Only a third of people have hypertension under control
Large study covering 1.5m people identifies global problems Related items fromOnMedica Shocking variation in diabetes care across UK More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn Apply different obesity criteria to BME patients Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Honour for psychoanalysts role in general practice
Blue plaque honour for Michael and Enid Balint Related items fromOnMedica Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease Recorded GP consultations could help improve care Patients find health information too complicated (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 20, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Electrotherapy warning over bogus psychiatrist Zholia Alemi
Scotland's chief medic says Zholia Alemi may have prescribed ECT and wrongly detained mental health patients. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Highly processed diet causes increased energy intake
Excess intake and weight gain with processed diet compared with nutrient-matched unprocessed diet Related items fromOnMedica Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Scotland reveals plans to cut impact of type 2 diabetes Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Night shifts worsen diabetes risk for unhealthy women Child type 2 diabetes is a ‘wake-up call’ to the nation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Using AI in NHS Diagnosis: Apply for Funding
X-rays of arms and legs are among the most frequent diagnosis processes used by NHS Scotland, with around 5,000 procedures annually. Although injuries in these areas are often categorised as minor, misdiagnosis and mismanagement can hamper recovery and lead to financial cost. However, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning could help create systems that prevent misdiagnosis. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - May 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Open Calls Source Type: news

Public health ‘under assault’ by free-market idealogues
Conservative party has 25 current MPs with direct or indirect financial links to Institute of Economic Affairs Related items fromOnMedica Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Philip Morris knew nicotine is just one part of smoking addiction Prisoners have right to health care as good as community care Scotland ’s persistent health inequalities ‘unjust but not inevitable’ Experts urge radical action on mental health crises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Marijuana legalisation linked to rise in abuse and car crashes
Legalisation followed by drop in chronic pain admissions – neutral overall effect on healthcare service use Related items fromOnMedica Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland NI drug deaths in males double in a decade Criminal sanctions fail to curb illegal drug use TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients More action needed to treat TB (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 16, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Glucosamine supplements may reduce stroke risk
Study finds lower risk of CVD events in users Related items fromOnMedica The new GP contract: transforming primary care, transforming CVD prevention New ‘treadmill test’ can predict mortality Heart disease and stroke deaths plummet in Scotland Public urged to check their ‘heart age’ to prevent premature death Mexican fish offer clues on heart repair (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Outcomes following abdominal trauma in Scotland - Adnan SM, Anderson RG, Madurska MJ, McNeill CJ, Jansen JO, Morrison JJ.
PURPOSE: Traumatic abdominal injury is associated with significant mortality, especially in hemodynamically unstable patients. Trauma management now supports more conservative surgical management with judicious non-operative management. The aim of this stu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Adding beetroot to mayonnaise makes it more nutritious and longer lasting
(Natural News) Mayonnaise is one of the go-to condiments in almost every household. It goes well with salads, meats, and sandwiches, and it is packed with nutrients. It’s no wonder that people want to extend the shelf life of this all-around condiment. Fortunately, researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland found a way to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nurses tell of intimidation and bullying at Scottish board
A nurse at a troubled health board in Scotland has told an independent inquiry how they were tormented by a group of nursing colleagues and treated as a “scapegoat” for problems on their ward. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 10, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RPS in Scotland calls on Scottish Government to fund pharmaceutical care in care homes
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotlandhas today welcomed NHS England’s recognition of the vital role pharmacists can play in care homes. Alex MacKinnon, Director of RPS in Scotland said: (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 10, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

England lagging behind rest of UK in IVF cycles funded by the NHS
Fertility treatment in other parts of Britain is far better supported, new data showsThe proportion of IVF treatments funded by the NHS in England has slumped to the lowest level ever recorded by Britain ’s fertility regulator, new figures reveal.TheHuman Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said the NHS funded only 35% of IVF cycles in England in 2017, the lowest rate since data collection began in 2009. The figure represents a fall from a peak of more than 40% in 2010.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: IVF Fertility problems NHS The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) UK news Science Society Scotland Source Type: news

