Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

2021

The latest updates from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

New research to study impact of air pollution on children’s brain development and mental health

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Researchers awarded £300,000 grant to study the impact of air pollution on children’s brain function and mental health

Centre Speakers at the 10th IPCRG World Conference

10th IPCRG World Conference Dublin 2021
Members of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research are presenting at the 10th International Primary Care Respiratory Group World Conference

Vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of acute respiratory infections, study suggests

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An updated meta-analysis of trials of vitamin D supplementation finds a small reduction in the risk of acute respiratory infection

Christina Pearce: ‘Centre PhD study instrumental in gaining Chartered Psychologist accreditation’

"My PhD was instrumental in helping me become a Chartered Psychologist" - Christina Pearce, Former PhD student
Congratulations to Christina Pearce, former PhD student with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, who has been accredited as a Chartered Psychologist

School-based self-management interventions for asthma can improve health outcomes

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A systematic review shows that primary school-based self-management interventions can improve outcomes for school children with asthma, but it is important to actively involve parents for positive results

Asthma hospital admissions dropped by more than a third during lockdown, data suggests

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Study finds 36% fewer people were admitted to hospital in Scotland and Wales in the first lockdown due to asthma

New Student Representation for the Centre

New Student Representation for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research
Jasmine Hine is the new Student Representative 2021 for the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research with Mats Stage Baxter as Deputy Student Representative

People with asthma in deprived areas of Wales have worse outcomes and increased risk of death

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Asthma patients living in the most deprived areas of Wales are more likely to suffer from increased asthma attacks, be admitted to hospital and are at a higher risk of death

Lockdown linked to drop in asthma exacerbations, GP data suggests

20% drop in asthma exacerbations seen at GP clinics during lockdown
A study suggests there was a 20% drop in asthma exacerbations seen at GP clinics during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic

Online COVID-19 information for people with asthma followed WHO guidelines: more asthma action plan advice is needed

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A publication in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice has found that online information on COVID-19 for people with asthma largely followed the WHO emergency risk communication guidelines, with some self-management strategies, but omitted asthma action plan advice