Major newspapers interview aspergillosis patients and publicise the growing problem of antifungal resistance

A recent article published in the Daily Mail includes an interview with 2 aspergillosis patients, both founders of the Aspergillosis Trust. The piece covers the debilitating symptoms that fungal infections can cause and highlights the growing problem of antifungal resistance throughout the world. The Daily Mail article was followed by a piece in The Times, covering many of the same issues. Articles about aspergillosis being published in such major newspapers represents a significant step in the fight to raise awareness amongst the public about such a rare and little-known disease.

Read the Daily Mail article here

Read The Times article here

Is patient-to-patient transmission of Aspergillus fumigatus in CF patients possible?

A new study from the Netherlands has challenged the widely held opinion that airborne transmission of Aspergillus fumigatus between patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) does not occur.

Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CPA) is a chronic condition affecting patients with structural lung damage such as that caused by CF. It is generally accepted that patients become colonised by A. fumigatus following the inhalation of spores from the environment.

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Mindfulness training for medical students reduces stress and improves empathy and communication skills

This article was originally published in The Hippocratic Post: Mindfulness improves mental health of students

Mental health amongst university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. These are the findings from the first UK study, published in Education Research International, to measure the efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)on students.

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Interviews with Patients and Carers

Stories from other patients form an important part of patient support. Many people report that listening to or reading about someone else who has the same infection, and thinking about their experiences, helps them feel less alone as they come to terms with their own illness. 

Carers are not forgotten, they are a very important group who also require support – in fact if we only supported patients we would be neglecting half of the people we need to help. Two of the videos below are given by carers.

If you would like to find more patient and carer stories, have a look at our written stories page.

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