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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Some fruit juices 'have more sugar than Coca-Cola'

Health conscious parents are being urged to check the amount of sugar in the fruit juices they give their children, after some were found to contain more than a can of pop.

Action On Sugar (AOS) said of the 200 leading fruit juices it looked at, over a quarter had either the same amount of more sugar in them than Coca-Cola. One hundred ml of Coca-Cola has 10.6g of sugar in it, meaning a 330ml can of coke contains 35g.

AOS examined 200 drinks and Tesco's Goodness Slurper Apple & Banana Fruit Smoothie Snack for Kids, was the worst offender, as it contained 16.1g of sugar for 100ml. Asda's Chosen by Kids Tropical Juice From Concentrate was also packed with sugar - researchers at Queen Mary University in London found 13g of sugar per 100ml in the drink.

Lives of babies could have been saved by vaccine

The lives of 20 babies could have been saved by a new vaccine, according to meningitis campaigners.

They say the government is still haggling over the cost despite the treatment being available almost two years ago - Bexsero has been available since January last year. This March, doctors recommended all infants should have it, but the government still hasn't agreed a price, and 20 babies have died in those eight months.

  • There are more than 600 cases a year of Meningitis B, mostly babies and young children
  • One in ten of those will die
  • One in three will be left with severe after effects such as amputation or brain damage

Source: Meningitis Now