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Q. What is the official distance in kilometres for competitive marathon races?
A: 42.195 km
Q: The six races (previously five) that make up the World Marathon Majors are New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and ________.
Q: In recent times, competitive marathon races have been dominated (in number of wins) by runners from which continent?
Q: Women marathon made its official Olympic debut in which year?
Q: True or False.Marathon was one of the medal events at the first modern Olympics (1896). A: True
Hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) is an allergy to pollen. The pollen season separates into three main sections:
To get the latest pollen forecast, view the met office weather map which provides aUK forecast of the pollen count and provides any hay fever sufferers with an early warning.
Who Gets Hay Fever?
Hay fever is very common. It affects about 2 in 10 people in the UK. It often first develops in school-age children and during the teenage years, but may start even later in life. Hay fever tends to run in families. You are also more likely to develop hay fever if you already have asthma or eczema. A tendency to these atopic illnesses can run in families.
Hay Fever Symptoms
Hay Fever Prevention
Although it is very difficult to avoid exposure to pollen, there are a number of measures you can take that will help you to minimise exposure and ease the severity of your hay fever symptoms. Following these steps may help provide some relief from your symptoms:
Hay fever sufferers can benefit from a wide range of medication which can be prescribed by your GP, or alternatively purchased over the counter from your local pharmacy.
Your GP or hospital consultant can help you find the most appropriate treatment for you especially if you also have asthma and other allergies. Treatments include antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays, corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops, nasal decongestants, eye drops, immunotherapy, and alternative therapies.
Treatment for Severe Symptoms
Rarely, a short course of steroid tablets is prescribed for a week or so. For example, for students sitting examinations, A short course is usually safe. However, you should not take steroid tablets for long periods to treat hay fever, as serious side-effects may develop.
My mum was a hard working loveable and caring person and nothing deterred her right up to the last admission into hospital.
In August 2012, mum was diagnosed with breast cancer quickly followed by a left mastectomy soon after. She started her 6 cycle chemotherapy treatment in september which would be followed by herceptin. As soon as mums first cycle of FEC started, mum experienced breathing difficulties and was admitted into hospital and treated for infections, this was ongoing after every cycle of chemo. After 2 cycles of FEC, her oncologists changed her treatment to Docetaxel as it was believed it was affecting her heart function and where her breathing difficulties lied. During this time, mum was being checked out by the cardiologists having echos, X-rays, CT scans and a lot of antibiotics for infections in her lungs.
Eventually, mum was referred to a lung specialist in October 2012 where, in December 2012, after lung function tests and a biopsy, she was diagnosed with early institual lung disease, believed to be caused by chemotherapy.
Four weeks after her lung biopsy in February where she was sent home with no oxygen, 80% sats and low blood gasses, mum was rushed into hospital and put on life support. She fought for 4 1/2 weeks overcoming all the hurdles that was put in front of her!
Unfortunately, mums lungs never recovered and she passed away on 2nd April 2013. We were told that her fibrosis had progressed aggressively whilst she was on life support and she had died of multiple organ failure, severe septic shock, chest sepsis and progressive interstitial lung disease.
This disease is by far the most misunderstood and unforgiving and needs all the funds possible. I still do not understand how something so devastating has no help or cure.
My mum was a diamond and would help anyone and everyone. It kills me that nothing could help her.
Tribute written by Toni Pym, youngest daughter of Nesta Wade
Grandmother, great grand mother, sister, mother, cousin, niece, aunt and everybody’s friend xxx
Leading up to the summer holidays, Breathing Matters have been asked about the different portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) available for purchase.
We thought we would put together a table of POCs on the current market to make it easier for you to make a considered opinion on which to buy.
Please click the following link: Comparison table of oxygen concentrators_2012
We hope this helps.
The British Association for Lung Research are holding a Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Support Day in Nottingham on Saturday 13th July 2013.
Topics for discussion will include:
If you are interested in registering for this event, please download the Registration Form
For more information, click here for the programme. The patient day is free to attend, but places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Q: What present is traditionally given on a 2nd wedding anniversary?
Q: What is morse code for the number 2?
