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Asthma in children

Around 1.1 million children in the UK have asthma, a lifelong condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness. Every 18 minutes a child is admitted to hospital in the UK because of asthma.

The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. For children, it can mean they miss school and it can be difficult for them to participate in playground games and sports. Some have to be admitted to hospital.

We are funding research to help children with asthma.

Can we prevent food allergies by giving young babies small amounts of the foods that cause them?

Research date: 1 June 2017 - 31 May 2020
Grant amount: £151,338.00

Around six per cent of children in the UK will develop food allergies.1-3 Professor Gideon Lack, of King’s College London, has previously led groundbreaking research that suggests giving babies small amounts of foods that commonly cause allergies cuts their chances of developing food allergies in the first few years of life. In this new project,...

Sickle cell disease: could an asthma medicine improve children’s intellectual abilities?

Research date: 1 January 2018 - 31 December 2019
Grant amount: £199,992.00

Around one in 2,000 babies born in the UK has sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder.1 Some children with sickle cell disease have learning difficulties. The children are unusually susceptible to having strokes, which are known to cause learning difficulties, but Professor Fenella Kirkham, of University College London’s Institute of Child...

Asthma: could personalised treatment improve children’s quality of life?

Research date: 1 May 2014 - 1 September 2019
Grant amount: £196,625.00

Around 1.1 million children in the UK have asthma, a lifelong condition that affects breathing.1 When asthma is managed well, children can lead a full and active life. However, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, of Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, has uncovered evidence that a commonly used asthma medicine, called salmeterol, may...

Severe asthma: are fungi to blame?

Research date: 1 March 2013 - 31 March 2017
Grant amount: £133,642.00

The prevalence of asthma is increasing, especially among children. For those with severe disease, frequent flare-ups, hospitalisations and side effects of treatment can make quality of life poor.1 Dr Erol Gaillard, of the University of Leicester, is investigating a possible link between severe asthma and the presence of fungi in children’s airways (...

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Posted: 20 January 2017 16:46 pm
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Tackling asthma: a new approach

Posted: 2 September 2014 09:47 am
When asthma is well managed children can lead a full and active life but researchers have found that a commonly prescribed medicine, called salmeterol, may offer little benefit to some of those taking it. They have discovered that a person’s genetic make-up can affect their response to the drug. With funding from...

Asthma and wheezing: hope of earlier diagnosis and better treatment

Posted: 1 May 2012 10:38 am
Children's charity Action Medical Research is marking World Asthma Day (1 May) this year by celebrating the funding of an investigation into childhood wheezing and asthma, which hopes to pave the way to earlier diagnosis and better treatment. Over one million children in the UK have asthma; that is one child in every 11 who can experience...

Hope on the horizon for wheezy children

Posted: 22 March 2012 10:36 am
If your child wheezes, you’re not alone – wheezing is so common it affects a quarter of young children. While some grow out of it, for others it worsens and they develop asthma. Researchers from London funded by Action Medical Research are investigating why. Over one million children in the UK have asthma – that’s one in every 11...

Action Medical Research celebrates 60 years of top medical research investment in London

Posted: 5 January 2012 10:59 am
Children’s charity Action Medical Research is celebrating investing more than £100 million into vital medical research over the past 60 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across a variety of...

London researchers given more than £450,000 to help sick babies and children

Posted: 3 November 2011 15:33 pm
Three leading research teams in London have been given more than £450,000 in grants by children’s charity Action Medical Research, to carry out studies which aim to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children. The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and has today announced the grants...
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