Mobile phone intervention failed to prevent weight regain
But people using it were more active, happier with weight outcomes, and planned better for lapses Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Social prescribing workers to ease GP pressure Sweetened drinks greater risk for poor glycaemic control Diabetes will soon cost NHS £16.9bn (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 9, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scottish nurses asked for views on first abused child pathway
The first ever clinical pathway for children who have suffered sexual abuse is being developed in Scotland - and nurses are being asked for their feedback. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 8, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Pollen count: Bank Holiday hay fever warning - how to prevent symptoms and signs
POLLEN COUNT UK forecast: The Met Office has warned of ‘Moderate’ pollen levels across England, Wales and Scotland on Bank Holiday Monday. These are some easy tricks to prevent hay fever symptoms and signs. Could you be at risk of allergic rhinitis? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prison tobacco ban significantly reduces secondhand smoke
(University of Stirling) Levels of secondhand smoke in Scotland's prisons fell by more than 80% in the week after smoking was banned, according to new University of Stirling research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Waste collection costs double after firm's collapse
The collapse of the firm responsible for collecting NHS clinical and human waste in Scotland has sent costs soaring. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I can ’t guarantee to give you a better life. I’ll leave that to the charlatans | Kevin McKenna
We ’re besieged by people promising to improve our lot. My self-help programme is slightly different...Some of the most malevolent legacies of the Margaret Thatcher era for British society have been grievously self-evident. Some people have included the deadly sin of greed among them but I ’m afraid we can’t lay that one at her feet. Like its six fraternal vices, greed has always been with us. All Thatcher did was turn lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride into attributes. To this day, these are pillars upon which stands the modern Conservative party.You may be surprised at the inclusion of ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 5, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Kevin McKenna Tags: Politics Psychology Business Margaret Thatcher Politics past Society Science UK news Scotland Conservatives Source Type: news

Implementing Surgical Safety Checklist Reduces Mortality
Findings based on long - term evaluation of surgical mortality in Scotland (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - May 3, 2019 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Urology, Journal, Source Type: news

Freeing charge nurses of caseloads 'not appropriate or sustainable'
A bid to relieve nurse leaders in Scotland of patient caring duties, as part of landmark new safe staffing legislation, has fallen at the last hurdle. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Implementing Surgical Safety Checklist Reduces Mortality
FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 -- There has been a significant reduction in surgical mortality during the last decade in Scotland that is partially attributable to the implementation of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 3, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Proportion of obese pregnant women ‘has doubled’ in decade
The proportion of pregnant women with obesity has doubled over the past decade, from around 22% in 2010 to 44% in 2018, according to Scottish researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 3, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Oceans of Noise: Episode Three – Science Weekly podcast
Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson concludes a three-part journey into the sonic environment of the ocean examining the possible threats caused to marine life by noise pollution. In this final episode he looks at solutions and discovers an unlikely role for sound artists such as himselfAs wildlife recordist Chris Watson looks for solutions to ocean noise pollution, he hears fromTim Gordon, whose long-awaited trip to the Great Barrier Reef became a devastating experience when he heard the eerie silence of a dying coral reef, caused in part by global warming.But despite the pessimistic tone evident in many environment deb...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chris Watson, David Waters, Pascal Wyse, Shanida Scotland, Katherine Godfrey and Tracy McVeigh Tags: Oceans Science Environment Marine life Wildlife Pollution Source Type: news

Oceans of Noise: Episode Two – Science Weekly podcast
Wildlife recordist Chris Watson is joined by award-winning sound artist Jana Winderen on a voyage around Norway ’s Austevoll islands, aboard a research vessel recording the grunting of spawning codContrary to popular belief, or the writings of Jacques Cousteau, life under the ocean surface is not a silent world but in fact a dense and rich sonic environment where sound plays a fundamental role to all known life.In episode two, the pioneering nature sound recordistChris Watson and sound artistJana Winderen meet a team from Norway ’sInstitute of Marine Research and climb aboard a research vessel setting sail arou...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chris Watson, David Waters, Pascal Wyse, Shanida Scotland, Katherine Godfrey and Tracy McVeigh Tags: Oceans Science Pollution Environment Marine life Wildlife Source Type: news

Oceans of Noise: Episode One – Science Weekly podcast
Wildlife recordist Chris Watson begins a three-part journey into the sonic environment of the ocean, celebrating the sounds and songs of marine life and investigating the threat of noise pollutionContrary to popular belief, and the writings of Jacques Cousteau, life beneath the ocean surface is not a silent world but a dense and rich sonic environment where sound plays a fundamental role in life.In episode one of this three-part series, pioneering nature sound recordistChris Watson begins a journey driven by his fascination with recording the songs and signals of life under the ocean surface. He will meet scientists examin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Chris Watson, David Waters, Pascal Wyse, Shanida Scotland, Katherine Godfrey and Tracy McVeigh Tags: Oceans Pollution Environment Science Marine life Wildlife Source Type: news

