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  • Title: MAARA - HOME
    Descriptive info: .. Login.. HOME.. ABOUT US.. MAARA NEWS.. POLLEN INFO.. INFO SUPPORT.. RESEARCH.. TESTIMONIALS.. DONATE.. Latest News.. Fundraising.. Finances.. POLLEN SPORE REPORT.. SPORE CALENDAR.. The problems of Asthma and Allergy.. What is HayFever?.. How is Hayfever Treated?.. Bee Wasp Stings.. http://www.. maara.. org/modules/mod_image_show_gk4/cache/Slide-pollengk-is-174.. jpg.. link.. org/modules/mod_image_show_gk4/cache/slide-golfgk-is-174.. 0.. 1.. Progress bar.. 17-06-2014.. Pollen Info.. Golf Day.. MAARA.. NEWS.. Prev.. Next.. Declaring Asthma Helps Travellers Breathe Easier.. After research published this month by the Royal College of.. 27-05-2014.. Golf Day 2014.. 10th Annual Golf Day – 6 June 2014 The sun shone ag.. 17-03-2014.. Harry Morrow-Brown travel fellowship.. The Harry Morrow-Brown travel fellowship (HMBTF) will be lau.. 05-03-2014.. Congratulation.. Congratulations to Andrew and Wendy Lewis who were married o.. 04-03-2014.. MAARA receives donation from Freemasons.. The Leicestershire Rutland Masonic Charity Assoc.. 26-02-2014.. 8th Biennial Symposium of the International Eosinophil Socie.. Every 2 years, the members of the International Eosinophil S.. 11-02-2014.. Purchase of specialist equipment.. Professor David Cousins was appointed to a chair in respirat.. 11-01-2014.. Obituary.. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing  ...   and Allergy, and also provides grants to institutions.. INFO.. & SUPPORT.. Asthma and allergy disorders are one of the fastest rising health problems today, especially in children.. In the UK, 5.. 2 million people suffer from asthma that is 1 in 5 households.. Read all the latest news, updates at MAARA.. Pollen.. & Spore Report.. This page is dedicated to reporting the pollen and fungal spore levels in the East Midlands, paying particular mention to those known to be allergenic.. CONTACT.. If you are worried, concerned or require any information on asthma, allergy or hayfever then please contact us.. Linkedin.. Twitter.. Our.. Sponsors.. We.. accept Donations by.. OPPORTUNITY.. TO JOIN US.. If you would like to join us by donationg your time and work.. please visit our MEMBERSHIP section.. and fill in the form.. CONTACT US.. © 2013 MAARA Registered Charity No: 257131 Contact: PO Box 1057 Leicester LE2 3GZ.. All rights reserved.. Log in to your account or.. Your email used during registration.. Password.. Remember Me.. Forgot your password?.. Forgot your registered email?..

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  • Title: MAARA - ABOUT US
    Descriptive info: About Us.. MAARA, or the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association, is a registered charity based in the East Midlands.. We were founded in 1968 by Dr Harry Morrow Brown to undertake and fund research into the causes of asthma and allergy.. During our history we have been involved with well-known treatments which are still widely-used today, for example Beconase and Flixonase the hayfever treatment sprays, and the first “standardised prick needle” for skin prick testing of allergies developed by Dr Morrow Brown which continues to be used today.. What We Do.. MAARA works with Asthma and Allergy specialists in our local East Midlands hospitals to investigate better treatment, promote understanding, sponsor medical staff learning, provide specialist equipment and provide financial support for health specialists in this field.. MAARA also supports and funds the collection, counting and reporting of pollen and fungal spores.. MAARA is the only centre in the UK and one of the very few in the world with a long-term pollen and spore databank.. Our History.. During our history we have been involved with well-known treatments which are still widely-used today, for example Beconase and Flixonase the hayfever treatment sprays and the first “standardised prick needle” for skin prick testing of allergies developed by  ...   pollen and fungal spores.. This makes MAARA the only centre in the UK and one of the very few in the world with a long-term pollen and spore databank.. It has the world’s longest running continuous records for pollen and fungal spores.. Data collected by the Aerobiology department is used to forecast pollen levels for hayfever sufferers and is used by the media and press.. The MAARA data has also been used in collaborations with research institutions on an international scale.. In 1989 MAARA tested a spray, Flixonase for the nose which proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of a runny nose, a blocked nose, nasal itching and sneezing.. The success of this spray is now well proven and GPs continue to prescribe it to this day.. MAARA’s work now is as important as it has ever been.. In addition to funding research, it is are committed to raising the profile of asthma and allergy conditions, which have seen a significant increase in recent years, as we are aware that the field of allergy receives neither the level of importance nor recognition it so richly deserves.. We are also only too aware that many, including health professionals, have a limited knowledge of this branch of medicine..

