Free to explore, the little girl with chronic lung disease whose life-saving oxygen supply is fitted to her Trunki toy suitcase Eight-year-old Jessica needs oxygen from a tank to avoid brain damageSuffers from conditions such as cerebral palsy and chronic lung diseaseCurrent mobile oxygen supplies were too big, so her mum had to carry themHas now had her Trunki – a toy suitcase – modified to carry the cylinder By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 17:17 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:54 GMT, 16 April 2013 Eight-year-old Jessica, with foster mother Carolyn, has become the first person to have her life-saving oxygen supply transported in her toy luggage An eight-year-old girl has become the first person to be given a life-saving oxygen supply in her toy luggage.
Number of children under 16 who have started smoking rises by 50,000 in just one yearAbout 207,000 children aged 11 to 15 started to smoke in 2011This is a sharp rise from 157,000 in 2010The figure equates to 567 children taking up the habit each dayCharity urges Government to put all cigarettes in plain standardised packs By Anthony Bond PUBLISHED: 06:46 GMT, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 Worrying: The number of children who have taken up smoking has risen by 50,000 in just one year, research suggests.
Work stress is now the biggest factor driving harassed Britons to drink, drugs and depression A third of adults say their job is the most stressful part of their lives, according to a study carried out for Mind57 per cent of adults admit to drinking after work and 14 per cent say they drinking DURING the day Seven per cent of adults say they have suicidal thoughts because of work-related stress By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:55 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:13 GMT, 19 March 2013 Work, rather than money or health worries, is the biggest factor driving Britons to drink, drugs and depression, according to mental health experts.
Family's joy after father who plunged 350ft off a mountain while raising money for charity wakes from coma in time for Christmas Roger Parker, 54, was abseiling down a glacier with a climbing team in August when the rock his rope was attached to crumbledFell on to an icy ledge before it collapsed and he plummeted further down the mountain Father-of-three says he is 'just grateful to be alive' and home for ChristmasHas already raised 100,000 and started fundraising again | UPDATED: 16:41 GMT, 27 December 2012 A charity fundraiser who fell 350ft off a Swiss mountain in a freak accident has woken from a coma and spoken of his joy of spending Christmas at home.
Healthy eating can make tummy trouble WORSE: Why a high-fibre diet isn't always the answer for gut problems | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 17 December 2012 Our stomachs are surely one of the most troublesome parts of our bodies — at any point, an estimated nine million Britons are suffering from tummy ache, bloating, wind and cramps.
Worrying teenage trend for self-harming sparks sharp increase in calls to ChildLine Child hospital admissions caused by ‘intentional harm with a sharp object’ up 132 per cent in a decadeCharity blames growing family problems for spike in self-harming among the young | UPDATED: 13:30 GMT, 5 December 2012 Children are turning to self-harm as a result of deepening family problems, a leading charity said yesterday.
Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Poll of more than 2,000 Britons suggests millions lack the confidence to tackle their GP or hospital consultant 50% are too frightened to question a doctor’s opinion – more than patients in 12 other countriesPatients Association has helped create a leaflet explaining how patients can challenge their doctor | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 27 November 2012 Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Millions of patients are too scared to challenge medical advice given by hospital doctors and family GPs.
Tulisa and Gary Barlow prove they've got the Xmas card factor with fun festive designs for charity X Factor judges as well at The Saturdays, Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones have sketched designs for charity Part of Hallmark and Daybreak's 'Text Santa' campaign Pack of six is 1.99 | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 23 November 2012 They are better known for sitting on the X Factor panel and judging hopeful popstars on their vocal abilities.
Cold homes are triggering heart attacks and strokes in older people – and costing the NHS 1.36billion a year<br>Age UK report says living in a cold home is a 'major factor' in two out of five extra winter deathsRates in Britain higher than Scandinavia, which has colder winters – but better insulation Around 8,000 extra deaths for every one degree drop in average temperature <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 00:27 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236440-00E31D83000004B0-433_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="Living in a cold home is a 'major factor' in two out of five extra winter deaths" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Living in a cold home is a 'major factor' in two out of five extra winter deaths</p> <p> Crippling energy prices and badly insulated homes will lead to the loss of thousands of lives and seriously damage older people’s health this winter, warns a new report.</p><p>It shows cold homes are costing the NHS 1.36 billion every year in hospital and primary care as older people struggle with respiratory problems, stroke and heart attacks triggered by the cold.</p><p>Around 27,000 excess winter deaths are expected this year, including avoidable fatalities among older people, says the charity Age UK.</p><p>In a new report The Cost of Cold, it says a ‘major factor’ in two out of five extra winter deaths is living in a cold home.</p><p>It says superior building standards in countries like Finland and Sweden which insist on insulation and double glazing mean they have warmer homes than in the UK, which has a milder climate.</p><p>There are higher rates of excess winter deaths – above what would normally be expected – in Britain compared with Scandinavian countries.</p><p>Older people living in cold homes are at higher risk of death and illnesses such as arthritis and rheumatism, with the risks going up as temperatures plummet.
Using illegal drugs 'is like eating junk food or gambling': Row as charity calls for a softer line on cannabis Taking cannabis classed as another 'risky' behaviour like a poor diet, finds the UK Drug Policy CommissionIndependent advisory body say growing cannabis for personal use should not be a criminal offence | UPDATED: 07:11 GMT, 15 October 2012 Taking drugs is just like eating junk food, a controversial report claims today.