Child hospital admissions for asthma slump after smoking ban

Child hospital admissions for asthma slump after smoking ban Hospital admissions for child asthma attacks fell by 12.3% in first year after 2007 smoking ban in EnglandExperts say law change may have made adults more aware of dangers of passive smoking By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 17:19 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:58 GMT, 21 January 2013 The number of children being admitted to hospital to be treated for asthma attacks has dropped sharply since the smoking ban came into effect.

Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals.

Pregnant women exposed to pollen shortly before birth are more likely to have children with severe asthma

Pregnant women exposed to pollen shortly before birth are more likely to have children with severe asthma Counts can vary markedly year to year but are highest from late spring to early autumn Pregnant women may become sensitive to high levels of pollen and pass this on to their unborn child By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:37 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:47 GMT, 7 January 2013 High pollen exposure in the last three months of pregnancy significantly increases a baby's risk of serious asthma attacks, research has shown.

The little boy who could be killed by Christmas: Severe allergies mean Theo can"t enjoy a tree or a mince pie

The little boy who could be killed by Christmas: Severe allergies mean Theo can't enjoy a real tree or even a mince pie Both Theo and his mother suffer from a range of extreme allergies, which make celebrating Christmas a bit of a choreThey could go into anaphylactic shock if they accidentally consumed nuts or went too near a real pine tree | UPDATED: 11:31 GMT, 10 December 2012 For most children, December is an exciting time when they enjoy decorating the Christmas tree and tuck into festive goodies.

Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients "treated worse than animals"

How could our girl die of asthma attack in hospital Damning report reveals failings in NHS care of patients 'treated worse than animals' The Patients Association report discloses how some doctors are 'acting like God' by telling relatives they will not try and resuscitate their loved onesOther distraught family members have spoken of lack of compassion amongst staff who don&#8217;t care if patients 'lived or die' <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:20 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236423-1625C618000005DC-39_306x423.jpg" width="306" height="423" alt="Lauren Hughes, pictured, died three days after being admitted to hospital with an asthma attack " class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Lauren Hughes, pictured, died three days after being admitted to hospital with an asthma attack </p> <p>Nurses who didn&#8217;t know how to give the kiss of life went into a panic when a child was admitted to hospital with a severe asthma attack.<br></p><p>Her family described scenes of hysteria as staff who were meant to be helping their daughter desperately tried to call senior medics to ask them what to do.<br></p><p>Three days later, 15-year-old Lauren Hughes died having suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.<br></p><p>The appalling case was revealed by her parents today in a damning report by the Patients Association into failings in NHS care.<br></p><p>Pat and Dolly Hughes said one nurse became so distraught at the Ross-on-Wye community hospital she had to be calmed down by a colleague.<br></p><p>They said they couldn&#8217;t understand how a healthy teenager was able to die of an asthma attack while in hospital.<br></p><p>The hospital trust later admitted the nurses at its minor injuries unit weren&#8217;t trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and should have dialled 999.<br></p><p>Lauren had been taken to the unit by her mother when she started to suffer an asthma attack.<br></p><p>Initially they couldn&#8217;t even get into the hospital as the door had been locked for the evening.<br></p><p>Lauren &#8211; who was in obvious distress &#8211; was also ignored by two paramedics walking out of the hospital who did not stop to help or even let her in.<br></p><p>She was eventually transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire but died three days after the initial attack in May.<br></p><p>Dr Peter Wilson, Medical Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, which runs the community hospital said the trust has carried out a &#8216;full review&#8217; of the unit where Lauren was treated.<br></p><p>Staff have also admitted that nurses are not trained to do CPR as it is &#8216;above and beyond what is expected of them&#8217;.</p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236423-1627EB9D000005DC-91_634x478.jpg" width="634" height="478" alt="Untrained: Nurses at the Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital didn't know how to carry out the kiss of life" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Untrained: Nurses at the Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital didn't know how to carry out the kiss of life</p> <p>Today&#8217;s report on NHS care also found cases of patients being treated &#8216;worse than animals&#8217; and ridiculed by &#8216;rude&#8217; nurses.<br></p><p>Relatives also say doctors are ignoring their pleas to promise to resuscitate loved ones should they stop breathing.

Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is "just as effective" as daily dose

Only using an asthma inhaler when having an attack is 'just as effective' as daily dose For two decades, mild asthma sufferers have been told to take a daily dose of inhaled steroid medicineScientists now think this treatment is no better than just inhaling when they symptoms occur | UPDATED: 11:58 GMT, 14 September 2012 Asthmatics who use their inhalers as part of a daily routine fare no better than those who use them only when they have an attack, research suggests.

Not to be sneezed at: We"ve endured our longest hay fever season for two decades

Not to be sneezed at: We've endured our longest hay fever season for two decades High pollen season started a week early in late May this year | UPDATED: 16:12 GMT, 15 August 2012 Hayfever hell: Pollen counts high for weeks longer than usual this year Hay fever sufferers have been forced to endure the longest hay fever season in more than two decades, scientists said.