A: 2 dots, 3 dashes [ . . _ _ _ ]
Q: Who came second in the Olympic Tennis Final 2012?
A: Roger Federer
Q: In which century did Henry II reign?
A: 12th Century (1139-1189)
Q: What is the birthstone of the second month, February?
I am a normal guy of 33 who used to be fit and active when I was a teenager, taking part in athletics at national and county level and then did nothing once I hit my 20′s. I spent a few years in my late 20’s sometimes with a bit of chest pain, or if someone would push my chest it didn’t feel right. I didn’t think much of this just that my chest muscles must be weak. I decided I should get fit and as I used to do a lot of athletics, I would start with running. I made it about a mile and was so out of breathe I couldn’t believe it. Again, I just put this down to being unfit or getting older. I then started coughing a lot and used to carry cough mixture around with me, I just thought I had a cough. It then came to the point that my director at work made me go to see a doctor.
X-Rays showed that I had multiple shadows in my lungs. As you can imagine, your first thought is cancer! Which was made worse by the doctor going over cancer with me. Months and months of tests ruling this disease and that disease out but still cancer hanging over my head!! Which I can tell you is really scary. I would walk 100m and get out of breathe, things were just getting worse and no-one could tell me what was wrong.
In November 2011, I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis (which I had never heard) of the lungs and skin. After looking into this disease, it is more common that I would ever of thought, but I don’t know anyone who has heard of it.
Since then, I have been taking prednisone. As most people know, these types of steroids have a lot of negatives with gaining weight, muscle waste and slight depression being three of them.
In November 2012, I was informed that my lungs had got worse and I had many holes with one being the size of a clementine and my lungs only worked to about 60% of a normal person’s lungs.
I spent the rest of November and December thinking my life was over, Im going to die. I have a disease that doctors don’t seem to understand and that has no cure whatsoever.
After feeling a little bit down after the news I received in November 2012, I was now at the point that I wanted to really challenge myself and my disease. I have started a 12 week training programme to get fit and healthy and transform my fitness level (my doctor is aware of what I am doing). I have taken many before pictures and am documenting everything I am doing and I will be sharing my progress on twitter @StewArmstrong .
The Local paper ‘Sutton Guardian’ interviewed me yesterday.
I aim to prove that anyone, no matter how ill or whatever fitness level you are, anyone can get healthy with the right focus, dedication, training plan and nutrition.
If I can raise a little bit of awareness of sarcoidosis or inspire one person, then I will be very happy.
I hope you can follow me on Twitter @StewArmstrong
Mark, my husband, died from Pulmonary Fibrosis last year, sadly I had not heard of this dreadful disease until Mark was diagnosed with it 7 years ago. Within weeks of diagnosis, he became increasingly ill and became more dependant on oxygen as his lungs ceased to function properly. He knew it was a terminal disease, but typical of Mark he handled it with great dignity and courage.
As the years passed by, he became more breathless and limited in his mobility. He ended up being on oxygen 24 hours a day and virtually housebound.
Mark was a man with a huge zest for life and to see that gradually ebb away, day by day, was devastating for me and the family. Everyone who knew him will always remember his wonderful sense of humour and he just lived to laugh; sadly, in the end, he could not even laugh as it just took too much out of him.
I am desperate to raise the awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis by supporting the charity Breathing Matters. This charity helps to fund University College London which is one of the leading research establishments trying to find a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
How can you help? I have assembled a team who intend to walk the South Downs Way which is 100 miles long and will take us 6 gruelling days, believe me when I say gruelling! It is a tough one as we are busy training on the Downs in preparation for the walk on 4th May 2013.
WE NEED YOUR SPONSORSHIP TO HELP UCL TO CONTINUE THEIR RESEARCH SO OTHERS DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER AS MARK DID.
Who are the team? Myself, his elder brother PJ, his two cousins Jeremy and Crispen, his brother-in-law Harvey and his good friend Matt.
The walk itself will start in Winchester and will be over 6 consecutive legs ending in Eastbourne. We would welcome anyone that wants to join us on any of the legs. I will let you know at a later date where we will be starting each day and where we will be staying.
Please, please help if you can – http://www.justgiving.com/PeterHulme.
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