EXHALE - pollution, vitamin D and lung healthoWe do a lot of research for both adult and children’s allergies and our teams have an international reputation for research into asthma and allergy. Both groups have close ties with King’s College London.
EXHALE - pollution, vitamin D and lung health
The Exploration of Health and Lungs in the Environment (EXHALE) programme is investigating links between air pollution, vitamin D deficiency, and their impact on the respiratory (lung) health of children in South East London. Children attending schools located close to main roads are being studied to see if reducing traffic emissions has any effect on their health, compared with pollution and respiratory health data collected before the introduction of the Low Emission Zone.
This study is being done by researchers and clinicians from our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, together with MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King’s College London, and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
The researchers believe these children are at high risk from the negative effects of pollution on respiratory health.
This research will inform future traffic emissions policy.
Find out more about the EXHALE study.
EAT - investigating food intolerances
Children’s allergy specialists at Evelina Children's Hospital are conducting the first large-scale study investigating the impact of when allergenic foods are introduced to babies’ diets.
During the study, allergenic foods are introduced to the 3-6 month old babies’ diets whilst they are still being breastfed. The researchers are investigating whether this will reduce the number who will develop food allergies by the time they are 3 years old.
The results may help prevent children in the future from developing food allergies and possibly other allergic diseases, such as asthma, eczema and hay fever.
You can find out more at www.eatstudy.co.uk.
This is just a small amount of the research we do in this area. If you’re a patient interested in finding out more, then speak to your consultant at your next appointment. If you are not a patient at Guy’s and St Thomas’ then speak to your own consultant in the first instance.