News & Updates

The NAC CARES team (Graham, Chris, Beth & Lauren) keep track of all the latest aspergillosis related medical and scientific happenings and bring together the most important bits in our blog and newsletter. We write them in non-technical language.

Blog Articles

NAC CARES team charity run for the Fungal Infection Trust

The Fungal Infection Trust (FIT) provides vital support for the work of the CARES team, without which it would be much more difficult to maintain their unique work. This year, starting on World Aspergillosis Day 2023 (1st Feb) the CARES team is paying back some of...

Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis has never been straightforward for aspergillosis, but modern tools are being developed rapidly and are now improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis. A patient presenting at the clinic will first be asked to give a history of the symptoms that...

Loneliness and Aspergillosis

Believe it or not, loneliness is as bad for your health as obesity, air pollution or physical inactivity. Some studies put loneliness as equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day. In a recent poll in our Facebook patient group for people with chronic forms of...

Doing a disability assessment

In order to claim government help for living with a disability you will have to complete a disability assessment. This can be a stressful and demanding experience, so we have gathered some helpful tips from those who have already been through the process.  ...

Finding an advocate

If you have concerns with how your condition is being managed, or any questions about aspergillosis and its treatment, you may find yourself needing speak up on behalf of yourself. Most people will be able to do this for themselves, or with help from family and...

Managing breathlessness

Breathlessness Breathlessness is simply defined as ‘feeling that you are out of breath’, and most of us are familiar with that sensation when we once ran around as children or in later years climbing hills or rushing for a bus. In this context it is of course a...

Sex and breathlessness

Breathlessness is often a major feature of pulmonary aspergillosis and we provide instructions on how to regain control over breathlessness on another page of this website. Sadly breathlessness leaves many of its patients highly anxious about any exertion that may...

Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is common amongst people with chronic respiratory diseases, and also amongst their carers; in fact it is one of the most common reasons for both to visit the doctor. At one time your doctor’s response might have been simple – check that the cause of the...

Recognising and avoiding depression

People who have chronic illnesses such as ABPA & CPA are very vulnerable to anxiety and depression. These are not superficial illnesses in themselves, and they can be very serious and even life threatening in some cases, if neglected. It is important that...

Plugs and Slugs

People who have aspergillosis tend to cough up characteristic mucoid plugs often when being given oral steroids. These can take many shapes and forms and be different colours depending on what they contain – some can have hard objects within them, others can be very...

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