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Fresh on the back of CF Week, we’re taking a closer look at Pactster.

If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen me mention Pactster before. But what exactly is it?! Quite simply Pactster is an interactive online gym! It’s a social fitness platform that offers channels of fitness videos for health specific needs, as well as motivational and community features to help people use exercise for both

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When it comes to smoking it seems even third hand exposure could cause problems…

We’ve come a long way since the days of smoking sections on aeroplanes and smoking tables in restaurants – partly thanks to the awareness of the dangers of passive smoking. Since the smoking ban was introduced in England on 1st July 2007, making it illegal to smoke in enclosed spaces, there’s been a shift in the attitude and

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What is interstitial lung disease?

If you’ve been diagnosed with interstitial lung disease (ILD), your first question is probably what is it? Interstitial lung disease isn’t just one disease but the term covers a range of disorders that involve the lungs, specifically the interstitium. The interstitium is a network of tissue that extends throughout both lungs in a lace-like structure, supporting the lungs’

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Clearing the air this National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week.

Pulmonary rehabilitation often forms an integral part of managing lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). With National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week running from 11th-18th March, we thought it was the perfect time to focus on just why pulmonary rehabilitation is so important and how it can enhance the quality of life for someone with COPD. Pulmonary

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Retaining paediatric congenital heart disease services at The Royal Brompton hospital. Why they’re so very important…

Paediatric congenital heart disease (CHD) is the “catch all” term that covers a wide range of heart problems. These could be small defects, which may be totally asymptomatic and mean the child will go on to enjoy a normal lifespan, or much more severe forms that need urgent intervention. It is the most common birth defect, affecting between

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Exercise induced laryngeal obstruction – what is it and how can physio help?

Exercise induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO) is a phenomenon in which the larynx (voice box) narrows during high-intensity exercise. This narrowing causes airflow to be reduced, which then results in breathlessness and wheezing, lightheadedness, dizziness and can sometimes even be painful or cause nausea. It mainly occurs in adolescents and young adults and is a condition

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