patients with a focus on identifying risk factors to improve patient outcomes.

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Cochrane review: FDCs as effective as single-drug formulations for treating TB

30 June, 2016

Fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) of drugs have similar efficacy to single-drug formulations for treating people with newly diagnosed TB, according to a Cochrane systematic review undertaken by researchers in Spain.