How a respiratory problem can cause road deaths
Obstructive sleep apnoea leads to road accidents. It's time to tackle the issues that stop workers and professional drivers from coming forward to be tested.
Action on respiratory disease is needed now
Respiratory disease is the UK's third main cause of death, yet is largely neglected. Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, calls for action.
Sleep struggles and pulmonary hypertension
Andrew explains what it's like living with pulmonary hypertension.
Have an inhaler? Make sure you use it correctly
Over 80% of people – including healthcare professionals – use poor inhaler technique. Here's how to do it right.
Air pollution and what we can do about it
Air pollution causes respiratory illness and death across the world. What's needed is global action to tackle it. Meanwhile here's what you can do to help protect yourself.
Think you have Sleep Apnoea? Get tested now
Kath Hope rejected the idea that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) caused her depression and exhaustion – but a diagnosis changed her life. Now she helps others tackle OSA.
Paula Radcliffe: the champion athlete with asthma
Paula Radcliffe became the fastest female marathon runner ever in 2003. Her time of 2:15:25 remains unbeaten – yet she was diagnosed with asthma aged 14.
Throwing the spotlight on lung disease
One in five of us in the UK has been diagnosed with a lung disease
. And millions across the country have the life-limiting lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – but don’t even know it
COPD: the disease that too often goes undetected
Breathlessness or a 'smokers cough' could be signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Prompt diagnosis could save you from the worst effects.
The fight for early diagnosis of lung disease
Lung disease inflicts a huge health and economic burden on UK society and the NHS. Yet early diagnosis of conditions such as lung cancer and COPD could have a huge impact, preventing unnecessary deaths and improving quality of life.
COPD: Listening to the 'silent' zone
Exciting technological progress focusing on the small airways in the lungs is transforming both testing for and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Turning the tide on the burden of lung disease
Lung disease is one of the world’s biggest health concerns. The impact remains as large today as it was at the turn of the century and is likely to remain so for several decades.
Pulmonary hypertension: Sue's remarkable journey
At 32 Sue Townsley was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension – an incurable disease with a poor prognosis. Medical advances and determination have helped her reach 49.
Respiratory health case studies: Jane Holmes and André Lassooij
Read about a marathon runner’s lung cancer shock and a double-lung transplant recipient, turned international sports star.
Leading the way in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
A lot can happen in 15 years as has been shown by developments in the way Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PH) is diagnosed and treated in the UK.
Turning tragedy into inspiration
Food Writer and TV chef, Ching-He Huang, explains how her aunt’s death to lung cancer has inspired her to support the British Lung Foundation.
A tough but breakable challenge
With nearly 44,500 people diagnosed annually, lung cancer is the second most common malignancy in the UK after breast cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death, killing over 35,000 people every year.
British Lung Foundation 'Big Breakfast' recipe
British Chinese food writer and TV chef, Ching-He Huang, shares her healthy and filling oatmeal recipe for the BLF Big Breakfast.
Time to breathe easy
Winter is often a magical time of year. For many, it’s a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. For others, however, winter can also often be a source of concern and worry.
Tackling the burden of COPD
Can you imagine not being able to carry out simple daily activities such as walking to the shops, getting dressed or climbing the stairs, without getting breathless? This is how patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have described their lifestyle.
Supporting patients to be partners in healthcare
It is essential that patients are involved in all aspects of healthcare and its delivery if we want to ensure that the challenges posed by chronic diseases in the future are adequately addressed. The European Patient Ambassador Programme (EPAP) provides the tools to facilitate this.
Why we are supporting World COPD Day
COPD is an umbrella term for conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 300,000 deaths are caused in Europe by COPD each year and many people remain undiagnosed.
Raising awareness of the impact of asthma
The largest pan-European survey of its kind investigated levels of asthma control and patients’ attitudes towards their asthma.
Improving quality of life for patients fighting COPD
With COPD claiming about 30,000 lives every year, making it the UK’s fifth biggest killer, it is vital that we empower patients to manage their condition so that they can still live a fuller life.
Raising the profile of PAH: a long-term life limiting disease
In the last two decades treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has extended lives — but there is further to go.
Living with lung disease
What does it feel like to struggle for breath? How can you go about daily life when just walking up the stairs makes you cough? For people living with a lung disease, these experiences are part of everyday life.
Asthma: symptoms, treatments and why awareness could save your life
Asthma kills three people in the UK daily, yet two of these deaths are preventable. Dr Samantha Walker talks about risk reduction - and an exciting new study.
What are your asthma triggers?
Asthma is common in the UK — and, usually, it can be well managed. But in its severest form it can be very hard to treat — so good compliance to medication and avoiding ‘triggers’ is vital.
Laura Trott: Inspiring others living with asthma
The sportswoman, who was recently made an OBE, defied the odds to become a cycling champion after she was born with a collapsed lung and developed severe asthma.
Getting the most out of your medicines: ask your pharmacist
Whilst respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cannot be cured, knowing what medications to take and when to take them is incredibly important in symptom control.
Screening to reduce lung cancer deaths
We know that lung cancer is a big public health problem and whether screening adults for the disease will help is currently under much debate.
How to manage your asthma this winter: British Lung Foundation's top tips
Having asthma shouldn’t stop you from leading a normal life. With good asthma management, such as knowing what triggers your asthma, and how to cope, this can be achieved.
Why so many live with symptoms of hidden respiratory diseases
Persistent coughing and breathless are not normal - they could be the signs of COPD or asthma, but many people do not realise it.
Protect yourself from the flu this winter
British Lung Foundation Helpline nurse, Muriel Poland, and TV star, Linda Robson, explain why getting the flu vaccination this winter can be extremely important.
Sport is a great motivation to improve our lung health
Double Olympic gold medal winning rower James Cracknell has spent a lifetime working on improving his lung health while competing at the highest level. But sport isn’t the only reason he is focussed on improving lung health.
Lifestyle changes can improve hope for those with COPD
The hacking cough, another respiratory infection and ongoing breathlessness; what many people brush aside as ‘old age’ may well be the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Receive the best asthma treatment possible
Question: How do you ensure that you receive the best care for your asthma?
Answer: Regular medical reviews and a written action plan is a good place to start.
How much funding goes into lung cancer research? (click to enlarge)
The facts on COPD