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  UK kids have world's worst asthma
Updated 17 February 2004, 07.48
UK kids have worst asthma in world
Kids in England, Scotland and Wales suffer more from asthma than in any other country in the world.

Around a third of children in the UK show some signs of asthma, and things don't get much better for adults, with a quarter of them still suffering.

A new study says kids in the UK are three times as likely to get asthma as those in France, Germany or Italy.

Experts say one of the biggest problems is that lots of people don't get the right treatment for asthma.

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UK kids aged 13 and 14 with asthma
Scotland - 37%
Wales - 34%
England - 30%
They also want much more done to try and figure out what causes asthma and why more people are suffering from it.

Researchers are looking at factors such as the environment, changes in diet and genetics in a bid to find the answer.

The figures were worked out by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and they say that more than 10 million people in the UK, Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands suffer from asthma.

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