Covid in Scotland: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 52,000 fish were either killed or escaped during a “major” seal attack at a Scottish salmon farm. The incident, which took...
More than half a million Scottish farmed salmon were killed by seals in year ending May 2020 (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RPS welcomes funded NHS Medicines Delivery service in Scotland
RPS has welcomed the announcement of a funded NHS Medicines Delivery service to support the most vulnerable in our communities but called for pharmacists to continue to provide advice and expertise di (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 18, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pay  rise immediately would reassure undervalued staff to stay in NHS
A huge majority of NHS staff say the government doesn’t value their extraordinary efforts ​during the pandemic, according to a UNISON survey​ published today (Monday). As health workers come under increasing strain because of the​ rise in infections and hospital admissions,​ many say they are considering their future in the NHS, the survey finds. More than 10,000 health service staff from across the UK took part in the research, which has also been used as part of evidence submitted by UNISON to the NHS pay review body. The union is calling on the government to give all...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 18, 2021 Category: Food Science Authors: Garfield Myrie Tags: News Press release #OneTeam2K government pay Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Covid-19 Vaccination in Scotland
The Scottish Government has published Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine deployment plan 2021 setting out how they will roll out vaccinations in Scotland to vaccinate 4.5 million people. Details of a st (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

UK Covid live: PM's plans for school testing in disarray; Wales introduces testing for international arrivals
Decision raises questions about proposed full return of England ’s schools in February; passengers arriving in Wales must prove negative testRegulator refuses to approve mass daily testing at English schoolsTesting times: how UK government fell short, again and againUK heads for double-dip recession as GDP falls 2.6%UK bans arrivals from South America over Brazilian variantGlobal coronavirus updates – live10.38amGMTTheSupreme Court has “substantially allowed” an appeal brought by theFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA) in a landmark £1.2bn legal battle over businesses’ ability to claim on i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 15, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Lucy Campbell Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Science Infectious diseases Source Type: news

Five ways you can help people access healthcare (and feel good) during Lockdown 3.0
England is in lockdown again. With the constant upheaval and uncertainty, it’s easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed. That’s why we wanted to let you know how Doctors of the World is responding and what you can do to help people who will need to see a doctor during this time. With many businesses closed and health services under pressure amid rising COVID-19 cases, it’s even harder for the most vulnerable and at-risk people in our communities to access healthcare and support. Doctors of the World’s services will continue to operate as they have done since March. The advice line will remai...
Source: Doctors of the World News - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Kim Vlasic Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news

A quality improvement project to standardise decontamination procedures in a single NHS board in Scotland
Significant improvements were attained in the reported time taken to clean and disinfect and in HCW capability; other improvements in the use of appropriate products and the use of personal protective equipment were evident. The key finding was that a large, previously unrecognised, unmet training need existed; only 44% of HCWs in the pre-intervention survey reported having received training on the topic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘It’s Unimaginably Bad.’ How Government Failures and the New COVID-19 Variant Are Pushing the U.K.’s Health System Into Crisis
Dr Rachel Clarke never dreamed that in her medical career, she would say out loud that hospitals in Britain are running out of oxygen. Yet some hospitals in the U.K. are now in that critical situation, as doctors say the U.K.’s third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the country’s National Health Service to its limits. “We’re seeing younger patients, we’re seeing sicker patients, and we’ve never really recovered from the first wave,” says Clarke, who works on an acute medical ward in a hospital in Oxfordshire, England, and also in an in-patient hospice setting. “You...
Source: TIME: Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ciara Nugent and Suyin Haynes Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Londontime Second click United Kingdom Source Type: news

Point-of-care device can diagnose sepsis in 30 minutes
Wideblue, a Scottish-based medical device development specialist, is working alongside Anasyst and Teesside University to develop a low-cost optical cavity absorption system which could potentially speed up the diagnosis of sepsis by a significant factor. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus infection and pregnancy Information for pregnant women and their families, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
These Q&As were updated on 30 December 2020 and relate to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy – guidance for healthcare professionals: Version 12 – 14 October 2020 published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, with input from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Obstetric Anaesthetists'Association, Public Health England and Public Health Scotland. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland's Wellbeing: The impact of Covid-19, Scottish Government
Analysis by the Scottish Government show the impact of COVID-19 on the National Outcomes. Scotland's Wellbeing: The Impact of COVID-19 found the negative effects of the pandemic have been borne unequally and will have long-lasting impact.The negative effects have also both worsened and been worsened by pre-existing inequalities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevalence and social inequality in experiences of domestic abuse among mothers of young children: a study using national survey data from Scotland - Skafida V, Morrison F, Devaney J.
Domestic abuse is a pernicious societal issue that has both short- and long-term consequences for those who are victimized. Research points to motherhood being linked to women's victimization, with pregnancy being a particular point of risk. Across UK jur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Calls grow to ban 'dangerous criminal' Donald Trump from visiting Scotland
A growing number of politicians across Scotland have backed calls to bar Donald Trump from entering Scotland and the UK in the wake of... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish nationalists demand billions in 'Brexit compensation' for Scotland
The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) demanded on Sunday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson pay billions of pounds in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seeding the Ocean: Inside a Michelin-Starred Chef ’s Revolutionary Quest to Harvest Rice From the Sea
There are very few things that Ángel León hasn’t done with the fruits of the sea. In 2008, as a young, unknown chef, he took a loin from one fish and attached it to the loin of another, using collagen to bind the two proteins together. He called them hybrids and served them to unsuspecting diners at Aponiente, his restaurant in the southern Spanish port town of El Puerto de Santa María, just across the bay from Cádiz. He discovered that fish eyes, cooked at 55°C in a thermal circulator until the gelatin collapsed, made excellent thickening agents for umami-rich sauces. Next he found th...
Source: TIME: Science - January 9, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Matt Goulding Tags: Uncategorized climate change feature longform Magazine Source Type: news

