Answers to Pneumonia Quiz

1. Pneumonia is an infection of which part of the lungs?

b – the alveoli, deep within the lung. Because pneumonia inflames the alveoli, it reduces the lungs ability to take up oxygen and is therefore much more dangerous than commoner lung infections such as bronchitis (an infection affecting the bronchi)

 

2. What proportion of childhood deaths in the world are due to pneumonia?

a – pneumonia is the single commonest cause of death in children under 5 across the world. Most of children dying of pneumonia live in the developing world, where it can be difficult to get vaccines and antibiotic treatment.

 

3. What makes you more likely to catch pneumonia?

d (all of the above) – smoking, excess alcohol, and flu (and other respiratory viruses) all weaken the lung defences against bacteria so make pneumonia more likely

 

4. The bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of pneumonia. Where does it usually live when it is not causing pneumonia?

a – Streptococcus pneumoniae is found living harmlessly in the back of the throat of 10% of adults and 50% of young children. From there it occasionally gets into the lungs and causes pneumonia

 

5. Who should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae?

d (all of the above)– all these groups are at much higher risk of catching pneumonia and should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae.

 

Thanks for taking our quiz: how did you do?

World Pneumonia Day: Take Our Two Minute Quiz

Pneumonia is an infection of which part of the lungs?

  1. The bronchi (the tubes taking air into the lungs)
  2. The alveoli (the tiny air sacs deep within the lung from where oxygen gets into the blood)
  3. The pleura (the lining of the outer part of the lungs)

 

What proportion of childhood deaths in the world are due to pneumonia?

  1. Nearly 20%
  2. Less than 1%
  3. About 5%

 

What makes you more likely to catch pneumonia?

  1. Smoking
  2. Drinking a lot of alcohol
  3. Having flu
  4. All of the above

 

The bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of pneumonia. Where does it usually live when it is not causing pneumonia?

  1. In the back of the throat
  2. In water sources such as air conditioning units
  3. In rats or other rodents

 

Who should be vaccinated against Streptococcus pneumoniae?

  1. Infants
  2. People aged over 65 years
  3. People with chronic lung, heart or kidney disease
  4. All of the above

 

For answers, please click here

 

Autumn 2014 Newsletter – Christmas Song Quiz Answers

 

Question: How many times does Santa check his list?

Answer: Twice.

 

Question: Good tidings to you, and all of your what?

Answer: Kin.

 

Question: On the eleventh day of Christmas, what did my true love send to me?

Answer: Eleven pipers piping.

 

Question: I’m dreaming of a White Christmas with what?

Answer: Every Christmas card I write.

 

Question: Why do I want my two front teeth for Christmas?

Answer: So I could wish you Merry Christmas.

 

 

Autumn 2014 Newsletter

 

For Autumn 2014 Newsletter, please click here

 

 

Charity Christmas Concert: Tickets Still Available

UCL Christmas

We are excited to announce that The Holst Singers (one of the UK’s foremost choirs) will be giving a Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Breathing Matters.

 

The Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 7pm in the new Pavilion in the grounds of University College London, Gower Street. The concert will raise money to help fund research being undertaken at University College London Respiratory by Professor Jeremy Brown and his colleagues into the causes and treatment of bronchiectasis.

Bronchiectasis is a lung disease that most people have never heard of, yet it is not rare and affects an estimated 100,000 people in the UK of all ages, including children. Bronchiectasis results from damage to the tubes taking air into the lungs (the bronchi). The damage makes the bronchi unable to clear bacteria from the lungs. As a result, patients with bronchiectasis have almost continuous lung infections. Almost all of us has had the occasional chest infection, when for a few days we have felt grotty and had a severe cough, sometimes producing mucky looking phlegm – but patients with bronchiectasis feel like this the whole time, causing them general ill-health and making their lives miserable. Severe bronchiectasis also impairs the patient’s ability to breathe normally, so that eventually they can only walk a few yards without resting, and may die due to respiratory failure. Unfortunately, there is no cure for bronchiectasis, and there has been little research into the best ways to treat patients with bronchiectasis. For about half of patients, we don’t even know why they have developed the bronchiectasis. Despite this, research into bronchiectasis is very under-funded, which makes improving the care of patients with bronchiectasis very difficult.