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  • Title: MAARA - INFO & SUPPORT
    Descriptive info: Info and Support.. Allergies - ranging from sensitivity to household dust, pets and grass pollen which produce sneezing, running nose, itching, to more serious problems such as allergy to peanuts and other substances which in extreme cases can cause death - are more and more common.. Common symptoms.. Most sufferers experience symptoms such as:.. Hayfever - sniffles, sore eyes and itchy throat in Summer.. Rhinitis - sneezing, runny nose.. Eczema and skin rashes.. These problems can ruin daily lives at home, school or work.. Common allergy causes include:.. House dust mites - which occur in bedding and carpets.. Pets - cats and dogs.. Pollen - grass, birch, oak and other pollen.. Spores - fungal spores in the air.. Food - some people are allergic to dairy products, eggs, colourings and additives, and nuts, especially peanuts.. Rubber products - latex gloves.. Finding the cause of these problems is expensive and this is why we need the support of the community.. Hayfever is an allergic condition that affects mainly the nose and eyes and is caused by pollen in the air.. It is also known as Seasonal Rhinitis.. Studies have shown that hayfever can have a severe affect on people’s lives as it can result in poor concentration, reduced productivity at work and disturbed sleep.. It is often the cause of lost working days and can significantly impair those 25% or so of 11 to 21yr olds who suffer and have examinations to take.. Symptons include:.. Itchy eyes which are also sometimes red and watery.. Eyes that feel “gritty” and swollen eyelids.. A blocked nose and a feeling that it is difficult to breathe.. Runny nose requiring constant attention.. Itchy ears, nose and back of the throat.. Coughing.. Anyone with hayfever due to an allergy to grass pollen will likely experience problems from May-August, with June and July being the worst months.. For those whose allergy extends to tree and weed pollen, the hayfever season can be an extremely long one from February, March and April for early and late flowering trees and into August and September for nettle.. Trees, grasses and weeds which cause hayfever are wind pollinated.. We all breathe in this pollen but it is those people who are sensitive to one or more of the pollens that experience the hayfever symptoms.. Perennial (Allerginc) Rhinitis.. If hayfever symptoms continue throughout the entire year it is likely to be Perennial (Allergic) Rhinitis which usually relates to indoor allergens such as pets, indoor moulds or house dust mites.. Symptoms will vary according to the exposure to the allergen.. Useful tips for managing hayfever symptoms.. If you have medication, start this early to help build up resistance.. When the pollen count is high stay indoors, with doors and windows closed.. Pollen counts are usually at their lowest up to mid-morning and before late afternoon/evening so try and limit outdoor activities to these times to avoid peak pollen times.. Maximum pollen release occurs on warm sunny days with a gentle breeze.. Shower and change clothing when you get home as pollen clings to skin, hair and clothing.. Sleep on a clean pillow slip each night.. Wear sunglasses to prevent eye irritation.. Avoid areas of un-mown pollinating grass.. When travelling by car keep the windows of the vehicle closed.. Smear a little petroleum jelly at the base of each nostril to soothe soreness and capture pollen attempting to enter the nose.. Do not walk in the woods if you are allergic to tree pollen.. If taking all of the above precautions fails to provide any respite from the symptoms you may need to seek medical help via your pharmacist or GP.. See the Pollen Spore Report page for the latest pollen information for the East Midlands »».. Most people with hayfever will need some treatment to control their symptoms.. This treatment is usually only required during the hayfever season and is not need year- round.. The 3 most often used treatments for hayfever are.. antihistamine tablets.. corticosteroid nasal sprays.. cromoglycate eye drops.. Antihistamines.. The first treatment for hayfever is usually antihistamine tablets.. These block the effects of histamine – the major chemical released in an allergic reaction.. Anti histamines have been around for a long time and are thought to be very safe.. Some of the older types can cause drowsiness and need to be taken several times a day to be effective.. Newer antihistamines are usually once-a-day and are not so sleepy-making.. This can be very important particularly if you have to do a lot of driving or operate machinery at work.. It is possible to get antihistamine eye drops or nasal sprays; these can be very effective but unlike the tablets only work on one site.. You can either take your antihistamines only when you get symptoms or everyday whether you have problems or not.. People with mild hayfever usually find