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Ignorance Is Putting People At Risk Of Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Andy Whittamore

People mistakenly believe that asthma is not a serious condition. This doesn't just apply to people who don't have asthma, even those with the condition sometimes don't realise that the consequences can be fatal

Asthma Medicine Has Been Found To Halve The Risk Of Parkinson's Disease

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Tech

Commonly prescribed asthma drugs have been found to reduce a patient’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by as much as 50% in a decade-long s...

Why Teenagers Feel Embarrassed To Use Their Inhalers

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Andy Whittamore

Image: author's own A recent study by the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research found that teenagers with asthma are embarrassed to use their inhaler...

Using IT In Asthma

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Andy Whittamore

Asthma as a condition doesn't fit well into recent models of care provision. GPs routinely invite people with asthma for an annual review at a time that's convenient for the NHS but is rarely in line with the needs or wants of the patient. These reviews are often centered on targets which bear little relevance to patient outcomes.

Investigating The Claim That Drinking Gin Can Help Control Hay Fever

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Andy Whittamore

What we do know is that some alcoholic drinks such as beer and wine contain high levels of a natural chemical called histamine, which is what the body makes when it responds to allergies. In fact, we take anti-histamine medicines to help stop the symptoms of hay fever.

Sorry Folks, Drinking Gin Won't Help Relieve Hay Fever

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

There’s a story doing the rounds suggesting gin could help ease the symptoms of hay fever in sufferers. But, unfortunately, it’s not true. Multipl...

The Very Real Effects Air Pollution Has On Your Health

Phillip Othen | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The World Health Organisation reports that each year 3.7 million people die prematurely from the effects of outdoor air pollution. 80% of air pollutio...

Government Must Launch Diesel Scrappage Scheme And Devolve It To Local Areas

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

The UK government has now received as final warning over repeated breaches of air pollution limits in sixteen areas. This comes after 220 doctors warn...

How Asthma Is Having An Impact On Sufferer's Sex Lives

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than two thirds of asthma sufferers feel their condition is having a negative impact on their sex lives, new research suggests. A survey by Asthm...

If Your Doctor Used This Method To Diagnose Asthma, You May Not Have The Illness After All

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A third of adults who’ve been diagnosed with asthma do not actually have the illness, new research suggests. A study found that 33% of adults recent...

Doctors Slam Company's Colourful Inhaler Cases As 'Dangerous'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Medical experts have branded a company developing colourful inhaler cases as “dangerous”. The French company, called Inhal Colors, is developing a...

Researchers May Have Found A Way To 'Turn Off' Asthma Attacks

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Tech

Asthma could be a condition resigned to history, as scientists claim to have worked out how they can ‘switch off’ asthma attacks. Scientists have ...

Asthma And Allergies Could Be Treated With This Unexpected Ingredient

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech

Parasitic hookworms could provide an unlikely but revolutionary treatment for asthma, according to scientists. Yes, you read that right. Researchers ...

Is Flawed Familiarity Holding Back Asthma Care?

Chris Spencer | Posted 30.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Spencer

What's the first thing you think of when I say the word asthma? I suspect an image has popped into your head of a little blue or brown inhaler. It's an image most of us have been familiar with from a young age. Any reference to asthma by the media is, after all, usually accompanied by obligatory pictures of a school child reaching for their 'puffer'.

Taking Vitamin D Supplements Can Reduce Risk Of Severe Asthma Attacks, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Taking vitamin D supplements could significantly reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks for some patients, health experts have found. An investigati...

Asthma Injection Can Cut Risk Of Suffering Severe Attack 'By Up To A Half'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A new injection has the power to significantly decrease attacks in patients with severe, uncontrollable asthma, a new study has found. In two trials, ...

'Game-Changing' Pill Found To Reduce Severe Asthma Symptoms

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A new drug could significantly reduce the symptoms of asthma in patients, according to researchers. The pill, called Fevipiprant, has been described ...

Scientists Just Discovered A Revolutionary Way Of Treating Asthma

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have unearthed an unusual way of curbing the effects of asthma in a groundbreaking study that challenges our understanding of the disease. ...

The Truth About Allergies

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Summer is here and the dreaded headlines have started already. Just a few weeks ago the newspaper headlines screamed: 'SUPER ALLERGIES to hit Britain this summer hitting a record one in four sufferers'. Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe making it the most common chronic disease.

Scientists Might Have Discovered A Way To Make Broccoli Even Healthier

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Broccoli has long been touted for its numerous health properties. And now, thanks to science, we could soon be munching broccoli 2.0. Researchers have...

6 Tips To Help Manage Your Child's Asthma

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents

More than one million children in the UK (that's one in 11) are currently receiving treatment for asthma, according to Asthma UK. When properly manag...

How To Help Someone Having An Asthma Attack

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost three quarters of people would not know what to do if someone were to have an asthma attack, it has been revealed. It's estimated that someone ...

On World Day for Laboratory Animals, 24 Belgian Institutions Unite in Support of Animal Research

Kirk Leech | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Kirk Leech

World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April was originally established by animal rights activists to raise awareness for the fate of animals in labor...

Asthma Inhalers - Why the Life-Saver in Your Pocket Is Not, and Never Will Be, a Fashion Accessory

Sonia Munde | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Munde

Did you know that three people will die today because of asthma attacks? Preventable asthma attacks. We all know someone who has asthma, 1 in 11 people have the condition, but because of this there is a common misconception that as an illness it is sorted; 'you just take a puff on your inhaler and you'll be fine'. But many people are not fine.

Suggesting That GPs Don't Take the Diagnosis of Asthma Seriously Is Insulting

Dr Maureen Baker | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Dr Maureen Baker

As a practising GP myself, I can assure you that any decisions GPs make to prescribe inhalers - or any other medications for asthma - will always be made in the best interests of the patient in front of them.