Unbelievable Fact About ASTHMA !!! MUST WATCH!

In the same time Usain Bolt runs 100m…

 

 
 
 

10 second countdown

Every 10 seconds someone is having an asthma attack in the UK. Attacks are potentially life threatening and mustn’t be ignored.

Asthma attacks are usually the result of symptoms getting gradually worse over a few days. Needing to use your reliever inhaler more than 3 times a week may suggest that your asthma is not well controlled. If your asthma symptoms are getting worse or you’re using your reliever inhaler more, don’t ignore it as you may be at increased risk of an attack.

 

 

For more info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/Blog/10-seconds

 

There’s a thief in the night that can rob person’s of sleep, health, life…

Have you ever lost a night’s sleep? You feel exhausted, unable to concentrate, and completely worn out. Just imagine what a nightmare it would be if every night was like that.

For a young girl called Harveen Bedi, this was reality – simply because she has asthma. Most people don’t think asthma is serious, but Harveen’s story is one of real determination to overcome the constant fear that her asthma could kill her. Asthma UK was able to help end Harveen’s nightmare.

Though she coped during the day, Harveen’s asthma attacks were most devastating at night. “Night-time was terrifying”, Harveen said. “I couldn’t sleep, I was wheezy, and I struggled to breathe. It felt like I was going to die. Sometimes I’d try to scream because I was so frightened.”

At night, Harveen’s mother, was afraid to sleep in case her daughter needed her. Fearful that the terrible asthma attacks could kill Harveen, her mother was forced to call on the ambulance services again and again to take her little girl to hospital. Harveen was permanently exhausted and, with so many hospital visits, she missed nearly all of years five and six at primary school. For the whole family these were very stressful years.

How Asthma UK helped bring an end to Harveen’s nightmare

The nightmare Harveen and her mother had endured for so long started to ease in 2011. An Asthma UK funded nurse fought for Harveen to be referred to a specialist centre where she received optimised asthma treatment. With continuous support from Asthma UK’s nurses, Harveen also used a My Asthma Pack to help her log her symptoms. Soon Harveen’s nights were less disturbed and, for the first time, she began to take steps to control her asthma. As a result, Harveen spent less time in hospital. Now 14 years old, she loves going to school. “I can join in all the activities”, she said proudly. “I can even run around without needing my inhaler, and I’m catching up on my lessons.”

By making a gift of £20 you help us end the nightmare for other children like Harveen.

Like a thief in the night, asthma can rob children of sleep, of education, of health, and tragically, sometimes their lives. At Asthma UK we’re determined to do everything possible to bring this nightmare to an end by funding research for better treatments and providing people with life-saving information.

Making a gift of £20 today pays for Asthma UK to provide a child with a My Asthma Pack. This is a fun and effective way for children to keep regular track of their symptoms and helps them understand what they can do when their asthma gets worse and ultimately reduces hospitalisation.

Asthma UK has also actively campaigned for the National Review of Asthma Deaths, the most comprehensive global study into what needs to be done to reduce deaths. Tragically, it found that nearly half of all asthma deaths could have been prevented with better healthcare and that 77% of people who died didn’t have an asthma action plan which tells how to recognise the signs of an asthma attack. The findings are a huge wake-up call and confirm that a great deal more needs to be done to protect children at risk of a fatal asthma attack.

Your support really matters. That’s why I hope you will send a gift of £20 to Asthma UK and help transforming a child’s life. Only with your help today can the nightmare of severe asthma attacks can be brought to an end.

 

For more info Visit  http://www.asthma.org.uk/Appeal/harveen

Dagmar’s story…How he has to FIGHT to SURVIVE !

 

 
 
 

Dagmar Makara was diagnosed with asthma aged 24. He started showing symptoms before then but believes doctors delayed diagnosing him due to a prior history of depression – he believes they assumed his asthma was manifested through stress and therefore blacklisted him from getting any asthma care.

He says: “I would go to the GP saying I was struggling to breathe and they would look at my notes and ignore me. It doesn’t help that my normal peak flow is very high (900+) so when I go to A&E with a reading of 500 (good for a normal person with asthma but suffocating for me) they discharge me without action. I have to fight to survive.

When Dagmar asked his nurse for an action plan she admitted she had never heard of them and, implying it was something obscure he had found on the Internet, she said “You don’t need an action plan. If you can’t breathe you come in – that’s the plan.”

No one showed him how to use his inhaler – he had to use YouTube to first figure out how to use one. It was only after a year that someone checked his inhaler technique and thanks to YouTube, he discovered he wasn’t using it the right way. Dagmar has had around 50 A&E admissions in two years and has been on 20 courses of antibiotics over the last 20 months. He adds, “I feel it’s the luck of the draw when it comes to chest specialists, I have much better luck going to out of hours surgeries where they tend to be more sympathetic.  On one occasion I rung my local GP surgery to get oral steroids and they told me they closed in 10 minutes and that I would have to run if I wanted them. By the time I arrived I was wheezing heavily but they just ignored me – as did the pharmacists when I went to collect the prescription.”

 

 

For more info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/blog/dagmars-story

Because of new research centre, asthma care will never be the same again!!!

 

 
 
 

We’re very excited. Today sees the formal launch of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, the UK’s first centre focused solely on improving the quality of life of people with asthma by finding better treatments and making them available faster than ever before.

