Most asthma patients 'not getting enough care'

Eight out of 10 asthma patients are not getting the basic clinical care they need, a survey from experts has revealed.

Asthma UK's care survey revealed 80% of asthma sufferers dealt with inadequate care of what is a potentially deadly condition. Asthma is caused when small tubes which carry air in and out of the lungs become inflamed.

The common condition causes wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and breathlessness and costs the NHS more than £1billion in medicines, GP visits and hospital admissions every year. Care varies up and down the country, Asthma UK found, with Londoners most likely to be neglected.

Parents urged to vaccinate toddlers against flu

Children under five need to have a flu jab to protect them from severe illness this winter, the government's Chief Medical Officer has warned.

The benefits of vaccinating a toddler from the flu are twofold, according to Dame Sally Davies, as it protected their health and stopped them from spreading the disease. Children aged two, three and four are known as superspreaders because they are more likely to infect lots of people.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, expressed concern that fewer parents were using a nasal spray, which offers the same protection as the jab, compared to this time last year.

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Baby undergoes spinal surgery in mother's womb

I just went home and broke down.

– Frankie's dad Dan on hearing his baby had spina bifida

At just 11 weeks old baby Frankie has already proved she's made of extremely strong stuff, at 19 weeks Gina and Dan were told their unborn baby had spina bifida.

While she was still inside her mum Gina's womb, she underwent revolutionary spinal surgery on the NHS for a condition which often leads to children being born paralysed from the waist down.

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Keep your kids healthy this winter

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the UK visit their GP with cold and flu symptoms especially during the winter months. Dr Hilary has visited the slopes of Solden in Austria to give us advice on some of the most common winter health issues.

Today he looks at winter safety and how to keep your children healthy in the winter!

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Banish those winter germs with Dr Hilary Jones

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