Safe staffing law passed in Scotland
First legislation of its kind to apply to both health and social care services Related items fromOnMedica Over a third of nursing posts earmarked for cuts Funding postcode lottery Emergency care in Northern Ireland unsustainable, warn emergency doctors Gaps in doctors ’ rotas is putting patients at risk Thousands of healthcare workers join ‘NHS in Crisis’ march (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Avoidable death four times as likely among the poor as among the well off
Gap in rates in England and Wales has widened since 2011 Related items fromOnMedica Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Prioritise and fund prevention to save lives and NHS, warn doctors Brexit could result in thousands of extra CVD deaths Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Scotland passes law on safe staffing for NHS and social care
A landmark bill to ensure Scotland ’s health and social care services are safely staffed has today been passed into law. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Act now or babies will DIE, charities warn
Matilda Jamieson, from York, has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy. She is unable to get Spinraza. However, patients in Scotland can get the drug, which is proven to work. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Winter pressures delayed crucial cancer appointments
24% of cancer patients waited more than two months for treatment Related items fromOnMedica Obesity as cause of cancer set to overtake smoking Unrelenting NHS pressure affecting cancer care, say GPs and nurses Prostate cancer in Scotland: an evolutionary journey CCGs struggling to meet cancer targets Half of all cancer patients now survive a decade (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Liberals offended over the fact that "Miss Scotland" contest only contains Scottish women, not African women... has "woke" gone full retard yet?
(Natural News) If you were to stage a beauty contest in a country where 96 percent of the population has white skin, would it surprise you if all of your contestants were Caucasian? No, not if you’re a normal, rational human being who understands concepts like ‘the law of averages.’  But we live in a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scotland to debate bill to drop caseloads for charge nurses
Senior nurses in Scotland must be free to lead and manage their teams in order to ensure safe care, nursing leaders have said ahead of a key debate on new staffing law. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - May 1, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Safer staffing should be enshrined in law, says RCN
Secretary of state should be ‘accountable’ for this Related items fromOnMedica Doctors believe patient care has worsened Brexit creates uncertainty for EU care workers in Scotland Ageing medical workforce - a growing trend Scotland to introduce legal requirement on NHS staffing Sharp increase in vacant consultant posts in Scotland (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 1, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Will a shower of April wins help us flower in May?
With UNISON’s campaign for Go for Growth in May already underway, it’s time to look back on an April that produced more than a few illustrations of just what the UK’s biggest union can do. It began (as these things do) on the first of the month, when we celebrated 20 years of the national minimum wage – an achievement that UNISON made possible. In 1999, we were told that it would cost millions of jobs – but we know how that turned out. But we’re not resting on our laurels and UNISON is committed to campaigning for a real living wage for all. And that’s why, at a Parliamentary recep...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2019 Health Conference Bring them in environment agency health and safety international workers' memorial day LGPS living wage local government nhs pay OCS one wage any age pensions divestment Source Type: news

