Below are some links to other websites you might find interesting.
For information about diseases that can affect breathing:
The British Lung Foundation (BLF): The BLF is a charity that provides support and advice for people living with lots of different types of lung disease, helps to raise awareness of lung disease and the importance of lung health, and funds research (like ours) into lung disease.
Asthma UK: Over 5 million people in the United Kingdom have asthma. Asthma UK is the UK’s biggest asthma charity. They campaign for better understanding of asthma and for better care for people with asthma, as well as helping people with asthma cope better with their lung problems. They have some fantastic resources on their website as well as discussion boards to allow people to share their experiences. Asthma UK also provide help and advice to healthcare professionals working with people who have asthma, and fund research to try and understand, treat and eventually cure asthma.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust: The CF Trust support people with CF and their families and friends. They help to improve the quality of care for people with CF, and fund research to help people with CF to live longer and healthier lives.
For people wondering what sort of careers they could consider, icould.com is a great website. It features videos of people talking about their jobs and how they got to where they are now, but also has a quiz to help you decide what job might suit your personality. A great website, whether you just want to get an idea of what your chosen job might involve or even if you have no idea what you want to do! If you’re thinking of a career in healthcare, this website from the NHS is packed full of useful resources.
Physiology: The Physiological Society website explains the range of different types of jobs that physiology can lead you to, as well as giving a list of universities that offer physiology courses. The Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology also has lots of information about working as a respiratory physiologist, which is a job that involves measuring breathing function. These tests are used in diagnosing lung diseases as well as in making decisions about the best way to treat them.
Physiotherapy: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) website has lots of information about what physiotherapy is, what it is like to work as a physiotherapist, and where you can study physiotherapy.
Medicine: If you’re interested in being a doctor, this page on the General Medical Council website would be a good place to start.
Nursing: The Royal College of Nursing website has heaps of information about training and working as a nurse.