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Last Updated: Thursday July 21 2005 11:04 GMT

Bagpipes ease teenager's asthma

Playing the bagpipes
Teenager Richard Humphries has come up with an interesting way of controlling his asthma - by taking up the bagpipes.

The 13-year-old from Glasgow says playing the pipes has taught him techniques to control his breathing after years of suffering.

He told the Daily Record: "The pipes are making a big difference."

In Scotland one in nine kids suffer from asthma - the worst rate in the world. Experts have praised Richard's way of coping with the illness.

Fewer attacks

"Anything that makes someone with asthma take big, deep breaths to fill their lungs to capacity and teaches them to breath out slowly helps," an Asthma UK spokesman told the newspaper.

Richard was diagnosed with asthma when he was four.

His mum said: "Over time, his lungs have got better and better and he has far fewer attacks than before.

"We'd recommend the bagpipes to anyone with the same problem."



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