RPS recognises provisional registrants' exam concerns
The Chairs of the three national Pharmacy Boards in England, Scotland and Wales, Claire Anderson, Jonathan Burton and Suzanne Scott-Thomas today issued the following statement on the scheduled exam fo (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 8, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs
Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing this now because there are these variants that we’re very keen to keep out of the country, like ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Science Grant Shapps Health Politics Society UK news Source Type: news

The COVID-19 Virus Is Mutating. What Does That Mean for Vaccines?
As we enter the second year of living with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus is celebrating its invasion of the world’s population with yet more mutated forms that help it to spread more easily from person to person. One, first detected in the U.K. in December, has already raised alarms about whether the COVID-19 virus is now escaping from the protection that vaccines just being rolled out now might provide. The variant has also been found in the U.S. Already, U.K. officials have tightened lockdowns in England, Scotland and Wales, and over the holidays, more than 40 countries banned travelers from the region ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Trump not welcome to golf in Scotland during Biden ’s inauguration
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Trump will not be exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions to the country. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid in Scotland: Medics concerned over 12-week gap between vaccine doses
The BMA in Scotland says it is concerned about the potential impact of delaying the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Streamlined process for new medicines
Companies can now submit medicines for the new Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP) following close collaboration between the NICE, drug regulators, the NHS and equivalent organisations in Scotland. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 6, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland's Leader Says Trump Wouldn't Be Allowed To Visit Under Pandemic Rules
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rumored Trump Trip to Scottish Golf Course Ruled Out of Bounds
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has shot down a supposed plan for the president to pass the Biden inauguration at his... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No, Τrump won’t be golfing in Scotland on Inauguration Day, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says
Pandemic travel ban applies to President Trump as much as anybody else, Scotland’s head of government says (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNISON urges employers to review staff safety due to new COVID variant
UNISON is urging employers to review their workplace risk assessments and safety measures in light of the increase in the more infectious variant of COVID-19. This is in order to keep staff safe. The union has written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to underline the increased risks to staff, urging the body to update their advice. Improved safety measures would include working from home, change to duties to less hazardous duties Disabled, Black and other vulnerable workers with underlying health conditions who are still in the workplace could be at particular risk of the new variant. In the letter to the HSE, assi...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article Covid-19 health and safety Source Type: news

BTec exams must be cancelled now urges UNISON
UNISON has accused the Westminster government of yet again making a last minute decision without thinking through the consequences on those who will be involved in delivering it. In warning of the dire consequences of how fast the virus is now spreading the Westminster government made the decision to close all colleges and sixth forms and move to online learning. But as an afterthought the DfE announced that BTec exams starting this week would still go ahead. This means that thousands of young people will be asked to go into halls with the invigilators, the admin staff and the learning support assistants acting as scribes ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 5, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Martin Cullen Tags: Article FE colleges higher education sixth form colleges Source Type: news

Risks of and risk factors for COVID-19 disease in people with diabetes: a cohort study of the total population of Scotland, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Population level review (n=5,463,000) found that a larger portion of the Scottish population with diabetes developed critical care unit treated COVID-19 than those with without diabetes (0.3% vs 0.1%, OR 1.395, p (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Managing the long-term effects of COVID-19, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
This guideline covers the care of people who have signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection that is consistent with COVID-19, which continue for more than four weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis. This guideline was first issued in 2020. SIGN, NICE, and the RCGP are developing the guideline using a'living'approach, which means that targeted areas of the guideline will be continuously reviewed and updated in response to emerging evidence. SIGN 161, December 2020 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish lockdown could continue beyond January, says Sturgeon
First minister links easing of coronavirus curbs to vaccine plan but says there is still uncertainty over deliveriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned there is no certaintythe lockdown across mainland Scotlandwill be lifted at the end of January, or that schools will reopen.The first minister said there was no definitive answer on when restrictions would end as it depended on the latest surge in cases subsiding significantly.Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, has indicated that England ’s lockdown could last until March.Continue reading... (Source: Gua...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Severin Carrell Scotland editor Tags: Coronavirus Infectious diseases Medical research Scotland Scottish politics Nicola Sturgeon UK news Source Type: news