More than 5 million people in the UK are affected by asthma yet research into this life-threatening condition is chronically underfunded, it currently takes an average of 17 years to develop a new asthma treatment

Our vision for this pioneering research initiative is to halve the time it takes to get innovations to people with asthma and to develop the next generation of world class applied asthma researchers.

The Centre is led by two of the most talented experts in applied asthma research, Professors Aziz Sheikh and Chris Griffiths. It will be co-ordinated through the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary, University of London and is backed by 13 of the UK’s leading academic and NHS organisations.

Our academic partner organisations include:

  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Swansea University
  • University College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bristol
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Sheffield

The first modern inhaler took over 40 years from initial lab discovery through clinical trials and into practice. More than 50 years later asthma still kills and there are tens of thousands of people with asthma facing a daily struggle to breathe. This is why it is so vital for us to invest significantly in applied research and kick start a new era of fast discovery-to-treatment times.

“I am delighted that some of the UK’s top asthma researchers are contributing to this unprecedented initiative where they can share expertise and insights to drive forward major improvements in asthma,” said Professor Sheikh. The Centre means that real large-scale trials can happen that have the potential to benefit millions of people with asthma.

Professor Griffiths said, “The recent National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) reports the urgent need to improve asthma care. The opening of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research is perfectly-timed.” It’s a great step forward to delivering world-class applied research to improve care and reduce asthma deaths and hospitalisation in the UK.

 

for More info visit http://www.asthma.org.uk/blog/new-research-project-asthma-care-will-never-be-the-same-again

 

Matthew’s story Of Asthma

 
 

 

 
 

 
 
 

Lorry driver Matthew Fulcher developed asthma in his late teens. His mum Susan tells his story.

“He was very vigilant with his inhalers and medication and had regular check-ups with his GP/visits to the asthma clinic. However, when his marriage broke down he moved back in with me and joined a new GP surgery, which is when his care started to deteriorate. In December 2012, he had a bad chest infection and cough. He refused to visit the GP as he felt no one ever took any notice of his condition but he was finally persuaded to go.

“I could hear his chest rattling from across the room so I knew it was bad but apparently the doctor didn’t even look up from his computer – he just prescribed without even listening to Matthew’s chest. The infection seemed to shift but he was left with a residual cough.

On April 5, 2013, Matthew’s lorry was involved in an accident – it hit a curb and tipped and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem revealed he died as the result of a sudden and massive asthma attack which rendered him unconscious. After he died his lorry was tracked and showed him trying to get off the M6 to safety. I can only guess he was coughing and coughing and his body eventually emptied of oxygen.

“I feel he should have at least been given a chest X-ray when he visited the GP at Christmas to check nothing else was going on. If he’d been given the attention he deserved in the first place he might have at least gone back when the cough didn’t clear, and who knows how different things may have been then. Perhaps a more diligent approach from the GP would have saved him.

“In adults asthma doesn’t seem to be taken as seriously. When a child is in distress people take note but when it’s a strapping 42-year-old man it’s not looked at in the same light. The attention just didn’t seem to be there – as far as I’m aware he didn’t have an action plan and I don’t recall him ever having an asthma review with the GP/nurse in the three years he was living with me.

Matthew’s brother is also a lorry driver and has to pass the spot his brother died regularly. Matthew had never previously been hospitalised through an attack. He leaves behind a five-year-old daughter.

Matthew deserved better care and so does everyone else. Almost half the deaths included in the National Review of Asthma Deaths could have been prevented with better routine care.

 

American Lung Association Shocking Report

Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2014)

Nearly half of all Americans – more than 147 million – live in counties in the U.S. where ozone or particle pollutions levels make the air unhealthy to breathe, according to the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report released today.  The 15th annual national report card shows that while the nation overall continued to reduce particle pollution, a pollutant recently found to cause lung cancer, poor air quality remains a significant public health concern and a changing climate threatens to make it harder to protect human health. Especially alarming is that levels of ozone (smog), a powerful respiratory irritant and the most widespread air pollutant, were much worse than in the previous year’s report.

“We are happy to report continued reduction of year-round particle pollution across the nation, thanks to cleaner diesel fleets and cleaner power plants,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association.  “However, this improvement represents only a partial victory. We know that warmer temperatures increase risk for ozone pollution, so climate change sets the stage for tougher challenges to protect human health. We must meet these challenges head on to protect the health of millions of Americans living with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. All of us –everyone in every family—have the right to healthy air.”

Key “State of the Air 2014” findings include:

  • Nearly half of the people in the United States (147.6 million) live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.
  • More than 27.8 million people (8.9%) in the United States live in 17 counties with unhealthful levels of all pollutants measured in the report.
  • Twenty-two of the 25 most ozone-polluted cities in the 2014 report – including Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago – had more high ozone days on average when compared to the 2013 report.
  • Thirteen of the 25 cities with the worst year-round particle pollution reached their lowest levels yet, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Bakersfield.

Once again, Los Angeles remains the metropolitan area with the worst ozone pollution, a ranking it has held in all but one of the 15 State of the Air reports.  Fresno-Madera, Calif. moved to the top of both lists for most polluted for particle pollution. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bangor, ME, Bismarck, ND, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL, and Salinas, Calif., were named the “cleanest cities” for having no days with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution and for being among the 25 cities with the lowest year-round particle levels.

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http://www.lung.org/press-room/press-releases/healthy-air/SOTA-2014-National-Press-Release.html