that taking the tablet as and when they need it is enough to control things.. More severe hayfever sufferers may be helped more by taking their treatment every day; perhaps first thing after brushing their teeth.. Corticosteroid nasal sprays.. Corticosteroid nasal sprays stop the inflammation that is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen.. This stops itching, sneezing and the runny nose you get in hayfever.. Interesting it also takes away the itching and watery eyes too.. These nasal sprays have to be used daily to be effective and are best started about 2 weeks before the pollen season starts.. You can work out this date from a Pollen Calendar.. LINK to POLLEN INFO.. The technique for using the spray is very important; many people don’t get better with these sprays because they have used them incorrectly.. The steroids in these sprays are at a very low dose and are designed not to be absorbed into the body.. They are generally thought to be safe though they can cause nose bleeds.. This can sometimes be due to poor technique in using the spray.. Cromoglycate eye drops.. These dampen down the inflammation caused by an allergic reaction.. They work best if they are used 5 times a day; this can be awkward to remember to do.. Contact lens wearers can’t use eye drops unless they using disposable lenses.. Are there other treatments for hayfever symptoms?.. Although most people will be controlled on fairly simple treatment for their hayfever other treatments are sometimes required.. Asthma medication.. People with hayfever may get asthma symptoms during the peak of the pollen season.. This is due to an allergic reaction occurring within the airways of the lung.. Asthma causes narrowing of these airways; this makes it harder work to breathe out and causes wheezing.. There are drugs – called beta agonists or relievers – which reverse this narrowing; this makes breathing easier.. These drugs are given by inhalers.. If you need to use your reliever inhaler many times a day during the pollen season you may need a preventer inhaler.. This contains a low dose steroid.. It takes away the allergic reaction in the airway and stops wheeze.. If you get asthma during the pollen season you should see your general practitioner.. Decongestants.. Decongestant sprays are available to buy in most pharmacies.. They work by shrinking the lining of the nose and are generally very effective at doing so.. Unfortunately if they are used for a long time they irreversibly damage the inside of the nose; this makes your nose run continuously and torrentially.. Decongestant tablets can also be bought in pharmacies.. Although they are safer they can cause drowsiness and blurred vision.. Corticosteroids.. Sometimes even the combination of antihistamine tablets, cromoglycate eye drops and corticosteroid nasal sprays isn’t enough to control hayfever.. This  ...   due to bee and wasp allergy.. Many, many more people get stung and most of these have no problems with allergy.. What happens if I am stung again?.. If you have an allergic reaction to a sting there is a high risk that you will react if you are stung again.. Reactions do not always get worse with each new sting; some people who have had a bad reaction may have a much smaller reaction the next time they are stung.. As time goes by the chance of reacting gets smaller.. After 10 years of not being stung your chance of having a reaction is about the same as somebody who has never had a problem.. How is bee and wasp allergy diagnosed?.. Anybody who has had a severe allergic reaction after a sting should be seen by a doctor specialising in allergy.. To make the diagnosis of allergy he/she will ask about what happened to you.. This will help the doctor decide if you have had an allergic reaction and whether it was a bee or wasp that was the cause.. Tests will then be done to show whether it was allergy to bee or wasp that was the problem.. The tests can either be skin prick tests or allergy blood tests.. Often both skin and blood tests are done.. Because it is sometimes difficult to tell wasps and bees apart most doctors will test for both both bee and wasp venom allergy together.. Blood and skin prick tests for venom allergy should always be delayed until 6 weeks after the sting as before this they are not always accurate.. What can I do in future to avoid problems?.. Don’t get stung!.. If you have had an allergic problem with an insect sting it is essential to try and avoid further stings.. There are certain things you can do to reduce the risk of a getting stung again.. Don’t walk barefoot outdoors.. Bees feed on clover which grows within grass and lawns and wasp nests can be in the ground.. Avoid wearing bright colours.. Bees are drawn to bright colours in flowers and will mistake your clothes for a source of food.. Avoid strong scents.. Scented products such as perfumes, shampoos and sun creams will attract bees.. Don’t leave foods - especially sweet ones - exposed.. Wasps have a sweet tooth and will be drawn towards them.. A can of drink can be dangerous – the wasp is drawn to the sweet fluid and will crawl inside.. It then gets stuck inside and when you take a drink you get a mouthful of angry wet wasp.. Wear thick gloves when working in the garden.. Wasps may have their nest at ground level and get caught within dead leaves.. Also wear trousers and long sleeved shirts to cover as much skin as possible.. In the autumn they are drawn to fallen fruit and these should be handled with caution.. Be careful about rubbish and litterbins.. They are a source of food for wasps who will scavenge from them.. Keep your own bin wasp-free by ensuring that the lid is kept firmly closed at times.. If bottles are kept for recycling make sure they are washed thoroughly before being left out.. If a bee or wasp comes too close try not to panic.. Keep still- if you wave your arms around too much the insect will think it is under attack.. It will then fight back and call on insects from the same nest to come and join the fight!.. Hover flies look just like wasps.. This is to protect them from predators.. They don’t sting and they are not a problem for people with wasp allergy.. It’s worth being able to tell the 2 apart – that way if a hover fly gatecrashes your picnic you won’t have to panic.. 2.. Be prepared.. If you have had an allergic reaction to bee or wasp venom you need to be prepared for what you are going to do if you get stung again.. You may get stung somewhere remote or when you are by yourself and so it is important to think about what you are going to do.. Your doctor will normally prescribe some medication to use if you are stung again.. It is important that you carry this around with you all them time.. You can never be sure when you might get stung; central heating allows bees and wasps to survive even in winter.. If you have had a bad reaction your doctor should have prescribed you an adrenaline pen to use if you have another sting.. This drug reverses the effects on an allergic reaction and can be life saving.. It has to be given injected into a muscle and the adrenaline comes in a ‘pen’ with a spring loaded needle.. This might look a bit scary first time but it’s important to remember that using adrenaline quickly may save your life if you have an allergic reaction.. Learning how and when to use the adrenaline pen is important and your doctor should show you.. Your doctor may also prescribe you antihistamines (either as a tablet or a liquid) to take if you have a less severe reaction.. If you have a reaction to a sting you should get medical help as soon as possible.. This will usually mean going to hospital for further treatment.. 3.. Have desensitisation treatment.. Your immune system can be taught not to react to stings.. This should stop you having severe allergic reactions in the future.. The treatment is called desensitisation or immunotherapy.. This treatment is only given in hospital in specialist allergy clinics.. It is given to people who have had severe reactions (difficulty in breathing, feeling faint or blacking out) to bee or wasp venom.. It doesn’t work for people who react with lots of swelling around the sting but don’t have more severe symptoms.. The whole treatment course goes on for 3 years.. During the first 12 weeks you have an injection a week and for the rest of the time one injection every 4-6 weeks.. The injection contains bee or wasp venom; you get a course of treatment for whichever caused a reaction.. At the beginning of the treatment the injections contain tiny amounts of venom; each week the dose gets a little bigger.. By the 12th injection the amount of venom in the injection is about the same as in a single sting.. Once you have reached this top dose of venom you start to be protected against further stings.. Every injection after this is the same strength and helps to ensure that the protection is continued.. The injections contain something to which are allergic and reactions can occur after them.. These normally happen within the first hour after the injection.. Because this is a risk you will be asked to stay in clinic until the danger period is over.. During this time you will be looked after by trained staff; they will monitor you carefully and quickly start treatment if you have an allergic reaction.. Though these reactions can occur any time during the treatment course they mostly occur during the time when the dose of venom is being increased.. Fortunately these reactions to treatment are rare.. Immunotherapy is very effective and will protect against having a severe reaction in the future.. Wasp immunotherapy is more successful than bee; nobody knows why.. Desensitisation doesn’t seem to have any long lasting side effects and most people receive their treatment without any problems.. Can I react to insects other than bees and wasps?.. Hornets are very closely related to wasps and may cause allergic problems too..

