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

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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Keep going! Keep going! Keep going!

At this month’s patient support meeting Phil Langridge, Specialist Physiotherapist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital, gave a fantastic talk all about spirometry and lung function tests.

He started the talk with a simple question “Do you look forward to lung function tests?” An audience member offered a simple reply “No, it’s purgatory”.

Lung function tests are hard. The thing is, they’re maximum function tests. The staff carrying out the tests sometimes sound a bit strict, firmly telling you to keep going and put more effort in. The tests are tough, and for some people they can take a while to recover from. That’s because they need maximum effort and it can take a lot out of some people.

Phil gave us an overview of most commonly used tests, starting with the spirometry test. Sometimes these tests can be done at your GP surgery with a practice nurse in a familiar setting. Sometimes they have to be done in hospital and this can lack privacy and be a bit intimidating. Try not to worry, staff understand this, just tell them you’re feeling nervous and they’ll do what they can to help so your test gives the best result possible.

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