Holst SingersThe Holst Singers Charity Christmas Concert will include unaccompanied seasonal music by Britten, Warlock, Whitacre and “The Lamb” by Tavener and “The Hymn of Jesus” by Britten and there will also be some arrangements for unaccompanied voices of popular carols and Christmas songs so there will be something in the programme for everyone to enjoy.

The BBC describes the Holst Singers as a “leading chorus on the international stage”. In Jeremy Cole, Conductorconcert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert going at its most revelatory”. Holst Singers’ performances in 2014 have included a celebration of the music of John Tavener at Christ Church, Spitalfields, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at St. John’s, Smith Square. With the City of London Sinfonia and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Holst Singers released a CD in 2012 which included “A Ceremony of Carols” and “St Nicolas”. The choir has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, with visits to Estonia in March 2009, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2012 (with the Hilliard Ensemble), and Northern Ireland in October 2013.  http://bit.ly/1D4E9tL

Tickets cost £35 (£25 for students), which includes light refreshments served at 7pm and a substantial donation to Breathing Matters to fund research into bronchiectasis. Seating is unreserved.

Tickets and further information available from Donna Basire at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

If you are unable to attend the Charity Christmas Concert at UCL on Friday, 5th December 2014, but would like to make a donation in aid of Professor Brown’s research into bronchiectasis, then please contact Breathing Matters at the above email address or donate directly via the Justgiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters/

Exclusive VIP places in the Spartan Stadium Run, 16 May 2015

Allianz Stadium

 

The world famous home to Saracen’s rugby team, Allianz stadium, will host the UK’s first Stadium mud run on 16th May 2015, featuring obstacles in and out of the stadium.

Breathing Matters supporters are exclusively entitled to purchase VIP places. VIP Runners will receive:

  • Access to hot showers
  • Lunch and refreshments in the the press/corporate box of Allianz stadium
  • Priority registration

Distances:

  • Spartan Sprint – 5K+ / 15+ obstacles – a challenging sprint obstacle trail designed to get you off your couch and start living. Perfect for all abilities.
  • Spartan Super – 13K+ / 21+ obstacles – the obstacle course race provides an 8+ mile battlefield of insanely fun mud running designed to test your physical strength and mental resolve.
  • Spartan Beast – 20K+ / 26+ obstacles – This event claims to be the ‘toughest race on the planet’.

VIP Spartan places are available for £125, with a suggested minimum fundraising total of £500.

Please get in touch with us on breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk to book a provisional place(s) to make sure you don’t miss out!

Charity Poetry Booklet, Recordatus

At his grandfather’s funeral, Jonathan Harding read out a poem that he had written in his honour:  It starts:

A man can be judged by the impression he leaves
  And that helps to explain why we feel so bereaved 
  But it is happiness that we all sense today;
  You connected with all of us in some unique way.
We’re left now with memories of times spent together
  They are eternal, they will remain forever
  A family man, a mentor, there’s so much to say,
  A figure in our minds, every minute, of every day
Through your life you left us lessons that helped us to see,
  Providing inspirations to be all that we can be;
  So farewell Grandad, and sweet dreams.

Recordatus Front Cover

His poem was so well received, that Jonathan decided to write more; so many more that he has put them into a collection, named “Recordatus”, for all of us to enjoy.

Jonathan and his family are selling these poetry booklets for £5 in aid of Breathing Matters, a charity close to their hearts and whom they have been supporting since grandfather David Dainty died in 2012.

If you are interested in buying a copy of “Recordatus”, please contact dclj@btinternet.com

It’s Chriiiiistmas !!! … Well, Almost

Yes, it’s time to start writing your Christmas list, time to start your Christmas shopping, time to work out which Xmas holly and berry
relatives you are visiting this year and time to order your Christmas cards!

Breathing Matters can help you with the latter.

This year, we have a number of options.  You could order directly online with CharityChristmasCards.com [you can use the direct link on our home page]. CharityChristmasCards.com sell both paper cards and, for those of you who are more green in nature, they also provide online cards to email to your friends and family. They also supply corporate cards so you can put your company name on the front cover.  Up to 50p per card is donated directly to Breathing Matters.

Our other option, this year, is to purchase handmade and vintage Christmas cards through Jane Walker.  Some of you will know Jane from her lovely Breathing Matters designer stalls at Easter and over the summer at UCH.  Jane has two Christmas stalls organised on Friday, 7th November 2014 and Friday, 12th December 2014, 10am-2pm at UCH Atrium, where she will be selling these cards along with some fabulous and unique stocking fillers.