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  • Title: MAARA - RESEARCH
    Descriptive info: Research.. LEICESTER AEROBIOLOGY 2013.. The 2013 pollen season began with lot of media attention resulting from the long cold winter of 2012 to 2013.. Headlines such as “Pollen count set to soar this summer as experts warn hay fever will be the worst for 50 years” reported in the Daily Mail online and “Hay fever remedies: how to prepare for the worst season in decade” from the Guardian.. I am pleased to report that we at Leicester advised against such extreme proclamations, confirming that the spring pollen season was indeed late, which meant there was a risk of tree pollen and grass pollen season’s overlapping – but that it would very much depend on the summer weather.. It is true that we had a long cold winter, and this was particularly seen in both the timing and magnitude of the alder tree pollen season.. Most years the alder pollen season runs through the beginning and middle of February, with levels rarely reaching above 100 grains per cubic metre on a given day.. This year saw daily counts soaring up into the 1000s; the season itself being several weeks later than normal and extending throughout most of March and into April (Fig 1).. Alder is a deciduous tree growing to around 30m tall (Fig 2a).. It is a member of the Betulaceae family, which means it is a close relative to the highly allergenic birch.. Like birch, alder produces catkins to encourage wind dispersal (Fig 2b) and is an easily distinguishable pollen with five pores (Fig 2c).. Between 20- 25% of hay fever sufferers are allergic to birch, and many of them would have had symptoms caused by cross-reactions when exposed to alder.. Whilst not as extreme in terms of pollen abundance as alder, ash and birch pollen seasons were also later than normal (Fig 3).. However, unlike the media predictions the grass season did not overlap with the tree pollen season, and the season was no different to most years,.. and certainly not an extreme grass pollen season (Fig 4).. Total fungal spores and the main fungal aeroallergen Alternaria followed much the same pattern of the previous two years (Fig 5 and Fig 6 respectively).. Concentrations of the other main fungal allergen counted routinely, Cladosporium, were higher than the 2011-2012 seasons (Fig 7).. The warm and wet weather in July will have provided ideal conditions for fungal growth, and Cladosporium spores are then released in high concentrations particularly during warm, dry and windy conditions.. According to data collected by David Vince, a meteorologist in the East Midlands, rainfall was 215% of the average for July and we also had the warmest July since 2006, with an average temperature of 19.. 1°C.. We had the least number of rain days in August since 2003, enabling release of high concentrations of Cladosporium spores.. Cladosporium concentrations dropped around the 15th August, when we had 58% of the months total rainfall in 24 hours.. Alternaria concentrations also dropped around this time, due to being effectively washed out of the air.. Exploring scientific understanding, meaning and impact of food allergy as a unique chronic condition in children, teenagers and parents.. Dr Rebecca Knibb, Dr Steve Croker and Miss Carol Stalker are running a MAARA funded study to explore what children, adolescents and parents understand about food allergy and the impact it has on them.. So far nearly 80 children with food allergy (aged 6to 17 years) and their parents and 180 children and parents without food allergy have been interviewed in the U.. K.. We have also interviewed 30 children and 250 adults in America.. A number of important themes have been identified from the data across the different age groups and allergy status.. These  ...   condition.. Dr Rebecca Knibb CPsychol AFBPsS.. Senior Lecturer.. Derby researchers explore why children with asthma are more likely to be bullied.. New research has uncovered several factors which could explain why children with asthma are at an increased risk of bullying.. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Vienna, highlighted the need for doctors to talk to children with asthma about bullying, as well as the impact the disease could be having in other areas of their life.. Bullying or teasing of children with any chronic medical condition is common, yet it is not always clear what factors contribute to this.. Researchers from the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, in the UK, used data from the large 6-country Room to Breathe survey of childhood asthma, to look at the factors associated with an increased risk of bullying.. Parents and children aged 7 and above were interviewed as part of the study.. Data was collected from 943 questionnaires which asked questions about conditions at home, lifestyle of parents and children and their overall experience of their condition.. The results revealed a number of factors associated with an increased risk of bullying.. Factors such as a reduced participation with sport and feelings of sadness were significantly associated with an increased risk of bullying.. Additionally, factors that could be improved, such as poor asthma control, parental smoking and parents’ on-going worries about their child’s health were also associated with bullying.. Dr