A selection of research we are funding | Action Medical Research

A selection of research we are funding

Asthma

Asthma

Around 1.1 million children in the UK have asthma, a lifelong condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

Autism

Evidence suggests at least one in 100 children in the UK has an autism spectrum condition (ASC).

Blindness

Blindness

There are different causes of blindness in children. Retinopathy of prematurity – or ROP – is a major cause of vision loss and blindness in young children.

Brain cancer

Brain cancer

Every year in the UK, around 400 children are diagnosed with brain cancer. Many face prolonged and gruelling treatment with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy

Around 2,000 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year in the UK

Cooling

Cooling

In the UK each year, more than 1,000 newborns are likely to lose their life or be permanently disabled after suffering brain injury due to oxygen shortage.

Down syndrome

Down syndrome

Every year, around 750 babies in the UK are born with Down syndrome, a genetic condition which causes some level of learning disability.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy

Around 60,000 children and teenagers under 18 in the UK have epilepsy. Sadly, up to one third of these young people carry on having seizures despite trying medication, meaning life can be difficult and unpredictable.

Heart disease

Around one in every 150 babies in the UK is born with a heart defect, a problem which doctors call congenital heart disease.

Meningitis

Meningitis

We know that babies and children are vulnerable to infections. Meningitis can kill within hours and newborn babies are particularly at risk.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Some women experience complications during pregnancy which can involve the mother’s health, the baby’s health or both.

Premature birth

Premature birth

Around 61,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year. Premature birth is the biggest killer of babies in the UK.

Rare diseases

Rare diseases

75% of rare diseases affect children.

Sickle cell

Sickle cell

Around one baby in every 1,900 born in the UK has sickle cell disease. Children with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of ill health.

Stillbirth

Stillbirth

Around 3,900 babies are stillborn each year in the UK – 2.6 million worldwide

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