by Dr Matt Pavit
On the 18th March members of the Muscle Lab (Dr Matt Pavitt, Dr Karthi Srikanthan and Dr Ahmad Sadaka) ran a stand at the Imperial Fringe: Sports and Science Day in White City in association with Queens Park Rangers FC. The stall was entitled “Do you have the lungs of a footballer?”
Fringe-goers were given the opportunity to undertake an informal testing of their lung health with spirometry and carbon monoxide monitors. We also had a chance to discuss topics including:
- air pollution,
- lung disease in sport,
- and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Imperial College estimated 700 people attended the event. If you’d like to follow the work of the Muscle lab you can follow us on Twitter @NHLIRespMuscle.
Did you know?
Smoking is the leading cause of death in Great Britain, in 2013 80,000 deaths were attributable to smoking in England. Smoking costs the NHS UK £5.2 billion (2005/06). 19% of adults in Great Britain currently smoke (down from a peak of 46% in 1974), 20% of men and 17% of women currently smoke (www.ons.gov.uk).
Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. Examples of air pollutants are nitrogen dioxide and particulates. Annually 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution (www.rcplondon.ac.uk).
Dr Matt Pavitt is a PhD Clinic Research Fellow with Chronic Respiratory Failure, Sleep & Ventilation.
Dr Matt Pavitt @DrMattPav
Dr Karthi Srikanthan @KSri83
Muscle Lab @NHLIRespMuscle