Will Carroll, from the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, said: “Our findings emphasise the need for doctors and nurses to speak to their patients about the effects their condition has on all aspects of their life.. We know that bullying is associated with asthma and these findings can help us understand why this is the case.. “A number of the factors identified are things that can be changed, such as participation in sport, asthma control and parental worry over their child’s health.. As doctors, we must work with families to ensure these risk factors are removed and work with schools and teachers to ensure children with asthma are able to participate in sports at a level that is safe for them.. ”.. Dr Will Carroll.. Consultant Paediatrician.. Derbyshire Children’s Hospital.. Researchers Update on Exhalyzer-D Device.. Thanks to MAARA, the University of Leicester is the first to own an Exhalyser-D in the UK.. This state of the art piece of equipment measures the function of the airways in the lungs and shows abnormalities of ventilation in the tiny airspaces called ‘alveoli’.. These are not easily accessible with conventional lung function tests and have been little studied, particularly in children with asthma.. The Exhalyser-D generates a value known as the ‘lung clearance index’ that is a summary measure of the function.. of the lungs by seeing how well a patient can breathe out air from the smallest airways.. The device is simple to use only requiring children to breathe normally in and out through a tube whilst at rest.. We have already carried out studies using the machine in 40 children, comparing teenagers with outgrown wheeze with healthy children who have never wheezed.. The test worked in all children that we studied.. All of the young people we tested were well and we did not, so far, find any abnormalities in the children that have outgrown their asthma, which is excellent.. Next we will study children and adolescents coming to the Royal Infirmary with an asthma attack to.. study the effects of this on the function of the small peripheral airways.. We hope to gain further insights into the function of the airways during acute asthma and identify the response to the treatments we are giving our patients.. Ceri Murphy, Caroline Beardsmore, Erol Gaillard..

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  • Title: MAARA - TESTIMONIALS
    Descriptive info: Testimonials.. See what some of the recipients of MAARA funding say about the impact that it has made:.. "We are extremely grateful for the support MAARA has given us in developing and running our study to investigate understanding of food allergy in allergic and non-allergic children and parents.. Results from the study so far are extremely interesting and they will hopefully be of great benefit to patients and clinicians.. We could not have done this without the help of MAARA".. Dr Rebecca Knibb CPsychol.. University Reader in Health Psychology.. Health Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.. Programme Leader MSc Health Psychology (on campus and on line).. "The support of MAARA has been, and remains, instrumental in the development and growth of the Aerobiology unit at the University of Leicester.. With MAARAs support we are able to provide a free web-based pollen and fungal spore report that is specific to the Midlands, and continue the MAARA tradition of providing local aerobiology reports to the public first established in the 1970s by Harry Morrow Brown, founder of MAARA.. Fungal allergy affects a significant proportion of hayfever and asthma sufferers, but in comparison to pollen allergy it is widely understudied.. The support of MAARA has been critical in enabling us to initiate research into several different areas, including developing approaches to  ...   which might have travelled hundreds of kilometres.. To date we have no record of harmful substances in concentrations which might give cause for concern.. Our work will be published in the local journal 'Mercian Geologist' later in the year".. Hugh Rollinson.. Professor of Earth Sciences.. Head of Geographical, Earth and Environmental Sciences.. University of Derby.. Every 2 years, the members of the International Eosinophil Society are meeting to share theirlatest advances in basic and clinical research (new findings and potential therapies) related to eosinophils and eosinophil-linked diseases (including asthma and other respiratory diseases).. This year, the 8th biennial symposium of the International Eosinophil Society, INC.. meeting was held at Keble College, Oxford, between the 13 and 17 of July 2013.. Because the“eosinophil” research theme is really focused, the meeting was restricted to around 150 participants, therefore allowing easy communication and information dissemination between the participants.. The list of key speakers included the major contributors to the eosinophil research field.. MAARA sponsored Dr Catherine Vial to attend the meeting.. After attending the meeting Dr Vial prepared an account which is reproduced in this year’s newsletter, she said:.. “I am extremely grateful for the financial support MAARA has given enabling me to attend this conference.. Dr Catherine Vial.. Lecturer at the University of Leicester.. Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology..