If you are not able to get to these stalls, Jane has very kindly agreed to take orders and she will personally post these to you.  All profits of these sales will go to Breathing Matters.

Handmade Cards:

 

The above handmade cards come in two sizes:

Medium cards (104mm x 152mm) -  £2 each or 5 for £8

Large cards (145mm x 198mm) - £2.50 each  or 5 for £10

 

Vintage Cards: Vintage cards come in a mixed set of 10 for £3

 

If you would like to order any of the above handmade or vintage Christmas cards, please email Jane Walker directly on missjanewalker@hotmail.com
Whichever option you choose, good luck with all the card signing!
As to the Christmas shopping list, Breathing Matters have some ideas on that too:
Breathing Matters would like to thank Jane
for her amazing help this year!

Xmas holly and berry

Exciting Announcement: Charity Christmas Concert

Xmas holly and berryWe are excited to announce that The Holst Singers (one of Britain’s foremost choirs) will be giving a Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Breathing Matters.

The Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Friday, 5th December 2014 at 7pm in the new Pavilion in the grounds of University College London, Gower Street. The concert will raise money to help fund research being undertaken at University College London Respiratory by Professor Jeremy Brown and his colleagues into the causes and treatment of bronchiectasis.

Bronchiectasis is a lung disease that most people have never heard of, yet it is not rare and affects an estimated 100,000 people in the UK of all ages, including children. Bronchiectasis results from damage to the tubes taking air into the lungs (the bronchi). The damage makes the bronchi unable to clear bacteria from the lungs. As a result, patients with bronchiectasis have almost continuous lung infections. Almost all of us has had the occasional chest infection, when for a few days we have felt grotty and had a severe cough, sometimes producing mucky looking phlegm – but patients with bronchiectasis feel like this the whole time, causing them general ill-health and making their lives miserable. Severe bronchiectasis also impairs the patient’s ability to breathe normally, so that eventually they can only walk a few yards without resting, and may die due to respiratory failure. Unfortunately, there is no cure for bronchiectasis, and there has been little research into the best ways to treat patients with bronchiectasis. For about half of patients, we don’t even know why they have developed the bronchiectasis. Despite this, research into bronchiectasis is very under-funded, which makes improving the care of patients with bronchiectasis very difficult.

Holst SingersThe Holst Singers Charity Christmas Concert will include unaccompanied seasonal music by Britten, Warlock, Whitacre and “The Lamb” by Tavener and “The Hymn of Jesus” by Britten and there will also be some arrangements for unaccompanied voices of popular carols and Christmas songs so there will be something in the programme for everyone to enjoy.

The BBC describes the Holst Singers as a “leading chorus on the international stage”. In concert, the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert going at its most revelatory”. Holst Singers’ performances in 2014 have included a celebration of the music of John Tavener at Christ Church, Spitalfields, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt at St. John’s, Smith Square. With the City of London Sinfonia and the choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Holst Singers released a CD in 2012 which included “A Ceremony of Carols” and “St Nicolas”. The choir has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad, with visits to Estonia in March 2009, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2012 (with the Hilliard Ensemble), and Northern Ireland in October 2013.  http://bit.ly/1D4E9tL

Tickets cost £35, which includes light refreshments served at 7pm and a substantial donation to Breathing Matters to fund research into bronchiectasis. Seating is unreserved. Tickets and further information available from Donna Basire at breathingmatters@ucl.ac.uk

If you are unable to attend the Charity Christmas Concert at UCL on Friday, 5th December 2014, but would like to make a donation in aid of Professor Brown’s research into bronchiectasis, then please contact Breathing Matters at the above email address or donate directly via the Justgiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/breathingmatters/

They’re Nuts !

Spartan RaceWhat is nuttier than taking part in a Tough Mudder? It’s taking part in another one!

After raising £4,000 in last year’s half marathon army assault event, Adam Clark has got another team together to do it again! They are doing this in memory of Adam’s father, Jim Clark.

 

The Tough Mudder is a hardcore 10-12 mile endurance running event over an obstacle course which is designed by Special Forces soldiers to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie.  Obstacles include Artic Enema, Sewage Outlet and Electric Eel – we will leave this to your imagine …

If you would like to support Adam and his team, please visit the team’s witty tongue-in-cheek Justgiving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/you-mud-be-joking-2014/

Good luck Adam!