Covid: England and Scotland begin new lockdowns as cases rise
The PM warns the "hardest weeks" are ahead as schools close and stay-at-home orders are issued. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid: England and Scotland begin new lockdowns as cases rise
The PM warns the "hardest weeks" are ahead as schools close and stay-at-home orders are issued. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland announces new coronavirus lockdown as England to also take 'further steps'
Scotland announced Monday that it is implementing a new coronavirus lockdown as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nicola Sturgeon announces new ‘stay home’ order for Scotland and closes schools until February
Delay or prevarication in face of virus ‘almost always makes things worse’, first minister tells recalled Scottish parliament (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland announces full lockdown, closing schools for all of January
Nichola Sturgeon announces stricter ‘stay at home’ rules due to risks posed by new variant (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One Pennsylvania Man ’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral
Chance meeting with benefactor kickstarts career of once-homeless young professional ... Courtesy of Scot Johnston ... Though this year has been tough for many, it's ending on a high note for Micha... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - January 2, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

We will be back soon, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon says as UK leaves EU's orbit
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Europe that Scotland would be back soon, just as the United Kingdom completed its... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An N-of-1 study of daily alcohol consumption following Minimum Unit Pricing implementation in Scotland - Kwasnicka D, Boroujerdi M, O'Gorman A, Anderson M, Craig P, Bowman L, McCann M.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Within the context of Scotland's policy change to implement a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) per unit of alcohol sold in licenced premises, this study used an N-of-1 design to assess between person differences in the psychological and soci... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Deaths in England and Wales were 7% higher than usual during week ending Dec 18
The figures were produced by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' mortality monitor, which uses data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and its equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: 24 December 2020, ONS
In the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in England has continued to increase; during the most recent week (12 to 18 December 2020), we estimate 645,800 people (95% credible interval: 610,100 to 683,100) within the community population in England had the coronavirus (COVID-19), equating to around 1 in 85 people (95% credible interval: 1 in 90 to 1 in 80). Over the most recent week, the percentage of people testing positive has continued to increase sharply in London, the East of England, and the South East; London now has the highest percentage of people testing p...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' Hogmanay plea as cases hit record high
Nicola Sturgeon says it is "especially vital" Scots do not mix at new year after 1,895 new cases were recorded. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors raise alarm over 'dire' situation in NHS as Covid cases rise
Hospitals under growing pressure as patient numbers surpass first wave of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS hospitals in England are under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases rise, with doctors raising the alarm about “very, very busy services” and one trust calling for volunteers to help prone patients.The warning comes as the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals surpassed the peak of the first wave – up to 20,426 as of 8am on Monday, more than April’s high of 18,974. Health officials in Wales and Scotland have also said they fear becoming ove...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Marsh Tags: Hospitals Coronavirus Science Infectious diseases Society NHS Health England Source Type: news

Millions face new UK virus restrictions; border chaos eases
LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: Tougher Covid rules begin for millions in UK
More areas in England enter tier four, as lockdowns begin in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scottish leader Sturgeon sorry for breaking COVID-19 rules
Scotland’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has apologised for breaching coronavirus restrictions when she took off her face mask at a funeral wake (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lockdown looms for Scotland amid reports more of England will enter tier 4
MSPs told tough measures likely in coming days, while ministers may soon extend English restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned MSPs she may have to introduce full lockdown measures across Scotland in the coming days to contain the faster-spreading Covid variant, which has already led to Wales bringing forward a countrywide lockdown from last Sunday and Northern Ireland announcing a six-week lockdown from Boxing Day.It came as the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, said it seemed “inevitable” that further national restrictions would be needed, adding th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Libby Brooks and Andrew Sparrow Tags: Scotland Scottish politics UK news Nicola Sturgeon Coronavirus Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Guideline on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19
NICE, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) havepublished a guideline on the management of the long-term effects of COVID-19 (also known as Long COVID). (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 22, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Is the new Covid strain only in the UK? Do any other countries have the Covid variant?
COVID cases continue to rise in the UK after scientists identified a new strain of the coronavirus that could be up to 70 percent more transmissible. But has the Covid variant spread to any other countries outside of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus live update: NSW premier adds new restrictions on greater Sydney as northern beaches locked down, UK tightens Christmas rules
Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK, France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measuresNew restrictions in place for greater SydneyList of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locationsUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in EnglandNew strain in south-east England prompts fears of third lockdown2.49amGMTPolice in Western Australia havecharged two people with breaching quarantine requirements.A 42-year-old Russian man who arrived in Perth from Russia on Friday was arrested and refused bail for allegedly leaving his room in a quarantine hotel twice on Saturd...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 20, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Helen Davidson (now) and Calla Wahlquist (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus World news Science Australia news UK news US news Asia Pacific Source Type: news

5,000-year-old Egyptian artifact discovered in cigar box in Scotland
A long-lost artifact from the Queen's Chamber of the Great Pyramid in Giza has been rediscovered in Aberdeen. The relic was dated to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news