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Wealthier children and young adults may be more likely to die from asthma than their poorer peers, according to a new study. For many conditions, being poor has been linked to worse health outcomes. A new study, published in the journal Thorax, found that asthma mortality among children and younger…
The NHS and medical companies should take action to reduce the impact of climate change-causing gases in asthma inhalers, MPs have urged. Tackling "F-gases", which have a powerful global warming effect, from sources such as fridges, asthma inhalers and air conditioners worldwide could curb rising temperatures by half a degree…
The opportunity to potentially save a five-year-old girl with life-threatening asthma was missed after she was turned away from an emergency appointment because she was late, a coroner has ruled. Ellie-May Clark arrived at the Grange Clinic in Newport, South Wales, five minutes after her emergency appointment at 5pm on…
Millions of asthma patients are not getting basic levels of care, a charity has claimed. Not getting basic levels of care can lead to fatal consequences, Asthma UK said. But its latest poll found that two thirds (65%) said they were not getting at least one element of basic care,…
An updated plan to improve respiratory health in Wales has been launched today by the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. It sets out the Welsh Government’s vision for respiratory services in Wales and identifies the actions the NHS in Wales will take in response. The plan will focus on delivering care…
A £7 million global research initiative aimed at cutting deaths from lung disease has been launched. Researchers aim to reduce the death toll from lung conditions as well as mitigating the impact they have on daily life. Teams will investigate long-term conditions including asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung…
A charity has called for a sea change in asthma care after research showed the condition costs the UK at least £1.1 billion each year. Asthma UK said a different approach making the best use of new technologies, such as smart inhalers, was needed urgently to ease the burden on…
Children whose grandmothers smoked have a heightened risk of asthma even if their mothers avoided the habit, a study has shown. Evidence that the lifestyle sins of the grandmother can skip a generation and be visited upon her grandchildren comes from a large Swedish study. It adds to growing evidence…
The UK will fail to meet international commitments on reducing deaths from preventable diseases unless it prioritises the prevention of ill health, a group of leading charities has warned. In 2011, the UK Government signed up to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) “25 by 25” goal to reduce deaths from…
Asthma patients are dying needlessly as a result of poor care, a damning new report has found. Experts identified " major avoidable factors" in two thirds of asthma deaths examined. Patients are receiving inadequate information, education and advice on managing their asthma, according to the document. Meanwhile medics are failing…