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  • Title: MAARA - DONATE
    Descriptive info: HOW YOU CAN HELP MAARA.. Donations.. Make a donation, either on-line using the Donate Now button below, or if you prefer by sending a cheque to our registered address.. Organise a specific fund-raising activity; For school groups, clubs, etc - adopt us as your chosen charity.. Ask your community festival or fete to support us.. Get yourself sponsored in a sporting event or other activity.. Ask your Health Centre to raise money.. Become a member of the Association.. Remember us in your Will.. If you or a friend or relative wishes to support  ...   to contact a member of staff or one of our trustees.. Leaving a gift in your will is a tax efficient way to help us.. MAARA relies on legacies, in - memoriam donations and memorial funds as an important source of funding.. On Line Donation.. Use the Donate Now buttons to make an on-line donation.. Our online donation services are totally secure systems administered by Charity Choice and Virgin moneygiving.. Press either of the Donate Now buttons and you will be directed to the respective web sites from where you can make your donation..

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  • Title: MAARA - Latest News
    Descriptive info: /.. After research published this month by the Royal College of Physicians.. [1].. revealed that over half of asthma suffers who died as a result of the disorder were being treated for only a mild or moderate condition at the time, MedicalTravelCompared.. co.. uk is urging sufferers to make certain they are adequately covered by their travel insurance.. Although there are 5.. 4 million people in the UK living with asthma, the condition affecting one in five households.. [2].. , many standard holiday insurance policies exclude cover for asthma leaving sufferers out of pocket should any respiratory related complications develop before or during their travel.. Vicki Moses, Head of Marketing for Medical Travel Compared, said: “Asthma can flare up when on holiday due to the unforeseen changes to the environment and even simple things like the polish used to clean a hotel room, and allergic reactions can bring on an attack, which could mean an emergency trip to hospital.. “Because mild asthma doesn’t tend to effect people’s daily living, however, it often doesn’t occur to holidaymakers that they should tell their travel insurer when applying for cover, which could result in a claim being declined should any respiratory related complications develop before or during their trip.. “It’s often the case that little or no extra premium will be charged to include asthma when it’s mild and well managed.. The cost of travel insurance could be a fraction of the cost compared to medical treatment abroad.. MedicalTravelCompared.. uk is a specialist travel insurance comparison site created specifically for those with pre-existing medical conditions and the over 65s, and offers access to a large choice of specialist travel insurance providers.. Vicki Moses continued: “It is important to declare asthma and any other respiratory conditions when taking out travel insurance so that if an asthma attack was triggered, or your inhalers were lost or stolen, you would be able to access a 24 hour emergency medical assistance line from abroad and claim for unplanned medical treatment and the cost of replacement medication.. “Should you be deemed unfit to fly or travel due to breathing difficulties before your departure date you will also be entitled to claim for holiday cancellation, although insurers’ terms and conditions will vary so do check the cover limits of  ...   to cover the relevant medical conditions.. For more information about MedicalTravelCompared.. com and to use their comparison service visit.. The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), conducted by Royal College of Physicians.. rcplondon.. ac.. uk/projects/national-review-asthma-deaths.. Source: Asthma UK.. asthma.. org.. uk/asthma-facts-and-statistics.. Source: NHS.. nhs.. uk/Conditions/Asthma-in-children/Pages/Introduction.. aspx.. uk is a travel insurance comparison site specifically for over 65s and those with a pre-existing medical condition.. The Medical Travel Compared insurance panel currently comprises over 22 medical travel insurance products.. Travellers complete a simple question set and a list of insurers, covers and premiums are returned.. com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.. The FCA Number is 594298.. Contact:.. For further media information please contact Allison Thomas, CAT, at.. This email address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 10.. th.. Annual Golf Day – 6 June 2014.. The sun shone again for this year’s MAARA golf day at the Leicestershire Golf Club, Evington Lane, Leicester, when 13 teams took part and had a great day.. This year we raised £2585 which will go towards research projects.. A Big Thank you to everyone who took part and also to our sponsors.. Winners.. Oval Insurance 90.. SPC Ltd 83.. Mawby King 82.. The Ladies team 73.. Congratulations to Andrew and Wendy Lewis who were married on 31 August in St Mary’s Church, Queniborough.. Andrew is a MAARA committee member and has been involved in the work of the charity for many years.. The Harry Morrow-Brown travel fellowship (HMBTF) will be launched in 2014 in memory of the founder of MAARA.. This fellowship will offer researchers an opportunity to travel to a national or international allergy or asthma conference to present their original work.. The fellowship will be awarded annually, and successful applicants can apply for support for travel, accommodation and conference registration fees to a maximum of £1500.. 00.. Read more.. The.. Leicestershire Rutland Masonic Charity Association made a donation of £1500 to purchase a Microscope for use by the team at Leicester University.. Steve Watson is pictured below receiveing the cheque from David Hagger, the provincial Grand Master.. More Articles.. 8th Biennial Symposium of the International Eosinophil Society.. New Faces for the Leicester Aerobiology & Clinical Mycology Group.. Page 1 of 2.. Start.. End..