Breastfeeding 'protects' against child obesity
Nearly a quarter of children who were never breastfed likely to be obese Related items fromOnMedica UK lagging behind peers on child health Poorest Scottish kids do the least exercise CAM can be lethal to children Health 'time-bomb' warning from severely obese children Breastfeeding could cut children ’s leukaemia risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 30, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pollen count: ‘High’ warnings across the UK - signs and symptoms of hay fever
POLLEN COUNT UK forecast: ‘High’ pollen counts are forecasted over most of England and Scotland today . These are the most common signs and symptoms of hay fever. Could you be at risk of allergic rhinitis? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioids to carry addiction warnings
Move comes as prescriptions for painkillers rise by 60% in a decade Related items fromOnMedica NI drug deaths in males double in a decade Minimum alcohol unit pricing finally goes live in Scotland Review launched into prescription drug dependency Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Alcohol-specific deaths in England soar 11% in a decade (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study reveals parents and doctors failing to spot child obesity
RCGP stresses importance of accurate childhood measurement so appropriate action can be taken Related items fromOnMedica Local authorities urged to develop innovative plans against childhood obesity Put families at heart of helping obese children Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 Checkout sweets targeted in obesity fight GPs should lead on weight management advice to children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 29, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Study shows a quarter of patients have never had their BMI recorded by their GP
(European Association for the Study of Obesity) New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, Scotland, reveals that a quarter of patients have never had their body mass index (BMI) recorded by their GP. The study is by Kath Williamson and Professor Mike Lean of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dr. Amy Nimegeer of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women who were overweight children are at increased risk of developing hypertensive disorders
(European Association for the Study of Obesity) A study of nearly 50,000 women in Denmark, presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity in in Glasgow, Scotland (April 28-May 1), reveals that those with overweight or obesity in childhood were more likely to develop hypertensive disorders during pregnancy than women of normal weight in childhood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Heavier and taller children are more likely to develop kidney cancer as adults than their average-sized peers
(European Association for the Study of Obesity) A study of more than 300,000 individuals in Denmark, presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, Scotland (April 28-May 1), reveals that heavier and taller children are at greater risk than their average-sized peers of developing the kidney cancer renal cell carcinoma (RCC) as adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Being a car commuter with obesity linked to a 32% increased death risk
(European Association for the Study of Obesity) New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that individuals with obesity who commute by car have a 32% higher risk of death, from any cause, compared with those individuals with a normal weight and commute via cycling and walking. The study is by Edward Toke-Bjolgerud, University of Glasgow, UK, and colleagues. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What you need to know about government housing plans (England)
A new UNISON briefing is available on the government’s plans to ban ‘no-fault’ evictions by private landlords in England, outlining what the proposals mean for private tenants and what union members can do to push for further improvements. The government said earlier in April that it will hold a consultation over its plans, which would mean that private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice, without a valid reason. They would also make it easier for landlords to regain their property if they wish to sell it or move into it themselves, as well as make changes t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article housing housing crisis local governemnt Source Type: news

Police staff publish 5% pay claim for England and Wales
UNISON and other police staff unions are calling for a 5% pay rise in England and Wales in the joint pay claim published today. The claim, drawn up by UNISON, Unite and the GMB, also calls for the bottom two points in the pay scale (salary points and eight) to be abolished. This would lift the lowest pay among police staff from £17,262 a year to £18,078, on the current pay scale, or £18,982 if the 5% claim was met in full. The unions point out that the bottom pay points “do not compare favourably with the lowest pay points in Police Scotland and in the NHS,” and warn that pay risks becoming mo...
Source: UNISON Health care news - April 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: News pay police and justice Police and justice staff police and justice staff pay police staff Source Type: news

Scottish midwives 'need resources' to tackle preterm birth problem
The increasing proportion of babies in Scotland born preterm is a “cause for concern”, the country’s chief medical officer has warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 26, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Immunotherapy raises risk in peanut allergy
Major review calls for new approach to food allergy research focused on 'real-world' outcomes Related items fromOnMedica Parental confidence in immunisation programme ‘very high’ Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised Easter travellers warned over Europe measles outbreak CAM can be lethal to children Scotland reveals target of halving child obesity by 2030 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Charity slams prison healthcare
Latest Ministry of Justice figures show suicide and self-harm on the rise Related items fromOnMedica Can medicine be cured? 100,000 people in NI wait over a year for hospital treatment Mental health: vital next steps on the path to parity Four factors to deal with the problem of long-term health conditions Scotland sets out its Public Health priorities (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Surplus Australian nurses to plug Scottish region shortages
More than 100 Australian nurses are due to come and work in the North East of Scotland, as part of an initiative to help staff deemed surplus “Down Under” into employment and to help tackle nurse shortages in the Grampian region. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Diary of explorer David Livingstone's African attendant published
Jacob Wainwright ’s diary is only handwritten witness account of missionary’s deathThe diary of an African attendant on the Scottish explorer David Livingstone ’s final journey into the continent has beenpublished online, containing the only handwritten witness account of the the Victorian missionary ’s death in 1873.The manuscript was written by Jacob Wainwright, a member of the Yao ethnic group from east Africa and the only African pallbearer at the explorer ’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1874.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 25, 2019 Category: Science Authors: David Batty Tags: Colonialism UK news Culture Exploration Africa Scotland World news Exhibitions Museums Heritage Source Type: news