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  • Title: MAARA - Fundraising
    Descriptive info: RICHARD HILL.. decided to raise funds for a local charity and because his son Oliver has suffered with nut allergy since the age of three found MAARA on the Internet.. Through Virgin moneygiving Richard raised £213.. 60 by competing in the 2013 Great Midlands Fun Run on 2 June.. Oliver, who is now 9 years old, was rushed to A E when he was three years old after eating a cashew nut.. The family carries an Epipen wherever they go.. Richard says, “the Great Midlands Fun Run is a fun event for people of all ages and abilities.. Disability or age is not a barrier..  ...   you enter Sutton Park at Boldmere Gate after 2.. 25 miles, negotiate approximately 4.. 5 miles in the park including 'Cardiac Hill', exit at Four Oaks Gate after 6.. 75 miles before returning to the finish in the town centre.. WAITROSE.. Lutterworth accepted MAARA for their green token scheme and shoppers donated £276.. On a monthly basis, three local organisations are chosen and £1000 of Waitrose profit is made available to divide between good causes.. A token is given to customers after a transaction and they choose which local organisation they wish to support by placing their token in the box for the relevant cause..

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  • Title: MAARA - Finances
    Descriptive info: Treasurer’s Report.. Financing our Activities in 2012.. We reported last year that the finances of the Association have settled into a regular pattern in recent years.. In terms of income this was again evident in 2012 with total income of £46,000 similar to 2011 (£46,000).. The largest source of income is from our investment portfolio and brought in £35,000 in 2012 (£35,000 2011), whilst legacy and fund raising income contributed around £9000 (£11,000 2011), and the annual Golf Day just over £2000.. This level of income comfortably covers all operating costs which are around £25,000 (compare this with  ...   Leicester and a team of staff managing drug-trials work for pharmaceutical companies).. The Association keeps its running costs to an absolute minimum and this ensures we are able to employ the majority of our funds in support of important research projects.. The largest of these involves asthma and allergy specialists at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.. The £350,000, 5-year MAARAfunded programme is now in full swing.. These and other programmes mean that over three-quarters of total annual resources are now directly supporting vital research programmes (compare this with around 30% in the late 1990’s).. Roger Chappell.. Treasurer..

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  • Title: MAARA - POLLEN & SPORE REPORT
    Descriptive info: Pollen and fungal spore levels in the East Midlands.. This page will be updated regularly in the peak season (June/August) and as and when necessary outside these months.. The information provided is for the interest of, and use by, the general public only.. Recent pollen levels.. Recent pollen counts have comprised of the tail end of the spring tree pollen season (oak,yew and pine), and the start of the summer grass and weed season (plantago and dock).. Total counts have varied from low to very high levels dependant on the variable daily weather conditions.. Recent grass pollen levels in the East Midlands.. The 2014 grass pollen season has begun and this website will now update daily Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).. Counts have risen to high to very high  ...   of the page for an explanation of the classifications.. Updated:16/6/2014.. Recent fungal spore levels.. Recent fungal spore counts have been increasing and have now reached moderate levels.. Counts consist predominantly of.. Cladosporium.. spores and unidentified ascospores, amongst.. Sporobolomyces, Tilletiopsis,.. hyaline and coloured basidiospores, ustilago and low levels of other fungal spores.. Cladosporium.. concentrations have reached levels expected to trigger allergy in sensitised individuals on 6 days.. levels should remain high on warm dry days.. Updated: 11/06.. /2014.. _____________________________________________________________.. Key to Grass Pollen counts.. Pollen grains per cubic metre of air.. 0 – 29.. Moderate.. 30 – 49.. 50 – 149.. 150 - 499.. Exceedingly High.. 500.. ________________________________________.. Key to spore levels.. Fungal spores per cubic metre of air.. Very Low.. 1,000.. 1,000 - 4,999.. 5,000 - 19,999.. 20,000 - 50,000.. 50,000..

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